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Cryptolocker ransomware has
´infected about 250,000 PCs´

BBC News, by Leo Kelion

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 12/25/2013 8:57:21 PM

A virulent form of ransomware has now infected about quarter of a million Windows computers, according to a report by security researchers. Cryptolocker scrambles users´ data and then demands a fee to unencrypt it alongside a countdown clock. Dell Secureworks said that the US and UK had been worst affected. It added that the cyber-criminals responsible were now targeting home internet users after initially focusing on professionals. The firm has provided a list of net domains that it suspects have been used to spread the code, but warned that more are being generated every day. Ransomware has existed since at least 1989,

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For well over a couple of months, I fought daily to manually remove this "ScorpionSaver" by a company called "Ad Peak." Found out from super IT person they had hijacked my computer and were controlling ALL its inputs, as well as putting ads in Internet Explorer. Was relieved to finally be rid of that. Expect life post-Snowden to get worst on Internet, as obviously, it is like the "wild, wild West." (Can one class-action Al Gore for inventing this terror?)

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: janylou, 12/25/2013 9:46:31 PM     (No. 9667864)

You definitely have to be careful what you open when doing searches. I got one that way when I thought I was downloading something from Yahoo. I try not to open any e-mail that has forwards on it or if the address loons fishy.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: mutant geezer, 12/25/2013 9:56:25 PM     (No. 9667866)

Isn´t there some way to go after the location of where the ransom goes? Then hunt them down and kill them.


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Reply 3 - Posted by: Tusker, 12/25/2013 10:35:32 PM     (No. 9667881)

obama-bow-boy care.com

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Reply 4 - Posted by: dirtyjersey, 12/25/2013 10:37:48 PM     (No. 9667883)

I´m sure the NSA will find these scoundrels right away. Sarcasm off.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: mws50, 12/25/2013 10:42:25 PM     (No. 9667887)

I have had dealings with that scorpionsaver malware. I have hit it with numerous anti-virus programs as well as manually deleting its files. I´m responsible for keeping about 40 computers functional for our Company, and these malware problems eat up a bunch of my time.

If and when I find anyone responsible for this crapware, it will be a slow 3-4 day death for that person, somewhere in one of our National Forests around the Houston area.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Rama41, 12/25/2013 10:54:29 PM     (No. 9667893)

#2. The ransom is paid via Bitcoin, which means it is untraceable. Checkout Kim Komando´s site (www.komando.com) which has a good discussion of Ransomware. There is also a link to a free program that MAY stop Ransomware from activating, should you download it. As I understand it, the best preventative is never to open links you don´t thoroughly understand: CryptoLocker apparently disguises .exe files as .jpg, zip, or other type files, thus activating itself when you think you´re just opening a picture file, for example.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Veritas2009, 12/25/2013 10:55:07 PM     (No. 9667894)

Cannot a U.S. Attorney jack up BitCoin and Paypak on RICCO/Extortion charges and get in their pants for treble damages and SuperMax time for the perps?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 12/25/2013 11:09:18 PM     (No. 9667902)

The perps are mostly overseas, and hard to find even there. The real problem is that the Internet infrastructure has to be hardened, but that costs money, so there you go. I hope that running a first-class antivirus will keep most of this away, but of course sometimes nasty stuff will get through, just ask Target! Or Iran.

I´ve had a one of the nasties before twice, once at work and a year or so later at home, actually three times now that you mention it, but so far not since running a big antivirus program.

BTW, when you get one, save a few choice words for Bill Gates, it ought to be much harder than it is to write such malware. But later versions of Windows are MUCH better than they used to be.

I´d be curious to know just what versions of PC software have been hit, and whether it had to defeat antivirus to get there.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: mws50, 12/26/2013 1:00:44 AM     (No. 9667939)

#8 to give you an answer from Houston, Win 7 and licensed AVG anti-virus. I think it entered some of our computers via AVG. I had to wipe out AVG from 2 of our computers to fully eliminate the malware.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Pinchem, 12/26/2013 1:51:22 AM     (No. 9667951)

#9...May I ask what did you replace AVG with? I have the free version and so far it´s kept the baddies out.

Besides AVG I alternate scanning with Malwarebytes, Ad Aware and Spybot. Between the 4 they keep my system pretty clean.


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Reply 11 - Posted by: Spidey, 12/26/2013 3:33:39 AM     (No. 9667962)

I´ve been victimized by something similar to this myself but in my case they claim to be the FBI and locks your browser until you send them some sort of wire transfer.I just ignored it,logged off and it went away,luckily.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: StormCnter, 12/26/2013 7:18:49 AM     (No. 9668006)

I also dealt with ScorpionSaver. It´s tedious to get rid of, but a combination of malware programs did the job.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: skywarrior, 12/26/2013 7:25:20 AM     (No. 9668012)

#8 - I use Microsoft Security Essentials (free download and it seems to work very well), and Malware Bytes (which seems very effective in removing bad stuff). But there are people out there working very hard to defeat these types of protection so that they can separate you from some money and the use of your computer. Careful use is a powerful tool as well.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: azusaman, 12/26/2013 7:56:22 AM     (No. 9668052)

I guess this is a good time to start the argument between PC´s and Mac.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: MisterDickens, 12/26/2013 8:32:29 AM     (No. 9668095)

Strip and reload. Of course, you have to own your programs and back up your document files often. Like nightly for me. It will also take, in my case, a good long day to do but that´s not so bad. Before you strip it, write down every program you use, all your hardware, all your drivers, printers, other devices, clone your drive to a new one(just in case) do a screen shot of your desktop, and do anything else you can think of. Lots of work but you can get rid of the malware this way.

I also use Malwarebytes. It´s excellent. There used to be a fake version of it out there so be careful. It costs 25 bucks so if they want money, it´s the fake one. The real one is free but you can buy a professional version. Never bought it so I don´t know what it does the free one doesn´t do.

One last thing about strip and reload. It will clean out lots of crap and your pc will speed up some. But you may have to go buy all those programs you´ve pirated over the years.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Bad Dog, 12/26/2013 9:16:39 AM     (No. 9668147)

Is this a good time to bring up Mozilla vs. IE? I switched months ago, and have very few problems any more. This site alone (L.com) used to give me tremendous ad headaches.... with an add-on from Mozilla (DoNotTrackMe and MaskMe), they´re all stopped and become harmless little text graphics, or empty box placeholders. (Sorry Ms. Lucianne...)

I don´t like targeted ads, I don´t like being tracked, and I refuse to allow the bastids to cost me hundreds of dollars again.

Contrary opinions and information on Mozilla Firefox encouraged, and welcome. I´m no expert.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Lucky4, 12/26/2013 9:39:07 AM     (No. 9668175)

Just to add to the great info we are getting here. AdBlock for chrome is the best ad blocker.
What a difference. I feel like the internet is "quiet" once I started using that.
Unreal how many sites are loaded with ads.
Now, quiet white space. AdBlockPlus, blocks all the video ads. You can use them together.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Cadillaqjaq, 12/26/2013 10:47:32 AM     (No. 9668238)

My Windows XP Home system was ´´hi-jacked´´ three years ago by a Ransom-ware during a routine ´Search´ on Google. Warning windows flashed haphazardly across my screen. Nothing would function.

Surrendering, I was advised that I needed to purchase their software, which would remedy the problem, for the sum of $49.95 in USD.

Angry that nothing at all on my PC would function, EXCEPT to answer their request, I reluctantly concluded their remedy was cheaper, quicker, than taking the PC to a local guru across town, I paid the $49.95, discovering an hour later I´d been charged $99.95 after downloading their software.

I immediately called my Visa card carrier. They chased down the culprit in Great Britain and credited my account. No similar problems since.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Lalo, 12/26/2013 11:28:17 AM     (No. 9668305)

#6, I acquired ScorpionSaver via Kim Komando´s site, actually - in the process of trying to download some adware or something like that via a link on her website in one of her articles. I must have made a wrong click somewhere in the process. I managed to delete part of ScorpionSaver - the source or something like that - but it will not completely delete and is still semi-functional, causing some infection here & there. The fact that I deleted part of it apparently made it even more difficult to remove, and my geek has not been able to remove it completely yet. No ransom activity yet though. Hope those are not famous last words! Thanks for posting, OP.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: mws50, 12/26/2013 11:28:31 AM     (No. 9668306)

#10, To attack these intrusions that hijack our computers I use MSE, Malwarebytes, Superatispyware, Hitman Pro, CCleaner and a root kit (K something). And we reload AVG Cloud after the malware is removed.

I have a jump drive that I update every month with the latest version of the above. I can usually launch these apps in the computer´s "safe mode".

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Reply 21 - Posted by: mws50, 12/26/2013 11:30:55 AM     (No. 9668311)

#19, Malwarebytes has a "file assassin" program that will delete the stuff Microsoft will not allow you to delete. Be very careful using that program.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: GOPinTN, 12/26/2013 11:32:54 AM     (No. 9668317)

For thoses that have gone to Mozilla Firefox, my I recommend the Ghostery Addon privacy tool that blocks tracking cookies.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Lalo, 12/26/2013 11:33:21 AM     (No. 9668318)

#8, I was using Miscrosoft Security Essentials & Malwarebytes, but I´m not sure whether it was before I switched from Firefox to Chrome. This was just a couple of weeks ago.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: RancherJack, 12/26/2013 11:48:07 AM     (No. 9668354)

#2 - yes. There are many ways.

Your Government does not care to. You don´t matter. Only their spying on you matters.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: snakeoil, 12/26/2013 12:02:00 PM     (No. 9668380)

Am no expert on computers, etc. But all my data is backed up on network drives and USB drives. In the event something really bad gets on a pc of mine I would re install the operating system. Sure it takes a few hours but all the bad stuff will be gone. One thing that bugs me is when I´m using Firefox some of the web pages will flash a message that I need to immediately upgrade by browser due to security problems. But I have the latest version and the warning didn´t come from Mozilla. It´s probably from a plisher and if I clicked on their link I´d have more viruses than the CDC. I use MSE and the free version of Malwarebytes because they are free and don´t constantly try to engage in a dialog with me. I actually miss the old days of telephone solicitors because I could set the phone down until they finished their sales pitch and them provide them with multiple reasons why I couldn´t use their product.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Lalo, 12/26/2013 12:11:59 PM     (No. 9668406)

P.S. for # 8.. also Windows 7.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: coldoc, 12/26/2013 1:02:07 PM     (No. 9668485)

Find the source country and cut off their web access to the USA until they clean house. If carlos slim can do it (choked voip that competed with telcell/telmex), so can we.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Tulsa, 12/26/2013 2:01:22 PM     (No. 9668535)

We updated pcs recently. Tech backed up laptop and desktop. That was the first time we were ever backed up and I´m grateful given what I´m reading.

We´re running MSSE as we were sick of AVG attempting to sell us products. We used them for years. They´re now a bonafied nuisance.

Tech placed malwarebytes on launch screen of both machines. He said if we´re attached, shut down, reboot and to go into safe mode (clicking F8 repeatedly while booting up will put the pc in safe mode). Select safe mode with networking. That´s the only way to get to the malwarebytes icon on the launch screen. Click malwarebytes, update it, then run it.

That may not take care of any and all, but it will take care of many.

Two techs I know use rkill. One tech said that is a tech tool. Says it doesn´t stay on a pc. He did not recommend we try to use it.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Caveman, 12/26/2013 2:01:58 PM     (No. 9668537)

Ubuntu and Firefox with the adblock plus, ghostery, request policy, and better privacy add-ons.
Windows with it´s security holes, should never be used on a networked computer.


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Reply 30 - Posted by: Coy860, 12/26/2013 2:23:54 PM     (No. 9668559)

I purchase a yearly subscription to Bomgar. When I have a problem, with my permission they enter my computer remotely, check everything and clean everything. It is a yearly subscription for unlimited use, and costs a lot less than a geek coming to the house.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: thelmalou, 12/26/2013 2:54:39 PM     (No. 9668593)

Windows XP SP3 (I know, antiquated geek here)
Firefox with AdBlock and Ghostery
MSSE
Windows Firewall
Malwarebytes
CCleaner

These have kept me pretty safe for a long time. I was using AVG, but it just hogged too much resource space, and hte updating was getting wonky.

I do have a problem on one computer caused when I was trying to do a regular update on Comodo firewall...it has caused some major problems. Still trying to track that down.


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Reply 32 - Posted by: Butch59, 12/26/2013 3:14:10 PM     (No. 9668606)

I guess I´m somewhat lucky in the fact that I´ve not been attacked by any of these really nasty viruses. This is a fairly new laptop running Windows 8 (I don´t want 8.1) with malwarebytes and use Kaspersky antivirus. I know it´s a bit expensive, but it is supposed to be about the best in its class. I also have AdFender installed. It have blocked 1703 since it´s installation. Lastly, when Windows publishes it´s updated ( I think it´s on the 3rd Wed every month) I use a spare disc to clone my entire disc using Acronis. So, if I should get some nasty bit of a program, I can simply change out the hard drive in my laptop, start my computer, erase the infected disc and clone my entire system. Takes about 30 to 45 minutes to do the entire job.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: ocjim, 12/26/2013 3:48:05 PM     (No. 9668631)

Windows XP SP3
AVG Free
COMODO Firewall
Advanced SystemCare 7

I do my day to day home computing as a Limited User, hopefully giving bad guys limited rights as well. Logging on as admin only to do install and maintenance stuff. I disconnect the internet Ethernet cable as much as possible when in admin mode.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: St. Pitbull, 12/26/2013 4:38:36 PM     (No. 9668695)

One of my IT VP´s from years ago told me to get Vipre when I had an infection. It does cost money - though not much. They removed the malware (for free once you buy their software) and I have never been infected since. It tells you when it stops a virus, too. I bought a license for the whole family and have a son away at college that is also protected (and you know the sites they want to try and visit). I´m sure there are other good products also, but I have had a great experience with Vipre.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: St. Pitbull, 12/26/2013 4:40:17 PM     (No. 9668698)

Forgot to add - I also use Firefox - no IE or Chrome.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Pinchem, 12/27/2013 12:17:52 PM     (No. 9669698)

#16...I am with you. I use Firefox, AdBlock Plus, Do Not Track Me and I never see ads. The only popups I get are from sites DESPERATE for people to sign up and slap you in the face with the popup before you can read the article. (Like Blaze, Town Hall and others). Some of them are so large the x to close it is off the screen so I have to refresh the page to get rid of it. Doesn´t strike me as having very intelligent webmasters.

#17 Firefox has had AdBlock Plus for some time. Does the same thing you state for Chrome. Sorry but I don´t understand why anyone would use a Browser from the King of Spys (google)

#22...I once used Ghostery but it blanked out the comment sections (you could read them but it blanked out where you post comments) on a number of good sites. When I deleted Ghostery all the comment blocks came back.

#32...On a forum I visit, a lady´s computer quit working. She took it to the Geek Squad and they found Kaspersky had downloaded over 300GB files to her 450GB computer. When they deleted all those files her computer ran like a new one. She will no longer use Kaspersky. Your mileage may vary.

Someone mentioned AVG was a hog. From all I´ve read is that Norton is the King of space and memory hog.



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Eight Million ´Enrollments,´
Again Declares Debate ´Over´

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Townhall, by Guy Benson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/17/2014 8:56:28 PM     Post Reply
President Obama addressed the White House press corps today, announcing that with the final numbers in, Obamacare´s exchanges have attracted eight million sign-ups -- 35 percent of whom are "under the age of 35," he said. Several elements of his comments were misleading: (1) At first blush, the 35 percent stat is both significant and impressive. As recently as last month, the share of "young invincibles" signing up for plans was struggling in the 25 percent range, far short of the actuarial target of nearly 40 percent. A leap into the mid-30´s, while still shy of the goal, would constitute a major step, and would bode well for the risk pools'

Michelle Obama Riverdances
Through Dublin to the Tune
of $7,921,638

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Breitbart Big Peace, by Tom Fitton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/17/2014 6:45:16 AM     Post Reply
When it comes to tracking the cost of Obama family vacations, there are two primary challenges. First, the Obamas are prolific jet-setters, so there are many details to track. Second, the Obama administration, clearly embarrassed by these lavish and frequent family vacations, stonewalls the release of records at every turn. But we have been relentless in pursuit of this information. Our attorneys file the lawsuits and make our case, and our investigators pour through pages of records and crunch the numbers. And the information we’ve uncovered – information that would otherwise remain under lock and key – shows that the

The Folly Of The Bundy Ranch Rebellion
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The Federalist, by Grace Olmstead    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 4:21:46 AM     Post Reply
It’s the stuff of Westerns: a showdown on the desert plains, the big bad government against an underdog farmer. Though the story has only grabbed national headlines in the past several days, rancher Cliven Bundy has illegally grazed cattle on the Nevada land surrounding his farm for over 20 years. He hasn’t paid grazing fees since 1993, and refuses to renew the necessary grazing permit.(Snip)Rather than using the avenues and pathways presented to him, Bundy has staunchly declared his own law and allegiances. Unfortunately, reality doesn’t work this way. If only it did—we could rebel for paying stupid taxes, refuse to

Students Demand Acknowledgement of
Robert E. Lee´s ´Racist and Dishonorable Conduct´

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Breitbart´s Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 12:35:28 PM     Post Reply
A group of seven multiracial Washington and Lee University (W&L) students are demanding the school remove all Confederate flags from campus and "acknowledge" General Robert E. Lee´s "dishonorable side." According to the Roanoke Times, "seven multiracial students, calling themselves ´The Committee,´" have also demanded the school "acknowledge and apologize for participating in chattel slavery." They want recognition of "Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the undergraduate campus" and an end to "neo-Confederates" marching across campus "to the Lee Chapel on Lee-Jackson Day." The students say they will "engage in civil disobedience" if their demands are not met by September 1st. They added: "The

Pelosi assists in Holy Week
foot-washing ritual

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San Francisco Chronicle, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 4/18/2014 11:46:54 AM     Post Reply
To "honor the dignity and work of immigrants," Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helps Bishop Marc Andrus wash the feet of two children Thursday at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Pelosi also used the occasion to talk about passing HR15 - bipartisan immigration legislation that her office says would "reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship." The Democratic leader´s ceremony coincides with Pope Francis´ similar ceremony in Rome to mark Holy Week.

Deadbeat on the Range
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New York Times, by Timothy Eagan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:52:52 PM     Post Reply
Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital. Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans?

Illinois Dems to offer $100 million in
taxpayer money to lure Obama library site

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Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 4/18/2014 9:15:50 AM     Post Reply
First, the good news: We are close enough to the end of the Obama presidency for his crowd to talk about a presidential library. Now, the bad news: Obama´s retirement is still 1,008 days distant. Plenty of time though to round up the dough to build it somewhere. Figure they need Solyndra-style money, at least $500 million. The last two presidents – Bill Clinton and George W. Bush -- built their legacy edifices totally with private money. [Snip] However, Obama supporters have a different take. They think taxpayers should put up $100 million in public money for Obama´s library.

Every Media Outlet: Hillary
Grandkid the Most Consequential
Baby Since Jesus

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Mediaite, by Tina Nguyen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/18/2014 10:34:40 AM     Post Reply
Less than 16 hours after Chelsea Clinton announced she was pregnant, a lot of major news outlets started staring into the crystal ball of Chelsea’s womb, wondering what this currently floating zygotic multicellular being meant for the prospects of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, which is also a floating, zygotic, multicellular being. Their answer: The immaculately conceived Clinton child could mean everything. And no, it’s not just the fact that having a grandchild could be personally fulfilling to Hillary and Bill (mazel tov, by the way), or that a cute baby would be a sweet cherry on top of Hillary’s already

Glen Campbell has been
moved into a facility

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People Magazine, by Gilliam Telling    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 4/17/2014 6:58:48 PM     Post Reply
Glen Campbell has been suffering from Alzheimer´s for over three years, but the Grammy-winning singer, 78, has recently moved into a facility, PEOPLE has confirmed. "He was moved to an Alzhemier´s facility last week," says a family friend. "I´m not sure what the permanent plan is for him yet. We´ll know more next week." The "Rhinestone Cowboy" crooner first opened up about having Alzheimer´s to PEOPLE in an exclusive 2011 interview. Campbell and his fourth wife, Kim Woolen, decided to go public with the news because Campbell hoped to embark on a final farewell live tour. The couple wanted his

Even Hillary Clinton Isn’t Sure What
We Should Like About Hillary Clinton

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PJ Media, by Stephen Kruiser    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/18/2014 4:33:53 AM     Post Reply
The first step is admitting… It was a simple question to someone accustomed to much tougher ones: What was her proudest achievement as secretary of state? But for a moment, Hillary Rodham Clinton, appearing recently before a friendly audience at a women’s forum in Manhattan, seemed flustered.(Snip)So…no definitive successes and some clear-cut failures. And that’s the generous New York Times assessment. The Democrat fantasy story about Mrs. Clinton paints her as strong and accomplished on her own. In reality, this is a woman who is professionally defined almost entirely by two men in her life, both of whom happen to have

Those ‘rogue’ agents
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New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/18/2014 4:37:07 AM     Post Reply
Remember when Lois Lerner, in answering a planted question at an American Bar Association conference, admitted the IRS had targeted conservative groups but tried to pass it off as the work of rogue agents — “our line people in Cincinnati”? Today we know there were indeed federal agents involved. But they weren’t rogue, and they weren’t confined to IRS workers in Cincinnati. Thanks to a Freedom of Information request by Judicial Watch, we now have an e-mail Lerner sent to colleagues noting the Department of Justice was looking into criminal prosecutions of these tax-exempt groups. We know something else, too. These investigations


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