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The End of Animal House
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 7/17/2014 5:22:08 PM     Post Reply
The possible shootdown of a Malaysian Airlines 777 over Ukraine with the loss all aboard may represent a new and disturbing trend in that conflict. For Ukraine represents the flashpoint between east and west at its most immediate. (Snip) If Leading from Behind is working it’s not obvious. The president has spent the last few weeks laughing at everything. But now he is faced with something possibly new and disturbing; something which a speech or an executive order won’t handle. He must tread very carefully. Above all he must remember that foreign policy is not something he conducts out of

‘Eyewitness’ prankster derails
MSNBC’s MH17 coverage
New York Post, by Danika Fears    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/17/2014 5:20:02 PM     Post Reply
The commercial break couldn’t come soon enough. MSNBC’s coverage of downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 took an awkward turn when a Howard Stern fan pranked “The Cycle” anchor Krystal Ball with a bogus eyewitness account. “Well I was looking out the window and I saw a projectile flying through the sky and it would appear that the plane was shot down by a blast of wind from Howard Stern’s ass,” the man told Ball, who thought she was speaking with Sgt. Michael Boyd of the US Embassy in Ukraine. Unfortunately, the interview didn’t end there. Ball continued the exchange, asking, “Can you tell us anything more from your military

Drunk on power
Fox News, by Chad Pergram    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/17/2014 5:15:05 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley and former Acting U.S. Solicitor General Walter Dellinger engaged in an intense but friendly back-and-forth on Capitol Hill Wednesday. Sitting as witnesses before the House Rules Committee, they debated a host of arcane constitutional issues, lodging points and counterpoints to one another’s arguments about whether the House of Representatives can sue the president of the United States. The Turley/Dellinger tête-à-tête featured court case citations, historical precedent and the intentions of the Founders. Reduced to bystanders, lawmakers listened in rapt attention from the dais, mulling the polite dialogue between two of the nation’s most-nimble

  


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´It looks like it may be a terrible tragedy’:
Obama sparks anger with 40-second
mention of Malaysian plane crash that
killed 23 Americans before giving
transportation speech
Daily Mail (U.K.), by David Martosko*    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/17/2014 5:11:25 PM     Post Reply
Barack Obama provoked fury in the U.S. by casually devoting mere moments to the deaths of 295 people aboard a Malaysian airliner on Thursday in Wilmington, Delaware, and then launching into jokes and his prepared remarks on the need to expand America´s transportation infrastructure. Twenty-three Americans are feared dead after the jetliner crashed in eastern Ukraine. Obama declared that ´it looks like it may be a terrible tragedy, but not before enthusiastically declaring that ´it is wonderful to be back in Delaware.´ ´Before I begin, obviously the world is watching reports of a downed passenger jet near the Russia-Ukraine border. And it looks

Downing of Plane Shows West Cannot
Ignore Russia-Ukraine Escalation
Commentary Magazine, by Max Boot    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/17/2014 5:08:32 PM     Post Reply
On September 1, 1983, Soviet fighter aircraft shot down Korean Air Lines flight 007 which had inadvertently entered Soviet airspace on its way from Anchorage to Seoul. All 269 people on board were killed. President Reagan swiftly condemned “this crime against humanity,” which only redoubled his desire to bring down the “evil empire” (as he had called the Soviet Union earlier that year). We can only hope for similar moral clarity today from the U.S. and Europe in the aftermath of the equally outrageous shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight 17 over Ukraine with 295 people on board including more

Video: Semi-retired president
interrupts burger run to issue brief
statement on plane being blown up
Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/17/2014 5:05:40 PM     Post Reply
The plane went down around 11:30 ET, possibly with Americans on board and most assuredly with dire consequences for eastern European geopolitics. But since we’re in the post-optics “YOLO” phase of lame-duckery, that’s really no reason to cancel a fun day out. At approximately 12:50 pm, the motorcade stopped at the Charcoal Pit, a popular, established restaurant just north of Wilmington, Del. Known for its burgers and sundaes. Obama shook hands and mingled with many of the diners, stopping at one point to pick up seven-month old Jaidyn Oates, and pose for a photo. He invoked Vice Presiident Biden’s name

Pro-Russian Ukrainian rebel leader claims
shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines jet
CBS News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/17/2014 4:59:58 PM     Post Reply
A rebel leader for the pro-Russian insurgency fighting against the Ukraine government claims responsibility for the shooting down of Malaysia Flight 17 over Ukraine."We warned you not to fly in our skies," said a web posting, subsequently taken down, purported to be from Igor Girkin, widely known by his nom de guerre Igor Strelkov. Girkin is the defense minister of the separatist republic that it is battling to enforce Russia´s hold on the Ukraine. He is one of the most well-known faces of the pro-Russia insurgency in the Ukraine. Ukrainian authorities identify him as a veteran of the Russian military intelligence

  


  

Malaysia Airlines crash:
MSNBC pranked, hard
Washington Post, by Erik Wemple    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/17/2014 4:58:55 PM     Post Reply
In its efforts to cover the Malaysia Airlines crash today, MSNBC stumbled. In this case, the enormity of the stumble can’t possibly be described, abridged, short-handed or whatever. Just read the transcript of the video above. The awfulness occurs as MSNBC host Krystal Ball takes a phone call from an alleged “eyewitness” to the crash: Ball: Let’s turn now to an MSNBC exclusive. U.S. Staff Sgt. Michael Boyd is at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine and says that he saw a missile in the air hit the plane. He is on the phone with us. Sergeant, are you there? Boyd: Yes, I’m here, can you hear me? Ball: I can, please tell us what you saw there on

FLASHBACK: Presidents Reagan &
Obama Address America on Russians
Shooting Down Passenger Airliners
Independent Journal Review, by Kyle Becker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/17/2014 4:56:09 PM     Post Reply
(Video) On September 5th, 1983, then President Ronald Reagan addressed the American public after the Soviets shot down Korean airliner KAL 007. “My fellow Americans, I’m coming before you tonight about a Korean airline massacre. The attack by the Soviet Union against 269 innocent men, women, and children aboard an unarmed Korean passenger plane. This crime against humanity must never be forgotten.” Compare the former president’s strong response to the current president’s line about the Malaysian airliner MH17 reportedly shot down by the Russians, believed to have killed 280 passengers and 15 crew: “It is wonderful to be back in

Stockton bank robbers with 3 hostages
´had to be stopped,´ chief says
Los Angeles Times, by Joseph Serna    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/17/2014 4:52:18 PM     Post Reply
The three armed bank robbers who engaged Stockton police in a deadly shootout that left a hostage and two of the gunmen dead "had to be stopped," the department´s police chief said Thursday. More than 20 Stockton police officers discharged their weapons during the chaotic chase, which began after 2 p.m. Wednesday outside a Bank of the West in a strip mall. Speaking to reporters at a news briefing Thursday, Police Chief Eric Jones said the three gunmen, identified as members of the violent Norteno street gang, emerged from the bank armed to the teeth and shielded by three hostages -- two female bank employees and a female

White House Won´t Clarify
How Obama Heard About The
Malaysian Plane Crash In Ukraine
Business Insider, by Hunter Walker, Brett LoGiurato    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/17/2014 4:48:52 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama was on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin when news of the Malaysian Airlines plane crash broke Thursday, but the White House won´t say whether the president learned of the incident from his counterpart in Moscow or by other means. According to a press pool report by Washington Post reporter Juliet Eilperin, White House press secretary Joshua Earnest informed reporters traveling with the president in Delaware that "the first public reports of the downed passenger jet were published during the phone call between President Obama and President Putin." "As I said earlier, President Putin mentioned

  


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Biden: ´Shot down, not an accident,
blown out of the sky´
Washington Post, by Philip Rucker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/17/2014 4:48:16 PM     Post Reply
Vice President Biden said he spoke with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko for about a half hour regarding what he called “a very tragic circumstance.” Biden said the plane was “shot down, not an accident, blown out of the sky.” Speaking shortly before a U.S. official confirmed to The Post that the plane had been shot out of the sky by a surface-to-air missile, Biden added: “We don’t have all the details yet.” Biden said the Obama administration is concerned about reports that U.S. citizens were on board the plane. “We’re now working every minute to try to confirm those reports

Iranian commanders on front
line of Iraq’s fight against ISIL
Washington Times, by Qassim Abdul-Zahra & Hamza Hendawi    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/17/2014 4:35:45 PM     Post Reply
Baghdad - A powerful Iranian general has emerged as the chief tactician in Iraq’s fight against Sunni militants, working on the front lines alongside 120 advisers from his country’s Revolutionary Guard to direct Shiite militiamen and government forces in the smallest details of battle, militia commanders and government officials say. The startlingly hands-on role of Iranian Gen. Ghasem Soleimani points to the extent of the Shiite-led Iraqi government’s reliance on its ally Tehran. It also strikes a strong contrast with the more methodical, cautious approach of the United States, Iran’s rival for influence in Iraq. Shiite fighters have come to

No U-Turns
American Spectator, by Scott McKay    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 7/17/2014 4:33:29 PM     Post Reply
The Netflix documentary Mitt ought to be required viewing for American voters, and particularly the low-information types who cast their ballots for Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election. Mitt chronicles the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, and in it one can see the effects a long and grueling presidential campaign can have on a candidate and his family. One can also see the chasm between who a man really is and what he’s portrayed to be by his political opponents and the media. The Romney in Mitt is a man America would happily choose as its president:

The administration just took
Obamacare away from the territories
Washington Post, by Jason Millman    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/17/2014 4:24:42 PM     Post Reply
Looking for a place where Obamacare doesn´t exist? Try moving to the U.S. Territories, where the Obama administration just provided a pretty big waiver from the law´s major coverage provisions. The Affordable Care Act´s design dealt a pretty big problem to the territories. It required insurers there to comply with the law´s major market reforms — guaranteed coverage, mandated benefits, limits on profits, etc. — without requiring residents to get coverage or providing subsidies to help afford coverage. The territories — Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands — have been

  


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Karl Rove’s Chief of Staff Replies
American Spectator, by Jeffrey Lord    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 7/17/2014 4:21:39 PM     Post Reply
Yesterday, I ran a short post that quoted a June 4th Washington Post story on the role of Karl Rove’s American Crossroads in the Mississippi Senate runoff. The Post reported: American Crossroads, a GOP establishment organization, has decided to shift its political focus almost entirely to the general election and will not be spending money in the likely runoff election to decide the Mississippi Senate nomination that was virtually deadlocked after Tuesday night. […] “Other than Alaska, we have completed our work on Senate primaries this cycle and are now focused on general elections. With the Chamber, the NRSC, and

SBU intercepts phone conversations
of separatists admitting downing a
civilian plane (Full Transcript: Video)
Kyiv Post [Ukraine], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/17/2014 4:17:55 PM     Post Reply
Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was allegedly shot down by a group of Russian-backed Cossack militants near the village of Chornukhine, Luhansk Oblast, some 80 kilometers north-west of Donetsk, according to recordings of intercepted phone calls between Russian military intelligence officers and members of terrorist groups, released by the country’s security agency (SBU). One phone call apparently was made at 4:40 p.m. Kyiv time, or 20 minutes after the plane crash, by Igor Bezler, who the SBU says is a Russian military intelligence officer and leading commander of the self-proclaimed

John McCain: There’ll be ‘hell to
pay’ if Malaysia plane was shot
down by separatists
Washington Times (D.C), by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/17/2014 4:07:26 PM     Post Reply
Sen. John McCain said Thursday afternoon that he wasn’t ready to conclude that the Malaysia Airlines crash came as a result of an attack — but he did make clear that trouble was on the way for Russian separatists if suggestions of a purposeful shoot-down proved true. “To leap to conclusions could be very embarrassing and really inappropriate until we have more information,” Mr. McCain said during an interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, just a little while after hearing reports that the plane carrying 295 passengers could have been shot from the sky over eastern Ukraine by Russian separatists. Mr.

R.I.P. Elaine Stritch, 89, Muse
Of Sondheim, Noel Coward
And Survivors Everywhere
Deadline Hollywood, by Jeremy Gerard    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/17/2014 4:06:38 PM     Post Reply
UPDATE #2: Broadway will dim its lights for one minute on Friuday, July 18th at 7:45 p.m. in tribute to Elaine Stritch. UPDATED with more information throughout. The Broadway star who turned Stephen Sondheim’s song of survival “I’m Still Here” into a personal anthem of triumph over booze, diabetes, unfaithful lovers, indifferent producers, demanding directors, fawning fans and long stretches of unemployment before achieving the status of Living Legend in her later decades, died Thursday in Birmingham, Michigan, the Detroit suburb to which she decamped a year ago after living the fabulous life for years at Madison Avenue’s Hotel Carlyle. (Snip)But

IDF starts Gaza ground invasion
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Yaakov Lappin    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/17/2014 3:48:43 PM     Post Reply
IDF ground forces began to move into the Gaza Strip on Thursday evening, the prime minister´s office confirmed. The purpose of the operation was to destroy the Gazan terror tunnels leading to Israel, according to a statement released by the prime minister´s office. "Israel is committed to act to protect its citizens. The operation will continue until its goals are reached: To bring quiet to the citizens of Israel for a long period of time, and to seriously harm Hamas and other terrorist organizations´ infrastructure in the Gaza Strip," the statement read. Prior to the commencement of the ground invasion, the IDF launched a massive wave of

  



Putin Criticizes U.S. Over New Sanctions
New York Times, by David M. Herszenhorn    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/17/2014 3:45:43 PM     Post Reply
MOSCOW — Responding to a new round of economic sanctions by the United States, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia lashed out late Wednesday against what he called America’s “aggressive foreign policy,” which he said had caused havoc in the Middle East, and accused the United States of pushing the Ukrainian government to continue fighting rather than encouraging peace. (Snip) “I have already said they tend to have a boomerang effect, and without any doubt, in this case they are driving Russian-American relations to an impasse, causing very serious damage,” Mr. Putin said, according to a Kremlin transcript. “And I

Florida Court Overturns
State´s Same-Sex-Marriage Ban
National Public Radio, by Alan Greenblatt    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/17/2014 3:39:27 PM     Post Reply
A judge in Florida overturned the state´s ban on same-sex marriage on Thursday. The ban had been approved by 62 percent of voters in 2008. "The court is aware that the majority of voters oppose same-sex marriage, but it is our country´s proud history to protect the rights of the individual, the rights of the unpopular and rights of the powerless, even at the cost of offending the majority," Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia wrote in his opinion. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi filed an appeal almost immediately. Garcia´s decision applies only to Monroe County, which includes Key West.

President Obama in NYC to raise
money for Democratic primary
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/17/2014 3:38:16 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK— President Barack Obama will spend time in New York City Thursday, raising campaign money for the Democratic primary. Obama will arrive in the city about 4 p.m. He’ll first attend a private event, then later in the evening attend a house majority PAC round table before departing about 9:15 p.m. The stop follows a visit to an interstate bridge in Delaware that’s been closed because of tilting supports as Obama presses for more spending on roads and other public infrastructure programs. The House passed a measure this week to keep transportation aid flowing to states through May. Obama

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

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