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Welcome to 2014 - the year
we ignore our problems
Telegraph [UK], by Janet Daley    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/4/2014 7:12:38 PM     Post Reply
In the seasonal tradition that I invented some years ago, my first column of the year is devoted to anti-predictions: that is, things that will not happen in the following 12 months. Needless to say, the rules require that these must not be the easy, wildly unlikely options--an asteroid destroying the planet, the scientific community admitting that it was wrong on global warming, or England winning the World Cup. [Snip] First, there will be no dramatic change in the opinion poll ratings of the major parties, or of their respective leaders. Labour will plateau at a six- to eight-point lead over

The future´s NOT so bright:
Americans predict a dark downward
spiral over the next four decades
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/4/2014 6:48:57 PM     Post Reply
Ask people to imagine American life in 2050, and you´ll get some dreary visions. [Snip] Whites are particularly gloomy: Only one in six expects better times over the next four decades. Also notably pessimistic are middle-aged and older people, those who earn mid-level incomes and Protestants, a new national poll finds. ´I really worry about my grandchildren, I do,´ says 74-year-old Penny Trusty of Rockville, Maryland, a retired software designer and grandmother of five. ´I worry about the lowering of morals and the corruption and the confusion that´s just raining down on them.´ Even groups with comparatively sunny outlooks

Secret spy court says NSA
CAN keep collecting every
American´s phone records
Daily Mail [UK], by James Nye    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/4/2014 6:37:02 PM     Post Reply
A secretive U.S. spy court has ruled again that the National Security Agency can keep collecting every American´s telephone records every day, in the midst of conflicting decisions in two other federal courts about whether the surveillance program is constitutional. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Friday renewed the NSA phone collection program, said Shawn Turner, a spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Such periodic requests are somewhat formulaic but required since the program started in 2006. The latest approval was the first since two conflicting court decisions about whether the program is lawful and since a presidential

  


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Hate crime suspect arrested for
attacking seven women in
New York ´knock-out´ attacks
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/4/2014 6:30:08 PM     Post Reply
A 35-year-old from New York has been arrested for at least seven knock out attacks around Brooklyn. Barry Baldwin is accused of punching his victims to the ground in a spate of attacks carried out between November 9 and December 27, police said. All of the victims were women, and most were Jewish. In one case, a 78-year-old was knocked to the ground as she pushed her great granddaughter´s stroller. Baldwin, of East New York, has been charged with six counts of assault as a hate crime, aggravated harassment and attempted assault. He also faces menacing charges and one count of

The Prophet: Before Proof of Heaven
made Dr. Eben Alexander rich
and famous as a "man of science"
who´d experienced the afterlife,
he was something else
Esquire Magazine, by Luke Dittrich    Original Article
Posted By: Hermoine- 1/4/2014 5:08:06 PM     Post Reply
On December 18, 2012, the set of Fox & Friends was both festive and somber. Festive because it was the Christmas season. The three hosts, two men in dark suits flanking a woman in a blue dress, sat on a mustard-colored couch in front of a cheery seasonal backdrop: a lit-up tree, silver-painted twigs, mounds of tinsel, blue and red swatches of fabric, and, here and there, multicolored towers of blown glass with tapering points that made them look surprisingly like minarets. Somber because a terrible thing had happened just four days earlier, in an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

Melissa-Harris Perry [sic] Cries During
On-Air Apology to Romney Family
NewsBusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: trapper- 1/4/2014 4:52:43 PM     Post Reply
As NewsBusters previously reported, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry and a panel of comedians last weekend senselessly mocked a picture of former Governor Mitt Romney’s family because it included his adopted black grandson. Although she’s already apologized on Twitter, Harris-Perry began her show Saturday with a heartfelt apology much of the time fighting through a lump in her throat and tears: MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY: Good morning. I´m Melissa Harris-Perry. We have a lot of news and politics to discuss this morning. Before we get to that, I´m going to start with an apology.

´Gone With the Wind´ actress
Alicia Rhett dies at 98
CNN, by Mayra Cuevas & Greg Botelho    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/4/2014 4:36:34 PM     Post Reply
Alicia Rhett, who had been one of the oldest surviving cast member of the classic film "Gone With the Wind," died Friday in her longtime hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, a retirement community spokeswoman said. Rhett passed away of natural causes around 5 p.m. surrounded by friends at Bishop Gadsden Episcopal Retirement Community, said Kimberly Farfone Borts, a spokeswoman for the community. She was 98. Born in Savannah, Georgia, Rhett moved with her mother to Charleston after her father died during World War I, according to Borts. Her roots to the South trace back even deeper: According to her biography

  


  

The Real Reasons Texas
Wants Charlie Strong
Forbes, by Roger Groves    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/4/2014 4:32:22 PM     Post Reply
It is well established that schools that fire a football coach (or encourage them to retire) look to replace him with someone who they think will cure the malady responsible for the firing. If the outgoing coach lacked team discipline he is replaced with a disciplinarian, etc. In the case of Texas, Mack Brown’s malady was the inability to win the top recruits in his home state. Texas A & M and Baylor passed him up. The common thought is that they are beneficiaries of his recruiting failures. Even BCS bowl teams outside the state have significant increases in their

Report: Amnesty Cash Cow for
"Boomtown" Lobbyists in 2014
Breitbart Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 1/4/2014 4:20:54 PM     Post Reply
The lobbyists that make up Washington´s permanent political class in the country´s "Boomtown" are banking on comprehensive immigration reform in 2014 to pad their profit margins even during a time when the country is revolting against them. According to a report in Politico, "Washington Inc." continues to "hum along even as Congress failed to pass the kind of bills that lobbyists are paid top dollar by corporate clients and other special interests to influence." That is a testament to the "to the resilience of Washington — and the firms that have thrived in the economy around it" even as the country is

New Obamacare glitch
Boston Herald, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/4/2014 4:19:57 PM     Post Reply
Another day, another Obamacare “glitch” destined to make life unbearable even for those who have been able to sign up. Yes, the White House continues to crow about the 2 million people they say have signed up, although that is far below the 7 million they had estimated would be signed up by now. But yesterday we learned that even those who have been patient and somehow got themselves enrolled, well, they need to hope there’s not a New Year’s baby in the picture for them. The Associated Press reported yesterday — and the White House confirmed — that the

For a Pressured President, a Real
and Rare Vacation in Hawaii
New York Times, by Ashley Parker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/4/2014 2:24:07 PM     Post Reply
KAILUA, Hawaii — After a two-week vacation on the windward side of Oahu, ensconced with his family in a private beachfront rental, President Obama prepared on Saturday to return to the chillier clime — both politically and weather-wise — of the nation’s capital. (Snip) Last year, Mr. Obama returned to Washington in the middle of his vacation to deal with a fiscal showdown before flying back to Hawaii. By comparison, this trip was tranquil, if not drowsy. White House aides could be found pecking away at their email by the pool or floating in the ocean. Some members of the

  


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The Congressman Who Went Off the Grid
Politico Magazine, by Jason Koebler    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 1/4/2014 2:19:55 PM     Post Reply
When Roscoe Bartlett was in Congress, he latched onto a particularly apocalyptic issue, one almost no one else ever seemed to talk about: America’s dangerously vulnerable power grid. In speech after late-night speech on the House floor, Bartlett hectored the nearly empty chamber: If the United States doesn’t do something to protect the grid, and soon, a terrorist or an act of nature will put an end to life as we know it. Bartlett loved to conjure doomsday visions: Think post-Sandy New York City without power—but spread over a much larger area for months at a time. He once recounted a

Detroit police chief: Legal gun
owners can deter crime
Detroit News [MI], by George Hunter    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/4/2014 2:16:01 PM     Post Reply
Detroit— If more citizens were armed, criminals would think twice about attacking them, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Thursday. Urban police chiefs are typically in favor of gun control or reluctant to discuss the issue, but Craig on Thursday was candid about how he’s changed his mind. “When we look at the good community members who have concealed weapons permits, the likelihood they’ll shoot is based on a lack of confidence in this Police Department,” Craig said at a press conference at police headquarters, adding that he thinks more Detroit citizens feel safer, thanks in part to a 7

Barbara Bush released from Texas
hospital after stay for respiratory illness
Fox News*, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/4/2014 2:10:02 PM     Post Reply
Former first lady Barbara Bush was discharged Saturday from a Texas Hospital where she was being treated for a respiratory illness, a former Bush administration official said. "I cannot thank the doctors and nurses at Houston Methodist enough for making sure I got the best treatment and got back to George and our dogs as quickly as possible," Bush said in a statement. The 88-year-old Bush, wife of George H.W. Bush, was admitted Monday to Methodist Hospital in Houston.(Snip) Their 69th wedding anniversary is Monday.

GOP: Let´s redirect political spending
to the children´s cancer battle
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/4/2014 1:55:46 PM     Post Reply
Good morning and Happy New Year from the Capitol. Kids are always saying something isn’t fair, but sometimes they’ve got a point. Did you know that today in America, only four percent of all federal funding for cancer research goes to childhood cancer? That’s right, four percent for all pediatric cancers combined. This doesn’t just set us back in the race for cutting-edge cures and treatments. It places a ceiling on a child’s ability to overcome obstacles and do great things. I’m sure this issue hits home for many of you. It certainly does for our family. Livingston, our oldest,

  


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Al-Qaeda-linked force captures Fallujah
amid rise in violence in Iraq
Washington Post, by Liz Sly    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/4/2014 1:39:10 PM     Post Reply
BEIRUT — A rejuvenated al-Qaeda-affiliated force asserted control over the western Iraqi city of Fallujah on Friday, raising its flag over government buildings and declaring an Islamic state in one of the most crucial areas that U.S. troops fought to pacify before withdrawing from Iraq two years ago. The capture of Fallujah came amid an explosion of violence across the western desert province of Anbar in which local tribes, Iraqi security forces and al-Qaeda-affiliated militants have been fighting one another for days in a confusingly chaotic three-way war. Elsewhere in the province, local tribal militias claimed they were gaining ground

Mayoral hopeful Bill de Blasio has had three
different legal names, court records show
New York Daily News, by Greg B. Smith    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 1/4/2014 1:33:44 PM     Post Reply
The mayoral candidate who often calls New York a “tale of two cities” has a personal tale of three names. Most New Yorkers have come to know Bill de Blasio as the Democratic candidate with the affable family, including a teenage son who has been featured in campaign ads. Left unsaid in the candidate’s official biography is that Bill de Blasio is his third legal name.The man who could become the city’s 109th mayor was born Warren Wilhelm Jr. on May 8, 1961, in Manhattan, his birth certificate shows. In 1983, fresh out of New York University, he petitioned a Manhattan judge

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

  



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

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