Reader Selected News For The Week Of Jan 31 To Feb 6

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Carnegie Mellon Course: Invent New Kind Of Pornography

From the Daily Caller:

Carnegie Mellon Course Has Students Invent New Pornography

By Blake Neff | January 29, 2015

A bizarre new course offered at Carnegie Mellon University is challenging students to “resist” the Internet by crafting viral content, hustling people for money and, of course, inventing a new genre of pornography.

The class, titled “Internet Resistance“ and first noticed at the Vice-spinoff Motherboard, is offered at the university’s art school… The site’s syllabus describes it as “both a schizo-seminar about critical issues in cyberculture and a trans-media studio course to develop terrible ideas for the networked society.”

One such critical issue in cyberculture, it seems, is Rule 34, the principle that if something exists, there is porn of it.

Students are told to “create an artifact that defines a new porn/fetish genre,” and will receive an A if it can be demonstrated that their pornography aroused somebody.

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Kerry Fined For Not Shoveling Snow, Poll Finds Science Gap

First from a bemused Boston Globe:

Kerry fined for failing to shovel sidewalk outside home

By Meghan E. Irons | January 29, 2015

… On Thursday, Boston officials said they slapped John F. Kerry with a $50 fine for failing to clear the snow-clogged sidewalk on the Pinckney Street side of his Beacon Hill mansion. It was a very public rebuke of one of the city’s most famous dwellers…

The secretary will promptly pay the fine, his spokesman Glen Johnson said Thursday afternoon…Kerry was in Saudi Arabia attending the funeral of King Abdullah with President Obama…

Mr. and Mrs. Heinz don’t have any servants? No, we suspect Mr. Kerry refused to have his sidewalk shoveled to prove that he is an enlightened believer in man-made global warming.

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Communist Party Announces Alignment With Democrats

From the Daily Caller:

Communist Party USA Chairman Vows Cooperation With Democratic Party

By Eric Owens | January 29, 2015

The chairman of the National Committee of the Communist Party USA has penned a 2,023-word manifesto making the critical point that American Communists are eager to work with the Democratic Party to advance the modern communist agenda and achieve communist goals.

Of course this is nothing new. As we noted back in 2007 and 2008, the CPUSA backed Obama to the hilt in his campaign for the Presidency. And they even gave him their official endorsement. In fact, the CPUSA’s platform then was practically identical to the DNC’s. And it has only gotten more so since.

But for some odd reason none of this information ever got any attention from our news media.

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Lefty Pundits Begin Their Work: Walker Is A Stupid Racist

From NewsBusters:

Lefty Writer: Scott Walker Suffers From a ‘Lack [of] Imagination’ and ‘Hammer-Headed Obstinacy’

By Tom Johnson | January 29, 2015

On Wednesday, two [leftist pundits] suggested that [Scott] Walker’s hardline right-wing ideology and his hardball political skills make him a front-rank contender for the Republican nomination. In a Talking Points Memo column, Ed Kilgore mused that Walker may have an “especially seductive” appeal to the party base given that “he won over and over again in Wisconsin without compromising with conservatism’s enemies. Indeed, he behaved almost like a liberal caricature of a conservative villain. And it was deliberate.”

Kilgore added: This is catnip to conservatives. They’re being endlessly lectured by mainstream media pundits and political professionals in their own camp that they need to “compromise” with Democrats or “reach out” to new constituencies beyond their base if they are to win presidential elections.

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4.7M Illegal Kids Will Be Able To Get Amnesty On Feb 18th

From a giddy Reuters:

U.S. sets Feb. 18 for children of undocumented immigrants to seek status

By Sandra Maler | January 29, 2015

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will begin accepting applications on Feb. 18 for temporary legal status from children of undocumented immigrants who came to the United States with their parents, under a plan announced by President Barack Obama last November.

The U.S. Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS) said on Thursday the applications for the program to defer deportation and obtain a 3-year legal status would be available to undocumented immigrants who entered the country as children before 2010…

Yippee! And, yes, you can bet that after the three years are up they will all turn in their work permits and Social Security cards and their ‘legal status.’

The plan will let up to 4.7 million of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States stay without threat of deportation…

"This expansion is set to benefit nearly 1 million people, and will protect them from deportation and provide them with work permits," United We Dream, an immigrant youth organization, said on Thursday, welcoming the announcement.

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MSM: Obama Wants To Kill Sequester, GOP Should Too

First, from the Associated Press:

What red ink? As deficits dip, all sides seek more spending

By JIM KUHNHENN | January 30, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — The deficit is dead. Long live the deficit.

The AP really wants its readers to think the deficit is dead? How can a republic survive when its news media intentionally misinform its citizens and their representatives?

As the nation’s ledger adjusts to decreasing levels of deficit spending, the voices in Washington calling for austerity are barely audible. Republicans want more defense spending. Democrats want more domestic spending. And President Barack Obama wants both.

This is simply untrue. Obama is pushing to kill off the so-called sequester cuts, once and for all. (And never mind that the sequester was his idea.) But in order to do so, he has to agree to end the sequester cuts on the military, as well.

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Senate Passes Keystone Despite Obama Promise To Veto

From a deeply disappointed Washington Post:

Senate passes Keystone XL pipeline bill despite Obama promise to veto

By Paul Kane January 29, 2015

The Senate approved legislation Thursday mandating construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, setting the stage for a veto showdown with President Obama.

It sure sounds like the Washington Post wants Obama to veto this bipartisan bill. Which is odd, given all their talk about the need for Congress and Obama to work together. (Which, of course, only means they want the Republicans to cave to Obama.)

In a 62-to-36 vote, 53 Republicans and nine Democrats approved a bill seeking to force completion of the 840-mile pipeline, a measure Obama has vowed to veto while federal environmental reviews continue…

So Democrat votes are just window-dressing, since the vote is not veto proof.

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Tapes Undermine Hillary’s Push For Gadhafi’s Overthrow

From the Washington Times:

Exclusive: Secret tapes undermine Hillary Clinton on Libyan war

Joint Chiefs, key lawmaker held own talks with Moammar Gadhafi regime

By Jeffrey Scott Shapiro and Kelly Riddell | January 28, 2015

Top Pentagon officials and a senior Democrat in Congress so distrusted Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2011 march to war in Libya that they opened their own diplomatic channels with the Gadhafi regime in an effort to halt the escalating crisis, according to secret audio recordings recovered from Tripoli. The tapes, reviewed by The Washington Times and authenticated by the participants, chronicle U.S. officials’ unfiltered conversations with Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s son and a top Libyan leader, including criticisms that Mrs. Clinton had developed tunnel vision and led the U.S.

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WH Official: Israel’s Amb Put Netanyahu Above Israel, US

From a cheering New York Times:

Administration Official Criticizes Israeli Ambassador Over Netanyahu Visit

By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS | January 28, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, after days of mounting tension, signaled on Wednesday how angry it is with Israel that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted Republican leaders’ invitation to address Congress on Iran without consulting the White House.

The outrage the episode has incited within President Obama’s inner circle became clear in unusually sharp criticism by a senior administration official who said that the Israeli ambassador, Ron Dermer, who helped orchestrate the invitation, had repeatedly placed Mr. Netanyahu’s political fortunes above the relationship between Israel and the United States…

Lest we forget, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel Merkel, an Obama Administration ally, was hosted at the White House prior to the recent German elections.

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A Taliban Terrorist Kills 3 American Contractors In Kabul

From an unfazed Washington Post:

Taliban claims responsibility for attack on Americans at military base near airport

By Sudarsan Raghavan and Missy Ryan | January 30, 2015

KABUL — The Taliban claimed responsibility Friday for a shooting incident at a military base attached to Kabul’s international airport yesterday that killed three American civilian contractors and an Afghan national, saying the attacker had infiltrated the ranks of the security forces.

On Twitter, the militant group’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, tweeted that the shooter’s name was Ihsanullah, from Laghman province in eastern Afghanistan. He said the man had infiltrated the ranks of the Afghan security forces and was working at Kabul’s airport. The attacker “opened fire on invaders” before he was “martyred by return fire,” Mujahid tweeted.

Immediately after Thursday’s attack, during which a fourth American contractor was also wounded, suspicion fell on a possible “insider attack” perpetrated by a member of the Afghan security forces who also had access to the military base at the airport.

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Obama-Swapped Taliban Leader Has Returned To Jihad

From CNN:

Officials: Detainee swapped for Bergdahl suspected of militant activities

By Barbara Starr | January 29, 2015

Washington (CNN) The U.S. military and intelligence community now suspect that one of the five Taliban detainees released from Guantanamo Bay in return for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in May of last year has attempted to return to militant activity from his current location in Qatar by making contact with suspected Taliban associates in Afghanistan, multiple officials tell CNN. The development has led to an ongoing debate inside the administration about whether there is a new threat from this man, and potentially the other four.

What debate? This is settled science. The Taliban aren’t terrorists, they are just insurgents. And, in fact, they are victorious insurgents, at least as far as the White House is concerned.

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California Declares Electronic Cigarettes A Health Threat

From a cheering Associated Press:

Calif. Declares Electronic Cigarettes a Health Threat

January 28, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California health officials Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as "vaping” grows in popularity.

The California Department of Public Health report says e-cigarettes emit cancer-causing chemicals and get users hooked on nicotine but acknowledges that more research needs to be done to determine the immediate and long-term health effects.

"E-cigarettes are not as harmful as conventional cigarettes, but e-cigarettes are not harmless” said California Health Officer Ron Chapman. "They are not safe.”

Where is the proof? Or is this assertion just based on a scientific consensus that somebody made up?

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Melee Halts St. Louis Meeting On Civilian Police Oversight

From the New York Daily News:

Melee halts St. Louis City Hall meeting on civilian oversight of police

By Jason Molinet | January 29, 2015

A St. Louis City Hall meeting exploring the creation of a civilian-run police oversight board was halted Wednesday night when a melee erupted, highlighting the still simmering tensions exposed when an unarmed black Ferguson, Mo., teen was shot dead by a white cop last August.

Is that what this highlighted? We thought it might highlight how out of control the grieving protesters have gotten.

The crowd grew testy an hour into the public forum as police officers spoke in opposition to the bill and state Rep. Jeff Roorda, who doubles as the business manager of the city’s police union, got into a shouting match with meeting chairman Alderman Terry Kennedy, according to the St.

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Obama Wants Increase Federal Spending By $70 Billion

First, from a cheering Associated Press:

Obama to seek to bust limits on domestic, defense spending

By JOSH LEDERMAN | January 29, 2015 

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will seek to bust through spending limits for both domestic and defense programs, the White House said Thursday, negating the effects of across-the-board cuts agreed to by both Democrats and Republicans and signed by Obama into law.

Obama’s budget proposal to Congress will "fully reverse" the so-called sequestration cuts on the domestic side, while boosting national security programs by an equal amount, the White House said…

And never mind that the sequester cuts have already been done away with for all intents and purposes on the domestic side. Only the military is still being cut.

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