Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Sunday 'Report;' 01/27-Late Arrivals

What the National Pamphleteers Don't Report:
Facebook Apologizes Over Post Critical of Obama Admin
by Jason Howerton,
January 23, 2013
Facebook on Wednesday apologized for threatening to shut down the “Chicks on the Right” Facebook page because of a post critical of the Obama administration, Fox News’ Todd Starnes reports. The site claims the users were “incorrectly warned” by the site’s User Operation’s Team.
Mockarena, one of the two women who runs “Chicks on the Right,” a conservative website with more than 100,000 fans on their official Facebook page, reportedly received a notice on Wednesday informing her that she would be locked out of not only her “Chicks on the Right” Facebook page, but her [....]

This 9%-Yielder Has Paid 146 CONSECUTIVE Dividends
[Blogger has no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 14 days.]
by Carla Pasternak,
January 21, 2013
They're the creme de la creme of the income universe.
Each one has increased its dividend every year for at least two decades... some sport track records with more than 50 years of consecutive dividend increases.
All told, these stocks are some of the most reliable dividend payers on the planet.
I'm talking about the S&P 500 "Dividend Aristocrats" and their kissing cousins, the S&P "High-Yield Dividend Aristocrats."

To become a member of these elite groups, a company must pay a regular dividend, but it must also enjoy a stellar track record of growing that dividend every year for at least 20 years.
With such stringent membership criteria, only about 70 U.S. companies make the grade.
As you'd expect, a wide [....]

obama's Gun Show
by Ben Crystal,
Personal Liberty Digest
January 19, 2013
They’re so cute when they’re being exploited. Finally, a job Holder can handle. And meet the Army, Senator Feinstein. All this, plus, a REPUBLICAN joke! Presented in 1080 hi-def, FOR FREE! It’s The Great Eight, from the Personal Liberty Digest™!

Reality Check: Piers Morgan vs. Alex Jones, and the truth about gun homicide rates
by Ben Swann,
January 9, 2013
Over the past few weeks the argument over gun control has raged.
Among those demanding stricter gun laws is CNN host Piers Morgan.
There is one particular stat that Morgan has been citing for weeks, and it was the center of his argument while debating radio show host Alex Jones on Monday night.
Tonight, Ben investigates the truth behind it in Reality Check.
You can watch the debate here:
Part 1
Part 2

The Unspectacular, Unsophisticated Algerian Hostage Crisis
by Scott Stewart,
January 24, 2013
The recent jihadist attack on the Tigantourine natural gas facility near In Amenas, Algeria, and the subsequent hostage situation there have prompted some knee-jerk discussions among media punditry. From these discussions came the belief that the incident was spectacular, sophisticated and above all unprecedented. A closer examination shows quite the opposite.
Indeed, very little of the incident was without precedent. Mokhtar Belmokhtar, who orchestrated the attack, has employed similar tactics and a similar scale of force before, and frequently he has deployed forces far from his group's core territory in northern Mali. Large-scale raids, often meant to take hostages, have been conducted across far expanses of the Sahel. What was unprecedented was the target. Energy and extraction sites have been attacked in the past, but never before was an Algerian natural gas facility selected for such an assault.
A closer look at the operation also reveals Belmokhtar's true intentions. The objective of the attack was not to kill hostages but to kidnap foreign workers for ransom -- an objective in keeping with [....]
The Unspectacular, Unsophisticated Algerian Hostage Crisis | Stratfor

How the Israelis See It
by Max Geltman,
[Original:] Mar. 31, 1972
Letter from Tel Aviv.‘Nixon has kept every promise to Israel,” a high foreign ministry official told me the day Senator Kennedy was winding up a two-day visit to the Holy Land. Since that day I have had occasion to talk with many leading personalities in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and the occupied territories, with people in kibbutzim, with the man (and woman) on the street, with army privates and officers, tourists (Jewish and Christian), with men high in the Establishment, and with leading members of the loyal opposition in the Knesset (Israel’s parliament). And if a consensus can be arrived at from my conversations it is this:
The only formidable barrier to peace in the Middle East is the Soviet Union — not Egypt, or Egypt in alliance with any of her immediate friends and allies in the Arab world. But the Russians, it is repeated (as if speaking to a dull schoolboy), are America’s problem, basically, not Israel’s. And so long as the United States is headed by a President with a strong anti-Communist record, they feel reassured, although they cannot quite grasp Secretary Rogers’ diplomacy which seems to them a suicidal effort by Washington to impose [....]

To Hell with Sellby C.H. Simonds,
[Original:] Mar. 31, 1972
    Television grows depressing. Yes, it was always depressing; but now the commercials grow depressing too. The “creative revolution” in advertising of the Sixties is over, done in by the Nixon recession and mounting evidence that viewers loved the ads but couldn’t remember the products. Gone, probably forever, are the clever ads — the man arguing with his stomach for Alka-Seltzer; the wonderfully insulting Italian aristocrat who (supposedly) presided over the Buitoni spaghetti sauce empire; that ultimate imperialist oppressor, Savarin Coffee’s “El Exigente.” Even the Volkswagen spots are growing dull.
    Gone too are the super-spectaculars: The Busby Berkeleyesque extravaganza that Stan Freberg staged (for $140,000) for Heinz Great American Soups was the lavishest, and the last. Even the merely pleasant commercials — the Salem smokers frisking in the. countryside, Jonathan Winters playing Maudie Frickert for Hefty Trash Bags — are fewer and fewer. One of the Old Bolsheviks of the creative revolution, Mary Wells Lawrence of Wells Rich & Green, no longer sprays Braniff planes pink and dresses the hostesses in Pucci outfits; now she talks of the importance of Hard Sell — and so back we go, with Anacin’s little hammers pounding away inside our heads, to the good old days of which dissolves faster, whose wash is whiter, and is Certs a [....]

Man, Sex, God, and Yale

by Nathan Harden, Editor
January  2013
[NATHAN HARDEN is editor of The College Fix, a higher education news website, and blogs about higher education for National Review Online. A 2009 graduate of Yale, he has written for numerous publications, including National Review, The Weekly Standard, The American Spectator, The New York Post, and The Washington Times. He was a 2011 Robert Novak Fellow at the Phillips Foundation, a 2010 Publius Fellow at the Claremont Institute, and is author of the recent book Sex and God at Yale: Porn, Political Correctness, and a Good Education Gone Bad.]
The following is adapted from a speech delivered at Hillsdale College on September 20, 2012.
    IN 1951, William F. Buckley, Jr., a graduate of Yale the year before, published his first book, God & Man at Yale. In the preface, he described two ideas that he had brought with him to Yale and that governed his view of the world:
"I had always been taught, and experience had fortified the teachings, that an active faith in God and a rigid adherence to Christian principles are the most powerful influences toward the good life. I also believed, with only a scanty knowledge of economics, that free enterprise and limited government had served this country well and would probably continue to do so in the future."
The body of the book provided evidence that the academic agenda at Yale was openly antagonistic to those two ideas—that Buckley had encountered a teaching and a culture that were hostile to religious faith and that promoted collectivism over free market individualism. Rather than functioning as an open forum for ideas, his book argued, Yale was waging open war upon the faith and principles of its alumni and parents.
    Liberal bias at American colleges and universities is something we hear a lot about today. At the time, however, Buckley’s exposé was something new, and it stirred [....]
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