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Dump the Contraception Mandate
(and the Rest of Obamacare)

Reason Magazine, by Sheldon Richman

Original Article

Posted By:Pluperfect, 1/6/2014 6:04:54 AM

“Nowadays to be intelligible is to be found out.” —Oscar Wilde In the wacky world of American politics, if you as an employer have a religious objection to paying for your employees’ contraceptives, it is you who is contemptuous of religious freedom. As the New York Times editorial board lectured a judge who thinks otherwise, “the threat to religious liberty comes from employers trying to impose their religious views on workers.” You read that correctly. Refusing to pay for other people’s birth-control products — more specifically, opposing a government mandate to pay — is equivalent to imposing your religious views. The Patient Protection

      


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Dump the Contraception Mandate
(and the Rest of Obamacare)
Reason Magazine, by Sheldon Richman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/6/2014 6:04:54 AM     Post Reply
“Nowadays to be intelligible is to be found out.” —Oscar Wilde In the wacky world of American politics, if you as an employer have a religious objection to paying for your employees’ contraceptives, it is you who is contemptuous of religious freedom. As the New York Times editorial board lectured a judge who thinks otherwise, “the threat to religious liberty comes from employers trying to impose their religious views on workers.” You read that correctly. Refusing to pay for other people’s birth-control products — more specifically, opposing a government mandate to pay — is equivalent to imposing your religious views. The Patient Protection

   

 

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How the Obama administration
dismantled American government
Daily Caller, by Paul Hoagland    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/6/2014 5:51:45 AM     Post Reply
Obamacare is a flea bitten dog that never would have been enacted without wholesale and deliberate falsehoods said over and over again by Barack Obama and every Democrat cheerleader. It never would have been enacted without legislative sleights-of-hand and backroom bribes offered to key Democrats. It never would have been enacted and Barack Obama would likely not have won a second term without the willing negligence of a toothless “watchdog press” who refused to independently investigate or report obvious lies. Now we will be bitten by this dog and indeed, as many as five million people who have lost insurance (that they

NFL poll: Dallas most
hated, Broncos most loved
Washington Examiner [DC], by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/6/2014 5:48:56 AM     Post Reply
They don’t have a coach and the team is in disarray, but there is one ray of hope for the Washington Redskins. According to an annual NFL poll, 71 percent of the nation wants the team to keep its controversial name. Public Policy Polling revealed at the very bottom of its release that the country doesn´t have a problem when the team´s fans sing “Hail to the Redskins.” Said the Democratic polling outfit, “one final issue we looked at on the poll: Only 18 percent of registered voters think the Washington Redskins should change their name to 71 percent who

Haunted by Syria?
Weekly Standard, by Elliott Abrams    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/6/2014 5:17:09 AM     Post Reply
When the history of the Obama administration is written, there will be a long and damaging chapter on its immense humanitarian and strategic failure in Syria. With three years of Obama yet to come, we have not even seen the full humanitarian disaster play out?—?nor have we yet confronted the dangers that are arising there from the vast jihadist presence. There are hard choices to be made when strategic and humanitarian interests diverge or even conflict. In Syria, they combined: The United States had an obvious interest in seeing the Assad regime replaced, and two and a half years ago

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WEST VALLEY CITY, UTAH – A Utah-based gun manufacturer has turned down a $15 million deal to supply Pakistan with precision rifles, citing concerns they could eventually be used against U.S. troops. Mike Davis, sales manager at Desert Tech, said the company was on a short list for a contract with Pakistan, but spurned the opportunity because of unrest in Pakistan and ethical concerns. It was a difficult decision because of the amount of money involved, he said, and the sale of rifles to Pakistan would have been legal. "We don´t know that those guns would´ve went somewhere bad, but with the unrest

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After five years of an increasingly radical presidency, it comes to this: the Obama administration has released Lynne Stewart, convicted of abetting a notorious terrorist, but is litigating in order to coerce a group of nuns who embody compassion. Isn’t this what Communists used to do when they came to power — release the “political prisoners” and harass the deeply religious? President Obama’s supporters say he’s not out to get the Little Sisters of the Poor. To escape federal punishment that threatens to end to their charitable work they need only sign a piece of paper. But that’s also how

   

 

  


 
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“Greed is good,” Gordon Gekko, the famous movie villain of “Wall Street,” told us. But only for a little while. Eventually greed costs too much, as some of the owners of professional football are learning this weekend. Three of the four clubs in the playoffs can’t sell all their tickets, and without a sellout their fans can’t watch the game on television because the city — not only the city, but the region — is blacked out. The owners arranged this years ago to intimidate fans into buying tickets, or else. Tickets cost up to $300 each, or more, depending on the

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I regard Daniel Ellsberg as an American patriot. I was one of the first columnists to write that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper should be fired for lying to Congress.(Snip)Whistleblowers have large egos by nature, and there is no crime or shame in that. But one gasps at the megalomania and delusion in Snowden’s statements, and one can’t help but wonder if he is a dupe, a tool, or simply astonishingly naïve. Along these same lines, it may be telling that Snowden did not release—or at least the recipients of his cache haven’t yet published—any documents detailing the cyber-operations of

Americans Who Fought in Fallujah
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The crack of gunfire shattered the quiet following afternoon prayers in Fallujah on Thursday, an Iraqi city that U.S. forces once wrested from al Qaeda-linked forces in fierce and bloody fighting and is now a fresh battleground for the terror group. Inside the ancient city, just 43 miles from Baghdad, Iraqis are once again braced for a siege and say security has declined precipitously over the past year. On Thursday, Iraqi interior ministry officials declared that half of the city was occupied by a brutal wing of al Qaeda called the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. What little peace this

Boeing Machinists OK
Contract Tied to 777X
Associated Press, by Manuel Valdes    Original Article
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SEATTLE -- The stakes were high and the vote was close as Boeing production workers agreed to concede some benefits in order to secure assembly of the new 777X airplane for the Puget Sound region. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Boeing hailed Friday´s vote, which proponents said solidifies the aerospace giant´s presence in the Seattle area. "Tonight, Washington state secured its future as the aerospace capital of the world," Inslee declared. Under the terms of the eight-year contract extension, Boeing said the 777X and its composite wing will be built in the Puget Sound area by Boeing employees represented by

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Does giving people health insurance help control costs? Conventional wisdom holds that it should, by diverting them from expensive emergency room use to less-expensive visits to doctors and nurse practitioners. This argument was very popular with advocates for health reform in 2009, and it remains a sort of folk wisdom among educated people; I’ve heard some version of this argument in virtually every discussion I’ve had about health care in the last decade. To health-care economists, though, the question is more complicated. Health insurance does theoretically let you go to a primary care physician rather than relying on ER docs who are

   

 

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Oklahoma stuns Alabama,
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It´s the SEC´s house, where it won three of its national titles during the BCS era. But the Superdome was also the site of one of the most shocking losses of Nick Saban´s tenure at Alabama. Thursday night, the same location, with another Crimson Tide team that looked sluggish, provided the same result. No. 11 Oklahoma took the lead with Trevor Knight´s 8-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Saunders with 1:53 remaining in the second quarter and never trailed again, stunning third-ranked Alabama 45-31 in the Sugar Bowl. Coupled with a loss to Auburn in the Iron Bowl, it was the first time the



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