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Article V Convention:
Path of Least Resistance
American Thinker, by Robert Berry    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/1/2014 9:24:57 AM     Post Reply
In what is taking shape as a sort of Great Awakening, state legislators have begun to learn that they hold equal status with Congress when it comes to proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Indeed, a handful of state legislators from each state, as yet unknown, are destined for the annals of American history the moment the nation´s first Convention for Proposing Amendments is gaveled to order. The process, found in Article V of the U.S. Constitution, requires the legislatures of at least two thirds (34) of the states to pass resolutions demanding that Congress call a "Convention for Proposing Amendments"

Imperial Washington, and an
America which is fed up
Townhall, by Nick Sorrentino    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/1/2014 8:55:14 AM     Post Reply
I just read Peggy Noonan’s most recent column and she writes about something we have been concerned about for a long time.There is something very wrong with America. Americans feel less like citizens, and more like subjects. We are dictated to, not consulted. We are told to get in line, or feel the wrath of the state. Washington is a den of power seekers and power mongers. It probably always has been. The difference now is the size of the machine. Leviathan has grown in such size and power that unlike in past generations it can’t be ignored. It dominates

Electing Nancy Pelosi to
find out what´s in her head
American Thinker, by Ethel Fenig    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 2/1/2014 8:46:50 AM     Post Reply
Thursday night House Minority Leader and former Speaker of the House Rep Nancy Pelosi (D-Cal) who represents a district that believes we have to be against income inequality and the one per cent even though our income is unequal because we are part of the one per cent, helped comedian Jon Stewart establish his bi partisan cred. Appearing on his show, even he laughed at her--not with her--when she repeatedly answered "I don´t know" and "It´s not my responsibility" to such simple questions as to why the Obamacare website failed. (snip) She did offer a theory however.

  


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Argentina´s Luck Is Finally Running Out
Forbes, by Ian Vasquez    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 2/1/2014 8:22:29 AM     Post Reply
Argentina’s luck is finally starting to run out. It devalued its currency by 15 percent last week, marking the beginning of a possible economic crisis of the kind Argentina has become known for. Argentina’s problem is that it has followed the logic of populism for more than a decade and President Cristina Kirchner is showing no interest in changing course. In the 1990s Argentina combined far-reaching but sometimes flawed market-reforms with irresponsible fiscal policies, culminating in its 2002 default on $81 billion in debt—the largest sovereign default in history. The country delinked its currency from the dollar, experienced a severe economic

Gibson Sticks Thumb in Obama Administration´s
Eye with ´Government Series´ Guitars
Breitbart, by Jeffrey Poor    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 2/1/2014 8:21:27 AM     Post Reply
In 2011, the Department of Justice raided Gibson Guitar facilities in Memphis and Nashville, alleging a violation of the so-called Lacey Act, a law that bans the importation of certain kinds of wildlife, plants and wood. At the time of the raid, Gibson Guitars CEO Henry Juszkiewicz told Hugh Hewitt on his radio show that the feds confiscated tonewood imported from India for the guitar Gibson manufacturers which would result in a cost of $2 to $3 million for his company. At a great expense in legal fees and time, Juszkiewicz fought the federal government tooth and nail. But in

Obama doubles down on his comments
about marijuana saying his main concern
is the criminalization of pot use as
opposed to the health risks
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/1/2014 8:06:49 AM     Post Reply
President Obama has once again argued that marijuana is just as dangerous as alcohol even after his own drug enforcement czar blasted the claims. ´I stand by my belief based on the scientific evidence that marijuana for casual users, individual users, is subject to abuse, just like alcohol is and should be treated as a public health problem and challenge,´ he said during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper. He went on to stipulate that his motivation in speaking out on the topic isn’t so much focused on the health risks but more about the legal inequalities that come in

Trump comes to Western New York
WGRZ-TV [Buffalo], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PeoplesRepublikNY- 2/1/2014 8:05:28 AM     Post Reply
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Donald Trump is one man who is known for speaking his mind. On Friday night he was in town to host an Erie County Republican party fundraiser. About 600 guests attended the Erie County Republican Committee´s Lincoln Leadership Reception at Salvatore´s Italian Gardens in Depew. During prepared remarks at the podium Trump assailed New York State´s high tax rate and criticized the SAFE Act gun control legislation, which he called a "disaster." In a subsequent question-and-answer session with reporters he reasserted his intention to run only if

  


  

What it’s REALLY like to jump
from space: New footage of
Felix Baumgartner´s jump
reveals exactly what he
saw on his terrifying descent
UK Daily Mail, by Mark Prigg    Original Article
Posted By: DaddyO- 2/1/2014 7:49:40 AM     Post Reply
Terrifying new footage of Felix Baumgartner´s space jump has revealed exactly what the jumper went through during the record-setting descent. GoPro, the firm which built the cameras attached to the daredveil, released the new footage. It shows the entire descent from Baumgartner´s point of view - including the out of control spin that almost cost him his life. People across the world watched in awe - and horror - as daredevil Felix Baumgartner became the first freefall diver to break the sound barrier after jumping from a balloon 24.5 miles above the Earth. ´Fearless Felix´ reached speeds of up to

Ted Cruz Amasses Enormous
Fundraising Stockpile
Throughout 2013
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/1/2014 7:16:30 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) announced Friday that throughout 2013 his three campaign arms raised $4.16 million. Cruz made the massive haul over 2013 through his re-election committee, Ted Cruz for Senate, his joint fundraising committee, Ted Cruz Victory Committee, and his leadership PAC, the Jobs, Growth & Freedom Fund. About $1.5 million of this fundraising happened in the fourth quarter of 2013. This began during the government shutdown caused by Democrats’ and President Obama’s refusal to compromise on Obamacare after Cruz’s stand, with Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) at his side, against the unpopular healthcare law. Conventional wisdom inside the beltway was that

Bieber released after search
of ‘pot-reeking’ party jet
New York Post, by Larry Celona, Tara Palmeri    Original Article
Posted By: Write2Right- 2/1/2014 7:13:40 AM     Post Reply
Super Bowl-bound Justin Bieber arrived at a New Jersey airport Friday on a charted jet that reeked of marijuana — and he spent hours in federal custody while the aircraft was searched, law-enforcement sources said.But the pint-sized pothead, who according to reports burns through $8,000 a week of weed, was released from custody at Teterboro Airport when drug-sniffing canine cops came up empty. The teen heartthrob’s Gulfstream — with his father, Jeremy, and about 10 other party pals aboard — arrived at 2:53 p.m. from Toronto when federal Customs officials detected a strong odor of pot, sources said. “He came in, the

Lunch Commissars On
The March In Utah
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 2/1/2014 6:56:52 AM     Post Reply
Education: What does it take to turn an ordinary school official into a red-star commissar remorselessly yanking lunches from hungry kids and tossing them in the trash? Try an anti-school choice union and a big bureaucracy. It actually happened at Uintah Elementary School in the Salt Lake City school district. The story from the embattled school administrators is that a "child nutrition manager" sought to correct the arrears of parents´ payments to their subsidized lunch program ($2.50 a day) and, after giving a day´s notice, had food service workers yank the trays of served food right out of the children´s little

  


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Executive privilege fight
may loom in Breitbart case
Politico, by Josh Gerstein    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/1/2014 6:05:11 AM     Post Reply
A dispute over executive privilege appears to be looming in connection with fired Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod´s lawsuit against late conservative journalist Andrew Breitbart. In a letter filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Washington, a lawyer involved in the case said the Justice Department had advised that it will assert executive privilege to block disclosure of information subpoenaed in the case from USDA and the White House. "[T]he Government confirmed this week that it intends to assert ´executive privilege´ and ´deliberative process privilege´ objections as purported grounds for withholding at least some documents and information from both the

Entrepreneur Stitches Together
a Quilting Business
Wall Street Journal, by Jim Carlton    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/1/2014 5:54:26 AM     Post Reply
HAMILTON, Mo.—This tiny farm town used to be known as the home of James Cash Penney Jr., founder of the namesake department store chain. These days, it is better known in some circles as the home of Jenny Doan. Those would be quilting circles. Over the past few years, Mrs. Doan, 57 years old, has become a veritable superstar of the craft. Her YouTube tutorials on how to make quilts have drawn as many as a million viewers, some from as far away as South Africa. Her family´s Missouri Star Quilt Co. gets as many as 30,000 orders a month

New York Times makes dramatic change to
Christie report without noting correction
Daily Caller, by Vince Coglianese    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/1/2014 5:51:01 AM     Post Reply
The New York Times on Friday made a dramatic change to a report claiming New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie “knew” about lane closures on the George Washington Bridge without noting the correction. The earlier version of the report claimed (emphasis added): “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.” The updated version reads (emphasis added): The former Port Authority official

Congressman Michael ´I will break you
in half´ Grimm is literally indebted
to K Street giant Patton Boggs
Washington Examiner [DC], by Timothy P. Carney    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/1/2014 5:43:17 AM     Post Reply
Congressional candidates and congressmen need lawyers. In D.C., law firms are often lobbying firms. That can create interesting dynamics. For instance: Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., recently famous for threatening violence against a reporter, is under scrutiny for campaign finance matters. His recent campaign finance filings show he owes more than $416,000 in legal fees to a law firm (h/t Dave Levinthal). That firm happens to be K Street kingpin Patton Boggs. Grimm sits on the Financial Services Committee. The firm to which he is indebted represents Citigroup, Visa, AIG, Prudential, Goldman Sachs, and many others under his committee´s jurisdiction.

  


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When Stranded at Sea for 16 Months, You
Can Survive on Turtle Blood, Apparently
Atlantic, by Danielle Weiner Bronner    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/1/2014 5:36:48 AM     Post Reply
A man who washed up on Ebon Atoll in a remote part of the Marshall Islands in the one of the remotest parts of Pacific Ocean, claims he had been out at sea for 16 months, surviving on turtles, birds and fish, in a beaten-up fiberglass boat with no fishing tackle. Oh, and by drinking turtle blood instead of rainwater when necessary. Which, apparently, is a thing you can do to live. The man, who introduced himself as Jose Ivan, said he had set out from Mexico to El Salvador in September of 2012 with a companion who had died at

Amnesty, but Not for D’Souza
National Review Online, by Andrew C. McCarthy    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/1/2014 5:11:20 AM     Post Reply
How come no one’s worried about bringing Dinesh D’Souza “out of the shadows”? After all, the poor fellow didn’t do anything wrong — not really. He just wanted to participate fully in our national life, in our democratic process. He didn’t want to hide — he was forced to take cover by our draconian, inhumane campaign-finance laws. Mr. D’Souza’s real crime, the only offense that really matters in Washington these days, is being an Obama critic. Oh, they say he borrowed a couple of people’s names, but his real mistake was doing it in the Wendy Long Senate campaign. For Obama

Amanda Knox Found Guilty Again:
Why the Court Could Be (Sort of) Right
ABC News, by Dan Abrams    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/1/2014 5:07:32 AM     Post Reply
The latest verdict from an Italian Appeals court finding Amanda Knox and her then boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito guilty of murdering her roommate Meredith Kercher may come as a stunning outrage to many Americans. But once you dig a little deeper, maybe, just maybe, some of the reasoning becomes a little less outlandish. In the annals of high-profile injustices, the 26-year-old Knox is now often cited alongside the most indefensible miscarriages of justices this nation has addressed in recent years, such as the Memphis 3, convicted on nothing more than inaccurate assumptions and a coerced confession; the "Scottsboro Boys," where the Alabama

U.S. Taxpayers Fund $52K Study of
16 Schizophrenic LGBT Canadians
Washington Free Beacon, by Elizabeth Harrington    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/1/2014 5:04:36 AM     Post Reply
American taxpayers are paying over $52,000 to study 16 LGBT individuals who have schizophrenia in Toronto, Canada. The research project, “Defining Community for LGBT People with Schizophrenia,” will follow the lives of a handful of lesbian, gay, and transgender individuals for one year to study the societal “barriers” of this group. “Sexual and gender minority individuals with severe mental illness (SMI) are amongst the most marginalized individuals in North American society,” the grant, which was awarded last August, said. “They face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination that compound the effects of having a major mental illness, hampering recovery and frustrating efforts

Obama on legalizing marijuana
by executive order: Hey, some
jobs are reserved for Congress
Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/1/2014 4:54:53 AM     Post Reply
I’ve said it before but it’s worth repeating: If you want to know what O thinks he can do unilaterally versus what he thinks simply must be handled by the legislature, you’re better off reading polls than reading law books. He went to war in Libya without consulting Congress because he thought, basically correctly, that there’d be no public backlash to an operation that involved no American boots on the ground. Two years later, boxed in by his own dopey “red line” rhetoric on Syria and facing a potentially messy intervention with no good guys for the U.S. to aid,

  



Neighbors Say Planned Parenthood’s
Billboard Goes Too Far
WREG [CBS-Memphis], by Melissa Moon    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/1/2014 4:52:05 AM     Post Reply
Memphis- A Planned Parenthood billboard has only been up a week in one South Memphis neighborhood, but some people there already want it to come down. They say the billboard, which includes the message “Getting It On Is Free” and a picture of a condom, is too graphic. “I was shocked. I was appalled that anyone would put up a picture of condom,” said Karen Wallace. Karen Wallace works at a church nearby and has to drive by the billboard every day. She said what is worse it’s right next to an elementary school cross walk. “The graphic was not necessary the message was enough,”

David Wildstein: A Christie Groupie Scored?
Daily Beast, by Michael Daly    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/1/2014 4:48:26 AM     Post Reply
Christie knew! Christie lied! Those are the allegations from the former Port Authority official who set in motion the September lane closings on the George Washington Bridge that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has insisted he knew nothing about. The charges are plainly stated in a letter to the general counsel of the Port Authority from the lawyer for former Port Authority official David Wildstein. The mystery is why Wildstein and attorney, Alan Zegas, are saying it now. Wildstein clearly is not driven by guilt over having inflicted chaos on so many people over a four-day period that began with the first day of school

The Cheerios ad and MSNBC’s
apologetic pathology
Washington Post, by Eric Wemple    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/1/2014 4:43:42 AM     Post Reply
MSNBC is now advancing its mastery of the apology. Here’s the network’s official Twitter account:(Snip for series of tweets)The Cheerios ad is in the video at the top of this post; it features a biracial family in a very cute moment with a certain General Mills cereal right in the thick of things. (Snip)The string of offenses raises doubts about Wolffe’s claim that the tweet from last night doesn’t reflect “who we are at msnbc.” Rather, the tweet appears to a careful observer to define precisely what MSNBC is becoming: A place that offends and apologizes with equal vigor.

Loving and hating the Super Bowl
CNN, by Gene Seymour    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/1/2014 4:27:27 AM     Post Reply
As far as I´m concerned, John Matuszak said everything there is to say about professional football back in 1979 when he was playing the role of a bent lineman in "North Dallas Forty." Matuszak, or "Tooz" as players and fans knew him, was something of a renegade individualist in the National Football League and the movie´s script gave him the opportunity to unleash a rebel yell: Embittered by his team´s tough loss, and by an assistant coach´s lame scolding, his character goes off on the coach, shouting at one point, "Every time I call it a game, you call it a

Facing drought, California will
not allot water to farmers, cities
CBS/AP, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/1/2014 4:24:19 AM     Post Reply
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Amid severe drought conditions, California officials announced Friday that they would not send any water from the state´s vast reservoir system to local agencies beginning this spring, an unprecedented move that affects drinking water supplies for 25 million people and irrigation for 1 million acres of farmland. The announcement marks the first time in the 54-year history of the State Water Project that such an action has been taken, but it does not mean that every farm field will turn to dust and every city tap will run dry. The 29 agencies that draw from the state´s

Obama Running Out of Reasons
to Reject Keystone XL
Associated Press, by Nedra Pickler    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/1/2014 4:19:14 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is running out of reasons to say no to Keystone XL, the proposed oil pipeline that´s long been looming over his environmental legacy. Five years after the pipeline´s backers first asked the Obama administration for approval, the project remains in limbo, stuck in a complex regulatory process that has enabled Obama to put off what will inevitably be a politically explosive decision. But the release Friday of a long-awaited government report removes a major excuse for delay, ramping up pressure on the president to make a call. The State Department´s report raised no significant environmental objections to

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