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A GOP Mom explains
why she’s a Republican
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 1/29/2014 9:16:30 AM     Post Reply
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state, No. 4 in the House GOP leadership, gives the Republican Party's response to the president's State of the Union: What an honor it is for me to be with you after the President’s State of the Union. Tonight we honor America — a nation that has witnessed the greatest rise of freedom and opportunity our world has ever seen. A nation where we are not defined by our limits, but by our potential. And a nation where a girl who worked at the McDonald’s Drive-Thru to help pay for college can be with you from the United States Capitol.

Spot the Black Dummies
American Thinker, by Derrick Wilburn    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/29/2014 9:14:29 AM     Post Reply
Last week the U.S. Senate´s lone black member, Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina, was the object of yet another viscous attack centering on his skin color and political ideology. In a day and age where we see black Americans flourishing in all walks of life from the classroom to the board room, who or what could be the source of such consistent, vile, racially denigrating rhetoric? The Klu Klux Klan, Aryan Nation or some other white supremacy group? No. None of these. Rather, it was an organization which has as its mission statement, "to ensure the political, educational, social, and

Obama bemoans worsening income
inequality as if he hasn´t been president
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 1/29/2014 9:05:14 AM     Post Reply
President Obama gave another speech Tuesday night. It was the 93rd time a president has personally delivered a State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. And it sounded like it. Obama has looked as if he´s mailing it in recently. Not Tuesday night. He seemed genuinely involved and invested in his 7,000 words. Unfortunately for him and anyone who chose to listen to the whole 65 minutes, there wasn´t anything new or even much to invest any thought in. Ear candy for Obama lovers.

  


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Obama the Familiar
National Review Online, by William Voegeli    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/29/2014 9:03:21 AM     Post Reply
The state of the union is . . . well, it’s complicated. It’s a union of 317 million people, after all. Whatever may be said about the economic, social, or international state of the union, however, its political state was well described by journalist Ronald Brownstein as being closely but deeply, even bitterly, divided. Democrats’ and Republicans’ agendas are starkly dissimilar, but neither party’s leaders can advocate those agendas in ways that command a consensus among the electorate. This state of affairs predated Barack Obama’s presidency, even his political career. Political history since Bill Clinton’s election in 1992 consists of Democrats

Presidential Theater
National Review Online, by Mitch Pearlstein    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/29/2014 9:01:52 AM     Post Reply
Right at the very end of President Obama’s State of the Union address, when he started talking about “feet planted firmly on the ground,” I thought he might break out into at least a recitation of the “Soliloquy” from Carousel. And no, I’m not being the least bit disrespectful by noting this, as never has there been a showstopper, at least by my footlights, as terrific as Billy Bigelow’s. If only Rodgers and Hammerstein (especially Oscar in this instance) had a few weeks to work with Obama in New Haven. Which is not to say it was a bad speech as

Biden offered the best
SOTU commentary of all
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/29/2014 8:46:06 AM     Post Reply
How boringly familiar was the State of the Union address? Boring enough that Joe Biden, seated right behind Obama and on camera for the entire snooze fest, started mugging and interacting with members of Congress in the audience. It was quite a good commentary on the performance of the Commander in Chief who could not rise above the level of pabulum. Watch the video below and see for yourself.

More Pinocchios for the
President on Equal Pay
National Review Online, by Carrie L. Lukas    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/29/2014 8:33:55 AM     Post Reply
Perhaps it’s progress that the president waited until the second half of the speech to trot out the must-have line about equal pay and the wage gap. Perhaps his speech writers just needed to fill time so cut and paste a line from dozens of previous speeches: You know, today, women make up about half our workforce, but they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. That is wrong, and in 2014, it’s an embarrassment. Women deserve equal pay for equal work. Yet they are behind the curve in using a statistic that is increasingly acknowledged as misleading. As Hanna

  


  

The Inequality Bogeyman
Creators Syndicate, by Thomas Sowell    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/29/2014 8:28:44 AM     Post Reply
During a recent lunch in a restaurant, someone complimented my wife on the perfume she was wearing. But I was wholly unaware that she was wearing perfume, even though we had been in a car together for about half an hour, driving to the restaurant. My sense of smell is very poor. But there is one thing I can smell far better than most people — gas escaping. During my years of living on the Stanford University campus, and walking back and forth to work at my office, I more than once passed a faculty house and smelled gas escaping. When

Lindsey Graham: ´World literally
about to blow up´
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 1/29/2014 8:24:50 AM     Post Reply
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) didn’t like what he heard in the foreign policy section of last night’s State of the Union. Literally.“The world is literally about to blow up,” Graham told Roll Call, strongly criticizing Obama’s promise to veto any bill tightening sanctions on Iran during the interim nuclear deal.“The world as I know was not remotely described by the president,” he continued. “Explain to me what happens if the Syrian conflict goes on another year and Assad continues to win…Iraq is disintegrating. The whole region is moving toward chaos, and we’re doing nothing. We’re talking about limiting drones?”

Wendy Davis´s Pay Grade
Real Clear Politics, by Tom Bevan    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/29/2014 8:17:59 AM     Post Reply
So Wendy Davis fudged some key details of her bio. It doesn´t speak well of her honesty or trustworthiness, but as far as politics goes it´s a misdemeanor, not a felony. Politicians get caught embellishing their resumes all the time, and in far more egregious ways. Overstating his service in Vietnam didn’t stop Richard Blumenthal from becoming a senator from Connecticut. Nor did claiming dubious Native American heritage cost Elizabeth Warren the Senate election two years ago in Massachusetts. The list goes on. And, as my colleague Carl Cannon wrote on Sunday, Davis didn’t shower herself in glory with her reaction

Mike Lee´s Tea Party State of
the Union Response: Obamacare
´an Inequality Godzilla´
Breitbart Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/29/2014 8:12:48 AM     Post Reply
In his response to President Barack Obama´s State of the Union address that focused heavily on "inequality," Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) slammed Obamacare as "an inequality Godzilla," symbolizing an administration that has favored Washington, D.C. while purporting to fight for America´s middle class. In an address sponsored by the Tea Party Express on Tuesday, Lee spoke for "those individuals and families who work hard, play by the rules, balance their budgets, honor the Golden Rule, and don’t understand why their government in Washington can’t do the same." He said these Americans "may feel they have been forgotten by both political parties."

  


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Grimm Not Apologizing For
Apparent Threat to Reporter
New York Daily News, by Dan Friedman    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/29/2014 8:11:30 AM     Post Reply
Rep. Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island) is not saying sorry for threatening to asasult a NY1 reporter for asking Grimm about a federal investigation into his 2010 fundraising. Reporter Michael Scotto asked Grimm about the ongoing criminal probe after questions on President Obama´s State of the Union speech. Clearly irked, Grimm said he was "not talking about anything that is off topic; this is only about the president. Thank you," Then he walked away. Scotto then summarized: "Alright, so Congressman Michael Grimm does not want to talk about some of the allegations concerning his campaign finances. We wanted to get him on camera on

Obama prepared to avoid Congress,
go it alone on carrying out modest initiatives
Washington Post, by Scott Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/29/2014 8:09:47 AM     Post Reply
This wasn’t the presidency Barack Obama had in mind after winning his historic election five years ago. But it is the one he believes he has left. For the first time since taking office, Obama spoke to Congress on Tuesday evening from a clear position of confrontation, threatening to veto new Iran sanctions, warning against further moves against his health-care law and demanding action on a series of previously proposed economic measures.

State of the Union 2014:
Obama embraces Obamacare
Politico, by David Nather    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/29/2014 8:08:07 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama left no doubt Tuesday night what his Obamacare sales technique will be: loud voice, lots of confidence and no apologies. Don’t dwell on the scratches on the hood. Just tell the customer how good it will feel to rev the engine and drive the car off the lot. Obamacare didn’t show up in the State of the Union address until over halfway through, and it encompassed all of nine paragraphs in an hour-plus stemwinder. But this was very much a hard sell by the president for Americans to sign up for his signature health care law, the biggest

Obama vows to pursue gun
control ‘with or without Congress’
Daily Caller, by Alex Pappas    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/29/2014 8:07:18 AM     Post Reply
President Obama vowed on Tuesday night to pursue gun control “with or without Congress.” In his State of the Union address, Obama referenced recent mass shootings and called for new gun laws. In the aftermath of mass shootings over the last several years, Obama and Democrats have unsuccessfully pushed for new gun control measures. “Citizenship means standing up for the lives that gun violence steals from us each day,” Obama said. “I have seen the courage of parents, students, pastors, and police officers all over this country who say ‘we are not afraid,’” he said, “and I intend to keep trying, with or

  


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Did D´Souza Hit a Nerve?
American Thinker, by Richard Butrick    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/29/2014 7:59:27 AM     Post Reply
Ridiculed. Lampooned. Denigrated. That was the reaction that Dinesh D´Souza got upon launching his thesis about President Obama´s mindset in his 2010 Forbes article, "How Obama Thinks." He argued in effect that president Obama´s mindset was locked and loaded with the blame-colonialism doctrine that is still alive and well in post-colonial Asia and Africa. The critical reaction came from political analysts from both sides of the political aisle. For example, Daniel Larison of The American Conservative claimed that D´Souza "has authored what may possibly be the most ridiculous piece of Obama analysis yet." Andrew Ferguson of The Weekly Standard claimed that

If we don´t restrict EU
immigration now, when will we?
Telegraph [UK], by Nigel Mills, MP    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/29/2014 7:56:32 AM     Post Reply
Nearly four years ago at the general election the Conservative Party manifesto included the following comment: “… immigration today is too high and needs to be reduced. We do not need to attract people to do jobs that could be carried out by British citizens, given the right training and support. So we will take steps to take net migration back to the levels of the 1990s--tens of thousands a year, not hundreds of thousands.” [Snip] The most recent data shows that net migration is still up at 180,000 per year--down by around a third since the general election thanks

Climate science is for second-raters says
world´s greatest atmospheric physicist
Telegraph [UK], by James Delingpole    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/29/2014 7:49:15 AM     Post Reply
Popcorn time in Westminster this week, where the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee met to grill two sets of witnesses on the pros and cons of the IPCC´s 5th Assessment review. (Watch the video here) H/t Bishop Hill. Three things stood out for me: the bullying, bluster and arrogance of the committee´s chairman Tim Yeo; the unnecessary rudeness of John Robertson MP ("Not a lot of people agree with you. You´ve had your chance to sell your book," he told Donna Laframboise who had flown over from Canada especially to testify); and the wearied patience teetering on

Gridlock continues as unspeakably horrible
commute home stretches into hour 18
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, by Mike Morris    Original Article
Posted By: Muncssister- 1/29/2014 7:46:08 AM     Post Reply
The winter storm has mostly moved into the Carolinas, but metro Atlanta traffic remains gridlocked at 6 a.m. Wednesday as Tuesday’s afternoon rush hour from hell stretched into hour 18. Traffic is still bumper-to-bumper and barely moving on several Atlanta interstates, including on I-75 north of downtown, on I-20 west of downtown and on the top-end Perimeter. Students remain stranded at schools, as commuters lucky enough to make their way to makeshift shelters begin waking up in churches, fire houses and stores that remained open all night to provide a warm place to stay as temperatures plummeted into the teens.

Tinseltown’s Propaganda Problem
Tribune Media Services Inc., by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/29/2014 7:29:05 AM     Post Reply
The legendary media tycoon William Randolph Hearst believed America needed a strongman and that Franklin D. Roosevelt would fit the bill. He ordered his newspapers to support FDR and the New Deal. At his direction, Hearst’s political allies rallied around Roosevelt at the Democratic convention, which some believe sealed the deal for Roosevelt’s nomination. But all that wasn’t enough. Hearst also believed the voters had to be made to see what could be gained from a president with a free hand. So he financed the film Gabriel Over the White House, starring Walter Huston. The film depicts an FDR look-alike

  



Fact Checking the 2014 State
of the Union address
Washington Post, by Glenn Kessler    Original Article
Posted By: lasvegaslou- 1/29/2014 7:00:01 AM     Post Reply
A State of the Union address is often difficult to fact-check, no matter who is president. The speech is a product of many hands and is carefully vetted, so major errors of fact are relatively rare. But State of the Union addresses often are very political speeches, an argument for the president’s policies, so context is sometimes missing. Here is a guide through some of President Obama’s more fact-challenged claims, in the order in which he made them. At the end, we also examine one fishy fact in the Republican response.

8 Great Football Flicks From ‘Horse
Feathers’ to ‘Friday Night Lights’
Daily Beast, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/29/2014 6:53:57 AM     Post Reply
Football has been a staple of the American cinema for a century. The same characteristics that make the sport so perfect for television also have inspired directors to use the sport as a centerpiece of countless films. Here are eight gridiron classics. Horse Feathers (Snip for video)In this madcap Marx Brothers comedy, Groucho Marx play Professor Quincy Adams Wagstaff, who takes the presidency of Huxley College just as it is due for its big football game against arch-rival Darwin. Wagstaff’s son, Frank, played by Zeppo Marx, convinces his father that in order to win the big game they should recruit pro

Former Bush Speechwriter:
Obama Plagiarized Bush´s 2007 SOTU speech
Breitbart.com, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: pucky1- 1/29/2014 6:41:38 AM     Post Reply
Following President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, former George W. Bush speechwriter Mark Thiessen told Fox News Channel’s “The Kelly File” host Megyn Kelly that Obama’s speech plagiarized lines from Bush’s 2007 speech, for which he said he was the lead speechwriter. “It was eerily familiar,” Thiessen said. “There were lines like, ‘Our job is to help Americans build a future of hope and opportunity. A future of hope and opportunity begins with a growing economy. A future of hope and opportunity requires our citizens have affordable and available health care.’

What ‘Downton Abbey’
Can Teach The Queen
Daily Beast, by Tim Freeman    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/29/2014 6:27:36 AM     Post Reply
The Queen’s reserve fund is down to its last million pounds. Her palaces are crumbling and boilers need fixing. Enter the Crawleys of Downton Abbey, masters of fending off financial peril. In Downton Abbey, the Crawley family’s tenuous hold on their fortune has so far been maintained through two things. Lord Grantham, the paterfamilias, had the good sense to marry Lady Cora, a rich American, and, as times have gotten tougher, the mysterious delivery of plot-altering letters somehow, every time, carry a miraculous reprieve for Downton Abbey. Until the next time. If life mirrors art, the Queen might well be

Fact check: Obama´s State of the Union
USA Today, by Brooks Jackson*    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/29/2014 5:34:42 AM     Post Reply
We found a few overstatements and cherry-picked numbers among the applause lines and proposals in President Obama´s State of the Union address. • He boasted of businesses creating "more than 8 million new jobs" in the last four years. But that leaves out a loss of government jobs, not to mention the loss of jobs earlier in Obama´s presidency. • Obama credited the Affordable Care Act with signing up more than 9 million Americans for private insurance or Medicaid. But Medicaid estimates include renewals, along with new enrollees. • Obama boasted that the U.S. "reduced our total carbon pollution more than any other

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