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Bring Back the Monuments Men
Wall Street Journal, by Bonnie Burnham

Original Article

Posted By:earlybird, 4/3/2014 8:38:18 PM

Two weeks ago, the famed Crusader castle Crac des Chevaliers, one of the irreplaceable Syrian heritage sites named to the 2014 World Monuments Watch, again found itself a target in the Syrian civil war. This winter, the film "Monuments Men" told the story of how, over two years, with virtually no resources or support, a ragtag division of 345 volunteers from 17 countries working under the aegis of the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives (MFAA) program rescued six million stolen artworks from Nazi depots, including some of the world´s most esteemed masterpieces, and saved hundreds of historic buildings, objects and archival

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As I understand it, the movie was not a box office boomer. I have a hunch it had something to do with "actors" like George Clooney and Matt Damon and a bunch of embedded liberal propaganda.

      


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In Zimmerman lawsuit, Roseanne
Barr admits tweeting family address
Orlando Sentinel, by Rene Stutzman    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 4/23/2014 11:21:47 AM     Post Reply
Yeah, I tweeted the address of George Zimmerman´s parents, Roseanne Barr acknowledged in court paperwork this week, and now the comedienne has hired five lawyers to help her fight a lawsuit they filed against her. On Monday, those lawyers filed paperwork asking an Orlando federal judge to throw out the suit filed last month by Robert Zimmerman Sr. and Gladys Zimmerman, who accuse Barr of violating their privacy and intentionally inflicting emotional distress. Barr did post their address on Twitter on March 28 or 29, 2012, she and her lawyers concede, but it an accident — she meant to reply to just

   

 

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Judge orders trial for 4 charged with
beating Detroit motorist who stopped
to check on child struck
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 4/23/2014 11:15:51 AM     Post Reply
DETROIT — Four men accused of punching and kicking a motorist who accidentally struck a 10-year-old Detroit boy were ordered Monday to stand trial on attempted murder charges, after a judge reviewed their statements to police and witnesses testified about the chaotic mob attack. As Steve Utash continued to recover in a hospital bed, Judge Thomas Jackson found probable cause to move the case to trial in Wayne County Circuit Court. Prosecutor Lisa Lindsey introduced statements to police from Latrez Cummings, 19, James Davis, 24, and Wonzey Saffold, 30, all acknowledging a role in the April 2 attack. They were

Bryan Singer’s Accuser Names
Three More Alleged Sex Abusers
Variety, by David McNary    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 4/22/2014 9:56:26 AM     Post Reply
Hollywood executives Garth Ancier, David Neuman and Gary Goddard have been accused of sexually abusing teenage boys in lawsuits filed Monday in Hawaii federal court. “I would not wish on my worst enemies what I went through,” declared plaintiff Michael Egan(Snip) Ancier is the former president of BBC Worldwide America and also served as head of programming for Fox, NBC and the WB. He’s also the head of year-old Quad Media Partners, formed to launch four fully curated linear TV networks, “each built around a modern decade in broadcast and cable network television.”

It´s Final -- Corn
Ethanol Is Of No Use
Forbes, by James Conca    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 4/21/2014 7:01:43 AM     Post Reply
OK, can we please stop pretending biofuel made from corn is helping the planet and the environment? With huge subsidies for ethanol in gasoline, with all States now selling gasoline having some ethanol blend, and a general misconception that these biofuels are green, corn ethanol has taken on a $30 billion/yr life of its own. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released two of its Working Group reports at the end of last month (WGI and WGIII), and their short discussion of biofuels has ignited a fierce debate as to whether they’re of any environmental benefit at all.

Prince George meets his bilby
namesake at Sydney zoo
USA Today, by Maria Puente    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 4/20/2014 12:25:21 PM     Post Reply
It´s all happening at the zoo today, Easter Sunday in Sydney, where Prince George met a cute little critter named for him and the world got to see the royal baby for a second official appearance. After Easter services at the Anglican cathedral in Sydney in the morning, Prince William and Duchess Kate changed clothes, collected George and headed for the Taronga Zoo, Sydney´s harbor-side menagerie of Australia´s wonderfully quirky wildlife. It was another beautiful sunny day and thousands had been waiting to see them for hours before the zoo opened. Eventually there were so many people, the zoo closed to further

Kansas City Highway Shooting
Suspect Charged With 18 Felonies
ABC News, by Colleen Curry    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 4/20/2014 10:01:17 AM     Post Reply
The man suspected of shooting at cars as they traveled on Kansas City, Mo., highways in recent weeks has been identified and charged with 18 felonies, authorities announced today. Mohammad Whitaker, 27, is accused of shooting into at least nine cars, injuring two of the drivers, in incidents dating to the beginning of March. (Snip)On April 9, a witness who was aware of the reports of the highway shooter saw a green vehicle driven by a man in a mask and hoodie acting suspiciously while driving very slowly. She reported the vehicle´s license plate number to police. Police were able to

   

 

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Your Internet security
relies on a few volunteers
CNN Money, by Jose Pagliery    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 4/19/2014 6:10:16 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK - Last week´s Heartbleed Internet bug revealed a startling fact. The software protecting banks, email, social media and government is maintained by only a few people. They´re all volunteers. And only one does it as a full-time job. Their labor of love is OpenSSL, a free program that secures a lot of online communication. And it was a tiny coding slip-up two years ago that caused the Heartbleed bug, a hole that allows attackers to peer into computers. The bug forced emergency changes last week at major websites like Facebook (FB, Fortune 500), Google (GOOG, Fortune 500) and Yahoo (YHOO,

Vulnerable To ´Heartbleed´ Bug,
Obamacare Subscribers Told
To Change Password
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 4/19/2014 5:04:37 PM     Post Reply
People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama´s signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government´s vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw. Senior administration officials said there is no indication that the HealthCare.gov site has been compromised and the action is being taken out of an abundance of caution. The government´s Heartbleed review is ongoing, the officials said, and users of other websites may also be told to change their passwords in the coming days, including those with accounts on the popular

Ohio couple who held hands at
breakfast even after 70 years
of marriage die 15 hours apart
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 4/19/2014 4:58:54 PM     Post Reply
NASHPORT, Ohio – A couple who held hands at breakfast every morning even after 70 years of marriage have died 15 hours apart. Helen Felumlee, of Nashport, died at 92 on April 12. Her husband, 91-year-old Kenneth Felumlee, died the next morning. The couple´s eight children say the two had been inseparable since meeting as teenagers, once sharing the bottom of a bunk bed on a ferry rather than sleeping one night apart(Snip)They remained deeply in love until the very end, even eating breakfast together while holding hands, said their daughter, Linda Cody.

Creeping landslide devouring
part of Wyoming town
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 4/19/2014 4:51:23 PM     Post Reply
JACKSON, Wyo. – A slow-motion disaster continued unfolding in the Wyoming resort town of Jackson on Saturday, as a creeping landslide that split a hillside home threatened to swallow up more houses and businesses. The ground beneath the 100-foot hillside had been slowly giving way for almost two weeks before the downward movement accelerated in recent days. With rocks and dirt tumbling down, officials suspended efforts to shore up the slope and said they were uncertain what else could be done. "When is it going to go? How long is it going to last? These are the questions we just

FBI probe of NTTA includes Wendy
Davis file, Travis DA’s office says
Dallas Morning News, by Wayne Slater    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 4/19/2014 9:04:20 AM     Post Reply
AUSTIN — Documents related to Sen. Wendy Davis’ work as a lawyer for the North Texas Tollway Authority are part of an FBI inquiry of the agency, Travis County officials say. It’s not clear whether Davis’ work for the tollway authority is a focus of the FBI or only part of the material collected in connection with its look into tollway agency operations. The Travis County district attorney’s office said last month that details from its review of a 2012 complaint that a rival filed about Davis’ legal and political activities were “the subject of an open investigation” by the

   

 



 
Some text messages purportedly
from ferry passengers called fake
CNN, by KJ Kwon and Catherine E. Shoichet    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 4/18/2014 3:44:09 PM     Post Reply
Jindo, South Korea -- A passenger describes women screaming in the darkness. A father learns his child is trapped. A son, fearing death, tells his mother he loves her. Investigators haven´t said what caused a South Korean ferry boat carrying hundreds of passengers to capsize on Wednesday. But as rescuers searched frigid waters for nearly 300 missing people, text messages purporting to be from missing passengers surfaced, describing the harrowing moments after the ferry started to roll.(Snip) On Thursday, the semi-official Yonhap News Agency reported that police now believe the messages supposedly sent after the ferry sank were fake.



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Michelle Obama: Average American
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Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
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Japanese MP angry that Michelle didn´t join
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claim that Obama CHEATS and their
looming divorce is ´an open secret´

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by David Martosko    Original Article
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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?´

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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

Justice Sotomayor: Affirmative
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WPRO Radio [E. Providence, RI], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 4/23/2014 12:30:26 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- In a dissent to Tuesday’s Supreme Court ruling upholding Michigan’s voter-approved ban on affirmative action programs in its public colleges, Justice Sonia Sotomayor speaks from experience about the complex impact of such programs on her own life. Sotomayor’s 58-page dissent, joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has one theme: Race matters. (Snip) She takes a dig at Chief Justice John Roberts who wrote once, “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discrimination on the basis of race.” Sotomayor says: “It is a sentiment out of touch with reality.” Sotomayor says, “Race matters.

   

 

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The Five’s Beckel Rips Bolling
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Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
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A fatal wait: Veterans languish and
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CNN, by Scott Bronstein & Drew Griffin    Original Article
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Here comes the bride. And another one.
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married lesbian THREESOME . . . and
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Daily Mail [UK], by Deni Kirkova    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/23/2014 12:15:55 PM     Post Reply
The world´s only ´married´ lesbian threesome are expecting their first child. Doll, Kitten and Brynn, from Massachusetts, were joined together in a marriage-style ceremony last August and are expecting a daughter in July. Kitten, 27, is pregnant after undergoing IVF treatment using an anonymous sperm donor, and the trio eventually The plan at the moment is that Kitten will bear all the children - possibly using her wives´ eggs and donated sperm - but they are open to other options, such as adoption. Brynn, 34, says: ´The hope is to have three kids altogether. We always joke that the children should never outnumber

Boehner mocks GOP colleagues
on immigration reform

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Cincinnati Enquirer, by Sheila McLaughlin    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/24/2014 8:28:54 PM     Post Reply
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Lupita Nyong’o named People
Magazine’s ‘Most Beautiful’ person

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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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The Tea Party Wins a Congressional Primary;
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Slate, by David Weigel    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/23/2014 6:22:40 AM     Post Reply
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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

   

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