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´Don´t let a child ruin what we have
worked for!´: Residents of wealthy
Atlanta neighborhood plan protest
against Justin Bieber moving into the area
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/22/2014 11:26:11 PM     Post Reply
It seems some wealthy Atlantans aren´t keen on the prospect of a drag-racing, egg-throwing Canadian teenager for a neighbor. Residents of the well-to-do Buckhead neighborhood are planning to stage a protest outside the Blackland Road property the pop star has his eye on. Given Bieber´s prior egg-throwing antics at his Calabasas residence, which are now under investigation by the Los Angeles County District Attorney´s office, the residents´ wariness is understandable. The event is set for Monday and so far 136 people have committed to the 6am event. [Snip] ´Some can’t even let their children play in the driveway without fear;

Why the eruption in Kiev could set off a
tsunami that will engulf us all: As Ukraine
burns, a stark warning from our most
authoritative historian of Eastern Europe
Daily Mail [UK], by Mark Almond    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/22/2014 11:20:39 PM     Post Reply
Television pictures of revolutions can make them seem like a spectator sport. [Snip] But the implosion of the Ukrainian state in the last 48 hours is a political earthquake. Chaos in Kiev could set off a tsunami that will toss Western Europe from its moorings too. It is a mistake to think we are watching from a safe distance. Maybe Ukraine is as foreign to the British people today as it was when an obscure crisis on its southern coast in Queen Victoria’s reign became the Crimean War. Maybe Ukraine is as foreign to the British people today as it

Obama seeks to defuse
tensions among Democrats
Washington Post, by Karen Tumulty    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/22/2014 11:17:57 PM     Post Reply
President Obama is stepping up his efforts to coalesce and energize the Democratic base for the 2014 elections, backing off on issues where his positions might alienate the left, and more aggressively singling out Republicans as being responsible for the country’s problems. Voter turnout in midterm elections tends to be much lighter than it is in years when the country is picking a president, which means that it is crucial to maximize the enthusiasm of the party stalwarts who are most likely to show up at the polls. That helps explain why, in several sensitive policy areas, Obama recently has

  


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1 Dead, Dozens Rushed To
Area Hospitals After Carbon
Monoxide Leak At Long Island Mall
CBS News [New York], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 2/22/2014 10:52:55 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK – One person is dead and at least two dozen others were rushed to area hospitals for apparent carbon monoxide poisoning at a mall on Long Island Saturday evening. A spokesperson for the Huntington Community First Aid Squad told 1010 WINS that an employee of the restaurant Legal Sea Foods at the Walt Whitman Mall in Huntington Station was killed by the odorless gas. A total of 29 people were also rushed to area hospitals and treated for elevated levels of carbon monoxide. A spokesperson for Huntington Hospital said 10 of those sickened were rushed there and that

White House pushes for black enrollees
The Hill, by Jonathan Easley    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 2/22/2014 10:43:54 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration is engaged in a “final coordinated push” to enroll blacks in ObamaCare, White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said Friday. Jarrett said blacks have a “disproportionately low rate of coverage,” and called enrolling them the administration’s “top priority.” “We still have a long way to go and we want to make sure we take advantage of every opportunity for outreach,” she said in a Friday conference call with reporters and three mayors that preside over large black communities: Kevin Johnson of Sacramento, Calif., Michael Nutter of Philadelphia and A.C. Wharton of Memphis, Tenn. An estimated 6.8 million

U.S. reacts cautiously to Ukraine upheaval
Los Angeles Times, by Paul Richter    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/22/2014 10:43:40 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Only a few weeks ago, the turmoil in Ukraine seemed like a remote conflict in which Washington had little at stake and not a great deal of leverage. Now, however, it is clear that the apparent collapse of the old order in Ukraine could leave the Obama administration with a mess it cannot ignore. The challenges that could soon face the White House include a Yugoslavia-style civil war, an expensive economic bailout and further damage to its strained but crucial relationship with Moscow. Accordingly, the administration reacted cautiously Saturday to the departure of President Viktor Yanukovich from the

Al Gore Brings Climate Change
message to Kansas City
Kansas City Star, by Brian Burnes    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 2/22/2014 10:29:45 PM     Post Reply
Al Gore has been known for his climate change warnings since the 2006 film “An Inconvenient Truth.” But the former vice president, speaking Saturday in Kansas City, cited many more recent examples how heavy use of fossil fuels is contributing to extreme weather events and trends, in his view. Gore filled a Westin Crown Center ballroom with a 90-minute presentation, using photos and videos to illustrate a litany of floods, wildfires, torrential rains, droughts, dust storms, rising sea levels and increasing world temperatures.

  


  

John Boehner just bought a condo
in Florida. Hello, retirement?
Washington Post, by Chris Cillizza    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 2/22/2014 10:09:32 PM     Post Reply
John Boehner´s purchase of an $835,000 condo in an exclusive community in Marco Island, Fla. -- a story broken by Jonathan Strong at Breitbart News -- has increased chatter that the House speaker is planning his exit strategy from Washington when the 113th Congress draws to a close later this year. (snip) Politically speaking, the timing of Boehner buying a condo in Florida days after he broke with his conference to push -- and vote for -- a clean debt-ceiling increase is hard to simply dismiss. It could, of course, be simple coincidence. But, it´s been our experience that coincidences

Kerry Kennedy ´set to admit
leaving the scene of an accident
so she avoids drug charge over car crash´
Daily Mail (UK), by Ryan Gorman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/22/2014 10:02:17 PM     Post Reply
Kerry Kennedy may agree to a plea deal over driving while drugged charges stemming from a 2012 accident so she can continue her extensive human rights work. Kennedy, 54, is afraid a conviction would bring with it restrictions that would curtail her international travels – she has visited several dozen countries on humanitarian missions. The plea deal was previously discussed between her legal team and prosecutors before being shelved, but her attorneys have brought it back to the table with her trial slated to start Monday, according to the New York Daily News.

Detroit homeowner kills
1 intruder, wounds another
Detroit News, by George Hunter    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/22/2014 9:51:03 PM     Post Reply
Detroit — Two men who broke into a southwest Detroit house early Saturday morning encountered an armed homeowner who opened fire, killing one of the intruders and wounding the other. The incident is the second this week involving a homeowner who used a firearm to fend off intruders. The most recent shooting happened at about 2 a.m. at a home in the 5000 block of Toledo, Detroit Police 3rd Deputy Chief Rodney Johnson said. “After two men broke into the home, one of the suspects attempted to hit the homeowner with a tire-iron,” Johnson said. “A struggle ensued, and the homeowner

Report: NFL Considering Penalizing
Players 15 Yards for Racial, Anti-Gay Slurs
Breitbart Sports, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/22/2014 9:48:56 PM     Post Reply
The NFL may penalize players 15 yards for racial and homophobic slurs and eject them from the game after a second offense. John Wooten, the head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, a group that monitors diversity, told ESPN that he "expects the league to institute a rule where players would be penalized 15 yards for using the N-word on the field." Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome "said the committee talked about other slurs coming under any possible new rule, including homophobic slurs." "I will be totally shocked if the competition committee does not uphold us on what we´re trying

  


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Obama to Propose
Shift in Wildfire Funding
New York Times, by Coral Davenport    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/22/2014 9:48:02 PM     Post Reply
Washington - President Obama’s annual budget request to Congress will propose a significant change in how the government pays to fight wildfires, administration officials said, a move that they say reflects the ways in which climate change is increasing the risk for and cost of those fires. The wildfire funding shift is one in a series of recent White House actions related to climate change (Snip) A series of scientific studies have warned that increasing carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels could cause the planet to warm by more than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century, leading to rising sea levels, stronger storms and more

#DemWarOnWomen : Vulnerable Dem In
MI Using Lawfare To Silence Cancer
Stricken ObamaCare Critic
Breitbart´s InstaBlog, by Debra Heine    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 2/22/2014 9:46:14 PM     Post Reply
A vulnerable MI Congressman is using lawfare in an attempt to intimidate and silence Julie Boonstra, a Michigan mother battling leukemia who spoke out against ObamaCare after the insurance plan she liked was cancelled. You can watch the ad, here. Taking a page out of the Organizer in Chief Barack Obama´s campaign playbook, Rep Gary Peters (@RepGaryPeters) took legal steps to bully Michigan television stations into pulling “Julie’s Story” from the airwaves. Michigan State Director Scott Hagerstrom for Americans For Prosperity, the group behind the ad, issued the following statement: “The fact that Representative Peters would

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

  


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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,

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

‘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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