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PayPal President´s credit card
hacked for shopping spree
USA Today, by Alistair Barr    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/12/2014 6:44:37 AM     Post Reply
SAN FRANCISCO - PayPal President David Marcus said on Monday that his credit card details were stolen and the information was used to finance a fraudulent spending spree. Marcus said the card was probably "skimmed" at the hotel he was staying at, or at a merchant he visited, during a recent trip to the U.K. "They then cloned it and went on a shopping spree," the executive wrote on Twitter. Marcus noted that his credit card had EMV chip technology, a more secure system currently in use in Europe. But that didn´t stop the data from being stolen and used for a "ton

Obama snubs Britain and cozies up to
the French, saying picking a best ally
would be like picking a ´favorite´ daughter
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/12/2014 6:14:44 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama tossed aside a long-standing ´special relationship´ between the U.S. and Great Britain on Tuesday, telling reporters that choosing a ´best ally´ between France and the UK would be like choosing his favorite daughter. ´I have two daughters,´ the president said, referring to Sasha and Malia. ´And they are both gorgeous and wonderful, and I would never choose between them.´ ´And that´s how I feel about my outstanding European partners. All of them are wonderful in their own ways.´ Obama was speaking during a joint press conference with French President Francois Hollande, on the occasion of the first

Shirley Temple Survived Being
the Biggest Child Star of
All Time With Wit and Grace
Daily Beast, by Malcolm Grace    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/12/2014 6:06:32 AM     Post Reply
Shirley Temple was the biggest star in the Depression, had dolls and drinks named for her, and yet somehow managed to escape the pitfalls of child stardom with wit and grace. Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be child stars. Not, that is, unless you wish for them an adult life—presuming they live so long—stamped by professional failure, revolving door rehab, and psychiatric counseling with no expiration date. There are few exceptions to the downward spiraling after the age of 12, but the biggest would have to be Shirley Temple Black, who died Monday at the age of 85. (If,

  


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Leviathan on the Border
Reason Magazine, by Shikha Dalmia    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/12/2014 6:02:13 AM     Post Reply
House Speaker John Boehner last week pulled the plug on his immigration reform “principles” after his fellow Republicans refused to go along. One reason why the proposal received a cold reception was that the GOP’s self-appointed moral guardian Ann Coulter bandied surveys showing that immigrants will “wreck the country” with their Big Government-loving ways. “It´s not their [Republicans’] position on amnesty that immigrants don´t like,” she harrumphed. “It´s Republicans´ support for small government, gun rights, patriotism, the Constitution and capitalism.” But if Republicans love liberty and small government, they sure have a weird way of showing it. There is no

´Rand Paul v. Barack Obama´ lawsuit hits
federal court with 350,000 plaintiffs, as
U.S. senator sues White House and
intelligence chiefs over NSA surveillance
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/12/2014 6:00:10 AM     Post Reply
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is making good on his promise to sue the Obama administration over what he calls ´precisely the kind of overreach we fought a revolution over.´ His targets are the National Security Agency, the FBI and other federal government offices that snoop on private communications at home and abroad. [Snip] The legal action, officially titled ´Rand Paul v. Barack Obama,´ will hit the court running with at least 350,000 plaintiffs, according to a source close to the process. Paul is aiming for 10 million, judging from a message on two websites run by his political staff.

McConnell´s Primary Opponent Supported TARP
Power Line, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/12/2014 5:57:38 AM     Post Reply
Matt Bevin, who is challenging Mitch McConnell in the Kentucky Republican primary, has made McConnell’s support in 2008 for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) a centerpiece of his insurgent campaign. It’s an understandable move on Bevin’s part. McConnell has a strong conservative voting record. Without the TARP vote, Bevin would be reduced mainly to generic complaints that McConnell is too “establishment.” But now it turns out that Bevin, an investment fund manager at the time, also supported TARP. In addition, he supported the Federal Reserve’s decision to begin buying commercial paper issued by banks. Politico, says it has obtained an October

The Democrats’ ‘War on Work’
PJ Media, by Roger L. Simon    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 2/12/2014 5:54:03 AM     Post Reply
The Republicans are supposed to have a “War on Women” that’s about as real as the Loch Ness monster, but the Democrats are developing a war that is considerably more authentic and quite a bit more sinister — a “War on Work.” (Snip) If you undermine our ability to work, to be gainfully and fully employed, you undermine our self-respect, virtually no matter what our occupation. When our ability to contribute to society and to the welfare of our families is curtailed, we become depressed, sometimes unable to function or even be creative with that vaunted free time.

  


  

Are Richard III´s secrets about to be revealed?
Telegraph [UK], by Harry Mount    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/12/2014 5:48:39 AM     Post Reply
What a treat for all medieval historians! More than 500 years after he was killed, the skeleton of Richard III is giving them much more reliable biographical information than they acquired over the previous half a millennium. Henry VII, his successor, and opponent at Bosworth, encouraged his court historians to produce a warped picture of Richard. Thank God, then, for the miraculous discovery of his body in a Leicester car park in 2012, and the undeniable truths it provided. Analysis of his skeleton showed the king didn’t have a hunchback exactly; he suffered from scoliosis of the spine

NC Dems Pick Convict, Sexual Predator
& Former Nation of Islam
Leader to Chair State Democratic Party
Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/12/2014 5:45:23 AM     Post Reply
This 1978 file photo shows Ben Chavis, right, speaking at a news conference the day after Gov. Jim Hunt’s decision to reduce the sentences of the Wilmington Ten. Hunt refused to pardon the group. (RALEIGH NEWS & OBSERVER/MCT) He ought to fit right in. North Carolina Democrats picked a former convict, sexual predator and former Nation of Islam leader Benjamin Chavis as its executive director. The Raleigh News and Observer reported: A day after ousting the executive director, the chairman of the N.C. Democratic Party appears poised to nominate former civil rights and Nation of Islam leader Benjamin Chavis to the post, a contentious

Conservative Vindication
Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehner    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/12/2014 5:39:20 AM     Post Reply
There’s been a lot of fine commentary on the right about the decision by the president to delay the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate for another year, which is just the most recent in a series of lawless acts by Mr. Obama, all aimed at keeping his teetering health plan from utterly collapsing. It’s worth pointing out, I think, that the manifold and multiplying failures of the Affordable Care Act were predicted by conservatives, many of whom warned–in advance, repeatedly, on the record–how awful ObamaCare would be. Things are, if anything, worse–or at least worse, quicker–than many on the right predicted. The

Hillary´s War on Women
American Spectator, by George Neumayr    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/12/2014 5:29:22 AM     Post Reply
If a conservative politician called an exploited intern a “narcissistic loony toon,” his career would be over. But Hillary Clinton will pay almost no price for describing Monica Lewinsky in those terms. The left’s sympathy for Sandra Fluke and its lectures on the dangers of name-calling won’t resurface for Lewinsky. Liberal pols, both those who mistreat women and those who excuse the mistreatment, enjoy a standing exemption from feminism’s customary strictures. Hillary is free to war on Bill Clinton’s women to her heart’s content. But perhaps the most telling revelation in the Washington Free Beacon’s story about Hillary’s candid conversations with

  


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Obama reveals his obliviousness at Monticello
Washington Times, by Charles Hurt    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/12/2014 5:26:47 AM     Post Reply
America’s president — heir to the world’s greatest document of freedom ever drawn up by man — strode across the hallowed grounds of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. With his hands clasped behind his back as a fuehrer surveying his troops or his kingdom, he told a gaggle of onlookers, “That’s the good thing about being president. I can do whatever I want.” It may have been a lame attempt at despot humor. But it fell terribly flat and reveals a shocking unawareness of himself and what so many American people think of him. As if nobody in the White House grasps

Obama: France and England
Are Like My Daughters
National Review Online, by Andrew Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/12/2014 5:24:11 AM     Post Reply
President Obama isn’t looking to choose favorites between England and France. During a joint press conference with French president François Hollande on Tuesday, he said it would be impossible to pick which of the two European allies was closest to the U.S. because it would be like choosing between his daughters. “I have two daughters — they are both gorgeous, and wonderful, and I would never choose between them” he said in response to a question about whether France had replaced Great Britain as the top ally of the U.S. “That’s how I feel about my outstanding European partners: All of

When Obama Rewrites Obamacare,
Why Doesn´t Anyone Sue Him?
Weekly Standard, by John McCormack    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/12/2014 5:19:51 AM     Post Reply
President Obama has repeatedly suspended parts of the Affordable Care Act without the consent of Congress. The latest unilateral action happened Monday night, when the administration announced another delay of the employer mandate, the law´s provision that businesses with more than 50 employees must provide their employees with insurance starting in 2014 or pay large fines. In July, the president decreed the mandate wouldn´t be enforced at all in 2014, and last night administration officials declared that businesses with 50 to 99 employees wouldn´t be penalized in 2015. Republicans have denounced such actions as "lawless." But if what the president has

Conservative Group Endorses
Broun for GA Senate
The Weekly Standard, by Michael Warren    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 2/12/2014 5:19:12 AM     Post Reply
Another conservative organization has endorsed congressman Paul Broun in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Georgia. The Madison Project, headed up by former Kansas congressman Jim Ryun, endorsed Broun over four other major GOP candidates. "It is not an exaggeration to say that Congressman Paul Broun (R-GA) has sustained the most conservative voting record over the longest period of time of any sitting Republican in Congress," reads a Madison Project press release announcing the endorsement.

  


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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,

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

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