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26 Moments At The Fair That Will
Restore Your Faith In America
The Federalist, by Rebecca Cusey    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/27/2014 5:48:12 AM     Post Reply
If you’re starting to think America is all narcissistic selfies and contentious Internet comments, there’s a cure for that. Pack up the family, slip on your cowboy boots, and head on down to the county or state fair. You’ll see that there are plenty of people who still know how to work hard, make things, and have fun. Here are 26 steps to get your very own injection of American exceptionalism. 1. Mosey through the crafts pavilion and see that people do, indeed, still make things. Beautiful things. Hard things.(Snip for photo)2. Head over to the farming pavilion with the whopping

President may legalize
5M immigrant parents
Boston Herald, by Jack Encarnacao    Original Article
Posted By: geo11- 7/27/2014 5:46:51 AM     Post Reply
President Obama appears poised to take executive action that would legalize as many as 5 million illegal immigrant parents of U.S.-born children, a prospect that riles local immigration critics and adds a new dimension to concern about swelling immigrant populations in states like Massachusetts eyed as hosting sites for thousands of children who crossed the border unaccompanied. The Associated Press reported yesterday White House officials are laying the groundwork for an executive order that would automatically legalize roughly 5 million of an estimated 11 million people who have entered the country without legal authorization or overstayed their visas.

Does This Widow Deserve $23 Billion?
Daily Beast, by Kevin Bleyer    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/27/2014 5:44:08 AM     Post Reply
A jury awards a woman $23 billion. The Constitution said nothing about this. Last week, a jury of her peers awarded a lone human, Cynthia Robinson, over $23.6 billion to punish a cigarette company for the death of her husband. And poof, they were no longer her peers—that is, unless they happened to be the only jury in history to be composed entirely of multi-billionaires. The rest of America—depending on its feelings about corporate malfeasance versus individual responsibility—was cornered into only one of two positions when it heard the exorbitant pile of punitive damages the defendant, RJ Reynolds, was told to pony

  


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Braley vs. Ernst: ´Races
just don´t get closer than this´
Des Moines Register, by Jennifer Jacobs    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 7/27/2014 5:37:50 AM     Post Reply
An Iowa race that was pegged just a couple of weeks ago as leaning Democratic is now considered to be at the epicenter of the GOP battle to reclaim power in the U.S. Senate. Just 100 days out from election day, national prognosticators say Democrat Tom Harkin´s seat seems an even bet to fall into Republican hands. "That could potentially make Iowa the decisive state for the Senate," nonpartisan analyst Kyle Kondik wrote for Larry Sabato´s Crystal Ball last week.

Legal Newsline scores big
win for asbestos transparency
Washington Examiner [DC], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/27/2014 5:37:37 AM     Post Reply
Garlock Sealing Technologies, founded in 1887, originally produced seals for rods in locomotive steam engines. Over the years, it used asbestos in gaskets and valves. When the age of asbestos lawsuits began, it was deluged with nearly a million claims. Although Garlock defended such cases for years -- at times successfully -- the company succumbed in 2010 and entered bankruptcy with 100,000 asbestos and 4,000 mesothelioma claims pending. Garlock´s products never represented a high-risk of asbestos exposure, as some others do. George Hodges, the federal judge presiding over the bankruptcy, noted that Garlock products “resulted in a relatively low exposure to

The Faith of Atheists
AmericanThinker, by Bill Kassel    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 7/27/2014 5:31:05 AM     Post Reply
My parents’ marriage was mixed, religiously, and while neither was active in their faith, the differences were a source of conflict. Their solution: negligible church participation. And so I received very little faith formation as a child — not enough to shield me from the inevitable agnosticism that took hold in my teen years. Perhaps I should be grateful for this. Because, while I ultimately became Catholic, my early spiritual rootlessness gave me a sensitivity to the feelings of those for whom belief can be a challenge (or an affront). It’s true that thoughtful individuals can conclude intellectually that there’s no God. Throughout

With Steroid Era in Mind, Baseball Hall
of Fame Cuts Down Player Eligibility
Atlantic Wire, by Adam Chandler    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/27/2014 5:29:17 AM     Post Reply
Former players hoping to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame will face a more rigorous standard after Major League Baseball reduced the number of years that a player is eligible to be voted in. The Hall of Fame announced the change moments ago, just ahead of this weekend´s inductions, meaning that the 15-year window for a player to selected by a consortium of baseball writers has been winnowed down to 10. There will be a few exceptions: The BBWAA will allow three players — Don Mattingly, Lee Smith and Alan Trammell — who have been on the ballot between 10-15

  


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Moses: The Unaccompanied Minor
And the Ten Plagues
American Thinker, by Jeannie DeAngelis    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 7/27/2014 5:27:05 AM     Post Reply
On behalf of illegal unaccompanied minors flooding our southern border, liberals are currently citing Jesus in Matthew 19:14 saying, “Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Using that particular verse is problematic because America is not the “kingdom of heaven,” and regardless of the age or economic status of the children, Jesus would never approve of the type of lawless chaos the left is currently promoting. Nonetheless, that has not curtailed the sermonizing of Biblical scholar/House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Recently, by quoting the Conference Bishops, a group of Catholic theologians

Hamas’ evil lurks beneath the surface
New York Post, by Michael Goodwin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/27/2014 5:26:11 AM     Post Reply
As casualties mount and calls ?for a cease-fire grow, the war ?in Gaza is probably close to ?quitting time. But nobody should be foolish enough to think that silencing the guns will mean a return to the pre-war status quo. For Israel, a business-as-usual approach is no longer possible. The barrage of Hamas rockets cannot be tolerated again because the weapons’ increased range puts the entire population in harm’s way. But something else also happened in the last two weeks, and the shock waves are just starting to roll through Israeli society. The discovery of Hamas’ vast tunnel system, which would have

Robert McDonnell trial to cast
unflinching light on Virginia
couple’s friends, marriage
Washington Post, by Rosalind S. Helderman*    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/27/2014 5:25:07 AM     Post Reply
The star witness is a flashy dietary supplement executive who boasted of friendships with Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton. A manicurist, a party planner and a yet-to-be-named public official from another state also could take the stand. In their much-anticipated federal corruption trial set to begin Monday, former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, will seek to win acquittal on multiple charges and restore their honor in the eyes of the law. But over the course of the trial in a Richmond courtroom, expected to last five weeks, the McDonnells also will submit themselves to a potentially

Sen. Joe Manchin sued
by brother over loan
- Thread Closed
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/27/2014 5:20:58 AM     Post Reply
FAIRMONT, W.Va. — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is being sued by one of his brothers, who says the West Virginia Democrat and another brother never repaid a $1.7 million loan intended to keep the family’s carpet business afloat. Dr. John Manchin II filed the lawsuit in Marion County against the senator and Roch Manchin. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, says Joe and Roch Manchin received a loan of more than $1.7 million from John Manchin in the late 1980s to help the then-struggling business with the promise of repayment. No payments have been made. John Manchin says that a July 2012 agreement made by

  


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Plagiarists and Illiterates
American Spectator, by Enemy Central    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/27/2014 5:15:53 AM     Post Reply
We used to think, he’ll never talk alone. But that was before we got the picture. There he is, standing in the middle of nowhere to the southwest of the West Wing, at a mini-podium, next to a mini-table, accompanied by no one, not even the teleprompter twins. And he’s saying something mean about Putin, a repeat actually of what he’d said about Putin three days earlier. So much for the flexibility he said he’d have in dealing with Russia. A change of locations doesn’t count. No doubt he replayed his anti-Putinisms in La La Land yesterday, but the press

Let’s face it, TV is for
Knockout women only
Boston Herald, by Margery Eagan    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/27/2014 5:11:47 AM     Post Reply
OK, we can all agree, the just-suspended Kirk Minihane of WEEI went way overboard calling Fox Sports reporter Erin Andrews “a gutless bitch” who should “drop dead.” Imagine getting worked into such a lather when she was just reporting on a baseball game — and one which doesn’t even matter. But when he said, “Fox only hired her because she’s good looking … if she weighed 15 pounds more she’d be a waitress at Perkins” — well, he was at least partially right. No need to impugn the great waitresses at Perkins. But are we supposed to pretend we’re all

At Least 30,000 More Migrants
Get U.S. Classroom Seats
Daily Caller, by Neil Munro    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/27/2014 5:07:43 AM     Post Reply
American kids and teenagers will be sharing their already-crowded classrooms with tens of thousands of ill-educated Central American migrants this fall, because President Obama is distributing perhaps 100,000 Central American migrants across the country. The Central American student “have very, very limited amounts of education [and] in some cases, they cannot count to 10,” said Caroline Woodason, assistant director for student support at the public schools in Dalton, Ga. “They can’t turn on a computer. They’ve never even seen a computer,” she told the Dalton Daily Citizen. In Fairfax, Va., “teachers [are] dealing with children not just learning English but years below

Providence is Not Just
a City in Rhode Island
American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 7/27/2014 5:05:35 AM     Post Reply
Every now and then we are reminded by events that providence has saved our civilization from disaster. There was, for example, reminds my friend Narciso, the Bojinka plot In which Ramzi Yousef and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed planned to assassinate Pope John Paul II, bomb 11 passenger planes, and crash a plane into CIA headquarters. A chemical fire in one of the plotter’s kitchens disrupted those plans. (Khalid went on to commit other atrocities -- including planning 9/11 -- but providence cannot always protect us.) This week the Daily Mail reported that the underwear bomber failed in his mission

  


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When You´ve Lost Haaretz...
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/27/2014 5:01:50 AM     Post Reply
Haaretz is Israel’s establishment, liberal newspaper. Scott once described it to me in shorthand as the New York Times of Israel. So the paper is a natural ally of a Democratic U.S. administration. That is what makes this article by Barak Ravid remarkable. It is titled Kerry’s latest cease-fire plan: What was he thinking? It is behind a subscription wall, but the link goes to Haaretz’s mobile site and should be accessible: 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

As Libya Implodes, “Smart
Diplomacy” Becoming a Punch Line
American Interest, by Walter Russell Mead    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/27/2014 4:52:15 AM     Post Reply
The United States is pulling embassy staff out of Tripoli, and has issued a travel advisory that nicely outlines what a nightmare Libya has become. If Obama were a Republican, the press coverage of this stinking corpse of a policy flub would be quite different. The reckless and thoughtless Libya intervention just keeps looking worse. But don’t read the critics to see how horrible things are: as the government announces that the U.S. has officially evacuated its embassy in Tripoli this morning, the latest State Department travel advisory for the country says it all: The security situation in Libya remains

Stop Keeping College
Athletes Poor and Trapped
Time, by Kareem Abdul Jabbar    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/27/2014 4:48:49 AM     Post Reply
A new survey finds that 60% of incoming college football players support unions for college athletes. The horror! Were such unions allowed, our glorious cities would crumble to nothing more than shoddy tents stitched together from tattered remnants of Old Glory; our government officials would be loin-cloth-clad elders gathered in the rubble of an old McDonald’s passing a Talking Stick; our naked children would roam the urban wilderness like howling wolves, their minds as blank as their lost Internet connection. We would be without hope, dreams, or a future. Or at least that’s what you might believe based on the

Federal judge rules DC ban on
gun carry rights unconstitutional
Fox News, by Emily Miller    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/27/2014 4:45:08 AM     Post Reply
A federal judge in the District of Columbia on Saturday overturned the city’s total ban on residents being allowing to carry firearms outside their home in a landmark decision for gun-rights activists. Judge Frederick Scullin Jr. wrote in his ruling in Palmer v. District of Columbia that the right to bear arms extends outside the home, therefore gun-control laws in the nation’s capital are “unconstitutional.” “We won,” Alan Gura, the lead attorney for the Second Amendment Foundation, told Fox News in a phone interview. “I’m very pleased with the decision that the city can’t forbid the exercise of a fundamental constitutional

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

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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