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Republicans Are Wooing the Wired
New York Times, by Matt Richtel & Nicholas Confessore    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/9/2014 6:57:47 AM     Post Reply
At an after-hours hacking event at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Wash., Aaron Ginn approached an engineer whose face was buried in a laptop. Like more than a few techies, Mr. Ginn could pass for a skateboarder or a member of a boy band: As he circulated, he wore a red Reebok cap, its bill tilted high over his short dark hair, a silver and black cross around his neck and a green T-shirt printed with “Lincoln Labs.” That’s the name of the talent-scouting group he founded last year with two friends. But unlike others in this game, Mr. Ginn was

Zogby Report Card: Only 29%
say Obama has nation headed
in right direction
Washington Examiner (DC), by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/9/2014 6:51:04 AM     Post Reply
Pollster John Zogby reports in our weekly White House report card that President Obama´s numbers are mixed, both in approval rating and right-direction, wrong-direction. "I am a numbers guy and the numbers are mixed. Troubling for Obama is that so few Americans feel the U.S. is headed in the right direction (29 percent average) and that the stock market is falling. This could be the inevitable correction and the obvious impact of the Fed´s tapering. “He is also still upside down in public opinion toward Obamacare, though the gap between supporters and opponents is not really widening. “On the flip

Obama, first lady go out on the town
Associated Press, by Darlene Superville    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/9/2014 6:40:34 AM     Post Reply
(Video) WASHINGTON— Three days before they throw a state dinner for the president of France, President Barack Obama and his wife are whetting their appetite for — Mexican food. The first couple is enjoying what could be a pre-Valentine´s Day dinner Saturday night at the Washington restaurant Oyamel. The restaurant is owned by chef Jose Andres, who is well known in foodie circles. The president and first lady Michelle Obama will spend most of Valentine´s Day apart. His schedule Friday is taking him to the Eastern Shore of Maryland to address House Democrats. Afterward, he heads to California to meet

  


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Winter Olympics: Jamie Anderson
wins gold in women’s snowboard slopestyle
New York Daily News, by Wayne Coffey    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/9/2014 6:35:21 AM     Post Reply
SOCHI, Russia - Jamie Anderson, a yoga-loving Californian with a passion for living in the moment and drinking amino acid-stuffed green shakes, captured the gold medal in the new Olympic event of snowboard slopestyle Sunday afternoon, nailing her second run for a score of 95.25 at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. The triumph for the 23-year-old Anderson gives the U.S. its second gold and a sweep of slopestyle, in which boarders ride rails and ramps and make electrifying jumps – skateboarding on snow. On Saturday, Sage Kotsenburg took the men’s slopestyle gold.Standing in second place after the first run, Anderson rode

Opening Ceremony: Commentators
already threaten to ruin Olympics
Los Angeles Daily News, by Mary McNamara    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/9/2014 6:31:47 AM     Post Reply
NBC didn’t air the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs choir covering“Get Lucky” or T.a.T.u’s defiantly gay-friendly performance. But Friday night’s telecast of the opening ceremony for the 22nd Winter Olympics in Sochi was an enthralling, if occasionally odd, swirl of East and West, old and new, strange and familiar. It was also a showcase for the increasingly aggrieved political subtext that threatens to overshadow the Games. All early coverage has been couched repeatedly in pejorative — for Russia’s anti-gay laws, the expense of the facilities and shoddiness of accommodations; for the arrogance of the president and the joylessness of the

Why Does America Send So Many
Stupid, Unqualified Hacks Overseas?
Politico Magazine, by James Bruno    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/9/2014 5:59:24 AM     Post Reply
Recently, a colleague of mine from the Foreign Service told me about a former U.S. ambassador to Sweden who, some years ago, had passed out in the snow, too drunk to get up. He had been partying hard during an outing in the countryside. Fortunately, an embassy officer found him in time to save his life. America’s boozy man in Stockholm was a non-career political appointee—no surprise. The fellow who saved him was a professional diplomat. And the roles the two men played that night is emblematic of a familiar routine. That was the thought I had earlier this week when

Why Russians Aren´t
Smiling at You in Sochi
National Journal, by Marina Koren    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/9/2014 5:54:30 AM     Post Reply
When Ed Leigh arrived in Sochi to cover the Winter Olympics, something struck him as odd: None of the Russians there returned his smiles. When Leigh asked a native why that was, the man told him, "In Russia only two types of people smile: idiots and rich people—and rich people don´t walk on the street." For Russians, a smile in public is not the polite expression that Americans reflexively offer strangers on the street. A smiling person must have a good reason for doing it, and it should be obvious what that reason is. When people smile without hesitation—for no reason—Russians find

  


  

The New York Times Owes
its Readers an Apology
New Republic, by John B. Judis    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/9/2014 5:52:12 AM     Post Reply
I have tried to steer clear of the controversy created by the publication by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof of an open letter by Dylan Farrow alleging that Woody Allen molested her when she was seven years old. I have read some of the older news stories and Allen’s response today in The New York Times, but I haven’t studied the matter closely. Dylan Farrow’s account of molestation was vividly disturbing, and there are obviously cases where these kind of allegations have proven true. But there are also instances where childhood memories have proven fallible. (I had my own

Wendy Davis’ Open Carry announcment
may cost her any chance of winning
Legal Insurrection, by William A. Jacobson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/9/2014 5:47:11 AM     Post Reply
Start from the premise that Wendy Davis probably was going to lose the election against Greg Abbott no matter what. But probably wasn’t a sure thing. Abbott never was in Edwin Edwards territory: “The only way I can lose this election is if I’m caught in bed with either a dead girl or a live boy.” It didn’t help that Davis’s narrative of being a struggling teenage single mom who brought herself up by her bootstraps all the way to Harvard Law School fell apart. Davis always had the base, and maybe if she got lucky, if Republican turnout was low, and she

Chevrolet unveils CNG version
of Silverado HD pickup
USA Today, by Chris Woodyard    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/9/2014 5:39:14 AM     Post Reply
CHICAGO -- From the outside you would never know it, but there´s a big Chevrolet Silverado on display at the Chicago Auto Show here that offers a lot of hope for bright energy future. It runs on natural gas. Little by little, the auto industry is starting to embrace natural gas, the domestically produced fuel that sells for a fraction of the price of gasoline. America, thanks to the gas boom in the upper Midwest, is seeing an energy renaissance because of it. For the moment, natural gas-powered transportation is focused on vehicles that businesses buy, that they can centrally fuel to make up

NAACP requires marchers protesting North
Carolina voter ID law To Show Photo ID
Daily Caller, by Katie McHugh    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/9/2014 5:33:46 AM     Post Reply
North Carolinians marching to protest voter-ID laws must present a valid photo ID to participate in an NAACP-hosted protest against voter-ID laws in Raleigh on Saturday. The central claim among the protesters is that the voter-ID laws disenfranchise certain segments of the voting population, particularly minority voters and poor voters. According to official NAACP flyers passed out at the rally, protesters must carry the precise kind of ID that they would be expected to present at the voting booth. (Snip for graphic)The march, dubbed the “Moral March” by its leader Rev. William Barber II, who called for a “wave of

  


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America’s Greatest Newspaper Crime Blotter
Washington Free Beacon, by C.J. Ciaramella    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/9/2014 5:25:24 AM     Post Reply
CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — Sitting in the Junction Inn restaurant and lounge, this reporter picked up a copy of the Illinois Valley News to go with his cheeseburger and discovered what is quite possibly the best crime blotter in American journalism. The weekly newspaper covers Cave Junction, population about 2,000, and its surrounding hamlets deep in the southern half of Oregon. “Tales from the rural patrol,” as the crime section of the News is called, is the most popular part of the paper. And for good reason. The local brushes with the law are presented with dry humor and a certain vagueness

Medical Identity Theft and Obamacare
National Review Online, by Jillian Kay Melchior    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/9/2014 5:23:15 AM     Post Reply
Most identity theft in the United States is medical-related, according to a recent report from the Identity Theft Resource Center. The survey was released even as certain aspects of Obamacare enrollment have raised concerns about identity theft and consumer privacy. The Center defines medical identity theft as “the fraudulent use of an individual’s personally identifiable information, such as name, Social Security number, and/or medical insurance identity number to obtain medical goods or services, or to fraudulently bill for medical goods or services using an unlawfully obtained medical identity,” also noting that it “has profound consequences for patients, insurance providers and health

There are still 4 million fewer full-time jobs in
America than before the Great Recession
American Enterprise, by James Pethokoukis    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/9/2014 5:19:53 AM     Post Reply
I will write up the January jobs report — lousy (establishment survey), pretty good (household survey) — later, but I wanted to toss something out there. The recent CBO report on the labor market effects of Obamacare has raised the general issue of whether the US is moving away from work. Here is a stat, reflected in the above chart, to think about: Before the Great Recession, there were 122 million full-time jobs in America. Now 4 1/2 years after its end, there are still just 118 million full-time jobs in America despite a labor force that is 1.6 million larger

Pope Francis faces church divided over
doctrine, global poll of Catholics finds
Washington Post, by Michelle Boorstein*    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/9/2014 5:13:25 AM     Post Reply
Most Catholics worldwide disagree with church teachings on divorce, abortion and contraception and are split on whether women and married men should become priests, according to a large new poll released Sunday and commissioned by the U.S. Spanish-language network Univision. On the topic of gay marriage, two-thirds of Catholics polled agree with church leaders. Overall, however, the poll of more than 12,000 Catholics in 12 countries reveals a church dramatically divided: Between the developing world in Africa and Asia, which hews closely to doctrine on these issues, and Western countries in Europe, North America and parts of Latin America, which

  


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Rebuttal does little for Allen
Boston Herald, by Margery Eagan    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/9/2014 5:07:35 AM     Post Reply
Better to keep your mouth shut and just appear to be a pedophile than open it and remove all doubt. Or most doubt anyway. I know, I know. We cannot say with certainty that filmmaker Woody Allen sexually assaulted his then-7-year-old adopted daughter Dylan Farrow two decades ago. But, in an apparent t*t-for-tat against that daughter, Woody Allen doesn’t just open his mouth but shoves his foot right in it. He’s written a loathsome and skin-crawling rebuttal to Dylan Farrow printed in the New York Times, his hometown paper. In it, he actually complains about paying child support. He presents Dylan as a manipulated

Vegas slot machine that hasn´t hit the
jackpot in almost 20 YEARS attracts
gamblers eager to win the $2.3M prize
Daily Mail [UK], by Alex Greig    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/9/2014 4:49:38 AM     Post Reply
An outdated three-reel slot machine is drawing in bigger crowds than a Celine Dion show at Las Vegas casino MGM Grand. The Lion´s Share has failed to produce a single jackpot in almost 20 years, and has attracted a legion of dedicated gamblers who believe it´s going to pay out millions of dollars any day. The Lion´s Share is the lone survivor of a slew of $1 progressive slot machines from the early 1990s. According to Nevada law, slot machines are required to pay out 75 per cent of the money that goes in to them. Therefore, the Lion´s Share

Putin’s Olympic Fantasy vs.
the Reality of Putin’s Russia
PJ Media, by Ron Radosh    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/9/2014 4:45:20 AM     Post Reply
The opening Olympic ceremonies, broadcast last night on NBC, were most revealing in what they told us about Vladimir Putin’s Russia. It was the fantasy Russia, sometimes beautifully portrayed, not the reality. In that sense, Putin put together propaganda offensive in the style of the late Joseph Stalin, a tyrant who the current leader of Russia admires for successfully having created an empire with world influence and power. True, as Ed Driscoll writes, the narrative at the start of the program praised the Soviet era as one of history’s greatest “pivotal experiments.” Fortunately, NBC made the very wise move of hiring

Tamara Green Talks About Bill Cosby
Newsweek, by Katie J.M. Baker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/9/2014 4:42:00 AM     Post Reply
Dylan Farrow’s accusations that Woody Allen, her adoptive father, molested her when she was seven have been all over the Internet this week, even though the allegations have been public knowledge for over two decades. As Gawker pointed out, Allen’s not the only beloved celebrity facing accusations of sexual assault that were much discussed, then largely forgotten -- multiple women have accused Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them. Cosby has repeatedly denied the allegations, and settled a 2006 lawsuit that included 13 accusers. Newsweek spoke to one of those women, Tamara Green, a former trial attorney now living in

Obama Democrats’ troubling view on work
New York Post, by Michael Goodwin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/9/2014 4:34:59 AM     Post Reply
Among its many stamps, the Postal Service has a series called “Made in America, Building a Nation.” The strip of “forever” stamps is a collection of iconic photographs of 20th-century industry featuring men and women toiling on railroads, skyscrapers and factory floors. A celebration of work and workers, the series quotes Helen Keller saying, “The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.” My, oh, my, how times have changed. America now has a government that views work as a trap and celebrates those

  



Demonomics
American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 2/9/2014 4:19:32 AM     Post Reply
This week the big story was the tag end of the old JournoList gang trying to spin gold out of the dross of the Congressional Budget Report. The CBO report projected that by 2021 under ObamaCare more than 2 million full-time workers will find it financially advisable to quit work entirely or switch to part-time jobs in order to get more subsidies for healthcare insurance. To most of us who studied real economics or just paid attention to human nature, subsidizing indolence means you´ll get more of it. But to the airheads on the left and their JournoList spinmasters -- the

Number of Obamacare
sign-ups is greatly inflated
Washington Examiner [DC], by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/9/2014 1:55:38 AM     Post Reply
Democrats from President Obama on down have been touting Obamacare´s sign-up numbers. Even after the system´s disastrous rollout, they like to point out, roughly three million people have signed up for private insurance, while 6.3 million have signed up for Medicaid. "Already, because of the Affordable Care Act, more than nine million Americans have signed up for private health insurance or Medicaid coverage," Obama said in the State of the Union speech. "Nine million." (Snip) But there is strong new evidence to suggest the administration's claims are grossly exaggerated and deeply misleading. Obamacare is not doing nearly as well as the

Iranian warships sent to U.S.
maritime borders for first time
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/9/2014 1:42:33 AM     Post Reply
Tehran, Iran — A senior Iranian naval commander says his country has sent several warships to the Atlantic Ocean, close to U.S. maritime borders for the first time. The commander of Iran’s Northern Navy Fleet, Admiral Afshin Rezayee Haddad, is quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying Saturday that the vessels have already begun the journey to the Atlantic Ocean via waters near South Africa. Iranian officials said last month that the fleet consisted of a destroyer and a logistic helicopter carrier, which will be on a three-month mission. Haddad says the fleet is approaching U.S. maritime borders for the first time.

Wielding Whip and a Hard New Law,
Nigeria Tries to ‘Sanitize’ Itself of Gays
New York Times, by Adam Nossiter    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/9/2014 1:31:57 AM     Post Reply
Bauchi, Nigeria — The young man cried out as he was being whipped on the courtroom bench. The bailiff’s leather whip struck him 20 times, and when it was over, the man’s side and back were covered with bruises. Still, the large crowd outside was disappointed, the judge recalled: The penalty for gay sex under local Islamic law is death by stoning. “He is supposed to be killed,” the judge, Nuhu Idris Mohammed, said, praising his own leniency on judgment day last month at the Shariah court here. (Snip) Since Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, signed a harsh law criminalizing homosexuality throughout the country last month, arrests of

Snowden Used Low-Cost
Tool to Best N.S.A.
New York Times, by David E. Sanger & Eric Schmitt    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/9/2014 1:21:44 AM     Post Reply
Washington - Intelligence officials investigating how Edward J. Snowden gained access to a huge trove of the country’s most highly classified documents say they have determined that he used inexpensive and widely available software to “scrape” the National Security Agency’s networks, and kept at it even after he was briefly challenged by agency officials. Using “web crawler” software designed to search, index and back up a website, Mr. Snowden “scraped data out of our systems” while he went about his day job, according to a senior intelligence official. “We do not believe this was an individual sitting at a machine and downloading

Turkey Deports Journalist for
Criticizing Government on Twitter
New York Times, by Sebnem Arsu & Robert Mackey    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/9/2014 1:11:14 AM     Post Reply
Istanbul - Turkey deported an Azerbaijani journalist on Friday for “posting tweets against high-level state officials,” according to an Interior Ministry order obtained by his newspaper, the English-language daily Today’s Zaman. The journalist, Mahir Zeynalov, was “put on a list of foreign individuals who are barred from entering Turkey,” the newspaper reported, one month after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan filed a criminal complaint against him for tweeting links to articles about a corruption scandal involving Mr. Erdogan’s government. According to the complaint, Mr. Zeynalov “committed a crime by exceeding the limit of

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