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The Legitimacy of White Male Anger
American Thinker, by Ben Cohen    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/22/2014 8:44:27 PM     Post Reply
Recently, while working on a longer article responding to critics of my women in philosophy article, this author came to a greater appreciation for conservative anger over affirmative action. Those demanding that more women be hired in various academic fields do so with considerable sanctimony and callousness. They sanctimoniously condemn Lawrence Summers, ignoring that they are the ones demanding the jobs.{SNIP} But what goal does gender parity achieve? In practice we are asking someone to give up something very precious, simply so another may enjoy it. It´s hard to imagine anyone readily accepting such an

Ukraine, Syria and
Vladimir Putin’s dictators
Philadelphia Inquirer [PA], by Trudy Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/22/2014 8:38:35 PM     Post Reply
To understand why President Obama’s Syria policy has failed so badly, look no further than the brutal regime crackdown on political protesters in Ukraine. The link is Vladimir Putin. U.S. officials foolishly banked on the Russian leader to squeeze Syria’s dictator into a political compromise at Geneva peace talks. But Putin — who prides himself on displays of bare-chested machismo — disdains political compromise. He prefers strongmen, whether in Syria, Ukraine or elsewhere, and will back Bashar al-Assad, no matter his war crimes. Similarly, Putin encouraged Ukraine’s president, Viktor Yanukovych, to unleash carnage on

‘In God We Trust’—Are You Serious?
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 2/22/2014 8:31:26 PM     Post Reply
Michael Ledeen notices something curious. Regimes which have long shrugged off the best efforts to overthrow them are reeling on their foundations. What’s going on? (Snip) Incompetence has a quality all of its own. Even when unnoticed it works to bring down down error, tirelessly, relentlessly and completely, like a colony of termites gnawing on some seemingly invincible pillar of wood. In late 2013 I suggested that president Obama had “single-handedly trashed the Arab world”, commenting on how many of his policies had the exact opposite effect of his stated intentions. They had that effect because they were wrong policies,

  


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The legend of ´El Chapo´: Cartel
chief cultivated Robin Hood image
CNN, by Catherine E. Shoichet & Mariano Castil    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/22/2014 8:16:15 PM     Post Reply
Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman eluded arrest for so long that the stories about him veered closer and closer to the stuff of legend. So powerful is he, people said, that he can bribe anyone. He commands so much loyalty, the story goes, that he is always tipped off when the heat is close. He´s so fearless that he can live his life without concern of being caught. Of course, now we know his influence has its limits. uzman was arrested overnight in a hotel in the Pacific beach town of Mazatlan, in his home state of Sinaloa. He had been on the lam since escaping from prison in 2001, and no one -- that we know of -- came close to catching the drug lord

Ukraine crisis: Vladimir Putin has marched
into the void left by Barack Obama
Telegraph [UK], by Janet Daley    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/22/2014 8:15:20 PM     Post Reply
The end of the Cold War was supposed to bring an era of global peace and understanding so secure that the great nations of the world would be able to beat their arms into ploughshares--or at least into lavish welfare programmes. Remember that? When was the last time you heard the phrase “peace dividend”? That was going to be the material reward for the collapse of the Soviet Union and the glorious realisation that there would be no Third World War, and thus no endless arms race on which countries would have to spend vast proportions of their GDP. All

Stunning Ice-Covered Great Lakes
Seen from Space (Photo)
Live Science, by Megan Gannon    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 2/22/2014 7:38:20 PM     Post Reply
A deep freeze has settled in over the Great Lakes this winter and a new image released by NASA shows the astonishing extent of the ice cover as seen from space. NASA´s Aqua satellite captured this image of the lakes on the early afternoon of Feb. 19, 2014. At the time, 80.3 percent of the five lakes were covered in ice, according to the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL), part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Earlier this month, ice cover over the Great Lakes hit 88 percent for the first time since 1994. Typically at its peak, the

House fit for a tyrant: Protestors storm
the sprawling, luxury estate of Ukraine´s
fugitive president which has its own private
zoo, golf course and is half the size of Monaco
Daily Mail [UK], by Wills Robinson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/22/2014 6:03:43 PM     Post Reply
A beautiful forested estate of graceful waterways, summer houses and exotic gardens. This is the home of Ukraine´s fugitive president, who was dramatically ousted from power after one of the worst periods of violence in the country´s history. Ukraniains streamed to see Viktor Yanukovich´s luxury estate, which has been closed off to the world for nearly a decade, and rubbed their eyes in disbelief when they were confronted by the scale of the opulence he built around him. The property in Mezhyhirya, an hours drive from Kiev, has a golf course, helicopter pad and is situated in a country where the average salary

  


  

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.

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

  


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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

  


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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

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

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