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Book thieves stole 70,144 books from
the Brooklyn Public Library in 2012
New York Daily News, by Reuven Blau    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 2/1/2014 4:28:02 PM     Post Reply
Book thieves checked out but never returned 70,144 books from Brooklyn Public Library’s 60 cash-strapped branches in 2012, records show. GED prep guides, nursing and other professional exam cliff notes were high on the list of frequently filched books — but so too were graphic novels, library officials said. “Those are always going missing,” a librarian at the Brooklyn Heights branch told the Daily News Thursday. (Snip) Despite the thefts, library officials have kept the shelves full — in 2012, the system bought 419,790 new print books and 18,323 new e-books. But the overall catalogue continues to shrink.

Daley taken to hospital after
returning from business trip
Chicago Tribune, by Hal Dardick    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/1/2014 4:24:49 PM     Post Reply
Former Mayor Richard M. Daley is at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in the intensive-care unit where he is undergoing tests after he felt ill Friday upon returning from a business trip to Arizona, according to representatives of the former mayor. Daley, 71, felt ill Friday afternoon during a conference he was attending with members of the Katten Muchin Rosenman law firm, where Daley is of counsel, said Jacquelyn Heard, a longtime Daley aide who now works as a spokeswoman for the firm. He was still feeling ill and disoriented when he boarded the plane home, she said. The former mayor´s family

Your Super Bowl Etiquette Guide From
Food to Clothes to What Not to Say
Daily Beast, by Kelly Williams Brown    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/1/2014 4:18:42 PM     Post Reply
Don’t Make Weed Bowl puns, lay off the Puppy Bowl, do bring chips, and whatever you do, don’t mention the Patriots. Your Super Bowl Etiquette Questions — Answered Once again, we are approaching that most solemn and perplexing American social ritual—the Super Bowl party. Weeks ago, when you received your engraved invitation, the anxiety started. But it’s perfectly normal to feel nervous, to wonder what to say and do. It is a fraught, complicated experience. But happily, by following these simple guidelines, you are sure to get through with flying colors.

  


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Study: Liberals drink more
alcohol than conservatives
The Week, by John Aziz    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/1/2014 4:11:43 PM     Post Reply
A sobering new study published by the Journal of Wine Economics — yes, there is a Journal of Wine Economics — finds that alcohol consumption in American states rises as the population’s politics becomes more liberal. The study by Pavel Yakovlev and Walter P. Guessford of Duquesne University in Pennsylvania shows a direct correlation between political beliefs and the demand for alcohol. The study compares sales of alcoholic beverages against the political leanings of a state´s members of Congress, as ranked by liberal organizations Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) and the AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education (COPE). The research reveals that states with

Gibson Sticks Thumb in
Obama Administration´s Eye
with ´Government Series´ Guitars
- Thread Closed
Big Hollywood, by Jeffrey Poor    Original Article
Posted By: sparky86- 2/1/2014 3:46:49 PM     Post Reply
In 2011, the Department of Justice raided Gibson Guitar facilities in Memphis and Nashville, alleging a violation of the so-called Lacey Act, a law that bans the importation of certain kinds of wildlife, plants and wood. At the time of the raid, Gibson Guitars CEO Henry Juszkiewicz told Hugh Hewitt on his radio show that the feds confiscated tonewood imported from India for the guitar Gibson manufacturers which would result in a cost of $2 to $3 million for his company. At a great expense in legal fees and time, Juszkiewicz fought the federal government tooth and nail.

Stolen Stradivarius lays bare intimate
bond between violinist and instrument
Guardian [UK], by Ed Pilkington    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/1/2014 3:43:34 PM     Post Reply
When Jennifer Koh was told by her agent about the theft of a Stradivarius violin that was untimely ripped this week from the hands of the concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the news struck her like a knife. While newspaper reports focused on the $6m estimated value of the instrument, and the dramatic details of the robbery, she could only feel a overwhelming sense of loss. (Snip) On Monday night at about 10.30pm, a robber armed with a stun gun set upon Frank Almond in the parking lot of Wisconsin Lutheran College, where he had just performed Messiaen’s Quartet for

President Obama may accept deal offering
11 million undocumented immigrants legal status
New York Daily News, by Dan Friedman    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 2/1/2014 3:09:20 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — In a major shift, President Obama on Friday opened the door to a potential election-year compromise on the contentious issue of immigration reform. Obama said for the first time that he might accept a deal that would offer the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. legal status instead of full citizenship. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and other Republican leaders had floated just such a proposal on Thursday.Until now, Obama and other Democrats insisted that any compromise on immigration reform contain a path to full citizenship.Anything short of that, they said, would create a two-tiered class system. But in

  


  

‘Welcome to the United States of paranoia’
New York Post, by Michael Walsh    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 2/1/2014 3:01:20 PM     Post Reply
NSA leaker Snowden nominated for Nobel Peace Prize Angry Birds site hacked following claims of NSA spying NSA targeted ‘Angry Birds,’ Google Maps to gather data US looks at ways to prevent spying on its spying Feel like Big Brother is watching you these days? You’re not alone. “This is not some far-out Orwellian scenario,” wrote the late William Safire of The New York Times in 2002, in the panicky aftermath of 9/11. “Here is what will happen to you: Every purchase you make with a credit card, every magazine subscription you buy and medical prescription you fill, every Web site you visit and e-mail

The Truth About Valerie Jarrett,
Mystery Woman of the White House
Chicago Magazine, by Carol Felsenthal    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 2/1/2014 2:34:54 PM     Post Reply
What exactly does Valerie Jarrett—the Chicagoan often described as a big sister or mother figure to the Obamas—do in the White House? The instant histories of the Obama White House tend to portray her as the Obamas’ pit bull, a woman loyal only to the president, first lady and her own image. In a recent book on the 2012 campaign, Jonathan Alter writes that Rahm Emanuel, on agreeing to become Obama’s chief of staff, recognized that Jarrett would wield such outsized power that he tried unsuccessfully to finesse her into Obama’s senate seat. (Alter also speculates that Valerie Jarrett was

Bill Maher Jokes There
Should Be a ‘Mass Shooting
At the Country Music Awards’
Mediaite, by Tommy Christopher    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/1/2014 2:23:50 PM     Post Reply
Stand-up comic and Real Time with Bill Maher host Bill Maher really killed on Friday night with the penultimate joke in his “New Rules” segment. In an episode that featured an otherwise listless audience, the crowd roared with laughter when Maher joked that since the Grammy Awards featured the liberal dream of a mass gay wedding, conservatives should even things out with a mass shooting. “Now that liberals have forwarded their agenda by inserting a mass gay wedding into the Grammys,”

Anthem Blue Cross to raise some
premiums as much as 25 percent
unless state regulators step in
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 2/1/2014 2:20:02 PM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES — Thousands of Anthem Blue Cross individual customers whose policies were unchanged by the nation´s new health care law could see their premiums jump as much as 25 percent unless California regulators step in. The increases — 16 percent on average — are slated to go into effect April 1 for up to 306,000 people, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday (http://lat.ms/1cCP6rs ). Consumer advocates and state officials warned that some policyholders could see significant rate hikes if they held onto grandfathered policies purchased before the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010, the newspaper said. The California

  


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Ex-Clinton aide: Dems must admit
they ´screwed up´ on O-Care
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Bob Cusack    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/1/2014 2:19:05 PM     Post Reply
A top Democratic strategist on Friday said his party needs to admit they "screwed up" on ObamaCare. In an interview on Fox News´ "The Kelly File," Lanny Davis, White House special counsel to former President Clinton, said Democrats — including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) — should take ownership of their mistakes on the healthcare law. "Nancy Pelosi should say that — we messed up...We have to take ownership," Davis said, indicating that admitting fault is the first step to fixing the Affordable Care Act. He added that the private sector should have had more of a role in developing HealthCare.Gov, which

Third prominent banker
found dead in six days
HousingWire Magazine, by Trey Garrison    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 2/1/2014 2:17:17 PM     Post Reply
Bloomberg is reporting this morning that former Federal Reserve economist Mike Dueker was found dead in an apparent suicide near Tacoma, Washington.Dueker, 50, a chief economist at Russell Investments, had been missing since Jan. 29 and was reportedly having troubles at work. Normally HousingWire wouldn’t cover deaths in the industry, but what’s strange is that Dueker is the third prominent banker found dead since Sunday. On Sunday, William Broeksmit, 58, former senior manager for Deutsche Bank, was found hanging in his home, also an apparent suicide. On Tuesday, Gabriel Magee, 39, vice president at JPMorgan Chase

Protests over Russian
anti-gay law focus on Sochi
Associated Press, by David Crary    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 2/1/2014 2:14:33 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK — Despite seven months of international outcry, Russia’s law restricting gay-rights activity remains in place. Yet the eclectic protest campaign has heartened activists in Russia and caught the attention of its targets — including organizers and sponsors of the Sochi Olympics that open on Feb. 7. (Snip) “LGBT people must not be targeted with violence or deprived of their ability to advocate for their own equality,” the letter said. “As all eyes turn toward Sochi, we ask you to stand with us.” The law, signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in July, bans pro-gay “propaganda” that could be

Another Obamacare Horror Story
Which Won´t Get Further Than Local News
Newsbusters, by Tom Blumer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/1/2014 2:02:19 PM     Post Reply
I suspect that more than a few readers have noticed, with likely little surprise, that there hasn´t been a lot of national establishment press attention paid to how Obamacare has been working out in the real world since it officially went into effect on January 1. Non-existent HealthCare.gov security? Who cares? Patients turned away from emergency rooms voluntarily (because they don´t want to risk huge uncovered costs they will have to pay out-of-pocket) or from medical providers involuntarily (because they don´t know whether a particular patient is or isn´t covered)? You might find coverage of that in the British wing

  


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S.E. Cupp: MSNBC Has a Problem
That’s ‘Spiraling Out of Control’
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/1/2014 1:54:17 PM     Post Reply
Conservative commentator S.E. Cupp lashed out at her former employer, MSNBC, during an interview with TheBlaze Friday, where she currently serves as a contributor in addition to her role has host of CNN’s Crossfire. After the official MSNBC Twitter account sent out a now-deleted tweet claiming that “right-wing with hate” a new Cheerios commercial featuring a bi-racial couple, Cupp said she’s “deeply disappointed” with the network. Cupp said this incident has proven that liberals are “absolutely fixated” on bi-racial marriage to the point where it’s “all they can see, even when they watch an adorable Cheerios commercial.” It was apparently

Defamation suit against Mark Steyn,
National Review a go, judge says
Washington Times (D.C), by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/1/2014 1:51:25 PM     Post Reply
A climate change scientist’s defamation suit against National Review writer and frequent Rush Limbaugh fill-in Mark Steyn will proceed, a judge decided earlier this week, ruling against the magazine’s attempt to dismiss the case. The case stems from Mr. Steyn’s written reference to Michael Mann’s climate change data as fraudulent, according to news website Raw Story. Of especial ire to Mr. Mann was that Mr. Steyn quoted Competitive Enterprise Institution analyst Rand Simberg, who compared Mr. Mann to convicted Penn State child molester Jerry Sandusky. Mr. Simberg called Mr. Mann “the Jerry Sandusky of climate science, except that instead of molesting

GOP insiders back
Rubio in 2016
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Alexander Bolton    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/1/2014 1:38:53 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-Fla.) political stock is rated a buy by major Republican fundraisers in Washington, who are bullish on Rubio’s future as a 2016 presidential candidate. A group of Republican fundraising heavyweights and wise men in Washington’s business community are solidly behind Rubio, and see him not only as someone who could win the White House, but someone they can work with. The fundraisers include Bill Paxon, a former New York lawmaker who is now a senior adviser at Akin Gump; Dirk Van Dongen, the president of the National Wholesalers Association; and Wayne Berman, a big-time donor with a

Mrs. Obama Takes a Jab
at Us “Wilderness” Folks
Fox News, by Todd Starnes    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/1/2014 1:31:08 PM     Post Reply
First Lady Michelle Obama took a jab at rural Americans during a speech she delivered to Democrats at the posh Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, according to a White House transcript of her remarks. Her comments came as she was imploring the high-dollars donors to dig deep and “max out” their checking accounts. “Leave San Francisco,” she told the laughing audience. “Leave this bastion. Go out in the wilderness. And roll up your sleeves because we know that those person-to-person contacts, those calls and doors knocked on, all of that can also mean the difference between

Christie Plays Defense
New York Times, by Gail Collins    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 2/1/2014 1:28:50 PM     Post Reply
Do you think Chris Christie will be able to enjoy the Super Bowl? Everything looked so promising. The whole sports-loving world’s fixated stare upon New Jersey. Plus, not insanely cold. And then a lawyer for one of the key players in the great bridge-lane-closing scandal drops a letter suggesting there’s evidence the governor knew about what happened before he said he knew about what happened. Back to Bridgegate! This comes on the heels of the saga about a New York City congressman threatening to throw a reporter over a balcony in our nation’s Capitol. In response to which, former Congressman Anthony Weiner resurfaced

  



What is Boehner’s secret
immigration plan?
Daily Caller, by Neil Munro    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/1/2014 12:57:09 PM     Post Reply
What did House Speaker John Boehner really mean on Thursday when he announced that the GOP will back a multi-stage amnesty for 12 million illegals, and increase the flow of foreign workers into the country? The various GOP legislators and advocates can’t tell if Boehner is faking solidarity with the GOP’s immigration-boosting business donors, or is moving slowly to muffle voters’ worries about competition for jobs and wages. So they’re looking for clues to what Boehner will do next. They’re checking his statements and demeanor, his quips, claps and shrugs, to find out if he really want to push the

Cost of Generic Drugs Soaring Due to
Increased Demand from Obamacare
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Dr. Susan Berry    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/1/2014 12:47:51 PM     Post Reply
The pervasive use of generic over brand-name medications was anticipated to be a money-saver, but recently prices are soaring, even up 6,000 percent for some common drugs that were once fairly low-cost. As National Journal reports, pharmacists are perplexed about the huge price hikes in many drugs and are asking Congress to hold a hearing to look into the matter. Generic drugs such as Pravastatin, which treats high cholesterol, and the antibiotic Doxycycline spiked upwards of 1,000 percent in 2013, according to a survey by the National Community Pharmacists Association. According to the survey, 77 percent of pharmacists said they

Fellow Democrats press Obama
to approve Keystone, following
environmental report
Fox News & Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/1/2014 12:41:18 PM     Post Reply
President Obama is facing increasing pressure from Senate Democrats to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, following the release Friday of a State Department report that raised no major environmental concerns. “Today´s Environmental Impact Statement confirms what Alaskans already know -- there are ways to safely and responsibly diversify our domestic energy supply,” said Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska. “Move this project forward.” Begich also said he will continue to “demand” that Obama approve the $7 billion pipeline project while reminding him that development in Alaska’s Arctic Ocean and National Petroleum Reserve is critical in securing the county’s energy independence from foreign

James Holmes´ Defense to Take
Reporter to Supreme Court
Associated Press, by Dan Elliott    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/1/2014 12:34:29 PM     Post Reply
Lawyers for the man accused of killing 12 people at a Colorado movie theater said Friday they will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to require a Fox News reporter to reveal the confidential sources she used in a story about defendant James Holmes. The defense wants reporter Jana Winter to identify the law enforcement officials who told her that Holmes sent a notebook containing violent images to his psychiatrist before the 2012 attack. Holmes´ lawyers say whoever spoke to Winter violated a gag order and should be punished. They also say that officers might have lied when they denied under

Desperate Measures in the State of Texas
US News, by Peter Roff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/1/2014 12:32:45 PM     Post Reply
Texas Democrats are no doubt beginning to regret placing their hopes for turning the state blue on a previously unknown state senator whose gubernatorial campaign is unraveling right before their eyes. At first it looked like a good bet, at least for national fundraising purposes. Wendy Davis, the bottle blond who mounted a lonely and ultimately unsuccessful filibuster against a bill banning abortions in Texas after 20 weeks, galvanized the left by "speaking truth to power." Taking to the floor and talking and talking and talking – about her life, her personal experiences, the so-called injustice of the bill – she

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