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A National Strategy Funds State
Political Monopolies
New York Times, by Ncholas Confessore    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/12/2014 9:00:17 AM     Post Reply
By his third year as chairman of the Alabama Republican organization, Mike Hubbard believed his party had just about everything it needed to win control of the State Legislature. He had a plan: an 88-page playbook for the 2010 campaign, with detailed, district-by-district budgets and precise voter turnout targets. He had candidates: doctors, lawyers and small-business owners, most of them political novices recruited with an eye toward the anti-establishment fervor roiling the country. What Mr. Hubbard did not have was enough money. Alabama law barred corporations, deep-pocketed natural allies for state Republicans, from giving more than $500 to candidates and parties —

I Crashed the Wrong Shiva
New York Times, by Sloane Crosley    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/12/2014 8:28:56 AM     Post Reply
YOU get to know all the old people. This is what no one tells you when you live in New York City and decide to work from home, but it’s true. One generation’s “off-peak hours” is another’s “hours.” There they are, walking their rickety dogs at 10, doing their laundry at noon, checking their mail at 3, asking you if you know how to operate a VCR machine at 6. You can be ill at ease with this, seeing it as a premature separation from your rightful generation, or you can choose to embrace it. Marilyn helped me embrace it. She

Levin: Boehner, Cantor, Ryan
Expanding Welfare State
by Pushing Amnesty
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/12/2014 8:24:29 AM     Post Reply
Radio’s Mark Levin on Friday evening excoriated House GOP leadership, particularly House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan, for their immigration policies that will end up aiding an increased welfare state. We’ve talked about Obama and his economic record, which is worse than Jimmy Carter’s. Now, what are we going to do about it in this country? They have a new idea. In addition to increasing unemployment compensation, or I should say extending, in addition to more food stamps and more disability insurance—in other words, expand the welfare side of the state rather



Reagan spokesman Larry Speakes buried Friday,
same day as he died
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 1/12/2014 8:21:21 AM     Post Reply
Larry Speakes, 74, who was thrust into the White House press secretary’s job after former President Reagan and his spokesman Jim Brady were shot in 1981, died Friday and, in an unusual move, was buried the very same day. Speakes had a long bout with Alzheimer’s disease and died in Cleveland, Miss., where he was born. A spokesman for the Cleveland Funeral Home said he died at about 3 a.m. and his family, in Cleveland, had made prearrangements for a swift burial.

Falling ice signs a grim
reminder of danger above
Chicago Sun-Times, by Neil Steinberg    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/12/2014 8:14:10 AM     Post Reply
The warnings are out in force. Yellow plastic tripods. Big metal signs. “CAUTION: Falling Ice.” They cause a flash of unease — what to do? Look up and get a plummeting icicle in the eye? Look down and hurry past, hoping for the best? That’s what most pedestrians do. And wasn’t there some tragedy? Years ago. Someone killed on Michigan Avenue? Yes there was. The accident dwells at the periphery of mind for many Chicagoans, a place of half-remembered horror, like an urban myth except, of course, it actually happened 20 years ago. Donald Booth, 48, of Brookfield, Wis., a Milwaukee suburb, was

Asking the Right Questions about Pot
American Thinker, by Sally Zelikovsky    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/12/2014 6:04:12 AM     Post Reply
He was in high school and quite brilliant. The kind of kid who didn´t pick up a book all year and aced all of his honors and AP tests -- in complex subjects like Physics. He was also musically gifted. But he couldn´t stop smoking weed. The school and his parents did all they could; he even took up sports so he wouldn´t go home after school and smoke. The more he smoked, the more he slacked off, the less frequently he attended class, did his work, and participated in class. They finally expelled him. He was last seen walking on 101

For Real Scandals, Check Out
the Obama Administration
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/12/2014 4:59:33 AM     Post Reply
It is ironic that just as Washington, D.C. and New York City–the two centers of cluelessness in American life–are convulsed with a mini-scandal involving lane closure on a bridge, two more major Obama administration scandals have come to light. The first is Obama’s nomination of Debo Adegbile to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. We might have guessed that Obama couldn’t do worse than Adegbile’s predecessor, Tom Perez, but we would have been wrong. Adegbile is a race hustler who is best known as the mouthpiece for guilty-as-hell cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. The “free Mumia” movement is one of the



Obama’s growing pains
New York Daily News, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/12/2014 4:56:49 AM     Post Reply
Change course. Like bloodwork results for a weak, wheezing patient, Friday’s jobs report confirmed that deeply serious ills plague the U.S. economy. Across the country, the private and public sectors combined to add a meager 74,000 jobs, the lowest monthly total in three years. The unemployment rate fell, but for the worst possible reason: An increasing number of Americans dropped completely out of the workforce, so they were no longer counted as unemployed. Pushed by the growing number of people who are claiming disability benefits, the labor participation rate has sunk and sunk and sunk some more. It is now on par with

The misuse of American
might, and the price it pays
Los Angeles Times, by Andrew J. Bacevich    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/12/2014 4:52:18 AM     Post Reply
The U.S. military is like the highly skilled, gadget-toting contractor who promises to give your kitchen a nifty makeover in no time whatsoever. Here´s the guy you can count on to get the job done. Just look at those references! Yet by the time he drives off months later, the kitchen´s a shambles and you´re stuck with a bill several times larger than the initial estimate. Turns out the job was more complicated than it seemed. But what say we take a crack at remodeling the master bath? That pretty much summarizes the American experience with war since the end of

The Media Would Never Report
This Amazing Exchange Between
Wounded Vet And Iraqi Cab Driver
Independent Journal Review, by Soopermexican    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/12/2014 4:47:50 AM     Post Reply
It’s hard to believe some think U.N. resolutions and the Peace Corps. actually bring peace to anyone. Wiser students of history know that the U.S. military has done more for peace than nearly anyone else. It’s not as politically advantageous for the left to admit this, so you won’t see stories of gratitude like the one told by Iraq War vet and amputee J.R. Salzmann about a chance encounter with a cab driver in Texas.

Auntie makes it "Work"
Boston Herald, by Howie Carr    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/12/2014 4:41:31 AM     Post Reply
Paging Auntie Zeituni… If only Barack Obama would spend more time with his beloved relative in South Boston, perhaps he would better understand the ever-growing welfare state he so zealously presides over. Last week he was pushing for yet another extension in unemployment benefits, dismissing the argument that “it will somehow hurt the unemployed because it saps their motivation to get a new job.” His audience, gathered together in the middle of what used to be called a “work day,” cheered wildly. “That really sells the American people short …” Auntie Zeituni’s nephew said. “I can’t name a time when I met an American



The Christie Question
National Review Online, by Jay Nordlinger    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/12/2014 4:35:26 AM     Post Reply
Earlier this week, there was a spring in conservatives’ step. That was because Chris Christie was in deep doo-doo. His career seemed to be imploding, over Bridgegate. Conservatives hadn’t been so happy since the Obamacare rollout (which wasn’t that long ago). The end of Christie’s career would not be a good thing — for New Jersey, for the Republican party, for conservatism, or for the country. He is a valuable conservative, one of the most talented politicians in America. We are lucky to have him on our side — general side. Lately, I have been more and more impatient with 100-percenters —

Bridging the Obamacare, IRS,
and Benghazi Scandal Gap
American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 1/12/2014 4:33:31 AM     Post Reply
My neighbor Professor Zigmund Bensky, stopped in to thaw out. It seems that with all the stuff occupying his big brain -- like "why is ´settled science´ like ´established law´?" he´d forgotten to pay his gas bill. While he was waiting for the gas company to turn his heat back on, I offered him a spot near the fireplace and some libations to warm him up. He´s a professor of journalism at Whackadoodle School here in the District of Columbia, a place that attracts ambitious, earnest young people who "want to make a difference" without working too hard at it. He´s

Goodbye to a Legendary Warrior
American Spectator, by R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/12/2014 4:32:38 AM     Post Reply
The death of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is the final curtain on a long sad drama that began in 2005 when he was felled by a massive stroke. He was a legendary warrior for Israel against its enemies and a genius of tactics and strategy. Arguably it took eight years in a coma to wring the vitality from him. He was a giant and an exemplar for those who believe, as I do, that the Jewish state is a benign democratic outpost of civilization in the Middle East. For all those who think that area of the world

Portland pimp sues Nike for $100
million for lack of warning label
after beating victim with Jordans
Oregonian [Portland, OR], by Aimee Green    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/12/2014 4:28:50 AM     Post Reply
A 26-year-old Portland pimp has filed a $100 million lawsuit against Nike, claiming the shoe manufacturer is partially responsible for a brutal beating that helped net him a 100-year prison sentence. Sirgiorgiro Clardy claims Nike should have placed a label in his Jordan shoes warning consumers that they could be used as a dangerous weapon. He was wearing a pair when he repeatedly stomped the face of a john who was trying to leave a Portland hotel without paying Clardy´s prostitute in June 2012. Jurors early in 2013 found him guilty of second-degree assault for using his Jordans -- a dangerous weapon



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.

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