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Liam Neeson lambastes call
to ban horse-drawn carriages
New York Post, by Andrea Peyser    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 1/10/2014 10:21:24 AM     Post Reply
The battle over New York’s carriage horses just got hunkier.Hollywood badass Liam Neeson went one-on-one with killjoy Mayor de Blasio, slamming Hizzoner for vowing to ban the city’s 220-plus clip-clopping, carriage-pulling equines from city streets and Central Park. “They’ll die, you know, darlin,’?” Liam, who at 6-foot-4 can pretty much look the 6-foot-5 mayor in the eye, told me in his gorgeous Northern Irish brogue. The 61-year-old heartthrob interrupted his hectic A-list acting schedule to call me Thursday night, alarmed by de Blasio’s treachery. “It’s criminal!’’ cried Liam. “This is an iconic, historic part of New York. “The horses are incredibly well-treated. They’re regulated

Target increases number of customers
who had personal details stolen to
70MILLION after holiday data breach
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/10/2014 10:06:19 AM     Post Reply
Target says that personal information - including phone numbers, email and mailing addresses - was stolen from as many as 70 million customers in its pre-Christmas data breach, substantially more than the 40 million that the chain had previously said were affected. The chain also cut its fourth-quarter adjusted earnings forecast and outlook for a key sales barometer. Target had announced in December that about 40 million credit and debit cards may have been affected by a data breach that happened between November 27 and December 15 - just as the holiday shopping season was getting into gear.

Establishing a U.S. State Religion
American Thinker, by Fay Voshell    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/10/2014 9:46:04 AM     Post Reply
In direct contradiction of the First Amendment, which forbids the establishing of a state religion, the Obama administration is busily doing just that. Meanwhile, it is attempting forced conversion of the reluctant, all the while targeting Christians and Orthodox Jews as people who are continually violating the establishment of religion clause. Just what religion is our current administration establishing in direct violation of the Constitution of the United States? It is establishing the faith of secular statism, a religion currently characterized by the tenets of radical progressivism. Statism is rapidly becoming the only faith in America allowed to operate with complete freedom.



2013 ends with weakest
job growth in years
CNN, by Annalyn Kurtz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/10/2014 9:27:00 AM     Post Reply
NEW YORK -Job growth slumped sharply in December, falling far short of expectations. The economy added only 74,000 jobs in December, according to the Department of Labor. This was the weakest month for job growth since January 2011 and came as a huge surprise to economists, who were expecting an addition of 193,000 jobs. For all of 2013, the economy added 2.2 million jobs -- on par with 2012´s gains. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate fell to 6.7% in December, but the drop came mainly from workers leaving the labor force. Only 62.8% of the adult population is participating in the

Is Scott Walker next?
Daily Caller, by Matt K. Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: Periwinkel- 1/10/2014 9:25:53 AM     Post Reply
While Chris Christie’s bridge scandal is dominating the headlines, a lesser-known potential scandal is brewing in Wisconsin. As the Wall Street Journal reported in November, ”a special prosecutor is targeting conservative groups that participated in the battle over Governor Scott Walker’s union reforms.” The allegation is of improper coordination between the campaign and conservative outside groups, and the real danger may simply be that a denouement isn’t reached until after November (Walker’s re-election).

Christie and the IRS
Wall Street Journal, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/10/2014 9:21:40 AM     Post Reply
Now that we have your attention, allow us to explain. Governor Chris Christie apologized to New Jersey on Thursday for aides who closed traffic lanes in order to punish a Democratic mayor, and he fired a deputy chief of staff. We mention the IRS because Mr. Christie´s contrition contrasts so sharply with President Obama´s handling of the tax agency´s abuse of political opponents and his reluctance to fire anyone other than a military general for anything. In his long press conference in Trenton, Mr. Christie was properly contrite, saying he had been "lied to" by the senior aide he proceeded

Logic Gets Sucked into
the Polar Vortex
American Thinker, by Daren Jonescu    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/10/2014 9:20:38 AM     Post Reply
There is a new bogeyman in town. His name is Polar Vortex. He has been around forever, and has hitherto lived in obscurity as just another natural phenomenon. But against all odds, he has suddenly found satisfying new employment and fame as this year´s leading argument for tyranny. North America is presently experiencing the kind of abnormally cold temperatures that can wreak havoc on computer climate models. (The same cold snap is not occurring in other parts of the Northern Hemisphere, hence the value of polar vortex as a wandering catch-all Scary Thing, as we shall see.) The mainstream media is



Obamacare Questions the White
House Won’t Answer
Reason, by Peter Suderman    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/10/2014 8:38:41 AM     Post Reply
In a briefing this week, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney applauded the administration’s openness regarding data related to Obamacare performance and implementation. “If you look at how we´ve dealt with data as it´s become available over the past several months, both good data and bad data, we´ve done our best to provide it to you when we are confident about the accuracy of it,” he said.Every White House toots its own horn, but this was a bit much.

Obamacare Drags Dems Down
Weekly Standard, by Michael Warren    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/10/2014 8:29:59 AM     Post Reply
In 2014, very few Senate Democrats are safe from the undertow of Obamacare. One who—surprisingly—may not be is Jeff Merkley of Oregon. Merkley, by all accounts, should safely win reelection in November. Elected in 2008 over incumbent Republican Gordon Smith, he’s a perfect fit for the state’s population center, the progressive hipster mecca of Portland. As the Oregon house speaker, Merkley advanced a liberal laundry list of items like an expanded indoor smoking ban, a ban on junk food in schools, and more laws to limit discrimination against same-sex couples. In the U.S. Senate, he’s been a hero to the

The Holder Effect
American Thinker, by Russ Vaughn    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/10/2014 8:29:43 AM     Post Reply
In spite of the best efforts of the liberal media to first suppress news reports about the Knockout Game phenomenon, and then, when that failed, to poo-poo the idea that any such thing as this violent and obviously race-based crime even existed, the truth will out. (snip) Of course, the Holder justice department has not ignored the Knockout Game entirely. A recent such attack in Houston has been charged as a federal hate crime, and the perp is going to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

How Christie Ended Up in This Jam
Wall Street Journal, by Peggy Noonan    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/10/2014 8:17:55 AM     Post Reply
Gov. Chris Christie acquitted himself well in his "Bridgegate" news conference, and emerged undead. He said he had "no knowledge or involvement" in the apparent scheme by his political operatives to take revenge on a New Jersey mayor who refused to back him in the 2013 election. He had "no involvement," in the four-day-long traffic jams they arranged on the George Washington Bridge. Learning of it left him feeling "blindsided," "embarrassed," "humiliated" and "stunned by the abject stupidity that was shown here." He claimed personal responsibility, announced the firing of a top staffer, apologized to the state, and said he´d



FBI, dragging feet on IRS probe,
finally contacts tea party groups
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/10/2014 7:38:44 AM     Post Reply
The FBI finally has begun to contact some of the tea party groups targeted by the Internal Revenue Service for inappropriate scrutiny, in the first public signs that the administration’s criminal investigation is progressing. A lawyer representing some of the tea party groups that battled the IRS for tax-exempt status told The Washington Times that a “small number” of his clients were recently contacted, seven months after the investigation was supposed to have begun.

Ex-Christie appointee pleads the
Fifth during traffic chaos probe
New York Post, by Tara Palmeri, Leonard Greene*    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/10/2014 7:36:38 AM     Post Reply
New Jersey’s top lawman on Thursday ordered a federal criminal investigation into crippling George Washington Bridge lane closures orchestrated by two of Gov. Chris Christie’s top appointees as an act of political revenge. The state’s US attorney, Paul Fishman, will conduct a full probe of the Sept. 9-12 blockage of two of three Fort Lee lanes to “determine whether a federal law was implicated.” The Christie administration may have violated laws related to interstate commerce, obstruction of justice and political intimidation, experts said.

China abolishes its labour camps
and releases prisoners
Telegraph (UK), by Malcolm Moore    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/10/2014 7:33:11 AM     Post Reply
China appears to have fulfilled a promise to dismantle hundreds of labour camps and release tens of thousands of people who were imprisoned in them without trial. A series of visits to six enormous labour camps on the outskirts of Beijing suggested that four had been shut down, with their signs removed. Staff said all their prisoners had been released and they were waiting for further orders. The other two camps had been converted; one into a drug rehabilitation centre and the other into the second cell block of a local prison. Interviews with former labour camp prisoners across China also confirmed that

Woman Says Lane Closings Were Not
to Blame for Her Mother’s Death
New York Times, by Nate Schweber    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/10/2014 7:30:57 AM     Post Reply
FORT LEE, N.J. — The daughter of a 91-year-old woman from Fort Lee, N.J., who died on the day of a major traffic jam precipitated by top aides to Gov. Chris Christie said on Thursday that she did not believe the inability of an ambulance to reach her mother’s house was a factor in her death. “I honestly believe it was just her time,” said Vilma Oleri, whose mother, Florence Genova, died on the morning of Sept. 9, the first day that the closing of local lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge set off the snarls.



Final Custody Decision Expected For
West Hartford Girl In Boston Hospital
Fox News Connecticut, by Beau Berman    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/10/2014 7:09:07 AM     Post Reply
Friday could be “judgment day” for a West Hartford teenager held inside a hospital against her will for 11 months. A Boston judge is set to decide whether the girl will return to her parents in Connecticut or remain in state custody. But on the eve of the decision, our continuing Fox CT investigation has revealed new details once again. In a new development, former Boston Children’s Hospital nurse Katie Higgins, who has been following the case from the start, wrote a scathing letter this week to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Attorney General Martha Coakley, Massachusetts Department of Children & Families Commissioner Olga

Christie’s Apology, Done His Way
New York Times, by Michael Barbaro    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 1/10/2014 6:58:32 AM     Post Reply
He was, he said, heartbroken. Embarrassed. Sad. Disappointed. Humiliated.By the end of an extraordinary and exhaustive 107-minute news conference, Chris Christie had transformed himself from a belligerent chief executive, famed for ridiculing his detractors, into a deeply wronged father figure, shaking his head, whispering his words and verging on tears. The bravado had vanished. The certitude was gone. In its place was an entirely new vocabulary of self-doubt and a once unthinkable spectacle: Governor Christie acknowledging a “crisis in confidence,” sleepless nights, second-guessing and nonstop soul-searching. Political apologies generally follow a robotic sequence. The public figure caught doing wrong offers a terse, often

TV gives ´Bridgegate´ 17 times
more coverage in one day
than IRS scandal in 6 months
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 1/10/2014 6:16:16 AM     Post Reply
The Big Three networks, in a frenzy over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie´s traffic headache dubbed “Bridgegate,” have devoted a whopping 34 minutes and 28 seconds of coverage to the affair in just the last 24 hours. By comparison, that´s 17 times the two minutes, eight seconds devoted to President Obama´s IRS scandal in the last six months, according to an analysis by the Media Research Center. “While routinely burying new stories on the IRS scandal, the media practically fell over themselves to start taking shots at the potential 2016 Republican presidential nominee,” said the conservative media watchdog.

Police on ´heightened´ alert for violent
response to Mark Duggan inquest verdict
Telegraph [UK], by Sam Marsden    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/10/2014 6:09:13 AM     Post Reply
Scotland Yard’s top officer expressed concerns on Thursday about the possibility of fresh violence erupting in Tottenham as the family of Mark Duggan, whose shooting by police sparked rioting, announced a vigil for Saturday. Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, met community leaders from the troubled north London district to discuss how to avoid any repeat of the 2011 disorder following an inquest jury’s verdict that the father-of-six was lawfully killed by firearms officers. Supporters of 29-year-old Mr Duggan warned anyone planning to cause “unrest or anarchy” to stay away from the vigil in his memory to be held

What if you could restore veterans´ pensions,
fund jobless benefits, and stop illegal immigrant
fraud, all at once? Democrats would block it.
Washington Examiner [DC], by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/10/2014 6:02:53 AM     Post Reply
Two of the most pressing concerns on Capitol Hill are 1) finding a way to restore cuts in veterans´ pensions that were included in the budget deal brokered by Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Paul Ryan; and 2) figuring out a plan to pay for extended emergency unemployment insurance for 1.3 million Americans whose benefits have run out. They are vexing problems, but Republicans, led by Sen. Kelly Ayotte, came up with a proposal to solve them. The only difficulty was, the solution -- finding billions to pay for the restored pensions and unemployment insurance -- involved cracking down on


EU is a pestilence, says
referendum pilot Lord Dobbs
Telegraph [UK], by Matthew Holehouse    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/10/2014 5:59:14 AM     Post Reply
The European Union has become a “poison in our political system” that can only be addressed through an in/out vote, the peer who will pilot the referendum Bill through the Lords has said. Lord Dobbs, the author of House of Cards, said the European Union had become a “pestilence” that politicians had failed to deal with. More than 70 peers have asked to speak in today’s second reading debate on the Bill, which would set in law a commitment to hold an in/out referendum on Britain´s membership of the EU. Lord Mandelson, the former European Commissioner, said a referendum

Poverty Chic
Washington Free Beacon, by Matthew Continetti    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/10/2014 5:54:01 AM     Post Reply
“Poverty,” the New York Times announced yesterday, “is suddenly the subject of bipartisan embrace.” I have spent a lot of time parsing that sentence. There is, for example, the adverb: “suddenly” does a lot of work; it carries the weight of the entire piece on its eight letters. The condition of the working poor, after all, has been a subject of political dispute since, oh, the Industrial Revolution. The author of the Times article, Jeremy W. Peters, seems to recognize the Groundhog Day aspect of his argument when he writes, in a fine example of mixed metaphor, “To read the flurry

Turkey´s response to the Syrian
refugee crisis has been heroic
Telegraph [UK], by Daniel Hannan    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/10/2014 5:51:46 AM     Post Reply
Turkey: what a place. Taxes are low, growth is strong, people are patriotic. I´m here in a camp for displaced Syrians, just across the border, doing some work alongside Centre-Right parliamentarians from around Europe, but I haven´t got time to blog about that right now. Let me instead say just one thing. The unflashy, unsentimental, uncomplaining way in which Turks have dealt with the arrival of 600,000 refugees is humbling. Many Syrians have been taken in by Turkish families. Others have been provided for by charities. Some are being housed in hastily assembled tent cities that fill up immediately.

24 Underreported Democrat
Scandals That Make News Media´s
´Bridgegate Mania´ Look Like a Joke
Independent Journal Review, by Kyle Becker    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/10/2014 5:51:27 AM     Post Reply
Whatever happened in New Jersey under Governor Chris Christie in regards to the already-infamous “bridgegate,” the open gloating by the media over the unacceptable behavior of the Republican governor’s staffers is extremely revealing. Regardless of one’s views on Governor Chris Christie, this coordinated political feeding frenzy is liberal hypocrisy at its finest. Take a look at some of these over-the-top headlines:(Snip for graphic)Here are 25 underreported stories that most news media barely reported on, or blew by as quickly as possible because Democrats are involved. 1. Fast & Furious

Missing Brookline teen Caleb Jacoby
found safe, police say
Boston Globe, by Jennifer Smith    Original Article
Posted By: PChristopher- 1/10/2014 5:45:15 AM     Post Reply
Caleb Jacoby, the 16-year-old Brookline student missing since Monday, was found safe on Thursday evening in Times Square, police said. Jacoby, who disappeared at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, is a student at the Maimonides School in Brookline and has been the subject of a wide search aided by social media outreach. The teen is also the son of Boston Globe OpEd columnist Jeff Jacoby. “Our prayers have been answered,” Jeff Jacoby tweeted Thursday night. “We are thrilled to hear from the Brookline Police that our beloved son Caleb has been found and is safe.

Bypassing Barry
American Spectator, by Larry Thornberry    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/10/2014 5:43:33 AM     Post Reply
The anecdote has it that someone once asked Louie Armstrong what jazz was. Satchmo is reported to have something like this in response, “If you have to ask, you’ll never know.” Great answer. There are other questions we sometimes hear, the only response to which is: “If you can even ask that question, there is no answer I can give you that would satisfy or enlighten you.” One of these, and one that always pole-axes me that any sentient adult could ask, is: “Why shouldn’t women serve in combat roles in the military?” The why on this one, at least

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