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Taliban sets oil tankers
on fire in Afghanistan
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/5/2014 3:44:35 PM     Post Reply
aliban insurgents set fire on Saturday to about 200 oil tanker trucks supplying fuel for NATO forces in an attack just outside the Afghan capital Kabul, police said. Television footage showed black smoke billowing above the site of the attack, with the charred wreckage of dozens of trucks scattered around a vast parking space. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the trucks carried fuel intended for U.S.-led NATO forces. It was unclear how the fire was started. Some Afghan media reported that insurgents had fired rockets at the tankers late on Friday. There were no immediate reports of

Going Without Water in Detroit
New York Times, by Anna Clark    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/5/2014 3:41:04 PM     Post Reply
DETROIT — A FAMILY of five with no water for two weeks who were embarrassed to ask friends if they could bathe at their house. A woman excited about purchasing a home who learned she would be held responsible for the previous owner’s delinquent water bill: all $8,000 of it. A 90-year-old woman with bedsores and no water available to clean them. These are the stories that keep Mia Cupp up at night. Ms. Cupp is the director of development and communication for the Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency, a nonprofit contracted by the state of Michigan to work as a human-services

´Double agent´ arrested in
Germany for passing information
on NSA inquiry to the US
Independent, by Lizzie Dearden    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 7/5/2014 3:37:23 PM     Post Reply
An alleged spy has been arrested in Germany accused of passing the US information from a committee looking into NSA activities. It has heightened diplomatic tensions between the two countries following allegations in the Edward Snowden leaks that the US electronic spy agency tapped Angela Merkel’s phone along with wider surveillance of German citizens. The German government has not denied reports by Der Spiegel and the Sueddeutsche Zeitung that the suspected spy was a double agent and worked for Germany´s foreign intelligence service, the BND.

  


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The Obamas Have Spent
Over $44,351,777.12 In
Taxpayer Cash On Travel
Daily Caller, by Ariel Cohen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/5/2014 3:34:25 PM     Post Reply
The Obamas have spent over 44 million dollars in taxpayer money on travel and vacations. Some are even calling him the “most well-trvaeled, expensive” president in our nation’s history. As Americans head off for the long holiday weekend, let’s take a look back at some of the president’s holiday spending. Our president vacations a lot — we’re talking $44,351,777.12 worth of “a lot,” with most expenses charged to the American taxpayer. As of March 2014, Obama has spent more time traveling internationally than any other president, taking 31 trips since assuming office in 2009. The 119 days spent overseas have

Very Quietly, Obama Administration
Is Reuniting Illegal Alien Kids
with Their Families in U.S.
PJ Media, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/5/2014 3:33:45 PM     Post Reply
In recent weeks, the Obama administration has been making tough statements about the more than 50,000 illegal alien children, unaccompanied by adults, who have rushed the border and turned themselves in, hoping to gain entry to the U.S. The White House has stated flatly that they “can’t stay” and will be returned home. “Do not send your children to the borders. If they do make it, they’ll get sent back. More importantly, they may not make it,” Obama said to ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos. Some of them — eventually — may be deported. But it appears that the vast majority

Report: UT President Is Out
National Review Online, by Kevin D. Williamson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/5/2014 3:29:37 PM     Post Reply
For those of you who have been following the University of Texas admissions scandal here and elsewhere, and the equally scandalous impeachment of the UT regent who asked uncomfortable questions about favors given to friends and family of Texas politicians, the Dallas Morning News reports that UT president Bill Powers is being shown the door. It’s worth noting that among the prime movers in this sorry episode is Jim Pitts, chairman of the Texas House appropriations committee and a Republican — a reminder that Republicans are not always on our side, and that politicians’ first loyalty very often is to their

The Lesson of Task Force Smith
Washington Free Beacon [DC], by David Adesnik    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/5/2014 3:24:50 PM     Post Reply
In more than a decade on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, American forces have never been routed. American combat units have suffered extensive casualties, but they have never disintegrated into a helpless mass of individual soldiers, capable of nothing more than a desperate flight for safety. This achievement should not be taken for granted. Today, the armed forces grapple with a trillion dollars of defense cuts that are impairing readiness. And today is an appropriate time to reflect on the costs of unpreparedness: It was on this day in 1950 that American forces suffered the first of a series

  


  

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

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

  


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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:

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

  


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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

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

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.

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