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Chavez’s Shady Dealings
Commentary, by Ben Cohen    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 2/5/2013 2:32:09 PM     Post Reply
As indecent as it seems to find humor in the world’s tyrannies, it’s hard not to, especially when it comes to Venezuela and Iran. On January 21, Tahmasb Mazaheri, the former governor of Iran’s Central Bank, was arrested by German police at Dusseldorf Airport after he was found carrying a check worth 300 million Venezuelan Bolivars–the equivalent of $70 million–in his hand luggage. Mazaheri, who flew into the German city from Turkey, is suspected of involvement in money laundering. His own explanation is that the check “was designed to finance the Venezuelan government’s construction of 10,000 homes.”

HHS begins purge of ´excessively
burdensome´ healthcare rules
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Megan R. Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/5/2013 2:30:36 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration is proposing to reform existing healthcare regulations and purge unnecessary ones, a move that it says would save $3.4 billion over five years. The Department of Health and Human Services has rolled out suggestions for changes at healthcare facilities that would eliminate red tape in the workplace. Specifically, the proposals would make it so that hospital workers and technicians can perform "tasks they are trained to do, without requiring the supervision or approval of a physician or other practitioner," according to the department. “We are committed to cutting the red tape for health care facilities,”

White House Responds To Drones
Memo: Strikes Are ‘Legal,’
‘Ethical’ And ‘Wise’
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/5/2013 2:16:18 PM     Post Reply
It’s no surprise that among the first questions White House Press Secretary Jay Carney received at today’s press briefing was one that concerned a recently-leaked Justice Department memo that offered justification for killing U.S. citizens abroad in predator drone attacks. Carney began by clarifying that the memo in question was an “unclassified document” prepared for members of Congress. “The president takes his responsibilities very seriously,” Carney said. “And first and foremost that’s his responsibility to protect the United States.” He continued by saying that the president is dedicated to



Refuse to Recuse
Washington Free Beacon, by Bill McMorris    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/5/2013 2:09:01 PM     Post Reply
Critics of President Barack Obama’s recess appointments are calling on Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan to recuse herself from a potential Supreme Court hearing on the matter. The Chamber of Commerce raised the prospect of recusal, citing then-solicitor general Kagan’s defense of President Obama’s recess appointments in a previous case regarding the composition of the National Labor Relations Board. The Supreme Court invalidated more than 600 NLRB decisions in the June 2010 case New Process Steel v. NLRB because the board had been issuing decisions with only two members.

Obama to visit Israel in
spring for first time as president
Jerusalem Post, by Hilary Leila Krieger    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 2/5/2013 2:05:05 PM     Post Reply
US President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Israel this spring, the White House confirmed Tuesday evening, which would mark his first trip the country since he assumed the White House in 2009. “The start of the President’s second term and the formation of a new Israeli government offer the opportunity to reaffirm the deep and enduring bonds between the United States and Israel and to discuss the way forward on a broad range of issues of mutual concern,” said White House spokesman Tommy Vietor. He pointed to Iran and Syria but did not mention the Palestinians.

Empire State gun owners sue
to block state’s gun ban
Human Events, by Raquel Okyay    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/5/2013 1:59:40 PM     Post Reply
Leading gun rights groups put New York State on notice for violating the U.S. and New York State Constitutions for passage and enforcement of the NYS SAFE Act 2013. “On January 29, we served a Notice of Claim on the Attorney General of the State of New York,” said Brian Stapelton, partner at Goldberg Segalla LLP, an Albany law firm. “This is the jurisdictional prerequisite for filing a lawsuit against a municipal body.” The state has 90 days to respond, he said. “Thereafter, we will challenge the unconstitutional SAFE Act as quickly and aggressively as procedures permit.”

Pemex Explosion Should
Push Mexico To Privatize
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 2/5/2013 1:50:40 PM     Post Reply
Socialism: Whether it was an accident or sabotage, the deadly explosion at Mexico´s state-owned oil firm wasn´t an unusual event. The one thing Thursday´s incident at the Pemex tower should be is a spur to privatize. Despite a much-publicized war against cartels, the real Mexico story is one of moderately good economic growth with zero net illegal emigration and a public sector financed by a budget showing a $1 billion annual surplus. But then there´s Pemex, the supposed symbol of national sovereignty, which in reality is nothing but a millstone around Mexico´s neck holding the country back from far greater gains.



Oregon AG Investigates Baker´s
Refusal to Make Wedding Cake
for Lesbians
Cybercast News Service, by Pete Winn    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/5/2013 1:49:02 PM     Post Reply
The Oregon attorney general’s office is investigating a Portland-area bakery after a lesbian couple filed a complaint alleging that the owner discriminated against them when he declined to make a wedding cake for their same-sex “marriage.” Aaron Klein, who owns and operates Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery along with his wife in Gresham, Ore., said he received notice of the complaint last week from the Oregon Department of Justice. The complaint stems from an incident which occurred Jan. 17, when a woman came in with her mother to test wedding cakes.

Sebelius: ObamaCare is the law
of the land, so you might as
well help us implement it
Hot Air, by Erika Johnsen    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/5/2013 1:30:29 PM     Post Reply
Or, in other words: Just give in already to the power of the all-knowing and all-powerful bureaucracy. Trust us. Last June, the Supreme Court ruled that ObamaCare’s Medicaid mandate (requiring that states expand their programs and provide specified health care to all citizens whose income falls below a certain threshold, or else face losing all prior federal funding) was an unconstitutional “gun to the head” for states’ administrations and budgets, and confirmed their right to opt out without penalty — but that doesn’t mean the Obama administration isn’t applying every

Norquist: Immigration
is good for the GOP
Daily Caller, by Neil Munro    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/5/2013 1:27:01 PM     Post Reply
Americans for Tax Reform head Grover Norquist says that large-scale immigration is good for America and the Republican Party — and that critics of easy immigration should get out of the way. “There are a whole bunch of people who are listening to loud voices, some of whom claim to be Republican … talking about [employers] who didn’t fill out the paperwork, about going after [an immigrant´s] aunt,” said Norquist, whose opposition to tax increases has made him popular among Republicans and a hate-figure among progressives.

The Disgusting Consequences
of Plastic-Bag Bans
Bloomberg, by Ramesh Ponnuru    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 2/5/2013 1:25:39 PM     Post Reply
Conservatives often point out that laws, no matter how benign they may appear, have unintended consequences. They can reverberate in ways that not many people foresaw and nobody wanted: Raising the minimum wage can increase unemployment; prohibition can create black markets. The efforts in many cities to discourage the use of plastic bags demonstrate that such unintended consequences can be, among other things, kind of gross. San Francisco has been discouraging plastic bags since 2007, saying that it takes too much oil to make them and that used bags pollute waterways and kill marine animals. In 2012, it strengthened its law.



Rick Perry: I hope Piers Morgan
enjoyed Texas
Washington Examiner [DC], by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/5/2013 1:21:10 PM     Post Reply
Last night on CNN, host Piers Morgan aired a show he recorded live in Katy, Texas, featuring Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, State Sen. Dan Patrick and Rocker Ted Nugent. Morgan continued his push to ban so-called “assault weapons,” appearing at a Texas gun store and firing several rifles before debating the issue with Texas lawmakers. This afternoon, Texas Governor Rick Perry issued a statement to express his opinion on Morgan’s visit. “Governor Perry and all Texas law-abiding gun owners hope that Piers Morgan enjoyed Texas,” Perry said in a statement posted to his Facebook page.

How immigration reform
could hurt Republicans
Washington Post, by Aaron Blake    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/5/2013 1:10:58 PM     Post Reply
Republicans are anxious to get something done on immigration reform in light of their growing electoral slippage among Latino voters. But even if doing comprehensive reform helps repair the GOP’s image with the Hispanic community and increases its share of the Hispanic vote, one thing has gotten lost in all of this: The GOP would potentially be helping to give millions more Democratic-leaning Latinos the right to vote. A Pew Hispanic Center study last year showed there were 24 million eligible Hispanic voters in the United States and about 16 million Hispanic kids who will be eligible to vote

Anonymous prostitute’s shocking
handwritten account recalls sex
with Bob Menendez ‘when I was
16 years old’
Daily Caller, by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/5/2013 1:09:34 PM     Post Reply
In a handwritten statement provided last year to a whistle-blower, a young prostitute detailed allegations that she slept with Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez beginning “when I was 16 years old.” “During [one] visit of Senator Bob Menendez to the Dominican Republic, I had intimate relations with him on more than one occasion,” the unidentified woman wrote, according to The Daily Caller’s translation. She appears to be a new voice among what are now at least six women purported to have engaged in sex for money with Menendez. Her claim appears in a Spanish-language testimonial collected

No Assault-Weapons
Ban in Senate Bill?
National Review Online, by Charles C. W. Cooke    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/5/2013 1:04:20 PM     Post Reply
One almost feels sorry for Dianne Feinstein. Her first assault-weapons ban was widely judged to be a failure, and her more expansive second try seems set to be ignored by her colleagues in the Senate. Per the Wall Street Journal: Senate Democratic leaders expect a gun bill to move to the Senate floor that includes most of the proposals backed by President Barack Obama, with the notable exception of a ban on military-style, semiautomatic weapons, a top aide to Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said. The bill would likely seek to limit the capacity of ammunition magazines;



Flash Mob Mayhem: Violent
Groups Of Teens Leave NYC
Businesses In Ruins
CBS News (New York), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: ScarletPimpernel- 2/5/2013 1:03:13 PM     Post Reply
Violent, thieving mobs have been making headlines across the country for the past few years, and now they have hit New York City. And Maurice Dubois reported in this CBS 2 investigation, the teen mobs have left neighborhoods worried as businesses take matters into their own hands. Judson Bennett, 78, recently ran into a violent group of teens [Snip] as he made his daily trip to buy a newspaper at his favorite news team.

Facebook After Death: Who Owns
Your Pages When You Die?
ABC News, by Jilian Fama    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/5/2013 1:00:49 PM     Post Reply
Most people can´t live without Facebook -- but what happens to your Facebook page when you are no longer living? New Hampshire and other states are trying to figure that out. State Rep. Peter Sullivan has introduced legislation to allow the executor of an estate control over the social networking pages of the dead. Last week, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 222-128 to give Sullivan more time to write an amendment that begins a study of the issue. The bill proposed by Sullivan, a Democrat from Manchester, would allow control of someone´s Facebook, Twitter, and other accounts

Pathway to citizenship could
increase Obamacare cost up to
$300 billion over a decade
Daily Caller, by Caroline May    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/5/2013 12:56:18 PM     Post Reply
Any immigration package in which current illegal immigrants are made eligible for Obamacare — in the form of either exchanges or Medicaid — could increase costs to the federal government by between $120 billion to $200 billion in its first decade, according to internal calculations by the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee that were obtained exclusively by The Daily Caller. GOP Senate Budget Committee staffers explained to TheDC that the estimates assume that the law’s provision capping total spending on exchange subsidies, which is set to begin in 2019, is enforced.

A mock bunker, a military
spy camera and a veil of
secrecy: Revealed, the
extraordinary FBI operation
to rescue five-year-old
Ethan from survivalist´s
underground lair
Daily Mail (UK), by Laura Collins, Thomas Durante*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/5/2013 12:51:53 PM     Post Reply
An elite team of FBI agents built a mock bunker and inserted a spy camera into Jimmy Lee Dyke’s underground lair to rescue five-year-old Ethan after a week of meticulous and secretive planning, it was revealed today. The FBI Hostage Rescue Team blew the doors off the bunker and shot dead the survivalist during the daring raid yesterday afternoon after footage from a secret hi-tech camera showed the boy’s life was in ‘imminent danger’. Agents became increasingly concerned the 65-year-old´s behavior would turn violent after their negotiations with him ´deteriorated´ in the final 24 hours.

Krugman: ´Death Panels and Sales
Taxes is How We Do This´
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Joel Griffith    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/5/2013 12:51:04 PM     Post Reply
Nobel Prize winning “economist” Paul Krugman spoke at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C. last week. During the Q&A session following the lecture, an audience member asked him about the rising national debt. Earlier in the evening, Krugman had already vocalized his satisfaction at President Obama’s apparent lack of concern over the exploding cumulative deficit. However, in a moment of brutal honesty, the esteemed Princeton professor revealed his long term prognosis. According to the professor, Eventually we do have a problem. That the population is getting older, health care costs are rising…there


Obama to call for taxes
to avert March sequester
Daily Caller, by Neil Munro    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/5/2013 12:40:04 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama will call Tuesday for new tax cuts and some spending curbs to avoid a series of automatic deep cuts to domestic and defense spending that he approved to resolve a 2011 fiscal crisis. He’s expected to argue at 1:15 a.m. EST that the sequester will further damage the economy, which actually shrank by 0.1 percent during the last three months of 2012. Obama’s new proposal comes one day after he missed the legal deadline for submitting a 2014 budget request, and five weeks after he approved a measure to avoid the so-called “Fiscal Cliff” that raised taxes

Global worming: how worms are
accelerating climate change
Guardian [UK], by Roz Pidcock    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/5/2013 12:35:26 PM     Post Reply
It may not be all about us humans - earthworms could be contributing to climate change too, according to a new study. What´s more, the research warns worm populations are set to boom in the next few decades. So should we be worrying about worm-induced warming? Well, probably not in the grand scheme of things - but the humble earthworm does have more to do with greenhouse gas emissions than you might think. Earthworms don´t produce much in the way of emissions themselves. But the soil they live in does - and worms play a big part in soil.

Jeb Bush says yes to CPAC
Hill [Washington,DC], by Cameron Joseph    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 2/5/2013 12:31:17 PM     Post Reply
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) will speak for the first time at this year´s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), a regular stop for Republican presidential hopefuls. The move is a sign that Bush is seeking a more public role within the GOP, though it´s unclear whether he´s more interested in playing an elder-statesman role or in running for president. While Bush has been invited to speak at previous CPAC events, this is the first time he´s accepted the offer. "We are pleased to announce that my friend Governor Jeb Bush will be a featured speaker at CPAC 2013,"

NY Medicaid exec pay
is sickening
New York Post, by Carl Campanile & Chuck Bennett    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/5/2013 12:27:43 PM     Post Reply
Executives at Medicaid- funded not-for-profits in New York are hauling in massive salaries, with one raking in $2.8 million and 14 others topping a half-million, an explosive congressional report has found. And more than 100 other executives from Medicaid-funded agencies in New York are pulling in more than $200,000, according to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The report, titled Billions of Federal Tax Dollars Wasted Annually by New York’s Medicaid Program, called for a sweeping independent audit of the state’s bloated $54 billion in Medicaid spending, the nation’s highest.

David Horowitz: How
Republicans can win
Power Line, by Scott Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/5/2013 12:27:15 PM     Post Reply
I’ve known David Horowitz for more than 20 years, from the time he came through town with Peter Collier talking about their invaluable book Destructive Generation: Second Thoughts About the Sixties. As Jay Nordlinger has written, David was a leader of the New Left who became a leader of the fighting Reaganite Right: “He is a thinker and a doer, an intellectual and an activist. His mind ranges widely, and so do his books. He has written about politics and policy, of course. But he has also written about matters literary, cultural, and spiritual.”

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