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Golden Globes 2014: ´Slave,´
´Hustle,´ McConaughey, Blanchett
top winners
Los Angeles Times, by Susan King & Rene Lynch    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/12/2014 11:44:08 PM     Post Reply
"12 Years a Slave" went into the 71st Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night with seven nominations but was passed over again and again. That is, until the last award of the evening, and arguably the best of them all. The harrowing portrayal of slavery in America took home the prize for best drama of 2013. The film´s director, Steve McQueen, seemed surprised by the win. "Little bit in shock," said the British filmmaker, clutching the award. "I wasn´t expecting it." But the evening´s biggest victor was David O. Russell´s Abscam-inspired comedy, "American Hustle." It won three trophies during the

Horror on the red carpet as
Golden Globes entrance flooded
with sewage as stars begin to
arrive for annual awards ceremony
Daily Mail [UK], by Joshua Gardner    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/12/2014 11:27:48 PM     Post Reply
It was a mad dash to scrub the red carpet ahead of Sunday´s Golden Globes after a pipe burst, spewing liquid some say smelled of sewage across the pathway for the stars. Black water gushed onto horrified members of the international press awaiting the arrival of Hollywood glitziest stars dressed in their finest gala attire. The press fled from the spill as the Beverly Hills Fire Department rushed to the scene to clean up the smelly mess in front of Hollywood´s famous Beverly Hilton Hotel. An E! Television red carpet correspondent was among the disgusted press members who witnessed the

Meet the Press Devotes More
Than Half of Show to Christie´s Bridgegate
Newsbusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/12/2014 11:24:32 PM     Post Reply
The people at NBC News and Meet the Press should be ashamed of themselves. With all that happened last week - a bombshell new book released by a former Defense Secretary as well as the worst jobs report in years - David Gregory and Company decided to devote more than half of their show Sunday to the truly earth-shattering Bridgegate scandal that directly impacted a small percentage of the nation. "What a week in politics, playing defense, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie right there, responding to the bridge scandal rocking his administration, raising questions about the impact on a possible

  


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Gates: ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’
fight was only time Obama showed
‘passion’ for military issues
Fox News, by Ed Henry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/12/2014 11:02:21 PM     Post Reply
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates sharply questions President Obama´s "passion" for military matters in his forthcoming memoir, and claims that practically the only time he saw that in the president was during his push to repeal "don´t ask, don´t tell." The former Pentagon chief said in an interview aired Sunday that he was "disturbed" by Obama´s "absence of passion" when it came to his military strategy. But in the book, "Duty," reviewed by Fox News, Gates hit Obama harder -- and in personal terms -- by contrasting his style with that of former President George W. Bush. "One quality I

Health care website
frustrates Spanish speakers
Associated Press, by Russell Contreras and Kelli Kennedy    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/12/2014 10:18:06 PM     Post Reply
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Mirroring problems with the federal health care website, people around the nation attempting to navigate the Spanish version have discovered their own set of difficulties. The site, CuidadoDeSalud.gov, launched more than two months late. A Web page with Spanish instructions linked users to an English form. And the translations were so clunky and full of grammatical mistakes that critics say they must have been computer-generated — the name of the site itself can literally be read "for the caution of health." "When you get into the details of the plans, it´s not all written in Spanish. It´s written

Chaos in Iraq could be omen for
Afghanistan without U.S. troops
Washington Times, by Rowan Scarborough    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/12/2014 10:09:31 PM     Post Reply
Afghanistan’s war planners trying to picture their country without U.S. troops next year might want to cast an eye toward Iraq. Since the U.S. pullout two years ago, a defeated al Qaeda in Iraq has reassembled, brought in fresh fighters, freed prisoners and unleashed waves of deadly car bombings. Last week, al Qaeda claimed control of Fallujah, the town in western Anbar province where scores of Americans lost their lives in house-to-house fighting in 2004. The same situation could befall Afghanistan, as the Taliban, the Haqqani Network and al Qaeda wait patiently in Pakistan. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has refused

Doubts rise on Obama’s
nuclear deal with Iran
Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/12/2014 10:06:33 PM     Post Reply
A preliminary deal designed to halt Iran’s nuclear program will take effect next week, the White House said Sunday, but some U.S. lawmakers and analysts have little faith that the Middle Eastern nation will comply. In exchange for about $7 billion in economic sanctions relief, Iran on Jan. 20 will stop enriching uranium beyond 5 percent — a level high enough for energy purposes but not nuclear weapons — and will begin to dilute its existing stockpile of 20 percent uranium. Iran also has pledged not to construct more centrifuges and will submit to rigorous inspection of its facilities, though

  


  

´Legally Blind´ Marine Acquitted
in Florida ´Stand Your Ground´ Case
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Awr Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/12/2014 10:04:29 PM     Post Reply
On January 10, a Florida judge threw out murder charges against a "legally-blind" former Marine, citing that state´s ´Stand Your Ground´ law. According to the Orlando Sentinel, 40-year-old John Wayne Rogers killed 34-year-old James T. DeWitt on March 27, 2012 by shooting him "in the chest" with a .308 rifle. On March 26, Dewitt and his girlfriend went to Rogers´ house in Geneva, Florida for drinks and spent the night. The next morning, the group went to a convenience store, after which Rogers asked DeWitt to leave--but instead of leaving, he allegedly attacked Rogers. At that point Rogers allegedly "walked

Sarah Palin: ´Would Be Fun´ to Be
Conservative Oprah, Ellen
Breitbart Big Hollywood, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/12/2014 10:04:24 PM     Post Reply
The late Andrew Breitbart always emphasized that culture was upstream from politics and said Sarah Palin was one of the only conservatives who could impact the culture like Oprah Winfrey. On Friday, when asked by Extra´s Mario Lopez, Palin said she would be open to doing a talk show like Ellen or Oprah. “That probably would be a fun opportunity as long as I got to pick the subject matter and got to talk to more inspiring people out there to help empower others," Palin said. Palin spoke to Extra to promote her new show, Amazing America with Sarah Palin,

Driver who hit 2 state
troopers was high on pot
KUSA-TV [Denver, CO], by Laurie Cipriano    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 1/12/2014 9:03:40 PM     Post Reply
Colorado state troopers say the driver who plowed into two of their cars Saturday night was high on marijuana. No one was hurt. The troopers had stopped on the ramp from I-76 onto northbound I-25 to investigate a crash around 9 p.m. The driver who hit their patrol cars was arrested. A few weeks ago two other cruisers were hit and a trooper was injured.

How ´Lone Survivor´ Scored Top
Opening of Post-9/11 War Pics
Hollywood Reporter, by Pamela McClintock    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/12/2014 8:51:11 PM     Post Reply
Hollywood is often accused of ignoring Middle America -- but not in the case of Navy SEALs pic Lone Survivor.Igniting moviegoers in the country´s heartland, Peter Berg´s movie opened to a dazzling $38.5 million over the weekend, by far the biggest debut of any post-9/11 war film and the second-best nationwide launch of any January title after Cloverfield ($40.1 million). To boot, it nabbed a coveted A+ CinemaScore, guaranteeing strong word of mouth. The patriotic-themed film, starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster, differs from many of the war movies set in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Middle

  


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Just How Obsessed Were the
Sunday Shows with Bridgegate?
National Review Online, by Patrick Brennan    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/12/2014 8:45:58 PM     Post Reply
As Rich pointed out below, this morning’s political talk shows were amazingly obsessed with the news that some of Chris Christie’s top aides appear to have been involved in causing a serious traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge, between New York and New Jersey. It was indeed something of a slow news week, but the past seven days saw terrifying advances made by al-Qaeda in Iraq, the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty and Republican talk about how they’d like to address the problem, the release of an important account of how the Obama administration handled national security,

Hillary Clinton ranks last on
U.S. ´most admired´ list, behind
Rush Limbaugh, Bush
Washington Examiner (DC), by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/12/2014 8:44:06 PM     Post Reply
(Chart) Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state who leads all 2016 presidential polls, ranks dead last on a new top 10 poll of who Americans admire most, and at the bottom of who the world admires most, behind celebs like Angelina Jolie and Russian President Vladimir Putin. According to the new YouGov.com poll conducted for the Times of London, Microsoft´s Bill Gates is the most admired person in the world, ahead of Pope Francis and President Obama, the runner-up on that list. Clinton ranks 27th on YouGov´s world list.

Lone Survivor
National Review Online, by John J. Miller    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/12/2014 8:29:31 PM     Post Reply
Lone Survivor is an excellent war movie: intense and fast-paced, if a bit too graphically violent for my tastes. But who am I to complain? War is hell, and a war movie that aims for authenticity probably ought to show a bit of hell, even if it makes us squirm. Having said all that, I’m going lodge a minor criticism–and you may want to stop reading here if you haven’t seen the film and want to avoid a small spoiler. The movie’s title, of course, is its own kind of spoiler. If a story about four SEALs on a special-ops mission in

Obama´s Internal Devaluation
Increases Income Inequality
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Chris W. Street    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/12/2014 8:25:47 PM     Post Reply
The Obama Administration’s $5.8 trillion of big government deficit spending has caused the United States to suffer an “internal devaluation,” as American worker wages after inflation were forced down in each of the last five years. American competitiveness increased by over 10% due to worker sacrifices, but all the benefits flowed directly to corporate officers and financial speculators. When the President recently lamented, “The combined trends of increased inequality and decreasing mobility pose a fundamental threat to the American dream,” he could count on the unwavering support from Warren Buffett, who was the last year’s biggest dollar gainer with a $12.5

  


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Hollywood Critics Hate Palin´s Frontier
Values: She´d Be ´Very Charming´ if Not
´Horrible Person´
Breitbart´s Big Sports, by Kevin Scholla    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/12/2014 8:21:36 PM     Post Reply
There will be no promotion of gay marriage and mockery of traditional values. Race-baiting will not be a go-to topic. There will be no actors known for contributing to liberal causes. You won´t see Lena Dunham sitting on a toilet eating cake. Matt Damon will be nowhere in sight. Despite all that, Sarah Palin still brought her brand new TV show into the belly of the beast Friday in California. The former Alaska governor will be hosting Amazing America With Sarah Palin on Sportsman Channel starting in April. Palin introduced the program at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in

Obama: ´This Will Be a Year
of Action´ on Economy
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Wynton Hall    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/12/2014 8:12:46 PM     Post Reply
Echoing past economic promises of “green shoots,” “five million green collar jobs,” and “recovery summer,” President Barack Obama said during his Saturday weekly address that 2014 will be a “year of action” on the economy. “This will be a year of action. I’ll keep doing everything I can to create new jobs and new opportunities for American families – with Congress, on my own, and with everyone willing to play their part,” said Obama. Obama’s latest economic pivot comes on the heels of a dismal Friday jobs report that shows the U.S. labor force participation rate has contracted to its lowest rate

Global warming’s deranged disciples
The Scotsman (Scotland), by Gerald Warner    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/12/2014 8:11:44 PM     Post Reply
CLIMATE change is real and it is happening very fast. The climate of opinion, that is, regarding the rapidly imploding fantasies of the global warming alarmists. After a decade in which sane commentators have been angered and frustrated by the purblind adherence to the warmist superstition by followers of the Al Gore cult – prominent among them our own esteemed First Minister and President for Life Designate – the whole climate change scam has finally degenerated into a joke, provoking widespread derision. That has not deterred the climate Gnostics, sustained by their mystical insight into inner truths hidden from sceptics (“deniers” in

House panel to explore
Internet sales tax
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Kate Tummarello    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/12/2014 8:10:44 PM     Post Reply
House Judiciary Committee Bob Goodlatte plans to hold a hearing in the first half of the year to explore online sales tax legislation, advocates say. Proponents of an Internet sales tax bill, such as major retailers, are holding out hope for action in the House in 2014 despite the opposition of many conservatives and the skeptical stance of Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Supporters and opponents of online sales tax proposals are focusing their lobbying energy on Goodlatte (R-Va.), who has released a set of seven principles that an online sales tax bill would have to meet in order to be considered by

Karl Rove: Chris Christie´s Bridge
Scandal Response Gives ´Street Cred´
with Tea Party
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/12/2014 8:09:13 PM     Post Reply
GOP establishment figure Karl Rove said on Fox News Sunday that the Fort Lee and George Washington Bridge scandal that New Jersey GOP Gov. Chris Christie is facing will end up giving him “street cred” with the Tea Party movement. “There will be reasons why conservatives have disagreements with Chris Christie,” Rove said during a panel discussion with Bob Woodward and Juan Williams about the scandal. I don´t think the Tea Party is going to seize upon Fort Lee and the George Washington Bridge as their defining difference with Christie. In fact, I think he´s handling to this [sic] – being straightforward,

  



‘Mass Mob’ breathes life into Catholic church
Buffalo News [NY], by Aaron Besecker    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/12/2014 7:54:11 PM     Post Reply
Sam Kolodziej Jr. had a few more people than normal in his pew on Sunday morning. In fact, there were a couple hundred extra members of the faithful inside Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. And they had the Buffalo ‘Mass Mob’ – the latest iteration of Internet flash mobs – to thank. The church on O’Connell Avenue in the Old First Ward was packed with about 300 people for the 10:30 a.m. Mass, with most of the churchgoers drawn as part of an event meant to supply a dose of rejuvenation to some of Buffalo’s Catholic churches. A normal crowd for the Sunday morning Mass is less than 100, the church’s pastor said.

Lone Survivor tops weekend box office with
whopping $38.5 million, pushing Disney´s
Frozen to the number two spot
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/12/2014 7:31:58 PM     Post Reply
Lone Survivor easily won the weekend box office, raking in a whopping $38.5 million in its first week in wide release. The flick, which is based on a true story about a Navy SEAL team´s mission gone wrong in Afghanistan, earned the second-largest January premiere in history behind Cloverfield´s $40 million in 2008. The Peter Berg directed movie stars Mark Wahlberg and originally bowed in two theaters over Christmas. Disney´s animated Frozen dropped to number two, earning less than half of what Lone Survivor made with $15.1 million, bringing its total gross to $317.7 million. Frozen has been in the top three every weekend

How to Fight Income
Inequality: Get Married
Wall Street Journal, by Ari Fleischer    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/12/2014 7:18:01 PM     Post Reply
If President Obama wants to reduce income inequality, he should focus less on redistributing income and more on fighting a major cause of modern poverty: the breakdown of the family. A man mostly raised by a single mother and his grandparents who defied the odds to become president of the United States is just the person to take up the cause. "Marriage inequality" should be at the center of any discussion of why some Americans prosper and others don´t. According to Census Bureau information analyzed by the Beverly LaHaye Institute, among families headed by two married parents in 2012, just 7.5%

´They Died for Nothing?´ ´Lone Survivor´
Marcus Luttrell Takes on CNN´s
Jake Tapper in Tense Interview
Townhall, by Leah Barkoukis    Original Article
Posted By: happywarrior- 1/12/2014 6:56:16 PM     Post Reply
Former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell has been making the rounds promoting the movie “Lone Survivor,” a personal account of the failed SEAL Team 10 mission to capture or kill a notorious Taliban leader in Afghanistan. During an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, however, things got pretty tense. Check out the clip below and see if you think Tapper was out of line or if the exchange simply reflects the difference between how a civilian feels when watching the film versus how a soldier feels, as Tapper suggests. “One of the emotions I felt while watching was, first of all, the hopelessness of the situation, how horrific it was,” Tapper

Bill Clinton finds gold
chasing wellness for all
Desert Sun [Palm Springs, CA], by Larry Bohannan    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/12/2014 5:37:55 PM     Post Reply
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- Sitting in his office in a cold, overcast New York City, former President Bill Clinton laughs that at one time he didn´t understand the allure of Southern California. "When I was a kid, we had a lot of retirees in Arkansas because they liked to come down from the Midwest because it was basically warm, but we still had four seasons," Clinton recalled. "I could never figure out why people went to Southern California and Florida to retire. I get it now." Clinton said he can´t wait to get to the desert this week, both for

Seahawks block game ticket sales
to California, 43 other states
San Francisco Chronicle, by Kevin Lynch    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/12/2014 5:28:44 PM     Post Reply
The good feelings between the 49ers and Seahawks could never last. Fans from both teams decided to donate money to children’s hospitals in Seattle and San Francisco last week. Now, the Seahawks are limiting ticket sales to just six states and the Canadian Provinces. Only credit cards with addresses from Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, Alaska and Hawaii will be allowed to buy tickets to Sunday’s NFC Championship between the 49ers and Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. That’s it. Please notice that California was not on that list.(Snip)Niner fans are known for traveling. This season several road stadiums were packed

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