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Obamacare´s Prognosis Worsens
American Spectator, by David Catron    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 7/30/2014 7:36:02 AM     Post Reply
A while back, I suggested in this space that Obamacare might go the way of McCain-Feingold. That campaign finance “reform” law was not, you will recall, killed by a single lawsuit or act of Congress. Indeed, the general consensus at the end of 2003 was that McCain-Feingold was in perfect health. Less than seven years later it was, for all intents and purposes, dead. It had succumbed to a long series of attacks by determined opponents who were convinced that it was unconstitutional. Much the same thing is obviously happening to PPACA.

Son Of Hamas Founder: My
Father´s Movement ´Doesn’t Care
About The Lives Of Palestinians´
Townhall, by Matt Vespa    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 7/30/2014 7:29:51 AM     Post Reply
Meet Mosab Hassan Yousef. He’s the son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, one of the founders of Hamas. He’s now an evangelical Christian, living in the U.S. after being granted political asylum, and a former operative with Shin Bet, a branch of Israeli intelligence, which led to his father disowning him back in 2010: (Snip) Lemon asked if peaceful co-existence was possible with someone who wishes to see you destroyed. Yousef was blunt: Well, Hamas is not seeking co-existence and compromise. Hamas is seeking conquest and taking over. And, by the way, Israel – the destruction of the state of Israel is not

Plagiarists’ real crime? Ripping off readers.
Reuters, by Jack Shafer    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/30/2014 5:35:42 AM     Post Reply
The plagiarists are back in the news, taking public beatings for allegedly having filed refried copy at BuzzFeed, the New York Times, and the United States Army War College, where Senator John Walsh, (D-Mont.), has just been busted for lifting portions of his 2007 master’s degree paper. Of course, plagiarists — like shoplifters — are always with us, pinching small and large chunks of stuff that doesn’t belong to them. So I don’t think this week’s news necessarily means that a new plague of plagiarism has descended upon us, only that the law of averages decided to harvest three perpetrators at

  


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The Secret Weapon to Win
Over Voters: Authenticity
National Journal, by Josh Kraushaar    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/30/2014 5:29:57 AM     Post Reply
One of the most underappreciated attributes in politics is a candidate´s authenticity. In an era when politicians´ talking points are scripted, and they worry about a gaffe going viral, the candidate who comes across as genuine holds a real advantage. It´s one reason why Barack Obama was able to defeat Hillary Clinton, why Mitt Romney struggled to capitalize on a favorable environment in 2012, and why someone like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is able to use his force of personality to overcome ideological differences with both Democrats and conservatives. And the authenticity factor has played a critical role in this

Obama needs to work on his
foreign policy, not his golf game
Los Angeles Times, by Max Boot    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/30/2014 5:24:54 AM     Post Reply
Nero fiddled while Rome burned. On Saturday, President Obama played golf while his foreign policy, and that of the nation he leads, was going up in smoke. Literally. Saturday was the day the State Department ordered the evacuation of the U.S. Embassy in Libya. Only three years ago, Obama helped NATO allies overthrow Moammar Kadafi as part of his “lead from behind” doctrine, but he has done little to help the resulting democratic government secure its authority. Not only did the U.S. not support sending international peacekeepers, it didn´t mount a serious program to train a new Libyan army. The

The CBO Is Using Enron-Style
Accounting On Obamacare
The Federalist, by Ben Domenech    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/30/2014 5:17:29 AM     Post Reply
One of the ongoing debates about policy formation in Washington which has become far more prominent since the passage of Obamacare is the role of the Congressional Budget Office, and the weight given its estimates and predictions for the ramifications of legislation. CBO has always been at the center of a debate about how much we should trust these estimates and how much legislators should rely on them in crafting policy. The larger the legislation, the more moving parts it has, the more difficult it is to calculate the fiscal and economy-wide impacts. In the case of Obamacare, the sheer largeness

Illegal immigration is a money-maker
for everyone but taxpayers
Washington Examiner [DC], by Ron Arnold    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/30/2014 5:12:46 AM     Post Reply
With illegal immigrant leaders picketing the White House, screaming demands that President Obama include them in “any future negotiations;” with the possibly orchestrated influx of unaccompanied children from Central America jumping the U.S. border with questionable motives; and with the White House gleefully doing anything it wants and taunting the Republicans into a suicidal impeachment frenzy over the failed rule of law, American politics is degenerating into a surreal drama of criminal hubris, strategic cunning and livid stupidity. The impeachment rage is easy to quench by a constitutional reminder: a simple majority vote by the Republican-controlled House could easily pass

  


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ESPN: The Worldwide Leader in Pricks
Daily Beast, by Marlow Stern    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/30/2014 5:02:54 AM     Post Reply
In the wake of NFL star Ray Rice’s measly two-game suspension for assaulting his fiancée, embarrassing ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith went nuts, warning about the dangers of women ‘provoking’ men. But this behavior is nothing new for the network’s commentators. Late Thursday night, ESPN’s Keith Olbermann—as is his wont—went off-script. He took a break from his usual pugnacious pontificating to show the 45-second viral video of Ray Rice, the star running back of the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens, hauling his unconscious then-fiancée, Janay Palmer, out of an elevator at a casino in Atlantic City. According to Deadspin, one eyewitness claimed that

The Coming Republican
Takeover of... Illinois?
National Review Online, by Jim Geraghty    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/30/2014 4:59:27 AM     Post Reply
How will President Obama feel when a Republican wins the governor’s race in his home state of Illinois? Gov. Pat Quinn is facing an increasingly uphill battle against Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, a new We Ask America poll shows. Rauner is now sitting on a 14-point lead in the poll that was conducted July 28, which is up from his 10-point lead he had in a June poll. Rauner’s boost can be attributed to his economic plan, which includes a state income tax reduction. A poll showed while people don’t believe Illinois can afford this plan, a majority say

America´s Poorest Shoppers Are
Putting Discount Stores Out Of Business
Business Insider, by Ashley Lutz    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/30/2014 4:53:12 AM     Post Reply
Discount stores are slowly dying. Yesterday, Dollar Tree announced it would buy Family Dollar, a chain that is in the process of closing hundreds of stores and firing workers. Other discount stores have been struggling as well, writes Heidi Moore at The Guardian. Fashion discounter Loehmann´s filed for bankruptcy, while Wal-Mart´s sales have declined for the past five quarters. "There’s just not enough money deployed by American families to keep all the discount chains in business," Moore writes. Dollar stores saw their heyday during the recession, when middle-class shoppers came to buy smaller, cheaper packages of household necessities like toilet paper. While middle-class shoppers have

Alaska’s language challenge: translating tax
forms into Siberian Yupik (at $50 an hour)
Washington Times, by Jennifer Harper    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/30/2014 4:46:19 AM     Post Reply
Alaska is currently wrestling with a native language challenge: how to translate the state’s longest tax measure for local populations? Due on the public ballot in August, the tax forms and informational pamphlet that accompanies the measure are some 50 pages long - and both documents must be translated into Yup’ik, Inupiak, Siberian Yupik, Koyukon Athabascan and Gwich’in Athabascan - the local dialects in the region. “The ballot measure to repeal the state’s oil tax cut might be the thorniest issue Alaskans ever vote on, but imagine trying to understand terms like ‘gross revenue exclusion’ and ‘progressivity’ in Yup’ik and other

  


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Hillary´s the One--Until She´s Not
American Spectator, by G. Tracy Mehan, III    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/30/2014 4:43:34 AM     Post Reply
Early in the 2008 presidential election season, I was invited to attend a luncheon and panel discussion on the upcoming election at the magnificently restored Willard Hotel. The event was sponsored by one of the large law firms in Washington. Law firms don’t do this kind of thing where I used to practice. But this is the Imperial City. The moderator was former Democratic Congressman and Michigan Governor James Blanchard. The panel included my old Congressman from south St. Louis, former Democratic presidential candidate, Congressman and House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt, Charlie Cook, top political pundit at the National Journal, and

Coddling Kerry: Did mean
Israelis hurt his feelings?
New York Post, by John Podhoretz    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/30/2014 4:28:58 AM     Post Reply
John Kerry fought in Vietnam, threw his medals away, served decades in the Senate, ran for president, did some windsurfing and then became secretary of state of the most powerful country on earth. He’s a big boy. But there are those who seem to feel otherwise, that Kerry is a fragile and tender reed in need of delicate care — people who work for and with him. Not to mention Kerry himself. Over the course of the past year, on several occasions, Kerry and other staffers have taken to whining — not sure there’s a nicer word — over how unfairly he’s

Obama demands that Netanyahu
agree to cease-fire: Israeli TV
New York Post, by Bob Fredericks    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/30/2014 4:27:05 AM     Post Reply
President Obama demanded that Israel agree to a one-sided cease-fire during a heated phone conversation with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to a report aired on Israeli TV Tuesday. Both leaders quickly denounced the purported transcript of their private discussion as fake. But the TV channel that obtained it, state-run Channel 1, stood by its account. In one bitter exchange, Obama declared that Qatar and Turkey — Hamas’ biggest international supporters — would mediate with the terrorists on Israel’s behalf, according to the TV channel. “I trust Qatar and Turkey. Israel is not in the position that it can choose its mediators,” the president

Obama the Blamethrower
American Thinker, by Ed Lasky    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 7/30/2014 4:23:44 AM     Post Reply
Is Obama the most pathetic president in American history? That was a rhetorical question. Barack Obama promised so much: to heal our racial divisions, slice the deficit, provide health care that was cheaper, more widely available and that would not add one dime to the deficit. More grandly, he promised to stop the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. He was so cool. He was transcendent –an enlightened being -- a “Lightworker” and a “sort of God.” Yes…well...how did all that work out? Critics have judged him by his own words and he has been found wanting.

  


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How the West rode in to save Libya,
then abandoned it to its fate
Telegraph [UK], by Richard Spencer    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/30/2014 4:19:46 AM     Post Reply
In the early hours of Saturday morning, under the cover of the Mediterranean darkness, US warships quietly moved into place off the North African coast. We can’t say how many, but among them were a destroyer, the USS Ross, and a guided-missile cruiser, the USS Vella Gulf. At about the same time, three F16 fighter jets took off from Aviano Air Base in Italy and headed south, along with two MV-22 Osprey transport planes carrying a full complement of rapid reaction force marines from another US base in Italy, Sigonella. Surveillance drones circled overhead, and in support flew a KC-135

US bars Kurdish oil
from entering Texas port
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/30/2014 4:17:36 AM     Post Reply
FORT WORTH, Texas – The U.S. has barred a shipment of Kurdish crude oil from reaching the Texas coast amid concerns independent oil sales from Kurdistan could further weaken Iraq´s fragile central government as it struggles to contain a Sunni military offensive. A U.S. District judge ordered a U.S. Marshal to seize the cargo — about 1 million barrels of crude oil, worth about $100 million — aboard the tanker United Kalavryta in response to a complaint filed by the Iraqi government claiming the oil was smuggled out of Kurdistan without its permission. However, the tanker, anchored some 60 miles off the

Paying Ransoms, Europe
Bankrolls Qaeda Terror
New York Times, by Rukmini Callimachi    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/30/2014 4:14:38 AM     Post Reply
BAMAKO, Mali — The cash filled three suitcases: 5 million euros. The German official charged with delivering this cargo arrived here aboard a nearly empty military plane and was whisked away to a secret meeting with the president of Mali, who had offered Europe a face-saving solution to a vexing problem. Officially, Germany had budgeted the money as humanitarian aid for the poor, landlocked nation of Mali. In truth, all sides understood that the cash was bound for an obscure group of Islamic extremists who were holding 32 European hostages, according to six senior diplomats directly involved in the exchange.

Bowe Bergdahl could be questioned
next week about capture
CNN, by Ed Lavandera & Jason Morris    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/30/2014 4:11:18 AM     Post Reply
Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could meet next week with the general who´s looking into how the now-freed prisoner of war was captured by the Taliban in 2009, his attorney said. Attorney Eugene Fidell told CNN he will know for sure next week exactly when the meeting will take place. When it happens, it´ll be the first meeting between Bergdahl and Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl who is the point person for the Army´s investigation. The 28-year-old soldier spent five years in the hands of Taliban militants after he disappeared in Afghanistan in June 2009. After he was released in May in exchange for five senior

The World Has Changed So Much
During Vin Scully´s Announcing Career
ABC News, by Dan Good    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/30/2014 4:06:24 AM     Post Reply
Vin Scully is timeless. The 86-year-old Hall of Fame baseball announcer will return for his 66th season with the Dodgers next season, a record. "God willing, I will be back next year," he said in a statement released by the team. "Naturally there will come a time when I have to say goodbye, but I´ve soul-searched and this is not the time." Scully’s return was announced during Tuesday’s Dodgers game against the Atlanta Braves, in a video message featuring players Hyun-Jin Ryu, Yasiel Puig and Justin Turner.The news was greeted with loud cheers and a prolonged standing ovation for Scully,

  



Why the media bear moral responsibility
for the Gaza civilian casualties
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: geo11- 7/30/2014 3:01:21 AM     Post Reply
Former Col. Richard Kemp, who was head of British forces in Afghanistan, has laid out with great clarity why the very media who bemoan the civilian casualties in Gaza bear moral responsibility for the carnage. The video below is short and eloquent, and should be viewed. But if you are in a hurry, the essence of his point is that Hamas deliberately uses children and others as human shields in order to gain media coverage of the victims. Without media coverage, there would be less incentive for this cruelty. But rather than my poor summation, please watch this video.

No One Likes Ike´s Memorial
Washington Free Beacon, by Stephanie Wang    Original Article
Posted By: PChristopher- 7/30/2014 2:47:16 AM     Post Reply
After more than a decade of planning and $44 million spent, a proposed memorial for President Dwight D. Eisenhower may never be built. A House Committee on Natural Resources report published last week revealed the extent of the money wasted on the already controversial project. Construction for the Eisenhower memorial has not begun and the proposed design has not been approved, but the Eisenhower Commission, which was established as a staff of 12 in 1999, has already spent tens of millions of dollars on the project. Much of that money has gone to Frank Gehry

Obama Goads Boehner to Take
Impeachment Entirely Off the Table
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: steveW- 7/30/2014 1:19:00 AM     Post Reply
Impeachment is the constitutional remedy for public officials including presidents who break the law. For the remainder of Obama’s time in office, though, impeachment may as well have been written out of the Constitution. House Speaker John Boehner has been maneuvered into taking impeachment out of the U.S. system of governance by Obama’s scamming campaign tactics, along with a hyperpartisan media, today. Talk of impeachment was cooked up by a White House desperate for something to rally Democrats ahead of November’s elections, House Speaker John A. Boehner said Tuesday, flatly ruling out any action on the controversial suggestion. “We have

Rockets found at UNRWA
school for third time
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Tovah Lazarov    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/30/2014 12:44:34 AM     Post Reply
For the third time in two weeks, UNRWA found that weapons had been stored in one of its Gaza schools, it reported on Tuesday. It called a United Nations munition exporter to dispose of the rockets and make the school safe, according to its spokesman Chris Gunness. Fighting in Gaza made it impossible or the munition experts to access the site, Gunness said. He condemned those who put civilian lives at risk by placing the rockets in a school run by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees whose facilities are neutral places that are not involved in

Mike Pence Learned HHS Was
Dumping Migrant Children in His
State from the Press, Not HHS
National Review Online, by Ryan Lovelace    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/30/2014 12:06:36 AM     Post Reply
Indiana governor Mike Pence said he first learned the federal government had placed 245 unaccompanied alien children in Indiana through media reports. In a letter to President Obama, Pence wrote that the Department of Health and Human Services informed him that the federal government had housed hundreds of unaccompanied alien children in Indiana from January 1, 2014, to July 7, 2014, but only after reports surfaced in the media. “While we feel deep compassion for these children, our country must secure its borders and provide for a legal and orderly immigration process,” Pence wrote. “Failure to expedite the return of

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