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As trial nears, 9th Circuit Court
accused of favoring Hollywood
McClatchy Newspapers, by David G. Savage & Maura Dolan    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/20/2014 5:21:18 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON - The California-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is known for progressive rulings that champion individual rights over government and corporations, but when it comes to show business, the "Hollywood Circuit" -as it has been called - stands accused of routinely siding with the home-turf entertainment industry. (Snip)Now, the court´s alleged pro-Hollywood slant is being cited again by a screenwriter´s daughter who on Tuesday will ask the Supreme Court to overturn a 9th Circuit decision that blocked her copyright claim against Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in a dispute over the 1980 movie "Raging Bull." When it comes to copyright infringement claims from

Merger of Palace staff is latest step on
Prince of Wales´s journey to kingship
Telegraph [UK], by Gordon Rayner    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/20/2014 5:20:15 AM     Post Reply
The Prince of Wales will take the latest significant step in his journey towards becoming king later this month when a key part of his household merges with Buckingham Palace. The Prince’s 10-man communications team, which is responsible for his public image, will move from Clarence House to the Palace, where one of the Prince’s most senior courtiers is expected to take charge of publicity for all members of the Royal family. It will be the first time in a generation that all of the Royal family’s image-makers will work from the same office, and will give the Prince significantly

Pastor Rick Warren:
Fighting Obesity with Faith
Wall Street Journal, by Alexandra Wolfe    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/20/2014 5:16:31 AM     Post Reply
´If you´re not following me on Twitter, you´re going to hell," says megachurch pastor Rick Warren, before cracking up. Mr. Warren—or Pastor Rick, as his teeming staff calls him—is leaning back in a red leather chair with his sneaker-clad feet up on the coffee table in one of his many offices on the 120-acre Saddleback Church campus in Lake Forest, Calif. He´s only joking. He has plenty of followers already: Almost 1.3 million keep up with him on Twitter, and around 30,000 attend his sermons. Mr. Warren´s popularity soared after the release of his 2002 best seller, "The Purpose Driven



Despite an improving economy,
Obama´s approval rating stays low
Los Angeles Times, by Mark Z. Barabak    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/20/2014 5:12:33 AM     Post Reply
The stock market has hit sky-scraping highs, the unemployment rate has dipped to a five-year low and any number of economic statistics — new car sales, home prices, consumer spending — point to a perked-up economy that is steadily growing. But one thing that has changed little is President Obama´s job approval rating, which tumbled over the last year to the anemic 40% range and remains stuck near the low point of his administration. The chasm is striking, and a worrisome thing for Democrats already facing a tough election year. One of the most reliable barometers of political well-being is

Should Americans believe
anything Obama says?
Washington Examiner [DC], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/20/2014 5:04:53 AM     Post Reply
As the beginning of President Obama´s sixth year in the Oval Office draws near, his public approval rating has plunged, battered by the horrendous launch of the Obamacare website, healthcare.gov, as well as by a succession of extremely disturbing revelations about his administration´s handling of the IRS scandal and the aftermath of the Benghazi terrorist attack. Taken together, these developments point to a question that is painful to pose, but essential to consider: Can or should Americans believe anything this president tells them about his policies or actions?

Saving Mr. Disney
Weekly Standard, by John Podhoretz    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/20/2014 4:59:07 AM     Post Reply
The year is 1961. A wonderful and kind and nice and glorious man named Walt Disney must convince a mean and nasty and crazy woman named P.L. Travers to allow him and his movie studio to do something really nice for his children and your children and everyone’s children. Our hero—call him Walt, everybody does, except P.L. Travers, because she’s mean and nasty and insists on “Mr. Disney”—wants to make a movie out of Travers’s book Mary Poppins, because he promised his kids he would, and a man never backs out on his promise to his kids. P.L. Travers is

The Working Rich
National Review Online, by Kevin D. Williamson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/20/2014 4:52:03 AM     Post Reply
There is in Dallas an establishment called the Idle Rich Pub, where you can find an excellent plate of fish and chips but few if any actual idle rich folk, who seem to be scarce as hen’s teeth. There are plenty of rich people in and around Dallas, as a walk down Euclid Avenue in Highland Park will confirm, but unlike in New York City’s Upper East Side or San Francisco’s Mission District, Dallas’s outdoor cafes and boutiques are deserted on a typical weekday afternoon: Dallas’s rich are in the main the working rich. Dallas is no longer the Dallas



Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief
Alex Marlow: ´What We´ve
Started Is a Revolution´
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/20/2014 4:51:19 AM     Post Reply
Breitbart News editor-in-chief Alex Marlow said during his speech at the South Carolina Tea Party Convention that Andrew Breitbart and the team at Breitbart News have started a “revolution.” “What we’ve started, and what Andrew wanted to start, was a revolution,” Marlow said during his remarks. “The revolution is fighting against corruption and fighting for truth.” Marlow walked through how he, Andrew, and Breitbart News CEO Larry Solov started Breitbart News in Andrew’s basement and why the fledgling operation gained national prominence. “The keys to success were, first of all, [Andrew] would go out and admit his biases, whereas we

ObamaCare’s ‘mandate’ meltdown
New York Post, by James C. Capretta*    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/20/2014 4:46:35 AM     Post Reply
The president and his Democratic allies are finding it harder to make people buy insurance than they’d expected. Will ObamaCare’s individual mandate survive? Last month, the administration announced that anyone with a canceled 2013 individual insurance plan would be exempt from the “individual-responsibility requirement” this year, and would be allowed to buy the catastrophe-only insurance previously offered to those age 30 or under. This exemption is likely only the first of many. How, for one, can the administration exempt people who had insurance last year but not exempt people who were uninsured because they couldn’t afford coverage? ObamaCare’s architects were

Unions threaten protests, boycotts
over Postal Service´s Staples outlets
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/20/2014 4:34:12 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – The opening of Postal Service retail centers in dozens of Staples stores around the country is being met with threats of protests and boycotts by the agency´s unions. The new outlets are staffed by Staples employees, not postal workers, and labor officials say that move replaces good-paying union jobs with low-wage, nonunion workers. "It´s a direct assault on our jobs and on public postal services," said Mark Dimondstein, president of the 200,000-member American Postal Workers Union. The dispute comes as the financially struggling Postal Service continues to form partnerships with private companies, and looks to cut costs and boost revenues. The

It will soon be technically
impossible to be anonymous
Telegraph [UK], by Charles Crawford    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/20/2014 4:34:09 AM     Post Reply
President Obama last week announced a range of new measures to keep US government data-sweeps under tighter control and thereby (he hopes) rebuild trust in America’s electronic intelligence-gathering efforts. [Snip] The real problem with the whole surveillance debate is not the technology, nor the civil servants who work in state intelligence agencies running amok. We the public don’t know what we want as a good policy outcome, but we love cool gadgets that share information about us in profusion. When we try to work out what we do want, the technology keeps improving in leaps and bounds: new, previously unimaginable



Olympics Security Worries U.S. Officials
New York Times, by Brian Knowlton    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/20/2014 4:28:39 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Tensions rose Sunday over security preparations ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, as several congressional leaders expressed concern about Russia’s willingness to share information about terrorist threats, while President Vladimir V. Putin asserted that he would “do whatever it takes” to protect the thousands of visitors arriving soon for the Games. The separate remarks, made on Sunday morning news programs, came before a video was released online showing two young men who said they were behind suicide bombings in the central Russian city Volgograd last month that claimed 34 lives. In the video, the men threaten to carry

The Last Generation of the West
and the Thin Strand of Civilization
PJ Media, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/20/2014 4:24:39 AM     Post Reply
Had the Greeks lost at Salamis, Western civilization might easily have been strangled in its adolescence. Had Hitler not invaded the Soviet Union, the European democracies would have probably remained overwhelmed. And had the Japanese just sidestepped the Philippines and Pearl Harbor, as they gobbled up the orphaned Pacific colonies of a defunct Western Europe, the Pacific World as we know it now might be a far different, far darker place. I am not engaging in pop counterfactual history, as much as reminding us of how thin the thread of civilization sometimes hangs, both in its beginning and full maturity. Something

Hoboken Mayor Zimmer has a
lot of (differing) stories to tell
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/20/2014 4:21:17 AM     Post Reply
The accusations being hurled against Chris Christie have been flying fast and furious lately, (as Allahpundit has reminded us of at length) and a lot of them have been coming from MSNBC. The latest is really a doozy, too. (Snip)Wow! That’s a pretty serious charge. If true, it’s clearly a combination of conspiracy and extortion which should, at a minimum, be a gross violation of ethics if not flatly illegal. In either case, it’s clearly corruption. But as our own Guy Benson reports at Townhall, this is a slightly different story than Mayor Zimmer was previously peddling. Hmmm. A New Jersey

The amazing story we ignore
CNN, by Bob Greene    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/20/2014 4:15:31 AM     Post Reply
No Googling allowed: Who are Koichi Wakata, Oleg Kotov, Mike Hopkins, Mikhail Tyurin, Rick Mastracchio and Sergey Ryazanskiy? If you´re stumped by the question, don´t feel bad. You´re not alone. Most people almost certainly wouldn´t know the answer. Although it would be nice if we did. Those six men are people of great accomplishment, rigorous education and training, and astonishing courage. Right this moment, they are taking part in something so thrilling that it´s hard to believe the world has become so indifferent to it.



How fed dollars for trolleys in Miami-Dade,
Local cities spurred civil rights investigation
Herald [Miami, FL], by Jenny Staletovich    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/20/2014 4:12:38 AM     Post Reply
Miami’s snazzy new trolleys, painted to look like quaint street cars and designed to draw riders with free public transportation, hit all the hot spots: Mary Brickell Village and AmericanAirlines Arena, the Adrienne Arsht Center, Midtown and downtown Coral Gables. There’s even a route to Miami’s sprawling health district near Jackson Memorial. But where the trolleys do not venture is the West Grove, a largely black neighborhood founded over a century ago by Bahamian laborers who helped build the city. In response to citizen complaints, federal transit officials are taking a closer look at how Miami-Dade County and local cities

Seahawks, Broncos to
square off in Super Bowl
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/20/2014 4:08:23 AM     Post Reply
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning runs the NFL´s No. 1 offense. Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is a key cog in the NFL´s No. 1 defense. (Just ask him.) That intriguing matchup will be one of the main Super Bowl story lines when the AFC champion Broncos (15-3) play the NFC champion Seahawks (15-3) on Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. According to STATS, it´s the first NFL title game since 1991 pitting the team that scored the most points in the regular season against the team that allowed the fewest. Definitely no upstarts here. Providing quite a cap to the season,

National Cathedral goes
off the deep end
Washington Times (D.C), by Robert Knight    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/20/2014 3:43:45 AM     Post Reply
The Episcopal Church-run National Cathedral in Northwest Washington, D.C., has hosted many events in its storied history, from Martin Luther King’s final Sunday sermon before his assassination, to U.S. presidents’ state funerals. Last week, it was the site of “Seeing Deeper,” a five-day exploration of “expansiveness, immediacy and insight.” Before we get into that, here’s a brief history. In 1791, Pierre Charles L´Enfant, who laid out the capital city, included space for a “a great church for national purposes.” The original site now houses the National Portrait Gallery. A century later, on Jan. 6, 1893, Congress granted a charter signed

Happy birthday Michelle! Beyonce
looks crazy in love with Bo
in first pictures from the First
Lady´s exclusive 50th celebration
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/20/2014 3:38:17 AM     Post Reply
It´s well-known Beyonce and Jay Z are close friends with the Obamas, so it was no surprise that the pop diva was entertainment of choice for the first lady´s star-studded 50th birthday bash Saturday night. And on Sunday, Queen Bey released a collection of photographs from the White House, including an adorable one of her with first dog, Bo, and another showing her and daughter Blue Ivy admiring the famous Christmas tree. For Michelle Obama´s epic all-night celebration, Beyonce performed hits including ´Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)´ and ´To the Left´ while Stevie Wonder reportedly gave a more impromptu

Mexico warns US not to execute
Mexican national held in Texas
Al Jazeera America, by Staff*    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/20/2014 2:02:22 AM     Post Reply
Mexico has strongly objected to the scheduled execution in Texas of a Mexican convicted of killing a U.S. police officer, arguing that by executing him, the United States would be in "clear violation" of international treaties. Edgar Tamayo, who is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, was convicted of shooting dead a Houston police officer in 1994 when he was in the United States illegally. But Tamayo was not informed of his right, enshrined in an international treaty known as the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, to diplomatic assistance. Tamayo´s lawyers say assistance from the Mexican consulate could have helped him obtain


US ambassador Caroline Kennedy
´deeply concerned´ about
Japanese dolphin hunt
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/20/2014 1:42:31 AM     Post Reply
In an unusual move, U.S. ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy has expressed deep concern over the traditional dolphin hunt in western Japan, where local fisherman corral dolphins in a secluded bay before killing many for meat. The annual dolphin hunt currently under way in Taiji in western Japan has long been a source of controversy and was the topic of "The Cove," an Oscar-winning documentary. "(I am) deeply concerned by inhumanness of drive hunt dolphin killing," Kennedy tweeted at the weekend, adding that the U.S. government opposes drive hunt fishing. Every year the fishermen of Taiji – a small fishing

Let’s nationalize Fox News:
Imagining a very different media
Salon, by Fred Jerome    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/20/2014 1:15:18 AM     Post Reply
Imagine a world without the New York Times, Fox News, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, and countless other tools used by the 1 percent to rule and fool. In a socialist society run by and for the working people it represents, the mega-monopolies like Walmart, Halliburton, Exxon-Mobil, and the corporations that run the tightly controlled “mainstream media” will be a thing of the past. It’s not news that the major US media are run by and for big business, or that the major media companies are themselves big businesses. Twenty years ago, thirty corporations controlled 90 percent of US media. Today, it

Single Teen Mom? Texas´s
Wendy Davis Lied About Life Story
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/20/2014 12:15:40 AM     Post Reply
Wendy Davis, the Texas state senator whose filibuster for abortion rights made her a Democratic superstar and launched her campaign for governor, has admitted to the Dallas Morning News that she lied about key events in her life, including her first divorce. Davis may even have lied under oath, testifying in a federal lawsuit over redistricting that "I got divorced by the time I was 19 years old," when in fact she was divorced at age 21. Other missing details have included: her second husband paid her way through law school and she divorced him the day after the last

Obama Plays Race Card
on Falling Poll Numbers
While New Yorker´s Remnick
Tries to Rewrite History
Newsbusters, by Tom Blumer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/20/2014 12:07:34 AM     Post Reply
Much will be written, and should be, about President Barack Obama´s whining that racism partially explains the year-long plunge in his popularity since his reelection in 2012. What´s also worth noting about the ponderous and painfully long (18 web pages) January 27 writeup in The New Yorker ("Going the Distance; On and off the road with Barack Obama") is David Remnick´s apparent obsessions with rewriting history and recasting reality. But first, here´s the paragraph where Obama, apparently feeling that the "it´s Bush´s fault I inherited all these messes" card may finally have worn itself out, goes for the race card

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