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The left is too silent on the
clunking fist of state power
Guardian [UK], by John Harris    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/6/2014 10:29:44 AM     Post Reply
This will be the year of the intrusive, oppressive state. Obviously, this will not much distinguish it from 2013, 2012 or 2011. But still: fundamental issues of government and its reach into our lives are now bubbling away as never before, and may well reach boiling point over the next 12 months. The fallout from Edward Snowden´s revelations goes on: in the US, the latest stories concern a National Security Agency programme aimed at breaking all forms of digital encryption, while the debate about legislating to curtail surveillance powers rages. Here, by contrast, there is something jaw-dropping about how little the

Cuccinelli to be lead lawyer in
suit against Obama administration
Times-Dispatch [Richmond, VA], by Andrew Cain    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/6/2014 10:20:44 AM     Post Reply
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli leaves office Saturday, but he will continue to take on what he considers overreaching by the federal government. Cuccinelli will be the lead lawyer in a suit filed by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., against the Obama administration over the data-collection policies of the National Security Agency, according to The Associated Press. As attorney general, Cuccinelli took on the Obama administration in court over the Affordable Care Act and the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate emissions. On Oct. 28, late in Republican Cuccinelli’s unsuccessful campaign for governor, he and Paul spoke at Liberty University’s convocation in Lynchburg. During that

The Cleantech Crash
CBS News, by Lesley Stahl    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/6/2014 10:15:03 AM     Post Reply
The following is a script from "The Cleantech Crash" which aired on Jan. 5, 2014. Lesley Stahl is the correspondent. Shachar Bar-On, producer. About a decade ago, the smart people who funded the Internet turned their attention to the energy sector, rallying tech engineers to invent ways to get us off fossil fuels, devise powerful solar panels, clean cars, and futuristic batteries. The idea got a catchy name: “Cleantech.” Silicon Valley got Washington excited about it. President Bush was an early supporter, but the federal purse strings truly loosened under President Obama. Hoping to create innovation and jobs, he committed north of



Tiger Mom: Some cultural
groups are superior
New York Post, by Maureen Callahan    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/6/2014 10:10:17 AM     Post Reply
She’s doubling down. Amy Chua, the self-proclaimed “Tiger Mom” who, in 2011, published a book arguing that Chinese women are superior mothers — thus their offspring superior children — has even more to say. In “The Triple Package,” Chua and her husband, co-author Jed Rubenfeld, gather some specious stats and anecdotal evidence to argue that some groups are just superior to others and everyone else is contributing to the downfall of America. Unsurprisingly, the Chinese Chua and the Jewish Rubenfeld belong to two of the eight groups they deem exceptional. In no seeming order of importance, they are: Jewish Indian

National Average Goal
Unique To Education Pay
Carolina Journal (Raleigh, NC), by Don Carrington    Original Article
Posted By: rivlax- 1/6/2014 10:05:52 AM     Post Reply
Education leaders and some politicians for years have urged that pay for educators in North Carolina be at “the national average,” a goal used for no other employment sector in the state as a metric to gauge the appropriateness of pay. [SNIP] Using BLS data, CJ compared each state’s private-sector and public education average pay to the national average, resulting in a percentage for each, which may be thought of as an index.

Putting the Star of Bethlehem
In the Night Sky of the Internet
Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 1/6/2014 9:34:45 AM     Post Reply
In his inspirational column today, Father Paul Nicholson, Missionary Preacher of the New Evangelization, compares ever searching modern man to the Three Wise Men who followed the star to Bethlehem. “They presented the little Christ Child with gold because He was a King, frankincense because He was God, and myrrh because He would die as a Sacrificial Saviour,” Father writes, noting today is Epiphany. “They learned all that from a star. “It is remarkable isn’t it, that these men, unlettered by revelation, could read the sacred book of Creation and interpret it to understand the meaning of life, and the work of redemption.

Thanks to Obama, Islamist militants will
be the ultimate victors in Iraq and Afghanistan
Telegraph (UK), by Con Coughlin    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/6/2014 9:17:45 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama has returned from his two-week Christmas vacation in Hawaii to find his controversial policy of disengagement with America´s foes in tatters. While Mr Obama was merrily lounging at his favourite Hawaiian resorts, a damning National Security Estimate, which collates material provided by 16 American intelligence agencies, predicted that the Taliban is set to reclaim much of the territory vacated by American and British forces when they complete combat operations at the end of the year. (General Sir Peter Wall, the head of the British Army, made much the same warning in my exclusive interview with him at the



How Leftists (Badly)
Explain Climate Stability
American Thinker, by Chet Richards    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/6/2014 9:13:28 AM     Post Reply
Over geologic time, within a fluctuation of a few degrees, the Earth´s climate has been moderate and stable. The climate has long been similar to today´s despite the fact that, in the past, carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has typically been very much greater than it is today. Why is this so? No one knows. That is what scientists should be trying to discover. (snip)The fundamental mistake made consistently by almost all global warming advocates is that carbon dioxide induces net positive feedback. The postulated mechanism is that increased carbon dioxide warms the atmosphere, which, in turn, causes increased evaporation

´Jihad Jane´ faces life
sentence for terror plot
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/6/2014 9:11:54 AM     Post Reply
A woman who called herself "Jihad Jane" and helped suspected terrorists overseas faces the possibility of life in prison at her sentencing this week in the U.S. A federal judge must decide if 50-year-old Colleen LaRose presented a real threat or was easy prey for extremists seeking followers with U.S. passports. LaRose admits she plotted to kill a Swedish artist over a cartoon that offended Muslims. Prosecutors will seek a long sentence Monday, despite her extensive cooperation. LaRose, who called herself "Jihad Jane" in videos posted on YouTube, returned from Ireland in 2009 to surrender to the FBI.

Obama, back at ´work,´
vows to talk jobs again
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 1/6/2014 9:10:20 AM     Post Reply
President Obama, who´s been on vacation since earlier last year, is finally back in the White House today, as is Joe Biden, who´s also been idling on a warm island. Michelle Obama opted to fly home separately this year, taking extra sunny days in Hawaii with friends celebrating her 50th birthday. Not that the president cares, but he confronts a chilly public this month. Faced with a stubbornly sluggish job market and soaring costs for ObamaCare´s health insurance, including fully 18 new taxes, mandates and penalties, a whopping majority of Americans sees their country going down the wrong track.

Germany´s Angela Merkel
fractures pelvis in skiing accident
CNN, by Stephanie Halasz and Nick Thompson    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/6/2014 9:07:42 AM     Post Reply
German Chancellor Angela Merkel fractured her pelvis in a skiing accident in Switzerland over the holidays, her spokesman told reporters Monday. Merkel was cross-country skiing when the accident occurred. Spokesman Steffen Seibert did not disclose the date of the incident, but said her injuries are not thought to be serious and it is thought she will make a full recovery. Merkel, who has been Chancellor of Germany since 2005, will need aid to walk over the next few weeks and will be canceling some of her commitments, Seibert said. Merkel´s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) said it will delay its party retreat, originally slated



Israel: Website mocks John
Kerry with ´porcu-shine´ video
British Broadcasting Corporation, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/6/2014 9:05:07 AM     Post Reply
Right-wing groups in Israel have set up a website portraying US Secretary of State John Kerry as an unwanted salesman, pedalling inappropriate solutions to people´s problems, it seems. The parody site shows a lookalike promoting "John Kerry Solutions Ltd" and coming up with half-baked solutions which end in disaster, The Times of Israel reports. A video shows a Hebrew-speaking ´Kerry´ offering a man stuck on the toilet without paper to use a porcupine instead. "Wipe, don´t gripe", Kerry tells him. After the "porcu-shine" incident, the advice goes from bad to worse, and the man ends up unemployed and begging in the street. The

Obama on the minimum
wage --- then and now
Washington Examiner, by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/6/2014 8:33:10 AM     Post Reply
In coming weeks President Obama and Hill Democrats will launch a new campaign to raise the minimum wage. Working with labor unions and activist groups, Democrats hope to increase the federal minimum wage from its current $7.25 to $10.10. "It´s well past the time to raise a minimum wage that in real terms right now is below where it was when Harry Truman was in office," the president declared in his Dec. 4 speech on inequality. Republicans will argue that raising the minimum wage will hurt the economy, as employers, especially small businesses, hire fewer low-wage workers.

ADHD Does Not Exist
New York Post, by Kyle Smith    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/6/2014 8:31:10 AM     Post Reply
Pop quiz: Is the proportion of American children suffering from the disease known as attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder . . . a) Less than 5%, as we believed before the early 1990s? b) More than 11%, and rising, as suggested by CDC statistics? c) Zero? The correct answer is (c), says neurologist Richard Saul in his forthcoming book, “ADHD Does Not Exist: The Truth About Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder” (HarperWave), which is sure to cause controversy when it comes out in February. After a long career treating patients complaining of such problems as short attention spans and an inability to focus, Saul is

EXCLUSIVE: Republicans set to deliver
big statement on abortion
Washington Times, by Ralph Z. Hallow    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/6/2014 8:29:34 AM     Post Reply
In an unprecedented show of opposition to abortion, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is delaying the start of the party’s annual winter meeting so he and other committee members can join the March for Life on the Mall, The Washington Times has learned. Mr. Priebus, a plain-spoken Greek Orthodox lawyer from Wisconsin, will join members of his party’s national committee and thousands of other abortion opponents in the annual right-to-life march scheduled for Jan. 22, the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that declared abortion a constitutional right. “I saw that there was a real interest among a significant portion



US mega storm Hercules heads for Britain: 50ft
waves batter coast and 1.6inches of rain will
fall today as Environment Agency issues 340
flood warnings (but STILL people risk their lives)
Daily Mail [UK], by Mark Duell    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/6/2014 8:27:27 AM     Post Reply
Britain was again being battered by strong winds and 50ft waves today as coastal communities braced for further flooding. The Environment Agency has issued 340 flood warnings or alerts--including one severe warning in Dorset, where there is ‘significant risk to life´. The Met Office issued a ‘be aware’ yellow warning for wind as gusts of up to 70mph are expected on the west and south-west coast of Britain today. Forecasters said this will cause ‘exceptionally high waves’. [Snip] Surfers have reportedly flown in from the US to follow a deep depression across the Atlantic dubbed Winter Storm Hercules, hoping to

From Petraeus Scandal,
an Apostle for Privacy
New York Times, by Jennifer Steinhauer    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/6/2014 8:26:50 AM     Post Reply
TAMPA, Fla. — Jill Kelley still glances around for cameras before she leaves her large, six-columned house on Hillsborough Bay, and she rarely goes to the grocery store. Since November 2012, when the government released her name in connection with a scandal that brought down the head of the Central Intelligence Agency, Ms. Kelley has yet to return to her children’s schools, she said, and could not even summon the courage to go to their holiday plays.

The Muslim Brotherhood, Back
in a Fight to Survive
New York Times, by Kareem Fahim    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/6/2014 8:25:00 AM     Post Reply
FAYOUM, Egypt — They hide in safe houses on the outskirts of this city, talk only fleetingly on cellphones and avoid the cafes where they used to meet. Heavy scarves obscure their identities when they venture out to join protests. The leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, now outlawed, have adjusted to life underground, even while hundreds of their fellow members have been arrested in this city since the military deposed President Mohamed Morsi, a Brotherhood leader, and the Egyptian government branded the group a

State Attorneys General to Obama -
Enforce your own Obamacare law
Washington Examiner, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/6/2014 8:24:50 AM     Post Reply
Throughout 2013, as implementation of his signature health care law hit snag after snag, President Obama unleashed a steady stream of administrative revisions of the Affordable Care Act without seeking the approval of Congress, which is the branch empowered with making and changing laws. Among other things, he delayed the employer mandate, income verification requirements and the exclusion of union plans from a new fee. Then in November, as millions of Americans received cancellation notices from their insurers informing them — contrary to Obama’s promises — they would not be able to able to keep their health care plans, he announced

Germany started the Great War,
but the Left can’t bear to say so
Telegraph [UK], by Boris Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/6/2014 8:08:14 AM     Post Reply
One of the reasons I am a Conservative is that, in the end, I just can’t stand the intellectual dishonesty of the Left. In my late teens I found I had come to hate the way Lefties always seemed to be trying to cover up embarrassing facts about human nature, or to refuse to express simple truths--and I disliked the pious way in which they took offence, and tried to shoosh you into silence, if you blurted such a truth. [Snip] He went on--in a piece that deserves a Nobel prize for Tripe--to mount what appeared to be a kind


Obama´s War Against the Elderly
American Thinker, by Paul Shlichta    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/6/2014 7:26:17 AM     Post Reply
t´s hard enough being old, with your faculties declining as you become a prime target for scammers and hucksters. But to make matters worse, you are also being cheated and persecuted by your own government. I don´t think "persecuted" is too strong a word. The present Democratic regime is throwing you under the bus, in favor of the young (and often unemployed) voting groups that they depend upon to keep them in power. And as to "cheating", bankers and financiers, whose ranks include greedy pillagers of retirement funds, are being joined by the government itself, which has developed its own methods

ObamaCare’s four biggest lies
New York Post, by Michael Garland    Original Article
Posted By: Honeybadger- 1/6/2014 6:47:53 AM     Post Reply
President Obama’s famous vow — “If you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan. Period.” — isn’t the only broken promise of ObamaCare. Now that the Affordable Care Act has actually been in effect for a week, Americans are discovering more pitfalls associated with the massive overhaul. Lie #1: “Affordable” Care. Even the president’s ideological allies — like Michael Moore — acknowledge that the Affordable Care Act is far from inexpensive for most Americans and that it “risks being a cruel joke.” For average Americans, the results are prohibitively expensive. “The cheapest plan available to a 60-year-old

Obamacare´s Medicaid Fraud
American Spectator, by David Catron    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/6/2014 6:23:47 AM     Post Reply
A couple of weeks ago I visited my internist for the annual physical to which she subjects me in order to confirm that my various organs are still operating according to specifications. As she poked and prodded, I asked how her practice was going. This question elicited a resigned sigh and a brief but poignant discourse on the necessity of “firing” her Medicaid patients. Medicaid, the government program that ostensibly provides health coverage for the poor, imposes so much red tape and pays so parsimoniously that she simply cannot afford to treat these patients if she wishes to avoid bankruptcy.

MMA fighter fends off four attackers,
killing one during home invasion: police
New York Daily News, by Doyle Cooper    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/6/2014 6:22:02 AM     Post Reply
A New Mexico mixed martial artist won the fight of his life — outside the ring. Joseph Torrez, 27, repelled a home invasion, killing one man, injuring another so badly he left in an ambulance and persuading two others to run in fear, authorities said. Torrez and the men clashed on New Year’s Day at his home outside of Las Cruces, reportedly part of an ongoing feud. One of the attackers, 22-year-old Leonard Calvillo, called ahead to threaten Torrez, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported, citing court documents. “I’ll kill you and your family ... I’ll go to your house,” Calvillo reportedly said. Calvillo arrived

Dump the Contraception Mandate
(and the Rest of Obamacare)
Reason Magazine, by Sheldon Richman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/6/2014 6:04:54 AM     Post Reply
“Nowadays to be intelligible is to be found out.” —Oscar Wilde In the wacky world of American politics, if you as an employer have a religious objection to paying for your employees’ contraceptives, it is you who is contemptuous of religious freedom. As the New York Times editorial board lectured a judge who thinks otherwise, “the threat to religious liberty comes from employers trying to impose their religious views on workers.” You read that correctly. Refusing to pay for other people’s birth-control products — more specifically, opposing a government mandate to pay — is equivalent to imposing your religious views. The Patient Protection

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