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John Williams to conduct a new
version of The Star Spangled
Banner for 4th July
Associated Press*, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/4/2014 5:53:10 PM     Post Reply
American composer-conductor John Williams, 82, is set to debut a new arrangement of The Star-Spangled Banner for Independence Day. It will feature choirs, trumpets, an orchestra and cannons on the National Mall in Washington D.C. for the nation´s birthday. Usually a soloist performs the national anthem for the annual ´Capitol Fourth´ celebration in Washington. But this year, the acclaimed composer will lead the National Symphony Orchestra, the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, the Joint Armed Forces Chorus and the Choral Arts Society of Washington in performing a special new arrangement. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the national anthem.

France: Mom Kills Kindergarten
Teacher In Class
Associated Press, by Angela Charlton    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 7/4/2014 5:49:09 PM     Post Reply
PARIS - The mother of a pupil at a French pre-school stabbed a teacher to death in front of her class Friday, the last day of the school year, authorities said. The education minister said the mother apparently had "serious psychiatric problems," and pledged support for teachers in the face of angry or violent parents. Police said the mother was taken into custody. Deadly attacks in a school are extremely rare in France, and the stabbing in front of a class of 5- and 6-year-olds raised concern at the highest levels. French President Francois Hollande expressed outrage at the attack

Purlin In Anger: Arrest Breaks
Up ´Knit-In´ At Vermont Utility
National Public Radio, by Bill Chappell    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/4/2014 5:42:46 PM     Post Reply
A "knit-in" was broken up in South Burlington on Wednesday, after five women who are unhappy with a Vermont Gas pipeline plan occupied the utility´s waiting room — and occupied themselves by knitting. One woman was bound off by police, taken away in what says were five squad cars that responded to perhaps the most civil of all disobediences. The knitters insisted on speaking to Vermont Gas officials about their complaints over a pipeline expansion. They were told they needed an appointment; after the utility´s headquarters closed, they were warned that they were trespassing. Jane Palmer, a diminutive woman in a

  


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Benghazi attack had nothing
to do with anti-Muslim video,
court documents prove
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/4/2014 5:41:07 PM     Post Reply
New documents filed by the U.S. Justice Department against Libyan militant Ahmed Abu Khatallah further shut down claims made by the Obama administration that the Benghazi attack sprouted from from an anti-islam film. The documents come after recent comments made by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that some of the attackers may have been influenced by the online video. The court filings make clear those who organized the attack were part of a ´conspiracy´ involving several members of the Ansar al-Sharia ´Islamic extremist militia´, reports Fox News. The government are trying to ensure Khatallah remains behind bars.

Biden helps Philadelphia celebrate July 4
The Hill (Washington DC), by Vicki Needham    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/4/2014 5:28:45 PM     Post Reply
Vice president Joe Biden began Independence Day celebrations in the nation’s birthplace, emphasizing the country´s continued fight for equality. (Snip) He said he was reminded of two Philadelphias, one where the Declaration of Independence was signed 238 years ago and the other in Mississippi where civil rights workers were murdered in June 1964, two weeks before President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act. Both places helped shape the words “all men are created equal” and gave “genuine life” to the promise made when the Declaration was signed in 1776, he said. To that end, Biden said same-sex marriage was the

It’s Open Season On Catholics
Federalist, by David Marcus    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/4/2014 5:28:42 PM     Post Reply
If you think Catholics are less likely to serve the public interest than any other group of people, you are an intolerant bigot. When my phone flickered with the news that the Supreme Court had found in favor of Hobby Lobby on Monday, I knew exactly what the result would be. It was perfectly clear that the religion of the five Justices who found in favor of Hobby Lobby would be brought into question. It has happened before, both in the distant and recent past. In March, as the Supreme Court heard arguments on the case, Mother Jones had this

Obama: US Always Has Been
a Nation of Immigrants
Associated Press, by Darlene Superville    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/4/2014 5:23:47 PM     Post Reply
Washington - Celebrating the ethnic diversity of America, President Barack Obama said more than two dozen foreign-born service members who became U.S. citizens at the White House on the Fourth of July are vivid reminders that welcoming immigrants "is central to our way of life." He pleaded anew for new immigration policies, saying the vast range of backgrounds and experiences that has made America a melting pot for more than 200 years also makes the country stronger. He argued that the system must be retooled for the U.S. to remain the greatest nation on earth. "The basic idea of welcoming

  


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DOJ court documents in Benghazi
suspect case put video narrative to rest
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/4/2014 4:20:04 PM     Post Reply
Court documents filed by the U.S. Justice Department in the criminal case against Benghazi attack suspect Ahmed Abu Khatallah provide unprecedented details about the evolution of the assault and further shatter the Obama administration´s initial claim that it sprouted from protests over an anti-Islam film. The narrative that the video played a role continues to live on, with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton saying recently that some of the attackers may indeed have been influenced by the online video. But the Justice Department´s court filings make clear that at least those spearheading the attack were part of a "conspiracy," one that

The Forgotten Flag of the American
Revolution and What It Means
National Review Online, by Daniel Hannan    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/4/2014 4:16:46 PM     Post Reply
We all know the story of American independence, don’t we? A rugged frontier people became increasingly tired of being ruled by a distant elite. A group calling themselves Patriots were especially unhappy about being taxed by a parliament in which they were unrepresented. When, in 1775, British Redcoats tried to repress them, a famous Patriot called Paul Revere rode through the night across eastern Massachusetts, crying “The British are coming!” The shots that were fired the next day began a war for independence which culminated the following year in the statehouse in Philadelphia, when George Washington and others, meeting under

Duke Law professor calls for ‘real conflict’
in USA over inequality, climate change
Hot Air, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/4/2014 4:10:15 PM     Post Reply
Jedediah Purdy, a professor of law at Duke University Law School, is vexed by the two biggest problems facing the United States. No, not a chronically low labor participation rate, not an economic recovery which often looks more like a recession, not the renewed aggression of great powers like China or Russia, or the collapse of smaller powers in Central America and the Middle East. Taking to the pages of Politico Magazine, Purdy warned in stark terms of the real problems facing the country. They just happen to be problems which have always been and always will be problems; the

Resentment Behind the Waning
Patriotism of Liberal Americans
Patriot Post, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/4/2014 3:49:15 PM     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 proves what has been obvious for a

  


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Radioactive material stolen
in Mexico: officials
Agence France- Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/4/2014 3:20:10 PM     Post Reply
Mexico City - The Mexican government warned Friday that a vehicle containing radioactive material has been stolen, and issued a dire warning to the thieves against taking the potentially deadly material from its protective container. Federal civil defense officials said the vehicle had been transporting deadly iridium-192, a radioactive substance used in making some industrial products. The substance "can be dangerous for human health if removed from its container," the officials said in a statement, adding that the material can be lethal even if handled for only a brief time. The theft in Mexico state prompted officials to issue an

Hillary Clinton Says She’s Donated
All University Speaking Fees
ABC News, by Liz Kreutz    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/4/2014 2:41:35 PM     Post Reply
Hillary Clinton continued to justify her high-dollar speaking fees on Friday, telling ABC News’ Ann Compton that all of the money she’s made from colleges over the past year and a half has been donated to her family’s foundation. “All of the fees have been donated to the Clinton Foundation for it to continue its life-changing and life-saving work. So it goes from a foundation at a university to another foundation,” Clinton said when asked about the criticism she and her husband have faced recently for their wealth. Hillary Clinton reportedly makes roughly $200,000 for each speaking engagement. And recent reports show

In Honor Of July 4th: Top 9
Things Americans Have Perfected
Daily Caller, by Hannah Bleau    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/4/2014 2:38:24 PM     Post Reply
Americans aren’t just innovators. We’re perfectionists. In honor of the nation’s 238th birthday, here are the top nine things Americans have perfected. 1. Waffles and pancakes: Everyone thanks Belgium for their delicious waffles, and by all means, we Americans commend them. But half of the wonder of waffles is the glorious mess you can put on top of it. It’s not just syrup anymore. You can thank Americans for the massive globs of heavy whipping cream, chocolate chips, bananas, walnuts, cheesecake filling and coconut shreds. We’re not fat. We’re happy.(Snip for photo) 2. The art of stair climbing: In the

Obama Look-Alike Dies in US Border
Protection Commercial Aimed at Migrants
Breitbart Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/4/2014 2:37:44 PM     Post Reply
An actor with a striking resemblance to President Barack Obama stars -- and dies -- in a new federal government commercial aimed at preventing and scaring Central American migrants from attempting to illegally enter the United States. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) unveiled the commercial on Thursday on both sides of the border. According to ABC, the ads will be "dramatic, made in the telenovella fashion." (snip) The Obama doppelgänger is featured saying goodbye to his mother and father in Central America before making the treacherous journey north. He is then shown dead in the desert, sprawled on

  


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New York radio host fired
following racist Twitter tirade
against black woman ´who punched
him in the face in Times Square´
Daily Mail [UK], by Lydia Warren    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 7/4/2014 1:40:01 PM     Post Reply
A radio host for SiriusXM has been fired after he unleashed a shocking racist tirade on Twitter. Anthony Cumia, one half of The Opie & Anthony Show, called a black woman a ´c***´ and an ´animal b****´ on Wednesday after claiming she punched him in the face as he took photos in Times Square. On Friday, a spokesperson for SiriusXM said that the rant was ´abhorrent´ and ´wholly inconsistent with what SiriusXM represents´. ´SiriusXM has terminated its relationship with Anthony Cumia of the Opie & Anthony channel,´ Patrick Reilly said. ´The decision was made, and Cumia informed, late Thursday, July

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,"

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

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