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  • NYT Tries Again to Sell Off Struggling Boston Globe (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    02/21/2013 2:36:23 PM PST · by abb · 17 replies
    News Busters ^ | February 21, 2013 | Matthew Sheffield
    The New York Times Company, owners of the Boston Globe newspaper, is once again trying to find someone to take the struggling Massachusetts newspaper off its hands. The Times previously tried to sell the Globe in 2009 but canceled the sale process after it received concessions from is unions (love the irony there). More from Reuters: The sale is expected to come at a big loss. Ken Doctor, an analyst with Outsell Research, estimated that the Globe could fetch about $150 million. The New York Times paid $1.1 billion for the newspaper in 1993. The New York Times is putting...
  • US senator says drones death toll is 4700

    02/21/2013 2:35:44 PM PST · by null and void · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12:53AM GMT 21 Feb 2013
    A US senator has said an estimated 4,700 people, including some civilians, have been killed in the contentious bombing raids of America's secretive drone war. It was the first time a politician or any government representative had referred to a total number of fatalities in the drone strikes, which have been condemned by rights groups as extrajudicial assassinations.
  • Hyderabad Bomb Blasts: Two Deadly Explosions Leave Terror Cloud over India

    02/21/2013 2:35:28 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 2 replies
    Time ^ | Thursday, February 21, 2013 | Krista Mahr
    At least 12 people have been killed and scores injured in twin bomb blasts on Thursday that authorities believe may have been a terrorist attack in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad. There has been no official confirmation as to the nature of the blasts, but government officials have said they was carried out by a “well-trained” group and were coordinated. Local media reports that the blasts comes two days after government security agencies sent an advisory to states to tighten security in light of potential threats from militant groups operating in the region related to the recent state executions...
  • Hyderabad Bomb Blasts: Two Deadly Explosions Leave Terror Cloud over India

    02/21/2013 2:35:16 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 7 replies
    Time ^ | Thursday, February 21, 2013 | Krista Mahr
    At least 12 people have been killed and scores injured in twin bomb blasts on Thursday that authorities believe may have been a terrorist attack in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad. There has been no official confirmation as to the nature of the blasts, but government officials have said they was carried out by a “well-trained” group and were coordinated. Local media reports that the blasts comes two days after government security agencies sent an advisory to states to tighten security in light of potential threats from militant groups operating in the region related to the recent state executions...
  • Bill to seek 10% solar energy standard(MN)

    02/21/2013 2:34:33 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 23 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 2-21-13 | Leslie Brooks Suzukamo
    Minnesota should have a mandate for using solar energy similar to the one it has for using renewable wind energy, say backers of a pair of bills to be filed Thursday in the State Legislature. The bills would require the state's utilities to produce 10 percent of electricity from solar energy by 2030. A solar standard would raise present utility rates by 1 percent per year, starting with the first year, and be borne by ratepayers, its backers said in a news conference at the State Capitol Wednesday, Feb. 20. But legislators sponsoring the Solar Energy Jobs Act emphasized it...
  • Ex-Obamacare foe Gov. Rick Scott waves white flag on Medicaid expansion

    02/21/2013 2:33:06 PM PST · by Perdogg · 24 replies
    When the history of President Obama’s drive for national health care is written, there are several moments that will be looked back upon as having cemented the law in place. There were “conservative” Democrats Ben Nelson and Bart Stupak dropping their objections to Obamacare to get the legislation across the finish line. There was Chief Justice John Roberts siding with the Supreme Court’s liberals to uphold the constitutionality of the law. There was President Obama’s reelection victory, which crushed any feasible path to full repeal. On Thursday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s delivered yet another blow to opponents to Obamacare by...
  • Gas tax, bike fee fuel House Dems’ transportation plan

    02/21/2013 2:32:32 PM PST · by null and void · 5 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | February 20, 2013 | Andrew Garber and Mike Lindblom
    House Democrats propose a $10 billion transportation package that would gradually raise the gasoline tax to 47.5 cents a gallon within five years. A transportation proposal by state Democrats would raise $10 billion in revenue. The plan would include as much as 10 cents on fuel over five years.
  • The Anti-Choice Left's Disarming of the American Woman

    02/21/2013 2:31:28 PM PST · by Bryan · 5 replies
    Townhall ^ | February 20, 2013 | Michelle Malkin
    If radical gun-grabbers have their way, your daughters, mothers and grandmothers will have nothing but whistles, pens and bodily fluids to defend themselves against violent attackers and sexual predators. Women of all ages, races and political backgrounds should be up in arms over the coordinated attack on their right to bear arms. In Colorado this week, male Democratic legislators assailed concealed-carry supporters and disparaged female students who refuse to depend on the government for protection. The Democrat-controlled House passed a statewide ban on concealed-carry weapons on college campuses, along with several other extreme gun-control measures that will undermine citizen safety...
  • Mamma mia!: Quebec language cops don’t like the Italian in restaurant menu

    02/21/2013 2:28:01 PM PST · by null and void · 17 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Feb. 21 2013, 6:48 AM EST | Nelson Wyatt
    The word “pasta” is a little too Italian for Quebec’s language cops. They’d prefer something more in the language of Moliere than Michaelangelo when it comes to menus, even in Italian restaurants. “Pasta” wasn’t the only word that left a sour taste when they recently chewed over the menu at Buonanotte, a trendy Italian restaurant in Montreal. There were several other words that didn’t have enough of a French flavour for the Office Quebecois de la language francaise.
  • GOP Has Trouble Settling on Candidates Who Can Win [Michael Barone]

    02/21/2013 2:25:33 PM PST · by Bryan · 9 replies
    Townhall ^ | February 21, 2013 | Michael Barone
    One of the interesting things about recent elections is that Republicans have tended to do better the farther you go down the ballot. They've lost the presidency twice in a row, and in four of the last six contests. They've failed to win a majority in the U.S. Senate, something they accomplished in five election cycles between 1994 and 2006. But they have won control of the House of Representatives in the last two elections, and in eight of the last 10 cycles. And they've been doing better in elections to state legislatures than at any time since the 1920s....
  • White Britons now a minority in London

    02/21/2013 2:24:41 PM PST · by tgusa · 13 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | Feb 21 | Jack Doyle
    More than 600,000 white British Londoners have left the capital in a decade. Census figures show that between 2001 and 2011 the level of ‘white flight’ reached 620,000. It is the equivalent of a city the size of Glasgow – made up entirely of white Britons – moving out of the capital.
  • Illinois state senator pushes anti-anonymity bill

    02/21/2013 2:24:19 PM PST · by null and void · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3:42 AM 02/21/2013 | Josh Peterson
    A recently introduced bill in the Illinois state Senate would require anonymous website comment posters to reveal their identities if they want to keep their comments online. The bill, called the Internet Posting Removal Act, is sponsored by Illinois state Sen. Ira Silverstein. It states that a “web site administrator upon request shall remove any comments posted on his or her web site by an anonymous poster unless the anonymous poster agrees to attach his or her name to the post and confirms that his or her IP address, legal name, and home address are accurate.” The Democratic lawmaker’s bill, which does...
  • Gilded Class Warriors [Victor Davis Hanson]

    02/21/2013 2:21:35 PM PST · by Bryan · 4 replies
    Townhall ^ | February 21, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    In his first term President Obama was criticized for trash-talking the one-percenters while enjoying the aristocracy of Martha's Vineyard and the nation's most exclusive golf courses. Obama never quite squared his accusations that "millionaires and billionaires" had not paid their fair share with his own obvious enjoyment of the perks of "corporate jet owners," "fat cat bankers" and Las Vegas junketeers. Now, that paradox has continued right off the bat in the second term. In the State of the Union, Obama once more went after "the few," and "the wealthiest and the most powerful," whom he blasted as the "well-off...
  • President Obama To Rev. Sharpton: "Best Of Times And The Worst Of Times For African Americans"

    02/21/2013 2:21:16 PM PST · by Biggirl · 3 replies
    http://nation.foxnews.com/ ^ | February 21, 2013 | FOX News
    President Obama gave his take on Black History Month during an interview conducted with Al Sharpton this afternoon.
  • Whole Foods' Chicken Ad Featuring Obama Outrages Neighbors

    02/21/2013 2:21:00 PM PST · by null and void · 21 replies
    NBC 4 New York ^ | Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 | Pei-Sze Cheng
    The supermarket took down the sign after shoppers complained it was offensive Some Whole Foods customers are complaining about a sign featuring the president that advertises a sale on chicken. A Whole Foods supermarket in New York has removed a sign that used a drawing of President Barack Obama to advertise a sale on chicken after complaints that the ad was offensive. The sign outside the supermarket on Manhattan's Upper West Side, featuring an apparent caricature of Obama advertising an upcoming sale on whole organic chickens, outraged neighbor Woody Henderson. "There are certain things that have been used to put...
  • Hispanicked GOP Elite: They'll Respect Us In the Morning [Coulter]

    02/21/2013 2:18:41 PM PST · by Bryan · 2 replies
    Townhall ^ | February 21, 2013 | Ann Coulter
    Don't anyone tell Marco Rubio, John McCain or Jeff Flake that nearly 80 percent of Hindus voted for Obama, or who knows what they'll come up with. I understand the interest of business lobbies in getting cheap, unskilled labor through amnesty, but why do Republican officeholders want to create up to 20 million more Democratic voters, especially if it involves flouting the law? Are the campaign donations from the soulless rich more important than actual voters? Without citing any evidence, the Rubio Republicans simply assert that granting 12 million to 20 million illegal aliens amnesty will make Hispanics warm to...
  • Thank you JIm

    02/21/2013 2:17:52 PM PST · by PeaRidge · 31 replies
    Thank you very much for the hard work. A day without FR is difficult.
  • Joe Biden's Shotgun Advice Could Land Jill Biden in Jail

    02/21/2013 2:17:51 PM PST · by CJ Wolf · 9 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | Feb 20th 2013 | Steven Nelson
    Vice President Joe Biden might want to have a talk with his son, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, before he makes another public statement about guns. In a Facebook "chat" Tuesday, the vice president said that he had advised his wife, Jill, to fire a shotgun in the air from their Delaware home's porch if she was concerned for her safety.
  • Obama reaches out to Boehner, McConnell on sequester

    02/21/2013 2:16:45 PM PST · by South40 · 11 replies
    CBSNews.com ^ | 2/21/2013
    For the first time since the waning days of the "fiscal cliff" battle in late December, President Obama reached out to congressional Republican leaders to talk about next week's impending budget cuts known as the sequester. "He placed calls earlier today to [Senate Minority Leader Mitch] McConnell and [House] Speaker [John] Boehner," White House spokesman Jay Carney announced today. "Had good conversations, but I have no further readout of those calls for you." Both Boehner's and McConnell's offices confirmed the calls took place but neither would give details about what was discussed.
  • Activists stand by sequoia tree to be cut down

    02/21/2013 2:13:13 PM PST · by null and void · 19 replies
    KGW ^ | February 21, 2013 | Keely Chalmers & Art Edwards
    PORTLAND -- Activists stood beside a 12-story sequoia tree Thursday morning that the city of Portland planned to cut down to make way for a pedestrian and bicycle greenway. The protestors crossed over caution tape and their presence halted the chopping down of the sequoia along with other, less iconic trees close by. Neighbors in Portland's St. Johns area have been battling the city plan to cut down the decades-old tree in Pier Park. The tree at the center of the controversy is a giant sequoia that stands about 120 feet tall and measures 18 feet around.  It's one of...