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Iraq violence: ´Many dead´ in
Kirkuk police HQ attack
BBC [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/3/2013 6:32:29 AM     Post Reply
At least 16 people have been killed as suicide bombers and gunmen attacked a police HQ in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, medical sources say. Officials said militants had tried to seize the compound after a bomb exploded at the gates, but were unsuccessful. A police chief was hurt. [Snip] Kirkuk is ethnically mixed, and at the centre of a dispute between Baghdad and the Kurds over oil and land rights. Two weeks ago at least 10 people were killed in a suicide bomb attack on the offices of the Kurdish Democratic Party in the city.

The Way Out
New York Times, by Bryan Mealer    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/3/2013 6:15:35 AM     Post Reply
WHEN the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers take the field during the Super Bowl today, the teams will have five players who come from a small, conflicted region in the northern Everglades known as Muck City. The dark, silty soil surrounding the Florida towns of Belle Glade and Pahokee, some 45 miles west of Palm Beach, creates a fertile region for agriculture. Many of the black residents of the area were drawn there by the opportunity to work in the vegetable fields that surrounded the towns. The migrant workers, who by and large settled in run-down boardinghouses,

Writer Jimmy Breslin gets
final victory in feud
with mayor Ed Koch
New York Daily News, by Denis Hamill    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/3/2013 6:08:21 AM     Post Reply
The death watch is over. Jimmy Breslin has outlived Ed Koch. About five years ago, I was eating in a diner on Ninth Ave. near the Port Authority in Manhattan and Ed Koch had just finished eating at another table with some friends. As he was leaving he nodded to me and I said, “How’m I doing, Ed?” (Snip) The Breslin-Koch feud dates back to 1986 when Koch appeared on a talk show and said he intended to run for three more terms as mayor and then “give the eulogy at Jimmy Breslin’s funeral.”



Satisfaction Not Guaranteed:
Reading Lance Armstrong
New Yorker, by Ian Crouch    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/3/2013 5:57:06 AM     Post Reply
Lance Armstrong is a liar, or at least was a liar, though the old motherly wisdom here probably stands: once, always. And depending on one’s perspective, his athletic accomplishments are at best tainted and at worst entirely invalidated—though you try riding a bike up the Col du Tourmalet. His accomplishments as a humanitarian and fundraiser, meanwhile, are surely somehow altered by his having been unmasked as a cheater and bully, though they may endure as valuable contributions and even be celebrated as such. But what about his standing and reputation as a writer? First, a point of clarification:

Toxic air plane crash warning
Daily Express [UK], by Ted Jeory    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/3/2013 5:51:12 AM     Post Reply
Passenger jets risk “dropping out of the sky” because airlines refuse to fit detectors that could save pilots from poisonous cabin air, a toxicologist told the Sunday Express. Professor Chris van Netten, former US government adviser, says the industry is putting profits before the health and safety of passengers or crew. He says that by failing to fit monitors that can “easily” detect leaks of odourless, colourless and toxic carbon monoxide, there is always the risk that pilots could inhale fumes and be rendered incapable of safely flying the plane. Professor van Netten, who is Canadian, is a world authority

The six foods that will cut your
cholesterol in just three months...
and you don´t have to give up
cheese, chocolate or breakfast eggs
Daily Mail [UK], by Victoria Fletcher    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/3/2013 5:44:14 AM     Post Reply
Your cholesterol is too high. Well, perhaps not specifically you, but thousands of Britons have this news broken to them by doctors every day. We all have an amount of this special type of fat in our blood. It is essential for many bodily functions, but most of us--60 percent--have too much. High cholesterol is a key factor in developing heart disease, which claims three times more lives than breast cancer and twice as many as lung cancer. The good news is that lowering your cholesterol is the biggest thing you can do to reduce your risk.

To Be or Not To Be Hagel
National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/3/2013 5:41:34 AM     Post Reply
Four years ago, Barack Obama’s widely praised retention of Republican Bob Gates was done to reassure Washington of a bipartisan and competent continuity at Defense in difficult times. In contrast, the deliberately provocative nomination of Republican Chuck Hagel is meant to remind Washington that no longer will there be either bipartisanship or continuity, but rather a radically new direction at Defense. Senator Hagel in his testimony at times seemed genuinely befuddled and sorely confused about his own past contradictory statements, his current incoherent beliefs, and the very policy of the administration he is to serve. In political terms,



Hitler’s Toilet Resides
in a N.J. Auto-Repair Shop
Time, by Charlie Campbell    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/3/2013 5:31:41 AM     Post Reply
As dinner-party conversation goes, owning Adolf Hitler’s toilet is hardly a bad place to start. An accidental antiques collector took possession of the dictator’s porcelain privy when he purchased an auto-repair shop in Florence, N.J., almost two decades ago, reports Tablet magazine. The toilet was originally installed on Hitler’s yacht, the 400-500ft Aviso Grille, which was also the very place where Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz first announced the Führer’s death on May 1, 1945. “[Hitler] wanted to ride it down the Thames in London and go live in Windsor Palace when he invaded,” the latrine’s owner,

Obama follows in the footsteps of
previous presidents by finally posing
with a gun as White House goads
the doubters to claim skeet
shooting picture is a fake
Daily Mail [UK], by Leslie Larson, David McCormack    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/3/2013 5:30:18 AM     Post Reply
Two days before President Barack Obama´s first trip outside Washington to promote his gun-control proposals, the White House tried on Saturday to settle a brewing mystery by releasing a photo to back his claim to be a skeet shooter. Obama had set inquiring minds spinning when, in an interview with The New Republic magazine, he answered ‘yes’ when asked if he had ever fired a gun. The admission came as a surprise to many.[Snip] Asked whether the entire family participates, the president said: ‘Not the girls, but oftentimes guests of mine go up there.’ Then on Saturday morning, the White

New Obama directive will
shorten visa wait for illegal
aliens with U.S. spouses
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/3/2013 5:20:48 AM     Post Reply
An estimated hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants married to U.S. citizens will soon have an opportunity to become legal residents without having to serve a years-long punishment. President Obama proposed the policy change in January 2012 and it is scheduled to go into effect March 4. The change was proposed to end situations in which illegal-immigrant spouses (and often parents) have to return to their native countries to serve the “ban of admission” – as long as 10 years for staying illegally in the United States for more than a year. Applicants must show

Bank of America website crashes leaving
its customers unable to access their money
Daily Mail [UK], Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/3/2013 5:16:12 AM     Post Reply
Bank of America says its online banking website crashed Friday, leaving customers unable to access their accounts. From late morning Friday, customers trying to log on saw a message that said the site was ´temporarily unavailable.´ Bank of America (BAC), based in Charlotte, N.C. and the second-largest U.S. bank by assets, said it was working on the problem, but wouldn´t elaborate on what caused the outage. ´We´re aware of the online banking issue and addressing as quickly as possible,´ Mark Pipitone, a spokesman for the bank, wrote in an email. ´We´re also working closely with our



O-Blam!-a backfire
New York Post, by Carl Campanile    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/3/2013 5:14:36 AM     Post Reply
He’s full of skeet! Gun owners lampooned President Obama as Elmer Fudd yesterday after the White House released a photo — in the middle of a fierce national firearms debate — of the commander-in-chief shooting clay targets at Camp David over the summer. While the president’s shooting skills were being mocked, his own gun-control allies privately fretted that Obama risked being ridiculed as a phony for suddenly trying to portray himself as a friend of sportsmen and hunters. Or, conversely, that he was glorifying the use of guns. The photo was taken last Aug. 4, on Obama’s 51st birthday.

The case for a national ID card
Washington Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/3/2013 5:09:13 AM     Post Reply
THE UNITED STATES has invested tens of billions of dollars in the past decade alone to foil illegal immigration — tightening the border, accelerating deportations, deputizing local police — while doing precious little to stop employers from hiring undocumented immigrants. That is fixable — by means of a universal national identity card — and must be fixed as part of any sensible overhaul of the nation’s immigration system. Critics of immigration reform are right that the last big attempt to fix the system, in 1986, was no fix at all. Millions of undocumented immigrants were given amnesty but without

Editorial pages skewer Bob
Menendez over prostitution scandal
Daily Caller, by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/3/2013 5:00:39 AM     Post Reply
The editorial boards of three newspapers have so far weighed in with statements about the scandal surrounding Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, who allegedly slept with prostitutes — at least one of whom was underage — during a series of trips to the Dominican Republic. And the consensus for Menendez is not good. Menendez “has lots of explaining to do,” The Asbury Park Press editorialized on Feb. 1. “Every passing day seems to bring new details about possible improprieties.” The Press said Menendez should not take over as chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee

Deal Breaker
Weekly Standard, by Fred Barnes    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/3/2013 4:46:20 AM     Post Reply
What is it about “compromise” that President Obama doesn’t understand? Is it that he and Democrats would have to give up something—perhaps numerous things—to reach an agreement with Republicans? Or is a bipartisan deal unappealing simply because Obama and Democrats would have to share the credit with Republicans? The issue this time is immigration. And Obama has resumed his familiar role not as compromise-maker but as compromise-wrecker. He spurned bipartisanship on the stimulus and Obamacare and twice raised his demands so high that a grand bargain with Republicans on taxes and spending was impossible, first in 2011, then in 2012.



Full Throttle Ahead: US Tips Global
Power Scales with Fracking
Der Spiegel, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 2/3/2013 4:45:18 AM     Post Reply
Williston, North Dakota, is a bleak little city in the vast American prairie. It´s dusty in the summer and frigid in the winter. (snip) Optimists assume that, in about 15 years, the United States will no longer have to send any aircraft carriers to the Persian Gulf to guarantee that oil tankers can pass unhindered through the Strait of Hormuz, still the most important energy bottleneck in the world. The Russians could be on the losing end of the stick. The power of President Vladimir Putin is based primarily on oil and gas revenues. If energy prices decline in the long

Obama Sees His Shadow:
4 More Years of Gloom
PJ Media, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/3/2013 4:34:14 AM     Post Reply
President Obama emerged from the White House this morning and after sniffing the air and pawing at the ground, he gave us the bad news: he definitely sees his shadow which means 4 more years of economic gloom and doom: Despite these “big” gains, unemployment climbed to 7.9% — higher than when Obama took office amid the “worst recession since the Great Depression.” That 7.9% is deceptively low: It fails to account for the exodus of 8.5 million from the labor force under Obama. As a result, the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ broader measure of unemployment

Texas Fight Highlights
Higher Ed Culture Clash
Associated Press, by Justin Pope    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/3/2013 4:27:32 AM     Post Reply
Austin, Texas - If colleges were automobiles, the University of Texas at Austin would be a Cadillac: a famous brand, a powerful engine of research and teaching, handsome in appearance. Even the price is comparable: Like one of the luxury car´s models, in-state tuition for a four-year degree runs about $40,000. But in an era of budget-cutting and soaring tuition, is there still a place for "Cadillacs" — elite, public research institutions like Texas, Michigan, California-Berkeley and Virginia that try to compete with the world´s best? Or should the focus be on more affordable and efficient options,

Counting the Ways the Media Lies
About the Economy
Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 2/3/2013 4:26:36 AM     Post Reply
Pop quiz: What was the biggest news story this week? And I don´t mean, what was the biggest news story according to Obama´s media. Obviously, it was the economy taking a nosedive into negative territory last quarter, along with the fact that hardly enough jobs were created last month to keep up with population growth. Oh, and the unemployment rate increased. Of course the economy is the biggest story; it affects the most people and Obama´s doing it wrong. But not only is the media never-minding the economy, much of the media coverage related to economic bad news is forever

Guess which giant special interest
is really polluting Alaska?
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/3/2013 4:20:32 AM     Post Reply
People have been warning us for years that drilling for oil in the Alaskan arctic would lead to big environmental trouble. It’s not that the technology hasn’t advanced to the point where it can be done safely, but those nasty people in charge of the projects just don’t care about the environment. These Mother Earth Hating Monsters would clearly let the whole thing go to H. E. double toothpicks and ruin the pristine beauty of the wilderness. Well, I guess they turned out to be right. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has agreed to plug


How Congress is not like America
(in one infographic)
Washington Post, by Chris Cillizza    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 2/3/2013 4:17:25 AM     Post Reply
Did you know: * That more than two out of every five members of Congress are lawyers? * That members of Congress actually live shorter lives than the rest of us? * That members of Congress make in two months what the average American makes in one year? * That 26 members of the House and one senator (Democrat Mark Begich of Alaska) do not have college degrees, and one (Republican Rep. Bill Young of Florida) doesn’t have a high school diploma? But two-thirds have graduate or professional degrees? (Correction: A reader points out that Republican Rep. Darrell Issa of

Abandon ‘the Children’
Weekly Standard, by Meghan Clyne    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/3/2013 4:11:56 AM     Post Reply
Politicians are not known for originality. In their public speech, most cling to the security of clichéd stock phrases the way toddlers hold fast to threadbare blankets. Thus Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney posed before an enormous national debt clock and intoned that the nation’s “debts get passed on to our kids.” Speaker of the House John Boehner addressed the opening session of the 113th Congress by professing: “In our hearts, we know it is wrong to pass on this debt to our kids and grandkids.” On the eve of President Obama’s second inauguration, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell warned

Gov. Rick Perry calls for
more charter schools
KXXV [Waco TX], by Mike Iliopoulos    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/2/2013 11:49:19 PM     Post Reply
Governor Rick Perry expressed his feelings towards the Texas school system by calling for more charter schools throughout the state, and to honor a voucher plan. Perry, addressing the State Board of Education, told members, "In terms of philosophy, this is where the rubber meets the road." Waco ISD says it´s unfair that charter schools don´t have to follow certain rules that are required by a public school. (Snip)Vouchers also remain an issue. They´re a way for public tax dollars to be used to fund private schools. This allows parents in poor performing districts

Sarah Palin: She still
has Facebook!
Washington Post, by Erik Wemple    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/2/2013 11:43:00 PM     Post Reply
The writing-off of Sarah Palin began not long after her departure from Fox News hit the newswaves last Friday. The Post’s Chris Cillizza wrote on Monday that Palin is now “officially gone,” at least from the national spotlight.(Snip)With Fox News or without Fox News, says Harris, “Gov. Palin is an Internet celebrity, she’s an Internet politician; and her supporters aren’t going anywhere.” Have a look at her Facebook page and her nearly 3.5 million “likes.”

Perry: Scouting no place
for lessons in sexuality
Houston Chronicle, by Kolten Parker    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/2/2013 11:41:36 PM     Post Reply
AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry stood his ground Saturday against allowing openly gay members to join the Boy Scouts of America, an idea the century-old organization will consider at a national board meeting next week. Scout policy has traditionally refused gay scouts and scout leaders, a practice affirmed by the Supreme Court in 2000. In a recent shift, Scout officials said they may consider lifting the ban. Perry, an Eagle Scout, has been vocal against that. "Hopefully the board will follow their historic position. … I think most people see absolutely no reason to (remove the ban)

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