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Censusgate: When and
what did Labor know?
New York Post, by John Crudele    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/18/2014 5:12:44 AM     Post Reply
A tipster tried to warn the Labor Department in 2011 that its unemployment statistics were being fabricated by the people at the Census Bureau who compile the data. But the warning was either missed or ignored by Labor. That allegedly allowed the data falsification to go on for years. As I’ve been telling you, the falsification is now the subject of a number of investigations, including one by the House Oversight Committee and Congress’ Joint Economic Committee. Also investigating is the Office of the Inspector General at the Commerce Department, which is in charge of Census. And I’m hearing that the US Attorney in

Spy Chief: We Should’ve Told
You We Track Your Calls
Daily Beast, by Eli Lake    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/18/2014 5:05:56 AM     Post Reply
The U.S. government long considered its collection of Americans´ call records to be a state secret. Now the Director of National Intelligence admits it would have been better if Washington had acknowledged the surveillance in the first place. Even the head of the U.S. intelligence community now believes that its collection and storage of millions of call records was kept too secret for too long. The American public and most members of Congress were kept in the dark for years about a secret U.S. program to collect and store such records of American citizens on a massive scale.The government’s legal

The UN has sent Kim Jong-Un
a polite but timely reminder
that he´s a modern Hitler
Telegraph [UK], by Colin Freeman    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/18/2014 5:03:02 AM     Post Reply
Dear Sir, we write to inform you that you may be guilty of crimes against humanity That seems to have been the tactic of Michael Kirby, the chair of the UN panel investigating human rights in North Korea, which issued a devastating report on the extent of the regime´s barbarity yesterday. How do you deal with someone you suspect of being among the most evil leaders ever to have stalked the earth? Do you brand them a tyrant and then send in the tanks? Do you send them a pack of exploding cigars? Or do you send them a polite

  


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Barack Obama’s Paragraph
Politico Magazine, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/18/2014 4:59:50 AM     Post Reply
The American political system is designed to make presidents seem important. They pick their teams, their goals, their fights—and if they do these things skillfully enough, we say they’ve made history. This is what Barack Obama seems to mean by getting his “paragraph right.” Yet most of the choices that presidents make are defined by circumstance. Some things they might like to do are impossible; many successes fall into their laps; some setbacks are not their fault. Our leaders can pick many things, but not their moment in history. Obama partisans make this point incessantly. Consider, they urge, the terrible

Former Planned Parenthood worker: “Money-
grubbing, evil, very sad, sad place to work”
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/18/2014 4:50:26 AM     Post Reply
Marianne Anderson should know. She worked at the Indianapolis franchise of the nation’s biggest provider in the abortion industry, until Abby Johnson helped her to leave her job and turn her life around. In an interview for The Criterion, the nurse describes some of the horrors she witnessed at the clinic: “One young girl came in with her mom,” Anderson told the paper. “She was about 16. Her mom had made the appointment. That’s not supposed to be how it works. It’s supposed to only be the patient who makes the appointment. I checked her in, and she thought she was

´The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy
Fallon´ gets help from New York
City, A-list friends
New York Daily News, by David Hinckley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/18/2014 4:48:59 AM     Post Reply
A visibly nervous Jimmy Fallon made it through his first “Tonight Show” with a little help from his friends. And a lotta help from his city. Fallon wasn’t bad. He just wasn’t as good as he’s going to get. He also did nothing to suggest NBC made the wrong call in giving him the desk owned for the last half-century by Johnny Carson and Jay Leno. Monday’s opening night also proved Fallon may never make a better decision than his first one: bringing the show back from L.A. to New York. With no disrespect to Will Smith and U2, the

Woman jailed for not returning
2005 video rental
CNN, by Doug Gross    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/18/2014 4:46:36 AM     Post Reply
Kayla Michelle Finley may be wishing that services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime had been around a little earlier. The South Carolina woman spent a night in jail last week for failing to return a video she rented -- in 2005. It was a VHS tape. Of a Jennifer Lopez movie. Finley, 27, was arrested Thursday in Pickens County, South Carolina, on a misdemeanor charge of failure to return the video, according to CNN affiliate WYFF-TV. The movie, "Monster-In-Law," starring Lopez and Jane Fonda as a feuding potential daughter- and mother-in-law, was rented from a video store, Dalton Videos,

  


  

Chihuahuas Rampage in Arizona
ABC News, by Frank Elaridi    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/18/2014 4:42:59 AM     Post Reply
Chihuahuas are on the loose in an Arizona neighborhood and flooding animal control offices with reports of the roaming strays. Animal control are having a rough time unleashing officers to patrol the area due to the unusually high number of calls, sometimes a dozen at one time. “We compared the number of calls we got in 2013 from that area to similar areas in town and the calls from Maryvale were three times higher than surrounding areas,” said Melissa Gable with Maricopa County Animal Care and Control. ”Part of it is these animals aren’t spayed or neutered, so they’re out looking

School Textbook Calls Reagan
Sexist, Slams Conservatives
Breitbart Big Government, by Warner Todd Huston    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/18/2014 4:31:01 AM     Post Reply
A sophomore at the University of South Carolina was shocked recently to find a school textbook presenting as fact the claims that Ronald Reagan was a sexist and that conservatives think people are incapable of charity and those on welfare are "lazy." The book also claims that rich people find that having poor people around is "useful" because it allows them to have a class of people to "look down on." The textbook, written by Karen K. Krist-Ashman and used in a course titled "Introduction to Social Work Profession and Social Welfare," was first reported by Campus Reform on February

White House report says $763
billion stimulus was free
Washington Examiner (DC), by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/18/2014 4:20:30 AM     Post Reply
President Obama´s $763 billion stimulus was basically free, according to a White House report that said the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was so successful that it paid for itself. "The Recovery Act had at most a minimal impact on the long-run debt — and the additional growth it produced likely further reduced or eliminated its cost," the White House Council of Economic Advisers reported Monday, the fifth anniversary of the stimulus (original emphasis). "Traditional budget scoring indicates that, because the Recovery Act was temporary, its impact on the long-run fiscal situation was minimal, adding less than 0.1 percent of

The Truth About the ´One Percent´
Wall Street Journal, by James Piereson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/18/2014 3:56:09 AM     Post Reply
´Income inequality" has emerged as the issue du jour in national politics, threatening to displace the unpopular health-care law and the slow-growing economy this election year. Speeches and columns now routinely attack the banks or "the undeserving rich" and call on Washington to do something to redistribute income from the "super rich" to the poor and middle class. Democrats from President Obama to the new mayor of New York City are leading the charge on behalf of the "99%." This crusade is based on three questionable claims. One is that the wealthy are mostly Wall Street bankers benefitting from rising

  


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Why Hillary Clinton´s past is
fair game in presidential race
Washington Examiner [DC], by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/18/2014 1:30:52 AM     Post Reply
There´s a debate going on about Hillary Clinton´s past. If she runs for president in 2016, should Republicans reach back to the scandals of her years as First Lady? Or should they focus on more recent times, especially her tenure as Secretary of State, to build a case against her? The GOP doesn´t have to choose. Of course Clinton´s recent experiences are relevant to a presidential run. But so are her actions in the 90s, the 80s and even the 70s. It´s not ancient history; it reveals something about who Clinton was and still is. And re-examining her past is entirely consistent with practices in recent campaigns. In the 2012 presidential race,

Capital One says it can show up
at cardholders´ homes, workplaces
Los Angeles Times, by David Lazarus    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/18/2014 1:09:51 AM     Post Reply
Ding-dong, Cap One calling. Credit card issuer Capital One isn´t shy about getting into customers´ faces. The company recently sent a contract update to cardholders that makes clear it can drop by any time it pleases. The update specifies that "we may contact you in any manner we choose" and that such contacts can include calls, emails, texts, faxes or a "personal visit." As if that weren´t creepy enough, Cap One says these visits can be "at your home and at your place of employment." The police need a court order to pull off something like that. But Cap One says it has the right to get up close and personal anytime, anywhere.

U.N. report catalogs North
Korean ´crimes against humanity´
Los Angeles Times, by Julie Makinen & Barbara Demick    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/18/2014 12:54:37 AM     Post Reply
Beijing - Torture, deliberate starvation and other abuses carried out by North Korean authorities — possibly on the orders of leader Kim Jong Un — are crimes against humanity and should be referred to an international court or tribunal for prosecution, United Nations investigators said Monday. A 400-page report catalogs practices long cited by defectors and human rights activists, but their inclusion in a comprehensive document compiled by a U.N.-appointed panel appears to be unprecedented. It was accompanied by a three-page letter to Kim warning that under international law he could be held responsible for atrocities committed by underlings.

Headmaster expelled boy, 6, for
junk food in his lunchbox... just
weeks after he fed 100 pupils McDonald´s
Daily Mail [UK], by Mark Duell    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 2/18/2014 12:03:21 AM     Post Reply
A headteacher who expelled a six-year-old boy after he brought in Mini Cheddars for his packed lunch fed pupils food from McDonald’s, it was revealed today. Jeremy Meek ordered the notorious junk food for youngsters at Colnbrook Church of England Primary School in Berkshire, just weeks before kicking out a pupil in a row over healthy eating. Pupil Riley Pearson was expelled earlier this month following the fall-out over his lunchbox. (Snip) The school introduced a healthy eating policy at the start of term with a letter to parents outlining that chocolate, sweets, crisps and fizzy drinks were not allowed.

  


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Monica Lewinsky: Why GOP can´t stop
talking about Clinton scandal (+video)
Christian Science Monitor, by Peter Grier    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/17/2014 11:03:33 PM     Post Reply
Washington - The Monica Lewinsky scandal has returned to US politics, after a fashion - Sen. Rand Paul (R) of Kentucky raised it late last month on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” saying President Bill Clinton engaged in “predatory behavior” in his affair with the young intern in 1995 and 1996. Since then the Clinton/Lewinsky subject has arisen on many political chat shows as hosts ask guests to discuss its possible significance to a Hillary Clinton presidential candidacy. David Gregory asked Mitt Romney the Lewinsky question on “Meet the Press” on Sunday, for instance. The 2012 GOP nominee started off by

Sen. Mitch McConnell ´looks and fights
like a TURTLE´ says Texas U.S. Senate
candidate, blasting his opponent for
working with the minority leader
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/17/2014 10:54:37 PM     Post Reply
Dwayne Stovall wants Texans to know that U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell ´looks and fights like a turtle,´ and he hopes that image will bleed over to Republican Sen. John Cornyn – the man whose job he wants. ´We Texans don´t need a Beltway turtle telling us how to fight,´ Stovall says in his newest video ad. The slight is related to what Stovall sees as a lack of action from Cornyn, the state´s senior senator and the Senate Minority Whip, to block elements of the Affordable Care Act. Ted Cruz, the junior senator, won national attention in September for monopolizing the

Obama, the shrinking imperialist president
Los Angeles Times, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/17/2014 10:40:58 PM     Post Reply
Of all the time-honored failings for which we criticize sitting presidents — by "we" I mean pundits, academics and other members of the chattering phylum — two charges stand out: imperialism and shrinkage. Usually it´s one or the other. When the president is unpopular or when he´s lost control of his agenda or when he just seems inadequate to the demands of the job, the headline "The Incredible Shrinking Presidency" proliferates like kudzu. When the Republicans lost control of Congress in 2006, the Economist proclaimed "The Incredible Shrinking Presidency" of George W. Bush on its cover. Barack Obama has been

4 charged after men found
dead in burning Detroit home
WJBK-TV [Detroit], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/17/2014 10:37:16 PM     Post Reply
Four people have been charged in connection with the deaths of three males found in a Detroit house fire last week. Tenisha Jackson, 19; Larry Johnson, 20; Rashawn Johnson, 19; and Keeshon Lake, 19, have all been charged with three counts of first-degree murder; three counts felony murder; two counts armed robbery; and one count of arson. Larry Johnson was also charged for Felony Firearm and Possession of Heroin. (Snip) Police say evidence led them to a the stolen Chrysler 200 that belonged to Hoots. The vehicle was in Redford Township. Jackson and Larry Johnson were arrested at a home

Trump fires top advisor &
political consultant Sam Nunberg
New York Post, by Fredric U. Dicker & Frank Rosario    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/17/2014 10:35:37 PM     Post Reply
Donald Trump couldn’t pass up the opportunity to say, “You’re fired” to an underling — even when the man offered to resign. Furious over a snarky Buzzfeed article about his political aspirations, the developer took a page out of his TV show, “The Apprentice,’’ and booted the adviser who had urged him to do the interview. “I told [Trump] when he fired me, ‘Sir, I’m willing to offer you my resignation.’ He didn’t accept that,’’ 32-year-old political consultant Sam Nunberg told The Post. But “this is not unfair, honestly,’’ insisted Nunberg, who lives on the Upper East Side. “I failed Mr. Trump, and that’s the long and short of it.”

  



Climate Prophets and Profiteers:
The most cynical part of
John Kerry´s climate-change speech
Wall Street Journal, by Bret Stephens    Original Article
Posted By: Aspenhuskerette- 2/17/2014 10:34:30 PM     Post Reply
The weirdest thing about John Kerry´s weekend speech on climate-change—other than the fact that this is the same guy who in 1997 voted to forbid the U.S. from signing the Kyoto Protocol—is that it begins by quoting something Maurice Strong said at the U.N.´s 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro: "Every bit of evidence I´ve seen persuades me that we are on a course leading to tragedy." Maurice who? Mr. Strong, a former oil executive from Canada (he was Pierre Trudeau´s pick to run state-owned Petro-Canada in the mid-1970s), was for many years the U.N.´s ultimate mandarin.

NHS ban medicine if you are ´too old´
in new attack on Britain´s elderly
Daily Express [UK], by Jo Willey    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/17/2014 10:31:42 PM     Post Reply
Fury erupted last night after it emerged the elderly could be denied vital drugs under new funding rules. Older patients would effectively be written off on the grounds that they no longer make a big enough financial contribution to society. The Department of Health is demanding the changes in an attempt to cut the crippling NHS medicines bill. But Katherine Murphy, chief executive of the Patients’ Association, called the plans “disturbing and discriminatory”, adding: “Human life cannot be assessed in terms of cost and benefit.” The Daily Express, which is crusading for Respect For The Elderly, revealed earlier this month

´Green Acres´ star
Mary Grace Canfield dies
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/17/2014 10:23:48 PM     Post Reply
Santa Barbara, Calif. - Mary Grace Canfield, a veteran character actress who played handywoman Ralph Monroe on the television show Green Acres, has died. She was 89. Her daughter, Phoebe Alexiades, says Canfield died of lung cancer on Saturday at a hospice in the California coastal town of Santa Barbara. Canfield had appearances on a number of TV shows during a four-decade career, including General Hospital and The Hathaways. She was Harriet Kravitz on four episodes of the 1960s series Bewitched. But she was best known for her role of Ralph Monroe in some 40 episodes of Green Acres,

No wonder it flooded! Pictures
of Somerset river from 1960s and
today show how its width has halved
after Environment Agency stopped
dredging it regularly
Daily Mail [UK], by Luke Salkeld    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/17/2014 10:23:43 PM     Post Reply
As this old photograph from Somerset shows, it used to be water under the bridge. But that was in the 1960s, when the river was regularly dredged. Now, as the residents of Burrowbridge are all too aware, the width of this stretch of the River Parrett has practically halved. As a result it regularly bursts its banks, flowing over and around the bridge instead. In startling contrast to today´s scenario, the picture, taken five decades ago, shows a wide expanse of water passing through Burrowbridge with plenty of room for water levels to rise. A matching image taken shortly before the

Okla. Pharmacy Won´t
Give Drug for Mo. Execution
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/17/2014 10:12:44 PM     Post Reply
Oklahoma City - An Oklahoma pharmacy has agreed not to provide Missouri with a made-to-order drug for an inmate´s execution scheduled for later this month, according to court documents filed Monday. According to the documents, The Apothecary Shoppe, of Tulsa, will not prepare or provide pentobarbital or any other drug for use in Michael Taylor´s execution. The documents ask a judge to dismiss the case that Taylor´s lawyers had filed against the pharmacy seeking to stop it from providing the execution drug. A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday. Taylor´s attorney, Matt Hellman, said that as part of the deal,

Student debt may hurt housing recovery
by hampering first-time buyers
Washington Post, by Dina ElBoghdady    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/17/2014 10:06:09 PM     Post Reply
The growing student loan burden carried by millions of Americans threatens to undermine the housing recovery’s momentum by discouraging, or even blocking, a generation of potential buyers from purchasing their first homes. Recent improvements in the housing market have been fueled largely by investors who snapped up homes in the past few years. But that demand is waning as prices climb and mortgage rates rise. An analysis by the Mortgage Bankers Association found that loan applications for home purchases have slipped nearly 20 percent in the past four months compared with the same period a year earlier.

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