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Louisiana police arrest two in
possible ‘knockout game’ death
Daily Caller, by Chuck Ross    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/20/2014 9:17:23 PM     Post Reply
Two Louisiana teenagers have been charged with second-degree murder in an attack motivated by a competition between the two to see who could hit harder, according to local police. Windall Herring, 19, and an unnamed 15-year-old were arrested in Baton Rouge on Tuesday for the murder of 55-year-old John Bannon. The attack occurred near Bannon’s home around 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 1. Bannon was rushed to a hospital trauma unit, but succumbed last Friday to his injuries which included a fractured skull and brain hemorrhaging, according to The (Baton Rouge) Advocate “During our investigation we learned that the suspects were having a conversation

Jim Crow laws for
gays and lesbians?
USA Today, by Kirsten Powers    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/20/2014 8:51:48 PM     Post Reply
What´s the matter with Kansas? A bill protecting the religious freedom of businesses and individuals to refuse services to same-sex couples passed the state House of Representatives last week. It was blessedly killed in the state Senate on Tuesday. Similar bills have cropped up in a half-dozen states in an effort to protect anti-gay religious believers against lawsuits. A florist in Washington state, a Colorado baker and a New Mexico photographer have been sued for refusing to serve gay couples getting married. They say to do so would be to "celebrate" nuptials at odds with their Christian faith. It´s probably news to

Feinstein laments retirements
of those who ´get it done´ in Congress
Los Angeles Times, by Seema Mehta    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/20/2014 8:45:03 PM     Post Reply
Without offering a hint as to her plans, Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Wednesday lamented the departure of longtime congressional colleagues from California -- including retiring Reps. Henry Waxman and George Miller --and said their institutional knowledge and ability to compromise in Washington would be missed. “They were creative people who could put things together and who could negotiate compromise and get it done,” she said in an interview after speaking Wednesday at a Century City dinner gathering of the Pacific Council on International Policy. “You have to have some institutional knowledge, you have to know how to, how the government runs.

  


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Ted Cruz to Address Hollywood´s
Secret Conservative Group Friends
of Abe (Exclusive)
Hollywood Reporter, by Paul Bond    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/20/2014 8:36:48 PM     Post Reply
The group rightly refused a request from the IRS to reveal the names of its members, says the Republican senator from Texas; "FOA should respond to the IRS as it would to any McCarthyite request for information." Republican Sen. Ted Cruz will visit Hollywood´s not-so-secret group of conservatives called Friends of Abe next month, and he tells The Hollywood Reporter he will address what he considers is a government effort to intimidate artists who criticize President Barack Obama and his policies. FOA, a group of about 2,000 entertainment industry workers, likes to remain under the radar.

CNN´s Van Jones: ´Delusional´ to Not
Act on Climate Change to Prevent
´A Billion Climate Refugees´
NewsBusters, by Matthew Balan    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/20/2014 8:21:00 PM     Post Reply
Left-wing activist turned CNN host Van Jones ran to John Kerry´s defense on Wednesday´s Crossfire, after co-host Newt Gingrich slammed Kerry as "delusional" for recently hyping climate change as "the world´s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction." Jones retorted, "It´s not delusional to focus on climate disruption. It´s delusional not to." Moments earlier, the former Obama green jobs czar himself made a doom-and-gloom prediction about the hypothetical effects of what he labeled "climate disruption:" [MP3 audio available here; video below the jump] VAN JONES: Now, here´s a good question: should serious people focus on global political instability – terrorism, failing states,

Networks Ignore FCC Plan
to Investigate Newsrooms
NewsBusters, by Kyle Drennen    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/20/2014 8:17:10 PM     Post Reply
Despite the disturbing news on Wednesday that the Federal Communications Commission had developed a controversial plan to investigate television and radio newsrooms across the country, the broadcast networks of NBC, ABC, and CBS completely ignored the potential threat to press freedom. In a February 10 Op/Ed for the Wall Street Journal, current FCC commissioner Ajit Pai warned: "Last May the FCC proposed an initiative to thrust the federal government into newsrooms across the country. With its ´Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs,´ or CIN, the agency plans to send researchers to grill reporters, editors and station owners about how they decide

New Obama initiative tramples
First Amendment protections
Washington Examiner, by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/20/2014 7:33:03 PM     Post Reply
The First Amendment says "Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…" But under the Obama administration, the Federal Communications Commission is planning to send government contractors into the nation´s newsrooms to determine whether journalists are producing articles, television reports, Internet content, and commentary that meets the public´s "critical information needs." Those "needs" will be defined by the administration, and news outlets that do not comply with the government´s standards could face an uncertain future. It´s hard to imagine a project more at odds with the First Amendment. The initiative, known around the agency as

  


  

Cruz Storms GOP Establishment
Stronghold in Sunshine State
with Record-Setting Crowd
Breitbart Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 2/20/2014 7:31:47 PM     Post Reply
Sarasota, Florida—The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) just held its winter meeting here, and the wealthy beachfront communities that dot the coast are typically considered one of the beating hearts of the Establishment GOP´s donor community. Tonight, though, it´s Cruz country. An event originally scheduled as a small rally for potential 2016 presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) mushroomed into a major political event after nearly 2,000 people RSVP´d online. “We are shocked at the level of interest that we’ve received for doing this rally,” Sarasota GOP chairman Joe Gruters told Breitbart News.

Thanks son! Mother-of-three set
to become a millionaire after her
seven-year-old made a prototype for
´hot-selling´ invention out of Lego
Daily Mail (UK), by Sadie Whitelocks    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/20/2014 6:24:25 PM     Post Reply
A mother-of-three has told how she´s set to become a millionaire thanks to a beauty storage unit her seven-year-old son invented. Marcy McKenna, 44, from California, was looking for a solution for the grooming products cluttering the bathroom and jokingly asked her son, Jack, to build something out of Lego. Impressed with what he crafted, she turned the prototype into a working device and when the $132 ´Style & Go´ cabinet made its debut on the Home Shopping Network it sold out in three appearances.

Obama to drop entitlement
cuts from 2015 budget
Politico, by Reid J. Epstein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/20/2014 6:15:29 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama is done pretending that he’ll get any new budget cooperation from House Republicans. His proposed 2015 budget, due to be released next month, will stick to the economic strategy the White House has laid out without the compromise suggestion he floated last year, White House officials said Thursday. Gone, the White House said, is Obama’s proposal for chained CPI — an offer to reduce the the benefit increases for Social Security and other federal social programs. Instead, the budget will hew to traditional Democratic priorities, presenting how Obama would fund the government if he controlled all the

Lapdog That Didn´t Bark:
FCC Intrudes on Newsrooms
Breitbart Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/20/2014 6:09:00 PM     Post Reply
The mainstream media´s relentless left-wing bias is maddening. This, however, is scary -- not the idea that the Obama Administration is planning to place federal officials in newsrooms. Government wants to control things. That´s what they do. No, what is scary is a mainstream media that would be apoplectic if a Republican administration did the same while being content to roll over when Obama threatens their freedom. In an effort that would make George Orwell spin a few turns, Obama´s Federal Communications Commission has named the act of sending researchers to monitor newsrooms and grill editors and reporters over their

  


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Michele Bachmann claims Americans won´t
elect Hillary Clinton president because
the ´guilt´ that got Barack Obama
elected doesn´t apply to women
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/20/2014 6:01:34 PM     Post Reply
Hillary Clinton won´t be America´s next president, says Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann, because many U.S. voters ´aren’t ready´ for a female president and don´t hunger to break new ground the way they did with Barack Obama. ´I think there was a cachet about having an African-American president because of [civil rights] guilt,´ the outspoken conservative told Tribune Media Services columnist Cal Thomas, in a piece that first ran February 18. ´People don’t hold guilt for a woman,´ she said, and even as Americans elect women at every other level of government, ´I don´t think there is a pent-up desire´ to

Why Lyndon B. Johnson is the
worst modern president
The Week, by Damon Linker    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/20/2014 5:59:58 PM     Post Reply
T he competition for worst president since the early 1930s is pretty fierce. But for my money, Lyndon B. Johnson comes in first, winning the contest of awfulness over George W. Bush by a hair. The bloody debacle of the Vietnam War has a lot to do with this judgment (just as Iraq plays a big role in my negative assessment of Bush). According to a recent front-page story in the New York Times, the keepers of Johnson´s legacy fear that I´m not alone. In an effort to rehabilitate his reputation, these Johnson defenders, who include members of his family, have begun

Rick Santorum Gathers
Advisers to Plot 2016 Run
National Journal, by Alex Roarty    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/20/2014 5:57:00 PM     Post Reply
Listening to pundits talk about the potential 2016 Republican field, you’d be forgiven for forgetting about Rick Santorum. The former senator’s strong second-place showing in 2012 shocked—even scared—the GOP’s kingmakers, who saw in him an abortion-hating firebrand with no chance of beating Barack Obama. So it’s no surprise that today, the party’s mainstreamers are acting like he’s old news, again dismissing a Santorum presidential candidacy. Not that he cares. He’s too busy plotting another possible run at the White House. In recent months, Santorum has gathered his inner circle of longtime advisers to sketch out a presidential campaign. He’s scheduling trips to

A Church So Poor It Has to Close Schools,
Yet So Rich It Can Build a Palace
New York Times, by Michael Powell    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/20/2014 5:55:00 PM     Post Reply
KEARNY, N.J. — Mater Dei Academy sits shuttered, blue drapes pulled across its windows, atop a hill in this working-class city. From its steps, you can peer across the mist-shrouded expanse of the Meadowlands to the distant spires of Manhattan. For generations, this blond brick Catholic elementary school tossed a lifeline to the immigrants who, wave upon wave, washed ashore here. The Archdiocese of Newark closed it two years ago. Church officials offered deep regrets; the church’s wallet is thin to the touch these days. “It was a loved place, that school,” said Dorothy Gawronski, a crossing guard holding a red “Stop”

  


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Piers Morgan, CNN Sink to
Near-Record Lows
Breitbard Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 2/20/2014 5:38:13 PM     Post Reply
Over at Fox News, on Tuesday night at 9 p.m., Megyn Kelly won 2.068 million viewers and 354,000 in the 25-43 age demo. At MSNBC, Rachel Maddow came in second with 906,000 viewers and 227,000 in the demo. Piers Morgan nosedived with only 207,000 total viewers and 50,000 in the demo. Deadline reports that this is Morgan´s "second worst result ever in the all important adults 25-43 news demographic." CNN as a whole didn´t fare much better: CNN matched its sixth worst primetime result among the 25-54s on February 18. Between 8PM and 11PM, the cable news network had 64,000

Lawmakers: CIA #2 Lied
to Us About Benghazi
Weekly Standard, by Stephen F. Hayes    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/20/2014 5:00:34 PM     Post Reply
Two leading Republicans on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence say that Michael Morell, former deputy director and twice acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency, provided an account of his role on Benghazi that was often highly misleading and at times deliberately false. “I went back and reviewed some of his testimony the other day and he’s gotten himself in a real box,” says Senator Saxby Chambliss, the highest-ranking Republican on the committee. “It’s really strange. I’ve always thought Mike was a straight-up guy, gave us good briefings—factual, straightforward. I mean, this has really been strange the last few

Kennedy’s flip to pro-choice on
abortion issue draws ire of
Buffalo bishop
Buffalo News [NY], by Robert J. McCarthy    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 2/20/2014 4:36:28 PM     Post Reply
Bishop Richard J. Malone says he is “extremely disappointed and deeply concerned” that State Sen. Timothy M. Kennedy has adopted a pro-choice position on abortion, in what appears to be an unprecedented statement by a Buffalo bishop about a local Catholic officeholder. The bishop noted the conflict between Kennedy’s support for pro-choice bills such as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act and the Buffalo Democrat’s faith. “For anyone to say that he or she is a faithful Catholic and to be pro-abortion/pro-choice rights is totally inconsistent with Catholic teaching, which is clearly articulated in the catechism of the Catholic

MN Dems Laugh When Asked
Why Obamacare Doesn’t
Save Families Money
Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/20/2014 3:55:25 PM     Post Reply
During a panel at South Central College in Mankato, MN Wednesday, Senator Amy Klobuchar and Reps. Tim Walz and Collin Peterson fielded questions on a range of issues, including the farm bill, the national debt, and immigration reform. But the most notable question was on Obamacare. “I thought the Affordable Care Act would save $2,500 per family,” a constituent asked. “What happened?” Klobuchar and Walz looked at each other sheepishly, before laughing uncomfortably. Peterson said, “Well I voted ‘no’, so I’ll let these guys handle that,” eliciting laughter and applause from the crowd. Klobuchar and Walz could only say that

Rick Perry 2016?
Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/20/2014 3:40:45 PM     Post Reply
Of all the electoral maneuvers lately — Huckabee heading to Iowa, Santorum huddling with advisors, Allen West refusing to rule anything out, and even Joe Scarborough visiting New Hampshire — this is the most interesting. Is there room for Perry this time, though? Perry, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, will be in Des Moines and Davenport on Feb. 27 and Feb. 28. He will be sitting down with business leaders to discuss a wide range of issues, according to Bob Haus, an adviser in the state. He also will be taping an episode of “Iowa Press,” Iowa Public Television’s weekly public affairs program, Haus

  



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

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

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