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George Zimmerman To Fight Kanye
West In Celebrity Boxing Match?
Zimmerman Mad West Attacks
´Defenseless People´
International Business Times, by Amethyst Tate    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 2/3/2014 1:58:14 PM     Post Reply
George Zimmerman apparently does not want to stay out of the spotlight, after agreeing to enter a celebrity boxing match last week. He confirmed the rumor on his Twitter account last month, tweeting “Here we go” and linking to a report from Radar Online. In the report, Zimmerman confirms that he boxed as a hobby prior to “the incident.” And it turns out Zimmerman already has an opponent in mind. TMZ reports that he wants to fight rapper Kanye West, ironically because West has a history of attacking "defenseless people." Sources claim Zimmerman has issues with West, not only because

NRA calls 2014 elections
do-or-die; vows war with
Michael Bloomberg, Obama
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/3/2014 1:46:26 PM     Post Reply
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Expecting former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to “double down” on his nationwide anti-gun efforts in the 2014 elections, an invigorated National Rifle Association is planning a massive ground game to win Republican control of the Senate, according to officials. Here to open the NRA´s new Great American Outdoor Show, the nation´s largest of its kind, top officials from the group described winning the Senate a do-or-die goal this year, especially because of the possibility that President Obama could get another chance to appoint a new, liberal Supreme Court justice. “We fully expect to win a pro-gun

Fox News Makes Up for
State of the Union Disaster
Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 2/3/2014 1:40:33 PM     Post Reply
Fox News Corp. and President Barack Obama have something in common: Both believe their popularity allows them to continue to con their audience. In the lucrative pretend world that politics and cable television networks play to, the world becomes their oyster. Last night’s well-touted spar between garrulous O’Reilly and Obama had all the makings of a wrestling match with both wrestlers bouncing rubber-like off the ropes—all show but no headlocks. If anything, Fox viewers should now seriously consider what Fox is presenting as ‘real news’. “Prior to the interview, O’Reilly told Fox’s Megyn Kelly that he was “not nervous”. With presumed questions already submitted and



Why you’re wrong about communism: 7 huge
misconceptions about it (and capitalism)
Salon Magazine, by Jesse Myerson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/3/2014 1:27:52 PM     Post Reply
As the commentary around the recent deaths of Nelson Mandela, Amiri Baraka and Pete Seeger made abundantly clear, most of what Americans think they know about capitalism and communism is arrant nonsense. This is not surprising, given our country’s history of Red Scares designed to impress that anti-capitalism is tantamount to treason. In 2014, though, we are too far removed from the Cold War-era threat of thermonuclear annihilation to continue without taking stock of the hype we’ve been made, despite Harry Allen’s famous injunction, to believe. So, here are seven bogus claims people make about communism and capitalism. 1. Only

Immigrant reform might raise
price of citizenship
Associated Press, by Christopher Sherman*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/3/2014 1:18:55 PM     Post Reply
EDINBURG, Texas — Hilda Vasquez squirreled away the money for her U.S. citizenship application by selling batches of homemade tamales at South Texas offices. Carmen Zalazar picked up extra babysitting jobs at night after caring for kids all day in Houston. The women scrimped and saved for months to pay for the $680 application, but for other applicants in the future, it might not be enough. As President Barack Obama renews his quest for immigration reform, some proposals would impose fines of $2,000 on top of application fees, making the financial hurdles much taller for people who are here illegally. "You

Too Big to Manage: Taxpayers
fund top-dollar federal employee
union reps through official time
Washington Examiner [DC], by Mark Flatten    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/3/2014 1:07:18 PM     Post Reply
Phil Barbarello insists his federal salary has nothing to do with his job as a top union official. What matters, he says, is his experience as an air traffic controller. But it has been years since Barbarello, eastern regional vice president for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, spent much time monitoring flights in a control tower. His full-time job with the Federal Aviation Administration is working for the NATCA union, and has been since at least 2009. As for his salary, $166,362 in 2012, that and his lucrative federal benefits are all paid by taxpayers. Barbarello and hundreds of other federal employees

O’Reilly: ´We’re Going
to Break News Tonight´
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/3/2014 1:01:54 PM     Post Reply
On America’s Newsroom, Bill O’Reilly discussed his interview with President Obama that aired during the Super Bowl pre-game show on Sunday. He also gave a preview of what viewers can expect from part two of his interview airing tonight at 8/11p ET on The O’Reilly Factor. “We’re going to break news on Little Sisters of the Poor and on the Keystone Pipeline,” O’Reilly said of tonight’s interview. The Little Sisters of the Poor are currently battling the administration over the contraception mandate in ObamaCare. At one point, O’Reilly said he tells the president his job is to ask tough questions. “I’m not



McConnell super PAC looks
outside Kentucky for donors
USA Today, by Fredreka Schouten    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/3/2014 12:57:41 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, a super PAC aiding Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell´s re-election, raised nearly $1.2 million during the last half of 2013. None of it came from the Republican´s home state of Kentucky. The organization´s two dozen donors instead represent a cross-section of prominent Republican givers from outside Bluegrass State, new campaign-finance filings show. They include Florida investor Lawrence DeGeorge, who gave $250,000; Chicago hedge funder Kenneth Griffin at $50,000; and Washington lawyer C. Boyden Gray, who gave $10,000. Publisher Richard Mellon Scaife donated $20,000. Six companies gave a combined $167,000.

A year after snub, Chris Christie
will speak at CPAC 2014
Yahoo! News, by Chris Moody    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/3/2014 12:53:23 PM     Post Reply
After being denied a speaking slot last year at the largest annual gathering of conservatives, New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie has accepted an invitation to speak at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference next month, Yahoo News has learned. “We are very excited to announce that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will speak at CPAC 2014," American Conservative Union Chairman Al Cardenas told Yahoo News. "At this year´s CPAC — and through our theme ´ACU´s Golden Anniversary: Getting It Right for 50 Years´ — we will celebrate how conservatism has shaped our past and look to the future with excitement.

Networks Tout Obama Dodging
Tough Questions From O´Reilly
and Attacking Fox News
NewsBusters, by Kyle Drennen    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/3/2014 12:53:12 PM     Post Reply
All three network morning shows on Monday promoted President Obama´s attempts to deflect tough questions on a several administration scandals during a pre-Super Bowl interview with Fox News host Bill O´Reilly on Sunday. On NBC´s Today, news reader Natalie Morales described how during the "sometimes contentious interview" the President "said he tries to focus not on the fumbles, but on the next plan." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump] ABC´s news reader Josh Elliott touted the same line on Good Morning America: "The President said he tries not to focus on the fumbles in his administration,

N.J. Democrat says has seen no evidence
Christie knew of traffic scheme
Reuters, by Victoria Cavaliere    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/3/2014 12:51:03 PM     Post Reply
A New Jersey Democrat leading a probe of a bridge traffic scandal that has engulfed Governor Chris Christie said on Sunday he had seen no evidence to support claims that the governor had been aware of the politically motivated traffic jams as they happened. If such evidence does exist, a state panel investigating the closures has not yet seen it, Assemblyman John Wisniewski, who co-leads the probe, said on Sunday. Christie, a leading Republican candidate for the White House in 2016, has repeatedly denied any knowledge of a plan to snarl traffic last September near the busy George Washington Bridge and severed



Congratulations To Seattle Seahawks Coach
Pete Carroll, The NFL´s Greatest Failure
Forbes, by John Tamny    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/3/2014 12:48:18 PM     Post Reply
Pete Carroll’s Seattle Seahawks thoroughly mauled the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, 43-8. The win squarely places Carroll in an elite circle of all-time great football coaches. Most would give anything to have a Super Bowl win on their resume. In Carroll’s case, he’s not only joined the fraternity of Super Bowl winners, but he can also claim two national titles on the collegiate level at the University of Southern California (USC). A few more quality seasons in the NFL likely punches Carroll’s ticket to the NFL’s Hall of Fame. Notable about the ever ebullient Carroll is that he

Poll: Bill Clinton most forgivable ´liar´
The Hill, by Mario Trujillo    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 2/3/2014 12:43:23 PM     Post Reply
Former President Bill Clinton is the “liar” the public is most able to forgive nearly two decades after his affair with then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky, according to a new poll. According to a CBS-Vanity Fair poll, 43 percent of people said they are most able to forgive Clinton among a list of other famous people who have lied to the public. The survey asks “which liar are you most able to forgive” — listing Clinton along with cyclist Lance Armstrong, former President Richard Nixon and Bernie Madoff, who defrauded his investment clients out of billions of dollars in a

Feds to decide on car-to-car
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 2/3/2014 12:40:08 PM     Post Reply
Federal officials are planning to announce Monday whether automakers should be required to equip new cars and light trucks with technology that enables vehicles to communicate with each other to prevent collisions. Such vehicle-to-vehicle communication could transform traffic safety. (Snip) A transponder would continually transmit the vehicle´s position, heading, speed and other information 10 times per second in all directions using radio signals similar to Wi-Fi. Cars would receive the same information back from other vehicles. A vehicle´s computer would alert the driver to an impending collision. Some systems could automatically brake to avoid an accident.

Castaway claims he drifted
13 months in Pacific
CNN, by Brian Walker    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 2/3/2014 12:39:10 PM     Post Reply
A mysterious castaway claiming to have been lost at sea for 13 months is now safely back on land, but many questions remain about how he could have lived on his small boat for so long as it drifted across the Pacific Ocean.(snip)People on the island where he was found Thursday say the 26-foot fiberglass boat was in very bad condition, covered in barnacles and with the carcasses of several turtles littering the deck. Alvarengo claims to have set off from a port near the southwestern Mexican city of Tapachula, near the border with Guatemala, for what was supposed to be



Inside the Israeli SodaStream factory that
revealed Scarlett Johansson´s choice between
cash and charity... and where the Palestinian
employees are giving the thumbs up
Telegraph [UK], by John Hall*    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/3/2014 12:36:26 PM     Post Reply
SodaStream’s chief executive has hit back at Oxfam’s criticism that the Israeli company profits from illegal trade that harms Palestinians, saying the charity is being hypocritical in calling for it to close its factory in the occupied West Bank. Last week Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson ended an eight-year role as an Oxfam goodwill ambassador after campaigners for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel criticised her sponsorship deal with the fizzy-drink machine manufacturer. Now the company’s chief executive Daniel Birnbaum has claimed SodaStream is being ‘demonised’ by activists who overlook the fact the factory is the largest private company employing

New Saudi Counterterrorism
Law Criminalizes Speech
Critical of Gov´t or Society
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/3/2014 12:32:26 PM     Post Reply
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia put into effect a sweeping new counterterrorism law Sunday that human rights activists say allows the kingdom to prosecute as a terrorist anyone who demands reform, exposes corruption or otherwise engages in dissent. The law states that any act that "undermines" the state or society, including calls for regime change in Saudi Arabia, can be tried as an act of terrorism. It also grants security services broad powers to raid homes and track phone calls and Internet activity. Human rights activists were alarmed by the law and said it is clearly aimed at

Europe will not allow a British
government to be Conservative
Telegraph [UK], by Douglas Carswell    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/3/2014 12:26:23 PM     Post Reply
Slowly we are getting there. Bit by bit the Conservative Party is nudging its way closer to calling for Britain to leave the EU. That might not yet be the official line, but a certain inexorable logic is driving us towards a tipping point. [Snip] Perhaps we fancy some long overdue reform of the energy market, allowing lower prices and proper competition. We’d need EU approval first. Maybe we’d want to adopt the sort of sensible, balanced immigration system they have in Australia? Not even last week’s modest amendments to the Immigration Bill would be acceptable to the Euro system.

Rep. Paul Broun Would Back
Obama Impeachment
ABC News, by Abby D. Phillip    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 2/3/2014 12:18:32 PM     Post Reply
Impeachment talk is all the rage–again. Rep. Paul Broun, a GOP candidate for U.S. Senate in Georgia, indicated during a tea party-sponsored candidate forum this weekend that he would support the impeachment of President Obama. Candidates at the Gilmer County GOP forum, including Broun, were asked by a questioner: “Clinton was impeached for perjury. Obama has perjured himself on multiple occasions. Would you support impeachment if presented for a vote?” Broun, along with two other candidates, Art Gardner and Eugene Yu raised their hands, according to video of the event obtained by ABC News. Neither Rep. Phil Gingrey nor Rep. Jack Kingston attended

Can Mitch McConnell stop President
Obama´s political abuse of the IRS?
Washington Examiner, by Mark Tapscott    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/3/2014 12:00:22 PM     Post Reply
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell fought the good fight on campaign finance reform and freedom of political speech under the First Amendment. Now he´s taking up the good fight on the IRS and freedom of political speech under the First Amendment. The IRS targeted for special consideration -- i.e. bureaucratic harassment -- more than 200 conservative, Tea Party and evangelical groups seeking non-profit tax exemption during the 2010 and 2012 election campaigns. Without that tax status, the ability of those groups to fund their participation in the political process was handicapped. Then came the denials After IRS officials admitted in 2013 that the


How Facebook, and Zuckerberg,
Have Changed Over 10 Years
Wall Street Journal, by Rani Molla    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/3/2014 11:57:09 AM     Post Reply
In the 10 years since Mark Zuckerberg and some fellow Harvard classmates launched FacebookFB +0.14% — then, thefacebook.com — from a Harvard dorm room, a lot has changed, including Zuckerberg himself. Then a Harvard student, he is now the leader of the largest social-networking site in the world and has even turned his sights toward public policy. Facebook, too, has changed, from a rocky IPO launch in 2012 and uncertain advertising possibilities to surging revenue in its most recent quarter based on growing ad sales. And as the social network has changed so have the ways in which much of

Child soldier: Shocking video surfaces of
purported 4-year-old Jihadist in Syria
- Thread Closed
Fox News, by Paul Alster    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 2/3/2014 11:54:55 AM     Post Reply
Al Qaeda fighters in Syria may have sunk to a new low with a video that appears to show a four-year-old boy squeezing off rounds from an AK-47 as jihadists exhort him on with cries of "Alahu Akhbar." The little tyke, whose father stands proudly behind him, is dwarfed by the heavy automatic weapon, and props the barrel up on a street barricade in the stomach-turning clip. The gun´s recoil knocks him back, and his father helps him hold it, offering encouragement in Arabic. International experts say the use of child soldiers is a disturbing trend previously seen in the

Panelist at Podesta Think Tank on Common
Core: ´The Children Belong to All of Us´
Cybercast News Service, by Penny Starr    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/3/2014 11:50:07 AM     Post Reply
In addressing criticism of the Common Core national education standards, a panelist at the Center for American Progress (CAP), a liberal think tank, said critics were a “tiny minority” who opposed standards altogether, which was unfair because “the children belong to all of us.” The CAP was founded by John Podesta, former chief of staff to Bill Clinton and now an adviser to President Barack Obama. At a CAP event to promote Common Core on Friday, CNSNews.com asked about the critics who say federal monetary incentives attached to Common Core is driving the states to implement the standards. Paul Reville,

Philip Seymour Hoffman death: Police
investigating possible drug buy at ATM
Fox News, by Jana Winter    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/3/2014 11:48:58 AM     Post Reply
NEW YORK – Investigators are trying to track down surveillance video at a bank where a man told cops he witnessed what he believed was Philip Seymour Hoffman buying drugs from two men the night before his death. A man told police he saw the actor withdraw large amounts of cash at an ATM at a bank near Hoffman´s West Village apartment at about 8pm Saturday night. He said he saw Hoffman hand over the cash and appear to purchase drugs from two men, both wearing messenger bags, who appeared to be working together. The man told cops Hoffman looked

Senators say John Kerry
admitted U.S. failure in Syria
Washington Post, by Fred Hiatt    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 2/3/2014 11:48:02 AM     Post Reply
It is no secret that the Obama administration’s Syria policy, to the extent one exists, is failing. Now the man with the unenviable task of implementing that policy, Secretary of State John F. Kerry, has acknowledged as much, according to two U.S. senators who spoke with him Sunday, John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). Kerry said that the Geneva negotiating process hasn’t delivered, they said, and that new approaches are needed. “He acknowledged that the chemical weapons is being slow-rolled, the Russians continue to supply arms, [and] we are at a point now where we are going to have to change

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