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The Deadly Lies Of
The Mysterious Dr. V
American Conservative, by Rod Dreher    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/19/2014 9:01:14 AM     Post Reply
Lots of buzz about Caleb Hannan’s amazing piece about “Dr. V,” Essay Anne Vanderbilt, an inventor of an ultratechno golf club. Excerpt: But it wasn’t just the science behind Dr. V’s putter that intrigued McCord. It was the scientist, too. For starters, she was a woman in the male-dominated golf industry. She also cut a striking figure, standing 6-foot-3 with a shock of red hair. What’s more, she was a Vanderbilt, some link in the long line descending from Cornelius, the original Commodore. All of this would have been more than enough to capture McCord’s attention, but what he found

Arrogant Texas leaders invite
scrutiny from federal government
Star-Telegram [Ft. Worth, TX], by Bob Ray Sanders    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/19/2014 8:41:17 AM     Post Reply
It wasn’t enough that Texas refused to set up a state insurance exchange or expand Medicaid under the new Affordable Care Act, causing the federal government to step in and create a marketplace for Texans needing healthcare coverage. No, this state, through its top Republican leaders, devised a sinister plan to sabotage the ACA (or Obamacare) altogether. And in doing so, it threw up major roadblocks for millions in this state who are uninsured. These leaders ought to be ashamed, but I learned a long time ago that (in the words of poet Nikki Giovanni) they ain’t got no shame. To assist with educating

Tom Coburn caused fear and
loathing on Capitol Hill
Washington Examiner, by Timothy P. Carney    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/19/2014 8:00:32 AM     Post Reply
When Tom Coburn leaves the Senate at the end of this year, it may be a while before Washington sees someone like him – because Washington tries its hardest to keep out people like him. Coburn announced Jan. 16 that due to his struggles with cancer he will resign at the end of 2014 and will not serve the last two years of his six-year term. The best testament to Coburn’s time in Washington may be the scorn and fear he earned from the Beltway establishment. Coburn, an obstetrician, came to Washington as part of the famous 1994 Republican revolution. He pledged to

  


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Obama´s NSA speech leaves
more questions than answers
BBC News [UK], by Mark Mardell    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/19/2014 7:29:03 AM     Post Reply
The president opened up his big speech with a justification for spying on the British. Don´t worry. It was a reference to the war of independence and Paul Revere. [Snip] He said the collection of bulk data must go on; it hadn´t been abused but it was understandable why it led to disquiet. So he was ending it in its current form--without spelling out what replaces it. He seems to have to rejected one suggestion--that the internet and phone companies should hold on to the data themselves--and has given the attorney general and the NSA 60 days to find a

Obamacare gets outsourced
amid unemployment crisis
New York Post, by Robert Oak    Original Article
Posted By: Honeybadger- 1/19/2014 7:21:34 AM     Post Reply
President Obama spent $831 billion of taxpayer money on a stimulus plan for the economy. He gave nearly $50 billion in aid to GM to keep it afloat. He lost $500 million on energy company Solyndra. All in the name of saving jobs.Yet when it comes to his own signature initiative, the president doesn’t care about American workers. He’s outsourced ObamaCare. After the disastrous rollout of HealthCare.gov, the administration hired Accenture as the new lead contractor. The deal is estimated to be worth $90 million and is now in the hands of the poster boy for global labor arbitrage and offshore

Going the Distance:
On and off the road with Barack Obama
New Yorker Magazine, by David Remnick    Original Article
Posted By: Honeybadger- 1/19/2014 7:14:28 AM     Post Reply
On the Sunday afternoon before Thanksgiving, Barack Obama sat in the office cabin of Air Force One wearing a look of heavy-lidded annoyance. The Affordable Care Act, his signature domestic achievement and, for all its limitations, the most ambitious social legislation since the Great Society, half a century ago, was in jeopardy. His approval rating was down to forty per cent—lower than George W. Bush’s in December of 2005, when Bush admitted that the decision to invade Iraq had been based on intelligence that “turned out to be wrong.” Also, Obama said thickly, “I’ve got a fat lip.” That morning,

Obama’s Belated Defense of the NSA
National Review, by Andrew C. McCarthy    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 1/19/2014 7:01:51 AM     Post Reply
It is very hard to take President Obama seriously. At Friday’s big surveillance speech, after five years of Big Government–orchestrated Constitution shredding, he looked the American people in the eye and explained that, as monitoring technology has evolved over the centuries, our nation has always “benefitted from both our Constitution and traditions of limited government.” While your head was still spinning, another whopper: After five years of whimsically “waiving,” ignoring, and unilaterally rewriting congressional statutes, he bleated that “our system of government is built on the premise that our liberty cannot depend on the good intentions of those in power;

  


  

Barack Obama: Spying must
not hurt US-German ties
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/19/2014 6:31:19 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama has said he will not let controversial surveillance by US intelligence services undermine Washington´s ties with Germany. Speaking to Germany´s ZDF TV, he indicated that US bugging of Chancellor Angela Merkel´s mobile phone had been a mistake and would not happen again. After the row broke out last year, Mrs Merkel accused the US of an unacceptable breach of trust. [Snip] On Saturday, the US president told ZDF: "I don´t need and don´t want to harm that (US-German) relationship by a surveillance mechanism that somehow would impede the kind of communication and trust that we have."

Eagle Scout. Idealist. Drug Trafficker?
New York Times, by David Segal    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/19/2014 6:29:57 AM     Post Reply
Ross Ulbricht’s last moments as a free man were noisy enough to draw a crowd. Employees at the Glen Park branch of the San Francisco library heard a crashing sound and rushed to the science fiction section, expecting to find a patron had hit the floor. Instead, they found a handful of federal agents surrounding a slender 29-year-old man with light brown hair and wearing a T-shirt and jeans. The goal of the arrest, at 3:15 p.m. on Oct. 1, 2013, was not simply to apprehend Mr. Ulbricht, but also to prevent him from performing the most mundane of tasks:

Drugs R Us
American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 1/19/2014 6:18:10 AM     Post Reply
The more I read about Fast and Furious, the more I am reminded of Milo Minderbinder´s M & M Syndicate in Joseph Heller´s Catch 22. If you recall, "the business of government is ´business" was Milo´s operating principle and he sacrificed the needs of the troops to expand M & M´s profits, selling off their parachutes and feeding them chocolate dipped Egyptian cotton. In Fast & Furious, the object of the operation seems to have been to increase illicit Mexico-U.S. drug running and border crime, protecting the worst criminals from prosecution and then blaming lawful licensed gun dealers for the

Tuition based on parents’ immigration
status may be headed for court fight
Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Natalie Caula Hauff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/19/2014 6:11:11 AM     Post Reply
Born and living in South Carolina, some college-bound students are being charged out-of-state tuition based on their parents’ immigration status, a practice that some civil rights groups say is illegal. The Southern Poverty Law Center is taking note of how often U.S.-born students with undocumented parents are being charged, in some cases triple the tuition rate at South Carolina colleges and universities. [Snip] Grooms, who sponsored a major immigration-reform bill two years ago, said the tuition issue comes down to fairness. “I think the policy should be the same if your parents are from Texas or from Mexico,”

  


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Why Don´t We Merge These
Disasters and Call It "ClimateCare"?
Power Line, by Steven Hayward    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/19/2014 5:54:22 AM     Post Reply
Or the “Affordable Climate Act”? Two stories from the Wall Street Journal this morning gild my two posts from the last few days about what happens to liberal dreams when this thing called “reality” intrudes. First: Exchanges See Little Progress on Uninsured Early signals suggest the majority of the 2.2 million people who sought to enroll in private insurance through new marketplaces through Dec. 28 were previously covered elsewhere, raising questions about how swiftly this part of the health overhaul will be able to make a significant dent in the number of uninsured. Insurers, brokers and consultants estimate at least two-thirds of those consumers

Lena Dunham defies her critics
over doctored Vogue cover
UK Guardian, by Vanessa Thorpe    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 1/19/2014 5:52:51 AM     Post Reply
The innovative American writer, director and performer Lena Dunham, the creator of Girls and a totemic figure for a generation of young women, has defended herself against claims that a Vogue cover shoot has betrayed her feminist credentials.Dunham, 27, is known for the nude appearances she makes on her acclaimed HBO show. Her tattooed body is neither honed nor thin, like most of the women shown on television, in cinema or in magazine shoots, so the revelation that Vogue has printed doctored images of her, taken by Annie Leibovitz, has caused reproach. The Photoshopped pictures present a glamorised and slimmed-down

‘Merger of the Century,’ Combining America,
Canada, Emerges as Quixotic Cause
New York Sun, by Conrad Black    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/19/2014 5:50:56 AM     Post Reply
My relations with my National Post colleague Diane Francis have had their ups and downs over three decades or so. We have gotten over some rough patches, including a period of a couple of years when her chief public conversational gambit seemed to be the moral imperative that I be sent to prison.(Snip)Diane Francis makes a good, as she writes, “metric” case for a merger of Canada and the United States, which would put together two G-7 countries (I do not accept the legitimacy of Russia’s presence in the group to make it G-8). Such a merger, as she describes

Kerry Dismisses 98% Support
for New Egypt Constitution as
Just One Election and Not ‘Inclusive’
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/19/2014 5:46:28 AM     Post Reply
When millions of Egyptians wanted the Muslim Brotherhood leadership out, President Obama noted that Mohammed Morsi won his presidential post in an election. When nearly 20 million Egyptians — more than 98 percent of votes cast — approved a new constitution to replace the one forged by Islamists, Secretary of State John Kerry said elections aren’t everything. Egypt’s new constitution was written by a committee of 50 including women, Christians, one Salafist and one independent Islamist, while the last constitution was written by the Muslim Brotherhood and associated Islamists. The new document forbids “religion, race, gender or geography” from being the basis

  


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Obama Takes Rare Stroll
to Sign Spending Bill
Wall Street Journal, by Peter Nicholas    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/19/2014 5:40:36 AM     Post Reply
As public housing goes, the White House isn’t too shabby. But the massive security apparatus surrounding the modern presidency can make the first family feel a little cooped up. Speaking at an event in Africa last year, First Lady Michelle Obama said “there are definitely elements that are confining” when living at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. On Friday afternoon, hours after delivering his speech announcing changes in U.S. surveillance practices, President Barack Obama decided it was time for a walk. So he left the White House grounds for a quick stroll to the New Executive Office Building, north of the White

Cyber criminals hack a REFRIGERATOR:
Will the ´Internet of Things´ create a
new bot army for the spammers?
Daily Mail [UK], by Ellie Zolfagharifard    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/19/2014 5:38:24 AM     Post Reply
Home automation, once relegated to the timing of porch lights, can now be used to control almost anything in the house. From the kettle in your kitchen to the lock on your front door, nearly every item in the home can be connected to the internet. Now, California-based security group, Proofpoint, has uncovered the first wide-scale hack involving television sets and at least one fridge. The attack is being described as the first home appliance ‘botnet’ – an hack which involves computers that appear to be functioning normally but are secretly controlled by cyber criminals. In this case, hackers broke into more than

Hamas Graduates 13,000 High School
Students From Suicide Bomber Camp
Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/19/2014 5:36:55 AM     Post Reply
The Hamas terrorist group graduated 13,000 high school students this year from suicide bomber camps. The Gaza children play terrorist at summer camp. They even get T-shirts. The Times of Israel reported, via Religion of Peace: The Hamas government in Gaza celebrated the graduation on Monday of paramilitary camps geared at training high-school children “to follow in the footsteps of the suicide martyrs. The camps, titled “the pioneers of liberation,” are run by Hamas’s ministries of education and interior. Some 13,000 students in grades 10-12 participated in the one-week training camps this year, compared to 5,000 last year when the program was launched, Israeli

House Intelligence chairman suggests Russian
spies helped Edward Snowden hack NSA
Washington Examiner [DC], by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/19/2014 5:32:32 AM     Post Reply
National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden had outside help, perhaps from Russian spies, according to the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. "This was a thief, who we believe had some help, who stole information the vast majority had nothing to do with privacy." Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., who heads up the intel panel, told NBC´s "Meet the Press" in an interview that will air Sunday. "Our Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines have been incredibly harmed by the data that he has taken with him and we believe now is in the hands of nation-states." NBC released an excerpt of the

Mark Levin’s fair-weather federalism
Daily Caller, by Brion McClanahan    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/19/2014 5:20:10 AM     Post Reply
Radio talk-show host Mark Levin’s new book The Liberty Amendments has introduced many Americans to the idea of an Article V Convention. He is not the first to propose this method, but because of his public profile, Levin has moved the issue to the front-burner for many conservatives. God bless him; better late than never. There are potential problems with an Article V convention, but they could probably be hammered out before one took place. That said, Levin has publically criticized other methods of arresting the unconstitutional actions of the general government, most importantly “nullification,” even going so far as to

  



The Cruelest Pregnancy
New York Times, by Frank Bruni    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/19/2014 5:13:53 AM     Post Reply
WHAT would Marlise Munoz have made of all of this? We’ll never know. She can no longer form words. Can no longer form thoughts. It’s arguable that we shouldn’t even be referring to a “she,” to a “her,” because if she’s brain-dead, as her family has consistently said, then she meets the legal criteria for death in all 50 states, and what’s been tethered to machines in a hospital in Fort Worth for the last seven weeks isn’t exactly a mother. It’s an artificially maintained ecosystem, an incubator for a fetus that has somehow been given precedence over all other concerns:

Oh, for a happy ending
Boston Herald, by Howie Carr    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/19/2014 5:02:13 AM     Post Reply
When “Mitt” is over, you’ll be glad you saw it. But it’s not really the kind of movie you’ll want to watch again, at least if you voted for Mitt Romney in 2012. Even though you know from the start how the new Netflix documentary turns out, the ending is still depressing. It’s election night 2012 and Romney and his family know they’ve lost. And somebody, I’m not sure who, is telling Mitt that his concession speech needs to be “soothing … pastoral.” “Yeah, OK,” he says, dismissively. “I don’t think this is a time for soothing and ‘everything’s fine.’ This is

Enthusiasm on the left is
like a bubble about to burst
New York Post, by Michael Goodwin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/19/2014 4:56:39 AM     Post Reply
Thanks to the recession, we all know about financial bubbles and the damage they cause. But are there such things as political bubbles? I say yes, and believe America is in the midst of one now.(Snip)For example, one of the book’s authors told the Journal that a clear sign of a market bubble is when investors discount all evidence that doesn’t fit their belief. He called that a “hinge point” that leads investors to a “binary framework where anybody who disagrees with them is demonized.” That perfectly describes the cult of Barack Obama and the bubble of liberalism he embodies. They are built

Revealed: INSIDE the President´s $223m
´DOOMSDAY PLANE´ that protects him against
nuclear war, asteroids and terror attacks
Daily Mail [UK], by Hayley Peterson & Zoe Szathmary    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/19/2014 4:47:43 AM     Post Reply
It can withstand a nuclear bomb, asteroid blasts and terror attacks while staying airborne for days without refueling: it´s the president´s $223 million ´doomsday´ plane and it´s on standby 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, ready to launch at a minute´s notice. Remarkably, a new video takes visitors inside the plane, looking at its impressive array of features, including technology services, a working office, a conference room, sleeping quarters, and a telecommunications control center. Perhaps the most surprising fact about the ´doomsday´ plane is its age. The aircraft in the 1980s, and still retains much of its technology

Reveille?
PJ Media, by Roger Kimball    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/19/2014 4:41:43 AM     Post Reply
The best line of the day comes from “Obama’s Belated Defense of the NSA,” Andrew McCarthy’s reflection on Obama’s speech about spooks, spying, and national security yesterday. No, it’s not his characterization, toward the end of his essay, of Obama’s behavior as a “toxic mix of passive unseriousness and active harm.” That’s the second-best line of the day, a grimly accurate summary of what this Potemkin President is all about. But the best line comes at the top, at the very beginning of McCarthy’s column: “It is very hard to take President Obama seriously.” Bingo. The architect of “the most transparent

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