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The Day ‘The Big Lebowski’ Came to Life
Daily Beast, by Alex Belth    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/26/2014 3:19:41 PM     Post Reply
Alex Belth worked on the Coen brothers’ cult favorite. In an excerpt from his ebook ‘The Dudes Abide,’ Jeff Bridges and John Goodman meet the Dude and Walter for the first time. I was 25 in the summer of 1996 when I landed a job as a personal assistant to Joel and Ethan Coen. Their sixth movie, Fargo, had come out to rave reviews and good box office that March. Now, they were headed from New York, where they lived, to L.A. to film their next movie, The Big Lebowski. I’d worked on three movies as an apprentice film editor,

US-Israel split emerging
in cease-fire talks?
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/26/2014 3:12:29 PM     Post Reply
As of now, the two sides in the Gaza war are observing the 12-hour humanitarian cease fire arranged to get aid to civilians in the combat zones, and Israel at least is leaning toward adding another four hours to it. Little other progress has been made in ending the fight, however. The Associated Press report from Gaza notes the tensions, but at least thus far neither side has attacked the other during the lull:(Snip for video)As noted, Kerry failed to negotiate a truce, and the Times of Israel reports why. A dangerous split has emerged between Israel and the US

Barack Obama has already
checked out of his job
Telegraph [UK], by Matt K. Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/26/2014 3:09:43 PM     Post Reply
President Obama has emotionally checked out of his job a couple of years early, it seems. How can one tell? Candidates for president who brazenly assume they are the inevitable victor are sometimes accused of “measuring the drapes” for the White House. Obama, conversely, seems to be prematurely packing his bags in hopes for an early departure. ust last week, for example, the Los Angeles Times reported that “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”.

  


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Why Tyson Foods is closing three
plants, employing 950 workers
Reuters, by Sruthi Ramakrishnan & P.J. Huffstutter *    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/26/2014 3:08:03 PM     Post Reply
Bangalore and Chicago - Tyson Foods Inc said it will discontinue operations at three of its factories which make processed meat products such as sausages and hot dogs, affecting about 950 people. The largest U.S. meat processor, which won the bidding war for Hillshire Brands Co in June, said the closures were not related to the acquisition. (Snip) The closures were due to changing product needs, an aging Cherokee, Iowa factory and the distance of the Buffalo, New York and Santa Teresa, New Mexico plants from their raw material supply base, the company said on Friday. "The consolidation helps them get transportation efficiencies,"

Hamas rejects Israel´s proposed
4-hour Gaza war truce extension
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/26/2014 3:00:48 PM     Post Reply
A Hamas official says the group has rejected a four-hour extension of a humanitarian truce proposed by Israel. Sami Abu Zuhri sent a text message to reporters Saturday, saying: "No agreement to extending the calm for an additional four hours." Israel has set its own terms for the lull, saying it would continue demolishing Hamas military tunnels under the Gaza-Israel border. Israeli Cabinent ministerYuval Steinitz, spoke Saturday on Israeli television station Channel 10. The initial lull agreed to by Israel and Hamas had begun at 8 a.m. (0500 GMT) Saturday. Steinitz confirmed reports that Israel decided to extend it by

House GOP ready to move border bill
Washington Times, by S.A. Miller    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/26/2014 2:45:24 PM     Post Reply
House Republican leaders decided to move forward with a vote next week on measure to address the border crisis, including a measure strongly opposed by Democrats that would repeal a 2008 law that delays immigration hearings for children from Central America. Rep. Kay Granger, the Texas Republican who headed a GOP task force that presented a set of proposals that laid the groundwork of the upcoming bill, said it will be introduced as soon as Monday. The inclusion of the controversial change to the 2008 law, which is opposed by President Obama and his Democratic allies in Congress, gives the bill virtually

In Queens, Immigrants Clash With
Residents of New Homeless Shelter
New York Times, by Kate Taylor & Jeffrey E. Singer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/26/2014 2:37:06 PM     Post Reply
The crowd of 500 included grandmothers and small children, Chinese immigrants and the president of a local Republican club, all shouting that the mayor had trampled their rights. The source of their anger? The 180 homeless families that New York City had moved into the defunct Pan American Hotel in Elmhurst, Queens. The residents felt nervous around the new arrivals, they said. There were reports of shoplifting from the Good Fortune Supermarket, public urination and panhandling — all things, they said, that had been unheard-of in their neighborhood until now. During the protest on Tuesday night, one of the organizers

  


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Barack Obama banned from
entering Chechnya
Guardian [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/26/2014 2:23:28 PM     Post Reply
Although Russia has not responded to US sanctions over the Ukraine crisis by putting a travel ban on President Barack Obama, there is one part of the country he is now barred from entering: Chechnya. On Saturday Ramzan Kadyrov, the president of the small Russian republic that has been the scene of two devastating separatist wars in the past 20 years, said he was placing Obama on a list of people banned from visiting. The list also includes European Union figures José Manuel Barroso, Herbert van Rompuy and Catherine Ashton. Kadyrov, wrote on his Instagram account that the ban was

National Guard Won’t Allow
Its Own Troops To Be Honored
At Vacation Bible School
Daily Caller, by Eric Owens    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/26/2014 2:08:53 PM     Post Reply
Citing federal regulations, the Missouri National Guard has refused to show up for an hour-long meet-and-greet with kids at a small Baptist church in the rural southwest corner of the state. The kerfuffle went down during this summer’s vacation Bible school at Bible Baptist Church in Carthage, Mo., reports Fox News. Vacation Bible school is sort of a rite of passage in the region — as common locally in the summertime as fireworks on the Fourth of July and sticky, sunny days. For this year’s version, part of the Bible Baptist Church’s theme was “God’s Rescue Squad.” So, on Monday,

Housing Dispute Puts Quaker
University at Front of Fight
Over Transgender Issues
New York Times, by Joshua Hunt & Richard Pérez-Peña    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/26/2014 1:48:58 PM     Post Reply
Newberg, Org. - A growing number of openly transgender students have forced schools around the country to address questions so basic that they were rarely asked just a few years ago, much less answered: What defines a person’s gender, and who gets to decide? A small Christian college here, George Fox University, has become the latest front in this fight, refusing to recognize as male a student who was born anatomically female. The student calls himself a man, and as of April 11, when a state circuit court legally changed his sex, the State of Oregon agrees. But George Fox University sees him as a woman, and it prohibits unwed students from

Meriam Ibrahim’s Freedom, and Ours
National Review, by Nicholas Frankovich    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/26/2014 1:16:28 PM     Post Reply
Meriam Ibrahim, 27, is finally free. On Thursday, in Khartoum, she boarded a plane with her husband and two young children and flew to Rome. They will spend the next few days there before flying to the United States. Her husband, Daniel Wani, has a house in New Hampshire. Ibrahim met with Pope Francis yesterday. The Italian government is being credited with helping to negotiate Ibrahim’s release. (snip) Religious intolerance exists along a broad spectrum, as do those who suffer under different degrees of it. Until yesterday, Meriam Ibrahim stood at one end. Conservative religious Americans stand at the other.

  


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The Typical Household,
Now Worth a Third Less
New York Times, by Anna Bernasek    Original Article
Posted By: chicodon- 7/26/2014 1:16:05 PM     Post Reply
Economic inequality in the United States has been receiving a lot of attention. But it’s not merely an issue of the rich getting richer. The typical American household has been getting poorer, too. The inflation-adjusted net worth for the typical household was $87,992 in 2003. Ten years later, it was only $56,335, or a 36 percent decline, according to a study financed by the Russell Sage Foundation. Those are the figures for a household at the median point in the wealth distribution — the level at which there are an equal number of households whose worth is higher and lower.

Boy, 3, among 13 shot Friday night
Chicago Tribune, by Peter Nickeas & Liam Ford    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/26/2014 12:45:54 PM     Post Reply
At least 13 people have been shot in Chicago since Friday afternoon, including a 13-year-old boy fatally shot on the West Side and a 3-year-old boy critically wounded on the Southwest Side, authorities said. The 3-year-old was shot about 10:15 p.m.in the 4400 block of South Sacramento Avenue in the Brighton Park neighborhood, authorities said. A shooting victim was taken from that area to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition, according to a Chicago Fire Department spokesman. The boy was outside with his mother and another man when two men and two women walked past and exchanged words with the

NYPD detains men who had
pressure cookers to ‘prepare rice’
New York Post, by Gary Buiso, Jamie Schram    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/26/2014 12:39:57 PM     Post Reply
Police detained two men at a Midtown hotel late Friday after a doorman reported they possessed a pair of pressure cookers like those used to make the Boston Marathon bombs. But the men say it was a misunderstanding: They plan to use the pressure cookers to prepare rice, chicken and meat. Mohammad Alotaibi, 21, and Ayoub Alawadhi, 20, pulled up to the InterContinental Hotel on East 48th Street late Friday with the pressure cookers in their car’s trunk, said law enforcement sources. A doorman called Crimestoppers, and NYPD counterterrorism and intelligence officers arrived to question the men. Police did not

U.S. needs to act now on borders,
terror threats
Boston Herald, by Adriana Cohen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/26/2014 12:39:46 PM     Post Reply
With terrorist threats at their highest levels since 9/11, Americans must demand that the federal government secure the nation’s borders immediately. No one should be permitted to enter the U.S. without getting screened and having their backgrounds checked. Nobody. Putting aside the flood of illegal Central American kids, we cannot afford to leave our borders so wide open that jihadist terrorists can stroll right in and launch another attack like the marathon bombings, 9/11 or worse. A nation cannot expect to remain sovereign without secure borders. In the roiling Middle East, dangerous Muslim terrorists are multiplying in force. ISIS is

  


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´Freewheeling Militia Violence´ Forced
US to Evacuate Embassy in Libya, Kerry Says
ABC News, by Ali Weinberg    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/26/2014 12:33:12 PM     Post Reply
(Video) The U.S. State Department was forced to suspend operations at its embassy in Libya because of "freewheeling militia violence" there, Secretary of State John Kerry said today. Kerry, who spoke to reporters before a meeting with the Turkish and Qatari foreign ministers about Gaza, made the comments after the State Department announced it evacuated its staff in Tripoli. He blamed the "freewheeling militia violence," caused by jihadist groups which have only grown in power since the ouster of former president Muammar Gaddafi, for creating an environment in which the diplomatic activities at the Libya embassy had to be suspended.

Drought Drawing Rattlesnakes
Closer To California Homes
KMAX-TV [Sacramento,CA], by Ian Schwartz    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/26/2014 12:17:17 PM     Post Reply
Sacramento - The drought is bringing out all kinds of animals, but one has a bite you don’t want to mess with. Len Ramirez says his rattlesnake removal business says this is one of the busiest year’s he’s seen in nearly 30 years. And it’s only halfway done. “We’ve made four calls today, and tonight I don’t know how many I’m going to make this evening, but it’s going to be a long evening,” he said. A room where he keeps rattlesnakes he catches before releasing them into the wild is evidence of how busy he’s been. “We’ve removed 72 rattlesnakes this week,” he said. Drought conditions have kept the calls coming in from people spooked by a

BuzzFeed fires Benny Johnson for plagiarism
Washington Post, by Hadas Gold & Jennifer Shutt    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/26/2014 12:12:57 PM     Post Reply
BuzzFeed has fired Viral Politics Editor Benny Johnson after finding more than 40 instances of plagiarism, BuzzFeed´s editor Ben Smith announced on Friday evening. In an apology to BuzzFeed readers, Smith said the plagiarism is “a breach of our fundamental responsibility" and that editors were in the process of attaching an editor´s note to every instance of plagiarism. "Plagiarism, much less copying unchecked facts from Wikipedia or other sources, is an act of disrespect to the reader. We are deeply embarrassed and sorry to have misled you," Smith said. In an internal memo to staff titled "What we´re doing about

Palestinians pull 85 bodies
from under Gaza rubble
Al-Akhbar [Beirut, Lebanon] *, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/26/2014 11:40:24 AM     Post Reply
Updated 2:00 pm: An Israeli air strike in southern Gaza hours before a humanitarian truce was declared killed 20 people, including 11 children, most of them from a single family, medics said. Separately, the bodies of at least another 85 Palestinians were recovered from rubble across Gaza on Saturday, raising the overall Palestinian death toll in the 19-day Israeli terror campaign to 985, the overwhelming majority of them civilians. "Ambulance crews have recovered the bodies of 85 martyrs under destroyed houses, including children and women, across the Gaza Strip, bringing the total number of martyrs to 985 as a result of the

A brief history of illicit drug
use at the White House
Washington Post, by Abby Ohlheiser    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/26/2014 11:30:38 AM     Post Reply
Earlier this week, Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion aka Snoopy Snoopy Poop Dog) said that he smoked weed last year in a White House bathroom. As it turns out, this grants him membership to an elite club of White House visitors who have, by their accounts, managed to use illicit drugs there. Below is a short history of those who say they joined a different sort of mile-high club during their White House visits. And since none of these claims are verified anyway (Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan has not responded to a request for comment about Snoop´s story), we've thrown in some of the most persistent rumors of drug use by the

  



Alabama Governor Gets
Twitchy Facing Pushback
To Housing Illegal Aliens…
Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/26/2014 11:26:53 AM     Post Reply
Our continuing message to any community is the same. Stand up, don’t be fearful: if you oppose them – they will not come. The entire regime knows they are on the wrong side of the majority on this issue, regardless of what the media tell you.(Snip)The regime also knows the actual law is on YOUR side. Do not be afraid to state your position. They are illegal aliens. Housing them is illegal. Providing material assistance to them is illegal. The regime fears law because they are acting unlawfully. ALABAMA – Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s office is shifting its statements regarding the

Norway Partially Closes
Bergen Airspace over Terror Alert
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/26/2014 11:22:39 AM     Post Reply
Norway closed part of the airspace over its second city Bergen and tightened border checks on Saturday, police said, two days after the country upped security following a terror alert. Norway has been on high alert since Thursday, when its intelligence service (PST) said it had "recently received information that a group of extremists from Syria may be planning a terrorist attack" in the country. "Police have requested Avinor (Norway´s state-owned airport operator) to ban flights over central Bergen," said Gustav Landro, chief of staff at the Hordaland county police department. "The reason is the increased threat situation we have had

Iraq crisis: Bishop of Baghdad
warns end could be ´very near´
for Christianity after Isis takeover
Independent [UK], by Heather Saul    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/26/2014 11:12:45 AM     Post Reply
The vicar of the only Anglican church in Iraq has warned the end for Christians in the country appears “very near” as he appealed for help after a deadline set by Islamic militants to convert or be killed expired. Canon Andrew White, dubbed "the bishop of Baghdad" for his work at St George´s church in the capital, spoke after the ultimatum handed to Christians in the northern city of Mosul by the Islamic State of Iraq Levant (Isis) to convert, pay a tax or be put to death passed last week. For those Christians who did not comply with the decree by 19 July, Isis warned that "there is nothing to give them but the sword.” Many have since fled their homes

Hillary´s not laughing
any more, we trust
American Thinker, by Lee Cary    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 7/26/2014 11:11:05 AM     Post Reply
Hillary Clinton though it was funny when Kaddafi died. Who’s laughing now? In this 11-second video, then Secretary of State Clinton laughed about the fall of Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, saying, “We came. We saw. He died.”This video displayed the killing of Kaddafi that Hillary found so funny:Today, over three years later, Libya, the nation, has degenerated into complete chaos. The U.S. mainstream media largely lost interest Libya after Gaddafi’s death. It was “Mission Accomplished” from the new bureaus’ perspective. On to the next big story.

Colorado Atty. General to Investigate
Planned Parenthood Videos Coaching
Young Girls in BDSM
Breitbart Big Government, by Dr. Susan Berry    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/26/2014 11:07:28 AM     Post Reply
The attorney general of Colorado says he will have his staff review the Live Action investigative video of a Denver Planned Parenthood employee coaching a young woman, believed to be only 15-years old, in the practice of high-risk sexual activities, including bondage/discipline and sado-masochistic sex (BDSM). The second installment of pro-life organization Live Action’s series titled “SexEd: Planned Parenthood’s Dangerous Sex Advice for Kids,” features Denver Planned Parenthood counselors suggesting to the undercover investigator a spectrum of sadistic sexual behaviors, such as “whipping,” “tying up,” and “asphyxiation.” As observed by Wayne Laugesen at the National Catholic Register, despite Colorado Attorney

The Democrats´ impeachment
fundraising extravaganza
Washington Examiner [DC], by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/26/2014 11:00:44 AM     Post Reply
In an almost farcical twist on the recent political debate, the Obama White House has joined the Democratic fundraising apparatus in what appears to be a campaign to encourage Republicans to impeach the president. In the past 48 hours, first lady Michelle Obama, White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer, White House spokesman Josh Earnest, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and others have raised the specter of an Obama impeachment. The first lady was first to broach the subject, in a Thursday evening fundraising speech in Chicago. "If we lose these midterm elections,

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