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How to fight academic bigotry
Washington Post, by Charles Krauthammer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/10/2014 11:27:03 AM     Post Reply
For decades, the American Studies Association labored in well-deserved obscurity. No longer. It has now made a name for itself by voting to boycott Israeli universities, accusing them of denying academic and human rights to Palestinians. Given that Israel has a profoundly democratic political system, the freest press in the Middle East, a fiercely independent judiciary and astonishing religious and racial diversity within its universities, including affirmative action for Arab students, the charge is rather strange. Made more so when you consider the state of human rights in Israel’s neighborhood. As we speak, Syria’s government is dropping “barrel bombs” filled

Outrage! Obama Donor Picked to
Head IRS Scandal Investigation,
Big Three Networks Censor
NewsBusters, by Geoffrey Dickens    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/10/2014 11:24:25 AM     Post Reply
After months of stonewalling the Justice Department finally named someone to head the investigation into the IRS-Tea Party scandal - and it´s an Obama donor. So far ABC, CBS and NBC have yet to mention what Darrell Issa called “a startling conflict of interest.” In fact the Big Three networks have almost completely stopped covering the IRS scandal investigation altogether. Since July 1, ABC, CBS and NBC have devoted a total of just 2 minutes and 8 seconds to the IRS imbroglio. On Wednesday the Washington Times’s Stephen Dinan reported that House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and regulatory

State Department names groups
behind Benghazi strike
Fox News, by Staff*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/10/2014 11:21:32 AM     Post Reply
The State Department on Friday for the first time blamed specific groups and militants for the 2012 Benghazi attack, designating them as terrorists -- a move that further undermines initial claims the attack was spontaneous. The department announced that it was labeling Ansar al-Sharia in Benghazi and Ansar al-Sharia in Darnah as terror organizations, in part over their role in the Benghazi attack. It applied the same label to Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia, over a separate attack on Americans in Tunis. The State Department also labeled as terrorists Sufian bin Qumu, the head of the Darnah branch and a former



Water is the weather wild card
American Thinker, by Viv Forbes    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/10/2014 11:20:28 AM     Post Reply
The climatists claim that atmospheric carbon dioxide drives global warming. But the past seventeen years of rising CO2 without rising global temperatures shows this is untrue. So now they say that carbon dioxide causes wild weather. This too is untrue. Water covers over 70% of the globe, is about 50 times more abundant than CO2 in the atmosphere and it is a far more effective "greenhouse gas". There can be no rain, snow, hail, ice or floods without water. And the absence of water produces deserts and droughts. It is water vapour that maintains the energy of storms, cyclones, hurricanes

Media Again Humiliated After Hyping
Unreliable ADP Jobs Numbers
Breitbart Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/10/2014 11:18:25 AM     Post Reply
More terrible economic news hit the struggling American people today when the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that only 74,000 jobs were created in December, the fewest number in five years. The unemployment rate dropped from 7% to 6.7%, but that is due only to the disheartening fact that 525,000 of the unemployed stopped looking for work. As a result, the labor force participation rate dropped to its lowest point since 1978. Still, President Obama enjoyed a week of celebratory news about job creation thanks to our objective, unbiased, not-at-all liberal media once again hyping the notoriously unreliable jobs report

Christie crackdown ups scrutiny
over Obama´s scandal response
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 1/10/2014 11:16:44 AM     Post Reply
While New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is getting hammered over a close aide´s involvement in snarling traffic as an apparent act of political retribution, he´s nevertheless set himself apart from the Obama administration in his response to scandal. The punishment in Trenton was swift. The governor said at a press conference Thursday that, within minutes of seeing incriminating emails, he fired his deputy chief of staff. He also sidelined his former campaign manager, nixing a lucrative contract and shutting him out of a plum job at the helm of the state GOP. Two Port Authority officials previously had resigned. By contrast, the

What does Nigel Farage have in common
with Marine Le Pen? Wrong question!
Telegraph [UK], by James Delingpole    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/10/2014 11:02:30 AM     Post Reply
Ukip and France´s Front National are closer than the former will admit, says Marine Le Pen. Is this true? Both are led by funny, attractive, charismatic leaders who have had quite enough of the usual politicking by the usual self-interested politicians; both want to restore their nation´s sense of pride and its sovereignty over Brussels. And for further details on what Le Front National believes or doesn´t believe I commend this article in Standpoint. So what are the Front National´s policies? These were clearly set out before 4,500 rapturous party members in a recent speech by Marine Le Pen in



Washington is ignoring the most
potent weapon in the War on Poverty
Washington Examiner, by Mark Tapscott    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 1/10/2014 10:57:31 AM     Post Reply
Fiftieth anniversaries are typically joyful occasions that prompt deep reflection. The "War on Poverty" reached that milestone this week and it definitely inspired a great deal of national reflection. But absent from that reflection was discussion of the crucial role of the family in preventing and remedying poverty. Considering the firmly established facts on this score, talking about poverty without talking about the family is analogous to discussing health without mentioning doctors. "Family" and "marriage" are virtually interchangeable terms, and the Heritage Foundation's Katrina Trinko recently pointed to a perhaps unexpected authority on the potency of marriage as an anti-poverty measure:

Christie Ladles Political Sauce
— And Ends Stuck In The Jam
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/10/2014 10:45:08 AM     Post Reply
Politics: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took responsibility for a politically motivated shutdown of a major bridge artery Thursday, as political heat boiled. What´s infuriating is how this kind of politics is becoming the norm. It was the sort of thing that infuriates voters: With little warning last Sept. 9, two lanes of the George Washington Bridge were shut down for four days for a supposed "traffic study" — forcing commuters on the world´s busiest bridge road to wait in traffic for up to four hours. The 276,000 vehicles that cross into New York from New Jersey each day had one

How strangers could soon be invading your
inbox: Gmail about to get even less private
with update that allows people to send
you emails without having your address
Daily Mail [UK], by Daniel Miller    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/10/2014 10:31:05 AM     Post Reply
Users of Google´s web-based email service Gmail will be bombarded with messages from total strangers following a system update which allows people to send them emails without needing their address, it is feared. The change, announced on yesterday, is designed to integrate Gmail with Google+, the firm´s two-and-a-half-year old social network that has 540 million active users. As well as seeing their social network contacts added to their list of email contacts, the update means Google+ users will be able to email people on the social network directly even if they don´t have their address. Currently anyone signing up for a Gmail

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

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