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Obama is ´chronically incapable´ of
military strategy and ´clueless about
what he wants to do in the world´
according to top UK defense adviser
Daily Mail [UK], by James Nye    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/16/2014 4:43:27 AM     Post Reply
President Obama has been judged to be ´chronically incapable´ of conducting a coherent military strategy and ´has no sense of what he wants to do in the world´, according to Oxford University professor, Sir Hew Strachan - one of the UK´s most respected and senior military advisers. The damning verdict from a governmental insider of the United States´ closest military ally comes days after the president was heavily criticized by his own former Defense Secretary Robert Gates who said that Obama was indecisive and lacked any passion for his nation´s armed forces. Claiming that America and Britain had committed total

The 8 Most Terrible Things
Done By Jim Moran,
America’s Worst Congressman*
The Federalist, by Mollie Hemingway    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/16/2014 4:39:58 AM     Post Reply
*Technically there may be a tie between dozens or more Congressmen, but in that mix is Jim Moran, D-Virginia. How bad is he? Well, when this morning we learned he was retiring at the end of his term, I asked “Who will beat up the young black kids in our district now that our Congressman Jim Moran is retiring?” I once saw him literally ask a U.S. Capitol police officer, “Do you know who I am?” (Answer: “Yes, sir. And you still can’t violate safety precautions in place for the president’s movement.”) It would almost be charming if not for

Poverty Bailouts
Real Clear Politics, by Peter Cove    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/16/2014 4:33:55 AM     Post Reply
This is the 50th year of the establishment of the War on Poverty. I was there at its birth and throughout its fateful history. But you would never know from the liberal press that it failed. Recently, the New York Times gave a mixed review to our progress in eliminating poverty. Their analysis: It has been kept in check through transfer payments and in-kind government supports. Let’s be clear from the outset -- the War on Poverty never envisioned lifting people out of poverty by giving them the income and supports to survive. It was based on giving them the

  


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´Duck Dynasty´s´ black supporters
CNN, by Yolanda Young    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/16/2014 4:30:34 AM     Post Reply
As "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson returns from his brief "hiatus," he´ll do so to the cheers of some surprising supporters — southern blacks. Robertson was suspended from the A&E hit show for calling homosexuality a sin and equating it to bestiality in a GQ profile. Receiving less attention were his comments that black people were happier before the civil rights movement. Media have focused on two camps in the controversy. On one side are Robertson´s predictable supporters, who include white evangelicals, southern Republican politicians and Fox News.(Snip)But while Robertson´s comments have roiled members of MSNBC´s black media elite such as Al

Chris Christie favorability remains
high despite ‘Bridgegate’
Washington Times, by Tom Howell, Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/16/2014 4:26:17 AM     Post Reply
New Jersey voters are giving Gov. Chris Christie the benefit of the doubt as he fights for his political life over a traffic-jam scandal, according to new polling that says more residents see him as a leader than as a bully who takes swipes at political foes. Mr. Christie’s favorability rating still tops 50 percent, and even Democratic voters don’t think the Republican governor was involved in closing off toll lanes to the George Washington Bridge last September, according to a new survey released Wednesday by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. Nine out of 10 New Jersey voters say they’ve

Dozens of cars stranded by floods rescued
by Royal Marines in COBRA-approved
mission dreamed up by a 10-YEAR-OLD
Daily Mail [UK], by Daniel Miller    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/16/2014 4:20:15 AM     Post Reply
Dozens of cars left trapped by floodwater and landslides were shipped to safety aboard Royal Marine landing craft yesterday, and it was all thanks to a brilliant ten-year-old boy. Around 30 vehicles had been left stranded on a dead-end after a 20 metre stretch of road collapsed at Calstock, Cornwall, on Christmas Day. With repairs to the flood-ravaged lane likely to take months, it seemed there was nothing that could be done, until schoolboy Charlie Southcott came up with a plan to reach the marooned motors by water. In an operation approved by the Government’s Cobra emergency committee, four amphibious

Drinking Linked to Faster
Mental Decline in Men
Associated Press, by Malcolm Ritter    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/16/2014 4:19:12 AM     Post Reply
NEW YORK -- Middle-aged men risk a faster mental decline as they age if they´ve been drinking heavily for years, new research suggests. The study of about 5,000 British civil servants found that over a decade, the added decline was the equivalent of about two extra years of aging for a combined measure of mental abilities like reasoning, and about six years for memory. The heavy drinkers´ abilities were compared to those of men who drank moderately or abstained. It´s no surprise that heavy alcohol consumption can affect the brain, but the study focuses on an age range that has received much

  


  

Is this woman Christie´s ´Achilles heel´?
The Governor´s aide who racked up
huge travel expenses with him. . . and
whom he secretly loaned $46,000
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/16/2014 4:05:38 AM     Post Reply
Chris Christie´s ´Achilles heel´ may be a woman at the center of a fresh scandal about the use of federal relief funds after Superstorm Sandy--a woman he loaned $46,000 and who was revealed in an investigation to have racked up huge expenses while traveling with him. Michele Brown, a long-time Christie aide and ally who lives in the governor´s neighborhood, sat on a committee that awarded a prized $22 million ad campaign contract to a firm that featured Christie and his family in its TV spots during a tense election year. Brown is the second woman in Christie´s inner circle

US nuclear launch officers
suspended for ´cheating´
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/16/2014 4:00:32 AM     Post Reply
Thirty-four US Air Force officers in charge of launching nuclear missiles have been suspended over accusations they cheated in proficiency tests. The Air Force said a small number of staff had been texting answers to the routine tests to others, while others had known but failed to report it. The ranks involved range from 2nd lieutenants to captains. The cheating allegations emerged during investigations into alleged drug use by personnel at other bases. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James told a news conference the cheating involved officers based at the Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana, and related to a

Seven die in shootout during pre-
Olympic Russia militant sweep
Reuters, by Ludmila Danilova    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/15/2014 11:06:39 PM     Post Reply
MOSCOW, Russia - Three Russian servicemen and four gunmen were killed in a shootout in southern Russia on Wednesday during a sweep for militants ahead of next month´s Sochi Winter Olympics. Russia´s National Anti-terrorism Committee (NAC) said the dead gunmen included a man accused of carrying out a car bomb attack in the city of Pyatigorsk late last year which killed three people. Russia is on high alert following two suicide bombings in southern Russia last month that fueled security concerns before the Olympics, which Islamist militants waging an insurgency in the North Caucasus have threatened to attack. President Vladimir

Michelle Obama Has a New Workout
for 50: More Yoga, Less Cardio
People, by Sandra Sobieraj Westfall    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/15/2014 11:03:42 PM     Post Reply
We all know about the bicep curls behind her famous Michelle Obama Arms. Now, as the First Lady turns 50 this week, throw in a downward dog for good measure. In her only interview on the occasion of her milestone birthday Jan. 17, Mrs. Obama tells PEOPLE she´s tweaked her workout routine with an eye toward her 70s and 80s. "I´m seeing myself shift from weight-bearing stuff – even though that continues to be important – and the heavy cardio and running, to things like yoga that will keep me flexible," says Mrs. Obama, who will be feted Saturday at

  


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Limbaugh on Obama’s executive order
vow: He sounds like a ‘dictator’
Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/15/2014 10:29:08 PM     Post Reply
In response to President Obama’s warning that he would use more executive orders in the coming months to achieve his policy agenda, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh scoffed, “This is just absurd,” Breitbart reported. Mr. Obama’s actual terminology on Tuesday was that he would rely on the executive power to “move the ball forward” in order to sidestep a stalled Congress. To Mr. Limbaugh, that’s the move of a dictator. “He’s basically bragging about the fact that he can do executive orders to make things ‘fair,’” Mr. Limbaugh said. “[His] entire economic policy has undermined the old saw about work

Harvey Weinstein and Meryl Streep new
movie to make NRA ‘wish they weren’t alive’
Washington Times, by Emily Miller    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/15/2014 10:26:45 PM     Post Reply
Movie producer Harvey Weinstein announced for the first time on Howard Stern’s radio show that he is making a full feature drama to try to destroy the National Rifle Association. Mr. Stern asked Mr. Weinstein on Wednesday whether he owned a gun. The Hollywood heavyweight replied that he did not and never would. “I don’t think we need guns in this country. And I hate it,” the producer said. “I think the NRA is a disaster area.” Mr. Weinstein then revealed his secret project about the gun rights group. “I shouldn’t say this, but I’ll tell it to you, Howard,”

State Department security chose
flight over fight in Benghazi,
Senate report says
Washington Times, by Rowan Scarborough    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/15/2014 10:24:09 PM     Post Reply
Armed State Department security agents retreated rather than fired on terrorists who were invading the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012, according to a report released Wednesday by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. The Senate report says that as Islamist militants broke through the compound’s gate and began setting buildings on fire, diplomatic security agents retrieved their M4 carbine assault rifles. The agents then moved toward Building C to protect U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, who had holed up inside. “They encountered armed attackers and decided to return to Building B to take cover rather

Lawmakers seek to stymie
plan to shift control of
drone campaign from
CIA to Pentagon
Washington Post, by Greg Miller    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/15/2014 10:20:06 PM     Post Reply
Congress has moved to block President Obama’s plan to shift control of the U.S. drone campaign from the CIA to the Defense Department, inserting a secret provision in the massive government spending bill introduced this week that would preserve the spy agency’s role in lethal counterterrorism operations, U.S. officials said. The measure, included in a classified annex to the $1.1 trillion federal budget plan, would restrict the use of any funding to transfer unmanned aircraft or the authority to carry out drone strikes from the CIA to the Pentagon, officials said. The provision represents an unusually direct intervention by lawmakers

  


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Conservative insurgents strike
blow against GOP Establishment
Washington Examiner, by Timothy P. Carney    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/15/2014 9:40:37 PM     Post Reply
Cold cash, together with control of institutions, is what makes the Establishment the Establishment. But in the current Republican civil war, the insurgents have secured their own money pipelines, and they control their own institutions – which means the GOP leadership and its allies in the business lobby have a hard fight in front of them. The firing and hiring of conservative staffer Paul Teller makes it clear that the anti-establishment has built its own establishment. Teller was a House staffer for more than a decade, and was longtime executive director of the conservative Republican Study Committee. The RSC always exerted a

The new Benghazi report:
A thorn for Hillary Clinton?
MSNBC, by Aliyah Frumin    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/15/2014 9:39:12 PM     Post Reply
A newly-released Senate Intelligence Committee report, which found that the September 2012 attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi could have been prevented, has given Republicans newfound ammunition as they seek to undermine Hillary Clinton and thwart her potential presidential candidacy in 2016. Republicans, after all, have continually tried to blame the then-secretary of state for the tragedy, which left four Americans dead, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Conservative lawmakers frequently pointed to cables from Stevens and his staff requesting more security and accused the Obama administration of deceiving the country by initially suggesting the attack was something other than terrorism.

J.C. Penney closing 33
stores, laying off 2,000
USA Today, by Paul Davidson    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/15/2014 9:00:22 PM     Post Reply
J.C. Penney said Wednesday it will close 33 underperforming stores and lay off 2,000 employees as the venerable but troubled retailer continues a sweeping turnaround effort. The company said the closings will save about $65 million a year beginning in 2014. It will take pretax charges of $26 million in the fourth quarter and $17 million in the first quarter. The stores are expected to be closed by May. "As we continue to progress toward long-term profitable growth, it is necessary to re-examine the financial performance of our store portfolio and adjust our national footprint accordingly," says company CEO Myron

Sen. Tom Coburn blasts Harry Reid:
We have a czar running the Senate
Washington Examiner, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/15/2014 8:35:37 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., blasted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., on the Senate floor for restricting amendments to the omnibus spending bill and bitterly denounced the legislative process. "So we have one person out of 100 [who] decides what amendments will be acceptable and what aren´t," Coburn said, referring to Reid. "Jefferson has got to be spinning in his grave, because he wrote the original rules of the Senate." Coburn reminded his Senate colleagues that the amendment process was an essential part of the bill process as it encouraged negotiation to generate consensus. "When we have a czar running the Senate

Obama: "Where I Can Act On
My Own Without Congress,
I´m Going To Do So"
Real Clear Politics, by Ian Schwartz    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/15/2014 7:46:05 PM     Post Reply
PRESIDENT OBAMA: North Carolina still has a higher than average unemployment rate so this is important to this state. Folks aren´t looking for a handout, they´re not looking for special treatment. There are a lot of people who are sending out resumes every single day, but the market, the job market is still tough in pockets around the country. And people need support, a little help so they can look after their families while they´re looking for a new job. So Congress should do the right thing and extend this vital lifeline for millions of Americans. Of course, that´s just

  



Dems Want Networks To Manipulate
Climate Coverage Like BBC
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/15/2014 7:25:24 PM     Post Reply
Junk Science: Senate Democrats want TV networks to promote climate-change hysteria and follow the lead of Britain´s state broadcasting company, which sent its top executives to a green propaganda training seminar. The mainstream media, long a house organ for Democrats, are about to come under pressure by Senate Democrats led by Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, who are gathering signatures from colleagues on a letter to the networks telling them they´re ignoring global warming, according to a report in the National Journal. They are seeking to impose sort of a climate change "fairness doctrine" designed to ignore inconvenient truths

Obama´s One-Man Rule Amounts
To A ´Gradual, Quiet Coup´
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/15/2014 7:22:14 PM     Post Reply
Power: President Obama has vowed to bypass Congress and govern by the stroke of his pen and the bark of phone orders in place of the law. But a new IBD/TIPP poll shows the public is getting very wary of such abuses. With a confidence about the rightness of his ideas, the president declared Tuesday at his first Cabinet meeting of the year that "we´re not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we´re providing Americans the kind of help they need. I´ve got a pen and I´ve got a phone." Referring to plans to shovel

Senate Benghazi Report Damns
Both Obama And Clinton
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/15/2014 7:19:21 PM     Post Reply
Terrorism: The bipartisan Senate report on the Benghazi attack is damning to both President Obama and ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She may be sorry she asked, "What difference does it make?" The terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi killing our Libyan ambassador, Chris Stevens, and three others was bad political timing for President Obama, coming less than two months before Election Day in 2012. For a while afterward, Obama peddled the ludicrous story it wasn´t planned terrorism but a spontaneous demonstration against an anti-Muhammad YouTube video. In the second presidential debate, when exposed on misrepresenting the attack, Obama

Shocking photos emerge showing U.S.
Marines burning bodies of Iraqi insurgents,
posing for pictures with skeletons and even
an enemy soldier´s remains being eaten by a
dog as Pentagon launches probe
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Helen Pow    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/15/2014 7:17:56 PM     Post Reply
Shocking images depicting U.S. soldiers burning the bodies of what appear to be Iraqi insurgents, have emerged today. The explosive photographs, reportedly taken in Fallujah in 2004, have already sparked a Marine Corps investigation, but many of the 41 gag-inducing shots are just too grisly to publish. Two pictures show a Marine pouring what looks like gasoline on the remains of enemy soldiers and another two images appear to show the remains go up in flames. Two more capture the horrifically charred bodies. The sick snaps were exclusively obtained by TMZ, who turned them over to the Pentagon last week, triggering the

Cost of Obamacare´s insurer
bailout program won´t be
known until summer 2015
Washington Examiner, by Philip Klein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/15/2014 7:13:35 PM     Post Reply
A program to refund insurance companies for losses incurred during the implementation of President Obama’s health care law could impose significant costs on American taxpayers, but under regulations issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, those costs won’t be known until the summer of 2015. Republicans led by Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Rep. Tim Griffin of Arkansas have called for repealing what’s known as the risk corridors program, which has also been described as a bailout of the insurance industry. Under the program, insurers have to estimate the amount of money they expect to pay out in

King had a dream, Obama has
a drone, Rev. Wright says
Chicago Sun-Times, by Stefano Esposito    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/15/2014 7:07:40 PM     Post Reply
If the Rev. Jeremiah Wright believes — as he’s claimed in the past — that he and President Barack Obama will be buddies again when he’s out of office, the firebrand preacher didn’t do himself any favors Wednesday. Wright, Obama’s former pastor, called for King’s “revolution of values” and a rejection of the “three-headed demon” of “racism, militarism and capitalism” — the foundations of Western society, he said. “Every Tuesday morning, there’s a kill list that the president decides who they’re going to kill this week,” Wright said. Wright, pastor emeritus at Trinity United Church of Christ on the South Side, drew

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