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Obama´s NSA Speech: More mush
from the proto-tyrant
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/18/2014 9:03:30 AM     Post Reply
Yesterday, President Obama delivered a speech to an audience at the Justice Department on NSA telephone spying that, in typical fashion, said very little of substance but sounded nice until you paid attention. Almost every change announced included a backdoor that vitiated any substantial change. (snip) Obama is behaving like a tyrant, but doing it sneakily, with the connivance of a mainstream media that refuses to present to their audience the alarming stories of what is really going on. The low information majority is blissfully unaware that the organs of state power are being mobilized to suppress Obama´s political opponents. In

Baby-faced teen suspected in
Target data breach that hit 110M
New York Post, by Kaja Whitehouse    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 1/18/2014 8:54:08 AM     Post Reply
This baby-faced teen is a key suspect in developing the software that was used in the massive security breach that hit as many as 110 million Target shoppers last holiday season, according to a shocking new report. In addition, the malicious software, or malware, has infected the payment systems of six other retailers — a possible sign that a half-dozen other attacks are underway, a California cyber-security firm said in the report. The firm, IntelCrawler, which has tracked the malware’s architect for months, ut/press08?>said on Friday that its main suspect is this boy in the photo. He’s a 17-year-old with “roots” in

Mystery Rock ´Appears´
in Front of Mars Rover
Discovery News, by Ian O´Neill    Original Article
Posted By: DaddyO- 1/18/2014 8:47:44 AM     Post Reply
After a decade of exploring the Martian surface, the scientists overseeing veteran rover Opportunity thought they’d seen it all. That was until a rock mysteriously "appeared" a few feet in front of the six-wheeled rover a few days ago. News of the errant rock was announced by NASA Mars Exploration Rover lead scientist Steve Squyres of Cornell University at a special NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory "10 years of roving Mars" event at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, Calif., on Thursday night. The science star-studded public event was held in celebration of the decade since twin rovers Spirit and

  


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Peyton Manning and Tom Brady
Don’t Control Their Own Legacies
Daily Beast, by Evin Demirel    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/18/2014 8:06:12 AM     Post Reply
Why much of the hype surrounding these all-time quarterbacks gets it wrong. Since 1979, an university has released an annual List of Words to be Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness. “Selfie” and “twerk,” unsurprisingly, appeared on the most recent list of about 13 words or phrases. Unfortunately, the good language pruners of Lake Superior State University missed one. They should have added a word that has overgrown the sports world like kudzu, reduplicating ad infinitum while strangling intelligent discussion. I’m talking about the word “legacy.” You don’t need to scroll through the 731,000 Google

Global Citizens of the World, Obey!
American Thinker, by Jay Schalin    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/18/2014 7:21:41 AM     Post Reply
The political left never rests in its drive to transform the U.S. into a more statist, more collective society. (Snip) One such initiative with the hidden potential for sweeping transformation is the "internationalization" of higher education. It is a diffuse movement advanced by numerous groups and individuals throughout academia, from independent centers to professional associations to college faculty and administrators. Despite an innocent façade, its declared intention provides cover for a highly aggressive campaign of multiculturalism, "global citizenship," redistributive economics, and anti-Western attitudes.

1.1 Trillion Reasons to Dump
Boehner and McConnell
American Thinker, by J. Robert Smith    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 1/18/2014 6:51:59 AM     Post Reply
Late Thursday afternoon, the Senate passed a $1.1 trillion spending measure that´s best described as a fix -- fix, as in an act of Republican perfidy and chicanery. The process was rigged by Speaker Boehner and Senate Minority Leader McConnell (doubtless with a wink and a nod from Harry Reid) to push through the gargantuan spending measure while giving House and Senate Republicans cover on ObamaCare funding. The bill was an incomprehensible 1,582 pages. Here´s how it worked. House Republicans passed the spending bill with a provision to strip funding from ObamaCare. In the Senate, Harry Reid used rules to

Democratic lawmakers subpoena
EVERYTHING from Christie aides
over Bridgegate on ´Bloody Friday
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/18/2014 5:59:57 AM     Post Reply
Twenty subpoenas have been served on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie aides and campaign officials, in a dragnet designed to scoop up documents tied to the Bridgegate scandal--an operation one General Assembly staffer called ´Bloody Friday.´ The office of the assembly´s Democratic majority announced the legal bloodletting Friday afternoon, after subpoenas were approved Thursday by a new investigative committee, barely a day after it was formed. Included are Christie´s chief counsel, former deputy chief of staff and former political campaign manager, the director of his office that oversees the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, his cantankerous spokesman

  


  

How Harry Reid is Destroying the Senate
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/18/2014 5:33:18 AM     Post Reply
We often hear that Washington is “broken,” that Congress is “gridlocked,” and so on. While such complaints are usually imprecise and sometimes misguided, the sense that Congress is not functioning as intended is correct. Yesterday Senator Jeff Sessions delivered an important speech in which he decried the decline of the Senate under the leadership of Harry Reid. The extent to which the Senate’s traditions have been undermined to the detriment of all Americans is not generally appreciated, but the issue is a vital one. Senator Sessions said: The Senate is where the great issues of our time are supposed to be

Meanwhile, Obama´s Job Approval
Rating Sinks Back Into The 30´s
Independent Journal Review, by Mike Miller    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/18/2014 5:28:43 AM     Post Reply
Bad news for the White House: The percentage of Americans who approve of the way Barack Obama is handling his job has dropped back into the 30s, according to the latest poll results from Gallup. Over the three-day period that ended Wednesday, 39 percent of Americans now approve of Obama’s performance as President of the United States. One wonders what impact Obama’s recent “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone” declaration, in which he vowed to use every tool at his disposal – principally, the executive order – to circumvent the U.S. Congress to implement his agenda, will have

What Was the Point of
Obama’s NSA Speech?
Commentary Magazine, by Max Boot    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/18/2014 5:21:33 AM     Post Reply
President Obama’s speech on NSA reform had all the hallmarks of his administration—and, not coincidentally, of his hyper-analytical, aloof, and cerebral personality. The endless, quasi-public policy review? Check. Lengthy consultations with a vast variety of experts? Check. (“I’ve listened to foreign partners, privacy advocates, and industry leaders. My administration has spent countless hours considering how to approach intelligence in this era of diffuse threats and technological revolution.”) The rhetorical genuflections to appear fair to both sides. (“Throughout American history, intelligence has helped secure our country and our freedoms…. [But] even the United States proved not to be immune to the abuse

Tearing away Obama´s veil of
secrecy surrounding the IRS scandal
Washington Examiner [DC], by Mark Tapscott    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/18/2014 5:17:24 AM     Post Reply
Slowly but surely the truth is becoming known about President Obama´s blatant use of the Internal Revenue Service to suppress the First Amendment political free speech rights of Tea Party, conservative and evangelical non-profits during the 2010, 2012 -- and now -- the 2014 campaigns. The Wall Street Journal´s Kimberly Strassel reports today that keeping the IRS "muzzle in place" for 2014 was Obama´s top priority during negotiations with House Republicans on the just-passed omnibus spending bill. The vehicle for keeping the muzzle in place is the recently proposed IRS rule that proscribes all kinds of educational activities that 501(C)(4) non-profits have

  


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In Tom Coburn, We´re
Losing a Good One
American Spectator, by Matt Purple    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/18/2014 5:14:35 AM     Post Reply
There are very few senators who conservatives would agree regularly fight the good fight. After this year, there will be even fewer: Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn confirmed Thursday night that he will not serve out his full Senate term and intends to step down after 2014 because of deepening health problems. In a statement, Coburn acknowledged that he is battling a serious recurrence of cancer and said he would continue to fight for his priorities during the remainder of his time in office. Coburn described the early attitude of his staff as that of “commandos ready to infiltrate and sabotage

Feds Release Details of ‘Urgent’
New Healthcare.gov Contract
Washington Free Beacon, by Elizabeth Harrington    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/18/2014 5:07:59 AM     Post Reply
Newly released documents reveal the anxieties of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) about Healthcare.gov, which warn that failure to finish the website puts “the entire health insurance industry at risk.” The HHS released documents relating to its new contract to maintain the federal health exchange on Wednesday, justifying its reasons to expedite the procurement process because of an “urgent need” for the website to work. The documents instruct the new contractor, Accenture Federal Services, to build “core functionality” of the website, including software that tracks enrollment and calculates subsidies to pay insurance companies. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Hillary the Hyped
National Review Online, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/18/2014 5:03:12 AM     Post Reply
Dear Reader (Including those of you who have merely stumbled onto this “news”letter via the filthy Internet rather than receiving it via the space-age pneumatic technology it was intended for), Say you work for a company that depends on sales (“Um, are there other kinds of businesses?” — The Couch). Imagine you have a saleswoman who everyone says is the best — THE BEST!! (ideally said in a Kenny Banya voice). Whenever you point out that her sales numbers stink, everyone calls you “sexist” or insists that you just “don’t get it.” You respond, “What has she done?” The universal answer is, “She clocked

De Blasio’s wife wants
office, role at City Hall
New York Post, by Beth DeFalco & Yoav Gonen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/18/2014 4:57:53 AM     Post Reply
Mayor de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, wants her own office inside City Hall — and to play a hands-on, policy-setting role in her husband’s administration, sources told The Post. Officials have been scouting space for New York City’s new first lady, who described herself as a “sounding board and partner” to her husband during his campaign and transition to mayor, a source said. And the administration has been working on a portfolio of issues for McCray to tackle, ­another source said. McCray would also like a staff — and her top pick to head it up is Rachel Noerdlinger, a longtime spokeswoman and

  


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Are Duck Dynasty Fans
Duped, or in on the Joke?
American Conservative, by Jonathan Coppage    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/18/2014 4:53:29 AM     Post Reply
For all the outrage, indignation, and general tumult over the TV show “Duck Dynasty” and its starring family that took place over the holiday season, the one thing almost no one charged was that the Robertson clan were fakes. Yet that’s just the charge Daniel Luzer explored at Washington Monthly last week: According to the GQ article: “Perhaps it’s not exactly shocking that a deeply religious 67-year-old hunter from rural Louisiana would have, shall we say, enthusiastic ideas about what constitutes good Christian morality. That’s the unspoken red-state appeal of Duck Dynasty. They’re godly folk. “Real” folk.”That’s part of the appeal of

Virginia’s Next Senate
Race Just Got Interesting
Daily Beast, by Ron Christie    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/18/2014 4:49:01 AM     Post Reply
Beware, Mark Warner. Why Ed Gillespie, an architect of the Contract With America and longtime GOP strategist, will likely make a solid-blue Senate seat a nail-biter. With little fanfare, Mark Warner’s Senate reelection bid this November just went from a shoo-in to a spirited contest. I’ll warn the Virginia Democrat now: Objects in the rearview mirror are closer than they appear—former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie is now the underdog, but he will make this race very competitive. Full disclosure: I’ve known Ed for nearly 25 years—a vantage point that gives me insights as to why this election will

Proof at last: Eurocrats secretly admit
that countries are better off out
Telegraph [UK], by Daniel Hannan    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/18/2014 4:46:21 AM     Post Reply
The world, we keep being told, is coalescing into blocs. No single nation can afford to stand aside. The future belongs to the conglomerates. It’s hard to think of a theory that has become so dominant with so flimsy a basis. The story of the our age has been one, not of amalgamation, but of disaggregation: empires have split into smaller and smaller units. Fifty years ago, there were 115 states in the United Nations, today there are 193. What’s more, small territories are generally more successful. The wealthiest states on Earth, measured by per capita GDP, are Liechtenstein, Luxembourg,

No, animals don’t have rights
The Week, by Damon Linker    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/18/2014 4:43:10 AM     Post Reply
E arlier this week, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni declared that "an era of what might be called animal dignity is upon us." If he merely meant to draw attention to the fact that we´re more attached than ever to our pets — spending billions of dollars a year on veterinary care and paraphernalia, even making places for them in our wills — then the point would be undeniable. But that was not Bruni´s aim. Beyond these sociological observations, Bruni was writing to endorse the movement that´s working to establish the legal personhood of animals and grant them legal rights. I agree

Briton among dead in
Kabul suicide attack
Telegraph [UK], by Ben Farmer, Zubair Babarkheyl    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/18/2014 4:40:22 AM     Post Reply
A Briton was among at least 14 people killed in a Taliban attack on a restaurant in central Kabul, popular with aid workers, diplomats and business people, on Friday. [Snip] Four UN staff were also among the fatalities and the International Monetary Fund said its representative in Afghanistan was killed in the attack. Police said that the victims included expats and Afghans, and that foreign women were among the dead. The assault began soon after nightfall when a bomber detonated at the restaurant door and two others forced their way in to open fire indiscriminately. ´ Gunfire continued for at

  



Just What Constitutes ‘Humane’ Execution?
PJ Media, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/18/2014 4:37:37 AM     Post Reply
Dennis McGuire, convicted in 1989 of raping and murdering a young, pregnant woman, was executed in Ohio last night. His death took 26 minutes from the time the experimental cocktail of lethal drugs was injected until he was pronounced dead. The two drugs used — midazolam, a sedative; and hydromorphone, a morphine derivative — were employed because penobarbital, the drug formerly used by the state, was unavailable due to a manufacturer’s refusal to sell the drug for the purposes of execution. McGuire’s lawyers, trying to get a stay of execution from a federal judge, warned that the drugs might cause “air

Hillary? Really?
Weekly Standard, by William Kristol    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/18/2014 4:21:34 AM     Post Reply
This week’s Time magazine splashes the question on its cover: “Can Anyone Stop Hillary?” The Weekly Standard is happy to provide our friends at Time with an answer to their query: Yes. Hillary Clinton can be stopped. How? Let us count the ways. The easiest way Hillary can be stopped is if she stops herself. She can choose not to run. Indeed, Time reports “on good authority” that “Hillary Clinton has not decided whether to run for president again.” There is a reasonable chance she’ll decide not to. She’s an intelligent woman. She remembers that her last experience of running

Upset: Republican wins surprise blowout
in Arkansas Senate special election
Hot Air, by Guy Benson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/18/2014 4:16:32 AM     Post Reply
Let’s read some 2014 tea leaves, shall we? First, some background on an Arkansas special election that was decided earlier this week: The special election for a northeast Arkansas Senate seat vacated by a lawmaker who resigned over ethics violations will be an early bellwether on the fight to protect the state’s Medicaid expansion, as well as Democrats’ chances in the November election. Voters head to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in the special election between Democrat Steve Rockwell and Republican John Cooper for state Senate District 21 seat that covers the Jonesboro area. The winner will serve the

West Virginia chemical company
files for bankruptcy after leak
Los Angeles Times, by David Zucchino    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/18/2014 4:11:50 AM     Post Reply
Bombarded by lawsuits and under federal investigation, the chemical company that spilled a dangerous solvent into a West Virginia river and fouled the drinking water of 300,000 people filed for federal bankruptcy protection Friday. Freedom Industries Inc., owner of a storage tank that ruptured Jan. 9 and spilled 7,500 gallons of a coal-treatment foaming agent called MCHM into the Elk River, sought protection from creditors under a Chapter 11 filing by its parent company, Chemstream Holdings Inc. of Pennsylvania. The filing will protect Freedom from creditors, temporarily halt lawsuits against it and allow the company to continue operating. The spill prompted the governor

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