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Poll: Most Coloradans
think pot law hurts image
Associated Press, by Nicholas Riccardi    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 2/11/2014 9:53:09 AM     Post Reply
DENVER — Colorado voters still support the state law that legalized recreational marijuana, but most believe it is hurting the image of the state, according to a new poll released Monday. The Quinnipiac University Poll found that 51 percent of voters overall believe the measure is bad for the state´s reputation, while 38 percent see it as a net positive. Among voters 18 to 29, 57 percent say legal marijuana is good for the state´s image. Among voters older than 65, 67 percent say it´s bad. Overall 58 percent of people surveyed still support the law passed in 2012, the

FDA warns against eating Uncle Ben’s infused
rice products served at schools, restaurants
Washington Post, by Lena H. Sun    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/11/2014 9:46:16 AM     Post Reply
The Food and Drug Administration is warning against eating Uncle Ben’s rice products served at schools, restaurants, hospitals and other food-service institutions after children in three states suffered burning, itching rashes and headaches and nausea linked to the rice. Mars Foodservices of Greenville, Miss., is recalling five- and 25-pound bags of Uncle Ben’s Infused Rice products. Uncle Ben’s products sold in supermarkets and other retail outlets are not involved. Although the recalled product is not typically marketed to individual consumers, it may be available over the Internet and at warehouse-type retailers. A statement from Mars Foodservices said the illnesses may be

´Food desert´ fallacy shocks liberals
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 2/11/2014 9:37:41 AM     Post Reply
It turns out that you can bring produce sections to poor neighborhoods, but you can´t get poor people to eat healthier food. This comes as a shock to liberals who believe in the comprehensive theory of victimology -- that all problems afflicting people who fall into ethnic, sexual, or other identities regarded as victims are due to external factors, not to their own choices. (snip)The deranged premise behind the entire "food desert" theory was that crass corporations were bypassing the opportunity to sell healthy foods to poor people out of malice, or at best ignorance. The idea that local people



Obamacare Employer Mandate
Once Again Altered By Royal Decree
Human Events, by John Hayward    Original Article
Posted By: JimR3- 2/11/2014 9:35:42 AM     Post Reply
Hear ye, hear ye, humble subjects of His Most Benevolent Majesty, King Barack I, Destroyer of Insurance and Slayer of Jobs! By royal decree, it has been proclaimed that the employer mandates of His Majesty’s most glorious achievement – which some of you filthy peasants have been heard sniggering is “the settled law of the land,” in the same tone of voice you might use to describe the S.S. Titanic as “unsinkable” – shall once again be delayed. Let all in the land accept the new dates as chiseled in the hard granite of absolute law… until such time as

Local Psychologist A Former Skeptic,
Now Trains Priests In Exorcisms
CBS PITTSBURGH (KDKA), by Andy Sheehan    Original Article
Posted By: NYC RAL- 2/11/2014 9:35:20 AM     Post Reply
So, exorcism might seem like fiction. But did you know that the Vatican has actually encouraged every Catholic diocese to have a trained exorcist on staff? A local psychologist is an expert who is traveling around the world to train those priests. Once he was a skeptic, but he tells KDKA’s Andy Sheehan, after assisting in nearly 100 exorcisms, his experiences have made him a believer. For the past 10 years Adam Blai has been on the front line. “Basically, it’s a war between heaven and hell,” says Blai. “That’s been going on since Creation started, and it’s a war

Obama’s warmed-over fudge
on global warming
Washington Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 2/11/2014 9:35:14 AM     Post Reply
President Obama was sworn to uphold the U.S. Constitution, but his oath of office shouldn’t be confused with the courtroom oath requiring witnesses to “tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.” With every passing week, the whoppers served up at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue grow ever more supersized, and in sheer size, nothing tops the fib about global warming. In his State of the Union speech, Mr. Obama said that “the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact.” He knows better. Climate has never been static, even before the conveniences and machinery of the Industrial Revolution provoked an

Holder: Repeal laws
restricting voting by ex-felons
USA Today, by Kevin Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 2/11/2014 9:33:21 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder is calling today for the repeal of state laws that restrict the voting rights of millions of former prison inmates. In a speech to the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights at Georgetown University Law Center, Holder said it is "time to fundamentally re-think laws that permanently disenfranchise people who are no longer under federal or state supervision.´´ "These restrictions are not only unnecessary and unjust, they are also counter-productive,´´ the attorney general said in prepared remarks. "By perpetuating the stigma and isolation imposed on formerly incarcerated individuals, the laws increase the likelihood they will



Sen. McCaskill: I Wouldn’t Invite
Obama to Campaign With Me
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/11/2014 9:24:40 AM     Post Reply
Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) told Morning Joe Tuesday morning that she probably wouldn’t invite President Barack Obama to campaign with her if she were running in a state where his approval rating is underwater. “I’m try to be really candid and honest on this show,” she said. “The president’s numbers are not strong in my state or in Arkansas or Louisiana or in North Carolina. He did not win those states when he ran for reelection in 2012.” “But that doesn’t mean that you can’t win,” she continued. “These candidates in those states are strong candidates. They have been an independent voice

Obama to announce initiative
aimed at young black men
CNN, by John Acosta and Kevin Liptak     Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 2/11/2014 9:24:20 AM     Post Reply
Washington – Continuing his push to use executive powers as a way of advancing his agenda, President Barack Obama will announce Thursday a new effort to help improve the lives of young African-American males. A White House official said the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative would partner government with businesses to “make sure that every young man of color who is willing to work hard and lift himself up has an opportunity to get ahead and reach his full potential.” Young African-American men are unemployed at a higher rate than the population at large, and are more likely than peers of other races

‘Major Mafia Round-Up’
in New York and Italy
New York Times, by Joseph Goldstein    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/11/2014 8:55:48 AM     Post Reply
The F.B.I. and the Italian national police have arrested dozens of people with suspected ties to organized crime as part of a coordinated investigation into cocaine and heroin trafficking as well as money laundering, a person familiar with the matter said Tuesday morning. At least seven of the arrests were made overnight in the New York City area, the person said. The investigation is centered on the ‘Ndrangheta, the Mafia group from the Calabria region of Italy, the person said, speaking on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss an ongoing operation. The individuals arrested in the New York area

´Ruthless´ Hillary Clinton returns
as the ´90s make a comeback
Los Angeles Times, by Cathleen Decker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/11/2014 8:47:51 AM     Post Reply
The ‘90s are back, all but the shoulder pads and bad hair, and Hillary Rodham Clinton is right in the middle of it once more, as much cultural avatar as political potentate. The decade that brought unending political scandals -- as well as the best economy that the nation has had in ages, by many markers -- started to resurface a couple of weeks ago when potential presidential candidate Rand Paul, the senator from Kentucky, took indirect aim at Clinton over her husband’s relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Then, this week, came a piece on the Washington Free



How AIPAC Botched Its
Biggest Fight in Years
Daily Beast, by Eli Lake    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/11/2014 8:45:38 AM     Post Reply
Ordinarily, when Washington’s most powerful pro-Israel lobby asks senators to do something, lawmakers of both parties are happy to oblige. Not just some of them. All of them. On crucial Capitol Hill votes, measures favored by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, often pass unopposed. Last week was different. Very, very different. First, AIPAC was forced, in the wake of Democratic opposition, to retreat for the moment on the Iran sanctions bill the group had been pushing for months. Then, nearly every Republican in the Senate ignored AIPAC’s call for a retreat on the bill, and decided to keep

Darrell Issa investigating White
House political office
Washington Examiner (DC), by Meghashyam Mali |    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/11/2014 8:43:46 AM     Post Reply
House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is launching an investigation into the White House´s decision to reopen its political office. The White House announced it was reopening its political office -- renamed the Office of Political Strategy and Outreach -- last month to better coordinate with Democrats and aid the party´s candidates with messaging and fundraising ahead of the 2014 midterms. The unit is being headed by David Simas, a longtime Obama adviser who helped develop the administration´s Obamacare messaging.In his letter to Carolyn Lerner at the Office of the Special Counsel, Issa questioned if tax dollars would be

Why I´m Getting Sick of
Defending Obamacare
National Journal, by Ron Fournier    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 2/11/2014 8:39:48 AM     Post Reply
It´s getting difficult and slinking toward impossible to defend the Affordable Care Act. The latest blow to Democratic candidates, liberal activists, and naïve columnists like me came Monday from the White House, which announced yet another delay in the Obamacare implementation. For the second time in a year, certain businesses were given more time before being forced to offer health insurance to most of their full-time workers. Employers with 50 to 99 workers were given until 2016 to comply, two years longer than required by law. During a yearlong grace period, larger companies will be required to insure fewer employees than

Article V Of The Constitution: An Emergency
Solution, Hidden In Plain Sight
Breitbart Big Government, by Mark Meckler    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 2/11/2014 8:30:24 AM     Post Reply
Some people don’t believe it. In school, we were taught, along with reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmatic, how the Constitution is amended: an amendment must go before both houses of Congress and pass a two-thirds vote. Before it becomes a permanent part of the Constitution, three fourths of the state legislatures would have to ratify it. But there’s another way to change the Constitution, and it’s hidden in plain sight in Article V, one that many of us have never even heard of. Here’s the text of Article V: The Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments



Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts won´t say
how many days he spends in Kansas
Washington Examiner, by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 2/11/2014 8:18:25 AM     Post Reply
Recently the New York Times reported that Kansas Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, who owns a duplex in Dodge City as well as a house in Alexandria, Va., does not live in the Dodge City home when he is in Kansas. Instead, Roberts has rented out the house for several years; he told the Times he pays a friend $300 a month to stay in a room in the friend´s house during visits to his home state. The article set off an uproar, with both Democrats and Republicans slamming Roberts. But the piece did not shed much light on the bigger

More parents creating marijuana
usable for ill children
Philadelphia Inquirer [PA], by Jan Hefler    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/11/2014 8:06:23 AM     Post Reply
Tina DeSilvio is so determined to give her teenage daughter marijuana, she is mixing cannabis buds with 180-proof alcohol and letting the concoction evaporate into a sticky, olive-green substance to add to coconut oil. Jenna, 14, cannot smoke marijuana, but she can swallow a half-milliliter of the oil - a few drops - when it is stirred into applesauce or yogurt four times a day. "Don´t I sound like the mother of the year?" DeSilvio asks, chuckling. Her yellow kitchen counter displays a minutely calibrated scale, a dropper, a 9- by 11-inch glass baking dish, and a clear, tightly sealed plastic

Clinton Scandal of ’90s
Resurfaces With Papers
New York Times, by Amy Chozick    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/11/2014 8:00:29 AM     Post Reply
It has been more than sixteen years since the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal. The 22-year-old White House intern is now a low-profile 40-year-old. The once-embattled President Bill Clinton has assumed a postpresidential role as global philanthropist and the first lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton, is now a former senator, a former secretary of state, and a potential 2016 presidential candidate. And yet, it seems difficult these days to escape the scandal that rocked the late 1990s and led to Mr. Clinton’s impeachment. In response to attacks on the Republican Party as waging a “war on women,” Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky

“Assault Rifles” Are Legal
In New York Again
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 2/11/2014 7:59:26 AM     Post Reply
Why liberals make “assault rifles” the main focus of their gun control efforts is a mystery, for at least two reasons. First, rifles of all kinds account for a minuscule portion of homicides, far fewer than knives, clubs, shotguns or bare hands. Second, there is no such thing as an assault rifle. What liberals have in mind when they use that term is a species of semiautomatic rifle. But they don’t mean semiautomatic rifles like my Marlin 60, because it doesn’t look scary to them: They mean semiautomatic rifles like the AR-15, which do, they think, look scary:

Women seek recognition as
´Nelson Mandela´s daughters´
Telegraph (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 2/11/2014 7:29:43 AM     Post Reply
The families of two women who have sought to be recognised as children of Nelson Mandela have contacted the executors of the will of the anti-apartheid leader, but are not seeking money, a lawyer said Monday. Michael Katz, a lawyer for the executors, said he had received an attorney´s letter citing the women´s claims, and that he would discuss the matter with the executors, who revealed details of the will last week. "They made the claim that they are descendants of Madiba," Mr Katz said, using Mandela´s clan name. "They indicated that this wasn´t a monetary claim." Allegations that Mandela had dalliances outside


The Hillary Papers, do they matter?
PowerLine, by Paul Miringoff    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 2/11/2014 7:11:09 AM     Post Reply
Forrmer Clinton administration operative Paul Begala doesn’t think so. He writes: “Politics [is] about the future, not the past; about voters’ lives, not politicians’. Thus the personal attacks on Clintons will fail.” Begala is probably right, but his analysis seems to apply only to Democratic politicians. The Washington Post thought that a few instances of alleged high-school bullying by Mitt Romney were relevant to his presidential bid, and Team Obama had a field day with Romney’s old business ventures. Similarly, the Post has written this year about Chris Christie’s first political campaign (for the County Commission in 1994) and about his

Eric Holder to step down
this year, report says
Washington Times, by Kelly Riddell    Original Article
Posted By: Charliecoconut- 2/11/2014 7:03:34 AM     Post Reply
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will step down this year, he said in an interview with the New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin in the magazine’s Feb. 17 edition. In a feature article, Mr. Holder said he plans on staying in his position “well into” the year. Last November, Mr. Holder, the first black attorney general, told CBS News he didn’t have “any plans” to step down. Mr. Holder has made voting rights the test case of his tenure, the New Yorker reported. He has been a vocal critic of the Supreme Court case that invalidated key parts of the Voting Rights

Obama Twerks America
American Thinker, by William L. Gensert    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 2/11/2014 6:58:07 AM     Post Reply
No... you cannot keep your insurance, no matter how much you like it.(snip)Hit a citizen in his wallet, and he will never forget you. ObamaCare is going to affect, in a negative way, almost every person in America -- and 2014 through 2016 is when the hammer drops -- on all our heads. Therein, you have the turning of the worm. We´ve already had 5 million people in the individual insurance market lose their coverage. The next year should see the 120 million employer-provided insurance policies reevaluated in accordance with ObamaCare coverage mandates and either cancelled outright or restructured to come into compliance

NBC Frets Over ´Brutal´ Attack
From ´Anti-Clinton´ Website
Newsbusters, by Matt Hadro    Original Article
Posted By: HoneyBadger- 2/11/2014 6:54:52 AM     Post Reply
Instead of treating Hillary Clinton as a possible presidential candidate who must be vetted, NBC framed her as a sympathetic victim of a "brutal" and personal attack on Monday´s Nightly News.Andrea Mitchell bemoaned that "inflammatory excerpts" of "once-private papers" of Clinton´s close friend were published an "anti-Clinton website" -- the conservative news site Washington Free Beacon. Would NBC say that an "anti-Cruz" website attacked Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) if he faced a similar report? [Video below the break. Audio here.]Anchor Brian Williams teased the report as an opportunity for an ugly GOP ambush: "Still ahead for us tonight, the private lives

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