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  • University to Offer ‘Gender-Open’ Restrooms

    07/30/2014 5:33:56 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 54 replies
    College Fix ^ | July 30, 2014 | Dominic Lynch
    Northwestern University will offer “gender-open restrooms” to its students this fall. “We are trying to be responsive to the needs of all of our students and to be inclusive,” campus spokesman Bob Rowley said in an email to The College Fix. “This is becoming a common occurrence on campuses across the U.S.” At Northwestern, the two sex-segregated bathrooms to be changed will simply have their front door placards replaced to reflect the transition – no major renovations are planned. The bathrooms are located on the third floor of the university’s main building that serves as the campus hub. Northwestern joins...
  • Ad Sales Drop Cause New York Times Profits to Collapse 54%

    07/29/2014 9:43:54 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 32 replies
    Brietbart ^ | July 29, 2014 | John Nolte
    The Financial Times reports that a drop in ad sales at the New York Times caused the left-wing newspaper's profits to collapse 54% in the second quarter of this year. [Snip] A fall in advertising revenues and stepped-up investment in digital products outweighed rises in digital subscribers and circulation revenue at the New York Times, sending headline profit 54 per cent lower in the second quarter.
  • General Motors Issues Six New Recalls Affecting 823,000 Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC Vehicles

    07/24/2014 9:11:51 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 24, 2014 | Richard Read
    For much of the spring, it seemed as if General Motors issued a new round of recalls every other day, but the automaker has been largely quiet on that front for over three weeks. Could the recall party be coming to an end? Based on a new press release from GM, the answer is probably "no". The release outlines six new recalls, some big, some small. They cover a range of recent models from GM's surviving four nameplates and affect roughly 823,000 vehicles. This brings the total number of vehicles recalled by GM since January 1, 2014 to 28,767,143. Here's...
  • A "Tone-Deaf" Obama Mocked By The [NY Times] For Vacationing While The World Burns

    07/20/2014 11:22:22 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 33 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | July 20, 2014
    When it comes to mocking president Obama, there is no easier or more effective way than focusing on his vacation/golfing schedule. The conservative Washington Examiner did just that last week, before the latest Malaysian Airlines disaster, when it reported that "It's going to be hot tubs, basketball, tennis and golf for the first family this summer, having set plans for a 16-day vacation in Martha's Vineyard, Mass., on a $12 million, 10-acre forested estate on the southwestern corner of the island. Reports from the Bay State indicate that President Obama and his family will vacation August 9-24 at the 8,100-square...
  • Ted Cruz: 'Abolish the IRS' and station all 110,000 agents 'on the southern border'

    07/20/2014 11:04:34 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 43 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | July 20, 2014 | David Martosko
    Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz told a cheering crowd of conservatives Saturday night that the next U.S. president should shutter the much-maligned Internal Revenue Service and turn the agency's 110,000 employees loose to police the U.S.-Mexico border. 'That's slightly tongue-in-cheek,' he said in Denver at the Western Conservative Summit. 'But think about it for a second: You travel thousands of miles, you cross over and see 110,000 IRS agents? You'd turn around and go home!' [Snip] The normally stolid and bloated GOP establishment, he hinted Saturday, is dismayed at his rise to prominence among tea party sympathizers and other grass-roots...
  • Sticking to His Travel Plans, at Risk of Looking Bad (NY Times pimps for Zero)

    07/20/2014 5:27:37 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 13 replies
    NY Times ^ | July 19, 2014 | Michael D. Shear
    Obama Maintains Schedule Despite World CrisesWASHINGTON — As smoke billowed from the downed Malaysian jetliner in the fields of eastern Ukraine on Thursday, President Obama pressed ahead with his schedule: a cheeseburger with fries at the Charcoal Pit in Delaware, a speech about infrastructure and two splashy fund-raisers in New York City. [Snip] “It is rarely a good idea to return to the White House just for show, when the situation can be handled responsibly from the road,” said Jennifer Palmieri, the White House communications director. “Abrupt changes to his schedule can have the unintended consequence of unduly alarming the...
  • 22 shot in Chicago over 12 hours, including girl, 11, killed at sleepover

    07/20/2014 5:08:12 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 38 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 19, 2014 | Mitch Smith, Peter Nickeas and Juan Perez Jr.
    Shamiya Adams was sitting on a bedroom floor in her best friend's home, making s'mores after an evening of practicing a dance routine, when the shot ripped through the house in Garfield Park. The bullet crashed through the wall of the bedroom and struck the 11-year-old in the head. She was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital, where family kept an overnight vigil until the girl was pronounced dead at 7:33 a.m. today. [Snip] The victims told police they were approached by someone they didn't know, who fired shots at them. In other shootings:
  • First Detroit, Now Flint Warns Bankruptcy "Train Is Headed For The Cliff"

    07/20/2014 4:22:59 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 29 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | July 19, 2016
    Flint may be Michigan’s second city to plunge into bankruptcy unless retirees accept cuts in health benefits that threaten to unravel a balanced budget. As Crain's Detroit reports, Emergency Manager Darnell Earley (Flint’s third emergency leader since it was placed under state control in 2011) warned "If we have no ability to mitigate the cost of retiree health care, that’s going to make it very difficult for the city to remain financially stable over the next few years." As Eric Scorsone notes, "Flint's at the forefront, but a lot of cities are on the same train, and that train is...
  • Will Legalizing Illegals Help Unemployed? Rep. DeLauro: That's a 'Gotcha Question'

    07/17/2014 3:20:23 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 10 replies
    CNS News ^ | July 17, 2014 | Lauretta Brown
    When asked by CNSNews.com on Wednesday whether legalizing illegal aliens would help the unemployed in the United States, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D.-Conn.) countered that that was a “a gotcha question” and declined to answer it. DeLauro was speaking outside the U.S. Capitol at a rally for the unemployed.
  • AR-15-toting Michigan residents rally to halt plans for immigrant depot

    07/17/2014 7:40:11 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 66 replies
    Washington Times ^ | July 17, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    At least 50 people carting weapons, flags and posters expressing anger with the porous border took to Vassar, Mich., streets to rally against a plan to ship some of the illegal minor-aged immigrants to their community. Many in the crowd carried AR-15 rifles and handguns — the latest sign of the growing unrest around the nation that’s marking the federal government’s response to tens of thousands of illegals crossing into U.S. territories in recent months. They also carted “Don’t Tread on Me” flags and a “Second Amendment Revolution” flag, a design that includes the basic Betsy Ross pattern with the...
  • Exclusive: GM recalls some cars with problematic switches; judges others safe

    07/17/2014 7:21:36 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 17, 2014 | Paul Lienert
    General Motors Co last month recalled millions of vehicles with three different designs of ignition switches that could accidentally turn off the engine and disable air bags in a crash. But the automaker has concluded that more than 2 million other vehicles having exactly the same switches are safe. The vehicles which have not been recalled include fullsize crossovers such as the Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse made from 2007 to the present, which share a switch with recalled late-model Chevrolet Camaros and Cadillac CTSs. Two other switch designs are in other sets of vehicles. GM spokesman Alan Adler said...
  • Boehner Critics Blew It Before [They approve of Boo Hoo suing the Zero]

    07/17/2014 1:25:21 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 7 replies
    Separation Of Powers: John Boehner's lawsuit against President Obama is being mocked by the very same people who dismissed an earlier challenge to Obama's imperial ways — one the Supreme Court unanimously upheld. That case involved Obama's decision in early 2012 to make "recess" appointments to several key posts, though the Senate was still in session. As with Boehner's proposed suit, it was widely ridiculed as a "political stunt" without legal merit that would end up backfiring on the GOP. Laurence Tribe, the left's favorite constitutional law professor, said, "Whatever standards the courts ultimately adopt . .. this case ought...
  • 43 suspected mistresses found in RFK Jr.’s phone

    07/13/2014 4:02:07 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 70 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 13, 2014 | Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein
    Robert F. Kennedy Jr. kept a list of dozens of women filed under the letter “G” in his cellphone, a code that his late wife believed stood for “goomah,” the Italian slang for mistress. Two of the women listed in this digital blackbook factor into what should be an interesting summer for the environmental activist and son of the slain US senator. The first is “Curb Your Enthusiasm” actress Cheryl Hines, whom Kennedy began dating the year they both filed for divorce. The two plan to wed soon. The other is Greenwich, Conn., homemaker Chelsea Chapman Kirwan, who has been...
  • 6.8 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Near Fukushima, Tsunami Warning Issued

    07/11/2014 12:57:46 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 52 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | July 14, 2014
    Moments ago, at 4:22am local time, a major 6.8 magnitude quake struck eastern Japan, off the Fukushima coast. FLASH:M6.8 QUAKE JOLTS OFF FUKUSHIMA, JAPAN, TSUNAMI ALERT EARTHQUAKE EARLY WARNING ISSUED FOR JAPAN, OFF FUKUSHIMA:JMA EARTHQUAKE EARLY WARNING ISSUED FOR JAPAN, OFF FUKUSHIMA:JMA TSUNAMI WARNING ISSUED AFTER JAPAN QUAKE: AP From the USGS: So far there have been no reports of damage. Those curious can keep track of Fukushima in real time at the live webcast below:
  • Anthrax probe reveals new incident with bird flu, widespread safety lapses (at CDC labs)

    07/11/2014 10:30:26 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 14, 2014 | Julie Steenhuysen and Sharon Begley
    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday it had uncovered a new safety breach at its bioterror research laboratories involving dangerous avian flu, just as it was investigating the failures behind the potential exposure of researchers to live anthrax bacteria. In its first findings from an internal probe into the anthrax incident last month, the CDC said multiple failures by individual scientists and a lack of agency-wide safety policies had led to the potential exposure of more than 80 lab workers to the dangerous bacteria at its campus in Atlanta.
  • ‘Building a case’ for impeachment, but not Obama’s

    07/11/2014 9:44:09 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 18 replies
    MSNBC ^ | July 14, 2014 | Steve Benen
    This week helped make clear that there’s a sizable Republican contingent that desperately wants to impeach President Obama. It’s not altogether clear why, though as Norm Ornstein put it, the GOP’s “Impeach Obama crowd” may be “the lunatic fringe,” but it’s starting to go “mainstream.” Advancing the cause will, however, be quite difficult. House Republican leaders aren’t on board, and plenty of rank-and-file GOP lawmakers fear political blowback. Impeachment crusaders have an uphill climb. At least, that is, when it comes to targeting the president. [Snip] What I love about this is the unstated frustration that must be evident on...
  • Democrats use impeachment talk to gin up donations

    07/11/2014 6:35:38 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | July 14, 2014 | Brian Tau
    Republican threats to impeach President Barack Obama are guaranteed to generate two things: Democratic outrage and Democratic cash. Sarah Palin this week joined a long line of Republican firebrands in raising the specter of impeachment against the president, writing in a Breitbart.com op-ed: “The many impeachable offenses of Barack Obama can no longer be ignored. If after all this he’s not impeachable, then no one is.” And like clockwork, the Democratic outrage machine sprang to life — using her comments to mobilize grass-roots supporters and raise small dollar campaign donations from Obama die-hards. The result was a flood of grass-roots...
  • Rev. Jackson: Obama, Feds Need To Do More To Combat Chicago Violence (Needs $2 billion more)

    07/10/2014 6:56:52 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 26 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 9, 2014 | Craig Dellimore
    The Rev. Jesse Jackson and Mayor Emanuel are differing on where the fingers should be pointed when it comes to federal anti-violence help, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore. Rev. Jesse Jackson and Mayor Emanuel agree curbing violence involves not just police but economic development and jobs in high crime neighborhoods, but Rev. Jackson seemed to fault President Obama for funding priorities that appear to put immigrant children coming across the borders first. “If we can find $4 billion for those children, and we should, we can find $2 billion for Chicago,” said Jackson.
  • June Full-Time Jobs Plunge By Over Half A Million, Part-Time Jobs Surge By 800K, Most Since 1993

    07/03/2014 7:16:30 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | July 3, 2014
    Is this the reason for the blowout, on the surface, payroll number? In June the BLS reports that the number of full-time jobs tumbled by 523K to 118.2 million while part-time jobs soared by 799K to over 28 million! Looking at the breakdown of full and part-time jobs so far in 2014, we find that 926K full-time jobs were added to the US economy. The offset: 646K part-time jobs. Something tells us that the fact that the BLS just reported June part-time jobs rose by just shy of 800,000 the biggest monthly jump since 1993, will hardly get much airplay...
  • Pelosi calls surge of illegal immigrant children an ‘opportunity’ (not a crisis)

    06/29/2014 12:11:16 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 29, 2014
    House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi argued Saturday that the surge of illegal immigrant children and families crossing into the U.S. is more of an "opportunity" than a "crisis" -- even as the Obama administration was scrambling to free up more resources to handle the influx. [Snip] Pelosi, D-Calif., visiting the Texas-Mexico border on Saturday, suggested those crossing should be welcomed and not treated as a problem.
  • Most Believe Hillary Clinton Can Relate to Average Americans, Poll Finds

    06/29/2014 6:30:22 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 34 replies
    NBC News ^ | June 29, 2014 | Mark Murray
    Fifty-five percent of Americans say that Hillary Clinton can relate to and understand the problems of average citizens as well as other presidential candidates can, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg poll. By comparison, 37 percent of respondents disagreed, saying she can’t relate as well as other candidates can. These numbers come after Hillary Clinton declared that she and her husband were “dead broke” after leaving the White House in 2001.
  • Professors Suddenly Don't Like ObamaCare Either

    06/28/2014 6:03:53 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 28 replies
    Health Reform: After years of singing the praises of universal health care, college professors are now shocked at how badly it has turned out — for them. Adjunct professors are steamed at the way their employers are interpreting the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate, which forces them to cover full-time but not part-time workers. Typical of liberals, they blame their employers instead of the job-killing law they supported. Starting Jan. 1, ObamaCare makes employers offer all full-time workers health insurance or pay a fine. In response, hundreds of colleges have simply cut instructors' course loads to dodge coverage. Others are...
  • GOP runoff shows new angle to minority voting

    06/28/2014 5:32:46 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 23 replies
    AP ^ | June 28, 2014 | Jesse Holland
    Sen. Thad Cochran's GOP primary victory, thanks in part to black Mississippians who turned out to vote for him, exemplifies a new math that politicians of all persuasions may be forced to learn as this country's voting population slowly changes complexion. [Snip] "I think that Thad Cochran is a shot across the bow to be felt for a long time," said the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who was the first minority presidential candidate to win a statewide primary or caucus in 1984 and 1988. "You cannot win in the new South or win in national elections with all-white primaries. This is...
  • GM to recall about 400,000 [more] pickups, SUVs for software fix [more than 20 million this year]

    06/28/2014 1:03:18 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 26 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 28, 2014 | Tim Higgins
    Detroit: General Motors Co., which has recalled about 20 million cars and trucks in North America this year, added 428,111 more US vehicles to that tally, including its redesigned full-sized pickups and large sport-utility vehicles. GM said it needs to recalibrate software that controls the gears to fix the four-wheel drive on 392,459 pickups and SUVs, including the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups from 2014 and 2015 model years and the 2015 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban. The effected models can switch into neutral on their own, the automaker said on Friday in an e-mailed statement. If this occurs while...
  • Hillary made a secret deal with Huma to keep Weiner quiet

    06/26/2014 5:19:17 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 40 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 25, 2014 | Emily Smith and Ian Mohr
    Hillary Clinton has a “secret deal” with her top aide Huma Abedin to keep her troublesome husband Anthony Weiner out of the spotlight, sources tell Page Six, as the former secretary of state mulls a run for president. Clinton aides have insisted Weiner “stay out of public life for two years,” and that he “avoid causing any further embarrassment to Huma or Clinton,” according to our sources.
  • The Survivor == How Eric Holder outlasted his (many) critics

    06/26/2014 5:11:23 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | July/August 2014 | Glenn Thrush
    Why the hell is Eric Holder still around? That’s a question many of Barack Obama’s political advisers have asked at various points throughout Holder’s tumultuous five years at the helm of the Justice Department. For most of Obama’s presidency, in fact, if there’s been controversy, Holder was likely to be in the middle of it, from the failed efforts to close Guantánamo Bay and to prosecute alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a Manhattan court to his inability to send Wall Street executives involved in the mortgage meltdown to jail. His detractors in the West Wing of the...
  • University (of Michigan) caves: will provide $300K to renovate multicultural center ...

    01/28/2014 2:48:46 PM PST · by Zakeet · 19 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | January 27, 2014 | Steve Larson
    Complete Headline: University caves: will provide $300K to renovate multicultural center, appease student group that threatened 'physical action' The University of Michigan will spend $300,000 to renovate the Trotter Multicultural Center The Black Student Union threatened "physical action" last week unless its list of seven demands was met, including a new multicultural center on campus The University of Michigan will allocate $300,000 to renovate the Trotter Multicultural Center, in order to comply with the at least one of the Black Student Union (BSU) demands. The decision comes after members of the University’s administration and members of the BSU met Friday...
  • (Willamette University) D-III kicker becomes first active player to publicly come out

    01/28/2014 2:30:58 PM PST · by Zakeet · 48 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | January 28, 2014 | Mike Singer
    Conner Mertens, a redshirt freshman kicker at D-III Willamette University in Oregon, did something on Monday night that no college football player on any level had ever done before. He came out, while still an active player. First to his coach, then to his team, and now Conner Mertens is coming out publicly. “I'm bisexual,” Mertens told head coach Glen Fowles via Outsports.com, who informed his young kicker prior to his message that all the coach cared about was his kicker's accuracy. His off the field actions wouldn't affect his playing time, Fowles told Mertens. In fact, when Mertens asked...
  • Northwestern (University in Chicago) players start union movement in college athletics

    01/28/2014 2:25:01 PM PST · by Zakeet · 19 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | January 28, 2014 | Chip Patterson
    Kain Colter and a group of Northwestern players are beginning the process of forming a labor union to represent college athletes. According to ESPN's Outside the Lines, Ramogi Huma, president of the National College Players Association, filed a petition in Chicago on behalf of the players with the National Labor Relations Board. If the group is certified by the NLRB, it will be called the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA). Huma, Colter and former UMass basketball player Luke Bonner created the group with support from the United Steelworkers. [Snip] According to NCPAnow.org, the group has 11 specific goals. Minimize college...
  • Brilliant Leadership: Obozo's 2013 State of the Union proposals and how they turned out

    01/28/2014 7:07:36 AM PST · by Zakeet · 4 replies
    Vanity | January 28, 2014
    Note: This list was taken in part from the Washington Post article titled Obama’s 2013 State of the Union proposals: What flopped and what succeeded. You can check there for much more detail, and their take on Zero's brilliant leadership. Not surprisingly, I was a tad more critical of the Community Organizer than they were. Who's right ... well, judge for yourself. Zero's 2013 State of the Union proposals: Realize massive Medicare savings through reformsStatus: Obamacare is a disaster and he's out of other bright ideas. Close tax loopholes for the wealthyStatus: And spank the fat-cat donors that put these...
  • What would Walt say? The Disney Channel debuts its first ever same sex couple on the...

    01/28/2014 4:18:15 AM PST · by Zakeet · 37 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | January 28, 2014 | Bobbie Whiteman
    <p>The Disney Channel has gone all Glee, introducing its first-ever lesbian couple on the family series, Good Luck Charlie, on Sunday.</p>
  • Will Boehner’s immigration ‘principles’ help struggling GOP?

    01/28/2014 3:55:42 AM PST · by Zakeet · 17 replies
    Wichita Eagle ^ | January 27, 2014 | Franco Ordonez
    Republican leaders in the House of Representatives, mindful of the changing face of the U.S. electorate, are expected to introduce their own guidelines this week for legalizing millions of undocumented immigrants. And that’s reigniting another identity crisis over the future of the GOP. Some on the right have begun to mobilize against House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, with hopes of quashing plans to introduce a series of immigration-related bills. Immigration is expected to be a key part of Tuesday’s State of the Union address. President Barack Obama has pressed House members to join the Senate by introducing legislation that would...
  • Michael Bloomberg: Amnesty Needed to Prevent 'National Suicide'

    01/27/2014 5:58:17 AM PST · by Zakeet · 46 replies
    Brietbart ^ | January 26, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said it was not an "exaggeration" to say America would be committing "national suicide" if it does not pass amnesty legislation. “Our current immigration laws are national suicide,” Bloomberg said on Friday at an immigration summit in Washington. “I don’t think that’s an exaggeration.”
  • Impending Democrat Election Disaster

    01/27/2014 5:39:31 AM PST · by Zakeet · 65 replies
    Brietbart ^ | January 27, 2014 | Chriss W. Street
    A Quinnipiac University National Poll released January 22nd reveals that American voters rate President Barack Obama’s leadership on the economy, jobs, and healthcare as very poor; his only positive marks come from fighting terrorism. [Snip] According to a Gallup Poll, after the same number of days in office for President Obama and President Bush, they have virtually identical public approval ratings of 46%. However, Americans are 24% more dissatisfied with their government under Obama than under Bush. The president’s party usually suffers significant congressional election losses in the sixth year of his administration. However, with Obama’s popularity at the same...
  • Climate Change Implicated In Polar Bear Stress

    01/27/2014 5:22:48 AM PST · by Zakeet · 30 replies
    Science 2.0 ^ | January 25, 2014
    A group of researchers say they have established a new biomarker for how stressed polar bears are about climate change. Last year, a team reported that fluctuations in climate and ice cover are closely related to stress among polar bears in East Greenland as indicated by levels of the stress hormone cortisol in hair samples. The team is hopeful this type of analysis will be beneficial once others learn that it can now be done with much greater reliability. "Nobody else has done this so far," says Jerrold Meyer of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, who calls himself a behavioral...
  • (Democrat New Orleans) Ex-Mayor Nagin goes on trial for bribery charges (finally)

    01/27/2014 2:46:30 AM PST · by Zakeet · 16 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | January 26, 2014 | Michael Kunzelman and Kevin McGill
    Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who led the city during its darkest days after Hurricane Katrina, will be thrust back into the spotlight this week when he goes on trial in a corruption case that mushroomed at the end of his eight-year tenure. [Snip] Nagin's 21-count indictment includes bribery and wire fraud charges, each of which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years and 20 years in prison, respectively.
  • Texas hospital to take pregnant, brain-dead woman off ventilator (Update: It's been done)

    01/26/2014 11:20:25 AM PST · by Zakeet · 364 replies
    CNN ^ | January 26, 2014 | Matt Smith and Jason Morris
    A Texas hospital has agreed to remove a pregnant and brain-dead woman from a ventilator, after a wrenching court fight about who is alive, who is dead and how the presence of a fetus changes the equation. Sunday's announcement came two days after a judge in Fort Worth ordered John Peter Smith Hospital to remove any artificial means of life support from Marlise Munoz, as her family had asked. The hospital had said it was following a state law that requires hospitals to maintain life-sustaining treatment for a pregnant patient. [Snip] [Breaking news update, 1:50 p.m. ET]The brain-dead and pregnant...
  • Family promise gave life to man in 31-year coma

    01/26/2014 4:30:47 AM PST · by Zakeet · 7 replies
    AP ^ | January 25, 2014
    As his 7-year-old son Mikey lay in a hospital bed on life support, the victim of a drunk driver who had smashed into his family's car, Paul Cortez took the boy's hand and made a solemn promise to God: If his son survived, no matter in what condition, he and his family would always be there for him. It was a promise the family would keep for 31 years ... Although he would never emerge from the persistent vegetative state his father had found him in that night, Mikey's family was not only there for him but also gave him...
  • Why pro cheerleading may be one of America’s worst jobs

    01/26/2014 2:41:06 AM PST · by Zakeet · 56 replies
    CBS News ^ | January 24, 2014 | Aimee Picchi
    Parents, don’t let your girls grow up to be cheerleaders. That’s just one lesson to be gleaned from a lawsuit filed by a cheerleader for the Oakland Raiders, a National Football League team, which alleges sub-minimum wage pay and other labor abuses. While professional cheerleading may seem glamorous, the cheerleaders allegedly earn barely enough to afford their own pom-poms. And, by the way, if they forget their pom-poms, the cheerleaders are reportedly socked with a fine. [Snip] The Chargers stress that the role is a part-time job and that cheerleaders “should at least hold a part-time job or attend college...
  • University of Alaska Scientists: Fukushima Radiation May Be Making Alaska Seals Sick

    01/25/2014 11:50:54 PM PST · by Zakeet · 41 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | January 26, 2014
    Preface: Leading Scientist On Fukushima Radiation Hitting West Coast of North America: “No One Is Measuring So Therefore We Should Be Alarmed” American sailors on the USS Reagan got really sick after having snowball fights with radioactive snow blowing off of the coasts of Fukushima. University of Alaska professors Doug Dasher, John Kelley, Gay Sheffield, and Raphaela Stimmelmayr theorize that radioactive snow might have also caused Alaska’s seals to become sick (page 222): On March 11, 2011 off Japan’s west coast, an earthquake-generated tsunami struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant resulting in a major nuclear accident that included a...
  • Anthony Weiner on Hillary Clinton: ‘Most qualified candidate in history’

    01/24/2014 10:14:52 AM PST · by Zakeet · 61 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 24, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Scandal-plagued Anthony Weiner — whose wife is a close associate to Hillary Clinton — laid it on pretty thick for the former first lady this week, characterizing her as quite possibly the best politician for the presidential role in the entire history of the United States.
  • Aetna could be forced out of Obamacare: CEO (cause it's not attracting the uninsured)

    01/24/2014 7:39:18 AM PST · by Zakeet · 20 replies
    CNBC ^ | January 22, 2014 | Matthew J. Belvedere
    Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini told CNBC on Wednesday that Obamacare has failed to attract the uninsured, and he offered a scenario in which the insurance company could be forced to pull out of program. The company will be submitting Obamacare rates for 2015 on May 15. "Are they going to be double-digit [increases] or are we going to get beat up because they're double-digit or are we just going to have to pull out of the program?" Bertolini asked in a "Squawk Box" interview from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. "Those questions can't be answered until we see...
  • Administration fears part of health care system so flawed it could bankrupt insurance companies

    01/23/2014 8:59:55 AM PST · by Zakeet · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 22, 2014 | Jim Angle
    While the administration publicly expresses full confidence in its health care law, privately it fears one part of the system is so flawed it could bankrupt insurance companies and cripple ObamaCare itself. "Week after week, month after month," says John Goodman of the National Center for Policy Analysis, "the Obama administration kept telling us everything's working fine, there's no problem and then they turn on a dime and fire their contractor." To justify a no-bid contract with Accenture after firing CGI as the lead contractor, the administration released documents from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Center...
  • (Charlottesville, Va) Ex-scoutmaster pleads guilty to 36 felony sex crimes

    01/22/2014 11:20:16 PM PST · by Zakeet · 16 replies
    The (Charlottesville) Daily Progress ^ | January 22, 2014 | K Burnell Evans
    An ex-scoutmaster who admitted to molesting his son’s teenage friends and fellow troop members for years at his Keswick home pleaded guilty to 36 felony sex crimes Wednesday in Albemarle County Circuit Court. David Brian Watkins, now 50, entered into an agreement with prosecutors that shields him from additional local or federal charges and calls for an active term of 30 years and five months in prison. The agreement “provides closure for … very promising young men who can now get on with their lives,” Assistant Albemarle Commonwealth’s Attorney Darby Lowe said after the hearing. “The young men would have...
  • Fox News Poll: As (approval tanking) Obama starts sixth year, 74 percent say US still in recession

    01/22/2014 7:27:45 PM PST · by Zakeet · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 22, 2014 | Dana Blanton
    Better headline: People disapprove of liberal Democrat agenda by nearly 2:1 margin As President Obama starts his sixth year in office, his job ratings remain near record lows and more voters think his policies have hurt rather than helped the economy. And even as voters continue to hold mostly negative views on the economy and the direction of the country, a new Fox News poll finds they see some improvement. A third of voters say they like both Obama and his policies -- a dramatic drop from 47 percent who felt that way in October 2012. In addition, 62 percent...
  • Raiderettes (Pro football cheerleaders) suing franchise for wage theft, unfair employment practices

    01/22/2014 4:03:43 PM PST · by Zakeet · 36 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | January 22, 2014 | Mike Singer
    With their season long over with, one would think that the Raiders could be spared from bad news this offseason. Alas, it's still the Raiders. Current and former Raiderettes – yes, the team's cheerleaders – filed a lawsuit on Wednesday claiming that the team engaged in “wage theft and other unfair employment practices,” according to The Mercury News. The suit, filed in Alameda County Superior Court, alleges that the Raiders withheld the cheerleaders' pay until after the season, didn't fairly compensate the women for all their hours of work and asked that the cheerleaders pay for many of their...
  • (Abortion Barbie) Wendy Davis Slams Pro-Life Paraplegic Opponent: He’s “Never Walked In My Shoes”

    01/21/2014 3:23:27 PM PST · by Zakeet · 53 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 21, 2014 | Steven Ertelt
    It’s just getting worse and worse for abortion activist Wendy Davis, who is falling on her own sword in the Texas gubernatorial race. First, Davis was caught by a Dallas newspaper lying about her story of being a single mom who overcame adversity. Then, she sought to blame her problems on pro-life candidate for governor Greg Abbott. Now, in attacking Abbot, she’s stuck her foot in her mouth saying he’s “never walked a mile in my shoes.” Problem is, Abbott can’t. He’s a paraplegic who is confined to a wheelchair. [Snip] Patrick Archbold at Creative Minority Report opines on the...
  • Colossal cost of Cover Oregon prompts lawmaker to call for end to spending ($200M spent/0 Enrolled)

    01/21/2014 10:28:57 AM PST · by Zakeet · 32 replies
    KATU-TV ^ | January 21, 2014 | Chelsa Kopta
    The On Your Side Investigators revealed the colossal cost of Cover Oregon for the first time Monday and it shows how much of your tax money has been spent on the failed website. KATU learned Cover Oregon and the Oregon Health Authority collectively spent just shy of $200 million on its Cover Oregon website, which has been plagued with problems for months and still hasn't enrolled a single Oregonian for health insurance since the site launched Oct. 1, 2013. The state health insurance exchange's top dogs have been back and forth for months, extending the date when the website likely...
  • Carlos Slim rakes it in with N.Y. Times (he loan sharked the old gray lady)

    01/21/2014 8:33:03 AM PST · by Zakeet · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | January 21, 2014 | Hadas Gold
    In 2009, Carlos Slim, the second-richest man in the world, invested $250 million in a lending agreement with the New York Times. Now, the Mexican billionaire is set to double that investment -- and it could hurt the Times. Bloomberg's Edmund Lee reports: [Sorry, can't quote due to Bloomberg excerpting restrictions ... see the article instead]
  • Michelle Obama: Big Fan of 'Politically Savvy' Jane Fonda

    01/20/2014 10:51:23 PM PST · by Zakeet · 40 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | January 20, 2014 | Tim Graham
    In their latest interview with Michelle Obama, People magazine asked if there were role models the First Lady looked at to think "When I'm 70 or 80, I want to look and live like her?" Mrs. Obama thought of actresses: Cicely Tyson, and then that "politically savvy, sharp woman" named Jane Fonda, age 76: "I just went to see Cicely Tyson on Broadway. She is in her 80s [just turned 80 in December] and did a two-hour play with stamina and passion. I told her 'I want to be you when I grow up!'" And then she added: "There's Jane...