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  • UN Chief ‘Outraged’ Over Rockets at UNRWA Schools

    07/24/2014 12:06:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    INN ^ | 7/24/2014, 6:13 AM | Elad Benari
    United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressed alarm on Wednesday that 20 rockets found hidden in a United Nations school in Gaza had gone missing and directed the world body to deploy experts to deal with the situation, Reuters reports. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA, found the rockets in one of its vacant schools a week ago. It found a second batch in a vacant school on Tuesday, but said in a statement that because staff were withdrawn quickly, they were “unable to confirm the precise number.” […] Ban “expresses his outrage and regret at the...
  • Retaking Gaza is on the Table

    07/23/2014 11:47:13 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | July 24 , 2014 | Hezki Ezra
    "We’ve never had a crushing blow that hurt the other side’s the ability to launch missiles," Amidror said, adding that he believes the only way to achieve complete quiet is to "retake Gaza and be there for six months to a year to clean it out."
  • O’Reilly: The ObamaCare Battle Is ‘Capitalism vs. Socialism’

    07/23/2014 11:37:03 PM PDT · by ri4dc · 4 replies
    Fox Talking Points Memo ^ | July 23, 2014 | Bill O’Reilly
    O’Reilly characterized ObamaCare as “a pure income redistribution play,” a hallmark of socialism. “President Obama and the Democratic Party want to put as much money into the hands of the poor and less affluent as they can, and health care subsidies are a great way to do just that,” he explained. As those funds for subsidies are taken from businesses and affluent Americans, O’Reilly said our country is now moving toward socialism and will suffer economically if the entitlement culture expands.
  • Hagan Now Silent After Rubber-Stamping Obama’s Failed Open Border Policies

    07/23/2014 11:28:39 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal
    thomtillis.com ^ | Thom Tillis
    With the nation’s illegal immigration crisis making headlines, Kay Hagan has remained completely silent in a not-so-subtle attempt to avoid drawing attention to her disastrous record on border security. Despite promising North Carolinians that she would “crackdown” on illegal immigration during her 2008 U.S. Senate campaign, Hagan went to Washington and became a rubber-stamp for President Obama’s failed open border policies that have exacerbated the nation’s illegal immigration problems. In the U.S. Senate, Hagan has repeatedly opposed attempts to secure the border. In 2009, Hagan voted against requiring the completion of a 700-mile southern border fence to restrain the flow...
  • Israeli Islamist Leader: Gaza Will Rub Israel's Nose in the Mud

    07/23/2014 11:03:29 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 20 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | July 24 , 2014 | Elad Benari
    Kamal Al-Khatib, deputy head of the radical Islamic Movement in Israel headed by Raed Salah, said in a recent speech that Gaza “will rub Israel's nose in the mud.” The comments were made in a speech in Kafr Kanna, an Arab town located in the Galilee.
  • Feds Spending $10 Million to Build Robot Companions for Children

    07/23/2014 11:02:56 PM PDT · by Crim · 9 replies
    Washington Free Beacon. ^ | July 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The National Science Foundation has committed $10 million to build robots that will act as “personal trainers” for children, in an effort to influence their behavior and eating habits. The government has spent $2.15 million so far for the five-year project, which is being led by Yale University. The project, “Robots Helping Kids,” will ultimately “deploy” robots into homes and schools to teach English as a second language, and encourage kids to exercise.
  • Pot growers worry wildfires will slow deliveries to retailers

    07/23/2014 10:56:28 PM PDT · by steve86 · 3 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 7/23/2014 | Colleen Wright
    While record-setting wildfires engulfed Central Washington, budding marijuana businesses in the area suffered from scorched plants unfit for production, pop-up fires on farms and road closures that slowed deliveries to retailers. A 15,000-acre wildfire encroached on the Columbia River Cannabis farm in Douglas County earlier this month and burned its 5-week-old medical-marijuana plants that were eventually to be used to start growing in the recreational market. Columbia River Cannabis in Douglas County was finally close to getting a marijuana-producer license after nine months. That is, until a 15,000-acre wildfire encroached on its farm July 10 and burned its 5-week-old medical-marijuana...
  • Rep. Bentivolio Strikes Out (US Chamber Vanity)

    07/23/2014 10:55:57 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 11 replies
    US Chamber of Commerce ^ | Sean Hackbarth
    Desperate candidates who are way behind in the polls take big swings hoping to hit political home runs. Take Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, trying to hold onto his Congressional seat in Michigan’s 11th District. Being down 22 points against David Trott, he desperately needs to rally his troops by the August 5th primary. So his campaign e-mailed a fundraising pitch pushing the myth that the U.S. Chamber supports amnesty. Rep. Bentivolio whiffed big time. The U.S. Chamber doesn’t support amnesty and never has. Here is what the U.S. Chamber’ immigration reform priorities are: Strengthening border security. Improving E-Verify system and employment...
  • Breaking: FAA Lifts Ban on Flights to Israel

    07/23/2014 10:38:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    inn ^ | 7/24/14 | Staff
    The US national aviation authority has lifted a ban on American flights to Israel, but warned of a "very fluid situation" amid intense fighting with Palestinians in nearby Gaza, AFP reports Thursday. "The FAA has lifted its restrictions on US airline flights into and out of Israel´s Ben Gurion Airport by canceling a Notice to Airmen it renewed earlier today," (Snip) The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued its ban on Tuesday after a rocket fell on a neighborhood to the north of Ben Gurion, raising fears that a commercial flight could be struck. But US Secretary State John Kerry did...
  • Israel's Military Might Is Tested by Hamas' Stamina: Experts

    07/23/2014 10:31:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    NBC News ^ | ALASTAIR JAMIESON
    Hamas may be militarily outnumbered and outgunned by Israel, but it has the stamina and training to turn the Gaza ground invasion into a protracted urban war, experts warned Tuesday. Six days after Benjamin Netanyahu ordered ground forces across the border into Gaza, the death toll has climbed to more than 600 Palestinians and 29 Israeli soldiers - more than twice as many military casualties as in the last Gaza ground war of 2009. Hopes that the invasion by Israeli Defense Forces would swiftly end the tit-for-tat aerial exchange of Palestinian rockets and Israeli missiles look to have been dashed...
  • El Al fares jump by up to 150% after foreign airlines cancel flights [Israel]

    07/23/2014 10:18:43 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 5 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Thursday, July 24, 2014 | Rina Rozenberg
    Within hours after most foreign airlines flying to Israel suspended flights, demand for seats on Israeli carriers — practically the only ones now left plying the routes — skyrocketed, and so did airfares. El Al, which earlier this week said it expected that a wave of cancellation by people travelling into and out of Israel would depress its third-quarter revenues by as much as $50 million, denied it was taking advantage of the situation.
  • Former police lieutenant doesn’t receive jail time for stealing $150K

    07/23/2014 10:17:45 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 12 replies
    wlfi.com ^ | 7-23-14 | Krista Henry
    CLINTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – A former Frankfort police lieutenant was sentenced to three years probation after pleading guilty to stealing more than $150,000 from his part-time employer. Forty-eight year old Randy Emery is accused of stealing the money from the BP gas station on State Road 28, just off of Interstate 65 in Clinton County, where he worked transporting money from the gas station to the bank.
  • Public Hearings: Clean Power Plan Proposed Rule

    07/23/2014 10:00:09 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 3 replies
    EPA will hold public hearings in four locations for the proposed Clean Power Plan the week of July 28, 2014. The hearings will provide interested parties the opportunity to present data, views or arguments concerning the proposed action. EPA is pleased by the tremendous public interest in the proposed Clean Power Plan. Already, we have received nearly 300,000 written comments on the proposal. We have found that there are some additional speaking slots still available in Pittsburgh on August 1st, and are reopening the registration for Pittsburgh ONLY. Register for the Pittsburgh hearing on August 1st. The other hearings in...
  • Gov. Brown signs bill to reduce deportations for minor crimes

    07/23/2014 9:54:24 PM PDT · by blueplum · 11 replies
    LA Times ^ | July 21, 2014 7:29pm | Patrick McGreevy
    Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law a measure aimed at reducing deportations of legal immigrants who are convicted of misdemeanors. :snip: The legislation aimed at reducing deportations of noncitizens who are legal residents cuts the maximum possible misdemeanor sentence in California by one day, from one year to 364 days. Under federal immigration law, a felony is a crime punishable by 365 days or more, in which case a noncitizen legal resident can face deportation, according to state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens). Deportable crimes that carry a maximum one-year sentence include theft, fraud and forgery. "As a...
  • SpaceX completes critical Falcon 9 landing

    07/23/2014 9:46:33 PM PDT · by Moonman62 · 3 replies
    KXXV ^ | 07/24/14 | Bruce Gietzen
    SpaceX released video today of another successful soft landing of its Falcon 9 rocket, this time in the Atlantic Ocean. The test confirms that the Falcon 9 booster is able to consistently reenter from space at hypersonic velocity, restart main engines twice, deploy landing legs and touch down at near zero velocity. After landing, the vehicle tipped sideways as planned to its final water safing state in a nearly horizontal position. The water impact caused loss of hull integrity, but SpaceX received all the necessary data to achieve a successful landing on a future flight. The company says it is...
  • FAA Lifts Ban on Flights to Israel

    07/23/2014 9:43:23 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 26 replies
    Arutz Sheva Israel National Mews ^ | Thursday, July 24, 2014 | Staff
    US flights to Israel to resume after brief ban. Will European carriers follow suit? The US national aviation authority has lifted a ban on American flights to Israel, but warned of a "very fluid situation" amid intense fighting with Palestinians in nearby Gaza, AFP reports Thursday. "Hamas does have rockets that can reach Ben Gurion airport... although the accuracy of their rockets does remain limited," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said. Israel had warned of the economic impact of the ban by many world airlines and said that it would be a win for Hamas, who hailed the suspension as...
  • Ex-Fresno IRS employee charged with ID theft of co-workers

    07/23/2014 9:33:11 PM PDT · by blueplum · 9 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | July 22, 2014 | Bee Staff and News Services
    Federal prosecutors say a former Fresno IRS employee stole the identities of her co-workers and opened credit cards to go on shopping sprees with friends. U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner said Tuesday that 30-year-old Viririana Hernandez and three others stole $1.2 million from 160 people, many of them IRS employees. Prosecutors say they bought home goods, jewelry and clothes. A grand jury on Friday indicted the four Fresno County residents on 23 counts, charging them with conspiracy, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. Prosecutors say the alleged identity theft unfolded from June 2012 to January 2014. Prosecutors say Hernandez, who had...
  • The airbrushing of Hamas’ history

    07/23/2014 9:23:51 PM PDT · by blueplum · 3 replies
    Union-Tribune San Diego ^ | July 23, 2014 5pm PST | U-T San Diego Editorial Board
    In his commentary for Wednesday’s Opinion page, UC San Diego communications professor Gary Fields rebukes those who talk or write about what is happening in Gaza while offering “a very simple picture of Hamas as an implacable aggressor, and the state of Israel as an innocent victim of terror.” But nowhere in his essay does Fields detail why Israel has acted as it has in Gaza since it bulldozed Jewish settlements and withdrew soldiers from the 140-square-mile territory in 2005. The narrative he ridicules — of Israel feeling compelled to defend itself against a terrorist neighbor bent on Israel’s destruction...
  • Russia, Israel Joining Efforts to Improve International Terrorism Law

    07/23/2014 9:20:04 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 1 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | July 23, 2014 | Grigoriy Sisoev
    Russia, Israel Joining Efforts to Improve International Terrorism Law RIA Novosti July 23, 2014 MOSCOW, July 23 (RIA Novosti) - At meetings in Jerusalem Russia’s Federation Council members, led by the council’s foreign affairs committee chairman Mikhail Margelov, raised the proposal for a unified approach to terrorism. “As lawmakers we could propose to the international organizations, first of all the UN, to finally define this term and the approach to eliminating terrorists,” Vladimir Kulakov, first deputy chairman of procedures committee and head of Russia’s delegation to the OSCE Parliamentarian Assembly, was quoted as saying by the statement. Russia’s Israeli counterparts...
  • Obama Fundraises In Hancock Park Amid Escalating Crises In Ukraine, Israel

    07/23/2014 9:16:46 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    CBSLA.com/AP) ^ | July 23, 2014 6:13 PM | Dave Bryan
    Obama arrived in the Southland on Wednesday to fund-raise at an event organized by a high-profile Hollywood producer. Obama was attending a Democratic National Committee event for about 450 donors at the Hancock Park home of Shonda Rhimes, the producer of the Washington-based drama “Scandal.” Kerry Washington, who plays the lead role on the show, is among the hosts. Tickets start at $1,000. For $10,000, couples can get a photo with the president. Staying for dinner runs $20,000 per couple. ... Some people in Larchmont Village criticized the president for spending three days an a cross-country fundraising trip at this...
  • Iraq's Maliki rejects Iran's call to step down

    07/23/2014 9:13:08 PM PDT · by Trapper6012 · 4 replies
    ekurd.net ^ | July 24, 2014 | None given
    Articles July 24, 2014 BAGHDAD,— Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki rejected an attempt by Iran to persuade him to step down, senior Iraqi politicians said Wednesday, underlining his determination to defy even his top ally to push for a third term in office and further exacerbating the country's political crisis. Al-Maliki has for weeks been resisting growing pressure for him to step aside, including from former Shiite political allies and from Iraq's top Shiite spiritual authority. His critics see the Shiite prime minister as too divisive to form a government that can win support from the Sunni minority against the...
  • FAA Statement–FAA Lifts Flight Restrictions for Ben Gurion International Airport

    07/23/2014 9:05:24 PM PDT · by kristinn · 47 replies
    Federal Aviation Administration ^ | Wednesay, July 23, 2014
    Press Release – FAA Statement–FAA Lifts Flight Restrictions for Ben Gurion International Airport The FAA has lifted its restrictions on U.S. airline flights into and out of Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport by cancelling a Notice to Airmen it renewed earlier today. The cancellation is effective at approximately 11:45 p.m. EDT. Before making this decision, the FAA worked with its U.S. government counterparts to assess the security situation in Israel and carefully reviewed both significant new information and measures the Government of Israel is taking to mitigate potential risks to civil aviation. The FAA’s primary mission and interest are the protection...
  • Communist Party Ousted From Ukraine Parliament

    07/23/2014 8:53:22 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 121 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | 7-23-2014 | Commies Stow
    The Communist Party of Ukraine will cease to exist on Thursday, the speaker of Ukraine's parliament announced. "We only have to tolerate this party for another day," Verkhovnaya Rada speaker Oleksandr Turchinov said on Wednesday in comments carried by online news portal Ostro.org. Discussion of the Communist Party's dissolution began in earnest in May, after party leader Petro Simonenko said that if he were in charge of the country, he would immediately call back the troops from eastern Ukraine, referring to the military operations taking place there as acts of "war against the people," RIA Novosti reported. Turchinov, who was...
  • Ann Margaret on Ray Donovan (looking incredible at age 73)

    07/23/2014 8:46:41 PM PDT · by vbmoneyspender · 37 replies
    Showtime ^ | 7/20/2014 | me
  • Slain Omahan's relative says immigration crackdown might have prevented her death

    A relative of an elderly Omaha woman who was raped and killed last year said Saturday that the brutal crime may have been prevented if the United States strictly enforced immigration laws. “What we’d like to have is the federal government to secure our borders,” said Bill Hartzell, 60, of Council Bluffs. “There’s a chance my grandmother would be still alive if our borders were secured.” Hartzell is the husband of Teresa Hartzell, a granddaughter of 93-year-old Louise Sollowin. Sollowin died three days after Sergio Martinez- Perez, a Mexico native in the U.S. illegally, broke into her South Omaha home,...
  • Qatar, Saudi rulers meet in Jeddah for Gaza cease-fire talks [Israel and Hamas]

    07/23/2014 8:37:06 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 1 replies
    Today's Zaman ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Staff
    For the first time since an unprecedented diplomatic rift among Gulf powerhouses, Qatar's emir flew to Saudi Arabia late on Tuesday in a surprise visit and met with King Abdullah to discuss cease-fire efforts that have yet to bring an end to 15 days of war in the Gaza Strip. A senior Saudi official told The Associated Press that Saudi Crown Prince Salman, and Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin also attended the meetings with Qatar's Sheik Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in the coastal city of Jeddah. King Abdullah's security adviser Prince Bandar bin Sultan and the king's son who heads the...
  • Ukrainians report sightings of missile launcher on day of MH17 crash

    07/23/2014 8:36:28 PM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 4 replies
    The Guardian ^ | July 22, 2014 | Shaun Walker in Torez
    In Torez, some say missile's journey through town has been a hot topic but people are scared of talking to outsidersClaims by pro-Russia separatists in east Ukraine that they have never been in possession of the missile launcher apparently used to down flight MH17 are looking increasingly flimsy, as several witnesses told the Guardian they had seen what appeared to be a Buk missile launcher in the vicinity of the crash site last Thursday. The sightings back up a number of photographs and videos posted online that put the Buk system close to the crash site on the day of...
  • Amanda Carpenter wants answers on FAA banning flights to Israel

    07/23/2014 8:35:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    twitchy ^ | 7/23/14 | staff
    Jake Tapper âś” @jaketapper Follow AIPAC says FAA "decision appears overly harsh and excessive." Because local armed conflicts would never bring down a passenger jet? 2:40 PM - 23 Jul 2014 Jake Tapper âś” @jaketapper AIPAC says FAA "decision appears overly harsh and excessive." Because local armed conflicts would never bring down a passenger jet? Amanda Carpenter @amandacarpenter Follow @jaketapper Flights are still going to all kinds of dangerous places. Makes sense to ask how/why the decision was made.
  • Hagel Offers To House Additional Undocumented Children, Extend Base Leases

    07/23/2014 8:31:07 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Talk Radio News ^ | July 23, 2014
    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has offered to house an additional 5,000 undocumented children coming across the border into the U.S. and to extend the leases of three bases while the federal government seeks to determine their status.
  • Gov demands details on 139 undocumented immigrant kids

    07/23/2014 8:20:15 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Carroll Times-Herald ^ | July 23, 2014
    Gov. Terry Branstad told The Carroll Daily Times Herald his counterpart in Nebraska is on the right track with a demand to the federal government for identifying details on the unaccompanied, undocumented children who crossed the nation's borders, most from Central America, in the last year and ended up in Nebraska. Branstad said he is outraged by what he described as a lack of communication from the White House on the situation. "I find out through the Omaha World-Herald," Branstad said. "There's no transparency, there's no openness, they never told us. This is not the way the government of the...
  • Many undocumented N. TX kids miss first immigration hearing

    07/23/2014 8:13:32 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    FOX News Dallas Ft. Worth ^ | July 23, 2014 | By: Natalie Solis
    President Obama has said most of the undocumented children in the U.S. from Central America will not be allowed to stay. The process of deciding which ones will stay and which ones will go is often decided in court, but Tuesday, 18 of 20 undocumented children failed to show up to their first immigration hearing in Dallas federal court. The judge could have issued immediate deportation orders as far as Tuesday’s no-shows are concerned, but he chose not to, and reset the hearing for next month instead.
  • Jim Jordan GRILLS Irs Commissioner John Koskinen 7/23/14. FULL EXCHANGE

    07/23/2014 8:09:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Youtube ^ | 7/23/14 | Jim Browski
    Jim Jordan EXPLODES On Irs Commissioner John Koskinen. Commissioner John Koskinen testified at a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee hearing on the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) response to congressional oversight and investigation into alleged targeting of conservative groups.
  • Gulf Arab states weigh sanctions on ‘sisterly’ Qatar for its drift into Iran orbit

    07/23/2014 7:47:26 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 17 replies
    World Tribune ^ | Monday, March 10, 2014 | Staff
    ABU DHABI — Qatar could face Gulf Cooperation Council sanctions amid its support of Hizbullah and the Muslim Brotherhood. Officials and analysts said Qatar could be penalized by the GCC for Doha’s support of groups deemed threats to the region. The officials said the sanctions could include the closure of borders by Qatar’s neighbors. “Qatar could face sanctions imposed by the Gulf countries, including the closing of borders with Qatar, and air space to it if Doha doesn’t stop supporting the Muslim Brotherhood,” Abdul Khaleq Abdullah, a leading United Arab Emirates analyst, said. On March 4, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and...
  • Russian soldiers VK-page shows RUSSIA is shelling Ukraine with heavy artillery

    07/23/2014 7:43:52 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 7 replies
    Ukraine@War ^ | July 23rd 2014
    Russian soldiers VK-page shows RUSSIA is shelling Ukraine with heavy artillery Valdimir Petrov @_hedder found evidence of a Russian artillery unit shelling Ukrainian positions from Russian territory, because a soldier from this unit is posting photos on his VKontakte page (the Russian Facebook). Or course immediately after discovering this, his page has been deleted. But the info is still here: "all night we were cannoning Ukraine"
  • Rep. Jordan to IRS on Lost Emails: ‘You Guys Were Never Going to Tell Us Until We Caught You’

    07/23/2014 7:32:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    cns news ^ | 7/23/14 | ali meyer
    (CNSNews.com) - Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) on Wednesday called out the IRS on holding back information regarding lost emails from former IRS official Lois Lerner, telling the IRS Commissioner John Koskinen at a House Subcommittee for Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs on Capitol Hill, “You guys were never going to tell us until we caught you.” At the hearing titled, “An Update on the IRS Response to its Targeting Scandal,” Jordan explained the timeline of events in the ongoing IRS investigation, citing how Koskinen knew about the missing emails in April yet waited until June 13, 2014 to...
  • Share Button, Web Site Plug-Ins can be used to Track You against Your Will

    07/23/2014 7:30:12 PM PDT · by null and void · 13 replies
    Scientific Computing ^ | Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:24pm | KU Leuven
    The researchers traced 95 percent of canvas fingerprinting scripts back to share buttons provided by AddThis, the world’s largest content sharing platform.One in 18 of the world’s top 100,000 Web sites track users without their consent using a previously undetected cookie-like tracking mechanism embedded in ‘share’ buttons. A new study by researchers at KU Leuven and Princeton University provides the first large-scale investigation of the mechanism and is the first to confirm its use on actual Web sites. The mechanism, called “canvas fingerprinting,” uses special scripts — the coded instructions that tell your browser how to render a Web site...
  • Despite rhetoric, gun prosecutions plummet under Obama

    07/23/2014 7:19:47 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 23, 2014 | Kelly Riddell
    While President Obama decries gun violence and presses for more laws to restrict ownership, his Justice Department has prosecuted 25 percent fewer cases referred by the main law enforcement agency charged with reducing firearms violence across the country, a computer analysis of U.S. prosecution data shows. Federal prosecutors brought a total of 5,082 gun violation cases in 2013 recommended by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, compared with 6,791 during the last year of George W. Bush’s presidency in 2008, according to data obtained from the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys. The 2013 totals represent a 42 percent...
  • Hamas is losing on the battlefield but hitting Israel where it hurts

    07/23/2014 7:14:44 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 12 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Anshel Pfeffer
    The all-clear had sounded in Nir Am quarter of an hour prior but soldiers were still walking the kibbutz's paths in helmets and full combat gear on Monday morning. The fact that two Hamas attack teams had emerged from a tunnel exit only a few hundred meters away from the fence and in the ensuing firefight killed four soldiers, including a battalion commander, before they were killed themselves, was hard to shake off. For three hours the members of the kibbutz and guests at the small motel (mainly journalists) had to remain indoors while the soldiers made sure no Hamas...
  • Old technology in NSA age: Typewriter sales surge in Germany

    07/23/2014 7:09:30 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 43 replies
    RT.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Unknown
    Earlier in July, German politicians said they were considering going back to old-fashioned manual typewriters for confidential documents, in order to protect national secrets from American NSA spooks. Patrick Sensburg, chair of the German parliament’s inquiry into alleged NSA spying, said committee members are considering new security measures and are seriously thinking about abandoning email and returning to old school typewriters.
  • As the hard drive turns: Lois Lerner’s on again, off again, scratchy

    07/23/2014 7:09:05 PM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 7/23/2014 | Bruce Carroll
    Lois Lerner has become the personification of the IRS targeting scandal.Which brings us to her infamous hard drive crash. Recall that the new IRS Commissioner first told Congress that all of Lerner’s emails were recoverable and would be provided to investigating committees.Sharyl Attkisson has a nice rundown of this explanation. Friday’s revelation that the IRS “lost” Lois Lerner’s emails in a computer crash came ten months after Congress first requested them and seven months after they were first subpoenaed by the House Oversight Committee. But what IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testified about the emails at a hearing in March appears...
  • Sutter County (CA) Votes for State of Jefferson

    07/23/2014 7:06:45 PM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 21 replies
    appeal-democrat.com ^ | 7/23/14 | Andrew Creasey
    Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 12:11 am By Andrew Creasey/ acreasey@appealdemocrat.com Sutter County is now an official supporter of the movement to secede from California and create a new state called Jefferson. The Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a resolution on Tuesday supporting a declaration and petition to the Legislature to redress a lack of representation and for the possible formation of a new, separate state. The resolution also reserved the right to place the issue to a vote of Sutter County citizens at a future election. As in past supervisor meetings when the issue was on the agenda, the...
  • Turkish PM Erdogan to CNN: "Israel is a terror state."

    07/23/2014 7:05:13 PM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | 7/23/2014
    In an interview recorded Wednesday with CNN’s Becky Anderson (@beckycnn), Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel of being a “terror state,” saying that the country’s operation in Gaza was “creating a wave of terror.”Erdogan also denied that the governments of Turkey or Qatar were involved in the funding of Hamas’ terrorist activities, saying the only support his country is offering to the people of Gaza is humanitarian.“Qatar’s cooperation with Turkey has always been to be on the side of the persecuted and to support them through humanitarian aid. This is what’s being done.”
  • Iranian Christian to Have Lips Burnt for Eating During Ramadan

    07/23/2014 7:03:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    INN ^ | 7/24/2014, 4:43 AM | Elad Benari
    An Iranian judge sentenced a Christian man to have his lips burnt with a cigarette for eating during the day in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, The Daily Mail reported. The barbaric punishment was carried out in public in a square in the city of Kermanshah. Five other Muslim men were also flogged in public with 70 lashes for not fasting during Ramadan, the city’s deputy governor Ali Ashraf Karami said. […] At least 49 Christians were among 307 religious minorities being held in Iranian jails as of January 2014, noted the UN, which also criticized the regime for...
  • Reuters Exclusive: Obama Sends Team to Texas to Assess Need for National Guard Deployment

    07/23/2014 7:01:13 PM PDT · by kristinn · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Jeff Mason
    President Barack Obama has sent a team to Texas to assess whether a U.S. National Guard deployment would help to handle an immigration crisis at the Mexican border, White House officials told Reuters on Wednesday, having so far resisted Republican calls for such a move. The team, made up of officials from the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security, departed on Tuesday and will be on the ground through Thursday.
  • In Qatari-Backed Trip, UN ‘s Ban Ki-moon Laid Low by Israel’s Peres

    07/23/2014 6:59:23 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 13 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Joshua Levitt
    Israeli President Shimon Peres on Wednesday told United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that Israel would not stand by while Qatar, which paid for the UN official’s private flight to the Middle East, continued to finance Hamas militants, and took Ban to task for the two UN-run schools found to be housing Hamas rockets in Gaza. In his last full day in office, Peres, a historically dovish leader, struck a defiant tone in a statement delivered to the media after meeting Ban at the President’s Residence, in Jerusalem. “Qatar does not have the right to send money for rockets and...
  • Many undocumented N. TX kids miss first immigration hearing (18 out 20 illegals no-shows)

    07/23/2014 6:58:55 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 39 replies
    Fox DFW ^ | 7/23/14 | Natalie Solis
    President Obama has said most of the undocumented children in the U.S. from Central America will not be allowed to stay. The process of deciding which ones will stay and which ones will go is often decided in court, but Tuesday, 18 of 20 undocumented children failed to show up to their first immigration hearing in Dallas federal court. That’s an unusually high number that raises concerns that it could be a trend.
  • Beijing shuts large coal power plant to curb smog

    07/23/2014 6:47:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 7/23/14 | AFP
    Beijing (AFP) - Beijing on Wednesday closed the first of four large coal-fired power plants that are set to be shut down as part of efforts to curb its choking air pollution, media reported. The 50-year-old Gaojing Thermal Power Plant is to be replaced with a gas-fired power station, one of four that is to be built as the Chinese capital aims to boost its reliance on cleaner energy, Xinhua news agency said. The other three major coal-fired power plants in Beijing will be closed by 2016, the state-run agency added. A five-year plan was introduced in the city last...
  • Teenage Missionary Accused of Raping Young Children at African Orphanage

    07/23/2014 6:45:10 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 27 replies
    KTLA 5 ^ | 7/22/2014 | KTLA 5
    An Edmond teenager faces a possible life in prison sentence after authorities say they learned about shocking crimes he allegedly committed on an African mission trip. The suspect was volunteering at a Kenyan children’s home when he allegedly raped and molested a number of young children. According to court records, 19-year-old Matthew Durham confessed to raping several young girls, forcing some boys to perform oral sex on him and even making other kids watch. “This is a young man in our community that made choices to exploit children in an orphanage,” said United States Attorney Sanford Coats. “It’s a...
  • Marquette poll: Scott Walker in dead heat with Mary Burke for Wisconsin gubernatorial race

    07/23/2014 6:44:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 07/23/2014 | Bill Glauber
    Dead heat. That's what Wisconsin is staring at in the race for governor, with Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke neck-and-neck heading into the November election, according to the latest Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday. Among registered voters, Walker led Burke, 46% to 45%. Among likely voters, Burke led Walker, 47% to 46%. "The bottom line is that nothing has statistically changed from May to July," said Charles Franklin, the poll director. "We're seeing a dead heat in the race, well within the margin of error." "As the race really heats up with advertising and back...
  • Unbelievable: The liberal PC police are now going after Thomas the Tank Engine

    07/23/2014 6:38:45 PM PDT · by BulletBobCo · 32 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | July 23, 2014 | Cameron Khansarinia
    We’ve grown accustomed to senseless liberal logic insinuating that anything that has to do with the color spectrum is somehow racist or racially charged, however; the most recent attack by The Guardian filth-spiller, Tracy van Slyke, is so stupid it just made me chuckle. Check out what she said about the demonic Thomas the Tank Engine. From The Guardian: For the record, all the “villains” on Thomas and Friends are the dirty diesel engines. I’d like to think there was a good environmental message in there, but when the good engines pump out white smoke and the bad engines pump...