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Rachel Maddow Is Crazy Too
Powerline, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/7/2014 6:01:08 AM     Post Reply
MSNBC has had a hard time lately. The network fired Martin Bashir and Alec Baldwin for craziness, on-air and off-air respectively. Melissa Harris-Perry was forced to apologize, first on Twitter and then, tearfully, on the air, for making political hay out of Mitt Romney’s adopted grandson. The network put Ed Schulz out to pasture, and most people wrote Chris Matthews off as a hysteric long ago, so that pretty much leaves Rachel Maddow–amazingly enough–as MSNBC’s supposed voice of sanity. Eliana Johnson has reported on Maddow’s status as the “queen” of MSNBC, who wields more control than anyone else over the

Polar freeze grips United States,
disrupting travel, business
Reuters, by Nick Carey & Kim Palmer    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/7/2014 5:49:11 AM     Post Reply
A blast of Arctic air gripped the vast middle of the United States on Monday with the coldest temperatures in two decades causing at least four deaths, forcing businesses and schools to close and canceling thousands of flights. Shelters for the homeless were overflowing due to the severe cold described by some meteorologists as the "polar vortex" and dubbed by media as the "polar pig." Temperatures were 20 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit (11 to 22 degrees Celsius) below average in parts of Montana, North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan and Nebraska, according to the National Weather Service. It was colder in

Sorry, Liberals: Obamacare
Won’t Lead to Single Payer
Reason Magazine, by Peter Suderman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/7/2014 5:46:31 AM     Post Reply
If you spend any significant amount of time talking to conservative activists who oppose Obamacare, you’ll eventually hear some variant on the theory that Obamacare was never meant to work. Instead, it was meant to destroy the existing health care system, and in the process pave the way for liberals to step in with the comprehensive health care fix the far left has always really longed for: single payer. There’s often a hint of conspiracy surrounding the accusation, as if President Obama and the White House senior staff had hatched some meticulous plot to spend a year struggling to pass a

  


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The Insights of Charles Krauthammer
American Thinker, by Lauri B. Regan    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 1/7/2014 5:43:42 AM     Post Reply
One Sunday night in early November I watched Bret Baier´s Special Report in which he interviewed Charles Krauthammer. In responding to a question about his inclusion in his book, Things That Matter, a 2007 column about baseball player Rick Ankeil´s fall and return to the major leagues, Krauthammer responded with a reference to a line from that article: "...the catastrophe that awaits everyone from a single false move, wrong turn, fatal encounter. Every life has such a moment. What distinguishes us is whether -- and how -- we ever come back." Several hours later, I had a terrible accident. As it

Israel in the Eye of the Hurricane
Mosaic Magazine, by Ofir Haivry    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/7/2014 5:37:06 AM     Post Reply
A s upheaval sweeps into country after country of the Middle East, endemic instability has become the order of the day—with no end in sight. Egypt and Tunisia seem permanently on the verge of civil war, Syria in the­­ midst of it; Libya and Yemen are disintegrating, with Lebanon and Iraq seemingly not far behind; unrest is seeping into Algeria, Morocco, Sudan, and Jordan; not even oil-rich Saudi Arabia or the smaller Gulf states seem immune. Long-established certitudes about the regional order are no more, having been supplanted by an Arab “spring” that produced neither a summer of democracy and prosperity

OUTRAGE! Obama Administration Is Secretly
Declaring Thousands of US Veterans Incompetent –
Then Taking Away Their Second Amendment Rights
Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/7/2014 5:34:37 AM     Post Reply
US veterans started receiving letters from the government last year informing them that they are disabled and not allowed to own, purchase or possess a firearm. If the veteran does decide to purchase a firearm he will by fined, imprisoned or both. This comes on page 2 of the VA letter.(Snip for graphic)The majority of US veterans receive basically the same letter. Many of the veterans do not even know the VA declared them incompetent. The targeted veterans say the VA offers an appeals process but then does not share required information. VA Benefits Administrators are the ones making these declarations against

´Shrill Brigade´ is right about no
pardon for Edward Snowden
Washington Examiner [DC], by Bradley P. Moss    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/7/2014 5:31:57 AM     Post Reply
It´s a heady time for defenders of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. In the closing days of 2013, the NSA´s surveillance program took two huge perceived hits, first in a preliminary ruling from U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon and later from President Obama´s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies. The editorial boards of The New York Times and the Guardian rang in the new year with full-throated defenses of Snowden and advocated in support of clemency or a pardon. Although these are still early days and things could change over the next few months, conventional wisdom seems to suggest

  


  

CNN’s Jake Tapper says Hillary
will have to answer for Benghazi
Daily Caller, by Brendan Bordelon    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/7/2014 5:26:51 AM     Post Reply
CNN anchor Jake Tapper said Monday that if or when Hillary Clinton runs for president, “there will have to be some questions answered about [Benghazi].” Tapper spoke with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Monday about the former Secretary of State’s prospects for the presidency. One of the few mainstream media reporters to challenge the Obama administration’s deflections over the deadly September 2012 attack in Libya, Tapper noted that it won’t be easy for Clinton to shed her Benghazi baggage on her way to the White House: HEWITT: How in the world does she run with the Benghazi timeline on the Etch-a-Sketch

Cheney ends campaign, but others
should rethink their races, too
Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/7/2014 5:22:46 AM     Post Reply
The Post reports: Liz Cheney, the daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney, announced Monday that she has decided to end her bid for U.S. Senate in Wyoming, citing “serious health issues” in her family.(Snip)But looked at in the larger context, Cheney’s campaign should be a blinking red light to conservative challengers around the country. The short version: Running for Senate is harder than it looks. Challenging a sitting senator who has no whiff of scandal or egregious misstep is extraordinarily difficult. Your family and friends have to be entirely committed and unflappable. You have to anticipate (Scott Brown, listen up)

Don´t Fire Melissa Harris-Perry
American Spectator, by Jeffrey Lord    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/7/2014 5:15:39 AM     Post Reply
No, don’t fire MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry. MSNBC now admits that “MSNBC has had an editorial and script review process in place” when it comes to their shows. Meaning: apparently the network saw the controversial Romney adoption piece ahead of time that has now backfired on Harris-Perry… and approved it. The better thing to do? Ask this question. Why is liberalism racist? That liberalism is racist is well beyond question. A horrific history of supporting slavery, segregation, lynching, and the Ku Klux Klan has morphed today into the relatively pacific if no less poisonous perpetual race-card playing of modern progressives. The recent incident involving MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry,

Spitzer caught sucking Lis Smith’s
toes in topless hot tub romp
New York Post, by Tara Palmeri    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/7/2014 5:07:24 AM     Post Reply
Sleazy Eliot Spitzer turned a resort hot tub into a steamy love cauldron over the weekend — kissing and sucking the toes of his topless mistress, Lis Smith, in front of families with children, mortified witnesses told The Post. The still-married former Love Gov and Smith, Mayor de Blasio’s ex-mouthpiece, were spied frolicking near the family pool at around 4?p.m. Sunday at the Half Moon family resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica. “It was gross,” said a hotel witness, who was vacationing with her family. “She had her top off.” The disgraced Spitzer — infamous for wearing his signature black knee

  


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Risk of supervolcano eruption big
enough to ´affect the world´ far
greater than thought, scientists say
Independent [UK], by Steve Connor    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/7/2014 4:59:18 AM     Post Reply
The eruption of a “supervolcano” hundreds of times more powerful than conventional volcanoes – with the potential to wipe out civilisation as we know it – is more likely than previously thought, a study has found. An analysis of the molten rock within the dormant supervolcano beneath Yellowstone National Park in the United States has revealed that an eruption is possible without any external trigger, scientists said. Scientists previously believed many supervolcanic eruptions needed earthquakes to break open the Earth’s crust so magma could escape. But new research suggests that this can happen as a result of the build-up of pressure. Supervolcanoes represent

A Failure in Progress
National Review Online, by Editors    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/7/2014 4:57:28 AM     Post Reply
Because the Obamacare website is performing better than it did during its admittedly disastrous first weeks, and because congressional Democrats have not defected in the numbers that would have put the law’s near-term survival in question, supporters of the law believe that they have turned a corner. They are convinced that those of us who oppose the law can do no more than temporarily obstruct it, and that the benefits it is starting to bring to the American public will ultimately make it popular and then unchallenged. In reality, Obamacare remains an unpopular law with deep flaws. It is performing much

The Price I Paid for Fighting for a
Library Free of Porn and Sex Offenders
PJ Media, by Megan Fox    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/7/2014 4:55:43 AM     Post Reply
I’ll never forget watching the manhunt for one teenager after the Boston bombing while militarized storm trooper police raided neighborhoods and dragged people (some of them nearly naked) from their homes with their hands over their heads without warrants. The idea that our police drive armored tanks down suburban streets with gun turrets carrying weapons that not even Saddam Hussein owned made me far more terrified than the idea of a lone bomber on the loose. Watching my fellow Americans be ripped out of their homes without cause and forced to run down the street without looking back while police

NYT: John Kerry getting pretty excited
about orchestrating what he’s sure, this time,
will be a successful global climate treaty
Hot Air, by Erika Johnsen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/7/2014 4:49:00 AM     Post Reply
I’m not sure how many examples of the futility of the grandiose worldwide-climate-treaty scheme we need before globalist-minded, big-government bureaucrats will finally wise up to the reality that political interests pitted against economic ones is always unsustainable in the long run, but evidently… at least one more. Via the NYT: But while the public’s attention has been on his diplomacy in the Middle East, behind the scenes at the State Department Mr. Kerry has initiated a systematic, top-down push to create an agencywide focus on global warming. His goal is to become the lead broker of a global climate treaty in 2015

  


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Is it 1914 all over again? We are in
danger of repeating the mistakes that
started WWI, says a leading historian
Independent [UK], by Ian Johnston    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/7/2014 4:44:45 AM     Post Reply
History never repeats itself, but it sure does rhyme, it has been said. Now an internationally respected historian is warning that today´s world bears a number of striking similarities with the build-up to the First World War. The newly mechanised armies of the early 20th century produced unprecedented slaughter on the battlefields of the "war to end all wars" after a spark lit in the Balkans with the assassination of the Austro-Hungarian Empire´s Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Professor Margaret MacMillan, of the University of Cambridge, argues that the Middle East could be viewed as the modern-day equivalent of this turbulent region.

Liz Cheney Abandons Uphill
Fight in Wyoming Senate Race,
Citing Family Health Problems
ABC News, by Jeff Zeleny    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/7/2014 4:41:34 AM     Post Reply
Liz Cheney announced today that she was withdrawing from the Senate race in Wyoming, abruptly ending her Republican primary fight against Sen. Mike Enzi, a three-term incumbent who became a far more formidable rival than she had anticipated when she declared her candidacy last summer. “Serious health issues have recently arisen in our family, and under the circumstances, I have decided to discontinue my campaign,” Cheney said in a statement.(Snip)But campaign officials said she had become increasingly frustrated with the trajectory of her campaign, and her inability to drive Enzi from the race or slow his fundraising. “She knew she wasn’t

Florida State beats Auburn 34-31
to win BCS championship game
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/7/2014 4:35:40 AM     Post Reply
Jameis Winston threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds to play and No. 1 Florida State rallied from an 18-point first-half deficit to defeat No. 2 Auburn 34-31 to win the final BCS championship game Monday night at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Winston, the Heisman Trophy winner, drove Florida State 75 yards in 7 plays after Tre Mason had given Auburn a 31-27 lead with a 37-yard run with 1:19 to play. Mason´s run, in turn, had come after Kermit Whitfield returned a kickoff 100 yards to put the Seminoles ahead, 27-24 with 4:31

Showdown Set on Unemployment
Bill in Senate
Associated Press, by David Espo    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/7/2014 4:32:23 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- The new year looks a lot like the old one in the Senate, with Democrats scratching for votes to pass an agenda they share with President Barack Obama, and Republicans decidedly unenthusiastic about supporting legislation without changes. At the dawn of the 2014 election year, the issue is unemployment benefits, and a White House-backed bill to renew benefits that lapsed last month for the long-term jobless. The three-month measure is the leading edge of a Democratic program that also includes raising the minimum wage, closing tax loopholes on the wealthy and corporations, and enacting other measures designed to demonstrate sympathy

Republicans Really Could
Win It All This Year
Politico, by Larry Sabato    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/7/2014 2:56:21 AM     Post Reply
Another midterm election beckons, and over the next 10 months we’ll see headlines about a thousand supposedly critical developments—the “game changers” and the “tipping points.” But we all know there aren’t a thousand powerful drivers of the vote. I’d argue that three factors are paramount: the president, the economy and the election playing field. And, at least preliminarily, those three factors seem to be pointing toward Republican gains in both houses in the 2014 midterms. Why? 1. The president. His job approval numbers are perhaps the best indicator of the public’s overall political orientation at any given time, a kind of summary

  



The Danger of NSA Spying on
Members of Congress
Atlantic, by Conor Friedersdorf    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/6/2014 11:50:23 PM     Post Reply
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders sent a letter to the NSA on Friday asking, "Has the NSA spied, or is the NSA currently spying, on members of Congress or other American elected officials?" The only acceptable answer ought to be, "No, of course not." The honest answer: "Yes." The NSA has spied on members of Congress, but acknowledging that would unnerve millions of Americans. That´s why their official response to the letter was so evasive that CNN summed it up, "NSA won´t say whether it spies on Congress." The NSA noted "procedures that protect the privacy of U.S. persons," and said that

George and Barbara Bush celebrate
69th wedding anniversary
Fox News, by Karl deVries*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/6/2014 11:13:15 PM     Post Reply
The longest-running presidential love story just celebrated another anniversary. President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush marked their 69th wedding anniversary Monday, extending the couple’s record for the longest presidential marriage in the nation’s history. They set the record in 2000 when they surpassed John and Abigail Adams’ 54-year union. “They don’t think of it in terms of ‘we’re the longest,’” Jim McGrath, President George H.W. Bush’s spokesman, told FoxNews.com on Monday. “They’re just so clearly still in love and devoted to one another. They’re two people, but they’re really one person.” The romance began when the two met during

Sen. Johnson files lawsuit to
eliminate ObamaCare subsidy for Congress
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/6/2014 11:09:59 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Ron Johnson told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly Monday he decided to sue the Obama administration over the subsidy for lawmakers in the president’s health care law because it is unfair to give members of Congress special treatment. Johnson, R-Wis., said the subsidy creates a double standard that favors members of Congress and their staff over other Americans, and should be eliminated. “It’s a matter of basic fairness,” Johnson said. “It’s also a matter of standing up, ensuring that we actually enforce the rule of law because, let’s face it, this president across the board is pretty well just ignoring

The stargazing capital of Britain: Stunning
images show why the Isle of Man is best
place to watch the skies
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Leon Watson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/6/2014 10:59:10 PM     Post Reply
This collection of stunning pictures show why the Isle of Man is heaven for stargazers. Despite being just 32 miles long and 14 miles wide, the island has been named as one of Britain´s best places to see the night sky. Astronomers from the Dark Sky Discovery Network have awarded it a total of 26 designated Dark Sky Discovery Sites, putting it up there in terms of status with Death Valley in the U.S. It is thought that more than 85 per cent of the population have never seen a truly dark sky due to light pollution. But with low population and few built

That´s not healthy eating! Michelle
only lays out finger food and drinks
for guests at her 50th birthday bash
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/6/2014 10:53:33 PM     Post Reply
Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday bash invitations included an unexpected surprise – no dinner. Invitations for the First Lady’s January 18 party tell guests to ‘eat before you come’ and ‘practice your dance moves.’ The party’s fitting title is ‘Snacks & Sips & Dancing & Dessert,’ sources told the Chicago Tribune. The dancing party will be light on food, but heavy on dancing, perhaps in a nod to Ms Obama’s ongoing physical fitness campaigning. The entertainment and guest list are a closely-guarded secret, the Tribune noted. She first hinted at party plans during a visit last month to a children’s hospital, according to the paper.

Rodman: Kim Jong Un ‘My
F***ing Friend, I Love Him’
National Review Online, by Andrew Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/6/2014 10:48:05 PM     Post Reply
Dennis Rodman continued to emphasize his bizarre affection for North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, even when pressed about the dictator’s atrocities. While in Beijing with seven other former NBA players en route to Pyongyang to take part in an exhibition game for Kim’s birthday, Sky News confronted the Worm about why his “friend for life” has locked up 200,000 people in North Korean prison camps. Rodman asserted that it wasn’t his “job” to address those concerns with Kim, but hoped that his involvement arranging the game could “open the doors” to negotiations for those in a better position to handle it.

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