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In a First for Spain, a Woman Is
Convicted of Inciting Terror Over Twitter
New York Times, by Raphael Minder    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/22/2014 9:34:10 PM     Post Reply
Madrid - The line between youthful rebelliousness and something more dangerous is not always clear. But in her angry musings on Twitter, Alba González Camacho, 21, who describes herself as a “very normal girl,” sailed across it. After she posted messages calling for a far-left terrorist organization to return to arms and kill politicians, Spain’s national court convicted her of inciting terrorism using a social media network. (Snip) The case is also one of a recent handful that have pushed social media into courtrooms worldwide and raised issues of the limits of speech in the ether of the Internet. In January, two people received prison sentences

Sex offender found naked in
Fort Lee motel room with teen boy
charged with federal sex trafficking
NJ.com, by James Kleimann    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/22/2014 9:33:41 PM     Post Reply
East Windsor — A registered sex offender who was found naked with a 15-year-old boy in a seedy Fort Lee motel room is now facing federal sex trafficking charges, according to authorities. Jayme Shannon, 51, of East Brunswick, was arrested on Oct. 14, 2013 after he allegedly transported a 15-year-old boy across state lines to the Skyview Motel in Fort Lee and had sex with him, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said. Fort Lee Police found Shannon and the alleged victim naked when they busted in, Bergen County prosecutors said. By transporting the victim across state lines for

Last French beret maker
fighting for survival
Bloomberg News, by Helene Fouquet    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/22/2014 9:13:37 PM     Post Reply
PARIS — Laulhere, a 174-year-old beret- maker, is fighting to keep the quintessential French headgear French. Laulhere became the country´s sole maker of traditional berets after it recently bought Blancq-Olibet, its only French competitor, which was almost 200 years old. Cheaper knockoffs from China, India and the Czech Republic made survival hard for local makers of berets, which have been as much a symbol of France as baguettes and Gauloises cigarettes. Based in the foothills of the French Pyrenees, where the round and flat woolen hat was invented by shepherds to protect themselves from the Basque region´s damp,

  


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Girl Scout CEO Makes YouTube
Plea Against Cookiecott
Breitbart's Big Government, by Austin Ruse    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 2/22/2014 9:10:42 PM     Post Reply
There is now little doubt that the Girl Scout cookie boycott is having an effect on cookie sales this year. Girl Scout spokesman Kelly Parisi went on The O’Reilly Factor this week to try and defuse the mounting controversy, and Girl Scout executives have sent threatening letters to their critics. Girl Scout CEO Anna Marie Chavez took to YouTube on Thursday to deny all charges leveled by the boycotters and to deny at least one charge they haven’t even made. “Recently, various individuals and organizations announced their intention to boycott GS cookies this year, based on mistaken beliefs about our

Ukraine´s Revolution Has Reached
Its Climax. These Factors Will
Determine What Happens Next
New Republic, by Julia Ioffe    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/22/2014 9:10:09 PM     Post Reply
What a day. The city of Kiev barely went to sleep last night, and, walking around the scorched Maidan, you could see that the day´s agreement had brought not peace, but a ceasefire. (Snip) Things moved fast today—Yanukovich denying his resignation; the security forces switching sides; the parliament ousting him and setting new elections; his political allies, and perhaps Yanukovich himself, fleeing the country; members of his party in parliament fleeing the party; his jailed political rival Yulia Tymoshenko being popped out of a prison hospital and boarding a plane for Kiev—but it all moved peacefully, joyously, and seemingly in

State spent more than $94 million
a year on condoms, contraceptives
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/22/2014 9:06:46 PM     Post Reply
The State Department´s international aid branch is bidding to prevent 54 million births and help 6 million people with HIV/AIDS in 80 countries annually via a smorgasbord of tools from medicines, the pill, IUDs, and condoms scented to smell like banana, vanilla and strawberry. In documents broadly outlining what USAID plans to buy and distribute overseas to help with birth control, HIV/AIDS, malaria and other issues, the taxpayer-funded agency revealed its population control and HIV/AIDS prevention agenda. Under President Obama’s “Global Health Initiative,” for example, the “goal is to prevent 54 million unintended pregnancies and

Corbett: New Penn State president
a good choice
Associated Press, by Ken Thomas    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/22/2014 8:59:58 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON- Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett on Saturday called Penn State´s next president the "right person for the job" who brings a strong track record as a financial manager. Eric Barron will be returning to Penn State from Florida State, where he has been president for four years. "I think he´s going to do a good job. I think he´s the right person for the job," Corbett said in an interview with The Associated Press at the National Governors Association meeting. The governor said the university had "turned the page" from the fallout from the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal and

  


  

Ukraine parliament ousts
Yanukovich, Tymoshenko freed
Reuters, by Pavel Polityuk & Matt Robinson    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/22/2014 8:57:23 PM     Post Reply
Kiev - Ukraine´s parliament voted to remove President Viktor Yanukovich after three months of street protests, while his arch-rival Yulia Tymoshenko hailed opposition demonstrators as "heroes" in an emotional speech in Kiev after she was released from jail. Yanukovich abandoned the capital to the opposition on Saturday and denounced what he described as a coup after several days of bloodshed this week that claimed 82 lives. Supporters cheered former prime minister Tymoshenko as she left the hospital where she had been held. When she spoke later in Kiev, her reception was mixed. Her release marks a radical transformation in

Venezuela deaths rise as
unrest claims student and biker
Reuters, by Daniel Wallis & Tomas Sarmiento    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/22/2014 8:49:43 PM     Post Reply
Caracas - A female student and a young supermarket worker were the latest fatalities from Venezuela´s political unrest as the death toll from 10 days of violence rose on Saturday to at least eight. Both sides are mourning supporters killed in the worst turmoil since President Nicolas Maduro narrowly won an election in April 2013 to replace the late socialist leader Hugo Chavez. The government blames "fascist groups" seeking a coup like the one that briefly ousted Chavez 12 years ago, while the opposition is accusing troops and pro-Maduro militants of attacking peaceful demonstrators. Opposition officials and local media in central

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

  


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‘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,

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

  


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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

  



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

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