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Obama at length: Why he falls flat in
an endless New Yorker interview
Fox News, by Howard Kurtz    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/21/2014 8:32:05 AM     Post Reply
In the course of 17,000 words, Barack Obama had plenty of time to make his case. And yet, after granting extraordinary access to New Yorker Editor David Remnick, the president gave the sense of a man marking time, hoping to consolidate his gains, abandoning what he once billed as the audacity of hope. This was not a confrontational series of interviews, and Obama, speaking as usual in perfect paragraphs, gave nods to both sides of just about every issue. That is to say, he failed to drive a message, as the political pros say. So the piece itself is a metaphor for

Sean Hannity reacts to Andrew Cuomo
comments: I can´t wait to leave New York
Washington Examiner, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/21/2014 8:29:23 AM     Post Reply
On his radio show Monday, Fox News Host Sean Hannity reacted to Gov. Andrew Cuomo´s controversial comments against conservatives, indicating that New York wasn´t a place for people who were pro-life and pro-Second Amendment. Hannity explained that he couldn´t wait to leave New York and move to Texas or Florida. "I was born and raised in New York,” Hannity said on his show. “I want you to know that and I can’t wait to get out of here. I really can’t." Hannity explained that the 10 percent state taxes and the high taxes in his county made him anxious to leave.

The Inventor of the
Global Warming Hockey Stick
Doubles Down
American Thinker, by S. Fred Singer    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/21/2014 8:26:47 AM     Post Reply
Professor Michael Mann, the inventor of the Hockeystick temperature graph, had a contentious editorial essay in the January 17th issue of the New York Times. [The Hockeystick graph purports to show that temperatures of the last thousand years declined steadily -- until the 20th century, when there was a sudden large rise.] I am using the word "inventor" on purpose, since the Hockeystick is a manufactured item and does not correspond to well-established historic reality.(snip)It is interesting that Mann now plays the role of the victim in purported persecution by powerful interests, darkly identified as the fossil-fuel industry. Actually, the



The Obama Six
American Spectator, by Jeffrey Lord    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/21/2014 8:19:28 AM     Post Reply
December 25, 2013: The CNN headline was blunt: Egypt’s interim Cabinet officially labels Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group Began the story, which was reported in one media outlet after another: (CNN) — Egypt’s interim government officially declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization on Wednesday, blamed it for a bombing this week that killed 16 people, and announced that anyone who is a member of the group will be punished. Hossam Issa, the interim minister of higher education and a deputy prime minister, announced the Cabinet’s decision on state-run al-Masriaya television. The government reiterates that there will be no return to the past under any

NFL reportedly considering
proposal to eliminate extra points
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/21/2014 8:17:44 AM     Post Reply
The NFL is reportedly considering abolishing the extra point after touchdowns as part of its scoring system. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told the NFL Network on Monday that the league´s Competition Committee is looking at proposals that would end extra point kicks after touchdowns in favor of a revised scoring system. "The extra point is almost automatic," Goodell told the network. "I believe we had five missed extra points this year out of 1,200 some odd (attempts). So it´s a very small fraction of the play, and you want to add excitement with every play." "There´s one proposal in particular that I´ve

Millennials Unhappy With Obama´s
War on the Young
Creators Syndicate, by Michael Barone    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/21/2014 8:13:06 AM     Post Reply
What do young Americans want? Something different from what they´ve been getting from the president they voted for by such large margins. Evidence comes in from various polls. Voters under 30, the millennial generation, produced numbers for Barack Obama 13 percentage points above the national average in 2008 and 9 points above in 2012. But in recent polls, Obama approval among those under 30 has been higher than the national average by only 1 percentage point (Quinnipiac), 2 points (ABC/Washington Post) and 3 points (YouGov/Economist). Those differences are statistically significant. And that´s politically significant, since a higher percentage of millennials than of the

Justin Bieber´s house did not have
´cookie jars´ full of weed, empty codeine
bottles in house during cop raid: detective
New York Daily News, by Nancy Dillon    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/21/2014 8:08:28 AM     Post Reply
Justin Bieber reportedly had cookie jars filled with marijuana and empty codeine bottles in his house when cops rolled through with an egging-related search warrant – but police didn´t sniff out any such stash, the lead detective said Monday. “I didn’t see any of it,” Lt. David Thompson with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told the Daily News. “The house was orderly. It didn’t look like a drug pad,” he said of the surprise raid last Tuesday. “I did see any empty codeine bottles. I didn’t smell weed.” Thompson said he personally walked through every room in Bieber’s notorious party palace and



Obama Under Pressure From
Divided Democrats on Economic
Message in State of the Union
National Journal, by Josh Kraushaar    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/21/2014 8:06:26 AM     Post Reply
As the White House drafts a sixth State of the Union address, signs of strain are emerging within the Democratic Party, with liberals pushing the president to be more outspoken about the economic issues that now drive voter dissatisfaction. And while the speech isn´t likely to make a big impact on what policies get through Congress, it could have a lasting effect on the direction of Democratic politics. Indeed, this year´s address is shaping up to be an opportunity for the White House to bridge the divide between the party´s populists and Clinton-era centrists. But there´s little sign President Obama will

Tech Innovation Outstrips
Government Obstructionism
Reason, by Ira Stoll    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/21/2014 7:56:19 AM     Post Reply
The most newsworthy line in David Remnick’s 17,000 word article about President Obama is the caption of the cartoon that, in classic New Yorker magazine style, appears unrelatedly alongside the article. The drawing shows a family gathered around a Chanukah menorah. The caption: “The Internet startup had only enough cash for one more day. But miraculously, the money lasted for eight days, until more venture capital could be raised.” Internet startup culture has permeated American life so far that the New Yorker can joke about it and compare it to the miracle of the Chanukah oil that lasted for eight

Hollande’s Romances Turn Into a
Political Spectacle in France
New York Times, by Elaine Sciolino, Alisa J. Rubin *    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/21/2014 7:46:20 AM     Post Reply
PARIS — As a candidate for the French presidency in 2012, François Hollande promised to be more boring spouse than flamboyant seducer. Determined to set himself apart from the man he was seeking to unseat — Nicolas Sarkozy, whose marriage to the former supermodel Carla Bruni had helped make him tabloid fodder — Mr. Hollande proclaimed, “I, president of the republic, will make sure that my behavior is exemplary at every moment.” Twenty months into his presidency, Mr. Hollande’s campaign pledge is faring even less well than the unemployment-cursed French economy. Caught in a clandestine affair that is more bedroom farce than Shakespearean

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

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

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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