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NBC Brought Own Starbucks
Shop to Sochi
Breitbart Sports, by Mary Chastain    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/16/2014 11:14:58 AM     Post Reply
There is a Starbucks in Sochi, Russia during the 2014 Winter Olympics even though they are not an official sponsor of the games. The nearest one is in the small town Rostov-on-Don. But NBC employees enjoy this small luxury most Americans take for granted. They flew in their own Starbucks and set up shop in their corner of the Olympics broadcasting center. It is open 24 hours for the 2,500 people NBC flew to Sochi. NBC said they are not violating the non-sponsor rules because it is behind closed doors and not open to the public. Bringing in the joe is a delicate exercise. NBC flies in a rotating crew of some 15 baristas from Starbucks

Hundreds of British jihadis returning from fight
in Syria spark terror alert after police and MI5
thwart Mumbai-style attack on London
Daily Mail [UK], by Amanda Williams    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/16/2014 11:02:46 AM     Post Reply
Hundreds of British jihadis have returned from fighting in Syria, sparking a terror alert in Britain. Senior security officials have said that around 250 British based ´extremist tourists´ have returned home, and are now suspected of wanting to carry out attacks here. The figure is five times higher than previously thought and includes several ´veterans´ who have fought in Afghanistan and Pakistan. MI5 and police have already intercepted an alleged serious plot by jihadis returning from the war torn region last Autumn. They were said to be planning a Mumbai-style gun attack on civilians in a crowded place, possibly London.

´I can’t look after my son any more,
but at least I can look after his dog´
Telegraph [UK], by Patrick Sawer    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/16/2014 10:53:31 AM     Post Reply
Paratrooper Conrad Lewis and the mongrel dog he adopted on patrol were constant companions amid the dangers of Afghanistan’s Helmand province. Such was their attachment that when Private Lewis was killed by a sniper’s bullet, his grieving family did all they could to arrange for the animal to be brought back to the UK to live with them. [Snip] The charity, called the Nowzad Dogs Animal Shelter after the Afghan town in which it was founded by a Royal Marine, runs the only dog refuge operating in Afghanistan, taking in hundreds of the country’s stray and abandoned pets. Since it opened it has arranged for dozens of dogs such

  


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When Harry met Joy and her
Battle of Britain comrades
Telegraph [UK], by Patrick Sawer    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/16/2014 10:38:10 AM     Post Reply
To Churchill and all Britons of a certain age they were ´The Few’, that band of brave men and women who kept Hitler’s Luftwaffe at bay during the dark days of the Battle of Britain. [Snip] Visiting Goodwood, close to former RAF Westhampnett--from where many of the Battle of Britain sorties flew--the Prince, himself a helicopter pilot and co-gunner during the more recent campaign in Afghanistan, inspected a Spitfire fighter, one of the aircraft which did so much in defending these islands. During his visit, which saw him sit briefly in the cockpit of the rare two seater model, Prince Harry met Joy Lofthouse, 91, who, as a member of the

UK weather: it´s not as weird
as our warmists claim
Telegraph [UK], by Christopher Booker    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/16/2014 10:32:33 AM     Post Reply
Inevitably, in the wake of all these dramatic storms and floods, the usual suspects, eagerly abetted by the BBC, Channel 4 News and Sky, piled in to claim that the latest “extreme weather events”--coupled with blizzards in 49 of the 50 American states--are clear evidence of man-made global warming. At their forefront, proclaiming that “all the evidence suggests there is a link to climate change”, was that arch-climate proponent Dame Julia Slingo, chief scientist at the Met Office; that same Met Office that, back in November, was predicting that “precipitation” for the three months between December and February was likely

Debt-ceiling surrender
Washington Times, by Tod Rokita    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 2/16/2014 9:37:29 AM     Post Reply
As is generally the case in Washington, last week’s debt-ceiling increase demonstrated once again that responsible solutions to help all Americans and their children live better lives are cast aside in favor of short-term political considerations. I ran for Congress to solve the greatest problem facing our nation today and in the future — the national debt. The former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, has called the national debt “the most significant threat to our national security,” not to mention to our prosperity and that of future generations. The very first ad of my campaign for Congress

St. Paul Man Faces Murder Charges
After Stabbing Co-Worker
KSTP-TV [Saint Paul, MN], by Todd Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: voxpopuli- 2/16/2014 9:17:40 AM     Post Reply
A young woman sobs at the door of an apartment in Fridley. She claims to be the daughter of 44-year-old Uriel Ortiz, who was stabbed to death Thursday while at a floral nursery in the east metro. "He was a good man," she said. 59-year-old Gregorio Ramirez is charged with stabbing and killing Ortiz. Rameriz was his co-worker at Bailey Nurseries in Newport. Police say, Thursday afternoon they got a call about a medical emergency at the nursery. When they got there Ortiz was already dead. An investigation began and it determined Ramirez was the only person with Ortiz at the time of the stabbing.

  


  

Rescuing a Vietnam Casualty: Johnson’s Legacy
New York Times, by Adam Nagourney    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/16/2014 9:16:59 AM     Post Reply
AUSTIN, Tex. — Luci Baines Johnson leaned forward in her father’s private suite at the L.B.J. Presidential Library, her voice breaking as she recounted the “agony of Vietnam” that engulfed Lyndon Baines Johnson and the pain she feels to this day of witnessing his presidency judged through the prism of a failed war. “Nobody wanted that war less than Lyndon Johnson,” said Ms. Johnson, 66, who is the president’s younger daughter. “No matter how hard he tried, he didn’t seem to be able to get out of that quagmire. Not only did he not get out of it in his lifetime,

‘Sister Wives’ Prompts Pro Polygamy
Ruling and Debate in Utah
ABC News, by Cecilia Vega    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/16/2014 8:50:38 AM     Post Reply
One husband, four wives and 17 children. America knows them as reality TV stars on the hit show Sister Wives, but today they are unlikely legal crusaders in a fight over the fate of polygamy. “I think that anybody should be able to organize their family according to how they choose,” said Kody Brown. It is an epic court battle, with Kody Brown and his wives against the state of Utah. They maintain theirs is a healthy lifestyle, where the wives have jobs, the children go to school, and everyone stands on equal ground. But that is not how authorities in Utah see it.

Is CAIR a RICO case?
American Thinker, by Mathew Hurwitz    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/16/2014 8:46:50 AM     Post Reply
The Council on American Islamic Relations, CAIR, claims to be an anti-defamation organization. In fact, as we shall see, it is anything but. CAIR was founded in 1994 by Nihad Awad and Omar Ahmed, who had ties with the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), which was established by the terrorist organization Hamas. Therefore, it is an outgrowth of the IAP. It opened its first office in Washington, D.C. with a donation from the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, the largest Islamic charity in the U.S. CAIR should be, but is not, registered as a foreign agent. Only 1% of

UAW Crushed. What Comes Next?
Daily Caller, by Mickey Kaus    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 2/16/2014 8:09:25 AM     Post Reply
No wonder they wanted card check: I remember, toward the end of the last Bush administration, whippersnappers all the confident young Dem policy warriors repeating labor’s talking points about the need to allow the secret ballot in union recognition elections to be replaced by “card check,” a system in which workers sign cards in the presence of union organizers. Without card check, management would “coerce” workers by pointing out the downside of unionization in mandatory propaganda meetings. Wasn’t it possible that workers who turned down unions simply looked at what Wagner Act unionism had done, say, to Detroit, and decided for

  


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Ted Cruz takes heat for telling
the truth about debt limit
Washington Examiner, by Star Parker    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/16/2014 7:23:00 AM     Post Reply
Once again, bitter feelings are being cast in the direction of Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. With the House passing the “clean” debt ceiling bill and sending it to the Democratic-controlled Senate, it was clear that this particular bill was going to be passed and sent to the president for his signature. But Cruz didn´t want to let Senate Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., off the hook and give President Obama a blank check to once again increase the debt ceiling as we are drowning in red ink. He didn't want Republicans to simply vote against the bill, hiding behind the Democrat majority who were sure to pass it.

Getting a grip on the realities
of the federal budget
Creators Syndicate, by Scott Rasmussen    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/16/2014 7:02:20 AM     Post Reply
The big story about the federal budget this week was the Republican Party´s struggle to deal with raising the debt ceiling. Last year´s big budget story was President Obama and the Democrats coming to grips with the so-called sequester, a policy gimmick that modestly slowed the growth of federal spending. Neither of these storylines came anywhere close to dealing with reality. The two teams of Washington insiders get hung up on these side issues because they´re better at symbolism than substance. For substance, start with the fact that the federal government is not $17 trillion in debt. That figure excludes

Ted Cruz forces GOP leaders to
vote for bill they wanted to pass
Washington Examiner, by Timothy P. Carney    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/16/2014 6:51:03 AM     Post Reply
“Vote No; Hope Yes.” This might as well be the official motto of the Republican Party -- among both the establishment wing and the Tea Party wing. But the Tea Partiers also use this Vote No; Hope Yes strategy. I first encountered Vote No; Hope Yes during the debt-limit showdown last October. The government had been shut down for more than two weeks, and the Treasury was a few hours from crashing into the debt ceiling. A clean debt-limit hike was on the table -- no spending cuts, no budget reforms. In the recent intra-Republican drama, Senate Minority Leader Mitch

The growing silence of ´union radio´
Politico, by Mackenzie Weinger    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/16/2014 6:47:59 AM     Post Reply
The golden age of unions is long gone — and for the radio shows that focus on labor and workers’ rights, every day is a struggle just to stay on the airwaves. There are a number of talk radio shows around the country covering - and funded by - organized labor that are still up and running, but like the labor movement as a whole, what remains is a far cry from the time when unions and the concerns of workers were a dominant part of the media landscape. “It’s literally dying on the vine,” former radio host-turned-Democratic candidate for the

  


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Foes from left, right, try
to oust Ky.´s McConnell
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/16/2014 6:42:25 AM     Post Reply
Democrats dream of driving U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell into retirement this year, ridding President Barack Obama of one of his fiercest opponents. Tea partyers have the same dream, but they say the Senate´s Republican leader actually is too accommodating to Democrats. This left-right squeeze is forcing McConnell to scrape as hard as ever to raise money and try to extend his 30-year Senate career into a sixth term. The squeeze also may be his salvation. It obscures divisions among the critics who drive up McConnell´s unpopularity ratings, often cited as his biggest problem. His Democratic critics can´t vote in the May 20 Republican

The Underpants Gnome Caucus
Townhall, by Derek Hunter    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/16/2014 5:57:47 AM     Post Reply
I have to preface this column with a disclaimer: I’m a big fan of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. His policy goals are my policy goals. But here comes the traditional “but.” But although his goals are admirable and shared by conservatives across the country, he has no idea how to achieve them. In fact, his actions in the Senate, which are bringing him praise from conservative groups and grassroots activists, are harming the cause. It’s an unpopular statement to make on the pages of Townhall. My column Thursday didn’t mention Cruz because it was written before he forced a cloture vote in

Wendy Davis calls on Greg
Abbott to stop defending
same-sex marriage ban
San Antonio Express-News [TX], by Peggy Firac    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/16/2014 5:49:54 AM     Post Reply
SAN ANTONIO — Sen. Wendy Davis said Thursday that she supports same-sex marriage and that Attorney General Greg Abbott, her presumed general-election opponent in the race for governor, should stop defending the state´s ban. “It´s my strong belief that when people love each other and are desirous of creating a committed relationship with each other that they should be allowed to marry, regardless of their sexual orientation,” Davis told the Express-News editorial board. Davis, D-Fort Worth, said she is “pleased” that the state´s constitutional definition of marriage, as being between a man and a woman, is under challenge in federal

Sochi Meet Oshie
Reuters, by Steve Keating    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/16/2014 5:41:37 AM     Post Reply
SOCHI, Russia – T.J. Oshie added his name to the list of American Olympic heroes with a nerveless shootout performance that lifted the United States men’s ice hockey team to a heart-stopping 3-2 win over Russia at the Sochi Winter Games on Saturday. In a heavyweight clash that evoked memories of the 1980 Olympics ‘Miracle on Ice’ when a group of American college players upset the former-Soviet Union’s ‘Big Red Machine’, Oshie delivered the knockout punch scoring on four of his six attempts, including the winner, in an epic shootout to deny Russia its Lake Placid revenge. Regarded as a shootout specialist,

Obama’s Celebrity Pal Has A Half-
Brother On Food Stamps, Even
Though She’s Worth $350 Million
Independent Journal Review, by Soopermexican    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/16/2014 5:39:20 AM     Post Reply
In an attempt to bolster Barack Obama’s claim that income inequality is the worst plague to afflict America since Vanilla Ice’s rap career, pop music star Beyonce lets her half-brother subsist on food stamps. Despite fathering one of the most successful music stars in recent years, Beyonce’s dad blames a “clerical error” for why he hasn’t paid the reported $32k in child support he owes to his baby mama, Alexandra Wright, for their illegitimate son: Wright — whose son is Beyonce’s half-brother — is now on public assistance … and gets $300 a month on a state-issued EBT card to pay for

  



Meet Lady Bird, a massive machine digging
out a solution to D.C. wastewater woes
Washington Post, by Ashley Halsey    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/16/2014 5:36:01 AM     Post Reply
A massive machine — longer than a football field — is munching away beneath Washington like a giant earthworm. Before it’s done, it will devour about 2 million cubic yards of soil that has been sitting under the city since the days of the dinosaurs. It is the most amazing and expensive construction project that no one ever will see. It will come within a center fielder’s throw of Nationals Park, within a corner kick of RFK Stadium, nibble at the deepest roots from the National Arboretum, pass below the Love Nightclub and the United House of Prayer for All, go

Remington Arms Rebuffs New York –
Will Build New Plant in Alabama
Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/16/2014 5:30:50 AM     Post Reply
Remington Arms Company, Inc., founded in 1816 in upstate New York, announced today they will build their new factory in Alabama and not the Empire state. Since New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D.) signed the SAFE Gun Control Act, multiple gun companies have left the state. And, now Remington will not build its new plant there. Syracuse.com reported: Remington Outdoor Co. plans to open a 500,000-square-foot factory in Alabama that would employ 2,000 people, AL.com and the Military Times reported today. The Military Times story says the expansion would not affect the gun company’s factory or jobs at the plant in Ilion, Remington’s

George Zimmerman says he’s homeless
and suffering from PTSD: report
New York Daily News, by Joel Landau    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/16/2014 5:28:54 AM     Post Reply
George Zimmerman says his problems continue. He told a Spanish language television station he is now homeless, battling post-traumatic stress disorder, more than $2 million in debt and lives in fear for his life. Zimmerman opened up on the Univision television show "Aquí y Ahora" (Here and Now) that will air Sunday on the Spanish language station at 7 p.m. Zimmerman also discussed his well-known struggle with 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, an African-American teen who was walking in Zimmerman´s neighborhood in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26, 2012. After he called the cops, the two got into a fight that ended with

When you give liberals the Oval Office
Washington Times, by Robert Knight    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/16/2014 5:26:03 AM     Post Reply
On Presidents Day, we honor those men who helped start and guide our nation. Their leadership got us through the American Revolution, the Civil War, the Great Depression, two world wars and the Cold War. Until recently, they all seemed to understand what makes America exceptional. But now, we’re not in Kansas anymore. You know that clever ad by a satellite-dish company that shows what happens to a man who gets bored waiting for the cable guy? As with the children’s books that began with “If You Give a Mouse a Muffin,” the man endures a series of mishaps, the final one showing

Maddow, media push mob
meme on Chris Christie
Daily Caller, by Matt K. Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/16/2014 5:22:51 AM     Post Reply
Last night, Rachel Maddow compared Gov. Chris Christie to … AL CAPONE.(Snip for video)This isn’t the first time mob references have been used on MSNBC and others in the media. This, of course, is a trend. Andrew Sullivan has referenced the “Soprano-style,” Joy-Ann Reid said Bridget Kelly is “the top cap on this operation.” This has been repeated numerous places, including Salon, etc. And who could forget the TNR photo of Christie’s superimposed on an image of Tony Soprano? … And then there was that Morning Joe chyron (which was clever, but still…) Look, I’ve taken a few shots at

Here´s the Skinny on NBC´s
Olympic Latte Secret
Wall Street Journal, by Paul Sonne & Anton Troianovski    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/16/2014 5:15:46 AM     Post Reply
SOCHI, Russia—After 10 days in Russia´s sparse Olympic frontier, Sonari Glinton glimpsed a beautiful green siren: the Starbucks mermaid on a crisp white coffee cup. Was she a mirage? Starbucks isn´t an Olympic sponsor and is therefore forbidden to have an official presence here. The nearest Starbucks is about 350 miles away by car in a little-known city called Rostov-on-Don. The only branded coffee player is supposed to be McDonald´s Corp. , which has been gaining grounds globally with its McCafé outlets. Olympic sponsors such as McDonald´s usually defend their turf more fiercely than a Team Canada goalie. But

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