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The Great Secession
American Spectator, by Doug Bandow    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/10/2012 6:14:11 AM     Post Reply
Is America too big? Is it time to break up the U.S.? A week after the November election nearly 700,000 Americans from all 50 states had signed 69 secession petitions as part of the White House "We the People" online petition system. The missives requested the administration to peacefully allow states to leave the union. One petition advocated permitting states which seceded to form their own nation. A formal White House review is triggered by just 25,000 signatures. Although President Obama´s reelection sparked the cascade of petitions, advocates cited other grounds. Daniel Miller, president of the Texas nationalist movement,

Show us ransom note, Mr. President
Politico, by Brad Todd    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/10/2012 6:06:17 AM     Post Reply
On Nov. 7, House Speaker John Boehner announced that Republicans in the lower chamber would accept a deal to solve the fiscal cliff that included new revenue, castor oil for conservatives by another name. Four weeks hence, Boehner is still waiting, hand extended, for President Obama to meet him in the middle of the road. Obama has been unwilling to even hint that he’ll ask the same compromise from his liberal base as he expects Boehner to extract from conservatives. Boehner says his negotiations with the White House are at “stalemate” -

Why Rivers No Longer Burn
Slate, by James Salzman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/10/2012 6:01:29 AM     Post Reply
A river catches fire, so polluted that its waters have “no visible life, not even low forms such as leeches and sludge worms.” This could describe the mythological River Styx from Hades. Residents of Cleveland, though, may recognize the government’s assessment of their own Cuyahoga River in 1969. While hard to imagine today, discharging raw sewage and pollution into our harbors and rivers has been common practice for most of the nation’s history, with devastating results. By the late 1960s, Lake Erie had become so polluted that Time magazine described it as dead. Bacteria levels in the Hudson River

  


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Gingrich: If Hillary Clinton Runs In 2016,
Current GOP ‘Incapable Of Competing’
Mediaite, by Anjali Sareen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/10/2012 5:56:15 AM     Post Reply
Newt Gingrich told David Gregory on Sunday’s Meet The Press “the Republican party of today is incapable of competing” with a 2016 presidential run by Hillary Clinton. Gingrich thinks “every Republican” should be focused on 2016 because of the severity of their defeat in 2012. Gingrich said that if Clinton were to run in four years, “supported by Bill Clinton and presumably a still relatively popular President Barack Obama, trying to win that will be, truly, the Super Bowl.”

The Data Plan
New Republic, by Jeffrey Rosen    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/10/2012 5:48:28 AM     Post Reply
Ever since conservative courts and voters began trying to eliminate affirmative action in the 1990s, universities have sought creative ways to boost their enrollment of minority students without explicitly relying on race. When California voters banned racial preferences in public universities in 1996, for example, the University of California responded by adopting admissions preferences based on socioeconomic status instead. And after a federal appellate court struck down the University of Texas’s race-based affirmative action program, the school adopted a plan that guaranteed admission to those students graduating in the top 10 percent of their high school class.

Miners vs. American Indians
over private land use
Washington Examiner [DC], by Robert Perry Pendley    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/10/2012 5:42:14 AM     Post Reply
On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court considered a petition by miners to review a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that the Forest Service must consult with the Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) when miners notify the Forest Service that they plan to engage in suction drilling on their claims in the Klamath National Forest. The Karuk Tribe of California, which brought the suit, claims the Forest Service’s mere receipt and review of notices from miners constitutes “agency action,” which triggers an Endangered Species Act (ESA) requirement that it consult with the FWS.

A Nation of Takers Hurtles
Toward the Fiscal Abyss
FrontPage Magazine, by Bruce Thornton    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/10/2012 5:32:33 AM     Post Reply
The on-going negotiations over avoiding the tax hikes and spending cuts we call the “fiscal cliff” are the simply the latest act in a farce of self-serving political denial. For decades now both parties have overseen and nurtured the expansion of the entitlement state all the while ignoring the slow-motion economic implosion whose predictable end can be seen today in a bankrupt Greece currently surviving on EU handouts. But American voters and politicians are so marinated in expectations of endless federal and state largess that modest reductions in spending, such as those proposed earlier this year

  


  

Obama’s Broken Promises to Sandy Victims
Washington Free Beacon, by Mary Lou Byrd    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/10/2012 5:20:25 AM     Post Reply
Six weeks after Sandy hit the New Jersey and New York coast, residents are still struggling and in desperate need of shelter. Many hard-hit victims are not getting help despite President Barack Obama’s pledge of the full support of the federal government, and they are dealing with red tape the president said would not be tolerated. In the Red Hook community of Brooklyn, N.Y., many residents are still living in their unheated, powerless homes in freezing temperatures. Help from the government for residents has not come.

Feds Want ´Black Boxes´ in New Cars,
But Who Will Be Tracking You?
ABC News, by Mark Greenblatt    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/10/2012 5:18:39 AM     Post Reply
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration would like to make it mandatory for automakers to install a so-called "black box" in all new cars and light trucks. The devices, also known as event data recorders, have long been used by investigators to discover the root cause of commercial airplane crashes. In recent years however, automakers have quietly begun installing similar products in more and more cars. Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray of Massachusetts found out the hard way last year. He crashed a car he was driving and told police that he was wearing a seatbelt and was not speeding

Marriage and Self-Government
National Review Online, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/10/2012 5:15:54 AM     Post Reply
On Friday afternoon, the Supreme Court announced that it will hear arguments in two cases that are at the center of the same-sex-marriage controversy. One concerns the power of people in the states to govern themselves on the question, the other the complementary power of Congress to define “marriage” for purposes of federal law. At issue in both cases is whether courts should even be hearing them, because there are knotty questions of standing (and also of what should happen to lower-court rulings if the Court rules that parties did not have standing).

Extreme weather & superstition
New York Post, by Ralph B. Alexander    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/10/2012 5:11:14 AM     Post Reply
Superstorm Sandy. Parching drought across North America. A scorching midsummer heat wave in the Midwest. All these weather extremes are telltale signs that CO2 causes climate change, according to global warmists. Indeed, the global climate-change nomenklatura gathered last week in Doha, Qatar eagerly (if grimly) cited Typhoon Bopha, which had just wreaked carnage in the Philippines, as the latest proof. But it’s not. The link between extreme weather and global warming has as much scientific basis as the pagan rite of human sacrifice to ensure a good harvest. Yes, the supposed connection

  


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Spender in Chief
Weekly Standard, by Fred Barnes    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/10/2012 5:06:15 AM     Post Reply
Among President Obama’s rhetorical skills is an impressive mastery of lip service. He displayed it last week when he spoke to the Business Roundtable, the lobby for big business. And he did so without betraying even a hint that his words were bunk. In this case, he was paying lip service to the notion that?—?contrary to what he called “my reputation”?—?he’s for spending cuts to reduce the deficit and to secure a bipartisan deal to avert the fiscal cliff on January 1. “We’re prepared to make some tough decisions when it comes to cutting spending,” he insisted.

Tax-the-Rich Obama Fairy Tale Won’t
Magically Restore Public Services
Daily Beast, by Michael Medved    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/10/2012 5:00:49 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration and its allies are so desperate to portray tax hikes on the rich as the solution to all our problems that they’re trying to persuade the public that tax cuts for the rich caused all those problems. Perhaps the most outrageous expression of this argument comes in “Tax the Rich: An Animated Fairy Tale,” a new video from the California Federation of Teachers. This eight-minute piece of puerile propaganda features the warm and winning voice of Ed Asner. The 83-year-old Hollywood legend’s vocal talents have recently powered far more worthy animated projects,

Hillary’s not so smooth
path to the White House
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/10/2012 4:49:20 AM     Post Reply
The Secretary of State is making all sort of headlines lately, and most of them don’t have much to do with her current job. (A woman with limitless options who is desired by 90% of the Democrats.) The word has hit the streets that Hillary Clinton’s future is pretty much cast in solid gold plated stone. (Snip)I do not like Hillary Clinton. In fact, I pretty much despise her, and have for quite some time. I was angry at her during her time as First Lady when duties involving public policy were essentially handed over to a non-elected

The Full Israeli Experience
New York Times, by Thomas L. Friedman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/10/2012 4:43:39 AM     Post Reply
Tel Aviv - THESE were the main regional news headlines in The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday: “Home Front Command simulates missile strike during drill.” Egypt’s President “Morsi opts for safety as police battle protestors.” In Syria, “Fight spills over into Lebanon.” “Darkness at noon for fearful Damascus residents.” “Tunisian Islamists, leftists clash after jobs protests.” “NATO warns Syria not to use chemical weapons.” And my personal favorite: “ ‘Come back and bring a lot of people with you’ — Tourism Ministry offers tour operators the full Israeli experience.” Ah, yes, “the full Israeli experience.”

  


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Susan Rice and Africa´s Despots
New York Times, by Salem Solomon    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 12/10/2012 3:49:50 AM     Post Reply
Tampa, Florida--On Sept. 2, Ambassador Susan E. Rice delivered a eulogy for a man she called “a true friend to me.” Before thousands of mourners and more than 20 African heads of state in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Ms. Rice, the United States’ representative to the United Nations, lauded the country’s late prime minister, Meles Zenawi. She called him “brilliant” — “a son of Ethiopia and a father to its rebirth.” (Snip)During her career, she has shown a surprising and unsettling sympathy for Africa’s despots.

‘The Last of the Just’ in Belgium
PJMedia, by Roger L Simon    Original Article
Posted By: steveW- 12/10/2012 3:49:31 AM     Post Reply
In college I read a novel called The Last of the Just by André Schwarz-Bart inspired by a legend/theory from the Talmud — that there are thirty-six righteous souls (the Lamed Vav) in every generation whose existence justifies “the purpose of mankind” to God. From Wikipedia: As a mystical concept, the number 36 is even more intriguing. It is said that at all times there are 36 special people in the world, and that were it not for them, all of them, if even one of them was missing, the world would come to an end.

The moment Obama shook hands with
the rapper who sang ´kill those f******
Yankees´: Outrage as Gangnam sensation Psy
performs for President at charity concert
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/10/2012 3:27:25 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama has been pictured shaking hands with a South Korean rapper who sang about wanting to kill American soldiers. PSY, born Park Jae-sang, performed at a White House charity event on Sunday, despite a deeply controversial performance in 2004 that has shocked and outraged American fans. The rapper showed off his signature dance moves while performing ´Gangnam Style,´ which has the most watched YouTube video in history. PSY owes his popularity to his Korean pop hit taking hold among tens of millions of American fans. However, countless fans were offended by the lyrics from an anti-American protest

Nutter announces his own
probe -- er, ´fact-finding´ --
on voter woes
Philadelphia Daily News, by Sean Collins Walsh    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/10/2012 3:15:05 AM     Post Reply
Mayor Nutter on Friday announced the creation of a six-member "fact-finding" team to examine voting problems in Philadelphia in last month´s presidential election. Confusion at the polls led to an increase in the number of Philadelphians who were forced to cast provisional ballots. That created "a dark cloud over what should have been . . . one of the most exciting elections in the history of the United States of America," Nutter said. The "fact-finding" - Nutter stressed it was not an "investigation" - will look into "the accuracy and integrity of our voter-roll system," the training standards

Letting go in Afghanistan
as mission winds down
Los Angeles Times, by David S. Cloud    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/10/2012 3:05:08 AM     Post Reply
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Fifteen U.S. soldiers huddle in a circle. A blue Toyota packed with explosives has been reported somewhere in the city. The troops bow their heads and clasp hands. "Dear Lord, protect us and protect those entrusted to us as we help the Afghans protect themselves," says Lt. Col. Patrick Michaelis, their gangly 41-year-old commander. "Amen," say his men. Every trip outside the wire begins the same way: a quick check of the latest intelligence, then the prayer, which never varies. When Michaelis forgets, someone stops him: Sir, the prayer.

  



Sir Patrick Moore, proud patriot,
would never have got a job
in the modern BBC
Telegraph [UK], by James Delingpole    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/10/2012 2:53:39 AM     Post Reply
The highest possible compliment you could pay Sir Patrick Moore, who has died full of years and honour, is that he would have never got a job as a science presenter with the modern BBC. First, he was too talented--a veritable renaissance man. Sir Patrick was a handy spin bowler, a talented composer and a virtuoso xylophonist who played a version of "Anarchy in the UK" in front of the Queen at a Royal Variety Performance as well as once duetting with Albert Einstein on the piano. Second, he knew too much about science--real science: in his case astronomy, which

Sir Patrick Moore
Telegraph [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/10/2012 2:44:15 AM     Post Reply
A genuine eccentric who never took himself too seriously, Moore played up to his image as a “mad professor”, and wrote more than 100 books--most of them about astronomy for a popular audience.[Snip] On television Moore became celebrated for the thunderous fervour with which he would utter the words: “We just don’t know!” to emphasise that our comprehension of the universe is incomplete. He was noted also for his piercing gaze, the machine-gun pace of his speech, his wildly untidy hair and his oversized suits, which, as one critic put it, “fitted him as a hangar fits a VC10”.

Investigative Journalist Kerry
Picket Joins Breitbart News
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/10/2012 2:33:05 AM     Post Reply
Investigative journalist Kerry Picket has joined Breitbart News. Picket formerly edited and wrote for the Washington Times opinion section and its "Water Cooler" blog. She also covered Capitol Hill and campaign and elections for the publication.(Snip) “I’m looking forward to continuing what Andrew Breitbart started--delivering honest news, real news, without a liberal filter,” Picket told Breitbart News. Breitbart News CEO and President Larry Solov said "We are so glad to welcome Kerry aboard at Breitbart News. Her smart, tenacious and thorough reporting is a great fit for us.

Clinton postpones Morocco
trip due to ill health
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/10/2012 2:21:01 AM     Post Reply
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pushed back until Tuesday a planned trip to Morocco because of illness, a spokesman said. "Because she has a stomach virus, our departure for Morocco has been moved from Monday to Tuesday. She will not have any schedule tomorrow in Washington," said Philippe Reines, a Clinton aide. Clinton is to travel to Morocco, Tunisia and Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, before taking part Wednesday in a meeting of the "Friends of the Syrian People" group. The group is meeting to determine how to support Syria´s opposition in its struggle

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