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Nigeria Death Shows Ebola
Can Spread By Air Travel
Associated Press, by Heather Murdock    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/27/2014 4:40:36 AM     Post Reply
ABUJA, Nigeria -- Nigerian health authorities raced to stop the spread of Ebola on Saturday after a man sick with one of the world´s deadliest diseases brought it by plane to Lagos, Africa´s largest city with 21 million people. The fact that the traveler from Liberia could board an international flight also raised new fears that other passengers could take the disease beyond Africa due to weak inspection of passengers and the fact Ebola´s symptoms are similar to other diseases. Officials in the country of Togo, where the sick man´s flight had a stopover, also went on high alert after learning that

Israel Resumes Offensive
After Gaza Rocket Fire
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/27/2014 4:38:18 AM     Post Reply
JERUSALEM -- Israel has resumed its Gaza offensive after a series of Palestinian rocket attacks. The Israeli military said Sunday that following "Hamas´ incessant rocket fire" during the unilateral Israeli extension of a temporary humanitarian truce it would resume targeting Gaza militants. Israel´s Cabinet had unilaterally decided to extend the truce for 24 hours, until midnight (2100 GMT) Sunday. Hamas, which has requested the lifting of an Israeli and Egyptian blockade on Gaza, among other demands, did not agree to extend the truce. The 20-day operation has already killed more than 1,000 Palestinians and 45 Israelis. THIS IS A BREAKING

Report: Israeli Officials ´Horrified´
at Kerry Ceasefire Proposal,
´Complete Cave-In´ to Hamas
Breitbart Big Peace, by Thomas Rose    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/26/2014 11:40:29 PM     Post Reply
The ferocity of Friday’s unanimous rejection by the Israeli government of Secretary of State John Kerry’s cease was kept quiet to prevent a formal rupture of relations between the two erstwhile allies, reports Israel’s Channel 2 Television. The popular and widely-watched Saturday evening newscast quotes several unnamed high officials in the Israeli government who claimed that Kerry’s cease fire proposal represented a “complete cave-in” to Hamas’s demands for an end to fighting in its war against Israel. The official, and others cited in The Times of Israel, claimed that Israel was “stunned” and “absolutely horrified” that Kerry’s ceasefire proposal, which contained

  


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Sierra Foothills Wildfire Claims
5 Homes; 750 Evacuated Near Plymouth
KPIX-TV [San Francisco], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/26/2014 10:51:45 PM     Post Reply
PLYMOUTH— A wildfire in Northern California has destroyed five homes and several other structures near vineyards in the Sierra Nevada foothills. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the Sand Fire has burned about 1,300 acres near the border of Amador and El Dorado counties. It was about 20 percent contained Saturday morning. CalFire officials say the fire has led to the evacuation of about 750 people from 250 homes. Officials have set up an evacuation center at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds and closed a stretch of Sand Ridge Road. The wildfire is burning in steep, rugged

What Two Grieving Parents Find
in Their Daughter’s Makeup Bag
Shows the World a Way to
Celebrate Her Life
Independent Journal Review, by Kyle Becker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/26/2014 10:36:47 PM     Post Reply
After their 21-year-old daughter Kristina was killed in a tragic accident last September, Sandra and David Chesterman were beyond distraught. Searching through her apartment, they found something unusual for a young woman to have in her makeup bag: a bucket list. Kristina, an aspiring nurse, had been riding her bike near her home in Chico, California, on September 22, 2013, when her life was tragically snuffed out by an alleged drunk driver. Below is a memorial to her spirit.

Richard III´s makeshift grave
opens to public
Agence France Presse, by Anne Laure Mondesert    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/26/2014 9:54:42 PM     Post Reply
The grave of King Richard III, immortalised by Shakespeare as one of history´s great villains, was opened up to the public on Saturday in central England. The remains of the infamous ruler were found in 2012 under a car park in the city of Leicester. Around a hundred visitors were on hand to watch city mayor Peter Soulsby cut the ribbon on the £4 million ($6.8 million, 5 million euro) new visitor centre at the discovery site. Early arrivals at the building, in an abandoned school close to Richard´s grave, were able to examine a replica of his skeleton made

New York Times: Legalize marijuana
Politico, by Craig Howie    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/26/2014 9:44:45 PM     Post Reply
The New York Times’ editorial board on Saturday called on the federal government to legalize marijuana. Citing alcohol prohibition, social costs and states’ movements, the board argued “after a great deal of discussion” that “the balance falls squarely on the side of national legalization.” “We considered whether it would be best for Washington to hold back while the states continued experimenting with legalizing medicinal uses of marijuana, reducing penalties, or even simply legalizing all use. Nearly three-quarters of the states have done one of these,” the editorial said. “But that would leave their citizens vulnerable to the whims of whoever happens

  


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Five helpful suggestions for
the Chinese man who suddenly
finds himself with millions
of AmEx points to burn
Washington Post, by Sarah Larimer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/26/2014 9:34:37 PM     Post Reply
Earlier this year, Chinese almost-billionaire Liu Yiqian purchased a Chenghua Meiyintang "chicken cup" at an auction in Hong Kong, reportedly paying more than $30 million for the 500-year-old piece. The sale made headlines for several reasons: • The cup is super old and precious. • He paid more than $30 million! • Liu Yiqian drank out of it. Yeah, that happened. When Liu Yiqian bought the cup earlier this month, he sipped tea from it, and the pictures caused a bit of a commotion. (Tweet) When asked about it, he told China Real Time that taking the drink was a

FDNY ‘babying’ cadet
who can’t pass fitness tests
New York Post, by Kenneth Garger and Daniel Prendergast    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 7/26/2014 9:04:44 PM     Post Reply
She walked through her running tests and got winded climbing stairs, yet a physically unfit female FDNY probie was still allowed out in the field like a normal graduate — and given a year to pass, The Post has learned. “She’s literally the most pathetic specimen of physical fitness I’ve ever seen,” fumed an academy classmate of Choeurlyne Doirin, 39, who was given a uniform and a “light-duty” assignment even though she did not graduate on June 2 with the other 286 cadets. (Snip) “She started walking halfway through the run,” the source said. “She couldn’t even make it up

Iceland Could Become Russia and
China´s ´Secret Weapon´ Against U.S.
Breitbart London [UK], by M. E. Synon    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/26/2014 8:39:24 PM     Post Reply
The lesson comes too late for the United States, but there it is: after the US abandoned its military base and its foreign policy influence in Iceland in 2006, both Russia and China are now showing how keen they are to fill the void and take advantage of the growing strategic importance of the island nation at the edge of the Arctic Circle. It is more than just tiny Iceland’s rich fisheries and potential undersea mineral wealth that is attracting both the largest country in the world and the most populous. In April last year, China agreed a free trade

Turkish Foreign Minister salutes
“all those martyrs who were
killed for the holy territories”
Legal Insurrection, by William A. Jacobson     Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/26/2014 8:19:43 PM     Post Reply
More Turkish hypocrisy and absurdity on display. Yesterday was other-worldly, watching the sick march of hypocrisy on display at the U.N. for the vote in the General Assembly to grant “Palestine” nonmember state status. Of course, “Palestine” already declared independence in 1988 and that declaration was recognized by almost all of the 138 countries that voted “yes” yesterday. What was other worldly was watching the speech of the Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. I watched it live. I haven’t been able to find a link to the text, but it was unreal, talking about the inalienable rights of peoples to

  


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‘We Are All Hamas!´: Thousands
Attend London´s Gaza Protest
Glorifying Terrorism
Breitbart London, by Andre Walker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/26/2014 8:17:30 PM     Post Reply
LONDON, United Kingdom – It was billed as the biggest protest in London since the Stop the War Coalition marched against the invasion of Iraq. In the end the predictions of one million protesters proved to be fantasy, and some campaigners openly expressed their love for Gaza-based terrorist outfit Hamas. The crowd assembled at an empty Israeli Embassy, as the diplomats do not work on Saturdays, and marched towards an empty Parliament, which is currently on recess. This was the perfect analogy for the hollowness of London´s Gaza (or pro-Hamas) protest this weekend. Many of the protesters managed to walk

For the Left, Cool Is King
National Review Online, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/26/2014 7:55:51 PM     Post Reply
Dear Reader (including the many new anti-Semitic and just plain bat-guano crazy people who’ve wandered into my life in recent days), Last night I said on Twitter: "The Great Liberal Forgetting of Jonathan Gruber begins...Now". Forgetting may not be the right word. (Snip) As NR put it in an editorial, “It’s an odd world in which judges are accused of usurping the role of Congress for ruling that the executive branch must follow the text of a law Congress wrote.” Seriously, who knows what will happen if the courts start adhering to the law as written? That’s like saying the IRS should be politically neutral. Madness!

Florida congressman misidentifies
US officials as India reps
New York Post, by Geoff Earle    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/26/2014 7:54:55 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — A freshman congressman from Florida erroneously lectured two US government officials about things “your country” should do — under the mistaken belief they were from India. The officials, Nisha Biswal and Arun Kumar, were both Americans representing the State and Commerce departments at a hearing of a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee. But the Republican lawmaker, Curt Clawson — who just weeks ago replaced Rep. Tray Radel, who quit Congress in January after he got caught buying cocaine — seemed convinced they were ­Indian officials. “I am familiar with your country; I love your country,” he said. “Anything I

Tony Dungy, Israel and the Media´s
Selective Religion Bigots
Newsbusters, by Jeffrey Lord    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/26/2014 7:48:29 PM     Post Reply
Who’da thunk it? A winning Super Bowl coach and Israel combine to teach Americans a lesson in how the media’s religion bigots operate. The coach, of course, is Tony Dungy, the now retired coach of the Indianapolis Colts, the team he led to the 2007 Super Bowl win over the Chicago Bears. And Israel? Israel is, thank God, still Israel. (Oops! Can I still say “God”?) The two are in the news this week for two seemingly very different reasons. Dungy is in the media dock for saying as follows about the St. Louis Rams choosing linebacker Michael Sam in

  


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Dem Leader: GOP ‘Penchant for
Self-Destruction’ Could Help
Us Take Back House
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/26/2014 7:42:17 PM     Post Reply
Democratic House Leader Steny Hoyer was on MSNBC this morning and told a somewhat skeptical Steve Kornacki that far from what conventional wisdom suggests, the Democrats will do very well in the midterms and could actually take back the House. And he credited this in part to how badly the Republicans could screw it up along the way. Hoyer said that this year, Democrats are running great candidates and the party is out-raising the GOP by a pretty good margin. But that’s not all that gave him confidence for the fall. He said, “My experience over the last three or

How Russia keeps Europe
weak and divided
New Zealand Herald, by Anne Applebaum    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 7/26/2014 7:18:33 PM     Post Reply
London - David Cameron, the British prime minister, led the attack: It would be "unthinkable" for the British to sell a warship to Russia, he declared. Almost immediately, the French president, François Hollande, confirmed his intention to do precisely that: He would, he said, deliver a Mistral amphibious assault ship to the Russian navy, (Snip) Russia´s strongest political influence is not in relatively large countries such as Britain or France, where at least these things are openly discussed, but rather in weaker countries that barely have a foreign policy debate at all.

Dear Mainstream Media:
Think Before You Reduce The Middle East
Conflict to the Lowest Common Denominator
Breitbart London, by Lee Golan    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/26/2014 7:16:15 PM     Post Reply
For years, though more so in the past month, Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have been the focus of outlandish discussions and debates between millions of people, while many have never even visited that beautiful colourful area of the world, or lack the requisite knowledge to engage in decent analysis. Shining examples of that come from television´s comedic current affairs talk show hosts Jon Stewart and Bill Maher. A lot of people don’t seem to realise that between the photos, the speeches, the talks and debates around the world, there are people, who have lived in that small piece of

Slithering reptiles need their space
to keep pest populations in check
San Antonio Express-News [TX], by Breanna Kerr    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 7/26/2014 7:01:18 PM     Post Reply
SAN ANTONIO — Both deluge and drought bring snakes out where they´re likely to cross paths with humans, something both the snakes and the people usually don´t enjoy. Because our weather often swings between bone dry and sudden saturation, we´re likely to be surprised by the slithering creatures. Usually, it´s best just to let them go on their way. Andy Gluesenkamp, a Texas Parks and Wildlife State herpetologist, said flooding displaces snakes from their homes and, from there, they seek dry land. “Certainly when we have flooding, you can experience situations where you have displaced wildlife,” Gluesenkamp said.

Federal District Court Strikes Down
Washington, DC Handgun Carry Ban
Legal Insurrection, by Andrew Branca     Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/26/2014 6:54:13 PM     Post Reply
Well, well, well–I guess the big guy upstairs knew I could do with a pick-me-up while I struggle through this respiratory infection. And boy, did he deliver big (with a h/t to Ace of Spades HQ). In light of Heller, McDonald, and their progeny, there is no longer any basis on which this Court can conclude that the District of Columbia’s total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny. Therefore, the Court finds that the District of Columbia’s complete ban on the carrying of handguns in public is unconstitutional.

  



Hamas Fires at Israel as Cabinet
Votes to Extend Ceasefire
Arutz Sheva (Israel), by Gil Ronan    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/26/2014 6:44:41 PM     Post Reply
Hamas fired rockets at central Israel around 10 p.m. Saturday, making a mockery of a four-hour Israeli ceasefire extension that began two hours earlier. Meanwhile, Israel´s Diplomacy and Security Cabinet has voted to extend the ceasefire by a further 24 hours in response to UN requests, a security source told AFP on condition of anonymity. The truce will end on Sunday night at 9 p.m. Hamas for its part has rejected the ceasefire extension by Israel, demanding Israeli troops withdraw first. No humanitarian ceasefire is valid without Israeli tanks withdrawing from the Gaza Strip and without residents being able to

Christmas in July
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 7/26/2014 6:36:19 PM     Post Reply
Here is a selection of this mornings news. John Kerry brokers Afghan election deal but leaves behind confusion. Afghan elections: Audit of disputed run-off halted. U.S. Evacuates Embassy in Libya Amid Clashes. Only ‘temporary’ says State. Egyptians Search Kerry Before Allowing Him to Meet Sisi. Kerry ‘completely capitulated’ to Hamas in ceasefire proposal, say Israeli sources. Hamas fires rockets toward Israel after terror group rejects truce proposal. A bad deal with Iran. Missed deadline on Iran nuclear talks sparks a blame game. Jihadists in Iraq Erase Cultural Heritage. “Raw footage shows the Shrine of Yunus (Tomb of Jonah) mosque in

Surprise! New health plans´
limitations anger enrollees
USA Today, by Julie Appleby    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/26/2014 6:32:48 PM     Post Reply
Nancy Pippenger and Marcia Perez live thousands of miles apart but have the same complaint: Doctors who treated them last year won´t take their insurance now, even though they haven´t changed insurers. "They said, ´We take the old plan, but not the new one,´ " says Perez, an attorney in Palo Alto, Calif. In Plymouth, Ind., Pippenger got similar news from her longtime orthopedic surgeon, so she shelled out $300 from her own pocket to see him. Both women unwittingly enrolled in policies with limited networks of doctors and hospitals that provide little or no payment for care outside those

Kerry´s latest cease-fire plan:
What was he thinking?
Haaretz, by Barak Ravid    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/26/2014 6:25:23 PM     Post Reply
The press conference U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry convened together with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukry was one of Kerry´s most embarrassing incidents since taking office. And there were quite a few in the last year and a half. A few hours before the press conference began, the Israeli security cabinet ministers unanimously rejected Kerry´s cease-fire plan draft. Kerry, as is his wont, seemed and sounded as if he came from a parallel universe. He claimed to have never presented Israel with a formal offer for a cease-fire, slammed the Israeli media´s "mischievous reports"

Sonia Sotomayor sets
kids upon Hillary Clinton
CNN, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/26/2014 6:18:20 PM     Post Reply
It was a mad dash to hug Hillary Clinton. Toward the end of an event Friday at the Bronx Children’s Museum, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor set dozens of kids upon the former secretary of state, urging them to hug her and other leaders who attended. But first, Sotomayor got the children fired up. “I need for you to do something right now,” she said, holding a microphone and standing among a hoard of kids wearing bright green t-shirts. “I need for you to jump up and down and say thank you for caring for me!” “On the count of

While Hamas celebrates,
Israel focuses on its security
Times of Israel, by David Horovitz    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/26/2014 5:44:08 PM     Post Reply
Hamas is, of course, claiming that it is “winning” in the current conflict with Israel. Unfortunately, not all of its claims can be easily shrugged off, thanks to its ruthlessness and its cynical abuse of the Palestinian people, and in no small part thanks to the international community’s willful blindness and worse. Ultimately, though, what Hamas has to say matters far less than what Israel achieves in this resort to force. And most Israelis seem well aware of that. Hamas is “winning,” for a start, because it doesn’t care who it kills in support of its declared goal of destroying Israel.

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