Archive for January 5th, 2010

Christmas incident was “screw up” – Obama said

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

WASHINGTON, Jan 5 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama told his security chiefs on Tuesday that the botched Christmas Day plane bombing was the result of a screw up by U.S. intelligence and that the country had barely dodged disaster, according to a quotation released by the White House.

Skype to offer HD video calling on some new TVs

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Skype’s voice and video calling technology will be embedded in upcoming high-definition televisions with Internet capabilities.

CBS: Drunk Bus Driver Takes N.Y. Students On Wild Ride

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Surveillance Video Shows 3 Dozen Terrified Kids Begging 55-Year-Old Martha Thompson To Stop The Bus

New York: Parents arrested for failing to register home-schooled kids

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

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Shouting at your wife may get you a criminal record in France

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

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New biography of the film star Warren Beatty claims that he has been to bed with 12,775 women

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

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CNET: First dedicated 3D networks coming to TV

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

A new television network featuring 24-7 three-dimensional content will be coming to your home in 2011. The venture is backed by Discovery Communications, owners of the Discovery Channel and its family of networks, Sony, and Imax.

AccuWeather: US winter of 2009-2010 Could Be Worst in 25 Years

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

“It’ll be like the great winters of the ’60s and ’70s,” said AccuWeather.com Chief Meteorologist and Expert Long Range Forecaster Joe Bastardi.

The last time a large swath of severely low temperatures struck the nation was in January 1985. That historic arctic outbreak had below-zero temperatures Fahrenheit stretching from Chicago eastward to New York City, and all the way south to Macon, Ga.

CNET: Nirvana bassist defends Bono’s antipiracy stance

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

“I love Twitter, and it’s disappointing to see the service manifest itself as a lynch mob,” Novoselic wrote in blog post titled “Why I agree with Bono” that appeared on the site of alternative newspaper Seattle Weekly. “Bono is the latest in a line of good people who get trashed in the continuing file-sharing controversy.”

Novoselic is referring to an op-ed piece by Bono that appeared in The New York Times over the weekend. Bono came out strong against file sharing and blasted Internet service providers such as AT&T, Comcast, and Cox Communications for allegedly looking the other way as unauthorized music and film files pour through their pipes.

Nexus One is way cheaper than iPhone

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

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WSJ: State AGs say Ben Nelson’s Medicaid deal is unconstitutional.

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

‘It’s not a special deal,” Ben Nelson told the New York Times of the special deal that converted him into the 60th Senator for ObamaCare. “It’s a fair deal. Some people said I was getting money for Nebraska. That’s wrong. I was just getting rid of an underfunded federal mandate. There’s nothing sleazy about it. I cracked the door open for other states.”

The other states think somewhat less of Mr. Nelson’s benevolence. Under the “Cornhusker Kickback,” the federal government will pay all of Nebraska’s new Medicaid costs forever, while taxpayers in the other 49 states will see their budgets explode as this safety-net program for the poor is expanded to one out of every five Americans.

The Foundry: For Obama, Some Unions Are More Equal Than Others

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

SEIU’s Stern and Burger visited the White House three times in September; a fourth meeting was canceled. Their 58 total visits (27 by Stern and 31 by Burger) dating to the start of the Obama administration far outpace their fellow union leaders. Earlier this month Americans for Tax Reform and the Alliance for Worker Freedom requested a lobbying investigation into the SEIU given its close ties to the White House.

Am. Enterprise Institute: The Case Against the Millionaire Surtax

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

By increasing marginal tax rates at high income levels, the millionaire surtax in the House health care reform bill would promote tax avoidance and impede savings and investment, reducing wages throughout the economy. Taxing a mere 0.3 percent of the population is not a sustainable way to pay for health care reform.

Investor’s Business Daily on death tax: A Good Year To Die

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Fiscal Policy: The new year saw the death of the estate tax. But like Freddie Krueger, this epitome of class warfare and wealth redistribution is sure to return to wreak havoc among the living.

Once dubbed the “Paris Hilton” tax, the levy is supposed to target the inherited wealth of the super-rich who really didn’t earn it or don’t really need so much of it. Or so we’re told. But at some point, even inherited wealth was created and taxed in its creation. The death tax is double taxation, and just because you can’t take it with you doesn’t mean the government should take it from you or your heirs.

AP: Mass. College Bans Head Coverings That Block Face

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

The policy change at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Services, announced in a campus-wide e-mail last month, went into effect Friday.

Michael Ratty, a college spokesman, said the policy was developed in the fall during the school’s annual review of its public safety procedures and was unrelated to the arrest of 2008 graduate Tarek Mehanna.

”It is not directed to any group or individual. It applies to all students and faculty,” Ratty said.

The Hill: Utah Republican moderate Bennett gets third primary opponent

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Attorney Mike Lee (R) is set to enter the GOP fray against Sen. Robert Bennett (R-Utah), with an announcement set for Tuesday.

Lee is seen as a potentially strong candidate against the incumbent, especially after state Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and businessman Fred Lampropoulos passed on the race.

Australia Rejects One-Third of Indian Students Over Fake Documents

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

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U. of Hawaii Faculty Union Files Grievance Over Pay Cuts

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

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The Priest President, As Notre Dame wrestles with its Catholic character, a strong voice emerges — Chronicle of Higher Ed

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

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U. of Cambridge Considers a Large Bond Issue, the First in Its 800 Years — Chronicle of Higher Ed

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

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