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The Battle in Ukraine Means Everything
New Republic, by Timothy Snyder

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Posted By:StormCnter, 5/12/2014 5:19:58 AM

We easily forget how fascism works: as a bright and shining alternative to the mundane duties of everyday life, as a celebration of the obviously and totally irrational against good sense and experience. Fascism features armed forces that do not look like armed forces, indifference to the laws of war in theirapplication to people deemed inferior, the celebration of “empire” after counterproductive land grabs. Fascism means the celebration of the nude male form, the obsession with homosexuality, simultaneously criminalized and imitated. Fascism rejects liberalism and democracy as sham forms of individualism, insists on the collective will over the individual choice,

      


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The Battle in Ukraine Means Everything
New Republic, by Timothy Snyder    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 5/12/2014 5:19:58 AM     Post Reply
We easily forget how fascism works: as a bright and shining alternative to the mundane duties of everyday life, as a celebration of the obviously and totally irrational against good sense and experience. Fascism features armed forces that do not look like armed forces, indifference to the laws of war in theirapplication to people deemed inferior, the celebration of “empire” after counterproductive land grabs. Fascism means the celebration of the nude male form, the obsession with homosexuality, simultaneously criminalized and imitated. Fascism rejects liberalism and democracy as sham forms of individualism, insists on the collective will over the individual choice,

   

 

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Obama’s War on Louisiana
National Review Online, by Quin Hillyer    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 5/12/2014 5:09:47 AM     Post Reply
If all who love liberty are rightly upset by an administration’s harassment of conservative groups for political ends, we should be even more outraged when the administration, while playing political hardball, mistreats an entire state’s ordinary, apolitical citizens. From the earliest days of his presidency, Barack Obama has shown a particular animus against Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, and has repeatedly held Louisiana citizens hostage to that animus. The latest outrage came via a May 2 letter from the national Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) disapproving Jindal’s brilliant semi-privatization of state hospitals that, in less than a year, already has

I´m Sick To Death Of Bill And Hillary
Forbes, by Henry I. Miller    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 5/12/2014 5:07:48 AM     Post Reply
I am an optimist where the Clintons are concerned. By that I mean that I am among those who still believe that in the end civic virtue will prevail and justice will be served. In other words, I remain hopeful that Bill and Hillary will spend their twilight years together in a federal penitentiary. I know what you’re thinking. The polls and the legions of Bill’s and Hillary’s friends and the sycophants in the media all insist that she is the odds-on favorite to secure the Democratic nomination for president. But belligerence and intimidation have always been their stock in trade,

Coming next under Obamacare
is the abortion mandate
Washington Examiner [DC], by Charmaine Yoest    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 5/12/2014 5:03:29 AM     Post Reply
There´s the individual mandate, the employer mandate, and the “contraceptive” mandate in Obamacare. Now get ready for the full-fledged abortion mandate. During oral arguments in March, when trying to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to let it force Hobby Lobby to comply with its contraceptive mandate, the Obama administration made a striking admission. Hobby Lobby and its lawyers from the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty had argued that the government’s position, if accepted, would allow the government to force people to pay for abortions. The government did not deny the charge. In fact, it admitted that its legal arguments would justify

Beyond the hashtag
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 5/12/2014 4:38:47 AM     Post Reply
It’s now been four weeks since nearly 300 schoolgirls in the Nigerian village of Chibok were kidnapped from their school by the radical jihadist group Boko Haram. Precious time was lost almost from the start. The Nigerian military was slow to respond to warnings from Boko Haram that it was planning an attack because girls were trying to get an education. Even after the April 14 kidnapping, it took more than two weeks for the world at large to wake to the horror of this incident. Since then, a #BringBackOurGirls campaign has arisen. All this has been welcome. But good wishes won’t

The Closing of the Collegiate Mind
Wall Street Journal, by Ruth R. Wisse    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 5/12/2014 4:34:29 AM     Post Reply
There was a time when people looking for intellectual debate turned away from politics to the university. Political backrooms bred slogans and bagmen; universities fostered educated discussion. But when students in the 1960s began occupying university property like the thugs of regimes America was fighting abroad, the venues gradually reversed. Open debate is now protected only in the polity: In universities, muggers prevail. Assaults on intellectual and political freedom have been making headlines. Pressure from faculty egged on by Muslim groups induced Brandeis University last month not to grant Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the proponent of women´s rights under Islam, an

   

 

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Hillary Clinton should prepare herself
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Telegraph [UK], by Peter Foster    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 5/12/2014 4:28:08 AM     Post Reply
Hillary Clinton is riding high in the betting for 2016, but this week was filled with reminders, if they were needed, that her dream of becoming America´s first female president cannot be accomplished without indignity. Officially, Mrs Clinton is currently enjoying her first spell outside public life for 30 years, but in practice her undeclared campaign is already filling the vacuum left by an increasingly marginalised and irrelevant-looking second-term president. While Barack Obama was off fundraising in California this week, it was Mrs Clinton who was drawing all the attention on cable news. First, Monica Lewinsky broke her silence of a decade, writing

Is Obama is a jinx upon America?
Fox News, by Wayne Allyn Root    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 5/12/2014 4:21:13 AM     Post Reply
Have you heard? China is set to pass America as the world´s #1 economy. THIS YEAR. For many years now we´ve been told this day of reckoning was years, if not decades away. We always knew it would come someday. But under the leadership and economic policies of Obama, it´s suddenly jumped way ahead of all previous projections. What an embarrassment. The USA has had the unchallenged #1 economy in world since 1872 (when we passed the United Kingdom). 1872. Eighteen hundred and seventy two. Let that sink in for a while. 142 years of world dominance erased in only six years under

Norman Rockwell painting given to
Massachusetts high school heads to auction
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 5/11/2014 5:02:12 PM     Post Reply
The northern Massachusetts town of Gardner could receive a big windfall later this month when a Norman Rockwell painting given as a gift to the town´s high school goes up for auction. The painting, titled "Wille Gillis in Convoy," shows a group of soldiers riding on the back of a military truck. The work was part of a popular World War II series done by Rockwell for the the Saturday Evening Post, but was the only one in the series not to appear on the publication´s cover. Jeremy Clowe at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge told the Associated Press

McLaughlin Group Guest: ‘Ambassador
Stevens Wasn’t Murdered’
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 5/11/2014 4:59:12 PM     Post Reply
Daily Beast columnist Eleanor Clift said on Sunday’s The McLaughlin Group that late U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who was killed the night of the Benghazi attacks, had not been murdered but had died from “smoke inhalation.” “I’d like to point out that Ambassador Stevens was not ‘murdered,’” Clift said, using air quotes, “but died of smoke inhalation in a CIA safe room.” This did not land well. “It was a terrorist attack, Eleanor,” panelist-for-life Pat Buchanan said. “He was murdered in a terrorist attack.” Clift responded that it was an opportunistic terrorist attack inflamed by the anti-Muslim video, the blaming of which has

$474M for 4 failed Obamacare exchanges
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Posted By: StormCnter- 5/11/2014 4:52:22 PM     Post Reply
Nearly half a billion dollars in federal money has been spent developing four state Obamacare exchanges that are now in shambles — and the final price tag for salvaging them may go sharply higher. Each of the states — Massachusetts, Oregon, Nevada and Maryland — embraced Obamacare, and each underperformed. All have come under scathing criticism and now face months of uncertainty as they rush to rebuild their systems or transition to the federal exchange. The federal government is caught between writing still more exorbitant checks to give them a second chance at creating viable exchanges of their own or, for a

   

 

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30-year New York Times Science
Writer Out After Writing Book
About Genetics, Race
Daily Caller, by Chris Reed    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 5/11/2014 10:48:29 AM     Post Reply
Nicholas Wade, a British-born science reporter and editor for more than 30 years with The New York Times, is no longer with the newspaper — just days after the release of his latest book, in which he depicts blacks with roots in sub-Saharan Africa as genetically less adapted to modern life than whites and Asians. Was The New York Times uncomfortable with Wade’s science or his conclusions? It’s unclear. Neither Wade nor his former employer returned requests for comment. Wade’s last Times article appeared April 24. His Penguin Press book “A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History” arrived in bookstores on



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