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Misguided U.S. policies fuel
Central American immigration crisis
Washington Times, by Ana Quintana    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 7/8/2014 7:50:28 AM     Post Reply
A massive influx of unlawful immigrants from Central America has policymakers searching for quick fix. While inadequate border security and false perceptions of U.S. immigration law have undoubtedly helped fuel the problem, they are just part of the equation. A thorough understanding requires a look further south. (Snip) In Guatemala, impunity reigns supreme. El Salvador remains home base for the most violent regional street gangs, Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Barrio 18 (M-18). Honduras holds the dubious honor of being the murder capital of the world, averaging 91 murders per 100,000 citizens every year. Its most dangerous city, San Pedro Sula,

Afghan Candidate Says Obama,
Kerry Called Him
Associated Press, by Amir Shah & Rahim Faiez    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/8/2014 7:48:00 AM     Post Reply
KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday said he received calls from President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry after he refused to accept the preliminary result of the vote citing fraud. Abdullah told thousands of supporters at a gathering in Kabul that Kerry would be flying to the Afghan capital this Friday for meetings and help defuse the crisis. State Department officials accompanying Kerry in Beijing declined to comment on his travel plans. He told his supporters that the results of the election were fraudulent, but asked them to give him a few

Obama Heads to Texas
American Thinker, by M. Catherine Evans    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/8/2014 7:40:04 AM     Post Reply
Barack Obama will be in Texas this week to pick up some more payola from his fat cat Democrat friends. He’ll attend fundraisers in Dallas and Austin followed by a speech on the economy at the Paramount Theater so he can stick the taxpayers for the travel bill. But according to his top men, he won’t be hugging any lice-ridden children staying at makeshift shelters on the border. Both his Department of Homeland(DHS) and Press Secretary were asked if Obama would check out the “humanitarian crisis” on the Texas-Mexico border. You know, the place where Border Patrol agents are changing

  


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Obama offers to meet with
Perry in Texas on border crisis
The Hill (Washington DC), by Rebecca Shabad    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/8/2014 7:33:55 AM     Post Reply
President Obama would “welcome” a meeting this week with Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) to discuss the border crisis, White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett wrote in a letter to Perry late Monday. “The President would welcome a meeting with you while he is in Texas. In addition, he asked me to invite you to join him for a meeting to discuss the situation on the border with faith leaders and local elected officials in Dallas on Wednesday,” she said. Jarrett highlighted the Obama administration’s efforts so far to handle the crisis at the border. Since October, about 52,000 unaccompanied

2 arrested after drones nearly
take out NYPD chopper
New York Post, by Larry Celona    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 7/8/2014 7:25:28 AM     Post Reply
Two drones nearly took out an NYPD chopper over the George Washington Bridge on Monday, and cops arrested the wayward crafts’ operators, law-enforcement sources told The Post.The Aviation Unit helicopter was on patrol at around 12:15?a.m. when it had to swerve to avoid the small unmanned aircrafts, the sources said. The NYPD pilots “observed flying object[s] at 2,000 feet in vicinity of the George Washington Bridge, then circling heading toward the helicopter,’’ a police report said. “The officers were forced to change their course to avoid a collision.”One source called it a “very dangerous” scenario.“Although [drones] may only weigh a

Obama praises Abbas, but not
Netanyahu in opinion piece
published by Israeli newspaper
Fox News*, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/8/2014 7:19:21 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama offered strong praise for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in an opinion piece published Tuesday in an Israeli newspaper, but had little to say about the other key player in the crisis, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "In President Abbas, Israel has a counterpart committed to a two-state solution and security cooperation with Israel," Obama wrote in the daily Haaretz. The president offered no parallel praise for Netanyahu, who is only mentioned by name once in the piece. Obama´s comments, published in Hebrew, Arabic and English, were his first public comments on Middle Eastern affairs since the murder of three

A Primer on Race
Creators Syndicate, by Thomas Sowell    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 7/8/2014 7:14:44 AM     Post Reply
Back in the heyday of the British Empire, a man from one of the colonies addressed a London audience. "Please do not do any more good in my country," he said. "We have suffered too much already from all the good that you have done." That is essentially the message of an outstanding new book by Jason Riley about blacks in America. Its title is "Please Stop Helping Us." Its theme is that many policies designed to help blacks are in fact harmful, sometimes devastatingly so. These counterproductive policies range from minimum wage laws to "affirmative action" quotas. This book untangles the controversies,

  


  

Government will take every penny
you´ve earned so far this year:
Washington Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/8/2014 5:18:32 AM     Post Reply
As Americans celebrated this nation´s birthday on July 4, most were likely unaware of a less uplifting commemoration that fell on the calendar during the same holiday weekend. That was Cost of Government Day, or July 6, 2014. The date´s significance is one of political math and symbolism. By the time 2014 ends, local, state and federal governments will have consumed the equivalent of every dime of national production created between New Year´s Day and July 6. The money goes to government spending and regulatory compliance. Americans have only from Monday until year´s end to produce anything for themselves. The concept

Hillary Clinton vs. Mother Teresa:
Who Has Done More to Help the Poor?
Washington Free Beacon, by Andrew Stiles    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/8/2014 5:03:48 AM     Post Reply
Who has done more to brighten the lives of the world’s less fortunate: Hillary Clinton (1947-present)? Or the Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997)? Put another (less trollish) way: What has Hillary Clinton done for poor people that distinguishes her from any other liberal celebrity with a massive bank account and a burning desire to prove to the world how much she cares by raising money and attending galas? What has she done recently, now that her salary is no longer funded by the American taxpayer? Obviously, the Clinton Foundation does some laudable work, as do many well-funded charity organizations, such as

The Pied Piper of Permisos
American Spectator, by Ross Kaminsky    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/8/2014 4:55:37 AM     Post Reply
It’s beginning to sink in with the intelligentsia: The flood of illegal aliens (yes, I said “illegal”) and particularly the tsunami of children traveling alone — parents risking their youngsters’ lives by sending them from Central America through gang-ravaged Mexico — threatens to turn the immigration debate into a major political liability for Democrats in November. While immigration is typically low on the list of issues Americans care most about, it was to be a trump card for the left in turning out otherwise apathetic or demoralized Hispanic and liberal voters four months from now. But, as seems to be the

Our Roost, Obama’s Chickens
National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/8/2014 4:52:55 AM     Post Reply
Often, crazy things seem normal for a time because logical catastrophes do not immediately follow. A deeply suspicious Richard Nixon systematically and without pushback for years undermined and politicized almost every institution of the federal government, from the CIA and the FBI to the IRS and the attorney general’s office. Nixon seemed to get away with it — until his second term. Once the public woke up, however, the eventual accounting proved devastating: resignation of a sitting president, prison sentences for his top aides, collapse of the Republican party, government stasis, a ruined economy, the destruction of the Vietnam peace accords

  


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Report: Costco Orders Removal of All
Copies of D’Souza’s Book “America”
Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/8/2014 4:50:19 AM     Post Reply
World Net Daily reported, via Free Republic: The retail giant Costco Wholesale has issued an order to remove all copies of Dinesh D’Souza’s bestselling book, “America: Imagine the World Without Her,” from the shelves of its stores nationwide, WND has confirmed. The book, in this midterm election year, is a strong rebuttal of the progressive ideology behind President Obama’s policies, which have been supported by Costco co-founder and director Jim Sinegal, a major Democrat donor and a speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention that nominated the president. A Washington Post political reporter has noted Obama’s “romance” with the nation’s

The threat of fall of Baghdad
evokes Saigon 1975
Washington Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/8/2014 4:46:20 AM     Post Reply
It’s something like Vietnam, all over again. As the rebels of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria — usually shortened to ISIS — close in on the Iraqi capital, the parallels to the fall of Saigon are hard to miss. Forty-one years ago, the last U.S. combat troops had withdrawn from South Vietnam, and within a month, the North Vietnamese Army, complete with heavy armor, began its final offensive. The last chapter of the war that took 58,000 American lives was the humiliating scene of U.S. Marine helicopters plucking American diplomats from the roof of the U.S. Embassy on April

Transforming the VA
will be daunting task
Arizona Republic [Phoenix, AZ], by Craig Harris & Michelle Ye Hee Lee    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/8/2014 4:42:58 AM     Post Reply
It seems nearly every day there´s more bad news about the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and how it has treated those who served in the military. Whether it´s confirmation that veterans died while awaiting care, patient wait-time records being manipulated to trigger staff bonuses, or the VA consistently ignoring whistle-blower warnings about dangerous practices, it´s been a particularly embarrassing time for the VA. In Congress, a bipartisan House and Senate committee met for the first time June 24 to craft legislation to change the way the nation´s largest integrated health-care system does business. The goal is to get a

What’s behind Chicago’s carnage
New York Post, by Rich Lowry    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/8/2014 4:37:03 AM     Post Reply
For most of the country, July Fourth weekend means hot dogs, fireworks and relaxing time with family. In certain neighborhoods in Chicago, it means something very different. For the second year running, Chicago saw a spate of violence over the long holiday weekend that would generate headlines if it happened in Kabul. “It’s Groundhog Day here in Chicago” is how Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy put it. This year, the tally of shame was more than 80 people shot and 14 killed. Last year, a slightly longer July Fourth weekend (the holiday fell on a Thursday) saw 75 people shot and 12 fatalities.

  


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Behind Harry Reid’s war
against the Koch brothers
Politico, by Kenneth P. Vogel    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/8/2014 4:27:48 AM     Post Reply
At first, it seemed like just another example of Harry Reid being Harry Reid. The Senate majority leader, whose unscripted attacks can veer into bellicosity and take liberties with facts, spoke on the Senate floor last October and appeared to blame billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch for the government shutdown. “By shutting down the government,” Reid said, “we’re satisfying the Koch brothers and Ed Meese, but millions of people in America are suffering.” In January, he went further, accusing the Kochs of “actually trying to buy the country.” His staff affectionately refers to such ad libs as Reid “getting out

The Letters That Warren G. Harding’s
Family Didn’t Want You to See
New York Times, by Jordan Michael Smith    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/8/2014 4:23:00 AM     Post Reply
Warren Harding is not the most beloved of American presidents. Two of the earliest polls to assess presidential popularity, conducted in 1948 and 1962, ranked him last and last among chief executives. Harding served only briefly, from 1921 to 1923, before he died in office, but his administration has been widely regarded as visionless, ineffectual and corrupt. (Snip)It is no wonder, then, that in 1964, after the historian Francis Russell gained access to letters from Harding to his longtime mistress, Carrie Fulton Phillips, the Harding family sued to halt their publication. Rumors of the affair were not new, but the

Meet Obama’s Handpicked Successor
PJ Media, by Walter Hudson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/8/2014 4:14:15 AM     Post Reply
Author Ed Klein, whose new book Blood Feud chronicles the antagonistic relationship between President Barrack Obama and former first family Bill and Hillary Clinton, claims that Obama has handpicked a successor for the 2016 presidential race. The Washington Times reports: Writing in the New York Post, Mr. Klein said: “Publicly, Obama has remained noncommittal on the 2016 race, but privately he worries that Clinton would undo and undermine many of his policies. There’s also a personal animosity, especially with Bill Clinton, that dates from their tough race six years ago. “Obama has authorized his chief political adviser, Valerie Jarrett, to conduct a

China thinks it can
defeat America in battle
The Week*, by David Axe    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/8/2014 4:05:34 AM     Post Reply
The bad news first. The People´s Republic of China now believes it can successfully prevent the United States from intervening in the event of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan or some other military assault by Beijing. Now the good news. China is wrong — and for one major reason. It apparently disregards the decisive power of America´s nuclear-powered submarines. Moreover, for economic and demographic reasons Beijing has a narrow historical window in which to use its military to alter the world´s power structure. If China doesn´t make a major military move in the next couple decades, it probably never will. The U.S. Navy´s

How Google Map Hackers Can
Destroy a Business at Will
Wired, by Kevin Poulsen    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/8/2014 4:02:51 AM     Post Reply
Washington DC-area residents with a hankering for lion meat lost a valuable source of the (yes, legal) delicacy last year when a restaurant called the Serbian Crown closed its doors after nearly 40 years in the same location. The northern Virginia eatery served French and Russian cuisine in a richly appointed dining room thick with old world charm. It was best known for its selection of exotic meats—one of the few places in the U.S. where an adventurous diner could order up a plate of horse or kangaroo. “We used to have bear, but bear meat was abolished,” says proprietor

  



Boeing fears regulatory wave amid
battle over fish, water pollution
Fox News, by Dan Springer    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/8/2014 3:59:43 AM     Post Reply
Aerospace giant Boeing finds itself in a fishy fight against Native Americans and environmentalists over pollution in the waterways -- a disagreement that could affect where Washington state´s largest employer builds the next generation of planes. At the heart of the fight, which could impact thousands of jobs, is a peculiar question: How much locally caught fish do Washingtonians eat, and what are the health risks? Green groups, alone with Washington state tribes, have sued the Environmental Protection Agency to push for increased fish consumption rates -- currently set at six-and-a-half grams a day. If the number is set higher, it would trigger

How ´Hope´ Became Obama´s
Fight Against Cynicism
Associated Press, by Joseph Lederman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/8/2014 3:54:11 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- To hear President Barack Obama describe it, there´s a creeping case of cynicism setting in across the country, leading Americans to suspect that not only is Washington broken, it´s beyond fixing. Gone unchecked, Obama says, that line of thinking could become a self-fulfilling prophecy with dire long-term ramifications. If compromise-minded Americans get so frustrated they just tune out, lawmakers will feel even less pressure to work together for the good of the country. With a mix of alarm and dismay, Obama has started musing about the dangers of cynicism in nearly every major public appearance. The cautionary note

UN Pushes For Migrants
to be Called Refugees
Associated Press, by Alberto Arce & Marcos Aleman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/8/2014 3:51:09 AM     Post Reply
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- United Nations officials are pushing for many of the Central Americans fleeing to the U.S. to be treated as refugees displaced by armed conflict, a designation meant to increase pressure on the United States to accept tens of thousands of people currently ineligible for asylum. Officials with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees say they hope to see a regional agreement on that status Thursday when migration and interior department representatives from the U.S., Mexico, and Central America meet in Nicaragua. The group will discuss updating a 30-year-old declaration regarding the obligations nations have to aid

For Taylor Swift, the Future
of Music Is a Love Story
The Wall Street Journal, by Taylor Swift    Original Article
Posted By: steveW- 7/8/2014 3:13:07 AM     Post Reply
Before I tell you my thoughts on the matter, you should know that you´re reading the opinion of an enthusiastic optimist: one of the few living souls in the music industry who still believes that the music industry is not dying…it´s just coming alive. There are many (many) people who predict the downfall of music sales and the irrelevancy of the album as an economic entity. I am not one of them. In my opinion, the value of an album is, and will continue to be, based on the amount of heart and soul an artist has bled into a

Tinseltown wilting under historic
box office lows
New York Post, by Claire Atkinson    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/8/2014 12:38:17 AM     Post Reply
Welcome to the summer doldrums. Moviegoers have put Tinseltown on the grill this summer. After two spectacular record-breaking years, the July Fourth weekend’s box office just heaped on more summer misery at the multiplex. The holiday weekend saw a gigantic drop of 46 percent in box-office receipts for the top 12 movies, with little beyond “Transformers” drawing a crowd. Some of the publicly traded cinema companies fell Monday on the news. Boxofficemojo.com reports that total box-office take was $120.6 million; the last time it was that low was in 1999, when “South Park” was released and the July Fourth box-office

Hillary Changes Story on Rapist Defense,
Claims She Had No Choice
Breitbart´s Conversation, by John Sexton    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 7/8/2014 12:34:24 AM     Post Reply
In a video interview with a UK website, Hillary Clinton contradicts her earlier story about how she came to represent a child rapist. Hillary now claims she had no choice in representing the 41-year-old who raped a 6th grader, a story which is at odds with the one she told an interviewer three decades ago. (snip) Whether or not Hillary was assigned the case, part of the problem is her callous treatment of the victim both during the case and years later during the interview. Hillary reportedly went out of her way to question the victim´s reliability. In fact, the

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