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Valentine´s Day Is an
Environmental Travesty
New Republic, by Jeffrey Ball    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/14/2014 12:50:11 PM     Post Reply
Friday is Valentine’s Day, the most saccharine holiday of the year. Ignoring it is noble social protest but, I can report from experience, risky domestic policy. Which is why, over the next two days, millions of consumers will be buying their significant others ridiculous red cards. According to the industry’s trade group, some 145 million Valentine’s cards are sold in the U.S. every year. Those cards are ridiculous not just because of the sappy sayings on their covers. They’re ridiculous because, on a planet of seven billion people, it’s nuts to buy a piece of card stock, place it into

Jordan or LeBron? Obama takes sides
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Mario Trujillo    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/14/2014 12:46:16 PM     Post Reply
President Obama said former NBA star Michael Jordan will always be his guy — but added LeBron James has a chance to be as good as anyone. Obama sat down for an interview with Charles Barkley on Thursday ahead of the NBA All-Star Game this weekend. Obama said Jordan’s time with the Chicago Bulls was a “magical” moment for the city, in a short clip before the interview airs Sunday. Jordan led the team to six NBA championships. “Now, I´m a Chicago guy, and Mike will always be the guy, for me, just because that was a magical moment for the city,” Obama

McConnell’s bring-it-on moment
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Alexander Bolton & Erik Wasson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/14/2014 12:41:16 PM     Post Reply
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) delivered a message to Tea Party critics when he cast a decisive vote Wednesday that led to Senate passage of a debt-ceiling hike: Bring it on. In perhaps his most defining moment in the 113th Congress, McConnell strode up to the dais and declared his “aye” vote in a clear voice heard throughout the chamber. It broke the impasse and seven more Republicans soon voted as well to end the filibuster. It was a risky decision for McConnell, who is facing a difficult primary battle from businessman Matt Bevin, a conservative backed by Tea Party groups. McConnell’s

  


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Europe´s museums should launch a campaign
to return George Clooney to America
Telegraph [UK], by Iain Martin    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/14/2014 12:31:23 PM     Post Reply
There are not many films about the Second World War which I will refuse to watch. But with his new Nazi art heist epic George Clooney may actually have made an unwatchable piece of cinema about that most fascinating of conflicts. The reviews for The Monuments Men have been dire. [Snip] Apparently the extremely simplistic film even contains a scene in which Clooney´s character explains, with the aid of a large map and a stick, where Europe is and what the Nazis are up to. He explains this to the President Roosevelt character. In the Oval Office.

Biden: Be Optimistic on State of the
Nation ‘In Spite of Who’s President’
Cybercast News Service, by Eric Scheiner    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/14/2014 12:30:30 PM     Post Reply
Vice President Joe Biden told fellow Democrats they should be optimistic about the state of the nation, “in spite of who’s president.” Biden was addressing the House Democratic Caucus Issues Conference in Cambridge, Md. on Friday when he discussed why he feels positive about America and the upcoming mid-term elections. “It always surprises me when we don’t have the degree of optimism that we should about the state of the nation," Biden said. "And in spite of who’s president, in spite of who’s in the Congress, the American people are so much stronger, so much more resilient, so much more capable, that

Iranian Oil Exports Soar
as Sanctions Collapse
Washington Free Beacon, by Adam Kredo    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/14/2014 12:13:29 PM     Post Reply
Iranian oil exports soared in January, hitting new highs just months after the United States consented to billions of dollars in economic sanctions relief under the interim nuclear deal. Exports of Iranian crude oil jumped to 1.32 million barrels, up from December’s high of 1.06 million barrels, according to data from the International Energy Agency. The spike in exports—mainly to Japan, China, and India—has helped Iran’s once-ailing economy stabilize and decrease inflation. Iranian oil exports have steadily risen since negotiations with the West restored confidence in Tehran’s economy. The increase runs counter to a promise by the Obama administration that “Iran’s oil exports

In Pep Talk, Biden Tells House Democrats
‘There Isn’t a Republican Party’
Roll Call, by Emma Dumain    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/14/2014 11:56:04 AM     Post Reply
CAMBRIDGE, Md. — Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. bemoaned the state of the Republican Party on Friday morning as he delivered a pep talk for House Democrats struggling to maintain optimism heading into the midterm elections. “There isn’t a Republican Party,” Biden said. “I wish there were. I wish there was a Republican Party you could sit across the table from, make a deal, make a compromise and know when you got up from the table it could be done.” While Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel shared “cold, hard realism” with his colleagues on Thursday regarding the

  


  

Scores of White House visits
and Sebelius never mentioned
ObamaCare troubles?
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 2/14/2014 11:43:05 AM     Post Reply
Here´s the opening of our column from last Oct. 23: “According to Kathleen Sebelius, Barack Obama knew nothing, absolutely nothing, about the fundamental problems with the Oct. 1 roll-out of his namesake legislation that will affect nearly one-fifth of the nation´s economy.” [Snip] But, turns out, Sebelius was at the White House scores of times and met with Obama 18 times. Somehow, the approaching train wreck never came up. Uh-huh.

Fore! Another golf holiday brings
Obama vacations to 22, $18 million
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/14/2014 11:41:57 AM     Post Reply
America, you know how to treat a president and his family. With another Presidents´ Day bachelor holiday planned by President Obama, this time golfing in California, and Aspen, Colo., resort reporters on the lookout for the annual first lady ski trip this weekend, the taxpayer´s tab for the first family´s vacations has topped $2.4 million. But that´s just the start. That total is just from the skimpy documents detailing travel and security expenses obtained by the public watchdog group Judicial Watch from a handful of first family vacations. When all of the reporting of the first family’s 22 vacations to

Hillary Clinton advises women to take
criticism ´seriously but not personally´
Guardian [UK], by Jon Swaine    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/14/2014 11:39:47 AM     Post Reply
Women in public life still have their leadership styles subjected to extra scrutiny and criticism, Hillary Clinton said on Thursday, as she advised ambitious women to take former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt’s advice and “grow a skin like a rhinoceros”. The former US secretary of state said she had learned from “a lot of missteps” during her career that while the eccentricities of male leaders had been celebrated for decades, “we are still developing what are the acceptable styles of leadership for women”. “I think you have to be so intentionally thoughtful about that as you assume a role in the

George Soros Wants Judge to Keep
Secrets Revealed by Ex Secret
Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/14/2014 11:38:53 AM     Post Reply
George Soros wants the dirty details revealed about him during his legal battle with his half-century younger ex-girlfriend Adriana Ferreyr kept from the public. Attorneys for Soros, who was reportedly struck in the head by Ferreyr during a Tuesday deposition, are asking a judge to prevent public access to certain details to shield Soros from “annoyance” and “embarrassment,” according to the New York Post. Now his attorney, LA-based attorney-to-the-stars Martin Singer, is afraid Ferreyr’s lawyer will disclose “confidential information” about his client.

  


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Expert: Iran ships a dry run for later
nuclear/EMP attack; humiliate Obama
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/14/2014 11:31:30 AM     Post Reply
Iran´s surprising decision to move warships off the Atlantic coast poses a potential catastrophic threat to America from a nuclear or electromagnetic pulse attack, according to an expert who foresaw Iran´s move. Peter Pry, an expert on EMP attacks, said the ships are likely a dry run for a future attack, a maneuver meant to lull Washington into complacency while also embarrassing President Obama and his effort to convince Tehran to give up production of a nuclear bomb in return for a lifting of some economic sanctions. “Yes, patrols by the Iranian Navy off our coasts could pose threat of a surprise

It turns out the ´Evil´ Koch Bros are
only the 59th biggest donors in American
politics. Can you guess who is number one?
Washington Examiner, by Mark Tapscott    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/14/2014 11:28:06 AM     Post Reply
Charles and David Koch are the two most evil people in American politics, right? We know that because Jane Mayer proved it with her landmark "Covert Operations" tour de liberal force in 2010. Well, it turns out that Mayer´s aim was off just a little, by like 58 slots on the all-time biggest donors in American politics list, as compiled by OpenSecrets.org. OpenSecrets.org tallied the top donors in federal elections between 1989 and 2014. Koch Industries -- privately owned by the Evil Koch Bros -- is on the list, to be sure, but doesn´t appear until the 59th slot, with $18 million

Reagan´s Roadmap to Victory
American Thinker, by Herbert E. Meyer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/14/2014 11:22:14 AM     Post Reply
Reagan´s Roadmap to Victory ~11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative~by Paul Kengor, Beaufort Books, 133 pages, $16.95~~ Do you miss President Reagan? Do you smile every time you see a film clip of our 40th president on some television show? And do you lunge for the remote control and flip from Fox News to a movie channel every time one of the current Republican would-be presidents starts to say something so weird, so clumsy, so blindingly stupid you´d think he was actually trying to help Hillary get elected? Treat yourself to a copy of 11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative,

Federal rules leave drought-
stricken California high and dry
Washington Times, by By Damien Schiff & Julie MacDonald    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/14/2014 11:17:17 AM     Post Reply
“In this present crisis, government isn’t the solution. Government is the problem.” With that famous phrase at his 1981 inauguration, Ronald Reagan called out the federal government for overregulation that helped drive the economy into a ditch. For Californians today experiencing a severe drought, Reagan’s words should once again hit home. Of course, the weather is the prime culprit. Until a desperately needed storm moved in this past weekend, it had been a dry winter, — and the storm hasn’t compensated for the months without rainfall. However, the damaging effects have been magnified by destructive regulations. Federal policies under the

  


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Hillary Clinton faces new barrage
from the right over Benghazi
Reuters, by Mark Hosenball    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/14/2014 11:05:23 AM     Post Reply
Establishment Republicans and a right-wing group of former spies and special forces operatives that says it is nonpartisan but has historical Republican ties are raising a ruckus over Hillary Rodham Clinton´s handling of the 2012 assault on U.S. installations in Benghazi, Libya. The criticism of Clinton over the deadly attacks appears to be a preview of what the former secretary of state can expect should she pursue a presidential bid in 2016.(Snip)At the same time, more personal accusations have been laid against Clinton by OPSEC (military slang for "operational security"), a group of former special forces and intelligence operatives that

Report: Coal Power Plant
Shutdowns to Accelerate
Washington Free Beacon, by Lachlan Markay    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/14/2014 11:04:15 AM     Post Reply
Federal energy regulators are predicting more coal power plant retirements than have yet been announced due to onerous environmental regulations and low natural gas prices. Scheduled retirements are currently concentrated among smaller, more inefficient coal plants, noted the Energy Information Administration on Friday. By 2016, larger plants that provide significantly more power will begin shutting down. “Projected retirements of coal-fired generating capacity in [EIA’s annual Energy Outlook report] include retirements above and beyond those reported to EIA as planned by power plant owners and operators,” the agency noted. A key factor in those retirements is a new Environmental Protection Agency

OPSEC to Publish New Report
on Hillary Clinton, Benghazi
Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/14/2014 10:59:26 AM     Post Reply
OPSEC will release a new report this week that is critical of Hillary Clinton’s role in Benghazi, Reuters reports. The OPSEC (military slang for “operational security”) report says Clinton made crucial choices during the attack on Benghazi, which enabled the attack. “The attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi on September 11th, 2012, actually consisted of three distinct but interconnected phases: an unsupported diplomatic expansion into the city that enabled the attack; an uncoordinated and unresponsive reaction to the attack itself; and a concerted effort after the attack to remain unaccountable,” the report says. “Although a wide range of decisions contributed to each

Politico Proclaims Obamacare a Success
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by Warner Todd Huston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/14/2014 10:51:54 AM     Post Reply
Politico is claiming that Obamacare has "cleared the tower" and is now a success. With the release this week of the administration´s latest enrollment claims, Politico has decided that Obamacare has at least reached "competence," noting that the purported three million enrollees are "way ahead of the disaster scenarios that had looked possible during the worst months of the troubled rollout last fall." The Washington newser goes on to say that "the new report is good enough that it might reset Washington’s expectations: maybe Obamacare isn’t going to be a train wreck after all." To put even more positive spin on Obamacare, Politico

The martyrdom of Mark Steyn
Spectator (UK), by James Delingpole    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/14/2014 10:48:17 AM     Post Reply
When I first read, many months ago, that the notorious US climate scientist Michael Mann was suing the notorious right-wing ******* Mark Steyn for defamation, I admit that I felt a little piqued. Obviously a libel trial is not something any sane person would wish to court; and naturally I’m a massive fan of Steyn’s. Nevertheless, after all the work I’ve dedicated over the years to goading Mann, I found it a bit bloody annoying that Steyn — a relative latecomer to the climate change debate — should have been the one who ended up stealing all my courtroom glory. What made

  



Immigrants Facing Deportation Winning
Cases at Highest Rate in 20 Years
Breitbart´s Big Government, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/14/2014 10:40:59 AM     Post Reply
Since last October, almost half of the immigrants facing deportation are winning cases they have brought before an immigration judge according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. This is the highest rate of victories for immigrants in more than 20 years. Every year since 2009, the U.S. government has lost more deportation cases. If the government wants to appeal the ruling, it can appeal it to the Board of Immigration Appeals, part of the DOJ. Judges in California, New York, and Oregon have been most likely to side with the immigrants recently, while judges in Georgia, Louisiana,

Cruz Slams GOP Establishment for
Not Listening to the American People:
´Hell Will Freeze Over´
Breitbart TV, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/14/2014 10:37:23 AM     Post Reply
On Thursday night, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) made an appearance on Mark Levin´s radio show to discuss Republicans caving on the debt ceiling debate: Partial transcript as follows: LEVIN: When will Republicans listen? CRUZ: The answer is never. If we wait on the entrenched politicians in Washington, hell will freeze over before that happens. This is nothing new…The answers come from America, from millions of people standing up and holding elected officials accountable. A few months ago, when we were fighting trying to stop the disaster that is Obamacare, where a lot of Washington gray beards said, ‘we are going to fight on the

Should the President Be Impeached?
American Spectator, by Jeffrey Lord    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/14/2014 10:29:11 AM     Post Reply
Should the President be impeached? For setting the Obama Precedent? Also known as those multiple of multiples of arbitrary changes to Obamacare? And launching the IRS on employers who refuse to hire fifty employees so they can avoid paying for health care? Not to mention using the IRS and the full power of the federal government to harass and intimidate all those Tea Party groups? The headline in the Los Angeles Times, reads this way: U.S. to further delay Obamacare employer mandate One of countless stories on the subject appearing all across the media landscape the Times version began this way: WASHINGTON — The Obama administration

Obama´s cult of personality has
turned US into ´a nation of enablers´
Washington Examiner, by Charles Hoskinson    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 2/14/2014 10:20:29 AM     Post Reply
Law professor Jonathan Turley said he´s astonished by how passive Americans -- especially Democrats -- have been to President Obama´s abuse of executive power, which he said has become so dangerous it´s making the U.S. political system unstable. "I think that we´ve become a nation of enablers. We are turning a blind eye to a fundamental change in our system. I think many people will come to loathe that they remained silent during this period," Turley, who teaches at George Washington University, told Fox News host Megyn Kelly on Wednesday.

William and Harry chip in with the flood
effort as they help soldiers lay sandbags
along the Thames (but environment boss
Chris Smith is miles from the front line)
Daily Mail [UK], by Rebecca English*    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/14/2014 10:18:23 AM     Post Reply
Princes William and Harry today joined the flood relief effort by helping soldiers to lay sandbags in Datchet. The royal brothers secretly joined members of Harry´s Household Cavalry regiment to shore up the defences just a stone´s throw from the Queen´s residence, Windsor Castle. [Snip] According to sources, William and Harry had been keen to play a part for some days but did not want to publicise their presence for fear of distracting from the crisis facing householders. They joined military personnel at 6am this morning and had hoped to stay working all day. But by mid morning, word of

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