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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

 





  

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Police Unit That Spied on Muslims Is Disbanded
Feel safer now?
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Progressive Insurance
"It's not what is said, it is who says it."
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Megyn Kelly and the Sandberg Head Shaker
What is the quintessentially modern woman doing
fawning over dated and dusty 70s feminism?
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Unsettling video shows large al Qaeda meeting in Yemen
The most unsettling part is that the CIA
didn't seem to be aware of this.
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Jay Carney: No timetable for releasing
information about Obamacare sign-ups

Of course not. White House has proven
no one will complain.
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Biden Tells Boston Bombing Survivors,
´It Was Worth It´ (Video)

Can this man be stopped?
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Casual marijuana use linked with
brain abnormalities, study finds

Anyone who spends any time around potheads can
tell this without an expensive survey.
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Obama’s Whistling Lap Dog
"Even inside the White House, Holder
is considered too political."
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Unfinished Business Complicates
Clinton’s Diplomatic Legacy
New York Times, by Mark Landler & Amy Chozik    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/16/2014 3:10:25 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — It was a simple question to someone accustomed to much tougher ones: What was her proudest achievement as secretary of state? But for a moment, Hillary Rodham Clinton, appearing recently before a friendly audience at a women’s forum in Manhattan, seemed flustered. Mrs. Clinton played an energetic role in virtually every foreign policy issue of President Obama’s first term, advocating generally hawkish views internally while using her celebrity to try to restore America’s global standing after the hit it took during the George W. Bush administration. But her halting answer suggests a problem that Mrs. Clinton could confront as she

An orange-black ribbon holds
a clue to eastern Ukraine´s chaos
Christian Science Monitor, by Anna Kordunsky    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/16/2014 3:02:43 PM     Post Reply
As pro-Russia protests spread in eastern Ukraine, a strip of striped orange-and-black fabric has become as ubiquitous as the armed men in unmarked military fatigues. Its name is the Ribbon of Saint George. Imbued with history, it’s a powerful symbol in the ongoing information battle over Ukraine. For Russians it´s a mark of allegiance to the state – both the fearsome, expansionist Russian state of old and its modern successor under President Vladimir Putin. When pro-Russia rallies took place last December, seeking to rival the Maidan demonstrations in Kiev, very few ribbons were seen.

UNICEF launches ‘Mr. Poo’ mascot
in India to curb public defecation
Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/16/2014 2:51:20 PM     Post Reply
UNICEF’s new campaign, “Poo2Loo,” targets India’s public defecation problem with a series of music videos, pranks and advertisements featuring a giant feces mascot. According to the campaign, 620 million Indians are defecating in public every day. “That’s half the population dumping over 65 million kilos of poo out there every day. If this poo continues to be let loose on us, there will be no escaping the stench of life threatening infections, diseases and epidemics,” the Poo2Loo website says, while asking visitors to sign a pledge to ending public defecation. YouTube videos for the campaign feature giant, walking, talking, dancing,

  


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Dee Dee Myers named head of Warner
Bros. corporate communicationns
Los Angeles Times, by Daniel Miller    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/16/2014 2:22:15 PM     Post Reply
Former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers has been named head of Warner Bros. corporate communications, replacing longtime studio executive Sue Fleishman. Myers, who served as White House press secretary during President Clinton´s first term, will begin work at Burbank-based Warner Bros. on Sept. 2. Fleishman, who had worked at Warner Bros. for nine years, stepped down from her post this week. She oversaw communications for Warner Bros. during a two-year corporate succession race that ended in January 2013 with the announcement that Kevin Tsujihara would succeed Barry Meyer as chief executive and

Rizzo gets 12 years in prison,
marking end to scandal that rocked Bell
Los Angeles Times, by Corina Knoll & Jeff Gottlieb    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/16/2014 2:12:30 PM     Post Reply
Robert Rizzo, the city administrator who oversaw an era of corruption and graft in one of Los Angeles County’s poorest cities, was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in state prison. Rizzo stared straight ahead, his palms pressed against the defense table as the sentence was read. “Mr. Rizzo, you did some very, very bad things for a very long time,” Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy told the former Bell city administrator. The judge said Rizzo transformed himself into a “godfather of sorts” in Bell, an all-powerful ruler who plundered the city’s treasury to pay lavish salaries and dole out loans to fellow employees.

Iran considers ban on vasectomies
in drive to boost birthrate
Guardian [UK], by Saeed Kamali Dehghan    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/16/2014 1:51:54 PM     Post Reply
Iran´s parliament is seeking a ban on vasectomies and a tightening of abortion rules as the country moves away from its progressive laws on family planning in an attempt to increase the birthrate. Two decades after Iran initiated an effective birth control programme, including subsidised male sterilisation surgeries and free condom distribution, the country is to make a U-turn. Last year the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, criticised existing policy on contraception, describing it as an imitation of western lifestyle. The 74-year-old has urged the government to tackle what he believes to be an ageing population and to double the

Obama administration gives Detroit
$100 million for ´blight removal´
American Thinker, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/16/2014 1:36:54 PM     Post Reply
The cash infusion by the federal government is actually going to help the city pay pensions, even though they´re playing a kind of shell game with the money. As for "blight removal," perhaps they could start with city hall. Reuters: Michigan officials and President Barack Obama´s Administration are discussing a plan to free up $100 million in federal money to aid Detroit´s retired city workers, the Detroit Free Press reported on Tuesday. Citing two people familiar with the talks, the newspaper said the talks were centered around federal money flowing to Michigan for blight removal. Under the plan, $100 million

  


  

Climate change causing fish to
lose their minds, researchers say
Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/16/2014 1:35:05 PM     Post Reply
Climate change’s latest casualty appears to be fish — or more specifically, fish brains — as researchers say the carbon dioxide that’s being absorbed into the ocean is causing the scaly creatures to lose their survival instincts. In other words, the fish are losing their minds, The Daily Mail reported. The acid from atmospheric carbon dioxide seeps into sea waters, dissolves and ultimately lowers the pH balance, researchers said. The acidic waters then hamper the fishes’ sensory systems, so they’re not able to distinguish between smells any longer, the scientists went on. When the acid levels get really high, the fish lose their

Dog Gets Summoned for
Jury Duty In New Jersey
Time Magazine, by Samantha Grossman    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/16/2014 1:26:01 PM     Post Reply
It’s always a hassle getting called for jury duty. This is something all of us can agree on. Now, there’s a dog out there who can also agree on this, because she too got called in to fulfill her civic duty. Yes, really. Last week, New Jersey’s Cumberland County sent a jury summons to resident IV Griner. But IV Griner is not a person. She’s a German Shepherd. Her owner, Barrett Griner, tells CBS Philly that he figured out the mishap quickly, but it was still pretty funny. His full name is Barrett Griner IV, so a computer likely mistook the roman numerals for his first name before the summons was mailed out.

Jeb Bush’s wife, family
issues key to 2016
Politico, by Katie Glueck    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 4/16/2014 1:22:07 PM     Post Reply
If Jeb Bush decides to run for president, he’ll have to defend his family’s controversial political name. But more immediate family concerns might keep him from running at all.Republican donors and operatives are chattering about Bush’s publicity-shy wife, so worried she isn’t on board with a 2016 White House run that they’re urging people in the family’s orbit to make the case. Columba Bush has long been deeply averse to the spotlight, especially after an embarrassing encounter with U.S. Customs while her husband was still in office.

Erasing the race card
Washington Post, by Kathleen Parker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/16/2014 1:17:59 PM     Post Reply
One approaches the race fray with trepidation, but here we go, tippy-toe. The race cards have been flying so fast and furious lately, one can hardly tell the kings from the queens. Leading the weird lately has been Democratic Alabama state Rep. Alvin Holmes, who called Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina “Uncle Toms.” Holmes, who also has said that it’s fine by him if men want to marry mules and, while we’re exorcising demons, that white people are only pro-life until their daughter gets pregnant by a black man. When Mark Childress wrote

  


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Romney Plugs Establishment
Candidate in Key GOP Primary
Time, by Alex Altman    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 4/16/2014 1:12:47 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has launched an unprecedented effort to defend vulnerable pro-business incumbents in Republican primaries this year, is enlisting a big gun to boost its favored candidate in Idaho. In a new Chamber ad, former presidential nominee Mitt Romney touts his support of Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson, an establishment Republican facing a difficult May 20 primary. Romney endorsed Simpson last year, but this is his first foray into television ads in the 2014 cycle. “You can take it from me,” Romney says in the spot. “The conservative choice for Congress is Mike Simpson.”

Obama administration planning fixes
to immigration law in coming weeks
Washington Free Beacon [DC], by Susan Ferrechio    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/16/2014 1:09:30 PM     Post Reply
House Democrats, who are stepping up the pressure on Republicans to take up comprehensive immigration reform legislation, said Tuesday the Obama administration is getting ready to take executive action on the matter very soon. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson earlier this month told House Democrats he´ll take action in the next few weeks on “fixes” to immigration law, most likely dealing with deportation. “He gave us a time frame, and there are some fixes that are going to be coming sooner, which is in the next few weeks. And then there are some broader policy changes that will be coming

Enjoying a free lunch? No such
thing says IRS as agency
considers taxing employee
perks doled out by companies
Daily Mail [UK], by Joshua Gardner    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/16/2014 1:05:29 PM     Post Reply
The Internal Revenue Service is considering a bold move to label perks like free lunch given to workers by companies as taxable. The agency wonders if freebies like haircuts and gym memberships are a way to compensate the highly skilled rather than just a way to jumpstart productivity. After all, argue proponents of such a tax, workers at Silicon Valley firms like Google and Facebook receive free meals from famously fancy in-house eateries every day. Some companies even go a step further by offering freebies like haircuts, car services, and child care. Typical workaday folks can expect to pay for all

Eric Holder wants $15M to
train against active shooters
USA Today, by Kevin Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/16/2014 12:55:06 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — In wake of two mass shootings this month, Attorney General Eric Holder urged Congress Tuesday to authorize $15 million for training state and local law enforcement officers to confront so-called active shooters. "In the face of this urgent and growing threat – when the lives of innocent people are at stake – those who stand on the front lines need our full and unwavering support," Holder said in a video message posted on the Justice Department´s website. "This critical funding would help the Justice Department ensure that America´s police officers have the tools and guidance they need to

  


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Ed Gillespie´s Dark Secret
Politico, by Ben Pershing    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 4/16/2014 12:40:57 PM     Post Reply
Virginians: Before you go to the polls in November to elect a U.S. senator, there is a very real and terrifying fact you simply must know about Ed Gillespie. No, it’s not that he’s a former lobbyist (though he is). Or that he worked in George W. Bush’s White House (he did), ran the Republican National Committee (that too) and has said he was “torn” between rooting for the Redskins and the Eagles (shudder). It’s far more sinister than that. He’s from New Jersey. Sure, Gillespie has lived for more than two decades in Virginia’s Fairfax County, where he’s raised a family, gone

Meet Mr Poo - India´s anti-public
defecation mascot from Unicef
Independent [UK], by Rob Williams    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 4/16/2014 12:37:49 PM     Post Reply
Meet Mr Poo: The lumpy, brown anthropomorphised faeces that is the face of Unicef´s latest public health campaign in India. Accompanied by an insanely catchy techno-Bollywood-style anthem, Mr Poo features in a very silly and surreal new video aimed at raising awareness of the health dangers associated with public defecation in India. Though the video is light-hearted; the issue is a serious one. Globally, India has the largest number of people, more than 620 million, still defecating in the open. Only about half the population of the country use toilets. According to the Poo2Loo campaign, which is supported

Ed Balls investigated by police
over ‘fail to stop’ crash
Telegraph [UK], by Hayley Dixon    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 4/16/2014 12:24:12 PM     Post Reply
Ed Balls, the shadow chancellor, is being investigated by police after he crashed into a parked car and then drove off without informing the owner. The Labour MP for Morley and Outwood has admitted that he found himself in a “tight spot” and realised that he knocked the Peugeot 306 whilst making a seven point turn in his Ford Mondeo estate, but says he left the scene thinking he had not caused any damage. (Snip) It is the fourth time the Labour frontbencher, who once described his beloved 1.8 litre family car as the most expensive thing he has ever

Income Inequality Institute Will Pay
Paul Krugman $25,000 Per Month
Gawker.com, by J.K. Trotter    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/16/2014 12:22:45 PM     Post Reply
In late February, the City University of New York announced that it had tapped Princeton economist and New York Times blogger Paul Krugman for a distinguished professorship at CUNY’s Graduate Center and its Luxembourg Income Study Center, a research arm devoted to studying income patterns and their effect on inequality. About that. According to a formal offer letter obtained under New York’s Freedom of Information Law, CUNY intends to pay Krugman $225,000, or $25,000 per month (over two semesters), to “play a modest role in our public events” and “contribute to the build-up” of a new “inequality initiative.” It is not

NYC Mayor De Blasio Pays
8.3% Effective Tax Rate
Breitbart Instablog, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/16/2014 12:18:17 PM     Post Reply
As predictable as the media silence to follow comes the news that New York City´s new left-wing mayor, who ran on a platform based in large part on raising taxes, paid an effective 8.3% tax rate in 2013 based on a total income of over $200,000. Mayor de Blasio and his wife made $167,047 in income, $52,000 in rental income on a second home in Park Slope, and reported charitable donations that totaled just 3% of their income, or $5,597.

  



Who’s Attending Eric Holder’s Off The
Record Meeting With The Media?
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/16/2014 12:07:33 PM     Post Reply
Attorney General Eric Holder‘s planned meeting with mainstream media outlets’ Washington bureau chiefs have been stalled after the Justice Department indicated that the conversations would be off-the-record. The New York Times‘ executive editor Jill Abramson was the first to decline the invitation, and shortly after the AP, CNN, CBS News and The Huffington Post followed suit. With much of the debate over the DOJ’s subpoena guidelines revolving around reporter James Rosen, Fox News clearly has a vested interest in the outcome of the meeting. While there appears to be a mini-campaign among Fox anchors to send Rosen himself to the meeting

Norfolk man restoring Johnny
Carson´s childhood home
World-Herald (Omaha NE), by Sheryl Schmeckpeper    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/16/2014 12:00:09 PM     Post Reply
It’s been a long time since Johnny Carson slept in the tiny upstairs room in the modest little house at 306 S. 13th St. in Norfolk. Carson was born in Iowa and moved to Norfolk with his family in the 1930s. They lived in at least one other house in Norfolk before moving into to the white, wood-frame structure on 13th Street. Built in the 1920s, the house featured a small kitchen, dining room and living room on the main floor, while the second floor contained a bathroom, several bedrooms and an enclosed porch. With concrete walls and floor, the

86M Full-Time Private-Sector Workers
Sustain 148M Benefit Takers
Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/16/2014 11:52:42 AM     Post Reply
Buried deep on the website of the U.S. Census Bureau is a number every American citizen, and especially those entrusted with public office, should know. It is 86,429,000. That is the number of Americans who in 2012 got up every morning and went to work — in the private sector — and did it week after week after week. These are the people who built America, and these are the people who can sustain it as a free country. The liberal media has not made them famous like the polar bear, but they are truly a threatened species. It is

Pistorius Trial to Adjourn
After Hearings Until May 5
New York Times, by Alan Cowell    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/16/2014 11:50:28 AM     Post Reply
Pretoria, South Africa — The judge in the trial of Oscar Pistorius, the disabled track star accused of murdering his girlfriend, said on Wednesday that proceedings would be postponed after hearings end on Thursday, until May 5, two days before South Africa’s national election. The prosecution had sought the postponement on Tuesday to avoid scheduling conflicts with other cases. The Pistorius trial has already run far beyond the three weeks scheduled when it opened in early March, and has generated 2,000 pages of detailed testimony, Judge Thokozile Matilda Masipa said. While May 5 may not be a “suitable” date because

Exclusive: Cantor Challenger Calls for
Investigation of New Executive Director
of the Republican Party of Virginia
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Michael Patrick Leahy    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/16/2014 11:41:34 AM     Post Reply
David Brat, the long-shot challenger to Congressman Eric Cantor (R-VA) in Virginia´s 7th Congressional District, is demanding an investigation into the new executive director of the Virginia Republican party, Shaun Kenney, after it was revealed Kenney´s consulting firm is now on Cantor´s payroll. "If Eric Cantor´s campaign or any of his affiliates has hired Shaun Kenney’s consulting firm, any pretense of fairness in the upcoming Seventh District Congressional Race is diminished," Brat wrote in a letter to Pat Mullins, chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia (RPVA). On Monday, a posting by a contributor at the blog Kenney founded, Bearing

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