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Fallen Idol
Weekly Standard, by John Podhoretz

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 2/10/2014 5:26:07 AM

Successful entertainers are often awful people. If you put fame, wealth, and narcissism in a blender, the resulting brew can be toxic. Fame causes ordinary folk to worship the entertainer and to view him as a superior being to be served. Wealth provides the means and the opportunity for indulgence. And his narcissism makes it all seem natural, appropriate, deserved. We know this. Everyone knows this and always has. It’s why, in the 1930s, MGM employed two notorious fixers, Eddie Mannix and Howard Strickling, to throw their weight (and a lot of bribe money) around Los Angeles in order to

      


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Fallen Idol
Weekly Standard, by John Podhoretz    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/10/2014 5:26:07 AM     Post Reply
Successful entertainers are often awful people. If you put fame, wealth, and narcissism in a blender, the resulting brew can be toxic. Fame causes ordinary folk to worship the entertainer and to view him as a superior being to be served. Wealth provides the means and the opportunity for indulgence. And his narcissism makes it all seem natural, appropriate, deserved. We know this. Everyone knows this and always has. It’s why, in the 1930s, MGM employed two notorious fixers, Eddie Mannix and Howard Strickling, to throw their weight (and a lot of bribe money) around Los Angeles in order to

   

 

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Scalia predicts Kelo will fall,
but Korematsu would stand
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/10/2014 4:53:56 AM     Post Reply
At the new Washington Post home of the Volokh Conspiracy, Ilya Somin has coverage of a recent speech given by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. In it, Scalia talks about two of the more controversial SCOTUS decisions of the last century. One is the nearly universally panned 5-4 ruling in Kelo v. City of New London from 2005 and the other is the 1944 (wartime) decision in Korematsu v. United States regarding the internment of the Japanese. In the speech, Scalia once again aired his feeling that Kelo would eventually be overturned. On Kelo, Scalia reiterated his 2011 prediction that the decision

James Dean’s Estate Sues
Twitter Over Unofficial Account
ABC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/10/2014 4:42:02 AM     Post Reply
James Dean died long before the invention of the Internet and Twitter, but the former Hollywood heartthrob is caught up in a strange, tricky and very modern legal question: Should people be allowed to tweet in the name of dead celebrities? The Twitter handle @JamesDean has more than 8,000 followers and has sent more than 2,200 tweets. The account is being managed by an unknown owner or owners, and that’s not sitting well with James Dean’s estate. CMG Worldwide, the company that runs the actor’s estate, is suing Twitter, claiming @JamesDean isn’t trademarked. “No, we did not sanction the James Dean official Twitter

US Suspect Possibly
Targeted For Drone Attack
Associated Press, by Kimberly Dozier    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/10/2014 4:38:58 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- An American citizen who is a member of al-Qaida is actively planning attacks against Americans overseas, U.S. officials say, and the Obama administration is wrestling with whether to kill him with a drone strike and how to do so legally under its new stricter targeting policy issued last year. The CIA drones watching him cannot strike because he´s a U.S. citizen and the Justice Department must build a case against him, a task it hasn´t completed. Four U.S. officials said the American suspected terrorist is in a country that refuses U.S. military action on its soil and that has proved

Still Mad as Hell
New York Times, by Maureen Dowd    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/9/2014 9:59:46 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — I OFTEN wonder what Paddy would think. I wish I could have a pastrami on wry with the late writer and satirist at the Carnegie Deli and get an exhilarating blast of truth about “the atomic, subatomic and galactic structure of things today.” What would Paddy Chayefsky make of Kim Kardashian? What would he think of Diane Sawyer showing cat videos on the ABC evening news? What would he say about Brian Williams broadcasting on the Huntley-Brinkley network a video of a pig saving a baby goat while admitting he had no idea if it was phony? (It was.) What would Paddy rant

Clintons still hate
Obama-backing Democrats
New York Post, by Michael Garland    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/9/2014 9:57:21 AM     Post Reply
Forgive and forget? Not Bill and Hillary. A system of political rewards and punishments devised by the political power couple set aside “a special circle of Clinton hell .?.?. for people who had endorsed [President] Obama,” according to “HRC,” a new book by Politico former White House bureau chief Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes of The Hill. The most helpful Clintonistas were rated “1” under the Clintons’ rating system, while turncoat former allies, such as John Kerry, received “7’s.” The Clinton camp would later “joke about the fates of the folks they felt had betrayed them,” the book said. “Bill Richardson: investigated;

   

 

  


 
Toska, She Said To The Ugly Americans
American Conservative, by Rod Dreher    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/9/2014 8:07:46 AM     Post Reply
I’m at a conference at a resort outside of Austin. In one of the morning sessions, a colleague talked for a bit about what she learned studying the psychology of altruism in Russia. She said that it’s very hard for Americans to grasp how impoverished post-Soviet Russia is in social capital. It’s extremely hard to find the kind of trust between people we take for granted here. Communism destroyed so very much. Just now, I read this essay about Sochi and American mocking of how crappy Russia is, written by Vicki Boykis, who emigrated from Russia as a child. She writes

Cornyn for the GOP nomination
San Antonio Express-News [TX], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/9/2014 8:02:13 AM     Post Reply
SAN ANTONIO — We recommend incumbent John Cornyn for the GOP´s U.S. Senate nomination, based on unmatched experience and decades of service to Texas. The theme among a bevy of challengers seems to be that Cornyn is a CINO, a conservative in name only. This is not just counter-intuitive but counter-factual. Various ratings — liberal and conservative — have agreed on one thing, Cornyn´s conservative credentials are genuine. Not conservative? Cornyn is No. 2 in Senate leadership and diverged only slightly from the conservative playbook in a year in which he offered a measure that would further beef up security at the

What if Hillary just walked away?
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/9/2014 7:57:21 AM     Post Reply
Even nearly three years out, it’s become “common knowledge” which has been repeated by more folks than you can count. (Including yours truly) Hillary Clinton is going to run for President. How could she not? And assuming she does, she will most certainly win the Democrat nomination. On top of that, she will present a daunting challenge to the GOP candidate, no matter whether the nominee is “establishment” or “grassroots” or from the Planet Ork. But I’m seeing an increasing amount of speculation that perhaps the conventional wisdom is neither. Does she want to spend two more years on the

Teen scams Oklahoma Walmart
stores out of $30,000: police
New York Daily News, by Victoria Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/9/2014 7:55:40 AM     Post Reply
An Oklahoma teen has been accused of tricking Walmart employees and making off with thousands of dollars in cash from three different stores. The 17-year-old, whose name has not been released because of his age, was arrested on Jan. 30 after he stole from a Walmart location in Norman, Okla., KFOR reported. He is believed to have swiped a total of $30,000 from the three stores before he was caught. Cops said video footage from inside the store shows the teen pocketing bundles of cash. He even hugged the store’s manager before he left. This wasn’t the first time the

Chevrolet unveils CNG version
of Silverado HD pickup
USA Today, by Chris Woodyard    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/9/2014 5:39:14 AM     Post Reply
CHICAGO -- From the outside you would never know it, but there´s a big Chevrolet Silverado on display at the Chicago Auto Show here that offers a lot of hope for bright energy future. It runs on natural gas. Little by little, the auto industry is starting to embrace natural gas, the domestically produced fuel that sells for a fraction of the price of gasoline. America, thanks to the gas boom in the upper Midwest, is seeing an energy renaissance because of it. For the moment, natural gas-powered transportation is focused on vehicles that businesses buy, that they can centrally fuel to make up

   

 

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Mr. President, Suspend Davis-Bacon
American Spectator, by Gerald D. Skoning    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/8/2014 5:38:00 AM     Post Reply
The president once again is calling for a massive investment in infrastructure projects. In his State of the Union address, he argued that money saved by simplifying the tax code could then be invested in repairing and building bridges, roads, ports, and other key infrastructure. Regrettably, all these proposed public works projects would be covered by the Davis-Bacon Act of 1931 (D-B), an outdated, anachronistic federal statute that mandates the payment of “prevailing wages” (read "union scale") for all workers on federally funded construction projects. D-B unnecessarily inflates construction costs, imposes wasteful bureaucratic paperwork requirements on contractors, and allocates employment opportunities unfairly.



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