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After the Tumult and the Shouting
Weekly Standard, by Jay Cost

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Posted By:StormCnter, 11/24/2012 2:50:57 PM

If I had to choose one word to describe the 2012 presidential election, it would be decline. The results showed a decline in overall turnout, a decline in the GOP coalition relative to its 2004 high, a decline in the Democratic coalition relative to its 2008 high, and in general a stark decline in public confidence that the nation’s leaders can fix its pressing problems. Just look at the results. In 2008, some 131.5 million Americans went to the polls; while the votes are still being tallied, this time around


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Posted By: StormCnter- 8/23/2013 3:10:57 PM     Post Reply
Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan was found guilty on all 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder Friday, making him eligible for the death penalty. The sentencing phase of his trial was set to begin Monday. A military jury deliberated for roughly one day before announcing the verdict. Hasan sat emotionless, stroking his beard when the judge announced a verdict had been reached. He stood and looked at the juror panel president when the verdict was read, then turned and looked back down. A few family members of the victims cried and hugged each other at the announcement, but




Reserving the right
to refuse service
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/23/2013 11:27:28 AM     Post Reply
In yet another topic sure to enrage, Sterling Beard – writing at The Corner – catches up with the latest news on a strange case coming to us from New Mexico. It’s now gone all the way to the state Supreme Court, and the story may be at an end. In case you hadn’t heard, wedding photographers can’t refuse to take pictures at a gay wedding or they have violated the New Mexico Human Rights Act. The court found that Elane Photography’s refusal to serve Vanessa Willock violated the act, which “prohibits a public accommodation from refusing to offer its services

A New Strategy to
Take on ObamaCare
Wall Street Journal, by Kimberley A. Strassel    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/23/2013 11:23:37 AM     Post Reply
The Republicans determined to defund ObamaCare are getting a little competition in the ideas department. Maybe there´s hope for progress against the president´s health-care law after all. The question of how the GOP should handle ObamaCare has of late been dominated by those who want the party to strip funding from the law, then shut down the government unless President Obama agrees. The Defund Republicans aren´t a large faction of the conservative movement, and their plan is deeply flawed. Their strength has been in exploiting the notable lack of alternate strategies for undercutting the unpopular health law. That´s changing. A swelling coalition

In Another Country
American Spectator, by Christopher Orlet    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/23/2013 6:16:36 AM     Post Reply
I live in a different America now. For the past two years I lived in the inner-city of America’s most dangerous city. I saw the culture of poverty up close and personal. Some insist there is no such thing as a culture of poverty; they would think differently if they spent the last two years in my shoes. But of course they won’t. The culture of poverty is many things. Actually it is an accumulation of things. Having one of those things doesn’t necessarily mean you are part of that culture. One characteristic of the culture of poverty is the single-parent

Bill and Hillary’s Hamptons Holiday
Washington Free Beacon, by Matthew Continetti    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/23/2013 5:54:52 AM     Post Reply
Over the last few weeks my morning paper has carried not one story but two that tell, in exquisite detail, how power is transacted in America today. Following the activities of a single family as it navigates and exploits the connection between riches, access, and influence, the New York Times is, perhaps without intending to, composing a gripping narrative of social climbing and favor trading. (Snip) The Clintons are perennials, giant corpse flowers whose periodic bloom overwhelms the surrounding environment. Bill used to be president, Hillary ran for president but lost, and after four years as secretary of state Hillary

Going, Going, Gone
Weekly Standard, by Yuval Levin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/23/2013 5:33:58 AM     Post Reply
In the continuing debate over Obamacare, both the law’s champions and its critics are now focused largely on the mechanics of implementation. This is understandable. The insurance exchanges are supposed to launch October 1, most of the law’s other major provisions take effect January 1, and every week seems to bring fresh news of some delay or dysfunction for critics to highlight and defenders to justify or dismiss. The technological architecture of the exchanges appears to be behind schedule and below expectations, and concerns about fraud and identity theft are especially grave. Some provisions of the law (most notably the




Recession’s pain reaching deep
into the economic recovery
Washington Post, by Michael A. Fletcher    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/23/2013 5:30:49 AM     Post Reply
The buying power of Americans continues to be weaker than it was when the recession ended four years ago, underscoring the lasting damage wrought by the downturn, according to a report released Wednesday. Inflation-adjusted median household income has declined 4.4 percent, to $52,098, since June 2009, the official end of the recession, said the report by Sentier Research, an Annapolis data-analysis firm headed by two former Census Bureau officials. Although Americans’ average income has been recovering from its recent low point in August 2011, it remains 6.1 percent below where it stood when the country toppled into recession in December

Obama´s Higher Ed Plan -
A Power Grab, Not a Shake-up
Power Line, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/23/2013 5:19:18 AM     Post Reply
President Obama has announced a plan that he claims will make “college more affordable, tackle rising costs, and improve value for students and their families.” The key elements of his plan are (1) a federal college-rating system that will evaluate colleges on measures such as graduation rates, the number of low-income students served (i.e., the percentage of Pell Grant recipients), graduate earnings, and affordability and (2) the tying of federal student aid to this federal rating system by giving larger Pell Grants and lower student-loan interest rates to students who enroll in colleges that fare well on the federal scorecard. I

WikiLeaker Manning a jail ‘bird’
New York Post, by Andy Soltis    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/23/2013 5:16:27 AM     Post Reply
We’re not paying for your sex change, the Army told Bradley Manning after the convicted WikiLeaker announced yesterday he wants to live as a woman named Chelsea. “As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am female,” the dishonorably discharged private said in a statement released by his lawyer. Manning dropped the bombshell one day after being sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking 700,000 classified documents.

Gelding the Lily
PJ Media, by Richard Hernandez    Original Article
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Foreign Policy describes “How Russia Neutered Obama’s Chemical Weapons Response”. Moscow apparently foiled his plan to refer the recent Syrian chemical weapons incident to the UN. An effort by the Obama administration to reinforce the powers of U.N. chemical weapons inspectors in Syria this evening foundered in the face of Russian and Chinese opposition in the U.N. Security Council, according to council diplomats. Seizing on rebel claims that Syrian authorities massacred hundreds of civilians by firing chemically-laced rockets onto a Damascus suburb, the United States joined Britain and France in calling for an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council to rally

Republicans weigh using debt
limit as leverage on Obamacare
Reuters, by Caren Bohan    Original Article
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WASHINGTON - Republican lawmakers, who staunchly oppose President Barack Obama´s signature healthcare law, are considering using a fall showdown over the country´s borrowing limit as leverage to try to delay the law´s implementation. The idea is gaining traction among Republican leaders in the House of Representatives, aides said on Wednesday. (Snip) Republicans are weighing the tactic as an alternative to another approach that would involve denying funding for the law and threatening a possible government shutdown. The push to deny funding for Obamacare has the backing of some prominent Republican senators, including Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio




Is America Inching
Toward a Police State?
PJ Media, by Rodrigo Sermano    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/23/2013 4:58:04 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – The recent revelations about the federal government’s surveillance programs underscore a subtle trend in the U.S. that should raise some concerns about personal freedoms in America. According to John W. Whitehead – founder of the Rutherford Institute, a nonprofit civil liberties and human rights organization – more Americans might find themselves in increasingly dangerous situations as SWAT teams and SWAT-team tactics are used more frequently in routine law enforcement activities. Violent crime in America has been on a steady decline since the mid-1990s. No one knows exactly why criminal activity is down, but experts point to a variety of factors

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The Times [NW Indiana], by Carmen McCollum    Original Article
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GARY | A female student was beaten when four adults attempted to rob a group of school children at the bus stop in Gary at 7 a.m. Wednesday, police said. The girl was among seven Lake Ridge Middle School students waiting at the bus stop near the intersection of 24th Avenue and Gerry Street. The victim said the four adults -- two males and two females -- exited the car and demanded cellphones and money. "I told them I don´t have a cellphone, and I don´t have any money," she said as she described the event following the school day.


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