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  • 2012 Video shows major Obamacare architect confirm subsidies were meant only for state exchange

    07/25/2014 1:39:19 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    Red State ^ | July 24. 2014 | Moe Lane
    Jonathan Gruber, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist who helped design the Massachusetts health law that was the model for Obamacare, was a key influence on the creation of the law. He was widely quoted in the media. During the crafting of the law, the Obama administration brought him on for his expertise. He was paid almost $400,000 to consult with the administration on the law. And he has claimed to have written part of the legislation, the section dealing with small business tax credits. [Text and :59 video SNIP] PS: Possibly the most damning thing about this video is...
  • On Halbig and Statutory Interpretation

    07/25/2014 1:10:37 AM PDT · by SteveH · 1 replies
    Volokh Conspiracy via The Washington Post ^ | July 24, 2014 | Jonathan H. Adler
    ... When Congress wanted to use a shorthand for “exchange,” it did just that — and said “exchange.” The “established by the State” modifier was added at the Committee stage, and then again afterwards before final passage in the Senate. Adding it in was unnecessary unless it had some purpose — such as to distinguish exchanges “established by the State” from those “established” by HHS as required by Section 1321. Even if, as some argue, a Section 1321 federal exchange can stand in the place of a section 1311 exchange, the former is still not an exchange “established by the...
  • 1,000 in Pro-Israel Rally in Helsinki

    07/25/2014 1:03:12 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25 July 2014
    More than 1,000 people took part, Thursday, in a pro-Israel rally in front of the Finnish parliament building in Helsinki.
  • Death row Christian woman flies out of Sudan, meets Pope

    07/25/2014 12:17:16 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies
    reuters.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Giselda Vagnoni and Khalid Abdel Aziz
    A Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for converting from Islam to Christianity, then detained after her conviction was quashed, flew into Rome on an Italian government plane on Thursday and hours later met the Pope. Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, whose sentence and detention triggered international outrage, walked off the aircraft cradling her baby and was greeted by Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi. Soon afterwards, Ibrahim, her husband and two children had a private meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican. "The Pope thanked her for her witness to faith," Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said.
  • No, Halbig Did Not Gut Obamacare because of a Drafting Error

    07/25/2014 12:05:25 AM PDT · by SteveH · 2 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 23, 2014 | Sean Davis
    ... Let’s take a step back to see how plausible that explanation is. There are two types of exchanges: state-established, and federally established. The statutory authority for state-based exchanges comes in section 1311 of Obamacare. The statutory authority for a federal exchange in the event that a state chose not to establish one comes from section 1321(c) of Obamacare. Right off the bat, we have two discrete sections pertaining to two discrete types of health exchange. Was that a “drafting error”? Then we have the specific construction of section 1321(c), which allows for the creation of a federal exchange. Nowhere...
  • Ukraine in civil war: Red Cross

    07/24/2014 10:48:10 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 14 replies
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | 7-23-2014 | AFP
    The International Committee of the Red Cross said Wednesday that it considered Ukraine to be in a state of civil war, urging both sides to respect the laws of conflict as civilians bear the brunt. The formal classification means participants in the fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in the east could eventually be prosecuted for war crimes in international courts. "Fighting in eastern Ukraine continues to take its toll on civilians, and we urge all sides to comply with international humanitarian law, otherwise known as the law of armed conflict," ICRC director of operations Dominik Stillhart said in...
  • Obama Eyes Major Immigration Move

    07/24/2014 10:48:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    time ^ | 7/24/14 | Alex Altman
    The President may be preparing to provide temporary legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants RECOMMENDED FOR YOU World Cup Whimsy Captured in New McDonalds Ad Why America Doesn't Like Soccer, And How That Can Be Changed Health - TIME by Taboola When President Obama issues executive orders on immigration in coming weeks, pro-reform activists are expecting something dramatic: temporary relief from deportation and work authorization for perhaps several million undocumented immigrants. If the activists are right, the sweeping move would upend a contentious policy fight and carry broad political consequences. The activists met privately with the President and his...
  • U.S. dismisses Russian concern about THAAD system in S. Korea

    07/24/2014 10:41:06 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Korea Herald ^ | 2014-07-25
    U.S. dismisses Russian concern about THAAD system in S. Korea 2014-07-25 10:44 The United States said Thursday an advanced missile defense battery it plans to deploy to South Korea is not aimed at Russia, after Moscow expressed concern that the system would negatively affect the regional situation and provoke an arms race. The U.S. military plans to bring a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense battery into South Korea to help deter threats from North Korea. The U.S. has conducted a site survey for the system, though no decision has been announced as to where to put it. Russia's...
  • North Korea to build underwater hotel in East Coast city of Wonsan

    07/24/2014 10:32:08 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    NK News ^ | July 21st, 2014 | Hamish Macdonald
    North Korea to build underwater hotel in East Coast city of Wonsan North Korea announces major plan to renovate Wonsan beach area North Korean authorities have announced an expansive development project for the east coast city of Wonsan that will include the construction of an underwater hotel, a Pyongyang Times article said last Tuesday. The ambitious plan, which focuses on the construction and development of infrastructure and buildings primarily related to the leisure sector, will see Wonsan become a “tourist city,” the Pyongyang Times said.
  • Watch Obamacare Architect Jonathan Gruber Admit That Subsidies Were Limited to State-Run Exchanges

    07/24/2014 9:38:04 PM PDT · by ironman · 16 replies
    Reason ^ | 7/24/2014 | Peter Suderman
    Jonathan Gruber, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist who helped design the Massachusetts health law that was the model for Obamacare, was a key influence on the creation of the law. He was widely quoted in the media. During the crafting of the law, the Obama administration brought him on for his expertise. He was paid almost $400,000 to consult with the administration on the law. And he has claimed to have written part of the legislation, the section dealing with small business tax credits. After the law passed, in 2011 and throughout 2012, multiple states sought his expertise to...
  • FIFTEEN Palestinians Dead After Hamas Refuses to Allow Civilians to Escape Shelter

    07/24/2014 9:37:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 7/24/14 | Jim Hoft
    Today at least 15 people were killed and many wounded when Israeli forces shelled a UN-run school in northern Gaza. UN Chief Ban Ki Moon condemned the attack. The IDF said it was looking into the matter. Last night the IDF told the Red Cross to evacuate civilians from the UNRWA shelter in Beit Hanoun. But Hamas refused to let the civilians leave the area.
  • WH Lauds Sudanese Christian’s Release But Does Not Mention ‘Christianity’ in Statement

    07/24/2014 9:35:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 7/24/14 | Jim Hoft
    Meriam Ibrahim, the woman who was sentenced to death in Sudan for refusing to renounce her Christian faith, arrived Thursday in Italy and met with Pope Francis in the Casa Santa Marta. (Vatican Radio) The Italian government was instrumental in arranging for Ibrahim’s release. Today the White House released a statement celebrating Meriam Ibrahim’s release. They did not mention Christianity once in their statement. The United States is delighted that Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag is now safe and free and will soon be traveling to the United States. For months, Americans of all faiths kept Ms. Ishag in their thoughts...
  • Ukrainian government has no cash for army salaries from after August 1

    07/24/2014 9:32:02 PM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 5 replies
    The Kyiv Post ^ | 07/24/2014
    The protracted hostilities have used up the financial resources set aside for the conduct of the anti-terrorist operation (ATO), thus undermining salary payouts to the Ukrainian military as early as from August 1, Ukrainian Finance Minister Oleksandr Shlapak said on July 24.
  • Why the Halbig Decision Should Be Taken Seriously

    07/24/2014 9:22:24 PM PDT · by SteveH · 14 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | July 23, 2014 | Sean Trende
    ... “The Supreme Court simply isn't going to rip insurance from tens of millions of people in order to teach Congress a lesson about grammar. . . . For Halbig to unwind Obamacare, the Supreme Court would ultimately have to rule in the plaintiff's favor. And they're not going to do that. By the time SCOTUS even could rule on Halbig the law will have been in place for years.” This sort of reaction is a mistake, at least insofar as a pundit is trying to figure out what the Supreme Court might actually do, if and when the case...
  • Possibly 30 Years for Canadian Narco with ties to Sinaloa Cartel and the Mafia

    07/24/2014 9:09:45 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 4 replies
    Borderland Beat ^ | July 23, 2014 | By Chivís Martínez
    Canadian Drug Kingpin , Jimmy Cournoyer, with Ties to the Rizutto and Bonanno Crime Families, the Hells Angels and the Mexican Sinaloa Cartel Plead Guilty in 2013 to Narcotics Trafficking Crimes Carrying Sentence of 20 Years to Life and $1 Billion in Forfeiture. He will discover his fate on August 20th when his sentence will be handed down. However, U.S. feds are now seeking a 30 year sentence, arguing that a lighter sentence would amount to little incarceration time for Cournoyer, due to the fact he has elected to spend his sentence in Canada. Canada has a very liberal probation...
  • September in July: Big cold front to bring stellar weather next week

    07/24/2014 9:05:23 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 18 replies
    WaPo ^ | 24JUL2014 | Jason Samenow
    Following in the footsteps of the record-setting cool air mass in mid-July, a second blast of air with polar origins will invade the eastern U.S. to close July. Like the original, the sequel will be glorious. This taste of September may not be quite as strong mid-July’s version, but should produce temperatures 10-20 degrees below normal across a large swath of the eastern U.S. by early Tuesday.
  • 2014-15 Winter forecast

    07/24/2014 9:03:07 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 25 replies
    IceAgeNow.info ^ | 24JUL2014 | Robert Felix
    “For anybody wanting to take a peek at the Winter 2014/15 forecast by Matt Holliday of Firsthand Weather (wonderful meteorologist and AGW sceptic), here it is (on Facebook),” says Caroline in West Virginia.
  • Under Putin, Russia seeing an exodus of ‘ the most educated ... most entrepreneurial people’

    07/24/2014 9:00:20 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 20 replies
    National Post [Canada] / Reuters ^ | Thursday, July 24, 2014 | Alissa de Carbonnel
    ... “They are people who have already made money and are now scared to lose it,” Paley said.... “I don’t share the opinion of 90 percent of the country: I feel like a foreigner here now so why not leave?” said Tatiana Konkova, a Russian literature teacher and singer, giving her last concert in Moscow this month.... The number of Russians emigrating in the last two years was some five times higher than in the two before Putin began a new six-year term in May 2012, official figures show.... Echoing the post-Soviet brain drain, sociologists say Russia is bleeding exactly...
  • ‘Right to be forgotten’ ruling is backfiring, says Data watchdog (European Union ruling)

    07/24/2014 8:38:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Irish Times ^ | Fri, Jul 25, 2014, 01:00 | Laura Slattery
    Google’s interpretation of the European Court of Justice’s “right to be forgotten” ruling is prejudicing the intention of the court, the State’s data protection watchdog said yesterday, as regulators and search engine giants met in Brussels to discuss the matter. Billy Hawkes, who will shortly retire as Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner, described the ruling as “a very difficult decision by the European Court of Justice”. The ruling, made in May, has effectively exposed Google to criticism both for removing links and for refusing requests for links to be removed. …
  • New solution to border crisis: Send U.S. officials to Honduras to give kids refugee status?

    07/24/2014 8:36:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 24, 2014 | Allahpundit
    A foolproof plan to ease pressure on the border that’s currently being considered by the White House. Why force kids to make a dangerous trip through Mexico only to end up as illegal immigrants in the United States when we could go to them, grant them legal status, and send them north to America ourselves? It’s so crazy it just. might. work. Minor footnote: Federal law doesn’t allow refugee status to be granted for fear of street gangs, only for fear of racial/religious/political persecution, but oh well. Legal details never stopped Obama before. If approved, the plan would direct the...
  • New Jersey is suing a Florida pizza shop over its logo

    07/24/2014 8:32:30 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 36 replies
    Bay News 9 ^ | 7/24/14
    The New Jersey Turnpike Authority wants a pizza shop in the Florida Keys to pay a big toll for using a logo similar to the Garden State Parkway's green and yellow signs. The agency sued Jersey Boardwalk Pizza Tuesday in federal court over the logo it uses for its two pizza shops and on merchandise sold online. It said in the suit that the company is trying to trade upon the fame of the Garden State Parkway logo to attract customers and potential franchisees. JoyAnn Kenny, a lawyer with the Red Bank-based firm of Marks & Klein LLP, which represents...
  • Israel Calls Out UNRWA for Claiming IDF Shelled School UNRWA's claims that an evacuation of a Gaza

    07/24/2014 8:30:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    inn ^ | 7/24/14 | Elad Benari
    Israel on Thursday called out a United Nations aid agency for falsely claiming that the Israeli Defense Forces did not permit civilians to evacuate a Gaza school where 15 people were killed in an Israeli attack, reports the Washington Free Beacon. The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) laid blame for the civilian deaths on the IDF, claiming it never received approval from the IDF for an evacuation from the facility. UNRWA released a statement claiming, “UNRWA had been attempting to negotiate with the [IDF] a pause in the fighting during which they would guarantee a safe corridor to relocate...
  • S&P faces fraud charges over mortgage ratings

    07/24/2014 8:22:06 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    CNBC/Financial Times ^ | 23 July 2014 | Kara Scannell
    Standard & Poor's may face securities fraud charges for ratings given to six commercial mortgage-backed securities issued in 2011, the credit rating company said. The potential civil lawsuit is the latest legal issue for the credit rating company, which along with its competitors have faced intense regulatory scrutiny following the financial crisis. S&P, a unit of McGraw Hill, disclosed on Wednesday that it had received a Wells notice from the Securities and Exchange Commission indicating its enforcement division staff intended to recommend that the five member commission authorize civil charges against the company. "S&P has been co-operating with the commission...
  • Vladimir Putin's daughter flees £2million Dutch penthouse flat as fury grows over jet tragedy

    07/24/2014 8:18:24 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 42 replies
    mirror.co.uk ^ | July 24, 2014 | David Collins, Andy Lines
    Vladimir Putin’s daughter has fled her Dutch home as fury grows over Flight mH17. Maria Putin lived just 20 miles from the airport where the doomed jet dpoarted from. News that the Russian president's daughter was living among a nation of people still fuming over Russia’s role in the downing of Flight MH17 was only going to spark more outrage. And once it became known the 29-year-old had a £2million apartment not far from the Dutch airport where the doomed jet left on its final, tragic journey, the angry protests quickly started. There were demands for Maria to be deported...
  • Eurozone economy dead in the water, with crisis expected to carry on 'a long time'

    07/24/2014 8:13:54 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 22 July 2014 | Jeremy Warner
    It's taken a long time, but the International Monetary Fund finally seems to be talking some sense about the beleaguered deficit economies of the eurozone. In a new analysis of continuing imbalances within the single currency area, it pretty much concludes that the situation is hopeless without the sort of eurozone-wide macro economic policies – monetary as well as fiscal – which are specifically rejected by the high command in Berlin. OK, so it doesn't quite say that, but even so, this will make deeply depressing reading for the struggling economies of Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain.
  • Disarming the Bear

    07/24/2014 8:13:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Charles Payne
    How to curb the reemergence of the old Soviet bear can be described as the greatest gut-check that the western nations have faced in a long time. Right now, there is increasing talk of an arms embargo against Russia. The timing would be perfect as Russia’s military capacity is in tatters. Two years ago, Russia embarked on a ten-year rearmament plan; its Soviet era weapons were largely ineffective against advanced military rivals as they had all gone past their expiration dates. Economic sanctions in a global economy mean collateral damage for all the players, and possibly a winter without gas...
  • Stalled recovery leaves Europe defenceless against economic shock from Russia

    07/24/2014 8:12:12 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 23 July 2014 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Stagnation is automatically causing debt ratios to spiral upwards yet again across a large part of the currency bloc ___ Europe's economic recovery has stalled. The EMU policy elites took a fateful gamble that global growth alone would lift the eurozone off the reefs, without the need for serious monetary stimulus or a reflation package to ensure take-off velocity. Their strategy has failed. The Bundesbank says German growth may have slumped to zero in the second quarter. French industrial output has fallen for three months in a row. French business surveys point to an outright contraction of GDP, with a...
  • UKRAINE: U.S. says Russia firing across border into Ukraine VIDEO

    07/24/2014 8:11:20 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 5 replies
    WSJ ^ | July 24, 2014 7:28 p.m. | Julian Barnes & William Mauldin
    U.S. defense and diplomatic officials said Thursday that Russia is firing artillery across its border at Ukrainian military positions, an assertion that Moscow now is directly engaging in hostilities directly against Ukrainian government forces. The accusation represents a harsh new U.S. stance against the Kremlin in the aftermath of the crash of Malaysian aircraft flight 17, downed last Thursday by am antiaircraft missile. The U.S. has been accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of supporting armed pro-Russian Separatists in Eastern Ukraine
  • Ukraine’s prime minister quits

    07/24/2014 8:09:26 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 24 July 2014 | Mark Odell
    High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email ftsales.support@ft.com to buy additional rights. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/fd99c65c-1347-11e4-84b7-00144feabdc0.html#ixzz38Rii5rLH Arseniy Yatseniuk, Ukraine’s prime minister, resigned on Thursday after two parties quit the ruling coalition government in a move designed to trigger early elections. The country’s new president, Petro Poroshenko, signalled his support for new polls, which are expected by the end of October. The dissolution of the coalition was expected after Mr Poroshenko promised to call parliamentary elections after he...
  • Mississippi governor refuses to house illegal immigrants

    07/24/2014 8:04:03 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 6 replies
    WREG ^ | Dennis Turner
    The flood of children coming into the U.S. in the last several months is making national headlines. Nearly 60,000 unaccompanied children entered the U.S. illegally in the past year, most of them from Central America. Several states remain under consideration to house many of them, including Mississippi. (SNIP) He wrote President Obama about it, and explained “We simply do not have the resources, the location in which to house children who come here and do not speak our language, have no relatives in Mississippi.” Congressman Bennie Thompson also wrote the president, saying Bryant doesn’t speak for all Mississippians.
  • WATCH: Concealed Carry Hero Nabs Five Fugitives Who Eluded Police (Amazing Video)

    07/24/2014 8:02:42 PM PDT · by montag813 · 4 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 07-25-2014 | Gina Cassini
     by Gina Cassini | Top Right NewsIt's not a good year for anti-gun nuts to make their case against concealed-carry handguns.First of course we have the businesses who stupidly banned such guns from their establishments, from Jack In The Box to Target to local restaurants -- and immediately were victimized by armed criminals who knew they would face no resistance. Then we saw the bar owner who openly welcomed customers packing guns, and saw a huge boost in her business. Now comes the incredible story of a concealed carry permit holder in Iowa who helped police nab five men who led officers on...
  • 10,000 Palestinian protesters have marched on an Israeli checkpoint, sparking clashes with military

    07/24/2014 7:54:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    The Australian ^ | July 25, 2014 10:58AM | (Network writers, News Corp Australia Network)
    At least 10,000 Palestinian protesters have rallied and are clashing with Israeli military forces in and around Jerusalem following an attack on a UN school. The main clash site is at Qalandiya, between Jerusalem and Ramallah, though there are now reports of uprisings in the Old City portion of Jerusalem itself. […] Israeli army officials have told AFP news agency that “riot dispersal means” were being used to control the protest. […] Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said several officers were injured by rocks thrown at them in Jerusalem and that about 20 protesters were arrested. …
  • The Lost Sounds of Summer

    07/24/2014 7:52:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Tom Purcell
    I long for the sounds of summer I knew as a kid. In the '60s and '70s, you see, most of our neighbors kept their windows open day and night, allowing the outside sounds to come in and the inside sounds to go out. I woke every morning to the birds chirping outside my window screen, a dewy chill in the air. I'd smell my father's pipe, which he smoked while he read the paper downstairs. I'd go down to greet him. Sometimes he'd make scrambled eggs and toast covered with butter, and we'd eat while the birds kept...
  • Flight MH17 demonstrates Putin’s way of business

    07/24/2014 7:50:48 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    nypost.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    The horrors of Flight 17 have taught the world that Vladimir Putin is happy to give his minions the means to shoot innocent life out of the sky — as long as they are serving his larger interests. What the world hasn’t really wrapped its head around yet is that the carnage scattering the fields of eastern Ukraine isn’t some aberration. It’s Putin’s regular way of doing business. .... It’s not just democratic Ukraine vs. authoritarian Russia; it’s a clash of values. The Western side honors the value of individual human life and protects the liberty that nourishes that life....
  • “Modern Family” Star Says he Refused to Pose for a Picture With Rick Santorum

    07/24/2014 7:49:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    Salon ^ | THURSDAY, JUL 24, 2014 | DANIEL D'ADDARIO
    Eric Stonestreet told the antigay former senator: "I can't do it"“Modern Family” is a show whose depiction of a gay married couple is so uncontroversial that Democrats and Republicans alike can enjoy it (as evidenced by the show’s getting praised by both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in 2012). But one of the show’s stars was uncomfortable when approached by one GOP fan. Eric Stonestreet, the Emmy-winner who plays gay former football player Cameron, told HuffPost Live that he had been approached by Rick Santorum at a recent White House Correspondents’ Dinner. The former Pennsylvania senator and once (and future?)...
  • IDF Calls Out UN for Lying About Gaza Civilian Casualties

    07/24/2014 7:43:46 PM PDT · by kristinn · 7 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | Thursday, July 24, 2014 | Adam Kredo
    Israel is calling out a United Nations aid agency for falsely claiming that the Israeli Defense Forces did not permit civilians to evacuate a Gaza school where 15 people were killed today. The U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) laid blame for the civilian deaths on the IDF, claiming it never received approval from the IDF for an evacuation from the facility. UNRWA—which has been under fire in recent days for allowing Hamas to use its facilities to store rockets—released a statement claiming: “UNRWA had been attempting to negotiate with the [IDF] a pause in the fighting during which they...
  • The Great Escape

    07/24/2014 7:34:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Marvin Olasky
    Seventy years ago—July 23, 1944—signs suddenly appeared at prisoner of war camps in Germany: “ESCAPE FROM PRISON CAMPS IS NO LONGER A SPORT.” Those signs meant the Gestapo had murdered 50 escapees from Stalag Luft III. A terrific film you might watch this summer, “The Great Escape” (1963), commemorates that heroic-turned-tragic adventure. Let’s review the reality, the movie, and the metaphor. The reality: A 33-year-old British air force squadron leader, Roger Bushell, organized the great escape. As “Big X” of the camp escape committee, he proposed that the prisoners dig not one but three tunnels—Tom, Dick, and Harry—so if...
  • Twice As Many Americans Say Obamacare’s Hurting Them As Say It’s Helping

    07/24/2014 7:26:04 PM PDT · by grundle · 14 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | July 23, 2014 | Sarah Hurtubise
    The number of Americans that Obamacare’s hurting is double the amount it’s helping, according to a Wednesday CNN poll. Thirty-five percent of adult American respondents said they’re worse off under the auspices of Obamacare, while just 18 percent say they’re better off. While a plurality of Americans think the health care law hasn’t had much of an effect on them so far, the feeling that the health care law is hurting families is far more prevalent. Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/07/23/twice-as-many-americans-say-obamacares-hurting-them-as-say-its-helping/#ixzz38RXoqWzp
  • I Hate Ayn Rand — But Here's Why my Fellow Conservatives Love Her

    07/24/2014 7:25:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 58 replies
    The Week ^ | July 23, 2014 | Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    And no, liberals: It's not because they're greedy jerks who loathe the poor By Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry | Many of my fellow conservatives love Ayn Rand. And many of my liberal friends love to hate her. You can understand why progressives enjoy blasting Rand's presumably nefarious influence on the conservative movement. She makes for a convenient punching bag for progressives, because she embodies the caricatured version of what progressives imagine conservatives really think: that egotism and greed are good and that the parasitic weak deserve to be trod upon by the capitalistic powerful. And then there are people like me: Conservatives...
  • How a solar storm two years ago nearly caused a catastrophe on Earth

    07/24/2014 7:21:12 PM PDT · by tired&retired · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 23, 2014 | JASON SAMENOW
    On July 23, 2012, the sun unleashed two massive clouds of plasma that barely missed a catastrophic encounter with the Earth’s atmosphere. These plasma clouds, known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs), comprised a solar storm thought to be the most powerful in at least 150 years. “If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces,” physicist Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado tells NASA. Analysts believe that a direct hit … could cause widespread power blackouts, disabling everything that plugs into a wall socket. Most people wouldn’t even be able to flush their toilet because urban...
  • Officials: ISIS blows up Jonah's tomb in Iraq

    07/24/2014 7:20:54 PM PDT · by Innovative · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | July 24, 2014 | Mohammed Tawfeeq
    The holy site is thought to be the burial place of the prophet Jonah, who was swallowed by a whale or fish in both the Islamic and Judeo-Christian traditions. Militants belonging to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, planted explosives around the tomb and detonated the explosion remotely Thursday, civil defense officials there told CNN.
  • Police To Pay $1.8M For Dorner Manhunt Shooting

    07/24/2014 7:18:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    cbs/ap ^ | July 24, 2014 5:46 PM
    A surfer who was hurt when a Los Angeles-area police officer rammed and shot up his truck during the manhunt for cop-turned-killer Christopher Dorner will receive $1.8 million. ... The 38-year-old Perdue was on his way to surf in February 2013 when a Torrance officer mistook his pickup for Dorner’s, rammed it and riddled it with bullets. Perdue wasn’t shot but suffered head and spine injuries.
  • John Walsh: From the Military to Politics

    07/24/2014 7:09:43 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 2 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 23, 2014 | DAVID S. JOACHIM
    Senator John Walsh, Democrat of Montana, was appointed by Gov. Steve Bullock in February to fill the seat vacated by Max Baucus, a six-term senator who stepped down to become the United States ambassador to China. Relatively new to politics, Mr. Walsh, 53, was elected lieutenant governor in 2012 after more than three decades in the National Guard, which included a combat tour in Iraq in 2004 and 2005. He had already declared his candidacy for Mr. Baucus’s seat in November’s midterm elections when Mr. Bullock selected him in the hopes that raising his profile would enable the Democrats to...
  • Obama urges Congress to tackle tax loopholes

    07/24/2014 7:07:31 PM PDT · by Innovative · 17 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 24, 2014 | Rebecca Kaplan/
    Most of President Obama's West Coast fundraising trip has been spent raising money behind closed doors, but appeared publicly to the Los Angeles Technical College Thursday to push Congress to close loopholes for U.S. businesses that shift their residences abroad to avoid a higher tax bill. The president framed his remarks around the idea of "economic patriotism," a recurring theme he has used recently to encourage the idea of closing tax loopholes to help fund investments in education and job training.
  • Doctor Seemingly Defies Hospital’s Policy Barring Him From Carrying a Gun Police Say .....

    07/24/2014 6:59:15 PM PDT · by BulletBobCo · 33 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jul. 24, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    DARBY, Pa. (TheBlaze/AP) — A psychiatrist who was grazed by gunfire from a patient at a suburban Philadelphia hospital Thursday helped stop the gunman by apparently using his own weapon to shoot and wound him, but not before a caseworker was killed, authorities said. A patient opened fire after entering the doctor’s office at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital with the caseworker, District Attorney Jack Whelan said. Witnesses reported hearing yelling before the gunshots. A spokeswoman for Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital said the facility has a policy prohibiting anyone except on-duty law enforcement officers from carrying a weapon anywhere on its campus. It...
  • The Economic Future of China and Hong Kong

    07/24/2014 6:57:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’m currently in Asia, where I just finished a series of speeches about economic policy in China and Hong Kong. These two jurisdictions offer very powerful lessons about the importance of economic policy. Hong Kong is supposed to be Nirvana for libertarians. It holds the top spot in the Economic Freedom of the World rankings. It has an optional flat tax. It has a private retirement system. And based on IMF data, government spending “only” consumes 18.4 percent of GDP (compared to 38.6 percent of economic output in the United States and 54.4 percent of GDP in France). In reality,...
  • WILL DOCTORS BE FORCED TO KILL?

    07/24/2014 6:51:00 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    First Things ^ | 7/24/2014 | Wesley J. Smith
    The wailing and gnashing of teeth in some quarters over the modest Hobby Lobby decision has me worried. Apparently, many on the political port side of the country believe that once a favored public policy has been enacted, it immediately becomes a “right” that can never be altered or denied. More, once such a “right” is established for the individual, others should have the duty to ensure access—even at the cost of violating their own religious consciences.If such thinking prevails, medical professionals could be forced to participate in the taking of human life, for example in abortion, assisted suicide, and...
  • Russia Accuses the U.S. of Faking MH17 Evidence

    07/24/2014 6:45:18 PM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 20 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | Ju;y 24, 2014 | Wire / Polly Mosendz
    Today, Kremlin officials suggested that the United States has created fake evidence to implicate pro-Russian separatists in the shooting of Malaysia Airline Flight 17. Anatoly Antonov, deputy defense minister, said that U.S. intelligence did not do diligent research, and instead "mostly cited social networks." In fact, had U.S. intelligence cited only social networks, they would have been able to confirm the separatists were responsible almost two hours before anyone knew the plane crashed. Before news of the MH17 crash broke, rebel leader Igor Girkin posted on social media that rebels had shot down a "military transport aircraft." Instead, it ended...
  • Army War College Starts Plagiarism Inquiry of Senator John Walsh’s Thesis

    07/24/2014 6:44:28 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 29 replies
    New York Times ^ | JULY 24, 2014 | NICK CORASANITI and JONATHAN MARTIN
    CARLISLE, Pa. — The United States Army War College determined in a preliminary review on Thursday that Senator John Walsh of Montana appeared to have plagiarized his final paper to earn a master’s degree from the institution, and sent a letter to the senator instructing him that an investigative panel will meet next month to conclusively assess any culpability. “It’s clear there is indeed strong reason to believe this is plagiarism,” said the War College’s provost, Lance Betros, a retired brigadier general. “We are initiating academic review procedures.” Dr. Betros said he made the decision after he and another member...
  • Susan Rice Calls Out Russia for Shelling Ukraine, Threatens "Further Costs"

    07/24/2014 6:40:16 PM PDT · by kristinn · 19 replies
    The White House via Twitter ^ | 9:09 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 24. 2014 | Amb. Susan Rice, Nat'l Security Adv.
    Putin is doubling down on the separatists. We continue to see arms flow across border from Russia to Ukraine.Russia is also firing artillery from within Russia into Ukraine.Although our preference is a diplomatic solution to Ukraine crisis, we remain ready to impose further costs on Russia as warranted