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How the Tea Party became
as corrupt as the beltway it loathes
The Week, by Michael Brandon Dougherty    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 8/7/2014 4:46:29 PM     Post Reply
This week, ProPublica released a report on the financial (and moral) corruption of a Tea Party group operating under the name Move America Forward, which was founded by one Sal Russo. Russo also helped start the Our Country Deserves Better PAC, aka the Tea Party Express. Move America Forward has run fake drives to give care packages to troops, stolen images of other charitable campaigns and passed them off as its own, and trumpeted a nonexistent partnership with Walter Reed Hospital — all while funneling very real millions to itself. The group is an industry leader at taking your Tea

Networks Refuse to Cover
Christian Cities in Iraq Falling to
ISIS; CNN’s Cuomo Calls Story
“Largely Underreported”
Media Research Center, by Curtis Houck    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/7/2014 4:30:06 PM     Post Reply
On Thursday, the al Qaeda spinoff group the Islamic State seized numerous towns in northern Iraq that are home to much of the country’s minority Christian population, sending tens of thousands of them fleeing further into the Kurdish-dominated region to avoid the unforgiving and deadly extremist group. When it came to the major broadcast networks covering this story on their Thursday morning news shows, neither ABC, CBS, or NBC provided their viewers with information on this story. Meanwhile, CNN and its morning show, New Day, did cover the story with not one but two stories during its three-hour show. First,

Throwback Thursdays: 23 Political
Figures Before They Were Famous
Independent Journal Review, by Reid    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/7/2014 3:56:49 PM     Post Reply
Prominent political figures in the United States are constantly appearing on TV or having their photos taken. However, we rarely get to see what these people looked like before they started their political careers. This is the Throwback Thursday (#tbt) of political figures before they became leaders of this country: Former Secretary of State: Condoleezza Rice - (Photo) Now this is a woman who knew what she wanted early on. Current Secretary of State: John Kerry - (Photo) His hair hasn’t changed. Former Presidents: George W. Bush (on left, holding his sister) and George H. W. Bush



China to build lighthouses on
five isles in defiance of U.S. call
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/7/2014 3:55:14 PM     Post Reply
China plans to build lighthouses on five islands in the South China Sea, state media reported on Thursday, in defiance of calls from the United States and the Philippines for a freeze on such activity to ease tension over rival claims. At least two of the islands upon which China said it will put up lighthouses appear to be in waters also claimed by Vietnam. (snip) Southeast Asian foreign ministers are holding a conference in Myanmar this weekend which U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will join. Kerry will press for a voluntary freeze

U.S. Gov’t Loans $64.5M for
Wind Farm--in Uruguay
Cybercast News Service, by Ali Meyer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/7/2014 3:48:29 PM     Post Reply
The Export-Import Bank of the United States is giving a $64.5 million direct loan to a company in Uruguay for the purchase of wind turbines made by a Spanish company at one of its plants in Pennsylvania, according to the bank. The $64.5 million direct loan to Astidey S.A. , in Montevideo, Uruguay” is for “the purchase of U.S.-manufactured wind-turbine generators being exported by Gamesa Technology Corporation Inc., headquartered in Feasterville-Trevose, Penn.,” reads the July 10 press release from the Ex-Im Bank. Gamesa, a Spain-based company, has offices around the world, including three in the United States: two in Pennsylvania

Hawaii rattled by an earthquake hours
before TWO hurricanes are due to hit
Daily Mail [UK], by Ryan Gorman & Associated Press Reporter    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/7/2014 3:46:53 PM     Post Reply
Hawaiians already on edge at the prospect of two hurricanes heading their way were rattled awake Thursday morning by a minor earthquake. A magnitude-4.5 earthquake jolted Hawaii´s Big Island only hours before two hurricanes were forecast to sweep over the islands, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. (Snip) Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira says there haven´t been any reports of damage. He said a moderate quake is ´not uncommon´ for Hawaii. [Snip] ´We have a hurricane. Now we have this on top of it. What else?´ said Walker, second assistant manager at Foodland Waimea.

Rand Paul = Democrats’ Enemy #1
Daily Beast, by Olivia Nuzzi    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/7/2014 3:42:25 PM     Post Reply
The senator’s broad appeal threatens to weaken Democrats for 2016, and they are going on offense—sending out no less than 10 press releases on his latest trip to Iowa. Democrats fundraise and campaign by exploiting concerns about right-wing extremism. But at least at the moment, what they apparently fear most is the rise of a candidate who could potentially poach enough of their supporters to beat them in 2016. Rand Paul has not yet formally announced he is running for the Republican nomination. But with a lead in GOP polls and already laying the foundation for the infrastructure of a



Republican official resigns after
questioning the contributions
of Muslims to the ‘fabric’ of
America in Facebook post
Daily Mail [UK], by Francesca Chambers    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/7/2014 3:40:15 PM     Post Reply
A Virginia Republican Party official resigned Wednesday night over a post he made on Facebook questioning Muslims´ contributions to the ´fabric´ of America. The post was a critique of President Barack Obama´s statement that the Muslim holiday Eid-al-Fitr ´reminds us of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy. ´ ´It is one thing to be gracious on religous holidays, but this is pure nonsense,´ Bob FitzSimmonds, the unelected Treasurer of the Republican Party of Virginia, said in a comment accompanying Obama´s quote. ´Exactly what part of our

AP Poll: Country Moves Towards
GOP On Every Significant Issue
Breitbart Big Government, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/7/2014 3:31:02 PM     Post Reply
Although you wouldn’t know it from the lack of media coverage, or even the AP´s own write-up of the poll (which gives new meaning to the phrase "buried lead"), a new Associated Press-GfK poll offers nothing but harrowing news for Democrats and the media who love them. Buried in the "pox on both houses" rhetoric we´re hearing from the media, what you will find in a little place I like to call Reality are the actual numbers, which show consequential movement towards the GOP on almost every issue voters are most concerned with. On the question of who voters would

Gaza conflict ´causing PTSD in
children´ after seeing dead bodies
and witnessing heavy shelling
Telegraph [UK], by Nick Allen, Inna Lazareva    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/7/2014 3:28:19 PM     Post Reply
More than half of 15 to 18 year olds in Gaza show signs of full or partial post-traumatic stress disorder after seeing dead bodies and witnessing heavy shelling, according to a new study. The study by a team of British and Palestinian academics demonstrates the long-lasting and harmful effects that exposure to war has on the psychological wellbeing of teenagers in the coastal enclave. The study, entitled ‘Trauma, PTSD, Anxiety and Coping Strategies among Palestinians Adolescents Exposed to War in Gaza’, examined the effects that the 2008-2009 ‘Cast Lead’ war between Gaza and Israel had on teenagers´ well-being.

´Today´ Hosts Object to
Restaurant Charging Extra Fee
After Minimum Wage Hike
Media Research Center, by Kyle Drennen    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/7/2014 3:27:28 PM     Post Reply
On Thursday´s NBC Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie noted a restaurant in Minnesota that found "a unique way to offset the added expense" of the state hiking its minimum wage: "The Oasis Café is now including a ´minimum wage fee´ on bills. You see it right there on the bill. Totals 35 cents....the cafe´s owners say this wage hike is going to cost them $10,000 a year, this is their way of protesting it..." [Listen to the audio] Guthrie touted: "Now complaints are piling up on the cafe´s Facebook page. One man says, ´Look, if you can´t afford to pay your



Proprietary Primate: Wikipedia Says
Monkey Owns Copyright to ‘Selfie’
National Review Online, by Ian Tuttle    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/7/2014 3:12:43 PM     Post Reply
Monkey business — or legitimate copyright claim? In Indonesia in 2011 a female crested black macaque hijacked the camera of British nature photographer David Slater and proceeded to snap hundreds of photos — among them several selfies, photos of himself, one of which made worldwide headlines and the animal’s Wikipedia page. Slater, citing royalty losses, has tried to have the photograph removed from the site. The Telegraph reports: The Gloucestershire-based photographer now claims that the decision is jeopardising his income as anyone can take the image and publish it for free, without having to pay him a royalty. He complained

The dangers of Obama unbound
Washington Post, by Ed Rogers    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/7/2014 3:10:09 PM     Post Reply
Maybe there is a method to President Obama’s madness. Perhaps the reason he is encouraging all the silly talk about impeachment is to preemptively discredit his critics before he commits a clearly impeachable act. (Snip)I think Obama’s words and actions in recent years encouraged the race to the border. If he grants immunity to the massive influx of recent illegal immigrants, the race will become a stampede. If he does, in fact, toss away the Constitution to bless chaos at the border and send a signal to all comers that now is the time to break the law, then what

Tiger Woods is pain-free but struggles
to 74 at PGA Championship
USA Today, by Steve DiMeglio    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 8/7/2014 3:09:44 PM     Post Reply
LOUISVILLE – From the outset Tiger Woods wasn´t right. While his troublesome back was a bit stiff, his game, on the other hand, was far from being in good health in Thursday´s first round of the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club. Just four days removed from being forced to withdraw in the final round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational when he dislodged something in his back after landing on his right leg with a thud in a bunker, Woods never found a comfort level on the massive ballpark here despite optimal scoring conditions featuring cloud cover, moderate temperatures and little

Will the West stand by and watch
the slaughter of Yazidis, and
cleansing of Christians, in Iraq?
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/7/2014 3:02:46 PM     Post Reply
Remember the R2P Doctrine? The Obama administration, led by Samantha Power, justified Western intervention in Libya against Moammar Qaddafi in 2011 because of the global “responsibility to protect” civilians threatened by Qaddafi’s forces in Benghazi. As J. E. Dyer wrote in 2011, “by the R2P formulation, endangered civilian populations … trump sovereignty. … According to this text, it is indeed possible to bomb another country for three months without being in “hostilities.”” We deliberately decapitated the Qaddafi regime and turned Libya into the Somalia of the Mediterranean based on the supposed threat to civilians in eastern Libya, which in retrospect



Being A Little Boy’s Mama –
The Real Life Version
Conservative Treehouse, by Menagerie    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 8/7/2014 2:59:10 PM     Post Reply
Lately on Facebook, several versions of what it means to be a little boy’s mama have been circulating. They are touching, and bring a smile to your face, a touch of nostalgia, and perhaps even a tear to your eye. You are exhorted to have lots of energy, be ready to put up with bloody noses and reptiles in the house, see movies you don’t like, and various other true things. (Snip)However, we also need some harder truths, and now is a good time to take a look at that. So, here’s my version, for what it’s worth.

Conservatives suing IRS fail to get injunction
McClatchy Washington Bureau, by Michael Doyle    Original Article
Posted By: Up2Here- 8/7/2014 2:53:25 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Thursday declined to issue a preliminary injunction blocking the Internal Revenue Service from destroying e-mails or other potential evidence. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton is a blow to True the Vote, the Texas-based organization that’s suing the IRS over its handling of a tax-exempt status application. After filing the suit, conservatives and lawmakers learned that e-mails belonging to former IRS official Lois Lerner had gone missing. In asking for the injunction, True the Vote said it didn’t trust the IRS to refrain from destroying other evidence. On the other hand, Walton noted, the Treasury Inspector

President Obama Congratulates Spurs
For Hiring Female Coach While Completely
Ignoring Death of Two Star Combat
General Harold Greene…
Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 8/7/2014 2:51:16 PM     Post Reply
Sometimes we finding ourselves asking why do we even bother to point out these contrasting narratives. The sad reality is that people do that which is important to them, and they avoid that which is unimportant. The same principle applies to President Obama.Basketball-fan-in-chief Barack Obama personally took to Twitter on Wednesday to congratulate the San Antonio Spurs on becoming the first team in the NBA to hire a full-time female coach.As you can see the “official” Barack Obama “-BO” message was sent shortly following a press conference where he discussed the African Summit and various topics of interest to the

Pot sticking from car window
when Clearwater pair arrested
St. Petersburg Tribune, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/7/2014 2:47:21 PM     Post Reply
Two Clearwater men who had a marijuana plant sticking out of their car window were arrested by detectives, police said. The men were in a 2008 Pontiac G6 at Ottawa Road and South Lake Avenue during the early morning of July 24. Police called the vehicle suspicious. It had dark tinted windows and the headlights were off, police said. The detectives´ marked cruiser watched the car for about a mile and pulled it over on the 1300 block of Boyland Avenue. Inside were the driver, 19-year-old Allen Thomas Barnes, and a front-seat passenger, 20-year-old Justin J. Goodloe, police said. Protruding

Pelosi, too?: Africa a country, she says
Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/7/2014 2:25:23 PM     Post Reply
One day after Vice President Joseph R. Biden said he wanted the “nation of Africa” to prosper, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi appears to have deleted a tweet that called the continent a country. “Honored to join my colleagues & @OfficialCBC at #USAfrica Leaders Summit to discuss the valuable relationship between our two countries,” she tweeted, then deleted Wednesday, Twitchy reported. Africa is a continent made up of 54 separate countries, including island nations. Speaking at the United States-Africa Summit on Tuesday, Mr. Biden said: “There is no reason the nation of Africa cannot and should not join the ranks


1 dead, 9 wounded in Wednesday shootings
Chicago Sun-Times [IL], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/7/2014 2:23:42 PM     Post Reply
One person is dead and at least nine others were wounded in shootings throughout the city on Wednesday, including four people shot outside a Goose Island nightclub. The fatal shooting happened in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, where a man was found lying on a sidewalk about 7:35 a.m. Jeremiah Shaw,19, was found with a gunshot wound to the head in the 5400 block of South Laflin, according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. Shaw, of the 5900 block of South Wabash, was pronounced dead at the scene, the medical examiner’s office said. Police said he

Our man at the bridge
Power Line, by Scott Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/7/2014 2:18:33 PM     Post Reply
My daughter Eliana has written a terrific profile of our man at the bridge, Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama. It appears in the August 11 issue of National Review under the title “Amnesty’s worst enemy” and has now been posted online. I learned a lot from it and wanted to bring it to your attention in case you missed it. It discusses the forces behind the execrable “comprehensive immigration reform” bill that made its way out of the Senate with the enthusiastic support of Marco Rubio, among others, under the leadership of Chuck Schumer. Here is an excerpt from the

Obama’s Belligerent Description
of Hamas is More Fit for ‘Frat Boys’
Than a Terrorist Organization
Independent Journal Review, by Michael Hausam    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/7/2014 2:14:42 PM     Post Reply
On Fox New’s “Special Report with Brett Baier” Wednesday night, Charles Krauthammer gave a devastating evaluation of the attitude and words given by the President in statements about Russia and Israel. On the President’s response to the news about the possibility of war between Russia and Ukraine, Krauthammer summarized Obama’s response as basically having zero interest in the issue. He added: This is really unbelievable. This is Russia, the one country that can deter Russia is ultimately the United States and we’re just saying we’re gonna watch. If that isn’t a signal to Putin that he doesn’t have to factor the

911 dispatcher tells
grandmother to ‘put the
gun down’ during break-in
Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/7/2014 2:13:52 PM     Post Reply
A Florida grandmother whose home was broken into says a 911 dispatcher ordered her to put her gun down in the middle of the invasion. NJ Logan, 80, was recovering from hip replacement surgery upstairs in her Holmes Beach home when she heard noises coming from downstairs, EAG News reported. “I kept hearing a commotion, like there were people walking around down there,” she said. “Once I realized it wasn’t my husband, you have no idea how fast you can go. … Honestly, all I wanted was my gun.” (Snip) “When I called 911, she kept saying ‘put the gun down.’ … I said ‘I’ll put the gun down when I see the police,’”

Putin retaliates: Russia bans food
from West, extends Snowden asylum
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/7/2014 2:05:19 PM     Post Reply
President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin raised the stakes Thursday in their increasingly frosty relations, with Russia banning Western food imports and extending the political asylum for fugitive spy contractor Edward Snowden, while the White House said Western sanctions are ruining Russia’s economy. (Snip) Russia meanwhile banned most food imports from the West on Thursday in retaliation for sanctions over Ukraine, an unexpectedly sweeping move that will cost farmers in North America, Europe and Australia billions of dollars but will also likely lead to empty shelves in Russian cities.

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