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Tehran foodies flock to
American-style burger joints
Washington Post, by Jason Rezaian    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 1/4/2014 1:15:57 PM     Post Reply
TEHRAN — At the Garage Grill in an upscale Tehran neighborhood, classic rock plays from the speakers, and photos of Paul Newman, James Dean and hot rods line the walls. It could be an old-time American diner, except that its hamburger prices reflect a wealthier target market here.Right next door, Dukkan Burger serves its fare on butcher paper, with plenty of Heinz ketchup and French’s mustard supplied on request. The clientele includes young women clutching designer purses, arriving with their dates in European luxury cars. “Our concept is purely American,” says one upscale Iranian entrepreneur. “Burgers and cars.”

FSU´s O´Leary making name for himself
Tampa Tribune, by Joey Johnston    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 1/4/2014 1:01:59 PM     Post Reply
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — After football season, Florida State University junior tight end Nick O’Leary plays three rounds of golf every week. He’s about a 3-handicap. But one of his most prideful moments was three years ago, when he finally out-drove his grandfather. “That was great,” O’Leary said, smiling. His grandfather is Jack Nicklaus, the venerable Golden Bear himself, arguably the best golfer who ever lived. And if you must know, Nick O’Leary’s full name isn’t Nicholas. It’s Nicklaus. But the stories kind of stop there. O’Leary isn’t a name-dropper, particularly when it comes to his famous grandfather. “(My teammates)

Maybe Tomorrow
Power Line, by Scott Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/4/2014 12:49:09 PM     Post Reply
Phil Everly — the younger of the Everly Brothers — died yesterday of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at the age of 74. The Associated Press obituary does not traffic in understatement: “There is no more beautiful sound than the voices of siblings swirled together in high harmony, and when Phil and Don Everly combined their voices with songs about yearning, angst and loss, it changed the world.” Phil Everly’s death represents a profound loss to the Cosmic American Music in which the Everly Brothers by themselves formed a constellation. They brought the close harmony singing of traditional country music into the

  


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6 Degrees of Separation:
Phil Everly to Llewyn Davis
PJ Media, by Susan M. Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/4/2014 12:46:56 PM     Post Reply
1. There once was a black country blues guitarist named Arnold Schultz. Originally from Kentucky, Schultz was a travelling laborer who had a huge impact on American blues music during his short life.(Snip for photo)2. Schultz taught this guy, Ike Everly, a unique thumb-picking guitar style native to Western Kentucky.(Snip for photo)3. Ike Everly taught this style to his neighbor and fellow coal miner Merle Travis.(Snip for photo)4. Ike Everly would bring his sons, Don and Phil, into the family band. They’d grow up to form the famous American music group, The Everly Brothers. The Everly Brothers would go on

ObamaCare forces poor
cancer patients into debt
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/4/2014 12:41:14 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — For working people making modest wages and struggling with high medical bills from chronic disease, President Barack Obama’s health care plan sounds like long-awaited relief. But the promise could go unfulfilled. It’s true that patients with cancer and difficult conditions such as multiple sclerosis or Crohn’s disease will be able to get insurance and financial help with monthly premiums. But their annual out-of-pocket costs could still be so high they’ll have trouble staying out of debt. You couldn’t call them uninsured any longer. You might say they’re “underinsured.” These gaps “need to be addressed in order to fulfill the intention of the

Brooklyn man arrested, charged in
five ´knockout´ incidents against women
New York Daily News, by Oren Yaniv and Thomas Tracy    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/4/2014 12:40:01 PM     Post Reply
A Brooklyn man was busted for a string of assaults against women that some have connected to the infamous “knockout game,” authorities said Friday. Barry Baldwin, 35, was charged with five incidents in which Jewish women were viciously punched for no apparent reason. “Everyone will sleep a little easier,” said Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who has been warning the community about the menace. Police picked up Baldwin last week, connected him to six incidents and charged him with six hate crimes because he targeted Jewish victims, sources said. He was arraigned Monday on five assaults, none as a hate crime, according to

Hope and Change in the Vatican
Daily Beast, by Jon Favreau    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/4/2014 12:38:01 PM     Post Reply
Pope Francis, the first Pope from a developing nation, sees the world through the eyes of the poor and dispossessed. Add my name to the long list of souls who have leapt aboard the Pope Francis bandwagon. The People’s Pontiff might just provide the most hopeful development for world affairs in 2014. I have a longstanding personal interest here. Growing up in a small, middle-class suburb of Boston, my religious education was largely based on the traditional Catholic pillars of guilt, shame, and fear. The main message of every mass was to show up at mass more often. The primary focus of

  


  

Rise of the exorcists in Catholic Church
Telegraph [UK], by Nick Squires    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/4/2014 12:37:11 PM     Post Reply
Forty years after The Exorcist scared the wits out of cinema audiences around the world, the Roman Catholic Church is training up a new generation of priests to meet a growing demand for exorcisms. Dioceses across Italy, as well as in countries such as Spain, are increasing the number of priests schooled in administering the rite of exorcism, fabled to rid people of possession by the Devil. The rise in demonic cases is a result of more people dabbling in practices such as black magic, paganism, Satanic rites and Ouija boards, often exploring the dark arts with the help of

Five Economic Reforms
Millennials Should Be Fighting For
Rolling Stone, by Jesse A. Myerson    Original Article
Posted By: randyspencer49- 1/4/2014 12:07:26 PM     Post Reply
It´s a new year, but one thing hasn´t changed: The economy still blows. Five years after Wall Street crashed, America´s banker-gamblers have only gotten richer, while huge swaths of the country are still drowning in personal debt, tens of millions of Americans remain unemployed – and the new jobs being created are largely low-wage, sub-contracted, part-time grunt work.

´Duck Dynasty´ star Phil Robertson´s
book sales spike following controversy
Christian Science Monitor, by Molly Driscoll    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/4/2014 11:52:17 AM     Post Reply
´´Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson, who aroused ire following the release of an interview in which he made controversial comments about homosexuality and race relations, experienced increased sales for his book "Happy, Happy, Happy" in the days after the interview hit national news. (Snip) Between the week ending on Dec. 15 and the week ending on Dec. 22, sales for "Happy" increased by 86 percent, according to Publishers Weekly. "Happy" publisher Simon & Schuster elected to continue selling the title after Robertson´s comments were released. Jonathan Merkh of Howard Books, the imprint of S&S which released the title, told Publishers

Obama To Hold Photo-Op With
Americans Who Lost Unemployment Benefits
Breitbart InstaBlog, by Debra Heine    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/4/2014 11:44:23 AM     Post Reply
As part of an effort to pressure Republicans into extending federal aid for three more months, Obama will hold a photo-op at the White House with Ameicans who lost their unemployment benefits at the start of the year. Obama´s "in your face radical" Labor Secretary Thomas Perez announced the event during a conference call with reporters. Via The Washington Examiner: “This was not only the right thing to do; it was the smart thing to do,” Perez said of the economic repercussions of halting the jobless benefits. You know what I´d like to see? I´d like to see the president

  


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WWII fighter pilot who flew
THROUGH the Eiffel Tower to
take down a German plane dies
in Virginia aged 92
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/4/2014 11:25:53 AM     Post Reply
A World War II fighter pilot who gained fame for dramatically flying beneath the Eiffel Tower´s arches to take down a German aircraft has died aged 92. William Overstreet Jr. died on Sunday at a hospital in Roanoke, Virginia, according to his obituary, but there was no indication of the cause of his death. Overstreet´s famously flew his P-51C ´Berlin Express´ beneath the Eiffel Tower in Nazi-occupied Paris in 1944, which has been credited with lifting the spirits of French Resistance troops on the ground. For his valiant service, the French ambassador to the United States presented Overstreet with France´s

Ship of Warmist Fools
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/4/2014 11:22:03 AM     Post Reply
Warmist dupes and true believers in the media are having a very hard time with the hilarious spectacle of a ship of literal fools who were so deluded by the warmist cult as to believe it was safe to venture into the Antarctic waters in a vessel that was not an icebreaker. The "scientific expedition" was intended to document the comparative paucity of ice in the area first explored by Douglas Mawson a century ago. As nearly everyone connected to the media on the planet now knows, the Spirit of Mawson voyage, as the organizers dubbed their chartered Russian ship

Melissa Harris-Perry Breaks
Down On Air While Addressing
Kieran Romney Controversy
Mediaite, by Tommy Christopher    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/4/2014 11:13:34 AM     Post Reply
A perfect storm of slow news and cultural provocation elevated Melissa Harris-Perry‘s New Year’s weekend segment, which used Kieran Romney‘s appearance in a Romney family photo as a setup for jokes about diversity, into a full-blown media conflagration. That firestorm has now roiled into a second weekend. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA) is expected to address the controversy tomorrow on Fox News Sunday, and Melissa Harris Perry addressed it on air for the first time on the Saturday morning edition of the Melissa Harris Perry show. (Snip) All involved issued a raft of online apologies of varying scope and

Showing How Government Fails
American Thinker, by Bruce Walker    Original Article
Posted By: Piercentire- 1/4/2014 11:07:48 AM     Post Reply
The debacle of ObamaCare may do what conservatives have been trying to do for a long time: show ordinary Americans the depth of government incompetence. Businesses have grasped since FDR the sting of the quip "I´m from the government -- I´m here to help you." The hyper-regulation by the federal government of nearly every aspect of commerce and industry through an ever-growing leviathan of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and executive actions has stunted and even crippled huge swaths of private enterprise in America.

  


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New York Times comes
out in favor of hunting
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/4/2014 11:05:53 AM     Post Reply
The gun-hating, anti-hunting liberals at the New York Times editorial board are all in favor of hunting as long as the targets are deer whose exploding population is making life miserable for the rich and famous in the Hamptons. In a year-end editorial, the Gray Lady opined: In eastern Long Island, especially in and around the town of East Hampton, the privet hedges, gentle dunes and white-seashell paths present a vision of a natural world tamed and tailored to the high aesthetic standards of the finest fashion and home-décor magazines. It´s a bit of English countryside, but with bigger cars.

Health officials in Farmington weigh
in on early effects of Obamacare
The Daily Times (NM), by Leigh Black Irvin    Original Article
Posted By: cjjeepercreeper- 1/4/2014 10:57:31 AM     Post Reply
FARMINGTON — Several months after enrollment in the health insurance marketplace portion of the Affordable Care Act was implemented, health care officials are seeing the effects of the new law on facilities, patients and the industry. Despite anticipating continued challenges posed by health care reform, San Juan Regional Medical Center CEO Rick Wallace remains optimistic that the Farmington hospital will continue to provide the same level of patient care under the act, which is often called Obamacare.
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Boeing vote a blow to Southern California
Los Angeles Times, by W.J. Hennigan & Maria L. La Ganga    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/4/2014 10:55:34 AM     Post Reply
SEATTLE — By the slimmest of margins, aerospace giant Boeing Co.´s largest union approved a controversial contract proposal that cut benefits in exchange for decades of work in Puget Sound on a new jetliner. The International Assn. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 751, which represents more than 31,000 Boeing workers in Washington state, voted 51% Friday in favor of a contract to build the 777X, a more fuel-efficient version of its wide-body jet. It is the second time in two months that the union voted on a proposal by Boeing, the biggest private employer in the state with about

After the snow... a ´POLAR VORTEX´:
Nation braces for coldest temperatures in forty
years after blizzards grounded 5,000 flights
Daily Mail [UK], by Louise Boyle*    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/4/2014 9:35:44 AM     Post Reply
Experts have warned that Friday´s freezing temperatures were simply a warm-up and that this weekend will bring a big chill for 140 million people--almost half the nation--that could prove fatal for the unprepared--and will continue through the winter. With the Northeast still reeling from the huge storm that dumped as much as two-feet of snow across the region and was responsible for the deaths of 13 people, a new weather system is threatening to bring record low temperatures to the Midwest as a polar vortex barrels over the United States. ´It´s the mother lode of cold air,´ said Weather Channel

From vacation, Obama tells Congress
to do something on unemployment
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 1/4/2014 9:22:24 AM     Post Reply
Hi, everybody, and Happy New Year. This is a time when we look ahead to all the possibilities and opportunities of the year to come — when we resolve to better ourselves, and to better our relationships with one another. And today, I want to talk about one place that Washington should start. Just a few days after Christmas, more than one million of our fellow Americans lost a vital economic lifeline — the temporary insurance that helps folks make ends meet while they look for a job.

  



The New York Times Destroys Obama
Townhall, by Caroline Glick    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 1/4/2014 8:10:51 AM     Post Reply
The New York Times just delivered a mortal blow to the Obama administration and its Middle East policy. Call it fratricide. It was clearly unintentional. Indeed, is far from clear that the paper realizes what it has done. Last Saturday the Times published an 8,000-word account by David Kirkpatrick detailing the terrorist strike against the US Consulate and the CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012. In it, Kirkpatrick tore to shreds the foundations of President Barack Obama’s counterterrorism strategy and his overall policy in the Middle East. Obama first enunciated those foundations in his June 4, 2009, speech to

Schadenfreude is free;
Antarctic air-sea rescues are not
Legal Insurrection, by Leslie Eastman    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 1/4/2014 7:42:58 AM     Post Reply
Fans of Legal Insurrection will recognize I have been a denier for sometime, along with a group of scientists with whom I work closely on a variety of regulatory issues (hat-tip, Roger Cohen, Lorraine Yapps Cohen, Martin Fricke). In fact, it will be recalled that many of us believe the sun and its cycle are the most significant factor in climate change — and the fact that it is approaching an energy minimum while we are experiencing massive winter storms like Hercules would lead most reasonable people to conclude that this may be the better climate model. But who said global

Mayor De Blasio’s Horse
Policy Is a Pile of Manure
Daily Beast, by Nick Gillespie    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 1/4/2014 7:13:26 AM     Post Reply
If historians debate whether Caligula’s apocryphal attempt to make his horse a consul of Rome signified serious mental illness or was just the emperor’s idea of a joke, contemporary New Yorkers should have no doubt that their new mayor, Bill de Blasio, is nuttier than a squirrel’s pile. Upon taking office, de Blasio has made it his absolute highest priority “to quickly and aggressively move to make horse carriages no longer a part of the landscape in New York City.” Seemingly paraphrasing Richard Crenna’s Col. Trautman in the first Rambo movie, he flatly told a pre-inauguration press conference, “It’s over.”

Tangled Role in G.O.P.
War Over Tea Party
New York Times, by Eric Lipton    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/4/2014 6:57:41 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — In the year since he stepped down from Congress, Steven C. LaTourette, a Republican from Ohio, has emerged as one of the top generals in the establishment Republicans’ war against the Tea Party. It is a role that has benefited the Main Street Partnership, a corporate-backed advocacy group he runs, and its effort to raise millions of dollars to protect centrist Republicans from Tea Party challengers. It has also helped draw clients to a separate lobbying office Mr. LaTourette and his wife have set up across the street from the Capitol. But this blitz of activity has led to complaints

Obama to Leave Hawaii for
Washington on Saturday
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 1/4/2014 6:54:48 AM     Post Reply
HONOLULU -- President Barack Obama is planning his return to Washington after two weeks in Hawaii for a holiday vacation. White House officials say that the president and his family expect to depart Hawaii on Saturday night. The president´s vacation, spanning Christmas and New Year´s, is his longest to the islands during his presidency. He was born in Honolulu. Obama has spent most of his vacation playing golf and staying in a rented home in the sleepy suburb of Kailua on Oahu´s eastern coast. He has taken his daughters to the zoo and for shave ice and watched Oregon State play in the first

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