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New regs for Thursday: School
lunch program to cost $16.4B
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Tim Devaney    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/15/2014 6:18:07 PM     Post Reply
Thursday´s edition of the Federal Register contains 185 new agency submissions, including an update to the cost of the National School Lunch Program. Nutrition: The price tag on Michelle Obama´s National School Lunch Program was inaccurately reported in the Federal Register earlier this month, so the Food and Nutrition Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture is correcting the cost. The National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, which provides free and low-cost healthy meals to more than 31 million students, are now projected to cost taxpayers $16.4 billion for 7.8 billion million students in 2014. The costs will

Shriver Report Is the New
‘War on Women’ Manifesto
National Review Online, by Carrie Lukas    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/15/2014 6:09:35 PM     Post Reply
If there was every any question of whether the Left would recycle the “War on Women” campaign effort for 2014, there isn’t now. The release of the Shriver Report – with its the lengthy, anecdote-filled document; catchy website and social-media campaign; day-long events; and presidential pow-wow – shows that the Left is doubling down on the message that women are under siege in America, and only bigger government can save them. The publication ably describes some of the hardship and challenges facing American women, though there is the obligatory use of exaggerated statistics. Beyonce (who is naturally a lead author for

Washington Healthplanfinder takes its search
for young invincibles to Sasquatch Festival
Puget Sound Business Journal, by Valerie Bauman    Original Article
Posted By: SallyHerigstad- 1/15/2014 6:04:13 PM     Post Reply
Much has been made of the need for young, healthy adults to participate in the new state health exchange in order for it to succeed — so Washington is taking that effort to the Sasquatch Music Festival. The exchange is partnering with Live Nation, the Beverly Hills, Calif.-based producer of Sasquatch and other shows, to send health agency reps to concerts to connect with the population best known as "young invincibles."

  


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Secret Mandela Autobiography
Reveals Soviet Sympathies
Breitbart´s Big Peace, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/15/2014 5:55:02 PM     Post Reply
In Nelson Mandela´s celebrated 1994 autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, the late South African leader and Nobel laureate was careful to distance himself from communism. However, in the original manuscript--quietly published online in 2011 and 2012, and only recently noticed--Mandela openly sympathizes with communism and the Soviet Union, and calls the "US brand" of "imperialism" the "most loathsome and contemptible." Mandela´s original text, smuggled out of prison by fellow inmate Mac Mararaj (now the official spokesperson for South Africa´s fourth democratic president, Jacob Zuma), was written in the 1970s amidst a period of decline in American power, scholar James Myburgh notes

Christie Trails Clinton by 13 Points
in Head-to-Head Matchup
National Review Online, by Andrew Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/15/2014 5:52:53 PM     Post Reply
While Chris Christie’s numbers have held firm amidst recent controversies, the New Jersey governor has lost ground in a potential 2016 match-up against prospective Democratic contender Hillary Clinton. The latest NBC News/Marist poll shows Christie trailing Clinton by 13 points in a presidential contest. That’s a ten-point drop: Last month, Christie trailed the former secretary of state by just 3 percentage points in the same poll. Clinton leads Christie 50 percent to 37 percent in the latest poll. Christie, nonetheless, remains the leading candidate for the Republican nomination in 2016. With 16 percent of the vote, the poll shows him leading

Senate Benghazi Report Blames State
Department, Intelligence Community
for Not Preventing Benghazi Attack
National Review Online, by Alec Torres    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/15/2014 5:48:28 PM     Post Reply
The Senate Intelligence Committee released on Wednesday a report blaming the State Department and the intelligence community for failing to prevent the September 11, 2012, attacks in Benghazi that resulted in the death of U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. “The committee found the attacks were preventable, based on extensive intelligence reporting on the terrorist activity in Libya — to include prior threats and attacks against Western targets — and given the known security shortfalls at the U.S. Mission,” the Senate committee said in a statement released with the report. The committee said that the State Department was warned for

Amazing Story! Love
Conquers Liberalism
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/15/2014 5:45:52 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Laura in southern Illinois. It´s great to have you on the program. Hi. CALLER: Hi. I was just calling to give some hope to conservatives. I was raised a union Democrat Catholic, and I am now an evangelical Christian conservative. RUSH: Well, that´s quite a transformation. How did that happen? CALLER: Well, I married a conservative who is from your school, and I was a debater, so we had a lot of fun debating, and I lost a lot, and as I did more and more research, I just -- RUSH: Now, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait a minute, now. Wait, wait, wait,

  


  

Common Core Rooted in Math Class
Social Justice Indoctrination
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Dr. Susan Berry    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/15/2014 5:43:33 PM     Post Reply
While proponents of the Common Core claim that the new standards are focused on “college and career readiness,” more evidence is surfacing that a central purpose of the initiative is social justice and income redistribution indoctrination. Social justice indoctrination in Common Core is not just limited to language arts. Radical Math is a group founded by Jonathan Osler who teaches math and community organizing at a Coalition of Essential Schools (CES) high school in Brooklyn, New York. Its website states Radical Math is "a resource for educators interested in integrating issues of social and economic justice into their math classes and curriculum.” The

Chinese firm´s bid to
allow parents to pick
their smartest embryos
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Mark Prigg    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/15/2014 5:41:42 PM     Post Reply
A Chinese firm claims it is getting closer to allowing parents to pick the embryo most likely to succeed. Researcher believe that 50-80% of what determines IQ could be inherited. Now a Chinese firm is mapping the genes of people who are gifted in maths in a bid to isolate the genes that make them smarter that the average person. Shenzhen-based BGI is mapping the genes of math geniuses, and appealing via its web site for more to take part in the controversial study. B.G.I., formerly called Beijing Genomics Institute, is the world’s largest genetic-research center, and already has an initial batch of 2,000

NASA´s plan to build homes on the Moon:
Space agency backs 3D print technology
which could build base
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Ellie Zolfagharifard    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/15/2014 5:33:48 PM     Post Reply
Creating structures in space that astronauts can live in has become a priority for Nasa. With a manned mission to Mars on the agenda, and plans for lunar exploration underway, scientists are increasingly looking towards unconventional construction methods. The most promising of these is 3D printing, which could make building a lunar home in space a matter of pressing a button and letting a robot do the work. Nasa has now provided funding to the University of Southern California to develop a specific 3D printing technique known as Contour Crafting. According to researchers, Contour Crafting could allow computer-controlled machines to build houses within 24

Washington Post Defames Andrew Breitbart
PJ Media, by J. Christian Adams    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/15/2014 5:27:20 PM     Post Reply
What is good for the goose isn’t good for the gander. Helena Andrews at the Washington Post has this reckless column about Andrew Breitbart and Shirley Sherrod. It it, Andrews falsely states that Andrew Breitbart “published a doctored video” of Sherrod’s racist confession at an NAACP convention. In fact, Breitbart published all that had been given to him, including the portion of the video where Sherrod is redeemed by confessing that she should not have been making decisions on the basis of race. Andrew also published the portion where Sherrod admits making adverse decisions toward a white farmer because of his

  


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Hollywood´s worst honored with
Razzie Award nominations
CNN, by Todd Leopold    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 1/15/2014 5:22:26 PM     Post Reply
Forget the Oscars. Johnny Depp, Adam Sandler, Lindsay Lohan and "Movie 43" are among the esteemed company that will be battling for one of Hollywood´s most widely shunned awards: the Razzies. The nominations for the 34th annual Golden Raspberry Awards were announced Wednesday morning, and the list included some new names -- including Depp, a first-time Razzie nominee for "The Lone Ranger" -- as well as some old favorites, such as Sandler, Lohan and Sylvester Stallone. Sandler´s "Grown Ups 2" led all films with eight nominations. (Snip)Stallone picked up a worst actor Razzie nomination for three 2013 films -- "Bullet

Obamacare: Do Young People Have
Any Idea What They´re Paying For?
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/15/2014 5:22:11 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Hey, do you young people know -- I´m a making this up. In terms of Obamacare, the target demographic to sign up is young people, Millennials, and primarily young men. And they happen to be the smallest group that is signing up. The most needed enrollees are the fewest. The theory, you need young men who are working, who are healthy, buying health insurance but not making any claims because they´re healthy. And the money that they spend, theoretically, will fund health care for our beloved and respected seasoned citizens, who need health care daily because they´re old and

All wrong -- in California, girls can
use urinals in the boys´ restroom
Fox News, by Dr. Keith Ablow    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/15/2014 5:18:35 PM     Post Reply
As of January 1, students in California public schools have been able to choose whether to use the boys’ rest room or girls’ rest room, as well as the girls’ locker room or boys’ locker room, based on whether they feel female or male, not whether they are anatomically female or male. That’s right: Governor Jerry Brown, of California, signed a bill that took effect January 1 that tells kids from kindergarten on that they should decide whether they believe their gender identity is and act, accordingly. The legislation also allows students to choose their sports teams based on whether they sense

Bipartisanship Doesn´t Admit
Republicans to the Club: Chris Christie´s
Idol Mocks Him on Late-Night TV
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/15/2014 5:15:22 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: The Wall Street Journal on their website has some videos with their reporters and experts examining Bridgegate and Governor Christie in New Jersey. And since this is the most talked about radio talk show in the country, I somehow ended up being discussed here. It was yesterday afternoon, the Wall Street Journal website live video blog. During the Opinion Journal portion, the host and editorial board member Mary Kissel, speaking with Political Diary editor Jason Riley about Governor Christie, and during a discussion about why some conservatives are not supporting Christie during the scandal, they had this little back-and-forth. RILEY:

  


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In Defense of Boys
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/15/2014 5:13:34 PM     Post Reply
The New York Times´s Charles Blow had an interesting column the other day, and we mean that as a backhanded compliment. Blow opens by announcing that his intention is to transcend the "simplistic, black-or-white, conservative vs. progressive discussion around the dissolution of the traditional family and high single-parent birthrates" and instead "focus more on complex areas of causation." That´s awfully ambitious, if not impossibly so, for an 800-word column. And Blow ends up spending most of that space decreeing various arguments off-limits. "We can´t look longingly at the halcyon ideals of yore," he avers. Good to know. "We must provide thorough and

Dictators Don´t Let
the Law Stop Them
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/15/2014 5:12:41 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: We´re gonna start with the Fox News Channel, Fox & Friends this morning. They discussed my reaction to Obama pretending to... Well, you know what? He´s not really pretending to be dictator. He was threatening to do dictatorial things a couple of days ago. He said, "You know what? We still haven´t dealt with the inequality and the discrimination and the unfairness that exists in this country! "You know what? I´ve got a phone and I´ve got a pen, and all I need to do is a bunch of executive orders and a bunch of executive actions, and I can

First-grader told to stop
talking about Bible
Fox News, by Todd Starnes    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/15/2014 5:07:59 PM     Post Reply
The parents of a 6-year-old girl said their daughter was humiliated when a teacher interrupted the child’s one-minute speech and told her to sit down because she’s “not allowed to talk about the Bible in school,” attorneys for the California family allege. The incident occurred Dec. 19 inside a first grade classroom at Helen Hunt-Jackson Elementary School in Temecula, Calif. The previous day the teacher instructed boys and girls to find something at home that represented a family Christmas tradition. They were supposed to bring the item to school and share the item in a classroom presentation. Brynn Williams decided to

Hillary Clinton largely absent
from Benghazi report
Washington Post, by Aaron Blake    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/15/2014 5:02:31 PM     Post Reply
A new Senate intelligence committee report is out, detailing the attacks that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012, and the actions before and after the attack. Below, we focus on four key points that will be important to the political debate about Benghazi going forward. 1. Hillary Clinton´s name comes up only once The lone mention comes in the section where the Republicans on the committee weigh in. They say Clinton ultimately bears responsibility for the failures and that her failure to act "clearly made a difference" in the lives of the four Americans killed. "Ultimately, however, the final

House passes $1.1-trillion budget bill
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/15/2014 4:57:17 PM     Post Reply
Party leaders pushed a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill for this year through the House on Wednesday, shunning the turmoil of recent budget clashes with a compromise financing everything from airports to war costs and brimming with victories and concessions for both parties. The huge bill furnishes the fine print — 1,582 pages of it — for the bipartisan pact approved in December that set overall spending levels for the next couple of years. With that decision behind them, the measure sailed through the House with no suspense and little dissent — fueled additionally by lawmakers’ desire to avoid an

  



Democratic presidential
hopeful has nothing nice to
say about Obama’s presidency
Daily Caller, by Alexis Levinson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/15/2014 4:49:21 PM     Post Reply
Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat considering a presidential bid in 2016, has nothing nice to say about President Barack Obama’s record. Asked by MSNBC whether there was “a single thing President Obama has done that you consider a positive achievement,” the folksy Democrat was at a loss for words. “My mother, God rest her soul, told me ‘Brian, if you can’t think of something nice to say about something change the subject,’” Schweitzer said. The one thing Schweitzer suggested was a positive about Obama’s presidency: that he made history as the first black president. In the interview, Schweitzer went on to

Flyer depicting MLK wearing
´bling´ sparks outrage
WNEM-TV [Saginaw, MI], by Cheri Hardmon    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/15/2014 4:39:11 PM     Post Reply
FLINT, MI - It´s a flyer intended to publicize a local Martin Luther King Day event, but instead it´s sparking outrage. And the controversy is drawing national attention. (Snip) The flyer depicts civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., wearing a large gold chain and flashing a westside sign. It´s part of an advertisement for a party that was to be held at McEwen´s event center in Flint this Saturday. McEwen says after seeing the flyer, he contacted the man who rented his hall under the name Mid-Michigan Teen Parties to talk him about it but got nowhere. "I wanted

How Liza Minnelli´s diva demands and ´nervous
breakdown´ nearly jeopardized Golden Globes´
throat drops advert before Martha Stewart
saved the day making $1m in 40mins
Daily Mail [UK], by David McCormack    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/15/2014 4:26:03 PM     Post Reply
Liza Minnelli was originally due to star in the Pine Brothers Softish Throat Drops commercial that aired during the Golden Globes featuring Martha Stewart - but the Cabaret star canceled on the day of the shoot after making a host of diva demands and suffering an apparent ‘nervous breakdown’ according to brand’s boss. The 67-year-old star, and daughter of Judy Garland, was all set to film the throat lozenges commercial back in September, but unexpectedly cancelled at the last minute claiming it was ‘too much pressure’. Liza’s decision to cancel was all the more frustrating for the ad makers as they’d bent

Planned Parenthood Got $540.6 Million
in Government Grants in FY 2013
Cybercast News Service, by Barbara Boland    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/15/2014 4:21:58 PM     Post Reply
Planned Parenthood’s net revenue increased 5% to total of $1.21 billion in its organizational fiscal year ending on June 30, 2013, according to its new Annual Report 2012-2013, and about 45% of that revenue--$540.6 million--was provided by taxpayer-funded government health services grants. In the same report, Planned Parenthood said that in the year that ended on Sept. 30, 2012 it did 327,166 abortions. Clinics in Iowa, Arkansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Montana and New Hampshire also received $655,192 in grants from the Department of Health and Human Services to serve as Obamacare “navigators,” as CNSNews.com reported earlier. The 2012-2013 Planned Parenthood report states on its

Levin on Obama: ‘This is
a Gradual, Quiet Coup’
Cybercast News Service, by Michael W. Chapman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/15/2014 4:17:51 PM     Post Reply
Commenting on President Barack Obama’s remarks yesterday that he will not wait on congressional legislation but will instead use his pen to take executive and administrative actions, conservative talk-radio host Mark Levin said what Obama was doing constituted “a gradual, quiet coup,” or takeover of the government. Levin added that Obama’s language equaled the “common parlance of the dictator.” On his nationally syndicated radio program on Jan. 14, Levin played audio clips of Obama’s remarks from that day just prior to his first Cabinet meeting of the new year. Obama said: "But one of the things that I´ll be emphasizing

U.S. judge rejects challenge to
Obamacare insurance subsidies
Reuters, by David Ingram*    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/15/2014 4:12:32 PM     Post Reply
A federal judge on Wednesday rejected a conservative challenge to health insurance subsidies available to people in the 36 U.S. states that declined to establish their own online marketplaces under President Barack Obama´s healthcare law. The suit, brought by individuals and businesses from Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Tennessee, West Virginia and Virginia, asserted that the wording of the 2010 law allowed subsidies to help people obtain insurance only in exchanges established by states, not those set up by the federal government. In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman wrote that Congress clearly intended to make the subsidies available nationwide under

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