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Pentagon: U.S. not capable of
detecting foreign nuke threats
Washington Times, by Adam Kredo    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/25/2014 10:59:19 AM     Post Reply
American intelligence and security agencies are not currently capable of detecting when foreign nations are building nuclear weapons or ramping up their existing programs, according to a newly released Pentagon report that faults a range of U.S. agencies. “The nation is not yet organized or fully equipped” to detect clandestine nuclear activities across the globe, and in most cases “current solutions are either inadequate, or more often, do not exist,” according to the report, which was compiled over three years by the Pentagon’s Defense Science Board. More nations than ever are pursuing nuclear arms. However, the United States does not have the

Denver and Las Vegas woo
RNC for 2016 GOP convention bid
The Hill (Washington DC), by Cameron Joseph    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/25/2014 10:45:12 AM     Post Reply
Republicans may be choosing between gambling or pot when they pick their 2016 convention site. Las Vegas has emerged as the clear early front-runner to host the party’s next presidential nomination convention despite its “Sin City” reputation. Denver is seen as another serious contender, though the city’s “Mile High City” moniker had taken on a different connotation since Colorado legalized marijuana last election. The choice between the two cities — both in crucial swing states the GOP needs to win — had a few RNC members nervous about potential scandals during this past week’s winter meeting, but most were chortling

The right’s fantasy is shattered: Why
Obamacare has already succeeded
Salon Magazine, by Brian Beutler    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/25/2014 10:41:42 AM     Post Reply
Last week, conservative Bloomberg columnist Megan McArdle and American Enterprise Institute fellow Scott Gottlieb debated New York magazine’s liberal columnist Jonathan Chait and former Assistant Surgeon General Douglas Kamerow over the proposition that Obamacare is “beyond rescue.” If you have an hour and a half of free time and a nearby brick wall to repeatedly smash your head into, you can watch the whole debate here. In the event that you’re unfamiliar with Salon dot com, suffice to say, I stand with Chait and Kamerow. I didn’t write about this earlier because, even though McArdle and Gottleib won the debate

  


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Mangled metal, victims´ screams
marked Indiana pileup
Associated Press, by Charles D. Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/25/2014 10:38:51 AM     Post Reply
MICHIGAN CITY — Cars were mangled, and some were burned despite the blowing snow. Other vehicles were crushed between jackknifed semi-tractors, so entwined that it was difficult to tell them apart. People were screaming, but emergency responders couldn´t see many of them as they quickly tended the victims amid frigid conditions. Within seconds, traffic along snow-covered Interstate 94 in northern Indiana had become a mile-long pile of debris after wide-out conditions swept in during Thursday´s evening commute. Three people were killed and nearly two dozen were injured. "It was such a devastating scene, you don´t know where to start,"

Partial-Birth Abortion Pioneer
Ordered to Shut Clinic
Cybercast News Service, by Marjorie Dannenfelser    Original Article
Posted By: NYC RAL- 1/25/2014 10:36:57 AM     Post Reply
On the eve of the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, notorious partial birth abortion pioneer Martin Haskell was ordered by the state of Ohio to shut down his Cincinnati-area abortion business on or before February 4. Haskell failed to meet Ohio´s medical standards as he was unable to obtain a transfer agreement with area hospitals to handle all cases of abortion complications against the mother. In a statement to the Cincinnati Enquirer, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Health said: "There is a history of problems with this particular ambulatory surgery facility and operator ... The agency no longer

Our Future Could Be Awesome If Only..
American Thinker, by Alicia Colon    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/25/2014 10:32:31 AM     Post Reply
Call me a cockeyed optimist but many of the recent reports about our energy resources and discoveries in medical advances conjure up visions of an America enjoying low gas and energy prices; low unemployment, high wages and low cost medical treatments. None of these changes will be possible, however, unless we have a government willing to allow them. American citizens (legitimate citizens, not just residents) can vote to elect a government that is not beholden to special interest donors and lobbyists. While this sounds unlikely at the moment, it is not impossible especially if the comatose voters who got us

Pro-immigration Republican
forces renew efforts for reform
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Russell Berman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/25/2014 10:28:10 AM     Post Reply
Republican and business advocates for immigration reform said Friday they were encouraged by signs that the House GOP plans to take up the issue after months of delay. But Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Mich.) and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) warned the party not to get bogged down by details or scared off by criticism from a minority of conservative opponents. “If you are against the fastest-growing voting bloc in the country, you and your party don’t have a future,” said Bloomberg, who quit the GOP in 2007. Joined by former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez and a top lobbyist

  


  

Friend blames timing of Gilbert
inventor’s suicide on fear of
impending article
Arizona Republic [Phoenix AZ], by Megan Finnerty    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/25/2014 10:25:59 AM     Post Reply
It was just after noon Oct. 18 when Gerri Jordan walked into the bedroom of her Gilbert home and found her ex-girlfriend and business partner, Essay Anne Vanderbilt, on the floor, curled into a fetal position with a plastic bag taped around her head. “When I found her... I thought ‘Why now? Why now are you doing this,” Jordan said, her eyes welling. Jordan, 67, had dated Vanderbilt, 60, for about five years but had become by this time just friends and business partners. Jordan knew Vanderbilt had struggled with depression, but said she didn’t seem particularly down; they had

Don Lemon: Why Is Obama
Punching Down’ at Fox? ‘Isn’t
the President Above That?’
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/25/2014 10:16:56 AM     Post Reply
In a recent interview, President Obama called out both Fox News and Rush Limbaugh for putting enough pressure on congressional Republicans to keep them from having a dialogue with them, but CNN’s Don Lemon wanted to know Friday night why exactly the President of the United States is taking shots at conservative media outlets when he should really be above the fray, and, more importantly, whether Obama can “really blame Fox News for his troubles?” Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen argued that everything Obama says is always “blown out of proportion” in the right-wing media, but Lemon pointed out, “Isn’t the

Obama tells sexual assault targets:
´I´ve got your back´
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 1/25/2014 10:10:08 AM     Post Reply
Hi, everybody. [Snip] Sexual assault is an affront to our basic decency and humanity. And it’s about all of us — the safety of those we love most: our moms, our wives, our daughters and our sons. Because when a child starts to question their self-worth after being abused, and maybe starts withdrawing… or a young woman drops out of school after being attacked. It’s not just these individuals and their families who suffer. Our communities — our whole country — is held back.

Exclusive: Hollywood Brainstorms
´Portraying ObamaCare in TV & Film´
Breitbart´s Big Hollywood, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/25/2014 9:59:48 AM     Post Reply
According to an email invitation sent out by the Writers Guild East and obtained by Breitbart News, members of the Hollywood elite and the Obama Administration will be gathering in the middle of next month for a panel titled, "The Affordable Care Act: Comedy, Drama & Reality - Portraying ObamaCare in TV & Film." Julie Green Bataille, a director at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), will represent the Obama administration. The left-wing Norman Lear Center is co-sponsoring the event. Two powerful left-wing Hollywood organizations combining with the federal government´s powerful CMS is not something to be taken lightly.

  


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GOP: Mr. President, how about less
talking and a lot more doing?
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 1/25/2014 9:52:59 AM     Post Reply
Hi, I’m Senator Roy Blunt. In a few days, President Obama will deliver his sixth State of the Union address. According to recent reports, the President plans to use this speech as a kick-off for his so-called ‘year of action.’ He intends to focus on income inequality leading up to the midterm elections this year. Well, the President’s right about at least one thing. Americans are hurting.

Prices plummet for SB tickets
ESPN, by Darren Rovell    Original Article
Posted By: PChristopher- 1/25/2014 8:31:35 AM     Post Reply
Two hungry fan bases and the wealth of the New York metropolitan area had some guessing that Super Bowl XLVIII would turn out to be the most expensive ticket in Super Bowl history. However, judging from the reaction of the resale ticket market in the past 24 hours, it could turn out to be one of the least expensive. On Friday, nine days before the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks meet at MetLife Stadium, the cheapest ticket to buy for the Super Bowl was $1,779 on NFL Ticket Exchange, the league´s official resale site. That´s $409 cheaper than it was

Taking it to the New York Times
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/25/2014 8:24:47 AM     Post Reply
Advocates of getting in the face of the mainstream media when they behave outrageously have something to cheer about. CAMERA, The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, has put up a giant billboard across the street from the New York Times Headquarters building, challenging that newspaper´s reporting on Israel, asking, "Would a great newspaper slant the news against Israel? (Photo) Those employees of the New York Times who care to go the website featured at the bottom of the billboard will find examples of the Times´ misreporting, such as: CLAIM: In The Times news pages, a reporter

Three Years Before the Vote,
Clinton Machine Gears Up
Agence France Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/25/2014 8:08:19 AM     Post Reply
With the news that America´s largest liberal fundraising group is to back a Hillary Clinton presidential bid in 2016, a growing sense of inevitability is building around her prospective candidacy. The former secretary of state who once occupied the White House as first lady and narrowly lost the Democratic nomination in 2008, has been coy about whether she plans to run again. But she has said that she will decide this year and, with a full 24 months before even the first party primaries, the "draft Clinton" movement is not waiting for its heroine to formally announce. She swamps other potential Democratic contenders

  


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This Is Starting to Look Like a Pattern
of Political Moves and Prosecutions
P.J. Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/25/2014 8:05:36 AM     Post Reply
Reader Joe sent this list in. It’s in response to this Ann Althouse post on the indictment of Dinesh D’Souza. I am not a rocket scientist, but there seems to be some kind of pattern here…maybe you can tell me what it is… (includes items from Ace’s co-blogger Maetenloch) 1. IRS Targets Conservative groups - IRS auditor reaffirms that conservatives, not liberals, were targeted 2. IRS Scandal – FBI Closes Case - Obama FBI Closed Case on IRS Targeting Scandal Before Interviewing Single One of 292 Targeted Groups (Video) 3. IRS Harassed Sarah Palin’s Dad - Revealed: Obama’s IRS Harassed Sarah Palin’s Dad Six

Obama Blames Conservative Media,
Limbaugh and Fox News For Failures...Again
Townhall, by Katie Pavlich    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/25/2014 8:04:00 AM     Post Reply
Earlier this week in the New Yorker, President Obama suggested his approval ratings are down because America is full of racists (the same racists who elected him, twice). Now, bonus excerpts from the same article by David Remnick show President Obama blaming his failures on Fox News while accusing the network, conservative media and Rush Limbaugh of turning him into a "caricature." The president also complained that conservative media had created a "caricature" of him divorced from "reality" that made rallying voters from those areas particularly difficult. "The issue has been the inability of my message to penetrate the Republican base so

Ecuadorians Deny Making Improper
Contributions to Sen. Menendez
Washington Free Beacon, by Alana Goodman    Original Article
Posted By: Write2Right- 1/25/2014 7:59:49 AM     Post Reply
The fugitive Ecuadorian bankers at the center of an alleged FBI probe of Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) deny that they traded campaign donations for political support from the senator.Menendez reportedly sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security in 2012 lobbying against an Ecuadorian government extradition request for the two bankers, brothers William and Roberto Isaias Dassum, who were convicted of embezzlement in Ecuador and are living in Miami. The FBI is allegedly investigating whether political donations by the bankers’ family members were related to Menendez’s lobbying effort, WNBC New York first reported. The Isaias brothers denied the allegations

´I´m sure she´s beatable´: Mitt Romney opens
up about Clinton´s chances in 2016 and says
despite terror threats he would ´absolutely´
send his family to Sochi
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Meghan Keneally    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/25/2014 7:56:24 AM     Post Reply
Mitt Romney came on the Today Show this morning to weigh in on the security threats facing the Winter Olympics but added his two cents about the prospect of a Republican beating the likely Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, should she decide to run. Asked by Savannah Guthrie on Today whether or not Mrs Clinton is beatable, Romney said: ‘I´m sure she is, because people recognize the country is just not doing what it needs to be doing’. He vehemently denied that he would ever run again after his failed 2012 bit, and then gave off a quick list of possible GOP

Extreme Cuomo Governs
Abortion Capital of America
Americn Thinker, by M. Catharine Evans    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/25/2014 7:38:09 AM     Post Reply
When New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told a local radio host that "extreme" conservative champions of life have no place in his state, he alienated a lot of residents, including Fox´s Sean Hannity. This past Tuesday, Hannity told Greta Van Susteren, "[A]s soon as I am able ... I´m getting out of here as quick as I can." Cuomo´s planned rhetoric managed to rev up pro-life New Yorkers at the same time they were getting ready to attend their annual March for Life rally in Washington, D.C. Why would a progressive politician from a state known as "the abortion capital of America"

  



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.

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

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