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Dereliction of ‘Duty’ is Robert
Gates’ unprincipled duplicity
Washington Times, by Charles Hurt    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/15/2014 12:16:22 PM     Post Reply
Only Washington could create a sleazy charlatan like Robert M. Gates and pass him off as some bipartisan example of competence and honor. With his memoir out justifiably sliming President Obama, Vice President Joseph R. Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Mr. Gates makes like a greasy, mange-patched rat scrambling atop the floating debris of a sunken ship. “I never doubted Obama’s support for the troops,” Mr. Gates grandly writes, posturing himself as the magnanimous centrist who passes for nobility only in Washington. “Never doubted Obama’s support for the troops, only his support for their mission.” Holy cripes! How did this

Harry Reid’s Obstructionism
National Review Online, by Andrew Stiles    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/15/2014 12:05:39 PM     Post Reply
It took a while, but the media seem to have finally noticed Senate majority leader Harry Reid’s unprecedented obstructionism. The New York Times reported last week on Reid’s “brutish style” and “uncompromising control” over the amendments process in the Senate. Why are more people finally catching on to Reid’s flagrant disregard for Senate customs? In part because conservatives aren’t the only ones complaining. Democrats such as Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota — who wants to repeal Obamacare’s medical-device tax — and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York — who has waged a highly publicized campaign to reform the way the military handles

GOProud Founder Officially Leaves
Republican Party over ‘Tolerance of Bigotry’
Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/15/2014 11:53:55 AM     Post Reply
Jimmy LaSalvia, the founder of the conservative gay advocacy group GOProud, has officially announced his departure from the Republican Party. “Today, I joined the ranks of unaffiliated voters. I am every bit as conservative as I’ve always been, but I just can’t bring myself to carry the Republican label any longer,” LaSalvia wrote. “You see, I just don’t agree with the big-government ‘conservatives’ who run the party now.” He also cited the GOP’s “tolerance of bigotry” as a reason for his departure. “The current leadership lacks the courage to stand up to it,” he lamented, “I’m not sure they ever



How Rush Limbaugh
Decides What Is True
Atlantic Magazine, by Conor Friedersdorf    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/15/2014 11:50:01 AM     Post Reply
Something special happened Monday on the Rush Limbaugh radio program. Its host set out to explain why conservatives won´t be defending New Jersey Governor Chris Christie during the bridge scandal in the same way that they rallied behind Clarence Thomas during his 1991 nomination to the Supreme Court. And in doing so, Limbaugh provided an unusually frank account of how he and his followers reach snap judgments about what is true and what isn´t true. This monologue laid bare the epistemology of talk-radio "conservatism." The backstory is straightforward enough: George H.W. Bush nominated Thomas to the Supreme Court; Democrats opposed the

Anti-Israel Democrat Jim
Moran’s Worst Moments
Washington Free Beacon [DC], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/15/2014 11:47:47 AM     Post Reply
Rep. Jim Moran (D., Va.) announced his retirement Wednesday morning, ending a career in Congress marked by anti-Israel remarks and violent outbursts, according to National Review. Moran said in 2007 that the pro-Israel group American Israel Public Affairs Committee was ”the most powerful lobby” that pushed for the Iraq War “since the beginning,” the Washington Post reported. “I don’t think they represent the mainstream of American Jewish thinking at all, but because they are so well organized,” Moran said about AIPAC. “And their members are extraordinarily powerful—most of them are quite wealthy—they have been able to exert power.” The congressman

New study shows that Obama’s proposed
minimum wage hike will kill jobs
US Finance Post (TX), by Patrick Rigney    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/15/2014 11:35:54 AM     Post Reply
The Employment Policies Institute recently released a study on the impact that raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 will have on the economy. The news is grim, as an estimated 360,000 to 1,084,000 jobs would be eliminated across the country according to the report. Michael Saltsman, research director at the Employment Policies Institute, released a statement noting, “No amount of denial by the President and his political allies- and no number of ‘studies’ published by biased researchers- can change the fact that minimum wage hikes eliminate jobs for low-skill and entry-level employees. Non-partisan economists have agreed on this consensus for

Springsteen, Fallon mock Christie
with ´Born to Run´ parody
Breitbart Big Hollywood, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 1/15/2014 11:26:06 AM     Post Reply
Embattled New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has never made any secret of his man-crush on New Jersey rocker Bruce Springsteen, and until Hurricane Sandy hit it was an unrequited crush. The relationship seemed to take a turn in the immediate wake of the hurricane when Christie literally and figuratively embraced President Obama. According to some reports, Christie was so thrilled to meet Springsteen he "wept" afterwards.The friendship, though, appears to be fair-weather, at least as far as Springsteen is concerned. Tuesday night on Jimmy Fallon´s late night show, the rocker mocked Christie with his signature Jersey hit "Born to Run.":



Magic Johnson stumps
for Obamacare (Video)
Washington Post, by Aaron Blake    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/15/2014 11:22:08 AM     Post Reply
NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson is featured in a new Web video from the White House promoting the Affordable Care Act. In the video, Johnson, who was diagnosed with HIV in the early 1990s, says he likely would be dead right now if he didn´t have quality health insurance. He also urges young people, who haven´t been signing up for Obamacare in as high a numbers as the law needs, to do so. "Young people, they think they´re Superman, like nothing´s ever going to happen to them," Johnson says. "But trust me: One day, something´s going to happen." Johnson also wrote a

Why Is a Teachers Union Fighting on
Behalf of Convicted Child Molester?
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/15/2014 11:17:34 AM     Post Reply
There’s outrage in Michigan after the union, Michigan Education Association, began fighting to win a $10,000 severance payment for a convicted child rapist. Neal Erickson, 39, was convicted of criminal sexual conduct with a minor. He was sentenced up to 30 years in prison. Erickson was the 12-year-old boy’s teacher, and molested him for three years. Bill O’Reilly spoke to the victim’s parents, who say the situation is inflicting more pain on their son and their family. The Factor asked the Michigan Education Association to stop the campaign. In a Watters’ World investigation, O’Reilly producer Jesse Watters confronted the head

Long-time Northern Virginia Democratic
congressman James Moran to retire
Washington Post, by Ben Pershing    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/15/2014 11:15:43 AM     Post Reply
U.S. Rep. James P. Moran announced Wednesday that he will retire at the end of the year. Moran (D), who has represented Northern Virginia for 23 years, said he will not seek reelection because “it’s time to close this chapter of my life and move on to the next challenge.” The congressman did not explain his decision in great detail, but given the overwhelmingly Democratic nature of his district, his reasoning is unlikely to match that of other Democrats who are choosing to step down this year, such as worrisome reelection prospects or concerns about their vote for the Affordable

Don’t forget about Jeb
Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 1/15/2014 11:14:07 AM     Post Reply
In terms of a potential presidential run, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is both hurt and helped by being out of office. Unlike current office holders, Jeb can’t hold the public attention and be credited with carrying the GOP banner in current fights with Democrats. He isn’t in the flow of the rat-tat-tat of political combat. However, that may also be to his benefit. He is not burdened by mistakes, missteps and potential scandals that befall contenders currently in office. He does not have to weigh in on every issue, nor does he have to cast any votes. And unlike



Conservatives Form Their
Own Caucus Because the RSC
Isn´t ´Hard-Core´ Enough
National Journal, by Tim Alberta    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/15/2014 11:12:26 AM     Post Reply
Increasingly frustrated with the size and direction of the Republican Study Committee, a handful of House Republicans have recently found respite in a smaller, private club founded by one of Congress´s leading young conservatives. The House Liberty Caucus, chaired by Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, quietly launched last year with five or six lawmakers attending a hastily choreographed meeting. Now the group holds a biweekly, invite-only luncheon that draws some two dozen lawmakers and is rapidly becoming an ideological home base for those "core" House conservatives who say the RSC´s swelling membership is diluting its ideological intensity. Amash insisted that his group

The Ritzy Student Bash At The
School With No Books
New York Post, by Susan Edelman, Kevin Sheehan *    Original Article
Posted By: mc squared- 1/15/2014 11:09:15 AM     Post Reply
Their school provides them no textbooks, no supplies or art classes. But here are the underprivileged pupils of Far Rockaway’s PS 106 — dressed to the nines in tuxes and gowns for an elaborate, wedding-themed bash they must pay to attend at the insistence of their do-nothing principal. Hardworking parents of kids at the notorious Queens “School of No” — many of whom live below the poverty line — are compelled to pay $150 to rent tuxes at Men’s Wearhouse and buy gowns at David’s Bridal, plus kick in $110 for the prom-like charade.

Michelle Obama says
she won’t rule out Botox
Washington Post, by Helena Andrews    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/15/2014 11:04:04 AM     Post Reply
In a new interview with People Magazine Michelle Obama talks turning the big 5-0, plastic surgery and what her life might look like in 2017. “I will be in my early fifties when I leave here and I have so much more that I should do,” Mrs. Obama said of leaving the White House after her husband’s second term. “I don’t have the right to just sit on my talents or blessings.” The former lawyer and hospital executive added that “the sky is the limit” on what she plans to take on post-1600 Penn. When asked which women in their 70s and 80s

Really King? Newlywed LeBron
James seen soliciting
woman´s number --- at White House
Washington Examiner [DC], by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/15/2014 11:00:07 AM     Post Reply
The “King,” Miami Heat’s LeBron James, was at the White House with the rest of the team Tuesday where he not only got a presidential pat on the back for winning the 2013 championship but apparently also a woman’s phone number and card. And it wasn’t from his new wife. NBC Associate Producer Stacey Klein Instagramed this note:(Snip for graphic)“Pretty decent day at the WH today. The Miami HEAT gave a "POTUS" jersey to the head honcho and I watched LeBron ask a girl for her number, right in front of me. He just got married in September. #happilyeverafter #champions #picstitch” After



More Democrats than Republicans Sit on
10 Richest Members of Congress List
Washington Free Beacon, by Stephanie Wang    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/15/2014 10:59:59 AM     Post Reply
While Republicans often get the reputation for being “the party of the rich,” seven of the 10 richest members of Congress are Democrats, according to the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP). Mark Warner Mark Warner, the senior senator from Virginia, is the richest member of the Senate. CRP estimates his net worth at up to $418,742,000. Warner used his political connections to make his millions, according to the 2014 Almanac of American Politics. Warner worked as a fundraiser at the Democratic National Convention after graduating from law school. While there, he made some crucial connections that would allow him to become

Veteran Virginia Democratic
Rep. Moran to Retire
Associated Press, by Matthew Barakat    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/15/2014 10:58:04 AM     Post Reply
Veteran Rep. Jim Moran, a pugnacious Democrat who made headlines as an early, outspoken opponent of the Iraq War and for saying during the Monica Lewinsky scandal that he might like to punch Bill Clinton in the nose, announced Wednesday that he will retire from Congress after 12 terms representing northern Virginia. The 68-year-old former mayor of Alexandria, Va. was first elected in 1990. He has been a staunch supporter of federal civilian employees who have a heavy presence in his district. "It´s time to close this chapter of my life and move on to the next challenge," he said in a

Study: Obama’s proposed minimum
wage hike could destroy 1 million jobs
Daily Caller, by Breanna Deutsch    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/15/2014 10:53:47 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration’s proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour could result in as many 1,084,000 jobs eliminated from the work force, according to a new study conducted by the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) “No amount of denial by the president and his political allies — and no number of ‘studies’ published by biased researchers — can change the fact that minimum wage hikes eliminate jobs for low-skill and entry-level employees. Non-partisan economists have agreed on this consensus for decades, and the laws of economics haven’t changed,” Michael Saltsman, research director at EPI, said in a statement.

Ads Attacking Health Law
Stagger Outspent Democrats
New York Times, by Carl Hulse    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/15/2014 10:49:53 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Democrats are increasingly anxious about an onslaught of television ads hitting vulnerable Senate and House candidates for their support of the new health law, since many lack the resources to fight back in the early stages of the midterm campaign. Since September, Americans for Prosperity, a group financed in part by the billionaire Koch brothers, has spent an estimated $20 million on television advertising that calls out House and Senate Democrats by name for their support of the Affordable Care Act. The unusually aggressive early run of television ads, which has been supplemented by other conservative initiatives, has gone largely

NSA Unleashed, Obama
Tells Public, ´Trust Me´
National Journal, by Ron Fournier    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/15/2014 10:30:44 AM     Post Reply
Nearly six months ago, President Obama sought to temper outrage over the nation´s mushrooming surveillance programs by pledging new steps to balance privacy and safety. "It´s not enough for me, as president, to have confidence in these programs," he said. "The American people need to have confidence in them as well." In other words, no government, not even one led by a liberal constitutional lawyer, can shield bad policies with empty promises. It´s not enough to say, "Trust us," while curbing sacred liberties -- and yet that still appears to be Obama´s position. Previews of the president´s address on counterterrorism Friday suggest


What do liberal Catholics want?
The Week, by Damon Linker    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/15/2014 10:30:36 AM     Post Reply
A few months ago, I wrote a cover story for The New Republic about Pope Francis, assessing what reforms, if any, we could expect from the Roman Catholic Church under his leadership. I was impressed with the new pontiff´s gestures of modesty and expressions of loving acceptance for all — for gays ("Who am I to judge?"), for Muslims, for atheists, and especially for the poor. I also took note of early signs that Francis would attempt significant reform of the Vatican bureaucracy (the Curia). I was far more skeptical that the new pope would attempt to reform or revise

Petition to White House Calls on Public
Schools to Recognize Muslim Holidays
Cybercast News Service, by Dan Joseph    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/15/2014 10:29:38 AM     Post Reply
A petition on White House.gov is calling for President Obama to support an effort to encourage public schools to recognize Muslim holidays on their official school calendars. The petition was put on the "We the People" site last month by a group of Muslim students from Virginia and has garnered about 28 thousand signatures so far. "With the growing population of Muslims in he United States of America (including first, second, third and fourth generation) we believe it is high time that Muslim holidays are recognized by schools throughout this nation," reads the petition text. "Unfortunately many Muslim families are forced to choose

Kerry: ´Root Cause of
Terrorism´ Is Poverty
Weekly Standard, by Jeryl Bier    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/15/2014 10:27:23 AM     Post Reply
Secretary of State John Kerry covered a broad range of topics with his counterpart Pietro Parolin at the Vatican in Rome on Monday. Besides Syria, the Middle East peace process, Sudan, and Cuba, the subject of poverty came up during their discussions. In remarks following the meeting, Kerry linked poverty not only to terrorism, but to the "disenfranchisement of millions" [emphasis added]: We talked about the common interest of Pope Francis and President Obama in addressing poverty and extreme poverty on a global basis. The United States of America is deeply involved in efforts in Africa and in other parts of the

The Communist Party Hails
De Blasio and Obama
American Thinker, by Paul Kengor    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/15/2014 10:24:56 AM     Post Reply
For a long time, the communist left has used the word "progressive" to cloak its agenda. This phenomenon is hardly new. It has gone on since at least the 1930s, not long after the American Communist Party was founded in Chicago. I know this well, having written at length on the subject. You might have thought this strategy died with the USSR, when we won the Cold War and once defeated communism. Unfortunately, thanks to the left´s takeover of education and media, it continues unabated, and is moving full steam ahead in Barack Obama´s fundamentally transformed America, where the far left

They Lied: Obamacare’s
12 False Premises and Broken Promises
Reason, by Peter Suderman    Original Article
Posted By: Ruhn- 1/15/2014 10:10:58 AM     Post Reply
On November 7, President Barack Obama made a first tentative stab at an apology for the fact that, despite his often-repeated assurances to the contrary, millions of Americans were losing their health insurance plans as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). "I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me," he told Chuck Todd of NBC News. The president´s reluctant apology was as empty as the promise that he broke. Obama was not sorry for the law or its impact on the health insurance status of

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