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Jahi McMath is Alive
American Thinker, by James Coulter    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/14/2014 5:49:05 AM     Post Reply
The case of Jahi McMath brings up numerous critical bioethical issues, especially as we are going into period of health care rationing and fewer choices in our medical care.(snip) In the wake of early enthusiasm for heart transplantation, "brain death" legislation was passed in the 1970´s in all fifty states in the USA, to allow for death to be declared by neurological criteria, rather than the cessation of cardiac activity. This permits surgeons to remove hearts from "brain dead" donors and not be charged with homicide. Despite claims that there has never been a case of a person diagnosed with

Obama ignores Constitution by
recognizing same-sex marriages in Utah
Washington Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/14/2014 5:45:05 AM     Post Reply
Barack Obama doesn’t always win. Sometimes he has to settle for a tie, which Bear Bryant famously likened to “kissing your sister.” A Gallup poll last year found that in his fourth year he had tied George W. Bush as the most polarizing president ever. Democrats gave Mr. Obama a job approval of 86 percent against just 10 percent for Republicans. That tied the mark set by President Bush who, at the end of his first term, held 91 percent Republican support and 15 percent among Democrats. Mr. Obama and his administration seem to be trying to edge Mr. Bush. Attorney General Eric

Strange bedfellows: Feds piling on Christie
may finally rally conservative pushback
Legal Insurrection, by William A. Jacobson    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/14/2014 5:35:48 AM     Post Reply
The other day I tried to make the distinction between dislike of Chris Christie, and joining the media mob which eventually will turn on Republican candidates you like. I told you not to feed that beast. To defend Chris Christie: This is not about Chris Christie. It’s about any number of other Republican candidates who will be met with the same faux-outrage and media-led obsession a year from now as the 2016 field begins to define itself. Don’t feed the beast. It’s getting worse, as the feds are piling on. Within days of Bridgegate, Eric Holder and the U.S. Attorney’s Office were on the



Politics Versus Education
Townhall, by Thomas Sowell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/14/2014 5:35:25 AM     Post Reply
Anyone who has still not yet understood the utter cynicism of the Obama administration in general, and Attorney General Eric Holder in particular, should look at the Justice Department´s latest interventions in education. If there is one thing that people all across the ideological spectrum should be able to agree on, it is that better education is desperately needed by black youngsters, especially in the ghettoes. For most, it is their one chance for a better life. Among the few bright spots in a generally dismal picture of the education of black students are those successful charter schools or voucher

Obama’s drives to stoke class
warfare to win midterm elections
Washington Times (D.C), by David Keene    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/14/2014 5:30:11 AM     Post Reply
President Obama has all but announced that this fall’s House and Senate campaigns should focus not on the collapse of American influence abroad, or on the continuing disaster that we know as Obamacare, or even on the apparent inability of his policies to create jobs, but on “income inequality.”The mantra from the administration, like the rantings of the “Occupy” crowd and the new finger-pointing quasi-Marxist mayor of New York City, is that in today’s United States, it is impossible to get ahead unless one is born rich, works on Wall Street or finds some other way to profit from the

Congress Voices Concerns About
Chinese Hypersonic Missile Test
Free Beacon, by Bill Gertz    Original Article
Posted By: darthmuaddib- 1/14/2014 5:26:33 AM     Post Reply
The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and two senior committee members voiced concerns Monday about China’s first test of a new high-speed missile vehicle. “While round after round of defense cuts have knocked America’s technological advantage on its back, the Chinese and other competitor nations push towards military parity with the United States; in some cases, as in this one, they appear to be leaping ahead of us,” Chairman Rep. Howard P. “Buck “ McKeon (R., Calif.) and Reps. Randy Forbes (R., Va.) and Mike Rogers (R., Ala.) said in a statement.
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Omnibus deal cuts EPA
spending, ends light bulb ban
Washington Examiner [DC], by Zack Colman    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/14/2014 5:25:36 AM     Post Reply
Republicans won several energy and environment concessions in the $1.012 trillion fiscal 2014 spending bill House and Senate lawmakers unveiled late Monday, though attempts to handicap a slew of Environmental Protection Agency regulations did not make it into the final version. The package will maintain spending levels for a review of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site, end funding for the federal light bulb standard and soften policies that restrict public financing for construction of coal-fired power plants abroad. The overall deal would fund the government through Sept. 30, preventing another government shutdown. Since current funding expires Wednesday, lawmakers are expected to



Detroit´s Imperiled Vault of Cultural Treasures
American Spectator, by Bill Zeiser    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/14/2014 5:23:39 AM     Post Reply
Astute Spectator readers may have observed that I am a fan of post-apocalyptic and dystopian films and imagery. There is something hauntingly beautiful in seeing the familiar laid to waste. A recent move to Michigan meant that it was only a matter of time until I made my way to Detroit, a post-apocalyptic landscape that exists outside of the realm of cinematic fantasy. This first visit, however, was not to survey the ruins, but to visit a more conventional cultural treasure: the Detroit Institute of Arts. The sprawling complex contains works by some of the world´s greatest artists, including Matisse,

Know Your Enemy
Weekly Standard, by Thomas Joscelyn    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/14/2014 5:20:55 AM     Post Reply
In the summer of 2008, Barack Obama, senator and presidential candidate, toured the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq. Obama had endeared himself to the antiwar left by denouncing President Bush’s decision to topple Saddam Hussein and repeatedly claiming that the war in Iraq had diverted resources from defeating al Qaeda and its allies in South Asia. Obama did not tone down this criticism even as he spoke with CBS News from Kabul on July 20, shortly before proceeding to Saddam’s former abode. “We got distracted by Iraq,” Obama said. Afghanistan “has to be the central focus, the central front

Iran: ‘We Will in No Way, Never,
Dismantle’ Nuclear Infrastructure
Washington Free Beacon, by Adam Kredo    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/14/2014 5:18:42 AM     Post Reply
Iran vowed to maintain its nuclear infrastructure and threatened to boost its uranium enrichment capabilities just hours after announcing that it had agreed to a deal to halt some aspects of its contested nuclear program. Iran and Western nations announced on Sunday that they had agreed to an interim deal to halt portions of Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for some $7 billion in sanctions relief. Secretary of State John Kerry celebrated the interim agreement, which will officially begin on Jan. 20. However, Iranian officials threatened to ramp up nuclear activities should they feel the West is violating the accord. “We will in no

Life-size Titanic replica to be
at heart of Chinese theme park
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/14/2014 5:16:00 AM     Post Reply
The Chinese version of "the unsinkable ship", with a price tag of 1 billion yuan (£101 million) and an expected opening date in 2016, will be built at least 930 miles from the nearest ocean in the central province of Sichuan.(Snip) "We think it´s worth spreading the spirit of the Titanic. The universal love and sense of responsibility shown during the Titanic shipwreck represent the spiritual richness of human civilisation," he told a media conference on Sunday. The project aims to be more than a museum that replicates the original ship and the 1997 movie that became a global hit.



The ‘crime’ of the IRS
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/14/2014 5:15:30 AM     Post Reply
Only days after we learned the Obama administration had appointed an Obama donor to head investigations into the IRS targeting of conservative organizations, we now have a leak from law enforcement saying the FBI doesn’t expect to file criminal charges. That’s the gist of a late-breaking story Monday evening in The Wall Street Journal. The story notes that though the investigation may go on another few months, unless other evidence is unearthed, the FBI conclusion will be that the IRS was a “mismanaged bureaucracy” enforcing rules “ it didn’t understand.” Without the evidence, we’re not in a position to say. But criminal

The Idol of Equality
National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/14/2014 5:11:30 AM     Post Reply
“There is, in fact, a manly and lawful passion for equality which excites men to wish all to be powerful and honored. This passion tends to elevate the humble to the rank of the great; but there exists also in the human heart a depraved taste for equality, which impels the weak to attempt to lower the powerful to their own level, and reduces men to prefer equality in slavery to inequality with freedom.” —Alexis de Tocqueville In his famous admonition about the tyranny of the majority, Tocqueville went on to warn that “Liberty is not the chief and constant object of

HHS: 5.6M of 6M Who Signed
Up on Exchanges Will Get
Federal Funding
Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/14/2014 5:09:24 AM     Post Reply
In their first three months of operation, the federal and state health-insurance marketplaces created under the Affordable Care Act—AKA Obamacare--have signed up 5,572,305 people who qualify to get federal funding for their health care, either through Medicaid or through an insurance premium subsidy, according to data released by the Department of Health and Human Service. Those 5,572,305 are part of the “6 million Americans” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said today have used the exchanges to sign up for health insurance or Medicaid. However, some of these people, as noted by CNNMoney, were already on Medicaid. Today, HHS released a report

No Shame: Bill Keller
Bullies Cancer Patient
Nation, by Greg Mitchell    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/14/2014 5:07:07 AM     Post Reply
It all began last Wednesday when Emma Keller, spouse of former New York Times chief editor (and now weekly columnist) BIll Keller, penned a piece for The Guardian. It concerned a woman in New England named Lisa Adams, who is battling cancer and writing about the experience on Twitter, mainly for educational value, drawing a fair amount of notice. She is “dying out loud,” as Emma (whose father died not long ago from cancer far more quietly) puts it. Emma Keller compares it to a “Reality TV show.” She complains that Adams posted an update on her condition that morning



Indiana town´s police force gets
armored carrier from military
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/14/2014 5:04:59 AM     Post Reply
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. –An armored carrier the West Lafayette police department recently acquired from the U.S. military is being refitted and will soon serve as a "moving shield" for officers, the city´s police chief said. Police Chief Jason Dombkowski said the big truck, which has armored plating intended to protect its occupants from bomb blasts, is essentially on permanent loan from the military but can be recalled by the federal government at any time. He said the vehicle will be used by his department´s SWAT team when it responds to standoffs and other dangerous situations to give them cover from

POLL: Christie Survives The
First Week Of Bridgegate
Business Insider, by Danny Vinik    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/14/2014 5:03:09 AM     Post Reply
A Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll released today found Gov. Chris Christie´s approval rating among New Jersey adults had dropped from 65% in December to 59% last week. While 51% do not believe that the governor is being "completely honest" about Bridgegate 52% do not think he was involved in the actual planning. (Snip)Nationally, the intensity of attention to the scandal is moderate. According to a new poll from the Pew Research Center today, just 18% of Americans said they were following the scandal "very closely" compared to 44% who said so about the weather. More people also followed the

Hall of Famer Tarkenton Joins
Push for Social Security Reform
Breitbart Big Government, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/14/2014 5:01:50 AM     Post Reply
On January 16, Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton is slated to join former House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Association of Mature American Citizens president Dan Weber at a press conference, where they will announce a joint lobbying effort directed at creating what they term a Social Security Guarantee. “Fran Tarkenton,” Weber said, “has seen [our plan to save Social Security] and agrees that it will do what we say it will do and, as a result, has decided to join us as captain of the team we’ve assembled to fight the good fight. Our intention is to take the

A Right-Wing Group’s $400K Purchase
of Mark Levin’s Book Sets Off a Ruckus
Daily Beast, by Ben Jacobs    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/14/2014 4:57:40 AM     Post Reply
A political group buys over $400,000 worth of copies of a book written by a radio talk show host who actively promotes their cause. Coincidence or quid pro quo? That’s the debate that broke out across the conservative movement last week when Politico revealed that the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF), the right wing group targeting establishment Republican senators, had spent $427,000 to buy copies of Mark Levin’s four-year-old book

Wyo. lawmaker proposes firing
squads for executions
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/14/2014 4:53:54 AM     Post Reply
CHEYENNE, Wyo.- A Wyoming lawmaker is pushing to allow use of firing squads to execute condemned state inmates if constitutional problems or other issues ever prevented the state from using lethal injections. Sen. Bruce Burns, R-Sheridan, said Monday that state law currently calls for using a gas chamber if lethal injection is unavailable. "The state of Wyoming doesn´t have a gas chamber currently, an operating gas chamber, so the procedure and expense to build one would be impractical to me," said Burns, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. "I consider, frankly, the gas chamber to be cruel and unusual, so


Sure sounds like the Supreme Court’s going
to rule against Obama on recess appointments
Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/14/2014 4:48:49 AM     Post Reply
I know, I know: Didn’t we go through this once before? SCOTUS sounded skeptical after oral arguments on ObamaCare’s individual mandate too and we all know how that turned out. We’re setting ourselves up for heartbreak. Again. One big difference between then and now, though, is that everyone assumed a ruling against the mandate would be no better than 5-4. Obama had four liberal justices in the bag for his position, as usual; the only question was whether they could get one conservative. Per Moe Lane, the word from SCOTUSblog about this morning’s arguments is that even some of the liberals

Florida citrus growers worry
that deadly bacteria will
mean end of orange juice
Washington Post, by Darryl Fears    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/14/2014 4:45:54 AM     Post Reply
The sprawling citrus orchard that Victor Story toured recently sure looked like a steal at $11,000 an acre. The investors who owned it were going to lose money, and potential buyers such as Story might have stood to reap a handsome reward. But as he bumped along the 40 acres of groves in a large SUV, Story was taken aback by the sickly look of the trees. Their leaves were an inch shorter than normal and yellowing. Full-size oranges were still apple green. Other mature oranges that should have been the size of baseballs were no bigger than ping-pong balls. “That

Sebelius, Congress should take
ObamaCare bailout off the table
Fox News, by Sen. Marco Rubio    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/14/2014 4:43:05 AM     Post Reply
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is in Tampa today, Monday, January 13, for an ObamaCare outreach event, and she owes Floridians an answer. Why should taxpayers have to bail out health insurance companies in the increasingly likely event that ObamaCare leaves them with financial losses? The answer should be simple. Whatever larger differences we have about ObamaCare, we should completely eliminate any chance of a taxpayer-funded bailout for health insurers. Unfortunately, this possibility exists and is growing more likely by the day. Washington’s authority for this bailout was buried deep inside ObamaCare, in the law’s section 1342. This provision authorized what

Alex Rodriguez -- a victim of hubris
in a modern-day Greek tragedy
Fox News, by Fay Vincent    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/14/2014 4:39:50 AM     Post Reply
The ancient Greek tragedies involved the downfall of the hero being caused by what the classical scholars call “hubris.” Because human nature remains constant, we know the Greeks were onto something. Hubris causes many heroic figures to fall even in our time and no better example can be found than the Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez. If the definition of “hubris” is excessive pride or defiance of the gods leading to a tragic downfall, then A-Rod defines a tragic hero. The only remaining question is how tragic a fall will he endure? Some tragic figures behave so badly they turn the

Titanic II´s Third Class Woos
With Authenticity - Tiny
Quarters, Communal Dining
ABC News, by Joanna Prisco    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/14/2014 4:36:07 AM     Post Reply
How much would you pay to share a bathtub with 700 other cruise passengers? Cramped quarters, communal dining and sparse decor are just a few of the amenities being offered by Australian billionaire Clive Palmer to entice travelers to reserve cabins in the steerage level of his Titanic II, a modern replica of the ill-fated luxury liner due to set sail in 2016. “First class on the Titanic was truly unbelievable, second class was like our first class and third class - well, third class was really third class," Palmer recently told news.com.au. In addition to a faux ceremonial "delousing" by way

US Correspondent Barred
From Entering Russia
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/14/2014 4:30:37 AM     Post Reply
MOSCOW — Russia has denied a visa to a journalist for the U.S-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, saying his presence in the country is "undesirable." RFE/RL President Kevin Klose said in a statement issued Monday that barring David Satter from entering Russia represented a "fundamental violation of the right of free speech." Klose said the U.S. Embassy in Moscow has lodged a diplomatic protest with the Russian Foreign Ministry. Satter, a veteran foreign correspondent, began working with RFE/RL in Moscow in September. He said he learned about the ban last month while trying to get a new Russian visa. Klose

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