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Gates memoir reveals Obama’s
incompetence on foreign policy
New York Post, by Michael Goodwin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/12/2014 4:24:43 AM     Post Reply
With media attention focused on Chris Christie and Bridgegate, it was easy to miss a more important Washington story last week. The other shoe dropped on the Obama presidency. Still battered at home by the ObamaCare debacle and the permanently sluggish economy, the last thing the White House wanted was bad news on foreign policy. But that’s exactly what it got, and then some, thanks to the shockingly scathing book by Robert Gates. The former defense secretary offers the most devastating critique to come from an Obama insider. He paints the president as estranged from the very Afghan military surge he ordered

What´s Wrong With Obama?
Weekly Standard, by William Kristol    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/12/2014 4:20:49 AM     Post Reply
Ariel Sharon—a man whose deeds as soldier, general, cabinet minister, and prime minister were decisive in the history of modern Israel, a soldier-statesman of true historical significance, a larger-than-life figure whose like we´re unlikely to see again—dies, and Barack Obama issues a statement that would be appropriate if one were recognizing the death of a pedestrian functionary who had routinely served as the insignificant leader of a random country. Here is Obama´s complete statement: "On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to the family of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and to the people

Everything you need to know
about Japan´s population crisis
The Week, by Sarah Eberspacher    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/12/2014 4:17:32 AM     Post Reply
W hy is Japan in trouble? The Japanese now have one of the lowest fertility rates in the world, and at the same time, one of the highest longevity rates. As a result, the population is dropping rapidly, and becoming increasingly weighted toward older people. After peaking seven years ago, at 128 million, Japan´s population has been falling — and is on a path to decline by about a million people a year. By 2060, the government estimates, there will be just 87 million people in Japan; nearly half of them will be over 65. Without a dramatic change in



Christie’s bridge scandal and the
muddled search for a GOP nominee
Washington Post, by Dan Balz    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/12/2014 4:14:09 AM     Post Reply
The bridge scandal that has engulfed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has also brought more disruption to the already-muddled early stages of the Republican Party’s search for a 2016 presidential nominee. Republicans appear headed for the most wide-open and unpredictable nomination campaign in decades. Their prospective field of candidates is mostly untested on the national stage, and a number of them spent the past year generating questions about their readiness rather than burnishing their credentials. Christie is just the latest. But that’s not the only reason the coming GOP campaign is likely to be neither tidy nor predictable. A power struggle

New England Patriots thrash Indianapolis
Colts, advance to AFC title game
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/12/2014 4:08:56 AM     Post Reply
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- LeGarrette Blount wasn´t satisfied with three short touchdown runs, not against a team coming off the second greatest comeback in playoff history. So the 250-pound back who makes long runs routine took off on a 73-yarder and carried the New England Patriots to their third straight AFC championship game with a 43-22 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday night. Suddenly, the ground game has replaced Tom Brady as the heart of the Patriots´ offense. "Once I get into the open field, they´re going to have to chase me," Blount said. "And if they catch me, they do. And

Who Needs Ayn Rand? America
Has Already Gone John Galt
PJ Media, by Roger L. Simon    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/12/2014 4:06:18 AM     Post Reply
Tell all your “Objectivist” friends and the libertarian gang at Reason magazine to break out the champagne. Americans may have skipped the movie of Atlas Shrugged, nor have many read any of Ayn Rand’s works, but they have taken the author’s advice anyway and gone John Galt, quitting the work force in record numbers. According to Zero Hedge, the latest figures show the labor participation rate at 35 year low. Realistically, it’s even more than 35 because that figure reflects an employment bump when larger numbers of women joined the work force in the seventies and eighties. (They’re gone now, with

New plan – let the feds
trace cigarette traffic
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/12/2014 4:03:12 AM     Post Reply
For quite a while now we’ve been telling you about expanded state government efforts to impose sin taxes on tobacco sales and how the law of unintended consequences comes into play when they do. It seems that somebody has been listening, because researchers have been finding out just how much smuggling has been going on in areas where big tax increases were levied and the news is more than a little disturbing. So should the states reconsider these policies in light of these finding? Of course not! We should spend more money at the federal level to trace packs of



Colorado replaces 420 mile marker
with 419.99 after multiple thefts
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/12/2014 3:58:44 AM     Post Reply
Colorado officials are hoping the difference of one-hundredth of a mile will curb thefts of highway markers after the 420 mile marker sign along Interstate 70 was targeted multiple times. Amy Ford of the Colorado Department of Transportation says the "MILE 420" sign near Stratton was stolen for the last time sometime in the last year, and officials replaced it with a sign that says "MILE 419.99." The number "420" has long been associated with marijuana, though its origins as shorthand for pot are murky. Ford says it´s the only "420" sign to be replaced in the state that recently legalized recreational marijuana.

Obama´s Grand Plan for Mideast Shrinks
Associated Press, by Matthew Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/12/2014 3:49:26 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- Five years after pledging to remake the U.S. relationship with the broader Middle East and improve America´s image in the Muslim world, the Obama administration´s regional strategy appears to have come unhinged. President Barack Obama has been confronted by fast-moving and ominous developments from Afghanistan to Tunisia, amid a bitter public power struggle between Iran and Saudi Arabia, and has adjusted his first term´s grand plan to restore Washington´s standing and influence. Now, it´s a smaller vision that seems to rely on ad hoc responses aimed at merely keeping the United States relevant in an increasingly volatile and

What to Expect From This
Year´s Detroit Auto Show
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/12/2014 3:47:24 AM     Post Reply
From brawny pickup trucks and growling high-performance cars to economical subcompacts, the North American International Auto Show in Detroit likely will have something that appeals to every driver. Show organizers expect more than 50 new model introductions when the show kicks off Monday and Tuesday with 5,000 journalists attending the press days. What the automakers introduce is crucial because sales growth is starting to slow and new models tend to capture more buyers than older ones. Ford is expected to steal the show with a new version of the F-150 pickup truck, but there are other notable cars and trucks coming. Chrysler

Sen. John McCain censured by Maricopa GOP
KPHO Phoenix, by Adam Longo    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 1/12/2014 3:37:44 AM     Post Reply
Phoenix- The Maricopa County Republican Party has voted overwhelmingly to censure Arizona Sen. John McCain. Members of the group feel the senator has failed to stand behind the Republican Party´s principals and crossed the aisle and voted with Democrats too many times. The vote was 1,150 for the censure and 351 against. Here is the resolution as drafted by precinct committeeman Tim Schwartz: As leaders in the Republican Party, we are obligated to fully support our party, platform and its candidates. Only in times of great crisis or betrayal is it necessary to publicly censure our leaders. Today we are faced with both.



Zombie armies of ants found
throughout Lowcountry, the South
Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Bo Peterson    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/12/2014 2:54:21 AM     Post Reply
Your worst fears are real: The South is overrun by zombies. Zombie ants, that is. They could be crawling in your backyard right now, possessed by a diabolical force controlling their every thought, a force that is, um, also found in beer. It´s a yeast-like fungus, but not just any fungus. This one gets into a carpenter ant´s mind, forces the ant to do its bidding, kills it, then pops out of its head to release more fungus spores for more ants to ingest. Which is, when you think of it, not really that much different from beer. Not that

There can be no excuse for shoplifting
Mail on Sunday [UK], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/12/2014 2:23:10 AM     Post Reply
Stores in the UK lose about £2?billion each year thanks to shoplifting. This can hardly be blamed on poverty, as alcohol is the thieves’ favourite item. The reaction of Vera Baird, a former Solicitor General who is now a police and crime commissioner, is to excuse shoplifting on the grounds that it is ‘due to the impact of both poverty and welfare reform, with people stealing what they were once able to take for granted’. [Snip] It is not ‘due to’ these things, but to dishonesty. During the great hardships which affected Mrs Baird’s Northumbria in the 1930s, the unemployed

The police didn´t kill Mark Duggan -
50 years of liberal ´compassion´ did
Daily Mail [UK], by Peter Hitchens    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/12/2014 2:15:35 AM     Post Reply
We asked for it. We repeatedly voted for politicians who promised compassion. And now we have compassion coming out of our ears. And we moan that we don’t like the result. Yet we carry on with the same plan, madly expecting it to have a different outcome. It was ‘compassion’ that abolished the death penalty for murder, so forcing us to arm the police--who had until then been guarded from violent criminals by the real threat of the gallows. Look how compassionate that turned out to be. The lone armed constable in the dark and dangerous street now has to

BBC´s six-year cover-up of
secret ´green propaganda´
training for top executives
Mail on Sunday [UK], by David Rose    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/12/2014 1:24:24 AM     Post Reply
The BBC has spent tens of thousands of pounds over six years trying to keep secret an extraordinary ‘eco’ conference which has shaped its coverage of global warming, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. The controversial seminar was run by a body set up by the BBC’s own environment analyst Roger Harrabin and funded via a £67,000 grant from the then Labour government, which hoped to see its ‘line’ on climate change and other Third World issues promoted in BBC reporting. At the event, in 2006, green activists and scientists--one of whom believes climate change is a bigger danger than



How British taxpayers fund ´Marxist´
manifesto for European superstate
Daily Mail [UK], by Chris Hastings, Simon Murphy    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/12/2014 12:57:14 AM     Post Reply
British taxpayers have unwittingly funded a controversial new manifesto for the European Union which demands increased rights for illegal immigrants and a universal income for the unemployed--whether or not they seek work. The 145-page manifesto also calls for a ban on fracking and greater powers for Brussels. [Snip] It is one of dozens of ‘propaganda projects’ on which the EU has ‘squandered’ tens of millions of taxpayers’ money. Last night, one Tory MP said the manifesto ‘bordered on the criminal’ and was nothing more than ‘propaganda to build up a European superstate’. Called European Democracy, Solidarity and Equality,

Campaigning former Shadow Home Secretary´s
own phone log reveals the insidious
tracking of our every move
Daily Mail [UK], by David Davis    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/12/2014 12:48:35 AM     Post Reply
British security services using American technology to spy on our personal details; German leader Angela Merkel’s phone bugged; 60?million Spanish phone calls monitored by the US National Security Agency in just one month. [Snip] The authorities are forcing service providers to store the phone numbers we called and were called from, the email addresses we sent messages to and received messages from, and the time and place we did so--in other words, they are tracking us using metadata. We know this for a fact thanks to the documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden. To see exactly what metadata can do,

Warrior helped forge the state
of Israel through an iron fist
Daily Express [UK], by David Paul    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/12/2014 12:20:52 AM     Post Reply
Known to his supporters as “Arik” or the “King of Israel” he had served on the battlefields in every war his country fought since its creation in 1948. He was born in what was British-­controlled Palestine in 1928 to Russian refugee parents Shmuel and Dvora Scheinerman. [Snip] As a teenager he joined the paramilitary youth battalion Gadna, then the underground Jewish defence force Hagganah. In the 1948 War of Independence he was a ­platoon commander, earning a reputation as a brave and ­inspirational leader. Two years later he led a ­military operation that left 38 Egyptian troops dead. In 1956

Welcome to Jelly: using huge piles
of cash, Twitter´s founders are
turning the web into a giant game
Telegraph [UK], by Jon Silk    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/12/2014 12:05:43 AM     Post Reply
Jelly, a mobile app created by Twitter founder Biz Stone, launched on Tuesday. The app has an extremely high-profile list of investors--including Al Gore, Bono, co-founder of LinkedIn Reid Hoffman, and Stone´s Twitter cohorts Evan Williams and Jack Dorsey. The premise is simple. After downloading, you connect it to your social networks. Then, you write a question and your friends--and their friends--can send you a short answer. Everyone can use photos and, with the swipe of a finger, annotate them with a virtual marker pen. Jelly´s marketing says it´s going head to head with sites like Quora and Yahoo Answers

Exclusive: More well-known U.S.
retailers victims of cyberattacks - sources
Reuters, by Jim Finkle & Mark Hosenball    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/11/2014 11:07:25 PM     Post Reply
Boston & Washington - Target Corp and Neiman Marcus are not the only U.S. retailers whose networks were breached over the holiday shopping season late last year, according to sources familiar with attacks on other merchants that have yet to be publicly disclosed. Smaller breaches on at least three other well-known U.S. retailers took place and were conducted using similar techniques as the one on Target, according to the people familiar with the attacks. Those breaches have yet to come to light. Also, similar breaches may have occurred earlier last year. The sources said that they involved retailers with outlets in malls,


I helped destroy Falluja in 2004.
I won´t be complicit again
The Guardian (UK), by Ross Caputi    Original Article
Posted By: mark34- 1/11/2014 9:30:47 PM     Post Reply
I am having flashbacks to my time as a marine during the second siege of Falluja in 2004. Again, claims are being published that al-Qaida has taken over the city and that a heavy-handed military response is needed to take the city back from the control of terrorists. The first time around, this claim proved to be false. The vast majority of the men we fought against in Falluja were locals, unaffiliated with al-Qaida, who were trying to expel the foreign occupiers from their country. There was a presence of al-Qaida in the city, but they played a minimal and

Colorado pot shops likely
targets of cartels, say experts
Fox News, by Joseph J. Kolb    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/11/2014 9:25:03 PM     Post Reply
As the smoke settles from the first week of legal marijuana sales in Colorado, experts are warning that sanctioned pot dealers could become targets for the very folks they put out of business. Taking over a trade once ruled by drug cartels and turning it into an all-cash business could make pot shops prime targets for extortion, black-market competition and robbery. One veteran border narcotics agent told FoxNews.com Colorado´s legal pot industry will find it hard to keep the criminals from horning in on a lucrative business they once controlled. "Mexico is already in Colorado without the risks," the agent,

If you knew who was behind
Close-Gitmo push, you´d be shocked
Fox News, by J. D. Gordon    Original Article
Posted By: ron_lfp- 1/11/2014 9:22:34 PM     Post Reply
On Saturday, January 11, a coalition of "Close-Gitmo" forces is expected to march on Washington to commemorate the 12th anniversary of detention and interrogation operations. Though the march from the White House to the National Museum of American History is purportedly about advancing "human rights" and "stopping torture," a closer look at the key participants reveals a more troubling, some might say hidden, agenda. If more Americans knew who is behind this campaign, there would be nationwide outrage. While everyone is for “human rights” and “stopping torture,” Americans should not be fooled by these false flags

Popular sorority member ´shot
dead by another woman in front of
terrified friends in road rage dispute´
Daily Mail [UK], by Ryan Gorman    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/11/2014 8:44:43 PM     Post Reply
A violent ex-con has been charged with multiple counts in the road rage shooting death of a 21-year-old female Georgia college student. Sparkles Lindsay, 22, followed Kimberly Kilgore, 21, into her gated apartment complex last year and shot her to death while her best friend sat in the passenger seat and watched in horror, police say. Ms Lindsay faces a charge of malice murder, two counts of felony murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Scientists ID amount of chemical
they consider safe
Gazette-Mail (Charleston W.Va), by Ken Ward Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/11/2014 7:43:01 PM     Post Reply
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Faced with limited information and no regulatory guidelines on a chemical that´s put drinking water off limits for 300,000 West Virginians, government scientists have come up with a level of Crude MCHM they believe is safe. Federal and state officials have put out a number -- 1 part per million -- and are noting hopefully that chemical concentrations in the region´s Elk River water supply are dropping ever closer to that figure. At the same time, officials in the Tomblin administration and with West Virginia American Water are refusing to make public the results of their testing.

52 Places to Go in 2014
New York Times, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/11/2014 7:37:20 PM     Post Reply
1. Cape Town, South Africa -A place to meditate on freedom, and the creative life that followed. When Nelson Mandela was incarcerated at Robben Island prison, he found inspiration in Cape Town. “We often looked across Table Bay at the magnificent silhouette of Table Mountain,” he said in a speech. “To us on Robben Island, Table Mountain was a beacon of hope. It represented the mainland to which we knew we would one day return.” Cape Town’s importance to Mandela, who made his first address there as a free man, will doubtless draw many visitors in the wake of his

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