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Farewell to Henry Waxman,
maker of bad laws
Washington Examiner, by Timothy P. Carney    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 2/2/2014 7:27:12 AM     Post Reply
After 40 years in Congress, California Democrat Henry Waxman is calling it quits. His legacy includes a toxic fuel additive (a boondoggle known as ethanol), a failed pork-fest of a climate bill and the devastation of small businesses -- to name a few of his legislative accomplishments. Washington Post correspondent Karen Tumulty praised Waxman, calling him “one of the last to whom the word ‘lawmaker’ still applied.” But here’s the thing: If you spend four decades making laws, you’re going to make some bad laws. And Henry Waxman made a lot of bad laws. Waxman deserves praise for many things. Together with Republican

Super Bowl Rewind: From I to XLVII
New York Daily News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 2/2/2014 7:18:23 AM     Post Reply
.FROM BROADWAY JOE'S GUARANTEE TO TYREE'S BIG CATCH: With the Super Bowl just hours away, a look back at the most memorable plays in the history of the Big Game.Great video here of the Super Bowl´s most exciting moments




Venezuela’s toilet-paper shortage oddly worsening,
despite Maduro’s “new economic order
Hot Air, by Erols zkpjmdrm    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 2/2/2014 6:56:48 AM     Post Reply
When will President Nicolas Maduro finally free Venezuelans from the tyrannical shackles of supply and demand ruining their lives? Despite his best efforts at establishing price caps, government rationing, currency controls, and stationing troops at places of business in order to prevent the collusion of greedy profit-seekers and American imperialists in their “economic war” against him, the mass shortages of basic goods plaguing Venezuelans persist. Indeed, since parliament granted Maduro his requested “emergency decree powers” in the weeks before the country’s municipal elections and he promised to impose a “new economic order” of fairness and equality, the shortages, the rampant

  


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The State of the Static Union
(and Universalist Claptrap)
American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 2/2/2014 5:51:02 AM     Post Reply
This week to an ever-diminishing audience President Obama outlined a pedestrian plan for the remainder of this year, amidst the usual hornswoggle of invited guests in the gallery and dubious daytime TV style anecdotal stories of their lives. More popular than ever is the wish that we could return to State of the Union messages being delivered on paper to Congress. In the meantime my friend Ignatz, the genius Sultan Knish (Daniel Greenfield) and even Vladimir Putin offered up some sage observations which underscore the rot at the heart of the administration and his party and the likely consequences of their

Is Crazed Super Bowl Security
a Taste of America To Come?
Reason Magazine, by J.D. Tuccille    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/2/2014 5:27:47 AM     Post Reply
In the run-up to Super Bowl XLVIII (just be happy they don´t use Egyptian numerals), the New York City Police Department is deploying an "amazing arsenal of security initiatives," including 200 "temporary" surveillance cameras to ensure that dirty deeds remain undone at the big game. That´s remarkable, since City Hall in the rotten apple is actually about 11 miles from the site of the kickoff at MetLife Stadium, which is in East Rutherford, New Jersey. But never fear, security at the the Super Bowl itself promises to make attendance at football´s championship game an awful lot like spending several hours

Charlie Crist´s Achingly
Bad Search for Self
New Republic, by Isaac Chotiner    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/2/2014 5:22:04 AM     Post Reply
Charlie Crist’s new book, lazily titled The Party’s Over, is a cause for both anger and sadness. Crist, the former Republican governor of Florida who is now running for the same office as a Democrat, has written—or rather has co-written, with Newsday columnist and Fox News liberal Ellis Henican—a dishonest and boring memoir. But by the end of this slim volume, a self-justifying account of why Crist switched parties, pathos overwhelms the sheer awfulness of the book. Crist is such a political hack, and so unable to talk or sound like a normal human being, that he actually provides a

´She should be locked up in U.S. while
the process goes on´: Meredith Kercher´s
family demand Amanda Knox is jailed NOW
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/2/2014 5:17:13 AM     Post Reply
Amanda Knox could face up to five years in jail in the US as she awaits extradition to Italy, it was revealed last night, as the family of her victim called for her to be ‘locked up while she waits’. Top U.S. extradition lawyer Bruce Zagaris said if her latest conviction for the murder of Meredith Kercher is upheld by the Italian Supreme Court, she will be put in jail. Mr Zagaris said: ‘It is rare for the U.S. to deny extradition requests from allied countries like Italy. Her lawyers would have the chance to appeal and any extradition is a long,

  


  

Concern grows over possibility
of a massive power surge
Los Angeles Times, by Evan Halper    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/2/2014 5:13:04 AM     Post Reply
FREDERICK, Md. — Roscoe Bartlett was rattling off the prices of giant bags of rice, wheat and corn, sold cheaply at Sam´s Club. The former congressman from rural, western Maryland expressed bewilderment that every American doesn´t stockpile such things, considering what he is sure is coming. "Storing enough calories isn´t really a challenge," said the rugged 87-year-old Republican, who served 10 terms on Capitol Hill. "The real challenge is vitamins and stuff." Bartlett is preparing for an epic power outage. More than the lights would go out, he fears. All electronics could malfunction. Cars might not run. GPS systems would fail. Generators

Now they’re calling Wendy
Davis the dreaded “D” word
Legal Insurrection, by William A. Jacobson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/2/2014 5:10:50 AM     Post Reply
Of all the names Wendy Davis has been called, the “D” word could be the most damaging. It all started when, at the event where her daughter cried for her on stage, Davis was handed former Gov. Ann Richard’s shotgun, which she held somewhat awkwardly on stage. I don’t claim any expertise on how to hold a shotgun, but it made me uncomfortable seeing the barrel pointing at people, even if the gun was just in the loading position. If I remember nothing else from my NRA safety course, it’s never point a barrel at anyone even if you think the gun

Upstate New York man threatens to kill
former President George W. Bush to get
into ´relationship´ with his daughter
New York Daily News, by Shayna Jacobs & Thomas Christie    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/2/2014 5:02:00 AM     Post Reply
An unhinged upstate man threatened to kill former President George W. Bush so he could get into “a relationship” with Dubya´s daughter Barbara Pierce Bush, authorities said Friday. “Bush will get his,” Pittsford, New York, resident Benjamin Smith, 44, screamed after authorities tracked him to Lexington Ave. and E. 28th St. in Kips Bay — a short distance from the first twin’s Greenwich Village home -- at 6:15 a.m. Friday, officials said. Investigators arrested Smith after a loaded Rossi .38-caliber rifle and a container of gasoline were found in his vehicle. The Secret Service had been looking for Smith for more than 12

Life after Jan. 1: Kentucky clinic offers
early glimpse at realities of health-care law
Washington Post, by Stephanie McCrummen    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/2/2014 4:57:10 AM     Post Reply
Breathitt County, Ky. — The envelopes began arriving in December across eastern Kentucky, one of the sickest and poorest corners of the country. “Dear member ... We want you to be healthy ...” read the letter to Mary Combs, and with it came a plastic card representing the first insurance she ever had: a Medicaid plan made possible by the nation’s new health-care law, effective Jan. 1. Nine days into the new year, the 41-year-old call-center worker headed to the health clinic on Highway 15. She saw a doctor about her chronic stomach ulcers, had her blood drawn for tests

  


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Iranian commander: We
have targets within America
Daily Caller, by Katie McHugh    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/2/2014 4:49:44 AM     Post Reply
A top commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards boasted Saturday that his forces have plans in place to attack the United States from within, should the U.S. attack the Islamic Republic. “America, with its strategic ignorance, does not have a full understanding of the power of the Islamic Republic,” Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami said in a televised interview. “We have recognized America’s military strategy, and have arranged our abilities, and have identified centers in America [for attack] that will create a shock.” Reports indicate that terrorist Hezbollah forces — allies of Iran — have infiltrated the U.S. and have mapped out targets. “We will

Sen. Liz Warren replays same sad song
Boston Herald, by Howie Carr    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/2/2014 4:42:12 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Granny Warren, the fake Indian, has said many things that we all remember, most of them involving her, ahem, Native-American heritage. That gag about her high cheekbones is one of my personal favorites. But Chief Spreading Bull recently delivered another memorable line at the Martin Luther King breakfast: “We cannot be a country that says, ‘I’ve got mine, the rest of you are on your own.’?” Wow, I thought. What Republican would make such an inflammatory statement? ?Ted Cruz? Rand Paul? Mike Lee from Utah? So I looked it up on Google, and guess what? I could only find one politician who’s

Obama´s Weaponization of Government
Forbes, by Thomas J. Basile    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/2/2014 4:37:36 AM     Post Reply
When you analyze the public response to the State of the Union and the latest polling data, it’s clear that the President has lost a tremendous amount of credibility with the American public. I scarcely think he cares at this point. A tired, graying Barack Obama stood before Congress this week as a political figure, party leader, and progressive activist to make sure the Members understood one thing – he doesn’t need them. In fact, he hasn’t needed them in quite some time. After all, in his mind, it’s his government. True, the speech wasn’t as “in your face” as

Republicare
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/2/2014 4:31:34 AM     Post Reply
Mr. President, Republicans are calling your bluff. During last Tuesday’s State of the Union, President Obama responded to the GOP’s attempts to repeal ObamaCare this way: “If you have specific plans to cut costs, cover more people, increase choice, tell America what you’d do differently,” he said. “We all owe it to the American people to say what we’re for, not just what we’re against.” Challenge accepted. Last week, three GOP senators — North Carolina’s Richard Burr, Oklahoma’s Tom Coburn and Utah’s Orrin Hatch — introduced a new proposal that would do far more than repeal ObamaCare and return us to what we

  


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Climate-Change Skeptics Have
a Right to Free Speech, Too
Bloomberg, by Stephen L. Carter    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/2/2014 4:25:48 AM     Post Reply
I find myself tugged in two directions by the latest ruling in the defamation suit filed by climatologist Michael Mann. A professor of meteorology at Pennsylvania State University, Mann has long been an object of ire among climate-change skeptics. Now it seems they have let their ire get out of hand. The lawsuit centers around an article published by the Competitive Enterprise Institute and reprinted by the National Review that labeled Mann -- co-author of the well-known hockey-stick graph -- “the Jerry Sandusky of climate science, except that instead of molesting children, he has molested and tortured data in the

White House says Keystone report not
final step as pressure mounts for action
Fox News, by Staff*    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/2/2014 4:19:41 AM     Post Reply
A new environmental assessment from the State Department that raised no major environmental concerns on long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline isn´t the last step in deciding whether the pipeline can be built, the White House said late Friday. The long-delayed pipeline got a major boost as it cleared a major hurdle toward approval, a serious blow to environmentalists´ hopes that President Obama will block the controversial project running more than 1,000 miles from Canada through the heart of the U.S. The White House released a statement pushing back on the notion that the pipeline is now headed for speedy approval, saying Sec. of

Beer-delivery drone grounded by FAA
CNN, by Heather Kelly    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/2/2014 4:15:43 AM     Post Reply
Ice fishers in Minnesota are reeling from a recent FAA decision prohibiting beer delivery by drone. Local brewery Lakemaid was testing a new drone delivery system to airlift frosty cases of beer to fishermen holed up in ice shacks on Mille Lacs Lake. After spotting a Lakemaid YouTube video that went up last week of one of the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on a test run, the Federal Aviation Administration contacted Lakemaid and told the company to stop. Unfortunately for Lakemaid fans and anyone else dreading a walk to the corner store, it´s currently against the law to fly drones for commercial

Christie Hits Back, Attacks Wildstein
in Letter to Friends and Allies
ABC News, by Shushannah Walshe    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/2/2014 4:12:49 AM     Post Reply
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is hitting back after allegations of his involvement in the widening lane closure scandal, sending an email to friends and allies going after his former political ally and classmate and again saying he had “no involvement, knowledge or understanding of the real motives behind David Wildstein’s scheme to close lanes on the George Washington Bridge.” The letter, first reported by Politico and obtained by ABC News, is titled “5 Things You Should Know About The Bombshell That’s Not A Bombshell” and lists attacks against Wildstein’s credibility, as well as the New York Times. “Bottom line –

IOC Urging Sochi to Sort
Out Hotel Problems
Associated Press, by Stephen Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/2/2014 4:09:51 AM     Post Reply
SOCHI, Russia — The IOC is urging Russian Olympic organizers to move quickly to resolve the issue of accommodations that are not ready for accredited media personnel in the mountains outside Sochi. According to the Sochi organizing committee, only six of the nine media hotels in the mountain area are fully operational. Some media have arrived and found they had no place to stay, and thousands more journalists are expected to arrive Monday. The matter was being examined Sunday at a meeting of the International Olympic Committee executive board. "There are still some issues to be solved as always just

  



Kansas files brief supporting Hobby Lobby
Witchita Eagle [Kansas], by Bryan Lowry    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 2/2/2014 12:33:24 AM     Post Reply
TOPEKA — Kansas has filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of Hobby Lobby Inc., an Oklahoma-based retail chain challenging the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that employers cover emergency contraceptives. Hobby Lobby founder and CEO David Green, a Christian, has objected to the regulation based on his religious principles. The Kansas Attorney General’s Office said the issue is not contraceptives but religious liberty. In a statement, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said the Constitution protects businesses that want to base policies on religious teachings. “This is true whether it is the [plaintiffs in this case] operating their businesses

So, Michelle and Barack Obama: What IS
the state of your union? Rumours their
21-year marriage has been racked by
screaming rows, allegations of infidelity*
Daily Mail [UK], by Caroline Graham    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/1/2014 11:58:33 PM     Post Reply
It is the question that has been dominating Washington dinner parties for weeks – could the once-golden First Couple of the United States really be heading for the rocks? If rumours are to be believed, the 21-year marriage of Barack and Michelle Obama has been racked by screaming rows, allegations of infidelity and a string of jealous fights. While the White House has refused to comment on the reports there has been a distinct frostiness in the air between the couple in recent months. According to a report in the National Enquirer--which plastered ‘Obama Divorce Bombshell!’ across its front page--the

Prominent tea party groups
raise almost $8M in last six
months of fiscal year 2013
Washington Times, by Kellan Howell    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/1/2014 10:49:52 PM     Post Reply
The tea party might have a lot of enemies, but they also have friends — with deep pockets. Two national tea party groups were given a combined total of almost $8 million during the last six months of fiscal year 2013, according to Roll Call. The Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund filed receipts of over $4 million and disbursements of $3.8 million leaving a little over $1 million cash on hand at the end of 2013, Roll Call reported. Almost $3 million came from donors who gave $200 or less each. The largest donor, Cary Katz, CEO of College Loan

Chris Christie attacks N.Y.
Times, David Wildstein
Politico, by Mike Allen & Maggie Haberman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/1/2014 10:22:10 PM     Post Reply
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, after a low-key initial response to Friday’s explosive allegations about his involvement in a bridge-closing scandal, mounted an aggressive defense late Saturday afternoon, attacking The New York Times and a former political ally in an email to friends and allies obtained by POLITICO. “Bottom line — David Wildstein will do and say anything to save David Wildstein,” the email from the governor’s office says, referring to the former appointee who reignited the controversy. (Snip) The subject line of the 700-word email from the governor’s office is: “5 Things You Should Know About The Bombshell That’s

Woody Allen´s daughter Dylan Farrow details
how he sexually abused her in open letter
NY Daily News, by Rich Schapiro    Original Article
Posted By: squid- 2/1/2014 10:21:08 PM     Post Reply
Woody Allen’s adopted daughter, in a wrenching letter, describes in stomach-churning detail how the iconic film director sexually abused her. “When I was seven years old, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim, closet-like attic on the second floor of our house,” wrote Dylan Farrow, who is now 28. “He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother’s electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me.”

Manning wins record 5th
NFL Most Valuable Player award
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/1/2014 10:14:29 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK – Peyton Manning´s record-setting season earned him his fifth Associated Press NFL MVP award Saturday night in a landslide.No other player has won more than three. Denver´s record-setting quarterback, who threw for 55 touchdowns and 5,477 yards in leading the Broncos to the AFC´s best record, earned 49 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. New England quarterback Tom Brady got the other vote. Manning won his other MVPs with Indianapolis in 2003, `04, `08 and `09. He also was the runner-up last season to Adrian Peterson. Manning still trails several

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