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  • Former IRS official [Lois Lerner] called GOP 'crazies' in email

    07/30/2014 10:48:38 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 1 replies
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 7/30/14 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A former IRS official at the heart of the agency's tea party controversy called Republicans "crazies" and more in newly released emails. -snip-
  • Obama to GOP: 'Stop just hating all the time' (Cry Baby-in-Chief ratchets up the rhetoric)

    07/30/2014 10:40:13 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 7/30/14 | Nedra Pickler - ap
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Pointing the finger at Republicans for congressional inaction, President Barack Obama chided lawmakers Wednesday for spending the waning days before their month-long summer break trying to sue him rather than addressing economic issues that could boost the middle class. "Stop being mad all the time. Stop just hating all the time. Come on," the president said in a boisterous and sharply partisan speech in Kansas City.
  • Big change proposed for federal marijuana law: Bill would exempt plants with low percentage of THC

    07/30/2014 10:40:11 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 4 replies
    KY3 ^ | Jul 29, 2014 | Caleb Hellerman
    Doctors in Macon, Georgia, told Janea Cox that her daughter, Haleigh, might not live another three months. That was the middle of March, when Haleigh's brain was being short-circuited by hundreds of seizures a day, overrunning the array of five potent drugs meant to control them. Worse, the drugs were damaging Haleigh's organs. "She was maxed out," Cox said. "She'd quit breathing several times a day, and the doctors blamed it on the seizure medications." Cox had heard that a form of medical marijuana might help, but it wasn't available in central Georgia. So a week after hearing the ominous...
  • Do You Want the Global Destruction of Financial Privacy to Enable Higher Tax Rates and Bigger Gov't?

    07/30/2014 10:25:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Townhall ^ | 07/30/2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    It’s a bad idea when governments demand information on your bank accounts and investments so they can impose economically destructive double taxation. It’s a worse idea when they also demand the right to tax economic activity in other jurisdictions (otherwise known as “worldwide taxation“). And it’s the worst possible development when governments decide that they should impose a global network of data collection and dissemination as part of a scheme of worldwide double taxation. Yet that’s exactly what’s happening. High-tax nations, working through the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, want to impose a one-size-fits-all system of “automatic information...
  • New Emails: Lois Lerner Referred to Conservatives As ´***holes´ and ´TeRrorists´

    07/30/2014 9:03:12 AM PDT · by Nachum · 75 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 7/30/14 | Susan Jones
    A newly discovered email exchange from Lois Lerner´s official IRS email account "directly demonstrates Ms. Lerner´s deep animus towards conservatives, which she refers to as ´---holes,´" House Ways and Means Committee Chair Dave Camp wrote in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday. In that Nov. 9, 2012 email, Lerner further suggests that conservatives will ruin the country: "So we don´t need to worry about alien teRrorists (sic). It´s our own crazies that will take us down," she wrote.
  • Enlisted Women to Join Sub Crews Starting in 2016

    07/30/2014 10:02:58 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 30 replies
    Military.com ^ | July 28, 2014 | Johanna Somers
    The Department of the Navy plans to add enlisted women crewmembers to seven Ohio-class submarines starting in 2016 and to four Virginia-class attack submarines beginning in 2020. "I think this is just the next step in a process that started a number of years ago to tap into a talented part of the Navy to help run very sophisticated vessels, and to me that's a real huge advantage that the Navy is capitalizing on," said U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District. "... Women sailors do a great job on surface ships. They have been doing it for a long time,...
  • Power Plays

    07/30/2014 9:39:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | Rich Tucker
    The United States is awash in energy. “U.S. production of crude oil, along with liquids separated from natural gas, surpassed all other countries this year with daily output exceeding 11 million barrels in the first quarter,” Bank of America reports. Our country became the biggest producer of natural gas four years ago. Only one thing may stand in our way: Experts. Last year, Forbes contributor Juston Gerdes lauded a proposal by a legislator in California aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The proposal would create a board that is, itself, awash in experts. “The board would include representatives from the...
  • Help Police: Group beating handicapped man records the attack

    07/30/2014 9:35:23 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 16 replies
    19 Action News ^ | 7/28/2014 | 19 Action News
    CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Shocking video of a young man who was beaten and robbed in broad daylight has gone viral, and it's all part of a disturbing trend. A handicapped man was beaten and robbed on the street. The incident was recorded, then sent around on Facebook like some entertainment or trophy. First a fight, which was more of an attack. Police say a young guy was robbed, then beaten. The fight was not one-on-one and was uneven in another way; a source close to the case says the victim was a young adult with a developmental disability.
  • Obamacare Means What Obamacare Says: Can we discern congressional intent by what was never said?

    07/30/2014 9:29:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    REASON ^ | 07/30/2014 | Peter Suderman
    Is it possible to discern congressional intent by what was never said? In the wake of last week's D.C. Circuit court ruling in Halbig v. Burwell, that, contrary to the administration's current implementation, Obamacare does not allow insurance subsidies in federally run health exchanges, supporters of the law and reporters who covered it have argued as much: No one in Congress ever said that subsidies were limited to state-run exchanges, and reporters never heard about a debate. The idea was unheard of before critics of the health law decided to challenge the administration in court. It's true that the legislative...
  • Lerner: Talk radio listeners are 'ass-----'

    07/30/2014 9:22:32 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 30, 2014 | Bernie Becker
    Former IRS official Lois Lerner cursed conservatives in emails released on Wednesday, leading House Republicans to intensify their push for criminal charges. Lerner, in an email conversation with an undisclosed person, suggested that listeners to conservative talk radio were “ass----s.” She followed that up by saying: “So we don't need to worry about alien teRrorists [sic]. It's our own crazies that will take us down.” Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee said the emails showed – not for the first time – Lerner’s bias against conservatives. Other documents released Wednesday also suggest that Lerner used her home computer...
  • Turkey may woo Greek doctors to fill vacancies

    07/30/2014 8:53:16 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 2 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | July/30/2014
    Turkey is considering employing foreign doctors in order to fill vacancies in public hospitals, with Greek professionals being one of their main targets, Health Minister Mehmet Müezzinoğlu has said. “We are thinking of employing doctors from Greece and other countries, who we believe would fulfill the needs of our people and who will be accredited by YÖK [the Turkish Higher Education Board] after the related legal regulations have been made,” Müezzinoğlu told journalists during an Eid al-Fitr visit to an Istanbul hospital on July 29. “We [Turkey] have been increasing the capacity of our medical faculties since 2007, but such...
  • Judge says US can't seize tanker full of Kurdish oil off Texas coast

    07/30/2014 8:17:26 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7-30-14
    A federal magistrate judge ruled Tuesday that U.S. Marshals will not be able to able to carry out her earlier order to seize a million barrels of Kurdish crude oil unless the tanker carrying the cargo comes closer to the Texas shore. The Wall Street Journal reported that federal magistrate judge Nancy Johnson said that the United Kalavrvta tanker was not within the boundaries of the state or the court's authority. She also said that the matter of who owned the oil should be decided in Iraq, not the United States. "Seems to me this is not a matter for...
  • Where Does the Carbon Dioxide Really Come From?

    07/30/2014 8:08:59 AM PDT · by Dick Bachert · 16 replies
    CDA PRESS ^ | July 2013 | IAN PLIMER
    Ian Rutherford Plimeris an Australian geologist, professor emeritus of earth sciences at the University of Melbourne, professor of mining geology at the University of Adelaide, and the director of multiple mineral exploration and mining companies. He has published 130 scientific papers, six books and edited the Encyclopedia of Geology. Born 12 February 1946 (age 67) Residence Australia Nationality Australian Fields Earth Science, Geology, Mining Engineering Institutions University of New England,University of Newcastle,University of Melbourne,University of Adelaide Alma mater University of New South Wales,Macquarie University Thesis The pipe deposits of tungsten-molybdenum-bismuth in eastern Australia (1976) Notable awards Eureka Prize (1995, 2002),Centenary...
  • Breaking the Impasse on Federal Pay

    07/30/2014 8:07:07 AM PDT · by PlasticMan · 4 replies
    FedSmith ^ | 7/27/14 | Howard Risher
    overnment needs a mediator. The stakeholders virtually all agree the General Schedule (GS) system needs to be replaced but each needs to see something different for the planning to move forward. The July 15 congressional hearings made two key points clear: No one defended the GS system, but no one is ready to take the lead to develop a replacement system. With budget cuts through 2021, government could be stuck with a deteriorating work environment. Another point is increasingly clear — in the current political climate the GS salary ranges will not be increased by more than a nominal percentage...
  • Obama demands that Netanyahu agree to ceasefire: Israeli TV

    07/30/2014 7:51:48 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 29 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7-29-14 | Bob Fredericks
    <p>President Obama demanded that Israel agree to a one-sided ceasefire during a heated phone conversation with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to a report aired on Israeli TV Tuesday.</p> <p>Both leaders quickly denounced the purported transcript of their private discussion as fake.</p>
  • The Secret Weapon to Win Over Voters: Authenticity

    07/30/2014 7:24:06 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    The National Journal ^ | 7-30-14 | Josh Kraushaar
    It's becoming harder for red-state Democrats to say what they really think on hot-button issues. One of the most underappreciated attributes in politics is a candidate's authenticity. In an era when politicians' talking points are scripted, and they worry about a gaffe going viral, the candidate who comes across as genuine holds a real advantage. It's one reason why Barack Obama was able to defeat Hillary Clinton, why Mitt Romney struggled to capitalize on a favorable environment in 2012, and why someone like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is able to use his force of personality to overcome ideological differences...
  • COLLECT MORE THAN $7,000 PER MONTH FOR 'FOSTERING' ADULT ILLEGAL ALIENS

    07/30/2014 6:53:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 07/29/2014 | by KRISTIN TATE
    HOUSTON, Texas--The federal government is in dire need of U.S. citizens willing to house the thousands of illegal immigrants who enter the country each week, and they are willing to pay them to do so. The Texas-based nonprofit Catholic Charities is currently seeking out foster families for the migrants, most of whom come from Central America. Ruth Braiser, a spokeswoman for the organization, told Breitbart Texas that foster families can receive monthly payments for housing adult immigrants who are under 23-years-old. "Most of our children are 15 to 17-years-old," she said. "But some stay in our program until they are...
  • Ukraine: Clashes prevent visit to jet debris site

    07/30/2014 6:43:11 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 26 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | July 30, 2014 | Dima Lovetsky
    International observers turned back Wednesday after making another attempt to reach the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down in eastern Ukraine, and a government official said the area near the zone had been mined by pro-Russian separatists who control it.... Safety concerns and hindrance from the separatists who control the area have kept the investigation team away. Foreign governments whose citizens died have complained the site is not secured and some human remains have not been recovered. Government security spokesman Andriy Lysenko added to those concerns Wednesday by saying separatists "have mined the approaches to this area. This...
  • Cruz: Let's repeal ‘every bloody word' of Obamacare

    07/30/2014 6:29:32 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | July 29th, 2014 | Ashley Killough
    <p>Washington (CNN) – Sen. Ted Cruz on Tuesday forcefully argued that Obamacare is not here to stay and pledged that he would continue working to dismantle the health care law in 2014 and 2016.</p> <p>“I think those elections should be about many, many things,” the Texas Republican said, listing jobs and growth as examples. “But they should be about repealing every bloody word of Obamacare.”</p>
  • Ted Cruz: Boehner's Immigration Plan Will Not Solve Border Crisis

    07/30/2014 6:25:06 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 29 Jul 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Tuesday afternoon that the plan revealed by Speaker John Boehner’s border crisis working group will not solve the crisis because it doesn’t stop President Barack Obama’s planned executive amnesty for illegal aliens. “The evidence shows that the amnesty President Obama announced in 2012 is driving record numbers of immigrants to enter our nation illegally,” Cruz said in a statement his office released. “Because of President Obama’s amnesty, children are being abused and exploited by dangerous drug cartels and transnational gangs. We must put an end to any expansion of this amnesty that puts countless numbers...
  • Cruz opposes House border bill

    07/30/2014 6:18:47 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/29/14 5:06 PM EDT | BURGESS EVERETT
    Ted Cruz and other Senate conservatives are urging rejection of the House border security package, miffed that it excludes language prohibiting expansion of President Barack Obama’s deferred action policies.Cruz has urged House and Senate Republicans to rally around his proposal to attack Obama’s Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals, an administrative change Obama made in 2012 to halt the deportation of some young immigrants.On Tuesday, House Republicans unveiled a bill that includes $659 million in money for the border and a change to a 2008 anti-trafficking law — but no change to DACA. Cruz and other members of the party’s right...
  • Q2 GDP Surges 4%, Beats Estimates Driven By Inventories, Fixed Investment Spike.....

    07/30/2014 6:11:49 AM PDT · by mykroar · 50 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 6/30/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Moments ago the Commerce department reported Q2 GDP which blew estimates out of the water, printing at 4.0%, above the declining 3.0% consensus, as a result of a surge in Inventories and Fixed Investment, both of which added over 2.5% of the total print, while exports added another 1.23% to the GDP number. The full breakdown by component is shown below. What is interesting is that the Commerce Department announced that as a result of incomplete June data, the biggest components of the GDP beat, Inventories and Trade, were estimated. In other words, assume that future revisions of Q2 GDP...
  • US surveillance programmes restricting press freedom – Report

    07/30/2014 5:00:49 AM PDT · by mgist · 3 replies
    The London Evening Post ^ | 7-28-14 | By Hamish Boland-Rudder
    U.S. government surveillance programmes are scaring away sources, making journalists feel like criminals and spies, and impacting the public’s access to quality news reporting, according to a new report released today. The 130-page With Liberty to Monitor All report by Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union was based on 92 interviews with journalists, lawyers, and former and current U.S. government officials, many of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity. Within the context of recent revelations of widespread surveillance by US authorities, including by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the report seeks to document how government spying...
  • If It Looks Like a Duck: The Islamist-Nazi Connection

    07/30/2014 4:50:46 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 30, 2014 | WILLIAM KILPATRICK
    One of the great advantages we have over our ancestors is hindsight. With a clearer picture of the past, we can avoid making the same mistakes they made. But what if weÂ’re not allowed to use our hindsight? What if weÂ’re forced to pretend that what happened in the past bears no relation to what is happening now?Of course, thereÂ’s something to be said for learning from your own mistakes, but some mistakes are so costly that itÂ’s far better to learn about them in history books. The appeasement of the Nazis prior to World War II is an...
  • Please Stop Helping Us

    07/30/2014 4:48:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    While reading the first chapter of Jason Riley's new book, "Please Stop Helping Us," I thought about Will Rogers' Prohibition-era observation that "Oklahomans vote dry as long as they can stagger to the polls." Demonstrative of similar dedication, one member of Congress told Vanderbilt University political scientist Carol Swain that "one of the advantages and disadvantages of representing blacks is their shameless loyalty. ... You can almost get away with raping babies and be forgiven. You don't have any vigilance about your performance." In my opinion, there appear to be no standards of performance low enough for blacks to lose...
  • Libyan militants capture Benghazi’s main army base

    07/30/2014 4:17:06 AM PDT · by mgist · 25 replies
    Press TV ^ | Wed Jul 30, 2014 | NA
    Militant groups have seized the headquarters of the Libyan army’s special forces in the volatile city of Benghazi after several days of fighting. Military officials and the militants made the announcement on Wednesday. On Tuesday, militants said in a statement that the main military base in the city was captured. According to military officials and residents, special forces troops had to abandon their main camp in southeastern Benghazi after coming under attack from a coalition of former rebels. “We have withdrawn from the army base after heavy shelling,” Saiqa Special Forces official Fadel Al-Hassi said. Medical sources say at least...
  • Obamacare's Prognosis Worsens

    07/30/2014 4:13:54 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 7 replies
    American Spectator ^ | David Catron
    A while back, I suggested in this space that Obamacare might go the way of McCain-Feingold. That campaign finance “reform” law was not, you will recall, killed by a single lawsuit or act of Congress. Indeed, the general consensus at the end of 2003 was that McCain-Feingold was in perfect health. Less than seven years later it was, for all intents and purposes, dead. It had succumbed to a long series of attacks by determined opponents who were convinced that it was unconstitutional. Much the same thing is obviously happening to PPACA. Congress has already been compelled to repeal a...
  • Another ObamaCare Promise Flatlines

    07/30/2014 3:55:48 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 3 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/29/2014 | IBD Staff
    Health Care: Remember when ObamaCare backers said there was no way the law would push employers to drop their health plans? A new report calls the lie on that one, too. A big concern raised by critics of ObamaCare was that employers would shift their health costs onto taxpayers — dropping insurance benefits knowing workers could access guaranteed, often subsidized coverage in an ObamaCare exchange. Typical of the left's response was a Families USA "fact sheet" that called such worries a "myth." "Employers that offer coverage will continue to do so," it declared. The liberal Urban Institute likewise promised the...
  • No One Like's Ike's Memorial

    07/30/2014 3:26:30 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 7-29-14 | Stephanie Wang
    House report could doom Frank Gehry design After more than a decade of planning and $44 million spent, a proposed memorial for President Dwight D. Eisenhower may never be built. A House Committee on Natural Resources report published last week revealed the extent of the money wasted on the already controversial project. Construction for the Eisenhower memorial has not begun and the proposed design has not been approved, but the Eisenhower Commission, which was established as a staff of 12 in 1999, has already spent tens of millions of dollars on the project. Much of that money has gone to...
  • Ted Cruz’s nerve to blame Democrats [columnist runs interference for Obama and Reid - fails]

    07/30/2014 2:54:41 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 29, 2014 | Ruth Marcus
    The Texas Republican gave an interview to NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell the other day, during which he was asked about political dysfunction in Washington. Without a trace of irony, embarrassment or self-awareness, Cruz placed the blame for political dysfunction solely on Democrats. [SNIP] Agreed, the president’s dismissive balking at a border visit — he disdained a mere “photo op” — was dumb, if only because it offered ammunition to Cruz and company.... ....Second is the current crisis on the southwestern border. There is a fair criticism that the administration waited too long to respond to the flood of unaccompanied minors. But...
  • After Anti-Israeli Comments, Erdogan 'Glad' to Return Jewish Award

    07/30/2014 2:40:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 7/30/2014 | Abe Katsman
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be "glad" to return an award given to him in 2004 by a prominent American Jewish group, Turkey's embassy in the US said Tuesday, amid a growing controversy over the premier's anti-Israel remarks.According to Israel National News, the American Jewish Congress had given Erdogan the Profile of Courage award in recognition of his efforts at that time to seek peace in the Middle East. But the AJC now wants the award to be returned following Erdogan’s repeated verbal assaults against Israel, most recently over the Gaza conflict.Erdogan has slammed Israel's attacks on Gaza as "genocide" of...
  • Moscow may walk out of nuclear treaty after US accusations of breach

    07/30/2014 2:12:56 AM PDT · by blueplum · 20 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | July 29, 2014 07:38 EDT | Alec Luhn in Moscow and Julian Borger
    Russia may be on the point of walking out of a major cold war era arms-control treaty, Russian analysts have said, after President Obama accused Moscow of violating the accord by testing a cruise missile. There has been evidence at least since 2011 of Russian missile tests in violation of the 1987 intermediate range nuclear forces (INF) treaty, which banned US or Russian ground-launched cruise missiles with a 500 to 5,500-mile (805 to 8,851km) range. But the Obama administration has been hesitant until now of accusing Moscow of a violation in the hope that it could persuade Vladimir Putin, the...
  • Obama: Troll Hard With a Vengeance

    07/30/2014 1:48:39 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 7-30-2014 | Ben Shapiro
    This week, as I have been predicting for months, President Barack Obama announced that he would be considering unprecedented executive action to provide legal status for millions of illegal immigrants. His goal is not to solve the immigration crisis -- you don't grant legal status to 5 million illegal immigrants, then leave the back door wide open if you're interested in solving the problem. His goal is not to help illegal immigrants -- he instead leaves them in limbo by granting them temporary work permits, rather than blanket amnesty. His goal is trolling. Trolling is a practice whereby a person...
  • Joaquín Castro blasts Rick Perry for border stunts

    07/30/2014 12:47:10 AM PDT · by South40 · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/29/2014 | JONATHAN TOPAZ
    The tense back-and-forth between Texas Rep. Joaquín Castro and Gov. Rick Perry over the crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border is not letting up. The Democratic congressman sent a second response to Perry in a letter on Monday, accusing the governor of advocating for a “police state” on the border, of manipulating crime statistics and of using the situation for his personal political gain. ((snip)) The congressman criticized Perry for photos he took with Fox News host Sean Hannity, in which the two posed with mounted machine guns on a boat that toured the border. “I am disappointed that your first...
  • Hoyer: Obama 'Can’t Legalize' Illegals--But He Can Decide How to 'Implement the Laws'

    07/29/2014 11:20:31 PM PDT · by lilyramone · 17 replies
    CNS News ^ | July 29, 2014 | Brittany M. Hughes
    House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said that President Obama “can’t legalize” the illegal aliens in the United States, but then added that the president “can implement the laws as he believes they should be implemented." "Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution states that Congress has the power to make laws governing naturalization. Given this, does President Obama have the unilateral power to legalize illegal aliens?" CNSNews.com asked Hoyer. “I don’t think he does,” Hoyer responded, “and I don’t think that’s what he’s going to do. You’re right. He can’t legalize them.” “What the president can in fact do, however,...
  • More VA employees said they were told to falsify data

    07/29/2014 10:30:10 PM PDT · by lilyramone · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | July 29, 2014 | Curt Devine, Meredith Turk and Scott Bronstein, CNN Investigations
    Roughly half the schedulers at multiple Veterans Affairs hospitals said they received instructions from supervisors to falsify data and hide the true time it took patients to be seen by a doctor after making an appointment, new details from an internal VA audit show. Schedulers said supervisors directed them to manipulate information so their centers could meet performance goals, which would help top officials get bonuses, according to documents obtained by CNN. The new information also provided to Congress this week includes updates from specific VA hospitals that were not included in an internal audit released last month by the...
  • Former CIA spy: Putin using Soviet tactics to confuse US

    07/29/2014 10:14:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 29, 2014 | Christopher Snyder
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Russian President Vladimir Putin does a “good job” confusing the West, as evidenced most recently by the leader’s denial that his country is firing rockets into Ukraine, according to one former top CIA spy. Fox News National Security Analyst KT McFarland spoke to Jack Devine about U.S. strategy against Russia. Devine is a 32-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency, along with being president of The Arkin Group, an international risk consulting and intelligence firm. He says so far Putin’s regional strategy is working in Russia’s favor. “Plausible denial does not mean credible denial, so he’s doing all the things...
  • What 'small country' did Hillary Clinton lead?

    07/29/2014 9:59:28 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 22 replies
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Sunday that she knows how difficult it is "to be the leader of a relatively small country." Come again? I know I’m relatively young, but I think I would have remembered President or Prime Minister or Queen Hillary.
  • Inhofe blocks climate change resolution

    07/29/2014 9:19:02 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies
    thehill.com ^ | July 29, 2014 | Ramsey Cox
    Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) blocked Senate Democrats on Monday from passing a resolution that would have acknowledged the reality of climate change. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) asked unanimous consent to pass S.Res. 524, which is a measure that expresses the sense of the Senate that climate change is occurring and poses a risk to the United States. But Inhofe objected. “All we wanted to say in this resolution is climate change is happening,” Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said on the Senate floor. “We can’t afford to sit around here debating whether climate change is real.” Inhofe has been an ardent...
  • Illegal Immigrants Demand Representation at White House Meetings

    07/29/2014 9:16:48 PM PDT · by ronnyquest · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Monday, July 28, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    Illegal immigrants picketed the White House Monday afternoon, calling on fellow immigrant-rights advocacy groups to refuse to meet with the Obama administration until President Obama specifically includes illegal immigrants in any future meetings. “We are among the millions of people who will either benefit or be harmed by the decisions the President makes, and we are here to represent ourselves in any future negotiations,” said Rosi Carrasco, one of organizers, in a statement announcing the action. Billing themselves “undocumented immigrant leaders,” the organizers said they will erect a picket line to symbolize their demand.
  • Pelosi slams GOP's 'inhumane' border bill

    07/29/2014 8:45:04 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 16 replies
    thehill.com ^ | July 29, 2014 | Mike Lillis
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) hammered the Republicans' response to the southern border crisis Tuesday, saying the GOP's $659 million does far too little to protect the unaccompanied children migrating from Central America. “We must have a heart, and look into our souls to guide us in our treatment of these desperate children," Pelosi said in a statement. "While we are reminded of the critical importance of passing comprehensive immigration reform, we must do so much more than the Republicans’ unjust and inhumane proposal." Pelosi lodged a series of criticisms at the Republicans' bill, arguing that it lacks sufficient...
  • Hamas footage on the infiltration via tunnel to Nahal Oz village, Israel (WARNING: GRAPHIC)

    07/29/2014 8:30:49 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 6 replies
    Five IDF soldiers were killed in that incident and 1 of the terrorist was killed while trying to drag the body of one of the soldiers - 4 terrorist escaped back through the tunnel Read more at http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=db0_1406663438#piHtkmpOzjyZgATQ.99
  • Constable Shoots and Paralyzes Man While Serving Warrant Over Unpaid Parking Tickets

    07/29/2014 8:16:21 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 22 replies
    Reason.com ^ | July, 28, 2014 | Ed Krayewski
    Imagine a company hiring a debt collector that sends armed representatives to customers’ homes and threatens to put them in cages if they don’t pay up. That’s not allowed in America, unless your company is the government. NBC Philadelphia reports on the latest instance of police brutality during petty law enforcement to make the news:
  • Teacher pay averages $84,489; LAUSD data missing

    07/29/2014 7:10:04 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 19 replies
    contra costa times ^ | 7-25-14 | Thomas Himes
    A newly released survey of 653 of California’s 1,058 school systems reports teachers were paid on average $84,489, while 33 administrators earned more than $250,000 in pay alone last year. The pay and compensation information was complied by The California Policy Center, a nonpartisan conservative public policy think tank that runs Transparent California, which posted the survey for the public to review at transparentcalifornia.com “We’re doing this because the public employs the public sector; and members of the public, as voters are being continually asked to approve tax increase and bond measures,” Policy Center Director Ed Ring said. “You can’t...
  • Pelosi: Qataris Have Told Me 'Hamas Is a Humanitarian Organization'

    07/29/2014 7:06:27 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 52 replies
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says the United States must look to Qatar, an ally of the terrorist group Hamas, for advice in resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. "And we have to confer with the Qataris, who have told me over and over again that Hamas is a humanitarian organization," she told CNN's "State of the Union" with Candy Crowley.
  • Kerry, Hillary Both Get Caught Helping Hamas

    07/29/2014 5:56:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    Investors.com ^ | July 29, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Mideast: Secretary of State Kerry practically acts as proxy for the Hamas terrorist group, and his predecessor, Hillary Clinton, excuses Hamas' use of human shields. As President Obama likes to say, "That's not who we are." 'Our starting point must always be a clear and strong commitment to the security of Israel," Obama wrote in a much-celebrated 2007 Foreign Affairs magazine article. "That commitment is all the more important as we contend with growing threats in the region — a strengthened Iran, a chaotic Iraq, the resurgence of al-Qaida, the reinvigoration of Hamas and Hezbollah." Seven years later, Iran is...
  • How Litigating Lost E-mails Works

    07/29/2014 5:34:13 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 7-29-14 | Bruce Walker
    On July 4, 2014, I wrote an article, “Litigating Lost E-mails,” which proposed using federal judges to compel corrupt bosses to the IRS to force the Obama administration to tell the truth about the “lost” e-mails or face the consequences of lying to federal judges. What I proposed was to do what Democrats did forty years ago this month to Nixon. The case filed against Nixon in United States District Court was decided on May 31, 1974, and the case was argued before the Supreme Court on July 8, 1974. The unanimous decision (Justice Rehnquist recused himself) was decided barely...
  • Water Main Break Next to UCLA Prompts Flooding on Campus, Closure of Sunset Blvd.

    07/29/2014 5:22:51 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 55 replies
    abc ^ | 7/29/14
    LIVE VIDEO AT THE LINK A 102-year-old water main broke in Westwood Tuesday, sending water flooding into streets and the UCLA campus, stranding people and vehicles and prompting the closure of Sunset Boulevard on Tuesday. The water main break sent a geyser gushing into the air on July 29, 2014. (Credit: KTLA) The water main break sent a geyser gushing into the air on July 29, 2014. (Credit: KTLA) People were stranded by the rising water, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department, which was called to the incident shortly before 3:30 p.m. Three people were rescued from parking structures,...
  • Washington State Pols Weigh Controversial "In God We Trust" Plaque

    07/29/2014 5:01:45 PM PDT · by Publius · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | 29 July 2014
    Should “In God We Trust” adorn the chambers of Washington state’s Pierce County Council? That’s the apparently controversial question facing councilmembers on Tuesday, a day after a council committee decided to bring the proposal to a vote of the full seven-member council, the Tacoma News Tribune reports. Councilman Jim McCune, the Republican sponsor of the measure, said the national motto is inspiring and patriotic — and he’s unclear why the proposal has created such controversy. “’In God We Trust’ is universal,” he told the newspaper. “It doesn’t have ‘In Muhammad We Trust,’ it doesn’t have ‘In Jesus We Trust.’” Council...
  • Seriously, What Is John Kerry Doing?

    07/29/2014 4:55:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 29, 2014 | David Harsanyi
    Let’s concede for a moment that most of us don’t believe the United States should be taking sides in conflicts abroad. Even so, most Americans would probably agree that at a minimum our diplomatic efforts should not cause unnecessary harm. Which brings me to Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent misadventure in the Middle East. It seems like a rather big deal that Egypt, Israel, Fatah, Jordan, Saudi Arabia—ostensibly, all allies of ours—agree on anything. This development, one imagines, might be something the United States would be interested in fostering rather than destroying. Certainly, the idea that Hamas’ power should...