More Housework Means Less Sex For Husbands

From the Agence France Presse:

More housework, less sex for married men: study

30 January 2013

AFP – The road to hell is paved with good intentions, as they say: the more housework married men do, the less sex they have, according to a new study published Wednesday.

Husbands who spend more time doing traditionally female chores — such as cooking, cleaning, and shopping — reported having less sex than those who do more masculine tasks, said the study in the American Sociological Review.

"Our findings suggest the importance of socialized gender roles for sexual frequency in heterosexual marriage," said lead author Sabino Kornrich, of the Center for Advanced Studies at the Juan March Institute in Madrid.

"Couples in which men participate more in housework typically done by women report having sex less frequently.



AP: 368K New Jobless Claims = Moderate Hiring

From a shameless Associated Press:

Weekly US jobless aid applications rise to 368K

By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | January 31, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid rose sharply last week but remained at a level consistent with moderate hiring.

You see? A sharp rise in unemployment applications is "consistent with moderate hiring."

Weekly applications for unemployment benefits leapt 38,000 to a seasonally adjusted 368,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The increase comes after applications plummeted in the previous two weeks to five-year lows. Applications fell by a combined 45,000 in the second and third weeks of January.

Why are they stressing the last two weeks’ reports so much? And a ‘record drop’ that some business analysts say is not even true, anyway.



DHS Says: Confront Mass Killers With Scissors

From the New York Post:

Homeland Security has advice for confronting mass murders: scissors

By S.A. MILLER | January 31, 2013

WASHINGTON — Is your workplace getting shot up by a crazed gunman? No problem — just grab a pair of scissors and fight back!

That’s some of the helpful advice in a new instructional video from the Department of Homeland Security that was posted on the agency’s Web site just a month after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

“If you are caught out in the open and cannot conceal yourself or take cover, you might consider trying to overpower the shooter with whatever means are available,” says the narrator in the video, which shows an office worker pulling scissors out of a desk drawer.



Unions Demand A Subsidy Under Obama-Care

From the Wall Street Journal:

Some Unions Grow Wary of Health Law They Backed

By JANET ADAMY and MELANIE TROTTMAN | January 30, 2013

Labor unions enthusiastically backed the Obama administration’s health-care overhaul when it was up for debate. Now that the law is rolling out, some are turning sour.

Are they looking at their W-2s? Did they think the ‘waivers’ Obama gave them during the campaign were going to continue past the elections? Are they that dumb naive?

Union leaders say many of the law’s requirements will drive up the costs for their health-care plans and make unionized workers less competitive. Among other things, the law eliminates the caps on medical benefits and prescription drugs used as cost-containment measures in many health-care plans. It also allows children to stay on their parents’ plans until they turn 26.



Reuters Frets: No Crisis Over Sequestration Cuts

From Reuters:

No sense of crisis in Congress as automatic cuts loom again

By David Lawder | January 31, 2013

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Big automatic cuts in federal spending are fast approaching again, alarming the defense sector but generating little activity in Congress to avoid them.

The cuts, known as a "sequestration," were postponed for two months as part of the legislation that ended the standoff over the "fiscal cliff" on January 1.

But the sense of crisis that accompanied the thought of across-the-board reductions then has all but vanished, replaced by a widespread sense of inevitability

Rats! And the news media and the rest of the Democrat Party know that they need a crisis to get things done their way.

But, apparently, Reuters has forgotten that Obama promised us in the final Presidential debate that there will be no sequestration.


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WP/ABC Poll Tries To Give Obama A Mandate

From his front line cheerleaders at the Washington Post:

President Obama’s popularity surges to three-year high

Posted by Scott Clement and Aaron Blake | January 30, 2013

President Obama is riding a wave of personal popularity into his second term, with his highest favorability ratings since his first year in office, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Isn’t that convenient? Sure, Obama might not have been given a mandate by the voters in November, but the news media is going to try to give him one now via their (phony) polls.

Fully 60 percent of Americans have a favorable impression of Obama in the new poll, up slightly from October but a clear shift in opinion from an election year in which his ratings hovered in the mid-to-low 50s.


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Carney: The GOP Is Holding The Economy Back

From an unquestioning Roll Call:

GOP Is Holding the Economy Back, White House Says

By Steven T. Dennis | January 30, 2013

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the economy is poised for growth and more jobs, if the GOP doesn’t muck it up.

“Our economy is facing a major headwind … and that’s Republicans in Congress,” Carney said.

It’s always something, isn’t it? Tsunamis or hurricanes. But the bottom line is it’s always the Republican who are to blame.

Anyway, this exchange is obviously from yesterday’s daily White House briefing. You really have to wonder why the so-called White House press corps doesn’t laugh out loud at these statements.

And the fact that they don’t should tell us all we need to know about their journalistic standards.


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Lawyers Want Sleep-Overs With 9/11 Terrorists

From the New York Times:

Guantánamo Lawyers Seeking 48-Hour Visits

By CHARLIE SAVAGE | January 29, 2013

FORT MEADE, Md. — Defense lawyers for Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four others accused of being accomplices in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, asked a military tribunal judge in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, on Tuesday to let them stay in prison with their clients for 48-hour periods every six months. But military prosecutors called that request unreasonable, saying the defense should be allowed only a single two-hour visit.

“The idea that they are entitled to walk around for 48 hours in their clients’ shoes is unsupported by anything,” said Maj. Robert McGovern of the Army, a member of the prosecution team…

Are these ‘sleep overs’ going to be ‘conjugal visits"?


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AP: GDP Shows ‘Surprising Drop’ In 4th Quarter

From a gobsmacked Associated Press:

GDP Shows Surprise Drop for U.S. in Fourth Quarter

January 30, 2013

The U.S. economy posted a stunning drop of 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter, defying expectations for slow growth and possibly providing incentive for more Federal Reserve stimulus.

Er, there isn’t much more the Federal Reserve can do, since it is already shoveling $85 billion dollars a month into the financial markets. (Hence the artificial rise in the stock market.)

Anyway, for comparison, China’s current GDP is 7.9%. And Cuba’s was 2.1% in the first half of 2012, which are the latest figures we have.

The economy shrank from October through December for the first time since the recession ended, hurt by the biggest cut in defense spending in 40 years, fewer exports and sluggish growth in company stockpiles.


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Obama-Care Requires W2s List Health Plan Cost

From the New York Times:

To Open Eyes, W-2s List Cost of Providing a Health Plan

By ROBERT PEAR | January 29, 2013

WASHINGTON — As workers open their W-2 forms this month, many will see a new box with information on the total cost of employer-sponsored health insurance coverage. To some, it will be a surprise, perhaps even a shock.

Workers often have little idea how much they and their employers are paying for coverage. In many cases, economists say, workers give up cash compensation to get and keep health benefits.

The disclosures, required by the 2010 health care law, are meant to make workers more cost-conscious. Health benefits are still tax-free. But labor unions and employer groups say it could be easier to tax them in the future, now that employers must report their value to the government.


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Mexico Breaks Up Sex Slavery Cult Near Border

From an unfazed Associated Press:

Mexico breaks up alleged border sex-slavery cult

By MARK STEVENSON | January 30, 2013

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials broke up a bizarre cult that allegedly ran a sex-slavery ring among its followers on the U.S. border, Mexican immigration authorities said Tuesday.

The "Defensores de Cristo" or "Defenders of Christ" allegedly recruited women to have sex with a Spanish man who claimed he was the reincarnation of Christ, according to an official of a victims’ advocacy group, who spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to speak publicly about the case.

Did he claim to be able to lower the sea levels? Besides, what is so bad about cults? Our news media seems to think they are great.


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NYT Is Giddy Over Limbaugh’s Rubio Interview

From the New York Times:

In Limbaugh Interview, Rubio Charms the Host

By ASHLEY PARKER | January 29, 2013

WASHINGTON — Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, continued his conservative media tour Tuesday with an afternoon telephone interview on Rush Limbaugh’s talk radio show. The back and forth went so well, from Mr. Rubio’s point of view, that at 6 p.m. his office was still tweeting out highlights from the exchange.

That Mr. Rubio was there to woo Mr. Limbaugh, who has been a constant opponent of an immigration compromise, became clear at the outset, when Mr. Rubio said he had been listening to Mr. Limbaugh’s chatter for a long while.

“I remember the TV program,” Mr. Rubio said. “Do you remember your TV program?”




Actor Jim Nabors Marries Longtime Male Partner

From Hawaii News Now:

EXCLUSIVE: Actor Jim Nabors marries his longtime male partner

By Keoki Kerr | January 29, 2013

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Jim Nabors, the Hawaii resident well known for his starring role in the 1960s television sitcom "Gomer Pyle, USMC," married his longtime male partner early this month, he told Hawaii News Now Tuesday.

Nabors, 82, said he married his companion of 38 years, Stan Cadwallader, who’s 64, in Seattle on Jan. 15…

"I’m 82 and he’s in his 60s and so we’ve been together for 38 years and I’m not ashamed of people knowing, it’s just that it was such a personal thing, I didn’t tell anybody," Nabors said. "I’m very happy that I’ve had a partner of 38 years and I feel very blessed.



FBI Raids Office Of Doctor Tied To Menendez (D)

From the Miami Herald:

FBI raids West Palm Beach office of doctor tied to U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez

By Marc Caputo, Jay Weaver and Scott Hiaasen | January 30, 2013

FBI agents late Tuesday night raided the West Palm Beach business of an eye doctor suspected of providing free trips and even underage Dominican Republic prostitutes to U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J. — who has denied what he calls the “fallacious allegations.”

Agents gathered at the medical-office complex of Dr. Salomon Melgen, a contributor to Menendez and other prominent politicians, to start hauling away potential evidence in several vans.

The investigation is believed to be focusing on Melgen’s finances and the allegations about Menendez’s trips and contact with prostitutes. A spokesman for Menendez could not be reached for comment, nor could Melgen.


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Obama’s ‘Jobs Council’ Closing, But Not Gitmo

From the New York Times:

Office Working to Close Guantánamo Is Shuttered

By CHARLIE SAVAGE | January 28, 2013

FORT MEADE, Md. — The State Department on Monday reassigned Daniel Fried, the special envoy for closing the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and will not replace him, according to an internal personnel announcement. Mr. Fried’s office is being closed, and his former responsibilities will be “assumed” by the office of the department’s legal adviser, the notice said.

Notice that this news is not coming from a public announcement. It’s from an "internal personnel announcement."

The announcement that no senior official in President Obama’s second term will succeed Mr. Fried in working primarily on diplomatic issues pertaining to repatriating or resettling detainees appeared to signal that the administration does not currently see the closing of the prison as a realistic priority, despite repeated statements that it still intends to do so

Apparently, Obama wants to keep Guantanamo open in order to keep recruiting terrorists.


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