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Time Magazine Swings Both Ways
P J Media, by Ed Driscoll    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/8/2014 12:58:11 AM     Post Reply
As spotted by Steve Goddard, and linked to by Climate Depot: In 1974, Time Magazine blamed the cold polar vortex on global cooling. ‘Scientists have found other indications of global cooling. For one thing there has been a noticeable expansion of the great belt of dry, high-altitude polar winds —the so-called circumpolar vortex—that sweep from west to east around the top and bottom of the world.’ Another Ice Age? – TIME Forty years later, Time Magazine blames the cold polar vortex on global warming. ‘But not only does the cold spell not disprove climate change, it may well be that

Obama’s rhetoric on fighting
poverty doesn’t match his policies
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/7/2014 11:29:33 PM     Post Reply
Fifty years after President Johnson started a $20 trillion taxpayer-funded war on poverty, the overall percentage of impoverished people in the U.S. has declined only slightly and the poor have lost ground under President Obama. Aides said Mr. Obama doesn’t plan to commemorate the anniversary Wednesday of Johnson’s speech in 1964, which gave rise to Medicaid, Head Start and a broad range of other federal anti-poverty programs. The president’s only public event Tuesday was a plea for Congress to approve extended benefits for the long-term unemployed, another reminder of the persistent economic troubles during Mr. Obama’s five years in office.

A City of Two Tales
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 1/7/2014 11:26:14 PM     Post Reply
Two of the most depressing stories to come out of Washington since the New Year involved vignettes, little slices of life illustrating what happens in that great city when the kitchen lights are turned off and the roaches come out to play. (Snip) The word Gates uses to describe many of Obama’s actions are “breaches of faith”. That is a literary way of describing what prosaically used to be called a double-cross. But who is double-crossing whom? Implicit in Ron Johnson’s suit and Gates’ memoir is that the politicians in Washington are shafting each other to a minor extent. But



Obama Administration´s Benghazi Bombshell
Weekly Standard, by Thomas Joscelyn    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/7/2014 11:26:05 PM     Post Reply
The Washington Post reports that U.S. officials suspect Sufian Ben Qumu, an ex-Guantanamo detainee, “played a role in the attack on the American compound in Benghazi, Libya, and are planning to designate the group he leads as a foreign terrorism organization.” Ben Qumu is based in Derna, Libya and runs a branch of Ansar al Sharia headquartered in the city. U.S. officials have found that some of Ben Qumu’s militiamen from Derna “participated in the attack” and “were in Benghazi before the attack took place on Sept. 11, 2012.” Ben Qumu was fingered early on as a suspect in the

Vail Founder´s Grandson
Killed in Colorado Slide
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/7/2014 11:17:34 PM     Post Reply
The grandson of Vail´s founder was killed and three other people were injured Tuesday in an avalanche near the ski resort, authorities said. Anthony Seibert, 24, was killed in the slide in the backcountry near Vail, Eagle County Coroner Kara Bettis said. She said Seibert is the grandson of Peter Seibert, who along with Earl Eaton is widely credited with finding the terrain that would later become Vail Mountain. The three others who were injured were expected to recover from their injuries. Their names weren´t released. Sheriff´s spokeswoman Jessie Mosher said the slide happened at around 11:30 a.m. in East Vail Chutes, an

Iraq War veterans watch losses
of hard-fought gains in Fallujah
Washington Times (D.C), by Guy Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/7/2014 10:24:46 PM     Post Reply
Robert Reynolds chokes up when asked to recall what it was like to be among U.S. forces who routed al Qaeda-linked fighters from the western Iraqi city of Fallujah a decade ago. “We lost hundreds of men, so many men, and so many more men were injured,” said the former Marine, who received a Purple Heart for the bullet he took in the arm during the combat. Like other Americans who put their lives on the line in one of the most intense U.S. combat operations in decades, Mr. Reynolds, 36, finds it hard to come to grips with news

Black Hawk down in Norfolk:
Four crew dead as US helicopter
crashes during routine low-level
flying exercise over coast
Daily Mail (UK), by Francesca Infante and Emily Davies*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/7/2014 10:09:10 PM     Post Reply
Four people are feared dead following a military helicopter crash on a coastal nature reserve in Norfolk. The aircraft, a Pave Hawk took off from the U.S. airforce base at RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk, for a routine low-level flying exercise. Residents told of hearing a ´heavy and very unusual´ sound overhead as the helicopter - which specialises in recovering troops from war zones - plummeted into flooded marshland. The aircraft, a modified version of the U.S. Army´s Black Hawk, is believed to have crashed just after 8pm close to the shoreline near the village Cley-next-the-Sea. Police confirmed the chopper was carrying



White House Responds to Gates:
Biden a ‘Leading Statesman
of His Time’
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/7/2014 10:04:11 PM     Post Reply
The White House has issued an official response to excerpts released earlier today from the forthcoming memoir by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates. In the book, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, Gates suggests that President Barack Obama came to disavow his own strategy in Afghanistan. But his harshest remarks are saved for Vice President Joe Biden. “I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades,” Gates writes of the vice president. According to the White House statement, Obama “disagrees with Secretary Gates’ assessment.” Read the Obama

WSJ Columnist: MSNBC Has a
‘Pattern’ of ‘Hiring Black Mediocrities’
to ‘Race-Bait’
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/7/2014 9:46:36 PM     Post Reply
On Tuesday, Wall Street Journal editor Jason Riley joined WSJ Live host Mary Kissel to weigh in with this thoughts on the controversy surrounding MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry’s comments about Mitt Romney’s African-American grandchild. Riley said that MSNBC has established a pattern of hiring African-American hosts that he describes as “mediocrities.” Riley, a Fox News Channel contributor, insisted that he “didn’t buy” Harris-Perry’s first tweeted and later tearfully broadcast apologies to the Romney family and to interracial families across the country. “She suggested that it was sort of a segment gone awry,” he continued. “I somehow doubt that.” He said

´Downton Abbey´ premiere
breaks ratings record
CNN, by Brian Stelter    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/7/2014 9:42:42 PM     Post Reply
The "Downton Abbey" phenomenon just keeps getting bigger. Sunday´s season four premiere of the upstairs-downstairs drama on PBS surpassed the comparable ratings for every previous episode. According to Nielsen data, at least 10.2 million viewers tuned in live (or within a few hours via digital video recorders) on Sunday night, up from 7.9 million at the start of season three and 8.2 million at the end of it. This was more than a "personal best" for "Downton." The season four premiere outperformed every other drama on Sunday night, too. CBS´s "The Good Wife," for instance, had 9.2 million viewers; ABC´s "Revenge"

Rep Poe: Congress Should Cut
Foreign Aid, Not Military Pensions
Breitbart´s Big Peace, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/7/2014 9:32:07 PM     Post Reply
After Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) succeeded in pushing through one percent cuts in the annual Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for veteran and military retiree pension funds, Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) pushed back by urging cuts in foreign aid instead. Breitbart News spoke with Poe on January 6th, and he made clear he was alarmed by plans to place these cuts on "benefits that were promised [to our military personnel] when they signed up to serve our country." Poe voted against the cuts; he explained that the "one percent" aspect is misleading, as the cuts "could amount to a 20 percent decrease



Krauthammer on Gates revelations
about Obama: ´How can a
commander-in-chief do that?´
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/7/2014 8:36:38 PM     Post Reply
Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Tuesday on "Special Report with Bret Baier" that former Obama Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ revelation in his new memoir that his commander-in-chief didn’t believe in the war in Afghanistan and subsequent surge in troops was shocking. “Obama doesn’t believe in the surge or in the war, or in his own actions,” Krauthammer said, “He doesn’t believe in [General] Petraeus, he hates [Afghan President] Karzai, he thinks the war isn’t his. How can a commander-in-chief do that?” Krauthammer went on to say he assumed President Obama didn’t believe in the war,

Top 10 Revelations From
Robert Gates’s Memoir
Wall Street Journal, by Dion Nissenbaum    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/7/2014 8:30:47 PM     Post Reply
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates is releasing his memoir, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” a 600-page book that offers a stark, insider’s view of Washington, the Pentagon, Congress and America’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. (You can read an exclusive WSJ excerpt.) Here’s a look at some of the book’s most riveting revelations: 1. Contempt for Congress Mr. Gates expresses open disdain for Congress and the way lawmakers treated him when he testified at hearings. “I saw most of Congress as uncivil, incompetent at fulfilling their basic constitutional responsibilities (such as timely appropriations), micromanagerial, parochial, hypocritical, egotistical, thin-skinned and prone

Global warming devastates America
Telegraph [UK], by James Delingpole    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/7/2014 8:12:26 PM     Post Reply
See that white stuff floating down past the orange trees and landing on your alligators and manatees, Florida? That´s global warming, that is. See that frozen white thing by the harbor that used to look like a green woman with a spiky headdress, New York? That´s global warming, that is. See that chilling solid yellow stream extending upwards from the snowy ground to your shrivelling blackened member after you made the very wrong call to take an al fresco leak, Chicagoans? That´s global warming, that is. How do we know this? Because Bryan Walsh of Time magazine says so: But not only does the cold spell

AGs to Obama: We
need meeting on ACA
Associated Press, by Meg Kinnard    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/7/2014 8:00:17 PM     Post Reply
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Attorneys general from South Carolina and Florida have asked the White House to arrange a meeting with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius over prosecutors´ concerns about the health care overhaul. In a letter provided on Tuesday to The Associated Press, Alan Wilson of South Carolina and Pam Bondi of Florida ask President Barack Obama to direct Sebelius to meet with them, saying previous requests made directly to the secretary have gone unanswered. "Due to the lack of response to the multitude of concerns shared with your Administration by numerous states over the last



My brother said I would survive suicide
attack, says 10-year-old Afghan girl
Telegraph [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/7/2014 8:00:15 PM     Post Reply
The girl, who identified herself only as Spozhmai, said on Tuesday that her brother told her to "ask the deputy commander for a ride with him to Kunar province. I agreed then he attached the vest on my body and told me to spend the night here and leave in the morning." But she said she refused to carry out the attack the next day. She said her brother promised the police would die but she would live. The girl spoke to television cameras after police detained her on Monday. Colonel Hamidullah Sediqi, a Border Police commander, said that the

Former Guantanamo detainee
implicated in Benghazi attack
Washington Post, by Adam Goldman    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/7/2014 7:47:12 PM     Post Reply
U.S. officials suspect a former Guantanamo Bay detainee played a role in the attack on the American compound in Benghazi, Libya, and are planning to designate the group he leads as a foreign terrorism organization, according to officials with the plans.(snip)Qumu also had links to Abu Zubaida, a key al-Qaeda facilitator, who is being held indefinitely at the Guantanamo Bay prison. In 2007, Qumu was sent to Libya, where he was detained. The Libyan government released him in 2008. The United States is offering $10 million for information about the Benghazi attack. The day before the raid, anti-American violence erupted

Caleb Jacoby, teenage son of
Boston Globe columnist
Jeff Jacoby, is missing
MassLive [MA], by Shira Schoenberg    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/7/2014 7:24:05 PM     Post Reply
BROOKLINE — Caleb Jacoby, the 16-year-old son of Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby and his wife Laura, has been missing since Monday. Jacoby is a Brookline resident who is in the 11th grade at Maimonides School. According to a flier distributed by the Combined Jewish Philanthropies and Maimonides School, he is 5-foot-11 and weighs 140 pounds. Ellen Pulda, a spokesman for Maimonides School, said, "The school is engaging all of its resources to aid Caleb´s parents and the Brookline Police. Our entire school community is praying for Caleb´s safe return." The Brookline police did not immediately return a call for

Obama Affordable Care Act Hurts
Twice As Many As It Helps
Investor´s Business Daily, by Betsy McCaughey    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/7/2014 7:22:56 PM     Post Reply
In 2014, 25 million to 30 million Americans who have employer-provided health insurance are likely to lose it, thanks to ObamaCare´s requirement that all plans cover what Washington deems "essential benefits." Some employers will consider that unaffordable and drop coverage altogether, when their current, less-expensive plans expire over the course of the year. These 25 million to 30 million are in addition to 6 million who bought plans in the individual market and had them canceled by Jan. 1. The plight of those 6 million made headline news and caused the first cracks in the Democratic Party´s support for the law.

Disability Has Become A Long
-Term Jobless Benefit Program
Investor´s Business Daily, by Lewis K. Uhler*    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/7/2014 7:17:33 PM     Post Reply
The latest annual report of the Social Security Board of Trustees projects that the Disability Insurance (DI) portion of the program will run out of funds to pay promised benefits by 2016, or possibly even 2015. That´s because of a 22% increase in disability dependents on the program to 2 million since 2008. America has not suddenly become subject to a rash of disability since 2008. Disability insurance has effectively become a long-term unemployment assistance program enabled by the Obama administration´s abandonment of rational qualification standards. The root of the problem is that DI is a government program governed by political pressures,


RNC chief: Clinton
bid could help GOP
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Mario Trujillo    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/7/2014 7:16:32 PM     Post Reply
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Tuesday it could be a boon for the GOP if Hillary Clinton ran for president in 2016 due to all the “scandal” that surrounds her. The GOP´s campaign chief called Clinton a “very political person who makes decisions based on how the wind blows.” “I’m not sure,” Priebus told CNN when asked if Clinton would be the Democratic nominee in 2016. “But with all of the scandal around her, I’m not so sure it would be all that bad for the Republican Party, to tell you the truth.” The RNC head was reacting to excerpts from

The Quiet Fury of Robert Gates
Wall Street Journal, by Robert M. Gates    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/7/2014 7:11:26 PM     Post Reply
All too often during my 4½ years as secretary of defense, when I found myself sitting yet again at that witness table at yet another congressional hearing, I was tempted to stand up, slam the briefing book shut and quit on the spot. The exit lines were on the tip of my tongue: I may be the secretary of defense, but I am also an American citizen, and there is no son of a * in the world who can talk to me like that. I quit. Find somebody else. It was, I am confident, a fantasy widely shared throughout

Al-Qaeda´s spread unchecked
since bin Laden´s death
USA Today, by Abdulrahman al-Masri, Michele Chabin    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/7/2014 6:59:40 PM     Post Reply
BEIRUT — The death of Osama bin Laden did not end the spread of al-Qaeda, say analysts. It may have even helped it. The chaos of the Arab Spring revolutions, al-Qaeda´s shift to a more bottom-up structure and a perceived pullback of U.S. influence in the Middle East are behind the spread of America´s No. 1 enemy in the world, say several analysts who study the core group in Pakistan and affiliates who swear allegiance to it. The latest and most stark example came this week in Iraq, where al-Qaeda militants seized control of government buildings and districts of Fallujah

GOP Is Right To Seek Cuts
Before Extending Jobless Benefits
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/7/2014 6:58:58 PM     Post Reply
Welfare: Senate Democrats are close to passing a three-month extension of emergency jobless benefits. At the very least, Republicans should refuse to go along unless it´s paid for with spending cuts. Once again, Democrats are styling themselves as the party of compassion by spending money they don´t have and forcing taxes on future generations of workers to pay for it. It´s phony, but they´ve gotten so good at this class-warfare schtick that hey, they just might get away with it again. And not wanting to be seen as Scrooges, the GOP will no doubt eventually go along. But Republicans would do the country

U.S. to speed up deliveries of
missiles and drones to Iraq as
Baghdad battles Al Qaeda resurgence
Agence France Press*, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/7/2014 6:56:21 PM     Post Reply
The US is to speed up deliveries of missiles and surveillance drones to Iraq as the Baghdad government battles a resurgence of Al Qaeda linked militants. Joe Biden, the US vice president, spoke by phone with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki yesterday and ´expressed concern for those Iraqis who are suffering at the hands of terrorists,´ a statement said. The Pentagon said Washington would accelerate the delivery of 100 more Hellfire missiles - which were due to be sent to Iraq in the next few months. Colonel Steven Warren said an additional 10 ScanEagle surveillance drones would also be delivered. Hellfire missiles, originally designed

Cheesy shortage: Kraft says
Velveeta running low
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 1/7/2014 6:53:39 PM     Post Reply
Playoff parties may have one fewer dip option this year. Kraft Foods says some customers may not be able to find Velveeta cheese over the next few weeks. A representative for the company, Jody Moore, didn´t give any reasons for the apparent shortage, saying only that they happen from time to time given the "nature of manufacturing." She noted that the lack of availability is more noticeable because of the seasonal demand during the NFL playoffs. The company has been airing TV commercials featuring a recipe for a chili con queso dip made with Velveeta. Moore says it should be

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