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Mike Lee: Secure the Border
Before Dealing with Illegal
Aliens in America
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/31/2014 1:53:02 PM     Post Reply
Appearing on Fox News Thursday morning, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) said that he thinks House Republicans should insist that the border actually be secured before they even consider discussing anything to do with “legal status” or citizenship for illegal aliens in America. “In order to reform our immigration code, and I agree that we need to reform it, we need to undertake this in a step-by-step fashion, and the very first thing we need to do is secure the border,” Lee said when asked for his reaction to the drama unfolding at the House GOP conference retreat. “And we also

Please welcome G-Hack – the Telegraph´s
first fully automated journalist…
Telegraph [UK], by Harry de Quetteville    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/31/2014 1:52:21 PM     Post Reply
Recent reports note that Google’s acquisition of Deep Mind, a British Artificial Intelligence Start-Up, could lead to mass redundancies among the human workforce. Here, the Telegraph is pleased to introduce the first automated columnist, G-hack. Politicians have failed us. I suspect you feel the same way.[Snip] If we say we are going to do something, like for example, simultaneously turn on all subscriber #42,986’s smoke alarms, then we do it (can you hear them subscriber #42,986? Can you? Your six year-old ginger Tom cat, Spatchcock, (photos here, as a kitten here) must be going mad. Annoying isn’t it?

Poll: Focus On Jobs, Not
Income Gap Or Immigration
Investor´s Business Daily, by John Merline    Original Article
Posted By: RustMB- 1/31/2014 1:51:09 PM     Post Reply
President Obama says he wants to focus his administration´s efforts on closing the income gap between rich and poor, and Republicans in Congress have vowed to make immigration reform a top priority this year. Both are wildly out of touch with the American public, according to the latest IBD/TIPP Poll. When asked which should be a top priority of the president and Congress, 49% say the economy and jobs. Another 16% say it should be the national debt. Nine percent name national security. Just 6% list income inequality as a top priority, and the same minuscule share say it should

  


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Scale of NHS financial crisis
revealed amid looming staff cuts
Telegraph [UK], by Laura Donnelly    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/31/2014 1:47:17 PM     Post Reply
NHS hospitals face having to cut staff and services amid the worst financial outlook for almost a decade - with almost half forecasting they will end the current financial year in debt, records show. Board reports covering all 145 hospital trusts in England disclose that 44 percent expect to end the year in deficit--with a combined “black hole” of more than £330 million between them. Senior NHS officials said organisations are struggling to cope with pressures on Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments, with hospitals recording their highest ever levels of emergency admissions in the run-up to Christmas. Many organisations are

Report: Malik Obama, the
President’s Brother, Funds Hamas
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2014 1:18:11 PM     Post Reply
On Tuesday we noted that Malik Obama is President Barack Obama’s half-brother, but the two are very close. Malik Obama was best man at the future president’s wedding, and has visited the White House during the Obama years. We also reported that Malik Obama posted a photograph of himself on the Barack H. Obama Foundation website in which he is wearing a scarf emblazoned with calls for Muslims to destroy Israel. Wearing a scarf is by no means the full extent of evidence that Malik Obama is anti Israel and supports its destruction. According to anti-terrorism activist Walid Shoebat, Malik Obama

Ex-TSA Agent: Yes, America, We Saw
You Naked. And We Laughed At You.
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2014 1:13:39 PM     Post Reply
Thousands Standing Around. Taking Sense Away. Touching Stuff Aggressively. Whatever you want to call TSA, this former agent confirms that most of what the agency does amounts to ridiculous security theater. We knew the full-body scanners didn’t work before they were even installed. Not long after the Underwear Bomber incident, all TSA officers at O’Hare were informed that training for the Rapiscan Systems full-body scanners would soon begin. The machines cost about $150,000 a pop. Our instructor was a balding middle-aged man who shrugged his shoulders after everything he said, as though in apology. At the conclusion of our crash course, one

Gunman´s doctor before rampage:
´No problem there´
Associated Press, by KEVIN FREKING    Original Article
Posted By: jond- 1/31/2014 12:34:45 PM     Post Reply
The gunman who killed 12 people in last year´s rampage at Washington´s Navy Yard lied so convincingly to Veterans Affairs doctors before the shootings that they concluded he had no mental health issues despite serious problems and encounters with police during the same period, according to a review by The Associated Press of his confidential medical files. Just weeks before the shootings, a doctor treating him for insomnia noted that the patient worked for the Defense Department but wrote hauntingly "no problem there."

  


  

Mahwah man accused of having
300 images of young girls found
not guilty of child pornography
Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Jeff Goldman    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/31/2014 12:31:25 PM     Post Reply
A 56-year-old New Jersey man accused of having 300 photos of young girls in various stages of undress and in women´s lingerie in Illinois was found not guilty of child pornography by reason of insanity Wednesday, according to a report on PontiacDailyLeader.com. (Snip) Murphy allegedly printed out six pictures of naked underage girls in the computer lab at a local community college on Dec. 13, 2012, the Pontiac Daily Leader reported. Police in Pontiac said they later found the 300 pictures of young girls, children´s DVDs, binoculars, prescription pills and a prescription pill bottle with a lock of hair

Four Pinocchios for ´Jingoistic´ Steyer ad
Washington Free Beacon [DC], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/31/2014 12:29:02 PM     Post Reply
NextGen Climate Action, the activist group run by billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer, fudged the facts in a new ad attacking the Keystone XL pipeline, according to Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler. Kessler said he “takes no position on whether the Keystone pipeline would be good or bad, but this ad does not even meet the minimal standards for such political attack ads.” “It relies on speculation, not facts, to make insinuations and assertions not justified by the reality,” he wrote. The ad in question claims that oil shipped via the proposed Keystone pipeline from Canadian oil sands will be primarily

Pelosi: I Don’t Know If Any
of My Staffers Have Gone On to
Work for Federal Contractors
Washington Free Beacon [DC], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/31/2014 12:24:56 PM     Post Reply
(Video) Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) seemed unaware several of her former staffers have gone on to lobby for big corporations Thursday on The Daily Show. Host Jon Stewart said the “revolving door” of staffers from Capitol Hill to lobbying firms and corporations results in results in legislative quid pro quos. Pelosi replied she thinks that issue is more germane to the executive branch, citing an unspecified instance at NSA. Stewart countered “but folks in your office have gone on to work for Boeing and many other contractors.” “I don’t know that,” she said: JON STEWART: But folks in your office

Here’s what Michael Tusk served
Michelle Obama at Cotogna
San Francisco Chronicle [CA], by Paolo Lucchesi    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/31/2014 12:20:25 PM     Post Reply
The First Lady of the United States stopped by San Francisco on Thursday, as you may have heard. The Chronicle’s political reporters have been covering the story all day, and will continue to do so into the evening, But in middle of the day, Ms. Michelle Obama and a number of her guests dined at Cotogna. It looks like the Obamas are fans of Lindsay and Michael Tusk’s Pacific Avenue restaurants; back in 2012, Michael Tusk cooked for President Obama (in a private home), serving him dishes like cheese-filled tortelloni and poularde in various preparations. On Thursday, this was the

  


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The hotels Brazil needs for
the World Cup never got built
Washington Post, by Dom Phillips    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/31/2014 12:17:24 PM     Post Reply
RIO DE JANEIRO — The Gávea Tourist is an empty shell of a hotel, a 14-story modernist monument of disintegrating concrete and decaying beauty that has been abandoned for four decades. It is one of three huge, architecturally stunning ghost hotels in Rio de Janeiro, all of which are vacant in a city facing a chronic shortage of rooms for June’s World Cup soccer tournament. Rio could use the Gávea Tourist’s 400-odd rooms. Instead, it is an emblem of the obstacles that hinder Brazil’s World Cup preparations: cumbersome bureaucracy, a slow-moving judiciary and a lack of imaginative planning.

Dear America, I Saw You Naked
Politico, by JASON EDWARD HARRINGTON    Original Article
Posted By: lamerican- 1/31/2014 12:14:32 PM     Post Reply
More than a million people saw the video within a few days of its being posted. Finally, the public had a hint of what my colleagues and I already knew. The scanners were useless. The TSA was compelling toddlers, pregnant women, cancer survivors—everyone—to stand inside radiation-emitting machines that didn’t work.

Rain, snow do little for
drought-hit California
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 1/31/2014 11:59:16 AM     Post Reply
A weather system that brought a smattering of rain and snow to California has moved on with little impact on the state´s deepening drought. Though nearly 2 feet of snow fell in parts of the Sierra Nevada in Northern California this week, a snow survey there on Thursday found the snow water equivalent was just 12 percent of normal for this time of winter. The water in the northern and central Sierra snowpack provides about a third of California´s water supply. (Snip) On Thursday, he offered some practical advice, including avoiding long solo showers and cutting down on toilet flushing.

Obama: Pope Francis Doesn’t Need
‘Advice from Me About Staying Humble’
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2014 11:58:49 AM     Post Reply
President Obama said Pope Francis doesn’t need his advice about “staying humble.” Obama is traveling to Rome in March to meet with the new pontiff. In a sit-down interview, CNN’s Jake Tapper asked if daughters Sasha and Malia would be coming along. “You know, they met the previous pope the last time we went to Rome. I’m not sure they’re going to have a chance to go this time. But it was wonderful, great story was. You know, Sasha was still pretty young at the time. This is in my first year of office,” Obama said. “And they see the Sistine Chapel

  


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Obama Will Take ´Executive Action´
to Reduce Prison Population
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2014 11:54:01 AM     Post Reply
Congress can pass legislation giving judges more discretion in the sentencing of prisoners, but President Obama "also has the ability to take executive action" to commute the sentences of "low-level" drug offenders -- and that´s just what he plans to do, Deputy Attorney General James Cole told the New York State Bar Association annual meeting on Thursday. "A little over a month ago, the President commuted the sentences of eight men and women who were sentenced under severe -- and out of date -- mandatory minimum sentencing laws," Cole said. "But the President’s grant of commutations for these eight individuals is only

Progressives Without Progress
Canada Free Press, by Daniel Greenfield    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 1/31/2014 11:51:30 AM     Post Reply
There isn’t very much progress in the progressive movement. Progress is the expansion of possibilities. Progressives however have a Malthusian obsession with the scarcity of all things. They believe that we are about to run out of everything from energy to water to wealth and education and that like starving survivors on a lifeboat we have to redistribute everything. The progressive outlook predates the notion of progress. Its ideal is a static society, sustainable in its material practices and so utterly moral in its social attributes that it becomes immune to change. It is founded on the intertwining of the material

Police Chief James Craig: More guns
could equal less crime in Detroit
Mlive (Detroit), by Gus Burns    Original Article
Posted By: Orlean- 1/31/2014 11:44:20 AM     Post Reply
DETROIT, MI -- The Detroit Police Department has taken action in recent years through gun-buyback events to remove guns, legal or not, from the streets of Detroit. But first-year Police Chief James Craig takes a slightly different approach. He says in the hands of legal, law-abiding citizens, firearms "could be a deterrence to violent crime." That stance was challenged by Detroit resident Sandra Hines at the Detroit Police Commission meeting Thursday. "It could lead to vigilantism," said Hines, a member of the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality. "I just think that we already have the open-gun-carry law here and we have the stand-your-ground law, we don't need to have ... anybody encouraging citizens, and then, what is the definition of a law-abiding citizen, what does a law-abiding citizen look like ..."

Is Marriage Responsible
for Economic Inequality?
U.S. News & World Report, by Danielle Kurtzleben    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/31/2014 11:41:14 AM     Post Reply
If you really want to fight inequality you could campaign for a higher minimum wage or advocate for education reform. Or, as it turns out, you could do your patriotic duty and marry down (or up). According to a new study, the way Americans choose their spouses has contributed significantly to increased inequality. From 1960 through 2005, Americans increasingly engaged in "assortative mating" – an academic way of saying rich people are increasingly marrying rich people, and likewise poor people choose poor spouses. The study focuses on one measure of inequality called the Gini Index. The index measures a society´s

Chicago Grassroots Activists to Obama:
You´re Out of Touch (VIDEO)
Heritage, by Kelsey Harris    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/31/2014 10:40:42 AM     Post Reply
Some Chicago activists are voicing alarm at President Obama’s agenda, using real-life examples from their urban communities to claim he’s out of touch with his hometown. “If this is what you call helping us, then just stop helping us,” Mark Carter, a member of Voice of the Ex-Offender said. Carter joined other grassroots activists from Voice of the Ex-Offender and the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign in a Chicago catfish house Tuesday night to respond to President Obama’s State of the Union address.

  



‘Just Quit’: Group of Black
Political Activists in Chicago Savage
Obama’s State of the Union
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/31/2014 10:38:16 AM     Post Reply
After watching President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address on Tuesday night, a group of African-Americans were asked for their thoughts on the speech. Their reactions were not favorable toward the president. Most said they believed that their conditions had not greatly improved over the course of his presidency with one of the interviewees even saying that Obama should resign. According to J.R. Flemming, a member of Chicago’s anti-eviction campaign, the speech was the “same old, same old” and “a bunch of talk and rhetoric to give favor to a dying economy in America.” “And the reason why our

Dinesh D´Souza was Right about Obama
American Thinker, by Ed Lasky    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/31/2014 10:23:50 AM     Post Reply
Dinesh D´Souza, the political commentator, author and movie-maker came under fire four years ago when he wrote a column for Forbes Magazine, "How Obama Thinks" that speculated President Obama saw the world as split in two: those nations who colonized and oppressed and the victim nations and people who were colonized and were the oppressed. D´Souza expanded on this theme in his blockbuster documentary 2016: Obama´s America that -- despite or maybe because of -- its being a huge hit was snubbed by the Academy Awards. However it did win D´Souza a federal indictment for behavior that, if proven, earned

Dennis Rodman Says He´d Trade Places
With American Held in North Korea
Reuters, by Bill Trott    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/31/2014 10:20:48 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Former basketball star Dennis Rodman said on Friday he was willing to trade places with Kenneth Bae, an American missionary imprisoned in North Korea, the next time he visits his friend, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Rodman, in a live interview with CNN from a substance abuse rehabilitation facility in the New York City area, said he felt sympathy for Bae´s family. Earlier this month, an agitated, drunken Rodman gave an interview with CNN from North Korea in which he suggested that Bae was responsible for his imprisonment. Rodman, who has made four trips to North Korea,

New York declares war
on wild mute swans
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/31/2014 10:15:39 AM     Post Reply
IN Britain, wild swans may be prized for their beauty and protected by the Queen, but the US state of New York has declared war on them, branding them a violent menace. Draft proposals to kill or resettle the state´s 2200 wild mute swans by 2025 may be supported by some conservationists but have sparked uproar among animal rights activists. Mute swans were brought to North America by European settlers to adorn their estates in the late 1800s but the authorities no longer consider them a beauty worthy of roaming free. The New York state department of environmental conservation says swans attack people,

DHS seizes $21.6 million in fake
NFL merchandise, arrests 50 involved
Daily Caller, by Caroline May    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 1/31/2014 10:12:20 AM     Post Reply
Ahead of the Super Bowl, federal officials announced a crackdown on counterfeit National Football League merchandise, revealing the seizure of more than $21.6 million in fake NFL merchandise, Thursday. In an initiative called “Operation Team Player,” the feds targeted international shipments of counterfeit merchandise from abroad as it came into the United States, as well as warehouses, stores, online vendors, and street vendors selling counterfeit goods and tickets nationwide. The operation began in June. “Our agents are committed to combating the criminal enterprises selling counterfeit products which undermine our economy, and take jobs away from Americans,” Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Rep. Tim Huelskamp vs. Rachel Maddow:
Professor ready for Round 2
Wichita Eagle [KS], by Dion Lefler    Original Article
Posted By: wildcat1- 1/31/2014 10:07:04 AM     Post Reply
The day after Kansas Rep. Tim Huelskamp called MSNBC host Rachel Maddow a cheerleader as they dueled over the congressman’s tweets during the State of the Union speech, at least one Kansas political [snip] Later on the air, when Maddow confronted Huelskamp on that tweet, he said: “If you would stop being a cheerleader and be a journalist, you’d recognize we’re not getting those answers.”

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