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Russian media is covering up
Putin´s complicity in the MH17 tragedy
The Guardian, by Masha Alekhina    Original Article
Posted By: geo11- 7/20/2014 5:11:24 AM     Post Reply
On Thursday in eastern Ukraine – where Russian-supported separatists have declared an autonomous state – a plane with civilians on board was shot down. The plane did not crash and it did not "collapse" – as was written by some of the Russian media – it was shot down from the ground. We in Russia know this – if not from our own news organizations, then from several video commentaries, including one in which a little boy says, "Look! A junta plane has been shot down! Well done, DPR!" (The DPR is the Russian-backed Donetsk People´s Republic,

No Longer Just
Washington Free Beacon, by Jack Butler    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/20/2014 5:08:39 AM     Post Reply
In the 1966 film A Man For All Seasons, which depicts Sir Thomas More’s steadfast disapproval of King Henry VIII’s marital infidelities, More stirringly defends the rule of law. Rebutting his son-in-law, who says he would hypothetically “cut down every law in England” to find the devil, More asks, “And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned ’round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat?” More argues that abandoning equal enforcement of the law imperils all citizens. Unfortunately for today’s United States, this is exactly what John Fund and Hans von Spakovsky say
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Shame Putin... but push his back to
the wall at your peril, by historian and
post-communist specialist
Daily Mail [UK], by Mark Almond    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/20/2014 5:08:34 AM     Post Reply
With worldwide anger at the cruel sacrifice of the 298 people killed in the skies over Ukraine on Thursday boiling up, Western leaders from President Obama down are pointing the finger of responsibility at Vladimir Putin. The Kremlin’s boss is accused of supplying pro-Russian rebels with the missiles and even the key personnel to destroy a Boeing 777 at more than 30,000 feet. Few people outside Russia are buying Moscow’s counter-claims. {Snip] Politicians and the public here are enraged at what’s happened. But unlike the rest of us, our leaders must calculate consequences as well as express fury.

  


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Small-arms treaty, big
Second Amendment threat
Accuracy in Media, by Retired Adm. James A. Lyons    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/20/2014 5:01:37 AM     Post Reply
In a little-noticed action, the U.N. General Assembly on April 2, 2013, adopted by “majority vote” an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) with the objective of regulating the international trade in conventional arms, from small arms to major military equipment. The treaty’s lofty objectives were to foster peace and security by limiting uncontrolled destabilizing arms transfer to areas of conflict. In particular, it was also meant to prevent countries that abuse human rights from acquiring arms. While the record of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty discussions makes no mention of it, the genesis for regulating the unrestrained transfer of conventional arms to

Lowcountry protesters join national
push against immigration reform
Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by DaShawn Brown    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/20/2014 5:01:02 AM     Post Reply
NORTH CHARLESTON--If you´ve taken a ride along I-26 near Aviation Avenue in North Charleston, you´ve probably already seen them. On July 18 and 19, Lowcountry protesters joined hundreds across the United States in what is being hailed the largest coordinated protest against amnesty and comprehensive immigration reform. "The ways that we´re trying to get it across don´t seem to be working, and Congress isn´t listening," said Linda Ensor, a protester out of Summerville. Numbers from the Border Patrol say more than 57,000 children have been apprehended since October. In an attempt to deal with the issue, President Obama has asked

At 4, Consumer Financial Protection
Bureau is still unaccountable
Washington Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/20/2014 4:59:24 AM     Post Reply
Four years ago, the big-government liberals got the agency of their dreams, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. It was the brainchild of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who was a Harvard law professor in real life and a Cherokee Indian in her dreams before she was elected to the U.S. Senate. There she beats the drums for the bureau to serve as a “cop on the beat” to protect consumers from undisciplined capitalism. The bureau is mired in undisciplined corruption. Created through the passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street regulation act, the bureau was crafted with uniquely undemocratic features. The bureau pays its

Obama refuses to engage global crises
New York Post, by Michael Goodwin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/20/2014 4:56:07 AM     Post Reply
On a trip to Ireland during the 1990s, I was struck by how little public discussion there was about “The Troubles.” Coming from New York, I expected the dispute between Catholic Ireland and Protestant Northern Ireland to be the topic of the day, ­every day. Back home, I asked an Irish-American friend why Ireland seemed less engaged — and ­enraged — than New York. He fairly spat out his answer: “That’s because if they talk about it, they’ll have to do something about it.” My friend’s disgust came to mind as I watched President Obama dance around Russian involvement in the downing

  


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Actor James Garner dead at 86
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/20/2014 4:53:38 AM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES — Actor James Garner, whose whimsical style in the 1950s TV Western “Maverick” led to a stellar career in TV and films such as “The Rockford Files” and his Oscar-nominated “Murphy’s Romance,” has died, police said. He was 86. He was found dead of natural causes at his home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles Saturday evening, Los Angeles police officer Alonzo Iniquez said early Sunday. Police responded to a call around 8 p.m. PDT and confirmed Garner’s identity from family members, Iniquez told The Associated Press. There was no immediate word on a more specific cause of death. Garner had suffered a stroke in May 2008, just weeks after his 80th birthday.
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Z Street: The Case Which Could
Blow Open The IRS Scandal
Hot Air, by Jeff Dunetz    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/20/2014 4:49:21 AM     Post Reply
In August of 2010, almost three years before Lois Lerner announced at a law conference that the IRS had indeed targeted certain groups, Z Street filed a lawsuit contending they were being targeted by the IRS because they disagreed with the President’s policy on Israel. In fact Z Street filed their suit against the IRS after an agent allegedly told them his direction was to “give special scrutiny to organizations connected to Israel,” and that the files of some of those “organizations were sent to a special unit in Washington, D.C. to determine whether the activities of the organization contradicted

Tax keeps hacks living large
Boston Herald, by Howie Carr    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/20/2014 4:47:17 AM     Post Reply
Soon your TV screen will be full of apocalyptic images of crumbling bridges, giant potholes and assorted wheelchair-bound grannies plunging over cliffs — the hacks’ vision of a bleak future without automatic annual increases in the gasoline tax. Vote No on Question 1 ... or you die. That’s the hackerama’s pitch on this referendum question, and of course it’s very believable. The tax-fattened hyenas simply don’t have enough money. But if you’d like to know the truth about how the transportation hacks are spending your dough, check out the new report from the state Inspector General, “Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s Fleet

Why women are far more
likely to vote than men
Washington Post, by Catherine Rampell    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/20/2014 4:45:33 AM     Post Reply
In their denouncements of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling, Hillary Clinton and other Democrats have been accused of pandering to single women — the so-called “Beyoncé voter” demographic, as one Fox News commentator sniggered. But you know what? If you were running for office, you’d be wooing us single ladies, too. After all, we — unlike those democratic deadbeats known as men — show up to vote. Maybe that’s a little harsh. But the truth is that women vote in higher numbers than men do. We have in every presidential election since 1980, and the gap has widened over

  


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White House Party Crasher Now Trying
to Crash Virginia Congressional Race
ABC News, by Scott Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/20/2014 4:42:21 AM     Post Reply
Notorious White House party crasher Tareq Salahi is back – and this time he’s found another high-profile event to barge into: the race for Virginia’s 7th congressional district. Salahi told ABC News that he is planning to jump into the race and face off against Republican candidate Dave Brat who won a surprise primary victory against former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. He’ll be running as a candidate of the Independent Green Party of Virginia, which describes itself as “fiscally conservative” and “socially responsible.” The Independent Green Party advocates for fewer cars on the road and more trains. Salahi said he turned in

Ted Cruz: ´Abolish the IRS´ and
station all 110,000 agents ´on
the southern border´
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/20/2014 4:38:13 AM     Post Reply
Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz told a cheering crowd of conservatives Saturday night that the next U.S. president should shutter the much-maligned Internal Revenue Service and turn the agency´s 110,000 employees loose to police the U.S.-Mexico border. ´That´s slightly tongue-in-cheek,´ he said in Denver at the Western Conservative Summit. ´But think about it for a second: You travel thousands of miles, you cross over and see 110,000 IRS agents? You´d turn around and go home!´ His speech before a partisan crowd of hooting and hollering Republicans was the main draw at a conference that brought an estimated 3,500 to hear

RJ Reynolds Vows to
Fight $23.6 B in Damages
Associated Press, by Jennifer Kay    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/20/2014 4:38:09 AM     Post Reply
MIAMI -- The nation´s No. 2 cigarette maker is vowing to fight a jury verdict of $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. executive J. Jeffery Raborn has called the damages awarded by a Pensacola jury "grossly excessive and impermissible under state and constitutional law." "This verdict goes far beyond the realm of reasonableness and fairness, and is completely inconsistent with the evidence presented," Raborn, a company vice president and assistant general counsel, said in a statement. "We plan to file post-trial motions with

Ukraine: Rebels Have Taken
All Plane Crash Bodies
Associated Press, by Yuras Karmanau    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/20/2014 4:35:20 AM     Post Reply
HRABOVE, Ukraine -- Separatist rebels have taken away all the 196 bodies that workers recovered from the Malaysian Airlines plane crash site to an unknown location, Ukraine´s emergency services said Sunday. Associated Press journalists saw the rebels putting bagged bodies onto trucks at the crash site Saturday in eastern Ukraine and driving them away. On Sunday, AP journalists saw no bodies at the crash site and emergency workers were searching the sprawling area only for body parts. Ukrainian spokeswoman Nataliya Bystro said Sunday that the emergency workers had been laboring under duress and were forced to give the bodies to the armed

  


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The U.S. Must Remain a Leader for
Worldwide Religious Freedom
American Thinker, by Ysleem D.S. Poblete    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/20/2014 4:34:17 AM     Post Reply
Recent Supreme Court decisions should remind all Americans of the importance of freedom of religion and of redress mechanisms embedded in the U.S. system to protect this right when threatened or undermined. Many in other countries are not as fortunate. Countless innocents worldwide are persecuted for the peaceful practice of their faith. Some are subjected to torture, beatings, forced marriage, rape, imprisonment, enslavement, and forced resettlement. Others, such as MeriamYahia Ibrahim Ishag, a Sudanese woman who converted to Christianity, are sentenced to death for their beliefs. Faced with this grim reality, Congress was compelled to act and the International Religious

Graveyard of desecration: Grave robbers.
Ghoulish tourists taking pictures on their
mobiles. Corpses left to rot: A shocking
dispatch from the grim crash site*
Daily Mail [UK], by Ian Birrell    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/20/2014 4:29:18 AM     Post Reply
There was something almost beautiful about the white ribbons tied to stakes as they fluttered in the wind; some sitting amid a sea of golden corn, others poking from clusters of yellow and blue wildflowers. But then you saw that these were the most macabre of markings, each one representing the final landing place for hundreds of human beings slaughtered in the sky last week. For this is the grimmest of graveyards. Here on the gentle rolling hills of eastern Ukraine, beside an abandoned Soviet-era poultry farm, lay the innocent people whose lives were extinguished so suddenly in an explosion

Protecting religious freedom is not just a hobby
Daily Inter Lake [Kalispell MT], by Frank Miele    Original Article
Posted By: davesenior- 7/20/2014 4:28:48 AM     Post Reply
The Constitution is under assault. So is our way of life. Do you care?Too many people don’t, or at least won’t do anything to stand up for it, which is why it’s almost a foregone conclusion that the proud experiment in liberty called We the People is about to end in abysmal failure.Case in point, the June 30 opinion by the U.S. Supreme Court known colloquially as the Hobby Lobby decision.[SNIP]the court’s ruling does not in any way protect our individual religious freedom; what it does instead is uphold the right of the government to decide for us what religious

Ten Reasons Why I Am
No Longer a Leftist
American Thinker, by Danusha V. Goska    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/20/2014 4:22:28 AM     Post Reply
How far left was I? So far left my beloved uncle was a card-carrying member of the Communist Party in a Communist country. When I returned to his Slovak village to buy him a mass card, the priest refused to sell me one. So far left that a self-identified terrorist proposed marriage to me. So far left I was a two-time Peace Corps volunteer and I have a degree from UC Berkeley. So far left that my Teamster mother used to tell anyone who would listen that she voted for Gus Hall, Communist Party chairman, for president. I wore a

How Political Ethics Replaced Biblical Morality
American Thinker, by Deborah C. Tyler    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/20/2014 4:16:26 AM     Post Reply
How have political ethics have replaced Biblically based morality in the minds of educated young people? Consider Alex. She is a 27-year-old woman in the process of earning a PsyD degree to become a psychologist. She mentioned she was having a difficult time finding appropriate men to date and was considering an online dating service. I suggested that if she goes that route she needs to be clear about what characteristics are unacceptable to her. She thought for a moment then said, “One thing I cannot tolerate is homophobia.” Of all the advantages a worthy life partner could bring to this young

  



Obama manages a photo-op, not a crisis
Toronto Sun, by Ezra Levant    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/20/2014 4:13:41 AM     Post Reply
On Thursday, Russia’s expeditionary army in Eastern Ukraine shot a missile at what they thought was a Ukrainian jet, according to U.S. intelligence. It wasn’t a Ukrainian jet. It was a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane, flying its normal commercial route that happened to take it over Ukraine. As per usual. And it appears the Russians shot it down, killing 298 people. Vladimir Putin didn’t even bother denying it – he blamed the Ukrainians. “This tragedy would not have occurred if there were peace in that country, or in any case, if hostilities had not resumed in southeast Ukraine,” Putin said. So his forces

Jew-seeking Missiles, the
Secure Border, and Other Nonsense
American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/20/2014 4:11:40 AM     Post Reply
I was thinking the world could not be more absurd when I read that a Hamas official announced to Arab Israelis they should not be fearful of their attacks because the missiles were designed to kill Jews only. This development is so outstanding that the Norwegians -- citizens of probably the most anti-Semitic country in Europe -- who decide the winners of the Nobel peace prize undoubtedly secretly voted on the spot to award it to Hamas this year. I was wrong, though, there must be some virus rapidly spreading across the globe that paralyzes brain cells, creating a world gone

Britain’s defence is
in fighting shape
Telegraph [UK], by Michael Fallon    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/20/2014 4:11:32 AM     Post Reply
To serve as Defence Secretary is an awesome responsibility and great privilege. Keeping Britain safe in a dangerous world is the job of our magnificent Armed Forces; keeping them properly equipped and supported is my priority. The horrific scenes we witnessed this week when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 came down in Eastern Ukraine remind us that we live in an increasingly unpredictable and fragile world. A world where instability in the Middle East, in the Horn of Africa or on the frontiers of Europe can still have the severest consequences for British citizens. It is important that we get answers

GOP slams ´pen and phone´ strategy
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Elise Viebeck    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/20/2014 4:09:58 AM     Post Reply
Incoming House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) criticized President Obama for saying he would use his "pen and phone" to accomplish his agenda without the help of Congress. Scalise, the former leader of the conservative Republican Study Committee (RSC), called on Obama to pressure the Democratically led Senate to adopt more bills that have been passed by the House. "Every time they say no — every time they pick their interests over yours — they hold our economy hostage, and with it, our chance to make sure our kids will have the same shot at the American dream," Scalise said in the

A fracking problem for Dems
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Laura Barron-Lopez    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/20/2014 3:57:06 AM     Post Reply
Republicans love fracking in Colorado — and it could help them flip a critical Senate seat this fall. The onslaught against Democratic Sen. Mark Udall (Colo.) reached a fever pitch this week when Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) had to cancel a special legislative session meant to keep two hydraulic fracturing initiatives backed by Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) off the November ballot. Udall, who had stayed out of the fray on the two measures, was forced to take a side much to the GOP´s glee. Now, with Colorado as one of the top natural gas producing states in the nation, the fracking controversy

As the West declines,
Russia fills the vacuum
Telegraph (U.K.), by Janet Daley    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/20/2014 3:55:21 AM     Post Reply
Presumably there are at least a few politicians in the great Western capitals who have some idea of how to get a grip on the current global chaos. Perhaps at some point they will let us know what it is. At the moment, all that we are getting is banalities and obfuscation, which seem to be a cover for total panic. Apart from the obvious words of condolence and horror over the shooting down of a civilian airliner, no one seems to have anything meaningful to say about an incident that could have the diplomatic significance of the sinking of

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