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Nancy Pelosi´s photo trickery
enhances her caucus
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 1/6/2013 9:17:46 AM     Post Reply
You know how it is when you plan a group photo of any kind, especially a large group. Not just families. There´s always someone moving or blinking or mugging or clowning with two fingers sticking up behind another´s head. Or, worst of all, there´s always someone late. {Snip] Well, that´s just what happened when Nancy Pelosi organized the new women´s Democratic caucus in the House of Representatives.

Pakistani soldier killed in gunfight with
Indian troops in disputed Kashmir
Telegraph [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/6/2013 8:56:39 AM     Post Reply
A Pakistani soldier was killed and another injured in a gunfight between Indian and Pakistani troops in Kashmir on Sunday, a disputed incident that could heighten tensions between the nuclear neighbours after a period of rapprochement. The Pakistani army said Indian troops had raided their Sawan Patra checkpost in Kashmir, a hotly contested area both countries claim as their own. The Indian military denied its soldiers had attacked a Pakistani position. "Pakistan army troops effectively responded and repulsed the attack," a Pakistani army spokesman said in a statement. The two sides then exchanged fire across the Line of Control, an

Loyal dog rescued owner from
deadly house fire by leading a
man to her nearly unconscious
body trapped inside
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/6/2013 8:47:04 AM     Post Reply
A Maryland woman survived a massive house fire thanks to her dog, who helped a stranger find her nearly unconscious body trapped inside the burning home before she succumbed to the flames. Two retired firefighters, Billy Mills and Hugh Owens, happened to be in the Bowie neighborhood where the fire started Friday morning and arrived on the scene ahead of fire crews. As Mills ran around the back of the yard to check for an entrance to the house, he was met by Pumpkin, a black Labrador Retriever mix. ´He came up to me and started jumping on me,´

  


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Study shows college students think they´re
more special than ever...even those that
can´t read or write and barely study
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/6/2013 8:29:19 AM     Post Reply
Books aside, if you asked a college freshman today who the Greatest Generation is, they might respond by pointing in a mirror. Young people´s unprecedented level of self-infatuation was revealed in a new analysis of the American Freshman Survey, which has been asking students to rate themselves compared to their peers since 1966. Roughly 9 million young people have taken the survey over the last 47 years. Pyschologist Jean Twenge and her colleagues compiled the data and found that over the last four decades there´s been a dramatic rise in the number of students who describe themselves as being

Stafford Hospital scandal:
the scandal that
shamed the NHS
Telegraph [UK], by Laura Donnelly    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/6/2013 8:01:54 AM     Post Reply
It was the scandal that shamed the NHS. Hundreds of hospital patients died needlessly. In the wards, people lay starving, thirsty and in soiled bedclothes, buzzers droning hopelessly as their cries for help went ignored. Some received the wrong medication; some, none at all.[Snip] Decisions about which patients to treat were left to receptionists, inexperienced junior doctors put in charge of critically-ill patients, and nurses switched off equipment because they did not know how to use it. Desperate relatives told the inquiry, chaired by Robert Francis QC, how patients were left so dehydrated that some began drinking from flower vases

Boehner, American Hero
New York Times, by ROSS DOUTHAT    Original Article
Posted By: Oblio- 1/6/2013 7:58:25 AM     Post Reply
Here are a few things that happened to John Boehner, ostensibly one of the most powerful men in Washington, during the past two weeks. First his own backbenchers blew up his attempt at a fiscal cliff negotiating maneuver. Then he had to step back and let Joe Biden and Mitch McConnell hammer out the details of the fiscal cliff deal, which he then had to shepherd through his own legislative body with more Democratic than Republican votes.

Patient care must be
the primary target
Telegraph [UK], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/6/2013 7:58:14 AM     Post Reply
Sensible goals are helpful, but they become a menace when meeting them is treated as the only criterion of success. The neglect, cruelty and incompetence that characterised the way that so many patients at Stafford hospital were treated by its staff has been catalogued by Robert Francis’s inquiry, as we report today. Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, is correct when he states that what happened in that hospital was “simply not worthy of a civilised country”. The inquiry shows that the dismal, indeed lethal, performance was in large part a consequence of the way the Mid Staffordshire NHS

  


  

The Democrats´ War on
Science Aids Our Enemies
American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: real fifi- 1/6/2013 7:52:24 AM     Post Reply
It´s an article of faith among Democrats, crystallized in the book The Republican War on Science, that Republicans are unscientific boobs stupidly opposing such established verities as anthropogenic global warming promoted by those better educated in the mysteries of science (i.e., Democrats). Of course this is nonsense, and this week´s events prove that it´s the Democrats and their appeals to low-information voters (including celebrity and big time coastal donors) that constitutes the real war on science to the detriment of all of us.

Why Notre Dame
Is Back on Top
Wall Street Journal, by Stephen Moore    Original Article
Posted By: tocsin- 1/6/2013 7:41:44 AM     Post Reply
The first time I met Lou Holtz was three years ago at a Republican policy retreat—he´s a friend of House Speaker John Boehner. At the time, Notre Dame was a mediocre football team following a string of disappointing seasons. Yet here was a former coach of the team—when it had last been a national power, from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s—predicting a return to the glory days from a newly hired coach. Brian Kelly "will have Notre Dame back in the national championship game," Mr. Holtz said. "The man is a winner."

General Details Pentagon Tensions
With Obama on Afghanistan
New York Times, by Michael R. Gordon    Original Article
Posted By: Oblio- 1/6/2013 7:19:33 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — In a memoir, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the former American commander in Afghanistan, writes that tensions between the White House and the Pentagon were evident in the Obama administration from its opening months in office.The beginning of President Obama’s first term “saw the emergence of an unfortunate deficit of trust between the White House and the Department of Defense, largely arising from the decision-making process on Afghanistan,” General McChrystal writes. “The effects were costly.”

David Cameron: we would
fight a Falklands invasion
Telegraph [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/6/2013 7:08:12 AM     Post Reply
Speaking on the BBC´s Andrew Marr Show, the Prime Minister said troops would be deployed in the event of another attempt by Buenos Aires to re-take the islands. He made the UK´s "extremely strong" position clear after Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, the Argentine president, renewed her accusations that the islands were stolen by Britain.[Snip] Her position has hardened since last year´s 10 year anniversary of the Falklands War and the discovery of potential oil resources off the coast of the islands. Mr Cameron this morning said he would fight to keep the Falklands in the same way Margaret Thatcher

  


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Don´t Burn Your Books—
Print Is Here to Stay
Wall Street Journal, by Nicholas Carr    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/6/2013 6:10:30 AM     Post Reply
Lovers of ink and paper, take heart. Reports of the death of the printed book may be exaggerated. Ever since Amazon introduced its popular Kindle e-reader five years ago, pundits have assumed that the future of book publishing is digital. Opinions about the speed of the shift from page to screen have varied. But the consensus has been that digitization, having had its way with music and photographs and maps, would in due course have its way with books as well. By 2015, one media maven predicted a few years back, traditional books would be gone.

Newt vs. Newt
Townhall, by Steve Deace    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/6/2013 6:01:33 AM     Post Reply
This time I should’ve been the one listening. But listening can be tough sometimes when you’re an analyst and a commentator, and people around the country – listeners, readers, media, candidates, causes, businesses, etc. – come to you to find out why things are happening and what may happen next. (Snip)However, there’s a reason I have often compared Gingrich to King David in the Bible, beyond the marriage infidelity both have in common. Both were also extraordinarily God-gifted leaders whose legacies were tarnished by their slack of self-discipline. Both were often at their best when pursuing power

Lawsuit to block punishment
of Penn State must be dropped
New York Daily News, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/6/2013 5:50:27 AM     Post Reply
There is not the slightest doubt that Penn State’s football program enabled Jerry Sandusky to sexually abuse numerous children for numerous years. The evidence is beyond overwhelming. Sandusky has been tried, convicted and imprisoned. Former university President Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley and Vice President Gary Schultz have been charged with criminal coverups. The school was ever so lucky that the NCAA withheld the death penalty from its football fund-raising colossus. Still, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has filed a federal lawsuit to get his flagship university out from under those penalties that the NCAA did bring to bear.

Top Deval adviser no fan
of Barney Frank´s Senate bid
Boston Herald, by Joe Battenfeld    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/6/2013 5:32:07 AM     Post Reply
Former congressman Barney Frank´s unusual public plea to Gov. Deval Patrick for the job as interim U.S. senator is getting the thumbs down from one influential Democrat -- Patrick´s former top political strategist. "I respect Cong. Frank and what he has accomplished, but there are better options for MA Senate interim appointment," tweeted Doug Rubin, the mastermind behind Patrick´s two successful gubernatorial campaigns and Elizabeth Warren´s winning U.S. Senate bid. Rubin´s tweet yesterday sent Massachusetts Democrats buzzing

  


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Ex-Im Bank Funds
Green Jobs Overseas
Washington Free Beacon, by C.J. Ciaramella    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/6/2013 5:29:39 AM     Post Reply
The U.S. Export-Import Bank recently steered hundreds of millions of dollars in federal loans to Spanish green energy conglomerate Abengoa, which happens to share an advisory board member with the bank. The Ex-Im Bank approved a $78.6 million direct loan to Spain-based Abengoa in December. It also approved a $73.6 million direct loan to a wind farm in Uruguay, which is owned by Abengoa. Former Democratic New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson sits on both the Abengoa International Advisory Board and is currently listed on the Ex-Im bank’s website as a member of the advisory committee that helps guide bank policy.

The Quality of Mercy, Strained
New York Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/6/2013 5:23:37 AM     Post Reply
Barack Obama has rarely exercised presidential clemency to grant pardons and restore the civil rights of convicted criminals, a power that Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt and other presidents used with dedication to correct injustices in the legal system. Mr. Obama has pardoned only 22 people, fewer than any president since the modern era of pardons began in 1900. He has granted a pardon for 1 out of every 50 applicants, compared with 1 out of 33 for George W. Bush, 1 of 8 for Bill Clinton and 1 of 3 for Ronald Reagan.

Normalizing Pedophilia
National Review Online, by Wesley J. Smith    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/6/2013 5:13:23 AM     Post Reply
Decadence is on the march! And now, a defense of pedophilia as just another “sexual orientation” has been published in the mainstream left wing UK newspaper The Guardian. From, “Paedophilia: Bringing Dark Desires Into the Light:” Paedophiles may be wired differently. This is radical stuff. But there is a growing conviction, notably in Canada, that paedophilia should probably be classified as a distinct sexual orientation, like heterosexuality or homosexuality. Two eminent researchers testified to that effect to a Canadian parliamentary commission last year, and the Harvard Mental Health Letter of July 2010

If Obama Picks Hagel
American Spectator, by Aaron Goldstein    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/6/2013 5:09:30 AM     Post Reply
It looks like President Obama will appoint former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel to be his next Secretary of Defense and could do so as early as Monday. If Obama appoints Hagel then he will once again be telling Israel, “F*#k you.” And why not? For all his antipathy towards Israel, Obama still got more than two thirds of the Jewish vote last year. It tells us that Obama is comfortable with someone who derisively uses the term “Jewish lobby” and “let the Jews pay for it”. It also reminds us that Obama views Israel, not Iran

That’s hypocritic-Al
New York Post, by Michael Goodwin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/6/2013 5:04:09 AM     Post Reply
As Oscar Wilde said, “The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.” In that spirit, I give up resisting the urge to shout “HYPOCRITE.” Not once, but a thousand times. Start with Al Gore, the low-hanging fruit in the “say one thing, do another” culture. With his sale of Current TV to Al Jazeera, the almost-president instantly doubled his charlatan quotient. The blowhard who often proclaims the end of the world is nigh because of fossil fuels sold his TV business to the emir of Qatar, king of the oil patch.

  



Hide & sneak
New York Post, by Kyle Smith    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/6/2013 5:02:22 AM     Post Reply
So long, Richard Windsor. You didn’t really exist, but you sure made your presence felt. Richard Windsor was the nom de plume of EPA chief Lisa Jackson, who announced her resignation last month. Why, you may ask, would a federal bureaucrat need an alias? Did she need cover in order to work on her own version of “50 Shades of Grey”? Does a secret identity liberate her to fight General Zod and Lex Luthor? Or is she, like most users of aliases, trying to hide from the law? The latter seems closest to the truth. Jackson has not been charged with any wrongdoing,

Things Are Tough All Over
Weekly Standard, by Jonathan V. Last    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/6/2013 4:57:19 AM     Post Reply
Just before Christmas there was a lot of public concern about America’s declining birthrate, which closed out 2012 at its lowest point since 1920. But in trying to understand why American fertility is on the wane, it’s important to understand that fertility decline is a global phenomenon. Ninety-seven percent of the world’s population lives in countries with declining fertility rates. And as bad as America has it now, things could be worse. We could be Japan. Japan’s fertility rate has been below—far below—the replacement level for decades. And the demographic chickens are finally coming home to roost.

New York Man Sets Online Dating
Honey Trap to Recover iPhone
ABC News, by Alyssa Newcomb & Tanya Rivero    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/6/2013 4:53:30 AM     Post Reply
A New York musician posed as a saucy femme fatale in order to come face-to-face with the man who took his iPhone. Nadal Nirenberg left his iPhone 4 in a cab on New Year’s Eve. The next morning, around 6 a.m., he noticed someone was using his online dating profile, which was linked to his phone, to troll for dates. The Brooklynite decided to lure the person with his phone into a honey trap. He set up a phony female profile on OK Cupid, complete with a cleavage-bearing photo plucked from the Internet, and began communicating.

Don´t call it gun control, says
Democrats´ point person on the issue
CNN, by Gregory Wallace    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/6/2013 4:46:15 AM     Post Reply
The Californian picked to lead congressional Democrats´ efforts on gun control says the positions held by some gun rights advocates are unnecessarily divisive, and that government action should go beyond simply outlawing certain weapons. "I think assault weapons are a pox on the home of every gun owner," Rep. Mike Thompson said Saturday on CNN. "I think that´s the thing that´s going to cause the overwhelming majority of people in this country who aren´t gun owners to have negative feelings about those of us who are gun owners." Thompson is a gun owner and hunter himself,

How Lance Armstrong Lied
to the World (Including Me)
Daily Beast, by Howard Kurtz    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/6/2013 4:42:43 AM     Post Reply
Lance Armstrong lied to me. Twice. I know, I’ve got plenty of company. He lied to other journalists, racing officials, his fans, and anyone else who would listen in denying that he used illegal substances in winning his cycling titles. Now comes an orchestrated leak to the New York Times in which Armstrong seems about to fess up, “according to several people with direct knowledge of the situation.” He has “told associates associates and antidoping officials,” says the paper, “that he is considering publicly admitting that he used banned performance-enhancing drugs and blood transfusions during his cycling career.”

Great News: Obama’s Cash for
Clunkers Actually Hurt the Environment
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/6/2013 4:36:24 AM     Post Reply
When you have an administration run by pinheads who haven’t spent much time outside government, you get things like Cash for Clunkers. According to E Magazine, the “Clunkers” program, which is officially known as the Car Allowance Rebates System (CARS), produced tons of unnecessary waste while doing little to curb greenhouse gas emissions. The program’s first mistake seems to have been its focus on car shredding, instead of car recycling. With 690,000 vehicles traded in, that’s a pretty big mistake.

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