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Comcast, Time Warner agree
to merge in $45 billion deal
Washington Post, by Cecilia Kang    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/13/2014 7:42:52 AM     Post Reply
Comcast has agreed to buy Time Warner Cable for more than $45 billion in stock, a deal that would combine the two largest cable providers in the country, according to people familiar with the matter. The combined company would be a communications juggernaut with far greater influence than any of its peers. It would not only control the “last mile” connections that pump cable and internet services into homes and businesses, but also a huge swath of the content that travel through those pipes since Comcast already owns the entertainment empire of NBC Universal. The proposed merger is expected to

Illegal Aliens vs. Undocumented Immigrants
American Thinker, by David Lawrence    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/13/2014 7:25:12 AM     Post Reply
Some Americans think that America is so good that it´s their moral obligation to let everyone in to share in the joyous holiday of being American. They assume that anyone who becomes American is lucky. Wow, what a big break for a foreigner. Well, maybe it´s no longer so great here. After all, Obama ran on "change." And the country has changed during his administration. It went downhill. Maybe we don´t have to feel guilty for not letting foreigners become Americans. Perhaps they could do better elsewhere. Perhaps Obama´s new America, with its change for change´s sake, is not good

John Boehner, Eunuch
American Thinker, by Jason Kissner    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/13/2014 7:01:08 AM     Post Reply
Less than 24 hours after President Obama illegally rewrote the law he had previously jammed down Boehner´s -- and the country´s -- throat, Boehner handed the budding dictator a clean debt-ceiling hike. Last October, Obama vindictively shut down the federal government upon his having refused to delay ObamaCare, which of course is exactly what he himself lawlessly did on February 10, 2014! Of course, Boehner is hardly in a position to argue now, having foolishly (immensely so) accepted responsibility for the shutdown. Never mind Boehner´s cowardice (we´ll get to that in a moment); what kind of moron cedes that kind of maneuverability to

  


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An Executive Order that Hurts
American Thinker, by James Longstreet    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 2/13/2014 6:46:30 AM     Post Reply
Here is another "red line" for the president. After endless and lawless tweaking and rewriting the Affordable Care Act aka ObamaCare, there now can be a definitive declaration of a group being harmed. Employers with 50 to 99 employees have been given yet another one of these fiat waivers from Obama. And the employers with over 100 employees can now cry foul, and even a Democrat might see the inconsistencies and injustices of the recent waiver. Employers with over 100 employees -- say 110 -- are still bound to obey and incur fines, no taxes, (or is a penalty?). They are being placed

How Obama Officials Cried ‘Terrorism’
to Cover Up a Paperwork Error
Wired, by David Kravets    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 2/13/2014 6:05:57 AM     Post Reply
After seven years of litigation, two trips to a federal appeals court and $3.8 million worth of lawyer time, the public has finally learned why a wheelchair-bound Stanford University scholar was cuffed, detained and denied a flight from San Francisco to Hawaii: FBI human error. FBI agent Kevin Kelley was investigating Muslims in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2004 when he checked the wrong box on a terrorism form, erroneously placing Rahinah Ibrahim on the no-fly list. What happened next was the real shame. Instead of admitting to the error, high-ranking President Barack Obama administration officials spent years covering

Paula Deen lands $75M comeback deal one
year after career derailed by N-word scandal
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/13/2014 6:01:33 AM     Post Reply
SAVANNAH, Ga. — Paula Deen has found a key ingredient to bringing some sizzle back to her career — a cash infusion worth at least $75 million from a private investment firm. The Savannah-based celebrity cook announced Wednesday that she’s launched an umbrella company that will oversee her restaurants, cookbooks, product endorsements and other remaining slices of her media empire. The new company, called Paula Deen Ventures, said private-equity firm Najafi Companies is investing $75 million to $100 million to help Deen make a comeback. Deen’s fortunes took a dive last year after comments she made under oath during proceedings in

These 3 Charts Show Why Obama
is More Popular in States That are
Less Free & Stink Economically
Independent Journal Review, by Kyle Becker    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/13/2014 5:58:16 AM     Post Reply
The following are the 9 states where the president has the highest approval via Gallup: Hawaii (61.3), Maryland (57.0), Rhode Island (56.7), New York (56.7), Vermont (56.6), Massachusetts (56.5), New Jersey (56.4), California (55.8), and Connecticut (55.1); topped off by Washington D.C. (80.8) for good measure.(Snip for graphic)Now, let’s survey the state of overall freedom in the states (this follows economic freedom closely) on this interactive map provided by George Mason University’s Mercatus Center:

  


  

Get ready for an explosion of eco-
terrorism if President Obama ever
approves the Keystone XL pipeline
Washington Examiner [DC], by Mark Tapscott    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/13/2014 5:54:19 AM     Post Reply
Imagine looking out your living room window late at night and seeing in your front yard a torch-carrying mob threatening you with violence. That´s what happened to oil pipeline company executive Mark Maki recently, according to journalist Lachlan Markay. Maki is president and director of Enbridge Energy Management LLC in Houston, Texas. The torch-carrying protestors on Maki´s front lawn were upset because his company filed criminal trespass charges against three of their comrades who chained themselves to Enbridge equipment. "Solidarity means attack" Maki opened his front door and walked out to talk to the protestors and the evening concluded without

Is the GOP Now Rand Paul’s Party?
Commentary Magazine, by Jonathan S. Tobin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/13/2014 5:49:19 AM     Post Reply
It’s been a good month for Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. Last week, conservatives applauded as Paul tore into Bill Clinton as a sexual predator. Much of the nation was puzzled by the exchange because they couldn’t see how a rerun of the debate over the Monica Lewinsky scandal would help the GOP stop Hillary Clinton from being elected president in 2016. But many Republicans cheered because it showed that Paul had the guts to take on the Clintons and a mainstream media that continues to treat the former president as a revered figure in spite of his past. Paul added

The Man With No Party
Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/13/2014 5:47:09 AM     Post Reply
CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News and ABC World News broadcasts gave brief mention to the conviction of former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin Wednesday on 20 federal counts, including bribery and conspiracy, but all three omitted the fact that he was a Democrat. CBS anchor Scott Pelley and ABC fill-in anchor George Stephanopoulos referred to him as the “former mayor” while NBC’s Brian Williams called him “controversial.” Nagin, who left office in 2010 after eight years, was indicted in January 2013 on charges he accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from businessmen who wanted work from the city or

Obama’s Newspeak
National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/13/2014 5:44:31 AM     Post Reply
The nightmare societies portrayed in the George Orwell novels “1984 and Animal Farm gave us the word “Orwellian.” That adjective reflects a vast government’s efforts not just to deceive and control the people, but also to do so by reinventing the meaning of ordinary words while rewriting the past itself. America, of all places, is becoming Orwellian. The president repeatedly reminds the American people that under his leadership, the U.S. has produced a record level of new oil and natural gas. But didn’t Obama radically curtail leases for just such new energy production on federal lands? Have the edicts on the

  


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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

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

  


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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

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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