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Queen down to her last million due to
courtiers´ overspending, report finds
Telegraph [UK], by Steven Swinford    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/28/2014 12:05:23 PM     Post Reply
The Queen’s household finances were at a “historic low” with just £1 million left in reserve, MPs said on Monday. Her courtiers were advised to take money-saving tips from the Treasury. A report by the Commons public accounts committee found that the Queen’s advisers were failing to control her finances while the royal palaces were “crumbling”. MPs said her advisers had overspent to such an extent that her reserve fund had fallen from £35 million in 2001 to just £1 million today. The Royal household had made efficiency savings of just 5 per cent over the past five years compared

Dark lands: the grim truth behind
the ´Scandinavian miracle´
Guardian [UK], by Michael Booth    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/28/2014 12:00:41 PM     Post Reply
For the past few years the world has been in thrall to all things Nordic (for which purpose we must of course add Iceland and Finland to the Viking nations of Denmark, Norway and Sweden). "The Sweet Danish Life: Copenhagen: Cool, Creative, Carefree," simpered National Geographic; "The Nordic Countries: The Next Supermodel", boomed the Economist; "Copenhagen really is wonderful for so many reasons," gushed the Guardian. Whether it is Denmark´s happiness, its restaurants, or TV dramas; Sweden´s gender equality, crime novels and retail giants; Finland´s schools; Norway´s oil wealth and weird songs about foxes; or Iceland´s bounce-back from the financial abyss,

Big government does too much, badly
Washington Examiner, by Rep. Linda Upmeyer    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 1/28/2014 11:59:04 AM     Post Reply
Around the country there have been calls to raise the minimum wage, to impose strict regulations on our businesses and to forcibly adopt a health care system that nationalizes one-sixth of our economy. The intended role of the federal government established by our Founding Fathers was to protect the rights of all Americans. Nowhere in our Constitution is there a clause that mandates government to act as an employer, a health care provider or a charity—nor should it. However, over the years the role of government has shifted from protecting rights to selectively distributing them. This, in turn, has spawned a host of redistributionist policies that have been thrust upon the public as commandments. Many people are beginning to wonder why they are being forced to pay for their neighbors.



Fox’s Erickson Responds to Greta
with Graphic Abortion Description
Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/28/2014 11:58:12 AM     Post Reply
On Tuesday evening, Fox contributor Erick Erickson responded to Greta Van Susteren‘s blog post calling him a “jerk” with a blog post of his own. In a RedState post, Erickson gave thanks to Van Susteren for turning the country’s attention to “abortion lover” and Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, by way of attacking him. Van Susteren was incensed by several of Erickson’s tweets referring to Davis as “Abortion Barbie” and using condescending language towards the female lawmaker. “I don’t care how much you disagree or agree with Texas’ Wendy Davis, you have to agree that this guy, Erick Erickson, is a real

House GOP signals it could sue
Obama for executive overreach
Washington Examiner, by David M. Drucker    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/28/2014 11:56:49 AM     Post Reply
House Republicans are mocking President Obama´s plans to circumvent Congress to achieve key policy priorities and are not ruling out suing his administration for executive overreach. House Republican leaders spoke during a Tuesday morning news conference, just hours before Obama delivers his sixth State of the Union address. They argued that if Obama really wants to boost economic growth and living conditions for middle-class Americans, he should work with them -- not around them -- on bipartisan jobs legislation. Obama´s plan to rely on executive orders to push his agenda is expected to be a major theme of Tuesday evening´s

Can Mike Lee Save the Tea Party?
Politico Magazine, by Jonathan Riehl    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/28/2014 11:54:55 AM     Post Reply
In its short history, the Tea Party has offered its own response to the president’s State of the Union address with a colorful cast of characters: Rep. Michele Bachman’s (R-Minn.) deer-in-the-headlights production in 2011 became rich fodder for late night comedians; she was followed in 2012 by the inimitable pizza CEO Herman Cain and last year by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who has since moved in a more mainstream direction as he gears up for a possible presidential run. In contrast, this year’s Tea Party representative, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah)—a mild-mannered Mormon Eagle Scout whose father served in the Reagan

Mayor that accused Christie of withholding
funds recently accused of perjury
Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/28/2014 11:50:06 AM     Post Reply
The Democratic mayor that accused Chris Christie of withholding Hurricane Sandy relief money was recently accused of perjury. Christie’s camp has staunchly denied Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s “outlandishly false” accusations – which she allegedly documented in her personal diary — that Christie staffers withheld funds for Hoboken under the condition that Zimmer support a development contract. Zimmer’s own record includes accusations of “lying” in sworn testimony, trying to ethnically “cleanse” the city of Hoboken, and trying to steer a government contract to a politically friendly law firm. Zimmer allegedly perjured herself and obstructed justice in a discrimination lawsuit filed against her by the



Robert Redford To CNN: GOP´s Lust
to ´Destroy the Motives´ of Obama
Shows We Have a ´Diseased System´
NewsBusters, by Tim Graham    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/28/2014 11:42:47 AM     Post Reply
Leftist actor-director Robert Redford laid into Republicans in a Sunday interview on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.” Try not to notice this journalism show began with a Justin Bieber segment and included a Redford interview. Host Brian Stelter first asked how Redford felt about Obama. "I think he´s a good human being. That´s, I think, clear," Redford replied. "He´s a humanitarian at heart, and that´s good. He´s trying to manage an extremely difficult situation. I mean, it´s -- it´s almost too much for one person." He wouldn´t say the same for the GOP: “When you have one half whose only motive is

NBC and CBS Press White House
Chief of Staff on Obama Not
Shoving Through Left-Wing Agenda
Newsbusters, by Kyle Drennen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/28/2014 11:37:51 AM     Post Reply
On Tuesday, both NBC´s Today and CBS This Morning interviewed White House chief of staff Denis McDonough about President Obama´s upcoming State of the Union address and fretted over the commander-in-chief failing to push his liberal agenda in 2013. [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump] Today co-host Savannah Guthrie pressed: "I looked at last year´s State of the Union. He called for a hike in the minimum wage, for immigration reform, for gun laws to be revamped. By the way, he also said the government shouldn´t shut down. None of that happened. So when he

More Evidence Surfaces That
Should Embarrass Hoboken
Mayor’s Media Supporters
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/28/2014 11:34:33 AM     Post Reply
Remember Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer? It was not all that long ago that she ascended to national prominence after alleging that she was intimidated by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration and that Trenton was prepared to withhold federal disaster aid from her city unless she approved a local development project? Those were serious charges that were largely taken by at face value by a credulous press, which spent most of January parroting any allegation of misconduct by the Christie administration. Each claim was elevated by the press as the much-anticipated second shoe to drop, augmenting the already wall-to-wall coverage of

Sen. Tammy Baldwin: Birth Control
´Basic to Our Economic Prosperity´
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/28/2014 11:30:32 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) says it was women joining the workforce after World War II that helped the economy grow, producing a "strong and healthy middle class." And that continues to be the case today, she told MSNBC´s Andrea Mitchell on Monday. "And now, in very, very significant numbers, women are...a part of the workforce and have contributed greatly to allowing families to get ahead in the economy. What permits that is women being able to control when or whether they have children and how many. And it is so basic to our economic prosperity that women have that control." Baldwin made



Hillary´s Top 7 Elitist Moments
Breitbart Big Government, by Ben Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/28/2014 11:30:27 AM     Post Reply
On Monday, former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton spoke at the National Automobile Dealers Association in New Orleans – where she quickly revealed that she has not driven a car for the past 18 years. At a convention of auto dealers. But this was not Hillary’s first time accidentally letting her elitism slip. The sad truth for Hillary Clinton, the 2016 candidate, is that she is a deep elitist, born and bred in tony Park Ridge, an exclusive province of Chicago. She then went to Wellesley College and Yale Law School, before hooking up with Bill and

Gibbs: White House Stopped Trying to
Change Washington a Long Time Ago
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/28/2014 11:25:34 AM     Post Reply
Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told the Morning Joe crew that President Barack Obama’s professed desire to change the mechanisms of Washington, D.C. was an abandoned goal, and that the aims of tonight’s State of the Union address were more about compelling policies than “fixing” Washington. “The ability to change Washington is something that long ago the White House sort of stopped trying to do,” Gibbs said. “Whether or not that is a good thing, we will look back on history.” “I do think that this is a story of Washington dysfunction,” Gibbs continued. “Everything in this speech is what

Computer Simulation Predicts
Seahawks Over Broncos, 24-21
CBS News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/28/2014 11:21:01 AM     Post Reply
PHILADELPHIA – The Seahawks and the Broncos will only play once for the title of Super Bowl champion. The game won’t be played on a computer, but on the field. But that doesn’t stop people from trying to guess what will happen on the field, with what happens in a computer simulation. Prediction Machine’s Predictalator ran a simulation of Sunday’s Super Bowl 50,000 times, and found that the most likely score has the Seahawks beating the Broncos, 24-21. Of the 50,000 simulations, the Seahawks won 54.8% of the time, and the Broncos 45.2% of the time. The Broncos are currently

Homeless man hit by NYC subway
train awarded $1.9 million
Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ), by Alex Napoliello    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/28/2014 11:17:36 AM     Post Reply
A homeless man who was hit by a subway car in New York City in 2006 was awarded $1.9 million in damages Monday, according to a report from the New York Daily News.(snip) He had just left a methadone clinic prior to the incident, the report said. "He could not remember how he wound up on the tracks," Obey´s lawyer, Mark Bernstein, told the Daily News. After hitting Obey, the train´s operator waited until pulling into the next station to report the incident. A month prior, Obey was stopped by cops for jumping down to the subway rails to get his



Just because it´s cold doesn´t
mean global warming isn´t real. It is
PennLive [Harrisburg, PA], by Cynthia Tucker    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/28/2014 11:13:56 AM     Post Reply
It´s a good thing I remembered where I stored all my old ski gear, including the thermal underwear that I hadn´t worn in years. I´ve needed it during a season in which even the Deep South has seen an epidemic of frozen pipes, single-digit temperatures and school cancellations without snow. School kids were allowed to stay home for a day or two because, according to administrators, the weather was too doggone cold. The deep freeze might have forced most of us into a shoulder-hunching slouch, but it prompted an Easter Parade-like promenade by a crew of familiar climate change skeptics

ABC News’ Brian Ross strikes jaywalker
New York Post, by By T. Palmeri, K. Sheehan & J. Schram    Original Article
Posted By: ruready?- 1/28/2014 11:13:43 AM     Post Reply
ABC correspondent Brian Ross smashed his BMW into a jaywalking pedestrian outside the network’s studios on the Upper West Side Sunday evening, authorities said. The man he hit, a 52-year-old former taxi driver from Queens, suffered a broken left arm, bruises and back pain. “I said, ‘I know this guy, I’ve seen his face!’?” injured ex-hack Roman Dati told The Post on Monday of the journalist who appears on such programs as “20/20” and “Good Morning America.”

Cuomo shares experience as ‘designated
survivor’ on State of the Union nights
New York Daily News, by Kenneth Lovett    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/28/2014 11:12:39 AM     Post Reply
ALBANY — It’s a role that Gov. Cuomo does not often talk about: “designated survivor.” Tuesday night, as President Obama delivers his State of the Union address, one of his Cabinet members will be located far away, just in case the unthinkable happens and the Capitol is attacked. Twice when he was President Clinton´s housing secretary, Cuomo was chosen to be the designated survivor, putting him one national catastrophe away on the night of the big speech from being the last man standing in the executive branch. Cuomo said it was hard not to ponder all the terrible possibilities when

Democratic senators to file amicus brief
in Hobby Lobby birth control case
Yahoo News, by Liz Goodwin    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 1/28/2014 11:11:03 AM     Post Reply
In a brief to be filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, 19 Democratic senators are siding with the Obama administration against evangelical Christian businessmen who argue that paying for their employees’ birth control, a requirement under Obamacare, violates their company’s religious freedom. The senators—five of them women—argue in their “friend of the court” brief that the owners of the Oklahoma-based crafts store chain Hobby Lobby are not exempt from the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate simply because some forms of birth control offend their religious beliefs.

Rep. Steve King: Congress
needs to restrain Obama from
‘extraconstitutional behaviors’
Washington Times, by David Sherfinski    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/28/2014 11:08:29 AM     Post Reply
Rep. Steve King, Iowa Republican, chastised President Obama Tuesday for ignoring Congress on big-ticket items — for example, a new executive order to raise the minimum wage for new federal contract workers — saying lawmakers on Capitol Hill need to act to rein in the Executive Branch. “This Congress should lay out the violations that the president’s had, and there are many,” Mr. King said on CNN’s “New Day.” “He goes through the immigration piece, No Child Left Behind, welfare-to-work, many of those components — Obamacare itself is probably the clearest one. When the president extended the employer mandate for


Ted Cruz defends Dinesh D’Souza
against election fraud, claims CBS’
‘Face the Nation’ cut him off for it
New York Daily News, by Leslie Larson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/28/2014 11:04:47 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Ted Cruz is joining supporters of anti-Obama filmmaker Dinesh D´Souza, claiming the conservative pundit is being targeted with election fraud charges because of his critical rhetoric against the President. D´Souza has accused CBS of cutting off the firebrand GOP Texas senator during his Sunday appearance on "Face the Nation" when Cruz tried to steer the conversation to D´Souza´s case. During the segment, Cruz accused the Obama administration of an "abuse of power,” asking "can you image the reaction if the Bush Administration had went, gone and prosecuted Michael Moore and Alec Baldwin and Sean Penn?" on the Sunday show.

Hong Kong to Cull 20,000 Chickens
After Detecting Bird Flu (3)
Bloomberg, by Joshua Fellman and Natasha Khan    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/28/2014 11:04:02 AM     Post Reply
Hong Kong banned live chicken sales and will cull about 20,000 birds at a wholesale market after a sample imported from mainland China tested positive for the H7N9 avian influenza virus. The 21-day halt of live-poultry sales comes two days before families traditionally hold feasts on the eve of the Lunar New Year. Shanghai is halting the sales of live poultry from the first day of the Chinese New Year, according to a Jan. 27 statement on the local government’s microblog. Hong Kong is seeking to keep local cases of the disease from spreading via chickens arriving from China, which supplies most

Nancy Pelosi is outraged: ‘We did
not treat President Bush this way’
Washington Times, by David Sherfinski    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/28/2014 11:01:24 AM     Post Reply
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, said Tuesday that a large segment of the GOP is “anti-government, anti-science and anti-Obama” and that while Democrats opposed much of President George W. Bush’s agenda, Republican obstruction to President Obama is “something quite stunning.” “What’s interesting to me is that Democrats and Republicans know what they believe,” Mrs. Pelosi said on MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown.” “They know what they believe, and that’s what’s happening in Congress … what’s happening here now is we have a large segment of the Republican party that is anti-government. We don’t want any more government than we need,

56 congressional Democrats offer
early endorsements for Hillary Clinton
Washington Examiner (DC), by Rebecca Berg    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/28/2014 10:59:49 AM     Post Reply
Congressional Democrats are already eager to support Hillary Clinton for president in 2016, and 56 of those lawmakers are offering their early endorsements, a survey conducted by The Hill newspaper has found. Among the Democrats backing Clinton is Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., a fantasy candidate for some Democrats in the party´s progressive wing, who has said she has no plans to run herself in 2016. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., who last year traveled to Iowa, a key early-voting state, is also listed. Other Democrats on the list span the ideological center-left spectrum.

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