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How Do You Solve a
Problem Like Wendy?
National Review Online, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/25/2014 7:35:10 AM     Post Reply
Dear Reader (and those of you who took the red pill), Last June, when the mainstream media collectively swooned over Wendy Davis and her shoes, I was overcome with Fremdschämen. The only problem is that I didn’t know what Fremdschämen was back then. But now I do! It’s a floor wax and a dessert topping! No, that’s not right. It’s my new favorite German word. What is amazing, to me at least, is that I am only just now learning of this word, despite having a soft spot (right below my elbow) for fun foreign words (“I myself am overcome with Backpfeifengesicht

Bloomberg gave 311 contract worth $10M
to company behind Obamacare rollout
New York Daily News, by Ann Karni    Original Article
Posted By: Write2Right- 1/25/2014 7:25:23 AM     Post Reply
In one of its final acts, the Bloomberg administration pushed through a costly contract to modernize the city´s 311 call system — hiring the same company fired by the feds for the botched rollout of the Obamacare website.The city’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, known as DoITT, awarded the contract to the Montreal-based company CGI on Dec. 31, hours before Bill de Blasio was sworn in as mayor. Bloomberg administration officials were keen on approving the deal because the former mayor sees the 311 hotline as one his legacies, sources said. But rival companies are up in arms, saying CGI has

Barack Obama´s Constant State
of Cognitive Dissonance
American Thinker, by Jeannie DeAngelis    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 1/25/2014 7:16:10 AM     Post Reply
Contradicting the faultless, albeit far-fetched image he has of himself, Barack Obama is a man harassed by truth. That´s why, judging from his inability to accept personal responsibility, Barack Obama must be living in a constant state of agitated cognitive dissonance. The late Leon Festinger is the social psychologist who proposed the theory of cognitive dissonance. According to Festinger, until the person suffering with perceptual disharmony can find a way to justify wrong actions and decisions, it´s impossible to achieve a calm mental state, especially when those wrong actions and decisions challenge the way the cognitively dissonant individual sees himself.

  


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Free Crack Pipes Urged To
Slow Spread Of HIV In SF,
Leaders Balk At Idea
KPIX 5-TV [San Francisco], by Joe Vazquez & Bill Disbrow    Original Article
Posted By: Az Roadrunner- 1/25/2014 7:14:39 AM     Post Reply
Brows were raised and eyes rolled back when needle exchange programs were first implemented to stop the spread of disease. Giving away free and clean syringes to heroin users seemed preposterous to many. Now it is a common practice and almost universally accepted as a means to prevent the spread of HIV. Could the same happen with free crack pipes?

Che Guevara SI!—Tea-Party NO!
Canada Free Press, by Humberto Fontova    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/25/2014 7:14:21 AM     Post Reply
Singer-actress Maria Conchita Alonso, a multiple Grammy nominee, was scheduled to star in a Spanish-language production of The Vagina Monologues next month in San Francisco’s Brava Theatre. Then she starred in a video ad for California Assemblyman and gubernatorial hopeful Tom Donnelly, a Tea-Party Republican who calls for enforcement of U.S. immigration laws. Only the torches and pitchforks were missing from the outraged mobs of San Francisco’s “Latinos” who (verbally) set upon Ms Alonso during a subsequent radio show. The woman could hardly get a word in edgewise. Callers insulted her relentlessly. “I’ve been called all these horrible names, like

Greg Abbott Responds to Wendy Davis Supporters´
Mocking of His Wheelchair in the Classiest Way
Independent Journal Review, by Emily Hulsey    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/25/2014 7:02:29 AM     Post Reply
The Texas governor race catapulted onto the national scene earlier this week, when an undercover video revealed supporters of Democratic candidate Wendy Davis mocking Republican rival Greg Abbott’s use of a wheelchair. Battleground Texas, the group of Davis supporters caught making the comments, naturally denied the video’s validity. Additionally, Davis issued a statement condemning the language used in the video. In an interview with Megyn Kelly, Abbott, who is the attorney general of Texas, responded to the ordeal: Denigrating the disabled is unworthy of Texas….What Texans really look at is the depth of character. There’s a reason why I have been elected

Backdoor Amnesty: Deportation Cases
Closed by ´Prosecutorial Discretion´
Up Almost 70%
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Edwin Mora    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/25/2014 6:56:09 AM     Post Reply
More immigrants facing deportation in immigration courts across the nation are having their court cases closed because of Obama’s prosecutorial discretion policy, researchers at Syracuse University found. Meanwhile, the number of removal proceedings initiated in immigration courts by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has dropped since the new policy was implemented. In fiscal 2013, immigration courts cited the exercise of “prosecutorial discretion” (PD) as the reason to dismiss 16,306 cases. That is a 68 percent increase from the 9,684 cases that were tossed in 2012 for the same reason. In total, from October 2011 when Obama’s discretion

  


  

Conservatives Look to Re-frame Immigration
Fight with Rival Proposal
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/25/2014 6:43:16 AM     Post Reply
House conservatives crafting their own immigration proposal to vie with a document Speaker John Boehner is poised to release as the GOP´s position on the issue are focusing on enforcement of current laws and providing economic assistance to unemployed Americans before providing legal status to illegal immigrants, officials with knowledge of the deliberations said. One House GOP aide in a conservative office connected to the effort said various drafts of alternative principles circulating now will hone helping unemployed or underemployed Americans first. The aide added there is widespread concern in the House GOP conference, especially among conservatives, about President Barack Obama’s

Argentina And Venezuela:
Chronicles Of Devalutions Foretold
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/25/2014 6:12:38 AM     Post Reply
Socialism: The huge currency devaluations that hit Venezuela and Argentina last week could be seen coming a mile away. This is a warning to the U.S. about big-government spending policies financed by printing money. The markets have given a resounding vote of no confidence to many emerging-market currencies, triggering sell-offs as far flung as Turkey, Russia and South Africa. But nowhere were the losses as catastrophic as those in two socialist Latin American countries that have thumbed their noses at fiscal discipline, ruthlessly used printed cash to expand their states and treated their citizens as cash cows, gleefully chasing out thousands of

How Chris Christie can
re-launch his second term
Daily Caller, by Kevin Mooney    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/25/2014 5:36:33 AM     Post Reply
Contrary to what former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and others have suggested, Governor Chris Christie should not step down as chairman of the Republican Governors Association (RGA). So long as he was not complicit in the decision to close off part of the George Washington Bridge this past September, Christie can emerge as an even stronger presidential contender in 2016. But it does mean the New Jersey governor will need to re-launch his second term, by shifting to the right, challenging both political parties and transcending a hostile news media. He’s done it before and he’s done it with considerable

Pushing The Pink Police State
American Conservative, by Rod Dreher    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/25/2014 5:29:45 AM     Post Reply
The Human Rights Campaign, the gay rights lobby, is denouncing Gene Schaerr, the Utah attorney defending Utah’s stand on traditional marriage because of his religious convictions. The idea is that his religious beliefs have no place in this discussion. The HRC is trying to drive religious people out of the public square. Law prof Eugene Volokh pushes back: This strikes me as badly wrong, and indeed deeply unfair to religious believers. Lawyers decide to take cases based on their personal moral values all the time. Lawyers decide to take government cases based on their personal moral values, and indeed seek out

  


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Scooter and Snowden
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/25/2014 5:03:43 AM     Post Reply
Edward Snowden says he’s in no rush to leave Vladimir Putin’s Russia, despite a public offer by Attorney General Eric Holder to “engage in conversation” if Snowden would return home and plead guilty to unspecified federal charges. “We would do the same with any defendant who wanted to enter a plea of guilty,” the attorney general added. But Snowden is not just any defendant. Michael Hayden, former NSA director, describes him this way: “Edward Snowden will likely prove to be the most costly leaker of American secrets in the history of the republic.” In sharp contrast, President Obama suggested Snowden wasn’t worth the

The Lessons of Wendy Davis’s Success Story
Creators Syndicate, by Mona Charen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/25/2014 5:02:17 AM     Post Reply
‘I came from a place of struggle,” insisted Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis after the Dallas Morning News revealed that key details of the life story she had successfully shopped to the mainstream media were false. She wasn’t a 19-year-old mom when she was first divorced, but 21. She lived with her second husband in the very comfortable Mistletoe Heights neighborhood of Fort Worth, not in a trailer park made famous in a thousand admiring profiles. She lived in the trailer park for just a few months. One of Ms. Davis’s struggles, apparently, is with the truth. Davis isn’t the first

Americans Have Never Been More
Willing to Dump Their Congressmembers
Atlantic Wire, by Philip Bump    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/25/2014 4:57:57 AM     Post Reply
Congress´ consistently lousy poll numbers (13 percent approved at the beginning of the month) are often explained away with, "Yes, but people like their own representatives." That´s never been less true. According to Gallup, a record low number of people want to keep their current representation in Congress, dipping below the 50 percent mark for the first time since the early 1990s. In the graph below, the dark green line shows the number of people who think their own members of Congress deserve reelection — a number that plummeted between late 2012 and now.

Progressives in power looking for payback
New York Post, by Kyle Smith    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/25/2014 4:54:45 AM     Post Reply
A few random news items from around the country: Dinesh D’Souza, a prominent conservative filmmaker, was indicted for allegedly violating federal campaign-finance laws. The indictment was “the result of a routine review by the FBI of campaign filings with the FEC by various candidates after the 2012 election for United States senator in New York,” said a spokesman for the US Attorney’s Office. Routine. A Google search for “liberal filmmaker indicted” did not turn up any liberal filmmakers who have been indicted. James O’Keefe, a conservative maker of provocative films, said the New York State Department of Labor had taken an intense

  


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Olympic ‘Black Widow’ Warning
Caught U.S. Off-Guard
Daily Beast, by Eli Lake    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/25/2014 4:49:28 AM     Post Reply
When Russian state police this week issued a “be on the lookout” advisory, or BOLO, for an alleged “black widow” terrorist ahead of the Sochi Olympics, it came as a surprise to many in the press. It was also news to U.S. diplomatic security, despite a series of high-level meetings between Washington and Moscow to coordinate security for the Winter Games. Speaking to reporters Friday, a senior Obama administration official acknowledged that U.S. diplomatic security learned of the warning about Ruzanna “Salima” Ibragimova when the media did. “We have been aware for some time that is a type of attack that has

U.S. Willing to Hold Talks
if Snowden Pleads Guilty
New York Times, by Steve Kenny    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/25/2014 4:42:00 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Thursday that the United States was willing to discuss how the criminal case against Edward J. Snowden would be handled, but only if Mr. Snowden pleaded guilty first. Mr. Holder, speaking at a question-and-answer event at the University of Virginia, did not specify the guilty pleas the Justice Department would expect before it would open talks with Mr. Snowden’s lawyers. And the attorney general reiterated that the United States was not willing to offer clemency to Mr. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who has leaked documents that American officials have

Attorney: George Zimmerman stole
photographer´s work to make painting
Orlando Sentinel, by Jeff Weiner    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/25/2014 4:37:25 AM     Post Reply
A photographer and news agency whose picture of State Attorney Angela Corey appears to be the basis for George Zimmerman´s latest painting are calling the artwork a clear copyright violation. Jacksonville attorney John Phillips, who represents photographer Rick Wilson, told the Orlando Sentinel on Friday that Zimmerman should expect legal action if he continues to use the photo. "You just can´t do that," Phillips said. "You just can´t take somebody else´s work and make it your own." Zimmerman´s brother unveiled the painting Wednesday on Twitter: An red-and-orange image of Corey, who charged Zimmerman with murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon

Blaming the Victim in Benghazigate
Accuracy in Media, by Roger Aronoff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/25/2014 4:32:27 AM     Post Reply
The media have discovered a scandal they can eagerly embrace, and they are off to the races. Having already found him guilty, they are now trying to determine if New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie knew about or ordered his underlings to create traffic jams entering the George Washington Bridge, from Ft. Lee, New Jersey into New York City; or to threaten to withhold Superstorm Sandy funds from Hoboken, NJ unless the mayor agreed to play ball with a developer with ties to the governor; or if he created a culture whereby all that could happen. Yet few are asking

A Better World Through America
National Review Online, by Kevin D. Williamson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/25/2014 4:24:59 AM     Post Reply
Earlier this month, India marked a milestone anniversary: With the passing of its third year without a case of polio, the country is officially considered polio-free. There remain only three countries in the world in which polio is endemic — Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan — and all three continue to suffer for the same man-made reason. While polio has nearly been wiped out in the rest of the world, it is on the rise in Pakistan, the infected children just more casualties of the endless jihad. The disease also has made what one hopes is a temporary comeback in Syria and

  



The Go-to Senator
Weekly Standard, by Michael Warren    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/25/2014 4:22:41 AM     Post Reply
Duncan, S.C. The pungent scent of sauerkraut permeates the room, but Lindsey Graham doesn’t have time to try it, or the pretzels, bratwurst, and schnitzel at the buffet. Each one of the few dozen business types gathered to celebrate the opening of a local chapter of the German-American Chamber of Commerce wants a chance to meet the senator, and Graham is more than eager to chat. An aide brings him a Coke Zero (his favorite), which he sips intermittently. Graham is unassuming in his ordinary gray suit and dusty black shoes. The businessmen mostly look a little sharper. That doesn’t matter,

N. Korea sending message it wants to release
captive Kenneth Bae, former envoy says
Washington Times, by Guy Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/25/2014 4:19:14 AM     Post Reply
Washington’s former top negotiator with North Korea says the videotaped statements by captive American Kenneth Bae this week are a sign Pyongyang is looking for a way to release the detained pastor — and that the State Department is likely now mobilizing behind the scenes to seize the opportunity. “Having Kenneth Bae come out the way he did indicates that the North Koreans are showing they’re more amenable to seeing his eventual release,” said Joseph DeTrani, who managed the North Korea mission at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence from 2006 to 2010 and previously served as Washington’s

Country music´s biggest feuds
Fox News, by Sasha Bogursky    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/25/2014 4:14:05 AM     Post Reply
1. Eric Church vs. Miranda Lambert and Carrie UnderwoodDoesn´t Eric Church know not to start a fight with a girl who uses a shotgun as a mike stand? When Rolling Stones asked Church how he felt about reality singing competition shows, "The Outsiders" singer responded, "Honestly, if Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green f---ing turn around in a red chair, you got a deal? That´s crazy. I don´t know what would make an artist do that. You´re not an artist." Shelton´s wife and former Nashville Star singer fired back at Church saying, "Thanks Eric Church for saying I´m not a real artist.

The Little Sisters of the Poor
have had their prayers answered
Fox News, by Adele Keim    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/25/2014 4:10:09 AM     Post Reply
Today, and every day since December 31, the Little Sisters of the Poor have prayed that the Supreme Court would save them from the choice of violating their faith or exposing their ministry to decimation by IRS penalties. Today their prayers were answered. The Little Sisters of the Poor received an injunction from the Supreme Court protecting them from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) controversial mandate while they have their day in court. The Little Sisters are a 175-year-old order of Catholic nuns dedicated to providing “the neediest elderly of every race and religion a home where

‘Rat-Infested’ Ghost Ship Eludes Trackers
ABC News, by Alyssa Newcomb    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/25/2014 4:07:09 AM     Post Reply
The plot sounds like something out of a horror movie: A ship teeming with diseased, cannibalistic rats drifts toward the British Coast, putting millions of residents at risk. In reality, the Irish Department of Transport said they believe the Lyubov Orlova, a cruise ship that has been adrift for a year in the Atlantic Ocean, has likely sunk due to “adverse weather conditions.” Aidan Glover, a spokesperson for the Department of Transport, said officials arrived at the conclusion after they received “no positive reports or sightings” of the ship. The last signs from the cruise liner were two beacons, which were sent last

ICE agrees to stop shackling
some defendants for court
Los Angeles Times, by Cindy Chang    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/25/2014 3:17:53 AM     Post Reply
Immigrants fighting deportation in San Francisco will no longer be shackled during most court hearings, according to a settlement reached with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The settlement, which received preliminary approval from a federal judge Thursday, is limited to San Francisco Immigration Court but could affect the way immigrants are treated in other jurisdictions. People held at detention centers in the San Francisco area are transported to court shackled at the wrists, waist and ankles, attorneys for four immigrants wrote in a federal lawsuit filed in 2011. The shackles are kept on during court hearings, which is humiliating to

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