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The Meadow Muffin
Canada Free Press, by Sarge    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/4/2014 6:26:02 AM     Post Reply
The New York Times told a story of Karl Rove’s Crossroads group. It spoke of it this way: “The biggest donors in the Republican Party are financing a new group to recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts who Republican leaders worry could complicate the party’s efforts to win control of the Senate. …The group, the Conservative Victory Project, is intended to counter other organizations that have helped defeat establishment Republican candidates over the last two election cycles.” The Conservative Victory Project, which is backed by Karl Rove and his allies who built American

Great news: Kim Jong-un’s uncle probably
not executed by 120 hungry dogs. We think.
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/4/2014 6:18:52 AM     Post Reply
Probably not. That rumor swept the Twittertubes of late, but it’s based on an unsourced report from one of Hong Kong’s least-reliable tabloids, which is somewhat akin to being one of Barack Obama’s least-credible promises. Max Fisher explains: If you’ve been on the Internet at all today, you’ve almost certainly seen the story claiming that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had his uncle executed last month by stripping him naked and feeding him to 120 hungry dogs. The story was first reported by a minor Hong Kong outlet on Dec. 12, was picked up by a Singaporean newspaper on Dec.

The Tea Party is an attitude,
and establishment Republicans
can’t squash it
Canada Free Press, by Herman Cain    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/4/2014 6:17:34 AM     Post Reply
The political dynamics as we head into 2014 seem ideal for Republicans. But we all know Republicans are experts at shooting themselves in the foot, largely because they seem intent on silencing the people who most believe in the ideals that are supposed to be those of the GOP. I’m talking specifically about the Tea Party, which the GOP establishment fears because we’re really talking about the divide between the political class and the working class. If you don’t believe the political class is distancing itself from the working class, you haven’t been paying attention. Look at all the ObamaCare

  


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Benghazi reporter Kirkpatrick
showed his naked body to all in college
Daily Caller, by Charles C. Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/4/2014 6:16:54 AM     Post Reply
The author of the widely disputed New York Times article on Benghazi repeatedly posed naked as a Princeton student. Far from the moderate journalist pose he strikes now, David D. Kirkpatrick was a prominent campus progressive and activist. Kirkpatrick was arrested for lewd conduct, advocated for classes on pornography, and even posed for Playgirl. “Kinky” Kirkpatrick had a “rather unusual habit of disrobing for photographers in public places,” reported The Daily Princetonian in January 22, 1990. “I’ve never been afraid to drop trou when it seemed like the right thing to do,” Kirkpatrick said of a Playgirl photo shoot he

Public advocate caught in lie
over Times homeless story
New York Post, by Carl Campanile and Beth DeFalco    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/4/2014 6:12:13 AM     Post Reply
She lied on her first day on the job — and got caught. Just hours after being sworn in as the city’s public advocate, Letitia James went on TV to claim that she played a key role in helping expose “the face of poverty in the City of New York” on the ‘front page of The New York Times. James, a former City Council member, said she had appointed a task force to examine conditions at the Auburn homeless shelter in her old Brooklyn district. When those conditions didn’t improve, James said, she acted to publicize the plight of Dasani Coates, a 12-year-old

Term limits are a check against
an American cult of personality
Washington Post, by Thomas E. Cronin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/4/2014 5:53:36 AM     Post Reply
In 1944, Republican presidential nominee Thomas E. Dewey said that “four terms, or 16 years, is the most dangerous threat to our freedom ever proposed” and announced his support for a constitutional amendment limiting future presidents to two terms. Dewey, of course, went on to lose to Franklin Roosevelt, who died a few months into his fourth term. Some critics — including a history professor writing in The Post recently [“Let’s end term limits,” Washington Forum, Nov. 29] — contend that presidential term limits eat away at voter rights and weaken presidents in their second terms. Americans want their presidents to

Blue State Blues: For the Left, Bill
de Blasio Is Post-Obama Consolation
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Joel Pollack    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/4/2014 5:51:07 AM     Post Reply
The American left, we are told by the sympathetic New York Times, is watching the mayoralty of Bill de Blasio with great interest and excitement. The Times says that New York’s new mayor will create a “closely watched laboratory for populist theories of government that have never before been enacted on such a large scale.” The Nation, that venerable institution of American leftist orthodoxy, is even assigning a reporter to cover nothing but the new de Blasio administration. That proves two things. One: the left, and its media, are completely uninterested in history. The “assertive, tax-the-rich” policies de Blasio is pushing have

  


  

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

  


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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

  


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´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

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