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How Chris Christie Can
Save His Career
National Journal, by Ron Fournier    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/9/2014 9:43:23 AM     Post Reply
Since 1992, when Bill Clinton moderated the Democratic Party´s image by criticizing a hip-hop artist for her racially incendiary comments, politicians have searched for their "Sister Souljah moment" – when a candidate takes what appears to be a brave stand against extremes in their party. In 2000, George W. Bush caricaturized conservative jurist Robert Bork in an attempt to appear more compassionate than the GOP brand. That same year, Republican presidential candidate John McCain demonized the far right´s "agents of intolerance." Eight years later, Sen. Barack Obama distanced himself from his own pastor, calling Jeremiah Wright´s racially charged comments "a bunch

Gates’ Book: White House Betrayal,
or Bonanza for Democracy?
TIME, by Mark Thompson    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/9/2014 9:27:07 AM     Post Reply
What a difference three years can make. When White House aides were leaking juicy details of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011, then Secretary of Defense Robert Gates famously exploded. “Shut the f— up,” he demanded. That same White House team is no doubt wishing Gates had taken his own advice before publishing Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War. (Snip)National security types are in a tizzy over the story line, orbiting around a detached Obama, a cabal of power-hungry White House aides, and a Vice President who kept warning the commander-in-chief that those in uniform couldn’t be

Seriously? Obama White House calls Biden
a ´leading statesmen of his time´
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 1/9/2014 9:15:10 AM     Post Reply
In a few pages, a unique former Secy of Defense has put the Obama White House in full defense mode this week about the president and the VP, their intellectual capabilities & their political and management strategies, or lack. And Robert Gates´ memoir, "Duty," also coincidentally messed up Obama´s preferred message about unemployment these days. But now the focus is on Gates´ book. Gates is the only man to hold the defense job under a Republican and a Democrat. [Snip] Gates´ book is an indictment of Obama as president, saying he did not believe in his own war strategy.

  


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Citizen Ailes
New York Magazine, by Gabrielle Sherman    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/9/2014 8:55:18 AM     Post Reply
Roger Ailes has spent much of his life in New York City—but he’s never considered himself a New Yorker. For most of his career, home was a place in the mind—a fantasized version of Warren, Ohio, the town where he spent his boyhood in the forties and fifties. But a few years ago, Ailes decided to create a home of his own, a real one. “All I ever wanted was a nice place to live, a great family, and to die peacefully in my sleep,” he has said. The town he chose was the hamlet Garrison, 46 miles north of Manhattan

Replica Ferraris Raise Ire of Auto Maker
Wall Street Journal, by David Roman    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/9/2014 8:47:37 AM     Post Reply
ALBALAT DELS SORELLS, Spain—No luxury car maker had ever mounted an operation quite like the assembly lines tucked into José María Calero´s warehouses amid the orange groves in eastern Spain. Here, he and his team turned out sleek cars on demand for buffs who had always dreamed of owning Ferraris. Among the satisfied customers was María Lapiedra, a minor Spanish celebrity, Latin-language scholar and soft-core porn actress. "I made more friends than ever when I had my Ferrari," said Ms. Lapiedra on her website. "Everyone wanted a ride," she added. Clearly unhappy with Mr. Calero were Ferrari executives who had never heard of

Venezuela outraged by murder
of a former beauty queen
Washington Post, by Nick Miroff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/9/2014 8:43:52 AM     Post Reply
CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelans kill one another by the tens of thousands every year, making this South American nation one of the world’s most violent. But the slaying of former Miss Venezuela Mónica Spear at the hands of roadside bandits Monday night has shaken this country like no other recent crime. Beauty queens are as revered here as top athletes and movie stars, and the government of President Nicolás Maduro is scrambling to contain the public outrage. Disgusted Venezuelans berated the government on social media and in street protests Wednesday, while Maduro summoned the country’s governors and big-city mayors to an

Western Leaders Abdicate Vast
Field by Failing To Defend Christianity
New York Sun, by Conrad Black    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/9/2014 8:34:24 AM     Post Reply
For many years I have been writing, here and elsewhere, until I have thought that I must be blue in the face, that the West should cease to concede the religious high ground to our militant Muslim assailants. It is routine, and rarely contradicted by our secular leaders, for Islamists to proclaim a monopoly of religiosity and to dismiss the West entirely as “infidels” — which is an even more odious category than “heretics.” Where heresy is doctrinal error, to be an infidel is to have no faith; in the canon of the religiously fervent, this is a morally vacuous

  


  

Mexican Tax Hike Will
Drive Mexican Shoppers North
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/9/2014 8:33:26 AM     Post Reply
The Border: Twenty years ago, Mexico threw open its doors to free trade, creating a big middle class on its border with the U.S. But now it´s chasing that same middle class into this country, thanks to a foolish tax hike. It was on the anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement, one of the country´s smartest moves, that Mexico has made one of the dumbest — one that can´t help but do the opposite of what NAFTA did and drive trade north. As part of the government´s economic package for 2014, Mexico´s legislature approved a measure to raise

Buzz off, Waxman —
Congress can’t tell a
newspaper how to do business
Reuters, by Jack Shafer    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/9/2014 8:28:12 AM     Post Reply
Oh to be a fly on the wall Jan. 15, when Tribune Co. executives meet with the staff of Rep. Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif., in a command performance to explain the media conglomerate’s plans to spin off its newspapers — which include the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Baltimore Sun — into a separate company named Tribune Publishing. Waxman called for the meeting in mid-December after Tribune filed its blueprint with the Securities and Exchange Commission, arguing in a letter that the restructuring may not “be in the best interests” of his constituents,

ObamaCare, Obama Support
Hit Record Lows In New Poll
Investor´s Business Daily, by John Merline    Original Article
Posted By: RustMB- 1/9/2014 8:20:03 AM     Post Reply
One in five Democrats now opposes ObamaCare, a record high, according to the latest IBD/TIPP Poll. And more than one in six Democrats now say they want it repealed, another new high. Overall, 55% of the public oppose the law, the highest since IBD/TIPP started asking this question in 2010. Just 37% support ObamaCare, matching a record low. And while support for outright repeal of the law inched down in January, that was because it fell among Republicans and independents. Among Democrats, support for repeal jumped 4 points. ObamaCare is also clearly driving down President Obama´s approval rating, which dropped to just 38%

ObamaCare´s Rude Awakening for the Young
Wall Street Journal, by Karl Rove    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/9/2014 8:19:00 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama won PolitiFact´s 2013 "Lie of The Year" for claiming, that "if you like your health care plan, you can keep it." Instead of being ashamed, members of his administration appear to have been inspired by the award. Take the statement by Department of Health and Human Services´ National Press Secretary for Health Care, Joanne Peters. On Jan. 2, the Journal quoted her as saying ObamaCare "is making health insurance more affordable for young adults." That assertion is farcical for most young adults forced to buy insurance through the Affordable Care Act´s exchanges.

  


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Obama administration is in full meltdown
Washington Times, by Joseph Curl    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/9/2014 8:09:18 AM     Post Reply
While President Obama hit the beaches and golf courses of sunny Oahu for a three-week vacation in December, palace intrigue was afoot in the White House and beyond. First, The New York Times began the lengthy rehabilitation process of Hillary Clinton, the highest Cabinet member to depart so far. As the president has plunged in approval rating, hitting a new low of just 39 percent, Hillary has hit a lifetime high of 66 percent (goes to show you what disappearing from the public eye can do for your popularity). The paper published a 7,500-word account of the Sept. 11, 2012,

Blood of Fallujah
New York Sun, by Seth Lipsky    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/9/2014 7:45:39 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. Mr. 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,” Mrs. Kelly asked him, “that

Security alert in southern Russia as
bodies found in bomb-rigged cars
Telegraph (UK), by Agencies    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/9/2014 7:43:45 AM     Post Reply
Russian authorities said on Thursday that security forces had been put on combat alert in the southern Stavropol region after the discovery of six bodies with gunshot wounds in four different cars, three of which were rigged with explosives. Only one of the bombs went off and no one was hurt. But the killings are further heightening security concerns ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, which also lies near the Caucasus region, where an Islamic insurgency is simmering. Russia has already tightened security before next month´s Games, on which President Vladimir Putin has staked a lot of political and personal prestige,

Meryl Streep attacks Walt Disney
on antisemitism and sexism
Guardian (UK), by Ben Beaumont-Thomas    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/9/2014 7:40:21 AM     Post Reply
While honouring Emma Thompson at a dinner for the National Board of Review on Tuesday night, Meryl Streep made an extraordinary speech that criticised Walt Disney for being a "gender bigot" who was a member of an antisemitic lobbying organisation. Streep, perhaps Hollywood´s most respected and beloved actor, showed she is far from a cosy establishment figure as she carefully trod a line between praising Thompson and attacking Disney. The very film Thompson was being celebrated for, Saving Mr Banks, is based around Walt Disney´s persuading of PL Travers to allow him to adapt Mary Poppins. According to Variety´s Ramin Setoodeh,

  


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Nation Magazine Freaking Over
´Racist´ Seminole Mascot Winning BCS
Breitbart, by C. Edmund Wright    Original Article
Posted By: Passion- 1/9/2014 7:12:49 AM     Post Reply
Sports offers teachable insights into the leftist mindset, and even cursory observations verify that everything is political with these folks. This is unavoidable, I suppose, when your power is derived from electoral or public relation successes of the grievance industry. Thus, we know for sure liberals could not simply enjoy Monday´s BCS Title Game the way normal folks did.

Ignore the scaremongering: America
would be better off if Britain left the EU
Telegraph [UK], by Nile Gardiner    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/9/2014 7:11:38 AM     Post Reply
Would a British exit from the EU harm Britain’s partnership with the United States, and weaken the Special Relationship? The idea that it would is an argument that is being increasingly deployed by Eurofederalists on both sides of the Atlantic, and the Obama administration has also sent strong signals that it is against a British withdrawal. I expect that the US angle will be hammered on heavily by the pro-EU lobby in advance of the planned 2017 UK referendum, even among those who care little about the Anglo-American alliance. In Nick Clegg’s words, “we would not be taken as seriously

Immigration suppresses wages, says
Margaret Thatcher´s former adviser
Telegraph [UK], by Matthew Holehouse    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/9/2014 7:07:32 AM     Post Reply
Immigration is in part to blame for low wages, Margaret Thatcher’s former policy chief has said. John Redwood, the former Cabinet minister, said the “unprecedented expansion of labour supply” had contributed to stagnant wages. Immigration will be “front and centre” of the European Parliament elections in May, Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister said earlier. Wages have been falling behind prices since 2009, meaning families have felt hundreds of pounds a year worse off. Mr Redwood, the MP for Wokingham who was Mrs Thatcher’s Chief Policy Adviser in the 1980s, said low wages were in part due to banks moving to low-tax regimes

´Of course fracking doesn´t cause your
sex to change´ writes Jane Delingpole
Telegraph [UK], by James Delingpole    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/9/2014 7:01:07 AM     Post Reply
Rarely have I witnessed such rampant troll activity as I did on my gently snarky recent blogpost Global Warming Devastates America. There´s a reason for that, of course. The alarmists are losing the argument and their incoherent ranting is the sign of a movement in its death throes… [Snip] Which is to say, as I argue in Watermelons and again in The Little Green Book of Eco Fascism, the so-called "science" is simply being used (or, more accurately, abused) in order to provide an intellectual and pseudo-empirical fig-leaf to justify what, deep down, is an ideological war being waged by

Common Core and the EduTech Abyss
Creators Syndicate, by Michelle Malkin    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/9/2014 6:59:22 AM     Post Reply
The Common Core gold rush is on. Apple, Pearson, Google, Microsoft and Amplify are all cashing in on the federal standards/testing/textbook racket. But the EduTech boondoggle is no boon for students. It´s more squandered tax dollars down the public school drain. Even more worrisome: The stampede is widening a dangerous path toward invasive data mining. According to the Silicon Valley Business Journal, the ed tech sector "is expected to more than double in size to $13.4 billion by 2017." That explosive growth is fueled by Common Core´s top-down digital learning and testing mandates. So: Cui bono?

  



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

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

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