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Tuition based on parents’ immigration
status may be headed for court fight
Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Natalie Caula Hauff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/19/2014 6:11:11 AM     Post Reply
Born and living in South Carolina, some college-bound students are being charged out-of-state tuition based on their parents’ immigration status, a practice that some civil rights groups say is illegal. The Southern Poverty Law Center is taking note of how often U.S.-born students with undocumented parents are being charged, in some cases triple the tuition rate at South Carolina colleges and universities. [Snip] Grooms, who sponsored a major immigration-reform bill two years ago, said the tuition issue comes down to fairness. “I think the policy should be the same if your parents are from Texas or from Mexico,”

Why Don´t We Merge These
Disasters and Call It "ClimateCare"?
Power Line, by Steven Hayward    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/19/2014 5:54:22 AM     Post Reply
Or the “Affordable Climate Act”? Two stories from the Wall Street Journal this morning gild my two posts from the last few days about what happens to liberal dreams when this thing called “reality” intrudes. First: Exchanges See Little Progress on Uninsured Early signals suggest the majority of the 2.2 million people who sought to enroll in private insurance through new marketplaces through Dec. 28 were previously covered elsewhere, raising questions about how swiftly this part of the health overhaul will be able to make a significant dent in the number of uninsured. Insurers, brokers and consultants estimate at least two-thirds of those consumers

Lena Dunham defies her critics
over doctored Vogue cover
UK Guardian, by Vanessa Thorpe    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 1/19/2014 5:52:51 AM     Post Reply
The innovative American writer, director and performer Lena Dunham, the creator of Girls and a totemic figure for a generation of young women, has defended herself against claims that a Vogue cover shoot has betrayed her feminist credentials.Dunham, 27, is known for the nude appearances she makes on her acclaimed HBO show. Her tattooed body is neither honed nor thin, like most of the women shown on television, in cinema or in magazine shoots, so the revelation that Vogue has printed doctored images of her, taken by Annie Leibovitz, has caused reproach. The Photoshopped pictures present a glamorised and slimmed-down

  


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‘Merger of the Century,’ Combining America,
Canada, Emerges as Quixotic Cause
New York Sun, by Conrad Black    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/19/2014 5:50:56 AM     Post Reply
My relations with my National Post colleague Diane Francis have had their ups and downs over three decades or so. We have gotten over some rough patches, including a period of a couple of years when her chief public conversational gambit seemed to be the moral imperative that I be sent to prison.(Snip)Diane Francis makes a good, as she writes, “metric” case for a merger of Canada and the United States, which would put together two G-7 countries (I do not accept the legitimacy of Russia’s presence in the group to make it G-8). Such a merger, as she describes

Kerry Dismisses 98% Support
for New Egypt Constitution as
Just One Election and Not ‘Inclusive’
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/19/2014 5:46:28 AM     Post Reply
When millions of Egyptians wanted the Muslim Brotherhood leadership out, President Obama noted that Mohammed Morsi won his presidential post in an election. When nearly 20 million Egyptians — more than 98 percent of votes cast — approved a new constitution to replace the one forged by Islamists, Secretary of State John Kerry said elections aren’t everything. Egypt’s new constitution was written by a committee of 50 including women, Christians, one Salafist and one independent Islamist, while the last constitution was written by the Muslim Brotherhood and associated Islamists. The new document forbids “religion, race, gender or geography” from being the basis

Obama Takes Rare Stroll
to Sign Spending Bill
Wall Street Journal, by Peter Nicholas    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/19/2014 5:40:36 AM     Post Reply
As public housing goes, the White House isn’t too shabby. But the massive security apparatus surrounding the modern presidency can make the first family feel a little cooped up. Speaking at an event in Africa last year, First Lady Michelle Obama said “there are definitely elements that are confining” when living at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. On Friday afternoon, hours after delivering his speech announcing changes in U.S. surveillance practices, President Barack Obama decided it was time for a walk. So he left the White House grounds for a quick stroll to the New Executive Office Building, north of the White

Cyber criminals hack a REFRIGERATOR:
Will the ´Internet of Things´ create a
new bot army for the spammers?
Daily Mail [UK], by Ellie Zolfagharifard    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/19/2014 5:38:24 AM     Post Reply
Home automation, once relegated to the timing of porch lights, can now be used to control almost anything in the house. From the kettle in your kitchen to the lock on your front door, nearly every item in the home can be connected to the internet. Now, California-based security group, Proofpoint, has uncovered the first wide-scale hack involving television sets and at least one fridge. The attack is being described as the first home appliance ‘botnet’ – an hack which involves computers that appear to be functioning normally but are secretly controlled by cyber criminals. In this case, hackers broke into more than

  


  

Hamas Graduates 13,000 High School
Students From Suicide Bomber Camp
Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/19/2014 5:36:55 AM     Post Reply
The Hamas terrorist group graduated 13,000 high school students this year from suicide bomber camps. The Gaza children play terrorist at summer camp. They even get T-shirts. The Times of Israel reported, via Religion of Peace: The Hamas government in Gaza celebrated the graduation on Monday of paramilitary camps geared at training high-school children “to follow in the footsteps of the suicide martyrs. The camps, titled “the pioneers of liberation,” are run by Hamas’s ministries of education and interior. Some 13,000 students in grades 10-12 participated in the one-week training camps this year, compared to 5,000 last year when the program was launched, Israeli

House Intelligence chairman suggests Russian
spies helped Edward Snowden hack NSA
Washington Examiner [DC], by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/19/2014 5:32:32 AM     Post Reply
National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden had outside help, perhaps from Russian spies, according to the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. "This was a thief, who we believe had some help, who stole information the vast majority had nothing to do with privacy." Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., who heads up the intel panel, told NBC´s "Meet the Press" in an interview that will air Sunday. "Our Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines have been incredibly harmed by the data that he has taken with him and we believe now is in the hands of nation-states." NBC released an excerpt of the

Mark Levin’s fair-weather federalism
Daily Caller, by Brion McClanahan    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/19/2014 5:20:10 AM     Post Reply
Radio talk-show host Mark Levin’s new book The Liberty Amendments has introduced many Americans to the idea of an Article V Convention. He is not the first to propose this method, but because of his public profile, Levin has moved the issue to the front-burner for many conservatives. God bless him; better late than never. There are potential problems with an Article V convention, but they could probably be hammered out before one took place. That said, Levin has publically criticized other methods of arresting the unconstitutional actions of the general government, most importantly “nullification,” even going so far as to

The Cruelest Pregnancy
New York Times, by Frank Bruni    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/19/2014 5:13:53 AM     Post Reply
WHAT would Marlise Munoz have made of all of this? We’ll never know. She can no longer form words. Can no longer form thoughts. It’s arguable that we shouldn’t even be referring to a “she,” to a “her,” because if she’s brain-dead, as her family has consistently said, then she meets the legal criteria for death in all 50 states, and what’s been tethered to machines in a hospital in Fort Worth for the last seven weeks isn’t exactly a mother. It’s an artificially maintained ecosystem, an incubator for a fetus that has somehow been given precedence over all other concerns:

  


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Oh, for a happy ending
Boston Herald, by Howie Carr    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/19/2014 5:02:13 AM     Post Reply
When “Mitt” is over, you’ll be glad you saw it. But it’s not really the kind of movie you’ll want to watch again, at least if you voted for Mitt Romney in 2012. Even though you know from the start how the new Netflix documentary turns out, the ending is still depressing. It’s election night 2012 and Romney and his family know they’ve lost. And somebody, I’m not sure who, is telling Mitt that his concession speech needs to be “soothing … pastoral.” “Yeah, OK,” he says, dismissively. “I don’t think this is a time for soothing and ‘everything’s fine.’ This is

Enthusiasm on the left is
like a bubble about to burst
New York Post, by Michael Goodwin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/19/2014 4:56:39 AM     Post Reply
Thanks to the recession, we all know about financial bubbles and the damage they cause. But are there such things as political bubbles? I say yes, and believe America is in the midst of one now.(Snip)For example, one of the book’s authors told the Journal that a clear sign of a market bubble is when investors discount all evidence that doesn’t fit their belief. He called that a “hinge point” that leads investors to a “binary framework where anybody who disagrees with them is demonized.” That perfectly describes the cult of Barack Obama and the bubble of liberalism he embodies. They are built

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

  


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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

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,

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

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