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De Blasio to Skip St. Patrick’s Day
Parade; Cites Exclusion of Gay Groups
New York Times, by Michael M. Grynbaum    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/5/2014 2:05:19 PM     Post Reply
Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday that he would not march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Manhattan next month, citing the event’s longstanding tensions with gay and lesbian groups. Mr. de Blasio will be the first New York mayor in 20 years not to take part in the event, a world-famous procession down Fifth Avenue, which is a highlight of the calendar for many Irish-American groups but also a deeply fraught event for politicians wary of its prohibition on public expressions of gay pride. “I simply disagree with the organizers of that parade in their exclusion of

Republicans say new proposed
IRS rules attack conservatives
CBS News, by Stephanie Condon    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/5/2014 2:03:30 PM     Post Reply
The IRS’ proposed changes to requirements for tax-exempt “social welfare” organizations, which would put new limits on their political activity, are the latest attempt by the federal agency to target conservative groups, Republican lawmakers said Tuesday. The regulations, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., said in a hearing, were “drafted in a manner, in my view, to shut down tea party groups.” (Snip) Rep. Charles Boustany, R-La., chairman of the Ways and Means’ oversight subpanel, similarly said that the new rules would “essentially codify the continued targeting of these very same groups” that were previously targeted.

The word is our oyster
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 2/5/2014 1:58:11 PM     Post Reply
The companion piece to Spengler’s article on the bone-tiredness of the US economy is SFGate’s upbeat story on “funemployment”. While Spengler worries that the US economy is losing steam, SFGate says: don’t worry, be happy. (Snip) But maybe the problem with the modern world is that we’ve become too reliant on words; too dependent on spin. We’ve defined war, al-Qaeda and even unemployment out of existence. And we’ve redefined UKIP and Japan into modern day Hitlers. Therefore the problem is solved. Is it really? The description formerly applied to those who had lost contact with reality was “mad”. Who was

  


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EPA bosses dragged feet on concerns
over fraudster employee’s bonuses,
documents show
Fox News, by Judson Berger    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/5/2014 1:57:58 PM     Post Reply
Top EPA managers were aware as early as 2011 about serious problems with a high-ranking official who would later be sentenced to prison for defrauding the agency, but did not crack down for more than two years, newly released documents show. The documents were released by Sen. David Vitter, R-La., who has accused EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy of looking the other way when fraudster John Beale was collecting improper payments. At the time, McCarthy was Beale´s boss at the Office of Air and Radiation. Beale was sentenced in December to 32 months in prison for bilking taxpayers of nearly $1

Venezuela´s Maduro: "We´ll
expropriate whatever needs
to be expropriated"
El Universal [Caracas, Venezuela], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 2/5/2014 1:41:27 PM     Post Reply
"We will expropriate whatever needs to be expropriated," Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro cautioned in reference to the new Law of Costs and Fair Prices. Concomitantly, the president urged private companies to comply with the new law. His statements came during the commemoration of the coup attempt of February 4, 1992. The Venezuelan president threatened to take "the most radical measures to protect our people´s economy." "I make an appeal to the country economic sectors, for work and self-regulation of commodities and prices. You have time until next Monday; otherwise, I will take the most radical measures," Maduro specified.

Philip Seymour Hoffman: Man who
Found Actor´s Body his ´Gay Lover´
International Business Times, by Ben Skipper    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 2/5/2014 1:40:51 PM     Post Reply
The man who found the body of Philip Seymour Hoffman has claimed he was the Oscar-winning actor´s gay lover. David Bar Katz also told The National Enquirer that he saw Hoffman "freebasing cocaine" the night before he died. The actor died of a suspected heroin overdose and was reportedly found with a needle in his arm. "We were homosexual lovers. We had a relationship," said Katz, a playwright. "We were planning to go the Super Bowl together and have a really nice day. This is so terrible." Katz also said that he that he never thought the actor's addiction had "reached that level"

MLK Family Wars Over Peace Prize
Daily Beast, by Roland S. Martin    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/5/2014 1:30:22 PM     Post Reply
When it comes to honoring and maintaining his most prized possessions, the Reverend’s three children need a lesson in brotherly (and sisterly) love. In his famous “I Have A Dream” speech, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. thundered from the podium on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28, 1963: “I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.” Too bad the two sons and surviving daughter of Dr. King and Coretta

  


  

Red Hot Chili Peppers Admit
Their Guitars Were Unplugged
During Super Bowl Halftime Show
Time Magazine, by Alex Fitzpatrick    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/5/2014 1:28:23 PM     Post Reply
The Red Hot Chili Peppers have been in hot water this week after careful analysis of the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show footage revealed that the band’s instruments weren’t plugged in to anything. Flea, the Peppers’ zany bassist, took to the band’s blog Tuesday evening to explain why they were essentially playing air guitar alongside headliner Bruno Mars. Flea’s explanation: The NFL didn’t want live instruments as part of the show, lest something go wrong with the audio. Instead, the NFL told the Red Hot Chili Peppers they’d have to pre-record the guitar, bass and drum tracks to play behind

Dylan Farrow´s Brother Moses
Defends Woody Allen
People Magazine, by Alicia Dennis    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 2/5/2014 1:23:31 PM     Post Reply
Dylan Farrow´s Feb. 1 open letter to The New York Times detailing sexual molestation she says she suffered at the hands of her father Woody Allen reignited a controversy that has divided their family bitterly for more than 20 years. Now her brother Moses Farrow is speaking out to defend Allen – and accuse their mother, Mia Farrow, of poisoning the children against their father. "My mother drummed it into me to hate my father for tearing apart the family and sexually molesting my sister," Moses, 36, tells PEOPLE in the magazine´s new issue. "And I hated him for her for years.

Moses Farrow: Woody Allen “Did
NOT Molest My Sister” Dylan
Gossipcop.com, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 2/5/2014 1:21:19 PM     Post Reply
Moses Farrow, Woody Allen’s adopted son, is defending the famed director against his sister Dylan’s allegations of sexual abuse. What’s more, Moses, who works as a family therapist, accuses his mother Mia of deliberately pitting the couple’s children against Allen. “My mother drummed it into me to hate my father for tearing apart the family and sexually molesting my sister,” Moses tells People. He continues, “And I hated him for her for years. I see now that this was a vengeful way to pay him back for falling in love with Soon-Yi.” Moses declares, “Of course Woody did not molest my sister. She loved

Vice President Joe Biden’s niece gets no-jail
deal for hitting cop at her Tribeca apartment
New York Daily News, by Shayna Jacobs    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 2/5/2014 1:19:26 PM     Post Reply
The vice president’s feisty niece took a conditional dismissal deal Wednesday in her misdemeanor Manhattan cop attack case. Caroline Biden wasn’t in Manhattan Criminal Court as her case was resolved because she’s undergoing inpatient treatment for “her issues” including anger management, her lawyer James Liguori said. If Biden, 26, stays out of trouble for six months, her case will be dismissed and sealed. The spitfire relative of Vice President Joe Biden was arrested for assaulting a cop and refusing arrest, but none of the officers were injured in the temper tantrum, Assistant District Attorney Alyssa Gunther said. Cops went to her ritzy Desbrosses

  


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´Message of contempt´: Philadelphia
district attorney rips Obama
pick for DOJ post
Fox News, by Joshua Rhett Miller    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 2/5/2014 1:12:13 PM     Post Reply
The Philadelphia district attorney is speaking out against President Obama’s nominee for a top Justice Department post, saying his link to the case of a convicted cop killer “sends a message of contempt” to officers who risk their lives every day. District Attorney Seth Williams, a Democrat, said Debo Adegbile is “ill-suited for the pivotal role” of leading the Civil Rights Division. He voiced his concerns in a Feb. 4 letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. The committee is expected to vote on Adegbile’s nomination on Thursday. “Mr. Adegbile has impressive credentials,” Williams wrote. “His

Duke University: 44% U.S. firms consider
cutting health care to current workers
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/5/2014 1:09:03 PM     Post Reply
Adding to a devastating CBO report of how Obamacare could damage the economy, a Duke University survey of top companies found that 44 percent are considering reducing health benefits to current employees due to Obamacare, confirming the fears of millions of American workers. In its December survey of chief financial officers around the country, Duke also found that nearly half are “reluctant to hire full-time employers because of the Affordable Care Act.” And 40 percent are considering shifting to part-time workers and others will hire fewer workers of fire some to avoid the costs of the program. What’s more, they said in the

It’s Time to Shun Woody Allen
The Wrap, by Richard Stellar    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 2/5/2014 12:55:46 PM     Post Reply
“I’m boycotting the *******. I owe it to every child who is abused by an authority figure” I’ll never watch another Woody Allen film again. That hurts. From “What’s Up Tiger Lily” to “Blue Jasmine,” I’ve been a fan, advocate of his world view, evangelist of his art — but no more. After reading Dylan Farrow’s op-ed in the New York Times where she alleges, in shocking detail, the sexual abuse that she suffered from Woody — my disgust will override any fandom feelings that may linger. A seven-year-old child’s innocence and life force was murdered by Woody, again allegedly, and we respond

Billie Jean King drops out of U.S.
Olympic delegation, White House says
Washington Post, by David Nakamura    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 2/5/2014 12:45:57 PM     Post Reply
The White House announced the revisions to the delegation Wednesday afternoon. King told the Associated Press that her mother´s failing health has forced her to remain in the United States. "It is important for me to be with my mother and my brother at this difficult time," King said, according to the news service. King was to be one of three openly gay athletes leading the U.S. delegation to Russia at a time when the Obama administration had criticized that nation´s anti-gay laws approved last year. The president, first lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Biden will not attend the Games as

  


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A Stranger in the Sochi Night.
Wall Street Journal, by Brian Costa    Original Article
Posted By: DaddyO- 2/5/2014 12:45:33 PM     Post Reply
During an episode of “Breaking Bad,” Walter White memorably declared, “I am the one who knocks.” During my first night in Sochi, I got a visit from the one who doesn’t. The only sound I heard was a key going into the lock and, at around 4 a.m. Wednesday, the door to my hotel room opening. Half asleep, I looked up and saw the light shining in from the hall. But by the time I sat up to see who was there, the door had been shut again. The one who doesn’t knock scurried away without uttering a word. Do

John Kerry a no on 2016:
This is my last stop
CNN, by Jake Tapper, Sherisse Pham     Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 2/5/2014 12:35:16 PM     Post Reply
Washington - While his predecessor Hillary Clinton, and his colleague Vice President Joe Biden may be contemplating another run at the White House, Secretary of State John Kerry says he is out for 2016. "I´m out of politics. I have no plans whatsoever, this is my last stop," Kerry said in an exclusive interview with CNN´s "The Lead with Jake Tapper." "I´m going to serve the country in the extraordinarily privileged position the President has given me, the great challenges that I have, and move on," said Kerry.

Elizabeth Hurley denies reports she
had affair with former President Bill Clinton
New York Daily News, by Rachel Maresca    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 2/5/2014 12:32:14 PM     Post Reply
Elizabeth Hurley has denied ever having an affair with Bill Clinton. Radar Online put out a shocking report on Wednesday claiming that the 48-year-old actress engaged in a year-long tryst with the former President. "Ludicrously silly stories about me & Bill Clinton. Totally untrue. In the hands of my lawyers. Yawn," Hurley tweeted to her close to 500,000 fans after the news broke.In an audio tape obtained by the gossip site, the ex-boyfriend of Hurley, Tom Sizemore, explained in detail about how he set up his ex with Clinton, now 67, during a screening of "Saving Private Ryan" at the

Liz Hurley had ´year-long affair´ with
ex-US President Bill Clinton,
claims Tom Sizemore
Daily Express [UK], by Dion Dassanayake    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/5/2014 12:30:54 PM     Post Reply
Glamourous British actress Liz Hurley had a year-long affair with former US president Bill Clinton, according to bombshell claims coming out of America today. Her ex-boyfriend Tom Sizemore today made the allegations, saying he introduced the actress to the 67-year-old politician. Miss Hurley has blasted the claims and described them as "totally untrue" on social networking site Twitter. The Black Hawk Down actor said the former President ended the affair after a year when he started falling in love with Miss Hurley. [Snip] He said the former leader even sent a plane to pick up Miss Hurley and was taken to the

Elitist lipstick on the CBO pig
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/5/2014 12:25:58 PM     Post Reply
Yesterday´s Congressional Budget Office report on Obamacare´s jobs impact is, in the words of liberal Dana Milbank of The Washington Post, "a game-changer." The congressional number-crunchers, perhaps the capital´s closest thing to a neutral referee, came out with a new report Tuesday, and it wasn´t pretty for Obamacare. The CBO predicted the law would have a "substantially larger" impact on the labor market than it had previously expected: The law would reduce the workforce in 2021 by the equivalent of 2.3 million full-time workers, well more than the 800,000 originally anticipated. This will inevitably be a drag on economic growth,

  



Panama Canal expansion work halted
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/5/2014 12:23:09 PM     Post Reply
Work has been halted on the expansion of the Panama Canal, one of the world´s busiest shipping routes. The stoppage follows a breakdown in talks between the Panama Canal Authority (APC) and the Spanish-led consortium behind the project. The two sides are engaged in a dispute over who should foot the bill for cost overruns totalling $1.6bn (£1bn). The consortium says 10,000 jobs are at risk but the Canal´s authorities say they will not "yield to blackmail". Canal Administrator Jorge Quintano accused the GUPC consortium of being "inflexible" in its negotiations. He did not rule out a deal could still

Colossus at 70: the computer
that helped bring down Hitler
Telegraph [UK], by Sophie Curtis    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/5/2014 12:19:30 PM     Post Reply
War veterans and their families are gathering at Bletchley Park today to celebrate the seventieth anniversary of Colossus, the world´s first electronic computer. Designed by British telephone engineer Tommy Flowers, Colossus was built to speed up code-breaking of the complex Lorenz cipher, used in communications between Hitler and his generals during World War II. Its first job was on 5 February 1944, and its work thereafter is widely thought to have shortened the war and saved countless lives. Colossus occupied the size of a living room (7ft high by 17ft wide and 11ft deep), weighed five tonnes, and used 8kW

Immigration-Reform Opponents
Suspect a Ruse
National Review Online, by Andrew Stiles    Original Article
Posted By: athina- 2/5/2014 12:10:32 PM     Post Reply
Opponents of the Senate Gang of Eight legislation have long been wary of the House leadership’s intentions with respect to immigration reform. They are perhaps even more skeptical now that proponents are already downplaying the odds of success. House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R., Wis.), one of the most prominent GOP advocates for comprehensive immigration reform, told ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos on Sunday that reform’s prospects were “clearly in doubt.” Opponents of comprehensive reform say they have reason to suspect a ruse. For example, the fate of the Gang of Eight legislation was frequently called into question, even though

Revolt: How Kurson Buried the
New York Times Editorial Page
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/5/2014 12:10:24 PM     Post Reply
The New York Observer has made a huge splash with an investigative story by editor Ken Kurson on internal tensions at the New York Times. According to Kurson´s story, the Times´ reporters have growing contempt for the "tyranny and lethargy" of the paper´s editorial page, which is not only badly run but rarely read under Andrew Rosenthal. The Internet has lit up with debate about the story--and no small degree of delight. The controversy has everything that the new media universe loves: gossip, rivalry, and a shot at "the man"--or the Grey Lady, in this instance. Yet is the story, beneath

Head of Mormon church Thomas Monson
summoned by British magistrate´s court
over Adam and Eve teaching
Telegraph [UK], by Jophn Bingham    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/5/2014 12:09:47 PM     Post Reply
A British magistrate has issued an extraordinary summons to the worldwide leader of the Mormon church alleging that its teachings about mankind amount to fraud. Thomas S. Monson, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been ordered to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London next month to defend the church’s doctrines including beliefs about Adam and Eve and Native Americans. A formal summons signed by District Judge Elizabeth Roscoe warns Mr Monson, who is recognised by Mormons as a God’s prophet on Earth, that a warrant for his arrest could be issued if he fails

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