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Watch these workers´ faces as they realize
what ObamaCare does to them
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 1/31/2014 9:39:53 AM     Post Reply
Barack Obama was in Wisconsin and Tennessee Thursday happy talking about "opportunity." He´s for it, by the way. "It´s good to be in Wisconsin," he told Wisconsin. Few hours later, "It´s good to be in Nashville." In both places he talked about the “opportunity” that comes with jobs and the “opportunity” that comes with education. As a word, "opportunity" polls well. Yet, these days whenever Obama has the opportunity to talk about his signature namesake "achievement," he rarely seizes the opportunity. The enterprising TV news video here shows why.

Catholic schools’ secret: love
New York Post, by William McGurn    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/31/2014 9:39:23 AM     Post Reply
These days much of my life is decided by two nuns. My children spend their days with them. My nights and weekends are largely determined by the sports and dances and activities they organize. And then there’s the share of my paycheck they command, second only to our monthly mortgage payment. One is Irish: Sister Noreen Holly, the Kerry-born principal of St. Vincent Martyr School in Madison, NJ. The other is Italian: Sister Patricia Pompa, principal of Villa Walsh Academy in nearby Morristown. Each fills her school with the only love that is true — the kind that takes us out of

Pipeline boost? Keystone XL report
may disappoint project´s foes
Fox News, by Mike Emanuel*    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/31/2014 9:35:15 AM     Post Reply
The State Department is expected to release an environmental analysis on the Keystone XL oil pipeline as early as Friday that may disappoint environmentalists and opponents of the proposed project, according to individuals briefed on the matter. The release of the long-anticipated evaluation, known as an "environmental impact statement," sets the stage for a 90-day review period, during which the Obama administration must determine whether the project is in the national interest. "The EIS is in the final stages of preparation and we anticipate a release of the document soon. As a reminder when it is released, EIS is not a decision,

  


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Popular anti-fracking study discredited
by Colorado health department
Washington Examiner, by Ashe Schow    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/31/2014 9:27:15 AM     Post Reply
Research claiming that hydraulic fracturing -- fracking -- causes increased cancer risks and birth defects have been discredited by Colorado state public health officials. The researchers with the Colorado School of Public Health cited "minuscule" statistical differences and ignored other factors in producing a report on the negative side effects of fracking, according to a statement released by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on Thursday. “It is difficult to draw conclusions from this study, due to its design and limitations,” Dr. Larry Wolk, CDPHE’s chief medical officer, said. “We appreciate continuing research about possible public health implications that may

Silence Reigned, Heroes Died
Breitbart, by Billy & Karen Vaughn    Original Article
Posted By: EnsignOToole- 1/31/2014 9:22:44 AM     Post Reply
We are all familiar with the US Marine Corps slogan “Looking for a Few Good Men.” Truth is, America’s military has always had plenty of “good men.” What it seems to lack in spades is good leaders. Recently we met former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on the set of Hannity. We’d spent most of our day scouring his newly released book, Duty, hoping to better understand the seeming total lack of leadership and direction our military has been subjected to in recent years. In all honesty, there were no revelations in Mr. Gates’s book, only confirmations of what we

South still crippled by big chill after
snowstorm brings Atlanta to a standstill
New York Daily News, by Irving Dejohn    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/31/2014 8:57:43 AM     Post Reply
The deep freeze that brought the South to its knees hasn’t released the region from its chokehold just yet. Overnight temperatures were well below the freezing mark overnight — complicating cleanup of frozen streets Thursday across the storm-weary state of Georgia. For many, sitting in snarled traffic was a painful experience. For Amy Anderson, it felt like she was going into labor — until she realized she was actually about to give birth.

Obama Dons "I´m a Lame Duck" Sign
Arizona Republic, by Robert Robb    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/31/2014 8:54:00 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address was apparently intended to demonstrate his continued dominance of the political agenda. That presumably was the point of the chest-beating his aides did before the speech about the in-your-face unilateral actions the president was going to announce. The speech itself, however, demonstrated what a spent political force Obama has become. He might as well have been wearing a sign saying: I’m a lame duck. When, before the 2012 election, Obama compared his accomplishments to those of Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson, conservatives and even some liberals scoffed. But it was an earned

  


  

Meanwhile, Back in America . . .
Wall Street Journal, by Peggy Noonan    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/31/2014 8:45:56 AM     Post Reply
The State of the Union was a spectacle of delusion and self-congratulation in which a Congress nobody likes rose to cheer a president nobody really likes. It marked the continued degeneration of a great and useful tradition. Viewership was down, to the lowest level since 2000. This year´s innovation was the Parade of Hacks. It used to be the networks only showed the president walking down the aisle after his presence was dramatically announced. Now every cabinet-level officeholder marches in, shaking hands and high-fiving with breathless congressmen. And why not? No matter how bland and banal they may look,

Bill Ayers Fizzles at Dartmouth
Debate with Dinesh D´Souza
American Thinker, by Ann Kane    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/31/2014 8:45:28 AM     Post Reply
The Indian American immigrant vs. the radical white son of a one percenter capitalist was quite a spectacle. The Dinesh D´Souza and Bill Ayers debate on Thursday night at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, and sponsored by Young America´s Foundation, hands down showed D´Souza has a broad view of history and a love of America as a "wealth creator." In contrast, Ayers has a narrow progressive view where "we [the people] are the sovereign, collective authority." (snip) He appears self-absorbed, and at the same time out of his league alongside D´Souza. When you look at Ayers with his little loop earrings

Hunterdon´s musical Fred Miller adds
electronic greetings sideline to his repertoire
Hunterton County Democrat ( NJ), by Rick Epstein    Original Article
Posted By: LComStaff- 1/31/2014 8:07:40 AM     Post Reply
FredGrams.com (aka SingingTelegramsInternational.com) is the latest chapter in one Hunterdon County man’s long musical odyssey. And you´re reading about it just in time for Valentine´s Day or some other occasion for sending a musical e-greeting. Pianist/singer/lecturer Fred Miller has lived in a converted stable near Sergeantsville for more than three decades while building a career celebrating the classic American popular songs, tunes that burst forth from vaudeville, Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, Hollywood via the mass entertainment media during the first half of the 20th century. Miller’s original professional focus was theatrical production, but his performing activities now revolve exclusively around his popular

The Decline and Fall of ´Hope and Change´
The Atlantic, by Conor Friedersdorf    Original Article
Posted By: crusconnec- 1/31/2014 8:05:39 AM     Post Reply
There are significant promises that Barack Obama has fulfilled in the White House: He has stood against torture, ended the Iraq War, and killed Osama bin Laden. He signed a healthcare-reform bill into law and helped to extend gay rights. Love or hate these policies, they are due in large part to his efforts as president. But as another State of the Union address recedes into memory, it is equally clear that the Obama Administration won´t ever fulfill one of its core selling points: the chance to pass reforms that address the most worrisome flaws in our democratic system. To

  


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Is the American president still
the most powerful man on earth?
Telegraph [UK], by Sean Thomas    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/31/2014 7:52:43 AM     Post Reply
It’s a commonplace of journalism to say that the President of the USA is “the most powerful man in the world”. Thus it was, before Obama’s State of the Union speech this week: pundits dutifully trotted out the phrase "the most powerful man on earth" as the dashingly besuited Mr Obama strode to his Washington lectern. [Snip] All this is totally true. America is a great and marvelous nation, and it is not going anywhere. But here’s a game you can play. Simply type, into your nearest search engine, variants of the phrase “China overtakes”. Then see what pops up.

Bracing for Amnesty
Canada Free Press, by Arnold Ahlert    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 1/31/2014 7:48:03 AM     Post Reply
Unbelievable as it may be to their core constituency, House Republicans are now embracing comprehensive immigration reform. Late yesterday, the Hill obtained a one-page document outlining the GOP’s “statement of principals,” that endorses a path to legal status, once “specific enforcement triggers” have been achieved. In an apparent sop to their base, House leadership stopped short of offering a path to citizenship, citing unfairness to those who have emigrated here legally, and the “harm” it would do to the rule of law. “Rather, these persons could live legally and without fear in the U.S., but only if they were willing to

Rutgers Offers Course Studying Beyonce
NBC News [Philadelphia, PA], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2014 7:40:26 AM     Post Reply
Beyoncé is one of the world´s most scrutinized pop stars, and now that study is moving to academia. The Department of Women´s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University is offering a course called "Politicizing Beyoncé.´´ Kevin Allred, a doctoral student who is teaching the class, tells the university´s online news site that he is using Beyoncé´s career as a way to explore American race, gender and sexual politics. The class supplements an analysis of Beyoncé´s videos and lyrics with readings from Black feminists. Allred says he´s seeking to help students think more critically about media consumption. Rutgers also has a

RNC Chairman Channels the
Spirit of Ted Kennedy
American Thinker, by John Bennett    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/31/2014 7:29:24 AM     Post Reply
Is there someone out there dying to vote Republican, but won´t because the GOP hasn´t supported amnesty yet? Is there someone out there with familial, emotional, or ethnic ties to illegal immigrants and would vote Republican after amnesty passed? A moment´s thought reveals the futility of "legalization" pandering. Yet, when RNC chair Reince Priebus was asked Wednesday what he thinks of the political wisdom of passing legalization/amnesty in the next 10 months, his reply was: "Well, I think if you look at where the biggest senate races are, it´s probably a mixed bag. I think politically speaking it´s a mixed bag, but the

  


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Mayor Says New York City Will Settle
Suits on Stop-and-Frisk Tactics
New York Times, by Benjamin Weiser and Joseph Goldstein    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/31/2014 7:24:30 AM     Post Reply
New York City will settle its long-running legal battle over the Police Department’s practice of stopping, questioning and often frisking people on the street — a divisive issue at the heart of the mayoral race last year — by agreeing to reforms that a judge ordered in August, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday. In making the announcement, which he said he hoped would end a turbulent chapter in the city’s racial history, Mr. de Blasio offered a sweeping repudiation of the aggressive policing practices that had been a hallmark of his predecessor, Michael R. Bloomberg, but that had stoked

Boehner Courts a GOP Civil War
American Thinker, by J. Robert Smith    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/31/2014 7:21:55 AM     Post Reply
If you can´t win, flee. Heck, if you won´t even try to win, retreat. You can´t make this stuff up. A day after President Obama´s rousing State of the Union address to an enthralled nation, House Republicans skedaddled to Maryland´s Eastern Shore. They went to crack crabs, swill cold microbrews, talk issues, yuck it up with lobbyists, and concoct more legislative "strategy." Heck, there´s got to be more than one way to capitulate on measures the size of the Farm Bill? Come to think of it, there is. In the vernacular, it´s called "immigration reform," which when all the layers of

Don´t Know the Party of a Politician Caught
in a Scandal? He´s Probably a Democrat
Newsbusters, by Geoffrey Dickens    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/31/2014 7:20:48 AM     Post Reply
Within the span of 40 seconds, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams reported on two politicians caught in scandals, one a Republican the other a Democrat, but he gave the party affiliation of only one of the troubled politicians. Can you guess which one? On the January 27 Nightly News, Williams reported that “Florida Republican Congressman Trey Radel has resigned effective tonight. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor cocaine possession.” In the very next news brief Williams announced: “A name from New Orleans’s recent past went on trial there today. Ray Nagin, mayor of the city during Katrina, in court on bribery

Obama ambassador nominees — Baucus,
Bell and Tsunis — hit bumps in hearings
Washington Post, by Al Kamen    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/31/2014 7:12:05 AM     Post Reply
There’s little doubt that outgoing Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) will be confirmed as President Obama’s next ambassador to China, despite a somewhat less-than-stellar performance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) asked: If, as Baucus indicated, the “Chinese leadership’s primary motivation is the well-being” of its citizens, then “what do you think would motivate them to initiate the air defense notification zone?” (As Loop fans know, this is a dangerous escalation by a bellicose China in an already nasty dispute with Japan over islands — and undersea riches — in the East China Sea.)

Hundreds of Career Prosecutors
Revolt Against Eric Holder
Power Line, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/31/2014 6:07:47 AM     Post Reply
Hundreds of career Justice Department lawyers have broken into open revolt against Attorney General Holder over his support of legislation that would drastically cut back on mandatory minimum sentences for drug pushers. The legislation Holder supports, known as the Durbin-Lee bill, would overturn the current mandatory minimum sentences not only for marijuana violations but for all drug offenses, including major and repeat trafficking in heroin, meth, PCP and other extremely dangerous, and often lethal, drugs. This was too much for hundreds of federal prosecutors. Today, Chuck Grassley, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, read aloud from a letter the

  



U.S. Says Russia Tested
Missile, Despite Treaty
New York Times, by Michael R. Gordon    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/31/2014 6:05:32 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The United States informed its NATO allies this month that Russia had tested a new ground-launched cruise missile, raising concerns about Moscow’s compliance with a landmark arms control accord. American officials believe Russia began conducting flight tests of the missile as early as 2008. Such tests are prohibited by the treaty banning medium-range missiles that was signed in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail S. Gorbachev, the Soviet leader at the time, and that has long been viewed as one of the bedrock accords that brought an end to the Cold War. Beginning in May, Rose Gottemoeller,

A Lewinsky reference? Laura Bush says
´first gentleman´ should have ties critiqued
Washington Examiner [DC], by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/31/2014 6:01:42 AM     Post Reply
Former first lady Laura Bush tells C-SPAN´s “First Ladies” program than when a woman finally gets elected president, the “first gentleman” should be critiqued just like women are, including their choice of ties. In one part of a longer interview, she said that the media and public pays too much attention to first ladies and their hair and clothes. Talking about the possibility of a woman president, she said, “Maybe we should be that way about the first gentleman also and really critique the way they look all the time, their choice of tie, or their hair style or whatever,

California Legalized Selling
Food Made At Home And
Created Over A Thousand
Local Businesses
Forbes, by Nick Sibilla    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/31/2014 5:57:26 AM     Post Reply
A government official appears at a man’s door. The man has been breaking the law: He has sold bread baked at home. This isn’t a page from Kafka—it happened to Mark Stambler in Los Angeles. For decades, Stambler has followed traditional methods to bake loaves of French bread. The ingredients are simple: distilled water, sea salt, wild yeast and organic grains. Stambler even mills the grain himself. To make it easier to steam loaves, he built a wood-fired oven in his own backyard. Stambler’s loaves came in first place at the Los Angeles County Fair and the California State Fair.

The Big Chide
Washington Free Beacon, by Matthew Continetti    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/31/2014 5:50:50 AM     Post Reply
“U.S. Chides Syria on Missed Chemical Arms Deadlines”New York Times, January 30, 2014 Say goodbye to the big stick. Say hello to the big chide. Five months ago, you will recall, President Obama was preparing to launch military strikes against Bashar al-Assad. The strikes were averted when the Russians, seizing on a gaffe by Secretary of State John Kerry, proposed a deal in which Assad would give up his WMD if the United States did not bomb. How are things working out? Well, who could have predicted it, but this week we learned that Assad has retained 95 percent

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