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Why Movies Like ´Lone Survivor´ Matter:
Americans Need to Know Their Heroes
Breitbart´s Big Hollywood, by Zachary Leeman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/24/2014 10:13:24 PM     Post Reply
Over the course of my three years in the military, I´ve met men and women with stories that have shocked, humbled and enlightened me. In a world where less than 1 percent of the American population serve in the military, people like Lone Survivor´s Marcus Luttrell and American Sniper´s late Chris Kyle are one step away from being fictional to most. It´s hard to imagine that stories of such heroism exist, but they do. I remember reading books in high school like The Iliad and other classic stories about warriors that defied human limitations and the frailty of mortality. . I always found myself wondering why we only read about warriors

Democrats see same-sex marriage
as issue that will mobilize voters
Washington Post, by Juliet Eilperin    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/24/2014 10:12:26 PM     Post Reply
Public opinion on same-sex marriage has shifted so dramatically in recent years that Democratic groups now see the issue as a critical way to mobilize voters in a slew of races up and down the ballot. Just a decade ago, widespread opposition to gay marriage did just the opposite, allowing Karl Rove to mobilize conservatives in 13 states and help reelect George W. Bush as president. The changing political dynamics were on full display this week as Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) announced he would not defend the state’s ban on same-sex marriage on the grounds that it was unconstitutional. Herring won a close election

Despite DNA test, woman
still claims grandmother was
long-lost Titanic survivor
New York Daily News, by Michael Walsh    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/24/2014 10:05:52 PM     Post Reply
A Florida woman still insists her grandmother was a long-lost passenger aboard the doomed Titanic - despite recent DNA evidence indicating otherwise.(Snip) Woods, 61, says that in April 2012, on the eve of the sinking´s centennial, she discovered a trove of letters and legal documents in a suitcase — which had not been opened in 75 years — belonging to her late grandmother Helen Kramer. The Loraine Allison Identification Project forensically tested Woods claims by comparing DNA from descendants of the Kramer and Allison families. Last month, they announced that there was no genetic link and the Telegraph picked up the story.



Italian Global Warming
Adventurer Will Live on Iceberg
Breitbart´s Big Peace, by Robert Wilde    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/24/2014 10:03:06 PM     Post Reply
An Italian adventurer will be packing his bags and moving to an iceberg in Greenland so he can reverse global warming. He plans on living there for eight to twelve months, which is the length of time he expects that his new home will exist before it melts into water. In the Spring of 2015, Alex Bellini will bring his backpack, replete with 300 kilos of dehydrated food and some electronic equipment and his floating Kevlar survival capsule. This will come in handy down the road when he wakes up one morning floating adrift in the Atlantic Ocean. Of course, that is if everything goes as planned. Last month, Russian climate change scientists

Word Not Found In NYT 5500
Word Hillary Profile: Benghazi
Breitbart Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/24/2014 9:58:53 PM     Post Reply
Friday, the venerable New York Times Magazine published a mammoth 5500-plus word profile of Hillary Clinton and the world around her. It is titled "Planet Hillary," and two words you will not find on this mammoth planet are "Libya" and "Benghazi." The Times´ exhaustive look at Hillary -- her past, present, future, and those around her -- just didn´t have the room to mention the four Americans left dead in Benghazi because Secretary of State Hillary Clinton´s State Department failed to protect them despite more flags than you´ll see flying in the Kremlin. Well, as the saying goes, "What difference at this point does it make?"

Christie Proposes Education Changes
WWOR-TV [Secaucus, NJ], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: craige- 1/24/2014 9:54:15 PM     Post Reply
In Governor Christie’s efforts to solve New Jersey’s education problems, yesterday he visited the Dudley Family School in Camden to discuss some of his plans for school programs in the Garden State. Christie took the time to chat with the kids and even answer some questions. When students asked the governor what exactly it is that he does, he was eager to share his duties. “I get to work with the legislature, people get elected, you work with them on laws, to pass new laws for the state. I work with all the people in my cabinet to try and implement those laws and make sure they work the right way,” Christie explained.

Oneida Indians to meet with
U.N. over Redskins name
USA Today, by Erik Brady    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/24/2014 9:52:50 PM     Post Reply
The Oneida Indian Nation is scheduled to meet with human rights representatives of the United Nations on Friday to discuss the Washington NFL club´s team name - and the team says the U.N. should be working on world peace. Oneida Nation representative Ray Halbritter is set to speak with Ivan Simonovic, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights at the U.N. in New York, just as the National Football League is preparing for its seminal event, the Super Bowl, with events in New York and northern New Jersey all next week. "Given all the wars around the world, starvation, famine and the



Obama´s new legislative
director hits the reset button
Washington Examiner, by Susan Crabtree    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/24/2014 9:48:42 PM     Post Reply
Katie Beirne Fallon, President Obama´s new top liaison to Congress, appears determined to be everything her predecessor wasn´t. (Snip) Just a month into the new role, no one would accuse Fallon of keeping a low profile. Six-foot-tall before heels, the 38-year-old former staffer to Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., who ran the communications war room he headed, has been furiously reaching out to House GOP leaders and their staffs, trying to repair the damaged relationship between the White House and Republicans. Fallon has met Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy,

Sarah Silverman Hangs out with
‘Jesus F-ing Christ” in Abortion PSA
NewsBusters, by Matthew Philbin    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/24/2014 9:26:26 PM     Post Reply
Know what’s really funny? Saying “v****a” a lot. And mocking the religious faith of others in service to your shallow ideology and your marginal comedy career. So it’s really funny to be Sarah Silverman (except when it isn’t, because sometimes people can be so mean to an actress of a certain age.) For instance, she got to do a new anti-Christian, pro-abortion PSA in which she met Jesus – or as he called himself, “Jesus ***** Christ.” Predictably, the Jesus Silverman met was upset by “People who use my name for tolerance and oppression.” Oh, and he told her “fertilized

Rouhani: If Israel attacks
Iran, it will rue the day
The Jerusalem Post (Israel), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mark34- 1/24/2014 9:26:26 PM     Post Reply
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned Israel on Thursday of attacking his country´s nuclear facilities, saying Israel will "rue the day" if it does. "Israel knows very well what the response would be. Israel knows well our regional capability," he told CNN´s Fareed Zakaria. "When it comes to practice, the Israelis cannot do that. If they do such a crazy thing, our response will make them rue the day." On the ongoing nuclear talks with the West, Rouhani insisted Iran would not destroy any of its existing centrifuges "under any circumstances." "In the context of R&D and peaceful nuclear technology, we will not

Obama´s ´Operation Choke Point´
Will Only Hurt Working Poor
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/24/2014 9:16:02 PM     Post Reply
War On Banks: The Obama administration thinks driving payday lenders out of business will help the urban poor. In fact, a Fed study suggests it will only drive them into the jaws of loan sharks. The administration has launched a secret and possibly illegal multi-agency enforcement operation to destroy a legitimate $9 billion industry providing short-term loans to consumers with jobs and weak credit. Under "Operation Choke Point," the Justice Department, FDIC and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau aim to crack down on payday lenders — and the big banks that extend them lines of credit — with a flurry of investigations



What an American World
Looks Like, in Two Charts
National Review Online, by Patrick Brennan    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/24/2014 9:15:10 PM     Post Reply
Kevin’s piece today on the homepage talks about the triumph of the war on polio and how it reflects the benefits of a world that’s largely been converted to Western, liberal values. In fact, the rest of the world has been incredibly successful over the past 20 or 30 years, and, despite the hysteria raised over this week over a widely misinterpreted report from Oxfam that dramatized wealth inequality in the world, the globe has in some ways gotten more equal (flatter, you could say, if you were a Times columnist). Not dramatically so, in part because the world’s really

Online attack cripples U.S. court system
Washington Post, by Brian Fung    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/24/2014 9:12:01 PM     Post Reply
The federal court system was hit with a denial-of-service attack Friday afternoon that brought several government Web sites to a halt. PACER — the site for accessing the electronic court filing database — as well as uscourts.gov and various other Web sites belonging to federal courts around the country, were affected by the hack, officials said. Among the downed sites was that of the Middle District of Florida, which was unavailable for about four hours. PACER administrators posted a service advisory warning that some visitors may have trouble accessing the service.

Chuck Schumer Calls For The
IRS To Stop The Tea Party
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/24/2014 9:10:37 PM     Post Reply
Free Speech: The IRS scandal is not only not over but is getting worse, with a call by New York´s senior senator for the already-politicized agency to use its power to tax to destroy the conservative grass-roots movement. Arguing that the Supreme Court´s 2010 Citizens United decision allowed Tea Party groups to "funnel millions of undisclosed dollars into campaigns with ads that distort the truth and attack government," Charles Schumer wants the IRS and other government agencies to take on the Tea Party through their administrative powers. "It is clear that we will not pass anything legislatively as long as the House

Obama Income Inequality
Plans: Been There, Tried That
Investor´s Business Daily, by John Merline    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/24/2014 9:01:33 PM     Post Reply
In his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, President Obama is expected to make income inequality the centerpiece of his address. Political analysts say it´s a way for him to connect with a public still anxious about the tepid economic recovery — now in its fifth year — and upset with Obama over the disastrous rollout of ObamaCare. They also see it as a way to rally his liberal base in advance of the 2014 midterm elections. But what Obama is unlikely to say in his lengthy address is that income inequality — as measured by the Census Bureau´s Gini index



Argentina after Israeli fighter
planes; concern in London
and Brasilia, says defense expert
MercoPress [Montevideo, Uruguay], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/24/2014 9:00:23 PM     Post Reply
Argentina is considering the purchase from Israel of 18 multipurpose combat aircraft Kfir Block 60 after negotiations with Spain for 16 Mirage F1 fighter bombers fell through, according to a report from Buenos Aires daily Clarin. Apparently Israel´s offer has been on the Defense minister Agustin Rossi´s desk since some time but only resurfaced sometime back in September following on the frustrated deal with Spain. Clarin also mentions that news of the negotiations between the Argentine ministry of defense and Israel´s Aero-spatial Industry, IAI, which manufactures the Kfir Block 60, caused ´concern´ in the British government since it is

Out of Blackwater and Into China
Wall Street Journal, by David Feth    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/24/2014 8:59:57 PM     Post Reply
Hong Kong Erik Prince —ex-Navy SEAL, ex-CIA spy, ex-CEO of private-security firm Blackwater —calls himself an "accidental tourist" whose modest business boomed after 9/11, expanded into Iraq and Afghanistan, and then was "blowtorched by politics." To critics and conspiracy theorists, he is a mercenary war-profiteer. To admirers, he´s a patriot who has repeatedly answered America´s call with bravery and creativity. Now, sitting in a boardroom above Hong Kong´s Victoria Harbour, he explains his newest title, acquired this month: chairman of Frontier Services Group, an Africa-focused security and logistics company with intimate ties to China´s largest state-owned conglomerate, Citic Group. Beijing has titanic

Obama Uses Government
To Harass, Intimidate Foes
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/24/2014 8:57:41 PM     Post Reply
Politics: The Obama administration has turned the executive branch loose on its enemies — part of a disturbing and unprecedented trend toward delegitimizing political differences and marginalizing conservatives. Behind the special status of his presidency, President Obama has used the machinery of government to harass and intimidate political opponents — to an extent greater even than former Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, both threatened with impeachment. Consider these recent events, courtesy of the Ace of Spades blog: • Attorney General Eric Holder´s Southern District of New York office has indicted conservative author, activist and filmmaker Dinesh D´Souza — producer of the critical

Colorado firestorm: Administration
bars scribes from public meeting
Washington Times, by By Ben Wolfgang & Valerie Richardson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/24/2014 8:52:46 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration’s testy relationship with the press is nothing new for Washington, but it’s now extended to Colorado and has touched off a firestorm after Interior Department officials booted local reporters from a public meeting earlier this week. Journalists with Colorado´s Craig Daily Press and at least two other media outlets were barred from a Tuesday question-and-answer session with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, despite the fact that members of the public were allowed to attend. “What happened would be in complete alignment with the administration’s policies. We were promised the most transparent administration ever and instead we’ve gotten the opposite,” said

Discos are common in Venezuelan
penitentiaries, admits minister
MercoPress [Montevideo, Uruguay], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/24/2014 8:52:02 PM     Post Reply
Discotheques have long operated inside Venezuelan penitentiaries, the head of the country´s prison service said Thursday in response to a public uproar over the death of a young man after partying at a disco behind bars. ”The scandal (regarding) if ´there are discotheques in the prisons.´ The discos in the prisons have always existed, at least since the revolution (1999, when leftist Hugo Chavez became president). Regrettably, it´s a perversion,“ Iris Varela told reporters from a prison in the eastern state of Anzoategui. ”What the management of the revolutionary government has done is do away with those discotheques, close them,“


Homeland Security Secretary: Illegals
Have ‘Earned Right to be Citizens’
Cybercast News Service, by Penny Starr    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/24/2014 8:43:40 PM     Post Reply
Speaking at the United States Conference of Mayors on Friday, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the approximately 11 million people who are in the country illegally have “earned the right to be citizens.” “An earned path to citizenship for those currently present in this country is a matter of, in my view, homeland security to encourage people to come out from the shadows,” said Johnson, in what he remarked was one of his first public speeches since being confirmed as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) chief in December. “It is also, frankly, in my judgment, a matter of who we

Ariz. inmates get bread,
water for flag treatment
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NYC RAL- 1/24/2014 8:39:28 PM     Post Reply
Phoenix — Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says several inmates who defaced the American flag will be given only bread and water. Arpaio says 38 inmates are accused of desecrating a flag and will be put on the special diet as punishment. A U.S. flag is emblazoned in every jail cell in all six Maricopa County jails, Arpaio said. According to Arpaio, inmates have torn flags, written or stepped on them. Some have also thrown flags in the toilet or trash. The sheriff says they are destroying government property.

NYC 9/11 museum opens to public in May
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/24/2014 8:28:31 PM     Post Reply
New York — After years of delays due to funding disputes, engineering challenges and a nearly disastrous flood, a museum dedicated to victims of the 9/11 terror attacks will open to the public in mid-May in a giant cavern beneath the World Trade Center site — with a world-class admissions price of $24. National 9/11 Memorial and Museum President Joe Daniels said Friday that tickets would go on sale for the museum in March for the spring opening. That $24 price is in line with other major tourist attractions in New York City. It costs $18 to take a

Love in the Time of Obama
Washington Free Beacon [DC], by Matthew Continetti    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/24/2014 7:12:33 PM     Post Reply
The first time he saw her from a distance. She was a reporter, observing his workplace from the outside. He was struck by her good looks, her energy. He mentioned her to a friend, who told him she was out of his league. But he persisted. His friend brought him to a party where he found an opportunity to strike up a conversation with her. One thing led to another. He took her to drinks. She mentioned she liked baseball, rooted for the Washington Nationals. They had that in common. So for their next date he took her to play

White House to launch new political office
Politico, by Edward-Isaac Dovere    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/24/2014 7:00:38 PM     Post Reply
Democratic campaign operatives have been getting worried that the White House wasn’t doing enough to help them in the midterms, and that President Barack Obama didn’t care enough to change that. Friday, Obama provided the answer: David Simas, a longtime aide who returned to the White House after running polling and focus groups for the re-election campaign, was named director of a new Office of Political Strategy and Outreach. (Snip) Repeatedly, in public and private, Obama has been calling the November elections a top priority. He knows what’s at stake: Democrats losing the Senate would mean a daily barrage

Supreme Court blocks
contraceptives rule for religious groups
Los Angeles Times, by David G. Savage    Original Article
Posted By: duhem- 1/24/2014 6:39:50 PM     Post Reply
The Supreme Court on Friday shielded the Little Sisters of the Poor and other nonprofit religious groups from complying, for now, with the Obama administration’s rule that they provide free contraceptives in the health insurance they offer employees. The justices issued a one-paragraph order that keeps in place a temporary injunction that was handed down by Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Dec. 31. The Little Sisters of the Poor and other Catholic charities objected to the so-called “contraceptive mandate” -- a provision of the Affordable Care Act -- on religious grounds. Their lawyers said they feared “draconian fines” if they failed to comply

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