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Friday, January 30, 2015



Dogton Abbey

House Cats of
Hudson County

Officials: Detainee swapped for Bergdahl
suspected of militant activities

Something sounds so familiar.
ABCs of IRS mess: Justice Department is tainted, too
Most adult Americans know about the IRS scandal.
Obama's appointee as AG is only "generally aware."
Taliban claim responsibility for Kabul attack that killed 3 Americans
We know we're wrong but doesn't that sound like
something terrorists would do?
Exclusive — Rand Paul: Obama Defended ‘Hillary’s War’
In Libya In Secret Capitol Hill Meeting With GOP

A strange turn of events just now coming to light.
Do we really mean ‘never again’?
Dr. Krauthammer writes from his whole heart and intellect.
We do well to listen.
Castro Is Now Issuing Demands On U.S. -- Well Done, Mr. Obama
Somehow Obama just can't get the hang of negotiation.
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Canada security bill provides
new powers to combat terror
Reuters, by Andrea Hopkins    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/30/2015 10:56:58 PM     Post Reply
Richmond Hill, Ontario - New anti-terror legislation in Canada would make it a crime to call for attacks on the country and give a much larger role to the government´s main spy agency. The bill introduced by the Conservative government on Friday would give the spy agency, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the ability to disrupt attacks by interfering with travel plans or communications, for example. In the past, CSIS has been limited to the collection of intelligence. The bill, whose passage is assured because the Conservatives have a majority in Parliament, would also make it easier for police to

Ohio to delay 7 executions
while searching for new drugs
CNN, by Ralph Ellis    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/30/2015 10:50:01 PM     Post Reply
Ohio will delay the executions of seven death row inmates while searching for an adequate supply of drugs that complies with its new execution protocol, the state´s Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said Friday. That means the state will not carry out any executions in 2015, the agency said in a press release. Ohio said in early January that it will add thiopental sodium, a drug the state used for lethal injections from 1999-2011, the department said. Thiopental sodium and pentobarbital will be the only drugs used. Ohio decided to stop using the two-drug regimen of midazolam and hydromorphone.

White House grapples with
fraught terrorism language
Associated Press, by Julie Pace    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/30/2015 10:40:32 PM     Post Reply
Washington - Twice this month, the White House has publicly grappled with the politically fraught language of terrorism. In the days after a deadly terror spree in Paris, President Barack Obama was criticized for purposely avoiding calling the attacks an example of "Islamic extremism," settling for the more generic "violent extremism." This week, the White House struggled to explain why the administration sometimes classifies the Afghan Taliban as a terrorist organization - and sometimes does not. The rhetorical wrangling underscores the extent to which a president who pledged to end to his predecessor´s war on terror is still



Michelle Obama joins Bradley Cooper
to praise ‘American Sniper’
Washington Post, by Krissah Thompson    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/30/2015 10:24:17 PM     Post Reply
Avid movie fan Michelle Obama praised the Oscar-nominated “American Sniper” at a veterans-focused event Friday — potentially ending a media-fueled “culture war” over the politics of the film. Obama, who saw the film on Air Force One as she and her husband traveled abroad this week, called it “complex,” “emotional” and a realistic “depiction of a veteran and his family” in her remarks at a gathering that included star Bradley Cooper. “While I know there have been critics, I felt that, more often than not, this film touches on many of the emotions and experiences that I’ve heard firsthand from military families over

For alleged Russian hacker, a
visit to Amsterdam is a costly trip
Washington Post, by Ellen Nakashima    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/30/2015 10:11:05 PM     Post Reply
At noon on June 28, 2012, Vladimir Drinkman, targeted as one of America’s most wanted cybercriminals, and his wife hustled into a cab pulling away from their Amsterdam hotel. They had just been tipped off that the police were on to them, but an unmarked police car blocked their getaway. (Snip) This week, after a protracted extradition proceeding, a Dutch court ruled that Drinkman will be sent to the United States to stand trial. Drinkman, 34, is accused of taking part in a string of marquee hacks: the penetration of the electronic stock exchange Nasdaq, the theft of more than 130 million credit card numbers from

Bernice Gordon, Crossword Puzzle
Constructor, Dies at 101
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/30/2015 10:00:56 PM     Post Reply
Philadelphia - Bernice Gordon, a prolific crossword constructor whose puzzles were published in major newspapers and brain-teaser books, has died at the age of 101. Gordon died at her Philadelphia home early Thursday, her son Jim Lanard confirmed Friday. A private memorial service was planned, he said. A Philadelphia native and University of Pennsylvania graduate, Gordon raised three children before working as an artist and traveling around the world. She began creating the puzzles in her 30s because she enjoyed the mental challenge. Her puzzles were published in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Megyn to Pentagon Spox: Americans
Think You Negotiated With Terrorists
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2015 10:00:17 PM     Post Reply
Megyn Kelly tonight took on Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby about the news that one of the “Taliban Five” has made contact with terrorists since being freed from Guantanamo Bay. “Can you assure the American people that these five guys do not pose any threat to the United States?” Kelly pressed. Kirby insisted that the U.S. is working with Qatar to mitigate the threat, but Kelly questioned Kirby on how this man made contact with terrorists “if our protocols are so great.” “Obviously, there’s a flaw in the system,” Kelly remarked. But Kirby argued that the system in



American in Saudi: Suicide
or Nefarious Murder?
Daily Beast, by Jacob Siegel    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2015 9:54:16 PM     Post Reply
Hours before his body was found on the ground outside his third-floor hotel room in Saudi Arabia, Christopher Cramer texted his roommate back in the States, “I think something bad is going to happen to me tonight.” It was around 2 a.m. in New Hampshire when the message arrived, and Cramer was dead by the time his friend read the text. Almost immediately, Saudi authorities called it a suicide. Cramer’s family suspects foul play, but with his body still thousands of miles away and outside the reach of U.S. authorities, they don’t know where to turn for justice. The night Cramer died,

Reid Is Marshaling Outnumbered
Troops From Condo While on Mend
New York Times, by Jeremy W. Peters & Carl Hulse    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/30/2015 9:49:15 PM     Post Reply
Washington - Some of the biggest decisions in Washington these days are being made not at either end of Pennsylvania Avenue, but in a well-appointed one-bedroom condominium at the Ritz-Carlton on M Street. (Snip) All month, he has been glued to that phone while huddling with senior staff members who shuffle in and out of the condo. He orchestrated his party’s maneuvering to delay the passage of the Keystone XL pipeline bill that cleared the Senate on Thursday. Now he is plotting his party’s approach to a contentious Department of Homeland Security funding bill that is expected to hit the Senate floor next week,

A Speck of Interstellar Dust
Rebuts a Big Bang Theory
New York Times, by Dennis Overbye    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/30/2015 9:35:12 PM     Post Reply
Scientists will have to wait a while longer to find out what kicked off the Big Bang. Last spring, a team of astronomers who go by the name of Bicep announced that they had detected ripples in space-time, or gravitational waves, reverberating from the first trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second of time — long-sought evidence that the expansion of the universe had started out with a giant whoosh called inflation. (Snip) “Obviously, we’re not exactly thrilled, but we are scientists and our job is to try and uncover the truth. In the scientific process, the truth will emerge.” When the galactic dust is correctly subtracted,

Surprising discovery jogs
woman´s fading memory
CBS News, by Steve Hartman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/30/2015 9:32:15 PM     Post Reply
HILLSBORO, Ore.- One of the residents of this apartment building in Hillsboro, Oregon is being robbed - slowly robbed of her memories. "It seems like a lot of my life is gone and I can´t find it," said Rose Hill. The 64-year-old first noticed this about a year ago. "I was rooting for them to find brain lesions or a brain tumor," Hill told me. "I wanted to know what was causing this because if you know what´s causing it maybe you can fix it - or make it better - or make it not hurt so bad." Doctors still



Illegal immigrants released from
custody committed 1,000 new crimes
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2015 9:29:32 PM     Post Reply
One thousand of the 36,000 illegal immigrant criminals the government released in 2013 have gone on to commit other crimes, including child sex abuse, hit-and-run and child cruelty, according to new data released Friday evening by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley. The information, which the Homeland Security Department provided to Mr. Grassley, details all 1,000 convictions including dozens of drunk-driving convictions, drug offenses and weapons convictions. But the more serious crimes include domestic abuse, carjacking and aggravated assault. One of the illegal immigrants,

Dem Lawmakers Accept Most
Private Trips in 2014
Washington Free Beacon, by Daniel Wiser    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/30/2015 9:23:45 PM     Post Reply
Members of Congress embarked on the most privately funded trips last year since the practice was curtailed in response to a high-profile lobbying scandal, and Democratic lawmakers topped the list, Roll Call reports. Private groups financed 1,942 trips—some domestic and others overseas—for lawmakers and their staffs last year, which cost a total of $5.1 million. Congress put more restrictions in place on such trips in 2007 after lobbyist Jack Abramoff was convicted of bribing public officials. Rep. Mike McIntyre (D., N.C.), who retired last year, accepted the most trips with a total cost of $67,295:

Hagel Admits Disagreement
with WH Over Pressure for Swifter
Release of Gitmo Detainees
Breitbart´s TV, by Jeff Poor    Original Article
Posted By: Donttaxmebro- 1/30/2015 7:31:42 PM     Post Reply
In an interview with CNN that aired during Friday’s “The Situation Room,” former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel admitted there was some disagreement between he and the Obama White House over the pace of the release of Guantanamo Bay detainees during his tenure. In her line of questioning to Hagel involving the prisoner swap of five Taliban Guantanamo detainees for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr got Hagel to admit there had been some pressure from within the White House. Partial transcript as follows: HAGEL: [I] think I’ve got a pretty clear record

Colorado considers ban on welfare cards
at pot shops
Associated Press, by Kristen Wyatt    Original Article
Posted By: JoElla Bee- 1/30/2015 7:21:31 PM     Post Reply
DENVER — Welfare money or food stamps for marijuana? It´s an urban legend that won´t go away in Colorado, and state lawmakers this year are poised to pass a law clarifying that public benefit cards can´t be used at dispensary ATMs. A bill facing its first hearing next week in the state Senate would add marijuana businesses and strip clubs to the list of Colorado businesses where electronic benefits cards — called EBTs — can´t be used to withdraw cash. Liquor stores, casinos and gun shops already have such limitations.



Democrats in Congress suggest
postponing Netanyahu´s address
Jerusalem Post, by Michael Wilner    Original Article
Posted By: happywarrior- 1/30/2015 7:13:15 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – Democrats in the House of Representatives are suggesting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu postpone his speech to a joint session of Congress until after the Israeli election on March 17. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) said it was “not appropriate” for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to invite Netanyahu without first notifying the White House – a move that angered the Obama administration. Netanyahu is expected to advocate for a different policy on Iran that the president has thus far pursued. “Such a presentation could send the wrong message in terms of giving diplomacy a chance,” Pelosi said. She

Michelle Obama gives ´American
Sniper´ two thumbs up
USA Today, by Ann Oldenburg    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/30/2015 6:51:47 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama had high praise for American Sniper on Friday morning. Not from a critical standpoint, per se, but for the film´s complex portrayal of veteran Chris Kyle. The first lady was unveiling a program designed to recognize film and TV content that accurately portrays veterans and military families called 6 Certified, part of a national veteran campaign, Got Your 6, which is a military term meaning, "I´ve got your back." She spoke following a panel discussion with American Sniper star Bradley Cooper and producers Bruce Cohen, Sarah Schechter, Lori McCreary and Stephanie Drachkovitz. Mrs. O., wearing an

The man who turned his house
into a feline’s fantasy: Builder
creates utopia for his 14 cats,
complete with ledges, tunnels
and soothing music
Daily Mail (UK), by Christopher Brennan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/30/2015 6:48:02 PM     Post Reply
A California builder has transformed part of his home into a fantasy feline adventure land. Peter Cohen, co-founder of Trillium Enterprises, lives in a 3000-square-foot cat castle in Santa Barbara, and has built 150 feet of catwalks, spiral staircases, tunnels, perches and all manner of cool kitty accessories to accommodate his cat companions. Mr Cohen, who grew up as a dog-lover, turned into a cat fan after he purchased the Goleta, California house in 1988. Scroll down for video -(Photographs) The property came with two outdoor cats. However, one cat was killed and the other badly injured after both were

At retreat, Dem staffers escort
reporters to restroom
Politico, by Hadas Gold    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/30/2015 6:30:29 PM     Post Reply
Reporters covering the House Democrats´ retreat in Philadelphia this week are having a much different experience than when they’re on their home turf on Capitol Hill. Reporters are being escorted to and from the restroom and lobby and are being barred from entering the hotel outside of scheduled events, even if they´ve been invited by a member of Congress. During Vice President Joe Biden’s remarks at the retreat Friday, reporters were required to have a staff member, usually a junior member of the press team, escort them when going to the bathroom or to the lobby. (Snip) “It was a

Has the mystery of Confederate submarine
that sank Union ship then vanished finally
been solved after 15 years of research?
Daily Mail [UK], by Sadie Whitelocks, Associated Press    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/30/2015 6:28:10 PM     Post Reply
After 15 years of painstaking restoration, scientists say they are on the brink of solving what sank the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley--the first sub in history to wreck an enemy warship. Considered the Confederacy´s stealth weapon during the Civil War, the hand-cranked Hunley sank the Union warship Housatonic in winter 1864 and then disappeared with all eight Confederate sailors inside. Its remains were discovered in 1995 in waters off South Carolina and five later it was raised to a conservation lab. Now with about 70 percent of the hull cleaned of heavy rust, Paul Mardikian, a senior conservator on the Hunley project, says


Texas Governor Declares ‘Chris Kyle Day’
Breitbart Texas, by Bob Price    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/30/2015 6:01:50 PM     Post Reply
Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared February 2nd to be “Chris Kyle Day” to honor the Texan who became known the most lethal sniper in American history. Kyle was also recently immortalized in the blockbuster film “American Sniper.” Kyle was credited with 150 sniper kills during his four tours of duty in Iraq as a Navy Seal. He was tragically shot and killed on February 2, 2013, while trying to help a fellow veteran who was allegedly suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Taya Kyle, the widow of Chris Kyle, was recently honored by the organization AmericanSnipers.org with a donation of $62,000

Three Cheers For Boris:
Mayor Brands Terrorists “W**kers”
Who Have Been “Rejected By Girls”
Breitbart London [UK], by A. B. Sanderson    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/30/2015 5:51:53 PM     Post Reply
Right wing hero Boris Johnson has launched a blistering attack on Jihadi killers, calling them “losers” who have been “rejected by women”. The London Mayor, who is the candidate for the West London constituency of Ruislip, cited an MI5 report into Muslim extremism in an interview with The Sun. “If you look at all the psychological profiling about bombers, they typically will look at porn. They are literally w***ers. Severe onanists” the blond politician said. “They are tortured. They will be very badly adjusted in their relations with women, and that is a symptom of their feeling of being failures and that the

Joe Biden tells Democratic lawmakers
the Obama years ´have been really, really
hard for this country´ – and the White
House blames it on George W. Bush!
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko, Francesca Chambers    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/30/2015 5:42:35 PM     Post Reply
Vice President Joe Biden suggested Friday morning that the Obama years have not been a time of prosperity and ease, but ´really, really hard for this country.´ But he still insisted that his boss, Presdient Barack Obama, has made the right economic decisions. And hours later the White House blamed problems Obama inherited from his predecessor for an incomplete economic recovery. Biden´s odd juxtaposition--half blame, half credit--will lead to questions about whether he can create effective separation between himself and the president as he´s trying to build momentum for his own run at the top job. ´To state the obvious, the past six

Jeb Bush admits toking
at private prep school:
´I smoked marijuana
when I was at Andover´
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/30/2015 5:38:26 PM     Post Reply
Jeb Bush, the newest front-runner among Republicans seeking their party´s 2016 presidential nomination, smoked marijuana in high school--an activity he describes as ´pretty common´ at the tony Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. He told The Boston Globe in an interview published ahead of Sunday´s edition that ´I drank alcohol and I smoked marijuana when I was at Andover.´ Both activities were strictly forbidden at the time--and still are--and could have gotten him expelled. But ´it was pretty common,´ he insisted. It´s common for presidential hopefuls to ´dump´ unflattering news about themselves early in election cycles, in the hope that it will be considered

Islamic State chemical weapons
expert killed in airstrike in Iraq -U.S.
Reuters, by Bill Trott    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/30/2015 5:33:48 PM     Post Reply
Washington - An Islamic State chemical weapons expert was killed in a coalition airstrike last week near Mosul, Iraq, the U.S. Central Command said in a statement on Friday. Abu Malik, who was killed Jan. 24, had been a chemical weapons engineer during the rule of Saddam Hussein and then affiliated himself with al Qaeda Iraq in 2005, Central Command said. When he joined Islamic State, also known as ISIL, it gave the insurgent force a chemical weapons capability, the statement said. "His death is expected to temporarily degrade and disrupt the terrorist network and diminish ISIL´s ability to potentially

Inheriting Grandma’s House
Comes With Tax Under Obama Plan
Bloomberg News, by Richard Rubin and Margaret Collins    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/30/2015 5:30:09 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama is proposing a fundamental change in tax policy that would limit what many Americans can leave to their heirs. The change would affect billionaires -- as well as people who aren’t wealthy enough to pay estate taxes, if their assets have gained sharply enough in value. (Snip) Obama’s proposal, which will be detailed in his budget plan on Feb. 2, would impose a capital gains tax at death on the growth in the value of assets since they were purchased, except for those donated to charity. The plan, which would raise an estimated $210 billion over a

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