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  • Man with tuberculosis shuns treatment, eludes police

    07/25/2014 11:43:18 AM PDT · by redreno · 2 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 07/25/2014 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    STOCKTON, Calif. — Prosecutors in Northern California said Thursday that they have obtained an arrest warrant for a tuberculosis patient who has refused treatment and may be contagious, putting those around him at risk. Eduardo Rosas Cruz, a 25-year-old transient, went to the San Joaquin General Hospital’s emergency room in March, complaining of a severe cough. Diagnosed with tuberculosis, medical staff told him to stay in a Stockton motel room, where a health worker would deliver his medication and watch him take it. But officials say he took off. County health officials asked prosecutors to seek the warrant, in part,...
  • Jenkins describes 'combat zone' conditions at U.S.-Mexico border

    07/25/2014 11:38:32 AM PDT · by yoe
    The Fredrick News-Post ^ | July 25, 2014 | Graham Cullen
    n a Thursday briefing to county leaders, Sheriff Chuck Jenkins said a "full deployment of military resources" to the U.S.-Mexico border is needed to address the illegal-immigration issues he witnessed during his recent trip to Texas.[snip] "It's really, really hard to believe you're in America," Jenkins told Frederick County commissioners during Thursday's meeting. "You feel like you're in a combat zone." Jenkins spent about 20 minutes detailing his experience visiting McAllen, Texas, with several other sheriffs from around the nation. In the trip's aftermath, Jenkins said he and the other law enforcement leaders will formulate recommendations, which they hope the...
  • Gallup Daily: Obama Job Approval [Just hit 39%-54%]

    07/25/2014 11:36:48 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Gallup ^ | 7/25/14
    07/22-24/2014 Approve: 39% Disapprove: 54%
  • IDF’s southern commander: Hamas losing morale, but we need more time

    07/25/2014 11:23:33 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies
    timesofisrael.com ^ | July 25, 2014, 8:43 pm | Times of Israel staff
    Sami Turgeman says army has uncovered and is disabling most terror tunnels dug under Israeli border Hamas fighters in the Gaza Strip are weakening and losing morale “in all parameters,” the commander of IDF forces in southern Israel said Friday, but added that the troops on the ground needed more time to completely root out terror tunnels burrowing into Israel.
  • IDF determines Staff Sgt. Oron Shaul, previously considered missing, is dead [Israel and Hamas]

    07/25/2014 11:17:32 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 10 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Friday, July 25, 2014 | Gili Cohen
    The IDF determined on Friday that Givati Brigade soldier Staff Sergeant Oron Shaul died in battle, and defined him as "a soldier killed in action whose burial site is unknown." In a statement, the IDF said that "prior to the decision, all the religious, medical and further relevant issues were taken into consideration." "In light of this definition," the statement added, and "according to the Jewish religion, the family is not obligated to conduct a funeral, nor is the family obligated to sit through a 'Shiva,' the traditional mourning period of seven days."
  • Report: Israel rejects Kerry cease-fire proposal in Gaza

    07/25/2014 11:03:10 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | July 25, 2014 | Staff
    Channel 10 reports that the diplomatic-security cabinet "flatly rejects" American proposals for a week-long humanitarian halt to fighting.
  • Salon Attempts to Paint Avowed Communist Lee Harvey Oswald as a “Right-Winger”

    07/25/2014 11:00:30 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 20 replies
    redstate ^ | By: Leon H. Wolf (Diary) | July 24th, 2014 at 09:00 PM
    Via Salon today comes one of the most truly bizarre pieces of revisionist history I have ever seen, even within the context of articles appearing at Salon.
  • Report: 117% increase in children 12 and younger crossing border alone

    07/25/2014 10:50:03 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 25, 2014 | By MOLLY HENNESSY-FISKE
    Not only have more unaccompanied children illegally crossed the southern border this year — more than twice last year's total — but they are crossing at much younger ages, according to a study released this week. There has been a 117% increase in apprehensions among unaccompanied children ages 12 and younger and a 12% increase among teenagers between the 2013 and 2014 fiscal years, according to government statistics obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by the Pew Research Center. There are still more 13- to 17-year-olds crossing, 84% of youths apprehended. Most are 16- and 17-year-olds, Lopez said....
  • IRS Beltway Clown Show on Kelly File (Video)

    07/25/2014 10:47:36 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 25, 2014 | J. Christian Adams
    I visited the Kelly File last night on Fox News with Megyn Kelly. The segment provides an excellent summary of the IRS flip flopping and lies. Here is the video from Fox News Insider:
  • Florida schools get ready for flood of border kids

    07/25/2014 10:44:43 AM PDT · by Politico2isBack · 16 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | July 25, 2014 | Marianela Toledo
    MIAMI — With more than 51,000 unaccompanied Central American children already here, and more expected to come, school officials ask the federal government for a helping hand. Border kids costs more to educate, about $1,900 per head. Teachers must be bilingual. The students will need health care and psychological services because many arrive sick and traumatized by things they;ve seen and experienced on their journeys north. Daisy Gonzalez-Diego, communications officer at the Miami-Dade County Public School, said up until now, the school district have relied on their emergency funds to help cover the costs. “We are asking the federal government...
  • Eric Holder’s Law Enforcement on Steroids

    07/25/2014 10:22:53 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 8 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 24, 2014 | Ethan Gaitz
    Controversies on American college campuses are becoming almost the norm now. And Eric Holder has inserted himself and the Obama White House right into the center of a debate regarding sexual assault on campus. obama and holder Sexual assault is no trivial matter and the White House should be commended for its proactive efforts to curb such harmful behavior. But, one of the primary steps U.S. Attorney General Holder has taken to address this issue goes beyond the pale. In a letter sent to the University of Montana (which was the subject of a recent article on the topic of...
  • When Burying a Terrorist, You Might Want to Remove the Suicide Vest First…

    07/25/2014 10:15:39 AM PDT · by DKM · 53 replies
    Israel Video Network ^ | 7/24/14 | Yuval Friedman
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  • Joan Rivers Goes Off On Epic Israel/Palestine Rant

    07/25/2014 10:01:11 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 38 replies
    http://www.tmz.com/ ^ | July 25, 2014 | TMZ Staff
    Joan Rivers jettisoned comedy for politics ... unleashing an impassioned defense of Israel that included an awesome New York/New Jersey analogy.
  • Lawmaker to Push Bill Requiring Dinesh D'Souza's 'America' Be Shown in Schools

    07/25/2014 9:57:56 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies
    Hhollywood Reporter ^ | 7-25-14 | Paul Bond
    Florida GOP state senator Alan Hays said he’ll propose a bill mandating that students in the 1,700 Florida public high schools and middle schools are to be shown the film unless their parents object. A Florida state senator plans to introduce a bill that would make Dinesh D'Souza's docudrama, America, required viewing for most teenagers in the state, The Hollywood Reporter learned on Friday. Republican Alan Hays said he’ll introduce in November his one-page bill that simply states that students in the 1,700 Florida public high schools and middle schools are to be shown the film unless their parents object....
  • Group from Syria believed to be on their way to carry out ‘act of terror’ in Norway

    07/25/2014 9:57:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    ap ^ | July 25, 2014
    The head analyst of Norway’s intelligence agency says a group of people is en route from Syria “to carry out an act of terror in the West,” adding that Norway has been “concretely named” as the target.
  • John Wiley Price, three others indicted; conspiracy to commit bribery alleged

    07/25/2014 9:55:16 AM PDT · by nralife · 16 replies
    Dallas News ^ | 25 July 2014 08:26 AM | Ed Timms and Kevin Krause
    Longtime Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price and his top assistant were arrested Friday morning by the FBI on federal bribery conspiracy charges. An indictment filed Wednesday and unsealed Friday morning lists the following charges against Price, who was taken into custody about 8 a.m.: Conspiracy to Commit Bribery Concerning a Local Government Receiving Federal Benefits Deprivation of Honest Services by Mail Fraud and Aiding and Abetting Conspiracy to Defraud the Internal Revenue Service Subscribing to a False and Fraudulent U.S. Individual Income Tax Return "The indictment unsealed today alleges that for more than a decade, in a shocking betrayal...
  • Michelle O Partners With Big Food Company to Promote Genetically Modified Foods

    07/25/2014 9:52:04 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 51 replies
    Progressive Today ^ | July 25th, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    The popular agriculture company Monsanto is partnering with First Lady Michelle Obama to promote nutritional foods for kids. According to reports from the Associated Press, Monsanto will spend $50 million over five years on a campaign to market ‘healthy’ genetically modified food to children.
  • Taliban kill 14 Shiites in Afghanistan road attack

    07/25/2014 9:45:53 AM PDT · by george76 · 1 replies
    ap ^ | Jul 25, 2014
    Taliban insurgents halted minibuses in western Afghanistan, identified 14 Shiite passengers and shot them dead by the side of the road .. marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan ... The Taliban, like other Sunni extremist groups, view the country's minority Shiite community as apostates, and have targeted Hazaras
  • Lawsuit Seeks Damages From EPA, ‘A Toxic Waste Dump of Lawlessness’

    07/25/2014 9:29:10 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    CNSNews ^ | July 25, 2014 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) – A conservative legal group is asking a federal judge to punish the Environmental Protection Agency for destroying or failing to preserve emails and text messages requested in August 2012 under the Freedom of Information Act. The Landmark Legal Foundation believes the requested -- but never delivered -- messages to outside groups would have revealed EPA attempts to influence the 2012 presidential election. "The EPA is a toxic waste dump for lawlessness and disdain for the Constitution,” said Landmark Legal President Mark Levin. His legal group wants the federal court to fine the EPA “in an amount sufficient to...
  • Obama to urge Central American leaders for help

    07/25/2014 9:24:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 25, 2014 12:19 PM EDT | Josh Lederman
    President Barack Obama was meeting with Central American leaders Friday to urge them to help slow the exodus of unaccompanied children from their countries, as House Republicans tried to get behind a solution to the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. GOP lawmakers said Friday they were attempting to coalesce around a narrow package of changes including sending National Guard troops to the border, increasing the number of immigration judges, and changing the law so that migrant youths arriving by the tens of thousands can be sent home more quickly. The package would cost less than $1 billion, several lawmakers said,...
  • Obama May Bypass Congress to Grant Refugee Status for Hondurans

    07/25/2014 9:05:08 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/24/14 | Dan Riehl
    The Obama administration is considering a move that, according to Mark Krikorian, the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, "would increase, not stem, the flood of migrants from Central America trying to get into the United States". “It’s clearly a bad idea,” Mr. Krikorian said. “Orders of magnitude more people will apply for refugee status if they can just do it from their home countries.” He added that the proposal would allow people to claim to be refugees from their countries with “nothing more than a bus ride to the consulate. We’re talking about, down the road, an...
  • The Long Arm of Qatar

    07/25/2014 9:02:35 AM PDT · by Randall_S · 1 replies
    TCS News ^ | July 25, 2014 | Randall Stevens
    Though few Americans paid any attention at the time, in November of last year, Secretary of State John Kerry announced to the world that this summer would be defined by violence against the Jewish state. Warning Israel to make a deal with the likes of Hamas and Fatah, Palestinian parties who do not acknowledge Israel’s right to exist, Kerry said, “Does Israel want a third intifada? … “I believe that if we do not resolve the issues between Palestinians and Israelis; if we do not find a way to find peace, there will be an increasing isolation of Israel. There...
  • Hamas Prepared Attack That Would Bring Israel to Its Knees, Israeli Defense Officials Say

    07/25/2014 9:00:11 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 56 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | Friday, July 25, 2014 | Deborah Danan
    Israel’s Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu revealed on Thursday that Hamas was intending to attack Israel from dozens of tunnels in a coordinated simultaneous attack. At the beginning of Thursday’s special cabinet meeting the prime minister said, “These tunnels enable the enemy to open a multi-pronged offensive and carry out a massive terror attack inside Israel.” The attack Hamas was planning, the officials say, “would have made Israel drop to its knees.” They added that even the tunnels destroyed until now takes away from Hamas a strategic asset the terror group has been working on for years. Hamas has prepared a...
  • Come irregularity in removal proceedings (Google Translate)

    07/25/2014 8:52:51 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    PrensaLibre (Guatemala) ^ | July 25, 2014 | BY SERGIO MORALES / Guatemala
    Organizations and human rights lawyers in the USA denounce abuses in deportation proceedings the authorities of that country have adopted as soon as possible to repatriate the undocumented who just crossed the border with Mexico, and fear that they have forced to sign voluntary departure without being heard by an immigration judge. "We are saying to the undocumented--which is a process where they will be detained for a long time and it's easier to go are forcing a resolution, "he said by telephone from USA, Meredith Brown, an expert on immigration issues, the Chamber of Attorneys of Los Angeles. Brown...
  • The Malaysia Airlines crash is the end of Russia’s fairy tale

    07/25/2014 8:46:33 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 40 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 18, 2014 | Anne Applebaum
    Before there is any further discussion of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, it’s important that one point be made absolutely clear: This plane crash is a result of the Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine, an operation deliberately designed to create legal, political and military chaos. Without this chaos, a surface-to-air missile would not have been fired at a passenger plane. From the beginning, the Russian government did not send regular soldiers to Ukraine. Instead, it sent Russian mercenaries and security service operatives such as Igor Strelkov — the commander in chief in Donetsk and a Russian secret police colonel who fought...
  • Google’s $1B purchase of Twitch confirmed — joins YouTube for new video empire

    07/25/2014 8:46:27 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    Venture Beat ^ | 7/25/14 | Dean Takahashi
    Google has signed a deal to buy game-livestreaming firm Twitch for $1 billion, confirmed sources familiar with the matter. We don’t know everything about this deal, such as when it will be announced and the exact purchase price. We do know that...
  • U.S. Gallup Poll: Only 11% Say Hamas Justified in War Against Israel

    07/25/2014 8:43:38 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 17 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | Friday, July 25, 2014 | Joshua Levitt
    A new Gallup poll taken this week shows that only 11 percent of Americans view Hamas as being justified in its war against Israel, according to the results released on Thursday. A full 70 percent said Hamas was not justified in this war. Gallup said the poll showed U.S. attitudes remained similar to a previous poll conducted in 2002, when the Israel Army responded to widespread suicide bombing that killed over 1000 civilians during the second Palestinian ‘Intifada,’ or uprising. In 2002, the same question about Palestinian justification for fighting Israel showed that 17 percent believed their aims were justified...
  • Feds Pay Tuition, Child Support For Foreign Minors Sent To Massachusetts

    07/25/2014 8:41:41 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/24/14 | Kristin Tate
    MCALLEN, Texas--Teenagers caught illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border are being transported via plane to states around the nation. One such state is Massachusetts, where a foster care agency is currently seeking foster parents to take the minors in. Lutheran Social Services, located in Worcester, Massachusetts, is "the only program in the New England states that assists refugee and migrating youth exclusively." The organization seeks out individuals, couples, and families willing to foster illegal immigrant minors from Latin America. A spokeswoman from Lutheran told Breitbart Texas that foster parents receive financial assistance from the government at a "daily rate." She said...
  • Report: Hamas Morale Collapsing, Terrorists Flee IDF

    07/25/2014 8:40:58 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 57 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/25/14 | Joel Pollack
    In an otherwise excellent article on the Hamas terror tunnel network in Gaza, the Jerusalem Post buries the lede. An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier in the field told the Post that while Hamas fighters offered fierce resistance when the ground operation began, now Hamas operatives are fleeing, abandoning their positions, leaving behind weapons and other material that the IDF is using to expand its assault on the terror group. The source added that in recent days, a recognizable wave of demoralization has washed over Hamas's combat battalions. "They simply escape, leaving behind weapons and suicide bomb vests that were...
  • Oregon Proposes Smoking Ban For All 362 Miles Of Its Coastline

    07/25/2014 8:35:42 AM PDT · by Drango · 52 replies
    Consumerist ^ | July 25, 2014 | M B Quirk
    Any beachgoers that enjoy puffing away on a cigarette while they sit on the sand or frolic in the surf may have to get their nicotine fix elsewhere, as Oregon has proposed a ban on smoking that would include all 362 miles of beaches on its coastline. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has followed up an earlier ban on smoking at most state park properties with this proposal, partly because the agency is worried that all those smokers pushed out of parks will come to the beach, reports the Associated Press. The move would also serve to cut down...
  • Being a US Citizen is of ZERO benefit when competing for jobs based on current immigration law

    07/25/2014 8:34:19 AM PDT · by ChiefJayStrongbow · 13 replies
    Since 1986, the law of the land allows ANYONE that is here to compete for YOUR job and being a citizen has ZERO benefits. If a foreigner gets a work visa or some other visa, or is granted refugee status, etc. they can compete against you for jobs. And employer's are obligated to hire them. From the EEOC website.Citizenship Discrimination & Workplace LawsThe Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate with respect to hiring, firing, or recruitment or referral for a fee, based upon an individual's citizenship or immigration status. The...
  • President Obama in L.A.: Fundraiser, fist bumps, trash talk in a deli

    07/25/2014 8:30:54 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 25, 2014 | By SEEMA MEHTA, CATHLEEN DECKER
    On his regularly scheduled visits to rake up campaign cash from the salons of Los Angeles’ upper-crust neighborhoods, President Obama just as regularly drops into locales meant to emphasize that he is more man-of-the-people than man-of-the-moneyed. On Thursday that locale was Canter’s Deli, the venerable Fairfax district eating spot, where Obama struck up conversations with diners about basketball, his failing jump shot and other regular-guy concerns. Fresh from a morning fundraiser at the Pacific Palisades home of Live Nation Chief Executive and President Michael Rapino — the bookend to a Wednesday night fundraiser at the Hancock Park home of television...
  • Gallup: Israel’s critics are younger, less educated, less informed and more Democratic

    07/25/2014 8:22:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/25/2014 | Guy Benson
    First, the reassuring news: Americans’ pro-Israel sentiments remain near an all-time high, according to Pew’s latest numbers, and CNN measures public support for Israel’s recent actions against Hamas at a robust (57/43). Gallup’s latest nationwide survey, however, shows a much closer split on the righteousness of Israel’s defensive military campaign — although only a fractional minority is willing to defend Hamas’ terror campaign: According to Gallup’s internals, self-identifying Republicans are the primary reason Israel’s actions attract plurality support in this poll. GOP-leaners back Israel’s actions by a whopping 44-point margin; the numbers turn upside-down among independents (-10), and especially...
  • NYU Professor Wants to Make Humans Greener: Human engineering as a solution to global warming

    07/25/2014 8:19:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/25/2014 | Molly Wharton
    A New York University professor has a revolutionary idea for combating global warming: making ourselves greener.Matthew Liao, director of NYU’s bioethics program, thinks that human engineering is a possible solution to global warming, and he lays out his ideas in a new paper. While previous environmental efforts have been focused on reducing the carbon emissions that are said to be causing global warming, Liao says we should look to changing ourselves.“We tried to think outside the box,” Liao told BBC News. “What hasn’t been suggested with respect to addressing climate change?” One of his ideas is to artificially induce...
  • Obama: What's legal might not be right for US

    07/25/2014 8:16:09 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    CNBC ^ | July 25, 2014 | by Everett Rosenfeld
    President Barack Obama said Thursday that American companies performing tax "inversions" are not doing right by their country. Obama said that these companies, which buy foreign firms to technically change their tax domicile to a country with a lower tax rate, benefit from America's university system and infrastructure, but then turn around and "game the system." He told CNBC exclusively that, despite the legality of this corporate practice, inversions are not fair. "You are an American company. You continue to benefit in all kinds of ways from being an American company," the president said. "It is true that there are...
  • Another House of Horrors in Philadelphia? Abortion Clinic Injures Woman, Ignores Health Laws

    07/25/2014 8:16:02 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 6 replies
    Life News ^ | 7/25/14 | Eric Scheidler
    After the macabre findings from notorious abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s Philadelphia charnel house were made public in 2011, lawmakers in Pennsylvania enacted legislation that ensures, among other things, that state inspectors will regularly visit abortion facilities in the state.Recently the results of inspections [PDF] conducted recently at the Philadelphia Women’s Center (PWC) abortion facility were released — and, like so many other abortion clinic inspections, they really throw a spanner in the works of the “pro-choice” movement’s claims that heightened oversight of abortion clinics is “onerous” and “unnecessary.”Photocopies of Doctor’s Signature on Consent Forms On October 9, 2013, state officials investigated...
  • Commissioner John Wiley Price arrested (Dallas)

    07/25/2014 8:13:01 AM PDT · by gop4lyf · 42 replies
    myFoxDFW ^ | Jul 25, 2014 | By: myfoxdfw.com Staff
    <p>DALLAS - Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price was arrested Friday morning and is in federal custody.</p> <p>The arrest for bribery, mail fraud and tax fraud comes after a lengthy federal investigation.</p> <p>Three years ago, the FBI served search warrants at Price’s home, his county office and at the homes and offices of others. They were looking for evidence of public corruption.</p>
  • ObamaCare architect explained in 2012 video why only state exchanges pay subsidies

    07/25/2014 8:10:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/25/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    This week, Jonathan Gruber appeared on MSNBC to assert that the DC Circuit appellate court got the ObamaCare statute all wrong in its Halbig decision. Gruber, one of the key architects of the ACA and of the Massachusetts “RomneyCare” law that preceded it, insisted that the state exchange requirement for subsidy payment was purely accidental. “It is unambiguous this is a typo,” Gruber told Chris Matthews. “Literally every single person involved in the crafting of this law has said that it`s a typo, that they had no intention of excluding the federal states.” Two years ago, though, Gruber gave...
  • Meditation on President Obama’s Portrait [BARF]

    07/25/2014 8:08:29 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 25, 2014 | By MAURICE BERGER
    Dawoud Bey’s photograph of the man who would soon be president was taken on a Sunday afternoon in early 2007, at Barack and Michelle Obama’s Hyde Park home in Chicago. The portrait is at once stately and informal. Mr. Obama’s hands are folded gracefully in his lap. He wears an elegant suit and white shirt, but no tie. He stares intensely into the camera. The photographer and his subject were comfortable with each other. Mr. Bey recalls that he asked Mr. Obama, who intended to be photographed in shirt sleeves, to put on a jacket. The photograph depicts its famously...
  • Michelle Obama to donors: Write 'biggest, fattest check' you can

    07/25/2014 8:01:14 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 7/24/14 | Natasha Korecki
    ...Michelle Obama was especially frank Thursday evening when addressing a crowd of about 150 Chicago donors about the best way to influence politics: “Write the biggest, fattest check that you can possibly write.”
  • U.S considering Refugee status for Hondurans; NY Times BARF ALERT

    07/25/2014 7:57:21 AM PDT · by Personal Responsibility · 13 replies
    The NY Times ^ | 7/25/2014 | FRANCES ROBLES and MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    Hoping to stem the recent surge of migrants at the Southwest border, the Obama administration is considering whether to allow hundreds of minors and young adults from Honduras into the United States without making the dangerous trek through Mexico, according to a draft of the proposal.
  • ABC, NBC Ignore Grim Housing Report; Focus Instead on Selfie with Queen, 50 Shades of Grey Trailer

    07/25/2014 7:51:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 24, 2014 | Curtis Houck
    Both ABC World News with Diane Sawyer and NBC Nightly News failed to mention a new, troubling report from the Census Bureau on Thursday night that sales of new homes decreased by 8.1% in June and that May’s originally reported double-digit increase was revised lower, from almost 19% to only 8%. The CBS Evening News did cover this story, but it only was in the form of a 12-second news brief from anchor Scott Pelley. Pelley grimly reported that: “Today's report on the housing market is raising concerns about the economic recovery. Sales of new homes dropped sharply last month,...
  • U.S. Military Chief Compares Putin’s Ukraine Move to Stalin’s Invasion of Poland

    07/25/2014 7:50:52 AM PDT · by McGruff · 8 replies
    THE DAILY BEAST ^ | 7/24/2014
    Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey said Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s new use of Russian military force inside Ukraine harkens back to 1939 when Joseph Stalin led a Russian invasion of Poland, and Dempsey predicted Putin was far from finished. Dempsey was speaking to the Aspen Security Forum and responding to the news that the U.S. government is accusing the Russian military of firing artillery from Russian territory into eastern Ukraine in support of separatists there. The latest development represents a dangerous escalation of the crisis on the part of Putin, and the Russia-Ukraine crisis...
  • Dick Durbin Uses Glenn Beck's Soccer Balls And Teddy Bears To Scold Gop

    07/25/2014 7:47:56 AM PDT · by Resettozero · 20 replies
    Breitbart - Big Government ^ | 25 Jul 2014, 7:19 AM PDT | by MATTHEW BOYLE
    Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) alluded to Glenn Beck's flamboyant campaign to bring soccer balls and teddy bears to tens of thousands of illegal alien children streaming across the U.S. border while urging Republicans to stow their objections to billions in border crisis funding requested by the president and pass the bill anyway. “Even some of the most conservative political commentators have said first, America, show your heart, that you care for these children. And that’s what the president is asking us to do. So let us take care when we consider the supplemental appropriations bill that we don’t...
  • Senator Rand Paul Introduces the FAIR Act (asset forfeiture reform)

    07/25/2014 7:44:33 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 33 replies
    Senator Rand Paul ^ | 24 July 14
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Rand Paul yesterday introduced S. 2644, the FAIR (Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration) Act, which would protect the rights of citizens and restore the Fifth Amendment's role in seizing property without due process of law. Under current law, law enforcement agencies may take property suspected of involvement in crime without ever charging, let alone convicting, the property owner. In addition, state agencies routinely use federal asset forfeiture laws; ignoring state regulations to confiscate and receive financial proceeds from forfeited property. The FAIR Act would change federal law and protect the rights of property owners by requiring that...
  • First Lady Michelle Obama raises money for Democrats in Chicago

    07/25/2014 7:43:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 25, 2014 | By Rick Pearson
    First Lady Michelle Obama returned to her hometown Thursday and decried the effects of gun violence on Chicago’s youth as she told a group of campaign donors to “write the biggest, fattest check that you can possibly write” to help Democrats make a better future for children. The First Lady noted that all children deserve a bright future of opportunity, but it was not happening in some Chicago neighborhoods. Donors paid from $500 per person to $20,000 per couple, and the First Lady asked them to give more.
  • By Targeting Ben Gurion Airport, Has Hamas Ended the Prospects for a Two State Solution?

    07/25/2014 7:37:08 AM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | July 22, 2014
    Hamas’s decision to fire rockets in the direction of Ben Gurion Airport may well have ended any real prospect of a two-state solution. Whether the regulators and airlines that have stopped flights to and from Israel are right or wrong, this stoppage cannot possibly be tolerated by a democratic country that relies so heavily on tourism and international travel. It is of course a war crime to target an international civilian airport, as Hamas has clearly done. Israel has every right to keep that airport open, employing all reasonable military means at its disposal. Since Hamas fires its rockets from...
  • Wiesenthal Center: Huffington Post Headline on Gaza ‘Takes Art of Lying to New Depths’

    07/25/2014 7:34:18 AM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | July 24, 2014
    Simon Wiesenthal Center Associate Dean Rabbi Abraham Cooper on Thursday slammed the Huffington Post and reporter Sophie Jones, its Middle East correspondent, for the sensationalist headline, “‘They Just Wanted to Kill as Many People as Possible.”’ Cooper said the headline, accusing Israel of targeting civilians in its current war against Hamas in Gaza, and Jones’s reporting, “takes the art of lying and self-delusion to new depths.” The Huffington Post article quoted Israel Defense Forces Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, the IDF’s official spokesman, describing Israel’s policy and procedure to warn civilians before striking Gaza targets, but then accused Israel of targeting...
  • A town that blocked child immigrants reflects, with and without regrets

    07/25/2014 7:34:03 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 25, 2014 | Tina Griego
    LAWRENCEVILLE, Va. – It’s been five weeks since the meeting. The townspeople don’t need you to specify which meeting. There can only be one in which an outsider would be interested. The meeting during which the town of Lawrenceville in the county of Brunswick in the tobacco country of southern Virginia unequivocally rejected temporary housing for 500 Central American children seeking refuge. * In this largely African American community that prides itself on its hospitality, something was revealed that night: a full-throated, bared-teeth rage with which not everyone is comfortable or proud. “It made me think of the Civil Rights...
  • Who Is Most To Blame For Climate Change?

    07/25/2014 7:29:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 55 replies
    NPR ^ | July 24, 2014 | by BARBARA J. KING
    Here in southeastern Virginia, our biggest city, Norfolk, is saddled with an unwanted claim to fame. Norfolk is the place "where normal tides have risen 1.5 feet over the past century and the sea is rising faster than anywhere else on the East Coast." NPR notes that the Norfolk area "is particularly vulnerable because the land is sinking as sea levels are rising." As we frequently discuss here at 13.7, human-caused (anthropogenic) climate change is a global problem. Surprisingly, at least to me, the evidence points to a narrative of universal blame, instead of one in which the "big countries"...