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Donkey suicide bomb stopped
by Israeli troops in Gaza
Telegraph [UK], by Robert Tait    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/20/2014 6:08:54 AM     Post Reply
Hamas militants sent a donkey laden with explosives on a suicide mission in one of the most unconventional tactics yet seen in the fighting in Gaza, the Israeli army has said. Troops said they were forced to open fire on the animal - blowing it up - as it approached their position in the southern city of Rafah, near the Egyptian border. The Israeli army had received prior intelligence that militants were going to try to use animals to carry out attacks, according to a press release on the Israeli Defence Forces website. Israeli military officials say Friday night´s incident

American Sniper on Trial
Power Line, by Scott Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/20/2014 5:54:32 AM     Post Reply
Former WWF wrestler and Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura brought a lawsuit for defamation against Chris Kyle, the Navy SEAL sharpshooter and coauthor of American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History. The book was published on January 17, 2012, under the William Morrow imprint of HarperCollins. With a little help from Morrow’s publicity department, Kyle was featured on segments of the Today Show and the O’Reilly Factor. A veteran of four tours in Iraq, Kyle’s overlay of modesty and bravado on top of his obvious heroism helped propel the book onto the best-seller list upon publication.

Scorched earth: Over a HUNDRED
homes burned to the ground as huge
Washington wildfire burns town
to the ground
Daily Mail (UK) & Associated Press, by Ryan Gorma, Michael Zennie    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/20/2014 5:52:13 AM     Post Reply
A raging wildfire in central Washington has wiped most of a small town off the map - destroying 100 homes as it whips out of control across 260 square miles of dry forest - and fears are now growing that it will claim a second community. The Carlton Complex fire grew by nearly ten times Friday as four fires horrifically merged into one and exploded across the small village of Pateros, officials said. Residents of the town of Malott and outlying areas of nearby Brewster have been evacuated as flames rages only miles from their homes. ´We basically evacuated the

  


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Obama aides were warned
of brewing border crisis
Washington Post, by David Nakamura, Jerry Markon*    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/20/2014 5:50:29 AM     Post Reply
Nearly a year before President Obama declared a humanitarian crisis on the border, a team of experts arrived at the Fort Brown patrol station in Brownsville, Tex., and discovered a makeshift transportation depot for a deluge of foreign children. Thirty Border Patrol agents were assigned in August 2013 to drive the children to off-site showers, wash their clothes and make them sandwiches. As soon as those children were placed in temporary shelters, more arrived. An average of 66 were apprehended each day on the border and more than 24,000 cycled through Texas patrol stations in 2013. In a 41-page report to

Palestine occupied by
Islamism as much as Israel
USA Today, by Qanta Ahmed    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/20/2014 5:47:17 AM     Post Reply
While Gazans, their Hamas leadership and pro-Palestinian supporters around the world condemn Israel´s Operation Protective Edge, now turning into a ground invasion, its time Muslims examined the Other Occupation: the inexorable advance of political Islamism over Islam. Increasingly, Islam has been usurped by political Islamism, manifest in the current Israel–Palestine conflict as a war between Hamas and the Israel. Elsewhere, Islamism drives conflicts between ISIS and Iraqi government forces, the Pakistani Taliban and the Pakistan Army, the Afghani Taliban and would-be Afghani democratic leaders, Nigeria´s Boko Haram Islamists and the Nigerian government, the Jama´at Al-Nusra and the Syrian Regime, the Iranian

Scottish Independence Is Inevitable
New York Times, by Neal Ascherson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/20/2014 5:43:17 AM     Post Reply
LONDON — ONE thing is certain: Whatever the outcome, this referendum campaign is changing Scotland irrevocably. Whether the Scots vote yes or no to independence on Sept. 18, their sense of what is possible for this small nation will have been transformed. Reporting on Scottish politics through wind and rain for almost 40 years, I have covered three referendums on self-government. The first, in 1979, offered a modest elected assembly: A slim majority of voters approved it, but the turnout fell short of the threshold required for the proposal to become law. The second, in 1997, proposed a restored Scottish Parliament

Sinn Féin Pulls Pro-Palestinian
Stunt in Dublin Parliament
Breitbart London [UK], by M. E. Synon    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/20/2014 5:40:01 AM     Post Reply
Sinn Féin, the political wing of the terrorist Provisional IRA, pulled a pro-Palestinian stunt in the Irish parliament, the Dáil, yesterday during which Gerry Adams, party leader and alleged former IRA leader, manoeuvred members of both government and opposition into standing for a minute’s silence as a show of solidarity with Gaza. Adams, in a move that was out of order, turned to the Speaker and said: "I ask you to invite the Dáil to stand for one minute in solidarity with the people of Gaza and the Middle East." At the same time, the Sinn Féin deputies held up

  


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Veterans Affairs reform legislation
must set clear standards for care
Washington Examiner [DC], by Doug Lamborn    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/20/2014 5:34:05 AM     Post Reply
The men and women who volunteer to serve in the military are brave and selfless. They don´t deserve to be served by a Department of Veterans Affairs more concerned with manipulating data for financial gain than with solving problems and serving our veterans with the best possible medical care. We have arrived at a unique moment of clarity and purpose. Thanks to the efforts of courageous whistleblowers, dishonesty by some in the VA has been exposed. It is up to those of us on the Joint House-Senate VA Conference Committee to propose patient-centered reforms that rid the VA of its

Migrant crisis expands north from
border, into arid Texas wilderness
Los Angeles Times, by Molly Hennessy-Fiske    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/20/2014 5:29:50 AM     Post Reply
Daniel Zamarripa loaded his police dog into the back of his patrol car and set out to track his quarry — immigrants circumventing the local Border Patrol checkpoint. Zamarripa, 27, is one of 15 reserve deputies brought in to assist the Brooks County Sheriff´s Office, whose four deputies have lately found themselves overwhelmed by 911 calls from migrants stranded on the vast ranches that stretch from here to the horizon in all directions. Then there are the bodies of migrants who didn´t make it to retrieve and identify: 42 so far this year. Most attention to the crisis on the

The world with Obama in charge of
the U.S. is ´like a third-grade class
with no teacher in it,´ charges rising
conservative star Dr. Ben Carson
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/20/2014 5:24:34 AM     Post Reply
Dr. Ben Carson drew shouts of ´Run, Ben, Run!´ Friday night with a double-barreled attack on the Barack Obama presidency that included slams on his foreign policy decisions. The retired pediatric neurosurgeon, who has attracted a cult-like Republican following--and a presidential ´draft´ committee with better fundraising numbers than the ´Ready For Hillary´ PAC, that the United States needn´t ´stick our nose into everybody´s business, but we do need to lead.´ ´We are the pinnacle nation of the world,´ he told a crowd of thousands at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver, Colorado. ´There´s a responsibility that comes with that, and right

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,

  


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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.

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

  


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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

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

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

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

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