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  • Obama Dismisses 'Haters'

    07/22/2014 12:38:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 21, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)During a town hall with young people, President Obama explained how he deals with people who criticize him. “I just don’t watch TV,” Obama joked, after he was asked about his critics during a town hall promoting the White House "My Brother's Keeper" initiative. Obama advised young people to listen to critics who actually had their interests at heart. “Who gives you constructive criticism because they’re invested in the same things you are but maybe can see the things you can’t, versus folks who are just -- what’d someone say -- hatin’? Somebody just hatin’, just haters?” Obama said. Obama...
  • Austin-Based Company Received $120 Million So Far This Year to Shelter Illegal Children

    07/22/2014 2:47:00 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | July 21, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Southwest Key Programs is the largest provider of services to unaccompanied children in the United States. The group has illegal child units in seven states.An Austin-based company has received over $120 million so far this year to shelter illegal immigrant children.(VIDEO-AT-LINK) KEYE TV reported: More than $100 million of federal grant money this year has gone to an Austin based company that runs unaccompanied minor shelters across the country. Its website says Southwest Key Programs is the largest provider of services to unaccompanied children in the United States. Their headquarters is in Austin, Texas. A brief online description details the...
  • MH17: Pinning Everything on Putin Is Too Easy

    07/22/2014 2:04:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Breitbart's London ^ | July 21, 2014 | M.E. Synon
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The British newspapers, like the British government, are pinning the blame for the Malaysian Airlines disaster on Putin. Most Americans, whether Democrats or Republicans, would see things the way these UK headlines do: "Putin is a pariah – he must be treated as such" "Britain and America implicate Russia in Flight MH17 missile attack" "Two British families killed by 'Putin the terrorist'" And over a column written by Prime Minister David Cameron, this headline: "This is an outrage made in Moscow" However, some well-informed conservatives in Britain are pointing the finger for the war in Ukraine not at Putin, but...
  • Democrat wants FDA ban on marketing e-cigs to children

    07/21/2014 11:39:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 21, 2014 | Ferdous Al-Faruque
    A House Democrat is calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban e-cigarette flavors and celebrity marketing practices that she says target children. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) wrote to the FDA Monday warning e-cigarette makers are trying to entice children with flavors such as “chocolate, gummy bear, bubble gum and strawberry.” She also warned the industry is using “celebrity endorsements” to encourage young people to take up smoking the nicotine vaporizers. “Due to the growth in child and adolescent experimentation with these alternative delivery systems, I urge the FDA to move quickly to ban child-friendly flavorings and youth-oriented...
  • GOP’s ’16 consolation vanishes: Suddenly, Democrats have the deep bench!

    07/21/2014 11:23:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Salon ^ | July 21, 2014 | Joan Walsh, editor at large
    In the wake of President Obama’s reelection in 2012, reporters found one source of solace for the GOP. “One race the Republicans appear to be winning is the one for the deepest bench of rising stars,” wrote the Washington Post, and plenty of folks followed up. Democrats, meanwhile, had nobody on the bench but Hillary Clinton – a formidable candidate if she were to run, but that wasn’t even certain. Beyond Clinton, there seemed to be a wasteland populated by ambitious governors no one had ever heard of (Martin O’Malley), and some who were well known but not widely liked...
  • ‘True Blood’ Goes Political Again, Shoots Up Ted Cruz Republican Event (Video)

    07/21/2014 10:59:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Wrap ^ | July 21, 2014 | Jethro Nededog
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) HBO supernatural drama takes aim at conservatives in bloody takedown. HBO's “True Blood” took another stab at conservatives on Sunday's episode when it left a bloody mess of an event held in Ted Cruz's honor. It was exactly what the doctor ordered for an ailing Eric (Alexander Skarsgard), who has been infected with the dangerous virus that's killing vampires. He was all ready to meet the true death until his progeny Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) informed him that Sarah Newlin, part of the group manufacturing the virus, was still alive and on the run. That was enough for...
  • ‘We Stand With Israel’: The Overwhelming Message Around the World

    07/21/2014 10:39:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Chabad.org News ^ | July 18, 2014 | Karen Schwartz and Carin M. Smilk
    Rows of candles were set up last week at the home of Rabbi Zalman and Toba Grossbaum, co-directors of Chabad of Livingston, N.J., so community members and family could welcome in Shabbat and pray for the people of Israel.With the Sabbath approaching, Israel Defense Force troops are on the ground in Gaza, with Jews everywhere praying for their safety. Throughout the world came calls for prayer and good deeds on behalf of the Israeli soldiers, and all people threatened by ongoing missile attacks, with special emphasis on Jewish women and girls lighting Shabbat candles, and for families to join with...
  • VA Fears Opening ‘Floodgates’ to Private Care

    07/21/2014 9:18:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Military.com ^ | July 17, 2014 | Tom Philpott
    MILITARY UPDATE: VA Asks Hill Not To Open ‘Floodgates’ to Private Care.The ambitious push by Congress and its veteran affairs committees to swiftly solve a health care wait-time crisis for tens of thousands of veterans by granting access to private sector care appears to have run hard aground. After four weeks, House-Senate conferees, working through their staffs to iron out differences in separate veteran health reform bills, need some major breakthroughs, according to lawmakers and staff. “I am very concerned that this conference committee will end up taking a step backward for veterans’ health care in this country,” said Sen....
  • McDaniel Can Beat Cochran .. At The Polls .. In November. Here’s How!! (Longshot, at best)

    07/21/2014 7:13:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    I Iz Blogging ^ | July 21, 2014 | iizthatiiz
    On July 7th, the Mississippi GOP Executive Committee certified the results of the June 24th primary run-off, declaring Thad Cochran the winner. Senator McDaniel has not accepted this result, and has refused to concede the election. McDaniel volunteers have been scouring ballot boxes and poll books across Mississippi’s 82 counties .. when they have been allowed access. Approximately two dozen county clerks still refuse to allow the McDaniel camp to examine the records. McDaniel representatives are expressing confidence that they have a case to make, believing they can cast overwhelming doubt on the 7,600 vote margin of victory that the...
  • Republicans in eastern Wisconsin Congressional race open to impeaching Obama

    07/21/2014 6:54:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Capital Times - Your Progressive Voice ^ | July 21, 2014 | Jack Craver
    Barring any groundbreaking new developments, Congressional Republicans have no intention of trying to impeach President Barack Obama, despite calls for the commander-in-chief’s ouster by the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin. “The Constitution is very clear as to what constitutes grounds for impeachment of the President of the United States,” House Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., told ABC's George Stephanopoulos last week. “He has not committed the kind of criminal acts that call for that.” Other establishment Republicans have similarly dismissed impeachment talk as little more than blowhards seeking headlines. “No responsible Republican elected official has called for impeachment,”...
  • The Immigration Conflagration (Obama amnesty EO for more than 12 million illegals?)

    07/21/2014 6:43:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    National Journal ^ | July 19, 2014 | Ronald Brownstein
    As Obama moves toward allowing millions of undocumented people to stay in the U.S., Republicans face a defining choice.Inflammatory as it's been, the debate over unaccompanied Central American children crossing the U.S. border is only the warm-up for an approaching immigration confrontation with even greater stakes. Regardless of how Congress handles his request for more border resources, President Obama is moving toward a historic—and explosive—executive order that will provide legal status to a significant number of the estimated 11.7 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. One senior White House official says that while "what's happening at the border will provide...
  • Castro: Rick Perry ‘militarizing’ border

    07/21/2014 3:42:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 21, 2014 | Jonathan Topaz
    Texas Rep. Joaquín Castro on Monday said Gov. Rick Perry is “militarizing our border” with his reported decision to deploy state National Guard troops there. “We should be sending the Red Cross to the border not the National Guard to deal with this humanitarian crisis,” the Democratic congressman said in an email. “The children fleeing violence in Central America are seeking out border patrol agents. They are not trying to evade them. Why send soldiers to confront these kids?” Militarizing our border is the wrong response to the arrival of children,” Castro continued. “I remain hopeful that our state can...
  • Malaysia, Ukraine Rebels Reach Agreement to Allow "Safe Access" for MH17 Crash Investigators

    07/21/2014 3:32:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Mic ^ | July 21, 2014 | Jared Keller
    Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak reached a deal with the leader of the pro-Russian separatists in control of the MH17 crash site to allow "safe access" for international investigators. "Under difficult and fluid circumstances, we have been discussing the problems that have occupied us all: securing vital evidence from the aircraft, launching an independent investigation, and above all recovering the remains of those who lost their lives," Razak said in a statement. "Tonight, we have established the basis of an agreement to do just that." The remains of 282 victims of the crash, currently in Torez, will be moved by...
  • Sarah Palin: Why Aren’t Undocumented Immigrants Sent to DC, NYC?

    07/21/2014 2:45:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 21, 2014 | Eddie Scarry
    Speaking at the Western Conservative Summit at Colorado Christian University on Saturday, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) made the case for the undocumented immigrant children flowing over the American-Mexican border to be sent to places liberals are known to dwell. “Notice they (law enforcement officials) are not hauling illegals to those swanky ‘hoods of D.C. or Manhattan or San Francisco,” Palin said. “They’re housed in vacant schools in working class neighborhoods? Why not [unintelligible] and Columbia U? There, too, school’s out for summer.” Palin also dubbed the border situation an “invasion” that has been facilitated by President Barack Obama....
  • First Annual Trayvon Martin Day Rallies Against Racial Profiling and Guns

    07/21/2014 2:25:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Breitbart's California ^ | July 20, 2014 | Robert Wilde
    On Saturday, 200 people marched through the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles protesting racial profiling and gun violence on the first anniversary of the verdict acquitting George Zimmerman of murdering Trayvon Martin. The crowd, led by Trayvon Martin’s parents, carried banners and chanted, “What do we want?... Justice. What do we want?… Justice.” According to CBS2 Los Angeles, the rally was organized by the Trayvon Martin Foundation, which states on its website that its purpose is to “create awareness of how violent crime impacts the families of the victims and to provide support and advocacy for those families in response...
  • Is Hotel Shampoo Kind of Racist? Plus: Do people understand what “racism” actually means?

    07/21/2014 2:07:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    The Root ^ | July 16, 2014 | Jenée Desmond-Harris, associate editor of features
    Don Mullen: Why don’t America’s hotels provide hair products for black as well as white hair? Is there a way to get them to correct this “micro-aggression”? Jenée Desmond-Harris: Thanks for your question. I thought about the issue of hotel toiletries when I was writing the Race Manners column that answered the question, “Is Using Lotion a Black Thing?” In my opinion, the tiny moisturizer that most hotels provide is very clearly not designed for those who want or need to use it on their entire body (read: most black people). But off the top of my head, I’m not...
  • Worst. Ever.

    07/21/2014 1:09:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Hayride ^ | July 21, 2014 | Oscar
    Remember when Obama was runnin’ for president back in 2007 and 2008, how the Usual Suspects turned out in force with stupid songs and artwork and empty slogans? And how the rubes ate all that up and turned him into some kinda God they’d worship? Obama was turnin’ out 70,000 dope-smokers, illegal aliens and union goons at his campaign stops and they made him a lot more of a cultural icon than a political figure. They made Obama ABOVE politics, see, so you couldn’t even really criticize him even though the guy’s background was better suited for a blacklist than...
  • Obama: Biden would make 'superb' president

    07/21/2014 12:48:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | July 21, 2014
    President Barack Obama said Joe Biden would make a "superb" president, but questioned whether his vice president or potential rival Hillary Clinton would want to endure another campaign for the White House, a media report Monday said. Obama, in an interview with the New Yorker, said Biden "has seen the job up close, he knows what the job entails. He understands how to separate what's really important from what's less important. I think he's got great people skills. He enjoys politics, and he's got important relationships up on the Hill (in Congress) that would serve him well." "Joe would be...
  • Halbig v. Burwell Would Free More Than 57 Million From The ACA's Individual & Employer Mandates

    07/21/2014 12:36:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 21, 2014 | Michael F. Cannon
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, often described as the second-highest court in the land, could rule on Halbig v. Burwell as early as tomorrow. Halbig is one of four lawsuits challenging the legality of the health-insurance subsidies the IRS is dispensing in the 36 states that did not establish a health-insurance Exchange under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or “ObamaCare,” and thus have Exchanges established by the federal government. Though the PPACA repeatedly states those subsidies are available only “through an Exchange established by the State,” and there are indications IRS officials knew they...
  • What's the Price of Happiness in Your State? (With Chart)

    07/21/2014 12:18:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | July 21, 2014 | Eric Reed
    The price of happiness depends a lot on where you live, according to a new report by the investment group Advisor Perspectives. The analysis is based on the now-famous work by Princeton researchers Daniel Kahneman and Angus Deaton, who found that higher incomes only make people happier to a point. Up to about $75,000 per year, the more a household earns, the happier people are. After that benchmark, however, additional income "buys life satisfaction but not happiness." The team separated these two issues by distinguishing fun from happiness. More money still leads people to have more life experiences and greater...
  • Obama: No ‘authentic’ way to be black

    07/21/2014 11:48:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Hill's Briefing Room ^ | July 21, 2014 | Justin Sink
    The notion that black men need to act, dress or speak in a certain way to be “authentic” is something that "has to go," President Obama said Monday at an event promoting his initiative to aid young men of color. "The notion that there’s some authentic way of being black, that if you’re going to be black you have to act a certain way and wear a certain kind of clothes, … that has to go, because there are a whole bunch of different ways for African-American men to be authentic," Obama said. "You don’t have to act a certain...
  • MERRY: Handicaps in Hillary’s way; Contrary to conventional wisdom, she’s probably finished

    07/21/2014 11:31:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 18, 2014 | Robert W. Merry, political editor, The National Interest
    Hillary Clinton isn’t likely ever to become president of the United States. In fact, there is a greater possibility than is generally recognized by the Washington cognoscenti that she won’t even run. If she does, though, the barriers she faces will prove overwhelming. Her 2008 campaign was her last good shot for the office, and she failed. Since then, numerous developments have conspired steadily to diminish her prospects. Those prospects are now near zero. This analytical framework holds absolutely no credulity in Washington, where thinking rarely extends beyond the conventional. The conventional wisdom, of course, is that Mrs. Clinton’s nomination...
  • Reality Takes Another Bite Out of Republican Fantasies About Hillary Clinton (Unintentionally funny)

    07/21/2014 12:36:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | July 20, 2014 | Sarah Jones
    While the RNC trolls Hillary Clinton with a squirrel, claiming there is ‘Hillary fatigue!’, reality bites them in the poll once again. Republicans have been trying to sell ‘Clinton fatigue’ for years now, but really amped up their efforts this past month. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus has been comforting himself over the GOP’s stale, tired 2016 line up with the fantasy that the country is tired of Clinton, and that it would be “nuts” to have another Clinton in the White House. “There’s Hillary fatigue already out there,” Priebus tried to sell recently on “Meet the Press.” To this end,...
  • Former NYT Editor: Hillary Expects Journalists To Be '100 Percent In Her Corner,' Especially Women

    07/20/2014 9:50:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 19, 2014 | Tim Graham
    In May, Politico's reporting inside Democratic circles led them to the strange conclusion that the one thing that could sink Hillary's hopes of winning the White House was the press corps. A Clinton insider announced: “She wants to be president; she doesn’t want to run for president...The worst part of running for president for her, clearly, is dealing with the press.” In July, Politico interviewed former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, who made some sense of this bizarre-sounding notion. The media has for many years defended and protected and glamorized the Clintons. But Abramson said Hillary expects the...
  • Is it Time to Send Lady Liberty Back to France?

    07/20/2014 9:30:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 20, 2014 | Bishop Gene Robinson (Retired)
    Much smaller, poorer countries are opening their gates for refugees from violence-torn parts of the world. Why can't we do the same?Maybe we should just send the Statue of Liberty back where it came from. That long-and-much-beloved iconic statue, standing in New York Harbor, greeting immigrants by the tens of thousands, is inscribed with Emma Lazarus’ poem: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses, yearning to breath free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” Our beloved Lady Liberty has been a beacon...
  • Self-Described Liberal Feminist: Conservative Women Are Super Sexy

    07/20/2014 9:00:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | July 20, 2014
    Conservative women sexy, liberal women not so much? A British journalist who describes himself as a “liberal-lefty-pro-feminist” claims that politically conservative women are way more sexy than their left-wing counterparts. Writing in the London Spectator, Cosmo Landesman opines that right-wing women (and he specifically offered examples such as pundits Sarah Palin and Ann Coulter) are “super sexy” and that stereotypes and generalizations about conservative women in general being uptright or prudish are way out of date. He also argues that looks have nothing to do with it. Instead their attractiveness is about what he calls “a certain mindset and sensibility”...
  • Egyptian media applauds Israel’s Gaza offensive

    07/20/2014 8:42:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    France 24 / Agence France-Presse ^ | July 20, 2014 | Nina Hubinet and Boualem Rhoubachi
    Since the beginning of Israel’s offensive in Gaza, much of the Egyptian media has laid the blame squarely on the Islamist group Hamas, which controls the tiny Palestinian enclave. Some journalists have even said that all Palestinians are to blame for their current plight. Israel’s escalating attack on the Gaza Strip has triggered worldwide debate. Egypt is no exception. But there is little of the traditional Arab solidarity towards Palestinians to be found in the Egyptian media. Adel Nehaman, a columnist for the Egyptian daily El-Watan, said bluntly: "Sorry Gazans, I cannot support you until you rid yourselves of Hamas."(continued)
  • Why Tesla Motors can't sell cars in most of the United States

    07/20/2014 8:07:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    Engadget ^ | July 17, 2014 | Ben Gilbert
    Tesla Motors makes beautiful, quality electric automobiles. Don't just take it from us; Consumer Reports rated the Tesla Model S the "best overall" car in its 2014 Top Picks report (which includes all non-electric cars as well). Yet, despite Tesla CEO Elon Musk's ongoing effort to expand his EV empire, state after state in the United States is pushing back. Not because those states are against electronic vehicles, Musk or even Tesla; it's about the way Tesla wants to sell its cars. Specifically, it's about money. WHAT TESLA WANTS You know how Apple has stores where it sells its computers,...
  • Subprime woes are back: This time in used cars

    07/20/2014 7:19:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    CNBC / The New York Times ^ | July 20, 2014 | Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Michael Corkery
    Rodney Durham stopped working in 1991, declared bankruptcy and lives on Social Security. Nonetheless, Wells Fargo lent him $15,197 to buy a used Mitsubishi sedan. ''I am not sure how I got the loan,'' Mr. Durham, age 60, said. Mr. Durham's application said that he made $35,000 as a technician at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, N.Y., according to a copy of the loan document. But he says he told the dealer he hadn't worked at the hospital for more than three decades. Now, after months of Wells Fargo pressing him over missed payments, the bank has repossessed his car. This...
  • A look inside “progressive comedy” at Netroots Nation 2014

    07/20/2014 7:08:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 20, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    This year’s edition of Netroots Nation (the supposed liberal answer to CPAC) kicked off this week, in case you hadn’t heard. (And judging by the massive lack of media coverage, you might not have.) To be honest, I have not idea what was going on at the various panels and speeches, aside from the apparently well received socialist stemwinder from Elizabeth Warren. But there was, it seems, one get together which was a real hoot, whether intentionally or not. It was a seminar called (wait for it) … Only the Jester Speaks the Truth and it was all about the...
  • Crashed MH17 flight 'was 300 miles off typical course'

    07/20/2014 6:23:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 112 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | July 18, 2014 | Tom Brooks-Pollock and Edward Malnick
    MH17 flight feared to have been shot down over Ukraine was taking a significantly different route to the usual course for flights from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, according to aviation expert. The crashed MH17 flight took a route 300 miles to the north of its usual path, an aviation expert has said. Robert Mark, a commercial pilot who edits Aviation International News Safety magazine, said that most Malaysia Airlines flights from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur normally travelled along a route significantly further south than the plane which crashed. Malaysia Airlines has insisted its plane travelled on an "approved route"...
  • Limbaugh is right about Obama's war on suburbs (Placing illegals in selected re-drawn neighborhoods)

    07/20/2014 5:41:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Woodlands Villager ^ | July 20, 2014 | Robert Romano
    “What better way to give a boost to the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Act and the remaking of American neighborhoods than to start injecting illegal immigrant populations into targeted cities and towns in the suburbs all across the country?“ That was national radio talk show superhost Rush Limbaugh commenting on a Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulation, “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing.” “The concept, as it is properly understood, is to change the enforcement paradigm in order to allow the Department of Housing and Urban Development to essentially decide what every neighborhood in America should look like,” Limbaugh explained....
  • All-Female ISIS Brigade Cracks Down on Women in Raqqa

    07/20/2014 5:14:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 20, 2014 | Ahmad Al-Bahri, deep in Syria
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Shortly after the Sunni militant group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) retook control of Raqqa earlier this year, it created the al-Khansaa' Brigade, an all-female unit operating in the city. Its purpose is to apprehend civilian women in Raqqa who do not follow the organization's strict brand of Sharia law, including a mandate that all women be fully covered in public and that they be accompanied by a male chaperone. "We have established the brigade to raise awareness of our religion among women, and to punish women who do not abide by the law," says Abu Ahmad,...
  • Military Pride: These States Boast the Highest Enlistment Rates in America

    07/20/2014 5:01:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Independent Journal Review ^ | July 20, 2014 | Mike Miller
    While enlistment rates in the U.S. military vary by group, they also vary by state. Enlistment ranges from less than 3 per thousand in North Dakota to more than 7 per thousand in Florida and Maine. According to the Defense Department, differences exist at the regional level as well. In 2013, 44% of all military recruits came from the South, despite it having only 36% of the country’s 18-24 year-old civilian population. By contrast, the Northeast was the most underrepresented region of the country; only 14% of new enlistments came from this area, compared to 18% of its 18-24 year-old...
  • Sarah Palin to GOP: Fight for the 'Forgotten Man' to 'Win Big in 2016'

    07/20/2014 4:45:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 20, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Ronald Reagan won two presidential elections by fighting for the "Forgotten Man," and Sarah Palin said Republicans will only win presidential elections in the future if the party sticks up for the "little guy" and the "Forgotten Man" of all races and backgrounds. Building upon the themes she has always fought for and distilled in a landmark speech in Indianola, Iowa in 2011 in which she denounced the bipartisan permanent political class and their brand of crony capitalism that extracts wealth from American workers, Palin told attendees at the Western Conservative Summit in Colorado on Saturday to think about what...
  • Armed rebels take bodies by force in Flight MH17 crash

    07/20/2014 4:27:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    TOREZ, Ukraine — Rebels in eastern Ukraine took control Sunday of the bodies recovered from downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, and U.S. and European leaders demanded that Russian President Vladimir Putin make sure rebels give international investigators full access to the crash site. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Ukraine’s separatists were to blame for the downing of the aircraft, adding there was “extraordinary circumstantial evidence” that showed Russia was almost certainly complicit in arming the rebels.....
  • Hamas: Israeli soldier captured-Israeli Defense Forces aware of report, looking into it

    07/20/2014 4:21:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    KPRC-TV / CNN News ^ | July 20, 2014 | Josh Levs, Ben Brumfield, and Karl Penhaul
    Hamas claimed it captured an Israeli soldier Sunday on the deadliest day yet in the battle between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza. The solider was taken during an early morning operation, according to Abu Obeida, a spokesman for Hamas' military wing, al-Qassam Brigades. He provided the supposed soldier's name and ID. "He is a prisoner, and if Zionists lie about the dead and wounded, then the fate of this soldier is their responsibility," the spokesman said. Gunfire and cheers erupted in Gaza in apparent celebration of the soldier's capture, according to CNN reporters on the ground. There was no...
  • Vacation loving president reaches new high in popularity polls

    07/20/2014 3:40:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 20, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    How can a president who seems to do so many things wrong and spends so much time running around on vacation surge to all time highs in popularity? Some of you look a little confused, so allow me to reassure you… I’m not talking about Barack Obama. This story is about Russian leader Vladimir Putin. As our good friend (and Prince of Twitter) Andrew Malcolm notes, Putin is more popular than ever in his home country, at least according to a major polling outfit. As Obama wallows in the low 40′s in overall job approval among Americans, with even lower...
  • Jarrett: We must end pregnancy discrimination

    07/20/2014 2:52:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    CNN ^ | July 20, 2014 | Valerie Jarrett
    More than 30 years ago, Congress wisely passed the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. Yet today, many pregnant women still experience unfair and unnecessary challenges on the job. Nondiscrimination has been the law of the land for over three decades, yet, in some workplaces, the standard for treatment of pregnant women has remained in the dark ages. Some are fired or demoted, with no hesitation, when a modest accommodation would allow them to continue to work and support their families. The stories are heart-wrenching and preventable. There's the pregnant woman who was terminated when, in violation of company policy, she started carrying...
  • Veterans show Obama how they turn their backs on him, as he has done to them

    07/20/2014 2:40:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | July 19, 2014 | Amanda Shea
    Angry veterans protested President Obama’s visit to Delaware to show their disdain for how the administration has treated them. The 25 protesters — led by Martin Nicholson, a veteran Marine – lined the street and turned their backs to the president’s passing motorcade. “We feel he’s turned his back on us veterans, so we’re going to turn our backs on him as he drives by on his motorcade to show our appreciation that he does not care about us veterans,” Nicholson told BuzzPo.com. Obama was in Delaware to discuss a recently damaged bridge, a topic the protesters call a waste...
  • Republican Party goes round the bend

    07/20/2014 2:25:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    CNN Opinion page ^ | July 17, 2014 | Sally Kohn, progressive activist, columnist and television commentator
    In the beginning, one might have considered it bold -- even inventive -- to oppose every single thing President Obama supported. But it quickly became tiresome and predictable over the last five years. And now, as House Republicans weigh a resolution to sue President Obama for not quickly enough implementing a law the same Republicans voted more than 50 times to repeal or stall, all hell has broken loose. Republicans are just being obnoxious now. And dangerous. And nuts. On Wednesday, the House Rules Committee will debate a draft resolution to file a lawsuit against President Obama, wasting taxpayer dollars...
  • Pre-Show Hot Mike Catches Kerry Mocking Israel-Avoids Repeating When Asked During Show

    07/20/2014 2:12:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 20, 2014 | Jeff Dunetz
    On Sunday John Kerry forgot the number one rule of being miked for an interview; the microphone is always on. The Secretary of State was miked and on camera waiting for an interview with Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace when he spoke to an aide about an Israeli operation resulting in the deaths of 14 IDF solders. Kerry’s reaction was a mocking: "It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation. “It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation.We’ve got to get over there. Thank you, John. I think, John, we ought to go tonight. I think it’s crazy to be sitting around.”...
  • Ten Reasons Why I Am No Longer a Leftist

    07/20/2014 1:45:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 112 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 20, 2014 | Danusha V. Goska
    How far left was I? So far left my beloved uncle was a card-carrying member of the Communist Party in a Communist country. When I returned to his Slovak village to buy him a mass card, the priest refused to sell me one. So far left that a self-identified terrorist proposed marriage to me. So far left I was a two-time Peace Corps volunteer and I have a degree from UC Berkeley. So far left that my Teamster mother used to tell anyone who would listen that she voted for Gus Hall, Communist Party chairman, for president. I wore a...
  • Higher Minimum Wage Does Not Cost Jobs

    07/20/2014 12:03:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Voice of Russia ^ | July 8, 2014 | Professor Cyril Ghosh, Wagner College, Staten Island, NY
    SEATTLE (VR) – Does raising the minimum wage kill jobs? Most probably not. Does it increase jobs? We don’t know for sure, but it might. Or at least these are the inferences one is likely to make from a recent report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research. It turns out that 12 out of 13 states that raised their minimum wage on January 1, 2013 are experiencing increases in employment. The report also states that the average change in employment for these 13 states is +.99% while the average change in employment in the remaining states is +.68%....
  • Inside One Hobby Lobby Employee's Inspiring Fight for Equality (So-called "transgender")

    07/19/2014 11:00:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Mic ^ | Eliel Cruz
    It wasn't enough that Hobby Lobby won in a landmark Supreme Courty case for employers being able to deny women reproductive healthcare coverage. Now, the conservative-led company wants to also dictate which restrooms women can use at work. That is, if you happen to be a transgender woman. Megan Sommerville, a 16-year veteran of the arts and crafts franchise, began her transition in 2009 and had her name legally changed in 2010. But she was nevertheless recently written up at her Aurora, Ill., store when she began using the women's restroom. According to Sommerville, store managment said that she'd only...
  • Obama’s Border Game, and Why Republicans Are Doomed to Lose It

    07/19/2014 10:30:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Other McCain ^ | July 15, 2014 | Robert Stacy McCain
    President Obama has deliberately provoked the current crisis along our nation’s southwestern border in an effort to force House Republicans to pass the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” amnesty plan. Illegal immigrants are pouring in by the trainload, and the violent MS-13 gang is recruiting in detention centers. Polls show that voters strongly disapprove (58%) of Obama’s handling of the crisis he caused, but an even larger majority — 66% — disapprove of how Republicans in Congress are dealing with the immigration problem: Almost as many Republicans disapprove of their party’s handling of the issue as say they approve, with negative...
  • Hillary Clinton for president: She will run, she will win, and she will be excellent

    07/19/2014 10:12:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Yahoo! News Canada ^ | July 19, 2014 | David Kilgour
    Anyone who believes that Hillary Clinton will not run for President in 2016 should examine her recently-published book, Hard Choices, which in places reads like a campaign manifesto. The 600 pages of text offer much more, but on myriad domestic and international issues readers can readily predict her positions as president, even beyond what she has already indicated as first lady, senator from New York, and Barack Obama’s first secretary of state. With the escalating violence in Israel and Gaza, for example, her chapter on the Middle East indicates in detail how she dealt with key regional leaders in earlier...
  • Hillary Clinton for president: She will run, she will win, but she will struggle

    07/19/2014 9:55:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Yahoo! News Canada ^ | July 19, 2014 | David T Jones
    There are three questions surrounding Hillary Clinton: Will she run? If she runs, will she win? And if she wins, will she be President Barack Obama in a skirt or Bill Clinton in a pantsuit? Will She Run? The Hillary Inevitability, far in advance of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, has a “déjà vu all over again” atmospheric. That's because 2008 was really supposed to be Hillary’s year: She had the highest name recognition, deep financing, major political backers and her politically canny husband to game-plan campaign tactics. But a funny thing happened on the way to the nomination: "Black...
  • VB man says he was victim of “Knockout Game” (Virginia)

    07/19/2014 9:39:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    WAVY-TV ^ | July 17, 2014 | Jason Marks
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – A man says he was just riding his bike at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront when out of nowhere a man got up and punched him in the head. The victim believes he was on the receiving end of the “knockout game,” a crime fad sweeping the county. “I‘m lucky that I didn’t get seriously get injured,“ said the Virginia Beach man, who wanted to remain anonymous. He said he wanted to tell his story to raise awareness — a story that ended with a trip to the emergency room. “It was absolutely crazy,” he said....
  • Glenn Beck: 'Pusses' Don't Want to Hand Out Soccer Balls to Illegal Aliens

    07/19/2014 8:24:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 103 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 19, 2014 | Tony Lee
    On his Friday radio show, Glenn Beck suggested those who do not want to pass out soccer balls and teddy bears to illegal immigrant children at detention centers with him are "pusses." He also said Americans should not "focus" on the gangsters, killers, and rapists who are coming across the border with the illegal immigrant children two days after Breitbart Texas reported that an illegal immigrant whom the federal government released in June with a "notice to appear" was arrested for murder. While discussing his plans to go to McAllen, Texas on Saturday with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rep....