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The 5 ‘Coolest’ Presidents
In American History
Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/18/2013 12:11:37 PM     Post Reply
Happy Presidents Day! In honor of this federal holiday celebrating the American president, let’s take a trip in our Mediaite wayback machine to when there was an actual, lamentable national conversation about whether or not President Obama is “cool.” As a reminder: Back in April 2012, Obama slow-jammed the news with Jimmy Fallon, sending off a wave of conservative critics blasting the president as “nutso” and too focused on being seen as “cool.” But is Obama really that “cool”? No. Have you seen how dorky the man looks in a White Sox cap and mom jeans?

Lawmakers welcome Obama´s
´new emphasis´ on Middle East
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Julian Pecquet    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2013 12:10:09 PM     Post Reply
Lawmakers are applauding what they see as President Obama´s “new emphasis” on the Middle East in his second term after Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed this week that he would be headed there ahead of the president´s trip in March. The twin visits are a tacit acknowledgment that the troubled region´s problems — the civil war in Syria, Iran´s nuclear ambitions and the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process — continue to dominate U.S. foreign policy. Lawmakers say the timing, coming after elections in both the United States and Israel, is ripe for Obama

Dr. Benjamin Carson
will soon get Palined
Washington Times, by Eric Golub    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2013 12:02:56 PM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES — Dr. Benjamin Carson created a stir by challenging President Barack Obama´s class warfare at the National Prayer Breakfast. While some have debated the appropriateness of speaking out in that particular forum, Obama does not like to be challenged anywhere by anybody. For speaking out, Dr. Carson is about to get "Palined." What the liberal bullies did to Marco Rubio will be child´s play compared to the meat grinder Carson is about to face. Carson is a black conservative, and every ounce of hostility and ideological bigotry will be directed at this

  


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After Rubio´s ´Watergate,´
a thirst for political civility
Philadelphia Inquirer, by John Featherman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/18/2013 11:56:50 AM     Post Reply
“I think that there is a -- probably a liberal bias that exists within the media that is because of the medium in which it exists. I think that the majority of people working in it probably hold liberal viewpoints … People on the right are called racists and they´re called things with an ease that I am uncomfortable with -- and homophobic and all those other things. And I think that that is absolutely something that they have a real right to be angry about and to feel that they have been vilified for those things.

Executive Charged With
Slapping Toddler on Plane
Gets Slapped With Pink Slip
ABC News, by Ashley Jennings    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 2/18/2013 11:43:25 AM     Post Reply
An Idaho executive charged with slapping a toddler on a Delta Airlines flight has been slapped with a pink slip, his former employer says. Joe Rickey Hundley, 60, is no longer employed by AGC Aerospace and Defense, Composites Group.(Snip) Bennett, who was seated in row 28 alongside Hundley, told FBI agents that she tried to get her son to stop crying when Hundley "told her to shut that [´N word´] baby up."
Headline corrected by staff

Memes Interruptus: Cheerful,
Grateful Passengers Defy MSM
‘Cruise from Hell’ Narrative
PJ Media, by Paula Bolyard    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/18/2013 11:35:32 AM     Post Reply
I admit to being fascinated by the Carnival Cruise ship drama (Twitter hashtags—no kidding—#poopboat and #poopship) as we watched the disabled behemoth limp back to Mobile on Thursday with 4000 crew and passengers in a floating soup of raw sewage and onion sandwiches. As low-information travelers, our family has been on no less than three Carnival cruises, so I know a little about the culture of those ships. It’s an odd mix of senior citizens, families with young children, and the people who purchase the unlimited liquor cards. The seniors play bingo, the children romp around Camp Carnival

Steroids found at Blade
Runner’s mansion
The Sun [UK], by Nick Parker    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/18/2013 11:33:35 AM     Post Reply
BANNED steroid drugs were found in Oscar Pistorius’s house after he shot dead lover Reeva Steenkamp. Police also discovered a blood-stained cricket bat in the Blade Runner’s mansion in Pretoria, South Africa — and evidence of heavy drinking before the 3am shooting. (Snip) Phone records are also being checked after South African reports suggested Reeva got a late-night text from South African rugby star Francois Hougaard, a pal of Pistorius’s. Detectives believe Pistorius may have been angry at the text.

  


  

Americans for Prosperity Set to Clash
Against Rove´s Super PAC
Big Government (Breitbart), by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/18/2013 11:33:27 AM     Post Reply
Americans for Prosperity, the conservative group that has fiercely supported free market principles and embraced the Tea Party movement, is considering getting involved in Republican primaries next year, which could pit the group against Karl Rove´s recently-created super PAC. Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity, said the group will consider threatening GOP lawmakers in primaries who increase spending or taxes. After Rove created his "Conservative Victory Project," many conservatives felt the group was meant to wage war against Tea Party candidates.

Oscar Pistorius murder charge:
Reeva Steenkamp’s iPad ‘intrinsic
part’ of police investigation
Telegraph [UK], by Aislinn Laing    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/18/2013 11:25:36 AM     Post Reply
Police in South Africa are treating the iPad of slain model Reeva Steenkamp as “an intrinsic part” of their investigation amid reports that a late-night message from a rugby player might have sparked a row with boyfriend Oscar Pistorius that led to her death. The iPad was reportedly found on the bedroom floor of Mr Pistorius’ home after Miss Steenkamp was shot dead in the early hours of Thursday morning. Francois Hougaard, the South African national team rugby player at the centre of the rumours, who was friends with both Mr Pistorius, 26, and Miss Steenkamp,

Reader´s Digest Publisher Succumbs
to Bankruptcy Again
FOXBusiness, by Matt Egan    Original Article
Posted By: SallyHerigstad- 2/18/2013 11:24:29 AM     Post Reply
In a bid to slash $465 million of debt, Reader’s Digest parent RDA Holding Co. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy over the weekend for the second time in less than four years. The media company said it has reached a deal with its largest creditor, Wells Fargo (WFC), and more than 70% of its secured noteholders on a financial restructuring plan that includes the Chapter 11 filing.

Are they kidding — Mark Sanford?!
Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/18/2013 11:22:20 AM     Post Reply
South Carolina’s disgraced and disgraceful Mark Sanford — who lied to his staff and the public, went “walking on the Appalachian Trail,” told no one of his whereabouts and wrecked his family – is running for Congress. He is madly playing for sympathy, telling crowds, “I am equally aware that God forgives people who are imperfect.” This raises the question as to whether the people of South Carolina should forgive him, and moreover, whether forgiveness entails entrusting him with a new public office. He’d like to characterize his misdeeds as “personal,”

  


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College: Fire professor who forced
students to vote for Obama
Daily Caller, by Robby Soave    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2013 11:08:17 AM     Post Reply
A tenured professor who forced her students to sign pledges that they would vote for President Obama last November should be fired, the college’s president recommended. Sharon Sweet, an associate professor of mathematics at Brevard Community College in Florida, is guilty of electioneering, harassment, and incompetence, according to a three-month investigation into her classroom behavior leading up to the November election. The Board of Trustees will hold a hearing on the matter, and then vote on whether to adopt President James Richey’s recommendation that Sweet be fired. According to a report on the investigation:

Major donor to GOP helping L.A.
mayoral candidate Kevin James
Los Angeles Times, by Maeve Reston    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/18/2013 11:03:20 AM     Post Reply
Dallas billionaire Harold Simmons and Los Angeles mayoral candidate Kevin James crossed paths just once. It was an intimate cocktail fundraiser for James in the tony Montecito enclave near Santa Barbara, where Simmons owns a weekend retreat(Snip)Simmons, one of the top donors to Republican "super PACs" in 2012, turned to the candidate and asked, "What on Earth can you do to save L.A.?" (Snip) By mid-January, Simmons had given $600,000 to an independent group backing James, making him the largest single contributor to any political committee affiliated with the L.A. mayor´s race — a sphere most often dominated by labor unions.

FNC´s Political Insiders
On Benghazi & More: Obama
"Tearing The Country Apart"
Real Clear Politics, by Ian Schwartz    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2013 11:01:17 AM     Post Reply
Doug Schoen, Pat Caddell and fmr. Rep. John LeBoutillier (R-NY) discuss Benghazi, Hagel & Brennan confirmations, Obama´s State of the Union, immigration, spending cuts, the sequestration and more. (via Johnny Dollar) PAT CADDELL on President Obama´s statement on Benghazi: "That was a stunning statement, though. That was a president saying, ´I´ve never quite seen it.´ … It reminds me of Nixon and Watergate. Something is going on here. When John McCain used the word coverup today. Bob Woodward was on FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace today

Nanny state group compares sugary
soda to “slow-acting but ruthlessly
efficient bioweapon”
Washington Examiner, by Sean Higgins    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2013 10:55:36 AM     Post Reply
The alarmists at the the non-profit Center for Science in the Public Interest — a group with a long history of hysterical rhetoric regarding food ingredients — are at it again. Their latest crusade is to push for stronger regulations on sugary sodas, like original Coke and Pepsi. Here is an actual quote from the latest press release on their website: “As currently formulated, Coke, Pepsi, and other sugar-based drinks are unsafe for regular human consumption,” said CSPI executive director Michael F. Jacobson. “Like a slow-acting but ruthlessly efficient bioweapon, sugar drinks cause obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

  


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States worry about rate shock
during shift to new health law
Los Angeles Times, by Noam N. Levey    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/18/2013 10:52:17 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Less than a year before Americans will be required to have insurance under President Obama´s healthcare law, many of its backers are growing increasingly anxious that premiums could jump, driven up by the legislation itself. Higher premiums could undermine a core promise of the Affordable Care Act: to make basic health protections available to all Americans for the first time. Major rate increases also threaten to cause a backlash just as the law is supposed to deliver many key benefits Obama promised when he signed it in 2010.

Whiskey lovers cheer as
Maker´s Mark restores proof
CBS News, by Staff/AP    Original Article
Posted By: Not your typical New Yorker- 2/18/2013 10:45:31 AM     Post Reply
The producer of Maker´s Mark bourbon is reversing a decision to cut the amount of alcohol in bottles of its famous whiskey. Rob Samuels, Maker´s Mark´s chief operating officer, said Sunday that it is restoring the alcohol volume of its product to its historic level of 45 percent, or 90 proof. Last week, it said it was lowering the amount to 42 percent, or 84 proof, because of a supply shortage. The company in a statement on its website on Sunday said to its followers: "You spoke. We listened. And we´re sincerely sorry we let you down."

A Mayor unplugged from reality
New York Post, by Robert Bryce    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2013 10:44:48 AM     Post Reply
Mayor Bloomberg wants to double down on electric vehicles, but it’s a bad bet for New York. In his State of the City speech last week, Bloomberg said he wants to add 10,000 new electric-vehicle charging stations over the next seven years. To that end, he wants the City Council to amend building codes so that 20 percent of all new parking spaces must be “wired and ready for electric vehicles.” The city can be as “wired and ready” as Bloomberg likes, but he can’t make consumers buy electric cars. More important, he can’t overcome

Presidents Day should be
a chance to remember,
honor greatness
Star Ledger [Newark,NJ], by Nick Ragone    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/18/2013 10:43:56 AM     Post Reply
Presidents Day is ostensibly a time to celebrate the great men who helped shape the nation. It’s an oddly named holiday, if for no other reason than few would hold the presidents with equal reverence. Once upon a time, we celebrated the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln separately, an honor befitting their outsized legacies. It’s universally accepted that their accomplishments merit unequal treatment in that regard. It was Richard Nixon, of all people, who decided to replace Washington’s and Lincoln’s birthdays for the more generic Presidents Day,

Rick Warren’s Shadow SOTU
National Review, by Kathryn Jean Lopez    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/18/2013 10:35:48 AM     Post Reply
‘I’m not interested in politics,” Rick Warren announced to a small press gathering. While such a statement from a religious leader is not all that unusual, it was quite countercultural in Washington, D.C., on the day of the president’s State of the Union address. Warren, the Evangelical author of The Purpose-Driven Life, which has sold more than 30 million copies and been translated into more than 50 languages, leads southern California’s Saddleback Church, where he once hosted a presidential forum between John McCain and Barack Obama, back in the day. Warren is not shy about sharing that he

  



Scarborough: Ted Cruz
Acting ´Like Carnival Barker´
NewsBusters, by Mark Finkelstein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2013 10:34:33 AM     Post Reply
The trashing of Ted Cruz continues apace in the bien-pensant MSM. From the New York Times, to the Washington Post, to Politico and elsewhere, the liberal media has the new Republican Senator from Texas in its sights. Joe Scarborough is clearly camped out on the Cruz-bashing bandwagon. Earlier this month, so offended was the sensitive Scarborough by Cruz that he wouldn´t deign to mention him by name. Today, not to be outdone by Frank Bruni, who called Cruz "an ornery, swaggering piece of work," Scarborough declared that Cruz acts like "a carnival barker at a

9 Phony Martyrs of the Left
FrontPage Magazine, by Larry Schweikart    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 2/18/2013 10:26:11 AM     Post Reply
Every religion has its martyrs, and so it is with the American Left. Myths have been built around myriad “wronged” radicals/communists and endless ink spilled about the injustice of their fate. Indeed, when I looked at more than 15 mainstream U.S. college history textbooks several years ago for my 48 Liberal Lies of American History, almost all of them flatly stated or strongly implied that Sacco and Vanzetti, the Rosenbergs, and Alger Hiss, among others, were prosecuted only for their ideology, not for their crimes. In fact, the leftist hall of shame is filled with culprits who were actually

EEOC Threatens Lawsuits for Hiring
´Discrimination´ over Criminal Records
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Kerry Picket    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2013 10:12:30 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama´s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced last April that the "Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions" would be updated so an employer´s use of an "individual’s criminal history in making employment decisions may, in some instances, violate the prohibition against employment discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964." EEOC spokeswoman Christine Nazer wrote in an e-mail to Breitbart News: The EEOC does not--and cannot--force employers to hire ex-convicts... Our interest in employers making employment decisions based on arrest and conviction records is based on

If Mark Zuckerberg were British…
Telegraph (UK), by Alexis Dormandy    Original Article
Posted By: JumboHC- 2/18/2013 10:10:20 AM     Post Reply
In case anyone hadn’t spotted it by now, culture is the vital element in the success or failure of everything: from our sports teams, to our businesses, to our country as a whole. A bad culture is blamed for our failures, but is frequently overlooked as part of success. Yesterday saw it come to the fore again – in the form of Bob Diamond exposing the negatives of banking culture at the Treasury Select Committee, and across the city, David Cameron enthusing us at the launch of another tech start-up initiative ...

Kirsten Powers And Panel Hit
Media Hard On SOTU: They
Fawn Over ‘Every Stupid Idea
Barack Obama Has’
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2013 10:02:36 AM     Post Reply
Fox News Watch, Fox’s media bias program, took on the media coverage of the State of the Union and Marco Rubio‘s awkward water bottle moment in his response. Kirsten Powers went after President Obama the hardest, criticizing the media for fawning over every single speech Obama says and derisively saying that being a liberal is more than just liking “every stupid idea” the president has. (Snip) Jon Scott said that most of the media gave Obama a thumbs up for the State of the Union address. Powers said the media finds every one of Obama’s speeches “brilliant,”

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