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Former Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon Laid to Rest
Arutz Sheva [Israel]*, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/13/2014 9:32:49 AM     Post Reply
The funeral procession for Israel´s 11th prime minister, Ariel Sharon, who died on Saturday at age 85, began Monday morning at the Knesset at a formal event attended by President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, US Vice President Joseph Biden, and former British prime minister Tony Blair. (Snip) "Arik, you were the shoulder on whom Israel´s security rested," said President Shimon Peres standing in the Knesset plaza, where Sharon´s flag-draped coffin stood on a black marble plinth. "The story of your life is bound to the story of this country. And your life was dedicated to the life of this country.

Who Will Obama Blame for
his Failed Iran Policy?
The Jews, of Course
American Thinker, by Lauri B. Regan    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/13/2014 9:32:36 AM     Post Reply
As the Iran sanctions bill gains bipartisan and expansive support in the Senate, the Obama White House is in panic mode.(snip)But while Obama is putting all of the pressure on Democrats to side with him (and Iran) on this issue, he may also be setting up a fall guy if the mullahs do indeed walk away from the table or if they fail to meet their obligations under an interim deal. The Soros-funded and Obama surrogate Moveon.org has begun a new fundraising campaign labeling the proposed legislation "AIPAC´s war bill." While co-sponsored by 16 Democrats including Senators Schumer and Menendez, Moveon.org

Robert Gates´ "Duty"
CBS News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/13/2014 9:22:39 AM     Post Reply
Washington has been abuzz this past week over the new memoir by former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Now Secretary Gates speaks for himself in his first television interview about his book. Our Cover Story is reported by Rita Braver: Robert Gates doesn´t pull any punches about why he now lives in a town outside Seattle: "Well, other than the fact that it´s the farthest place from Washington, D.C. …" he laughed. But it wasn´t all that long ago that he was Secretary of Defense -- the first person in history to hold the job under two presidents from two different parties. And

  


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Feds investigating Christie´s
use of Sandy relief funds
CNN, by Chris Frates    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/13/2014 8:47:44 AM     Post Reply
Washington - Just days after dismissing two top advisers for their roles in the George Washington Bridge scandal, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is facing questions over the use of Superstorm Sandy relief funds. CNN has learned that federal officials are investigating whether Christie improperly used those relief funds to produce tourism ads that starred him and his family. The news couldn´t come at a worse time for the scandal-plagued Republican, who is facing two probes into whether his staff tied up traffic near the country´s busiest bridge to punish a Democratic mayor who refused to endorse his successful re-election bid.

What Liberals Don’t Get
About Single Payer
Bloomberg, by Ezra Klein    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/13/2014 8:42:01 AM     Post Reply
Documentarian Michael Moore greeted the introduction of Obamacare with an admission many liberals will cheer. “Obamacare is awful,” he wrote. Its awfulness, Moore said, stems from “one fatal flaw: The Affordable Care Act is a pro-insurance-industry plan implemented by a president who knew in his heart that a single-payer, Medicare-for-all model was the true way to go.” Like Moore, I’d prefer a more nationalized health-care system. But his analysis relies on a common mistake that distorts both the benefits of single-payer systems and the deficiencies peculiar to Obamacare. Insurers are the bogeymen of American health care.

A Bridge to Scandal: Behind
the Fort Lee Ruse
New York Times, by N.R. Kleinfield    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/13/2014 8:09:16 AM     Post Reply
By his own account, Mark Sokolich rarely asks people for anything. “When you ask,” he said, “you usually have to give.” And that is how he likes to govern as the mayor of Fort Lee, N.J., a dot of a borough perched atop the Palisades in the shadow of the George Washington Bridge. One day last spring, though, he was the person asked to give. A member of Gov. Chris Christie’s re-election campaign staff came calling to see if Mr. Sokolich, a Democrat, would endorse the governor, a Republican. There was scant doubt that Mr. Christie would win. But his ambition was

Obsessive-Compulsive Racism
and the Black Guilt Complex
American Thinker, by Deborah C. Tyler    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 1/13/2014 7:35:31 AM     Post Reply
My relationship with Joe evokes the Jane Austen line, "For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?" Joe is an 82-year-old black man, a very successful retired computer engineer. He owns homes in the most affluent areas of this city, and until recently he tooled around the southeastern U.S. in his Cessna. Joe is a forceful man who has assumed the role of a leader among our common acquaintance. Joe is obsessed with white racism, and because he is black, people acquiesce to him in ways they would not for

  


  

Ex-NFL Great, Hollywood Star Fred
Dryer: GOP Establishment Afraid
MSM Will Call Them ´Racist,
Sexist, Homophobe´
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/13/2014 7:33:33 AM     Post Reply
Fred Dryer, the former All-Pro NFL defensive end and Hollywood actor of shows like Hunter and Cheers, is furious at the Republican establishment for waging war against the Tea Party. He sees the establishment as surrendering to the mainstream media and accepting its stereotypes about conservatives. Appearing on Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot channel 125 with Breitbart News Executive Chairman and host Stephen K. Bannon, Dryer said it was the "dumbest thing" for the GOP establishment to abandon constitutional principles when the country – and the constitution – is center right. He blasted GOP establishment honchos like Ed

Suntory buying spirits maker
Beam for $13.62B
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/13/2014 7:27:09 AM     Post Reply
DEERFIELD, Ill.— Beam, the maker of Jim Beam and Marker´s Mark alcohol brands, has agreed to be acquired by Japan´s Suntory Holdings Ltd. for approximately $13.62 billion. Shares of the spirits maker rose in Monday premarket trading. Suntory will pay $83.50 per share, a 25 percent premium to Beam´s Friday closing price of $66.97. The companies put the deal´s value at about $16 billion, including debt. Suntory has a portfolio of spirits, with whiskies including Yamazaki and Hakushu as well as Midori liqueur and other beverages. Suntory already distributes Beam´s products in Japan. Beam distributes Suntory´s products in Singapore and other

Obama´s Apocryphal Kenya Trip
American Thinker, by Jack Cashill    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 1/13/2014 7:17:31 AM     Post Reply
In 1994 or early 1995 the still unknown Barack Obama sent his editor at Times Books, Henry Ferris, the first two-thirds of his memoir Dreams from My Father. He told Ferris that to complete the book, he had to return to Kenya to do some research. The evidence strongly suggests that Obama went not to Kenya to do that research but to the local library to do some borderline plagiarizing. In the way of background, Barack and Michelle Obama visited Kenya in the summer of 1992 and married in October of that year. There is little dispute about the timing of

Single Payer: We´ve Been There, Done That
American Spectator, by David Catron    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/13/2014 6:20:36 AM     Post Reply
Well, our progressive friends are once again calling for single payer health care. The ironic pretext this time is that Obamacare has collapsed into chaos. [snip] But the advocates of the “Affordable Care Act,” as these people stubbornly refer to it, refuse to accept that the crackup was caused by the inevitable incompetence of government bureaucrats. They believe the real problem was avaricious insurance executives. Thus, people like Michael Moore, Paul Krugman and even Colin Powell urge us to cast out the money changers and wholly surrender our health care to the tender mercies of the federal government.

  


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Weighing power among branches,
U.S. court could tip against president
Reuters, by Joan Biskupic    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/13/2014 5:48:07 AM     Post Reply
When a prominent U.S. appeals court last year slashed President Obama´s power to appoint government officials, many legal experts said the Supreme Court would be unlikely to let that surprising decision stand. But that view may underestimate the allure of the lower court´s reasoning to the dominant, conservative wing of the high court, which takes up the case Monday. In its January 2013 ruling involving "recess appointments" to a key regulatory agency, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit repeatedly invoked the nation´s early history and a literal reading of key constitutional terms. Such an "originalist" approach in

Why Some are Outraged at These
Amazing Videos of Deaf
People Hearing for First Time
Independent Journal Review, by Kyle Becker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/13/2014 5:40:55 AM     Post Reply
One of the most moving things you will ever see is the overwhelming joy, absolute astonishment, and emotional release of people who are suddenly cured of a physical impairment or disability. These moments captured on video for the world to see are intimate and revealing, and they are remarkable because they allow us a window into another person’s world. Imagine what it must be like to have this transformative power that we often take for granted instantly bestowed to another person. Although we cannot truly imagine it, we find ourselves empathizing with these people and sharing their joy in being released

What if Americans rebel against
the Obamacare mandate?
Washington Examiner [DC], by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/13/2014 5:34:29 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration is trying to persuade millions of uninterested, or perhaps reluctant, Americans to purchase health insurance through the Obamacare exchanges. But the heart of Obamacare is coercion. If Americans fail do what the law´s Democratic authors believe is best, the federal government will punish them, through the progressively higher penalties of the individual mandate, until it hurts more not to buy coverage than it does to give up and purchase it. But what if many of those Americans rebel? Even if they know having health insurance is better than not having it, what if they refuse to be

A Tale of Two Surges
Commentary Magazine, by Rick Richman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/13/2014 5:31:03 AM     Post Reply
In Friday’s “Notable & Quotable,” the Wall Street Journal quoted then-Sen. Hillary Clinton’s famous remark at the September 11, 2007 Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, where she told Gen. David Petraeus his testimony on the Iraq “surge” required “the willing suspension of disbelief.” It was her sophisticated way of telling him she thought he was peddling fiction. (Snip) Kerry said he wanted to remind everyone that: [A]lmost half the names that found their way etched into the Vietnam Wall after Westmoreland’s testimony found their way there when our leaders had acknowledged, in retrospect, that they knew the policy was not working,

  


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Chris Christie has problems,
but he’s still atop the 2016
GOP presidential field. For now.
Washington Post, by Chris Cillizza    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/13/2014 5:23:58 AM     Post Reply
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie just endured the worst week of his five years in elected office, battered by a scandal involving traffic jams as political payback and implicating several top — and now former — aides. Make no mistake: Bridge-gate has hurt Christie and slowed, badly, the considerable momentum he built during a sweeping reelection victory in 2013. But, assuming that no other revelations emerge linking him to the closure of several lanes of traffic in Fort Lee, Christie remains the candidate — with the possible exception of former Florida governor Jeb Bush — who is best positioned to

Obamacare: Clearly and Consistently Negative
American Spectator, by J.T. Young    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/13/2014 5:19:01 AM     Post Reply
Political parties’ real electoral danger isn’t overwhelmingly negative public opinion, but opinion clearly and consistently negative. The reason is obvious: Political parties are neither stupid enough — nor long survive — taking hugely unpopular positions. The bad news is Obamacare looks to be the kind of clearly and consistently negative issue that leaves the administration and Democrats damned if they do, and damned if they don’t. The political landscape clearly shows political parties are more likely to face political difficulties from issues that decidedly and consistently run against them. Most contentious issues exist and persist with both parties hovering around majority

This Thing of Ours
Weekly Standard, by The Scrapbook    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/13/2014 5:15:49 AM     Post Reply
Before Chris Christie’s first scandal devolves into an obsessive quest to prove who knew what, when, it’s worth pausing to appreciate the wonderful, quintessential New Jerseyness of the incident itself. What happened, roughly, is this. On August 13, Bridget Anne Kelly, one of Christie’s three deputy chiefs of staff, sent an email to David Wildstein, a Christie confidant serving as an executive for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which controls much of the transit infrastructure of northern Jersey. Kelly said that it was “time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.” Some speculate that the precipitating

ACORN’s Seeds Sprout
Up Across the Country
Daily Beast, by David Freedlander    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/13/2014 5:12:15 AM     Post Reply
The left-wing group crushed by the right is gone, but its members never stopped working. After four years of anonymity, the liberal veterans want conservatives to know they’re back. In 2010, ACORN, the grassroots organizing group, was reeling from a series of scandals, and with most of its funding pulled, shuttered the last of its remaining offices around the country. For conservatives, it was a triumph. The newly ascendant right-wing blogosphere caught ACORN reps on tape giving their low-income clients advice on how to engage in tax evasion, human smuggling, and child prostitution (the tapes, it was revealed later were heavily and

Too much estrogen!
New York Post, by Kyle Smith    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/13/2014 5:08:47 AM     Post Reply
For the first time in the recent history of awards shows, Lena Dunham didn’t win anything, but in a way she won everything, because last night’s Golden Globes broadcast might as well have been called “Girls.” With its strenuously chummy hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, its saccharine-bordering-on-absurd acceptance speeches and its deluge of tearjerking “inspirational” commercials that sought to forge a hitherto unsuspected link between Golden Globes and Humanity’s Greatest Achievements, the night was a deep dive into a pool of estrogen. Fey and Poehler, in accordance with the tiresome defense mechanism of female nightclub comics to make it all about

  



Don’t Destroy This Family
National Review Online, by Kevin D. Williamson    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/13/2014 5:05:34 AM     Post Reply
Ronald Reagan electrified the world when he demanded that the Berlin Wall be torn down. Barack Obama is helping to build a new one, even as the German government begins rounding up members of a despised religious minority. The Romeike family was granted asylum in the United States because the German government was intent on wresting away the children and putting the parents in cages for the crime of homeschooling their children, which is verboten in Germany, a legacy of the country’s totalitarian past. The Obama administration, which in other notable areas of immigration law has enacted a policy of “discretion”

You have to break some healthcare
plans to make an Obamacare
Legal Insurrection, by William A. Jacobson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/13/2014 5:01:48 AM     Post Reply
Who really cares about those much-maligned kulak individual health insurance market policy holders? Hell, depending upon how you count them, they could number 15 million, or maybe as low as 6 million. You know who else didn’t care about … oh, never mind. Just because you are not one of the much-maligned, don’t think you can run from Obamacare, which stalks each of us like the Grim … oh, never mind. Second wave of health-insurance disruption affects small businesses (h/t Charles Cooke): When millions of health-insurance plans were canceled last fall, the Obama administration tried to be reassuring, saying the terminations affected only the

Hillary’s Hit List
Politico Magazine, by Jonathan Allen & Amie Parnes    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/13/2014 4:57:24 AM     Post Reply
Inside a cramped third-floor office of Hillary Clinton’s once-bustling presidential campaign headquarters in the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington, Va., Kris Balderston and Adrienne Elrod put the finishing touches on a political hit list. It was late June 2008, and Hillary had dropped her bid for the presidency earlier that month. The war room, where her brain trust had devolved into profanity-laced shouting matches, was empty. The data crunchers were gone. The political director had drifted out. A handful of Hillary’s aides had already hooked up with Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign in Chicago. Balderston’s salt-and-pepper beard gave him the look of a

Texas Vote-Buying Case Casts Glare
on Tradition of Election Day Goads
New York Times, by Manny Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/13/2014 4:55:14 AM     Post Reply
DONNA, Tex. — In this Rio Grande Valley town of trailer parks and weedy lots eight miles from the Mexico border, people call them runners or politiqueras — the campaign workers who use their network of relatives and friends to deliver votes for their candidates. They travel around town with binders stuffed with the names and addresses of registered voters, driving residents to and from the polls and urging those they bump into at the grocery store to support their candidates. Despite rumors that some politiqueras went over the line in encouraging voters, the tradition continued in Donna and other border

‘Telephonic Signature’? As of Jan. 1,
Obamacare Forces States to Accept
Applications ‘Signed’ by Voice
PJ Media, by David Steinberg    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/13/2014 4:50:15 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration’s interest in creating a streamlined application process for Medicaid, CHIP, and subsidized health insurance via the state Obamacare exchanges has come at the expense of effective security and fraud prevention. As of January 1, 2014, this easing of requirements now includes the mandate that states accept applications completed entirely via telephone. Rather than require such applications be later accompanied by the electronic or mailed transmission of a signed document, HHS instead requires states to accept a spoken assent on a telephone call as the equivalent of an actual signature. Says J. Christian Adams, PJ Media legal editor

After 5 Days, W.Va´s Water
Crisis Nears Its End
Associated Press, by Brenton Farrington    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/13/2014 4:36:28 AM     Post Reply
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- For the fifth straight day, hundreds of thousands of people in West Virginia had to wash, cook and brush their teeth with bottled water, but officials promised the ban on tap water that was tainted by a chemical spill would soon be lifted. Over the weekend, tests showed levels of the licorice-smelling chemical used in coal processing were consistently below a toxic threshold, and in some samples, there was no trace of the chemical at all. As the tests were expected to continue Monday, there were still questions about how and why the leak occurred and whether the

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