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ISIS losing ground in
Iraq, gaining it in Syria
Hot Air, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/4/2014 1:37:28 PM     Post Reply
The Iraqi government may be finally enjoying some military successes in their struggle to roll back the advancing Sunni Islamic militant group ISIS. On Thursday night, according to Baghdad, the Iraqi army recaptured the city of Awja, Saddam Hussein’s birthplace. “Backed by helicopter gunships and helped by Shi’ite Muslim volunteers, the army recaptured the village of Awja in an hour-long battle on Thursday night, according to state media, police and local inhabitants,” Reuters reported. A spokesman for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government reported that 30 ISIS militants had been killed in the operation and Awja had been “totally cleansed.”

Obama’s Scandal Playbook
Townhall, by Katie Pavlich    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/4/2014 1:29:52 PM     Post Reply
Editor´s note: This column originally appeared in the July issue of Townhall Magazine. Despite President Obama’s promise of an “unprecedented level of openness in government,” the American people have unfortunately become accustomed to a new normal over the past six years: incompetence, scandal, and misconduct. When news breaks about freshly exposed corruption, the reaction of far too many is, “Unbelievable, but I’m not surprised.” Since Obama took office in 2009, we’ve witnessed Operation Fast and Furious, Benghazi, Department of Justice spying on reporters and their families, IRS targeting of conservatives, the HealthCare.gov debacle, the GSA conference scandal, Solyndra, veterans dying as a

College Presidents Say No
To Unions For Athletes
Associated Press, by TOM RAUM    Original Article
Posted By: heartsurgeon- 7/4/2014 1:26:32 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- Northwestern University on Thursday urged the National Labor Relations Board to overturn a regional ruling that would allow its scholarship football players to unionize, holding up the football program as exemplifying the university´s integration of athletics and education. In a 60-page brief filed with the labor board in Washington just hours ahead of a midnight deadline, the university laid out its opposition to student athletes forming a union and asked to argue its case before the board. The regional director´s decision "transforms what has always been a cooperative educational relationship between university and student into an adversarial employer-employee relationship,"

  


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Happy Sweet 16, Malia Obama! A look
back at the First Daughter´s year as
she celebrates her milestone birthday
Daily Mail [UK], by Margot Peppers    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/4/2014 1:16:36 PM     Post Reply
As the rest of America rings in Independence Day, the Obama family have yet another reason to celebrate: Malia Obama´s sweet 16th birthday. The First Daughter, who has recently been in California doing a TV production internship, was just ten years old when her father was first elected President of the United States. And over the past six years, the country has witnessed her grow up into a tall, stylish and mature teen, giving her parents plenty of reasons to be proud. The Obamas will be ringing in the holiday tonight with a Pitbull concert on the South Lawn of the White

Plastic Bag Fantasy Island Vanishes
Like Atlantis, Scientist Corrects
Million-Ton Floating Estimate
PJ Media, by Scott Ott    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/4/2014 12:41:10 PM     Post Reply
The scientist whose findings environmentalists used to shame us into bringing our own reusable bags to the grocery store now says that his estimate of one million tons of plastic floating in the ocean may have been off by a factor of perhaps 143. His latest estimate ranges from 7,000 to 35,000 tons, and even most of that has biodegraded into granules. Cózar’s team didn’t find country-size islands of plastic bags strangling baby birds and sea turtles. It found “micro plastics.” What people think of as a dump doesn’t look like floating junk. Instead, ocean current “convergence zones” are swirling

Blue State Blues: The Golf
That Divides Americans
Breitbart Big Government, by Joel B. Pollack    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/4/2014 12:36:18 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama is fond of describing the deep inequality afflicting American society. And then he goes off to play golf. He´s getting near the 200-round mark for his entire presidency, a sporting feat perhaps worthy of Teddy Roosevelt for its sheer audacity. Golf is the most unequal sport in America, demanding expensive fees or country club memberships. Yet if the president plays it so often, golf must be inherently patriotic--right? So, while visiting Chicago, in the Fourth of July spirit, I recovered an old set of clubs from my parents´ garage and headed to the local par three. My

Border Patrol Agent: Fed Govt Is
“Aiding, Abetting & Facilitating
Smuggling of Illegal Aliens” (Video)
Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/4/2014 12:21:52 PM     Post Reply
Border Patrol Agent, Hector Garza, told CNN that the federal government, the Obama administration, is “aiding, abetting and facilitating the smuggling of illegal aliens across the border.” Basically, what we’re seeing, plain and simple, is the rampant abuse of our immigration system. We have a situation right now where the federal government is aiding, abetting and facilitating the smuggling of these individuals, these illegal aliens. These illegal aliens cross the border illegally, these aliens who pretty much surrender themselves because they know they are getting a free pass. This is an organized, it is an orchestrated situation. It’s organized by

  


  

´Heart of a lion´: Quadruple
amputee Afghanistan vet prepares
for arm transplant
Fox News, by Jennifer Griffin    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/4/2014 12:10:16 PM     Post Reply
Marine Sgt. John Peck is one of very few quadruple amputees to survive the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now he is preparing for his next mission: an experimental double-arm transplant that will give him, in part, his freedom back. "No more prosthetics," Peck told Fox News. "I´m going to get cadaver arms from a donor, and they´re going to do a 16-hour surgery with 12-16 doctors and reattach bone, using titanium plates, reattaching nerves, blood vessels, tendons, and muscles." He is not the first quadruple amputee to undergo such a surgery, which remains experimental. Brendan Marrocco, a soldier injured

The Progressive Assault on the
Legacy of Independence Day
FrontPage Magazine, by Bruce Thornton    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/4/2014 11:55:19 AM     Post Reply
Independence Day is a good time to revisit the foundations of our political order, especially given the long record of Barack Obama and the Democrats’ disregard for the Constitution. The members of the Continental Congress who met in Philadelphia in July 1776 sought their independence from England in order to recover their rights that had been violated by a tyrant, and to establish political freedom and autonomy so that those rights could be protected from further erosion. For a century now the Progressive ideology has insidiously undermined that legacy of autonomy in a slow-motion revolution that aims to “fundamentally transform

Obama welcomes new U.S. citizens,
vows to fix ‘broken’ immigration system
Washington Times (D.C), by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/4/2014 11:54:55 AM     Post Reply
Facing a crisis of illegal immigration on the Mexican border, President Obama welcomed 25 new U.S. citizens at the White House Friday and pledged to take steps “to make our immigration system smarter and more efficient.” “If we want to keep attracting the best and the brightest from beyond our shores, we’re going to have fix our immigration system, which is broken, and pass common-sense immigration reform,” Mr. Obama said at an Independence Day naturalization ceremony for members of the U.S. armed forces and their spouses. The ceremony took place as the Obama administration struggles to deal with a surge

Joan Rivers: Obama Is Gay And
Michelle Is A ‘Tranny’ [Video]
Daily Caller, by Kaitlan Collins     Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/4/2014 11:47:03 AM     Post Reply
The 81-year-old Joan Rivers and her mouth are back at it again. A street reporter found Rivers Thursday, and, in light of her officiating a gay wedding Monday, asked if she predicted the United States would have its woman president or a gay president first. “Well, we already have it with Obama, so let’s just calm down.” “You know Michelle [Obama] is a tranny,” she added. When asked for clarification she was more politically correct: ”A transgender.” Watch the whole thing here:

  


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Obama on Fourth: Rights,
equality fuel US success
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/4/2014 11:38:10 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says the U.S. has only succeeded because generations of Americans have fought to expand rights and opportunity to more people. Obama is reflecting on the meaning of the Fourth of July in his weekly radio and Internet address. He says there´s no nation on earth that wouldn´t trade places with the United States. Obama says the Founding Fathers were united by a belief that all are created equal and have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. He says America´s success has been made possible because Americans never took those truths for granted. In the

If There is One Thing Your
Children Read on Independence
Day, Let It Be This Letter
Independent Journal Review, by Mike Miller    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/4/2014 11:31:00 AM     Post Reply
I grew up listening to Paul Harvey on the radio. I didn’t always find him, but somehow, he always had a way of finding me. I’d usually be driving back from a business trip and inevitably, I’d tune in to some obscure station – and there he was. Loved it. I also loved his resoluteness – particularly when it came to the principles and values for which he so deeply cared. Regardless of which direction the political winds blew, Paul Harvey stood steadfast for the beliefs he held dear and his unwavering love of country. To Paul, America really was

Religious groups want exemption from
hiring LGBT after Hobby Lobby ruling
Washington Times, by Jennifer Pompi    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/4/2014 11:29:12 AM     Post Reply
Following the recent Hobby Lobby ruling, a group of religious leaders wrote a letter to President Obama on Tuesday asking to be exempt from a pending executive order that would prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in hiring practices, reported The Atlantic. “We are asking that an extension of protection for one group not come at the expense of faith communities whose religious identity and beliefs motivate them to serve those in need,” the letter says, according to The Atlantic. The letter comes after Monday’s Supreme Court ruling, known as Hobby Lobby, that closely

Obama pleas to China, India to forgo
use of coal falls on deaf ears
Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/4/2014 11:21:11 AM     Post Reply
Coal may have played an integral role in turning the U.S. into the world’s top economic superpower, but President Obama is actively pushing China, India and other emerging economies to ignore the fuel that powered the Industrial Revolution and instead embrace renewable sources favored by those on the political left. As part of his passionate push on climate change, the president recently implored developing countries to “leapfrog” old energy sources, which are the primary drivers of carbon emissions. So far, however, there’s little evidence those countries intend to listen to Mr. Obama, with China’s coal consumption, for example, skyrocketing and

  


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War on Women: Record Number
Not in Labor Force in June
Breitbart Big Government, by Dr. Susan Berry    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/4/2014 11:16:16 AM     Post Reply
While Democrats and the abortion industry would have women believe the most important reason to have a job is to get birth control for free, the real “war on women” is the fact that a record number of them were not working at all in June. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the number of women 16 and older not in the labor force rose to a record high of 55,299,000 in June, says CNSNews. "This means that there were 55,299,000 women 16 and older who not only did not have a job, they did not

The Obama Presidency Unravels
Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehner    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/4/2014 11:14:11 AM     Post Reply
The Obama presidency has unraveled. The man who liberal political commentators once said was the rhetorical match of Lincoln is now considered by one-third of Americans to be the worst president since World War II, according to a new Quinnipiac University National Poll. (The span covers 69 years of American history and 12 presidencies.) The same poll found that 45 percent of Americans say the nation would be better off if Mitt Romney had won the 2012 presidential election, while only 38 percent say the country would be worse off. Another poll–this one from the Gallup organization–finds that in his sixth

Putin tells Obama he wants
better relations with the US
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/4/2014 11:05:23 AM     Post Reply
Russian President Vladimir Putin called for better relations with the United States on Friday in a congratulatory message to President Barack Obama marking U.S. Independence Day. Relations are at their lowest ebb in years, soured by disagreements over the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria and by differences on human rights and democracy. Both are veto-weilding members of the United Nations Security Council. “The head of the Russian state expressed hope that … ties between the two countries will develop successfully on the basis of pragmatism and equality despite difficulties and disagreements,” the Kremlin said in a statement. “Vladimir Putin also highlighted that Russia

Killer of Immigration Reform
Identified As David Brat
New York Magazine, by Jonathan Chait    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 7/4/2014 10:58:56 AM     Post Reply
The Wall Street Journal editorial page predictably bemoans the collapse of immigration reform and, equally predictably, insinuates that Democrats conspired to help kill it in order to benefit politically. (Favoring cooperation with President Obama on anything requires conservatives to argue that the president secretly hopes the measure will fail.) But the real news comes in the seventh paragraph, when the Journal reports that House Republicans were actually poised to pass a bill before Eric Cantor´s loss freaked them out: ... a majority of GOP Members wanted an immigration reform to pass as long as they didn´t have to vote for

Navratilova: Serena’s
meltdown wasn’t from virus
New York Post, by Jonathan Lehman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/4/2014 10:53:03 AM     Post Reply
No less an authority than Martina Navratilova has said what many are thinking about Serena Williams’ bizarre breakdown Tuesday at Wimbledon. After Williams stumbled around the court for three games of a doubles match with sister Venus, badly bobbling her tosses and blundering through four hideous double faults when it was her turn to serve — this after a 13-minute medical break before the match even started — Serena retired with what she called a “bug” and “viral illness.” Navratilova isn’t buying that excuse. “I think virus, whatever they’re saying it was, I don’t think that was it,” Navratilova told

  



The Day Lou Gehrig Delivered
Baseball’s Gettysburg Address
Daily Beast, by Ray Robinson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/4/2014 10:48:29 AM     Post Reply
Two years before his death, an ailing Lou Gehrig stood in a packed Yankee Stadium and proclaimed himself ‘the luckiest man on the face of the earth.’ Ray Robinson was born in 1920 and during his childhood lived on the corner of 115th Street and Broadway across the street from Columbia University. When he was 3 or 4 years old, his father took him to watch the Columbia baseball team play, specifically to watch a young man named Lou Gehrig. Robinson was too young to remember anything specific about “Columbia Lou,” but he still recalls the idea of Gehrig, that he

Starvation and the Middle East
American Thinker, by David Archibald    Original Article
Posted By: HedgehogInOz- 7/4/2014 10:44:26 AM     Post Reply
A lot of the folktales we were told as children involved starving peasant children begging for scraps of bread. [SNIP] It is a region that is troubling the world needlessly when you consider the big picture. The Middle East-North Africa (MENA) region has 500 million Arabs, Persians, North Africans and others living in an area with an agricultural system that can support half that number. The region as a whole has a population doubling time of 34 years. While they are being fed, they breed. All that does is increase the number of people who ultimately will be dying of

Real freedom took real courage
Fox News, by Chris Stirewalt    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/4/2014 10:37:28 AM     Post Reply
Political courage these days is generally defined as a politician doing something that might make it harder to get re-elected. Real civic leadership has always been about convincing people to do what’s right and hard rather than what’s popular and easy. Courage is part of that. People are less likely to follow a leader who asks them to sacrifice and struggle when he or she will not. But now, that sacrifice generally refers to a politician having to spend more of other peoples’ money on a primary election contest or, in rare cases, moving to a lucrative career in punditry or influence

Man Arrested for DUI After Claiming
His Dog Drove Him to the Store
Breitbart Conversation, by Jon David Kahn    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/4/2014 10:31:43 AM     Post Reply
According to an author I´ve never heard of who wrote a book I´ve never read, there are 3 types of dog intelligence: Adaptive Intelligence (learning and problem-solving ability), Instinctive Intelligence and Working/Obedience Intelligence. That being said, if you believe 60-year-old, Wesley Mark Terrell, then his dog was the president of the brand new Mensa canine chapter. On Wednesday in Oconee County, Georgia, police responded to a call reporting a dog locked in a car at a Bell´s food store on a day when the temperature outside reached 99 degrees. Sheriff Sgt. Partain was first on scene and measured the internal

Japanese Politician Issues Sobbing,
Fist-Pounding Public Apology
Breitbart Big Peace, by Frances Martel    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/4/2014 10:30:19 AM     Post Reply
A local Japanese legislator has become an Internet darling after an overwrought, sob-filled apology to his constituents over potential corruption was posted online. Forty-year-old Prefectural Assemblyman Ryutaro Nonomura, who represents the southwestern prefect of Hyogo, was accused of spending more time in Japanese famed hot springs than serving his constituents. According to Kobe Shimbun, a Japanese newspaper, Nonomura escaped to the hot springs 106 times during 2013. His trips were paid for by public funds, but not illegal; the Sydney Morning Herald notes that Nonomura spent three million yen on visits to a preferred resort in the hot springs in

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