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Family awarded $63
million in Motrin case
BostonGlobe, by Todd Wallack and Kay Lazar    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 2/14/2013 9:03:14 AM     Post Reply
The family of a Plymouth-area girl who nearly died and was left legally blind after taking one of the country’s most common household medicines, Children’s Motrin, was awarded $63 million Wednesday by a Massachusetts jury that found health care giant Johnson & Johnson failed to warn patients adequately about the painkiller’s potential side effects. (Snip) But as she continued to take the drug, her condition only worsened, to the point where her family didn’t know whether she would survive. Within days, doctors determined she suffered from Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis,

Heinz to be acquired by group
including Warren Buffett in
deal worth $23 billion
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/14/2013 8:51:07 AM     Post Reply
NEW YORK — H.J. Heinz Co. says it agreed to be acquired by an investment group including billionaire investor Warren Buffett in a deal valued at $28 billion. The ketchup company says it’s the largest deal ever in the food industry. Heinz shareholders will receive $72.50 in cash for each share of common stock they own. The transaction value includes the assumption of Heinz’s debt. Based on Heinz’s number of shares outstanding, the deal is worth $23.3 billion excluding debt.

Passengers count hours on ´floating
petri dish´ of a cruise ship
as it limps to shore
CNN News, by Ed Payne    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/14/2013 8:31:49 AM     Post Reply
Squalid, smelly and steamy, the crippled cruise ship Carnival Triumph limped toward port on Thursday, its passengers and crew looking forward to an end to their hellish vacation. The laborious slog through the Gulf of Mexico tested not only the senses of the thousands on board, but their patience as well. Towed by three tugboats, the ship is on track to arrive at terminal in Mobile, Alabama, around 4 p.m. ET Thursday. It´s been a nightmare five days for the 3,143 passengers and 1,086 crew members on board the 900-foot, 14-story Triumph where a fire broke out



Warren Buffet, 3G to buy
Heinz for $23B
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/14/2013 8:31:14 AM     Post Reply
Warren Buffett´s Berkshire Hathaway Inc and 3G Capital will buy H.J. Heinz Co for $72.50 a share, or $23.2 billion in cash, Heinz said on Thursday. Including debt assumption, Heinz valued the deal at $28 billion, which it called the largest in food industry history.Heinz said the deal would be financed with cash from Berkshire and 3G, debt rollover and debt financing from J.P. Morgan and Wells Fargo. The company did not elaborate on what portion of the cash would be contributed by Berkshire and what portion would come from 3G. CNBC reported that each side would put up $4.5 billion

Honeymoon in hell: Unlucky
couple marry on stricken US
Caribbean cruise boat...
only to become stranded
with 4,000 other passengers
with no food or toilets
Daily Mail (UK), by James Nye    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/14/2013 8:17:26 AM     Post Reply
Instead of a romantic wedding at sea, one Texan couple´s nuptials has descended into hell because they are currently stranded on the Carnival Triumph cruise ship in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico.Rob Mowlam, 37 and Stephanie Stevenson, 27 of Nederland, Texas were married by the captain of the now stricken vessel on Saturday night, but the next day an engine fire disabled the 900-foot vessel leaving it a bobbing cork in the ocean. Instead of a champagne breakfast, the newly married couple are now stranded along with 4,200 other passengers surrounded by cabin carpets soaked in urine,

Global warming ´scientific
consensus´ debunked
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 2/14/2013 8:15:34 AM     Post Reply
A peer-reviewed survey of 1077 geoscientists and engineers finds that "only 36 percent of geoscientists and engineers believe that humans are creating a global warming crisis," according to James Taylor, writing at Forbes.com. As he points out, if there is a scientific consensus at all, it would have to be skepticism toward anthropogenic global warming. Yet President Obama in his State of the Union speech Tuesday cited the now-discredited notion of such a consensus as the foundation of his green agenda. It is bunk.
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Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius
charged with murder after
´he accidentally shot dead
his model girlfriend at
his luxury South Africa home
when he mistook her for
an intruder´
Daily Mail (UK), by Martin Robinson, Simon Tomlinson*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/14/2013 7:59:53 AM     Post Reply
South African paralympic star Oscar Pistorius has been charged with murder and is in custody after reportedly shooting his girlfriend dead in the middle of the night after mistaking her for a burglar. It happened at 4am this morning and the woman may have been killed after a Valentine´s Day surprise went tragically wrong at his mansion in Pretoria. The dead woman is Reeva Steenkamp, 30, a former FHM model who has been dating the 26-year-old for two months. She was shot in the head, the chest and the arm, police in the country have said,



The Peculiar American Left
American Thinker, by Steve McCann    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 2/14/2013 7:58:56 AM     Post Reply
As an immigrant to the United States, and thus a sideline spectator of the panorama that is American society, (snip) I have been fascinated by the characteristics of the American left as compared to their counterparts in the rest of the world. While on the surface there may appear to be similarities, at least on a so-called philosophical basis, there are, however, virtually none when it comes to the motivation and personality quirks of the American left.

A tongue-in-cheek guide for every
woman this Valentine´s Day
Daily Express [UK], by Kathy Lette    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/14/2013 7:51:35 AM     Post Reply
The best way to get rid of cockroaches is to tell them you want a long-term relationship.[Snip] For most men love is just a fourletter word. Ask him if he loves you and the most articulate man on the planet will suddenly take on the speech patterns of an android from Robots From Planet Moron. Ask a man if he loves you and he´ll become so enigmatic he´ll be harder to read than advanced trigonometry. But Valentine´s Day really puts a potential spouse on the spot. It´s make or break time. Better to find out he´s a commitment-phobe now than

Black Hornet: British Army unveil latest
weapon against the Taliban
Telegraph [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/14/2013 7:32:10 AM     Post Reply
Sergeant Carl James Boyd of the 1st Royal Regiment of Fusiliers demonstrates how the Norwegian-designed Black Hornet Nano will be used by troops on the front line in Afghanistan. The tiny handheld surveillance helicopters contains a camera that beams back video and still images to a handheld control terminal, allowing soldiers to see past obstacles to identify potential hidden dangers. The remote-controlled drone measures about 4in by 1in and weighs 0.6oz Sergeant Boyd described the piece of kit as a "lifesaver".

She knew he was ´Trouble´! Taylor
Swift´s ex Conor Kennedy arrested with
his father during global warming
protest outside the White House
Daily Mail [UK], by Snejana Farberov    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/14/2013 7:01:06 AM     Post Reply
Taylor Swift´s environmentally minded ex-boyfriend Conor Kennedy ended up in handcuffs after taking part in a high-profile protest over global warming outside the White House Wednesday. The 18-year-old Kennedy heir, who had enjoyed a brief summer romance with the country singer, was arrested along with his father, Robert F. Kennedy Jr, actress and activist Daryl Hannah and dozens of others. The protesters had attached themselves with zip-ties to the gates of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in an act of civil disobedience meant to draw attention to the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline. The group were demanding that President Obama reject the



Teenager wins $109MILLION lawsuit after
after 90 percent of her skin falls off
and she goes blind from allergic
reaction to Children´s Motrin
Daily Mail [UK], by Beth Stebner    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/14/2013 6:53:34 AM     Post Reply
A teenager who lost most of her skin and her vision in a horrifying adverse reaction to Children’s Motrin has on Wednesday won $109million from the drug’s manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson. Samantha Reckis, who was only seven years old when she took the children’s ibuprofen to combat a fever, suffered a rare but potentially fatal side effect that caused her to go blind and 90 percent of her skin to fall off. In total, the Plymouth, Massachusetts Superior Court jury ruled that Ms Reckis and her parents should be awarded at total of $109million by Johnson & Johnson and its

Time, Distance, and Indecision
American Spectator, by George H. Wittman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/14/2013 6:11:59 AM     Post Reply
In a hearing last week, Republican members of the Senate Intelligence Committee were happy with their ability last week to suggest that President Obama’s lack of inquiry during the Benghazi attack last September 11 showed how removed he was from an urgent political /military issue. While focusing pro and con on the supposed inability of Mr. Obama to have serious concern over his beleaguered representatives in Libya, the senators, Democrat and Republican alike, missed completely a principal issue in the Secretary of Defense’s testimony. Leon Panetta had tried to explain that time and distance precluded the possibility

Obama Fires 20,000 Marines, But Sends
$700 Million to Palestinian Terrorists
Front Page, by Daniel Greenfield    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/14/2013 5:57:29 AM     Post Reply
I recall Obama talking a lot about “Nation-Building at Home” instead of abroad, but like every other word that comes out of his mouth, that was another lie.While Barack Hussein Obama is firing 20,000 Marines as part of his massive purge of the United States military to “save money”, he’s also fighting to send $700 million to the terrorists of the Palestinian Authority. On Feb 8th, Obama issued yet another waiver for Palestinian Authority aid, claiming that sending money to the corrupt undemocratic terrorist kleptocracy that refuses to negotiate a peaceful solution

Remember Your Oath To Protect
The Constitution, Mr. President
Forbes, by Bill Flax    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/14/2013 5:54:19 AM     Post Reply
Mr. President, perhaps amidst the merriment surrounding the inaugural festivities you misremembered your oath. Sir, you solemnly swore “to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.” But these few weeks hence, your State of the Union speech essentially disavowed America’s cherished founding charter. Many left-leaning pundits applaud your “bold” vision to radically redefine America. President Obama, you are understandably emboldened by re-election, but you were not made king. Regardless of whether you agree with constitutional precepts, you’re still legally bound; still compelled by the sacred oath you swore.



Kentucky Democrats Fear
Judd May Drag Down Ticket
Roll Call, by Joshua Miller    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/14/2013 5:47:43 AM     Post Reply
Actress Ashley Judd’s movement toward a Senate run against Minority Leader Mitch McConnell makes Democrats in Washington, D.C., happy. But back in Kentucky, for many Bluegrass State Democrats, a potential Judd run brings a different feeling: heartburn. “If she runs, I think that it would be a catastrophe for a lot of downballot races in Kentucky,” said Jimmy Cauley, a longtime Kentucky Democratic strategist who doesn’t believe Judd can win a general election. Among Democratic state legislators, he said, “there is significant worry about Ashley being on the ballot.”

Raising the Minimum Wage:
A Tired, Bad Proposal
National Review Online, by Veronique de Rugy    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/14/2013 5:44:25 AM     Post Reply
We heard many bad and tired ideas during last night’s State of the Union address, and one of them was the promise to raise the minimum wage, to $9 dollar an hour. While on the surface it may seem like a way to increase the standard of living for lower-income Americans, in reality the policy is likely to backfire. For instance, research by economists David Neumark of the University of California, Irvine, William Wascher of the Federal Reserve Board, and Mark Schweitzer of the Cleveland Fed shows that that minimum wages increase poverty and hence poverty reduction

Crazy to Everyone
but the New York Times
City Journal [NYC, NY], by Heather MacDonald    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/14/2013 5:37:47 AM     Post Reply
A homicidal maniac blames racism in the Los Angeles Police Department for his killing rampage against cops and civilians and the New York Times responds, “You know, he just may have a point.” On Monday, as fired LAPD cop Christopher Dorner eluded capture for the sixth day after killing a Riverside Police Department officer, the daughter of his departmental defense attorney, and her fiancé, the Times wrapped up three days of observations about racism in the LAPD in response to Dorner’s charge, in a lunatic manifesto, that the department was endemically biased and brutal.

Sex offender inmate escapes police
escorts, stabs officer, flees in Texas
Associated Press*, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/14/2013 5:32:09 AM     Post Reply
MIAMI — A manhunt is under way for a prisoner convicted in two violent sexual assaults who stabbed one of two police escorts and escaped in the Dallas area as he was being transferred from Florida to Nevada, police said Tuesday. Alberto Morales, 42, somehow obtained a sharp object and stabbed one of the officers once in the neck and three times in the back Monday night outside a Walmart in Grapevine, police said. Miami-Dade Police Detective Jaime Pardinas, a 54-year-old who has been on the force for 28 years, is in serious but stable condition.

Beware Republicans - Democrats
Are Setting The Amnesty Trap
Irish Examiner USA, by Alicia Colon    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 2/14/2013 5:28:07 AM     Post Reply
Nothing bristles dedicated conservatives like the word ´amnesty´ tossed around while Congress debates immigration reform. While Hispanics like Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz try to explain why our immigration laws don´t work, the Democrats count on conservative pundits to point out that amnesty is letting millions of immigrants break laws that legal immigrants had to obey on the path to citizenship. They revel in the division among the Republicans who are too stupid to recognize the trap being set for them. As the Captain said in Cool Hand Luke, "What we got here is a failure to communicate."


Mom to Dr. Phil: Ethan
having trouble sleeping
CNN, by Steve Almasy    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/14/2013 5:23:41 AM     Post Reply
Jennifer Kirkland says she caught her 6-year-old son Ethan just staring at a school bus the other day. He was mesmerized, his eyes locked on the yellow vehicle. He didn´t say a thing, and she didn´t know what to say to him. The last time he was on a bus, he was sitting just behind the driver -- as he always did -- waiting for his stop so he could go home. But the "bad man" got on, and killed the driver, his buddy Mr. Poland. Appearing on the "Dr. Phil" show, Kirkland told Phil McGraw

The clueless media
New York Post, by Michael A, Walsh    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/14/2013 5:13:17 AM     Post Reply
The instant Pope Benedict XVI announced his retirement, the American media went into politics mode — and got even that wrong. And not just the horse-race angle about who might succeed the German-born Josef Ratzinger, 85, a fierce defender of Catholic theology known around the Vatican as God’s Rottweiler. No, the focus instead was on whether the church — despite centuries of fidelity to a well-defined set of moral precepts — will take this opportunity to “expand its appeal” by compromising its teachings on birth control, homosexuality and divorce.

Steve Cohen Makes Weiner Mistake
Washington Free Beacon, by CAF True Monkey    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/14/2013 5:08:34 AM     Post Reply
Rep. Steve Cohen (D., Tenn.) broke one of the cardinal rules of public officials using Twitter: be sure to direct-message groupies. Cohen was caught off guard during the State of the Union last night when he tweeted game to Victoria Brink, a graduate of Texas State University, by shouting out “ilu” as reported by the Hill. Ilu is short for “I love/like you” and we can’t blame Cohen for feeling that way about Brink. Brink first hollered at Cohen, saying she saw the Tennessee lawmaker on the television.

Richard Nixon: We Shall
Not See His Like Again
Atlantic, by John Aloysius Farrell    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/14/2013 5:05:04 AM     Post Reply
He volunteered for duty in a combat zone and badgered his superiors for assignment to the front. He dove for cover during enemy air raids, and glossed over the danger in his letters home. He ached for the love of his life. He inveigled like Milo Minderbinder. And he made a killing at cards. "You asked how much of the $675 was from poker," Dick Nixon wrote his wife, Pat, in July 1944. "All of it! In fact I´ve won over a thousand to date. More about that later." A cache of previously unseen correspondence from the young Navy officer,

Better Late than Never?
Weekly Standard, by Elliott Abrams    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/14/2013 5:00:15 AM     Post Reply
President Obama will make his first presidential visit to Israel in March, and Secretary of State Kerry will make his own trip even sooner. The White House is trying to dampen the inevitable speculation about a possible breakthrough to peace negotiations, and its spokesman has said the president’s trip is “not focused on specific Middle East peace process proposals.” Let’s hope so. But given the itinerary—Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Amman—the so-called peace process will be near the top of the agenda at every meeting Kerry and Obama have. The trip itself is a good thing: Israel is a close ally,

CNN Slides Ever Lower
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/14/2013 4:52:12 AM     Post Reply
There isn’t much left of the CNN brand, but there is still a little room to sink deeper–and today, CNN did. Compare and contrast: CNN’s panel is excited about Chris Dorner. They can understand why lots of people think he is a “superhero.” They think his deeds were “exciting,” like a “Denzel Washington movie,” and agree that Dorner shed valuable light on the critical issue of police brutality. Their panel is more or less a Chris Dorner fan club, with one lonely exception who thinks the most salient fact is that he was a murderer:

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