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Paul: GOP Needs to
‘Look Like the Rest of
America’ to Win Again
PJ Media, by Nicholas Ballasy    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 2/8/2014 6:32:00 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul said the Republican Party has to embrace a message of optimism and “look like the rest of America” to win again. “If we want to win again, if we want to be a bigger party, not only do we have to be a party that looks like the rest of America – black, white, brown, with tattoos, without tattoos, earrings, without earrings – we have to look like the rest of America but we also have to have a party that has the message of optimism,” said Paul in his keynote address at the

Barack Obama: The George
Wallace of Free Speech
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/8/2014 6:16:11 AM     Post Reply
The Supreme Court decided Brown vs. Board of Education in 1954, but prominent Democrats in the South refused to accept the court’s ruling. For a decade thereafter, Democrats like Ross Barnett, Lester Maddox and George Wallace did everything they could to perpetuate race discrimination in public education. In one notorious instance in 1963, Democratic Governor Wallace stood in a schoolhouse door to personally block African-American students from enrolling at the University of Alabama. Something similar is happening with the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, a landmark of First Amendment jurisprudence. Democrats refuse to accept the decision; Barack Obama denounced it

The Russian Police Choir Singing
"Get Lucky" Was the Best Part of
the Olympics´ Opening Ceremony
E! Online, by John Boone    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/8/2014 6:11:55 AM     Post Reply
Sure, t.A.t.U. may have been the most famous performers at today´s Olympics opening ceremony (you may remember them from their 2002 hit "All The Things She Said"). And yes, a malfunctioning snowflake may have been the biggest scandal so far. And OK, that animatronic bear mascot will be what you´ll remember (especially when you see him in your dreams). But the best part of the opening ceremonies? Hands down, it was definitely this very enthusiastic performance of Daft Punk´s "Get Lucky" by the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs (if that all sounds familiar, it´s because a video of them rehearsing

  


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Despite a few bumps along the
way, Jamaica bobsled team is
back … and it’s all good
McClatchy Newspapers, by William Douglas    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/8/2014 6:05:31 AM     Post Reply
SOCHI, RUSSIA — The Jamaican bobsled team had a rough ride – even before hitting the icy track at the 2014 Winter Olympics. When two-man bobsled team members Winston Watts and Marvin Dixon arrived at Sochi’s airport they discovered that their bobsled’s blades, their sliding suits and helmets didn’t arrive with them. Despite the gear mishap — the stuff arrived on Thursday — and a missed connecting flight from Moscow to Sochi, it’s still all good for the funkiest and perhaps most famous bobsled team on Earth. The team is just happy to be in Sochi and thrilled that Jamaica’s

The Best of Opening Ceremony
Fashion, Ranked
Atlantic Wire, by Connor Simpson & Abby Olheiser    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/8/2014 5:53:32 AM     Post Reply
The Opening Ceremony in Sochi, Russia had plenty pomp and circumstance, sure, but we know what you really care about: which countries were the best dressed, and which countries should demand a refund from their tailors. Before we get to the good stuff, here are the countries that should have reconsidered their outfits. The Worst Dressed 3. TongaThere´s a little too much going on in these coats Tonga representatives wore into the Sochi arena. Tonga receives points for practicality: they are wearing a winter coat and what look to be snow pants, after all. But the palm tree and beach graphic doesn´t

Report: 4 billion birds die annually
in building crashes, cat attacks
Washington Examiner [DC], by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/8/2014 5:50:35 AM     Post Reply
The largest and most comprehensive study of bird collision deaths ever finds that nearly 1 billion birds die in building crashes every year, a shocking number that has fans of the feather creatures urging construction companies to use new materials to stop the annihilation. The mortality study from over 92,000 records found that between 365 million and 988 million birds crash and die in the United States. The number easily climbs over 1 billion when reports from Canada are included. Only cats are a bigger danger to birds, killing as many as 3 billion a year in the U.S. “Our

‘Aid in Dying’ Movement
Takes Hold in Some States
New York Times, by Erik Eckholm    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 2/8/2014 5:46:05 AM     Post Reply
DENVER — Helping the terminally ill end their lives, condemned for decades as immoral, is gaining traction. Banned everywhere but Oregon until 2008, it is now legal in five states. Its advocates, who have learned to shun the term “assisted suicide,” believe that as baby boomers watch frail parents suffer, support for what they call the “aid in dying” movement will grow further. In January, the New Mexico Supreme Court authorized doctors to provide lethal prescriptions and declared a constitutional right for “a competent, terminally ill patient to choose aid in dying.” Last May, the Vermont Legislature passed a law

  


  

The Feminist Mystique
National Review Online, by Kevin D. Williamson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/8/2014 5:40:21 AM     Post Reply
Feminism is not an idea or a collection of ideas but a collection of appetites wriggling queasily together like a bag of snakes. Feminism has nothing to do with the proposition that women should be considered whole and complete members of the body politic, though it has enjoyed great success marketing itself that way. (Virginia I. Postrel recently denounced me as a “creep” for suggesting that the substance of feminism, if indeed there is any, differs rather radically from its advertising campaigns.) A useful definition is this: “Feminism is the words ‘I Want!’ in the mouths of three or more

Mr. President, Suspend Davis-Bacon
American Spectator, by Gerald D. Skoning    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/8/2014 5:38:00 AM     Post Reply
The president once again is calling for a massive investment in infrastructure projects. In his State of the Union address, he argued that money saved by simplifying the tax code could then be invested in repairing and building bridges, roads, ports, and other key infrastructure. Regrettably, all these proposed public works projects would be covered by the Davis-Bacon Act of 1931 (D-B), an outdated, anachronistic federal statute that mandates the payment of “prevailing wages” (read "union scale") for all workers on federally funded construction projects. D-B unnecessarily inflates construction costs, imposes wasteful bureaucratic paperwork requirements on contractors, and allocates employment opportunities unfairly.

Jobs: The Report, the Spin, and the Fear
Weekly Standard, by Geoffrey Norman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/8/2014 5:35:17 AM     Post Reply
The monthly employment numbers are out and even the New York Times is dismayed. The economy added 113,000 jobs in January, which was (all together now) unexpectedly short of the 180,000 economists were predicting. This news: ... is likely to spur fears that the labor market is poised for yet another slowdown. The White House, where they have learned to always look on the bright side, responded in upbeat fashion, calling the report: … another reminder of both the progress that has been made and the challenges that remain. Businesses have now added 8.5 million jobs over the last 47 months and the

Where Is the Democratic Party´s
Pro-Obamacare Campaign?
National Journal, by Beth Reinhard    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/8/2014 5:31:55 AM     Post Reply
The most robust defense of Obamacare on television right now lasts about three seconds and comes from a little-known Texas Democrat named Barbara Mallory Caraway, a former state lawmaker running for Congress. Her $20,000 spot says last year´s government shutdown led by her home-state senator, Republican Ted Cruz, hurt "those people looking for health care insurance." And that´s it for political ads that tout the Affordable Care Act, even as anti-Obamacare ads flood the airwaves. A Democratic super PAC indirectly plugged the health care law in a December ad, boasting that Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina "forced insurance companies to cover cancer

  


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Cybersecurity Expert Accuses NBC of ‘100%
Fraudulent’ Hacking Story, NBC Fires Back
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/8/2014 5:27:50 AM     Post Reply
Earlier this week, NBC’s Richard Engel filed a report warning travelers to Sochi about the danger of getting hacked, but one cybersecurity expert took serious issue with the story, which he described on his blog as “100% fraudulent.” In the report, Engel brought some brand-new laptops and a new phone just to test how secure people’s devices would be in Sochi, and he concluded that he was hacked “almost immediately.” But Robert Graham pointed out a few reasons why all is not as it seems. 1. They aren’t in Sochi, but in Moscow, 1007 miles away. 2. The “hack” happens because of the

Pat Roberts, senator from Kansas:
I don’t have a home of my own in Kansas
Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/8/2014 5:23:42 AM     Post Reply
Team Roberts is angry at the NYT for publishing this, claiming that he’s visited all 72 counties in the state recently and insisting that it’s a “distortion” to say that he doesn’t have his own home there. Is it? He stays at the home of a couple of friends/donors when he makes the trip back to Kansas and pays them a few hundred bucks a month for the privilege. Note the timeline, too, on when he established his voting address there. Close enough to a “home of his own” for government work? This feels like a re-run of Dick Lugar’s last

Meet Putin’s Olympic
Torch-Lighting Paramour
Daily Beast, by Lizzie Crocker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/8/2014 5:18:27 AM     Post Reply
Who was that lithe, bendable gymnast setting alight the Olympic flame? Why none other than Putin’s rumored longtime mistress. As the all-seeing eye of Russia’s surveillance state, the Federal Security Police (FSB) has the ability to tap phone conversations of American ambassadors, send dissidents like Pussy Riot to Siberian workcamps, and harass the political opposition. But former FSB chief-turned-president and amateur zookeeper Vladimir Putin somehow had no idea that his purported mistress (or, some say, his secret wife), Alina Kabaeva, would be lighting the torch in the Opening Ceremony at this year’s Sochi Olympic Games. “I’m aware of this [the

Ponzi schemer´s ´Quid pro quo´
claims dog Charlie Crist campaign
Miami Herald [FL], by Marc Caputo    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/8/2014 5:10:56 AM     Post Reply
A convicted Ponzi schemer’s court claims that Charlie Crist engaged in a contributions-for-favors “quid pro quo” has come at a damaging time for the former governor who wants his old job back. Crist’s campaign and defenders vociferously denied Scott Rothstein’s testimony Wednesday and Thursday as the desperate act of a fraudster seeking to shave time off a 50-year prison sentence for the $1.4 billion Ponzi scheme he masterminded. But Rothstein’s veracity aside, the political damage is tolling on Crist, who’s also in the midst of a national book tour. The allegations reverberated in the news media, highlighted past political scandals tied to former

  


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GOP Has Plan to Get Endangered Species
Act Out of ‘Litigation Driven’ Mode
PJ Media, by Bill Straub    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/8/2014 4:53:29 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – A House Republican working group is recommending sweeping changes in the 40-year-old Endangered Species Act, asserting that local interests are not being properly considered in the law’s implementation and that lawsuits carry excessive weight in its determinations. While preserving species “is a laudable and worthy goal,” according to the report, “federal implementation of it, and seemingly never-ending litigation are creating increasing impediments towards reaching that goal.” Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), who led the 13-member panel with Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, said the law needs to be brought into the 21st century as a

AFL-CIO: Bring on the natural-gas
exports, Keystone XL
Hot Air, by Erika Johnsen    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/8/2014 4:48:06 AM     Post Reply
Big Labor’s support for the Keystone XL pipeline has been on the books for a long time — theirs is one of the fissures in the progressive coalition that has turned the project into such a giant politicized headache for the White House — but I am a little surprised by the apparent endorsement of natural gas exports. The Obama administration has approved four liquified natural gas (LNG) export terminals in their five years of fiefdom, but otherwise, they’ve done little more than sit on their hands while lawmakers have battled over whether or not approving some of the more than

Returning Mystery Call Will Cost You $19.95
ABC News, by Alan Farnham    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/8/2014 4:39:26 AM     Post Reply
The Better Business Bureau and the attorneys general of several states are warning consumers of a phone scam that costs victims $20 or more per call. It works like this: Your phone rings once, leaving you notice of a missed call from an unfamiliar number. When you call back, you´re charged $19.95 for an international call, plus $9 per minute for however long you stay on the line. What keeps the scam going, Adam Levin, chairman and founder of Idenity Theft 911, tells ABC News, is the average person´s "unquenchable curiosity" about a mysterious call. "These are robocalls," says Levin, sent out

Russian TV Shows Doctored
Video of Olympic Rings
Associated Press, by Nataliya Vasiyeva    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/8/2014 4:33:56 AM     Post Reply
SOCHI, Russia-- Smoke and mirrors? Russian state television aired footage Friday of five floating snowflakes turning into the Olympic rings and bursting into pyrotechnics at the Sochi Games opening ceremony. Problem is, that didn´t happen. The opening ceremony at the Winter Games hit a bump when only four of the five rings materialized in a wintry opening scene. The five were supposed to join together and erupt in fireworks. But one snowflake never expanded, and the pyrotechnics never went off. But everything worked fine for viewers of the Rossiya 1, the Russian host broadcaster. As the fifth ring got stuck, Rossiya cut away

President Obama explains to
Bob Costas why he didn´t attend
the Sochi Olympics
Yahoo!Sports, by Mike Oz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/8/2014 4:13:05 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama went one-on-one with NBC Sports anchor Bob Costas in an interview before the Winter Olympics opening ceremony aired for the primetime audience in the U.S. Obama — a tired-looking Obama, we should add — talked to Costas from the White House, not from Sochi (the interview was recorded Thursday). Costas addressed that in his first question to the president. Why didn´t he attend the Olympics? And why didn´t the vice president, the first lady or any other high-ranking members of the president´s cabinet? Obama´s response: Unfortunately, I haven´t had a chance to go to the Olympics since

  



Energy regs come with $70M price tag
The Hill (Washington DC), by Tim Devaney    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/8/2014 3:58:26 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration is moving forward with tougher energy efficiency standards that would cost manufacturers more than $70 million, but save consumers billions of dollars in energy bills. The Department of Energy (DOE) said the new requirements for metal halide lamp fixtures and external power supplies will cut energy waste, save families money on their utility bills and reduce pollution. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (OEERE) — a branch of the Energy Department that is behind the rules, which strengthen existing standards — plans to publish both in Monday´s Federal Register. The agency said the new rules

Bill Clinton will campaign for
Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky
Washington Examiner (DC), by Rebecca Berg    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/7/2014 11:40:11 PM     Post Reply
Former President Bill Clinton will hit the campaign trail in Kentucky later this month for Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, in one of the marquee races of the 2014 midterm election cycle. Clinton "called and said he wanted to make this race his top priority,” Grimes said in an interview with the Courier-Journal confirming Clinton´s plans. The appearance on the stump, at an event in Louisville on Feb. 25, will be the first for Clinton during the midterm election cycle. He plans to be active supporting other Democratic candidates, including Sen. Mark

Former Russian figure skater
who lit the Olympic flame had
posted a racist photo about the Obamas
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/7/2014 11:28:52 PM     Post Reply
The former Russian figure skater that lit the Olympic flame during the Sochi opening ceremony has deleted a racist photo of President and Mrs Obama that she had previously posted. Irina Rodnina is a triple Olympic champion figure skater and is close with Russian President Vladimir Putin so it came as little surprise that she was chosen to be one of the two athletes to have the key role in the opening ceremony. A scouring of her Twitter account by The Guardian found that she had posted a photo of Mr and Mrs Obama looking at someone who was holding

George Soros’ ex-girlfriend goes
berserk during deposition and
smacks the 83-year-old billionaire
in the head: court papers
New York Daily News, by Barbara Ross    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/7/2014 11:23:53 PM     Post Reply
George Soros’ former girlfriend came out swinging at her billionaire ex during a private deposition for her multi-million dollar lawsuit against the octogenarian, newly filed court papers allege. Adriana Ferreyr, a South American soap actress, clocked Soros in the head, knocked the glasses off his California lawyer Martin Singer, cursed his other prominent lawyer William Zabel and even screamed at her own high powered attorney William Beslow, according to papers filed Friday by Singer. “A--h--le! You piece of s--t!” Ferreyr, 30, allegedly screamed at Soros, 83, when he passed her in the hallway on the way to the restroom. The

What Does It Cost To Be
an Obama Ambassador?
ABC News, by Mary Bruce & Jonathan Karl    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/7/2014 11:16:14 PM     Post Reply
Upwards of a half a million dollars. That’s what more than half of President Obama’s second-term political appointments raised for his re-election campaign, according to data gathered from the American Foreign Service Association and the Center For Responsive Politics. Rewarding donors and political allies with ambassadorships is nothing new, but Obama vowed to buck the tradition, promising shortly after he was elected to “have civil servants, wherever possible, serve in these posts.” “My expectation is that high quality civil servants are going to be rewarded,” he said in a January 2009 news conference. In fact, Obama has rewarded political supporters

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