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Washington, D.C., ban on carrying guns in
public is shot down by federal judge
New York Daily News, by Bill Hutchinson    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/28/2014 7:39:32 AM     Post Reply
It´s OK to pack heat in the nation’s capital. In a stunning blow to gun laws in Washington, D.C., a federal judge has tossed a city ban on bearing arms in public. Frederick Scullin, normally a senior judge in Syracuse, ruled that the law prohibiting people from carrying guns outside the home for self-defense violated the Second Amendment. “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,” reads the judge’s 19-page opinion.

Aflame
The New Yorker, by David Remnick    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/28/2014 7:37:50 AM     Post Reply
Because memory, particularly historical memory, fails unfailingly, this summer feels like a uniquely horrific season of dissolution and blood. “You name it, the world is aflame,” Gary Samore, a former national-security aide in the Obama Administration, told Peter Baker, of the Times, the other day. “We always have a mix of complicated interests. That’s not unusual. What’s unusual is there’s this outbreak of violence and instability everywhere.” The supposed tranquillity of earlier seasons is almost always an artifact of distance. And yet Samore’s “everywhere” is forgivable hyperbole. In eastern Ukraine, where hundreds of corpses, and a dozen or so planes, lay

Watch live: Gaza city as
calls for ceasefire intensify
Telegraph [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/28/2014 7:11:50 AM     Post Reply
The UN Security Council agreed on a statement on Sunday urging Israel, Palestinians and Islamist Hamas militants to implement a humanitarian truce beyond the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr and engage in efforts to achieve a durable ceasefire. The council met as Muslims started celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. The pressure for a cease-fire followed new attacks launched by Israel and Hamas on Sunday despite going back and forth over proposals for another temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting. A 12-hour lull Saturday, agreed to by both sides following

  


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Liberal media panel blames Ted Cruz,
American people, for Harry Reid´s
do-nothing leadership
National Review Online, by Tim Cavanaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 7/28/2014 6:12:05 AM     Post Reply
Why has the Senate been unable to pass anything? According to an extraordinary panel of mainstream-media personalities, it’s the fault of Republicans, or of the American people. On a Sunday discussion on NBC’s Meet the Press, host David Gregory railed against the “Do-Nothing Congress” and played a brief clip of Texas Republican senator Ted Cruz pointing out that Senate majority leader Harry Reid, who controls the Senate agenda, is the logical person to hold accountable for stalled activities in the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body. Though the Cruz clip (which Meet the Press had been advertising for several days) came to

Jerry Jones destroyed
the Cowboys. Period
Star-Telegram [Ft. Worth, TX], by Randy Galloway    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/28/2014 6:08:04 AM     Post Reply
It appeared last week to be a case of reality hitting Jerry Jones right in the mouth. Forty-five minutes of Q&A with the media at the opening of Cowboys training camp in Oxnard, and not once did that mouth utter such words as “Super Bowl” or “Lombardi Trophy.” Some local longtime Jerry-watchers termed this as “progress,” meaning an admission his 2014 edition of the Cowboys is a tainted product, not worthy of even Jones’ normal opening of training camp ridiculous BS. As one of those longtime Jerry-watchers, I disagree about progress. Football reality has been sucker-punching Jerry for nearly two

At Malaysia Airlines Crash
Site, Parents Seek Answers
Wall Street Journal, by Margaret Coker & Paul Sonne    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/28/2014 5:54:50 AM     Post Reply
HRABOVE, Ukraine—Angela Rudhart-Dyczynski slipped off her shoes, covered her feet in white socks and crunched through a field tinged with the sick-sweet smell of death to reach a wing of downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. She and her husband arrived Saturday from Australia after an exhausting three-day journey that left her feet too swollen for shoes. They braved this war zone in search of a lost passenger: Fatima, their only child. "We´re standing here at the wing in the field," Jerzy Dyczynski, a cardiologist, said into his phone, as the wind blew. "This is where we thought she was sitting.

Bismarck on the Potomac
National Review Online, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/28/2014 5:49:55 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama, who in his political dotage is enthusiastically getting in touch with his inner Otto von Bismarck to such an extent that we half expect him to start sporting a walrus mustache and a pickelhaube, on Saturday treated the ailing republic to another lecture on the theme of “economic patriotism,” by which he means an arrangement under which companies adopt tax strategies that maximize the amount of money they send to President Obama and his colleagues to dispose of as they see fit. He demanded that companies “embrace an economic patriotism,” presumably one defined by Barack Obama, rather

  


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House GOP Leaders Prepare to
Swap Titles—and Office Space
National Journal, by Billy House    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/28/2014 5:47:58 AM     Post Reply
With no fanfare—well, maybe a little fanfare—House Republicans by the end of this week will officially have a brand new majority leader, a new majority whip, and just 12 scheduled legislative days remaining before it´s time to pick yet another new slate of leaders. This all happens, technically, after the stroke of midnight Thursday, commemorated in a notification by Republicans to the House clerk declaring that as of Aug. 1, Kevin McCarthy is the majority leader and Steve Scalise is the new majority whip. No parade. No ticker tape. Meanwhile, the current majority leader, Eric Cantor, doesn´t completely turn into a pumpkin. But

Times Report Casts Shame on
Obama´s Handling of Ukraine Crisis
Forbes, by Paul Roderick Gregory    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/28/2014 5:41:27 AM     Post Reply
To the surprise of many, but not to those who understand him, Vladimir Putin has upped his aggression against Ukraine in the wake of the shooting down of MH17 by his separatist allies. (For a definitive account of separatist guilt, see AP What Happened: The Day Flight 17 Was Downed.) The Russian military is now routinely shelling Ukrainian positions from across the border, hoping to elicit a response so they can claim a Ukrainian attack. Russia’s drones are targeting troop positions. Even more sophisticated missiles are flooding across the border, ignoring the lesson of the Malaysian jet tragedy. Russian MIGs

Seriously? Obama asks Congress
to repeal 2002 War in Iraq
Washington Examiner [DC], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/28/2014 5:25:36 AM     Post Reply
It took Jimmy Carter the first six months of his tenure in the Oval Office to learn that a president´s time is precious and must be focused on the most urgent priorities facing the nation at any given moment. It was at that point that Carter stopped doing absurd tasks like reviewing scheduling requests from his staff to use the White House tennis court. Carter never completely overcame his obsession with paying attention to details better left to aides, however, and this flaw was a major factor in producing his monumentally failed presidency. Thirty-seven years and five presidents later, Americans

Keep China Off Our Carriers
American Spectator, by Gerald D. Skoning    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/28/2014 5:19:15 AM     Post Reply
Describing his approach to dealings with the Soviet Union near the end of the Cold War, President Reagan famously warned, “Trust, but verify.” A version of that wise caution should be used in dealing with the increasing efforts by the Chinese Navy to cultivate more cooperative military relationships, particularly in seeking greater access to U.S. aircraft carriers: “Cooperate, but very cautiously!” China’s navy chief, Adm. Wu Shengli recently urged his counterpart U.S. Admiral Jonathon W. Greenert to bring the USS George Washington, an aircraft carrier based in Japan, to a mainland Chinese port and allow the crew of the newly commissioned Chinese

  


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18 of the Most Cringe-Worthy Phrases
Ever Spoken By a Politician
Independent Journal Review, by Reid    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/28/2014 5:14:36 AM     Post Reply
When we think of politicians, we tend to think (or at least hope) that they are somewhat intelligent people. However, sometimes even the most intelligent people have some not-so-intelligent moments. Here are 18 of them: 1.) “If a president of the United States ever lied to the American people he should resign.” – President Bill Clinton (D). 2.) “The Gulf War was like teenage sex. We got in too soon and out too soon.” - Senator Tom Harkin (D). 3.) “I don’t understand how they can call me anti-Latino when I’ve made four movies in Mexico.” – former California Gov.

Finding our fathers
New York Daily News, by Ron Howell    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/28/2014 5:08:34 AM     Post Reply
For millions of black Americans, Barack Obama´s legacy is not going to be Obamacare, nor his decision to move troops out of Iraq, nor what he does about immigration. No, it will be the image of him as a black father - of him, for example, standing at the White House and declaring, after the 2012 racially charged killing of black teenager Trayvon Martin, "this could have been my son." For all the accusations that Obama waffles and wavers when it comes to controversial issues affecting African Americans, there is a widespread perception of him as the model of black fatherhood. It

Obama, staffers not even
pretending any more
Washington Times, by Joseph Curl    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/28/2014 5:05:56 AM     Post Reply
“How did you go bankrupt?”“Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.” — Ernest Hemingway, “The Sun Also Rises” –––––––-President Obama and his sycophantic minions don’t even bother any more to come up with plausible answers to queries from the suddenly awakened media. Instead, they just repeat past talking points — aware that they’ve been repeatedly proven false, but not caring a bit. In short, their lies don’t make sense anymore, and they’re not even trying to be convincing. Like last week, when the president was out west on yet another fundraising trip (judging from his thin schedule, you’d think Iraq and Libya

Iraq’s abandoned Christians
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/28/2014 5:02:57 AM     Post Reply
Does innocent human life matter in the Middle East if it is Christian? We ask because while Israel’s efforts to defend itself against terrorism from Hamas have provoked worldwide condemnation and demonstrations, the ethnic cleansing of a Christian community that has been in Iraq for more than 1,600 years continues with only a whimper of protest. The developments are the latest chapter in a larger story that includes the burning of Coptic churches in Egypt, the jailing of a pastor in Iran and the exodus of Palestinian Christians in the face of growing Muslim intolerance. Now the Islamic State of Iraq has declared

  


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Marijuana Legalization Would
Be ´a Health Catastrophe´
- Thread Closed
Weekly Standard, by William Kristol    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/28/2014 4:58:57 AM     Post Reply
A leading drug policy researcher, David Murray, has a must-read piece up at the Hudson Institute website, "Comparing Marijuana and Alcohol: Seriously." Murray´s article is a devastating deconstruction of claims that marijuana is relatively safe, or at least safer than alcohol. And, as he points out, it thereby undermines much of the basis of the New York Times´s blithely irresponsible editorial endorsement of marijuana legalization. Read Murray´s whole piece. Here are highlights: It’s a remarkable weekend when one finds the Grey Lady arguing for state’s rights, and worrying huffily about arbitrary Presidential powers. But when it comes to smoking dope, the mind

Abbas fumes at Kerry over
alternative ceasefire bid
Times of Israel, by Elhanon Miller    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/28/2014 4:53:58 AM     Post Reply
The Palestinian Authority is fuming at US Secretary of State John Kerry, accusing him of trying to undermine the Egyptian ceasefire initiative endorsed by Israel and the PA last week and rejected by Hamas, an Arab daily reported on Sunday. Palestinian sources told the London-based A-Sharq Al-Awsat that Kerry had initially agreed to an Egyptian proposal for an immediate ceasefire followed by five days of negotiations between Israel and the PA, with American assurances to address some of Hamas’s demands. But on Friday evening Kerry produced a new plan based on consultations with Qatar and Turkey and conducted between “the

The militarization of America’s police
The Week, by Frances Weaver    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/28/2014 4:50:36 AM     Post Reply
How heavily armed are the police? Many small-town police departments now boast the same weaponry once wielded by U.S. military units in Afghanistan — including tanks with 360-degree rotating turrets, battering rams, and automatic weapons. Those weapons are today deployed against Americans suspected of crimes in their own homes. Every day, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams connected to local police conduct 124 paramilitary-style raids in the U.S., according to a new report by the American Civil Liberties Union. One of them recently drew national attention when a SWAT team in Atlanta burst into a private home and threw a live

Republicans’ Senate Chances Rise
Slightly to 60 Percent, Data Show
New York Times, by Amanda Cox & Josh Katz    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/28/2014 4:48:10 AM     Post Reply
For the last month, we’ve been adding one or two polls a day to The Upshot’s Senate forecasting model. Today, we update all 36 races, based on estimates from a YouGov online panel that covers every congressional and governor’s race across the country. The panel, asked for its preferences in collaboration with CBS and The New York Times, is unusual in its scope: It comprises more than 66,000 people living in states with a Senate race this year. YouGov, a polling firm, also conducted online interviews with roughly half of the panelists in previous years, allowing it to know how they

Israel’s Most Dangerous Enemy
PJ Media, by Roger L. Simon    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/28/2014 4:45:57 AM     Post Reply
Barack Obama is apparently very angry with Bibi Netanyahu. We have known for some time, via hot mike and other methods, that neither he nor his secretary of State much care for the Israeli prime minister. But — perhaps exacerbated by a multiplicity of foreign and domestic policy failures, plus atrocious poll numbers, one this weekend showing Romney beating him handily were the election held today — Obama seemed more irked than usual. He needed someone to beat up since the world was beating him up. And the Israelis had just hugely embarrassed his secretary of State (and by extension him) by

  



The mighty combustion of small events,
and other lessons from the First World War
National Post [Canada], by Rex Murphy    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/28/2014 4:43:59 AM     Post Reply
History, said T.S. Eliot, has many “cunning passages, contrived corridors and issues.” He continues rather bleakly that what history might or could teach us emerges with “subtle confusions” offered only when our “attention is distracted.” Eliot’s is a necessary caution against seeking specific lessons from history; despite the maxim, it never “repeats itself.” Rather it is like the ancient oracles, speaking always in riddles, hiding its truths in ambiguities and perplexity. The only lessons we may draw are general ones. It will never speak to a single or particular event, but it has its maxims and morals which we cannot

NY boy has Bar Mitzvah in Polish
town his grandfather once fled
Fox News, by Donald Snyder    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/28/2014 4:38:24 AM     Post Reply
ZAMOSC, Poland – There hadn’t been a Jewish service in the Zamosc Synagogue since before the Holocaust, until earlier this month when a 13-year-old New York boy came to the city his grandfather fled in 1935 to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah - and honor the struggle of his family. “My grandfather, Abram Szlak, who was born in this town, would have become a Bar Mitzvah in this very synagogue if not for World War II,” said Jacob Wisnik, a youth with a ready smile who writes guitar music and poetry. Jacob’s maternal grandfather, born in 1935, escaped the Nazis as a small

Texan Bipartisan Pair: American
Public Wants an ‘Orderly Border’
ABC News, by Alisa Wierserma    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/28/2014 4:33:57 AM     Post Reply
With just five days until Congress adjourns for summer recess, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, are attempting a bipartisan, last-ditch effort to address the border crisis in their home state – but there are few signs of support in Congress. “The American public wants us to have an orderly border,” Cuellar told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl on “This Week” Sunday. “They’re seeing chaos at the border.” The Cornyn-Cuellar bill aims to change the existing 2008 law that differentiates between the process undocumented children coming from Central America and those coming from Mexico go through if they are returned

One Dead, 13 Injured in Rare
Southern California Lightning Storm
ABC News, by Dean Schabner    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/28/2014 4:30:41 AM     Post Reply
A rare lightning storm struck packed Venice Beach, Calif., Sunday, killing a 20-year-old man and injuring up to 12 others, one critically, after the same storm had struck a person on Catalina Island. Firefighters said a bolt of lightning hit the water and the electrical current then traveled, hitting swimmers and surfers. "The fire department assessed a total of 13 patients, and transported a total of eight patients," Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Katherine Main said. Five others were injured, but did not require hospitalization, she said. She said it appears to have been just one powerful lightning strike that hit the shoreline. "Everyone

UN Security Council Calls
for Gaza Cease-Fire
Associated Press, by Edith M. Lederer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/28/2014 3:44:58 AM     Post Reply
The U.N. Security Council called for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas at an emergency meeting just after midnight (0400 GMT) Monday morning. The council met as Muslims started celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. The pressure for a cease-fire followed new attacks launched by Israel and Hamas on Sunday despite back-and-forth over proposals for another temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting. A 12-hour lull Saturday, agreed to by both sides following intense U.S. and United Nations mediation efforts, could not be

Drone schools spring up in the US
Wall Street Journal, by Jack Nicas    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/28/2014 1:33:39 AM     Post Reply
Capitalizing on an anticipated boom in the unmanned-aircraft industry, several US universities and colleges are launching training programs for future drone pilots. The problem: the US Federal Aviation Administration says its rules barring commercial use of drones apply to teaching programs as well, effectively prohibiting students from hands-on instruction. So the schools are teaching tomorrow’s drone pilots with simulators, textbooks and more novel workarounds. (Snip) “We don’t have to do much recruiting. They come to us,” said Dan Macchiarella, Embry-Riddle’s chairman of aeronautical science.

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