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Time-lapse footage: Constructing
the George W. Bush presidential library

Hot Air, by Guy Benson

Original Article

Posted By:Pluperfect, 4/23/2013 5:01:52 PM

The visual history of a two-and-a-half year project in less than two minutes, via the Dallas Morning News:(Snip for video)The formal dedication is slated for Thursday, with all five living US presidents in attendance. When Bush shakes Obama’s hand at the ceremony, our 43rd and 44th presidents will share something in common: A job approval rating of 47 percent. While we’re on the subject of President Bush, be sure to read Ron Fournier’s stirring tribute to Bush’s abiding decency in National Journal. A taste: White House press secretary Ari Fleischer

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How to Beat Hillary: End
the Republican Fratricide
Daily Beast, by Lloyd Green    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/5/2013 5:15:32 AM     Post Reply
Hillary Rodham Clinton must be reveling in the latest round of Republican fratricide. First, there’s the Chris Christie-Rand Paul blow-up over national security, surveillance, and pork. Then, there’s John McCain’s musing over possibly supporting Hillary—his fellow Iraq War-backer of a decade ago. And, finally, there’s L.I. GOP Congressman Pete King’s comparison of Rand Paul to a Nazi-appeaser! At this rate, Clinton is on her way to a 40-state victory and a third consecutive Democratic win, while leaving the Republicans with the distinction of being the Party of Dixie, Idaho, and little else.

   

 

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The $4,000 Deal Gone Sour
Behind the Doping Scandal
New York Times, by Steve Eder    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/4/2013 6:20:12 AM     Post Reply
In October, Anthony P. Bosch, a troubled businessman who had a permanent suntan and a white lab coat with his name embroidered on it — though he had no medical license — clashed with an investor in his small anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables, Fla. Bosch’s modest business, Biogenesis, promised to make Floridians feel stronger and younger. But Porter Fischer, a former client turned partner, felt spurned over a $4,000 investment gone sour, and he wanted to embarrass Bosch, “to take him out.” What began as a small-time dispute on the fringes of the medical world

ATTENTION AL SHARPTON:
Black Dude in White Hoodie Viciously
Stabs White Teenage Girl
Townhall, by Doug Giles    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/4/2013 6:15:37 AM     Post Reply
Did you hear about the seventeen-year-old Queens resident, Natasha Martinez, who was stabbed eleven times last week by a black male wearing a white hoodie? Yep, just a few days ago, as this young lady was walking home from her job at Mickey D’s, and right in front of her house, Natasha was jumped by a black dude in a white hoodie and suffered eleven stab wounds -- she is in serious condition. Her state was so grave the doctors at Jamaica Hospital had to remove her spleen and confiscate a vein from her leg and implant it

FBI pressures Internet providers
to install surveillance software
CNET, by Declan McCullagh    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/3/2013 1:04:50 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. government is quietly pressuring telecommunications providers to install eavesdropping technology deep inside companies´ internal networks to facilitate surveillance efforts. FBI officials have been sparring with carriers, a process that has on occasion included threats of contempt of court, in a bid to deploy government-provided software capable of intercepting and analyzing entire communications streams. The FBI´s legal position during these discussions is that the software´s real-time interception of metadata is authorized under the Patriot Act. Attempts by the FBI to install what it internally refers to as "port reader" software, which have not been previously disclosed, were described

The Pentagon’s illusion of choice:
Hagel’s 2 options are really 1
American Enterprise, by Mackenzie Eaglen    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/3/2013 12:55:03 PM     Post Reply
Yesterday at the Pentagon, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel unveiled the results of his Strategic Choices and Management Review (SCMR). The belated effort sought to think through the options — many unsavory — available to the military should sequestration and its $500 billion defense budget cuts remain law for the rest of the decade. Secretary Hagel’s cafeteria menu of options for policymakers should sequestration continue is so unpalatable because this is not the first round of defense budget cuts. Sequestration’s $500 billion in Pentagon reductions come on top of the close to $1 trillion in military spending cuts

77% of Jobs Created
in 2013 are Part Time
PJ Media, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/3/2013 5:30:06 AM     Post Reply
This is the kind of thing that gives you a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach when the full import of this stat sinks in. Of all the rotten statistics coming out of these dreary jobs reports, month after month, it is the realization that the face of work in America is radically changing right before our eyes — to the detriment of young and old alike. Tyler Durden at Zero Hedge: When the payroll report was released last month, the world finally noticed what we had been saying for nearly three years:

   

 

  


 
Trayvon Martin´s parents push
for criminal civil rights case
CNN, by Jake Tapper    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/3/2013 5:13:15 AM     Post Reply
While George Zimmerman is likely trying to put his high profile murder trial behind him, the parents of the teenager he said he killed in self-defense are holding out hope that his legal woes are far from over. Zimmerman was acquitted on second degree murder and manslaughter charges in the death of Trayvon Martin. But The Miami Herald reports that Martin´s parents met this week with Justice Department prosecutors and FBI agents about the possibility of a criminal civil rights case against Zimmerman. The Justice Department has said in the past that it would look into whether Zimmerman violated

Groups go door-to-door to
encourage enrollment in Obamacare
Washington Post, by Sandhya Somashekhar    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/2/2013 5:59:26 AM     Post Reply
MIAMI BEACH — Her clipboard said the man who lived in the pink stucco apartment building a few blocks from the hotel-lined beach might not have health insurance. So Laura Botero climbed the darkened staircase to the second floor and knocked on the door. Eduardo Devine, 49, an unemployed beach waiter in black, square-framed glasses, peeked into the dim hallway. He confirmed he had been without coverage since he was laid off a month ago, and his face lit up when Botero mentioned “Obamacare.” “I just heard about it on the news, but I don’t know how it works,”

Are We Trading Privacy
Without Gaining Security?
National Review Online, by David French    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/2/2013 5:55:19 AM     Post Reply
Consider me fully in the Andrew McCarthy camp on the legality and potential effectiveness of a properly structured and run NSA metadata program, but the NSA program — as with all intelligence-gathering efforts — ultimately depends on an administration and government elite that is actually willing to let the men and women on the ground pull the triggers they’ve been trained to pull. Consider these three vignettes: First, from former attorney general Michael Mukasey, writing in the aftermath of the Boston bombing: Tamerlan Tsarnaev is the fifth person since 9/11 who has participated in terror attacks after questioning by the FBI.

A Withering America
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/2/2013 5:26:31 AM     Post Reply
Is America still a superpower? Russian President Vladimir Putin sure doesn’t think so, a point he made clear yesterday by granting refuge to one of our biggest traitors, Edward Snowden. Snowden’s leaks have done untold, irreparable harm. He’s wanted on federal felony charges and has been hiding in a Moscow airport. America asked Russia to hand him over, but Putin had no fear of consequences by instead granting Snowden asylum, the international equivalent of aiding and abetting and a blatant nose-thumb to America. Nor has Putin helped on other vital matters, like stopping Iran’s nuclear drive or ending

USPS Takes Photos of all Mail
Associated Press, by Andrew Miga    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/2/2013 4:46:11 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- The Postal Service takes pictures of every piece of mail processed in the United States - 160 billion last year - and keeps them on hand for up to a month. In an interview with The Associated Press, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said the photos of the exterior of mail pieces are used primarily for the sorting process, but they are available for law enforcement, if requested. The photos have been used "a couple of times" by to trace letters in criminal cases, Donahoe told the AP on Thursday, most recently

   

 

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Another journalist fired
for sassing Obama
Daily Caller, by Jim Treacher    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/1/2013 3:43:05 PM     Post Reply
As you may recall, KMOV reporter Larry Conners was fired last May after making national headlines for actually asking President Barack Obama some tough questions. Conners then speculated that his insolence might’ve had something to do with his subsequent IRS audit, and KMOV canned him. Now another journo is out of work after crossing Obama. On Tuesday, the Chattanooga Times Free Press published the following unsigned editorial: Take your jobs plan and shove it, Mr. President: Your policies have harmed Chattanooga enough President Obama, Welcome to Chattanooga, one of hundreds of cities throughout this great nation struggling to succeed in spite



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Distracted, distant Obama worries
Democrats, White House aides

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Capitol Hill Blue, (Floyd, VA), by John Weston    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/4/2013 7:58:15 AM     Post Reply
White House insiders say President Barack Obama is in “a funk” about what he sees as increasing stagnation and failures surrounding his second term and some worry that the President is becoming more distant and distracted. “He’s not the same Obama that came to the Oval Office after the 2008 elections,” a senior White House aided confided to friends in an email recently. “I’m worried.” Chicago Mayor and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel tells friends that the Presidency has changed his longtime friend Obama and many of those changes are “not good.”

Intel community worried Obama administration
disclosed too much about latest al Qaeda threat

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Washington Times, by LISA RUTH    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 8/4/2013 7:08:12 AM     Post Reply
In warning about possible al Qaeda attacks against Americans overseas, U.S. officials may have provided too much detail about intercepted chatter and the source of the information, and that may make it more difficult to get such tips next time, former and current intelligence officials say.On Friday, the U.S. State Department issued a worldwide travel alert for Americans, citing an unspecified al Qaeda threat. The bulletin said that the highest threat levels are the Middle East and North Africa, “and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arab Peninsula.”

White House holds high-level
meeting over security threat

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Reuters, by Jeff Mason    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/4/2013 5:29:08 AM     Post Reply
Washington - President Barack Obama´s top national security advisers met at the White House on Saturday to discuss the potential threat of terrorist attacks that caused Washington and its allies to issue travel warnings and close embassies throughout the Middle East. The United States issued a worldwide travel alert on Friday (Snip) Obama is spending the weekend at the Camp David presidential retreat after playing golf earlier on Saturday. His birthday is Sunday. The White House said Obama had received regular briefings about the potential threat and U.S. preparedness measures all week.

Director of Mayors Against
Illegal Guns Says ‘Don’t
Shoot’ If Someone Comes At
You With a Deadly Weapon

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Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/3/2013 5:46:09 AM     Post Reply
Executive Director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns Mark Glaze gave some ambiguous and potentially dangerous self defense advice Friday on “Hardball.” Glaze, speaking in opposition to “Stand Your Ground” laws, said in a circumstance where someone “comes at you” with an axe handle one should attempt to either “talk,” “fight with your fists,” “run away,” or “deescalate the situation,” but not shoot the attacker: MARK GLAZE: Very often somebody will come at you. They might want to have a fistfight. They might come at you with an ax handle. CHRIS MATTHEWS: Would you consider the guy with the ax handle armed or not?

   

 

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Jay Z: Wealth Inequality
Will Bring Unrest ´No Amount
of Police Can Solve´

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Breitbart TV, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/3/2013 7:47:30 PM     Post Reply
[Video] Rapper Jay Z appearing on HBO´s "Real Time" with Bill Maher says that the black community wants upward economic mobility rather than a stronger police presence. In a conversation with former Congressman Barney Frank about police tactics such as stop-and-frisk, Jay Z suggests the stagnant economy and wealth inequality could cause widespread social unrest: "The real problem is there´s no middle class, right? So the gap between the have and have-nots is getting wider and wider... It´s gonna be a problem that no amount of police can solve, because once you have that sort of oppression

Schumer: Move G-20 summit to
punish "schoolyard bully" Putin

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CBS News, by Lindsey Boerma    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/4/2013 3:49:27 PM     Post Reply
Not only should President Obama cancel a bilateral summit with "schoolyard bully" Russian President Vladimir Putin, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Sunday on "Face the Nation," but considering the country granted asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, U.S. allies should try to move next month´s G-20 gathering from St. Petersburg. "President Putin´s behaving like a schoolyard bully, and in my experience, I´ve learned, unless you stand up to that bully, they ask for more and more and more," Schumer said. "He´s always going out of his way, President Putin is, to seem to poke us in

Professor says kids no longer
need to learn spelling and
grammar because of smartphones

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Daily Caller (Washington DC), by Eric Owens    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/4/2013 10:55:19 AM     Post Reply
Several skills that every kid once learned in school are going the way of the dodo in a hurry. Diagramming sentences is practically an extinct art, for example. Cursive handwriting and memorized multiplication tables look to be swiftly headed that way. Apparently, the next thing that kids will no longer need to learn is spelling and grammar. Sugata Mitra, a professor of educational technology at Newcastle University in northeast England, announced that traditional language rules are out of fashion, reports the Daily Mail. Kids don’t need to waste time on those things, see. State-of-the-art computers and mobile phones can make

Kass: Was police killing of
95-year-old necessary?

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Chicago Tribune, by John Kass    Original Article
Posted By: US Veteran- 8/4/2013 1:51:20 PM     Post Reply
Common sense tells me that cops don´t need a Taser or a shotgun to subdue a 95-year-old man. When John Wrana was a young man, fit and strong and fighting in World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps, did he ever think he´d end this way? Just a few weeks shy of his 96th birthday, in need of a walker to move about, cops coming through the door of his retirement home with a Taser and a shotgun.

Make Olympics in Russia the gayest ever
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CNN, by Frida Ghitis    Original Article
Posted By: mark34- 8/3/2013 12:41:25 PM     Post Reply
You don´t have to be gay or even Russian to feel the wrath of the Russian government´s homophobia. You could go to jail if you are "pro-gay," whatever that means. And that´s under just one of a growing number of hate-infused bills becoming law at a time when, as it happens, Russia is preparing to host the world in the next Winter Olympics. The perverse anti-gay legislation is inflaming an atmosphere of persistent intimidation and at times deadly violence against Russian gays and lesbians. The question now is: What should the rest of the world do?

   

 



 
What should be next to
Trayvon Martin´s hoodie
in the Smithsonian?

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American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 8/4/2013 11:54:06 AM     Post Reply
I have a suggestion. How about an exhibit on Tawana Brawley? If the purpose of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian is to remember racial controversies, as the proposed Trayvon exhibit seems to confirm, then how about an honest look at the phenomenon of hate crime hoaxes? Particular attention should be paid to the role of the media in both the Trayvon and Tawana materials. Unquestionably, the media stirred up racial animus, and these incidents both contributed to raising racial tensions.

Mystery of the dark shadowy line
pictured shooting from a cloud
over Florida beach that has
left weather experts stumped

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Sunday Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/4/2013 8:24:22 AM     Post Reply
An odd dark vertical line that was observed in the sky over Florida earlier this week has left meteorologists puzzled. The shadowy apparition was spotted and photographed by Mike Weight at Honeymoon Island State Park near Dunedin, Florida, Wednesday. Weight was walking on the beach at around 12.30pm. The day was bright and sunny, but there were thunderheads forming to the east. ‘I was looking North when I observed what looked like a ray of dark light coming down from a small cloud to the surface of the Gulf about a half-mile away,’ the 73-year-old man wrote in an email

Rookie cops shoot 14-year-
old dead after teen opened
fire in South Bronx

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New York Post, by Kirstan Conley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/4/2013 1:05:29 PM     Post Reply
Police shot and killed an armed teen in the South Bronx early today after the suspect opened fire and refused to drop his gun, police said. Two rookie cops heard shots fired near East 151st Street and Courtlandt Avenue around 3 a.m. and ran in the direction of fire, police said. The uniformed officers saw Shaaliver Douse, 14, of the South Bronx, chasing another person through the streets, according to cops. Douse, who was arrested in May on attempted murder charges for shooting a 15-year-old, fired at the man running on East 151st Street this morning, police said.

   

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