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Obama Administration Takes Groupthink
To Absurd Lengths: School Discipline
Rates Must Be "Proportionate"
Forbes, by George Leef    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/20/2014 1:18:38 PM     Post Reply
Barack Obama has wrapped himself in egalitarianism all his political career and now that dissatisfaction with his goal of “transforming” America is growing, he’s pushing equality more relentlessly than ever. Last fall, he declared income equality to be the “defining challenge of our time.“ That’s laughable, but in January, his administration – specifically the Departments of Justice and Education – went even further with a “guidance” letter that demands a group equality approach to student discipline in America’s public schools. If federal bureaucrats suspect that there’s any racial disproportionality in the punishments meted out for misbehavior in school, they will

Kiev Hotels Reportedly Now Being
Used as Makeshift Morgues
Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/20/2014 1:15:24 PM     Post Reply
In case you missed it over the last few days: Ukraine has descended into total chaos and Venezuela is following close behind. In Ukraine, the turmoil has mostly taken place in Kiev. The protests were inspired by President Viktor Yanukovych’s set of anti-protest laws. The situation has only worsened as the government has used force to crack down on the large gatherings. The latest reports place the Kiev death toll at 38. According to VICE‘s UK editor, Henry Langston, local hotels are being used as morgues as the bloodshed worsens. Reporting from the heart of the chaos, he wrote [emphasis

NEA President: Common Core
Standards ‘Completely Botched’
PJ Media, by Stephen Kruiser    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 2/20/2014 12:59:09 PM     Post Reply
When you’ve lost the NEA… I am sure it won’t come as a surprise to hear that in far too many states, implementation has been completely botched. Seven of ten teachers believe that implementation of the standards is going poorly in their schools. Worse yet, teachers report that there has been little to no attempt to allow educators to share what’s needed to get [Common Core State Standards] implementation right. In fact, two thirds of all teachers report that they have not even been asked how to implement these new standards in their classrooms. That’s from a letter that President Dennis

  


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The Obama Legacy: Majoring
on Minor Issues
American Thinker, by Chad Stafko    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/20/2014 12:57:43 PM     Post Reply
Last week, President Barack Obama signed an executive order raising the minimum wage for government contract workers to $10.10/hour, up from $7.25/hour. This is a pay raise of 39%, and it begins on January 1, 2015. Applause erupted throughout the East Room of the White House, as President Obama, flanked by a number of these workers, spoke about the great need to raise workers´ wages and how he was taking the lead in doing so. The president´s rationale justifying his actions could not be more wrong, and the smattering of applause speaks to the blatant ignorance many have in the

Exclusive: Ben Affleck to Testify
Before Congress as an Africa Expert
Foreign Policy, by John Hudson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/20/2014 12:54:23 PM     Post Reply
With a vicious spate of mass killings plaguing the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a Senate panel is calling on experts to appear before U.S. lawmakers next week. One of them is Hollywood actor and serial activist Ben Affleck, The Cable has learned. Affleck is slated to appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee next Wednesday to discuss the troubled central African country of 75 million people. The Argo director has shown a keen interest in Congo in recent years through his philanthropic organization, the Eastern Congo Initiative. But not everyone thinks Affleck´s resume qualifies him to testify on Capitol

Christie Hosts First Town
Hall Since Scandal
Wall Street Journal, by Heather Haddon    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/20/2014 12:50:22 PM     Post Reply
MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP—Gov. Chris Christie reflected on the impact of superstorm Sandy on New Jersey and the difficult choices in distributing money during a town-hall meeting held in this Jersey Shore town hard hit by the disaster. The town hall meeting—one of the Republican governor´s signature events—was the first one he´s held since a controversy came to the surface last month surrounding the George Washington Bridge. It was also the first town hall he´s held since his re-election in November. Around 400 people attended the event in the Port Monmouth section of this township, filling a local Veterans of Foreign Wars

Ukraine protests: truce broken by
gunshots in Kiev - watch live
Telegraph [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/20/2014 12:46:43 PM     Post Reply
Clashes have been underway since early this morning in Kiev´s Independence Square. So far, more than 21 protesters are believed to have been killed, according to a Reuters photographer who counted bodies in the square. The Telegraph´s correspondents on the ground--Roland Oliphant and David Blair--have seen ten bodies laid out on a pavement, a number of which displayed single bullet wounds to the head. Protesters believe the victims have been killed by sniper attacks. The clashes shattered a truce that Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych called with the opposition just hours earlier, following a spurt of violence that killed more than two dozen

  


  

Cruz Responds to his House
of Cards ‘Character’
Townhall, by Cortney O´Brien    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/20/2014 12:32:29 PM     Post Reply
The Netflix series House of Cards has been both praised and criticized for its portrayal of DC politics. The show has become so popular, it’s near impossible to avoid the name Frank Underwood on Twitter. It´s another character, however - Sen. Curtis Haas - who is causing a bit of controversy, thanks to his noticeable likeness to Tea Party hero Senator Ted Cruz. A few key details make the Cruz comparison plausible: First, Haas is referred to as a “Tea Party Bullhorn.” This metaphorical label certainly applies to Cruz and recently was by a Time article, which stated that his

Sinking Al-Jazeera American
Launches Left-Wing Docs
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/20/2014 12:31:29 PM     Post Reply
According to the latest report, Al-Jazeera America´s (AJA) ratings are exactly zero. Although available in 55 million homes, no one is watching. Worst of all, AJA has had absolutely no impact on the national conversation. Nothing the cable news network has so far done has penetrated anywhere -- which is all that matters to the media To try and remedy this, AJA is set to unfurl a number of left-wing documentaries: “Borderland,” is a four-part series that will show six Americans given the task of retracing the footsteps of three deceased migrants attempting to cross to the United States from Mexico.

Obama Crackdown on
Press Freedom Escalates
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Ben Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/20/2014 12:22:20 PM     Post Reply
Last week, Reporters Without Borders dropped America in the World Press Freedom Index 2014 from 33rd to 46th. James Risen of The New York Times rightly explained, “I think 2013 will go down in history as the worst year for press freedom in the United States’ modern history.” And he’s right. The violation of press freedoms has been egregious under this administration, even as the press fetes President Obama as an honest and effective commander-in-chief. Selective Access. President Obama has regularly granted special access to reporters who give him preferential coverage. CBS’ Steve Kroft admitted as much after a late-2012 interview

Beyond affirmative action
Detroit News [MI], by Ben Carson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/20/2014 12:21:05 PM     Post Reply
As a child growing up in Detroit and Boston, I had many opportunities to experience the ugly face of racism and witnessed the devastating toll exacted by its mean-spirited nature. I was a victim of the racism of low expectations for black children, but in retrospect, I can see that many of those attitudes were based on ignorance. Large numbers of white people actually believed that blacks were intellectually inferior, and there was a host of other inaccurate beliefs that whites held about blacks and that blacks held about whites. Many of those misperceptions probably would have persisted if measures

  


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Jailed leader channels Venezuelans’ ire
Washington Post, by Emilia Díaz-Struck and Nick Miroff    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 2/20/2014 12:18:26 PM     Post Reply
CARACAS, Venezuela — Leopoldo López, the defiant Venezuelan opposition leader taken into custody Tuesday in front of thousands of anti-government protesters, spent last night in a prison on a military base. But even there, the government couldn’t shut him up. In a prerecorded video message released hours after his arrest, López urged Venezuelans to continue a campaign of “resistance” to force the resignation or recall of President Nicolás Maduro, a goal López calls “the Exit.” Seated on a sofa beside his wife and appealing directly to Venezuelan youth, López told viewers that what the country needed more than ever was

Biden: 5-6 Million Obamacare
Enrollees a ‘Hell of a Start’
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/20/2014 12:15:00 PM     Post Reply
Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged Wednesday night that the Affordable Care Act was likely to fall short of its projected goal of 7 million enrollees, but that the program would likely reach 5-6 million by the March 31st deadline. “We may not get to 7 million, but if we get to 5 or 6 million that’s a hell of a start,” Biden said. During an unannounced stop at a coffeeshop in Minneapolis, Biden attributed the lowered enrollment numbers to the dysfunctional rollout. “We didn’t want this to start off as shaky as it did,” he said. “But it’s complicated.” Enrollment is currently at

Cruz says if GOP acted like him,
they wouldn’t get ‘clobbered in the polls’
Washington Post, by Jaime Fuller    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/20/2014 12:11:10 PM     Post Reply
Ted Cruz discussed the debt-ceiling fight and the 2014 midterms in an interview with CNN this week, explaining why he chose to filibuster the bill that staved off another shutdown this February — to the anger of his fellow Senate Republicans facing tough reelection campaigns. He told Dana Bash: "What Republican leadership said is we want this to pass, but if every senator affirmatively consents to doing it on 51 votes, then we can all cast a vote no and we can go home to our constituents and say we opposed it. And listen, that sort of show vote, that

Justice Stevens: Let’s Amend
the Second Amendment!
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/20/2014 12:07:08 PM     Post Reply
Retired Justice John Paul Stevens was one of the great mischief-makers in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court. At age 93, he has now written a book in which he recommends six amendments to the Constitution. Presumably these are the changes he wasn’t able to implement the easy way, via a 5-4 vote on the court. One of Stevens’ proposed changes relates to the Second Amendment, and is intended to reverse Stevens’ loss in the Heller and McDonald cases: Stevens is not going to win any friends at the National Rifle Association, because his undisguised agenda is to make

  


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Storms, floods and now an EARTHQUAKE!
South West rocked by biggest
UK tremor in six years
Daily Express [UK], by Jane Mathews    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/20/2014 12:06:57 PM     Post Reply
An earthquake measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale has rocked the north Devon coast, shaking buildings and sending tremors across England and Wales. The quake, which is the largest to hit the country in six years, struck just after 1.20pm this afternoon, and shook the ground for 20 seconds. [Snip] The British Geological Survey (BGS) said residents reported their houses rocking and others have described the quake as "frightening". But others likened the quake, which originated around three miles beneath the Bristol Channel, to a "heavy truck going up the road". Tremors were felt in areas including Dartmoor, Bristol, Taunton,

Fox’s Kirsten Powers: Getting Out of
‘Liberal Bubble’ Has Been Good for Me
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/20/2014 11:51:30 AM     Post Reply
Fox News Channel contributor and The Daily Beast columnist Kirsten Powers recently joined Real Clear Politics’ Washington Bureau Chief Carl Cannon as part of their series of interviews with newsmakers, “Morning Commute.” Powers told Cannon that she believes working at Fox News has been “good” for her because it provides her with a new perspective on issues and allows her to escape the “liberal bubble.” Cannon began by asking Powers how she is treated by her Fox colleagues. He recalled that New York Times’ conservative columnist David Brooks was not well-received when he first started writing for the Times and

Return of the evil empire and a
nation on the brink of civil war:
America and Europe look on in
fear as violence grips Ukraine
Daily Mail [UK], by Michael Burleigh    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/20/2014 11:43:37 AM     Post Reply
At least 27 people are dead--one of them was decapitated--and hundreds are injured. One man was shot through the eye as police snipers apparently targeted the heads and chests of protesters from city rooftops. On the ground, heavily armed riot police brandished Kalashnikovs and launched stun grenades against pro-democracy demonstrators who had taken up arms, anything from bricks and bottles to pistols and shotguns. And all the time, flames soared into the sky from the city’s central square. What has been happening in Kiev, capital of Ukraine, before the truce late last night could not be further removed from the harmonious atmosphere of

Recording Traffic Stop
Lands Davie Woman In Jail
CBS News Miami, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NYC RAL- 2/20/2014 11:42:32 AM     Post Reply
FT LAUDERDALE - A Davie woman plans to sue the Broward Sheriff’s Office after she was forced to spend the night in jail for using her cellphone to record a deputy during a traffic stop. Last March, 33-year old Brandy Berning was pulled over by Lt. William O’Brien after she reportedly drove in the HOV lane at the wrong time, according to The Sun-Sentinel. As O’Brien approached her vehicle, Berning hit the record button on her phone. She recorded about 15 seconds of the conversation before telling O’Brien that he was being recorded. That’s when the deputy told her she

Chuck Todd Says Fox’s Megyn Kelly Part
of the ‘Conservative Media Complex’
Mediaite, by Tommy Christopher    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/20/2014 11:40:29 AM     Post Reply
Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly has long been presented as the face of the network’s “hard news” side that eschews the partisanship of the channel’s opinion programming. On Thursday morning’s The Daily Rundown, however, host and NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd casually tossed aside that distinction when he included Kelly’s interview with 90s Bill Clinton accuser Kathleen Willey in a list of attempts by the “conservative media complex” to toxify the former President. “It’s been back to the ’90s in politics these last few weeks,” Todd said, joking “Get the old VCR out and watch Singles, right?” He detailed the current

  



Navajo Nation Human Rights
Commission listens to gender
discrimination testimony at
Shiprock hearing
The Daily Times (NM), by Noel Lyn Smith    Original Article
Posted By: cjjeepercreeper- 2/20/2014 11:36:24 AM     Post Reply
Shiprock — When Myk Redhouse spoke to the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission, he shared a story about the night his transgender friend was attacked in Waterflow while traveling home from Farmington. "They basically beat her up ... and left her to die in the median of the road," Redhouse told the commission. The commission on Wednesday met at the Shiprock Chapter House to hear accounts of violence perpetrated against Navajo women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer tribal members. Redhouse, who is gay, said being homosexual on the reservation is not easy, especially when there is no support

Dancin’ Olympian films
‘wolf’ in Sochi dorms
New York Post, by Justin Terranova    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/20/2014 11:27:10 AM     Post Reply
Everything Kate Hansen records goes viral. The Olympic luger earned internet fame last week with her pre-race routine of hard-core dancing to Beyonce. And now she has gained attention with the above video of a “wolf in my hall.” The 17-second clip shows the animal roaming the hallways of Hansen’s Olympic dorm, and sparked a debate as to whether it was an actual wolf or a husky, one of Sochi’s many stray dogs. Hansen finished 10th in the women’s luge, but her bubbly personality and social media mastery have made her one of the most popular Americans at the Winter

Californian just won sixth-largest
Powerball jackpot in history: Ticket
with all six matching numbers for
$400million sold at Bay Area gas station
Associated Press & Daily Mail UK, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/20/2014 11:25:00 AM     Post Reply
One lucky Californian is about to become an instant millionaire after buying a Powerball ticket with all six matching numbers. The jackpot for the lottery grew to $400million, the sixth-largest in history, when the numbers 1, 17, 35, 49, 54 and 34 were drawn Wednesday night. The California lottery quickly tweeted that a ticket will all matching numbers was sold at a Chevron gas station in Milpitas. (Tweet) That tweet was followed by another saying two other tickets had five of the six numbers. One was sold in Modesto and the other in El Segundo. There´s no word yet on

Exclusive: The Rags-To-Riches Tale Of
How Jan Koum Built WhatsApp Into
Facebook´s New $19 Billion Baby
Forbes, by Parmy Olson    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/20/2014 11:18:43 AM     Post Reply
Jan Koum picked a meaningful spot to sign the $19 billion deal to sell his company WhatsApp to Facebook earlier today. Koum, cofounder Brian Acton and venture capitalist Jim Goetz of Sequoia drove a few blocks from WhatsApp’s discreet headquarters in Mountain View to a disused white building across the railroad tracks, the former North County Social Services office where Koum, 37, once stood in line to collect food stamps. (Snip)At 16, Koum and his mother immigrated to Mountain View, a result of the troubling political and anti-Semitic environment, and got a small two-bedroom apartment though government assistance.

First lady celebrates ‘healthier’
new normal — but ‘severe obesity’
is on the rise among youth
Daily Caller, by Caroline May    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/20/2014 11:13:06 AM     Post Reply
As health experts sound the alarm about an increase in “severe obesity” among children and teens, first lady Michelle Obama is celebrating the fourth anniversary of her anti-childhood obesity initiative. Obama launched “Let’s Move” on February 9, 2010, encouraging the nation’s children to get up, move around and be healthy. According to a White House announcement Thursday, the country is now “moving toward a healthier future and this movement is becoming the new norm all across the country.” To celebrate the first lady’s “new norm,” she will be making a half dozen appearances along the east coast touting “Let’s Move,” including interviews

Sarah Palin Endorses Katrina Pierson
Breitbart Texas, by Tony Lee & Brandon Darby    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/20/2014 11:09:51 AM     Post Reply
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin endorsed fierce Texas conservative Katrina Pierson in her underdog bid to primary incumbent Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) in Texas´s 32nd congressional district. Palin called Pierson a "feisty fighter" who is "an emerging leader and important voice for the future of the grassroots conservative movement." "Her life’s story is full of hardships she has fought to overcome, which taught her firsthand the importance of self-reliance, hard work, and the blessings of liberty," Palin said. "A feisty fighter for freedom, Katrina is taking on a powerful incumbent who has so lost touch with the people of his

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