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  • Deconstructing Obama’s Dismal Record on Jobs

    01/20/2014 11:19:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | January 20, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    According to the most recent numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate has dropped to 6.7 percent. Is this good news? Well, it’s depends on your benchmark. Compared to France’s anemic economy and double-digit levels of unemployment, America is in decent shape. But if you use data from the Minneapolis Federal Reserve to compare the current business cycle to previous downturns and upturns in the U.S. economy, then the outlook is very grim. Simply stated, the American economy is enduring the worst performance for labor markets since the Great Depression. Moreover, the Washington Post put together a...
  • The Minnesota starvation experiment

    01/20/2014 11:12:53 AM PST · by Sawdring · 27 replies
    BBC ^ | 19 January 2014 | Janet Ball
    In 1944, 26-year-old Marshall Sutton was a young idealist who wanted to change the world for the better. As a conscientious objector and Quaker, he refused to fight in the war but he still craved the chance to help his country. "I wanted to identify with the suffering in the world at that time," he says. "I wanted to do something for society. I wanted to put myself in a little danger." That danger came, unexpectedly, in the shape of a small brochure with a picture of children on the front. "Will you starve that they be better fed?" it...
  • US, Russian forces hunt jihadist widow feared inside Olympic zone

    01/20/2014 11:06:00 AM PST · by twister881 · 11 replies ^ | January 20, 2014 | Jana Winter
    U.S. counterterrorism operatives are helping Russian security agents in the hunt for a "white widow" -- the wife of a dead terrorist -- who could already be inside the massive security zone set up for next month's winter Olympics. Ruzanna Ibragimova, the 22-year-old widow of a jihadist killed during the Moscow theater attack, is believed to have traveled from Dagestan to Sochi...
  • If You Hate Your Kids, Send Them to Public School

    01/20/2014 11:00:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 53 replies ^ | January 19, 2014 | Doug Giles
    Y’know, when I was a wee lad growing up in West Texas, public schools weren’t all that bad. We started our day off with the pledge of allegiance, said prayers during football games, actually studied our nation’s founding docs, sang patriotic songs, and we celebrated the true meaning of both Christmas and Easter. In addition to that pro-American bliss, nearly everyone and their dog graduated. It’s true. Dogs were actually graduating from school back then. I know. Weird, eh? Indeed, out of our large graduating class there was only one drop out and that was my childhood buddy who left...
  • Russia’s High-Stakes Game in Iraq: Expanding Their Role in the Middle East

    01/20/2014 10:56:30 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 7 replies
    Second Line of Defense ^ | January 19, 2014 | By Stephen Blank
    Ten years after the American invasion Iraq is in danger of disintegration. Its stability cannot be taken for granted or even assumed. Evidently Iraq is not far from being a failed state and Syria is already deep in the throes of protracted civil war. Both states may be racked for years by internal conflict, violence, instability, and the “mushrooming” of terrorist groups, given the anarchy prevailing there.[i] At the end of 2013 the U.S. had to rush sizable amounts of weapons to Iraq to stave off a major Sunni offensive in the form of Iraqi Al-Qaeda attacks, an insurgency that...
  • Pursuing Economic “Fairness” Without Understanding Economics

    01/20/2014 10:47:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | January 19, 2014 | Austin Hill
    “I just want what is fair for everybody…” If I’ve heard that line once, I’ve heard it hundreds of times on those occasions when I end up discussing business, economic, and public policy issues with members of the clergy. With the uptick in minimum wage worker strikes over the past few months (we saw another “round” of them at Wal-Mart stores this past week), I’ve had these conversations quite frequently. What is striking to me is that the starting point for many of these Pastors, Priests and Rabbi’s is to say that they are standing up for “workers’ rights.” But...
  • GOP Insurgent Threatens Mississippi's Sen. Cochran in Primary

    01/20/2014 10:40:47 AM PST · by onyx · 59 replies
    NEWSMAX ^ | Monday, 20 Jan 2014 11:45 AM | By John Gizzi
    GOP Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi is facing a spirited challenge from the tea party wing of the party as he seeks a seventh term, with his opponent, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, citing the senator's voting record as his reason for running. "I am running primarily because of [Cochran’s] inability to follow constitutional constraints — on spending, on sovereignty, and other major issues," McDaniel told Newsmax, citing the senator's vote last year to re-open the government with a resolution that included funding Obamacare. Although more Republican senators supported the measure than opposed it, McDaniel said that he "would have...
  • UN Chief: Communism Is the Environment’s Only Hope

    01/20/2014 10:35:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 57 replies ^ | January 20, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Well… On the bright side: The UN Climate Chief has finally decided to adopt a certain modicum of honesty in her crusade to rid the world of pollution. As suspected by capitalists, free market advocates, and anyone who read into the redistributive agenda of the UN Climate Scientists, Christiana Figueres has suggested that only communism is capable of successfully fighting global warming and “climate change”. Of course it’s a strange statement, given the Soviet Union’s abysmal record on environmental issues, and red China’s horrific display of environmental abuse. Figueres even went so far as to suggest that communist China is...
  • Custom Writing Service Says Students 'No Longer Have to Face the Burden of Academic Coursework'

    01/20/2014 10:22:13 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 94 replies
    CNS ^ | 1-20-14 | Susan Jones
    A Dallas-based company that writes research papers, essays and other classroom assignments -- so students don't have to -- says it is doing so well that it has expanded its staff from just a few writers to more than 100 in the past year. The company bills itself as the one "students trust to write professional, in-depth and plagiarism-free essays that receive the highest grades for all levels of they no longer have to face the burden of academic coursework." It says the writing is done for an "affordable" fee; and it has foreign writers on staff for non-American...
  • Conservatives Embrace Fancy Book Learnin’!

    01/20/2014 10:12:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | January 20, 2014 | Kurt Schlichter
    Who hasn’t had some liberal sneer at him, “Why don’t you conservatives go read a book?” This powerful critique of the intellectual deficiencies of my ideological brethren always cuts me to the bone. I’m usually so upset that I run weeping to my fine German touring sedan, completely forgetting to tip the nose-studded holder of a degree in Gender Neutral Puppetry who pointed out my educational failings while he fetched my latte. This meme is nonsense. In fact, conservative tastes in books can be quite eclectic. One day last week, Amazon delivered Hugh Hewitt’s new book on happiness concurrently with...
  • The Perverted Science of Global Warming Gets Dirty(er)

    01/20/2014 10:03:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | January 20, 2014 | John Ransom
    Scientists have recently discovered that rough surfaces may actually reduce the amount of friction and drag after testing the hypothesis on the microscopic level. “According to researchers at UCLA, rough surfaces lined with tiny ridges may actually reduce drag,” says the Science Recorder. “Modeling fluid flow between two surfaces lined with tiny ridges, researchers found tiny ridges actually reduce drag, allowing the for fluid to flow around in a more efficient manner….This is not the first time scientists have sought to create models based on rough ridges to reduce drag. However, advances in technology now allow scientists to create models...
  • Harper tells Israel: ‘Through fire and water, Canada will stand with you’

    01/20/2014 10:01:14 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 16 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 1/20/2014 | The Times of Israel
    he full text of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s address to the Knesset, January 20, 2014 Monsieur le Premier Ministre, Monsieur le Président de la Knesset, Monsieur le Président de la Cour Suprême, Monsieur le Chef de l’Opposition, Mesdames et Messieurs les Ministres, Et les Députes, Distingués Invités, Mesdames et Messieurs, Shalom. And thank you for inviting me to visit this remarkable country, and especially for this opportunity to address the Knesset. It is truly a great honour. And if I may, Mr. Speaker, on behalf of my wife Laureen and the entire Canadian delegation, let me begin by thanking...
  • Lansing, Illinois woman shot at in road-rage incident on I-80/94

    01/20/2014 9:55:24 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 67 replies
    Lansing woman shot at in road-rage incident on I-80/94 11 hours ago • Times Staff GARY | A Lansing woman was shot at in a road-rage incident Sunday on I-80/94, with one bullet hitting the back of her car, Indiana State Police said in a news release. The 33-year-old woman told police she was on 25th Avenue in Gary driving her Chrysler 300 slowly because of potholes. She said a car behind her was following too closely, so she braked to get the car to back off. The braking apparently angered the other driver. The woman said the driver got...
  • Obama blamed for rebirth of al-Qaida - 'There is no government now, there is no law and order'

    01/20/2014 9:46:03 AM PST · by Errant · 14 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 20 January 2014 | Jerome R. Corsi
    NEW YORK – President Obama and NATO destabilized Libya politically by allowing al-Qaida and radical Islamic factions to gain control of the country, a Libyan tribal leader told WND. Sheik Mahmoud Al Sharief, who heads five tribes in the Western mountains of Libya reaching from Tripoli to Tunisia, spoke to WND from Libya in a Skype interview. “There is a state of anarchy in Libya, he said. “There is no government now, there is no law and order. Under the old regime Libya was a stabilizing factor in the region, a peaceful nation with a productive economy, but now that...
  • ‘I Have a Dream’ Speechwriter: Martin Luther King Jr. Would Oppose Amnesty for Illegal Aliens

    01/20/2014 9:44:26 AM PST · by montag813 · 12 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 01-20-2014 | John Urban
    Above: La Raza protesters hijacking MLK’s legacy for a cause he would vehemently oppose, said his top aide and speechwriter.- John Urban | Top Right NewsAs the nation celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King today, advocates for illegal aliens have attempted to hijack the legacy of MLK to support their push for amnesty. Janet Murguia of the National Council of La Raza (“The Race”), speaking at the Realize the Dream March and Rally last year said, “We march so that everyone knows that true justice must include enacting comprehensive immigration reform.” Murguia said Hispanics knew Martin Luther King “was talking to us” when they listened to King’s...
  • Demonstrators, Police in Tense Standoff in Kiev After Violence

    01/20/2014 9:40:10 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 6 replies
    RIA Nostovi ^ | January 20, 2014 | RIA Nostovi
    MOSCOW/KIEV, January 20 (RIA Novosti) – Riot police and anti-government demonstrators in the Ukrainian capital faced off Monday in the wake of some of the worst street violence the city has seen since protests began in November. Protestors erected barricades on a street running along main government buildings in Kiev in an apparent effort to extend territorial control beyond the main square demonstrators have occupied for almost two months. Torched vehicles could be seen still smoldering on a downtown street in a reminder of the unrest that ensued when a group of aggressive demonstrators broke away from a mass rally...
  • Obama vs. Obama

    01/20/2014 9:36:27 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 1-20-14 | J. R. Dunn
    A major peculiarity of Obama's recent promises involving his upcoming "Year of Action" is that the chief enemy he's sworn to overcome is none other than... Barack Obama. Consider "income inequality." As far as this can be said to actually exist, it's a function of certain sectors of the financial industry reaping massive windfalls over the past few years while the rest of the country has stagnated under the burden of the recession. So who is responsible for this state of affairs? Consider the trillion and a half dollars handed over to the banks and other financial institutions shortly after...

    01/20/2014 9:35:15 AM PST · by Thank You Rush · 19 replies
    Classifying Medicare patients admitted to hospitals can be classified as "observation status" or "inpatient." The bill that seniors will ultimately end up with depends on this classification. If they are in need of rehabilitation in a nursing home after hospitalization and the classification of "observation status" was applied to their records at the hospital, Medicare does not pay for the nursing home.
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  • Nation honors Martin Luther King: parades, service, 'no shots fired'

    01/20/2014 9:30:23 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    LA TIMES ^ | 1/20/14 | Michael Muskal
    With calls for a day of service to the poor and a renewed commitment to nonviolence, Americans on Monday commemorated Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the federal holiday that honors the slain civil rights leader. President Obama and his wife, Michelle, will lead a day of service, according to the White House, and they will be joined by hundreds of thousand of volunteers feeding the hungry in cities, including New York. Parades in honor of King will be held in many places, including Los Angeles.... The King Center, established in Atlanta, Ga., to honor the Nobel Prize winner’s memory and...