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  • Feds Urge Paramedics, Firefighters To Help Find “Extremists”

    07/25/2014 4:54:12 AM PDT · by blam · 2 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 7-25-2014 | Paul Joseph Watson
    Paul Joseph Watson July 24th, 2014 The federal government is asking paramedics and firefighters to be on the lookout for “extremists” as part of a program that aims to uncover “suspicious activity.” A bulletin released in March 2014 by the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and the National Counterterrorism Center, obtained this week by Public Intelligence, contains details of a program entitled “Emergency Medical Treatment Presents Opportunity for Discovery of Violent Extremist Activities.” The bulletin, which was sent out to firefighters, emergency medical service personnel and other first responders nationwide, encourages these groups to watch for “indicators of violent extremist...
  • RUSSIANS SPLIT ENEMY IN POLAND; SAY NAZIS LOST 539,890 IN MONTH (7/25/44)

    07/25/2014 4:50:18 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 7 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 7/25/44 | W.H. Lawrence, E.C. Daniel, Daniel T. Brigham, Sidney Gruson, George Horne, Percy Finch
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  • California couple may be charged $500 for not watering lawn, or $500 for watering it

    07/25/2014 4:43:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/25/2014 | Mary Katherine Ham
    Ahh, government: In this week’s “Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don’t” file: A Southern California couple received a letter from Glendora city officials threatening to fine them $500 if they don’t get their sun-scorched brown lawn green again, reports AP. Which Laura Whitney and Michael Korte would gladly do, except for one thing: They could also be fined $500 if they water their lawn too much; they’re currently only watering twice a week. With more than 80% of California in an extreme drought, according to the Los Angeles Times, the state water board voted this week to...
  • IDF Leaves No Man--And No Dog--Behind

    07/25/2014 4:39:20 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | Jordan Schachtel
    Staying true to the conviction that no soldier should be left behind, Israeli forces were seen carrying a wounded bomb-sniffing dog off the battlefield.
  • Underwear bomber plot failed because he 'wore same pants for two weeks'

    07/25/2014 4:38:49 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | July 25, 2014
    The 2009 "underpants bomb" plot failed because the terrorist had been wearing his explosive-laden undergarments for more than two weeks and soiled the explosives, a senior US official said. Umar Abdulmutallab sent shockwaves through US intelligence when he successfully smuggled a bomb onto a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas day three years ago. The British-educated Nigerian was able to light the bomb but it failed to explode, causing minor burns to the would-be bomber but sparing his fellow passengers.
  • Hamas' Massive Network Of Underground Tunnels Is A Military Game-Changer

    07/25/2014 4:37:52 AM PDT · by blam · 6 replies
    BI - AP ^ | 7-25-2014 | Tia Goldenberg
    Tia Goldenberg, Associated PressJuly 25, 2014 A network of tunnels Palestinian militants have dug from Gaza to Israel — dubbed "lower Gaza" by the Israeli military — is taking center stage in the latest war between Hamas and Israel. Gaza's Hamas rulers view them as a military game changer in its conflict with Israel. The Israeli military says the tunnels pose a serious threat and that destroying the sophisticated underground network is a key objective of its invasion of Gaza. Israel has known about the tunnels for several years, but has been hard-pressed to find an effective way to block...
  • US and Islamic State: "We did see this coming"

    07/25/2014 4:33:18 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 4 replies
    Mercedsunstar.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | Johnathan S. Landay
    WASHINGTON — Like the rest of the world, the U.S. government appeared to have been taken aback last month when Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, fell to an offensive by jihadis of the Islamic State that triggered the collapse of five Iraqi army divisions and carried the extremists to the threshold of Baghdad.
  • Israel-Gaza: Hamas calls for 'third intifada' after violent riots in Jerusalem and West Bank

    07/25/2014 4:28:52 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | July 25, 2014 | By Inna Lazareva, Tel Aviv
    Hamas and Palestinian Authority call for "day of rage" over Israeli assault on Gaza after two Palestinians killed in overnight riots north of Jerusalem. Hamas leaders, both in Gaza and abroad, have called for the start of the third intifada - or Palestinian uprising - after violent riots with live fire erupted throughout Jerusalem and the West Bank last night. Violence flared up as thousands of Palestinians took to the streets, rioting and protesting Israel’s actions in Gaza. Approximately 10,000 people marched from Ramallah to Jerusalem, where they clashed with Israeli police. In Gaza, Hamas TV played pro-intifada songs, while...
  • Israel On Alert After Deadly West Bank Clashes

    07/25/2014 4:21:10 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    Sky News ^ | July 25, 2014
    Israeli security forces have been put on heightened alert after two Palestinians were killed during a massive protest in the West Bank. The victims were among an estimated 10,000 people who clashed violently with soldiers and border police at a checkpoint in Qalandiya, between Jerusalem and Ramallah. Israel said today it had deployed thousands of security forces were deployed in and around Jerusalem to "deal with any disturbances". Sky's David Bowden in Ashkelon, near Israel's border with Gaza, said: "After Friday prayers who knows what might happen. We are coming to the end of Ramadan. All of this is boiling...
  • A big hole in the heart of Obamacare

    07/25/2014 4:13:35 AM PDT · by SteveH · 1 replies
    CNN ^ | July 24, 2014 | Ilya Shapiro
    ... After-the-fact rationalizations notwithstanding, the concession that Obamacare's designers didn't anticipate so many state vetoes doesn't retroactively rewrite the plain language of the law. The fault lies squarely with those drafters, not the lawyers who point out the IRS abuse or the judges who strike it down. The government will see rehearing by the entire D.C. Circuit; having stacked the court after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid eliminated filibusters of judicial nominations, President Obama figures he has a good chance to reverse Halbig. At the same time, Mike Carvin, the lawyer for the plaintiffs in both cases, will bypass the...
  • Hamas has been looking for allies, so far in vain [Israel]

    07/25/2014 4:06:05 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 12 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Friday, July 25, 2014 | Zvi Bar'el
    While Islamic Jihad remains an Iranian protégé, Hamas decided two and a half years ago to break with Iran and return to its natural Arab and Sunni home. This decision was sparked by the Iranian-backed Syrian government’s slaughter of its largely Sunni citizens, which generated pressure to sever ties from both fellow Palestinians and Arab states. But Hamas also thought this move wouldn’t exact too high an economic price, thanks to the support it received from Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood-led government. That calculation collapsed when Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was ousted last year; Egypt’s new government is waging war on the...
  • Supreme Court may not protect Obamacare this time

    07/25/2014 4:05:33 AM PDT · by SteveH · 9 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 24, 2014 | Ruth Marcus
    ... Certainly, Roberts zealously guards the court’s institutional standing against accusations of overreaching. But only to a point. The Voting Rights Act offers an example. In 2009, Roberts, as with the Affordable Care Act, demonstrated his willingness to stretch the language of the statute to save it — temporarily. Four years later, he wrote the majority ruling striking down the law’s key provision. Importantly, Roberts’s initial restraint in that case, as in his ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act, was based on constitutional considerations: the long-standing principle that the court, if possible, should avoid overturning the work of a co-equal...
  • If You're A State And You Don't Set Up An Exchange, Your Citizens Don't Get Their Tax Credits

    07/25/2014 3:48:52 AM PDT · by SteveH · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 25, 2014 | Michael F. Cannon
    ... Gruber doesn’t just acknowledge the conditional feature of the PPACA’s tax credits. He also supplies a plausible purpose for that feature (there were people in Washington who either wanted to “squeeze the states to do it,” or saw the law as directing them to do so). He describes the mechanism by which this provision achieves that purpose (taxpayers will pressure their state officials to create Exchanges so they can receive tax credits). He acknowledges that the conditional nature of the tax credits sits perfectly well alongside the law’s requirement that the federal government establish an Exchange within states that...
  • The dueling Obamacare memes: Which one should you believe?

    07/25/2014 3:26:56 AM PDT · by SteveH · 7 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | July 24, 2014 | Jon Healey
    ... It's inarguable that the process Democrats used to enact Obamacare was ugly. They passed the Affordable Care Act and the companion Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act without a smidgen of Republican support. Some provisions were inserted without public hearings and with little debate, and key versions of the bills were cobbled together behind closed doors. As a consequence, the legislation was vetted only by Democrats, which all but guarantees that it will say and do some things they didn't intend. Worse, only Democrats are now invested in its success. So they have no way to fix problems in...
  • Anti-Tank Missiles Deflected by New Israeli Defense System

    07/25/2014 3:26:10 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 9 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | Thursday, July 24, 2014 | Abraham Rabinovich
    JERUSALEM–At least five times in the past week in Gaza, Israeli tanks equipped with a revolutionary defense system have deflected anti-tank missiles fired at them by Hamas fighters, according to the Israeli army. The success of the Windbreaker system, as it is called in Israel, augments on the ground the technological achievement in the air of the Iron Dome anti-rocket defense system which Israel credits with neutralizing the intensive rocketing from Gaza of the past two weeks. The Windbreaker system (known abroad as Trophy), which became operational in 2009, has since been successfully tested by live fire twice when Israeli...
  • The ObamaCare-IRS Nexus

    07/25/2014 3:15:05 AM PDT · by SteveH · 5 replies
    One of the big questions out of the IRS targeting scandal is this: How can an agency that engaged in such political misconduct be trusted to implement ObamaCare? This week's Halbig v. Burwell ruling reminded us of the answer. It can't. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Halbig that the administration had illegally provided ObamaCare subsidies in 36 insurance exchanges run by the federal government. Yet it wasn't the "administration" as a whole that issued the lawless subsidy gift. It was the administration acting through its new, favorite enforcer: the IRS. And it was entirely political. Democrats needed...
  • ‘What happens when Obama comes to your hood’? Ask Sarah Michelle Gellar [photos]

    07/25/2014 3:09:32 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 9 replies
    Twitchy ^ | July 24, 2014
    Sarah Michelle ✔ @RealSMG This is what happens when Obama comes to your hood. So much for groceries and dry cleaning #ObamaJam pic.twitter.com/76XM9yJdpi President Obama was in L.A. yesterday for some very important presidential business. Just kidding! He was fundraising, natch. And, just like so many times before, making L.A. traffic even more hellacious than usual. “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” actress Sarah Michelle Gellar was just trying to run some errands. Obama had other plans:
  • Hamas Social Media Rules: Describe Terrorists as Innocent Civilians [Israel]

    07/25/2014 3:01:15 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 10 replies
    IDF (Israel Defense Forces) ^ | Monday, July 21, 2014 | Israel Defense Forces
    Hamas is employing a new tactic to conceal its true terrorist nature from the world. It has begun asking Gaza’s social media users to disseminate lies throughout the West and the Arab world. This news will come as no surprise to those familiar with the radical Islamist organization’s usual methods. However, now mainstream media outlets will have to think twice before blindly quoting reports from Hamas about what’s really happening in Gaza. The Middle East Media Research (MEMRI) published Thursday a translation of a new Hamas internet campaign to provide guidelines for Gaza’s social media users. According to MEMRI, the...
  • Why has the IDF lost 32 soldiers in the Gaza ground offensive?

    07/25/2014 2:34:14 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 16 replies
    The Times of a Israel ^ | Thursday, July 24, 2014 | Mitch Ginsburg
    As opposed to previous campaigns, the army has a concrete goal — finding the tunnels — which means Hamas knows precisely where to strike. On Wednesday morning three paratroopers were killed, bringing the death toll since the beginning of the ground operation in Gaza to 32. It’s highly possible that those sitting around the General Staff table knew that this would be the price Israel would have to pay if it sought to neutralize the tunnel threat from Hamas. The public, still very much supportive of the operation, has been surprised. After all, during Operation Cast Lead in 2009, over...
  • UCR: Researchers find key component of autistic behavior

    07/25/2014 2:28:23 AM PDT · by blueplum · 17 replies
    Press Enterprise ^ | July 24, 2014 11:09pm PST | MARK MUCKENFUSS
    A UC Riverside-led team of researchers says it has found conclusive evidence that a naturally produced enzyme in the body is responsible for autism and other neurological disorders in people with Fragile X syndrome. Fragile X is a mutation of the X chromosome associated with obsessive-compulsive and repetitive behaviors as well as learning deficits. People affected by Fragile X have been shown to have structural differences in brain cells, such as underdeveloped neural receptors. :snip: The study is the cover story for the latest edition of the Journal of Neuroscience. :snip: Often, such discoveries are the first step in a...
  • In Gaza war, Egypt taking hard line over border [Israel and Hamas]

    07/25/2014 2:17:02 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 2 replies
    The a Times of Israel ^ | Friday,a July 25, 2014 | Lee Keith and Maggie Michael
    Vilification of Hamas in Cairo has only increased since Operation Protective Edge erupted. CAIRO (AP) — In the Gaza war now in its third bloody week, Hamas’ battle isn’t only with Israel, even though that’s the country it is firing rockets at. The terrorist group that rules Gaza is demanding Egypt open its border with the tiny, blockaded strip of territory Even as it presents itself as a mediator in the conflict, Egypt is taking a hard line, refusing any opening that would strengthen Hamas, a group it accuses of fueling militancy on its soil. And so far, the Egyptian...
  • Gaza Underground, the threat Israel chose to ignore [Israel and Hamas]

    07/25/2014 2:08:48 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 20 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Friday, July 25, 2014 | Avi Issacharoff
    Hamas’s attack tunnels are now recognized as a major danger, but Israel would have to reconquer Gaza to make sure they aren’t rebuilt, and that would cause untenable losses. The tunnels inside Gaza and under the Israeli border are not a secret project Hamas ran under the noses of Israel and the Palestinian public. Every child in Gaza, like every junior officer in IDF Military Intelligence, knew that, beneath Gaza City and beyond, a network of tunnels was being dug over the past five years, with an investment of millions of dollars. In other words, Gaza Underground Yet the Israeli...
  • 2012 Video shows major Obamacare architect confirm subsidies were meant only for state exchange

    07/25/2014 1:39:19 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    Red State ^ | July 24. 2014 | Moe Lane
    Jonathan Gruber, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist who helped design the Massachusetts health law that was the model for Obamacare, was a key influence on the creation of the law. He was widely quoted in the media. During the crafting of the law, the Obama administration brought him on for his expertise. He was paid almost $400,000 to consult with the administration on the law. And he has claimed to have written part of the legislation, the section dealing with small business tax credits. [Text and :59 video SNIP] PS: Possibly the most damning thing about this video is...
  • On Halbig and Statutory Interpretation

    07/25/2014 1:10:37 AM PDT · by SteveH · 5 replies
    Volokh Conspiracy via The Washington Post ^ | July 24, 2014 | Jonathan H. Adler
    ... When Congress wanted to use a shorthand for “exchange,” it did just that — and said “exchange.” The “established by the State” modifier was added at the Committee stage, and then again afterwards before final passage in the Senate. Adding it in was unnecessary unless it had some purpose — such as to distinguish exchanges “established by the State” from those “established” by HHS as required by Section 1321. Even if, as some argue, a Section 1321 federal exchange can stand in the place of a section 1311 exchange, the former is still not an exchange “established by the...
  • 1,000 in Pro-Israel Rally in Helsinki

    07/25/2014 1:03:12 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25 July 2014
    More than 1,000 people took part, Thursday, in a pro-Israel rally in front of the Finnish parliament building in Helsinki.
  • Death row Christian woman flies out of Sudan, meets Pope

    07/25/2014 12:17:16 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies
    reuters.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Giselda Vagnoni and Khalid Abdel Aziz
    A Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for converting from Islam to Christianity, then detained after her conviction was quashed, flew into Rome on an Italian government plane on Thursday and hours later met the Pope. Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, whose sentence and detention triggered international outrage, walked off the aircraft cradling her baby and was greeted by Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi. Soon afterwards, Ibrahim, her husband and two children had a private meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican. "The Pope thanked her for her witness to faith," Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said.
  • No, Halbig Did Not Gut Obamacare because of a Drafting Error

    07/25/2014 12:05:25 AM PDT · by SteveH · 4 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 23, 2014 | Sean Davis
    ... Let’s take a step back to see how plausible that explanation is. There are two types of exchanges: state-established, and federally established. The statutory authority for state-based exchanges comes in section 1311 of Obamacare. The statutory authority for a federal exchange in the event that a state chose not to establish one comes from section 1321(c) of Obamacare. Right off the bat, we have two discrete sections pertaining to two discrete types of health exchange. Was that a “drafting error”? Then we have the specific construction of section 1321(c), which allows for the creation of a federal exchange. Nowhere...
  • Obama Eyes Major Immigration Move

    07/24/2014 10:48:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 39 replies
    time ^ | 7/24/14 | Alex Altman
    The President may be preparing to provide temporary legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants RECOMMENDED FOR YOU World Cup Whimsy Captured in New McDonalds Ad Why America Doesn't Like Soccer, And How That Can Be Changed Health - TIME by Taboola When President Obama issues executive orders on immigration in coming weeks, pro-reform activists are expecting something dramatic: temporary relief from deportation and work authorization for perhaps several million undocumented immigrants. If the activists are right, the sweeping move would upend a contentious policy fight and carry broad political consequences. The activists met privately with the President and his...
  • U.S. dismisses Russian concern about THAAD system in S. Korea

    07/24/2014 10:41:06 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Korea Herald ^ | 2014-07-25
    U.S. dismisses Russian concern about THAAD system in S. Korea 2014-07-25 10:44 The United States said Thursday an advanced missile defense battery it plans to deploy to South Korea is not aimed at Russia, after Moscow expressed concern that the system would negatively affect the regional situation and provoke an arms race. The U.S. military plans to bring a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense battery into South Korea to help deter threats from North Korea. The U.S. has conducted a site survey for the system, though no decision has been announced as to where to put it. Russia's...
  • North Korea to build underwater hotel in East Coast city of Wonsan

    07/24/2014 10:32:08 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    NK News ^ | July 21st, 2014 | Hamish Macdonald
    North Korea to build underwater hotel in East Coast city of Wonsan North Korea announces major plan to renovate Wonsan beach area North Korean authorities have announced an expansive development project for the east coast city of Wonsan that will include the construction of an underwater hotel, a Pyongyang Times article said last Tuesday. The ambitious plan, which focuses on the construction and development of infrastructure and buildings primarily related to the leisure sector, will see Wonsan become a “tourist city,” the Pyongyang Times said.
  • FIFTEEN Palestinians Dead After Hamas Refuses to Allow Civilians to Escape Shelter

    07/24/2014 9:37:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 7/24/14 | Jim Hoft
    Today at least 15 people were killed and many wounded when Israeli forces shelled a UN-run school in northern Gaza. UN Chief Ban Ki Moon condemned the attack. The IDF said it was looking into the matter. Last night the IDF told the Red Cross to evacuate civilians from the UNRWA shelter in Beit Hanoun. But Hamas refused to let the civilians leave the area.
  • WH Lauds Sudanese Christian’s Release But Does Not Mention ‘Christianity’ in Statement

    07/24/2014 9:35:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 7/24/14 | Jim Hoft
    Meriam Ibrahim, the woman who was sentenced to death in Sudan for refusing to renounce her Christian faith, arrived Thursday in Italy and met with Pope Francis in the Casa Santa Marta. (Vatican Radio) The Italian government was instrumental in arranging for Ibrahim’s release. Today the White House released a statement celebrating Meriam Ibrahim’s release. They did not mention Christianity once in their statement. The United States is delighted that Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag is now safe and free and will soon be traveling to the United States. For months, Americans of all faiths kept Ms. Ishag in their thoughts...
  • Ukrainian government has no cash for army salaries from after August 1

    07/24/2014 9:32:02 PM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 20 replies
    The Kyiv Post ^ | 07/24/2014
    The protracted hostilities have used up the financial resources set aside for the conduct of the anti-terrorist operation (ATO), thus undermining salary payouts to the Ukrainian military as early as from August 1, Ukrainian Finance Minister Oleksandr Shlapak said on July 24.
  • September in July: Big cold front to bring stellar weather next week

    07/24/2014 9:05:23 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 30 replies
    WaPo ^ | 24JUL2014 | Jason Samenow
    Following in the footsteps of the record-setting cool air mass in mid-July, a second blast of air with polar origins will invade the eastern U.S. to close July. Like the original, the sequel will be glorious. This taste of September may not be quite as strong mid-July’s version, but should produce temperatures 10-20 degrees below normal across a large swath of the eastern U.S. by early Tuesday.
  • 2014-15 Winter forecast

    07/24/2014 9:03:07 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 29 replies
    IceAgeNow.info ^ | 24JUL2014 | Robert Felix
    “For anybody wanting to take a peek at the Winter 2014/15 forecast by Matt Holliday of Firsthand Weather (wonderful meteorologist and AGW sceptic), here it is (on Facebook),” says Caroline in West Virginia.
  • ‘Right to be forgotten’ ruling is backfiring, says Data watchdog (European Union ruling)

    07/24/2014 8:38:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Irish Times ^ | Fri, Jul 25, 2014, 01:00 | Laura Slattery
    Google’s interpretation of the European Court of Justice’s “right to be forgotten” ruling is prejudicing the intention of the court, the State’s data protection watchdog said yesterday, as regulators and search engine giants met in Brussels to discuss the matter. Billy Hawkes, who will shortly retire as Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner, described the ruling as “a very difficult decision by the European Court of Justice”. The ruling, made in May, has effectively exposed Google to criticism both for removing links and for refusing requests for links to be removed. …
  • Israel Calls Out UNRWA for Claiming IDF Shelled School UNRWA's claims that an evacuation of a Gaza

    07/24/2014 8:30:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    inn ^ | 7/24/14 | Elad Benari
    Israel on Thursday called out a United Nations aid agency for falsely claiming that the Israeli Defense Forces did not permit civilians to evacuate a Gaza school where 15 people were killed in an Israeli attack, reports the Washington Free Beacon. The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) laid blame for the civilian deaths on the IDF, claiming it never received approval from the IDF for an evacuation from the facility. UNRWA released a statement claiming, “UNRWA had been attempting to negotiate with the [IDF] a pause in the fighting during which they would guarantee a safe corridor to relocate...
  • Eurozone economy dead in the water, with crisis expected to carry on 'a long time'

    07/24/2014 8:13:54 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 22 July 2014 | Jeremy Warner
    It's taken a long time, but the International Monetary Fund finally seems to be talking some sense about the beleaguered deficit economies of the eurozone. In a new analysis of continuing imbalances within the single currency area, it pretty much concludes that the situation is hopeless without the sort of eurozone-wide macro economic policies – monetary as well as fiscal – which are specifically rejected by the high command in Berlin. OK, so it doesn't quite say that, but even so, this will make deeply depressing reading for the struggling economies of Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain.
  • UKRAINE: U.S. says Russia firing across border into Ukraine VIDEO

    07/24/2014 8:11:20 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 5 replies
    WSJ ^ | July 24, 2014 7:28 p.m. | Julian Barnes & William Mauldin
    U.S. defense and diplomatic officials said Thursday that Russia is firing artillery across its border at Ukrainian military positions, an assertion that Moscow now is directly engaging in hostilities directly against Ukrainian government forces. The accusation represents a harsh new U.S. stance against the Kremlin in the aftermath of the crash of Malaysian aircraft flight 17, downed last Thursday by am antiaircraft missile. The U.S. has been accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of supporting armed pro-Russian Separatists in Eastern Ukraine
  • WATCH: Concealed Carry Hero Nabs Five Fugitives Who Eluded Police (Amazing Video)

    07/24/2014 8:02:42 PM PDT · by montag813 · 4 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 07-25-2014 | Gina Cassini
     by Gina Cassini | Top Right NewsIt's not a good year for anti-gun nuts to make their case against concealed-carry handguns.First of course we have the businesses who stupidly banned such guns from their establishments, from Jack In The Box to Target to local restaurants -- and immediately were victimized by armed criminals who knew they would face no resistance. Then we saw the bar owner who openly welcomed customers packing guns, and saw a huge boost in her business. Now comes the incredible story of a concealed carry permit holder in Iowa who helped police nab five men who led officers on...
  • 10,000 Palestinian protesters have marched on an Israeli checkpoint, sparking clashes with military

    07/24/2014 7:54:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    The Australian ^ | July 25, 2014 10:58AM | (Network writers, News Corp Australia Network)
    At least 10,000 Palestinian protesters have rallied and are clashing with Israeli military forces in and around Jerusalem following an attack on a UN school. The main clash site is at Qalandiya, between Jerusalem and Ramallah, though there are now reports of uprisings in the Old City portion of Jerusalem itself. […] Israeli army officials have told AFP news agency that “riot dispersal means” were being used to control the protest. […] Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said several officers were injured by rocks thrown at them in Jerusalem and that about 20 protesters were arrested. …
  • “Modern Family” Star Says he Refused to Pose for a Picture With Rick Santorum

    07/24/2014 7:49:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    Salon ^ | THURSDAY, JUL 24, 2014 | DANIEL D'ADDARIO
    Eric Stonestreet told the antigay former senator: "I can't do it"“Modern Family” is a show whose depiction of a gay married couple is so uncontroversial that Democrats and Republicans alike can enjoy it (as evidenced by the show’s getting praised by both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in 2012). But one of the show’s stars was uncomfortable when approached by one GOP fan. Eric Stonestreet, the Emmy-winner who plays gay former football player Cameron, told HuffPost Live that he had been approached by Rick Santorum at a recent White House Correspondents’ Dinner. The former Pennsylvania senator and once (and future?)...
  • IDF Calls Out UN for Lying About Gaza Civilian Casualties

    07/24/2014 7:43:46 PM PDT · by kristinn · 7 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | Thursday, July 24, 2014 | Adam Kredo
    Israel is calling out a United Nations aid agency for falsely claiming that the Israeli Defense Forces did not permit civilians to evacuate a Gaza school where 15 people were killed today. The U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) laid blame for the civilian deaths on the IDF, claiming it never received approval from the IDF for an evacuation from the facility. UNRWA—which has been under fire in recent days for allowing Hamas to use its facilities to store rockets—released a statement claiming: “UNRWA had been attempting to negotiate with the [IDF] a pause in the fighting during which they...
  • I Hate Ayn Rand — But Here's Why my Fellow Conservatives Love Her

    07/24/2014 7:25:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 59 replies
    The Week ^ | July 23, 2014 | Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    And no, liberals: It's not because they're greedy jerks who loathe the poor By Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry | Many of my fellow conservatives love Ayn Rand. And many of my liberal friends love to hate her. You can understand why progressives enjoy blasting Rand's presumably nefarious influence on the conservative movement. She makes for a convenient punching bag for progressives, because she embodies the caricatured version of what progressives imagine conservatives really think: that egotism and greed are good and that the parasitic weak deserve to be trod upon by the capitalistic powerful. And then there are people like me: Conservatives...
  • How a solar storm two years ago nearly caused a catastrophe on Earth

    07/24/2014 7:21:12 PM PDT · by tired&retired · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 23, 2014 | JASON SAMENOW
    On July 23, 2012, the sun unleashed two massive clouds of plasma that barely missed a catastrophic encounter with the Earth’s atmosphere. These plasma clouds, known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs), comprised a solar storm thought to be the most powerful in at least 150 years. “If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces,” physicist Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado tells NASA. Analysts believe that a direct hit … could cause widespread power blackouts, disabling everything that plugs into a wall socket. Most people wouldn’t even be able to flush their toilet because urban...
  • Officials: ISIS blows up Jonah's tomb in Iraq

    07/24/2014 7:20:54 PM PDT · by Innovative · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | July 24, 2014 | Mohammed Tawfeeq
    The holy site is thought to be the burial place of the prophet Jonah, who was swallowed by a whale or fish in both the Islamic and Judeo-Christian traditions. Militants belonging to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, planted explosives around the tomb and detonated the explosion remotely Thursday, civil defense officials there told CNN.
  • John Walsh: From the Military to Politics

    07/24/2014 7:09:43 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 2 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 23, 2014 | DAVID S. JOACHIM
    Senator John Walsh, Democrat of Montana, was appointed by Gov. Steve Bullock in February to fill the seat vacated by Max Baucus, a six-term senator who stepped down to become the United States ambassador to China. Relatively new to politics, Mr. Walsh, 53, was elected lieutenant governor in 2012 after more than three decades in the National Guard, which included a combat tour in Iraq in 2004 and 2005. He had already declared his candidacy for Mr. Baucus’s seat in November’s midterm elections when Mr. Bullock selected him in the hopes that raising his profile would enable the Democrats to...
  • Obama urges Congress to tackle tax loopholes

    07/24/2014 7:07:31 PM PDT · by Innovative · 17 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 24, 2014 | Rebecca Kaplan/
    Most of President Obama's West Coast fundraising trip has been spent raising money behind closed doors, but appeared publicly to the Los Angeles Technical College Thursday to push Congress to close loopholes for U.S. businesses that shift their residences abroad to avoid a higher tax bill. The president framed his remarks around the idea of "economic patriotism," a recurring theme he has used recently to encourage the idea of closing tax loopholes to help fund investments in education and job training.
  • Doctor Seemingly Defies Hospital’s Policy Barring Him From Carrying a Gun Police Say .....

    07/24/2014 6:59:15 PM PDT · by BulletBobCo · 34 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jul. 24, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    DARBY, Pa. (TheBlaze/AP) — A psychiatrist who was grazed by gunfire from a patient at a suburban Philadelphia hospital Thursday helped stop the gunman by apparently using his own weapon to shoot and wound him, but not before a caseworker was killed, authorities said. A patient opened fire after entering the doctor’s office at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital with the caseworker, District Attorney Jack Whelan said. Witnesses reported hearing yelling before the gunshots. A spokeswoman for Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital said the facility has a policy prohibiting anyone except on-duty law enforcement officers from carrying a weapon anywhere on its campus. It...
  • Russia Accuses the U.S. of Faking MH17 Evidence

    07/24/2014 6:45:18 PM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 20 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | Ju;y 24, 2014 | Wire / Polly Mosendz
    Today, Kremlin officials suggested that the United States has created fake evidence to implicate pro-Russian separatists in the shooting of Malaysia Airline Flight 17. Anatoly Antonov, deputy defense minister, said that U.S. intelligence did not do diligent research, and instead "mostly cited social networks." In fact, had U.S. intelligence cited only social networks, they would have been able to confirm the separatists were responsible almost two hours before anyone knew the plane crashed. Before news of the MH17 crash broke, rebel leader Igor Girkin posted on social media that rebels had shot down a "military transport aircraft." Instead, it ended...