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New Orleans musician in coma
after street attack may be latest
victim of sick craze known as
the ´knock out game´
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/22/2014 7:07:44 AM     Post Reply
A popular New Orleans musician is fighting for his life in hospital after being brutally attacked in what is believed to be the latest case of a sick craze known as the knock-out game. Doug Potter was returning to his car after playing a gig at Cafe Beignet inside the Bourbon Street courtyard venue on Tuesday night when he was brutally assaulted by two men. The 54-year-old bass player is now in an induced coma after undergoing intensive brain surgery at University Hospital. Mr Potter was not robbed and witnesses say the two attackers appeared to have assaulted him for

The blunt truth — White house drug czar
contradicts Obama on marijuana
Washington Times, by Ernestt Istook    Original Article
Posted By: Write2Right- 1/22/2014 7:00:47 AM     Post Reply
President Obama’s latest claims about marijuana are contradicted by research and official positions of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, which is part of the White House. And Mr. Obama’s words have anti-drug leaders worried about negative repercussions among youth.Mr. Obama claimed to The New Yorker magazine that marijuana is no worse than cigarettes or alcohol and he promoted state efforts by Colorado and Washington to legalize marijuana, which remains illegal under federal law.The National Drug Control Policy’s official stance, posted on the whitehouse.gov website, says the opposite of Mr. Obama on all counts. For example, as documented in agency

Fact-Free Liberals: Part II
Creators Syndicate, by Thomas Sowell    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/22/2014 6:39:19 AM     Post Reply
Words seem to carry far more weight than facts among those liberals who argue as if rent control laws actually control rents and gun control laws actually control guns. It does no good to point out to them that the two American cities where rent control laws have existed longest and strongest -- New York and San Francisco -- are also the two cities with the highest average rents. Nor does it make a dent on them when you point out evidence, from both sides of the Atlantic, that tightening gun control laws does not reduce gun crimes, including murder. It is

  


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EPA Decree Shrinks Size of
Wyoming by a Million Acres
CNS News, by Matt Vespa    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/22/2014 6:07:33 AM     Post Reply
Why is the EPA altering state boundaries in Wyoming - and reversing over 100 years of established law? Well, apparently the city of Riverton now falls under the jurisdiction of the Wind River Indian Reservation. This, obviously, isn´t sitting well with the governor´s office - which is urging the EPA to reconsider its ruling and respect the rule of law. Reacting to the decision to reduce the size of Wyoming by about a million acres, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead warned of the dangers to all Americans of this type of unilateral land redistribution by the EPA: "I understand that the Northern Arapaho

Lottery of NHS drugs punishes the dying
Telegraph [UK], by Laura Donnelly    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/22/2014 5:59:51 AM     Post Reply
Thousands of patients suffering from cancer and other serious illnesses are being denied the drugs they need from the NHS, according to a report. [Snip] When the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) was created by the last Labour government, officials promised to end the variation in medical treatment across the country and ensure that if a drug was found to be effective, patients should not have to fight to get it. However, the findings show that thousands of patients suffering from cancer, motor neurone disease and an eye condition which is the most common cause of blindness,

What would Patrick Henry do with the NSA?
Daily Caller, by Mike Church    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/22/2014 5:30:41 AM     Post Reply
In the Pixar film “A Bug’s Life,” a colony of ants is threatened by a gang of motorcycle-riding grasshoppers. The grasshoppers scare — or “terrorize” — the ants into collecting their grain for them. The ants become desperate, fearing they cannot collect “Hopper’s” grain and theirs before the winter so they decide to go on offense and hire “warrior bugs.” The warriors turn out to be actors who play tough guys but really are hapless thespians. By the end of the film, the warriors figure out how to fool the grasshoppers into believing a hungry bird has found the colony’s

Refugees Who Insist on the Impossible
Commentary Magazine, by Jonathan S. Tobin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/22/2014 5:27:03 AM     Post Reply
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has a budget problem, and as a result its workers are on strike. As the New York Times reports, that’s bad news for Palestinian refugees in the West Bank who depend on the UN agency for food, services, and employment. But the controversy over the impact of the strike and the refugees’ demands for the Palestinian Authority to step in and pick up where the UN left off doesn’t address the heart of their problem. Instead of arguing over who should take care of them, the Palestinians should be seeking the same

  


  

Record-busting big freeze! Janus dumps
a FOOT of snow on the Northeast breaking
snow-fall records in New York and bringing
morning wind chills as low as minus forty
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/22/2014 5:26:37 AM     Post Reply
Much of the East Coast is bracing itself for a return to unseasonably cold weather on Wednesday as temperatures reminiscent of the polar vortex return with a vengeance following Tuesday’s heavy snow storm. Winter storm Janus dumped a foot and a half of snow in many areas, grounding thousands of flights and closing government offices in the nation´s capital. The storm stretched 1,000 miles between Kentucky and Massachusetts but hit especially hard along the heavily populated Interstate 95 corridor between Philadelphia and Boston, which created perilous rides home for millions of motorists on Tuesday evening.

Obama´s polls fall as middle
class gets his number
Washington Examiner [DC], by Noemie Emery    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/22/2014 5:22:21 AM     Post Reply
Are you dazed and confused by Barack Obama, the nominal Democrat, whose conduct as president since 2009 has seen him sink from nearly 70 percent to 40 percent or less in the national polling, from which he has seemed to learn nothing, but still marches on? Fear not, the doctor is in: Fred Siegel of the Manhattan Institute, whose latest book, The Revolt Against The Masses: How Liberalism Has Undermined the Middle Class, explains all you wanted to know about Obama, and much else. It explains why he never became the new Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy or Lyndon B.

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

  


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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

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

  


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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

  



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

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.

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