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The Anti-War Left Hates "Lone Survivor."
Here´s Why They´re Wrong.
Heritage, by James Carafano    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/19/2014 2:10:11 PM     Post Reply
Operation Redwings, a special operations mission in the highlands of Afghanistan, went tragically wrong. The new movie “Lone Survivor” tells the story in riveting fashion and, as a result, now perches atop the nation’s box office. That offends a lot of angry birds on the left. LA Weekly, for example, sneers that the film is all “muscles and machismo,” charging it is a senseless glorification of war. Such catcalls reveal more about the reviewer than the movie. They betray unbridled political correctness and an unshakable belief that war is an unspeakable act of evil invented by neocons. Such a world view inevitably

Derrick Coleman: Watch The Deaf
NFL Star’s Inspiring Commercial
Hollywood Life, by Bonnie Fuller    Original Article
Posted By: annapolis2010dad- 1/19/2014 1:54:27 PM     Post Reply
Derrick Coleman, who was diagnosed with an incurable genetic hearing impairment when he was three, had been told his whole life that he should give up on his dream of playing football. Today he is the first legally deaf offensive player in NFL history. In his inspiring new ad, he reveals how, against all odds, he achieved his lifelong goal of playing in the NFL.

Critics say wrong number is latest failure
of Md. health exchange
Baltimore Sun, by Jessica Anderson    Original Article
Posted By: FL_Absentee_Voter- 1/19/2014 1:08:26 PM     Post Reply
Critics said Saturday that the latest problem to hit Maryland´s online health exchange — an incorrect help-line number that directed hundreds of callers to a Seattle-based pottery business — was another symptom of the poorly operating website. (snip) The calls to Sue Lunz´s pottery supply company in Seattle started in the fall, after Maryland´s site was repaired enough for people to begin navigating through it. As more people reached a page where a technical problem made it impossible to select a provider, they started calling the incorrect help-line number. Lunz said her business continued to receive calls Saturday.

  


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Gov. Cuomo to conservatives:
Leave NY!
New York Post, by Aaron Short    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 1/19/2014 12:45:46 PM     Post Reply
Gov. Cuomo has a message for conservative Republicans — you don’t belong in New York. Cuomo said Friday that members of the GOP with “extreme” views are creating an identity crisis for their party and represent a bigger worry than Democrats such as himself. “Their problem isn’t me and the Democrats; their problem is themselves,” the governor said on Albany’s The Capitol Pressroom radio show. “Who are they? Right to life, pro-assault weapons, anti-gay — if that’s who they are, they have no place in the state of New York because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”

Republicans consider a more prominent
MLK presence at state Capitol
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, by Jim Galloway    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/19/2014 12:36:51 PM     Post Reply
The idea hasn’t progressed far enough for anyone to put his or her name to it in public, but Republicans in the state Capitol are deep into discussions over whether to take a highly symbolic step toward diversifying their party in a rapidly changing state: Giving Martin Luther King Jr. a more prominent place of honor on the Capitol grounds. One thought is a statue. Legislation to that end has already been introduced by state Rep. Tyrone Brooks, D-Atlanta, and could be recast as a GOP-led effort. Another possibility: Putting King’s name on a new park adjacent to

Urban streets named
for MLK still struggle
Associated Press, by Alan Scher Zagier    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/19/2014 12:05:53 PM     Post Reply
St. Louis — A walk down the 6-mile city street named for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. yields plenty of images that would surely unsettle the civil rights leader: shuttered storefronts, open-air drug markets and a glut of pawn shops, quickie check-cashing providers and liquor stores. The urban decay along Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in St. Louis can be found in other major American cities, from Houston and Milwaukee to the nation´s capital. "It´s a national problem," said Melvin White, a 46-year-old postal worker in St. Louis and founder of a 3-year-old

As Wendy Davis touts life
story in race for governor,
key facts blurred
Dallas Morning News, by Wayne Slater    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 1/19/2014 11:46:33 AM     Post Reply
Wendy Davis has made her personal story of struggle and success a centerpiece of her campaign to become the first Democrat elected governor of Texas in almost a quarter-century.While her state Senate filibuster last year captured national attention, it is her biography — a divorced teenage mother living in a trailer who earned her way to Harvard and political achievement — that her team is using to attract voters and boost fundraising.The basic elements of the narrative are true, but the full story of Davis’ life is more complicated, as often happens when public figures aim to define themselves. In

  


  

Va. Consultant Boyd Marcus´
case shows how money trumps
principles in politics today
Washington Post, by Robert Stephenson    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 1/19/2014 11:38:11 AM     Post Reply
If you ever doubted that money outweighs principles in contemporary politics, then the case of Richmond campaign consultant Boyd Marcus should permanently erase such ambiguity in your mind. Marcus, a prominent figure in Virginia politics for two decades, made headlines in August when he abandoned a lifetime of supporting Republicans to endorse Democrat Terry McAuliffe for governor. Mcauliffe´s team and Marcus trumpeted the conversion as an important political sign that mainstream Republicans were rejecting the tea party conservatism espoused by GOP candidate Ken Cuccinelli II.

Sen. Leahy on NSA spying:
We need to stop government
from controlling American people
Daily Caller, by Vince Coglianese    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 1/19/2014 11:33:23 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Patrick Leahy says the American people are at risk of being controlled by their government due to the expansive surveillance powers of the National Security Agency. Speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” the Vermont Democrat and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee told host Chris Wallace that the nation’s lawmakers must act to return control of the government to the people. (snip) “The concern everybody has is allowing our government to have such a reach into your private life, my private life, and everybody else’s, that we are, we have the government controlling us instead of us controlling the government.”

We´re losing the war on
poverty because our schools
turn boys into eunuchs
Washington Examiner, by Melanie Sturm    Original Article
Posted By: Aspenhuskerette- 1/19/2014 10:57:39 AM     Post Reply
As a binge-TV watcher, I’ve relished devouring serial dramas in advertising-free gulps. But “Breaking Bad” — the story about a cancer-stricken chemistry teacher turned clandestine meth-cooking badass – didn’t appeal. Then Anthony Hopkins declared it an “epic work” with “the best actors I’ve ever seen.” Midway through season two, I understand why Walter White is heroic. As men increasingly check out of work, marriage, and fatherhood, it’s hard not to root for a man fiercely determined to secure his family’s future before dying – despite his morally abhorrent methods. That there are dramatically fewer men willing and able to safeguard

The Republican Party’s uphill path
to 270 electoral votes in 2016
Washington Post, by Dan Balz    Original Article
Posted By: congaree53- 1/19/2014 9:56:11 AM     Post Reply
A recent conversation with a veteran of GOP presidential campaigns raised this question: Which, if any, of the recent battleground states are likely to become more Republican by 2016? The consensus: very few. That reality highlights one problem Republicans face as they seek to regain the White House after six years under President Obama. Lots of factors affect elections: the quality of the candidates, the state of the economy, the effectiveness of the campaigns. But in a country whose demographics continue to change, Republicans will begin this campaign with one significant disadvantage. Over the past three decades, the political leanings of

  


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Study: Minimum wage increases
could mean lose of jobs in SF
San Francisco Examiner (CA), by Chris Roberts    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/19/2014 9:53:49 AM     Post Reply
Think $4 toast is bad? Try $6 toast, with no one to serve it to you. A survey on one major Bay Area city´s minimum-wage hike and its negative impact on businesses could be a warning sign for San Francisco leaders who are seeking to boost the nation´s already-highest minimum wage. In San Jose, a 25 percent minimum-wage hike last year led to higher prices for consumers and fewer hours for workers at restaurants, according to a survey conducted by the Employment Policy Institute, a conservative Washington, D.C.-based Where´s the story? PointsMentioned Map1 Points Mentioned think tank. Meanwhile, leaders in San Francisco -- which has a

‘No truth and no consequences’
Daily Inter Lake [Kalispell MT], by Frank Miele    Original Article
Posted By: davesenior- 1/19/2014 9:51:15 AM     Post Reply
One week before the 2012 election, as it stood apparent that President Obama would easily defeat challenger Mitt Romney, I wrote a column cautioning that re-election would not insulate the Obama administration from accountability for the massacre in Benghazi two months earlier.(SNIP]This week, we got a “long-delayed” bipartisan Senate report on Benghazi, and as a measure of just how meaningless the report is, consider this: It does not even name Hillary Clinton, the Cabinet officer who was responsible for security in Benghazi and who helped shift the blame to a “spontaneous” protest over a YouTube video

New Orleans´ Lower 9th Ward is
still marked by Hurricane Katrina
Los Angeles Times, by Molly Hennessy-Fiske    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/19/2014 9:06:42 AM     Post Reply
NEW ORLEANS — The Rev. Charles Duplessis navigated the new landscape of the Lower 9th Ward, crossing from newly paved streets to those still muddy and rutted as riverbeds. He drove past a gleaming duplex designed by Frank Gehry and the skeletons of vacant homes, past a community garden and overgrown lots with "no dumping" signs, until he reached his destination: Flood Street. Here were more examples of the progress made after Hurricane Katrina — and the problems that remain. Construction cranes hovered over a new community center taking shape nearby. A city crew poured concrete for new sidewalks that stretched past

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

  


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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

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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