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Fracking protestors glue
themselves to wrong gas station
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, by Rick Couri    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/23/2014 10:51:17 PM     Post Reply
Missed it by that much. That’s how the six gluees have to feel after such a mistake. The group thought they were attaching themselves to pumps at a gas station owned by a company called Total. They were upset after the company announced they would invest millions in shale oil and fracking. But there was a pretty big oops involved. Station manager Reezwan Patel told The Bolton News in Ruston Lane UK, “Total don’t own the station any more. It is owned by Certas Energy, but the signs haven’t changed yet.” “We had to close for six hours,” Patel grumbled.

Stop jerking Canada around
Washington Post, by Charles Krauthammer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/23/2014 10:23:41 PM     Post Reply
Fixated as we Americans are on Canada’s three most attention-getting exports — polar vortexes, Alberta clippers and the antics of Toronto’s addled mayor — we’ve somewhat overlooked a major feature of Canada’s current relations with the United States: extreme annoyance. Last week, speaking to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Canada’s foreign minister calmly but pointedly complained that the United States owes Canada a response on the Keystone XL pipeline. “We can’t continue in this state of limbo,” he sort of complained, in what for a placid, imperturbable Canadian passes for an explosion of volcanic rage. Canadians may be preternaturally measured

Little-known aspect of Medicaid now
causing people to avoid coverage
Washington Post, by Sandhya Somashekhar    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/23/2014 10:15:06 PM     Post Reply
Add this to the litany of scary but improbable things people are hearing could happen because of the new federal health-care law: After you die, the state could come after your house. The concern arises from a long-standing but little-known aspect of Medicaid, the state-federal program that provides health coverage to millions of low-income Americans. In certain cases, a state can recoup its medical costs by putting a claim on a deceased person’s assets. This is not an issue for people buying private coverage on online marketplaces. And experts say it is unlikely that the millions of people in more

  


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Michelle Obama admires ´Hanoi´ Jane
Fonda who she calls ´politically savvy´
Daily Mail [UK], by Meghan Keneally    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/23/2014 9:58:59 PM     Post Reply
Michelle Obama´s decision to cite Jane Fonda as a woman she admires has caused a Republican backlash because of the actress´ left-wing activism. Fonda, who has been infamous since she took a trip to North Vietnam in 1972 and was pictured wearing a helmet and posing with a gun during the war which was taken as an insult to American troops, was one of two actresses that she said she looks up to as she thinks about growing older. [Snip] (And) there´s Jane Fonda, a beautiful, engaged, politically savvy, sharp woman,´ Mrs Obama said in an interview with People Magazine

Welcome to RIP--New York´s Rat
Information Portal that charts the
areas with the densest infestation
(you’ll want to avoid the areas
marked red like the plague)
Daily Mail [UK], by Alex Greig    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/23/2014 9:53:26 PM     Post Reply
New Yorkers with musophobia--the fear of rats--should look away now. The irrational fear of rats, in New York City where there are an estimated two times as many rats are there are people, may not seem so crazy after a look at the New York City Health Department´s Rat Information Portal, or RIP. The dense human population means rats thrive in New York, roaming city streets by night, hanging out in subway tunnels and feasting on curbside garbage. To discover the extent to which any neighborhood or building is infested, residents and businesses can look at raw data gathered by

Pentagon Proposes $1 Billion
Cut to Commissary’s Budget
Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/23/2014 9:49:13 PM     Post Reply
The Pentagon has proposed a plan that would cut $1 billion from the commissary’s budget over the next three years, Military.com reports. The commissary agency currently operates 247 stores across the world. All but 24 rural stores would be closed under the proposed plan. The plan would cut the commissary agency’s $1.4 billion annual budget to $400 million. “If DeCA’s budget is cut to such a magnitude, it would ultimately require DeCA to close stores or change the way it delivers the commissary benefit,” a source with knowledge of the proposed cuts told Military.com. “But those options would mean military

Schumer Calls for Using IRS to
Curtail Tea Party Activities
Washington Free Beacon, by Alana Goodman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/23/2014 9:39:44 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) proposed using the Internal Revenue Service to curtail Tea Party group funding during a speech on how to “exploit” and “weaken” the movement at the Center for American Progress on Thursday. Arguing that Tea Party groups have a financial advantage after the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, Schumer said the Obama administration should bypass Congress and institute new campaign finance rules through the IRS. “It is clear that we will not pass anything legislatively as long as the House of Representatives is in Republican control, but there are many things that can be done

  


  

Covered California gets federal
money to improve service, enrollment
Los Angeles Times, by Chad Terhune    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/23/2014 9:38:24 PM     Post Reply
California´s health exchange said it would use an additional $155 million in federal grant money to address customer service woes and to boost low enrollment among the key market of uninsured Latinos. The Covered California exchange announced the injection of money from the Obama administration Thursday as it faced growing criticism for dismal service and a disappointing sign-up rate among Latinos. The state has led the nation with more than 625,000 people enrolled in health plans through mid-January, and it´s a bellwether state for the national rollout of the Affordable Care Act. That large volume of enrollment, much of

Your tax dollars at work:
Security for Obamas and Bidens
cost $295,437 during a single
VACATION weekend, records show
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/23/2014 9:29:33 PM     Post Reply
The Obamas and Bidens spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on three separate vacation trips during last year´s President´s Day weekend, records show. The total tab for the U.S. Secret Service came to at least $295,437. President Barack Obama spent that weekend golfing in West Palm Beach, Florida with Tiger Woods´ former coach, and appeared briefly with the golf superstar. [Snip] The watchdog group Judicial Watch obtained records from the Secret Service through a Freedom of Information Act request, learning that the cost of protecting the president that weekend came to $98,135.79. That total included $32,406.50 for flights, $16,466.25

RNC tries to simplify 2016 primary,
may unleash untold chaos
Daily Caller, by Katie McHugh    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/23/2014 9:28:57 PM     Post Reply
The next presidential election might be months away, but the Republican National Committee is acting to cut the party’s primary season in half in order to regain control over the chaotic lead-up to the convention. If the five changes proposed by a subcommittee pass with a super majority during the RNC’s January meeting, the first four states — Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada — would be permitted to hold their primaries in February of 2016, while the rest of the states would have to wait until Mar. 1, and would be barred from holding winner-take-all elections until Mar. 15.

Arizona´s ´Sheriff Joe´ mulling possible
bid for governor, raising millions
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/23/2014 9:27:44 PM     Post Reply
Arizona´s controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced this week he added $3.5 million to his campaign coffers last year – a personal best – as he hints he´s again considering a run for governor. The record haul was made possible mostly from out-of-state donors who supported the Maricopa County sheriff’s enforcement tactics. Critics of Arpaio tried unsuccessfully to force a recall election against him last year, a battle which his office claims cost him about $8 million. But as he builds his war chest back up, he´s vowing to run again, presumably for a seventh term but possibly for governor.

  


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Ghost ship with cannibal
rats may head to Scotland
Scotsman [Edinburgh], by Stephen McGinty    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/23/2014 9:17:43 PM     Post Reply
An abandoned Russian ‘ghost ship’ infested with cannibal rats may be drifting towards the west coast of Scotland according to salvage experts. The cruise liner, Lyubov Orlova, has been drifting across the Atlantic for almost a year after being cut adrift by the Canadian government and now a Belgian salvage company have asked Scots sailors to be on the lookout for the vessel which is worth £600,000 in scrap metal. Built in Yugoslavia in 1976, the 300 foot ship was abandoned by its owners and crew at the port of St Johns in Newfoundland in September 2010 after they were unable

Super Bowl XLVIII:
Date subject to change
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/23/2014 9:10:27 PM     Post Reply
Super Bowl XLVIII is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 2, but the NFL put contingency plans in place to play the game any time between Friday and Monday next weekend. A storm of massive proportions would have to be in the forecast for the league to make those contingencies a reality. "We are embracing the weather," commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday. "Football is played in the elements." (Snip) If a major storm or severe temperatures impacts the region, the game could be played anywhere from Friday, Jan. 31 to Monday, Feb. 3. But the NFL said that´s a worst-case scenario with a

Mushy Women´s Mag Profile of Megyn
Kelly Turns Into Snark Against Tea
Party ´Cry of Despair´
NewsBusters, by Tim Graham    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/23/2014 9:05:07 PM     Post Reply
Fox News host Megyn Kelly is profiled in the latest edition of the women’s magazine Elle. Ben Dickinson, usually the magazine’s “books editor,” started with flattery: “With her naughtily mussed blond bob framing her flashing dark blue eyes and perpetually glossed lips, Kelly is an almost self-parodically perfect apotheosis of her species, the FOX fox.” She´s "on top, and there to stay." But by the story’s end, Dickinson turned his article into a little lecture on Fox News viewers are in despair because America is changing for the better/leftier: Soon, the crisis around the rollout of Obamacare inflamed Kelly’s moral

Fox News Poll: ObamaCare
support hits record low
Fox News, by Dana Blanton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/23/2014 8:54:42 PM     Post Reply
A record high number of voters now oppose the 2010 Affordable Care Act and a record low number supports it, according to the latest Fox News poll. In addition, a majority thinks the new law will increase their health care costs, while few think it will improve their quality of care. Click here to view the poll results. The new poll finds 59 percent of voters oppose the health care law, up from 55 percent who opposed it six months ago (June 2013). The increase in opposition comes from both independents and Democrats. Nearly a third of Democrats -- 30

  


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NY Times Editor Jill Abramson:
Obama White House the ‘Most
Secretive’ I’ve Ever Dealt With
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/23/2014 8:54:10 PM     Post Reply
New York Times editor Jill Abramson sat down for an in-depth interview with Al Jazeera America recently. She discussed issues ranging from Edward Snowden to the the future of the print industry, but in perhaps the most candid moment of the interview, Abramson admitted that of all the White Houses she’s ever dealt with, the Obama administration is hands-down the “most secretive” thus far. Abramson did not weigh in on the Times editorial calling for Snowden to receive clemency, but when asked how the Obama administration ranks in its relationship with the press compared to other administrations, Abramson was very blunt

The economy and Obamacare are
getting worse for the Democrats
Washington Post, by Ed Rogers    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/23/2014 8:47:14 PM     Post Reply
If you looked at today’s headlines and had to advise Republicans on the 2014 midterm elections, you might give them the wrong idea. The anti-Republican media is working overtime to convince voters that the Republicans are wounded and in disarray. They are contorting themselves to keep the story about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) in the news and no doubt will linger over every detail of the personal downfall of former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell (R) and his wife. Meanwhile, the media flatter the pointless gubernatorial campaign of Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, a Democrat. But if you look

Huckabee on the “RINO” label: The
Nazis devalued people too, you know
Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/23/2014 8:26:07 PM     Post Reply
I’ve looked for a transcript but can’t find one so I’m forced to rely on HuffPo’s account of what he said. On the one hand, they’re a lefty news site, doubtless eager to put his quotes in the worst possible light. On the other hand, their reporter is Jon Ward, who used to work for the Daily Caller and is respected in the field. On the other other hand, the rhetoric sounds kind of Huck-ish, doesn’t it? With some pols, you can look at a quote that’s attributed to them and say, nah, no way. With Huck, you never know

Iran Charm Offensive Is
Laughable, Yet Deadly Serious
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/23/2014 8:20:34 PM     Post Reply
Artifice: Ever-smiling President Hassan Rouhani´s new Iran seeks American tourism and backs democracy in Syria, but claims it conceded nothing in its nuclear agreement. Call it the "humor of mass destruction." With apologies to funnyman Mel Brooks, whose movie "The Producers" somehow made it possible to laugh about the Nazis, it´s now "Springtime for Rouhani and Iran," as "Persia´s a fine land once more!" The new PR-savvy president of Tehran´s soon-to-be-nuclear-armed Islamofascist regime has dazzled elites — from European prime ministers to Google and Pepsi executives to movie stars like Matt Damon and rock stars like Bono — gathered at the Davos

Bill allowing concealed weapons
in restaurants passes S.C. House
Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Cynthia Roldan*    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/23/2014 8:20:08 PM     Post Reply
COLUMBIA--A law that allows for concealed weapons permit holders to take their weapons into restaurants that serve alcohol and bars easily passed the South Carolina House of Representatives on Thursday. The 90-18 vote came amid some backlash in the Lowcountry, as many bar and restaurant owners and managers were finding out about the new law. [Snip] Many restaurant managers in Charleston have been greeted by yellow cards labeled, "No Lead with My Drink Please" in protest. If they hope to stop the law, they´ll now have to lobby Gov. Nikki Haley--who has a concealed weapons permit.

  



New York Finds High Taxes
Send State´s Wealthy Fleeing
Investor´s Business Daily, by Stephen Moore    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/23/2014 8:09:20 PM     Post Reply
If there is anything New York doesn´t need it´s more reasons for Empire State residents to flee. Over the last decade (2001-11) New York´s population fell by 1.6 million. Many disgruntled New Yorkers said enough, packed up and left the state. This was a larger population drain than suffered by any other state. Congratulations. That´s why Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo´s declaration that "extreme conservatives ... have no place in the state of New York" was so dumbfounding. Is it just me or does it seem like only yesterday that "progressives" like Mr. Cuomo were lecturing us about embracing "diversity"? As they say in

Obama stresses US
position as climate leader
Washington Examiner, by Zack Colman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/23/2014 7:55:56 PM     Post Reply
President Obama said his second-term climate agenda will position the United States as an international leader that pushes large polluters like China and India to curb their greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. emits the second-most greenhouse gases in the world, behind China and ahead of India. Republicans who have criticized Obama´s climate push have noted that U.S. action alone cannot avert some of the catastrophic conditions climate scientists say will come if global temperatures rise by 2 degrees Celsius by century´s end. Obama acknowledged that in an interview with The New Yorker, but said that taking the lead will give

Obama´s State of the Union
to Highlight Inequality
Townhall, by Heather Ginsberg    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/23/2014 7:49:41 PM     Post Reply
With President Obama’s State of the Union address coming up next week, themes are starting to be release by senior officials. Apparently President Obama’s second term is off to such a weak start, he has decided to go with inequality as a major theme of his speech next Tuesday. It’s not surprising that Obama will focus on income inequality in his address, as many of his appearances lately have been centered on this issue. The president has yet to get many of his initiatives from his first term accomplished, so it seems best for him to return to basics. A senior administration official said the president will call for a raise in minimum wage to

Glenn Beck says he regrets
‘helping tear the country apart’
Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/23/2014 7:46:21 PM     Post Reply
Top television and radio host Glenn Beck said in an interview with Megyn Kelly on Fox News that he regrets some of his time at the cable network, when he hosted his own show, and admitted that he ratcheted rhetoric that helped drive a political wedge in America. “I remember [my time on Fox] as an awful lot of fun and that I made an awful lot of mistakes,” Mr. Beck said on Fox News on Tuesday night. “I think I played a role, unfortunately, in helping tear the country apart.” He also said if he could hit the rewind button, that he’d focus more on uniting, not dividing. “I wish I could go back and be more uniting in my language,” he said,

Obama blames media for ´caricature´
The Hill (Washington DC), by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/23/2014 7:43:46 PM     Post Reply
President Obama said that gridlock on Capitol Hill stemmed from an inability to "penetrate the Republican base" and convince voters there that he´s "not the caricature that you see on Fox News or Rush Limbaugh," rather than his oft-questioned willingness to socialize with lawmakers. In bonus excerpts from an interview with The New Yorker´s David Remnick, Obama conceded that there was "no doubt that personal relationships matter at the margins and can tip something over the finish line," and admitted that he "wasn´t in a position to work the social scene in Washington" as the father of two young girls.

Mike Huckabee urges fellow
Republicans to stop attacking
each other as RINOs
Washington Examiner (DC), by David M. Drucker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/23/2014 7:38:52 PM     Post Reply
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Thursday urged a gathering of Republicans in Washington to stop attacking each other as RINOs -- Republicans in Name Only. Huckabee, who ran for president in 2008 and is considering another bid for the Republican nomination in 2016, lit up Twitter with his implicit criticism of conservative groups and Tea Party activists who regularly attack Establishment Republicans as RINOs to suggest that they aren´t committed to party principles. “Some of the differences we have [with each other], compared to the differences we have with the other party are small. And, that’s why I’ve asked

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