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Pat Roberts races to renew ties,
if not make a home, in Kansas
New York Times, by Jonathon Martin    Original Article
Posted By: wildcat1- 2/9/2014 10:04:52 AM     Post Reply
Dodge City — It is hard to find anyone who has seen Sen. Pat Roberts here at the red-brick house on a golf course that his voter registration lists as his home. Across town at the Inn Pancake House on Wyatt Earp Boulevard, breakfast regulars say the Republican senator is a virtual stranger. “He calls it home,” said Jerald Miller, a retiree. “But I’ve been here since ’77, and I’ve only seen him twice.” Roberts, 77, went to Congress in 1981 and became a fixture: a member of the elite Alfalfa Club and chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which made him a regular on the Sunday talk shows. His wife became a real estate broker

The late great manly man
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 2/9/2014 10:04:17 AM     Post Reply
Bethany Mandel of PJMedia cites a New York Times article to argue that “women prefer manly men” by inferring from the frequent use in the NYT of the word “submission” some sort of innate desire for a masterful quality. (Snip) You can make the half-serious argument that in order to be a winner in today’s world it pays to be a loser. After all, you get subsidies. You get sympathy. You can play the victim card. Above all you get the girl. This inversion has been achieved by the counterintuitive method of degrading women. One website that endeavors to explain

Still Mad as Hell
New York Times, by Maureen Dowd    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/9/2014 9:59:46 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — I OFTEN wonder what Paddy would think. I wish I could have a pastrami on wry with the late writer and satirist at the Carnegie Deli and get an exhilarating blast of truth about “the atomic, subatomic and galactic structure of things today.” What would Paddy Chayefsky make of Kim Kardashian? What would he think of Diane Sawyer showing cat videos on the ABC evening news? What would he say about Brian Williams broadcasting on the Huntley-Brinkley network a video of a pig saving a baby goat while admitting he had no idea if it was phony? (It was.) What would Paddy rant

  


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Clintons still hate
Obama-backing Democrats
New York Post, by Michael Garland    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/9/2014 9:57:21 AM     Post Reply
Forgive and forget? Not Bill and Hillary. A system of political rewards and punishments devised by the political power couple set aside “a special circle of Clinton hell .?.?. for people who had endorsed [President] Obama,” according to “HRC,” a new book by Politico former White House bureau chief Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes of The Hill. The most helpful Clintonistas were rated “1” under the Clintons’ rating system, while turncoat former allies, such as John Kerry, received “7’s.” The Clinton camp would later “joke about the fates of the folks they felt had betrayed them,” the book said. “Bill Richardson: investigated;

Plainfield mayor halts program
offering ID cards to residents
Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Tom Wright-Piersanti    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/9/2014 9:54:49 AM     Post Reply
Plainfield — Plainfield’s new mayor has shut down a program that aimed to distribute photo ID cards to the city’s immigrant community and had been supported by the previous administration. On the morning of Jan. 31, as dozens of people lined up to get cards at Angels for Action, a Latino social services agency on West Second Street, newly appointed Police Director Carl Riley showed up with a letter from Mayor Adrian Mapp effectively shuttering the program, according to the agency’s president Carmen Salavarrieta. (Snip) About 500 people have been given ID cards, with a waiting list of about 2,300, as the

Mother of 2 and her boyfriend
died after chase on Hwy. 212
StarTribune [Minneapolis, MN], by Kelly Smith & Maura Lerner    Original Article
Posted By: voxpopuli- 2/9/2014 9:16:38 AM     Post Reply
Dawn Marie Pfister was a 34-year-old “free spirit” and the mother of two young children from Elkhorn, Wis. Her boyfriend Matthew Vincent Serbus once lived in St. Paul and had a long criminal record for theft, robbery and drugs. Now, Pfister’s family and friends are searching for answers about how and why the couple died of gunshot wounds after leading police on a high-speed chase on Hwy. 212 from Chaska to Eden Prairie on Friday morning. The Hennepin County medical examiner’s office identified the two Saturday. Officials have not released many details about the incident or explained what prompted police to open fire.

ID´s required to attend
NAACP rally to protest
voter ID requirements
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 2/9/2014 8:53:20 AM     Post Reply
Call the irony police! The North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP is holding a rally to protest that state´s new voter identification law, but participants are being advised to bring photo identification. Aurelius of Pundit Press discovered the advisory (snip)I have to wonder if the NAACP been infiltrated by agents of the Ku Klux Klan, who are bent on destroying the credibility of an organization formerly respected as an effective advocate for black Americans. They seem ti=o have been at work for quite a while, because the NAACP has degenerated into a crude and self-parodying version of a civil

  


  

Toska, She Said To The Ugly Americans
American Conservative, by Rod Dreher    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/9/2014 8:07:46 AM     Post Reply
I’m at a conference at a resort outside of Austin. In one of the morning sessions, a colleague talked for a bit about what she learned studying the psychology of altruism in Russia. She said that it’s very hard for Americans to grasp how impoverished post-Soviet Russia is in social capital. It’s extremely hard to find the kind of trust between people we take for granted here. Communism destroyed so very much. Just now, I read this essay about Sochi and American mocking of how crappy Russia is, written by Vicki Boykis, who emigrated from Russia as a child. She writes

Cornyn for the GOP nomination
San Antonio Express-News [TX], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/9/2014 8:02:13 AM     Post Reply
SAN ANTONIO — We recommend incumbent John Cornyn for the GOP´s U.S. Senate nomination, based on unmatched experience and decades of service to Texas. The theme among a bevy of challengers seems to be that Cornyn is a CINO, a conservative in name only. This is not just counter-intuitive but counter-factual. Various ratings — liberal and conservative — have agreed on one thing, Cornyn´s conservative credentials are genuine. Not conservative? Cornyn is No. 2 in Senate leadership and diverged only slightly from the conservative playbook in a year in which he offered a measure that would further beef up security at the

What if Hillary just walked away?
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/9/2014 7:57:21 AM     Post Reply
Even nearly three years out, it’s become “common knowledge” which has been repeated by more folks than you can count. (Including yours truly) Hillary Clinton is going to run for President. How could she not? And assuming she does, she will most certainly win the Democrat nomination. On top of that, she will present a daunting challenge to the GOP candidate, no matter whether the nominee is “establishment” or “grassroots” or from the Planet Ork. But I’m seeing an increasing amount of speculation that perhaps the conventional wisdom is neither. Does she want to spend two more years on the

Teen scams Oklahoma Walmart
stores out of $30,000: police
New York Daily News, by Victoria Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/9/2014 7:55:40 AM     Post Reply
An Oklahoma teen has been accused of tricking Walmart employees and making off with thousands of dollars in cash from three different stores. The 17-year-old, whose name has not been released because of his age, was arrested on Jan. 30 after he stole from a Walmart location in Norman, Okla., KFOR reported. He is believed to have swiped a total of $30,000 from the three stores before he was caught. Cops said video footage from inside the store shows the teen pocketing bundles of cash. He even hugged the store’s manager before he left. This wasn’t the first time the

  


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Noted Author Reading The
Jewish Press Detained at JFK
Jewish Press, by Lori Lowenthal Marcus    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/9/2014 7:30:31 AM     Post Reply
Perhaps it is a coincidence that it happened to be The Jewish Press that caught the attention of security officials at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 5, but that fact certainly caught the attention of The Jewish Press reporters. Phyllis Chesler, one of the doyennes of the feminist movement, professor emerita of psychology and women’s studies at CUNY, ardent Zionist, and author, most recently of An American Bride in Kabul, which won the National Jewish Book Award for memoir this year, was traveling from New York to Florida Wednesday afternoon. Chesler’s flight was delayed

The Final Constitutional Option
American Thinker, by Robert Berry    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 2/9/2014 7:11:05 AM     Post Reply
Having been dormant for centuries, a potent section in the U.S. Constitution is now in the minds and on the lips of a new generation of reformers who are determined to keep the nation out of an abyss. As America stares hard at the darkness ahead, the new reformers have begun to popularize this forgotten constitutional provision that might well become Official Washington´s undoing. The problem, which hardly needs stating, is that the federal government has become the very monster the founders anticipated. Quite likely, the beast we face is far beyond anything that could have been imagined by the founding

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

  


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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

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

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

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