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Indiscrete Discretion
National Review Online, by Mark Krikorian    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/15/2014 4:59:11 AM     Post Reply
Today is the two-year anniversary of President Obama’s first big amnesty edict, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). So far more than half a million illegal immigrants claiming to have arrived here before age 16 have been legalized by the president’s unilateral riff on the Dream Act. Contrary to the story line put forth by activists, and repeated uncritically by most of the media, the DACA decree was not a matter of simply delaying deportations of illegal aliens judged to be low-priority — the administration did that early on by formally exempting the vast majority of the illegal population from the

When Bogie and Bacall Were
Duped by Hollywood Communists
American Spectator, by Paul Kengor    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/15/2014 4:54:13 AM     Post Reply
Lauren Bacall died this week at age 89. Her obituaries are paying tribute to a glamorous actress, a famed star from Hollywood’s Golden Age, the wife of Humphrey Bogart, and a lifetime liberal. She’s also being celebrated by liberals as a fighter for freedom in the arts, one who bravely confronted the closed-minded anti-communists in Washington—a stoic battler against Joe McCarthy and his “witch hunts.” Sorry, but reality is more complicated. The facts are that Lauren Bacall herself learned the truth about communism in Hollywood. She admitted to being badly duped by bad guys. She learned her lesson, even as her fellow

Hillary Clinton´s Authenticity Problem
Weekly Standard, by Jay Cost    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/15/2014 4:51:37 AM     Post Reply
A friend of mine and I were discussing Hillary Clinton’s putative presidential candidacy over email, and he flagged for me a YouTube video of a debate from the fall of 2007. In it, Tim Russert queried her thusly: Senator Clinton, Governor of New York Eliot Spitzer has proposed giving driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. You told the Nashua, N.H., editorial board it makes a lot of sense. Why does it make a lot of sense to give an illegal immigrant a driver’s license? To which Clinton responded: Well, what Governor Spitzer is trying to do is fill the vacuum left by the failure

  


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Killer who spent years in hiding
blames victim for ‘ruining his life’
New York Post, by Rebecca Rosenberg    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/15/2014 4:49:01 AM     Post Reply
The man brought to face justice by the daughter of an Inwood restaurateur he fatally shot over 25 years ago told a judge Thursday that the killing was an act of “self defense” and then, in a stunning move, blamed the victim for destroying his life. Justo Santos, 44, was on the lam when Joselyn Martinez tracked him to a Miami hideout last year through social media sites. “It destroyed my life,” whined the clean-cut father of five, wearing glasses and a smart beige blazer in a Manhattan court hearing. “Your killing Mr. Martinez destroyed your life?” Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Lederer asked

Where We Came From, State by State
New York Times, by Gregor Aisch*    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/15/2014 4:43:59 AM     Post Reply
Where people who live in California were born Foreign immigration is a hot topic these days, but the movement of people from one state to another can have an even bigger influence on the United States’ economy, politics and culture. Americans have already seen this with the Western expansion, the movement of Southern blacks to Northern cities and the migration from the Rust Belt. The patterns of migration continue to change. California, shown above, has long been the destination of American dreamers from other states. It no longer plays that role; residents are leaving for greener pastures out East.

Obama´s ´vacation from hell´
Politico, by Carrie Budoff Brown    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/15/2014 4:39:10 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama really wanted to take a vacation. But then the world intervened. The president’s plan to snag two weeks off in Martha’s Vineyard has been an utter failure, marking his worst attempt at relaxation since the Detroit underwear bomber consumed his 2009 Christmas holiday in Hawaii. On the eve of his departure late last week, Obama authorized airstrikes in Iraq to beat back Islamist militants from committing genocide. Then as he wrapped up his first round of golf on the Massachusetts island Saturday night, The Atlantic interview with Hillary Clinton hit the Web, sparking days of speculation about the fraying

Why is Obama returning to Washington?
The Hill [DC], by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/15/2014 4:36:29 AM     Post Reply
President Obama won´t make any major announcements on immigration reform during his secretive mid-vacation trip back to Washington next week, the White House said Wednesday. The president is expected to return to the White House on Sunday, but officials won´t say why Obama is taking the unusual, and costly, trip back to Washington. He´s expected to return to Martha´s Vineyard, where he´s been vacationing, on Tuesday. Speculation has circled around whether Obama might make an announcement of executive actions he´s taking on immigration reform, or a surprise visit from a foreign leader. But the White House is "not anticipating a major announcement on

  


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´Reckless and untrustworthy´
American Thinker, by Carol Brown    Original Article
Posted By: geo11- 8/15/2014 4:35:00 AM     Post Reply
Officials with the Obama administration held nothing back when speaking about the current halt on the shipment of missiles to Israel. The Wall Street Journal reports that in the war between Israel and Hamas, US officials stated that “Mr. Netanyahu and his national security team are both reckless and untrustworthy’.” What an absolutely perfect description of Obama. I’m going to add it to the growing list of adjectives reserved just for him.

‘We Broke the ISIL Siege,’ Obama
Declares; Pentagon Not Doing
‘Happy Dances’ Over Yazidis Left
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/15/2014 4:33:58 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — President Obama took credit today for liberating Yazidis cornered by the Islamic State on Mount Sinjar while the Pentagon acknowledged that they’re not doing a “happy dance” over the members of the persecuted minority still suffering in the inhospitable environment. From his vacation spot in Massachusetts, Obama declared a mission accomplished of sorts for the military and humanitarian action he approved a week ago. “We also knew that ISIL terrorists were killing and enslaving Yazidi civilians in their custody and laying siege to the mountain,” Obama said. “Without food or water, they faced a terrible choice: starve on the mountain

Phyllis Schlafly Turns 90 Today
American Thinker, by Jeff Lipkes    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/15/2014 4:29:48 AM     Post Reply
Very few individuals who were not politicians or generals have had a major impact on American political history. Phyllis Schlafly is one of the exceptions. Twice. In 1964, she helped launch the grass-roots conservative movement that flourishes today, transformed by the internet, and in 1972 she inaugurated what came to be called “social conservatism.” More than any other individual, she was responsible for the nomination of Barry Goldwater, and thus, indirectly, Ronald Reagan. And virtually single-handedly, she defeated the so-called Equal Rights Amendment. Schlafly was born 90 years ago today in St. Louis, the daughter of John and Odile Stewart.

The Crisis in Ferguson
Meets Libertarianism
National Interest Magazine, by W. James Antle, III    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/15/2014 4:28:14 AM     Post Reply
Since Robert Draper’s provocative New York Times piece posed the question, national pundits have been consumed by whether the country is experiencing a “libertarian moment.” Their answers have varied, largely based on what they think about libertarianism themselves. If anywhere in America could use a libertarian moment, it is Ferguson, Missouri. That’s where Michael Brown, an eighteen-year-old, unarmed black man, was shot to death by the police. Since then, all hell has broken loose. The police claim Brown was going for the officer’s gun. One eyewitness said all Brown did was instinctively pull away when the officer grabbed him by the throat.

  


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How to Eliminate Almost
Every Federal Agency
National Journal, by Jason Plautz    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/15/2014 4:24:25 AM     Post Reply
This week, the Heartland Institute offered up a modest proposal: Eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency´s 15,000-person staff, move the headquarters from Washington to Topeka, Kan., and reload it with 300 state delegates. The policy brief from the libertarian think tank that promotes climate skepticism—written by Heartland science director Jay Lehr—is something of a dream scenario for tea partiers and other conservatives, who would like a smaller government and a chance to wipe clean EPA´s federal regulations. Lehr writes that "incremental reform of EPA is simply not an option," hence his proposal for a "Committee of the Whole" made up of state

Obama learns it can be
stupider to do nothing
Globe and Mail [Canada], by Konrad Yakabuski    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/15/2014 4:22:12 AM     Post Reply
Back in January, Barack Obama sat down with New Yorker editor David Remnick for what might best be characterized not so much as an interview as a victory lap. This was the U.S. President at his smartest-person-in-the-room best. He’d ended one war (in Iraq) and was about to wrap up another (in Afghanistan). Al-Qaeda was “decimated,” he crowed. When Mr. Remnick countered that rebels in Syria and Iraq were flying the al-Qaeda flag, and branches in Africa were causing trouble, too, the hoops-loving President shot back: “The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if

Groups rally around think
tank, publication being sued
for global warming views
Fox News, by Barnini Chakraborty    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/15/2014 4:20:29 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – News outlets, advocacy groups and fellow think tanks are jumping to the defense of a conservative-leaning D.C. policy center and publication being sued for libel by a scientist who didn´t like what they had to say about his work on global warming. Michael Mann, a prominent professor of meteorology at Pennsylvania State University, has long been a target of climate change skeptics for his work claiming temperatures have risen dramatically in recent decades, and has sued before when groups tried to debunk his data. But this time, Mann is being accused of going too far with his case against the

Missing Amish Girls Found
Alive, Amber Alert Canceled
ABC News, by Gio Benitez & Alyssa Newcomb    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/15/2014 4:16:38 AM     Post Reply
Two missing Amish girls in northern New York were found alive tonight and the Amber Alert for them was canceled. Applause erupted at the search command center when word came of their recovery. The girls, Delila Miller, 6, and Fannie Miller, 12, went to wait on a customer at the family´s roadside stand Wednesday night in Oswegatchie, a rural town located near the Canadian border. Police said a witness saw a vehicle put something in the backseat. When the car drove away, the witness told police the children were gone. The sisters were dropped off in the town of Richville, about 36 miles

  


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12 Russian Armored
Vehicles Join Aid Convoy
Associated Press, by Alexander Roslyakov    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/15/2014 4:14:09 AM     Post Reply
KAMENSK-SHAKHTINSKY, Russia -- A dozen Russian armored personnel carriers appeared Friday near a large aid convoy that was parked near the Ukrainian border, poised to cross into rebel-held territory. Ukraine has expressed fears that Russia could use the aid shipment as cover for a military incursion in support of the separatists and threatened to use all means necessary to block the convoy if Ukrainian officials and the Red Cross were not allowed to inspect the cargo. While the presence of the armored vehicles near the aid trucks, about 30 kilometers (18 miles) from the border, was certain to cause some

Hand grenades becoming key weapon in
Mexican cartels´ arsenals, say authorities
Fox News, by Joshua Rhett Miller    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/15/2014 1:39:11 AM     Post Reply
Mexican drug cartels, whose trafficking efforts into the U.S. have grown bolder amid the border crisis, are increasingly utilizing a frightening weapon in their arsenal: the hand grenade. Whether packed with explosives, hollowed out and filled with steel to give them authentic heft or even used to deliver handwritten death threats, grenades are turning up in greater frequency in encounters with suspected cartel members, according to law enforcement authorities and border experts. (Snip) “The reason you’re seeing so many more [grenades] this year is because much more heavily-armed drug shipments are coming into the United States,”

Scientists think they have dust
specks from outside our solar system
Los Angeles Times, by Amina Khan    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/15/2014 1:26:44 AM     Post Reply
Call them the seven wonders of interstellar space: Tiny specks of dust captured by a NASA spacecraft may be the first material from outside the solar system ever caught and brought to Earth. Researchers studying the contents of a capsule returned to Earth in 2006 at the conclusion of the Stardust spacecraft´s primary mission believe that they have found seven remarkable specks on its collection panels. Although they weigh about 10 trillionths of a gram in all, the microscopic motes of "alien" dust described in the journal Science could alter astronomers´ perception of the galaxy beyond our own stellar neighborhood.

WHO: Evidence shows Ebola
crisis ´vastly underestimated´
CNN, by Faith Karimi    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/15/2014 1:15:46 AM     Post Reply
The magnitude of the Ebola crisis in West Africa is "vastly" underestimated, the World Health Organization said this week, as the death toll rose to more than 1,000. Ebola has infected at least 1,975 people in Nigeria, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since the outbreak began this year. Of those, at least 1,069 have died, according to the WHO. It said the number reflects the count as of Monday. "The outbreak is expected to continue for some time," the WHO said in a statement Thursday. "Staff at the outbreak sites see evidence that the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimate the magnitude of the outbreak."

How America’s Police Became
an Army: The 1033 Program
Newsweek Magazine, by Taylor Wofford    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/15/2014 1:09:59 AM     Post Reply
As many have noted, Ferguson, Missouri, currently looks like a war zone. And its police—kitted out with Marine-issue camouflage and military-grade body armor, toting short-barreled assault rifles, and rolling around in armored vehicles—are indistinguishable from soldiers. America has been quietly arming its police for battle since the early 1990s. Faced with a bloated military and what it perceived as a worsening drug crisis, the 101st Congress in 1990 enacted the National Defense Authorization Act. Section 1208 of the NDAA allowed the Secretary of Defense to “transfer to Federal and State agencies personal property of the

  



McCulloch blasts Nixon for replacing
St. Louis County Police control
St. Louis Post Dispatch (MO), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/14/2014 11:01:37 PM     Post Reply
St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch Thursday night blasted the decision by Gov. Jay Nixon to replace St. Louis County Police control of the Ferguson situation with the Missouri State Highway Patrol. “It´s shameful what he did today, he had no legal authority to do that," McCulloch said. "To denigrate the men and women of the county police department is shameful." McCulloch noted that no one was seriously injured in the effort led by County Police Chief Jon Belmar until Nixon handed control of the Ferguson over to the state agency on Thursday. “For Nixon to never talk to

Landrieu to reimburse taxpayers
for private charter flight to fundraiser
that may have broken federal law
Townhall, by Mary Katherine Ham    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/14/2014 10:47:38 PM     Post Reply
Oops: Sen. Mary Landrieu (D., La.) has decided to reimburse her Senate office $5,700 for a chartered flight from New Orleans to Shreveport for an official event, then Shreveport to Dallas for a fundraiser. Federal law and Senate rules require expenses to be split between campaign and Senate accounts when campaign functions overlap with official business. CNN: Under federal law and Senate rules, the cost of a trip that includes official and campaign stops must often be prorated between Senate and campaign accounts. However, if the campaign activity is “incidental” to the official trip, the expense doesn’t need to be split up.

NBA Star Calls Al Sharpton a
‘Coon’ for Stepping into Ferguson
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/14/2014 10:38:54 PM     Post Reply
NBA player Gilbert Arenas really went off on Al Sharpton yesterday. Arenas was really incensed at Sharpton’s presence in Ferguson, Mo., and even went so far as to call the civil rights leader a “coon” and asking people to stop inviting him into their communities for help. Arenas posted a rather lengthy rant on Instagram that’s since been deleted, but UPROXX captured the full text before it was taken down, and man, it’s a doozy. Arenas sent his best wishes to Michael Brown‘s grieving family but immediately went on to blast African-Americans for resorting to looting and rioting. He said,

First National Guard troops
arrive at Texas-Mexico border
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/14/2014 10:30:41 PM     Post Reply
HIDALGO, Texas – The first wave of National Guard troops has taken up observation posts along the Texas-Mexico border. Several dozen soldiers deployed in the Rio Grande Valley are part of the up to 1,000 troops called up by Gov. Rick Perry last month, Texas National Guard Master Sgt. Ken Walker of the Joint Counterdrug Task Force said Thursday. Several guardsmen were seen Thursday afternoon manning an observation tower along the busy road leading to the Hidalgo International Bridge. This first batch of soldiers was specifically trained to man such observation towers in the area belonging to local law enforcement

Walmart and other chains
suffer sluggish quarterly sales
New York Daily News, by Robert Dominguez    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/14/2014 10:21:53 PM     Post Reply
Attention, Walmart shoppers: The world’s largest retail chain misses you. Walmart on Thursday reported flat sales at its U.S. stores in the April to June period — the sixth straight quarter of declining or zero growth. The company, which targets lower-income shoppers by offering discounted prices, said its sluggish sales were the result of a sputtering economic recovery that has especially affected its core clientele. (Snip) A government report Wednesday found July retail sales, including autos, gas and restaurants, were the weakest since January. The slow-growth climate is being felt at major department store chains as well. Kohl’s, which also

Proof that TRUE beauty lasts for
ever: A year before her death, Lauren
Bacall posed for this unflinching portrait.
And, says SANDRA HOWARD, every line on
her proud, defiant face is a lesson*
Daily Mail (UK), by Sandra Howard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/14/2014 10:14:59 PM     Post Reply
How many stars would be brave enough to pose for a photograph like the one on the right? Hair greying and sparse, pulled harshly back from her skull. The barest traces of make-up, the skin crepey and creased. The lips thin and pursed. Not many of today’s celebrities in their 30s and 40s would dare to attempt it. (Photos) Even fewer would allow the camera lens to venture so intrusively close at the age of 88, knowing the result would be compared to how they looked in their dewy youth. That is why, when I gazed at the extraordinary portrait

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