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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...
  • CONNECTICUT GUN OWNERS WAIT IN LINE TO DO SOMETHING MANY GUN OWNERS HOPE THEY NEVER HAVE TO

    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 Buysellbitco.in

    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 buysellbitco.in, 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
    Debca.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Mediaite.com ^ | 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
    news.com.au ^ | 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.
  • We Pretend to Teach, They Pretend to Learn (at college)

    12/27/2013 6:12:35 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 26, 2013 | GEOFFREY L. COLLIER
    ... Education thus has degenerated into a game of "trap the rat," whereby the student and instructor view each other as adversaries. Winning or losing is determined by how much the students can be forced to study. This will never be a formula for excellence, which requires intense focus, discipline and diligence that are utterly lacking among our distracted, indifferent students. Such diligence requires emotional engagement. Engagement could be with the material, the professors, or even a competitive goal, but the idea that students can obtain a serious education even with their disengaged, credentialist attitudes is a delusion. The professoriate...
  • Insurance Company Lays Out Obamacare Tax Hikes

    12/27/2013 6:03:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 27, 2013 | Kevin Glass
    The cost of Obamacare has been most visible recently in the form of purchase and coverage mandates, but we should all recognize that there are explicit taxes scheduled to take effect next year as well. President Obama has been jerking the insurance companies around with the sign-up deadlines and "un-cancelled plans." The companies might be getting a little retribution. The New York Post reports that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama is putting an explicit line on their form that shows what the Obamacare taxes are costing consumers every month: But one insurance company, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama,...
  • Video: Kerry's High Level Summit with Snoop Dogg

    12/27/2013 5:59:10 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Foreign Policy.com ^ | 12/13/13 | Yochi Dreazen
    It's not every day that a rapper with a well-publicized love of guns, girls and ganja hangs out with our nation's top diplomat. Earlier this month, though, that's exactly what happened. In what has to be seen as a top contender for the strangest video of the year, Calvin Cordozar Broadus -- the rapper better known as Snoop Doggy Dog, Snoop Dogg or, more recently, Snoop Lion -- posted a short clip of himself chatting with Secretary of State John Kerry at a black-tie event on Instagram. The sound is too poor to hear much of what their conversation, but...
  • Relating to Christ Through His Humanity

    12/27/2013 5:56:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 27, 2013 | David Limbaugh
    At Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, whom we Christians believe is the second person of the divine Trinity, who took on human form to experience our sufferings, die for us and make our salvation possible. The idea of God becoming man strikes us as a bit odd, at the very least. How could a perfect spiritual being -- omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent, omnibenevolent -- become for a while a human being, much less a helpless baby wholly dependent on his mother? If Jesus were truly God, why would he have agonized to the point of sweating blood...
  • The Republican National Committee's Stupid Kwanzaa Statement

    12/27/2013 5:03:45 AM PST · by PROCON · 79 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Dec. 26, 2013 | Jerome Hudson
    The Republican National Committee released a statement Friday, commemorating Kwanzaa. There's just one problem, the entire holiday is a fake and was invented out of thin air by a radical ex-con named Ron Karenga. Karenga invented Kwanzaa in 1966 and fashioned the phony holiday as a black alternative to Christmas. Karenga wanted a holiday that was less Eurocentric than Christmas which he considered the commercial exploitation of African Americans.
  • Christmastime and the Family Structure

    12/27/2013 5:02:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 27, 2013 | Michael Barone
    Christmastime is an occasion for families to come together. But the family is not what it used to be, as my former American Enterprise Institute colleague Nick Schulz argues in his short AEI book "Home Economics: The Consequences of Changing Family Structure." It's a subject that many people are uncomfortable with. "Everyone either is or knows and has a deep personal connection to someone who is divorced, cohabiting, or gay," Schulz writes. "Great numbers of people simply want to avoid awkward talk of what are seen as primarily personal issues or issues of individual morality." Nonetheless, it is an uncomfortable...
  • Feiglin Attacks Jewish Home, Own Party Over Gay Marriage (Israel)

    12/27/2013 4:56:56 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    INN ^ | 12/27/2013, 2:12 PM | Ari Yashar, Arutz Sheva Staff
    Deputy Knesset Chairman Moshe Feiglin (Likud) was the only nationalist MK to vote against a bill giving same-sex couples a tax break this week. The bill was voted for by Likud-Beytenu, and Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett. The remaining 11 Jewish Home MKs left the hall to abstain. Only the hareidi-religious parties, Feiglin, and MK Eitan Cabel (Labor) opposed the bill, which was proposed by MK Adi Kol (Yesh Atid). “Again it was proven that only the right is capable of expelling Jews, and only the religious are capable of harming the religion,” Feiglin told Arutz Sheva. …
  • McDonald's shuts down internal website

    12/27/2013 4:30:47 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    WWLP-TV ^ | 12/27/13
    McDonald’s has pulled an internal website that advised its workers to avoid eating the fast food it sells... It was the last straw after a long list of embarrassments calling even more attention to what workers are already protesting that it's hard to live on a McDonald’s wage. “If everyone is talking about these gaffes and pr nightmares, that just draws attention to the fast food strikes and I don't think that's what McDonald’s should be drawing attention to,” said CNN money writer Emily Fox Recently the web site instructed McDonald’s workers how to find a second job, sell off...
  • Report: Man falsified police report in alleged anti-gay attack

    12/27/2013 4:21:57 AM PST · by markomalley · 22 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/26/2013 | Chuck Ross
    A Tennessee health food store owner who claimed that three men beat him and robbed his store in an anti-gay attack was arrested for filing a false police report, according to The Paris (Tenn.) Post-Intelligencer.Joe Williams claimed that days before Thanksgiving he was beaten by the three men outside of his store. The men, who he claimed were wearing ski masks during the attack, also allegedly robbed the store of $1,500, and doused it in gasoline. They also scrawled an anti-gay message on Williams’ forehead,and yelled anti-gay slurs at during the attack.As is protocol with any potential hate crime, the...
  • Air Force: Airmen must improve command climate [performance reports changing]

    12/27/2013 4:17:17 AM PST · by markomalley · 33 replies
    Colorado Springs Gazette ^ | 12/26/2013 | Tom Roeder
    The Air Force this week announced that airmen will be judged on how they create a positive work environment in addition to how well they do their jobs.The move comes at the end of a year that left the service mired in scandal. The biggest centers on sexual misconduct between recruits and drill instructors at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.In a news release, the Air Force said airmen would be graded on how they contributed to a culture of “dignity and respect”.Formally adding it to the evaluation paperwork, considered by promotion boards, adds consequences for those who fall short....
  • Orthodox Church In Kosovo Turned Into Public Toilet And Garbage Dump

    12/27/2013 4:05:08 AM PST · by markomalley · 18 replies
    InSerbia ^ | 12/25/2013
    Orthodox church dedicated to the Beheading of St. John the Baptist in the village of Samodreza near Vucitrn, was desecrated and turned into a garbage dump. The altar of this Serbian shrine, built on the place where Prince Lazar received communion with the army before the Battle of Kosovo, Albanian children turned into a public toilet, writes “Kurir”.All attempts to stop the desecration of the Orthodox church were unsuccessful because the Albanian population is against its renewal. The church was burned, vandalized and desecrated for the first time in 1999 after international forces arrived in Kosovo, writes the daily.The roof...
  • Enemy of the Year 2013

    12/27/2013 3:23:08 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 12-27-13 | Enemy Central
    Close your eyes and guess real, real hard. We all know who he is, he knows damn well we know, at some level he actually agrees. Self-pity is the only thing he still has going for him. He’s managed to deprive the U.S. even of this last bit of suspense. His one expressed hope is that we will honor precedent and defer our call until after the 2014 elections, as if that would change anything. As he sees it, if he repeats as Enemy of the Year a year from now, it at least won’t be recorded as a twofer....
  • After a Month of Trying, I Still Can't Sign Up for Obamacare

    12/27/2013 3:09:22 AM PST · by Zakeet · 21 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | December 26, 2013 | Ike Brannon
    After a month of trying, I still can't complete an application to join the D.C. Health Exchange. For a week, the Obamacare marketplace asked me to prove my citizenship, my daughter's existence, and my fixed address in the District of Columbia, but it would not allow me to submit the requested material. That changed, slightly, yesterday when it started allowing me to submit those things, which I did, but it must now validate them via a person. Perhaps this is why Barack Obama’s staff had to physically visit the D.C. exchange in order to sign up the president for Obamacare....
  • The cost of healing -- Hospice draining billions from Medicare

    12/27/2013 3:01:19 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 101 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12-26-13 | Peter Whoriskey and Dan Keating
    Hospice patients are expected to die: The treatment focuses on providing comfort to the terminally ill, not finding a cure. To enroll a patient, two doctors certify a life expectancy of six months or less. But over the past decade, the number of “hospice survivors” in the United States has risen dramatically, in part because hospice companies earn more by recruiting patients who aren’t actually dying, a Washington Post investigation has found. Healthier patients are more profitable because they require fewer visits and stay enrolled longer. The proportion of patients who were discharged alive from hospice care rose about 50...
  • Nikki Haley's Gun Gift Fires Up Debate

    12/27/2013 2:51:03 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 35 replies
    Hilton Head Island Packet ^ | 12/26/13 | Andrew Shain
    Chances are what you got for Christmas probably didn’t cause as much of a stir as what Gov. Nikki Haley got. The Palmetto State CEO posted a picture Thursday of the 9 mm Beretta handgun she received from her husband on her Facebook account, which generated a lot of post-holiday buzz. “Our family had a wonderful Christmas together!” the Lexington Republican wrote. “I must have been good(.) Santa gave me a Beretta Px4 Storm.” The Facebook post received nearly 15,000 likes and 1,700 comments in less than 10 hours. Social media burst with mini-debates about guns, though a majority of...
  • Women comprise biggest opposition to ObamaCare

    12/27/2013 2:44:34 AM PST · by Zakeet · 29 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 27, 2013
    Remember Julia? That cute little cartoon the Obama folks created to illustrate how the president’s policies would provide “health and economic security” for women at all of life’s stages? The real-life Julias aren’t buying. A CNN/ORC International poll out this week finds 60 percent of women opposing ObamaCare. This follows a Kaiser Health Tracking Poll that found half of American women holding an unfavorable view of the law — against only 32 percent in support. In fact, almost all of the increase in the overall unpopularity of ObamaCare can be attributed to the growing number of women rebelling against it....
  • Revelations of Obamacare

    12/27/2013 2:28:42 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Santa Clarita Valley Signal ^ | 12/27/13 | Betty Arenson
    Christmas’ respite with feelings of joy, good spirit and warmth of home, hearth and family have passed, and now we face the reality of much uncertainty focused on our families’ health care. Despite a vast majority of Americans voicing their satisfaction with their health insurance plans, Democrats were fanatical about passing the Patient Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare)... There are valid reasons to be suspicious of Obamacare’s true intent. Many assert the intent is to gain federal government control over a sixth of America’s economy.
  • The Hobbit tops The Wolf of Wall Street on Christmas day

    12/27/2013 2:11:50 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    Star Pulse ^ | 12/27/13 | Dave Simpson
    The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug continued its reign atop the North American box office, inching out The Wolf Of Wall Street for the number one spot on Christmas day (25Dec13). The second installment of the highly popular fantasy series opened on 13 December (13) and has taken the top spot for two weeks in a row. On Christmas day, Peter Jackson's film brought in $9.3 million (Ł6.2 million), with The Wolf Of Wall Street following closely behind with $9.1 million (Ł6 million).
  • Comedy as a Weapon of the Left [Herb Block]

    12/27/2013 12:39:39 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | December 27, 2013 | Susan D. Harris
    How is it that leftist mockery of conservatives became a staple of popular culture? One of the major sources of the attitude that now pervades the dominant media of our time is a man named Herbert Lawrence Block, aka Herb Block, aka Herblock.[SNIP]Thanks to people like Herb Block and his ilk, McCarthy became an American laughingstock, allowing communism and socialism to become "cool" in Hollywood, while Conservatives became unofficially "blacklisted." Sixty years later his methods of using humor and sarcasm for social influence are a template for those still seeking to destroy conservative values.Block's unyielding support of gun control and...
  • Obamacare vs. UPS and FEDEX

    12/27/2013 12:24:21 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | December 27, 2013 | Michael Geer
    Apples and Oranges, I'll give you that. But what I won't give you is dissent about overarching government solutions versus the private sector. ObamaCare is the socialist idea of government healthcare versus private sector answers. And by that I mean a truly unfettered private sector. Not the faux 'capitalism' practiced and protected today by an unbelievable goat cluster assembly of Rules, Regulations and Law seemingly in place to prevent capitalist competition. Competition, the engine, frame, suspension, bolts and bearings of Capitalism. This Christmas season UPS and Federal Express are enduring some bad press for missed or late deliveries. Quite the...
  • Is Maureen Dowd Obsolete?

    12/27/2013 12:20:11 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Taki's Magazine ^ | December 27, 2013 | Fred Reed
    “Without men, civilization would last until the oil needed changing.” —Federicius Aurelius Superomnem, 345 BC Oh god, oh god. Death, taxes, migraine, sinus drainage, beriberi, and Maureen Dowd, the resentment columnist at The New York Times. On the Web I find her at some feminist bitch-in called “Are Men Obsolete?” She has this to say to men: So now that women don’t need men to reproduce and refinance, the question is, will we keep you around? And the answer is, ‘You know we need you in the way we need ice cream — you’ll be more ornamental.’ I was delighted...
  • De Blasio sees “progressive movement” sweeping the nation. Per the Communist Manifesto,

    12/26/2013 11:29:11 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 20 replies
    Alan B West.com ^ | 12/26/13 | Michele Hickford
    ...we’re already 80% there. A couple weeks ago, New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio met with President Obama and 15 other hand-picked, newly-elected mayors to talk about a “progressive movement” sweeping the nation. I sincerely hope he’s wrong, but when you examine The 10 Planks of the Communist Manifesto, it appears eight of them are in full flower in the US, meaning we could be 80 percent of the way there already. Here’s the score so far: 1. Abolition of private property in land and application of all rents of land to public purpose. In June of 2011, while...
  • A Tale of Two Millennials: Pajama Boy and Me

    12/26/2013 10:48:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Federalist ^ | December 26, 2013 | R.J. Moeller
    I was in no way surprised to learn that the young man we have come to know as “Pajama Boy” went to my high school. Ethan Krupp – the Onesie-clad gentleman chosen by Organizing for Action to be the face of their “Get Talking” campaign – also graduated from New Trier Township High School. But the similarities between us don’t end there. We are both in that 18-35 “Millennials” demo that everyone loves to talk about. We both wear glasses. We are both politically and culturally active. And we both want our generation’s attention (on behalf of very different values)....
  • 'I Stand With Phil' Petition Links Restored on Twitter

    12/26/2013 10:15:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    NewsMax ^ | December 26, 2013 | Michael Mullins
    "I stand with Phil" petition links have been restored on Twitter after supporters of the "Duck Dynasty" patriarch, Phil Robertson, claimed the social media site purposely blocked the website for political reasons. Earlier in the week, Twitter users attempting to post links to the "I stand with Phil" petition website were prevented from doing so, receiving messages that the content they were posting contained malware or that the site was spam. In a statement to MarketingLand.com on Tuesday, Twitter claimed the incident was an "error" stemming from an "outside organization." "The URL IStandWithPhil.com was mistakenly flagged as spam tonight, by...
  • The Art of the Escape

    12/26/2013 10:07:34 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 1 replies
    NRO ^ | December 26, 2013 | Rich Lowry
    - Obama keeps fleeing the consequences of his own signature legislation - In the great tradition of American civil disobedience, President Barack Obama is defying a law. It’s just one that he himself lobbied for, signed, and lost a house of Congress over. Even Henry David Thoreau would be hard-pressed to understand this one. The famous dissenter refused to pay a tax because of his opposition to the Mexican-American War and slavery; presumably, though, he would have been willing to comply with the provisions of something called ThoreauCare.
  • Wisconsin News Anchor Thinks Phil Robertson Looks Like A Bigot

    12/26/2013 8:20:40 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 45 replies
    Oh the intolerant tolerance brigade... Like just about every news outlet in the country, NBC 15 in Madison featured the latest on the Duck Dynasty controversy involving the show's star Phil Robertson and comments he made about homosexuality to GQ magazine. Robertson was suspended by A&E for his remarks that some considered bigoted and intolerant. But in NBC 15's coverage of the story, morning anchor Christine Bellport managed to insert her own biases and bigotry into the coverage. BELLPORT: I mean I'm sorry to say. When you look at the guy, I'm not surprised with the comments he made. You...
  • Study: Alcohol Can Boost Your Immune System

    12/26/2013 8:09:41 PM PST · by neverdem · 47 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 24, 2013 | NA
    ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) – According to a new study, alcohol can boost your immune system. Researchers vaccinated animals and then gave them access to alcohol. Researchers found that the animals that had consumed alcohol also had faster responses to the vaccines.According to Medical News Today, the researchers hope this study leads to a better understanding of how the immune system works, and how to improve its ability to respond to vaccines and infections.Researchers were able to show other data to back their findings. According to UCR Today, moderate alcohol consumption has long been associated with a lower mortality rate.Moderate alcohol...
  • Predictions For 2014: Next Year Could Be Very Good For Sarah Palin, Republicans

    12/26/2013 8:07:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Inquisitr ^ | December 26, 2013 | Nathan Francis
    Predictions for 2014 point to a very good year for Republicans, who have a chance to put behind the losses of 2012 with a good shot at winning the Senate and a surprise presidential candidate waiting in the wings. The past year was something of a rebound for the GOP. After raising hopes of holding off Obama from being re-elected — and an entire election season painting him as incapable — Republicans were stunned by his seemingly easy re-election over Mitt Romney in 2012. Beaten but not defeated, Republicans spent 2013 quietly building up the next generation of leaders, including...
  • From fast food strikes to Wal-Mart: 2013 and the year in labor

    12/26/2013 7:52:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Salon ^ | December 26, 2013 | Josh Eidelson
    This time 13 months ago, low-wage non-union workers had just mounted first-of-their kind strikes against the behemoths of the post-crash economy: fast food and Wal-Mart. One year later, we still don’t know how either effort will end. But their fortunes may have diverged. What had started with a walkout by a couple hundred fast food workers in a single city has spread to pull thousands off the job in a hundred municipalities this month. Those strikes reflect the theory behind several of 2013’s high-profile U.S. union-backed non-union organizing campaigns: that courageous and well-crafted strikes that don’t shut down a workplace,...
  • Free Market Options to ObamaCare Already Exist

    12/26/2013 7:47:03 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 17 replies
    The New American ^ | 26 December 2013 | Bob Adelmann
    The already-existing free market in health care services awaits the pending collapse of ObamaCare, ready to provide them at lower costs without the mandates. Free Market Options to ObamaCare Already Exist The New American 26 December 2013 More than a year ago, Dr. Barbara Bellar, a medical doctor with a JD degree, was running for office as an Illinois state senator, and provided a sound byte that continues to reverberate across the Internet, having been viewed as of this writing some 3,675,000 times. The clip lasts less than two minutes, including laughter and applause from her audience, to whom...