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Ruling by Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor
sets off another battle over Obamacare
Washington Times, by Meredith Somers    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/2/2014 7:24:51 AM     Post Reply
Advocates for a Denver-based congregation of Catholic nuns on Wednesday applauded an eleventh-hour order by Supreme CourtJustice Sonia Sotomayor to temporarily block a requirement under the Affordable Care Act to insure birth control procedures, but attorneys and analysts agreed the fight is far from over. The complicated politics of Obamacare were on full display on the first day of the year as a key component of President Obama’s health care law was put on indefinite hold at the last moment by a Catholic court justice whom Mr. Obama himself named to the high court.

Industry, not environmentalists,
killed traditional bulbs
Washington Examiner, by Timothy P. Carney    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/2/2014 7:11:31 AM     Post Reply
Say goodbye to the regular light bulb this New Year. For more than a century, the traditional incandescent bulb was the symbol of American innovation. Starting Jan. 1, the famous bulb is illegal to manufacture in the U.S., and it has become a fitting symbol for the collusion of big business and big government. The 2007 Energy Bill, a stew of regulations and subsidies, set mandatory efficiency standards for most light bulbs. (Snip) People often assume green regulations like this represent the triumph of environmental activists trying to save the plant. That’s rarely the case, and it wasn´t here. Light bulb manufacturers whole-heartedly

Nobel Prize-Winning Anti-Communist Icon:
Obama Has Failed - Politically And Morally
Independent Journal Review, by Mike Miller    Original Article
Posted By: Honeybadger- 1/2/2014 6:52:26 AM     Post Reply
In an interview with CNN that aired Wednesday, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning former president of Poland, Lech Walesa, says Barack Obama has failed to reclaim America’s role as a world leader.Walesa — who supported Mitt Romney in the 2012 election — said the Obama administration has been a dangerous disappointment: “When he was elected…there was great hope…we were hoping Obama would reclaim moral leadership for America. That failed. [I]n terms of politics and morality, America no longer leads the world. America did not regain its leadership status. We were just lucky there were no big conflicts in the world.” Walesa said the world



Here are the big losers in ObamaCare
New York Post, by Carl Campanile, Bruce Golding*    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/2/2014 6:01:30 AM     Post Reply
New York’s small-business owners, seniors and doctors are among the big losers as President Obama’s prescription for health-insurance reform takes effect. The National Federation of Independent Businesses, an organization that represents nearly 11,000 entrepreneurs across the state, says it has yet to find a single member whose health-care costs are going down under the ObamaCare program, whose plans took effect New Year’s Day. Meanwhile, an “overwhelming majority” of businesses canvassed by the group has reported increases in their insurance premiums, said Mike Durant, the NFIB’s New York director. Michael Kennedy, who runs two family-owned dog-grooming salons near Albany, said changes to his cut-rate

Bye Bye, Harry?
Townhall, by Conn Carroll    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/2/2014 5:52:38 AM     Post Reply
Democrats have controlled the United States Senate since 2007. During this current stretch, their operating majority has ranged from as small as a 51-49 edge, to a 60-40 veto- proof majority. With the election of New Jersey’s Corey Booker to the upper chamber in October, the Democratic advantage now sits at 55-45; if the GOP wants to oust Harry Reid as majority leader, they’ll need to net six seats in the 2014 midterm elections. On paper, this is an attainable goal. Democrats are facing a much more challenging map to defend, and nearly every single one of the Republican-held seats up for

Watch: Trey Gowdy Dismantles The
NY Times´ Bogus Benghazi Report
Independent Journal Review, by Mike Miller    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/2/2014 5:34:25 AM     Post Reply
Rep. Trey Gowdy went after The New York Times‘ bogus Benghazi report on Monday, in which the Times claimed Al Qaeda was not behind the attack – and that it was sparked by an obscure anti-Muslim video. In an interview with Fox News’ Dan Perino, Gowdy wasted no time lowering the boom: “First of all, I want to congratulate The New York Times. It only took 15 months for them to figure out how to spell Benghazi. So, in another 15 months, maybe their reporting will actually catch up with the truth.” The NYT report not only suggests there is no evidence linking

Best of 2013: Is New Mexico´s Susana
Martinez a Republican VP candidate?
Washington Examiner [DC], by Rebecca Berg    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/2/2014 5:28:45 AM     Post Reply
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico does not often prompt thoughts of New Jersey. The people are less abrasive; the desert landscape, more so. A population four times smaller is scattered across an area 15 times as vast. But New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has lately been bracketed with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, another Republican who has had success in a Democratic state and won national attention for it. The two recently appeared side-by-side in New Jersey as Christie campaigned for his re-election, which he won by a historic margin. Christie gushed to reporters about Martinez, fanning speculation that they might hit



No way Hillary could ever
gain our troops’ trust
Boston Herald, by Adriana Cohen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/2/2014 5:24:50 AM     Post Reply
Despite conventional wisdom, Republicans and Democrats can agree on important issues. As a lifelong Republican, I agree with Democrat Warren Buffett: Obamacare should be scrapped. I also agree with Hollywood liberals that NSA spying on millions of innocent Americans is a violation of our collective right to privacy. And I agree with feminist Camille Paglia that Hillary Clinton disqualified herself as a presidential candidate with her handling of Benghazi. Here’s why: The most important duty of the commander in chief is to keep Americans safe. Before the deadly Sept 11, 2012, attack resulting in the brutal murders of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens,

The Year Ahead for Obamacare
Washington Free Beacon, by Andrew Evans    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/2/2014 5:19:20 AM     Post Reply
The rollout of President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement, Obamacare, was marred by substantial technological and legal challenges throughout 2013. The law’s problems are not over yet, as Obamacare will face a series of hurdles throughout 2014. Jan. 1 brings the law’s first real test, as this is the date on which insurance plans bought through the exchanges begin covering people. Hundreds of thousands have signed up for the new plans. However, it remains to be seen if the insurance companies received accurate information through the faulty website HealthCare.gov. If they did not, it is an open question as to

Helicopter Rescues Passengers
From Ship Trapped in Antarctic Ice
New York Times, by Alan Cowell    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/2/2014 5:13:55 AM     Post Reply
LONDON — A helicopter from a Chinese ice-breaking vessel began a rescue on Thursday of 52 passengers trapped aboard an icebound research ship in Antarctica, landing next to the ship on ice that had been trampled into a makeshift landing zone, according to a passenger and a leader of the scientists on board. The helicopter from a Chinese icebreaker, the Xue Long, or Snow Dragon, was to ferry the 52 passengers — scientists, tourists and several journalists — a dozen at a time, ending more than a week of drama in which ice held the MV Akademik Shokalskiy research ship

Obama Dooms Seniors
to Ravages of Aging
Accuracy in Media, by Betsy McCaughey    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/2/2014 5:09:45 AM     Post Reply
On Oct. 1, 2012 the Obama administration started awarding bonus points to hospitals that spend the least on elderly patients. It will result in fewer knee replacements, hip replacements, angioplasty, bypass surgery and cataract operations. These are the five procedures that have transformed aging for older Americans. They used to languish in wheelchairs and nursing homes due to arthritis, cataracts and heart disease. Now they lead active lives. But the Obama administration is undoing that progress. By cutting $716 billion from future Medicare funding over the next decade and rewarding the hospitals that spend the least on seniors, the Obama health law



New York City is a ‘plantation,’ says
de Blasio inauguration preacher
Daily Caller, by Chuck Ross    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/2/2014 5:05:14 AM     Post Reply
A Brooklyn pastor gave an invocation at Bill de Blasio’s mayoral inauguration on Wednesday comparing New York City to a Civil War-era “plantation” and asking for God’s help in ending inequality in the city. “End the civil wars and usher in a new Reconstruction era that builds upon the many successes and achievements of yesterday while proclaiming the beginning of a new beginning,” said Rev. Fred A. Lucas Jr., of Brooklyn Community Church. “Let the plantation called New York City be the city of God, a city set upon the hill. A light shining in the darkness,” Lucas prayed. Lucas,

Romney grandchild latest
victim of racist media
Washington Times, by Charles Hurt    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/2/2014 5:00:29 AM     Post Reply
For the racist media, 2013 was another bad year. It culminated with the hideous display on MSNBC where a gang of nasty jabber-mouth panelists played the “knockout” game on Mitt Romney and his adopted black grandchild. Now there has been a lot of this “knockout” game going around where thugs sneak up on unsuspecting victims and cold-c**k them to the pavement. The goal is for innocents to drop like sacks of potatoes, without even a defensive flinch. It has been done to young people, mothers, students, elderly men and even elderly women. But never before has such an attack been caught on video

The Year of the Dud
National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/2/2014 4:55:33 AM     Post Reply
Lots of things that should have happened in 2013 did not. We were supposed to have long ago reached “peak oil” and an age of always-higher gas prices. Wind and solar power — and a reduced lifestyle — were our dismal future. But someone or something did not cooperate with gloomy government predictions. After all the failed subsidized green companies, the postponement of the Keystone Pipeline, the radical restrictions of new gas and oil leasing on federal lands, and the promises for radical climate-change legislation curtailing carbon-energy use, the United States nevertheless seems awash in old energy. Gas prices have been going down.

The hidden costs of ObamaCare
Fiscal Times, by Jacqueline Leo    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/2/2014 4:44:00 AM     Post Reply
ObamaCare has delivered another sucker punch to the middle class. This time it´s sticker shock. Now that most people can get past the tech problems of HealthCare.gov and actually see the real cost of insurance plans available, they are finding that Affordable Care is a big hit to the family budget. And when the family budget gets hit in the solar plexus, guess what happens to consumer spending and the economy? In California, policies for about 900,000 Californians are being canceled because of ObamaCare´s mandates, and about two-thirds of these do not qualify for subsidies, according to The Chicago Tribune. The result:



Helicopter rescue delayed
as second ship trapped in ice
Morning Herald [Sydney, Australia], by Nicky Phillips    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/2/2014 4:39:28 AM     Post Reply
Plans to rescue 52 passengers trapped on the stricken Russian research ship Akademik Shokalskiy have been thrown into disarray after the Chinese ice-breaker Xue Long itself became stuck in pack ice, west of the Mertz Glacier. It is the second vessel to become trapped in the region in less than two weeks. There were expectations that a helicopter would on Thursday begin ferrying trapped passengers off the Russian ship and onto the Xue Long. Advertisement The plan was for them to then be transported by barge to the Australian-flagged Aurora Australis. But on Thursday morning it became apparent the Xue Long was itself unable

2014: The World Without
America. Or Is It?
PJ Media, by Michael Ledeen    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/2/2014 4:33:27 AM     Post Reply
At the end of last year, President Obama was in Hawaii. French President Hollande was in Saudi Arabia, whose leaders openly declare their contempt for American leaders. Obama is basically having fun. Hollande and the royal family are basically doing strategy. They are designing actions to advance their interests in the new world; not, as is often said, a world without America, but a world in which American leaders have turned against America. Which is not an easy task. Those of us who lived abroad during the Cold War were given a window that was closed to our fellow citizens back home:

Cops can use radio waves
to bring your car to a halt
Fox News, by Peter Braun    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/2/2014 4:29:01 AM     Post Reply
Finding a safe way to stop fleeing cars has been a difficult problem for law enforcement for a long time. Police have tried everything from spike strips to PIT maneuvers to bring fleeing villains to a halt. Now, however, a British company has a slightly more high tech idea: radio waves. The company, known as E2V is working on a system called RF-Safe Stop that projects radio pulses which overwhelm and shutdown engine electronics. The system is in essence a small radar transmitter that uses specific radio frequencies to create an effect similar to an electromagnetic pulse. The BBC reports that in

´Dead´ Banker Arrested in
$21 Million Fraud Charges
ABC News, by Kevin Dolak    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/2/2014 4:24:37 AM     Post Reply
A banker who vanished in an apparent suicide in 2012 and was wanted by the FBI in connection with a $20 million wire fraud case has been arrested in Georgia after being pulled over for a minor traffic violation. Aubrey Lee Price, 47, was stopped while driving on I-95 in Glynn County, Ga., on Wednesday for a tinted window violation, according to police. Officers said that it was clear Price was giving them false information during the stop, and were soon able to determine he was wanted by the FBI. Price´s arrest comes more than a year after a Florida judge declared

Poll: Americans Have Little
Faith in Government
Associated Press, by Charles Babington & Jennifer Agiesta    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/2/2014 4:22:10 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- Americans enter 2014 with a profoundly negative view of their government, expressing little hope that elected officials can or will solve the nation´s biggest problems, a new poll finds. Half say America´s system of democracy needs either "a lot of changes" or a complete overhaul, according to the poll conducted by the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Just 1 in 20 says it works well and needs no changes. Americans, who have a reputation for optimism, have a sharply pessimistic take on their government after years of disappointment in Washington. The percentage of Americans saying the nation


The Roberts Trap Is Sprung
American Thinker, by Bill Dunne    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 1/2/2014 3:27:43 AM     Post Reply
One of the most overlooked aspects of the year just ended is the vindication of Chief Justice John Roberts -- a vindication that showed up as the national catastrophe known as ObamaCare got rolling. Roberts may have also doomed Hillary Clinton´s chance to live in the White House again. The chief justice, an appointee of President George W. Bush and reputedly a constitutionalist in his jurisprudence, set his diabolical trap (diabolical to Democrats) on June 28, 2012, when he joined with the four liberal justices on the Supreme Court to uphold the constitutionality of ObamaCare. Conservatives and Republicans across the land

UK firms place 8,000 job adverts
in Romania for taxi drivers, hotel
staff, nurses and even doctors
Daily Mail [UK], by Arthur Martin    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/2/2014 12:06:39 AM     Post Reply
British companies have placed nearly 8,000 job adverts for Romanians to come and work as taxi drivers, hotel staff, nurses and even doctors. The adverts – some of which have attracted more than 500 applicants – are written in the local language and have been posted on job-search websites in Romania. Some UK firms require only a ‘basic’ understanding of the English language and others say that previous experience is not necessary. (Snip) However, many jobs available will pay only the minimum wage of £6.31. This is seven times the minimum hourly rate of 88p in Romania. Recruitment agencies are advertising

Keeping Your Doctor Under
Obamacare Is No Easy Feat
Time Magazine, by Kate Pickert    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/1/2014 11:02:33 PM     Post Reply
When Blue Shield of California was designing the new health plans it would offer individuals under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the insurer made a simple request to doctors and hospital in its network — lower your prices or get left behind. The insurer asked providers to accept reimbursement rates as much as 30 percent lower than what Blue Shield previously paid through plans sold on the individual market. Some providers got on board, but not all. According to the company, just 60 percent of the doctors and 75 of the hospitals that participate in the Blue Shield of California’s

Not a ‘Bogus’ Benghazi Connection
Weekly Standard, by Thomas Joscelyn    Original Article
Posted By: JoElla Bee- 1/1/2014 10:45:23 PM     Post Reply
During an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, New York Times reporter David Kirkpatrick was asked about the connections between Muhammad Jamal’s network and the Benghazi attack. Jamal, as I documented in a response to Kirkpatrick’s Times piece, was clearly operating as part of al Qaeda’s international network. And according to multiple reports, including in the New York Times itself, Jamal’s network is suspected of taking part in the Benghazi attack. This reporting contradicts Kirkpatrick’s thesis that only “local” Libyan actors were involved and that neither al Qaeda-affiliated terrorists, nor any other internationally connected terrorist groups, took part in the September

Providing for common defense
a lower priority as Pentagon
pivots to social issues
Washington Times, by Rowan Scarborough    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/1/2014 10:28:39 PM     Post Reply
As the armed forces shrink and withdraw from some global hot spots, their agenda for the battle of the sexes grows. The Pentagon under the Obama administration has devoted considerable hours in public and private to sorting out same-sex relationships, the roles of women in the foxhole and ways to stop sexual assaults. Now, another issue has arisen: gender transformation. The sexual revolution has some traditionalists wondering whether the Pentagon is taking its eye off the ball — the enemy. “Every conceivable form of PC is being enforced upon our hard-pressed military with a zeal that only a Russian army

Gearing up for the next Obamacare battle
Washington Times, by Meredith Somers    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/1/2014 10:26:13 PM     Post Reply
Advocates for a Denver-based congregation of Catholic nuns on Wednesday applauded an eleventh-hour order by Supreme CourtJustice Sonia Sotomayor to temporarily block a requirement under the Affordable Care Act to insure birth control procedures, but attorneys and analysts agreed the fight is far from over. The complicated politics of Obamacare were on full display on the first day of the year as a key component of President Obama’s health care law was put on indefinite hold at the last moment by a Catholic court justice whom Mr. Obama himself named to the high court. The justice’s ruling was also the

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