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The enemy of my enemy is my
friend: Why conservatives are
always defending the indefensible
Daily Caller, by Matt K. Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/22/2014 5:59:04 PM     Post Reply
Like the girl who always falls for the guy who’s bad for her, conservatives keep trusting the wrong people and making the same mistakes. One such mistake goes like this: The enemy of my enemy is my friend. A few recent examples… When Donald Trump got into a fight with BuzzFeed (some) conservatives reflexively defended him. They presumably did this because BuzzFeed is viewed as a liberal-leaning outlet — and because Trump is nominally a Republican. But is he worth defending? Trump’s conservative bona fides are highly questionable to begin with, and his impact on the GOP’s prospects are almost

Want to Snag Michelle Obama´s
Style? There´s an App For That.
Hollywood Reporter, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/22/2014 5:41:32 PM     Post Reply
A new iPhone app lets First Lady fans snag her outfit choices — J. Crew cardigans and Naeem Khan gowns, included. Want to know who made the lemon chiffon-colored suit sported by Michelle Obama at the White House on April 9? As they say, there´s an app for that. It´s called Michelle’s Style List, and the aim is to break down each and every style move FLOTUS makes as well as provide e-commerce links to individual pieces she wore (or their similar counterparts). Developed by 28-year-old Brit Helen Barclay, the $0.99 app is a follow up to Kate’s Style List,

Russian figure skating judge
hugged Russian gold medalist
minutes after controversial decision
USA Today, by Chris Chase    Original Article
Posted By: Ladyhawke- 2/22/2014 5:40:40 PM     Post Reply
This is a screenshot from the nbcolympics.com replay of the bronze-medal performance of Italy’s Carolina Kostner. We’ve circled a woman sitting at a bank of computers on the edge of the ice.Fast forward 40 minutes. The scores of Yuna Kim were just announced and Russian skater Adelina Sotnikova has been crowned gold medalist of the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Immediately after realizing she had won the marquee event of the Games, the 18-year-old skater sped through the bowels of the Iceberg Skating Palace, receiving warm congratulations and dozens of hugs from people assembled throughout the halls.

  


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Want fewer guns on California
streets? Open carry may be
the answer.
Los Angeles Times, by Adam Winkler    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/22/2014 5:26:13 PM     Post Reply
What´s the best way to minimize the number of guns on California´s streets? That´s the question confronting gun control supporters after this month´s ruling by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals striking down San Diego´s restrictions on carrying handguns in public. That case was brought by gun owners who applied for but were denied permits to carry concealed weapons. San Diego will undoubtedly appeal the decision in the hope of saving its restrictive policy for awarding concealed carry permits. Lawmakers who support gun control might want to consider another option: Rewrite state law to allow people to carry guns

Dinesh D’Souza Speculates on
‘Retribution’: ‘Vindictive’ Obama
Sees Critics as Enemies
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/22/2014 5:10:11 PM     Post Reply
Author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza speculated to Megyn Kelly Friday night that FBI’s indictment of him for campaign finance fraud may be Alinsky-style political retribution for his anti-Obama film 2016. Earlier this week, four Senators sent a letter to FBI Director James Comey demanding an explanation for what they termed the “selective prosecution” of D’Souza. “I am a public critic of the president and I do recognize this has made me vulnerable to a form of counterattack,” D’Souza said. He added that Obama, whom he characterized as “vindictive,” had released a video response to 2016 on his website, proving the

Sarah Palin on Sportsman Channel
Show: ´Prepared to Be Amazed´
Breitbart Sports, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/22/2014 5:01:37 PM     Post Reply
The Sportsman Channel unveiled a promotional video for Sarah Palin´s show, Amazing America with Sarah Palin, which will debut on April 3 at 8 p.m. EST. "America, prepared to be amazed," Palin says in the video in front of an American flag. Quotes from mainstream publications that have highlighted Palin´s appeal flash across the screen. Viewers are reminded that Time magazine has called her, "Poised. Stirring. Charming." Politico said, "every sentence she uttered was news." "The network showcases a lifestyle that I love and celebrate every day and it´s great to be a part of their team," Palin said when

‘Yond Cassius . . . er . . . Ted Cruz’
Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/22/2014 4:56:02 PM     Post Reply
Conservatives have had it up to here (hand to top of forehead) with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.). Having barely recovered from the Cruz-induced shutdown and the calamitous backlash against Republicans, the GOP had to endure another episode of Cruzian grandstanding and the post-grandstanding trash talk. Mona Charen of National Review (stocked with many Cruz admirers) writes that it is “particularly galling to see that rather than train his fire at Obama and the liberal machine that cocoons him, Cruz has become a one-man wrecking ball against Republicans.” At issue was his stunt on the debt limit in which he denied the

  


  

Dave Barry´s Manliness Manifesto
Wall Street Journal, by Dave Barry    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 2/22/2014 4:31:02 PM     Post Reply
We live in ridiculously convenient times. Think about it: Whenever you need any kind of information, about anything, day or night, no matter where you are, you can just tap your finger on your smartphone and within seconds an answer will appear, as if by magic, on the screen. Granted, this answer will be wrong because it comes from the Internet, which is infested with teenagers, lunatics and Anthony Weiner. But it´s convenient. Today everything is convenient. You cook your meals by pushing a microwave button. Your car shifts itself, and your GPS tells you where to go. If you

10 Lefty Lies About The Floods
Which Have Devastated Britain
Breitbart London [UK], by James Delingpole    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/22/2014 2:55:22 PM     Post Reply
1. This is the wettest winter since records began. No it´s not. As Paul Homewood reveals at his website Not A Lot Of People Know That, it was considerably wetter between November 1929 and January 1930. Yes, this January was wet, but it still only ranks as the sixteenth wettest month since records began in 1766. 2. The Environment Agency has been doing a great job with inadequate resources. No it hasn´t. With a staff of 11,200 and an annual budget of £1.2 billion, this bloated quango is grotesquely overmanned and overfunded, bigger almost than the size of the Canadian,

The flooding of the Somerset Levels
was deliberately engineered
Telegraph [UK], by Christopher Booker    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/22/2014 2:48:28 PM     Post Reply
I fear the front-page story in The Telegraph--revealing that the worst of the flood damage could have been prevented--didn’t tell the half of it.[Snip] Devastating evidence has now come to light not just that the floods covering 65 square miles of the Somerset Levels could have been prevented, but that they were deliberately engineered by Labour ministers in 2009, regardless of the property and human rights of the thousands of people whose homes and livelihoods would be affected. Furthermore, that wildly misleading Met Office forecast in November led the Environment Agency to take a step that has made the flooding

Focus on Religious Right hides
dwindling number of US churchgoers
Telegraph [UK], by Peter Foster    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/22/2014 1:55:26 PM     Post Reply
This week millions of the religious faithful in America are to be shepherded into the nation´s cinemas in order to watch ´Son of God´, a conventional Hollywood biopic of Jesus Christ that premieres on Thursday. Coming after last year´s HBO mini-series ´The Bible´, which garnered 95 million viewers, it would seem a fair bet that this film is pretty much guaranteed to be another hit. One Texas congregation alone has bought 9,000 tickets. But such displays of mega-church muscle only serve to conceal how far and how fast the ground has shifted under America´s Religious Right over the last decade

  


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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

  


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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

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