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Poet Amiri Baraka, political
activist, dead at 79
CNN, by Alan Duke    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 1/10/2014 10:31:46 PM     Post Reply
Poet Amiri Baraka, who lost his post as New Jersey´s poet laureate because of a controversial poem about the 9/11 terror attacks, died Thursday, his agent said. Baraka was 79. Baraka, considered a founder of the 1960s Black Arts movement, died in New Jersey´s Beth Israel Medical Center after a short illness, according to agent Celeste Bateman. His official website said that Baraka "adopted a confrontational style for his poetry, drama, fiction and essays. With intent to create awareness about the concerns of African-Americans, his writings ... on one hand have been praised as a voice against oppression, on the

Teen´s killer gets in one last
taunt as he´s sentenced to life term
Los Angeles Times, by Paresh Dave    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/10/2014 10:28:21 PM     Post Reply
Nearly eight years after her son was killed in the crossfire of a Santa Monica gang´s violence, Armita Lopez found justice Thursday in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom. But not before her son´s killer seized one last opportunity to torment her. "I was waiting for this day because it was not fair that they killed my son," a tearful Lopez said of Jose Contreras Zapien Jr. and his fellow gang members. Zapien mocked her with a dismissive chuckle and smirk. The judge snapped at Zapien, telling him to "stop smiling." Minutes later, he sentenced the 25-year-old to life in prison

Blue Cross Blue Shield:
If Republicans kill a bailout
for insurers under ObamaCare,
it’ll lead to single-payer
Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/10/2014 9:24:10 PM     Post Reply
They’re nervous. “We are becoming increasingly concerned about momentum that is quickly building among some leading conservatives for elimination of the risk corridor and reinsurance programs,” [Blue Cross Blue Shield Association CEO Scott] Serota wrote… “Their efforts, along with growing support for repealing the risk corridor and reinsurance programs, could combine to create a perfect storm to, at a minimum, dissuade the Administration from modifying risk corridor program rules to provide increased funding in light of the recent ‘transitional policy’ allowing insurers to offer consumers the option to renew their 2013 health plans for 2014,” Serota wrote. In attached talking

  


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The 10 Best Cities For Job Seekers
Forbes, by Susan Adams    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/10/2014 9:02:15 PM     Post Reply
Today’s murky jobs report is bad news for job seekers. Though the unemployment rate edged down to 6.7% from 7%, employers added just 74,000 jobs this month, the slowest pace in three years and far below the 200,000 many economists had predicted. Another grim fact: the labor participation rate keeps dropping. That means the percentage of people either working or looking for work is declining, likely because long-term job seekers are giving up. Is there any reason for optimism? If you live in Austin, Washington, D.C., Fort Worth or Denver, or another half dozen cities, the answer is yes, according

Former Reagan spokesman Larry
Speakes dies at 74
Associated Press, by Emily Wagster Pettus    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/10/2014 8:52:13 PM     Post Reply
JACKSON, Miss. — Larry Speakes, who spent six years as acting press secretary for President Ronald Reagan, died Friday in his native Mississippi. He was 74. Speakes died at home in Cleveland, Miss., where he had lived the past several years, said Bolivar County Coroner Nate Brown. Brown said Speakes had Alzheimer´s disease. "He died in his sleep and it was a natural death," Brown said. Speakes was buried in North Cleveland Cemetery during a private service Friday morning, a few hours after dying, said Kenny Williams of Cleveland Funeral Home. Speakes became Reagan´s acting spokesman after Press Secretary James Brady was

The curse of complexity
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 1/10/2014 7:50:34 PM     Post Reply
The administration delivered a resounding judgment on its claim that Obamacare’s website problems were over by firing the prime contractor, CGI Federal. The Washington Post, reporting the contract cancellation, explains that ”as federal officials and contractors have been trying to fix various aspects of the Web site in the past few months, about half of the new software code the company has written has failed on the first try, according to internal federal information.” They might have guessed the failure rate from the start. In an earlier article, the Washington Post noted that CGI Federal was “filled with executives from

Debate Over Minimum Wage
Hike Is Obscured By Myths
Investor´s Business Daily, by David R. Henderson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/10/2014 7:06:14 PM     Post Reply
Most people who earn the minimum wage or slightly more are the only earners in their households and therefore are poor, right? And so, if the federal government or state governments raise the minimum wage, that will be a nicely targeted way of helping poor people, right? Well, no. Wrong on both counts. Most workers earning at or close to the minimum wage are not the sole earners in a household, and most of them are not in poor households. For those two reasons, raising the minimum wage is not a targeted way to help poor people. That´s the finding of a study by

  


  

How Bad Is Obama´s Jobs
Record? Let´s Count The Ways
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/10/2014 7:02:10 PM     Post Reply
Employment: December´s disappointing job numbers came in below expectations, again dampening hopes for sustained economic growth. But the latest data just scratch the surface of Obama´s dismal failure on jobs. The number of jobs created in December was the lowest in three years, and while the official unemployment number dropped to 6.7%, that was almost entirely due to more than half a million people giving up looking for work. Of course, a month of data doesn´t mean much. So, for some badly needed perspective, we´ve created Obama´s Jobs Index to show how Obama´s policies have failed to create adequate job growth. 6.3 million: Net

Moon vistas, made in China: New pictures of
Jade Rabbit rover on lunar surface released
as mission is hailed as ´a real and genuine
Chinese product´
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Damien Gayle    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/10/2014 6:56:49 PM     Post Reply
China´s space agency today distributed fresh new pictures of the Moon´s surface from its lunar lander and rover. The Jade Rabbit rover can be seen trundling across the pockmarked surface of Earth´s satellite in pictures released today by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The successful soft-landing of the Chang´e 3 lander in December made China the third country to complete a lunar rover mission after the United States and Russia. The country´s achievement comes just a decade after it first sent an astronaut into space, and has got the Chinese leadership on a patriotic high. The mission is seen as a symbol of China´s

Free to go… 12 years on: Guantanamo
prisoner accused of being Osama Bin
Laden´s bodyguard to be transferred after
U.S. decides he is no longer a threat
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/10/2014 6:50:42 PM     Post Reply
A Guantanamo Bay inmate who was accused of being Osama Bin Laden´s bodyguard and was deemed too dangerous to release is to be freed after 12 years as part of efforts to close the notorious prison. Mahmud Mujahid, who has been held since January 2002, no longer poses a ´continuing significant threat´ to the United States and is eligible for transfer out of the U.S. base in Cuba, the Pentagon said in a statement. Mujahid, who was never charged with a crime, was one of dozens of men designated as too dangerous to release but could not be prosecuted for reasons such

Compassionate conservatives strike
back against Tea Party
Washington Examiner, by Philip Klein    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/10/2014 6:48:26 PM     Post Reply
When the Tea Party movement emerged to challenge President Obama in 2009, it also posed a counterweight to the “compassionate conservative” wing of the Republican Party, which was defined by the expansionist policies of President George W. Bush. After years of being marginalized, compassionate conservatives – emboldened by the overreach of Tea Party conservatives during last fall’s government shutdown fight – are attempting to reassert control over the party.{SNIP}Throughout the piece, Gerson and Wehner make arguments that are very difficult to distinguish philosophically from liberalism.

  


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Big Business Doubles Down
on GOP Civil War
With Tea Party
Bloomberg News, by Brian Wingfield and Julie Bykowicz    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/10/2014 6:14:45 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce plans aggressive efforts to back “pro-business” candidates, some of whom will face Tea Party opponents in Republican primary elections this year, Tom Donohue, the group’s president, said today. The U.S. Chamber, the nation’s largest business-lobbying group and a traditional supporter of Republicans, has in recent years squared off against lawmakers aligned with the Tea Party on issues including trade, U.S. Export-Import Bank reauthorization and the federal budget. “In 2014, the chamber will work to protect and expand a pro-business majority in the House and advance our position and our influence in the Senate,” Donohue said

Unemployment, Illegal
Immigration, and Political Idiocy
National Review Online, by Peter Kirsanow    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/10/2014 6:09:52 PM     Post Reply
Now that we’ve dispensed with the obvious, consider today’s horrid employment numbers — the lowest increase in job creation (74,000) in three years. Even if the depressing employment figures are partially attributable to weather (bad weather in December? Who could’ve possibly predicted that?), the fact remains that fewer Americans are working today than a month ago. The drop in the transparently absurd ”official” unemployment rate to 6.7 percent is almost entirely a function of 347,000 people dropping out of the work force, resulting in the lowest labor-force-participation rate in 36 years. Ninety-two million Americans are not working. If the labor-force-participation rate

The Broader Measure Of
Unemployment: 13.1 Percent
National Review Online, by Veronique de Rugy    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/10/2014 6:06:16 PM     Post Reply
Patrick has already provided a good summary of the job report this morning: The situation isn’t good. I would add one more thing: A broader measure of unemployment reveals that the job market is worse shape than the official unemployment rate suggests. I have mentioned in the past the most commonly reported unemployment rate – which now stands at 6.7 percent — is a very imperfect measure of the health of the labor market. It’s the number of people without jobs who are available to work and are actively seeking work in the four weeks preceding the survey as a percentage

The Republican Wise
Men are Confused
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/10/2014 5:58:00 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Wildebeests -- wildebeests. That´s what the Drive-By Media heard me say. No. I take it back. They did not hear me say it. They read in The Politico that I said it. Wildebeests. I compared the RINOs not defending Christie to wildebeests. They all found that amusing. JOHNNY DONOVAN: And now, from sunny south Florida, it´s Open Line Friday! RUSH: I sit here and honestly, folks, I´m surprised at the reaction on the Republican side to what is happening to Chris Christie. When that press conference was over yesterday, all of these opinion makers, or practically all, I mean, there´s some

  


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Bosses More Likely to Be
Republican and Conservative
Cybercast News Service, by Barbara Boland    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/10/2014 5:56:50 PM     Post Reply
Bosses are more likely than workers to identify as Republican and conservative, according to analysis released by Pew Research Thursday. Pew Research surveyed 2,002 adults from Oct. 7-27 and found that bosses are more likely to identify as members of the Republican Party, with 53 percent of bosses saying “they are Republican or lean to the GOP.” Just over a third (34 percent) of bosses identify as members of the Democratic Party, while most workers (44 percent) identify as Democrats. Roughly four out of 10 or 43 percent of bosses (and 37 percent of workers) identify as conservatives, while 34

Legal Weed´s Strange
Economics in Colorado
Bloomberg Businessweek, by Brian Bremner and Vincent Del Giudice    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/10/2014 5:54:30 PM     Post Reply
This is a blazing moment for American stoners. Colorado has just legalized the commercial production, sale, and recreational use of marijuana, while Washington State will begin its own pot liberalization initiative at the end of February. On Jan. 8, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said his state would join 20 others and the District of Columbia in allowing the drug for medical purposes. Libertarians and progressives are thrilled. Addiction specialists are anxious. And economists, well, they’re a little like undergrads lost in a bong-induced thought experiment: One moment the economics of pot seem beautifully elegant, then the real-world implications suddenly

Joblessness and the War on Men
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/10/2014 5:48:33 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Rapid City, South Dakota. This is Jim. Thank you for calling, sir. Great to have you here. CALLER: Thanks, Rush. Rush, you know, I think my take on the unemployment problem in this country is, I think, due to the fact that the typical man in this country is just worn out from a war on real men. I guess I site Camille Paglia´s article. The state of health in this nation is directly related to the health of guys. I´m unabashedly a guy. I have no problem saying I´m attracted to women. I like to work. I´m a manly

MSNBC: December Jobs Report
Is ‘Awful,’ ‘Very Bad,’ And ‘Ugly’
Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/10/2014 5:47:43 PM     Post Reply
MSNBC admitted that the December jobs report was dismal Friday. CNBC’s Michelle Caruso-Cabrera announced the newly released report number. Only 74,000 jobs were created in December, a number that fell significantly short of the 200,000 anticipated created jobs. Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough commented “That’s a horrific number” and said that the newly added jobs number is the lowest seen in years. Caruso-Cabrera confirmed Scarborough’s statement, saying that the newly added jobs number is in fact the lowest since January of 2011 and the number was “very, very bad.”

Chris Christie Dealt Himself Fatal Blow
When He Walked Arm-in-Arm with Obama
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/10/2014 5:39:04 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: All the media can´t wait to go destroy Chris Christie. What the people in the media don´t understand... Well, maybe they do and they´re just it is not taking the chance. What they don´t understand is that Chris Christie probably dealt himself the fatal blow by walking the boardwalk with Obama. My guess is that people inside the Beltway have long forgotten that and think that, oh, that´s gonna be such a distant memory. That´s not gonna hurt Christie by the time the 2016 primaries come around. And this is another example of how genuinely out of touch people inside the

  



The Fallacy of the Middle Ground
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/10/2014 5:37:24 PM     Post Reply
Bjørn Lomborg of the Copenhagen Consensus on Human Challenges writes to correct an error in yesterday´s column analyzing his organization´s study of "gender equality" prepared by economist Joyce Jacobsen, The following passage, he notes, was mistaken: [The study] assumes that in a society with more traditional sex roles, women contribute nothing of value. Gross domestic product measures only commercial work, not unpaid domestic (in the sense of household) work. It doesn´t capture the reality that a traditional marriage--or, for that matter, its reverse, a union between a working woman and a "house husband"--is an economic unit to which the homemaking spouse

Stunning: 92 Million
Americans Not Working
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/10/2014 5:36:19 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: The jobs number came out. And I´ll tell you, I have never seen anything like this, either. We now have 92 million Americans not working. We created the equivalent of 1,700 jobs per state in December. One of the highest employment months of the year. December´s hiring traditionally is so good that the experts in the Drive-By Media were expecting 196,000 jobs to be created or begun, recorded in December, and the number came in at 74,000 jobs. So 74,000 jobs, and half of these jobs are part time, meaning under 30 hours. The media is scratching their heads

Thousands of pages of Chris Christie
bridge scandal documents released
Star-Ledger [NJ], by Ed Murray    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/10/2014 5:35:55 PM     Post Reply
TRENTON — The New Jersey Legislature today released thousands of pages of subpoenaed documents provided to a state Assembly committee investigating the George Washington Bridge scandal. Many of the documents were given to the panel by an attorney for David Wildstein, a former top official of the Port of New Jersey and New Jersey, and include the e-mails that emerged on Wednesday revealing a top aide to Gov. Chris Christie was directly tied to the traffic-clogging closure of local access lanes leading to the bridge in Fort Lee. Democrats have sought for months to link the lane closures to the

Reports: Senate’s Iranian sanctions bill
approaching a veto-proof majority?
Hot Air, by Erika Johnsen    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/10/2014 5:25:14 PM     Post Reply
As of Thursday, the tally of senators officially throwing their support behind the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act was up to 56 — news with which the White House was most put out. “If certain members of Congress want the United States to take military action, they should be up front with the American public and say so,” Bernadette Meehan, National Security Council spokeswoman, said in a statement. “Otherwise, it’s not clear why any member of Congress would support a bill that possibly closes the door on diplomacy and makes it more likely that the United States will have to choose

Economy out $5B in cold cash
after weeklong deep freeze
Associated Press, by Steve Karnowski    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/10/2014 5:23:06 PM     Post Reply
Minneapolis — Hunkering down at home rather than going to work, canceling thousands of flights and repairing burst pipes from the Midwest to the Southeast has its price. By one estimate, about $5 billion. The country may be warming up from the polar vortex, but the bone-chilling cold, snow and ice that gripped much of the country — affecting about 200 million people — brought about the biggest economic disruption delivered by the weather since Superstorm Sandy in 2012, said Evan Gold, senior vice president at Planalytics, a business weather intelligence company in suburban Philadelphia. While the impact came nowhere close to

The Unshocking Christie Scandal
National Review Online, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/10/2014 5:22:22 PM     Post Reply
Dear Reader (Including those of you reading this while ensnared in a traffic study), I don’t know how long this G-File will be as I am on a plane from Tampa with a low battery. Every percentage point it drops rings in my ears like the countdown from 24. The pressure is making me sweat like Chris Christie reading the Bergen County Record. The Christie scandal is an odd thing. Outside the peculiar context of Christie’s presidential ambitions, the idea that this should be front-page news across the country is somewhat baffling. Quick: Show of hands. Who is surprised that New Jersey

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