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How to not die from fireworks,
courtesy of the Clinton administration
Washington Post, by Philip Bump    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/4/2014 4:38:12 AM     Post Reply
In 1996, the government blew things up on the National Mall to protect your kids. And you, really. Anyone who might be using fireworks or be near someone using fireworks or who might go outside at all ever when someone in the universe is using any type of fireworks. You really can never be too careful. It was two days before the Fourth, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission trekked out to the base of the Washington Monument to blow things up. Craig Winneker tweeted the full video earlier this morning, and it´s at the bottom of this article. But we

The U.S. State Department has its
own air force. And it´s surprisingly big.
The Week*, by Joe Trevithick,    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/4/2014 4:34:26 AM     Post Reply
The U.S. State Department possesses just under 100 helicopters and more than 30 fixed-wing aircraft and deploys them all over the world, mostly as part of the America´s international drug war. The Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs´ Office of Aviation — a.k.a., the INL Air Wing — employs contractors and foreign government aviators to fly these aircraft in seven countries: Afghanistan, Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala, Iraq, Pakistan, and Peru. The main mission of the Air Wing is to assist friendly states in their own fights against illegal drugs and narco-terrorism. However, with its large fleet — larger than the air

America at the Crossroads
on the Fourth of July
PJ Media, by Roger L. Simon    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/4/2014 4:29:52 AM     Post Reply
America is at a crossroads — we always seem to be, but this time we really are. We are living under the administration of a president that is now the least popular since World War II. A full one-third of those polled by Quinnipiac rate Barack Obama the worst president since 1945. (Reagan is rated the best.) What accounts for this? There are dozens of reasons that have been detailed on these pages and many others. The man has lied to us multiple times — and to himself as well, no doubt — and many people now apparently sense this. But I

  


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Data problems, hackers continue
to plague Obamacare exchanges
Hot Air, by Mary Katharine Ham    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/4/2014 4:27:01 AM     Post Reply
Two reports from the government watchdog for Health and Human Services this week revealed serious data discrepancies among the sign-ups the Obama administration hailed as Obamacare’s triumphant comeback. Those data problems may mean some people got subsidies they shouldn’t have and would have to pay back hefty amounts to the federal government. Phil Klein reports: Applications for insurance coverage through President Obama’s health care law submitted in the final three months of 2013 contained millions of inconsistencies in which information such as income and immigration status could not be independently verified by the federal government, according to a June report from

What Makes You A Patriot?
The Federalist, by Ben Domenech    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/4/2014 4:22:24 AM     Post Reply
What makes you a patriot? There are so many things on the 4th of July that inspire us – today, we asked our contributors to share the odd little found elements of patriotic flavor which extend into our lives from surprising sources and inspire us on a day to day basis. Here are just a few, and we encourage you to share your own. Neal Dewing Most treacly paeans to America are odes to Sacred Freedom, our place in history, or (in a more immediate, personal way) our troops. All fine things to commemorate, very fine, and moving. But what

Independence Day 2014: We´ve gone
from an inherited tyrant to an elected one
Fox News, by Judge Andrew P. Napolitano    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/4/2014 4:18:41 AM     Post Reply
After a brief holiday last week, I returned to some heavy reading courtesy of the federal government. Some of the materials that I read were gratifying, and one was terrifying. In one week, the Supreme Court told the police that if they want to examine the contents of our cellphones, whether at traffic stops or serious crime scenes, they need to get a warrant. The court told small-business owners that they needn’t pay for government-mandated insurance policies that provide for abortions for their employees, because the government is without authority to command them to do so. It told the president

Obama to pitch immigration
plan at citizenship ceremony
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/4/2014 4:15:52 AM     Post Reply
President Obama plans to highlight a positive side of the immigration debate by presiding over an Independence Day citizenship ceremony for service members who signed up to defend the U.S. even though they weren´t American citizens. A total of 25 members of the Armed Forces will spend the Fourth of July as American citizens after the deputy secretary for homeland security delivers the oath of allegiance at a White House ceremony on Friday. The group includes 15 active-duty service members from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, along with two veterans, one reservist and seven spouses, the White House said. They

  


  

On Immigration,
It’s Time to Defend Americans
National Review Online, by Senator Jeff Sessions    Original Article
Posted By: geo11- 7/4/2014 4:13:19 AM     Post Reply
The chaos unfolding at the border demonstrates the catastrophic, real-world consequences of the president’s lawless conduct. For the last five years, with average household incomes falling and Americans being pushed out of the workforce, the president has been engaged in a sustained campaign to strip away Americans’ immigration protections. He has accomplished his aims: Interior removals have been cut by more than 40 percent. President Obama’s own former ICE director reported to the Los Angeles Times that “if you are a run-of-the-mill immigrant here illegally, your odds of getting deported are close to zero.”

Orphan Davion Only Who Made ´Love Me
Forever´ Plea Removed From New Home
ABC News, by Gillian Mohney    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/4/2014 4:11:52 AM     Post Reply
The orphaned teenager who made an emotional plea last year for a family to adopt him and "love me forever" - and triggered thousands of offers from around the world - has had a devastating setback after he was removed from the home of his potential adoptive family. Davion Only’s dreams of adoption was disrupted after the 16-year-old had an altercation with a member of his prospective family, according to the Eckerd adoptive agency overseeing Only´s adoption. Only had moved from Florida to Ohio to be with the prospective family this spring for a 90 day trial period. The move was the

Ben Stein pens creepy essay,
denies sexting scandal
New York Post, by Emily Smith    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/4/2014 4:08:47 AM     Post Reply
Ben Stein, the economist, former speechwriter and star of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” has denied being involved in a “sexting scandal” after he penned a bizarre essay about attractive women who dazzled him on a speaking tour. The former New York Times columnist most famous for saying “Bueller ... Bueller” wrote a creepy column about a series of beautiful women he wanted to sleep with, but who ended up asking him for money. And yes, he’s still wed to his wife of 45 years, entertainment lawyer Alexandra Denman, whom he has married twice. He wrote in the June issue of

Litigating Lost E-mails
American Thinker, by Bruce Walker    Original Article
Posted By: geo11- 7/4/2014 3:22:00 AM     Post Reply
Obama seems to think that stonewalling Congress regarding the hidden e-mails that obviously incriminate his toadies at the IRS is a winning strategy. The leftist establishment media is ignoring the scandal. The House of Representatives has already found Lois Lerner in contempt, a stark and direct condemnation, yet the arrogance of Obama’s flacks remains untouched. What can the House of Representatives do about this mess?

  


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The Problem of the Dead
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 7/4/2014 12:07:40 AM     Post Reply
In his famous short story The Sound of Thunder, Bradbury argued the present stood perched on the past. (Snip) Even if it were possible to change the past, Bradbury argues there is no guarantee that the resulting alternative future would be any better. Our task must to leave the world better than we found it, not to remake it from the foundations. That doesn’t mean the past is gone, but it lacks the special quality of activity. The dead are already costed into the present. They’ve set out the crib, screwed in the lightbulb, defeated Hitler; they were present at

An immigrant surge en route
to a Third World USA
Washington Times (D.C), by Wesley Pruden    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/3/2014 10:23:24 PM     Post Reply
Maybe we’ve been conned. There’s a growing recognition that Barack Obama is an incompetent poser, working out of his depth, and his administration is the gang that can’t shoot straight. There’s a lot of evidence to support that belief. Everything he touches becomes a bloody mess, like crushed bones and bits of flesh caught in the tracks of a tank slicing through a rank of soldiers (or civilians). Iraq, Syria, Egypt — all gone, as prospects for countries with a prosperous and democratic future. The “reset” with Russia, meant to ensure that America and the replacement republic of the old

Here’s Video of Obama Calling
Up America’s Goalie Tim Howard
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/3/2014 10:19:32 PM     Post Reply
Tim Howard, who I’ve just decided we should all call America’s Goalie™, managed a rare feat: soaring to instant viral popularity in spite of his team actually losing at the World Cup. But his blocking was so inspiring and pride-inducing for all the Americans watching, yesterday Howard received a phone call directly from President Obama. Obama called Howard and Team USA captain Clint Dempsey to applaud them on a job well done. He told Howard, “I don’t know how you’re gonna survive the mobs when you come back home, man,” and suggested he shave his beard if he doesn’t want anyone

Dispute over religious faith sparks
spat in Arkansas Senate race
Washington Examiner (DC), by Rebecca Berg    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/3/2014 10:19:23 PM     Post Reply
Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor´s campaign demanded an apology Wednesday from Republican Rep. Tom Cotton after he questioned the depth of Pryor´s religious faith. In an interview Tuesday with a Fayetteville, Ark., radio station, Cotton was asked about the Supreme´s Court decision to allow some businesses to opt out of health coverage for contraceptives, citing religious freedoms. "Barack Obama and Mark Pryor think that faith is only something that happens at 11 o´clock on Sunday mornings," Cotton said. "That´s when we worship, but faith is what we live every single day."

  


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Clinton Book Sells 26,000
Copies in Its 3rd Week
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/3/2014 10:15:53 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK — Hillary Rodham Clinton´s book "Hard Choices" is on track to be one of the year´s top nonfiction books despite another slip in sales. Nielsen BookScan says "Hard Choices" sold 26,000 copies during its third week of publication. Clinton´s memoir about her years as secretary of state was published June 10 and sold more than 80,000 copies the first week and nearly 50,000 the second week.(Snip) "Hard Choices" has been the No. 1-selling nonfiction hardcover on The New York Times´ list for three straight weeks but has slipped on Amazon.com, ranking No. 57 as of Thursday night.

Apollo Astronaut: Climate Alarmism
Is the ‘Biggest Fraud in the Field
of Science
Cybercast News Service, by Craig Bannister    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/3/2014 10:15:03 PM     Post Reply
Climate alarmism is "the biggest fraud in the field of science" and the 97% consensus claim is nonsensical, Apollo 7 astronaut Walter Cunningham tells MRCTV in a preview of his presentation at the upcoming Heartland Institute climate conference, July 7-9. "Since about 2000, I looked farther and farther into it," Col. Cunningham (USMC, Ret.) tells MRCTV in an exclusive interview. "I found that not one of the claims that the alarmists were making out there had any bearings, whatsoever. And, so, it was kind of a no-brainer to come to the conclusion." Cunningham rejects the notion of man-made climate, not

Obama Celebrates Independence
Day by Murdering Bald Eagles
Washington Free Beacon, by Andrew Stiles    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/3/2014 9:53:49 PM     Post Reply
President Obama will celebrate the 4th of July weekend in part by ritually sacrificing majestic bald eagles on the altar of “green energy.” Liberals might call that progress. Real Americans would rightly call it what it is: bird murder. Last week, the Obama administration gave a California wind farm permission to kill bald eagles with impunity for up to 30 years. The birds are supposed to be protected under federal law; without a waiver from the president, killing them would result in six-figure fines and up to 18 months in prison per eagle. The move is just the latest escalation

U.S. confronts difficulties in
arming Iraqi air forces with
missiles and F-16s
Washington Post, by Dana Priest and Aaron Gregg    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/3/2014 9:50:53 PM     Post Reply
Despite complaints by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki that the United States has been slow in its delivery of F-16 fighter jets, no Iraqi pilot team has qualified to fly the aircraft in combat and none will be ready before mid-August, according to an official at the U.S.-based program where the pilots are being trained. That problem is one of many the Obama administration is confronting as it tries to speed more equipment to the Iraqi air force to help it defeat the Islamic insurgency engulfing the country. There are also challenges in providing or quickly deploying laser-guided Hellfire missiles and

Supreme Court sides with Christian
college in birth control case
Washington Post, by Robert Barnes    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/3/2014 9:47:20 PM     Post Reply
The three female justices of the Supreme Court sharply rebuked their colleagues Thursday for siding with a Christian college in the latest battle over providing women with contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act, saying the court was retreating from assurances offered only days ago. In a short, unsigned opinion, the court said that Wheaton College in Illinois, at least temporarily, does not have to comply even with compromise provisions in the law that the college says still violate its religious beliefs. Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the action cast doubt on the very accommodation the court’s majority seemed to endorse

  



Can jobs uptick
help Dems in ´14?
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Vicki Needham    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/3/2014 9:43:37 PM     Post Reply
The strong June jobs report released Thursday is giving Democrats a needed boost of confidence ahead of the midterm elections. Accustomed to the president and his party being blamed for a sluggish economy, Democrats found themselves in an unfamiliar offensive spot with the news that employers added 288,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell near a six-year low last month. President Obama was all too happy to tout the good news, even making a surprise stop at a Washington, D.C., textile factory on Thursday to discuss the strides made since the financial crisis struck in September 2008 while urging Republicans

Why we stuck with
Maliki — and lost Iraq
Washington Post, by Ali Khedery    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/3/2014 9:43:03 PM     Post Reply
To understand why Iraq is imploding, you must understand Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki — and why the United States has supported him since 2006. I have known Maliki, or Abu Isra, as he is known to people close to him, for more than a decade. I have traveled across three continents with him. I know his family and his inner circle. When Maliki was an obscure member of parliament, I was among the very few Americans in Baghdad who took his phone calls. In 2006, I helped introduce him to the U.S. ambassador, recommending him as a promising option for

Supreme Court cracks down
on the trial lawyer gold mine
Washington Examiner, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/3/2014 9:36:48 PM     Post Reply
Of all the Supreme Court opinions you´ve read and argued about this term, Halliburton v. Erica P. John Fund probably isn´t one. But it could be vitally important to your retirement security. The decision, handed down in late June, places modest limits on lawsuits in which large numbers of investors sue a company after losing money on its stock. In practice, such suits -- known as securities class-actions -- are not limited to occasional, genuine fraud cases where investors get clobbered because of a company´s management manipulating share prices. Since 1995, when Congress passed the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act,

What did $7 billion spent
on opium eradication in
Afghanistan buy? More opium.
Christian Science Monitor, by Dan Murphy    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/3/2014 9:29:21 PM     Post Reply
With the outcome of Afghanistan´s controversial presidential election still in doubt, and uncertainty over Afghan forces´ ability to stand against the Taliban after most US forces withdraw, it´s hard to say with certainty what the US-led war there has accomplished, or failed to accomplish. But one thing is clear, as shown by latest quarterly report from the US Special Inspector General on Afghanistan Reconstruction: The $7 billion US program to eradicate poppy cultivation there over the past decade has been a flop. The country is today the world´s largest supplier of opium, the purified latex sap from the Papaver somniferum poppy species

HHS releases 1,296 pages
of regulations ahead of
holiday weekend
Washington Examiner, by Philip Klein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/3/2014 9:26:19 PM     Post Reply
As Americans scrambled ahead of the July Fourth holiday weekend on Thursday afternoon, the Department of Health and Human Services released 1,296 pages of new regulations dealing with payment rates to doctors and hospitals. The timing of the news release is part of a long pattern for President Obama´s administration, which has often used holidays as an opportunity to dump dense regulatory changes when most reporters and Americans are focused on their holiday plans. The release came at 4:15 p.m. Last year, the Obama administration used the days surrounding the July 4th holiday as an opening to announce a delay

Bush Center Immigration Reform
Panel Ignores Border Security
Breitbart Texas, by Bob Price    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/3/2014 9:19:11 PM     Post Reply
HOUSTON, Texas—The George W. Bush Institute held an immigration reform panel this week that completely ignored any meaningful discussion of border security. The panelists called for a "bipartisan approach" on fixing the immigration system. The panelists claimed immediate immigration reform would somehow reduce the burden on taxpayers, improve the economy, and ensure long-term health for the Republican Party. The panel’s message was being addressed, not just to the audience, but to the wider conservative voters of Texas, according to an article by David Flick in the Dallas Morning News. “The only way we will get absolute security at our borders is

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