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Israel: The Innovative Nation
American Thinker, by Michael Curtis    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/2/2014 10:35:44 AM     Post Reply
It has long been obvious that Israel punches far above its weight in contributions to innovations in science, research, and general culture. For some time, Tel Aviv and its surroundings have been second only to Silicon Valley in scientific and technological developments. Now the country´s ambition is to become a major, and possibly the leading, cyber-nation in the world. The abundant enemies of Israel readily swallow the Palestinian narrative of unique victimhood and eagerly publicize illustrations of the bigoted companies, organization, and academic units engaged in or proposing boycott of the State of Israel. The courageous action of Scarlett Johansson has

President Costanza and
the Nuclear Deal with Iran
American Thinker, by Adam Turner    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/2/2014 10:24:13 AM     Post Reply
In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama made it clear that any attempt by a bipartisan majority in Congress to pass new sanctions legislation on Iran would be promptly vetoed. As the president said, "For the sake of our national security, we must give diplomacy a chance to succeed." The president has seemingly determined that the Iranian theocratic regime is trustworthy, and perhaps a potential ally for us in the Middle East, even though Iran: 1) is technically at war with the U.S.; 2) has a long history of lying in its diplomacy; 3) continues to be the

Evangelicals: Alone and
Exiled in Hollywood
American Thinker, by Fay Voshell    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/2/2014 10:20:03 AM     Post Reply
Her story is the stuff Hollywood films are made of. She is a severely disabled woman with an inspiring story and the singer of a sweet song entitled "Alone and Yet Not Alone," a piece about the person who stood by her side and helped with her struggles. The song was recently nominated for an Academy Award. The singer is Joni Earekson Tada, who was left a quadriplegic at age 17 after a diving accident crippled her for life. She can´t even use her hands. But despite her disability, she became an artist, an author, and a speaker. A strong and powerful

  


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Peyton Manning and
Richard Sherman, United
in Super Bowl Greatness
Washington Examiner, by Melanie Sturm    Original Article
Posted By: AVFD15- 2/2/2014 10:01:15 AM     Post Reply
“It´s hard to be humble,” Muhammad Ali rationalized, “when you´re as great as I am.” In Sunday´s contest between No. 1s, the Super Bowl´s two most visible faces - Bronco Peyton Manning and Seahawk Richard Sherman - are case studies of Ali´s theory. Manning is football´s undisputed heavyweight champion whose "aw-shucks" humility belies - and explains - his unrivaled ownership of five NFL MVP awards. Quick to credit his teammates, even after a seven-touchdown performance, the 13-time Pro-Bowler and comeback king leaves it to others to laud his game. With his legacy on the line in his third Super Bowl

The GOP´s
Immigration Delusion
The New York Times, by Ross Douthat    Original Article
Posted By: AVFD15- 2/2/2014 9:53:25 AM     Post Reply
THE debate over immigration reform, rekindled last week by House Republican leaders, bears a superficial resemblance to last fall’s debate over the government shutdown. Again, you have establishment Republicans transparently eager to cut a deal with the White House and a populist wing that doesn’t want to let them do it. Again, you have Republican business groups and donors wringing their hands over the intransigence of the base, while talk-radio hosts and right-wing bloggers warn against an imminent inside-the-Beltway sellout. Again, you have a bill that could pass the House tomorrow — but only if John Boehner was willing to live

Sarah Palin hits Peggy Noonan
Politico, by Dylan Byers    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/2/2014 9:47:20 AM     Post Reply
Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin issued a backhanded compliment to Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan on Friday, commending her most recent column while at the same time faulting her for taking so long to come around. "Great article, Peggy, but where the heck were you when I and other commonsense conservatives were sounding the warning bell in ´08?" Palin wrote. "You joined the ´cool kids´ in mocking and condescendingly criticizing -- ultimately demanding that we ´sit down and shut up.´ Better late than never, though, Peggy and your ilk, because, meanwhile back in America..." Palin was presumably referring to Noonan´s

White House Soap Opera:
Alleged Marital Discord between Obamas
Breaks into Media
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 2/2/2014 9:20:11 AM     Post Reply
Desperate to distract from the ongoing Obamacare disaster, alleged marital discord between Barack and Michelle Obama is being strategically leaked by White House insiders, and beginning to break into the mainstream media via familiar channels.(snip)Low information voters (aka, the Obama base) will lap this up. The marital strife can be blamed on those mean right wingers, while the aging-gracefully president and his mate work to overcome the many obstacles facing them as they sacrifice their health and welfare for a grateful nation. Hey, it beats devoting space to Obamacare victims.

  


  

What Gibson Guitars Did with
the Wood the Government Returned
American Thinker, by Victor Keith    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 2/2/2014 9:17:41 AM     Post Reply
In 2011, the Department of Justice conducted raids on the Tennessee facilities of the famed Gibson Guitar company and confiscated large quantities of tonewood that had been imported from India and Madagascar. The action included armed SWAT teams, with automatic weapons, who apparently feared being garroted with a guitar string by an enraged Gibson employee.(snip)Gibson took that wood and made it into the Government Series II Les Paul. These special edition guitars are hot stamped in gold with the Government Series graphic, which is an American bald eagle holding a Gibson guitar neck.

Online petition formed
against Arpaio
KTAR, (Phoenix, AZ), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 2/2/2014 9:08:28 AM     Post Reply
An online petition made hosted by Change.org is seeking action from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder against Maricopa County Sherriff Joe Arpaio for his treatment of 38 inmates who reportedly defaced the American flag. Arpaio made it known that he had placed offending inmated on a bread and water diet as punishment for their actions. He alleges that the 38 had either torn the flags, written or stepped on them, or thrown them in the toilet or trash. Although the defacing of the American flag isn´t a crime in and of itself, Arpaio made his action against the inmates on the grounds

The Most Incredible Story of
Resilience Ever To Grace the
Pages of the New York Times
American Spectator, by Bill Zeiser    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/2/2014 8:48:20 AM     Post Reply
One day in the foreseeable future, high school students will no longer read Elie Wiesel´s Night to learn of the incredible bounds of human resilience. They will instead read the memoir of Vanessa Csordas-Jenkins. They will read, and they will be inspired. Who is Vanessa Csordas-Jenkins, you might ask? Only the subject of the most harrowing story you will ever read in the New York Times. Csordas-Jenkins suffered indignities that no human being should ever have to suffer. And she did so with grace and dignity that only be described as vintage Csordas-Jenkins. Our story begins with Ms. Csordas-Jenkins, a junior

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

  


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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

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.

  


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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




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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