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20 Examples of What
Liberalism REALLY Is
Hot Air, by John Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/19/2014 3:07:07 PM     Post Reply
1) Liberalism is college professors and documentary filmmakers accumulating vast fortunes in a capitalistic system by decrying the evils of capitalism. 2) Liberalism is claiming that the "border is secure" while saying we shouldn´t deport anyone who illegally crosses the border. 3) Liberalism is "environmental activists" flying across the world to ride together in SUVs to posh environmental conferences where they call for everyone else to live like cavemen in order to save the planet. 4) Liberalism is spewing hatred and profanity at conservative women, calling for gun control that leaves women defenseless against rapists and murderers, and celebrating misogynistic

Engagement rings are barbaric
because men are awful or something
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/19/2014 3:00:30 PM     Post Reply
Thinking about getting engaged, guys? Best hold off on shopping for some big, gaudy rock to give your special lady. It’s not because the diamond industry is an incredibly rigged racket which keeps prices inflated many orders of magnitude above their actual worth. (Which is true.) And it’s not because you’re supporting bloody oppression of miners. (Probably some truth there as well.) No, it’s because giving a woman a diamond ring is just a reminder that she’s little more than chattel to be traded among powerful men. Seriously… I read it in Salon so it must be true. The engagement

Some candidates´ super
PACs are a family affair
USA Today, by Fredreka Schouten*    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/19/2014 2:39:08 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — An outside political committee has spent thousands of dollars on signs and billboards to boost Florida Democrat Gabriel Rothblatt´s long-shot bid for Congress. Every dollar the super PAC has collected — $225,000 — has come from his parent, Martine Rothblatt, the CEO of a Maryland-based biotech company. The pro-Rothblatt "Space PAC" is one of dozens of deep-pocketed super PACs financed by a handful of donors — some of which have close ties to the candidates they support. More than 40 super PACs that have raised at least $100,000 since Jan. 1 list fewer than five donors on campaign-finance

  


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Ukraine Knew of Separatists´ Air-
Defense Capabilities, Say Officials
Wall Street Journal, by Margaret Coker & Robert Wall    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/19/2014 2:29:56 PM     Post Reply
Kiev - Ukraine intelligence officials said they knew three days before the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 that rebels in the east of the country possessed sophisticated air-defense systems capable of felling a jetliner at altitudes in excess of where the Boeing 777 was flying. The disclosure deepens the mystery of why Ukrainian aviation officials failed to entirely close off the airspace in the Donetsk region, where the jet was flying went it was shot down, killing all 298 people on board. Three Buk-M1 medium-range antiaircraft systems, also known as the SA-11 Gadfly under the North Atlantic Treaty Organization designation, were known to be in

Image Found of Confederate
White House Housekeeper
Associated Press, by Steve Szkotak    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/19/2014 2:27:26 PM     Post Reply
RICHMOND, Va. — Mary O´Melia left Ireland for America as a young widow with three children before she was hired as housekeeper at the White House of the Confederacy. An intimate witness to history, she also has been much of a mystery. That was until this year, when a woman with a distinctive Irish lilt to her voice called The American Civil War Museum. The housekeeper, the woman said, was related to her late husband, and she had in her possession a necklace that Confederate first lady Varina Davis gave O´Melia.But there was more. ‘‘What really took my breath away

Hundreds of protests set
this weekend against illegal
immigration, Obama´s policies
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/19/2014 2:12:12 PM     Post Reply
Hundreds of protests are taking place across United States this weekend in opposition to the surge of immigrants illegally crossing the country’s southern border and proposed immigration reform that organizers say gives amnesty to those already living illegal in the United States. Organizers say 321 protests will take place over the next two days -- from state capitals to highway overpasses to Mexican consulates. The protests have been sparked by the thousands of Central American immigrants who in the past few weeks have entered the United States illegally in hopes of staying. “We know that 12,000 people expected to attend nearly 300

PD: Father knocks out man
who was abusing his son
WESH-TV [Orlando, FL], by Claire Metz    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 7/19/2014 1:50:24 PM     Post Reply
Daytona Beach, Fla. — Police say a Daytona Beach father beat an 18-year-old man unconscious after he caught him sexually abusing his 11-year-old son. According to police, Raymond Frolander was supposed to be babysitting the child, when the father returned home and found the two in bed. The father beat Frolander badly and then called police. "I just walked in and found a grown man molesting (my child), and I got him in a bloody puddle for you right now officer," he said. (Snip) The father will not face charges. "Dad reacted like a dad," said Chitwood. "He´s acting

  


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Russia says it will bar entry to Moran,
12 others, to retaliate for U.S.
punitive actions
Washington Post, by Karoun Demirjian    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/19/2014 1:08:36 PM     Post Reply
MOSCOW — Russia announced Saturday that it is barring 13 Americans from entering the country, including Rep. James P. Moran (D-Va.), just as Washington has blocked access for 13 Russian and Crimean officials in recent months. The Foreign Ministry also repeated its pledge to counter the most recent round of U.S. economic sanctions with “response measures” of its own. The Obama administration on Wednesday announced tough new measures targeting major Russian banks and energy companies, a significant swath of the Russian defense industry and individuals it said were responsible for the continuing support of separatists battling government forces in eastern

The Dogma Business
National Review Online, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/19/2014 12:58:26 PM     Post Reply
Dear Reader (including the president of the United States whenever he gets to this after dealing with many important fundraisers), If you’ve been reading my stuff over the years, you’ll find a number of common themes (“And recycled jokes. Let’s not forget those.” — The Couch). One such theme is that liberalism hides behind seemingly value-neutral or benign language in order to advance a value-laden and not necessarily benign agenda. That was the basic idea behind The Tyranny of Clichés. Conservatives argue as conservatives. Liberals tend to argue not so much as liberals, but in a variety of disguises, each of which tries to draw on authority

Special Report: Karl Rove
and the Modern Money Machine
Politico Magazine, by Kenneth P. Vogel    Original Article
Posted By: JoElla Bee- 7/19/2014 12:51:45 PM     Post Reply
The nation was in crisis, and it was shaping up to be the best thing that had happened to Karl Rove all year. On October 2, 2013, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders were meeting at the White House into the evening, desperately trying to come to a deal to end the government shutdown, then in its second full day. A mile up Pennsylvania Avenue, a grinning Rove was plying his guests with premium liquor at the Georgetown Four Seasons. It was no surprise that Rove’s mood was said to be buoyant at the first-ever donor “summit” of his

Disruptive Politics: Rising populism is altering
the identities of both parties—and scaring
the heck out of the establishment.
National Journal, by Charlie Cook    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/19/2014 12:50:18 PM     Post Reply
Back in the mid-1990s, Harvard professor Clayton Christensen coined the phrases "disruptive technology" and "disruptive innovation" to describe certain kinds of game-changing developments in the business world. Now, in politics, we are seeing a variation on that theme. On the left, the Occupy movement helped spawned a new populism that is reflected in rising interest in Sen. Elizabeth Warren's ideas and future, with her name increasingly being bandied about as a presidential hopeful despite her statements urging Hillary Clinton to run. Warren is fighting banks and other financial institutions (Snip)This isn't just a left-wing phenomenon. Populism fueled the tea-party movement,

  


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Christians flee jihadist ultimatum
in Iraq´s Mosul
Agence France Presse, by Marwan Ibrahim    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/19/2014 12:45:02 PM     Post Reply
Kirkuk (Iraq)- Hundreds of Christian families fled their homes in Mosul Saturday before a jihadist ultimatum threatening their community´s centuries-old presence in the northern Iraqi city expired. An AFP correspondent in Mosul, the main Iraqi hub of the Islamic State (IS) group´s proclaimed "caliphate", said Christians squeezed into private cars and taxis to beat the noon deadline. "Some families have had all their money and jewellery taken from them at an insurgent checkpoint as they fled the city," said Abu Rayan, a Mosul Christian who had just driven out with his family. The jihadists who have run the city since

Dutch banks act on MH17
credit card looting reports
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/19/2014 12:28:59 PM     Post Reply
Amsterdam - Dutch banks said Saturday they were taking "preventative measures" after reports of credit cards being looted from the Ukrainian crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, where 192 Dutch citizens died. "International media report that victims´ bank cards have been stolen," the Dutch Banking Association said in a statement "Banks are taking preventative measures as necessary," it said, adding that any losses suffered by relatives of the dead would be paid back. Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 came down in rebel-held eastern Ukraine on Thursday with 298 people on board. The area has been under the control of

Monitoring group: Islamic State
killed 270 in Syrian gas field battle
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/19/2014 12:21:17 PM     Post Reply
Beirut - Militant group Islamic State killed 270 soldiers, guards and staff when they captured a Syrian gas field on Thursday in the bloodiest clash yet between the al-Qaida offshoot and President Bashar Assad´s forces, a monitoring group said on Saturday. The anti-Assad Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Thursday that 90 people had been killed and that many were missing after the attack against the Sha´ar gas field east of Homs in central Syria. But on Saturday, the Observatory, which monitors violence in Syria through a network of sources in the country on both sides, quoted "trusted sources" as saying that the Islamic State

Centrist Democrats Pull Away
from Harry Reid on Border Push
Breitbart Big Government, by Awr Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/19/2014 12:16:32 PM     Post Reply
Centrist Democrats are pulling away from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid´s (D-NV) plans to throw more money at the border without also making policy changes focused on the deportation of illegal minors--especially minors from Central America. According to The Hill, Reid has joined with Senate Democrat Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) in pushing $3.7 billion "in emergency spending" that does "not include policy changes empowering the administration to deport unaccompanied minors more quickly." Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is voicing opposition to this plan, asking how senators are simply supposed to sign off on billions

  


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How high can a missile reach?
Washington Post, by Bonnie Berkowitz, Julie Tate    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 7/19/2014 11:52:52 AM     Post Reply
Aviation history is littered with civilian planes that were shot from the sky, intentionally or not, by military weapons. Malaysia Flight 17 was cruising at 33,000 feet, more than half a mile higher than Mt. Everest, when a missile hit it July 17. And the missile´s range is believed to be more than twice that high.Here are some other notorious tragedies that resulted when passenger planes were caught in military crosshairs. Read related article.

Bolivia becomes first nation to
legalise child labour from age 10
Telegraph [UK], by Agencies    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/19/2014 11:38:38 AM     Post Reply
Alicia weaves through El Alto´s stalled traffic under a blazing sun, hawking colourful woven flowers to grumpy drivers and lovers. (Snip) While most of the world is trying to diminish child labour, Bolivia has become the first nation to legalise it from age 10. Congress approved the legislation early this month, and Vice President Alvaro Garcia signed it into law on Thursday in the absence of President Evo Morales, who was travelling. The bill´s sponsors say lowering the minimum work age from 14 simply acknowledges a reality: many poor families in Bolivia have no other choice than for their kids to work. The bill offers working children

White House says Obama’s
LGBT executive order will
not provide religious exemption
Washington Post, by Zachary A. Goldfarb    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/19/2014 11:29:36 AM     Post Reply
President Obama, resisting calls from several prominent faith leaders, will not include a new exemption for religiously affiliated government contractors when he issues an executive order Monday barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, the White House said Friday. (Snip) Since then, faith leaders have urged him to include an exemption for government contractors with a religious affiliation, such as some social service agencies. White House officials said Friday that the new executive order would not include such an exception. But Obama will preserve an exemption put in place by former president

Outrage as France become first country
in world to ban pro-Palestine demos
Daily Mail [UK], by Peter Allen    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/19/2014 11:23:13 AM     Post Reply
France´s Socialist government provoked outrage today by becoming the first in the world to ban protests against Israeli action in Palestine. In what is viewed as an outrageous attack on democracy, Socialist Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said mass demonstrations planned for the weekend should be halted. [Snip] Thousands were set to march against the ongoing slaughter in Gaza, calling for an immediate end to hostilities in which civilians including many children have been killed. But Mr Cazeneuve fears there might be a repeat of the fights between ‘ultra’ Jewish vigilantes and pro-Palestinians which happened after a demonstration last Sunday.

U.K. charges ex-Gitmo detainee with
terrorism, attending ISIL training camp
Washington Times, by Phillip Swarts    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/19/2014 11:11:51 AM     Post Reply
A former detainee in Guantanamo Bay is pleading not guilty to terrorist charges stemming from the civil war in Syria. Moazzam Begg, 45, is the latest former U.S. prisoner who has since been connected to terrorism. He was released in 2005 after appeals were made on his behalf by the United Kingdom. The former detainee, Moazzam Begg, 45, has been charged in the U.K. on several counts related to his actions in Syria, including attending a terrorist training camp, the Belfast Telegraph reported Friday. The situation comes less than a month after another former Gitmo detainee, Lahcen Ikassrien, was arrested in Spain for recruiting jihadist fighters

  



What The Downed Flight
MH17 Means For Russia
The Federalist, by Tom Nichols    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/19/2014 11:09:08 AM     Post Reply
Here’s what the shootdown of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 means: Russia, with Vladimir Putin at the wheel, just drove off the edge of a cliff. Now, by this I don’t mean that the United States and the European Union are going to charge in with a new round of sanctions, provide lethal aid to Ukraine, patrol the skies of Ukraine, or anything of that nature. The West didn’t react in time, or with enough resolve, to the initial invasion and partition of Ukraine last spring, and there’s no reason to think our reaction will be any more effective or resolute this

Surrender by Another Name:
Obama´s Endless Iran Negotiations
Breitbart National Security, by Thomas Rose    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/19/2014 11:04:38 AM     Post Reply
Just a day after media reports warned that no progress was being made in negotiations between the P5+1 alliance of Western nations and Iran regarding that nation’s illegal nuclear weapons program, US Secretary of State John Kerry cited significant progress in a bid to set the state for an expected announcement of yet another reprieve for Iran’s nuclear program. “I have said and repeat,” Kerry told reporters in Vienna, “there has been tangible progress on key issues.” Iran´s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif backed Kerry up, telling reporters that enough progress has been made to justify an extension of the

Cliven Bundy and the dangers
of fueling extremism
Washington Post, by Steven Horsford    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/19/2014 11:03:58 AM     Post Reply
It has been more than three months since my constituents in Bunkerville, Nev., had their lives turned upside down by the standoff at the Bundy ranch. Although Bunkerville (population 1,300) is no longer in the media spotlight, life there has not returned to normal. The militia presence may have dwindled, but a sense of chaos and uncertainty lingers in my state and the broader American West. When news of a rebellious rancher facing off with federal agents broke in April, conservative media and politicians pounced, quickly lionizing Cliven Bundy as a patriot. They handed Bundy a megaphone, and self-proclaimed militia members

JAMA opinion piece calls for
ending lifetime ban on blood
donation by gay men
Washington Times, by Cheryl Wetzstein    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/19/2014 11:01:10 AM     Post Reply
Gay marriage laws and court rulings against sexual-orientation discrimination are all signs that it’s time for the federal government to change its blood-donor policy for gay and bisexual men, authors said in a commentary released Saturday. The lifetime ban for blood donation by men who have sex with men (MSM) “may be perpetuating outdated homophobic perceptions,” wrote Dr. Eli Y. Adashi of Brown University and scholars I. Glenn Cohen and Jeremy Feigenbaum, both of Harvard Law School, in the July 23/30 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. “Even though well intentioned and guided by a need to

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