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Hooked on Amazon Prime?
Easy to see why
Tampa Tribune [FL], by Rich Mullins    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/26/2014 9:02:33 AM     Post Reply
Amazon Prime is like crack, people warn me in hushed, cautionary tones. Once you try it, you’re hooked. I personally have not signed up for Amazon’s premiere, super-duper, fancy-dancy, wave-o’-the-future membership program, even though I’m a frequent customer. But I’m fascinated by the transformation people talk about once they do. “Oh, you’ll see,” they tell me, “you’ll see.” On its face, Prime offers two simple things: Free two-day shipping on most purchases, and access to streaming movies and TV shows. All for $80 a year. Whether or not people need two-day shipping, a few things seem to happen once they

US President Barack Obama
to use speech to offer election-
year agenda for Democrats
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/26/2014 8:43:34 AM     Post Reply
Washington: President Barack Obama may not say it in his State of the Union speech this week, but part of his underlying message will be: Please vote for Democrats in the November elections. Obama’s big speech on Tuesday will be his sixth foray into the House of Representatives chamber to lay out his policy priorities for the year. This edition is critical to forming a narrative on which Democrats can campaign this year. And Obama wants to bolster his standing after a rocky end-of-the-year controversy over the botched rollout of his signature health care law, and the tumult surrounding a

Roommate: Bomb suspect
‘a crazy kid’
Altoona Mirror, by William Kibler    Original Article
Posted By: NYC RAL- 1/26/2014 8:19:46 AM     Post Reply
Altoona, PA - A Penn State Altoona freshman from Moscow, Russia, was arrested late Friday and charged with possessing a weapon of mass destruction and risking a catastrophe, after city police allegedly found a homemade bomb and bomb-making materials in his Juniata apartment - where they had come to look for a marijuana-growing operation. Vladislav Miftakhov, 19, signed a consent to search, after which an officer found the bomb-related materials in a suitcase, according to the affidavit of probable cause filed by police. A state police bomb squad made the bomb "safe," then deconstructed it, according to city police.

  


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Stephen Hawking:
"There are no black holes"
The Independent (UK), by Heather Saul    Original Article
Posted By: duhem- 1/26/2014 7:56:37 AM     Post Reply
Stephen Hawking has produced a "mind-bending" new theory that argues black holes do not actually exist - at least not in the way we currently perceive them. Instead, in his paper, Information Preservation and Weather Forecasting for Black Holes, Hawking proposes that black holes can exist without 'event horizons', the invisible cover believed to surround every black hole.During a previous lecture, 'Into the Black Hole', Hawkins described an event horizon as the boundary of a black hole, "where gravity is just strong enough to drag light back, and prevent it escaping".
“Falling through the event horizon, is a bit like going over Niagara Falls in a canoe", he said. "If you are above the falls, you can get away if you paddle fast enough, but once you are over the edge, you are lost. There's no way back.
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Stan Wawrinka´s crowning moment
ESPN, by Greg Garber    Original Article
Posted By: DaddyO- 1/26/2014 7:40:30 AM     Post Reply
When does history mean nothing? How do you find hope where none should exist at all? Where, ultimately, does belief come from? Walking onto the court at Rod Laver Arena on Sunday evening in Melbourne, Stanislas Wawrinka was confronted by these eternal questions. There were few who suspected he´d have the answers. Since the start of the 2009 season, Stanislas Wawrinka becomes the first player to win a Slam outside the Big Four. The 28-year-old Swiss player came into this Australia Open final with a 0-12 record against Rafael Nadal, having lost all 26 of their sets. Nadal had never

Wal-Mart laying off 2,300 Sam´s
Club managers and hourly workers
Los Angeles Times, by Tiffany Hsu    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/26/2014 7:19:22 AM     Post Reply
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is laying off 2,300 employees in its Sam’s Club division as it tries to make its workforce leaner. In total, 2% of the 116,000 Sam’s Club employees in the U.S. will lose their jobs. Employees were being informed of the layoffs Friday, spokesman Bill Durling said. Sam’s Club, a membership-based warehouse chain in the mold of Costco, said nearly half the cuts will affect salaried assistant managers. In the fresh goods area, where previously there were six separate assistant managers, now three more senior and better-paid managers are to oversee a meat and deli block, a grocery

Graham calls for GOP embrace
of Reagan conservatism
Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Prentiss Findlay    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/26/2014 7:08:31 AM     Post Reply
The Republican Party has a great opportunity to re-gain control of the country, but it must seize the day, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said Saturday night. The GOP is poised to win back a majority in the Senate and keep its advantage in the House in Congressional elections this fall, Graham said. [Snip] Graham, who is up for re-election, is facing GOP primary challengers state Sen. Lee Bright of Spartanburg, Orangeburg attorney Bill Connor, Upstate businessman Richard Cash and Citadel graduate and Lowcountry public relations businesswoman Nancy Mace. They accuse Graham of not being a true conservative.

  


  

The Strange and Mysterious
Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis
Daily Beast, by Richard Ben Cramer    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/26/2014 6:29:58 AM     Post Reply
Richard Ben Cramer died one year ago this week and he is still sorely missed. His career began at the Baltimore Sun during the Watergate Era, blossomed at the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he won a Pulitzer for his reportage in the Middle East, and broadened in the 1980s when he conquered the long magazine profile with his enduring Esquire piece on Ted Williams. (Snip)Here is “The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis” which first appeared in the March 1, 1984, issue of Rolling Stone and is reprinted here with permission. It is preceded by a foreword Cramer

Snowden´s Red Dawn
Newsweek, by Jeff Stein    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/26/2014 6:04:52 AM     Post Reply
Give the hard-liners credit: After one stunning revelation after another about the National Security Agency’s Orwellian spying operations, they finally managed to land a punch this week on Edward Snowden, the über-leaking fugitive. Not that shrill words haven’t been flung at the former NSA contractor from the get-go, starting with traitor. And Representative Mike Rogers, R-Mich., chairman of the House intelligence committee, and Michael Hayden, who has headed both the NSA and CIA, joshed openly in an open forum about putting Snowden on a kill list. None of those smears seemed to stick, though, as Americans and the rest of the world

Raiders of the lost art:
We saved the world´s
art treasures from Hitler
Daily Mail [UK], by Adam Luck    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/26/2014 6:03:32 AM     Post Reply
It was the most unlikely crack military unit ever put together, with an equally improbable mission. The Fine Arts and Archives unit (MFAA), known as the Monuments Men, were the most cultured and eclectic Allied force of World War II, led by a Cambridge professor, Geoffrey Webb, with art historians, museum curators, critics and connoisseurs among their number. [Snip] But Hollywood, not for the first time, stands accused of playing fast and loose with the facts, diminishing the extent of the British MFAA’s efforts while exaggerating those of the U.S. Today only one British member of the MFAA remains--a woman.

Obama´s NSA blind spot
Los Angeles Times, by Bruce Ackerman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/26/2014 5:53:21 AM     Post Reply
President Obama´s recent speech on government surveillance is dominating the conversation, but he won´t be making the key decisions on the future of the National Security Agency´s collection of domestic phone data. The statutory provision authorizing these massive sweeps expires June 1, 2015. If Congress simply does nothing, the NSA´s domestic spying program will soon come to a screeching halt. The question is whether Americans will seize this opportunity to gain critical perspective on the crisis responses of the George W. Bush years. Voters elected and reelected Obama precisely because he promised to engage in this decisive reappraisal. But his speech

  


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U.S braces itself for coldest month of the
century with yet another Arctic blast as
fears grow for Super Bowl Sunday
Daily Mail [UK], by Louise Boyle & Ashley Collman    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/26/2014 5:48:46 AM     Post Reply
America is set for the coldest month of the century as weather forecasters predict yet another freezing blast of Arctic air - putting Super Bowl Sunday in jeopardy. Teams have been warned to stay on high alert for changes to the scheduling of the first Super Bowl to be played in an open-air stadium. Temperatures have already hit record lows, at times making parts of the U.S. colder than the North Pole, and are expected to plunge in the coming days. The timing could not be worse for one of the biggest global sporting events, which will be exposed to

As rivals stumble, Rubio rebounds:
Asia trip shows statesmanship
Daily Caller, by Matt K. Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/26/2014 5:43:49 AM     Post Reply
Talk about a change of fortunes. Sen. Marco Rubio started off 2014 on a downswing, but while scandal and controversy have been plagued other prominent American politicians, Rubio has been flexing his “statesman” muscles on a trip to Asia. While there are a lot of reasons being a U.S. senator can be detrimental to a presidential aspirant, there are some upsides, as well. Rubio sits on the Intelligence Committee and is the ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee’s East Asia Subcommittee, which means this is official business. But that doesn’t mean it also isn’t good politics. Rubio (to the extent his

Wisconsin´s Not Worthy of National
Attention Any More, Because
Scott Walker Has Been Successful
Newsbusters, by Tom Blumer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/26/2014 5:40:25 AM     Post Reply
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, whose name has come up as a possible 2016 presidential contender, had his name splashed all over the nation by the establishment press three years ago when he largely succeeded in reducing the disproportionate influence of public-sector union members. That attention remained steady until Walker beat back a statewide recall in tbe spring of 2012. One might argue that Walker´s now-obvious success is boring and unworthy of national attention, except for the fact that the press still features Walker in national stories from time to time — really important stuff like the fact that he got

Obama’s Shrinking Speech Ratings
Wall Street Journal, by Dante Chinni    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/26/2014 5:37:37 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama’s ratings are down. And that’s likely to be true for the size of his State of the Union audience, too. On Tuesday, Mr. Obama will give his fifth State of the Union speech, his sixth if you count his speech to a joint session of Congress in 2009 just after he was elected. With the speech, the White House controls the news cycle for a few days and gets to float new ideas and policies. But as the news cycle shrinks and technology creates multiple ways to direct and redirect Washington coverage, fewer Americans are bothering to

  


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Obamacare enlists 3 MILLION Americans but
more young enrollees are needed to offset the
cost of older, sicker people under the plan
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/26/2014 5:37:28 AM     Post Reply
The number of people enrolled in private health insurance under Obamacare has soared by more than one-third in recent weeks to around 3 million, according to government data released on Friday. Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), announced the preliminary tally in a blog posting. She forecast that enrollment through new federal and state health insurance marketplaces would continue to grow in coming weeks as a public outreach campaign accelerates. The new data adds to evidence that President Barack Obama´s administration has turned the corner on enrollment after a botched October 1 launch.

Wendy Davis on defense
Politico, by Katie Glueck    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/26/2014 5:34:34 AM     Post Reply
The honeymoon is over for Wendy Davis. The Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate this week sustained the most negative coverage she’s faced since shooting to political stardom last summer. And her campaign, still smarting from the scrutiny, is determined to change the subject by turning up the heat on her opponent, GOP Attorney General Greg Abbott, over education. In the high-profile, astronomically expensive Texas gubernatorial race, Davis was riding high just over a week ago. While she has always faced an uphill battle, she had just raked in stellar fundraising numbers and scored yet another national television interview that showcased her compelling journey

Now we’re all dopes
Boston Herald, by Howie Carr    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/26/2014 5:28:55 AM     Post Reply
Marijuana makes you stupid. Nobody wants to acknowledge the obvious fact, but that’s what this whole legalization debate is all about. That’s why most of the candidates for governor, of both parties, have come out against legalization, even if they have to obfuscate why they’re opposed to the Colorado-ization of Massachusetts. After all, the pols can’t offend that pivotal ganja-American voting bloc, assuming they can remember to vote in November. It’s left to comedians like Jay Leno Thursday night to poke around the truth: “Doctors warn that pot smoking impairs young people’s thinking, which of course makes them much more likely to sign up

Voice of the little man,
courtier of plutocrats
Washington Examiner [DC], by Timothy P. Carney    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/26/2014 5:26:35 AM     Post Reply
The favorite senator of Wall Street and K Street explained to a liberal D.C. audience last week how to defang the Tea Party: offer a populist message that splits the grassroots from their wealthy donors. Republicans should listen to this counsel, and turn the tables on Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York. Schumer argued at the Center for American Progress on Thursday that the Tea Party is built on a foundation of deception: “Wealthy, hard Right, selfish, narrow” elites have fooled regular Tea Partiers into hating government. Schumer’s premise is that Big Government is the friend of the regular guy,

Media let Hillary off the Benghazi hook
New York Post, by L. Brent Bozell, III    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/26/2014 5:18:45 AM     Post Reply
CNN anchor Jake Tapper blandly admitted the obvious in a radio interview with conservative host Hugh Hewitt. The same reporters that insist their former GOP favorite Chris Christie is ruined for 2016 by traffic jams on a bridge are letting Hillary Clinton skate for embassy-security neglect that led to four dead government employees at Benghazi. Why would so-called watchdogs of government suggest Clinton is a shoo-in in 2016 as if Benghazi never happened? Tapper strangely suggested that Benghazi always seemed like more of a White House scandal than a State Department scandal, and I don’t blame him, because Clinton didn’t grant

  



ECI: No Excuse for Wasserman Schultz
Deceiving Her Constituents on Iran
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/26/2014 5:13:04 AM     Post Reply
Certain elements of the pro-Israel community are willing to give DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz a pass on being tough on Iran. After all, she´s in difficult position, they say, trying to be pro-Israel and the head of the Democratic party. "The [Iran sanctions] bill is only a litmus test for the unsophisticated in the pro-Israel community," AIPAC member Michael Adler tells Foreign Policy. "People can disagree on tactics, but Debbie is in a unique position as DNC chair and has the pro-Israel agenda deeply-rooted in her." Another AIPAC member, Bruce Levy, says folks should cut the DNC chair some slack --

Liberals Who Love Obama,
a 501(c)(4) for the
Age Of Gangsterism
American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 1/26/2014 5:06:22 AM     Post Reply
Apart from me, there is only one other non-Democrat I know of in my immediate D.C. neighborhood. Let´s call him John Doe, because he´s petrified that he´ll be the next target of this extra-constitutional gang from Chicago and wouldn´t want to see his name made public. I hadn´t seen him around for a while, but yesterday afternoon there was a knock on the back door. No one ever uses it so I figured it was the gas meter reader, but no, it was John who scurried in, using the cover of the large fig tree branches out of fear he might

Appalachia: The big white ghetto
National Review Online, by Kevin D. Williamson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/26/2014 5:02:41 AM     Post Reply
T HERE ARE LOTS of diversions in the Big White Ghetto, the vast moribund matrix of Wonder Bread–hued Appalachian towns and villages stretching from northern Mississippi to southern New York, a slowly dissipating nebula of poverty and misery with its heart in eastern Kentucky, the last redoubt of the Scots-Irish working class that picked up where African slave labor left off, mining and cropping and sawing the raw materials for a modern American economy that would soon run out of profitable uses for the class of people who 500 years ago would have been known, without any derogation, as peasants. Thinking

How Congressional Retirements
Will Affect Election 2014
PJ Media, by Bill Straub    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/26/2014 4:53:23 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – And the retirements keep rolling in. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) this month became the most recent lawmaker to announce he would not seek another term in Congress. In fact Coburn, battling a recurrence of cancer – which he maintains is not related to his decision – is stepping down two years early, setting the stage for a special election this fall. Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) already has made clear his desire to run for the seat. Coburn’s decision brings to eight the number of lawmakers who will not return to the Senate in 2015. And the number of House incumbents

Notre Dame professor: Hey, maybe
the Pope should rethink abortion
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/26/2014 4:50:09 AM     Post Reply
I missed this until late yesterday, but the New York Times offered space on Thursday to Notre Dame philosophy professor Gary Gutting on the topic of abortion. Gutting, who also edits the Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews for the Catholic university in Indiana, argued that Pope Francis really should get with modern times and show love to women by allowing for abortion. According to Professor Gutting, the lack of “an all-out effort to prevent spontaneous abortions” and the “purely biological” humanity of the fetus means that the Catholic Church shouldn’t really care whether babies get aborted or not. Small wonder the Times

Newspaper boss says gun permit
database idea was misfire
Fox News, by Joshua Rhett Miller    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/26/2014 4:43:54 AM     Post Reply
A national newspaper chain never intended to create a multi-state database of gun owners with permits allowing them to carry concealed weapons according to its top executive, who told FoxNews.com a "poorly crafted" internal memo erroneously indicated such an idea was being planned. The memo -- sent by a top content editor to various editors at Civitas Media, which owns about 100 newspapers in 11 states, with 1.6 million in total circulation -- laid out a plan for an enterprise project that would use public information requests to establish the database. But Civitas President and CEO Michael Bush, in an email

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