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Reader Selected News For Week Jan 25 – Jan 31

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This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Saturday, January 25th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Reader Selected News For Week Jan 25 – Jan 31”

  1. canary

    Wendy Davis candidate for Texas Governor faces new ethnic complaint saying she did not disclose all her financial assets.

    BreitBart: WENDY DAVIS FACES ETHICS COMPLAINT IN TEXAS

    Jan 28 2014

    On the tail of last week’s scandals surrounding the distortion of facts in the personal life story of Texas gubernatorial candidate State Sen. Wendy Davis comes an ethics complaint filed by a citizen with the Texas Ethics Commission (TEC).

    The complaint alleges Sen. Davis misrepresented her assets on her annual Personal Finance Statements filed with the TEC.

    The complaint came to light in an article posted by Kevin Palmer on WatchdogWire.com.

    The complaint alleges that her failure to make certain disclosures violates the Texas State Code that requires state officers and candidates for public office to make certain types of assets and relationships public as part of an effort to increase transparency and avoid conflicts of interest. Palmer wrote:

    The complaint alleges that Davis failed to disclose her ownership of stocks and mutual funds, capital gains made on the sale of those mutual funds, interest earned on several bank accounts, and professional ties to registered lobbyists associated with a law firm at which she is employed.

    Davis allegedly failed to make these financial disclosures on three of the four Personal Financial Statements she has filed since taking office in 2009.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-G.....t-In-Texas

  2. canary

    NY Congressman Grimm threatens to throw reporter off balcony they were standing by and cut the reporter’s body in half. Grimm is known to display bi-polar behavior with reporters in the past. Twice he threatened to kill the reporter, but insists there was nothing wrong with his criminal actions, even more frightening since Grimm is former FBI agent.
    Caught on air:

    “Let me be clear to you: If you ever do that to me again, I’ll throw you off this f***ing balcony,” Grimm said.

    “No, no. You’re not man enough, you’re not man enough. I’ll break you in half, like a boy,” Grimm replied.

    See video of the maniac and the article at story below.

    KTVZ: CNN: Congressman Threatens to Throw Reporter off Balcony

    By By Ashley Killough CNN – Jan 29 2014
    http://m.ktvz.com/politics/ny-.....index.html

  3. canary

    NJ Mayor Dawn Zimmer may have lied under oath about keeping a diary.

    Breit Bart: LAWYER: HOBOKEN MAYOR DAWN ZIMMER SAID UNDER OATH SHE DIDN’T KEEP A DIARY

    A lawyer who deposed Hoboken, New Jersey, Mayor Dawn Zimmer told a local news outlet this week that the mayor told attorneys under oath that she did not keep a diary. Zimmer, who is accusing Governor Chris Christie of sending associates to extort her using Hurricane Sandy funding, has given the press a diary as proof of the incident.

    Louis Zayas, a Hudson County attorney who represented a former Hoboken official in a case against the city, says that he heard Zimmer personally deny the existence of any notes chronicling the comings and goings at city hall.

    Zayas represented Angel Alicea, a former Hoboken Public Safety Director awarded $440,000 against the city of Hoboken after being fired from his job. The jury found that his dismissal amounted to discrimination against Alicea for his Latino heritage.

    “When we asked for her diary during the course of discovery,” Zayas said of the case to Hudson County TV, “it turned out that she didn’t have a diary, that she didn’t keep one – which I found very odd for a high-ranking government official.”

    She also testified “that she did not maintain such a calendar or memo pad,” Zayas noted. Zayas also provided Hudson County TV with documents of a transcript of the deposition in which Zimmer denies that she keeps a calendar, notebook, or any other type of chronicle.

    Zayas does not believe Zimmer’s story. “I find her allegations to be outrageous,” he said, “sheer fiction if not a falsehood in every respect.”

    (more)
    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-G.....ep-A-Diary

    I missed the MSNBC wild accusations Zimmer made, but on CNN she said the warning was over the phone not in a parking lot.

  4. captstubby

    five Associated Press writers Fact check SOTU Campain Fundraiser on Americans dime speech.
    http://news.yahoo.com/fact-che.....itics.html

    from ABC/Yahoo;
    Please follow instructions.
    Step one:
    Fifteen minutes before reading article,
    fire up one Goverment Approved, Standard size Medical DOOBIE…”

    • captstubby

      oops,
      forgot to include this important part;
      FDA Disclaimer;
      while using this Medication,
      Do not operate Heavy Equipment before Voting.

  5. canary

    Well Capt’n at least no one applauded when Obama made his bragging statements of making progress with Iran which was a lie. It was towards the end and even he Democrats know his actions with Iran are stupid.

    Israel prevents plotted Al-Qaeda attack on US Embassy

    FoxNews: US Embassy plot reveals Israel’s growing Al Qaeda problem

    By Paul Alster – Jan 26, 2014

    The takedown of an Al Qaeda cell that officials say planned to attack the American Embassy in Tel Aviv has laid bare the threat Israel faces from the world’s most infamous terrorist network as it becomes more dominant in the Sinai Peninsula and the Palestinian territories, say security experts.

    Three radicalized, locally-grown terrorists, whose chain of command stretched all the way up to Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, planned to stage simultaneous suicide bombings of both the International Conference Center in Jerusalem and the U.S. Embassy. The terrorists planned to strike the Jerusalem target again once emergency services arrived. Israeli security agency Shin Bet said there were additional plans for bus attacks, shootings and kidnappings in the pipeline.

    It is not clear how close the terror cell was to carrying out the plot, but Shin Bet sources said the men had been recruited online by a notorious Gaza-based operative, Arib a-Shaham, who answers directly to al-Zawahiri, the Egyptian-born successor to Usama Bin Laden.

    Demonstrating Al Qaeda’s links between the two Palestinian territories, a-Shaham in Gaza recruited the three would-be West Bank terrorists, unaware that the Shin Bet was monitoring their traffic on both Facebook and Skype.

    In recent months there has been growing evidence of Al Qaeda and other Sunni Jihadists gaining a foothold in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

    Ironically, Al Qaeda’s move into the Palestinian territories may have been caused in part by the Egyptian government’s recent clampdown on the smuggling tunnels leading into the Gaza Strip that flourished during former President Mohammad Morsi’s brief tenure, say experts.

    The recent upsurge of rocket attacks from Gaza and Sinai into Israel – there were 13 last week alone which Hamas claimed they had tried to stop – strongly suggests that Gaza is being used as a launch pad by a number of terror groups.

    “Clearly Hamas has the capacity to enforce its will over all the groups,” Israel’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told FoxNews.com.

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2.....a-problem/

    Obama’s pumping up the pressure on Israel is encouraging the terrorists.

  6. captstubby

    Variety News

    Fox News flexed its muscles as the most popular cable news outlet Tuesday night, as its coverage of the State of the Union address out-drew the combined tune-in of rivals CNN and MSNBC. It was also the only one to be up vs. last year’s speech.
    Overall, meanwhile, Nielsen estimates that an average audience of 33.3 million watched the SOTU on 14 broadcast and cable stations, including a tape-delayed airing on Univision. This is down 12% from last year’s 37.8 million and the smallest since President Clinton’s last address, in 2000 (31.5 million).
    Compared to the 2013 State of the Union address, held in February, Fox News was up 28% in total viewers (from 3.68 million) and 25% in adults 25-54 (from 956,000), while CNN was down more than 40% in both categories and MSNBC was off by more than 20 in both.
    This was CNN’s least-watched SOTU since 2005 in both total viewers and the 25-54 demo, and it was MSNBC’s lowest since 2008.
    On the broadcast side, CBS led in average audience for the SOTU address, while NBC was tops in key demos. For the post-address analysis, NBC led with 6.702 million viewers (and a 2.1/5 in adults 25-54) while CBS drew 6.558 million (and a 1.7/4 in 25-54) and ABC bagged 5.565 million (and a 1.7/4 in 25-54).

    http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/n.....dress.html

    • canary

      Capstubby I could only bare to watch the last couple of minutes and chose FOX to do so, to get
      hear the things Obama lied about. CNN is no longer news.

      Here is a letter from 20 Senators in response to one of Obama’s SOTU statements that will lead to higher utilities and fuel charges through the EPA.

      President Obama,

      As a consequence of your recent Executive Order relating to your June 2013 Climate Action Plan (CAP), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has conducted “listening sessions” in anticipation of proposing a rule designed to address emissions of greenhouse gases from existing power plants.

      Leaving aside whether EPA even has the legal authority to do this, as well as the dubious value of conducting “listening sessions” far from the homes of many of those most likely to be affected, we write to urge that you consider the burden to ratepayers before moving forward with plans to increase regulation of the existing power generation fleet.

      In 2009, the American Clean Energy and Security Act, commonly known as “Waxman-Markey,” passed the Democratic-controlled House, but was not even considered in the Senate.

      The central provision of that legislation would have placed a cap on greenhouse gas emissions, which would then be sharply reduced over time. The legislation contemplated a final target of roughly 80% below 2005 levels by 2050.

      This bill was rejected by Congress for a variety of reasons, including primarily the tremendous costs it would impose on consumers and the economy for little or no benefit. For example, one study found that the bill would raise electricity rates by 90% (after adjusting for inflation).

      Your June 2013 CAP announcement differs little from Waxman-Markey. Your CAP reflects the goal you announced in 2009 to reach an 80% emissions reduction by 2050 below 1990 levels. Even if met, this goal, which was developed with no input from Congress, will have no measurable effect on global temperatures.

      The goal will nonetheless cost consumers in the form of increased prices for energy and anything made, grown, or transported using energy. These new costs will result in less disposable income in families’ pockets. That means less money to spend on groceries, doctors’ visits, and education. In short, low cost energy is critical to human health and welfare.

      For some ratepayers, like the millions of rural electric cooperative consumers in the country, coal makes up around 80% of their electricity.

      According to the 2009 Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Expenditure Survey, nearly 40 million American households earning less than $30,000 per year spend almost 20% or more of their income on energy.

      The most vulnerable families are those hit the hardest by bad energy policies and high utility bills.

      For consumers, your Administration’s actions will mean goods are costlier to produce and therefore costlier to purchase.

      Manufacturers and employers will face higher costs of capital and labor. What’s worse, as noted by a 2003 Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report, these are the types of losses that cannot be offset with subsidies or other forms of assistance. As a result these costs will be borne solely and directly by American workers and consumers.

      Manufacturers and companies will face higher production costs if they are denied access to affordable energy, and instead be forced to use costlier, less reliable forms of energy. These businesses will either pass these costs along to consumers, or their profits will suffer and threaten their viability.

      Either outcome is unacceptable given that America is on the verge of a manufacturing renaissance. A large part of our manufacturing success has been due to the inexpensive and reliable electricity that this country currently benefits from. Low price natural gas is a part of this, as is coal, which at 40% of our electricity mix is still the main source of base load power for our nation.

      A recent study predicts that the U.S. is steadily becoming one of the lowest-cost countries for manufacturing in the developed world. The study estimates that by 2015, average manufacturing costs in advanced economies such as Germany, Japan, France, Italy, and the U.K. will be up to 18% higher than in the United States.

      This should come as no surprise. The fact is that going “all-in” on renewables has significantly weakened the stability of many European Union (EU) countries’ electricity generation, caused prices to skyrocket, and has left ratepayers footing the exorbitant bill. The EU subsidies for wind and solar that began almost a decade ago in the name of ending reliance on fossil fuels have saddled customers with an increase of almost 20% in the cost of electricity for homes and businesses over the past four years.

      As an illustration, Germans will be paying more for electricity than any other major participant in the EU, according to the Household Energy Price Index for Europe. In September, Germans paid 40 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity. Even the ratepayers in Connecticut, who suffer the highest electricity rates in the U.S. (17 cents per kWh), pay less than half that.

      Whatever our disagreements might be on how best to approach a changing climate, we think we can all agree that whatever we do should not burden ratepayers and consumers, especially middle and low-income families, with new costs.

      We therefore implore you to avoid any actions which damage ratepayers throughout this country, especially when those actions result in no measurable benefits and no measurable effects on the very thing that the actions are designed to address.


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