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Stockman´s Claims About Record Draw Questions
Texas Tribune, by Aman Batheja    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/12/2014 5:14:26 AM     Post Reply
In the two months since U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman launched his campaign to unseat U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, he has drawn questions about the veracity of some statements he has made about Cornyn’s record. Now, some of Stockman’s statements regarding his own past are drawing more attention. Last week, the Friendswood Republican filed a libel lawsuit in Harris County against a PAC supporting Cornyn. Since late last year, that PAC, Texans for a Conservative Majority, has run television ads and promoted a website that raise questions about Stockman’s character. In the suit, Stockman accuses the group of spreading untrue statements including “falsely

The Original, Right-Wing Extremist
Canadian Free Press, by Dave Huntwork    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 2/12/2014 5:09:24 AM     Post Reply
One can reasonably presume how today’s Left would characterize and attack the person I am about to describe to you. Without a doubt, he would be characterized as some sort of dangerous, right-wing, tea-bagging, homophobic, Christian Neanderthal who should be maligned, attacked, marginalized, silenced, and driven from power.

No one can make ObamaCare work
New York Post, by John Podhoretz    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/12/2014 5:04:50 AM     Post Reply
I could rage on and on about Monday’s gobsmacking announcement that the Obama administration is once again unilaterally delaying a key aspect of its health-care law and what this act of astonishing royalism suggests about the president and his fundamental disrespect for the American system of checks and balances. But I’m not going to. Instead, with all the dignity that a 52-year-old man and father of three can bring to the task, I will offer these observations instead: Neener neener neener. Nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah. Face it, all of you who celebrated and wept and danced when it passed back in March 2010,

  


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Torch-Carrying Environmentalists
Protest at Oil Exec’s Home
Washington Free Beacon, by Lachlan Markay    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/12/2014 5:03:09 AM     Post Reply
Masked protesters carrying torches and threatening organized violence protested outside the home of an executive at a major oil pipeline company last week. Eight environmental activists gathered on the lawn of Mark Maki, a member of the Enbridge Energy Company’s board of directors and president of Enbridge Energy Management, to protest the arrests of three anti-pipeline activists last year. The protesters, who brandished torches for a photo posted online, held a sign warning, “solidarity means attack” and “we will shut you down.” Maki stepped out of his Houston, Texas, home to talk with the protesters, though he said he was not familiar with

Hereditary Democracy?
American Thinker, by James Longstreet    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 2/12/2014 5:01:53 AM     Post Reply
Thomas Paine once said, "Hereditary government violates the rights of the governed." Of course Paine referred to the likes of monarchs and generational rule by birth. However, is our current condition so distant? Birth alone may not occasion the chain reaction, per se, but the money accumulated, the networking that is passed along in families, and the media visibility advantages of birth to a high government official are not of little consequence.

Treasury: Employers must “self-attest”
that ObamaCare not behind staffing
decisions – under penalty of perjury
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/12/2014 4:52:08 AM     Post Reply
Old and busted: Businesses will love ObamaCare for its cost savings in health care! New hotness: Businesses had better not make staffing decisions based on cost savings from ObamaCare-fueled price spikes! After its latest delay in implementing the employer mandate, the Obama administration rebuffed criticisms that the law incentivizes employers to shift to part-time work by announcing the Treasury Inquisition — ahem, excuse me, the Treasury Attestation Department: The latest announcement comes after the administration heard from businesses about their concerns with the looming ObamaCare rules. However, the change is sure to raise more questions about the health and implementation of

Obama´s Fate
American Thinker, by J.R. Dunn    Original Article
Posted By: thudlike- 2/12/2014 4:50:16 AM     Post Reply
It´s no surprise that Barack Obama´s authoritarian streak is revealing itself at last. It was always there; clearly apparent in his rhetoric (e.g., his envy of Chinese president Xi Jin-ping´s powers), his abuse of executive orders, his threats against Congress, his sultan with fly-whisk attitudes toward his opposition, and even his vacations, which reek more of third-world trash gamboling on the Riviera than any American leader (George W. Bush settled his mind by clearing brush in Texas, Reagan at his ranch in Santa Barbara. Obama unfortunately finds the brush already cleared in Martha´s Vineyard and Hawaii.)

  


  

NSA spying undermines
separation of powers
USA Today, by Glenn Harlan Reynolds    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/12/2014 4:46:30 AM     Post Reply
Most of the worry about the National Security Agency´s bulk interception of telephone calls, e-mail and the like has centered around threats to privacy. And, in fact, the evidence suggests that if you´ve got a particularly steamy phone- or Skype-sex session going on, it just might wind up being shared by voyeuristic NSA analysts. But most Americans figure, probably rightly, that the NSA isn´t likely to be interested in their stuff. (Anyone who hacks my e-mail is automatically punished, by having to read it.) There is, however, a class of people who can´t take that disinterest for granted: members of Congress

Jimmy Carter’s Disastrous Olympic Boycott
Politico Magazine, by Nicholas Evan Sarantakes    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/12/2014 4:43:20 AM     Post Reply
Muhammad Ali was exhausted as he clambered from a plane on a tarmac in Tanzania as the waiting throng exploded with enthusiasm. “ALI, ALI, ALI,” the crowd chanted. By all appearances, the former champion’s arrival in Dar es Salaam looked familiar enough: exactly like the humanitarian missions to which the boxer had become accustomed. But this was different, and Ali—who had been doing charity work in India the day before—was groggy. Worst of all, he was unsure about why he was even there. In a plan that seemed like a good one when it was hatched, U.S. State Department officials were

President Obama Is Giving Conservatives All
The Tools They Need To Transform The Country
Forbes, by Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/12/2014 4:40:25 AM     Post Reply
The Obama Administration has decided to relax Obamacare’s employer mandate again. Much will be written about that decision’s impact on the law’s viability and the 2014 and 2016 elections. But there’s a bigger issue at play, here. Ever since Obamacare’s implementation has gone off the rails, the White House has been trying to fix the law by deciding not to enforce, or to selectively enforce, or to enforce differently, various provisions of the law. The problem with that is…that it’s not how American government is supposed to work. As any civics class teacher knows, the way American government is supposed to work

Hospital Lapse Exposed 18
People to Deadly Brain Disease
ABC News, by Katie Moisse    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/12/2014 4:34:01 AM     Post Reply
A North Carolina hospital says 18 patients were exposed to a rare and fatal brain disease after “extra precautions should have been taken, but were not.” Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., said surgical tools used on a patient suspected of having Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease should have been subjected to “enhanced sterilization procedures” to remove CJD-linked proteins called prions. Instead, the instruments underwent the normal, less stringent sterilization process and were subsequently used in 18 neurosurgery patients, according to the hospital. “Our standard procedure is to apply the enhanced sterilization process to surgical instruments that are used on any patient who

  


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LA Abuzz About Push
For Urban Beekeeping
Associated Press, by Gillian Flaccus    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/12/2014 4:30:16 AM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES -- For the past three years, Rob McFarland has kept a beehive filled with 25,000 bees on the roof of his house smack in the middle of West Los Angeles. The bees occupy some prime real estate - they even have a view of the Hollywood sign - but for now, they are illegal squatters in the trendy neighborhood of bars and eateries near Santa Monica. On Wednesday, the City Council will vote on whether to begin the process of granting bees like McFarland´s legal status in LA´s residential areas after a lengthy lobbying effort from bee lovers of all

Republican councilman Faulconer
wins San Diego mayoral election
Los Angeles Times, by Tony Perry    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/12/2014 4:26:09 AM     Post Reply
San Diego - Republican Councilman Kevin Faulconer has defeated Democratic Councilman David Alvarez, 54.5% to 45.5%, to become the city´s next mayor, according to unofficial results tallied by the county registrar of voters. The tally includes all absentee votes and votes from all 582 precincts. Unofficial turnout for the special election was 37%. Alvarez, 33, said he called Faulconer to offer his congratulations and say that he looks forward "to working with him." Faulconer returned the compliment and promised that the two will work together "to move our city forward." Acting Mayor Todd Gloria, a Democrat who endorsed Alvarez,

Fair restricts free youth
tickets after ´wilding´
Tampa Tribune [FL], by Keith Morelli    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/12/2014 2:39:55 AM     Post Reply
TAMPA — The Florida State Fair, reeling from a rampage involving hundreds of youths on opening night, announced late Tuesday it is taking steps to curb such outbreaks by requiring that any minor presenting a free entry ticket after 7 p.m. be accompanied by an adult. The move had been discussed by the Hillsborough County Sheriff´s Department this week as one possible response to a night of violence Friday that resulted in a dozen arrests and 99 ejections for disorderly conduct, including a 14-year-old boy who later was killed when he was hit by a car crossing Interstate 4 nearby.

Exclusive: Sarah Palin Confirmed
to Speak at CPAC
Breitbart Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/12/2014 2:31:51 AM     Post Reply
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Breitbart News has learned exclusively. CPAC is an annual gathering of thousands of conservative activists hosted by the American Conservative Union (ACU). “We are pleased to again welcome Governor Sarah Palin to CPAC in March,” ACU Chairman Al Cardenas said in a release provided to Breitbart News. “Governor Palin electrified the crowd in 2013, and we are thrilled to welcome her back this year.” Palin served as the governor of Alaska from late 2006 until 2009, and was the 2008 Vice Presidential nominee for the Republican

  


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State Dinner Guest List for Hollande
Is Impressive, if Minus One
New York Times, by Mark Landler    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/12/2014 1:30:04 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — In the end, the White House solved the most delicate protocol issue of Tuesday’s state dinner for President François Hollande of France in a dignified but creative way. Seated at President Obama’s right under a shimmering white tent on the South Lawn was Thelma Golden, the director of the Studio Museum in Harlem, who 20 years ago mounted a provocative exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art titled “Black Male.” (Snip) To Michelle Obama’s left was Stephen Colbert, the comedian and television host, whose connection to France consists largely in his determination to pronounce his surname as

Aboard Belgian train, Jews asked to
get off and shower at Auschwitz
Times of Israel, by JTA    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 2/12/2014 1:16:12 AM     Post Reply
Unidentified passengers aboard a Belgian train used the speaker system to urge Jews to get off at Auschwitz and shower at the concentration camp. The incident of Jan. 31 prompted the Belgian rail company SNCB to file a complaint with police over incitement to hatred, the RTL broadcaster reported Tuesday. According to RTL, the suspects gained access to the speaker system during rush hour, at 5 p.m., while traveling from Namur to Brussels. One of the passengers said in French, “Ladies and gentlemen, we are approaching Auschwitz. All Jews are requested to disembark and take a short shower.”

Obamacare creates new ways
to prosecute American business
Washington Post, by Ed Rogers    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 2/12/2014 12:57:48 AM     Post Reply
It’s been a bad week for Obamacare. Incredibly, the White House has had to grant yet another delay in the employer mandate. (Snip) This president doesn’t just selectively enforce the law as he sees fit; now he is actually inventing new crimes. It’s jaw-dropping that if you fall below 100 employees, the burden will be on you to prove that you meant no disrespect to Obamacare. I can’t wait to see the video of the first Democrat who tries to defend this new threat of prosecution within Obamacare. In fact, look for the White House to fix this and somehow

The Privileged People
Creators Syndicate, by John Stossel    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 2/12/2014 12:51:59 AM     Post Reply
Politicians say, "We´re all equal," and pretend that they represent everyone. But, in fact, they constantly pick winners and losers. (snip) During the "fiscal cliff" negotiations that Congress and the media made sound so tough -- as if every last penny were pinched -- Congress still managed to slip in plenty of special deals for cronies. --NASCAR got $70 million for new racetracks. --Algae growers got $60 million. --Hollywood film producers got a $430 million tax break. When America´s going broke, how do moviemakers get a special break? By lobbying for it. Movies are a sexy business, so 42 states offer film producers "incentives"

Bill de Blasio’s Red Apple Agenda
Front Page Magazine, by Daniel Greenfield    Original Article
Posted By: smcchk- 2/12/2014 12:13:27 AM     Post Reply
The further left a radical politician wants to go, the more likely he is to wrap his agenda in a mainstream Republican brand. In his interview with Bill O’Reilly, Obama compared himself to Nixon (not for the reason most Republicans would expect) and in his State of the City address, Bill de Blasio compared himself to Fiorello H. La Guardia; a former Republican mayor of New York City. The constant mentions of La Guardia, a universally popular figure, were a poor mask for a radical address filled with ugly divisive rhetoric, class warfare and schemes that will bankrupt the city.

  



Wire fox terrier wins at
Westminster dog show
Reuters, by Jonthan Allen    Original Article
Posted By: Hobbiest- 2/11/2014 11:37:02 PM     Post Reply
A wire fox terrier named Sky won "best in show" at the 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York on Tuesday, besting canines in six other groups at one of the oldest sporting events in the United States. Betty Regina Leininger of Frisco, Texas, awarded the top prize to Sky at this year´s event in Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. The win makes it the 14th time the wire fox terrier has won the competition, more than any other breed since the show´s first staging in 1877. The wire fox terrier´s last win was in 1992. No other

Ted Cruz: 60 votes or else
on debt ceiling
Politico, by Burgess Everett    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/11/2014 10:27:23 PM     Post Reply
Ted Cruz will demand that the Senate come up with 60 votes to raise the debt ceiling, but indicated he won’t delay the vote as D.C. awaits a snowstorm. The GOP freshman senator from Texas told reporters Tuesday afternoon that he will not allow a clean bill to lift the debt ceiling through the Senate with a bare majority. “Under no circumstances will I agree to the Senate’s raising the debt ceiling with just 50 votes. I intend to object and force a 60-vote threshold,” Cruz said. Given that the entire 55-member Democratic caucus is expected to support the clean

Yellen surprised by jobs report and
admits US recovery ´far from complete´
Guardian [UK], by Dominic Rushe    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/11/2014 10:03:26 PM     Post Reply
The US economic recovery is “far from complete,” new Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen told lawmakers Tuesday. Testifying in her first congressional appearance since she became the central bank’s first chairwoman, Yellen said Fed policy was likely to closely follow the course set out by her predecessor, Ben Bernanke. “I served on the committee as we formulated our current policy strategy and I strongly support that strategy,” she said. (Snip) “I was surprised that the jobs reports in December and January, the pace of job creation, was running under what I had anticipated. But we have to be very careful not

State dinner guest list includes
Colbert, Cantor
The Hill (Washington DC), by Mario Trujillo    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/11/2014 9:22:24 PM     Post Reply
The guest list for the White House state dinner Tuesday night features celebrities like Stephen Colbert and lawmakers, including Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) Tuesday’s event with French President François Hollande is President Obama’s first state dinner of his second term. Like past events it features a mix of lawmakers, celebrities, journalists and administration officials. Big name celebrities like Colbert, actor Bradley Cooper and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the star of the HBO series “Veep,” are scheduled to attend. Others include former NBA commissioner David Stern and singer Mary J Blige. The list also features a

Michelle Obama chooses Carolina
Herrera for state dinner dress
Washington Post, by Cara Kelly    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/11/2014 9:08:54 PM     Post Reply
The first lady chose a dramatic Carolina Herrera ball gown with a voluminous skirt and lace-overlay top. The blue and black gown is the first dress with sleeves Obama has worn to a state dinner. Previously she donned one-shouldered pieces from Peter Soronen and Doo-Ri Chung, and a strapless gown by Naeem Khan for the administration’s first official state dinner in 2009 for India. The dress includes a black hand-sewn beaded embroidery applique scallop-edged top over a liberty blue silk faille corset, according to a statement from the designer. A wide black velvet belt breaks up the top from the

Stephanie Seymour and Sons
Are Being Weird Again
New York Magazine, by Allison P. Davis    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 2/11/2014 8:25:25 PM     Post Reply
Remember when Stephanie Seymour raised more than a few eyebrows and set off one or two incest alarms when she sort of made out with her son Peter Jr. on the beach in 2011? Well, Harper’s Bazaar ran with that very-intimate-bordering-on-sexual familial energy for a mother/son shoot in its latest issue. So, you know, everyone looks great. But the sexy black dresses, the hand placement, the S&M undercurrent, Stephanie Seymour clutching a butcher’s knife while her baby bears curl around her long gams? Ahh, cringe, uncomfortable, can’t look. (Although, a Brant using an eyelash curler? Great shot.) The whole thing

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