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Riot Rocks Buenos Aires
After Argentine World Cup Loss
Associated Press, by Luis Andres Henao    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 7/14/2014 3:42:33 AM     Post Reply
Riot police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse a group of rock-throwing vandals who disturbed a rally by Argentines celebrating their team´s gutsy performance in a 1-0 loss to Germany in the World Cup finals. Thousands of Argentines, saddened but proud, had gathered peacefully at the iconic Obelisk in downtown Buenos Aires to applaud their team´s best World Cup performance in 24 years. Police initially remained on the sidelines as fans poured into downtown Buenos Aires. But late Sunday night they began chasing down vandals. The youths, many of them with their faces covered and drinking heavily, responded by hurling

Chile Rejects U.N. Court In
Old Bolivian Desert Border Dispute
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 7/14/2014 3:33:55 AM     Post Reply
Globaloney: The United Nations´ International Court of Justice got a reality check this week when Chile rejected its jurisdiction over Bolivia´s claim to its northern coastline. It should be a precedent, given how irresponsible regimes are wrongly using the court to seek redress. ´I have made the decision to lodge an appeal against the ICJ´s authority to start with, by presenting preliminary objections on that court´s jurisdiction," Chile´s President Michelle Bachelet announced in a televised address Monday. "This decision is based on ... an unyielding defense of our territorial integrity and national interests. These interests are fully in line with the essential

North Korean Ship Tests the
Waters Near America´s Shores
Forbes, by Claudia Rosett    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 7/14/2014 3:29:54 AM     Post Reply
It’s not often that North Korean-flagged freighters turn up near America’s shores, but when they do, they deserve attention. North Korea has a prolific record of arms smuggling, narcotics dealing, counterfeiting, terrorist ties and missile and nuclear proliferation. So, let’s hope U.S. authorities are keeping a close eye on a North Korean cargo ship called the Mu Du Bong, which late last month called at Cuba, then vanished from the commercial shipping grid for more than a week. This past Thursday, July 10, the Mu Du Bong reappeared at Havana, then began steaming north of Cuba, and as of this

  


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Governors wary of White House plan
to place immigrant children with states
Fox News & Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/14/2014 1:32:10 AM     Post Reply
State governors from both parties have reacted cooly to efforts by the Obama administration to gain their support for placing thousands of unaccompanied Central American children with friends or family members. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell met privately with dozens of governors Sunday at the National Governors Association summer meeting in Nashville. According to those who attended the meeting, the governors expressed particular concerns about the costs to states, including that of providing public education for the children. Burwell left the meeting through a side door without talking to

What Real Support
for Israel Looks Like
Power LIne, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: trapper- 7/14/2014 12:25:41 AM     Post Reply
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement about the situation in Israel: The indiscriminate rocket attacks from Gaza on Israel are terrorist acts, for which there is no justification. It is evident that Hamas is deliberately using human shields to further terror in the region. Failure by the international community to condemn these reprehensible actions would encourage these terrorists to continue their appalling actions. Canada calls on its allies and partners to recognize that these terrorist acts are unacceptable and that solidarity with Israel is the best way of stopping the conflict. Canada is unequivocally

Congresswoman: Cut Foreign
Aid To Pay For Children
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 7/13/2014 11:57:19 PM     Post Reply
Fort Sill, Okla. - A Republican congresswoman from Tennessee said the U.S. should cut aid to countries that are home to thousands of children who have crossed the border illegally to pay for the cost of caring for them. Rep. Marsha Blackburn made the comments Saturday after touring a temporary shelter at the Fort Sill Army Post near Lawton where more than 1,100 of the children are housed. Republican Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma also toured the facility. Blackburn said Central American countries that the child immigrants are fleeing should be forced to bear the cost of paying for them

The 4 NYC teachers banned
from classrooms who rake in millions
New York Post, by Susan Edelman    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/13/2014 11:18:14 PM     Post Reply
Three of the city’s longest-running “rubber room” teachers have raked in more than $1 million each for a decade of not working in classrooms, and a fourth is paid a top salary — $100,049 a year — not to teach. The Foul Four — who beat sexual-misconduct charges — can’t be fired by the Department of Education because they are entitled to job protections under state tenure laws, which require “due process.” Educators are entitled to a trial with an independent hearing officer who decides whether any misconduct warrants termination. A group of New York City parents filed a lawsuit

  


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A Bit Scary
National Review Online, by Jay Nordlinger    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/13/2014 10:38:52 PM     Post Reply
Ponder for a minute what AFSCME has done. The union has severed ties with the United Negro College Fund because the Koch brothers contributed $25 million to the fund. Or rather, because the fund accepted the contribution. The money will pay for 3,000 scholarships and other needs. To read about this episode, go here. The hatred whipped up against the Koch brothers has become nearly frightening, I think. It is undemocratic, unsettling, intolerant. I’ve never liked it when left-leaning types say, “So-and-so scares me,” or, “This scares me.” There was a bumper sticker in the 2000s that said Bush Scares

World Health Organisation recommends that
all gay men should take antiretroviral
medicine to halt ´exploding´ HIV epidemic
Independent [UK], by Jack Simpson    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 7/13/2014 10:29:31 PM     Post Reply
The World Health Organisation has announced for the first time that all men who have sex with men should take antiretroviral drugs, in a bid to try and contain the growing rates of HIV in gay communities around the world. In a report published on Friday, the WHO made “strong recommendations” that all men who have sex with men should seriously consider taking antiretroviral medicine “as an additional method of preventing the HIV infection from spreading”, even if they haven’t got the virus themselves. (Snip) In the report, it says that homosexual men are 19 times more likely to have

Needed: A new team of rivals
Washington Post, by Fred Hiatt    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/13/2014 10:27:01 PM     Post Reply
Maybe it is time for a shake-up. President Obama’s second-term staffing was always going to be a risk. He abandoned his first term’s team of rivals for a closer-knit team of loyalists. The bet was that he was assured enough in the job to no longer need the in-house challenge — and that smooth-running consensus would compensate for the loss. The bet isn’t paying off. Overseas and at home, the administration seems besieged and befuddled. Obama is in danger of cementing an image of haplessness that would be hard to undo. The administration was surprised when Russian President Vladimir Putin

What’s the American political
landscape looking like?
Washington Post, by Chris Cillizza    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/13/2014 10:24:47 PM     Post Reply
The dog days of summer are upon us, and with them, an extended slowdown in politics — as Americans spend their time working on their tans rather than studying up on the latest fights in the nation’s capital. Things won’t pick up in earnest again until after Labor Day, when the political campaigning reemerges in full force. As we head into this break, it’s worth pausing to review and figure out exactly what we’ve learned about the American political landscape — as it relates to the 2014 midterm and 2016 presidential elections, the hopes (or lack thereof) for legislative accomplishments,

  


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Thousands of Gazans flee homes
as Israel promises to press the fight
Washington Post, by William Booth and Griff Witte    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/13/2014 10:22:13 PM     Post Reply
GAZA CITY — Tens of thousands of panicked residents fled their homes in the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday after the Israeli military dropped leaflets from the sky warning those who stayed behind that they were risking their lives because a large, intense operation was imminent. Residents in Gaza were whipsawed by growing anxiety and frustration. More than 17,000 people poured into makeshift shelters as Israeli commandos entered the coastal enclave early Sunday to knock out a Hamas rocket-launch site. A brief gun battle with Hamas militants ensued and left four Israeli soldiers lightly wounded. The brief incursion by commandos

US Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
Prepares to Default (in Spanish)
Breitbart National Security, by Chriss W. Street    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/13/2014 10:18:45 PM     Post Reply
Municipal bond mutual fund investors are panicking this weekend after the U.S. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico’s Legislature passed a new law allowing public agencies to default on their debt. Although part of the United States, Puerto Rico in the 1990s made Spanish the official language and now about 86% of the island does not speak English in the home. Democrat Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla, who has difficulty speaking English, told Bloomberg News last year that Puerto Rico had a constitutional and moral obligation to not default on the island’s $73 billion of debt. But he just passed a law giving

NYT Pentagon Correspondent: Government-Media
‘Dysfunctional Marriage’ Is Necessary ‘For the Kids’
Newsbusters, by Tom Blumer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/13/2014 10:16:11 PM     Post Reply
Well, this explains a lot. A Justin Lynch column ("Wartime Press") originally posted at the Weekly Wonk and republished at Time.com with a more foreboding title ("Bloggers, Surveillance and Obama’s Orwellian State") really ends up being an attempted justification by those Lynch quoted for having a close alliance between the government and "journalists" with "professional standards." Thom Shanker, the Pentagon correspondent for the New York Times, gets the award for the most Orwellian quote in the litter, which will come after the jump. Its prelude is his belief that "The government really needs to get its message out to the

The world as we find it
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 7/13/2014 9:55:15 PM     Post Reply
The initial reports from the Los Angeles Times described the massacre of almost 30 women in the Zayouna neighborhood of Baghdad as an unsolved mystery: “gunmen in Iraq reportedly kill at least 30 in upscale Baghdad area”. (Snip) It was not long before a more sinister motive made itself plain. The murder site was a brothel. The gunmen came in order to kill every one in it and teach the world an Islamic lesson. “Police believe men using silenced

  


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Obama’s ‘blank check’
rejected as border solution
Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/13/2014 9:36:19 PM     Post Reply
Not even a week after it was offered, President Obama’s $3.7 billion plan to deal with the growing crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border appears all but dead, with Republican lawmakers Sunday decrying the administration’s “blank check” proposal and instead calling for a more targeted response centered on greater border security. Even Texas Gov. Rick Perry, personally recruited by the president to persuade Republicans to support the measure, threw cold water on the idea. He said the president doesn’t need that much money and instead should send National Guard troops to secure the border. The apparent defeat caps a whirlwind several days

IRS to Rubber Stamp Tax-Exempt Status
for Most Charities After Scandal
Time Magazine, by Massimo Calabresi    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/13/2014 9:25:11 PM     Post Reply
Amid ongoing controversy over its scrutiny of non-profits, the Internal Revenue Service has decided it will no longer screen approximately 80% of the organizations seeking tax-exempt charitable status each year, a change that will ease the creation of small charities while doing away with a review intended to counter fraud and prevent political and other non-charitable groups from misusing the tax code. As of July 1, any group that pays a $400 fee and declares on a three-page online form that it has annual income of less than $50,000, total assets of less than $250,000 and is in compliance with the tax code requirements of a charity

Plane´s swastika banner
spurs criticism around NYC
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 7/13/2014 8:37:59 PM     Post Reply
New York — A banner aiming to change people´s minds about what swastikas stand for has stirred outrage after it flew over beaches in New York City and on Long Island. Some beachgoers were appalled and officials fielded complaints after a plane toted the banner Saturday. The banner featured swastikas, a peace sign, a Star of David and a "pro-swastika" message. It was arranged by the International Raelian Movement. The group tries annually to remind people that before Adolf Hitler´s rise, the swastika was an ancient symbol of well-being to Hindus and Buddhists, among others. The Raelians — who believe

Man who shot rookie cop dead:
‘I’m going to be famous’
New York Post, by C.J. Sullivan    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 7/13/2014 8:27:25 PM     Post Reply
A Jersey City cop was killed in a cold-blooded ambush outside a Walgreens Pharmacy early Sunday by a violent nutjob who had boasted, “I’m going to be famous,” officials said. Officer Melvin Santiago, less than a year on the job, and his partner rolled up to Walgreens to answer a robbery call at 4:09 a.m. when the gunman came out of nowhere and blasted Santiago in the head as he opened the passenger-side door. Minutes earlier, shooter Lawrence Campbell, 27, stabbed the store security guard in the arm and took his gun, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said. Campbell then apologized to everyone in the store and said, “Watch the news later,

Connecticut children´s agency moves
transgender girl to boys´ facility
after alleged assault
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/13/2014 8:23:07 PM     Post Reply
Hartford, Conn. - Child protection officials say a transgender Connecticut girl who was moved from a women´s prison to a psychiatric center for children has now been relocated to a center for delinquent boys after an assault. Officials said there is no "suitable place" in the juvenile psychiatric center and placed her in the Juvenile Training School in Middletown, Connecticut´s only secure facility for delinquent boys. She is in a single room separated from the boys. The Department of Children and Families said Sunday that the girl assaulted another youth and a staffer and destroyed property the previous night.

  



Illegal Immigration Protesters to
Challenge Feds: ´If They Want to
Send in SWAT Teams... Let Them Do It´
Breitbart Big Government, by Katie McHugh    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/13/2014 8:13:55 PM     Post Reply
The federal government is planning to relocate 40 unaccompanied alien children into an already-packed facility in the Sycamore Canyon Academy that houses wards of the state, according to Robert Skiba of Oracle, Arizona. Emboldened by citizens in Murrieta, California who successfully rebuffed the government’s efforts to dump illegal aliens into their town, Skiba´s town has organized a protest for Tuesday morning. (Snip) “We´re prepared for whatever happens. If they want to send in the SWAT team, armored cars, helicopters, let them do it. We´ll have the media out there.” “The boy's ranch is almost at capacity now and can't

Inside the Beltway:
White House grade slips to ‘F’
Washington Times, by Jennifer Harper    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/13/2014 7:59:09 PM     Post Reply
Inquiring minds wonder if there’s a “G” in the grading repertoire. And that does not stand for “good.” Pollster John Zogby has given President Obama an “F” this week for the White House performance on the global stage, and the researcher has no imminent good news for the president. “Some people have really bad weeks. Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff got an ‘F’ after the nation’s soccer team lost to Germany. But President Obama’s week was just as bad,” Mr. Zogby says. “Israel and the Palestinians are at war again. The president should have visited the U.S.-Mexican border, where so many immigrant children are in danger and so many

The hypocrisy of Obama’s
15-day Vineyard vacation
Washington Times, by Joseph Curl    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/13/2014 6:42:49 PM     Post Reply
On April 1, the U.S. economy dropped a whopping 2.9 percent for the first three months of the year (no fooling). The American workforce participation rate fell to a 40-year low. One-third of people aged 18-29 have moved back in with their parents. Millions of Americans this summer will enjoy yet another “staycation”: They just can’t afford to go to the beach or the mountains, even for a week — again. (Snip) Forget that the United States is deep into what Mr. Obama dramatically declares a “humanitarian crisis,” that the Middle East is a powder keg about to blow, that Iraq has all but fallen to Islamist terrorists. (Why not forget; the president has.)

Pentagon gives pink slips
to thousands of soldiers,
including active-duty officers
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/13/2014 6:23:47 PM     Post Reply
The Pentagon is laying off thousands of military officers, including those serving or who have recently served in Afghanistan. Defense Department officials said the reductions are the result of mandatory spending cuts imposed by sequestration and are part of their larger plan to reduce the number of U.S. soldiers from 520,000 to 450,000. Roughly 2,600 captains and other officers have or will be laid off, with more expected, Fox News learned Friday. The decision to send pink slips to soldiers overseas on active duty is dangerous and bad for morale, says retired Major Gen. Robert Scales. “It puts the soldier, the soldier’s family and the men under

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

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