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Petra Kvitova overpowers Eugenie
Bouchard to win Wimbledon
Boston Globe, by Kevin Paul Dupont    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 7/5/2014 2:50:11 PM     Post Reply
LONDON — Eugenie Bouchard is a rising phenom, bound and determined to be a champ, but her fortnight at Wimbledon turned into a harsh wannabe’s tutorial Saturday when Czech star Petra Kvitova shaped the ladies singles championship into her own 55-minute clinic in speed dating with destiny. Kvitova, a fitter, faster, and more focused version of the woman who won here in 2011, pulverized Bouchard, 6-3, 6-0, in a thorough and powerful game of yellow-ball keepaway. For the brief time she was out there, the seemingly stunned Bouchard, a 20-year-old Montrealer, found herself unable to buy a second’s respite or

Inside the plot to smuggle
US military technology to Iran
New York Post, by Larry Getlen    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/5/2014 2:29:57 PM     Post Reply
An Iranian named Amir Ardebili was writing out a long list when he suddenly stopped and turned to his new partners in arms. “This is a very secret list, please,” he said to Darius, the Eastern European arms broker, and Patrick Lynch, an American involved in the trade. “ ‘Have it in your pocket. Or customer will kill me.’ (Snip) Lynch said to him, “You can trust us. No worries.” Ardebili’s deadly customer was the Iranian government. The list was a detailed account of every player in Iran’s ongoing attempts to secure American military technology for their own use, including “Iranian front companies, [and] American companies they’d done

Is the Name Kaffir Lime Racist?
Slate Magazine, by L.V. Anderson    Original Article
Posted By: snakeoil- 7/5/2014 2:20:14 PM     Post Reply
If you’re an American, you might not flinch when you hear a certain bumpy green citrus fruit referred to as a kaffir lime. But in many parts of the world—most notably South Africa—the common moniker for the fruit, best known as an ingredient in Southeast Asian cooking, sounds heinously offensive. As Veronica Vinje recently pointed out on Straight.com, kaffir is “a horrible racial epithet, akin to using the N-word in North America.” So why are these limes called by that name? The K-word has a long, complex history, but how it came to refer to a type of citrus fruit is a bit murky. The Arabic word kafir was originally used to refer to

  


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Iraq says footage purporting to
show Islamic State leader is false
Reuters, by Ahmed Rasheed    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/5/2014 2:11:28 PM     Post Reply
Baghdad - The Iraqi government said on Saturday that a video posted online purporting to show the reclusive leader of the militant group Islamic State praying in the northern city of Mosul was falsified. Interior Ministry spokesman Brigadier General Saad Maan told Reuters that the footage posted on the Internet on Saturday allegedly showing Abu Bakr el-Baghdadi at Mosul´s grand mosque was "indisputably" not him. "We have analyzed the footage ... and found it is a farce," he said. Maan said government forces had recently wounded Baghdadi in an air strike and that he had been transferred by Islamic State militants to Syria for medical

Potential Presidential Candidate
Elizabeth Warren at Center of
CFPB Scandal
Breitbart Big Government, by Chriss W. Street    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/5/2014 2:11:27 PM     Post Reply
Possible presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who came up with the idea and led the start-up of the “Consumer Financial Protection Bureau” as a federal watchdog to prevent financial institutions from abusing U.S. consumers, is now at the center of the a scandal regarding the vanished authorization to spend $215.8 million on a luxurious remodel that included a new penthouse floor and indoor waterfall for the bureau’s rented Washington, D.C. office space. The Office of Inspector General of the United States Federal Reserve (OIG) was requested by the House Financial Services Oversight and Investigations Committee on January 29, 2014,

Ahmed Chalabi, Discredited
WMD Figure, Floated for Iraq PM
Fox News & Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/5/2014 1:41:36 PM     Post Reply
Iraq is looking for someone to put the country back together again — if that’s even possible — and one of the most disgraced names from the war era is suddenly part of the discussion. Ahmed Chalabi, the Shiite politician whose discredited information about weapons of mass destruction was part of the Bush administration’s justification for invading in 2003, is being talked about as a candidate for the prime minister post. Chalabi, 69, a former Iraqi exile leader who lived for years in the United States and Britain, has won at least the partial support of a bloc of parliament loyal to Muqtada al-Sadr, the radical Shiite cleric.

At Least 20 Shot in Chicago
Since Fourth of July Evening
DNAinfo Chicago, by Tanveer Ali    Original Article
Posted By: AltaD- 7/5/2014 1:15:26 PM     Post Reply
At least 20 people have been wounded in shootings across the city since the evening of Fourth of July. The shootings include an incident in which police shot and killed a suspected gang member in Portage Park and an incident in West Englewood in which suburban teenagers riding in a car may have been mistaken as gang members. Additionally, there was a Mayfair shooting in which a bullet fell on a man´s head during what may have been a July 4th celebration. In other shootings:

  


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Hillary Clinton donates big speaking
fees to a nonprofit foundation – her own
Christian Science Monitor, by Brad Knickerbocker    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/5/2014 1:07:20 PM     Post Reply
All that “will she or wont she” clamor over whether Hillary Clinton will run for the White House in 2016. Damage-controlling the eye-rolls over her comment about the Clinton’s being “dead broke” when they left the White House in 2001, a comment she concedes was “inartful.” Criticism of her big fees for speaking at colleges and universities. On Friday, Mrs. Clinton told ABC News’ Ann Compton that all of the money she’s made from colleges since she left her post as secretary of state has been donated to a nonprofit foundation – hers. “All of the fees have been donated to the Clinton Foundation for it to continue its life-changing and

Pope Francis just expertly trolled his critics
The Week, by Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/5/2014 1:01:24 PM     Post Reply
When faced with a McCarthy-esque smear campaign, best to pull a communist switcheroo. Since Pope Francis began speaking in public about the Christian view on economic matters, opponents have engaged in what often feels like a McCarthy-era smear campaign, accusing the Pope of things like Marxism, communism, and Leninism. (snip) Rather than making another attempt to roundly decry a set of ideologies no one seriously suspects him of adhering to, Pope Francis turned the criticisms around on the critics: "I can only say that the communists have stolen our flag. The flag of the poor is Christian. Poverty is at the

Creator of Cartoon Network
show Clarence fired amid claims he
sexually assaulted a female comic artist
Daily Mail [UK], by Joel Christie    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/5/2014 12:59:48 PM     Post Reply
A Cartoon Network artist has left the animation company amid allegations of sexually assaulting a female colleague. Skyler Page, the Emmy award-nominated creator of comic TV character Clarence, exited the company one day after claims surfaced that he had groped fellow artist Emily Partridge. Partridge, who worked as a storyboard artist with Page on the series Adventure Time, named Page as her attacker in a series of Twitter posts about the alleged incident on July 2. ´Skyler Page is no longer an employee at Cartoon Network Studios,´ a Cartoon Network spokesperson confirmed to TheWrap in a statement.

Dinesh D´Souza: the man
rewriting America´s history
Telegraph [UK], by Tim Stanley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/5/2014 12:50:53 PM     Post Reply
He has been called everything from "insightful" and "penetrating" to a "nutty" peddler of conspiracy theories who seems to write "under the influence of several bongsful of giggle-weed". So it should come as no surprise to learn that Dinesh D’Souza´s latest film has had a decidedly mixed reaction in America. A documentary film about what would have happened to the world if America had never existed (spoiler: things don’t turn out well), the film, called America, segues into an attack on Hillary Clinton – played by a young actress who formerly appeared as a weregirl in the gothic horror show True

  


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Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
addresses Muslims in Mosul
Telegraph [UK], by Hannah Strange    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/5/2014 12:37:48 PM     Post Reply
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, emerged from the shadows to lead Friday prayers at Mosul´s Great Mosque this week, the first time the notoriously secretive jihadi has made such a public appearance. The head of the jihadist group chose the first Friday prayer service of Ramadan to make an audacious display of power in the city that the Sunni Islamists have now controlled for three weeks. Speaking from the balcony of the mosque, al-Baghdadi urged the world´s Muslims to flock to the Islamic caliphate across Syria and Iraq declared by his organisation last week. Under his direction, the Islamic world would be

Liberal Star Tribune Discovers Vote
Fraud in Democrat vs Democrat Primary
Newsbusters, by P.J. Gladnick    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/5/2014 12:28:42 PM     Post Reply
Voter fraud is so rare “you’re more likely to get hit by lightning than find a case of prosecutorial voter fraud,” according to Judith Browne-Dianis, co-director of the liberal Advancement Project. Apparently lightning has struck very hard in a local primary election according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune whose only real reference to voter fraud in the past two years was to reprint a St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial mocking the possibility of its existence as "GOP voter suppression efforts." What has made the Star Tribune suddenly discover the (GASP!) existence of voter fraud is that it was allegedly perpetrated by

Muslim Brotherhood leader
sentenced to life in prison
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/5/2014 12:25:20 PM     Post Reply
Cairo - An Egyptian court has sentenced the Muslim Brotherhood leader, Mohamed Badie, and 36 other Islamists to life in prison, and confirmed death sentences for 10 others, most of them on the run. Badie – convicted of involvement in deadly protests – had already received death sentences in two other cases in a crackdown on Islamist opposition after last year´s military overthrow of Mohamed Morsi. Of the 10 defendants condemned to death last month in the same case, whose sentences were confirmed, an Islamic cleric has since been arrested. Another defendant was sentenced to three years. Egyptian courts have sparked international

The Declaration of Independence:
The Words Heard Around the World
Wall Street Journal, by David Armitage    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/5/2014 12:16:21 PM     Post Reply
The Declaration of Independence is the birth certificate of the American nation—the first public document ever to use the name "the United States of America"—and has been fundamental to American history longer than any other text. It enshrined what came to be seen as the most succinct and memorable statement of the ideals on which the U.S. was founded: the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; the consent of the governed; and resistance to tyranny. But the Declaration´s influence wasn´t limited to the American colonies of the late 18th century. No American document has had a greater impact

  


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Blue State Blues: The Golf That
Divides Americans
Breitbart Big Government, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/5/2014 12:15:34 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 nine-hole. My brother

Police investigate reports of
armed man, bombs at Harvard
WCVB-TV [Boston, MA], by Steven Yablonski    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/5/2014 11:59:48 AM     Post Reply
Cambridge, Mass. - An unidentified man called and claimed to be on Harvard´s campus and armed, and that he had placed bombs at several buildings, according to the Harvard University Police Department. Police said they immediately responded to the locations the man identified in the call, but he was not located. The buildings named in the call, including the Science Center, were immediately evacuated. The Cambridge Police Department and Cambridge Fire Department were also notified of the situation, and an investigation is currently underway. According to Cambridge police Public Information Officer Jeremy Warnick, one suspicious

Coroner: Haggins died of
multiple gunshot wounds
WHIO-TV [Dayton, OH], by Staff*    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/5/2014 11:32:52 AM     Post Reply
DAYTON — Security will increase at a Dayton store where the owner fatally shot a teenager who, along with another suspect, was allegedly trying to rob the business at gunpoint Monday. The death of Isiah Haggins Jr., 16, of Trotwood, was officially ruled a homicide by the Montgomery County Coroner´s Office. The cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds. Dayton police said the teen and another suspect entered the Step-N-Style store at 3217 W. Siebenthaler Ave. armed with guns and demanded cash. The store owner, who´s been robbed before, also had a gun and shot Haggins. The second suspect fled

Powderhorn Park oratory
draws Minneapolis left
Star-Tribune (Minneapolis, MN), by Steve Brandt    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/5/2014 11:17:25 AM     Post Reply
It wasn’t exactly a reprise of the photo of Farmer-Laborite Gov. Floyd B. Olson speaking to thousands in Powderhorn Park that helped to spark Ed Felien’s idea, but his attempt to organize a Minneapolis version of London’s famed Speakers’ Corner at least drew a few curious onlookers on Friday. Felien’s open invitation to Minneapolitans to gather in the park for some old-fashioned July 4 oratory drew a score of speakers, and an audience that topped at 22, many of them those same speakers. This being Minneapolis, and more specifically the Powderhorn neighborhood, the politics ran from left to lefter.

ICE Demands “Unaccompanied Alien
Children” (UAC) Identifier Drop Use of
Word “Alien” – The Mass Disbursement
of Bus Loads of Illegal Aliens Continue…
Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/5/2014 11:13:49 AM     Post Reply
A key federal agency, ICE, begins the process of naturalizing the illegal alien flow into the U.S. Controlling the verbiage and words is a key element in deceiving the public, and keeping the electorate unaware of what is actually going on. In the foreground we will continue to see President Obama and fellow travelers say they are opposed to the influx and committed to stopping it. However, in the background they are giving specific instructions to the federal agencies to continue promoting the process and affirming the intent. In essence they are doing the exact opposite of what they are

  



Chicago Rejects Illegal Aliens –
Senator Dick Durbin (D) and
Congressman Randy Hultgren (R)
Block Facility Use…
Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/5/2014 11:07:18 AM     Post Reply
If you watch the lame stream Pravda U.S. News you’d be inclined to think that only conservative communities take issue with busloads of disease riddled, contagion spreading, Illegal Aliens disbursed in their neighborhoods to overwhelm their social safety nets. No so. Here you see the same response from uber-liberal Chicago’s South Side. But that doesn’t fit the Pravda narrative, so you probably won’t see Anderson Cooper or Rachel Maddow calling Chicagoans “bigots” or “racists”. CHICAGO – Thousands of children who cross the United States border without their parents won’t be housed in a former monastery in Olympia Fields. The Department of Health

Poll: Do you approve of President
Obama´s job performance?
Star-Ledger (Newark NJ), by Brent Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/5/2014 10:53:09 AM     Post Reply
TRENTON — Do you approve of the job President Obama is doing? Obama captured 58 percent of the vote in New Jersey when he was re-elected in 2012. But a Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll released this week showed about 51 percent of New Jersey voters disapprove of Obama´s performance, while 45 percent approve of his work. That´s a 4 percentage-point drop since April, when 49 percent approved and 47 percent disapproved. Pollsters say Obama´s Affordable Care Act — his controversial overhaul of the U.S. health care system — and his handling of U.S. involvement in Iraq appear to have

From King George III to King Obama I
Washington Times, by Tom DeLay    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/5/2014 10:23:21 AM     Post Reply
“The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.”— James Madison, “The Federalist #47”For those of you looking to teach your children a little history this Fourth of July holiday, current events are supplying a very nice lesson. The Founding Fathers were dealing with a crisis brought on by the excesses of King George III. Today, we’re dealing with another crisis brought on by the excesses of King Obama I. With his executive orders,

When the Texas Governor Drops
the Official State Footwear
New York Times, by Manny Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/5/2014 10:20:39 AM     Post Reply
HOUSTON — Rocky Carroll was inside his cluttered boot shop here on Tuesday, watching television as the dusty ceiling fan jangled. Dolly Parton’s white boots were behind him. President George W. Bush’s cigar-color alligator boots were by the front door, next to President Ronald Reagan’s Italian calf. A fly swatter was within reach. Then Mr. Carroll heard the bad news: Gov. Rick Perry had recently announced that he had given up on cowboy boots. The governor, who had appeared on the cover of Newsweek in 2010 with boots emblazoned with the Texas battle cry “come and take it,” said he had

The Movement to Give the
Vote to Non-Citizens Begins
American Thinker, by Victor Keith    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/5/2014 10:17:28 AM     Post Reply
With the newest border crisis focusing on the influx of immigrants from Central America, many of them children, the political punching bag that is immigration reform is again leading the news. Democrats, incongruously, claim that the obvious ineffectiveness of our border is proof that we need to reform immigration laws to allow current foreigners who are here illegally to stay. How this stops the flow rather than increase it is not explained. Many Republicans have taken up the cause of amnesty by raising the curious proposition that many of those currently here illegally may eventually join the ranks of the

James Cameron wants you to eat
all the plants to stop global warming
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/5/2014 10:15:11 AM     Post Reply
Remember, this is the same guy who dove to the bottom of Challenger Deep, so he probably knows something about, er… something. Apparently, one of the next big projects for James Cameron has nothing to do with 100 year old wrecks or ten foot tall blue people who plug their pony tails into their dragons. The director and his wife are ready to convince all of you to eat nothing but plants. For your health? Not just that… it’s also to stop global warming, of course. Film director James Cameron and his wife, Suzy Amis Cameron, an actor and model, are

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