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Making Sense of the Senseless
Ruslimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/31/2014 5:31:13 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Now, let me close the loop on immigration. We sit here, it doesn´t make any sense. It´s the end of the Republican Party. The polling data all shows it. The people that would be granted amnesty are not gonna vote Republican because of this or anything else. I mean, not without a lot of work. And the Republican Party being so publicly for amnesty is not going to change how these people vote. I don´t know if the Republicans think that´s going to happen. I do know that the prevailing thought or theory is really baked in total defensiveness. "Don´t

Jobless claims rise more than expected
Reuters, by Lucia Mutikani    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/31/2014 5:24:11 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose more than expected last week, but the underlying trend suggested the labor market continued to heal. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 19,000 to a seasonally adjusted 348,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Claims for the prior week were revised to show 3,000 more applications received than previously reported. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast first-time applications for jobless benefits rising to 330,000 in the week ended January 25. The four-week moving average for new claims, considered a better measure of underlying labor market conditions

Obama´s Version of Equality is Defined
by the Lowest Common Denominator
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/31/2014 5:21:56 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: The president has been on this kick lately of income inequality and fixing it. We gotta do something about economic inequality, educational inequality and income inequality. It´s just all equality. We gotta do something about it! The president said, "If the Congress doesn´t do anything about it, I have a pen, and I have a phone, and I will do it myself." Now, the way liberals go about changing inequality. A, the whole premise is flawed because you can´t. There is no such thing as equality, other than of opportunity and before the law. But there is no equality of

  


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‘Run, Sandra, run!’ Democrati
lawmaker welcomes Sandra Fluke
congressional campaign
Daily Caller, by Brendan Bordelon    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2014 5:20:01 PM     Post Reply
New York Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney wholeheartedly endorsed a rumored congressional campaign by birth control advocate Sandra Fluke, saying she’d make a “terrific” candidate and urging her to “run, Sandra, run!” Maloney made the comments during an appearance on MSNBC Friday, after the anchor asked her thoughts on the announced retirement of twenty-term New York Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman. The lawmaker noted that Waxman’s retirement is part of a broader trend in Congress, where many legislators are leaving in frustration over Capitol gridlock. “There’s a frustration of inability to work together to get things done,” she explained. But Maloney became excited at the

Amnesty is Suicide
for GOP -- and America
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/31/2014 5:18:45 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Look, I don´t care how you slice it, folks, it just doesn´t make any sense. Even the most accepted, and some might say logical explanation, it doesn´t make sense, and here´s what it is. Why are the Republicans willing to commit suicide? Because that´s what it is. Let´s review. Last fall, remember, leading up to the government shutdown, the Republican Party leadership is making sure they´re out there, they´re publicly saying, "Focus on Obamacare. Get rid of Obamacare. We gotta get rid of Obamacare." They wanted us to think that´s what they´re focusing on, and do not lose sight of

Hillary Clinton Is The Biggest Democratic
Presidential Nomination Frontrunner Ever
Business Insider, by Brett LoGiurato    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/31/2014 5:18:38 PM     Post Reply
Hillary Clinton is the biggest frontrunner ever for the Democratic presidential nomination. That´s according to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll, which finds former Secretary of State Clinton with a 73-12 lead over Vice President Joe Biden in a hypothetical 2016 Democratic primary race. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) gets 8% of the vote. As the WaPo points out, Clinton´s 61-point lead is nearly three times as large as it was in 2006, when the conventional wisdom held that she would be the 2008 Democratic nominee. In 2006, she took 39% of the theoretical vote, compared to then-Sens. Barack Obama

Just Say No, Republicans
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/31/2014 5:16:42 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, when we opened yesterday we spent about an hour, maybe a little bit longer, talking about immigration and the Republican Party -- where they are on it, what´s happening, Democrat and Republican electoral fortunes in the House and the Senate -- and there´s more on that today. The Republicans are having their three-day retreat in Maryland, and there´s a really confusing story here from TheHill.com. The headline reads this: "Boehner: House GOP is ´Alternative´ to Obama, Not ´the Opposition.´" Now, if that is accurate, that is also problematic. We need to be the opposition. An alternative, obviously.

  


  

Republican Fools Are
About to Throw 2014 Away
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2014 5:11:46 PM     Post Reply
Someone needs to grab John Boehner by the lapels and shake him until he cries. Granted, that would be, at most, one shake. But still. The alleged leader of the GOP in the House just tossed a land mine into the path of his party as it was set to march to victory this fall. The immigration “principles” that Boehner backs are indistinguishable from the Senate Gang of Eight bill that Boehner rejected, according to Byron York. He looks like an unprincipled fool, and a rube. Now that the principles — all 804 words of them — have been released,

Gay therapy ban author
seeks Calif. House seat
Washington Times, by Cheryl Wetzstein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2014 4:59:56 PM     Post Reply
The California lawmaker who wrote the first-in-the-nation ban on “reparative” therapy for children with same-sex attractions is seeking the congressional seat of retiring Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman. State Sen. Ted Lieu announced Friday that he would seek the seat of Mr. Waxman — whom he described as “a living legend” — as his district overlaps with more than 80 percent of the 20-term Democrat’s 33rd congressional district. Mr. Lieu, a Taiwan-born immigrant, lawyer and U.S. military veteran, has been active on fiscal, transportation, consumer protection and environmental issues. He has also become known for sponsoring the nation’s first law prohibiting licensed mental-health

State Dept. Webcast Features Guest
Who Called Clarence Thomas,
Condi Rice ´Uncle Toms´
Weekly Standard, by Jeryl Bier    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/31/2014 4:58:18 PM     Post Reply
The State Department is presenting a global webcast on February 4, titled "From the Street to Mainstream: The Evolution of Rap/Hip Hop Music." The host of the webcast, rapper and State Department Music Ambassador Toni Blackman, will be joined by Pras Michel, a founding member of the hip hop group the Fugees, to discuss "how rap and hip hop have increased social awareness of the African-American experience — and raised even broader issues in contemporary society." Some of Michel´s more inflammatory comments in the past raise questions about the appropriateness of his appearance with the U.S.´s music ambassador on a

Biting cold puts a freeze
on restaurant business
Associated Press, by Staff*    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/31/2014 4:56:14 PM     Post Reply
TOLEDO, Ohio — The homemade matzo ball and beef barley soups are lost on customers walking into Rascals´ NY Deli — because there just aren´t very many of them. "After it starts getting really cold and the sun goes down, the people don´t want to come," said Randy Smith, manager of the restaurant in the Cincinnati suburb of Blue Ash. Across much of the eastern half of the country, bitter cold and snowstorms in recent weeks have put a chill on restaurants, bakeries and coffee shops, limiting the number of walk-in customers and shrinking tips. Some merchants report sales cut

  


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Incognito & Martin Talked
Drugs In Text Messages
CBS News (Miami FL), by Tim Kephart    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/31/2014 4:51:42 PM     Post Reply
DAVIE– While most of the stories surrounding the text messages between Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito have focused on the relationship between the two players, a secondary issue could put both players at risk of further suspension. Incognito’s attorney, Mark Schamel, gave CBS4 40 pages of text messages between his client and Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin. At multiple points in the texts, both Martin and Incognito refer to drugs. On July 29, 2013, Incognito is exchanging texts with Martin and said, “Pop a couple Molly I’m sweeeeatin.” On August 31, 2013, Incognito is trying to coax Martin to

Christian college drops ´Crusaders´
nickname from its sports teams so
it doesn´t offend ´global society´
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/31/2014 4:51:39 PM     Post Reply
A Wisconsin Christian university is dropping the word ´Crusaders´ from its sports teams, saying the word doesn´t fit with a ´more global society.´ The Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown and its sports teams have used the name since the college´s founding in 1968. The decision coincides with a recent name change, from Maranatha Baptist Bible College to Maranatha Baptist University. The university´s executive vice president stresses that the school has received no complaints about the name Crusaders. ´The heartbeat behind this was not political correctness, but expanded opportunities for our students,´ Matt Davis told Fox News. Davis says the change had

Study: Nearly half of people in
California are in chronic financial stress
Los Angeles Times, by Walter Hamilton    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/31/2014 4:43:07 PM     Post Reply
Nearly half of California households are in chronic financial stress and have little to no savings for emergencies, according to a report Thursday. The study by the Corporation for Enterprise Development paints a generally dreary picture of the financial situation of low- and middle-income people -- and even many above-average wage earners -- throughout the state. Based on various measures of overall financial well-being, California ranks 34th among the 50 states, according to the study. Unemployment, credit-card debt and personal bankruptcies all are far above the national average, the study found. Even families with above-average income are one crisis away

If You Don’t Want to Pay
for Abortion Pills You’re
a Secessionist?
National Review Online, by David French    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2014 4:38:53 PM     Post Reply
So says legal scholar Garrett Epps in The Atlantic. Alarmed by the Supreme Court’s recent stay in the Little Sisters of the Poor and Hobby Lobby cases, Mr. Epps actually writes this: Taken together, these two cases aren’t claims for religious exemption. They are more like an ordinance of secession—a statement that religious bodies, and people, and even commercial businesses, no longer belong to society if they decide they’d rather not. The idea depends on an assumption that government itself is sinful, and presumptively illegitimate. If courts follow this notion, they risk making it impossible to have an effective government

  


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Family hoping for answers in
death of McCordsville teenager
WISH-TV [Indianapolis, IN], by Teresa Mackin    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/31/2014 4:33:43 PM     Post Reply
Lawrence, Ind. – He was in the wrong place, at the wrong time. That’s what investigators say about the night 19-year-old Kyle Jobin of McCordsville was shot and killed outside a Lawrence gas station. “Part of us died that night, too,” said Kyle’s dad, Joe. “He was everything to me.” (Snip) Police say Kyle had gone from his friend’s house around 2:30 a.m., to get a pack of cigarettes from the Marathon gas station at 7013 E. 56th St. Investigators say a witness saw four black men surround his car, after he came out with his cigarettes: they were

Christie Knew About Lane Closings
Ex-Port Authority Official Says
New York Times, by Kate Zernike    Original Article
Posted By: NYC RAL- 1/31/2014 4:27:42 PM     Post Reply
The former Port Authority official who personally oversaw the lane closings on the George Washington Bridge in the scandal now swirling around Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said on Friday that the governor knew about the lane closings when they were happening, and that he had the evidence to prove it. In a letter released by his lawyer, the official, David Wildstein, a high school friend of Mr. Christie’s who was appointed with the governor’s blessing at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which controls the bridge, described the order to close the lanes as “the

Top spenders ´ripped´ appropriations
bill out of hands of junior congressman,
Cynthia Lummis says
Washington Examiner, by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2014 4:27:25 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., shook the dust off her feet as she left the House Appropriations Committee, which she described as dominated by a few arrogant members who lack respect for conservatives on the panel. “We were not even allowed to read the report language after we had voted for our product in subcommittee. They were ripped out of our hands, and I´m not exaggerating. That was just offensive,” Lummis told Roll Call. “It was just a grandstanding power play, totally inappropriate to treat duly elected members of Congress that way. It was a silly, ?we´re in charge and you´re not´

The Choom Corp.
Wall Street Jounal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: BamaMan- 1/31/2014 4:27:17 PM     Post Reply
Whether or not legalizing marijuana is a good idea, as a purely descriptive matter it is an idea whose time has come. In 1996 California voters approved Proposition 215, a ballot measure immunizing from prosecution those who use marijuana under a physician´s recommendation. A 2003 state law, drolly titled Senate Bill 420, established a regulatory regime designed to "facilitate the prompt identification of qualified patients . . . in order to avoid unnecessary arrest"--i.e., to make medical marijuana easier to obtain. Since 1996, 19 more states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws to permit medical marijuana, according to ProCon.org.

US nuclear forces: Drinking and cheating?
What the Pentagon wants to fix.
Christian Science Monitor, by Anna Mulrine    Original Article
Posted By: NYC RAL- 1/31/2014 4:23:58 PM     Post Reply
Nuclear weapons are, of course, the most dangerous in the US military’s arsenal. That’s why a series of scandals surrounding alleged mismanagement, cheating, drunken carousing in Moscow bars, and drug abuse in the Air Force’s nuclear command has Pentagon officials vowing to make big changes in the way the nuclear forces operate. Here’s what’s been happening: Drunken cavorting in Moscow bars, you say? Yes. While on a trip to Moscow last year, Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael Carey – who was at the time in charge of US intercontinental ballistic missile facilities and operations – allegedly got drunk

  



Obama will have White House call
woman who lost her insurance plan,
might lose son´s doctor
Washington Examiner, by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2014 4:17:36 PM     Post Reply
She was courteous enough that even President Obama said she didn´t "have to pussyfoot around," but the woman who asked about Obamacare gave a pretty comprehensive indictment of the law´s rollout and consequences for her family. "I´m probably not the only one who has had really a panicked experience lately trying to figure if my 10-year-old son can continue with his specialist or not. I know that I cannot keep my plan, which I liked," Rebecca Stewart of Kentucky said to Obama during a Google+ hangout hosted by the White House today. "But as I´m trying to decide what to do

White House to Congressional
Black Caucus: Obama´s judicial
nominees are diverse enough
Washington Examiner, by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2014 4:12:48 PM     Post Reply
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus believe that President Obama´s judicial nominees represent "an appalling lack of diversity," but the top White House spokesman dismissed that accusation. "The president´s commitment here and the approach he takes is fairly clear," White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters when asked during the press briefing about the CBC´s objection to his latest nominations within the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. "The president has had more African-American women confirmed to the federal court than any president in history," he noted, adding that he has appointed several black judges within the 11th Circuit,

Ann Romney: ‘The Country Lost’
in 2012 By Reelecting Obama
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/31/2014 3:44:06 PM     Post Reply
Ann Romney joined Fox News Channel host Bill Hemmer on Friday to discuss the recently released Netflix documentary about her husband and former Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney. She said that she always believed that her husband would be elected president and was shocked that he was not. When asked to comment on the state of President Barack Obama’s presidency, she refused to comment but noted that “the country lost” when they did not elect Mitt Romney in 2012. “I really believe this,” Ann Romney said, “We lost, but truly the country lost by not having Mitt as president.”

Justin Bieber’s jet stopped for
pot on way to Super Bowl
New York Post, by Larry Celona    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/31/2014 3:33:21 PM     Post Reply
Justin Bieber’s personal plane — headed to New Jersey for the Super Bowl — was held at Teterboro Airport on Friday afternoon under suspicion it was carrying marijuana, law enforcement sources said. The plane had just arrived at 2:53 p.m. from Toronto when authorities detected what was described as a strong odor of pot. The plane, believed to be a twin-jet Raytheon Hawker 800, was ordered held until drug-sniffing dogs could check it out. It was not clear if Bieber was aboard. The singer planned to fly from his native Canada so he could take in the Super Bowl and pre-game festivities.

Bindi Irwin Goes Glam for
First Big Red Carpet
ABC News, by Michael Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/31/2014 3:24:57 PM     Post Reply
(Video) Steve Irwin would be so proud. The late "Crocodile Hunter" star´s daughter Bindi Irwin walked the carpet last night at the AACTA Awards in Sydney looking all grown up and beautiful in a black, floral dress. The awards celebrate Australia´s best films and TV. The 15-year-old, who starred in "Return to Nim´s Island," last year recently opened up about her father Steve, who died in 2006, commenting on how great a dad he was. Irwin died after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb. Other actors and actresses on the carpet last night included Cate Blanchett and Sam

Keystone XL oil pipeline clears
significant hurdle
Associated Press, by Matthew Daly    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/31/2014 3:20:26 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON- The long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada moved a significant step toward completion Friday as the State Department raised no major environmental objections to its construction. The finding is likely to be welcomed by Republicans and some oil- and gas-producing states but is sure to further rankle environmentalists already at odds with President Barack Obama over his energy policy. The department report stops short of recommending approval of the $7 billion pipeline, which has become a major symbol of the political debate over climate change. But the review gives Obama political cover if he chooses to endorse the

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