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Former 2nd lady Joan Mondale
dies at age 83
Associated Press, by Brian Bakst    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/3/2014 10:46:13 PM     Post Reply
ST. PAUL, Minn.— Joan Mondale, who burnished a reputation as "Joan of Art" for her passionate advocacy for the arts while her husband was vice president and a U.S. ambassador, died Monday. She was 83. Walter Mondale, sons Ted and William and other family members were by her side when she died, the family said in a statement released by their church. The family had announced Sunday that she had gone into hospice care, but declined to discuss her illness. "Joan was greatly loved by many. We will miss her dearly," the former vice president said in a written statement.

US mattress merchant loses
$7m Super Bowl bet with customers
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/3/2014 10:23:12 PM     Post Reply
A Houston furniture store owner is out an estimated $7 million due to the Seattle Seahawks´ win in the Super Bowl on Sunday after losing a bet with customers who made hefty purchases at his stores. Jim McIngvale, known as "Mattress Mack," ran a 10-day promotion at his two Gallery Furniture stores promising customers their money back if the Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos in the National Football League championship. To win, customers needed to have purchased $6,000 worth of furniture and had it delivered before kickoff on Sunday night. McIngvale said about 1,000 people participated, buying an average of

´None of the above´ --- the Jeanne
Shaheen Protection Act of 2014
Washington Examiner (DC), by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/3/2014 10:19:44 PM     Post Reply
Call it the Jeanne Shaheen Protection Act of 2014: New Hampshire Democrats have introduced a bill into the state legislature that would help incumbents by allowing voters to cast a ballot for "none of the above." The Democratic lawmakers promoting the bill frame it as a populist measure. “Real choice means people have to be able to withhold their consent,” state Rep. Charles Weed, who sponsored the "None of the above" bill, told the local CBS outlet. Another Democratic proponent suggested politicians would kill the bill out of fear that "none of the above" would get the most votes. “It’s



The Belarusian Connection
Washington Free Beacon, by Bill Gertz    Original Article
Posted By: terry_tr6- 2/3/2014 10:08:19 PM     Post Reply
U.S. intelligence agencies last week urged the Obama administration to check its new healthcare network for malicious software after learning that developers linked to the Belarus government helped produce the website, raising fresh concerns that private data posted by millions of Americans will be compromised.The intelligence agencies notified the Department of Health and Human Services, the agency in charge of the Healthcare.gov network, about their concerns last week. Specifically, officials warned that programmers in Belarus, a former Soviet republic closely allied with Russia, were suspected of inserting malicious code that could be used for cyber attacks, according to U.S. officials familiar with the concerns.
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Christie bodyguard tried to
evade charges after stealing gun
supplies by name-dropping scandal-
plagued boss
New York Daily News, by Adam Edelman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/3/2014 9:57:26 PM     Post Reply
“Do you know who my boss is?” A bodyguard for Gov. Chris Christie is facing criminal charges in Pennsylvania for shoplifting gun supplies — despite trying to evade punishment by dropping the name of his scandal-plagued boss. William Carvounis, a New Jersey state trooper assigned to Christie’s security detail, reportedly stole $268 in merchandise from a Hamburg, Pa., hunting gear store earlier this month, including handgun grips, a pistol magazine and a hat. But when the 35-year-old Carvounis was arrested by police, he repeatedly mentioned that he worked for Christie and asked for a break on the charges, police sources

How A Simple New Invention
Seals A Gunshot Wound In 15 Seconds
Popular Science, by Rose Pastore    Original Article
Posted By: Zarin- 2/3/2014 9:40:12 PM     Post Reply
An Oregon startup has developed a pocket-size device that uses tiny sponges to stop bleeding fast. When a soldier is shot on the battlefield, the emergency treatment can seem as brutal as the injury itself. A medic must pack gauze directly into the wound cavity, sometimes as deep as 5 inches into the body, to stop bleeding from an artery. It’s an agonizing process that doesn´t always work--if bleeding hasn´t stopped after three minutes of applying direct pressure, the medic must pull out all the gauze and start over again. It’s so painful, “you take the guy’s gun away first,”

Gen. Boykin to Congress: Religious Liberty
Must Be Affirmed, Cherished in Military
Cybercast News Service, by Penny Starr    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/3/2014 9:37:05 PM     Post Reply
In a statement put into the record at a Jan. 29, 2014 hearing of the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Military Personnel, retired Lt. Gen. William “Gerry” Boykin, said religious liberty is a “core value of our nation,” and that religious beliefs “sustain” troops who face harm or death in the course of performing their duties. “In sum, religious freedom and expression is not something to be given begrudging accommodation,” Boykin, the former commander of the U.S. Special Forces Command, said on behalf of the Family Research Council (FRC) as its executive vice president. “It is a core value



Ben Shapiro Actually Blames
Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death
on ‘Broken Leftist Culture’
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/3/2014 9:30:15 PM     Post Reply
Less than 12 hours after actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead of an apparent heroin overdose in his Manhattan apartment, conservative commentator Ben Shapiro thought it would be appropriate to mark the occasion by attributing his death to America’s “broken leftist culture.” In what could only have been a hastily-produced, 130-word blog post on the National Review’s website, Shapiro briefly praised the actor’s “talent” before using his untimely death to critique those godless Hollywood liberals. Below is Shapiro’s post in its entirety: Philip Seymour Hoffman was one of the most talented actors of his generation, a leading man without

Tebow Blacklist Isn’t the
Beginning, It’s the End
Townhall, by John Ransom    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/3/2014 9:28:03 PM     Post Reply
While everyone was paying attention to the demise of the U.S. economy, the U.S. workforce, the checks and balances written into the U.S. Constitution, a terrible tragedy has ensued almost unnoticed. Yes, while the rest of were working to “save” the country from galloping Big Government, the most perfect game in the history of the universe has brought itself to the brink of extinction. The downfall of the National Football League is imminent. There are many signs and symptoms of the NFL’s impending doom there for the thinking person to see. The NFL used to have the problem that there

Global warming is ´almost definitely´
caused by humans, UN report claims
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Sarah Griffiths    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/3/2014 9:25:26 PM     Post Reply
Global warming is unequivocal and human influence has been the dominant cause since the mid-20th century, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC´s full and final findings on the state of the planet’s climate have been published and the report, which was put together for the UN, says that limiting climate change will require ‘substantial and sustained’ reductions of greenhouse gas emissions. The findings of the report, which includes the comment that global warming is ´almost definitely´ caused by humans, were approved by the member governments of the IPCC in September. The final version has now been released to

Theory: Republicans Want to Win the 2014
Election Narrowly, Without the Tea Party
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/3/2014 9:24:21 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Look, I ran into something over the weekend that I want to run by you very soon here after we get through with this segment and at the start the next segment. Everybody´s trying to figure out, "Why in the world are the Republicans acting suicidal with this amnesty business?" Everybody. It doesn´t make sense no matter how you slice it, unless the Republicans are trying to damage themselves. That´s the only way it makes sense. The only way a Republican push for amnesty and immediate citizenship and all that makes any sense is if, for example, they don´t like



Obama’s intervention in FBI
investigation is fine, says Carney
Daily Caller (Washington DC), by Neil Munro    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/3/2014 9:20:29 PM     Post Reply
White House spokesman Jay Carney Monday waved off concerns over the president’s prime-time public interference in the FBI investigation of the Internal Revenue Service. “Obviously we do not interfere with Justice Department investigations,” Carney said when he was asked about President Barack Obama’s statement just before the Super Bowl that there was “not even a smidgen of corruption” in his IRS’ decision to deny routine fundraising rights and legal protections to tea party political groups during the 2012 campaign. Besides, said Carney, Obama’s statement is reasonable. “What we have learned through the independent Inspector General and through the testimony that

The Trouble with the
O´Baxter Interview
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/3/2014 9:17:11 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: We´ll start in Yakima, Washington. This is Ron. Great to have you on the program, sir. Hello. CALLER: Yes, sir. Longtime listener, longtime Seattle fan. RUSH: It´s great to have you on the show. You know, I don´t know all, but I know one thing Yakima is famous for. Yakima, Washington -- you may find this fascinating -- was the first city in the entire country where the 90-gallon trash can on wheels was tested for sanitation purposes. It happened in 1984-1985, and because it was deemed a success there (they were big enough for Dumpster diving but big enough to

Shoe bomber’s accomplice to give evidence
against Abu Hamza to prove he was a
‘terrorist with global reach’
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Paul Thompson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/3/2014 9:16:01 PM     Post Reply
An al Qaeda supergrass is to give evidence against hate preacher Abu Hamza and show he was a ´terrorist with a global reach´. British-born Saajid Muhammad Badat will be the star witness when Hamza goes on trial in New York later this year, according to court papers. Badat, who was jailed for plotting to blow up a U.S. passenger jet with shoe bomber Richard Reid and later released for agreeing to become the first terrorist supergrass, has agreed to give evidence via a video link. Prosecutors in the U.S. believe Badat´s evidence will help convict Hamza. Assistant U.S. Prosecutor Ian McGinley said in court

Illinois Loses 80,000 Workers
in One Year
Breitbart Big Government, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/3/2014 9:15:15 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama´s home state, which has been governed by Democrats throughout his national political career, has slipped in the rankings and now has the third-worst unemployment rate in the nation. Though the jobless rate was the same in December 2013 (8.6%) as in December 2012, the state´s labor force declined by a staggering 80,000 workers, according to Michael Lucci of the Illinois Policy Institute. Across the same period, the national unemployment rate fell by 1.3%--though that, too, was partly driven by an exodus of workers from the labor force, albeit less dramatic than in Illinois. Lucci observes: ´The state



This Pelosi Answer Says So Much
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/3/2014 9:11:47 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Last Friday I had in a sound bite roster a bite from Nancy Pelosi on the Jon Stewart show that I didn´t get it to, and I really should have, because folks, it says everything we need to know about these people. Nancy Pelosi goes on The Daily Show, and Jon Stewart is asking her question after question after question, and she says, "I don´t know. I don´t know." He can´t believe it. Gotta understand, now, to set this up. Pelosi is a goddess to people on the left, and people on the left look at their leftist politicians

Opiate of the Elites
Weekly Standard, by Vincent J. Cannato    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/3/2014 9:06:20 PM     Post Reply
After the 2012 election, Mitt Romney’s loss prompted questions about the future of conservatism. A year later, the ongoing drama of Obamacare’s failures has seen similar concerns voiced regarding the future of liberalism. So what, exactly, do we mean when we talk about “liberalism”? Conservatives used to equate it with the New Deal and Great Society, with the social and cultural liberalism of the late 1960s mixed in. Recently, conservatives have dug deeper and found a different foundation for modern liberalism: the Progressive movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The assault on progressivism started with the writings

Senator rebukes IRS over decision
to reinstate 2013 employee bonuses
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/3/2014 9:05:27 PM     Post Reply
The IRS´ announcement Monday that it will pay cancelled 2013 bonuses has infuriated Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, who wants to know why an agency with employees who “inappropriately” targeted conservative political groups would reinstate the rewards. “The IRS is accused of targeting conservative groups, with many of its employees having conducted themselves in a manner inappropriate for government officials, and the agency decides to reinstate employee bonuses?” asked Hatch, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee. “This is outrageous.” The announcement was made by new IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, who said the performance bonuses were reinstated after agency employees repeatedly

The Heart of Liberalism
National Review Online, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/3/2014 9:03:28 PM     Post Reply
I haven’t read Fred Siegel’s new book yet, but there’s a really interesting review of it in The Weekly Standard by my friend (and occasional NR contributor) Vin Cannato. He writes: The assault on progressivism started with the writings of people associated with the Claremont Institute, like political scientist Ronald Pestritto, and reached a wider audience with Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism (2007). These writers explain how “progressives” turned away from older notions of individualism and believed that the Constitution was an increasingly archaic document in a modern industrial world. Progressives looked admiringly at Germany and other strong European states and built

Senators: John Kerry
Suggested Arming Syrian Rebels
Breitbart´s Big Peace, by John Rossomando    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/3/2014 8:58:25 PM     Post Reply
Two leading advocates of direct American involvement in Syria´s civil war say the Obama administration may be considering taking a greater role. Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., say Secretary of State John Kerry made blunt remarks during a bipartisan meeting Sunday indicating a more aggressive U.S. policy may be in the works. The meeting with McCain, Graham, and thirteen other members of Congress took place at a Munich hotel. Afterwards, the senators briefed three reporters about their off-the-record meeting with Kerry. Al-Qaida´s presence is creating a threat that is growing "out of hand," Kerry reportedly said. "[Kerry] acknowledged that the chemical


White House Writes NFL
Players’ Pro-Obamacare Tweets
Washington Free Beacon, by Lachlan Markay    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/3/2014 8:56:15 PM     Post Reply
Obamacare got a boost from current and former National Football League players on Super Bowl Sunday after the White House sent suggested language for laudatory tweets to a representative of the league’s players union. Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo earned a retweet from the White House after telling his followers, “don’t forget you can affordable [sic] healthcare at healthcare.gov.” That was the last in a series of tweets composed by Ayanbadejo about Healthcare.gov. Other messages were more grammatical, containing language copied directly from an email sent by Kyle Lierman, a liaison in the White House Office of Public Engagement, that encouraged players

Herridge: Fmr. CIA Director Morell
May Have Altered Benghazi Talking
Points to Benefit Obama Admin.
Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/3/2014 8:50:33 PM     Post Reply
Former CIA Director Mike Morell may have altered the Benghazi talking points to benefit the Obama administration during the 2012 election, Catherine Herridge of Fox News reports. On September 15 one day before Susan Rice made her infamous appearances on various Sunday shows, according to the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee report Morell received an email from the CIA station chief in Libya indicating the Benghazi attacks were “not/not an escalation of protests.” The report does not indicate when Morell read the email, but that same day Morell cut the word “Islamic” from the talking points and left the word “demonstration.”

Obama Doubles Down During
Taped O’Reilly Interview: Fox
Absolutely’ Unfair to Me
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/3/2014 8:50:29 PM     Post Reply
In a pre-Super Bowl interview with Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly, President Barack Obama went after the host and his employer for investigating issues like the White House’s response to the Benghazi attack and the Internal Revenue Service’s undue targeting of conservative groups. On Monday, O’Reilly played portions of his interview with Obama that were not broadcast on Sunday which revealed details of the president’s thinking on the Keystone XL Pipeline, the cultural issues facing African-American families, and how Fox News covers the White House. O’Reilly asked Obama about the large number of children being born to unwed black mothers.

Let’s Move? Fat Chance
National Review Online, by Alec Torres    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/3/2014 8:46:33 PM     Post Reply
Has First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign actually reduced childhood obesity rates? That’s a $4.5 billion question whose answer appears to be “No.” Immediately after announcing that he would “take steps without legislation . . . wherever and whenever I can” in last week’s State of the Union address, President Obama touted First Lady Michelle Obama’s four-year-old Let’s Move campaign as a seemingly unobjectionable and efficacious example of a primarily executive effort that benefits the American people. “Michelle’s Let’s Move partnership with schools, businesses, and local leaders has helped bring down childhood obesity rates for the first time in 30 years,”

Congress Took More Free Trips in 2013
Than in Any Year Since the Abramoff Reforms
National Journal, by Shane Goldmacher    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/3/2014 8:44:58 PM     Post Reply
Members of Congress and their aides took more free trips around the world in 2013 than in any year since new restrictions were put in place after the Jack Abramoff influence-peddling scandal. The website LegiStorm, which compiles congressional travel records, said Monday that lawmakers and their staffs took a combined 1,887 free trips last year for a total cost of almost $6 million. That amount is more than double the sum private groups spent on congressional trips in 2008, the first full year that the tightened travel rules of 2007 went into effect. The total number of trips has bounded upward by

Democrat Jeanne Shaheen: If You
Like Your Doctor and You´re Willing
to Pay More, You Can Keep Your Doctor
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/3/2014 8:42:40 PM     Post Reply
President Obama and other Democrats made a series of promises regarding Obamacare, including “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” But reality is saying otherwise, and many Americans are finding that Obamacare is costing them their doctors in one way or another. The most common way new Obamacare plans that replace plans have smaller networks. The doctor you and your family have been seeing are now out of network. Democrat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (NH) gave an interview on WKXL radio on Friday. She offered a solution to the doc drop problem, but it’s one that most people

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