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Crack-smoking Toronto Mayor´s Favorability
Now Nine Points Above Barack Obama´s
Independent Journal Review, by Soopermexican    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/20/2014 10:54:01 AM     Post Reply
In a bad omen for Democrats hopes in the mid-term elections, Barack Obama’s favorability rating has slide so far that he’s now nine points under the rating for our favorite crack-smoking Canadian mayor. In the most recent polling, Rob Ford gets 47% of Toronto’s denizen’s approval, while Obama gets a dismal 38% from Americans: Mayor Rob Ford’s response to the December ice storm seems to have thawed his approval rating, according to a new poll. A Forum Research poll provided exclusively to the Toronto Sun found Ford’s approval rating slid up in the wake of last month’s storm to 47% – up from

Wendy, We Hardly Knew Ye
National Review Online, by John Fund    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/20/2014 10:51:35 AM     Post Reply
Last June, Texas state senator Wendy Davis led an unsuccessful filibuster trying to block a bill abandoning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. She became a mainstream media darling was hailed as “incredible” by the national Girl Scouts office, and her flush $12 million-campaign war chest almost certainly makes her the Democratic candidate for Texas governor. But unlike her fellow Texan, U.S. senator Ted Cruz, who stayed on his feet for hours in September of last year speaking against Obamacare, Davis didn’t see her background and life story put under a microscope and picked apart. The Daily Beast went so far

Philanthropists rescue S.F.
from $105,000 in Batkid costs
San Francisco Chronicle, by Phillip Matier & Andrew Ross    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/20/2014 10:43:45 AM     Post Reply
Here´s a happy ending - philanthropists John and Marcia Goldman have quietly handed San Francisco a check for $105,000 to cover all the city´s costs of the Batkid day that took the world by storm. "When we read in your column how the Make-A-Wish Foundation was trying to raise the money to pay back the city for the setup and public safety costs surrounding the event, we thought, ´Wait a minute - they shouldn´t have to pay for such a good deed and such an amazing event,´ " John Goldman said when we called about the donation. Goldman said the donation was



The ´conversion rate´ on Healthcare.gov:
This Obamacare number that nobody is
talking about may be the most revealing
Forbes, by Scott Gottlieb    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/20/2014 10:37:14 AM     Post Reply
When officials at the Department of Health and Human Services announced the most recent Obamacare enrollment figures earlier this week, they focused on one brag point amidst otherwise discouraging news about the program’s progress. According to government tallies, 44.5 million people called or visited state and federal websites they said, presumably indicating broad interest in the new benefit. But we also know that only 2.2 million people have signed up for Obamacare. Factoring in all of the professed web traffic, this would mean that the number of people who signed up (but didn’t necessarily pay) for an Obamacare health plan

Sebelius: Observe MLK Day
by signing up for Obamacare
Daily Caller, by Caroline May    Original Article
Posted By: Sparky86- 1/20/2014 10:15:50 AM     Post Reply
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is using the memory of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to encourage Americans to sign up for the troubled Obamacare system. “As we celebrate the inspirational life of Dr. King, please join us in this historic effort by helping your friends, neighbors, and loved ones get covered through the Marketplace,” Sebelius said of the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Liberalism in Brooklyn
American Thinker, by David Lawrence    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/20/2014 10:02:06 AM     Post Reply
I am watching them take my country from me -- the Obamas, the de Blasios, the Holders, the generic Democrats with their imaginary sincerity and their simplistic complaints about income inequality. As if excellence and the ability to earn are wicked traits. In the meantime, Obama and his ilk are living pretty well. They are not sleeping in boxes on cold urban streets. Like thieves in the night, they try to steal the votes from the poor so that they can live even richer lifestyles. They pretend to identify with the middle class, as if their lifestyles and prestige even resemble

Video threat emerges amid security
concerns over Sochi Winter Olympics
CNN, by Laura Smith-Spark and Catherine E. S    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/20/2014 9:51:11 AM     Post Reply
A video surfaces threatening the Winter Olympics. Russia´s President vows the Games will be safe. Some U.S. lawmakers warn that they won´t be. One thing was clear as debate over the situation surged on Sunday: security is a top concern, less than three weeks away from the competition. Winter Olympics threat Putin: Gays ´can feel safe´ at Sochi U.S. Rep. on Sochi: Russia not sharing Sen. on Sochi security: ´I would not go´ "It´s a very serious fear," Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, told CNN´s State of the Union Sunday. Russian President Vladimir Putin acknowledged that the Games, like any high-profile event, could be a



On Running from Reality
American Thinker, by Don Sucher    Original Article
Posted By: chabis- 1/20/2014 9:46:52 AM     Post Reply
It seems to be almost universally true that people who cannot comfortably deal with reality run from it, and often at a gallop. This is nothing new; mankind has been doing so likely since the beginning of time. And the methods used to do so now are really nothing new either. ...at least not if we look below the surface. Young children often have an aversion to reality. Their ways of running from it are often amusing: the pretend friend, the one that takes their side when things are difficult, and the pretend enemy, the one who takes the blame for their errors and misdeeds.

Israel To Kerry: Back Off
American Spectator, by Jed Babbin    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/20/2014 9:17:29 AM     Post Reply
April is the deadline John Kerry has set for himself. By then he aims to negotiate a peace treaty between the Israelis and the Palestinians. He’s been at it for six months, to the dismay of pretty much everyone, especially the Israelis. Last week, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon blew his stack at Kerry. Yaalon said, in conversations with American and Israeli officials, that Kerry “operates from an incomprehensible obsession and a sense of messianism — can’t teach me anything about the conflict with the Palestinians.” He added, “The American plan for security arrangements that was shown to us isn’t worth

Christie speaks, and looks for lessons
Yahoo News, by Matt Bai    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/20/2014 9:16:58 AM     Post Reply
“I will learn things from this,” Chris Christie told me last Friday, a little more than a week after he gave the News Conference to End All News Conferences, and a few days after the cable channels covered his annual address to the legislature in Trenton as if it were Nixon waving from the helicopter. “I know I will. I don’t know exactly what it is yet that I’ll learn from it. But when I get the whole story and really try to understand what’s going on here, I know I’m going to learn things.” We were sitting in a conference

Our Selfish ´Public Servants´
Wall Street Journal, by Peggy Noonan    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/20/2014 9:05:47 AM     Post Reply
Sometimes the most obvious thing is the most unnoticed. I find myself thinking this week about the destructive force of selfishness in our political life. This common failing is the source of such woe! Politicians call themselves public servants, so they should be expected to be less selfish than the average Joe ; their views and actions should be assumed to be more keenly directed toward the broad public good. But no one expects that of politicians anymore, and they know it and use the knowledge to justify being even worse than they´d normally be.



Wendy Davis, unmasked
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/20/2014 9:05:39 AM     Post Reply
It is not exactly a surprise that the latest feminist political icon, Texas state Senator Wendy Davis, turns out to be a phony and an exploiter. Davis, you may recall, rocketed to progressive superstardom by conducting an ultimately futile filibuster on a bill tightening health regulations on abortions after 20 weeks of gestation when the life of the mother is not in peril. The fact that Davis is an attractive blond and speaks fairly well in public was enough to gladden the heart of the pro-abortion faction, eager to find a champion who can be packaged as an inspiring profile

Credit card details on 20
million South Koreans stolen
BBC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/20/2014 9:04:25 AM     Post Reply
Credit card details from almost half of all South Koreans have been stolen and sold to marketing firms. The data was stolen by a computer contractor working for a company called the Korea Credit Bureau that produces credit scores. The names, social security numbers and credit card details of 20 million South Koreans were copied by the IT worker. The scale of the theft became apparent after the contractor at the centre of the breach was arrested. Unprotected data Managers at the marketing firms which allegedly bought the data were also arrested. Early reports suggest that the contractor got hold of the giant trove of data

Obama vs. Obama
American Thinker, by J.R. Dunn    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/20/2014 8:39:45 AM     Post Reply
A major peculiarity of Obama´s recent promises involving his upcoming "Year of Action" is that the chief enemy he´s sworn to overcome is none other than... Barack Obama. Consider "income inequality." As far as this can be said to actually exist, it´s a function of certain sectors of the financial industry reaping massive windfalls over the past few years while the rest of the country has stagnated under the burden of the recession. So who is responsible for this state of affairs? Consider the trillion and a half dollars handed over to the banks and other financial institutions shortly after Obama took

White House imposes secrecy
rules on First Lady´s lavish,
celebrity-filled birthday party
Washington Examiner, by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/20/2014 8:00:59 AM     Post Reply
There was a party in the East Room of the White House Saturday night, an affair attended by a reported 500 people, a lavish celebration with celebrities galore, appearances by some of the world´s most popular performers, lots of dancing and powerful government officials, including, of course, the most powerful official of all, the President of the United States. And the White House wants to make sure you know as little as possible about it. The event was First Lady Michelle Obama´s 50th anniversary party. According to reports in People, the Chicago Tribune, TMZ, US Magazine, and elsewhere, among of



SHOT Show: The Last
Bastion of Growing Conservatism
Townhall, by Rachel Alexander    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/20/2014 7:47:31 AM     Post Reply
Last week, I attended the largest gun and outdoors show in the world; the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show. The annual Las Vegas event is so huge that only those who work in the industry are allowed to attend. The show doesn´t receive much mainstream news coverage because the left-wing media doesn´t want the public to know how many patriotic Americans are in the gun industry. Attendance increases every year, with 67,000 attending this year. There were 1,600 exhibitors, and over 400 companies were waitlisted.

The Unbearable Lightness of Hollande
New York Times, by Sylvie Kauffmann    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/20/2014 7:47:14 AM     Post Reply
Let’s face it: For the world’s media, nothing beats a good story about a French politician’s love life. Forget Bill Clinton, Jacob Zuma and Silvio Berlusconi. For some reason, it’s always more fun in Paris. Reporters from around the globe descend on the City of Light, baffled by the same old question: Why don’t the French care about their politicians’ affairs? Across the Channel, by contrast, anything goes. Even The Financial Times got carried away with this story and, to make up for it, then printed a letter from a reader scolding it for putting “a photo of an attractive

The Coming GOP Amnesty Sellout Push
Daily Caller, by Mickey Kaus    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/20/2014 7:42:26 AM     Post Reply
Lobbyists, on the march! The coming weeks will see the formal start of the GOP House leadership’s attempt to sneak an immigration amnesty through the Republican caucus and into law. We don’t know the exact details of the proposals, but we know enough: 1) There will be some form of legalization (conditional amnesty) for the 11 million illegal immigrants already here. It won’t give them a “special” path to citizenship, but they will likely be able to pursue citizenship through regular old channels. Either way, the message sent to potential future immigrants will be, “If you come here illegally, you’ll get

Medicare posts hospitals´ ´clean and dirty
laundry´ on Hospital Compare website
Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Lauren Sausser    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/20/2014 7:20:12 AM     Post Reply
Patients can make choices about which hospital they use based on many factors, including advertisements on billboards and signs on the back of city buses. While annual hospital rankings published in magazines like U.S. News & World Report and Consumer Reports offer conflicting advice on the best places to seek treatment, plain-and-simple geography can also matter. So do health insurance networks and recommendations from friends or physicians. “How does the consumer know which to believe?” said Dr. Todd Shuman, vice president and chief quality officer for Roper St. Francis Healthcare. “Should they believe this, or should they believe this? Or

For Christie and MSNBC, a Messy
Divorce Plays Out in Public View
New York Times, by MICHAEL BARBARO and BILL CARTER    Original Article
Posted By: Write2Right- 1/20/2014 7:19:21 AM     Post Reply
It was a match made in moderately minded Northeast Corridor heaven.Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey needed a TV network that would burnish his bipartisan bona fides and showcase his gleefully contrarian style. MSNBC craved a Republican who cut against the party grain and lit up the screen with his everyman-ish, Springsteen-loving spontaneity.An on-air romance blossomed, forged over chummy strolls along the Jersey Shore and heart-to-hearts in the studio about everything from overeating to education, embodying the aisle-crossing aspirations of this partisan era. Now, the improbable relationship between a governor with his eyes on the White House and a network


Baghdad bomb blasts ´kill 16´
as Iraq violence continues
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/20/2014 7:05:02 AM     Post Reply
At least 13 people have been killed in a series of bomb blasts across the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, say police and medics. At least 40 people were wounded in the explosions. The deadliest single attack, in which at least six people died, struck the south of the city. In an extended surge of violence, at least 759 people died in December alone. More than 650 have died so far in January, said AFP news agency.

´Meggings´ soon to hit
the fashion mainstream?
Telegraph [UK], by Miranda Prynne    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/20/2014 6:57:01 AM     Post Reply
A new trend for male leggings, known as meggings, is about to hit the mainstream according to a new company which plans to make them accessible for all. Until now the super-tight trousers have been confined to the runway or worn only by rock stars but a new company plans to launch them on the high street. US duo Adam Freck and Andrew Volk, who launched their Chicago-based company Meggings Man Clothing in December, are specialising in leggings for the modern man. [Snip] Unlike traditional leggings, which are typically worn by women, ´meggings´ are designed for the male physique.

What a lost prison manuscript reveals
about the real Nelson Mandela
Spectator [UK], by Rian Malan    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/20/2014 6:40:18 AM     Post Reply
This is a story about Nelson Mandela, and it begins on Robben Island in 1974. Prisoner number 466/64 is writing up his life story, working all night and sleeping all day. (Snip) Everyone thought Mandela was a known entity, but he turns out to have led a double life, at least for a time. By day, he was or pretended to be a moderate democrat, fighting to free his people in the name of values all humans held sacred. But by night he donned the cloak and dagger and became a leader of a fanatical sect known for its attachment

New Evidence Emerges about
Nelson Mandela and His
Secret Communist Past
PJ Media, by Ron Radosh    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/20/2014 6:36:04 AM     Post Reply
We’ve known for some time that Nelson Mandela was a member of the South African Communist Party. It was hard for fawning liberals to acknowledge the meaning of his membership, so they came up with a narrative explaining it. (Snip) But with each passing day, more has come out to put Mandela’s allegiance to communism in more perspective. Writing in the British Spectator, the courageous South African journalist Rian Malan tells the entire story. Malan tells the tale of what Professor Stephen Ellis found in the online Mandela archives.

The Real Meaning of Al Qaeda
American Spectator, by George H. Wittman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/20/2014 6:24:46 AM     Post Reply
It is impossible to refer to a more terrifyingly accurate comment on terrorism than that which reportedly was made by a captured Thugee murderer in India in the days of the British Raj: “Let any man taste of that sugar of the sacrifice, and he will be a Thug, though he knows all the trades and has all the wealth in the world.” Osama bin Laden meant for all accepted members of al Qaeda to carry the same spirit as the Thugee of the past, for killing and dying is their modus vivendi. In this sense any group having terror

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