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  • Lawyers Tried to Stop Botched Execution After 1 Hour

    07/24/2014 8:40:54 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 5 replies
    Newser ^ | 7/24/14 | Rob Quinn
    "He has been gasping for more than an hour," lawyers said in an emergency appeal to halt the botched execution of Arizona inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood yesterday. "He is still alive." As the hour mark passed, Wood's lawyers filed an appeal to a district court and even called Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, the New York Times reports. Kennedy declined to halt the execution, while the district court didn't respond until after Wood had died, almost two hours into a process that usually takes around 10 minutes. Gov. Jan Brewer has ordered an investigation into the execution of the 55-year-old...
  • "Why Did Palestinians Elect Hamas?" Megyn Kelly Takes on Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Spokesperson

    07/24/2014 8:27:54 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 8 replies
    FoxNewsinsider.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | FoxNewsinsider.com
    Megyn Kelly tonight took on Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA spokesperson Harris Zafar over the conflict between Israel and Hamas.
  • Glenn Beck’s audacious defense against Boston Marathon bombings defamation suit

    07/24/2014 8:25:40 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 24, 2014 | Terrence McCoy
    On April 15 of last year, a thin kid with a bright smile named Abdulrahman Alharbi decided he would stop and watch the Boston Marathon for a few minutes. A Saudi Arabian studying English in Boston, he had heard of the famous marathon, but wanted to see it in the flesh, he later explained to one journalist. Ten minutes later, he witnessed what he first mistook for fireworks. --snip-- Alharbi, like numerous others in the chaotic few hours following the deadly bombings, was questioned by police. They asked for his Facebook password. He gave it to them. They asked to...
  • What Would Martin Luther King Jr Say About Abortion? He Would “Defend Life”

    07/24/2014 8:15:30 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 22 replies
    Life News ^ | 7/23/14 | Maria Vitale Gallagher
    Pondering what the legendary civil rights figure might communicate in 140 characters or fewer on the social networking site Twitter is among the highlights in his niece Alveda King’s new book, King Rules.Alveda King offers sample tweets taken from the speeches and writings of the heroic champion of non-violence and of harmony between the races.“We are made to live together,” is among the quotes she envisions her uncle sending out into cyberspace. In Alveda’s view, the persons meant to live together would include unborn Americans.In King Rules, Alveda King provides persuasive arguments for her contention that the ‘60s icon would...
  • IDF: Bet Hanun deaths result of human, technical error

    07/24/2014 7:58:50 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 5 replies
    ICEJ ^ | 07/24/14 | staff
    - The IDF Gaza Division - which has sharply reduced the use of artillery fire since August - then instructed the nearest artillery battery to be prepared to shell the site in order to deter the Kassam rocket launchers from going there. The battery then made the usual preparations to adjust firing range, firing three or four shells at a site a few hundred meters away from the real target and using the battery's radar to find out where they had landed. The unit then adjusted the guns' settings accordingly. - At about 5:30 AM Wednesday, the battery fired 12...
  • FNC's Beckel: I've Done Dope in The White House

    07/24/2014 7:56:35 AM PDT · by shove_it · 48 replies
    TruthRevolt ^ | 24 Jul 2014
    On Wednesday's edition of "The Five," co-host Bob Beckel remarked on Snoop Dogg's revelation that he as smoked marijuana in the White House, by admitting to the same thing. “I can’t criticize this guy (Snoop) because I’ve done dope in the White House myself,” Beckel said. Co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle let out an exasperated, “Oh, God.” “Are you breaking news?” asked their colleague Eric Bolling. “I did, yeah,” Beckel said. (vid at link)
  • Michael Moore Owns 9 Homes

    07/24/2014 7:51:58 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Brietbart.com ^ | 7/23/14 | John Nolte
    Added: The Smoking Gun was the first outlet to report this, and did so weeks ago. According to the Detroit News, anti-capitalism "everyman" filmmaker Michael Moore owns 9 homes. On top of a $2 million, 10,000 square foot lakefront mansion in Torch Lake, Michigan, there is a Manhattan condo that was once 3 condos, and 7 other properties. Moore's secret role as a land baron was revealed in divorce papers....
  • (Abortion) The real “War on Women” and the motivation behind it

    07/24/2014 7:45:23 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 3 replies
    Live Action News ^ | 7/24/14 | Ingrid Heimark
    Pro-lifers are regularly accused of waging a war on women when we want to protect women’s health and the lives of the children they carry within. Regulations of abortion clinics to protect women and their children are seen as an attack on abortion access by abortion advocates – not because they want women to have access to what they call safe abortion, but because they know tighter regulations will reduce the number of abortion clinics, and thus the number of abortions will be reduced.We who defend the right to life understood a long time ago that the interest of the...
  • College Football on Strike

    07/24/2014 7:36:04 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 19 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 23, 2014 | Ethan Gaitz
    The efforts of Northwestern University’s scholarship football players to unionize could have profound implications for the future of college education. northwestern university football According to the Associated Press, Northwestern University just filed a 60-page brief with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Washington, D.C. This comes after a regional director of the NLRB ruled this past spring that “football players who receive full scholarships to the Big Ten school qualify as employees under federal law and therefore can unionize.” If the decision of the regional director is upheld, the framework between the players and the university would be redefined...
  • ‘We shot down MH17 thinking it was Ukrainian cargo plane’: Sensational admission by pro-Russian

    07/24/2014 7:30:46 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 27 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | July 24, 2014 | John Hall
    A pro-Russian separatist fighting in eastern Ukraine has admitted rebel forces shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, it has been claimed. The militant, who has not been identified, reportedly said fighters blasted the Boeing 777 out of the sky - killing all 298 people on board - after mistaking it for a Ukrainian government cargo plane. He said the rebels only realised their mistake when they began searching the crash site for the parachutes of military crew who may have bailed out the aircraft, only to find the bodies of children. The rebel - who worked locally as a miner...
  • Norway Warns It Faces Imminent 'Concrete Threat' From People With Links To Islamic Fighters In Syria

    07/24/2014 7:16:30 AM PDT · by blam · 15 replies
    BI - AP ^ | 7-24-2014 | AP
    Associated PressJuly 24, 2014 COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norway's intelligence service said Thursday it has received information about an imminent "concrete threat" against Norway from people with links to Islamic fighters in Syria. Benedicte Bjoernland, the head of Norwegian security service PST, said the agency has received "reliable information" from a foreign partner about some kind of attack "within days." "It was unspecific about what the target might be," Bjoernland said, adding PST has no information about how or when such an attack would take place. (snip)
  • Netanyahu: Israel is continuing Gaza operation with full force

    07/24/2014 7:11:39 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 16 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Thursday, July 24, 2014 | Staff
    Speaking ahead of special cabinet meeting, prime minister says IDF has made substantial gains against Hamas terror infrastructure in Gaza and will continue the operation in "full strength." Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel will continue Operation Protective Edge in Gaza with full force, giving no indication that a cease-fire was in the offing. Speaking ahead of a special cabinet meeting, the prime minister said that the IDF has delivered a powerful blow to Hamas infrastructure over the course of the 17 day operation. "We are continuing the operation in full strength," he said, adding that the IDF...
  • 'We’re coming for you, Barack Obama’: Top U.S. official discloses threat from ISIL

    07/24/2014 7:10:30 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 54 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/23/14 | Douglas Ernst
    ....U.S. officials said Wednesday that not only are Sunni radicals with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant “worse than al Qaeda,” but that the group has a message for the president: “We’re coming for you, Barack Obama.” Brett McGurk, the deputy assistant secretary of state, told lawmakers at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing that ISIL may have “changed its name,” but that it’s still al Qaeda.
  • They're Not Refugees under Asylum Law

    07/24/2014 7:07:20 AM PDT · by Moseley · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 24, 2014 | Jonathon Moseley
    The unaccompanied children flooding our southern border are not refugees and do not qualify for asylum under U.S. law or international law. ... In any event, under federal regulations, in 8 CFR § 208.13 (b) (1), “An applicant shall be found to be a refugee on the basis of past persecution if the applicant can establish that he or she has suffered persecution in the past in the applicant's country of nationality or, if stateless, in his or her country of last habitual residence, on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion[.]” (Emphasis...
  • ISIS now ‘full-blown army,’ officials warn

    07/24/2014 7:05:49 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/24/14 | Kristina Wong
    Top U.S. officials warned Wednesday that a Sunni extremist group controlling parts of Syria and Iraq had grown into a threat that is "worse than al Qaeda".
  • Egyptian army thwarts two attacks against Israel

    07/24/2014 6:50:30 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 7-24-14 | ARIEL BEN SOLOMON
    Egyptian military sources stated that the army shot and killed a suicide bomber on his way to Israel, destroyed vehicle carrying rocket launcher. The Egyptian army thwarted an attack against Israel on Wednesday night, killing a suicide bomber who ran towards the border near Kerem Shalom, Egyptian military sources said. The Egyptian sources told the Palestinian Ma'an News Agency in a report published Thursday that the suicide bomber carried an explosive device in addition to wearing an explosive belt on his body. The sources also said that the army destroyed a vehicle loaded with Grad rockets before they were fired...
  • US jobless claims tumble to lowest level in nearly a decade (284,000)

    07/24/2014 6:47:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    CNBC ^ | 07/24/2014
    The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell to the lowest level in nearly 8-1/2 years last week, suggesting the labor market recovery was gaining traction. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits declined 19,000 to a seasonally adjusted 284,000 for the week ended July 19, the Labor Department said on Thursday. That was the lowest level since February 2006, and confounded economists' expectations for a rise to 308,000. The prior week's claims were revised to show 1,000 more applications received than previously reported.
  • Aboard 'The Beast', migrants fear Texas crackdown

    07/24/2014 6:46:41 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 15 replies
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | 7/24/14 | Leticia Pineda
    The couple had been on the road for 18 days since leaving El Salvador, but when they heard the news about presidential prospect Perry's move to send 1,000 National Guard reservists to the already tightly guarded border, they decided to ditch their plan to cross at Eagle Pass, Texas, and take an even longer route. "A friend told me he crossed in New Mexico. Nobody goes there. It's very far, very high and you have to walk about three days through the desert," said Edwin, 36, who lived for years in Dallas and has done this all before.
  • National Hockey League Partners with Natural Resources Defense Council on Climate Hysteria

    07/24/2014 6:45:12 AM PDT · by rktman · 19 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 7/24/2014 | Sierra Rayne
    The National Hockey League (NHL) has announced a partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to promote climate hysteria. The NHL “says it's confronting climate change to help ensure ice hockey’s long-term survival. 'We need winter weather,' NHL commissioner, Gary Bettman, said in a statement Monday. 'We have a vested interest in this cause.'”
  • Lynn protesters denounce mayor’s immigration comments

    07/24/2014 6:42:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | July 22, 2014 | By Oliver Ortega
    LYNN — The passion and polarization of the immigration debate was on full display here Tuesday afternoon, when more than a hundred protesters stood on the steps of City Hall to denounce Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy for saying that an influx of child immigrants from Central America is draining the city’s resources. Holding signs and chanting at times, the demonstrators stood behind a round of speakers from local community groups who criticized the mayor and the superintendent of the Lynn public schools, Catherine Latham, for comments they made to about the costs incurred by immigrant children. “The mayor’s comments provoke...
  • U.S. Jobless Claims Drop to Lowest Level Since 2006

    07/24/2014 6:40:00 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    WSJ ^ | 7/24/14 | SARAH PORTLOCK and ERIC MORATH
    New applications for unemployment benefits plunged last week, reaching an eight-and-a-half-year low and suggesting increasing strength in the labor market. Initial claims for jobless aid, a proxy for layoffs, fell by 19,000 to a seasonally adjusted 284,000 in the week ended July 19...
  • FAA cancels flight ban to Israel, Europe withdraws warning

    07/24/2014 6:34:22 AM PDT · by Tzfat · 7 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 7/24/2014 | Niv Elis
    Hours after extending a 24-hour ban that went into effect Tuesday, the FAA cancels flight restrictions in response to increased Israeli security measures. Just twelve hours after it renewed a 24-hour ban on US flights to and from Israel's Ben Gurion Airport, the Federal Aviation Authority on Thursday withdrew the ban, setting the stage for US and international carriers to resume flights. Europe's Aviation Safety Agency, which had issued a "strong recommendation" against flights to Tel Aviv, retracted its warning later in the day. Since the FAA ban on Tuesday, which followed the first successful Hamas rocket landing within the...
  • United Nations to launch probe into Gaza operation [Israel and Hamas]

    07/24/2014 6:26:09 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 16 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Staff
    Netanyahu calls human rights forum decision a ‘travesty’; US envoy says it lacks ‘balance’ and may undermine ceasefire efforts. The UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday launched a probe into the conflict in Gaza, backing calls by the Palestinians to hold Israel to account despite fierce opposition from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Netanyahu’s media office slammed the decision as a “travesty” that ignored human rights violations by Hamas terrorists. “This investigation by a kangaroo court is a foregone conclusion,” his office said. The United States was the sole member to vote against. The 17 abstentions were by the council’s European...
  • Alcoholic Friend, Mental judo and worried all night if he's okay.

    07/24/2014 6:18:53 AM PDT · by Vendome · 38 replies
    Vanity | 7/24/2014 | Vendome
    Having ream trouble supporting an alcoholic Friend. He's been in Hollywood business for years and literally screwed up his life. He's spent most of the last twenty years in jail for his stupid behavior. Likes to promise people a good time, dinner and drinks but, consistently leaves people hanging with the check. If he's not doing that, then he's walking into restaurants, bars and hotels, then getting busted for defrauding an inn keeper. There are drunks, lousy drunks and terrible drunks. Of course, he has to be a terrible drunk. Alters his mind and he gets verbally combative, aggressive or...
  • Christie refuses to campaign for NY GOP’s gubernatorial candidate

    07/24/2014 6:17:21 AM PDT · by topher · 9 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Wed Jul 23, 2014 - 5:08 pm EST | Dustin Siggins
    The chairman of the Republican Governors Association (RGA) is refusing to campaign for the GOP's nominee for New York governor. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is heading the GOP's gubernatorial efforts across the nation, was campaigning in Connecticut when reporters asked him whether he would campaign on behalf of Rob Astorino in his race against sitting New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. According to Christie, the answer is a nearly-unqualified no.
  • UKRAINE: EU threatens to opt out of helping to extract oil

    07/24/2014 6:15:26 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com
    The Times Today ^ | 24/07/2014 13:33
    Günther Oettinger Reuters Reuters EU threatens to refuse to help Russia extract oil More details here: http://tsn.ua/svit/yes-pogrozhuye-vidmovitisya-dopomagati-rosiyi-dobuvati-naftu-the-times-360415.html If the Kremlin does not change its position on Ukraine, the EU will cease to provide technical support in the extraction of oil. EU threatens to abandon support of the European Union threatens oil extract of refuse help to extract oil in the Arctic if the Kremlin does not change its position on Ukraine and begins to work on de-escalation. According to British newspaper The Times, it said European Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger. In particular, the provision of technical assistance. The...
  • Ukraine Slavianka: exhumed mass grave of victims of terrorists

    07/24/2014 6:00:14 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 1 replies
    Mass grave of victims of terrorist decision by the investigator to be exhumed on Thursday to identify the remains of victims and the criminal investigation. About it on his Facebook page wrote Advisor Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko. He posted photos of the mass grave "Slavic victims of terrorism that today decision by the investigator to be exhumed to identify the remains of victims of criminal investigation and in order that in the future could bury their relatives." "There are buried, how innocent people tortured Slavic and other cities in Ukraine, unfortunately find themselves in this terrible, at that time a...
  • US: Downed fighter jets part of pattern in Ukraine

    07/24/2014 5:53:40 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 13 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | July 24, 2014 | AP
    The White House cast the downing of two fighter jets in Ukraine on Wednesday as part of a pattern of Russian-backed separatists using Russian weapons to pose risks to aircrafts and further destabilize the conflict in the former Soviet republic.... The Ukrainian jets were downed just 20 miles south of the wreckage from the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane hit by a missile last week, suggesting the separatists have been undeterred by the international outrage over that incident. The United States has blamed the separatists for firing the missile that led to the deaths of the 298 people aboard and also...
  • Ukraine: Anti-Terrorist Operation [Ato] Anti-Terrorist Operation-Daily Summary For July 23, 2014

    07/24/2014 5:50:09 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 1 replies
    BurkoNews ^ | 24/7/2014 26 minutes ago | Roman Burko
    (Translated by Roman Vlasov) ATO forces continued the active phase of offensive operation. In the night of July 23 the settlements of Kozhevnya and Krasnaya Zorya were liberated from illegal armed groups. Therefore the goal of taking under control the Check Point Marinovka has been fulfilled. Closer to lunch time the Ukrainian Armed forces also took under control Marinovka and Djakovo. So the first corridor which was formed by terrorists at the end of May (Kuybyshevo-Dmitrovka-Snezhnoye) is now completely controlled by Ukrainian armed forces. According to the so far unconfirmed information, the National Guard troops captured settlement Blagodarnoye, therefore blocking...
  • Why There Can Never Be 'Peace in the Middle East'

    07/24/2014 5:40:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 7/24/2014 | Larry Elder
    Hamas' covenant calls for the destruction of Israel. The preamble reads: "Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it." Article Three describes the duty of all Muslims: "(To) fear Allah and raise the banner of Jihad in the face of the oppressors."
  • In Los Angeles, Obama gives his die-hard supporters a tough-love talk

    07/24/2014 5:24:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 23, 2014 | By SEEMA MEHTA, KATHLEEN HENNESSEY
    President Obama delivered a tough-love talk to his biggest boosters Wednesday, telling Democratic donors gathered in Los Angeles that they need to step it up before November if he’s going to get much done in his last two years in office. "You thought, 'OK, we elect Barack and that's it,’” Obama told a crowd big-dollar donors gathered in the lush Hancock Park backyard of TV producer Shonda Rhimes. “I have got to have a Congress that has some sense and is willing to work and is willing to compromise and is focused on the American people. And we don’t have...
  • Michelle Obama takes credit for more people drinking water

    07/24/2014 5:19:13 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 32 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 23, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    You can thank first lady Michelle Obama for those extra empty water bottles in the office recycle bin. That's because she is getting -- and taking -- credit for a 3 percent surge in bottled water sales, all due to her “Drink Up” campaign aimed at getting Americans to shift from soda to plain water. The International Bottled Water Association told us that the first lady cited the sales increase based on a new study from Nielsen Catalina Solutions. They said the campaign boosted sales 3 percent, and nearly $1 million. “When the Drink Up campaign was launched last year,...
  • RUSSIANS RACE 32 MILES, FOE’S LINE SAGS; CHURCHILL FINDS GERMANY IS ‘CRUMBLING’ (7/24/44)

    07/24/2014 5:13:59 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 14 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 7/24/44 | Raymond Daniell, Harold Denny, Drew Middleton, George F. Horne, Charles P. Arnot, Tillman Durdin
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  • Non-Border State Governors Demanding Answers From Obama on Illegal Immigrant Crisis

    07/24/2014 4:49:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    The illegal immigration crisis on the border is showing no signs of stopping and the problem has spread well beyond states sitting side-by-side with Mexico. The Obama administration has been shipping unaccompanied minors to family members living illegally in the United States for months. Illegal aliens under the age of 18 have been shipped to states as far away as New York and Massachusetts, prompting non-border state governors to demand answers from the White House about what the President is planning to do to stop the crisis. In an interview with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren last night, Utah...
  • ObamaCare Is Wide Open To Fraud: Audit

    07/24/2014 4:39:01 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/23/2014 | IBD Staff
    Health Reform: An undercover operation disclosed on Wednesday shows just how easy it is to defraud ObamaCare. This is your health care on government. To test administration claims that it had strict controls in place to verify eligibility and subsidy amounts for ObamaCare applicants, the Government Accountability Office sent a dozen people out to try enrolling with made-up identities. All but one of the 12 succeeded in enrolling in a subsidized ObamaCare plan. [snip] The scale of the problem is potentially massive. According to the GAO, 4.3 million ObamaCare applications have known "inconsistencies" — most of which involve questions about...
  • Air Algerie plane 'disappears' with 116 on board: live

    07/24/2014 4:37:03 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 58 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 24 July 2014 | By Andrew Marszal
    Air Algerie plane with 110 passengers and six crew loses contact with air traffic control and disappears from radar after taking off from Burkina Faso on flight to Algeria ...
  • 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...
  • Video: Woman in Labor ‘Not Allowed’ to Cross Street to Hospital Over Obama’s Impending Motorcade

    07/24/2014 4:02:12 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 41 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | july 24, 2014 | oliver darcy
    Witnesses say a pregnant woman in labor was prevented by authorities from crossing a Los Angeles street to a hospital Wednesday because the road had been closed for President Barack Obama’s impending motorcade. The unidentified woman was barred from walking the few hundred feet to the hospital for at least 30 minutes as authorities waited for the president’s motorcade to pass by, witness Carrie Clifford told TheBlaze early Thursday morning. “I felt bad for her,” Clifford said. “It does happen when Obama comes to L.A. or I’m sure anywhere else. It paralyzes the city, it does make it complicated.” “You...
  • Loud Americans: Villagers answer cafe ban on visitors

    07/24/2014 4:01:33 AM PDT · by PotatoHeadMick · 28 replies
    BBC ^ | 23 July 2014 | Staff reporter
    The business community in an Irish village has hit back at a cafe owner who has refused to serve "loud Americans". Peter Fitzgerald of Waterville, County Kerry, annoyed villagers when he posted a notice in his cafe banning coach parties and loud Americans. The story went viral on social media and was picked up by dozens of newspapers around the world. The village, however, has assured all, loud or not, of a warm welcome. Business people and residents took to the streets on Tuesday to send out a strong message to visitors. Albert Walsh, chairman of Waterville Business Association, said:...
  • China’s Mega Warship Plans Become Clearer With New Photos

    07/24/2014 3:13:36 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 07.23.2014 | Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
    Five months after the first pictures surfaced in February 2014, the Type 055 cruiser testing rig at Wuhan has taken significant steps towards completion. The advantages of a land based test rig allow Chinese naval engineers to make cheaper adjustments and modifications to the electronics, compared to rebuilding an expensive cruiser on sea trials. Once launched, the Type 055 cruiser will be among the world's most powerful surface combatant warships, giving the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) a multipurpose warship useful for both blue water expeditionary warfare and anti-access/area denial missions. While much scaffolding remains, the photos show recent additions...
  • Norwegian police: Islamist militant group may be planning attack in Norway

    07/24/2014 2:59:49 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 14 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 24 July 2014 | REUTERS
    OSLO - An Islamist militant group with ties to Syria may be planning an attack in Norway, possibly within the coming days, Benedicte Bjoernland, the head of the Police Security Service, PST, said on Thursday. "The PST has received information that persons related to an extreme (Islamist) group in Syria may be planning to carry out a terrorist act in Norway," Bjoernland told a news conference.
  • This Couple Spends Their Free Time Mocking Abortion Protesters

    07/24/2014 2:38:41 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    A hipster pro-choice couple from North Carolina created a Tumblr blog dedicated to making fun of pro-life supporters protesting outside of abortion clinics. Called “Saturday Chores,” the blog documents the abortion enthusiasts’ trips to various abortion clinics holding signs they consider “funny” in a form of political counter protest.
  • Two Ukrainian military jets shot down over rebel-held area

    07/24/2014 2:35:35 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/24/14 | Michael Birnbaum and Carol Morello
    Separatists fighting the Kiev government claimed credit for shooting down two warplanes Wednesday over eastern Ukraine near where a passenger airliner crashed last week after being struck by a missile. The attack on the warplanes came just six days after the Malaysia Airlines disaster...
  • Judge strikes down gay marriage ban, stays ruling

    07/24/2014 2:30:02 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    yahoo/ap ^ | 7/23/14
    A federal judge in Denver declared Colorado's gay marriage ban unconstitutional Wednesday, but he temporarily put the ruling on hold to give the state until next month to seek an appeal.... Colorado Republican Attorney General John Suthers and Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper had requested a stay so the issue could eventually be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court — though both agreed the state ban should be declared unconstitutional.
  • Rubio: Same-sex marriage foes face 'intolerance'

    07/24/2014 2:25:05 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    yahoo/AP ^ | 7/23/14
    Americans who oppose same-sex marriage often face "intolerance" from those who support it, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said Wednesday in a speech about values that appeared aimed at wooing social conservatives. In remarks he said were likely to get him criticized as a bigot, the Florida Republican told an audience at Catholic University that a strong America is impossible without Americans who hold strong values. Seeming to seek a debate over those values, he criticized liberals who defend abortion rights for women but not protections for "the unborn."
  • Long Odds

    07/24/2014 2:00:34 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 2 replies
    Inlander ^ | Deanna Pan
    It's pronounced Pa-koh-tas, like "Dakotas." The "o" sound is long, like the "o" sound in "Joe." The moderator from the League of Women Voters of Pullman asks about half a dozen questions at the League's primary forum on Monday night before she finally gets it right. (SNIP) (McMorris Rodgers, who was campaigning in Spokane on Monday, never responded to the League's invitation. Horne missed the forum in order to crash a Republican shindig and confront McMorris Rodgers in person.) (SNIP) Tom Horne (R): The Obama administration should shut the hell up. This is an Israeli problem. Wars brought to a...
  • 18 soldiers return to Ukraine after medical treatment in Russia

    07/24/2014 1:54:54 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 6 replies
    The Kyiv Post ^ | July 24, 2014, 11:14 a.m.
    18 Ukrainian servicemen have returned home after undergoing medical treatment at hospitals in the Russian southern city of Rostov-on-Don, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Vasyl Zvarych told Interfax-Ukraine on Thursday, July 24.
  • Obama supports Hawaii’s governor in radio ad

    07/24/2014 1:53:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 23, 2014 7:30 PM EDT
    Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie launched a radio ad Wednesday featuring President Barack Obama supporting the governor’s bid for re-election. In the ad, Obama uses the Hawaiian word for family, saying Abercrombie is “like ohana to me.” The president says Abercrombie knew his parents “before I was a twinkle in their eye.” Obama says the governor has made gutsy decisions leading Hawaii, tackled a budget crisis, made smart investments in education and fought for middle class and working families. …
  • Controversial monument divides Hungarians, angers Jewish community

    07/24/2014 1:44:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 23/07/2014 - 09:03
    Protests in central Budapest remain ongoing since Sunday (20 July), after a controversial monument dedicated to “all the victims” of Hungary’s German occupation was erected during the night of 20 to 21 July, the Hungarian press reports. The plan to set up the monument for the 70th anniversary of Hungary’s Nazi German occupation was announced at the end of last year and was heavily criticized by opposition parties and civil society ever since, contending that it was aimed at distorting the nation’s role in the Holocaust. Critics of the monument—which depicts Hungary as the Archangel Gabriel being attacked by a...
  • European Court: Male civil servants discriminated against in France

    07/24/2014 1:41:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    EurActiv ^ | 24/07/2014 - 08:45 | Cécile Barbičre
    The European Court of Justice has pointed the finger at unequal retirement plans between men and women in the French civil service. EurActiv France reports. According to a judgment by the ECJ (17 July), the French retirement system for civil servants is discriminating against men. “French rules on certain pension-related advantages granted to civil servants give rise to indirect discrimination on grounds of sex,” the court decided. […] French law states that if a civil servant has raised at least three children, he or she can benefit from early retirement. It also outlines “service credit advantages” to parents working in...