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Progressives takes lessons
from ‘Downton Abbey’
Washington Post, by George F. Will    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 2/13/2014 10:45:11 AM     Post Reply
Many “Downton Abbey” watchers are nostalgia gluttons who grieved when Lord Grantham lost his fortune in Canadian railroad shares. There are, however, a discerning few whose admirable American sensibilities caused them to rejoice at Grantham’s loss: “Now perhaps this amiable but dilettantish toff will get off his duff and get a job.” This drama’s verisimilitude extends to emphasizing that his lordship had a fortune to squander only because he married an American heiress. By battening on what they disdained, this republic’s commercial culture, many British aristocrats could live beyond their inherited means — actual work being, of course, unthinkable.

Group Distributes 4,000 Free
"Endangered Species" Condoms
For Valentine´s Day
KRWG-TV (Las Cruces, NM), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 2/13/2014 10:42:45 AM     Post Reply
For Valentine’s Day the Center for Biological Diversity is sending 4,000 free Endangered Species Condoms to some of the most romantic getaway cities in North America. From Bar Harbor, Maine, to Santa Fe, N.M., the condoms will be given away by volunteers to raise awareness about how runaway human population growth affects endangered species around the globe. “Valentine´s Day is the perfect time to spread a message of love by speaking out about human population growth and endangered species protection,” said Taralynn Reynolds, population and sustainability organizer at the Center. “Endangered Species Condoms are a great way to start the

Michael Sam´s father not
thrilled that his son is gay
Los Angeles Times (CA), by Chuck Schilken    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 2/13/2014 10:33:35 AM     Post Reply
When NFL prospect Michael Sam came out publicly as gay Sunday, he was largely applauded for his honesty and bravery by everyone from NFL players, coaches and executives to the Obamas. Sam´s father had received the news several days earlier. His reaction wasn´t nearly as enthusiastic.Michael Sam Sr. was celebrating his birthday at a Denny´s near his home outside Dallas on Feb. 4 when he got a text message from his son. The All-American defensive lineman out of Missouri wrote: Dad, I’m gay. “I couldn’t eat no more, so I went to Applebee’s to have drinks,” Sam Sr. told the New York Times.

  


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U.S. launches new global initiative
to prevent infectious disease threats
Washington Post, by Lena H. Sun    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/13/2014 10:25:04 AM     Post Reply
Faced with what they describe as a perfect storm of converging threats from infectious disease epidemics, U.S. officials are launching a global effort Thursday with more than two dozen countries and international organizations to prevent deadly outbreaks from spreading. The goal is to prevent, detect and respond to infectious disease threats where they start. That’s more effective and less costly than treating sick people after diseases spread. The new initiative will aim to bolster security at infectious disease laboratories, strengthen immunization programs and set up emergency response centers that can react to outbreaks within 120 minutes. Despite advances in medicine and

Boy Scouts´ Ranks Drop After
Year of Policy Change
Associated Press, by Nomaan Merchant    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/13/2014 10:15:52 AM     Post Reply
The Boy Scouts of America said Wednesday that it lost 6 percent of its membership after an often-bruising year in which it announced it would accept openly gay boys for the first time, over the objections of some participants who eventually left the organization. The organization´s national leadership voted in May to accept openly gay boys for the first time, while continuing to exclude gay leaders. That policy change, while lauded by gay-rights groups, angered conservatives and some members who consider homosexuality a sin and a violation of Scouting values. BSA spokesman Deron Smith said Wednesday that the 2013 decline could

Penn State sorority is shut down
over photo which showed members
mocking Mexicans with fancy dress
and offensive signs
Daily Mail (UK), by Damien Gayle    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/13/2014 10:09:28 AM     Post Reply
A college sorority has been shut down after an photo was circulated showing members dressed in an offensive parody of Mexicans. It showed the sisters of Chi Omega at Penn State wearing sombreros, ponchos and fake moustaches while holding up signs saying ´will mow lawn for weed + beer´ and ´I don´t cut grass I smoke it´. The picture - apparently taken around Halloween 2012 - came to light in December that year and sparked an immediate backlash from fellow students at the publicly funded university. On Tuesday Chi Omega´s national organisation finally shut down its Penn State chapter, having

Behind the White House´s Health-Law Dodges
Wall Street Journal, by Karl Rove    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/13/2014 10:00:23 AM     Post Reply
When President Obama told Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in March 2012 that "after my election I have more flexibility," most assumed he was referring to foreign policy. It turns out Mr. Obama´s ambitions weren´t so limited. Earlier this week, Mr. Obama demonstrated his imperial flexibility again, delaying another important provision of the Affordable Care Act. For firms with 50-99 employees, the president waived until 2016 the requirement they provide health insurance or pay a fine. Also, companies with 100 or more workers can avoid most of the law´s penalties if they provide coverage to at least 75% of their workforce. The

  


  

Ray Nagin can´t shift blame
for his corrupt actions anymore
Times Picayune [LA], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 2/13/2014 9:54:24 AM     Post Reply
When Ray Nagin left office in mid-2010 after a disastrous second term as mayor, the focus was mainly on his failure to lead New Orleans´ post-Katrina recovery. In the four years after he left City Hall, though, it became clear that he not only had neglected his duties as mayor, he had set about to enrich himself by selling his office. The jury in his federal public corruption trial made that judgment official Wednesday, finding him guilty on 20 of 21 counts of bribery, wire fraud and tax evasion.

Women: Looking For Love
In All the Wrong Places?
Aspen Times (CO), by Melanie Sturm    Original Article
Posted By: AVFD15- 2/13/2014 9:49:15 AM     Post Reply
“Life’s greatest happiness,” Victor Hugo wrote, “is to be convinced we are loved.” As most experienced couples know, love-induced happiness is a year-round triumph, not the outcome of a singular, mass-marketed Valentine’s celebration — the one Jay Leno calls “Extortion Day.” But men ignore this expectation-filled Hallmark holiday at their peril, which is why it’s become a $16 billion industry. More than heart-shaped bling, women savor attention — a lesson noted by politicians. Just as women beware of transient Romeos, they must Think Again about politicians who whisper sweet nothings into their ears, over-promising before an election and under-delivering after winning their

Fear and Loathing at Wellesley
Wall Street Journal, by Lenore Skenazy    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 2/13/2014 9:30:05 AM     Post Reply
A realistic-looking statue of a sleepwalking schlub in his underpants has caused an outrage at Wellesley, a women´s college in Massachusetts near Boston. The students are so disturbed that they want him—I mean, it—gone. Grab the smelling salts, ladies. This is not a prowler, it´s a piece of art. That distinction doesn´t seem to matter to the 700 angry and aggrieved students, alumni and others who in recent days have signed a petition demanding the removal of artist Tony Matelli's "Sleepwalker." They say that, while inanimate, the male image is nonetheless a "trigger"—a catalyst capable of stirring up anything from memories of sexual assault to fear of strangers.

Obama´s clever campaign to
constrict the flow of criticism
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 2/13/2014 9:28:33 AM     Post Reply
Among the many costs of the Barack Obama presidency is an intentional corrosion for its own political gain of public faith in so many American institutions, among them Congress, the Supreme Court and the media. If numerous sectors of society are feuding or distrustful of each other, then a well-controlled central authority like a chief executive can more easily rule the pieces. It´s classic Chicago politics. Reporters Without Borders has released its annual World Press Freedom Index. What´s shocking is the United States’ ranking. During the fifth year of Obama´s reign the U.S. plummeted 13 spots to 46th.

  


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Obama and Jordan’s King
Take Visit on the Road
New York Times, by Mark Landler    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/13/2014 9:20:41 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — King Abdullah II of Jordan is visiting Washington this week, making the rounds at the State Department, the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill. President Obama is in town, too, playing host to the French president, signing an executive order on wages and getting briefed on a snowstorm bearing down on the East Coast. So where are he and the king having dinner on Friday? At a desert estate in Southern California. Mr. Obama’s meeting with King Abdullah, at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, Calif., raised questions at the White House on Wednesday, because the two leaders are practically running

Before O-Care debacle, Sebelius
made many trips to White House
The Hill (Washington DC), by Kevin Bogardus & Jonathan Easley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/13/2014 9:16:41 AM     Post Reply
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was in frequent contact with President Obama and senior White House aides before the disastrous launch of the federal ObamaCare exchange last year. While Sebelius has said the president was not aware of HealthCare.gov’s problems, more than 750 pages of documents obtained by The Hill through a Freedom of Information Act request show she made scores of visits to the White House. The documents reveal that Sebelius met with or attended calls and events with Obama at least 18 times between Oct. 27, 2012, and Oct. 6, 2013, including at least seven instances

Please Stick To Politics, Greta
American Thinker, by Dan Nagasaki & Glenn Doi    Original Article
Posted By: Glenn Doi- 2/13/2014 9:13:26 AM     Post Reply
On her TV show this past weekend, Greta Van Susteren, commented on an incident involving Marcus Smart, the Oklahoma basketball star who went into the stands and shoved a Texas Tech fan, before being pulled off by his teammates. (Snip) In the video monologue, she placed the bulk of the blame, and aimed her anger at the fan: "How about banning him long term. A 53 year-old man yelling - piece of crap - at a college athlete...He's obnoxious. He's making it not fun for everyone else, including the players...As long as adults...get away with showing belligerent behavior towards college students, don't be so surprised when students mimic that

Wendy Davis Is No Ann Richards
Time Magazine, by Hylary Hilton    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/13/2014 9:09:27 AM     Post Reply
Wendy Davis was always facing an uphill fight in her bid for the governorship of Texas, that reddest of red states. Nonetheless her entry into the race was hailed by the state’s Democrats as game-changer, a tide turner. She had become national star thanks to a 11 hour abortion rights filibuster in the Texas senate. And the party hoped she could tap into Texas’ longstanding fondness for strong outspoken and, yes, attractive women. The key to her gubernatorial campaign was to engage suburban women voters much as Ann Richards, the last and legendary Democratic governor did –hence the shorthand bio

  


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Sebelius´s coffee with Ezra Klein
The Hill, by Jonathan Easley and Kevin Bogardus    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 2/13/2014 9:08:14 AM     Post Reply
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius personally met with a handful of reporters in the run-up to the ObamaCare launch, according to records obtained by The Hill. According to Sebelius’s draft schedules, obtained by The Hill under the Freedom of Information Act, Sebelius had coffee with The Washington Post’s former WonkBlog reporter Ezra Klein on August 2, about two months before the disastrous Oct. 1 launch of HealthCare.gov.Klein is a well-known policy reporter who is now leaving the Post to start his own media venture.Sebelius’s outreach to the media also included joining a group of administration officials during a

Record, mug shot from Steve Stockman’s
drug arrest that he now denies
Dallas Morning News [TX], by Todd J. Gillman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/13/2014 9:02:17 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — In 1977, a young man who would later serve in Congress was charged with possession of Valium in Madison Heights, Mich. In 1995, during his first term in the U.S. House from a Houston-area district, Steve Stockman conceded that he’d had many brushes with the law, including one weekend jail stint that nearly cost him two years in prison because a girlfriend had slipped some Valium pills into his underwear to help him pass the time. On Jan. 31, Stockman — now challenging Sen. John Cornyn in the March 4 primary — filed a libel suit in Houston

The Democrats have
a serious Hillary Problem
and are in denial
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 2/13/2014 8:41:04 AM     Post Reply
There is a stark question that remains largely unspoken, as Hillary Clinton dominates polling and super-PAC fundraising, as the all-but-decided Democrat candidate for the 2016 presidential race. What if she doesn´t run? (snip)Queue the laugh track as Joe Biden surges to front-runner status? The polite way of expressing the problem is that he is "gaffe-prone." The more honest expression would be that he "isn´t up to the job." Still blunter would be words like "idiot" and "bozo."

Did I Move?
Front Page Magazine, by Ann Coulter    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 2/13/2014 7:52:47 AM     Post Reply
With all the smirking on the left about their electoral victories, it’s important to remember that Democrats haven’t won the hearts and minds of the American people. They changed the people. If you pour vinegar into a bottle of wine, the wine didn’t turn, you poured vinegar into it. Similarly, liberals changed no minds. They added millions of new liberal voters through immigration. So why are Republicans like Trey Gowdy, Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan and John Boehner making fools of themselves in order to spot the Democrats three more touchdowns? The House Republicans’ “Standards for Immigration Reform,” for example, contains this fat,

Sid Caesar, Comedian of Comedians
From TV’s Early Days, Dies at 91
New York Times, by Mervyn Rothstein and Peter Keepnews    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/13/2014 7:52:23 AM     Post Reply
Sid Caesar, a comedic force of nature who became one of television’s first stars in the early 1950s and influenced generations of comedians and comedy writers, died on Wednesday at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 91. His death was announced by Eddy Friedfeld, a family spokesman. Mr. Caesar largely faded from the public eye in his middle years as he struggled with crippling self-doubt and addiction to alcohol and pills. But from 1950 to 1954, he and his co-stars on the live 90-minute comedy-variety extravaganza “Your Show of Shows” dominated the Saturday night viewing habits of millions of Americans.

  



Afghanistan releases 65 prisoners
against objections from US
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/13/2014 7:49:49 AM     Post Reply
Afghanistan has released 65 accused militants from a former US prison despite protests from the American military, which says the men are Taliban fighters who are likely to return to the battlefield to kill coalition and Afghan troops. The move further strains relations between Washington and the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, whose increasingly anti-American rhetoric and refusal to sign a long-negotiated bilateral security deal have increased uncertainty before the withdrawal this year of most international combat troops. Karzai ordered the release of the detainees several weeks ago, after his government took over the prison from US troops. The decision prompted angry denunciations

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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