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Losing our illusions about Russia
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 3/24/2014 4:24:13 AM

The other night, one of the classic movie channels on cable was rerunning Fail Safe, the iconic 1964 Henry Fonda film which gave a generation of children nightmares for years on end. It may be the stuff of legend for younger observers in the 21st century, but for those of us with a sufficient collection of gray hairs, that was the world we grew up in. Everything changed with the fall of the Soviet Union, but that history was never truly erased. Ross Douthat has an interesting column this weekend which deals with some of the lingering misconceptions we in the

      


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NYU Jewish Students the Target of
Latest SJP Propaganda Attacks
Times of Israel, by Laura Adkins    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/25/2014 4:52:16 AM     Post Reply
On the morning of April 24th, 2014, Jewish students that live in the Palladium residence hall of New York University (NYU) awoke to quite a shock. Slinking quietly through the night, members of NYU’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) had distributed mock eviction notices to students in this dorm (which is known across campus as one with a high concentration of Jewish residents, and is the only NYU dorm with a Shabbat elevator), listing distorted facts and with the stated purpose of “ draw[ing] attention to the reality that Palestinians confront on a regular basis.

   

 

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Wannabe Everest Climbers Head Home
While Discovery Salvages Its Ratings Grab
Atlantic Wire, by Sara Morrison    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/25/2014 4:36:33 AM     Post Reply
Following the death of 16 Sherpas in an avalanche and the Sherpa community´s refusal to work this year´s climbing season in their honor, many of the hopeful Everest climbers are starting to give up and head home. According to the New York Times, most climbers were already in the mountain´s base camp when the disaster happened, waiting for the short climbing season to begin. They told the paper that afterwards, the camp was an understandably unpleasant place. Some Sherpas apparently wanted to keep working and were threatened by organizers. Climbers were afraid that things might become violent and were sleeping with

Nonprofit boss diverted $360K
to fund luxe trips, shopping sprees
New York Post, by Rich Calder    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/25/2014 4:32:25 AM     Post Reply
A fat-cat operator of a shady Bronx nonprofit copped a plea Thursday to diverting more than $360,000 in government funds earmarked for cancer screening so he could live large by splurging the cash on pricey overseas trips, gambling and shopping sprees. Joseph Junkovic, 49, faces 18 to 24 months in prison and must forfeit up to $360,556 after pleading guilty in Manhattan federal court to knowingly making false statements to the state Health Department. Authorities say he billed the agency for thousands of hours he never worked. “This guy was certainly living a lavish lifestyle, “ a source close to the case

Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy Doesn´t
Apologize, Repeats Racist Remarks
NBC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/25/2014 4:26:35 AM     Post Reply
Anyone expecting rancher Cliven Bundy to apologize at a news briefing Thursday for widely condemned remarks — that black people were “happier” during the slavery era than now — would be disappointed. Wearing his signature cowboy hat, Bundy, who led an armed confrontation with federal rangers over a land dispute and was then hailed as a patriot by Fox News’ Sean Hannity and other conservatives, repeated in Bunkerville, Nevada, what he had said earlier — he was “just wondering” if blacks were better off under slavery. Rancher Cliven Bundy speaks during a news conference near his ranch on April 24, 2014

Why didn´t Flight 370´s emergency beacon
work? Lack of signal buoys hope
CNN, by Mike M. Ahlers    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/25/2014 4:20:23 AM     Post Reply
It is one of the most enduring mysteries of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, and for the families, it´s a reason for hope. Why didn´t Flight 370´s emergency beacon work? Why didn´t the beacon send a distress signal to satellites overhead? And the clincher: Why, if the beacon is designed to activate on impact, should we believe there was an impact? Could the plane have landed intact? Could the 239 passengers and crew still be alive? The issue resonates with some family members looking for hope where little exists. Of the 26 questions families recently presented to the Malaysian government, 12

Bundy just ended the
Stewart-Hannity feud
Politico, by Dylan Byers    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/24/2014 1:24:31 PM     Post Reply
By now you´ve probably seen Jon Stewart´s masterful/brutal/devastating takedown of Sean Hannity, the latest in the two media personalities´ ongoing feud over Hannity´s sympathetic coverage of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. Hannity was among several conservative media figures and Fox News types who had rallied to Bundy´s cause -- he´s refusing to the pay the more than $1 million in grazing fees he owes the U.S. government. What particularly perturbed Stewart about Hannity was his apparent hypocrisy: He´s condemned others for breaking the law and, in some cases, endorsed severe punishment for them. So much for his talk about

   

 

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Nevada rancher and former
Shoshone chief´s range war with
BLM predates Bundy standoff
Fox News, by Joshua Rhett Miller    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/24/2014 10:05:04 AM     Post Reply
Long before Cliven Bundy faced down federal agents in his dispute with the Bureau of Land Management over grazing rights, fellow Nevada rancher Raymond Yowell, an 84-year-old former Shoshone chief, watched as the BLM seized his herd. Adding to that, since 2008 they´ve taken his money as well -- in the form of a piece of his Social Security checks. Yowell´s 132 head of cattle had grazed for decades on the South Fork Western Shoshone Indian Reservation in northeastern Nevada until 2002, when the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) -- the same agency at odds with Bundy -- seized them.

‘Hurricane’ Carter Was Wrongly
Convicted, But He Wasn’t Innocent
Daily Beast, by Michael Moynihan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/24/2014 7:18:07 AM     Post Reply
Following his death on Sunday, there’s been a rash response to the famed boxer’s life—both pre and post prison—all of which poses the question: Was he really ‘all love’? “This man right here is love. He’s all love,” announced Denzel Washington while swaddling his Best Actor gong at the Golden Globes in 2000. The man of love, former boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, who died yesterday at 76, rubbed his hands nervously, managing a meek smile as Washington spoke while patting him on the back. How could one dispute Denzel’s characterization? This paragon of love, who once beat people up for

State Department gets second chance
to list Hillary Clinton accomplishments.
It doesn´t go well.
Washington Examiner [DC], by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/24/2014 5:48:27 AM     Post Reply
On Tuesday, State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki appeared flustered when she was asked a question concerning one of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton´s main legacies at Foggy Bottom. It was something called the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, known around the Department by the clunky acronym QDDR, and it was created by Secretary Clinton in 2010 to "provide a sweeping assessment of how the Department of State…can become more efficient, accountable, and effective." When Psaki announced that the 2014 edition of the QDDR is now underway, to "build on the foundation established by the 2010 review," Associated Press reporter

The Press Never Calls
American Spectator, by R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/24/2014 5:41:38 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — My telephone is not ringing off the hook. No intriguing or inquiring emails have arrived on my computer. Yet, on Friday, a document drop from the Clinton Library revealed that years ago, in the 1990s, I was at the very heart of the “vast right-wing conspiracy.” Now here we are almost a week later, and still no journalist, much less a historian, has called to ask me if I really was actively conspiring with the British press, select American newspapers, obscure right-wing political operators and, who knows, possibly foreign powers to create the gossamer of scandal over the

What you won’t read in the papers
about the ‘Central Park Five’
Daily Caller, by Ann Coulter    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/24/2014 5:31:20 AM     Post Reply
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is demanding a quick settlement of the lawsuit brought by the five men convicted of one of the most sickening crimes in the city’s history: the attack on the Central Park jogger in 1989. The plaintiffs are demanding $50 million apiece — for going to prison for a rape that they committed, as detailed in Chapter 13 of Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Destroying America. Abner Louima got $5.8 million for a shockingly brutal police assault on him, and he was just an innocent bystander. The “Central Park Five,” as PBS documentarian Ken Burns has

   

 



 
CRS report: The administration has missed
44 of its own ObamaCare deadlines
Hot Air, by Erika Johnsen    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/24/2014 5:25:12 AM     Post Reply
I’m posting this report, not because I think anyone actually expected the Obama administration to abide by the requirements it set out for itself when devising this leviathan of a law (LOLz) — I mean, the thing is huge, and it would just be totally unreasonable to expect the administration to be able to churn out regulations and studies on time, every time, right? …Which is exactly my point. I’d just like to take this opportunity to once again highlight the practically unknowable degree to which Obama’s crowning legislative achievement is expanding our bureaucracy and its involvement in one-sixth of



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Michelle Obama: Average American
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Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/23/2014 10:27:58 PM     Post Reply
First lady Michelle Obama took her campaign to help veterans find jobs to Fort Campbell, Ky.., Wednesday where she said that most Americans don´t know much about the military. Following comments from Jill Biden, the vice president´s wife and Obama´s teammate in helping veterans, she noted that unlike Biden, she had little familiarity with the military prior to campaigning for the White House in 2008. “Unlike Jill, I wasn´t a military mom. I wasn´t a Blue Star family member. I didn´t know much about the military, and I was probably more like the average American,” said Obama.

Japanese MP angry that Michelle didn´t join
president on Tokyo trip makes extraordinary
claim that Obama CHEATS and their
looming divorce is ´an open secret´

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A prominent Japanese politician has raised hackles as Barack Obama visits Tokyo by claiming it´s an ´open secret´ that he and the first lady are headed for divorce, and that the president has been using Secret Service agents to cover for him as he pursues extramarital affairs. Kazuyuki Hamada, who sits in the upper house of Japan´s parliament, earned his PhD a half-mile from the White House at George Washington University, and emerged as a shrill commentator on America´s economy and foreign policy. In 2009 he also joined the ranks of the so-called ´birthers,´ arguing in a book titled ´Who is Obama?´

Obama’s Staggering Record of Failure
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In advance of President Obama’s four-nation Asian tour this week, the Washington Post published an article saying this: President Obama’s bid to focus U.S. attention on Asia has failed to meet the lofty expectations he set three years ago in a grand pronouncement that the new emphasis would become a pillar of his foreign policy. [Snip] By now, nearly five and a half years into the Obama presidency, objective people can draw reasonable conclusions, among which are these: Barack Obama was among the least prepared men to ever serve as presidency. It shows. He has been overmatched by events right from the start.

Jeb Bush: ‘I’m thinking about
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Jeb Bush said Wednesday he´s "thinking about running for president," in his most direct statement yet about a possible 2016 run. The former Florida governor spoke at a Catholic school benefit in New York Wednesday morning. He previously has said he´ll make a decision on whether to run for president before the end of this year, making clear that he was considering the possibility. But his comments on Wednesday appeared to be more direct. Asked what his "immediate plans" were, he said, according to an attendee: "I´m thinking about running for president." The answer was met with applause and a standing ovation, after

   

 

  


 
Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy Doesn´t
Apologize, Repeats Racist Remarks

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NBC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/25/2014 4:26:35 AM     Post Reply
Anyone expecting rancher Cliven Bundy to apologize at a news briefing Thursday for widely condemned remarks — that black people were “happier” during the slavery era than now — would be disappointed. Wearing his signature cowboy hat, Bundy, who led an armed confrontation with federal rangers over a land dispute and was then hailed as a patriot by Fox News’ Sean Hannity and other conservatives, repeated in Bunkerville, Nevada, what he had said earlier — he was “just wondering” if blacks were better off under slavery. Rancher Cliven Bundy speaks during a news conference near his ranch on April 24, 2014

A fatal wait: Veterans languish and
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CNN, by Scott Bronstein & Drew Griffin    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/23/2014 9:23:29 PM     Post Reply
At least 40 U.S. veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, many of whom were placed on a secret waiting list. The secret list was part of an elaborate scheme designed by Veterans Affairs managers in Phoenix who were trying to hide that 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans were forced to wait months to see a doctor, according to a recently retired top VA doctor and several high-level sources. For six months, CNN has been reporting on extended delays in health care appointments suffered by veterans across the country and who died while waiting for appointments and care.

Boehner mocks GOP colleagues
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Cincinnati Enquirer, by Sheila McLaughlin    Original Article
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MADISON TOWNSHIP House Speaker John Boehner theatrically mocked his fellow Republican Congressmen for being afraid to reform immigration policy when he spoke Thursday before the Middletown Rotary Club in his home district. "Here´s the attitude. Ohhhh. Don´t make me do this. Ohhhh. This is too hard," Boehner whined before a luncheon crowd at Brown´s Run County Club in Madison Township. "We get elected to make choices. We get elected to solve problems and it´s remarkable to me how many of my colleagues just don´t want to ... They´ll take the path of least resistance." Boehner said he´s been working for 16 or 17

Lupita Nyong’o named People
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New York Daily News, by Rachel Maresca    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/23/2014 2:58:26 PM     Post Reply
It sure is Lupita Nyong´o´s year to shine! The first-time Oscar winner was crowned as this year´s "Most Beautiful" by People magazine. The mag announced who was awarded their prestigious honor Wednesday morning. "It was exciting and just a major, major compliment," Nyong´o said of gracing the cover. "I was happy for all the girls who would see me on (it) and feel a little more seen." The 31-year-old actress has certainly proved this past year that she is beautiful both inside and out. Nyong´o received a ton of attention for her head-turning red carpet fashion and her incredibly moving

Michelle Obama scraps graduation speech
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The Hill (Washington DC), by Justin Sink    Original Article
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First lady Michelle Obama is scrapping her plans to deliver a graduation speech for high school seniors in Topeka, Kan., after hundreds signed a petition in protest. Instead of delivering a graduation speech, Obama will speak before the school district the day before graduation, and will deliver remarks at a "Senior Recognition Day." More than 1,750 people had signed a petition protesting the first lady´s appearance at the graduation ceremony, angered that security concerns would limit the number of friends and family who could attend. According to the Topeka Capital-Journal, students would have only been allotted six tickets apiece had

   

 

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Casino mogul brands George Clooney a
drunk after actor called him an a**hole and
stormed away from dinner for insulting
President Obama

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Helen Pow    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/23/2014 9:43:22 PM     Post Reply
George Clooney has confessed to calling Las Vegas gambling mogul Steve Wynn an ´a**hole´ and storming off at a recent dinner because the casino-owner insulted President Barack Obama. The verbal assault occurred two weeks ago when the two-time Oscar winner was in Vegas promoting his Casamigos tequila, and was invited to dine with Wynn and his wife, Andrea Hissom, at the fancy Botero restaurant inside the 72-year-old´s Encore hotel. But when dinner was finished, the conversation turned to Obama´s Affordable Care Act, of which Wynn is a vocal opponent. That´s when sparks began to fly. Clooney immediately took exception to how the billionaire

New Chicago high school to
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Chicago Tribune, by John Byrne    Original Article
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Southern Whites’ Loyalty to G.O.P.
Nearing That of Blacks to Democrats

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New York Times, by Nate Cohn    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/25/2014 11:21:33 AM     Post Reply
President Obama’s landslide victory in 2008 was supposed to herald the beginning of a new Democratic era. And yet, six years later, there is not even a clear Democratic majority in the country, let alone one poised for 30 years of dominance. It’s not because Mr. Obama’s so-called new coalition of young and nonwhite voters failed to live up to its potential. They again turned out in record numbers in 2012. The Democratic majority has failed to materialize because the Republicans made large, countervailing and unappreciated gains of their own among white Southerners. From the high plains of West Texas to the

   

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