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What´s Your Favorite
Woody Allen Movie?
American Thinker, by Kim Zigfeld    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 2/4/2014 9:43:47 AM     Post Reply
It seems Woody Allen has received one too many Oscar nominations. (snip) Just try watching Allen´s 1989 film Crimes and Misdemeanors after reading Dylan´s harrowing letter without throwing up. In the final ten minutes of that film, there are not one but two appalling scenes. In the first, Allen tells his on-screen sister he´s fleeing his sexless marriage and jokes "the last time I was inside a woman was the Statue of Liberty." The camera then instantly cuts to a close-up of two tiny young girls in party dresses. After that, one of the last images on screen is Allen walking

Source: Rob Andrews to leave Congress
Philly.com(PA), by Jonathan Tamari    Original Article
Posted By: Hobbiest- 2/4/2014 9:43:24 AM     Post Reply
Washington -- South Jersey Congressman Rob Andrews will resign from Congress later this month to take a job with a prominent Philadelphia law firm, a source close to the situation said Tuesday morning.Andrews, a Democrat in his 24th year in the House, will resign around President´s Day weekend, the source said. He will take over a public affairs job at the firm, according to the person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity and did not want to name the firm in advance of Andrews´ announcement. State Sen. Donald Norcross is expected to run to replace Andrews and will be

As Super Bowl exits NJ,
taxpayers on hook for many expenses
Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Mark Di Ionno    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/4/2014 9:41:15 AM     Post Reply
As the NFL packs out of town, with their self-proclaimed all-American extravaganza, we should say good riddance, and make sure they don’t come back with their big money, big everything, big game. Because you, New Jersey taxpayer, are on the hook for the league’s big party for itself. Consider these facts: • The NFL pays nothing for security. It’s right there in the bid contract, which was obtained by The Star-Ledger. So who pays for the 700 state troopers who patrolled the game and circled overhead in two choppers? Or the New Jersey National Guard in their Humvees,



Debunking the 97% ´consensus´
on global warming
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 2/4/2014 9:40:31 AM     Post Reply
The main pillar of the warmist argument is the contention that a "consensus" exists among scientists that global warming is caused by man and threatens catastrophe. But a Canada-based group calling itself Friends of Science has just completed a review of the four main studies used to document the alleged consensus and found that only 1 - 3% of respondents "explicitly stated agreement with the IPCC declarations on global warming," and that there was "no agreement with a catastrophic view." "These ´consensus´ surveys appear to be used as a ´social proof,´" says Ken Gregory, research director of Friends of Science. "Just

Five years of Obama promises:
What´s changed?
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 2/4/2014 9:31:51 AM     Post Reply
Did you ever find an old high school yearbook and shake your head at what´s changed since then? Not just the obvious clothing and hairstyles. But so many of the plans and promise of so many people. That´s what we did. We went back 1,818 days to one of the first speeches Barack Obama gave as the 44th president. Back to Feb. 12, 2009, less than a month from his first morning in office. There he was in East Peoria, Ill., at the massive Caterpillar factory, selling his then $879 billion stimulus spending plan wending its way through Congress.

Last pictures of Philip Seymour Hoffman reveal
how his sad relapse cost him his family
after battling to stay sober for 23-years
Daily Mail [UK], by James Nye    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/4/2014 9:23:59 AM     Post Reply
Philip Seymour Hoffman lost his family because of his heroin addiction said friends of the tragic Oscar winning actor who died on Sunday with 70 bags of heroin and 20 used needles inside his home. Refuting all suggestions that the 46-year-old had been kicked out by his partner of 14-years because of an affair - friends confirmed that Hoffman had been asked to leave for the sake of his three children as he was battling a huge drug habit. ´It was known that he was struggling to stay sober, and girlfriend Mimi O’Donnell had given him some tough love and told him

Mother´s concern changes Wake
schools curriculum on slavery
WRAL News [Raleigh,NC], by Julia Sims    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 2/4/2014 9:14:33 AM     Post Reply
The Wake County Public School System has removed an assignment from its middle-school history curriculum after a Knightdale mother complained that it was racially insensitive. Amaya Melvin´s eighth-grade class at East Wake Middle School is studying the Civil War, and the students were given an essay assignment entitled "I am a slave." "For her to have to put herself in the shoes of a slave, for her to complete the assignment, she had to be a slave at the moment. I didn´t think that was appropriate," said Amaya´s mother, Ariel Melvin-Hall, who is black. "It´s harsh. It cuts deep."



Obama Aides Doubt Clinton Strategy
Buzzfeed, by Ben Smith    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/4/2014 9:03:15 AM     Post Reply
Top advisers and former aides to Barack Obama say Hillary Clinton is repeating the mistakes she made in 2008, building a machine in lieu of a message and lumbering toward the Democratic nomination with the same deep vulnerabilities that cost her the nomination eight years earlier. The former secretary of state has offered her tacit blessing to a series of Democratic organizations, including a draft group, Ready for Hillary, which was recently taken over by a former Clinton aide; and Priorities USA Action, the Obama super PAC repositioning itself to raise huge sums for Clinton. The moves have been effective in

Inside China’s Mistress
Industrial Complex
Daily Beast, by Junheng Li*    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/4/2014 8:54:47 AM     Post Reply
If you’re pretty and educated, there’s a booming new job market for women—as someone’s mistress. What the increasing number of females entering these relationships means for China’s economy and demographics. Spend a Tuesday afternoon in one of the high-end shopping malls in China’s capital city, and you will see for yourself what has China buzzing with gossip—a group of beautiful, young Chinese women with fake eyelashes and sparkling manicures, out to show off their Prada purses and Mikimoto pearls. This is China’s mistress culture out in full force. Stories of Chinese adultery have splashed across headlines in recent months, as the country’s

Doubts raised over man’s
13 months ‘lost at sea’
New York Post, by Sean Piccoli    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/4/2014 8:54:15 AM     Post Reply
Thirteen months adrift at sea in a tiny boat left Jose Salvador Alvarenga on the brink of madness and ready to die — then he spotted something that made him believe in miracles. “I had just killed a bird to eat and saw some trees. I cried, ‘Oh, God!’ ” Alvarenga said, in his first interview since he washed up on a remote Pacific island last Thursday. “[Then] I got to land and had a mountain of sleep. In the morning I woke up,” he told The Telegraph newspaper. “I saw a small house. I didn’t have any clothes — I was

ObamaCare Casts
White Working Class
Out in the Cold
American Thinker, by Christopher Chantrill    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 2/4/2014 8:53:57 AM     Post Reply
Probably everyone to the right of President Obama´s liberal billionaire contributors has seen the pathetic local news video from WTAE Pittsburgh, the one showing the white working class getting the bad news on ObamaCare. Yep, ordinary blue-collar workers are getting hammered by ObamaCare, because the small manufacturing and service businesses they work for are not the favored special interests of the modern Democratic Party and the bicoastal elite. (snip) Get a clue, white working class. He isn´t going to call; he doesn´t love you anymore. By "he" I mean the Ruling Class, the educated elite, the Cathedral. Once upon a time the



Hudson pastor freed from Philippines
jail after charges dropped
Hudson Hub-Times, by Tim Troglen    Original Article
Posted By: Cap784- 2/4/2014 8:24:29 AM     Post Reply
According to reports from Christ Community Chapel in Hudson and posts on the Free Tom Randall Facebook Page, Pastor Tom Randall was released from a Filipino jail Feb. 3 after 22 days behind bars. Randall was arrested Jan. 12 by Filipino authorities during an investigation into reports of alleged human trafficking at an orphanage he founded. In a January affidavit filed by Randall, he denied any allegations of wrongdoing. "I treat these children not as wards of an orphanage but as my own children," Randall wrote.
Staff has split wide headline.

Dylan Farrow´s child molestation claims
against Woody Allen were planted by Mia Farrow
New York Daily News, by Dennis Hamil    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/4/2014 8:14:43 AM     Post Reply
I don´t believe Woody Allen is a child molester. But when I read Dylan Farrow´s letter in The New York Times accusing her adoptive father of sexual abuse, I didn´t think she was making it up. I believe it´s a scenario she´s come to believe after it was implanted in her impressionistic head as a kid. On March 18, 1993, after a Connecticut prosecutor declined to charge Allen after a three-month investigation of the same allegations, I interviewed him at his Fifth Ave. apartment. Soon Yi Previn, then his girlfriend and now his wife and mother of their two adopted children, answered the

Karzai Arranged Secret
Contacts With the Taliban
New York Times, by Azmam Ahmad and Matthew Rosenberg    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/4/2014 8:12:26 AM     Post Reply
KABUL, Afghanistan — President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan has been engaged in secret contacts with the Taliban about reaching a peace agreement without the involvement of his American and Western allies, further corroding already strained relations with the United States. The secret contacts appear to help explain a string of actions by Mr. Karzai that seem intended to antagonize his American backers, Western and Afghan officials said. In recent weeks, Mr. Karzai has continued to refuse to sign a long-term security agreement with Washington that he negotiated, insisted on releasing hardened Taliban militants from prison and distributed distorted evidence of what

Obamacare – The incompetence and
denials keep coming
Washington Post, by Ed Rogers    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 2/4/2014 8:11:26 AM     Post Reply
Two stories converge today to illuminate how the White House and the Democratic establishment are attempting to hide the next wave of Obamacare failures. Both Post stories reveal how the president and Democratic leaders at the state level are hiding problems with Obamacare instead of confronting and fixing problems. First, Amy Goldstein of The Post reveals that the appeals process guaranteed in the Obamacare law does not actually exist. The story outlines an almost comical process that requires citizens who seek a fair hearing to have an innocent, HealthCare.gov-generated mistake corrected



Former Aide to Christie Invokes
Fifth Amendment Right
New York Times, by David W.. Chen and William K. Rashbaum    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/4/2014 8:09:52 AM     Post Reply
A former top aide to Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey revealed Monday that she would not hand over documents in response to a subpoena from a legislative panel investigating the controversial closing of lanes at the George Washington Bridge last fall, citing her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. The former aide, Bridget Anne Kelly, informed the panel, through a letter from her lawyer, Michael Critchley, that in addition to the Fifth, she was also invoking the Fourth Amendment in defense of her privacy. The letter said that the panel’s request “directly overlaps with a parallel federal grand jury investigation.” It

Hoffman’s Heroin Points to
Surge in Grim Trade
New York Times, by J. David Goodman    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/4/2014 8:07:11 AM     Post Reply
Detectives found dozens of small packages in the West Village apartment where Philip Seymour Hoffman, the actor, died on Sunday. Most were branded, some with purple letters spelling out Ace of Spades, others bearing the mark of an ace of hearts. At least five were empty, and in the trash. Each of the packages, which can sell for as little as $6 on the street, offered a grim window into Mr. Hoffman’s personal struggle with a resurgent addiction that ultimately, the police said, proved fatal. And the names and logos reflect a fevered underground marketing effort in a city that is

Inside The Plan To Get More Young
Americans To Enroll In Obamacare
Buzzfeed, by Evan McMorris Santoro    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/4/2014 8:05:16 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Obamacare supporters are hoping the day after Valentine’s Day will be the day young people in America show health insurers some love. And they’re banking on women to make it happen. Feb. 15 is “National Youth Enrollment Day,” a nationwide series of concerts, rallies, and online campaigns aimed at convincing more young people to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act. It’s the latest and largest piece of an effort that borrows heavily from President Obama’s reelection campaign, a plan that’s been slowed by the difficult rollout of the Affordable Care Act’s online portal. The date

After Obamacare, what?
Orange County Register [CA], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 2/4/2014 7:59:09 AM     Post Reply
Whatever fate eventually befalls the Affordable Care Act, this much seems obvious: The program, as presently constituted, cannot endure. The plan’s prospects were questionable from the beginning. Sweeping social programs usually require broad, bipartisan support to ensure their survival. Obamacare, by contrast, was passed with virtually no support from Republicans. That fact only increased the pressure for the program to function smoothly. Now that it’s failed to do so, extensive revisions or outright repeal seem virtually inevitable.

Mom, boyfriend charged
with murder in baby’s death
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, by Alexis Stevens    Original Article
Posted By: Hermoine- 2/4/2014 7:39:09 AM     Post Reply
Eleven days after Journey Ann Cowart celebrated her first birthday, she was dead. The Bartow County sheriff said Monday the baby was beaten to death, allegedly at the hands of her mother and her mother’s boyfriend. And it wasn’t the first time she had been abused, Sheriff Clark Millsap said. “A fractured skull, blunt force trauma to the stomach,” Millsap said, describing Journey’s injuries. “The child had healed ribs that had previously been broken. And she also had a femur that had cracked and had already healed.”


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

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

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