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It´s official: Republicans are done
trying to kill ObamaCare
The Week, by Jon Terbush    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/17/2014 6:42:39 AM     Post Reply
A fter vowing to kill President Obama´s eponymous health care law for going on four years now, Republicans appear to finally be moving on. To be sure, the party hasn´t dropped its opposition to ObamaCare. But a shift in the way it has framed that opposition indicates the days of "repeal or bust" are a thing of the past. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday that coming up with an ObamaCare alternative would be "one of the big issues" at the GOP´s annual policy conference this month, adding that such a proposal could come up for a vote this year. "It´s

Income Inequality: The
Left´s Next Big Con
American Thinker, by Jeffrey T. Brown    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/17/2014 6:41:51 AM     Post Reply
With the possible exception of global warming fraud, it would be difficult to identify another major political issue more dependent upon innumerable, uncontrollable variables than the difference in what two persons might earn or deserve. In the case of both ideological causes, anyone claiming to have measured the variables, predicted them or solved for them in concocting a solution is nothing but a con artist. And what do con men do? They steal. Theft of rights or property is the primary instrument of left-imposed equality of any sort. The left sees this as necessary because we have equal rights, but not

Another year of global cooling
Washington Times, by David Deming    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/17/2014 6:35:59 AM     Post Reply
Global warming is nowhere to be found. The mean global temperature has not risen in 17 years and has been slowly falling for approximately the past 10 years. In 2013, there were more record-low temperatures than record-high temperatures in the United States. At the end of the first week in January, a brutal spell of cold weather settled over most of the country. Multiple cold-temperature records were shattered across the country. Some sites experienced frigid conditions not seen since the 19th century. Chicago and New York City broke temperature records set in 1894 and 1896, respectively. These extremes were not



Have Americans Become More
Liberal or More Conservative?
American Thinker, by Richard Winchester    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/17/2014 6:33:16 AM     Post Reply
Two recent essays arrive at seemingly opposite assessments of trends in Americans´ ideology. First, Larry Bartels wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post (9/30/13) asserting that Americans are more conservative than at any time since 1952. Second, a Gallup Organization report (1/10/14) trumpeted that pooled polls found a larger percentage of Americans identified themselves as liberals in 2013 than at any time since 1992. (I wish I had Gallup-type data going back to the early 1950s, but, alas, efforts to locate such were fruitless.) Which of these claims is closer to the mark? (Hint: only minimal change in Americans´ ideology can be

Numbers of elderly patients subject to
´chemical cosh´ medication soars
Daily Express [UK], by Sarah O´Grady    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/17/2014 6:33:08 AM     Post Reply
Soaring numbers of elderly care home residents and hospital patients are being physically tied up or subjected to “chemical cosh”medication, shocking research revealed yesterday. Vulnerable pensioners are being stopped from seeing their families and friends. And in some cases the restraints are illegal, according to a report released by the Care Quality Commission. The scandal underlines the need for the Daily Express Respect for the Elderly crusade. The watchdog’s figures showed that for those aged 75 to 84, there was an 81 percent jump in the number of so-called Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) applications made between 2009/10 and 2012/13.

Climate Change Disbelief Rises in America
NBC News, by Stephanie Pappas    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/17/2014 6:31:40 AM     Post Reply
The latest survey, taken in November 2013, finds that the majority of Americans — 63 percent — do believe in climate change, and 53 percent are "somewhat" or "very" worried about the consequences. The proportion of people who do believe in climate change has been steady since April 2013, but the proportion of those who say they "don´t know" whether climate change is happening dropped 6 percentage points between April and November 2013, suggesting that many "don´t knows" moved into the "not happening" category. "People who prior said don’t know are increasingly saying they don´t believe it," said Anthony Leiserowitz, the director

House passes $1.1 trillion spending bill
and no one knows what´s in it
American Thinker, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/17/2014 6:29:46 AM     Post Reply
Welcome to modern day governance in America! In this brave new world. vital legislation need not be read, or considered, or debated. Isn´t it enough that the leaders say vote for it and be done with it? Apparently, yes. The House approved the $1.1 trillion spending bill in near record time. The 1500 page bill contains all sorts of stuff that no one has a clue about because unless you´re a graduate of the Eveyln Wood speed reading course, you didn´t have much of a chance to study it. So the 359-67 rout of the forces of prudence and common sense is understandable in



Imperial, lawless Obama threatens
more unilateral action
Human Events, by David Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/17/2014 6:27:20 AM     Post Reply
This week, once again, we heard President Obama defiantly pronounce that he has no intention of letting a little thing like constitutional checks and balances get in his way and interrupt his royal prerogative. “We are not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help that they need,” said Obama. “I’ve got a pen, and I’ve got a phone.” What other president has ever talked like this? I thought Democrats had an aversion to “unilateral” executive action. Wasn’t one of their pet peeves against President George W. Bush that he acted

Liberals as Victims
American Thinker, by Robert Babcock    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/17/2014 6:25:04 AM     Post Reply
On January 10th, CNN´s Jake Tapper interviewed retired US Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell and actor Mark Wahlberg. Luttrell´s book Lone Survivor documents a 2005 SEAL operation in Afghanistan during which nineteen US military personnel were killed. The book has been made into a movie of the same name starring Wahlberg, and is now in theatres nationwide. Mother Jones has published an article, Real-Life "Lone Survivor" Marcus Luttrell Really Hates the Liberal Media, in which their staff reporter Asawin Suebsaeng says: ...Tapper, who was interviewing [Wahlberg and Luttrell] raised serious questions about the planning and command-level decisions that led to the failed mission

To protect his image, Obama
has tied Pentagon´s hands in
hunting for Benghazi attackers
American Thinker, by Ed Lasky    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/17/2014 6:21:46 AM     Post Reply
Barack Obama and his minions have done everything they can to mislead Americans regarding Al Qaeda and its role in the attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans serving their nation. The attack was called by the administration a spontaneous demonstration caused by an all but unwatched video created by a hapless Coptic Christian in California -- who was promptly jailed. This narrative was spread by Susan Rice, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama. Then, as the truth leaked out despite efforts by the White House to stonewall and prevent witnesses from testifying, it became all but obvious that the attack was

Unions Give $765k to GOP
´Main Street´ PAC
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Mike Flynn    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/17/2014 6:16:59 AM     Post Reply
Former Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH) was one of the more labor-friendly Republicans in Congress. Those close ties are paying off for him as labor unions are a major donor to his "Defending Main Street" Super-PAC, which is targeting conservatives in upcoming primaries. So far, unions have contributed $765,000 to support LaTourette´s efforts. The figure represents 86% of the PAC´s current cash-on-hand. “Main Street is committed to electing solution-oriented, center-right Republicans to the House. We are grateful to the unions who want to help us do that and to paraphrase Rhett Butler — ‘Frankly, I don’t give a damn’ — about the



World´s greatest hacker blasts
´shameful´ Healthcare.gov for its
´minimal, if any´ security protections
Daily Mail [UK], by Daily Mail Reporter, Reuters    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/17/2014 6:05:04 AM     Post Reply
A man who was once the FBI´s most wanted hacker says Healthcare.gov is a cybercriminal´s dream. Kevin Mitnick has been a legend in the hacking world since his 1990s heydays, but he´s now playing for the good guys and sent a dire message to a congressional security panel on the ObamaCare website on Thursday. ´It´s shameful the team that built the Healthcare.gov site implemented minimal, if any, security best practices,´ he wrote in a letter submitted to panel chairman Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican. Mitnick served five years in prison for hacking into corporate computers and stealing software after a

The Political Genius of Pope Francis
Politico Magazine, by Candida Moss    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/17/2014 6:03:29 AM     Post Reply
Late last year, when President Obama reviewed the draft of a speech he was scheduled to give on economic inequality, he sent it back with a request: He wanted his speechwriter to add a quote from Pope Francis’s recent letter to the Catholic church. “Across the developed world, inequality has increased,” Obama said in the Dec. 4 speech. “Some of you may have seen just last week, the pope himself spoke about this at eloquent length. ‘How could it be,’ he wrote, ‘that it’s not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news

´Mega-Drought´ forecast
to bake West, warn Feds
Washington Examiner [DC], by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/17/2014 5:55:49 AM     Post Reply
The crop-killing drought that has parched much of the West for 13 years is expected to continue, according to a grim new forecast from the Department of Agriculture. “Right now the West Coast is all red," Natural Resources Conservation Service Hydrologist Tom Perkins said. "Early indications are it will be very dry in the western part of the West, but wetter as you travel east. There are some exceptions to this, as New Mexico, Arizona, parts of Utah and southern Colorado are also expected to be dry." In the year´s first national water forecast, the USDA´s Natural Resources Conservation Service

Barbara Bush on Potential Jeb 2016 Run:
People Deserve More Than Political Dynasties
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/17/2014 5:49:12 AM     Post Reply
Jeb Bush‘s been touted by a number of people as a potential contender for 2016, but his own mother doesn’t like the idea of going to the same political families every election cycle, saying that there are more people to look to than the “Kennedys, Clintons, [and] Bushes” to turn to when there are plenty more qualified people who would make good presidents. Bush said, “If we can’t find more than two or three families to run for high office, that’s silly, because there are great governors and great eligible people to run.” She admitted that while she believes her son Jeb



Little League baseball coach sues former
player over victory celebration injury
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PChristopher- 1/17/2014 5:45:36 AM     Post Reply
A former California Little League baseball coach has filed a civil summons against a 14-year-old player and his parents for allegedly injuring him during a post-game celebration last year. Former Lakeside Little League coach Alan Beck told Fox40.com the incident occurred last spring, when the teen threw his helmet up in victory after scoring a winning run, allegedly striking and tearing Beck´s Achilles tendon. The lawsuit seeks $500,000 for pain and suffering and more than $100,000 for lost wages and medical bills. Beck told Fox40.com he only wanted his attorney to pursue $20,000

Mrs. Clinton, the truth about
Benghazi does make a difference
Fox News, by Michael Ingmire    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/17/2014 5:41:55 AM     Post Reply
President Obama nominated Hillary Clinton to be Secretary of State and she was confirmed by the Senate in January 2009. A tenure lasting less than five years would affect the lives of four American families forever. While traveling the globe during her time in office as Secretary of State, Clinton was vocal in her support for the empowerment of women in countries throughout the world. But were there any major foreign policy initiatives led by Secretary Clinton during her time in office? Unfortunately, no. Was Secretary Clinton hoping to create a substantial legacy with the establishment of a diplomatic outpost

The Real Scandal
Weekly Standard, by Stephen F. Hayes & Thomas Joscelyn    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/17/2014 5:35:56 AM     Post Reply
Months and months ago, when Barack Obama could be bothered to say anything at all about the attacks in Ben-ghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012, the president promised to bring the perpetrators to justice. That was before White House spokesman Jay Carney dismissed the attacks as something that “happened a long time ago.” It’s been 16 months. The U.S. government has neither captured nor killed a single participant in those attacks, which left Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans dead. Why? A new report on the attacks from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, along with more than 400 pages

Exploiting the miserable
Washington Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/17/2014 5:30:23 AM     Post Reply
Congress leaves town Friday for a week’s recess, leaving the emergency extension of unemployment benefits as unfinished business. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, for all his huffing and puffing about how important the extension is, leaves for Las Vegas betting that exploiting the misery of the unemployed will pay bigger dividends next November than lending them a helping hand now. In an email Wednesday for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Mr. Reid urged supporters to sign a petition to “demand that Republicans extend unemployment insurance with no strings attached.” The “strings” are the eminently sensible requirements that the $6.5 billion cost

Fannie, Freddie, and the Big One
American Spectator, by R.J. Lehmann    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/17/2014 5:27:45 AM     Post Reply
Twenty years ago today, the 6.7-magnitude Northridge Earthquake struck the San Fernando Valley 20 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, killing 60, injuring 7,000, and damaging more than 82,000 buildings. The price tag for the quake was a record $20 billion in property damage, only about half of which was insured. The two decades since Northridge have seen significant efforts to mitigate earthquake risk through retrofitting, as well as the creation of a state agency in California dedicated to providing earthquake insurance to all who seek it. Alas, despite those steps, there is significant evidence that not only are we


Unwinding Obamacare
Weekly Standard, by James C. Capretta & Yuval Levin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/17/2014 5:22:55 AM     Post Reply
Obamacare is no longer a theoretical proposition. It is now being implemented, if with some notable exceptions for the portions of the law the Obama administration finds particularly inconvenient. Millions of Americans are experiencing its consequences directly, and millions more are forming their opinions of it based on what they are hearing of its effects. Those opinions are generally not positive. The fact that many of the law’s congressional supporters are now running scared for fear of voter backlash is a good indication of how poorly the rollout is going. Obamacare’s travails seem likely to play into the hands of

Teen killed after shooting several people,
including 2 ATF agents, police say
CNN, by Lateef Mungin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/17/2014 5:19:59 AM     Post Reply
A teen was shot and killed Thursday night in Oklahoma after shooting several people, including two ATF agents, police said. All the victims shot by the 19-year-old are expected to survive, police said. The teen, identified as Henry Jackson, was killed at 9:30 p.m. Thursday after going on a two-day crime spree, said Sgt. Ryan Hunnicutt of the Ardmore Police Department. Authorities say the incident started on Wednesday night when a 19-year-woman called 911 and said she had been shot in the arm. About four blocks away from that shooting, another man was shot in the hip Thursday afternoon. Officers began to gather

The cowardly new anti-semitism
New York Post, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/17/2014 5:16:37 AM     Post Reply
An obscure academic organization called the American Studies Association not long ago voted to endorse a resolution calling for a boycott of Israeli universities. The self-appointed moralists were purportedly outraged over the Israeli government’s treatment of Palestinians. Given academia’s past obsessions with the Jewish state, the targeting of Israel is not new. Yet why do the professors focus on Israel and not Saudi Arabia, which denies women the right to drive and only recently granted them the right to vote? Why not Russia, which has been accused of suppressing free speech, or India, which has passed retrograde anti-homosexual legislation? The hip poet Amiri

Iran Top Nuke Negotiator:
Deal Reversible In One Day
Daily Beast, by Josh Rogin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/17/2014 5:05:57 AM     Post Reply
Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, Abbas Araghchi, said this week that if Iran decides to resume enriching uranium to levels prohibited by the new nuclear deal, it could begin to do so in one day’s time. Araghchi spoke on Jan. 12 to the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting Channel 2 following his return from Geneva, where he led the Iranian delegation to the negotiations with the P5+1 countries that resulted in an agreement to implement the Joint Plan of Action signed last November. The interim agreement goes into effect Jan. 20, giving both sides six months to reach a final deal over

Maybe the Tea Party really is finished
The Week, by Peter Weber    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/17/2014 5:03:31 AM     Post Reply
T ea Party activists and the conservative groups that have enforced their agenda are vehemently opposed to the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that will fund the government through September. On Wednesday evening, the House passed the bill anyway, 359 to 67, with plenty of votes to spare. Sixty-four of those no votes were from conservative Republicans. But it seems pretty clear from the vote tally that Tea Party–style "ideological purity has lost its power," says Jonathan Weisman in The New York Times. "The budget process that is culminating in the passage of the spending bill has ushered in a remarkable marginalization

Britain is not a small island:
few countries have longer reach
Telegraph [UK], by Daniel Hannan    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/17/2014 5:01:52 AM     Post Reply
Britons in Brussels are frequently told, typically with a little smirk, about our national superiority complex. We are the way we are, we’re informed, because we haven’t got over the loss of empire. The reason we don’t appreciate the EU is not that we have constitutional, economic or democratic objections, but that we are peculiarly pleased with ourselves. It’s one of the few national stereotypes allowed in today´s Europe. Indeed, it is trotted out so frequently and so breezily that many Euro-politicians think it wholly uncontentious. To take only the most recent example, Erna Solberg, the prime minister of Norway

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