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At Last -- Someone Did Something
American Spectator, by William Murchison    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/22/2014 4:40:27 AM     Post Reply
So, then, what are we supposed to think when the governor of Texas dispatches National Guardsmen to the state border with Mexico in order to deflect the onrush of illegal border-crossers? What are we supposed to do? Do? A strange concept these days. Do something about the Russians and their depraved allies for shooting down a passenger plane? Do something about the depraved crowd of terrorists who provoked Israel into assaulting the tunnels in which they skulk? Do something about those equally depraved Iraqi terrorists now rounding up and expelling Christians from their midst? Do something about the kidnappers of schoolchildren

John and Ban’s Not-So-
Excellent Cairo Adventure
PJ Media, by Roger L. Simon    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/22/2014 4:36:49 AM     Post Reply
You know you’re living in mundo bizarro when Egyptian strongman Abdel Fattah el-Sisi sounds (and is!) more reasonable than the U.S. secretary of State and the UN secretary general. But that’s the way it is in this best of all possible worlds with John Kerry and Ban Ki-moon rocketing to Cairo to bring about a ceasefire in the latest Gaza War before Israel does something so rash as finally obliterating the murderous religious psychopaths of Hamas. Heaven forfend! El-Sisi undoubtedly knows better, as do numerous relatively more silent types like the Saudis and the Jordanians, all — or anyway most

Police protect Jewish students from
Pro-Palestinian mob…in Boston
Hot Air, by Guy Benson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/22/2014 4:34:01 AM     Post Reply
Forget Paris. These ugly scenes are playing out right here at home (via John Podhoretz): For the third time in eight days, Boston police were forced to intervene when a small group of student Israel supporters was swarmed by demonstrators screaming anti-Semitic epithets and initiating physical contact, said students involved in the incident…A handful of Jewish students with Israeli flags was surrounded by demonstrators shouting anti-Semitic epithets and – according to two of the students – a tense minute of “pushing and shoving.” Soon after the “die-in” ended, Brett Loewenstern — a Berklee College of Music student and pro-Israel activist –

  


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Big brother is watching — your waistline
Politico, by Arthur Allen    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/22/2014 4:26:23 AM     Post Reply
Data mining is digging into your health. Actuaries predict your life span. Banks track your spending habits. Now, your employer can tell whether you’ll have diabetes a year from now. And the federal government is encouraging businesses to use that information to tell you how to eat and exercise, to “data mine” for your own good and the employer’s bottom line. Medical records, social media, credit card records and new activity tracking gadgets like Fitbits are being used to assess your riskiness to yourself and to the cost-conscious health care system. Aetna is among the companies paving the way. It’s

Anguished dad´s open letter to Putin:
"Thank you for murdering my child"
CBS News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/22/2014 4:23:11 AM     Post Reply
The heartbroken father of a 17-year-old Dutch girl who died in the crash of Malaysia Airlines 17 has written an open letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, excoriating him "for murdering my dear and only child." Elsemiek de Borst was on her way to Malaysia on vacation with her mother, stepfather and little brother when the Boeing 777 was shot down Thursday, killing all on board, said her father, Hans de Borst. In an open letter posted on Facebook, de Borst blasted Putin and the leaders of the pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine, blaming them for his daughter´s death. "Thank you, Mr. Putin,

Montana Judge to Be
Censured Over Rape Comments
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/22/2014 4:20:07 AM     Post Reply
The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday will publicly reprimand a judge who gave a lenient sentence to a rapist after suggesting the 14-year-old victim shared some of the responsibility for the crime. District Judge G. Todd Baugh of Billings is scheduled to appear before the court in Helena, where one of the justices will read a censure statement prepared in advance. Baugh will likely get an opportunity to address the court, and the censure will then go into the record, state Supreme Court clerk Ed Smith said Monday. The censure is a public declaration by the high court that a judge is

Israeli Media Say Israeli
Soldier Missing in Gaza
Associated Press, by Tia Goldenberg    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/22/2014 4:17:50 AM     Post Reply
JERUSALEM -- Israeli media say an Israeli soldier is missing following a deadly battle in the Gaza Strip. A defense official confirmed that there is a soldier missing. The official spoke on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the incident with media. The media reported that the soldier was traveling in an armored personal carrier that had come under attack over the weekend. The reports did not say if the soldier was dead or alive. Hamas earlier this week claimed it had captured an Israeli soldier. Israelis did not deny or confirm the claim. For Israelis, a captured

  


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Diversity for Thee, but Not for Me
American Thinker, by Jim Yardley    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/22/2014 3:44:09 AM     Post Reply
The Progressive mantra of “diversity is our strength” is one of the most honored catchphrases of the left. Like all slogans, it is a test to see if common folk are “gun-toting, Bible-clinging” Neanderthals or are they part of the enlightened, educated elites to whom the rest of us must surrender our individual beliefs, opinions, and thoughts. But as with all that the Progressives say, the meaning of the words being used is warped and misrepresented. For example, think about what Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz is saying in the following: Diversity on the bench is critical. As practitioners, you need judges who ´get it!´

Fireworks flew yesterday with Dana Loesch
American Thinker, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/22/2014 3:37:41 AM     Post Reply
Yesterday, American Thinker was involved in a Twitter firestorm when an article by M. Catharine Evans about a group of prominent conservatives who went to the border on a humanitarian mission to hand out food and toys to illegal alien children went viral. Taking notable exception to the article was radio talk show host Dana Loesch who unleashed a flurry of hysterically exaggerated, ill-tempered tweets that were as baffling as they were inaccurate. A few samples: Your site seems to have accused me of making $ off of illegal immigration, @AmericanThinker please provide proof. — Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) July 21, 2014 If you´re going to

Spanking the Elites
American Thinker, by J.R. Dunn    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/22/2014 3:34:05 AM     Post Reply
I’m the editor here at AT who handled M Catherine Evans’ “Americans Protest Illegals as High-Profile Conservatives Pander,” the piece that opened the second – or maybe third – front in the conservative civil war this Monday. That submission came in relatively late on Sunday. Monday’s article schedule was already set. But I put it up anyway, shifting another piece to do it. I made sure it went in for Monday even though, for technical reasons, I had to reenter it twice into the publishing system. I made sure it went in because of what it says about the nature of conservatism

The Ordeal of Post-Obama Change
American Thinker, by Christopher Chantrill    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/22/2014 3:30:40 AM     Post Reply
Want to get a new angle on Obama´s Hope and Change mantra? Longshoreman philosopher Eric Hoffer wrote the book about it before Obama was even born: The Ordeal of Change. [E]very radical adjustment is a crisis in self-esteem... It needs inordinate self-confidence to face drastic change without inner trembling. “Action,” wrote Hoffer, “is the most obvious way by which to gain confidence and prove our worth... [but] there must be an abundance of opportunities, and there must be a tradition of self-reliance” for a program of action to work. And back in the 19th century when the first great wave of immigration

  


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Burlington, Iowa City Council to Consider
Ban on Open Carry of Toy Guns
Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/22/2014 3:26:49 AM     Post Reply
The Burlington, Iowa city council wants to ban open carry of toy guns. The ordinance will make it illegal to openly carry a toy gun or conceal one with clothes. Via Iowa Gun Owners Facebook page: The Burlington Iowa City Council is moving to pass an ordinance that would require you to get their WRITTEN permission before your kids can play with toy guns, replica guns, BB guns, etc! If your kids play with these toys in most outdoor situations, or if they play with toy guns in the car while you drive them around, you are looking at a fine in excess of

IRS official: Lost Lois Lerner
emails may still exist
Washington Examiner, by Susan Ferrechio    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/22/2014 3:18:18 AM     Post Reply
Could the IRS have those missing Lois Lerner emails after all? New testimony from a key Internal Revenue Service official indicates the IRS may not have lost two years of emails sent by former top IRS official Lois Lerner after all. That is what the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee suggested Monday morning in a newly released transcript of a recent closed-door interview with IRS Deputy Associate Chief Counsel Thomas Kane. Kane is responsible for producing documents requested by Congress that are related to a a probe into the IRS past practice of targeting conservative groups. Kane met with House investigators after Oversight

Hillary Clinton answers
questions on Facebook today
San Francisco Chronicle, by Wendy Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/22/2014 3:16:11 AM     Post Reply
Hillary Rodham Clinton will participate in a live Q&A today on Facebook. Clinton, the former secretary of state and first lady who ran for president in 2008, will tour Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park. She said in a Facebook post that she’ll be talking about her new book, “Hard Choices“ and answer questions on her book’s Facebook page beginning at 2:30 p.m. The book delves into her years as secretary of state. A Facebook spokesperson said Clinton’s tour of Facebook headquarters was closed to the press. There’s been some speculation over whether Clinton would run for president in 2016. She has yet to

Obama shares support for DC statehood
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/22/2014 2:56:50 AM     Post Reply
President Obama said Monday that as a Washington, D.C., resident he supported statehood for the District of Columbia’s 650,000 inhabitants. "I´m in D.C., so I´m for it," Obama said Monday at a town-hall event to promote his "My Brother´s Keeper" program. "I´ve long believed that folks in D.C. pay taxes like everybody else. They contribute to the overall well-being of the country like everybody else. They should be represented like everybody else," Obama added. The president said there was no reason based on population size to deny the district´s residents statehood. But he acknowledged that the politics in Congress on D.C. statehood would

  


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Hobby Lobby Makes
Atheists Knit Bricks
National Review Online, by Celina Durgin    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/22/2014 2:52:51 AM     Post Reply
In response to the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling, atheists are sitting around knitting. And in this time of national crisis, they are knitting bricks. Worried about the supposedly crumbling wall of separation between church and state, the Secular Coalition for America (SCA) launched a “Knit a Brick” campaign to “harness outrage” at the ruling. The group will send yarn bricks to the Supreme Court, Congress, or White House staffers. Targets will be selected based on the number of bricks the Coalition’s high command receives by August 5, according to Religionnews.com. If organizers collect 400 bricks, they will send them to

Un-amused! Hilarious video of the North
Korea´s leader arm-wrestling Obama,
dancing with Bin Laden and even dropping
his trousers that´s made Pyongyang furious
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Mia De Graaf    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/22/2014 12:42:56 AM     Post Reply
He is revered by his people as seemingly all-powerful. But it seems North Korea is not au fait with Kim Jong Un´s break dancing, arm-wrestling and skipping - on show in a spoof video that has gone viral. In a series of clearly photoshopped scenes compiled by a Chinese student, the dictator is shown cavorting in a field with Osama bin Laden, riding a pig through a snowy field, and being fly-kicked into a swimming pool by President Barack Obama. And Pyongyang is not happy. ´It seriously compromises Kim’s dignity and authority,´ a top-ranking official from the Hermit Kingdom said, according to Asia News. North

Don´t sell your warships to Putin: David
Cameron urges France to axe arms deal
as he calls for economic cold war
Daily Mail (U.K.), by David Chapman    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/22/2014 12:33:02 AM     Post Reply
David Cameron yesterday urged France to abandon a contract to sell warships to Vladimir Putin. Calling for an economic cold war, the Prime Minister urged other EU leaders to agree tough sanctions against Moscow. He insisted there should be an embargo on commercial dealings with Russian defence, banking, energy and aviation firms. Ahead of emergency talks in Brussels today, he insisted the EU should also freeze the assets of the Russian president’s allies, whom he referred to as cronies and oligarchs. Mr Cameron told MPs it had been shown beyond doubt that Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by an SA11 missile fired

Russian Air Massacre:
What Would Reagan Do?
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/22/2014 12:24:36 AM     Post Reply
Leadership: President Obama´s response to Russia´s downing of an unarmed passenger jet is tepid compared with President Reagan´s response to a similar horror in 1983. Obama called Russian-backed rebels´ downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 a "terrible tragedy." Reagan called the Soviets´ downing of Korean Airlines Flight 007 a "crime against humanity." Despite overwhelming evidence Moscow had a hand in the civilian massacre over Ukrainian airspace, Obama refuses to rebuke Russia. Instead, he´s called for an "international investigation into the incident." A defiant Vladimir Putin, meanwhile, has warned the West against using the tragedy for "selfish political ends," and is spreading propaganda the

Payback: Republicans Paint ‘Millionaire’
Democrats as Out of Touch
Wall Street Journal, by Reid J. Epstein    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/22/2014 12:23:21 AM     Post Reply
When Democrats in 2012 tarred Mitt Romney as so wealthy he was out of touch, the Republican pushback was to assert that there’s no shame in being rich. “Republicans come here and say everyone should live like this,” Mr. Romney said at one fundraiser held at a supporter’s mansion. Back then it worked, as President Barack Obama and his allied Democrats launched a full-scale campaign to tag Mr. Romney as the candidate of the rich, by the rich and for the rich. By and large, that worked, with a handful of assists from Mr. Romney himself. Two years later, it’s Republicans who

  



Detroit: No Water Shutoffs
For Next 15 Days
Associated Press, by Ed White    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/22/2014 12:21:48 AM     Post Reply
DETROIT -- Detroit suspended its aggressive policy of cutting off water to customers with unpaid bills on Monday, the latest response to a controversy that has prompted large protests and caught the attention of the judge overseeing the city´s bankruptcy. The city said there will be no shutoffs for the next 15 days. The disclosure was made in bankruptcy court where Judge Steven Rhodes is overseeing the nation´s largest ever municipal bankruptcy. He has been encouraging Detroit to come up with alternatives to shutting off water for thousands of homes and businesses. The issue gained national attention last month after activists appealed

Detroit residents fight back over water
shutoff: ´It´s a life-or-death situation´
Guardian (U.K.), by Jon Swaine    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/22/2014 12:18:42 AM     Post Reply
When the coast is clear, and the trucks from the contractor shutting off water for the city of Detroit have rolled away, the men with water keys come. They offer residents whose supply has just been shut off a tempting deal. For $20, they will use their tools to turn the water main back on immediately, and illegally, sparing the household the agonising days spent without showering, cooking or flushing that have already been endured by at least 16,000 of their neighbours so far this year. It is only the most desperate action being taken in response to the beleaguered city´s aggressive

French online forums overflow
with hate over Israel offensive
Agence France Presse, by Laurence Benhamou    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/22/2014 12:14:17 AM     Post Reply
Paris - The deadly Israeli offensive in Gaza has let loose an unprecedented wave of hate on media websites and social networks in France that moderators say they are struggling to contain. The bombardment by land, sea and air that has killed at least 425 Palestinians has enflamed tensions far afield from the Middle East, especially in France with its large Muslim and Jewish communities. Paris protests in support of Gaza residents have degenerated into violence on several occasions. "As soon as you talk about Israel, it crystallises all passions, with up to 20,000 or 30,000 comments sometimes after an article, of which

Are the Obamas buying a
home in Rancho Mirage?
Los Angeles Times, by Lauren Beale    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/22/2014 12:09:39 AM     Post Reply
President Obama and his wife, Michelle, could be the owners of a home in Rancho Mirage listed at $4.25 million before the month is out. The First Family is believed to be in escrow on a contemporary home in a gated community where entertainers Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby once maintained estates. The White House said rumors regarding a home in Rancho Mirage are not true. But area real estate agents, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Obamas are the buyers of the Rancho Mirage home. Listing agents Marc Lange and Carl Blea of HOM Sotheby’s International declined to

MH17 crash: FT photo shows signs
of damage from missile strike
Financial Times, by Mark Odell    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/22/2014 12:07:36 AM     Post Reply
The first apparent hard evidence that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was brought down by a surface-to-air missile is emerging from the crash site in eastern Ukraine, after experts confirmed on Monday there were signs of shrapnel damage to the aircraft. The photograph above, first published by the Financial Times over the weekend, shows a piece of the downed Boeing 777 about a metre

NAACP Legal Defense Fund: Detroit Water
Service Shutoffs Were Racially Motivated
WWJ TV 62 Detroit, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/22/2014 12:06:10 AM     Post Reply
DETROIT – After a class action lawsuit filed against the city of Detroit, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund says that recent water shutoffs to Detroit residents were racially motivated. Veronica Joice with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund says, “That (the shutoffs are) being done in a discriminatory fashion; and they should at least take a look at whether there’s a better way to do this that doesn’t affect the most vulnerable citizens — the majority of whom are African American here in Detroit.” Attorney Alice Jennings, who filed the lawsuit on behalf of Detroit residents, said it’s a known fact that there

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