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Revealed: INSIDE the President´s $223m
´DOOMSDAY PLANE´ that protects him against
nuclear war, asteroids and terror attacks
Daily Mail [UK], by Hayley Peterson & Zoe Szathmary    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/19/2014 4:47:43 AM     Post Reply
It can withstand a nuclear bomb, asteroid blasts and terror attacks while staying airborne for days without refueling: it´s the president´s $223 million ´doomsday´ plane and it´s on standby 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, ready to launch at a minute´s notice. Remarkably, a new video takes visitors inside the plane, looking at its impressive array of features, including technology services, a working office, a conference room, sleeping quarters, and a telecommunications control center. Perhaps the most surprising fact about the ´doomsday´ plane is its age. The aircraft in the 1980s, and still retains much of its technology

Reveille?
PJ Media, by Roger Kimball    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/19/2014 4:41:43 AM     Post Reply
The best line of the day comes from “Obama’s Belated Defense of the NSA,” Andrew McCarthy’s reflection on Obama’s speech about spooks, spying, and national security yesterday. No, it’s not his characterization, toward the end of his essay, of Obama’s behavior as a “toxic mix of passive unseriousness and active harm.” That’s the second-best line of the day, a grimly accurate summary of what this Potemkin President is all about. But the best line comes at the top, at the very beginning of McCarthy’s column: “It is very hard to take President Obama seriously.” Bingo. The architect of “the most transparent

Two men just defrauded the Renewable
Fuel Standard credit system for $37 million
Hot Air, by Erika Johnsen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/19/2014 4:32:45 AM     Post Reply
Why is it, whenever the federal government — in all of their august and well-meaning wisdom — creates a program that either hands out money and/or attempts to manipulate the free market by injecting it with artificial incentives, it always seems to be so rife with waste, fraud, and, abuse? From agriculture and energy subsidies to food stamps to Medicare and Medicaid, the feds lose hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars every year via the nefarious deeds of people who scam the system. It couldn’t be that Big Government is both a vehicle for costly, bureaucratic inefficiency as well as

  


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America hates the Seahawks
Washington Post, by Reid Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/19/2014 4:28:56 AM     Post Reply
No professional sports teams have to travel farther than the Seattle Mariners and the Seattle Seahawks to get to their nearest rivals. The shortest trips they can take for an away game is about 800 miles south along Interstate 5 to the Bay Area, to play the Oakland Athletics or the San Francisco 49ers. That means Seattle teams don’t really have natural rivalries. Those closest rivals are, to be frank, more storied franchises. On rivalry weekends during Major League Baseball season, the A’s are matched against the San Francisco Giants. The Mariners are artificially paired with the San Diego Padres or

As enrichment deal is struck, Iran exercises
diplomatic clout in numerous UN agencies
Fox News, by George Russell    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/19/2014 4:27:14 AM     Post Reply
Iran, already exulting about the “surrender” of the West in its nuclear enrichment negotiations, may soon have another diplomatic victory to celebrate: a role in the election of the next executive director of the U.N.’s World Property Organization (WIPO), a which deals in the complexities of international copyright and technology transfer. The election takes place in early March, and Iran—along with North Korea—is a member of WIPO’s so-called “coordination committee”—a select group of less than half of the organization’s membership. It will nominate a leadership candidate for ratification by the entire 183-member organization. Three other candidates are running, but WIPO’s current executive

Spare us the gun lecture, Harvey
CNN, by S.E. Cupp    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/19/2014 4:23:23 AM     Post Reply
Remember "Bowling for Columbine"? The anti-gun documentary that attempted to politicize the tragic school shooting at Columbine, Colorado, was wildly successful, both critically and commercially, and even won its writer/director, Michael Moore, an Oscar. But while the film was certainly entertaining, and may have even got some folks thinking about gun violence, it did little to move the needle on its presumptive goal: curbing gun ownership and weakening the National Rifle Association. That´s because gun owners and the powerful lobby that represents them don´t care what Hollywood thinks of them, a lesson producer Harvey Weinstein will learn soon. Weinstein "reluctantly" told Howard Stern

Family of Executed Man
Plans to Sue State
ABC News, by Gillian Mohney    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/19/2014 4:19:51 AM     Post Reply
The family of a death row inmate who was executed with a new drug concoction is planning to sue the state of Ohio for "cruel and unusual punishment," arguing that he was used as an "experiment." The family of Dennis McGuire, 53, watched him die for 26 minutes, during which he was heard having gasping, snorting and making other sounds of distress. McGuire´s execution in Dayton, Ohio, was the longest since the state reinstituted the death penalty in 1999, according to The Associated Press. "There´s one claim that will certainly be made and that will be alleging that the Eighth

  


  

Forward
American Thinker, by Aleksey    Original Article
Posted By: ScarletPimpernel- 1/19/2014 4:02:55 AM     Post Reply
Upon migrating to the United States many years ago, I embraced my new home and left the past behind. Never could I imagine that, at some point, that past would become relevant. But now, I am compelled to talk about it again. In the USSR, we had state-controlled media which shaped the narrative entirely. Our founder, Vladimir Lenin, was portrayed as a noble, charismatic, and smart man -- the champion of the underdog (the working class), the seeker of equality, defeater of the rich.

Mitt Romney attends Sundance
premiere of ´MITT´ documentary,
which tracks campaigns
Associated Press, by Sandy Cohen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/19/2014 3:46:20 AM     Post Reply
PARK CITY, Utah — Mitt Romney surprised filmgoers when he came to the Salt Lake City premiere of "MITT," the documentary that tracks his run for the presidency. But he declined to share what he thought about the movie afterward, even with the filmmaker behind it. "If he hated it, I don´t know if he´s going to tell me," director Greg Whiteley said. "He´s nice and he and (his wife) Ann are gracious. I wonder what they really think." Whiteley followed the Romney family for six years, from the Massachusetts governor´s first attempt for the Republican nomination in 2006 to

Tennessee Robbers Use Sledgehammers
to Rob Jewelry Store in Busy Mall
Associated Press, by Angelina Bouc    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/19/2014 3:22:37 AM     Post Reply
Alert for residents in and surrounding Memphis, Tennessee: Officials state earlier this evening reports of up to six male robbers entered Reed’s Jewelers inside of the busy mall, Wolfchase Galleria. Witness reports are still being smoothed out, as some witnesses state shots were heard, others did not. What a majority of witnesses do state, is the men entered the mall armed with sledgehammers and potentially firearms. The robbers used the sledgehammers to smash the cases containing Rolex watchers as shoppers screamed and hid in other stores. The robbers were quick and after stuffing jewelry into held pillow cases, they ran

Christie Denies NJ Mayor
Allegations of Withholding Sandy Aid
ABC News, by Gillian Mohney    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/19/2014 12:31:15 AM     Post Reply
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie today denied allegations by a New Jersey mayor that millions of dollars in Sandy relief was withheld from Hoboken for political reasons. awn Zimmer, the mayor of Hoboken, NJ., said today, in an appearance on MSNBC, that Christie officials told her that storm funds would be withheld unless she approved a development deal. Christie´s office denied the accusation and in a statement said that Christie has "been helping Hoboken get the help they need" (Snip) Zimmer said although she had asked for around $100 million Hoboken had only received around $340,000 in Sandy aid from the state,

  


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Smart refrigerators and TVs hacked to
send out spam, according to a new report
NBC News, by Julianne Pepitone    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/19/2014 12:21:59 AM     Post Reply
Et tu, refrigerator? A new report shows cyberattacks aren’t relegated to laptops anymore: Now, even a fridge or a TV can send malicious emails. Security firm Proofpoint has uncovered a cyberattack that involved the hacking of “smart” home appliances connected to the Internet. Hackers broke into more than 100,000 gadgets -- including TVs, multimedia centers, routers, and at least one fridge – and used the appliances to send out more than 750,000 malicious emails between December 23 and January 6. The attack also included compromised laptops and tablets, but Proofpoint said about 25% of the emails were sent

Intel to cut 5,000 jobs in 2014
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/19/2014 12:10:00 AM     Post Reply
San Francisco - Intel plans to trim more than 5,000 jobs from its workforce this year in an effort to boost its earnings amid waning demand for its personal computer chips. The Santa Clara, California, company confirmed the job cuts on Friday, the day after it reported its profit and revenue had fallen for the second consecutive year. The purge represents about 5% of the roughly 108,000 jobs that Intel had on its payroll at the end of December. The company intends to jettison the jobs without laying off workers, said Intel spokesman Bill Calder. The reductions instead will be achieved through attrition, buyouts and early retirement offers.

Rules for Equal Coverage by Employers
Remain Elusive Under Health Law
New York Times, by Robert Pear    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/18/2014 10:28:08 PM     Post Reply
Washington - The Obama administration is delaying enforcement of another provision of the new health care law, one that prohibits employers from providing better health benefits to top executives than to other employees. Tax officials said they would not enforce the provision this year because they had yet to issue regulations for employers to follow. The Affordable Care Act, adopted nearly four years ago, says employer-sponsored health plans must not discriminate “in favor of highly compensated individuals” with respect to either eligibility or benefits. The government provides a substantial tax break for employer-sponsored insurance,

´Bachelor´ Star Apologizes
for Anti-Gay Comments
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/18/2014 10:15:33 PM     Post Reply
Los Angeles - The star of ABC´s "The Bachelor" made anti-gay comments that drew a swift rebuke from the network and an apology from the bachelor himself on Saturday. Juan Pablo Galavis told website The TV Page that he didn´t think a gay or bisexual bachelor would set a good example for kids. Galavis also told the site Friday that gays were more "pervert, in a sense," adding that he could be mistaken. (Snip) Galavis, who is Latino, blamed that latter word choice on the fact that English is his second language, after Spanish. "What I meant to say was that gay people are more affectionate and intense and for a segment of the TV

  


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China Unveils New Native Operating System
New York Times, by Bree Feng    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/18/2014 9:59:33 PM     Post Reply
Chinese researchers have developed a new mobile operating system intended to break the dominance in China of systems produced by Google, Apple and Microsoft. At a ceremony in Beijing on Wednesday, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Shanghai-based Liantong Network Communications Technology unveiled the domestically produced China Operating System, or COS, designed for use on many devices including smartphones and personal computers. (Snip) The COS is “completely” independently developed, from the basic coding to the user interface, said an article posted on the Chinese Academy of Sciences website.

Zogby Report Card: Nation
´terribly split´ under Obama
Washington Examiner (DC), by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/18/2014 9:27:11 PM     Post Reply
Pollster John Zogby reports in our White House report card that President Obama´s bid to rule by executive order shows that the nation is torn. "A new congressional study details the laxity in security in Benghazi prior to the attack that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans. There was plenty of blame to go around. “The president´s approval numbers still hover around the low 40´s, and so few Americans feel the country is headed in the right direction. On the flip side, housing foreclosures are at a 6-year low. “In his sixth year at the helm, Mr. Obama

WaPo Fact Checker Gives Obamacare
Enrollment Numbers Three Pinocchios
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Warner Todd Huston    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/18/2014 9:23:56 PM     Post Reply
Lately, President Obama´s political action group, Organizing for Action (OFA), has claimed that six million Americans have successfully signed up for Obamacare. However, even The Washington Post Fact Checker finds this assertion to be suspect. For over a week, OFA has been sending out numerous fundraising emails, posting tweets, and writing Facebook messages touting the mythical six million signups. On January 10, for instance, OFA tweeted, "Six million Americans have gotten covered. Have you?" But Glenn Kessler of The Washington Post says that this is a number that should be "ignored." "The 6 million figure," Kessler explains, "comes from combining

Ombudsman: ESPN Considered
Banning Use of ´Redskins´
Breitbart Sports, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/18/2014 9:20:11 PM     Post Reply
ESPN´s ombudsman revealed that the network considered banning the use of "Redskins" but declined to do so because of the news that such a move would inevitably make. In a column about the baseball Hall of Fame ballot that ESPN host Dan Le Batard gave to Deadspin, ombudsman Robert Lipsyte wrote on Friday: Not only do I think there is a conflict of interest in voting for the Hall of Fame but I think it puts writers in the position of making news as well as covering it. That is against ESPN policy (and recently was one of the in-house

Court: Bloggers Have Same
First Amendment Protections
as Traditional Journalists
Slate Magazine, by Daniel Politi    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/18/2014 9:16:15 PM     Post Reply
A blogger—and, really, the public at large—has the same protections for free speech in the United State as a traditional journalist and can only lose a defamation lawsuit on an issue of public concern if plaintiffs manage to prove negligence. In a ruling that may come as a surprise to many bloggers who probably didn’t even realize this was even a question, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a new trial for Crystal Cox, a blogger who had lost a defamation lawsuit in 2011 over a blog post that accused an Oregon bankruptcy trustee and Obsidian Finance Group of fraud, reports the Associated Press. A jury had awarded the

  



Top 10 fastest-growing states
Associated Press, by Ilyce Glink    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/18/2014 9:13:01 PM     Post Reply
The fastest-growing state in the U.S. isn´t one that grabs many headlines. It´s not California or Texas or Florida. It´s North Dakota. The huge landmass in the Upper Midwest, with a population smaller than Rhode Island, has seen the highest population growth over the past year, and the highest rate of growth since the 2010 Census, according to the Bureau´s recently-released figures. Although the U.S. Census Bureau hasn´t released more specific information detailing whether the population growth among the states is coming from immigration or new births, the growth in North Dakota is obvious. Its growth has to do with

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.

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

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