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Thursday, April 24, 2014



Dogton Abbey

House Cats of
Hudson County

Probe: DHS watchdog cozy with officials,
altered reports as he sought top job

Why are we not feeling the excitement?
2.7 Million ObamaCare Enrollees
Still Unaccounted For

Running the numbers and coming up startlingly short.
A fatal wait: Veterans languish and
die on a VA hospital´s secret list

Veterans Affairs managers in Phoenix who were trying
to hide that 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans were
forced to wait months to see a doctor.
Obama’s foreign policy — even worse than his domestic policy
A trip in which Biden thanked his hosts
".... for making me feel relevant again.”
Barack Obama, the adolescent president
Obie gets no fries with one stinkburger.
CRS report: The administration has missed
44 of its own ObamaCare deadlines

Highlight(ing) the practically unknowable degree to
which Obama’s crowning legislative achievement is
expanding our bureaucracy
Michelle Obama: Average American
doesn´t ´know much about the military´

Please, dear Lord. Make it stop.
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The art of the pin-up: The real women
behind those famous Fifties cheesecake
paintings revealed for the first time
Daily Mail [UK], by Deni Kirkova    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 4/24/2014 11:33:16 PM     Post Reply
Anyone who´s familiar with pin up paintings will know the caricature-esque works of Gil Elvgren. His fantastical cheesecake pictures feature curvy 1950s women revealing their stockings - and sometimes a bit more - in a series of eyebrow-raising situations. And now it has been revealed that the late American painter´s works were not just a figment of his imagination, but based on photographs of real women. A side-by-side collection of the paintings and the models who inspired them seen on Nerve.com reveals the similarities, but also where Gil exaggerated features best to comic effect. The artist´s painted ladies feature

Oregon poised to abandon its
failed ObamaCare exchange
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Elise Viebeck    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/24/2014 10:29:59 PM     Post Reply
Oregon is set to become the first state to drop its ObamaCare exchange and transition into the system managed by the federal government. The decision follows months of severe technical issues that have made Oregon´s marketplace one of the worst in the country. About $130 million has been spent on Cover Oregon, but it is the only ObamaCare enrollment system that won´t let registrants buy coverage and qualify for tax credits in one sitting. It had not enrolled a single person online as of early March, and remains mired in glitches almost seven months after a rocky launch. Alex Pettit,

Low-level federal judges
balking at law enforcement
requests for electronic evidence
Washington Post, by Ann E. Marimow and Craig Timberg    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/24/2014 10:28:32 PM     Post Reply
Judges at the lowest levels of the federal judiciary are balking at sweeping requests by law enforcement officials for cellphone and other sensitive personal data, declaring the demands overly broad and at odds with basic constitutional rights. This rising assertiveness by magistrate judges — the worker bees of the federal court system — has produced rulings that elate civil libertarians and frustrate investigators, forcing them to meet or challenge tighter rules for collecting electronic evidence. Among the most aggressive opinions have come from D.C. Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola, a bow-tied court veteran who in recent months has



Finally getting it right
on affirmative action
Washington Post, by Charles Krauthammer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/24/2014 10:24:17 PM     Post Reply
Every once in a while a great, conflicted country gets an insoluble problem exactly right. Such is the Supreme Court’s ruling this week on affirmative action. It upheld a Michigan referendum prohibiting the state from discriminating either for or against any citizen on the basis of race. The Schuette ruling is highly significant for two reasons: its lopsided majority of 6 to 2, including a crucial concurrence from liberal Justice Stephen Breyer, and, even more important, Breyer’s rationale. It couldn’t be simpler. “The Constitution foresees the ballot box, not the courts, as the normal instrument for resolving differences and debates

Pardon attorney steps down as part
of drug-offender clemency push
Yahoo News, by Liz Goodwin    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/24/2014 10:16:32 PM     Post Reply
Controversial Pardon Attorney Ronald Rodgers is stepping down from his post and will be replaced by a former journalist and nonprofit executive as part of a sweeping overhaul of the federal clemency process. Deborah Leff, whose previous post at the Justice Department involved increasing access to lawyers for poor defendants, will take over from Rodgers to shepherd through the thousands of new clemency petitions from nonviolent federal inmates hoping to receive a commutation under the new program. The change in leadership represents a new era for the pardon process, as the president prepares to shift from granting the fewest

Abandoned America: Photographer
obsessed with horror-themed video games
ventures inside the country´s abandoned
buildings to capture these eerie images
of deserted homes and factories
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/24/2014 10:10:17 PM     Post Reply
This is the forgotten landscape of post-GFC America. A time when it was cheaper to abandon old factories than attempt to sell them, and where suburb-sized buildings sit forgotten and desolate. An intrepid explorer began visiting these eerie haunts after becoming obsessed with a terrifying computer game. Jonny Joo, 23 visits the derelict malls, stations and towers because they remind him of Silent Hill - a psychological horror game which was made into a film. It inspired him so much that he is now about to release his first book titled Empty Spaces which will feature 116 images. The professional

Freedom to Marry, Freedom to
Dissent: Why We Must Have Both
Real Clear Politics, by A Public Statement    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/24/2014 10:01:04 PM     Post Reply
The last few years have brought an astonishing moral and political transformation in the American debate over same-sex marriage and gay equality. This has been a triumph not only for LGBT Americans but for the American idea. But the breakthrough has brought with it rapidly rising expectations among some supporters of gay marriage that the debate should now be over. As one advocate recently put it, “It would be enough for me if those people who are so ignorant or intransigent as to still be anti-gay in 2014 would simply shut up.” The signatories of this statement are grateful to



Putin calls the Internet a ‘CIA project’
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/24/2014 9:45:17 PM     Post Reply
MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called the Internet a CIA project and made comments about Russia’s biggest search engine Yandex, sending the company’s shares plummeting. The Kremlin has been anxious to exert greater control over the Internet, which opposition activists — barred from national television — have used to promote their ideas and organize protests. Russia’s parliament this week passed a law requiring social media websites to keep their servers in Russia and save all information about their users for at least half a year. Also, businessmen close to Putin now control Russia’s leading social media network, VKontakte.

Will IRS Revoke Media Matters Tax-
Exempt Status? Chairman Brock is
‘Democratic Political Activist’
Gateway Pundit, by Kristinn Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/24/2014 9:42:35 PM     Post Reply
The IRS is demonstrating vigor in enforcing the rules for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations against influencing elections with its recent revocation of the tax-exempt status of the conservative Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty for anti-Hillary Clinton and John Kerry articles posted to the group’s Web site. Perhaps the non-partisan Internal Revenue Service will balance the scales of justice by revoking the tax-exempt status of the Democratic Party front group Media Matters for America.

Chicago Public Schools Now
Phoning Home to Make Sure Kids
Are Signed Up for Welfare
Independent Journal Review, by Emily Hulsey    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/24/2014 9:30:38 PM     Post Reply
Last week, parents of children enrolled in Chicago Public Schools received a recorded phone message encouraging them to sign up for low-cost health insurance and food stamps: “Currently there are 68,000 children in the Chicago Public Schools that are not enrolled in free or low-cost health insurance and SNAP also knows as food stamps,” the recording, obtained by The Daily Caller, says. *“Your child may be one of them. To find out more about your eligibility call the Children and Family Benefits Unit at 773-553-KIDS.” *The Chicago Public Schools website explains the Children and Family Benefits Unit (CFBU) “works to

CA State Senators Undergo Ethics Training
Breitbart California, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/24/2014 9:26:43 PM     Post Reply
The California Senate decided to take time out from its normal working routine and conduct a long-needed review of what constitutes ethical behavior. Two state senators have been charged with crimes by the FBI and another has been convicted of perjury. Scott Raecker, CEO of the Josephson Institute of Ethics conducted the meeting, aided by attorneys Lance Olson, Charles H. Bell, Sr. and John Panneton. Senate leader Darrell Steinberg said: While there is no ethics class, as I´ve said many times, that teaches the dangers of gun running or taking money in envelope, that´s not really what this session was



Oregon County Orders Incinerator:
Stop Using Aborted Babies to Generate Power
Breitbart Big Government, by Dr. Susan Berry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/24/2014 9:21:02 PM     Post Reply
Marion County, Oregon commissioners approved an order Thursday to stop an incinerator from using aborted babies to generate power. The order states that the incinerator must stop accepting medical waste until procedures are in place to ensure aborted babies are not among the substances burned to produce electricity. As Breitbart News’ Warner Todd Huston reported earlier on Thursday, authorities in Victoria, British Columbia revealed that the remains of aborted babies are disposed of in the United States and sent to a facility that burns waste to provide electric power for Oregon residents. According to the Associated Press, pro-life Marion County

Tom Steyer´s Glass House
Wall Street Journal, by Kimberley A. Strassel    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/24/2014 8:47:43 PM     Post Reply
The psychiatric world defines "projection" as the act of denying unpleasant qualities in yourself, while attributing them to others. Consider liberal billionaire Tom Steyer´s riff this week about the libertarian billionaire Koch brothers. Mr. Steyer took exception in a C-SPAN interview to comparisons between his big-dollar funding of Democrats with the Koch brothers´ big-dollar funding of Republicans. The Kochs´ priorities "line up perfectly with their pocketbooks—and that´s not true for us," said Mr. Steyer, who is fighting against the Keystone XL pipeline. Moreover, he insisted, his politicking is "completely open," whereas the Kochs have "not been huge embracers of transparency." Why is

The Decline of Tornado Devastation
Wall Street Journal, by Roger Pielke    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/24/2014 8:44:15 PM     Post Reply
So far in 2014, the United States has experienced fewer tornadoes than in any year since record-keeping began in 1953, or even before. Greg Carbin, a meteorologist with the Storm Prediction Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has called this "likely the slowest start to tornado activity in any year in modern record, and possibly nearly a century." But just because tornado activity has declined doesn´t mean that we can let down our guard, as potentially large impacts are always a threat. Overall, however, the good news for residents of the Midwest´s "Tornado Alley" and elsewhere is that

Senators Denounce Obama for
Threatening ´Entire Constitutional
System´ By ´Nullifying´ Immigration Laws
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/24/2014 8:41:19 PM     Post Reply
On Thursday, 22 Republican senators, including even Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), denounced President Barack Obama in a scathing letter for threatening America´s "entire constitutional system" with his immigration "enforcement review" that threatens to "nullify" the nation´s immigration laws. "Your actions demonstrate an astonishing disregard for the Constitution, the rule of law, and the rights of American citizens and legal residents," the senators wrote in a letter to Obama. "Our entire constitutional system is threatened when the Executive Branch suspends the law at its whim and our nation’s



Obama administration may unveil
new deportation policy in two stages
Reuters, by Edwards and Richard Cowan    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/24/2014 8:38:42 PM     Post Reply
The White House is considering small steps in the near term to ease the threat of deportation for some undocumented immigrants, but advocates in communication with the administration expect President Barack Obama to make bigger changes later in the year. With legislation to reform U.S. immigration policy stalled in Congress, Obama has come under increasing pressure from the immigrant community to take executive action to curb the rate of deportation that has reached a record level under his presidency. In the coming weeks, an Obama-ordered review of deportation enforcement at the Department of Homeland Security is expected to conclude that certain steps

Boehner mocks GOP colleagues
on immigration reform
Cincinnati Enquirer, by Sheila McLaughlin    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/24/2014 8:28:54 PM     Post Reply
MADISON TOWNSHIP House Speaker John Boehner theatrically mocked his fellow Republican Congressmen for being afraid to reform immigration policy when he spoke Thursday before the Middletown Rotary Club in his home district. "Here´s the attitude. Ohhhh. Don´t make me do this. Ohhhh. This is too hard," Boehner whined before a luncheon crowd at Brown´s Run County Club in Madison Township. "We get elected to make choices. We get elected to solve problems and it´s remarkable to me how many of my colleagues just don´t want to ... They´ll take the path of least resistance." Boehner said he´s been working for 16 or 17

Obama’s Staggering Record of Failure
Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehner    Original Article
Posted By: Piercentire- 4/24/2014 8:07:18 PM     Post Reply
In advance of President Obama’s four-nation Asian tour this week, the Washington Post published an article saying this: President Obama’s bid to focus U.S. attention on Asia has failed to meet the lofty expectations he set three years ago in a grand pronouncement that the new emphasis would become a pillar of his foreign policy. [Snip] By now, nearly five and a half years into the Obama presidency, objective people can draw reasonable conclusions, among which are these: Barack Obama was among the least prepared men to ever serve as presidency. It shows. He has been overmatched by events right from the start.

Tony Blair Gets It.
If Only the Current Batch
of World Leaders Did Too
Breitbart London [UK], by James Delingpole    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/24/2014 7:32:32 PM     Post Reply
To those many of us in Britain who loathe Tony Blair and the disastrous legacy of his horribly misconceived "Third Way", it always comes as a bit of a shock to hear our cringe-inducing ex-Prime Minister stand up on the international stage and say something truly worthwhile. [Snip] Here´s one of the passages which shows that Blair totally (or--as we´ll see in a moment--almost but not quite totally) gets it. It´s on the subject of all those voices in the media and politics who find a way of excusing the worst excesses of Islamism. "However for the purposes of this

The Next Massive Bailout: Student Loans
Time Magazine, by Dan Kadlec    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 4/24/2014 7:09:31 PM     Post Reply
A few years ago, I began interviewing adults at least 10 years out of college and who had never managed to pay off their student debt. Some were past the age of 50 and headed slowly but surely for personal bankruptcy. Sadly, their stories were as common as they were upsetting. Not much has changed. Outstanding student loans continue to balloon, and they now total $1.2 trillion nationally, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Among students graduating in 2012, 71% had student loans averaging $29,400, according to a report from the Project on Student Debt. So while today’s grads


Netanyahu: Mideast peace talks
‘essentially buried’ if Hamas-
Fatah deal stands
Fox News & Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/24/2014 6:50:25 PM     Post Reply
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared Thursday that a new agreement between rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah is "killing peace," even as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry voiced hope that talks could be salvaged. The Israeli leader spoke with Fox News shortly after the Israeli government cut off Mideast peace talks. The Israelis halted negotiations over the announcement that terror group Hamas and Fatah would seek reconciliation. In an interview with Fox News´ Bret Baier, Netanyahu stated that peace talks are "essentially buried" if Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas forges ahead with the agreement.

Ted Cruz: GOP Will
Win the Senate
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/24/2014 6:45:00 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) believes if the midterms elections were held today, Republicans would win control of the Senate. “I believe right now that we are on a path to do that, I think we’re going to win control of the Senate and we’re going to retire Harry Reid as Majority Leader,” Cruz said during an interview with Oklahoma radio host Pat Campbell, ahead of a planned rally in support of Republican Senate Candidate T.W. Shannon. Cruz reminded conservatives that they should be focused on winning control of the Senate. “I think if the election happens right now we would take control of

Arizona VA boss accused of
covering up veterans´ deaths
linked to previous scandal
Fox News, by Cristina Corbin    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/24/2014 6:44:25 PM     Post Reply
A Veterans Affairs official accused of keeping double books to hide the fact that dozens of veterans died awaiting care previously ran a Washington state VA facility that allegedly fudged suicide numbers, FoxNews.com has learned. Sharon Helman, director of the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, is accused with other management officials of keeping a fake waiting list that made it appear sick veterans were being treated in a timely manner -- while hiding the real list that showed up to 1,600 sick veterans were waiting months to see a physician. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., chairman of the House Committee on

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