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‘Pro-Troop’ Charity Pays Off
Tea Party Cronies Instead
Daily Beast, by Kim Barker    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/5/2014 3:36:32 PM     Post Reply
In February 2013, Move America Forward announced an ambitious fundraising goal. The charity, launched in part by one of the most prominent figures in the Tea Party movement, had adopted the 800 Marines in a battalion fighting in Afghanistan and wanted to send them all care packages. “For some troops, these care packages are the only mail they will receive all year,” the group said in one email solicitation. The charity later described the fundraising drive as a rousing success: In less than five weeks, all 800 Marines in a 1st Marine Division battalion nicknamed Geronimo were sent care packages and notes

Video: Hamas sets up and fires rockets
near hotel, in Gaza residential district
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/5/2014 3:25:40 PM     Post Reply
NDTV shot this video over the last two days, but didn’t publish it until after their reporters left for … well, the obvious reasons. Note the time of the rocket fire, too — 7:50 am, just ten minutes before the cease-fire began today. Could these have been the missiles that hit the West Bank? (Snip for video) It began with a mysterious tent with a blue canopy that bobbed up yesterday (August 4) at 6:30 am in an open patch of land next to our window. We saw three men making a multitude of journeys in and out of the

Michele Bachmann:
Tax illegals ‘100 percent’
on money they send abroad
Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/5/2014 3:14:08 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Michele Bachmann has suggested the federal government levy a 100 percent tax on money illegal immigrants send back to their home countries as a way of remedying the border crisis. In addition to building a secure, well-lit, fully staffed border fence, the Minnesota Republican said there should be “a 100 percent tax on remittances, the money that illegal aliens send back to these countries.” “Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, those countries are laughing at us because they’re making money with their corrupt governments in conjunction with these international criminal cartels, they’re all making money and



Kneel Before Zod:
On Celebrating Obama’s Birthday
The Federalist, by Mollie Hemingway    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/5/2014 3:07:30 PM     Post Reply
This is really not the biggest deal in the world, but every year on August 4, I’m reminded of something kind of creepy in the Cult of Obama. That, my friends, is the obsession with his birthday. I totally get that if you run a monarchy or are a dictator or if you’re a good president, your birthday might be cause for celebration. Oh, it’s the Queen’s birthday? Let’s celebrate. Oh, we’re going to be killed if we don’t pay honor to you, Kim Jong Un (not to be confused with his father who held the titles of “Dear Leader, who

Obama credited with ‘remarkable’
act for taking reporters’ questions
Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/5/2014 3:02:56 PM     Post Reply
President Obama apparently has dug himself so deep into the black hole called White House public relations that the media world sat up in shock when he told reporters at a press conference: “I’ll take a question,” he said. In fact, he took not just one but two questions from reporters during press conferences last week, Politico reported. The White House is being seen as shifting strategy on its communications, hoping to draw Mr. Obama back to where he’s perceived to shine best — speaking to and in front of the public, Politico reported. The idea is to reverse the president’s poll numbers, which have been faltering in recent months,

ISIL takes control of Iraq’s
largest hydroelectric dam:
‘It’s a horrendous prospect’
Washington Times, by Douglas Ernst    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/5/2014 2:56:54 PM     Post Reply
Sunni radicals with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claim to have taken control of Iraq’s largest hydroelectric dam. The Mosul Dam, which sits on the Tigris River, could cause damage as far as 280 miles away if ISIL decides to use it as a weapon, experts say. “It’s a horrendous prospect,” Daniel Pipes, the president of the Middle East Forum, told CNN. “If you control the Mosul Dam, you can threaten just about everybody.” Another fear is that the dam could break simply due to ISIL’s ignorance of the structure. Business Insider reported Tuesday that the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers believes the dam is “inherently unstable,”

Outrage in Saudi Arabia at
appearance of female newsreader
without headscarf on state television
Independent [UK], by Lizzie Dearden    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/5/2014 2:43:35 PM     Post Reply
The unprecedented appearance of a female newsreader on Saudi state television without a headscarf has caused a scandal in the deeply conservative Islamic state. The unnamed anchor, who has previously worn a hijab in clips circulated online, was reading a bulletin from London for the Al Ekhbariya channel. Strict Islamic dress codes in Saudi Arabia require women to dress “modestly” – usually with headscarves, veils and full-length abayas. While women do sometimes appear without head coverings in programmes broadcast by state-controlled channels, newsreaders are never seen without the hijab.



Border crisis: HHS to close three
interim shelters for migrant children
Christian Science Monitor, by Noelle Swan    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/5/2014 2:17:47 PM     Post Reply
The federal government will close three interim shelters set up on US military bases to house migrant children apprehended while crossing the border, according to media reports. Beginning this week, the US Department of Health and Human Services will shutter emergency shelters in California, Texas, and Oklahoma, The New York Times and Los Angeles Times reported Monday. “We are able to take this step because we have proactively expanded capacity to care for children in standard shelters, which are significantly less costly facilities. At the same time, we have seen a decrease in the number of children crossing the southwest

EXCLUSIVE: London Times Rejects Elie
Weisel Advertisement Condemning Hamas
New York Observer, by Alexandra Sternlicht    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 8/5/2014 2:15:22 PM     Post Reply
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, known as “America’s Rabbi” and the founder of This World: The Values Network, has been running a paid advertising campaign featuring Nobel prize winner Elie Wiesel opposing Hamas’ use of child sacrifice. This ad has appeared in the New York Times, New York Observer, Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal without a hitch. Until today. The Observer has learned that The London Times refused to run Rabbi Shmuley’s ad. In a statement, a representative of The Times wrote to the Rabbi’s ad-buying firm saying, “In brief, [The Times] [feels] that the opinion being expressed is too

Watch: CNN´s Wolf Blitzer challenges
Hamas spokesman on blood libel comments
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/5/2014 2:07:12 PM     Post Reply
CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer confronted a Hamas spokesman on Monday, demanding that he address previous claims he made that Jews killed Christians to use their blood in the baking of matzos. (Snip) ´´We all remember how the Jews used to slaughter Christians in order to mix their blood with their holy matzos. This is not a figment of the imagination or something taken from a film; it is a fact acknowledged by their own books and historical evidence." Blitzer then asked Hamdan, "You believe that Jews would kill Christians to mix their blood to bake the holy matzos on Passover?

Ben Shapiro Blasts CNN
Over Its Anti-Israel Coverage
Breitbart Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/5/2014 1:39:06 PM     Post Reply
Appearing on CNN Tonight Monday evening, Breitbart News senior editor-at-large Ben Shapiro blasted the left-wing network for its anti-Israel coverage over the past three-plus weeks of Israel´s war of self defense against Hamas terrorists in Gaza. Just as National Review´s Lee Habeeb did Monday morning, Shapiro again proved that CNN has no answer for its indefensible behavior … other than straw men. Ben Shapiro: "If Hamas could come up with any sort of outlet that could have created a will to kill more Jewish babies and Palestinian babies, CNN would have been it. CNN is a key factor in drawing the same sort of equivalence



Border Surge Is About
Magnets, Not Gangs
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 8/5/2014 1:36:39 PM     Post Reply
Border Surge: The open-border lobby´s argument that the illegals pouring in are just refugees from violence is crumbling. A CBP paper shows border crossers are rolling in from 75 nations. Economics, not gangs, is driving them. Justifying the Central American surge on our unguarded border as a flight from intolerable homeland violence, the political left has attempted to paint this year´s 240,000-person influx of illegal aliens into the U.S. as a matter of refugees — and anyone who opposes the human flood tide as heartless. Their pictures of women and toddlers tug on the heartstrings. It´s rubbish. The border surge is mainly

Mary Gresham’s grief over invalid
son’s death echoes from 1865
Washington Post, by Michael E. Ruane    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/5/2014 1:18:34 PM     Post Reply
She had already lost two infant children and had just lived through the upheaval of the Civil War in Macon, Ga. But when 17-year-old LeRoy, know as “Loy,” died on June 18 in the house where he was born, she was devastated. “God has tried me often and in many ways but never has my heart been so wrung as now,” she wrote to her sister, Sallie, on July 12. “And yet the trial had so much mercy mixed with it that my soul swells within me when I think it all over.” Last week, Mary Gresham’s moving letter was

Have house will travel: Inside the
Tiny House Movement where more
and more Americans have rejected tradition
for a simpler - and cheaper - lifestyle
Daily Mail (UK), by David McCormack    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/5/2014 1:08:40 PM     Post Reply
Once upon a time an American family’s home was their castle and the bigger the better, but growing concerns about meeting mortgage payments and the environmental impact of large houses has helped fuel a new movement of people who are happy to live small. The Tiny House Movement is a growing group of people who are happy to downsize the space that they live in and enjoy simplified lives as a result. While the average American home is around 2600 square feet, the typical small or tiny house is around 100-400 square feet. Scroll down for video -Large homes come

British Airways suspends flights
to Liberia and Sierra Leone,
citing Ebola concerns
Washington Post, by Abby Phillip    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/5/2014 12:54:42 PM     Post Reply
British Airways announced Tuesday that it has temporarily suspended flights to and from Liberia and Sierra Leone, two of the West African nations afflicted with the Ebola outbreak. The suspension will remain in place until the end of August, “due to the deteriorating public health situation in both countries,” the airline said in a statement. “The safety of our customers, crew and ground teams is always our top priority and we will keep the route under constant review in the coming weeks.” The airline is offering customers who already have tickets along those routes a full refund and the ability to re-book flights at a later date.



Exclusive–Rep. Tom Marino:
´Unhinged´ Nancy Pelosi Called Me
´Insignificant´ for Fighting Amnesty
Breitbart Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/5/2014 12:50:01 PM     Post Reply
“She was pretty unhinged,” Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) told Breitbart News about House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in his first print interview since the California Democrat confronted the Republican lawmaker in a startling altercation on the House floor last week. The incident was so heated that Marino said the Sergeant-at-Arms of the House of Representatives had to remove Pelosi—with help from others—from the floor. Marino had taken to the House floor to make a statement during the House’s debate on two immigration bills, during which he criticized House Democrats—who were in the majority for the first two years of President Obama’s

A Stronger Israel?
National Review, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 8/5/2014 12:49:30 PM     Post Reply
In postmodern wars, we are told, there is no victory, no defeat, no aggressors, no defenders, just a tragedy of conflicting agendas. But in such a mindless and amoral landscape, Israel in fact is on its way to emerging in a far better position after the Gaza war than before. Analysts of the current fighting in Gaza have assured us that even if Israel weakens Hamas, such a short-term victory will hardly lead to long-term strategic success — but they don’t define “long-term.” In this line of thinking, supposedly in a few weeks Israel will only find itself more isolated than

Baroness Token Resigns.
Never Buy the First Pony You See
Breitbart London [UK], by James Delingpole    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/5/2014 12:49:11 PM     Post Reply
Saaeda Warsi--aka Baroness Warsi; aka Baroness Token--has announced her resignation from the Cabinet in a style entirely becoming her class, intelligence and sophistication: on Twitter. [Snip] Her departure will no doubt come as an enormous relief to the more traditional Conservatives in her party, many of whom felt that Warsi´s appointment to a Cabinet post--even one as meaningless as "Minister for Faith and Communities" had less to do with her brilliance, integrity and raw talent than it did to Cameron´s desperation to get his first Asian Muslim female on the books. One of them once described Baroness Token to me

Hacker: Airplane satellite
communications are vulnerable
Christian Science Monitor & Reuters, by Jim Finkle    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/5/2014 12:45:56 PM     Post Reply
Boston - Cybersecurity researcher Ruben Santamarta says he has figured out how to hack the satellite communications equipment on passenger jets through their WiFi and inflight entertainment systems - a claim that, if confirmed, could prompt a review of aircraft security. (Snip) In theory, a hacker could use a plane´s onboard WiFi signal or inflight entertainment system to hack into its avionics equipment, potentially disrupting or modifying satellite communications, which could interfere with the aircraft´s navigation and safety systems, Santamarta said. He acknowledged that his hacks have only been tested in controlled environments, such as IOActive´s Madrid laboratory, and they might be difficult to replicate in

What This Agent Said To A Man
Crossing the Border Sums Up What
Our Immigration Crisis Has Become
Independent Journal Review, by Juan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/5/2014 12:37:43 PM     Post Reply
(Video) While no one wants to perpetuate the humanitarian crisis happening on our border, as the trucker in this video shows, the immigration system in America has gone beyond the point of broken. And as hard as it is to accept for pro-illegal immigration advocates, a chaotic, completely unregulated immigration system hurts illegal immigrants as well as American citizens. And there’s no doubt that the system is broken and chaotic. These stats make that very clear: According to the Department of Homeland Security’s last report on the number of illegal immigrants residing in the US, there are an estimated 11.5


U.S. General Is Killed in Attack
at Afghan Base, Officials Say
New York Times, by Matthew Rosenberg & Haris Kakar    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/5/2014 12:36:20 PM     Post Reply
Kabul, Afghanistan — An Afghan soldier killed a United States Army major general and wounded a German brigadier general and at least 14 other foreign and Afghan military service members on Tuesday at a military training academy on the outskirts of Kabul, officials of the American-led coalition said Tuesday. The major general appeared to be the highest-ranking member of the American military to die in hostilities overseas since the Vietnam War. (Snip) Other details of the shooting were sketchy, and the coalition, in an official statement, would only confirm that one of its service members had been killed in what it described as “an

Scarce Cemetery Space Creates
Prices to Die For: Cities
Bloomberg News, by Flavia Krause-Jackson    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/5/2014 12:26:10 PM     Post Reply
Even in death, you can’t escape the property bubble. From New York to London, growing populations are competing with the deceased for land, driving up real-estate costs well into the afterlife. In Asian megacities, where cremation is the norm, even space for urns is in short supply. “At the end of the day, it’s like any other piece of real estate,” says Amy Cunningham, a New York state licensed funeral director. “Prices have conspired to put burials out of the range of most people’s budgets.” Every week, about 1,000 New Yorkers die. Manhattan is running out of room for them.

CIA Director Brennan Should Resign
National Review, by Fred Fleitz    Original Article
Posted By: lmruth- 8/5/2014 12:21:38 PM     Post Reply
CIA director John Brennan did the right thing Thursday in apologizing to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) for CIA monitoring of computers being used by the committee’s staff for an investigation of the Bush-era enhanced-interrogation program. Nevertheless, heads must roll at the CIA over this scandal, including Brennan’s. While what the CIA did was not illegal, its actions were the result of reckless decisions by agency officials in response to misconduct by SSCI staff members. The CIA should have handled this matter by raising it quietly with SSCI chairwoman Dianne Feinstein.

Perry 2016: The View from Texas
National Review, by Mark Davis    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 8/5/2014 12:13:40 PM     Post Reply
As Rick Perry looks out at us from countless cable-news channels this summer, his border chess match against the Obama administration underscores his potential 2016 skill set. Two portraits emerge. One is of a wiser, seasoned executive ready to jump into a race already rich with governors. He’s armed with more reliable conservatism than that of Chris Christie; and he has a meatier résumé than Bobby Jindal, Scott Walker, or Mike Pence. This portrait features Perry’s proud record of protecting his state from the scourges of the Obama years, racking up stretches of job creation and growth that have far outpaced

A growing percentage of women
on skid row are older, survey finds
Los Angeles Times, by Gale Holland    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/5/2014 12:12:18 PM     Post Reply
A growing percentage of women living on Los Angeles´ skid row are older, and more likely to be in poor health or disabled than their younger counterparts, according to a survey released Monday. The percentage of women on skid row ages 51 to 61 jumped from 23% in 2001 to 40% in 2013, the survey of 324 women found. Women 62 and older increased from 4% to 11% in the same period. The median age is now 50, up from 44. (Snip) Skid row´s total population is about 10,000, including more than 1,700 living in the streets. Officials estimate a

Secretary “Pee Wee” – John Kerry
Pictured Riding Pink Girls’ Bicycle
Last Weekend In Nantucket…
Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 8/5/2014 12:04:20 PM     Post Reply
Is it really any wonder why Netanyahu and Abdel Fattah el-Sisi tell Secretary Kerry to stay out of the grown up issues? (Snip for photo)I mean seriously, is there a better representation of how effeminate and metrosexual most male liberals are? And that doesn’t even illicit the conversation about how optics of a representative international figurehead can be broadcast throughout the world. As if, someone couldn’t/wouldn’t say: “um, hey John, you might want to reconsider this before heading out in public“….. Because if you’re comfortable riding a pink girls bicycle in chinos and Jesus Adidas during an errand run, well,

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