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These patriotic beers help define
what makes America great
Boston Herald, by Kerry Byrne    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/4/2014 7:30:41 AM     Post Reply
The United States is the world’s greatest beer-making nation, with more breweries turning out more beer styles than any country on Earth. We’ve been drinking beer since the very beginning. The Pilgrims settled in Plymouth because “our victuals (are) much spent, especially our beere,” according to a diary entry written aboard the Mayflower. The American Revolution, meanwhile, was famously fermented by brewers such as Samuel Adams. So to honor Independence Day, we compiled a list of the 10 most patriotic beers in Boston. Our beers are ranked by quality, impact and the very top secret Boston Herald Patriotism Quotient. 10. Yuengling

Ex-White House Flack Jay
Carney To MSNBC?
Daily Caller, by Betsy Rothstein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/4/2014 7:20:39 AM     Post Reply
Sources inside MSNBC say former White House Spokesman Jay Carney, who recently resigned from his post at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, will likely be headed to MSNBC. Carney is in talks for a contributor position. If it happens, Carney would follow in the natural footsteps of a few other aides to President Obama who were welcomed into the MSNBC family upon leaving their jobs. The last White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, became an MSNBC contributor in May, 2013, while David Axelrod, a top aide to Obama, became one in February 2013. The Mirror sought comment from an NBC

Ibrahim al-Asiri: the genius on a
quest to build the untraceable bomb
Telegraph [UK], by Con Coughlin    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/4/2014 7:18:52 AM     Post Reply
He has been described as the world’s most dangerous terrorist. The ingenious explosive devices designed by Ibrahim al-Asiri explain why intelligence officials on both sides of the Atlantic have raised fresh concerns about airport security. The 32-year-old, originally from Saudi Arabia, is a leading figure in the Yemeni-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and has been the brains behind a number of high-profile aircraft bomb plots. These have included the so-called “underpants bomber” who tried to blow up a plane as it approached Detroit airport on Christmas Day 2009, and the ink cartridge bombs uncovered at Dubai and East Midlands

  


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Freudian slip? Obama to naturalize
‘illegal’ immigrants during July 4 ceremony
Washington Times (D.C), by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/4/2014 7:17:29 AM     Post Reply
In a slip of the tongue, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday that President Obama will naturalize “illegal” immigrants in a ceremony on Independence Day. Mr. Earnest was discussing the naturalization ceremony scheduled for Friday when he told reporters that Mr. Obama believes it is appropriate for the commander-in-chief “to naturalize those individuals who are in this country illegally — uh legally — who signed up to join the military to defend this country.” “That is a pretty strong testament to the values that are held by those immigrants,” he said. “I can tell you that

Andy Coulson jailed for 18
months over phone hacking
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/4/2014 7:11:31 AM     Post Reply
Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has been jailed for 18 months for conspiracy to hack phones. The 46-year-old, who went on to become director of communications for Prime Minister David Cameron, was found guilty at the Old Bailey last week. He was one of four ex-journalists at the tabloid to be sentenced, along with private investigator Glenn Mulcaire. Five defendants, including former News International chief Rebekah Brooks, were cleared of all charges last week. The sentences were: Coulson - 18 months, Former chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck and news editor Greg Miskiw - six months, Former reporter James Weatherup - four-month suspended

The Murrieta Rebellion
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 7/4/2014 6:42:17 AM     Post Reply
The Law: Residents of city proud to be called Reagan Country rose up last week to halt busloads of illegal immigrants being dumped into their neighorhoods, showing why they may have started a grassfire national movement. To get into the town hall meeting at California´s Murietta Mesa High School, you had to work your way through 200 angry protesters. Many of them were in green and white Mexican soccer jerseys and bandanas and waved Mexican flags, at least one with "Viva Mexico" stamped on it. "Ci-ti-zen-ship! Ci-ti-zen-ship!" shouted one young woman, pumping her flag along as the crowd´s rage sizzled. She apparently

Solid US job gains pointing
to a stronger recovery
Associated Press, by Josh Boak    Original Article
Posted By: Zarin- 7/4/2014 6:23:18 AM     Post Reply
The 5-year-old U.S. recovery is gaining momentum from a surprisingly robust job market and moving the economy closer to full health. Employers added 288,000 jobs in June and helped cut the unemployment rate from 6.3 percent to 6.1 percent, the lowest since 2008. It was the fifth straight monthly gain above 200,000 — the best such stretch since the late 1990s tech boom. The stock market signaled its approval. The Dow Jones industrial average surged 92 points to top 17,000 for the first time. The breadth and consistency of the job growth are striking in part because of how poorly

  


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The Improbable Lives of Louis Zamperini
Power Line, by Scott Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/4/2014 5:32:20 AM     Post Reply
I am saddened to learn of the death yesterday of the remarkable Louis Zamperini. What a man; what a great American. The New York Times obituary by Ira Berkow is here. I wrote about Mr. Zamperini on Power Line after I finished reading Laura Hillenbrand’s best-selling biography of him (linked below). The following comments are adapted from what I wrote then. In November 2010 the Wall Street Journal’s Saturday Review section carried Steve Oney’s moving joint profile of Laura Hillenbrand and Louis Zamperini, the subject of Hillenbrand’s book Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. Zamperini competed

Richard Mellon Scaife, Influential
U.S. Conservative, Dies at 82
New York Times, by Robert D. McFadden    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/4/2014 5:27:56 AM     Post Reply
Richard Mellon Scaife, the Pittsburgh philanthropist and reclusive heir to the Mellon banking fortune, whose support for right-wing causes laid the foundations for America’s modern conservative movement and fueled the 1998 impeachment of President Bill Clinton, died on Friday. He was 82. Mr. Scaife’s death was reported by the The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, a newspaper he owned. No cause of death was given. Decades before David and Charles Koch bankrolled right-wing causes, Mr. Scaife and Joseph Coors, the beer magnate, were the leading financiers of the conservative crusade of the 1970s and ’80s, seeking to reverse the liberal traditions of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s

Obama channels Saul Alinsky
with ´so sue me´ speech:
Washington Examiner, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/4/2014 5:18:41 AM     Post Reply
President Obama has, except on fleeting occasions, routinely disdained the customary Oval Office language of compromise and coalition-building for the low arts of sophistry and belittlement. That was to be expected, given his background as a Chicago community organizer and product of that city´s corrupt Democrat political machine. But Obama has far exceeded dismal expectations. No previous American president employed the systematic distortion of fact and mendacious characterization of opponents that have typified Obama´s presidency. His "so sue me" speech last week is a classic illustration of the community organizer practicing Saul Alinsky´s 13th rule: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize

The American Longrifle Has A Censored
But Very Patriotic Story To Tell
Forbes, by Frank Miniter    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/4/2014 5:14:39 AM     Post Reply
On this Independence Day it’s worth hearing how the American Longrifle helped win the battle for American freedom. If you don’t know this rifle’s starring role in American history you can’t understand America’s link to the gun or why so many firearms manufacturers are moving or expanding away from states that have banned their products. For this history lesson I stopped in to see Phil Schreier, the senior curator for the NRA’s National Firearms Museum, in Fairfax, VA. As we stood in the middle of the biggest gun museum in all the world he told me, “If school kids were

  


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This month’s jobs headlines
don’t tell the true story
Washington Post, by Ed Rogers    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/4/2014 5:11:55 AM     Post Reply
The headline of today’s jobs report, that 288,000 jobs were created in the last month, is positive. At least, it is better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. However, as with most economic reports these days, there is a veneer of good news — but when you look closer, the White House is using the positive headlines to hide the growing deterioration of the American workforce. I’m sure by now people are tired of reading about the bad news, and I’ll admit I am weary of having to blow the whistle and expose the truth every

Resenting the Republic
National Review Online, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/4/2014 5:07:12 AM     Post Reply
You wouldn’t think, five years into the Obama presidency, that so many liberal Americans wouldn’t like America. A new Pew survey found that 44 percent of Americans don’t often feel pride in being an American, and only 28 percent said that America is the greatest country in the world. Respondents who “often feel proud to be American” were overwhelmingly conservative (from 72 percent to 81 percent, depending on the kind of conservative). A majority (60 percent) of “solid liberals” said they don’t often feel proud to be an American. The polling data only prove what has been obvious for a while. Georgia representative

Texas Gov. Rick Perry says
U.S. border less secure now
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan & Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/4/2014 5:02:47 AM     Post Reply
Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday that the surge of people illegally crossing the southwestern border has become such a distraction for immigration agents that the border is now less secure than at any other time in recent years. With Congress out of session this week, lawmakers have traveled to the border to get a firsthand look at the families and unaccompanied children who are trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border, chiefly into southern Texas, hoping to gain a foothold in the U.S. More than 70 percent of them believe they will be able to stay in the country, according to

No Defense
Weekly Standard, by William Kristol    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/4/2014 4:42:39 AM     Post Reply
After U.S. goalie Tim Howard had a record-setting 16 saves in the American team’s 2-1 World Cup knockout loss to Belgium, a wag edited Chuck Hagel’s Wikipedia entry to show Tim Howard as the true U.S. secretary of defense. (Snip)Actually, given the duties and mission of the real secretary of defense in the Obama administration, Tim Howard could take over the SecDef’s office in the Pentagon’s E-Ring tomorrow, and who would notice? Consider: As Iraq collapses, “a ranking Pentagon official with knowledge of the situation” told the Daily Caller last week that “the Pentagon is split and the administration is

  


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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

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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