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The Sharknado Deniers
American Spectator, by Daniel J. Flynn    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 8/1/2014 9:58:01 AM     Post Reply
Halfway through Sharknado 2: The Second One, I glimpsed a tiger shark—indigenous to tropical waters quite unlike those encroaching upon New York City—attacking pedestrians in Manhattan. This bit of artistic license almost completely ruined it for me. Had the filmmakers done their homework they would have discovered that tiger sharks rarely navigate the Atlantic north of the 30th parallel—let alone north of the 40th parallel. Such inattention to detail unfortunately sullies science fiction’s reputation as more fiction than science. The Poseidon Adventure and Towering Inferno mated. Their baby, Sharknado 2, was born Wednesday night on SyFy. It was worse than the

Feds raid S.C. home to seize Land
Rover in EPA emission-control crackdown
Washington Times (D.C), by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/1/2014 9:55:50 AM     Post Reply
When it comes to environmental regulation compliance, the Department of Homeland Security isn’t playing — as evidenced by a recent federal raid of a South Carolinian’s home to confiscate a Land Rover that violated EPA emission rules. Jennifer Brinkley said she saw a line of law enforcement vehicles approaching her home and wondered what was wrong, the local WBTV reported. Homeland Security agents then went to her 1985 Land Rover Defender and lifted the hood. “They popped up the hood and looked at the Vehicle Identification Number and compared it with a piece of paper and then took the car

Daniel Halper Explains How the
Clintons Are Like the Mafia
Washington Free Beacon [DC], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/1/2014 9:49:33 AM     Post Reply
Weekly Standard online editor Daniel Halper joined the cast of MSNBC’s Morning Joe to discuss his new book, Clinton, Inc., and why the Clintons are like the mafia. “There’s this notion that you’re once in and you’re never out. You’re sort of always a part of Clinton world even when you leave. But at the same time, the only people that are really there and really on top of it are the family. It’s the centrality of the family–Bill, Hillary, and now Chelsea–that makes the metaphor apt.” Host Joe Scarborough joked about his disappointment that, although he had invited liberal columnist

  


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Independent Panel Says Obama’s
Military Downsizing Is Dangerous,
Puts The US & Our Soldiers At Risk
Independent Journal Review, by Caroline Schaeffer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/1/2014 9:43:52 AM     Post Reply
In their effort to end two wars while also cutting the budget, the President and his Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel have begun the process of shrinking the military to pre-WWII levels. Cutting down the size of the military has resulted in thousands of soldiers getting separated from the military, including the infamous occurrence of commanders in Afghanistan learning that once their deployment is over, their service will “no longer be needed.” And now, an independent panel appointed by the Pentagon and approved by Congress has called the President’s action “a serious misstep” that will result in a military that is

If You Can´t be Rich,
Work for Them as a
Butler, Banker or Lawyer
NBC News, by Robert Frank    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 8/1/2014 9:37:40 AM     Post Reply
Tell that to the staff at Downton Abbey! As inequality grows, the wealthy account for a greater share of income and spending and that is a boost for companies and workers catering to the wealthy. Nathan Wilmers, a sociology Ph.D. candidate at Harvard, looked at how the growing impact of wealthy consumers is reshaping the economy and wages. Consumer spending by the top 5 percent of households has grown 5.2 percent a year since 1989, while spending by the bottom 95 percent has grown at 2.8 percent, Wilmers said. "The disproportionate growth of high-income consumers means that the U.S. economy

White House Condemns ´Barbaric´
Breach of Truce by Hamas
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Ari Soffer    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/1/2014 9:21:40 AM     Post Reply
The White House has condemned an attack by Hamas terrorists on IDF forces, in which two soldiers were killed and another feared abducted, as a "barbaric" violation of a humanitarian ceasefire which began just hours before. Second Lieutenant (Platoon Leader) Hadar Goldin, 23, from Kfar Saba went missing during a fierce firefight on the outskirts of Rafah in Gaza. Following the attack, Israel announced that the truce was over. "This is an outrageous action and we look to the rest of the world to join us in condemning it," White House Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken told MSNBC television.

Halbig Shows How Leftist
Wonks Just Aren’t Very
Good At Their Jobs
The Federalist, by Sean Davis    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 8/1/2014 9:13:51 AM     Post Reply
Another day, another liberal wonkblogger contradicting the government’s position in the Halbig case. First we had Jonathan Gruber demonstrating that the plaintiff’s case in Halbig was quite plausible. Then we had Jonathan Gruber demonstrating that the plaintiff’s case in Halbig was quite plausible…again. Then we had Greg Sargent unwittingly demonstrating that the plaintiff’s case in Halbig wasn’t only plausible, but quite likely. Today, thanks to Phil Kerpen of American Commitment, we have Jonathan Cohn, one of the Left’s foremost experts on Obamacare, contradicting himself and demonstrating that the plaintiff’s case in Halbig was plausible:

  


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Former CIA Officer Battles
‘Dummy,’ ‘Clown’ Geraldo over
New Clinton bin Laden Tapes
Mediaite, by Eddie Scarry    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/1/2014 9:12:57 AM     Post Reply
On Fox News Friday, Geraldo Rivera got into it with former CIA official Michael Scheuer over newly surfaced recordings of former president Bill Clinton, in which he claims the day before 9/11 that he could have killed Osama bin Laden. In the tapes, Clinton says the reason he didn’t go in for the kill is that he would have had to “destroy a little town called Kandahar in Afghanistan and kill 300 innocent women and children, and then I would have been no better than him (bin Laden).” Scheuer, identified as head of CIA’s bin Laden unit 1995-1999, disputed Clinton’s

ObamaCare Disaster
in California
Canada Free Press, by Arnold Ahlert    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 8/1/2014 9:11:50 AM     Post Reply
California’s experience with ObamaCare portends a dubious future for the nation. “The rate increase from 2013 to 2014, on average, was significantly higher than rate increases in the past,” said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones at a news conference Tuesday. Jones admitted that Californians endured premium rate increases ranging from 22 percent to 88 percent from last year to this year. “The rate increase from 2013 to 2014, on average, was significantly higher than rate increases in the past,” Jones added. Unsurprisingly, younger Californians bore the brunt. Jones cites one region of Los Angeles County, where people age 25 paid 52

Taxing Carbon in the Name
of Climate Change
Canada Free Press, by Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 8/1/2014 9:01:36 AM     Post Reply
The former Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin wrote in the Washington Post on July 27, 2014, “How ignoring climate change could sink the U.S. economy.” Not counting the non-enforced southern border and the hordes of new and lawless Democrat citizens who demand their fair share of the American dream now turned into a welfare nightmare, the national debt is most likely to sink the economy sooner than any other variable and that includes climate change that has been changing for millennia. Rubin asserts that, since the “scientific community is all but unanimous in its agreement that climate change is a serious threat,”

The Dambusters
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/1/2014 9:00:29 AM     Post Reply
The siege of Baghdad continues as ISIS gnaws at Baghdad’s links to its field armies. (Snip) The NYT sheds tears for the destruction of Iraq’s cultural artifacts. “It is not just religious monuments like the prophet Jonah’s tomb that have been destroyed, but also statues of Abu Tammam, a famous Arab poet, and Mullah Othman, a beloved 19th-century musician and poet.” In this orgy of destruction is the key question is who’s on first? Just what the Obama administration is trying to achieve is not clear. David Francis writes in CNBC that Iraq is now a proxy war between the

  


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Exposed: The Self-Inflicted Hamas ´Massacre´
Blamed By the Media on Israel
Breitbart London [UK], by James Delingpole    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/1/2014 8:56:46 AM     Post Reply
An enterprising blogger´s diligent spadework has revealed the truth behind an Israeli ´massacre´ that never was. (H/T Jonathan Foreman) According to the Hamas version of events--widely promulgated in the media by ITN, the Telegraph and the Belfast Telegraph--an Israeli airstrike on a crowded market place during a partial ceasefire in the Shijaiyah neighbourhood of Gaza City on July 30th, 2014 was responsible for the deaths of 17 people, including blue-helmeted photojournalist Rani Rayan. However as Thomas Wictor has incontrovertibly demonstrated using close analysis of film footage of the incident, the deaths were not caused by Israeli shrapnel but by secondary

Out of Many, Two? - Thread Closed
Wall Street Journal, by Peggy Noonan    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 8/1/2014 8:56:09 AM     Post Reply
I had a conversation this week with an acquaintance of considerable accomplishment in the political and financial worlds. The talk turned to how some prospective presidential candidates seem to be running to lead two different countries. Rick Perry, say, and Elizabeth Warren experience, see, reflect and approach two very different realities. The conversation then took a surprising turn. My acquaintance said it´s possible the U.S. in our lifetimes will simply break up, tear apart. This might not be so terrible, he said, it would probably work out fine. He spoke not with an air of alarm but philosophically

Female secret service agents hate
being assigned to Joe Biden
because of his love of
Skinny Dipping - and consider
him the second worst assignment…
after Hillary, claims book
Daily Mail [UK], by Paul Donnelley    Original Article
Posted By: ScarletPimpernel- 8/1/2014 8:54:20 AM     Post Reply
A new book claims that Vice-President Joe Biden upsets female Secret Service agents by swimming naked wherever he goes. The book The First Family Detail by best-selling author Robert Kessler purports to tell the behind the scenes secrets of the two most powerful offices in the world as seen by their protection details. Vice-President Biden, claims the book, ´Agents say that, whether at the vice president´s residence or at his home in Delaware, Biden has a habit of swimming in his pool nude,´ Mr Kessler writes. ´Female Secret Service agents find that offensive.´

Claim: Skinny-Dipping Biden
Offends Female Agents
Mediaite, by Eddie Scarry    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/1/2014 8:46:27 AM     Post Reply
This is straight out of The Onion. Except not. Author Robert Kessler claims in his new book The First Family Detail that Vice President Joe Biden enjoys a good swim, in the nude. The Daily News has details on the book, which publishes Aug. 5: “Agents say that, whether at the vice president’s residence or at his home in Delaware, Biden has a habit of swimming in his pool nude,” Kessler writes. “Female Secret Service agents find that offensive.” Kessler also cites a Secret Service agent as saying that being stuck on Biden’s detail is “considered the second worst assignment.” Covering former Secretary of State Hillary

  


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Jeff Sessions Takes Down GOP
Border Bill by Lobbying House
Breitbart Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 8/1/2014 8:43:30 AM     Post Reply
House Republican leaders are frustrated that they had to pull their $659 million border bill on Thursday, after Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) convinced enough Republicans to stand up for American workers and vote against a bill that did not explicitly prevent President Barack Obama from unilaterally granting work permits to millions of illegal immigrants. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), who will become the new House Majority Whip on Friday, saw this vote as his first test. Acccording to National Journal, "Scalise´s new whip team was privately blaming" Sessions´ opposition for "causing last-second problems leading up the planned vote."

Homeland Security Seizing Cars
That Violate EPA Standards
Cybercast News Service, by Eric Scheiner    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/1/2014 8:42:58 AM     Post Reply
Jennifer Brinkley of North Carolina says when saw a line of law enforcement vehicles coming up her driveway earlier this month she didn´t know what to think. "I haven´t done anything wrong." According to WBTV, the Homeland Security agents were not there to take her away, they were looking for illegally imported Land Rover Defenders. It was a task government officials were performing in several states in early July. Forums on defendersource.com contain posts from Defender owners claiming their vehicles were seized by the government. Why? All vehicles coming into the United States must meet U.S. safety and emissions standards. Many British manufactured

It´s the suite life for
our little friends from
South of the Border
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 8/1/2014 8:31:52 AM     Post Reply
Come to America for the safety, but stay for the amenities. That’s the message being sent to the children of Central America by the new detention center resident center just unveiled in Karnes City, Texas by ICE, which seems to be bursting with pride over the amenities being offered our guests. “I am pretty sure you will agree this is nothing like we have seen before,” said ICE field office director Enrique Lucero during Thursday’s media tour of the facility. He’s not kidding. A 29 acre facility has been remodeled at a cost the government refuses to divulge, and every aspect of

Changing Border Bill and Re-Voting Before
Saturday Would Violate Boehner´s Own Rule
Bretbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 8/1/2014 8:26:12 AM     Post Reply
If the House makes any changes whatsoever to the immigration bill that blew up and died before Speaker John Boehner tried to bring it back to life—and then votes on those changes on Thursday evening or on Friday—it would be a violation of Boehner’s own 72-hour rule. “I proposed a 72-hour minimum time for members to read bills,” Boehner said as House minority leader on May 14, 2009. “I think it’s important that members do have a chance.” "Americans not only expect lawmakers to know what they’re voting on, they deserve to know what’s in these bills as well,” Boehner added on

IDF soldier feared kidnapped
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Yaakov Lappin    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/1/2014 8:17:01 AM     Post Reply
A Hamas attack on IDF soldiers in southern Gaza, which occurred an hour and a half after the start of a humanitarian truce, ended with the suspected kidnapping of a soldier, the IDF said Friday. [Snip] Terrorists emerged from a tunnel shaft, and a suicide bomber detonated himself in the vicinity of soldiers. Heavy exchanges of fire ensued, before one of the IDF soldiers was kidnapped, a senior army source said. The IDF said the incident occurred at 9:30 a.m., but a spokesman for Hamas´s military wing claimed the terrorists came out of the tunnel and took part in the ensuing

  



Islamic militants seize Benghazi
as U.S. evacuates Libya
Washington Times, by Reda Fhelboom and Angela Waters    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 8/1/2014 8:12:56 AM     Post Reply
TRIPOLI, Libya — Fighting in Libya escalated Thursday as Islamic militias claimed to control the country’s second-largest city, Benghazi, while foreigners and U.N. workers continued their exodus in what increasingly is looking like a full-blown civil war. The Islamic hard-liners’ announcement in Benghazi marked a defeat for the forces of renegade Gen. Khalifa Hifter, who for months has pursued a self-declared campaign to stamp out armed militant groups. Once firmly in control of the eastern port city, Gen. Hifter’s troops now appear to hold only the airport on Benghazi’s outskirts.

House Committee Investigating FCC
Waiver to Obama Donor
Washington Free Beacon, by Elizabeth Harrington    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 8/1/2014 8:10:38 AM     Post Reply
A House committee will investigate the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to allow a waiver granting favorable status in wireless auctions to an Obama donor, the committee announced Thursday. Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Fred Upton (R., Mich.) sent a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler asking for information and documents relating to the designation of Grain Management, LLC as a “designated entity” last week. The status will allow the company to receive discounts designed for small businesses when bidding for wireless licenses. David Grain, a major bundler for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, owns the firm. “The Energy and

The controversial UN agency that
found rockets in its Gaza schools
Washington Post, by Terrence McCoy    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 8/1/2014 8:07:29 AM     Post Reply
Several days ago, a sandy-haired United Nations spokesman named Christopher Gunness had a moment when, as he explains it, “words cracked under the burden of meaning.” Clad in a tan blazer, he was just about to wrap up an interview with Al Jazeera from an office adorned with a United Nations flag. He felt emotion rising, but suppressed it. “The rights of Palestinians — even their children — are wholesale denied,” he told the news station. “And it’s appalling.” Then the interview, he thought, was over. Feeling unencumbered from the burdens of representing the U.N., he allowed his emotion to swell

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