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Principal Calls Student Racist
Because He Wore White, Made
‘W’ Sign During SCHOOL SPIRIT WEEK
Daily Caller, by Eric Owens    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/17/2014 3:20:20 PM     Post Reply
A star high school athlete in rural Marshalltown, Iowa has been suspended for three football games this fall because he posted a social media image of himself enthusiastically festooned from head to toe in white clothing during school spirit week. In the photo, he made the letter “W” with his hands — which in this case stands for white. The student is Blair Van Staalduine, reports Des Moines NBC affiliate WHO-TV. The student’s parents say the the principal of Marshalltown High School called Van Staalduine a racist after concluding that his hand signal was a white pride symbol. The parents have

An Open Letter to Attorney General
Eric Holder: It’s Not About Race
Daily Beast, by Ron Christie    Original Article
Posted By: obviousity- 7/17/2014 3:19:34 PM     Post Reply
From Fast and Furious to the IRS scandal, conservative complaints about Obama’s attorney general have nothing to do with the color of his skin. Dear General Holder, May 23, 1998, was one of the happiest days of my life. After four years of hard work, I joined 485 of my fellow law school students as we were set to receive our Juris Doctor degrees. You may not remember, but you were our commencement keynote speaker that day at the George Washington University National Center. You rolled through the usual platitudes: “To those whom much is given, much is expected,” etc. But what struck

Dr. Ben Carson: ‘We Have Got
to Stand Up for America’
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/17/2014 3:06:04 PM     Post Reply
(Video) Dr. Ben Carson was on “The Kelly File” tonight, where he said that the U.S. is “the pinnacle nation in the world.” However, he said there have been pinnacle nations before us which all went down the tubes due to political corruption, lost moral compasses, and lost vision. Carson said that the U.S. is the most benign superpower that the world has ever known. If we are replaced as a superpower, the likelihood of another nation being as benign is unlikely. “We have got to stand up for America,” he said.

  


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Breaking decorum and procedure
American Thinker, by James Longstreet    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/17/2014 3:02:09 PM     Post Reply
When one examines the much referred to “rules for radicals," it is revealed that these “rules” are nothing more than a rude departure from intellectual debate. These rules do not speak of making cogent points or salient arguments. They do not encourage fact gathering and how to apply logic with the delivery of those facts. They do not discuss intelligent engagement. What these “rules” do is promote the departure from civil discourse. We have witnessed the “make it personal” and the shouting down of opposing view points in public forums. In a nutshell, the “rules” for radicals is “do what

Obama makes first remarks on
plane crash in Ukraine
Washington Post, by Katie Zezima    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/17/2014 2:58:18 PM     Post Reply
This post has been updated~ President Obama made his first remarks on the Malaysian plane that crashed in Ukraine Thursday, saying that the "world is watching" reports of the downed airliner. “It looks like might be a terrible tragedy,” he said, adding that his team is trying to determine whether there were any Americans onboard the plane. “That is our first priority.” “The United States will offer any assistance we can to help determine what happened, and why,” he said. (Snip) According to the White House, Obama "noted the early reports" of the downed Malaysian Airlines jet near the Russia-Ukraine border

The IRS Scandal and Media Bias
Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehner    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/17/2014 2:58:16 PM     Post Reply
During his appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin offered this observation: Because when any government agency, particularly one as powerful as the IRS, engages in something that even people sympathetic to the administration looks weird and suspicious, it’s incumbent upon all of the national media to aggressively ask more questions. The Republicans in Congress are asking questions. I think with a different administration, one that was a Republican administration, this story would be a national obsession. And instead, it’s getting coverage here and a few other places. But it deserves a lot more questions. It certainly does, and

Malaysia jet one of 3 plane crashes
in Ukraine this week: What we know
Los Angeles Times, by Javier Panzar    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/17/2014 2:54:14 PM     Post Reply
The Malaysia Airlines passenger jet carrying 295 people that was reportedly shot down in Ukraine Thursday is the third plane to be downed in the country this week, according to Ukrainian officials. Here is a quick breakdown of the three incidents: On Monday, a Ukrainian AN-26 military transport was shot down in the separatist stronghold of Luhansk on the Russian border, according to Ukrainian Defense Minister Valeriy Heletei. Heletei told Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenk the plane was "hit by another, more powerful missile that was probably used from the territory of the Russian Federation," the Ukrinform news agency said, citing the

  


  

Elaine Stritch, Scene-Stealing
Broadway Legend, Dies at 89
NBC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/17/2014 2:50:34 PM     Post Reply
Elaine Stritch, the husky-voiced actress known for her brash personality and fearless performances has died Thursday. She was 89. A force to be reckoned with, Stritch stole scenes for over 60 years, from Sondheim’s “Company,” in which she sang the landmark “The Ladies Who Lunch” to her acclaimed one-woman show, “Elaine Stritch: At Liberty,” to her guest-starring role on NBC’s “30 Rock.” Stritch was so closely identified with Broadway and New York that the city´s landmark conservancy group declared her a living landmark in 2003. In 2013, Stritch said she no longer had the energy required to live in New York

Elaine Stritch, Tart-Tongued Broadway
Actress and Singer, Is Dead at 89
New York Times, by Bruce Weber & Robert Berkvist    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/17/2014 2:41:13 PM     Post Reply
Elaine Stritch, the brassy, tart-tongued Broadway actress and singer who became a living emblem of show business durability and perhaps the leading interpreter of Stephen Sondheim’s wryly acrid musings on aging, died on Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Mich. She was 89. Her death was confirmed by a friend, Julie Keyes. Before Ms. Stritch moved to Birmingham last year, she lived, famously, for many years at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan. Ms. Stritch’s career began in the 1940s and included her fair share of appearances in movies, including Woody Allen’s “September” (1987) and “Small Time Crooks” (2000),

Ukrainian Army Buk Missile Likely
Downed Malaysian Plane - Source
RIA Novosti [Moscow, Russia], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/17/2014 1:16:49 PM     Post Reply
Moscow - A Ukrainian army battalion of Buk air defense systems was deployed near the city of Donetsk a day before the crash of a Malaysian passenger plane on Thursday, making the downing of the aircraft by one of the missiles highly probable, an expert source said. "According to reconnaissance data, a Ukrainian army battalion of Buk air defense systems was deployed near Donetsk on Wednesday morning,” the source said. The source added that armed militia fighting Kiev-led forces in eastern Ukraine does not have Buk systems, which are capable of shooting down aircraft flying at altitudes up to 25 kilometers (82,000 feet).

U.S. Amb. Blames ´Climate Change´
for Hotel That Collapsed 12 Yrs
Ago on African Beach
Cybercast News Service, by Patrick Goodenough    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/17/2014 1:12:00 PM     Post Reply
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power posted photos on Twitter Wednesday to illustrate the purported effects of climate change on a West African nation’s coastline, but the pictures show a hotel that collapsed into the sea 12 years ago, the victim of erosion blamed largely on years of illegal mining of coastal sand. “Had sobering meeting with Benin’s U.N. Ambassador, who described the devastating effects of climate change on his coastal country,” she tweeted. “Showed me chilling photos of eroding coastline, said ‘that’s climate change – a daily life of falling in the sea.’”

  


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Abu Sayyaf leader Alhabsi
cheers beheading of hostages
in chilling video clip
The Star [Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia], by Akil Yunus    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 7/17/2014 1:02:21 PM     Post Reply
PETALING JAYA: More details are beginning to emerge of Alhabsi Misaya, the notorious Abu Sayyaf leader, who is said to be holding marine policeman Kons Zakiah Aleip hostage in southern Philippines. He is one of the gunmen responsible for the beheading of seven factory workers in Jolo, Southern Philippines in 2007, as discovered in an online video. The 14-minute video clip, recorded by Alhabsi himself, sees a group of gunmen leading the hostages to different spots in the jungle where the brutal act is carried out. Alhabsi can be heard reciting Quranic verses as the first hostage is made to lie face down

The BHO Presidential Library will
be known as the BS Presidential Library
Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 7/17/2014 12:55:04 PM     Post Reply
When the rich-guy handlers of Senator Barack Obama were laughingly putting the finishing touches on his coup d’état presidency, they made their inevitable plans for the takeover of America air tight. Knowing that no one could ever do anything to stop it, they made fighting off the Fundamental Transformation of America a wholly ‘racist’ act. Their game plan is ingenious because it means no one can stop Obama from doing what he was commissioned to do, the block-by-block Takedown of America. The Fundamental Transformation of America has many fronts, sent out one at a time, all of them dizzying in speed: ObamaCare; Common

Michelle Obama´s keynote speech
at Grammy Museum luncheon
Los Angeles Times, by Randy Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/17/2014 12:43:47 PM     Post Reply
First Lady Michelle Obama gave the keynote address Wednesday to several hundred people at the first Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon, a fundraiser for the Grammy Museum held at Club Nokia at L.A. Live. Awards were given to musician Janelle Monae and El Dorado High School teacher Sunshine Cavalluzzi. Here is a transcription of most of the keynote speech she gave about the role of arts in education, with references to Grammy Museum executive director Robert Santelli. It is a pleasure for me to be here for the inaugural Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon. I want to start by thanking Bob

Judge mulls timetable for redrawing
Florida redistricting maps
Reuters, by Bill Cotterell    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 7/17/2014 12:39:45 PM     Post Reply
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-Lawyers for the Florida legislature´s Republican leaders and county elections officers argued on Thursday that a judge who threw out their 2012 congressional redistricting plan could not require that boundaries be redrawn in time for the November elections. But the attorney for the League of Women Voters, which successfully sued the state for illegally favoring incumbents, said it still is possible to fix the boundaries, even though early absentee ballots for the August primary have already been sent out. The brief hearing before Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis underscored the political uncertainty and logistical quagmire resulting from last week´s

  


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UPDATE: FBI To Finally Meet
With Target Of IRS Bullying
Independent Journal Review, by Larry O´Connor    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/17/2014 12:36:25 PM     Post Reply
Just days after IJ Review revealed that True the Vote, the non-profit organization at the center of the IRS scandal, had not even met with FBI agents investigating the charges of illegal activity, the group’s founder has announced that the Department of Justice has finally notified them that they will be interviewed. The news that the DOJ had not interviewed the organization came just days after Attorney General Eric Holder had said that no independent investigator was needed in the growing scandal because “career people” at the FBI were “doing a good, professional job” investigating the matter. Catherine Engelbrecht appeared

Inside a Gaza Hospital
Under Israeli Rocket Fire
ABC News, by Megan Keneally    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 7/17/2014 12:34:30 PM     Post Reply
An American activist has moved into a Gaza City rehabilitation hospital in the hopes of deterring an Israeli military strike on the facility that has been emptied except for 17 rehab patients who are too disabled to leave and the staff to take care of them. Joe Catron, 33, of Virginia, said el-Wafa Hospital in Gaza City has already been hit once with a missile and he said that Israeli threats to strike again amount to "psychological warfare." Catron is one of eight foreigners who hope to act as human shields for the hospital. He described the band of foreigners

Reid: ‘Dreamers’ here legitimately
The Hill (Washington DC), by Alexander Bolton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/17/2014 12:23:06 PM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says immigrants who came to the country illegally at a young age are now legitimate residents and should not be deported. Reid made the remarks in response to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who is demanding that an emergency spending bill for the border reverse President Obama’s 2012 order halting deportations of so-called Dreamers. “Before Republicans help our Border Patrol agents and all the personnel trying to do something to handle this humanitarian crisis, they want President Obama to deport the Dreamers who are already here, legitimately here,” he said on the Senate floor Thursday morning. In

New Captain America will be African-
American, as the Falcon takes over the
star-spangled mantle in the comic books
New York Daily News, by Ethan Sacks    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 7/17/2014 12:22:03 PM     Post Reply
He’s red, white and blue — and black. Captain America’s mantle will be taken over by his long-time ally, the Falcon, the high-flying African-American hero from Harlem, Marvel Comics announced late Wednesday. “It’s about time,” says Marvel executive editor Tom Brevoort of the change. “In 2014, this should be a thing that we shrug off, it shouldn´t be seen as revolutionary, but it still feels exciting.” Brevoort says the Falcon becomes the new Captain America at the behest of the original, Steve Rogers, who has been turned into a 90-year-old man in the most recent storyline,

Homeland Secretary: Parents Give
Immigrant Children Birth Control ‘In
Case They’re Raped Along The Way’
CBS (DC), by Benjamin Fearnow    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/17/2014 12:18:15 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON– Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson warns that some parents of Central American children attempting to cross the U.S. border illegally already know of the risks, noting that some girls are given birth control “in case they’re raped along the way.” Speaking with the Senate Appropriations Committee last week, Johnson joined the Obama administration in attempting to warn Central American parents to stop sending their children on the dangerous route to entering the U.S. illegally. But Johnson said that he’s met with children and heard stories that some parents are very aware of the risks along the route. “I’ve met with

  



20 missiles found in
UN-run school in Gaza
Times of Israel, by Raphael Ahren    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/17/2014 12:12:21 PM     Post Reply
Some 20 rockets were found Wednesday in a school in Gaza operated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, the organization confirmed Thursday. The weapons were found in “the course of the regular inspection of its premises,” UNRWA said in a statement, adding that the school was vacant.“UNRWA strongly condemns the group or groups responsible for placing the weapons in one of its installations. This is a flagrant violation of the inviolability of its premises under international law,” the statement read. The discovery would seem to confirm Israel’s oft-repeated claim that Hamas and other Gazan terror groups use civilian infrastructure to

The Border and Obama
Time Magazine, by Joe Klein    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/17/2014 12:11:09 PM     Post Reply
It´s time to stop running away from the nation´s troubles. The woman from Honduras was tiny and extremely pregnant. “When are you due?” asked Sister Norma Pimentel, the director of Catholic Charities in the Rio Grande Valley. “Ya,” the woman replied in Spanish: “Already”–she was past due. She had left Honduras to save her daughter, who is 12–peak poaching age for the killer gangs that are wreaking havoc in that country these days. “A man came into our house and tried to kill my girl with a machete,” the woman said. “I stopped him.” She showed Sister Norma her right

Malaysian passenger plane shot
down over east Ukraine, Kiev says
Associated Press & Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 7/17/2014 12:09:01 PM     Post Reply
A Ukrainian official said a Malaysian passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday over a town in the east of the country. Anton Gerashenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s Interior Minister, said on his Facebook page the plane was flying at an altitude of 33,000 feet when it was hit by a missile fired from a Buk launcher. A similar launcher was seen by Associated Press journalists near the eastern Ukrainian town of Snizhne earlier Thursday.

Grieving Spring community
gathers for Stay family funeral
Houston Chronicle, by St. John Barned-Smith    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/17/2014 12:07:49 PM     Post Reply
Roger Lyon´s voice caught for a moment as he prayed at his daughter´s funeral in front of a crowd of more than a thousand people Wednesday afternoon. Her white casket, along with five others bearing the bodies of her husband and four of their children, lay in a line before him, stretching almost the entire width of the sanctuary inside the Mormon chapel on Hafer Road. "Please bless us that we might know of the good that has come out of, and will come out of this seemingly senseless tragedy," he said. Church officials said about 1,500 people attended the

Let the Deluge Begin: 2016 GOP
Hopefuls to Swarm Iowa
Real Clear Politics, by Scott Conroy    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/17/2014 12:01:26 PM     Post Reply
The Iowa State Fair doesn´t kick off for another three weeks, but 2016 watchers in the state won´t have to wait for that colorful event in Des Moines -- and its assorted fried foods on a stick -- to get their fill of presidential politics this summer. Iowa is about to become Ground Zero in the most wide-open battle for the Republican presidential nomination in memory, as no less than seven prospective contenders are set to travel there over the next few weeks. And though we’re still at least several months away from any of them declaring their candidacies, Iowa

Breaking News: Malaysian passenger
plane carrying 295 people ´shot down´
over Ukraine near Russian border
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Darren Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/17/2014 11:59:34 AM     Post Reply
A Malaysian Airlines passenger plane has reportedly been shot down on the Russian-Ukraine border, apparently killing all 295 people on board. Flight MH17, which was carrying 280 passengers and 15 crew, was flying between Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpar after taking off leaving at lunchtime today. The Interfax news agency reported that the aircraft went missing near Donetsk, where pro-Russian rebels have been fighting Ukrainian government forces for several weeks. TV pictures from the scene showed a pall of smoke billowing into the sky apparently from the stricken aircraft. It is believed the plane was struck by BUK surface-to-air missile at

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