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SAS to guard British athletes
at Winter Olympic Games
Daily Express [UK], by James Murray, Will Stewart    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/20/2014 2:11:56 PM     Post Reply
The SAS are on standby to protect British athletes when the Winter Olympics start next month in Sochi. [Snip] Although Russia is primarily responsible for the safety and security of all athletes in the Black Sea resort, SAS soldiers will be on hand to protect our athletes in the event of an incident. A team GB spokesman said: “As with previous Olympic Games, we will have security personnel as part of our delegation. For obvious reasons, much of what is done in the area of security must be kept confidential.” Russia has thrown a ring of steel around Sochi, flooding

Life as a Female Journalist: Hot or Not?
New York Times, by Amy Wallace    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/20/2014 2:04:00 PM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES — IN 2009, I wrote a cover story for Wired magazine about the anti-vaccine movement and profiled Paul Offit, a leading proponent of vaccines for children. Dr. Offit is a man. I am a woman. That was sufficient grounds for things to get ugly. In online comments and over email, I was called a prostitute and the C-word. J. B. Handley, a critic of childhood vaccination and the founder of the autism group Generation Rescue, affiliated with the actress Jenny McCarthy, sent me an essay titled, “Paul Offit Rapes (intellectually) Amy Wallace and Wired Magazine.” In it, he implied

Russia hunts as many as four
‘black widow’ bombers before Olympics
New York Daily News, by Joe Kemp    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/20/2014 2:00:06 PM     Post Reply
Russian authorities are looking for as many four women who could be used in terrorist attacks during the Winter Olympic games — including one suspect who may have already slipped through the ring of security in Sochi. Ruzanna (Salima) Ibragimova, 22 — the widow of an Islamic militant killed during a gun battle with police last year — has been missing from her Dagestan home since last month, ABC News reported. Wanted posters with Ibragimova’s picture littered area hotels and even a nearby airport last weekend, the news station reported, after authorities launched a massive search for the woman.



Coyote conspiracy: Myth, or
state-business collusion?
The Philadelphia Inquirer [PA], by Rita Giordano    Original Article
Posted By: snakeoil- 1/20/2014 1:56:25 PM     Post Reply
Mike Gambardello, a construction worker from Pennsauken, has been hunting for 17 of his 25 years. He recalls clearly and with pride taking down his first deer, a four-point buck, in the Pine Barrens at age 15. His father was there to see it. "It´s the biggest high you can ever get in your life," he said. But in the last several years, Gambardello has become increasingly aware of other hunters in the woods: Coyotes. "Eight years ago, it was very, very rare," he said. "Now walk down the road, and you see more coyote tracks than deer tracks." He

World´s richest 85 people have as
much as bottom half the population
McClatchy Foreign, by Matthew Schofield    Original Article
Posted By: NYC RAL- 1/20/2014 1:22:33 PM     Post Reply
The world’s richest 85 people control the same amount of wealth as the total held by half the world’s population, according to a report issued today by the British-based anti-poverty charity Oxfam. The means the world’s poorest 3,550,000,000 (3.55 billion) people must live on what the richest 85 possess. Another way to look at it: Each of the wealthiest 85 Earthlings has access to the resources available to about 42 million of the world’s poor, a population equal to the total number of people living in Canada, with those all those from Kentucky and Kansas tossed in.

Do we face a disastrous
century due to global cooling?
Washington Examiner, by Michael Barone    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/20/2014 1:03:23 PM     Post Reply
Are we facing a dangerous period of global cooling? That´s not a question that many have been asking. But reports that there has been a sharp reduction in sunspot activity raises that possibility. It has happened before. (Snip) The result of the “Maunder Minimum” of sunspots was a so-called Little Ice Age, with significantly colder temperatures in the temperate zones, low crop yields to the point of famine and, Parker writes, “a greater frequency of severe weather events—such as flash floods, freak storms, prolonged drought and abnormal (as well as abnormally long) cold spells.” Global warming alarmists have been claiming

Obama Wouldn’t Let His
Adult Son Play Pro Football
PJ Media, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/20/2014 1:01:02 PM     Post Reply
He doesn’t have a son — that we know of — but that didn’t stop President Obama from weighing in on the pro football concussion controversy. The president made those comments in a wide-ranging interview appearing in The New Yorker today. The Hill reports: President Obama said that he believed NFL players “know what they’re doing” and understood the impact that concussions could have on their long-term health in an interview with The New Yorker published on Sunday, adding that he would not let his son play pro football. “At this point, there’s a little bit of caveat emptor,” Obama



Two-thirds unhappy with income
distribution, Gallup poll finds
The Hill (Washington DC), by Blake Neff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/20/2014 12:52:37 PM     Post Reply
As debate in Washington turns increasingly to the issue of income inequality, Gallup´s annual “Mood of the Nation” survey finds that two-thirds of Americans are dissatisfied with the current distribution of income and wealth in the U.S. When asked how satisfied they were with the “the way income and wealth are distributed in the U.S.,” 67 percent of respondents said they were dissatisfied, while 39 percent described themselves as very dissatisfied. In contrast, only 32 percent were content with America´s wealth distribution, and a scant 7 percent described themselves as very satisfied. While there is a sizable gap in sentiments

‘Parallel universe’: Woman spends
6 weeks trying to disenroll from ObamaCare
Fox News, by Judson Berger    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/20/2014 12:47:55 PM     Post Reply
Think it´s hard to enroll in ObamaCare? Try getting out of it. Missouri resident Lesli Hill learned the hard way that terminating an Affordable Care Act plan can be far more difficult than navigating the website to buy one. She spent six weeks being bounced from operator to operator, calling the help line, using the online chat, blasting out emails to anyone who would listen, before ultimately driving to Kansas City last week to enlist her insurance company´s help. Only then was she able to break through the bureaucratic logjam, and cancel her policy. "It´s consumed my whole life," she

Nashua duck case: Two aldermen
seek commissioner´s resignation
Union Leader [Manchester, NH], by Kimberly Houghton    Original Article
Posted By: nhchemist- 1/20/2014 12:09:36 PM     Post Reply
NASHUA — Two city officials say Police Commissioner Thomas Pappas should resign because of his involvement with state Rep. David Campbell and an accident in which the lawmaker ran over and killed five ducks. "Commissioner Pappas should resign, but does not seem inclined to do so," said Alderman Ken Siegel, Ward 9. "... Now, we can only sit idly by and hope that the governor puts ethics ahead of politics." Members of Nashua´s police commission are appointed by the governor.

Dallas Morning News Calls Out
Wendy Davis for ‘Blurring’ Facts
About Personal Life
Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/20/2014 12:05:01 PM     Post Reply
As pro-choice icon State Sen. Wendy Davis continues her run for Governor of Texas, it’s only natural that the image she’s constructed for herself comes under public scrutiny. On Sunday afternoon, The Dallas Morning News‘s senior political writer called out the Democratic lawmaker for “blurring” key details of her personal biography as she attempts to lure voters into her camp. “Wendy Davis has made her personal story of struggle and success a centerpiece of her campaign to become the first Democrat elected governor of Texas in almost a quarter-century,” Morning News political writer Wayne Slater noted. “[I]t is her biography —



Inside the Beltway: The bipartisan
side of the March for Life
Washington Times, by Jennifer Harper    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 1/20/2014 11:58:09 AM     Post Reply
Lawmakers are not ignoring the March for Life, scheduled at high noon Wednesday on the National Mall, and currently the largest pro-life demonstration on the planet, according to organizers. “In a rare feat for the nation’s capital, representatives from both sides of the aisle will come together,” the organizers say, pointing out that keynote speakers include House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia and Rep. Dan Lipinski, Illinois Democrat. Also speaking, though the House is in recess this week: Republican Reps. Christopher H. Smith of New Jersey and Vicky Hartzler of Missouri.

Custom Writing Service Says
Students ´No Longer Have to Face
the Burden of Academic Coursework´
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/20/2014 11:37:15 AM     Post Reply
A Dallas-based company that writes research papers, essays and other classroom assignments -- so students don´t have to -- says it is doing so well that it has expanded its staff from just a few writers to more than 100 in the past year. The company bills itself as the one "students trust to write professional, in-depth and plagiarism-free essays that receive the highest grades for all levels of coursework...so they no longer have to face the burden of academic coursework." It says the writing is done for an "affordable" fee; and it has foreign writers on staff for non-American

Velveeta Cheesy Skillet single
dinners recalled over packaging
Chicago Tribune, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/20/2014 11:31:05 AM     Post Reply
Almost two million pounds of single-serving Kraft Velveeta Cheesy Skillet dinners are being recalled because the labels didn´t identify that they contain soy products. The 9-ounce microwaveable Ultimate Cheeseburger Mac meals were made over the last seven months and have use/sell by date between March and October, 2014. The dinners are produced by Truitt Brothers Inc. of East Bernstadt, Ky., which reported the ingredient list error to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. The agency said there have been no reports of illnesses due to the mix-up. Consumers with questions about the recall should contact the

The Left’s War on the Free Press
Washington Free Beacon [DC], by Sonny Bunch    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/20/2014 11:22:38 AM     Post Reply
As anyone who has been paying attention knows, the left isn’t terribly fond of the free press because the free press makes the narrative harder to control. That’s why you end up with “thought leaders” like Paul Krugman bemoaning the fact that his preferred narrative is “up for argument.”* Krugman’s lament is benign in comparison to a pair of other complaints aired this weekend. Remember the story published by Grantland and written by Caleb Hannan that I highlighted? Hannan and his editors were faced with a tough choice: publish a story about someone who was caught lying about her past



Supreme Court to Hear Case
on Forced Unionization
Washington Free Beacon [DC], by Bill McMorris    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/20/2014 11:19:55 AM     Post Reply
The Supreme Court will hear arguments about forced unionization among government workers on Tuesday in a case that could greatly curtail powerful labor groups. At issue is an Illinois law crafted by imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D.) and enforced by his successor Pat Quinn (D.) that forces home healthcare workers, including family members caring for relatives, to pay union dues. The state claims that the caregivers are government employees since patients receive taxpayer dollars through Medicaid and Medicare. But the issue is more complicated than who is signing the checks, according to lawyers for the National Right to Work Legal

People remember "Bob" the
opossum at funeral home
WLOX-13 [Biloxi, MS], by Christine Garcia    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/20/2014 11:19:07 AM     Post Reply
GULFPORT, MS - He´s been used to teach thousands of people about wildlife with Wild at Heart Rescue Center. Last year alone he took part in nearly 300 educational programs. But on Saturday, Bob the opossum wasn´t playing dead; he actually died a few months ago due to a neurological injury. Recently, a good Samaritan stepped up and donated funds so Bob could have a proper funeral. His viewing was held at A Pet´s Memory Funeral Home and Crematory in Gulfport Saturday afternoon. Those who´ve come in contact with Bob over the years paid their respects to the marsupial. Many

Wendy Davis Testimony in
Federal Trial: ´I Got Divorced
by the Time I Was 19´
Breitbart Big Government, by Michael Patrick Leahy    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/20/2014 11:16:38 AM     Post Reply
Texas State Senator and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis testified in a Washington, D.C. Federal courtroom on January 20, 2012 that she "got divorced by the time [she] was 19 years old." The Dallas Morning News reported on Sunday that, in fact, Senator Davis did not file for divorce from her first husband, Frank Underwood, until December, 1983, when she was 20 years and six months old. The divorce was finalized on May 22, 1984, just a week after her 21st birthday. The case in which Senator Davis testified, State of Texas, plaintiff, vs. United States of America and Eric

Barbara Bush confesses:
´I love Bill Clinton´
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 1/20/2014 11:00:27 AM     Post Reply
Barbara Bush has spent recent weeks in the hospital for breathing difficulties. But before that the former First Lady granted a long interview to the calm cameras of C-SPAN for its revealing two-year series of profiles on the nation´s first ladies. Monday´s program will examine the influence and image of presidential wives and will focus entirely on the spouse of President No. 41 and mother of President No. 43.

Crack-smoking Toronto Mayor´s Favorability
Now Nine Points Above Barack Obama´s
Independent Journal Review, by Soopermexican    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/20/2014 10:54:01 AM     Post Reply
In a bad omen for Democrats hopes in the mid-term elections, Barack Obama’s favorability rating has slide so far that he’s now nine points under the rating for our favorite crack-smoking Canadian mayor. In the most recent polling, Rob Ford gets 47% of Toronto’s denizen’s approval, while Obama gets a dismal 38% from Americans: Mayor Rob Ford’s response to the December ice storm seems to have thawed his approval rating, according to a new poll. A Forum Research poll provided exclusively to the Toronto Sun found Ford’s approval rating slid up in the wake of last month’s storm to 47% – up from


Wendy, We Hardly Knew Ye
National Review Online, by John Fund    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/20/2014 10:51:35 AM     Post Reply
Last June, Texas state senator Wendy Davis led an unsuccessful filibuster trying to block a bill abandoning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. She became a mainstream media darling was hailed as “incredible” by the national Girl Scouts office, and her flush $12 million-campaign war chest almost certainly makes her the Democratic candidate for Texas governor. But unlike her fellow Texan, U.S. senator Ted Cruz, who stayed on his feet for hours in September of last year speaking against Obamacare, Davis didn’t see her background and life story put under a microscope and picked apart. The Daily Beast went so far

Philanthropists rescue S.F.
from $105,000 in Batkid costs
San Francisco Chronicle, by Phillip Matier & Andrew Ross    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/20/2014 10:43:45 AM     Post Reply
Here´s a happy ending - philanthropists John and Marcia Goldman have quietly handed San Francisco a check for $105,000 to cover all the city´s costs of the Batkid day that took the world by storm. "When we read in your column how the Make-A-Wish Foundation was trying to raise the money to pay back the city for the setup and public safety costs surrounding the event, we thought, ´Wait a minute - they shouldn´t have to pay for such a good deed and such an amazing event,´ " John Goldman said when we called about the donation. Goldman said the donation was

The ´conversion rate´ on Healthcare.gov:
This Obamacare number that nobody is
talking about may be the most revealing
Forbes, by Scott Gottlieb    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/20/2014 10:37:14 AM     Post Reply
When officials at the Department of Health and Human Services announced the most recent Obamacare enrollment figures earlier this week, they focused on one brag point amidst otherwise discouraging news about the program’s progress. According to government tallies, 44.5 million people called or visited state and federal websites they said, presumably indicating broad interest in the new benefit. But we also know that only 2.2 million people have signed up for Obamacare. Factoring in all of the professed web traffic, this would mean that the number of people who signed up (but didn’t necessarily pay) for an Obamacare health plan

Sebelius: Observe MLK Day
by signing up for Obamacare
Daily Caller, by Caroline May    Original Article
Posted By: Sparky86- 1/20/2014 10:15:50 AM     Post Reply
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is using the memory of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to encourage Americans to sign up for the troubled Obamacare system. “As we celebrate the inspirational life of Dr. King, please join us in this historic effort by helping your friends, neighbors, and loved ones get covered through the Marketplace,” Sebelius said of the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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