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GOP: 4 bipartisan House bills all
passed and ready for Senate action
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 2/1/2014 10:10:13 AM     Post Reply
You may not have been thinking about it at the time, but on Tuesday, when the president was delivering the State of the Union, we were observing a tradition prescribed by our Constitution. All branches of government and all walks of life gathering round in the people’s House. It is democracy at its finest. But these blessings do come with responsibilities. The Constitution also requires the president and Congress to heed the will of you, the people, and work together to carry out the business of the country. So in that spirit, Republicans identified 4 areas of bipartisanship.

The Champion Barack Obama
Atlantic, by Ta-Nehisi Coates    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 2/1/2014 10:07:24 AM     Post Reply
Last week The New Yorker ran a lengthy profile of Barack Obama in which you can hear the president´s opinions on everything from marijuana legalization to war to racism. Obama is as thoughtful as ever, and I expect that admiration for his thoughtfulness will grow as the ages pile upon us. I have tried to get my head around what he represents. Two years ago, I would have said that whatever America´s roots in white supremacy, the election of a black president is a real thing, worthy of celebration, a sign of actual progress. I would have pointed out that

Let´s Hear It for The
Low Information Voter
American Thinker, by Jerome Huyler    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/1/2014 9:55:32 AM     Post Reply
During the 1956 presidential campaign, an enthusiastic supporter called out to the Democratic candidate, Adlai Stevenson: "Senator, you have the vote of every thinking person. Stevenson wistfully called back: "That´s not enough, madam, we need a majority!" Once known as the "silent majority," now as the nation´s "low-information voters," these citizens perform their civic duty on election day. But they have no real clue for whom or what they are voting. Yes, when it comes to their occupational callings, investment, or sport picks, they may be highly rational. It´s just politics and public affairs that hold no interest for them. It

  


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The Limitations of Capitalism
National Review Online, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/1/2014 9:50:50 AM     Post Reply
Dear Reader (Including the growing number of you who don’t want this “news”letter to be a safe place where you can share things), Here’s something I don’t say everyday: Capitalism ain’t all that. Don’t get me wrong. I’m still the artist behind the spoken-word album, Capitalism Is My Bag, Baby. But here’s the problem. Because most people on the right love and respect capitalism and pretty much everyone on the right feels the very real need to defend capitalism from the Occupiers, technocrats, sans-culottes, nudgers, equalizers, faux pragmatists, and other members of the Social Justice League, we don’t spend enough time focusing

GOP Establishment Secretly
Pining for Mitt Romney in 2016?
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/1/2014 9:47:24 AM     Post Reply
Some Republican establishment operatives and their big donors want former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to run again in 2016--but they won´t go on record with their comments. An anonymous establishment operative told left-wing BuzzFeed that the 2016 GOP field, which is considered as strong as 2012´s was weak, has "gotten so bad" from the establishment´s point of view that donors are "looking back fondly on the good old days of 2012." “You know what a lot of them say to me? I think we need Mitt back," the anonymous source told the liberal outlet. A recent poll of 2016 presidential primary voters

Silencing the Opposition
American Thinker, by Edward H. Stewart, Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/1/2014 9:41:05 AM     Post Reply
On Wednesday, Mitch McConnell told Fox News´ Megyn Kelly that the Obama administration is "initiating a new rule through the Treasury Department in the IRS to quiet the voices of outside groups." According to McConnell, the new rule would redefine what groups like the Tea Party could advocate, during a political campaign "to silence the voices of their critics going into this important fall election by using the Treasury Department regulations." This Obama strategy apparently grew out of one of the many lies both IRS witnesses and Democratic members of the Congressional Oversight Committee used to explain away delays in granting

Mark Levin Instructs House GOP on
Confronting ´Imperial President´ Obama
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by Dr. Susan Berry    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/1/2014 9:38:47 AM     Post Reply
On his nightly radio show the evening of the State of the Union address, conservative host Mark Levin, author of The Liberty Amendments, instructed the House of Representatives on how to confront President Obama’s declaration that he would be using further executive orders and other means to get around Congress when the legislative body fails to enact the type of legislation he desires. Levin said: The House of Representatives should, post-haste, pass a simple but blunt resolution, as follows: Whereas the President of the United States has exerted executive powers not granted to him under the United States Constitution, the United States House

  


  

Obama and Executive Orders
American Thinker, by Richard Winchester    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/1/2014 9:36:51 AM     Post Reply
Barack Obama announced in his 2014 State of the Union Address that he intends to bypass Congress "whenever and wherever" to achieve his extreme left-wing goals. Evidently, Obama intends to govern by executive orders (EO´s). EO´s are usually defined as directives that either implement or interpret a federal law, a constitutional provision, or a treaty. Obama has threatened to issue executive orders to make policy, a different use of them. A recent Washington Post/ABC News poll (1/20-23/14) found that 52% of the public approve of a president´s use of EO´s, while 46% oppose. Opinions about EO´s are highly dependent on partisanship. Sixty-nine percent

Ukraine unrest: EU and US
clash with Russia in Munich
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/1/2014 9:34:10 AM     Post Reply
Ukraine´s future has sparked angry exchanges at a summit in Munich. European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said the "future of Ukraine belongs with the EU" while US Secretary of State John Kerry said the US backed Ukraine´s "fight for democracy". Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused Western countries of double standards over violent protests. Ukraine has been in turmoil since November, when it scrapped an EU accord in favour of a Russian bailout. [Snip] Mr Van Rompuy´s opening speech referred to the EU´s offer of close association with Ukraine. "The offer is still there and we know time is

The Nuclear Option: Meet Preet – Obama´s
Hatchet Man Against Filmmakers
- Thread Closed
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Charles Hurt    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/1/2014 9:33:20 AM     Post Reply
Meet Preet Bharara, the U.S. prosecutor who last week indicted anti-Obama filmmaker Dinesh D´Souza on campaign finance charges. Mr. Bharara is the snapping jaws of Attorney General Eric H. Holder’s junkyard attack dog and the velvet fixer of President Obama’s thorniest political problems. Mr. D´Souza very well may be guilty of a few winks and nods that wound up violating limits on campaign contributions he was allowed to make to a friend running a long-shot campaign for the Senate. However, it does seem rather odd to handcuff a guy and set $500,000 bail for a crime that in the past has

Obama: Let me review my
State of the Union for you
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 2/1/2014 9:32:47 AM     Post Reply
Hi, everybody. This week, I delivered my State of the Union Address. Today, here’s the three-minute version. After four years of economic growth with eight million new private sector jobs, our unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in more than five years. And with the economy speeding up, companies say they intend to hire more people this year. But while those at the top are doing better than ever, average wages have barely budged.

  


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Valuation: Freedom vs. Fairness
American Thinker, by Deborah C. Tyler    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/1/2014 9:29:44 AM     Post Reply
Through the course of thirty-five years of practicing psychology, I have come to believe that the key to happiness and success in life resides in the power of valuation. True valuation is the ability to recognize the most important value in every circumstance and to behave in order to actualize that value. The happiest people automatically recognize and act upon true values. Applied psychology has not fulfilled its potential to make the world a better place because it has not focused on the powers of valuation. America´s happiness and success as a nation have resulted from the one-pointed emphasis on the

How the GOP Lost Middle America
Human Events, by Patrick J. Buchanan    Original Article
Posted By: dman- 2/1/2014 9:27:11 AM     Post Reply
Out of the Republican retreat on Maryland’s Eastern shore comes word that the House leadership is raising the white flag of surrender on immigration. The GOP will agree to halt the deportation of 12 million illegal aliens and sign on to a blanket amnesty. It only asks that the 12 million not be put on a path to citizenship. Sorry, but losers do not dictate terms. Rich Trumka of the AFL-CIO says amnesty is no longer enough. Illegal aliens must be put on a path to citizenship and given green cards to work – and join unions.

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

  


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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.

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

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

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