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Exclusive: New Homeland official was
key figure in Pennsylvania corruption case
Washington Times, by Kelly Riddell and Jim McElhatton    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/2/2014 10:00:19 PM     Post Reply
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s newest appointee to his inner circle, chief of staff Christian Marrone, rose to Washington power player via the streets of Pennsylvania’s pay-to-play politics. Mr. Marrone acknowledged in court that as a Pennsylvania legislative aide he oversaw the private renovation of his politician boss’s mansion — all while drawing paychecks from taxpayers, according to court records reviewed by The Washington Times. Mr. Marrone was never charged, but prosecutors estimated that he spent 80 percent of his first year and a half in his state job doing the private work of state Sen. Vince Fumo, the records

How ObamaCare Misreads America
Wall Street Journal, by Michael Barone    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/2/2014 9:52:51 PM     Post Reply
People learn from their mistakes. Or they can—and should. Which is the reason we should try to learn from the revelations of mistakes about health care and health insurance since the passage of ObamaCare. The evidence is not all in. But it seems that Americans are not behaving as ObamaCare´s architects—and many critics—expected. Start with the assumption that just about everyone wants health insurance. You can easily find polls that support this proposition. ObamaCare architects assumed that if you offered health insurance with subsidies for those with relatively modest incomes, those currently uninsured would flock to apply.

Broadway Joe Namath Wears
Fur Coat For Coin Toss
CBS NY & Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/2/2014 9:05:46 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK– Broadway Joe looked the part. Would you expect anything less? Joe Namath, New York football royalty as MVP of the third Super Bowl for the Jets, wore a fur coat for the coin toss. After a false start on the first attempt, the Seahawks called tails, and they were right. Seattle deferred to the second half. “Whatever was killed to keep Joe Namath warm won’t. I guess he’s not a PETA member,” Frank Mosco wrote. Meanwhile, PETA took issue

  


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Seahawks Coach, Players: Super
Bowl 2014 Great, But Jesus Better
Breitbart Sports, by Kevin Scholla    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/2/2014 8:30:27 PM     Post Reply
As our church service came to an end today, our pastor asked if we´d like to stay a bit longer to see a quick video featuring some of the Seattle Seahawks. Everyone seemed interested. This despite the fact that Broncos gear far outweighed any Seahawks swag in the chapel. Heck, the Bears, Chiefs, and Eagles were better represented than the team from the great northwest. Still, the congregation was ready to give the film a chance. Everyone was pleased that they did. The video featured Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church interviewing four Seahawks players and one assistant coach.

Hollywood’s Pedophilia Priorities:
Catholic Priests, not Woody Allen
PJ Media, by J. Christian Adams    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 2/2/2014 8:28:21 PM     Post Reply
The New York Times runs this damning and powerful piece by Dylan Farrow, the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow. (Snip) Farrow’s powerful prose takes on elite Hollywood’s cone of silence around Woody Allen: What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett? Louis CK? Alec Baldwin? What if it had been you, Emma Stone? Or you, Scarlett Johansson? You knew me when I was a little girl, Diane Keaton. Have you forgotten me? Woody Allen is a living testament to the way our society fails the survivors of sexual assault and abuse.

Super Bowl XLVIII: Seahawks lead
Broncos, 22-0, at halftime
North Jersey.com, by David Rivera    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/2/2014 8:22:12 PM     Post Reply
EAST RUTHERFORD - The Seattle Seahawks lead the Denver Broncos, 22-0, at halftime of Super Bowl XLVIII. The first Super Bowl played in New Jersey - and the first held outside in a cold-weather venue - kicked off in front of a MetLife Stadium crowd of 82,529 with a game-time temperature of 49 degrees. It did not make this the coldest Super Bowl ever, but you´d be hard-pressed to find someone in the building who would complain about that. The Seahawks scored on the first play of the game, and they didn´t need their offense to do it. Broncos QB

Kevin Stadler wins
1st PGA Tour title
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: antiquegolf- 2/2/2014 8:10:03 PM     Post Reply
Scottsdale, Ariz. -- Kevin Stadler won the Phoenix Open on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title when playing partner Bubba Watson missed a 5-footer for par on the final hole. Stadler, the 33-year-old son of PGA Tour winner Craig Stadler, closed with a 3-under 68 for a one-stroke victory over Watson and Canadian Graham DeLaet. Stadler won in his 239th PGA Tour start, earning a spot in the Masters -- a tournament his father won in 1982. The Stadlers are the ninth father-son winners in tour history.

  


  

US Congress Serious About Immigration
Reform? If So, Let’s Follow
Mexico’s Law!
Canada Free Press, by John Lillpop    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/2/2014 7:49:43 PM     Post Reply
Nearly 30 years after the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986 was signed into law by President Reagan, ostensibly to fix the illegal alien problem once and for all, America begins 2014 embroiled in yet another bitter, divisive, gut-wrenching debate over the fate of tens of millions of illegals who reside here unlawfully. These tens of millions of uninvited and unwelcome peoples have settled here despite IRCA and despite the terrorist attack of 9/11 which should have caused our leaders to forcibly close US borders to unlawful entry. As US lawmakers struggle to find answers to this continuing problem, our

Transcript: Bill O´Reilly interviews
President Obama
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/2/2014 7:49:33 PM     Post Reply
(Video) BILL O´REILLY, HOST: Mr. President, thank you for doing this. BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Great to be with you. O´REILLY: Really appreciate it. I want to get some things on the record. So let´s begin with health care. OBAMA: Yes? O´REILLY: October 1st it rolls out. OBAMA: Right. O´REILLY: Immediately, there are problems with the computers. OBAMA: Right. O´REILLY: When did you know there were going to be problems with those computers? OBAMA: Well, I think we all anticipated there would be glitches, because any time you´ve got technology, a new program rolling out, there are

De Blasio drops NYC’s
‘Punxsutawney Phil’
New York Post, by Beth DeFalco and Joe Tacopino    Original Article
Posted By: happywarrior- 2/2/2014 7:38:10 PM     Post Reply
The first fumble of Super Bowl Sunday belonged to Mayor Bill de Blasio — who dropped the Staten Island Zoo’s groundhog early Sunday morning. De Blasio was trying to handle Staten Island Chuck when the anxious animal squirmed right out of the mayor’s hands and fell on his noggin. “Next year they’ll need a net,” said Ann Jackman, who was at the park with her 14-year-old daughter. “Look how tall he is. Can you imagine falling from that height?” Eventually, Chuck witnessed his shadow and ran back inside, predicting 6 more weeks of winter. “Chuck likes the polar vortex,” de

Lungs donated by smokers ´are just
as likely to keep transplant patients
alive as those from donors who don´t´
Daily Mail [UK], by Sophie Jane Evans    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/2/2014 7:28:38 PM     Post Reply
Transplant patients who are given smokers´ lungs are just as likely to survive as those who receive organs from non-smokers, a study has revealed. Nearly half of recipients were given the lungs of heavy smokers--with a fifth coming from donors who had smoked one packet of cigarettes or more a day for at least 20 years. But despite this, they were just as likely to be alive for up to three years after transplantation as those who had received non-smokers´ organs. Astonishingly, some patients even had higher survival rates--with more than 90 percent of smoking donors´ lungs alive after one

  


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How socialism created
a moral no man’s land
Telegraph [UK], by Charles Moore    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/2/2014 7:18:01 PM     Post Reply
Last week, at the start of his new series whose second part shows tonight, Jeremy Paxman asserted that the First World War “forged the country we know today”. If so, did the Great War help forge the country we see depicted in Benefits Street, whose final part has been postponed until next week? [Snip]The most interesting so far is its point that the men who joined up in the early days can fairly be described as patriotic, rather than jingoistic or duped. Huge numbers--an average of 20,000 a day from the outbreak in August 1914 until Christmas in the same

What´s the buzz? It´s all about Charlie
Tampa Tribune, by John Grant    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 2/2/2014 6:14:22 PM     Post Reply
When I was first elected, one of the first lobbyists to darken my door was a highly paid man who was lobbying for “highway safety” in Florida. He said he was representing a nonprofit group concerned that the recent conversion of highway signs to metric was a safety hazard as people took their focus off the highway to figure out how far 50 kilometers was. I was curious and did a little research. It seems this group was heavily funded by the company that sold the reflective paint for the highway signs. No wonder they were suddenly concerned with safety.

Obama Battles O’Reilly in Pre-Super
Bowl Interview: ‘You and Your TV
Station’ Push Benghazi, IRS
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/2/2014 5:54:00 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama sat down with Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly for a pre-Super Bowl interview, a reprise of the Q&A the two did before the 2011 game, and Obama’s sixth straight pre-Super Bowl interview. O’Reilly grilled Obama on why Kathleen Sebelius had not been fired, noting that he as a taxpayer was paying her salary, and also asked if Obama thought the “If you like your plan you can keep your plan” claim was his “biggest mistake?” Obama responded to both queries by arguing that the implementation of the Affordable Care Act was an ongoing process, and he was committed to

Killer batch of white heroin responsible
for at least 100 deaths across
the country... and rising
Daily Mail [UK], by Ryan Gorman    Original Article
Posted By: happywarrior- 2/2/2014 5:31:42 PM     Post Reply
Heroin overdose deaths across the country are spiking as a deadly new variant of the drug mixed with a powerful painkiller is spreading from New Hampshire to Washington State. The lethal combination of heroin and fentanyl, an opiate used to soothe the pain of cancer patients, is blamed for about 100 deaths from coast to coast. It is variously labelled as ‘bud ice,’ ‘income tax’ and ‘theraflu,’ authorities say. The hardest hit states in the epidemic are Maryland, with more than three dozen deaths since September, and Pennsylvania, with almost two dozen this month alone, according to reports.

  


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Dark Money Rising
Townhall, by Conn Carroll    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/2/2014 5:23:36 PM     Post Reply
October 28, 2013 the governors of California, Oregon, Washington, and the premier of British Columbia signed a pact pledging to take a variety of actions to reduce carbon emissions. Supporters hailed the agreement as a landmark effort to move away from fossil fuel-based energy and “green” the states’ various economies. California already had a cap and trade regime, and British Columbia had imposed a carbon tax in 2008. Supporters of the plan worried that the actual policies it called for would get tied up in Oregon and Washington. Republicans controlled the Washing- ton state senate, supporters noted, and they’d been cool to some

Woody Allen: Sex Abuse Claims
Are ‘Untrue and Disgraceful’
Time Magazine, by Sam Frizell    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 2/2/2014 5:02:56 PM     Post Reply
Woody Allen responded Sunday to the accusations of his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, who claimed that Allen sexually assaulted her when she was seven years old. “Mr. Allen has read the article and found it untrue and disgraceful. He will be responding very soon,” a rep for Allen told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement. Farrow published a letter yesterday detailing her suffering from alleged sexual assault by Woody Allen as a child. The director was never convicted of any crime relating to the allegations. Allen’s attorneys responded Sunday in a statement:“It is tragic that after 20 years a story

Atlanta Mayor Defends Using
Emergency Lane to Get to Interview
Associated Press, by Jeff Martin    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 2/2/2014 4:30:09 PM     Post Reply
ATLANTA - Atlanta´s mayor is defending his use of emergency lanes at the height of Tuesday´s icy traffic jam so he could do an interview at The Weather Channel´s studios. Mayor Kasim Reed´s spokesman Carlos Campos said Saturday that he, Reed and police officers normally assigned to the mayor traveled in two cars equipped with blue lights to reach the station´s suburban Atlanta headquarters. (Snip) The mayor´s use of emergency lanes was first reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The action has sparked anger from motorists who tried to stay warm in their cars or abandoned them to seek shelter in

The Pro-Gun Ad Too
Controversial for the Super Bowl
ABC News, by Abby D. Phillip    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 2/2/2014 4:25:08 PM     Post Reply
A spat between gun-maker Daniel Defense and the National Football League is over this pro-gun ad you won’t see during this year’s Super Bowl. It features a Marine Corps veteran going through his daily life with his family and child. “It’s been a long road getting here, and a lot has changed since I got back,” he says. “I am responsible for their protection, and no one has the right to tell me how to defend them.” “So I’ve chosen the most effective tool for the job.” As the foreboding music plays in the background, you could cut the tension

Paul Ryan: Obama presidency
"increasingly lawless"
CBS News, by Jake Miller    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/2/2014 4:12:40 PM     Post Reply
Top House Republicans slammed President Obama’s embrace of executive action to move his agenda forward on Sunday, saying the president’s freelancing creates a trust deficit that makes bipartisan legislating more difficult. “We have an increasingly lawless presidency where he is actually doing the job of Congress, writing new policies and new laws without going through Congress. Presidents don´t write laws, Congress does,” Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told ABC. “Executive orders are one thing, but executive orders that actually change the statute, that´s totally different.”

  



Paul Ryan: Immigration
legislation unlikely in´14
Associated Press, by Philip Elliott    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/2/2014 3:35:32 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON— Days after House Republicans unveiled a roadmap for an overhaul of the nation´s broken immigration system, one of its backers said legislation is unlikely to pass during this election year. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said distrust of President Barack Obama runs so deep in the Republican caucus that he´s skeptical the GOP-led House would pass any immigration measure. He said a plan that puts security first could only pass if lawmakers believe the administration would enforce it — an unlikely prospect given Republicans´ deep opposition to Obama. "This isn´t a trust-but-verify, this is a verify-then-trust approach," Ryan said. Last

Elizabeth Warren: Allow Post Office to
Offer Checking Accounts, Small Loans
Breitbart's Big Government, by Jeffrey Poor    Original Article
Posted By: CarrotFarmer87- 2/2/2014 3:25:37 PM     Post Reply
In November, the U.S. Postal Service reported it had a $5 billion loss for Fiscal Year 2013, its seventh consecutive year with loss. At the time, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe blamed Congress for the loss, citing an “inflexible business model.” “We’ve achieved some excellent results for the year in terms of innovations, revenue gains, and cost reductions, but without major legislative changes we cannot overcome the limitations of our inflexible business model,” Donahoe said. “Congress is moving forward with legislation that has the potential to give us greater flexibility and put us back on a firm financial footing

Biker Buried Astride
Beloved Harley in Plexiglas
Casket Feb. 1, 2014
ABC News, by Liz Fields    Original Article
Posted By: barbcrose- 2/2/2014 2:46:51 PM     Post Reply
An Ohio motorcycle enthusiast´s family has carried out their father´s long-laid and elaborate funeral plans, that were 18 years in the making. Billy Standley, 82, of Mechanicsburg, Ohio, was buried Friday, embalmed atop his 1967 Harley Davidson and encased in a giant plexiglass casket. A couple of hundred people turned up at the funeral which was held outside so all of Standley´s biker friends could attend, two even arriving riding their own motorcyles.

´Philip Seymour Hoffman dies
at 46´: Oscar winning actor found
dead in his Manhattan apartment
Daily Mail (UK), by James Nye    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/2/2014 1:47:46 PM     Post Reply
Oscar winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has been found dead in his Manhattan apartment according to the Wall Street Journal. Hoffman, who was 46, won the Academy Award for Best actor for the 2005 film, Capote. The American actor was found dead on Sunday afternoon in his West Village Apartment according to law enforcement officials. (Snip) According to the reporter who first broke the story for the Wall Street Journal the actor was found in the bathroom of 4th floor apartment with a needle in his arm.

Glove law has many chefs steamed
Los Angeles Times, by Betty Hallock    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/2/2014 1:43:29 PM     Post Reply
For decades, Toshiaki Toyoshima has followed the same ritual each morning at his downtown restaurant: He ties on his indigo happi — a short-sleeved Japanese chef´s jacket — and dons a white cap before he begins cutting fish for nearly 500 customers who dine at Sushi Gen daily. But in January, Toyoshima´s tradition-bound routine was upset. He had to add a step: A new law now forces him to snap on a pair of thin vinyl gloves before he can touch the fish. His gloved hands seem to move no less deftly as he stands behind mounds of tuna fillets

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