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Report: US Drops to 46th
in Press Freedom
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Taheshah Moise    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/13/2014 11:06:23 AM     Post Reply
According to Reporters Without Borders, America dropped 13 spots on the World Press Freedom Index 2014, designed to rank 180 countries in terms of the freedoms journalists enjoy and the regulations placed on them by government authorities. The Index, published Feb. 11, shows that America now ranks number 46, below countries like South Africa and France. The Index has been published annually since 2002, but the 2014 ranking for America marks one of the most significant declines ever reported. According to Christophe Deloire, the Reporters Without Borders Secretary General, the World Freedom Index is based on seven criteria: the level

Why Hillary Clinton Continues
to Get a Free Pass
New Republic, by Isaac Chotiner    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/13/2014 11:05:39 AM     Post Reply
Try the following thought experiment: Chris Christie, or Sarah Palin, or Andrew Cuomo is asked by a friend about sexual harassment allegations against a powerful Senator. Christie, or Palin, or Cuomo responds that he or she is tired of all these whiny women. Now imagine the friend´s records are released. What would be the reaction in the media and among feminist organizations? It is inconceivable that there would not be an uproar, a forced apology, and some articles about how this will hurt the prospective candidate with women, and endanger his or her presidential hopes. Well, this actually happened on

John McCain tweets horrific
Syria pictures
Fox News, by Lauren Ashburn    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/13/2014 11:03:23 AM     Post Reply
The following is not for the faint of heart. Even those with iron constitutions may not be able to stomach these pictures. John McCain has been decrying the carnage in Syria for a long time, lambasting the administration for not doing more to assist the rebels battling the Assad regime. Wednesday, he tried a new tack. McCain used his Twitter account to post close-up pictures of rows of dead children, an infant with its legs badly injured, and naked emaciated corpses laid out on concrete slabs. The photos are a handful of 55,000 smuggled out of Syria documenting Assad’s torture.

  


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Obama´s Two Americas: The Economy
and How Democrats Win Elections
Breitbart Big Government, by Peter Morici    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/13/2014 11:00:53 AM     Post Reply
President Obama is dividing America into two nations—one rich, the other increasingly poor, and both more likely to elect Democrats. Americans growing richer support his policies, and those growing poorer are increasingly dependent on Democratic politicians for government handouts. In this century, the economy has not performed well, and a jobs shortage has driven down the income of most Americans. Obama’s “recovery” has managed only 2.4 percent growth, but George W. Bush’s expansion scored about the same rate and then collapsed altogether. Since 2001, when Bush took office, the U.S. economy has created only 4.7 million jobs—about 30,000 a month

Paul Ryan’s military
pay gambit backfires
Politico, by Austin Wright & Juana Summers    Original Article
Posted By: happywarrior- 2/13/2014 11:00:23 AM     Post Reply
Rep. Paul Ryan’s bid to kick off an overhaul of military compensation is backfiring — instead highlighting the perils of scaling back entitlement programs. The Senate on Wednesday handily approved, 95-3, a House-passed bill that the House Budget Committee chairman says “undermines” a tenet of the bipartisan budget deal he struck in December with his Democratic counterpart in the Senate, Patty Murray of Washington state. The Wisconsin Republican’s gambit was viewed as an attempt to get the ball rolling on military compensation reform — something top commanders say is badly needed — and to show that entitlement cuts are possible,

Untold Thousands
Flout Gun Registration Law
The Courant [Hartford, CT], by Dan Haar    Original Article
Posted By: US Veteran- 2/13/2014 10:49:26 AM     Post Reply
Everyone knew there would be some gun owners flouting the law that legislators hurriedly passed last April, requiring residents to register all military-style rifles with state police by Dec. 31. But few thought the figures would be this bad. That 50,000 figure could be as little as 15 percent of the rifles classified as assault weapons owned by Connecticut residents, according to estimates by people in the industry, including the Newtown-based National Shooting Sports Foundation. No one has anything close to definitive figures, but the most conservative estimates place the number of unregistered assault weapons well above 50,000, and perhaps

Exclusive: Mob of teens attack
man in downtown Cleveland
WOIO-TV [Cleveland, OH], by Ed Gallek    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/13/2014 10:47:18 AM     Post Reply
Cleveland, OH - There´s evidence of more violent teens running around the heart of downtown Cleveland. A disabled Army vet spoke out about the latest attack that happened Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. Matthew Robinson told our Ed Gallek he was riding RTA´s Healthline when six to eight teenagers surrounded him on the bus, and then started following him. Then, he said they attacked, took his stuff, and videotaped what they were doing. (Snip) Robinson told 19 Action News, "What they were saying was, ´Knock that boy out!´ ´White boy.´ ´Cracker.´ They were saying, ´Knock that white boy out.´"

  


  

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.

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

  


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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.

  


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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.

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

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."

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