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Koch brothers weren´t consulted before seniors group criticized senators

April 4, 2014 - 4:15pm
Associated Press, by Philip Elliott Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Fri, 04 01 2014 09:01:09 GMT Washington - A seniors group that received almost $16 million from the conservative Koch brothers started running ads this week that the billionaire siblings did not support. The Koch-led Freedom Partners routinely spends millions to help conservative allies, but the umbrella organization does not have a day-to-day say in those groups´ tactics. That sometimes leads to conflicting or contradictory messages coming out of the brothers´ vast network of advocacy organizations. Take, for instance, the 60 Plus Association´s latest ads against seven members of the Senate Banking Committee. The $1.5 million in ads aims to derail a proposal

Detroit mayor tweets for #calm #compassion in wake of attack on pickup driver

April 4, 2014 - 4:15pm
Detroit Free Press, by Robert Allen Posted By: Ribicon- Fri, 04 53 2014 08:53:08 GMT Mayor Mike Duggan in a statement Friday decried a “senseless vigilante style attack” on a man who followed the law to check on a boy he hit with his truck, only to be pummeled by strangers in an east'side Detroit neighborhood. “This week a group of young men showed who they were when they beat Steve Utash. Let us show who we are in our response. #calm #compassion,” the mayor tweeted on his Twitter account Friday afternoon. On Wednesday afternoon, Utash was severely beaten after accidentally hitting a 10'year'old boy who stepped out in front of his pickup

Tighe becomes first woman to command a numbered U.S. Navy fleet

April 4, 2014 - 4:15pm
CNN, by Greg Botelho Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Fri, 04 47 2014 08:47:32 GMT Vice Adm. Jan E. Tighe has made history with her appointment as head of the U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and the U.S. 10th Fleet, making her "the first female commander of a numbered fleet in U.S. Navy history," according to that military branch. Tighe succeeded Adm. Michael S. Rogers '' who is moving on to become director of the embattled National Security Agency and head of U.S. Cyber Command '' in a ceremony Wednesday at Fort Meade in Maryland. She´s the fleet´s third commander ever and had been its deputy commander since November, according to the Navy. "Jan Tighe, you are one of the best people that our military

Be compassionate about people´s identities

April 4, 2014 - 4:15pm
Free Lance Star [Fredericksburg Va.], by Donnie Johnston Posted By: mickeymat- Fri, 04 45 2014 08:45:25 GMT It must be horrible to live your life as something you know you are not. It must be equally horrible to live that life knowing that no one will accept you as who you know you really are. When I was in school, I had a friend named Kenny, and Kenny knew he was not a boy. Yes, he looked like a boy and doctors proclaimed him to be a boy when he was born. But despite what it said on his birth certificate, Kenny knew he was not a boy. This fact became apparent to Kenny at a very young age and he tried to convince all those around him that he was not a boy. But he got no support.

McDonald´s quits Crimea as fears of trade clash grow

April 4, 2014 - 4:15pm
Reuters, by Natalia Zinets Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Fri, 04 26 2014 08:26:20 GMT Kiev - McDonald´s announced on Friday it had closed its restaurants in Crimea, prompting fears of a backlash as a prominent Moscow politician called for all the U.S. fast food chain´s outlets in Russia to be shut. Crimea´s annexation by Russia, which Ukraine and the West do not acknowledge, has worried companies with assets in the Black Sea peninsula as it is unclear how the change may impact their business. While McDonald´s did not mention the political situation in its statement, its decision to leave the region is likely to be seen as emblematic of the rift in Western-Russian relations, now at their lowest ebb since the end of the Cold War.

Mexican restaurant chain Mighty Taco bans Vladimir Putin: ‘No one likes a bully’

April 4, 2014 - 4:15pm
Independent [UK], by Ella Alexander Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Fri, 04 10 2014 08:10:04 GMT You’re never too small to make a stand against Vladimir Putin. Mighty Taco, a fast-food chain of Mexican restaurants, has banned the Russian president from its branches until he stops “ picking on people” – referring to his seizure of Crimea from Ukraine. The company, which has 23 eateries in western New York, posted a message on its Facebook page earlier this week, forbidding the politician from entering any of their locations - “even the one in Delaware and Hertel!” “Normally at Mighty Taco, we don’t like to get political, but someone has to do something – and that someone is us!” said the firm’s Facebook statement.

Two drug tunnels, with rail systems, found at U.S.'Mexico border

April 4, 2014 - 4:15pm
Reuters, by Dan Whitcomb Posted By: JoniTx- Fri, 04 09 2014 08:09:34 GMT LOS ANGELES' U.S. federal agents have uncovered two drug'smuggling tunnels underneath the U.S.'Mexico border, both surfacing in San Diego'area warehouses and equipped with rail systems for moving contraband, officials said on Friday. The discovery led to the arrest of a 73'year'old woman accused of running one of the warehouses connected to a drug smuggling operation, according to a joint news release by four federal agencies. The tunnels were discovered as part of a five'month investigation by the so'called San Diego Tunnel Task Force. Federal law enforcement officials said the first tunnel, which connects a warehouse in Tijuana, Mexico, with one

Why has no Thatcher or Reagan emerged for our troubled times?

April 4, 2014 - 4:15pm
Telegraph [UK], by Charles Moore Posted By: Attercliffe- Fri, 04 06 2014 08:06:56 GMT A year ago this coming Tuesday, I was travelling to London on a train, correcting the proofs of my biography of Margaret Thatcher. As we reached Charing Cross, I signed off the last page of the book (which concerns victory in the Falklands war). When I got off the train, I discovered she had died. By Lady Thatcher’s own stipulation, her passing was my deadline, and so we were ready. Volume One was published on St George’s Day, a few days after her tremendous, healing funeral. In the ensuing year, I have given roughly 200 speeches, broadcasts and interviews about the

Mozilla’s Chief Felled by View on Gay Unions

April 4, 2014 - 4:15pm
New York Times, by Nick Bilton, Noam Cohen Posted By: mitzi- Fri, 04 05 2014 08:05:45 GMT In Silicon Valley, where personal quirks and even antisocial personalities are tolerated as long as you are building new products and making money, a socially conservative viewpoint may be one trait you have to keep to yourself. On Thursday, Brendan Eich, who has helped develop some of the web’s most important technologies, resigned under pressure as chief executive of Mozilla, the maker of the popular Firefox web browser, just two weeks after taking the job. (snip) While he was being portrayed as an opponent of gay people, Mr. Eich said he believed in inclusiveness within Mozilla and had never discriminated.

Jeb Bush and the 2016 GOP Field

April 4, 2014 - 4:15pm
Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehner Posted By: StormCnter- Fri, 04 00 2014 08:00:35 GMT George Will wrote a column in which he said of Jeb Bush, “A candidacy by Florida’s former governor would be desirable” and “[he] does … deserve a respectful hearing from the Republican nominating electorate.” I agree, partly because I admire Bush, who was a highly successful, reform-minded conservative governor. His record as governor of Florida was, in fact, more conservative in key respects than Ronald Reagan’s record when he was governor of California. (Mr. Reagan signed into law what at the time was the largest tax hike ever proposed by any governor, whereas Bush cut taxes every year he was governor,

Judge to end Ohio ban on recognizing gay marriage

April 4, 2014 - 4:15pm
Associated Press, by Amanda Lee Myers Posted By: JoniTx- Fri, 04 00 2014 08:00:15 GMT CINCINNATI' A federal judge said Friday that he will strike down Ohio´s voter'approved ban on gay marriage, a move that stops short of forcing Ohio to perform same'sex weddings but will make the state recognize gay couples legally wed elsewhere. Judge Timothy Black announced his intentions in federal court in Cincinnati following final arguments in a lawsuit that challenged the constitutionality of the marriage ban. "I intend to issue a declaration that Ohio´s recognition bans, that have been relied upon to deny legal recognition to same'sex couples validly entered in other states where legal, violates the rights secured by the

Welcome to the Collective

April 4, 2014 - 4:15pm
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto Posted By: StormCnter- Fri, 04 57 2014 07:57:44 GMT In his plurality opinion in yesterday´s free-speech case, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, Chief Justice John Roberts notes an anomaly in contemporary "liberal" First Amendment jurisprudence: "If the First Amendment protects flag burning, funeral protests, and Nazi parades''despite the profound offense such spectacles cause''it surely protects political campaign speech despite popular opposition." We´d take the point a step further. The examples Roberts cites all involve fringe political expression.(Snip)So why have the court´s "liberals" adopted a hostile attitude toward political speech, which has long been understood

Overcompensating? Putin taunted Bush over 43’s dog Barney

April 4, 2014 - 4:15pm
Washington Times (D.C.), by Tom Howell Jr. Posted By: JoniTx- Fri, 04 56 2014 07:56:59 GMT Former President George W. Bush on Friday revealed his portraits of world leaders — and the tidbit that Russian President Vladimir Putin thought he had a better dog. Mr. Bush told his daughter, Jenna Bush Hager, a correspondent for the “Today” show, that he had a good relationship with Mr. Putin, but “it became more tense as time went on.” Mr. Bush, who took up painting after his presidency and showed off a new exhibit Friday, said it was clear that Mr. Putin viewed the United States as an enemy, and that the Russian president viewed the world as a

News photographer Anja Niedringhaus killed by Afghan police officer

April 4, 2014 - 4:15pm
Independent [UK], by Antonia Molloy Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Fri, 04 56 2014 07:56:51 GMT Two female foreign journalists have been shot in eastern Afghanistan, officials have said. A veteran Associated Press photographer was killed and an AP reporter was wounded in the attack on Friday, when an Afghan policeman opened fire while they were sitting in their car in eastern Afghanistan. (Snip) As they were sitting in the car waiting for the convoy to move, a unit commander named Naqibullah walked up to the car, yelled “Allahu Akbar” - God is Great - and opened fire on them in the back seat with his AK-47. He then surrendered to the other police and was arrested. Medical officials in Khost confirmed that Niedringhaus died.

Your Political Leaders Are Unsurprisingly Terrible at Empathizing with Your Salary

April 4, 2014 - 4:15pm
Atlantic Wire, by Philip Bump Posted By: StormCnter- Fri, 04 54 2014 07:54:09 GMT Democratic Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia wants you to know that, at $174,000 a year, members of Congress are underpaid. Because Jim Moran, like others, doesn´t understand actual economic hardship and, frankly, isn´t that great at politics either. Moran is not the only public official to make a dubious claim about salary hardship in the past 24 hours. Larry Schwartz is secretary to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a position that´s a sort of like chief of staff in the state. Schwartz was discussing a proposal backed by Cuomo that would freeze property taxes on people at certain income levels.

Meningitis Outbreak in L.A.´s Gay Community, Three Dead

April 4, 2014 - 4:15pm
Breitbart Big Government, by Robert Wilde Posted By: mitzi- Fri, 04 52 2014 07:52:35 GMT In what the Los Angeles Times is referring to as a meningitis outbreak in L.A.´s gay community, since January 1 there have been eight occurrences of invasive meningococcal disease in L.A. County. Four of those cases have been of gay men, and three of those four have died, officials reported Thursday. North Hollywood and West Hollywood were identified in the Times report as the areas where the sickened men socialized. Invasive meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial infection caused by the bacterium Neisseria meningitidis. The bacteria can invade the body and spread to the blood, brain, or spinal cord, causing

Fanfare for the Common Man

April 4, 2014 - 4:15pm
PJ Media, by Ed Driscoll Posted By: Judy W.- Fri, 04 48 2014 07:48:49 GMT In addition to the above Photoshop comparison of 26'year olds from two different eras, let’s explore how “Progressives” then and now view the hardscrabble yet vital task of farming: ? “If you have worked on a farm, nothing else ever seems like work.” —John Kenneth Galbraith (1906'2008), central'planning obsessed leftwing economist, who grew up working on his family farm in Ontario, before going on to serve under fellow Democrats Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon B. Johnson. ? “One of my highest honors as a lawyer was being invited to the home of my clients

Teenage tennis ace sues LTA for ´race discrimination´

April 4, 2014 - 4:15pm
Telegraph [UK], by James Edgar Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Fri, 04 32 2014 07:32:56 GMT One of Britain´s best young tennis players is suing the game’s governing body over claims his career has been damaged by racial discrimination. Isaac Stoute, 17, who has a black father and a white mother, is taking action against the Lawn Tennis Association, who are accused of unfairly favouring "Caucasian" players with lower rankings. Mr Stoute is ranked 81 places below Andy Murray in the overall senior British standings, but there are just four younger players currently above him. He claims that white players with lower rankings are being given better funding, training opportunities and tournament selection by the LTA.

Obama a fan of George W. Bush’s art

April 4, 2014 - 4:15pm
Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Fri, 04 24 2014 07:24:05 GMT Former President George W. Bush has impressed many with his artwork, including his successor in the White House. President Obama became a fan of Mr. Bush’s paintings after viewing some of them last year, the White House said. The two men flew together to South Africa to attend the funeral of Nelson Mandela and Mr. Obama viewed his predecessor’s work on an iPad during the trip. “In private, I’ve heard President Obama speak about President Bush’s works in a very complimentary fashion,” White House principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Friday. “I think that’s been the reaction from a lot of people

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