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The NLRB attack on McDonald´s
Chicago Tribune, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 8/5/2014 9:06:29 AM     Post Reply
Amid the economic doldrums of recent times, the fast-food industry has been one of the biggest job creators. So far this year, it has added employment at a 4 percent rate, which stands to make this the third straight year at that pace. If only the entire economy had done so well. But no good deed goes unpunished. Last week, the National Labor Relations Board decided that McDonald´s will have to play by a brand-new set of rules — and if that decision stands, it could affect a lot of other businesses in fast-food and other sectors. It´s a mistake that

Military jets escort Qatar Airways
plane to Manchester Airport
British Broadcasting Corporation, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/5/2014 8:54:15 AM     Post Reply
Military jets have escorted a passenger plane to Manchester Airport after reports of a possible device on board. The Qatar Airways plane was escorted in to land by the Royal Air Force (RAF) following information received by the pilot. Greater Manchester Police said officers were treating it as a "full emergency" as they did not know "how genuine this threat is". Ch Supt John O´Hare said the safety of those on board was "paramount". It is understood the plane involved is an Airbus A330, which was escorted by a Typhoon from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire. ´Comprehensive response´ Ch Supt O´Hare said: "An incoming plane has been

The black HIV epidemic: A public health
mystery from Atlanta’s gay community
Washington Post, by Jeff Guo    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/5/2014 8:51:40 AM     Post Reply
ATLANTA — In the early 2000s, a young researcher at the Centers for Disease Control named Greg Millett set out to solve an epidemiological mystery. Nobody could explain why black Americans, particularly black gay men, had such high rates of HIV infection compared to the rest of the population. How were they putting themselves in so much danger? What were they doing differently from everyone else? Millett began with a survey of the published research, but that only seemed to raise more questions. Study after study seemed to arrive at the same conclusion: Black gay men take fewer risks in the

  


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Florida Obamacare rates could rise
13 percent next year, state says
Orlando Sentinel (FL), by Scott Powers    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/5/2014 8:37:38 AM     Post Reply
Monthly premiums for the second year of Obamacare health insurance plans are expected to rise an average of 13 percent, Florida officials announced Monday. The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation has completed its analysis of recently submitted health insurance plans from 19 companies in Florida, and also estimated the 2015 federal subsidies that such families could expect. After those subsidies are applied, the monthly cost will range between $400 and 600 per family in most counties, according to the state analysis. "Even with a federal subsidy, that could mean an out-of-pocket cost of $500 or more per month to have coverage," the Florida

Obama to announce $14 billion in U.S.
corporate investments in Africa
Reuters, by Jeff Mason    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 8/5/2014 8:33:08 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama will announce on Tuesday that U.S. businesses have committed to investing $14 billion in construction, clean energy, banking, and information technology projects across Africa, a White House official said. The announcement will occur at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum, part of a three-day Africa summit in Washington meant to showcase U.S. interest in improving trade and investment in the region. "These investments will deepen U.S. economic engagement in Africa, fueling growth that will support broader African prosperity and emerging markets for US businesses, which will support jobs in both the United States and Africa," the White House official said. Obama will

Megyn Kelly: Secret of her success
Politico, by Hadas Gold    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 8/5/2014 8:31:07 AM     Post Reply
Glenn Greenwald wants to make this perfectly clear: He finds Megyn Kelly’s views “viscerally repellent.” But the crusading privacy journalist has plenty of complimentary things to say about how the Fox primetime host conducts herself on air. “She has a lower tolerance for being fed incoherent tripe from her own side than the average cable news TV host,” Greenwald said in an email. “Most Fox and MSNBC hosts treat even the most blatant idiocy with respect if it advances their party’s political agenda for the vapid cable news partisan controversy of the day. Kelly, by contrast, seems to be often contemptuous

WWI Demons Live
USA Today, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 8/5/2014 8:07:27 AM     Post Reply
World War I started one century ago. Wait! Don´t stop reading. For most Americans, the war is like algebra or frog anatomy — something you have to study briefly in school but then never have to think about again. Unlike World War II, with its unambiguous villains, epic battles and clear victory, World War I is a hot mess. Countries and forgotten empires declared war on each other in no small part because a bunch of aristocrats in funny clothes said they had to. Everything about World War I — from the seemingly ridiculous fighting techniques (who hasn´t watched a movie with

  


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Why Obama Should Roll
Heads at the CIA
National Journal, by Ron Fournier    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 8/5/2014 8:00:38 AM     Post Reply
Heads should roll at the CIA, but not for the obvious reasons. Let´s review the cacophony of issues raised by the brutal post-911 interrogation program, including the CIA´s lies, cover-ups, and a Constitution-bending spying operation against Senate staffers. 1. An exhaustive Senate Intelligence Committee investigation has determined beyond reasonable doubt that the CIA´s interrogation methods amounted to torture. The report does not recommend new punishment or further criminal inquiry, which may be an acknowledgement of the fact that CIA agents were carrying out orders of superiors, and the superiors were acting urgently, almost desperately, to protect the country from follow-up attacks. 2.

Going cuckoo in Cuba
New York Daily News, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 8/5/2014 7:59:08 AM     Post Reply
Ay, caramba. Turns out, the U.S. government’s tragicomic attempts to spark revolution in Cuba were even worse than first reported. Back in April, an Associated Press exposé revealed that fools at the U.S. Agency for International Development bumbled their way into starting a half-baked Twitter-style messaging service, the goal of which was to stir up dissent and ultimately overthrow the Castro regime. The objective was laudable. The execution was laughable, in part because USAID was at the helm of what was, essentially, a job fit for the CIA. Now comes word that the same global relief agency engaged in a second knuckleheaded bit

DHS: ‘Family Unit’ Apprehensions Up
493% on U.S.-Mexico Border
Cybercast News, by Penny Starr    Original Article
Posted By: M2- 8/5/2014 7:56:47 AM     Post Reply
Statistics posted online by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP) show that the number of “family units” apprehended at the U.S. border with Mexico has risen from 9,350 in 2013 to 55,420 in 2014 – an increase of 493 percent. A spokesperson for the CBP told CNSNews.com that a “family unit” for the purposes of this set of statistics is “a parent traveling with a child,” and that the 55,420 total includes all adults and children who have been apprehended and categorized as a family unit.

Catholic Cardinal: Massachussetts
Law is ´Unjust Limitation
on Free Speech´
Cybercast News, by Lauretta Brown    Original Article
Posted By: M2- 8/5/2014 7:52:51 AM     Post Reply
Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley blasted a new Massachusetts law limiting protesters’ access to abortion clinics. “In spite of a unanimous decision of the United States Supreme Court declaring unconstitutional the Massachusetts law enforcing a 35 foot ´buffer zone´ around abortion clinics, the Massachusetts legislature acted with unseemly haste to establish what amounts to a new buffer zone of 25 feet,” the Cardinal said in a statement on his blog Friday.

  


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Her Throne Defunct, a Princess Fights
Eviction From Her Manhattan Walk-Up
New York Times, by Matt A.V. Chaban    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 8/5/2014 7:52:48 AM     Post Reply
Tutankhamen, Richard III, Louis XVI — throughout history, the deaths of monarchs have set off wars, revolutions and writing careers. Now, the passing of the last of the imperial Ottoman Turks has led to a battle over the rent-controlled apartment of an Afghan princess on the Upper East Side. In 1945, Ertogroul Osman moved into a two-bedroom walk-up apartment on the top floor of a three-story commercial building on Lexington Avenue south of 74th Street. Though it had a handsome mansard roof at the time and a prime uptown location, the stout 34-foot-wide property was practically a hovel compared with the

Liberty Law School Dean:
Gay Marriage ´Beginning of End
of Western Civilization’
Cybercast News, by Michael W. Chapman    Original Article
Posted By: M2- 8/5/2014 7:49:47 AM     Post Reply
Mathew D. Staver, dean of the Liberty University School of Law, said that efforts to change the definition of marriage to include same-sex “marriage” would be like trying to re-define the law of gravity, adding that, if it were tried, it would mark “the beginning of the end of Western civilization.” (snip) “We will not be able to escape the coercive nature of this issue. It is cataclysmic in its change-effect. It is, I believe, ultimately the beginning of the end of Western civilization, if we adopt this as a country.”

Harry Reid´s reign of paralysis
Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 8/5/2014 7:47:14 AM     Post Reply
Senate Democrats have a number of arguments for keeping themselves in the majority: The war on women. (They believe there is one and are against it.) Impeachment. Republicans are racists. Republicans are obstructionist. Aside from being entirely made up by Democratic consultants who think Americans are dolts, these “arguments” for the Democrats’ reelection share a common feature. They are all arguments against the Republicans. But what is the argument for the continued reign of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and a Democratic majority? The Senate has not voted on jobs bills sent by the House, any “fix” for Obamacare or a

Krauthammer: ´I Would´
Legalize 11 Million Illegals
Breitbart, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: M2- 8/5/2014 7:41:32 AM     Post Reply
Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer said that he would legalize 11 million illegal immigrants currently in the United States in exchange for enhanced border security. On Monday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel, Krauthammer argued, “I think if you´re going to do the step of legalizing these 11 million, which I would do, that has to come after you have secured the border, there are a lot of ways to do it.

  


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Grand Canyon investigating
squirrel-kicking video
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 8/5/2014 7:31:56 AM     Post Reply
Authorities are looking into a viral Internet video that shows a man kicking a squirrel off what appears to be the edge of the Grand Canyon.But park officials say the chances of finding the man are slim."Right now they are working on it," park spokeswoman Kirby-Lynn hedlowski said on Mrs on Monday. "They realise that it´s been seen by a lot of people and that there´s some sensitivity to treatment of wildlife." The short video posted on YouTube shows a shirtless, barefoot man in shorts and a straw cowboy hat leaving a trail of food at the edge of a canyon.

Forget neighing! Horses talk with their
EARS: Creatures use subtle body
language to communicate their thoughts
Daily Mail, by Fiona Macrae    Original Article
Posted By: M2- 8/5/2014 7:31:50 AM     Post Reply
When a horse is interested, it pricks up its ears and swivels them around. Ears flopped down means creature is relaxed and pinned back shows anger. These movements are so important that, if a horse´s ears are covered up, another horse struggles to know what it is thinking. Horse whisperers take note: If you want to better understand your equine friends, then study their ears.

Is Thinking Obsolete?
Creators Syndicate, by Thomas Sowell    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 8/5/2014 7:25:10 AM     Post Reply
Some have said that we are living in a post-industrial era, while others have said that we are living in a post-racial era. But growing evidence suggests that we are living in a post-thinking era. Many people in Europe and the Western Hemisphere are staging angry protests against Israel´s military action in Gaza. One of the talking points against Israel is that far more Palestinian civilians have been killed by Israeli military attacks than the number of Israeli civilians killed by the Hamas rocket attacks on Israel that started this latest military conflict. Are these protesters aware that vastly more German civilians

Affidavit: Both foster parents smoking
pot while baby in hot car
Wichita Eagle [KS], by Tim Potter    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 8/5/2014 7:19:51 AM     Post Reply
Both foster parents of a 10-month-old girl who died after being left in a hot car were smoking marijuana while she remained in the vehicle outside, a Wichita police affidavit says. The affidavit, filed in Sedgwick County District Court and released Monday, provides new details about what led up to the July 24 death, including that one of the foster parents realized that the baby remained in the car when he heard a baby crying on a television show they were watching. They rushed outside, but her body was hot and already stiff, and she was unresponsive, the court document

America’s Untapped Energy Weapon
Politico, by John R. Bolton & T. Boone Pickens    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/5/2014 5:54:17 AM     Post Reply
The ongoing Israel operations in Gaza, combined with the continuing, brutal sectarian fighting in Iraq and the prospect of that country’s disintegration, have driven oil prices up and will likely keep them high for some time. Combined with Libya’s well-advanced state of anarchy, Syria’s grinding civil war and terrorist attacks elsewhere (in Algeria, Nigeria and Sudan), the entire Middle East and major parts of Africa could be descending into chaos. How can America fight back? One necessary response is to begin to break the dependence on foreign oil that has long threatened our national security and compromised our economic viability. Although

  



The IRS’s God Complex
National Review Online, by Quin Hillyer    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/5/2014 5:49:36 AM     Post Reply
Is the Internal Revenue Service a threat to religious liberty? As the IRS continues to come under well-aimed fire for harassing conservative groups, on Friday it secured a final court order formalizing what amounts to a secret agreement to monitor the pulpits of ill-favored churches. The serious danger, as former Justice Department attorney J. Christian Adams told Fox News, is that the IRS will start treating “theology as politics,” and regulate it accordingly. Lovers of liberty should be very concerned. According to a June 27 IRS letter to the Justice Department, 99 churches merit “high priority examination” for allegedly illegal electioneering activities. The

Aunt Peggy Frowns
at the Obama Boys
American Thinker, by Christopher Chantrill    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 8/5/2014 5:43:32 AM     Post Reply
Every remembers a formidable aunt who could cool the jets of the rambunctious neighborhood boys with a glance. The U.S. has Peggy Noonan for that, and last week Aunt Peggy frowned at the Obama boys. The president shouldn´t be using a fateful and divisive word like "impeachment" to raise money and rouse his base. He shouldn´t be at campaign-type rallies where he speaks only to the base, he should be speaking to the country. Then there´s the Pelosi rich-girl clique: The House minority leader shouldn´t be using the border crisis as a campaign prop, implying that Republicans would back Democratic

The Nuking Of Japan Was
Tactically And Morally Justified
Forbes, by Henry I. Miller    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/5/2014 5:40:40 AM     Post Reply
As they decided whether to use the United States’ atomic bombs on Japan in 1945, Allied military planners and political leaders had to weigh carefully the costs and benefits for the American people, present and future. They made the correct choice. Tomorrow will mark one of the United States’ most important–but least recognized–anniversaries. It is remarkable not only for what happened on that date in 1945 but for what did not happen subsequently. What did happen was that the Enola Gay, an American B-29 Superfortress bomber from the intentionally obscure 509th Composite Group (a U.S. Army Air Force unit tasked with deploying

Comparing President Obama to
Jimmy Carter is an insult to Carter
Washington Examiner [DC], by James Jay Carafano    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/5/2014 5:36:58 AM     Post Reply
Jimmy Carter has had a long-standing reputation as authoring the most ineffective foreign policy of any modern presidency. To be honest, Carter deserves better. When the man from Plains, Ga., moved to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, he came wearing the anti-establishment headdress. In particular, when it came to foreign and defense policy, Carter promised that his policies would be anything but business as usual. America, Carter claimed, could do less in the world. So he planned to pull U.S. troops out of Korea. His foreign policy would be based on fostering "human rights" and talking peace instead of war. From the beginning, however, almost no

Doctors Begin To Refuse
Obamacare Patients
Daily Caller, by Sarah Hurtubise    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/5/2014 5:27:11 AM     Post Reply
Obamacare plans have shrunk payments to physicians so much that some doctors say they won’t be able to afford to accept Obamacare coverage, NPR reports. Many of the eight million sign-ups in Obamacare exchanges nationwide already face more limited choices for physicians and hospitals than those in the private insurance market. But with low physician reimbursement rates, the problem could get even worse. For a typical quick patient visit, Dr. Doug Gerard, a Connecticut internist, told NPR a private insurer would pay $100 while Medicare would pay around $80. But Obamacare plans are more likely to pay closer to $80, which Gerard

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