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A Year of Fear
National Review, by Kevin D. Williamson    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/1/2014 2:45:15 PM     Post Reply
Anno Domini 2013 was an excellent opportunity to learn the lesson that we failed to learn in 1857, 1933, 1971, and 2008: Uncertainty is the destroyer. Economic growth remains unsteady, with a consensus among experts that the economy is slowing down as the year closes — Bloomberg calculates the average of economic-growth forecasts at a tepid 1.8 percent. Key figures remained negative in 2013, from the labor-force participation rate (down 2.7 percentage points since Barack Obama took office) to the employment-to-population ratio (down 2 percentage points during the same period). The most important of those economic indicators, at least so

The Progressive Honor Roll of 2013
The Nation, by John Nichols    Original Article
Posted By: Magic8Ball- 1/1/2014 2:37:10 PM     Post Reply
This past year was about a lot more than Ted Cruz and the surreal shutdown politics of the Republican right. Across America, grassroots groups, bold unions, inspired activists, crusading editors and courageous elected officials did great things. They are the real heroes of 2013, and The Nation’s Progressive Honor Roll celebrates them for their accomplishments this year and their determination to do even more in 2014.

´I don´t come to rob your country´:
First Romanians to arrive in Britain
following changes to EU migrant rules
insist they are looking for work after*
Daily Mail [UK], by Martin Robinson    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/1/2014 2:34:31 PM     Post Reply
One of the first Romanians to fly into Britain as restrictions on the UK labour market were lifted today was met off the plane by MP Keith Vaz and told him he is here to work not ´rob your country´. Victor Spiresau landed at Luton Airport this morning and is set to start at a London car wash so he can send the cash he earns back to his family in a Transylvanian village. Waiting for the 30-year-old in arrivals was the Leicester East MP, who asked him to stop for a cup of coffee after landing from Tirgu Mures in central

  


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2014: Good Year for a Great War?
National Interest Magazine, by Graham Allison    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/1/2014 2:03:45 PM     Post Reply
Precisely a hundred years ago today, the richest man in the world sent New Year’s greetings to a thousand of the most influential leaders in the U.S. and Europe announcing: mission accomplished. “International Peace,” he proclaimed, “is to prevail through the Great Powers agreeing to settle their disputes by International Law, the pen thus proving mightier than the sword.” Having immigrated to the US penniless, created the steel industry as a pillar of America´s rise to preeminence, and become fabulously wealthy in the process, Andrew Carnegie had the confidence of a man who had achieved the impossible.

Bill Gates told that his
charity pledge is ‘worthless’
New York Post, by Josh Kosman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/1/2014 2:01:55 PM     Post Reply
Bill Gates is the richest person in the world — but one retired New York hedge-fund mogul thought the software pioneer’s Giving Pledge was “practically worthless.” Robert W. Wilson, a well-known philanthropist who had given away $600 million of his fortune as of 2013, abruptly turned aside Gate’s 2010 request that he sign the Giving Pledge. The pledge pushes billionaires to give away a bulk of their fortune while they are alive, or in their will. Wilson found especially problematic the pledge’s loophole that allowed signers to gift their wealth to a family-controlled foundation. “And these foundations become, more often than not,

No, 2.1 million haven´t
enrolled in Obamacare plans
Washington Examiner [DC], by Philip Klein    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/1/2014 1:48:33 PM     Post Reply
With President Obama´s health care law scheduled to begin in earnest when the new year kicks off, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius claimed on a Tuesday conference call that as of Dec. 28, "2.1 million people have enrolled in a private insurance plan" through the program. Later in the call, Sebelius emphasized that enrollments wouldn´t be completed until individuals paid their first month´s premiums. But HHS officials still won´t disclose how many of the 2.1 million they claim enrolled through the federal healthcare.gov website or one of the state-based exchanges actually paid for coverage.

More On That Injunction In
Favor of Religious Liberty
National Review Online, by Andrew C. McCarthy    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/1/2014 1:39:47 PM     Post Reply
It really is a Happy New Year. Congratulations and thanks to my friends Rob Muise and Dave Yerushalmi at the American Freedom Law Center (on whose advisory board I am proud to sit, along with several distinguished Americans). They worked tirelessly and down to the 2013 wire to persuade the DC Circuit to issue the injunction Kathryn posted about last night. That ruling prevented the Obamacare mandate from going into effect – i.e., from coercing religious believers, against the tenets of their faiths, to provide coverage for abortifacients and contraceptives. Of course, as we’ve seen before, President Obama often does

  


  

Colorado makes history on recreational pot
CNN, by Michael Martinez    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/1/2014 1:25:35 PM     Post Reply
(Video) DENVER -Iraq war veteran Sean Azzariti described his purchase of recreational marijuana -- legally -- as a historic moment Wednesday. "It´s huge," he said at a marijuana store along a light industrial corridor outside downtown Denver. "It hasn´t even sunk in how big this is yet." Indeed, before the 3D Cannabis Center opened at 8 a.m. MT, more than 100 people were waiting in snowfall and cold under gray skies to be the next buyers of recreational pot, under a landmark law voters approved in 2012. The dispensary was one of a handful that opened to lines of waiting people on New Year's Day, with scores more expected statewide in

N.J. homicides soared to
seven-year high in 2013
after surges in Newark, Trenton
Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by James Queally*    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/1/2014 1:22:34 PM     Post Reply
Driven by unprecedented bloodshed in Trenton and the most violent 12-month stretch in Newark in nearly a quarter-century, homicides across New Jersey jumped to a seven-year high in 2013, a spike prosecutors and police officials tied to understaffed departments and a growing disregard for life. A Star-Ledger survey of county prosecutors’ offices found at least 409 people died violently last year. More than a quarter of those killings took place in Newark, where a spate of Christmas season slayings pushed the homicide total to 111, including one in the final hours of the year. The tally is the highest since 1990. In Trenton, the number of

Times Benghazi exposes strange embed-fellows
Canada Free Press, by Neil W. McCabe    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/1/2014 12:43:26 PM     Post Reply
When The New York Times first published its Dec. 28 story “A Deadly Mix in Benghazi” by top national security and foreign affairs reporter David D. Kirkpatrick, it seemed just another Christmas present for President Barack Obama and his Times-anointed successor Hillary R. Clinton. Another twist is that Kirkpatrick and the Times are channeling St. Paul. Not only is the story a wonderful Christmas gift for Obama and Clinton, it also was published two days after Dec. 26, the Feast of St. Stephen. Stephen, the first Christian martyr, was stoned to death by a mob led by Paul, then a Pharisee counterinsurgency agent fighting Christians.

Oregon Law Lets Mothers
Keep Placentas in 2014
Breitbart Big Government, by Robert Wilde    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/1/2014 12:37:19 PM     Post Reply
(Video) On January 1, a new Oregon law provides that Oregon mothers will be able to bring home their placentas from the hospital after childbirth. Not everyone knows that in some cultures eating the placenta sac may be nutritional for the mother and the baby. Moreover, memorializing or burying the placenta is an activity shared by some. Alissia Keny-Guyer (D-Portland) was the prominent sponsor of the new bill that was overwhelmingly passed by the Oregon 2013 Legislature 56-0. She insists that, “many women do want to take home their placenta for various cultural reasons." Some birthing centers had already allowed

  


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Retirement Unlikely for Some
Blue-Collar Americans
Associated Press, by Emily Wagster Pettus    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/1/2014 12:33:15 PM     Post Reply
Tom Edwards grew up in a family that's been cutting trees and hauling timber in the Pacific Northwest for more than a century. The Spanaway, Wash., resident says he has worked as a logger since he was a kid -- it's just what an able-bodied youngster was expected to do. Now, at 53, with business in a slump and little money in savings, he's pessimistic about his chances of retiring. "It's never going to happen. By the time I reach retirement age, there won't be Social Security. There's not going to be any money," Edwards said. "I'll do like my father did: I'll work "til I die." Across the U.S., such concerns are common among

Republican Rep: ´Liberal Tears´ Are
My Favorite Gun Lubricant
Breitbart´s Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/1/2014 12:16:59 PM     Post Reply
On December 30th, Representative Steve Stockman (R-TX) tweeted a picture of gun oil with the words "liberal tears" taped across it and this caption: "The best gun lubricant around." Politico published the tweet and also announced that Stockman will "challenge incumbent Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) in the Texas Republican primary." As Breitbart News reported earlier this year, while many in the federal government were still lamenting the failure of Senator Joe Manchin´s (D-WV) gun control bill, Stockman was announcing that he would be giving away an AR-15 to a lucky supporter during the summer.

Study: Most Convicts Vote Democrat
Breitbart´s Big Government, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/1/2014 11:52:01 AM     Post Reply
A scholarly study newly released in The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science has revealed that most convicts in jail register as Democrats. The study stated, “Democrats would benefit from additional ex-felon participation.” The professors who authored the study came from the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University. The study found that felons registered Democratic over Republican by a six-to-one margin in some states, including New York, where 61.5% are Democrats and only 9% GOP. Another fact discovered was that 73% of the felons who would vote would vote Democrat.

Professor blames ‘southern white
radicals’ for Obamacare debacle
Daily Caller, by Eric Owens    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/1/2014 11:16:45 AM     Post Reply
A professor who teaches constitutional law courses at the City University of New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice penned a Christmas Day essay blaming “southern White radicals” for the disastrous, slow-motion train wreck failure that has been the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. The essay, by Gloria J. Browne-Marshall at the website Politics in Color, is entitled “2013: A Year of Racial Challenges.” “[S]outhern White radicals vowed to stop implementation of the Obama-care law leading one to wonder if Tea Party members would oppose affordable healthcare if it came from a nonBlack [sic] President,”

  


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Daniel Greenfield’s wonderful takedown
of liberal ‘manufactured intelligence
Canada Free Press, by Dan Calabrese    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/1/2014 11:12:37 AM     Post Reply
Perhaps the question has entered your mind. It’s entered mine many times: “Who are these people who think Thomas Friedman is smart?” Not to specifically pick on Thomas Friedman (not that this wouldn’t be richly deserved), but the question really has to do with a whole culture of generally left-wing people who gravitate around ideas, events and notions that can be shown to be quite empty when you really examine them. But they don’t really examine them. They just gravitate and congratulate themselves and each other on how smart they are for being associated with them. It’s the appearance of intelligence without the substance to

13 injured, 6 critically,
in Cedar-Riverside apartment fire
Star Tribune [Minneapolis, MN], by Randy Furst & Josephine Marcotty    Original Article
Posted By: voxpopuli- 1/1/2014 10:57:51 AM     Post Reply
Thirteen people were injured, six critically, early Wednesday moirning after an explosion caused a major fire at a grocery store and apartment building on Cedar Ave. in south Minneapolis. No cause has been identified as of yet, said Greg Nelson, supervisor of the Minneapolis Emergency Communications Center, but the building that housed the West Bank Grocery and a mosque is likely a total loss. A police squad car reported the fire at around 8:16 a.m. after seeing the explosion and seeing debris on the street, he said. Flames were shooting 20 feet from the building, officials said. The second and third floor later collapsed. The injured were transported to Hennepin County Medical Center and Univesity Hospital.

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)?

  



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

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