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Obama: Yes to Terrorism Abetter,
No to Little Sisters of the Poor
Power Line, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/4/2014 5:50:13 AM     Post Reply
After five years of an increasingly radical presidency, it comes to this: the Obama administration has released Lynne Stewart, convicted of abetting a notorious terrorist, but is litigating in order to coerce a group of nuns who embody compassion. Isn’t this what Communists used to do when they came to power — release the “political prisoners” and harass the deeply religious? President Obama’s supporters say he’s not out to get the Little Sisters of the Poor. To escape federal punishment that threatens to end to their charitable work they need only sign a piece of paper. But that’s also how

Why has greed overtaken
America’s beloved gridiron?
Washington Times, by Wesley Pruden    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/4/2014 5:46:33 AM     Post Reply
“Greed is good,” Gordon Gekko, the famous movie villain of “Wall Street,” told us. But only for a little while. Eventually greed costs too much, as some of the owners of professional football are learning this weekend. Three of the four clubs in the playoffs can’t sell all their tickets, and without a sellout their fans can’t watch the game on television because the city — not only the city, but the region — is blacked out. The owners arranged this years ago to intimidate fans into buying tickets, or else. Tickets cost up to $300 each, or more, depending on the

Outrage at 400 PER CENT price mark up for
used and new cars in Cuba sold in the first
open car market since 1959
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/4/2014 5:46:17 AM     Post Reply
Cubans awoke on Friday for the first time in half a century with the right to buy new and used vehicles from the state without special permission, but markups of 400 percent or more quickly dashed most people´s expectations. At the state-run Peugeot dealership in Havana on Friday morning, where prices ranged from $91,000 for a 2013 model 206 to $262,000 for a 508, people walked away shaking their heads in disgust. ´I earn 600 Cuban pesos per month (approximately $30). That means in my whole life I can´t buy one of these. I am going to die before I can buy



Obama on the Couch
National Review Online, by Matthew Continetti    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/4/2014 5:44:47 AM     Post Reply
Imagine my surprise this week when my daily paper suddenly turned into a copy of US Weekly. With a turn of the page the New York Times became the sort of celebrity magazine that dispenses trivia in order to prove that a rich, famous, and powerful person is, at heart, just like us. The luminary was Barack Obama, whose taste in television was mined by correspondent Michael D. Shear for insights into the presidential character. Shear failed to provide any, but his article was riveting nonetheless. What at first glance might be dismissed as a piece of journalistic fluff, a

Viral Gun Registration Photo
in Connecticut Reminds
Some of Weimar Germany
Independent Journal Review, by Kyle Becker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/4/2014 5:42:11 AM     Post Reply
This gun registration photo from Connecticut has gone viral, due to some people’s perception that it is reminiscent of Weimar Germany. In Connecticut, the state’s new gun laws have gone into effect, and there have been reports of long lines of people registering semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity magazines. Anything the state considered to be an “assault weapon” (as opposed to a non-assault weapon?) or a high capacity magazine had to be registered before January 1st in order to be legally possessed. The Germans passed the Law on Firearms and Ammunition of April 13, 1928, and it was strengthened under the Nazis in 1938.

Iraq reels from the worst violence in five
years as Al Qaeda fights off government
forces to cling on to seized cities
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Lizzie Edmonds    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/4/2014 5:38:21 AM     Post Reply
Al-Qaida militants today fought off government forces to hold on to two of Iraq´s main Sunni cities in some of the worst violence the area has seen in years. Iraqi troops and allied tribesmen today surrounded the western city of Fallujah, firing artillery at up to 150 militants, an anonymous military official said. Troops also made forays into the city of Ramadi, he added. Al-Qaida´s local branch, known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, have held the two cities and nearby towns in western Anbar province since Wednesday. Fighters attacked in a series of assaults on Wednesday, taking over police

The ‘War on Women’
National Review Online, by Andrew Stiles    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/4/2014 5:36:43 AM     Post Reply
For years, Democrats have cited GOP opposition to Obamacare as evidence that Republicans are waging a “War on Women.” In April 2012, Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz attacked Mitt Romney as “dramatically out of touch with women on the issues and the priorities that matter to us. You know, wanting to take us back to a time when insurance companies could drop us or deny us coverage simply because of our gender being considered a preexisting condition, charging us up to 50 percent more simply because we’re women.” This War on Women campaign is likely to continue into 2014,



Racism! Squirrel!
National Review Online, by Kevin D. Williamson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/4/2014 5:33:52 AM     Post Reply
A viral video making the rounds in December bore the very descriptive title “Ten Germans Try to Say the Word ‘Squirrel’” — and nobody seemed to think that it was racist or xenophobic, even though our Teutonic friends were being held up as figures of fun for something that is deeply embedded in their culture. Indeed, the Germans seemed to be as much amused as anybody else. The phenomenon is nothing new to students of linguistics: Not every phoneme exists in every language, and it is extraordinarily difficult for adults to process phonemes that are not part of their linguistic

´Navy SEAL who fired the bin Laden kill shot
and took down Pablo Escobar´ found out to
be a fraud after ´securing a half-billion dollar
security contract´
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/4/2014 5:31:24 AM     Post Reply
A man claiming to be one of the most decorated Navy SEALs in military history has been rooted out as a fraud after swindling investors for hundreds of thousands of dollars. A.J. Dicken went all the way while weaving fictitious connections to the elite army force, claiming that he was the one who fired the kill shot during the Osama bin Laden raid. The al Qaeda leader wasn´t the only international warlord that he brought down either, he said, as he also told confidantes and would-be employees that he was responsible for killing Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. ´He wouldn´t tell these outrageous

Lessons for Federalism from
Colorado´s Pot Legalization
American Thinker, by Rob Natelson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/4/2014 5:29:49 AM     Post Reply
It´s ironic that one of the few states´ rights battles won in recent times was Colorado´s decision to legalize marijuana in the teeth of federal laws to the contrary. Pot really isn´t legal in Colorado, of course. The federal government still bans the stuff. And in Gonzales v. Raich (2005), the Supreme Court held that the federal ban is valid and the supreme law of the land. Last I looked, Colorado was still part of the "land." But as is its constitutional prerogative, Colorado has removed its own (i.e., state), criminal penalties from the sale of marijuana to adults over 21, so

Enough Pot Happy Talk
National Review Online, by Larry Kudlow    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/4/2014 5:28:39 AM     Post Reply
There was way too much giddiness in the media about the first day of legal pot selling in Colorado. Instead of all the happy talk, I think it’s time for some sober discussion and a strong dose of education about the addiction risks of smoking marijuana — particularly among young people. It may start out as a party, but it often ends up as something much, much worse. With the grace of God, I’ve been clean and sober for over 18 years — a recovery experience that still has me going to a lot of 12-step meetings. And I hear time



Overweight People In Developing World
Outnumber Those In Rich Countries
National Public Radio, by Jason Beaubien    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/4/2014 5:25:31 AM     Post Reply
People are getting fatter around the world. And the problem is growing most rapidly in developing countries, researchers reported Friday. "Over the last 30 years, the number of people who are overweight and obese in the developing world has tripled," says Steve Wiggins, of the Overseas Development Institute in London. One-third of adults globally are now overweight compared with fewer than 23 percent in 1980, the report found. And the number of overweight and obese people in the developing world now far overshadows the number in rich countries. "As countries go from being low-income to middle-income, and heading towards high-income, people earn

Rude and Crude: Why MSNBC
keeps getting into trouble
Fox News, by Howard Kurtz    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/4/2014 5:21:55 AM     Post Reply
Is there something in the water over at 30 Rock? Whether you love or detest MSNBC, the network has had a rough few months, and I’m wondering whether a series of embarrassing episodes is more than a coincidence. First, this is not some sort of Fox attack on MSNBC. It does a lot of politics, and I like politics. I have friendly relations with a number of people who work there. I think “Morning Joe” does a fine job of dealing with policy issues in more than short sound bites. And MSNBC President Phil Griffin has every right to position his outfit

Mass Shootings and the Left
American Thinker, by Joseph A.Frascino,MD    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/4/2014 5:21:41 AM     Post Reply
Guns and gun ownership have been an integral element of our society since the Pilgrims landed. The NRA has been active since 1871. "Traditional" firearm related deaths (robberies, suicides, murder) have been in steady decline since 1990. The recent spate in senseless mass murder/suicides obviously represents an anomaly not readily identifiable or definable on a historic basis. Through the 1970s and 80s such events were unusual. The uptick began in the 90s. In the eight years of the Clinton administration about 16 mass shootings (more than 4 killed) were recorded. Ten episodes were recorded during the 8 Bush years, nine of

Down the Times’ Bengahzi Rabbit Hole
National Review Online, by Andrw C. McCarthy    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/4/2014 5:20:35 AM     Post Reply
What was the commander-in-chief of the United States armed forces doing through the night of September 11, 2012, while he knew Americans were under jihadist siege in Libya? You won’t learn the answer to that question by reading the mini-book-length, six-“chapter” revisionist history of the Benghazi massacre cooked up by David D. Kirkpatrick and the New York Times. The Times report is a labor of love in the service of President Obama and, in particular, the Hillary Clinton 2016 campaign ramp-up. Former secretary of state Clinton, of course, was a key architect of Obama’s Libya policy. She was also chiefly responsible



Administration faces tough
fight on contraception cases
Politico, by Josh Gerstein    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/4/2014 5:18:46 AM     Post Reply
As a new round of religion-based challenges to President Barack Obama’s health care law head to the Supreme Court, advocates on both sides of the issue say the administration’s arguments are likely facing a chilly reception. On Friday, the Obama administration urged the court to reject a plea from an order of nuns who say a provision of Obamacare conflicts with their opposition to birth control. Already, the Supreme Court is preparing to hear two cases filed by private companies who say contraception provisions in the law violate their firms’ rights to religious freedom. Together, the cases could recreate a

Why Snowden Won’t (and
Shouldn’t) Get Clemency
Slate, by Fred Kaplan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/4/2014 5:15:40 AM     Post Reply
I regard Daniel Ellsberg as an American patriot. I was one of the first columnists to write that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper should be fired for lying to Congress.(Snip)Whistleblowers have large egos by nature, and there is no crime or shame in that. But one gasps at the megalomania and delusion in Snowden’s statements, and one can’t help but wonder if he is a dupe, a tool, or simply astonishingly naïve. Along these same lines, it may be telling that Snowden did not release—or at least the recipients of his cache haven’t yet published—any documents detailing the cyber-operations of

Dangerous Times: The New York
Times Goes the Full Pravda
American Thinker, by James Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/4/2014 5:12:28 AM     Post Reply
Every thoughtful person knows the NY Times peddles shameless whoppers every single day, just as Pravda did in Soviet Moscow -- "pravda" meaning "the truth" in Russian. In the good old USSR you didn´t read Pravda for the truth. You read it for the daily Communist Party Line, which bore no relationship to the truth -- other than to cover it up. Then you told your friends the latest headlines, and if they laughed at the same punch lines, you knew they got the jokes, too. Reading Pravda became an art form that allowed readers to guess who was up and

Downton Abbey:Watch the 8 funniest parodies
The Week, by Scott Meslow    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/4/2014 5:07:55 AM     Post Reply
D ownton Abbey fans have been waiting nearly a year to see how the show´s many British characters will solve their many British problems after the tragic cliffhanger that ended season three. (Unless, of course, those fans live in the U.K.; for them, the fourth season premiered in September and ended in November.) We´re now just two days away from seeing what twists and turns Downton Abbey will take next. But if you can´t wait for everyone´s favorite period soap opera to return to the screen on Sunday night, ask your butler to brew you a cup of tea and sit down

Access to Abortion Falling
as States Pass Restrictions
New York Times, by Erik Eckholm    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/4/2014 5:04:32 AM     Post Reply
A three-year surge in anti-abortion measures in more than half the states has altered the landscape for abortion access, with supporters and opponents agreeing that the new restrictions are shutting some clinics, threatening others and making it far more difficult in many regions to obtain the procedure. Advocates for both sides are preparing for new political campaigns and court battles that could redefine the constitutional limits for curbing the right to abortion set by the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision and later modifications by the Supreme Court. On Monday, in a clash that is likely to reach the Supreme Court,


Singalong Junk
American Spectator, by Daniel J. Flynn    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/4/2014 5:00:57 AM     Post Reply
Paul McCartney, an entertainer whose artistic peak occurred several years before my birth, earned more money from touring in 2013 than any other performer. The $106 million that Beatle Paul grossed from his traveling act more than quadrupled the amount taken in by the nearest competitor (Kanye West). When Frank Sinatra hit #1 in 1966 during The Beatles’ heyday, it struck the era’s pop stars as a bizarre anachronism. “Stranger things have happened,” a bemused Mick Jagger offered. Yet, Sinatra was but fifty years young when he claimed the top spot on both sides of the Atlantic with “Strangers in the

The Bleeding Obvious
PJ Media, by Michael Walsh    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/4/2014 4:58:50 AM     Post Reply
File this under Least Surprising News Story of the Week. A new study finds: The purpose of the present study is to determine the effects of state-level assault weapons bans and concealed weapons laws on state-level murder rates. Using data for the period 1980 to 2009 and controlling for state and year fixed effects, the results of the present study suggest that states with restrictions on the carrying of concealed weapons had higher gun-related murder rates than other states. It was also found that assault weapons bans did not significantly affect murder rates at the state level. These results suggest that

America needs a king
American Enterprise*, by Michael Auslin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/4/2014 4:54:10 AM     Post Reply
Does America need a monarch? Ever since, according to legend, George Washington turned down the chance of becoming the new country´s king, America´s identity as a republican nation of citizen rulers has been rock solid. Indeed, nothing can stir patriotic anger more than the suggestion that the U.S. president is acting like unelected royalty. Yet even before independence, John Adams argued in favor of a "republican monarchy" of laws, lamenting, "We have so many Men of Wealth, of ambitious Spirits, of Intrigue ... that incessant Factions will disturb our Peace." Looking at the United States, today, Adams was prescient, with

Americans Who Fought in Fallujah
Watch al Qaeda Make Comeback
ABC News, by Russell Goldman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/4/2014 4:47:09 AM     Post Reply
The crack of gunfire shattered the quiet following afternoon prayers in Fallujah on Thursday, an Iraqi city that U.S. forces once wrested from al Qaeda-linked forces in fierce and bloody fighting and is now a fresh battleground for the terror group. Inside the ancient city, just 43 miles from Baghdad, Iraqis are once again braced for a siege and say security has declined precipitously over the past year. On Thursday, Iraqi interior ministry officials declared that half of the city was occupied by a brutal wing of al Qaeda called the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. What little peace this

Boeing Machinists OK
Contract Tied to 777X
Associated Press, by Manuel Valdes    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/4/2014 4:42:43 AM     Post Reply
SEATTLE -- The stakes were high and the vote was close as Boeing production workers agreed to concede some benefits in order to secure assembly of the new 777X airplane for the Puget Sound region. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Boeing hailed Friday´s vote, which proponents said solidifies the aerospace giant´s presence in the Seattle area. "Tonight, Washington state secured its future as the aerospace capital of the world," Inslee declared. Under the terms of the eight-year contract extension, Boeing said the 777X and its composite wing will be built in the Puget Sound area by Boeing employees represented by

White House pressures Congress
on long-term jobless benefits
CBS News, by Stephanie Condon    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/4/2014 2:28:02 AM     Post Reply
The White House is ratcheting up the pressure on Congress to restore emergency long-term unemployment benefits when they return to Washington next week. President Obama will be joined by people who have lost those benefits, which expired at the end of last year, when he delivers remarks on the issue at the White House on Tuesday. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez told reporters on Friday that the benefits are a critical lifeline for people still looking for work. He said it would be ”unprecedented,” given the rate of long-term unemployment, for Congress to fail to extend the benefits. Already, 1.3 million

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