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Schumer´s Plan to
Abolish the Tea Party
American Thinker, by Matthew Vadum    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/24/2014 7:24:40 AM     Post Reply
The Democrats´ new much-vaunted master plan for annihilating the Tea Party movement calls for aggressive class warfare, demagoguery, and lying about the beliefs, motives, and goals of Tea Party supporters, Sen. Chuck Schumer revealed yesterday. Echoing President Obama´s infamous "bitter clingers" remarks, the New York Democrat argued that Tea Party supporters are cartoonish figures who are easily ridiculed. Invoking all the usual liberal cliches about conservatives, Schumer said the Tea Party is successor to "the Know-Nothings, Prohibitionists, Father Coughlin, and Huey Long." In other words, he believes the movement is a collection of hicks, yahoos, neo-Luddites, fascists, male chauvinists, and racists fearful

Fact-Free Liberals: Part IV
Creators Syndicate, by Thomas Sowell    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/24/2014 6:55:58 AM     Post Reply
One of the things that attracted me to the political left, as a young man, was a belief that leftists were for "the people." Fortunately, I was also very interested in the history of ideas -- and years of research in that field repeatedly brought out the inescapable fact that many leading thinkers on the left had only contempt for "the people." That has been true from the 18th century to the present moment. Even more surprising, I discovered over the years that leading thinkers on the opposite side of the ideological spectrum had more respect for ordinary people than

Too old to be given cancer
treatment: NHS is ´writing off´
patients who are over 75
Daily Mail [UK], by Jenny Hope    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/24/2014 6:49:05 AM     Post Reply
Pensioners with cancer are being written off as too old to treat, campaigners said yesterday. They cited figures showing survival rates for British patients aged 75 and over are among the worst in Europe. Young lung cancer sufferers are only 10 percent more likely to die within five years than their continental counterparts. But pensioners with the disease have 44 percent less chance of survival. The figure for stomach cancer--at 45 percent--is even worse. And Britons with prostate cancer are a fifth less likely to survive than Europeans if they are 85 and over. Just 43 percent live for five

  


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Mann v. Steyn - Mann
wins round two
Washington Post, by Jonathan H. Adler    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 1/24/2014 6:28:35 AM     Post Reply
On Wednesday, Judge Frederick Weisberg handed climate scientist Michael Mann a potentially significant victory in his defamation suit against Mark Steyn, National Review, Rand Simberg, and the Competitive Enterprise Institute. In a relatively brief order, Judge Weisberg denied the defendants’ motions to dismiss and lifted the stay on discovery in the suit. He explained: Opinions and rhetorical hyperbole are protected speech under the First Amendment. Arguably, several of defendants’ statements fall into these protected categories. Some of defendants’ statements, however, contain what could reasonably be understood as assertions of fact. Accusing a scientist of conducting his research fraudulently, manipulating his data

Twitter mobs are confused, angry and stupid.
Police and employers should ignore them
Telegraph [UK], by Martha Gill    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/24/2014 6:27:26 AM     Post Reply
To call Twitter a wild west is an understatement – it’s regressed far beyond that. We’re back to tribes and mob rule – with added speed and bloodlust. The inhabitants are confused and angry and move in swarms. You never know when they’ll suddenly swerve in unison and come at you. But how to deal with this random, terrifying phenomenon? Some hope we can get rid of it by civilising Twitter: introduce a basic justice system, swap the tribes for a sort of centralised government, perhaps move everyone on from hunter-gathering to nomadic farming. This might take a while.

Republicans seek own policy
cure to replace Obamacare
Reuters, by Susan Cornwell    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/24/2014 5:21:11 AM     Post Reply
Top Republicans are saying they can no longer just be the party of "No" on Obamacare: They need to come up with an alternative healthcare policy. While many Americans are skeptical of President Barack Obama´s healthcare overhaul, they also tell lawmakers they worry about keeping their costs from getting out of control. For those voters, a party that offers a platform to repeal the 2010 law without anything to replace it may not be very attractive. As a result, lawmakers from both the establishment wing of the Republican Party and the more fiscally conservative small-government proponents in the Tea Party movement are

What Are They Smoking?
Politico Magazine, by William J. Bennett & Christopher Beach    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/24/2014 5:14:19 AM     Post Reply
The national debate over marijuana legalization has caught many liberals in a confounding paradox. These liberals, who have fought vociferously for bans on cigarettes, super-sized sodas, trans fats and other unhealthy substances, now either advocate for the legalization of marijuana or stand unopposed to it. This is notable because, whatever else it is, marijuana is not healthy. In his recent New Yorker interview, President Obama remarked, “I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big

  


  

God save the queen
New York Post, by William McGurn    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/24/2014 5:02:53 AM     Post Reply
When six springs ago Her Britannic Majesty graced the White House with a state visit, your humble columnist, then working in the West Wing, opted to take his youngest child to the arrival ceremony. I told her she’d get to see a real queen. So on that sunny May morning we appeared on the South Lawn with my daughter attired in Peter Pan collar, proper white stockings and beribboned straw hat — looking for all the world as though she’d stepped out of an old BBC newsreel of the queen on a visit to some quaint little Yorkshire village. Alas, the entire

Where have the big-time grifters gone?
Washington Times, by Wesley Pruden    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/24/2014 5:01:01 AM     Post Reply
Corruption in the governor’s mansions just ain’t what it used to be. A crooked governor of the old school, even an honors graduate in the not-so-long ago, would never have settled for a pair of FootJoy golf shoes, a Rolex, an Oscar de la Renta dress for the missus or airline tickets to a bachelorette party in Savannah and midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. With or without a Louis Vuitton suitcase. Grifters today think small, and some of the greediest crooks among us have neither vision nor imagination. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, took advantage of a

Eric Holder: US still a
nation of cowards on race
Daily Caller, by Neil Munro    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/24/2014 4:57:19 AM     Post Reply
Attorney General Eric Holder reiterated his 2009 claim that Americans are a “nation of cowards” on racial issues on Thursday. Holder’s effort to profile the entire nation as cowards came during a friendly interview with the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, where was asked if he would take back his 2009 remarks. “I would not take that back,” he replied. As usual, Holder did not brave questions from the audience or from other reporters in the room. In 2009, Holder claimed that “though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial, we have always been and we

Wendy Davis has no future in politics
New York Post, by Naomi Schaefer Riley    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/24/2014 4:46:43 AM     Post Reply
Want to know why Wendy Davis will have trouble winning higher office in Texas or anywhere else in America? It’s not because she stretched the truth in her “from mobile-home-living single mom to Harvard Law grad” campaign biography, nor because her husband paid for her education, nor even because she placed a lot of value on her career. Nope: It’s because Davis, the Lone Star State senator who became famous for her filibuster of an abortion-limiting bill in Texas, lost custody of her children to her ex-husband. This revelation about Davis’ past, which came to light thanks to reporting by Wayne Slater

  


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Obama’s ­Fantasy World
Weekly Standard, by Lee Smith    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/24/2014 4:42:54 AM     Post Reply
So what if the sectarian conflict raging from Beirut to Baghdad claimed yet more lives last week? From the Obama administration’s perspective, all’s well with its Middle East policy. Not a bombing in the Lebanese capital, nor clashes throughout Iraq, nor even reports that Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime systematically tortured and executed 11,000 detainees can shake the White House’s confidence in its strategic vision. For Obama envisages, as he told the New Yorker last week, a “new geopolitical equilibrium” emerging in the Middle East. And as the White House measures progress—diplomatic frequent flyer miles, not body counts on the ground—all

Snowden Wants to Come Home
Time, by Denver Nicks    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/24/2014 4:36:27 AM     Post Reply
Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden says he wants to return to the U.S. to resolve his standoff with American authorities over classified data he leaked last year, but that he can’t do so until he can be sure he’ll get a fair trial. “Returning to the U.S., I think, is the best resolution for the government, the public, and myself, but it’s unfortunately not possible in the face of current whistleblower protection laws, which through a failure in law did not cover national security contractors like myself,” he said in a live online chat Thursday. Snowden said that unless the law changes,

The most corrupt state(s) in America
Washington Post, by Reid Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/24/2014 4:33:39 AM     Post Reply
Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s indictment on charges that he accepted illegal gifts, vacations and loans from a major campaign contributor who sought special treatment is so shocking, in part, because McDonnell is the first governor in the history of the Commonwealth to face criminal charges. Unlike plenty of other states, Virginia doesn’t have a long history of scandals and ethics abuses. Which states are more used to corruption? Well, depending on how you define corruption, it could be Florida, or Louisiana, or Tennessee, or New York, or Georgia. And then there’s the District of Columbia. Here’s how each of the above

The Pope’s Views on Inequality
Test Obama’s Mettle
Fiscal Times, by Edward Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/24/2014 4:30:25 AM     Post Reply
This week, Barack Obama announced that he would make a historic visit to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis. The last state visit from a US president took place nearly six years ago, when George W. Bush met with now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in June just as his plan to boost troop strength in Iraq started bearing fruit in a war that Pope John Paul II had opposed. In 2004, Bush visited the soon-to-be-canonized Catholic saint to award him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, despite their disagreement, in honor of his role in Every President since Richard Nixon has made

  


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UNESCO: Building Bigotry in
the Minds of Men and Women
PJ Media, by Claudia Rosett    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/24/2014 4:30:16 AM     Post Reply
The United Nations cultural agency has disgraced itself again, deciding at the last minute to postpone an exhibition of the 3,500-year relationship of the Jewish people to the Holy Land. This exhibition, co-sponsored by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, was due to open this past Monday at the Paris headquarters of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). But last week 22 Arab states sent a letter to UNESCO’s secretariat, protesting that this exhibition could endanger the “peace process.” (French text of the letter here, courtesy of UN Watch). UNESCO’s secretariat — namely, its director-general, Irina Bokova — could have

Federal Probe into New Jersey
Sen. Menendez Is Widening
WNBC-New York, by Jonathan Dienst    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/24/2014 4:20:59 AM     Post Reply
The federal criminal investigation into New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez is broader than previously known, NBC 4 New York has learned. The Department of Justice is investigating Menendez´s efforts on behalf of two fugitive bankers from Ecuador, multiple current and former U.S, officials tell NBC 4 New York. The probe into Menendez’s dealing with the bankers comes as federal authorities are also investigating his relationship to a big campaign donor from Florida. The criminal investigation is focusing in part on the senator’s ties to William and Roberto Isaias and whether the senator crossed a line in trying to help the two brothers

The Sleepiness of a Hollow Legend
Wall Street Journal, by Peggy Noonan    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/24/2014 4:17:21 AM     Post Reply
So the president´s State of the Union address is Tuesday night, and it´s always such a promising moment, a chance to wake everyone up and say "This I believe" and "Here we stand." The networks are focused and alert, waiting to be filled with a president´s excellence and depth. It´s a chance for the American president to say whatever the storm, however high the seas, the union stands "rock-bottomed and copper-sheathed, one and indivisible." That´s how Stephen Vincent Benet had Daniel Webster put it, in a play. In a State of the Union a president tries to put his stamp on

Sochi 2014: IOC jeopardized safety of athletes
and fans in awarding Games to Putin’s Russia
Washington Post, by Sally Jenkins    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/24/2014 4:13:18 AM     Post Reply
The Olympics aren’t supposed to kill people. They’re supposed to exalt them. But it’s too late to take the dangerous, despoiling Winter Games away from the thugocracy that is Vladimir Putin’s Russian regime, so the only option is to count on the man’s bulging biceps and hope it’s an adequate “ring of steel” that can keep people safe in Sochi. It’s a cold hard fact that these Olympics have become an agent of death. Sochi already is a catastrophe, and if it becomes a tragedy too, it will be because the International Olympic Committee has become the tool of “colossal authoritarian

He plans to run for Congress -- in 4 states
CNN, by Ashley Killough    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/24/2014 4:10:55 AM     Post Reply
Allan Levene really -- really -- wants to serve in Congress. So much so, that he plans to run in four states: Georgia. Minnesota. Michigan. Hawaii. It´s puzzling, but the Republican freely admits his strategy increases his odds of winning a House seat. As he sees it, all roads lead to Rome. "No matter where you win a seat in Congress, you go to the same building. You do the same work," he said. "You can work for your constituents, which all have similar needs, but the key is you go to Washington and help solve the country´s problems." Legally, his strategy is possible. But

  



Mafia Cheated Out of ´Goodfellas´
Loot, Suspect Told Informant
ABC News, by Josh Margolin *    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/24/2014 4:08:46 AM     Post Reply
An alleged mobster arrested today for the long unsolved Lufthansa heist made famous in the movie “Goodfellas” admitted to an FBI informant that the theft´s ringleader, Jimmy “the Gent” Burke, cheated the Mafia out of its share of the loot. Vincent Asaro, 78, of Howard Beach, N.Y., was arrested today and among the charges against him was conspiring in the 1978 Lufthansa heist which netted $5 million in cash and $1 million in jewels. At the time, it was the biggest theft in U.S. history. The money has never been recovered. Court documents released at his arraignment quote two of four FBI

Mexico City Bets On Tap
Water Law To Change Habit
Associated Press, by Adriana Gomez Licon    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/24/2014 4:05:55 AM     Post Reply
MEXICO CITY -- "Drink the water." It´s a suggestion alien to Mexico City residents who have long shunned tap water in favor of the bottled kind and to the throngs of tourists who visit the city each year, bringing with them fears of "Montezuma´s Revenge." But a law recently approved by Mexico City´s legislators will require all restaurants to install filters, offering patrons free, apparently drinkable potable water that won´t lead to stomach problems and other ailments. "We need to create a culture of water consumption," said Dr. Jose Armando Ahued, health secretary for Mexico City. "We need to accept our water." Bad

3 dead, 20-plus hurt in
I--94 pileup in Indiana
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/24/2014 3:43:51 AM     Post Reply
MICHIGAN CITY, Ind.- Police say a massive highway pileup in northwestern Indiana has killed three people and injured more than 20 people. Indiana State Police say the pileup on Interstate 94 Thursday afternoon involved about 15 semitrailers and about 15 passenger vehicles and pickup trucks. They say one injured person remained trapped in a vehicle Thursday evening, hours after the pileup began. The accident happened near Michigan City, which is about a 60-mile drive from Chicago. Police say Michigan City has provided two buses that are being used to warm people and transport the injured to hospitals.

Greg Abbott Reacts to Video
Showing Battleground Texas Activists
Mocking His Disability (Update:
Davis Reacts)
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/24/2014 2:10:09 AM     Post Reply
Earlier this afternoon, James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas released a video showing Battleground Texas activists mocking him and condoning voter fraud. In the video, an attorney and voter registrar for the group, which is supporting Democrat Wendy Davis’ run for governor of Texas, is seen making a joke about the fact that Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is confined to a wheelchair. Abbott is the presumed Republican nominee for governor. Today, the Abbott campaign released a statement on the video. AUSTIN – Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott today released the following statement regarding the release of Project Veritas’ video

Boehner tells Leno he won´t
give up wine, golf to be president
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/24/2014 2:02:46 AM     Post Reply
BURBANK, Calif. – House Speaker John Boehner says he likes his life too much to run for president. Making his first appearance Thursday night on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," Boehner twice gave an emphatic "no," then repeated it, when Leno asked if he´d ever seek the nation´s highest office. Boehner told Leno he likes to play golf, cut his own grass, drink red wine and smoke cigarettes, and he´s "not giving that up to be the President of the United States." The line got a round of applause from the Burbank, Calif. audience. Boehner also got a laugh when

Gov. Christie, Camden superintendent
tout new after school dinner program
South Jersey Times [Woodbury, NJ], by Phil Davis    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/24/2014 12:06:11 AM     Post Reply
Camden — Gov. Chris Christie continued his campaign to reform the Camden school district at the Thomas H. Dudley Elementary School on Thursday, promoting the district´s most recent initiative: free dinner for Camden students. Joined by newly-appointed Camden superintendent of schools, Paymon Rouhanifard, and Mayor Dana Redd, many expected Christie to follow up on his comments during his State of the State address about lengthening school days and extending the school year. However, the governor and superintendent focused on the After School Dinner program implemented earlier this month, which gives students at six select schools in Camden a hot meal to

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