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OSCARS: ‘12 Years A Slave’ Telling Voters
“It’s Time” – But How Will It Resonate?
Deadline Hollywood, by Pete Hammond    Original Article
Posted By: PChristopher- 2/20/2014 3:02:53 AM     Post Reply
“It’s Time”. That’s the message seen for the past few weeks on the 12 Years A Slave billboard as you drive on to the 20th Century Fox lot. And since the film earned nine Oscar nominations it has frequently been the slogan of choice for the Fox Searchlight contender in newspaper and television ads. A highly emotional close-up of star Chiwetel Ejiofor as the man forced into slavery and just two words to accompany it: “It’s Time”. (Snip) It’s Time for a serious film about slavery to win Best Picture?

What George W. Bush misses the most
The Hill (Washington DC), by Mario Trujillo    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/19/2014 11:23:42 PM     Post Reply
Former President George W. Bush said Wednesday he doesn´t miss much about being president — with the exception of riding on Air Force One. “A lot of people ask me, you know, do I miss much about being president?” Bush said at an event in Dallas. “And the answer is really no.” But the former president admitted having his own plane was a great perk. "I mean I miss the people I served with. I miss Air Force One. In eight years they never lost my baggage," he said to laughter.

The Rube Goldberg Democrats
Wall Street Journal, by Daniel Henninger    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/19/2014 10:59:52 PM     Post Reply
As American voters watch ObamaCare continue its Godzilla-like rampage across the national health-care landscape, it´s worth considering the collateral damage this political monster may be doing to the Democratic brand itself. What if ObamaCare´s problems become a metaphor for the modern Democratic Party? Two portents emerged the past week. The United Auto Workers suffered a humiliating defeat at Volkswagen VOW3.XE -0.49% in Tennessee. And days before that loss, voters San Diego elected Republican Kevin Faulconer mayor after he teed up his opponent as a captive of the city´s public unions. Two big constituencies sacked in a week.



VP Biden in Minneapolis for private fundraiser
KMSP Fox 9 [Minneapolis/St.Paul MN], by Tim Blotz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/19/2014 10:54:27 PM     Post Reply
MINNEAPOLIS-Vice President Joe Biden was back in Minneapolis for a private fundraiser Wednesday that was held at the Bachelor Farmer restaurant in downtown´s North Loop, but he also stopped by Moose & Sadie´s Coffee Shop to meet with those who used MNsure to buy health insurance. The fundraiser started at about 5 p.m., and the temporary road closures and traffic delays snarled some of the Wednesday evening commute. Biden was in Minneapolis less than two weeks ago for Joan Mondale´s memorial service, but Wednesday´s visit was geared toward drumming up financial support from Democrats -- and political science professor David

Surpeme Court asked
to decide on
three gun cases
WashingtonTimes, by David Sherfinski    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/19/2014 10:49:24 PM     Post Reply
The Supreme Court on Friday will consider whether to wade into a growing legal brawl over the scope of the Second Amendment and how far the Constitution goes in protecting Americans’ self-defense rights outside of their homes, with the justices deciding whether to take up three pending gun cases. Six years ago, in the landmark Heller case, the court established that the Constitution guarantees a personal right to bear arms, but states — and lower federal courts — have made different judgments about what that means. Now, in the key case, the National Rifle Association has asked the justices to

Obama in Mexico for less
friendly ´three amigos´ talks
Agence France Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/19/2014 10:46:16 PM     Post Reply
Toluca (Mexico)- US President Barack Obama joined the Mexican and Canadian leaders Wednesday for a North American summit focused on trade but marked by friction between the "three amigos." Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto shook hands with Obama in an ornate state government palace in Toluca, near Mexico City, for private one-on-one talks before Prime Minister Stephen Harper joined them later. The partners of the 20-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are locked in several thorny disputes likely to surface in the talks and at a joint closing news conference. More than 5,000 soldiers and police officers patrolled streets

Troop left to fend for themselves after
Army was warned of flaws in rifle
WashingtonTimes, by Rowan Scarborough    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/19/2014 10:39:17 PM     Post Reply
Army Senior Warrant Officer Russton B. Kramer, a 20-year Green Beret, has learned that if you want to improve your chances to survive, it’s best to personally make modifications to the Army’s primary rifle — the M4 carbine. Warrant Officer Kramer has been dropped into some of the most ferocious battles in the war on terrorism, from hunting Islamists in the mountains of northern Iraq to disrupting Taliban opium dealers in dusty southern Afghanistan. He was awarded the Silver Star for his bravery in Operation Viking Hammer to crush the terrorist group Ansar al-Islam in Iraq. The warrant officer said



Holyrood brings in new
laws for child protection
Scotsman [Edinburgh], by Scott MacNab    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/19/2014 10:30:32 PM     Post Reply
Controversial plans to create a state-appointed “guardian” for all children across Scotland were passed at Holyrood last night. It will create a new layer of protection to detect youngsters suffering in abusive families and follows a string of tragic toddler deaths in recent years. The change is also aimed at helping to spot health and emotional problems in the country’s children and provide better support for families. It means health visitors, midwives or school teachers will now take on the role of a “Named Person”, with a duty of support for every youngster up to the age of 18 across

Coach and teacher’s aide charged
in slaying of 10-year-old Springfield girl
Kansas City Star [MO], by Laura Bauer & Matt Campbell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/19/2014 10:26:11 PM     Post Reply
The last image most of Hailey Owens’ classmates will have of her is a smiling, laughing girl dancing at Friday’s Valentine party. After the treats and the passing out of holiday cards, Hailey’s fourth-grade teacher put on some music. And the parent helpers — including Hailey’s mother — got to see the kids go at it. “They got to shake their groove thing and Hailey was in the midst of it all,” said Gary Tew, principal of Westport Elementary School in Springfield. “That’s what the kids are going to remember about her. And her mom got to see her in

King items to be be placed
in safe deposit box
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, by Ernie Suggs    Original Article
Posted By: Hermoine- 2/19/2014 9:57:08 PM     Post Reply
Judge Robert C. I. McBurney, has ordered that Bernice King turn over her father’s Bible and Nobel Peace Prize to the King Estate for safe keeping until a court decides whether or not her brothers can sell them on the open market. But there is a catch. McBurney said the items are to be stored in safe deposit box at a bank of the estate’s choosing, but the court will control the keys. “I think it is prudent that the two items be stored together in a safe deposit box,” McBurney said after a 2.5 hour hearing Wednesday night in the Fulton County

22-Year Old Beauty Queen
Fifth Death in Venezuelan
Anti-Government Protests
Breitbart Big Peace, by Frances Martel    Original Article
Posted By: Hermoine- 2/19/2014 9:54:25 PM     Post Reply
Genesis Carmona, a 22-year old beauty queen elected Miss Turismo Carabobo 2013, passed away today after being shot in the head during an anti-government protest in Venezuela. Carmona is the fifth young Venezuelan to die during peaceful anti-government protests in support of imprisoned opposition leader Leopoldo López.



Exclusive: Mega-donors
plan GOP war council
Politico, by Alexander Burns & Kenneth P. Vogel    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/19/2014 8:47:26 PM     Post Reply
A group of major GOP donors, led by New York billionaire Paul Singer, is quietly expanding its political footprint ahead of the midterm elections in an increasingly assertive effort to shape the direction of the Republican Party. The operation was launched discreetly last year, with the previously unreported formation of a club called the American Opportunity Alliance to bring together some of the richest pro-business GOP donors in the country, several of whom share Singer’s support for gay rights, immigration reform and the state of Israel. Around the same time, Singer and his allies also formed a federal fundraising committee called

Round Up (Tens of Thousands of)
Gun Registration Scofflaws, Rants
Hartford Courant Editorial Board
Reason, by J.D. Tuccille    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 2/19/2014 8:05:40 PM     Post Reply
A bit of miltary wisdom has it that you should never give an order you know won´t be obeyed. Issuing such an order accomplishes nothing except to undermine your authority and expose the extent to which, no matter what enforcement mechanisms are in place, you rely upon voluntary compliance. But now that Connecticut´s resident class of politically employed cretins has awoken to the fact that, in their state, like everywhere else, people overwhelmingly disobey orders to register their weapons, they´re acting like this is a shocking revelation. They´re also promising to make those who tried to comply, but missed the

Climate change brings more crime
Los Angeles Times, by Louis Sahagun    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/19/2014 8:02:41 PM     Post Reply
A new study broadens a notion held by the earliest criminologists: Periods of higher temperatures -- on an hour-by-hour or week-to-week basis -- are likely to produce more crime. The study by Matthew Ranson of Abt Associates, a research and consulting firm in Cambridge, Mass., suggests global warming will trigger more crimes including murders and rapes over the next century, with social costs estimated to run as high as $115 billion. Between 2010 and 2099, climate change can be expected to cause an additional 22,000 murders, 180,000 cases of rape, 1.2 million aggravated assaults, 2.3 million simple assaults,

House of Cards Star: Senior Obama
Official Told Me Reporters Sleep
with Sources
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/19/2014 7:59:47 PM     Post Reply
How true to life is the hit Netflix show House of Cards? Well, one of the show’s stars apparently learned from a senior government official that reporters do, in fact, sleep with their sources. Yes, in a Q&A with Capitol File magazine, Robin Wright (who plays Claire Underwood) on the show, said that when she was researching her role, she learned some surprising things about what goes on in D.C. She says a “senior persion” in the Obama administration told her that reporters sleep with their sources, among other things. And what she took away from these revelations was this: “D.C.



Natural gas prices
climb to 5-year highs
USA Today, by Gary Strauss    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 2/19/2014 7:59:27 PM     Post Reply
Natural gas prices, up more than 45% year-to-date on cold weather demand and slumping supplies, surged 11% Wednesday, hitting their highest levels since 2009. The price on contracts for March delivery jumped to $6.22 per million British thermal units in early trading before settling at $6.15 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It was the highest price since late 2009. Behind the run-up: expectations that the cold weather that´s plagued the Midwest and Northeast and parts of other regions since December will linger, keeping demand high. The jump came after the National Weather Service forecast another round of sub-freezing temperatures

Arkansas homeowner who shot dead
15-year-old girl prankster says he only
meant to ‘scare’ teens
New York Daily News [NY], by Sasha Goldstein    Original Article
Posted By: snakeoil- 2/19/2014 7:49:35 PM     Post Reply
An Arkansas man accused of shooting dead a 15-year-old girl after a group of teens messed with his car as part of an ongoing prank war says he only wanted to scare the kids — not kill. Willie Noble, 48, faces a murder charge after he stormed out of his Little Rock home around 1 a.m. Saturday and opened fire on a car full of seven teens. Adrian Broadway later died after one of the bullets hit her in the head. Noble first found his car covered in mayonnaise, toilet paper, eggs and leaves late Friday, then waited for the

Report: N.J. debt rises to record level
The Record [Hackensack, NJ], by Michael Linhorst    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/19/2014 7:48:12 PM     Post Reply
New Jersey’s debt rose above $40 billion last year, the highest level in the state’s history, according to a report issued Wednesday. The total debt — $40.4 billion — is an increase of 4.1 percent from the year before. That’s the largest annual rise since Governor Christie took office in early 2010. Christie, a Republican, made state debt an issue in his first campaign and has questioned the borrowing practices of prior governors. (Snip) New Jersey continues to rank among the most debt-ridden states in the country. If its obligations were broken down and paid by each citizen, every New Jerseyan would

Esplanade Avenue attacks on
cyclists involving baseball
bats scare area bikers
Times-Picayune [New Orleans, LA], by Juliet Linderman    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/19/2014 7:34:25 PM     Post Reply
After news that two men in New Orleans were badly beaten with baseball bats while riding their bicycles, 67-year-old Treme resident Sher Stewart set out to buy a new helmet Tuesday (Feb. 18). The one she´d been using for years to bike the streets of New Orleans no longer felt adequate after such a brutal bout of violence against cyclists unfolded on Esplanade Avenue, just a stone´s throw from her home. "I heard about this on the news. This makes me feel vulnerable," she said of the attacks. Stewart, who has lived on Esplanade Avenue for four years, relies

Louisiana HIV patients have
difficulty getting insurance
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/19/2014 7:19:22 PM     Post Reply
People in Louisiana with HIV or AIDS are facing roadblocks in getting health insurance through the online marketplace created under the federal health law. Most companies offering insurance plans for Louisiana residents through the marketplace say they won´t accept payment from a federal program that helps low- and moderate-income HIV and AIDS patients cover their health costs. Estimates are that up to 3,000 people in Louisiana could be affected by the policy. The decision started with the largest insurer offering coverage to Louisianians through the federal marketplace: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana.


Sbarro says it will close 155 locations
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/19/2014 7:14:14 PM     Post Reply
New York — Sbarro Inc. says it’s closing 155 of its U.S. locations, mostly in mall food courts where traffic has declined. The Melville, N.Y.-based pizza chain said Wednesday the closures affect 1,400 workers. The move comes as the company is trying to improve its financial performance and update its image under yet another CEO who took over just last year. Jonathan Dedmon, a representative for Sbarro, says the targeted locations will close Thursday. “The last day of business is today,” he wrote in an email. Sbarro filed for bankruptcy protection in April 2012 when it was no longer able to

Santelli Recalls February 2009: Bailout
‘Dissension was Born,’ ‘I Blew a Gasket’
Newsbusters, by Julia A. Seymour    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/19/2014 6:27:00 PM     Post Reply
CNBC’s Rick Santelli recalled the five-year anniversary of the stimulus, housing bailout and blowing “a gasket” during “Squawk on the Street” today. “On Feb. 19 I blew a gasket. But basically, what was born at that point was the voice of dissension. How do we know that? Many of course still remember the IRS issues. President said maybe there wasn’t a smidgen of, of, of negativity there or news there or anything inappropriate there,” Santelli explained. “But it seems like, if you look back, it was February of 2009 where all of that started if you look at some of the

Nation’s biggest teachers union slams
‘botched’ Common Core implementation
Politico, by Stephanie Simon    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/19/2014 6:25:07 PM     Post Reply
The nation’s largest teachers union is pulling back on its once-enthusiastic support of the Common Core academic standards, labeling their rollout “completely botched.” National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel said he still believes the standards can improve education. But he said they will not succeed without a major “course correction” — including possibly rewriting some of the standards and revising the related tests with teacher input. “In far too many states, implementation has been completely botched,” Van Roekel wrote in a letter Wednesday afternoon to his more than 3 million members. Van Roekel’s statement suggests quite a rocky road ahead for

Pussy Riot Attacked by Whip-
Wielding Cossacks in Sochi
Gawker, by Max Read    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 2/19/2014 6:17:03 PM     Post Reply
Cossack militiamen attacked Pussy Riot in downtown Sochi on Wednesday, setting upon the feminist punk group with whips when several members—including Masha Alyokhina, in the pink mask—emerged from a restaurant clad in brightly colored clothing and balaclavas. A guitar was smashed, but no serious injuries were immediately apparent. Alyokhina and her bandmate Nadya Tolokonnikova, who just finished a tour of the U.S. after being released from Russian prison, were briefly detained by authorities yesterday.

MaineCare application asks personal questions,
such as where a child was conceived
Portland Press Herald [Maine], by Joe Lawlor    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 2/19/2014 6:00:49 PM     Post Reply
Single parents applying online for MaineCare coverage are being asked personal questions – such as whether their child was conceived in Maine and why the absent parent no longer lives in the home – as part of the application. From a scroll-down menu of possible reasons that the other parent left home, the Maine- Care applicant can choose “unwed parenthood, divorce, abandonment, death, separation, incarceration” and others. (Snip) Rep. Richard Farnsworth, D-Portland, chair of the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee, said those questions are “goofy” and should be removed from the questionnaire.

DHS cancels national
license plate tracking plan
Washington Post, by Ellen Nakashima & Josh Hicks    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/19/2014 5:59:23 PM     Post Reply
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Wednesday ordered the cancellation of a plan by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to seek a national license plate tracking system. The order came in the wake of a story by The Washington Post reporting that ICE last week solicited proposals from companies to compile a database of license plate information from commercial and law enforcement tag readers.The idea behind the national license-plate recognition database, which would have drawn data from readers that scan the tags of every vehicle crossing their paths, was to help catch fugitive illegal immigrants, according to a DHS solicitation.

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