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Syria´s Assad accused of boosting
Al-Qaeda with secret oil deals
Telegraph (UK), by Ruth Sherlock and Richard Spencer    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/21/2014 7:42:24 AM     Post Reply
The Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad has funded and co-operated with al-Qaeda in a complex double game even as the terrorists fight Damascus, according to new allegations by Western intelligence agencies, rebels and al-Qaeda defectors. Jabhat al-Nusra, and the even more extreme Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS), the two al-Qaeda affiliates operating in Syria, have both been financed by selling oil and gas from wells under their control to and through the regime, intelligence sources have told The Daily Telegraph. Rebels and defectors say the regime also deliberately released militant prisoners to strengthen jihadist ranks at the expense of

Wendy Davis’ ex-husband: “They’ve
asked me not to talk to reporters”
Legal Insurrection, by William A. Jacobson    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/21/2014 6:30:18 AM     Post Reply
Wendy Davis, the progressive movement’s Texas darling because of her pro-late term abortion filibuster, is withering under revelations that much of her narrative of struggle and financial hardship is misleading at best, fabricated at worst. The wagons are being circled around her with claims of a War on Women and sexism … all because the truth has come out via an interview with her husband by the Dallas Morning News, and other investigation. (Snip)Here’s the key thing. The Wendy Davis campaign has been trying to keep Jeff Davis from speaking to the press for months.

One-time ´World´s fastest man´ Carl Lewis
says Chris Christie torpedoed his political
career in New Jersey because he wanted
to run against the governor´s friend
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/21/2014 6:20:33 AM     Post Reply
Carl Lewis, the nine-time Olympic gold medal winner in track and field who once set world records for sprinting, said Monday that New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie tripped him up in 2011 he tried a run of a different kind – for political office. Current Lieutenant Gov. Kim Guadagno, then the state´s attorney general, ruled that Lewis hadn´t lived in the Garden State long enough to run for a seat in the state senate. He was preparing to run as a Democrat against Republican state Sen. Dawn Addiego, a Christie friend and ally. The story of Lewis´ frustrating political

  


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Chaos as Maryland Obamacare website
has given confused insurance seekers the
toll-free number of a Seattle POTTERY
shop by mistake – for months!
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/21/2014 6:12:42 AM     Post Reply
Maryland´s Obamacare insurance marketplace is enduring the latest of a series of public embarrassments as its website has been referring hundreds of confused shoppers to a pottery store in Seattle, more than 2,300 miles away. That has put the temperature of the latest fiery debate over the Affordable Care Act at about 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature of a kiln. [Snip] Sue Lunz, the store´s owner, told The Baltimore Sun she has been getting dozens of calls per day, and it´s been a problem since the open-enrollment period began in October. Lilke the federal government´s Obamacare website, Maryland Health Connection

Meet Key Witness in NYC
Human Rights Commission Case
Against Jewish Business Owners
Weekly Standard, by Mark Hemingway    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/21/2014 6:08:20 AM     Post Reply
The New York City human rights commission is putting seven Jewish business owners on trial tomorrow for discrimination in the heavily Hasidic neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The Orthodox Jewish business owners´ supposed crime? Posting a dress code in storefront windows:(Snip for graphic)The human rights commission´s case is so thin that one of their lead witnesses has a lengthy history of expressing anti-Israel sentiment. But first, some background on what this is all about. Around the country, local and state governments are undermining free speech and attacking religious freedom with the aggressive use of human rights commissions, which have broad powers to

The Queen and Prince of Wales´s
job share will not be a regency
Telegraph [UK], by Vernon Bogdanor    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/21/2014 6:04:17 AM     Post Reply
The concept of retirement is unknown to the British monarchy. In 1947, at her coming of age, the Queen declared in South Africa that she would serve her country and the Commonwealth for the whole of her life. At the time of the Silver Jubilee, she declared that, although she had made that promise during her “salad days”, she did not regret it and intended to keep it. For this reason, there can be no question of the Queen following the example of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, who recently abdicated in favour of her son. Indeed, the notion of

The smoking ban killed the British pub.
This vandalism is Labour´s defining legacy
Telegraph [UK], by Peter Oborne    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/21/2014 5:51:56 AM     Post Reply
Some people believe Labour’s defining legacy is Iraq. Others think it is the hunting ban. But the issue which has affected most people and which has damaged the fabric and appearance of British community more than anything else is the loss of the local pub. The British pub is internationally famous. It is entirely bound with the nation´s history. Yet 26 are closing per week--more than 1,000 a year--changing the look of the nation. Town and countryside are littered with pub corpses, boarded up and often awaiting permission for conversion to flats or houses. And it is not as if

  


  

Meet the Plaintiff
Washington Free Beacon, by Bill McMorris    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/21/2014 5:51:02 AM     Post Reply
A 55-year-old woman who earns less than minimum wage caring for her disabled son could unravel decades of labor law and strike a blow against one of the most powerful political lobbies in the nation. Pamela Harris is fighting an Illinois law crafted by imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D.) and enforced by his successor Pat Quinn (D.) that forces her and other home healthcare workers to pay union dues. Her case, Harris v. Quinn, begins oral arguments at the Supreme Court on Tuesday morning “I don’t want to be the face and name associated with anti-union campaign, but this is at

Who New Yorkers Are
National Review Online, by Editors    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/21/2014 5:47:56 AM     Post Reply
New York governor Andrew Cuomo, whose desire to be the Democratic nominee for president of these United States is embarrassingly palpable, has decided that those who do not share his views on abortion (Hooray!), scary-looking firearms (Horrors!), and the various political demands attached to organized homosexuality (Hand on heart!) are untouchables — “They have no place in the state of New York,” he says, “because that’s not who New Yorkers are.” The governor needs to meet some New Yorkers. Before moving on to the moral and political probity of the governor’s statement, first consider his facts and logic: It must

EDD answers only 10% to 17%
of calls from jobless, records show
Los Angeles Times, by Mark Lifsher    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/21/2014 5:45:24 AM     Post Reply
SACRAMENTO — Four months after a botched computer upgrade delayed unemployment benefits for tens of thousands of Californians, jobless workers are still finding it nearly impossible to reach state employees for help. On any given day in recent months, as many as 90% of callers to the Employment Development Department seeking information about missed payments or unprocessed claims failed to reach a live worker, according to agency phone records obtained by The Times. Callers who don´t get through to staff are routed to a recorded voice directing them to seek answers on the EDD website or get help through an automated self-service

Government conspiracy theories aren´t crazy
USA Today, by Glenn Harlan Reynolds    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/21/2014 5:45:16 AM     Post Reply
At a tax symposium at Pepperdine Law School last week, former IRS chief counsel Donald Korb was asked, "On a scale of 1-10 ... how damaging is the current IRS scandal?" His answer: 9.5. Other tax experts on the panel called it "awful," and said that it has done "tremendous damage." I think that´s right. And I think that the damage extends well beyond the Internal Revenue Service. In fact, I think that the government agency suffering the most damage isn´t the IRS, but the National Security Agency. Because the NSA, even more than the IRS, depends on public trust. And now

  


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Being Black at University of Michigan
organizers threaten ´physical action´
if demands aren´t met
Ann Arbor News, by Ben Freed    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/21/2014 5:38:53 AM     Post Reply
Activists on the steps of Hill Auditorium Monday said that University of Michigan officials have seven days to meet seven demands addressing lack of diversity and inclusion at U-M or ‘physical actions’ will be taken on campus. Speaking Monday after a speech inside the auditorium by civil rights activist Harry Belafonte, representatives of the University of Michigan Black Student Union — the group that started the Being Black at University of Michigan (#BBUM) movement in the fall — issued a set of seven demands that they see as vital to improving life for minority students on campus.

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

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

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