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  • John Kerry: Taliban Qatar office may close if Afghan peace talks fail

    06/23/2013 12:35:56 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    global post ^ | 6/23/13 | Daniel DeFraia
    US Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters Saturday that if peace talks with the Taliban don't get "back on track" the group's new office in Qatar could be closed. Negotiations with the militant group that had been set for Thursday in the Gulf were considered the best chance to bring all parties to the table, but the peace process stalled after Kabul voiced its opposition, saying it thought the Taliban office could be used as a government in exile. "We need to see if we can get back on track ... I don't know whether that's possible or not,"...
  • Meet the 'poodle cat': Freak genetics means this feline is classified as a separate breed

    06/23/2013 12:34:18 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 26 replies
    Daily Mail [UK] ^ | 23 June 2013 | Helen Lawson
    Their thick, curly coats have earned them the nickname 'cats in sheep's clothing'. Now the Selkirk Rex has been declared as a breed of its own by scientists, nine generations after it first appeared. And every Selkirk Rex in the world can be traced back to one mother - Miss DePesto.
  • Will the Golden State Go Brown? The fracking revolution might finally be coming to California.

    06/23/2013 12:30:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    City Journal ^ | 06/22/2013 | Chris Reed
    Perhaps more than in any other state, aggressive environmentalism is accepted as the norm in California. To outsiders, it may seem stunning that the late Peter Douglas, the self-described “radical” who guided the California Coastal Commission for 25 years, wanted to amend the U.S. Constitution to limit property rights. To those who live outside the Golden State, hearing that the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board’s new regulations require watersheds to be as pristine as they were before civilization arrived in California sounds like a story straight out of The Onion. But skeptical state residents shrug off such...
  • Immigration Reform: Not Easy, But it is Simple

    06/23/2013 12:24:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/23/2013 | C. Edmund Wright
    By enacting just two basic -- albeit politically difficult measures -- neither of which are possible with the current president and Senate, our massive and emotionally charged illegal immigration problem would largely take care of itself within a few years. Not only that, but a laser focus on these two steps could codify the conservative/Republican position around principles we all agree on, and would leave the messier areas of our disagreements to a more appropriate time. The low hanging fruit -- the crux of this matter -- is truly far simpler than we are making it, while some other hypotheticals...
  • IRS sent tens of millions in refunds to illegal aliens in Atlanta

    06/23/2013 12:21:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/23/2013 | Silvio Canto Jr.
    This is one of those stories that you have to read and check twice to make sure it's not some delayed April Fools Day joke. Guess what government agency needs a little "mail room quality control"? or what agency doesn't seem to care just how much they spend on postage? The answer is the IRS, the "Star Trek" or "line dancing IRS"! Here is the story: The IRS mailed 23,994 refund checks to the same address in Atlanta. Wonder what the neighborhood mail man said about that? Did he notice a heavier bag or a stuffed mail box? Did...
  • Tuesday's big announcement [via email from nobama]

    06/23/2013 12:14:25 PM PDT · by upchuck · 25 replies
    email | Sunday, June 23, 2013 | Jon Carson (nobama lackey)
    Now, this is huge news: President Obama is set to announce his plan this week to address the growing threat of climate change. We'll know more specifics on Tuesday, but it's expected he'll offer a bold, national approach to reducing carbon pollution -- and lay out a vision to lead global efforts to fight climate change. The powerful, well-financed forces who still deny the science behind climate change aren't going to like this -- and they'll be fighting this progress every step of the way. In fact, before he's even seen the plan, House Speaker John Boehner is calling it...
  • Rand Paul Defends: 'Mr. Snowden Told the Truth in the Name of Privacy'

    06/23/2013 12:09:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 6/23/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    "They're going to contrast the behavior of James Clapper, our national intelligence director, with Edward Snowden," said Paul. "Mr. Clapper lied in Congress in defiance of the law in the name of security. Mr. Snowden told the truth in the name of privacy." Paul continued: "So I think there will be a judgment because both of them broke the law, and history will have to determine." But the senator suggested his opinion of Snowden could change. "I do think for Mr. Snowden, if he cozies up to the Russian government, it will be nothing but bad for his name in...
  • CASINO CRONY KICKBACK: Reid, Heller Slip Las Vegas Tourism Handout into Immigration Bill

    06/23/2013 12:07:57 PM PDT · by blueyon · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/22/13 | Matthew Boyle
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) have inserted a provision that amounts to little more than a handout to Las Vegas casinos into the repackaged immigration reform bill, Breitbart News has learned. This provision, a brazen example of crony capitalism, was inserted into the immigration law enforcement section of the bill despite the fact that it has nothing whatsoever to do with "immigration" or "law enforcement."
  • It's Time: The Battle Hymn of the Republic

    06/23/2013 12:04:29 PM PDT · by notaliberal · 34 replies
    WEB ^ | unknown | Julia Ward Howe
    During Mass this morning priest's homily was about religious freedom. We also prayed for religious freedom and the unborn and at the end of Mass "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" was beautifully sung by a baritone.
  • Flip-flops like this: Sarah Palin calls out Sen. Rubio for supporting amnesty

    06/23/2013 12:04:00 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 170 replies
    Twitchy ^ | Sunday June 23, 2012
    Sarah Palin @SarahPalinUSA: Politicians wonder why we can't trust them? Campaign flip-flops like this and carve-out bribes in the Amnesty... http://fb.me/2IsL1uspC Palins tweet links to a story from TownHall.com detailing Sen. Marco Rubios (D-Fla.) flip-flop over amnesty for illegal immigrants. During a debate with opponents Rep. Kendrick Meek and Gov. Charlie Crist, candidate Rubio argued that giving illegal immigrants an earned path to citizenship, which Crist, Sen. John McCain and former President George W. Bush had advocated, is basically amnesty. Rubio, who won that 2010 election, is now the leading Republican in the U.S. Congress pushing for illegal aliens to...
  • Tennessee bureaucrat: Water quality complaints could be considered act of terrorism (not satire)

    06/23/2013 11:56:06 AM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 6/20/2013 | Katie McHugh
    Unsatisfied with the quality of your water and eager to let the government know about it?You might be a terrorist, according to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.We take water quality very seriously. Very, very seriously, deputy director of TDECs Division of Water ResourcesSherwin Smith told a baffled and outraged audience in Maury County, Tennessee.But you need to make sure that when you make water quality complaints you have a basis, because federally, if theres no water quality issues, that can be considered under Homeland Security an act of terrorism. Audience members saw the officials answer as a means...
  • NSA Calls Encrypted Data Threat to Nations Security

    06/23/2013 11:52:33 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 29 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 21 June 2013 | John Semmens
    The National Security Agencys widespread warrant-less snooping was justified by Director, General Keith Alexander, as an essential component of our efforts to protect the Government from hostile adversaries. The idea that we should obtain warrants before we gather vital intelligence is absurd, Alexander asserted. Should a soldier on the battlefield obtain a warrant before he pulls the trigger on his rifle? Alexander pointed to the large volume of encrypted data flowing through domestic Internet and phone lines as proof that the threat is real and imminent. The fact that a person would send an encrypted email is, by itself, an...
  • Man Orders Tie From Gap, Gets Social Security Numbers Instead

    06/23/2013 11:52:16 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | June 22, 2013
    After ordering a tie and a pocket square from the Gap chain Banana Republics website for his wedding, the fianc to Emily Dreyfuss was mailed a package containing the confidential information of 20 former Gap employees says msnNOW. We totally laughed, Dreyfuss, 29, said on Friday from her home in Cambridge, Massachusetts according to Fox News. Dreyfuss continued on to say that the situation stopped being funny after they realized exactly what kind of information was included in the package. The information in the package included the confidential files of about 20 former employees, including Social Security numbers and W4...
  • A Laboratory of Ecumenism: Cardinal Koch Visits Ukraine

    06/23/2013 11:50:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Catholic World Report ^ | 6/21/13 | Michael J. Miller
    Ecumenical trip marked by candor and optimismThe president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Kurt Koch, visited Ukraine from June 5 to 12, 2013. Upon his arrival the curial official was welcomed at Borispol Airport by the primate of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC), His Beatitude Sviatoslav (Shevchuk), and by Archbishop Thomas Edward Gullickson, apostolic nuncio for Ukraine. Since it was the first journey of the honored guest to Ukraine, his chief purpose was to meet with the Greek, Latin, and Armenian Catholic communities and their respective leaders in a country that Bl. John Paul II...
  • China Signals No Relief on Cash Squeeze

    06/23/2013 11:42:59 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    WSJ ^ | June 23, 2013, 12:09 p.m. ET
    China's government signaled little respite from the cash crunch that has afflicted its financial system since the beginning of June, suggesting tight conditions could continue to strain markets in the week ahead. A commentary published Sunday by the official Xinhua news agency said there was no shortage of funds in China's financial system. Rather, it said, a combination of speculation and nonbank forms of lending often called shadow finance were contributing to the surge in short-term lending rates. "It's not that there's no money, it's that the money is not in the right places," the commentary said.
  • NBCs Gregory asks Greenwald if he should be charged for aiding Snowden

    06/23/2013 11:30:24 AM PDT · by Thane_Banquo · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/23/2013 | Jennifer Martinez
    The Guardian's Glenn Greenwald slammed NBC's "Meet the Press" host David Gregory on Sunday for asking whether he should be charged with a crime for "aiding and abetting" former government contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked classified information to him about the National Security Agency's surveillance operations. "To the extent that you have aided and abetted Snowden, even in his current movements, why shouldn't you, Mr. Greenwald, be charged with a crime?" Gregory asked on the news show. Greenwald immediately rejected the premise of the question, calling it an "pretty extraordinary" question for a journalist to ask another peer. "I think...
  • Congress Not Bound to Fund Future Border Security Promises

    06/23/2013 11:21:47 AM PDT · by paltz · 19 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 6/23/13 | Kerry Picket
    Members of Congress who promise that money will be spent on efforts to secure the border conveniently withhold the fact that one Congress cannot bind a future Congress to appropriate funds mandated by already established laws. Such a practice is known as legislative entrenchment and courts have long upheld this position. If a future Congress does not want to appropriate funds to hire more border agents or build 700 miles of fencing, those lawmakers can opt not to appropriate funds for the effort. measures.
  • Text of the lawsuit filed against Paula Deen, her Brother Bubba Hiers and their oyster restaurant

    06/23/2013 11:21:42 AM PDT · by dennisw · 28 replies
    www.atlawblog ^ | FILED--- March 2011
    http://www.atlawblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Jackson-v.-Deen-et-al.-Complaint.pdfIn PDF format Filed by Lisa Jackson who is white and claims she also suffered from racial discrimination while working there In my book this lawsuit was and is an attempt at legalized extortion. To get paid off so you can go home with a million dollar. Deen and her brother did not pay off this money grubber and now it has seriously impacted her as she gets fired from the Food NetworkAs you read or skim through it you will see that 99% of the accusation are made against the brother Bubba who seesm to be part owner with...
  • El Monte Police Fatally Shoot Family Dog Inside Fenced Yard (video)

    06/23/2013 11:20:43 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 100 replies
    KTLA ^ | 6/20/2013 | KTLA
    EL MONTE, Calif. (KTLA) Police were investigating the fatal officer-involved shooting of a two-year-old German shepherd inside the fenced-in yard of a family in El Monte. Officers came to the home on Maxson Road on Wednesday to follow-up on a report of a runaway teenager. The encounter with the dog, named Kiki, was recorded by a home security camera. It showed two police officers arriving at the home of Cathy Luu and her husband Chi Nguyen around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Police said the officers shook the gate and otherwise took care to check if there were dogs present in...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Samson and Delilah"(1949)

    06/23/2013 11:19:04 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 7 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1949 | Cecil B. DeMille