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The road to hell
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 1/30/2014 11:03:27 AM     Post Reply
Max Boot notices that although “President Obama’s State of the Union included the following pledge: ‘Here at home, we’ll keep strengthening our defenses and combat new threats like cyberattacks. (Snip) War is no more. The lawyers have simply defined it out of existence. After all, if you don’t go to Congress for authorization, where’s the war? It is a condition of what used to be called strategic mindlessness. But this time it’s a bug, not a feature. It’s not just Max Boot and Kevin Baron who’ve noticed that the cat has gone away. The rats know it too. Pyongyang is

Stanford law prof: Second Amendment
is about restricting gun rights
Daily Caller, by Robby Soave    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2014 11:01:54 AM     Post Reply
A Stanford University law professor took the view that the Second Amendment permits strong gun control, telling the crowd that “restriction has to be at the core” of the right to carry a gun. John J. Donohue, a member of the Stanford Law School faculty, made his remarks during a debate with attorney Donald Kilmer, an adjunct professor at Lincoln Law School of San Jose. “I support the right to self-defense,” said Donohue during the debate, according to The Stanford Review. “But that doesn’t mean that you have a right to high-capacity magazines.” Donohue explained that the Second Amendment must

Jimmy Kimmel Live Gets Pedestrian
Reactions to SOTU… Before It Happened
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/30/2014 10:57:04 AM     Post Reply
As he’s done before for the Inauguration and the Super Bowl, Jimmy Kimmel sent his roving correspondent out onto Hollywood Boulevard in the days before last night’s State of the Union to get pedestrians’ reactions to the speech that hadn’t happened yet. The more times the late night hosts pulls his “Lie Witness News” prank on the somehow unsuspecting public, the less surprising it is that people have all kinds of opinions on something they blatantly haven’t seen. From House Speaker John Boehner falling asleep to President Barack Obama faking a heart attack at the end of his speech, these

  


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House-passed farm bill bans gov’t from
food stamp advertising, promotion
Daily Caller, by Caroline May    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2014 10:54:06 AM     Post Reply
A new House-passed farm bill bans the Department of Agriculture from actively recruiting or advertising for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps. On Wednesday, the House passed the Agriculture Act of 2014, a five-year farm bill, by a vote of 251-166. “[N]o funds authorized to be appropriated under this Act shall be used by the Secretary for — ‘(A) recruitment activities designed to persuade an individual to apply for supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits; ‘(B) television, radio, or billboard advertisements that are designed to promote supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits and enrollment; or ‘(C) any agreements with

The GOP and Social Issues:
Another Perspective
PJ Media, by Andrew C. McCarthy    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2014 10:48:09 AM     Post Reply
On the question whether the Republican Party ought to de-emphasize social issues, I find myself more in the Bryan Preston camp than in Roger Simon’s. That’s ironic because, though I’m drawn to the logic of Bryan’s “Where do the surrenders end?” argument, the brute fact is: the political divide in the country has almost nothing to do with logic. It is, instead, about “us versus them.” Roger thus gets closer to the heart of the matter when he contends that “fairly or not,” opposition to gay marriage – today’s hotly contested social issue – is used “to paint the right

Why on Earth Is Jeb Bush Still
‘Undecided’ on a 2016 Run?
PJ Media, by Stephen Kruiser    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/30/2014 10:30:21 AM     Post Reply
On what planet is this a good idea?!? Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has been rumored to be a potential Republican presidential candidate in 2016 and Wednesday he did nothing to end the speculation when asked about a possible run. (Snip) Jeb isn’t crazy or delusional, and he is not still entertaining these thoughts because he is a raging egomaniac. This is happening because there are still power players in the upper echelons of the GOP who would sincerely like Jeb to run. The old-money players are very much of the opinion that there is a queue in the GOP

Obama Speechwriter: The Keep
Your Plan Pledge Wasn´t
"Examined Closely Enough"
Real Clear Politics, by Ian Schwartz    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2014 10:27:13 AM     Post Reply
At an AEI event on the secrets of the State of the Union speech, former President Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett acknowledged that the "keep your health care plan" pledge didn´t turn out to be as accurate as the administration planned. JON LOVETT: I can tell you that that that statement that that that about the way the law was work was something that was perhaps not examined closely enough at the time, but it was never, ever something that was viewed as not being true but something that should be said anyway. It was viewed as something that largely described the

  


  

An American Tragedy
FrontPage, by Bruce Bawer    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/30/2014 10:25:21 AM     Post Reply
In his fascinating new memoir, Civilian Warriors, Erik Prince – founder of Blackwater, the security firm that became world-famous for its pivotal role in the “war on terror” – tackles head-on the claim, often voiced by critics of his company, that the involvement of private military contractors (PMCs) in an American war is a radical and morally questionable departure from national tradition. On the contrary, argues Prince, Christopher Columbus, like Prince himself, was a PMC – an Italian who led his own military force under contract to Spain. Prince takes us to Lafayette Square, near the White House, where statues

Obama´s latest crop of ambassadors,
clueless like the boss
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 1/30/2014 10:17:04 AM     Post Reply
Barack Obama has never shown any great respect for ambassadors, a president´s hand-picked representative to another country. You´ll remember how shook up this president was over the 2012 murders of Amb. Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi; Obama flew off to Las Vegas fundraisers before the bodies were even cold. But two of Obama´s recent ambassadorial choices reveal the Democrat´s uber-political modus operandi—Max Baucus and George Tsunis.

Easter egg in Old Spice Super Bowl
ad yields two tickets to curious fan
Chicago Sun-Times, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/30/2014 10:15:06 AM     Post Reply
There’s a reason why all commercials, movies and television shows use numbers with a 555 prefix — because they’re all fake and will prevent people from calling them and harassing the person on the other end. But what happens when a real number shows up, like in Old Spice’s Super Bowl commercial slated to run on Sunday? The leaked ad surfaced on Mashable. “I saw this girl giving out her number to a guy in the commercial; turned out it was a real number, so I called it,” said Scott Knowlton, a Buzz:60 producer who was researching commercials for a possible story. And he’s

Michelle Obama Asks Hollywood
for a ´Big Fat Check´
U.S. News & World Report, by Nikki Schwab    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2014 10:13:44 AM     Post Reply
Attending a DNC fundraiser that was originally scheduled during October´s government shutdown, first lady Michelle Obama was the special guest of "Everybody Loves Raymond" creator Phil Rosenthal and his wife Monica Horan Wednesday night at their home in a gated community in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Hancock Park. Obama, according to the White House pool report, made a big deal about the November midterm elections to the crowd, which included singer and actress Barbra Streisand and her husband James Brolin. The first lady told the champagne-sipping attendees exactly what they could do to get engaged. "You can write a check,

  


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Convicted murderer arrested for
shooting teenager in convenience store
Commercial Appeal [Memphis, TN], by Jody Callahan    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/30/2014 10:05:49 AM     Post Reply
That freedom and fresh air Timothy McKinney was talking about as he walked out of court a free man last spring didn’t last too long. McKinney, convicted of killing a Memphis police officer and sent to death row before winning a reprieve last May, is in trouble again. This time, he’s accused of pulling a pistol and firing several shots inside a North Memphis convenience store, striking a 14-year-old girl in the leg. McKinney, 39, has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, using a firearm during the commission of a felony and two counts of reckless endangerment.

Complaint: Wendy Davis failed
to disclose income, lobbyist ties
Townhall, by Jon Cassidy    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/30/2014 10:02:17 AM     Post Reply
HOUSTON – An ethics complaint filed against Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis this week argues that Davis has failed to disclose all of her sources of income and ties to lobbyists, as required by state law. According to the complaint, Davis failed to disclose more than $25,000 in interest and dividends she earned from 2010 to 2012 on the personal financial statements she filed those years. Davis also failed to disclose that she was paid by the employer of a lobbyist — namely, the law firm of Cantey Hanger, LLP. Cantey Hanger lists Davis as “of counsel” to the firm. It

Reports: Lunches seized from Utah
schoolkids because of unpaid bills
NBC News [Salt Lake City], by Henry Austin    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 1/30/2014 9:57:14 AM     Post Reply
Dozens of children at a Utah school had their lunches seized and thrown away because they did not have enough money in their accounts, prompting an angry response from parents, it was reported. "She took my lunch away and said, ´Go get a milk,’” Sophia Isom, a fifth-grader at Salt Lake City’s Uintah Elementary School, told NBC affiliate KSL.com. "I came back and asked, ´What´s going on?´ (Snip) Salt Lake City District Spokesperson Jason Olsen told the Tribune that parents had been notified about negative balances on Monday and a child nutrition manager had decided to withhold lunches to deal

State Department Adviser on Extremism
Urges US to “Befriend” Al Qaeda
FrontPage Magazine, by Daniel Greenfield    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2014 9:56:13 AM     Post Reply
Officially there are no more terrorist attacks, just man-caused disasters brought about by offensive YouTube videos. Also there are no more terrorists. Just Violent Extremists. And there’s no more counter-terrorism, just experts on Countering Violent Extremism. William McCants was a U.S. State Department senior adviser for countering violent extremism and is a director of the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World at the Brookings liberal think tank. At the CFR’s Foreign Affairs, McCants joined together with two others to argue that Ahrar al-Sham is, and I quote, “an al Qaeda–Linked Group Worth Befriending.” With the collapse of the

  


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´Year of Action´ price tag:
$40B more a year
Washington Examiner [DC], by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/30/2014 9:52:43 AM     Post Reply
President Obama´s 43-point State of the Union speech and second term agenda laid out to Congress on Tuesday will cost taxpayers nearly $40 billion more annually if fully implemented with over half -- $20.2 billion -- just to reform immigration, according to the National Taxpayers Union Foundation. The foundation, which annually tabulates the cost of programs presidents propose in their speeches, set this year´s annualized price at $39.995 billion. The bulk would pay for the immigration and amnesty, followed by $12.8 billion to restore unemployment insurance and $3.5 billion to fund a pre-K request. When totalled, the president’s wish list

Michelle Obama in Los
Angeles asks donors to
´write a big,fat check´
Los Angeles Times, by Seema Mehta    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 1/30/2014 9:43:08 AM     Post Reply
First Lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday urged supporters in Los Angeles to donate money to boost Democratic prospects in the 2014 midterm election, saying such efforts were crucial to President Obama’s ability to accomplish the goals he laid out in his State of the Union speech the night before."We need to be engaged right from the beginning, and this is where all of you here tonight come in. This is your part, because there is something all of you can do right now, today, to make a difference…. You can write a check, do you hear me?" she said Wednesday

MSNBC Slimes ´Right Wing´ as Racist
Over Cheerios Ad Featuring Biracial Kid;
Forced to Apologize
Newsbusters, by Matthew Balan    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/30/2014 9:37:27 AM     Post Reply
Less than a month after Melissa Harris-Perry´s tear-drenched apology for a panel discussion on her MSNBC program which mocked Mitt Romney´s adopted black grandson, the cable network again had to apologize on Wednesday, this time for an online post (now deleted) that unjustly accused conservatives of being against interracial marriage and reproduction. An anonymous writer on MSNBC´s official Twitter account wrote: "Maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/ biracial family." Conservative commentator Michelle Malkin led the charge against the inflammatory Tweet, encouraging her followers to post photos of their

PPP National Poll: Huckabee 16%,
Bush 14%, Christie 13%
Weekly Standard, by John McCormack    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/30/2014 9:32:29 AM     Post Reply
With twenty-four months to go until the first votes are cast in the Republican presidential primary, Democratic pollster PPP surveys the country and finds Mike Huckabee atop the field: Following the controversy over his ´Uncle Sugar´ speech Mike Huckabee has...taken the lead in the Republican primary race for 2016. He´s at 16% to 14% for Jeb Bush, 13% for Chris Christie, 11% for Rand Paul, 8% each for Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Paul Ryan, 6% for Scott Walker, and 5% for Bobby Jindal. There´s been more movement than usual over the last month, with Huckabee and Bush each gaining 3-4 points,

A sorry state of the union -- what if
Obama believes he answers to no one?
Fox News, by Judge Andrew P. Napolitano    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/30/2014 9:31:11 AM     Post Reply
What if the state of the union is a mess? What if the government spies on all of us all of the time and recognizes no limits to its spying? What if its appetite for acquiring personal knowledge about all Americans is insatiable? What if the government uses the microchips in our cellphones to follow us and listen to us as we move about? What if the Constitution expressly prohibits the government from doing this? What if the government has written laws that are interpreted in secret by judges who meet in secret and are applied by federal agents who operate in secret

  



Scarlett Johansson Leaves Humanitarian
Group Over Israeli Controversy
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/30/2014 8:55:55 AM     Post Reply
Ghost World star Scarlett Johansson recently signed on as “global ambassador” for SodaStream, a move that includes a Super Bowl ad—but that has now ended her tenure with Oxfam International, a humanitarian group she has worked with for eight years. SodaStream has a large factory presence in the West Bank, while Oxfam boycotts trade from Israeli settlements. The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement quickly called on Oxfam to drop Johansson over the sponsorship, which Oxfam did on Thursday.

Theology vs. Spin
American Thinker, by Malcolm Unwell    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/30/2014 8:52:53 AM     Post Reply
As the cliché goes, people are free to do what they want in their bedrooms. But people are not free to alter theological history in order to generate the best possible spin for their political causes. Everyone knows that the Old Testament is unequivocal in its condemnation of homosexuality (see Leviticus, where the death penalty is recommended "if a man also lie with mankind" 20:13-15). It is therefore strange to see certain leftists claim that the Bible is somehow being appropriated by radical conservatives to suit their own agenda. Some would claim that the New Testament does not touch upon homosexuality, at

Snake Bite Costs North Carolina
Couple $89,000 Hospital Bill
Time Magazine, by Maya Rhodan    Original Article
Posted By: Bad Dog- 1/30/2014 8:50:07 AM     Post Reply
Subhead: The couple visited the emergency room in August to receive treatment. The sticker shock comes as Americans continue to battle high health care costs following the introduction of the American Care Act /snip/ A couple in North Carolina is speaking out against hospital pricing after receiving a bill for an 18-hour emergency-room stay which they say cost them a whopping $89,000. The Charlotte Observer reports that Eric Ferguson visited a hospital near his home in Mooresville, N.C. over the summer after being bitten by a snake.

Michelle Obama Wore an
´a-what-a?´ to the SOTU
American Thinker, by Jeannie DeAngelis    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/30/2014 8:48:41 AM     Post Reply
One week after partying in the White House with millionaires and billionaires for Michelle´s 50th, the pre-SOTU buzz was that the president was planning to address income inequality and the minimum wage, among other non-issues Americans aren´t concerned about. Determined to get the president´s attention, notorious aisle-hugger Sheila Jackson Lee showed up in a two-piece suit the color of a wad of Bazooka bubble gum or perhaps a drippy bottle of Pepto-Bismol. As for Michelle Obama, in an effort to counterbalance the ocular assault, the woman who spends America´s money like a drunken sailor must have thought it would be a good

For 2016, Hillary Clinton has commanding
lead over Democrats, GOP race wide open
Washington Post, by Philip Rucker and Scott Clement,    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/30/2014 8:47:22 AM     Post Reply
Hillary Rodham Clinton holds a commanding 6 to 1 lead over other Democrats heading into the 2016 presidential campaign, while the Republican field is deeply divided with no clear front-runner, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Clinton trounces her potential primary rivals with 73 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents, reinforcing a narrative of inevitability around her nomination if she runs. Vice President Biden is second with 12 percent, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) is third with 8 percent. Although Clinton’s favorability rating has fallen since she stepped down as secretary of state a year ago, she has broad Democratic

President Wuss and the State of the Union
American Thinker, by Chriss Street    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/30/2014 8:44:53 AM     Post Reply
During the morning before the 2014 State of the Union Address, White House Counsel John Podesta fired up the Democrat faithful with visions of a passionate President Obama about to declare rule-by-executive-orders to vanquish his obstructionist Republican adversaries. But instead of triumphant warrior fervently wielding his pen as a sword and his phone as a shield, the president seemed to politely sleepwalk through his prepared speech to the joint session of Congress. With his poll numbers at the same level as President George W. Bush the year before the Republicans were annihilated in the 2006 mid-term elections, Barack Obama seemed

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