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Warmists Pivot to
Climate Adaptation
American Thinker, by Peter Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 1/22/2014 5:18:07 AM     Post Reply
Climate change activists utilize two strategies in their war against global warming: mitigation and adaptation. Despite ongoing efforts, mitigation efforts to cut CO2 emissions are failing. There is little political will in developing countries like China and India to make sacrifices to avert a distant threat that might turn out to be nonexistent. In response, environmentalists are increasingly focusing on adaptation strategies. Skeptics like Bjorn Lomborg argue that adaptation is significantly more cost-effective than mitigation. Mitigation is governed by the precautionary principle: act now, just in case something in the future might be harmful. With adaptation -- adapting to climate as

Can Anyone Stop Hillary? Absolutely
Atlantic, by James A. Barnes    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/22/2014 5:17:39 AM     Post Reply
Time magazine’s cover this week asks, “Can Anyone Stop Hillary?” The answer to that question is yes, but you’d never know it judging by the overwhelming belief among Democratic insiders that the party’s 2016 presidential nomination is simply Hillary Clinton’s for the asking. For all her popularity among party power brokers, the sense of invincibility that currently surrounds Clinton reflects a kind of suspension of disbelief by Democrats that a more detached reckoning should dispel. That faith in Clinton’s prospective candidacy was evident earlier this month when YouGov, the non-partisan Internet polling company, asked 100 Democratic operatives and activists as part of

Obama Executive Order to ‘Cut Red Tape’
Has Added $10.2 Billion in Costs to Economy
Washington Free Beacon, by Elizabeth Harrington    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/22/2014 5:12:20 AM     Post Reply
An executive order issued by President Barack Obama that was designed to “cut red tape” has added $10.2 billion in regulatory costs to the economy, according to a new report. Tuesday was the third anniversary of Executive Order 13563, prompting the American Action Forum to examine the effects of the order. It was intended to reduce “redundant, inconsistent, or overlapping” regulations. The order was hailed as “unprecedented” by the president and former Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) administrator Cass Sunstein. However, Sam Batkins, director of regulatory policy at American Action Forum, found that the action was hardly unique and has

  


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The Car as Codpiece
American Spectator, by Eric Peters    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/22/2014 5:06:59 AM     Post Reply
Americans are a passive people — much as they like to imagine themselves vigorous, decisive, and independent. They like to watch football. And they certainly don’t do much more than that behind the wheel. Driving is an active verb. But observe the typical American driver. He is soporific passivity personified. He coasts along, lost in thought (or lost in chat). Eyes half-closed, mind half lit, he rarely pays much attention to things outside his immediate orbit — unless it’s something edible. Forget about what’s happening in the rearview. He target fixates on the bumper of the car head. He plods along in

NYC ´Human Rights´
Czars Lose to Jews
Weekly Standard, by Mark Hemingway    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/22/2014 5:03:06 AM     Post Reply
Yesterday, THE WEEKLY STANDARD reported on the New York City human rights commission´s dubious case against seven business owners in the Hasidic community Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The commission alleged that these Jewish stores were guilty of religious and sexual discrimination for posting dress code signs requiring "No Shorts, No Barefoot, No Sleeveless, No Low Cut Neckline," and the stores were facing $75,000 in potential fines. The commission had already been slapped down last year by an administrative judge for alleging that the posted dress code was an attempt by the Orthodox Jewish business owners to impose their religion on others—after all,

Argentina restricts online shopping
as foreign reserves drop
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/22/2014 5:02:53 AM     Post Reply
Argentina has introduced new restrictions on online shopping as part of efforts to stop foreign currency reserves from falling any further. Anyone buying items through international websites will now need to sign a declaration and produce it at a customs office, where the packages have to be collected. The procedure will need to be repeated for every new purchase. Argentina´s reserves of hard currencies dropped by 30% last year. The government of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has introduced a number of restrictions on transactions with foreign currency. Items imported through websites such as Amazon and eBay are no longer

Obamacare Security Risks Abound
National Review Online, by Jillian Kay Melchior    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/22/2014 5:00:16 AM     Post Reply
Is there any secure way to sign up for Obamacare? It’s becoming an increasingly valid question. Hacker-turned-security-expert Kevin Mitnick told Congress last week that HealthCare.gov had only “shameful” and “minimal” protections. And David Kennedy, a leading computer-security expert, said: “I don’t understand how we’re still discussing whether the website is insecure or not. It is insecure –100 percent.” One could certainly be forgiven for hesitating to sign up online—but it looks like enrolling through an official navigator might be a risky process, too. I write today that in as many as 31 states, there are no background-check requirements for navigators. Other states have

  


  

Controversy fizzes up around SodaStream
over their use of factories in the West Bank
just as Scarlett Johansson signs on to be
the company´s first global ambassador
Daily Mail [UK], by Meghan Keneally    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/22/2014 4:48:05 AM     Post Reply
The seemingly-innocent SodaStream machines that allow environmentally friendly users to carbonate their own water at home has come under fire for producing ‘blood bubbles’. The Israeli company, which has just signed on Scarlett Johansson as their first Global Brand Ambassador, runs three factories in the occupied West Bank and many say the company is taking advantage of the Palestinian residents who have few other employment options. SodaStream has been around in one form or another for more than a century but it became a publicly traded company in 2010 and emerged on the American market over the past five or

Shameless and partisan
hijacking of MLK’s Dream
New York Post, by Michael Goodwin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/22/2014 4:47:09 AM     Post Reply
Not so long ago, savvy politicians were fond of describing election campaigns as “the silly season.” They saw it as a scripted ritual where every promise made, every charge leveled, came with a sly wink that meant nothing was to be taken at face value. (Snip)Much of Monday’s promises were made as professions of commitment to Al Sharpton, or “Rev,” as Biden kept calling him in that down-home Delaware way. Somewhere, somehow, Sharpton has become the living surrogate for King. As the day’s top ringmaster, he attracted supplicants and granted absolutions in two cities.

Who are the real extremists?
New York Post, by Ed Mechmann    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/22/2014 4:43:05 AM     Post Reply
The governor of the state of New York has an unfortunate tendency to engage in absolutist, take-no-prisoners ­political rhetoric. Just a few years ago, he declared that anyone who opposed redefining marriage was “anti-New York and anti-American.” So it really should be no surprise when his rhetoric gets out of hand, and shows a lack of respect for those who take opposing ­positions in good faith. Nevertheless, the remarks he made the other day are particularly disturbing. Commenting on some internal disputes among his Republican rivals, the governor of all New Yorkers (even those who disagree with him) said this: “Who are they?

Reeling Wendy Davis Grasps for Guns, Tells
AP that Her Origins Story Is Now Off-Limits
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/22/2014 4:39:02 AM     Post Reply
When she was on the Fort Worth City Council, Wendy Davis tried to kick gun shows off of municipal property. She tried this in Fort Worth, Texas, “where the West begins,” and failed. Fort Worth is not Austin, and Texas is not like the liberal enclaves where Davis tends to raise her campaign funds, as she is learning this week. Revelations that her origins story has some holes in it has sent Davis’ campaign for governor into a full-blown crisis. What’s a candidate to do? Change the subject, of course. So tonight, the AP reports that Davis is out suggesting that if

  


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New executive overreach: Obama may relax U.S.
sanctions on Iran — without action from Congress
Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/22/2014 4:32:59 AM     Post Reply
Like the man said, he’s got a pen and a phone and he’s not going to wait around for the legislature just because the law says he has to. It used to be that O reserved his executive power grabs for matters on which Congress was deadlocked, or simply wasn’t moving fast enough for his liking. Not always, of course: Congress duly enacted the ObamaCare employer mandate that he suspended, but that likely would have produced deadlock if he had asked Congress to suspend it instead, which, I guess, in Obama’s mind is close enough. This time is different. If anything,

The global grip of cigarette smoking
Los Angeles Times, by Thomas J. Bollyky    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/22/2014 4:27:10 AM     Post Reply
Fifty years ago this month, U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry announced the bombshell conclusions of a new report to a crowded room of journalists: Cigarette smoking causes lung cancer, is associated with other deadly illnesses and warrants remedial action. That 1964 surgeon general´s report on smoking and health spurred profound and lasting changes in tobacco use and policies in the United States, but its call to action has gone unfulfilled internationally. In the intervening decades, smoking has expanded in developing countries and has had devastating consequences for the world´s poor. Until that 1964 report, smoking rates had been climbing in the United

Sochi still scrambling
to sell Olympic tickets
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/22/2014 4:23:21 AM     Post Reply
LONDON — What if they held an Olympics and nobody came? The situation isn´t that bleak, of course, for the Sochi Games. Yet, with less than three weeks to go until the opening ceremony, hundreds of thousands of tickets remain unsold, raising the prospect of empty seats and a lack of atmosphere at Russia´s first Winter Olympics. There are signs that many foreign fans are staying away, turned off by terrorist threats, expensive flights and hotels, long travel distances, a shortage of tourist attractions in the area, and the hassle of obtaining visas and spectator passes. "Some people are scared it costs too

Snow Swirls Up East Coast,
Leaving A Bitter Trail
Associated Press, by Bob Salsberg    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/22/2014 4:20:23 AM     Post Reply
BOSTON -- Snow blowers whirred and shovels scraped across sidewalks as the Northeast tried to keep up with a winter storm that swirled up the coast, creating blizzard conditions on Cape Cod, disrupting government work in Washington and leaving behind it bitter Canadian cold that sapped fuel supplies. The huge storm stretched from Kentucky to New England but hit hardest along the heavily populated Interstate 95 corridor between Philadelphia and Boston. Snow began falling midmorning Tuesday in Philadelphia and had dumped as much as 13.5 inches by midnight, with New York seeing almost as much. Manalapan, N.J., had the highest snowfall

  


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Ferraris, Rolexes And A Shopping
Spree: Inside The Extravagant Life
Of Bob McDonnell And His Wife
ABC News, by Arlette Saenz    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/22/2014 4:16:52 AM     Post Reply
Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, liked to live large. The couple was indicted in a federal court on Tuesday on federal corruption charges for allegedly illegally accepting dozens of expensive gifts and donations from a wealthy friend. The indictment alleges that the McDonnells used the governor’s position to try to help Jonnie Williams, the CEO of dietary supplement company Star Scientific, in exchange for lavish gifts and donations. The former governor, who left office earlier this month, maintains he did nothing illegal in his interactions with Williams. Many of the indictment’s most shocking details focus on the activities

Will Christie aide fired over Bridgegate
rat out her boss? Lawyer with deep
ties to the governor splits with
Bridget Kelly over ´conflict of interest´
Daily Mail [UK], by ML Nestel, David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/22/2014 3:56:27 AM     Post Reply
The lawyer slated to represent a top Christie Christie aide sacked over the Bridgegate scandal is no longer representing her, MailOnline has learned, leading to speculation that she may be planning to turn on her former boss. The news came on an icy, snow-drifted Tuesday as Christie took his oath of office for a second term as New Jersey´s governor. Walter Timpone, a Christie-linked attorney whom Kelly retained after her public firing, received the subpoena served on her Friday by a New Jersey Assembly special investigative committee. But he is stepping aside because he has a conflict of interest.

Syrian ´peace talks’ are
all part of the war
Telegraph [UK], by Richard Spencer    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/22/2014 3:48:44 AM     Post Reply
So that’s it. There were, we now know, secret talks with the Iranians to bring them to the Syrian peace table but they failed. The war is not over. Iranian troops, active across Syria as “advisers”, will continue to fight; their proxies will continue to die. Somehow, Ban Ki-moon, the ultra-cautious UN chief, managed to blow it. Having cornered Javad Zarif, the reformist Iranian foreign minister, in New York on Sunday, he revealed his hand too early. He tried to bind the Iranians to a position that they were unhappy to admit to publicly, and scared them off. The Iranians

Military Eyes Afghan Force
of 10,000, or a Pullout
New York Times, by Jackie Calmes & Eric Schmitt    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/22/2014 3:36:50 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has proposed to President Obama that 10,000 American troops remain in Afghanistan when the international combat mission there ends after this year, or none at all, senior government officials said Tuesday. That figure, debated in recent days within the White House, is the midpoint of a range of 8,000 to 12,000 troops — most of them Americans — that has been contemplated for months as the United States and its NATO allies planned for the long mission’s end. Anything less than that, the officials said, would be too few to be able to protect the reduced

A physician’s view on the sanctity of life
Washington Times (D.C), by Ben S. Carson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/22/2014 3:28:07 AM     Post Reply
Several years ago, I was consulted by a young woman who was 33 weeks pregnant and was on her way to Kansas get an abortion. I informed her of the multiple options available to her outside of abortion and she decided to go through with the pregnancy even though the child had hydrocephalus and required neurosurgical intervention after birth a few weeks later. She kept the baby and loves the beautiful child that has resulted. A couple of decades ago, I came into the pediatric Intensive Care Unit on morning rounds and was told about a four-year-old girl who had

  



Higher-income Americans hit
hardest by tax changes
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/22/2014 3:16:39 AM     Post Reply
Higher-income Americans and some legally married same-sex couples are likely to feel the biggest hits from tax law changes when they file their returns in the next month or two. Taxpayers also will have a harder time taking medical deductions this year. In other changes, the tax rate tables and the standard deduction have been adjusted for inflation, as has the maximum contribution to retirement accounts, including 401(k) plans and Individual Retirement Accounts. The Alternative Minimum Tax has been patched -- permanently -- to prevent more middle-income taxpayers from being drawn in. And starting with the 2013 tax year, there´s

Bob McDonnell: If I´m Guilty,
So Is Obama
Breitbart Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/22/2014 3:05:56 AM     Post Reply
After he and his wife were indicted on fourteen felony counts Tuesday, former Virginia Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell said that he was being charged based on a "misguided legal theory" that would implicate President Barack Obama and nearly every other elected official were it applied as the law of the land. Appearing with his wife, daughter, and son-in-law to address the media hours after the indictment, McDonnell, who is the first Virginia governor to face criminal charges and will be arraigned in Richmond Friday, said he was "falsely accused," that his public service has been "wrongly attacked," and that he would

Where Have All the Uninsured Gone?
Bloomberg News, by Megan McArdle    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 1/22/2014 12:59:57 AM     Post Reply
My last column referred in passing to a surprising fact that came out of last weekend´s Wall Street Journal: Somewhere between 65 percent to 90 percent of the 2.2 million folks who bought insurance on the exchanges through late December seem to be people who already had insurance. Some came to the exchanges when their policies got canceled; others came, voluntarily or not, from the employer market. (Snip) But where are the rest? We just created a giant new entitlement to take care of these people. Why aren’t they showing up to take advantage of it?

Disarming the White House
New York Times, by Norman J. Ornstein    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 1/22/2014 12:51:46 AM     Post Reply
Washington — Amid the coverage of the Christie controversy and the latest budget deal, it was easy to miss the news about last week’s oral arguments before the Supreme Court in the case of National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning. And yet the Canning case represents the biggest threat to presidential power in decades, and the stakes in the decision are extremely high. (Snip) But what happens when we have a president from one party and a Senate majority from the other? The justices, in the oral argument, focused on the “originalist” fact that at the beginning of the

Lawmakers tie Pakistani aid
to release of hero doctor
FOX News, by Sib Kaifee    Original Article
Posted By: smcchk- 1/21/2014 11:30:53 PM     Post Reply
Lawmakers are attaching some strings to $33 million in aid to Pakistan, making the funds contingent on freeing the doctor who helped the CIA find Usama bin Laden. The GOP-controlled House Appropriations Committee inserted language that appears to withhold the foreign aid unless the State Department certifies Dr. Shakil Afridi is released from prison, where he’s serving a 33-year sentence on a dubious conspiracy conviction. The condition left Pakistani officials fuming. “Any linkage of US assistance to this case is not in keeping with the spirit of cooperation between the two countries,” said Pakistan Foreign Office spokeswoman Tasneem Aslam. President Obama

Snowden Calls Russian-Spy Story “Absurd”
New Yorker, by Jane Mayer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/21/2014 11:16:56 PM     Post Reply
Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor turned whistleblower, strongly denies allegations made by members of Congress that he was acting as a spy, perhaps for a foreign power, when he took hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. government documents. Speaking from Moscow, where he is a fugitive from American justice, Snowden told The New Yorker, “This ‘Russian spy’ push is absurd.” On NBC’s “Meet The Press,” Mike Rogers, a Republican congressman from Michigan who is the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, described Snowden as a “thief, who we believe had some help.” The show’s host, David

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