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What Obama´s ´Making Sure´ of
American Thinker, by Cindy Simpson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/16/2014 6:34:21 AM     Post Reply
One of President Obama´s less-noticed verbal tics is his frequent use of the expression "make sure." He recently proclaimed: "Talk is cheap and we´ve gotta actually make sure we can do it." The "it" in that opening statement of his "Promise Zones" speech was to "help more Americans get ahead" -- beginning with the extension of unemployment benefits. Besides the fact that Obama´s talk is actually anything but "cheap" -- the unemployment extension alone will cost billions -- have you noticed how frequently he and other politicians use the phrase, "make sure"? Last week, in his brief remarks on the unemployment issue,

Aiming at Ailes–and Missing Badly
Commentary Magazine, by Seth Mandel    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/16/2014 5:39:56 AM     Post Reply
One of the most famous quotes about Fox News is Charles Krauthammer’s quip that Fox’s success was due to its appeal to a niche market: half the country. There are times it seems almost an understatement, so thoroughly does Fox dominate the ratings. And in fact it’s almost as though Krauthammer’s “half the country” might refer to the speakers instead of the audience. Just as talk radio thrived as an alternative to mainstream liberal news and opinion, so too did Fox suddenly offer otherwise-marginalized right-of-center views to a public who didn’t want to be as ideologically cloistered as is the

It´s Really Hard to
Get Rid of Dead Whales
Atlantic Wire, by Eric Levenson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/16/2014 5:37:58 AM     Post Reply
When a massive whale carcass washed up on a Scottish shore on Saturday, beach-goers´ first thoughts were to mourn the death of the majestic creature. Their second thought, though, was more tricky: How should they get rid of the massive body? The carcass of a 13.8-meter sperm whale — that would be just over 45 feet — washed up on Scotland´s Portobello beach on Saturday morning, fouling the air and water of the popular beach site. But because of its hefty size, the decomposing whale couldn´t be removed that easily, and floated just above the shoreline for several days. Four

  


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Would you have a bath in this?
Angry West Virginians post disturbing
photos of discolored ´oily water´ smelling
of ´antifreeze´ after last week´s chemical spill
Daily Mail [UK], by David McCormack    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/16/2014 5:36:23 AM     Post Reply
Angry residents in Charleston, West Virginia, have post disturbing photos online of the contaminated water flowing from their taps as they attempt to flush their pipes clean in the wake of last Thursday´s chemical spill. It is almost a week since more than 300,000 West Virginians were left without water after a storage facility leaked several thousand gallons of a coal-processing chemical located upstream from the town´s water treatment plant. While the water ban has now been partially lifted and some residents have been allowed to run their water in order to ´flush´ the system, many are still waiting for officials to

Chris Christie Is an Amateur
Wall Street Journal, by Daniel Henninger    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/16/2014 5:35:15 AM     Post Reply
There haven´t been so many reporters chasing a story in Trenton, N.J., since Washington crossed the Delaware. But compared with the methods the Democratic Party is using now to take down its opponents, Chris Christie looks like Little Bo Peep. Gov. Christie´s hyper-political aides ordered traffic jams in neighborhoods near the perpetually backed-up George Washington Bridge to annoy the mayor of Fort Lee. And they may have canceled meetings with the mayor of Jersey City because he wouldn´t endorse Mr. Christie. Oh my. The Christie bonfire has burned for a week. In that same week, The Wall Street Journal reported that the

Egypt: It´s Not a Democracy,
but It´s Not Nothing, Either
American Thinker, by Shoshana Bryen    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/16/2014 5:30:06 AM     Post Reply
Warning: The following isn´t nice. The liberal moaning and wailing has begun. The circumstances of the referendum on Egypt´s new constitution, the crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, and what appears to be the impending crackdown on Hamas have produced calls for "inclusion" and "democratic norms," and the denunciation of the military-backed government. TIME Magazine intones, "Egyptians are Voting Away their Freedom." The Washington Post called for a suspension of U.S. military aid to Egypt over its "bogus democracy." That´s a rather high hand. What if Egypt doesn´t have a "bogus democracy," but an insurgency that needs redress? What if, to Egyptians, the

Wendy Davis’s Campaign Mocks
Greg Abbott for Being Paralyzed
Red State, by Erik Erickson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/16/2014 5:28:37 AM     Post Reply
Wendy Davis’s campaign spin on her fundraising numbers is impressive. She wants you to know that she raised $12 million to Republican Greg Abbot’s $11.5 million. What she is hoping you will ignore, and which much of the press will ignore, is that Greg Abbott raised his $11.5 million in three months while Davis raised her $12 million in six months. Update: This original press report states that Davis took 6 months and Abbott took 3 months. Upon further review, it appears Davis raised $8.7 in six months through two separate accounts and Abbott raised $12 million in one account, both

  


  

On Obamacare Death Spirals
and Medicaid Time Bombs
American Spectator, by Matt Purple    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/16/2014 5:23:30 AM     Post Reply
The left’s clairvoyant wonks are pleased with themselves this week. The Obama administration recently announced that 24 percent of enrollees on the Obamacare exchanges have been between the ages of 18 and 34. That was enough for Ezra Klein to herald “The death of Obamacare’s death spiral” in today’s Wonkblog. The death spiral was the prediction made by many that not enough young people would dive into the Obamacare risk pools, leaving them filled with high-cost elderly patients and driving up premiums. So are we moving in a positive direction? Megan McArdle is skeptical: Of course, the ratio is mostly what we’re

Obama fighting perception that administration
is out of time to make progress on priorities
Washington Post, by Zachary A. Goldfarb    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/16/2014 5:19:14 AM     Post Reply
RALEIGH, N.C. — President Obama is touting 2014 as a “year of action,” but it might just as easily be called the year of “measured expectation.” Contrary to the predictions of many in Washington, Congress is on the verge of passing a spending bill that restores funding to some of Obama’s top priorities, which were undermined by deep cuts that took effect last year. Obama will have new money for early-childhood education and infrastructure spending, although the sums involved are far less than what he says is necessary to create jobs and narrow inequality.And on Wednesday, Obama came here to promote

Is It Time for an Independent Counsel
to Investigate the State Department?
Accuracy in Media, by Roger Aronoff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/16/2014 5:15:47 AM     Post Reply
Corruption, malfeasance, and complacency represent the stories we heard about the State Department regarding its actions in 2012. Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton blamed a fatal attack on an American ambassador and three other Americans on an anti-Islamic video then inflaming the Middle East. Her response when questioned before Congress? “What difference at this point does it make?” It still makes a lot of difference, and not just because of Benghazi itself. There is a larger culture of corruption at the Department of State. Newly declassified transcripts released by the House Armed Services Committee show that the State Department, at least internally,

MSNBCrazy
Weekly Standard, by The Scrapbook    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/16/2014 5:13:16 AM     Post Reply
Things have been a bit of a mess at MSNBC lately. The network’s fortunes are tied to the fate of liberalism, and with Obama’s undeniable incompetence the preeminent political topic for the last few months, this has sent the network off on an increasingly desperate search for right-wing villainy to discuss. The results have not been pretty. Host Martin Bashir resigned after a disturbingly detailed rant about how Sarah Palin should be defecated on. On January 4, host Melissa Harris-Perry issued a tearful apology for a segment in which she and her panelists made fun of the fact that one

  


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Will Chuck Schumer stand up on Iran bill?
New York Post, by Seth Lipsky    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/16/2014 5:09:15 AM     Post Reply
What an astonishing situation is shaping up in the US Senate. The chamber is controlled by the Democrats, yet it looks like it is nearing a veto-proof majority for an Iran sanctions bill that amounts to, among other things, a vote of no confidence in the leader of the Democratic Party, President Obama. The bill’s aim is to approve in advance a return to sanctions against the Iranians if they fail to meet the agreement that Secretary of State John Kerry and the Europeans (or do I repeat myself?) just inked in Geneva. If the Iranians fail to keep their word,

Source: Missing U.S. soldier
Bowe Bergdahl seen in video
CNN, by Jim Sciutto    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/16/2014 5:04:03 AM     Post Reply
Washington -- The U.S. military has obtained new video apparently made by those holding the lone American prisoner of war, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. A U.S. military official told CNN the clip shows the Wood Valley, Idaho, native in diminished health from the effects of close to five years in captivity. He was seized in Afghanistan in June 2009 and is believed held by the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network in Pakistan, the official said. The so-called proof-of-life video, the first of him in nearly three years, has a reference to December 14, 2013. CNN has not seen the video. U.S. efforts to free Bergdahl, including

GOP Congressional Candidate:
Spousal Rape Shouldn´t Be a Crime
Mother Jones, by Molly Redden    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/16/2014 4:54:38 AM     Post Reply
After taking a drubbing in last year´s state elections, Virginia Republicans are debating whether their party has come to be defined by its extremists. But in a congressional district in Northern Virginia, one of the state´s main instigators of culture warfare, state Sen. Richard H. "Dick" Black, is running in the Republican primary to replace longtime GOP moderate Rep. Frank Wolf, who is retiring. And he´s guaranteed to ignite wedge-issue passion. Exhibit A: As a state legislator, Black opposed making spousal rape a crime, citing the impossibility of convicting a husband accused of raping his wife "when they´re living together,

Taxpayers doling out too much
dough to control deer, critics charge
Fox News, by Joshua Rhett Miller    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/16/2014 4:47:25 AM     Post Reply
From New York to California, local governments are spending taxpayer dollars to sterilize female deer, but critics say the approach is a misguided, ineffective and “incredibly expensive” approach to thinning out the herds that has become a suburban scourge. While some communities have used lethal means to curb the exploding population of deer, which roam backyards, destroy gardens and wander into traffic, others have taken what they see as a more humane approach — tranquilizing female deer and removing their ovaries. It´s expensive: The town of Cayuga Heights, N.Y., spent $35,808 to sterilize a dozen does last month. A year earlier, the

  


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Obama ‘Inviting the Whirlwind’ by
Neglecting Blooming al-Qaeda Strongholds,
Affiliates ‘Spreading Like Wildfire’
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/16/2014 4:44:00 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The House Homeland Security Committee today heard from a panel including two former Democratic lawmakers and a four-star general that al-Qaeda is not on the run and the nation’s safety depends on recognizing “this cancer out there.” And there was a strong message to a White House accused of ignoring mounting terrorist growth in Africa, the Middle East and the Caucasus region while fixating on the assassination of Osama bin Laden and a “decimated” core of his terror organization. “Mr. President, there are three more years in which you’re going to be commander in chief,” former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.)

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

´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

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