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Colorado pot users celebrate first
day of legal weed sales
Fox News, by Fox news staff and Associated Press    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/1/2014 7:38:30 AM     Post Reply
As Tuesday became Wednesday and 2013 became 2014, marijuana users in Colorado celebrated the new year with more than usual zeal. Beginning at 8 a.m., retail pot sales can officially begin in the Rocky Mountain State. Anyone over the age of 21 with a Colorado ID can purchase up to an ounce of marijuana at a licensed store. But some didn´t want to wait that long. "Honestly, I thought I´d never see the day," a giddy Errin Reaume of Denver, who shared hits of concentrated marijuana at a 1920s-themed "Prohibition Is Over" party in downtown Denver, told the Associated Press.

Remembering Harold Simmons
Newsbusters, by Brent Bozell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/1/2014 7:35:59 AM     Post Reply
I´ve not read the official obituaries because they are predictable. "Billionaire." "Reclusive." "GOP donor." "Swift Boat Vets." "Industrialist." "Controversial." "Dallas, Texas." And there you have it: the death of a sinister figure driven by greed, the puppeteer manipulating the political process, a 21st century J.R. Ewing. (Or is it Mr. Burns?) If this is what you´ve read, it’s written by someone who didn´t know Harold Clark Simmons. I never knew a man quite like Harold Simmons. I met him in 1981 while pan-handling for some political cause or another. Back then he kept a ledger of his political donations on

When the press is a poodle
Washington Times, by Frank J. Gaffney Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/1/2014 7:22:13 AM     Post Reply
This nation’s Founders had a special role in mind for the media in the constitutional arrangements they carefully constructed. It was to provide a fourth source of checks and balances on the potential abuse of power by the three branches of government, by virtue of journalists’ independence {SNIP}the press “pool reporter” selected to cover Vice President Joe Biden’s recent meetings with Chinese leaders was not even a journalist. He was Steve Clemons, a Democratic foreign-policy activist. And it showed in the slanted reporting he provided to the “working press” along for the trip and, through them, to the rest of



GOP establishment gears up
to destroy any chance at
midterm success in 2014
Washington Times, by James Richard Edwards    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/1/2014 7:11:43 AM     Post Reply
The establishment GOP in Washington hates the Tea Party and the conservative wing of the party more than they do the Democrats. They will make very clear that instead of riding a conservative wave to a landslide victory in the 2014 midterms, they will do everything in their power to sabotage conservative and Tea Party candidates for their own personal benefit. Many establishment groups have been vocal about their strategy to attack principled conservatives. Karl Rove’s American Crossroads is “preparing an aggressive effort to groom and support more centrist Republican candidates.” The Chamber of Commerce, who supports illegal and cheap

The Straight Dope on Homosexuality
Taki Magazine, by Elizabeth McCaw    Original Article
Posted By: Honeybadger- 1/1/2014 6:56:11 AM     Post Reply
The Department of Justice reports that homosexuals are more likely (15.4% of them) than heterosexual men (10.8%) to be physically attacked by a domestic partner. But the DOJ also found that 39% of cohabiting lesbians say they have been raped, attacked, or stalked by a lover, as opposed to 21.7% of heterosexuals who live with men. This means a lesbian is about twice as likely as a hetero woman to be stalked or slapped around by a live-in lover. A hugely disproportionate number of male serial killers have been homosexual; figures run from 40 to 60% depending on definitions. Some

Republicans buck the purity police
Chillicothe News (MO), by Dana Milbank    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/1/2014 6:56:08 AM     Post Reply
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), addressing the cameras after his weekly meeting with House Republicans, was his usual, courtly self Wednesday morning -- until Nancy Cordes of CBS News found her way under his tanned skin. “Mr. Speaker, most major conservative groups have put out statements blasting this deal,” she said of the compromise that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., reached Tuesday night with Senate Democrats. Boehner interrupted her. “You mean the groups that came out and opposed it before they ever saw it?” he asked. “Yes, those groups,” she said. Boehner raised his voice. “They -- they’re

A fitting (possible) end for
Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M
USA Today, by Dan Wolken    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/1/2014 6:46:19 AM     Post Reply
ATLANTA — If this was Johnny Manziel´s final college game, it was everything his career has been: Unpredictable, volatile and so, so entertaining. It also couldn´t have been a sweeter way to go out. After doing everything in his power to drag Texas A&M into the national spotlight the past two seasons, he might have saved the best for last on Tuesday, leading the Aggies to the biggest comeback in school history and a 52-48 Chick-fil-A Bowl victory against No. 21 Duke. "It´s an unreal feeling," Manziel said. "To come back from that … wow. That´s the word I´d use



Tea party is not dead, says GOP strategist
CNBC, by Matthew J. Belvedere    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/1/2014 6:33:37 AM     Post Reply
Some of the principles that lead to the creation of the tea party are "still very important" to the Republican party heading into the midterm elections next year, GOP strategist Chip Saltsman told CNBC on Tuesday. "The tea party I don´t think is dead," the former Mike Huckabee campaign manager said in a "Squawk Box" interview. "If we´re going to be successful, we need to represent less government, lower taxes, less regulations." Under that mandate, Republicans have been trying unsuccessfully to repeal or defund or delay Obamacare ever since 2010. The party took a beating over the October government shutdown

Vote like the government has
its hand in your pocket,
because it does
Washington Examiner, by Cal Thomas    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/1/2014 6:16:47 AM     Post Reply
In real life when you find yourself paying more and getting less, you usually search for another product or service. With the federal government, it isn’t possible to take your business elsewhere unless you are prepared to give up your citizenship, as some have done. Such a drastic step is rejected by most of us because we still believe in the ideal that once was America, though not in the direction in which the country is currently headed. At the end of the year comes a letter from the person who prepares my taxes. He wants me to know about changes

NYT Doubles Down: Claims of Al Qaeda
Involvement in Benghazi ´Strictly Political´
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/1/2014 6:08:57 AM     Post Reply
Smarting from the number of witnesses who came out to challenge The New York Times´ weekend article downplaying terrorist involvement in the 2012 Benghazi attack, NYT editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal "argued that those trying to claim Al Qaeda was involved" do so "for strictly political reasons." According to Fox News, Rosenthal said: For anyone wondering why it´s so important to Republicans that Al Qaeda orchestrated the attack--or how the Obama administration described the attack in its immediate aftermath--the answer is simple. The Republicans hope to tarnish Democrat candidates by making it seem as though Mr. Obama doesn´t take Al Qaeda seriously. Rosenthal

EXography: Tea Party leaders
dominate most-searched
senators ranking
Washington Examiner, by Mark Tapscott    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/1/2014 6:04:43 AM     Post Reply
Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul is the most written-about member of the U.S. Senate, and by a wide margin over his closest competitor. At least that is the case if the measure used is how many hits come up on a Google search for "Sen. Rand Paul."Paul generated more than 34 million results in a Dec. 27 Google search on the term "Sen. Rand Paul," 8.2 million more than Texas Republican Ted Cruz, who generated 26.5 million. Search totals vary from day to day, likely reflecting each senator´s comparative activity in the daily news flow. Florida Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson



New York Times Had Reporter ´Talking
to the Attackers´ During Benghazi Massacre
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/1/2014 6:01:45 AM     Post Reply
The New York Times had a reporter talking to attackers on the ground during the Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans in September of 2012, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, and may know the identity of some the murderers and perpetrators. David Kirkpatrick, the Times reporter who wrote the story that forced the paper´s Editorial page editor to defensively declare on Monday that it has not chosen to endorse Hillary Clinton for president in 2016, said that the paper had a reporter on the ground who was witnessing the attacks. That admission is even in Kirpatrick´s story, which, as Breitbart News reported,

House Resolution of No
Confidence: Obama´s Conviction
without Eviction
American Thinker, by Jim Guirard    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/1/2014 5:49:28 AM     Post Reply
During the last two years, there has been a marked increase in calls for the impeachment of President Barack Obama. But there is no commensurate increase in the likelihood that either a formal indictment by the House or formal conviction by the Senate can actually be achieved.{SNIP} What other punishment would amount to more than a proverbial slap on the wrist? And when at long last might such punishment be applied in a way that is not regarded as a cop-out by Republicans in name only -- RINOs -- who are not sufficiently anti-Obama to fight for impeachment?

Alabama Mom´s ObamaCare Horror Story Gives
America a Glimpse of Government-Run Healthcare
Independent Journal Review, by Emily Hulsey    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/1/2014 5:40:46 AM     Post Reply
Many of us can identify with the frustrating experience that Karri Kinder, a mother of two from Auburn, Alabama, has had with Obamacare. She penned this open letter to share her story: An Open Letter to the Obama Administration and American Citizens: My family’s journey with securing our new insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) started on October 1, 2013. I have decided to write this letter to let the American people know what it has been like for us. We are a family of four, with two little boys’ ages seven years old and three years old. My husband and

The Trillion-Plus Heist
American Thinker, by Sylvia Bokor    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/1/2014 5:37:22 AM     Post Reply
Government produces nothing. It creates no wealth. Yet the District of Columbia is ranked as the richest area in the nation. Politicians and bureaucrats shriek that business people are "greedy." But facts show differently. Imagine voting yourself a raise and millions of dollars in allowances. Imagine 5-figure bonuses. Lifetime pensions to which you contribute only 1.3%. Imagine opening 3 or 4 offices around the state for which you pay not a dime. Politicians and bureaucrats are diseased with avarice -- and complain with self-righteous indignation when CEOs arrive in private jets for a White House meeting. D.C. is the richest area in the



Jail survey: Nearly 3/4 felons
register as Democrats
Washington Examiner [DC], by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/1/2014 5:35:01 AM     Post Reply
A new study of how criminals vote found that most convicts register Democratic, a key reason in why liberal lawmakers and governors are eager for them to get back into the voting booth after their release. “Democrats would benefit from additional ex-felon participation,” said the authoritative study in The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. The authors, professors from the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University, found that in some states, felons register Democratic by more than six-to-one. In New York, for example, 61.5 percent of convicts are Democrats, just 9 percent Republican. They also cited a study

A Few Easy Tests to Debunk
Global Warming Hysteria
American Thinker, by Chet Richards    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/1/2014 5:32:23 AM     Post Reply
Global warming advocates went to Antarctica to prove that Antarctic sea ice had disappeared because of man. They got stuck in ten foot thick sea ice they knew wasn´t there. The rescue ship was also stuck for a while, but it was eventually able to back out to safer water. This all happens in the heat of summer. A hundred years ago, the entire region, right up to the shore, was completely clear of ice. Oh, the irony! Given the embarrassment of such "political" scientists, it is worth examining the issue: does man have a major impact on the climate? How does a physicist,

Good news from Chicago: Only
413 murdered Americans this year
Daily Caller, by Neil Munro    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/1/2014 5:31:19 AM     Post Reply
Good news from Chicago: The catastrophic murder rate in the Democratic-controlled city was slightly less catastrophic in 2013 than in 2012. Only 413 Americans were shot, stabbed or bludgeoned to death in the city, where all 50 aldermen are Democrats. Most of the victims in the blue-voting city were African-Americans or Hispanic, and very few were white. Still, the city’s Democratic leaders cautiously cheered the deaths of the 413 Americans, more than one victim per day, which included one young woman who marched in President Barack Obama’s 2013 inauguration parade. “We continue to make significant progress in reducing crime rates to historic levels,

Cheer up, Mr President, 2014 can´t be as
bad: Glum Obama rings in the New Year
with shaved ice as he tries to put woeful
2013 behind him
Daily Mail (U.K.), by James Nye    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/1/2014 5:29:12 AM     Post Reply
Despite being smack in the middle of a 17-day vacation enjoying the tropical sun of Hawaii, President Obama looked decidedly glum as he stopped to pick up a local ice treat today. Wearing shades and a forlorn expression, the president may have been reflecting on a tumultuous 2013 - during which the disastrous roll-out of Obamacare, the furore over the NSA´s spying and the government shutdown all combined to leave the commander-in-chief facing tanking numbers in the polls. Indeed, Obama´s job approval and personal favorability ratings are near the lowest point of his presidency, with increasing numbers of Americans saying

Edward Snowden, the
insufferable whistleblower
Washington Post, by Ruth Marcus    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/1/2014 5:25:13 AM     Post Reply
Time has not deflated Edward Snowden’s messianic sense of self-importance. Nor has living in an actual police state given the National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower any greater appreciation of the actual freedoms that Americans enjoy. Insufferable is the first adjective evoked by Snowden’s recent interview with Barton Gellman in The Post, but it has numerous cousins: smug, self-righteous, egotistical, disingenuous, megalomaniacal, overwrought.The Snowden of Gellman’s interview is seized with infuriating certitude about the righteousness of his cause. Not for Snowden any anxiety about the implications for national security of his theft of government secrets, any regrets about his violations of


A Couple of Warnings in 2013: Learning
from Kermit Gosnell and Wendy Davis
National Review Online, by Kathryn Jean Lopez    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/1/2014 5:19:23 AM     Post Reply
In my latest column for the Knights of Columbus Catholic Pulse website, I urge telling the truth about life issues in the new year. Some of it: 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. We can’t afford to wait another nine years now to make a big deal of this. And yet, the milestone passed much of the media as it often does. Collectively, we barely noticed the overwhelming enthusiasm for the dignity of human life on display as thousands of young people descended upon Washington, D.C., once again, to protest the decision. In recent

Facebook Is Using Your Profile to
Track Global Urban Migration Trends
Atlantic Wire, by Emily Badger    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/1/2014 5:15:44 AM     Post Reply
Facebook possesses a startlingly massive trove of data on global migration patterns. It´s hidden, innocuously enough, amid two simple biographical details that many people post on their profile pages: Where you live, and where you´re from. Between those two data points – spread across the millions of its 1 billion users who volunteer this information – Facebook can paint a picture of where large population shifts take place, which cities seem to attract the most people, and what kinds of communities are losing them. Facebook´s Data Science team recently produced an interesting analysis of what it´s calling "coordinated migration" patterns among large

Conservatism and the
Moral Calculus of Abortion
American Thinker, by Glenn Fairman    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/1/2014 5:13:58 AM     Post Reply
Murdering nascent life is one thing, and perhaps we as a Conservative force cannot fully cauterize this abomination. But we can make it rare. Moreover, we can also make it so that taxpayers will not have to fund this horror from public redistributed funds. The command against murdering the innocent, whom God has wonderfully knit together and Who knows of every hair on their little heads, is not a negotiable item for either economic convenience, sex selection, or because one was either just too stoned or complacent to take responsibility for one´s actions. In an age that has elevated indiscriminate

Pot Opponents Predict
´Hogwild´ Colorado Trainwreck
U.S. News and World Report, by Steven Nelson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/1/2014 5:10:32 AM     Post Reply
Colorado will make history Wednesday as the first American state allowing stores to sell marijuana for recreational use – eliciting fear and predictions of doom from anti-drug campaigners. On a Tuesday conference call hosted by Smart Approaches to Marijuana, former Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., said Colorado and Washington state – where stores will open later in 2014 – are "canaries in the coal mine." "There are a lot of ´unintended consequences´... that will make them ponder whether this was the right decision," Kennedy said, predicting more traffic accidents, increased school truancy, higher drop-out rates and a general decrease in public health. Kevin Sabet,

The Progressive Agenda
Crashes into Complexity
American Thinker, by J.R. Dunn    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/1/2014 5:08:11 AM     Post Reply
There´s some irony in the fact that ObamaCare is hitting the wall at the precise moment that the incandescent bulb is being yanked off the market by government fiat -- but not as much as you might think. Their origins were quite distinct in time -- the bulb ban, buried within the "Energy Independence and Security Act," was passed in 2007, ObamaCare three years later. Both were subject to phased implementation, so as to not alarm the peasants. Bulbs have been phased out over a two-year period, 75 to 100 watt last year and the lesser wattages now. ObamaCare was delayed

10,988,269: 2013 Closes With
Record Number on Disability Getting
Highest-Ever Monthly Benefits
Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/1/2014 5:04:58 AM     Post Reply
The total number of people in the United States now receiving federal disability benefits hit a record 10,988,269 in December, up from the previous record of 10,982,920 set in November, according to newly released data from the Social Security Administration. The average monthly benefit paid to a disabled worker also hit a record of $1,146.43 in December, up from a previous high of $1,130.34 in December of last year. Spouses of disabled workers also got a record average monthly benefit of $308.13 in December, up from a previous high of $304.31 in August. Children of disabled workers also received a record average

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