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New York Times makes dramatic change to
Christie report without noting correction
Daily Caller, by Vince Coglianese    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/1/2014 5:51:01 AM     Post Reply
The New York Times on Friday made a dramatic change to a report claiming New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie “knew” about lane closures on the George Washington Bridge without noting the correction. The earlier version of the report claimed (emphasis added): “The former Port Authority official who personally oversaw the lane closings on the George Washington Bridge in the scandal now swirling around Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said on Friday that the governor knew about the lane closings when they were happening, and that he had the evidence to prove it.” The updated version reads (emphasis added): The former Port Authority official

Congressman Michael ´I will break you
in half´ Grimm is literally indebted
to K Street giant Patton Boggs
Washington Examiner [DC], by Timothy P. Carney    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/1/2014 5:43:17 AM     Post Reply
Congressional candidates and congressmen need lawyers. In D.C., law firms are often lobbying firms. That can create interesting dynamics. For instance: Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., recently famous for threatening violence against a reporter, is under scrutiny for campaign finance matters. His recent campaign finance filings show he owes more than $416,000 in legal fees to a law firm (h/t Dave Levinthal). That firm happens to be K Street kingpin Patton Boggs. Grimm sits on the Financial Services Committee. The firm to which he is indebted represents Citigroup, Visa, AIG, Prudential, Goldman Sachs, and many others under his committee´s jurisdiction.

When Stranded at Sea for 16 Months, You
Can Survive on Turtle Blood, Apparently
Atlantic, by Danielle Weiner Bronner    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/1/2014 5:36:48 AM     Post Reply
A man who washed up on Ebon Atoll in a remote part of the Marshall Islands in the one of the remotest parts of Pacific Ocean, claims he had been out at sea for 16 months, surviving on turtles, birds and fish, in a beaten-up fiberglass boat with no fishing tackle. Oh, and by drinking turtle blood instead of rainwater when necessary. Which, apparently, is a thing you can do to live. The man, who introduced himself as Jose Ivan, said he had set out from Mexico to El Salvador in September of 2012 with a companion who had died at

  


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Amnesty, but Not for D’Souza
National Review Online, by Andrew C. McCarthy    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/1/2014 5:11:20 AM     Post Reply
How come no one’s worried about bringing Dinesh D’Souza “out of the shadows”? After all, the poor fellow didn’t do anything wrong — not really. He just wanted to participate fully in our national life, in our democratic process. He didn’t want to hide — he was forced to take cover by our draconian, inhumane campaign-finance laws. Mr. D’Souza’s real crime, the only offense that really matters in Washington these days, is being an Obama critic. Oh, they say he borrowed a couple of people’s names, but his real mistake was doing it in the Wendy Long Senate campaign. For Obama

Amanda Knox Found Guilty Again:
Why the Court Could Be (Sort of) Right
ABC News, by Dan Abrams    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/1/2014 5:07:32 AM     Post Reply
The latest verdict from an Italian Appeals court finding Amanda Knox and her then boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito guilty of murdering her roommate Meredith Kercher may come as a stunning outrage to many Americans. But once you dig a little deeper, maybe, just maybe, some of the reasoning becomes a little less outlandish. In the annals of high-profile injustices, the 26-year-old Knox is now often cited alongside the most indefensible miscarriages of justices this nation has addressed in recent years, such as the Memphis 3, convicted on nothing more than inaccurate assumptions and a coerced confession; the "Scottsboro Boys," where the Alabama

U.S. Taxpayers Fund $52K Study of
16 Schizophrenic LGBT Canadians
Washington Free Beacon, by Elizabeth Harrington    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/1/2014 5:04:36 AM     Post Reply
American taxpayers are paying over $52,000 to study 16 LGBT individuals who have schizophrenia in Toronto, Canada. The research project, “Defining Community for LGBT People with Schizophrenia,” will follow the lives of a handful of lesbian, gay, and transgender individuals for one year to study the societal “barriers” of this group. “Sexual and gender minority individuals with severe mental illness (SMI) are amongst the most marginalized individuals in North American society,” the grant, which was awarded last August, said. “They face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination that compound the effects of having a major mental illness, hampering recovery and frustrating efforts

Obama on legalizing marijuana
by executive order: Hey, some
jobs are reserved for Congress
Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/1/2014 4:54:53 AM     Post Reply
I’ve said it before but it’s worth repeating: If you want to know what O thinks he can do unilaterally versus what he thinks simply must be handled by the legislature, you’re better off reading polls than reading law books. He went to war in Libya without consulting Congress because he thought, basically correctly, that there’d be no public backlash to an operation that involved no American boots on the ground. Two years later, boxed in by his own dopey “red line” rhetoric on Syria and facing a potentially messy intervention with no good guys for the U.S. to aid,

  


  

Neighbors Say Planned Parenthood’s
Billboard Goes Too Far
WREG [CBS-Memphis], by Melissa Moon    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/1/2014 4:52:05 AM     Post Reply
Memphis- A Planned Parenthood billboard has only been up a week in one South Memphis neighborhood, but some people there already want it to come down. They say the billboard, which includes the message “Getting It On Is Free” and a picture of a condom, is too graphic. “I was shocked. I was appalled that anyone would put up a picture of condom,” said Karen Wallace. Karen Wallace works at a church nearby and has to drive by the billboard every day. She said what is worse it’s right next to an elementary school cross walk. “The graphic was not necessary the message was enough,”

David Wildstein: A Christie Groupie Scored?
Daily Beast, by Michael Daly    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/1/2014 4:48:26 AM     Post Reply
Christie knew! Christie lied! Those are the allegations from the former Port Authority official who set in motion the September lane closings on the George Washington Bridge that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has insisted he knew nothing about. The charges are plainly stated in a letter to the general counsel of the Port Authority from the lawyer for former Port Authority official David Wildstein. The mystery is why Wildstein and attorney, Alan Zegas, are saying it now. Wildstein clearly is not driven by guilt over having inflicted chaos on so many people over a four-day period that began with the first day of school

The Cheerios ad and MSNBC’s
apologetic pathology
Washington Post, by Eric Wemple    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/1/2014 4:43:42 AM     Post Reply
MSNBC is now advancing its mastery of the apology. Here’s the network’s official Twitter account:(Snip for series of tweets)The Cheerios ad is in the video at the top of this post; it features a biracial family in a very cute moment with a certain General Mills cereal right in the thick of things. (Snip)The string of offenses raises doubts about Wolffe’s claim that the tweet from last night doesn’t reflect “who we are at msnbc.” Rather, the tweet appears to a careful observer to define precisely what MSNBC is becoming: A place that offends and apologizes with equal vigor.

Loving and hating the Super Bowl
CNN, by Gene Seymour    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/1/2014 4:27:27 AM     Post Reply
As far as I´m concerned, John Matuszak said everything there is to say about professional football back in 1979 when he was playing the role of a bent lineman in "North Dallas Forty." Matuszak, or "Tooz" as players and fans knew him, was something of a renegade individualist in the National Football League and the movie´s script gave him the opportunity to unleash a rebel yell: Embittered by his team´s tough loss, and by an assistant coach´s lame scolding, his character goes off on the coach, shouting at one point, "Every time I call it a game, you call it a

  


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Facing drought, California will
not allot water to farmers, cities
CBS/AP, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/1/2014 4:24:19 AM     Post Reply
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Amid severe drought conditions, California officials announced Friday that they would not send any water from the state´s vast reservoir system to local agencies beginning this spring, an unprecedented move that affects drinking water supplies for 25 million people and irrigation for 1 million acres of farmland. The announcement marks the first time in the 54-year history of the State Water Project that such an action has been taken, but it does not mean that every farm field will turn to dust and every city tap will run dry. The 29 agencies that draw from the state´s

Obama Running Out of Reasons
to Reject Keystone XL
Associated Press, by Nedra Pickler    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/1/2014 4:19:14 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is running out of reasons to say no to Keystone XL, the proposed oil pipeline that´s long been looming over his environmental legacy. Five years after the pipeline´s backers first asked the Obama administration for approval, the project remains in limbo, stuck in a complex regulatory process that has enabled Obama to put off what will inevitably be a politically explosive decision. But the release Friday of a long-awaited government report removes a major excuse for delay, ramping up pressure on the president to make a call. The State Department´s report raised no significant environmental objections to

Flint police believe assault on MTA bus
driver part of so-called ´knockout game´
Flint Journal [MI], by David Harris    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/31/2014 11:30:18 PM     Post Reply
Flint, MI – Police say a Mass Transportation Authority bus driver was punched in the face as part of the so-called "knockout game" that´s gained national attention. The "knockout game" has been blamed for attacks in several cities and involves suspects punching strangers for no reason. The Flint bus incident occurred around 6:40 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, when a man was attacked while driving the bus. The driver suffered several facial injuries, according to police. Another teen filmed the incident as it took place. Police originally said the incident occurred because one of the suspects was upset about having to

Devout Christian mother-of-three,
31, becomes first woman in Britain
to Die from cannabis poisoning
after smoking a joint in bed to help her sleep
Daily Mail - UK, by Luke Salkeld    Original Article
Posted By: NYC RAL- 1/31/2014 11:01:55 PM     Post Reply
A young mother of three died after she was poisoned by the cannabis she smoked to help her get to sleep. Gemma Moss, 31, was killed by the level of the drug in her blood, an inquest heard. The regular churchgoer, who was found dead in her bedroom, is thought to be the first woman in Britain known to have died directly from cannabis poisoning. Her death was caused by cannabis toxicity, and a coroner recorded a verdict of death by cannabis abuse. The inquest was told that Miss Moss smoked half a joint a night to help her sleep.

  


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A Few More Reasons
To Repeal ObamaCare
Investor´s Business Daily, by Betsy McCaughey    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/31/2014 10:36:33 PM     Post Reply
Moody´s rating agency has lowered the outlook for health insurers from stable to negative, blaming ObamaCare. Few Americans will shed tears for insurance companies. But the Moody´s announcement is a warning sign to taxpayers. They´ll be getting clobbered. Section 1342 of the Affordable Care Act forces taxpayers to make insurers whole for most of the losses incurred selling ObamaCare exchange plans through 2016. The bailout is designed to conceal the failure of the president´s signature health law until he is out of office. No one in the Obama administration talked up the advantages of bailing out insurers. It was kept under wraps until

Obama´s Army Only
85% Ready To Fight
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/31/2014 10:31:48 PM     Post Reply
Defense: Budget cuts, sequestration and indifference to maintaining what was once "the arsenal of democracy" have led to units that are not deployment-ready and soldiers with weapons their grandfathers could have used. The standing ovation given at the State of the Union to Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg, seriously wounded in an Afghan war that his commander in chief did not believe was winnable, was well deserved. It also served as a tribute to all the heroes we send into battle, particularly under rules of engagement that often make the proverbial "one hand tied behind your back" a preferable option. The Iraq and

Official data shows longest fall
in living standards for 50 years
Guardian [UK], by Katie Allen    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/31/2014 10:12:37 PM     Post Reply
Living standards in Britain have suffered their most prolonged decline for at least half a century, according to official data that has been seized on by Labour as further proof of a cost of living crisis under the coalition. A report from the Office for National Statistics found that real wages have been falling consistently since 2010, the longest such period since at least 1964, when comparable records began. Statisticians put the deterioration down to several factors such as a change in the number of hours people work as well as a fall in productivity. The analysis further undermines claims made

Justice bars lawyer from testifying
before House panel in IRS probe
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2014 10:00:28 PM     Post Reply
The Justice Department said Thursday it is refusing to let a key lawyer testify to the House oversight committee on the criminal investigation into the IRS, saying that to let her brief Congress could potentially skew its probe. But oversight committee Republicans said blocking lawyer Barbara Bosserman from testifying only makes the Justice’s investigation look more partisan. After an internal audit last year revealed the IRS was unfairly targeting tea party groups for intrusive scrutiny and blocking their applications for tax-exempt status, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. called for a criminal probe into the tax agency. Eight months later,

Oscar Winner Pens Letter Accusing
Academy of Christian ´Bigotry´
in Song Flap (Exclusive)
Hollywood Reporter, by Paul Bond    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/31/2014 9:57:20 PM     Post Reply
Gerald Molen, an Oscar-winning producer of Schindler´s List, is accusing the Academy of discriminating against a religious movie in revoking its nomination in the best song category. In a feisty letter to Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, a copy of which was obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Molen attacks the group´s Jan. 29 decision to rescind the nomination for Alone Yet Not Alone, an overtly faith-based film, over allegations that its songwriter Bruce Broughton, a former Academy governor, improperly lobbied members of the song branch. If Broughton and co-writer Dennis Spiegel are ineligible for

  



The rise of the inner lip
inking: New body art craze sees
tattoo fans have naked ladies,
Hello Kitty characters and even love
messages etched inside their mouths
Daily Mail [UK], by Katy Winter    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/31/2014 9:47:17 PM     Post Reply
If the thought of having a dentist inject anesthetic into your gums makes you flinch, the latest trend in body art is likely to have you turning away in horror. Using the same repetitive needle and ink work as a normal tattoo, inner lip inkings, most on the lower lip, are currently taking the body art world by storm. Now the trend is going viral online, with people rushing to show off their etchings with like-minded people on photo sharing sites. While an inner lip inking is usually a single word scrawled across the skin of the lower lip, some

Senate Democrats Back Off
Iran Sanctions to Save Obama
Breitbart´s Big Peace, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2014 9:46:57 PM     Post Reply
Unnamed sources told AFP that Democrats who were signed up for more sanctions against Iran have now "privately recoiled from a damaging vote against their own president." According to AFP, "several Democrat Senators who previously backed a bi-partisan sanctions bill stepped back after Obama threatened a veto during his State of the Union address on Tuesday." With the Democrats changing position, the bill is quickly losing momentum, and the once-imminent vote on new sanctions is imminent no more. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said: "I am strongly supporting the bill but I think a vote is unnecessary right now as long as there´s visible

Harry Reid: Koch Brothers ´Actually
Trying to Buy the Country´
Breitbart Big Government, by Warner Todd Huston    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/31/2014 9:38:52 PM     Post Reply
The Senate´s Democrat Majority Leader, Nevada´s Harry Reid, once again attacked conservative financiers David and Charles Koch, this time claiming they are trying to "buy the country." Reid´s hyperbolic attack came during a discussion of the Obama administration´s use of the IRS to harass conservative-leaning activist groups, Politico reports. The Majority Leader harkened back to the Supreme Court´s Citizens United decision that leveled the playing field for groups to spend money on political causes. Where once only unions were able to flood the country with political advertising, the decision allowed other groups to also advertise on advocacy, as much as they

Obama Won´t Take Executive Action
to Remove Pot from Narcotics List
Cybercast News Service, by Melanie Hunter    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2014 8:58:32 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama in an exclusive interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, airing Friday said it is up to Congress to decide whether marijuana should continue to be classified as a Schedule I narcotic. “What is and isn’t a Schedule I narcotic is a job for Congress,” Obama said when Tapper asked if he was “considering not making marijuana a Schedule I narcotic.” “I think it’s the DEA that decides that,” Tapper interjected. “It’s not something by ourselves that we start changing. No, there are laws undergirding those determinations,” the president responded. According to the U.S. Controlled Substances Act, Schedule I drugs are described

High life of Bob, the lobster-red
baron: With his members set to bring
misery to commuters this week, rail
union boss Crow escapes to sip
cocktails in Rio sunshine
Daily Mail [UK], by Louise Eccles and Matt Roper    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/31/2014 8:58:13 PM     Post Reply
Sipping contentedly from a coconut and baking on a golden beach in his Bermuda shorts, union boss Bob Crow enjoys a £10,000 holiday as his members prepare to go on strike. While his comrades working for London Underground prepare to lose money in a bitter dispute, Crow found time for a luxury cruise from Barbados to Brazil. The general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers union returns from a three-week jaunt this morning, three days before 10,000 members walk out, threatening travel chaos across the capital for rain-lashed commuters and tourists. The £145,000-a-year union chief

Judge: Suspected Felon/Seahawks
Fan Can Leave State for Super Bowl
National Review Online, by Andrew Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2014 8:54:53 PM     Post Reply
A Washington man accused of a felony after a drunken high-speed police chase will get the chance to watch his Seattle Seahawks play in Sunday’s Super Bowl, as long as he wears an electronic-monitoring device. Police apprehended suspect Shaun Goodman at gunpoint after he led authorities through a 100-mile-per-hour chase in his Ferrari in Olympia, Wash. last month. On Thursday, a superior court judge approved a court petition by Goodman’s lawyer requesting that his client be allowed to leave the state for “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see his hometown team” play in the Superbowl, but only under one condition: He must

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