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R.I.P., Barney: How ´Barney Cam´
made George W. Bush´s
dog a Web star
Los Angeles Times, by Jimmy Orr    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/6/2013 11:09:45 AM     Post Reply
"Mr. Orr, this is the White House operator." As a White House spokesman, I received phone calls like this all the time. But this was the first time the president´s secretary had ordered me to report to the Oval Office immediately. Before 7 a.m. on a Saturday. It was December 2003. Iraq was all over the news. We were closing in on the capture of Saddam Hussein. But — and the nation should be thankful — this wasn´t my domain. President George W. Bush had another reason for calling for me now. Barney Cam. How it happened - Whenever I'm asked to speak about my tenure in the White House,

GOP lawmakers question
citizenship pathway
United Press International, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/6/2013 11:09:12 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON- House Republicans cast doubt on a citizenship path for the United States´ 11 million undocumented immigrants, with some calling for legal residency and no more. "Are there options that we should consider between the extremes of mass deportation and a pathway to citizenship for those not lawfully present in the United States?" House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., asked during the first of several hearings on immigration reform. He asked the question of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, a hearing witness. Castro, a rising Hispanic star in the Democratic Party, said he didn´t

Obama Interior pick: Global
warming hurt profits
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2013 11:07:50 AM     Post Reply
REI, the popular outfitter run by President Obama´s choice to head the Interior Department, cited the impact of global warming as a reason for poor profits in its most recent annual report. "We experienced strong sales in 2011. However, because winter weather failed to arrive, our profitability was impacted," said Brian Unmacht, executive vice president of Recreational Equipment Inc., which has three outlets in the Washington area. Obama´s pick is REI CEO Sally Jewell, who has run the firm since 2005. Under Jewell, REI has blossomed while pursuing a green agenda aimed at cutting



I´ve Been a Limousine
American Thinker, by David Lawrence    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 2/6/2013 11:04:49 AM     Post Reply
As an adolescent, I was a limousine liberal in my dad´s house in Great Neck. I felt compassion for all the needy of the world and admired the communists who were trying to spread the wealth in equal, fair shares to people of unequal talents, efforts, and ambitions. (snip) I´ve been a limousine liberal twice in my life: in the sixties in my dad´s Lincoln, in the eighties and nineties in my Rolls-Royce

U.S. Postal Service to
cut Saturday delivery
Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2013 10:47:31 AM     Post Reply
No more Saturday mail. That’s the solution reached by U.S. Postal Service officials to trim $2 billion from the budget, to be formally announced Wednesday. The USPS will halt Saturday mail delivery service, starting in August, according to The Associated Press. The USPS will still deliver packages six days a week. The move follows postal trends: Since 2010, the USPS reports package delivery rose by 14 percent, while letter delivery declined. The USPS has pushed for a cost-cutting, five-delivery schedule for years, but Congress has resisted. Ostensibly, the USPS will still need to obtain congressional

Murder in Turkey
Strikes Close to Home
American Thinker, by Alicia Colon    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/6/2013 10:47:21 AM     Post Reply
It was a note on my daughter´s Facebook page asking for prayers for Sarai Sierra, the young mother of two, then missing for a week traveling alone in Turkey, that made me wonder if my daughter knew her. Sarai Sierra´s battered body was discovered near a highway in Istanbul, last weekend. (Snip) I was even more shocked when I saw her picture after she was found murdered in Istanbul for I recognized her as a girl who grew up with my children. In fact I also knew quite well the woman who was supposed to have traveled with Sarai

CA Democrats Try Hiking the
Cost of Gun Ownership. Women,
Minorities Will Be Hardest
Hit, But the Dems Don’t Care
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2013 10:43:49 AM     Post Reply
Having gotten away with forcing Americans to purchase insurance as the price of breathing, the Democratic Party is trying to force Californians to purchase insurance as the price of exercising their Second Amendment right of self-defense. Democratic lawmakers proposed legislation Tuesday that would require California gun owners to buy liability insurance to cover damages or injuries caused by their weapons. Similar bills have been introduced in other states after the Newtown, Conn., school massacre. They include Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New York.



Rising Democratic star doesn’t
know if violent gang members
should be deported
Washington Examiner, by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2013 10:32:42 AM     Post Reply
San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro refused to allow that members of violent gangs should be deported before they commit crimes while participating in gang activities. “I believe in ensuring that America is free of folks that have committed violent crimes,” Castro, who received national attention as a speaker at the Democratic National Convention, told Rep. J. Randy Forbes, R-Va., during the House Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration reform. “With regard to the hypothetical,” Castro also said, “I readily concede that I’m not in law enforcement, I’m not a technical expert in that regard.” Forbes explained that he was

More UFO sightings along Eagle Ford
KSAT [San Antonio TX], by David Sears    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/6/2013 10:27:21 AM     Post Reply
ARTESIAN WELLS, Texas -The oil boom across the Eagle Ford Shale is creating another kind of boom: more and more UFO sightings seem to be happening across the big sky of South Texas. A security camera at an oil rig near Cotulla caught an image of something that appeared to be a unidentified flying object. An oil rig worker caught something on his cell phone that he didn´t recognize. A rancher witnessed lights darting across the sky over an oil rig about 3 miles from her home near Artesian Wells. "We knew it was something beyond our expectations,

Cantor signals shift
on immigration as he
lays out GOP agenda
Los Angeles Times, by Michael A. Memoli    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2013 10:23:49 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- House Majority Leader Eric Cantor outlined a kinder, gentler House Republican agenda for the coming term that puts a greater emphasis on kitchen table issues, and called for a path to citizenship for the children of illegal immigrants. Two years after the Republicans came to power in the House on a wave of tea party fervor, Cantor’s speech at a DC think tank Tuesday – entitled “Making Life Work” – marked the start of an effort to move beyond the budget fights that have come to define the party at a time of divided government.

Liberal Think Tank: Working Less
Could Slow Global Warming
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2013 10:19:11 AM     Post Reply
A liberal Washington, D.C. think tank released a study that claims global warming can be slowed if people worked less. The liberal Center for Economic Policy and Research suggests a worldwide switch to a "more European work schedule, which includes working fewer hours and more vacation time." The Center´s study claims a more European schedule "could prevent as much as half of the expected global temperature rise by 2100." The study claims the less people work, the less carbon gets emitted. "The relationship between [shorter work and lower emissions] is complex and clearly understood, but it is understandable



Britain faces risk of power
cuts due to solar storms
Telegraph [UK], by Nick Collins    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/6/2013 10:14:40 AM     Post Reply
Britain could face the risk of power cuts due to solar storms as the Sun enters an 11-year peak in activity, a new report claims. Lloyds of London warned that bursts of charged particles given off by the Sun could disrupt GPS networks and interfere with rail signals and aeroplane autopilot systems. Solar storms occur often but are more frequent when the sun is at the most active phase of its cycle, meaning the greatest risk of a major storm is within the coming years. Tom Bolt, of Lloyd´s, said: "Space storms are not science fiction--they can affect everything

Just Call Me the
Catholic BuzzFeed?
National Review Online, by Kathryn Jean Lopez    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/6/2013 10:14:23 AM     Post Reply
A colleague sent me this Buzzfeed list of interesting items on Speaker of the House John Boehner’s desk, which, in my humble opinion, happens to miss all the interesting items on his desk in the highlighted photo:(Snip for photos)Like the daily devotional:And the St. Peter statue: And the mini-book by a Dominican priest on the Holy Name of Jesus:D.C.’s Donald Cardinal Wuerl’s book on The Mass:And peaking out from behind his desk lamp, by St. Peter, is St. Thomas More, about whom the speaker recently had a few words to say, mentioning his image in the Capitol building.

´No such thing as Falkland islanders´,
says Argentine foreign minister
Telegraph [UK], by Damien McElroy    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/6/2013 10:10:32 AM     Post Reply
Hector Timerman claimed the United Nations only acknowledges two parties in the territorial disputet--the UK and Argentina. Speaking at a press conference in central London today, Mr Timerman said: "The Falklands islanders do not exist. What exists is British citizens who live in the Islas Malvinas. "The United Nations does not recognise a third party in the conflict. It says there are just two parts--the UK and Argentina." Argentine diplomats organised a conference of activists based in Europe to plan future acts of agitation over the islands. Mr Timerman said that "everybody" in Argentina still felt the "effects of

Hillary Clinton unveils glamorous
new website days after leaving
State Department as 2016
speculation mounts
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2013 10:08:19 AM     Post Reply
Hillary Clinton has launched a new home page just days after stepping down as Secretary of State - further fueling speculation that she is positioning herself to run for president in 2016. Clinton´s 2008 presidential campaign now links to the new page, www.hillaryclintonoffice.com. Clinton has been coyly answering questions about her ambitions for high office ever since President Barack Obama was reelected in November. Her new site went live on January 31, the same day she finally disbanded her 2008



Find another leader for the Pentagon
Chicago Tribune, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/6/2013 10:08:12 AM     Post Reply
If you only tuned in for former Sen. Chuck Hagel´s opening statement in the Senate confirmation hearing last week on his nomination for secretary of defense, you might have thought, what´s all the fuss? Hagel hit all the right notes in a sweeping, forceful endorsement of the muscular use of American military power around the world to defend the nation´s security. He voiced strong support for Israel and said he would maintain pressure on terrorist groups in Yemen, Somalia and North Africa. "I believe, and always have, that America must engage — not retreat — in the world," Hagel declared,

Revealed: the only known poem
by an adult Winston Churchill
Telegraph [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/6/2013 10:05:46 AM     Post Reply
The only known poem by an adult Winston Churchill, written as a young cavalry officer and describing marines on the eve of a naval battle, has come to light. The wartime leader was an unrivalled speechwriter, prolific author and winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, but despite being a lover of poetry, he was only known to have written one poem, as a schoolboy at Harrow. Now a 10-verse poem penned over two pages in blue crayon by Churchill while he was serving in the army has emerged for sale at auction in London. The poem is a

Post Office to end
Saturday deliveries
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/6/2013 10:03:30 AM     Post Reply
You take sixteen billion, and what do you get? Another day shorter and lighter in debt — or so the Post Office hopes. The USPS went into the red in 2012 by an astounding $16 billion, and needs to find ways to cut costs. CBS News reports this morning that they will trim one-sixth of their deliveries by ending 150 years of Saturday service for first-class mail: Get ready for some big changes in your mail service. After losing $16 billion last year, the postmaster general will make announce Wednesday that

‘Muslim Patrols’: Sharia
Enforcers Hit Britain’s Streets
PJ Media, by Mike McNally    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2013 10:02:22 AM     Post Reply
No longer content with preaching Sharia in the mosque, some British Muslims are now attempting to impose Islamic law on the streets. In videos posted on YouTube, self-described “Muslim patrols” have filmed themselves berating young women for being inappropriately dressed, seizing cans of beer from men, and burning posters advertising women’s underwear. In another video, a mob pursues a man they suspect of being gay down a street, calling him a “fag” and telling him to get out of their “Muslim area.” The videos are the latest example of how many Muslims — particularly young men —

At last, Republicans make
their case to Main Street
Washington Examiner [DC], by Michael Barone    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/6/2013 10:00:04 AM     Post Reply
The House Republicans, in serious trouble with public opinion as they blinked facing the "fiscal cliff" over New Year´s, seem suddenly to be playing a more successful game -- or, rather, games, an inside game and an outside game. The inside game can be described by the Washington phrase "regular order." What that means in ordinary American English is that you proceed according to the rules. Bills are written in subcommittee and committee and then go to the floor. When the House and Senate pass different versions -- likely when Republicans control the House


USS Cole Suspect Complains
of Marks on Wrist; Victims
Describe Their Torture
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2013 9:55:07 AM     Post Reply
An incensed defense team complained at Guantanamo today that, while being transported from his cell to the courtroom, accused USS Cole bombing mastermind Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri got red marks on his wrist. The forgotten victims of the October 2000 attack in the port of Aden, though, had a message for the al-Qaeda suspect: “Stop hiding like a little girl behind the skirts of Lady Liberty,” in the words of Sharon Pelly, wife of USS Cole sailor Joe Pelly. And to the media: remember who the real victims are. Al-Nashiri’s lawyers alleged the abuse of their client

President Obama’s deep contempt
for the rule of law
FOX News, by Adam Freedman    Original Article
Posted By: LudicrousSextus- 2/6/2013 9:50:14 AM     Post Reply
In January, a unanimous Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit held that the president violated the Constitution by making "recess appointments" when the Senate was not, in fact, in recess. If you think this is just another one of those dry, lawyerly technicalities, think again. One of the Constitution’s essential checks and balances is the requirement of Senate "advice and consent" for presidential appointments. The Recess Appointments Clause of Article II provides a narrow exception to that requirement:
Headline split by staff

Rove Surprised at
NY Times Betrayal
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by Breitbart News    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2013 9:47:47 AM     Post Reply
Karl Rove’s appearance on Fox News’ Hannity was a straightforward and well-intentioned attempt to walk back damage done to American Crossroads by Saturday’s New York Times article, which placed Rove in direct opposition to the Tea Party. “This is not Tea Party versus establishment,” Rove stated. “I don’t want a fight.” When Sean Hannity confronted Rove about the New York Times article, Rove immediately responded incredulously that the article was from the New York Times – of course it was biased! But it was apparently Rove and American Crossroads that leaked their plan to the

CBO: Obamacare Will Force
7 Million Off Private Insurance
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Wynton Hall    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2013 9:38:13 AM     Post Reply
In 2009, President Barack Obama promised Americans that Obamacare would not threaten citizens’ individual healthcare plans. “No matter what you’ve heard, if you like your doctor or healthcare plan you can keep it,” said Obama in 2009. “And everyone will have the stability and security that’s missing today.” But according to new figures released Tuesday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), seven million Americans will soon be forced out of their employer-based insurance coverage, as businesses opt to simply pay the federal government’s penalty and forgo continuing to offer workers private

5-Year-Old Alabama Boy
Misses Fun ´Bunker Grandpa´
Onion, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Magic8Ball- 2/6/2013 9:38:05 AM     Post Reply
Hours after an FBI raid freed him from the underground bunker where he had been held hostage for six days, 5-year-old Alabama boy Ethan told reporters that he already misses his fun, super-cool Bunker Grandpa. “Bunker Grandpa let me stay up all night and do whatever I want!” Ethan said Monday night, adding that he couldn’t wait to tell all his friends at school about getting to spend a week playing in an “awesome underground playhouse with [his] new best friend.”
Headline split by staff

Tails of Sophie and Sarah:
Besotted couple post
hilarious picture of their
sheepdogs online every day
Daily Mail (UK), by Sarah Malm    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/6/2013 9:36:32 AM     Post Reply
The lives of four-year-old Sophie and Sarah, aged two, are well documented by their parents who post pictures of their everyday lives, playing chess, reading books and behaving at the dinner table. However, Sophie and Sarah are not children, but a pair of shaggy Old English sheepdogs. Owners Cees Bol and Hanneke van de Watering record the adventures of their dogs and their furry friends throughout the year in picturesque locations near their small Dutch village of Sibculo. Scroll down for video

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