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Illegal Immigration a Winning
Issue for Republicans
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/21/2014 5:23:19 AM     Post Reply
Long gone, evidently, are the days when the late, great Sonny Bono, asked for his position on illegal immigration, answered: “My position? What do you mean, my position? It’s illegal!” Still, I have never understood the claim that open borders is a winning political issue for the Democrats. That is borne out in the most recent Rasmussen Reports survey: Most voters don’t want any of the young illegal immigrants who’ve recently arrived here housed in their state and say any legislation passed by Congress to deal with the problem should focus on sending them home as soon as possible. The latest Rasmussen

Politico Poll: Dim views of
Hillary Clinton’s time at State
Politico, by Maggie Haberman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/21/2014 5:21:17 AM     Post Reply
A majority of voters are unimpressed with Hillary Clinton’s performance as secretary of state, according to a new POLITICO poll. Just 14 percent described her time at State — she served four years ending in February 2013 — as “excellent,” while 28 percent defined it as “good.” Twenty-one percent called it “fair,” and 32 percent rated her performance “poor.” Six percent weren’t sure or declined to answer. The survey of likely voters in states and districts with the most competitive House and Senate races was conducted this month as Clinton traveled around the country to promote her new memoir, “Hard Choices,”

The Pageant King of Alabama
New York Times Magazine, by Jeff Chu    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/21/2014 5:18:59 AM     Post Reply
Bill Alverson has advice for everyone. But if you ask for it, be forewarned that you might not like it. “Clean up your Facebook — it’s too narcissistic.” (To an aspiring Miss Alabama who posted pictures of herself in crown and gown.) “You have got to lose the ebonics!” (To a woman vying to be Miss Mississippi.) “That’s fine, because you’re not a chunker. If you had a weight problem, I’d say you have to lay off all the croissants.” (To a 10-year-old dreaming of a baking career.) For this, he charges $125 an hour. And hundreds of aspiring beauty queens pay up. They

  


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Russia must end
this heartless spectacle
Telegraph [UK], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/21/2014 5:16:08 AM     Post Reply
In the four days since Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 came down on the Ukrainian border, the basic facts of the situation have remained unchanged. The overwhelmingly likely scenario is that the plane was shot down by a missile, fired by pro-Russian separatists, who had received their armaments from the Kremlin (along, it transpired, with inadequate training in their use). [Snip] Mr Putin’s separatist lackeys have asserted their control of the crash site, harassing and intimidating the experts sent to inspect the wreckage. Victims’ bodies have been treated with shameful disregard, the property of the deceased picked through at will, the

Arkansas granted trademark
for “Woo Pig Sooie!” Hog Call
NBC Sports, by John Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/21/2014 5:14:25 AM     Post Reply
Move over, Texas A&M. Or, as Forbes.com put it, this is certainly an atypical development. The business website reported late this past week that, earlier this month, the United States Trademark and Patent Office “granted registration of the [Hog Call] sensory mark to the Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas.” Not the words, mind you; the sound. The sounds contained within the chant — Woooooooo, Pig! Sooie! Woooooooo, Pig! Sooie! Woooooooo, Pig! Sooie! Razorbacks! — are now a registered trademark. According to Forbes, the university filed for the trademark in July of 2013. As part of its case, UA submitted a

Tenured Partisans
National Review Online, by Robert Samuelson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/21/2014 5:07:25 AM     Post Reply
Something has gone wrong in our civil service. Consider some recent developments. The IRS was forced to pay the National Organization for Marriage $50,000 for leaking the group’s donor list. Tea-party organizations and donors were much more likely than others to be audited by the IRS. This misbehavior was not the work of a few rogue employees in Cincinnati. In general, the IRS stalled tea-party applications for status as 501(c)(4) groups. Meanwhile, April Sands, an employee of the FEC, recently pleaded guilty to violating the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from campaigning at the office. Ms. Sands, who worked in

We´ll freeze Russian billions, furious Cameron
warns Putin over jet outrage and tells him:
´You have contributed to an appalling tragedy´
Daily Mail [UK], by Jason Groves    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/21/2014 5:05:58 AM     Post Reply
David Cameron last night warned Vladimir Putin his billionaire ‘cronies’ will have their assets frozen in London unless he co-operates with the probe into Flight MH17. The Prime Minister vented his fury at Russia’s obstruction in a 30-minute phone call--the first direct contact between the leaders since the jet was shot down with the loss of 298 lives. He effectively blamed Russia, telling Mr Putin he had ‘contributed to an appalling tragedy’. And he urged him to ‘change course’ by calling off the armed thugs in eastern Ukraine thought to have been behind the atrocity that left ten Britons dead.

  


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Right-To-Work Study Destroys Obama’s
Claim That Forcing Americans To
Join Unions Helps The Economy
Independent Journal Review, by Michael Hausam    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/21/2014 5:05:14 AM     Post Reply
In December of 2012, speaking in front of a union audience, President Obama was cheered when he claimed that “right-to-work” laws – laws that allow employees to decide for themselves whether to join a union – were all about politics and had nothing to do with economics. In other words, he was advocating for forced unionism. Turns out he was incredibly wrong.(Snip for map)The Competitive Enterprise Institute just released a study analyzing countrywide economic activity from 1977-2012, and here are the key results: Wages – Median income loss per-person is $3,278, or $13,100 for a family of four, in forced-unionism states. Furthermore,

D’Souza Nation, Part I
National Review Online, by Jay Nordlinger    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/21/2014 4:59:55 AM     Post Reply
In the current issue of National Review, I have a piece called “Take Two: D’Souza films again.” As you can gather, it’s about Dinesh D’Souza’s second film, now playing in theaters. It’s called “America: Imagine the World without Her.” There is a companion book to it: America: Imagine a World without Her. There is a slight difference in those two titles. Did you notice? The film says “the World” and the book says “a World.” Curious. Dinesh’s first movie was 2016: Obama’s America, which appeared right in the middle of the 2012 presidential election campaign. Michael Moore’s movie Fahrenheit 9/11

Obama dragged down by chaos at
home and abroad, not by the economy
Washington Examiner [DC], by Michael Barone    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/21/2014 4:58:49 AM     Post Reply
“Why do you think President Obama´s job rating is falling, even though the economy is recovering?” the interviewer asked. It´s a fair question, even though the economy declined 2.9 percent in the first quarter, even though most jobs created in June were part-time, even though labor force participation remains low. The fact is that the economy is growing, however slowly, jobs are being created and the unemployment rate is heading down toward what economists consider full employment. And still the president´s job rating languishes. What´s wrong with the question is an assumption embedded within it, that what voters seek most

Did the United Nations
Give Rockets to Hamas?
Daily Beast, by Josh Rogin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/21/2014 4:55:29 AM     Post Reply
The U.N. agency that runs schools and hospitals in Gaza is supposed to be neutral. But it gave 20 rockets found in one of its buildings to cops who many believe report to Hamas. When 20 rockets were discovered last week in a U.N.-funded school in Gaza, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees was quick to condemn the storage of weapons of war in a building meant to educate children. But rather than turn them over to a third party, or arrange for their disposal, the agency, known as UNRWA, handed them over to the local police force,

  


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Gov. Rick Perry to mobilize Texas National
Guard troops to secure U.S.-Mexico border
Washington Post, by Lindsey Bever    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/21/2014 4:47:26 AM     Post Reply
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) reportedly plans to dispatch the Texas National Guard to the U.S. border with Mexico, according to news reports. Perry will announce his plans Monday to mobilize some 1,000 guardsmen to the Rio Grande Valley to increase security at the border, according to the Monitor, a south Texas newspaper. The newspaper quoted a state senator and an internal memo it obtained from a state official’s office. Perry spokesman Felix Browne told The Washington Post he would neither confirm nor deny the report, but said all details will be given at a news conference at 2 p.m. Central time

Democrats losing moral clarity on Israel
Boston Globe, by Jeff Jacoby    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/21/2014 4:45:13 AM     Post Reply
THE PEW Research Center last week released a new survey of American attitudes in the Middle East. The results weren’t surprising. In the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, 51 percent of Americans say they sympathize more with Israel. Only 14 percent feel greater affinity for the Palestinians. Pew’s findings demonstrate the strength of pro-Israel feeling in the United States. The poll was conducted amid the current fighting with Hamas, but the bottom line hardly changed from Pew’s last survey in April, when it reported that in the 36 years it has been sampling public opinion, “sympathy toward Israel has never

Death on Putin´s Playground
American Spectator, by Jed Babbin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/21/2014 4:43:14 AM     Post Reply
Most of the news coverage of the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 has been ridiculous if not positively annoying. For days, we’ve been bored by breathless reports of “black boxes” gone missing, the accident scene “contaminated,” moved bodies, and calls for independent international investigations. Now that BFFs John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have agreed that there needs to be — according to a Russian Foreign Ministry announcement — “an absolutely unbiased, independent and open international investigation” into the “crash” of the Malaysian airliner, we are apparently being told to relax because the “crash” is in safe

The politics of death and dying
Washington Times, by Joseph Curl    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/21/2014 4:40:59 AM     Post Reply
Everyone I’ve met during my two-plus months in Florida has been touched by dementia. Not a few people, or nearly everyone, but — Every. Single. Person. A cleaning lady that helped me get my parents’ home ready for sale said her father had dementia, like my mother. “Does your mom scream at night?” she asked me. “No, but she sees things, hallucinations,” I said. “Oh,” she said, “that’s not so bad. My dad was a screamer, all night every night.” The tile repairman who fixed up the front walkway said his mother went into the darkness early, just in her 60s. She

  


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Pro-Russian Rebel Leader: We Want to
Give Crash Victims´ Bodies to Families
ABC News, by Kirit Radia    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/21/2014 4:39:05 AM     Post Reply
It may be some time before the bodies of the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH 17 are returned to their families. In an exclusive interview with ABC News today, the leader of the self-declared Donetsk People´s Republic said they would not be turned over until international inspectors come here to inspect them. "We can and we want to give bodies to the relatives but experts have to examine the bodies here. That is international practice," Alexander Borodai said. He feared that if the remains are turned over to the Ukrainian government they will be used as evidence to blame his fighters for

All The News Hamas Sees Fit to Print
Weekly Standard, by Noah Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/21/2014 4:35:15 AM     Post Reply
Something important is missing from the New York Times´s coverage of the war in Gaza: photographs of terrorist attacks on Israel, and pictures of Hamas fighters, tunnels, weaponry, and use of human shields. It appears the Times is silently but happily complying with a Hamas demand that the only pictures from Gaza are of civilians and never of fighters. The most influential news organization in the world is thus manufacturing an utterly false portrait of the battle—precisely the portrait that Hamas finds most helpful: embattled, victimized Gaza civilians under attack by a cruel Israeli military. A review of the Times´s photography

Cheryl Hines and RFK Jr.
need all the luck they can get
New York Post, by Andrea Peyser    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/21/2014 4:32:41 AM     Post Reply
Kennedy watchers, hopeless romantics and the rest of us cynics want to know — if Cheryl Hines can take it, why can’t we? Hines, 48, the actress best known for her role in TV’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” is about to win the jackpot. (Some of my friends call it the “booby prize” — or worse, the “Bobby prize.’’) She’s set to become the third wife of Robert F. “Bobby” Kennedy Jr., the 60-year-old son of slain US Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and his widow, Ethel, and nephew of slain President John F. Kennedy. The middle-aged pair is to exchange vows, The Post’s

The Explosive, Inside Story of How
John Kerry Built an Israel-Palestine
Peace Plan—and Watched It Crumble
New Republic, by Ben Birnbaum & Amir Tibon    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/21/2014 4:25:50 AM     Post Reply
At around noon on March 20 last year, Air Force One landed at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport for Barack Obama’s first presidential visit to Israel. The three-day trip had been billed as an Israeli reset—the newly reelected president’s bid for a clean slate with the Jewish state after four years of icy relations. Obama would lay a wreath at the tomb of Theodor Herzl, the father of Zionism. He would visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. He would address an auditorium packed with Israeli students. And, of course, he would meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Before heading

Republicans Confident about
Prospects in Gubernatorial Races
PJ Media, by Rodrigo Sermeño    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/21/2014 4:20:36 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – The Republican Governors Association (RGA) says it plans to spend $100 million in the final 100 days before the November elections. The committee, led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, began this month with $70 million in the bank. It also raised $26 million in the second quarter, which has put the organization in a “strong financial position,” RGA executive director Phil Cox told reporters. He said the RGA continues to outraise its Democratic counterpart “two to one.” The RGA has spent $25 million in the first half of the year in states such as South Carolina, Iowa, and New Mexico. “The

  



Just another weekend in the
gun free zone of Chicago
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/21/2014 4:16:56 AM     Post Reply
So… how’s that whole gun free zone thing in Chicago working out? Even though they came close to setting a new record over the 4th of July, things in the Windy City aren’t slowing down much. The toll just for Friday afternoon through Saturday morning was impressive in a pretty horrid way. A 10-year-old girl was shot in the head and critically injured by a stray bullet fired into her home in the Garfield Park neighborhood Friday afternoon, authorities said. The girl, and another 12-year-old shot in the same neighborhood, are among 22 people shot between about 3:30 p.m. and 3 a.m. The

Vladimir Putin´s big blunder
CNN, by Daniel Treisman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/21/2014 4:10:04 AM     Post Reply
The tragic fate of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, believed shot down by a missile in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 on board, has cast a new light on the series of gambles Russian President Vladimir Putin embarked on in late February. At that time, Putin sent military intelligence troops in unmarked uniforms to take control of the southern Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea. Three weeks later, Russia annexed the region. As Russian-speaking Ukrainians farther north in Donetsk and Luhansk stormed administrative buildings, demanding independence from Kiev, Russian intelligence officers started slipping across the border to help organize the militias. In subsequent months, Moscow

2 Americans Killed in
Fighting in Gaza Strip
Associated Press, by Tami Abdollah & Sarah Rankin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/21/2014 4:07:26 AM     Post Reply
Max Steinberg and Nissim Sean Carmeli grew up in America. But they both developed a passion for Israel. The young men´s love of Israel ultimately led them to join the Israel Defense Forces, and they ended up fighting for the Jewish state in the Gaza Strip this week. On Sunday, Steinberg, 24, and Carmeli, 21, were killed there. They were among 13 Israeli soldiers and 65 Palestinians killed Sunday during the first major ground battle in two weeks of fighting between Israel and Hamas. Steinberg, whose family lives in Southern California´s San Fernando Valley, was a sharpshooter for the Golani Brigade, his father,

Palestinian Death Toll in Gaza at 508
Associated Press, by Karin Laub & Peter Enav    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/21/2014 4:04:46 AM     Post Reply
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- The death toll among Palestinians from the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip reached 508 on Monday, Gaza health officials said as the two sides counted their dead following the bloodiest day of fighting so far in the two-week campaign. Diplomatic efforts to broker a cease-fire intensified amid the mounting carnage. In New York, the U.N. Security Council expressed "serious concern" about Gaza´s rising civilian death toll and demanded an immediate end to the fighting following an emergency session. U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon pressed ahead with his push for a truce in a trip to the region,

Americans Protest Illegals as
High-Profile Conservatives Pander
American Thinker, by M. Catharine Evans    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/21/2014 3:11:52 AM     Post Reply
While we regular, cash-strapped taxpayers concerned about the well-being of our country stood on the overpasses Saturday protesting the total breakdown of our borders, where were a few of our stalwart conservative spokespeople and politicians? Were they holding anti-illegal immigration signs with ‘we the people’ on the National Day of Protesting Against Immigration Reform Amnesty and Border Surge? No. Senator Ted Cruz, Rep Louie Gohmert, Glenn Beck, and Dana Loesch, among others, were in McAllen, Texas meeting with Rio Grande Catholic Charities Director Sr. Norma Pimentel just weeks after her very public visit with Nancy Pelosi. Not to be outdone by

Malice, Incompetence, or Malcompetence?
American Thinker, by Russ Vaughan    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/21/2014 3:00:34 AM     Post Reply
Every time American Thinker posts am article condemning the incompetence of the Obama administration (as one of mine did recently), the comments sections are rife with contempt for the authors for ascribing to incompetence what to those readers is a truly Machiavellian, leftist scheme to undermine the greatness of America. And every time some reader labels me politically correct (a quite laughable charge as anyone who knows this knuckle-dragger can attest) or politically naïve, I’m reminded of the adage, “Never ascribe to malice that which can be explained by ineptitude.” I’d always heard that was a Napoleon quote but curiosity drove

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