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A Witness, Part III
National Review Online, by Jay Nordlinger    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/16/2014 3:56:52 PM     Post Reply
I’ll tell you what the “smart” view of David is: He was a radical of the Left who became a radical of the Right. He was an extremist then and is an extremist now, with the same nasty and flamboyant style. Express this view, and almost every liberal and conservative head will nod: “Yup, yup, that’s how it is.” It is nonsense. No one will contradict you if you say it — but you’ll be a fool. I cherish a comment that Hendrik Hertzberg, the New Yorker writer, once made to Collier & Horowitz. He said, “You were apologists for Communism

Michelle Obama knows
‘Black don’t crack, but….’
Washington Post, by Jonathan Capehart    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2014 3:55:11 PM     Post Reply
My mother dropped a bombshell on me at a brunch in 2001. “I’m thinking of getting a refresher,” she said while lightly pulling her cheeks back with her forefingers. I was aghast. My mom, now 72, is an age-defying beauty who has always looked 10 to 15 years younger than her age. “Mom!” I yelled incredulously in the dining room of the Century Club in New York City. “What happened to ‘Black don’t crack’?” Looking me dead in the eye while resting her chin on the top of her hand, she said, “Black don’t crack, but it sags!” With that hilarious

Reid says Gates denigrates
others to make a buck
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/16/2014 3:52:42 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says former Defense Secretary Robert Gates is out to make a buck with a book denigrating other senior officials. Reid was one target of Gates in his book, while President Barack Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also came in for criticism. Reid said he hasn’t spoken with Obama about the book. But he said he has discussed it with Biden. In the book, Gates says Obama was frustrated with policy in Afghanistan, Biden has been wrong about almost every major foreign policy issue for decades, and Clinton said

  


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Reid: Republicans blocking unemployment
benefits because ‘I was mean to them’
Daily Caller, by Alexis Levinson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2014 3:50:32 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday accused Republicans of obstructing passage of the unemployment insurance bill because they do not think he is being nice to them. Another week has come and gone and the Senate still has not managed to pass a bill to extend unemployment insurance. Now, the Senate will recess and head home for all of next week, leaving the issue unresolved. But at a press conference Friday, Reid suggested that a recess might actually help move things along. “I think it’s probably a good idea that the senators go home, the Republican senators”

Professor From Gilligan´s
Island Dead At 89
TMZ, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/16/2014 3:46:26 PM     Post Reply
The actor who played the Professor in "Gilligan´s Island" has died ... TMZ has learned. Russell Johnson, who played Professor Roy Hinkley, died of natural causes at his home in Washington. Dawn Wells, who played Mary Ann, just posted on Facebook, "My 2 favorite people are now gone. The professor past (sic) away this morning. My heart is broken." The other person who died is Bob Denver, who played Gilligan. He died in 2005. Johnson was on the show from 1964 to 1967. Johnson was not in the original opening of the show. He and Mary Ann were referred to as "The rest." But

Congress wants more potatoes
in gov´t program
Associated Press, by Mary Clare Jalonick    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/16/2014 3:39:54 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON— Nutritionists say Americans don´t need more white potatoes. Congress disagrees — again. Lawmakers are encouraging the agriculture secretary to allow low-income pregnant and nursing mothers to buy white potatoes with the vouchers they receive as part of a government program. That goes against the advice of the Institute of Medicine, which advises the government on health issues. The institute has said recipients of such aid already eat enough white potatoes. It´s not that white potatoes themselves aren´t nutritious. But they´re often used to make french fries, which are usually fried or baked in unhealthy fats and oils. Since 2009,

Our Clueless President
Townhall, by Michael Reagan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/16/2014 3:34:01 PM     Post Reply
Let me get this straight. For five years Barack Obama has been president. For five years he’s demonstrated -- with amazing consistency -- that he has no clue what we need to get out of the ditch and back on the road to real economic recovery. He’s repeatedly demonstrated that he can’t work with a divided Congress and he can’t, or just plain won’t, lean on Harry Reid to allow the Senate to vote on the stack of jobs bills that has been sent over by the House. The president clearly has learned nothing on the job. And now our

  


  

Unions back super-PAC
supporting Republican centrists
The Hill [Washington, D.C.], by Kevin Bogardus    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2014 3:14:44 PM     Post Reply
Labor unions are funneling cash to a super-PAC tied to a former lawmaker that is working to elect centrist Republicans to Congress. Unions have contributed about $765,000 so far to the Defending Main Street Super-PAC, which is associated with former GOP lawmaker Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio), according to Federal Election Commission records. The total, while small in the new big money era of campaign politics, is an unusually strong show of support from labor for a Republican venture. LaTourette was considered one of the more labor-friendly Republicans while on Capitol Hill, and those relationships are paying dividends in his new career as a lobbyist

´Not looking good´: Coal workers see
future dim amid regulation burden
Fox News, by Mike Tobin    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2014 3:06:42 PM     Post Reply
Far below the Appalachian Mountains, in a space barely big enough to stand up straight, Bobby Combs works a job his father and his grandfather worked. Coal-mining is the highest-paying job available to him in eastern Kentucky. As he skillfully maneuvers a massive machine and rips into a seam of coal, though, Combs wonders if the family tradition ends with him. "It´s not looking good," he says, dirt smudging his face. Coal has come under the crosshairs of the Obama administration in the push to transition to renewable energy sources. Coal mines are burdened with a never-ending stream of federal regulations. The owner of

Big government exacerbates
inequality, economist argues
Washington Examiner, by Timothy P. Carney    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 1/16/2014 2:56:17 PM     Post Reply
When liberals start talking about inequality, it´s nearly always in pursuit of more government. They take for granted that a free market makes inequality worse and Big Government programs are needed to mitigate it. This argument appears flawed in many ways. For one thing, inequality in and of itself -- as separated from the problems of poverty and immobility -- might be harmful only when that inequality is created by cronyism. Also, the Left's economic policies can exacerbate inequality as often as they can shrink it. Republican economist David Malpass makes that argument today in the Wall Street Journal:

Amazon.com workers reject
unionization in Delaware vote
Reuters, by Bill Rigby*    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2014 2:54:02 PM     Post Reply
A small group of Amazon.com Inc technicians at a distribution center in Delaware voted on Wednesday not to join a union, marking a victory for the U.S. online retailer which is strongly opposed to any kind of third-party representation for its employees. A group of equipment maintenance and repair technicians voted 21 to 6 not to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), in results published late on Wednesday. The vote was a symbolic test of Amazon´s employee relations policies, but did not affect the vast majority of the 1,500 or so packers and shippers who work

  


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Justice Department likely to expand
its definition of racial profiling
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/16/2014 2:46:09 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON –The Justice Department is likely to expand the definition of racial profiling to bar federal agents from considering religion, national origin, gender and sexual orientation in their investigations, a person familiar with the issue said Thursday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity about the matter because a Justice Department review of the issue is ongoing. The likely expansion was first reported by The New York Times. Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon declined to comment. Civil rights groups have long complained that law enforcement agencies have singled out Muslims in counterterrorism investigations and Latinos in immigration investigations. Expanding the

New York to pay $17.9 million to
2004 Republican Convention protesters
CNN, by Haley Draznin    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/16/2014 2:41:48 PM     Post Reply
New York City agreed on Wednesday to pay nearly $18 million to settle the civil rights claims of thousands of people arrested during the 2004 Republican National Convention that nominated George W. Bush for a second presidential term. New York police engaged in mass arrests of more than 1,800 protesters, bystanders, legal observers and journalists during the event. Michael Schiller, a documentary maker working for HBO, said he was caught in police netting and arrested while attempting to film protesters from a sidewalk in Lower Manhattan.

President Obama´s proclamation for
´Religious Freedom Day´ recognizes
atheists and agnostics
Washington Times, by Jennifer Harper    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2014 2:38:07 PM     Post Reply
"The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, penned by Thomas Jefferson, declared religious liberty a natural right and any attempt to subvert it ‘a departure from the plan of the Holy Author of our religion, who being Lord both of body and mind, yet chose not to propagate it by coercions on either.’ The statute inspired religious liberty protections in the First Amendment, which has stood for almost two and a quarter centuries.” “Today, America embraces people of all faiths and of no faith. We are Christians and Jews, Muslims and Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs, atheists and agnostics. Our religious diversity

Question of the Day: How Does
One Oppose Abortion and
Support Executions?
Breitbart InstaBlog, by John Sexton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/16/2014 2:27:02 PM     Post Reply
This morning National Journal writer Ron Fournier opened a big can of worms when he asked this question: (Tweet -How does one oppose abortion and support executions? Discuss.) It always surprises me that otherwise intelligent people seem to struggle with the difference between abortion and capital punishment. Fortunately there were a swarm of people willing to take Fournier up on his offer to discuss the difference. Here are a few examples: (Tweets) A couple of folks pointed out that the question is rarely turned around in the other direction:

  


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Treasury´s Jack Lew: U.S.
boosted by ´economic tailwinds´
Washington Examiner, by Joseph Lawler    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2014 2:26:23 PM     Post Reply
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew sounded positive notes about the U.S. economy Thursday morning, saying the nation is starting off 2014 "strong" and facing "economic tailwinds, not headwinds," thanks to falling unemployment and what appears to be progress on fiscal affairs in Congress. Lew said at an event hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations that over "the arc of the last half year, the trend of economic statistics — job statistics, confidence — it’s been strong, strong across sectors.” The budget deal reached by congressional negotiators in December "takes away some of the fiscal drag from the economy," Lew said,

Disgusting: Katty Kay Blames
´Fallible´ Ambassador Stevens For
Own Death, Lets Hillary Off Hook
NewsBusters, by Mark Finkelstein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2014 2:21:18 PM     Post Reply
In a disgusting display of just how far the liberal media will go to preserve Hillary Clinton´s presidential prospects, Katty Kay has blamed Ambassador Chris Stevens for his own death, while letting Hillary off the hook. On today´s Morning Joe, the BBC´s Kay called the newly-released Senate report on the Benghazi attack "sad" because it showed that Stevens was "fallible." Kay claimed that "he didn´t ask for and even rejected some of the security he might have had." This flies in the face of the report´s findings that "State, then under Hillary Clinton, refused requests to boost security despite warnings

Interior border guard
checks spur ACLU complaint
Arizona Republic [Phoenix, AZ], by Bob Ortega    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2014 2:14:55 PM     Post Reply
PHOENIX — Border Patrol agents routinely violate the constitutional rights of southern Arizona residents when they stop drivers at interior checkpoints on major highways and state routes near the border, according to an official complaint filed Wednesday. The complaint sent to Homeland Security´s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties alleges that checkpoint agents conduct searches and detain people without justification and use immigration enforcement as a pretext for "fishing expeditions" for potential criminal activity. The American Civil Liberties Union complaint details alleged violations against 15 U.S. citizens. It is the latest in a series of complaints about the checkpoints,

Devastating Benghazi Timeline
Reveals Obama MIA
Breitbart Big Peace, by Wynton Hall    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/16/2014 2:13:46 PM     Post Reply
The government watchdog group that revealed that President Barack Obama failed to attend over half of his daily intelligence briefings (known officially as the Presidential Daily Brief, or PDB) released a devastating Benghazi timeline Wednesday. It reveals Obama’s schedule in the week leading up to the terrorist attacks that claimed the lives of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Release of the Government Accountability Institute (GAI) Benghazi timeline comes as a new Senate report published Wednesday concluded that “the attacks were preventable.” As the GAI timeline reveals, Obama failed to attend his daily intelligence briefing for the five consecutive

Gun owners to storm all 50 state
capitals to stop ´gun grabbers´
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2014 2:08:08 PM     Post Reply
In a preemptive move to put state political leaders on notice, gun advocates are planning protests Sunday at all 50 state capitals to warn elected officials that they won´t sit idly by and watch their Second Amendment rights be destroyed. “We´re trying to be very proactive right now,” said Eric Reed, president of Gun Rights Across America, which is organizing the rallies. “I don´t want to see the gun grabbers get a jump on our constitutionally protected rights,” he told Secrets. The protest is called “Stand Your Ground” and takes place at “high noon.” The phrase “stand your ground” is also the

  



Dianne Feinstein derides GOP
attacks on Hillary Clinton
over Benghazi report
Washington Examiner, by Tim Mak    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2014 2:04:54 PM     Post Reply
The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday blasted Republicans for using a committee report on the Benghazi attacks for “political purposes” and in particular for what she termed unfair criticism of presumed 2016 Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., noted that the bipartisan report released this week on the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks in Libya did not mention Clinton even once. “I regret that the ‘Additional Views’ of the report adopted solely by six members of the Republican minority unfairly criticizes Secretary Clinton,” Feinstein said in a statement. “I want the record to be clear: I

Chambliss: ´Didn´t Seem Like
the WH Really Wanted to Get to
the Bottom´ of Benghazi Attack
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2014 1:47:45 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), the vice chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, says if he knew that Benghazi was a terror attack shortly after it happened, the Obama administration also had to know. But it "didn´t seem like the White House really wanted to get to the bottom of it," he told Fox News´s Greta Van Susteren on Wednesday night. "I can tell you that within hours, Saxby Chambliss, as the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, knew that it was a terrorist attack. And within 24 hours knew that there was a suspected al Qaeda leader involved and

Colby Fire above Glendora, Azusa
burns several homes; 3 in custody
KABC-TV [Los Angeles, CA], by Hanna Chu    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/16/2014 1:44:46 PM     Post Reply
Glendora, Calif. - The Colby Fire, burning in the foothills above Glendora and Azusa, has scorched 1,709 acres and burned several homes. Three people are in custody in connection to the fire. The blaze erupted around 5:50 a.m. Thursday in the area of Glendora Mountain Road and Colby Way. Flames spread rapidly and moved down the hill toward homes. At least five structures were seen engulfed in flames. Resident Steve Whittenberg of Glendora said he also saw a structure catch fire. "We saw embers start underneath the eaves ... and it was fully involved," Whittenberg said. Glendora police have taken

Use of public assistance
cards OK at pot shops
Associated Press, by Kristen Wyatt    Original Article
Posted By: Zarin- 1/16/2014 1:29:16 PM     Post Reply
Saying some neighborhoods have more pot shops than banks, Colorado Democrats on Wednesday rejected a proposal to ban the use of public assistance cards to obtain cash at marijuana-shop ATMs. The Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee voted 3-2 along party lines against a GOP proposal to add marijuana shops to the list of places where recipients of public assistance can’t use their government-issued EBT cards to access cash. The list already includes casinos, liquor stores and gun shops. Sen. Vicki Marble, R-Fort Collins, said Colorado’s new legal pot industry needs to make sure not to invite federal scrutiny through improper cash

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