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Just Abolish The FCC
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 2/22/2014 8:54:30 AM     Post Reply
Bureaucracy: The FCC jumped the shark with its outrageous plan to police America´s newsrooms. This grasp for a new mission signals an agency that has outlived its purpose. We have a better idea: Just scrap the FCC. There´s nothing worse than a federal agency that has lost its original mission, has nothing productive to do and, as a result, is restlessly rustling around for something to justify its existence. That describes the Federal Communications Commission, an old-line agency founded in the 1930s to regulate a limited supply of television airwaves divided among three networks, which is now gone with the wind. Today, television

New Law - King´s Husband
Can´t Be Queen
Breitbart London, by Andre Walker    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 2/22/2014 8:44:23 AM     Post Reply
Next week parliament will vote on the thorny issue of titles for married gay partners. They will be asked to clear up laws dating as far back as 700 years. The changes are needed to ensure a gay married King could not style his husband Queen. Under the previous arrangements of Civil Partnerships gay partners were not allowed courtesy titles as their unions were not deemed full marriage. This is the reason Sir Elton John’s partner David Furnish is not entitled to the dubious honour of being known as “Lady John”. However once full once full gay marriage comes in

Universities in FCC Newsroom
Probe Have Close Ties to Soros,
Got $1.8M in Funding
Cybercast News Service, by Mike Ciandella    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/22/2014 7:52:31 AM     Post Reply
The FCC may have suspended its invasion into American newsrooms, but the controversial "Critical Information Needs" study also has George Soros´ fingerprints all over it. While disturbing, this should come as no surprise since Soros´ gave more than $52 million to media organizations from 2000-2010. Two schools were working with FCC on the project, according to Byron York of The Washington Examiner. The University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Communication and Democracy, were tasked by the FCC with coming up with criteria for what information is "critical" for Americans

  


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Barack Obama is a smart dude.
Democrats should listen to him.
Washington Post, by Chris Cillizza    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/22/2014 7:47:33 AM     Post Reply
President Obama´s speech at a Democratic Governors Association fundraiser in D.C. last night contained a key pearl of political wisdom for his party. Here it is: If there’s one message I want to deliver today to every Democrat and every person who’s interested in supporting Democratic policies, it’s that you got to pay attention to the states. You have to stay focused on what’s happening in the states, and you especially have to pay attention to what’s happening in the states during midterm elections. Because we know how to win national elections, but all too often, it’s during these midterms

FLOTUS Needs Help
American Thinker, by M. Catherine Evans    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/22/2014 7:42:30 AM     Post Reply
Something is seriously wrong with Michelle Obama. Pitching ObamaCare on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Mrs. Obama called young adults "knuckleheads." The first lady openly mocked the 18- to 29-year-olds who catapulted her husband into the White House in 2008 and 2012. Fallon: Because a lot of young people watch our show. Would you like to tell me - why would they...? Because a lot people don´t have the money to spend on this. Obama: Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, young people can stay on their parents´ insurance until they are 26. But once they hit 26, they´re

Michelle Obama listed daughters
Sasha and Malia as ´Senior Staff´
on Africa junket
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/22/2014 7:37:16 AM     Post Reply
In the wake of Michelle Obama´s revelation to Jimmy Fallon that her daughters Sasha and Malia "want nothing to do with us," (a feeling many share), it is worthwhile noting that just a couple of years ago the First Lady officially termed them "Senior Staff" for official purposes. We know this only thanks to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch. The organization had at first requested the information pursuant to FOIA, but when denied, was forced to sue. The trip took place June 21-27, 2011, and was taken by First Lady Michelle Obama, her family

China denounces Barack Obama´s
meeting with Dalai Lama
Guardian (UK), by Jonathan Kaiman    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 2/22/2014 6:56:50 AM     Post Reply
Barack Obama met the Dalai Lama at the White House on Friday, despite objections from China, which has warned that the meeting would inflict grave damage on Sino-American relations.The Tibetan spiritual leader is in the US on a speaking tour. The White House did not announce the meeting until late on Thursday, prompting a gruff complaint from Beijing, in what has become something of a diplomatic ritual whenever Obama meets the exiled Buddhist monk.The two Nobel laureates spent an hour in the White House´s Map Room, a step down in prestige from the Oval Office, where the president traditionally meets

  


  

Investigator: ‘Midnight Rider’ Crew
Wasn’t Supposed to Be on Tracks
Variety, by Ted Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: DaddyO- 2/22/2014 6:31:49 AM     Post Reply
The crew of Gregg Allman biopic “Midnight Rider” was working on train tracks without permission from the railroad in Wayne County, Ga., when a train crashed into the production team, killing one and injuring seven others, an investigator said Friday. The tracks, owned by CSX Railroad, cross private land owned by forest-products company Rayonier, which has a nearby paper mill. Joe Gardner, the lead detective on the case, said the crew had Rayonier’s permission to film on its property next to the train tracks. “CSX has told me they were aware they were out there, but they did not have

Court: It´s Not a Right When Only the
Sheriff´s Friends Get To Hold Guns
Reason Magazine, by Steven Greenhut    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/22/2014 6:04:00 AM     Post Reply
SACRAMENTO — A “right” is an “entitlement” that’s not dependent on the whims of authorities. If you have a right to “free speech,” then you can speak as you choose. The courts let the government enforce a few standards, but it wouldn’t be a “right” if government officials got to preview and restrict what you were planning to say. That’s obvious, especially when it involves activities that are widely supported. It’s hard to find Americans who don’t agree with letting individuals have the widest latitude to speak and protest. But this apparently simple concept gets muddied with rights that are

Mark Steyn Strikes Back
Against the Empire
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/22/2014 5:59:05 AM     Post Reply
As all the world knows, climate buffoon Michael Mann is suing Mark Steyn, National Review and others for disagreeing with him about global warming–not just disagreeing, but doing so in colorful language. As happens so often on the Left, Mann found himself losing the debate on a public issue of great importance. Rather than admit that he was wrong about the hockey stick–one of the most notorious errors, or frauds, in the history of science–he is trying to shut his opponents up through litigation. Steyn was unhappy with how the lawsuit was going, so he dismissed the lawyers that were

How Dick Cabela Sold the Great Outdoors
New Yorker, by Amy Merrick    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/22/2014 5:54:16 AM     Post Reply
The origin tale of Dick Cabela, who founded the outdoor-goods chain Cabela’s, and who died this week, at the age of seventy-seven, begins with fishing flies. In 1961, according to company lore, Cabela bought forty-five dollars’ worth of hand-tied lures to sell at his family’s furniture store, in Nebraska. Customers weren’t interested, so Cabela bought an ad in the magazine Sports Afield, offering five flies in exchange for twenty-five cents in postage. When people wrote in to redeem the offer, he put their names on a mailing list, which he blasted with three-page-long catalogues of fishing gear. Today, Cabela’s has $3.5

  


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Rewriting the Gettysburg Address
New York Times, by Martin P. Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/22/2014 5:49:41 AM     Post Reply
Abraham Lincoln did not give the Gettysburg Address on Nov. 19, 1863 — at least, not the one engraved on the Lincoln Memorial, the one memorized by millions the world over. Lincoln actually wrote the words recognized today as the Gettysburg Address months after the cemetery dedication, during a full and complete revision of his speech that he finished in February 1864. Lincoln’s revisions added about 14 percent more words to his original delivery text, the so-called Nicolay Draft, adding several key passages. But no addition was more important than the words “under God”: Lincoln had spoken those words, and others

Is It Possible for Non-Bigoted
People Not to Care About Michael
Sam´s and Jason Collins´ Sex Lives?
Independent Journal Review, by Michael Hausam    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/22/2014 5:28:38 AM     Post Reply
Football player Michael Sam and basketball player Jason Collins each received a flurry of attention this week. None of it is due to their athletic talent or professional careers, but rather it is about their sexual preference. In both cases, that they have come out as gay is the most important aspect of all of the stories. Mentioning their sexual preferences as the most interesting aspect of the story, some excerpts from the last 48 hours: FoxSports.com: “Michael Sam’s historic NFL journey…” CBS New York: “…would be the first openly gay player in the NBA.” Sporting News: “With Michael Sam announcing himself as gay…” USA

Perry: Still Waiting for Obama to
Thank Me ‘for Saving Our Bacon’
National Review Online, by Andrew Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/22/2014 5:22:33 AM     Post Reply
Without Texas, President Obama would be facing a much worse economic situation, and Governor Rick Perry is holding out for a thank you. With the Lone Star state leading the nation in job creation the last five years, as well as creating nearly one-third of all American jobs over the last decade, Perry boasted about his state’s success during his time in office. “If it hadn’t been for Texas, the United States, for those mid-wage jobs in particular, would be underwater,” he told MSNBC. “I keep waiting for President Obama to call me and say, ‘Hey, thanks for saving our bacon

Kochs vs. Steyer: When
‘evil’ campaign cash is OK
Washington Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/22/2014 5:18:38 AM     Post Reply
Democrats love to throw mud balls at the Koch brothers — David and Charles — because they’re successful entrepreneurs, and they’re generous with groups that promote the free-market values that enabled them to succeed. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee even sponsors a website, StoptheKochBrothers.com. The Brothers Koch are accused of “planning a GOP takeover in 2014” by spending $27 million on political campaigns around the country. The Democratic message is that wealthy Republicans should stay out of politics. When Tom Steyer, the billionaire onetime hedge-fund manager, promised the other day to spend up to $50 million of his own money

  


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Afghanistan will revert to being a
terrorist haven after Allied military
withdrawal, U.S. study warns
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/22/2014 5:16:08 AM     Post Reply
Afghanistan could become a future terrorist haven when the U.S. withdraws unless a larger and more expensive Afghan security force is planned, a study has warned. The report sketched a scenario in which the Taliban would seek to capitalize on the absence of foreign combat forces and press its campaign to regain political power in Kabul. ´History suggests that the Taliban will use sanctuaries in Pakistan to regenerate their capabilities as military pressure on the movement declines,´ the report said. As a first step, in 2015-16, the Taliban may put additional pressure on Afghan security forces in rural areas, expand

One Fund donations to pay for admin costs
Boston Herald, by Chris Cassidy    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/22/2014 5:15:52 AM     Post Reply
The $150,000-a-year salary of the new executive director of One Fund Boston will be paid out of the charity’s own budget — marking a significant shift from the organization’s beginnings, when every dollar donated went directly to victims’ families and survivors of the marathon bombings. “The mission of the fund has not changed,” said One Fund spokeswoman Dot Joyce. “It continues to grow and with that growth comes some administrative cost. And those decisions were made by the board in consultation with the survivor community and what’s best in meeting their needs going forward.” Joyce could not say how much money is

Judge rips feds in Sherrod-Breitbart lawsuit
Politico, by Josh Gerstein    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/22/2014 4:57:21 AM     Post Reply
A federal judge delivered a severe tongue-lashing to a Justice Department lawyer Thursday, slamming the Obama Administration for its handling of demands for government records in the libel lawsuit fired Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod filed against conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart. During a 40-minute hearing, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon repeatedly ripped into the government and DOJ trial counsel David Glass for resisting requests from both sides in the case for government files and e-mails that might be of use in the litigation. At one point, the judge snapped at Glass, ordering him to "sit right down." Sherrod was

Battleground Texas, the Texas
Media, and Wendy’s Choice
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/22/2014 4:52:47 AM     Post Reply
James O’Keefe and his Project Veritas captured Battleground Texas organizer Jennifer Langoria admitting that the group uses its voter registration drives as data-mining operations for their political operations. Whatever one thinks of Project Veritas, it did not put words into Battleground Texas’ mouth. “So every time we register someone to vote we keep their name and number,” Langoria says. According to Texas election law, it is unlawful to transcribe, copy, or otherwise record a telephone number furnished on a voter registration application. Battleground Texas has, therefore, been caught in what appears to be election fraud. It’s not the first time. Earlier this year, Project

The next Euro-elections will be a step
towards a United States of Europe
Telegraph [UK], by Daniel Hannan    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/22/2014 4:51:15 AM     Post Reply
Unremarked, the EU is about to hold its first federal elections. The European Parliament has been quietly sucking in more power for decades, but has so far lacked the supreme attribute of a federal legislature, namely the right to appoint a federal government. [Snip] In the short clip above, the Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists, of which I´m Secretary-General, explains why it won´t be fielding a candidate. You´ll see from the reaction of the people we asked how little connection there is between the Euro-parties and the voters they purport to represent. We have no intention of legitimising a

  



Ukraine unsettled, uneasy as peace
deal sinks in; President leaves town
CNN, by Phil Black*    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/22/2014 4:48:30 AM     Post Reply
Kiev, Ukraine -- In Ukraine, neither protesters, opposition politicians nor embattled President Viktor Yanukovych had what they wanted Saturday after a week of bloodshed. Enthusiasm was muted for the peace deal brokered among them a day before by the foreign ministers of Poland, Germany and France. Hours before they signed the deal, Poland´s Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski warned them not to expect perfection. "All sides need to remember that compromise means getting less than 100%," he said in a message on Twitter. If he upholds his end of the deal, Yanukovych will lose many of his powers soon -- and his office completely --

John Kerry’s phony climate war
New York Post, by Rich Lowry    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/22/2014 4:45:56 AM     Post Reply
Secretary of State John Kerry is reporting for duty in the war against climate change. In a speech in Jakarta, Indonesia, he declared climate change “another weapon of mass destruction.” Indeed, in what might be news to the 50-megaton hydrogen bomb, he declared it “perhaps the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.” If climate change does not consider itself duly warned, it has only itself to blame. John Kerry has proven himself fully capable of supporting hostilities against dangerous enemies of the United States (that he then regrets, and campaigns against — but that’s another story).

America´s Global Retreat
Wall Street Journal, by Niall Ferguson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/22/2014 4:40:55 AM     Post Reply
Since former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke uttered the word "taper" in June 2013, emerging-market stocks and currencies have taken a beating. It is not clear why talk of (thus far) modest reductions in the Fed´s large-scale asset-purchase program should have had such big repercussions outside the United States. The best economic explanation is that capital has been flowing out of emerging markets in anticipation of future rises in U.S. interest rates, of which the taper is a harbinger. While plausible, that cannot be the whole story. For it is not only U.S. monetary policy that is being tapered. Even more

Time travellers: please don’t kill Hitler
Guardian [UK], by Dean Burnett    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/22/2014 4:32:13 AM     Post Reply
If you find yourself suddenly gaining access to a time machine, what’s the first thing you’d do? If you said “kill Adolf Hitler”, then congratulations; you’re a science-fiction character. Actually, the whole “access to a time machine” thing suggested that already, but the desire to kill Hitler clinches it. Any time-travelling sci-fi character (at least ones created by Western society) seems to want to kill Hitler, so much so that there’s a trope about how it’s impossible. That attempting to kill Hitler has become such a common sci-fi plot device speaks volumes. What about Stalin? He was arguably worse, killing 20

Fox News Poll: 66 percent say Congress
should continue to investigate Benghazi
Fox News, by Dana Blanton    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/22/2014 4:29:55 AM     Post Reply
The latest Fox News poll finds that most Americans think Congress should continue to investigate the Obama administration’s handling of the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. The attack took place in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012 and resulted in the deaths of a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans. Sixty-six percent of voters want Congress to keep investigating the White House’s handling of Benghazi. That includes 50 percent of Democrats, 68 percent of independents and 83 percent of Republicans. About a third opposes lawmakers continuing to investigate the attack (31 percent).

Former Hospital Owner
Will Say He Bribed Senator
Associated Press, by Linda Deutsch    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/22/2014 4:24:34 AM     Post Reply
The former owner of a tiny orthopedic hospital with an unusually heavy roster of spinal surgery patients was charged Friday with health care fraud in a $500 million scheme to defraud workers´ compensation insurance providers with the help of a California state senator. The state insurance commissioner called the 16-year scheme one of the largest workers´ comp fraud cases in the history of California´s Department of Insurance. Michael D. Drobot, 69, a central figure in the scandal that ensnared state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon and his brother, agreed to plead guilty and testify in return for a reduced sentence. Calderon is charged

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