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A Benghazi father’s message
for the son who was left behind
Daily Caller, by Grae Stafford    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/10/2014 5:47:35 AM     Post Reply
On September 11, 2012 — 11 years after Al Qaeda launched an attack against the U.S. — the American Embassy compound in Benghazi, Libya was attacked. In the ensuing gunfight, four Americans died — including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. Lost amongst the blame game and politicking that played out over the internet and cable news was the fact that these men came from families. They had lives. They were somebody’s son. Charles Woods lost his son, Ty , on Sept. 11, 2012. Invited to the State of the Union as the guest of Oklahoma Republican Rep. Jim Bridenstine, Woods is

Obama in unemployment wonderland
Washington Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/10/2014 5:42:58 AM     Post Reply
The unemployment rate fell in January, which ought to be good news. But it isn’t. Over the past decade we’ve fallen into a strange and puzzling wonderland of opposites, where “economic recovery” comes with no growth and unemployment rates drop but people aren’t working. Such a wonderland was discovered by Alice in Lewis Carroll’s playful tale. “If I had a world of my own,” Alice said, “everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn’t.” President Obama lives in Alice’s world. He has company, his own council of economic advisers and a Congress ready

‘Terror Is Only Justice’
National Review Online, by Kevin D. Williamson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/10/2014 5:40:22 AM     Post Reply
Advertisements for Manhattan Mini Storage are the wallpaper of New York City, and they frequently contain beef-witted anti-Republican and leftish invective of one sort or another, e.g. “Vote your conscience in this next election. Or just vote Republican.” It is banal stuff and, given the local political conditions, cowardly, too. But if there is one thing that New Yorkers love, it is being flattered by having their biases endorsed. I was a bit taken back by the company’s current billboard in Tribeca: “The French aristocracy never saw it coming either.” Patting Manhattanites on the head for being good little Democratic doggies

  


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What the critics wrote
about the Beatles in 1964
Los Angeles Times, by Cary Schneider    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/10/2014 5:35:51 AM     Post Reply
Today, the Beatles hold an exalted place in the history of rock ´n´ roll. But 50 years ago, when they first crossed the Atlantic to perform in the United States, the reaction was decidedly mixed. Here is a sampling of what the critics were saying. Los Angeles Times Feb. 11, 1964 With their bizarre shrubbery, the Beatles are obviously a press agent´s dream combo. Not even their mothers would claim that they sing well. But the hirsute thickets they affect make them rememberable, and they project a certain kittenish charm which drives the immature, shall we say, ape. - William

Low Tech Terror on the Grid
American Spectator, by Jed Babbin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/10/2014 5:31:18 AM     Post Reply
Sometime before April 16, 2013, one or more people scouted the Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s high-voltage Metcalf substation off Highway 101 near San Jose, California. They went around the unmanned power station at a range of 40-60 yards, marking places from which the transformers’ cooling fins were clearly visible through the chain-link fence with piles of stones. According to a Wall Street Journal report last week, at about 1 a.m. on that April 16, someone cut the telephone lines going to the substation’s location in a manner calculated to be hard to repair. Within about another thirty minutes, shooters took

Joe Biden: How do
you aim this thing?
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 2/10/2014 5:27:16 AM     Post Reply
Normally, Joe Biden´s vice presidential duties involve funerals and speaking in places that The Boss won´t be bothered about. But this time was different. No, Philadelphia in February isn´t your prime get-away destination. But while there for a photo op, Joe descended into the bowels of the train station to pretend-drive a locomotive. It´s one of the new electric choos-choos that Amtrak will use to haul Democrats up and down the Northeast Corridor. It was very exciting for the vice president as he ponders a 2016 run.

Fallen Idol
Weekly Standard, by John Podhoretz    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/10/2014 5:26:07 AM     Post Reply
Successful entertainers are often awful people. If you put fame, wealth, and narcissism in a blender, the resulting brew can be toxic. Fame causes ordinary folk to worship the entertainer and to view him as a superior being to be served. Wealth provides the means and the opportunity for indulgence. And his narcissism makes it all seem natural, appropriate, deserved. We know this. Everyone knows this and always has. It’s why, in the 1930s, MGM employed two notorious fixers, Eddie Mannix and Howard Strickling, to throw their weight (and a lot of bribe money) around Los Angeles in order to

  


  

Aging America heading for disaster
New York Post, by Kyle Smith    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/10/2014 5:15:01 AM     Post Reply
To really understand what’s going on with the American economy, don’t look at the headlines. Don’t look at the unemployment rate or the trade balance or the deficit. Don’t even look at what’s happening today at all: Look at what happened 46 years ago. And what happened then? Fewer Americas were being born, points out Harry S. Dent Jr. in “The Demographic Cliff: How to Survive and Prosper During the Great Deflation of 2014-2019” (Portfolio). Modal Trigger Following the Baby Boom, which peaked in 1961, came the Baby Bust, a long slow decline in the birthrate. Those babies grew up and began spending

Leaving Work Behind
New York Times, by Ross Douthat    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/10/2014 5:10:28 AM     Post Reply
IN 1930, in the darkening valley of the Great Depression, John Maynard Keynes wrote an essay on “Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren,” which foresaw a much happier future — one of growth, abundance and the steady decline of full-time work. Eventually, he suggested, civilization might settle on a 15-hour workweek, with three hours of daily labor being sufficient “to satisfy the old Adam in most of us.” Compared with its Depression-era baseline, much of Keynes’s optimistic vision was prophetic. But the universal 15-hour workweek is not exactly with us yet. Instead, a different trend seems to be emerging, in which well-educated

Women threaten ´sex strike´ against men
who voted for new Tokyo governor after
he claimed females were unfit for government
because ´periods make them irrational´
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/10/2014 5:02:59 AM     Post Reply
A group of women have launched a sex boycott against men who voted for the newly elected governor of Tokyo, after he claimed females were unfit for government because of their menstruation cycles. Yoichi Masuzoe claimed in an interview with a men´s magazine that women were not able to make critical decisions when they having a period because they are ´not normal´. A Twitter campaign called ´the association of women who will not have sex with men who vote for Masuzoe´ has gained 3,000 followers since it launched last week. However, despite their best efforts, the former health minister backed by Japan´s

Chubby and ‘The Twist’—Clinging
to Racism in the Age of Obama
PJ Media, by Roger L. Simon    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/10/2014 4:59:05 AM     Post Reply
I turned on my office TV a few minutes ago, intending to flip over to the Olympics, when the Huckabee show came up. I was startled by the relatively young looking black guy singing. Could that actually be Chubby Checker? He had to be older than that. He’s 72, according to Wikipedia. But he sure didn’t look it and he was singing his anthem — “The Twist.” Suddenly a white woman — she could have been in her sixties or seventies herself — got up out of the studio audience and starting dancing with him. As the audience applauded the dancers,

  


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Scalia predicts Kelo will fall,
but Korematsu would stand
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/10/2014 4:53:56 AM     Post Reply
At the new Washington Post home of the Volokh Conspiracy, Ilya Somin has coverage of a recent speech given by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. In it, Scalia talks about two of the more controversial SCOTUS decisions of the last century. One is the nearly universally panned 5-4 ruling in Kelo v. City of New London from 2005 and the other is the 1944 (wartime) decision in Korematsu v. United States regarding the internment of the Japanese. In the speech, Scalia once again aired his feeling that Kelo would eventually be overturned. On Kelo, Scalia reiterated his 2011 prediction that the decision

James Dean’s Estate Sues
Twitter Over Unofficial Account
ABC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/10/2014 4:42:02 AM     Post Reply
James Dean died long before the invention of the Internet and Twitter, but the former Hollywood heartthrob is caught up in a strange, tricky and very modern legal question: Should people be allowed to tweet in the name of dead celebrities? The Twitter handle @JamesDean has more than 8,000 followers and has sent more than 2,200 tweets. The account is being managed by an unknown owner or owners, and that’s not sitting well with James Dean’s estate. CMG Worldwide, the company that runs the actor’s estate, is suing Twitter, claiming @JamesDean isn’t trademarked. “No, we did not sanction the James Dean official Twitter

US Suspect Possibly
Targeted For Drone Attack
Associated Press, by Kimberly Dozier    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/10/2014 4:38:58 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- An American citizen who is a member of al-Qaida is actively planning attacks against Americans overseas, U.S. officials say, and the Obama administration is wrestling with whether to kill him with a drone strike and how to do so legally under its new stricter targeting policy issued last year. The CIA drones watching him cannot strike because he´s a U.S. citizen and the Justice Department must build a case against him, a task it hasn´t completed. Four U.S. officials said the American suspected terrorist is in a country that refuses U.S. military action on its soil and that has proved

NFL faces pressure from Congress
to change Redskins’ name
Washington Post, by Mark Maske, Paul Kane*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/10/2014 2:31:06 AM     Post Reply
Two members of Congress have written a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell urging Goodell and the league “to take a formal position in support of a name change” by the Washington Redskins. The letter by Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) is to be sent Monday to Goodell. “The NFL can no longer ignore this and perpetuate the use of this name as anything but what it is: a racial slur,” Cantwell and Cole write in the letter. “It is clear that you haven’t heard the leading voices of this country — and not just Indian

  


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With the clock ticking,
Republicans seek a solution to
raising debt limit, but not a fight
Washington Post, by Paul Kane & Robert Costa    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/10/2014 12:44:55 AM     Post Reply
House Republicans return to Washington on Monday still struggling to find a path to raising the Treasury Department’s borrowing authority, but the normally raucous caucus is in unusual agreement that the best option is to put the white-knuckle confrontations of recent fiscal wars behind them. Facing a timeline that leaves no room for trial and error, some party leaders were advocating a debt-ceiling solution that would wrap several popular, must-pass items around a provision to extend the federal government’s borrowing authority beyond the November midterm elections. That approach has drawn support from some surprising quarters,

With election on horizon, each
party is tracking the opposition
Los Angeles Times, by Maeve Reston    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/10/2014 12:25:56 AM     Post Reply
In the midst of a busy 2012 election cycle, Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin´s offhand remark to a local television station about what constituted "legitimate rape" might have slipped under the radar. But Akin was a prime target for an opposition research powerhouse, American Bridge 21st Century, and their Akin tracker was on the ball. Within hours, the Democratic "super PAC" had uploaded the clip to YouTube and pushed it to reporters — ensuring that it blew up on Twitter and headed to the top of national news. Akin´s candidacy was doomed. For Republicans, who had no research outfit to match American Bridge,

Friends mourn USF frat brothers killed
in wrong-way crash on I-275
Tampa Tribune, by Anastasia Dawson    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 2/10/2014 12:19:49 AM     Post Reply
Mourners gathered on the side of Interstate 275 on Sunday evening to lay a wreath, bouquets and candles near the site of a fiery crash that killed four University of South Florida fraternity brothers and the driver who struck them head-on several hours earlier. (Snip) The crash happened just after 2 a.m. A 2001 Ford Expedition was traveling south in the northbound lanes of I-275, just north of Busch Boulevard, said Steve Gaskins, spokesman for the Florida Highway patrol. An apparent video of the scene shot by a southbound driver and posted on her Facebook page shows the Expedition traveling

The student loan crisis: How
middle-class kids get hammered
Los Angeles Times, by Sarah Amandolare    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/10/2014 12:17:46 AM     Post Reply
Last October, in between arguments over the debt ceiling, the federal government somehow found time to send me an email. My student loan payment was 70 days past due, the message read, so the government had negatively reported me to each major credit bureau and would continue to report me until my account was brought current. (Snip) In August, President Obama announced that over the next 18 months, the Department of Education will create value-based college rankings that should make it easier for all students to avoid excessive debt. But in the meantime, millions of former students are suffering the

Swiss immigration: 50.3% back
quotas, final results show
BBC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/9/2014 11:54:56 PM     Post Reply
Swiss voters have narrowly backed a referendum proposal to bring back strict quotas for immigration from European Union countries. Final results showed 50.3% voted in favour. The vote invalidates the Swiss-EU agreement on freedom of movement. Fiercely independent Switzerland is not a member of the EU, but has adopted large sections of EU policy. (Snip) The BBC´s Imogen Foulkes in Geneva says the vote has shown up traditional divisions, with French-speaking areas against the quotas, German-speaking regions divided, and the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino firmly in favour.

  



US Embassy in Guyana warns
of ´unconfirmed threat´
on US-bound flights
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/9/2014 11:43:41 PM     Post Reply
Georgetown, Guyana – The U.S. Embassy in Guyana warned Sunday that it had received "unconfirmed threat information" about a regional airline´s flights from the South American country to the United States on Monday and urged Americans to avoid using the carrier. The terse message about flights of Caribbean Airlines was unusual for being so specific about a potential threat, although it gave no details on the threat. The warning was posted Sunday on the embassy´s website. It advised all U.S. citizens in Guyana to make alternate travel arrangements through Wednesday if they were planning on traveling home on flights with

NFL´s first openly gay player?
Missouri draft prospect comes out
- Thread Closed
Los Angeles Times, by Matt Pearce    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/9/2014 11:35:22 PM     Post Reply
Three months before the NFL draft, star Missouri football player Michael Sam has publicly come out as gay, raising the possibility that the league may soon have its first openly gay player. In interviews published Sunday, Sam -- the 2013 SEC defensive player of the year -- said he came out to University of Missouri teammates last year and decided to go public now so he could tell his story his own way. "I am an openly, proud, gay man," Sam, 24, told ESPN, adding: "I understand how big this is. It´s a big deal. No one has done this before. And it's kind of a nervous process, but I know what I want to be ... I want to be a football player in the

Fighting for your rights: Ukraine gets it
Daily Inter Lake [Kalispell MT], by Frank Miele    Original Article
Posted By: davesenior- 2/9/2014 11:17:26 PM     Post Reply
Q: What do you know about the Ukraine? A: Not much. Q: What do you know about revolution? A: Just what I read in the history books. One size does not fit all. Some, like the American Revolution, are good. Others, like the Russian Revolution, are bad. Q: What do you know about the current attempt at a Ukrainian Revolution? A: The people of the Ukraine are fighting for their rights against an increasingly dictatorial government. Q: Why do so few people know about the Ukrainian uprising? A: Perhaps because the people of the Ukraine are struggling to come out from under the yoke of Moscow, and

John Kerry to embark on Asian tour
Telegraph [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/9/2014 11:10:43 PM     Post Reply
US Secretary of State John Kerry will make his fourth trip to North and Southeast Asia on Thursday, stopping in China, South Korea and Indonesia for climate change and North Korea talks. The top US diplomat will also visit Abu Dhabi at the end of his February 13-18 voyage, his spokesman Jen Psaki said in a statement. In Seoul, Mr Kerry will "discuss ways to expand our cooperation on regional and global issues, and continue our close coordination... on North Korea," Ms Psaki said. Mr Kerry last visited Seoul in April, and the new trip comes just after Washington learned Friday that a

Bill Keller, Former Editor of The Times,
Is Leaving for News Nonprofit
New York Times, by Ravi Somaiya    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/9/2014 10:51:39 PM     Post Reply
Bill Keller, a columnist at The New York Times and its former executive editor, will leave the paper to become editor in chief of The Marshall Project, a nonprofit journalism start-up focused on the American criminal justice system. “It’s a chance to build something from scratch, which I’ve never done before,” Mr. Keller said, “and to use all the tools that digital technology offers journalists in terms of ways to investigate and to present on a subject that really matters personally.” Over the course of a three-decade career at The Times, Mr. Keller won a Pulitzer Prize for international reporting as a

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