News Forum - HomePage - RSS News Forum - HomePage - RSS ( Thu, 18 33 2014 09:33:05 GMT Thu, 18 33 2014 09:33:05 GMT Castro, 1; Obama, big zero! Thu, 18 31 2014 09:31:55 GMT 6dbfb76fb425dd68c6aa168bd374d6b99fb1306c American Thinker, by Silvio Canto, Jr. Posted By: JoniTx- Thu, 18 31 2014 09:31:55 GMT My cell phone has been going off for hours with messages and angry conversations with fellow Cuban'Americans and conservatives in the U.S. I hear this question over and over: what did the U.S. get out of this deal? The answer is nothing, unless you are one of those who believes that the Castro regime is about to reform the economy, allow an independent media, and hold multi'party elections. I have a unique perspective on this issue. I can address it as a Cuban'American and as a U.S. citizen. In other words, I want the best for those on the island The 2016 Republican primary is the biggest crap'shoot since at least 1988 Thu, 18 29 2014 09:29:52 GMT 16d39a80e918e76876f28fa75879c8701b818800 Washington Post, by Scott Clement Posted By: StormCnter- Thu, 18 29 2014 09:29:52 GMT Early national presidential primary polls are, at best, rough indicators of who will eventually become the party´s standard'bearer. But the Republican primary field is especially scattered heading into the 2016 cycle, which is one reason why Jeb Bush´s recent moves toward a candidacy are getting so much attention. In fact, the GOP field is more scattered at this stage in GOP primaries since at least 1987, according to a new Washington Post'ABC News poll. The table below looks back at early Post'ABC surveys in the past five open Republican primary contests. If Elizabeth Warren Says No, What Is Progressives´ Backup Plan? Thu, 18 26 2014 09:26:43 GMT bc6af49947c32bc64a58ddfbbc63458d213e35ae National Journal, by Emily Schultheis Posted By: Pluperfect- Thu, 18 26 2014 09:26:43 GMT Elizabeth Warren´s fans refuse to take no for an answer, but soon enough they´ll almost certainly have to. Pining for a Warren presidential run in 2016, progressive groups have gathered more than 100,000 signatures, recruited Obama campaign alums to back her, and pledged to raise $1 million. And on Wednesday, they´re holding a kickoff event in the key early state of Iowa. But despite the infrastructure being built all around her, Warren continues to say no—and no, and no again—to the prospect of a presidential run. So unless the Massachusetts Democrat is preparing a massive reversal, progressives will need a Plan B. How Kim Jong Un Became the Target of ´The Interview´ Thu, 18 23 2014 09:23:04 GMT 33b5f3b9f2e863f8c7b7a9e1ea3d383178c2d8fc Associated Press, by Jake Coyle Posted By: Pluperfect- Thu, 18 23 2014 09:23:04 GMT A few weeks ago, when a freshly stoned Seth Rogen sat down for a lunch interview about "The Interview," the likelihood of trouble seemed remote. "You´re always hoping nothing horrible is going to happen, obviously," said Rogen. "If something horrible happened and they were like, ´It´s inappropriate to release this movie now,´ we´d ultimately go, ´Yeah, we got to make it and got paid in advance.´" Unfortunately, Rogen´s chuckling hypothetical has come to pass. After a devastating hacking attack on Sony Pictures and threats of terrorist attacks when "The Interview" was set to open in theaters on Christmas Day, Sony canceled the Reformers Target Traffic Courts in Ferguson Thu, 18 18 2014 09:18:45 GMT a364c126afd6e3b379ce21bc87d74bb8fec3f3f1 Associated Press, by Alan Scherzagier Posted By: Pluperfect- Thu, 18 18 2014 09:18:45 GMT ST. LOUIS '' In the aftermath of Michael Brown´s death, legal activists suggested that some of the raw anger that erupted in suburban St. Louis had its roots in an unlikely place ' traffic court. It was there, they said, that low'income drivers sometimes saw their lives upended by minor infractions that led to larger problems. If left unpaid, a $75 ticket for driving with expired tags could eventually bring an arrest warrant and even jail time. So courts began an experimental amnesty program designed to give offenders a second chance by waiving those warrants. But the effort is attracting US Was at Odds With World Over Cuba Policy Thu, 18 16 2014 09:16:12 GMT a8d49ece0a304c49b50103f4b92110932a64e498 Associated Press, by Julie Pace & Matthew Lee Posted By: Pluperfect- Thu, 18 16 2014 09:16:12 GMT WASHINGTON '' President Barack Obama´s decision to pursue new relations with Cuba was driven in part by a stinging realization: Longstanding U.S. policies aimed at isolating Cuba had instead put Washington at odds with the rest of the world. The American economic embargo on Cuba drove a wedge between the U.S. and Latin American nations. In an annual diplomatic embarrassment, the United Nations General Assembly votes overwhelmingly to condemn the U.S. policy. And while the U.S. was clinging to its economic restrictions against the small communist nation just 90 miles off its shores, leaders of China, Russia and Brazil flocked North Korea'Based Thriller With Gore Verbinski And Steve Carell Canceled Thu, 18 10 2014 08:10:42 GMT 9742cd2e17adb64ccc8357d603de0ef04507b2a3 Deadline Hollywood, by Mike Fleming, Jr. Posted By: PageTurner- Thu, 18 10 2014 08:10:42 GMT EXCLUSIVE: The chilling effect of the Sony Pictures hack and terrorist threats against The Interview are reverberating. New Regency has scrapped another project that was to be set in North Korea. The untitled thriller, set up in October, was being developed by director Gore Verbinski as a star vehicle for Foxcatcher star Steve Carell. The paranoid thriller written by Steve Conrad was going to start production in March. Insiders tell me that under the current circumstances, it just makes no sense to move forward. The location won’t be transplanted. Fox declined to distribute it, per a spokesman. Regency has other No distinction between good Taliban and bad Taliban: Sharif Thu, 18 38 2014 07:38:34 GMT 28833d257dc9c663ee8167f165f6af152bb625de The Times of India, by Omer Farooq Khan Posted By: Lalo- Thu, 18 38 2014 07:38:34 GMT PESHAWAR: Rattled by the Peshawar attack, Pakistan´s squabbling political parties showed rare unity on Wednesday, pledging to fight the killers of the Army Public School´s children by making no distinction between good Taliban and bad Taliban. The Pakistan government also announced the end of moratorium on the death sentence, in effect since 2010 to facilitate talks with Pakistan Taliban. "We announce that there will be no differentiation between ´good´ and ´bad´ Taliban, and resolve to continue the war against terrorism till the last terrorist is eliminated," said Sharif, marking the end of any hope of talks with the terrorist organization. Fed calls time on $5.7 trillion of emerging market dollar debt Thu, 18 06 2014 06:06:53 GMT 1d91269182019cedbae8ceccf26ceb1bb4bc65e9 Telegraph [UK], by Ambrose Evans'Pritchard Posted By: Attercliffe- Thu, 18 06 2014 06:06:53 GMT The US Federal Reserve has pulled the trigger. Emerging markets must now brace for their ordeal by fire. They have collectively borrowed $5.7 trillion in US dollars, a currency they cannot print and do not control. This hard'currency debt has tripled in a decade, split between $3.1 trillion in bank loans and $2.6 trillion in bonds. It is comparable in scale and ratio'terms to any of the biggest cross'border lending sprees of the past two centuries. Much of the debt was taken out at real interest rates of 1pc on the implicit assumption that the Fed would continue to flood the world Judge Jeanine Slams Sen. Feinstein: ´You Support Killings Of Americans Without Due Process´ Thu, 18 04 2014 06:04:50 GMT ebb3b12db3ab326f5ff1e0223aee537c260e8553 Media Reseach Center, by Monica Sanchez Posted By: mitzi- Thu, 18 04 2014 06:04:50 GMT On Fox News’ Justice Saturday night, Judge Jeanine Pirro slammed Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D'CA) for being an “American apologist” and supporting "killings of Americans without due process." “I, for one, am tired of American apologists like you trashing those assigned to protect us, those who put their lives on the line, like the CIA and law enforcement. They, and not you, have the high moral ground.” "Are you interested in saving the enemy at the expense of Americans? You say one thing and do another ' you support drone killings of Americans without due process, no arrest, no indictment, no Indians Face Off vs. Police with Bows and Arrows Before Brazil Congress Thu, 18 02 2014 06:02:44 GMT 266a0fbcb02d82948577531251bbfb5d37f14d55 Latin American Herald Tribune [Miami FL], by Staff Posted By: PageTurner- Thu, 18 02 2014 06:02:44 GMT BRASILIA – Dozens of Indians protesting against a bill proposing to alter the regulations for marking their reservations faced off against police, whom they attacked with bows and arrows, in front of the Brazilian Congress on Tuesday. The Indians, with painted faces and festooned with feathers tried to enter the legislative headquarters but were kept back by a police cordon, resulting in several incidents that concluded without any injuries, despite the fact that the demonstrators began to use the bows and arrows they were carrying. One of the arrows fired by the Indians hit a police officer’s shoe and split the sole, Citing Health Risks, Cuomo Bans Fracking in New York State Thu, 18 36 2014 05:36:51 GMT 726b77d6c4e2d2e7288ed9c0f8ef4f71ed8f4a8c New York Times, by Thomas Kalpan Posted By: Lalo- Thu, 18 36 2014 05:36:51 GMT Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration announced on Wednesday that it would ban hydraulic fracturing in New York State because of concerns over health risks, ending years of debate over a method of extracting natural gas. Fracking, as it is known, was heavily promoted as a source of economic revival for depressed communities along New York’s border with Pennsylvania, and Mr. Cuomo had once been poised to embrace it. Instead, the move to ban fracking left him acknowledging that, despite the intense focus he has given to solving deep economic troubles afflicting large areas upstate, the riddle remained largely unsolved. “I’ve One ISIS thug suspected of killing 150 girls, women Thu, 18 27 2014 05:27:11 GMT 55c1128ada6738261308174139a333e1a2600220 Fox News, by Nadiah Sarsour Posted By: Lalo- Thu, 18 27 2014 05:27:11 GMT One Islamic State militant is alone responsible for killing 150 women, including pregnant women and young teenagers, because they refused to marry members of the barbaric militant army, according to Iraqi officials. Abu Anas Al'Libi is suspected of mercilessly gunning down the women,most of whom were Yazidi, because they refused to enter into sham temporary marriages with Islamic State fighters simply to have sex in what the terrorists believe to be a Koranic loophole. “Abu Anas Al'Libi killed more than 150 women and girls, some of whom were pregnant after refusing to accept Jihad marriage,” the Iraqi Ministry of Human Isis ´executes 150 women for refusing to marry militants´ and buries them in mass graves Thu, 18 10 2014 05:10:14 GMT 7ef9506b8bf247da648267ed140e67bc3203e3ae The Independent, by Heather Saul Posted By: Lalo- Thu, 18 10 2014 05:10:14 GMT Isis has executed at least 150 women for refusing to marry militants in Iraq, Turkish media has reported. A statement released by the country´s Ministry of Human Rights on Tuesday said the militants had attacked women in the western Iraqi province of Al'Anbar before burying them in mass graves in Fallujah. Some of the women killed were pregnant at the time, according to the Anadolu Agency. "At least 150 females, including pregnant women, were executed in Fallujah by a militant named Abu Anas Al'Libi after they refused to accept jihad For Jose Marti Thu, 18 59 2014 04:59:25 GMT 5fe216f044ec2f3f4f89622e7edb385a3bef456b New York Sun, by Editorial Posted By: mitzi- Thu, 18 59 2014 04:59:25 GMT Let us take the moment of President Obama’s betrayal of Free Cuba to step back a bit — back to say, May 19, 1895. That’s when the tribune of Cuba Libre, Jose Marti, was killed in combat against the Spanish Royalists at the Battle of Dos Rios. His body was barely in the ground when he was mocked by the New York Times (snip) For Marti to sustain his revolution against the Spanish, the Times said, “he had recourse to all sorts of means: lies, false news, calumny.” Yet that is what the Times has used against the anti'communist forces Miami reacts to Obama´s Cuba move: Tears of joy, cries of ´traitor´ Thu, 18 18 2014 04:18:25 GMT a86316357386ccfe0e9cf893b24517cbea637890 Los Angeles Times, by Oscar Corral Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Thu, 18 18 2014 04:18:25 GMT A tale of two restaurants unfolded in South Florida on Wednesday. In Miami´s Little Havana, Versailles Restaurant hosted hard'line Cuban exiles railing against President Obama’s decision to establish full diplomatic ties with the Cuban government. (Snip) Meanwhile in Hialeah, a city with a far larger number of Cubans and Cuban Americans than Little Havana, Tropical Restaurant served cafeteria'style meals to a quieter, more sanguine crowd. Here, many welcomed Obama’s decision. “It’s going to be better for the Cuban people. It’s going to be better for the United States,” said Reinier Oropeza, Cemetery with one MILLION mummies unearthed in Egypt: 1,500'year'old desert necropolis is the largest ever found Thu, 18 04 2014 04:04:16 GMT e384a1660ead17710f4823849a530140fc759b79 Daily Mail (UK), by Richard Gray Posted By: mitzi- Thu, 18 04 2014 04:04:16 GMT A cemetery containing more than a million mummified human bodies has been unearthed in central Egypt, according to archaeologists. Scientists have already excavated more than 1,700 mummies, preserved by the hot dry desert in the Faiyum region of Egypt about 60 miles (96km) south of Cairo. But those leading the work believe their could be up to a million similar bodies buried in shafts cut into the limestone rock that are at times up to 75ft (22.9 metres) deep. It is thought that the mummies were buried around 1,500 years ago, between the 1st and 7th Century AD, when Egypt Boy makes miraculous recovery at Macon Children’s Hospital Thu, 18 49 2014 03:49:40 GMT 704afd1e0498da67e54bedaba0ba0988b3632359 Telegraph [Macon, GA], by Liz Fabian Posted By: Ribicon- Thu, 18 49 2014 03:49:40 GMT Taylor Sanders was not expected to live. His liver, kidneys and other vital organs were forced up into his chest in a horrible car accident that happened when his father swerved to avoid a deer. Taylor, who was 5 at the time, was airlifted from near his home in Albany to Children’s Hospital, Navicent Health, in Macon. His injuries were “not compatible with life” when he arrived by helicopter Sept. 20, said Dr. Eric Long, a trauma surgeon. The boy had at least 10 potentially fatal conditions, but he beat the odds and will be released from the hospital this week. Texas Theater to Show ´Team America´ In Place of 'The Interview' Thu, 18 48 2014 03:48:49 GMT 29cc897f47e6bf80f131bca44cbf791bfae02624 Hollywood Reporter, by Erik Hayden Posted By: PageTurner- Thu, 18 48 2014 03:48:49 GMT After Sony canceled the release of the North Korea assassination comedy The Interview, a Texas theater said it would swap the film with Paramount´s 2004 film Team America: World Police for one free screening. "We´re just trying to make the best of an unfortunate situation," James Wallace, creative manager and programmer at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema´s Dallas/Fort Worth location, tells The Hollywood Reporter. American flags and other patriotic items will be given out by theater employees, Wallace says. The plot of Team America, co-written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, revolves around Kim Jong Il, the father of current North Pope Francis Is Credited With a crucial Role in U.S.'Cuba Agreement Thu, 18 46 2014 03:46:39 GMT b2fe9800b5a8db6b41f8c544873bce157a001778 New York Times, by Jim Yardley & Gaia Pianigiani Posted By: mitzi- Thu, 18 46 2014 03:46:39 GMT ROME — Pope Francis had quite a 78th birthday. The pontiff began Wednesday with prayers and a birthday celebration with tango dancers near St. Peter’s Square. His day ended with a historic diplomatic breakthrough between Cuba and the United States — and the disclosure that the Argentine pope played a key role as broker. (snip) Vatican spokesmen declined to provide any details about Francis’s letters, other than that he encouraged the two sides to resolve “humanitarian questions”; resolve the release of political prisoners, including an American held by Cuba, Alan P. Gross; and “initiate a new phase in relations.” The Obama´s historic opening to Cuba: A hint of things to come with Iran? Thu, 18 27 2014 03:27:52 GMT 84df31c3ea6be90d612b1e69c882e3efca3d16e0 Christian Science Monitor, by Howard LaFranchi Posted By: NorthernDog- Thu, 18 27 2014 03:27:52 GMT Washington — President Obama’s decision to reestablish full diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States for the first time since 1961 reflects the president’s conviction – laid out in his first inaugural address – that engagement with foreign adversaries is better than isolation. (Snip) Perhaps, according to descriptions from senior administration officials of the 18 months of secret diplomatic effort with Cuban officials that culminated in Wednesday’s dramatic policy shift. They suggest that Obama could take a similar historic step with Iran before leaving office – if diplomats can reach an accord on Iran’s nuclear program next year. One Obama gives the Castro regime in Cuba an undeserved bailout Thu, 18 23 2014 03:23:23 GMT 13d3123506e8a402a82c350ea1884a0580255a12 Washington Post, by Editorial Posted By: Dreadnought- Thu, 18 23 2014 03:23:23 GMT IN RECENT months, the outlook for the Castro regime in Cuba was growing steadily darker. The modest reforms it adopted in recent years to improve abysmal economic conditions had stalled, due to the regime’s refusal to allow Cubans greater freedoms. Worse, the accelerating economic collapse of Venezuela meant that the huge subsidies that have kept the Castros afloat for the past decade were in peril. A growing number of Cubans were demanding basic human rights, such as freedom of speech and assembly. On Wednesday, the Castros suddenly obtained a comprehensive bailout — from the Obama administration. President Obama granted the Shepard Smith reacts to Obama’s Cuba decision, asks if U.S. will ‘ruin’ Havana Thu, 18 21 2014 03:21:00 GMT c5ccfea6a8128e172ea5b3c0509a7d23cdd06878 Washington Times, by Douglas Ernst Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Thu, 18 21 2014 03:21:00 GMT Fox News anchor Shepard Smith reacted to news that the U.S. was restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba by asking if American capitalism would “ruin” the nation with fast-food restaurants and home improvement businesses. “You know, the fear that among anybody who’s ever been there or cares at all about the Cuban people as so many of us do — the last thing they need is a Taco Bell and a Lowe’s. You know, it’s one big idea, and it all comes together and you wonder: Are we about to get up in there and ruin that place?” the Fox personality said Wednesday. Gerri Willis of the Fox Business Network replied: “Well, I think Yes, Virginia, there is a ‘War on Christmas’: Atheists unveil anti' Christmas TV specials Thu, 18 19 2014 03:19:47 GMT a8a56492721ec4860bc65f33bf86bd0e488da84b Washington Times, by Valerie Richardson Posted By: mitzi- Thu, 18 19 2014 03:19:47 GMT Conservatives have been mocked for insisting there’s an ongoing war on Christmas, but now it looks like they may have simply been ahead of their time. American Atheists unveiled Wednesday the “War on Christmas” line'up on its television channel, AtheistTV, featuring “original programs proclaiming the truth about Christmas on December 24 and December 25, featuring scholars and celebrities from the atheist community.” “Christmas is hard for many atheists, so we will provide programming free from superstition and fairy tales that allows families to watch together and not worry about being preached at,” American Atheists President Dave Silverman said in a Belly Fat Tied to Sudden Cardiac Death Thu, 18 10 2014 03:10:01 GMT 439a1fed5334ddc52f36906635fc69384d814c20 New York Times, by Nicholas Bakalar Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Thu, 18 10 2014 03:10:01 GMT Having a “beer belly” significantly increases the risk for sudden cardiac death, a new study has found. Sudden cardiac death is the result of an electrical malfunction that causes the heart to beat irregularly. It is not the same as a heart attack, which results from a failure of blood circulation to the heart, but accounts for about half of all cardiac-related deaths. Researchers followed 14,941 men and women, average age 54 at the start of the study, for almost 13 years. The subjects underwent detailed health examinations five times over the course of the study, and there were 253 sudden cardiac deaths. The study is online in Heart.