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The absence of moral courage
Washington Times, by Wayne Dupree    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/4/2014 2:07:39 PM     Post Reply
Moral courage is the ability to act rightly, in accordance with our values, in spite of popular opposition, threats of shame and scandal, or discouragement from expected backlash. As Abraham Lincoln once said, “Be with a leader when he is right, stay with him when he is still right, but, leave him when he is wrong.” For the most part, America has been silent on calling out Barack Obama, or even their own representatives, for gross ineptness and an unwillingness to follow the will of the American people. In Washington, D.C., our so-called leaders have arrogantly decided it’s their way, and their way only, occasionally telling us their actions are in

During Israel´s unilateral cease-fire,
dozens of rockets fired from Gaza
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/4/2014 2:03:06 PM     Post Reply
Israel said the IDF will hold fire in most of the Gaza Strip for seven hours in order to allow the entry of humanitarian aid into the Strip and displaced Palestinians to return to their homes, starting at 10:00 a.m. on Monday. During the cease-fire dozens of rockets were fired from Gaza on Israel, the IDF confirmed. Seventeen projectiles landed in Israeli territory or near IDF soldiers operating in Gaza, one rocket was intercepted by the Iron Dome rocket defense system, and eight rockets landed in other areas of Gaza. There were no injuries or damage caused in the rocket

Michelle Obama isn’t banning
bake sales, birthday cake
Washington Post, by Gail Sullivan    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/4/2014 1:59:27 PM     Post Reply
“Put Down the Cupcake: New Ban Hits School Bake Sales” a Wall Street Journal headline warned. The Daily Caller blamed the first lady: “Michelle Obama’s Meddling In School Lunches Now Causes BAKE SALE BANS.” But no, the government isn’t waging a war on brownies. School bake sales haven’t been banned as some recent headlines have suggested. Nor does little Johnny have to bring carrot sticks instead of cupcakes to share with classmates on his birthday. New rules requiring healthier foods in public schools took effect July 1 as a result of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act passed in 2010.

  


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Mayor Collins: ´Our water is safe´
Blade [Toledo, OH], by Nolan Rosenkrans    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/4/2014 1:37:17 PM     Post Reply
The ban of drinking water in northwest Ohio was lifted early today, after tests of Toledo water showed safe levels of the toxin microcystin. Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins announced at a 9:30 a.m. news conference that all tests in the city showed non-detectable levels of the toxin, meaning that a ban of consumption of the water that had been in place since early Saturday morning was lifted. “Our water is safe,” he said. To demonstrate his confidence, Mr. Collins finished the news conference by drinking a cup of Toledo water. “Here's to you Toledo, you did a great job," he said. City leaders said the cost of dealing with the crisis was high,

Police: Illegal immigrant
involved in fiery crash
Cincinnati Enquirer, by Ally Marotti    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 8/4/2014 1:34:38 PM     Post Reply
Police say several people fled from the scene of a crash in Deer Park that ended with a ruptured fuel system and damaging fire. A 2005 Chrysler side-swiped two parked cars in the 4200 block of Hegner Avenue at about 2:30 a.m., according to a news release from Deer Park police. It then rear-ended and forced a parked Ford Taurus into a parked van, which ended up pushed into a yard. The fuel system in one of the vehicles ruptured, causing it to ignite. The fire damaged three vehicles involved, according to the release. The driver and as many as two other people

2 dead, 6 hurt in shootings
on South, West sides
Chicago Tribune, by Rosemary Regina Sobol*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/4/2014 1:34:02 PM     Post Reply
A 17-year-old boy was one of two people killed in six shootings late Sunday and early Monday morning on the South and West sides. The boy, later identified as Jerome N. Harris, was shot about 9 p.m. Sunday in the 1100 block of West 112th Place in the Morgan Park neighborhood on the Far South Side, authorities said. He was taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Thomas Sweeney said. Harris, who lived in the 11000 block of South State Street, was pronounced dead at the hospital at 9:57

Can ants save Earth from global warming?
Press Trust of India [New Delhi], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/4/2014 1:25:12 PM     Post Reply
New York - Ants may be cooling the Earth by helping trap carbon dioxide from the environment, a new study has claimed. A long-term experiment tracking the ants´ effects on soil suggests they cooled Earth´s climate as their numbers grew. "Ants are changing the environment," said lead study author Ronald Dorn, from the Arizona State University in Tempe. Certain ant species "weather" minerals in order to secrete calcium carbonate — better known as limestone. The process traps and removes a tiny bit of carbon dioxide gas from the atmosphere, Dorn said. This ant limestone factory is a small-scale version of the massive

  


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A Not-So-Good Man in Africa
Politico, by Joshua Hammer    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 8/4/2014 1:22:01 PM     Post Reply
At the Barack Obama Secondary School in Nyang’oma Kogelo, in the highlands of western Kenya, teacher Maurice Okech Othiambo remembered the excitement that swept the village when Obama was elected president. Obama had visited his ancestral home in Kenya in 2006 as a U.S. senator, and received a rapturous welcome. In July 2009, locals watched enthusiastically as he laid out his grand vision for a reinvigorated relationship between the United States and Africa. Standing before parliament in Accra, Ghana, on one of his first trips abroad as president, Obama proclaimed “a new moment of promise,” and declared the continent to

State Rep. Ford pleads guilty to
misdemeanor in bank fraud case
Chicago Tribune, by Jason Meisner    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/4/2014 1:21:05 PM     Post Reply
State Rep. LaShawn Ford pleaded guilty today to a single misdemeanor tax count after federal prosecutors agreed to drop 17 felony counts that he committed bank fraud and made false statements. Ford’s lawyer, Thomas Anthony Durkin, praised the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the courage to drop the most serious charges against the four-term West Side legislator. Ford appeared to have tears in his eyes after the court hearing. (Snip) By pleading guilty to only a misdemeanor, Ford will be able to hold onto his seat, Durkin said. Under federal sentencing guidelines, he could be sentenced to up to 6 months

Democratic activists were behind
controversial Klan ads in Mississippi
Washington Examiner, by David M. Drucker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/4/2014 1:14:59 PM     Post Reply
A Democratic activist has claimed responsibility for controversial radio ads that attempted to tie Mississippi Senate candidate Chris McDaniel to the Ku Klux Klan. Ruth Harris, 65, of Jackson, Miss., said she and five other like-minded Democratic women pooled their resources to fund three radio spots urging voters to support Sen. Thad Cochran over McDaniel, a state senator, in Mississippi’s contentious June 24 GOP primary runoff. Harris’ claim counters charges leveled by the McDaniel campaign that the Republican Establishment and GOP operative Henry Barbour were responsible for the ads. In a telephone interview with the Washington Examiner on Monday morning, Harris said

Unaccompanied Minors Released on
Lavish Vacation Spot, Virgin Islands
Breitbart Texas, by Kristin Tate    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/4/2014 1:13:41 PM     Post Reply
HOUSTON, Texas -- Several unaccompanied minors who entered the U.S. illegally have been relocated to and released where many U.S. citizens cannot afford to bring their own families on vacation: the Virgin Islands. Subsequent to being caught illegally crossing the Texas-Mexico border, more than 30,000 unaccompanied minors have been released by federal agents in states across the U.S. While the majority of the minors have been set free in large states like Texas, Virginia, and California, a Health and Human Services (HHS) document shows that four were set free in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The picturesque Virgin Islands, located in the

  


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US sent Latin youth
undercover in anti-Cuba ploy
Associated Press, by Desmond Butler & Jack Gillum *    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/4/2014 1:13:08 PM     Post Reply
Washington - Fernando Murillo was typical of the young Latin Americans deployed to Cuba by a U.S. agency to work undercover. He had little training in the dangers of clandestine operations — or how to evade one of the world´s most sophisticated counter-intelligence services. Their assignment was to recruit young Cubans to anti-government activism, which they did under the guise of civic programs, including an HIV prevention workshop. Murillo was instructed to check in every 48 hours and was provided with a set of security codes. "I have a headache," for instance, meant the Costa Rican thought the Cubans were

Walsh should drop
out of Senate race
Missoulian [Missoula, MT], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/4/2014 1:11:06 PM     Post Reply
Plagiarism is a big deal. It is an act of deception that has serious consequences - not the least of these being a loss of trust. U.S. Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., says he did not intentionally plagiarize the research paper he submitted to Army War College in 2007. The paper, which is a requirement for a master’s degree, was thoroughly analyzed by the New York Times and posted online as well for readers to draw their own conclusions. The Times’s analysis - and conclusion - pointed out that Walsh’s paper did not just incorrectly attribute a few statements. It lifted entire passages

Alabama burglar breaks into Vietnam vet´s
home, smokes his dead wife´s ashes
New York Daily News, by Lee Moran    Original Article
Posted By: JoElla Bee- 8/4/2014 12:54:46 PM     Post Reply
A bungling Alabama burglar broke into a Vietnam War vet´s home and smoked his dead wife´s ashes - because he thought they were drugs. The still-at-large bandit reportedly tried to blaze up the remains of Phillip McMullen´s spouse Christine after finding them in a plastic box. But, after not liking the taste, he threw them up under a tool box. McMullen - who was staying with friends out of town when his Citronelle home was broken into - also had fishing rods, a knife and a chainsaw stolen in the raid. And the former soldier said it had made him

Neighbors feared 12-year-old
murder suspect
WJXT-TV [Jacksonville, FL], by Hailey Winslow    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/4/2014 12:47:59 PM     Post Reply
Jacksonville, Fla. - Residents at a Westside apartment complex where a 12-year-old murder suspect used to live said they were terrified of him. Sharron Townsend was arrested Thursday on a murder charge after police said he randomly shot and killed a 54-year-old homeless man in June. Townsend used to live in an apartment off Indian Lakes Court. "No good. I don´t have anything good to say about him," said one woman who didn´t want to be identified. Neighbors said Townsend was always in trouble, starting fights and even begging on the corner, pretending to be homeless.

  


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13-year-old arrested in
Cape Coral stabbing death
News-Press [Fort Myers, FL], by Michael Braun and Kinfay Moroti    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/4/2014 12:47:48 PM     Post Reply
Nearly a quarter-mile off the road, Thomas J. Bergstrom, 51, built a 20-foot-by-20-foot compound of pallets and bright blue tarps. A transient, that´s where he hooked up a TV and watched it from his scruffy recliner near 100 NE Pine Island Road. Anthony Cashdollar found him Saturday morning, stretched out on the ground, blood congealing on his arm and mouth, just feet from the recliner. "I was so shocked, I just sat my hand on his back," Cashdollar, 18, said Sunday night, adding that he called "Tommy, Tommy, Tommy. ... Then it hit me that Tommy was dead."

The Obscure Drug With
a Growing Medicare Tab
New York Times, by Charles Ornstein    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/4/2014 12:44:02 PM     Post Reply
An obscure injectable medication made from pigs’ pituitary glands has surged up the list of drugs that cost Medicare the most money, taking a growing bite out of the program’s resources. (Snip But Medicare has imposed no limits, leaving such decisions to the private insurers paid to administer its drug program on the government’s behalf. Medicare accounted for around a quarter of Questcor Pharmaceuticals’s sales of Acthar in 2012 — and that proportion is growing. Medicare cannot bar access to medications like Acthar, even in the face of rising expense and questions about efficacy, Aaron Albright, a spokesman for the

Winston Churchill´s Brilliant Plan
that Almost Prevented
the First World War
American Thinker, by Jeff Lipkes    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 8/4/2014 12:24:28 PM     Post Reply
On Wednesday, July 29, 1914, the British Cabinet met to discuss the European crisis. Time was running out: Austria-Hungary had just declared war on Serbia, and that afternoon would shell Belgrade. In just two days, Russia and then Germany would mobilize, and the diplomats and politicians would be sidelined. (snip)In his midnight letter to his wife on July 28th, Churchill, after expressing his sense of guilt over his excitement about the looming war, continued in another vein. “Yet I would do my best for peace,” he wrote. …and nothing would induce me wrongfully to strike the blow… I wonder whether those

Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent
Shot and Killed
KRGV (Rio Grande Valley TX), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/4/2014 12:12:32 PM     Post Reply
(Video) WILLACY COUNTY - An off-duty Border Patrol agent was shot and killed while fishing with his family. Two suspects are in custody. Border Patrol spokesman Omar Zamora told CHANNEL 5 NEWS the agent was shot in the chest Sunday night after an attempted robbery. According to Zamora, the gunmen saw the agent had a gun in his holster and opened fire. Willacy County Sheriff Larry Spence said another person was also injured in the shooting. That person was identified as one of the Border Patrol agent´s relatives. Both victims were driven to the hospital in personal vehicles. Border Patrol

In Blow to Obama, Court Orders
Release of Fast and Furious Info
New American, by Alex Newman    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 8/4/2014 11:49:29 AM     Post Reply
In response to a lawsuit filed by government watchdog Judicial Watch, a federal court rejected legal arguments by the Obama administration and ordered the Justice Department to release certain information about “Fast and Furious” documents it is withholding from Congress and the public. Analysts and lawmakers have long argued that Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, the latter of whom is still in criminal contempt of Congress, are trying to cover-up details in the deadly “Fast and Furious” scandal, which saw the Obama administration put thousands of weapons into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. The latest order could finally

  



Airstrike kills militant leader in Gaza;
two attacks in Jerusalem target Israelis
Washington Post, by Sudarsan Raghavan*    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 8/4/2014 11:47:52 AM     Post Reply
GAZA CITY – An Israeli airstrike killed a militant leader in the Gaza Strip on Monday just before Israel began a unilateral seven-hour cease-fire for large parts of the devastated Palestinian enclave, and two attacks on Israelis in Jerusalem killed one person and injured four others, including a soldier. Palestinians accused Israel of breaking its own truce by bombarding a refu­gee camp in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, wounding at least 15 people. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said an Arab man from East Jerusalem used a backhoe to kill an Israeli pedestrian Monday afternoon, then rammed into

Barack Obama to reporters:
´I´ll take a question´
Politico, by Edward-Isaac Dovere *    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/4/2014 11:35:55 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama had just done the unthinkable. He took questions last week from the White House press corps — not just once, but twice. He didn’t call only on the reporters who were selected ahead of time by his senior aides. He even stuck around longer than he wanted at a briefing Friday to appease the room of shouting correspondents. “Hold on, guys. Come on. You’re not that pent up,” Obama joked. “I’ve been giving you questions lately.” This never used to happen in the Obama White House, a place so obsessed with message control that the president could go

Hurricane Bertha Unlikely to
Make Landfall in US
Associated Press, by Vivian Tyson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/4/2014 11:28:06 AM     Post Reply
PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands - A newly formed Hurricane Bertha swirled northward across open sea Monday after brushing the Turks & Caicos Islands and Bahamas as a tropical storm, while forecasters predicted the storm wasn´t likely to make landfall on the U.S. East Coast. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the second hurricane of the Atlantic season also was likely to miss Bermuda while beginning to curve north-northeastward. The current forecast map predicts that the center of the storm will stay offshore as it passes wide of the U.S. East Coast, though it´s hard to precisely gauge

Unconditional Surrender
Washington Free Beacon, by Alana Goodman    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/4/2014 11:26:22 AM     Post Reply
The University of Arkansas library has backed down from its decision to block the Washington Free Beacon from accessing its special collections archives following a month-long public uproar. The library suspended the Free Beacon’s research privileges in June after the outlet published a story based on audiotapes from university archives that included Hillary Clinton discussing her 1975 defense of a child rapist. Library officials said the Free Beacon had violated the university’s intellectual property rights by publishing the excerpts without submitting a permission-to-publish form. However, the library later acknowledged it did not

Toledo mayor lifts water ban
in northwest Ohio
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/4/2014 11:24:42 AM     Post Reply
TOLEDO, Ohio— A water ban that had hundreds of thousands of people in Ohio and Michigan scrambling for drinking water has been lifted, Toledo´s mayor announced Monday. Mayor D. Michael Collins called the drinking water safe and lifted the ban at a Monday morning news conference. "Our water is safe," Collins said. "Families can return to normal life." Ohio´s fourth-largest city warned residents not to use city water early Saturday after tests at one treatment plant showed readings for microcystin above the standard for consumption, most likely from algae on Lake Erie. Ohio Gov. John Kasich declared a state of

$7,060,259,674,497.51--Federal Debt
Up $7 Trillion Under Obama
Cybercast News Service, by Terry Jeffrey    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/4/2014 11:13:56 AM     Post Reply
The total federal debt of the U.S. government has now increased more than $7 trillion during the slightly more than five and a half years Barack Obama has been president. That is more than the debt increased under all U.S. presidents from George Washington through Bill Clinton combined, and it is more debt than was accumulated in the first 227 years of this nation´s existence--from 1776 through 2003. The total federal debt first passed the $7-trillion mark on Jan. 15, 2004, after President George W. Bush had been in office almost three years. When President Obama took office on Jan.

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