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Off-piste with Russia´s female Olympians:
Russia goes on the Sochi charm offensive
with scantily clad photo-call of its athletes
as you´ve never seen them before
Mail Online, by Will Stewart    Original Article
Posted By: NYC RAL- 2/4/2014 7:18:24 AM     Post Reply
There are claims Russia will offer a cold welcome to the world at the Winter Olympics, but these images of some of the country´s leading competitors suggests otherwise. Until now, disputes about homophobia, world leaders refusing to attend, and mega-security at Sochi have overshadowed the preparations for the £31 billion Games. The pictures showing the host team dressed to impress are going wild on the Moscow web with one site boasting: ´Russian sportswomen are the best campaigners for our team in Sochi.´ ´Our Russian Olympic team defies stereotype that women in sport are just a heap of muscles and masculine

Maine police investigating
screams find happy pig
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NYC RAL- 2/4/2014 7:01:22 AM     Post Reply
China, Maine - Police responding to reports of screaming coming from a home in Maine didn´t find a victim of domestic violence as they feared. Instead, they found an amorous pig. State police say a woman called last week after hearing what she believed to be a fight coming from a neighbor´s home in the town of China. The caller said she heard screaming and thought there was a domestic assault. The Morning Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1jafexV ) reports that four state troopers responded and talked to the neighbor. The neighbor explained that she raises pigs and the screaming was coming from an overjoyed male pig that had been placed

DCF handbook shocker: Criminal past
doesn’t disqualify foster parents
Boston Herald, by Matt Stout, Erin Smith    Original Article
Posted By: John c- 2/4/2014 6:40:17 AM     Post Reply
Prospective foster parents with rap sheets listing criminal convictions for armed assault, drug trafficking, motor vehicle homicide and even soliciting sex from a minor could be cleared to take at-risk children into their homes under a standing policy at the state’s embattled child welfare agency. The stunning rules, tucked inside the Department of Children and Families’ handbook on criminal record checks and updated six years ago, allow foster parents with checkered pasts to take charge of endangered kids in the agency’s care. Among the crimes DCF policy might forgive would-be foster parents after screening their applications: • Offenses such as inducing sex from

  


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Our Icarus-in-Chief
National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/4/2014 5:48:06 AM     Post Reply
In the last two weeks, we learned that Bashar Assad has dismantled only 5 percent of his WMD arsenal, despite President Obama’s soaring rhetoric to the contrary. Russia violated a long-observed agreement with the U.S. about testing missiles. Iran’s take on the negotiations over its bomb program bears no resemblance to our interpretation. Chinese officials now happily leak fantastic stories about using their military to punish Japan. All that is trumped by veiled threats from the Sunni Gulf monarchies, terrified of Iran, to buy a bomb or two from Pakistan. We hear other rumors that even China thinks the new

Texas Doctor Writes Epic Letter Breaking Up
With Insurance Company: I Will Not Comply
Independent Journal Review, by Emily Hulsey    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/4/2014 5:37:56 AM     Post Reply
Dr. Kristin Held recently wrote a letter to insurance company Aetna cancelling her partnership with them, stating that she can neither morally nor effectively treat her patients under the regulations enforced by the Affordable Care Act: Dear Mr. Bertolini, With a deep sense of sadness, I must inform you that I will no longer serve as a physician for Aetna patients under the terms of our contractual agreement, which you most recently unilaterally changed. I have been privileged and honored to care for thousands of patients covered by Aetna policies since the 1990’s. I have devoted my life to providing

Will The Overselling Of Global Warming
Lead To A New Scientific Dark Age?
Forbes, by Patrick Michaels    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/4/2014 5:32:01 AM     Post Reply
Will the overselling of climate change lead to a new scientific dark age? That’s the question being posed in the latest issue of an Australian literary journal, Quadrant, by Garth Paltridge, one of the world’s most respected atmospheric scientists. Paltridge was a Chief Research Scientist with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO). The latter is Australia’s equivalent of the National Science Foundation, our massive Federal Laboratory network, and all the governmental agency science branches rolled into one. Paltridge lays out the well-known uncertainties in climate forecasting. These include our inability to properly simulate clouds that are anything like what we

Out go the short skirts, on with
the tiaras: It´s Kate´s regal
makeover...by order of the Queen!
Daily Mail [UK], by Katie Nicholl    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/4/2014 5:24:57 AM     Post Reply
It is three decades since Princess Diana, with a single stroke of fashion genius, took a former colony captive. In Melbourne in 1988, she paired an off-the-shoulder gown of glimmering turquoise with a strap of art-deco emeralds worn not as a choker – but as a bandeau across her forehead. She did so, it is said, because she had sunburn on her back. Nonetheless, the iconic image of stylish, youthful, modern Monarchy made global headlines and bewitched a generation of Australians who went on to vote ‘No’ in an independence referendum in 1999. Those jewels from the Delhi Durbar Parure

  


  

Horror story in the making
Boston Herald, by Margery Eagan    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/4/2014 5:18:09 AM     Post Reply
“What’s your favorite Woody Allen movie? Before you answer, you should know: When I was 7 years old, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim, closet-like attic on the second floor of our house. He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother’s electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me.” When I read those words from Allen’s grown adopted daughter Dylan Farrow on Sunday, I felt sick to my stomach. My favorite Woody Allen movie? So many. “Annie Hall.” “Husbands and Wives.” Watching “Hannah and Her Sisters” is a Thanksgiving tradition. “Blue

How the Seattle Seahawks
Solved Peyton Manning
Wall Street Journal, by Kevin Clark    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/4/2014 5:14:04 AM     Post Reply
The best quarterback in NFL history was dismantled by one of the best game plans in Super Bowl history. This, upon further review, is the story of Super Bowl XLVIII. On Sunday, in the immediate wake of the Seattle Seahawks´ 43-8 drubbing of Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, it was natural to surmise that Manning, the league´s most valuable player this season, had shrunk on the biggest stage. After all, this is a player whose career playoff record is now a modest 11-12. But a review of the game film shows that Manning´s struggles were destined from the start. Seattle´s strategy

Obama´s Slumber - Putin´s Swindle
American Spectator, by Tom Rogan    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/4/2014 5:01:47 AM     Post Reply
The “reset.” It was silly from the start. Now it’s just sad. America has most certainly been ‘‘overcharged.’’ This past week, if they didn’t already know, our NATO partners learned that Russia is in fundamental breach of its 1987 INF missile treaty obligations. Unsurprisingly, Putin disagrees with that finding. Instead, he’s declared the case closed. And the White House has reacted in true form. As the New York Times notes, ‘‘Obama administration officials are not yet ready to formally declare the tests of the missile, which has not been deployed, to be a violation of the 1987 treaty.’’ We should have known. Red lines… For this Administration,

The Big Stall
Weekly Standard, by Geoffrey Norman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/4/2014 4:55:14 AM     Post Reply
The Keystone Pipeline, which has been studied for more than five years, will be studied some more. A State Department study was generally thought to be the conclusive and it has now been delivered. But we are told by the White House chief of staff, Denis McDonough, that there is more studying to be done. McDonough said, on Sunday morning television, that President Obama: … would decide once the Environmental Protection Agency, Energy Department and other federal experts offer their assessments of the State Department review, as well as their own analysis. One wonders why the studies could not have been done

  


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As the Latest Christie Story Evolved,
The Times Should Have Noted a Change
New York Times, by Margaret Sullivan    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/4/2014 4:49:00 AM     Post Reply
In the digital age, news evolves before our very eyes. A story breaks and goes online with perhaps a few rough paragraphs. Soon after, more details are added, new angles explored and writing is tuned up. Finally — at least in organizations like The Times — a thorough and polished version makes its way onto the web and into both print and the archives. It happens every day, all day. But what about a case in which an early version of a story says something that proves to be, if not untrue, then at least overstated? That happened at The

Glamour Junkies
National Review Online, by Kevin D. Williamson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/4/2014 4:46:19 AM     Post Reply
I was an admirer of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s, but I was not surprised to learn that he had died as the result of a heroin misadventure. Not that I was in any way privy to Mr. Hoffman’s private life, it is just that I am never surprised when somebody dies from heroin. At least three young men in the New York suburbs died of heroin overdoses just before Mr. Hoffman’s death, western Pennsylvania is full of the stuff, and Vermont claims to be in the midst of a full-on heroin epidemic. Every few years I read about how heroin is

What Hillary´s Not Telling Us
National Journal, by Beth Reinhard    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/4/2014 4:43:40 AM     Post Reply
When Hillary Clinton ran for president, Edward Snowden was still working in obscurity for the CIA. Drones were discussed as deterrents against illegal immigrants, not as counterterrorism killing machines. Lehman Brothers hadn´t gone bust, and neither had the global economy. So much has happened since Clinton quit the race on June 7, 2008; and her tenure as secretary of State plus a year away from pub­lic office has allowed her to avoid fervid political debates. Even issues well trod by Clinton, such as gun control and health care, have taken on new context in the wake of Newtown and Obamacare. And

GOP insiders: Second
look at Marco Rubio?
Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/4/2014 4:38:09 AM     Post Reply
Process of elimination for center-right Republicans. If Christie’s too damaged by Bridgegate and Jeb Bush is too damaged by his brother’s legacy, who becomes their champion in the primaries? They’d prefer a guy who’s hawkish, who’s socially conservative enough to please evangelicals, but who’s “reasonable” enough to help business interests with things like amnesty. If he’s young, Latino, and telegenic, so much the better. I know just the man. 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

  


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Hoffman’s haunting confession:
‘I’m a heroin addict’
New York Post, by Emily Smith*    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/4/2014 4:32:17 AM     Post Reply
A haggard Philip Seymour Hoffman knew he was trapped in a downward spiral, readily admitting, “I’m a heroin addict,’’ to a stranger two weeks ago. The Oscar-winning actor made the bizarre admission to magazine publisher John Arundel at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, after the businessman didn’t immediately recognize him and asked what he did for a living. “He said, ‘I’m a heroin addict,’?” the Washington Life Magazine co-publisher recalled for The Post on Monday. Arundel said Hoffman then took off his “sloppy hat” and the publisher realized his mistake and said, “Oh, you’re Philip Seymour Hoffman.” “Bingo!” the actor replied,

Obama may trust Iran
but America should not
Fox News, by Richard Grenell    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/4/2014 4:25:46 AM     Post Reply
President Obama’s proposal in Geneva to the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council allowing Iran to enrich some uranium violates previous U.N. resolutions demanding the Islamic Republic stop “all” uranium enrichment activity. To avoid a violation of current U.N. resolutions, the permanent members must ask the entire Security Council to vote to weaken and supersede their previous demands. The U.N.’s four rounds of hard-fought sanctions on Iran and several other resolutions demanding compliance call for a full suspension of all enrichment activities, including research and development, then full verification of that suspension before negotiations on a permanent diplomatic solution begin.

Target Data Breach Pits
Banks Against Retailers
Associated Press, by Marcy Gordon    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/4/2014 4:22:28 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- Banks and big retailers are locked in a debate over the breach of consumer data that gripped Target Corp. during the holiday season. At issue: Which industry bears more responsibility for protecting consumers´ personal information? The retailers´ argument: Banks must upgrade the security technology for the credit and debit cards they issue. The banks´ counterargument: Newer electronic-chip technology wouldn´t have prevented the Target breach. And retailers must tighten their own security systems for processing card payments. The finger-pointing is coming from two industries with considerable lobbying might. Their trade groups have been bombarding lawmakers with letters arguing why the other industry

Ted Cruz makes nice
Politico, by Manu Raju    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/4/2014 4:13:22 AM     Post Reply
At a GOP lunch last week, Sen. John McCain noted that “some crazy guy from Texas” stormed out during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. “Hey,” Texas Sen. Ted Cruz chimed in, “I didn’t walk out of the State of the Union.” The packed room erupted in laughter. The exchange — referring to GOP Rep. Steve Stockman’s heavily publicized early exit — reflects thawing tensions between Cruz and his fellow GOP senators. After battling with Senate Republicans for much of 2013, prompting tense confrontations and occasional shouting matches, Cruz is starting to achieve what once seemed unthinkable: He’s getting

Klayman asks Supreme Court
to hear NSA case
Politico, by Josh Gerstein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/4/2014 4:10:11 AM     Post Reply
The conservative legal activist who won the first court ruling questioning the legality of the National Security Agency´s massive phone-call tracking database is asking the Supreme Court to short circuit the normal appeals process and take up the case directly. Attorney Larry Klayman said he sent the unusual petition to the high court on Monday. "We went to the Supreme Court because, unlike the government, we´re not dragging our feet. We want a quick decision here," Klayman said in a brief phone interview Monday afternoon. A Justice Department spokesman had no immediate comment on the submission. The filing, known as

  



In Takoma Park, a fading VFW
post gets a boost from its tie-
dyed neighbors
Washington Post, by Steve Hendrix    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/4/2014 4:05:09 AM     Post Reply
For more than 15 years, Bob Patten passed the little block building near his house — the one with the antiaircraft gun in the parking lot — without going inside. A self-described typical Takoma Park liberal (“retired peace activist turned bicycle transportation planner”), he’d never had much reason to pay a call on the town’s tiny VFW post. Now he’s become something of a regular. In the past year, he’s been to two concerts, a birthday party and a fundraiser for a nonprofit group in the one-room bar, downing $1.75 drafts alongside the former Marines, soldiers and other veterans who

Dana Loesch: I Was a Mean Liberal
Cybercast News Service, by Matt Vespa    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/4/2014 3:55:09 AM     Post Reply
This morning, conservative activist and radio host Dana Loesch was a guest host with the ladies of ABC´s The View. This disconcerted the anti-gun group Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America, who made their displeasure known on social media. Regardless, Ms. Loesch showed up and discussed, amongst other things, why she switched from being a liberal to a conservative. In case you didn´t know, Loesch was a liberal, campaigned for the Clintons, was an active College Democrat, and did opposition research. "I was a mean one," she said. Yet, when she became a mother, Loesch´s views shifted dramatically.

Colonoscopies to be replaced by camera
that comes in a PILL as FDA green
lights revolutionary treatment
Daily Mail [UK], by Daily Mail Reporter & Associated Press    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/4/2014 3:19:28 AM     Post Reply
There are few medical procedures feared more than a colonoscopy. But what if there was another way to screen patients for colon cancer that´s much less intrusive? Now there is: The PillCam, an ingestible camera that takes high-speed photographs as it works its way through the digestive system and helps doctors spot polyps and other early signs of colon cancer was just cleared by the Food and Drug Administration. The device is designed for patients who have had trouble with the cringe-inducing colonoscopy procedure, which involves probing the large intestine with a tiny camera embedded in a four-foot long, flexible

American shares suffer biggest fall in
SEVEN MONTHS amid fears for US
growth and the global economy
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/4/2014 3:06:22 AM     Post Reply
For investors, February is starting off even rougher than January. U.S. stocks tumbled on Monday, pushing the Dow Jones industrial average down more than 320 points after reports of sluggish U.S growth added to investor worries about the global economy. It was the biggest one-day decline for the blue-chip index in more than seven months. And the drop followed the Dow´s worst January performance since 2009. The market stumbled from the get-go, with U.S. stocks opening lower after declines in European and Japanese indexes. Then it quickly turned into a slide as a spate of discouraging economic data on everything

The EU is corrupt, and so are
national governments – it´s in the
nature of human organisation
Telegraph [UK], by Daniel Hannan    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/4/2014 2:12:25 AM     Post Reply
For the EU to lecture the member states about corruption is rather like Al Capone lecturing the cops about corruption: the charge may have an element of truth, but it´s the chutzpah that draws the eye. I´ve blogged often enough about Brussels sleaze. [Snip] Ever since the first farms, the first villages, people have found ways to loot their neighbours. At first, marauding bands rustled livestock and pillaged crops, but it didn´t take long for such theft to be systematised through protection rackets, tithes, tolls and taxes. Social organisation, from the beginning, was based around the use of force to

Muslim Rape Culture
Front Page Magazine, by Daniel Greenfield    Original Article
Posted By: smcchk- 2/4/2014 1:17:34 AM     Post Reply
No one knows the real name of the Port Hills Groper, the Muslim refugee who stalked and attacked over a dozen women jogging in Port Hills, even though he was arrested, tried and sentenced. Instead the New Zealand court gave him “permanent name suppression” to protect his status in his Muslim community. Judge Jane Farish, who had told a Maori rapist who had lured an Australian tourist into a dark street and beat her while trying to tear off her clothing “If I had my way I would release you today,” let the groper off with community service because his actions

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