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Firm tapped for FCC media study
has background in social ‘welfare,’
health – not media
Fox News, by Judson Berger    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/21/2014 7:31:56 PM     Post Reply
To conduct what critics are calling an intrusive examination of newsrooms across America, the Federal Communications Commission tapped a Beltway firm whose philosophy aligned neatly with the study´s goals -- which were to promote "diversity" in the newsroom, presumably in terms of who is hired and what is covered. Those goals sound innocuous enough, but the study has run into a buzz saw of criticism on Capitol Hill as lawmakers question whether it could be used to pressure media outlets into changing their coverage. The criticism led the FCC on Friday to significantly back off the review. The company, however, tapped to lead

FCC Backs Off on Scheme to
Regulate the Press
PowerLine, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/21/2014 6:28:52 PM     Post Reply
For the last several days, I have been accumulating information about the extraordinary plan, launched by the Democratic majority of the Federal Communications Commission, apparently without input or even knowledge on the part of the Commission’s Republicans, to survey radio and television stations, as well as newspapers (over which the FCC has no jurisdiction) with respect to their editorial news judgments. Many observers saw the FCC’s project as the prelude to an effort to push news reporting even farther to the left. See Mark Steyn, Byron York and Tammy Bruce, for a few among many such examples. If you want

Lobster tail, steak, apple pie
and ice cream... followed by lethal
injection: The last meals of death
row´s most notorious residents
Daily Mail (UK), by James Rush    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/21/2014 6:25:06 PM     Post Reply
It was one of the final decisions any of these death row inmates were going to make. But whether it be a single unpitted olive, lobster tail and steak or two pints of mint and chocolate chip ice cream, their choice of last meal could also be said to offer a glimpse into each of these prisoners´ personalities. Photographer Henry Hargreaves has recreated the meals chosen by the inmates hours before they were executed and photographed them from a prisoner´s-eye-view.One inmate, Victor Feguer, 28, simply requested a single unpitted olive - presented on a huge ceramic plate and accompanied with a

  


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Surgeons fear over heart
surgery patients in Wales
Telegraph [UK], by Laura Donnelly, Patrosk Sawer    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/21/2014 6:13:10 PM     Post Reply
Leading doctors have raised fears that high numbers of patients are dying while waiting for heart surgery in Wales. The Royal College of Surgeons wrote to healthcare inspectors last year warning of “grave concerns” that too many people were dying in the south of the country because of long waits for heart surgery. The letter, seen by The Daily Telegraph, calls for swift action to tackle “unacceptably high mortality” levels and highlights more than 150 cases in which patients died waiting for life-saving treatment. [Snip] In the letter to Healthcare Inspectorate Wales, last July, Professor Norman Williams wrote: “It has

Madame President? John McCain
says Hillary Clinton would win the
White House if the 2016 election
were held today
Daily Mail (UK), by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/21/2014 5:58:13 PM     Post Reply
Self-described ´Maverick´ Senator John McCain is making waves with his defeatist statements about how formidable Hillary Rodham Clinton will be as a presidential candidate, predicting that she would win if the 2016 election were held in 2014. ´I would bet, my friend, as much as I hate to admit it,´ McCain told Piers Morgan during his Thursday night CNN broadcast, ´that right now – this is why we have campaigns – but right now, if the election were tomorrow, Hillary Clinton would most likely be the president of the United States.´ The Arizona pol and 2008 Republican presidential nominee was

Obama Shut Out in Beer
Bets With Canadian PM
Cybercast News Service, by Curtis Kalin    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/21/2014 5:42:27 PM     Post Reply
As a follow-up to yesterday´s post on President Obama´s Olympic beer wager lost to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, we report that the Canadians have swept the bet after their back-to-back hockey victories over the United States (women´s yesterday and men´s today). In his tweet yesterday, Harper said he´d wager a case of Canadian beer should his national team lose either the men´s or women´s games against the U.S. ABC reported Obama will put up a case of ´White House Honey Porter,´ which is brewed at the White House using a pound of honey produced by official White House bees.

Naftogaz warns 11 oblasts of gas
cuts over unpaid $3 billion bill
Kyiv Post, by Mark Rachkevych    Original Article
Posted By: John c- 2/21/2014 5:27:25 PM     Post Reply
(Ukraine) Naftogaz, Ukraine’s state-owned oil and gas monopoly, has threatened 11 oblasts with gas supply cuts for falling drastically behind on their bills totaling some $3 billion, which, coincidentally, is the rough equivalent of what Russia’s Gazprom said Ukraine owed it. Naftogaz said on Feb. 13 it will imminently reduce gas deliveries to a “technical minimum.” Company spokesperson Olena Yurieva said that means enough will be given for pipes to not freeze. Energy experts disagreed on how much room temperatures will drop as a result. Oleksandr Todiychuk, head of international energy club Q-club, told Kommersant that temperatures could drop to

  


  

Obama to award Medal of Honor to 19
overlooked minority service members
Washington Post, by Scott Wilson*    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 2/21/2014 3:43:15 PM     Post Reply
President Obama will correct a historical act of discrimination next month when he awards the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest commendation for combat valor, to 19 Hispanic, Jewish and African-American veterans overlooked previously because of their racial or ethnic backgrounds. The unusual presentation will culminate a 12-year Pentagon review ordered by Congress into past discrimination in the ranks, and will hold a particular poignancy hosted by the nation’s first African-American president. Although the review predates Obama’s tenure, he has made addressing discrimination in the military ranks — including ending the ban on gay and lesbian service members — a

Another fatal wrong-way crash on I-275
Tampa Tribune, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 2/21/2014 3:10:35 PM     Post Reply
For the second time this month, a car heading the wrong way on Interstate 275 in Hillsborough County was involved in a fatal crash. Early this morning, a wrong-way driver from Riverview was killed when he struck a box truck just north of Bearss Avenue, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Two people in the truck received minor injuries. At 2:35 a.m., Chase Kaleb Leveille, 25, was driving a 1993 Honda Civic north in the southbound center lane of I-275, when he crashed head-on into an unloaded rental truck going south, troopers said. Leveille died at the scene, the patrol said.

Sen. Cruz: The American
Renaissance is Beginning
Breitbart Texas, by Bob Price    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/21/2014 3:01:14 PM     Post Reply
While standing in the symbolic birthplace of the Texas energy industry, Spindletop Boomtown Museum, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) formally announced his “American Energy Renaissance Act” to help promote energy independence through increased oil and natural gas production with strong limits on federal government interference. Standing before a group of energy workers and executives, Sen. Cruz began his announcement by saying: “Welcome to Boomtown. This place reminds us of how American entrepreneurs ushered in a new era for America, and for the world. This discovery [oil in Texas] was made at a time when America needed energy to grow and expand.

D-Day veteran, Medal of Honor recipient,
Walter Ehlers dies at age 92
Daily Caller, by Mike Piccione    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/21/2014 2:55:45 PM     Post Reply
Medal of Honor recipient Walter Ehlers died Thursday at age 92. Walter D. Ehlers was born May 7, 1921 in Junction City, Kansas. In October 1940, he and his brother Roland enlisted in the Army and Walter would go on to be part of the 18th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division, where he and his unit stormed the beach on the second wave of the D-Day Normandy invasion. His brother Roland was killed in the invasion. Staff Sergeant Ehlers heroic actions on the battlefield near Goville, France during June 9- 10, 1944 led to him being awarded the Medal of Honor.

  


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A Good Deal for the Ukrainian Opposition
Commentary Magazine, by Max Boot    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/21/2014 2:50:43 PM     Post Reply
The agreement reached between President Viktor Yanukovych and Ukrainian opposition leaders is about as good as the anti-government forces can possibly hope to get. It calls, inter alia, for a power-sharing arrangement with the opposition to be followed by a new presidential election no later than December. It also commits the government not to impose a state of emergency–meaning martial law–and to allow outside monitors from Europe and the opposition to monitor all investigations “into recent acts of violence.” A sign of just how favorable this agreement is to the opposition: while it was signed by the foreign ministers of Poland, France,

Nafta Summit A Wasted
Opportunity For An Epic Energy Pact
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 2/21/2014 2:44:21 PM     Post Reply
Leadership: On the 20th anniversary of Nafta, perhaps the greatest trade pact in history, President Obama came to a summit with Canada and Mexico with little to offer, wasting a chance for a far-reaching new energy pact. The leaders of the U.S., Mexico and Canada, representing the three nations that took the risk in 1993 to form the North American Free Trade Agreement, should be crowing like Olympians. Twenty years on, Nafta is one of the most powerful and revolutionary success stories in the history of trade. Nafta remains the world´s biggest trade pact, increasing trade among the three states to $1

Boy, 13, arrested for allegedly
throwing snowball at cop
Chicago Tribune, by Rosemary Regina Sobol    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/21/2014 2:40:26 PM     Post Reply
A 13-year-old boy arrested for allegedly hitting a Chicago police officer with a snowball says he was wrongly picked out of a crowd of kids walking home from school. And besides, he adds, the snowball didn´t even hit the cop. "It made me mad," said the eighth-grader, who is facing a felony charge of battery to a police officer. “He (the officer) said the snowball hit him but it hit the car, not him." The incident occurred around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 4900 block of West Congress Parkway, about a half a block from where the boy attends school, according to a

Proposed FCC study of news
organizations sparks outcry
Washington Post, by Paul Farhi    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 2/21/2014 2:40:10 PM     Post Reply
A proposed government study of how media organizations gather news has incited a powerful backlash, particularly among conservatives, who said that it could be part of an official effort to intimidate or second-guess journalists. Faced with an outcry, the Federal Communications Commission’s chairman said Thursday that he would amend the effort — intended to assess whether the news media were meeting the public’s “critical information needs” — by removing questions that critics had deemed invasive. The FCC last year proposed an analysis of news content from newspapers, Web sites and radio and TV stations. The agency said it wanted to assess

  


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Federal judge tosses out legal challenge
over NYPD surveillance of Muslims
Guardian [UK], by Ed Pilkington    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/21/2014 2:27:17 PM     Post Reply
New York - The first legal challenge to the New York police department’s blanket surveillance of Muslims in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks has been dismissed by a federal judge in New Jersey in a ruling that lawyers acting for the plaintiffs have described as preposterous and dangerous. Judge William Martini, sitting in the US district court for the district of New Jersey, threw out a lawsuit brought by eight Muslim individuals and local businesses who alleged their constitutional rights were violated when the NYPD’s mass surveillance was based on religious affiliation alone. The legal action was the

7 Amazing Reagan Quotes that
Capture America´s Current Condition
Breitbart Big Government, by Wynton Hall    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/21/2014 2:14:24 PM     Post Reply
Ronald Reagan’s prescient words hold striking resonance to the dangers and maladies afflicting America today. Here are 7 Ronald Reagan quotes that speak to America’s present condition. 1. On the importance of limited government. (Photo) 2. On minority youth unemployment. (Photo) 3. On the opportunity-crushing nature of taxes. (Photo) 4. On the appropriate purpose of welfare. (Photo) 5. On faith. (Photo) 6. On government-run healthcare. (Photo)

Venezuela: the Left´s favourite
´socialist paradise´ is sliding
into poverty and dictatorship
Telegraph [U.K.], by Tim Stanley    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 2/21/2014 2:03:45 PM     Post Reply
How are things coming along in Venezuela, that paradise of democratic socialism? You must remember Venezuela. That´s the country that Diane Abbott said was showing "a better way", which Owen Jones told us had proven that "you can lead a progressive, popular government that says no to neo-liberalism"? The apple in the eye of Marx, the last hope for humanity in a world of fat cat banksters and austerity Scrooges. The Copacobana of the international revolution. Viva! How is Venezuela doing? Well, tens of thousands of protesters are in the streets, the army´s been sent to crush revolt, an opposition

Colorado, Utah move to hike
smoking age to 21
Associated Press, by Kristen Wyatt & Michelle L. Price    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/21/2014 1:59:11 PM     Post Reply
DENVER- Two Western states with some of the nation´s lowest smoking rates are considering cracking down even more by raising the tobacco age to 21. Utah and Colorado lawmakers both voted favorably on proposals Thursday to treat tobacco like alcohol and take it away from 18- to 20-year-olds, a move inspired by new research on how many smokers start the habit as teenagers. "By raising the age limit, it puts them in a situation where they´re not going to pick it up until a much later age," said Marla Brannum of Lehi, Utah, who testified in favor of the idea

Dewhurst: Investigate
Battleground Texas Immediately
Breitbart Big Government, by Brandon Darby    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 2/21/2014 1:53:43 PM     Post Reply
Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst issued a letter to Secretary of State Nandita Berry today urging her office to immediately turn over all complaints of Battleground Texas’ violations of election law to Attorney General Greg Abbott. The scandal was revealed after Breitbart Texas released the latest James O´Keefe undercover video on what appeared to be a Battleground Texas illegal voter data-mining operation to help elect Wendy Davis. Breitbart Texas provides Lt. Governor Dewhurst´s full letter to the Texas Secretary of State below:

  



California farmers won´t get federal water
Associated Press, by Scott Smith    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/21/2014 1:52:48 PM     Post Reply
FRESNO, Calif.- Federal officials say many farmers caught in California´s drought will receive no irrigation water this year from a vast system of rivers, canals and reservoirs interlacing the state. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced Friday it will continue to monitor rain and snowfall, but at this point there´s not enough water in the Central Valley Project to give water to farmers. Last year, Central Valley farmers received 20 percent of their normal allowance, and that figure is now set at zero percent. This marks the third dry year for the state, and Gov. Jerry Brown last month declared

Jimmy Fallon, Democrat Political Asset
Newsbusters, by Brent Bozell and Tim Graham    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 2/21/2014 1:46:54 PM     Post Reply
The Obamas have had few more obsequious media allies than NBC´s Jimmy Fallon. Now that he´s taking over the hallowed ground of "The Tonight Show," Fallon´s proven ability to spread his reach into viral videos on YouTube promises to become even more politically potent. Fallon´s Obama-friendly sketches and interviews have become immediate "news" grist for the Comcast corps at NBC and MSNBC. The same sensation happens when Fallon is ripping into a Republican. Just as NBC and MSNBC were tearing Gov. Chris Christie apart over "Bridgegate," Fallon joined this political crusade by bringing on liberal rock star Bruce Springsteen for a jokey

Venezuelan President
Threatens to Kick CNN
Out for ´War Propaganda´
Breitbart Big Peace, by Francis Martel    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 2/21/2014 1:06:48 PM     Post Reply
"CNN´s programming, 24 hours a day, is war programming," the likely illegitimate Venezuelan president boomed yesterday afternoon. In a public appearance with the state´s bus drivers, Nicolás Maduro promised to "kick them out of Venezuela" for trying to "show the world that there is a civil war in Venezuela." According to Argentine news source Infobae, Maduro began speaking extemporaneously yesterday about the news source, telling workers that CNN only shows Venezuela "hatred." He was in the bus terminal of Caracas, allegedly investigating damage to the transportation service done by police in their efforts to attack protesters. "They want to show

Nugent apologizes for calling
Obama ´subhuman mongrel´
The Hill (Washington DC), by Rebecca Shabad    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/21/2014 12:34:44 PM     Post Reply
Singer Ted Nugent apologized on Friday for calling President Obama a “subhuman mongrel” last month. “I do apologize, not necessarily to the president, but on behalf of much better men than myself,” Nugent said in a radio interview on “The Ben Ferguson Show." The rocker said he was sorry for using “street fighter terminology of subhuman mongrel,’” and admitted "I did cross the line.” Nugent said he should have used a term such as “violator of his oath, the Constitution” instead. The apology came just a day after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) urged Nugent to apologize for the remark. “Ted

Fed Releases Transcripts
from 2008 Meetings
Fox Business, by Dunstan Prial    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/21/2014 12:29:24 PM     Post Reply
The Federal Reserve on Friday released transcripts from its 2008 meetings, divulging publicly for the first time many of the details of critical decisions made by the central bank during the height of the financial crisis. The transcripts shed light on the decision-making process -- the agreements as well as the quarrels -- that led to unprecedented interventions such as the bailout of banks deemed “too big to fail,” emergency lending measures, the lowering of the key fed funds interest rates to near zero and the long-running bond purchase program known as quantitative easing. Transcripts from a conference call on March

LA Archbishop Mahony kept altar
boy list from police - deposition
KABC-TV [Los Angeles], by Darsha Phillips    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/21/2014 12:17:14 PM     Post Reply
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES -- New details are surfacing about the role Archbishop Roger Mahony played in the investigation of sexual abuse by Catholic priests. When Los Angeles police were investigating allegations of child abuse by a Roman Catholic priest in 1988, they asked for a list of altar boys at the last parish where the priest worked. According to a deposition made public on Wednesday and obtained by the Associated Press, Mahony told a subordinate not to give the list, saying he didn´t want to scare the boys who knew nothing about the investigation. Detectives investigating allegations against Nicolas Aguilar

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