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The Sad, Strange, True Story
Of Sandy Allen, The Tallest
Woman In The World
BuzzFeed, by Sandra Allen    Original Article
Posted By: DaddyO- 7/13/2014 6:18:14 PM     Post Reply
In 1976, in Shelbyville, Ind., a city of about 20,000 southeast of Indianapolis, a film premiere was held. The picture was Fellini’s Casanova. A highly conceptual Italian art house flick about sexual deviance was not what this audience was used to; the house, nonetheless, was packed. A local was in it, a 21-year-old everyone knew about but whom few knew well. She now sat nervously waiting for it to start, concerned about what her neighbors were going to think of it, of her. “For his giant work, he even imported a giantess from America,” one news article about the picture had read, a find that had ended director Federico Fellini’s, “worldwide search for

Germany are World Cup champions
after dramatic 1-0 victory over
Argentina when they finally score
deep into extra time in Brazil
Daily Mail (UK), by Lucy Crossley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/13/2014 6:14:39 PM     Post Reply
Germany´s Mario Gotze scored with a brilliant finish to win the World Cup for Germany tonight, as his team beat Argentina 1-0 in the hotly-contested final. The Bayern Munich star coolly slotted home to score in the 113th minute, after his team had been battled long into extra time in their bid to take home the famous trophy for the fourth time - the first time as a unified nation. Midfielder Gotze, 22, came on as a substitute to net the winner, controlling the ball with his chest before volleying it into the Argentine goal, making the Germans the first

Citi, U.S. $7 billion settlement
announcement expected Monday
Reuters, by Karen Freifeld & Aruna Viswanatha    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/13/2014 6:01:56 PM     Post Reply
New York - Citigroup agreed to pay $7 billion to resolve a U.S. government investigation into shoddy mortgage-backed securities the bank sold in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis in a settlement set to be announced on Monday, sources said. The $7 billion includes $4 billion in cash to the U.S. Department of Justice, $2.5 billion in consumer relief, more than $200 million to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and just under $300 million to settle probes by five states, said sources familiar with the negotiations. Spokespeople for the Justice Department and the bank declined comment. Representatives of attorneys general of

  


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Israeli naval commandos fight Hamas
gunmen in beach front firefight
Telegraph [UK], by Robert Tait    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/13/2014 5:54:54 PM     Post Reply
Israeli naval commandos fought Hamas gunmen in a dramatic beach front firefight on Sunday after Israel attempted the first boots-on-the ground operation of its ongoing offensive in Gaza. [Snip] The Israeli military said the mission had achieved its goal of destroying rocket launching sites near the beach. The amphibious landing came after as Israeli reservists massed along the Gaza land frontier with tanks and artillery fire for a possible ground invasion following six days of aerial bombardment. Sa´ad Dowla, a caretaker at the al-Mathaf Hotel, less than 100 yards from the scene of the Sunday´s firefight said he heard Palestinian shooting

Jon Voight Lashes Out Against
Obama In Lengthy Televised Statement
Hollywood Reporter, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/13/2014 5:21:34 PM     Post Reply
In remarks framed as a message to the American public, actor Jon Voight emotionally aired his political grievances for several minutes in a televised statement on Saturday. Those grievances range from (but are not limited to) Benghazi, the IRS scandal, the "targeting" of conservative filmmaker Dinesh D´Souza, illegal immigration, the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case, the treatment of war veterans, the chaos in Iraq and deep reservations about President Obama. "Five years ago, I stated that Obama would take the country apart piece-by-piece, that he would cause a civil war in this country," Voight read on Saturday in a statement on

John Kerry joins last ditch effort
to save Iran nuclear talks
Telegraph [UK], by David Blair    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/13/2014 5:07:06 PM     Post Reply
John Kerry joined a last ditch effort to settle the confrontation over Iran’s nuclear ambitions on Sunday as the clock ticked towards a deadline for a final agreement. The US secretary of state arrived in Vienna to join the talks between Iran and six world powers. An interim deal placing limits on Iran’s nuclear programme expires on July 20 and the aim is to replace it with a comprehensive accord. [Snip] The biggest stumbling block concerns the number of centrifuges that Iran would be allowed to operate under a final agreement. At present, the country has about 19,000 machines, of which

Eye tests ´could spot´
early Alzheimer´s disease
Telegraph [UK], by Laura Donnelly    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/13/2014 5:06:10 PM     Post Reply
Simple regular eye tests could be used to identify Alzheimer´s disease at a very early stage, new research suggests. Early trials of two different techniques show that a key biomarker for the disease can be identified in the retina and lens of the eye. Both methods were able to distinguish between healthy volunteers and those likely to be suffering from Alzheimer´s patients with a high level of accuracy. Experts said the findings could be a “game changer” in treatment of the condition. So far attempts to find drugs to halt progression of Alzheimer’s disease have failed because patients receiving treatment already suffered too much damage to

  


  

Medical marijuana delivery
services are on a roll
Los Angeles Times, by David Pierson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/13/2014 4:58:58 PM     Post Reply
Brian Reichle couldn´t have gotten a pepperoni pizza much faster. Needing to replenish his stash of pot one recent afternoon, the Burbank resident dialed Speed Weed. Within the hour, a driver arrived with a white paper bag carrying a gram of cannabis, 10 joints and a handful of pot-infused candies and cookies. "They come to my house, and they´re in and out," said Reichle, 39, a comedian who spends about $100 a week on medical marijuana. "I shouldn´t have to go to a store." Once a small, word-of-mouth phenomenon, mobile marijuana businesses now number in the hundreds across Southern California.

Train wrecks derail immigrants
Herald (Brownsville TX), by Ty Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/13/2014 4:50:10 PM     Post Reply
Border apprehensions reportedly decreased last week, but there aren’t any indications that the tide of Central Americans pouring across the border has ebbed. U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela said Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told him in a briefing July 8 that there was a decline in apprehensions ahead of his trip to Guatemala, one of the nations where the bulk of the immigrants are coming from. (Snip) but say they have heard the recent relief is due to train accidents along the most popular path across Mexico.

Clashes in Paris as thousands
march against Israel offensive
Agence France Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/13/2014 4:41:11 PM     Post Reply
Paris- Clashes erupted in Paris on Sunday as thousands of people protested against Israel and in support of residents in the Gaza Strip, where a six-day conflict has left 168 Palestinians dead. Several thousand demonstrators walked calmly through the streets of Paris behind a large banner that read "Total Support for the Struggle of the Palestinian People". But clashes erupted at the end of the march on Bastille Square, with people throwing projectiles onto a cordon of police who responded with tear gas. The unrest continued early Sunday evening as police announced six arrests had been made. A small group tired

Video shows Israel Defence Force´s
controvertial ´knock on roof´
technique in action
Telegraph [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/13/2014 3:05:53 PM     Post Reply
A video, released by Gaza-based Watania news agency shows the Israel Defence Force using a controversial "knock on roof" technique. The method uses a loud but non-lethal bomb to warn civilians that they will soon be making a strike on that target--one which they believe is linked to supposed terrorist activity. Watania news agency claim the IDF contacted Samir Nofal, the owner of the house as well as his neighbours, before firing the missile warning 15 minutes later. Five minutes after that, the agency claims the building was struck by two missiles from an F16 aircraft, destroying a large part

  


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Israel carries out first ground
operation of Gaza crisis
Telegraph [UK], by David Blair    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/13/2014 2:57:15 PM     Post Reply
Israel carried out the first ground operation of the Gaza conflict on Sunday when commandos attacked a site used for launching rockets. Leaflets were dropped warning thousands of people to leave their homes in a northern area of the Palestinian territory before the raid took place. [Snip] On day six of Operation Protective Edge, the Israeli air force destroyed police stations and the Hamas security headquarters, severely damaging the homes of civilians nearby. At least 165 Palestinians have been killed since the onset of the offensive last Tuesday. Hamas, meanwhile, has fired about 630 rockets at Israeli cities, injuring 10

Spokesman: Obama ´absolutely´
the most transparent president
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/13/2014 2:56:52 PM     Post Reply
President Obama is “absolutely” the most transparent president in history, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Sunday after the White House received a letter from signed by a dozen top journalists’ groups complaining about the administration’s policies toward the media. “There are a number of steps that we´ve taken to give people greater insight into what´s happening at the White House,” Earnest said in an interview with CNN’s “Reliable Sources.” The letter, signed by the Society of Professional Journalists and the Poynter Institute, among others, accuses the White House of "politically driven suppression of news and information about federal agencies." It

Michelle Obama to Latinos: ‘We cannot
afford to wait on Congress’ for immigration
Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/13/2014 2:53:50 PM     Post Reply
First lady Michelle Obama grabbed the political reins during a speech to the League of United Latin American Citizens in New York City, telling the crowd of admirers not to worry — that her husband wouldn’t wait on Congress to take action on immigration reform. “So make no mistake about it — we have to keep on fighting as hard as we can on immigration,” Mrs. Obama said, to a cheering crowd, Breitbart reported. “And as my husband has said, he’s going to do whatever administrative action it takes to fix this broken system.” Mrs. Obama then vowed that Congress wouldn’t get

Nebraska gov, Illinois senator say White
House sending illegal immigrant children
to their states without notice
Fox News, by Chad Pergram and Garrett Tenney    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/13/2014 2:50:37 PM     Post Reply
Elected officials in two states far from the U.S.-Mexico border have claimed that the Obama administration has resettled hundreds of unaccompanied illegal immigrant children without adequate notice and has refused to detail the exact locations where the children are being kept. Fox News has learned that 748 unaccompanied minors have been transferred from areas near the border to the Chicago area. Of the original group of 748 kids, 319 have been placed with family members or sponsors while they await an immigration hearing. The other 429 have been placed in facilities run by the Heartland Alliance, a nonprofit organization that receives

  


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Republican governors signal shift on
gay marriage in bid to attract voters
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/13/2014 2:41:52 PM     Post Reply
Deep in the Bible Belt, new signs emerged this weekend of evolving views among Republican governors on gay marriage. While the Republican Party´s religious conservatives continue to fight against same-sex marriage, its governors appear to be backing off their opposition – in their rhetoric, at least. For some, the shift may be more a matter of tone than substance as the GOP tries to attract new voters ahead of the midterm elections. Nonetheless, it is a dramatic turn for a party that has long been defined by social conservative values. "I don´t think the Republican Party is fighting it," Wisconsin´s

The Tea Party Isn’t a Political
Movement, It’s a Religious One
Daily Beast, by Jack Schwartz    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/13/2014 2:40:58 PM     Post Reply
Obama is the Antichrist, Republicans are heretics, and compromise is unholy. Politics can’t explain how the right acts. America has long been the incubator of many spiritual creeds going back to the Great Awakening and even earlier. Only one of them, Mormonism, has taken root and flourished as a true religion sprung from our own native ground. Today, however, we have a new faith growing from this nation’s soil: the Tea Party. (snip) Religion here doesn’t mean theology but a distinct belief system which, in totality, provides basic answers regarding how to live one’s life, how society should function, how

Sen. Mike Lee: "The American people
want a more conservative government."
Reason, by Nick Gillespie & Amanda Walker    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/13/2014 2:31:52 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Lee recently sat down with Reason TV´s Nick Gillespie to discuss the rise of the Tea Party faction in Congress (of which he is a leader), why the GOP is failing to connect with millennials, and the role of religion in politics. Originally published on July 11, 2014: "We´ve had a 75 or 80 year run with some really aggressive progressive policies," Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah). "They haven´t worked. They have enhanced America´s opportunity deficit, and the American people want a more conservative government." In 2010, Lee launched a successful primary challenge to three-term incumbent Sen. Bob Bennett and

City to release files on
alleged police misconduct
Tribune [Chicago, IL], by By Rosemary Regina Sobol    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/13/2014 2:31:43 PM     Post Reply
Internal investigation files for alleged police misconduct will now be made public, officials said Sunday in a statement from Mayor Rahm Emanuel´s office. With the new policy, the Chicago Police Department will release investigative files relating to allegations of police misconduct in response to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, according to the statement. Standard FOIA exemptions, including those pertaining to how burdensome the requests would be, will apply to all requests. Records also will be redacted to make certain that no information is released that might compromise investigations or witness confidentiality,

Obama Killing America by
Simply ‘Disappearing’ It
Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/13/2014 2:26:55 PM     Post Reply
When Obama let out his first soul-chilling hint: “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America” on Oct. 30, 2008, few thought about what his actual modus operandi might be. The hint was issued by a rabble rouser who had arrived on the world stage with a carefully crafted rock star/messiah status; amid posters of ‘Hope & Change’ distributed to the four corners of the world; the defiant boast coming on on the eve of Halloween to boot. Little did many suspect back then that Obama was about to execute what he envisions as ‘the perfect

  



Holder: ´Homegrown Violent
Extremists … Keep Me Up at Night´
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/13/2014 2:24:23 PM     Post Reply
Attorney General Eric Holder has a "lot of sleepless nights," reported ABC News this morning. Chief among his concerns? The threat of "homegrown violent extremists. "Asked the ABC News reporter, "Is that threat," like the Boston Marathon bombing last year, "any less serious?" "These lone wolves. These homegrown violent extremists are people who keep me up at night, as well," said Holder. "Trying to monitor them, trying to anticipate what it is they are going to do. And the experience that we had in Boston is instructive. It only takes only one or two people to really do something horrific." The ABC

It´s official: Mexico facilitating illegal
alien invasion of US by minors
American Thinker, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/13/2014 2:24:05 PM     Post Reply
In a very underreported story, the Mexican government inked an agreement with Guatemala that would assist citizens from Guatemala in transiting Mexico to get to the US border. Jerome Corsi highlights the 5 areas of cooperation that will make the journey from Guatemala to the US safer: 1. Mexico established for the Central American migrants transiting through Mexico a new Mexican-government issued “Regional Visitor Card” that instructs the Mexican National Institute of Migration to recognize the holder as having been granted by the Mexican government the right to a “temporary stay” in Mexico. The purpose of the “Regional Visitor Card”

DOJ Set to Fight Gay-Marriage
Bans in Supreme Court
ABC News, by Pierre Thomas & Mike Levine *    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/13/2014 2:22:51 PM     Post Reply
The Justice Department is set to urge the Supreme Court to uphold a lower-court ruling and block states from banning same-sex marriage, Attorney General Eric Holder said. The nation´s top law enforcement official´s remarks come just days after Utah officials announced they will ask the Supreme Court to overrule a lower court that concluded gay couples can legally marry in the state. Last month, a federal appeals court ruled that a state ban on gay marriage, approved by Utah voters in 2004, was unconstitutional, finding that states cannot keep two people from marrying simply because they are of the same sex.

Holder sees ´racial
animus´ in opposition
The Hill (Washington D.C.), by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/13/2014 2:20:31 PM     Post Reply
Attorney General Eric Holder said Sunday he and President Obama have been targets of “a racial animus” by some of the administration’s political opponents. “There´s a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that´s directed at me [and] directed at the president,” Holder told ABC. “You know, people talking about taking their country back. … There´s a certain racial component to this for some people. I don’t think this is the thing that is a main driver, but for some there´s a racial animus." Holder said the nation is in “a fundamentally better place than we were 50 years ago.” “We´ve

Impeaching Obama for Tyranny…
Means Finding Political Will, Not the
Right “Magic Words”
Canada Free Press, by Kelly O´Connell    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/13/2014 2:15:58 PM     Post Reply
This is the second in a two-piece article on impeachment of Barack Obama. America is navigating extraordinary travails attempting to adapt to Barack’s increasingly erratic and arbitrary decision-making. This is apparently motivated by his own misbegotten notion he’s a secular prophet who must force America to adapt into his socialistic fantasies. His trashing of the Constitution, ignoring Congress and claiming amnesia on the separation of powers has created a crisis which few on either side seem ready to address. The very bad news is America does not seem to have the courage, conviction or stones to stand up to our

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