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Rutgers Offers Course Studying Beyonce
NBC News [Philadelphia, PA], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2014 7:40:26 AM     Post Reply
Beyoncé is one of the world´s most scrutinized pop stars, and now that study is moving to academia. The Department of Women´s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University is offering a course called "Politicizing Beyoncé.´´ Kevin Allred, a doctoral student who is teaching the class, tells the university´s online news site that he is using Beyoncé´s career as a way to explore American race, gender and sexual politics. The class supplements an analysis of Beyoncé´s videos and lyrics with readings from Black feminists. Allred says he´s seeking to help students think more critically about media consumption. Rutgers also has a

RNC Chairman Channels the
Spirit of Ted Kennedy
American Thinker, by John Bennett    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/31/2014 7:29:24 AM     Post Reply
Is there someone out there dying to vote Republican, but won´t because the GOP hasn´t supported amnesty yet? Is there someone out there with familial, emotional, or ethnic ties to illegal immigrants and would vote Republican after amnesty passed? A moment´s thought reveals the futility of "legalization" pandering. Yet, when RNC chair Reince Priebus was asked Wednesday what he thinks of the political wisdom of passing legalization/amnesty in the next 10 months, his reply was: "Well, I think if you look at where the biggest senate races are, it´s probably a mixed bag. I think politically speaking it´s a mixed bag, but the

Mayor Says New York City Will Settle
Suits on Stop-and-Frisk Tactics
New York Times, by Benjamin Weiser and Joseph Goldstein    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/31/2014 7:24:30 AM     Post Reply
New York City will settle its long-running legal battle over the Police Department’s practice of stopping, questioning and often frisking people on the street — a divisive issue at the heart of the mayoral race last year — by agreeing to reforms that a judge ordered in August, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday. In making the announcement, which he said he hoped would end a turbulent chapter in the city’s racial history, Mr. de Blasio offered a sweeping repudiation of the aggressive policing practices that had been a hallmark of his predecessor, Michael R. Bloomberg, but that had stoked

  


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Boehner Courts a GOP Civil War
American Thinker, by J. Robert Smith    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/31/2014 7:21:55 AM     Post Reply
If you can´t win, flee. Heck, if you won´t even try to win, retreat. You can´t make this stuff up. A day after President Obama´s rousing State of the Union address to an enthralled nation, House Republicans skedaddled to Maryland´s Eastern Shore. They went to crack crabs, swill cold microbrews, talk issues, yuck it up with lobbyists, and concoct more legislative "strategy." Heck, there´s got to be more than one way to capitulate on measures the size of the Farm Bill? Come to think of it, there is. In the vernacular, it´s called "immigration reform," which when all the layers of

Don´t Know the Party of a Politician Caught
in a Scandal? He´s Probably a Democrat
Newsbusters, by Geoffrey Dickens    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/31/2014 7:20:48 AM     Post Reply
Within the span of 40 seconds, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams reported on two politicians caught in scandals, one a Republican the other a Democrat, but he gave the party affiliation of only one of the troubled politicians. Can you guess which one? On the January 27 Nightly News, Williams reported that “Florida Republican Congressman Trey Radel has resigned effective tonight. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor cocaine possession.” In the very next news brief Williams announced: “A name from New Orleans’s recent past went on trial there today. Ray Nagin, mayor of the city during Katrina, in court on bribery

Obama ambassador nominees — Baucus,
Bell and Tsunis — hit bumps in hearings
Washington Post, by Al Kamen    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/31/2014 7:12:05 AM     Post Reply
There’s little doubt that outgoing Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) will be confirmed as President Obama’s next ambassador to China, despite a somewhat less-than-stellar performance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) asked: If, as Baucus indicated, the “Chinese leadership’s primary motivation is the well-being” of its citizens, then “what do you think would motivate them to initiate the air defense notification zone?” (As Loop fans know, this is a dangerous escalation by a bellicose China in an already nasty dispute with Japan over islands — and undersea riches — in the East China Sea.)

Hundreds of Career Prosecutors
Revolt Against Eric Holder
Power Line, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/31/2014 6:07:47 AM     Post Reply
Hundreds of career Justice Department lawyers have broken into open revolt against Attorney General Holder over his support of legislation that would drastically cut back on mandatory minimum sentences for drug pushers. The legislation Holder supports, known as the Durbin-Lee bill, would overturn the current mandatory minimum sentences not only for marijuana violations but for all drug offenses, including major and repeat trafficking in heroin, meth, PCP and other extremely dangerous, and often lethal, drugs. This was too much for hundreds of federal prosecutors. Today, Chuck Grassley, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, read aloud from a letter the

  


  

U.S. Says Russia Tested
Missile, Despite Treaty
New York Times, by Michael R. Gordon    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/31/2014 6:05:32 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The United States informed its NATO allies this month that Russia had tested a new ground-launched cruise missile, raising concerns about Moscow’s compliance with a landmark arms control accord. American officials believe Russia began conducting flight tests of the missile as early as 2008. Such tests are prohibited by the treaty banning medium-range missiles that was signed in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail S. Gorbachev, the Soviet leader at the time, and that has long been viewed as one of the bedrock accords that brought an end to the Cold War. Beginning in May, Rose Gottemoeller,

A Lewinsky reference? Laura Bush says
´first gentleman´ should have ties critiqued
Washington Examiner [DC], by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/31/2014 6:01:42 AM     Post Reply
Former first lady Laura Bush tells C-SPAN´s “First Ladies” program than when a woman finally gets elected president, the “first gentleman” should be critiqued just like women are, including their choice of ties. In one part of a longer interview, she said that the media and public pays too much attention to first ladies and their hair and clothes. Talking about the possibility of a woman president, she said, “Maybe we should be that way about the first gentleman also and really critique the way they look all the time, their choice of tie, or their hair style or whatever,

California Legalized Selling
Food Made At Home And
Created Over A Thousand
Local Businesses
Forbes, by Nick Sibilla    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/31/2014 5:57:26 AM     Post Reply
A government official appears at a man’s door. The man has been breaking the law: He has sold bread baked at home. This isn’t a page from Kafka—it happened to Mark Stambler in Los Angeles. For decades, Stambler has followed traditional methods to bake loaves of French bread. The ingredients are simple: distilled water, sea salt, wild yeast and organic grains. Stambler even mills the grain himself. To make it easier to steam loaves, he built a wood-fired oven in his own backyard. Stambler’s loaves came in first place at the Los Angeles County Fair and the California State Fair.

The Big Chide
Washington Free Beacon, by Matthew Continetti    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/31/2014 5:50:50 AM     Post Reply
“U.S. Chides Syria on Missed Chemical Arms Deadlines”New York Times, January 30, 2014 Say goodbye to the big stick. Say hello to the big chide. Five months ago, you will recall, President Obama was preparing to launch military strikes against Bashar al-Assad. The strikes were averted when the Russians, seizing on a gaffe by Secretary of State John Kerry, proposed a deal in which Assad would give up his WMD if the United States did not bomb. How are things working out? Well, who could have predicted it, but this week we learned that Assad has retained 95 percent

  


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The Cowardice of Wendy Davis
National Review Online, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/31/2014 5:43:25 AM     Post Reply
Wendy Davis, a Democratic state senator running to replace Rick Perry as governor of Texas, owes her political stardom to two things: a pair of pink sneakers and her unstinting support for a woman’s right to terminate a late-term pregnancy in a substandard clinic. Yay, feminism! Last year, Davis led an eleven-hour filibuster — that’s where the sneakers came in handy — to block legislation that would ban abortion after 20 weeks and require abortion clinics to meet the same standards that hospital-style surgical centers do. This was all going on against the backdrop of the sensational Kermit Gosnell case in Pennsylvania.

Holder doesn’t hold back,
despite Globe’s take
Boston Herald, by Howie Carr    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/31/2014 5:40:52 AM     Post Reply
Eric Holder picked the perfect time for a change-up. After all these years, he finally found a criminal he didn’t want to hug. Like everyone else, I’m almost as shocked as I am ecstatic. The “tousle-haired” terrorist, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is looking, theoretically at least, at the death sentence. How can this be — he’s a Muslim! How can all those teeny­boppers be wrong? I thought they were going to call it “workplace violence” a la Fort Hood. Mr. Attorney General, don’t you read The Boston Globe? This poor lad is a victim, yes a victim, of Amerikkkan imperialism. It was right there in the Sunday

GOP’s devious immigration trick:
Why Democrats have a looming dilemma
Salon Magazine, by Brian Beutler    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/31/2014 5:28:33 AM     Post Reply
After talking it over with John Boehner last night, Joe Biden says he’s pretty confident that House Republicans will be able to pass a consensus immigration reform bill. According to Nancy Pelosi, she believes Republicans will adopt a reasonable position on immigration reform that most if not all Democrats will ultimately support. In his State of the Union address, President Obama was much less critical of House Republicans for stalling immigration reform — “Republicans and Democrats in the Senate have acted, I know that members of both parties in the House want to do the same” — than for allowing emergency unemployment

‘U’ Students Want Crime Alerts To
Avoid Using Racial Descriptions
WCCO [CBS-Minnesota], by Edgar Linares    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/31/2014 5:25:02 AM     Post Reply
MINNEAPOLIS– School officials at the University of Minnesota are working with black student and facility organizations after they wrote a letter to the school’s president about the racial descriptions given in crime alerts. The letter, sent on Dec. 6, 2013, was issued by members of the African American and African Studies, Black Faculty and Staff Association, Black Graduate and Professional Student Association, Black Men’s Forum, Black Student Union and Huntley House for African American Males. It was directed to University President Eric Kaler and Pamela Wheelock, the vice president of University Services. Students and staff mailed the letter more than a month after

  


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New Orleans ex-mayor Nagin led
culture of corruption: prosecutors
Reuters, by Kathy Finn    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/31/2014 5:12:21 AM     Post Reply
Prosecutors accused former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin, who led the city during Hurricane Katrina, of running a graft scheme that netted him cash, vacation trips and granite supplies in exchange for contracts to help rebuild the city after the storm. Nagin, 57, who was swept into office on promises of good government in 2002 and re-elected in 2006, was indicted a year ago by a federal grand jury on 21 counts of corruption, including bribery, wire fraud, conspiracy, money laundering and filing false tax returns. "The evidence presented at this trial will show that Ray Nagin was a corrupt mayor -

Chick-Fil-A values
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/31/2014 5:06:34 AM     Post Reply
Remember how liberals pounced on Chick-Fil-A’s owner/president for saying more or less what Barack Obama said in his 2008 campaign for president? That marriage was between a man and a woman? Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel declared “Chick-Fil-A’s values are not Chicago values.” Boston Mayor Thomas Menino vowed to block the chain from coming to Beantown. Gotham’s then-City Council speaker, Christine Quinn, demanded Chick-Fil-A’s one New York store be sent packing. Well, this week Chick-Fil-A values were back in the news. When the deep South was paralyzed by snow that stranded motorists for hours and forced others to abandon cars, Chick-Fil-A moved in. In

Bank refuses to give customers
their money unless they can
prove a good reason for needing it
Daily Caller, by Grae Stafford    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/31/2014 5:02:23 AM     Post Reply
International bank HSBC has been restricting its customers from withdrawing large sums of cash if they can’t provide a good enough reason for why they need it. The policy was brought in to effect in November 2013 , but customers were not notified of it. The rule was uncovered after the BBC’s “Money Box” program began investigating complaints by customers that they were being refused access to their accounts unless they could demonstrate a need for their money. One customer, Stephen Cotton, who wished to withdraw $11,000 to repay his mother said, “When we presented them with the withdrawal slip,

Obama’s Unserious Foreign Policy And
America’s Permanent War Footing
The Federalist, by Angelo Codevilla    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/31/2014 4:52:51 AM     Post Reply
Obama’s address on the State Of The Union showed the lack of seriousness about international affairs by which his Administration has been making the world ever more dangerous for Americans. The passages on war and peace, like the rest of the speech, consisted of patent untruths loosely related to Administration programs – the former meant to justify the latter. Whatever one might think of Obama’s domestic agenda, these couplets reflected a serious intent to advance it. Thus, because ”climate change” is the cause of Western drought and Eastern floods, Obama will impose new restrictions on the use of fossil fuels; and

President ignores ObamaCare horror
stories as human, financial costs pile up
Fox News, by L. Brent Bozell, III    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/31/2014 4:49:51 AM     Post Reply
As predicted, the Obama administration and many in the Democratic Party are trying to peddle the story that ObamaCare is now working because the healthcare.gov website is functioning better. But despite the questionable claims of easier access and more people enrolling in the ObamaCare exchanges, the ugly truth is the horror stories are piling up and, sooner or later, ObamaCare’s cheerleaders will have to confront the overwhelming evidence indicting them for repeatedly lying to the American people. As expected, President Obama used his State of the Union speech Tuesday to extol the virtues of ObamaCare, and also as expected, retold the story

  



NM Proposes Sale of
National Historic Landmark
Associated Press, by Susan Montoya Bryan    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/31/2014 4:46:14 AM     Post Reply
Albuquerque, NM - A Western outpost made famous by the Buffalo Soldiers and the U.S. military´s campaign to capture Geronimo is up for sale, one of a number of landmarks nationwide facing the wrecking ball amid tight budgets and a shift in Washington about what history is worth saving. Abandoned now, Fort Bayard has become a drain on New Mexico´s coffers and the state is desperate for ideas as historic preservation has lost funding under the Obama administration. "It´s not good. We see this as a much larger comment on how we as a country want to tell our story and reflect

Suicide Bombers Called
Biggest Sochi Olympics Risk
Associated Press, by Vladimir Isachenkov & Nataliya Vasilyeva    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/31/2014 4:41:29 AM     Post Reply
SOCHI, Russia -- While Sochi´s Olympic venues are now among the most tightly guarded facilities in the world, the rest of this sprawling Black Sea resort looks more vulnerable. With about 100,000 police, security agents and army troops flooding Sochi, Russia has pledged to ensure "the safest Olympics in history." But terror fears fueled by recent suicide bombings have left athletes, spectators and officials worldwide jittery about potential threats. Security experts warn that Islamic militants in the Caucasus, who have threatened to derail the Winter Games that run from Feb. 7-23, could achieve their goal by choosing soft targets away

Economy Is Expanding, but Obama’s
Legacy May Be Slipping Away
New York Times, by Nelson D. Schwartz    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/30/2014 11:25:18 PM     Post Reply
Five years into the Obama presidency, the American economy is finally showing some momentum. The Commerce Department reported on Thursday that the economy grew by 3.2 percent in the final quarter of 2013, echoing the even stronger 4.1 percent pace of expansion in the summer months and providing the White House with a rare bit of good news despite dismal public approval ratings. But even if 2014 turns out to be what the president called a “breakout year” in his State of the Union address Tuesday, the country will still have a lot of catching up to do before the

Chinatown raid targets multistate
exploitation of illegal workers
Houston Chronicle, by James Pinkerton    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/30/2014 10:45:38 PM     Post Reply
Federal agents arrested the owners of two employment agencies in Houston´s vibrant Chinatown on Thursday and charged them with allegedly providing hundreds of undocumented workers, mostly from Latin America, to prep food, bus tables and wash dishes in Chinese restaurants. The Chinatown raid came as part of a multistate crackdown by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that led to the arrest of 21 other owners and managers of Chinese restaurants in South Texas, Louisiana and parts of Arkansas who allegedly employed and exploited the illegal workers. "You have two businesses, two placement agencies, that in essence built a business model

IRS rules change seen as
limiting free speech for
nonprofit organizations
Washington Times, by Seth McLaughlin    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/30/2014 10:35:28 PM     Post Reply
Conservative groups are mounting a major resistance effort against the Internal Revenue Service’s post-tea party targeting scandal rules, which are designed to clamp down on outside groups’ ability to organize as nonprofits and still play a role in political conversations. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell fired a major shot Thursday, taking to the chamber floor to say the rules amount to a declaration of war on free speech and vowing the GOP will try to block them. “Every American needs to know about this abuse of power,” said Mr. McConnell, Kentucky Republican. “Let me be clear: What the administration is

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