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Long flight, high prices face families
headed to Sochi for Winter Games
Gazette [Colorado Springs, CO], by Stephanie Earls    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/6/2014 6:38:46 PM     Post Reply
Four years ago, Jean Anne Schaefer was in Vancouver cheering as her son led Team USA to its first Olympic gold medal in more than 60 years in the four-man bobsled. When Steven Holcomb attempts to re-create the magic next month in Sochi, Russia, it will be without his mom´s in-person encouragement. (Snip) The coastal city of Sochi, on the northeast sweep of the Black Sea, isn´t a destination easily reached by most of the world´s elite athletes and their families. Deadly terrorist attacks in recent weeks in the city of Volgograd, about 600 miles northeast, have added an additional

How Many Trees Must We Plant to
Compensate for the Stupidity of the Global
Warming Cruisers Who Got Stuck in Ice?
Ruahlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/6/2014 6:34:49 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: By the way, one more global warming story. Just one more. It´s about the Russian global warming research vessel that went down to the Antarctic area to find melting ice. I´m not kidding. A bunch of global warming scientists had an expedition to Antarctica (the South Pole, for those of you in Rio Linda) to document melting ice in Antarctica because of global warming. As you know, they got stuck. They got stuck so bad that it took ChiCom and American rescue ships to get them out. You know, this has to be a real dilemma for Obama. The United States

The Moralistic Fallacy
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/6/2014 6:32:37 PM     Post Reply
City Journal´s Kay Hymowitz weighed in over the holidays with a response to our Dec. 16 column, in which we faulted the premise of her earlier article titled "Boy Trouble." She maintains that the main body of the article (which we described as "informative and important") is responsive to our criticism: "Men traditionally sought to ´better themselves´ not because working in an office or on an assembly line was itself a source of delight, but because being a workingman enabled them to earn respect and made possible the joys of domestic life," Taranto writes. I´ve made a similar point repeatedly (though

  


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Left Creates "Polar Vortex" to Make You
Think Winter is Caused by Global Warming
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/6/2014 6:31:17 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: So, ladies and gentlemen, we are having a record-breaking cold snap in many parts of the country. And right on schedule the media have to come up with a way to make it sound like it´s completely unprecedented. Because they´ve got to find a way to attach this to the global warming agenda, and they have. It´s called the "polar vortex." The dreaded polar vortex. Do you know what the polar vortex is? Have you ever heard of it? Well, they just created it for this week. Actually, there is a piece. I´ve got a piece in the Stack that

Nearly Two Thirds of 2013 Government
Waste, Fraud Came from HHS
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Edwin Mora    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/6/2014 6:17:10 PM     Post Reply
The estimated amount of taxpayer-funded payments that the federal government doled out through fraud, waste, and errors slightly decreased in 2013 to $106 billion from $108 billion the previous year, according to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). On Dec. 31, FederalTimes.com reported the estimated government-wide improper payments dollar figure for fiscal 2013, citing Frank Benenati, an OMB spokesman as the source. Benenati did not provide a breakdown of the 2013 payment errors by government program, saying that information would not be available for weeks, according to the FederalTimes.com article.

Comedians told to be funnier
before joke about Romney´s adopted
black grandson
CNN, by Alan Duke    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/6/2014 6:10:35 PM     Post Reply
Los Angeles- MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry chastised her guests for being too serious just before the controversial segment about former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney´s adopted black grandson. She told viewers the panel of comedians would "be forced to drink during the commercial so they can get their funny back." Harris-Perry would tearfully apologize for the resulting jokes a week later. "My intention was not malicious, but I broke the ground rule that families are off limits, and for that I am sorry," Harris-Perry said Saturday.

A Senate Vote Nears on
Yellen to Lead Fed
New York Times, by Annie Lowrey    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/6/2014 5:56:47 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The Senate is expected to confirm Janet L. Yellen as the chairwoman of the Federal Reserve on Monday evening, although inclement weather might delay the vote until Tuesday. Ms. Yellen, currently the Fed’s vice chairwoman, would be the first woman to lead the country’s central bank in its 100-year history. She would also be the first Democratic nominee to run the Fed since President Jimmy Carter named Paul Volcker as chairman in 1979. Ms. Yellen needs the support of a simple majority of senators, which assures her confirmation because she does not need any Republican support. Late last

  


  

Alec Baldwin: ´If I Cry,
Will I Be Forgiven´?
Breitbart Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/6/2014 5:52:36 PM     Post Reply
Though he has since deleted it, Alec Baldwin fired off a tweet Saturday that asked, "If I cry, will I be forgiven all of my transgressions?" Baldwin is obviously referring to Melissa Harris-Perry´s emotional, on-air apology to the Romney family, which happened the same day as Baldwin´s tweet. Baldwin was recently fired by MSNBC for hurling anti-gay slurs on a city street. Harris-Perry apologized for her Sunday show, which featured a panel of guests singling out and mocking Mitt Romney´s infant grandson over the fact he is adopted and black. According to a National Review report, Harris-Perry´s job is safe

Consider Alternative Schooling
USA Today, by Glenn Harlan Reynolds    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/6/2014 5:52:20 PM     Post Reply
Last week, I wrote here about zero-tolerance stupidity, suggesting that as schools grow more and more willing to punish and stigmatize kids for reasons of bureaucratic convenience, it might be parental malpractice to put your kids in public schools. But there´s another problem with public schools that goes beyond these kinds of problems: Even when they work well, public schools introduce all sorts of costs and rigidities into everyday life. That´s not surprising. Public schools were designed to be rigid. Back in the 19th century, when Massachusetts Board of Education Secretary Horace Mann toured Europe looking for models of public education

Exclusive--Benghazi Victims´
Families, Conservative Leaders to
Boehner: Install Select Committee Now
Breitbart Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/6/2014 5:50:06 PM     Post Reply
Three family members of the victims of the Benghazi terrorist attack and scores of conservative and military leaders are kicking off 2014 by demanding that House Speaker John Boehner install a select committee, Breitbart News has learned exclusively. U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith, and security officers Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed during the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012. In the letter to Boehner, which was delivered on early Monday afternoon and provided exclusively to Breitbart News, Sean Smith’s mother, Pat Smith, and uncle, Michael Ingmire,

Nancy Kerrigan, Tonya Harding drama
unfolded 20 years ago Monday in Detroit
Detroit News, by Angelique S. Chengelis    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/6/2014 5:27:41 PM     Post Reply
It was reality television before there was reality television. It had soap-opera drama and intrigue, a crime of competition that captivated a world-wide audience and gave figure skating, well, center ice. (Snip) A videotape showed Kerrigan, with medical personnel surrounding her, grabbing her knee and leg crying out, “Why? Why? Why?” Stant was part of a poorly planned and executed plot involving rival skater Tonya Harding’s ex-husband Jeff Gillooly. Later, Harding would plead guilty to conspiring to hinder prosecution of the case and was barred from amateur skating for life. After Kerrigan was unable to finish the competition

  


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White House pleads for ´emergency´
unemployment benefit extension
just 17 days after Obama boasted
the lowest jobless rate in 5 years
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/6/2014 5:04:25 PM     Post Reply
The White House made a strong defense Monday of a U.S. Senate push to extend ´emergency´ federal unemployment benefits by three months, just 17 days after President Barack Obama told reporters that his administration has done a remarkably good job putting jobless Americans back to work. Fifteen of those intervening days were consumed with a presidential vacation in Hawaii, placing those two statements on nearly back-to-back working days. Gene Sperling, director of the White House´s National Economic Council, said the Obama administration is focused focus on winning an emergency three-month extension of unemployment benefits. The nation has a ´long-term unemployment crisis,´

Crowding Out U.S. Workers
National Review Online, by Jeff Sessions    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/6/2014 4:59:45 PM     Post Reply
Several prominent amnesty advocates, including Mark Zuckerberg and top Obama administration officials, have argued that amnesty is a civil right. The claim is, of course, preposterous on its face. Under this reasoning, every immigrant currently living in the U.S. on a temporary visa has the right to refuse to leave when that visa expires. And every household in a foreign country has the right to enter the U.S. illegally tomorrow and demand the Obama administration’s amnesty for “DREAMers” and their relatives. To say that amnesty is a civil right is to effectively declare to the world the right to enter

A grim warning of the
risks in Afghanistan
Telegraph [UK], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/6/2014 4:57:35 PM     Post Reply
The takeover of the western Iraqi province of Anbar by al-Qaeda militants should serve as a timely reminder to Western leaders of the risks they will face as they seek to wind down combat operations in Afghanistan by the end of this year. During the bitter sectarian violence that erupted following the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003, cities such as Fallujah and Ramadi, located in the heart of Anbar, became synonymous with the bloody insurgency waged by al-Qaeda and other militant Islamist groups to prevent the West from achieving its goal of establishing democratic government. The insurgents were eventually

NBC Begins Swarm of Ads
to Lift ‘Today’ Back to Top
New York Times, by Bill Carter    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/6/2014 4:45:46 PM     Post Reply
The “Today” show, so accustomed to winning, has grown impatient with losing. Starting on Monday, NBC’s morning news program, which has found itself second to “Good Morning America” on ABC for the last 16 months, will begin what amounts to an all-out counteroffensive. A promotional campaign will be splashed across every media outlet owned by NBC’s parent company, Comcast, and will be centered on a new tag line for the program: “Rise to Shine.” Those words can cover a multitude of meanings for a show that starts at sunup, but the subtext is unmistakable: NBC wants — and surely needs —

  


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Liz Cheney Gets a
Chance to Make It Right
Bloomberg, by Margaret Carlson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/6/2014 4:32:56 PM     Post Reply
One beleaguered politician once uttered the plaintive question: Where do I go to get my reputation back? Senate candidate Liz Cheney might ask what she does to reclaim her relationship with her sister, Mary. Today might be a start. Cheney dropped out of the Wyoming Republican Senate primary race at a time when it was clear she couldn´t win barring a miracle. In Wyoming, it turns out you could like the Cheneys but not like them galloping into the state and taking on the popular conservative incumbent, Mike Enzi. In announcing her withdrawal, Cheney cited unspecified health problems in her family. All good

Reid: Republican agenda ‘to
make President Obama look bad’
Daily Caller, by Alexis Levinson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/6/2014 4:27:10 PM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that congressional Republicans’ sole agenda is to “make President [Barack] Obama look bad.” In his first speech on the Senate floor in the new year, Reid called for bipartisan cooperation, saying that Republicans had hamstrung bipartisan efforts. “We have been able to get a few things done but we have been unable to get some important things done because the goal by the Republicans in the congress — not the Republicans in the country, but the Republicans in the congress — is to do everything they can to make President Obama look bad,” Reid said.

Michelle Obama spending extended
vacation at Oprah’s Maui home
Daily Caller, by Betsy Rothstein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/6/2014 4:20:55 PM     Post Reply
Michelle Obama is spending her extended Hawaiian vacation at Oprah’s “exquisite” Maui getaway, The Daily Caller has learned. While White House pool reports indicate the first lady stayed behind this week in Hawaii to chill out with friends before her 50th birthday, there weren’t many specifics. But sources with direct knowledge tell TheDC that the first lady is relaxing in Maui at Oprah’s estate with CBS’ Gayle King, Valerie Jarrett and Sharon Malone, who is Attorney General Eric Holder’s wife. Sources say she’s there for a “girl’s getaway” before the big 5-0. “Yesterday we saw bomb sniffing dogs and Maui

Obama’s monumental
strategic blunder in Iraq
Washington Times, by Allen West    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/6/2014 4:18:22 PM     Post Reply
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLA, – The new year is the time when we share our hopes for Happy New Year, wishing our friends and family health and prosperity.(snip)The lack of effort to create a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) by the Obama administration with Iraq is rather telling. It is of great concern as we draw down forces in Afghanistan as well. Let me be clear, there are only two ways to end a combat operation: win or lose. Packing up and saying you are leaving only serves to embolden the enemy, regardless of how you try to spin it

Following the money in De Blasio´s
horse-drawn carriage ban
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 1/6/2014 4:17:20 PM     Post Reply
Many people, including the New York Times´ editorial page editor, found it puzzling that one of New York´s leftist mayor Bill De Blasio´s first priorities was ridding the city of one of its iconic diversions, the horse-drawn carriages at Central Park. They are simply not cynical enough. No matter how closely a politician may cleave to left wing (even communist) doctrines and personnel, follow the money. Robert Stacy McCain writes in The American Spectator: The bad guy in this drama, according to the carriage drivers, is Steve Nislick, chief executive officer of a New Jersey-based real-estate development company, Edison Properties.

  



Jesse Jackson Sr. tweets support for
Dennis Rodman’s North Korea ‘diplomacy’
Daily Caller, by Caroline May    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/6/2014 4:14:46 PM     Post Reply
Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson Sr. praised Dennis Rodman for his “diplomacy efforts” in North Korea, Monday. “Congrads (sic) @dennisrodman on your diplomacy efforts in North Korea. It might be dark but you are a light!” the founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition tweeted and later deleted. Minutes later Jackson followed up his congratulations with a sports analogy. “@dennisrodman ping pong diplomacy worked in China, and Basketball seems to work in North Korea. #KeepHopeAlive,” he tweeted. Jackson left this tweet up.

How Obama Can Get
His Groove Back
Bloomberg, by Albert R. Hunt    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/6/2014 4:08:59 PM     Post Reply
Even with no real scandal and only one demonstrable policy blunder, the health-care rollout, President Barack Obama had a miserable 2013 as his public standing plummeted. History suggests it is tough for a second-term president to rebound. Here are five ways Obama could defy those odds. -- Open up the wagons: Ingrained habits are hard to change, and the 52-year-old incumbent isn’t going to transform himself. Still, he may appreciate how much his insularity hurt him last year. Over the past month, there have been three important additions to the White House ranks: John Podesta, a former chief of staff in

How Harry Reid may help
the GOP win back the Senate
Washington Post, by Marc A. Thiessen    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/6/2014 4:00:13 PM     Post Reply
Harry Reid’s decision to pull the trigger on the “nuclear option” in the fall may end up producing some unexpected fallout for Democrats next fall: the loss of their Senate majority. Reid sowed the seeds of his own destruction by changing the calculus in the 2014 midterm elections. Before Reid went nuclear, tea party challengers and their supporters (this columnist included) could correctly argue that winning the majority really did not matter. Since the GOP needed 60 votes to overcome a Democratic filibuster — something that was clearly out of reach — why not gamble and challenge the establishment? The GOP

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