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Pushing The Pink Police State
American Conservative, by Rod Dreher    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/25/2014 5:29:45 AM     Post Reply
The Human Rights Campaign, the gay rights lobby, is denouncing Gene Schaerr, the Utah attorney defending Utah’s stand on traditional marriage because of his religious convictions. The idea is that his religious beliefs have no place in this discussion. The HRC is trying to drive religious people out of the public square. Law prof Eugene Volokh pushes back: This strikes me as badly wrong, and indeed deeply unfair to religious believers. Lawyers decide to take cases based on their personal moral values all the time. Lawyers decide to take government cases based on their personal moral values, and indeed seek out

Scooter and Snowden
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/25/2014 5:03:43 AM     Post Reply
Edward Snowden says he’s in no rush to leave Vladimir Putin’s Russia, despite a public offer by Attorney General Eric Holder to “engage in conversation” if Snowden would return home and plead guilty to unspecified federal charges. “We would do the same with any defendant who wanted to enter a plea of guilty,” the attorney general added. But Snowden is not just any defendant. Michael Hayden, former NSA director, describes him this way: “Edward Snowden will likely prove to be the most costly leaker of American secrets in the history of the republic.” In sharp contrast, President Obama suggested Snowden wasn’t worth the

The Lessons of Wendy Davis’s Success Story
Creators Syndicate, by Mona Charen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/25/2014 5:02:17 AM     Post Reply
‘I came from a place of struggle,” insisted Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis after the Dallas Morning News revealed that key details of the life story she had successfully shopped to the mainstream media were false. She wasn’t a 19-year-old mom when she was first divorced, but 21. She lived with her second husband in the very comfortable Mistletoe Heights neighborhood of Fort Worth, not in a trailer park made famous in a thousand admiring profiles. She lived in the trailer park for just a few months. One of Ms. Davis’s struggles, apparently, is with the truth. Davis isn’t the first



Americans Have Never Been More
Willing to Dump Their Congressmembers
Atlantic Wire, by Philip Bump    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/25/2014 4:57:57 AM     Post Reply
Congress´ consistently lousy poll numbers (13 percent approved at the beginning of the month) are often explained away with, "Yes, but people like their own representatives." That´s never been less true. According to Gallup, a record low number of people want to keep their current representation in Congress, dipping below the 50 percent mark for the first time since the early 1990s. In the graph below, the dark green line shows the number of people who think their own members of Congress deserve reelection — a number that plummeted between late 2012 and now.

Progressives in power looking for payback
New York Post, by Kyle Smith    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/25/2014 4:54:45 AM     Post Reply
A few random news items from around the country: Dinesh D’Souza, a prominent conservative filmmaker, was indicted for allegedly violating federal campaign-finance laws. The indictment was “the result of a routine review by the FBI of campaign filings with the FEC by various candidates after the 2012 election for United States senator in New York,” said a spokesman for the US Attorney’s Office. Routine. A Google search for “liberal filmmaker indicted” did not turn up any liberal filmmakers who have been indicted. James O’Keefe, a conservative maker of provocative films, said the New York State Department of Labor had taken an intense

Olympic ‘Black Widow’ Warning
Caught U.S. Off-Guard
Daily Beast, by Eli Lake    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/25/2014 4:49:28 AM     Post Reply
When Russian state police this week issued a “be on the lookout” advisory, or BOLO, for an alleged “black widow” terrorist ahead of the Sochi Olympics, it came as a surprise to many in the press. It was also news to U.S. diplomatic security, despite a series of high-level meetings between Washington and Moscow to coordinate security for the Winter Games. Speaking to reporters Friday, a senior Obama administration official acknowledged that U.S. diplomatic security learned of the warning about Ruzanna “Salima” Ibragimova when the media did. “We have been aware for some time that is a type of attack that has

U.S. Willing to Hold Talks
if Snowden Pleads Guilty
New York Times, by Steve Kenny    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/25/2014 4:42:00 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Thursday that the United States was willing to discuss how the criminal case against Edward J. Snowden would be handled, but only if Mr. Snowden pleaded guilty first. Mr. Holder, speaking at a question-and-answer event at the University of Virginia, did not specify the guilty pleas the Justice Department would expect before it would open talks with Mr. Snowden’s lawyers. And the attorney general reiterated that the United States was not willing to offer clemency to Mr. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who has leaked documents that American officials have



Attorney: George Zimmerman stole
photographer´s work to make painting
Orlando Sentinel, by Jeff Weiner    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/25/2014 4:37:25 AM     Post Reply
A photographer and news agency whose picture of State Attorney Angela Corey appears to be the basis for George Zimmerman´s latest painting are calling the artwork a clear copyright violation. Jacksonville attorney John Phillips, who represents photographer Rick Wilson, told the Orlando Sentinel on Friday that Zimmerman should expect legal action if he continues to use the photo. "You just can´t do that," Phillips said. "You just can´t take somebody else´s work and make it your own." Zimmerman´s brother unveiled the painting Wednesday on Twitter: An red-and-orange image of Corey, who charged Zimmerman with murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon

Blaming the Victim in Benghazigate
Accuracy in Media, by Roger Aronoff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/25/2014 4:32:27 AM     Post Reply
The media have discovered a scandal they can eagerly embrace, and they are off to the races. Having already found him guilty, they are now trying to determine if New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie knew about or ordered his underlings to create traffic jams entering the George Washington Bridge, from Ft. Lee, New Jersey into New York City; or to threaten to withhold Superstorm Sandy funds from Hoboken, NJ unless the mayor agreed to play ball with a developer with ties to the governor; or if he created a culture whereby all that could happen. Yet few are asking

A Better World Through America
National Review Online, by Kevin D. Williamson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/25/2014 4:24:59 AM     Post Reply
Earlier this month, India marked a milestone anniversary: With the passing of its third year without a case of polio, the country is officially considered polio-free. There remain only three countries in the world in which polio is endemic — Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan — and all three continue to suffer for the same man-made reason. While polio has nearly been wiped out in the rest of the world, it is on the rise in Pakistan, the infected children just more casualties of the endless jihad. The disease also has made what one hopes is a temporary comeback in Syria and

The Go-to Senator
Weekly Standard, by Michael Warren    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/25/2014 4:22:41 AM     Post Reply
Duncan, S.C. The pungent scent of sauerkraut permeates the room, but Lindsey Graham doesn’t have time to try it, or the pretzels, bratwurst, and schnitzel at the buffet. Each one of the few dozen business types gathered to celebrate the opening of a local chapter of the German-American Chamber of Commerce wants a chance to meet the senator, and Graham is more than eager to chat. An aide brings him a Coke Zero (his favorite), which he sips intermittently. Graham is unassuming in his ordinary gray suit and dusty black shoes. The businessmen mostly look a little sharper. That doesn’t matter,



N. Korea sending message it wants to release
captive Kenneth Bae, former envoy says
Washington Times, by Guy Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/25/2014 4:19:14 AM     Post Reply
Washington’s former top negotiator with North Korea says the videotaped statements by captive American Kenneth Bae this week are a sign Pyongyang is looking for a way to release the detained pastor — and that the State Department is likely now mobilizing behind the scenes to seize the opportunity. “Having Kenneth Bae come out the way he did indicates that the North Koreans are showing they’re more amenable to seeing his eventual release,” said Joseph DeTrani, who managed the North Korea mission at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence from 2006 to 2010 and previously served as Washington’s

Country music´s biggest feuds
Fox News, by Sasha Bogursky    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/25/2014 4:14:05 AM     Post Reply
1. Eric Church vs. Miranda Lambert and Carrie UnderwoodDoesn´t Eric Church know not to start a fight with a girl who uses a shotgun as a mike stand? When Rolling Stones asked Church how he felt about reality singing competition shows, "The Outsiders" singer responded, "Honestly, if Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green f---ing turn around in a red chair, you got a deal? That´s crazy. I don´t know what would make an artist do that. You´re not an artist." Shelton´s wife and former Nashville Star singer fired back at Church saying, "Thanks Eric Church for saying I´m not a real artist.

The Little Sisters of the Poor
have had their prayers answered
Fox News, by Adele Keim    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/25/2014 4:10:09 AM     Post Reply
Today, and every day since December 31, the Little Sisters of the Poor have prayed that the Supreme Court would save them from the choice of violating their faith or exposing their ministry to decimation by IRS penalties. Today their prayers were answered. The Little Sisters of the Poor received an injunction from the Supreme Court protecting them from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) controversial mandate while they have their day in court. The Little Sisters are a 175-year-old order of Catholic nuns dedicated to providing “the neediest elderly of every race and religion a home where

‘Rat-Infested’ Ghost Ship Eludes Trackers
ABC News, by Alyssa Newcomb    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/25/2014 4:07:09 AM     Post Reply
The plot sounds like something out of a horror movie: A ship teeming with diseased, cannibalistic rats drifts toward the British Coast, putting millions of residents at risk. In reality, the Irish Department of Transport said they believe the Lyubov Orlova, a cruise ship that has been adrift for a year in the Atlantic Ocean, has likely sunk due to “adverse weather conditions.” Aidan Glover, a spokesperson for the Department of Transport, said officials arrived at the conclusion after they received “no positive reports or sightings” of the ship. The last signs from the cruise liner were two beacons, which were sent last



ICE agrees to stop shackling
some defendants for court
Los Angeles Times, by Cindy Chang    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/25/2014 3:17:53 AM     Post Reply
Immigrants fighting deportation in San Francisco will no longer be shackled during most court hearings, according to a settlement reached with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The settlement, which received preliminary approval from a federal judge Thursday, is limited to San Francisco Immigration Court but could affect the way immigrants are treated in other jurisdictions. People held at detention centers in the San Francisco area are transported to court shackled at the wrists, waist and ankles, attorneys for four immigrants wrote in a federal lawsuit filed in 2011. The shackles are kept on during court hearings, which is humiliating to

Michelle Obama taps Subway to
help in healthy eating initiative
Los Angeles Times, by Jenn Harris    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/25/2014 3:12:53 AM     Post Reply
First Lady Michelle Obama chowed down on a Subway turkey sandwich Thursday after asking the popular sandwich chain to join her campaign against childhood obesity. During a press conference at a Subway close to the White House, Obama recognized Subway´s new $41 million marketing campaign, launching Feb. 1, in helping her spread her healthy eating initiative for kids. Obama was joined by athletes Michael Phelps, Justin Tuck, gymnast Nastia Liukin and Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle. The brand´s campaign includes the slogan "Playtime Powered by Veggies," a Healthier America logo, with signs posted at children´s eye level at Subway counters, and

Dinesh D´Souza Released
on $500,000 Bond
Hollywood Reporter, by Paul Bond    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/25/2014 2:39:26 AM     Post Reply
UPDATE: The filmmaker behind "2016: Obama´s America" was briefly handcuffed during his arraignment in New York on charges he violated campaign finance laws in 2012. Dinesh D´Souza pleaded "not guilty" Friday in New York during his arraignment on federal charges that he violated campaign finance laws by donating $20,000 to a friend who unsuccessfully ran for Hillary Clinton´s U.S. Senate seat in 2012. D´Souza´s bail was set at $500,000 and he was released after promising that one financially responsible person would sign "a personal recognizance bond" within a week. The case was then adjourned until March 4. D´Souza spent six

Noah’s Ark: Round?
Atlantic, by Megan Garber    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/25/2014 2:29:15 AM     Post Reply
Today, a new object has been put on display at the British Museum: a tablet, light brown, covered in cuneiform script. The piece is approximately 4,000 years old, and approximately the size of a smartphone. It was discovered in modern-day Iraq—ancient Mesopotamia—and, upon deciphering, it seems to tell a story that will be familiar to many: that of a boat that will help a man to survive a flood. It mentions animals, and specifies that they should enter the boat "two by two." Except the vessel in question isn´t a boat—at least, not in the way we tend to think

Democrats Are Playing the Knockout Game
American Thinker, by Fay Voshell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/25/2014 2:24:09 AM     Post Reply
It´s no wonder there´s been so little outrage from the Left over the phenomenon known as the Knockout Game. The Left loves the game and is increasingly expert in knocking out conservative opposition with one swift and lethal blow to the head of any and all who oppose progressivism. We on the right have seen a rapid succession of punches aimed at taking down everyone and everything conservative. Whether it is potential presidential candidates or conservative organizations like the Tea Party, the aim is the same. Go in from behind in packs and sucker punch the unwitting victims, using governmental entities


Winter Olympics 2014: US athletes
warned not to wear team gear
outside Sochi Olympic venues
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/24/2014 11:37:59 PM     Post Reply
The US Olympic Committee has advised athletes taking part in the upcoming Sochi Games to avoid wearing their uniforms or Team USA logos outside Olympic venues. The warning for American athletes not to advertise their nationality due to security concerns came in a memo from the committee, which prepared it with the advice of the State Department, officials said, confirming a report in the Wall Street Journal. State Department spokesman Marie Harf said "the US Olympic Committee, I think, had discussed with its athletes, as part of how to sort of stay safe and things to look out for as

Erik Prince: Out of Blackwater
and Into China
Wall Street Journal, by David Feith    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 1/24/2014 11:25:40 PM     Post Reply
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.

The world´s most ancient
Christian communities are being
destroyed — and no one cares
The Week, by Michael Brendan Dougherty    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/24/2014 11:00:47 PM     Post Reply
Like many Coptic Christians in Egypt, Ayman Nabil Labib had a tattoo of the cross on his wrist. And like 17-year-old men everywhere, he could be assertive about his identity. But in 2011, after Egypt´s revolution, that kind of assertiveness could mean trouble. Ayman´s Arabic-language teacher told him to cover his tattoo in class. Instead of complying, the young man defiantly pulled out the cross that hung around his neck, making it visible. His teacher flew into a rage and began choking him, goading the young man´s Muslim classmates by saying, "What are you going to do with him?" Ayman´s

Eric Holder: Voter ID Used to
‘Depress the Vote’ of People
Who Don’t Support GOP
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/24/2014 10:28:49 PM     Post Reply
Speaking exclusively to MSNBC host Ari Melber, Attorney General Eric Holder sharply criticized state-level voter identification policies and said that he believes those policies are a “remedy in search of a problem.” He added that, while some may be arguing for voter ID in good faith, he believes that most are advocating for this policy in order to “depress the vote” of those who do not support the “party that is advancing” voter ID measures. “I think many are using it for partisan advantage,” Holder said of voter ID. “People have to understand that we are not opposed to photo identification in

Campaigning never ends:
Obama team gears up
for 2014 election cycle
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/24/2014 10:17:27 PM     Post Reply
President Obama revived his internal White House political operation Friday in preparation for the 2014 mid-term elections, naming longtime aide David Simas as director of political strategy and outreach. Mr. Simas, who played a key role in the president’s reelection campaign, served much of last year in the West Wing coordinating the administration’s message on Obamacare. He will become the president’s point person for working with Democrats on the midterms, which Mr. Obama has called crucial to implementing his agenda over his final two years in office. In 2009-1010, Mr. Simas served as White House political director. Prior to joining

Hour-long Gmail outage crippled
email across U.S. and Europe
Washington Times, by Douglas Ernst    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/24/2014 10:15:21 PM     Post Reply
Google’s Gmail users across the United States, Canada and Europe were impacted when their feee email service went down for about an hour Friday afternoon. The service resumed shortly after 3 p.m. Earlier, Google released a statement: “We’re investigating reports of an issue with Gmail. We will provide more information shortly.” The email service outage prompted the Twitter hashtag #gmail to start trending almost immediately. “For everyone worrying about the #Gmail outage, rest assured that your messages are safely being restored by the NSA,” joked Twitter user Ian Gertler.

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