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Really? A ´No Colors Allowed´ Sign
at Bar Sparks Absurd Cries of Racism
Deadline Detroit, by Allan Lengel    Original Article
Posted By: Orlean- 2/7/2014 12:21:53 PM     Post Reply
Here´s a story that goes under the category of the absurd. Beer Belly´s Bar on Van Born Road in Taylor has a sign posted outside that says "NO COLORS ALLOWED." Most people know what that means: No gang colors, and in this case, motor cycle gangs. But apparently somebody didn´t get it and and circulated a Facebook video suggesting it meant no "colored" or black customers, a throwback to the days of the South when some restaurants and businesses posted the sign "No Colored Allowed." Fox 2 reports that the video has prompted people to call the bar and threaten the help.

‘This Is a Dodge!’ Kelly Tears
into Dem Rep. for Dismissing
Benghazi ‘Conspiracy Theory’
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/7/2014 12:20:17 PM     Post Reply
Megyn Kelly practically burst at Democratic congressman Adam Schiff on Thursday over his non-answers to her repeated questions on the Benghazi attacks. Kelly said there’s still plenty the American people don’t know, while Schiff dismissed the “conspiracy theory” there was a cover-up of any kind. Kelly called out President Obama for saying in his Super Bowl interview with Bill O’Reilly that Benghazi security was lax and that he called it a terrorist attack a week after it happened. On that latter part, Kelly brought up Obama’s appearance on The View as evidence he did not. Schiff contended that Obama calling it

Bob Costas Profile of Putin Portrays
Him as Statesman Superior to Obama
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/7/2014 12:15:48 PM     Post Reply
NBC Sports anchor Bob Costas opened the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia with a short profile of the country’s president, Vladimir Putin. Airing on NBC, the profile package portrayed Putin as a statesman and an accomplished peacemaker, crediting him for preventing an American airstrike on Syria and for coaxing the Iranian government to the nuclear negotiating table. The profile also framed Putin as President Barack Obama’s superior in terms of global statesmanship. “Just in the past year, Putin brokered a deal to allow Syria to avoid a U.S. military strike by giving up its chemical weapons,” Costas said in a



Bill Would Make Food Stamp
Recipients Show Photo ID
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/7/2014 12:10:21 PM     Post Reply
A group of House conservatives have introduced legislation to require that people using food stamps show a photo ID whenever using them. The bill, introduced by Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.), would “amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to require households that receive supplemental nutrition assistance benefits to present photographic verification at the time food is purchased with such benefits.” In the recently passed farm bill, the SNAP program was reauthorized at $80 billion per year. A recent Government Accountability Office report detailed fraud in the system to the tune of $2.2 billion paid in error during 2009 alone. “The SNAP program exists

NBC’s Olympic-Sized Bias: 13X More
Coverage to Russian anti-Gay Law
than Attacks on Syrian Christians
Media Research Center, by Kristine Marsh, Matt Philbin    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 2/7/2014 12:09:54 PM     Post Reply
Journalists love to preen as human rights watchdogs, congratulating themselves publicly for their roles – real or imagined – in securing the life and liberty of the downtrodden. That is, as long as it’s the right sort of downtrodden. Take, for example, NBC’s coverage in the run up to the Sochi Winter Olympics. Because of Russian restrictions on gays’ free speechfor homosexuals, the official Olympic network repeatedly fretted about gay “human rights.” NBC speculated about the rights and safety of gay athletes and visitors to Sochi, reported extensively on Russia’s gay community, talked to every gay athlete in the NBC

U.S. Won’t Seize Taliban Ally’s Cash
Daily Beast, by Eli Lake    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/7/2014 12:08:33 PM     Post Reply
The White House designated a Taliban ally as a terrorist organization in 2012. Seventeen months later, though, none of the network’s assets have been frozen or blocked. In the last 17 months since the U.S. government financially blacklisted the Haqqani Network, one of the deadliest insurgent groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan, not a single dollar associated with the group has been blocked or frozen, according to U.S. officials and one of the Congressman who oversees the Treasury Department’s financial war on terrorism. But it’s not just the Haqqanis—an ally today in the Taliban’s fight against U.S. troops and the Afghan government—who seem

An Exercise in Indoctrination:
Cal Professor Requires Students
to Tweet about ´Islamophobia´
Breitbart´s Big Peace, by Steven Emerson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/7/2014 12:05:36 PM     Post Reply
A University of California, Berkeley professor is requiring 100 students to create Twitter accounts and post comments about "Islamophobia," anti-Islamist Muslim activist Tarek Fatah reports. In his Toronto Sun column Wednesday, Fatah, a founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress, describes the "panicked message" he received from a Berkeley student taking a class taught by Hatem Bazian. Bazian directs the school´s Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project. Though the Twitter posts are a part of the student´s grade, he wrote that it felt unethical because "he´s basically using us as unpaid labor to work on his agenda." Most of the students are not Muslims, Fatah



The petulant Secretary Kerry
Times of Israel, by David Horowitz    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/7/2014 12:00:33 PM     Post Reply
US S Secretary of State John Kerry may feel heartfelt concern about the growing campaign to delegitimize Israel and to boycott it. One of the least smart and least constructive ways to tackle the danger, however, is by issuing an anguished public prediction that this is what awaits Israel if his peace effort fails. But then the indefatigable secretary has consistently displayed a grievous absence of smarts when it comes to Israel, and the wider Middle East. It remains inexplicable how Kerry, on taking office, could decide that he was capable of bridging the gulfs between a weak-willed Palestinian Authority President

The emperor has no clothes
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 2/7/2014 11:47:16 AM     Post Reply
In late January, 2014 four former US ambassadors to the Ukraine penned an open letter in the New York Times. In it they asked the leaders of the West to stop Ukrainian president Yanukovych while restraining immoderate actions from the opposition. (Snip) All on the back pages, yet taken together one can adventure the thought that a comprehensive failure has overtaken the foreign policy of Barack Obama. The irony is that Obama campaigned on the platform of “smart diplomacy”. But as things have turned out he was smart only in his own mind. Under his watch the 70 year old

Obamacare discourages some
from working, and that’s OK
Market Watch, by Rex Nutting    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 2/7/2014 11:43:51 AM     Post Reply
Some high-profile Republicans are outraged (on the outside but probably turning cartwheels on the inside) about the conclusion by the Congressional Budget Office that a few million Americans will decide to quit their jobs or work fewer hours because they’ll be getting subsidized health insurance from the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. (Snip) Some people will rationally decide that it doesn’t pay to work more hours, or at all. Economist Casey Mulligan has figured that some people would actually be better off financially working 29 hours a week rather than 40 hours because of the high implicit marginal

Then and Now: What it´s
like to be a Beatles fan
Fox News, by James Rosen    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/7/2014 11:42:08 AM     Post Reply
“Now yesterday and today,” Ed Sullivan began the historic segment of Feb. 9, 1964, “our theater’s been jammed with newspapermen and the hundreds of photographers from all over the nation. And these veterans,” continued the jowly host of CBS’ "The Ed Sullivan Show," a hugely popular variety program broadcast live on Sunday nights from Studio 50 on Broadway and West 53rd Street, “agreed with me that this city never has witnessed the excitement stirred by these youngsters from Liverpool who call themselves The Beatles. Now tonight, you’re gonna twice be entertained by them: right now and again in the second



IRS hearings: “This scandal is not
over. The lying has not stopped.”
Human Events, by John Hayward    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/7/2014 11:38:47 AM     Post Reply
Cleta Mitchell, attorney for an assortment of Tea Party groups that received very special attention from Barack Obama’s politicized Internal Revenue Service, lowered the boom on what she described as a “sham, non-existent” Justice Department investigation of the scandal during House Ways and Means Committee hearings on Thursday: (Video) "I want to make three primary points here today,” said Mitchell. ”First, the IRS scandal is real. It’s not pretend, it’s real. Number two, the IRS scandal is not just a bone-headed bunch of bureaucrats in some remote office contrary to what the President of the United States told the American

Obama tapes farewell
message for Jay Leno
Washington Examiner, by Meghashyam Mali    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/7/2014 11:35:47 AM     Post Reply
President Obama helped late night host Jay Leno say farewell during his final “Tonight Show” episode on Thursday. “Jay, you´ve made a whole lot of jokes about me over the years but do not worry, I´m not upset,” said Obama in a video message aired on the broadcast. “On a totally unrelated note, I’ve decided to make you my new ambassador to Antarctica,” he added. “Hope you’ve got a warm coat, funny man.” The clip was played during a video montage of celebrities bidding Leno goodbye after 22 years hosting the late night NBC show. Obama has appeared many times on Leno —

Testifying Attorney Blasts Obama’s
Claim There Was No Corruption at IRS
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/7/2014 11:29:10 AM     Post Reply
During a congressional hearing into the Internal Revenue Services’ admitted targeting of conservative groups prior to the 2012 election cycle, an attorney representing some of those groups severely chastised President Barack Obama for asserting during an interview with Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly that there was not a “smidgen” of corruption at that agency. After citing a number of items of evidence which support the claim that the IRS unfairly targeted conservative groups, attorney Jay Sekulow said that the IRS scandal goes “as high as it gets.” Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) began by asking attorney Cleta Mitchell if she

Is There An ObamaCar
In Your Future?
Investor´s Business Daily, by IBD Staff    Original Article
Posted By: RustMB- 2/7/2014 11:23:33 AM     Post Reply
Auto Safety: The Obama administration is pushing technology that will let cars "talk" to each other to avoid crashes. Sounds great. But do we really want the folks who built HealthCare.gov at the wheel of our automobiles? Earlier this week, the Department of Transportation announced plans to require all cars to come equipped with "vehicle to vehicle" communications technology it´s now developing. Once in place, these V2V devices would transmit information about car speeds and locations, warning drivers of danger. The system might even take control of a car to prevent a crash. Administration officials call it "game-changing" technology that could prevent 80%



CVS will no longer sell cigarettes,
but that doesn´t make it a health store
Guardian [UK], by Adam Gabbatt    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/7/2014 11:23:33 AM     Post Reply
CVS, one of the biggest pharmacy chains in the US, kicked the habit this week. With some fanfare, including an approving statement from former smoker Barack Obama, CVS said it would forgo the estimated $2bn annual revenue from tobacco products, saying it was incompatible with its healthcare role. Which is great, because cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the US. It kills 480,000 people a year. However some researchers say that obesity is overtaking cigarette smoking as the leading cause of preventable death. Others say it has already. What do you have to say about that,

Freedom for the Job-Locked
National Review Online, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/7/2014 11:18:56 AM     Post Reply
It’s only February, but it’s already my favorite word — or phrase, I guess — of the year. (Who knows, by December it may be shortened to “joblock.”) It’s not euphonious or edgy, but it does offer insight into the unreality of the Democrats’ predicament. The Congressional Budget Office issued a politically explosive report this week, finding that Obamacare will reduce the number of hours Americans work by the equivalent of 2.5 million full-time jobs. This is different from killing 2.5 million jobs, Obamacare defenders are quick to insist. This will be a shortfall on the demand, not supply, side. In

Industrial band Skinny Puppy
demand $666,000 after music is
used in Guantánamo torture
Guardian [UK], by Sean Michaels    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/7/2014 11:18:32 AM     Post Reply
A Canadian electro-industrial band is asking for thousands of dollars in royalties after learning that the US military used their music to torture prisoners at Guantánamo Bay. Skinny Puppy claim they filed a $666,000 (£368,000) bill with America´d defence department. "We sent them an invoice for our musical services considering they had gone ahead and used our music without our knowledge and used it as an actual weapon against somebody," keyboardist Cevin Key recently told CTV News. "I am not only against the fact they´re using our music to inflict damage on somebody else but they are doing it without

U.S. Delegation to Mandela Funeral:
Five Hotels, Transportation Cost $19M
Weekly Standard, by Jeryl Bier    Original Article
Posted By: JoElla Bee- 2/7/2014 11:16:39 AM     Post Reply
Documents recently released by the government show that the value of hotels and local transportation contracts for the U.S. delegation to Nelson Mandela´s funeral in December were considerably higher than previous estimates. On December 19, we first reported the cost at about $11 million. However, rather than two hotels and one vehicle contractor, additional contracts have been disclosed bringing the total to five hotels and two vehicle contractors. The transportation contracts include passenger vehicles, SUVs, vans, buses, pickup trucks, box trucks, and "larger capacity vehicles," but do not include the cost of travelling from the U.S. to South Africa and back.

The ex-governor, the candidate,
his wife and her ex
BBC News [UK], by Anthony Zurcher    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/7/2014 11:09:38 AM     Post Reply
One was a leader in the Republican Party, reported to be on the short list for a vice-presidential nomination in 2012. The other is a rising star among Democrats, who in less than a year has gone from a little-known state senator to a high-profile campaign for governor. Now, former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell is under indictment for corruption, his reputation in shambles. And Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has found that her rise to fame has brought harsh scrutiny, as she is forced to explain discrepancies in details of her past. The two politicians´ stories may seem quite different, but


Paul Ryan Is the Odds-On Favorite to
Win the Republican Nomination in 2016
Mother Jones, by Kevin Drum    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/7/2014 10:52:03 AM     Post Reply
There´s been a lot of blathering about who the front-runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination is, and so far I´ve resisted taking part. But I guess I´m kind of curious: Is there much of a case to be made for anyone other than Paul Ryan? On the substantive side, Ryan sure seems like he´s setting himself up for a run. There´s his steady series of "unheralded" anti-poverty outreach trips that always manage to be just heralded enough to get sympathetic press coverage. He brokered a budget deal with Patty Murray that was businesslike and low-drama but didn´t alienate the tea

Dallas Buyers Club:
The not-so-straight truth
The Telegraph, by Alex Hannaford    Original Article
Posted By: AltaD- 2/7/2014 10:51:44 AM     Post Reply
Bill Minutaglio leafed through the pages of the Village Voice newspaper. A New Yorker living and working in Dallas, Texas, Minutaglio loved to catch up with the minutiae of his old home town, and as a staffer on the Dallas Morning News’s Sunday magazine, he was always on the lookout for stories that might resonate with his readers. That morning there was one: the Voice contained a piece about so-called “buyers clubs”.(Snip)Steven Pounders, who was Woodroof’s doctor from 1989 until he died in 1992, says: “I never thought of him as straight in the least. His wife [Brenda] told me

CBC dislikes Jarrett´s message
The Hill [DC], by Mike Lillis    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/7/2014 10:50:23 AM     Post Reply
A feud between President Obama and black lawmakers over racial diversity among judges escalated Wednesday. Valerie Jarrett, the president’s closest adviser, met with Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) members and refused to back down over controversial nominees despite a growing storm of criticism. Many CBC members say Obama hasn’t fought hard enough to fill the federal bench with the Democrats’ preferred picks, leaving some states with nominees who lack the ethnic diversity of the population they would oversee. In a closed-door meeting with a handful of CBC leaders, Jarrett brushed back the criticism, saying Obama had a “commitment to diversity” and an “outstanding” record

David Axelrod Warns Dem Donors
to Stop Giving to Hillary and Focus
on 2014 ‘Risk’ to Senate
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/7/2014 10:47:41 AM     Post Reply
Former Senior White House advisor and MSNBC contributor David Axelrod took to his Twitter account on Thursday where he strongly advised Democratic donors to keep their wallets closed for Hillary Clinton for the time being. He said they should be focused on 2014 and the Democratic Senate majority which is “seriously at risk.” “With the Senate seriously at risk, and the Koch Brothers spending prodigiously, shouldn’t Dem funders be focused on ’14 and not ’16 races?” Axelrod asked.

Here´s Why Your Fried Chicken
and Watermelon Lunch Is Racist
Atlantic Wire, by Arit John    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/7/2014 10:41:03 AM     Post Reply
A private girls´ school in Northern California wanted to incorporate Black History Month into lunch time, so it decided to serve fried chicken, watermelon, and cornbread. As the Associated Press reports, school officials are apologizing because that was a really, really horrible idea. The school´s principal wrote a letter to parents, who were offended, and said the school doesn´t "perpetrate racial stereotypes." Unfortunately, that´s exactly what they did. In honor of Black History Month, we´d like to explain exactly why your fried chicken and watermelon lunch is ill-advised, with the hope that people will find better ways to honor this

An Obamacare Report Card
Weekly Standard, by Christoper J. Conover    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/7/2014 10:31:59 AM     Post Reply
Perhaps the most unpleasant aspect of my otherwise quite enjoyable job as a college professor has been the requirement to assign grades to students. Given that we’re now about halfway through implementation of the Affordable Care Act—which even President Obama is happy to call “Obamacare”—it seems appropriate to assign midterm grades. These are not intended as a forecast of the final grade; moreover, implementation of Obamacare is the responsibility of many thousands of individuals, not just one. Nevertheless, as President Truman’s legendary Oval Office desk sign reminds us, “The buck stops here” when it comes to presidential leadership. So whether

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