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Cuomo´s Glass Housing
American Spectator, by Bill Zeiser    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/13/2014 5:37:39 AM     Post Reply
Try as I might, I cannot rule out the possibility that the Democratic Party is some sort of elaborate performance art piece. One of those subversive ones where the real point is not the performance itself, but the reaction drawn from an unsuspecting audience. There was a cocktail party where the artist explained his vision, but we squares who are part of the patriarchal consumer culture weren’t invited. They are just seeing how far they can push this thing before we catch on. That must be it. There can be no other acceptable explanation for the straight-faced rationalizations many of us

ABC Ignores Jon Karl Calling Obama´s
Syria Policy an ´Absolute Failure´;
Finds Time for Dog Show
NewsBusters, by Matt Hadro    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/13/2014 5:29:50 AM     Post Reply
At Wednesday’s White House press briefing, ABC’s Jonathan Karl asked point-blank if the Obama administration’s handling of Syria has been an “absolute failure.” ABC didn’t report the exchange on Wednesday evening, however. Karl asked White House press secretary Jay Carney, “isn’t it time to acknowledge that easing the humanitarian crisis in Syria, that the President’s policy has been an absolute failure?” He cited national intelligence chief James Clapper, who told Congress that the crisis has become an “apocalyptic disaster.” Carney bristled and defended the administration’s record. Karl wouldn’t let him get far noting the U.S.

Sid Caesar’s 5 Funniest Moments
Daily Beast, by Emily Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/13/2014 5:25:22 AM     Post Reply
The comic legend died Wednesday at age 91. Watch five of his funniest moments. A comedic legend and television pioneer, Sid Caesar passed away on Wednesday at the age of 91. In the 1950s, Caesar and Your Show of Shows, his television show with Imogene Coca, were household names. By modern day viewing standards, you need to have a little extra patience for some of the Your Show of Shows clips, which clock in around seven to 12 minutes each. But, they more than payoff as a chance to see classic, clever sketch comedy in its earliest days of television. Here’s

  


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There´s no way Comcast
will buy Time Warner Cable
The Week, by Peter Weber    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/13/2014 5:21:09 AM     Post Reply
C omcast is proposing to buy rival Time Warner Cable for $45 billion, combining the No. 1 and No. 2 cable TV providers in the country. The all-stock deal needs approval from each company´s board of directors — reportedly a done deal — the Justice Department´s antitrust division, and the Federal Communications Commission. The deal isn´t going to happen. Not in any recognizable form. First, here´s the argument for why it might: Comcast has 22 million pay-TV subscribers and TWC has 11 million, a number it has already suggested it could shave by 3 million under the deal. That would give the combined

Mass medication has serious side-effects
Telegraph [UK], by Andrew M Brown    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/13/2014 5:18:07 AM     Post Reply
Sir William Osler, the “father of modern medicine”, said that what distinguished humans from animals was the desire to take medicine. Osler died in 1919, but, like most of his brilliant aphorisms, it is still true, with the added development that now many of us take pills even if there’s nothing wrong with us. He also thought one of the first duties of the physician was to educate people not to take medicine. That idea, that medicines are potentially dangerous and should be avoided if possible, has gone out of the window--and that is a pity. We’re now seeing a

Rutherford shared rooms with assistant
Chicago Tribune, by John Chase & Monique Garcia    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/13/2014 5:17:03 AM     Post Reply
State Treasurer Dan Rutherford routinely roomed overnight in hotels and a Chicago apartment with a low-level treasurer´s office employee whom he has given a 50 percent pay hike, raising questions about the workplace judgment of the Republican candidate for governor. Rutherford said he has shared a room with his executive assistant, Joshua Lanning, scores of times since taking office in 2011, a practice he says is a way to save money for his campaign fund. "We double-bunk in the campaign," Rutherford said. "We always double-bunk when we can. Totally as a cost-saving measure." Several human resources experts said superiors should avoid sharing a

Who’s afraid of Barack Obama?
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/13/2014 5:11:24 AM     Post Reply
We cheered a week ago, when President Obama used the National Prayer Breakfast to call for release of two Americans. The first is Kenneth Bae, a prisoner of North Korea. The other is Saeed Abedini, a prisoner of Iran. Each has been sentenced to long prison terms for “crimes” that only a criminal regime would deem criminal: Bae for ministering to Christians and Abedini for work on behalf of house churches. Alas, the week since Obama’s call confirms a depressing fact about America’s diminished standing in the world these days. Pyongyang packed Bae off to one of its labor camps in the vast

  


  

Era of the ‘Big Flaunting FLOTUS’
Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/13/2014 5:09:15 AM     Post Reply
Welcome to the era of the ‘Big Flaunting FLOTUS’. Yesterday a picture of Obama dogs Bo and Sunny dining at a table set with fine crystal and china, bling-wearing Sunny sporting a necklace tweeted by Michelle Obama, travelled the Net. The Tweet photo, captioned “Bone Appétit”, had some news sites like Thomas Lifson’s great American Thinker, headline the Michelle Tweet “stunning insensitivity”. An apt headline under circumstances of the day where the children of many average Americans do not get to eat as well as the Obama dogs and daughters. With Hollywood attendees still belching stale champagne from last night’s

Self-Appointed DOJ ‘Voting Rights Gladiator’
Battles Kansas Secretary of State Kobach
PJ Media, by J. Christian Adams    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/13/2014 5:07:10 AM     Post Reply
DOJ Voting Section attorney Bradley Heard was in the courtroom of federal judge Eric Melgren today. Heard was trying to persuade Melgren that Kansas can’t ensure that foreigners aren’t registering to vote in Kansas. Things didn’t go so well for Mr. Heard, which is surprising because he is a “Voting Rights Gladiator.” A what? That’s right — according to Bradley Heard’s own Twitter account, he is a “Voting Rights Gladiator” in addition to being an “Outside Agitator.” What is most curious about Mr. Heard’s Twitter feed is how much official business he discusses. Get the clips while they are hot, for they are

How to Survive the Next
Wave of Technology Extinction
New York Times, by Farhad Manjoo    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/13/2014 5:01:13 AM     Post Reply
Don’t mock the beleaguered Nook owner. That could have been you. Five years ago, when the nation’s largest chain of bookstores released an e-reader that it promised would best Amazon’s Kindle, could you blame the poor souls who bought in to Barnes & Noble’s vision of the future? In 2011, Consumer Reports proclaimed the Nook the best e-reader in the land, saying it surpassed the Kindle in just about every way. Well, that sounds pretty definitive, doesn’t it? No wonder your aunt bought you one for Christmas. Things haven’t played out well since. After failing to douse Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes & Noble has spent the last year

Great moments in state exchange success:
CO director put on leave after fraud indictment
Hot Air, by Mary Katharine Ham    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/13/2014 5:01:06 AM     Post Reply
The allegations: She paid herself healthy sums for “consulting” work for her federally funded housing agency in Montana even though she was already paid as a full-time employee, charged homeowners she was “helping” for things that didn’t exist, used federal money for personal travel and paying members of her own family. She pled not guilty Feb. 6 in Montana. Colorado saw fit to put her on administrative leave, Lois-Lerner-style, and emphasizes she didn’t have access to anyone’s finances. Whew! A director with Colorado’s health-care exchange was placed on paid administrative leave Tuesday after it was discovered she has been accused of stealing from

  


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Is Hillary Clinton Blocking a New
Generation of Democratic Leaders?
National Journal, by Alex Seitz-Wald    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/13/2014 4:56:24 AM     Post Reply
Hillary Clinton has dominated the Democratic presidential discussion like few other candidates before her. Two years out from the Iowa caucuses, she already has a top-tier super PAC, a grassroots organizing machine, dozens of big donors ready to open their wallets, and massive support from Democratic voters. It´s unprecedented in modern politics, veteran Washington operatives agree. But her inevitability masks a potential weakness within the Democratic Party: the lack of a deep bench of future national leaders. For a coalition that prides itself on diversity, the list of presidential hopefuls is filled with white men: Vice President Joe Biden, Maryland Gov.

The Party Of Science Has Absolutely
No Clue What It’s Talking About
The Federalist, by Andrew Quinn    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/13/2014 4:53:58 AM     Post Reply
It hangs over American politics like a moth-bitten blanket. An old and weary narrative, it crowds out conversation and lets shopworn cheap-shots masquerade as thoughtful critiques. Yes, it’s one more marker of the bad faith and disrespect that pervade our politics, but its costs go beyond hurt feelings. Real Americans pay a price for this poisonous argument. The story in question is “the Republican war on science.” That particular phrase is the title of one 2007 book, but this story’s tentacles stretch far beyond a single volume. For years, a concerted effort has been made to intertwine scientific truth with progressive

Kennedy cousin Skakel granted request
to relocate GPS device to fit ski boot
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/13/2014 4:50:45 AM     Post Reply
Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel, who was released from prison last year after he was granted a new trial in the 1975 slaying of a neighbor, has received approval to have a GPS tracking device temporarily relocated from his ankle while he attends his son´s ski competition. During an earlier ski competition this month, Skakel was unable to accompany his son up the mountain with other parents because his ankle couldn´t fit in the ski boot with the bracelet, his attorneys said in court papers. As a result, they said he was required to hike up the mountain alone, which took two

Laser bombardment yields energy milestone
CNN, by Matt Smith    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/13/2014 4:47:50 AM     Post Reply
The event was over in a fraction of a scintilla of a blink of an eye and released a burst of energy that´s not particularly impressive by most standards. But it´s being hailed as a milestone in a decades-long quest to harness the power of nuclear fusion, the same process that powers the sun. For the first time, scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California say they produced more energy from a reaction in their fuel source than they put into the fuel, said Omar Hurricane, the physicist who led the experiment. "You´re not going to power a car with

  


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Congress Restores Benefits
for Military Retirees
ABC News, by Arlette Saenz    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/13/2014 4:45:44 AM     Post Reply
After extending the nation’s borrowing authority for the next year, the Senate voted Wednesday to restore the cost of living adjustment for military retirees’ benefits after it was cut as part of the Murray-Ryan budget deal in December. The Senate voted 95 to 3 to restore the benefits one day after the bill cleared the House. It now heads to President Obama for his signature. In December, the budget deal crafted by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., cut the cost of living adjustment for military pensions to one percent below the rate of inflation for veterans

New study adds to evidence that
mammograms do not save lives
Reuters, by Sharon Begley    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/13/2014 4:27:58 AM     Post Reply
New York - A new study has added to growing evidence that yearly mammogram screenings do not reduce the chance that a woman will die of breast cancer and confirms earlier findings that many abnormalities detected by these X-rays would never have proved fatal, even if untreated. The research, published on Wednesday in the British Medical Journal, is the latest salvo in a decades-long debate over the benefit of mammograms. The 25-year study of 89,835 women in Canada, aged 40 to 59, randomly assigned the volunteers to receive either annual mammograms plus physical breast exams or physical exams alone.

Car bomb kills at least
11 policemen in Karachi
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/13/2014 4:00:05 AM     Post Reply
Karachi — Eleven Pakistani policemen were killed Thursday when a suicide car bomber struck their bus, the latest in a series of near-daily attacks since the government called for peace talks with militants. The bombing in the commercial hub of Karachi, which wounded 47 others, came as Pakistan has been negotiating with the Taliban to end a seven-year insurgency. Munir Sheikh, a senior police official, told reporters the bomber struck in the early morning. "Apparently it was a suicide car attack as an explosive-laden car hit the police bus transporting officials. So far 11 policemen have died." Another official, Farooq Awan who heads a special

Jeter meant just as much to
baseball as he did to Yankees
Fox Sports, by Jon Paul Morosi    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/13/2014 3:49:39 AM     Post Reply
Two entities must replace Derek Jeter: the New York Yankees and Major League Baseball. The Steinbrenners may have the easier job. The Yankees will have a new shortstop in 2015. Jeter made that official Wednesday, announcing his retirement effective at the end of this season. The Yankees don´t have an obvious heir in the farm system, but rest assured that Brian Cashman will identify a successor — through free agency, trade or promotion — at some point in the next 14 months. From that standpoint, the timing isn´t bad. Hanley Ramirez, Asdrubal Cabrera, J.J. Hardy, and Jed Lowrie will be free agents next winter.

Despite U.S. warnings,
Afghanistan releases detainees
Reuters, by Hamid Shalizi & Missy Ryan    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/13/2014 3:34:39 AM     Post Reply
Kabul - The Afghan government released 65 detainees on Thursday who the United States has warned pose a serious security threat, a move that further strains already tense U.S.-Afghan ties as the international mission in Afghanistan winds down. Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman Zahir Azimi said the prisoners had been released from a detention facility near the Afghan capital, Kabul, and would be sent back to their respective home areas throughout Afghanistan. The U.S. embassy in Kabul called it a "deeply regrettable" move that ran counter to a 2012 agreement on detainees. "The Afghan government bears responsibility for the results

  



Comcast to buy Time
Warner Cable for $45 billion
Associated Press, by Ryan Nakashima    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/13/2014 3:23:44 AM     Post Reply
Los Angeles - Comcast Corp. has agreed to buy Time Warner Cable Inc. for $45.2 billion in stock, or $158.82 per share, two people familiar with the matter said late Wednesday. The deal will combine the nation’s top two cable TV companies and make Comcast, which also owns NBCUniversal, a dominant force in both creating and delivering entertainment to U.S. homes. The deal was approved by the boards of both companies and, pending regulatory approval, is expected to close by the end of the year, the people said. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced formally. An announcement is set for

Another American on
the government´s kill list
Los Angeles Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/13/2014 3:12:56 AM     Post Reply
Reports that the United States may target another U.S. citizen for death because of his alleged involvement in terrorism are troubling, especially in light of unanswered questions about the drone attack in Yemen in 2011 that killed the U.S.-born Anwar Awlaki. This time, the potential target is said to be in Pakistan. If the United States is again to deliberately take the life of one of its citizens without due process of law, leaders from the president on down must, at the very least, offer specific and credible proof that such action was absolutely necessary to prevent imminent attacks on Americans and that capturing the suspected terrorist was impossible.

Woody Allen vs. Dylan
Farrow, art vs. scandal
Los Angeles Times, by Meghan Daum    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/13/2014 3:01:35 AM     Post Reply
Want to make a really bad time for yourself on social media? Register an opinion about Dylan Farrow´s letter published by the New York Times on Feb. 2 stating that her father, Woody Allen, sexually abused her some two decades ago when she was 7. Better yet, register an opinion that stops short of totally vilifying either Allen, who despite the general ick factor of his attraction to younger women was never charged with a crime, or Farrow, who makes a powerful case despite its lack of concrete evidence (not unusual in such situations). Pretty soon — probably within seconds — you'll have the Facebook equivalent of a sun shower.

Todd Palin: Sarah Palin Would
Win Pres Election ´Hands Down´
if Media Weren´t Biased
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/13/2014 1:43:57 AM     Post Reply
Sarah Palin´s husband said that his wife would win a presidential election "hands down" if the media covered Republicans and Democrats fairly and without bias. When asked in an interview on Inside Edition that aired Tuesday, Todd Palin suggested that if the media were not like WWE referees who try to swing the outcome of matches, Palin would win a presidential election in a landslide. Todd said that Sarah "would win hands down, in my mind, if the media did their job and presented each candidate on experience and their policy and their ideas." When asked if he would potentially

Israel at a Point of No Return —
In the Right Direction
PJ Media, by Spengler (David Goldman)    Original Article
Posted By: lvmatt- 2/13/2014 1:28:31 AM     Post Reply
I should like to advance a conjecture which I lack the qualifications to adequately develop: The global Left, and the Israeli Left most of all, perceives that the clock is running out, and has worked itself up into a froth of hysteria against Israel. The world of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” where there are no countries and no religions, is about to dissipate like last night’s marijuana fumes. The demographic time bomb that worries the Left is not the relative increase of Arab vs. Jewish populations between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River, speciously cited by John Kerry and a hostof

Busch Gardens roller coaster stops mid-ride
Tampa Tribune, by Jose Patino Girona    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 2/12/2014 11:49:31 PM     Post Reply
TAMPA — Everything was fine on the roller coaster - at first. Every seat was taken on the Cheetah Hunt ride at Busch Gardens at about 2:30 p.m. The 16 people on board, ranging from teenagers to those in their 70s, braced themselves for the rush that comes with defying gravity. Then, unexpectedly, the ride stopped, with the cars about 60 feet up in the air. The ride operator tried to nudge the cars back to their station, but that didn’t work. To make matters worse, a storm was heading toward the park. For one of the few times in

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