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A Jobs Agenda for the Right
National Affairs, by Michael R. Strain    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/5/2014 5:33:30 AM     Post Reply
Over the past four years, the unemployment rate has dropped from a high of 10% in October 2009 to 7% this past November. The fact remains, however, that an unemployment rate of 7% is much too high, and that even this troubling rate masks the true weakness of the labor market. A quick review of the most recent labor-market data tells the story. A broader measure of unemployment includes both workers who want full-time jobs but have to settle for part-time work and workers who are marginally attached to the labor force. Defined this way, the unemployment rate in November was

The Denaturalization of America
American Thinker, by Daren Jonescu    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/5/2014 5:33:11 AM     Post Reply
In 2008, America elected a president from a broken home whose mother was sympathetic to communists; who as a youngster had formative relationships with a transgender nanny chosen by his mother and a bisexual communist pornographer "mentor" chosen by his grandfather; whose teenage friends were so devoted to drug use that they gave themselves a nickname derived from this habit, and developed their own vernacular related to methods of pot smoking; and whose chums as a young adult were Marxist professors and activists, a liberation theology preacher, and domestic terrorists. This could have worked out all right -- we all

2014: Let´s Change the Climate
American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/5/2014 5:29:13 AM     Post Reply
Watching both ObamaCare and the good ship Akademik Shokalskiy crash on the shoals of reality, I think it would take a heart of stone not to laugh at the misadventures of Australian climate scientist Chris Turney, who headed that misbegotten adventure in Antarctica, and Barack Obama, whose signature legislation is proving a rolling, unending debacle. Two luftmenschen brought down to earth with a crash. Just as we are forced by federal law to give up incandescent bulbs for lesser alternatives to save carbon, fifty-two adventurers set off on a doomed expedition to prove a falsity: that the ice cap in the

  


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Global warmists trapped in Antarctic
ice were frozen by flawed assumptions
Washington Examiner [DC], by Rick Manning    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/5/2014 5:26:48 AM     Post Reply
You may have heard about the Russian ship trapped in Antarctic ice. Various ice-breakers from other nations have attempted to free it, but to no avail. The ship is encased in tons of floating sea ice. What many in the mainstream media have failed to mention is that the ship was attempting to study global warming at the South Pole. Along for the ride were some high-roller eco-tourists wanting to see some glaciers dramatically breaking off and falling into the sea. After the researchers and tourists were rescued, the ship’s crew stayed behind in the hopes of piloting their ship once it breaks

Democrats’ ‘fairness’ Catch-22
New York Post, by Michael Goodwin    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/5/2014 5:05:55 AM     Post Reply
All the political talk of tackling inequality should warm the hearts of Jets fans. After next month’s game in the Meadowlands, it will be 45 years since the team won the Super Bowl, a measure of inequality that cries out for justice. Oh, the unfairness! There are 32 NFL teams, so, in a utopian world, each team would win the championship once every 32 years.(Snip)The most optimistic way to view this “pink tide” washing over us is to realize it is doomed to fail. Whether it’s ObamaCare or de Blasio’s claim that “our mission” is to end a “tale of

2014: The Year of Obama´s Reckoning
Weekly Standard, by Jonathan V. Last    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/5/2014 5:01:30 AM     Post Reply
Two days after Christmas I found myself in a doctor´s office in New Jersey at eight o´clock in the morning. As I sat in the waiting room, a middle-aged woman came in and began a discussion with the receptionist. It seemed that her daughter, who would turn 26 on December 31, was trying to figure out what to do about health insurance. The woman explained that her daughter had been on a policy with a low co-pay and deductible (she didn´t specify what they were) that cost $240 a month. But Obamacare had scuttled that policy and the most affordable

Sisi: 1, Obama:0
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Mordechai Kedar    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/5/2014 4:57:09 AM     Post Reply
Everyone is aware of the American plan to impose the Muslim Brotherhood on Egypt and any other country that would allow it. The reasons for this American plan were revealed on this stage a half-year ago. Meanwhile, Abdel Sisi’s regime in Egypt is becoming more entrenched, and the Muslim Brotherhood – the Americans’ favorites – has been declared illegal, they and their many organizations having been declared a “terror organization.” They are forbidden to hold demonstrations and gatherings, or distribute fliers, and the police even become involved in the universities in order to suppress the Brotherhood’s activity. One may disagree with Sisi’s

  


  

Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas goes it alone in
Republican primary against Sen. John Cornyn
Washington Post, by David A. Farenthold    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/5/2014 4:52:12 AM     Post Reply
Rep. Steve Stockman — a Republican primary challenger to Sen. John Cornyn of Texas — might be the closest thing in this election year to a middle finger running for the U.S. Senate by itself. “If babies had guns they wouldn’t be aborted,” says a Stockman campaign bumper sticker. “The best gun lubricant around,” read a posting on Stockman’s campaign Twitter feed.(Snip)Also, of the 12 groups listed under “past and present endorsements” on Stockman’s Senate campaign site, as of Friday at least seven had not actually endorsed him for the Senate. Another “endorsement” is attributed to Howard Phillips, a conservative

The Eve of Distraction
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/5/2014 4:46:32 AM     Post Reply
Michael Weiss starts off with a humdinger of a lead in Politico. It’s hard to pinpoint just when, exactly, Barack Obama’s Syria policy fell apart. Was it in December, when Islamists humiliated U.S.-backed rebels by seizing what limited supplies America had given them? Was it back in September, when Obama telegraphed his reluctance to enforce his own “red line” after the Syrian regime used chemical weapons on its own people? (Snip)The only problem with Weiss’s article is that it has drawn its compass too small. The mayhem is much, much more extensive than Syria. For example, Syria really abuts on

How Edward Snowden Turned
Unwitting Journalists Into Activists
National Journal, by Michael Hirsh    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/5/2014 4:39:30 AM     Post Reply
No one has greater respect for investigative journalists than I do, and among that select bunch Barton Gellman of The Washington Post has long been one of the very best: intelligent, relentless, scrupulous, and always ethical.But the latest installment from the "Snowden files" (as the Post´s subhead put it Friday) made me wonder if what we´re experiencing and reading right now is still journalism, investigative or otherwise, or whether it is becoming something very different. I wonder if, after all the disclosures that have already touched off a major reassessment of National Security Agency surveillance by the U.S. government, what

Let Them Eat Sandwiches: USDA
Eases School Lunch Restrictions
National Public Radio, by Allison Aubrey    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/5/2014 4:37:05 AM     Post Reply
After the the school lunch program was overhauled in 2012 to curb childhood obesity, lots of kids began complaining that lunches were too skimpy. Why? Because in some cases, schools had to limit healthy foods — such as sandwiches served on whole-grain bread or salads topped with grilled chicken — due to restrictions the U.S. Department of Agriculture set on the amount of grains and protein that could be served at meal-time. In some districts, program participation dropped as more kids decided to brown-bag it and bring their own food to school. That led food service directors to lobby the USDA to reverse

  


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Cicada 3301: Code-breaking scavenger
hunt has the Internet mystified
CBS News, by Chenda Ngak    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/5/2014 4:33:40 AM     Post Reply
Is there a secret society attempting to recruit the best coder breakers in the world, using clues that spans across the globe and Internet? That’s what some people believe the case is with the elusive Cicada 3301 online puzzle, which, if history repeats itself, will make a return within days. Tekk Nolagi, a teenager from the San Francisco Bay Area who asked not to be identified by his real name, says he was sitting in a high school robotics lab in 2012 with his friends when the photo first appeared on the image message board 4chan.org. “It was posted on the paranormal

Sovereign citizen movement
rejects gov´t with tactics ranging
from mischief to violence
Fox News, by Joshua Rhett Miller    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/5/2014 4:31:25 AM     Post Reply
Joseph, a self-styled sovereign citizen, thinks mankind has been “hoodwinked” into bowing to governmental authority, making him one of a growing number of Americans who register their alienation from local, state and federal government with nuisance lawsuits, refusal to pay taxes and even violence in extreme cases. “All are born into the sovereign domain of the prime creator,” Joseph, who declined to give his full name or location, told FoxNews.com in an email. “No code can ever abridge that fact, no amount of manmade thought or words on paper can ever abridge that. Today man has lost sight of himself

Potentially Record-Setting
Cold to Start Sunday
Associated Press, by Carson Walker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/5/2014 4:23:15 AM     Post Reply
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Bitterly cold temperatures blowing into the Midwest and Northeast in the coming days are likely to set records, disrupt schools along with airports and endanger those who go outside without the proper clothing. The frigid air will begin Sunday and last into early next week, funneled as far south as the Gulf Coast because of what one meteorologist called a "polar vortex," a counterclockwise-rotating pool of cold, dense air. As a result, forecasters are expecting startling temperatures in many places: 25 below zero in Fargo, N.D., minus 31 in International Falls, Minn., and 15 below in

Off the grid and on target:
One man’s response to political correctness
Daily Inter Lake [Kalispell MT], by Frank Miele    Original Article
Posted By: davesenior- 1/5/2014 4:04:18 AM     Post Reply
The collapse of civilization is a fun place to visit in movies like “Apocalypse Z” or books like “Alas, Babylon,” but I wouldn’t want to live there. Rich Scheben, on the other hand, is ready and waiting. Scheben, of Eureka, Mont., is convinced (and he is not alone in this) that as Americans in general become more and more dependent on the mechanisms of big government and big business for their well-being, the only path to true security in the coming years is going to be self-sufficiency.That’s why he wrote a book called “One New York Man’s Journey to Off Grid Living

  


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Did Al Franken really cast the
´60th vote´ for Obamacare?
Star Tribune (Mpls), by Kevin Diaz    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 1/5/2014 3:37:00 AM     Post Reply
So who did cast the critical 60th vote for the Affordable Care Act, a?k?a “Obamacare”? Facing a new election year, the GOP has an answer ready to go: U.S. Sen. Al Franken, the Minnesota Democrat whose 2008 recount victory over Republican Norm Coleman helped alter the balance of power in national politics. (snip) But in a body of 100 senators, Franken is hardly the only contender for the distinction. Not to mention that in the end, the essential finishing touches of the health care law passed the Senate — thanks to some tricky legislative maneuvering — with a mere 56 votes,

Sen. Johnson will go to court to challenge
Obamacare subsidies for Congress
Stevens Point Journal (WI), by Donovan Slack    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 1/5/2014 3:25:14 AM     Post Reply
Washington — Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson is steaming mad about Obamacare, and he’s decided to sue the Obama administration on one of the only grounds he can — its treatment of members of Congress and their staffers. The Oshkosh Republican is a plaintiff in a lawsuit to be filed Monday accusing the administration of giving them special treatment that places a harmful burden on Johnson and other members of Congress. Under the health care law, members of Congress and their employees were kicked off their federal health plan and forced to buy insurance through an Obamacare exchange. But unlike other Americans going

Obama preparing intelligence-reform package
Maine Sunday Telegram, by Christi Parsons    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 1/5/2014 3:19:49 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — President Obama is preparing a package of intelligence reforms that will probably put a public advocate for the first time in the secret court that approves surveillance practices and remove a controversial telephone records database from direct government control, aides said. With plans to unveil the changes days before the State of the Union address on Jan. 28, (snip) Obama, who vowed to study the panel’s report during his two-week holiday in Hawaii, plans to meet with his national security team and outside experts to finalize his reforms after he returns to Washington on Sunday. Aides said he wants

Obama returns home to Washington,
but first lady stays behind in Hawaii
Washington Post, by Philip Rucker    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 1/5/2014 3:07:30 AM     Post Reply
Honolulu -- President Obama departed his native Hawaii Saturday to return to Washington, but his wife, Michelle, is staying behind for a few extra days to celebrate her 50th birthday with friends. As part of her birthday gift from her husband, the first lady plans to remain in this tropical paradise a little longer to hang out with friends in advance of her birthday on Jan. 17, according to a statement from the White House. Their two daughters, 15-year-old Malia and 12-year-old Sasha, were scheduled to depart Honolulu late Saturday and arrive in Washington on Sunday morning. The girls are set to

Bill Young´s first family
emerges to tell their story
Tampa Bay Times, by Andrew Meacham    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 1/5/2014 1:50:12 AM     Post Reply
One evening around Christmas in 1986, Terry Young heard a noise outside his home in Redington Beach. He opened the door to find his father, Rep. C.W. Bill Young. The congressman had come bearing gifts for Terry, his wife and their four young children. Terry Young said he relished the opportunity to share such a moment with his father. The two had been out of touch for more than a year after Bill Young divorced his wife of 36 years — Terry´s mother — and married his former secretary eight days later.The son had called and left messages with his

  



Woman helps police catch AMBER
Alert suspect in Antioch
KGO-TV [San Francisco], by Cornell Barnard    Original Article
Posted By: beancounter- 1/5/2014 1:38:41 AM     Post Reply
ANTIOCH, Calif. -- A quick-thinking Good Samaritan is being credited with helping police spot an AMBER Alert suspect´s car. A 7-year-old Antioch girl was found inside the car that was parked at the Antioch Marina late Friday night. Police say a possible sexual assault of the child is now part of their investigation. Because of that, AB7 News has opted not to release the name or show the victim of this crime. Leshay Burks started honking her car horn to alert police the moment she realized she may be parked next to the suspect´s car at the marina.

Local housing authorities in Charleston
and North Charleston get federal
dollars for self-sufficiency programs
Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by David Slade    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/5/2014 12:03:22 AM     Post Reply
The public housing authorities in Charleston and North Charleston will be getting a small piece of nearly $57 million in federal grants awarded this week to help some clients make the transition to self-sufficiency. The clients are people who have agreed to leave the Housing Choice Voucher program, commonly known as Section 8, within five years. In exchange, the clients get a financial incentive to succeed, and a coordinator to help them achieve their goals. In the voucher program, people with low incomes find privately-owned rental housing, and the federally-funded vouchers typically cover most of the rent and utilities. The

It's not only the war you mustn't mention, Basil*
Daily Mail [UK], by Chris Hastings    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/4/2014 11:25:15 PM     Post Reply
Mocking the accents of visitors from India and shouting at Japanese tourists is the kind of service you might only expect from the terminally tactless Basil Fawlty. But now tourism chiefs think Britain’s real-life hoteliers need to be taught how to avoid making such gaffes with foreign guests. VisitBritain, the taxpayer-funded body that promotes the UK overseas, has devised a list of dos and don’ts for the tourist industry. [Snip] Others are downright bizarre, with tour operators instructed to avoid putting people from Hong Kong in historic houses or four-poster beds because they are superstitious and may fear ‘a ghostly

Battle stations! Navy scrambles destroyer to challenge
Russian warship off British coast (but it takes 24
hours to make 600-mile journey from Portsmouth
base - was Putin testing our response time?)
Daily Mail [UK], by Mark Nichol    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/4/2014 11:13:33 PM     Post Reply
A fully armed Royal Navy warship was scrambled to challenge a missile-carrying Russian vessel in the waters off Britain just days before Christmas, defence sources revealed last night. In a calculated test of Britain’s reduced naval capacity in the North Sea, the Russian warship came within 30 miles of the coast. It was detected nearing Scotland, but the only ship the Royal Navy had available to respond after Ministry of Defence cuts was in Portsmouth, resulting in a delay of 24 hours until it was in position. The threatening approach towards Britain’s territorial waters triggered a top-secret Navy and Air

MSNBC: How Do We Combat ´Duck
Dynasty´ Clan From Doing What´s Legal?
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/4/2014 10:37:45 PM     Post Reply
Because MSNBC long ago stopped being a news channel in favor of becoming visual left-wing talk radio, the "Lean Forward" network continues to make a fool of itself in ways both big (mocking a black infant) and small. On a slow news Friday, MSNBC rising star Thomas Roberts and a guest spit-balled on the air over how to "combat" the Duck Dynasty clan from doing something legal -- like releasing their own line of firearms: THOMAS ROBERTS: Well as we look at that, because look at this, the Duck Commander company itself, it´s worth a reported $400 million through the sale

South Carolina Tea Party Slams
Huckabee for Supporting Lindsey Graham
Breitbart´s Big, by Michael Patrick Leahy    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/4/2014 10:33:01 PM     Post Reply
Joe Dugan, executive producer of the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention that will be held in Myrtle Beach from January 18th to the 20th, criticized former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee for supporting incumbent Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in an ad that ran on television networks in South Carolina during the Capital One Bowl Game Wednesday. "I thought it was disgusting," Dugan said of the ad. The ad was paid for by a group called the South Carolina Conservative Action Alliance, a tax-exempt 501(c)4 non-profit. In the ad Huckabee, who placed second in the race for the 2008 Republican nomination for President

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