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Sheriffs cheer pot shot, say DEA
chief ripped Obama remarks
Boston Herald, by O´Ryan Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/27/2014 12:45:35 PM     Post Reply
DEA chief Michele M. Leonhart slammed President Obama’s recent comments comparing smoking marijuana to drinking alcohol at an annual meeting of the nation’s sheriffs this week, according to two sheriffs who said her remarks drew a standing ovation. Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson said he was thrilled to hear the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration take her boss to task. “She’s frustrated for the same reasons we are,” Hodgson said. “She said she felt the administration didn’t understand the science enough to make those statements. She was particularly frustrated with the fact that, according to her, the White

One more try for Mitt Romney?
Boston Herald, by Kimberly Atkins    Original Article
Posted By: ccprops- 1/27/2014 12:43:47 PM     Post Reply
Their words say “no,” but that’s not enough to stop the presidential speculation surrounding certain Massachusetts politicos. And as the monthslong speculation over the political futures of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Secretary of State John F. Kerry continues unabated, this week a third familiar name is generating buzz: Mitt Romney. Less than a year ago, the prospect of a Romney comeback seemed as likely as Miley Cyrus entering a convent. Suddenly, after the release of a documentary that presented a warmly humanized version of the GOP’s last pick for president and an accompanying media blitz by the former governor, it

Green Drought
National Review Online, by Charles C.W. Cooke    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/27/2014 12:42:16 PM     Post Reply
San Joaquin Valley, Calif. — “We have the greatest factory anywhere on earth,” Harris Farms’ executive vice president, William Bourdeau, tells me, as our car bumps rapidly along the dirty, uneven track. “These are pistachio trees,” he says, sweeping his hand across the horizon. “Over there, we have asparagus.” He points through the windshield. “And in that facility, we process garlic.” Around the corner and away from the freeway, I see almonds, broccoli, onions, watermelons, and tomatoes. Lettuce, which in the grand scale of things is a mere afterthought for Harris, is produced nevertheless on an astonishing scale, with 3 million

  


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Carquinez Bridge retrofit
also faced unusual bolt issues
San Francisco Chronicle, by Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/27/2014 12:39:54 PM     Post Reply
That new, highly critical Bay Bridge report out of Sacramento has renewed debate over the extent of cracked welds found in the Chinese manufacturing process, but there was one footnote that also caught our eye: That´s the passing mention of 250,000 bad bolts that were destined for the retrofit of the Carquinez Bridge. (Snip) "When the bolts arrived at the construction site, Caltrans found they had been made to the wrong size and they all had to be rejected and remade," says the report. "This story was never revealed to the public." Caltrans spokesman Matt Rocco confirmed that the bolts

Must-Read Memo on GOP Health Proposal
Weekly Standard, by William Kristol    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/27/2014 12:39:35 PM     Post Reply
2017 Project executive director (and frequent TWS contributor) Jeff Anderson has an important memo outlining the new health care reform proposal from three senior Republican senators that would repeal Obamacare and replace it with legislation that "beats Obamacare in every particular" and would also "address many of the most serious shortcomings of the pre-Obamacare status quo." You can read Anderson´s memo in full, below. There´s been a lot of talk in magazines and from think tanks about a "conservative reform agenda"—and some laments as to the slowness of GOP elected officials to champion such an agenda. This proposal could mark

Cruz calls on Obama to answer
questions about Benghazi
in State of the Union address
Your Houston News (TX), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/27/2014 12:36:12 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is calling on President Obama to hold himself and his administration accountable for the preventable attacks on the U.S. foreign post in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 where four Americans – Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith and Ambassador Christopher Stevens – were murdered by terrorists. Ambassador Stevens was the first U.S. ambassador murdered on duty since 1979. Regarding the Benghazi attacks, Sen. Cruz has asked: Will the President call on Congress to form a Joint Select Committee to finally discover the truth of why four Americans perished in a preventable terrorist

Don’t Do It
National Review Online, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/27/2014 12:34:29 PM     Post Reply
The House Republican leadership has been confronted by devilishly difficult tactical choices over the years. But what to do on the issue of immigration right now isn’t one of them. The correct course is easy and eminently achievable: Do nothing. The old Reagan catchphrase calling for non-action — don’t just do something, stand there — has never been more apt. Yet the House leadership is about to roll out a set of immigration principles reportedly including an amnesty for illegal aliens, and presumably will follow up with a push to pass them through the House. This is legislative strategy as

  


  

Afghan Villagers Brought to
Back Airstrike Report
New York Times, by Matthew Rosenberg    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/27/2014 12:31:12 PM     Post Reply
KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan government brought the seven men to a news conference Sunday morning to bolster its claims that American forces were responsible for the deaths of civilians in a remote village last week. (Snip) It was all going according to plan until one journalist handed the men a copy of a photograph from the government’s dossier. Alif Shah Ahmadzai, one of the villagers, declared that the photo showed people at a funeral held in his village on Jan. 16 for civilians killed by American airstrikes the day before. “I know all of them,” he said. The trouble

Dueling Ailes Bios and the New
York Times Bestseller List
New York Observer, by Ken Kurson    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/27/2014 12:30:45 PM     Post Reply
Comparing Gabriel Sherman’s new book on Roger Ailes, The Loudest Voice in the Room, to Zev Chavets’s book, Roger Ailes: Off Camera, would be a worthwhile pursuit, but I’ll have to leave the reviewing to others. There are unovercomeable conflicts—Mr. Chafets is a friend who occasionally contributes to the Observer, and Gabriel Sherman is an Observer alum. I’ve read both and will leave it at this: Mr. Chafets does a better job penetrating the psyche of Mr. Ailes (Mr. Chafets had extensive access to the wizard), and Mr. Sherman’s book does a better job of depicting the phenomenon of Fox

The D’Souza Arrest: Obama
Adopts the Stalinist Style
FrontPage Magazine, by Robert Spencer    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/27/2014 12:18:44 PM     Post Reply
I’m no fan of Dinesh D’Souza, but this is ridiculous. Dinesh and I locked horns a few years back when he attacked me in his book The Enemy At Home, saying that books like mine should not be written. (Snip) I rehash all this to show the falsehood of the line that has been circulating around in the Leftist media ever since Dinesh D’Souza was indicted: that the only people who share D’Souza’s views are concerned about his indictment.

North Korea leader Kim Jong-un executes
all relatives of purged uncle ´including children´
Express (UK), by Dion Dassanayake    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/27/2014 12:12:48 PM     Post Reply
The sons, daughters and even grandchildren of the once pivotal figure in the North Korea regime were executed under orders from the country´s leader. Mr Jang, who was once the mentor to Mr Kim, was executed in a ´purge´ on December 12 2013 for alleged acts of "treachery". An anonymous source told South Korean news agency Yonhap that entire families closely related to Mr Jang were killed after his execution last month. The source said: "All relatives of Jang have been put to death, including even children. "Extensive executions have been carried out for relatives of Jang Song-thaek." The Yonhap report said that some

  


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Davis foes fuel claims
of sexism with comments
San Antonio Express News, by Peggy Fikac    Original Article
Posted By: john56- 1/27/2014 12:11:04 PM     Post Reply
AUSTIN — It´s fair to examine the details of Sen. Wendy Davis´ life story, but some of her fiercest opponents are providing fodder to those who see a sexist edge to the scrutiny. “So Abortion Barbie had a Sugar Daddy Ken,” tweeted conservative blogger Erick Erickson about her second marriage to a former Fort Worth City Council member, whose partnership in her endeavors eased her financial path before they divorced.

Sunday Show Round-Up: Ted Cruz
Is Officially a Laughing Stock
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/27/2014 12:08:45 PM     Post Reply
The Sunday political shows are never at their worst than when they’re in advance of an event. Messieurs Gregory, Stephanopoulos, et al can postmortem the hell out of a debate or a gaffe or press conference or even a perennial event like the end of December. (So many chances for retrospection!) But previewing something like the State of the Union appears to give everybody gas. Thus the Sunday shows all spent far too much time yesterday pitching the question, “The state of the union is ______.” The responses were about as enlightening as you’d expect, and a couple of folks

Same Love: Queen Latifah Officiates
Gay Weddings at Grammys
NewsBusters, by Mike Ciandella    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/27/2014 12:04:58 PM     Post Reply
Not to be outdone by other awards shows, the 56th Grammy Awards decided to put on a wedding ceremony for 33 "Same Love" couples. Performers Madonna, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Queen Latifah banded together to produce a wedding ceremony for the mixture of gay and straight couples, which included Ryan Lewis´ sister and her fiancé. Madonna hinted at this on the E! pre-show when she told Ryan Seacrest, "History is going to be made tonight... I want to be a part of that." Known for her bizarre stunts (the 2003 VMAs kiss with Brittney Spears, for example), it is

Virginia Democrat: Not Enough Young
People Signing Up for Obamacare
Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/27/2014 12:01:37 PM     Post Reply
Retiring Rep. Jim Moran (D., Va.) said Obamacare could become undone because not enough millenials are signing up for the exchanges, WAMU reports. While more than 40,000 Virginians signed up for health insurance last month, only 27 percent were part of the younger set the White House is depending on to fund the law, and Moran doesn’t expect those numbers to improve: “I’m afraid that the millennials, if you will, are less likely to sign up. I think they feel more independent, I think they feel a little more invulnerable than prior generations,” Moran says. “But I don’t think we’re going to

  


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Death of culture in America,
Grammy Award style
Fox News, by Tommy De Seno    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/27/2014 11:55:49 AM     Post Reply
In America we recognize grand achievements in popular culture by bestowing various awards upon artists. Sunday night at the musical Grammy Awards we honored the following triumphs in lyrical creativity reflective of our lofty artistic ideals: From Macklemore’s "Thrift Shop": Nah, walk up to the club like, "What up? I got a big c*ck!" I´m so pumped about some sh*t from the thrift shop. I´ll take those flannel zebra jammies, second-hand, I rock that motherf*cker The built-in onesie with the socks on that motherf*cker I hit the party and they stop in that motherf*cker From Jay-Z’s "Holy Grail": Blue told me to remind you n*ggas F*ck that sh*t

State of the Union 2014 --thin-
skinned amateur Obama addresses
Congress, our parliament of whores
Fox News, by Erick Erickson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/27/2014 11:48:20 AM     Post Reply
I did not watch the Golden Globes this year. I did not watch the Grammys. I am not sure if I will watch the State of the Union address. Why bother? A thin-skinned amateur who has been in office six years and still can’t grasp how to do his job will stand before an even more thin-skinned Parliament of Whores and tell them he does not need them, while knowing he really does need them, while none of them truly want to be with each other, and all have lawy ers ready to go bow before the black robed masters

After the Fact: Civitas Media
Denies Plan to Create Database of
Concealed Carry Permit Holders
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/27/2014 11:40:22 AM     Post Reply
On January 24th, a Civitas Media internal memo leaked to the new media describing the newspaper conglomerate´s "attempt to build state-by-state databases that list those who have the right to carry a concealed weapon." Within 24 hours Civitas Media reversed course and now, on January 26th, says the idea never was going to happen to begin with. Buckeyefirearms.org first published the "internal propriety communication," which Civitas Media director of content Jim Lawitz "distributed to content editors, managers, and producers at [Civitas Media-owned] newspapers in 12 states." Lawitz initially refused comment once the communiqué became public. However, he eventually said "[they]

Obama’s big speech:
Banging base drum
The Hill (Washington DC), by Niall Stanage & Amie Parnes    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/27/2014 11:33:45 AM     Post Reply
When President Obama steps to the podium in front of the Speaker’s chair Tuesday night, the speech he delivers will contain the most liberal promises and activist rhetoric of his presidency, progressives hope and Republicans worry. Liberals say both good policy and electoral logic dictate a sharp move left. They do not want to hear him seeking compromise ahead of midterm elections that are likely to be decided on turnout. November will hinge on which side best fires up its base. So progressives want Obama to beat the base drum. There is no louder stage than the State of the

Sally Kohn Wants Disney to Have
Two Princesses Marry on Screen
Breitbart´s Big Hollywood, by Breitbart News    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/27/2014 11:30:39 AM     Post Reply
Liberal pundit Sally Kohn loved Disney´s Frozen as much as most movie goers. The Oscar-nominated musical feature is a certified blockbuster, with talks of a Broadway show to be spun from its uplifting story. Kohn does have a bone to pick with Team Disney and it involves a mild spoiler. Turns out the princess ends up with one of the male characters, and that rubbed Kohn the wrong way. She wants Disney to enter the culture war in its storytelling. Sally Kohn @sallykohn Follow Watching Frozen, it´s awesome. But come on @DisneyPictures ain´t it finally time for a kid´s film where the

  



AJ McCarron: ´Really Demonic´
Performances at Grammys Show
´There´s a Lot of Evil in the World´
Breitbart Sports, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/27/2014 11:29:37 AM     Post Reply
Former Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron, who is preparing for the NFL Draft, was watching the Grammys on Sunday and felt that the "really demonic" performances showed that "there is a lot of evil in the world." At the Grammys, Katy Perry dressed up as a witch and was "burned at the stake" in her act while gay couples were married to the song "same love." Though it was unclear what performance prompted the tweet, McCarron later re-tweeted a response in which one of his followers wrote, "I know right? I can only imagine what Katy´s Preacher Father is thinking."

Chuck Schumer: Tea Party
Opposes Immigration for
Making America ´Less White´
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/27/2014 11:22:00 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), once part of the "Gang of Eight" in the Senate that wrote the immigration bill that the Congressional Budget Office determined would lower the wages of American workers, believes that conservatives are opposed to amnesty because they don´t want America to become "less white." "Yes, things have changed. White Anglo-Saxon men are not exclusively running the country anymore," he said Thursday. "President Obama lost the white male vote 35 to 62 percent yet he recaptured the presidency – by 5 million votes and a resounding electoral college margin." Schumer said the changing demographics also "[explain] why so many

A Pen, a Phone, and
a Flailing President
National Journal, by Ron Fournier    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/27/2014 11:11:42 AM     Post Reply
For months, the White House and its allies mocked critics of Barack Obama´s leadership, arguing that no president has "Green Lantern" superhero powers. Now these same people are predicting that Obama can salvage his agenda by waving a magical "pen and phone." The contradiction illustrates how far partisans will go to defend a flailing presidency, grasping at slogans and insults as a growing majority of Americans tune out. We witnessed a similar drama under President Bush, who set a low bar for public approval that Obama is close to matching. More than that, Obama´s plan to exert executive branch authority, starting with

Time for Obama to punch hard
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Juan Williams    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/27/2014 11:09:17 AM     Post Reply
As President Obama goes to Capitol Hill for his State of the Union address he is telling the world he is fed up with Congress — the paralysis and the GOP obstruction — but his anger is secondary to signs that he is a demoralized lame duck. In his recent, lengthy interview with the New Yorker magazine, the president comes across as passive in the face of his difficulties with the hyper-partisan Congress. He is portrayed as a politician who dislikes mixing with members of Congress, twisting arms, offering favors or pulling federal aid to move his congressional agenda. The president all

WaPo/ABC poll shows decline
in trust of public officials
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/27/2014 10:51:58 AM     Post Reply
Color me shocked, shocked that the American public has less faith and trust in public officials. President Barack Obama spent the last six years lying to insured Americans by telling them that ObamaCare would have no impact on them, and it’s been years since Democrats and Republicans have passed a budget on regular order. What a surprise that few trust any of them to do their jobs well, as the latest Washington Post/ABC poll shows: [Obama´s] current approval stands at 46 percent, up from a low of 42 percent in November. Still, for the first time on the eve of

Woman, 61, Tells Cops A Man Named
Ted Stole Her "Obama Phone"
Smoking Gun, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/27/2014 10:33:25 AM     Post Reply
A South Carolina woman told cops that a male acquaintance stole “her government issued ‘Obama Phone’” and a pair of rented DVDs from her residence, according to a police report.Rosa Clowney, a 61-year-old Spartanburg resident, told officers that she had invited a man named “Ted” over to her house Thursday night to watch a pair of movies she had rented from the library (“Act of Valor” and “The Bourne Identity”). After watching the films, Clowney told police, "Ted" left her residence with the DVDs and her blue “Obama Phone.” Clowney said that she had no other information about “Ted,” adding that

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