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  • California Senate leader: Free legal aid to immigrants

    07/31/2014 12:12:08 AM PDT · by blueplum · 4 replies
    Desert Sun ^ | July 30, 2014 3:56pm | Tatiana Sanchez
    Two members of Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg's staff will provide free legal aid to undocumented immigrant children from Central America who have found themselves in Southern California with no parents or family members. Steinberg announced Wednesday that his policy director, Anthony Williams, and senior policy consultant, Margie Estrada, will participate in the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Legal Assistant Project as a part of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Southern California Chapter "These children face a daunting immigration process in a foreign legal system without any legal representation. A kid is a kid, and should be shown compassion...
  • Police investigating Comic-Con cosplay assault, photographer arrested

    07/31/2014 12:00:43 AM PDT · by blueplum · 1 replies
    Polygon.com ^ | Jul 30, 2014 at 3:50pm | Brian Crecente
    A 29-year-old cosplay photographer was arrested Sunday morning at the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina hotel in connection with the discovery of a bloodied and unconscious 17-year-old cosplayer in town for San Diego Comic-Con. Justin Kalior was arrested early Sunday morning, July 27, in the hotel at 333 West Harbor Drive, police told Polygon. He was booked into San Diego County Jail later that day on charges of sexual contact with a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to a police press release. Kalior was not charged with assault and police have not clarified if...
  • As France Grants Asylum to Iraqi Christians, Rep. Wolf Slams ‘Silence’ in Washington

    07/30/2014 11:46:42 PM PDT · by expat1000 · 4 replies
    CNS News ^ | July 30, 2014 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – The French government says it is willing to grant asylum to Iraqi Christians in the face of a jihadist onslaught against them. “We are assisting displaced persons who are fleeing the Islamic State’s threats and seeking refuge in Kurdistan,” Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in a joint statement this week. “Should they so wish, we are prepared to offer them asylum on our soil.” In Washington, meanwhile, a leading religious freedom advocate on Capitol Hill slammed both President Obama and Congress Tuesday for their “silence” about the plight of Iraq’s Christians, which he...
  • House readies bill to stop Obama's immigration order -- in advance

    07/30/2014 11:33:29 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 4 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7-31-2014 | Byron York
    On what could be the last lawmaking session before the summer recess, both House and Senate are preparing bills to one-up each other on immigration. First, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that if the House passes a border crisis bill, he and Senate Democrats might attach the Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform bill to it -- a move that would clearly doom the whole border emergency spending effort. Now, House Republican leaders have written a bill that would stop President Obama from using executive power to legalize millions of currently illegal immigrants -- something Obama is widely thought...
  • Crucial Questions: 20 Free eBooks from R.C. Sproul

    07/30/2014 11:31:56 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 1 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | 7/31/14 | Nathan Bingham
    To further help Christians know what they believe, why they believe it, how to live it, and how to share it, in May 2013 we made the ebook editions of R.C. Sproul’s Crucial Questions series free forever. We continue to publish new ebooks in this series and this year have added Are These the Last Days?, What Is Repentance?, and What Is the Relationship between Church and State?
  • You’ll Never Guess Why Liberals Are Attacking This Business!

    07/30/2014 10:41:26 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa
    Politi Chicks ^ | 7/30/14 | Michele Holt
    We’ve been witnessing attacks against conservatives and their principles for quite some time so this recent example really should be of no surprise. Just this week on Twitter, liberal artist Cher went on her predictable tirade against Senator Rand Paul suggesting he was against civil rights for minorities. Of course she was lying and twisting her interpretation of what Sen. Paul’s stance is on the matter, but is that not what liberals in Hollywood and media are known for? Morris Communications is a multi-media conglomerate that seems to have been a recent target of liberal website Gawker as well as...
  • Justin Bieber Denies Using Wheelchair to Avoid Long Disneyland Lines

    07/30/2014 10:32:26 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 20 replies
    Christian Post ^ | July 23 2014 | Christian Post
    Justin Bieber has denied reports claiming he used a wheelchair to cut lines at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California on Sunday. The "Confident" singer, 20, was photographed sitting in a wheelchair device while posing for photos with fans at the world famous theme park over the weekend. Despite critics speculating that Bieber may have used the wheelchair to avoid long queues, a rep for the singer insists that he sat in it briefly to nurse a knee injury, according to TMZ.com.
  • Fiat-Chrysler profits plunge in second quarter

    07/30/2014 10:18:17 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 17 replies
    Allpar.com ^ | 7/30/14 | Bill Cawthon
    Fiat S.p.A. announced its second-quarter results from Turin this morning for what could be the last time, if shareholders approve the Fiat-Chrysler merger on Friday. Worldwide shipments rose 2%, to 1.2 million, in the second quarter as revenues rose 5% to $31.2 billion NAFTA region shipments grew 10% while Asia Pacific (APAC) region jumped 42%. This growth was partially offset by a 21% decline in Latin American (LATAM) markets. The European-Middle-East-Africa (EMEA) region shipments were essentially flat. Revenues were up 7% in the NAFTA region and 34% in APAC while EMEA revenues fell by 3% and LATAM revenues plunged 23%....
  • Obama May Consider Deferring Deportation for Millions [Presidential Oath Reduced To A Joke!]

    07/30/2014 9:16:49 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 44 replies
    CBSNews ^ | July 30, 2014 | REBECCA KAPLAN
    By REBECCA KAPLAN CBS NEWS July 30, 2014 Obama May Consider Deferring Deportation for Millions The White House is reportedly weighing unilateral steps President Obama could take to defer the deportation of anywhere from 550,000 to 4.4 million of immigrants living in the U.S., a move that would be sure to infuriate Republicans. According to the Wall Street Journal, top White House officials have discussed the potential for executive action in a series of meetings with stakeholders who support such a move, including faith leaders and immigrant advocates and some lawmakers. Two possibilities under discussion would protect people who have...
  • Cruz, Bardem and Almodóvar denounce Israel over Gaza [Why Are They Not Shunned?]

    07/30/2014 9:11:28 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 32 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | July 30, 2014 | Ben Beaumont-Thomas
    Cruz, Bardem and Almodóvar denounce Israel over Gaza In an open letter, some of Spain's biggest film personalities call on EU to condemn Israel's military actions against Gaza Ben Beaumont-Thomas 30 July 2014 Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz, who have denounced Israel's military campaign against Gaza. Photograph: Dave M Benett/WireImage A group of Spain's biggest film personalities, including Penélope Cruz, Pedro Almodóvar and Javier Bardem, have written an open letter in a Spanish newspaper denouncing Israel's bombing of Gaza. The letter calls for the EU to "condemn the bombing by land, sea and air against the Palestinian civilian population in...
  • Emotions Run High As Accused Killers of USC Student Appear in Court [Feral Killers]

    07/30/2014 9:03:40 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 37 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 30, 2014 | RICHARD WINTON, KATE MATHER
    Emotions Run High As Accused Killers of USC Student Appear in Court 2 Adults, 2 Minors Charged In Death Of USC Grad Student Watch: Two adults, two minors charged in beating death of USC graduate student By RICHARD WINTON, KATE MATHER they face charges they beat a USC student to death Emotions run high as teens charged with beating USC student to death appear in court Family members of one of the teens charged in USC graduate student's death insist that he is innocent Two minors fought back tears during an emotional court hearing in downtown Los Angeles as they...
  • Airports on high alert for fliers with Ebola symptoms

    07/30/2014 8:56:42 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 37 replies
    Amid fears of a global Ebola epidemic, the feds are keeping a close eye on passengers arriving at JFK and other international airports in the United States to quarantine anyone showing signs of the deadly virus. And the city’s Health Department alerted doctors and other health providers to immediately report anyone they suspect might have the disease.
  • Stunner on The View: You Want to Protect Yourself Ladies? 'Get a Gun in Your Home!'

    07/30/2014 8:49:54 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 10 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 7/30/14 | Geoffrey Dickens
    Something really remarkable happened on Tuesday’s edition of The View. Three out of the four panelists actually came out strongly in favor of a woman’s right to protect herself and her children with a gun! The one panelist who didn’t want a gun in the house? ABC Good Morning America co-host Lara Spencer. The three who favored firearm ownership (Sherri Shepherd, Jenny McCarthy and FNC’s Juliet Huddy) all shared the real world threats that prompted them to go get a gun. The segment began with The View airing a new ad from the gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety...
  • U.S. embassy not issuing tourist visas (Israel)

    07/30/2014 8:24:44 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Haaretz ^ | July 30, 2014 | By Michal Ramati and Ora Coren
    Israelis applying for visas at the United States Embassy have not received them since July 11. The American embassy has stopped issuing ordinary visas and cut back on ongoing services to American citizens due to staff reductions because of the security situation.
  • BOEHNER BEGINS TO CRACK ON BORDER BILL

    07/30/2014 8:24:18 PM PDT · by gwgn02 · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/30/14 | Mathew Boyle
    ouse GOP leadership is beginning to crack on its position that it would not include any language intended to prohibit the President from expanding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive amnesty in a border bill package. House GOP leadership is beginning to crack on its position that it would not include any language intended to prohibit the President from expanding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive amnesty in a border bill package. Unable to find enough Republicans to pass the bill without the help of Democrats, who are lining up against the border bill, GOP leaders...
  • Hamas founder's son speaks out against terrorist group

    07/30/2014 8:21:06 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/30/2014 | Hannity
    Jul. 30, 2014 - 6:46 - Mosab Hassan Yousef on why it's time to stop the organization
  • Justice Dept. files in Ohio, Wisconsin voter cases (legalizing fraud?)

    07/30/2014 8:15:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 30, 2014 7:00 PM EDT | Eric Tucker
    The Justice Department on Wednesday sided with challengers of voting laws in Wisconsin and Ohio, saying in court filings that measures in those states unfairly affect minority voters. The department criticized a Wisconsin law that requires voters to present photo identification at the polls and an Ohio law that limits when voters can cast an early ballot. The court papers from the federal government are aimed at persuading judges that the laws, which are being challenged in court, are discriminatory and block access to the ballot box. […] The Justice Department has warned of legal actions against states after the...
  • Helper of late Liberian shows Ebola symptoms —Official

    07/30/2014 8:11:38 PM PDT · by pops88 · 58 replies
    Punch ^ | 7/31/2014 | BUKOLA ADEBAYO
    A top official at the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, Yaba, Lagos, has said that one of the people who helped the 40-year-old Liberian, Patrick Sawyer, on the Monrovia-Lome and Lome-Lagos flight may have been infected with the virus. The reliable source, who is also on the team of experts monitoring the testing and surveillance of persons who have had contact with the late Liberian victim in Lagos, told our correspondent on Wednesday, that although they had yet to confirm, the person was showing feverish symptoms similar to that of Ebola virus.
  • Dem Rep Schakowsky Suggests US Torturing Illegals with Cold

    07/30/2014 8:10:55 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 22 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | July 29, 2014 | Tony Lee
    On Tuesday, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) suggested that Border Patrol agents were torturing illegal immigrants by making detention centers too cold during the summer. At a Congressional Progressive Caucus hearing on the border crisis, Schakowsky said she recently visited a detention center in Illinois where "all the kids I talked to at the shelter mentioned the cold." "Cold has been used as torture in the past. I mean, really," she said. "It just makes no sense that they would, it seems deliberately, be held in really uncomfortable situations." One immigrant advocate who was testifying said that cold detention centers are...
  • Tribe: Remove ‘halfbreed’ from Montana place names

    07/30/2014 8:09:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 30, 2014 7:19 PM EDT | Lisa Baumann
    The time has come to remove the words “halfbreed” and “breed” from the names of creeks, lakes and other places around Montana, according to leaders of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Nicholas Vrooman, who works with the tribe, presented a bill draft to that effect during a recent meeting with the State-Tribal Relations Legislative Committee. The words are racist terms that demean American Indians, he said. […] The bill would require state and other agencies to identify places with the terms and remove them from maps, signs and markers when age or vandalism calls for an update. It...
  • 140 years of history destroyed: Eastbourne Pier reduced to a shell by massive blaze (UK)

    07/30/2014 8:07:12 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 30 July 2014 | Richard Spillett, eon Watson, Dan Bloom,Sam Webb
    Eastbourne Pier was gutted by a fire believed to have started in wall panelling, sparking a blaze which ripped through the iconic building in East Sussex. Six fire crews and a lifeboat were called to the scene, which has been documented by onlookers posting photographs on Twitter. Pictures show onlookers watching thick black smoke rising up from the pier and its building. There have been no reports of injuries. East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said on its website: 'We were alerted at 15.13 on 30 July 2014 to reports of a small fire - believed to be in wall...
  • Is Angela Really Frau Ribbentrop? I Doubt It, But We Spy Just to Make Sure

    07/30/2014 7:52:57 PM PDT · by No One Special · 13 replies
    The Streetwise Professor ^ | July 30, 2014 | The Professor
    This story from the Independent has gone viral, and for understandable reasons: it claims that Germany and Russia are negotiating a scurrilous deal behind Ukraine’s back. More controversially, if Ms Merkel’s deal were to be acceptable to the Russians, the international community would need to recognise Crimea’s independence and its annexation by Russia, a move that some members of the United Nations might find difficult to stomach. Sources close to the secret negotiations claim that the first part of the stabilisation plan requires Russia to withdraw its financial and military support for the various pro-separatist groups operating in eastern Ukraine....
  • Second Man Arrested After Synagogue Attack

    07/30/2014 7:40:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    The Local ^ | 30 Jul 2014
    Police arrested a second suspect on Wednesday in connection with an attempted arson attack in which Molotov cocktails were thrown at a synagogue in western Germany. Another man who said he was Palestinian has denied involvement. Prosecutors in Wuppertal said they had arrested a 19-year-old from Syria on Wednesday in connection with the Molotov cocktail attack on the city's Bergische synagogue in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Police believe three young men threw a number of burning bottles into the synagogue entrance-way in an apparent attempt to burn it down. Officers found broken bottles on the ground at the...
  • Proposed shelter for immigrant kids could swell border town

    07/30/2014 7:36:27 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies
    houstonchronicle.com ^ | July 26, 2014 | Susan Carroll
    <p>CLINT - A New York-based company has proposed building a 3,500-bed shelter just outside the boundary of this bucolic farming town to house unaccompanied children caught crossing the border illegally.</p> <p>If the project goes ahead, the so-called "Abraham Lincoln Transitional Lodge" would become the largest permanent shelter for unaccompanied children in the United States - with more than 10 times the capacity of the biggest state-licensed facility now operating in Texas.</p>
  • [Watch] Neil Cavuto Rants – America Has Gone From a Beacon to a Blue Light Special for Illegals

    07/30/2014 7:34:53 PM PDT · by sickoflibs · 18 replies
    youtube vid ^ | 7/29/2014 | Neil Cavuto
    Neil Cavuto says, “Illegals can protest outside the White House for rights they don’t even have while authorities who can see them in broad daylight ignore them as if they don’t have a clue, on our dime, on all of our dimes". Cavuto highlights how we are, “enrolling kids for classes beyond crowded here, paid for by communities already taxed to the max here, make do, make room, make haste.” He says, “Now I’ve heard of having a heart, but does anybody really have a clue? Forget about whether the illegals are cutting in on the immigrants’ line, why do...
  • Oklahoma AG Cites Jonathan Gruber To Rebut Government Expert Jonathan Gruber (Pruitt v. Burwell)

    07/30/2014 7:28:13 PM PDT · by SteveH · 5 replies
    Forbes ^ | Michael F. Cannon
    ... Yesterday, the State of Oklahoma filed a motion to apprise a federal judge of Gruber’s remarks. Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt was the first to challenge the Obama administration’s illegal taxes and subsidies way back in September 2012 (Pruitt v. Burwell). Solicitor general Patrick Wyrick noted Gruber’s remarks are highly relevant, because the government itself has repeatedly relied on Gruber as an expert in these cases: Defendants themselves relied on evidence from Professor Gruber in an attempt to show the supposed “implausibility” of Congress having made something as important as the subsidies hinge on the States’ willingness to establish...
  • Dissent quieted with most Israelis behind Gaza war

    07/30/2014 7:28:01 PM PDT · by Bobalu · 6 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | July 31, 2014 | Aron Heller and Tia Goldenberg
    Despite Israeli casualties and world criticism, a near-consensus in Israel supports the government’s conduct of the Gaza war, views Hamas as the aggressor and considers outsiders’ moralizing as hypocritical, ignorant or both. And in an echo-chamber fed by ubiquitous updates on Hamas rocket and tunnel attacks, the minority of local voices that do agonize over Gazans’ suffering are being silenced in a way rarely seen in a country long proud of its spirited, democratic debate.
  • Dem. Rep: 'Not a Cost' if Illegal Children are Turned Over to Families in U.S.

    07/30/2014 7:21:16 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 29 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | CAROLINE MAY
    Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Jim McGovern argued Wednesday that once unaccompanied illegal immigrant minors are turned over to their family members in the United States, they are no longer a burden on the United States. “You talk about the costs of these children, if they are reunited with their families here in the United States, there is not a cost, so,” McGovern said at a House Rules Committee hearing on the emergency supplemental appropriations bill dealing with the border crisis. Texas Republican Rep. Kay Granger — who heads House Speaker John Boehner’s border working group — protested McGovern’s assertion. “I’m sorry,...
  • Westboro Baptist Church Plans San Francisco, Silicon Valley Protests

    07/30/2014 7:18:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 | Chris Roberts
    The Westboro Baptist Church is bringing its circus to San Francisco. The well-known Kansas-based evangelical faith group, which has been called a hate group for its anti-LGBT protesting of funerals and other touchy events, is planning to protest in San Francisco and Silicon Valley on August 12, according to reports. Drew Barrymore's Half-Sister Found Dead The reason behind it? Silicon Valley bigwigs like Mark Zuckerberg "cram sodomite propaganda down everyone's throats," according to the church. SFist reports that the church's adherents will roam the campuses of "Facebook, Google, and Apple" as well as the San Francisco locations of social media...
  • Dayton Mayor Gets Pushback For Offer To House Immigrant Children

    07/30/2014 7:01:13 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies
    wosu.org ^ | July 29, 2014 | Lewis Wallace
    A feud is unfolding over whether Dayton should take in immigrant children from Central America who have been crossing the border by the tens of thousands in recent months. Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley is facing off against Congressman Mike Turner and local politicians. The Democratic Whaley says the numbers of young children coming into the U.S. alone from central America constitute a humanitarian crisis. When the federal government contacted her in early July about potentially housing some of them temporarily, she said—of course. “These are children, and they need to be treated humanely while they’re on American soil and while...
  • Run for Your Life? Right!

    07/30/2014 6:59:20 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 5 replies
    medpagetoday.com ^ | Crystal Phend
    Running for even 5 to 10 minutes a day, once or twice a week, or at slow speeds was associated with substantial mortality benefits over 15 years, a prospective study showed. Runners overall had 30% and 45% lower adjusted risks of all-cause and cardiovascular disease mortality, respectively, over that period and had 3 years longer life expectancy compared with nonrunners, Duck-chul Lee, PhD, of Iowa State University in Ames, and colleagues found. Running for less than 60 minutes a week -- averaging out to about 8 minutes a day -- was associated with an odds ratios of 0.73 for death...
  • We Could Unlock More Than 267 Billion Barrels of Oil in America

    07/30/2014 6:51:03 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 29 replies
    fool.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | Tyler Crowe
    We Could Unlock More Than 267 Billion Barrels of Oil in America By Tyler Crowe | More Articles | Save For Later July 30, 2014 | Comments (0) Photo credit: WPX Energy If I had told you five or six years ago that America would be producing more oil than ever before and potentially becoming an exporter of crude within a decade, you probably would have had me institutionalized. Yet thanks to the advancements in drilling techniques, we have been able to access one of the most abundant resources we didn't think were possible: shale and tight oil. Today, oil...
  • Lerner Emails: Conservative 'Crazies' and 'A--holes' will 'Take Down' America

    07/30/2014 6:46:47 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 39 replies
    That screen grab comes from an email exchange between retired IRS official Lois Lerner and a colleague just after the 2012 election. Ms. Lerner describes overhearing some women discussing the state of the nation in dire terms, prompting her correspondent to blast "whacko" and "scary" right-wing radio shows. Lerner posits that America may be "through" if "that many a--holes" exist, later adding that the US shouldn't worry about foreign terrorists because "our own crazies" will "take us down."
  • Hales: ‘I welcome refugee children to Oregon’

    07/30/2014 6:41:54 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 32 replies
    kgw.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | Sara Roth
    PORTLAND – Portland Mayor Charlie Hales personally backed Gov. Kitzhaber’s position on welcoming refugee children to the state Wednesday. Last week, Oregon took in 50 immigrant kids who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border, supporting them as they await legal proceedings. Kitzhaber said he welcomed the children with open arms. Senator Jeff Merkley also supported the governor's position. On Wednesday, Hales weighed in. “Immigration is a federal issue. The City of Portland has no official position on this topic,” he said. “But I’m not just a mayor. I’m a father. And speaking as a father, I stand with Gov. John Kitzhaber and...
  • Analyst: F-35C to Cost $337 Million Apiece in FY15

    07/30/2014 6:27:11 PM PDT · by ClaytonP · 38 replies
    A longtime defense analyst and critic of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program says taxpayers next year will pay between $148 million and $337 million per jet, depending on the model. Winslow Wheeler, a staff member at the Project On Government Oversight who has worked on national-security issues for the Senate and the Government Accountability Office, detailed his cost estimates for the Lockheed Martin Corp.-made fifth-generation stealth fighter in a recent article on Medium​.com. Wheeler puts the per-plane production price tag at $148 million for the Air Force’s F-35A, which can take off and land on conventional runways; $251 million...
  • 'City of big hearts' can take in 1,000 immigrant kids, Rahm says

    07/30/2014 6:27:04 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 53 replies
    suntimes.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | FRAN SPIELMAN
    Citing his immigrant grandfather’s frightening flight from the pogroms of Eastern Europe, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday defended his decision to open the city’s arms to 1,000 unaccompanied immigrant children fleeing violence in Central America. Some have suggested that the humanitarian effort funded by the federal government is a diversion and that Emanuel should concentrate all of his efforts on protecting Chicago’s children from the gang violence that has claimed far too many innocent victims. But the mayor argued Wednesday that a city of big shoulders with an even bigger heart can walk and chew gum at the same time....
  • Putin’s ‘Russian Spring’ Idea was Invented by Russian Fascists in 1920s

    07/30/2014 6:20:38 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 6 replies
    The Interpreter Magazine ^ | July 30, 2014 | Paul Goble
    Putin’s ‘Russian Spring’ Idea was Invented by Russian Fascists in 1920s Staunton, July 30 – Commentators in Moscow and the West ever more frequently draw parallels between Vladimir Putin’s ideas and actions and those of fascist regimes in the first part of the 20th century, but few have focused on the fact that one of the Kremlin leader’s most-cherished ideas, that of the ‘Russian Spring,’ was invented by a Russian fascist in the 1920s. In a blog post, Pavel Pryannikov corrects that gap, pointing out that “the ‘Russian Spring’ in fact is not an invention of the present time” but...
  • Social Media Is Making People Dumber, Fears Elliott's Paul Singer

    07/30/2014 6:10:31 PM PDT · by BlopAndStop · 15 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | July 30 2014 | Tyler Durden
    PROGRESS? Some technology represents unquestioned progress, despite causing real challenges to the employment prospects of citizens who are made redundant. For example, recent advances in science and medicine have merely scratched the surface in terms of enhancing our ability to find cures for diseases in an increasingly focused way at sharply diminished cost. Also, the technology of moving people and goods in vehicles and organizing their movement on roads contains tremendous opportunities for cost and energy efficiencies, as do the areas of resource extraction, the development of alternative energy and the efficiency of food production. These are just a few...
  • They actually went through with it. [email from nobama]

    07/30/2014 6:07:44 PM PDT · by upchuck · 41 replies
    email | Wed, July 30, 2014 | Lindsay Siler
    They actually went through with it. Speaker John Boehner and House leaders just voted to sue President Obama -- for doing his job. Of all the things the House could actually vote on before they leave for a 5-week break, this is what they decided to do. Let's be clear about where this is headed: It's going to cost taxpayers millions of dollars, and waste everyone's time. Worse, this is only going to add fuel to the extreme calls to impeach the President. House leadership has already made this Congress the least productive in modern history. And this lawsuit publicity...
  • In Church Attics, Clues to the Private Life of Early America

    07/30/2014 6:02:15 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 35 replies
    NY Times ^ | July 30, 2014 | MICHAEL PAULSON
    STURBRIDGE, Mass. — Sarah Blanchard was sorry she skipped a worship service. Sarah Wood apologized for denouncing infant baptisms. And as for the Cheneys, Joseph and Abigail? Well, “with shame, humiliation and sorrow,” they acknowledged having had sex before marriage. More than 250 years ago, their confessions of sin were dutifully logged by the minister of the church here, alongside records of baptisms, marriages and deaths, notes about meetings heated and routine, accounts of finances, texts of sermons, and, in some cases, personal accounts of conversion experiences from young adults. Now, in a regionwide scavenger hunt, a pair of historians...
  • State Department approved 215 Bill Clinton speeches, controversial consulting deal, worth $48m

    07/30/2014 6:01:51 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 7-30-14 | Luke Rosiak and Micah Morrison
    A joint investigation by the Washington Examiner and the nonprofit watchdog group Judicial Watch found that former President Clinton gave 215 speeches and earned $48 million while his wife presided over U.S. foreign policy, raising questions about whether the Clintons fulfilled ethics agreements related to the Clinton Foundation during Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state. According to documents obtained by Judicial Watch and released Wednesday in an ongoing Freedom of Information Act case, State Department officials charged with reviewing Bill Clinton's proposed speeches did not object to a single one. Some of the speeches were delivered in global hotspots...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Remembering Our Troops ~ 31 July 2014

    07/30/2014 5:59:50 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 42 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    ~ The FReeper Canteen Presents ~ ~ Remembering Our Troops!! ~ FLIGHT FORMATION Aircraft from Carrier Air Wing 5 fly in formation over the aircraft carrier USS George Washington during an air-power demonstration in the Philippine Sea, Aug. 20, 2013. The Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ramon G. Go Canteen Mission Statement Showing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our...
  • Gold Could Go To Infinity" - Ron Paul

    07/30/2014 5:56:17 PM PDT · by blam · 45 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 7-30-2014 | Ron Paul
    07/30/2014 Ron Paul “I Still Believe In Gold” - Ron PaulDr Ron Paul, the popular Presidential candidate and America and the world's most popular libertarian voice, told CNBC yesterday that he “still believes in gold” and that “gold could go to infinity.” Former U.S. Representative Dr Ron Paul told CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis and the Futures Now Traders that the long-term case for gold remains firmly intact.Dr Ron Paul: “Timing is the only thing. I remember watching gold when it was 35 dollars an ounce and we thought if it ever hit a hundred dollars, the world would come to an...
  • Obama order to expand labor rights for contractors

    07/30/2014 5:50:46 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | AP News
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is preparing to sign an executive order cracking down on labor violations by companies that contract with the federal government, the White House said Wednesday. Obama's order will require companies seeking federal contracts valued at more than $500,000 to make public any labor law violations in the last three years, a step the Obama administration hopes will incentivize companies to resolve labor disputes such as back wage claims.
  • It's End of the Month Payday. Quit Putting Freep-a-Thon Off and Give. You Know You Will, Anyway

    07/30/2014 5:43:40 PM PDT · by xzins · 30 replies
    Vanity | 30 July 2014 | Xzins
    Let's not beat around the bush. You give to Free Republic. But you wait....and wait....and in the 2nd month you pull the trigger. Then you feel better, because when it comes down to it you understand the value of Free Republic. It is the lone conservative voice out there that gives average Joes like us a voice to combat the BS of the media, the politicians, and the robots. The election is upon us...3 short months away, give or take a few days. The early days of the campaigns are important days. We all know it. Obama has gone into...
  • ‘Bones’ actor David Boreanaz thinks the president needs to ‘grow some’

    07/30/2014 5:29:39 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 14 replies
    Twitchy ^ | July 30, 2014
    Actor David Boreanaz from successful TV series like “Bones,” “Angel,” and “Buffy the Vampire Slyer” had some blunt words for President Obama today. David Boreanaz @David_Boreanaz · 2h So here we are in a Cold War now with Russia.Sanctions aren't going to cut it.Putin is Nuts and a serious threat to the USA.Grow some Obama
  • Livni tells Kerry his cease-fire proposal 'completely unacceptable' for Israel

    07/30/2014 5:13:47 PM PDT · by SJackson · 21 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/27/2014 | GIL HOFFMAN
    Justice Minister tells US secretary of state that his one week truce proposal would strengthen extremists in region. Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (Hatnua) told US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday that his proposal for a week long cease-fire of Israel's Gaza campaign was "completely unacceptable" and that it "would have strengthened extremists in the region." The justice minister told Israel Radio on Sunday that over the course of the day on Friday, Kerry's proposal had improved. By Friday afternoon, just before Shabbat, the security cabinet unanimously rejected Kerry's proposal which the ministers believed did not sufficiently ensure either...
  • 'I Love My Soldier' Bumper Sticker Sparks Hate-Filled Note From Stranger

    07/30/2014 5:11:51 PM PDT · by SJackson · 102 replies
    CafeMom ^ | 7-16-14 | Michele Zipp
    Many people put stickers on their cars that show something about them. Ellen Wilson of Savannah, Georgia, has an "I Love My Soldier" bumper sticker on her car to show her support for her fiance in the military. This sticker apparently enraged someone so much that they left a threatening note on Wilson's windshield while she was shopping inside her local Target store. The note, which was unsigned, was clearly written by a person who was very angry -- it's a full-on rant with an underlined word and an expletive. It also contained a threat saying she was lucky he...
  • Israel, Hamas and Obama’s foreign policy

    07/30/2014 5:08:30 PM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/29/2014 | CAROLINE B. GLICK
    Americans need to be alarmed by what Obama’s actions on behalf of Hamas reveal about the general direction of American Middle East policy under his leadership. When US President Barack Obama phoned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday night, in the middle of a security cabinet meeting, he ended any remaining doubt regarding his policy toward Israel and Hamas. Obama called Netanyahu while the premier was conferring with his senior ministers about how to proceed in Gaza. Some ministers counseled that Israel should continue to limit our forces to specific pinpoint operations aimed at destroying the tunnels of death that...
  • Into the fray: Why Gaza must go

    07/30/2014 5:06:10 PM PDT · by SJackson · 21 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/24/2014 | MARTIN SHERMAN
    The only durable solution requires dismantling Gaza, humanitarian relocation of the non-belligerent Arab population, and extension of Israeli sovereignty over the region. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind.... You ask, what is our policy? I will say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny... That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: victory; victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror,...