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Wrong Answer
New Yorker, by Rachel Aviv    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/14/2014 9:13:21 AM     Post Reply
One afternoon in the spring of 2006, Damany Lewis, a math teacher at Parks Middle School, in Atlanta, unlocked the room where standardized tests were kept. It was the week before his students took the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test, which determined whether schools in Georgia had met federal standards of achievement. The tests were wrapped in cellophane and stacked in cardboard boxes. Lewis, a slim twenty-nine-year-old with dreadlocks, contemplated opening the test with scissors, but he thought his cut marks would be too obvious. Instead, he left the school, walked to the corner store, and bought a razor blade. When he

This is why the government should
never control the internet
Washington Post, by Robert M. McDowell    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/14/2014 8:59:34 AM     Post Reply
Tomorrow is the deadline for the public to comment on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) attempt to regulate the Internet under the seemingly innocuous moniker of “net neutrality.” The architect of this movement, and the man who coined the term “net neutrality,” is Columbia law professor Tim Wu. Unfortunately, he has proved to be immensely influential among regulators. Net neutrality rules have been sold for a decade as a way to keep the Internet “open and free” by keeping Internet service providers (ISPs), such as phone and cable companies, from blocking or degrading Web sites. Its advocates have argued that ISPs

Eric Holder blasts Sarah Palin as a
´not particularly good´ Vice Presidential
candidate as he claims racism is behind
impeachment calls
Daily Mail [UK], by Kirk Maltais    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/14/2014 8:31:49 AM     Post Reply
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder took to ABC´s ´This Week´ Sunday morning to blast conservative personality and former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, in response to her editorial calling for the impeachment of President Obama. ´She wasn´t a particularly good vice presidential candidate´ said Holder on the political talk show, speaking to host George Stephanopoulos. ´She´s an even worse judge of who ought to be impeached and why.´ Holder´s comments were responses to an editorial written by Palin and published last week on Breitbart.com, entitled ´It´s Time to Impeach President Obama.´ Palin´s article asserts that Obama is purposefully weakening the border security

  


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Stephen Hawking joins
academic boycott of Israel
Guardian (U.K.), by Harriet Sherwood and Matthew Kalman    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/14/2014 8:28:19 AM     Post Reply
Professor Stephen Hawking is backing the academic boycott of Israel by pulling out of a conference hosted by Israeli president Shimon Peres in Jerusalem as a protest at Israel´s treatment of Palestinians. Hawking, 71, the world-renowned theoretical physicist and former Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, had accepted an invitation to headline the fifth annual president´s conference, Facing Tomorrow, in June, which features major international personalities, attracts thousands of participants and this year will celebrate Peres´s 90th birthday. Hawking is in very poor health, but last week he wrote a brief letter to the Israeli president to say he

Missing Nigerian girls: whatever
happened to #Bringbackourgirls?
Telegraph U.K., by Colin Freeman    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/14/2014 8:17:17 AM     Post Reply
PART 1: FADING HOPES Three months after its schoolgirls vanished into the clutches of Boko Haram militants, Chibok has become the town that never sleeps. For the mothers of those missing from this dusty northern Nigerian town, nightfall is a time when rest proves impossible, when three hours of fitful dozing is the most one can hope for. And for the fathers, it is a time for round the-clock-vigils, patrolling the edges of town in case of yet more attacks. With Nigerian security forces now belatedly stationed around Chibok, there should be no need for neighbourhood watch duty. Yet two weeks ago,

Palestinians Flee Northern Gaza as
a Cease-Fire Appears Elusive
New York Times, by Steven Erlanger and Isabel Kirshner    Original Article
Posted By: aliciacolon- 7/14/2014 8:15:00 AM     Post Reply
GAZA CITY — Several thousand Palestinians, defying the urging of Hamas to remain in their homes, fled areas in northern Gaza early Sunday after Israel warned them through fliers and phone calls of major attacks to come. Israel and Hamas seemed to signal little public interest in international appeals for a cease-fire as they continued their barrages. More than 130 rockets were fired out of Gaza into Israel on Sunday, with 22 intercepted, the Israeli Army said, while

NY Times Columnist Slams Chelsea´s
Buckraking for ´The Rapacious,
Gaping Maw of Clinton Inc.´
Newsbusters, by Tim Graham    Original Article
Posted By: aliciacolon- 7/14/2014 8:09:43 AM     Post Reply
Team Hillary is staring daggers at New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, the one journalist who actually won a Pulitzer (for commentary) on a Clinton scandal (Lewinsky). Dowd had the audacity to knock Chelsea Clinton for giving speeches for $75,000 a pop, even if it went to the Clinton Foundation, which is designed for the further aggrandizement of the Clinton reputation. It began: CHELSEA CLINTON never acted out during the eight years she came of age as America’s first daughter.

  


  

Anti-Israel Protesters Trap Hundreds
of Jews in Paris Synagogue
Breitbart London [UK], by Abe Katsman    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/14/2014 7:33:26 AM     Post Reply
Clashes erupted in Paris on Sunday as thousands of people protested against Israel and in support of Hamas and residents in the Gaza Strip, reports The Times of Israel. Several thousand demonstrators marched through the streets of Paris behind a large banner that read "Total Support for the Struggle of the Palestinian People". 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. [Snip] Media reports said that hundreds of Jews were trapped inside a synagogue in the area and police units were sent to

US advisers in Iraq risk assassination
by troops they are trying to train,
claims classified report
Daily Mail [UK], by Jill Reilly    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/14/2014 7:24:38 AM     Post Reply
US advisers in Iraq risk assassination by troops they are trying to train, according to a classified report. Americans who are assigned to advise Baghdad’s forces could be at risk because so many units are deeply infiltrated by either Sunni extremist informants or Shiite personnel backed by Iran, the report by United States detailed. If the US does decide to assist in moving back the the advances made by Sunni militants in northern and western Iraq over the past month, the assessment concludes that only about half of Iraq’s operational units are able to carry out the push.

Obama the pariah
The Hill (Washington DC), by Amie Parnes    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/14/2014 7:15:53 AM     Post Reply
Democrats in tough reelection races have a blunt message for President Obama: Keep away. Obama’s approval ratings are in the basement and show no signs of improving, so Democrats are keeping their distance. On the stump, in campaign ads and at fundraisers, Obama’s absence is increasingly conspicuous. Democrats are voicing their displeasure with his policies and campaign advisers are telling candidates to avoid being photographed with him, so as to deny Republicans effective visuals for campaign ads. “It’s a no-brainer,” said one operative who works for a senator up for reelection in 2014. “The second term has been a bit

Skeletons of the Great Recession:
These American cities are still plagued
by homes abandoned to foreclosure
Daily Mail [UK], by Joshua Gardner    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/14/2014 7:11:16 AM     Post Reply
The Great Recession may be an unpleasant memory for most, but some residents of what were once booming cities continue to face after-effects of the financial crisis in the form of home foreclosure.[Snip] The problem is especially severe in cities where problems like plummeting home values, rising unemployment and painfully long foreclosure proceedings continue to plague citizens years after the recession officially ended. Financial website 24/7 Wall St. put together a list of the 10 cities in America with the most abandoned foreclosed homes. The worst off city, according to data compiled by 24/7 Wall St., is Wichita, Kansas.

  


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Holder Equates ‘Vehemence’ of
Opposition to Obama with ‘Racial Animus’
PJ Media, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/14/2014 7:07:39 AM     Post Reply
Attorney General Eric Holder told ABC News that “vehemence” in opposing the president and his policies is indicative of racism. In other words, it’s OK to oppose the president. Just don’t do it too intensely if you want to avoid the racist tag. The Hill: “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

Gene Simmons: Reporters Harass Tim
Tebow, Give Troubled Athletes a Pass
Breitbart Big Hollywood, by Kate O´Hare    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/14/2014 6:54:03 AM     Post Reply
KISS star Gene Simmons says sports reporters hold morally upright athletes like Tim Tebow to a different standard that those who find trouble wherever they go. "It´s interesting to me that media often picks on the good guys and lets the bad guys get a pass," says Simmons, the entrepreneurial rocker who recently expanded his empire to include a professional sports team. Sitting down with Breitbart News in a restaurant at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., the KISS frontman explains why, in August of 2013, he and bandmate Paul Stanley decided to participate in launching a Los Angeles-area

Impeachment: The Red Line
and the Last Straw
American Thinker, by Cindy Simpson    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 7/14/2014 6:12:41 AM     Post Reply
Where is the red line of impeachment? In theory, a red line might be located somewhere on a list of impeachable offenses – perhaps at the point where a certain number of transgressions is exceeded, or next to a specific instance because of its significance or impact. In reality, though, that red line exists along a spectrum of “political will.” As Andrew McCarthy explained: “You can have a thousand provable impeachable offenses, but before Congress may remove the president from power, there must be strong popular support – a public will that cuts across partisan and ideological lines.”

The border crisis isn’t
Obama’s Katrina – it’s worse
Hot Air, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/14/2014 5:49:44 AM     Post Reply
Many have parsed what President Barack Obama’s critics mean when they charge that the handling of the crisis on America’s southern border is “Obama’s Katrina.” The president’s supporters are quick to note that this comparison is misleading and unfair. Hurricane Katrina drowned an entire urban center. American citizens died waiting for federal and state aid. Thousands of Americans, mostly of meager means, were trapped in a dying city. Some of them did not make it out alive waiting for their countrymen to save them. In that sobering moment, much of the promise of the United States was betrayed. It is

  


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Costa Concordia: refloating phase
of salvage operation begins
Telegraph [UK], by Nick Squires    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/14/2014 5:42:05 AM     Post Reply
An operation to refloat the Costa Concordia, which has been lying off the Italian island of Giglio for more than two-and-a-half years, has begun. The operation got under way at 0600 local time, salvage experts said, with the refloating of the giant cruise ship expected to take several days. “The Concordia refloating operations have started regularly,” the authorities said. The refloat is being led by Nick Sloane, a South African salvage expert who was also in charge of hauling the vessel upright in a complex operation last September. “At 6 am the Senior Salvage Master, Nick Sloane, reached the Remote

How Real Women Can Fight
Back Against the Left´s
Fake ´War on Women´
Breitbart London [UK], by James Delingpole    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/14/2014 5:40:26 AM     Post Reply
Sometimes you need a trip to America to remind yourself what it is we´re fighting for. That´s what I´ve been doing in Las Vegas this last week. (One of them. You needn´t know about all the other stuff). First I´ve been at the Heartland Institute´s annual Climate Conference (lots of audio with Evil Climate Denial ScientistsTM to follow shortly; now I´m at the libertarian-leaning FreedomFest. What you realise on coming to the US is that their wars are our wars. But our angles of attack are sometimes different and we have much to learn from one another. Tactics in the

Rancher Cliven Bundy can´t win:
USA Today, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/14/2014 5:39:20 AM     Post Reply
Government authorities were wise to back off in April when scofflaw Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy surrounded himself with armed supporters to avoid paying more than $1 million in grazing fees and penalties he had accumulated over two decades. As infuriating as it was that Bundy had repeatedly defied court orders and insisted he could graze his cattle wherever he pleased, he wasn´t worth a bloody confrontation. Three months later, though, Americans who obey the law and pay their bills might wonder how long Bundy and his gun-toting pals are going to get away with rejecting the rule of law. It´s bad enough

What A Planned Parenthood Clinic Is Being
Sued For Is A Sickening Show Of Its Priorities
Independent Journal Review, by Kevin Boyd    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/14/2014 5:28:52 AM     Post Reply
In Denver, Colorado, a local Planned Parenthood clinic is being sued by a mother who is alleging that they refused to report the suspected sexual abuse of her daughter by her stepfather, Timothy David Smith. Cary Smith is alleging that Planned Parenthood performed an abortion on her then 13-year-old daughter, R.Z., who was brought there by Timothy, who was also the unborn baby’s father, and that Planned Parenthood failed to report clear signs of possible sexual abuse and returned her home with her rapist. From LifeNews: On May 3, 2012, Timothy transported his thirteen-year-old step-daughter to Planned Parenthood in Denver, Colorado, for an

Obama Had A DREAM
American Thinker, by Randall Hoven    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/14/2014 5:26:05 AM     Post Reply
The White House’s explanation of why so many “children” are crossing our southern border recently is that the violence in Central America drove them here. Also, as usual, Bush is to blame: in 2008 President Bush signed a law “to prevent immigration officials from inadvertently sending [children] back to pimps and drug violence”. On July 5, the Los Angeles Times published an article by Brian Bennett. Using data obtained from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Bennett reported as follows. “The increase has been dramatic. For most of the last decade, U.S. agents apprehended fewer than 4,000 ?unaccompanied children from El

  



Political fallout from underage illegals may
spread far from the Rio Grande Valley
Washington Examiner [DC], by Michael Barone    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/14/2014 5:25:42 AM     Post Reply
The flood of underage--and many not-so-underage--illegal immigrants from the Central American countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador crested in the Rio Grande Valley, but now the waters are being diverted and channeled to other parts of the United States. Well, maybe that metaphor is a bit labored, but my point is that these young and not-so-young people are being transported to various parts of the country, to be put under the care of relatives, we are told, though it´s not so clear that the caregivers are always relatives. My former Washington Examiner colleague Joel Gehrke, now at National Review,

Protesters picket new
Hobby Lobby store in Totowa
North Jersey.com [Passaic Co., NJ], by James O´Neill    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/14/2014 5:22:00 AM     Post Reply
Roughly 50 people lined up in front of Hobby Lobby’s new Totowa store Saturday to protest the company’s role in a recent Supreme Court decision that says the company can choose not to cover contraception for its employees through the Affordable Care Act. The Oklahoma City-based arts and crafts chain is owned by a Christian family that says it tries to run the business applying its religious beliefs. One of the parties in the decision by the high court, the family had argued that the Obamacare requirement that all contraception be covered violated a 1993 federal law that protects religious

Obamacare’s Biggest Legal Threat
National Review Online, by John Fund    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/14/2014 5:13:47 AM     Post Reply
The legal positions of President Obama’s Justice Department have been slapped down unanimously a remarkable 13 times in the Supreme Court in the last two years. Over and over, even Obama’s own two appointees to the court — Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan — have held that the president has exceeded his authority and violated the separation of powers. This coming week, we could see the second-highest court in the land rule that the administration broke the law in enforcing a key provision of Obamacare, calling into question once again Obama’s fidelity to the Constitution — and further endangering his

‘The Massive, Poisonous Vacuum’—
25 Years After Tiananmen Square
Washington Free Beacon, by Reuben F. Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/14/2014 5:10:48 AM     Post Reply
Communist regimes have long specialized in committing enormous resources and legions of secret police stooges to the airbrushing of their own histories. Persons—both living and dead—become non-persons, past events become events that never happened, certain subjects become unmentionable in any public forums and sometimes even in private conversation. This brand of enforced amnesia becomes necessary with these regimes for the simple reason that they are far more terrified of their own populations than the threats from the outside world that they are constantly handwringing about. Forbidding their people to remember what has been re-written out of the history books is always

Four-Time Deportee Arrested For
Allegedly Molesting 9-Year-Old Girl
Daily Caller, by Chuck Ross    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/14/2014 5:08:12 AM     Post Reply
A Mexican national who records show has been deported from the U.S. four times was arrested Saturday for allegedly fondling a 9 year-old Texas girl. According to the Parker County sheriff’s office, 35 year-old Israel Andrade allegedly broke into a Springtown, Tex. home around 6 a.m. and molested the young girl while her family was asleep, WFAA reports. Following the attack, the girl ran screaming to wake her parents. Andrade allegedly stole the family’s computer and their cell phones, forcing the girl’s mother to have to call 911 from a nearby convenience store. According to Fox DFW, footprints led police to Andrade, who was

The IRS under oath
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/14/2014 4:56:20 AM     Post Reply
At a recent hearing, Rep. Paul Ryan neatly summarized the problem the IRS has when he responded to Commissioner John Koskinen this way: “I don’t believe it. That’s your problem: Nobody believes you.” Now two federal judges have basically said the same thing. Last Thursday, US District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan, a Bill Clinton appointee, ordered the IRS to designate an official to explain — under oath — how it lost the Lois Lerner e-mails. The judge also asked a federal magistrate to look at other ways the court might find the IRS records. The order was followed the next day with

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