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Fox co-hosts fight over
Michelle Obama´s ´booty´
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/13/2014 12:21:40 PM     Post Reply
The debate over first lady Michelle Obama’s war on fat and campaign for healthy kiddy diets has reached, well, a new low. “How well can she be eating? She needs to drop a few,” said Fox News contributor and psychiatrist Keith Ablow. As some members on the cable network’s show “Outnumbered” Tuesday gasped and Lisa Kennedy Montgomery offered, “I like her booty,” he suggested that the first lady is too fat to preach diet and that she’s not eating what children in schools are being offered under the first lady’s guidelines. Instead, Ablow suggested that the lean president should be the one talking

Come and try OUR food! Waitresses
at Thai restaurant gaze out longingly
at Barack Obama as he leaves restaurant
next door in Martha´s Vineyard
Daily Mail (UK), by James Rush & David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/13/2014 12:18:45 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama caused quite a stir as he went for dinner at a restaurant with first lady Michelle Obama during their vacation on Martha´s Vineyard yesterday. The U.S. president was greeted with crowds as he arrived at The Sweet Life Cafe in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, while waitresses lined up at the windows of a nearby Thai restaurant to take pictures of the couple as they left. The Obamas are in the middle of a two-week vacation on the island, from where he has had to deal with global crises involving Iraq, Gaza, Syria and terrorism and Ebola in Africa.

Protest planned after LAPD officer
shoots, kills man during struggle
Los Angeles Times, by Veronica Rocha, Laura J. Nelson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/13/2014 12:01:49 PM     Post Reply
(Video) A protest is being planned for Sunday in front of Los Angeles police headquarters in downtown after a man was shot and killed by an officer this week in Florence. The shooting occurred about 8:20 p.m. Monday after an officer conducted "an investigative stop" in the 200 block of West 65th Street, according to an LAPD news release. During the stop, a "struggle ensued" and the officer shot the person, whom police did not identify. Family members identified the man as 24-year-old Ezell Ford, who they described as "mentally challenged." His mother, Tritobia Ford, told KTLA her son was

  


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Defense Secretary: ´The World
is Exploding All Over´
Weekly Standard, by Jeryl Bier    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/13/2014 11:57:05 AM     Post Reply
Fresh off a trip to India and Australia, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel addressed a group of Marines in San Diego, California Tuesday, and may have delivered a line that will show up in Republican campaign ads this election cycle. After updating the troops on some issues in the Pacific region and the Middle East, Hagel took questions from some of the Marines and gave a stark assessment of the global security situation: "The world is exploding all over." The remark came in response to a question about the Obama administration´s realignment of the military towards the Asia-Pacific theater: Q: Good

Morning Joe Crew Nearly Speechless
Following Kim Kardashian Clip
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/13/2014 11:50:15 AM     Post Reply
At the tail end of MSNBC Morning Joe on Wednesday, co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski sat in almost complete silence after airing a video clip of reality star Kim Kardashian. In the clip, Kardashian explains her new book Selfish and that when she takes photographs of herself, it often takes multiple tries before she decides to share one on social media. After a few seconds with her mouth agape, Brzezinksi noted that consumers will actually spend $20 to purchase the book. “And we wonder why we’re in decline,” Brzezinski said. “No, seriously.” The book is actually retail valued at $19.95 but is on

Ann Coulter: We have no choice
but to vote for these Republicans,
including the crap-ass ones
Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/13/2014 11:44:32 AM     Post Reply
An electrifying midterm rallying cry on a slow summer news day. Boehner, incidentally, isn’t one of the crappy-asses, she says. She doesn’t name names there, but she’s been known to diverge from grassroots conservatives in these matters before. What would happen, though, if Boehner turned around and made a deal with Harry Reid on amnesty in September? One of the goals of Obama’s looming power grab over legalization is to scare Republican leaders with the thought that Latino voters will be so grateful, they’ll break even harder for Democrats in 2016. The only countermeasure, Dems would have you believe, is for

Flags desecrated at military
homes in North Texas
WFAA (Ft Worth, TX), by Todd Unger    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/13/2014 11:44:18 AM     Post Reply
(Video) WEATHERFORD, Texas — At least seven family homes — some with strong military ties — have had their American flags ripped down, set ablaze, and destroyed in the past few days. Mike Freiley and his wife woke up to find their flagpole charred, and the flag destroyed on Friday morning. "It burnt and melted right there on the pole," said Freiley, a 30-year veteran of the United States Navy. "Yeah, it makes me really angry." Freiley lives off West Ball Street. At least one other home on the street also had its flag destroyed. Karmann Goff lives about a

  


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Why Olympic Athletes Are
Learning to Hold Their Breath
for More Than Five Minutes
Wall Street Journal, by Matthew Futterman    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/13/2014 11:43:57 AM     Post Reply
Olympic athletes are famous for doing just about anything to improve their performances. But can learning to hold your breath for more than five minutes and dive 100 feet under the ocean´s surface really help you on a snow-covered mountain? A growing number of Olympians and Olympic hopefuls who play sports that have nothing to do with water think it can. And so, a collection of snowboarders and skiers—plus a motocross racer and two surf ironman champions—recently ventured off the shores of Kona, Hawaii, for a the sort of deep dive that is usually the domain of scuba experts, beach-rescue

On Immigration, G.O.P. Starts
to Embrace Tea Party
New York Times, by Jonathan Weisman    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 8/13/2014 11:38:41 AM     Post Reply
Late last month, as members of Congress were poised to leave for their summer recess, the House Republicans’ top policy experts found themselves in a barren conference room in the Capitol’s basement, negotiating with the party’s most ardent opponents of immigration overhaul. As senior members of the Judiciary Committee looked on, the opponents — Representatives Raúl R. Labrador of Idaho, Louie Gohmert of Texas, Steve King of Iowa and Mo Brooks of Alabama — reshaped two bills to address the rush of unaccompanied children trying to enter the country illegally. Representative Michele Bachmann, Republican of Minnesota, was there, too, and she

Who rules America?
Allan J. Lichtman, by The Hill    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 8/13/2014 11:25:47 AM     Post Reply
A shattering new study by two political science professors has found that ordinary Americans have virtually no impact whatsoever on the making of national policy in our country. The analysts found that rich individuals and business-controlled interest groups largely shape policy outcomes in the United States. This study should be a loud wake-up call to the vast majority of Americans who are bypassed by their government. To reclaim the promise of American democracy, ordinary citizens must act positively to change the relationship between the people and our government The new study, with the jaw-clenching title of "Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites,

Sheriff David Clarke Defeats
Bloomberg´s Anti-Gun Money,
Wins Milwaukee County Primary
Townhall, by Katie Pavlich    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/13/2014 11:22:03 AM     Post Reply
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg´s dollars have been defeated again, this time in Wisconsin. Despite Bloomberg dumping $150,000 into the Democrat primary for Milwaukee County Sheriff on behalf of anti-gun Milwaukee Police Lt. Chris Moews with a goal of defeating pro-self defense incumbent Sheriff David Clarke, Clarke was victorious last night. Clarke defeated Moews 52 percent to 48 percent. The race was called Wednesday morning after results were too close to call Tuesday night. Here are Clarke´s remarks from last night, before the race was called this morning. The National Rifle Association, which worked to get Clarke re-elected,

  


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WSJ: Obama mulling a military rescue
mission for Yazidis in northern Iraq
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/13/2014 11:16:45 AM     Post Reply
Throughout the crisis in Iraq and Syria and the sweep of ISIS across both, Barack Obama has remained adamant about one thing — that nothing happening there will move him to put American “boots on the ground” again in Iraq. The ineffectiveness of US air strikes in relieving the trapped Yazidis and stopping the ISIS genocide on Mount Sinjar may finallt have Obama backing away from that pledge. The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that the administration has begun to consider a military intervention to rescue the Yazidis, one that could put American forces into combat with ISIS for

Without a Vision, GOP Senators Seek
Love in All the Wrong Places
Bretbart´s Big Government, by Robert W. Patterson    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 8/13/2014 11:02:32 AM     Post Reply
Roger Clegg and Hans A. von Spakovsky deserve high praise for debunking the latest GOP brainchild that does nothing to help the party nationally — a Senate resolution encouraging all private-sector employers to adopt the National Football League’s “Rooney Rule” — and illustrating that “conservative” Republicans, too, can be limousine liberals. Five GOP senators — including presidential hopefuls Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and Rob Portman — think both commercial and nonprofit enterprises should, per the NFL and Black Entertainment Television founder Robert L. Johnson, interview up to at least two “minority” candidates for every management or professional opening. Clegg and

What caused the Ferguson riot
exists in so many other cities, too
Washington Post, by Elijah Anderson    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/13/2014 11:00:39 AM     Post Reply
SWAT teams and angry protesters clashed in a small St. Louis suburb for a third day Tuesday, following the death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. The eruption of protests and violence has been a long time coming. While I certainly do not condone rioting, examining the conditions surrounding Brown’s death — and the deaths of several other unarmed black men killed by law enforcement recently — makes clear that community reactions like those in Ferguson, Mo., are bound to happen. America has continued to isolate poor black people in economically depressed neighborhoods under increasingly oppressive police tactics that breed

CDC Director: U.S. Well-Equipped
to Care for Citizens with Ebola
Cybercast News Service, by Penny Starr    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/13/2014 10:40:05 AM     Post Reply
In the past three weeks, two U.S. missionaries who contracted the Ebola virus in West Africa have been brought back to the states for treatment at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Ga., and three more have since returned to North Carolina and will remain in isolation for 21 days to make certain they have not been infected. U.S. health officials, in the meantime, have been putting protocol in place to deal with the current and any future cases that could involve people who have contracted or have been exposed to the virus and to educate the public – including members

  


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Judges are not ´neutral umpires´
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Jon Gould    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/13/2014 10:37:10 AM     Post Reply
There is a story told in Washington circles about the first term of the Obama administration. Democratic activists were visiting the White House to urge a faster pace of judicial nominations, only to find a brick wall in then-Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. Explaining that the administration had its hands full with economic revitalization, Emanuel is reported to have spat out, "I don´t give a f--- about judicial appointments." Flash forward a term, and it´s clear that we all ought to give a fig about the courts. In the last two years, 14 lower federal courts have ruled on the constitutionality

Gaza conflict: Clock ticks
down to truce deadline
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/13/2014 10:31:36 AM     Post Reply
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will enter a final day of ceasefire talks in Cairo on Wednesday, as the clock ticks towards a 9pm GMT deadline ending a 72-hour truce. By that time, the negotiators must have either agreed on a permanent truce, accepted an extension or risk a resumption of more than a month of bloody fighting. "There has been progress, but not enough to sign an agreement, the negotiations will resume tomorrow", a member of the Palestinian delegation told AFP late on Tuesday, without giving further details. As on previous days, the Israeli team returned home after talks, for

Hollywood pumps cash to save
Senate majority for Democrats
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Judy Kurtz    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/13/2014 10:28:40 AM     Post Reply
Hollywood is pouring money into the midterm elections, with A-listers such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Barbra Streisand all coughing up blockbuster bucks. The donations are largely aimed at keeping the Senate in Democratic hands. Republicans, who have the political winds at their backs, need to pick up six seats to win control of the upper chamber. Streisand, a longtime Democratic donor, opened her checkbook in several competitive Senate races, according to Federal Election Commission data collected and analyzed by The Hill. In addition to a $10,000 donation to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and $2,600 to House Minority

If Democrats Lose the Senate,
Harry Reid Deserves the Blame
National Journal, by Josh Kraushaar    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/13/2014 10:21:49 AM     Post Reply
August 13, 2014 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is having a summer like his baseball idol, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper. His political operation isn´t living up to the hype, he´s striking out as he´s tried to intervene in pivotal Senate contests, and there´s a growing chance he´ll be sent to the minority at the end of the year. (Harper, for all his struggles, looks like he´s avoided that worst-case outcome.) For all the internal Republican Party divisions, the GOP´s party committees and allied outside groups have overcome their biggest challenge entering the year. They´ve successfully navigated incumbents and favored Senate candidates

Bogart & Bacall: Screen Pairings
Don’t Get Any Bigger & Better
Variety, by Brian Lowry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/13/2014 10:15:57 AM     Post Reply
Everyone is entitled to a favorite screen pairing – Taylor and Burton, Hepburn and Tracy, R2D2 and C3PO – but they simply don’t get any better than Bogart and Bacall. Lauren Bacall – the surviving half of that duo for 57 years – has died at the age of 89. But her legacy as one of the great actresses has long been secured, both for the work she did with Humphrey Bogart – who she met, and soon married, via their first collaboration, “To Have and Have Not” – and what came after, not just in movies but on stage

  



UN Gaza Probe Judge Won´t Deny
Double Standard Regarding Israel
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Gil Ronen    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/13/2014 10:15:36 AM     Post Reply
Professor William Schabas did not deny Wednesday, in an interview with Israel´s Channel 2, that the international community has a double standard regarding Israel´s conduct of war. [Snip] “This is explained by the relative strength of the powers,” he added, and noted that some claim there is a double standard in Israel´s favor in the UN Security Council, where anti-Israel resolutions are vetoed. Schabas calimed that there has been “a great exaggeration of some of the statements” he made in the past regarding Israel. When he suggested that he would like to see Binyamin Netanyahu in the dock at the

The Kotex Lobby: Feminist, Liberal
Media Demand ‘Free Tampons’ For All
NewsBusters, by Katie Yoder    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/13/2014 10:14:00 AM     Post Reply
It’s the terminus point of modern feminism: make the deeply personal very publicly political, and get someone else to pay for it! If one man is keeping you in the style to which you’re accustomed, you’re a kept woman – perhaps even [shudder] a stay-at-home mom. But if your sugar is funneled from thousands of hapless tax payers through a legion of faceless bureaucrats, you’re a tower of feminist self-determination. Fight the power, sisters! Demand government tampons! Last week, Jessica Valenti (Feministing founder, NARAL director and Planned Parenthood heroine) asked via Twitter, “Anyone know a country where tampons are free

MSNBC Guest: Police Shooting of Teen
Was ´Execution-Style´ Murder; Chris
Hayes Fails to Rebuke Heated Charge
NewsBusters, by Ken Shepherd    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/13/2014 10:09:56 AM     Post Reply
Given a national platform on tonight´s All In with Chris Hayes, Democratic State Senator Jamilah Nasheed (Mo.) charged that the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer was an "execution-style" killing. [WATCH video and READ the relevant transcript following page break] At no point, however, did host Chris Hayes object to such rhetoric and protest that the facts have not been established in an impartial investigation. Producers and Mr. Hayes should well have known, however, that Ms. Nasheed might make such a heated charge on air. In an August 10 tweet she condemned Brown´s shooting as

Ben Carson on Ferguson: We Should
Remember ‘Police Are Individuals Too’
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/13/2014 10:08:27 AM     Post Reply
Dr. Ben Carson weighed in on the aftermath of a tragic shooting in Ferguson, Missouri tonight on The O’Reilly Factor. Carson said that people need to be careful about jumping to conclusions about the police, because police officers are people too and the cop who shot Michael Brown needs to be heard from. Bill O’Reilly said that there are lots of people who have already jumped to conclusions about the police shooting “without knowing the facts.” He and Carson both expressed their sympathies for Brown’s grieving family and couldn’t even begin to imagine how they’re feeling. Carson did add, “But at

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