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3 ways to think outside
the box on S.F. homelessness
San Francisco Chronicle, by C.W. Nevius    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/13/2014 9:42:52 PM     Post Reply
Last week Supervisor Mark Farrell held a hearing to evaluate the city´s 10-year plan to end chronic homelessness in San Francisco. I wasn´t able to attend, but I watched the hearing on the SFGov TV channel. (And I´d like my two hours and 47 minutes back, thank you.) The idea was to see if the plan is working. Spoiler alert - it isn´t. It´s not from lack of effort. The city has spent hundreds of millions of dollars over the past 10 years - this year the Department of Human Services budget alone is $102 million for homelessness. San Francisco has created

Army sent in to Venezuelan cities
as unrest prompts coup warning
Telegraph [U.K.], by Hannah Strange and Alasdair Baverstock    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 2/13/2014 9:31:21 PM     Post Reply
Venezuelan troops fanned out across the capital, Caracas, and other major cities on Thursday after President Nicolás Maduro ordered a military clampdown against deadly unrest that he warned was part of a "fascist" coup plot. Piles of burning rubbish sat smoking along Caracas´ main avenue as troops moved to secure the city following an outbreak of street violence that left three dead on Wednesday. Armed soldiers surrounded government buildings and diverted traffic, while riot troops guarded entrances to the shuttered subway system as residents picked their way through broken glass.

WH: Send These Obamacare Ads to
Your Tweet-heart This Valentine´s Day
Cybercast News Service, by Matt Vespa    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2014 9:29:51 PM     Post Reply
The White House Twitter account is becoming an abject disgrace. That, or they´ve simply run out of ways to positively spin Obamacare. This afternoon, the White House tweeted that they´re distributing "get covered" Valentines. The administration also posted this tragicomic initiative on their blog. It reads: This Valentine´s Day, share the word and help make sure your friends, family and loved ones get covered today at healthcare.gov. Share the graphics below with your social networks, or share your own message with the hashtag #ACAValentines. Download the "I Heart ACA" ACA Valentine Download the "R U Covered?" ACA Valentine Download the

  


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Tobacco-Less CVS Will Continue
to Sell ‘Plan B’ Abortifacient
Cybercast News Service, by Penny Starr    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2014 9:24:51 PM     Post Reply
The CVS drug store chain has announced it will halt the sale of tobacco products in its store beginning in October, but the retailer will continue to sell Plan B: One-Step, an abortifacient that is for sale without prescription to anyone regardless of age. “Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is simply the right thing to do for the good of our customers and our company,” CVS announced on its website. “The sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose – helping people on their path to better health.” If the company is concerned about public health,

R.I.P. ‘The Waltons’ Patriarch Ralph Waite
Deadline Hollywood, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 2/13/2014 9:24:36 PM     Post Reply
The man who played the patriarch on CBS’ long-running series The Waltons has died. Ralph Waite was 85. He starred for nine seasons on the Depression-era drama as John Walton Sr., who eked out a living at the family lumber mill on Walton’s Mountain. He scored an Emmy nom for the role in 1978 and also directed more than a dozen episodes of the hourlong series, which ran from 1972-81 and was followed by a series of telefilms. Most recently he recurred on Bones and as Mark Harmon’s father, Papa Gibbs, on NCIS. Waite also played Father Matt in nearly 100 episodes of Days Of Our Lives and appeared in Grey’s Anatomy, CSI,

Openly gay Eagle Scout a
first since new Boy Scout policy
Los Angeles Times, by Paresh Dave    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/13/2014 9:23:56 PM     Post Reply
A Maryland teenager is the first openly gay Boy Scout to become an Eagle Scout, the organization’s highest rank, according to the advocacy group Scouts for Equality. High school senior Pascal Tessier is already awaiting the next challenge, which will come this summer when he turns 18. Until recently, gays had been barred from the Scouts. After years of debate, the organization eliminated the ban for minors effective Jan. 1, but kept the restriction against adult Scouting leaders. Pascal, who turns 18 on Aug. 5, has said he will apply to become an adult leader and see how the Scouts respond. “On Aug. 4, he’s an Eagle Scout and has the

Medical Center won´t let
patients watch Fox News
Fox News, by Todd Starnes    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2014 9:15:33 PM     Post Reply
I imagine the only thing worse than being forced to watch CNN inside an airport terminal is being forced to watch it in a doctor’s office. So you can imagine my surprise when I discovered a Michigan health care facility, funded by federal tax dollars, blocked Fox News Channel from its waiting room television sets. The president of Family Health Care directed staff to block Fox News after a board member complained about our network’s coverage of the Affordable Care Act, an employee told me. “The board member complained that patients were turning the channel to Fox News,” said the employee who asked

  


  

Battle for the Arctic? Concerns
US ignoring resource-rich
region as ice recedes
Fox News, by Dan Springer    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2014 9:04:47 PM     Post Reply
While the Obama administration focuses on hotspots like the Middle East and Asia, some lawmakers worry the U.S. is ignoring what could be a critical battleground – the Arctic Ocean. The permanent sea ice around the North Pole has been receding since the 1970’s. Countries are now staking their claims, whether it’s for oil, valuable shipping lanes or national defense. ADVERTISEMENT “The Arctic is already in play,” said Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif. “We do know there are many countries that are trying to set their sights on the Arctic, and that’s going to be an issue.” The biggest immediate concern, some say, is the

The Pentagon’s Bow to Islamic Extremism
FrontPage Magazine, by Raymond Ibrahim    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2014 8:57:57 PM     Post Reply
“Caving to pressure from Muslim groups, the Pentagon has relaxed uniform rules to allow Islamic beards, turbans and hijabs. It’s a major win for political correctness and a big loss for military unit cohesion,” said a recent report. This new relaxation of rules for Muslims comes at a time when the FBI is tracking more than 100 suspected jihadi-infiltrators of the U.S. military. Just last month, Craig Benedict Baxam, a former Army soldier and convert to Islam, was sentenced to seven years in prison due to his al-Qaeda/jihadi activities. Also last month, Mozaffar Khazaee, an Iranian-American working for the Defense Department,

Democrats hint at petition drive
to force immigration debate
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2014 8:10:11 PM     Post Reply
House Democrats said Thursday they’ll soon launch an official petition drive to try to force Republicans to vote on Democrats’ immigration bill — but said even before that, they’ll try to force a vote on a minimum wage increase. Emerging from a day of meetings at their policy retreat in Maryland, Democratic leaders said the minimum wage will come first because it’s the most central to their efforts to try to paint Republicans into a corner on income inequality. But, under fire from immigrant-rights advocates, Democrats said immigration will come soon after that. The petition drives, known as “discharge petitions,” are a

EPA’s use of secret email addresses
was widespread: report
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2014 8:05:54 PM     Post Reply
EPA employees’ use of their own private email accounts to conduct government business was rampant among top-level officials, according to according to a new report Thursday from Senate Republicans that accused the agency’s own internal watchdog of botching an investigation. Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee said their findings call into question the work of the EPA’s inspector general, who in September issued a report clearing the EPA of wrongdoing in the email scandal. But the GOP, in a new memo, said it has learned of at least 17 current and former EPA employees, including top leadership,

  


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God Help Us
Weekly Standard, by Zack Munson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/13/2014 8:05:24 PM     Post Reply
Los Angeles- In case you were wondering, things in California just got a little weird. Okay, maybe not “just.” Let me be more specific: The congressional election in California’s 33rd District, a coastal tract encompassing some of the wealthiest, most liberal quarters of Los Angeles County?—?Bel Air, Santa Monica, and Beverly Hills, to name a few?—?just got a little weird. On January 30, Henry Waxman, the district’s long-serving and notoriously cantankerous representative, surprised everyone by announcing he would retire at the end of this term. Since arriving in Congress in 1975, Waxman has been a dogged champion of progressive causes

WSJ: Ted Cruz on Mission to ‘Make
Republicans Even More Unpopular’
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2014 7:53:52 PM     Post Reply
The Wall Street Journal editorial board published a tight and scathing criticism of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday after the freshman senator criticized Republicans who helped to pass a clean debt ceiling limit increase on Wednesday. The board criticized Cruz for lacking a strategy and for pursuing an ideological agenda that would result in negative consequences for his party. “The Senate passed the House debt-limit increase on Wednesday, but not before some needless drama that helps to explain why Republicans remain a minority,” the WSJ piece began. They went on to note that not passing a debt ceiling increase would likely

Have Sweden’s permissive parents
given birth to a generation
of monsters?
Telegraph [UK], by Judith Wood    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/13/2014 7:49:37 PM     Post Reply
My five-year-old is extravagantly furious at being thwarted. I have infringed her human rights by mildly suggesting that she turn off the television and put some clothes on. I can see the dark storm clouds gathering on her thunderous brow, her eyes narrowing, mouth pursed in Shakespearean displeasure as she reaches for the most hurtful, serpent’s tooth ingratitude she can think of. “You’re Not My Friend Any More!” To which I reply, swift as Lady Macbeth’s dagger, “I never was your friend in the first place, darling. Friends don’t wash your socks or buy you a warm winter coat or

Welfare In America: A
$1 Trillion Tab And Rising
Investor´s Business Daily, by Stephen Moore    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/13/2014 7:49:15 PM     Post Reply
Republicans in Congress are being accused of fighting a "war on the war on poverty," in part because of a tiny cut in the food stamps program last week. Democrats charge that these "cuts" will take food from the mouths of hungry children, and they claim this is an example of how Congress has shred the safety net for the poor. Never mind that this is the food aid program that has tripled in cost and doubled in participation in just the last decade. Even during the economic recovery, the number of recipients — one in seven Americans — continues to

  


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Here´s What ´Income
Equality´ Would Look Like
Wall Street Journal, by Scott Hodge    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/13/2014 7:48:07 PM     Post Reply
President Obama has talked a lot recently about reducing income inequality. Yet he neither acknowledges how much money the government is redistributing, nor how much more would be needed to close the income gap. Perhaps that´s because the project would require redistribution on a staggering scale. That´s the upshot of two separate studies published in November 2013 by the Congressional Budget Office and the Tax Foundation. While they used slightly different methodologies, each study measured the amount of existing redistribution by the federal government—by comparing how much Americans get back in total federal spending (everything from transfer programs to national defense)

Colorado´s Obamacare insurance exchange
rocked by news an exec will stand trial for
EMBEZZLING from previous employer
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/13/2014 7:48:04 PM     Post Reply
Connect for Health Colorado, the state´s Obamacare insurance exchange, is reeling after news surfaced that Christa Ann McClure, a top agency executive, will stand trial in Montana for embezzling from her previous nonprofit employer. McClure, 51, was hired as Director of Partner Engagement at Connect for Health Colorado in March 2013 after a thorough vetting. She hadn´t yet been indicted in the case, which stemmed from her tenure at the helm of Housing Montana of Billings, a federal contractor. [Snip] Charges were brought on January 16, and she pleaded not guilty in federal court on February 6, answering eight charges

Is Barack Obama Our
First American King?
Investor´s Business Daily, by Michael Ramirez    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/13/2014 7:46:06 PM     Post Reply
President Obama will be spending Valentine´s Day with the one he loves the most. Michelle and the kids will be vacationing separately. Sound familiar? The president and first lady spent Presidents Day weekend in separate vacations last year as well. That, you might remember, was when the White House itself was closed to schoolchildren who had saved up all year for their trips to D.C. only to find out the administration could no longer afford to give tours. But Congress somehow managed to fully fund tours of the U.S. Capitol. You might also recall that during Presidents Day weekend last year America´s

Presbyterians Declare War on the Jews
Commentary, by Jonathan S. Tobin    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/13/2014 7:32:47 PM     Post Reply
In the last decade, several mainstream American Protestant denominations have flirted with resolutions endorsing boycotts of companies doing business with Israel. Most of these efforts have been defeated, albeit narrowly, by strenuous efforts by Jewish groups determined to preserve good interfaith relations as well as by Christians who wanted no part of a movement dedicated to waging economic war on a democratic state. In most cases, these battles have involved a small cadre of left-wing activists involved in church leadership groups that had little support among ministers, and even less among rank-and-file church members. Thus, even the Presbyterian Church USA

Trying terrorists in America — what could
possibly go wrong? Ask a Somali pirate
American Enterprise Institute, by Marc Thiessen    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2014 7:16:25 PM     Post Reply
Bring terrorists to America for trial in civilian courts — what could possibly go wrong? Well, if you want a glimpse into the future, consider what happened when the Obama administration brought a Somali pirate to America to stand trial in a civilian court. POLITICO reports: Just a few weeks ago, Ali Mohamed Ali was facing the possibility of a mandatory life sentence in a 2008 shipjacking off the coast of Yemen — an incident much like the one dramatized in the film “Captain Phillips.” Now, the Somali native is in immigration detention in Virginia and seeking permanent asylum in the United

  



Dems to force GOP on wage hike
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Mike Lillis    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2014 6:54:00 PM     Post Reply
CAMBRIDGE, MD – House Democrats are launching an effort to force the Republicans´ hand on the minimum wage. The Democrats will introduce a discharge petition later this month designed to force a floor vote on a proposal to hike the minimum wage, even in the face of entrenched opposition from GOP leaders. The discharge petition faces a high bar, as it would require at least 18 Republicans to buck their leadership and endorse the measure – a scenario the Democrats readily acknowledge is unlikely. "I don´t think we´re ever confident that we´re going to get 18 Republicans to sign a discharge petition," House

Bob Corker: GOP colleagues held up
debt limit vote for fundraising gain
Washington Examiner, by Sean Lengell    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2014 6:39:42 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Bob Corker accused two of his GOP colleagues of crassly holding up a vote on raising the nation´s debt limit as a way to line their campaign war chest. "Forty-three of those Republican senators knew what had to be done yesterday," the Tennessee Republican told CNBC´s "Squawk Box" on Thursday, referring to Wednesday´s Senate vote to raise the debt ceiling. "And we have two senators, let´s face it, that are really, really upset that they weren´t able to use this to raise a lot of money for their PACs and for their campaigns. "That´s what this was all about.

Senate Dems to IRS:
You’re our only hope
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2014 6:30:08 PM     Post Reply
Two years ago, Democrats bragged about raising a billion dollars to re-elect Barack Obama. They had super-PACS like House Majority PAC and Priorities USA Action raise tens of millions of dollars to backstop both the presidential and Congressional races in the last cycle. Now that Priorities Action USA has taken a seat on the sideline and Republicans and conservatives are raising tens of millions of dollars against them, Senate Democrats want IRS intervention to curb the very same channels that they exploited so well in the 2012 election: Senate Democrats facing tough elections this year want the Internal Revenue Service

Pure Gold: Obama Slams Bush
for Expanding Executive Power,
Ignoring Congress
Townhall, by Guy Benson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2014 6:20:30 PM     Post Reply
As you may recall, we tend to reserve the "pure gold" descriptor for uniquely egregious instances of Obama hypocrisy. This one surely qualifies. American Commitment clips a stump speech snippet from 2008 presidential candidate Barack Obama, scrupulous defender of our constitutional structure, and righteous critic of executive power grabs. Behold: “I taught constitutional law for ten years. I take the Constitution very seriously. The biggest problems that were facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all, and that’s what I intend

GOP Leaders in 2013: ‘We Will
Draw the Line on Debt Ceiling’
PJ Media, by J. Christian Adams    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2014 6:07:37 PM     Post Reply
Remember back in 2013 when some in the GOP were wishing Sen. Ted Cruz would shut up about Obamacare on the floor of the Senate? The debt ceiling, they told us, was where the real battle would take place. So they wanted Cruz to clam up, because after all, there was a GOP plan to go to war over the debt ceiling next time the Democrats wanted to raise the national debt. Stroll though this National Review piece from last year (“The New Cantor Plan”) and reminisce. At the time, lots of conservatives fell for it. Yes, the debt ceiling, that’s

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