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Behind Obama´s Gates
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Honeybadger- 1/9/2014 6:46:35 AM     Post Reply
As President Obama’s defense secretary, Bob Gates concluded this about his boss during a session in the White House Situation Room: “As I sat there, I thought: The president doesn’t trust his commander, can’t stand [Afghanistan President Hamid] Karzai, doesn’t believe in his own strategy and doesn’t consider the war to be his. For him, it’s all about getting out.” Duh. Notwithstanding the headlines Gates has generated with his new memoir, “Duty,” President Obama has himself given many signals his “new way forward in Afghanistan” owed more to domestic politics than to any real effort to defeat our enemies. He did so in his

It´s Colder? Hotter?
Blame Climate Change
American Thinker, by Robert Babcock    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/9/2014 6:38:42 AM     Post Reply
When Fargo is 25 below zero, Baton Rouge 24 above, and nearly the entire nation is in the grip of a record-breaking frigid spell, one´s thoughts naturally turn to global warming -- or, rather, make that climate change. The former term -- "global warming" -- as it turned out, was too specific; to believe that global warming was a real threat required...well, that global warming actually occur. That did not happen, as the data have proven, and for once Al Gore was right: truth can be so inconvenient, because the fact that the globe failed to heat up as advertised not

Putting the Chill on Discipline
American Thinker, by J. Robert Smith    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/9/2014 6:34:12 AM     Post Reply
The Associated Press, via Breitbart, reports that Attorney General Eric Holder wants public schools to back off zero tolerance policies that he alleges discriminates against minority students. Putting a chill on discipline and stymieing schools from ousting miscreants means lots of public schools -- particularly inner-city ones -- will do even less educating. Holder ´s guidelines aim at halting "targeting minorities," but, practically, will accomplish defining deviancy downward yet again in urban minority-dominated schools -- that´s mostly black and Hispanic kids from broken families and single-parent households. The A.G.´s guidelines are another tacit admission that there are enormous dysfunctions in poorer minority

  


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Does the Constitution
Force Bakers to Bake?
American Thinker, by Jim Yardley    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/9/2014 6:27:51 AM     Post Reply
Several recent court cases have resulted in small business owners, who create the wares and services that they sell, being ordered by a judge to sell their custom-made products (e.g., wedding cakes and floral arrangements) or services (e.g., wedding photography) to gay couples despite the small business owners´ refusal to do so based on their religious principles. If the business in question sold standard, mass-produced items, such as rings, then denying gay couples the right to purchase such things would be clearly discriminatory in the same way that a realtor would be discriminating if they refused to show a house that

Rumors of Chris Christie´s Demise
Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
Atlantic, by David A. Graham    Original Article
Posted By: Honeybadger- 1/9/2014 6:23:59 AM     Post Reply
t´s a bad day for Chris Christie. Like, even worse than stuck-in-traffic-for-hours-trying-to-get-over-the-bridge bad. But let´s not overstate it.The New Jersey governor has been tangentially involved in a scandal over the closure of several lanes of the George Washington Bridge between New Jersey and New York. The bridge is run by a bi-state agency, the Port of Authority of New York and New Jersey, and David Wildstein, a Christie-appointed Port Authority official violated protocol last fall by suddenly shutting down lanes of traffic on the bridge. Wildstein resigned last month. Christie has long denied accusations that the closure was political, but

President Christie? Crossing that bridge
New York Daily News, by Mike Murphy    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/9/2014 6:09:16 AM     Post Reply
Call it Chris Christie’s strongman moment. The formidable New Jersey governor has found himself embroiled in a kerfuffle over the closing of three entrance lanes to the George Washington Bridge in September. Allegedly, it is all connected to a raging beef between Christie and the mayor of Fort Lee, a foe whose city was gridlocked by the mess the lane closing created. New emails showing senior Christie staffers discussing — and in one case, chortling over — their role in creating the mayor’s traffic problems have been fueling a media firestorm. Late yesterday, Christie released a statement expressing surprise, outrage and disappointment that

Labor Department tells Arkansas
businesswoman she can´t have volunteers
Washington Examiner, by Sean Higgins    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/9/2014 6:06:46 AM     Post Reply
Ladies and gentlemen, be careful who you volunteer for — you could be doing them a lot more harm than good. The federal government sometimes takes dim view of such generosity. Just ask Rhea Lana Riner. She owns a small Arkansas-based business that organizes consignment sales. Since August, the Labor Department has been threatening her with stiff financial penalties, saying her business practices are illegal. It has even been contacting donors to her events and encouraging them to instigate legal action against her. Why? Well, the department says Riner cannot legally allow the people who provide items for sale to also volunteer at

  


  

Covert cronies? Obama’s attorney
general appoints Obama donor to
investigate Obama’s IRS
Daily Caller, by Neil Munro    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/9/2014 6:00:34 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama’s deputies have picked one of his political donors to investigate the IRS’ attack on independent political groups during the 2012 election, according to California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House investigations committee. “We request you immediately remove Ms. [Barbara] Bosserman from the ongoing investigation,” said a Jan. 8 letter from Issa to Attorney General Eric Holder. The secret selection of Barbara Bosserman, a lawyer in the Department of Justice’s civil rights division, was revealed by a committee investigation after the DOJ stonewalled the legislators. Bosserman contributed $6,100 to Obama’s political campaigns from 2008 to 2012.

Down and Out in Benghazi
American Spectator, by Andrew B. Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/9/2014 5:55:43 AM     Post Reply
It is time to present the top prize for fraudulence in international reporting in 2013 — the annual Walter Duranty award. As Moscow bureau chief for the New York Times at the height of Joe Stalin’s reign of terror, Duranty not only reported the news, he invented it — earning the Pulitzer Prize in 1932 and wining the sobriquet of “Stalin’s apologist.” In the midst of a famine that caused millions of peasants to starve to death, he told American readers that Soviet granaries “were overflowing with grain” and that the cows were “plump and contented.” As Stalin’s favorite Western reporter,

Larry King’s bad-boy past resurfaces
New York Post, by Richard Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/9/2014 5:53:02 AM     Post Reply
Larry King is bracing himself for a bad trip down memory lane with the upcoming publication of “Junkman Genius,” a book about his old friend, Louis E. Wolfson. Written by Louis’ daughter Marcia and Harry Hurt III — the biographer of Donald Trump and the Hunt brothers — the book will detail how Wolfson tried to destroy King over a bad debt. Marcia told me Wednesday she hopes King will grant an interview for the book, which is now being pitched to publishers. “We get along,” she said. “We’re not on bad terms at all.” Wolfson was a boxer and a college football

’Nam comes to Iraq: Losing
to al Qaeda, after winning
New York Post, by Seth Lipsky    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/9/2014 5:50:20 AM     Post Reply
News that al Qaeda is flying its flag over Fallujah this week certainly takes me back — not to Iraq, but to Vietnam. I’ve been making this point for years now, but never as well as it was made in Megyn Kelly’s interview Tuesday with Rep. Duncan Hunter of California. Hunter has unusual credibility in that he is both a congressman and a former officer of the Marines. He appeared in arms in the Battle of Fallujah in Iraq before returning home to run for Congress, where his father had long served before him. “I know,” Kelly asked him, “that a lot

  


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Virginia Special Election Surprise:
Republican Trails Democrat by 10
Votes in District Obama Won Big
Weekly Standard, by John McCormack    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/9/2014 5:47:32 AM     Post Reply
A special election held Tuesday for a Norfolk-based state senate seat should have been an easy win for Democrats. President Obama won the district by 15 points (57 percent to 42 percent) in 2012, and Democratic governor-elect Terry McAuliffe won the district by roughly 12 points (52 percent to 40 percent) just two months ago. But as of Wednesday evening, we still don´t know the result of the election, which will determine control of the Virginia state senate. As election officials continue to double-check the accuracy of vote tallies, Democrat Lynwood Lewis holds just a 10-vote lead over Republican Wayne

Obama Announces ‘Promise Zones’,
Because We All Know How Reliable
an Obama Promise Is
National Review Online, by Jim Geraghty    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/9/2014 5:44:02 AM     Post Reply
The news this morning: “President Barack Obama will announce five ‘Promise Zones’ this week as part of his effort to focus on income inequality in the lead-up to his State of the Union address. On Thursday, Obama will announce the first Promise Zone locations: San Antonio, Texas; Philadelphia; Los Angeles; southeastern Kentucky and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.” The rest of the country will be designated an “Obama Broken Promise Zone.” Three of the zones are located in politically-uncompetitive areas, at least in U.S. House of Representative races. Southeastern Kentucky’s Fifth Congressional District is heavily Republican, as is Oklahoma’s Second District, which

Hollywood Reporter: Roger
Ailes Runs the World
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/9/2014 5:39:10 AM     Post Reply
Roger Ailes, like his Fox News Channel, is as divisive as he is successful. The chairman and CEO of the de facto victor in cable news´ ratings war, whose colorful professional past includes a tenure as a talk-show producer (The Mike Douglas Show) and decades as a political consultant (presidential campaigns for Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush), built his 21st Century Fox network into Rupert Murdoch´s most profitable property. Fox News´ subscription revenue continues to climb, rising to 94 cents a month per customer in 2013 for an estimated $1.1 billion -- making FNC No. 6 among

Yes, Israel is a Jewish state
The Week, by Damon Linker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/9/2014 5:35:20 AM     Post Reply
I t would be nice to think that the strenuous efforts of our indefatigable secretary of state to jumpstart peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians have a realistic chance of success. But they don’t. The problem isn’t just that, contrary to all sense, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues to expand settlement activity in the West Bank. And it isn’t only that, just as direct talks are getting under way for the first time in years, the Palestinians appear to be ramping up their charming tendency to quote Adolf Hitler admiringly in schoolroom textbooks. As the controversy surrounding Netanyahu’s demand that

  


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Obama´s Insincere War
Politico, by Rich Lowry    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/9/2014 5:27:48 AM     Post Reply
Robert Gates has roiled the Beltway with perhaps the least surprising bombshells ever to appear in a tell-all Washington memoir. Did anyone believe that President Barack Obama was passionately committed to the Afghanistan war that he escalated at the same time he announced a withdrawal date? Is there anyone who thought that Hillary Clinton in 2008 calibrated her position on the Iraq War based on the state of play in Anbar province rather than the Iowa caucuses? Does anyone consider Vice President Joe Biden a thoughtful policy maven with a long history getting stuff right? Before going any further, let’s

Why You Should Forget
About the Poverty Rate
Atlantic, by Jordan Weissman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/9/2014 5:24:23 AM     Post Reply
If you want to appreciate just how much progress America has made fighting poverty since Lyndon Johnson declared his war on it 50 years ago this week, here´s a tip: Forget the official poverty rate. Well, don´t forget it entirely. But do understand its limits. In 1964, the rate was 19 percent. Today, it´s 15 percent, which, as my colleague Derek Thompson wrote yesterday, suggests we´ve barely made a dent in economic deprivation. But for such an influential and obsessed-over number, there´s widespread agreement that the government´s standard poverty measure is deeply flawed, and it almost certainly understates how much the

Warren Jeffs´ vast compound where
polygamist leader sexually abused
underage girls is seized by state of Texas
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/9/2014 5:21:16 AM     Post Reply
The compound where cult leader Warren Jeffs sexually abused underage girls is to be seized by the state of Texas, a judge ruled on Monday. The vast Yearning For Zion ranch, owned by the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints, is being seized following an order which claimed the property was used to commit crimes. Leader of the ranch Jeffs is serving a life sentence for the sexual abuse of two girls aged 12 and 15, who he claimed were his ´spiritual brides´. During his trial, it was revealed that the cult leader had fathered a child with one victim. Images were

Change the Name to Change the Game
American Thinker, by Jim Yardley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/9/2014 5:16:05 AM     Post Reply
Democrat Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas gave a five-minute floor speech on Wednesday calling for the extension of unemployment. Fair enough. She was elected, she is a sworn member of the House, and she has an absolute right to say what she believes. I applaud her for the strength of her convictions, whatever they may be and regardless of how idiotic I personally find them. On the other hand, she is (when all is said and done) not merely a Democrat, she is a Progressive Democrat. And Progressives don´t always limit themselves to the works of Saul Alinsky as

This Unhinged Race-Baiting Rant By
Chris Matthews Proves It´s Going To
Be An Entertaining Year In Politics
Independent Journal Review, by Mike Miller    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/9/2014 5:15:07 AM     Post Reply
It may be a brand new year – but it’s the same ol’ Tingles, who wasted no time busting out his first rant of 2014 – warning Democrats against the perils they face if the GOP wins big in this year’s midterms. “If only the people who voted in 2010 show up this November, you can kiss all this goodbye. You’ll see the beginning of the end of what could’ve been…it will mean Republican control of both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. And with that, a slow-grinding effort to kill not just the president’s healthcare plan, but

  



Rev. Jackson: 50 years later,
time for a new War on Poverty
Chicago Sun-Times, by Art Golab    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/9/2014 5:08:03 AM     Post Reply
The Rev. Jesse Jackson called for a revival of the 1960s-era War on Poverty, President Lyndon B. Johnson’s initiative that brought us Head Start, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, various job training programs and also ramped up funding for welfare and public housing. In a news conference Wednesday, the 50th anniversary of Johnson’s War on Poverty speech, Jackson said that many of these problems are under attack or have been eliminated and that the number of poor has grown to record levels. “Poverty in America is becoming a crisis presenting unprecedented challenges for our nation,” Jackson said. “So now you have a war

You Still Don’t Understand
Islamism, Do You?
PJ Media, by Barry Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/9/2014 5:05:53 AM     Post Reply
Around 2007, I gave a lecture at the Defense Department. One of the attendees presented a scenario suggesting that the “problem of Islam” was not political but a problem of verbiage. There was a secret debate happening in the Defense Department and the CIA in which some people thought that all Muslims were a problem, some believed that only al-Qaeida was a problem, and still others thought the Muslim Brotherhood was a problem. The main problem, however, was that all Islamism was a political threat, but it was the second position that eventually won over the Obama administration. Take note of this;

Oil-and-gas boom pushes U.S. trade
deficit to a four-year low; EIA
revises production forecasts upward
Hot Air, by Erika Johnsen    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/9/2014 5:01:25 AM     Post Reply
And we don’t want more of this, because… why? From the Financial Times: America’s domestic energy revolution helped drive a decline in the US trade deficit to its lowest level in four years, bolstering calls in Washington for the Obama administration to relax decades-old restrictions on the export of crude oil. The improvement in America’s monthly trade gap – to $34.3bn in November from $39.3bn in October – prompted some economists to increase fourth-quarter US growth estimates, reinforcing confidence in the country’s economic recovery. The government’s Energy Information Administration predicted on Tuesday that the US oil boom would continue, driven by rising production

Obama Sits by His Man Biden
After Book’s Scathing Critique
ABC News, by Arlette Saenz    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/9/2014 4:46:57 AM     Post Reply
A picture was truly worth a thousand words at the White House today. Just one day after former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ contempt for Vice President Joe Biden’s foreign policy acumen spilled from between the covers of his 640-page memoir, President Obama and the vice president hardly had to say a word to get their message across. The White House granted the press rare access to the normally private weekly lunch between the pair. They sat across from each other at a large dining table in the private dining room just off the Oval Office, a symbolic show of support from

Obama, Congress Locked
in Iran Sanctions Dispute
Associated Press, by Bradley Klapper    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/9/2014 4:43:07 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration enters the year locked in a battle with Congress over whether to plow ahead with new economic sanctions against Iran or cautiously wait to see if last year´s breakthrough nuclear agreement holds. The new sanctions, widely endorsed by both Republican and Democratic lawmakers, would blacklist several Iranian industrial sectors and threaten banks and companies around the world with being banned from the U.S. market if they help Iran export any more oil. The provisions would only take effect if Tehran violates the interim nuclear deal or lets it expire without a follow-up accord. The House already approved

Eco-warriors stranded in the
Antarctic! It’s too good to be true
The Spectator (U,K.), by Mark Steyn    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/8/2014 11:11:21 PM     Post Reply
Yes, yes, just to get the obligatory ‘of courses’ out of the way up front: of course ‘weather’ is not the same as ‘climate’; and of course the thickest iciest ice on record could well be evidence of ‘global warming’, just as 40-and-sunny and a 35-below blizzard and 12 degrees and partly cloudy with occasional showers are all apparently manifestations of ‘climate change’; and of course the global warm-mongers are entirely sincere in their belief that the massive carbon footprint of their rescue operation can be offset by the planting of wall-to-wall trees the length and breadth of Australia, Britain,

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