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After the snow... a ´POLAR VORTEX´:
Nation braces for coldest temperatures in forty
years after blizzards grounded 5,000 flights
Daily Mail [UK], by Louise Boyle*    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/4/2014 9:35:44 AM     Post Reply
Experts have warned that Friday´s freezing temperatures were simply a warm-up and that this weekend will bring a big chill for 140 million people--almost half the nation--that could prove fatal for the unprepared--and will continue through the winter. With the Northeast still reeling from the huge storm that dumped as much as two-feet of snow across the region and was responsible for the deaths of 13 people, a new weather system is threatening to bring record low temperatures to the Midwest as a polar vortex barrels over the United States. ´It´s the mother lode of cold air,´ said Weather Channel

From vacation, Obama tells Congress
to do something on unemployment
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 1/4/2014 9:22:24 AM     Post Reply
Hi, everybody, and Happy New Year. This is a time when we look ahead to all the possibilities and opportunities of the year to come — when we resolve to better ourselves, and to better our relationships with one another. And today, I want to talk about one place that Washington should start. Just a few days after Christmas, more than one million of our fellow Americans lost a vital economic lifeline — the temporary insurance that helps folks make ends meet while they look for a job.

The New York Times Destroys Obama
Townhall, by Caroline Glick    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 1/4/2014 8:10:51 AM     Post Reply
The New York Times just delivered a mortal blow to the Obama administration and its Middle East policy. Call it fratricide. It was clearly unintentional. Indeed, is far from clear that the paper realizes what it has done. Last Saturday the Times published an 8,000-word account by David Kirkpatrick detailing the terrorist strike against the US Consulate and the CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012. In it, Kirkpatrick tore to shreds the foundations of President Barack Obama’s counterterrorism strategy and his overall policy in the Middle East. Obama first enunciated those foundations in his June 4, 2009, speech to

  


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Schadenfreude is free;
Antarctic air-sea rescues are not
Legal Insurrection, by Leslie Eastman    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 1/4/2014 7:42:58 AM     Post Reply
Fans of Legal Insurrection will recognize I have been a denier for sometime, along with a group of scientists with whom I work closely on a variety of regulatory issues (hat-tip, Roger Cohen, Lorraine Yapps Cohen, Martin Fricke). In fact, it will be recalled that many of us believe the sun and its cycle are the most significant factor in climate change — and the fact that it is approaching an energy minimum while we are experiencing massive winter storms like Hercules would lead most reasonable people to conclude that this may be the better climate model. But who said global

Mayor De Blasio’s Horse
Policy Is a Pile of Manure
Daily Beast, by Nick Gillespie    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 1/4/2014 7:13:26 AM     Post Reply
If historians debate whether Caligula’s apocryphal attempt to make his horse a consul of Rome signified serious mental illness or was just the emperor’s idea of a joke, contemporary New Yorkers should have no doubt that their new mayor, Bill de Blasio, is nuttier than a squirrel’s pile. Upon taking office, de Blasio has made it his absolute highest priority “to quickly and aggressively move to make horse carriages no longer a part of the landscape in New York City.” Seemingly paraphrasing Richard Crenna’s Col. Trautman in the first Rambo movie, he flatly told a pre-inauguration press conference, “It’s over.”

Tangled Role in G.O.P.
War Over Tea Party
New York Times, by Eric Lipton    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/4/2014 6:57:41 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — In the year since he stepped down from Congress, Steven C. LaTourette, a Republican from Ohio, has emerged as one of the top generals in the establishment Republicans’ war against the Tea Party. It is a role that has benefited the Main Street Partnership, a corporate-backed advocacy group he runs, and its effort to raise millions of dollars to protect centrist Republicans from Tea Party challengers. It has also helped draw clients to a separate lobbying office Mr. LaTourette and his wife have set up across the street from the Capitol. But this blitz of activity has led to complaints

Obama to Leave Hawaii for
Washington on Saturday
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 1/4/2014 6:54:48 AM     Post Reply
HONOLULU -- President Barack Obama is planning his return to Washington after two weeks in Hawaii for a holiday vacation. White House officials say that the president and his family expect to depart Hawaii on Saturday night. The president´s vacation, spanning Christmas and New Year´s, is his longest to the islands during his presidency. He was born in Honolulu. Obama has spent most of his vacation playing golf and staying in a rented home in the sleepy suburb of Kailua on Oahu´s eastern coast. He has taken his daughters to the zoo and for shave ice and watched Oregon State play in the first

  


  

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

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

  


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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

  


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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

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