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Jefferson and the nuns
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/9/2014 5:03:17 PM     Post Reply
I have a couple of concluding thoughts about the ignorant, bigoted screed from Jamie Stiehm and published by US News a couple of days ago, both of them about Thomas Jefferson. In attempting to defend the big-government project of ObamaCare, Stiehm oddly (and ignorantly) invoked the storied libertarian to boost her claims that the government should dictate the expression of faith: (snip) First off, as I noted in an update based on a comment from Radjah Shelduck, Jefferson wasn’t referring to the Catholic Church with “pernicious Rome,” but to the Roman Empire. That’s not to say that Jefferson was particularly

President Obama to visit
the Triangle next week
Triangle Business Journal (Raleigh NC), by Lauren K. Ohnesorge    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/9/2014 4:00:27 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama will visit the Triangle next Wednesday, the White House confirms. The purpose of the visit is economy-related, Press Secretary Jay Carney said during today´s press briefing. Further details will be available in the coming days, he adds. In his latest weekly address, Obama urged Congress to extend emergency unemployment insurance benefits, something North Carolina hasn’t had for months. He calls the halt a “self-inflicted wound”

Obama considers reigning in NSA
spying on Americans and foreign leaders
Daily Mail [UK], by Associated Press & Daily Mail Reporters    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/9/2014 3:59:05 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama is expected to rein in spying on foreign leaders and is considering restricting National Security Agency access to Americans´ phone records, according to people familiar with a White House review of the government´s surveillance programs. Obama could unveil his highly anticipated decisions as early as next week. On Thursday, the president is expected to discuss his review with congressional lawmakers, while his top lawyer plans to meet with privacy groups. Representatives from tech companies are meeting with White House staff on Friday. The White House says Obama is still collecting information before making final decisions.



´Wives cannot afford to put enough decent
food on the table´: Bankrupt BNP leader
Nick Griffin launches cookery show with
guide on how to make cheap British stew
Daily Mail [UK], by Matt Chorley    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/9/2014 3:39:32 PM     Post Reply
BNP leader Nick Griffin obviously thinks the way to the British public’s vote is through their stomachs. The MEP, who was last week declared bankrupt, is trying his hand as a TV chef promising recipes on how to cook ‘traditional British fare’ on his large Aga. In a bizarre 30-minute video, Mr Griffin swigs beer like Keith Floyd while imparting tips on how to chop an onion and why English food is the best in Europe. [Snip] But during the lengthy BNP video posted on YouTube, which includes a description of different sized potatoes and the merits of swede*, he

From Worst to Finest
National Review Online, by Kellyanne Conway    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/9/2014 3:27:06 PM     Post Reply
In a matter of hours, Governor Chris Christie turned what was the worst day of his political career into one of his finest. That senior aides deliberately and gleefully ordered traffic jams and wreaked havoc on thousands of commuters for four days last September was an act of political pettiness. And one that Governor Christie says he neither knew about, encouraged, nor ordered. “I was blindsided yesterday,” Christie said in a press conference where his humility, regret and “sadness” were on full display, daring in the first few moments to utter words often elusive from the mouths of errant pols too heavy

Christie? Obama.
New York Sun, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/9/2014 3:25:17 PM     Post Reply
Let’s see if we get this right. Governor Christie is engulfed in scandal because several of his aides conspired without his knowledge to close approaches to the George Washington Bridge and tie up traffic in order to make a political point and embarrass the mayor of Fort Lee, a Democrat. President Obama’s prosecutor in New Jersey is now looking into the case, and the New York Times is predicting — or is it vowing? — that the controversy “is unlikely to abate any time soon.” Some are even suggesting that Mr. Christie’s presidential hopes are in jeopardy. Forgive us, but are we the only ones who think this is absurd? Maybe not in the abstract. But in comparison to the stunts the Obama administration pulled during the budget fight.

Does Wendy Davis Think She’s Running for
Faculty Lounge Leader, or Governor of the
Nation’s Most Economically Vibrant State?
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/9/2014 3:24:44 PM     Post Reply
Presumed Democratic Party nominee for Texas governor, state Sen. Wendy Davis, addressed an education forum in North Texas today. Davis attended to promote her ideas to reform education in the Lone Star State. Her standout idea is underwhelming. It belongs alongside candidates for student body president, promising free ice cream in the cafeteria on Fridays. Jay Root @byjayroot Follow .@WendyDavisTexas proposes auto college admission for kids in top 20 pct who promise to become teachers. Includes UT Austin. 11:46 AM - 9 Jan 2014-Education issues in Texas and elsewhere typically have nothing to do with a shortage of teachers, which



Networks Excoriate Christie
for Lane Closures, But Ignored
Obama Admin´s Corrupt Shutdown Tactics
Newsbusters, by Matt Hadro    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/9/2014 3:21:28 PM     Post Reply
The same network evening news shows that ignored vindictiveness by the Obama administration during October´s government shutdown were up in arms Wednesday over New Jersey Governor Chris Christie´s "bridgegate" and the possible tarring it could give his image. NewsBusters already counted 17 times more network coverage of Christie´s controversy than of Obama´s IRS scandal in the past six months. That same double standard was evident in the treatment given the Christie administration versus the non-coverage of any Obama administration wrongdoing during the shutdown.

Catholic League wants writer
fired for ´bigotry´ in column
Fox News, by Hollie McKay    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/9/2014 3:16:54 PM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES – Not long after Creators Syndicate writer Jamie Stiehm’s article “The Catholic Supreme Court’s War on Women” made its way onto the homepage of U.S. News and World Report this week, many upset Catholics were voicing their anger, and even calling for her to be fired. “This is a throwback to the most anti-Catholic vitriol of the 19th century. Creators Syndicate should drop Stiehm immediately,” said Bill Donohue, founder of the Catholic League – America’s largest Catholic advocacy organization. Donohue told FOX411 that he has written an open letter to Creators Syndicate and intends to draw attention to

Pizza Manager Makes House
Calls During Blizzard, But What
He Delivers Will Surprise You
Independent Journal Review, by Emily Hulsey    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/9/2014 3:13:31 PM     Post Reply
As severe snowstorms blanketed the U.S. this week, a Fox’s Pizza Den manager was braving the cold to make special deliveries – but not the ones you would expect. In this Facebook post, manager Tom Wynkoop offered to deliver prescription medications to people who couldn’t leave their homes in the frigid weather conditions: (Snip for tweet) Since word of the story broke, this Good Samaritan has been receiving cash from all over the world. Wynkoop has decided to match the donations and send them to the local Meals on Wheels.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow hunkers
down on Koch Bros. claim
Washington Post, by Erik Wemple    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/9/2014 3:10:05 PM     Post Reply
Mark V. Holden is general counsel at Koch Industries Inc., and he has a big file relating to MSNBC. The progressive cable network tends to make frequent references to Koch Industries and its politically active, free-market major shareholders Charles and David Koch. Following those references, Holden often swings into action. Last September, for instance, he sent an e-mail to MSNBC President Phil Griffin protesting the “false and disparaging statements” allegedly made on an episode of “Disrupt with Karen Finney.” In August, he wrote Griffin about a segment on “The Ed Show” that “contained a rehash of distorted and baseless allegations



Sen. Mark Udall tried to ‘trash’ independent
Obamacare cancellation numbers
Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/9/2014 3:00:18 PM     Post Reply
Democratic Colorado Sen. Mark Udall’s office tried to “trash” independent numbers about Obamacare-related insurance cancellations in his state, according to emails from inside the Colorado Department of Insurance (DOI). “Sen. Udall says our numbers were wrong. They are not wrong. Cancellation notices affected 249,199 people. They want to trash our numbers. I’m holding strong while we get more details. Many have already done early renewals. Regardless, they received cancellation notices,” according to a November 14 email COI director of external affairs Jo Donlin sent to her colleagues. The email was published by completecolorado.com. “Following my e-mail, I received a very hostile phone

Pictured for the first time:
Woman engineer and her three U.S.
Air Force colleagues killed in
Black Hawk crash as investigators
recover their bodies from wreckage*
Daily Mail (UK), by Martin Robinson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/9/2014 2:55:47 PM     Post Reply
The bodies of the four American air crew killed in a helicopter crash on the north Norfolk coast were recovered from the wreckage today, as they were all pictured for the first time. Female Staff Sergeant Afton M. Ponce died alongside Captains Christopher S. Stover and Sean M. Ruane and Technical Sergeant Dale E. Mathews when their Pave Hawk came down on a marsh near Cley-next-the-Sea on Tuesday night. Their remains were removed from marshland this afternoon as experts also tried to find hundreds of bullets that came down with their aircraft and spread across an area the size of

Why Hollywood Actresses
Abandoned the Trout Pout
Hollywood Reporter, by Merle Ginsberg    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/9/2014 2:51:48 PM     Post Reply
Clown lips like those that doomed the careers of Melanie Griffith and Meg Ryan have given way to a more natural-looking but still youthfully plump mouth. Says a Hollywood derm, "Thank God we´re living in more tasteful times." Trout pouts, aka fish lips, once were so ubiquitous, they got an entry in the Oxford Dictionary: "The result of aggressive augmentation of the lips with filler." Another definition: totally 1990s. "I remember the moment when patients stopped asking for bigger lips in the mid-2000s," says dermatologist Peter Kopelson. "Jocelyn Wildenstein scared the fish lips off everyone!" Fish lips might be extinct, but

The Real Victims of
Satanic Ritual Abuse
Slate, by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/9/2014 2:22:57 PM     Post Reply
Among the atrocities that Frances and Dan Keller were supposed to have committed while running a day care center out of their Texas home: drowning and dismembering babies in front of the children; killing dogs and cats in front of the children; transporting the children to Mexico to be sexually abused by soldiers in the Mexican army; dressing as pumpkins and shooting children in the arms and legs; putting the children into a pool with sharks that ate babies; putting blood in the children’s Kool-Aid; cutting the arm or a finger off a gorilla at a local park; and exhuming bodies at a cemetery, forcing children to carry the bones.



The White Ghetto
National Review Online, by Kevin D. Williamson    Original Article
Posted By: gazela- 1/9/2014 2:08:49 PM     Post Reply
Owsley County, Ky. – There are lots of diversions in the Big White Ghetto, the vast moribund matrix of Wonder Bread–hued Appalachian towns and villages stretching from northern Mississippi to southern New York, a slowly dissipating nebula of poverty and misery with its heart in eastern Kentucky, the last redoubt of the Scots-Irish working class that picked up where African slave labor left off, mining and cropping and sawing the raw materials for a modern American economy that would soon run out of profitable uses for the class of people who 500 years ago would have been known, without any

Republicans call for removal
of Obama supporter leading
IRS targeting probe
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/9/2014 1:04:44 PM     Post Reply
Republicans claim the Justice Department´s investigation of the IRS targeting scandal is "compromised," after revealing that it´s being led by one of President Obama´s political supporters. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, the lawmakers said they´ve learned trial attorney Barbara Kay Bosserman is leading the probe. They detailed federal campaign finance records showing she´s given more than $6,000 to Obama´s two presidential campaigns -- and urged Holder to remove her from the case. "By selecting a significant donor to President Obama to lead an investigation into inappropriate targeting of conservative groups, the Department has created a startling conflict

Slather It, Baby! Butter Consumption
Hits 40-Year High
ABC News, by Alan Farnham    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/9/2014 12:38:45 PM     Post Reply
Butter´s back—and with a creamy vengeance. Foodies extol its flavor. Purists praise its freedom from trans fats. Annual per capita butter consumption in the U.S. (now 5.6 pounds), has risen 25 percent in the last decade to a 40-year high, according to American Butter Institute. "Our sales have been growing by double-digits every year," says Albert Straus, owner of the Straus Family Creamery, whose cows graze the bucolic hills above Tomales Bay, in western Marin County, Calif. Staus´ European-style butter has proved incredibly popular, he says, especially among chefs. It was created 20 years ago at the suggestion of famed California

Chris Christie’s Fiery Defense:
‘I Am Not a Bully!’
Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/9/2014 12:33:54 PM     Post Reply
During a Thursday morning press conference on the ongoing “Bridgegate” scandal, NJ Gov. Chris Christie unleashed a fiery defense of his leadership skills, telling reporters he’s not a bully and that he’s not your typical focus group-tested politician. An unidentified female reporter asked the governor whether this scandal continues the narrative that he is a “political bully” and whether it compromises his ability to lead into the future. Christie responded: Listen, politics ain’t beanbag, okay? Everybody in the country who engages in politics knows that. On the other hand, that’s very, very different than saying that someone’s a bully. I have

Christie apologizes over
lane closures, fires top aide
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/9/2014 12:33:06 PM     Post Reply
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie publicly apologized Thursday for controversial lane closures last year that were arranged by his associates as an apparent act of political revenge, and fired a top aide who was at the center of the scandal. "I come out here to apologize to the people of New Jersey," he said. "I am embarrassed and humiliated." The governor added: "I am stunned by the abject stupidity that was shown here." (Snip) Christie stressed Thursday that he was not involved and that while his political style is tough, "I am not a bully." He said repeatedly that he was betrayed by his staff. Christie maintained that, until this week,


Drivers vow to fight de Blasio
plan to eliminate NYC horse-
drawn carriages
Fox News, by Adam Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/9/2014 12:24:23 PM     Post Reply
Horse-drawn carriage drivers are vowing to fight New York City´s new mayor in his bid to eliminate the carriages from the Big Apple and replace them with vintage-style electric cars. Mayor Bill de Blasio, citing the complaints of animal rights activists, singled out Central Park´s horse-drawn carriages as he took the helm of New York City last week. "We are going to get rid of the horse carriages. Period," de Blasio said. "They are not humane, they are not appropriate for the year 2014. It´s over. So, just watch us do it." Yet despite his strong rhetoric, carriage owners say

CNN´s Banfield: Christie Scandal
Could Mean ´Felony Murder´ Charges
Breitbart Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/9/2014 12:15:39 PM     Post Reply
A few minutes before New Jersey Governor Chris Christie´s highly-anticipated Thursday morning press conference, CNN´s Ashleigh Banfield suggested that the closing of the George Washington Bridge for political purposes could result in felony murder charges against those behind the closing: (Video) And then there can also be the very serious possibility that a death resulted from the actions from someone, right? So if that´s the case an extraordinarily serious end of this could be [a chrge of] felony murder because it´s a felony to do this kind of thing -- if it can be proven to shut down those lanes

Our Contemptible Commander in Chief
Commentary, by Peter Wehner    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/9/2014 12:12:35 PM     Post Reply
The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward wrote a front-page story that includes excerpts from former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’s new book, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary of War. According to Woodward, Gates “unleashes harsh judgments about President Obama’s leadership and his commitment to the Afghanistan war… It is rare for a former Cabinet member, let alone a defense secretary occupying a central position in the chain of command, to publish such an antagonistic portrait of a sitting president.” But one begins to understand what underlies Secretary Gates’s judgment after learning about his thoughts during a meeting he attended. “As I sat there,” Gates

Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama
luau at ex-‘Mattress’ pad
Boston Herald, by Gayle Fee    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/9/2014 11:46:39 AM     Post Reply
The posh Maui manse where Michelle Obama is holed up with BFF Oprah Winfrey for an extended Hawaiian holiday is the same house that was once owned by longtime Boston radio legend Charles Laquidara! “It was my house, but I’m not even allowed to go in the driveway anymore,” Charles told the Track. “I tried to go up there a couple of years ago with my cousin to show him the old digs, and this really big security guard came out and stopped us. I thought he was gonna shoot us.” Laquidara — a longtime WBCN morning disc jockey and

Playing classical music to your child
can improve their listening skills
later on in life
Daily Mail (UK), by Sarah Harris    Original Article
Posted By: Calvinesq- 1/9/2014 11:40:57 AM     Post Reply
Playing classical music such as Beethoven and Mozart to young children boosts their concentration and self-discipline, a new study suggests. Youngsters also improve their general listening and social skills by being exposed to repertoires from composers including Ravel, Shostakovich and Mendelssohn. In addition, they are likely to appreciate a wider range of music in later years, according to a study from the Institute of Education, (IoE), University of London.

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