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Congressional Dems get the
Big Kiss-off from Big Money
Dem Super-PAC
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 2/6/2014 9:32:01 AM     Post Reply
A Super PAC funded by big money Democrat donors seems to have made up its mind that 2014 is hopeless, and is concentrating its resources on electing Hillary in 2016. Tough luck for all those Democrats who bet their political careers on backing Obamacare.(snip)When push comes to shove, it is the interests of the Clintons that matter most to the big money crowd, and the little fish of the Democratic Party in Congress can raise their own money. Besides, GOP control of Congress will give Hillary something to run against in 2016. That´s a lot more attractive to them than

A Brief History of Woody Allen
Being Creepy About Young Girls
New York Magazine, by Joe Coscarelli    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/6/2014 9:24:06 AM     Post Reply
In light of Sunday’s open letter from Dylan Farrow, which resurfaced allegations that her adoptive father Woody Allen sexually assaulted her at age 7, the Internet continues to dig up disturbing stories about the celebrated writer and director’s relationship with children. Farrow coming forward follows a campaign by her mother, Mia, and brother, Ronan, to shine a brighter light on the accusations against Allen in the early nineties, around the time he left Mia for another of her adoptive daughters, Soon-Yi Previn, resulting in a hideous custody battle. Once considered tabloid scripture, the upsetting specifics had been largely forgotten, or

A Brutal Translation of
the ´Disincentive to Work´
National Journal, by Ron Fournier    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/6/2014 9:20:38 AM     Post Reply
The biggest "disincentive for people to work" is not Obamacare. It´s the lack of jobs in a fast-changing, post-industrial economy leaving millions of Americans behind. These people need a health insurance system that follows them from job to grinding job – that gives them flexibility to seek re-training and, for a lucky few, a new career path geared to the high-tech economy. The Affordability Care Act is far from perfect. It needs to evolve with bipartisan thinking. But it´s at least a step toward recognizing that the employee-based insurance system built for the 20th century is inadequate for this one. Rather than an

  


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Mau-Mauing Trader Joe´s
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 2/6/2014 9:15:39 AM     Post Reply
The Left: Grocer Trader Joe´s has pulled out of a planned expansion to a poor area in Portland, Ore., after a community organizing group objected. The organizers can now take a bow for the neighborhood´s loss. Hectoring the private chain with racially tinged language, wealthy poverty-racketeers from a foundation-funded group called the Portland African American Leadership Forum claimed that a $2.4 million store on a vacant lot in a run-down part of northeast Portland would gentrify the area, driving up retail prices and driving out the local black community. "This is a people´s movement for African Americans and other communities for self-determination,"

Donald Trump Reopens The Blue
Monster At Doral And Answers
Questions About His Role In Golf
Forbes, by Darren Heitner    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/6/2014 9:13:33 AM     Post Reply
Today marks the grand opening of the brand new version of the famed Blue Monster golf course at the Trump National Doral in Miami, Florida. It serves as the culmination of a two week celebration that began on January 23 with Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump and special guest Gary Player in attendance for the ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil “The Gary Player Villa” at Doral. The course is now all set to host the 2014 World Golf Championships, which will take place on March 6-9. Historically, Doral has been regarded as one of the most exceptional golf resorts

Half the nation’s uninsured
live in just 116 counties
Washington Post, by Reid Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 2/6/2014 9:08:44 AM     Post Reply
Those without health insurance have less than two months to enroll in new plans before penalties kick in, and the Obama administration is racing the clock to get them signed up. A new study conducted for The Associated Press shows the administration is best off focusing on a relatively narrow geographic area: Half of those under 65 without insurance live in just 116 of the nation’s 3,143 counties. And half of all 19-39 year olds without insurance — the most coveted demographic as health-care providers look to expand their risk pools — live in 108 counties. Thirteen heavily urban counties are

Agriculture chief says climate
change already hurting agriculture,
unveils new ´climate hubs´
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/6/2014 9:01:39 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Climate change is already hurting American farmers and rural residents, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said today, warning that the U.S. would regret any failure to adapt and prepare for shifting weather realities. Unveiling a new effort to coordinate the government’s response, Vilsack said extreme weather events have already taken the U.S. by surprise, putting ranchers and others out of business. He pointed to the intensity and frequency of recent storms, long droughts, snowstorms and subzero weather as evidence that climate change is no longer hypothetical or in the future.“The combination of all those factors convinces me that the

  


  

More Men in Prime Working
Ages Don´t Have Jobs
Wall Street Journal, by Mark Peters and David Wessel    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/6/2014 8:47:57 AM     Post Reply
Mark Riley was 53 years old when he lost a job as a grant writer for an Arkansas community college. "I was stunned," he said. "It happened on my daughter´s 11th birthday." His boss blamed state budget cuts. That was almost three years ago and he still hasn´t found steady work. Mr. Riley, whose unemployment benefits ran out 14 months ago, says his long and fruitless search is proof employers won´t hire men out of work too long. "We´re poor, but we´re not broke," Mr. Riley said. "We still have property. We have cars. We have some assets, we just

Study: Fatal Car Crashes
Involving Marijuana Have Tripled
CBS Seattle, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/6/2014 8:45:00 AM     Post Reply
Seattle – According to a recent study, fatal car crashes involving pot use have tripled in the U.S. “Currently, one of nine drivers involved in fatal crashes would test positive for marijuana,” Dr. Guohua Li, director of the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia, and co-author of the study told HealthDay News. Researchers from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health gathered data from six states – California, Hawaii, Illinois, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and West Virginia – that perform toxicology tests on drivers involved in fatal car accidents. This data included over 23,500 drivers that died within

Philip Seymour Hoffman´s friend vows
to sue National Enquirer for $50 million
over report they were gay lovers:
‘I never said that, no’
New York Daily News, by Caitlin Nolan, Nancy Dillon and*    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 2/6/2014 8:38:41 AM     Post Reply
The screenwriter who found Philip Seymour Hoffman dead flatly denied a supermarket tabloid´s claim that he and doomed actor were lovers - and he´s suing for $50 million. "I never said that, no," David Bar Katz said Wednesday after leaving the West Village apartment of Hoffman´s longtime girlfriend, Mimi O´Donnell. Katz´s denial was followed by a lawsuit that called the story "a complete fabrication.” “There was no interview,” Katz’s lawyer claimed in the suit. “Bar Katz and Hoffman were never lovers. Bar Katz did not see Hoffman freebasing cocaine the night before he died or at any other time. Bar

New Olympic sports in Sochi range
from the extreme to the ‘just silly’
Washington Post, by Liz Clarke    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 2/6/2014 8:24:50 AM     Post Reply
Jamie Anderson’s pre-competition ritual bears little resemblance to that of most Winter Olympians. Shortly before her event, she likely will be found meditating among the trees, soaking in their energy and saying a prayer for the environment around her. There’s no last-minute huddling with a coach. A professional snowboarder since 15, Anderson sees no need for a coach, dominating the X Games the past seven years by crafting what she calls a “soul-shredding” program all her own. And stashed in her pocket, along with an MP3 player loaded with a song for every mood, is a vial of herbal oil. “You never

  


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I Believe Dylan Farrow: But Whom You
Believe Depends on Which Story You Recognize
New York Magazine, by Ann Friedman    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 2/6/2014 8:18:58 AM     Post Reply
Let me tell you right off the bat, just so you know which of your Facebook friends are going to get self-righteous when you post this article: I believe Dylan Farrow. On Sunday, she described in detail the ways that her adoptive father Woody Allen abused her when she was 7 years old. Today her estranged brother, Moses, joined the chorus characterizing her statement as a vengeful lie. Yes, she’s the daughter of a beloved film director and she’s making very serious allegations. No, I don’t know the family personally. Here’s why I believe Dylan Farrow: While all the caveats

Why Sochi?
New York Review Of Books, by Christian Caryl    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 2/6/2014 8:10:17 AM     Post Reply
In all the comment about this month’s Sochi Olympics, there is bewilderment above all about Sochi itself: Why on earth would the Kremlin decide to host the Games in an underdeveloped place where terrorists lurk nearby—a place that a front-page New York Times story this week describes as “the edge of a war zone”? The answer is not as complicated as it may seem. Vladimir Putin comes from St. Petersburg. He rules from Moscow. But it is the North Caucasus that launched him on his path to the summit of Russian power. Anyone who wants to understand the many controversies now

Common Core and Unionitis
American Thinker, by Deana Chadwell    Original Article
Posted By: John c- 2/6/2014 7:56:14 AM     Post Reply
Common Core, Common Core, Common Core -- it´s all I hear these days, as if it were a new monster at the door of the schoolhouse, as if it had never occurred to anyone that we were losing control of our children´s education, as if no one had ever before noticed that school texts were full of propaganda. Of course it´s a dangerous thing to let the federal T-rex into the classroom -- I´m not debating that -- of course no good can come of it; no good has come of it. (Remember No Child Left Behind?) Common Core is

GPs revolt on patient records:
Growing anger at NHS plan
to harvest private data
Daily Mail [UK], by Sophie Borland*    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/6/2014 7:08:52 AM     Post Reply
Growing numbers of GPs are joining a rebellion against an NHS scheme to harvest millions of medical records. Unless patients object, officials will start to extract confidential data from their files next month. The information will be used to improve care and assist research work, health chiefs say. But some family doctors fear the data will be misused by insurers and businesses. At least four GPs--with thousands of patients between them--are defying orders to hand over their patients’ records. Many more are known to share their concerns. [Snip] In an article in today’s Mail, he compares these ‘bullying’ tactics to those used

  


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Reputation Versus Regulation
Creators Syndicate, by John Stossel    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 2/6/2014 7:00:58 AM     Post Reply
Do you like to cook? Throw dinner parties? Many people enjoy that, but paying for the food, plus accessories, is expensive. Would you host more often if you could get your guests to cover the costs? (Snip) Good news! Today both cooks and diners can get what they want. A new Internet business brings them together. Bad news: Bureaucrats and the media worry that the dinner parties are not regulated. Here´s how the business works. On the website EatWith.com, people who want to throw parties post pictures of their homes and the kinds of things they like to cook. "I really reminisce

House conservatives warn against
pushing immigration fight after 2014
Republican primary deadlines
Washington Examiner, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/6/2014 6:58:40 AM     Post Reply
Will House Republican leaders bring up immigration reform after their primary season is over? Conservatives aggressively oppose the idea. While they acknowledged Wednesday that there were rumors to that effect, they warned Republicans would severely damage their relationship with their constituents if that strategy is tried. "When there is the rumor that immigration is going to be worked on after the filing deadline for primaries, everybody believes that at home. Because they think that the establishment, K Street, is going to pull that stunt because they don´t trust them," Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., told the Washington Examiner. Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, explicitly warned

Think Power Inequality
Townhall, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/6/2014 6:33:40 AM     Post Reply
On my wife´s side, I have a very large family in Fairbanks, Alaska. Culturally, Fairbanks is a lot further from New York City (where I grew up) or Washington, D.C. (where I live now), than the several thousand miles on the map might suggest. Alaska wins a lot of comparisons, and not just the obvious ones such as physical beauty or salmon fishing. For instance, Alaska ranks second best in terms of economic equality (just behind Wyoming) while New York and the District of Columbia compete for dead last. Frankly, I don´t much care about the issue of income inequality beyond

Parent of dying boy has
to prove her son can’t
take standardized test
Washington Post, by Valerie Strauss    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 2/6/2014 6:28:20 AM     Post Reply
Andrea Rediske’s 11-year-old son Ethan, is dying. Last year, Ethan, who was born with brain damage, has cerebral palsy and is blind, was forced to take a version of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test over the space of two weeks last year because the state of Florida required that every student take one. Now his mom has to prove that Ethan, now in a morphine coma, is in no condition to take another test this year. Ethan wasn’t the only brain-damaged child in Florida to be forced to take a standardized test; I have written in the past about Michael,

Boehner urges allies to consider
linking military benefits
to debt limit
Washington Post, by Robert Costa    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/6/2014 6:27:23 AM     Post Reply
A new break in the GOP´s debt-ceiling strategy emerged at a private lunch on Wednesday, where House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) encouraged his allies to consider linking a restoration of recently cut military benefits with a one-year extension of the federal government´s borrowing authority. According to two people present at the lunch and two others familiar with the session, Boehner said the maneuver would likely force Democrats to join with Republicans and also win support from conservatives, who have been upset about changes to the military´s cost-of-living benefits, which were adjusted in December. Boehner did not endorse the idea, the sources

  



Rep. Mulvaney Introduces Congressional
Term Limits Bill
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/6/2014 6:14:31 AM     Post Reply
Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) announced in a release he introduced a bill this week that would establish term limits for members of Congress. The bill would limit members of Congress—in both the House and the Senate—from serving more than 12 years in either chamber, or 24 years total between the two chambers. “Believe me, 24 years is more than enough time to serve in Washington,” Mulvaney said in a statement. (I actually pushed for much shorter terms but compromised at 12+12 in order to gain the support of additional co-sponsors). And I want to thank my friends Steve Scalise (R-La.), Reid Ribble (R-Wis.)

Life is still magical! Siegfried and
Roy relax in Hawaii ten years after
tiger attack ended their Vegas show
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/6/2014 5:53:32 AM     Post Reply
After decades of entertaining Las Vegas tourists, Siegfried and Roy appear to be taking it easy, after a freak accident with a tiger forced them to slow down. It has been just over ten years since one of the famed entertainers´ white tigers dragged Roy off stage in the Mirage. Roy, 69, who was left seriously injured after being grabbed by the throat during a live performance in 2003, was pictured Wednesday soaking up the scenery from his wheelchair in a Hawaii resort. His on-stage partner Siegfried also appeared to be slowing down after years in the limelight, as the 74-year-old strolled

You cannot Just say No to the
Obamacare race questionnaire
Legal Insurrection, by William A. Jacobson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/6/2014 5:48:42 AM     Post Reply
The image below was sent to me by a reader who went for a visit to a physician, and was told that she could not be seen unless she filled out this race and ethnicity questionnaire, and put her name on the form. She initially refused, but they insisted that it was required or she could not see the doctor. The form does indicate that it is mandatory under Section 4302 of Obamacare. Section 4302 is explained by HHS as follows: Overview of Section 4302 of the Affordable Care Act The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes several provisions aimed at eliminating health disparities in

House GOP sets up Benghazi website
Washington Examiner [DC], by Susan Crabtree    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/6/2014 5:43:55 AM     Post Reply
House Republicans have set up a new website focused on the Benghazi attack and the circumstances surrounding it that promises to bring the facts about the deadly assault “straight to the American people.” In a release announcing the website, Speaker John Boehner´s office says “House Republicans are leading the fight for answers and for justice” on the deadly terrorist assault that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. “To date, no one has been held accountable,” the release states. “The families of the fallen – and the American people – deserve to know the truth. They deserve justice.” The move comes after Fox

Obama admin unilaterally changes
law to allow immigrants with
‘limited’ terror contact into US
Daily Caller, by Caroline May    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/6/2014 5:38:46 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration has issued new exemptions to a law that bars certain asylum-seekers and refugees who provided “limited material support” to terrorists who are believed to pose no threat from the U.S. The Department of Homeland Security and the State Department published the new exemptions Wednesday in the Federal Register to narrow a ban in the Immigration and Nationality Act excluding refugees and asylum seekers who had provided limited material support, no matter how minor, to terrorists. “These exemptions cover five kinds of limited material support that have adversely and unfairly affected refugees and asylum seekers with no tangible connection to

Hackers Run Rampant in
Sochi as Journalists Pour In
Atlantic, by Ben Cosman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/6/2014 5:35:11 AM     Post Reply
Russia has ramped up physical security for the Winter Olympics in Sochi – bringing some 50,000 members of law enforcement to the city – but it can do little to combat the deluge of cyber attacks experienced by visiting journalists and tourists. On last night’s broadcast of the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, journalist Richard Engel described an experiment he tried with a security expert when he first arrived in Sochi: We took two brand new computers out of their boxes and connected them to the internet. In a minute, hackers were snooping around, trying to see how secure the machines

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