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Blue State Blues: We Don´t Need Another Plan
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/11/2014 12:52:08 PM     Post Reply
It would be easy enough, at this stage, to add to the voluminous commentary on Gov. Chris Christie´s bridge scandal. But there is not much new to say, other than to observe that petty political retaliation is what blue-state conservatives like yours truly have come to expect from government, whether Republican or Democratic.{SNIP}Here´s the brutal truth. We don´t need more plans. We need principles. That´s what a conservative opposition party should stand for, especially one that ostensibly commits itself to free markets and the primacy and dignity of the individual. You wouldn´t trust your government to conduct a "traffic study"

ABC’s Karl: What does the White
House have to say for itself over
a jobs report that is “barely
treading water”?
Hot Air, by Erika Johnsen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/11/2014 12:47:46 PM     Post Reply
(Video) JON KARL: Back to the jobs numbers today, I seem to remember you at the podium not long ago, showing us charts of jobs growth over the past couple years, and the implication — taking some credit, the White House taking credit that the president’s policies contributed to jobs growth. Now we have this report, I mean, barely treading water, 74,000 are created, and probably more ominously, the workforce participation rate is down at a low for almost 40 years. CARNEY: Pretty much where it’s been since 2009, but yeah. KARL: So does the White House, do the president’s

"The Continued Lack of Accountability
at ATF is Disturbing"
Townhall, by Katie Pavlich    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/11/2014 12:42:15 PM     Post Reply
In January 2013, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel dropped a bombshell report showing ATF Agents who attempted to set up a storefront in the city, ended up damaging the building, owing the landlord money and lost a machine gun on the streets after it was stolen out of a government vehicle. A store calling itself Fearless Distributing opened early last year on an out-of-the-way street in Milwaukee´s Riverwest neighborhood, offering designer clothes, athletic shoes, jewelry and drug paraphernalia. Those working behind the counter, however, weren´t interested in selling anything. They were undercover agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms



Kelly was messaging about GWB
lane closures on day she accompanied
Christie to Seaside fire, documents show
The Record [Hackensack, NJ], by Matthew McGrath    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/11/2014 12:39:09 PM     Post Reply
Bridget Anne Kelly, the aide Governor Christie fired for her role in manufacturing a Fort Lee traffic jam apparently as political retribution, was receiving messages about what to tell reporters before she accompanied him to the Seaside Heights boardwalk fire, newly released documents show. On the fourth day of the traffic jam, the governor - accompanied by Kelly - rushed to the scene of the inferno raging in Ocean County. The pair arrived at the boardwalk on Sept. 12 at about 6:25 p.m. The fire was first reported at about 2:05 p.m. Ocean County photographer, Phil Stinton, snapped photos of Christie

Daily pot tied to age of first
psychotic episode
Reuters, by Benjamin Stix    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 1/11/2014 12:33:28 PM     Post Reply
In a study of adults who experienced psychosis for the first time, having smoked marijuana daily was linked to an earlier age of onset of the disorder, according to UK researchers. "This is not a study about the association between cannabis and psychosis, but about the association between specific patterns of cannabis use . . . and an earlier onset of psychotic disorders," Dr. Marta Di Forti, who led the research at the Institute of Psychiatry at Kings College, said in an email. (Snip) Psychosis is a general term for a loss of reality, and is associated with several psychiatric

Exec Backpedals After
Saying Ford Tracks Drivers
CNBC, by Phil LeBeau    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/11/2014 12:30:29 PM     Post Reply
A Ford Motor executive who said the company tracks and collects data on how Ford customers drive their vehicles said Thursday that he regrets making the comments. Jim Farley, executive vice president of marketing and sales at Ford (F), said that he was wrong to suggest to customers that the automaker uses GPS devices in vehicles to collect data on how people drive. "I definitely left the wrong impression with my comments, and I regret it," Farley told CNBC. "It´s important to me that our customers know where we stand and that we do not track them." Wednesday night, while taking part in a

Teen in custody battle to be moved from hospital
Boston Globe, by Patricia Wen, Neil Swidey    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/11/2014 12:26:53 PM     Post Reply
Justina Pelletier, a teenager caught in the middle of a high-profile medical dispute and child custody battle, is expected to be discharged from Boston Children’s Hospital to a residential facility in the next few weeks, after a juvenile court judge moved on Friday to end a stalemate that has kept the girl at the hospital for almost a year. Eleven months to the day after Justina’s mother brought her to Children’s, Judge Joseph Johnston put in motion a plan that fulfills the parents’ long-sought wish to have her leave the locked psychiatric ward of the Harvard teaching hospital. But instead



Harry Reid´s Senate Shutdown
Wall Street Journal, by Kimberley A. Strassel    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/11/2014 11:50:06 AM     Post Reply
The popular judgment that Washington´s dysfunction is the result of "partisanship" misses a crucial point. Washington is currently gridlocked because of the particular partisanship of one man: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. And Republicans are warming to the power of making that case to voters. It´s often said the 113th Congress is on track to become the "least productive" in history—but that tagline obscures crucial details. The Republican House in fact passed more than 200 bills in 2013. Some were minor, and others drew only GOP votes. But nearly a dozen were bipartisan pieces of legislation that drew more than

Conservatives on Chris Christie:
Diva Getting What He Deserves
National Journal, by Josh Kraushaar    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/11/2014 11:42:04 AM     Post Reply
Chris Christie took the first step in damage control Thursday by apologizing and announcing he was firing two of his closest aides connected to a scheme to jam up traffic on the George Washington Bridge. But despite a textbook press conference, his longer-term political problem is likely to be from his own party, where the scandal is giving a legion of under-the-radar Christie skeptics room to criticize the governor.Christie´s base has always been his New Jersey inner circle and Wall Street donors enthused over his electability and pragmatic approach to governance. By contrast, Christie never engendered deep support among Washington

Sacred Revival
City Journal, by Colette Arredondo    Original Article
Posted By: masscon- 1/11/2014 11:36:44 AM     Post Reply
A Catholic architect calls for churches that “look like churches.” The Church Building as a Sacred Place: Beauty, Transcendence, and the Eternal by Duncan G. Stroik (Hillenbrand Books, 182 pp., $60) In May 1941, German incendiary bombs turned the Commons Chamber of the U.K House of Commons in London to rubble. While there was no question of whether to rebuild, how to do it in a way that preserved the “form, convenience, and dignity” of the destroyed chamber, which dated to 1852, was very much an issue. In a speech before the Commons, who met for the remainder of the war in

The Wars of Robert Gates
Wall Street Journal, by Robert M. Gates    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/11/2014 11:33:40 AM     Post Reply
I had been the secretary of defense for just over two years on Jan. 21, 2009, but on that day I again became the outsider. The Obama administration housed a web of long-standing relationships—from Democratic Party politics and the Clinton administration—about which I was clueless. I was also a geezer in the new administration. Many influential appointees below the top level, especially in the White House, had been undergraduates—or even in high school—when I had been CIA director. No wonder my nickname in the White House soon was Yoda, the ancient Jedi teacher in "Star Wars."



Ted Cruz: Obama guilty of ‘pattern
of lawlessness on a breathtaking scale’
Houston Chronicle, by David Rauf    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/11/2014 11:07:09 AM     Post Reply
AUSTIN — Sen. Ted Cruz accused President Obama of exercising “imperial” power and “lawlessness” to the extent that it has become an “extraordinary threat” to liberty. (Snip) He cited several examples of what he described as Obama defying the rule of law in favor of cherry picking which laws to follow. That includes the administration’s stance on allowing several states to move forward with plans to legalize marijuana, creating last-minute exemptions to Obama’s signature health plan and granting relief from deportation to some young undocumented immigrants via executive order. Cruz, whose name is being floated as a potential candidate for the

America´s oldest teacher
celebrates 100th birthday with
students at No. Plainfield School
Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Peggy McGlone    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/11/2014 10:50:52 AM     Post Reply
North Plainfield — Believed to be the oldest working teacher in America, Agnes “Granny” Zhelesnik celebrated her 100th birthday this morning with her extended family – the faculty and students at The Sundance School in North Plainfield. Truth be told, the honoree said she would rather have been in her kitchen with her students. “They did all this, and so I´m going to live with it," Zhelesnik said. The school auditorium was decorated with portraits of Zhelesnik, who started teaching cooking and sewing at the private pre-kindergarten through Grade 5 school when she was 81. The 230-member student body sang happy

WashPost Buries GOP Slam of
Obama Regarding al Qaeda Resurgence;
Runs Two Christie Bridge Pieces on A1
Newsbusters, by Ken Shepherd    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/11/2014 10:45:38 AM     Post Reply
"Republican lawmakers Thursday blamed the Obama administration for the stunning resurgence of Iraq’s al-Qaeda franchise and called on the White House to take assertive steps to help Baghdad beat back militant uprisings in the country’s west." That´s how Ernesto Londono opened his January 10 story "Republicans blame Obama administration for al-Qaeda resurgence in Iraq," a front-page-worthy story which Washington Post editors buried on page A10. By contrast, the Post ran not one but two Chris Christie bridge-scandal stories on the Friday edition´s front page. The other stories rounding out the front page centered on efforts to hash out a long-term

Wisconsin Political Speech Victor
Wall Street Journal, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/11/2014 10:38:00 AM     Post Reply
Chalk up a big victory for the First Amendment. On Friday a Wisconsin judge struck a major blow for free political speech when he quashed subpoenas to conservative groups and ordered the return of property to the targets of a so-called John Doe campaign-finance probe. John Doe probes operate much like grand juries, allowing prosecutors to issue subpoenas and conduct searches while gag orders require the targets to keep quiet. We wrote about the kitchen-sink subpoenas and morning raids by special prosecutor Francis Schmitz that targeted dozens of conservative groups that participated in the battle to recall Republican Governor Scott



Obama DOJ Nominee Evasive on
Whether Amnesty a ´Civil Right´
Breitbart Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/11/2014 10:31:59 AM     Post Reply
During Wednesday´s Senate Judiciary Committee nomination hearing, President Barack Obama´s nominee to be Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights refused to answer whether he believes that amnesty is a civil right, which is the belief of the person who may be his boss – Attorney General Eric Holder. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) read what Holder told the Mexican American Legal and Education Fund last year in his questioning: Creating a pathway to earned citizenship for the 11 million unauthorized immigrants in this country is essential. The way we treat our friends and neighbors who are undocumented – by creating a

Christie´s aides were warned within hours that
´Bridgegate´ lane closures were putting lives
at risk . . . but they kept traffic snarled
for FOUR DAYS, documents reveal
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/11/2014 10:29:00 AM     Post Reply
Aides to Chris Christie knew traffic closures they spitefully ordered on the George Washington Bridge were putting lives at risk after just a few hours--but carried on snarling traffic for another four days, it was revealed Friday. A huge dump of documents showed the Republican-orchestrated political revenge stunt that threatens the White House ambitions of the New Jersey governor continued for an entire work week with little regard for public safety. Before noon on the first day the traffic pattern was changed, September 9, bringing the streets of Fort Lee, N.J. to a standstill, Port Authority community relations director Tina

GOP on ObamaCare: ´We´re spending billions
of taxpayer dollars on these failing policies´
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 1/11/2014 9:43:31 AM     Post Reply
Hello. I’m Thad Cochran, United States Senator for Mississippi. The beginning of the New Year is a time when many Americans decide to make positive changes in their lives. It can be a time we decide to adopt healthier lifestyles or take a fresh look at the family budget. Unfortunately, as this year begins many people are worried about how the so-called Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, is affecting both their health and personal finances. Republicans in the Senate think we should repeal or defund the program.

FEC Flags Contributions to Grimm
from Boehner, Ryan,
Former Father-in-Law
New York Daily News, by Dan Friedman    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/11/2014 9:38:52 AM     Post Reply
The Federal Election Commission flagged Rep. Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island) for receiving excess campaign contributions from House Speaker John Boehner, former VP nominee Paul Ryan and Grimm’s ex-wife’s father. Grimm spokesman Nick Iacono said the campaign is fixing its records after what he called a routine inquiry resulting from clerical errors. “Our campaign will be making the appropriate edits in a timely fashion,” Iacano said. But for Grimm, even accidentally accepting excess campaign cash is notable, a reminder that he remains under federal investigation for allegations that include knowingly accepting illegal contributions during his 2010 campaign.

GOP preps for its big immigration play
MSNBC, by Benjy Sarlin    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/11/2014 9:20:28 AM     Post Reply
Immigration reform: surprisingly not dead! That’s the message top House Republicans are sending as the new year kicks off. Speaker John Boehner is working with his caucus this month on a set of “principles” that will guide them in crafting a legislative response to the bipartisan Senate bill that passed long ago. In a very heartening sign for immigration activists, House Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte – the caucus’ point man on the issue – suggested to Telemundo on Friday that these principles could include some kind of legalization program for the nation’s undocumented immigrants. That would be a breakthrough for


Fannie and Freddie´s New
Boss Could Reshape
Mortgage Finance
Businessweek.com, by Jodie Shenn and Clea Benson    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 1/11/2014 9:16:49 AM     Post Reply
Mel Watt hadn’t even been sworn in as the head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency when at 9 p.m. on the Friday before Christmas he e-mailed reporters from his personal account saying he would put on hold planned increases in fees Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC) charge for insuring mortgage securities. With a three-sentence message, he signaled a break from his predecessor and hinted at how he’ll shape the future of the two firms that guarantee about 60 percent of new U.S. mortgages. (Snip)Watt “is really a bit of an enigma,” says Mortgage Bankers Association President David

Obama vows his 6th year
will be ´a year of action´
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 1/11/2014 9:12:51 AM     Post Reply
Hi, everybody. Yesterday, we learned that in 2013, our businesses created 2.2 million new jobs — including 87,000 last month. Our unemployment rate is the lowest it has been since October 2008. And across our broader economy, there are signs of progress. [Snip] We’ve cut our deficits by more than half. Thanks to the hard work and sacrifice of the American people, our economy is growing stronger. But we know we’ve got more work to do together. It depends on the success of the American people. It depends on your ability to make ends meet and provide for your families.

Ted Cruz calls Obama´s
promise a ´stuff-burger´
Washington Examiner, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/11/2014 8:56:24 AM     Post Reply
During a speech Friday at a Texas Public Policy Foundation conference, Sen. Ted Cruz criticized President Obama for lying to Americans when he told them they could keep their health insurance plans and doctors if they liked them. "It was kind of a stuff-burger," Cruz said after mocking the New York Times editorial page for saying that Obama "misspoke" to the American people. "You know there comes a point with the left-wing media, you can´t even make fun of them anymore," Cruz said. "You just simply say what they said." Cruz added that Obama´s administration was surrounded by lawlessness. "There are many, many disturbing

‘True Detective’ Review: You Have to
Watch HBO’s Revolutionary Crime Classic
Daily Beast, by Andrew Romano    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/11/2014 8:54:13 AM     Post Reply
HBO’s True Detective sounds like your average celebrity-studded crime procedural. Yet, buoyed by Matthew McConaughey, it’s one of the most riveting and provocative series ever. Period. Perhaps the only bothersome byproduct of the Great Golden Age of Television we´re currently living in is the fact that all of us now feel compelled to evangelize—incessantly—on behalf of our most beloved shows. How many times has a friend or coworker insisted that You.Have.To.See [Insert Critically Acclaimed Series Here]? (No, seriously—you have to.) Try sidling up to a bar in Brooklyn and announcing that you´ve never seen a single second of The Wire

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