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  • The terrible cost of thwarting Hamas [Israel]

    07/23/2014 6:25:39 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 1 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | David Horovitz
    Israel’s mood at the start of this war with Hamas was one of confident assurance. We wouldn’t be deterred by the rocket threat, and Hamas would be contained. That’s utterly changed. The rockets turned out to be the least of our concerns. And the national mood now is a mixture of anguish at the growing toll of IDF dead, anger at the feckless response of parts of the international community — notably the US — and confidence in the troops and (atypically) the political leadership. To lose the lives of 30 Israelis to terrorism is, appallingly, nothing new in a...
  • President’s Secret to Handling Criticism? Focus, and No TV

    07/23/2014 6:24:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 21, 2014 | By PETER BAKER
    WASHINGTON — President Obama had to laugh. He had just been asked how he deals with criticism, and something about the question just struck him as funny. Maybe it is because criticism is one thing he sees no shortage of these days. Addressing an audience largely made up of African-American boys and young men, Mr. Obama turned serious and gave a long, thoughtful answer about how, over the years, he has learned to focus on what is important to him and keep fixed on “the north star that steers you” no matter what others may say. “And then I just...
  • Now ISIS Cracks Down on MANNEQUINS!

    07/23/2014 6:24:06 AM PDT · by sevinufnine · 2 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | July 23, 2014 | Wills Robinson
    ISIS have told shopkeepers in Iraq to put veils over the faces of their mannequins. Extremists handed out ultimatum after seizing city of Mosul last month. Faces of both male and female mannequins are being covered. Interpretation of Shariah Law forbids artwork or statues of human form. (Militants have already imposed strict rules on Christians in the city.)
  • Israel opens second int'l airport in response to flight cancellations

    07/23/2014 6:23:09 AM PDT · by SJackson · 2 replies
    Transportation minister orders that Uvda airport near Eilat be utilized to replace Ben-Gurion Airport beginning noon local time. Transportation Minister Israel Katz on Wednesday instructed the relevant agencies to immediately open the Uvda airport, the country's second terminus for air traffic which lies just north of Eilat, in the wake of the spate of flight cancellations announced by major foreign airlines. Katz convened a meeting of senior civilian aviation officials who recommended that the Uvda airport be utilized to replace Ben-Gurion Airport. Related: • US urges deferral of travel to Israel, increases first aid to Gaza • El Al says...
  • The Democrats’ Obama problem, in perspective

    07/23/2014 6:15:35 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 23, 2014 | By Aaron Blake
    President Obama is unpopular. In the 12 states that will decide control of the Senate this November, though, he's even more unpopular. A new poll from Democratic pollster Democracy Corps shows 60 percent of people in these states say they disapprove of Obama, compared to just 37 percent who approve. Perhaps more striking: 50 percent of voters in these states say they not only disapprove of Obama, but they "strongly" disapprove of him. To the extent the 2014 election is about Obama and his job performance -- as midterm elections are generally theorized to be -- half of voters in...
  • Islamic State crushes and coerces on march towards Baghdad

    07/23/2014 6:12:31 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/22/14 | Maggie Fick and Isra' al-Rubei'i
    They kidnapped 30 local families and rang up the town's most influential citizens with a simple message about the hostages: "You know their destiny if you don't let us take over the town." Within hours, tribesmen and local leaders caved in to save the families. The black flag of the Sunni militants, who are bent on overthrowing the Shi'ite-led Iraqi government, was soon flying over government buildings and police stations in al-Alam. Weeks later, only a few masked gunmen guard checkpoints surrounding al-Alam at night, so comfortable is the Islamic State in its control through fear. "One hundred percent of...
  • Crises Cascade and Converge, Testing Obama

    07/23/2014 6:10:17 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 22, 2014 | By PETER BAKER
    Rarely has a president been confronted with so many seemingly disparate foreign policy crises all at once — in Ukraine, Israel, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere — but making the current upheaval more complicated for Mr. Obama is the seemingly interlocking nature of them all. Developments in one area, like Ukraine, shape his views and choices in a crisis in another area, like the Middle East. “It’s a very tangled mess,” said Gary Samore, a former national security aide to Mr. Obama and now president of United Against Nuclear Iran, an advocacy group. “You name it, the world is aflame....
  • Comic Relief: Security Adviser Praises President Obama's 'Extraordinary Leadership' on Ukraine

    07/23/2014 6:07:22 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 5 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Churchill: Never give in. Never, never, never. FDR: The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself. Obama: Fore left! Sometimes public service demands too much of a man. Take poor Tony Blinken. Appearing on Morning Joe today, President Obama's Deputy National Security Adviser actually claimed that the president was exhibiting "extraordinary leadership" in putting pressure on Russia over Ukraine. Yes, so "extraordinary" that even as Blinken was being introduced, news was breaking that the Putin-backed Ukrainian rebels had resumed their terrorist ways, shooting down two Ukrainian military planes. View the video here.
  • $75K bail for off-duty officer accused of shooting into home (Illinois)

    07/23/2014 6:03:11 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 3 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 22, 2014 | Marwa Eltagouri
    $75K bail for off-duty officer accused of shooting into home By Marwa Eltagouri July 22, 2014 A judge set bail at $75,000 today for a south suburban police officer accused of firing his handgun while off-duty in Country Club Hills, with one of the rounds ending up in a wall inside someone's home, authorities said. Country Club Hills police officer John Silas, 38, charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, was in court today before Markham Courthouse Judge Darren Bowden, who set bail at $75,000, according to a statement from the Cook County state's attorney's office. According to Ben Briet,...
  • Dr Carson:Costco’s executives are smart businessmen—they didn’t pull D’Souza’s book intentionally

    07/23/2014 6:01:13 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 13 replies
    nat review ^ | 7/23/14 | dr ben carson
    When I was a small child, one of the most dramatic and effective business boycotts in the history of America occurred. This, of course, was the Montgomery bus boycott. By refusing to ride the bus, blacks who were being discriminated against were able to terminate many discriminatory practices not only in Alabama but also throughout the South. The white-owned businesses were clearly being unfair, and the public transportation system was no better. The actions taken were appropriate and in many cases heroic. The power of the purse, particularly in a capitalistic society, is mighty, and business boycotts are a potent...
  • Obama Administration Ignores Reporting Law as Prairie Chicken Population Increases

    07/23/2014 5:58:03 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Colorado Observer ^ | July 22, 2014 | Audrey Hudson
    A new study shows the lesser prairie chicken population has exploded by 20 percent prompting concern by western lawmakers that the Obama administration acted hastily when it listed the bird as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The aerial survey conducted last month by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies showed the grouse species numbers jumped from 18,747 to 22,415. That study plus the Agriculture Department’s tardiness in reporting conservation efforts to Congress as required by law prompted a letter from lawmakers including Colorado Republican Rep. Scott Tipton demanding the report. “We request that your department provide this...
  • U.S. discloses intelligence on downing of Malaysian jet

    07/23/2014 5:56:39 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 7 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 222, 2014 | Greg Miller
    The Obama administration, detailing what it called evidence of Russian complicity in the downing of a Malaysian airliner, on Tuesday released satellite images and other sensitive intelligence that officials say show Moscow had trained and equipped rebels in Ukraine responsible for the attack. Senior U.S. intelligence officials cited sensors that traced the path of the missile, shrapnel markings on the downed aircraft, voiceprint analysis of separatists claiming credit for the strike, and a flood of photos and other data from social-media sites. The officials also for the first time identified a sprawling Russian military installation near the city of Rostov...
  • IDF Returns Fire After Terrorists Attack From Gaza Hospital

    07/23/2014 5:44:58 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/7/14 | Ido Ben-Porat, Ari Soffer
    The IDF has struck a terrorist position in Gaza's Al Wafa hospital, illustrating the highly sensitive and illegal use of civilian targets as human shields by Hamas and other Gazan terrorist groups. IDF sources say that the controversial decision to attack the position was taken after several days in which ground forces came under heavy fire from gunmen positioned inside the hospital grounds. The fire reportedly included both light weaponry and heavy anti-tank missiles directed towards IDF armored vehicles. "The hospital premises were being used as war rooms and command centers by the terrorist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad," said...
  • HITLER APPEALS TO ARMY TO STAY LOYAL; AMERICANS ON GUAM ‘AHEAD OF SCHEDULE’ (7/23/44)

    07/23/2014 5:28:48 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 9 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 7/23/44 | Drew Middleton, George F. Horne, Al Dopking, Hanson W. Baldwin, Arthur Krock, George Axelsson, more
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  • Voters See A More Divided Nation; GOPers More Enthusiastic to Vote

    07/23/2014 5:19:53 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/ ^ | July 23, 2014 | Rasmussen Reports
    Voters strongly believe the United States is a more divided nation these days, and they think both sides are to blame. Most are also ready to do something about it at the ballot box in November.
  • Undocumented children already arriving in state

    07/23/2014 5:14:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Johnstown Tribune-Democrat (PA) ^ | July 22, 2014 | by John Finnerty
    HARRISBURG — An influx of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S. border is spilling over into Pennsylvania, as state officials received word Monday that more than 500 are being housed in the commonwealth. Those include 120 children staying at two temporary centers and 386 others who have been placed in the care of relatives or religious groups that have agreed to house them, said Kathaleen Gillis, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Public Welfare. The federal government manages the care of the unaccompanied immigrant children. State officials received information about the children in Pennsylvania from the federal Department of Health...
  • 2 Ukrainian military fighter jets shot down in eastern Ukraine

    07/23/2014 5:01:03 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/23/14 | FoxNews
    KIEV, Ukraine – Two Ukrainian military fighter jets have been shot down in the east, according to the country's Defense Ministry.
  • Top General John Kelly (Marines) Says Mexico Border Security Now ‘Existential’ Threat to U.S.

    07/23/2014 4:32:59 AM PDT · by dennisw · 29 replies
    defenseone ^ | July 5, 2014 | Molly O'Toole
    A top United States general in charge of protecting the southern border says he’s been unable to combat the steady flow of illegal drugs, weapons and people from Central America, and is looking to Congress for urgent help. Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command, has asked Congress this year for more money, drones and ships for his mission – a request unlikely to be met. Since October, an influx of nearly 100,000 migrants has made the dangerous journey north from Latin America to the United States border. Most are children, and three-quarters of the unaccompanied minors...
  • CNN Poll: Obama's numbers not great but holding steady at 42% approval

    07/23/2014 4:31:40 AM PDT · by Innovative · 51 replies
    CNN ^ | July 23, 2014 | Paul Steinhauser
    According to the poll, which was released Wednesday, the President's approval rating among Americans stands at 42%. That's not great, but it's basically unchanged since March. Only 42% believe that Obama can manage the government effectively. Again, nothing to celebrate, but it's virtually unchanged from the 43% who felt that way in March. The poll was conducted for CNN by ORC International from July 18-20, with 1,012 adult Americans questioned by telephone.
  • Oklahoma Man Struggles for Three Months to Cancel Obamacare Enrollment

    07/23/2014 4:22:08 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 13 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | july 21, 2014
    The Obamacare woes continue as an Oklahoma man spent three agonizing months trying to cancel his health insurance plan. David Emanuel’s 65th birthday last April, when he became eligible for Medicare, spurred him to cancel his private health insurance plan. He called BlueCross BlueShield to terminate the plan and was met with resistance. “They said, ‘You can’t do anything until healthcare.gov tells us that you can drop it,’” he said. He phoned healthcare.gov, but no one answered. Emanuel showed KJRH-OK the call logs displaying how long he waited to speak to a representative from the health care exchange. The call logs show that Emanuel waited 131...
  • America Invites Calamity Through Weakness - Putin learns who he can push around

    07/23/2014 4:02:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | July 22, 2014 | Jeffrey Lord
    Witness the latest fruits of modern leftist foreign policy, as embodied in this instance by the much ballyhooed Obama/Hillary Clinton “Russian Reset”: 298 people who booked a flight on Malaysian Air’s Flight 17, now dead. Brutally slaughtered by those thugs supplied and inspired by Vladimir Putin — the ex-KGB agent who has come to view the president of the United States and his secretary of state (make that secretaries of state, in the plural) as, in the vernacular, wimps. Leaving him free to do anything and everything from invading Crimea to supplying anti-aircraft missiles to his favored thugs prowling the...
  • ...Libertarian Confuses Florida Gov Race, Quinnipiac...Finds; Voters Don't Trust Scott Or Crist

    07/23/2014 3:34:46 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott trails former Gov. Charlie Crist, running as a Democrat, by a narrow 45 - 40 percent margin in a two-way race. When Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie is added to the mix, the race is too close to call, with 39 percent for Crist, 37 percent for Scott and 9 percent for Wyllie, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. This compares to a 48 - 38 percent Crist lead in a head-to-head matchup without Wyllie in an April 30 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.
  • Mark Levin reacts to Jon Stewart's response on Israel

    07/23/2014 3:25:44 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 10 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | FoxNews.Com
    Jul. 22, 2014 - 6:56 - Conservative radio host discusses the comedian's remarks.
  • ‘Hurricane Tax’ On Insurance Policies To End 18 Months Early

    07/23/2014 3:25:31 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    CBS MIAMI ^ | 7/22/14
    An extra charge on property-insurance and auto-insurance policies to cover claims paid for the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons will end Jan. 1.... The orders make official a decision Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet made last month to end the assessment, Amy Bogner, a spokeswoman for the Office of Insurance Regulation, said in an email. The assessment, which first appeared at 1 percent in 2007...
  • Pat Schroeder: Clinton would face 'subdued sexism' (BTW, *Bubba is still dating)

    07/23/2014 2:55:19 AM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    MSN ^ | 7/22/14
    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Former House Democrat Pat Schroeder predicts that Hillary Clinton would face "a lot of sexism" if she decides to run for president in 2016. Schroeder served in the House from 1973 to 1997 as the first woman elected to Congress from Colorado. Now 73, she appears in "Makers: Women in Politics," a film airing this fall on PBS. She was asked about Clinton on Tuesday at a summer TV critics' meeting. "She's still going to have a lot of sexism," Schroeder said. "I can't believe there's people saying can she still be a grandmother and...
  • Time to move on, Ms. Bondi [Miami Herald says AG shouldn't defend state constitution]

    07/23/2014 2:48:55 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 7/22/14 | "Journalists"
    As attorney general of Florida, it’s a vital part of Pam Bondi’s job to enforce state laws and defend them in court. She can’t pick and choose only those she likes. But she also has a duty to pay attention to changes in the law, and in the public attitudes that support those laws... ....it should be increasingly clear that Ms. Bondi and officials in Tallahassee are swimming against the legal tide on the issue of gay marriage. Laws similar to Florida’s have been swept away in a wave of decisions around the country, with the rulings upheld by federal...
  • Obama Offers 'Deepest Condolences' at Dutch Embassy

    07/23/2014 2:28:32 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    NBC ^ | 7/22/14
    In an unscheduled stop at the Embassy of the Netherlands in Washington D.C. Tuesday, President Barack Obama offered his "deepest condolences" on behalf of the American people...
  • Texas Lt. Gov: 80-85% of Illegals Aren’t Unaccompanied Kids

    07/23/2014 2:25:23 AM PDT · by Innovative · 2 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 23, 2014 | Ian Hanchett
    Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst (R) reported that the vast majority of illegal immigrants coming over the southern border are not unaccompanied minors... ...the unaccompanied children represent some 12%-20%. ...We're focused on that 80, the 85% of which a quarter according to the border patrol, have a criminal record”
  • Blue-State Disgrace

    07/23/2014 2:21:46 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 3 replies
    Slate ^ | Emily Bazelon
    Immigration is a complex problem. So is the long-term question of how the United States should handle the influx of tens of thousands of children from Central America. Beyond the legal mandates, we owe them basic human decency. On the other hand, to say that they should all simply stay here for good begs big questions about encouraging more children to make this journey, and the rights of all the people abroad who are waiting their turn in line. Unless you believe in open borders, it’s all thorny. What seems right for an individual child can seem wrong systemwide. But...
  • Scott Brown Attacks Jeanne Shaheen For Positions Kelly Ayotte Also Holds

    07/23/2014 2:14:47 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 2 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | Kasey Varner
    Despite presenting a cozy public image, Republicans Scott Brown and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) are once again at odds over key issues, as Brown campaigns to unseat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.). Ayotte, who officiated at the wedding of Brown's daughter on Sunday, got to know Brown when he served as a Massachusetts senator before losing his seat to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). He has since relocated to New Hampshire to challenge Shaheen. Ayotte endorsed Brown, but by attacking Shaheen's positions on immigration and veterans' affairs he is effectively disparaging Ayotte's record as well.
  • Anonymity comes with a trade-off [to Josh Earnest over his tantrum about WaPo migrant story]

    07/23/2014 1:45:31 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    Times Union ^ | July 22, 2014 | Ruth Marcus
    Let us now praise anonymous sources. The new White House press secretary got into a familiar old spat with the White House press corps the other day over the use of anonymous sources. Josh Earnest — has there ever been a more perfectly named spokesman? — was a bit off in his timing. He lit into The Washington Post — and noted its reporters were absent from the briefing — for its alleged overuse of unnamed sources. This critique came as the White House was emailing reporters about a background briefing that very afternoon. Featuring, yes, unnamed senior administration officials,...
  • Hamas Rockets Found in Second United Nations School

    07/23/2014 1:01:22 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 16 replies
    The Wire ^ | June 22.,2014 | Adam Chandler 8 hours ago
    If you're looking to confirm the oft-repeated Israeli narrative that Hamas and terrorist groups in Gaza endanger Gazans by hiding weapons among the civilian population, then this episode is your smoking missile
  • Pop Atheism and the Power of the Gospel

    07/23/2014 12:35:08 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 1 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | July 22, 2014 | Nathan W Bingham/Dan DeWitt
    ... “Meanwhile, I am left with the Atheist on my hands,” Dorothy Sayers once penned to C.S. Lewis in a letter in which she sought some practical advice from the popular Oxford apologist. She went on to write, “I do not want him. I have no use for him. I have no missionary zeal at all.” While many Christians likely attempt to project a little more enthusiasm for evangelism, I’m not sure they do not, deep down, resonate with Sayers’ sentiment. With the relentless barrage of new atheist bravado over the last decade, believers are liable to grow weary in...
  • Texas: League City migrant resolution opposed (coming to any opposition near you)

    07/22/2014 11:36:47 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 22, 2014 | Cindy George
    League City's recent resolution rejecting refuge for Central American migrant children violates two landmark civil rights acts, a complaint to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development alleged this week. Other Houston-area jurisdictions may face similar opposition as their elected officials fight potential federal efforts to house undocumented minors in their communities. On Tuesday, Brazoria County commissioners unanimously passed a resolution urging the federal government to solve the Texas-Mexico border crisis and "cease relocation" of unaccompanied immigrant youngsters in the state. Also on Tuesday, two different measures to prevent unaccompanied child migrants from being housed in Smith County -...
  • San Diego-area community expected to reject illegal immigrant shelter

    07/22/2014 11:03:22 PM PDT · by South40 · 5 replies
    Reutersa ^ | 7/22/2014 | Marty Graham
    SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A Southern California city will put itself at the center of a nationwide debate over illegal immigration on Tuesday evening when officials there are expected to reject a bid by the U.S. government to open a shelter for unaccompanied migrant children. The vote by planning commissioners in Escondido, 20 miles north of San Diego, comes amid a surge in children from Central America caught entering the United States, overwhelming federal processing facilities, threatening to swamp immigration courts and creating a backlash in border-state communities. Escondido commissioners voted tentatively last month to reject a bid by federal...
  • ISIS Seizes 4th Century Christian Monastery in Northern Iraq – Kicks Out Its Monks

    07/22/2014 10:38:37 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 5 replies
    ISIS militants seized a 4th century Catholic Monastery and kicked out its monks on Sunday. The monks at Mar Behnam Monastery were forced to flee the monastery on foot with only the clothes on their back.
  • Border Sheriffs Perplexed by Rick Perry's Plan to Send 1,000 Troops to Stare at Mexico

    07/22/2014 10:36:13 PM PDT · by South40 · 37 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/22/2014 | Arit John
    Why would you spend millions of dollars sending troops to the border who can't actually detain anyone? That's what some Texas sheriffs of border towns are asking in the wake of Gov. Rick Perry's plan to send 1,000 National Guards members to the Texas/Mexico border in the next month, according to the Dallas Morning News. For them, it would be more useful to spend the money on hiring more deputies and police, aka people who are allowed to detain migrants. “I don’t know what good they can do,” Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio told the Dallas Morning News. “You just...
  • ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Is Finally No. 1 On The Billboard Charts With ‘Mandatory Fun’

    07/22/2014 10:07:25 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 49 replies
    Uproxx.com ^ | 22JUL2014 | Andrew Roberts
    “Weird Al” Yankovic’s new album, Mandatory Fun, is set to take the number one spot on the music charts, making it his first number one of his career. Take that Internet parody creators! It’s fitting that “Weird Al” would claim his first number one album on the Billboard 200 here and now. Not only is his popularity booming thanks to last week’s onslaught of media coverage, but it is also the 25th anniversary of UHF (something we will be celebrating tomorrow). It would seem that Yankovic is going to have a lot to digest in celebration of this achievement, but...
  • McCrory signs Common Core legislation (NC dropping CC)

    07/22/2014 9:43:16 PM PDT · by bigtoona · 6 replies
    WRAL.com ^ | 7/23/14 | Matthew Burns
    By Matthew Burns Raleigh, N.C. — Gov. Pat McCrory on Tuesday signed legislation designed to replace the controversial Common Core academic standards in North Carolina public schools with standards drawn up by a new state commission. The standards were adopted by the state several years ago. But their implementation in the 2012-13 school year angered some parents, who said they were inappropriate in several areas. For the past year, those critics have been pushing lawmakers to repeal the standards. McCrory has supported Common Core in the past. Just last month, he said the push to repeal the standards "is not...
  • Sessions to Congress: Back Ted Cruz or Remain 'Complicit' in 'Nullification of Border'

    07/22/2014 9:35:22 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 Jul 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee and a key immigration hawk, took to the Senate floor on Monday afternoon to attack the efforts by President Barack Obama to grant amnesty via executive order to millions of illegal aliens. During his floor speech, Sessions endorsed a bill from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) that aims to curb the president’s executive amnesty efforts—and called on his colleagues to cosponsor it. Sessions said: Senator Cruz has a bill that would stop this presidential overreach. Sessions said. It’s very simple. It lays out that we won’t spend money providing legal...
  • Kanye West: Celebrities Treated Like Blacks in 1960s

    07/22/2014 9:26:44 PM PDT · by This Just In · 21 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | July 21, 2014 | Christian Toto
    The most jaw-dropping comments from Kanye West's just-released interview with GQ Magazine wasn't that he confirmed giving a 45-minute toast to himself on his wedding day.
  • Beretta leaves Maryland over gun laws, heads for Tennessee

    07/22/2014 9:20:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/22/14 | David Sherfinski
    Citing Maryland’s recently enacted firearm laws and the prospect of more restrictions, the U.S. arm of legendary Italian gunmaker Beretta announced Tuesday that it would move its manufacturing operations to Tennessee next year. The move makes Beretta the latest maker of guns or ammunition to move all or part of its operations to another state because of tightened gun control laws. General Manager Jeff Cooper said an early version of a statute passed last year by the Maryland state Senate would have prohibited the company from manufacturing or storing products in the state. “While we were able in the Maryland...
  • Madeleine Albright: Hamas putting civilians in line of fire hurts Israel’s ‘moral authority’

    07/22/2014 9:13:32 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 33 replies
    Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright made a great point on CNN on Tuesday when she conceded that it is hard to dispute that forces loyal to Hamas in the Gaza Strip are using human shields in order to protect their military assets. She implied that this tactic has resulted in an inordinate number of Palestinian causalities over the course of the ongoing conflict with Israel. After conceding that Hamas is intentionally making civilian casualties more likely, she said that it was nevertheless the case that those causalities are sapping Israel of its “moral authority.”
  • Watch: Netanyahu Presents UN Chief with Hamas Rockets

    07/22/2014 9:07:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    inn ^ | 7/22/14 | Elad Benari
    During United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s visit to Israel on Tuesday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu presented him with the rockets and operating methods of Hamas terrorists. Netanyahu showed Ban, among other things, some of the long-range rockets that Hamas has used to target central Israel. Netanyahu also showed the UN chief some proof that Hamas has been using civilians as human shields.
  • Open Borders or Open Society

    07/22/2014 8:44:22 PM PDT · by opentalk · 7 replies
    CNS news ^ | July 22, 2014 | Jen Kuznicki
    ...In a report out of Michigan, a protest was organized over the prospect now seemingly beyond the people's control, that the federal government under the leadership of Barack Obama will be sending dozens of the tens of thousands of children who have come into the nation through our southern border, to the small town of Vassar.  Filled with anger and resentment against the open border policies of this president, the people demonstrating described the move as anarchy.But, within the report, it was revealed that the move was being organized by a foundation called the Heartland Alliance: Grosse Pointe Park-based Wolverine Human Services...
  • Mexican foreign minister says Central American children no threat to Texas security

    07/22/2014 8:41:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 22, 2014 | By Carla Marinucci
    Mexico Foreign Minister José Antonio Meade Kuribreña on Tuesday challenged Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s characterization of the flow of Central American children into the U.S. as an “assault” on Americans and their security. “There’s a need to respond to the upsurge in minors, but I don’t see how the upsurge of minors threatens the security of the U.S. — and I certainly don’t see how it threatens the security of Texas,” Meade said in an appearance at The Chronicle’s editorial board. “There’s a need for a response. … That response should have a high level of humanitarian concerns within it....
  • Snowden: Private Explicit Photos Often Shared By NSA Agents

    07/22/2014 8:38:22 PM PDT · by lbryce · 17 replies
    BSWANN ^ | Jul 22 ,2014 | Joshua Cook
    In an interview published by The Guardian on Sunday, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden explained that sometimes racy images intercepted by the NSA were shared by analysts. During the interview, which was conducted in Russia, Snowden said that some of the American military personnel working on the NSA’s programs were between 18 and 22 and did not always respect the privacy of those whose communications were intercepted. “In the course of their daily work they stumble across something that is completely unrelated to their work, for example an intimate nude photo of someone in a sexually compromising situation but they’re extremely...
  • Black leaders worry about low turnout in November

    07/22/2014 8:28:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 22, 2014 8:50 PM EDT
    Civil rights leaders at the NAACP’s annual convention worry that black voters won’t show up at voting booths in November this year. Black voting turnout hit records in presidential elections during Barack Obama’s presidency but dropped sharply in 2010. A wave of newly elected Republicans passed several laws targeting voter fraud after those elections that critics say make it harder for minorities to vote. …
  • Latest Obama claim: I don’t learn anything from the news

    07/22/2014 8:27:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/22/14 | Dave Boyer
    In scandal after scandal in the Obama administration, President Obama has said he didn’t know about the problems until he heard it on the news. But the president changed his tune about his supposed ignorance at a Democratic fundraiser near Seattle on Tuesday night. Mr. Obama told supporters that he doesn’t watch the news because, “Whatever they’re reporting about, usually I know.” That contrasts with the explanations that the president and his aides have given from scandals in the past few years ranging from long wait times and deaths at the VA, to the IRS targeting tea party groups, to...
  • Former NY mayor flying to Israel in protest of FAA flight ban

    07/22/2014 8:24:34 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | July 23, 2014 | Staff
    Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg flew to Israel on Tuesday in protest of the Federation Aviation Administration's decision to halt American flights to and from the country. On his twitter account, Bloomberg wrote "This evening I will be flying on El Al to Tel Aviv to demonstrate that it is safe to fly in and out of Israel." In a statement on his website, Bloomberg also said that " The flight restrictions are a mistake that hands Hamas an undeserved victory and should be lifted immediately." It is unknown when Bloomberg is expected to land in Israel and...