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China plans the world´s
longest undersea tunnel
Telegraph [UK], by Malcolm Moore    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/15/2014 4:15:36 PM     Post Reply
Beijing - At more than twice the length of the Channel Tunnel, China´s latest mega project is not short of ambition. A 76-mile-long tunnel will run between the northern city of Dalian with Yantai, on the east coast. "Work could begin as early as 2015 or 2016," said Wang Mengshu, an expert at the Chinese academy of Engineering, to the China Daily. He added that the new tunnel will knock 800 miles off the current route between the two cities. It will also form a vital link in a high-speed rail line from China´s frozen north to the tropical island

Why the Tennessee Volkswagen
Workers Voted Against the UAW
PJ Media, by Ron Radosh    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 2/15/2014 4:06:11 PM     Post Reply
“The United Auto Workers union suffered a crushing defeat Friday, to organizing workers at Volkswagen AG ’s plant in Chattanooga,Tenn.,” The Wall Street Journal reported. “The setback is a bitter defeat because the union had the cooperation of Volkswagen management and the aid of Germany’s powerful IG Metall union, yet it failed to win a majority among the plants 1,550 hourly workers.” One cannot emphasize the magnitude of this loss. What it clearly spells out is the irrelevance of the old industrial unions in today’s world. They have become nothing less than reactionary institutions . It is no longer the heyday

Twenty-five years after Soviet
exit, Taliban says U.S. will
meet same fate
Reuters, by Mirwais Harooni    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/15/2014 4:04:46 PM     Post Reply
KABUL- The Taliban called on Afghans to expel the United States from Afghanistan on Saturday just as they said Afghan mujahideen fighters had done to Soviet forces 25 years ago to the day. In a statement issued on the 25th anniversary of the final Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, a national holiday for Afghans, the Taliban sought to connect the steady departure of U.S. and NATO troops ahead of a year-end deadline to the end of the decade-long Soviet occupation. "Today America is facing the same fate as the former Soviets and trying to escape from our country," the Taliban said

  


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Pelosi Dismisses Family Values:
´Why Would Anybody Get Married?´
Breitbard TV, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 2/15/2014 4:01:49 PM     Post Reply
In an interview with Now This News, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) discussed marriage, whether it is traditional or same-sex, and seemed to dismiss the sacred tradition. “But I would say, you know, if you’re getting married -- why are you getting married?" she said. "Why would you get married? Why would anybody get married? In that the person that they love so much, that was irresistible, that they had to get married?"

Not the Party of ´No´
American Thinker, by Elise Cooper    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/15/2014 3:54:14 PM     Post Reply
The Democrats try to claim the Republicans are "the party of no" while publicizing the president´s two main agenda issues, healthcare reform and income inequality. However, Republicans have made counterproposals that the mainstream media and Harry Reid refuse to consider. American Thinker interviewed authors of some of these alternate bills. Congressman Tom Price (R-GA) has been warning for years about the implications of ObamaCare. He is afraid that Americans will become aware when it is too late, when they try to go to a doctor or hospital and find out they are no longer covered. He told American Thinker,

UN envoy ´very sorry´ as
Syria talks break off in failure
Agence France-Presse, by Jonathan Fowler, Nina Larson    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/15/2014 3:47:07 PM     Post Reply
Geneva - The UN´s Syria envoy said he was "very, very sorry" Saturday as peace talks in Geneva broke off with no progress made and no date set for a third round. Just weeks after the warring parties sat down for the first time to seek a political settlement to the three-year conflict, a second round ended in acrimony. "I´m very, very sorry," UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi told reporters in Geneva as he announced the break-off in talks. "I think it is better that every side goes back and reflects, and takes their responsibility: do they want this process to continue or not?" With no guarantee the parties will return to the negotiating table,

Exclusive: Misconduct
forces more soldiers out
Associated Press, by Lolita C. Baldor    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/15/2014 3:45:08 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON- The number of U.S. soldiers forced out of the Army because of crimes or misconduct has soared in the past several years as the military emerges from a decade of war that put a greater focus on battle competence than on character. Data obtained by The Associated Press shows that the number of officers who left the Army due to misconduct more than tripled in the past three years. The number of enlisted soldiers forced out for drugs, alcohol, crimes and other misconduct shot up from about 5,600 in 2007, as the Iraq war peaked, to more than 11,000 last year. The data reveals stark differences between the military

  


  

Russians Cry Foul on
Twitter After Hockey Loss
Wall Street Journal, by Paul Sonne    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/15/2014 3:32:30 PM     Post Reply
Edward Snowden used to be the most controversial American in Russia. Now it’s referee Brad Meier. The NHL referee born in Dayton, Ohio, officiated Saturday’s preliminary-round Olympic hockey game between Russia and the U.S. Russian hockey fans took to Twitter to express their displeasure with the referee’s decision to disallow a goal that would have put Russia ahead in a tie game, on the basis that the goal frame was dislodged when Russia scored. Russia ultimately lost to the U.S. in a nail-biting shootout. Here are some translated Russian tweets: (Snip) Translation: Seems like the referee is a patriot. Would

Obama, childhood buddies
go golfing in California
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/15/2014 2:23:07 PM     Post Reply
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — It’s a day of golf in Southern California for President Barack Obama while the nation’s capital recovers from this week’s snowfall. The White House says Obama teed off Saturday at the nine-hole course at the Sunnylands retreat in Rancho Mirage with childhood friends Bobby Titcomb, Greg Orme and Michael Ramos. Obama is spending the weekend at the estate. It used to be the winter home of the late billionaire philanthropists Walter and Leonore Annenberg. On Friday night, Obama and Jordan’s King Abdullah II met at Sunnylands for talks largely focused on Syria.

USA defeats Russia in rivalry
game decided in shootout
CBS News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/15/2014 2:19:45 PM     Post Reply
SOCHI, Russia -- T.J. Oshie scored four times in the shootout and got the winner in the eighth round, leading the United States past Russia 3-2 Saturday in the thrilling revival of a classic Olympic hockey rivalry. Cam Fowler and Joe Pavelski scored in regulation for the Americans in the marquee game of the preliminary round. Jonathan Quick made 29 saves and stopped five attempts in the shootout. International rules allow the same player to take multiple shots after the first three rounds of a shootout, and U.S. coach Dan Bylsma leaned on Oshie, one of the NHL´s shootout specialists.

After Second Round of
Syria Talks, No Agreement
Even on How to Negotiate
New York Times, by Anne Barnard & Nick Cumming-Bruce    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/15/2014 2:15:24 PM     Post Reply
Geneva — The United Nations mediator for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, wrapped up the second round of peace talks here on Saturday without breaking a longstanding deadlock or setting a date for a third round, and urged the parties to think seriously about their commitment to the negotiations. Mr. Brahimi said the talks had broken down primarily because the Syrian government balked at his suggestion that the negotiators discuss both sides’ top demands early on, rather than spending days on the government’s demands. “I am very, very sorry, and I apologize to the Syrian people,” Mr. Brahimi, an Algerian diplomat who has spent

  


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Goodbye, Eric Holder?
Front Page Magazine, by Matthew Vadum    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/15/2014 12:55:40 PM     Post Reply
Embattled Attorney General Eric Holder told the New Yorker magazine he plans to step down from his post later this year, but a Holder spokesman now denies he made any such commitment. It’s just another confusing day in the increasingly chaotic Obama administration, where, as the president’s approval ratings continue to fall, the left hand never quite seems to know what the extreme-left hand is doing. In an interview that appears in the New Yorker’s Feb. 17 issue, Holder told Jeffrey Toobin that he intends to remain in his position “well into” the year. Holder “told me that he will leave office

Is Obamacare Adorable?
PowerLine, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/15/2014 12:53:14 PM     Post Reply
For Valentine’s Day, the Obama administration decided to promote Obamacare in a manner less macho than its “Pajama Boy” campaign. It pronounced Obamacare “adorable,” in animal-themed messages appropriate to the season: There are more, equally adorable cards at the link. I am trying to picture the circumstances under which these Valentine’s Day missives would be used. At the linked OFA page, you can click to share them on Facebook. I assume they are also intended to be sent as E-cards, although I am not sure about that. Can you imagine? Happy Valentine’s Day, Honey! Sorry I couldn’t afford to

The Awful Details of the Report on
Richie Incognito and the Dolphins
New York Magazine, by Joe DiLessio    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/15/2014 12:52:32 PM     Post Reply
Last fall, the NFL hired lawyer Ted Wells to investigate the Miami Dolphins in the wake of offensive tackle Jonathan Martin´s claims that he´d been bullied by teammate Richie Incognito. Martin, as you´ll recall, left the team in October, and details of the alleged bullying — including claims that Incognitio used racial slurs — trickled out over the following days and weeks. The Wells Report was released today, and it found that three Dolphins starters, including Incognito, John Jerry, and Mike Pouncey, "engaged in a pattern of harassment" of Martin, another young Dolphins lineman, and a member of the training

Obama pledges $1B in loan
guarantees to Jordan
Washington Examiner (DC), by Susan Crabtree    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/15/2014 12:49:06 PM     Post Reply
President Obama pledged $1 billion in loan guarantees for Jordan, a Middle East ally that is dealing with a flood of Syrian refugees who have crossed the border. The president made the loan guarantee commitment during a meeting Friday evening with Jordan´s King Abdullah II at Sunnylands, the Annenberg estate in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Obama also extended an aid package for the country for five years. With a population of 6.5 million people, Jordan, which shares a border with Syria, has been forced to deal with 600,000 refugees that have fled the deadly violence. The influx of people has strained

  


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As medals slip away, Americans are
getting steamed at Sochi Games
Washington Post, by Sally Jenkins    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/15/2014 12:47:21 PM     Post Reply
Sochi, Russia - The snow in the Caucasus Mountains is dissolving, the white patches shrinking, and many athletes on Team USA seem to be melting down with them. Some Americans are drained, and others are dragging. When they ski or they skate, they think they went fast, but then they look up at the clock and are stunned to find they were a second slow, and finish eighth. Team USA’s self-esteem is leaking away, and it’s triggering anxious super-secret coaching meetings and conspiracy theories. What’s in the Russian water table — and why are those Swiss timers so suspiciously slow?

NYT, federal judge overruling gay
marriage ban confuse Constitution
for Declaration of Independence
Daily Caller, by Katie McHugh    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/15/2014 12:37:41 PM     Post Reply
Both federal judge Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen and the one-time newspaper of record confused the Constitution for the Declaration of Independence during their haste to celebrate the overturning of Virginia’s gay marriage ban Thursday night. “Our Constitution declares that ‘all men’ are created equal. Surely this means all of us,” wrote Allen in a tautological pronouncement that cited a unilateral assertion of sovereignty penned in response to 18th-century British abuses of power, rather than the supreme law governing the U.S. The New York Times gave no indication it noticed Allen’s glaring error, dedicating most of its

Shani Davis, no matter where he
finishes, remains an unfortunate
exception at Winter Games
Washington Post, by Mike Wise    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/15/2014 11:51:15 AM     Post Reply
Sochi, Russia — Don’t listen to your friends back home saying the Winter Olympics are just for white people who like the cold and vacation in Aspen. This is the most inclusive Winter Games ever. Why, there are Caucasians here from almost 88 different nations. Bada-bing! I’ll be here all week. Actually, I will be here the next 10 days. And in that time, I will encounter no more than a dozen people of African American descent. They are the same ones I see over and over. Speedskater Shani Davis, Lolo Jones and the U.S. women’s bobsled team, NBC correspondent Lewis Johnson and about three other black journalists,

California auto buyers favor Toyota
Prius; rest of U.S. prefers trucks
Los Angeles Times, by Jerry Hirsch    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/15/2014 11:43:50 AM     Post Reply
America loves trucks. California? The Prius hybrid. Toyota´s Prius was the best-selling vehicle in the state for the second consecutive year in 2013, highlighting California´s radically different taste in automobiles. Nationally, Ford´s F-Series truck has been the bestselling vehicle for more than three decades. (Snip) The average transaction price of the Prius is higher than what the other passenger cars at the top of California´s list cost, Brauer said. "People are buying the most expensive, the most political and the car with the most identifiable image," he said. "It makes a stronger statement than the other four even though

A mandate for layoffs
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 2/15/2014 11:11:07 AM     Post Reply
The White House has just made a damning admission about ObamaCare: Its employer mandate creates an incentive for businesses to lay off workers. That’s not how the administration puts it, of course. But a new rule requiring certain businesses to certify — on pain of perjury — that layoffs they make are not ObamaCare-related rests on this assumption. This new requirement is a byproduct of the decision to extend for yet another year the waiver of the health insurance mandate for businesses with 50-99 employees. Obviously this gives businesses an incentive to get out of the mandate by getting under the 100-employee

  



IRS scandal -- time for a special counsel
Fox News, by Jay Sekulow    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 2/15/2014 11:07:05 AM     Post Reply
In the last week, new developments in the IRS targeting scandal have led me to the same conclusion as Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Lindsey Graham, Representative Trey Gowdy, and others: It’s time for a special counsel to investigate the IRS. Why? Because the IRS is continuing its partisan targeting and because Congressional Democrats are now joining the Obama administration in their efforts to hinder the Congressional investigations of IRS misconduct. It’s now clear that new, speech-restricting regulations proposed by the IRS are not separate from the larger targeting scheme – where the IRS singled out conservative groups

Fan Attacks Rival High School
Basketball Coach’s Wife During Game
KOVR-TV [Sacramento, CA], by Dereck Shore    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 2/15/2014 10:57:55 AM     Post Reply
STOCKTON — A fight on the basketball court between a fan and the wife of a rival basketball coach ended the night for both schools. The melee stopped the freshman girls game between McNair and St. Mary’s High School and canceled the rest of the night’s games. St. Mary’s girl’s basketball coach Tom Gonzalves is still in shock after what he describes as a brutal attack on his wife. “I’ve been coaching for a long time, and it’s one of the worst things I’ve ever seen,” he said. “She was covering herself up, and the lady was like, bam bam, and I saw two hits.” During a heated rivalry game, Gonzalves says a woman rooting

California commuters, students warned:
You might have gotten the measles
CNN, by Greg Botelho    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/15/2014 10:53:11 AM     Post Reply
Could simply sitting on a train or in a classroom land you in the hospital? That´s a possibility in Northern California, where health officials are trying to get the word out that a University of California, Berkeley, student may have exposed classmates and strangers to measles. The school´s university health services said a student who contracted measles -- likely during a trip overseas -- had spent time in and around campus and commuting to and from his home in Contra Costa County on Bay Area Rapid Transit, or BART, trains during the February 4 to 7 morning commutes and in the late

Vitamin C may be secret to
lowering risk of stroke
Science Recorder, by James Fluene    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/15/2014 10:03:43 AM     Post Reply
According to a news release from the American Academy of Neurology, consuming foods that contain vitamin C may lower your risk of the most common kind of hemorrhagic stroke. Fruit and vegetables, like oranges, papayas, peppers, broccoli and strawberries, contain vitamin C. According to the American Stroke Association, hemorrhagic stroke accounts for approximately 13 percent of stroke cases. It results from a weakened vessel that ruptures and bleeds into the surrounding brain. The blood collects and compresses the surrounding brain tissue. The research involved 65 people who had dealt with an intracerebral hemorrhagic stroke. They were examined in contrast to

Boy, 10, steals parents´ car
to visit grandparents 68 miles away...
then tells police he is a dwarf
who has forgotten his licence
Mail [UK], by Kate Lyons    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 2/15/2014 10:02:49 AM     Post Reply
A ten-year-old Norwegian boy who drove his parents’ car into a snowy ditch offered an inventive excuse to police: he was a dwarf who had forgotten his driver’s license. The boy – who lives near Dokka, a town 110kms (68 miles) north of Oslo – put his 18-month old sister into the car sometime before 6am, while his parents were still sleeping and set off to visit his grandparents in Valdres, about 60 kilometres away. He drove more than 10 kilometres before veering off the road, where he was found by a snowplow driver who alerted police.

GOP: Obama´s Medicare cuts
´a breach of faith with seniors´
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 2/15/2014 10:01:40 AM     Post Reply
Good morning. Few promises are more sacred than the ones we make to older Americans. Protecting the dignity and the security our seniors have earned is a commitment that spans generations and party lines. For example, during President Obama´s health care speech to Congress in the fall of 2009, he spoke directly to older Americans. “These steps,” he said, “will ensure that you — America’s seniors — get the benefits you´ve been promised.” Then, during a telephone town hall with seniors from around the country, he said he wanted to respond to what he called “hysterical claims” about his plan. “Here’s the truth..." he said,

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