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Utility Linemen Brave
Cold, Ice to Restore Power

Associated Press, by Corey Williams

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 12/27/2013 4:22:36 AM

DETROIT -- When an ice storm glazed over Michigan last weekend, Tony Carone feared he wouldn´t be spending Christmas at home with his family. "Nobody had to call. I heard it on the top of my roof," Carone said. The 52-year-old lineman for Detroit-based DTE Energy is one of the thousands of electrical workers who have put in double shifts trying to restore power to more than a half-million homes and businesses. Outages stretched from the Great Plains to Maine and into eastern Canada. "My power went out the same time as everybody else´s," Carone said of the power to his Lapeer home,

      


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Utility Linemen Brave
Cold, Ice to Restore Power
Associated Press, by Corey Williams    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/27/2013 4:22:36 AM     Post Reply
DETROIT -- When an ice storm glazed over Michigan last weekend, Tony Carone feared he wouldn´t be spending Christmas at home with his family. "Nobody had to call. I heard it on the top of my roof," Carone said. The 52-year-old lineman for Detroit-based DTE Energy is one of the thousands of electrical workers who have put in double shifts trying to restore power to more than a half-million homes and businesses. Outages stretched from the Great Plains to Maine and into eastern Canada. "My power went out the same time as everybody else´s," Carone said of the power to his Lapeer home,

   

 

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The End of Italian Opera: Will
They Wait for the Fat Lady to Sing?
Newsweek, by Elisabeth Braw    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/26/2013 12:50:54 PM     Post Reply
Last month, staff at Catania’s opera house staged a funeral in suitably operatic fashion, carrying a coffin through the center of the packed auditorium. The performance wasn’t a dramatic staging idea: it was a funeral for the opera house itself. That’s because this stunning house, where opera has been performed since the late 1800s, is in deep financial trouble. The Teatro Massimo Bellini – named after the Sicilian city’s most famous son, the bel canto opera composer Vincenzo Bellini – can’t afford to pay visiting artists or even its own musicians. At a recent international opera competition, the orchestra went on strike

The President Who Lost Iraq
Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehner    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/26/2013 12:45:59 PM     Post Reply
The New York Times reports that the United States is quietly rushing dozens of Hellfire missiles and low-tech surveillance drones to Iraq “to help government forces combat an explosion of violence by a Qaeda-backed insurgency that is gaining territory in both western Iraq and neighboring Syria.” This happens in the context of the deaths of more than 8,000 Iraqis in 2013, the highest level of violence since 2008. The Times’s Michael Gordon and Eric Schmitt write, “Al Qaeda’s regional affiliate, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, has become a potent force in northern and western Iraq… The surge in violence

President Obama’s empty boast on Syria
Washington Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/25/2013 5:06:30 AM     Post Reply
IT WAS astonishing to hear President Obama, in the preamble to his end-of-year news conference last week, cite Syria as one of his foreign policy successes. “[J]ust as we’re strengthening our position here at home, we’re also standing up for our interests around the world,” Mr. Obama said. “This year we’ve demonstrated that with clear-eyed, principled diplomacy, we can pursue new paths to a world that’s more secure, a future where Iran does not build a nuclear weapon, a future where Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles are destroyed.” Unfortunately, the White House press corps was not as struck by this boast as

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

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

   

 

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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



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