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How Risky Is It to Be Uninsured?
American Magazine, by Christopher J. Conover    Original Article
Posted By: EagleBlurst- 7/23/2014 9:54:52 AM     Post Reply
In a recent survey, 48 percent of uninsured respondents did not plan on looking for information on the health insurance exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act, or had not heard about them. Are uninsured people ignorant? Or might the poll reflect a well-reasoned choice? What are the actual risks associated with being uninsured? Lack of coverage may increase the odds of early death and slightly reduce everyday health status. Yet, at most, one year of being uninsured yields a loss of life expectancy of 16 healthy days of life (roughly equivalent to experiencing the foot problems

Will John Roberts Decide a
´State´ Is Not a ´State´?
Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/23/2014 9:46:51 AM     Post Reply
The Supreme Court may soon need to decide whether the federal government can be considered a "state" in our federal republic in the same sense that Iowa, Wyoming and Wisconsin are states. On the face of it, this question may seem absurd. In fact, given any level of reflection, it is absurd. The federal government is not one of the states. But this absurd question was at the heart of Halbig v. Burwell, decided this week by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and it could soon become a defining issue in American life. Section 1311

Hero: 20,000 Israelis Mourn
Fallen Texan in Haifa, Israel
Breitbart Texas, by Adelle Nazarian    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/23/2014 9:41:54 AM     Post Reply
20,000 "people from all walks of life" attended the funeral of "Lone Soldier" and First Sergeant Nissim Sean Carmeli on Sunday evening in Haifa, Israel. Sean, 21, was a Texas native who was serving in the front lines of Israel´s Defense Forces (IDF) when he was struck and killed by enemy fire from Hamas on Sunday. Sean, who split his time between South Padre Island, Texas (where his parents live) and Ra´anana, Israel was a huge fan of the Maccabi Haifa soccer team, according to the Times of Israel. The team, which found out about their fan´s loyalty, posted an image

  


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Cheney calls Obama worst president
of a lifetime; Carter sends thanks
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/23/2014 9:38:42 AM     Post Reply
Meyers: Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Egypt this week and had to pass through a metal detector before he could meet with officials. Which is ridiculous. Everyone knows Kerry’s made of wood. Conan: Amazon has introduced its own smartphone. You can tell it’s from Amazon because after you hang up with someone, the Amazon phone suggests other people you may want to call. Conan: Boxing Champ Floyd Mayweather posted on his Instagram that a half-dressed woman is “asking to be disrespected.” This from a guy who only wears shorts to work. Meyers: In the Wall Street Journal, Tyra Banks predicts that future

Report: Plane Crashes in
Taiwan, Killing 51 People
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/23/2014 9:34:41 AM     Post Reply
TAIPEI, TAIWAN — Taiwan´s Central News Agency says a plane has crashed in a failed emergency landing, killing 51 people. The news agency cited the head of the fire department in the Taiwanese county of Penghu as saying that seven people were also injured in the crash. The report cites the Civil Aviation Administration as saying the flight crashed Wednesday with 54 passengers and four flight crew and was operated by a Taiwanese airline, TransAsia Airways. The report says the plane likely crashed when an attempt to make an emergency landing in the city of Magong.

Why California banned
full-contact football practices
Associated Press, by Fenit Nirappil    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/23/2014 9:34:34 AM     Post Reply
Sacramento, CA - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he has signed a bill limiting full-contact football practices at middle and high schools in response to concerns about concussions, even as many teams already comply with the rules. Brown approved the bill, AB 2127, with the support of medical groups and the California Interscholastic Federation, which oversees California high school athletics. Assemblyman Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, said his bill is motivated by parents worried about the risks associated with concussions, which include long-term brain damage and early onset dementia.

Comic Relief: Security Adviser Praises
President Obama´s ´Extraordinary
Leadership´ on Ukraine
Newsbusters, by Mark Finkelstein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/23/2014 9:28:46 AM     Post Reply
Churchill: Never give in. Never, never, never. FDR: The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself. Obama: Fore left! Sometimes public service demands too much of a man. Take poor Tony Blinken. Appearing on Morning Joe today, President Obama´s Deputy National Security Adviser actually claimed that the president was exhibiting "extraordinary leadership" in putting pressure on Russia over Ukraine. Yes, so "extraordinary" that even as Blinken was being introduced, news was breaking that the Putin-backed Ukrainian rebels had resumed their terrorist ways, shooting down two Ukrainian military planes. View the video after the jump. Wouldn´t it be refreshing

  


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Madeleine Albright to CNN:
Israel Is ‘Overdoing’ It in Gaza
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/23/2014 9:03:23 AM     Post Reply
While our current secretary of state John Kerry is under fire for sarcastically joking about Israel’s “pinpoint operation” in Gaza, one former secretary of state echoed those sentiments during an appearance on CNN Tuesday afternoon. Speaking to Wolf Blitzer, Madeleine Albright said she thinks Israel is “overdoing” it with its offensive into the Gaza Strip and losing some of its “moral authority” in the process. “I do think the point has to be made, if rockets are being shot at Israel, that Israel does have a right to defend itself,” Albright said. “But the bottom line is the question of proportionality.” Blitzer singled out her use of the word

Big Business: Lapdog of the Left
Tribune Content Agency, LLC, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: johngalt1- 7/23/2014 8:57:15 AM     Post Reply
It was a really nice try. Heritage Action (the activist arm of the conservative Heritage Foundation) invited Senator Elizabeth Warren to speak at an event dedicated to phasing out the Export-Import Bank. (Snip) The Ex-Im gives U.S. taxpayer-backed loan guarantees to the foreign customers of giant U.S. corporations that don’t need the help. It socializes the risk while privatizing the profits. Basically, it’s free money for big businesses like GE, Caterpillar, and particularly Boeing (hence the outfit’s nickname, “the Bank of Boeing”). Even Barack Obama, shortly before he became president, derided Ex-Im as “little more than a fund for

Paterno´s son and other ex-coach
sue Penn State for lost careers
Reuters, by David DeKok    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/23/2014 8:56:42 AM     Post Reply
Two former assistant football coaches at Penn State University, including the son of disgraced former head coach Joe Paterno, are suing the school for actions they say wrecked their careers in the wake of the child sex-abuse scandal. Jay Paterno, who was quarterbacks coach for 12 seasons under his father, and Bill Kenney, the former offensive coach, were both fired in January 2012 by Bill O´Brien, the coach who replaced the elder Paterno. "The terminations ... had the effect of branding and stigmatizing plaintiffs as participants in the (Jerry) Sandusky scandal, and, by so doing, maligned plaintiff´s heretofore stellar reputations," lawyers for

“Solidarity With Israel”
Slate, by Allison Benedikt    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/23/2014 8:23:23 AM     Post Reply
In 2012, Los Angeles native Max Steinberg traveled to Israel for the first time, on a 10-day trip sponsored by Birthright Israel. A few months later, he joined the Israel Defense Forces. On Sunday, he died fighting in Gaza, leaving behind his parents, who will now take their first trip to Israel to bury their 24-year-old son. There are many people to blame for Steinberg’s death. There is the Hamas fighter behind the weapon that actually killed him. There are the leaders, on both sides, who put him in Gaza, and the leaders behind all of the wars between Israel and

  


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Ukraine Asked U.S. for Tech to
Counter Russia´s Jet-Killers
Daily Beast, by Eli Lake    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/23/2014 8:20:47 AM     Post Reply
Last month, Ukraine quietly asked the United States and NATO for sensitive equipment to jam the radars that Russian anti-aircraft systems use to lock their missiles on planes. As the United States and NATO last month began to publicly acknowledge the sophisticated Russian anti-aircraft systems moving into rebel held areas of eastern Ukraine, the government in Kiev asked for gear that might be used to counter those weapons. According to a former senior U.S. defense official who has worked closely with Ukraine’s military and a former head of state who has consulted with the government there, Kiev last month requested the radar

Unions Ending Forced-Dues Collection
of Home Healthcare Workers
Washington Free Beacon, by Bill McMorris    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/23/2014 8:13:25 AM     Post Reply
The Supreme Court ruling that freed home healthcare workers from coercive unionization in Illinois has led to unions ceasing automatic deduction of union dues from non-members in other states. A Washington state chapter of the politically powerful SEIU announced that it would no longer force caretakers—many of whom are caring for disabled family members—to pay union dues, according to communications obtained by the Freedom Foundation, a free market think tank. Adam Glickman, secretary treasurer of SEIU Local 775, wrote a letter to an unnamed home healthcare worker saying the court’s decision in Harris v. Quinn called into question Washington’s policy toward automatic

In a hospital. At the beach. Hamas, Israel tells us,
is hiding among civilians
Guardian (U.K.), by Richard Seymour    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/23/2014 8:11:46 AM     Post Reply
They hid at the El-Wafa hospital. They hid at the Al-Aqsa hospital. They hid at the beach, where children played football. They hid at the yard of 75-year-old Muhammad Hamad. They hid among the residential quarters of Shujaya. They hid in the neighbourhoods of Zaytoun and Toffah. They hid in Rafah and Khan Younis. They hid in the home of the Qassan family. They hid in the home of the poet, Othman Hussein. They hid in the village of Khuzaa. They hid in the thousands of houses damaged or destroyed. They hid in 84 schools and 23 medical facilities. They hid in a cafe, where Gazans were watching the World Cup.

IRS experts: Lois Lerner hard drive was
just ´scratched´ --- not damaged beyond recovery
Washington Examiner, by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/23/2014 8:09:07 AM     Post Reply
Top IRS officials told congressional investigators that Lois Lerner´s hard drive -- the one containing emails that could shed light on the IRS targeting scandal -- was irreparably damaged before it was destroyed completely in 2011. But now, investigators have had a chance to talk to the technical experts inside the IRS who actually examined Lerner´s computer, and the experts say the hard drive in question was actually just "scratched," and that most of the data on it was recoverable. The IRS computer experts also told the committee that they had recommended seeking outside help in recovering the data from Lerner´s

  


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President Obama needs to take the lead
and ´man up´ against Russia and
Putin over MH17 tragedy
New York Daily News, by Mike Lupica    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/23/2014 8:07:20 AM     Post Reply
Here was Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on CNN Sunday morning, talking about the missile that took down a Malaysia Airlines 777, a single act that was the same as 298 homicides. Feinstein was talking about Vladimir Putin, the Russian president who set this all in motion with his disestablishment of Ukraine, a nation that no longer belongs to Russia even though Putin seems to believe it should. “I would say, Putin, you have to man up,” Feinstein said. “You should talk to the world. You should say this was a mistake, if it was a mistake.” Feinstein’s sentiment was right.

WHCA lodges press access
complaint over Apollo 11 meeting
Politico, by Hadas Gold    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/23/2014 8:04:10 AM     Post Reply
The ongoing battle for press access at the White House continued on Tuesday as the White House Correspondents´ Association lodged a formal complaint with press secretary Josh Earnest for limiting coverage of President Barack Obama’s meeting with Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. CBS News’ Major Garrett lodged the complaint during the press briefing on Tuesday. Only still photographers were allowed into the meeting for a pool spray. “The astronauts were among the most visible, televised national heroes this country has ever known, that entire program was financed by the American taxpayer. Stills presentation of that limits television coverage of

2 Ukrainian military fighter jets
shot down in eastern Ukraine
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/23/2014 8:01:52 AM     Post Reply
KIEV, Ukraine – Two Ukrainian military fighter jets have been shot down in the east, according to the country´s Defense Ministry. The Sukhoi-25 fighters were shot down 1:30 p.m. local time Wednesday over an area called Savur Mogila. Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksiy Dmitrashkovsky says the planes may have been carrying up to two crew members each.

The Left´s Dark Money Managers:
Meet Philip Gara LaMarche
Creators Syndicate, by Michelle Malkin    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 7/23/2014 7:56:33 AM     Post Reply
Philip Gara LaMarche is a secretive political operative who funnels billions of dollars from undisclosed donors to nonprofits and astroturf groups. But you won´t hear unhinged Harry Reid railing Queegishly about him on the Senate floor. Why? Here´s why: LaMarche is a militant leftist philanthropist. He´s a protected elite -- Columbia University grad, former ACLU leader and Human Rights Watch official -- with ready access to the White House. He and the left´s other dark money managers preach transparency and openness, while plotting behind closed doors to secure power at every level of government.

Obamacare Slowly Succumbs
to Its Birth Defects
PJ Media, by David Catron    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 7/23/2014 7:40:32 AM     Post Reply
The supporters of the ironically titled “Affordable Care Act” are attempting to downplay their latest legal defeats by pretending that they are disappointing but inconsequential stumbles in the law’s long march toward the pantheon of nanny state entitlements. These people are whistling past the graveyard. In fact, the president’s “signature domestic achievement” is moribund. It is a congressional crack baby afflicted with multiple organ failures caused by the Democrat addiction to corrupt bargains and unconstitutional edicts. Yesterday’s appeals court ruling against the Obama administration unequivocally confirms that reality.

  



Education: Schools for Sabotage
American Thinker, by Bruce Deitrick Price    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 7/23/2014 7:02:23 AM     Post Reply
It’s a common scene in World War II movies: a captain maneuvers in close to a big ship and fires a spread of torpedoes. None of them detonate. Some submarine officers lost the will to fight and had nervous breakdowns. In fact, German engineering was not always at fault. Sabotage – sporadic, opportunistic, often a personal enterprise – was almost a second army arrayed against the Third Reich. (Snip) “Drop a precision part so it would deform a tiny bit and malfunction down the line.” That’s practically an epitaph for the destructive results achieved by our elite educators throughout the 20th

Coyote windfall: How ruthless human
smugglers cash in on wave of illegal immigrants
Boston Herald, by Erin Smith    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/23/2014 6:26:58 AM     Post Reply
Sophisticated, international “coyotes” — often working in concert with drug cartels as they smuggle illegal immigrants into the U.S. — are the main traffickers behind the wave of 57,000 unaccompanied Central American children flooding the southern border, according to a Mexican-based human rights expert. And the coyotes are raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars sneaking the kids past the Texas and Arizona borders, according to Victor Clark-Alfaro, a San Diego State University professor and director of the Binational Center for Human Rights in Tijuana, Mexico. “The international coyotes have contact with Mexican authorities to bribe them, they have safety

John Kerry flies to Tel Aviv
despite FAA ban
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/23/2014 6:04:54 AM     Post Reply
TEL AVIV, Israel--The top U.S. diplomat flew into Israel´s main airport Wednesday despite a Federal Aviation Administration ban in an apparent sign of his determination to achieve a cease-fire agreement in the warring Gaza Strip despite little evidence of progress in ongoing negotiations. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry planned to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during what appeared to be a crucial day in the flailing talks. U.S. officials have downplayed expectations for an immediate, lasting truce between Israel and the Hamas militant group that controls Gaza.

Is Anything Obama´s Fault?
American Thinker, by Randall Hoven    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/23/2014 5:50:36 AM     Post Reply
President Obama blamed the recent influx of unaccompanied children crossing our southern border on violence in Central America. I expected the usual media suspects to support Obama’s narrative, as well as the ever-popular Blame-Bush excuse. I did not expect the usually more rational Wall Street Journal, and specifically Mary Anastasia O’Grady (whom I had admired), to support them. “Well, I think, Paul, what you have is a combination of factors, both push-and-pull factors. So from Central America, you have lots of crime and violence… the effect of the war on drugs in Central America has created chaos and a breakdown

How Obama cuts down on the
campaign costs of his fundraising trips
Washington Examiner (DC), by Susan Crabtree    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/23/2014 5:47:40 AM     Post Reply
During President Obama´s West Coast fundraising swing this week, he´ll squeeze in an official speech about job training at a community college between multimillion-dollar fundraisers in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles to benefit House and Senate Democrats´ re-elections this fall. But that´s not just because he´s a multi-tasker. It will also cut down the cost of the trip. Over the last few weeks Obama has made a practice of sprinkling in a few public-policy speeches on trips devoted mostly to fundraising, even as he´s faced new foreign policy crises in Ukraine and Gaza. His top spokesman says he’s not

Three ´black swans´ who have upended
political calculations for 2014 and beyond
Washington Examiner [DC], by Noemie Emery    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/23/2014 5:40:45 AM     Post Reply
Remember the presidential race between Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Clinton, the front runners eight years ago, each tough as nails, each combat-tested and raring to go? It was one for the ages, except it was not: Rudy dropped out before the gates opened, Hillary met a community organizer, and we all know the rest. But the race that took place was almost as thrilling: a true neck and neck between John McCain and Barack Obama, who entered September in a virtual tie. McCain was leading on Sept. 15 when the fiscal system went bust, taking with it the entire economy: a nail-biter

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