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Sinking feeling: Ground in California
is sinking by a FOOT each year
as the deep-water layer is
siphoned up for farmers
Daily Mail [UK], by Associated Press & Alex Greig    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/27/2014 10:19:46 PM     Post Reply
A third year of drought in California has meant farmers have become increasingly dependent on ground water for their crops - and now the land is sinking beneath their feet. A USGS study found that land sinking had been measured at nearly one-foot per year in one area in the San Joaqin Valley, and that it is reducing the flow capacity of the Delta-Mendota Canal and the California Aqueduct, two key sources of water. Increased pumping of groundwater is damaging vital water infrastructure, the U.S. Geological Survey says. ´We were surprised at the amount of land being affected,´ Michelle Sneed, a

Could Barack Obama have
prevented the MH17 disaster?
Telegraph [UK], by Christopher Booker    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/27/2014 10:03:45 PM     Post Reply
The most alarming unanswered question over the shooting-down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is so fearful to contemplate that it has scarcely even been asked. [Snip] When, in his statement 24 hours after the plane was downed, the President stoked speculation about the involvement of President Putin, did he deliberately obscure the fact that, days earlier, he had already learnt enough from his many intelligence sources to know that the 55 international airliners travelling every day along that flight path over eastern Ukraine faced the threat of precisely such a disaster? If so, why did the US authorities not make

´John Kerry is an alien, an ongoing
embarrassment´: what Israel
thinks of US secretary of state
Telegraph [UK], by Robert Tait    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/27/2014 9:47:57 PM     Post Reply
John Kerry has almost certainly been called worse things than a space alien--particularly by Israel´s Right-wing camp, where contempt for the US secretary of state and his failed peacemaking efforts is unabashed. But when the insult is levelled by the previously supportive Haaretz newspaper, standard-bearer of the country´s liberal-Left, it may be time for him--and by extension, President Barack Obama--to take notice. The withering description was coined by Barack Ravid, the paper´s well-informed and normally restrained diplomatic editor, to describe Mr Kerry´s attempts at brokering a truce to the bloody conflict in Gaza--rejected by Israel amid widespread mockery.

  


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Second American aid worker is infected
with Ebola in Africa amid fears biggest
ever outbreak of incurable virus
will spread around the world
Daily Mail [UK], by Joshua Gardner    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/27/2014 9:39:31 PM     Post Reply
A second American citizen has now become infected with the deadly Ebola virus as the worst outbreak ever of the terrifying and grisly disease rages through four West African nations. Nancy Writebol, an American working for a charity organization in Liberia has tested positive for the virus officials announced Sunday. While her condition was not released. Writebol is undoubtedly fighting for her life against the virus, which kills 90 percent of those infected. So too is American doctor Kent Brantly, the 33-year-old medical director for charity group Samaritan´s Purse whose been working in Liberia since October. Writebol had been working with Ebola victims

Rep. Scalise Calls Out Obama:
‘First White House In History Trying
To Start Narrative Of Impeachment’
Daily Caller, by Brendan Bordelon    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/27/2014 7:46:13 PM     Post Reply
New House GOP Whip Steve Scalise called President Obama’s extended discourse on his own impeachment nothing but a political game, noting this “might be the first White House in history trying to start the narrative of impeaching their own president.” Scalise spoke with Fox New’s Chris Wallace on Sunday about the president’s impending plan for executive action on immigration — which many suspect will include amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants. “You’re already suing the president for overreach,” Wallace noted, asking if House Republicans will consider impeachment should the White House move around Congress on yet another major issue. “You

Count on Tsarnaevs’ EBT card collection
Boston Herald, by Howie Carr    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/27/2014 7:38:17 PM     Post Reply
What’s the over-under on how many EBT cards the Tsarnaev gang had in their heyday? Very conservatively, I’m going to say 15. It’s difficult to nail down exact numbers, because these are, after all, undocumented Democrats, and God forbid that their privacy rights should ever be violated. As Rep. Shaunna O’Connell (R-Taunton) put it this week, “Deval Patrick can’t run the state, but he sure is good at stonewalling.” The latest questions concern Khairullozhon Matanov, better known as “The Quincy Cabbie.” Did he or did he not have an EBT card? Calls were placed to his lawyer (who we’re paying

David Gregory Suggests Paul
Ryan Doesn’t Have ‘A Lot of
Sympathy’ For Poor People
Newsbusters, by Jeffrey Meyer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/27/2014 7:29:16 PM     Post Reply
Meet the Press moderator David Gregory did his best to condemn Congressman Paul Ryan’s new anti-poverty proposal during an interview on Sunday, July 27. The NBC host played a clip of Ryan from 2013 in which he criticized a “dependency culture” in America which Gregory interpreted as not sounding “like there’s a lot of sympathy for people you think need the government´s help. What you seem to be saying is that people have a problem with their own dependency here the government is only furthering.” [See video below.] Gregory began his questioning of Ryan by pushing liberal talking points that

  


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First lady: 2014 election key
Politico, by Edward-Isaac Dovere    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/27/2014 7:21:48 PM     Post Reply
In a new video recorded for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, first lady Michelle Obama says Democrats need to take this year’s midterms more seriously than they did either of her husband’s presidential elections. The video, her first effort on behalf of Democrats beyond a few scattered fundraisers so far, launches the DCCC’s new 1millionvotesfor2014.com website, timed to coincide with the 100-day countdown until the election. “When it comes to the midterm elections this November, we need you to be as passionate and as hungry as you were in 2008 and 2012 – in fact, you need to be even

Veterans´ Affairs committee
chairmen reach deal on legislation
CBS News, by Rebecca Kaplan    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/27/2014 6:56:52 PM     Post Reply
The House and Senate Veterans´ Affairs committee chairmen have reached a deal on legislation that will address problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), aides to both sides confirmed to CBS News. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., are expected to outline the deal at a news conference Monday. The two lawmakers released a statement Sunday saying they "made significant progress on legislation to make the VA more accountable and recruit more doctors, nurses and other health care professionals." (Snip) The impasse in negotiations revolved around the price and scope of the bill.

Will House pass ´skinnied down
bill to tackle child immigration crisis?
Christian Science Monitor, by David Clark Scott    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/27/2014 5:49:26 PM     Post Reply
If Congress is going to address the child immigration crisis on the US-Mexico border before its five-week summer recess, this would be the last week to act. On Sunday, Texas Democratic Congressman Henry Cuellar and Texas Sen. John Cornyn were both on ABC´s "This Week," pitching their solution to the child migrant crisis. Senator Cronyn said he expects the House of Representatives to offer a "skinnied-down" emergency funding bill in response to President Obama's $3.7 billion request (Snip) The Cornyn-Cuellar proposal would change the law so that Central American minors are treated the same as Mexican and Canadian minors are now

North Carolina mayor walks to
Washington to bring focus to
ObamaCare´s effect on rural hospitals
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/27/2014 4:39:34 PM     Post Reply
A North Carolina mayor on Sunday was just a few miles away from finishing his 273-mile walk to Washington to draw attention to the closing of his small town’s local hospital and the plights of other rural facilities caught in financial bind created largely by ObamaCare, a changing economy and less federal funding. “We’re almost there,” Belhaven Mayor Adam O’Neal, a Republican, said as he reached northern Virginia ahead of an approaching thunderstorm. “We’re going to make it.” The mayor and others argue that an increasing number of small, rural hospitals have been shuttered since ObamaCare was signed into law in

  


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Well Being: Melting that
old advice about ice
Philadelphia Inquirer, by Art Carey    Original Article
Posted By: Calvinesq- 7/27/2014 4:34:46 PM     Post Reply
For decades, the standard method for treating injuries was RICE - Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Everyone from Little League coaches to pro sports trainers knows icing is a sure way to reduce swelling, inflammation and pain, and speed healing. That has been the conventional wisdom. Now comes Gary Reinl, with 40 years of experience in sports, fitness, and rehab, with an iconoclastic message. In his self-published book ICED!, Reinl argues that icing is not only wrong - "an illusionary treatment" - but also counterproductive and harmful. "There´s not a shred of evidence that icing is helpful," Reinl said.

NSA losing interest in deal for Snowden
The Hill [DC], by Julian Hatten    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/27/2014 4:34:06 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration is increasingly less inclined to make a deal to allow Edward Snowden to come back to the United States, according to a top National Security Agency official. "As time goes on, the utility for us of having that conversation becomes less," NSA No. 2 Rick Ledgett said this weekend at Aspen Security Forum in Colorado, according to Politico. "It´s been over a year since he had access to our networks and our information so the need for us to understand that greater level of detail is lesser and lesser." The comment could point to increasing difficulty for Snowden and

NY lawmakers push
for airline safety devices
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/27/2014 4:34:00 PM     Post Reply
Albany, NY - Two U.S. legislators on Sunday urged the government to study whether American passenger jets should be equipped with devices protecting them against missiles like the one that brought down a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine and projectiles fired near Tel Aviv´s airport. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and Rep. Steve Israel are asking the Department of Homeland Security, Defense Department and Federal Aviation Administration to consider technologies that would shield commercial aircraft. A government study should include specific recommendations on the best technology needed to combat both shoulder-fired and

Unions weep: After becoming RTW
state, Michigan incomes rise
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/27/2014 4:30:41 PM     Post Reply
Hey, do you remember when Michigan shocked the nation and became a right to work state in 2012? That was supposed to usher in the end of the world, at least in the view of union leaders and their Democrat water carriers. As Thomas Lifson reminds us at The American Thinker, the predictions were nigh on to apocalyptic. “There will be blood, there will be repercussions,” State Democratic Rep. Douglas Geiss, speaking on the House floor on Tuesday, warned ahead of the votes. And of course, there were predictions of disaster for the “little guy” as ruthless bosses would exploit the defenseless

  


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How Nicky and Willy could
have prevented World War I
Washington Post, by Graham Allison    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/27/2014 4:29:10 PM     Post Reply
One hundred years ago this week, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany exchanged a series of telegrams to try to stop the rush to a war that neither of them wanted. They signed their notes “Nicky” and “Willy.” Cousins who vacationed together, hunted together and enjoyed dressing up in the uniforms of each other’s military officers when sailing on their yachts, these two great-great-grandsons of Paul I of Russia wrote to each other in English, affirming their mutual interests and outlining an agreement that would have resolved the crisis on terms acceptable to both rulers.

Barack Obama, Benjamin
Netanyahu talk again
Politico, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/27/2014 4:20:09 PM     Post Reply
Emphasizing the need for “an immediate, unconditional humanitarian ceasefire,” President Barack Obama talked by phone Sunday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the White House said. The discussion came on the same day that attempts at extending a 12-hour ceasefire in fighting between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip came undone, with both sides blaming the other. Secretary of State John Kerry has been pressing the two sides to halt the fighting that has claimed more than 1,100 lives, most of them Palestinian. (Snip) “We’ve accepted five ceasefires, acted upon them. Hamas has rejected every single one of them,”

Detroit not alone in shutting
off water for unpaid bills
Detroit Free Press [MI], by John Wisely    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/27/2014 4:13:15 PM     Post Reply
Detroit has drawn fire from all over the world for shutting off water to customers delinquent on their bills, but the city isn´t unique. Cities across the country do it also. In Michigan, Hamtramck, Warren, Pontiac, Eastpointe, Romulus and other cities have shut off delinquent customers as a way to improve collections. Elsewhere, so have other big cities such as Baltimore and St. Louis. (Snip) "If you never shut the water off for anybody, those people who continue to pay have to shoulder the entire cost of a system that is servicing a lot of customers that aren´t paying. That's not a sustainable business model."

How a ‘weird’ Chelsea Clinton is
getting in on the family business
New York Post, by Maureen Callahan    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/27/2014 3:46:54 PM     Post Reply
In 2012, four years after sort-of-stumping-but-not-really for her mother’s presidential campaign, Chelsea Clinton sat down for a lengthy, laudatory profile for Vogue. “Historically, I deliberately tried to lead a private life in the public eye,” she said. “And now I am trying to lead a purposefully public life.” Last April, Clinton told Fast Company magazine much the same thing. As she also did with NBC’s Brian Williams, who interviewed Clinton after she was hired by the network as a “special correspondent” — albeit one with no journalism experience. Her starting salary: $600,000 a year. “For most of my life I did deliberately

There’s no valid excuse
for Walsh’s plagiarism
Daily Inter Lake [Kalispell MT], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: davesenior- 7/27/2014 3:45:34 PM     Post Reply
Let’s put it in context: If John Walsh had plagiarized while working in the newsroom at the Daily Inter Lake, he would have been sent packing. That’s because credibility is the gold standard for a newspaper or any other news gathering organization. Plagiarism — taking credit for someone else’s words — is at its root another form of lying, and a newspaper has no credibility if it tolerates lying. Whether the same standard applies in the Senate is up for debate. A story in the New York Times last week demonstrated conclusively that Sen. Walsh had plagiarized large portions of his 2007 master’s thesis at the Army War College in

  



Rep.Mike Rogers: Gaza conflict
"intertwined" with Iran nuclear talks
CBS News, by Rebecca Kaplan    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/27/2014 3:23:23 PM     Post Reply
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., warned that the extension of nuclear talks with Iran, which freed up $2.8 billion in frozen oil export revenues for Tehran, means that more money will be funneled to militants in the Gaza strip even as the U.S. works to conclude a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. Rogers, in an interview on CBS´ "Face the Nation" Sunday, said Iranian funds help supply Hamas with weapons. "That´s what´s so frustrating with the administration," he said "All of this works together. You can´t just pick and choose one particular region; it has to work in concert. So when you free up $2.8 billion for

Romney would win popular vote in
rematch against Obama: CNN poll
Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/27/2014 3:13:37 PM     Post Reply
Former presidential nominee Mitt Romney would win the popular vote if a rematch of the 2012 election against President Obama were held today, a CNN/ORC poll has revealed. According to the poll, if the 2012 election were held again today, Romney would receive 53% of the popular vote, and Mr. Obama would receive 44%, CNN reported. Obama beat Romney 51%-47% in the actual election. The poll said, however, that the former Massachusetts governor would lose against Hillary Clinton by double digits in a hypothetical election. Mrs. Clinton would earn 55% of the vote, with Mr. Romney at 42%.

Egypt army destroys 13 more Gaza tunnels
Agence France Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/27/2014 3:10:47 PM     Post Reply
Cairo - Egypt´s army said Sunday it has destroyed 13 more tunnels connecting the Sinai Peninsula to the Gaza Strip, taking to 1,639 the overall number it has laid waste to. Cairo has poured troops into the peninsula to counter a rising insurgency since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last year, and its security operation involves the destruction of these tunnels. The Palestinian militant group Hamas, which is the main power in Gaza, reportedly uses the tunnels to smuggle arms, food and money into the blockaded coastal enclave. Israel has been waging a military offensive on Gaza since

America should help Israel destroy
Hamas´ terrorist tunnels, infrastructure
Washington Examiner, by Avi Dichter    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/27/2014 3:01:36 PM     Post Reply
Hamas has tried desperately to achieve a strategic win against Israel during the last two weeks, from firing 2,000 rockets on Israeli cities to embarking on suicidal tunnel infiltrations into Israeli territory. (snip) This week, however, the United States made two ill-informed decisions that strengthen Hamas, isolate Israel and point to a severe misreading of the Middle East geopolitical map: an FAA ban on flights to and from Israel, and pushing for a flawed ceasefire deal that would let Hamas retain part of its terror tunnel infrastructure. The U.S. government thankfully reversed the FAA ban, and now should let Israel destroy

US Weapons Resupply -
Also to be Grounded?
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/27/2014 2:54:51 PM     Post Reply
In the coming days, Israel will likely need a massive re-supply of military goods of all kinds. It is then when Obama’s real intentions will be exposed for Israel to see. President Obama is the master of Double-Speak, saying one thing and meaning the exact opposite. Remember how Obama promised, “You can keep your doctor if you like him,” and how it turns out that you can’t keep him because Obamacare won’t pay him? Given Obama’s track record of betrayal of Israel, his hollow recital of “Israel has the right to defend herself,” might actually have a doublespeak meaning as well - that "Israel has the right to defend herself", but without any

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