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  • World View: Australia Joins Japan, Vietnam, Philippines in Opposing China

    07/13/2014 12:32:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | July 11, 2014 | John J. Xenakis
    ---snip--- Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines have been forming an alliance against China, as China has been moving to annex other countries' territories in the South and East China Seas. Relations between Vietnam and China have become particularly hostile since China deployed an oil rig in Vietnam's exclusive economic zone (EEZ). (See "China's neighbors react to new South China Sea claims" from last week.) Now Australia is signaling that it is also joining this alliance. The change in policy was indicated in a statement by Australia's foreign minister, Julie Bishop, during a visit by Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe to...
  • British Imams warn against ‘cowboy’ ISIS

    07/12/2014 11:52:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Al Arabiya News ^ | July 12, 2014 | Staff
    Leading British Muslim preachers have strongly condemned the Islamist militant group ISIS in an online video published this week aimed at deterring young British Muslims from fighting in Iraq and Syria. Their denunciation of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and its self-proclaimed "caliphate" is considered to be the highest-profile kickback thus far from Muslim leaders in Britain to the extremist Islamist group that has taken control of large swathes of Northern and Western Iraq and Eastern Syria. The British Imams appearing in the video described ISIS insurgents as “corrupt, evil, viscous cowboys and terrorists.” They said their...
  • Rachel Jeantel Blames Herself for Letting George Zimmerman Walk Free

    07/12/2014 11:01:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 12, 2014 | Matt Wilstein
    It’s been just over a year since the world was introduced to Rachel Jeantel, the friend of Trayvon Martin’s who testified on behalf of the prosecution in the George Zimmerman murder trial, but may have ended up doing more harm than good. CNN caught up with Jeantel this week, asking her if she blamed herself when Zimmerman went free. “A little bit,” she replied. Asked if she should have said something different or acted differently on the stand, she answered, “Act different.” Jeantel said the jurors in the case didn’t take her seriously as a witness, judging her for...
  • Despite poll findings, there is still a big audience that isn’t tired of Sarah Palin

    07/12/2014 10:43:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | July 9, 2014 | Philip Bump
    An NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg poll released on Wednesday reveals something that an exasperated portion of the country likely feels is overdue: The majority of Americans -- 54 percent -- wish that Sarah Palin would step back into the shadows of public discourse. As we noted, that includes over 60 percent of Democrats and almost 40 percent of Republicans. Meaning that Sarah Palin must constrain her possible media audience to only 46 percent of the population of the United States, and a little over half of her party. Somehow, we doubt she'll starve. Palin has been remarkably adept at parlaying...
  • Unwrapping Burger King's whopper of a gay marketing ploy

    07/12/2014 10:21:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Daily Dot ^ | July 11, 2014 | Matt Saccaro
    Last week, Burger King unveiled the greatest monument to ad decadence this year (so far): The Proud Whopper. What, pray tell, is a Proud Whopper? It's a whopper with a rainbow-colored wrapper. Outside of that, it's identical to a normal whopper—and that's the point Burger King is trying to make. When the wrapper is opened, it states “we are all the same inside.” Just so, an asexual person or a gay person is the same on the inside as a straight person; we're all blood, guts, and bones with sinews holding it all together. A Burger King PR rep will...
  • Morality vs. Immigration: It's not un-Christian to deport illegal trespassers (Insight)

    07/12/2014 8:03:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Mobile Press-Register ^ | January 8, 2012 | The Editorial Board and Pastor Rusty Johnson
    There are pastors and bishops in Alabama who have attempted to turn immigration into a moral issue and have deemed it un-Christian to deal with illegal aliens and deport illegal trespassers. But they are mistaken. If we turn to the Holy Bible to learn what God says about this issue, we see that God himself established the nations after Noah’s flood, according to Genesis 10:32. And the Book of Deuteronomy tells us that not only did God separate the nations, but he also set the borders of the first nations. This truth is further attested in the New Testament in...
  • Zogby Report Card: America is 'just giving up' on Obama

    07/12/2014 7:54:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Pollster John Zogby reports in our weekly White House report card that the troubles dogging President Obama and his inability to handle them have prompted even his most ardent supporters to give up. "Now some people have really bad weeks. Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff got an 'F' after the nation's soccer team lost to Germany. “But President Obama's week was just as bad. Israel and the Palestinians are at war again. The president should have visited the U.S.-Mexican border where so many immigrant children are in danger and so many American citizens are worried. “It just seems that even those...
  • Our Opinion: The lunacy never ceases (Boehner suing Obama)

    07/12/2014 7:20:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Brattleboro Reformer ^ | July 12, 2014 | The Editors
    Are we the only ones who are amazed at the nerve of House Speaker John A. Boehner? For the past few weeks, the Republican from Ohio has been promising to file a lawsuit against Pres. Barack Obama for the manner in which he has issued executive orders, which his party believes is unconstitutional. "The current president believes he has the power to make his own laws -- at times even boasting about it," Boehner said in his statement. What's most audacious about Boehner's threatened lawsuit is that it will focus on the Affordable Care Act and Obama's executive order delaying...
  • Archaeology as a vital US strategic interest

    07/12/2014 7:04:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 8, 2014 | Sturt W. Manning
    The year 1776 saw both the U.S. Declaration of Independence and publication of Gibbon’s "The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire."Today the United States stands on the top of the podium of world powers: however, does a Roman fate await? A visit to the dramatic Pueblo ruins in the American southwest, former home to a complex civilization that abandoned its settlements in the 12th-13th centuries A.D., warns us that circumstances can change, and dramatically. Archeology offers an education in patterns, possibilities and challenges that the U.S. should value and exploit for its future. For the U.S.,...
  • Justice Dept finally finds ‘real’ scandal; looking at Obama outhouse parade float

    07/12/2014 5:35:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | July 12, 2014 | Michele Kirk
    The U.S. Department of Justice has finally found something to do. Since investigating multiple “fake” scandals like the White House Benghazi cover-up and IRS targeting of conservatives seem so petty, Holder’s crew have been itching for something worthy to investigate. A controversial float in the Norfolk Independence Day parade is just the ground-breaking case they were hoping for. “One of the floats included a zombie-like mannequin standing near an outhouse labeled ‘Obama Presidential Library,’” Omaha World-Herald reported. According to the World-Herald : "The department sent a member of its Community Relations Service team, which gets involved in discrimination disputes,...
  • Immigrant children bringing out the worst in some Americans (He means us, of course)

    07/12/2014 5:24:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | July 12, 2014 | Bob Ray Sanders
    The “ugly American” has gotten a lot uglier over the past few weeks, from the streets of California to the halls of Congress and state houses around the country. A growing number of our fellow Americans have taken on grotesque features, in looks and sounds, in reaction to the thousands of children from Central America who have crossed our borders as they flee poverty and violence in hope for something better. Sadly, the arrival of these youngsters has been greeted by flag-waving, sign-carrying, Bible-thumping and Constitution-quoting citizens demanding that they not be received here and that they be returned immediately...
  • Pope Pelosi Protector of Children?

    07/12/2014 5:08:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Patheos ^ | July 12, 2014 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Nancy Pelosi, who was awarded the Margaret Sanger Eugenicist of the Year Award by Planned Genocide Parenthood (go here)has now proclaimed herself the protector of children. This article trumpets her new child protector status… House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) yesterday described herself as a “lioness” when it comes to protecting children. She also called not only for the U.S. government to process minors arriving illegally from Central America on a “case-by-case basis” but for the government to “treat the Mexican kids the way they treat the non-contiguous country kids.” “Quite frankly, I would rather they treat the Mexican kids...
  • Gaza doctors' hearts break as health care collapses under Israeli attack

    07/12/2014 4:46:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    All Voices ^ | July 11, 2014 | saleh1966
    This baby was injured because she was firing rockets!!! Commentary Doctors in Gaza did not need to read a warning from the World Health Organization to know that their health care system was collapsing under Israeli attack. Hospitals were overwhelmed by hundreds of casualties, including small children. It was getting worse every day, and EgyptÂ’s refusal to open its border made things worse still. "The recent escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip raises concern about the ability of the government and the Ministry of Health of the occupied Palestinian territory to cope with the increased burden of medical emergencies...
  • Michael Eric Dyson Calls Impeachment Talk ‘Treasonous’...Supported It in the Bush Years

    07/12/2014 3:58:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | July 10, 2014 | Andrew Johnson
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)MSNBC fill-in host and Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson is no fan of calling for a president’s ouster . . . unless it’s George W. Bush. Although he personally signed his name onto a group looking to “create a political situation where Bush himself is driven from office,” Dyson labeled Sarah Palin’s comments about impeaching President Obama as “treasonous accusations.” “The president is acutely aware of the dire situation facing the children and their families crossing into the United States, as evidenced by his tireless effort to help them,” he said on Wednesday’s show in defense of President Obama....
  • Sarah Palin’s big flame-out

    07/12/2014 2:33:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 133 replies
    MSNBC ^ | July 12, 2014 | Aliyah Frumin
    How could someone filled with such promise plunge so far, so fast? How does one go from national icon to national laughingstock? That’s exactly what has happened to Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee. Once arguably the GOP’s most charismatic celebrity, Palin is now better known for “thriving in this role of right wing shock jock” as Nicolle Wallace, a former senior adviser for the John McCain-Palin campaign, now puts it. It’s a far cry from Sept. 3, 2008, when Palin, then the largely unknown Alaska governor, confidently strode onto the stage at the Republican National Convention as...
  • Thank Hobby Lobby for showing why we need single-payer healthcare (Here it comes)

    07/12/2014 2:18:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | July 11, 2014 | Various
    To the editor: When the Supreme Court handed down its Hobby Lobby decision, I was glad — glad because it would be the start of our country realizing how insane it is to link business and healthcare. ("The Hobby Lobby case proves the necessity of single-payer healthcare," July 1) I know that offering medical care to workers began as a perk, but having started something is no reason to carry on with an insane system that has made our medical care outrageously and unnecessarily expensive. Medical care must be made affordable to all, without having businesses get in the way....
  • Colorado Is Consuming Way More Pot Than Anyone Ever Believed

    07/12/2014 2:55:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | July 10, 2014 | Maya Rhodan
    And most is consumed by a minority of daily users. About 9% of Colorado’s population consumes marijuana, according to a market demand study conducted by the state department of revenue’s Marijuana Enforcement Division and the state’s Marijuana Policy Group. And those users, it’s estimated, will get through about 121.4 metric tons of pot every year. According to the report, that consumption — calculated through survey results, demographic data and source data — is “31 percent higher than a recent department of revenue assessment, 89 percent higher than a study by the Colorado Futures Center, and 111 percent higher than an...
  • Christians should marry Muslims to tackle Islamophobia, says peer

    07/12/2014 2:01:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Express ^ | July 8, 2014 | Owen Bennett, Political Reporter
    CHRISTIANS should be encouraged to marry Muslims as a way of tackling Islamophobia, a senior peer claimed today. Lord Scott, a former Supreme Court Judge, cited his own family - in which two of his four children married Muslims - as an example of how interfaith families can thrive. The peer, who sits as a crossbencher in the Lords, made the comments during a debate on how to improve relations between the Muslim community and other faith groups in the UK. He said: “Of my two sons one has become a Muslim and of my two daughters one of those...
  • Unprepared for Impeachment

    07/12/2014 1:17:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Ricochet ^ | July 10, 2014 | Rick Wilson
    No matter how many ways I say this, I’m going to get the usual “RINO!” reaction. I’ll give you the caveat as plainly as I can: this is not an article for or against the impeachment of Barack Obama. Now, no matter how forcefully I say it, there is still a faction on the right who will take my failure to immediately call for Obama’s impeachment as their chance to damn me as a RINO, a traitor, a fifth-columnist, a secret Obama supporter, a squish, and a sellout to the Evil Establishment. So before you lose your grip, reread the...
  • Democrat Congressman: Tax Drivers for Every Mile They Drive

    07/12/2014 12:35:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    CNS News ^ | July 11, 2014 | Penny Starr
    While the House and the Senate this week issued measures intended to temporarily replenish the Highway Trust Fund before it runs out of money next month, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) ended the week by proposing to hike - then abolish - the federal fuel tax and replace it with a per-mile “fee.” “The policy development that I’m most excited about and that will reinforce the right practices for the future: After we raise the gas tax, we should abolish it,” Blumenauer said on Friday at the liberal Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. “The time is right to replace...
  • Matthews: Tea Party Treats Ayn Rand's 'Atlas Shrugged' 'Like It's the Little Red Book of Mao'

    07/11/2014 11:38:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 11, 2014 | Matthew Balan
    On Friday's Hardball, Chris Matthews and Howard Dean slammed the supposedly "lunatic" Republican Party for opposing President Obama's $3.7 billion request to deal with the ongoing crisis at the U.S-Mexico border. Dean likened the political stalemate over this issue and in general in Washington to McCarthyism in the 1950s: "It reminds me of the 'who lost China' debate...where one side is frothing at the mouth and finding communists under every bed; and the other side – including some reasonable Republicans...actually trying to run the country." Matthews endorsed the former Vermont governor's take, and targeted fiscal conservatives/the Tea Party as somehow...
  • D’Souza and MSNBC Host in Explosive Battle over Slavery, ‘Radical’ Obama

    07/11/2014 11:21:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 10, 2014 | Josh Feldman
    Dinesh D’Souza, the man behind the controversial new documentary America, jumped into the lion’s den today with an appearance on MSNBC, facing off against Ed Show guest host Michael Eric Dyson and panelists Eric Boehlert and Zerlina Maxwell over slavery, America’s comparative ills in world history, and whether President Obama is a dangerous “radical.” D’Souza contended that people exaggerate past sins like taking land from Native Americans and slavery. Dyson challenged him on slavery, arguing it was worse (to a degree) when America did it because there was actually religious justification being trotted out. D’Souza pointed out there were free...
  • Next battle in “marriage equality” debate: Incest

    07/11/2014 10:57:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Northern Colorado Gazette ^ | July 11, 2014 | Jack Minor
    A judge has suggested that now that same-sex marriages and homosexuality have become more accepted the next logical step could be to legitimize incestuous relationships. “A jury might find nothing untoward in the advance of a brother towards his sister once she had sexually matured, had sexual relationships with other men and was now ‘available’, not having [a] sexual partner,” Judge Garry Neilson from Australia said. Neilson compared incest to homosexuality, saying that such relationships were once illegal. “If this was the 1950s and you had a jury of 12 men there, which is what you’d invariably have, they would...
  • Miami-Dade Residents Told to Buy Firearms, Attack Dog in Light of Police Cuts

    07/11/2014 10:13:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 11, 2014 | AWR Hawkins
    Miami, Florida, residents are being told to buy an attack dog and "some firearms" in light of pending budget cuts slated to reduce the police force by "250 police officers." The cuts are part of a budget proposed by Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez. According to 7 News WSVN, the budget cuts will eliminate "close to 650 county jobs to fill a $64 million hole in the general fund." While Mayor Gimenez says he wants "the same number of patrol officers on the street... [as] today" once the new budget goes into effect, he also admits it could eliminate the jobs...
  • Obama Administration Paying Locals $6,000 a Month to HOUSE ONE ILLEGAL MINOR

    07/11/2014 9:31:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | July 11, 2014 | Mara Zebest
    Obama Administration is not only using tax dollars to advertise… but also using tax dollars to pay more than $6000 a month to house ILLEGALS—NOTE the Tax Free reference in the ad. When a Murrieta resident called the advertised phone number and asked about housing a CHILD, the person on the other end explained there are no children under the age of 12.Are we not being constantly told this is about compassion for young children? Are the 12-year-olds (and older) cartel children? Is this among the reasons why no one is allowed access to the illegals at detainment centers? Is...
  • GOP's Ernst of Iowa to Give Party's Radio Address

    07/11/2014 9:04:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    ABC News / The Associated Press ^ | July 11, 2014 | Thomas Beaumont
    Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst will take a break from campaigning for two weeks to take part in active-duty training for the Iowa National Guard. But before lacing up her boots, Ernst was to record the Republicans' national radio address, the Republican National Committee said Friday. Ernst, a lieutenant colonel and state senator from southwest Iowa, recorded the speech Thursday evening just hours before she was scheduled to report for duty at 6 a.m. From central Iowa Ernst was leading a convoy to Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, where for the next two weeks she will drill with her transportation battalion....
  • Palin the constitutional expert (She must be right over the target)

    07/11/2014 8:45:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 11, 2014 | A.B. Stoddard
    It has been a while since former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) embarrassed herself, but staying out of the news isn't good for her livelihood, which relies on lucrative speeches, television appearances and a regular stream of news accounts of her Facebook posts where she offers up her special brand of leadership. So since things have been a bit quiet for her, this week she insisted that everyone who resists impeaching President Obama must go. In her words, "we should vehemently oppose any politician on the left or right who would hesitate in voting for articles of impeachment," and this other...
  • Mexican Peso to be backed With Silver: “Would Unleash a Global Power Shift”

    07/11/2014 6:28:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | July 11, 2014 | Mac Slavo
    For many Americans the country of Mexico conjures up images of a third world nation. The poverty, lack of basic services, and extreme violence has left the populace so desperate that thousands of people on a daily basis head to the United States for a better life. But according to Future Money Trends, all that could change in the near future as key Mexican financial leaders and politicians have been working to institute sweeping monetary change that, if implemented, could unleash a global power shift of epic proportions. “Take just three or four men out of the ‘anti’ group,” says...
  • “Where Can I Get Asylum?” (Lady in Baltimore calls Obama out)

    07/11/2014 5:55:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Powerline ^ | July 11, 2014 | John Hinderaker
    That was the anguished question asked by an African-American woman from Baltimore on the Laura Ingraham radio show this morning. It ties in directly with this post from last night. Tony Lee at Breitbart.com writes: On Friday’s Laura Ingraham Show, Elaine, a black woman from Baltimore, expressed her outrage that President Barack Obama is putting the interests of illegal immigrant children above those of American citizens. Though the number of illegal immigrant children unlawfully entering the country has spiked since Obama unilaterally enacted his temporary amnesty program in 2012, the White House has said the primary cause of the border...
  • He's baaaack!: Romney destroys all other potential Republicans in N.H. presidential primary poll

    07/11/2014 5:35:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | July 11, 2014 | David Martosko, U.S. Political Editor
    The WMUR/Granite State Poll gives Christie a first-place 19 per cent showing among New Hampshire Republicans But when Romney is added to the mix, he draws 39-percent support and leaves everyone else in single digits Paul Ryan has the highest 'favorable' numbers of the field, at 55 per cent Christie's 46 per cent favorable number is soft since a separate 36 per cent say they don't like him When asked which potential White House hopeful they would never support, More Republicans name Christie than any other pol.Chris Christie narrowly leads the pack of potential Republican presidential candidates in a poll...
  • Sarah Palin vs. President Obama: Are Republicans the losers? (C'mon, you knew they'd go there)

    07/11/2014 4:28:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Los Angeles Times' Politics Now ^ | July 11, 2014 | Cathleen Decker
    For a few political cycles now, Republican leaders have strained to distance themselves from some in their midst and focus on the basics to secure and extend their power in Washington: The less-than-sweeping economic recovery and President Obama’s foundering, as they see it, at home and abroad. And those in their midst have continued to define the party in ways that drew an injurious response from key voter groups. There was the dust-up in 2012 when Todd Akin, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Missouri, defended his opposition to abortion by positing that women’s bodies blocked conception resulting from rape....
  • ‘The bear is loose’: Is Obama breaking free or running away?

    07/11/2014 4:20:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Washington Post's The Debrief ^ | July 10, 2014 | Juliet Eilperin
    Bears, beer and horse heads: What exactly is going on with the leader of the free world? On a single day this week in Denver, President Obama scarfed down pizza and drinks with strangers, shot pool with Colorado’s governor and shook hands with a guy on the street wearing a horse mask. His top staffers are promoting these stops on Twitter with the hashtag #TheBearIsLoose — a term one of Obama’s aides coined in 2008 when the candidate would defy his schedule. More than five years into his presidency, Obama is trying to free himself from the constraints of office,...
  • Don't let nativism cloud the immigration debate

    07/11/2014 2:57:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 10, 2014 | Shikha Dalmia
    Here’s a question for the proud Americans demanding that the unaccompanied foreign children showing up at our borders be deported: Suppose that one of these “illegal” minors was your neighbor, living with his aunt and uncle, going to school during the day, kicking ball with friends in the evening, trying hard to put the traumatic journey from his native, violence-ridden country to America behind him. Would you, with a clear conscience, pick up the phone and turn him in? If the answer is “no,” then it is time for you to throw out your “Return to Sender” signs. Why? Because...
  • The Climate Optimists

    07/11/2014 1:46:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Slate ^ | July 9, 2014 | Will Oremus
    Conservatives have a new line on climate change: “It’s real, but it’s nothing to worry about!” Las Vegas is parched. A 14-year drought has left Lake Mead, the local water source, dangerously low. It has dropped 100 feet in the past decade. If it drops 12 more feet, federal water rationing rules will kick in. Some climate scientists predict that will happen in the next year. And most believe the situation will only worsen over time. The view from inside Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, however, is considerably rosier. That’s where scientists, activists, and bloggers have assembled this...
  • Chase Bank Has Pattern of Partisanship on LGBT Issues

    07/11/2014 12:49:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 10, 2014 | Austin Ruse
    The recent exposé of the employee survey that asked probing questions about employee support for the “LGBT community” has focused attention on something that the typical depositor might not be aware of, and that is the massive time and attention JP Morgan Chase lavishes on the LGBT issue. Four years ago JP Morgan Chase told a local businessman that he had to remove a Christmas tree he donated to the lobby of a branch bank in Southlake, Texas. The reason given was that some found the Christmas decoration offensive. The order to remove was not made locally. It came from...
  • @ISIS Is #Winning: Why's a barbaric caliphate so much better at social media than Washington?

    07/11/2014 12:21:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | July 9, 2014 | Kori Schake
    The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham is running a brilliantly effective social media campaign. With the group rebranded as the Islamic State (IS), its grisly messaging gets attention and discourages resistance to its military operations, both where it is fighting and among countries that might be inclined to intervene against it. After it took Mosul, IS streamed video of its men executing dozens of captured Iraqi soldiers -- which very likely helped encourage the choice of Iraqi security forces to quietly desert their posts. IS live-tweeted its military advance through Iraq, showcasing the bravery of its fighters and what...
  • Chris Christie’s Faking It on Gun Rights

    07/10/2014 11:15:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 10, 2014 | Olivia Nuzzi
    Twenty years before he killed a cap on magazine rounds, the Republican entered politics explicitly to fight for an assault-weapons ban and bullet limit. A gun control bill landed on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s desk on July 2, the same day that two parents of children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, took to the Trenton State House to try to convince him to sign it. When Christie vetoed the bill instead—not even blinking at the pleas from the victims’ families—he sent a message to conservatives and gun-rights groups that he is still a...
  • 'Nuclear Terrorism': Hamas Targeting of Dimona Reactor Meets UN Definition

    07/10/2014 11:04:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 10, 2014 | Joel B. Pollak
    The terrorist group Hamas claimed late Wednesday that it attempted to target Israel's nuclear reactor in the desert town of Dimona by firing three long-range M-75 rockets at the facility. One of the rockets was destroyed in mid-flight by Israel's Iron Dome system, and two fell harmlessly in the rocky Negev. However, merely by targeting the nuclear facility, Hamas has committed nuclear terrorism, according to United Nations treaties. Article 2 (1) of the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism states: 1. Any person commits an offence within the meaning of this Convention if that person unlawfully...
  • Black Brazilians Push Government to Pay Reparations for Brazilian Slavery

    07/10/2014 10:48:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Atlanta Black Star ^ | July 10, 2014 | Nick Chiles
    While the world’s eyes remain riveted on Brazil’s World Cup stadiums, most people aren’t aware that the country is also the home to one of the world’s most progressive reparations movements to repay Afro-Brazilians for their enslavement. Slavery in Brazil didn’t end until 1889, making Brazil the last nation in the Western Hemisphere to outlaw the institution, and the legacy of slavery has firmly ensconced Black Brazilians in the lower rungs of Brazilian society. “By and large, black Brazilians live in the worst housing and attend the poorest schools,” writes Roque Planas in a comprehensive two-part series for the Huffington...
  • 3D Printed Semi-auto Ruger Pistol is Assembled and Fired – ‘If you take my gun, I’ll print another!’

    07/10/2014 10:31:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    3D Print.com blog ^ | July 7, 2014 | Whitney Hipolite
    When 3D printing is discussed, one of the most debated topics is that of 3D printed weaponry, specifically guns. Last year, Solid Concepts created a 3D Printed replica of a 1911 pistol. At the time, it brought up quite a bit of debate, as the 3D printing of guns could severely undermine national and world-wide security. If anyone with a 3D printer could print an operational gun, then what good are laws that prevent people from obtaining guns? TodayÂ’s consumer level 3D printers can, for the most part, only print in plastic or plastic-like materials. Many people argue that guns...
  • The Innermost Doll of Failure (Palin, Boehner, Obama, Merkel, al-Qaeda and Putin)

    07/10/2014 10:03:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    PJ Media's Belmont Club ^ | July 10, 2014 | Richard Fernandez
    A farmer in Boise, Idaho once compared the attack methods of a pack of wolves and a mountain lion. Mountain lions or cougars have the reputation of killing with efficiency and, if there are such things in the high desert food chain, some mercy and grace. The big cats keep bloodshed to a minimum and they kill quickly. Wolves employ far sloppier methods in their hunts. A cow might take her last breath of air amid a scene of flattened brush, trampled ground, drag marks and smears of blood–lots of blood. Nadeau calls such scenes “struggle sites.” These sites can...
  • Tea party could spoil GOP chances

    07/10/2014 9:36:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    A few recent developments have revealed the tea party temperament in its most distilled, potent form. Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin called for the impeachment of President Obama on the theory that his border policies are "the last straw that makes the battered wife say, 'no mas.' " Excavating the layers of mixed metaphor - the straw that broke the camel's back is somehow causing an abused woman to surrender in Spanish - Palin demands the ousting of an American president on the constitutional theory that "enough is enough." Republicans who disapprove of this plan, according to Palin,...
  • Armed militia sets up Texas command center to ‘fight for national sovereignty’

    07/10/2014 9:23:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 10, 2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) A militia has set up a command center south of San Antonio to prepare for what they say is a mission to protect the United States from the influx of illegal immigrants. The militia, operating via the website PatriotsInformationHotline.com, founded by Barbie Rogers, said members at the command center in Von Ormy will deploy to Laredo first and spread to other parts of the border, a local ABC affiliate reported. Chris Davis, the 37-year-old commander of the group, would not disclose how many members make up the militia, but said the troops would deploy “in a few weeks.” “We...
  • America’s Impending Tuberculosis Epidemic

    07/10/2014 8:10:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Chicago Boyz ^ | July 10, 2014 | Trent Telenko
    (NOTE — Update at the End of the Column) One of the things that changes you, when you become a parent, is the body of knowledge you acquire to protect your spouse and children including things like knowledge of infectious diseases in public schools. In my case that meant looking at the NY Times saying the following: “…the administration has begun to send the expected 240,000 migrants and 52,000 unaccompanied minors who have crossed the border illegally in recent months in the Rio Grande Valley to cities around the county.” And at headlines for the open border crisis like this...
  • Immigration Reform Proponents Must Consider Results From 100 Years Ago

    07/10/2014 7:23:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Roll Call ^ | July 10, 2014 | Roy Beck
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The effect on the congressional immigration debate after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s surprising primary loss should not be about whether to have reform, but whether that reform should be about increasing foreign labor or reducing it. Cantor represented the unanimous views of the leadership of both parties, which have only differed in how and how much to increase lifetime immigrants, guest workers and legalizations of unlawful foreign visitors. By stressing the opposite option — reductions in legal immigration — during his campaign against Cantor, victorious economics professor Dave Brat has suddenly given hope to the many members of Congress...
  • Barack Obama on impeachment: 'Really?'(“I don’t have to run anymore, so I can just let it rip”)

    07/10/2014 7:10:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 10, 2014 | Edward-Isaac Dovere, senior White House reporter
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Go ahead, President Barack Obama told House Republicans Thursday. Impeach him. “You hear some of them: ‘Sue him! Impeach him!’” Obama said in a relaxed, sniping campaign-style speech in Austin, Texas, recounting the resistance he’s run into for signing executive actions. “Really? For what, doing my job?” So punchy that he was leaning arms hanging off the front of his podium, telling a few hecklers to “sit down,” and instructing the Secret Service not to bother removing them, Obama said he was feeling liberated. “I don’t have to run for office anymore, so I can just let it rip,” he...
  • ABC's Jon Karl Wonders: Who's In Charge of Obama's White House?

    07/10/2014 6:55:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 9, 2014 | Cheri Jacobus
    ABC's Jonathan Karl on Tuesday asked White House press secretary why the letter from the White House to Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) inviting him to a meeting with President Obama regarding the Texas border crisis was from Valerie Jarrett. While it's routine for staff to draft such letters for elected officials, matters of such magnitude and to other elected officials of stature are almost always in the name of the principle. The president's spokesman, when asked why the letter was from Jarrett rather than the President, said "Valerie spends a lot of time maintaining relationships with governors around the country"...
  • ANALYSIS: Stunned by Israel's fierce response, Hamas sends distress signals

    07/10/2014 5:04:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | July 9, 2014 | Khaled Abu Toameh
    Despite fiery statements issued by Hamas spokesmen over the past 48 hours, it was obvious Tuesday night that the Islamist movement was searching for ways to rid itself of the current escalation. Hamas feels that it has been forced into a confrontation with Israel – one that it did not want at this stage because of its increased isolation and financial crisis. The massive Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip over the past 24 hours have surprised Hamas and other Palestinian groups. Hamas apparently expected a limited response to the recent rocket attacks on Israeli cities and towns. But...
  • Video: Unhinged pro-abortion protester knows little about human biology … or criminal law

    07/10/2014 4:50:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 10, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Let’s just say that this isn’t going to make Burger King’s rainbow Whopper highlight reel in terms of public relations. A woman wearing her work uniform threatened, attacked, and berated pro-life demonstrators who didn’t appear to be anywhere near a BK outlet in Columbus, Ohio. She started off by loudly insisting that a baby at the 12-week gestational mark has no distinguishing features whatsoever — yelling incoherently about “clump of cells” at one point to the bemused but disciplined young man — and then started kicking signs and shoving protesters, all on camera (warning: language NSFW):(VIDEO-AT-LINK)It’s not difficult to catalog...
  • Should Black Americans Celebrate Independence Day? [VIDEO]

    07/10/2014 1:10:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    NewsOne for Black America ^ | July 3, 2014 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Since the American colonies declared independence from Great Britain in 1776, there have been questions of what that independence means for America’s black citizens. As early as 1781, states were officially observing Independence Day – a full 82 years before Lincoln would issue the Emancipation Proclamation and 85 years before the last slaves were freed in Galveston, Texas. Abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass was asked to speak at an Independence Day celebration in 1852 at Rochester’s Corinthian Hall. In a time when most other blacks were still not free, he gave the speech - though it may not...