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Progressivism Kills
National Review Online, by Kevin D. Williamson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/2/2014 8:40:52 AM     Post Reply
There are many horrific stories to be told about the implosion of Detroit, once the nation’s most prosperous city, today its poorest. There is the story of its corrupt public institutions, its feckless leaders, its poisonous racial politics, its practically nonexistent economy, the riots that have led to its thrice being occupied by federal troops. The most horrific story may be that of the death of its children. Detroit has the highest child-mortality rate of any American city, exceeding that of many parts of what we used to call the Third World. The rate of death before the age of 18

Snatching Defeat From The Jaws
Of Victory ... Again?
Canada Free Press, by J.D. Longstreet    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/2/2014 8:39:42 AM     Post Reply
The Republican Party is set to reap a virtual bumper crop of votes from the “Obamasick” electorate in November increasing their numbers in the US House of Representatives and securing control of the US Senate ... unless ... they push through an Amnesty for Illegal Aliens bill known as Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Look. You can slice it and dice it, twist it and turn it, and it STILL means amnesty. I have no degree from the ivy covered ivory towers of academia, but I have enough smarts to know that for the GOP to go after the Hispanic vote is a lost

Egyptian belly dancer to mock Muslim
Brotherhood by running for parliament
Asian News International, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 2/2/2014 8:30:42 AM     Post Reply
Egyptian belly dancer and actress Sama Al Masry has announced that she would be running for the parliament in the upcoming elections to exact revenge on the Muslim Brotherhood. Masry said that she will contest in the elections, and hopes to win, so that she can show the Brotherhood every day who they really are, Gulf News reported. She said that she would seek a seat in the Sharqiyah governorate, which is the home district of ousted Egyptian President Mohammad Mursi, and also claimed that she has a "special surprise" the Brotherhood on her new show, Ayouh Bah. Masry added that her dance

  


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Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor among
Sunday news show guests
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/2/2014 8:28:49 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC´s "This Week" — Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. NBC´s "Meet the Press" — Denis McDonough, White House chief of staff; Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C.; WikiLeaks´ Julian Assange. CBS´ "Face the Nation" — McDonough; Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va.; former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. CNN´s "State of the Union" — Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La. "Fox News Sunday" — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell;

Outside GOP groups turn in weak
2013 fundraising reports
USA Today, by Fredreka Schouten    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/2/2014 8:23:05 AM     Post Reply
Fundraising has tumbled for several leading Republican super PACs as the 2014 election season heats up. Three groups affiliated with Republican strategist Karl Rove — American Crossroads, Crossroads GPS and the Conservative Victory Project — took in $6.1 million in 2013. That´s a sharp drop from 2012 when American Crossroads alone raised $99.1 million as it sought, unsuccessfully, to put the White House and Senate in Republican hands. Crossroads spokesman Jonathan Collegio said the group would have the money to compete in November´s elections. Republicans control the House and need to pick up six seats to win the majority in the Senate.

Fox News to interview
Obama before Super Bowl
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 2/2/2014 8:09:27 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is getting some time in front of the cameras before sitting down to watch the Super Bowl. He´s doing a live interview from the White House with Bill O´Reilly about two hours before kickoff, during the Fox pregame show. The interview comes less than a week after Obama´s State of the Union address, in which he pledged to act to help the middle class if Congress won´t. Obama declined during a recent CNN interview to choose between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks in the title game, saying he didn´t want to offend either city. The White House

Handlers: Punxsutawney Phil
predicts longer winter
Associated Press, by Gene J. Puskar    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/2/2014 8:00:01 AM     Post Reply
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa.- The handlers for groundhog Punxsutawney Phil say he´s forecasting six more weeks of what already has felt like a brutally long and cold winter. Pennsylvania´s famed groundhog emerged from his lair in front of thousands of fans around daybreak Sunday. Legend has it that if the furry rodent sees his shadow on Feb. 2, winter will last another month-and-a-half. If he doesn´t see it, spring will come early. In reality, Phil´s prediction is decided ahead of time by a group called the Inner Circle, whose members don top hats and tuxedos for the annual Groundhog Day ceremony on

  


  

The Gospel According to Paul
New York Times, by Maureen Dowd    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/2/2014 7:52:25 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — SO how do you make Monica haunt Hillary’s dreams? That’s what Republicans have been gnawing on, and that’s what not-so-bland Rand Paul was cagey enough to figure out. Fresh from taunting rival Chris Christie as “the king of bacon,” and declaring their feud “water under the bridge,” Paul turned his slingshot at a bigger target, the Big Dog himself, the gallivanting global statesman who is more popular than he has ever been, the master politician who has had to sell President Obama to America only a few years after he so vituperatively tried to turn off America on

The Violent Gang Wars Behind
Your Super Bowl Guacamole
Wall Street Journal, by Jose de Cordoba    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 2/2/2014 7:52:21 AM     Post Reply
TANCÍTARO, Mexico—Super Bowl Sunday is a big deal in this remote and seemingly peaceful mountain town, whose entrance is marked by a statue of an avocado. (Snip) But for the past few years, a good chunk of the profits has gone to a violent criminal gang that made millions of dollars extorting avocado farmers and packinghouse operators while strong-arming groves from landowners, said residents and local officials who recently began fighting back. Four of every five avocados sold in the U.S. originate in Tancítaro´s home state of Michoacán, the only Mexican state certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to

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




  


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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

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

  


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´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

  



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

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

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