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Time running out for Christians in Iraq
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/25/2014 10:52:01 AM     Post Reply
In fact, it might already have run out. The Christians in Mosul have already fled, and those remaining in Nineveh and other areas of Iraq have until Saturday to make their choice to pay jizya, convert, or be put to death. While ISIS conducts an ethno-religious cleansing of Iraq, the ancient Christian communities there wonder when the West will at least speak out: He and the rest of northern Iraq’s multitude of Christian sects have plenty of reason to worry about the self-proclaimed Islamic caliphate that’s taken hold in much of northern and western Iraq and eastern Syria since Mosul

Snap: Cafeteria workers
offended by Michelle Obama´s
claim they serve ´junk food´
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/25/2014 10:46:01 AM     Post Reply
School cafeteria workers, already frustrated that kids don´t like menus ordered by Michelle Obama and the Agriculture Department, slapped as “offensive” the first lady´s latest criticism that some school districts have given up and are just lazily serving junk food. “It is offensive to America’s frontline cafeteria professionals to say that those who struggle with the national decline in school lunch participation have simply said, ´Well, the kids like junk food, so let’s just give ´em junk food,´ ” said Patti Montague, chief executive of the School Nutrition Association, in a letter to the White House. “Our members are not offering their

Ben Carson’s Book Outsold Hillary’s
Hard Choices Last Week
Mediaite, by Tina Nguyen    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/25/2014 10:42:21 AM     Post Reply
Last week, according to the latest figures from the Nielsen BookScan, Ben Carson‘s memoir “One Nation” outsold Hillary Clinton‘s book Hard Choices by a whopping 60%. Figures provided to The Daily Caller indicated that Carson’s book, which was released a week before Hard Choices, sold roughly 16,000 copies to Clinton’s 10,000. At this point, total sales of Carson’s book trail Hillary’s by only 9,000 copies — which is not that much, considering Hard Choices shipped a million books to stores in the first place. Both authors are widely viewed to be possible presidential contenders in 2016, which will undoubtedly lead to pundit-class

  


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Iceberg collapse proves risks of
getting too close: videographer
CBC News [Canada], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/25/2014 10:32:31 AM     Post Reply
A central Newfoundland woman who captured the sudden disintegration of an arched iceberg says she has learned a lesson about getting too close to the massive structures. "I think my heart came up, and I swallowed it. I was petrified," said Wanda Stead, who unexpectedly caught the collapse on video on Tuesday while she was enjoying a day on the Bay of Exploits with her husband. The couple, who live in Gander, have a cabin in Cottlesville. Stead´s video shows how the arch in the iceberg suddenly began to crack, and within seconds, tonnes of ice had fallen to the bay

Only indictments, fed-up voters
will reform Democrats in Bay State
Boston Herald, by Joe Battenfeld    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/25/2014 10:28:46 AM     Post Reply
Will this finally be the wake-up call for Massachusetts Democrats and the haughty hacks on Beacon Hill? Don’t count on it. It takes more than a few convictions of nonelected stooges to shake things up at the State House. You think House Speaker Robert DeLeo will all of a sudden stop ordering his minions how to vote, or Senate President Therese Murray will turn her scowl into a smile when reporters try to get answers? No, the only thing that will scare DeLeo, Murray and other lawmakers is if federal prosecutors haul them in front of a jury. That’s the

Walsh Campaign: Senator
Won’t Withdraw from Race
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/25/2014 10:23:34 AM     Post Reply
HELENA — Sen. John Walsh remained steadfast Thursday amid allegations he plagiarized a research project required for a master’s degree, winning fresh backing from fellow Democrats in Montana and the governor who appointed him to the Senate earlier this year. The revelations that Walsh included both conclusions and verbatim passages from the writings of other scholars in his 2007 U.S. Army War College thesis, known as a strategy research project, “will not change Senator Walsh’s commitment,” his campaign said. Asked if Walsh was considering abandoning his race for election to the Senate against Republican Rep. Steve Daines, campaign spokeswoman Lauren Passalacqua said:

WATCH: Jordanian TV Host Burns
Israeli Flag Live on Air
Breitbart London, by Nick Hallett    Original Article
Posted By: happywarrior- 7/25/2014 10:18:55 AM     Post Reply
In a clip posted to YouTube by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Zoher Al-Azzeh burned the flag on Jordan’s 7 Stars TV while also calling for the US embassy in Jordan to be shut down, accusing America of using it as a "centre for spying". Describing the Israelis as "occupiers", Al-Azzeh apologised to viewers for earlier having shown them graphic images of injured Palestinians, and then said: "For the sake of Palestine and its children, allow me to burn this filthy flag of the Zionist entity for the whole world to see", before holding what appears to be

  


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McConnell Seeks to Break Out Funding
for Israel’s Iron Dome From Border Bill
Roll Call, by Niels Lesniewski    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/25/2014 10:17:52 AM     Post Reply
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is introducing standalone legislation to provide funding for Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system. The Kentucky Republican’s bill would meet a supplemental funding request from the Pentagon for $225 million for the program. Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., included the funding in her much broader supplemental that would primarily address the crisis of unaccompanied migrant children entering the United States from Central America — but Republicans are balking at that $3.6 billion bill. “Republicans are united in support of our ally Israel. We have legislation that would allow Congress to meet the Secretary’s request. And we

Spending bill in limbo, Congress at
odds over who owns border crisis
Fox News, by Chad Pergram    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/25/2014 10:15:17 AM     Post Reply
The congressional strife over trying to approve President Obama´s supplemental spending request to combat the border crisis boils down to one thing: ownership of the issue. Ownership is easy to define in most instances. There´s a deed for a lot. A title to a car. A Coca-Cola bottle with your name emblazoned on the side. But "ownership" of the border issue is more complex. Is "ownership" passing a bill to tackle the disaster? Or is "ownership" failing to advance any measure at all before a yawning, five-week congressional summer recess? And is "ownership" a good thing? In other words, to some conservatives,

Jeremiah Denton, 1924-2014
Weekly Standard, by Fred Barnes    Original Article
Posted By: RedLegLeader68- 7/25/2014 10:12:42 AM     Post Reply
Jeremiah A. Denton Jr. had three careers in the course of his 89 years. He was a Navy pilot. He was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam for seven years and seven months. And he was a U.S. senator from Alabama. He excelled in all three, but it was as leader of the POWs at the Hanoi Hilton that he should always be remembered. He spent four years in solitary confinement and was brutally beaten many times. Yet he defied his captors year after year and suffered as much as the POWs he led. When he and the others were released in 1973, he was the first off the plane. He was smiling. He offered no complaints about a policy that led to their imprisonment.

First Lady Michelle Obama raises
money for Democrats in Chicago
Chicago Tribune, by Rick Pearson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/25/2014 10:12:27 AM     Post Reply
First Lady Michelle Obama returned to her hometown Thursday and decried the effects of gun violence on Chicago’s youth as she told a group of campaign donors to “write the biggest, fattest check that you can possibly write” to help Democrats make a better future for children. Speaking to an estimated 150 people in the fifth-floor ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria Chicago in the Gold Coast at a Democratic National Committee event, the First Lady repeatedly urged donors to “dig deep.” She said electing Democrats in the November mid-term elections would help the nation overcome what she called Republican “obstruction”

  


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It´s official: The New York
Times can´t count
American Thinker, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/25/2014 10:09:11 AM     Post Reply
What´s the number one non-fiction selling book in America? According to the New York Times, it´s a book that sold 8,000 fewer copies than Dinesh D´Souza´s "America." The New York Times magazine recently ran an article titled, "Why do Americans Stink at Math"? Perhaps the authors should have asked the people who make up the Times best seller list. Washington Examiner: It brags on Page One every day that it dishes up “All the News That´s Fit to Print,” but the New York Times is still refusing to tell the truth about conservative Dinesh D´Souza´s best-seller, America. The book, also

Obama’s Israel legacy:
a hostile Democratic Party
New York Post, by William McGurn    Original Article
Posted By: Ripper1- 7/25/2014 10:05:50 AM     Post Reply
It’s a chicken-or-the-egg question. Which came first: The Obama administration’s public contempt toward our allies in Jerusalem, or liberal Democratic animosity toward Israel? Either way, when Barack Obama steps down as president in January 2017, the Democratic Party he leaves behind will be one whose sympathies no longer embrace the Jewish state. It’s an extraordinary legacy. And it’s underscored by the more or less constant snubs President Obama has directed at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Jeff Sessions, Ted Cruz: Don´t Let
´Scandalous´ Obama Run ´Roughshod´
with Immigration Exec. Actions
Breitbart Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/25/2014 10:04:50 AM     Post Reply
On Thursday, Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), who have arguably been the two most influential conservatives in stopping amnesty legislation, urged their colleagues to put more pressure on President Barack Obama, so he does not unilaterally grant temporary amnesty to millions more illegal immigrants. In a colloquy with Cruz on the Senate floor, Sessions said Obama´s potential executive actions represent an "exceedingly grave threat that go[es] beyond anything we´ve ever seen in this country" and "threatens the very constitutional framework of our republic and the very ability of this nation to even have borders." He vowed that

Newt Gingrich: ‘Turn the
Pentagon Into a Triangle’
Daily Signal, by Natalie Johnson     Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 7/25/2014 9:58:07 AM     Post Reply
Former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said Wednesday that he would like to “turn the Pentagon into a triangle.” (snip) Gingrich honored the 20th anniversary of his “Contract with America” by pointing conservatives back to a key point in his Republican blueprint, arguing that federal bureaucracy cannot simply be “fixed” but must be overhauled and replaced. The Pentagon, Gingrich stressed, must be included in this overhaul.“You have 23,000 people working in a building built in the middle of World War II using paper-based bureaucratic models,” he said.

  


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No Free Lunch for the ECB
American Magazine, by Desmond Lachman    Original Article
Posted By: EagleBlurst- 7/25/2014 9:45:48 AM     Post Reply
Milton Friedman was fond of saying of economic policy choices that there was no such thing as a free lunch, meaning that an economic policy option that appears to offer an attractive choice in the short run usually has negative longer-run consequences that outweigh any advantages. Friedman’s observation certainly applies to the unprecedented expansion in the Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan’s balance sheets over the past few years. While those expansions might have provided much-needed short-term support to the U.S. and Japanese economies, they have done so at the cost of creating bubble-like conditions

CNN/ORC Poll: Majority say no
to impeachment and lawsuit
CNN, by Paul Steinhauser    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/25/2014 9:36:32 AM     Post Reply
Washington– There’s not a lot of public appetite for a Republican push to sue President Barack Obama, or for calls by some conservatives to impeach him, according to a new national survey. A CNN/ORC International poll released Friday morning also indicates that a small majority of Americans do not believe that Obama has gone too far in expanding the powers of the presidency. Earlier this month, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the GOP´s 2008 vice presidential nominee, called for Obama´s impeachment, becoming the latest voice on the right to make the suggestion.

The three options for ´Meet The Press´
Politico, by Dylan Byers    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/25/2014 9:33:37 AM     Post Reply
David Gregory is toast, probably. Both Emily Smith and Lloyd Grove report that the "Meet The Press" host will likely be pushed out following the November midterms. It that true? It almost doesn´t matter. It feels right. No one at NBC News is contesting it, not even the network spokesperson, who only cautioned that the "false rumors" be taken "with a grain of salt." The cat is out of the bag, and at a certain point talk of Gregory´s impending removal gains so much steam that it becomes a reality. Unless, of course, the ratings go up. But the ratings

Stolen words, stolen honor
New York Daily News, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 7/25/2014 9:31:15 AM     Post Reply
Running to win the Senate seat he now occupies as an appointee, military veteran John Walsh hit a rock-bottom low. Not by plagiarizing huge chunks of a 14-page final paper he “wrote” in 2007 to earn a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. Nor by previously using his National Guard position for what the Army’s inspector general found to be “private gain.” Rather, Walsh plunged to the depths by suggesting that the trauma of combat experience provoked his plagiarism. After The New York Times proved that Walsh had lifted extensive passages virtually verbatim from published works, an aide

Paul Ryan and the Party of Ideas
New York Times, by Ross Douthat    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 7/25/2014 9:27:22 AM     Post Reply
I will probably have more to say about Congressman Paul Ryan’s latest policy proposals on poverty and mobility — both their substance and their possible implications — very soon; either tomorrow or in Sunday’s column, mostly likely. You can read a good summary of the highlights here; for now, I’ll just make two quick and one slightly longer points: 1) Taken as a whole, this document basically eliminates the daylight that existed between “Ryanism” and reform conservatism on safety net reform. As I discussed two weeks ago, the reformocon quasi-movement has tended to view some of the projected discretionary cuts in

  



Israel must be permitted
to crush Hamas
Washington Post, by Michael Oren    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 7/25/2014 9:22:35 AM     Post Reply
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary of State John Kerry and the foreign ministers of Great Britain and France all are rushing to achieve a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. Their motive — to end civilian suffering and restore stability to the area — is noble. The images of the wounded and dead resulting from the conflict are indeed agonizing. However, these senior statesmen can be most helpful now by doing nothing. To preserve the values they cherish and to send an unequivocal message to terrorist organizations and their state sponsors everywhere, Israel must be permitted to crush Hamas in

The Climate Maggot Problem
American Thinker, by Sierra Rayne    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 7/25/2014 9:12:21 AM     Post Reply
The war on rigorous science is now coming from all directions. Over at National Review, Reihan Salam has a piece regarding Australia´s purported repeal of its carbon tax where he argues that “the key to reducing carbon emissions is encouraging fundamental breakthroughs in low- and zero-carbon energy that will give rise to attractive business models that don’t require artificial subsidies, and that thus can spread rapidly across borders, and in particular to the developing world.” The only reason you would want to reduce carbon emissions in such a manner is because you´ve bought into climate alarmism. Apparently NRO is throwing in

CNN Poll: Border crisis impacting
public opinion on immigration
CNN, by Paul Steinhauser    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 7/25/2014 9:08:13 AM     Post Reply
Washington - The current crisis on the nation´s southern border appears to be fueling a notable shift in American attitudes toward immigration policy with border security growing in importance, according to a new national survey. A CNN/ORC International poll released on Thursday also indicates that a majority of those surveyed support making it easier for the United States to return migrant youth from Central America who have surged across the U.S. border with Mexico this year. But according to the survey, a bare majority views the children as refugees rather than illegal immigrants, and most say they´d be willing to

UNC professor killed in
Chapel Hill; 2 men charged
Charlotte Observer, by Anne Blythe and Tammy Grubb    Original Article
Posted By: Muncsdad- 7/25/2014 9:07:29 AM     Post Reply
Feng Liu had a lunchtime routine that his colleagues and lab partners at the UNC-Chapel Hill school of pharmacy knew well. The 59-year-old Durham resident usually had a bite to eat and left his lab for a brisk 30-minute walk on campus or through nearby Chapel Hill neighborhoods. Typically, he returned cheerful and invigorated by the midday exercise. On Wednesday, the research professor at UNC’s Eshelman School of Pharmacy never came back. (snip) Davis has multiple convictions for felony breaking and entering and larceny, dating to 2007, in Durham County, according to state Department of Public Safety records. He was

Five Fatal Flaws of Solar Energy
American Thinker, by Viv Forbes    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 7/25/2014 8:58:27 AM     Post Reply
The sun is the most important energy source on Earth. Solar energy powers the growth of all trees, grasses, herbs, crops and algae; it creates the clouds and powers the storms; it is the source of all hydro, photo-voltaic (PV), solar-thermal, bio-mass, and wind energy. Over geological time, it also creates coal. PV solar panels are useful in remote locations and for some portable applications. With enough panels and batteries, standalone solar can even power homes. But solar energy has five fatal flaws for supplying 24/7 grid power. Firstly, sunshine at any spot is always intermittent and often unreliable. Solar panels can deliver

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