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Listen All Y’all
It’s a Sabotage
Washington Free Beacon, by Bill McMorris    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/8/2013 5:32:41 AM     Post Reply
Lawmakers and activists are attempting to rein in union exemptions from extortion laws after several high profile acts of suspected union sabotage in 2012. Labor groups are immune from prosecution under the Hobbs Act, a 1946 provision that criminalized extortion and robbery using the threat or fear of force. Sen. Mike Lee (R., Utah) attempted to close that loophole last year with the Freedom from Union Violence Act (FUVA). The bill never left committee but Lee has pledged to crack down on the sabotage and violence some unions use during labor disputes.

A tax even Chuck Schumer hates
New York Post, by Sally C. Pipes    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/8/2013 5:26:26 AM     Post Reply
Among the five new ObamaCare tax hikes that kicked in Jan. 1, one in particular is attracting opposition from both Republicans and Democrats: the tax on medical devices. Last month, 18 Democratic senators and senators-elect (including New York’s own Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand) wrote Majority Leader Harry Reid, asking him to delay implementation of this 2.3 percent excise tax on the sales of everything from pacemakers to tongue depressors. The House already voted to repeal the tax, which is projected to extract as much as $29 billion from medical-device firms.

Hagel the Kyoto-Slayer
Power Line, by Steven Hayward    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/8/2013 5:18:58 AM     Post Reply
So far most of the critical discussion about Chuck Hagel for SecDef is that he said mean things about homosexuals, or is hostile to Israel, if not in fact anti-Semitic. So far I’m curious that people on the Left in particular are forgetting Hagel’s key role in derailing the egregious Kyoto Protocol in its infancy. He was the key person behind the “Byrd-Hagel” resolution in the Senate in 1997 denouncing the Kyoto treaty in the draft form that existed at the time. The Byrd-Hagel resolution was essentially a missile aimed at the Clinton administration

  


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Richard Ben Cramer Dies: Iconic Writer
Had an Unerring Ear for Dialogue
Daily Beast, by John Avlon    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/8/2013 5:15:26 AM     Post Reply
News that Richard Ben Cramer died swept through the Twitterverse on Monday night, even before a hint of his passing hit the Internet. It was oddly appropriate, because the cult of Richard Ben Cramer was always first a word-of-mouth initiation, as in: “you’ve got to read this.” Journalists passed his work among them like samizdat, old articles referred to more than read, finally put online after persistent if not widespread demand. He was just that much better than anyone else.(Snip)What It Takes is now regarded as the greatest campaign book ever written,

Team Hagel Versus Team Anti-Hagel
Time, by Mark Halperin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/8/2013 5:05:06 AM     Post Reply
Both sides are gearing up for a confirmation fight, not knowing if they are playing almost exclusively an inside game, or if this has the potential to go wider and become an outside game too (a la Bork and Tower). Those opposing Hagel have been organizing for a long time. They are sophisticated and have an appreciation for the dynamics of press, policy, votes and quotes, and vote counting that go into successfully defying the odds and denying an incumbent president his choice for a cabinet job when the nominee in question has no ethical issues or scandals to derail confirmation.

‘Octomom’ Nadya Suleman
Back on Welfare
ABC News, by Luchina Fisher    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/8/2013 5:02:50 AM     Post Reply
Nadya Suleman, the mother who became famous when she gave birth to octuplets in 2009, is back on welfare. Suleman’s rep, Gina Rodriguez, told ABCNews.com that Suleman, the mother of 14, has once again sought out “state assistance for a brief period of time.” “She spent most of her savings while she was in Chapman Treatment center, paying for around-the-clock nannies, drivers, security and her treatment program,” Rodriguez said in an email. “She does not expect to be on longer than three months.”

The Truth About Taxes, or,
the Work of 1000 Leeches
PJ Media, by Roger Kimball    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/8/2013 4:59:32 AM     Post Reply
“Tax policy” is one of those phrases that has a curiously amphibious effect. On the one hand, for most red-blooded individuals it cannot but act as a soporific: “Ah, tax policy, eh? Pardon me while I get the snifter refilled.” On the other hand: for anyone in whom the instinct for self-preservation is still intact, the phrase must also act as an existential tocsin, eliciting for many something akin to the storied “fight or flight” response. In the age of Obama, “tax policy” is both a weapon and an excuse: a weapon in the war to create a more egalitarian —

  


  

DoE doubling down on
feeding “green” ambitions and
hiking third-world food prices
Hot Air, by Erika Johnsen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/8/2013 4:52:38 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration has roundly refused to scale back on its relentless buoying up of the biofuels industry, despite the clamorous criticism of almost everybody except the ethanol lobby; once the supposedly ‘environmental’ zealots of our bloated federal bureaucracy and their cronyish friends have decided on a policy, that’s just all there is to it, and no, we really do not give a damn about the real-world unintended consequences. Well, leftists and rent-seekers, here are some unintended consequences: We are already dealing with inflated food prices in the United States because of the government’s mandate

The case for ending US
military aid to the Mideast
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Corinne Sauer & Robert Sauer    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/8/2013 4:49:00 AM     Post Reply
With President Barack Obama preparing for a second term and in the midst of a seeming continual swarm of uncertainty sweeping the Middle East, now more than ever is the prudent time to reexamine the decades-old policies surrounding US military aid to the Middle East. Many abroad might be shocked to hear that we write these words from here in Jerusalem where security remains the preeminent concern on the mind of most Israelis and where only weeks ago we completed an eight-day campaign defending our citizens against missile attacks. The immediate assumption by most is that Israel is in desperate need

Starve the Beast...
Weekly Standard, by Ramesh Ponnuru    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/8/2013 4:42:34 AM     Post Reply
Almost everyone is under-estimating what Republicans have just achieved in the fiscal cliff deal, including many Republicans who supported the deal. Regardless of what politicians have been saying in public, everyone who has looked at the budget projections for the next few decades understands that, absent a sudden reduction in Americans’ life expectancy or other shocking development, middle-class -benefits are going to have to be cut, middle-class taxes are going to have to be raised, or both. The war between liberals and conservatives

Alabama crushes Notre Dame, 42-14,
for second straight BCS title
Los Angelles Times, by Mike Hiserman and Chris Dufresne    Original Article
Posted By: Ladyhawke- 1/8/2013 2:38:51 AM     Post Reply
Alabama has won its third Bowl Championship Series title in four years, overwhelming top-ranked Notre Dame, 42-14, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Coach Nick Saban´s teams have won four national championships. He won his first as coach at Louisiana State. Former Alabama Coach Bear Bryant won six national titles.

  


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Health insurers jacking up rates by
double digits in advance of Obamacare
American Thinker, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 1/8/2013 1:26:19 AM     Post Reply
This is only the beginning. What insurance rates will look like next year when Obamacare goes into effect is anyone´s guess, but they will almost certainly be higher than they are today. And today, the costs for health insurance are skyrocketing. (Snip) The more expensive premiums are, the larger the subsidies will be. This, of course, increases the cost of the program substantially, as will the unexpectedly high number of companies that will drop insurance coverage. It seems incredible that congress is actually going to allow the country to go through with this monstrosity. Meanwhile, before Obamacare even takes

GOP may use debt ceiling to force
Harry Reid to pass budget
Washington Examiner, by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 1/8/2013 12:53:01 AM     Post Reply
Tuesday marks the 1,350th day since the Senate passed a budget. The law requires Congress to pass a budget every year, on the grounds that Americans deserve to know how the government plans to spend the trillions of taxpayer dollars it collects, along with dollars it borrows at the taxpayers´ expense. But Majority Leader Harry Reid, who last allowed a budget through the Senate in April 2009, has ignored the law since then. There´s no mystery why. The budget passed by large Democratic majorities in the first months of the Obama administration had hugely elevated levels of spending in it.

Ten child criminals responsible
for 800 crimes in city
Scotsman [Edinburgh], by Alan McEwen    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/8/2013 12:49:57 AM     Post Reply
A hardcore group of ten child criminals – aged as young as 11 – may be “beyond help”, police today admitted, as it was revealed they are behind a staggering 800 offences across the Capital. The tearaways make up a list of the worst young offenders in Edinburgh, with three notching up 100 or more charges, including housebreaking, joyriding and robbery. One 15-year-old boy from the east of the city has committed 117 offences in the last two years to become the most prolific under-16 criminal, while an 11-year-old boy from north Edinburgh is also among

Obama CIA Pick John
Brennan in 2010: Jihad a
´Legitimate Tenet of Islam´
Breitbart´s Big Peace, by Kerry Picket    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/8/2013 12:47:08 AM     Post Reply
Monday, President Barack Obama picked top counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan to become the next head of the CIA. Brennan´s views on radical Islam may concern hawkish Senators who will scrutinize Obama´s choice for CIA chief. In May of 2010, Fox News reported Brennan defended Jihad as a "legitimate tenet of Islam.": (Snip) He repeated the administration argument that the enemy is not "terrorism," because terrorism is a "tactic," and not terror, because terror is a "state of mind" -- though Brennan´s title, deputy national security adviser for counterterrorism and homeland

  


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Exclusive - Dershowitz:
´I Will Testify Against Hagel´ on Iran
Breitbart´s Big Peace, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/8/2013 12:31:31 AM     Post Reply
Prof. Alan Dershowitz of Harvard Law School is a legendary defense lawyer, and the country´s foremost pro-Israel advocate. He is also a steadfast supporter of President Barack Obama. Breitbart News spoke to him in an exclusive interview today about the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) as Secretary of Defense. Sen. Hagel is controversial for his views on Israel, the Iraq War, Iran, and gays, among other issues. Dershowitz had, prior to Hagel´s nomination, urged President Obama publicly not to appoint Hagel to the position. Breitbart News: Does the Hagel nomination represent a

Planned Parenthood reports
record year for abortions
Washington Examiner [DC], by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/8/2013 12:15:27 AM     Post Reply
In its latest annual report for fiscal year 2011 to 2012, Planned Parenthood reveals that it performed 333,964 abortions in 2011 – a record year for the organization. According to annual reports, the organization performed 332,278 abortions in 2009, 329,445 in 2010, making the total number of abortions in three years to 995,687. Planned Parenthood reported receiving a record $542 million in taxpayer funding, according to a Susan B. Anthony List analysis of the report, in the form of government grants, contracts, and Medicaid reimbursements. The amount is 45 percent of Planned Parenthood’s annual

El futuro habla español
(The future speaks Spanish)
Washington Post Writers Group, by Kathleen Parker    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/8/2013 12:15:12 AM     Post Reply
Washington - The new year has begun with an avalanche of Republican retrospectives: What went wrong? What must the GOP do? In attempting to navigate my own thoughts, I keep bumping into advice my father gave me a long time ago: “Learn Spanish. You will need it to survive in the world you will inherit.” (Snip) What was clear to my father even then is that our hemisphere could not long be segregated by language. Nor, apparently, can we be kept apart by borders, no matter how many fences we build or drones we deploy. Meanwhile, and not incidentally, our new, 113th U.S. Congress has welcomed

Music Video From
‘Most Hated Person’ in
Uzbekistan Features Depardieu Cameo
New York Times, by Robert Mackey    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/7/2013 11:28:03 PM     Post Reply
Just days after receiving a Russian passport from his friend Vladimir V. Putin, the French tax exile Gérard Depardieu has done a favor for the president of another former Soviet state, with an appearance in a music video with the daughter of Uzbekistan’s authoritarian leader, Islam Karimov. The Uzbek first daughter, Gulnara Karimova — described as “something of a robber baron” and “the single most hated person in the country,” in a 2005 American diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks — is engaged in an elaborate effort to make herself into an international pop star, under the stage name

Louisiana Sen. Vitter rips
Reid for Katrina comments
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/7/2013 11:20:03 PM     Post Reply
Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter ripped Majority Leader Harry Reid for suggesting the damage from Hurricane Katrina was "nothing" compared with the damage from Superstorm Sandy. Reid, D-Nev., made the comments last week when Congress was taking up a $9 billion disaster-relief bill for the East Coast, which is still reeling from Sandy. “The people of New Orleans and that area, they were hurt, but nothing in comparison to what happened to the people in New York and New Jersey,” Reid said. Vitter acknowledged that Katrina and Sandy, in late October, were “horribly destructive

  



Graham seeks delay to
confirmation of Brennan until
Benghazi questions answered
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/7/2013 11:12:10 PM     Post Reply
A top Republican senator called Monday for a delay in the confirmation of President Obama´s pick for CIA director until more questions are answered on the deadly attack last year on a U.S. consulate in Libya. (Snip) "I have not forgotten about the Benghazi debacle and still have many questions about what transpired before, during and after the attack on our consulate," Graham said. "In that regard, I do not believe we should confirm anyone as director of the CIA until our questions are answered." Graham is specifically concerned about U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice´s talking points

Next Big Gov´t Housing Bailout:
Federal Housing Administration
Investor´s Business Daily, by Mark Calabria    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/7/2013 10:38:01 PM     Post Reply
The Federal Housing Administration (FHA)´s 2012 audit confirmed what has been obvious for some time: The FHA is deeply underwater, with a negative economic value of $34 billion. With over $1 trillion in mortgages backed by the FHA, even minor changes in the housing market could add tens of billions to that total. A taxpayer bailout is inevitable. What isn´t inevitable is the size of that bailout. The FHA has been sunk not by a housing bust, but by policy choices. (Snip)The FHA has succeeded over the years in offering lenders something almost no one else will:

Now Media Can Tell Us The
Truth About ObamaCare Costs
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/7/2013 10:33:50 PM     Post Reply
Rising Costs: How often did the president promise the Democrats´ health care reform would bend the spending curve downward? Now the media that´ve coddled him for years are finally talking about ObamaCare´s costs. The media that endorsed ObamaCare as a cost-control watershed are now beginning to actually report on its effects. Over the weekend, the New York Times noted that "health insurance companies across the country are seeking and winning double-digit increases in premiums for some customers, even though one of the biggest objectives of the Obama administration´s health care law was to stem the rapid rise in insurance costs

´Alcoholism didn´t run
in my family, it galloped´:
Kennedy cousins tell how
they have battled substance abuse
Daily Mail (UK), by Meghan Keneally    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/7/2013 10:25:37 PM     Post Reply
Two of the Kennedy cousins spoke out about their battles with addiction, saying that their family’s history with substance abuse contributed significantly to their own health problems. Christopher Kennedy Lawford said that he began drinking and using drugs when he was only 12-years-old and he ‘had desire to stop, I had all the resources to stop, and it was difficult for me’. He is now 26-years sober and has written a book about battling addictions, but the fight is much more fresh for his cousin, former Congressman Patrick Kennedy.

Middle-Class Backers Shocked
Obama Raised Their Taxes
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/7/2013 10:25:18 PM     Post Reply
Dyed-blue-in-the-wool supporters of President Obama are blue as can be after opening their paychecks and discovering that "ordinary folks," as the president likes to call them, got slapped with a sizeable tax hike on New Year´s Day. "What happened?" was the exclamation found repeatedly by the Washington Times´ Joseph Curl as he surveyed commentaries posted on liberal websites. "What happened that my Social Security withholding in my paycheck just went up?" a DemocraticUnderground.com post asked. "I guarantee this decrease is gonna hurt me more than the increase in income taxes will hurt those making over 400 grand. What happened?"

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