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Civil rights summit featuring 4 U.S. presidentsfuels effort to burnish LBJ´s legacy Dallas Morning News [TX], by Christy Hoppe & Robert T. Garrett StormCnter- 4/8/2014 5:40:38 AM AUSTIN — The street banners leading to the Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum herald a recent renovation, both of the man and the edifice, asking the public to “see LBJ in a whole new way.” The soft light of rediscovery will be cast this week as a Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Library celebrates the 50th anniversary of Johnson’s signing of the seminal Civil Rights Act. Over three days, the conference will hear four U.S. presidents — Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush — examine the quest for equality in the nation, an unprecedented lineup Right up the end, Mickey Rooney wasunstoppable, still taking film roles andhanging out with his gal pal Margaret O´Brien New York Daily News, by Ethan Sacks* MissMolly- 4/8/2014 5:22:48 AM Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney was irrepressible to the end — recovering from an alleged case of elder abuse with new studio work, star-studded parties and even a former screen siren as his new “best girl.” Even in his waning days, his larger-than-life stardom played out on Facebook. “Valentine’s dinner tonight with my best girl Margaret O’Brien,” he wrote on the social media site in February along with photos of himself with the 77-year-old “Meet Me in St. Louis” star receiving a big heart-shaped box of chocolates from her older beau. A self-described bachelor after separating from his eighth wife, Jan NLRB Wants to StopBusinesses From Moving Real Clear Policy, by Peter Schaumber StormCnter- 4/8/2014 5:16:58 AM Richard Griffin, the new general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, wants to give unions a veto over a unionized employer´s decision to relocate. If Griffin has his way, and he most assuredly will, some unionized businesses will be pinned in place at the discretion of their unions. The change Griffin is contemplating is unnecessary and inconsistent with both the law and the dynamics of our free-enterprise system. It will upset the balance mandated by the Supreme Court and should send a chill up the spine of unionized companies contemplating relocating an operation. Griffin´s intent was disclosed in a memorandum he
How much does Obamacare actually cost? Washington Examiner [DC], by Philip Klein StormCnter- 4/8/2014 5:12:26 AM It´s a question that has been at the heart of the health care debate for the past five years, and one that has been the source of plenty of confusion and misinformation: How much does Obamacare actually cost? Over at the newly launched vox.com, Sarah Kliff has a piece attempting to offer an easy explanation of President Obama´s health care law. Kliff is always worth reading on health care policy, but when describing the cost of Obamacare, she writes, “Expanding health coverage to millions of Americans is expensive; it will cost more than $1 trillion over the next decade.” In reality, ‘Tax Freedom Day’ fallsthree days later this year Daily Caller, by Caroline May MissMolly- 4/8/2014 5:06:49 AM The day when the nation collectively has made enough money to pay its total tax burden for the year is three days later this year, according to a new report. According to a report released Monday by the Tax Foundation, this year Tax Freedom Day falls 111 days into 2014, on April 21. By April 21, to group says, Americans will have made enough to pay the $3 trillion in federal taxes and $1.5 trillion in state taxes — more than they will spend on food clothing and housing combined. Tax Freedom Day is later than it was last year, due in large Bring Me My Dragons! New York Times, by Maureen Dowd MissMolly- 4/8/2014 5:03:02 AM WASHINGTON — I’D been hoping to get the flu. I hadn’t had it in years, and there were so many TV series I’d never seen — “The Wire,” “Breaking Bad,” “House of Cards,” “True Detective” — that required an extended convalescence. When I finally succumbed to a fever and crumpled in bed a couple of weeks ago with saltines and Gatorade, I grabbed the clicker, murmuring, “Alright, alright, alright.” The only celebrated series I had no interest in was “Game of Thrones.” I’m not really a Middle-earth sort of girl. I’d read about George R. R. Martin, the author of “A Song of Ice Obamacare Era: 50 Worst Monthsof Employment in Past 25 Years Weekly Standard, by Jeffrey H. Anderson StormCnter- 4/8/2014 4:53:26 AM “In the end, history is not kind to those who would deny Americans their basic economic security. Nobody remembers well those who stand in the way of America’s progress or our people. And that’s what the Affordable Care Act represents.” President Obama, who made that statement last week, has never uttered truer words. Obama’s signature legislation is plainly standing in the way of Americans’ economic security and progress, a fact for which he and his congressional allies won’t be remembered kindly. The federal government’s own Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), housed in the executive branch, tells the tale. In June 2009,
´Leaving in a hurry,’ hundreds of residents chaseWestboro protesters out of Oklahoma town KFOR-TV [Oklahoma City, OK], by Dallas Franklin & Sarah Stewart StormCnter- 4/8/2014 4:48:18 AM MOORE, Okla. – Hundreds of Moore residents lined Broadway across from Central Junior High Sunday afternoon. They were ready and waiting for members of the notorious Westboro Baptist Church. Members of that church have long contended that God hates homosexuality and America’s tolerance of homosexuality. They also claim that he sends disasters as punishment. Church members had a permit to picket in front of the school, which has been housing Plaza Towers Elementary students since last year’s deadly tornado. According to the Westboro website, they contend that God sent that tornado as retribution against Moore. Amanda Eccles said, “It’s just Rand Paul Says Dick Cheney Pushed forthe Iraq War So Halliburton Would Profit Mother Jones, by David Corn Pluperfect- 4/8/2014 4:44:40 AM Last week, continuing the sometimes catty intraparty feud between Republican hawks and GOPers skeptical of foreign intervention, former Vice President Dick Cheney took a shot at Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). But Paul is not likely to be fazed by criticism from Cheney, for several years ago the Kentucky senator was pushing the conspiratorial notion that the former VP exploited the horrific 9/11 attacks to lead the nation into war in Iraq in order to benefit Halliburton, the enormous military contractor where Cheney had once been CEO. Speaking at a private Las Vegas gathering of Republican funders and activists on March America also a winnerin Afghan elections New York Post, by Amir Taheri Pluperfect- 4/8/2014 4:34:28 AM It will be weeks before the final results of Afghanistan’s presidential election, held Saturday, are announced. And the winner won’t take office until June. Nevertheless, the voting, the third of its kind since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, has already provided a new and exciting political snapshot of a country emerging from four decades of turmoil. The first feature of this snapshot is that a majority of Afghans have adopted elections as the best means of choosing and changing governments. On Saturday, more than 7 million went to the polls — almost 60 percent of registered voters — a Did OkCupid’s CEO Also Once Donateto an Anti-Gay Marriage Campaign? PJ Media, by Ed Driscoll StormCnter- 4/8/2014 4:28:54 AM ATTENTION INTERNET: THIS IS A QUADRUPLE FACEPALM ALERT. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. REPEAT, THIS IS NOT A DRILL — assuming Mother Jones’ story is accurate, of course: Last week, the online dating site OkCupid switched up its homepage for Mozilla Firefox users. Upon opening the site, a message appeared encouraging members to curb their use of Firefox because the company’s new CEO, Brendan Eich, allegedly opposes equality for gay couples—specifically, he donated $1000 to the campaign for the anti-gay Proposition 8 in 2008. “We’ve devoted the last ten years to bringing people—all people—together,” the message read. “If individuals like Mr.
"This Is Not a Barbie Doll. ThisIs an Actual Human Being." GQ Magazine, by Michael Idov StormCnter- 4/8/2014 4:25:08 AM Not so long ago, images of a young girl washed over the Internet. She was impossibly blonde and impossibly shaped, and surely it was all a masterly work of Photoshop. Right? Michael Idov travels to meet with Eastern Bloc Barbie herself and discovers that her world is far more bizarre and twisted than anything in the photos.Per Barbie´s instructions, I enter Kamasutra, a brightly lit Ukrainian version of an Indian restaurant. Imagine a blind date, with all the attendant "Does she look like her picture?" jitters, multiplied by the queasy fear that she does look like her picture. If you Are global warming alarmistsjust a conglomerate of ecoradicals and third world grifters? Hot Air, by Bruce McQuain StormCnter- 4/8/2014 4:23:09 AM While doing a review of Rupert Darwall’s book “The Age of Global Warming”, Charles Moore does an excellent job of succinctly identifying the alarmist movement’s core origins and core identity: The origins of warmism lie in a cocktail of ideas which includes anti-industrial nature worship, post-colonial guilt, a post-Enlightenment belief in scientists as a new priesthood of the truth, a hatred of population growth, a revulsion against the widespread increase in wealth and a belief in world government. It involves a fondness for predicting that energy supplies won’t last much longer (as early as 1909, the US National Conservation Commission How to prevent futureairplane disappearances CNN, by Les Abend Pluperfect- 4/8/2014 4:14:45 AM If the pings reported by the Chinese and Australians turn out to be from Malaysia Flight 370´s data recorders, we may be on the road to finding the plane and solving the mystery of its disappearance. But even if that is the case, we´ll need to resolve a larger issue: Incomprehensible as it might seem to the flying public, it is almost equally perplexing to airline pilots that a 650,000 pound airplane can disappear with barely a trace. Considering that the 777 is one of the most sophisticated and highly regarded airliners in the world, it doesn´t make sense. Nor Navy´s newest weapon kills atseven times the speed of sound CBS News, by David Martin Pluperfect- 4/8/2014 4:11:55 AM WASHINGTON -- The phrase "faster than a speeding bullet" just took on a whole new meaning. "An electromagnetic rail gun is a gun that uses just electricity -- no gun powder -- and, oh, by the way, can shoot a projectile like this, well over 100 miles at Mach 7," said Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder, the Chief of Naval Research, which developed the rail gun. "Seven times the speed of sound." An electromagnetic pulse propels a projectile down the barrel, creating a fireball of molten steel. The projectile sheds its steel cladding, and, in video released for the first time
Hagel, Chang Air DifferencesOver Disputed Islands Associated Press, by Lolita C. Baldor Original Article Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/8/2014 4:06:58 AM Post Reply BEIJING -- The defense chiefs of China and the U.S. are facing off over Beijing´s escalating territorial disputes in the region, with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wagging his finger and telling China it doesn´t have the right to unilaterally establish an air defense zone over disputed islands with no consultation. And he said on Tuesday America will protect Japan in a dispute with China, as laid out in U.S. treaty obligations. Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan said his country will not take the initiative to stir up troubles with Japan, but Beijing is ready to use its military if needed
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Mom Reads Son´s Facebook Page,Thwarts Shooting: Police NBC News, by M. Alex Johnson JoElla Bee- 4/8/2014 12:58:59 AM Two Utah teenagers were in custody on multiple charges Monday after a concerned mother alerted authorities that they had threatened on Facebook to kill her son near his school, police told NBC News.[snip]The alleged target´s mother was reading her son´s Facebook account Friday when she ran across the threats, Wilking said. She told police detectives serving as school resource officers at West High School, who found the boys, ages 16 and 17, in a car in a nearby parking lot where they were waiting to confront the boy, he said. Thomas Polgar, C.I.A. Officer, Dies at 91;Helped Lead U.S. Evacuation of Saigon New York Times, by William Yardley tisHimself- 4/8/2014 12:37:51 AM Saigon was falling and the United States was fleeing, desperately evacuating the last of its embassy staff and C.I.A. officers in the final, chaotic hours of April 1975. With the airport under siege by the North Vietnamese, helicopters landed on rooftops to ferry away Americans and some South Vietnamese. Thomas Polgar, the Saigon station chief for the C.I.A., helped lead the effort, lifting people over fences and destroying files. Just before Mr. Polgar destroyed the cable-sending machine the agency had used to communicate, just before he boarded a helicopter himself, he took a moment to type a last dispatch. Jeb Bush: The Pros and Cons Chicago Tribune, by Steve Chapman tisHimself- 4/8/2014 12:07:55 AM Jeb Bush is one of the best options available to the Republican Party in 2016. That´s the good news. It´s also the bad news. Bush is a serious politician with a reasonably good record of governing. He´s brave enough to challenge the hard right on immigration, defending foreigners who come here illegally to help their families. He´s a grownup on fiscal matters, unlike the GOP candidates who in 2012 all rejected the idea of ever accepting tax increases. “If you could bring to me a majority of people to say that we’re going to have $10 in spending cuts for $1
Train driver in deadly New York crashhad ´severe´ sleep disorder, NTSB says Ribicon- 4/7/2014 11:52:49 PM White Plains, New York — The driver of a New York commuter train that derailed at high speed last year, killing four people, had a serious sleep disorder that interrupted his rest dozens of times each night, federal investigators disclosed on Monday. The National Transportation Safety Board´s (NTSB) medical examination of engineer William Rockefeller uncovered "severe obstructive sleep apnea", according to documents released by the agency. (Snip) Rockefeller´s lawyer and union leader have suggested the engineer nodded off on the morning of 1 December as his train raced toward a sharp curve in the Bronx, where it derailed. The curve George W. Bush, Bill ClintonTake in NCAA Finals ABC News, by Bill McGuire - 4/7/2014 11:25:07 PM The Clinton-Bush post-presidency lovefest took on a new dimension tonight as another former president — George W. Bush — joined Bill Clinton for the NCAA men’s basketball final in Arlington, Texas. Clinton and George H.W. Bush, whom he defeated to become president in 1992, have been pals for years, appearing a various functions, including in 2005 when they teamed to lead relief efforts after the 2005 Asian tsunami. “My husband, Bill Clinton and I have become friends. And Bill visits us every summer. We don’t agree politically, but we don’t talk politics,” Barbara Bush told C-SPAN last year. But until The Truth About Chicago’s Crime Rates Chicago Magazine, by David Bernstein and Noah Isackson ledwith- 4/7/2014 11:21:10 PM It was a balmy afternoon last July when the call came in: Dead body found inside empty warehouse on the West Side. Chicago police officers drove through an industrial stretch of the hardscrabble Austin neighborhood and pulled up to the 4600 block of West Arthington Street. The warehouse in question was an unremarkable-looking red-brick single-story building with a tall barbed-wire fence. Vacant for six years, it had been visited that day by its owner and a real-estate agent—the person who had called 911. Climate Change Worse Than Nuclear War,Mass Murder Or Anything, Really,Claims Guardian Author Unhysterically Breitbart London [UK], by James Delingpole - 4/7/2014 11:19:25 PM Climate change is a form of "extreme, horrific, longterm, widespread violence" akin to mass murder or nuclear war, claims American writer and cultural historian Rebecca Solnit in the Guardian´s Environment pages. Ms Solnit--"the author of numerous books about art, landscape, public and collective life, ecology, politics, hope, meandering, reverie and memory"--argues that "carbon barons" like ExxonMobil are in the same league as nuclear powers which hold the option of "destroying quite a lot of life on Earth." [Snip] Exxon has decided to bet that we can´t make the corporation keep its reserves in the ground, and the company is reassuring
´Give Me 10 Minutes or I´m Leaving´ –Environmentalist Has Meltdown On Air Breitbart London [UK], by Raheem Kassam - 4/7/2014 11:14:30 PM Environmentalist Duncan Stewart broke down live on air this morning, refusing to discuss the topic of climate change unless he was given 10 minutes of unopposed airtime to speak about the issue. Stewart, who himself used to be a presenter on the Irish Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTE) public broadcaster, can be heard at the link below shouting the presenter down, demanding more time, and likening the issue of climate change to the Holocaust. The Irish Independent called the episode "bizarre", as Stewart threatened to get up and leave, mid-discussion: "Just minutes into the interview, he became annoyed as host Shane Exclusive - A tearful last messageof love to the wife ´he was keptfrom´ and a vicious family warover his cash: The wretched lastdays of screen legend Mickey Rooneywho died ´choking on his food´ Daily Mail (UK), by Sara Nathan & Chris White - 4/7/2014 11:13:03 PM Los Angeles -The stepson of Mickey Rooney today revealed the vicious family war that has tarnished the Hollywood great´s memory and made his last days wretched. In shocking claims, Christopher Aber said the entertainer, who died yesterday aged 93, was a ´hostage´ and was forcibly kept apart from his wife Jan Chamberlain - and alleges the star was so badly treated that he died after choking on his food. Christopher’s bitter words lay bare the full extent of the family rift that cast a shadow over the beloved star’s career – and plans for a dignified burial. Speaking to MailOnline today from Judge compares ex-Glendale councilmanJohn Drayman to Yee, Bell officials Los Angeles Times, by Brittany Levine - 4/7/2014 10:16:36 PM Before sentencing former Councilman John Drayman to one year in county jail for embezzling money from a local farmer’s market, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephen Marcus compared Drayman to other public officials who have made recent headlines for corruption-related charges. “In our world today, especially recently, every time you open the newspaper, you see politicians ripping off the public,” Marcus said, making specific references to the city of Bell scandal and the indictment last week of California Sen. Leland Yee. “And now we have Mr. Drayman who is now part of this landscape.” Drayman pled guilty last month to 4 Smart microcars tippedover in San Francisco San Francisco Chronicle, by Kale Williams Ribicon- 4/7/2014 10:13:00 PM San Francisco police are investigating an unusual crime spree after four people who live in and around Bernal Heights awakened Monday morning to find their Smart microcars had been rolled over by groups of vandals. The first vehicle was found on its roof on the 200 block of Anderson Street around 1 a.m. Within minutes, another Smart car was rolled near Andersen and Ogden streets. The third tipping happened a short time later near Bowdoin and Sweeny streets, while a fourth was discovered near Prospect and Coso avenues, said Officer Gordon Shyy, a police spokesman. Shyy said the suspects were described
Awful artist but Bush hasmore honour than Blair Daily Mail [UK], by Peter McKay Attercliffe- 4/7/2014 10:09:03 PM Former President George W. Bush’s new exhibition of paintings is described by a snooty critic in the Guardian as ‘cautious, vacant, even servile...’ Art expert Jason Farago, noting that the great Italian masters Cellini and Caravaggio were murderers, remarks: ‘Just because a painter has--for example--the blood of 136,102 dead Iraqis on his hands does not, in itself, prove that he lacks talent.’ [Snip] Might we not think a little higher of his Iraq War co-conspirator Tony Blair if he had spent his post-No. 10 days painting, instead of cashing in on his political contacts and knowledge to build an estimated A Look at Pension Problemsin Major US Cities Associated Press, by Staff - 4/7/2014 10:07:43 PM A look at the pension situation in a few major U.S. cities with the worst-funded retirement systems, according to Morningstar: CHICAGO: Mayor Rahm Emanuel has pitched a plan to cut the city´s nearly $20 billion pension shortfall in half by reducing benefits and hiking property taxes. But the proposal has drawn fierce resistance from labor unions, taxpayer groups and even the fellow Democrats Emanuel needs to approve it. With just 35 percent of the money needed to fulfill its promises to retirees, Chicago´s pensions are the worst-funded of any big U.S. city. PHILADELPHIA: The city´s unfunded pension liability was $5.3 Democrats seek Obamaadministration’s helpwith agency decisions toboost reelection bids Washington Post, by Paul Kane Dreadnought- 4/7/2014 10:06:06 PM Sen. Mark Begich has said repeatedly that he thinks President Obama is wrong about a host of policies, whether on oil drilling, the military or the environment. Begich also has made it perfectly clear that he has no interest in having his fellow Democrat out to his home state of Alaska, saying earlier this year that he doesn’t “care to have him campaign for me.” But that doesn’t mean he’s not looking for the president’s help. Begich has in fact submitted a long wish list to the Obama administration for agency decisions that he thinks would boost his reelection chances. Hollywood Turns Against Obamawith ´Captain America: The Winter Soldier´ Breitbart Big Hollywood, by John Nolte - 4/7/2014 9:47:04 PM Other than being far and away the best film yet to come out of the ho-hum Marvel Universe, "Captain America: Winter Soldier" is a blatant $175 million "screw you" to Barack Obama´s surveillance state, and especially the President´s dishonesty and rationale surrounding it. Obama might have destroyed America´s economic recovery and healthcare system, but we can at least thank him for inspiring a 4.5 star superhero movie. With the exception of the first "Iron Man," Marvel´s heavy mythology, even heavier CGI, and over-reliance on flashy Euro-trash villains disguised as non-humans has left me cold. This includes the first "Captain America,"
LMPD: Teen arrested during mobdisturbance at Shawnee restaurant WDRB-TV [Louisville, KY], by Staff Ribicon- 4/7/2014 9:46:14 PM Louisville, Ky. — Metro Police arrested a teen they say joined dozens of people blocking the road outside of a Long John Silvers in Shawnee. Police say officers responding to the restaurant near 35th and Broadway observed approximately 50 people standing in the alley Saturday night. According to an arrest report, officers have responded to that location for multiple fights and reports of gang activity involving the youth gang "YNO" in recent weeks. When officers arrived, police say 18-year-old David Leach was standing in the parking lot of Long John Silvers and refused officers´ orders to leave the location, even
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Oopsie! Harry Reid Has a Koch Problem.... Breitbart InstaBlog, by Debra Heine - 4/7/2014 9:35:58 PM Wow, the blood-curdling hypocrisy of some people... Senator Reid has called the Koch brothers "unAmerican" tax cheats who are "against everything that is good for America." Today he tweeted out some more anti-Koch nonsense: (Tweet) Now we find out, his campaign accepted a donation from the unAmerican monsters in 2003???!!! Andrew Stiles of the Washington Free Beacon has the shocking report: According to campaign finance records, former Koch Industries lobbyist Robert P. Hall III donated $500 to Reid’s campaign in 2003. The Majority Leader should return that money to the Kochs tout suite, or he may as well start donning their insignia, Will the vanity of centristsdoom us to climate disaster? The Week, by Ryan Cooper - 4/7/2014 9:09:44 PM Since the release of the new IPCC report on the current and future effects of climate change, climate hawks (including myself) have made the same very basic argument that we always do: Climate change looks bad, potentially very bad, and therefore we should curtail the greenhouse gas emissions which cause it. Clive Crook writes that this is approach is somehow responsible for public skepticism of climate change: The main reason for the disconnect between the science and the public is the gross tactical incompetence of the climate-science community, as it´s called, and its political champions. Consider this latest installment of the Syria´s Assad says politicalIslam project has failed Agence France Presse, by Staff Scottyboy- 4/7/2014 8:28:34 PM DAMASCUS: The “project of political Islam has failed,” Syria´s President Bashar al-Assad said on Monday, calling for the separation of religion from politics, state television said. Assad´s regime has been battling an uprising that has come to be dominated by Islamists, ranging from moderates to radicals, who want to see Syria run as an Islamic state. “The project of political Islam has failed, and there should be no mixing between political and religious work,” he said in comments on the 67th anniversary of the founding of his Baath party. Assad refers to all those fighting against him as “terrorists” and has said that
House Committee: PossibleCrimes by IRS Official Associated Press, by Stephen Ohlemacher Scottyboy- 4/7/2014 8:14:52 PM The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee says investigators have uncovered evidence that a former Internal Revenue Service official may have committed crimes as part of the agency´s tea party controversy. Rep. Dave Camp set a committee vote for Wednesday on whether to refer Lois Lerner, who used to head the agency´s tax-exempt division, to the Justice Department "for possible criminal prosecution." Camp, R-Mich., did not specify which laws Lerner may have broken. Lerner´s lawyer, William W. Taylor III, has said she broke no laws. On Monday, Taylor emailed this response to Camp´s announcement: "One word: Ridiculous." Camp´s committee has been investigating Erratic B.B. King performancemakes fans blue Associated Press, by Staff Scottyboy- 4/7/2014 8:11:18 PM ST. LOUIS — At 88, blues guitarist B.B. King is a living legend, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer with his own satellite radio channel and a string of blues-themed restaurants in New York, Las Vegas and several other cities. Slowed by age and infirmity, including diabetes, King continues to tour — with sometimes painful results. In St. Louis, some fans are singing the blues after an erratic weekend performance led to a stream of audience catcalls and early departures. Concertgoers said King´s rambling Friday night set at the Peabody Opera House featured just a handful of complete songs amid Donations pour in for Phoenixmom facing charges Associated Press, by Terry Tang Scottyboy- 4/7/2014 7:37:20 PM PHOENIX — A Phoenix woman arrested after leaving her two kids in a hot vehicle during a job interview is fighting to clear her name in court, with the support of a New Jersey woman who has raised more than $91,000 to help her effort. Unemployed and on food stamps, Shanesha Taylor went to the job interview last month at a Scottsdale insurance company. The 35-year-old wasn´t able to find a sitter, so she left her 2-year-old son and 6-month old baby in her Dodge Durango with the key still in the ignition and the windows rolled down an inch. A witness found Dale Earnhardt Jr. crashes,car catches fire USA Today, by Nate Ryan - 4/7/2014 7:35:54 PM FORT WORTH — Hendrick Motorsports teammates Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson were involved in the first caution of Monday´s rain-delayed Duck Commander 500 with NASCAR´s most popular driver taking the blame. Earnhardt clipped the frontstretch grass on the 12th lap, blowing out the left-front tire in his No. 88 Chevrolet. He slammed the outside wall, and his car caught fire while limping to the turn 2 apron with heavy front-end damage. Earnhardt scrambled out of the car quickly and said he didn´t realize his car was headed into the grass because his vision was obscured. "I just didn´t see the grass,
Made in the USA: America´slast surviving textile factories arecaptured in mesmerizing behind-the-scenes photo series Daily Mail (UK), by Sadie Whitelocks - 4/7/2014 7:08:22 PM Viewers are given a rare behind-the-scenes tour of America´s last surviving textile mills in a candid new photo series. New York-based photographer Christopher Payne gained access to dozens of factories across the country in a bid to ´prove that manual labor still has value in the 21st century economy.´ His shots also offer an interesting insight into the complex manufacturing process, with white yarn bobbins seen before they are dyed and spun into lengths of fabric, ready to be sewn into garments or home furnishings.The New England Shirt Company in Fall River, Massachusetts, which was once the largest cotton textile China official says Islamistsseek to ban laughter and crying Reuters, by Ben Blanchard NorthernDog- 4/7/2014 6:54:37 PM BEIJING - The governor of China´s restive far western region of Xinjiang wrote on Monday that Islamist militants were trying to ban laughter at weddings and crying at funerals, as he appealed to people to stamp out the "tumor" of extremism. Xinjiang, resource-rich and strategically located on the borders of central Asia, has been beset by violence for years, blamed by the government on Islamist militants and separatists. Exiles and many rights groups say the real cause of the unrest is China´s heavy-handed policies, including curbs on Islam and the culture and language of the Muslim Uighur people who call Caught kissing staffer, Rep. Vance McAllisterasks for forgiveness CBSNews.com, by Lindsey Boerma karmageddon2008- 4/7/2014 6:52:58 PM A married freshman Republican congressman who campaigned on his Christian, conservative values apologized Monday after surveillance video surfaced purportedly showing him in a lengthy liplock with a staffer. In the Dec. 23 footage, obtained by a local newspaper, Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La. - who ahead of his election last fall ran multiple campaign ads trumpeting his faith and family - is seen kissing and embracing a woman for about 20 seconds at his Monroe, La., district office. The Ouachita Citizen reports the woman is the congressman´s 33-year-old part-time scheduler, who is also married. Revealed: Obama´s friend andcivil rights firebrand Rev. AlSharpton was a paid FBI informantwho wore wire to trap Genovese,Gambino family wiseguys Daily Mail (UK), by David Martosko - 4/7/2014 6:52:11 PM Rev. Al Shaprton, the controversial civil rights leader-turned-broadcaster, was a confidential FBi informant for years and helped the feds put members of the Genovese and Gambino organized crime families behind bars, it was revealed Monday in a sensational exposé. President Barack Obama will speak this week for the second time at the annual meeting of Sharpton´s National Action Network, raising questions about the group´s special treatment. Sharpton´s special relationship with the Justice Department may also explain why his NAN has been allowed to skirt responsibility for $1.9 million in back taxes and penalties it has owed the IRS since 2006
U.S. childhood obesity rateshave increased since 1999: study Reuters, by Andrew M. Seaman Emerson- 4/7/2014 6:50:41 PM U.S. childhood obesity rates have increased over the past 14 years, according to a study published on Monday, casting doubt on a recent analysis by government health researchers that found a sharp drop in preschool obesity rates over the past decade. The good news, announced in February by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), received widespread media coverage and prompted first lady Michelle Obama to say she was "thrilled at the progress we´ve made over the last few years in obesity rates among our youngest Americans. The new study, published online in the medical journal JAMA Rand Paul in ’09: Cheney pushedIraq war to benefit Halliburton viola- 4/7/2014 6:47:11 PM David Corn over at Mother Jones unearths a 2009 video of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), in which Paul suggests that former vice president Dick Cheney wanted to invade Iraq in order to benefit his former employer, Halliburton. In the video, shot at Western Kentucky University, Paul argues that Cheney thought the invasion was a bad idea in the first Bush administration but changed his tune after working for Halliburton. "He´s being interviewed (in 1995), I think, by the American Enterprise Institute, and and he says it would be a disaster, it would be vastly expensive, it would be civil war... Healthcare cuts canceled afterDem complaints The Hill (Washington DC), by Jonathan Easley JoniTx- 4/7/2014 6:32:07 PM The Obama administration announced Monday that planned cuts to Medicare Advantage would not go through as anticipated amid election-year opposition from congressional Democrats. The cuts would have reduced benefits that seniors receive from health plans in the program, which is intended as an alternative to Medicare. Under cuts planned by the administration, insurers offering the plans were to see their federal payments reduced by 1.9 percent, which likely would have necessitated cuts for customers. Instead, the administration said the federal payments to insurers will increase next year by .40 percent. The healthcare law included $200 billion in cuts to Medicare Harry Reid: GOP shouldwear Koch insignia Politico, by Burgess Everett JoniTx- 4/7/2014 6:21:50 PM Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that Republicans might as well wear the insignias of the billionaire Koch brothers on their suits, likening the connection between the Kochs and the GOP to corporate sponsors and NASCAR drivers. “NASCAR fans can easily find their favorite drivers by simply looking at the cars as they fly by, because there are corporate emblems on the hood of the car … for our clothing here in the Senate, we don’t bear commercials logos. Many Republicans might as well wear Koch insignias,” Reid said Monday. “While they don’t wear Koch Industries’ ties and jackets, they
Knockout game comes toDayton, teens facing felony Dayton Daily News,(OH), by Staff Original Article Posted By: Scottyboy- 4/7/2014 6:12:26 PM Post Reply DAYTON — A disturbing internet "game" has made it to Dayton. The "Knockout Game" has become viral, where people record themselves punching complete and unaware strangers. "I think that this is kind of a copycat thing they´re seeing other people online, YouTube, doing this and they think it´s cool," said Detective Nathan Curley of the Dayton Police Department. The video above shows Ronald Baird using a cart to collect cans near East Fifth Street last month, then one of the teens suddenly runs up behind him and punches him in the head. He abandons his cart and runs. His attacker keeps chasing him, striking him Holder: We Want to ExploreGun Tracking Bracelets Washington Free Beacon, by Elizabeth Harrington Original Article Posted By: Obviousity- 4/7/2014 5:30:45 PM Post Reply Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday that gun tracking bracelets are something the Justice Department (DOJ) wants to “explore” as part of its gun control efforts. When discussing gun violence prevention programs within the DOJ, Holder told a House appropriations subcommittee that his agency is looking into technological innovations. Holder: We Want to Explore Gun Tracking Bracelets DOJ requesting $2 million for ‘Gun Safety Technology’ grants. “I think that one of the things that we learned when we were trying to get passed those common sense reforms last year, Vice President Biden and I had a meeting with a
Millions of Americans aren´t working. Why?5 million missing workers who are notincluded in the unemployment rate. Al Sharpton´s Secret Work As FBI InformantNow we know why he never paid for anything. Glad that got straightened out.
Biden: I Sleep with a Professor Every NightThis guy has the same wonderful yuck-a-minutethigh-slapping sense of humor the boss has.
Kim Jong-un executes securityminister by flame thrower Mirror (UK), by Don Mackay Scottyboy- 4/7/2014 4:50:30 PM A North Korean security minister has been executed by flame-thrower on orders of the country’s leader Kim Jong-un. It would take the death-toll purges carried out by dictator Jong-un to at least 12 since he took power as Supreme Leader after the death of his father three years ago. Deputy Public Security Minister O Sang-hon, was “executed by flame-thrower,” because of links to Kim’s own uncle - killed by firing squad and whose body was allegedly fed to starving dogs. He was one of the last believed to have been linked to leader Kim’s uncle, Jang Song-taek. One of the first rule’s of North Democrats slam ´offensive´Pelosi image on Breitbart site USA Today, by Catalina Camia Scottyboy- 4/7/2014 4:34:06 PM The Democratic National Committee is furious by a conservative website’s ad campaign that depicts Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi clad in a bikini in a provocative pose with her tongue sticking out. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, called on Republicans to press Breitbart News to remove the artwork — one of several suggestive images on the website promoting the new California site. The image of Pelosi, beneath one of California Gov. Jerry Brown’s face photo-shopped onto a flexing body builder, includes the sub-head: “Because you can’t make this s— up.” “To say the least, Hillary Clinton poses withPussy Riot members CNN, by Staff PageTurner- 4/7/2014 4:05:53 PM A photo of Hillary Clinton and members of the Russian pop band Pussy Riot has gone viral, with more than 9,000 retweets on Twitter and over 10,000 "favorites." Clinton´s Twitter account posted the photo, saying "Great to meet the strong & brave young women from #PussyRiot, who refuse to let their voices be silenced in #Russia." The former secretary of state posted the photo Friday after meeting with band members while the annual Women in the World Summit in New York. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were imprisoned for nearly two years after being convicted of "hooliganism" and inciting religious hatred for
Obama to force government contractorsto reveal salary breakdowns by sex andrace in equal pay drive – but womenare still paid less at the White House Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko Attercliffe- 4/7/2014 3:52:22 PM President Barack Obama will sign an executive order and a presidential ´memorandum´ on Tuesday targeting federal government contractors´ records on pay equity for female employees. But his own administration is still facing tough questions about why women can´t expect to earn as much as men in the White House. [Snip] The White House did not respond Monday to questions about whether it will issue a report dissecting how men and women, or a variety of racial groups, fare in its salary pool. That may be because 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has never paid the same levels of earnings to men and Number of Americans without medicalinsurance hits record low, claims Gallup-but backs off claim Obamacare is 'accomplishing its goal' Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko Attercliffe- 4/7/2014 3:47:01 PM A new report from Gallup shows that Americans without medical insurance now make up 15.6 percent of the population, the lowest level since 2008. But the organization hedged its bets when MailOnline asked how Medicaid enrollments might taint its conclusions. [Snip] Most of the swing toward the insurance rolls, however, has been among populations that have subscribed in large numbers to Medicaid, a low-income benefit program whose costs are borne entirely by taxpayers. Gallup editor-in-chief Frank Newport backed away from the suggestion that the numbers indicated success for President Barack Obama, telling MailOnline on Monday that Levy merely ´thought that Wisconsin ´John Doe´ probe is the latestpartisan attack on free speech Washington Examiner, by Steve Forbes grace52- 4/7/2014 3:37:21 PM Score one for the defense of free speech. Earlier this year, a Wisconsin judge overseeing the secret “John Doe” investigation of conservative groups terminated multiple subpoenas that were used to seize their communications and other records. While this is a victory for First Amendment rights, the abuses continue with the intent to sideline all conservatives before the state´s 2014 elections. More ominously, it appears to be part of a larger effort by left-leaning government officials to use campaign finance rules against one party, despite the law. NJ Student Suspended, Given PsychEval for ´Twirling Pencil´ Like a Gun Breitbart Big Government, by AWR Hawkins - 4/7/2014 3:34:38 PM Thirteen-year-old Ethan Chaplin, who attends school in Vernon, New Jersey, was suspended for two days and will undergo a psychological evaluation after another student complained that he was "twirling a pencil" like a gun. According to News 12 New Jersey, Chaplin said he was "just twisting around a pencil with a pen cap on it when a student behind him yelled, ´He´s making gun motions, send him to juvie.´" Chaplin told officials he had repeatedly been bullied by the student who complained and that the complaint about the pencil was just an extension of that. But the school suspended him
IRS agents’ testimony: NO progressivegroups were targeted by IRS - 4/7/2014 2:55:18 PM IRS agents testified before Congress that the agency’s political targeting did not apply to progressive groups as Democrats and the media have claimed, according to a bombshell new staff report prepared by the House Oversight Committee chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa. IRS agents testified before Oversight that ACORN groups were scrutinized because the agency thought they were old organizations applying as new ones. Emerge America was scrutinized for potential “improper private benefit.” No evidence exists that the IRS requested additional information from any Occupy Wall Street group. “Only seven applications in the IRS backlog contained the word ‘progressive,’ all of which Biden: I Sleep with aProfessor Every Night Washington Free Beacon, by Staff Honeybadger- 4/7/2014 2:54:02 PM Vice President Joe Biden told a crowd of community college professors that he appreciated their work and he understands how difficult of an occupation it is due to the fact that he sleeps “with a community college professor every night.” “I thank you for what you do and I mean that sincerely. Jill is probably right, I think I’d have the same attitude did I not sleep with a community college professor every night, Biden said. As the audience laughed, Biden interjected. “Oh, the same one, the same one,” he said, waving his hands in an attempt to clarify. “The same one.” Peaches Geldof dies unexpectedly at age 25 Associated Press, by Sylvia Hui Drive- 4/7/2014 2:44:12 PM LONDON - Peaches Geldof, the wild-child second daughter of concert organizer Bob Geldof who worked as a model, a television presenter and a fashion writer and filled the pages of British tabloids with her late-night antics, has died at age 25. There was no immediate word on the cause of her death at her home in Wrotham, Kent, southeast England. Her father said in a statement Monday: "Peaches has died. We are beyond pain." "She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us," he said. "Writing 'was' destroys me afresh. What a beautiful child. How is this possible that we will not see her again? How is that bearable? We loved her and will cherish her forever." Millions of Americans aren´t working. Why? CNBC, by Allison Linn - 4/7/2014 2:32:09 PM Call it the million-worker mystery. A large chunk of American adults are no longer in the labor force. That has left economists divided over how many of them are voluntarily not working-or even looking for work-because they wanted to retire, go to school or take care of family members, versus how many have been forced out because they couldn´t find a job. (snip) Shierholz estimates that there are currently more than 5 million missing workers who are not included in the unemployment rate because they are neither working nor looking for work, but who might be if the job market
Joe Biden revives political Twitter account Washington Examiner (DC), by Rebecca Berg JoniTx- 4/7/2014 2:07:08 PM @JoeBiden is back. The vice president revived his political Twitter account Monday with an upbeat message about this year´s midterm election cycle, marking the first tweet from the account in 437 days. "Dusting off the Twitter handle for a big midterm election year. Let´s get to it, folks!" Biden tweeted. Biden has maintained a robust presence on the social media site through his vice presidential account, @VP, but his return to his non-government Twitter handle signals a strategy by Biden and the Democratic National Committee to increase his political profile during the next few months. “@JoeBiden will be another way for the Pope Francis: ‘The Image of Godis the Married Couple: The Manand the Woman’ Cybercast News Service, by Michael W. Chapman JoniTx- 4/7/2014 2:00:44 PM Although the national gay magazine The Advocate named Pope Francis its “Person of the Year” in December 2013, the Pope repeated on Apr. 2 the Catholic Church’s teaching that marriage is reserved for one man and one woman, adding that this is part of “God’s design” and that “the image of God is the married couple: the man and the woman ….” During his General Audience speech at St. Peter’s Square on Apr. 2, before a crowd estimated at 45,000, Pope Francis first cited Genesis, saying, “God created man in his own image, in the image of God He created Al Sharpton´s Secret WorkAs FBI Informant Smoking Gun, by Staff - 4/7/2014 2:00:17 PM When friends and family members gathered recently at the White House for a private celebration of Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday, one of the invited partygoers was a former paid FBI Mafia informant. That same man attended February’s state dinner in honor of French President Francois Hollande. He was seated with his girlfriend at a table adjacent to President Barack Obama, who is likely unaware that, according to federal agents, his guest once interacted with members of four of New York City’s five organized crime families. He even secretly taped some of those wiseguys using a briefcase that FBI technicians outfitted Barbara Walters´ Final ScheduledTelevision Appearance Announced ABC News, by Lesley Messer LittleHoodedMonk- 4/7/2014 1:56:21 PM Almost a year after she announced her plan to depart daily television, Barbara Walters is preparing to say farewell. Her last day co-hosting "The View," a program that she created, will be May 16, and ABC will air a two-hour special highlighting her life and career that night, from 9-11 p.m. ET. Walters will continue to executive produce "The View," and will be a lifelong member of ABC News, contributing as news warrants. "In this business there are legends, there are icons, and then there is Barbara Walters," Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive of The Walt Disney Company said. "She's a dear friend and colleague as well as
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Ex-Im Bank and the GOP’s Cronyism Test National Review, by Mike Lee tisHimself- 4/7/2014 1:19:54 PM For five years now, the Republican party has attacked the economic policies of President Barack Obama as “crony capitalism.” And with good reason. From the stimulus to cash-for-clunkers, from the bailouts to cap-and-trade, from Dodd-Frank to Obamacare, every name-brand initiative of the Obama era has distorted public policy to privilege well-connected insiders and elites at the expense of taxpayers and consumers. Republicans have slammed all this “corporate welfare” and “venture socialism” for unfairly “picking winners and losers in the marketplace.” In 2012, for the first time, “crony capitalism” was even singled out for condemnation in the Republican party platform. UConn’s Napier, on athletes unionizing CTMirror, by Jacqueline Rabe Thomas Framer- 4/7/2014 1:16:40 PM Shabazz Napier, point guard for The University of Connecticut´s men´s basketball team, recently told reporters he understands why athletes at Northwestern need a union, as he sometimes has to go to bed "starving" because he cannot afford food. "We as student athletes get utilized for what we do so well. We are definitely best to get a scholarship to our universities, but at the end of the day, that doesn´t cover everything. We do have hungry nights that we don´t have enough money to get food and sometimes money is needed," the senior told reporters. "I think, you know, Northwestern UConn’s Napier, onathletes unionizing The CT Monitor, by Jacqueline Rabe Thomas muncsdad- 4/7/2014 1:13:50 PM Shabazz Napier, point guard for The University of Connecticut´s men´s basketball team, recently told reporters he understands why athletes at Northwestern need a union, as he sometimes has to go to bed "starving" because he cannot afford food. "We as student athletes get utilized for what we do so well. We are definitely best to get a scholarship to our universities, but at the end of the day, that doesn´t cover everything. We do have hungry nights that we don´t have enough money to get food and sometimes money is needed," the senior told reporters. "I think, you know, Northwestern has
Report: Ted Kennedy Jr. to runfor Connecticut state Senate Washington Post, by Aaron Blake - 4/7/2014 1:09:09 PM Another member of the Kennedy family will be on the ballot. According to a local report, Ted Kennedy Jr., the 52-year-old son of the former senator of the same name and nephew of assassinated president John F. Kennedy, will run for an open seat in the Connecticut state Senate. Kennedy is expected to make the announcement official on Tuesday. Kennedy´s candidacy follows that of his nephew, Joe Kennedy III, who ran for and won a congressional seat in 2012. Prior to that win, no Kennedys had been in major Washington office for the first time in more than 60 decades. Ted Kennedy Jr. was Beware ‘Astroturf Guy’ David Axelrod Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod snowcloud- 4/7/2014 12:47:26 PM Don’t believe Internet headlines—no matter from which source—warning that Democrats have “major hurdles” after the latest poll. “Former top Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod acknowledged Saturday that Democrats face tough challenges in November, following a new Associated Press-GfK poll that shows voters increasingly appear to want Republicans over Democrats to control Congress.” (FoxNews.com, April 6, 2014) Voters out on the hustings for November midterms don’t want donkeys; they don’t want elephants. They want small-c Conservatives who will stand their ground against the America-destroying policies of the Obama regime. The it’s-all-but-over-for-Dems message comes from ‘Astroturf Guy’ David Axelod, who took to Twitter to get Team Boehner to Drudge: We didn´t ´expand´ Obamacare, we repealed a piece Washington Examiner, by Joel Gehrke - 4/7/2014 12:31:34 PM Hours after the Drudge Report suggested on Sunday that "Republicans expand[ed] Obamacare" in the headline for the site´s lead story, an "alert" from the office of House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, countered that they had actually "chip[ped] away another piece" of the law. The recent change "eliminated a cap on deductibles for small group policies offered inside the law´s health care exchanges as well as outside," the Associated Press explained. "Successfully repealing this Obamacare provision is just one part of Republicans´ larger effort to repeal the full law and replace it with better solutions focused on lowering health care costs for families Louisville men accused of tryingto start riot on Southern Ave. WDRB-TV [Louisville, KY], by Staff Ribicon- 4/7/2014 12:26:02 PM Louisville, Ky. — Louisville Metro Police say they´ve arrested two men who tried to start a riot Sunday night. (Snip) Police say officers were called to the intersection after they received a report of a fight involving an officer. When they arrived, they allegedly found 26-year-old James Bivens and 21-year-old Prieshen D. Mitchell "creating a public disturbance." Police say as Bivens was being arrested, he told an officer that he was "calling his people." A short time later, police say more than 20 people showed up. According to the arrest report, members of the crowd were assaulting officers,
Arrest Made After LAPD MotorcycleOfficer Critically Hurt in Crash KNBC-TV [Los Angeles], by Willian Avila* earlybird- 4/7/2014 12:17:06 PM A 33-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after her vehicle struck a Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officer from behind at a red light, leaving him pinned between two vehicles Saturday, officials said. The officer was waiting for the traffic light at Saticoy Street and Lankershim Boulevard (map) about 5:30 p.m. when an SUV rear-ended him, according to the LAPD. The officer was pinned between the SUV and the vehicle in front of him. The officer was in a medically-induced coma in critical but stable condition at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills Another jet-search unknown:How much it´s costing Associated Press, by Leon Drouin-Keith Zarin- 4/7/2014 11:41:49 AM It´s not a question most governments involved in the hunt for the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 care to answer: How much has the far-flung, month-long search cost? The U.S. bill alone has run into the millions of dollars, and some countries such as China have devoted more ships and planes to the effort than the Americans have. Australia is spending more than half a million dollars a day on just one of the ships it has in the Indian Ocean. But governments and military experts say it´s difficult to come up with a full estimate for an ongoing search, especially since many MH37O: Angus Houston confirmssignal detected by Ocean Shield areconsistent with black box News.com [Australia], by Jennifer Rajca* earlybird- 4/7/2014 11:28:59 AM IN A major development in the search for MH370, Angus Houston has confirmed the Ocean Shield has detected signals consistent with aircraft black boxes, describing the lead as the most promising yet. Air Chief Marshal Houston called the development significant, saying “this is the most promising lead, probably in the search so far, it’s probably the best information we’ve had”. The search coordinator told reporters more signals have been detected by a towed pinger locator deployed by the Australian vessel Ocean Shield. “Today, I can report some very encouraging information which has unfolded over the last 24 hours,” he told Why Rick Perry Is Sitting Pretty for 2016 CNBC, by Daniel Libit - 4/7/2014 11:25:53 AM Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the man so eager to slash federal agencies he couldn´t keep track of precisely which ones, has spent the last year trying to pound one simple message into Americans´ heads: He wants your business. To that end, the nation´s longest-serving governor has been on a high-profile barnstorming tour through New York, Illinois and California, advising put-upon companies there to relocate to the more business-friendly environs of the Lone Star State. "It is remarkable how the Texas jobs and the Texas conservative policy message really has seeped into the national psyche and the business psyche and the political groundwater,"
The Left Isn’t Pro-Gay— It’s Pro-Power FrontPage, by Daniel Greenfield - 4/7/2014 11:24:21 AM Libertarians and liberal Republicans have been proposing a truce on social issues in order to be able to concentrate on fiscal issues, but there is no such thing as a truce on any issue with the left. Brendan Eich offered the left a truce on gay marriage. He talked about tolerance and diversity and he got his head handed to him. His forced departure from the Mozilla Foundation, which is behind the Firefox browser, should be a wake up call to anyone on the right who still thinks that social issues can be taken off the table and that we can Anti-Wal-Mart union leader once threatenedjanitorial company with death threats Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley - 4/7/2014 11:20:45 AM The anti-Wal-Mart crusader leading the fight to unionize the company once threatened a non-union janitorial company with death threats, The Daily Caller has learned. Dan Schlademan runs the United Food and Commercial Workers Union’s (UFCW) Making Change at Walmart group, which is fighting for pay hikes for Wal-Mart employees and to block the retail giant from opening new stores that could drive down wages in various regions. The Making Change at Walmart campaign is organizing employees at every stage of the Walmart supply chain, including logistics and warehouse workers. Schlademan made the threat in a phone call to the president of Houston’s NYC’s tanning salons inspected moreregularly than abortion clinics New York Post, by Carl Campanile - 4/7/2014 11:18:07 AM The state Health Department is failing to inspect many of New York’s abortion clinics — with some facilities escaping scrutiny for more than a decade, bombshell documents obtained by The Post reveal. Health inspectors regulate 25 diagnostic and treatment clinics and surgery centers that provide abortion services — though pro-choice advocates say there are 225 abortion service providers in New York state. Eight of the 25 clinics were never inspected over the 2000-12 span, five were inspected just once, and eight were inspected only twice or three times — meaning once every four or six years. A total of just 45 inspections were Will hubris sink the Dems? Pittsburgh Tribune-Review [PA], by Salena Zito - 4/7/2014 11:14:14 AM Standing at a gas station pump, as news blared overhead about the Fort Hood shootings, a young mother with two children buckled into her sedan´s car seats sighed. “I hope someday if, God forbid, tragedy strikes again at a military base, whoever is president doesn´t still head to a fundraiser,” she said. She didn´t think that President Obama doesn´t care, she said. “It is just, come on, do the right thing!” The visual impact of Obama discussing the tragedy at a political fundraiser is “uncaring, arrogant, wrong,” she said, punctuating each adjective. Impressions are lasting. Americans in general have a fairly good sense
Bryan Cranston of ´Breaking Bad´:Obamacare ´is fantastic´despite ´growing pains´ Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard AltaD- 4/7/2014 11:01:59 AM Add Bryan Cranston, the star of TV´s recent hit "Breaking Bad" and a new Broadway play about former President Lyndon B. Johnson, to Team Obamacare. In an interview with Yahoo News “global anchor” Katie Couric, the actor called Obamacare the highlight of President Obama´s legacy. “Now’s the time to stake a claim to leave your legacy,” he encouraged Obama. “I personally believe that his health care program is fantastic. Yes, there are problems. Anything worth while is going to go through a growing pains period. But this is his legacy and I think it’s a great one because I don’t The Market for Common Sense PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez - 4/7/2014 10:52:35 AM In September 2013 the Guardian wrestled with a mystery. “‘No one can explain why a rich country has no food’ Toilet paper, rice and coffee have long been missing from stores, as Venezuelan president blames CIA plot for chronic shortages.” Actually, an economist named Brad Schiller tried to explain it in March of the same year. He said the shortages were the result of Hugo Chavez’s war against the Law of Supply and Demand. Writing in the Los Angeles Times Schiller wrote: “two years before his death, Hugo Chavez tried to repeal the law of supply and demand … Chavez despised In the ‘credentials caucus,’GOP’s 2016 hopefuls study policyand seek advisers Washington Post, by Philip Rucker and Robert Costa tisHimself- 4/7/2014 10:46:07 AM Last Monday night at Washington’s Capital Grille, Senate firebrand and potential presidential candidate Ted Cruz met conservative economist Stephen Moore for a dinner that stretched on for four hours. Moore said he helped the Texas Republican brainstorm policies that would get beyond “standard Republican pablum.” Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), another senator eyeing a 2016 run, recently summoned former Congressional Budget Office director Douglas Holtz-Eakin to his office and regularly solicits advice from scholars at the American Enterprise Institute. NJ State trooper caught shopliftingfrom Pa. Cabela´s store is fined $150 Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Jeff Goldman Ribicon- 4/7/2014 10:44:08 AM A New Jersey State trooper who worked on Gov. Chris Christie´s security detail has been fined for shopifting gun supplies from an outdoor recreation store in Pennsylvania, according to a report on NJWatchdog.org. William Carvounis will have to pay a $150 penalty in addition to court costs, the report said. The trooper must also pay $100 to attend a “STOPLIFT” rehabilitation class and is banned from returning to any Cabela´s store, Watchdog reported. The trooper, who made $110,579.10 in 2013 has also been admitted to a pre-trial intervention program by the Court of Common Pleas of Berks County. If he Smoky Odor From New JerseyForest Fire Settles Over New York City NBC New York, by Staff mitzi- 4/7/2014 10:07:21 AM The smell of smoke wafted over New York City early Monday after a brush fire broke out in a state forest in central New Jersey, authorities say. The city’s Office of Emergency Management tweeted that people in Staten Island and Brooklyn might smell smoke from a forest fire burning along 30 acres of land in Wharton State Forest, a large preserve northwest of Atlantic City. The forest is about 90 miles south of midtown Manhattan. People who live on the Lower East Side and elsewhere in Manhattan also reported smelling the smoke. Storm Team 4 meteorologists say that winds most
The Children´s Crusade againstMichelle O´s school lunches American Thinker, by Rick Moran - 4/7/2014 10:00:29 AM America´s school children have had enough and they´re not going to take it anymore. Faced with the meager, unappetizing school lunches required under First Lady Michelle Obama´s nutritional program, students have taken to social media to express their outrage and disgust at what they´re forced to eat for lunch. (snip) More than a million kids nationwide have opted out of the new program - a testament to how truly awful the food being served at our schools has become. Not only that, in the Los Angles school district. it´s been reported that $100,000 worth of food is thrown away every day: California: The View from Texas Breitbart California, by Chuck DeVore - 4/7/2014 9:58:31 AM America’s biggest state is now getting its own Breitbart page. Or is it its second, counting Big Hollywood? Or its third, given Big Government’s content? If California is to make its way back to more liberty and less government--and America needs her to find her way back--then a Breitbart site dedicated to this proposition is a requisite. As part of this inaugural effort, I was asked to pen a California refugee’s perspective. Our family moved to Texas in December 2011. Moving 1,300 miles wasn’t a lightly-taken decision. Other than a couple of years working for President Ronald Reagan in the Gallup survey suggests sign-upsunder ObamaCare not as high asWhite House says Fox News*, by Staff JoniTx- 4/7/2014 9:53:01 AM A major new Gallup survey suggests the ObamaCare sign-up numbers are not as soaring as the White House claims. The massive survey, released on Monday, shows the number of uninsured has indeed fallen to its lowest level in years, likely thanks to the Affordable Care Act. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index measured the share of adults without health insurance. That shrank from 17.1 percent at the end of last year to 15.6 percent for the first three months of 2014. The decline of 1.5 percentage points would translate roughly to more than 3.5 million people gaining coverage. But the numbers, released a Malaysia, Indonesia ban Noah film Belfast Telegraph [UK], by Staff NorthernDog- 4/7/2014 9:52:44 AM Malaysia and Indonesia have banned the biblical epic Noah, joining other Muslim nations in vetoing the Hollywood movie because of its visual depiction of the prophet. Film censors in both countries said today that the portrayal of the ark-building prophet by Russell Crowe was against Islamic laws. Depictions of any prophet are shunned in Islam to avoid worship of a person rather than God. "The film Noah is not allowed to be screened in this country to protect the sensitivity and harmony in Malaysia´s multi-racial and multi-religious community," Film Censorship Board chairman Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid said in a statement. Congress Should Promote Charter Schools American Magazine, by Arnold Kling Original Article Posted By: eagleblurst- 4/7/2014 9:50:38 AM Post Reply There is bipartisan agreement that the American economy needs entrepreneurship. There is bipartisan agreement that our education system could stand some improvement. Charter schools are a development that addresses both of these needs. Entrepreneurs have been putting energy and innovation into the charter school effort, and we are starting to see positive results. Now is the time for Congress to provide funding to states to set up the apparatus needed to facilitate further charter school growth. More Obfuscation on Benghazi Wall Street Journal, by Michael B. Mukasey Original Article Posted By: JoniTx- 4/7/2014 9:39:21 AM Post Reply Last week´s encounter between former acting CIA Director Michael Morell and the House Permanent Subcommittee on Intelligence may have brought us a bit closer to the truth of how four Americans came to be killed at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012, and how their countrymen came to be lied to about it. But the progress toward truth was probably not made in a way that Mr. Morell intended. The encounter on Capitol Hill also made clear that the forum that will take us all the way to the truth must be something other than a
Jeb Bush to make decision on 2016 by the end of this yearSome are suggesting that he listen to his mother. For Dems, a problem with seniorsTrouble for dems from voters whohave seen the light. Anti-vaccine movement is giving diseases a 2nd lifeTo quote a reader: Too bad there's novaccine for stupidity. Gorgeous George: Regal in red Kate wears Queen’s New Zealand brooch as she arrives in Wellington… but it’s her baby prince who steals the showInto British royalty or not, theseare wonderful pictures. When a majority of the dogs won't eatthe food, it stays in the dish.
Obamacare eclipses low-cost NJ health plan for middle-class kidsDems rethinking now that it's hitting them.
Stark Raving Rahm Tell us what you really think, Mr. MayorThe non-mellowing of Mr. Crisis.
´Music is God´s Voice´ American Thinker, by Susan D. Harris magnante- 4/7/2014 8:55:01 AM “Don´t forget: music is God´s voice,” Brian Wilson reminded us at the induction ceremony of The Beach Boys into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (snip) As Sister Cristina Scuccia took to the stage last month on Italy’s “The Voice,” the contrast between her and the judges was astonishing. Indeed, comments under various videos of the event revealed many Americans were shocked by the dress and appearance of the shows judges. In short, none of them looked like someone you’d trust to watch your dog, let alone your child. It was, therefore, even more dramatic when each judge took a Justice, Detroit Style American Thinker, by TR Clancy magnante- 4/7/2014 8:28:59 AM Let’s get one thing straight: the savage mob attack on a white motorist in Detroit by a dozen or more black men on Wednesday was not a “vigilante style” attack. Yet that’s what Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and City Council President Brenda Jones are trying to call it in a joint statement meant to play down the unavoidable racial element. Says their statement: Earlier this week, a traffic accident that injured a young boy, David Harris, escalated into a vicious attack on the driver of the vehicle, Steve Utash, who had done the right thing by stopping to check on the boy. Can We Get SomeAmericans Out of Jail? Heritage, by Israel Ortega Judy W.- 4/7/2014 8:21:33 AM An unlikely alliance is forming between conservatives and liberals rightly asking whether it makes sense that America has the highest incarceration rate in the world. One out of every 100 American adults is behind bars, according to The Washington Post. Besides the tremendous cost of housing an inmate in a maximum-security federal prison—pegged at around $33,000 per year—the sheer volume of the U.S. prison population warrants a closer look. Why are so many people behind bars? The discretion federal judges used to have when sentencing individuals changed when Congress enacted the 1984 Sentencing Reform Act, imposing mandatory minimum sentencing for
100 arrested after Calif. springbreak party turns violent USA Today, by William M. Welch drive- 4/7/2014 8:18:46 AM Six police officers were injured, more than 100 people were arrested and dozens were hospitalized when a large spring break party near the University of California-Santa Barbara turned into an unruly civil disturbance, officials said Sunday. Police used tear gas and what they described as "foam projectiles´´ to regain control of the rock and bottle-throwing crowd. An estimated 15,000 people attended the all-day party Saturday at Isla Vista, a beach community that borders the UC-Santa Barbara campus, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff´s Department said. The annual spring party is called "Deltopia." "Our community is in shock today over what happened last night,´´ Kelly ´I´ll never forgive Michelle Obama for thisschool lunch´: Students sick of smaller,healthier portions take to social mediato rail against First Lady´s pet project Daily Mail [UK], by Staff Attercliffe- 4/7/2014 8:06:22 AM American public school students sick of the smaller portions and healthier offerings they get at lunch thanks to Michelle Obama´s anti-obesity initiatives are sounding off on social media. Just a month after school lunch participation saw the steepest drop on record following the implementation of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, students tired of going home hungry are making sure the first lady knows why. ´I´ll never forgive Michelle Obama for this school lunch,´ tweeted one angry student. [Snip] The extremely negative reviews have over a million kids refusing to eat the offerings, an ironic result for legislation meant to combat Obama looks to close wage gap whilepaying female staffers less than men Daily Caller, by Caroline May FlyRight- 4/7/2014 8:03:08 AM President Barack Obama is planning to sign two new executive actions aimed at narrowing the wage gap between men and women Tuesday, even as the Obama White House pays its female staffers less than men.The first executive action will be an order banning federal contractors from retaliation against employees who disclose or ask about their wages, according to reports. His other executive action will require federal contractors to submit data to the government about their employees compensation by sex and race. On Tuesday — the day advocates have labelled “Equal Pay Day” to symbolize the amount of time women have to Search teams scouring Indian Oceanfor missing Malaysia Airlines flightMH370 confirm they HAVE found‘signals consistent with black box’ Telegraph [UK], by Richard Shears, Nathan Klein Attercliffe- 4/7/2014 7:56:56 AM Underwater sounds detected by a ship searching the southern Indian Ocean for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet are consistent with the pings from aircraft black boxes, an Australian official said, calling it ´a most promising lead´. Angus Houston, the head of a joint agency co-ordinating the search, warned that it could take days to confirm whether the signals picked up by the Australian navy ship Ocean Shield are indeed from the black boxes that belonged to Flight MH370, but called the discovery very encouraging. ´Clearly this is a most promising lead, and probably in the search so far, it´s probably the
If they can hound out Brendan Eich forbeing anti-gay marriage, who will be next? Telegraph [UK], by Tim Stanley Attercliffe- 4/7/2014 7:51:51 AM In 1981, Ronald Reagan fired 11,345 air traffic controllers after a two day strike. This simple piece of executive action sent a powerful message: up with strikes the US government would not put. [Snip] Social conservatives might be experiencing their own air traffic controller moment. Brendan Eich, the CEO of Mozilla, has been forced to resign from his job because he once donated to an anti-gay marriage campaign. This is deeply unfair. At the time that he made the donation (2008), Barack Obama was also opposed to gay marriage--as was Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton and almost all the leadership of When will Obama make thecall on Keystone XL pipeline? The Hill, by Laura Barron-Lopez drive- 4/7/2014 7:44:36 AM Like a blockbuster movie that never quite arrives, President Obama’s decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline has been “coming soon” for years. He has been weighing whether the project should be built since he first entered the Oval Office, and rationalizations for further delay are thin on the ground. After a February White House meeting between Obama and a number of governors, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) told reporters that Obama had said he expected to make a call “in a couple of months.” But the White House has not even acknowledged that such a suggestion was made, let alone whether Stark Raving Rahm Tell uswhat you really think, Mr. Mayor New Republic, by Isaac Chotiner Judy W.- 4/7/2014 7:44:19 AM There are things that people know, or think that they know, about Rahm Emanuel: He is voluble, tireless, notoriously profane. And yet, when I met him last month, all the stories hadn’t prepared me for his intensity in person. A conversation with Emanuel is a physical experience. When he has strong feelings about a subject—which is often—he frequently sits on the very edge of his chair, emphasizing his point through proximity. At one point, he waved his finger inches from my face, Lyndon Johnson–style. Emanuel’s forceful personality is especially at odds with the surprisingly Zen atmosphere of the mayoral offices Dark markets may be more harmfulthan high-frequency trading Reuters, by John McCrank FlyRight- 4/7/2014 7:38:55 AM Fears that high-speed traders have been rigging the U.S. stock market went mainstream last week thanks to allegations in a book by financial author Michael Lewis, but there may be a more serious threat to investors: the increasing amount of trading that happens outside of exchanges.Some former regulators and academics say so much trading is now happening away from exchanges that publicly quoted prices for stocks on exchanges may no longer properly reflect where the market is. And this problem could cost investors far more money than any shenanigans related to high frequency trading. When the average investor, or even
No, The Obamacare DebateIsn’t Over American Spectator, by David Catron garnet- 4/7/2014 7:03:29 AM Last Tuesday, our President swaggered into the Rose Garden to announce that 7.1 million people have signed up for health coverage through Obamacare’s exchanges and that all further argument about the future of his “signature domestic achievement” was pointless: “The debate over repealing this law is over. The Affordable Care Act is here to stay.” The problem with this claim is that no one with a basic grasp of arithmetic believes Obama’s enrollment figures, only about a quarter of the electorate supports his “reform” law, and it is still the target of multiple lawsuits challenging its constitutionality. Mickey Rooney was still Andy Hardy toAmericans, despite a life of turmoil New York Daily News, by David Hinckley - 4/7/2014 5:28:26 AM Despite a life with more wreckage than Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears combined, Mickey Rooney somehow never stopped being Andy Hardy. Forget Oscar. That, friends, was an acting triumph. Through serial divorces, bankruptcy, career implosions and struggles with the bottle, Rooney still came across to America as sunny, plucky, perpetually optimistic Andy, who lifted American spirits in the 1930s. He became a star by flashing a smile as wide as he was tall, and 70 years after Andy Hardy, he still had it. Sure, he could talk about animal rights or his deep friendship with fellow child star Judy Garland. He won an Emmy for Anti-poverty zone leaves out L.A.´s poorest Los Angeles Times, by Michael Finnegan* - 4/7/2014 5:26:11 AM In January, President Obama announced a block-by-block approach to relieving poverty in Los Angeles. Federal money, he said, would pour into a newly created Promise Zone. The boundaries encompassed crowded immigrant communities around MacArthur Park and Koreatown, as well as upscale areas of Hollywood and Los Feliz. Left out was South L.A., where the poverty rate is higher. The exclusion stunned many South L.A. leaders. The strategy, presidential aides said, was to concentrate resources in communities where nonprofits or public agencies had already received one of the Obama administration´s signature urban renewal grants. Mr. President, Come Back to Reality: Obama’s WeeklyAddress on How Big Government Grows Opportunity Independent Journal Review, by Kyle Becker StormCnter- 4/7/2014 5:17:25 AM It’s hard to say whether Obama is lying just to expand government power or he actually believes this clap-trap himself. Either way, the country is screwed with a guy like this in office. Good luck, America – you’re gonna need it. This week, the Republicans in Congress put forward a very different budget. And it does just the opposite: it shrinks opportunity and makes it harder for Americans who work hard to get ahead. More government spending doesn’t automatically make the economy run great, or any nation that could spend all of the economy’s money would be in heaven. It’s
Jeb Bush’s Cunning Strategy? Daily Caller, by Mickey Kaus MissMolly- 4/7/2014 5:13:30 AM Jeb’s Jejune Swoon: Why did Jeb Bush say those provocative, seemingly jejune things about illegal border crossing being “not a felony” but ” an act of love? Obviously it’s what he actually thinks. But, again, why did he say it? Two theories: 1) He’s running in 2016 and thinks he can compensate for giving amnesty to all the illegal border crossers (mainly from Mexico) by cracking down and even deporting visa-overstayers (who aren’t so much from Latin America).(Snip)2) He’s not running, but he’s making space for Marco Rubio. Look at it this way: The GOP establishment is desperate to suppress Operator of Train That Derailed andDrove Up an Escalator Has Been Fired Atlantic Wire, by Sara Morrison MissMolly- 4/7/2014 5:07:46 AM The driver of the Chicago commuter train that crashed into O´Hare airport and climbed halfway up an escalator, injuring 32 but somehow killing no one, has been fired. According to the Chicago Tribune, Brittney Haywood, 25, was a relatively new employee but already had at least one "serious safety violation" on her record before the early morning March 24 crash. Haywood told the National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the accident, that she "dozed off" while driving. She´d also done this at least once before -- on February 1, she fell asleep and missed a stop. Haywood had also overslept Karl Rove Is Right aboutRepublican Reformers National Review Online, by Quinn Hillyer - 4/7/2014 5:04:59 AM Former presidential adviser Karl Rove may be a lightning rod for some conservative complaints these days, but his March 27 column in the Wall Street Journal sounded the right notes for everybody on the right side of the political spectrum. Entitled “The New Republican Reformers,” Rove’s column highlighted the central truth that Republicans and conservatives usually do well when they are seen not just as obstructionists, but as practical problem-solvers. I saw this firsthand last year when I ran in a special election for Congress — in which whatever else went wrong (I finished fourth in an unexpectedly foreshortened nine-way primary, eventually With former CIA Deputy Director Mike Morell’s congressional testimony, a new Iranian ambassador to the UN, and a great UN report on global warming, there’s a lot in one week SGO to catalogue and remember. And to do justice to the week, we have to go at it in reverse order (For those just joining us, “SGO” is the comprehensively useful acronym for “s*** goin’ on” created by my pal and former SEAL Al Clark.) At week’s end, retiring Cong. Jim Moran (D-of course, VA-unfortunately) told Roll Call that Congress was underpaid. Before we could see clearly through our laughter-teared eyes, he
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Five of the Obama Doctrine´sstealth foreign policy failures Washington Examiner [DC], by James Jay Carafano Pluperfect- 4/7/2014 4:58:50 AM On a Moscow train platform, two men smoke and swap rumors in the frozen evening air. “I hear they´ve raised the Russian flag in Donetsk?” one says. “I hear Crimea, too.” So reports freelance journalist Noah Sneider in Slate. As Russian troops hoisted their flag over Crimea, President Obama´s highly touted “reset” diplomacy crashed and burned. The Russian reset was to have been the crown jewel of Mr. Obama´s statecraft, the start of a new era in which Washington and Moscow worked together to solve the world´s problems. That naïve dream burst when Vladimir Putin ordered his tanks to roll. Testing and Detesting SGO American Spectator, by Jed Babbin StormCnter- 4/7/2014 4:49:18 AM th former CIA Deputy Director Mike Morell’s congressional testimony, a new Iranian ambassador to the UN, and a great UN report on global warming, there’s a lot in one week SGO to catalogue and remember. And to do justice to the week, we have to go at it in reverse order (For those just joining us, “SGO” is the comprehensively useful acronym for “s*** goin’ on” created by my pal and former SEAL Al Clark.) At week’s end, retiring Cong. Jim Moran (D-of course, VA-unfortunately) told Roll Call that Congress was underpaid. Before we could see clearly through our laughter-teared eyes, he For Dems, a problem with seniors The Hill [DC], by Alexandra Jaffe StormCnter- 4/7/2014 4:43:12 AM Democrats are facing a senior problem that could get even worse this year. The party has traditionally had trouble with older voters, losing the group aged 65 and over by 21 points in 2010 — when Republicans picked up 63 seats — and by 12 points in the 2012 presidential race. Seniors are the GOP’s most reliable voting bloc in midterm years, turning out in higher numbers than Democratic base voters. A recent Gallup poll showed seniors have become even more Republican over the last two decades; in 2013, 48 percent considered themselves Republican. That spells trouble for Democrats, who are already facing
Why Aren’t We No. 1? PJ Media, by Victor Davis Hanson - 4/7/2014 4:38:49 AM There is a pastime among liberal pundits — the latest is Nicholas Kristof — to quote a new center left global ranking (with unbiased titles such as “The Social Progress Imperative”) and then to decry that the United States is behind its major industrial competitors in things like “Internet Access” and “Ecosystem sustainability.” The subtext of these rants is that an illiberal, reactionary U.S. does not spend enough on government entitlements to promote parity, equality and social justice among its citizenry. These pessimistic rankings increase the angst about the American condition when viewed from scowling perches in Washington or New Rangel didn’t pay rentbut state bailed him out New York Post, by Michael Gartland StormCnter- 4/7/2014 4:36:08 AM New York City’s longest-serving congressman won’t pay his rent. State taxpayers were stiffed out of at least $87,000 when Rep. Charles Rangel stopped paying for the district office he rents in Harlem’s Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building, records obtained by The Post show. His staffers’ excuse? They lost the lease, according to state Office of General Services correspondence. “I finally heard back from Congressman Rangel’s office and it seems we haven’t gotten the signed lease back because they lost it!” OGS real-estate specialist Sydney Allen wrote in a July 30, 2013, e-mail to a colleague that was obtained by The Post. Rangel 11 Reasons To Reject JFKAssassination Conspiracy Theories PJ Media, by Ion Mihai Pacepa Pluperfect- 4/7/2014 4:33:36 AM It has been 50 years since President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and most of the world still wrongly believes that the culprit was the CIA, or the FBI, or the mafia, or right-wing American businessmen. It has been also 50 years since the Kremlin started an intense, worldwide disinformation operation, codenamed “Dragon,” aimed at diverting attention away from the KGB’s connection with Lee Harvey Oswald. Not unrelated are the facts that Oswald was an American Marine who defected to Moscow, returned to the United States three years later with a Russian wife, killed President Kennedy, and was arrested before Leland Yee’s interestinghistory of cash for votes Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw Pluperfect- 4/7/2014 4:28:29 AM Ever since the recent revelations regarding California state senator Leland Yee’s allegedly somewhat unusual approach to capitalist endeavors – to put it charitably – the media has begun digging more deeply into the elected official’s past. (Well, unless the moniker of your media outlet involves the initials C, N and N, that is.. not to name any names.) And as the LA Times reports, there are more than a few curious votes in Yee’s legislative record which, by some amazing coincidence, seem to line up with large political contributions he received. One of these involved an issue near and dear to
Anti-vaccine movement isgiving diseases a 2nd life USA Today, by Yamiche Alcindor StormCnter- 4/7/2014 4:25:04 AM Kathryn Riffenburg decided on a closed casket for her baby´s funeral. She didn´t want her family to see what whooping cough, her son´s first illness, had done to 9-week-old Brady Alcaide. The nearly forgotten disease, which has in recent years afflicted thousands of Americans, left Brady´s tiny body swollen and unrecognizable. So his mother dressed him in a white baptismal suit and hat and tucked him into a tiny white casket. Brady´s burial came just four weeks after his first laugh — inspired by her version of I´m a Little Teapot — and two weeks after his family learned that he had Health Care Without End New York Times, by Ross Douthat StormCnter- 4/7/2014 4:21:51 AM SO you think it’s finished? So you think now that enrollment has hit seven million, now that the president has declared the debate over repeal “over,” now that Republican predictions of a swift Obamacare unraveling look a bit like Republican predictions of a Romney landslide, we’re going to stop arguing about health care, stop having the issue dominate the conversation, and turn at last to some other debate instead? You think it’s over? It’s never over. I mean, O.K., it will be over in the event of a nuclear war, or a climate apocalypse, or if the robots eventually rise up and Top American official charges U.N. patentorganization chief with ´serious violationsof national and international law´ Fox News, by George Russell Pluperfect- 4/7/2014 4:15:01 AM The top American official at the United Nations’ World Intellectual Property Organization has accused its Director General, Francis Gurry, of “serious misconduct” and “violations of national and international law” in connection with a bizarre series of alleged 2008 burglaries of staffers’ offices to obtain samples of their DNA. The official, James Pooley, is one of Gurry’s four top deputies, and also a highly regarded U.S. patent lawyer, who was nominated for his WIPO job by the Obama Administration in 2009. Pooley himself is head of the Innovation and Technology branch of WIPO, which administers the international Patent Cooperation Treaty, and which offers Parents of rescued babydefend their choices CBS News, by Staff Pluperfect- 4/7/2014 4:11:20 AM SAN DIEGO - An ailing 1-year-old girl was improving Sunday after being rescued from a disabled sailboat hundreds of miles off the Mexican coast. Lyra Kaufman´s parents issued a statement Sunday evening thanking their rescuers and defending themselves against critics who questioned why they they would try to sail around the world with their two young daughters. "We understand there are those who question our decision to sail with our family, but please know that this is how our family has lived for seven years, and when we departed on this journey more than a year ago, we were then and remain
Obama Tests Work PoliciesOn Federal Contractors Associated Press, by Jim Kuhnhenn Pluperfect- 4/7/2014 4:08:11 AM WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is using the federal government´s vast array of contractors and subcontractors as a labor policy incubator, ready to sidestep Congress to impose workplace rules on wages, pay disparities and hiring on a segment of the private sector that gets taxpayer money and falls under the chief executive´s control. Obama this week plans to issue an order prohibiting federal contractors from retaliating against workers who discuss their pay. He will also direct the Labor Department to issue new rules requiring federal contractors to provide compensation data that includes a breakdown by race and gender. The steps, which Obama What Mozilla Has Taught Us American Thinker, by Jack Cashill - 4/7/2014 3:29:26 AM “Opposing gay marriage in America today is not akin to opposing tax hikes or even the war in Afghanistan,” wrote Will Oremus, Slate’s senior tech writer in an altogether typical op-ed applauding the sacking of the “bigoted” Brendan Eich for his support of traditional marriage. “It’s more akin to opposing interracial marriage: It bespeaks a conviction that some people do not deserve the same basic rights as others.” (Snip) Distressingly few editorialists came to Eich’s defense. Like too many others, Oremus made the case that Eich’s forced departure was somehow anomalous: the tech community, being “socially liberal,” has higher standards
Jeb Bush to make decisionon 2016 by the end of this year Washington Post, by Ed O´Keefe tisHimself- 4/6/2014 11:54:20 PM Former Florida governor Jeb Bush said Sunday that he will base his decision on whether to run for president in 2016 on whether he thinks he can mount a campaign that would transcend the modern-day mechanics of such a run. Bush, the second-oldest son of former president George H. W. Bush and younger brother of George W. Bush, spoke at an event marking the 25th anniversary of his father´s presidency at the library and museum that bears the patriarch´s name. The event was closed to reporters, but moderated by Fox News anchor Shannon Bream and portions of the event were later Mickey Rooney, Legendary Actor,Dies at 93 Variety, by Carmel Dagan ketchuplover- 4/6/2014 11:52:45 PM Mickey Rooney, the pint-sized actor who was one of MGM’s giant box office attractions in the late ’30s and early ’40s, died on Sunday. He was 93. As adept at comedy as drama and an excellent singer and dancer, Rooney was regarded as the consummate entertainer. During a prolific career on stage and screen that spanned eight decades (“I’ve been working all my life, but it seems longer,” he once said), he was nominated for four Academy Awards and received two special Oscars, the Juvenile Award in 1939 (shared with Deanna Durbin) and one in 1983 for his body of work. Vampires, nudists, snakes: Nobodydoes wacky like Florida Orlando Sentinel, by Scott Maxwell ketchuplover- 4/6/2014 11:09:47 PM Last week, news broke that a congressional candidate in Gainesville had a secret pastime: impersonating vampires. And superheroes. Some people would call this nutty. In Florida, we just call it Tuesday. Seriously, that´s not even our highest-profile vampire story. Remember the "vampire killings" from Lake County? Some of our stories are heartbreakingly tragic. But so many are also mind-numbingly strange. In Florida, we do weird the way Kansas does wheat. Here, giant pet snakes escape. And breed. And then invade our national parks. We have fish that eat people, alligators that eat people and people who eat people.
Breitbart News Network AnnouncesLaunch of Breitbart California Breitbart Big Journalism, by Staff - 4/6/2014 11:08:48 PM LOS ANGELES, CA – Following the February launch of Breitbart London and Breitbart Texas, the Breitbart News Network announced today the latest in its ongoing multi-year national and international expansion with the launch of Breitbart California. Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Joel Pollak will become Editor of Breitbart California. Jon Fleischman, the founder and publisher of the 2013 National Blogger Association State Level Blogger of the Year, the Flash Report, will serve as Breitbart California’s Politics Editor. “For years, California has been written off by conservatives as too far past the point of return, but the truth is every single day there It’s the Democrats’ turnfor a ‘culture of corruption’ Washington Times, by Joseph Curl Dreadnought- 4/6/2014 11:04:45 PM “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.” — Lord Acton In the run-up to the 2006 mid-term elections, crucial to President George W. Bush’s plans for his last two years in office, scandal reared its hideous head. Again and again. And just for the Republicans. First, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay resigned in disgrace after he was charged with violating campaign finance laws and money laundering. Then, Rep. Duke Cunningham pleaded guilty to a slew of federal charges like bribery, fraud, tax evasion. And right before Election Day, Rep. Mark Foley Some gay activists fearsame-sex supportersare becoming intolerant Washington Times, by Cheryl Wetzstein Dreadnought- 4/6/2014 11:00:17 PM The resignation of a Silicon Valley executive who opposed gay marriage and refused to recant has sparked an online fight among gays about whether proponents of same-sex marriage are now going too far in trying to marginalize their opponents socially and economically. The announcement by popular Web browser Mozilla Firefox that co-founder and CEO Brendan Eich was stepping down after two weeks on the job for a 2008 contribution has sparked furious debate over civil rights, privacy and corporate responsibility. A leading gay blogger has accused the movement of displaying the same intolerance activists accuse their opponents of practicing, while Gorgeous George: Regal in redKate wears Queen’s New Zealandbrooch as she arrives in Wellington…but it’s her baby prince whosteals the show Daily Mail (UK), by Rebecca English - 4/6/2014 10:55:34 PM Wellington -He may be only eight months old. But Prince George made an assured appearance on his debut royal tour this morning. Arriving in New Zealand on the first day of a three-week trip Down Under, the third in line to the throne took the windswept welcome in his stride, although he looked a little chilly in a cream jumper and shorts. Scroll down for video -With a lifetime of royal engagements ahead of him, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are understandably protective of their young son. Indeed, his appearance today was only the second time he has been
Brothers´ app blocks textingwhile driving Orlando Sentinel, by Richard Burnett ketchuplover- 4/6/2014 10:53:48 PM One of the latest tools targeting the growing problem of texting while driving didn´t come out of Apple, Google or Microsoft. It was the brainchild of two Orlando-area entrepreneurs who recently launched a new mobile app called Txt Shield. The idea behind Txt Shield, which runs on Android phones, is to short-circuit any texting capability when people are cruising down the highway, according to brothers Philip and Geoffrey Stiles, co-founders and partners in Txt Shield LLC. Parents can install it on their teens´ phones; employers can put it on company-issued phones; and individuals can download it to help resist the urge to ABC´s Dan Harris Denies AnyConscious Liberal Bias; ClaimsThere Are ´Very, Very Powerful´Conservatives at ABC Newsbusters, by Tim Graham - 4/6/2014 10:45:26 PM ABC "Nightline" co-host Dan Harris appeared on the Steve Malzberg show Friday on Newsmax TV to promote his new book promoting meditation called "10 Percent Happier." After the two communicators discussed having panic attacks while they were broadcasting, Malzberg concluded the interview by asking about liberal media bias. Harris repeatedly said he was "open" to the idea, but insisted it was subconscious, and that "very, very powerful" people at ABC are conservatives. [See video below.] MALZBERG: Is there a media bias in your view...do you acknowledge that there’s a bias? HARRIS: I think – [In] my experience the bias is toward In politics, money is speech Washington Post, by Robert J. Samuelson Dreadnought- 4/6/2014 10:41:34 PM On its present course, the Supreme Court will ultimately overrule its 1976 decision in Buckley v. Valeo, the landmark case upholding campaign finance “reform” legislation. It can’t come too soon, because Buckley expressly ignored the First Amendment’s injunction that “Congress shall make no law .?.?. abridging the freedom of speech.” Instead of free speech, we now have regulated speech that has ensnarled elections in a web of bizarre and opaque rules. Last week, in McCutcheon et al. v. Federal Election Commission, the court began edging away from Buckley by striking down one of its limits on free speech. The details Cronut-maker shut downfor mouse infestation: Report CNBC, by Staff woofwoofwoof- 4/6/2014 9:51:18 PM Dominique Ansel Bakery, home of the original cronut, was shut down by the New York City Department of Health on Friday after a customer shot video of a mouse roaming the bakery´s floors, which was originally reported by Gothamist. "The establishment was closed by the department because of a severe mouse infestation that requires professional pest control services," a department spokesperson told Gothamist on Friday. When asked by CNBC about the mandated closure, a representative for the bakery denied the reported infestation, saying it was "targeted" and being looked at under a "tremendous microscope."
Hillary Clinton´s Phantom Presencein 2016 Campaign Freezes Other Democrats Wall Street Journal, by Peter Nicholas Scottyboy- 4/6/2014 9:37:49 PM Hillary Clinton´s phantom presence in the Democratic presidential-nomination stakes—neither in nor out—is freezing the rest of the field, creating formidable obstacles for other candidates needing to raise money and set up an organization. When advisers to a fundraising group backing a prospective 2016 Clinton bid came calling in late January, hedge-fund manager and political heavyweight Orin Kramer said he met them in his New York office and agreed to write a check. When another potential candidate, Maryland Gov. Martin O´Malley, tried to reach him, Mr. Kramer said he didn´t take the call. "She´s Gladys Knight and all the rest of How Comcast Bought the Democratic Party Washington Free Beacon, by Matthew Continetti editor-in-ch lennon47- 4/6/2014 9:34:54 PM A huge merger brought about by high-intensity lobbying goes unopposed. The communications giant Comcast announced in February that it would buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion, creating the largest cable provider in America, with more than 33 million customers. That is about one third of the U.S. cable- and satellite-television market. FCC approval is required for the merger to go into effect. Critics of the deal say it would lessen competition and lead to even shoddier customer service. They are probably right, as all of us will soon find out, because there is little chance the merger will be stopped. Neighbors call Jersey City man slainduring robbery ´friendly´ and ´quiet´ Jersey Journal [Jersey City, NJ], by Felix Alarcon - 4/6/2014 9:26:29 PM Neighbors of the 63-year-old Jersey City man who was slain early this morning after he came to the defense of his wife who was being mugged described him this afternoon as friendly and quiet. "He was a quiet and reserved guy, about to retire too. It makes no sense at all," Danforth Avenue resident Jay Canela said about his next door neighbor George T. Smith who was killed shortly after midnight. According to the Hudson County Prosecutor´s Office, Smith and his wife had just returned to their home off Kennedy Boulevard when two males approached Smith´s wife and one Bobby Jindal, Jeb Bushstar in new GOP ad - 4/6/2014 8:47:00 PM Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and Jeb Bush are starring in a new ad for a group seeking to rebrand the Republican Party. Jindal and the former Florida governor promote NewRepublican.org in a 30-second spot that will air nationally during Fox News Sunday. The group was launched last year by GOP consultant Alex Castellanos to help update the party´s image and focus on ideas after its loss in the 2012 presidential election. Bush talks about school choice in the ad, while Jindal promotes small government. Both men are weighing presidential campaigns in 2016. Bush has been traveling the country to talk
Country music´s biggest starshit Vegas for 2014 ACM Awards CBS News, by Lauren Moraski - 4/6/2014 8:36:35 PM The Band Perry got the 49th Academy of Country Awards started with a bang, heating up the MGM Grand´s Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday night with the new single "Chainsaw." Co-hosts Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan then stepped into the spotlight with a string of jokes and digs at each other, along with audience members. Bryan poked fun at Shelton, saying he and his wife, Miranda Lambert, could star on Broadway in "Beauty & the Beast." They joked about same-sex marriage (what happens you´re in a longtime relationship) and even tossed in a Miley Cyrus mention. Jeb Bush: Many illegal immigrantscome out of an ‘act of love’ Washington Post, by By Ed O´Keefe Sanchin- 4/6/2014 7:45:12 PM Former Florida governor Jeb Bush said Sunday that many who illegally come to the United States do so out of an "act of love" for their families and should be treated differently than people who illegally cross U.S. borders or overstay visas. The comments came during an event marking the 25th anniversary of the presidency of George H. W. Bush at the library and museum that bears the name of the Bush patriarch. Protesters raise Russian flagover eastern Ukrainian city CNN, by Victoria Butenko NorthernDog- 4/6/2014 7:08:45 PM Demonstrators stormed a provincial administration building in eastern Ukraine on Sunday and raised the Russian flag atop it, demanding the release of riot police accused of killing protesters in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, in February. Police were negotiating with the demonstrators, who have called for supporters to rally around the Regional Security Administration building in Donetsk, about 200 kilometers (120 miles) from the Russian border. Video of the negotiations was being streamed live online by local news outlets. The protest is the latest challenge to Ukraine´s embattled new government, which took power after a revolt that toppled pro-Russian President Viktor
American rejoice! Being fatmay actually make you healthier New York Post, by Susannah Cahalan ruready?- 4/6/2014 6:06:19 PM With swimsuit season right around the corner, a new science-based, anti-diet book offers the most enabling advice we’ve heard this year: Those thunder thighs you hate so much might be key to long life. “The Obesity Paradox” presents compelling evidence that those with excess baggage might be healthier and better able to fight off diseases than normal-weight counterparts. Conversely, the “thin and unfit” waifs have the worst body types for long-term health. Though obesity remains a risk factor of “epidemic portions” — more, some researchers say, than smoking or alcoholism— associated with heart disease, stroke, Type-2 diabetes, Jay-Z causes controversy bywearing gaudy medallion of ´FivePercent Nation´ group who believewhites are ´wicked and weak Daily Mail [UK], by Staff Ribicon- 4/6/2014 6:04:46 PM Jay-Z raised eyebrows at the Barclay´s Center last week when he wore a medallion symbolizing the Five Percent Nation. The Brooklyn-born rapper was sitting court-side at a Nets game on Tuesday with wife Beyonce when he was snapped wearing the controversial symbol. One of the core tenants of the Five Percent Nation - an off-shoot of the Nation of Islam - is that white people are ´wicked and inferior´ to black men. When asked by a reporter whether the medallion is meaningful to him, Jay-Z shrugged and said ´A little bit´. This isn´t the first time that the Psychopaths: how can you spot one? Telegraph (UK), by Tom Chivers Drive- 4/6/2014 5:37:16 PM There are a few things we take for granted in social interactions with people. We presume that we see the world in roughly the same way, that we all know certain basic facts, that words mean the same things to you as they do to me. And we assume that we have pretty similar ideas of right and wrong. But for a small – but not that small – subset of the population, things are very different. These people lack remorse and empathy and feel emotion only shallowly. In extreme cases, they might not care whether you live or die. These Missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370flew around Indonesia airspace; threesignals picked up in black box search Agence France-Presse, by Staff earlybird- 4/6/2014 5:29:59 PM THE missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 may have flown around Indonesian airspace on the night it disappeared, in what may have been a deliberate attempt to avoid radar detection. CNN reported a senior Malaysian government source saying that the missing jet made the detour after it had left the range of Malaysian military radar. The latest details emerged as new satellite calculations put the likely location of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the same spot where Chinese patrol vessel Haixun 01 detected sounds coming from about 4,500m underwater on two consecutive days.
White House considering banon selfies with the President earlybird- 4/6/2014 5:01:27 PM Thanks to Samsung, the White House may be saying sayonara to the selfie. The photograph Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz took last week of himself with Barack Obama might have been the last ever presidential selfie, a White House aide said Sunday. Ortiz took the selfie with Obama Tuesday during the team’s visit to the White House. The pic appeared spontaneous at the moment, but it was revealed a day later that the act, taken with Ortiz’s Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phone, was actually a public relations stunt orchestrated by the Korean telecom conglomerate. “Maybe this will be the end of all New York Daily News, by Adam Edelman
Sen. Kaine: Let military, notlawmakers, decide whether gunsare allowed on bases Washington Times (D.C), by Ben Wolfgang - 4/6/2014 3:58:02 PM Last week’s deadly shooting at Fort Hood has spurred renewed calls to allow military personnel to carry weapons on bases, but Sen. Tim Kaine argues politicians ought to stay out of the issue. “I trust the military leadership on this. I don’t live on a military base, and I don’t serve in the military,” the Virginia Democrat said on “Fox News Sunday.” “For those of us in Congress to say ‘here’s what they should do,’ I worry that it would be a little political rather than really about safety or security.” In the aftermath of last Wednesday’s shooting — which Pols dismiss idea that soldiersshould be armed on bases inwake of Fort Hood shooting New York Daily News, by Adam Edelman - 4/6/2014 3:53:19 PM Lawmakers on Sunday quickly rejected a Republican proposal that would allow military personnel to carry concealed weapons on bases — raised just days after the horrific Fort Hood base shooting that left four soldiers dead. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Mike McCaul raised the controversial idea on “Fox News Sunday,” explaining that soldiers shouldn’t be defenseless on their own bases. “We should be looking at the idea of senior leadership at these bases, give them the ability to carry a weapon,” the Texas Republican said. “They defend us overseas and defend our freedom abroad, so the idea that Obama’s new healthcare dilemma The Hill [Washington, DC], by Jonathan Easley LittleHoodedMonk- 4/6/2014 3:43:11 PM Democrats are battling the White House over proposed cuts to Medicare Advantage, creating a new divide on healthcare just as the party had begun to rally around ObamaCare’s 7.1 million enrollees. The issue threatens the newfound momentum Democrats have on healthcare after a late surge of ObamaCare enrollees surprised and electrified a party that had been beaten down after months of bad news associated with the healthcare law’s rollout. It’s particularly sensitive during an election year, as both parties court senior voters, who make up a disproportionate percentage of the voting population in midterm elections. The issue creates another talking
Deputies injured, 100 arrestedat Isla Vista street party Los Angeles Times, by Carlos Lozano - 4/6/2014 3:42:13 PM Several sheriff’s deputies were injured and about 100 people were arrested Saturday night when a spring-break party in Isla Vista in Santa Barbara County turned violent, authorities said. About 15,000 people attended Deltopia, a party near UC Santa Barbara, when a disturbance broke out about 9:30 p.m. in the 6700 block of Del Playa Drive, according to a statement from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department. The incident began when a UCSB police officer was struck in the head with a backpack containing bottles of alcohol, according to the statement. When an arrest was made, the crowd became unruly. Several Obamacare eclipses low-cost NJhealth plan for middle-class kids Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Susan K. Livio - 4/6/2014 3:32:11 PM While the federal government was trumpeting the benefits of Obamacare to boost enrollment earlier this year, about 1,800 families in New Jersey were receiving letters telling them their children would be losing their health coverage last week. The Affordable Care Act — the federal law that mandates everyone have insurance — effectively killed FamilyCare Advantage, a low-cost option for kids in New Jersey created six years ago for parents who earned too much to qualify for Medicaid and other subsidized programs but too little to buy on a policy on their own. The state program was the first of its kind Missing Plane: HMS EchoJoins Black Box Hunt Sky News [UK], by Staff LittleHoodedMonk- 4/6/2014 3:17:07 PM The Royal Navy vessel HMS Echo has joined a refocussed search effort to find out if signals detected in the Indian Ocean are from missing flight MH370. Authorities are trying to determine whether the three acoustic signals picked up in the southern Indian Ocean are from the plane´s missing black box.Chinese and Australian ships picked up the signals in different parts of the search zone. Officials are urging caution while they verify where the "pings" have come from. (Snip) "Before she starts listening for the black box, HMS Echo must basically work out what other sounds are out there to calibrate her systems," he said. Obamas to attend Fort Hoodmemorial on 2-day Texas trip Dallas Morning News, by Todd J. Gillman grayjay- 4/6/2014 2:46:45 PM WASHINGTON — President and Mrs. Obama will visit Fort Hood on Wednesday for a memorial service after the most recent deadly shooting spree, the White House said Sunday. Army Spc. Ivan Lopez killed three soldiers and wounded 16 others before taking his own life on Wednesday, the second mass shooting at Fort Hood in the last five years. Obama also attended the memorial in November 2009 after a spree by Maj. Nidal Hasan. The Army psychiatrist killed 13, and has since been sentenced to death by a court martial. After visiting Fort Hood, Obama headlines fundraisers later Wednesday in Houston for the Democrats’
Kidnapped Ukrainian journalist´sbody found near Kiev Guardian [UK], by Oksana Grytsenko & Luke Harding LittleHoodedMonk- 4/6/2014 2:45:14 PM Kiev - The body of a kidnapped journalist who took part in protests against Ukraine´s president Viktor Yanukovych has been found dumped in a forest 60 miles outside the capital Kiev. Vasily Sergiyenko – a local journalist and a member of the rightwing Svoboda party – was abducted from his home in the city of Korsun-Shevchenkivskiy on Friday evening Three men reportedly bundled him into a white Lada car, which neighbours had spotted previously. A trail of bloodstains were found outside his house. Police said his body had been discovered in a shallow grave in a wood, 15km (nine miles) from the city. The Rise Of Totalitarian Liberalism Power Line, by Scott Johnson tinnyanko- 4/6/2014 2:35:51 PM George Orwell gave us a look at the operation of a totalitarian one-party state in 1984. This week Mozilla gave us a look at its nascent liberal variant. Recently appointed CEO Brandon Eich was officially made a nonperson. He was dispatched down the memory hole as the company announced that he has “step[ped] down from his role as CEO” as a result of his contribution of $1,000 to the passage of California’s Prop 8 six years ago. This is what the liberal variant of Newspeak sounds like: Mozilla believes both in equality and freedom of speech. Equality is necessary for meaningful Israel may take ´unilateral action´over Palestinians´ UN move, says PM Guardian [UK], by Orlando Crowcroft LittleHoodedMonk- 4/6/2014 2:12:32 PM Jerusalem - The Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has said Israel may take "unilateral action" against the Palestinians after the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, signed 15 international conventions that could pave the way for a renewed attempt to gain United Nations statehood. Speaking at his weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said: "Unilateral actions from the Palestinians will be answered with unilateral actions from our side". He blamed the Palestinians for the current impasse over the US-sponsored peace talks. He said Israel was not afraid of UN intervention and that the Palestinians had "a lot to lose" if Obama imposes his policiesdirectly on federal contractors,in ´year of action´ JoniTx- 4/6/2014 2:11:12 PM President Obama is imposing his policies directly on federal contractors. This week, he will sign an executive order that would prohibit federal contractors from retaliating against employees who discuss their pay with each other. The prohibition on the wage "gag rules" is similar to language in a Senate bill aimed at closing a pay gap between men and women. That legislation is scheduled for a vote this week, though it is not likely to pass. In addition, Obama on Tuesday will direct the Labor Department to adopt regulations requiring federal contractors to provide compensation data based on sex and race.
Democrat Pelosi says Cheney settone for CIA interrogation practices Reuters, by John Whitesides LittleHoodedMonk- 4/6/2014 2:02:32 PM Washington - Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday that former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney "set a tone" for the interrogation and detention programs conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Pelosi said she believed Cheney, an influential figure in U.S. security policy under former President George W. Bush, was proud of the CIA´s actions during the Republican administration. "I do believe that during the Bush-Cheney administration, that Vice President Cheney set a tone and an attitude for the CIA," Pelosi said on CNN´s "State of the Union" program. GOP seeks coverage choicesin health law they hate Associated Press, by David Espo JoniTx- 4/6/2014 1:56:20 PM WASHINGTON - At the prodding of business organizations, House Republicans quietly secured a recent change in President Barack Obama´s health law to expand coverage choices, a striking, one-of-a-kind departure from dozens of high-decibel attempts to repeal or dismember it. Democrats describe the change involving small-business coverage options as a straightforward improvement of the type they are eager to make, and Obama signed it into law. Republicans are loath to agree, given the strong sentiment among the rank and file that the only fix the law deserves is a burial. "Maybe you say it helps (Obamacare), but it really helps Gamers play giant gameof Tetris on skyscraper Associated Press, by Staff LittleHoodedMonk- 4/6/2014 1:50:52 PM Philadelphia - Sam Robinson said it’s been about 15 years since he last played the videogame Tetris on a Game Boy. On Saturday night, he played it on the side of a skyscraper. Robinson, 30, was among the hundreds of Tetris fans who had a little fun Saturday with a big version of the classic video game on the side of the 29-story Cira Centre in downtown Philadelphia. “It has been probably 15 years since I played Tetris last on a Game Boy, and it’s much different playing on the side of building that’s a half-mile away,” the city resident said. “Everything’s happening so quick.” The hundreds of LED lights embedded in the building’s glass facade Northwestern Football Coach:´Vote No´ on Union Associated Press, by Jim Litke JoniTx- 4/6/2014 1:49:59 PM EVANSTON, Ill.— Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald sided with his university against the formation of a players union in his first public comments Saturday, repeating what he already told his team: "I believe it´s in their best interests to vote no." Fitzgerald addressed the issue for the first time with his squad Wednesday, a week after Peter Ohr, regional director for the National Labor Relations Board, ruled that Northwestern´s scholarship football players were "employees." That decision entitled players to conduct a secret-ballot vote on forming a union to pursue collective bargaining with the school, a move that could significantly alter
The Liberal Gulag National Review Online, by Kevin D. Williamson LittleHoodedMonk- 4/6/2014 1:37:52 PM The word “liberal” has taken a beating over the last few days: A Mozilla executive was hounded out of his position at the firm he co-founded by left-wing campaigners resolved to punish him for having made a donation to a successful California ballot initiative that defined marriage in traditional terms; (Snip) The convocation of clowns on the left screeched with one semi-literate and inchoate voice when my colleague Jonah Goldberg, borrowing the precise words of one of their own, titled a book Liberal Fascism. Most of them didn’t read it, but the ones who did apparently took what was intended as criticism and read it as a blueprint for Will the White House ban selfies? Sun -Times [Chicago, IL], by Chad Merda LittleHoodedMonk- 4/6/2014 1:26:11 PM Washington - After all the trouble stirred up by the selfie David Ortiz took with President Barack Obama, the White House may ban selfies. On CBS’s “Face the Nation,” White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer says the promotional stunt orchestrated by Samsung may have ruined the fun for everyone else. “Well, (Obama) obviously didn´t know anything about Samsung´s connection to this,” he said. “And perhaps maybe this will be the end of all selfies.” Kevin Spacey Turns Back OnHollywood Liberals & Backs VenezuelanProtesters – And His Words Hit Hard Independent Journal Review, by Michael Hausam LittleHoodedMonk- 4/6/2014 1:22:58 PM Kevin Spacey is not your average Hollywood actor, by any means. Although he did meet with Hugo Chavez in 2007 and tends to keep his personal life very private, he just wrote a strongly worded statement in defense of the Venezuelan protestors on his blog. Some key points: “These students were standing for basic human freedoms and engaging in the right to protest, which is a sacred right whether in Boston, Belarus, or Venzuela.” “I support all of the Venezuelans who peacefully and non-violently claim their right to self-determination and protest.” “We who are fortunate enough to live in freedom must stand up to oppression and Final day for Searsflagship store in the Loop Sun -Times [Chicago, IL], by Brian Slodysko LittleHoodedMonk- 4/6/2014 1:07:48 PM Sears flagship store in the Loop will close its doors to retail customers on Sunday. Most of the store’s 160 employees are part-time hourly, but those eligible will get severance and be able to apply for openings at other local Sears and Kmart stores, the company has said. Sears will keep 150 employees who work in e-commerce and information technology on the fourth floor of the building at 2 N. State St. The store, which the company said has lost millions of dollars since opening, started liquidating merchandise on Jan. 26. The store opened about 13 years ago, on May 23, 2001, with $13.5 million in city tax-increment financing support. Obamas to attend Fort Hood memorial CNN, by Staff Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/6/2014 12:50:35 PM Post Reply President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will attend Wednesday´s memorial service for the victims of last week´s shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, a top White House official announced. Obama vowed after the shootings that "We´re going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened" at Fort Hood, where three soldiers were killed and 16 wounded Wednesday afternoon by a soldier who then took his own life. Investigators have identified the killer as Spc. Ivan Lopez, a 34-year-old Iraq war veteran with a history of depression and anxiety. White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer confirmed the trip Sunday
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