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The Legacy Chase
American Spectator, by Pat Hannaford

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Posted By:Desert Fox, 12/4/2013 6:25:58 PM

Legacies as a concept are deeply embedded in our legal system. A person with assets writes a will designating which ones will go to which relative, friend, charity, or others. Not long ago some imaginative news media person decided to call the in-office record of elected officials “legacies.” In monkey-see-monkey-do fashion, the notion was being repeated by reporter after reporter. The distinction between a legacy of assets and an ephemeral one such as a politician’s record has been lost among the media. A legacy is a gift; thus, the politician is bestowing his policy or legislative gift on his grateful recipients. Or,

      


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The Legacy Chase
American Spectator, by Pat Hannaford    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/4/2013 6:25:58 PM     Post Reply
Legacies as a concept are deeply embedded in our legal system. A person with assets writes a will designating which ones will go to which relative, friend, charity, or others. Not long ago some imaginative news media person decided to call the in-office record of elected officials “legacies.” In monkey-see-monkey-do fashion, the notion was being repeated by reporter after reporter. The distinction between a legacy of assets and an ephemeral one such as a politician’s record has been lost among the media. A legacy is a gift; thus, the politician is bestowing his policy or legislative gift on his grateful recipients. Or,

   

 

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Abortion in the Obamacare Exchanges
National Review Online, by Chuck Donovan & Genevieve C. Plaster    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/4/2013 5:44:57 PM     Post Reply
December 1 has come and gone with fresh assurances from the Obama administration that the federal exchange website, HealthCare.gov, will work for approximately 80 percent of its visitors. A review of the website, and the state of the health-care plans offered via the state exchanges, suggests that the problem of absent or incomplete information regarding plans that exclude coverage of elective abortions and abortion-inducing drugs and devices is far from fixed. The problem is multi-layered. First and foremost, the federal exchange continues to offer little or no information on abortion coverage, and what does exist there is profoundly misleading. A search

Dem. Rep.: My Granddaughter Had Glitches
Like Obamacare, But I Didn’t Get Rid of Her
National Review Online, by Andrew Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/4/2013 5:38:40 PM     Post Reply
Democrats are getting desperate in the defense of their troubled health-care law, with one congressman comparing the law’s troubled rollout to problems with his baby granddaughter. “I’ve got a one-year-old granddaughter, and on Thanksgiving Day she had a number of little glitches, but we’re not ready to throw her away because of a glitch here and there,” Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D., Mo.) said on MSNBC on Tuesday. “Most things in the beginning stages are going to be difficult to pull off.”

Obama calls on bartenders to
host happy hours for Obamacare
Washington Examiner, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/4/2013 5:22:44 PM     Post Reply
During today´s White House Youth Summit, President Obama called on young people to do whatever they can to promote his signature health care law — including plying their customers with cheap booze. "If you are a bartender, have a happy hour," Obama said as the crowd laughed. "And also probably get health insurance because a lot of people don´t have it." Obama also encouraged young people who are student body presidents or workers at nonprofit organizations to help people get enrolled. "If you´ve got a radio show, spread the word on air," Obama added. Obama called on young people´s sense of patriotism to join

The Left´s Unbridled Assault on the
Traditional American Family Continues
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/4/2013 5:17:23 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, the assault on the traditional, standard American way of life continues unabated, and it is being conducted by a minority of people in this country. There´s an amazing poll out there today from the Investor´s Business Daily, Investors.com which illustrates just what an extreme minority today´s Democrat Party and the American left really is, in terms of minority, in terms of thinking, the body of thought in this country represented by them. It´s stunning, but at the same time it´s optimistic in a sense to learn just how insignificant in numbers they are. Now, that doesn´t tell

Obama Cites Pope, Says America is Worst
Place in the World for Income Inequality
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/4/2013 5:10:18 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: In Washington, President Obama is out talking to his left-wing extremist buddies at the Center for American Progress, a town hall on the education arts recreation campus. He´s talking about the economy and income inequality. OBAMA: Starting in the late seventies, this social compact began to unravel. Technology made it easier for companies to do more with less, eliminating certain job occupations. A more competitive world let companies shift jobs anywhere -- and as good manufacturing jobs automated or headed offshore, workers lost of their leverage. Jobs paid less, and offered fewer benefits. As a trickle-down ideology became more prominent,

   

 

  


 
The Time Thief
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/4/2013 5:05:52 PM     Post Reply
NBC´s Michael O´Brien had some fun yesterday paraphrasing President Obama´s latest infliction on the ears of America: "Obama said his signature health care reform law is going nowhere as long as he´s in office." "Going nowhere" could mean either "here to stay" or "unable to progress." A look at the text of the president´s remarks makes clear, as if you have any doubt, that he means it in the former sense: "We´re not repealing it as long as I´m president, and I want everybody to be clear about that. . . . We´re not going to walk away from it."

NSA tracking cellphone locations
worldwide, Snowden documents show
Washington Post, by Barton Gellman and Ashkan Soltani*    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/4/2013 3:53:24 PM     Post Reply
The National Security Agency is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world, according to top-secret documents and interviews with U.S. intelligence officials, enabling the agency to track the movements of individuals — and map their relationships — in ways that would have been previously unimaginable. The records feed a vast database that stores information about the locations of at least hundreds of millions of devices, according to the officials and the documents, which were provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. New projects created to analyze that data have provided the intelligence community

Oops: House Dem mistakes
satire blog for news source
to hit Obamacare critics
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/4/2013 3:46:48 PM     Post Reply
There was an awkward moment at today´s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Obamacare when a New York Democrat rapped GOP critics with quotes from a satirical New Yorker feature, The Borowitz Report. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, while calling it her own “distinguished comedic think tank,” quoted from several stories in the Borowitz satire blog as if they were accurate, most notably one in which author Andy Borowitz joked that Republicans are complaining that the problem-plagued Obamacare website is working too fast. She later called the blog a “distinguished report.” Maloney said, “The distinguished report went on to criticize

White House Furor
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/3/2013 4:25:02 PM     Post Reply
There´s a furor at the White House, and they did NOT SEE it coming. Also, Republicans came under attack over the weekend for a well-intended but impolitic tweet observing the 58th anniversary of Rosa Parks´s arrest for defying segregation on a Montgomery, Ala., municipal bus. "Today we remember Rosa Parks´ bold stand and her role in ending racism," read the tweet from the Republican National Committee´s institutional account. "Of course, there´s nothing controversial about celebrating a woman today who played a big role in the American civil-rights movement," writes National Journal´s Matt Berman. "What is bothering some people today, though, is the

The Laughable Liberal
´Moral Imperative´
American Thinker, by Trevor Thomas    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/1/2013 8:14:58 AM     Post Reply
Here the liberals go again: trying with all their might to prop up an increasingly unpopular piece of legislation. This time, no less than Robert Reich has attempted to take the "moral" high road and claim that there is a "moral imperative" to ObamaCare. Reich noted that recently he heard a young man express that he would rather pay a penalty than be forced by law to purchase health insurance. According to Reich, the young man asked, "Why should I pay for the sick and the old?" Reich´s answer is telling: "The answer is he has a responsibility to do so,

   

 

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Netanyahu orders Mossad to
expose Iranian breaches of
interim deal
Times of Israel, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/1/2013 8:10:51 AM     Post Reply
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has instructed the heads of Israel’s intelligence community to look for proof that Iran is violating an interim deal signed with the international community last week over its nuclear program, a British newspaper reported on Sunday. The Israeli spying effort to expose Iranian duplicity represents a direct challenge to US President Barack Obama’s efforts, it said. Mossad, as well as the IDF’s Military Intelligence Directorate, have been told to dig up evidence of Iranian duplicity ahead of Obama’s push to win support for the deal in Congress and thus head off legislators’ demands for further sanctions



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