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John Travolta Can´t Stop Former
Pilot´s Lawsuit Over Secrets
- Thread Closed
Hollywood Reporter, by Eriq Gardner    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/23/2014 5:28:43 AM     Post Reply
Douglas Gotterba, who worked for John Travolta´s aircraft company Alto in the 1980s, will get the opportunity to argue in a lawsuit that he holds no confidentiality duties to the actor. On Tuesday, the airline pilot was given the go-ahead sign by a California appeals court. Gotterba worked for Travolta for six years. According to press interviews he´s given, he claims that his relationship with Travolta was more than professional. He stopped working for the actor in 1987, at which point he entered into a written termination agreement with Alto. Nearly 25 years later, Gotterba came forward to "tell the story

Has Texas Gov. Rick Perry thrown down
the gauntlet to Obama on immigration?
Washington Examiner, by Mark Tapscott    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/23/2014 5:22:56 AM     Post Reply
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is sending up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the Lone Star State´s border with Mexico in an attempt to contain the flood of illegal immigrants entering the U.S. Perry can do this because under the Constitution, state governors are the commanders in chief of the guard, which is the modern equivalent of colonial militias. Perry´s action has the potential to change the political dynamics of the immigration reform debate but it depends upon whether it makes a discernible difference in the situation on the border. As the New York Times predictably described it, Perry´s move

Coyotes cashing in on
smuggling illegal kids
Boston Herald, by Erin Smith    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/23/2014 5:17:48 AM     Post Reply
Sophisticated, international “coyotes” — often working in concert with drug cartels as they smuggle illegal immigrants into the U.S. — are the main traffickers behind the wave of 57,000 unaccompanied Central American children flooding the southern border, according to a Mexican-based human rights expert. And the coyotes are raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars sneaking the kids past the Texas and Arizona borders, according to Victor Clark-Alfaro, a San Diego State University professor and director of the Binational Center for Human Rights in Tijuana, Mexico. “The international coyotes have contact with Mexican authorities to bribe them, they have safety houses, they

  


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Why do all government
IT projects seem to fail?
Telegraph [UK], by Willar Foxton    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/23/2014 5:11:14 AM     Post Reply
While I was phoning around this morning for an explanation to why the Government’s latest big IT project has ended with £350 million being flushed down the lavatory, one respected contractor told me: “I just don’t think the UK government should be allowed to buy IT at all. Maybe give them abacuses, but they could still get those wrong.” It’s not just a problem for the UK either. Most nations--but especially the USA--have a woeful record when it comes to IT procurement. [Snip] Too often ministers think they can wave a wand and the geeks will sort it out.

Kerry Shows His True
Colors on Israel -- Again
American Spectator, by Aaron Goldstein    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/23/2014 5:09:46 AM     Post Reply
It should come as no surprise to anyone that our secretary of state, John Kerry, was caught on a hot mic bashing Israel during a commercial break while in an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday. Kerry sarcastically characterized the IDF’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza as a “hell of a pinpoint operation” while on speaker-phone with an adviser. After all, it was less than three months ago that Kerry said Israel could become an Apartheid state if a Palestinian state were not established. This comment, made behind closed doors during a sitting of the Trilateral Commission, put Kerry

Chasing Hillary
Washington Free Beacon, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/23/2014 5:07:04 AM     Post Reply
Among Democrats who hope Hillary Clinton doesn’t run—and their number is larger than one might think—the complaints are familiar. Age and stamina are the obvious considerations. “Look at Obama’s hair color, just like George Bush’s,” says a prominent Washington insider. “Somebody who’s seventy shouldn’t be president. And I think that’s going to be an interesting issue against her, but who in the Democratic Party is going to have the guts to take on that machine?” A former Clinton campaign adviser is equally blunt. “This is gonna sound superficial”—which is an understatement—“but men do age better than women,” he says. “At

‘Meet the Press’ host David Gregory
to be replaced after elections
New York Post, by Emily Smith    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/23/2014 5:01:25 AM     Post Reply
David Gregory’s time is nearly up at “Meet the Press,” sources told Page Six, and he could be replaced as moderator of the nation’s longest-running TV show soon after the November midterm elections. While NBC News President Deborah Turness has publicly supported the embattled Gregory, there are serious concerns about the losing battle to turn around the show’s sinking ratings. Viewership is down a whopping 43 percent compared to when Gregory ascended to the moderator’s chair in December 2008, after the death of Tim Russert. The show finished in third place behind CBS’s “Face the Nation” and ABC’s “This Week” in the

  


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A new witch hunt in Salem
Washington Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/23/2014 4:56:20 AM     Post Reply
Salem, Mass., is infamous for its witchcraft trials of 322 years ago, which is just how the town likes it. Celebration of its unsavory past attracts tourists and their dollars. Without that unsavory history, Salem would be just another town in the Boston neighborhood. The spirit of Salem and its celebration of intolerance survives in the person of Kimberly Driscoll, the mayor. She was “stunned” to learn that Gordon College, 16 miles away in Wenham, practices what its evangelical Christian faith preaches. Everyone who works or studies at Gordon College is expected to remain sexually abstinent, unless married. No hanky-panky is

5 reasons David Perdue shocked Georgia’s
political world to win GOP Senate nod
Journal-Constitution [Atlanta, GA], by Greg Bluestein & Daniel Malloy    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/23/2014 4:41:27 AM     Post Reply
David Perdue’s stunning victory over Rep. Jack Kingston was both a rebuke to Georgia’s political establishment and a reminder that November will be a very unconventional race. Here are five factors that played into Perdue’s upset victory: Metro Atlanta’s Perdue support offset south Georgia’s Kingston backing. While Kingston held onto his big margins in south Georgia, Perdue more than wiped him out with big showings in populous metro Atlanta and other urban areas across the state. Perdue’s camp was ecstatic that Kingston’s net margin over Perdue in Savannah’s Chatham County was 12,000 – close to what they expected. If Kingston landed

GAO “Secret Shopper” Investigation
Finds Fraud in Obamacare Exchanges
PJ Media, by Paula Bolyard    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/23/2014 4:38:06 AM     Post Reply
On Tuesday, Republicans released preliminary results of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) undercover examination of enrollment in the Obamacare exchanges. Using fake information during an undercover “secret shopper” investigation, the GAO created 18 fictitious identities through the federal exchange by telephone, online, and in-person. In 17 of 18 attempts the GAO was able to obtain premium subsidies and health insurance with fake information through telephone and online applications. According to the report, 11 out of 12 fake applications for the federal exchanges were approved, with credits totaling $2500 per month ($30,000 per year). During the investigation, fake shoppers provided fake documents, such

Most transparent administration ever
closes Apollo 11 anniversary event to press
Hot Air, by Mary Katharine Ham    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/23/2014 4:33:14 AM     Post Reply
President Obama met with the surviving members of the moon landing mission Tuesday morning at the White House, but no press was allowed. The White House release on the event lists Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin as attendees, but I think we can all assume Stanley Kubrick was there, too. Otherwise, why would it be closed, mannnnn? Just when we’d gotten the number of moon landing conspiracy theorists in this country down to single digits, the president has to go and do this. President Obama met with surviving members of the Apollo 11 crew at the White House Tuesday morning to commemorate

  


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Elizabeth Warren Is Overrated
The Federalist, by David Harsanyi    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/23/2014 4:31:04 AM     Post Reply
The notion that Elizabeth Warren should challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party presidential nomination has been optimistically tossed around in left-wing circles for a while now. Activists at Netroots Nation recently chanted ”Run, Liz, run.” And no doubt, the excitement generated by Warren is a function of her ideological sincerity—a sincerity that’s most obvious when contrasted with Hillary Clinton’s lack of earnestness and pandering. Still, it seems to me that a lot of people are overestimating the appeal, uniqueness, and popularity of Warren. What’s most enticing about Warren right now is the perception of her, not the reality. For starters, once

ObamaCare in death spiral
after federal appeals court
strikes down some subsidies
Fox News, by Betsy McCaughey    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/23/2014 4:28:17 AM     Post Reply
Tuesday, a federal appeals court slapped down the Obama administration in a 2-1 ruling that could kill the president’s signature health care law. If upheld by the Supreme Court, the ruling would force Congress back to the drawing boards to design a health law that is actually affordable, rather than bearing the false title “Affordable Care Act.” The ruling in Halbig v. Burwell bars the federal government from handing out taxpayer-funded subsidies to people who buy ObamaCare plans in nearly two-thirds of the states. Those subsidies took the sting out of being forced to buy pricey ObamaCare plans. If the ruling

Costa Concordia sets sail on final voyage
CNN, by Barbie Latza Nadeau    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/23/2014 4:26:02 AM     Post Reply
Giglio, Italy -- The wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship has begun its final voyage. Salvage crews refloated the ship last week so they can move it from its resting place off Giglio Island to the Italian port of Genoa to be dismantled. On Wednesday morning, it sets sail. It´s been more than 2½ years since the ship ran aground off Giglio Island with more than 4,200 passengers aboard, killing 32 people in a disaster that drew global attention. The vessel will be towed -- slowly and carefully -- approximately 240 kilometers (150 miles) to Genoa, where it will be broken up. A convoy

Judges in Healthcare
Rulings Vote Party Line
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/23/2014 4:21:12 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- In rapid succession, six federal judges on two appeals courts weighed in on a key component of President Barack Obama´s health care law. Their votes lined up precisely with the party of the president who appointed them. It was the latest illustration that presidents help shape their legacies by stocking the federal bench with judges whose views are more likely to align with their own. The legal drama played out Tuesday in Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia, on two appeals courts that Obama has transformed through 10 appointments in 5 1/2 years. In the first ruling, a divided three-judge panel of

  


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The Psychopathology of Sandra Fluke´s
All-American Totalitarian Vagina
American Thinker, by Deborah C. Tyler    Original Article
Posted By: geo11- 7/23/2014 2:51:26 AM     Post Reply
Let’s face it: if you want to see the workings of thought disorder, you have to do a Rorschach. I once did a Rorschach on a man who was experiencing a psychotic disorder. In card after card he reported seeing vaginas. He was an intelligent, highly educated man. He had sufficient self-observing ego to be embarrassed, but not to filter sexually oriented responses. He eventually quipped, “Isn’t there some Woody Allen joke about you’re the crazy one for showing me all these dirty pictures?” Of all the elements of consciousness, the problem of sex is the most clamorous.

Amnesty: The Death of America
American Thinker, by By Mary Anne Marcella    Original Article
Posted By: geo11- 7/23/2014 2:38:04 AM     Post Reply
The left wing ideologues currently in control of America want us to believe that they care about all the “children” at our border. It isn’t the first time they have used children to push an agenda. They have even been using Jesus as a propaganda tool. Playing on our emotions, and appealing to our kind nature has worked. No doubt some of the low information crowd who blindly support the left believe they are being compassionate by welcoming lawbreakers “who just want a better life” with open arms. Many just believe the left is pro illegal immigration because these immigrants

Mexico Concerned about Texas’
Plan to Deploy National Guard
on Border
Latin American Herald Tribune [Miami FL], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 7/23/2014 2:31:36 AM     Post Reply
MEXICO CITY – The Mexican government on Tuesday expressed its “concern” over the decision by Texas authorities to send 1,000 National Guard troops to the border to help stem the massive arrival of undocumented child migrants from Central America. “Attention to the immigration phenomenon must be paid from a long-term regional perspective and based on the principles of good neighborliness and shared responsibility,” the Foreign Relations Secretariat said in a statement. “The strategy for responding in an effective and humane manner to this phenomenon includes the necessary shared responsibility among the countries of origin, transit and destination of migration flows,” the statement

Where is the Obama administration
housing the immigrant kids?
Washington Post, by Josh Hicks    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/23/2014 1:52:25 AM     Post Reply
Federal agencies ranging from the the Department of Health and Human Services to the Pentagon are working to address a surge of unaccompanied immigrant children at the U.S-Mexico border, a problem that President Obama last month described as an “urgent humanitarian situation.” The Obama administration has estimated that the U.S. will pick up 60,000 unaccompanied children at the Southwest border by the end of September, although revised Border Patrol estimates now put the figure closer to 90,000. (Snip) Already, the administration plans to spend nearly $870 million to provide for the children, according to an

Hillary Clinton responds to Rubio:
‘Every election is about the future’
Washington Post, by Sean Sullivan    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/23/2014 12:39:15 AM     Post Reply
Former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton responded Tuesday to Sen. Marco Rubio´s charge that she is a "20th century candidate," suggesting that all elections are about what´s next. (Snip) Clinton said that voters need to evaluate a candidate´s record to determine how the candidate will behave in the future. "Every election is about the future. And certainly anyone who wishes to run for president has to make it clear how the experience that you´ve had in the past and what you believe and how you have acted on those beliefs will translate into positive results for the American people," Clinton said. "And I will be standing up

  



Bucking EU pressure, France
commits to Russian warship delivery
Christian Science Monitor, by Sara Miller Llana    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/23/2014 12:24:01 AM     Post Reply
Paris - Undeterred by criticism from his European allies, French President François Hollande said today he would proceed with the controversial sale of a warship to Russia, but may reconsider the sale of a second ship. European Union foreign ministers met today in Brussels to discuss greater sanctions on Russia over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. It’s the first gathering of the 28-member bloc since the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, allegedly by pro-Russia rebels in Ukraine. Almost 300 people, including more than 200 EU nationals, died. EU leaders have been divided since day one over how to force Russian President

Eating More Fruits and
Vegetables Doesn’t Help
You Lose Weight, Study Says
Time Magazine, by Alexandra Sifferlin    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/23/2014 12:15:02 AM     Post Reply
Fruits and vegetables are good for your health, but there´s not enough evidence to prove that on their own they can help with weight loss. The research, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, reviewed studies that looked at fruit and vegetable consumption and weight gain, and concluded that simply eating more doesn’t doesn’t slim waistlines. Loading up on more fruits and vegetables, without taking out more high-calorie foods like junk food, or making other lifestyle changes such as exercising, won’t have a significant affect on weight. And that’s especially true if the veggies are fried or coated in butter or cheese.

Beretta leaves Maryland over
gun laws, heads for Tennessee
Washington Times, by David Sherfinski    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/22/2014 11:58:56 PM     Post Reply
Citing Maryland’s recently enacted firearm laws and the prospect of more restrictions, the U.S. arm of legendary Italian gunmaker Beretta announced Tuesday that it would move its manufacturing operations to Tennessee next year. The move makes Beretta the latest maker of guns or ammunition to move all or part of its operations to another state because of tightened gun control laws. General Manager Jeff Cooper said an early version of a statute passed last year by the Maryland state Senate would have prohibited the company from manufacturing or storing products in the state. “While we were able in the Maryland House of Delegates to

David Perdue wins
Republican Senate nomination
Atlanta Journal-Constitution [GA], by Daniel Malloy    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/22/2014 11:46:27 PM     Post Reply
Businessman David Perdue stunned Georgia’s Republican political establishment Tuesday by capturing the party’s U.S. Senate nomination in his first run for office. The former CEO of Reebok and Dollar General toppled 11-term Rep. Jack Kingston by a narrow margin, setting up a battle of political newcomers with famous kin in the fall. Perdue’s cousin, Sonny, was a two-term governor and Nunn’s father, Sam, was a four-term U.S. Senator. In addition to his famous last name and lingering political network from his cousin, Perdue deployed $3 million of his own money to back his bid. Still, he was outspent by Kingston and allied Super PACs –

Man shot after stabbing his boyfriend
outside Detroit police station
Detroit Free Press, by Katrease Stafford    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 7/22/2014 11:43:04 PM     Post Reply
A man was shot by a Detroit police officer after he stabbed his boyfriend outside the department’s 2nd Precinct Tuesday afternoon on the city’s west side. Sgt. Michael Woody said the shooting occurred about 2:45 p.m. at 13530 Lesure. “They got into a domestic violence situation in front of our second precinct,” Woody said. “Our victim began to scream for help as the suspect began to physically assault him with a blade of some type, cutting him.” Woody said officers came out of the precinct and ordered the man to drop the knife. “The suspect refused and an officer fired

BBC Scotland staff in
row over window blinds
Scotsman [Edinburgh], by Alistair Grant    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 7/22/2014 11:37:44 PM     Post Reply
THE BBC has been condemned as “ludicrous” after it emerged that staff in Scotland have to call an office in England - for permission to open the blinds. The corporation has outsourced facilities management to a West Midlands-based firm which has to approve the movement of blinds 307 miles away at BBC Scotland’s HQ in Glasgow. (Snip) The building has electronically-controlled blinds to manage the amount of sunlight getting in. An insider said: “There is a number you have to phone to open or shut the blinds. “You have to phone this number in England. “If you want to take

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