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Feb 20, 2014

1. FACEBOOK REALLY LIKES WHATSAPP

The world's biggest social networking company is buying the mobile messaging service for up to $19 billion in cash and stock.

2. TRUCE IN UKRAINE

President Yanukovych meets with opposition leaders, and the two sides agree to halt the violence and hold talks.

3. DRAMATIC DAY IN SOCHI

Russia's hockey team — and 15-year-old figure skater — both fall; Ted Ligety becomes the first American man with two Alpine skiing gold medals; and Pussy Riot members are publicly horsewhipped by auxiliary police.

4. ON SECOND THOUGHT, DON'T FOLLOW THAT CAR

The Homeland Security Department abruptly drops plans to ask a private company for access to a nationwide database of license plate tracking information.

5. SETBACK FOR KEYSTONE PIPELINE

A judge strikes down the governor's approval of a route through Nebraska for the pipe that would carry crude from Canada to Texas.

6. WHO SAYS U.S. DISCUSSED PRISONER SWAP?

A senior Taliban official says indirect talks with Washington in recent months focused on exchanging Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo for a U.S. soldier captured in Afghanistan.

7. ISRAEL SENDING UNWANTED AFRICAN MIGRANTS TO UGANDA

The resettlement program offers a one-way ticket and a stipend — but no guarantee of safety from conflict or persecution.

8. WHY SOME WOMEN MAY BE IN LABOR LONGER

New guidelines say doctors should give otherwise healthy women more time to deliver vaginally before assuming labor has stalled, the latest recommendation in efforts to prevent unnecessary C-sections.

9. WEATHER WARMUP HAS A DOWN SIDE

Weeks of subfreezing temperatures are giving way to 40s and 50s, putting many Midwestern and Northeastern cities on guard for flooding.

10. WHERE PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN WANTED HIS SON RAISED

The late actor's will requests that the boy be raised in New York, Chicago or San Francisco so he'll be exposed to "culture, arts and architecture."

Comments

Tri-cities realist

See http://m.nydailynews.com/1.16099...

This story makes me sick. This is what happens when govt agencies are out of control, which started due to a difference of opinion between doctors. I would hope we could all agree that the Mass. DCF is in the wrong here when they took custody of Justina, due to unsubstantiated allegations. Beware.

Lanivan

One would think this is a rare situation, but my experience with a similar one, although under totally different circumstances, tells me it is not. It is very possible to fall into a limbo scenario whereby the mix of institutional, state, medical, and insurance rules and regulations can create a nightmare of poor treatment, incorrect diagnoses, unnecessary and needless pain and suffering, and even premature death.

There very well may be more to this story than we are getting here, but the bottom line is: Always try to have an advocate available if you think you will be hospitalized or admitted into a care facility - ideally someone who is able to research and understand medical terms and other regulatory issues, and one who is prepared to fight for your life, should it come to that.

Tri-cities realist

An advocate available? You mean like the girl's father and mother? This is a minor child that was taken from her parents over a year ago. They are "allowed" to see her for an hour a week. There have not been charges filed against the parents for their supposed "abuse" of their daughter by following the directions of a respected doctor. The state claims they overmedicated their daughter by following the treatment prescribed by a doctor. If this was your daughter would you sit by lamenting about "limbo scenarios" or would you do everything in your power to expose the abuse by the state DCF? Well that is exactly what the father has done. He is speaking out. And for doing that he may be arrested for violating a gag order, meanwhile his daughter is dying in a hospital, without the comfort of her parents. I'm going to go throw up now.

And if in fact there is more to the story, why no charges against the parents for over a year? I thought you disagreed with holding people against their will indefinitely, especially an American citizen who is a minor. Where is YOUR outrage?

Perhaps the advocate should be a well armed attorney who knows the law and won't be afraid to defend your rights at all costs.

Vladtheimp

#2. Old news - Putin's puppets in charge of Ukraine have unleashed government snipers on unarmed civilian protesters with many killed; Obama threatens sanctions (wait for hysterical laughter to subside - Iran, Syria, Libya) in show of success for his and Hillary's reset button.

#11. LOL - IN THE WORLD OF AP, FIRST AMENDMENT THREATS TO FREEDOM OF THE PRESS BY OBAMA IS NOT SOMETHING WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT.

They want to go into newspaper newsrooms - where the FCC has no jurisdiction, but Little Lord Obama has a cell phone and a pen - he can change the law as he sees fit.

Lets get an opinion from the Grand Haven Tribune editorial staff; hopefully, Obama doesn't have an interrogator in their newsroom YEThttp://online.wsj.com/news/artic...

#12. THE CONTINUING DUMBING DOWN OF THE AMERICAN VOTER

A recent report released by the National Science Foundation has garnered quite a bit of media attention after revealing a survey that found 25% of Americans couldn’t correctly answer the question, “does the Earth go around the Sun or does the Sun go around the Earth?” http://newsfeed.time.com/2014/02...

Lanivan

#2. This is Putin's nightmare, not Obama's. Are you suggesting Obama should insert himself into this, perhaps interceding on behalf of Putin, or even sending US drones over? Oh yeah - your men Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld were so full of hubris they actually thought we could win in Iraq. Look at that colossal failure - the only winners were Halliburton and all the hundreds of private contractors that left empty, unfinished buildings that are now smoldering after one of the bloodiest, violent years in Iraqi modern history. And now you are mocking Obama for keeping us out of Trillion dollar skirmishes. The winners are those who make billions on the privatization of war, but the rest of us poor saps don't do so well. The US is not the world's policeman.

#12. Ever watch 'Jaywalking' on the Jay Leno show? People are unbelievably ignorant and misinformed (thank you Fox News!) on so many topics - politics, history, current events, science. But very up-to-the-minute on sports and Miley Cyrus. Just the way Corporate Republicans like it. By the way, have you read this?: STUDY: Watching Only Fox News Makes You Less Informed Than Watching No News At All

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/s...

Vladtheimp

#2, Obama's capitulations to Putin on the Missile Shield to protect Eastern Europe, and on Syria sent a message to Ukraine and Putin - to Ukraine, you better align yourself with Russia rather than the West because Obama won't protect you - and to Putin - go for expanding your hegemony. That's what's playing out in Kiev

"Tensions spiked in late November when Yanukovych accepted a $15 billion loan from Russia and rejected a trade deal with the European Union. That move that infuriated the country's opposition leadership, who had been pushing for a closer alignment with Europe.

Russia has sought to maintain its geopolitical and economic influence by keeping the former Soviet republic closely aligned with it. That has led to clashed between European leaders and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who talked Yanukovych out of the long-planned treaty with the EU." http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline... .

And who can forget http://youtu.be/Py8BF0hHPnc

#12 LOL - Look before your leap

Study: Democrats more likely to think astrology is scientific, less likely to know Earth revolves around the sun http://hotair.com/archives/2014/...

Guess all those ignorant democrats are fixated on Fox News 24/7 Eh Lanny?

Lanivan

#2. So here we have Vlad, the plenipotentiary of the Right-Wingers, espousing on the dangers of ignoring the opportunity of making every instance of global turmoil a reason to attack President Obama. Obama and the Eu are doing exactly what they need to do - forceful calls for diplomacy coupled with the possibility of economic sanctions. The US does not control outcomes of every nation - capitulations, my popka.

I like this explanation and timeline: Why is Ukraine in turmoil? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-...

#12. Hey - Barry! This is a case study of what I was referring to when I mentioned propaganda right-wing websites frothing at the mouth and you people needing to get a life.

Vladtheimp

#2. Forceful diplomacy? The Great Pretender wouldn't know forceful diplomacy if it bit him in his Moms' Jeans. Your link is relatively accurate and confirms what I wrote.

#12. I guess you missed (intentionally?) that the "right=wing website" was quoting from a paper by James Lindgren, JD, PhD
Professor of Law, Director, Demography of Diversity Project
Northwestern University, I'm giving you a link to the study so you can inform yourself as to whether it is frothing at the mouth, unless, of course, in the liberal world it is disallowed to discuss scientific studies. http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/Deli...

Lanivan

#2. I'm glad my link to the BBC met with your approval. The main difference between mine and yours is that the BBC is unbiased, balanced, reasoned, and doesn't allow a situation of long-brewing hostilities become an opportunity to skewer Obama.

#12. Ok, Ok - it was intentional. Frankly, I don't follow astrology much, and rarely take stock in it, but whenever I read about the 12 signs of the Zodiac and compare them with various individuals, I am amazed at how uncannily accurate the descriptions are.

Tri-cities realist

Totally off subject, but is Ukraine's president Tom Delay's long lost brother? I see a resemblance in the pic.

Vladtheimp

Couldn't be - Democrats haven't gone after his scalp and the mainstream media haven't done any hit pieces on him yet; of course, since he's Putin's Puppet don't expect to see any soon no matter how many Ukrainian Tea Party members he slaughters.

Tri-cities realist

I should have thought of that...

bigdeal

13. News media doesn't cover 100,000 marcher protest in Raleigh, NC against the Republicant's and the Tea Party. Talk about dumbing down! There is no more NEWS coverage anymore, only sensationalism to promote hits. "The Reaganistas deregulated the media , making truth play second fiddle to profits."
http://bluntandcranky.wordpress....
http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/stor...

Vladtheimp

The news media also failed to cover this interesting aspect of the so-called "Moral March" :

‘Can’t make this up’! NC NAACP tells voter ID protesters to bring photo ID to Moral March http://www.freerepublic.com/focu...

Lanivan

I just Googled "naacp protestors moral march photo id", and scrolled down through about 3 pages of the Who's Who list of right-wing propaganda machine websites, all frothing at the mouth. Would you people get a life?

Barry Soetoro

No. You people first.

Vladtheimp

How about addressing the issue of the need for ID for protecting the sanctity of a parade vs. protecting the sanctity of the election process?

I don't need to Google the cesspools of left-wing websites to know how often I will read "racism" and "suppressing the vote" concerning voter ID.

Lanivan

"Sanctity of the election process"? Are you referring to the unholy Florida voting fiasco of 2000 Bush election? Or perhaps this assertion of voter fraud that circulated after the 2012 election that snopes.com has proven totally false: http://www.snopes.com/politics/b...

Barry Soetoro

Ha ha ha. Snopes. They run neck and neck with Wikipedia for a reliable source of information - with no political slant. You crack me up, L....or did I already tell you that? I have my music turned up too loud.

Lanivan

I hear you loud and clear. Speaking of reliable political slants, if you are listening to PussyRiot, the lyrics! They really, really do not like Putin. At all.

Barry Soetoro

And now I have something in common with PussyRiot:

http://www.cafepress.com/mf/7057...

This should work as the Official T-shirt of The March Down Washington....

Lanivan

I could make a comment about your first statement, but I won't.

Love the t-shirt! Def count me in.

Barry Soetoro

Go ahead and fire away. Just be sure to use the word "alleged" in front of whatever you label me or I will Alert Us.

Lanivan

Hey, I have a great idea...we could form a band called AllegedlyAlert. You could write the music, and I would write the lyrics, of course. I have so much I could write about. Matching t's, skinny jeans - cool! (I've been told I resemble Eric Clapton's back-up singer....). We'd be a big hit at the Kirby this summer, don't ya think?

Barry Soetoro

Kirby's too high class for BS. How about Sporty's?

Vladtheimp

"As election law expert and New York Times bestselling author J. Christian Adams has explained, "[l]iberal foundations, public interest law firms and advocacy groups have created a permanent network of experts and organizations devoted to an arcane but critical task: monopolizing the narrative on election laws and procedures. Cloaking their actions in the rhetoric of civil rights and the right to vote, they seek to affect the outcome of the election. They challenge any effort to protect the integrity of the ballot box by denying the possibility of vote fraud and crying 'Jim Crow.'"

No single group in American history ever outdid ACORN in terms of voter registration fraud. At least 52 individuals who worked for ACORN or its affiliates, or who were connected to ACORN, have been convicted of voter registration fraud. ACORN itself was convicted in Nevada last year of the crime of "compensation." Under the leadership of ACORN official Amy Adele Busefink, who was also convicted of the same crime, ACORN paid voter registration canvassers cash bonuses for exceeding their quotas. This is illegal because it gives people an incentive to commit fraud by adding Mickey Mouse and Mary Poppins to the voter rolls.

Under Busefink's leadership, ACORN and its affiliate Project Vote generated an impressive 1.1 million voter registration packages across America in 2008. The problem was that election officials invalidated 400,000 -- that's 36 percent -- of the registrations filed. It is highly unlikely that typographic and other innocent errors alone generated so much bogus paperwork. And this is only one activist group's fraudulent activities in one election." http://www.americanthinker.com/2...

Oh, I forgot, there is no sanctity of the election process to progressives, who condone the IRS suppression of the conservative vote in the last presidential election and now want to enshrine it in new IRS rules.

Lanivan

Really? We're back to Acorn? Sigh. In 2008, John McCain said fraudulent registrations collected by ACORN were "one of the greatest frauds in voter history in this country, maybe destroying the fabric of democracy." The Congressional Research Service found no proof that anyone improperly registered by ACORN tried to vote.

Last December, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus declared that Wisconsin is "absolutely riddled with voter fraud." In fact, the state's voter fraud rate in 2004 was 0.0002 percent—just 7 votes.

Between 2000 and 2010, there were:

649 million votes cast in general elections

47,000 UFO sightings

441 Americans killed by lightning

13 credible cases of in-person voter impersonation
http://www.motherjones.com/polit...

In 2009, Peter Dreier and Christopher Martin of Occidental College studied the media coverage of ACORN during the 2008 election and concluded:

82.8% of the stories failed to mention that actual voter fraud is very rare

80.3% of the stories failed to mention that ACORN was reporting registration irregularities to authorities, as required by law

85.1% of the stories about ACORN failed to note that ACORN was acting to stop incidents of registration problems by its (mostly temporary) employees when it became aware of these problems

95.8% of the stories failed to provide deeper context, especially efforts by Republican Party officials to use allegations of "voter fraud" to dampen voting by low‐income and minority Americans, including the firing of U.S. Attorneys who refused to cooperate with the politicization of voter-fraud accusations—firings that ultimately led to the resignation of U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

http://www.thenation.com/blog/16...

Vladtheimp

Mother Jones and The Nation - no wonder astrology is so compelling for you . . . . ;->

Lanivan

You're a Taurus, aren't you? Am I right here, or what?

Lanivan

You just can't admit when I'm right, right?

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