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Fact-Free Liberals: Part III
Creators Syndicate, by Thomas Sowell    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/23/2014 7:20:51 AM     Post Reply
Since this year will mark the 50th anniversary of the "war on poverty," we can expect many comments and commemorations of this landmark legislation in the development of the American welfare state. The actual signing of the "war on poverty" legislation took place in August 1964, so the 50th anniversary is some months away. But there have already been statements in the media and in politics proclaiming that this vast and costly array of anti-poverty programs "worked."

PHOTOS: Yesterday´s Right to Life
March in Washington, D.C.
American Thinker, by Doug Mainwaring    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/23/2014 7:06:23 AM     Post Reply
It´s no wonder the legacy media does the best it can to ignore the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. They would like to preserve the perception they´ve cultivated over the years of "right to lifers" as a bunch of crotchety, backwards, sexually uptight old folks. Images of the January 22, 2014 March for Life present a completely different picture, demolishing the pro-abortion media´s false narrative about who today´s pro-life activists really are. This year´s March was dominated by young people -- overwhelmingly so. There were also groups and individuals marching that the legacy media would prefer to pretend

Independent review board says NSA phone
data program is illegal and should end
Washington Post, by Ellen Nakashima    Original Article
Posted By: Write2Right- 1/23/2014 6:57:53 AM     Post Reply
An independent executive branch board has concluded that the National Security Agency’s long-running program to collect billions of Americans’ phone records is illegal and should end.In a strongly worded report to be issued Thursday, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) said that the statute upon which the program was based, Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act, “does not provide an adequate basis to support this program.” The government’s massive surveillance programs were made public starting in June of 2013. They’ve been criticized as too far-reaching and defended by officials as necessary.

  


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Lieutenant-Commander Don Ridgway
Telegraph [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/23/2014 6:39:12 AM     Post Reply
Lt-Cdr Don Ridgway, who has died aged 92, flew with 816 Naval Air Squadron and after the war led a revolution in the retail industry. [Snip] As a result Ridgway and his squadron undertook night operations in the English Channel, laying mines in the harbours of Cherbourg and Le Havre and attacking enemy shipping. The toll was heavy. Within a few weeks the squadron had lost half its aircrew; however, one early success came after Ridgway identified a German convoy which was then attacked and sunk by surface forces. In February 1943 the squadron embarked in Dasher and escorted convoy

US privacy watchdog advises
NSA spying is ´illegal´
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/23/2014 6:25:44 AM     Post Reply
The bulk collection of phone call data by US intelligence agencies is illegal and has had only "minimal" benefits in preventing terrorism, an independent US privacy watchdog has ruled. The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board advised by a 3-2 majority that the programme should end. In a major speech last week, President Barack Obama said he was ordering curbs on the use of such mass data. But he said the US must continue collecting data to prevent attacks. The report from the PCLOB is the latest of several reviews of the National Security Agency´s (NSA) mass surveillance programme, the details of which caused

The Unbearable Lightness
of Being Ezra
American Spectator, by David Catron    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/23/2014 6:22:24 AM     Post Reply
We don’t know if Jeff Bezos laughed aloud when Ezra Klein, one of his star bloggers at The Washington Post, pitched an idea for a new website and asked for an eight-figure check to get it off the ground. We do know that Bezos decided to let him to seek investors elsewhere. (snip) Interestingly, on the same day that Klein’s departure was confirmed, The Post also announced a partnership with The Volokh Conspiracy.(snip) All of which suggests that, rather than committing a blunder, Bezos has traded up.

Biggest drop for 17 years in
jobless toll... and welfare blitz
has helped, says bank chief
Daily Mail [UK], by Becky Barrow, Hugo Duncan    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/23/2014 6:21:24 AM     Post Reply
A record 3,100 people every day are finding work as Britain’s jobless total falls at the fastest rate in 17 years. The number of unemployed tumbled to 2.32million--falling by 167,000 between September and November, the biggest drop since 1997. Yesterday the Office for National Statistics said the unemployment rate is now at 7.1 percent after falling faster than any economist or the Bank predicted. [Snip] In an unusually political statement, the Bank also said the Coalition’s benefits clampdown may have pushed more people into looking for work, rather than continuing to rely on State handouts. It said: ‘A tightening in

  


  

More than 11,000 heart attack patients
would not have died if British care was
as good as in Sweden, study claims
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/23/2014 6:13:08 AM     Post Reply
More than 11,000 deaths of heart attack patients could have been avoided if British care was as good as Sweden´s, a study has claimed. A third more Britons than Swedes died within a month of having a heart attack, according to the research on half a million patients. Scientists from University College London examined death rates in the two countries between 2004 and 2010. They said a key reason for the striking difference between the two was that British patients are not receiving the best possible treatment. [Snip] ´The uptake and use of new technologies and effective treatments recommended in

Texas Democrat darling puts
pink-sneaker-in-mouth slamming
paraplegic opponent who hasn´t
´walked a day in my shoes,´ as
her manicured life story unravels
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/23/2014 5:57:08 AM     Post Reply
Wendy Davis, the overnight Democratic Party success story whose hardscrabble roots and Texas-sized abortion rights filibuster made her a household name in June 2013, is in a sudden downward spiral. A day after the Dallas Morning News published a profile of the 50-year-old state senator and gubernatorial candidate that found problems with her public biography, Davis began lashing out at her Republican opponent, state Attorney General Gregg Abbott, complaining that he had never ´walked a day in my shoes.´ Abbott is a paraplegic, confined to a wheelchair from the age of 26 after a tree fell on him during a

Requiem
Slate, by Mark Vanhoenacker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/23/2014 5:51:58 AM     Post Reply
When it comes to classical music and American culture, the fat lady hasn’t just sung. Brünnhilde has packed her bags and moved to Boca Raton. Classical music has been circling the drain for years, of course. There’s little doubt as to the causes: the fingernail grip of old music in a culture that venerates the new; new classical music that, in the words of Kingsley Amis, has about as much chance of public acceptance as pedophilia; formats like opera that are extraordinarily expensive to stage; and an audience that remains overwhelmingly old and white in an America that’s increasingly neither. Don’t

Smoking Gun: Disgraced Obama EPA
Official Testifies to Anti-Capitalist Plan
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/23/2014 5:49:19 AM     Post Reply
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has released a transcript of former senior EPA official John Beale’s testimony. The Committee deposed Beale in connection with his recent fraud conviction. (Snip) “And then phase 3 would have been coming up with specific proposals that could be – could have been proposed either legislatively or things which could have been done administratively to kind of modify the DNA of the capitalist system…” That testimony comes on page 21 of Beale’s deposition. He testified to his belief that while environmental regulations in the United States have been successfull, “we’re reaching the limits

  


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Majority Say Obama Administration
Is Incompetent and
Obama Is Not Even Paying Attention
Independent Journal Review, by Kyle Becker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/23/2014 5:47:00 AM     Post Reply
A clear majority of the American people say that the Obama administration is not competent to manage the affairs of the U.S. government, according to a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday. Those who believe the Obama administration is incompetent weigh in at a clip of 53-42 – a margin of 11 points. In addition, more people believe that the president is not even paying attention to what’s going on than the contrary: 47-45. (That may be because the president finds out about all those “phony scandals” by reading about them in the news.) The president gets a negative score on a

Snap: EPA boss won´t sit with
Darrell Issa on flight to Davos
Washington Examiner [DC], by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/23/2014 5:43:11 AM     Post Reply
The seating arrangements on a flight from Washington to Davos, Switzerland, packed with U.S. officials headed to the annual World Economic Forum, were apparently a little too cozy for the new boss of the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy. A source on the Tuesday flight heading to Frankfurt, Germany, said McCarthy was seated when Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, arrived onboard and took his seat next to her. After a quick hello, Issa got up. But when he returned, McCarthy was gone. Another EPA official was in her seat. They certainly had a lot to talk

Greens blast Obama as oil flows
through southern Keystone leg
The Hill [DC], by Laura Barron-Lopez    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/23/2014 5:39:19 AM     Post Reply
Oil shipments on Wednesday began to flow through Keystone XL´s southern leg. TransCanada announced the start of oil deliveries to Gulf Coast refineries on Wednesday morning. The shipments run from Cushing, Okla. to Nederland, Texas. While not as controversial as its northern leg, which is still under review by the State Department, the decision by the Obama administration to allow the flow of oil through the southern Keystone leg is stirring controversy. Green groups like the Sierra Club blasted the administration for failing to adequately review the pipeline. “Today’s announcement is a painful example of President Obama’s all of the

Andrew Cuomo´s Soviet America
American Spectator, by Jeffrey Lord    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/23/2014 5:31:23 AM     Post Reply
You could call him the governor of a sovereign state. A sovereign state of Soviet America. Andrew Cuomo is not the governor of New York. Andrew Cuomo is the governor of a state of Soviet America. An America that is the land of a government-created Privileged Class. A land where political correctness rules — and people like, say, Sean Hannity or the Robertsons of Duck Dynasty or South Carolina U.S. Senator Tim Scott are not wanted. It is the American version of the late Soviet Union. In fact, this is exactly what Barack Obama has been about when he talked

  


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Iran Sanctions Relief Could
Fund Terrorism Against U.S.
Washington Free Beacon, by Adam Kredo    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/23/2014 5:27:50 AM     Post Reply
Iran has been granted absolute control over more than $4 billion that will be unfrozen and returned to Tehran under the recently enacted nuclear accord, causing concern that the cash will be used to fund terrorism. The billions in cash come with no strings attached, meaning that Iran has complete authority over how the funds are spent—and the U.S. government cannot ensure that it will not go toward terrorism. The White House did not mandate oversight of the funds under the nuclear deal, leading to concerns that one of the world’s top terrorism sponsors will give a cash infusion to radicals across

Chuck Hagel: The Invisible Man
American Conservative, by Kelley Vlahos    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/23/2014 5:25:31 AM     Post Reply
It’s been a year since former Republican senator Chuck Hagel emerged from one of the most grueling and cringe-worthy nomination hearings in recent history with the confirmed title of secretary of defense. Since then, his most vocal critics—all from his own party—have apparently moved on, leaving Hagel to steer the massive military industrial complex through its first war drawdown in more than 20 years. More urgently, he’s had to navigate the shoals of party politics, including a dysfunctional budget sequester and shutdown of the federal government. He’s also implementing unprecedented policies extending benefits for same sex couples in the military. He

Harry Reid’s casino luck
Washington Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/23/2014 5:22:21 AM     Post Reply
In a just world, no politician would leave office wealthier than on the day he takes the oath of office. We don’t live in a just world, alas, and the rags-to-riches life stories of more than a few U.S. senators strain credulity. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, once an officer of the Capitol Police, joined the ranks of multimillionaires during his four decades on the public payroll. He says he’s a good investor, and no doubt he is, but the watchdog group Cause of Action wants the Senate Ethics Committee to inquire as to whether and how he used his office

Antiabortion movement faces a cold reality
Washington Post, by Dana Milbank    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 1/23/2014 5:16:05 AM     Post Reply
James Dobson’s Focus on the Family asked Christians to pray for rain to fall on Barack Obama in 2008 when he accepted the presidential nomination. Various religious conservatives have said that hurricanes, earthquakes and other meteorological phenomena were divine punishment of wayward humans. So what are we to make of Wednesday’s March for Life on the Mall in Washington? The temperature was 12 degrees at the start of the annual antiabortion event, the wind chill below zero, and participants were trudging about in snow and ice from the previous day’s storm.

We´ve got to dump the ´wonder of
the world´ myths about the NHS
Telegraph [UK], by Tim Stanley    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/23/2014 5:14:00 AM     Post Reply
Mum was supposed to have her gall bladder removed this week. After 24 hours of starving and worrying, she arrived at the hospital at 6am. [Snip] “Oh, yes, we tried to call you,” said the nurse. “You can go home, Mrs Stanley. Your operation’s been cancelled because we’ve run out of beds.” “You’ve run out of beds?” mum said. “I’m not proud, love. I’d make do with a deckchair.” Dealing with the NHS over a long period can turn you into a tougher person. It reinforces the universal truth that “if you didn’t laugh, you’d cry”. Even if the joke

  



Make Pro-Abortion Extremists Play Defense
Weekly Standard, by Marjorie Dannenfelser    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/23/2014 5:12:18 AM     Post Reply
In 2012, Democrats ran a well-coordinated campaign to demonize and distort pro-life candidates as anti-woman misogynists hell-bent on taking away birth control. The Republican response to this line of attack consisted mostly of pivoting away to focus on “jobs” and the “economy.” With rare exceptions, instead of responding, GOP candidates were unwilling to answer the attacks head-on. In order to win elections in the future, Republicans will have to change tactics and better respond to these scurrilous accusations. They had a chance to change things in Virginia in 2013. Going into the Virginia governor’s race, pro-life advocates believed it would be

The president’s privacy epiphany
New York Post, by Jacob Sullum    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/23/2014 5:07:36 AM     Post Reply
Last June, after news reports revealed that the National Security Agency was surreptitiously collecting everyone’s phone records, President Obama called this massive dragnet a “modest encroachment” that “the American people should feel comfortable about.” Last Friday, he portrayed it as a significant threat to privacy. Which is it? Evidently the answer depends on the latest polls, which find that the American people are not as comfortable with the NSA’s snooping as Obama said they should be. His obvious lack of conviction about the threat posed by mass surveillance makes it hard to believe he is serious about addressing it. There was a

Stunner! Iranian FM on Nuke Deal:
‘We Did Not Agree to Dismantle Anything’
Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/23/2014 5:03:46 AM     Post Reply
Another brilliant moment in Obama foreign policy— Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters today the regime did not agree to dismantle anything in the recent nuclear deal. Gee, who could have seen this coming? CNN reported: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif insisted Wednesday that the Obama administration mischaracterizes concessions by his side in the six-month nuclear deal with Iran, telling CNN in an exclusive interview that “we did not agree to dismantle anything.” Zarif told CNN Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto that terminology used by the White House to describe the agreement differed from the text agreed to by Iran

Israel´s Most Reliable Ally
American Thinker, by C. Hart    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/23/2014 4:58:39 AM     Post Reply
"Through fire and water, Canada will stand with you," were the closing remarks of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the Israeli Knesset on Monday, January 20, 2014. (Snip) There was no outspoken criticism of Israel -- another "first" by a head of state visiting the land. Harper´s friendship with Israel has been a welcome relief at a time when the Jewish State has become increasingly isolated. Israel´s diplomatic troubles have come to the forefront, recently: • Israeli ambassadors were called on the carpet by four European governments that demanded an explanation of current Israeli settlement policy; • UNESCO cancelled an exhibit portraying

Seattle Seahawks’ Richard
Sherman ‘surprised’ by backlash
Seattle Post-Intelligencer [ WA], by Stephen Cohen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/23/2014 4:54:41 AM     Post Reply
Seattle Seahawks All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman was surprised that the online backlash “blew up the way it did” following his comments immediately after Seattle’s 23-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game. Just after making a game-clinching play by tipping a Colin Kaepernick pass intended for receiver Michael Crabtree into the arms of teammate Malcolm Smith, Sherman sparked outrage with his on-camera outburst during a sideline interview with Fox’s Erin Andrews. The reaction continued well after the game, as online critics disparaged his bravado and lack of sportsmanship. Sherman defended himself in a piece published after

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