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Google is hiring security guards
to protect its work buses in San
Francisco following protests over
tech workers driving up city rents
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/18/2014 9:08:08 PM     Post Reply
First, San Francisco-based commuters to Google Inc got buses with plush seats and free WiFi. Now, they are getting security. [Snip] Their presence comes a few weeks after Google buses were targeted by protesters who blame tech-industry employees for rising city rents. Gone are the days when mentioning Google as an employer gave young technology workers a certain counterculture credibility. As the company has expanded well beyond its Web search-engine roots to become a behemoth encompassing advertising, smartphones, finance and social networking, it has gone from scrappy start-up to a Goliath that many resent for its power.

Dangers of Giving In
to Impulse for Revenge
New York Times, by James Stewart    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 1/18/2014 8:58:51 PM     Post Reply
I found the machinations in the Netflix political series “House of Cards” to be immensely entertaining but a little over the top — until, that is, the traffic jam scandal in New Jersey.I was initially perplexed by what appears to have been a ham-handed effort by Gov. Chris Christie’s aides and his appointees at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to retaliate against Fort Lee’s mayor, Mark Sokolich, by tying up traffic at the George Washington Bridge, which connects Fort Lee to Manhattan. If retaliation is what it was, it would have worked only if the supposed offender knew he was being punished and why.

Mitt aide rues blocking doc
Boston Herald, by Joe Battenfeld & Joe Dwinell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/18/2014 8:57:04 PM     Post Reply
Right off the top, the documentary “Mitt” shows a defeated Mitt Romney teary-eyed and searching for help in crafting a concession speech — and the personal number for President Obama. “By the way, someone have a number for the president?” a dejected Romney asks on election night Nov. 6, 2012, in his hotel suite in Boston. (Snip) The release of the “Mitt” flick came as a top Romney adviser and friend admitted the campaign blew it by repeatedly opposing the release of the documentary, which could have helped Romney shed his stiff, robotic image.

  


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Dennis Rodman Checks into Rehab
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 1/18/2014 8:48:13 PM     Post Reply
Dennis Rodman has checked into an undisclosed alcohol rehabilitation center to treat his long-time struggle with alcoholism, his agent says.Darren Prince declined on Saturday to say which facility will treat Rodman and how long he will be there. Rodman recently returned to the United States from his latest trip to North Korea. He later apologized for comments he made in North Korea about a detained American missionary, saying he had been drinking and was under pressure as he organized an exhibition game there. He also sang “Happy Birthday” to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the start of the friendly

Mayor of Hoboken Says
Hurricane Relief Was Threatened
New York Times, by Michael Barbaro & Kate Zernike    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/18/2014 8:41:10 PM     Post Reply
Orlando, Fla. - A swing through Florida proved no sunny retreat for Gov. Chris Christie on Saturday, as well-organized protesters hounded him outside a Republican fund-raiser here, a powerful ally in the New Jersey State House rebuked the governor’s office and new allegations emerged that his administration tried to intimidate a New Jersey elected official. (Snip) In a television interview on Saturday, she said that two high-ranking aides to Mr. Christie had threatened to withhold money for Hurricane Sandy recovery to her hard-hit city if she did not support a real estate development that the governor wanted built in her

Speak English or lose benefits: Cameron
to stop payouts to immigrants who
use taxpayer-funded translators
Daily Mail [UK], by Simon Walters, Martin Beckford    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/18/2014 8:39:51 PM     Post Reply
David Cameron plans to strip welfare handouts from immigrants who cannot speak English. In a radical bid to slash Britain’s benefits bill, the Prime Minister intends to stop printing welfare paperwork in foreign languages and prevent claimants using taxpayer-funded translators at benefits offices. [Snip] Tories hope that axeing foreign-language versions of documents explaining how to claim benefits would make it harder for immigrants such as newly arrived Romanians and Bulgarians to cash in on the UK’s benefits system, encourage others already here to learn English--and save money spent on translators. Referring to the controversial

France’s first lady discharged
after ‘drug overdose’
New York Post, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 1/18/2014 8:36:25 PM     Post Reply
France’s first lady, Valerie Trierweiler, left the hospital Saturday after spending a week recovering from what the European press described as a drug overdose. Her stay at La Pitie-Salpetriere hospital coincided with allegations that President Francois Hollande was having an affair with actress Julie Gayet. Hollande, who isn’t married to either woman, has said he would sort out the love triangle before a Feb. 11 state visit to Washington — an event to which Trierweiler, his official girlfriend, would normally accompany him. Speculation has swirled for more than a week that Gayet may replace Trierweiler as France’s top dame.

  


  

Allowing American Creativity To Flourish
Creators Syndicate, by Ben Carson    Original Article
Posted By: Ken M.- 1/18/2014 8:35:34 PM     Post Reply
When government grows too large, dependency replaces achievement. When I was in high school in Detroit, I had a job as a biology laboratory assistant. I spent a substantial amount of time in the greenhouse preparing botany experiments. I had acquired some seeds of an interesting plant and was anxious to use them to produce my own crop of these plants. I planted the seeds in a special container and kept enriching the soil and providing plenty of moisture and sunlight to enhance and accelerate the growth. I was very disappointed with the results and eventually abandoned the project,

Vote Validates Egypt’s
Constitution and Military Takeover
New York Times, by David D. Kirkpatrick    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/18/2014 8:26:13 PM     Post Reply
Cairo - Egypt’s Supreme Electoral Committee said Saturday that 98.1 percent of the voters had approved a revised constitution validating last summer’s military takeover and paving the way for Gen. Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi, the country’s top military leader, to seek the presidency. The committee said 38.6 percent of the electorate had cast ballots in the two-day referendum Tuesday and Wednesday, exceeding the roughly one-third that voted in a referendum on the previous constitution in December 2012 under President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood. The revised charter had been universally expected to pass;

Time for GOP to Listen to
the American People
Town Hall, by Jeff Crouere    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/18/2014 6:14:57 PM     Post Reply
It is clear that the House GOP leadership is preparing to take action on the immigration issue this year. According to reports, the “principles” of immigration reform will be introduced next week and it will include a “pathway” to citizenship for the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in our country. The bill will reportedly also mandate improved border security, provide additional visas for foreign workers and require those immigrants seeking legalization to learn English and pay certain fees. The net effect of this legislation will be to provide “amnesty” for millions of immigrants who ignored our laws to settle in this

Why Democrats Are ´Better´ at Corruption
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/18/2014 6:01:58 PM     Post Reply
This story begins with the first bailout the Tea Party ever stopped. In May 2010, I helped the Illinois Tea Party organize a demonstration on LaSalle Street in downtown Chicago outside the offices of Shorebank, which was about to be bailed out by the federal government and Wall Street´s biggest banks. The bank was meant to have been closed down already by the FDIC, given its staggering spiral of bad debts, but the day of reckoning had been delayed while its friends in the White House and on Capitol Hill tried to find a way to save it. Those friends included Rep.

  


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In new film, a dramatic look at
Mitt Romney´s loss of confidence
Washington Examiner, by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 1/18/2014 4:58:11 PM     Post Reply
A new documentary about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney premiered Friday night at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. The film, "Mitt," is an extraordinarily intimate look at the former Massachusetts governor as he ran for president twice, in 2008 and 2012. Director Greg Whiteley had impressed Romney with his 2005 documentary "New York Doll," which brilliantly chronicled a broken-down rock musician´s conversion to Mormonism, and for the new film, Romney gave Whiteley unprecedented freedom to record behind-the-scenes moments as the candidate and his family endured the trials of two presidential campaigns. Some of the film´s themes are not exactly new.

WashPost Suffers Another Disgusting
Case of Fort Hood Amnesia in
Assessing Obama´s Terrorism Record
Newsbusters, by Tim Graham    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/18/2014 4:41:30 PM     Post Reply
Why do national reporters do such a transparently inaccurate (and insensitive) job of assessing terrorist attacks on President Obama´s watch? On the front page of Saturday´s Washington Post, reporter Scott Wilson spun furiously to avoid the obvious fact that candidate Obama´s promises and President Obama´s record on the War on Terror are remarkably at odds. Worse yet, Wilson insisted that only the Boston Marathon bombings (death toll: three) counts as a "successful mass terrorist attack on Obama´s watch," which completely avoids the mass shooting at Ford Hood by an Islamic radical (death toll: 13), which is often ridiculously categorized as workplace

Piers Morgan: Say, Isn´t Ambassador Stevens
to Blame For His Own Death In Benghazi?
Townhall, by Leah Barkoukis    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 1/18/2014 3:45:22 PM     Post Reply
A bipartisan Senate intelligence committee report on Benghazi was released this week, which placed blame on the State Department and intelligence agencies for the failures that led to the death of four Americans on Sept. 11, 2012. Discussing the report’s findings with Piers Morgan, Sen. John McCain laid into the State Department and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for their mishandling of the situation—but that’s when things took a rather unusual turn. Morgan actually attempted to deflect some of the blame to Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was killed during the attack:

Actually, Eliot Ness Was Just
a Nuisance to Al Capone
Wall Street Journal, by Jonathan Eig    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/18/2014 3:27:47 PM     Post Reply
Al Capone can´t catch a break these days. First came word last week that HBO planned to kill off its Prohibition-era drama "Boardwalk Empire" after five seasons—just when the show´s Al Capone character was starting to have some fun. In the show, Chicago´s leading gangster is portrayed splendidly by the British actor Stephen Graham. He smirks, tugs on his cigar, beats his enemies to a pulp, sings lullabies to his deaf son…. I´m going to miss him. As I was grieving this loss from my TV life, another Capone-related news item appeared in my Chicago newspaper: The two U.S. senators from Illinois

  


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Court affirms Mass. murderer´s
right to get sex change
in prison
Associated Press - Boston, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NYC RAL- 1/18/2014 2:54:02 PM     Post Reply
A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a judge´s ruling granting a taxpayer-funded sex change operation for a transgender inmate serving a life sentence for a murder conviction, saying receiving medically necessary treatment is a constitutional right that must be protected "even if that treatment strikes some as odd or unorthodox." U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ruled in 2012 that the state Department of Correction must provide sex reassignment surgery for Michelle Kosilek, who was born as Robert Kosilek and is serving a life sentence for the killing of his wife in 1990.

Juan Pablo Galavis Says a
Gay Bachelor Would Be a Bad
Example for Kids: Report
People, by Sheila Cosgrove Baylis    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/18/2014 2:27:47 PM     Post Reply
Juan Pablo Galavis has said that a gay version of The Bachelor would be a bad example for children, according to a report. Galavis, the newest Bachelor on the hit television series, and the first Latino Bachelor, apparently made controversial comments Friday about the gay community. "I respect [gay people], but honestly I don´t think it´s a good example for kids to watch that on TV," Galavis – a single dad to 6-year-old daughter Camila – told Sean Daly from The TV Page. Calls to ABC for comment were not immediately returned. In the interview – an audio recording of

Gay Russian Protester
Detained at Olympic Relay
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 1/18/2014 1:24:27 PM     Post Reply
MOSCOW — A gay Russian protester was detained on Saturday for unfurling a rainbow flag during the Olympic torch relay as it passed through his hometown of Voronezh, 560 miles (910 kilometers) north of Sochi, where the games will begin Feb. 7.Photos uploaded by his friends show Pavel Lebedev pulling out the flag and then being detained by Olympic security personnel, who wrestle him to the snow as they wait for police to arrive. Lebedev, reached by The Associated Press on the phone, said he was still in the police station and undergoing questioning. "Hosting the games here contradicts the basic

Power play: Federal ruling
forbids states from checking
voters’ citizenship
Washington Times (D.C), by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/18/2014 1:09:56 PM     Post Reply
A federal commission rejected three states’ requests to ask voters for proof of citizenship, issuing a complex decision Friday that said it’s up to the national government, not the states, to decide what to include on registration forms. Under the motor-voter law, federal officials distribute voter-registration forms in all of the states. Arizona, Kansas and Georgia all asked that those forms request proof of citizenship, but the federal Election Assistance Commission rejected that in a 46-page ruling. The EAC said states can check driver’s license databases or ask federal immigration authorities for information, but they cannot tell the federal government

Obama: ‘I’ll act on my own’ to
make ‘breakthrough year’ happen
Washington Times (D.C), by Ben Wolfgang    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/18/2014 1:06:45 PM     Post Reply
Again promising to act on his own wherever and whenever he can, President Obama on Saturday said the U.S. is on the cusp of an economic breakthrough but accused Republicans of standing in the way. “We are primed to bring back more of the good jobs claimed by the recession and lost to overseas competition in recent decades. But that requires a year of action,” Mr. Obama said in his weekly address. “And I want to work with Congress this year on proven ways to create jobs, like building infrastructure and fixing our broken immigration system. When Congress isn’t acting,

  



Coverage Expansion Fail: Less Than
One-Third Of Obamacare Exchange
Enrollees Were Previously Uninsured
Forbes, by Avik Roy    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/18/2014 12:44:30 PM     Post Reply
At the end of the day, for all of the rhetoric and promises about what Obamacare would achieve, the health law’s most ardent supporters have stuck to their guns because of one thing: coverage expansion. But new data suggests that Obamacare may fail even to achieve this goal. Instead of expanding coverage to those without it, Obamacare is replacing the pre-existing market for private insurance. Surveys from insurers and other industry players indicate that as few as 11 percent of those on Obamacare’s exchanges were previously uninsured. If these trends continue, the probability increases that Obamacare will eventually get repealed.

It´s not poverty that breeds jihadis
New York Post, by Michelle Malkin    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/18/2014 12:35:59 PM     Post Reply
The myth of the poor, oppressed jihadist never dies. Secretary of State John Kerry is the latest Obama official to peddle this odious narrative. Cue John Lennon’s cloying “Imagine,” don your plaid pajamas and curl up with a warm cup of deadly naïveté. While meeting with Catholic officials at the Vatican on Monday, Kerry expounded on their “huge common interest in dealing with this issue of poverty, which in many cases is the root cause of terrorism or even the root cause of the disenfranchisement of millions of people on this planet.” In other words: If only every al Qaeda

How much longer can President
Obama claim that he ´didn´t know´?
American Thinker, by Silvio Canto, Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/18/2014 11:57:06 AM     Post Reply
According to The NY Times, President Obama didn´t know again: "At the same time, aides said Mr. Obama was surprised to learn after leaks by Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, just how far the surveillance had gone. "Things seem to have grown at the N.S.A.," Mr. Plouffe said, citing specifically the tapping of foreign leaders´ telephones. "I think it was disturbing to most people, and I think he found it disturbing."" Sorry but this is incredible! I have to assume that President Obama was briefed about the full extent of these programs when he walked into

Military school teacher’s torrid
affair with 15-year-old girl
included pretend WEDDING VOWS
Daily Caller, by Eric Owens    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/18/2014 11:53:01 AM     Post Reply
Teachers never cease to impress in their quests to have sex with underage high school students. The latest incident appears to involve a 15-year-old girl and a lusty 54-year-old male teacher who routinely hid her away in his bachelor pad in a shabby apartment community. The twist this time is that the teacher, Duane Ernest Adams, said he and the girl have exchanged wedding vows a well as rings, reports the Ocala Star-Banner. They’re in love, see. And Adams assured detectives that, in the eyes of God, he and the girl are married. He added that his plan had been

With California´s strong nut
market, thieves see chance to steal
the crops by truckloads
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/18/2014 11:50:08 AM     Post Reply
ESCALON, Calif. –The soaring value of California´s nut crops is attracting a new breed of thieves, who have been making off with the pricey commodities by the truckload, recalling images of cattle rustlers of bygone days. In one case from this harvest season in the Central Valley, thieves cut through a fence and hauled off $400,000 in walnuts. Investigators suspect low-level organized crime, while some pilfered nuts are ending up in Los Angeles for resale at farmers markets or disappear into the black market. Such heists have become so common that an industry task force has devised ways to thwart

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