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Michael Dunn and open season on black
teenagers: The onslaught of white murder
Salon, by Brittney Cooper    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/20/2014 3:36:10 PM     Post Reply
How much more are black people in this country supposed to take? On Saturday, a Florida jury failed to convict Michael Dunn for the callous murder of Jordan Davis. Though he was convicted of three counts of attempted murder and also on a gun charge, a mistrial was declared for the first-degree murder charge. He will face substantial jail time – perhaps up to 75 years on the four charges for which he was found guilty. Prosecutor Angela Corey has also publicly declared her intent to seek retrial on the murder conviction. However, she is the same prosecutor who oversaw the Zimmerman

Report: Farmers’ Almanac more
accurate than gov’t climate scientists
Daily Caller, by Michael Bastasch    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/20/2014 3:30:27 PM     Post Reply
This exceptionally cold and snowy winter has shown that government climate scientists were dead wrong when it came to predicting just how cold this winter would be, while the 197-year old Farmers’ Almanac predicted this winter would be “bitterly cold”. Bloomberg Businessweek reports that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center (CPC) predicted temperatures would be “above normal from November through January across much of the lower 48 states.” This, however, was dead wrong. As Bloomberg notes, the CPC underestimated the “mammoth December cold wave, which brought snow to Dallas and chilled partiers in Times Square on New Year’s Eve.” CPC

Divided Korean Families Reunite
for the First Time in Sixty Years
Atlantic Wire, by Danielle Weiner Bronner    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/20/2014 3:25:42 PM     Post Reply
Elderly North and South Koreans separated by war and decades of division, reunited in the North today, following extended discussions between the neighboring countries that threatened repeatedly to fall through. A reunion between Koreans torn apart by the Korean War, which ended in a truce (but not a peace treaty) in 1953, was last held in 2010. Officials on both sides have discussed this one since September 2013, but the initial plan for a reunion was scrapped. Once the idea was resurrected, it was put on hold by North Korea in protest of scheduled joint U.S.-South Korea drills. Finally, the

  


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Democrats fight for ´personalized
weapons´ with finger-print
technology in new gun-control bid
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/20/2014 3:17:37 PM     Post Reply
New battle lines are being drawn in the fight between gun-control advocates in Washington and Second Amendment advocacy groups, over a proposal that would mandate the ´personalization´ of every new gun sold in the United States. Sen. Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, is behind a bill that would prohibit the sale of run-of-the-mill guns, requiring biometric technologies such as fingerprint recognition or a paired device--such as a wristwatch--that would authorize a gun to fire if it is nearby. [Snip] ´The gun prohibition lobby wants it mandated so that they can control the freedom of choice of every gun owner and

Joe Biden admits Obamacare will
fall short of enrollment goals by
1 or 2 MILLION Americans
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/20/2014 3:06:11 PM     Post Reply
Vice President Joe Biden publicly conceded on Wednesday what many critics of the Affordable Care Act have claimed: The federal government will end the Obamacare open enrollment period far short of its goal. [Snip] The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that in order for the Obamacare system to avoid a financial ´death spiral,´ at least 7 million Americans must enroll. More importantly, the nonpartisan CBO projected that more than 2.7 million of them must be young Americans, whose limited use of health care services is expected to balance out the greater needs of older, sicker people.

FCC: No intent to muzzle press
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Julian Hattem    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/20/2014 2:53:14 PM     Post Reply
The Federal Communications Commission is trying to reassure House Republicans it has no plans to restrict the freedom of the press. In a letter released Thursday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told Republican leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee his commission “has no intention of regulating political or other speech of journalists or broadcasters.” Wheeler defended new FCC research as the first step toward pinpointing “market barriers” that might affect the “diversity of media voices.” Republicans expressed concern the FCC´s study was an attempt "to control the political speech of journalists” by reviving the Fairness Doctrine, now-extinct rules that required radio and

EU reportedly agrees to impose sanctions
on Ukraine as truce falls apart
Fox News & Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/20/2014 2:33:35 PM     Post Reply
The European Union reportedly has agreed in an emergency meeting Thursday to impose sanctions against Ukraine after violence flared up again in Kiev, leaving at least 33 people dead. In other developments: • Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly is sending an envoy to Ukraine to try to mediate discussions with anti-government protesters – at the request of the country’s president. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov made the envoy announcement after Putin and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych talked over the phone, state-run news agency RIA Novosti reported, according to Reuters. • The White House is urging Ukraine’s government to withdraw security forces from Kiev’s Independence

  


  

Michelle Obama to push ´body image´
for Today´s ´Love Your Selfie´ campaign
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/20/2014 2:27:25 PM     Post Reply
First lady Michelle Obama is teaming with former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager for a new "Today Show" effort to promote body Image in a campaign called “Love Your Selfie.” “We’re kicking off a series called Love Your Selfie," (Snip) Here’s how Guthrie described the Obama-Bush Hager effort. “This is all about body Image and there are a lot of people speaking out about this." Obama has led an effort to combat childhood obesity through her “Let’s Move!” campaign, but the attention to “body Image” is new. During the show, Bush Hager said

Quiet campaigning for House
GOP leadership underway
Washington Examiner, by David M. Drucker    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/20/2014 2:13:27 PM     Post Reply
House Republicans have begun jockeying for leadership positions in the next Congress, anticipating the possibility that Speaker John Boehner could step down after the November elections. The Ohio Republican maintains that he has no plans to relinquish the gavel. Indeed, some Republicans close to Boehner now believe he is leaning toward running for a third term as speaker after previously predicting that 2014 would be his final year on the job. Boehner´s speakership has strengthened in the aftermath of October´s government shutdown, with his often-rebellious conference uniting behind him following three years of bucking his leadership at nearly every turn.

Nearly one-third of NJ
households face ´severe
housing cost burdens,´ study finds
Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Tom De Poto    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/20/2014 2:11:23 PM     Post Reply
The cost of owning or renting a home in New Jersey are more challenging than in 48 other states, according to a report from the Center for Housing Policy. The study, Housing Landscape 2014, looked at the percentage of low- and moderate-income households that spent more than 50 percent of their income on housing. It found 30.8 percent of New Jersey households faced “a severe housing cost burden,” an increase of 1.4 percent from 2009. Only households in California found it more burdensome, with 32.3 percent of low- and moderate-income households spending more than half of their earnings on

EPA Video Contest Teaches Budding Child-
Activists to Worry About ´Climate Change´
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/20/2014 1:58:20 PM     Post Reply
The Environmental Protection Agency is co-sponsoring a "climate change video contest" that asks students, ages 11-14:" Why do you care about climate change?" And: "How are you reducing carbon pollution or preparing for the impacts of climate change?" Students are advised to "be cool" and "be creative" in explaining "how climate change affects you, your family, friends, and community, now or in the future" -- and what they are doing to "prepare for a changing climate." The Obama administration frequently uses video contests or "challenges" to advance its liberal viewpoint on a variety of issues, and this is no exception. The climate-change videos

  


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Facebook and WhatsApp:
A Deal Too Far?
The New Yorker, by John Cassidy    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/20/2014 1:57:02 PM     Post Reply
I’m on vacation in Mexico this week, with limited Internet access, but here are a few immediate thoughts on Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp, a messaging start-up. I won’t pretend to be an expert on WhatsApp, or on what distinguishes its technology from that of other similar services. But, from a financial perspective, the obvious thing that stands out is the price that Facebook is paying: up to nineteen billion dollars. Even in Silicon Valley, that’s a great deal of money to pay for a company with virtually no revenues, but it doesn’t prove positively that Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg are

NYC: More Black Babies
Killed by Abortion Than Born
Cybercast News Service, by Michael W. Chapman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/20/2014 1:52:06 PM     Post Reply
In 2012, there were more black babies killed by abortion (31,328) in New York City than were born there (24,758), and the black children killed comprised 42.4% of the total number of abortions in the Big Apple, according to a report by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The report is entitled, Summary of Vital Statistics 2012 The City of New York, Pregnancy Outcomes, and was prepared by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office of Vital Statistics. (See Pregnancy Outcomes NYC Health 2012.pdf) Table 1 of the report presents the total

Oliver North: Obama is
‘Jimmy Carter on steroids’
Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/20/2014 1:44:45 PM     Post Reply
Oliver North said on a Wednesday national broadcast that if anyone was happy that President Obama won a second term, it’s former President Jimmy Carter — and maybe Russian President Vladimir Putin. “If you could have imagined that someone is happy that Obama is president, it has to be Jimmy Carter because he is no longer the worst president in our history,” Mr. North said, on Fox News’ Sean Hannity show, as reported by The Washington Free Beacon. Mr. North also called Mr. Obama “Jimmy Carter on steroids” and said that the president has failed the international community in terms of leadership.

Journalists Won´t Put Up with Regime
Monitors in Newsrooms? Don´t Be So Sure...
RushLimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/20/2014 1:40:19 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: I want to start today with this story that the Regime is going to put monitors in American news organization newsrooms. I had a fascinating discussion with two or three people here asking what they thought of it, and without fail, without exception, everybody I asked about this said without the slightest hesitation or doubt that the media will rise up in righteous indignation and opposition and will not put up with this. The media, New York Times, NBC News, CBS, Washington Post, you name it, they will not tolerate it. They will draw a red line like Obama

  


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Down and Dirty Politics Feature
Greedy Pols With USA In 2nd Place
Canada Free Press, by Jerry McConnell    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 2/20/2014 1:27:19 PM     Post Reply
I do suppose that we have had dirty politicians in our midst since the year one, but lately their stenches grow more odious and they provide living proof that term limits is not only desirable but should be mandatory, Democrats Who Oppose Keystone XL Pipeline Own Shares in Competing Companies There’s little doubt that the stench of rotten politics for the past five years has emanated primarily from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC. The minute our country-watchers let their guard down a bit and allowed a foreigner to not only run for, but occupy our once prestigious Oval Office of

Venezuelan gov´t rejects
Barack Obama´s statements
El Universal [Caracas, Venezuela], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 2/20/2014 1:24:37 PM     Post Reply
In a communiqué issued by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Venezuelan Government rejected the statements issued by US President Barack Obama on the situation of Venezuela, and stated that Obama´s words mean "a new and grotesque interference in the domestic affairs" of the country. "The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela rejects such statements issued (...) by President of the United States Barack Obama," the foreign affairs office expressed in the communiqué.

Dem Congressional Candidate Tweets
That Fox News Needs FCC Regulation
for ´Telling Nothing But Lies´
Newsbusters, by Tim Graham    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/20/2014 1:21:46 PM     Post Reply
Via Twitchy we learn that Mike Dickinson, hoping to challenge House Majority Whip Eric Cantor in central Virginia, is running against Fox News, even asking for Federal Communications Commission regulation. "Fox News does nothing but tell lies and mistruths. They have unqualified political analysts. We need FCC to monitor and regulate them," he tweeted. "Fox News is basically a opinion channel. It´s there (sic) view of events. It´s not news. They lie and distort everything to fit their opinion," he added. He also tweeted Sean Hannity was "just as qualified" a political analyst as comedian Kevin Hart and even a

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

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

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