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  • Secret to happiness? Be a conservative woman

    12/27/2013 9:42:06 AM PST · by dead · 32 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 27, 2013 | 10:38am | Ramesh Ponnuru
    The head of the think-tank where I work believes he has discovered the secret of happiness, and he wants to share it with everyone. Don’t worry: I’m not in a cult... Once basic material needs are met, though, satisfying work matters more than money. What people want is not just success, but also “earned success” — the feeling that one’s efforts have paid off. In a recent talk, Brooks cited a 1978 study in which lottery winners were slightly less happy six months after they hit the jackpot... Over the last 40 years, women who describe themselves as “conservative” have...
  • 2014: Democrats’ Disaster?

    12/27/2013 9:41:38 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    National Review ^ | December 27, 2013 | John Fund
    If a panic button existed in the offices of vulnerable Democrats in Congress right now, they might be pressing it so often it wouldn’t have time to reset. A new CNN poll this week found that support for Obamacare is down to an all-time low of 35 percent. That helps explain the dramatic partisan reversal in another question CNN asked — about which party respondents would vote for in their congressional district. Two months ago, Democrats had a 50–42 percent lead on that critical “generic ballot” question. Now, Republicans have taken a 49–44 lead. Other private polls taken in the...
  • EPA Pushes Gun Control Through Green Ammo Mandate

    12/27/2013 9:36:07 AM PST · by raptor22 · 49 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 27, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Gun Control: Thanks to government regulations, the closing of the last U.S. lead smelter and a push for "green" lead-free ammunition, ammo prices will skyrocket. Does the Second Amendment threaten the environment? Having been stymied by court defeats such as the Supreme Court's deciding that the Second Amendment does indeed confer a right to keep and bear arms on individuals throughout the United States, advocates of a gun-free America and a disarmed citizenry are taking a different approach: Go after the ammunition through regulations that stifle domestic production and force the use of more expensive and eco-friendly substitutes. Expanded regulations...

    12/27/2013 8:56:16 AM PST · by papertyger · 309 replies
    The Blaze ^ | December 26, 2013
    Connecticut residents waited in long lines on Thursday to register their firearms and high-capacity magazines before the state’s new gun laws go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014. WFSB-TV reports that a “long-line of people” stood outside the Public Safety Building in Middletown, Conn., all day to register semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity magazines. Several residents were upset with the “unconstitutional” requirement, while at least one person didn’t appear to mind. “I understand why they’re doing it, but I don’t think it’s constitutional,” resident Scott Boccio told WFSB-TV as he was registering his guns. Charles Gillette, who was registering magazines, told...
  • Obamacare’s ‘Pajama Boy’ was accused of racism, anti-Semitism

    12/27/2013 8:27:06 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 42 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12/19/13
    Ethan Krupp, the little man who played “Pajama Boy” in a widely-mocked Obamacare ad, was accused in college of racism and anti-Semitism. Krupp, an Organizing for Action (OFA) content writer who became the face of progressive America when he sipped cocoa and smirked while wearing a onesie pajama suit in a recent Obamacare ad, is also a failed comedy writer whose work was not appreciated in his own time. Krupp was the editor of Wisconsin’s college-town “Madison Misnomer” as recently as 2010, noting that “Nothing is ever accomplished” at editorial meetings and “It probably won’t last more than another year.”...
  • Indian Authorities Swoop Down on

    12/27/2013 8:26:46 AM PST · by Errant · 24 replies
    Coin Desk ^ | 12/27/2013 | Nermin Hajdarbegovic
    Just three days after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued a public advisory which warned against the use and trade of digital currencies, authorities have carried out the first bitcoin raid in the country. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) raided the premises of Mahim Gupta, the man behind, in Ahmedabad. A separate raid was carried out in another part of the city, although the authorities do not appear to have found the second suspect in the office.
  • Detroit's abandoned buildings draw tourists instead of developers

    12/27/2013 8:07:19 AM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 81 replies
    LA Times ^ | December 25, 2013 | Alana Semuels
    DETROIT — He'd heard stories of ruin and blight, but that didn't prepare Oliver Kearney for what he saw: Prostitutes roaming the streets at 8 a.m., rubble-strewn parking lots overrun with weeds, buildings taken over by bright pink graffiti, the message scrawled on blackboards in deserted schools: "I will not write in vacant buildings." He took 2,000 photographs his first day. "No other American city has seen decline on this scale," Kearney said. "It's really a once-in-a-lifetime thing you're going to see." And he saw it all on a tour. Kearney, an 18-year-old aspiring architect, persuaded his father to travel...
  • Not just the NSA: US spies rent a Jerusalem hotel suite to watch a secret Israeli site

    12/27/2013 8:01:55 AM PST · by kindred · 4 replies ^ | 12-23-2013 | unknown
    Many Israelis were scandalized when documents released by Edward Snowden revealed that their best friend, America, had in 2009 targeted a former prime minister and defense minister for secret surveillance. But their political leaders were not surprised. For years, the United States has been running a complex eavesdropping and surveillance web to spy on friends and foes alike, including Israel. Satellites gather and transmit data to command centers, “informers” operate in the field and the most fertile sources of all are not human but the instruments which bug cell phones, tablets and social networks. The US National Security Agency, NSA,...
  • Neal Boortz: Social Conservatives Will Keep Republicans from Taking Senate

    12/27/2013 7:52:20 AM PST · by Rufus2007 · 110 replies
    Big Government ^ | December 27, 2013 | Jeff Poor
    On Thursday, semi-retired radio talker Neal Boortz predicted the Republican Party will not win control of the U.S. Senate in the 2014 midterm elections, despite all the pitfalls the Democrats and President Barack Obama are facing, particularly with regards to Obamacare. The reason, Boortz said, would be the GOP’s tendency to run on issues related to social conservatism. Boortz explained the importance to the republic for a GOP win next year while guest hosting Sean Hannity’s Thursday radio show:
  • Norman Rockwell's Family Says Book on Late Artist Riddled with Errors

    12/27/2013 7:31:07 AM PST · by This Just In · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 26, 2013 | AP
    (AP) BOSTON--The family of the late Norman Rockwell is taking exception to a new biography of the American illustrator, saying it contains numerous inaccuracies and poses a "phantom theory" about his sexuality. "American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell," by Deborah Solomon, was published in November.
  • Saudi Arabia May Put Founder of “Free Saudi Liberals” to Death

    12/27/2013 6:43:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 12/27/2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Saudi Arabia is no country for free liberals. The message the brother and sister read aloud is one addressed to a missing father: 9-year-old Najwa and 8-year-old Tirad reciting the words in unison, “Our mother’s starting to worry about you.”Their mom, Ensaf Haidar, is indeed worried, but she’s also pained. She knows how much her children yearn to see their dad, but she just doesn’t know what to tell them.How can she begin to explain that their dad has languished in a Saudi prison for almost a year? How can she expose her kids to a brutal reality she...
  • Jesse Jackson Attacks ‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Phil Robertson for ‘White Privilege’ (Video)

    12/27/2013 6:42:12 AM PST · by montag813 · 33 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 12-27-2013 | John Urban
    Compares to bus driver who challenged Rosa Parks by John UrbanTop Right News Not content to be left on the sidelines of any controversy, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. is sticking his nose into the Phil Robertson affair. Jackson, clearly unhappy that only homosexual activists have had the stage thus far, attacked the star of A&E’s reality show “Duck Dynasty,” claiming that Robertson’s comments to GQ reflect “white privilege.” Jackson even absurdly compared Robertson to the bus driver who ordered Rosa Parks to move to the back of the bus in a statement obtained by ABC News: “These statements uttered by Robertson are...
  • Muslim Country Hosts Chess Tournament, Islamizes the Chess Pieces

    12/27/2013 6:41:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 12/27/2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    The left politicizes everything. Islam Islamizes everything. Traditional chess kings have a cross on the top (a design that has been in use for centuries). But this year in the UAE, they’ve removed the cross and replaced it with an Islamic crescent. A veteran chess player tells me: “In my entire life playing chess I have never seen such a thing.” There’s a basic undercurrent of intolerance to the obsessive need to remake everything in your own image and destroy what is not yours in a fit of xenophobia.The same impulse that led the Taliban to blow up the statues...
  • 2014: A Bad Year for the Left?

    12/27/2013 6:39:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 12/27/2013 | Matthew Vadum
    Most political indicators point to a terrible 2014 for American leftism amidst an auspicious resurgence of conservatism throughout the nation. As Americans continue to suffer in the weak Obama-era economy and as their anxiety over President Obama’s hated health care program grows, an electoral tsunami appears to be in the offing.Americans have never bought into President Obama’s contention that income inequality was what he called “the defining challenge of our time.” The AP-Times Square New Year’s Eve Poll conducted by GfK shows under 1 percent considered that issue the most important news story of 2013. Topping the list of issues...
  • Obamacare Whac-A-Mole

    12/27/2013 6:35:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | December 27, 2013 | Mona Charen
    The wheels began to come off Obamacare in 2011 when the administration announced that the "CLASS Act," a provision to provide long-term disability care, was, in the words of Kathleen Sebelius, "totally unsustainable," and would be discontinued. What was the problem? The White House website had boasted: "No taxpayer funds will be used to pay benefits under this provision ... Safeguards will be put in place to ensure its premiums are enough to cover its costs." "Safeguards." Sounds quaint now, doesn't it? A bit like "If you like your plan ... " So why did the Department of Health and...
  • 'What to do when Obamacare unravels?'

    12/27/2013 6:32:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/27/2013 | Rick Moran
    Great article in the Wall Street Journal by Hoover fellow John Cochrane on what should be the next step after Obamacare inevitably unravels. Basically, we should get government out of the insurance business almost entirely while encouraging competition and innovation: Health insurance should be individual, portable across jobs, states and providers; lifelong and guaranteed-renewable, meaning you have the right to continue with no unexpected increase in premiums if you get sick. Insurance should protect wealth against large, unforeseen, necessary expenses, rather than be a wildly inefficient payment plan for routine expenses. People want to buy this insurance, and companies want...
  • Media and Politicians want to impose same-sex “marriage” – but citizens fight back. [Estonia]

    12/27/2013 6:31:24 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 2 replies
    Turtle Bay and Beyond ^ | December 18, 2013 | J.C. von Krempach, J.D.
    Original Headline: Media and Politicians want to impose same-sex “marriage” – but citizens fight back. The case of Estonia The controversial “Lunacek-Report” was rubberstamped in yesterday’s session of the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties and will probably be voted in one of the Parliament’s plenary sessions in January. The support of Socialists, Communists, and Greens for this radical paper is not really surprising (after all these groups are known to have embraced same-sex “marriage”, homosexual adoption, etc. as part of their social agenda) – but with regard to the Conservative and Christian Democrat members of the committee one is...
  • Question of the year: Is anyone really insured?

    12/27/2013 6:31:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/27/2013 | Silvio Canto Jr.
    Like most of you, I've bought insurance policies over the years. My understanding is that you are covered after you fill out an application and pass some kind of underwriting.  Most importantly, your application does not go to underwriting until you present the agent or company with a payment, usually the first month's premium. We heard that many people went to the AHCA website over the last few days but some people are still in the dark, or don't know whether they have coverage or not according to CBS: "The last minute spike in enrollments now puts pressure on insurance...
  • Anderson Cooper Discusses His Mother and ‘Cunnilingus’

    12/27/2013 6:30:51 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 55 replies ^ | 12/26/13 | Josh Feldman
    ... normally I introduce these posts with either a brief summary of the reason you clicked the link in the first place or give some kind of context-building set-up, but Anderson Cooper talked about cunnilingus on CNN Thursday night and I really just… I mean, really… just a loss for words here. CNN was doing one of those year in review segments, and Cooper asked Dan Savage for what he thought was a really good scandal story this year. Savage had to go with the amazing saga of Rob Ford, and said, “I love a good cunnilingus joke on the...
  • Pompous Pom Piers Morgan survives a lively over from Aussie pace legend Brett Lee in MCG nets

    12/27/2013 6:13:47 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies ^ | 27th December 2013 | Mark Hayes
    IT wasn't the fields or the beaches on which his beloved Winston Churchill urged the fight, but Piers Morgan can at least say he never surrendered. Facing "overwhelming odds" - and Brett Lee bowling in excess of 130km/h - the outspoken former Fleet Street editor turned CNN talkshow host put his arm, ribs, back and just about every part of his body where his mouth has been for weeks.