Late Breaking News!Report: Obama Threatened to Shoot Down IAF Iran Strike (Arutz Sheva)Following Obama´s threat, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was reportedly forced to abort the planned Iran attack
Report: Obama Threatened to Shoot Down IAF Iran StrikeExplosive if true! Leak or plant? We'll know soon enough.
Blind Dog Rescued After BeingLost for 2 Weeks in the Cold Associated Press, by Staff - 3/1/2015 3:22:17 PM A blind dog who wandered away from her Ester, Alaska, home during a cold snap has been reunited with her owner. The 11-year-old Labrador retriever named Madera ventured away from home on Feb. 6, when the temperature dipped to 40 degrees below zero. Her owner, Ed Davis, said he didn´t expect to find her alive. "My best hope was to walk those trails and look for a track that might be hers," he said. "My best hope was to find a frozen dog." A man riding a bike accompanied by a bell-wearing dog located Madera in the woods last week, Flashback: Samantha PowerSuggests U.S. InvadeIsrael to Impose Peace PJ Media, by Rick Moran Dreadnought- 3/1/2015 2:59:46 PM The report that President Obama threatened to shoot down Israeli jets attacking Iran may or may not be true. But the fact is, the president has surrounded himself with people who have no love for the Jewish state. And the idea of the president attacking an ally is a plausible scenario. One of his closest advisors, Samantha Power, actually suggested back in 2002 that the U.S. invade Israel to impose a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I had forgotten how truly radical Samantha Powers is. Her casual mentions of “human rights abuses” and “genocide” mark her as an anti-Israel zealot. Young Republicans are remarkablyliberal on pot Washington Post, by Hunter Schwarz zoidberg- 3/1/2015 2:23:53 PM When it comes to marijuana, the majority of young Republicans are far closer to the Democratic view than they are to older members of their own party. Pew poll data shows 63 percent of Millennial Republicans -- those born between 1981 and 1996 -- support legalized marijuana. That´s a higher percentage than Generation X and Silent Generation Democrats. Boomer Democrats still have young Republicans beat, and the gap of support between Boomer Democrats and Republicans is the largest of any age group at 28 points. Overall, Republicans are not supportive of legalization. As of October, only 31 percent of all
Desert Fantasy or Dark Reality? KuwaitiPaper Says Obama Threatened To FireOn Israeli Jets Attacking Iran Jewish Business News [Israel], by Ilan Shavit LittleHoodedMonk- 3/1/2015 1:46:38 PM Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida reported Saturday that President Barack Obama blocked an Israeli air force attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities in 2014, Ma’an reported. Al-Jarida quoted “well-placed” sources that said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had decided to carry out air strikes against Iran’s nuclear program after consultations with minister of defense Moshe Ya’alon, foreign minister Avigdor Liberman and the IDF brass. The decision came, according to al-Jarida, in response to U.S. and Iran secret talks—behind Israel’s back—over Iran’s nuclear program. According to the report, Netanyahu et al agreed after four nights of NY ID Cards a Smash Breitbart Big Government, by William Bigelow JoniTx- 3/1/2015 1:43:55 PM A new ID card issued by the city of New York, called IDNYC, has drawn an unexpectedly huge response, as some New Yorkers who already have government-issued identification have joined enormous numbers of illegal immigrants, elderly residents, and even the homeless to clamor for such a card. In the first month after it was offered, the city received 260,000 requests for appointments. City officials had believed 250,000 to 300,000 applicants for a whole year would be a satisfactory number. Over 30,000 cards have already reached their applicants. Nisha Agarwal, the city’s commissioner for immigrant affairs, said, White House gloats over GOP´s DHS flop Politico, by Edward-Isaac Dovere JoniTx- 3/1/2015 1:40:14 PM In a West Wing that couldn’t be more cynical about House Republicans, Friday’s Department of Homeland Security funding failure was a new low even they didn’t expect. They’re feeling pretty good about it. White House aides say their hopes for working with Republicans on legislation during President Barack Obama’s last two years are now significantly diminished. They hold out some hope that they might still be able to reach deals on fast-track trade authority, maybe criminal justice reform, possibly some piece of tax reform… and that’s about it. The key takeaway, they say: The argument that Obama could change the Anatomy of a Smear Gone Sideways PJ Media, by Rick Moran JoniTx- 3/1/2015 1:34:17 PM The feminist website Jezebel thought they had a delicious line of attack against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. They discovered in the Wisconsin budget a couple of lines that indicated Walker wanted to halt the reporting of campus rapes to the state. Of course, this played perfectly into the “war on women” narrative with the extra added bonus of making Walker look like he was trying to protect rapists. Several left-wing media outlets picked up on the story and ran with it. Unfortunately for them, the story was bogus. The University of Wisconsin had asked Walker to remove the reporting requirement
Conservative lawmaker: We need tobe louder in DHS funding battle The Hill (Washington DC), by Jesse Byrnes JoniTx- 3/1/2015 1:25:39 PM House Republicans who have opposed measures to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) because they haven´t also rolled back President Obama´s executive action on immigration need to be louder, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said Sunday. "We haven´t made the case strong enough. We know it´s unconstitutional and we know it´s unfair," Jordan said on CNN´s "State of the Union." Jordan, the chairman of the new conservative House Freedom Caucus, was among conservative lawmakers who signed a letter last week to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) urging him to not cave on the DHS funding issue. "We do want to fund Why Homeland Security crisis isabout much more than John Boehner Christian Science Monitor, by Mark Sappenfield LittleHoodedMonk- 3/1/2015 1:19:50 PM If Republicans were going to make good on their promise of showing they can govern now that they run the House and Senate, the drama of the past week was always likely, and perhaps inevitable. (Snip) The current flashpoint is the bid to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The outlines of the debate are familiar in the House of Representatives´ post-2010 tea party era. The conservative wing is pushing Speaker John Boehner (R) of Ohio to use Congress´s fiscal levers to punish the Obama administration. In this case, it wants to use the DHS bill to try to neuter President Obama's November executive Should the U.S. glorify Nazi scientists? American Thinker, by Elise Cooper zephyrgirl- 3/1/2015 12:09:53 PM What would happen if the U.S. government were involved in re-inventing someone by ignoring his past? Two books, Annie Jacobsen’s Operation Paperclip and Eric Lichtblau’s The Nazis Next Door, explore how the U.S. government covertly brought Nazi scientists to America, discounting the possible war crimes committed. Many have heard of Wernher von Braun and Dr. Hubertus Strughold and consider them instrumental in helping the U.S. succeed in the space race against the Russians. In total, there were thousands of Nazis brought to America to aid in the Cold War effort Report: Obama Threatenedto Shoot Down IAF Iran Strike Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Mark Langfan ROLANDDD- 3/1/2015 12:08:52 PM The Bethlehem-based news agency Ma’an has cited a Kuwaiti newspaper report Saturday, that US President Barack Obama thwarted an Israeli military attack against Iran´s nuclear facilities in 2014 by threatening to shoot down Israeli jets before they could reach their targets in Iran. Following Obama´s threat, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was reportedly forced to abort the planned Iran attack. According to Al-Jarida, the Netanyahu government took the decision to strike Iran some time in 2014 soon after Israel had discovered the United States and Iran had been involved in secret talks over Iran’s nuclear
Congressman says he’ll investigateair marshals’ flight schedules Reveal, by Andrew Becker - 3/1/2015 12:04:51 PM The chairman of a House committee says he will launch an investigation into allegations surrounding the Federal Air Marshal Service and whether employees manipulated schedules, leaving commercial flights deemed security risks uncovered. U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who heads the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, today called the allegations, first detailed in a Reveal report, “salacious” and said he plans to send a letter to the agency on Monday. He added that he hopes it’s an isolated incident but fears it might not be. More than 60 air marshals are facing scrutiny as investigators examine to what extent ABC’s Matthew Dowd: Ronald Reagan‘Would Have Been Booed’ at CPAC Newsbusters, by Jeffrey Meyer JoniTx- 3/1/2015 11:48:40 AM On Sunday, ABC’s This Week discussed the political fallout from the annual CPAC conference and the entire panel, excluding conservative radio talk show host Laura Ingraham, deemed the conservative gathering politically dangerous for any potential Republican presidential candidate. During the discussion, ABC’s Matthew Dowd claimed that CPAC was so far to the right “[w]hat would happen if Ronald Reagan, with that record, had shown up at this conference? He would have been booed.” (Video) The segment began with NPR’s Cokie Roberts insisting that despite Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s impressive showing at Rick Perry questions HillaryClinton’s ethical judgment Washington Post, by Jose A. DelReal JoniTx- 3/1/2015 11:43:23 AM Former Texas governor Rick Perry is raising questions about Hillary Clinton’s ethical judgment after reports that her family’s foundation received millions of dollars from foreign governments during her tenure as secretary of state. “Are you going to trust an individual who has taken that much money from a foreign source? Where’s your loyalty?” Perry, who is considering a 2016 White House bid, told CNN’s Dana Bash in an interview airing Sunday. “I’m really concerned, not just going forward, but what has been received at the Clinton Foundation over the course of years and how that affects this individual’s judgment.” This is America: Injured veterangets mortgage-free house Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw - 3/1/2015 11:33:19 AM We’ve had far too much depressing news this week, so it’s time for something good. And by something good, I mean something great. In North Carolina, an injured Iraq war veteran and his family have received a new home at no cost after losing almost everything they had due to complications from his injuries. An Army veteran and his family are settling into a home donated to them mortgage-free and renovated by Bank of America and the Military Warriors Support Foundation. Retired Sgt. Allen Megginson and his wife Amy arrived at the home this morning, escorted by members of the Patriot Guard.
Jerry Brown´s popularity asgovernor doesn´t extend to apresidential race Los Angeles Times, by Cathleen Decker garnet- 3/1/2015 11:29:58 AM Katherine Martinez is a Democrat from San Andreas, fiercely supportive of her state´s — and party´s — governor. "I have definitely followed him and definitely voted for him," she said of Jerry Brown, and she has pushed back on anyone who had "the nerve" to criticize him. But vote for him for president against that far-more-probable candidate, Hillary Rodham Clinton? "Oh, man," she said, and then grappled with why. "You know, Hillary has got the international experience Jerry Brown has not — and only on that reason I would go with Hillary.(Snip)And Hillary Clinton would clock him in his home state were the Martin O’Malley, in Veiled Jabat Hillary Clinton, DeridesPolitics of ‘Triangulation’ New York Times, by Maggie Haberman garnet- 3/1/2015 11:23:07 AM Martin O’Malley, the former Maryland governor who is likely to seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, took a veiled shot at a potential rival, Hillary Rodham Clinton, in a speech in South Carolina on Saturday, criticizing the politics of “triangulation” that have historically been associated with the Clintons. “The most fundamental power of our party and our country is the power of our moral principles,” Mr. O’Malley said, according to a transcript of his remarks provided by an aide. In words that echoed those of Senator Barack Obama when he battled Mrs. Clinton in 2007 for the Democratic nomination, Bad weather keeps criminals offthe street and out of trouble Union Leader [Manchester, NH], by Paul Feeley nhchemist- 3/1/2015 11:18:59 AM The historic stretch of winter weather gripping New Hampshire in recent weeks is helping to prove an old adage among law enforcement circles: Crooks like it hot. Police say the steady string of storms into the Granite State since mid-January show the special relationship between weather and crime: as the snowflakes and temperatures fall, so do the number of certain types of crime - particularly assaults, burglary and robberies. "Burglars can be stupid, but they´re not completely dumb," said Lt. Dan Bailey of the Nashua Police Department. "They´re not going to break into a house when they´ll leave footprints in Republicans need to learn howto turn the tables on the MSM American Thinker, by Tim Jones Posted By: JoniTx- 3/1/2015 11:17:21 AM Post Reply The Republicans have a serious messaging problem. Either they are totally clueless when it comes to public relations or they´re just "Democrat Lites" as they´ve been described over the years. With the issue of funding homeland security ruling the headlines at this time, Republicans need to be talking every day whether it be news conferences, media interviews, Sunday morning news shows or speeches on the House floor, but get it out loud and clear to the public the reason why they are not defunding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), rather it is Obama that would be defunding it because Google wants to rank websitesbased on facts not links New Scientist Magazine, by Hal Hodson Original Article The internet is stuffed with garbage. Anti-vaccination websites make the front page of Google, and fact-free "news" stories spread like wildfire. Google has devised a fix – rank websites according to their truthfulness. 's search engine currently uses the number of incoming links to a web page as a proxy for quality, determining where it appears in search results. So pages that many other sites link to are ranked higher. This system has brought us the search engine as we know it today, but the downside is that websites full of misinformation can rise up the rankings, if enough people link to them.
Why I’m Coming Out as a Christian For his posthumous 1937 book Mahomet et Charlemagne: Byzance, Islam et Occident dans le haut Moyen Age, Belgian historian Henri Pirenne became an early victim of political correctness in the academy. Already taking hold in the 1930s was an account of early medieval history that few today will fail to recognize: of Islam as a beneficent force that, despite the occasional misdeed, restored Europe to itself by rediscovering the lost Hellenic ages, and advanced it by the magnanimous gift of its mathematical and scientific prowess. This account maintains that Europe would never have become Europe without the gifts of
Google wants to rank websites based on facts not links New Scientist, by Hal Hodson James Beam- 3/1/2015 11:11:55 AM The trustworthiness of a web page might help it rise up Google´s rankings if the search giant starts to measure quality by facts, not just links The internet is stuffed with garbage. Anti-vaccination websites make the front page of Google, and fact-free "news" stories spread like wildfire. Google has devised a fix – rank websites according to their truthfulness. Why I’m Coming Outas a Christian Daily Beast, by Ana Marie Cox garnet- 3/1/2015 11:11:33 AM Who do I need to prove my faith to—and why should I try? I’ve lately observed conservatives questioning Obama’s faith with more than professional interest. Because if Obama’s not Christian, what does that make me? I have not been public about my faith. I am somewhat tempted to embrace the punk-rockness of being a progressive, feminist, tattooed, pro-choice, graduate-educated believer—and then I have to remind myself that believing in God is about as punk rock as wearing pants, maybe even less so. Almost nine in ten Americans believe in God; in any given moment, how many are wearing pants? The Islamic State´s Utopian Vision National Review, by Ian Tuttle MamaElephant- 3/1/2015 11:10:40 AM For his posthumous 1937 book Mahomet et Charlemagne: Byzance, Islam et Occident dans le haut Moyen Age, Belgian historian Henri Pirenne became an early victim of political correctness in the academy. Already taking hold in the 1930s was an account of early medieval history that few today will fail to recognize: of Islam as a beneficent force that, despite the occasional misdeed, restored Europe to itself by rediscovering the lost Hellenic ages, and advanced it by the magnanimous gift of its mathematical and scientific prowess. This account maintains that Europe would never have become Europe without the gifts of Arabia.
Liberals´ Attacks Are Helping Scott Walker Pittsburgh Post-Gazette [PA], by Jack Kelly garnet- 3/1/2015 11:06:38 AM Teachers were laid off in Milwaukee in 2010 because Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker “cut state aid to education,” New York Times columnist Gail Collins wrote Feb. 13. “Welcome to the big time, Scott Walker,” National Journal Editor Ron Fournier tweeted after reading her column. “[Gail Collins will] be keeping you real.” Mr. Walker was elected governor in 2010, but didn’t take office until 2011, so many took to social media to razz Ms. Collins and Mr. Fournier for their epic fail. It took the Times two days to issue a weaselly “correction,” which didn’t mention that Ms. Collins’ big boo boo essentially 36 Million AmericansLack Basic Work Skills Forbes Magazine, by James Marshall Crotty NorthernDog- 3/1/2015 10:37:13 AM A report conducted by the OECD and commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education entitled Time for the U.S. to Reskill? has found that a staggering 36 million adults in the U.S. are “low-skilled.” That is, they lack the most basic skills in literacy, numeracy and problem-solving deemed minimally necessary for meaningful employment in a high-tech global economy. According to the OECD, black and Hispanics are “three to four times more likely to have low skills than whites.” In addition, 43% of adult Hispanics and 35% of adult African-Americans possess low literacy skills compared with “only 10% of whites.” Meteorologists warn of ´chilling effect´from Democrat´s probe of climate research The Hill [Washington DC], by Laura Barron-Lopez NorthernDog- 3/1/2015 10:30:32 AM The American Meteorological Society is warning a top House Democrat that singling out funding provided to certain climate scientists "sends a chilling message to all academic researchers." The meteorological society said it is committed to transparency, but took issue with letters sent by Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) this week asking universities to provide documents on the funding that was provided to seven professors for climate research. "Publicly singling out specific researchers based on perspectives they have expressed and implying a failure to appropriately disclose funding sources — and thereby questioning their America´s Enemies inHollywood Then and Now American Thinker, by James Simpson trapper- 3/1/2015 10:22:31 AM This past Tuesday, Cliff Kincaid held his National Press Club conference, America’s Enemies in Hollywood Then and Now. Cliff’s guests included Allan Ryskind, long-time editor of Human Events; Lawyer, author, and 9-11 survivor Deborah Weiss, who describes the breadth of CAIR’s malevolent machinations, including influence operations in Hollywood; and Trevor Loudon, the intrepid researcher from New Zealand who has exposed much of what we know today about Obama’s radicalism. Kincaid led off remarks, including a discussion of his latest book, Blood on His Hands: The True Story of Edward Snowden,
Pentagon – About That Major CampaignIn Iraq, On Mosul, We talked About LastWeek: ‘Well, Um,.. Nevermind”… Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance SoCalGal- 3/1/2015 10:21:10 AM Apparently the Pentagon forgot to check with the White House for permission before they coordinated an offensive against ISIS… This is what happens when the Pentagon doesn’t defer to the White House, and General John Allen remembers the blackmail files being maintained on him.(Via Daily Beast) Just days ago, the generals were trumpeting plans to knock ISIS out of its most important stronghold in Iraq. Now, those plans are on indefinite hold. The U.S. military’s goal to retake Iraq’s second largest city from the self-proclaimed Islamic State has been pushed back several months at least, defense officials told Asians Penalized 50 Points On SAT –Black Students Given 230 Bonus Points… Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance SoCalGal- 3/1/2015 10:17:36 AM Don’t let your jaw drop too far, this fundamental change is not just happening in college application processes. This exact same methodology is also being applied to Credit Scores for home mortgages and car loans.(Via LA TIMES) In a windowless classroom at an Arcadia tutoring center, parents crammed into child-sized desks and dug through their pockets and purses for pens as Ann Lee launches a PowerPoint presentation.Her primer on college admissions begins with the basics: (Snip)Then she eases into a potentially incendiary topic — one that many counselors like her have learned they cannot avoid. Talking Heads never get ‘Who Loves ‘Ya’ Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod snowcloud- 3/1/2015 10:15:58 AM If only talking heads of the lucrative cable television industry would do their bloviating where they do most of their off key singing: in the shower. Maybe then the rest of us wouldn’t be going about with that Tina Turner song running nonstop in our frustrated heads….‘What’s love got to do with it’. “What’s love but a second hand emotion”... When ‘America’s Mayor’, the highly esteemed and much beloved Rudy Giuliani posited that Barack Obama doesn’t love America, the resounding chorus from the Peanut Gallery had to be: “‘Ya think?!!” Understandable that political correctness and confines of protocol force The Next Great Migration New York Times, by Thomas Chatterton Williams - 3/1/2015 9:13:40 AM PARIS — AT dinner last summer with my brother-in-law, a grandson of Jews who fled Algeria for France, the conversation turned to the rash of anti-Semitic incidents plaguing the country. At such times, the question inevitably arises in the minds of many Jews: “Where could we go?” He mentioned Tel Aviv, London and New York, but the location mattered less than the reassurance that departure remained an option. He’s not alone in this thinking: 7,000 French Jews emigrated in 2014. Over the past year, as I watched with outrage at the dizzying spate of unpunished extrajudicial police killings of black men
This Surprising Piece of Advice Could SaveYour Life if There’s a Cataclysmic Event PJ Media, by Paula Bolyard - 3/1/2015 9:10:27 AM We lived in an electric world. We relied on it for everything. And then the power went out. Everything stopped working. We weren’t prepared. Fear and confusion led to panic. The lucky ones made it out of the cities. The government collapsed. Militias took over, controlling the food supply and stockpiling weapons. We still don’t know why the power went out. But we’re hopeful someone will come and light the way. This was the intro to NBC’s post-apocalyptic series Revolution, which painted a bleak picture of how the United States might fare in the event of a massive — fifteen Mecca debate challenges Obamanarrative: ‘The terror we face …is religiously motivated’ Washington Times, by Douglas Ernst - 3/1/2015 9:07:35 AM The Muslim World League held a debate on terrorism in Mecca this week and some of its participants countered the Obama administration’s attempts to divorce acts of terror from a broader discussion on Islam. “Islam and Counterterrorism” featured three days of influential speakers from a Saudi-backed alliance of Islamic NGOs. “The terrorism that we face within the Muslim Ummah and our own homelands today … is religiously motivated. It has been founded on extremism, and the misconception of some distorted Sharia concept,” Abdullah bin Abdelmohsin al-Turki, secretary-general of the Muslim World League, said, The Atlantic reported Friday. Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the grand imam Mein Kampf in the Piety Stall PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez Hazymac- 3/1/2015 8:58:18 AM While at church today I happened to glance at the rack of religious pamphlets near the entrance that usually contains little devotional pamphlets like the “Life of St Maria Goretii” or “envelopes for the missions” and noticed someone had left a copy of Mein Kampf among the readings to ‘take home for free’. Parishioners, most of whom were Fijians, Filipinos, Koreans or Chinese, browsed through the pamphlets without noticing Hitler’s magnum opus. One lady who might have been Korean showed a particular interest in the stack of Devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, but neither knew nor cared — Trigonometry is racist National Review Online, by Kevin D. Williamson anselm33- 3/1/2015 8:04:23 AM Earlier today on Sirius XM Urban View, an African-American talk station, the guest was Daryl Scott, president of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. The conversation turned to STEM — science, technology, engineering, and math — education, and the origins of the ongoing push to encourage institutions and students to focus on those subjects.(Snip) In 1983, the guest explained, a commission empaneled by the secretary of education issued a report titled “A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Education Reform.” In a memorable phrase, it warned of “a rising tide of mediocrity” in the nation’s public schools. That phrase, he said, was a “euphemism.” A euphemism for what? “For us — for African Americans.”Text added.
In an age of tech, losing trust:What to make of the Bill O´Reilly, BrianWilliams and Robert McDonald´s scandals? New York Daily News, by Jim Warren FlyRight- 3/1/2015 7:50:01 AM We seem surrounded by citizens battling the truth. Bill O’Reilly, Anthony Weiner, Rand Paul, the Yahoo chief executive, a New Yorker writer, a U.S. senator from Montana, Brian Williams and, now, the Veteran’s Administration secretary. It seems like everybody’s been caught in deceit, embellishment, plagiarism, self-plagiarism, resume fraud or bizarre behavior. But is the world really going to ethical hell in a handbasket? Or is it merely a function of basic human behavior being exposed more quickly and more often due to faster means of communications? The latest dust-up involves Veterans Secretary Robert McDonald, Bibi Selassie: Dotted Points of Light American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman real fifi- 3/1/2015 7:45:46 AM A. An historical analogy When you reach a certain age, events that to younger people seem dim and distant still remain fresh in memory. Watching the events surrounding Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s invitation to address Congress, I am reminded of Haile Selassie’s address to the League of Nations. As he spoke in 1936 and as Auden warned in his poem "September 1, 1939", the likelihood of a coming conflagration grows and yet a few people still stand for civilization: (Snip)Bibi’s coming to warn us as did Selassie: “It is us today. It will be you tomorrow.“Headline corrected. CPAC straw poll favors Rand Paul Boston Herald, by Tom Shattuck Headline and Source corrected.* The radicalization of three Central Asian immigrants living in Brooklyn, who were arraigned yesterday in a federal court for allegedly plotting to aid ISIS, seems to have taken place with surprising speed. According to the 23-page affidavit unsealed Wednesday night, federal agents began watching Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev, a 24-year-old gyro-shop employee from Uzbekistan, and Akhror Saidakhmetov, a 19-year-old Kazakh employed at a cellphone repair kiosk, six months ago, shortly after the two men began posting to a website sympathetic to ISIS. The investigation culminated on Wednesday when federal agents
Lupita Nyong´o Thief ThrewOscar Dress Off The Balcony Cops are flustered as to how the Lupita Nyong´o Oscar dress escaped detection when it was taken from her hotel room, but now we know ... it was thrown off her balcony. TMZ broke the story ... the surveillance video was unhelpful. The cameras weren´t trained on Lupita´s door and none of the cameras on the floor showed anything suspicious. The guy who stole the dress -- who called TMZ Friday with a road map to recovery in The London West Hollywood bathroom -- told us he knew where the cameras were placed in the hallway so he was never seen. As for the dress ... he said he threw it over the balcony and someone on the The best police department Facebook post ever?(Snip for photo)Texas isn’t called “The Friendship State” for nothing. In the Lone Star State, even a lost dime bag is treated with the utmost care and neighborly compassion. Eager to get to the bottom of the case of the lost weed, Copperas Cove Police Department posted the following on their official Facebook page yesterday. Copperas Cove has about 33,000 residents and is nestled in the Texas Hill Country. Unlike Washington, D.C., Colorado and other smokey locals, marijuana is not legal for consumption, medicinal use, possession, cooking, inhaling, growing or any other use,
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Obama to veto bill lettingCongress weigh in on Iran deal LOL Thomas- 3/1/2015 6:37:33 AM President Barack Obama would veto a bill recently introduced in the U.S. Senate allowing Congress to weigh in on any deal the United States and other negotiating countries reach with Iran on its nuclear capabilities, the White House said on Saturday. [Snip] The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act would require to submit to Congress the text of any agreement within five days of concluding a final deal with Iran. The bill would also prohibit Obama from suspending or waiving sanctions on Iran passed by Congress for 60 days after a deal. Shattuck: CPAC straw poll favors Rand PaulBut Walker is real victor at CPAC The Boston Herald, by Tom Shattuck calvincaspian- 3/1/2015 6:34:28 AM Rand Paul has won the CPAC straw poll for the third year in a row — but the real winner was Scott Walker. Paul got 26 percent of the vote in a field of 17 in the annual presidential preference survey, while Walker was a close second at 21 percent. That means one in five young attendees here on the convention floor found the balding, unhip and often monotone governor of Wisconsin to be exciting and inspiring. Almost as inspiring as “Fonzie” himself — Rand Paul. Rand Paul Won the CPAC Straw Poll.Don´t Take That to Mean More. National Journal, by Mona Koren Pluperfect- 3/1/2015 5:36:19 AM It´s a three-peat for Rand Paul, who won the Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll on Saturday. The senator from Kentucky won 25.7 percent of the vote. Former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker finished in second place with 21.4 percent, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz finished third with 11.5 percent. Neurosurgeon Ben Carson won 11.4 percent of the vote, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush won 8.3 percent. Paul, who won in 2013 and 2014, had been the favorite to win this year, especially with a libertarian-leaning audience. The CPAC poll serves as a measure of grassroots support, and Paul had it—the ballroom
How Serious Was the Brooklyn ISIS Plot? New York Times Magazine, by Charles Homans StormCnter- 3/1/2015 5:32:03 AM The radicalization of three Central Asian immigrants living in Brooklyn, who were arraigned yesterday in a federal court for allegedly plotting to aid ISIS, seems to have taken place with surprising speed. According to the 23-page affidavit unsealed Wednesday night, federal agents began watching Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev, a 24-year-old gyro-shop employee from Uzbekistan, and Akhror Saidakhmetov, a 19-year-old Kazakh employed at a cellphone repair kiosk, six months ago, shortly after the two men began posting to a website sympathetic to ISIS. The investigation culminated on Wednesday when federal agents arrested Juraboev at his apartment and Saidakhmetov at John F. Kennedy Lupita Nyong´o ThiefThrew Oscar Dress Off The Balcony TMZ, by Staff - 3/1/2015 5:30:42 AM Cops are flustered as to how the Lupita Nyong´o Oscar dress escaped detection when it was taken from her hotel room, but now we know ... it was thrown off her balcony. TMZ broke the story ... the surveillance video was unhelpful. The cameras weren´t trained on Lupita´s door and none of the cameras on the floor showed anything suspicious. The guy who stole the dress -- who called TMZ Friday with a road map to recovery in The London West Hollywood bathroom -- told us he knew where the cameras were placed in the hallway so he was never seen. As Obama-Netanyahu clash overIran was years in the making Los Angeles Times, by Paul Richter StormCnter- 3/1/2015 5:24:23 AM In their first Oval Office meeting, in May 2009, President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu smiled, shook hands and pledged to do everything possible to keep Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. That united front — and their personal relationship — has been unraveling ever since. Though the two leaders say their objective has not changed, they have tussled over Iran for six years because of their conflicting convictions, ambitions and assessments. On Tuesday, their battle will be on display as never before. In a show of defiance, Netanyahu will go before a joint session of Congress to ask U.S. lawmakers to This weed has lost its owner Legal Insurrection, by Kimberlee Kaye StormCnter- 3/1/2015 5:21:15 AM The best police department Facebook post ever?(Snip for photo)Texas isn’t called “The Friendship State” for nothing. In the Lone Star State, even a lost dime bag is treated with the utmost care and neighborly compassion. Eager to get to the bottom of the case of the lost weed, Copperas Cove Police Department posted the following on their official Facebook page yesterday. Copperas Cove has about 33,000 residents and is nestled in the Texas Hill Country. Unlike Washington, D.C., Colorado and other smokey locals, marijuana is not legal for consumption, medicinal use, possession, cooking, inhaling, growing or any other use, in the state
Jeffrey Epstein accuser was nota sex slave, but a money-hungrysex kitten, her former friends say New York Daily News, by Rich Schapiro MissMolly- 3/1/2015 5:11:28 AM The woman who accused billionaire Jeffrey Epstein of preying on her was not a sex slave, her former pals told the Daily News. Instead, they said Virginia Roberts was a money-hungry sex kitten, who flashed her cash and enjoyed the finer things in life. Roberts, now 31, not only relished her role as Epstein’s “traveling masseuse” some 15 years ago, she regularly recruited and supplied girls to the freaky financier, her old friends say. “She was like the head b---h,” said Philip Guderyon, who used to hook up with Roberts and drive her to and from Epstein’s mansion in Palm Beach, Fla. “She’d Pope Francis attacks ´throw-away´economic globalization Reuters, by James Mackenzie ChipThome- 3/1/2015 5:05:15 AM Pope Francis launched a fresh attack on economic injustice on Saturday, condemning the "throw-away culture" of globalization and calling for new ways of thinking about poverty, welfare, employment and society. In a speech to the association of Italian cooperative movements, he pointed to the "dizzying rise in unemployment" and the problems that existing welfare systems had in meeting healthcare needs. For those living "at the existential margins" the current social and political system "seems fatally destined to suffocate hope and increase risks and threats," he said. The Argentinian-born pope, who has often criticized orthodox market economics for fostering unfairness and inequality, said people ISIS Is Now Threatening To MurderA College Professor in Tennessee Daily Caller, by Eric Owens StormCnter- 3/1/2015 5:02:28 AM Leaders of ISIS are now calling on followers to assassinate an American college professor in the group’s propaganda magazine. The professor is Yasir Qadhi, reports Memphis NBC affiliate WMC-TV. Qadhi, born in Houston, Texas, is a professor of religious studies at Rhodes College, a private bastion of the liberal arts in Memphis. He is also a Muslim cleric and the resident scholar at the Memphis Islamic Center. ISIS — also called the Islamic State — and its adherents don’t like Qadhi because he stands athwart the radical Muslim entity, yelling stop. “Contrary to popular opinion, ISIS does not have support Boris Nemtsov Joins List ofDead Vladimir Putin Critics ABC News, by Terry Moran MissMolly- 3/1/2015 4:53:41 AM Russia’s top investigative body says it is looking for a motive in the slaying of prominent opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who joins at least six other critics of Vladimir Putin who have died since his first term as president. Nemtsov, 55, was shot several times in the back as he walked by a bridge near the Kremlin late Friday night, according to Russia’s Investigative Committee. Russia´s top investigate body said in a statement Saturday that it was considering several possible motives, including an attempt to destabilize the country, Islamic extremism, the conflict in Ukraine, and Nemtsov´s personal life, according to The
Ad: Does Hillary Stand With theBoycotters or Supporters of Israel? Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper MissMolly- 3/1/2015 4:51:39 AM The latest ad from the Emergency Committee for Israel asks whether Hillary Clinton stands with the supporters of Israel, or whether she stands with the boycotters. Watch here:(Snip for video)The TV ad "will air on Sunday political shows, on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC, and on Good Morning America and the Today show in the run-up to Prime Minister Netanyahu´s speech to Congress," according to the Emergency Committee for Israel. (The chairman of ECI is Bill Kristol, editor of this magazine.) "The Obama Administration has launched an all-out assault against the Israeli Prime Minister," ECI executive director Noah Pollak says in White House looking to creep into 401(k)s New York Post, by Jonathan M. Trugman MissMolly- 3/1/2015 4:49:02 AM Last Monday, with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) at his side, President Obama attacked Wall Street, again, for essentially helping in what the federal government and businesses can no longer provide — a decent retirement. Under the false pretense of calling for new and tougher so-called fiduciary standards for financial brokers, advisers and retirement plan representatives, the White House once again horned in on Wall Street’s compensation formulas. However, what the president surely knows is that a vast majority of retirement plans — IRAs and 401(k)s — are in simple fee-based products like mutual funds. The commission-based accounts are for those who prefer Daily Beast retracts story on Scott Walker Politico, by Nick Gass StormCnter- 3/1/2015 4:43:36 AM Another major media outlet has apologized after getting a story about Scott Walker wrong. Last week, it was the New York Times; now, it’s The Daily Beast. The Daily Beast has retracted an article from one of its college columnists that claimed that the Wisconsin governor’s budget would cut sexual assault reporting from the state’s universities. The post, published Friday, cited a report from Jezebel that wrongly interpreted a section of the state budget to mean that all assault reporting requirements were to get cut altogether. In fact, the University of Wisconsin system requested the deletion of the requirements to get rid of Hillary’s presidential chancesthreatened by her own blundering New York Post, by Michael Goodwin StormCnter- 3/1/2015 4:38:56 AM A popular theme on Planet Clinton is that poor Hillary is always in mortal danger of being undone by her charming cad of a hubby. “She can’t control him” is how insiders express their fear that Bubba will have a bimbo eruption and crash the coronation. On a long list of possibilities, that scenario must be included. But my reading of the Clinton Chronicles points to a much bigger threat to the restoration of the family monarchy. That would be the stumbling performance of the lady herself. On top of the tactical blunders, there was an overarching reason why sure victory eluded Hillary
The Destruction of CulturalHeritage Should be a War Crime Wall Street Journal, by Eric Gibson StormCnter- 3/1/2015 4:29:28 AM It turns out that the news isn’t as bad as it first appeared. On Thursday, Islamic State posted a five-minute video of men destroying ancient Mesopotamian sculptures in the Mosul Museum, Iraq’s second-largest museum, with sledgehammers and power tools. Their stated reason was that these works of art promoted idolatry. It was a sickening sight—more than one person I know couldn’t bear to watch the footage—and quickly elicited public denunciations from cultural leaders such as Thomas P. Campbell, director of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Unesco Director-General Irina Bokova. But later that day a University College, London archaeologist told Colleges using coffers forfinancial aid to illegalimmigrants stirs debateon immigration reform Fox News, by Staff StormCnter- 3/1/2015 4:26:22 AM Several U.S. colleges are giving financial aid directly to students who are young illegal immigrants, extending the debate about helping people in the United States illegally at the expense of Americans who are in need of similar opportunities. Such opportunities have opened up since President Obama´s 2012 executive action that deferred deportation to millions of young people brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents. However, they still are largely ineligible for state or federal student aid. New York University -- which receives federal, state and city money -- says the aid given to illegal immigrants is not at the expense of Free of Ebola but not fear Dallas Morning News [TX], by Jennifer Emily Pluperfect- 3/1/2015 4:21:35 AM Experimental drugs and special care helped make Nina Pham Ebola free. But today she fears she may never escape the deadly disease. The 26-year-old nurse says she has nightmares, body aches and insomnia as a result of contracting the disease from a patient she cared for last fall at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. (Snip) Pham says she will file a lawsuit Monday in Dallas County against Texas Health Resources alleging that while she became the American face of the fight against the disease, the hospital’s lack of training and proper equipment and violations of her privacy made her “a CPAC makes its pickfor 2016 in straw poll CBS News, by Reena Flores Pluperfect- 3/1/2015 4:15:25 AM After three days packed with Republican stars peddling their latest book, 2016 presidential hopefuls vying for grassroots approval and business attire including tricorn hats and American flags, the long-awaited Conservative Political Action Conference presidential straw poll results are in. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul won over CPAC´s right-wing activists for the third year in a row with more than a quarter of the votes. "Since President Ronald Reagan, the Conservative Political Action Conference has been the gold standard on where conservatives stand," Paul said after the announcement of his victory. "The constitutional conservatives of our party have spoken in a loud and Obama, Netanyahu on CollisionCourse 6 Years in the Making Associated Press, by Julie Pace & Matthew Lee - 3/1/2015 4:13:38 AM For six years, President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been on a collision course over how to halt Iran´s nuclear ambitions, a high-stakes endeavor both men see as a centerpiece of their legacies. The coming weeks will put the relationship between their countries, which otherwise remain stalwart allies, to one of its toughest tests. Netanyahu is bound for Washington for an address to Congress on Tuesday aimed squarely at derailing Obama´s cherished bid for a diplomatic deal with Tehran. At the same time, Secretary of State John Kerry and other international negotiators will be in Switzerland
Nemtsov a Possible ´SacrificialVictim´, Investigators Say Associated Press, by Lynn Berry Pluperfect- 3/1/2015 4:11:04 AM MOSCOW -- Maybe it was Islamic extremists who killed Boris Nemtsov. Or someone offended by his love life. Or agents of a Western power that will stop at nothing to disfigure President Vladimir Putin´s image and drive him from power. Russian investigators, politicians and political commentators on state television on Saturday covered much ground in looking for the reason Nemtsov was gunned down in the heart of Moscow, but they sidestepped one possibility - that he was murdered for his relentless opposition to Putin. Nemtsov, a 55-year-old former deputy prime minister and leading Russian liberal political figure for the past Saudi Arabia Builds Wallto Protect Against Jihadists Latin American Herald Tribune [Miami FL], by Staff - 3/1/2015 3:15:21 AM RIYADH – Saudi Arabia is currently building a wall along its northern and southern borders in an attempt to protect its territory against the threat of jihadism, which erupted in Iraq after the U.S. invasion in 2003 and is now being personified by the Islamic State jihadist group, as well as al-Qaeda in Yemen. The fear of terrorist infiltration from Iraq, where U.S. troops have been present since 2003, has progressively grown in Saudi Arabia for the past decade, prompting authorities to announce in 2006 the construction of a security fence that would help prevent the spread of violent actions in
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It’s not a funding crisis;it’s a constitutional crisis.Got it? Daily Inter Lake [Kalispell MT], by Frank Miele davesenior- 3/1/2015 2:58:50 AM When the history books are written, they won’t write about whether or not the Department of Homeland a got funding in February of 2015; they will write about whether or not there was still a homeland at all. The constitutional republic handed down to us by our Founding Fathers appears to have ceased to exist, and the blustering members of Congress circa 2015, with their sworn duty to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, can’t even work up enough outrage to pass a simple bill.[SNIP]Conservatives had warned last fall that the GOP had adopted a strategy of failure Netanyahu speaks out on eve ofUS trip and says he ´respects´ Obamabut vows to fight Iran nuclear deal Daily Mail (UK) & Agence France Press, by Myriah Towner & Staff - 3/1/2015 2:48:27 AM Hours before flying to Washington to try to scuttle an emerging US nuclear deal with Tehran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a high-profile visit to Jerusalem´s sacred Western Wall. Wearing a black skullcap, he rested his hands on the Wall on Saturday while praying briefly, before he made remarks expressing his respect for US President Barack Obama. This is amid tensions with the White House caused by his acceptance of an invitation by Republicans to speak on Tuesday at Capitol Hill, as Netanyahu stands firm on his bid to persuade Congress to fight Obama´s Iran plans. Scroll down for ´Depraved´ or ´hilarious´? SNLviewers divided over shocking DakotaJohnson ISIS skit that parodies USArmy commercial and sees her jointhe terror group yelling ´Death to America´ Daily Mail (UK), by Chris Spargo - 3/1/2015 2:39:09 AM Saturday Night Live pushed the envelope this week with a parody of a car commercial that had a young girl joining ISIS, and not the US Army, at the end. The segment was laid out the same as the recent My Bold Dad spot in which a father tearfully drops off his daughter to join the military in his Toyota Camry. The spot that first aired during the 2015 Super Bowl and was seen as a touching look at what it is like to say goodbye for those that have family members in the service. In this version however, the
Tom Wolfe Looks Over His Notes New Yorker, by Andrea Denhoed PageTurner- 3/1/2015 2:11:28 AM They’re calling it an archive,” Tom Wolfe points out. “It makes me feel very important.” Wolfe is standing next to an exhibit of his papers at the New York Public Library. In 2013, the library paid just over two million dollars for a hundred and ninety boxes of notebooks, manuscripts, and letters that belonged to Wolfe, a handful of which are on display in the pop-up exhibit “Becoming the Man in the White Suit,” which runs through Sunday, March 1st. Up close, the suit appears ever so slightly yellowed around the buttons and the cuffs, like a newspaper clipping. Wolfe, El-Sissi leading a Churchillianfight against Hamas terror Times of Israel [Jerusalem, Israel], by Avi Issacharoff LittleHoodedMonk- 3/1/2015 1:39:02 AM It’s not yet clear quite how an Egyptian court’s decision Saturday to define Hamas, in its entirety, as a terror group will play out. Hitherto, only the organization’s military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, was defined as such, but the new ruling widens the definition to include the political branch. Does this mean that from here on Egypt will completely ban Hamas, cutting all ties to the group including those of involving Cairo’s own intelligence agencies? What can be said with a high degree of certainty, especially in light of the almost hysterical response to the ruling in the Gaza Strip, is that on a symbolic level this is Cairo’s Jeb Bush Fails CPAC,Can’t Even Stack StrawPoll Successfully Breitbart, by Matthew Boyle JimR3- 3/1/2015 1:21:12 AM NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland — Republican voters rejected former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in the straw poll, as he earned only 8 percent of the vote and came in fifth. That came as, according to reports and several other campaigns, Bush attempted to rig the straw poll by busing in “supporters” from Washington, D.C., and K Street. So, after subtracting out those his campaign packed into the Gaylord hotel in National Harbor, his support among conservatives is even more smaller than it appears. Bush faced a round of ridicule from pretty much everyone across Does this young model hold thekey to the killers at theKremlin? Ukrainian was withRussian opposition leader whenhe was gunned down in ´politically-motivated murder´ Daily Mail, by Will Stewart Pageturner- 3/1/2015 12:56:53 AM A beautiful Ukrainian model may hold the key to identifying the assassins who gunned down top Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov. Anna Duritskaya, 23, was with the charismatic pro-Western reformer when he was killed in a drive-by shooting in view of the Kremlin as they walked home from a restaurant in Red Square on Friday evening. Ms Duritskaya, who was not injured, was questioned by police for several hours and only released at 5am yesterday. Last night, friends of the couple said they feared the Russian authorities were trying to implicate Ms Duritskaya in what is believed to be a politically motivated murder.
Let’s talk about race Aspen Times (CO), by Glenn Beaton Aspenhuskerette- 3/1/2015 12:09:38 AM We’re “a nation of cowards” when it comes to talking about race. That’s according to our attorney general, a smart and accomplished black man named Eric Holder who is being succeeded after six years by a smart and accomplished black woman, both of whom work for our twice-elected black president. I agree with Holder. Refusing to talk about race is cowardly, even if the reason is an understandable aversion to being called ugly names by those who might disagree with what we have to say. Holder later said in the wake of the Ferguson riots, “It means that we as a nation The Rev. Theodore Hesburghex-Notre Dame presidentdies at 97 Washington Post, by Nick Anderson bamapreacher- 2/28/2015 11:12:44 PM The Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, a transformative figure in Catholic higher education who led the University of Notre Dame for 35 years and wielded influence with U.S. presidents on civil rights and other charged issues of his era, died Feb. 26 on the university campus. He was 97. A Notre Dame spokesman confirmed the death and said the cause was not immediately known. Father Hesburgh, president of Notre Dame from 1952 to 1987, was considered one of the most important university leaders of the century. On his watch, the Midwestern school once known mainly for Fighting Irish football became an academic powerhouse Netanyahu’s address to Congress willbe most important speech of his life Washington Post, by William Booth - 2/28/2015 11:03:57 PM JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming address to a joint session of Congress will probably be the most important speech of his career — and one that has already jeopardized relations between Israel and the United States. On Tuesday morning, Netanyahu will confront an American president and insist that the future of the State of Israel, and the world, is imperiled by a pending “bad deal” with Iran on its nuclear program. Also hanging in the balance is Netanyahu’s own political future. Just two weeks after the speech, Netanyahu will either be reelected to a historic fourth term as The Mullahs: Still CrazyAfter All These Years Power Line, by John Hinderaker - 2/28/2015 10:59:49 PM Barack Obama intends the centerpiece of his foreign policy legacy to be a de facto alliance with Iran–a stroke so brilliant that only he could think of it. The U.S. will set Iran up as the dominant regional power in the Middle East, in part by allowing it to develop the nuclear capability for which its rulers have long yearned, and in exchange, Iran will keep the peace and subdue troublesome upstarts like ISIS. To someone who grew up thinking that the call to prayer from a minaret is one of the most beautiful sounds on Earth, this might make
When Obama refused to blameIslam for terrorism New York Post, by Paul Sperry - 2/28/2015 10:06:28 PM That President Obama won’t call it Islamic terrorism; that he believes we shouldn’t be on a “high horse” because America and Christians have done bad things; that Muslims are victims of “bigotry and prejudice”; that his State Department says it’s the lack of jobs, not religion, that fuels ISIS, should come as no surprise. After all, he said the same thing about 9/11. In 2004, Obama released an update of his 1995 memoir, “Dreams from My Father,” with a little-noticed new preface about the attacks. “On September 11, 2001,” Obama wrote, “…history returned with a vengeance; in fact, as Faulkner reminds Fear Envelops Russia After Killingof Putin Critic Boris Y. Nemtsov New York Times, by Andrew E. Kramer - 2/28/2015 9:57:20 PM MOSCOW — About two weeks before he was shot and killed in the highest-profile political assassination in Russia in a decade, Boris Y. Nemtsov met with an old friend to discuss his latest research into what he said was dissembling and misdeeds in the Kremlin. He was, as always, pugilistic and excited, saying he wanted to publish the research in a pamphlet to be called “Putin and the War,” about President Vladimir V. Putin and Russian involvement in the Ukraine conflict, recalled Yevgenia Albats, the editor of New Times magazine. Both knew the stakes. Mr. Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister, knew Four shot in Hillen neighborhoodof Northeast Baltimore Baltimore Sun, by Justin Fenton - 2/28/2015 9:54:06 PM One man was killed and two were critically injured in a quadruple shooting Saturday afternoon on a residential street in Northeast Baltimore, police said. The shooting was reported about 3:45 p.m., and officers found the victims in the 4300 block of Welbourne Road in the Hillen neighborhood across Hillen Road from the campus of Morgan State University. One victim was pronounced dead at the scene, and the others were taken to area hospitals. The fourth victim was in stable condition. None were identified. Col. Darryl DeSousa, the chief of patrol for the Baltimore Police Department, said police, who were aware of
Israel asks US for extra missiledefense funds, report says Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Yaakov Lappin mark34- 2/28/2015 9:24:01 PM Israel has asked Congress for an additional $317 million for missile defense systems, Bloomberg reported Saturday. The funds were reportedly requested for the David’s Sling and Arrow 3 systems. Israeli defense officials declined to comment. According to Bloomberg, the request for funds is on top of the $158m. earmarked by President Barack Obama for Israeli air defense programs. “Israel’s latest lobbying on Capitol Hill, instead of through the White House and Pentagon, comes at a low point in political relations between the US and Israel over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned speech to Congress on March 3 to derail Smoking Gun… Lois Lerner WroteColleagues “No One Will EverBelieve Us” If Our HardDrives Crashed Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft - 2/28/2015 8:43:08 PM Lois Lerner sent out this email on June 29, 2011 just three weeks after the House Ways and Means Committee asked the tax agency was targeting conservatives. (Photo of email) The email went to: David L. Fish is the acting manager of IRS Exempt Organizations Technical Guidance and Quality Assurance. Nicole C. Flax is the former IRS Chief of Staff Joseph J. Urban – from the Office of Chief Counsel IRS Nanette Downing – Director of Examinations -Joseph H. Grant is the commissioner of the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division -Lerner knew that no one would believe that six Upstate New York towns considerseceding to Pennsylvania Associated Press, by Michael Hill - 2/28/2015 8:38:49 PM CONKLIN, N.Y.— Plenty of people leave New York state but in a job-hungry stretch of upstate, folks talk about staying put and seceding to Pennsylvania. Local officials stung by a recent decision to ban natural gas fracking have raised the idea of redrawing the Keystone State´s border. Even though they don´t expect it to happen, members of the Upstate New York Towns Association hope the specter of secession will result in something — anything — good for a struggling part of the state peering enviously over the state line. "It´s not like were looking across the border into Mexico or even Maduro says Venezuela capturesU.S. citizens linked to espionage Reuters, by Diego Ore & Brian Ellsworth LittleHoodedMonk- 2/28/2015 8:21:48 PM Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Saturday his government had captured Americans, including a pilot, involved in espionage activities and said U.S. citizens in the future will have to seek visas to come to the OPEC nation. Speaking during a rally, he said his government will prohibit some U.S. officials from entering Venezuela in retaliation for a similar measure by the government of President Barack Obama against a group of Venezuelan public officials. "We have captured some U.S. citizens in undercover activities, espionage, trying to win over people in towns along the Venezuelan coast," he said,
US aims to deport at least 150Bosnians tied to war crimes: Report Agence France-Presse, by Staff LittleHoodedMonk- 2/28/2015 8:16:16 PM Washington - The United States is moving to deport at least 150 Bosnians suspected of taking part in war crimes and ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, the New York Times reported Saturday. The report said US immigration officials have identified about 300 immigrants believed to have concealed their involvement in wartime atrocities, but the number could eventually top 600. The accused immigrants include a soccer coach in Virginia, a metal worker in Ohio and four hotel casino workers in Las Vegas, the Times said. Immigration officials have developed evidence that as many as 150 of the Bosnian suspects Fatal Shooting of Cleveland Boy Tamir RiceWas Caused by His Own Actions: City NBC News, by Elisha Fieldstadt LittleHoodedMonk- 2/28/2015 8:07:02 PM The city of Cleveland said the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice at the hands of a police officer and the "losses" suffered by his family were a result of the boy´s and his family´s own actions that day. The city´s denial of any wrongdoing was filed Friday in response to a wrongful death lawsuit brought by lawyers for the Rice family last month. The city wrote that Tamir´s injuries were caused by him failing to "exercise due care." In addition, the complaints brought on behalf of Tamir´s sister and mother were also "directly caused by their own acts" — not the officers involved, the response said. Tamir was fatally shot on Nov. 22 Corker slams Obama on vetothreat of Iran oversight bill Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Michael Wilner LittleHoodedMonk- 2/28/2015 7:43:04 PM Washington - Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker (R-Tennessee), author of new legislation that would require congressional oversight and a vote of approval on any future nuclear deal with Iran, slammed US President Barack Obama on Saturday night for threatening to veto the bill. "It is disappointing that the president feels he is the only one who speaks for the citizens of our country," Corker said in a statement. "Congress put these sanctions in place and helped bring Iran to the table with the administration working against the effort the whole way. As a result, Congress should decide whether a final nuclear
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Egyptian court designates Hamas asa terror organization, state media says CNN, by Joshua Berlinger & Ian Lee LittleHoodedMonk- 2/28/2015 6:12:15 PM Cairo - An Egyptian court has ruled that Hamas is a terrorist organization, according to an Egyptian state-run media organization. Hamas, the Islamist group which dominates the Gaza strip, has been at odds with the Egyptian government since the country´s former President, Mohammed Morsy, was ousted in a coup in the summer of 2013. Morsy was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist political organization that shares deep ties with Hamas. The government formed after Morsy´s ouster designated the Brotherhood as a terrorist group in December 2013; since then, many of its leaders have been charged with supporting terrorism. Jeh Johnson to Congress: BorderPatrol, Coast Guard, Secret Service,TSA Will All Work If You Refuseto Fund Obama’s Amnesty Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey - 2/28/2015 5:54:07 PM Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson sent a letter to leaders of Congress last week informing them that 170,000 of 200,000 of his department’s employees would continue working even if Congress refuses to allow the department to use money from the U.S. Treasury to implement President Obama’s plan to allow illegal aliens to stay in the United States and get work permits and Social Security Numbers. Johnson told the congressional leaders that 170,000 of the department’s 200,000 employees—or 85 percent—would continue working. Johnson letter to Congress spelling this out was inserted into the Congressional Record on Friday by Rep. Report: Jeb Bush Attempting To Rig CPACStraw Poll With Bused In Supporters Breitbart, by Matthew Boyle Emerson- 2/28/2015 5:33:31 PM NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland — Perhaps in fear that he didn’t have enough backers willing to show up on their own, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s campaign organized to bus supporters to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to cheer during his appearance on stage and vote for him in the straw poll. The New York Times’ Jonathan Martin writes that Bush brought people in from Washington, D.C.: “Mr. Bush’s supporters organized caravans of his Washington backers to attend his speech, and they cheered whenever anyone else booed,” Martin wrote. Those same bused in cheerers also will likely be expected by Bush’s campaign to
CPAC 2015 Straw Poll: RandPaul wins again — but ScottWalker is surging Washington Times (DC), by Seth McLaughlin & Stephen Dinal JoniTx- 2/28/2015 5:27:23 PM Sen. Rand Paul won The Washington Times/CPAC presidential preference straw poll for the third time in a row while Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker surged to second place, as they trounced the rest of a strong but crowded field of potential candidates Saturday. Sen. Ted Cruz slipped to third place, down a rung from his showing last year, with retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson in fourth and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush fifth. The more than 3,000 conservative activists who voted at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference also showed commanding support for legalizing marijuana, with a strong plurality of 41 percent What if Putin didn´thave Nemtsov killed? American Thinker, by G. Murphy Donovan Dreadnought- 2/28/2015 4:54:36 PM Rick Moran and most other observers of Russia assume that the Latin adage “cui bono?” (“who benefits?”) is enough to presume responsibility for the death of Boris Nemtsov belongs to Vladimir Putin. But if this is a sanctioned "termination with extreme prejudice," it´s clumsy and unprofessional. Certainly not worthy of a president, former KGB colonel; indeed, a station chief in East Germany. Surely too, it looks like a sponsored hit, but doing it where the Kremlin will be in every bit of news coverage raises some red flags. Surely, this doesn´t benefit Putin personally or politically. If it´s a false ´Knives are out´: Hawaii Demfaces backlash for taking onObama over ´Islamist´ extremism Fox News, by Malia Zimmerman texascunning- 2/28/2015 4:51:19 PM She was Hawaii´s golden girl after winning a seat in Congress with support from top liberal groups, but now that Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has been critical of President Obama, her political reputation in the bluest of blue states is taking a hit. That isn’t stopping the twice-deployed 33-year-old Army veteran from continuing to challenge the president, her home state´s favorite son, over his refusal to identify terror groups like the Islamic State as driven by "radical Islam. (Snip) Gabbard called "mind-boggling" Obama's refusal to associate ISIS with the Muslim religion, even though the terrorist army is emphatic it is Media tries to smear Walkeron campus sex assaultreporting, gets it horribly wrong Washington Examiner [DC], by Ashe Schow Dreadnought- 2/28/2015 4:46:42 PM Members of the media were quick to report that, included in Gov. Scott Walker´s budget, was a removal of the requirements that colleges report campus sexual assault statistics to the state. The Daily Beast, Huffington Post and others all jumped on a report in Jezebel that tried to paint Walker as being unsympathetic to sexual assault victims. Daily Beast writer Brian Weidy went so far as to claim that Walker´s proposal was "just short of explicitly violating Title IX regulations" and possible even "crossing a legal line." So not only is Walker a terrible person who hates victims, but he´s
Leonard Nimoy, my fellow space traveler CNN, by Buzz Aldrin JoniTx- 2/28/2015 4:22:21 PM I was saddened to learn of the passing of Leonard Nimoy, a fellow space traveler because he helped make the journey into the final frontier accessible to us all. Nimoy´s Mr. Spock in the original "Star Trek" television show, followed by the series of movies, proved to be a seminal, enduring and endearing character. While the late Neil Armstrong´s "one small step for man," as we began our exploration of the Moon back in July 1969, is ageless, so, too, is Spock´s iconic "live long and prosper," a phrase that also spans time and space. It brought out the Vulcan Fed Chair Janet Yellen MetWith a Coalition of ConservativesFriday. Here’s How the Meeting Went. Daily Signal, by Kate Scanlon JoniTx- 2/28/2015 4:16:40 PM Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen met with a coalition of conservatives on Friday to discuss monetary policy. In December, a coalition of conservative groups led by American Principles in Action requested a meeting with Yellen after she had a similar meeting with left-leaning groups. She accepted their invitation. In an interview with The Daily Signal, Steve Lonegan, APIA’s director of monetary policy, said he was surprised by her acceptance. “Yes, I was surprised,” said Lonegan. “Never in the Fed’s 101 year history have they done anything like this. There were conservatives, libertarians…it was a cool dynamic.” Husband, 108, wife, 105,celebrate 82 years married Journal News (Westchester County, NY), by Alex Taylor JoniTx- 2/28/2015 4:05:25 PM SPRING VALLEY, N.Y.— A husband and wife thought to be Rockland County´s oldest married couple will celebrate their birthdays this weekend — with a combined age of 212. Duranord Veillard will turn 108 on Saturday while his wife of 82 years, Jeanne, turns 105 in May. The couple plan to celebrate a milestone few others will see with family, friends and well-wishers at their home, where they live with a daughter, Marie Eveillard.The son of a fisherman, Duranord Veillard was born Feb. 28, 1907, in St. Louis du Sud and grew up in Les Cayes in southern Haiti. He studied Democrats Apologize After FundraisingOff of Fake DHS Shutdown Breitbart Big Government, by Charlie Spiering JoniTx- 2/28/2015 3:56:38 PM Whoops. Democrats were so convinced that there would be a Department of Homeland Security shutdown last night that they jumped the gun on their plans to raise money because of it. An email sent by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee alerted donors that Republicans had shut down the Department of Homeland Security – even though Congress actually avoided doing so. “Here’s the bad news: Republicans forced a shutdown of Homeland Security,” the email blared. “It started at MIDNIGHT last night. Now more than ever, we need to raise $200,000 to launch an effective Rapid Response campaign against obstructionist Republicans.” The next
´Religious extremism is a virus´: Howmurdered US blogger criticized violentradicals before being hacked to death inBangladeshi street by Muslim militantsfor ´crime against Islam´ Daily Mail [UK], by Kieran Corcoran snakeoil- 2/28/2015 3:12:20 PM The Bangladeshi-American blogger who was hacked to death by machete-wielding Muslim extremists on his way back from a book fair had taken another stand against violent religious extremism days before his death. Dr Avijit Roy, a scientist from Atlanta, Georgia, and a prominent atheist thinker in Bangladesh, was killed on a university campus in Dhaka on Thursday night - apparently in retaliation for criticizing religion. But Roy, 42, who was repeatedly threatened with death over his writings, had prepared a final salvo against the forces that took his life. It was due to be published in April, but was released Mugabe celebrates 91stbirthday with million-dollar bash Agence France-Presse, by Farai Munganp - 2/28/2015 3:06:44 PM Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Saturday celebrated his 91st birthday with a lavish million dollar bash that was slammed by the opposition as "obscene" in a country wracked by poverty. (Snip) Elephants were slaughtered for the feast and seven huge cakes were on display in one of the tents. One giant 91-kilo creation depicted the spectacular Victoria Falls, which empty into the Zambezi river that forms the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Addressing the gathering in a 90-minute speech, Mugabe castigated the US which has imposed sanctions on both Zimbabwe and him personally. "They (the US)
Mark Levin Takes on GOP Estab:‘In Order to Defeat Democrats,We Have to Defeat Republicans’ Breitbart Big Government, by Tony Lee KarenJ1- 2/28/2015 2:28:04 PM After his riveting address at Saturday’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Mark Levin declared on Breitbart News Saturday that conservatives will never defeat Democrats without first defeating the Republican establishment. The conservative icon, scholar, and talk radio host earlier told CPAC attendees that, “we’re here today because we are losing our republic and we’re the Sunshine Patriots who seek to restore it.” Levin has urged Republicans to nominate a true conservative in 2016 for the first time since Ronald Reagan, and he noted that “in order to get a Reagan we had to defeat the Bushes.” “People need to understand Peter King: ‘I’ve Had It with This Self-Righteous, Delusional Wing’ of the GOP Mediaite, by Josh Feldman KarenJ1- 2/28/2015 2:21:26 PM Republican Congressman Peter King said today that he’s incredibly frustrated with the “self-righteous, delusional” wing of his party that may shut down the Department of Homeland Security because they’re “obsessed” with stopping President Obama‘s immigration action. King appeared on MSNBC’s online platform Shift to tell Luke Russert that while he also has serious problems with the immigration action too, the GOP shouldn’t be playing politics on a life-or-death issue like this. King said (hours earlier, before the initial failed House vote tonight on DHS funding) conservatives are fighting a losing battle and “putting people’s lives at risk” for an issue The Real Lesson ofthe Bill O´Reilly Episode NewsBusters, by Jeffrey Lord KarenJ1- 2/28/2015 2:17:06 PM The moment I heard that David Corn of Mother Jones had some sort of story about Bill O´Reilly´s career from decades ago? It shouldn´t be rocket science to understand on the spot that this was all about politics. There is a lesson from all of this O´Reilly story, a reminder of exactly how the American Left works. Make no mistake. This story of what Bill O´Reilly did or did not say or do decades ago during the Falklands War is not what this latest dust-up is really all about. The first objective here was to try and ruin Bill O´Reilly´s
Book three seats, stay in boutiquehotels and visit New Orleans: Toptips for overweight travellers from thecompany which only deals with ´people of size´ Daily Mail [UK], by Emily Payne Emerson- 2/28/2015 12:58:24 PM Travelling can be testing when you´re carrying extra weight. Whether it´s squeezing into too small plane seats, discomfort in hotels or not being able to join more active tour groups, being a larger person comes with tribulations. But thanks to a thoughtful travel company in the U.S overweight travellers needn´t be restricted in their travel plans. Tony Harrell, CEO of Abundant Travel, and board member of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, says people deserve their first choice of holiday ´no matter what their size´. Harrells´ main inspiration, was his wife, who is as he describes her ´a larger White House, DHS caught offguard by House´s funding failure Politico, by David Nather - 2/28/2015 12:37:58 PM The White House and the Department of Homeland Security were caught off guard by Friday’s defeat of a House bill to fund the agency for three weeks — and they spent several hours scrambling to figure out how to prevent a shutdown. Until late afternoon, it looked fairly clear that the House would pass a three-week continuing resolution, the Senate would approve it — possibly without a vote — and President Barack Obama would sign it, since it would at least be better than a shutdown. White House aides were paying attention to their vote, but not with a lot Indiana may be first state with‘baby boxes’ for abandoned newborns Associated Press, by Staff JoniTx- 2/28/2015 12:25:25 PM INDIANAPOLIS — On the outside, the metal box looks like an oversized bread container. But what’s inside could save an abandoned newborn’s life. The box is actually a newborn incubator, or baby box, and it could be showing up soon at Indiana hospitals, fire stations, churches and selected nonprofits under legislation that would give mothers in crisis a way to surrender their children safely and anonymously. Indiana could be the first state to allow use of the baby boxes on a broad scale to prevent dangerous abandonments of infants if the bill, which unanimously passed the House this week, clears the How Leonard Nimoy Was Convincedto Join the First ´Star Trek´ Movie Hollywood Reporter, by Kim Masters JoniTx- 2/28/2015 12:19:37 PM The original script for the first Star Trek movie did not include Mr. Spock. The project was conceived as what would have then been the most expensive television project ever, with a budget of $3.2 million. When that vision died, Paramount — which had watched other studios feast on Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind — decided to make a movie instead. With a planned $18 million budget, the studio courted director Robert Wise (West Side Story), who took the job not because he loved the old television series but because his wife and father-in-law were fans.
The Sitdown: Arshia Wajid,founder and president, AmericanMuslim Health Professionals Chicago Sun Times, by Francine Knowles JoniTx- 2/28/2015 12:11:43 PM Arshia Wajid, founder and president of the Chicago-based national nonprofit American Muslim Health Professionals, has been tackling public health issues affecting the Muslim American community for more than a decade. Her efforts landed her a seat at a recent roundtable with President Barack Obama and 13 other Muslim leaders from diverse fields across the country. It was the first roundtable Obama had exclusively with Muslim American leaders and covered a range of topics. Wajid, 37, holds a master’s degree in business administration and public health and has worked in health care for about 12 years, currently as a health care The Conservative and ProgressiveMeasures of Success, Clearly Defined American Thinker, by William Sullivan JoniTx- 2/28/2015 12:04:25 PM In looking back on his soon-to-be-over tenure as Attorney General, Eric Holder has “only praise for [Barack] Obama, disputing the claims of some African-American leaders that the first black president hasn’t really delivered for the black community: “You know, very often, empty barrels make the most noise. And I think there are any number of measures by which you can say this presidency has been successful in a whole variety of ways, and especially when it comes to people of color.” This presidency has, by “any number of measures,” been “successful?” That’s a pretty vague and useless assertion. Let us Sharpton Dismisses RumorsHe’s Losing His MSNBC Show Mediaite, by Josh Feldman JoniTx- 2/28/2015 12:00:40 PM There have been some rumors this week that Al Sharpton is losing his MSNBC show as part of an ongoing schedule shake-up. Well, Sharpton has officially shot down those rumors and said he isn’t going anywhere. Sharpton told The Daily Beast, “I am pretty certain that I am solid at the time period that I’m at for the next foreseeable future. And any rumors to the contrary are totally unfounded.” And an MSNBC spokesperson corroborated Sharpton, saying, “There are no plans to move Rev. Sharpton’s show.” Sharpton declined to publicly comment on the discrimination lawsuit against Comcast claiming that the giant Inside the superyacht of the skies! £400millionBoeing aircraft converted into the ultimateprivate jet with restaurant, conference roomand luxury bedrooms Daily Mail [UK], by John Hutchinson - 2/28/2015 11:47:08 AM It is a sumptuous design more familiar with superyachts than a private jet. But theses renderings show just what £400million will buy you if you´re splashing out on a full-size Boeing 747-8 for one person. The aircraft, which would normally carry up to 450 passengers, has been converted into a private jet for an unknown owner with a complete re-design to feature everything you would normally find on board a luxury mega yacht. (Photos) The plane retails in at around £230million, and the estimated ´improvement´ work is an additional £160 million taking the overall expense to almost £400million. And Greenpoint Technologies, who have
Lupita Nyong´o Oscars DressReturned to L.A. Hotel, ThievesClaim Pearls are Fake People Magazine, by Michael Miller SoCalGal- 2/28/2015 10:59:31 AM Lupita Nyong´o´s infamous pearl dress has been returned to the hotel from which it was stolen. The thieves dumped the actress´s custom Calvin Klein Oscar dress – which was stolen from her hotel room two days ago – in a garbage bag and returned it to The London West Hollywood on Friday, TMZ reported. "A guy called us at around 2:30 p.m. Friday and said he had taken the dress from Lupita´s hotel room after he noticed the door was ajar," (Snip)The anonymous caller said that after stealing the gown, he and other thieves removed several of the 6,000 Akoya Gas prices soar inCalifornia as supply shrinks Associated Press, by Gillian Flaccus NorthernDog- 2/28/2015 10:56:49 AM LONG BEACH, Calif. — Gas prices are soaring in California in a classic example of supply and demand after an explosion stopped gasoline production at an Exxon Mobil refinery while another remains offline due to labor unrest. (Snip) The situation underscores the frustrating complexity of the gasoline market in California, where state environmental regulations mandate a specialized blend of fuel that isn´t used anywhere else in the U.S. Because of that, California is economically isolated and can´t easily or quickly purchase fuel from outside the state in a crisis. "Your market in California has about as much margin for error New Revelations Show IRS Is Judge,Jury, Executioner–And Grave Robber Commentary Magazine, by Seth Mandel - 2/28/2015 10:48:21 AM The most important piece of information about the IRS’s targeting of conservative and pro-Israel groups is this: it is still going on. Politico reported yesterday that there are two categories of groups still being delayed and silenced by the IRS’s tax-exempt apparatchiks. The first category is Karl Rove (and his Crossroads organization). The second category is financially strapped mom-and-pop shops who have been driven into debt by the IRS’s corrupt practices in which critics of the Obama administration are deprived of some of their constitutional rights. The story notes that this contradicts new IRS director John Koskinen’s claim that the Bring Back the BushDoctrine—with One Addition National Review Online, by Andrew C. McCarthy - 2/28/2015 10:41:34 AM What should be our strategy against ISIS? We ask the question without ever considering Iran. What concessions about centrifuges and spent fuel should we demand to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power? We ask the question never linking the mullahs’ weapons ambitions with its sponsorship of the global jihad . . . the only reason we dread a nuclear Iran. What should be the national-defense strategy of the United States against radical Islam, the most immediate and thoroughgoing security and cultural threat we face today? I had the good fortune to be asked to participate in a CPAC panel
How Spock Became a Sex Symbol Bloomberg View, by Virginia Postrel Judy W.- 2/28/2015 10:36:24 AM When "Star Trek" debuted in 1966, showing a beautiful black woman and a dashing Asian man as bridge officers was an idealistic political statement. Turning someone who looked like Leonard Nimoy into a sex symbol, however, was entirely unintentional. Before he played Spock, Nimoy, who died today at 83, played a surprising number of parts as Indians and Mexicans in the Old West. With his long, thin face, prominent nose and deep smile lines, he looked like The Other. That’s why he fit the part of Spock. “All I wanted at first was pointed ears and a faintly satanic appearance,” said series The Russia That DiedWith Boris Nemtsov Bloomberg View, by Leonid Bershidsky - 2/28/2015 10:33:57 AM For years, Moscow insiders have reacted to former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov´s philippics against President Vladimir Putin with a roll of the eyes. Everyone knew what Nemtsov was going to say. The man Boris Yeltsin almost pi?ked as his successor had become irrelevant, marginalized. Now Nemtsov´s criticism of Putin´s Russia has been validated in the most terrible way. Tonight, the opposition politician was killed a few hundred yards from the Kremlin, shot at least four times as he crossed a bridge over the Moskva River. Just a few hours before his death, Nemtsov went on Ekho Mosky radio to call on Ted Cruz: Obamacare defundingfight wasn´t winnable Washington Examiner, by Byron York - 2/28/2015 10:30:34 AM PALM BEACH, Fla. -- In a wide-ranging speech to the Club for Growth winter meeting Friday night, Sen. Ted Cruz looked back on his 2013 crusade to defund Obamacare -- an effort that consumed Washington, led to bitter Republican party infighting, and resulted in a partial government shutdown -- and concluded it was a fight he probably never could have won. "Is it likely we would have altogether defunded Obamacare then?" Cruz said. "Probably not. That would have taken an almost perfect storm. I was never Pollyannaish about the political factors it would take for that to happen." As the 2013 battle #CPAC2015:The Jeb Show American Spectator, by Emily Zanotti garnet- 2/28/2015 10:30:03 AM They predicted that the crowd would be so fed up with Jeb Bush that they’d exit his question and answer period en masse right in the middle, but the only person who was even remotely exasperated about having to spend more than 20 minutes with Jeb Bush seemed to be Jeb Bush. More than an hour ahead of his appearance, pro- and anti-Jeb forces amassed in the ballroom, staking out chairs and spots along the wall, the pro-Jebbers wearing bright orange “JEB!” stickers, the anti-’s mostly sporting Stand With Rand posters and an aggravated look. Both sides’ anger and excitement were Voters: Ignore Obama vetoes,keep passing bills he doesn´t like Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard Judy W.- 2/28/2015 10:28:03 AM A strong majority of U.S. voters want Congress to continue to pass legislation the president opposes, like for construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a clear sign that they now see Washington´s power shifting to the GOP-controlled Capitol Hill. A new Rasmussen Reports poll issued Friday found that 59 percent of voters "think Congress should continue to pass legislation that most members of Congress support even if the president is opposed." Just 25 percent want Congress to cave into the White House and 16 percent are unsure. Despite bipartisan support, Obama vetoed the Keystone bill this week, and is
Trey Gowdy Fights Back AgainstObama’s Amnesty With NewImmigration Plan Daily Caller (DC), by Chuck Ross JoniTx- 2/28/2015 10:26:34 AM South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy has introduced an immigration bill to defund President Obama’s executive amnesty and expedite the removal of criminal aliens from U.S. soil. Named after Michael Davis, Jr., a sheriff’s deputy in California who was killed in the line of duty last year by an illegal immigrant, Gowdy’s bill would also provide a work-around for state and local governments to reinforce federal immigration laws while also implementing an annual review of the executive branch’s use of prosecutorial discretion in immigration cases. “If we are serious about finding a long term solution to our immigration system, we Bloomberg Sees a Way on Keystone New York Times, by Joe Nocera garnet- 2/28/2015 10:25:48 AM No one can question Michael Bloomberg’s climate change bona fides. As mayor of New York, he declared that cities had to lead the way in reducing the threat of climate change, and he strove to make New York greener. He has donated millions of dollars to the effort to shut down coal-fired power plants. He endorsed President Obama for re-election in 2012 primarily because the president, he said, “has taken major steps to reduce our carbon consumption.” Most recently, he was named the United Nations secretary general’s special envoy for cities and climate change, a position he appears to be Who killed at CPAC, the
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Los Angeles Times, by Doyle McManus garnet- 2/28/2015 10:21:27 AM The fervent Republicans who throng the Conservative Political Action Conference every year aren´t representative of the American electorate. They aren´t even representative of the GOP electorate. For four of the last five years, their straw poll for president has chosen Rand Paul or Ron Paul. These are not everyday Republicans. Yet the conference, which took place Thursday through Saturday, is still an important event — “the starting gun of the Republican primary campaign,” in the words of one veteran GOP strategist. It´s the first real national audition for potential Republican candidates, all on the same stage, one after the other
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Eric Holder hits American conservativesfor using race against him in exit interviewas his successor is one Senate vote awayfrom moving in Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko KarenJ1- 2/28/2015 10:01:55 AM Attorney General Eric Holder suggested Friday that the Obama administration´s opponents have in part staked out their positions because he and the president are black. ´There have been times when I thought that’s at least a piece of it,´ he said. But it´s ´hard to look into people’s minds, you know, their hearts.´ The graceless exit interview will become grist for conservatives who remain convinced that Holder has used race issues to deflect attention from legitimate criticisms. A Politico reporter pressed Holder on whether the White House´s detractors were motivated by racial animus, declaring that they were ´more than (on Berkshire Profit Falls 17% to$4.16 Billion on Investments Bloomberg, by Noah Buhayar and Zachary Tracer earlybird- 2/28/2015 9:58:30 AM Berkshire Hathaway Inc. said fourth-quarter profit slipped 17 percent as investment gains narrowed and underwriting results deteriorated at insurance units. Net income fell to $4.16 billion, or $2,529 per share, from $4.99 billion, or $3,035, a year earlier, Omaha, Nebraska-based Berkshire said Saturday in a statement on its website. Operating earnings of $2,412 per share missed the $2,702 estimate of three analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. Buffett, 84, is aiming to make 2015 a celebratory year. He took control of Berkshire five decades ago and transformed it from a struggling textile maker into a sprawling business empire. Early on, he bought insurers, then GOP: Broadening chances tosave tax-free for college Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm SurferLad- 2/28/2015 9:54:26 AM Rep. Jim Renacci gives the Republican Party´s Weekly Remarks Good morning, I’m Jim Renacci, and I have the honor of representing the good people of Ohio’s 16th Congressional District. This week, the House of Representatives passed a good, bipartisan bill that could help many middle-class families. I’d like to take a moment to tell you about it.First, a story. Like many of you, I was the first in my family to go to college. Ours was a working class union family so I had to pay my own way through school. To do that, I worked any number of jobs: truck driver, mechanic, a road crew, you name it. As an accountant, I’ve seen
Vladimir Putin´s Russia is nota place that tolerates dissent Telegraph [UK], by Con Coughlin earlybird- 2/28/2015 9:52:54 AM The brutal murder of former Russian deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov as he prepared to take part in a rally against Russia’s involvement in the Ukraine conflict is a graphic illustration of how free speech in Russia is being crushed under the rule of Russian President Vladimir Putin. A fierce critic of Mr Putin, the 55-year-old Mr Nemtsov had given a radio interview in which he denounced the “mad, aggressive” policies undertaken by the Russian president which had led to Russia’s international isolation, as well as creating economic hardship at home. In addition friends of the murdered politician say he was Obama: Bad financial advicecosts families billions Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm SurferLad- 2/28/2015 9:51:05 AM President Obama´s weekly remarks Hi everybody. In America, we believe that a lifetime of hard work and responsibility should be rewarded with a shot at a secure, dignified retirement. It’s one of the critical components of middle-class life — and this week, I took new steps to protect it. Six years after the crisis that shook a lot of people’s faith in a secure retirement, our economy is steadily growing. Last year was the best year for job growth since the 1990s. All told, over the past five years, the private sector has added nearly 12 million new jobs. And Check out a VIP Boeing 747-8 Seattle Post-Intelligencer, by Aubrey Cohen earlybird- 2/28/2015 9:35:43 AM Most of us can´t afford to fly first-class, let alone buy our own jet. And even within that exclusive world, it´s a big step up from your standard private jet to a personalized Boeing 747-8. Greenpoint Technologies, of Kirkland, recently fitted out the industry´s first VIP 747-8 for a private, undisclosed client. The 747-8 is the world´s second-largest commercial airliner, after the Airbus A380, with 4,786 square feet of cabin space in the VIP version. This one has another 393 square feet in an "Aeroloft" above the main cabin, between the upper deck and tail. What´s it like inside a VIP 747-8? Why Don´t Liberals Care AboutBlack-on-Black Killing? American Thinker, by Christopher Chantrill Magnante- 2/28/2015 9:09:34 AM The good thing about a book like Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America is that it´s real reportage about murder in the African American ghetto; it´s not just narrative from the usual social justice warriors. And when author Jill Leovy gets to talk about her book on NPR´s Fresh Air in “´Ghettoside´ Explores Why Murder is Invisible in Los Angeles” we get to see what is really going on, despite the author´s knee-jerk liberalism. Author Leovy´s angle is that routine murder in African American ghettos is invisible, in the sense that individual murders don´t get a write-up in the paper.
Walker walks the walk at CPAC Boston Herald, by Tom Shattuck calvincaspian- 2/28/2015 9:05:30 AM “Big Government Sucks.” That’s the slogan of the hordes of young people at the Conservative Political Action Conference. The lesson from this year’s CPAC was that if you wanted to win over this energetic crowd it behooved you to be succinct and rebellious — like that three-word slogan — when taking the stage. Chris Christie used tough talk. Scott Walker used down-home exuberance. Ted Cruz called out every party save for the Tea Party for talking the talk but not walking the walk. And they received tepid passing grades from CPAC’s most energetic demographic.Headline and source corrected by Staff* Jeb Bush Escapes UnscathedFrom the Conservative Den New Yorker, by John Cassidy jackson- 2/28/2015 8:20:43 AM Bush didn’t make any new enemies at the annual CPAC jamboree. Bush didn’t make any new enemies at the annual CPAC jamboree. Friday was the second day of the annual CPAC jamboree, where conservative activists go to cheer members of the Paul family and jeer at Republican politicians whom they regard as insufficiently devoted to the faith. From the start of this year’s meeting, which is being live streamed on conservative Web sites, it has been clear that many of the attendees, and some of the presenters, too, regard Jeb Bush as someone who falls into Netanyahu is coming to Washingtonnext week because Obamaleft him no choice Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Caroline Glick M-79- 2/28/2015 8:10:30 AM It is hard to get your arms around the stubborn determination of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today. For most of the nine years he has served as Israel’s leader, first from 1996 to 1999 and now since 2009, Netanyahu shied away from confrontations or buckled under pressure. He signed deals with the Palestinians he knew the Palestinians would never uphold in the hopes of winning the support of hostile US administrations and a fair shake from the pathologically hateful Israeli media. Report: Russian Opposition PoliticianBoris Nemtsov Killed In Moscow… Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance earlybird- 2/28/2015 7:57:15 AM RUSSIA – Russian news agencies say prominent opposition politician and former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov has been shot dead in Moscow. The Interfax news agency cited a law enforcement source as saying that Nemtsov was shot four times by an unidentified assailant late in the evening on February 27 and died of his injuries. (Snip) Once considered a potential successor to Russia’s first post-Soviet president, Boris Yeltsin, Nemstov became an opposition politician and fierce critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. (link)“I’m scared Putin will kill me” ~ Boris Nemtsov said weeks before murder.
Smidgen Alert – IRS WithheldDocument From Inspector GeneralShowing Existence Of IRS Email Tapes…. Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance earlybird- 2/28/2015 7:50:56 AM Oh, what a tangled web is weaved…. The IRS inspector general, tasked with the internal IRS investigation, reveals to House Oversight Committee that the IRS withheld the documents showing the existence of the back-up tapes which contain internal IRS email communication, thought to contain the missing Lois Lerner emails. Watch Jim Jordan: (Video)All of this, ALL OF THIS, is because the IRS is trying desperately to hide the chain of communication showing the IRS and Senior White House administration officials , specifically Jack Lew, creating a scheme to target political opposition. The evidence so far showcases a chain of communication Former Obama Campaign AideNow Works to Oust Netanyahu New York Times, by Julie Hirschfeld Davis Flyright- 2/28/2015 7:17:45 AM WASHINGTON — Jeremy Bird, the architect of the grass-roots and online organizing efforts that powered President Obama’s presidential campaigns from Chicago, is advising a similar operation in Tel Aviv. But this time it is focused on ousting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. His consulting work for the group V15 — an independent Israeli organization that does not support specific candidates but is campaigning to replace Israel’s current government — has added yet another political layer to the diplomatic mess surrounding Mr. Netanyahu’s decision to address a joint meeting of Congress next week on Why Do Democrats HateAsian-Americans? Because They’reSmart and Successful PJ Media, by Michael Walsh - 2/28/2015 6:43:19 AM This piece appeared in the Los Angeles Times recently, and it deserves a lot more notice from conservatives than it’s received so far. It’s not that it doesn’t tell us things we didn’t already know — it’s that the Left is so blatant about its prejudices, and so determined to tear down any semblance of meritocracy regarding college admissions. And, mostly, it reminds us that Asian-Americans need to recognize who their enemies are: In a windowless classroom at an Arcadia tutoring center, parents crammed into child-sized desks and dug through their pockets and purses for pens as Ann Lee launches
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I Underestimated CarlyFiorina. Here´s How. National Journal, by Josh Kraushaar StormCnter- 2/28/2015 5:29:27 AM I´ve long hesitated to write about Carly Fiorina´s prospective presidential campaign because she seemed like such a long shot in a GOP field filled with accomplished candidates. Her campaign experience consisted of a failed 2010 Senate challenge against Sen. Barbara Boxer, which was well-funded but fell far short of early expectations. She earned acclaim as the first female CEO of Hewlett Packard, but her tumultuous tenure and messy departure deprived her of the positive press that a glass-shattering role normally entails. Since losing the Senate race, she moved to Virginia, served as a vice-chair for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Whose CPAC is it anyway? Legal Insurrection, by Amy Miller MissMolly- 2/28/2015 5:27:18 AM What are we all doing here? Every year, conservatives waste time and energy debating the point of attending CPAC. We have this obsession with debating why we’re all here. Debate? Solidarity? Passing judgment on the presidential prospects? No one really knows. And that’s okay.(Snip) The reality of the situation is that we will never come to a consensus about “what it means to be a conservative.” We will never be able to float, vet, and select a candidate that makes everyone happy. We will never stop disagreeing about which leg of the three-legged stool should or should not be sacrificed The Internet Gone Mad: Stop talkingabout white and gold dress. Now. Fox News, by Jonathan Hunt StormCnter- 2/28/2015 5:22:59 AM I’m color blind. There’s not much good that comes from being color blind. Traffic lights are a challenge. I can never be a pilot. My wife frequently sends me back into the closet to change the frightful mélange of colors in which I’ve adorned myself, and I’m useless as a sounding board for her when she’s shopping (there’s also the fact that she looks stunningly beautiful in any color). But finally I’ve found the silver (or is it blue?) lining to being color blind. The gold/white, black/blue dress debate doesn’t matter to me. To me it’s green, blue, yellow, white, red,
Pentagon Scrubs Major Attack on ISIS Daily Beast, by Nancy A. Youssef StormCnter- 2/28/2015 5:17:02 AM The U.S. military’s goal to retake Iraq’s second largest city from the self-proclaimed Islamic State has been pushed back several months at least, defense officials told The Daily Beast. That’s a major shift for the Pentagon, which recently announced that the first major ground offensive in the war against ISIS could come in the next few weeks. Defense officials once hoped that Iraqi troops could move into Mosul by the Spring and reclaim the city from ISIS. Now, those officials say, Fall is more realistic. And even that date was tenuous. “It is an Iraqi decision but we don’t want to do Obama’s Iran Obsession National Review Online, by David Harsanyi StormCnter- 2/28/2015 5:11:52 AM The Obama administration values a future relationship with Iran more than it values the historic relationship it has with Israel. Unless there’s a reversal in the reported deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran, all the superficial talk about this extraordinary friendship between Israel and the United States isn’t going to mean much. And the histrionics surrounding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned speech in front of a joint session of Congress only confirm that there are plenty of people who are happy about it. First, Americans were supposed to be outraged because Netanyahu engaged in a breach of protocol. Then White House Offers RebuttalBefore Netanyahu’s Speech New York Times, by David E. Sanger & Michael R. Gordon StormCnter- 2/28/2015 5:01:35 AM WASHINGTON — Just four days before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to a joint meeting of Congress, the Obama administration sought on Friday to refute the Israeli leader’s expected critique, arguing that he has failed to present a feasible alternative to American proposals for constraining Iran’s nuclear program. In a briefing for reporters, senior administration officials contended that even an imperfect agreement that kept Iran’s nuclear efforts frozen for an extended period was preferable to a breakdown in talks that could allow the leadership in Tehran unfettered ability to produce enriched uranium and plutonium. “The alternative to not having a deal is Boris Nemtsov’s murder isanother dark sign for Russia Washington Post, by Editorial MissMolly- 2/28/2015 4:55:35 AM BORIS NEMTSOV was a courageous Russian politician who never gave up on the dream that the country could make the transition from dictatorship to liberal democracy. Once an elected governor and a deputy prime minister in the government of Boris Yeltsin, he stubbornly continued to speak out and organize against the regime of Vladimir Putin after other opponents fled the country or lapsed into silence. Most recently, he called on Russians to participate in a protest march Sunday in Moscow. On Friday evening, he was gunned down, gangland-style, on a bridge near the Kremlin — a terrible blow to the
Time for Congress to Gut the FCC American Spectator, by Tom Giovanetti MissMolly- 2/28/2015 4:50:34 AM A couple of weekends ago, when my entire family was down with illness and rain was pouring outside, the Internet was our best friend. What better to do while sick in bed than catch up on all of my Facebook friends’ lives, find new ebooks to download from Amazon.com, catch up on a backlog of movies over Netflix, and tweet until my fingers were tired? And I don’t just mean myself—the whole family was doing all of that, and more. Watching YouTube videos, posting YouTube videos. Between coughs and sneezes. Here’s what’s remarkable: According to the FCC our Internet connection, which The Clinton Conundrum Weekly Standard, by Irwin M. Stelzer StormCnter- 2/28/2015 4:45:23 AM There will come a time when the survivor of the circular firing squad that is commonly known as the Republican primary debates will square off against Hillary Clinton. That survivor will have to grin and bear seeing multiple videos of his Republican opponents attacking him for one thing or another. Meanwhile, Mrs. Clinton will struggle to establish her new grandmotherly image as a caring person who, having arrived from her last stay at the White House in desperate financial condition, empathizes both with the struggling middle class and the Wall Street bankers who feed her campaign kitty, as well as Inside Rosie O´Donnell´sHouse of Horrors National Enquirer, by Staff MissMolly- 2/28/2015 4:42:28 AM ROSIE O’DONNELL wrecked her marriage when she “went nuts” in a Thanksgiving Day tantrum fueled by booze and drugs! In a blockbuster world exclusive, The National ENQUIRER can reveal the untold story of Rosie’s relationship-ending meltdown, which left terrified wife Michelle Rounds locked in a bathroom and fearing for the safety of both herself and their 2-year-old daughter. Multiple sources have confirmed the shocking incident took place last November at Rosie’s home on Casey Key – north of Sarasota, Fla. – with raging Rosie throwing a holiday tantrum in front of Michelle’s visiting relatives! The dinner disaster began when the Bin Laden was al Qaedachief until his killing: docs New York Post, by Selim Algar & Bob Fredericks StormCnter- 2/28/2015 4:38:42 AM Osama bin Laden remained the key al Qaeda decision maker in the time leading up to his killing at his Pakistan hideout, according to newly released documents at the terror trial of Abid Naseer in Brooklyn federal court. The documents were among thousands seized during the US raid on the terror chief’s hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in May 2011 in which he was shot by Navy SEALs. In one, a top al Qaeda figure sought his blessing to allow murderous operative Yunis al Mauritani to move to Iran in June 2010 with a team of terrorists so they could train to launch
Senate Unanimously WelcomesNetanyahu to America Washington Examiner (DC), by Adam Kredo - 2/28/2015 4:37:33 AM The Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution welcoming Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to America and endorsing his speech before a joint session of Congress. Critics of the Obama administration view the unanimous approval as a rebuke to the White House and Democrats, who have vowed to boycott Netanyahu’s address and work to counter his warnings about the dangers of a nuclear Iran. No Senate Democrats sponsored the measure, which attracted 50 Republican cosponsors. However, none attempted to block its passage, signaling that support for Israel and Netanyahu’s message has outweighed a pressure campaign by the Obama administration to sabotage Miami Gardens Police ChiefStephen Johnson fired afterarrest for soliciting a prostitute Miami Herald, by Lance Dixon and Charles Rabin Pageturner- 2/28/2015 4:33:06 AM Miami Gardens Police Chief Stephen Johnson, hired last May to rein in a department reeling from accusations of racial profiling, was fired Friday night after being arrested on a charge of soliciting a prostitute in Dania Beach. Michael Wright, a detective and police department spokesman, said Johnson was arrested at a Dania Beach motel during a sting operation conducted by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. He said Johnson was immediately fired by City Manager Cameron Benson and that Assistant Police Chief Antonio Brooklen would take the helm in the interim. The city released a statement late Friday saying, “We recently learned Chief IRS Employee Looking for LoisLerner Emails Was Blind, Literally! PJ Media, by J. Christian Adams StormCnter- 2/28/2015 4:27:59 AM An IRS employee tasked with trying to restore and obtain emails on Lois Lerner’s IRS computer’s hard drive was legally blind. Stephen Manning, the deputy chief information officer for strategy and modernization at the IRS, submitted an affidavit in the True the Vote vs. IRS litigation regarding the persons and procedures used to attempt to recover Lois Lerner’s hard drive containing emails pertaining to Tea Party targeting. The affidavit can be read here. Paragraph 14 describes the educational background of the person searching for data on Lois Lerner’s hard drive: “According to the Specialist, prior to joining the Internal Revenue Service … For the press, CPAC takes a serious turn Washington Examiner (DC), by T. Becket Adams - 2/28/2015 4:25:35 AM "Subdued," "serious," "hungry" and "deliberative": These are just some of the words members of the press used Friday to describe the overall feeling of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, a three-day gathering of the nation´s leading conservative politicians and activists. "CPAC has definitely changed since, say, 2009," Bloomberg´s Dave Weigel told the Washington Examiner´s media desk. "There´s way less strangeness than there used to be. There are no longer anti-immigrant or anti-gay groups flagrantly walking around, and there´s no fight between the gay groups and CPAC itself or the anti-gay groups." For Weigel and others, there´s a serious and
Sharon Stone sued overevents in Chevron Shakedown Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw StormCnter- 2/28/2015 4:24:16 AM While there’s been a fair bit of Chevron Shakedown coverage already this year, this story has an ironic and interesting twist to it. While Chevron continues to chase down all of the people involved in attempting to pick their pockets, it seems like some of the actors involved with Ecuador and the environmentalists are falling to feeding on each other. And in this case, actors has a literal as well as a figurative meaning. Hollywood star Sharon Stone was scheduled to make a (paid) appearance in Ecuador last year to talk about the environment and generally say how bad Chevron Blogger´s brutal deathfor speaking his mind CNN, by Frida Ghitis Pluperfect- 2/28/2015 4:20:18 AM Our minds still try to resist the idea that someone is willing to kill another human being because of the words that he or she writes. Yet that is exactly what happened to Avijit Roy, an American citizen hacked to death by men brandishing knives and machetes during a trip to his native Bangladesh. Roy and his wife, Rafida Ahmed Bonya, now in critical condition after also being attacked Thursday, were in Bangladesh to attend the national book fair, where Roy was promoting his books advocating tolerance, education and secular humanism. Why was he killed? At the time of writing, the The Chris Christie Comeback Tour Weekly Standard, by Michael Warren Pluperfect- 2/28/2015 4:18:22 AM Moorestown, N.J. A Chris Christie town hall feels a little like a rock concert. In this community recreation center in South Jersey, nearly 500 people are seated on the basketball court or in bleachers, forming a semicircle around the space where the big man will speak on a chilly February afternoon. The speaker system is pumping out Springsteen song after Springsteen song (including, wink wink, “Born to Run”). One of Christie’s staff members confidently takes the microphone, does a final sound check for the 15 TV cameras, and welcomes the audience. “Have any questions for me?” the staffer asks. He pauses Scientists Are Wrong All theTime, and That’s Fantastic Wired, by Marcus Woo Pluperfect- 2/28/2015 4:15:07 AM On February 28, 1998, the eminent medical journal The Lancet published an observational study of 12 children: Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive development disorder in children. It might not sound sexy, but once the media read beyond the title, into the study’s descriptions of how those nasty-sounding symptoms appeared just after the kids got vaccinated, the impact was clear: The measles-mumps-rubella vaccine can cause autism. This was the famous study by Andrew Wakefield, the one that many credit with launching the current hyper-virulent form of anti-vaccination sentiment. Wakefield is maybe the most prominent modern scientist who got it wrong—majorly wrong, Kurdish Fighters Rout ISMilitants From Town Near Iraq Associated Press, by Zeina Karam Pluperfect- 2/28/2015 4:05:50 AM BEIRUT -- Backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, Kurdish fighters fought their way Friday into a northeastern Syrian town that was a key stronghold of Islamic State militants, only days after the group abducted dozens of Christians in the volatile region, Syrian activists and Kurdish officials said. The victory marks a second blow to the extremist IS group in a month, highlighting the growing role of Syria´s Kurds as the most effective fighting force against the Islamic State. In January, Kurdish forces drove IS militants from the town of Kobani near the Turkish border after a months-long fight, dealing a very
Homeland Security FundingFight Shows Limits on GOP Power Associated Press, by Erica Werner Pluperfect- 2/28/2015 4:03:18 AM WASHINGTON -- Two months into full Republican control of Congress, GOP leaders are struggling to demonstrate they´re really in charge. The stunning House defeat Friday of a three-week spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security exposed Speaker John Boehner´s weakness in the face of rebellious conservatives. It also demonstrated anew his need to rely on Democratic help at key moments, as the minority party´s agreement to a one-week spending bill helped the speaker get it over the finish line with only hours to spare before a threatened agency shutdown. President Barack Obama signed the bill shortly before midnight. Senate The Lesson in MSM´s Response to Rudy American Thinker, by Lloyd Marcus steveW- 2/28/2015 3:35:42 AM A week or so ago, the MSM wanted Rudy Giuliani boiled in oil for daring to question Obama´s love for America. They were shocked and outraged. How dare Rudy be so rude to Obama? They ran to Republicans for comments, hoping they would throw Rudy under the bus. As I watched the MSM go nuts over Rudy´s “rudeness”, I thought, give me a break. This man (Obama) just unlawfully took over the internet. Obama refuses to acknowledge the radical Islamic Holy War and slaughter of Christians. ISIS publicly raped a three-year-old girl. Women are forced to divorce their husbands to
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Jordan, Egypt to intensifymilitary cooperation Jordan Times [Amman, Jordan], by Staff LOL Thomas- 2/28/2015 12:58:48 AM AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah on Thursday held talks in Cairo with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi that focused on means to strengthen Jordanian-Egyptian relations and addressed the regional latest developments. [Snip] During the talks, the two sides agreed on intensifying military and security cooperation through forming a joint task force to draw up a framework to confront regional challenges. [Snip] Addressing the developments in Iraq, they stressed the need to support the efforts of the Iraqi government in dealing with the challenges facing it in a manner that boosts the security and the stability of the country. Black pastors urge CBCnot to skip Netanyahu speech Washington Times, by Valerie Richardson Dreadnought- 2/27/2015 11:25:19 PM The message from a dozen prominent black pastors this week to the Congressional Black Caucus was loud and clear: Don’t skip out on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyuhu’s speech. About two dozen House and Senate Democrats, most of them black caucus members, have said they will not attend Mr. Netanyahu’s speech Tuesday before a joint session of Congress, which one pastor described as a “slap in the face to the people of Israel.” “The thing to me that makes no sense is why the Congressional Black Caucus has teamed up with this current administration against Israel,” said Pastor Dexter D. Sanders of the Rock Center Rand Paul at CPAC: ‘Not one pennymore to these haters of America’ Washington Times, by David Sherfinski Dreadnought- 2/27/2015 11:23:26 PM Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said Friday that the United States must protect its interests while promoting stability abroad and called for an end of foreign aid to “haters of America.” “We must protect ourselves from jihadists without losing who we are as a people in the process,” he said at the Conservative Political Action Conference just outside of Washington, D.C. “We must think before we act. We should promote stability — not chaos.” As Mr. Paul does frequently, he knocked “Hillary’s War” in Libya, a reference to former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Rodham Clinton, and
GOP hopefuls run the gantletat conservative conference Washington Post, by Ed O´Keefe Dreadnought- 2/27/2015 11:20:10 PM South of the Beltway, at the massive National Harbor hotel and convention center on the east bank of the Potomac, thousands of conservatives have spent the past few days putting Republican presidential candidates-in-waiting through an endurance test. On Friday, the gantlet was run by a half-dozen hopefuls representing the spectrum of the GOP, from insurgents such as Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to establishment favorites such as former Florida governor Jeb Bush — all of whom aimed to burnish their credentials with foot soldiers in the conservative movement. Paul, long a favorite at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, fired up Justice Department ramps upscrutiny of candidatesand independent groups Washington Post, by Matea Gold and Colby Itkowitz Dreadnought- 2/27/2015 11:16:44 PM The Justice Department is stepping up scrutiny of the increasingly cozy ties between candidates and their outside allies, a move that could jolt the freewheeling campaign-finance atmosphere ahead of the 2016 elections. A rare conviction of a Virginia campaign operative this month is part of a broader focus on cases in which candidates may be violating a federal ban on sharing strategic information with well-funded independent allies, Justice officials said. “The opportunity to commit the crime has increased dramatically,” said Justice spokesman Peter Carr. “Illegal coordination is difficult to detect, which is why we strongly encourage party or campaign insiders Are Washington Republicans Incompetent? Power Line, by John Hinderaker Dreadnought- 2/27/2015 11:10:24 PM It is almost unbelievable how badly Congressional Republicans have botched their opposition to President Obama’s illegal executive amnesty and the funding of the Department of Homeland Security. The House, under John Boehner’s direction, did the right thing: it passed a bill that fully funded DHS, but barred spending to implement the amnesty that has now been declared illegal by a federal court. The action then moved to the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tried repeatedly to bring the House measure to the floor for a vote. Four times, the Democrats filibustered the DHS funding bill. As a result of Obama Taking His Family to Selma;Remembers Trayvon Martin at WH Event Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones - 2/27/2015 10:46:45 PM "Next week, Michelle and I and the girls will be traveling to Selma to pay tribute, not just as a president or a first lady or as African Americans, but as Americans -- to those who changed the course of history at the Edmund Pettus Bridge," President Obama told a gathering at the White House on Thursday. Obama mentioned the "legends and giants of the civil rights movement" as well as "the countless American heroes" who aren´t named in the history books, all of whom marched and sang and organized "to change this country for the better." He also thanked Trayvon
Walker-Bashing Media IgnoresBill Maher QuestioningBushes´ Religious Choice Newsbusters, by Tim Graham - 2/27/2015 10:36:53 PM While the liberal media insisted it was politically poisonous for Scott Walker to answer "I don´t know" if President Obama is a Christian, it´s never unacceptable to suggest Jeb and George W. Bush chose their brand of Christianity for political reasons. That´s exactly what HBO star Bill Maher did in a blog post titled "Jeb Bush: Convenient Catholic?" Recall that Maher donated $1 million to Barack Obama´s re-election and no one in the press has located a reason why Obama should be asked to distance himself from anything Maher has said, so why start now? That would only make them Walker, Rubio Shine National Review, by Rich Lowry Dreadnought- 2/27/2015 10:32:59 PM Here are some impressions from the candidate speeches during the first two days of CPAC, in no particular order: Carly Fiorina: She followed up on her strong Iowa performance with another really good, tough speech. She is an adept public speaker and is obviously auditioning for the role of anti-Hillary attack dog. Scott Walker: It was a barnburner of a speech. He lit up the crowd and handled a heckler adroitly. His record in Wisconsin is a roll call of achievements to thrill conservatives. A few weeks ago, I thought there were three questions about Walker: Would he be up Treasury IG: IRS Never Askedfor Backup Tapes of Agency Emails Breitbart Big Government, by John Sexton - 2/27/2015 10:22:55 PM During congressional testimony Thursday, the Treasury Deputy Inspector General Timothy Camus suggested the IRS did not do all it could have to recover Lois Lerner’s missing emails. Camus told Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) that while investigating, his team realized the IRS had failed to turn over one relevant document. The IG demanded and got the document in question, which subsequently led to the discovery of an additional 424 backup tapes they had not previously been aware existed at a government data center. When Camus and his team traveled to West Virginia where the tapes were kept, he discovered something else. Congress tries 1-week bill tokeep Homeland Security open Associated Press, by David Espo & Erica Werner - 2/27/2015 10:08:38 PM WASHINGTON— Congress struggled late into the night Friday to avoid a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department, as leaders in both political parties worked to outmaneuver House conservatives furious that the legislation left President Barack Obama´s immigration policy intact. "You have made a mess," House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said at one point to Republicans, as recriminations filled the House chamber and a midnight deadline neared for a partial agency shutdown. Even some Republicans readily agreed. "There are terrorist attacks all over world and we´re talking about closing down Homeland Security. This is like living in world of crazy
When Jill Abramson made headlines last May, she had just been fired and replaced as executive editor of The New York Times after less than three years at the paper’s helm. Nine months later, Simon & Schuster says it will be publishing Abramson’s next book, which explores the future of news and the media. “I’ve been a front-line combatant in the news media’s battle to remain the bedrock of an informed society,” Abramson is quoted as saying in Simon & Schuster’s Thursday press release announcing the deal. “Now I’m going to wear my reporter’s hat again to tell the full drama of that story in a book,