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Reports say O’Brien leaving Nittany
Lions for NFL’s Houston Texans
Centre Daily Times [State College, PA], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 1/1/2014 10:44:00 AM     Post Reply
ESPN and the Houston Chronicle are reporting Penn State football coach Bill O’Brien has reached an agreement to become the new head coach for the Houston Texans. The Chronicle says the deal will be announced Wednesday or Thursday, citing two people with knowledge of the negotiations, with the deal finalized Tuesday night. O’Brien will take over a Texans team that finished 2-14 — the worst record in the NFL — and will have the No. 1 pick in May’s draft. O’Brien, 44, had a 15-9 record over his two seasons guiding the Nittany Lions, as they struggled through NCAA sanctions that limited scholarships and banned the team from bowl

Four injunctions against the Obamacare
contraceptive mandate yesterday
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/1/2014 10:16:36 AM     Post Reply
Is this some kind of record? On the last day of 2013 four different federal appeals courts issued temporary injunctions against enforcement of the Obamacare contraceptive mandate. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals acted on two different cases, Michigan Catholic Conference v. Sebelius and The Catholic Diocese of Nashville et al v. Sebelius, while the DC Circuit Court of Appeals acted in The Catholic Archbishop of Washington et al v Sebelius. Meanwhile, no less than Obama-appointee Sonia Sotomayor issued an injunction in the case of The Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged, Denver, v Sebelius. All in all, quite a way to kick off

The Enigma of Barack Obama
PJ Media, by Michael Walsh    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/1/2014 10:03:43 AM     Post Reply
Put me down in the Roger Simon camp on this one: without wandering into Birther territory or the inconclusive musings of Jerome Corsi… who the heck is this guy, really? To put it bluntly: nobody knows nothin’ about the president of the United States, aka the leader of the free world. (Snip) Has there been a modern presidential candidate about whom we know less than the former Barry Soetoro? Other than what he’s told us about himself in Dreams from My Father — a book proven even by sympathetic biographers to be filled with fabrications (“a man one step removed from his own life,” according to David Maraniss)?

  


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L.A. starts 2014 with
its new plastic-bag ban
Los Angeles Times, by Catherine Saillant    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/1/2014 9:43:04 AM     Post Reply
For Los Angeles residents, the perfect holiday gift this year might have been a reusable grocery bag. On Wednesday, large grocery stores will be prohibited by law from providing free plastic bags. Shoppers will be required to bring their own bags when stocking up on food and goods, or pay 10 cents per paper bag provided by the grocery store. Smaller independent markets and liquor stores that sell groceries will become subject to the ban July 1. In backing the new law, Los Angeles City Council members cited concerns that the flimsy disposable bags often end up on city streets and eventually find their way to the ocean,

Wordpocalypse! ´Selfie,´ ´twerk´ top
list of most annoying words of 2013
Christian Science Monitor, by Mark Guarino    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/1/2014 9:36:50 AM     Post Reply
Sorry Justin Bieber. Uploading your mug to millions of followers is now deemed officially annoying. That’s because “selfie” tops the 2013 List of Words to be Banished from the Queen´s English for Misuse, Overuse, and General Uselessness. The annual list, which started in 1975, is released every New Year’s Eve by Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Catapulting to the top of more than 2,000 nominations, “selfie” gained momentum to due the convergence of social networks and smartphone technology, which enabled widespread cultural narcissism. Now with the ability to take self-portraits and

Helicopter Rescue for Stranded Antarctic
Ship on Hold for Better Weather
ABC News, by Gio Benitez*    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/1/2014 9:19:18 AM     Post Reply
An air rescue for the passengers aboard a research ship that has been trapped in Antarctic ice for a week will wait for a break in the weather to start airlifting people from the vessel, Australian maritime authorities say. The 74 scientists, tourists and crew aboard the Akademik Shokalskiy, a Russian-crewed research vessel touring the Antarctic, have been trapped in ice since Christmas Eve. A helicopter on board a Chinese icebreaker, the Snow Dragon, will be used to collect the passengers once there is a break in the weather, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said in a Monday night conference

Shoppers wait for Colorado
pot shops to open
Associated Press, by Kristen Wyatt    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/1/2014 9:02:08 AM     Post Reply
DENVER - Firing up bongs and cheering in a cloud of marijuana smoke, pot users in Colorado hailed the arrival of the nation´s first recreational pot industry Wednesday. Retail sales weren´t to begin until 8 a.m. But marijuana fans didn´t wait to celebrate the industry. "Honestly, I thought I´d never see the day," said a giddy Errin Reaume of Denver, who shared hits of concentrated marijuana at a 1920s-themed "Prohibition Is Over" party in downtown Denver. Across town, a dispensary was setting up a food truck and coffee service for campers awaiting the opening of sales on so-called Green Wednesday.

  


  

Britain at a crossroads
Telegraph [UK], by Mark Bostridge    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/1/2014 8:47:51 AM     Post Reply
A hundred years ago today, on January 1 1914, many people in Britain awoke to the new year with a sense of foreboding about the future. The Archbishop of York, Cosmo Gordon Lang, gave expression to this feeling in his New Year message when he warned that 1914 “may well prove a very fateful year in the history of our land”. [Snip] Instead, his message referred to three violent challenges to the established order that appeared either imminent or were already taking place: a civil war in Ireland, class conflict and a sex war. The direst portents were reserved for the Irish situation. The Asquith Government’s plans for a Home Rule Bill

Christie Gives Undocumented
Students Access to In-State Tuition
Townhall, by Amanda Muñoz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/1/2014 8:12:54 AM     Post Reply
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed landmark legislation at the end of December which allowed the state’s undocumented high school students access to in-state tuition at all public colleges and universities. Under the new legislation, students who graduated from a New Jersey high school where they had been in attendance for at least three years are eligible to receive in-state and in-county rates at state colleges, universities, and community college campuses. “This is what compromise looks like,” the governor said of the bill, deemed the state’s “Dream Act.” Christie signed the original bill with a conditional veto,

N.J. minimum wage rises by $1
Philadelphia Inquirer [PA], by Maddie Hanna    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/1/2014 8:09:46 AM     Post Reply
Effective Wednesday, New Jersey´s minimum wage will rise by $1 to $8.25 an hour, boosting the paychecks of more than 250,000 New Jerseyans and bumping up costs for businesses with low-wage workers. While the wage increase is immediate, the reaction by businesses may take longer to assess - especially in light of the automatic annual increases voters approved in November, guaranteeing minimum-wage workers future raises. Businesses will "over time decide how they´re going to deal with it," said Thomas Bracken, president of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce. "I don´t think there´s going to be any huge impact in 2014

De Blasio Draws All Liberal
Eyes to New York City
New York Times, by Michael M. Grynbaum    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/1/2014 7:53:28 AM     Post Reply
Liberals across the country are looking to Bill de Blasio, who was sworn in as mayor early Wednesday, to morph New York City’s municipal machinery into a closely watched laboratory for populist theories of government that have never before been enacted on such a large scale. The elevation of an assertive, tax-the-rich liberal to the nation’s most prominent municipal office has fanned hopes that hot-button causes like universal prekindergarten and low-wage worker benefits — versions of which have been passed in smaller cities — could be aided by the imprimatur of being proved workable in New York. “The mayor has

  


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Syria misses deadline to
remove chemical weapons
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 1/1/2014 7:50:28 AM     Post Reply
Damascus - Syria will miss a December 31 deadline for the removal of part of its chemical weapons arsenal for destruction, but international inspectors insisted the overall mission is still on track. The delay came as the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said more than 130,000 people had been killed since the conflict began in March 2011, with the overwhelming majority caused by conventional arms. The prospects for a peace conference slated for next month appeared to dim further, with Syrian media reporting the delivery of invitations to the meeting had been delayed. Syria had been due to turn over some of

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

  


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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

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