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Duke of Westminster: There is
no more honourable cause than
helping wounded soldiers
Telegraph [UK], by Christopher Hope    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/27/2014 9:07:35 AM     Post Reply
The Duke of Westminster is used to developing properties. As one of Britain’s wealthiest men, he owns swathes of central London through his company, Grosvenor Estates, as well as hotels, office blocks and flats across the country. But it is his plans for a new development in the Midlands that he considers will be his life’s achievement: the new £300million Defence National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) at Stanford Hall, near Loughborough. [Snip] In his first interview since the plans were given the green light this month, the Duke is forthright about why he wants to build the new centre in the

Growing Up American: Small-Town Dog
American Thinker, by Susan D. Harris    Original Article
Posted By: ScarletPimpernel- 7/27/2014 9:00:28 AM     Post Reply
Before dog licenses and leash laws; before doggie mohawks, colored hair and painted toenails; before $100 teeth cleaning, $800 vet bills, and humiliating Halloween costumes, there existed – in almost every sleepy town with a red brick school and a white church steeple – an extinct breed of canine I like to call the American dog. He (or she) went by names like Old Shep, Old Dog Tray, or Spot. This is the story of an American dog.

John Kerry: The Betrayal
Times of Israel, by David Horovitz    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 7/27/2014 8:36:02 AM     Post Reply
When The Times of Israel’s Avi Issacharoff first reported the content of John Kerry’s ceasefire proposal on Friday afternoon, I wondered if something had gotten lost in translation. It seemed inconceivable that the American secretary of state would have drafted an initiative that, as a priority, did not require the dismantling of Hamas’s rocket arsenal and network of tunnels dug under the Israeli border. Yet the reported text did not address these issues at all, nor call for the demilitarization of Gaza. It seemed inconceivable that the secretary’s initiative would specify the need to address Hamas’s demands for a lifting of

  


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Let gun owners carry weapons
in public, says US judge
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/27/2014 8:20:38 AM     Post Reply
A judge has ordered officials in Washington DC to allow citizens to carry handguns in public after saying a previous ban on “open carry” weapons is unconstitutional. “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,” said Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr of the District of Columbia District Court. “Therefore, the court finds that the District of Columbia’s complete ban on the carrying of handguns in public is unconstitutional,” he added in his 19-page

Police Visit to MH17
Disaster Site Canceled
Associated Press, by DMITRY LOVETSKY    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 7/27/2014 8:11:20 AM     Post Reply
DONETSK, Ukraine — A team of international police officers that had been due to visit the site of the Malaysian plane disaster in eastern Ukraine canceled the trip Sunday after receiving reports of fighting in the area.Alexander Hug, the deputy head of a monitoring team from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, said it was too dangerous for the unarmed officers to travel to the site from its current location in the rebel-held city of Donetsk. Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 was shot down with a surface-to-air missile over a part of eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists on

US border crisis: ‘There were 150
women and children, lined up there,
just waiting to be picked up’
Telegraph [UK], by Philip Sherwell    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/27/2014 8:04:49 AM     Post Reply
Illegal immigrants crossing the river that divides Texas and Mexico would once have tried to disappear into the thick vegetation on the US side to avoid arrest. But in a striking twist to the migrant crisis that is overwhelming the US border authorities, tens of thousands of Central Americans streaming across the border are surrendering to US border officers as soon as they can. Human smuggling gangs are spreading the word that unaccompanied minors and mothers with children escaping the gang violence and poverty of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala will no longer be deported. [Snip] Add in the women

´He should be in the Middle East, not the UK´:
Peace envoy Tony Blair blasted for throwing
surprise birthday party for wife Cherie´s 60th*
Daily Mail [UK], by Abu Taher and Emily Kent Smith    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/27/2014 7:47:50 AM     Post Reply
Tony Blair--the Middle East Peace Envoy--threw a lavish birthday party for his wife on Friday night at their country bolthole in Buckinghamshire, while the grim death toll from the Gaza conflict passed the 1,050 mark. Mr Blair, whose role is to hammer out a ceasefire in times of conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians, spent most of last week in the UK before hosting the couple’s friends at the party, estimated to have cost about £50,000. He held the surprise 60th birthday party for Cherie at their £6million country mansion South Pavilions, formerly the home of Sir John Gielgud, inviting

  


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Joan Rivers Defends
Israel in Epic Rant
Townhall, by Leah Barkoukis    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 7/27/2014 7:44:58 AM     Post Reply
It’s been infuriating to watch Hollywood elites ignorantly blast out their support for Gaza across social media platforms since the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians escalated this month. Thus, it’s refreshing to see one particularly outspoken celeb passionately stand up for Israel’s right to self-defense. “If New Jersey were firing rockets into New York, we would wipe ’em out,” she tells the cameraman. Rivers continues, “I don’t want to hear anymore, ‘Oh, we’ll do a partial truce.’ The Palestinians… you cannot throw rockets, and not expect people to defend themselves.” Asked about civilian casualties among Palestinians, Rivers fires back, “Then

Hamas declares 24
hour ceasefire in Gaza
Telegraph [UK], by David Blair    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/27/2014 7:01:43 AM     Post Reply
Hamas leaders agreed to a renewed 24-hour ceasefire today--hours after the Gaza Strip erupted with gunfire and artillery explosions when the previous truce came to an end. The announcement gave rise to hopes for a brief pause in the conflict. The ceasefire is due to start at 2pm local time. Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, an Israeli army spokesman, did not say if Israel would observe the truce during the requested time. He said troops would continue demolishing Hamas military tunnels. Israel had previously announced a “humanitarian” truce from 8am until 8pm on Saturday, later extending this until midnight. The security cabinet then

World Leaders Lambast Obama´s
´Failures´ in the Middle East
American Thinker, by Raymond Ibrahim    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/27/2014 6:17:04 AM     Post Reply
World leaders are increasingly pointing to U.S. President Obama’s failures in the Middle East. Some are direct and blunt. For example, during his recent visit to Brazil, Russian President Vladimir Putin was asked by journalists about U.S. sanctions against Russia due to the Ukrainian crisis. While naturally condemning such moves, part of his response was to accuse the Obama administration of “encouraging war between neighboring states.” In the same context, Putin added: American objectives have not been realized, nor have they accomplished anything, because everything has collapsed. Afghanistan faces problems, and Iraq and Libya are falling apart. Egypt also was

Federal Judge to Camera-Shy
Austin Cops: People Have a Right
to Record You. Deal With It.
Reason, by Jacob Sullum    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/27/2014 6:04:36 AM     Post Reply
As my colleagues and I frequently note, Americans have a well-established constitutional right to record police officers as they publicly perform their duties. Yet cops across the country continue to harass and arrest people for exercising that right, using bogus charges such as wiretapping, resisting arrest, and interfering with police. Yesterday yet another federal judge issued a clear message to those cops: Cut it out. The case was brought by Antonio Buehler, an Austin, Texas, activist who has had several run-ins with camera-shy cops. The first incident occurred on January 1, 2012, when Buehler pulled into a 7-11 in Austin

  


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Meet the Putins: Inside the Russian
Leader´s Mysterious Family
NBC News, by Hasani Gittens    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/27/2014 6:00:22 AM     Post Reply
Wh en the mayor of a Dutch city, angry in the wake of the MH17 disaster, called for the deportation of Maria Putina, the world was reminded that Russian President Vladimir Putin is not an island unto himself — he has kids. Not just one beautiful daughter, but two.The eldest, Maria — or “Masha” — is 29 and her sister, Yekaterina — or “Katya” — is 27. Despite being “millennials” neither seems to have presence on any social network, and have not fallen prey to the U.S. tabloid coverage of famous scions. The Russian president’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov famously said last

Anti-Surveillance Camouflage for Your Face
Atlantic, by Robinson Meyer    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 7/27/2014 5:57:01 AM     Post Reply
The NSA made me slather my face in make-up. Or, it didn’t make me, exactly. But last spring, I found myself wandering around D.C., wearing dazzle camouflage for the first time. It was a sunny Saturday, the capital swamp neither frigid nor muggy-oppressive—perfect for walking. It took me 45 minutes to get all the makeup on, to get the pencil right and the hair dangled just so. I spent the day hanging out with some friends around Adams Morgan, a neighborhood seemingly developed by former hippies who had gone into non-profit C-suites or opened boutique restaurant-bars. I told my friends why my

On to Pluto!
National Review Online, by Josh Gelernter    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/27/2014 5:55:42 AM     Post Reply
There has been some fanfare this week over the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11. If the celebration has made you despair at the listless state of today’s space program, you may be comforted by another astronomical date, a sort of pre-anniversary: One year from now, for the first time in human history, a probe will reach Pluto. The probe is a compact-car-sized NASA spaceship called New Horizons. It left Earth in 2006. Pluto’s a long way away. Pluto used to be our smallest, remotest planet, the ninth planet from the sun. In 2006, the International Astronomical Union redesignated Pluto as a

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

  


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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

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

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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