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Does the Constitution Force
Bakers to Bake?
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American Thinker, by Jim Yardley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/9/2014 11:39:22 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

Little Sisters of the Poor Are
Letting Conscience Guide
Them on Obamacare
US News, by Mary Ann Walsh    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/9/2014 11:37:31 AM     Post Reply
When it comes to public opinion, you can´t find a worse group to pick a fight with than the Little Sisters of the Poor. They´re an order of nuns who attend to the frail and elderly. With longstanding generosity to those in need, the Little Sisters hold moral sway. Quality of life stands as their first concern, and so the Little Sisters run low-cost, top-flight nursing homes. People trust grandma and grandpa to their care. Those who pass to their eternal reward in these homes do so in the arms of loving nuns who have become family. People have seen

Christie Fires Aide in Bridge
Scandal as U.S. Opens Inquiry
New York Times, by Marc Santora & William K. Rashbaum    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/9/2014 11:35:01 AM     Post Reply
Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey apologized to the people of New Jersey on Thursday, saying that he was “embarrassed and humiliated” by revelations that one of his top aides and close associates ordered lane closings on the George Washington Bridge to deliberately snarl traffic as an act of political vengeance. He announced that he would fire that aide, Bridget Anne Kelly, a deputy chief of staff, who he called “stupid” and “deceitful” in a news conference. The revelations became public one day before, when a series of emails and texts, showing members of his administration and others were deeply



How Teachers Can Best Use Tech
American Magazine, by Frederick Hess*    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 1/9/2014 11:25:45 AM     Post Reply
Education beats across the country have been speckled with nightmarish headlines about education technology failures in schools: big iPad acquisitions gone awry, melted chargers, broken screens, and students accessing social media on their school-granted devices. It seems like we haven’t had a lot to cheer about when it comes to digital learning. But who is really to blame here? Of course, safety, security, and smooth execution of device roll-outs are important, but implementation glitches are to be expected when a school introduces any new system — both as devices need improving and as students, teachers, and administrators acclimate to using new

Staffer’s head rolls as Christie looks
to save neck over Bridgegate
New York Post, by Beth DeFalco and Bob Fredericks    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/9/2014 11:16:29 AM     Post Reply
Heads are rolling over Bridgegate. Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday fired the top aide who brazenly plotted the crippling lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, multiple sources told The Post. He also forced his two-time campaign manager – who was aware of the vengeful scheme and later played a role in the damage control effort – to take his name out of the running to lead New Jersey’s Republican party. Bridget Anne Kelly, 41, the deputy chief of staff who sent an email to longtime Christie crony and then-Port Authority official David Wildstein that read “Time for some traffic problems in Fort

To Stop Procrastinating, Look
to Science of Mood Repair
Wall Street Journal, by Sue Shellenberger    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/9/2014 10:33:17 AM     Post Reply
Procrastinators, take note: If you´ve tried building self-discipline and you´re still putting things off, maybe you need to try something different. One new approach: Check your mood. Often, procrastinators attempt to avoid the anxiety or worry aroused by a tough task with activities aimed at repairing their mood, such as checking Facebook or taking a nap. But the pattern, which researchers call "giving in to feel good," makes procrastinators feel worse later, when they face the consequences of missing a deadline or making a hasty, last-minute effort, (Snip) Increasingly, psychologists and time-management consultants are focusing on a new strategy: helping

Police Post Disturbing Video of
Toddler Being Encouraged to Swear
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/9/2014 10:19:18 AM     Post Reply
A police organization posted a disturbing video of what it describes as “the continuation of the thug cycle.” In the video, a toddler’s uncle and two other adults encourage the three-year-old to say vile things and hold up his middle finger. Megyn Kelly described the awful video, saying, “It’s the same as watching them pick him up and beat him physically.” No charges have been filed against any of the adults in the video. Now, the police officers who posted the video are getting pushback for putting it online. The association, which is different from the department, claim they had an obligation



Signature Count Begins For Calif.
Law That Lets Boys Play on
Girls’ Sports Team, Use Girls’ Bathroom
Cybercast News Service., by Penny Starr    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/9/2014 10:15:59 AM     Post Reply
The California Secretary of State’s press office confirmed on Wednesday that Secretary Debra Bowen has given all 58 counties in the state until Feb. 24 to count and verify every signature in a petition campaign to let voters decide whether a law that gives students the right to use facilities and take part in sports and other activities based on their “gender identity” and not their biological sex stands. Assembly Bill 1266, the School Success and Opportunity Act, was passed by the state legislature and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in August 2013. The law, which is designed

Don Lemon Grills DNC Head:
Why Is Christie Suspicious if
He Denies Involvement but Not Obama?
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/9/2014 10:09:21 AM     Post Reply
Shortly after big news in the New Jersey traffic scandal broke today, the Democratic National Committee pounced, accusing Christie of engaging in a culture of “retribution” that led to this, despite Christie denying he had no direct knowledge of the scandal. CNN’s Don Lemon asked DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz what the difference is between Christie’s denial of direct knowledge for a scandal and President Obama‘s. Lemon took note of a few scandals where Obama said he had no prior knowledge of a number of scandals his administration faced. “He didn’t know about the NSA spying on allies, he didn’t know

State Department´s Facebook spending
highlights lack of transparency in
contracting data
Washington Examiner, by Michal Conger    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 1/9/2014 9:53:48 AM     Post Reply
State Department spending of $630,000 to generate more Facebook likes drew national criticism when it was revealed last year. Recently released government contract solicitation data reveals more about the department´s social media strategy, but still falls short of painting a complete picture of its spending.

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.

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.

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,

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