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Nigel Farage says the unsayable:
women have maternal impulses and wombs!
Telegraph [UK], by James Delingpole    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/21/2014 5:34:59 AM     Post Reply
Women who work in the City and have children are worth less than men, Nigel Farage has said. Brave man. Here are his exact words, as addressed to a City of London conference on the European Union: In many cases women make different choices in life to the ones men make, simply for biological reasons. [Snip] I don´t believe that in the big banks and brokerage houses and Lloyds of London and everyone else in the City*, I do not believe there is any discrimination against women at all. I think young, able women that are prepared to sacrifice the family life and

Has anyone seen any grit?
Washington Times, by Wesley Pruden    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/21/2014 5:33:02 AM     Post Reply
The West formally surrendered to Iran on Monday, when the United States and the European Union suspended trade and other sanctions against Tehran, and opened the tap to release $4.2 billion in Iranian oil revenues frozen in foreign banks. Iran can now use the money to build the bomb the mullahs intend to use to intimidate and control the Middle East. “The iceberg of sanctions against Iran is melting,” the director of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization announced on Tehran television. He sounded very pleased, and well he should be. Iran made a few empty promises in return for the lifting of

Why a Feminist Heroine Revised Her Bio
Commentary Magazine, by Jonathan S. Tobin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/21/2014 5:29:57 AM     Post Reply
Has there ever been a more meteoric rise to national political prominence than that of Wendy Davis? A year ago Davis was so obscure a Democratic Texas state senator that even savvy liberal Beltway pundits couldn’t have picked out of a police lineup. But her June 25 filibuster of a bill limiting late-term abortions and imposing more rigorous safety standards on clinics catapulted her to superstardom in the national liberal media. The legislation she managed to stop that day eventually passed (and has, despite the expectations of many liberals, largely survived judicial scrutiny) but Davis’s stand had already made her

  


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Rein in HUD
Weekly Standard, by Terry Eastland    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/21/2014 5:19:47 AM     Post Reply
Under our Constitution, a government agency may not act beyond the authority given it by Congress. Indeed, as the Supreme Court has said, “an agency literally has no power to act ... unless and until Congress confers power upon it.” The principle is basic, but in a significant matter the Department of Housing and Urban Development under President Obama has ignored it, to say no worse. Fortunately, a lawsuit now moving forward in the nation’s capital promises to compel the agency to quit its conspicuous overreaching. At issue is the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the meaning of its provision

Gambling revenue at heart of
Detroit´s dilemmas, new and old
Reuters, by Karen Pierog & Joseph Lichterman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/21/2014 5:15:35 AM     Post Reply
For Detroit, the road in and out of U.S. bankruptcy court is paved with casino money. An economic lifeline, wagering tax revenue from the city´s three casinos is at the heart of the bankruptcy plan submitted by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, and it is behind the surprise rejection of a deal with banks last week that has thrown a wrench into Detroit´s route and timing to recovery. Moreover, some $330 million in assistance pledged by a coalition of philanthropic groups, including the Ford Foundation and the Kresge Foundation, will not begin flowing to Detroit until it exits bankruptcy, the head

One More Reason to Dislike Him
American Spectator, by Aaron Goldstein    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/21/2014 5:10:54 AM     Post Reply
In a wide-ranging interview with the New Yorker, President Obama characteristically saw fit to cast aspersions on those who disagree with him. Obama told David Remnick: There’s no doubt that there’s some folks who really just dislike me because they don’t like the idea of a black President. (Snip)I dislike President Obama because of his petulance. What other President would tell the opposition party in his first meeting with them, “I won. I’m the president,”? What other President would intervene in a local matter and declare that its police department had “acted stupidly” while admitting he did not have all

The strange hate for ‘Lone Survivor’
New York Post, by Rich Lowry    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/21/2014 5:05:50 AM     Post Reply
The movie “Lone Survivor” didn’t get any Oscar nominations, but perhaps it should’ve been nominated for Most Unlikely Politically Incorrect Picture of the Year. It’s based on the true story of a mission in Afghanistan that goes disastrously wrong. A four-man team of Navy SEALs hunting down a Taliban commander is stumbled upon by a couple of goatherds in the mountains of Kunar province. Deciding to let them go, even though it will compromise them, the SEALs are subsequently outnumbered in a fierce firefight. Three are killed, and a Chinook helicopter attempting to relieve them is downed, killing another 16 Americans.

  


  

Stop Obamacare’s Outrageous Bailouts
Bloomberg View, by Ramesh Ponnuru    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/21/2014 4:59:14 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul looks extremely unlikely to hit the goal set for it in October: enrolling “at least” 7 million people in exchanges by April. So the administration is redefining success as mere survival for the program. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has already achieved “preliminary sustainability,” an official recently told the National Journal. And what’s making the program sustainable? The prospect of a massive taxpayer bailout. The bailout would come from the law’s “risk corridor” provisions. If insurers pay out more than 108 percent of the premiums they collect from customers in Obamacare’s exchanges, taxpayers are on

Hillary´s No Slam Dunk in 2016
Politico Magazine, by Larry Sabato    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/21/2014 4:56:22 AM     Post Reply
Could Hillary Clinton be the next Richard Nixon? Now that’s a provocative question, but it isn’t quite what you think. The other day, I watched Hillary and Bill Clinton take in their close friend Terry McAuliffe’s inauguration as governor of Virginia. Neither Clinton spoke, but their presence said it all: Virginia, the Mother of Presidents long before it was a modern swing state, will be seeing a lot of the Clintons—and now they have a ready-made home-away-from-home in the gubernatorial mansion that adorns Richmond’s Capitol Square. Every time you observe the Clintons, you can’t help but ponder the long and winding road

The Most Expensive, the Most Corrupt, and
the Most Dangerous Olympics in History
PJ Media, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/21/2014 4:48:11 AM     Post Reply
There is a good summation of the problems with the Sochi Winter Olympics by Frances Weaver in The Week today. It’s about what you’d expect from modern day Russia ruled by former KGB agent Vladamir Putin. In fact, the Olympic movement hasn’t seen anything remotely like it. First, the cost: $51 billion. By contrast, the Vancouver Olympics in 2010 cost around $8 billion. And Putin, who showed up in Guatemala in 2007 to personally lobby the IOC for Sochi, received the bid largely because he promised to spend $12 billion. How does $12 billion turn into $51 billion? Attempting to stage winter events

Race is on for open U.S.
Senate seat in Oklahoma
CNN, by Paul Steinhauser & Jason Seher    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/21/2014 4:41:50 AM     Post Reply
A two-term Republican congressman and rising star in the GOP announced Monday that he´s running in a special election this year for the U.S. Senate seat in Oklahoma that´s opening up due to Sen. Tom Coburn´s retirement. The move by Rep. James Lankford follows by a day the announcements from two other Oklahoma Republicans that they would not be making Senate bids. "After a great deal of thought, prayer and discussion with my family, I feel led to continue my Oklahoma common sense and principled approach to attack the deep problems in the United States Senate," said Lankford, according to excerpts

  


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Governor Andrew “Bull Connor” Cuomo
Fox News, by Todd Starnes    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/21/2014 4:37:08 AM     Post Reply
Get out of New York! That’s the message Empire State Governor Andrew Cuomo is sending to pro-life, pro-gun, pro-traditional marriage conservatives. The Albany Times-Union first highlighted remarks the governor made during an interview with Susan Arbetter on “The Capitol Pressroom.” He was talking about a division within the state’s Republican Party and compared it to what’s happening in Washington, D.C. “It’s a mirror of what’s going on in Washington,” he said. “The gridlock in Washington is less about Democrats and Republicans. It’s more about extreme Republicans versus moderate Republicans.” And then he told “extreme” Republicans where to go. “Who are they?” the governor asked.

Nearly Half of Black Men Arrested
by Age 23, Study Finds
Associated Press, by Jake Pearson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/21/2014 4:32:10 AM     Post Reply
Nearly 50 percent of black men and 40 percent of white men are arrested at least once on non-traffic-related crimes by the time they turn 23, according to a new study. One of the authors of the study published this month in the journal "Crime & Delinquency" said the statistics could be useful in shaping policy so that people aren´t haunted by arrests when they apply for jobs, schools or public housing. "Many, many people are involved with the criminal justice system at this level," said Shawn Bushway, a University at Albany criminologist. "And treating them all as if they´re hardened criminals

Boehner, Pelosi losing their right-
hand men with Latham and
Miller retiring from House
Washington Post, by Paul Kane    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/21/2014 3:27:02 AM     Post Reply
In the raft of recent retirement announcements on Capitol Hill, none may be more important than those of Reps. Tom Latham (R-Iowa) and George Miller (D-Calif.). The two couldn’t be more different. One is a quiet, conservative Midwesterner with a penchant for golf and cigarettes; the other a garrulous California liberal with a fiery streak. What Latham and Miller share is the ability to give wise counsel to the two most powerful figures in the House, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).Each is first among equals as a trusted confidant to his party’s leader. Acting in

The Obama-Bush Nexus
New York Times, by Frank Bruni    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/21/2014 3:21:06 AM     Post Reply
Our current president and his predecessor in the Oval Office are typically cast as opposites, antonyms, not just far apart on an ideological spectrum but cats of wholly different stripes. Barack Obama: lyrical, professorial. George Bush: allergic to any glimmer of intellectualism. Obama: head. Bush: gut. Obama: city. Bush: country. But as I read David Remnick’s widely discussed profile of Obama in this week’s New Yorker, I was struck by something that the two men have in common, an overlooked overlap that perhaps suggests what it now takes to get to the White House and why we wind up with

  


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Harris County DA responds to Obama´s
comments on marijuana debate
KHOU-TV [Houston, TX], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/21/2014 2:45:48 AM     Post Reply
Houston - The Harris County District Attorney’s Office has plenty to say about President Barack Obama’s recent comments on the national marijuana debate. Obama told “The New Yorker” magazine that, quote, “I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.” However, the president does say “the movement to legalize marijuana” raises questions about where to draw the line when it comes to other drugs. Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson invited the president to come see the impact of marijuana in Texas, and criticized his comments saying, in part: “I adamantly disagree with the President.

Recovering The Habits Of
Self-Government
The Federalist, by David Corbin and Matt Parks    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 1/21/2014 1:16:51 AM     Post Reply
The opening ceremony of each Olympics is a revealing window into the character and aspirations of the host country. (snip) We can expect something along the Chinese line from Russia in a couple of weeks, but suppose Chicago had been successful in its bid to host the 2016 summer games. What would an opening ceremony in President Obama’s America (and hometown) look like? Probably all too much like the British–another glimpse of the sun setting in the West: An opening dance number featuring Julia leading Pajama Boy around a cheery Organizing for Action office; an alternative lifestyles choir singing “We Are

Clinton deserves Christie-level scrutiny
Boston Globe, by Joan Vennochi    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 1/21/2014 1:05:15 AM     Post Reply
Time Magazine’s current cover depicts a tiny man hanging onto the heel of a shoe that’s emerging from a pant-suit wearing leg. “Can Anyone Stop Hillary?” reads the accompanying text. Maybe, if the cover also showed her tripping over the Senate Intelligence Committee’s just-released report on the attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, while she was secretary of state. If New Jersey Governor Chris Christie must answer for four days of traffic jams on roads leading to the George Washington Bridge, surely Clinton has the same obligation to address a deadly assault that the bipartisan committee found “preventable.”

Obama nominee questioned in
disappearance of Marine’s missing
heart
Philadelphia Inquirer, by Jeremy Roebuck    Original Article
Posted By: JoElla Bee- 1/21/2014 12:36:58 AM     Post Reply
PHILADELPHIA — The mystery surrounding a Marine’s missing heart has already drawn two nations into a Philadelphia federal court battle. Now, it also threatens to play a part in the confirmation of President Barack Obama’s pick to lead the State Department’s intelligence arm. Daniel Bennett Smith, poised to become the department’s assistant secretary for intelligence and research, was recently questioned about his role in the autopsy of Brian LaLoup, a Marine sergeant from Coatesville, Pa., whose heart disappeared after he killed himself while stationed in Athens, Greece, in 2012. At the time, Smith served as the United States’ ambassador to

DA: Obama´s remarks
on pot reckless
Houston Chronicle, by Cindy George    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/20/2014 11:22:44 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama´s comment that marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol was a reckless statement that could encourage use of a harmful drug, Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson said Monday. "I adamantly disagree with the president," Anderson said in a news release. "According to a 2012 Drug Use and Health survey, marijuana is the number one drug that citizens over the age of 12 are addicted to or abuse. The negative effects of marijuana use on a developing brain can be permanent, and our president is recklessly giving what amounts to parental permission to our most impressionable citizens to

  



Russians study Islamic
video threatening Olympics
Associated Press, by Vladimir Isachenkov    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/20/2014 11:20:29 PM     Post Reply
MOSCOW — Russia´s counter-terrorism agency says it´s studying a video posted by an Islamic militant group that asserted responsibility for suicide bombings that killed 34 people last month and is threatening to strike the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Security experts say the Russians are right in taking the threat seriously. The video was posted online Sunday by a militant group in Dagestan, a predominantly Muslim republic in Russia´s volatile North Caucasus. The Olympic host city of Sochi lies only 500 kilometers (300 miles) west of Dagestan. Two Russian-speaking men featured in the video are identified as members of Ansar al-Sunna,

Downtown Detroit hit
by massive sinkhole
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/20/2014 11:20:28 PM     Post Reply
Officials say it could take days to repair a massive sinkhole that has opened up in downtown Detroit. The sinkhole, which opened up Saturday just blocks away from the North American International Auto Show, is now about 14 feet deep, WJBK reports. Traffic in the area is being disrupted as crews work to fix the hole, which is 10 feet wide, according to WWJ-AM. When asked about the cause of the sinkhole, Michigan Department of Transportation spokeswoman Diane Cross said the city has “older substructures underneath the roadways.” “Age is always a factor

HIV-positive college student secretly
filmed sex tapes with 32 people: police
New York Daily News, by Michael Walsh    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/20/2014 11:05:36 PM     Post Reply
An HIV positive college student could have knowingly infected more than 30 people with the deadly virus while secretly filming their sex romps on his laptop, police said. Michael Johnson, 22, was charged with exposing sexual partners to HIV back in October but prosecutors just announced Thursday that a police investigation uncovered the incriminating videos, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. "On that laptop were 32 videos that depicted different individuals engaged in sexual acts with Mr. Johnson," St. Charles County prosecutor Tim Lohmar told local station KMOV. Most of the 32 sex tapes were recorded in his dorm room

U.N. backs down in
standoff over Iran, opening
way for Syria peace talks
Washington Post, by Liz Sly and Anne Gearan    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/20/2014 10:57:03 PM     Post Reply
ISTANBUL — The United Nations on Monday revoked an invitation to Iran to attend a crucial peace conference on Syria in Switzerland, culminating a day of chaotic international diplomacy that included loud U.S. objection to Iran’s participation and a threat by the Syrian opposition to boycott the talks. Under intense American pressure, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon rescinded the invitation to Iran, issued only 24 hours earlier. The main Syrian opposition bloc almost immediately announced that it would join the talks, which are set to begin Wednesday. Secretary of State John F. Kerry personally lobbied Ban to rescind the invitation,

Hacking expert David Kennedy says he
cracked HealthCare.gov in 4 minutes
Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/20/2014 10:25:25 PM     Post Reply
The man who appeared before Congress last week to explain the security pitfalls of HealthCare.gov took to Fox News on Sunday to explain just how easy it was to penetrate the website. Hacking expert David Kennedy told Fox’s Chris Wallace that gaining access to 70,000 personal records of Obamacare enrollees via HealthCare.gov took about 4 minutes and required nothing more than a standard browser, the Daily Caller reported. “And 70,000 was just one of the numbers that I was able to go up to and I stopped after that,” he said. “You know, I’m sure it’s hundreds of thousands, if not

2 nabbed at Texas border in
Target credit card fraud case
Associated Press, by Christopher Sherman    Original Article
Posted By: mark34- 1/20/2014 9:32:33 PM     Post Reply
Account information stolen during the Target security breach is now being divided up and sold off regionally, a South Texas police chief said Monday following the arrest of two Mexican citizens who authorities say arrived at the border with 96 fraudulent credit cards. McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said Mary Carmen Garcia, 27, and Daniel Guardiola Dominguez, 28, both of Monterrey, Mexico, used cards containing the account information of South Texas residents. Rodriguez said they were used to buy tens of thousands of dollars´ worth of merchandise at national retailers in the area including Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Toys R

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