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Senate to vote Monday on
repeal of COLA caps for retirees
Military Times, by Patricia Kime    Original Article
Posted By: happywarrior- 2/9/2014 1:36:17 PM     Post Reply
Legislation that would repeal caps on annual cost-of-living adjustments for military retirees under age 62 will be considered next week by the Senate. Majority leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., has fast-tracked a bill drafted by Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., setting a procedural vote for Monday that paves the way for a vote by mid-week. The legislation, S 1963, would repeal the portion of the Bipartisan Budget Act that will reduce annual COLA increases by 1 percentage point for “working age” retirees, starting in late 2015.

Teachers oppose tying student
test scores to teacher licensing,
push for legislative change
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/9/2014 1:32:13 PM     Post Reply
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – When Tennessee was competing for a half-billion dollars in federal education money, teachers agreed to allow the state to ramp up its use of student test scores for evaluating educators. But since winning the $500 million Race to the Top competition in 2010, teachers say the state has gone too far in using student test scores to assess their performance. Teachers say that isn´t what they signed up for when the state was competing for the prestigious and lucrative Race to the Top grant. They are now calling for legislation to place a moratorium on the use

Why are Democrats Rarely
Published for Saying Stupid Things?
Breitbart InstaBlog, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/9/2014 1:28:21 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) did his part Sunday morning to demonstrate why Obamacare will continue to be the most important issue for Republicans in the 2014 midterm elections. In response to the Congressional Budget Office´s latest projection last week that 2.5 million Americans will leave the labor force in response to Obamacare, Ellison said: "This is a good thing....We might want to look at our work-life balance." On the scale of stupid statements said by politicians, Ellison´s ranks somewhere around Todd Akin´s infamous "legitimate rape." The thought that a representative of a congressional district that recently had a 9.5 percent

  


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Bay Bridge´s new problem: leaks
San Francisco Chronicle, by Jaxon Van Derbeken    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/9/2014 1:28:14 PM     Post Reply
The just-opened eastern span of the Bay Bridge, already beset by questions about flawed welds and cracked steel rods, has a new problem: It leaks. Rainwater is dripping into the steel structure beneath the road deck on the suspension stretch of the span, which is supposed to be watertight, Caltrans said. Outside experts say that could pose a risk of corrosion on a bridge that cost $6.4 billion and is supposed to last well into the 22nd century. "That´s a problem, a big problem," said Lisa Thomas, a metallurgical engineer who studies material failure at a laboratory in Berkeley

Politics at the Olympics:
Out of bounds?
CBS News, by Tracy Smith    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/9/2014 12:08:51 PM     Post Reply
At 50, Brian Boitano hardly seems to have lost his edge. Twenty-six years after winning the figure skating gold medal at the 1988 Olympics, he has a new role at the 2014 Winter Games, as one of three openly gay athletes named to a nine-person official delegation representing the U.S. at the Sochi Olympics. "I didn´t realize that President Obama was sending such an immense message through this delegation," he said. "And you, at that moment, were not openly gay?" said Smith. "No, I was not, at that moment, openly gay. And I had no plans to," Boitano said. "Not

Huffington Post Parent Company
AOL Blames Obamacare for Cuts in
Retirement Benefits
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Warner Todd Huston    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/9/2014 12:04:09 PM     Post Reply
UPDATE: AOL has reversed its decision and publicly apologized. "The leadership team and I listened to your feedback over the last week," wrote Armstrong in his e-mail to the company, the paper reports. "We heard you on this topic. And as we discussed the matter over several days, with management and employees, we have decided to change the policy back to a per-pay-period matching contribution." AOL recently announced that it was cutting employee benefits and gave Obamacare as the reason for the move. Internet giant AOL, one of the nation´s earliest Internet companies, announced a change in how the company

America’s Latest Heroine Fights Back
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 2/9/2014 11:39:16 AM     Post Reply
We wrote here about the then-upcoming hearing on the Obama administration’s IRS scandal before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. One of the witnesses at that hearing was Catherine Engelbrecht; she was a sensation. She introduced herself to the committee: Good morning Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee. My name is Catherine Engelbrecht. I am the Chairwoman of True the Vote, a nonprofit election integrity organization; the Founder of King Street Patriots, a citizen-led liberty group; and President of Engelbrecht Manufacturing. (snip) Ms. Engelbrecht detailed what has happened to her since

  


  

Fox’s Pied Piper of Low information Voters
Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 2/9/2014 10:55:35 AM     Post Reply
Incredible how Fox News Corp. talking head Bill O’Reilly—America’s biggest, television talking head who’s out there professing “Obama’s not a bad guy”—thinks he can get away with ‘pin-heading’ John Boehner for “pandering to radio talk show hosts” on amnesty. Guess bloviating Bill never takes the time to tune in to radio talk show hosts where John Boehner has been persona non grata for some time. Boehner finds no comfortable quarters from radio talk show giants Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity or Mark Levin, who continue to castigate the guy who’s a dead ringer for the cowardly lion in the Wizard of

Karma catches up with
school gun ban activist
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 2/9/2014 10:47:30 AM     Post Reply
As he faces felony charges for bringing a gun onto a school campus, Dwayne Ferguson may be contemplating the wisdom of the New York SAFE Act for which he tirelessly campaigned as a community activist in Buffalo.(snip)He was a well-known face in the movement for the SAFE Act, the state law that made carrying a gun on school property a felony. He was also a familiar presence in the hallways of the city´s Harvey Austin Elementary School, where he worked in the after-school program and mentored students. No one imagined that on Thursday he would show up at the school in

Berlin Record Deal: Harvey Weinstein
Pays $7 Million For Alan Turing
WWII Tale ‘The Imitation Game’
Deadline Hollywood, by Mike Fleming Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: DaddyO- 2/9/2014 10:31:08 AM     Post Reply
In what I am told will go down as the highest price paid ever for U.S. cumbrights on a movie at the European Film Market, The Weinstein Company has locked a deal to pay $7 million for The Imitation Game, the Graham Moore Black List script that Morten Tyldum directed with Benedict Cumberbatch playing Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the Allies win WWII. Keira Knightley also stars in a film that will be shaped as a major release for the next awards

´Is he my son? He looks a lot like Frank with
the blue eyes´: Woody Allen claims that IF
Ronan Farrow is Sinatra´s child then Mia
Farrow lied under oath to get child support
Daily Mail [UK], by James Nye    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/9/2014 10:05:19 AM     Post Reply
In his angry New York Times piece from Friday in which he vehemently denied sexually abusing his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, more than 20 years-ago, Woody Allen also took the chance to address the parentage of Ronan Farrow. Last fall, Mia Farrow set tongues wagging across Hollywood when she hinted in a Vanity Fair article it was ´possible´ Ronan was in fact the son of singer Frank Sinatra and not Allen. In his Times piece, Allen seems willing to accept that Ronan is not his son - and then uses this possibility as a way to attack Mia Farrow´s fidelity towards him

  


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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

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;

  


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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

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

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