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Books for Christmas
American Spectator, by Staff

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 12/25/2013 5:03:50 AM

Matthew Continetti THE POST-ELECTION HOLIDAYS are a good time for conservatives to lick our wounds, reflect on the recent past, and contemplate new beginnings. My three recommendations describe the complicated realities of ethnic politics in America in the 21st century. Conservatives and Republicans have to grasp that the America of Ronald Reagan no longer exists. First, there’s Tom Wolfe’s Back to Blood. Fans of Wolfe’s prose and sociological insight will not be disappointed as the master turns his gimlet eye to Miami. Second, there’s Joel Kotkin’s The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050. Kotkin argues against American decline. He says

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Books for Christmas
American Spectator, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/25/2013 5:03:50 AM     Post Reply
Matthew Continetti THE POST-ELECTION HOLIDAYS are a good time for conservatives to lick our wounds, reflect on the recent past, and contemplate new beginnings. My three recommendations describe the complicated realities of ethnic politics in America in the 21st century. Conservatives and Republicans have to grasp that the America of Ronald Reagan no longer exists. First, there’s Tom Wolfe’s Back to Blood. Fans of Wolfe’s prose and sociological insight will not be disappointed as the master turns his gimlet eye to Miami. Second, there’s Joel Kotkin’s The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050. Kotkin argues against American decline. He says

   

 

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Sarah Palin: I didn’t read
‘Duck Dynasty’ interview
Politico, by Lucy McAlmont    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/25/2013 4:57:34 AM     Post Reply
Turns out Sarah Palin, who has been one of Duck Dynasty’s biggest defenders, hasn’t actually read the GQ interview that includes cast member Phil Robertson’s controversial comments on homosexuality and other subjects. When pressed by Fox News host Greta Van Susteren whether the language Robertson used when talking about his opposition to homosexuality was graphic and offensive, Palin admitted she didn’t know what Robertson had said. “I haven’t read the article. I don’t know exactly how he said it,” Palin said Monday on Fox News’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.”

The Power of Christmas
Washington Post, by Michael Gerson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/25/2013 4:37:41 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- ´Tis the season for creche display controversies and public school decoration debates and First Amendment argumentation, when all the ideologues get a little extra outrage or victimization in their stockings. The holiday is observed across the nation with injunctions and festive debates on cable television. Little children wait in line at the mall to have their picture taken with Bill O´Reilly or the Rev. Barry Lynn. (That last part, to my knowledge, is not true, but it should be.) This year´s celebration is all the more poignant in the light of a fallen reality television star who manufactures duck

The Legitimacy Problem
New York Times, by David Brooks    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/25/2013 4:32:05 AM     Post Reply
It’s pretty clear that the implementation of Obamacare will set the tone for how Americans think about government for years to come. There are two large questions to be settled, which you might call the questions of competence and coercion. The first is whether the government is competent enough to manage large programs. Can the administration get the website to work, set rules for the right insurance products or impose efficiency measures to restrain costs? These are still open questions. Democrats see the early messiness as the temporary teething pains inevitable to a new large enterprise. Republicans see them as the

Department of Labor Gives $5
Million Dollar Grant. . . to Morocco
PJ Media, by J. Christian Adams    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/24/2013 12:17:50 PM     Post Reply
The United States Department of Labor has made a $5,000,000 grant of U.S. taxpayer dollars to Morocco. From the Department of Labor press release: The project aims to reduce child labor in the Marrakesh-Tensift-Al-Haouz region of Morocco by promoting children’s participation in educational programs and delivering vocational training focused on sectors, such as farming and ecotourism. Additionally, it will offer support to youth of legal working age to secure quality employment opportunities. The press release further states U.S. taxpayer dollars will be used in Morocco ”to promote access to social services for families and help them improve their livelihoods by providing access to

Legalizing prostitution
doesn’t make it safer
Washington Post, by Charles Lane    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/24/2013 12:15:15 PM     Post Reply
In 2001, the German parliament almost totally deregulated prostitution. The majority, left-wing coalition of Social Democrats and the Green Party trumpeted the new law as a reform that would end prudishness about “sex work” and bring the business into the open so prostitutes could bargain for higher pay and claim social insurance. Things haven’t quite gone according to plan. Large brothels have popped up in various cities, packed with women and girls lured by human traffickers from poverty-stricken Eastern Europe and handed over to pimps upon arrival. Sex tourists from around the globe flock to German establishments that offer unlimited

   

 

  


 
States lag far behind on
ObamaCare enrollment
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/24/2013 12:12:42 PM     Post Reply
States running their own ObamaCare exchanges are lagging far behind their enrollment targets, even as scrutiny centers on the federally run HealthCare.gov. The Obama administration had set a Monday deadline for people to sign up if they want coverage by Jan. 1, though ended up pushing it back until Tuesday amid concerns about the federal website. HealthCare.gov, despite surpassing one million visits, continued to exhibit problems, with the site sending would-be applicants into a virtual waiting line whenever it was overloaded with visitors. But while President Obama claims the federal site is steadily increasing its enrollment traffic, many states are struggling. Perhaps the

Mike Huckabee’s Bully Pulpit:
Economic Populism
Daily Beast, by Lloyd Green    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/24/2013 12:10:56 PM     Post Reply
How can the pious candidate pivot when polls show voters shifting away from religion? The ex-governor and Baptist minister should look at Republicans’ real base—working Americans. These days, Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor, Baptist minister, and current Florida resident, has among the highest favorability ratings among GOP presidential contenders. He is a natural fit for a party that has grown ever more Southern, and one which has become the political venue for White America at Prayer. As a reminder, in 2012 evangelicals cast half of all votes in contested Republican presidential primaries, up from 44 percent in 2008. Yet the

The Counter-Revolution Begins
Accuracy in Media, by Cliff Kincaid    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/24/2013 12:03:46 PM     Post Reply
As 2013 comes to a close, two important developments have the potential to turn the tide against Obama’s “fundamental transformation” of the United States. First is the public rejection of the so-called “Affordable Care Act” due to its cancellation of health care plans for millions of Americans. Second is the public backlash against the suspension of a character in the “Duck Dynasty” television show, over his critical comments about gay rights. These two seemingly unrelated developments were dramatic indications that the American people are beginning to understand that their country is being transformed in ways that run directly contrary to their best

Former Head Of Airport Security:
´The TSA Couldn´t Save You From A
6-Year-Old With A Water Balloon´
Business Insider, by Alyson Shontell    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/24/2013 12:02:09 PM     Post Reply
Airport security is "all bullshit," according to the former head of security at an Israel airport, Rafi Sela. "The TSA couldn´t protect you from a 6-year-old with a water balloon," he writes on Cracked.com. Sela has seven major issues with the TSA. First, the TSA "essentially makes its own rules," according to Sela. It´s both a regulatory agency and a security agency. Not even the CIA is allowed to be both. That means, the TSA is supposed to regulate itself. Politics can significantly effect the TSA too. For example, Sela claims one of the reasons there used to be full-body

Dubai sends American to max-security
prison for … a YouTube satire video
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/24/2013 4:31:26 AM     Post Reply
Let this be a cautionary tale to Americans working abroad: not all countries appreciate a satirical sense of humor. Minnesotan Shezanne Cassim has lived and worked in Dubai for PricewaterhouseCoopers for seven years, but he’s now imprisoned in a maximum-security prison. His offense? Making a social satire about rich Dubai “gangstas” on YouTube last October: A UAE court jailed on Monday an American and four other men for one year after they made a YouTube video that mocked Dubai teenagers, The National daily reported. Shezanne Cassim, a 29-year-old from Minnesota, has been held since April after being charged with endangering the security

   

 

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Army: Don’t say Christmas
Fox News, by Todd Starnes    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/24/2013 4:27:58 AM     Post Reply
Don’t say Christmas. That’s the message that was conveyed to a group of soldiers at Camp Shelby by an equal opportunity officer from the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, according to a soldier who attended a recent briefing. “It’s unbelievable that the Army would ban ‘Christmas’ like it’s a bad word,” said Michael Berry, an attorney with the Liberty Institute, a legal firm representing the unidentified soldier. Two weeks ago, a routine meeting was held at the Mississippi base with various leaders of the 158th Infantry Brigade. During the meeting, they discussed an upcoming Christmas football tournament. The equal opportunity officer immediately objected



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