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Is America losing faith? Atheism
on the rise but still in the shadows
Telegraph [UK], by Peter Foster    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/8/2014 12:29:55 PM     Post Reply
(Video) Blacksburg, Virginia- At first glance, the group of scruffy-looking students could be attending a meeting of any old debating club, but as they begin to speak it soon becomes clear that they all share the same secret. A shy young woman is among the first. She admits she is still a long way from telling her parents the truth about herself. “My closest friends know,” she says, “but where I come from, I only know one other person like me, who was a teacher. I will tell my parents in the end, I can’t now; at least, not until

The death of the comma? U.S.
academic claims punctuation mark
could be abolished from English
language with ´little loss of clarity´
Daily Mail (UK), by Sophie Jane Evans    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/8/2014 12:14:00 PM     Post Reply
It is one of the most common - albeit, ineptly used - elements of the English language. Now, an American academic has suggested that the comma could be abolished as a punctuation mark. Professor John McWhorter claims removing commas from most modern U.S. texts would cause ´little loss of clarity´ - meaning they may now be in a state of obsolescence. He adds that internet users are becoming increasingly carefree in their use of the punctuation mark - with some professional writers following suit, according to The Times. ´[You] could take them out of a great deal of modern American

Two dead, seven injured and
´people still trapped´ in tourist
train which is dangling off a
cliff following crash in French Alps
Daily Mail (UK), by Peter Allen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/8/2014 12:06:02 PM     Post Reply
Two people have been killed and seven others seriously injured after a tourist train derailed in the French Alps today. The train, which was travelling from the Riviera city of Nice to the town of Digne-les-Bains, is dangling off the mountainside with people still trapped inside, it is being reported. ´One of the carriages is still on the track, the second is still on the slope,´ said eye witness Quentin Bonnard. ´There are firefighters everywhere. It is very dramatic.´ Women and children are among those left inside the ´hugely precarious´ wreckage, said a spokesman.

  


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‘Is Obama stoned?’: President just
not that into Bob Costas interview
Twitchy Media, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/8/2014 12:05:15 PM     Post Reply
I´m sitting here watching the Olympics, all excited, & BAM Obama is rambling on & on, looking mad sleepy. Uh go away please we want ATHLETES — Emily Cole (@emmmcole) February 08, 2014 Hey, the president’s an athlete too. He’s golfed with Tiger Woods, is an avid skeet shooter and knows a thing or 22 about shooting free throws. Tonight, though, in an interview with NBC’s Bob Costas, President Obama looked like he just wanted to go to sleep. Obama as about into the games as I am #ifeelyou http://t.co/SIEwQ8qidG— Will Blaze (@wilblz) February 08, 2014 Sleepy Obama. #WinterOlympics #Olympics2014

IOC President takes verbal jab at
former President Bush
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoElla Bee- 2/8/2014 11:51:31 AM     Post Reply
SOCHI, Russia -- IOC President Thomas Bach took a shot at former President George Bush for breaking the traditional protocol at the opening ceremony of the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City. Bach was asked at a news conference whether Russian President Vladimir Putin might use Friday night´s opening ceremony in Sochi as political propaganda. Bach said, under the Olympic Charter, heads of state speak only one sentence, declaring the games open. Bach said all leaders have kept to the script -- "except for one who violated the charter in Salt Lake City in 2002." The Salt Lake Games were

Satisfying smackdown of Prince Charles
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 2/8/2014 11:06:50 AM     Post Reply
Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, is also heir to the sort of mush-headed liberalism that permeates high society on both sides of the Atlantic. Accordingly, he has thrown his lot in with the warmists (snip)Recently His Royal Highness committed a major faux pas by injecting himself into the political debate, and he has been called out by the one man with the intellectual AND social standing to do so. And a major plus is that he has the wit to perform this necessary task with devastating effectiveness. As many readers may have already guessed, that man is Christopher

Fired red-light camera executive:
Company bribed officials in
13 states, including NJ
Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Mike Frassinelli    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/8/2014 10:55:36 AM     Post Reply
A fired executive from one of New Jersey’s red-light camera vendors contends in a lawsuit filed in Arizona that the company provided lavish gifts and bribes to government officials in 13 states — including New Jersey — to secure new contracts. The brief but bombshell reference to New Jersey and other states in a 13-page counterclaim was made by Aaron Rosenberg, former nationwide lead salesman for Redflex Traffic Systems of Phoenix. He did not mention specific municipalities from any of the states. Rosenberg noted in the suit that Redflex “bestowed gifts and bribes on ... officials in dozens of municipalities within, but

  


  

Furby toys ‘turn nasty,
seedy and inappropriate’
Scotsman [Edinburgh], by Jane Bradley    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/8/2014 10:47:11 AM     Post Reply
It was one of the most coveted gifts of the festive period and turned up under thousands of Christmas trees last year. But now parents have hit out at popular must-have toy the Furby Boom after it emerged that some of the creatures have developed “inappropriate” second personalities which have upset their children. The Furby, an electronic robotic toy which requires children to talk to and stroke it, as well as feed and put it to sleep, was a major hit when makers Hasbro relaunched the 1990s classic last year. The cute creation made it into the toy hit lists

After Liz Hurley denies an affair with
Clinton, we reveal her remarkable
likeness to his lover Monica Lewinsky
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Claire Cisotti    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/8/2014 10:31:30 AM     Post Reply
This week Liz Hurley´s ex-boyfriend Tom Sizemore made sensational claims that the actress had a secret affair with former President Bill Clinton. Sizemore has now dismissed the allegations as drug-induced ramblings, saying that he has never met Clinton and never gave him Hurley´s phone number. But while the claims may have proven false, the Daily Mail can reveal a striking resemblance between Hurley and Clinton´s former lover, Monica Lewinsky.

Lose Your Job and Feel Liberated
American Thinker, by Brian C Joondeph, MD    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/8/2014 10:16:14 AM     Post Reply
This week, a report from the Congressional Budget Office acknowledged that ObamaCare would reduce full-time employment by 2.5 million over the next ten years. And that is on top of news that 92 million Americans who could be working are not. What a devastating assessment for the unemployed or underemployed, particular millenials seeking to transition from internships and part-time jobs to career-building full-time jobs. Yet the predictable spin from the White House and major media outlets is that this is good news, liberating workers from the chains of employment. To quote President Obama, from the 2008 campaign, "You can put lipstick

Michelle Obama urges students
to seek taxpayer money
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/8/2014 10:08:31 AM     Post Reply
"Don´t leave money on the table," Michelle Obama told students at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia this week, seeking to put as many people as possible on the receiving end of a government check. Nothing builds the Democrats´ voter base faster than the widespread ability to raid other taxpayers for support. How widespread? "Almost everyone is eligible for some form of financial aid, and all you have to do to access that aid is fill out this one little form. It´s so simple." Simple, as in one-stop shopping, all the better to build that constituency for OPM (other people´s money).

  


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Dems declare war
on Inspector General
uncovering IRS scandal
- Thread Closed
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 2/8/2014 10:05:51 AM     Post Reply
The IRS scandal is so bad that Democrats are unleashing total war in an attempt to beat back a full airing of the abuse. The old adage, "The best defense is a good offense," is all the more valid when the major media outlets are on their side. It is not necessary to have any actual facts to use as rebuttal for the indefensible; it is enough to simply throw a cloud of dust, so as to discredit any charges - in the eyes of supporters and media sycophants.(snip)Such a man is Treasury Inspector General Russell George

Dems declare war on Inspector
General uncovering IRS scandal
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/8/2014 10:05:35 AM     Post Reply
The IRS scandal is so bad that Democrats are unleashing total war in an attempt to beat back a full airing of the abuse. The old adage, "The best defense is a good offense," is all the more valid when the major media outlets are on their side. It is not necessary to have any actual facts to use as rebuttal for the indefensible; it is enough to simply throw a cloud of dust, so as to discredit any charges - in the eyes of supporters and media sycophants. President Obama´s absurd contention to Bill O´Reilly that there was "not a

In Texas, Rand Paul meets a
Cruz and a Bush
CNN, by Peter Hamby    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/8/2014 9:48:44 AM     Post Reply
Dallas, Texas– Texas is a vast and diverse state with sprawling urban centers and wide open pastures, but sometimes the political universe here can feel pretty small. Rand Paul, the Kentucky Senator and Republican presidential aspirant, was reminded of this on Friday. Arriving in Dallas at the outset of a multi-day visit to the state, Paul spent Friday meeting with a handful of financial supporters and assorted Republican politicians. On leaving the office of one of the city’s GOP donors, Paul bumped into a familiar face: Ted Cruz, his fellow Senator from Texas and another ambitious Republican who is courting

Obama´s Praetorian Guard´s - Thread Closed
Canada Free Press, by A.J. Cameron    Original Article
Posted By: gwmcclintok- 2/8/2014 9:43:34 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’?

  


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Sochi Winter Olympics 2014:
President Putin´s Girlfriend Alina
Kabayeva Carries Olympic Torch
International Business Times [UK], by Priya Joshi    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/8/2014 9:36:41 AM     Post Reply
While the spectacle of the world´s most expensive Olympics, with its inflatable St. Basil´s, technical glitches, unceremonial slip-ups and surreptitious signs of protest, had a global audience captivated, all eyes were on the torch bearers, in particular, gymnast Alina Kabayeva, who also happens to be President Vladimir Putin´s girlfriend. Putin had earlier refuted suggestions that Kabayeva would be afforded the special privilege of wielding the Olympic torch at the opening ceremony. "I´m aware of this [speculation that Kabayeva will light the flame]," he said. "I was told of this by [Kremlin spokesman] Dmitry Peskov. These are the usual red herrings.

Obama denounces stale political arguments,
promises to create more jobs again
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 2/8/2014 9:33:42 AM     Post Reply
Hi, everybody. In my State of the Union Address, I talked about the idea of opportunity for all. Opportunity is the idea at the heart of this country — that no matter who you are or how you started out, with hard work and responsibility, you can get ahead. I ran for President to restore that idea, and I’m even more passionate about it today. Because while our economy has been growing for four years, and those at the top are doing better than ever, average wages have barely budged.

Little Bit of ‘Fantasia’ as NBC
Begins Olympic Show
New York Times, by Allessandra Stanley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/8/2014 9:33:41 AM     Post Reply
Olympic opening ceremonies are a little like a Match.com first date: The host country, dolled up with costly hair extensions, Christian Louboutin heels and a brand-new black cocktail dress, recounts amusing childhood anecdotes and college triumphs but leaves out her D.W.I. arrest. (Or, in the case of Russia, the gulag.) Russia isn’t alone in airbrushing the past and puffing up its chest. At the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, the United States had to show resilience after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and also get past the bidding scandal for those Games. Russia has a uniquely

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."

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

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