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Emanuel continues collecting
campaign cash from developers
Chicago Tribune, by Bill Ruthhart    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/8/2014 9:26:26 AM     Post Reply
As Mayor Rahm Emanuel piles up campaign cash ahead of his run for re-election next year, he continues to collect contributions from real estate developers who need his administration´s approval to build their multimillion-dollar projects. Since June, at least 26 donors with ties to four such developers have contributed a total of more than $142,000 to the mayor´s campaign fund, money that flows around the mayor´s self-imposed bans, which he says aim to curb pay-to-play politics at City Hall. Emanuel won´t take political donations from lobbyists, city employees or owners of companies with city contracts as part of his pledge

Michael Jackson estate embroiled
in tax fight with IRS
Los Angeles Times, by Jeff Gottlieb    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/8/2014 9:22:40 AM     Post Reply
The spectacle that was Michael Jackson´s life shows no signs of abating with his death. There was the conviction of the doctor who gave him the fatal overdose of a powerful anesthetic, battles over his will, attempts to remove the executors of his estate and the wrongful death suit against the promoter of his doomed comeback tour. Now, Jackson´s estate is in the midst of a fight with the Internal Revenue Service. The agency has told Jackson´s executors that the estate owes $505 million in taxes and an additional $197 million in penalties, for a total of more than $702

Winston Churchill answers Obama
American Thinker, by James Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 2/8/2014 9:12:35 AM     Post Reply
One of the first acts of Barack Obama´s presidency was to send back to Britain a powerful Oval Office sculpture of Winston Churchill, looking beetle-browed and determined, the way Churchill really looked when he was defying Hitler. At the time, Obama´s gesture seemed another little eccentric footnote to this extremist administration. (snip) Fortunately Churchill spoke prophetically about tyrant-appeasers like Obama and Kerry. We have his prophetic words when Prime Minister Chamberlain came back from the Munich Surrender: "You were given the choice between war and dishonour. You chose dishonour, and you will have war."

  


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American Sage Kotsenburg wins
first gold medal of Sochi
Olympics with slopestyle upset
Yahoo Sports, by Jeff Passan    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/8/2014 8:58:31 AM     Post Reply
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia – This time around, the judges gave Sage Kotsenburg the score he deserved. And Kotsenburg gave the United States the first gold medal of the Sochi Games. Kotsenburg, the 20-year-old from Park City, Utah, stomped a 93.5 on his first run of the inaugural Olympic slopestyle contest and watched it hold up in a massive upset. As top competitors Max Parrot and Mark McMorris of Canada faltered, Kotsenburg took advantage with an array of technical tricks like the Japan air and a double nose-grab. And with Shaun White having dropped out of slopestyle earlier this week, Kotsenburg picked up the

Obama´s Praetorian Guards!
Canada Free Press, by A. J. Cameron    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 2/8/2014 8:31:52 AM     Post Reply
Our puppet dictator is not destroying our republic all by his lonesome. He is executing the game plan designed by his puppeteers, and promoted and protected by the puppeteer-controlled media, but isn’t there more to this saga, than meets the eye? Are you familiar with the term, ‘Praetorian Guard’? The definition of ‘Praetorian’ is, ‘Venal; Corruptible’. The definition of ‘Venal’ is, ‘Willing to sell one’s influence, especially in return for a bribe; open to bribery; mercenary’. Combine ‘Praetorian’ with ‘Guard’, and we have a situation in which guards can be corrupted? Are they corrupted for, or against, the people who elected

For Fans of Rocket From the Crypt, a
Ryan Tattoo Was Once Just the Ticket
Wall Street Journal, by Ryan Dezember    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/8/2014 8:14:39 AM     Post Reply
On a June night in 1998, Eric Greene approached the door at a now-defunct Austin, Texas, concert venue. Hoping to get in without a ticket, Mr. Greene flashed a little leg. The doorman glanced at his left calf, saw a rocket-ship tattoo, and waved him in. Mr. Greene had driven more than two hours to see Rocket from the Crypt, a San Diego sextet famous for sweaty live shows, a prolific output during its mid-1990s heyday, and an implicit bargain with its most fervent fans: Those who tattooed its logo to their body could get into its shows free. Fast

Priests for Life African American
leader blasts Nancy Pelosi
for pro-choice stance
Staten Island Advance, by Maura Grunlund    Original Article
Posted By: NYC RAL- 2/8/2014 8:11:15 AM     Post Reply
Staten Island, N.Y. -- Dr. Alveda King, director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, based in New Dorp, blasted pro-choice House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who is slated to receive the Margaret Sanger Award from Planned Parenthood. Ironically, the first recipient of the award, named after a founder of Planned Parenthood, was none other than Dr. King´s uncle, the civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "It´s true that Congresswoman Pelosi deserves Planned Parenthood´s Margaret Sanger Award - almost no one has done more to promote the killing of innocent babies in the womb than she

  


  

“You Still Have Control”
Slate, by Samantha Jane Gelmer    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/8/2014 8:11:09 AM     Post Reply
With all the accusations, heated debate, and ugliness incited by the tweets and articles in the Dylan Farrow vs. Woody Allen battle, I think the only question that really matters is: Can this help anyone else? We should operate on the premise that it must. First, we should evaluate ourselves in the things we may have contributed with our tweets, blog posts, op-eds, and casual conversations. If we said nothing that helps the broad range of victims of sexual molestation, we have done a disservice to them. Simply insulting this family or anyone who may disagree with you does not count

Ex-New Orleans mayor denies taking
bribes after Hurricane Katrina
Reuters, by Kathy Finn    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/8/2014 8:08:35 AM     Post Reply
Former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin on Friday testified during his federal corruption trial that he had not traded city business for bribes after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city. Nagin, 57, faces 21 charges of bribery, conspiracy, mail fraud and tax evasion related to contracts for millions of dollars in recovery work after the 2005 storm. During Nagin´s second day on the witness stand, prosecutor Matthew Coman asked Nagin about documents that authorities say are evidence that the former mayor schemed to extract money or favors from businesses in exchange for city contracts. Coman showed contracts signed by Nagin, checks written by

Americans Learn to Succeed
by Learning From Failure
Creators Syndicate, by Michael Barone    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 2/8/2014 8:05:23 AM     Post Reply
America succeeds because Americans fail and forgive. That´s the intriguing message -- or part of it -- of Megan McArdle´s new book "The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success." McArdle, a Bloomberg blogger and columnist, stands out among economic writers, and not just because she´s the only woman among them who is 6 feet 2 inches. She combines a shrewd knowledge of economics and practical experience with a writing style that every so often segues into comedy monologue. Americans fail a lot, she argues. Most new businesses fail. Most predictions are wrong. As the screenwriter William

Thinking for Ourselves: The Rewards
of Independence and Common
Sense Are Many
Townhall, by Ben Carson    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 2/8/2014 8:00:22 AM     Post Reply
Earlier this year, one of the mainstream media networks was planning to do a special on my retirement from neurosurgery. They recorded a lecture I gave at my medical school, as well as one given at a high school in Detroit. They also accompanied me to my old stomping grounds, where many of the neighbors came out to greet me and talk about old times. I was struck by some of their comments, including the notion that I always had lofty, unrealistic dreams, but that they would enjoy hearing about them anyway. Someone else told me that people would always murmur

  


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In Sochi, hotel complaints fall into chasm
between global spectacle and under-served population
Washington Post, by Sally Jenkins    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 2/8/2014 6:57:43 AM     Post Reply
SOCHI, Russia — The grim and the gorgeous coexist side by side at the Sochi Olympics. Anyone who thinks that what’s happening here is comparable to the excesses of other sports events in other places simply hasn’t seen or felt these Winter Games firsthand. The $51 billion colossus is an act of destructive grandiosity that threatens to make us all queasily complicit in crime yet simultaneously awed and intimidated. The most expensive Olympics in history are partly a Potemkin village, an elaborate facade built to impress foreign passersby and to enhance the image of a small, odd, chill-faced man who likes

Republican senator facing Tea Party challenger
doesn´t live in his ´home´ state
Washington Examiner, by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/8/2014 6:52:05 AM     Post Reply
A Republican senator facing a Tea Party challenger this year revealed that he doesn´t live in his home state, an admission likely to fuel an opposition that has already accused him of going native in the nation´s capitol. “I have full access to the recliner,” Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., told the New York Times, referring to the fact that the Kansas residence he listed as his voting address actually belongs to two donors. "He established his voting address there the day before his challenger, Milton Wolf, announced his candidacy last fall, arguing that Mr. Roberts was out of touch with his High

The GOP Should Use the
Power of the Purse
National Review Online, by Andrew C. McCarthy    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 2/8/2014 6:51:36 AM     Post Reply
‘The House should sharply reduce IRS funding until the agency is more responsive.” Well, I’d have omitted everything after “funding” but this was still an astute observation, offered at the conclusion of Thursday’s excellent Wall Street Journal editorial. I’m grateful to have smart guys on the team, even if slumming with us power-of-the-purse radicals may get them booted from the GOP’s “We’re only one-half of one-third” circle of submission. The editors were exercised over the revenue agency’s latest shenanigans, which include covering up its past shenanigans — the willful targeting of conservative groups in order to frustrate their opposition to Obama-administration

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

  


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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

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

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

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