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No, Israel Isn’t Losing
a War It’s Winning
Commentary, by John Podhoretz    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 7/28/2014 11:28:24 AM     Post Reply
One of the oddest tropes of the past week has been too-clever-by-half theorizing that Israel is losing its war against Hamas even if, from all accounts, it is winning the war against Hamas—by knocking out Hamas’s missiles from the air, destroying its tunnels on land, killing its terrorists, and going after its weapons depots. The only way it can be deemed to be losing is if you think the war is primarily a public-relations battle for the hearts and minds of people who already have a fixed opinion of who the good guys and bad guys are in this struggle.

Where Are The Guns The
U.S. Gave To Afghanistan?
BuzzFeed, by Aram Roston    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/28/2014 11:28:09 AM     Post Reply
The United States government has delivered almost three quarters of a million weapons to Afghanistan’s army and police since 2004 but can’t track where those arms went, according to a new report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, known as SIGAR. (Snip) Training and equipping the Afghan National Police and Afghan National Army has been central to President Obama’s Afghanistan policy. But arming the police and army has been plagued by a lack of accountability, the report says. The weapons distributed to Afghan forces include 465,000 small arms, the report says. But that number might not be accurate,

Ohio sheriff sends bill to
Mexico for cost of jailing illegals
Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/28/2014 11:17:55 AM     Post Reply
The sheriff of Butler County in Ohio said his community has become so overwhelmed with illegals that he sent a letter to Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto — billing him for the costs associated with jailing them. His letter and bill didn’t really get the intended response. “The [U.S.] federal government sends me a letter and said I violated a treaty of like, 1790,” Sheriff Richard Jones said, The Blaze reported. “I [had] sent him a bill for the prisoners that are in my jail. They came here illegally. I’ve not gotten any money from them, but I billed them so much. And I’ll tell you what I got in return: My life was threatened.”

  


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Perry Right In Warning Of
Border-Surge Crime
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 7/28/2014 11:12:31 AM     Post Reply
Immigration: Texas Gov. Rick Perry correctly warns that illegal immigrants are responsible for 3,000 murders and 8,000 sexual assaults in the past five years. And with the new border surge, there´s more trouble on the way. The Obama administration and its media enablers would have you believe the wave of illegal immigrants flooding the border is composed of nothing more than toddlers and their moms fleeing crime in Central America. As House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi put it, they´re "baby Jesus." But Baby Jesuses don´t go around raping and murdering, let alone overcrowding prisons, as Perry bluntly points out.

The Typical Household, Now
Worth a Third Less
New York Times, by Anna Bernasek    Original Article
Posted By: Ravenhaven- 7/28/2014 10:41:02 AM     Post Reply
Economic inequality in the United States has been receiving a lot of attention. But it’s not merely an issue of the rich getting richer. The typical American household has been getting poorer, too. The inflation-adjusted net worth for the typical household was $87,992 in 2003. Ten years later, it was only $56,335, or a 36 percent decline, according to a study financed by the Russell Sage Foundation. Those are the figures for a household at the median point in the wealth distribution — the level at which there are an equal number of households whose worth is higher and lower. But

The Road to Hell Obama is taking the
world down created by U.S. Catholic Bishops
- Thread Closed
Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 7/28/2014 10:18:54 AM     Post Reply
The Catholic Church—through the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration—both paved the road for Barack Hussein Obama’s ultimate takeover of Free West society and continues to actively enable the Fundamental Transformation of America by sinking the US in a tsunami of illegal aliens. In coming to Obama’s aid in erasing forever America’s borders, the bishops sold the USA out, including its Catholics, for the proverbial 30 pieces of silver. In biblical terms, Obama and the Catholic bishops—who both birthed his progress to the seat of power and back him on his Fundamental Transformation mission—are in in league with the devil.

Sarah Palin´s Low-Budget TV
Channel Is Pricier Than Netflix
Atlantic, by Conor Friedersdorf    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/28/2014 10:15:40 AM     Post Reply
Sarah Palin is returning to her roots in low-budget television—but this time, she´s on the web, the focus is American politics, and she owns the network. The Sarah Palin Channel launched Sunday, asking prospective viewers for $9.95 per month–96 cents more than Netflix–or $99.95 a year. (No word on whether subscribers get money back if Palin decides to stick with the project for only half of that term.) The cost is the same as GBTV, the web-TV channel run by Glenn Beck, a role model for wealthy media figures who hope to monetize the cult of personality they´ve built up

  


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The Danger of Too
Loose, Too Long
Wall Street Journal, by Richard W. Fisher    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 7/28/2014 9:45:21 AM     Post Reply
I have grown increasingly concerned about the risks posed by current monetary policy. First, we are experiencing financial excess that is of our own making. There is a lot of talk about "macroprudential supervision" as a way to prevent financial excess from creating financial instability. But macroprudential supervision is something of a Maginot Line: It can be circumvented. Relying upon it to prevent financial instability provides an artificial sense of confidence. Second, I believe we are at risk of doing what the Fed has too often done: overstaying our welcome by staying too loose, too long. We did a good job in

´We are looking at the
beginnings of a Holocaust´
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Sam Sokol    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/28/2014 9:45:04 AM     Post Reply
The situation facing European Jewry is “simply intolerable, unacceptable and inexcusable,” Israeli Jewish Congress president Vladimir Sloutsker told MKs and foreign diplomats at a special session of the Knesset Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Committee on Monday. [Snip] “Never before since the Holocaust, have we seen such a situation as today,” he said, referring to the continent-wide demonstrations by pro-Palestinian activists, a number of which have generated into violence and many of which have featured racist rhetoric. “We are potentially looking at the beginning of another Holocaust now. These events [violent demonstrations and expressions of anti-Semitism] will only grow in scale

Are Rising Health Care Costs
Creating a Retirement Crisis?
American Magazine, by Andrew G. Biggs    Original Article
Posted By: EagleBlurst- 7/28/2014 9:39:08 AM     Post Reply
It’s almost taken for granted that Americans are dramatically undersaving for retirement. Some headline-generating studies claim that half of Americans will fall short of what they need; others say it’s two-thirds or more. And, these studies claim, it gets even worse when we take rising health costs for retirees into account. Facing a seeming retirement crisis, progressives propose expensive expansions of Social Security, despite the program’s multi-trillion-dollar unfunded liabilities. In reality, though, the retirement crisis is overblown. And the claim that health costs mean we need to save dramatically more for retirement shows a misunderstanding of

Hamas spokesman: Israel has reached
only a fraction of our tunnels
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/28/2014 9:38:30 AM     Post Reply
Israel has reached "only a fraction" of Hamas´s tunnels, Mushir al-Masri , a spokesman for the organization stated in an interview translated by MEMRI and made public on Monday. Masri was referring to the network of tunnels which Hamas has dug under the Gaza-Israel border in order to infiltrate Jewish communities and perpetuate terrorist attacks. [Snip] He continued by saying, "The Zionist enemy declared its ground war to destroy the tunnels but [we], the thousands of mujahideen from the al-Kassam Brigades (Hamas military wing) who dug these tunnels with their fingernails say that the Zionist enemy has reached only a

  


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Poor families use ´supervouchers´
to rent in city´s priciest buildings
Crain´s Chicago Business, by Alby Gallun    Original Article
Posted By: brianod1- 7/28/2014 9:37:34 AM     Post Reply
The high-rise at 500 N. Lake Shore Drive is the second-most expensive in the city, with rents for a one-bedroom apartment approaching $3,000 a month, well beyond the reach of most Chicago residents. But that´s not too much for the Chicago Housing Authority, which has used federal tax dollars to pick up most of the tab for four lucky residents in the year-old building, with its sweeping views of Lake Michigan, a concierge and a dog-grooming center. The tenants moved in over the past two years as part of a push by the CHA to expand its housing voucher program

Dollar Tree buying Family
Dollar for $8.5 billion
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 7/28/2014 9:37:27 AM     Post Reply
New York - Dollar Tree is buying rival discount store Family Dollar in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $8.5 billion. Stockholders of Family Dollar Stores will receive $59.60 in cash and the equivalent of $14.90 in shares of Dollar Tree for each share they own. The companies put the value of the transaction at $74.50 per share, which is an approximately 23 percent premium to Family Dollar´s Friday closing price of $60.66. (Snip) Core customers for bargain stores and major retailers like Wal-Mart have been among the hardest hit by the recession and its aftermath because of job instability.

Stop Fem-Splaining: What
‘Women Against Feminism’ Gets Right
Time, by Cathy Young    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 7/28/2014 9:34:30 AM     Post Reply
The latest skirmish on the gender battlefield is “Women Against Feminism”: women and girls taking to the social media to declare that they don’t need or want feminism, usually via photos of themselves with handwritten placards. The feminist reaction has ranged from mockery to dismay to somewhat patronizing (or should that be “matronizing”?) lectures on why these dissidents are wrong. But, while the anti-feminist rebellion has its eye-rolling moments, it raises valid questions about the state of Western feminism in the 21st Century — questions that must be addressed if we are to continue making progress toward real gender equality.

ObamaCare´s Insider Testimony - Thread Closed
Wall Street Journal, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 7/28/2014 9:14:01 AM     Post Reply
As Jonathan Gruber will tell you, the MIT economist helped to write ObamaCare and remains one of its fiercest defenders. So it´s no surprise that on Friday the Web was full of chatter that Mr. Gruber had at least twice made public assertions that support the latest legal challenge to the health law. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week in Halbig v. Burwell that the plain language of ObamaCare says that subsidies for health insurance can only be delivered through state, not federal, exchanges. The Administration claims this ignores the clear intent of the law, but someone didn´t

  


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Glen Beck´s Kinder, Gentler
Exploitation of the Border Crisis
American Thinker, by John T. Bennett    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 7/28/2014 9:07:26 AM     Post Reply
Glen Beck’s “charity” charade is neither conservative nor, in my opinion, Christian. This nation’s charitable impulses have already been exploited beyond belief through decades’ worth of lax immigration enforcement. The most likely outcome of Beck’s “charity” act is that it will diminish the rule of law and undermine conservative goals. With his flippant gift-giving, Beck (and his colleagues like Dana Loesch) will make it harder for America to reduce illegal immigration, maintain our sovereignty, and restrain the welfare state. How could teddy bears and soccer balls have such an impact? The short answer is that giving door prizes to illegal aliens

Obama´s 2nd term travails:
A lame duck before his time?
USA Today, by Susan Page    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 7/28/2014 8:58:12 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The woes of a second term are nothing new, but for President Obama they seem to have started sooner and struck harder than for his predecessors. In his State of the Union address, delivered precisely six months ago Monday, Obama outlined a scaled-down agenda for his sixth year in office, acknowledging the difficulty of passing legislation in a gridlocked Congress and vowing to use "the pen and the phone" to get things done. Now even those circumscribed ambitions have been overshadowed by crises overseas that are demanding his attention and buffeting his presidency. "He´s a lame duck and it´s not

Nancy Pelosi on International Crises: "The
President´s Leadership Has Been Strong"
Real Clear Politics, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/28/2014 8:52:34 AM     Post Reply
REP. NANCY PELOSI: First of all let me disagree with the -- when we were growing up, you after me, but we were in a bipolar word, the Soviet Union and the United States. It´s a much more complicated situation now and the president´s leadership has been strong. And the issues you are dealing with this morning, the president was in the lead on supporting Iron Dome and asking for more resources now to help Israel defend itself, which it has as right to do. In the lead for asking for humanitarian assistance for the Palestinian people, $47 million to go

Fighting parasitic bureaucracies
and crony capitalism
Washington Examiner, by Michael Barone    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 7/28/2014 8:51:47 AM     Post Reply
“Pare down the parasitic fringe” of government. “Favor a gospel of work” instead of aristocratic entitlement. “Rationalize finance” and “reverse the Parkinson’s law of bureaucracy.” All that sounds like rhetoric from the Tea Party or reform conservatives who assail what they call crony capitalism. But it´s not a contemporary criticism. Those are phrases from a long essay, written more than half a century ago, by the British historian H. R. Trevor-Roper, entitled “The General Crisis of the Seventeenth Century.” In his plummy prose, Trevor-Roper sought to explain why revolutions or revolts of varying sorts broke out in the British Isles, France, Spain, Italy

North Korea threatens nuclear
strike on White House
Agence Press France, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/28/2014 8:29:56 AM     Post Reply
SEOUL: A top-ranking North Korean military official has threatened a nuclear strike on the White House and Pentagon after accusing Washington of raising military tensions on the Korean peninsula.(snip) "If the US imperialists threaten our sovereignty and survival... our troops will fire our nuclear-armed rockets at the White House and the Pentagon - the sources of all evil," Hwang said in his speech broadcast Monday on state television. It is not the first time that North Korea´s rhetoric has included threats of nuclear strikes on the continental United States and US bases in the Pacific. But most experts believe it is still a

  



Michelle Obama to Dems: Get
‘hungry’ for the midterm campaign
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Julian Hattem    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/28/2014 8:17:37 AM     Post Reply
First lady Michelle Obama is making a new push to increase voter turnout in November with a video that targets Democratic voters. In her most public pitch so far this political season, she tells Democrats to be “even more passionate and more hungry” than they were during races in 2012. “These elections will be even harder and even closer than those presidential elections,” she said in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee video, which debuted 100 days before the election. “We’re talking about races that are won and lost by just a few thousand votes or even a few hundred votes.” To spur the

US President Barack Obama
wishes Muslims on Eid
CNN - IBN (India), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/28/2014 8:12:42 AM     Post Reply
Washington: US President Barack Obama greeted the Muslim community across the world on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr stating that the festival celebrates the common values that unite humanity and reinforces the obligations that people of all faiths have to each other. (snip) In the US, he said, Eid also reminds them of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of the nation and strengthening the core of democracy. "That is why we stand with people of all faiths, here at home and around the world, to protect and advance their rights to prosper, and we welcome their

A Tunnel Too Far
American Thinker, by Joel Levine    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 7/28/2014 8:11:16 AM     Post Reply
War is either the arm of political strategy or an existential moment. (snip)The IDF is sent into battle with a reminder that it is sword of Israel. It is an agent less of the State than of the people. At some point, the harsh reality of its history is finally accepted. “Death to the Jews” fills the air in many capitals, East and West. Until this moment, this was taken as the background noise. But “Death to the Jews” is now its own reality. Israel is perilously close to the IDF code: Israel cannot afford to lose one war and

Gaza and America´s complicated
relationship with Israel
Telegraph [UK], by Tom Rogan    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/28/2014 8:05:36 AM     Post Reply
John Kerry didn’t have a good weekend. After days of hectic shuttle diplomacy, Hamas and Israel remain locked in conflict. Moreover, Israeli politicians have spent the weekend slamming Kerry for his ceasefire proposals. Israel’s anger at the American Secretary of State is significant. Cabinet officials have thrown scorn upon his very character: Kerry is “incapable of handling the most basic matters, was one remark.[Snip] Divided by ideology (liberal v conservative), personality (academic v Special Forces officer) and philosophy, Obama and Netanyahu are very different men. Combined with their disagreements on the issues, these two leaders neither like, nor trust each

The 7 Most Ridiculous Things Said on Meet
the Press’ Panel on Pot Legalization
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/28/2014 7:41:54 AM     Post Reply
Meet the Press convened a panel this morning to consider the New York Times’ notable editorial calling for the national legalization of marijuana. For reasons far passing understanding, MTP did not invite to that panel a single expert on the subject at hand. Instead the show gathered a gaggle of columnists whose previous ignorance about the subject has been well documented. All this thing needed was Maureen Dowd fear-and-loathering her recent Denver adventure to be perfect. Anyhoo, these are the people who influence drug policy in this country, and here are the seven most ridiculous things that came out of their

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