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Hospital Lapse Exposed 18
People to Deadly Brain Disease
ABC News, by Katie Moisse    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/12/2014 4:34:01 AM     Post Reply
A North Carolina hospital says 18 patients were exposed to a rare and fatal brain disease after “extra precautions should have been taken, but were not.” Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., said surgical tools used on a patient suspected of having Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease should have been subjected to “enhanced sterilization procedures” to remove CJD-linked proteins called prions. Instead, the instruments underwent the normal, less stringent sterilization process and were subsequently used in 18 neurosurgery patients, according to the hospital. “Our standard procedure is to apply the enhanced sterilization process to surgical instruments that are used on any patient who

LA Abuzz About Push
For Urban Beekeeping
Associated Press, by Gillian Flaccus    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/12/2014 4:30:16 AM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES -- For the past three years, Rob McFarland has kept a beehive filled with 25,000 bees on the roof of his house smack in the middle of West Los Angeles. The bees occupy some prime real estate - they even have a view of the Hollywood sign - but for now, they are illegal squatters in the trendy neighborhood of bars and eateries near Santa Monica. On Wednesday, the City Council will vote on whether to begin the process of granting bees like McFarland´s legal status in LA´s residential areas after a lengthy lobbying effort from bee lovers of all

Republican councilman Faulconer
wins San Diego mayoral election
Los Angeles Times, by Tony Perry    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/12/2014 4:26:09 AM     Post Reply
San Diego - Republican Councilman Kevin Faulconer has defeated Democratic Councilman David Alvarez, 54.5% to 45.5%, to become the city´s next mayor, according to unofficial results tallied by the county registrar of voters. The tally includes all absentee votes and votes from all 582 precincts. Unofficial turnout for the special election was 37%. Alvarez, 33, said he called Faulconer to offer his congratulations and say that he looks forward "to working with him." Faulconer returned the compliment and promised that the two will work together "to move our city forward." Acting Mayor Todd Gloria, a Democrat who endorsed Alvarez,

  


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Fair restricts free youth
tickets after ´wilding´
Tampa Tribune [FL], by Keith Morelli    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/12/2014 2:39:55 AM     Post Reply
TAMPA — The Florida State Fair, reeling from a rampage involving hundreds of youths on opening night, announced late Tuesday it is taking steps to curb such outbreaks by requiring that any minor presenting a free entry ticket after 7 p.m. be accompanied by an adult. The move had been discussed by the Hillsborough County Sheriff´s Department this week as one possible response to a night of violence Friday that resulted in a dozen arrests and 99 ejections for disorderly conduct, including a 14-year-old boy who later was killed when he was hit by a car crossing Interstate 4 nearby.

Exclusive: Sarah Palin Confirmed
to Speak at CPAC
Breitbart Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/12/2014 2:31:51 AM     Post Reply
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Breitbart News has learned exclusively. CPAC is an annual gathering of thousands of conservative activists hosted by the American Conservative Union (ACU). “We are pleased to again welcome Governor Sarah Palin to CPAC in March,” ACU Chairman Al Cardenas said in a release provided to Breitbart News. “Governor Palin electrified the crowd in 2013, and we are thrilled to welcome her back this year.” Palin served as the governor of Alaska from late 2006 until 2009, and was the 2008 Vice Presidential nominee for the Republican

State Dinner Guest List for Hollande
Is Impressive, if Minus One
New York Times, by Mark Landler    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/12/2014 1:30:04 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — In the end, the White House solved the most delicate protocol issue of Tuesday’s state dinner for President François Hollande of France in a dignified but creative way. Seated at President Obama’s right under a shimmering white tent on the South Lawn was Thelma Golden, the director of the Studio Museum in Harlem, who 20 years ago mounted a provocative exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art titled “Black Male.” (Snip) To Michelle Obama’s left was Stephen Colbert, the comedian and television host, whose connection to France consists largely in his determination to pronounce his surname as

Aboard Belgian train, Jews asked to
get off and shower at Auschwitz
Times of Israel, by JTA    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 2/12/2014 1:16:12 AM     Post Reply
Unidentified passengers aboard a Belgian train used the speaker system to urge Jews to get off at Auschwitz and shower at the concentration camp. The incident of Jan. 31 prompted the Belgian rail company SNCB to file a complaint with police over incitement to hatred, the RTL broadcaster reported Tuesday. According to RTL, the suspects gained access to the speaker system during rush hour, at 5 p.m., while traveling from Namur to Brussels. One of the passengers said in French, “Ladies and gentlemen, we are approaching Auschwitz. All Jews are requested to disembark and take a short shower.”

  


  

Obamacare creates new ways
to prosecute American business
Washington Post, by Ed Rogers    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 2/12/2014 12:57:48 AM     Post Reply
It’s been a bad week for Obamacare. Incredibly, the White House has had to grant yet another delay in the employer mandate. (Snip) This president doesn’t just selectively enforce the law as he sees fit; now he is actually inventing new crimes. It’s jaw-dropping that if you fall below 100 employees, the burden will be on you to prove that you meant no disrespect to Obamacare. I can’t wait to see the video of the first Democrat who tries to defend this new threat of prosecution within Obamacare. In fact, look for the White House to fix this and somehow

The Privileged People
Creators Syndicate, by John Stossel    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 2/12/2014 12:51:59 AM     Post Reply
Politicians say, "We´re all equal," and pretend that they represent everyone. But, in fact, they constantly pick winners and losers. (snip) During the "fiscal cliff" negotiations that Congress and the media made sound so tough -- as if every last penny were pinched -- Congress still managed to slip in plenty of special deals for cronies. --NASCAR got $70 million for new racetracks. --Algae growers got $60 million. --Hollywood film producers got a $430 million tax break. When America´s going broke, how do moviemakers get a special break? By lobbying for it. Movies are a sexy business, so 42 states offer film producers "incentives"

Bill de Blasio’s Red Apple Agenda
Front Page Magazine, by Daniel Greenfield    Original Article
Posted By: smcchk- 2/12/2014 12:13:27 AM     Post Reply
The further left a radical politician wants to go, the more likely he is to wrap his agenda in a mainstream Republican brand. In his interview with Bill O’Reilly, Obama compared himself to Nixon (not for the reason most Republicans would expect) and in his State of the City address, Bill de Blasio compared himself to Fiorello H. La Guardia; a former Republican mayor of New York City. The constant mentions of La Guardia, a universally popular figure, were a poor mask for a radical address filled with ugly divisive rhetoric, class warfare and schemes that will bankrupt the city.

Wire fox terrier wins at
Westminster dog show
Reuters, by Jonthan Allen    Original Article
Posted By: Hobbiest- 2/11/2014 11:37:02 PM     Post Reply
A wire fox terrier named Sky won "best in show" at the 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York on Tuesday, besting canines in six other groups at one of the oldest sporting events in the United States. Betty Regina Leininger of Frisco, Texas, awarded the top prize to Sky at this year´s event in Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. The win makes it the 14th time the wire fox terrier has won the competition, more than any other breed since the show´s first staging in 1877. The wire fox terrier´s last win was in 1992. No other

  


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Ted Cruz: 60 votes or else
on debt ceiling
Politico, by Burgess Everett    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/11/2014 10:27:23 PM     Post Reply
Ted Cruz will demand that the Senate come up with 60 votes to raise the debt ceiling, but indicated he won’t delay the vote as D.C. awaits a snowstorm. The GOP freshman senator from Texas told reporters Tuesday afternoon that he will not allow a clean bill to lift the debt ceiling through the Senate with a bare majority. “Under no circumstances will I agree to the Senate’s raising the debt ceiling with just 50 votes. I intend to object and force a 60-vote threshold,” Cruz said. Given that the entire 55-member Democratic caucus is expected to support the clean

Yellen surprised by jobs report and
admits US recovery ´far from complete´
Guardian [UK], by Dominic Rushe    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/11/2014 10:03:26 PM     Post Reply
The US economic recovery is “far from complete,” new Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen told lawmakers Tuesday. Testifying in her first congressional appearance since she became the central bank’s first chairwoman, Yellen said Fed policy was likely to closely follow the course set out by her predecessor, Ben Bernanke. “I served on the committee as we formulated our current policy strategy and I strongly support that strategy,” she said. (Snip) “I was surprised that the jobs reports in December and January, the pace of job creation, was running under what I had anticipated. But we have to be very careful not

State dinner guest list includes
Colbert, Cantor
The Hill (Washington DC), by Mario Trujillo    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/11/2014 9:22:24 PM     Post Reply
The guest list for the White House state dinner Tuesday night features celebrities like Stephen Colbert and lawmakers, including Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) Tuesday’s event with French President François Hollande is President Obama’s first state dinner of his second term. Like past events it features a mix of lawmakers, celebrities, journalists and administration officials. Big name celebrities like Colbert, actor Bradley Cooper and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the star of the HBO series “Veep,” are scheduled to attend. Others include former NBA commissioner David Stern and singer Mary J Blige. The list also features a

Michelle Obama chooses Carolina
Herrera for state dinner dress
Washington Post, by Cara Kelly    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/11/2014 9:08:54 PM     Post Reply
The first lady chose a dramatic Carolina Herrera ball gown with a voluminous skirt and lace-overlay top. The blue and black gown is the first dress with sleeves Obama has worn to a state dinner. Previously she donned one-shouldered pieces from Peter Soronen and Doo-Ri Chung, and a strapless gown by Naeem Khan for the administration’s first official state dinner in 2009 for India. The dress includes a black hand-sewn beaded embroidery applique scallop-edged top over a liberty blue silk faille corset, according to a statement from the designer. A wide black velvet belt breaks up the top from the

  


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Stephanie Seymour and Sons
Are Being Weird Again
New York Magazine, by Allison P. Davis    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 2/11/2014 8:25:25 PM     Post Reply
Remember when Stephanie Seymour raised more than a few eyebrows and set off one or two incest alarms when she sort of made out with her son Peter Jr. on the beach in 2011? Well, Harper’s Bazaar ran with that very-intimate-bordering-on-sexual familial energy for a mother/son shoot in its latest issue. So, you know, everyone looks great. But the sexy black dresses, the hand placement, the S&M undercurrent, Stephanie Seymour clutching a butcher’s knife while her baby bears curl around her long gams? Ahh, cringe, uncomfortable, can’t look. (Although, a Brant using an eyelash curler? Great shot.) The whole thing

´Northern liberal elites treated me
worse than the segregated South´:
America is too sensitive about race says
Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/11/2014 8:09:22 PM     Post Reply
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas told a group of college students on Tuesday that race and gender relations are worse now than when he was a kid. Speaking at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida, Thomas, the second black justice to serve on the court, lamented what he considers a society that is more ´conscious´ of racial differences than it was when he grew up in segregated Georgia in the days before — and during — the civil rights era. The conservative justice who, among other things, has written opinions supporting limits on Affirmative Action, added that

Tom Brokaw diagnosed with cancer
Chicago Tribune Wire Services, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/11/2014 7:48:10 PM     Post Reply
Veteran news anchor Tom Brokaw, an institution of broadcast journalism for more than two decades as the face of "NBC Nightly News," has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow, the network said on Tuesday. “In a personal note, NBC News Special Correspondent Tom Brokaw revealed he has been diagnosed with cancer and said he and his physicians are very encouraged with the progress he is making,” the news division wrote in an article on its website. Brokaw is best known for his 22-year run as anchor of “NBC Nightly News,” which ended

(MS)NBC Nightly News
National Review, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/11/2014 6:48:31 PM     Post Reply
After Special Report is over, I’ll often turn over to NBC to see what’s going on with the MSM bastion. I rarely find the news all that newsy, but I find it useful to see how they’re covering things. Last night was pretty classic. To their credit, they opened with a serious piece on the horrors of the Syrian civil war, but Brian Williams was almost apologetic for covering it at the top of the show, calling it “a situation that demands our attention.”(I suspect the suits wanted all Olympics.) Later, at about twelve minutes into the show, Williams spent

Victoria father welcomes healthy
baby Iver, says goodbye to wife
on life support
Vancouver Sun [Canada], by Matthew Robinson    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 2/11/2014 6:43:35 PM     Post Reply
A healthy baby boy entered the world Saturday evening, as the heartbreaking human drama of one Victoria family came to a both an end and a beginning. On Monday evening, Dylan Benson announced on Facebook the birth of his son Iver Cohen Benson, and said goodbye to his wife Robyn, a 32-year-old who was declared brain dead five months into her pregnancy. "It is with a heavy heart but also with extreme proudness that I am posting this update," Benson wrote on Facebook.

  



Sheila Jackson Lee: ‘Be prepared’
for immigration protests
Daily Caller (Washington DC), by Caroline May    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/11/2014 6:22:40 PM     Post Reply
During a House panel hearing on asylum fraud, Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee warned her committee colleagues to “be prepared” for immigration protests. “Let me just take note of the fact and in as calm a voice as I might do so … as I understand it before I came into the chambers there were persons expressing their First Amendment rights and obviously through the protocol of this committee were removed from the committee but they were expressing their consternation, their frustration, their hurt and their pain,” she said. At the beginning of the hearing, pro-immigration reform protesters shouted,

CNBC Host: Al Gore a ‘Charlatan,’
and a ‘Villain.’
Media Research Center, by Sean Long    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 2/11/2014 6:19:22 PM     Post Reply
Most of the media may be convinced by Al Gore-style climate alarmism, but CNBC’s Joe Kernen isn’t afraid to speak his mind. Joe Kernen, co-host of “Squawk Box” called the inclusion of Former Vice President Al Gore on CNBC’s list of “Top Leaders, Icons and Rebels” both “stupid” and “ludicrous.” His Feb. 11, comments came after fellow co-host Andrew Ross Sorkin suggested that CNBC ought to include Gore on their “First 25” list for his contribution to global warming awareness. Kernen went even further, suggesting that if Gore would be included only if the list allowed for “charlatans and villains on

House approves clean debt hike
The Hill (Washington DC), by Pete Kasperowicz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/11/2014 5:48:08 PM     Post Reply
The House passed a clean debt ceiling suspension on Tuesday — a vote that alienated dozens of Republicans and led some conservative groups to call for the removal of Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). The bill was approved in a 221-201 vote, largely on the back of Democrats. Only 28 Republicans voted for it, while 199 voted no. Every Democrat except two voted for the clean debt bill backed by the White House and Democratic leaders in the House and Senate. The two defections were Rep. Mike McIntyre (N.C.), who is not running for reelection, and Rep. John Barrow (Ga.), who

Michael Schumacher skiing accident
investigation into circumstances
surrounding his tragic crash set to close
Mirror [UK], by Byron Young    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 2/11/2014 5:37:24 PM     Post Reply
Investigators are likely to close the file on Michael Schumacher’s skiing accident in the next few days - according to a report in Germany. After a four-week inquiry newspaper Bild reports French investigators have passed their conclusions to the office of investigating prosecutor Patrick Quincy And, sources say, in all likelihood the file will be closed. That means the makers of the equipment Schumacher was using, the manufacturer of the helmet he was wearing and the authorities who put up signage on the slopes around the rocky off-piste slopes near Meribel will effectively be cleared of any involvement in the

´Duck Dynasty´ Star Willie Robertson
Suck It Obama! I´m a Way
Better Tipper!
TMZ, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/11/2014 4:56:11 PM     Post Reply
"Duck Dynasty" star Willie Robertson made an impression during the State of the Union address -- not so much with the President, but with 2 waiters who are now THOUSANDS of dollars richer. Radio host Sean Hannity posted the pics ... showing Willie and his wife at Ruth´s Chris Steakhouse in D.C. -- hanging with Sean, GOP Senator Ted Cruz, former Congressman Newt Gingrich and conservative radio host Mark Levin. The group closed the joint down -- the restaurant normally closes at 11 PM but the group stayed ´til 2 AM ... and they racked up a $5,000 bill. Willie

When Socialists gorge at the White House
Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 2/11/2014 4:50:05 PM     Post Reply
What do Socialists gorge on while their populations struggle through failing economies? The first course in the State Dinner served to 350 secret guests celebrating the 2-day visit of stag-for-the-moment French president Francoise Hollande will be caviar. Not from Russia, which could be mistaken for approval of Vlad the Terrible, but the kind that is “harvested from Illinois streams”. (Lotsa’ stuff grows in the ample demonized C02 of the Chicago cesspool). There’ll be Pennsylvania quail eggs gorged by guests, and 12 varieties of potatoes, the White House said.

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