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Automation the Joker in the Deck
American Thinker, by Frank Burke    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 8/1/2014 11:12:59 AM     Post Reply
Because of the hostility toward (and ignorance about) business that permeates the Obama administration and the Far Left, they are overlooking an element that could have the effect of accelerating unemployment among low-skilled workers to exponential levels. That “joker in the deck” is automation. In their rush to increase the minimum wage and offer amnesty (or something like it) to an ever-increasing number of illegal immigrants, the administration and the Left are ignoring a reality that will compound the problems inherent in both goals. The recent increase in the federal minimum wage (and presumably the wage that federal contractors will be required

Activists say transgender woman
raped at Arizona immigrant center
Reuters, by David Schwartz    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/1/2014 11:08:23 AM     Post Reply
Rights activists called on Thursday for the immediate release of a transgender women allegedly raped by her cellmate at an Arizona immigrant detention center, accusing authorities of refusing to provide for her safety. The activists say immigration and detention center officials have shown they are incapable of protecting the 23-year-old woman following the alleged July 20 sexual assault at the Eloy Detention Center, southeast of Phoenix. The woman, Marichuy, whose legal name is Jesus Leal Gamino, has been detained for more than a year at the 1,437-detainee center, which is operated by Corrections Corporation of America under a contract with

In 5-2 ruling, Supreme Court
issues final word on Act 10
Wisconsin State Journal [Madison], by Ed Treleven    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/1/2014 11:04:15 AM     Post Reply
More than three years after its passage sparked massive protests that jammed the Capitol Square, the state Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of a divisive state law that sharply curtailed the collective bargaining rights of most public workers. In upholding Gov. Scott Walker’s signature piece of legislation, the court handed the governor a major victory three months before he seeks re-election. The decision also cast doubt on the validity of several union contracts negotiated after a lower court found the law unconstitutional. In its 5-2 decision, the court said public workers in Wisconsin do not have a constitutional right to
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Scare Tactics, Public Hysteria
Only Deepen Immigration Crisis
Fox News Latino, by Geraldo Rivera    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/1/2014 11:03:34 AM     Post Reply
Shame on Matt Drudge. The owner/operator of the world’s most influential news-aggregating website, The Drudge Report has torn a page from the William Randolph Hearst yellow journalism playbook to fan the flames of public hysteria about the surge of undocumented children immigrating to the United States. On Tuesday of this week, with explosive world crises involving Gaza and Ukraine dominating the news elsewhere, the first 15 stories on The Drudge Report and his banner headline all concerned that adolescent immigrant surge across our southern border. His millions of subscribers would be justified in thinking these undocumented immigrant children posed the greatest threat

Ebola Outbreak in West Africa:
Questions and Answers
Bloomberg News, by Makiko Kitamura    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 8/1/2014 11:02:44 AM     Post Reply
The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone is the worst ever, killing more than 700 people this year. Below are frequently asked questions about the disease. Q: How does an Ebola outbreak start and spread? A: The origin of the virus is unknown, but fruit bats are considered the most likely host, according to the World Health Organization. Ebola jumps to humans from infected animals including chimpanzees, gorillas and bats that live in the rainforest through contact with blood or other bodily fluids such as urine and saliva. Infection can also occur if broken skin or

O’Reilly: Why Can’t GOP Rise
Above ‘Hate’ to Get Things Done?
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/1/2014 10:59:00 AM     Post Reply
Bill O’Reilly obviously doesn’t care for how President Obama and the Democrats are running things, but tonight he also had some tough words for the GOP. He asked guest Kate Obenshain why the Republicans continue to remain in the muck with the left and try to “destroy one another” instead of getting things done. O’Reilly asked, “Shouldn’t they rise above it?” Obenshain argued that it’s Democrats doing all the nasty politicking and name-calling, as well as the ginning up of impeachment. O’Reilly, however, noted some conservatives are bringing it up and said there’s “plenty of hate on both sides.” Obenshain objected, “No,

Obama Lavishes Praise On Julian Castro
During Impromptu Housing Department Visit
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/1/2014 10:55:42 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – There were all the trappings of a campaign endorsement rally: the cheering crowds, the American flags, and the sitting president heaping praise on a fellow Democrat. All that was missing was the campaign. Three days after new Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro was sworn in, President Barack Obama paid a rare visit Thursday to the agency´s colossal concrete headquarters to welcome Castro aboard. In gushing terms, Obama lavished admiration on the fresh-faced former mayor who Democrats are already eyeing as a potential vice presidential candidate in 2016. "He´s young, he´s good-looking, he talks good. You can´t

  


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Conservatives Kill Amnesty Bill
FrontPage Mag, by Matthew Vadum    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 8/1/2014 10:52:34 AM     Post Reply
A conservative-led uprising among House Republicans scuttled Speaker John Boehner’s worse-than-useless border crisis and immigration legislation yesterday but party leaders vowed to try again today to pass the emergency funding bill. “The bill as it was had more loopholes than a knitted afghan,” Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said in a statement released exclusively to FrontPage late yesterday. Tonight, many members were able to come together and hammer out many of those problems so that we could live with the result. Whether the final product gets the needed 218 votes will depend on how the final product looks once it is typed and

´Monumental Liar´: Ex-CIA Officer
Disputes New Clinton Audio on Bin Laden
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/1/2014 10:42:12 AM     Post Reply
Michael Scheuer, former head of the CIA´s Usama Bin Laden unit, pushed back against Bill Clinton´s contention that he could have killed Usama bin Laden, but chose not to because of the risk to civilians. Clinton´s statement came on the day before the 9/11 attacks at an address to Australian business leaders and the audio was obtained by Sky News Australia. "I´m just saying, you know, if I were Usama bin Laden -- he´s a very smart guy, I´ve spent a lot of time thinking about him -- and I nearly got him once," Clinton said on the recording. "I nearly got him.

Israel-Gaza cease-fire
collapses within hours
Los Angeles Times, by Laura King, Batsheva Sobelman    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 8/1/2014 10:33:44 AM     Post Reply
A hard-won internationally brokered truce between Israel and Palestinian militants collapsed within hours Friday after the Israeli military said one of its soldiers was missing amid heavy fighting in the southern Gaza Strip and may have been captured by Hamas fighters. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stopped short of declaring the cease-fire dead, but accused Hamas of “flagrantly violating” what was to have been a three-day truce. Hamas in turn insisted it was Israel that had broken the cease-fire terms agreed to only hours earlier.(Snip) Israel announces that Hamas has thus ended the humanitarian cease-fire and prevented the residents of Gaza

Two more costly losses for public unions
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 8/1/2014 10:27:43 AM     Post Reply
Here´s a little good news story you won´t find in many places today. First, it doesn´t come out of Washington, D.C., which you already knew because it´s Good News. Second, it´s another victory in the little-noticed ongoing legal guerrilla war between conservatives and state government unions. Actually, two victories. It concerns workers who provide daycare services for low-income families across Illinois and receive state subsidies.

  


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Student drugged, robbed, beaten
after ´pink drink´ on Beale
WMC-TV [Memphis, TN], by Jason Miles    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/1/2014 10:09:25 AM     Post Reply
Memphis, TN - An Oklahoma college student was drugged, robbed, and beaten during a weekend trip to Memphis. It started with a "Mickey" on Beale Street and ended with the victim in jail. At times he says he felt like a zombie. WMC Action News 5 is keeping this 18-year-old´s identity concealed, for the purpose of this story his name is "Sam." Sam was in a hospital bed hours after a nightmarish chain of events last weekend that left his head bruised and bloodied, his feet bandaged. It all started innocently enough with a pink drink on Beale Street.

11,472,000 Americans Have Left
Workforce Since Obama Took Office
Cybercast News Service, by Ali Meyer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/1/2014 10:08:41 AM     Post Reply
11.4 million Americans age 16 and over have left the workforce since President Obama took office in January 2009, according to data released today from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In July 2014, there were 92,001,000 Americans, 16 and over, who were classified as “not in the labor force,” meaning they not only did not have a job, but they didn’t actively seek one in the last four weeks. This number has increased by 11,472,000 since January 2009, when the number of Americans not in the labor force was 80,529,000. The number of Americans not in the labor force

Obama warns GOP — I’m acting
alone on immigration
Washington Post, by Greg Sargent    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/1/2014 10:01:01 AM     Post Reply
So today House Republicans may take one more stab at trying to pass a bill to address the border crisis. But their bill has been jacked so far to the right that Dems won’t support it, and at any rate, last night Republicans blocked the Senate Dem border proposal. So Congress won’t address the crisis until September at the earliest. The question now is how far this goes in clearing space for Obama to act alone on immigration — not just on the border crisis, but on easing deportations. And the president is letting Republicans know that they should be

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

  


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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

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:

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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