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Venezuelan Government Is
Fresh Out of Toilet Paper
Tal Cual [Caracas, Venezuela], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/17/2014 6:08:34 PM     Post Reply
In economic matters, 2014 particularly looks like a widened and worsened extension of 2013. And such statement is no capricious at all. If we look into the immediate future in light of the most recent past, which is the year we just left behind, what we see is more of the same, or even worse, without making us think there is a possibility of a change on the part of the Government that may raise our hopes for what is to come could be better than what already happened in the past. In economic policy matters, key to understand what may

Go Figure: Fed budget bill
comes to $3M per word
Associated Press, by Seth Borenstein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/17/2014 6:07:31 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON- Talk about words more costly than gold. The giant federal budget bill that Congress passed late Thursday will cost taxpayers nearly $3 million per word, or if you want to really think big, almost $700 million per page. The bill authorizes $1.1 trillion in spending. It is 1,582 pages long. An Internet word counting program said it has 370,445 words, numbers and symbols. So simple math comes up with $2.9 million per word average and $695 million per page average, though different parts of the budget package spend more than others sections. By comparison, there are only 4,543 words

Tightwad Obamas Don´t Want to Pay for
Dinner at Moochelle´s 50th Birthday Party
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/17/2014 6:02:40 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Etiquette experts are confused, ladies and gentlemen. Right here it is in the Washington Post. "Guests attending..." I mentioned this yesterday. There´s a big gala birthday party, a 50th birthday party for Moochelle Obama tomorrow night in the White House, and guests have been told "to eat before you come." The etiquette experts contacted by the Washington Post think that this is cheap, it´s rude, and... Well, they don´t think it´s rude, but it´s really curious. "´I don´t think it´s rude, but I do think it´s a little ... different than what people are used to. How´s that for

  


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Sen. Sessions: House Last Line
of Defense for American Workers
Against Amnesty
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/17/2014 6:00:39 PM     Post Reply
On Friday, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) said the House was the last line of defense for the millions of Americans whose wages and livelihood will be put at risk by amnesty and comprehensive immigration reform. He urged House Republicans to put the interests of American workers ahead of those of the consultant class, lobbyists, and Democrats who want cheaper labor and more potential votes. House Republican leaders are preparing to unveil their "immigration principles" which will include amnesty provisions that the Congressional Budget Office determined would lower the wages of American workers. Sessions, the ranking Member of the Budget Committee,

Tell Good Day LA: We Didn´t Start the
Fire, Some Freezing Homeless Guy Did It
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/17/2014 5:56:28 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: This was this morning in Los Angeles, KTTV, Fox Eyeball News, Good Day LA. Meteorologist Rick Dickert the cohost Steve Edwards had this on-air exchange about the wildfires out there. DICKERT: We see wildfires every month now in Southern California. With global climate change, all the atmospheric scientists agree that our summers long longer, hotter, and dryer with shorter windows of rain and snow. EDWARDS: Okay, well, call Rush Limbaugh and tell him that. RUSH: Is that not great? They´re doing a bunch of BS about mythical global warming in the midst of the coldest winter anybody can remember, and fires every

Sen. Sessions: House Last Line of
Defense for American Workers
Against Amnesty
Breitbart Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 1/17/2014 5:56:05 PM     Post Reply
On Friday, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) said the House was the last line of defense for the millions of Americans whose wages and livelihood will be put at risk by amnesty and comprehensive immigration reform. He urged House Republicans to put the interests of American workers ahead of those of the consultant class, lobbyists, and Democrats who want cheaper labor and more potential votes. House Republican leaders are preparing to unveil their "immigration principles" which will include amnesty provisions that the Congressional Budget Office determined would lower the wages of American workers. Sessions, the ranking Member of the Budget Committee,

Obama´s NSA BS: As Our Liberties Shrink,
the Flags Behind the Dictator Get Bigger
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/17/2014 5:54:29 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Did you happen to see the size of those flags behind Obama at the National Security Agency speech? Those flags are getting bigger and bigger and bigger every speech he makes. And, you know, that´s what dictators do. As our liberties and our freedoms shrink, the symbols get bigger and bigger and bigger. It happens all over the Third World. You can see it. BREAK TRANSCRIPT RUSH: The NSA speech that Obama gave today, I don´t know if it´s a favorite BS line, but it has to rank at the top. Obama, in addressing whatever he was saying -- by the

  


  

Podesta, Left-Wing Mastermind,
to Lead NSA Review
Breitbart Big Government, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/17/2014 5:53:02 PM     Post Reply
(Video) President Barack Obama announced Friday that John Podesta, his new "counselor" and the political operative responsible for creating the institutional left in Washington, will be the appointed "to lead a comprehensive review of big data and privacy" in the aftermath of revelations about the National Security Agency´s electronic spying programs. When he joined the White House last month, Podesta´s focus was said to be "climate change." The president´s speech contained little news. It was a classic Obama set-piece, designed to demonstrate that he understands both sides of a complex argument, while delegating responsibility to third parties and taking steps

The Nonsolution
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 1/17/2014 5:41:46 PM     Post Reply
Readers will note that President Obama’s announced NSA “reforms” to exempt foreign leaders, delegate the storage of phone records to a non-NSA entity and add more lawyers to the process of accessing communications records substantially follow the recommendations of Cass Sunstein as laid out in the document Liberty and Security in a Changing World. These recommendations were analyzed in the post The Black Chamber. Do they help? I wrote that they did not. They do nothing to reduce the main source of danger, which is the close relationship between domestic intelligence gathering and law enforcement. Sunstein’s recommendations don’t really fix

Pope Benedict Reportedly
Defrocked 400 Priests in 2 Years
Associated Press, by Nicole Winfield & John Heilprin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/17/2014 5:22:06 PM     Post Reply
A document obtained by The Associated Press on Friday shows Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests over just two years for sexually molesting children. The statistics for 2011 and 2012 show a dramatic increase over the 171 priests removed in 2008 and 2009, when the Vatican first provided details on the number of priests who have been defrocked. Prior to that, it had only publicly revealed the number of alleged cases of sexual abuse it had received and the number of trials it had authorized. While it´s not clear why the numbers spiked in 2011, it could be because

Bill Clinton’s favorite DC restaurant
shuts down buffet due to Obamacare
The Daily Caller, by Caroline May    Original Article
Posted By: Sparky86- 1/17/2014 5:19:04 PM     Post Reply
One of former President Bill Clinton’s favorite restaurants has eliminated its Friday buffet due to Obamacare. “We regret we had to make this decision but unfortunately we face new expenses as a result of the Healthcare reform and the Friday Buffet, though wonderful, was not profitable and required extra staff which we can no longer sustain,” a notice at the Georgetown Italian restaurant’s website reads. The Friday Lunch Buffet ended on Jan. 1.

  


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A conservative case for universal coverage
Washington Examiner, by Avik Roy    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 1/17/2014 5:05:21 PM     Post Reply
Pyrrhic vindication feels pretty darn good. As Obamacare´s problems continue to mount, conservative morale has improved. For example, in 2008, despite vigorous objections from the right, PolitiFact rated as “true” then-Sen. Barack Obama´s promise that his health plan would allow Americans the choice to keep their existing health coverage. Although PolitiFact´s stamp of approval helped deliver two presidential victories to Obama, it later declared the same Obama promise to be 2013´s “Lie of the Year.”

Exorcism rituals on the rise as
way to battle evil of Mexican cartels
New York Daily News, by Deborah Hastings    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/17/2014 4:57:51 PM     Post Reply
In the heavily Roman Catholic country of Mexico, exorcisms battle the evil violence of drug cartels, priests say. Also blamed for syndicate savagery is the rising popularity of Santa Muerte, folk saint of narcotics kingpins and some two million Mexican followers. It was the most awful confession Father Ernesto Caro ever heard in 22 long years of serving the church. The sinner was a killer for the Los Zetas cartel, Mexico´s most heinous crime syndicate. His specialty was chopping people into pieces, while they were still alive. "He said he smiled while he was doing it. He said he enjoyed

The question to haunt the West
Washington Times, by Wesley Pruden    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 1/17/2014 4:56:46 PM     Post Reply
When the going gets tough, the tough are supposed to get going. But not in Obama World. Not in Hillary World, either. When the telephone rings at 3 o’clock in the morning the safe response is to let it ring. It might be bad news. Time to turn over and try to get back to sleep. (snip) Maybe the world is just too dangerous for Americans to get out and about. “Hard decisions must be made when it comes to whether the United States should operate in dangerous overseas locations.” Quote, unquote. There is no understanding of history in the nooks and crannies

The far right starts another phony fight
Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/17/2014 4:23:11 PM     Post Reply
For some time, the right-wing has been trying to paint mainstream Republicans as amenable to keeping Obamacare. No, really. They suggest the John Boehners and Mitch McConnells of the political world would be content to keep the health-care law, maybe just fiddle around the edges. (One of those accused of such treachery, Doug Holtz-Eakin of the American Action Forum, says that is hogwash: “Nobody has written, researched, testified, or whined more about . . . ObamaCare than me.”) The far right accused opponents of the shutdown as, in effect, voting for Obamacare. This is all poppycock, but it’s worth asking

  


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This 11-Year-Old Guitar Prodigy Blew
Our Minds on ´Fox and Friends´
Fox News, by Fox News Insider    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/17/2014 4:19:35 PM     Post Reply
An 11-year-old guitar prodigy from Nebraska stopped by Fox and Friends this morning to do some live shredding in the studio. The world found about Aidan Fisher´s amazing talents after he was invited up on stage at a Steel Panther concert in Kansas City. The band´s guitarist, Satchel, actually met Fisher and his dad at a hotel before the show. Fisher had already planned to go to the concert with a sign challenging Satchel to an on-stage solo duel. What the kid did next amazed the band and the crowd as Fisher did a pretty spot-on Eddie Van Halen impression,

Just the Flacks
Wall Street Jounal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: BamaMan- 1/17/2014 4:16:16 PM     Post Reply
Ezra Klein is back in line. The Journolist founder, who now runs Wonkblog for the Washington Post, took some flak from other left-liberal journalists last year when he acknowledged that the ObamaCare exchanges had serious technical flaws. But now, as we move into Phase 3 of the ObamaCare failure--the unraveling of its economic assumptions--Klein and his wonkblogger staff are full denial. One result has been an entertaining and informative set of rebuttals from the heterodox liberal blogger Mickey Kaus. It began with a Dec. 17 post by Wonkblog´s Sarah Kliff with the less-reassuring-than-intended title "Why Obamacare Won´t Spiral Into Fiery, Actuarial

TIME’s Nancy Gibbs: For POTUS
Run, Hillary Doesn’t Have to
‘Answer Every Controversy
That Comes Up’
Newsbusters, by Paul Bremmer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/17/2014 4:04:02 PM     Post Reply
TIME Magazine managing editor Nancy Gibbs is a well-established fan of Hillary Clinton, and on Thursday she brought her cheerleading act to MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports. Gibbs was there to discuss this week’s cover of TIME, which asks, “Can Anyone Stop Hillary?” Mitchell asked Gibbs how long Hillary can postpone making a decision about whether to run for president in 2016. Gibbs responded, “I think she can postpone it almost longer than anyone we have seen. It allows her to not have to answer every controversy that comes up, the latest obviously being the Benghazi report today.” [Video below. MP3

Johnny Weir caught between calls
for boycott, dreams of Olympic glory
Yahoo! Sports, by Jay Busbee    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/17/2014 3:51:35 PM     Post Reply
Skater Johnny Weir is caught in a bind. An openly gay skater who competed in the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics, he is being criticized by a segment of the LGBT community for not calling for a boycott of the Sochi Games because of Russia´s anti-gay propaganda policy. But Weir insists that the sacrifices one must make to become an Olympian far outweigh the political concerns of one group. "I´ve come under so much hate and scrutiny from within my own LGBT community for my views on the Olympics,"Weir told Reuters. "But as somebody who watched my parents sacrifice everything

Ted Cruz to GOP Establishment:
Stop the "Carpet Bombing"
National Review Online, by Eliana Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 1/17/2014 3:16:02 PM     Post Reply
‘Much of the Washington establishment wants to spend 2014 hiding in the caves,” Ted Cruz tells me. To say the least, the freshman senator won’t be spending the next year in the shadows. Though 2014 has been uncharacteristically quiet for him thus far, he is as provocative as ever chatting about the year ahead, vowing to escalate his battle against the Washington establishment and to tangle with members of both parties on issues from immigration reform to income inequality. Cruz, who enraged his colleagues at the end of last year by spurring a government shutdown, continues to stick his thumb in

  



Seven Devastating Economic Facts
Breitbart Big Government, by Wynton Hall    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/17/2014 3:14:45 PM     Post Reply
U.S. economic conditions in 2014 continue to languish, as millions of Americans remain jobless. Seven economic facts underscore America’s increasingly dire economic outlook. 1. A Record 91.8 Million Americans Are No Longer in the Workforce ~The latest Labor Department figures reveal that a record 91.8 million Americans are no longer in the U.S. labor force. To be included in the Labor Department´s calculations for this statistic, a person must be 16 years or older, a civilian, not in an institution (such as prison), and someone who has not looked for a job in the last four weeks. Minorities have been

Immigration Reform Reborn?
National Review Online, by Andrew Stiles    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 1/17/2014 3:04:49 PM     Post Reply
The House leadership’s decision to outline a series of “principles” with respect to immigration reform has given new life to an issue some had pronounced dead. However, some fear it will distract from the continuing problems with Obamacare, problems that call into question the Obama administration’s ability to implement an immigration overhaul of similar scale and complexity. A number of House Republicans, including Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.), have argued that the Obamacare fiasco is to blame for their reluctance to tackle immigration reform. They questioned the wisdom of passing, as the Senate did last June, a comprehensive reform bill

Shredding the layers of
the ObamaCare onion
Canada Free Press, by Doug Hagmann    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 1/17/2014 2:43:06 PM     Post Reply
A few days ago, I was given a gift of sorts. It arrived in a plain manila envelope with no return address. Inside was a note that stated that I would know precisely what to do with the information this anonymous source provided. That source was indeed correct. According to this benefactor of inside information, the electric bills of certain companies for the next billing cycle and employee overtime costs for the next pay schedule will be particularly high due to the cost of operating shredders and paying people to use them. Not just for physical shredding, but for the electronic

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