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Obama: Anti-gay bill step
backward for Ugandans
Associated Press, by Darlene Superville    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/17/2014 8:33:08 AM     Post Reply
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — President Barack Obama warned Uganda Sunday over its plans to further criminalize homosexuality, saying it would "complicate our valued relationship." Defending gay rights around the world, as he has done at home, Obama said a bill that President Yoweri Museveni has pledged to sign will mark a "step backward" for all Ugandans and reflect poorly on the country´s commitment to protect the human rights of its people. It also would represent a serious setback for anyone committed to freedom, justice and equal rights, Obama said. Obama said the United States stands for the protection of fundamental

New ‘climate change’ tack:
It’s the economy, stupid
Washington Times, by Joseph Curl    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 2/17/2014 8:28:40 AM     Post Reply
You readers who have lived in the Washington area since the 1970s will remember the frigid winters back then. They lasted for months and dumped foot after foot of snow. The biggest lakes in the area froze solid — so solid that parents let their children play hockey on them. And the C&O Canal was a speed skater’s dream — a 20-mile sheet of ice from Georgetown to Violette’s Lock in Potomac.It was so cold across the world, and had been for so long, the mainstream media began writing stories about a Doomsday scenario — “global cooling.”

Backlash builds against CNN for
interviewing George Zimmerman
Fox News, by Howard Kurtz    Original Article
Posted By: HoneyBadger- 2/17/2014 7:57:54 AM     Post Reply
George Zimmerman is stepping back into the media spotlight — and that is generating sparks of controversy.It’s understandable that plenty of people never want to see his face again. He is the man who killed Trayvon Martin, and while he was acquitted of murder in their fatal street encounter, the fact remains that an unarmed black teenager is dead. Since the Florida trial that became a media sensation, Zimmerman has had several run-ins with law enforcement. After his wife left him, his 27-year-old girlfriend called police and said he had aimed a shotgun at her, and authorities arrested him and temporarily confiscated a shotgun, assault-style rifle and three handguns.

  


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Putting Social Security on Solid Footing
American Thinker, by Jon N. Hall    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/17/2014 7:49:54 AM     Post Reply
If you lend yourself money, should you charge interest on the loan? It would depend on how badly you need the interest income, wouldn´t it? If you were desperate for cash, you´d pay yourself a hefty interest rate. After all, you need the money, right? If you fail to see the absurdity in those questions, you might be a member of Congress. But what may be even more absurd than those questions is federal finance. You see, the federal government "lends" itself money and pays interest on those "loans." The prime example of this practice is the surpluses generated by the

Woody Allen heckled at ‘After Midnight’
New York Post, by Page Six Staff    Original Article
Posted By: HoneyBadger- 2/17/2014 7:46:06 AM     Post Reply
Woody Allen is continuing to put on a brave face following abuse allegations from his adopted daughter — even attending a Broadway musical where one audience member brazenly yelled, “I think he did it!” Allen, wife Soon-Yi and their two daughters Bechet and Manzie attended the “After Midnight,” matinee starring k.d. lang at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Saturday. The moment the show ended and the crowd stood for the ovation, the famously shy director, who is nominated for Best Original Screenplay for “Blue Jasmine,” and his family made a beeline for the door. But he didn’t go unnoticed by

Conservatives don´t feel ´well represented
in Washington,´ Jim DeMint says
Washington Examiner, by Brian Hughes    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 2/17/2014 7:26:00 AM     Post Reply
Weighing in on the current split in the Republican Party, Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint said Sunday that conservatives increasingly feel as though their views aren´t being represented in Washington. “A lot of us as conservatives don´t feel like we are well represented in Washington right now,” DeMint said on CBS´ “Face the Nation,” when asked to give his assessment of Republican Party leadership. “And I think a lot of Americans, regardless of political labels, feel the same way. I hear it all over the country and I think that´s why you see a stirring in the country,” he added. The feud between

Ethiopian plane hijacked
to Geneva by co-pilot
Associated Press, by John Heilprin    Original Article
Posted By: HoneyBadger- 2/17/2014 7:09:09 AM     Post Reply
GENEVA — An Ethiopian Airlines co-pilot hijacked a plane bound for Rome on Monday and flew it to Geneva, where he wanted to seek asylum, officials said. The Boeing 767-300 plane with 202 passengers and crew aboard had taken off from the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, and landed in the Swiss city at about 6 a.m. (0500 GMT). Officials said no one on the flight was injured.Geneva airport chief executive Robert Deillon told reporters that the co-pilot, an Ethiopian man born in 1983, took control of the plane when the pilot ventured outside the cockpit. “The pilot went to the

  


  

Sandbagging Princes Shame
King and Queen Obama
American Thinker, by Jeannie DeAngelis    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 2/17/2014 7:05:26 AM     Post Reply
Just when you thought it couldn´t get any more embarrassing for America´s self-appointed monarchs, His Highness King Barack and the Sovereign Queen Michelle, two kids go and shame them in front of the whole world. (snip)while wannabe American royalty were on their 23rd vacation or so, the heir to the throne of Britain and his little brother Harry spent the day on the southwestern coast of England sandbagging a burst wall to protect the property of lowly British citizens. For the entire world to see, as they slogged through the mud working next to ordinary citizens, Wills and Harry were

Climate Consensus Con Game
American Thinker, by S. Fred Singer    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 2/17/2014 6:59:36 AM     Post Reply
At the outset, let´s be quite clear: There is no consensus about dangerous anthropogenic global warming (DAGW) -- and there never was. There is not even a consensus on whether human activities, such as burning fossil fuels to produce useful energy, affect global climate significantly. So what´s all this fuss about? Let´s also be quite clear that science does not work by way of consensus. Science does not progress by appeal to authority; in fact, major scientific advances usually come from outside the consensus; one can cite many classic examples, from Galileo to Einstein. [Another way to phrase this issue: Scientific

We recommend John Cornyn in
GOP primary for the U.S. Senate
Dallas Morning News [TX], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/17/2014 6:45:15 AM     Post Reply
Sen. John Cornyn is a principled lawmaker whose brand of Texas conservatism makes him the best choice in this eight-way GOP primary race for the Senate. Cornyn is the deputy GOP Senate leader and a senior Republican on the Judiciary Committee. Holding these positions of influence can only bode well for Texas. (Snip)Attorney Linda Vega, 47, and small-business owners Dwayne Stovall, 48, Curt Cleaver, 47, also are on the ballot. They didn’t respond to interview requests, and their questionnaire answers give us pause about their ability to lead. Reid Reasor neither attended the interview nor filled out the questionnaire.

Andrew Breitbart´s War
Comes to Britain
Breitbart London, by James Delingpole    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 2/17/2014 6:36:04 AM     Post Reply
In the Spectator recently, my old friend Toby Young described a dilemma which all those of us right-wing persuasion must face up to in the end: should you soften your position in order to find some common ground with people whose stupid political ideology you loathe and despise? Or should you stay true to your principles and risk being marginalised as, at best, unreasonable and, at worst, as a fruitcake, a crank, a dangerous extremist? Young was talking in particular about his battles with the hard-left educationalists who were trying to sabotage free schools like the one he helped set

  


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Who tells the best jokes?
Neurotic, aggressive jerks
New York Post, by Kyle Smith    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 2/17/2014 6:25:11 AM     Post Reply
‘Man alone suffers so excruciatingly in the world,” said Friedrich Nietzsche, “that he was compelled to invent laughter.” This was a landmark moment in comedy, because exactly two seconds after Nietzsche said this, the atomic wedgie was invented by the boy standing behind him in the middle-school lunch line. Today science is looking for better explanations of comedy than existential suffering, cognitive scientist Scott Weems says in his book “Ha! The Science of When We Laugh and Why” (Basic Books). Along the way, comedy researchers have stumbled upon surprising truths. For instance, lawyer jokes were almost nonexistent in the 1950s, whereas today more

Barack Obama spends holiday weekend
playing Oracle billionaire NINETEEN-hole
golf course as Michelle hits the slopes
Daily Mail [UK], by Helen Pow    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/17/2014 6:23:18 AM     Post Reply
First lady Michelle Obama and her daughters, Sasha and Malia, are in Aspen for the President´s Day weekend while Barrack has been golfing in sunny Southern California with childhood friends. ´She likes it here,´ Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo said, noting that this is Mrs Obama´s third consecutive trip to Aspen over the holiday weekend. DiSalvo said he was notified three weeks ago of the ski trip, and eight local law enforcement officers--comprised of sheriff´s deputies and Aspen police--were added to the security detail for the visit. Meanwhile, President Obama was escaping the frigid weather in Washington, spending Saturday playing golf in

Evidence Mounts Against Piers Morgan
in Phone Hacking Investigation
Breitbart Big Government, by Alex Wickham    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 2/17/2014 6:16:29 AM     Post Reply
On Friday it was revealed that the CNN host and former editor of the Daily Mirror newspaper, Piers Morgan, had been interviewed under caution by police investigating phone hacking. Officers from Operation Golding will have wanted to talk to Morgan about his now infamous claim that “I have never hacked a phone, told anyone to hack a phone, or published any stories based on the hacking of a phone.” That categorical denial looks increasingly implausible when you look a the volume of evidence against him. Before the phone hacking scandal blew up in 2011, Morgan had – somewhat foolishly on his

In Florida, More Journalistic Malpractice
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/17/2014 6:11:51 AM     Post Reply
A Jacksonville, Florida jury has found Michael Dunn guilty of several counts of attempted murder, but hung on the more serious charges of first and second degree murder, and manslaughter. The facts, very briefly: Dunn pulled into a gas station with his fiancé. Black teenagers in a nearby SUV were playing loud rap music. Dunn asked them to turn it down; they refused. Dunn testified in his own defense, something of a rarity in criminal trials, and told the jury that one of the teenagers, Jordan Davis, then pointed a shotgun at him from a window, threatened to kill Dunn,

  


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John Kerry warns climate change
is ´the world´s most fearsome
weapon of mass destruction´
Daily Mail [UK], by Associated Press & Daily Mail Reporter    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/17/2014 6:10:57 AM     Post Reply
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday called climate change perhaps the world´s ´most fearsome´ destructive weapon and mocked those who deny its existence or question its causes, comparing them to people who insist the Earth is flat. In a speech to Indonesian students, civic leaders and government officials, Kerry tore into climate change skeptics. He accused them of using shoddy science and scientists to delay steps needed to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases at the risk of imperiling the planet. A day earlier, the U.S. and China announced an agreement to cooperate more closely on combating climate change.

Voter ID and Gun Rights
National Review Online, by Charles C.W. Cooke    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/17/2014 6:09:18 AM     Post Reply
Insofar as it is a case at all, and not merely a political cudgel, the brief against voter ID is simple. Minorities and the poor, advocates charge, disproportionately lack government-issued identification documents, and, as a result of the allegedly arduous process that is required to obtain them, they may struggle in perpetuity to remedy this. In consequence, laws that make presentation of ID the price of exercising a fundamental right are unacceptable — disenfranchising the marginalized, removing their voices from the public square, and imposing obstacles to their equal enjoyment of constitutional protections. Given America’s difficult record on such issues,

NBC under fire for reducing Bode
Miller to TEARS after bronze medal
win by repeatedly asking him
about brother´s death
Daily Mail [UK], by Daily Mail Reporter    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/17/2014 6:01:35 AM     Post Reply
NBC is under fire after one of its reporters questioned bronze medal winning skier Bode Miller so much about the death of his brother he began to sob uncontrollably. Correspondent Christin Cooper interviewed Miller just moments after he finished third in the Super G fnal, making him both the most medaled skier in history and the oldest person to win an alpine medal at the Games. [Snip] Miller was the first to bring up his brother, Chilly, a snowboarder who died in April from a seizure, but Cooper continued to push to the point that he had to walk away.

People Are Walking Across Frozen Lake
Superior To See These Incredible Ice Caves
Business Insider, by Pamela Engel    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/17/2014 5:59:02 AM     Post Reply
This year´s long, harsh winter hasn´t been all bad — the prolonged cold has made incredible ice caves in Wisconsin accessible on foot for the first time in five years, Reuters reports. Thousands of people are walking more than a mile over a frozen Lake Superior to reach the caves, which are carved out of sandstone by waves, according to Reuters. Superior is the world´s largest freshwater lake. Polar vortexes have allowed the ice caves to remain open to visitors because the lake has stayed frozen enough to support people walking across it. People can kayak through the caves in the summer,

Student forced to apologize
for emailing pic of Obama
kicking a door, because RACISM
Daily Caller, by Robby Soave    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/17/2014 5:55:22 AM     Post Reply
A student at McGill University in Montreal, Canada was forced to issue a formal apology for emailing a picture of President Obama kicking open a door–all because some students thought the image was somehow racist. The image was actually an edited .gif, and was shown by Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show” last fall. It humorously suggests that the president may be fed up with press conferences. McGill student Brian Farnan, vice president of the university’s student government, sent out an email with the .gif and the harmless caption, “Honestly midterms get out of here,” according to Legal Insurrection. What happened next

  



The UAW’s Waterloo
Commentary Magazine, by John Steele Gordon    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/17/2014 5:50:53 AM     Post Reply
The United Auto Workers Union suffered a devastating defeat on Friday, when its attempt to organize the workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga failed on a vote of 712-626 (53-47 percent). The company had agreed not to resist the organizing effort and gave the union access to the plant and its workers. If the union couldn’t win an election under those conditions, it is a powerful sign of how weak, indeed toxic, unions have become in recent years. If the UAW couldn’t win this election, it seems doubtful it can win any election. To be sure, unions have always been

The IRS targets political speech again
Chicago Tribune, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/17/2014 5:47:33 AM     Post Reply
The Internal Revenue Service is used to being universally disliked every April 15. But this year, the widespread denunciations have started early, and for good reason. In November, the agency issued proposed new rules that are supposed to keep social welfare organizations from abusing their legal privileges by engaging in excessive electioneering. The effort came in response to complaints from Democrats about a 2012 surge in political spending by such tax-exempt groups, by the conservative Koch brothers and others to influence elections. The IRS wants to curb such efforts, and it doesn´t display much concern about the likely effect on free speech.

Slaughter in the Cities, Ineffectual
Mumbling in the White House
American Interest, by Walter Russell Mead    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/17/2014 5:39:27 AM     Post Reply
This is what a policy looks like when it dies and goes to hell. The FT reports that violence is ramping up in Syria, with Assad agents using devastating “barrel bombs” against rebel areas. More: According to the opposition Syrian National Council, 20,000 people have been killed in barrel-bomb campaigns since the start of the conflict in 2011. A Turkish official said about 2,000 had been killed since peace talks began in Geneva last month. The Damascus reg­ime has failed to offer an explanation for the bombing, but insists in its official media and during the Geneva talks that it is

Trapped South African Miners Can
Either Stay in Mine or Get Arrested
Atlantic Wire, by Sara Morrison    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/17/2014 5:35:08 AM     Post Reply
Suspected illegal gold miners trapped in a South African mine have a choice: get rescued and arrested, or stay in the mine. Eleven miners were rescued from the shaft, near Johannesburg, yesterday and promptly arrested. When the other trapped miners -- it´s not known how many are down there but some reports say it could be as many as 200 -- saw that, they decided to stay down there. The rescue operation has been postponed until the miners change their minds. Currently, the BBC reports, a "private security company" is guarding the mine to make sure the rescue can resume if the

Restricted Access
Washington Free Beacon, by Alana Goodman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/17/2014 5:31:12 AM     Post Reply
An extensive collection of papers related to Bill and Hillary Clinton’s years in the Arkansas governor’s mansion remains under tight control at a public library in Little Rock, with access restricted by the Clinton Foundation. President Bill Clinton donated his papers from his tenure as Arkansas governor to the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) in 2003, and they are housed at the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies in Little Rock. The documents could provide new insight into the early chapter of the Clintons’ political careers, as reporters take a second look at Hillary Clinton’s past in light of the information contained in

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