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Time to Call Climate Change
for What It Is: The Weather
Townhall, by John Ransom    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/3/2014 6:45:52 AM     Post Reply
The New Year brings us back to the number one reason liberals give regarding their war on America’s energy industry. Why does it take us there? Because this is more than a new year-- it’s an election year, and there are two different visions of the country that need to be contrasted for voters this year. And it’s not just the responsibility of candidates and political parties and super PACs to talk about what America can be. It’s your responsibility to do it too. You can do it over the fence post, or a soccer game or a cup of coffee, or over

Oklahoma stuns Alabama,
spoils McCarron´s sendoff
Fox Sports, by Corey McCartney    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/3/2014 6:32:46 AM     Post Reply
It´s the SEC´s house, where it won three of its national titles during the BCS era. But the Superdome was also the site of one of the most shocking losses of Nick Saban´s tenure at Alabama. Thursday night, the same location, with another Crimson Tide team that looked sluggish, provided the same result. No. 11 Oklahoma took the lead with Trevor Knight´s 8-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Saunders with 1:53 remaining in the second quarter and never trailed again, stunning third-ranked Alabama 45-31 in the Sugar Bowl. Coupled with a loss to Auburn in the Iron Bowl, it was the first time the

Chamber vs. tea party is a dumb move
Florida Times-Union, by Matt Towery    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/3/2014 6:30:44 AM     Post Reply
Could there be a group that looks more insular, elitist and out of touch than the U.S. Chamber of Commerce? One strategist for the chamber says they want “no more fools” nominated for office by the GOP. By “fools” he meant tea party candidates. The chamber is ready to spend $50 million to defeat them. This from an organization that has launched a thousand sinking ships. This is the same crowd that helped Mitt Romney and John McCain win GOP nominations for president. And the strategist who is credited with this new U.S. Chamber strategy is famous for running Bob Dole’s presidential effort in



The Big Apple or the Red Apple?
American Thinker, by Jeannie DeAngelis    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/3/2014 6:28:07 AM     Post Reply
New York City´s Mayor de Blasio has been sworn in, and his remarks at the ceremony proved that he is unabashed in his affection for progressivism. De Blasio vows to level the playing field, punish the rich, share the wealth, and further the progressive vision in the City That Never Sleeps. Mr. de Blasio´s words even made "bedeviled" Bill Clinton feel comfortable enough to acknowledge his usually deeply disguised radical left-leaning ideology. Speaking directly to Slick Willy, who attended with Hillary "Claw Her Way to the Top" Clinton, de Blasio said, "[O]ver 20 years ago, when a conservative philosophy seemed dominant,

Obama´s Other Big Lie
American Thinker, by Nick Chase    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/3/2014 6:18:00 AM     Post Reply
"We will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your healthcare plan, you will be able to keep your healthcare plan. Period." (Barack Obama, June 15, 2009, with variants repeated many times since). Today, any American who isn´t willfully blind knows this "promise" is a very big lie. A lie which was deliberately told by fundamentally-dishonest pushers of Obamacare, because if the truth were widely known at that time the Affordable Care Act would never have become law. It´s a lie that is so egregious,

The Campaign Begins
American Thinker, by Jim Yardley    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/3/2014 6:11:48 AM     Post Reply
All the "Aw, shucks, I really haven´t made a decision about running" from the Hillary Clinton stealth campaign had a rude shock on New Year´s Day when Michael Moore, the famous (for no particular reason) film director and Jabba-the-Hut impersonator, penned a guest editorial in the Democrat Party´s version of the old Soviet era daily Pravda, or as it is more commonly known, the New York Times. In reading this sterling example of "all the news that´s fit to print", the so-called "money quote" is most likely the following: "I believe Obamacare´s rocky start -- clueless planning, a lousy website, insurance companies

De Blasio ‘Very Comfortable’ With
Controversial Inauguration Speeches
New York Observer, by Jill Colvin    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/3/2014 6:10:47 AM     Post Reply
Mayor Bill de Blasio today defended the controversial comments made by many of his inauguration speakers, including one cleric who described New York City as a “plantation.” “I am very comfortable with everyone’s remarks yesterday and I think the ceremony represented the positive aspiration of New Yorkers for a more just city,” he told reporters today after swearing in his new Police Commissioner, Bill Bratton, at a ceremony at 1 Police Plaza. Many of the speakers at Mr. de Blasio’s event yesterday, including civil rights activist Harry Belafonte, Rev. Fred Lucas Jr. and Public Advocate Tish James, raised eyebrows for portraying the



Eleven attorneys general slam
Obama healthcare fixes as illegal
The Hill [DC], by Rebecca Shabad    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/3/2014 6:09:44 AM     Post Reply
Eleven GOP attorneys general say the Obama administration is breaking the law by repeatedly making changes to ObamaCare without going through Congress. The attorneys general specifically criticize President Obama´s executive action that allowed insurance companies to keep offering health plans that had been canceled for not meeting ObamaCare´s more rigorous standards. “We support allowing citizens to keep their health insurance coverage, but the only way to fix this problem-ridden law is to enact changes lawfully: through Congressional action,” the attorneys general wrote in a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “The illegal actions by this administration

Life on the New
York City Plantation
American Thinker, by Ethel C. Fenig    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/3/2014 6:06:26 AM     Post Reply
As the recently deceased former New York mayor Ed Koch blithely proclaimed upon losing a primary election "The People have spoken... and they must be punished." The people of New York spoke and elected proud far out lefty (no, that is not "progressive") Bill de Blasio (D) as mayor. Will they be punished? Inaugurated yesterday on New Year´s Day, the speeches provided a preview. The first speaker, wealthy entertainer Harry Belafonte, set the tone. While it is encouraging to know that the statistics have indicated a recent drop in our city´s murder rate, New York alarmingly plays a tragic role in the fact

Pension cuts to working-age military
retirees drawing fire
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI), by Jim Myers    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/3/2014 6:05:08 AM     Post Reply
Steve Dykes, an Army veteran with 23 years in the military, said Thursday he thought his retiree benefits would be safe when he left the service in 2010. Dykes recalled a key decision he made to turn down a $30,000 bonus at the 15-year mark, keeping his full retiree benefits in place. But now, with the bipartisan budget co-written by Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan and signed into law last week by President Barack Obama, the retired master sergeant wonders if he made the right call. "We are the ones getting screwed," Dykes, 49, said by telephone from his home

U.S. House to mull proposals to make
Obamacare website more secure
Reuters, by Susan Cornwell    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/3/2014 6:03:47 AM     Post Reply
The U.S. House of Representatives plans to consider legislation to make data on the Obamacare website more secure when lawmakers return to Washington next week, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said on Thursday. In a memo to his fellow House Republicans, Cantor said he would schedule floor action next week on proposals to make the healthcare website safer as well as notify consumers when their personal information has been compromised. Cantor noted that several bills on the topic of the website´s security had already been introduced by Republicans. The website HealthCare.gov allows consumers to shop for insurance plans under President



Obama, the Confidence Man,
and the Virtues of Humility
American Thinker, by Robert Morrison    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 1/3/2014 6:03:18 AM     Post Reply
One thing that neither Barack Obama nor his acolytes in politics and the media lacked was confidence. DAVID BROOKS: So there´s a lot of very smart people [around Obama], and it´s a testament to Obama´s confidence. You know, there was a great quote in a Ryan Lizza piece in the New Yorker about Obama´s confidence. And I´m not going to get it exactly right, but he essentially said, "I´m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters. I know more about policy than my policy directors. I think I´m a better political director than my political director." It was a speech of confidence. That was

Boehner Won’t Split
GOP on Immigration
Commentary Magazine, by Jonathan S. Tobin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/3/2014 5:56:59 AM     Post Reply
The mainstream media is still reeling from House Speaker John Boehner’s telling off Heritage Action and other right-wing groups that were attempting to obstruct Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget deal last month. Having pegged Boehner as a Tea Party hostage in the wake of the disastrous government shutdown that he failed to stop, the Speaker’s willingness to talk back to conservative activists has led to expectations that the Ryan budget won’t be the last instance in which the GOP establishment gives the back of its hand to the right. Thus, Boehner’s hiring of Rebecca Talent, a longtime immigration adviser to John McCain

Obamacare is good for AARP
but not for its members
Washington Examiner, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/3/2014 5:55:18 AM     Post Reply
At first glance, it might not make much sense that AARP, formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons, would be among the most vigorous of Obamacare advocates. The group bills itself as a non-partisan advocacy group that guards federal programs benefitting older Americans, and its 38 million members give it enormous clout: For years it has blocked common sense reforms to Medicare. But AARP is not working in its members´ interest by acting as a cheerleader for Obamacare. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the program slashes Medicare spending by $741 billion through 2022, and thus endangers access to

Business Groups Bank on
U.S. House to Act on
Immigration Revamp
Bloomberg´s Business Week, by Derek Wallbank and Heidi Przybyla    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/3/2014 5:37:27 AM     Post Reply
Business groups and activists lobbying for broad changes in U.S. immigration laws say they now expect House Republicans to consider piecemeal legislation this year and could start by tightening border security. Party leaders have been discussing options for months. House Speaker John Boehner, who says he’s committed to advancing legislation, last month hired an immigration policy adviser from the Bipartisan Policy Center to work on the issue. “Boehner has had many opportunities to shut down this process and he never has,” said Randel Johnson, senior vice president for immigration and labor issues at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “We’re definitely working towards



A Duck Dynasty Election,
or an Obamacare Election?
National Review Online, by Kevin D. Williamson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/3/2014 5:36:05 AM     Post Reply
With an eye on the upcoming congressional elections, there is a great deal of speculation about what is going to happen in 2014 to Republicans, who are divided and subdivided: Establishment vs. Tea Party, social conservatives vs. libertarians, military hawks vs. deficit hawks, etc. Prognostications about how those tensions are going to play out should be informed by what is not going to happen — for example, the United States of America in 2014 is not on the precipice of: 1) abolishing abortion; 2) restoring the marriage culture of the Eisenhower years; 3) returning to a prelapsarian constitutional order; 4)

Snowden clemency talks absurd
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/3/2014 5:32:48 AM     Post Reply
With talk of amnesty in the air, it’s a good time to define “whistle-blower.” Spoiler: It ain’t Edward Snowden. Whistle-blowers expose wrongdoing or corruption. Real whistle-blowers even enjoy legal protections. As President Obama said of Snowden: “There were other avenues available for somebody whose conscience was stirred and thought that they needed to question government actions.” Snowden didn’t do that. To the contrary, Snowden specifically sought his job as an NSA contractor and took its oath for the sole purpose of violating it, stealing American secrets and then making them public. Which he did before accepting asylum in a genuine police state, Vladmir

Wrong Again
Weekly Standard, by Stephen F. Hayes    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/3/2014 5:27:37 AM     Post Reply
To hear it from the New York Times editorial page, the many issues surrounding the attacks in Benghazi are now settled. In a December 30 editorial, published under the headline “The Facts About Benghazi,” the newspaper proclaims an end to the 15 months of debate about the fatal attacks on the U.S. consulate on September 11, 2012. Citing an “exhaustive investigation by The Times” that it says “goes a long way toward resolving any nagging doubts about what precipitated the attack” and “debunks Republican allegations,” America’s Newspaper of Record declares that “in a rational world” the investigation “would settle the

Barack Obama Is the
First Yuppie President
Daily Beast, by Stuart Stevens    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/3/2014 5:24:59 AM     Post Reply
There’s no mystery about him anymore: he is just like the rest of rich, middle-aged guys. “Nearly 4 years after Barack Obama was elected to the most powerful office in the most powerful country in the world, the question remains: who is he?” So opened an October 22, 2012 piece by Jerry Schwartz of the AP. It’s remarkable that such a piece would be written in the fourth year of a presidency about the most observed person on earth. Schwartz and the many others who wrote similar pieces weren’t talking about the nonsense over the president’s birth certificate but rather a lingering sense

In the Buckeye State, the
Tea Party Bucks the
Establishment Republican Governor
Daily Beast, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/3/2014 5:21:14 AM     Post Reply
Governor John Kasich once declared he was “in the Tea Party before there was a Tea Party.” Now a conservative activist wants to revoke his membership and kick him out of office for going soft on Obamacare and more. The battle for the soul of the Republican Party is coming to the heartland. Late Wednesday night, Tea Party leaders in the all-important presidential battleground state of Ohio announced that one of their own, Ted Stevenot, 48, a business owner and past president of the Ohio Liberty Coalition, would mount a primary challenge to Republican governor John Kasich. “Ted is serious about running. It


5 Myths Propping Up
the Obama Presidency
PJ Media, by Tom Blumer    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/3/2014 5:19:06 AM     Post Reply
As 2014 begins, President Barack Obama’s approval rating is at its lowest point in his five-year tenure. Imagine where it would be if the establishment press treated him the way it did George W. Bush. The president’s media apparatchiks are propping up what remains of the president’s popularity with five myths. 1. The economy has become strong, and is getting stronger. Media reports have been calling recent job gains “robust.” Hardly. 2013´s estimated job growth of almost 2.4 million is still only 60 percent of what was achieved annually on a population-adjusted basis for a full six years during the

Lobbyists cash in on do-nothing Congress
Politico, by Anna Palmer and Byron Tau    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/3/2014 5:12:30 AM     Post Reply
Congress didn’t get much of anything done last year, but you wouldn’t know it looking down K Street. Washington Inc. experienced only a minor squeeze, continuing to hum along even as Congress failed to pass the kind of bills that lobbyists are paid top dollar by corporate clients and other special interests to influence — like an overhaul of the Tax Code, immigration reform or a major deficit package. The fact that big business is just barely scaling back on its spending for hired guns in a year when Congress is expected to do even less and a year after the economy

Weed: Been There. Done That.
New York Times, by David Brooks    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/3/2014 5:10:24 AM     Post Reply
For a little while in my teenage years, my friends and I smoked marijuana. It was fun. I have some fond memories of us all being silly together. I think those moments of uninhibited frolic deepened our friendships. But then we all sort of moved away from it. I don’t remember any big group decision that we should give up weed. It just sort of petered out, and, before long, we were scarcely using it. We didn’t give it up for the obvious health reasons: that it is addictive in about one in six teenagers; that smoking and driving is a

Desperate for Mideast Deal, Kerry
Gets Earful from Netanyahu About
‘Unabated Incitement’ Against Israel
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/3/2014 5:08:15 AM     Post Reply
Secretary of State John Kerry was in Jerusalem today determined to ram through a Mideast peace deal despite recently spurning Israel on the Iran nuclear deal and pressing forward without the cooperation of half of the Palestinian territories. Kerry and President Obama are both desperate to make the forging of some peace plan a legacy issue, and Kerry quickly jumped into the task after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — who was reportedly critical of Obama’s stance toward Israel — left the post. Hamas not only dismissed Washington’s fresh push for talks over the summer, but welcomed Kerry by firing

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