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Chief Forte says police to crack
down on Plaza teen disturbances
KCTV-TV [Kansas City, MO], by Laura McCallister, Bonyen Lee *    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/20/2014 11:32:24 PM     Post Reply
KANSAS CITY, MO - Following Saturday´s disturbance on the Country Club Plaza, three teens were arrested and one juvenile was detained. While one mother is apologizing and asking for the public´s forgiveness, another teen arrested over the weekend remains unapologetic for his actions and says police racially profiled him. Kansas City police were first called to Cinemark Palace, located at 500 Nichols Rd., about 8:15 p.m. Saturday on a large disturbance involving about 150 juveniles. Police said they dispersed the unruly group; however, they scattered through the Plaza. Police reports said following the disturbance 17-year-old Gaylyne E. Blewett,

Unrepentant Battleground Texas Now
Subject to State Investigation
Breitbart Texas, by Brandon Darby and Logan Churchwell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/20/2014 11:23:57 PM     Post Reply
SAN ANTONIO, TX–The most recent James O’Keefe expose released on Breitbart Texas showed a Battleground Texas field organizer engaging in a seemingly illegal data mining operation where confidential information from voter registration forms was being collected in an effort to help elect Wendy Davis as governor of Texas. The video has now triggered a process by which an investigation carried by the State of Texas may occur. In an interview with local San Antonio news, Bexar County Election Administrator Jacquelyn Callanen admitted to submitting a report to Texas Secretary of State. (Video) Later the same day, Secretary of State spokesperson

US ranks low in first-ever global
index of LGBT inclusion in armed forces
Guardian [UK], by Ed Pilkington    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/20/2014 11:09:17 PM     Post Reply
The enduring ban on transgender individuals serving in the US military has earned America a low ranking in the first global league table of LGBT inclusion in the armed forces. The US is placed at number 40 in the table of 103 countries’ armed forces as measured by their inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender service members. That puts it behind the militaries of countries such as Chile, Georgia and even America’s bête noire, Cuba. The US armed forces in September 2011 repealed the controversial policy of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, which forced gay service members to hide their sexuality.

  


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The myth of ‘settled science’
Washington Post, by Charles Krauthammer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/20/2014 10:29:14 PM     Post Reply
I repeat: I’m not a global warming believer. I’m not a global warming denier. I’ve long believed that it cannot be good for humanity to be spewing tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. I also believe that those scientists who pretend to know exactly what this will cause in 20, 30 or 50 years are white-coated propagandists. “The debate is settled,” asserted propagandist in chief Barack Obama in his latest State of the Union address. “Climate change is a fact.” Really? There is nothing more anti-scientific than the very idea that science is settled, static, impervious to challenge. Take

With 2015 budget request,
Obama will call for an
end to era of austerity
Washington Post, by Zachary A. Goldfarb    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/20/2014 10:27:14 PM     Post Reply
President Obama’s forthcoming budget request will seek tens of billions of dollars in fresh spending for domestic priorities while abandoning a compromise proposal to tame the national debt in part by trimming Social Security benefits. With the 2015 budget request, Obama will call for an end to the era of austerity that has dogged much of his presidency and to his efforts to find common ground with Republicans. Instead, the president will focus on pumping new cash into job training, early-childhood education and other programs aimed at bolstering the middle class, providing Democrats with a policy blueprint heading into the

Together to the end: Husband
holds hands with his beloved wife
of 60 years as they died hours apart
Daily Mail (UK), by Snejana Farberov    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/20/2014 10:22:36 PM     Post Reply
For six decades, Floreen and Ed Hale have been inseparable, and even death could not keep them apart. On February 7, Mrs Hale, 82, passed away in a Batavia, New York, hospital, with her gravely ill husband lying next to her and holding her hand until the very end. Just 36 hours later, Ed Hale died at age 83.´He was a gentleman right up to the end, waiting for her to go first,´ the Hales´ daughter Renee Hirsh told the blog Orlean Hub, which profiled her parents. A month ago, a wheelchair-bound Mr Hale was hospitalized in Rochester, New York, with kidney

Blitzer Pushes Rick Perry to
Denounce Ted Nugent — Did He Succeed?
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/20/2014 9:57:51 PM     Post Reply
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer is not letting up when it comes to Ted Nugent. Thursday, The Situation Room host sat down with Texas Governor Rick Perry and spent nearly the entire interview trying to get him to admit how “disgusting” is was for Nugent to call President Barack Obama a “subhuman mongrel.” Now that the Republican who wants to succeed Perry, Attorney General Greg Abbott, is campaigning with Nugent, Blitzer wanted to know what he thinks of the controversy. “That’s pretty tough words,” Perry began after watching the clip of Nugent making the now infamous comments. “We agree that that is

  


  

Bayonne official pleads guilty to
bribes, falsifying federal grants,
illegal gambling ring and more
Jersey Journal [Jersey City, NJ], by Mike D´Onofrio    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/20/2014 9:40:58 PM     Post Reply
A former Bayonne official admitted Thursday to accepting bribes, colluding with local contractors to funnel more than $400,000 in federal grant funds away from low-income families for fraudulent projects and other malfeasance, according to authorities. Anselmo "Rocky" Crisonino, 53, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter Sheridan in federal court in Trenton today to taking $65,000 in bribes from Joseph Arrigo, the owner of the Bayonne contract company Shadow Contracting LLC, in exchange for awarding him approximately $426,000 in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman. Crisonino also pleaded guilty

Solar panels and snow falling
from buildings send Morris
County officials scrambling
Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Ben Horowitz    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/20/2014 9:35:41 PM     Post Reply
Morris County — Snow, ice and even some solar panels falling from public buildings in Morris County this week have forced officials to scramble to make new arrangements. The rain and freezing rain experienced on Tuesday caused a “weight shifting” on some of the solar canopies at the county’s Mennen Arena in Morris Township, resulting in a number of solar panels falling, said County Administrator John Bonanni. While no one was hurt, one vehicle was damaged, Bonanni said. Parking under the solar canopies at Mennen has been suspended until the solar contractor is able to remove all the snow and ice,

Union Bosses that Gave Big to Dems
Charged with Burning Down Church
FrontPage Magazine, by Daniel Greenfield    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/20/2014 9:35:15 PM     Post Reply
The Ironworkers helped push some $600,000 to Dems, including Senator Ed “I Invented the Internet” Markey. But apparently they didn’t donate enough to offset the whole church burning thing. Local 401 business manager, 72-year-old Joe Dougherty, as well as union representatives Ed Sweeney, Sean O’Donnell, Christopher Prophet, and William O’Donnell, and five other officials are facing serious prison time if convicted of the charges, according to the FBI and prosecutors Ten members of a Philadelphia ironworkers union face charges of arson and racketeering in connection with a fire against the church, which was employing non-union workers. Among the criminal acts mentioned

25 Charged in Largest Medicaid
Fraud Bust in D.C. History
CBS News DC & Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/20/2014 9:30:26 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Federal authorities say 25 people have been charged in a wide-ranging scheme to obtain millions of dollars in fraudulent Medicaid payments from the District of Columbia government. U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen calls it the largest health-care fraud case in the city’s history. It involved bogus claims for home care services, a category of Medicaid claim that has grown dramatically in the city over the past eight years. Machen says fraud is largely responsible for the increase in those claims. The uptick in billings for home care — from $40 million in 2006 to $280 million last year —

  


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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.

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.

  


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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

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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