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Communist party head shows
banner at Sochi Games
Associated Press, by Oskar Garcia    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/22/2014 1:49:04 PM     Post Reply
SOCHI, Russia— The head of Russia´s Communist Party held up a hammer-and-sickle Soviet banner during a flower ceremony at the Winter Olympics, leading to a confrontation with staff over violating Olympic rules that bar political statements at the games. A series of photographs taken Friday night shows Gennady Zyuganov in a group of five men in the stands displaying the historic Soviet Banner of Victory toward the podium while medals were being awarded in three short track speedskating events at the Iceberg Skating Palace. The banner was a replica of the flag raised by Soviet soldiers in Berlin in 1945,

The Great Disappointment of 2013
Weekly Standard, by James W. Ceaser    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/22/2014 1:34:16 PM     Post Reply
Every student of American religious history has heard of the event known as “the Great Disappointment.” In 1818 William Miller, a former naval captain turned lay Baptist preacher, developed a new method for calculating biblical chronology to arrive at the conclusion that the millennium would take place sometime between 1842 and 1844. Finally published in 1832, Miller’s thesis quickly drew attention. A sect began to form, spreading from Miller’s home region in Eastern New York to New England and beyond. Millerism was born. The time was drawing nigh, Miller preached, when a dreadful cataclysm would occur, to be followed by

Winfrey to salute Mandela at
NAACP Image Awards
Orlando Sentinel [FL], by Hal Boedeker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/22/2014 1:32:51 PM     Post Reply
Oprah Winfrey and "Lee Daniels´ The Butler" didn´t get any love from the Academy Awards. The NAACP Image Awards, at 9 p.m. Saturday (tonight) on TV One, will be a different matter. At least Winfrey and her movie will get air time. She will salute Nelson Mandela, and "Butler" co-star Forest Whitaker will receive the Chairman´s Award. Winfrey, Whitaker and their film are nominated in the NAACP´s film categories, although "12 Years a Slave" will probably sweep them. The 45th annual NAACP Image Awards will provide a lot of stargazing at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The telecast starts with the



Fascism, Russia, and Ukraine
New York Review of Books, by Tim Snyder    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/22/2014 1:32:31 PM     Post Reply
The students were the first to protest against the regime of President Viktor Yanukovych on the Maidan, the central square in Kiev, last November. These were the Ukrainians with the most to lose, the young people who unreflectively thought of themselves as Europeans and who wished for themselves a life, and a Ukrainian homeland, that were European. Many of them were politically on the left, some of them radically so. After years of negotiation and months of promises, their government, under President Yanukovych, had at the last moment failed to sign a major trade agreement with the European Union. When the

Ukrainian Protesters Tear Down
Statues of Socialist Leader
Lenin & Smash Them to Bits
Independent Journal Review, by Kyle Becker    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/22/2014 1:23:02 PM     Post Reply
Ukrainian protesters tore through towns all over their nation, ripping down statues of Vladimir Lenin, the communist dictator who had forced the Ukrainians under the Russian yoke after the Bolshevik revolution. The Ukrainians drove their corrupt, pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovich from the capitol of Kiev, while the opposition leader former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was freed from prison. Amazing images of protesters tearing down the iconic face of socialism V.I. Lenin (also known as Vladimir Ulyanov) erupted into a fury on social media last night. These photos are truly inspiring – at least to those able to recognize the significance of young people

Italian woman pays $14G
to commit suicide at euthanasia
clinic due to being ´sad
about losing her looks´
New York Daily News, by Lee Moran    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 2/22/2014 1:22:38 PM     Post Reply
A perfectly healthy Italian woman paid $14,000 to commit suicide at a Swiss euthanasia clinic because she was "sad about losing her looks." Oriella Cazzanello, 85, reportedly took her own life at the right-to-die center in Basel after getting "weighed down by ageing and the inevitable loss of the looks of which she was proud." The wealthy senior vanished from her home in Arzignano at the end of January, reports the ANSA news agency. Family members initially thought she´d gone on a spa break. The story has re-ignited the right-to-die debate in Switzerland, where assisted suicide is legal even if

Court: Notre Dame must adhere to
ObamaCare birth control mandate
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Tim Devaney    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/22/2014 1:04:01 PM     Post Reply
The University of Notre Dame must provide birth control to employees and students after a federal appeals court ruled Friday, a move the school says will force it to violate its religious beliefs. In a blow to religious colleges and universities across the country, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago denied Notre Dame´s request for an injunction to the ObamaCare birth control mandate that requires the school to provide coverage for contraception. The injunction would have given Notre Dame a temporary reprieve from the birth control mandate, as the Roman Catholic school challenges the rule in court.



FCC grasps for expanded powers
with net neutrality push
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Kate Tummarello    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/22/2014 12:44:17 PM     Post Reply
A renewed push at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for net neutrality rules could solidify a major expansion of the agency’s authority over the Internet. Earlier this year, the D.C. Circuit Court of appeals overturned the FCC’s “Open Internet Order,” which kept Internet providers from blocking or slowing access to certain websites, on the grounds that the agency had overstepped its authority. But in a major win for the FCC, the court said the agency could rewrite the rules under Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act, which deals with broadband adoption. Now FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is seizing on the

Dems learn to love super-PACs
The Hill (Washington DC), by Alexander Bolton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/22/2014 12:25:04 PM     Post Reply
When it comes to Democrats and outside money, they´ve learned their lesson for 2014 — if you can´t beat them, join them. After the shellacking of the 2010 midterms, Democrats vow this year will be different as they embrace super-PACs to raise millions of dollars that will be critical as the look to defend their fragile Senate majority. In fact, three of the biggest super-PACs in the 2014 cycle are liberal leaning or allied with the Democratic Party, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a non-partisan group that tracks money in politics. But Democrats haven´t stopped there — the

Mexico´s Sinaloa drug chief arrested
Associated Press, by Alicia A. Calgwell & Katherine Corcoran    Original Article
Posted By: Rat Patrol- 2/22/2014 12:12:29 PM     Post Reply
The head of Mexico´s Sinaloa Cartel was captured overnight by U.S. and Mexican authorities at a hotel in Mazatlan, Mexico, the Associated Press has learned. A senior U.S. law enforcement official said Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was taken alive overnight in the beach resort town. The official was not authorized to discuss the arrest and spoke on condition of anonymity. Guzman, 56, faces multiple federal drug trafficking indictments in the U.S. and is on the Drug Enforcement Administration´s most-wanted list.

Baltimore´s people of the woods:
Inside the hidden homeless camps
made of milk crates, wooden doors
and tarps on the outskirts of town
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/22/2014 12:01:57 PM     Post Reply
A sheet of plastic laid over a clothesline. A mini-fortress of milk crates stacked under a tree. A thin mattress on a flimsy crate lying in a dark tunnel. On the edge of Baltimore´s woodlands, dozens of the city´s transients live in makeshift homes which they consider safer than homeless shelters. Photographer Ben Marcin has captured some of the shanties in his thought-provoking photo essay, ´The Camps´, documenting the struggle, loneliness and ingenuity of Maryland´s people of the woods. Similar to his Last House Standing series which captured lonely rowhouses around the Mid-Atlantic, Marcin shot the shanties around Baltimore without their



Obama’s next memoir will make
money — but it won’t change minds
Washington Post, by Tevi Troy    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/22/2014 11:55:24 AM     Post Reply
According to literary agent Andrew Wylie, President Obama’s post-White House memoir could fetch an advance of up to $20 million . First lady Michelle Obama’s memoir, which she has apparently already started, could bring in an additional $12 million — not a bad nest egg for their golden years. Presidents have long relied on memoirs to secure their financial futures. Calvin Coolidge got a $65,000 advance, back when that was real

Labor must learn from its setbacks
Orange County Register [CA], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 2/22/2014 11:22:22 AM     Post Reply
In the early days of Barack Obama’s presidency, the union movement believed it had the wind at its back. Big Labor had spent lavishly on the Obama campaign from its earliest days – and expected remuneration. Despite favoritism from the Obama administration – privileging the United Auto Workers over secured creditors in the GM and Chrysler bankruptcies; steering stimulus funds towards unions; taking legal action against Boeing for opening a new plant in right-to-work South Carolina, etc. – it has turned out that a union renaissance isn’t in the cards.Labor’s biggest wish, the Orwellianly titled “Employee Free Choice Act”

American snowboard defector wins
two gold for RUSSIA! Slalom star who
gave up his US citizenship after marrying
Moscow snowboarder triumphs in Sochi
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/22/2014 11:15:46 AM     Post Reply
Snowboarder Vic Wild, a native of Wild Salmon, Washington, took home two gold medals in Sochi this week – only he did it for Russia rather than Team USA. American by birth, Russian by marriage and by choice, Wild completed a historic sweep of the Olympic snowboard parallel slalom events to give his adopted country a boost in the race to top the medals table. Wild edged Zan Kosir of Slovenia by 0.11 seconds in Saturday´s parallel slalom final to win his second gold medal of the games. The victory capped a remarkable four days for the guy from White

Mr. Obama backpedals on
entitlement reform
Washington Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 2/22/2014 11:12:35 AM     Post Reply
PRESIDENT OBAMA has not released his budget for fiscal year 2015, but he has already let it be known that one good idea won’t be in it: Unlike last year, Mr. Obama will not propose the use of a more accurate inflation factor, “chained CPI,” in the government’s annual adjustments to Social Security and other benefits. This is a huge disappointment. As far as anyone can tell, the president’s view on the merits of chained CPI hasn’t changed. The measure would save $162.5 billion over the next decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office, thus helping to trim the entitlement costs



Moment suspected Ukrainian SNIPER
was dragged by the hair and beaten
by anti-government protesters as
president reportedly flees capital
Daily Mail (UK), by Anna Edwards    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/22/2014 11:08:23 AM     Post Reply
This is the moment an alleged sniper and member of the pro-government forces was beaten by anti-government protestors in Kiev, as protestors took control of the presidential administration building. As Ukrainian protesters said they had taken control of government offices and President Viktor Yanukovich fled the city, angry civilians kicked and shouted at members of the government, and could be seen tussling with an alleged sniper. ´He´s (Yanukovich) not here, none of his officials or anyone linked directly to the administration are here,´ Ostap Kryvdyk, a protest leader inside the grounds of the administration building, said. Crowds of people swarmed

Ukrainian president declared
unable to carry out his duties
RTE News [Ireland], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/22/2014 11:07:45 AM     Post Reply
The Ukrainian parliament has declared president Viktor Yanukovich constitutionally unable to carry out his duties and set an early election for 25 May. Deputies in the assembly stood, applauded and sang the national anthem. Earlier, The Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko was reported to have been released from prison. The former prime minister was freed following a vote in Parliament this morning and is a further sign that the opposition has assumed the upper hand politically. Meanwhile, in a televised interview this afternoon, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych denied that he planned to resign. He claimed that all actions taken by

Judge Rules NYPD Spying on Muslims
Didn’t Hurt While It Was Secret
New York Magazine, by Joe Coscarelli    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/22/2014 11:07:19 AM     Post Reply
A federal judge in Newark has tossed a lawsuit brought by eight Muslims who claimed the NYPD´s post-9/11 surveillance of their mosques, schools, and other community locations violated their civil rights. Instead, U.S. District Judge William Martini ruled that there was no harm done until the Associated Press reported on the program (earning itself a Pulitzer Prize along the way). "The Associated Press covertly obtained the materials and published them without authorization," he wrote. "Thus the injury, if any existed, is not fairly traceable to the city." Judge Martini said the plaintifs were not targeted for their religion. "The more

Ukraine crisis: Viktor Yanukovych
denounces ´coup´ as he leaves Kiev
Telegraph [UK], by Hannah Strange    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/22/2014 10:59:41 AM     Post Reply
President Viktor Yanukovych said a coup was underway against him after he left Kiev for an eastern stronghold and the country´s parliament debated a motion calling for his resignation. The resolution said that Mr Yanukovych "is removing himself (from power) because he is not fulfilling his obligations, and (that parliament) is setting elections for May 25." In a televised statement on Saturday, he said he had no intention of resigning or leaving Ukraine, comparing the country´s political crisis to the rise of the Nazis in the 1930s. The embattled leader spoke from the eastern city of Kharkiv, the heartland of

Cruz Control
Politico Magazine, by Erica Grieder    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 2/22/2014 10:30:12 AM     Post Reply
The last time I interviewed Ted Cruz, the freshman senator from Texas, was in October, about a week after the end of the federal government shutdown. (snip) Just last week, Cruz picked another fight with his own caucus. Although Democrats control the Senate, he announced, they would have to convince at least five Republicans to join them in supporting a bill to raise the debt ceiling or else he would delay the bill by filibustering. In doing so, he raised the ire of colleagues like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who was forced to vote to forestall the filibuster—and might


Media Silence Explained?:
Soros Fingerprints On
FCC Newsroom Probe
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/22/2014 10:14:17 AM     Post Reply
The real mystery behind the FCC´s now abandoned "study" to police American newsrooms is why the mainstream media refused to raise holy hell over it. While Obama´s lapdogs refused to bark, it was conservative media who fought for newsroom independence and got the FCC to finally back down. Other than the media´s natural obedience to Obama, the fact that the fingerprints of left-wing billionaire George Soros have been found on the FCC study might also help to explain the media´s silence. CNS News reports that for the first ten years of the last decade, Soros donated more than $52 million

Jahi McMath´s mother insists
brain-dead girl is ´not a corpse´
Los Angeles Times, by Jason Wells    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/22/2014 10:12:38 AM     Post Reply
The mother of Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old Oakland girl who was declared brain-dead after a complicated surgery that involved removing her tonsils, insisted in a Facebook post this week that her daughter has improved physically, but that it continues to be an "unbelievably difficult time" for the family. Citing alleged death threats, the family has declined to say where they transferred Jahi´s body after she was released by Children´s Hospital & Research Center Oakland to the county coroner. Jahi was declared brain-dead Dec. 12 after surgery three days earlier at the hospital to remove her tonsils, adenoids and uvula. Family members won

Protesters seize Ukraine President
Viktor Yanukovich’s office in Kiev
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/22/2014 9:49:39 AM     Post Reply
Protesters seized the Kiev office of President Viktor Yanukovich on Saturday and his whereabouts were a mystery, as the pro-Russian leader´s grip on power rapidly eroded following bloodshed in the Ukrainian capital. There were conflicting reports about whether the president planned to resign. At the president´s headquarters, Ostap Kryvdyk, who described himself as a protest commander, said some protesters had entered the offices but there was no looting. "We will guard the building until the next president comes," he told Reuters. "Yanukovich will never be back." The grounds of the president´s residence outside Kiev were also being guarded by "self-defense"

GOP: Mr. President, Americans know
what´s best for them, not you
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 2/22/2014 9:34:53 AM     Post Reply
Hi, I’m Tom Cotton. I’m proud to represent the people of Arkansas in Congress. [Snip] Arkansans, like most Americans, have had their grit tested over the last several years through a financial collapse, recession, and a stagnant, jobless recovery. Barack Obama’s policies aren’t solving these problems — they’re causing the problem. President Obama’s policies spend too much money — they’ve irresponsibly added trillions of dollars to our national debt. The debt slows economic growth today and it places an immoral burden on our kids and grandkids.

Protesters Take Control of Kiev
Wall Street Journal, by James Marson*    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/22/2014 9:28:44 AM     Post Reply
KIEV, Ukraine—Government authority appeared to melt away Saturday, leaving protesters to take control of the capital´s center. President Viktor Yanukovych left the capital for a city in the country´s Russian-speaking east but allies said he had no intention of giving up power. Opposition leader Vitali Klitschko called on parliament to vote to oust Mr. Yanukovych and announce presidential elections in May, as police withdrew from the center of the capital. Mr. Yanukovych didn´t appear publicly Saturday, a day after signing an agreement to share power with opponents and call new elections. News agencies quoted an aide as saying he was

Obama: Congress should
give America a raise
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 2/22/2014 9:24:33 AM     Post Reply
Hi, everybody. Restoring the idea of opportunity for all requires a year of action from all of us. Wherever I can act on my own, I will — and whenever I can ask more Americans to help, I’ll do that too. In my State of the Union Address I asked more business leaders to take action to raise their employees’ wages. Because even though our economy is growing, and our businesses have created about eight and a half million new jobs over the past four years, average wages have barely budged. [Snip] The Gap has decided to raise wages for

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