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  • AR-15 Found In PA Lake While Fishing (so Boating Accidents DO happen!)

    07/23/2014 3:44:10 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA
    Anyone lose their AR-15 during an unfortunate “boating accident” recently? No really, did anyone lose an AR? Someone on Reddit posted about an AR-15 that was found while fishing at Red Hill Dam in Pennsylvania. It’s a pretty nice AR too, from another Redditor’s post in the thread: The rifle itself is a base-model E-series (thanks sh3llsh0ck!) Ruger SR-556. Considering the handguard, upper receiver, and lower receiver are all comprised of aluminum, it’s no surprise that it looks so clean. The rust evident on the barrel and gas block is significant enough to suggest that the rifle is probably ruined...
  • (POLL) Did You Think Tony Dungy’s Comments on Michael Sam Were Out of Line???

    07/23/2014 3:37:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    CBS Tampa ^ | July 21, 2014
    Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach Tony Dungy told the Tampa Tribune that he would NOT have drafted Michael Sam if he were still coaching. “I wouldn’t have taken him,’’ said former Bucs and Colts coach Tony Dungy, now an analyst for NBC. “Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it. “It’s not going to be totally smooth … things will happen.’ What are your thoughts on Coach Dungy’s statements???
  • Germany puts 700,000 WWI docs online

    07/23/2014 3:36:07 PM PDT · by fso301 · 3 replies
    The Local ^ | 07/23/2014 | Staff Writers
    More than 700,000 records relating to WWI, as well as photos, films and audio recordings were made accessible on a new portal on the Federal Archive's website. The collection includes private material as well as files of military and civilian authorities, records left by politicians and military officers, documentaries and propaganda films. Access to the complete archive is free. The archive will also help people compiling family histories, say curators, since it has extensive information about locations where individual soldiers served. It also contains letters written to and by combatants in the war, which began on July 28, 1914, and...
  • 'Their God changes path of rockets in mid-air'

    07/23/2014 3:35:58 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 3 replies
    WND ^ | June 23 , 2014 | Joe Kovacs
    “We do aim them, but their God changes their path in mid-air.”
  • Muslim cleric: “Oh our brothers in Gaza, know that you are fighting an enemy following Satan’s path”

    07/23/2014 3:22:58 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 8 replies
    Jihadwatch.org ^ | July 23, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    Oh our brothers in Gaza, know that you are fighting an enemy following Satan’s path, whereas you are fighting in the way of [Allah] the merciful,’ Maqdisi said.
  • European airlines extend Ben-Gurion flights ban as Israel mulls diverting plans to Eilat

    07/23/2014 3:19:55 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 7 replies
    YNet News ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Yitzhak Benhorin
    Air France and Germany's two largest airlines on Wednesday canceled more flights to Tel Aviv because of ongoing safety concerns amid the fighting between Israel and Hamas. Germany's Lufthansa and Air Berlin extended their cancelations through Thursday and Air France said it was suspending its flights "until further notice." Polish state airline LOT also said Wednesday that it has suspended its flights to Israel from Warsaw until Monday because of concern for passengers' safety. "This is caused by the tense situation in the region," LOT added in a statement. "The connection will be re-established as soon as possible and when...
  • Democratic Senator Hit With Plagiarism Allegations

    07/23/2014 3:09:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    Well, it seems “Papergate” just ensnared Montana Democratic Senator John Walsh. Mr. Walsh was appointed by Gov. Steve Bullock to replace outgoing Sen. Max Baucus, who decided to become the Obama administration’s Ambassador to China. Walsh is described by the New York Times as having something the Democrats lack in their political ranks: a seasoned military record. Walsh is a decorated Iraq War veteran, but his reputation might be marred by a final term paper he wrote in obtaining his master’s degree, where a substantial portion was written without crediting anyone (via NYT): An examination of the final paper required...
  • Fox News Poll: 58 percent say Obama administration incompetent at managing gov't

    07/23/2014 3:00:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    FOX News ^ | July 23, 2014
    Has the Obama administration competently and effectively managed the government? A Fox News poll released Wednesday finds a majority of American voters says no -- including about a third of Democrats. A 58-percent majority says the White House has not been competent at managing the federal government. Some 32 percent of Democrats join 67 percent of independents and 84 percent of Republicans in holding that view.
  • Sarah Palin Endorses Joe Carr for Senate Against Lamar Alexander

    07/23/2014 2:55:50 PM PDT · by don-o · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July23, 2014 | Tony Lee
    On Wednesday, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin endorsed conservative Tennessee state representative Joe Carr in his primary bid to oust incumbent Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN). Carr has been hammering Alexander before the August 7th primary for voting for the Senate's Gang of Eight comprehensive amnesty bill even after he was warned by law enforcement officials that it would exacerbate the border crisis. Even Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) voted against the final bill. Palin thanked Alexander for his service and then promptly said it is time for new leaders who will have the guts to tell the Obama administration, "no mas."...
  • Report: Congressional Staffer Targeted Pro-McDaniel Teens For Destruction

    07/23/2014 2:53:17 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 6 replies
    A longtime congressional staffer to Senator Roger Wicker and Congressman Gregg Harper has targeted two twin high school boys over their support of Chris McDaniel. A high school teacher alleges the staffer made up stories of racism, threatened to withhold West Point scholarship, and planned to retaliate against the boys for their political views. - See more at: http://gotnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=163%3Areport-congressional-staffer-targeted-pro-mcdaniel-teens-for-destruction&catid=92&Itemid=1768#sthash.fp2J9CIK.dpuf
  • Obama to the Rescue--of Hamas

    07/23/2014 2:51:29 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 3 replies
    Realclear Politics ^ | July 23,"2014 | Caroline Glick
    Qatar hosts three major US military bases on its territory. And it is becoming one of the most important clients for US military contractors. Earlier this year Qatar signed an $11.4 billion dollar arms agreement with the US. At the same time, according to the Calacalist report, Qatar is the major bankroller of ISIS and al Nusra in Syria and Iraq. It gives $50 million a month to jihadists in Libya. It gives Hamas $100m. in annual aid. And in the past two years Doha has provided Hamas with an additional $620m. dollars, including $250m. it transferred to Hamas leader...
  • How Wayback Machine and Other Digital Sleuths Are Unravelling the Mystery of MH17

    07/23/2014 2:45:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    SMH | July 22, 2014 | Caitlin Dewey
    How Wayback Machine and other digital sleuths are unravelling the mystery of MH17
  • Undocumented immigrants at FLETC being tested for tuberculosis

    07/23/2014 2:45:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    The Alamogordo Daily News | July 23, 2014 | By Zack Ponce
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  • Israel opens airport in Negev as alternative to Ben-Gurion

    07/23/2014 2:44:34 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 15 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Zohar Blumenkrantz
    Ovda, a military airfield, has opened after the FAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency temporarily canceled all flights to Israel due to a Hamas rocket attack on Tuesday. Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz announced on Wednesday that Israel would be opening the Ovda Airport as an alternative to Ben-Gurion Airport. In practical terms, this means that foreign airlines that wish to land there instead of at Ben-Gurion Airport will be able to do so. No airline that operates at Ben-Gurion Airport has given its approval or agreement to move its flights to Ovda Airport as yet. The idea of opening...
  • NJ teen who sued parents obtains restraining order against boyfriend

    07/23/2014 2:40:10 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 27 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 7-23-14 | Fox News
    The New Jersey teen who made headlines when she sued her parents for child support after moving out of their home was back in court Wednesday, this time to obtain a temporary restraining order against her boyfriend, The Star-Ledger reported. Rachael Canning, the honor student who sued her parents earlier this year for $650 a week, the remainder of her Catholic school tuition and attorney fees, obtained the order against her beau, Lucas Kitzmiller, 18. He was the teen her parents reportedly asked her to stop seeing at the time of the initial suit. Canning' father said Kitzmiller choked her...
  • "Bolder Than Most" Rapist to Spend Year at Mental Hospital

    07/23/2014 2:36:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 | Megan Tevrizian and Andie Adams
    Alvin Quarles was set for release after serving half his sentenceA sexually violent predator who earned the nickname "the bolder than most" rapist will spend at least a year in a mental hospital instead of outright release, as NBC 7's Megan Tevrizian reports. The sexually violent predator nicknamed the “Bolder than Most” rapist has made a surprise decision to spend at least a year at a mental hospital, forgoing his release for the time being. Alvin Quarles, 51, was slated for parole late last year after serving 25 years of a 50 year-sentence for four counts of rape, as well...
  • U.N. launches probe into alleged Israeli crimes in Gaza

    07/23/2014 2:35:58 PM PDT · by illiac · 7 replies
    MSN News ^ | 7/23/14 | By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles of Reuters
    GENEVA, July 23 (Reuters) - The United Nations on Wednesday launched an international inquiry into human rights violations and crimes that may have been committed by Israel during its military offensive in the Gaza Strip. The U.N. Human Rights Council condemned the Israeli assault which it said had involved "disproportionate and indiscriminate attacks", including aerial bombing of civilian areas, collective punishment, and the killing of more than 650 Palestinians. At the end of an emergency session, the 47-member forum adopted a resolution presented by Palestinians by a vote of 29 states in favor, 1 against (the United States) with 17...
  • Oil and natural gas sales accounted for 68% of Russia’s total export revenues in 2013

    07/23/2014 2:26:25 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 10 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | July 23 2014 | Alexander Metelitsa
    Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Russia Federal Customs ServiceNote: Natural gas includes liquefied natural gas (LNG) sales. Russia is a major exporter of crude oil, petroleum products, and natural gas. Sales of these fuels accounted for 68% of Russia's total export revenues in 2013, based on data from Russia's Federal Customs Service. Russia received almost four times as much revenue from exports of crude oil and petroleum products as from natural gas. Crude oil exports alone were greater in value than the value of all non-oil and natural gas exports. Europe, including Turkey, receives most of Russia's exports of crude...
  • Dr. Ben Carson ‘Starting to Think About’ 2016 WH Run

    07/23/2014 2:17:14 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 30 replies
    Conservative Intelligence Briefing ^ | July 23 2014 | CIB Staff
    On the day he won a Western Conservative Summit straw poll, Dr. Ben Carson reported he’s “starting to think about” the possibility of a White House bid in 2016. Reporting that hundreds are showing up for his book signing tour, Carson says of the idea it’s one he “cannot simply ignore.” Carson rose to prominence after the public dressing down of Obamacare at a prayer breakfast at which President Obama was in attendance. Since that address, Carson’s star has continued to rise among key GOP constituents fed up with what is perceived as a less-than-aggressive response by House leadership. Despite...
  • Kerry To Bereaved Parents Of Fallen Max Steingberg [sic]: ‘How’s Your Day?’

    07/23/2014 2:11:42 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 53 replies
    Jewish Political Updates blog ^ | July 23 2014 | Jacob Kornbluh
    Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday paid a shiva call to the parents of Max Steinberg, a Los Angeles native IDF soldier who was killed Sunday in Gaza, at the Crowne Palza hotel in Jerusalem. “It’s just a huge statement about a young guy finding a place that he was so passionate about, and giving his all, putting himself on the line,” Kerry told the Steinbergs. “It’s an amazing story.” “How’s your day?” Kerry asked them as he sat down, according to The Jewish Journal. “How’s your day?” Evie Steinberg asked back. “My day’s going better than yours,” he...
  • Tale of the Tapes: IRS head confirms investigators have found backup tapes in Lerner probe

    07/23/2014 2:08:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    FOX News ^ | July 21, 2014
    The head of the IRS confirmed Wednesday that investigators looking into missing emails from ex-agency official Lois Lerner have found and are reviewing "backup tapes" -- despite earlier IRS claims that the tapes had been recycled. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, testifying before a House oversight subcommittee, stressed that he does not know "how they found them" or "whether there's anything on them or not." But he said the inspector general's office advised him the investigators are reviewing tapes to see if they contain any "recoverable" material. The revelation is significant because the IRS claimed, when the agency first told Congress...
  • Time Running Out for David Gregory on “Meet the Press”

    07/23/2014 2:05:39 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 23 replies
    Accuracy In Media ^ | July 23 2014 | Don Irvine
    The New York Post’s Page Six reports today that David Gregory could be replaced as moderator of Meet the Press shortly after the November election. Rumors have been swirling for months about Gregory’s future at Meet the Press, as the ratings have sunk by 45 percent since he took over from the late Tim Russert in 2008. Gregory has turned Russert’s decade-long run at number one into a perennial third-place finish among Sunday morning talk shows. The Post reported that while NBC News President Deborah Turness is publicly supportive of Gregory, she is seriously concerned about the ratings problems. The...
  • Israel criticises airlines as US flight ban extended

    07/23/2014 2:04:26 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 29 replies
    The Financial Times ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Andrew Parker and John Reed
    Israel has accused airlines and aviation regulators of damaging its economy after carriers stopped flying to Tel Aviv because of the conflict between government forces and militants in Gaza. Mr Romm said about 25 airlines had stopped flying to Ben Gurion, adding this would have a “very bad” impact on the Israeli economy. Lufthansa on Wednesday extended its flight suspension to include Thursday, and Air France is not expected to review the case for resuming services until Friday.
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz goes on TV and embarrasses herself - again (VIDEO)

    07/23/2014 1:59:32 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 23 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | July 23 2014 | Robert Laurie
    Yesterday, Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz appeared on Ralston Reports - a regional Nevada talk show which discusses politics and news. As is so often the case, she presented herself as America’s number one ObamaCare cheerleader. Unfortunately, though, she had no idea what she was talking about. While talking about the recent DC Circuit Court ruling, host John Ralston suggested that most Americans believe ObamaCare is a “shaky mess.” Wasserman-Schultz, he claimed had “to be worried.” The chairwoman disagreed, so she tried to make a point. She failed. “Just take a state like Nevada,” she said. “Where you have...
  • Univision decides to help children who illegally crossed the border with the U.S.

    07/23/2014 1:59:03 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    LaPrensa - Honduras ^ | July 21, 2014
    GOOGLE TRANSLATE: Univision decided to fulfill a single information function, commit and take a stand to defend the children of the border, those who come looking for a dream or reecontrarse with his parents in the United States and were arrested. Within the framework of the Annual Conference of the Council of La Raza (NCLR, for its acronym in English), Vice President of Univision, Bob Llamas, announced that the company would allocate resources to protect children from the border: "We can not let circumstances or the political and economic distract us from helping children. I guarantee that none of these...
  • Bill Maher Fears He Will Lose His Job if Rupert Murdoch Buys Time Warner (VIDEO)

    07/23/2014 1:43:03 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 51 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 23 2014 | Matt Wilstein
    If Rupert Murdoch succeeds in acquiring Time Warner, he will almost definitely need to divest CNN. But the deal would make the 21st Century Fox head the proud owner of HBO, home to frequent Fox adversary Bill Maher. On Wednesday, Maher published a guest column in The Hollywood Reporter, imagining what would happen to his long-running HBO show if Murdoch takes over the network. Maher begins by saying he’s “against” the merger but never saw it coming. “So many ways for a guy like me to lose his job, but I never dreamed these two would marry,” he writes. “I...
  • Achievement redistribution: University of Wisconsin to distribute grades based on race and ethnicity

    07/23/2014 1:37:57 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 27 replies
    allenbwest.com ^ | July 23 2014 | LTC Allen B. West
    One time I was speaking at a local South Florida high school and explaining “wealth redistribution.” I used a football analogy, with the example of a team being ahead at halftime 28-7. However, when the team came back after halftime, the scoreboard read 21-14. I explained to the students that officials met in the press booth and decided to have equitable apportionment of touchdowns to make the game fairer. They believed the self-esteem of the other team was being adversely affected. When I asked the high school seniors if they agreed, they vehemently said no. They felt they’d earned their...
  • Ex-Reebok CEO Wins GOP Senate Primary

    07/23/2014 1:33:24 PM PDT · by PoloSec
    Newser ^ | July 23 2014 | Rob Quinn
    (Newser) – Businessman David Perdue has won the GOP nomination for a Senate race the party cannot afford to lose. Perdue, former CEO of Reebok and Dollar General, narrowly beat 11-term Rep. Jack Kingston in a runoff election in Georgia to become the party's Senate nominee, reports the New York Times. He will face Democrat Michelle Nunn, daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn, in a race seen as key to control of the Senate for the last years of President Obama's term. Democrats see Georgia as their best chance of picking up another Senate seat this fall, while Republicans need...
  • Retired border guard gives chilling look inside department: Obama limited our ammo (VIDEO)

    07/23/2014 1:29:39 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 20 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | July 23 2014 | Don Noel
    A retired Border Patrol officer outraged over the influx of illegal aliens entering the country this year has recorded an interview that reveals chilling information about the current situation at the U.S.-Mexico border and the long-term hazards it holds for the country as a whole. zacharytaylor0723In the self-produced interview, former Border Patrol Agent Zachary Taylor talks about a variety issues facing the Border Patrol the general public might not expect. He speaks of immigrants with various diseases coming into the U.S., how the Russian mafia is using Mexico as a base of operations and the concept of “asymmetric warfare” as...
  • VIDEO: Pamela Geller on One America News Network Discussing Israel, Hamas, and Jihad (VIDEO ONLY)

    07/23/2014 1:25:21 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 5 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | July 23 2014 | Pamela Geller
    I was on One America News Network with Rick Amato, discussing Israel, Hamas, jihad riots and Obama. (8 Minute Video) (BTW One America News is a great alternative to the MSM including Fox...if you have AT&T cable it is available.)
  • CNN Vs. RT Shouting Match: ‘You’re Supposed To Be A Journalist!’ (VIDEO)

    07/23/2014 1:16:26 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 23 2014 | Aaron Bandler
    Things got heated very quickly this morning on CNN’s “New Day” on July 23. CNN anchor Chris Cuomo sparred with Russia Today reporter Peter LaVelle over the downing of the MH17 plane. Cuomo started the segment by asking LaVelle why Russian President Vladimir Putin hadn’t condemned how the crime scene was being handled. LaVelle immediately became defensive and called Cuomo’s question “ludicrous,” saying that Russia has conducted an investigation and provided forensic evidence. “We don’t have that coming out of Washington,” LaVelle said. “That’s what you should be asking. Why is the State Department relying upon Twitter and YouTube and...
  • Creationist Ken Ham: Aliens Will Go to Hell; So Really, Why Fund NASA?

    07/23/2014 1:15:49 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 66 replies
    “NASA is Pointless, Declares Creationist” may be a rather obvious headline, but Ken Ham took it one step further and declared why NASA is pointless: because they’re searching for extraterrestrial life, and according to the Bible, aliens are going to go to hell anyways, so why even bother? “Jesus did not become the ‘GodKlingon’ or the ‘GodMartian’!” he declared in a Sunday column on his website, Answering Genesis. “Only descendants of Adam can be saved.” (Ham) You see, the Bible makes it clear that Adam’s sin affected the whole universe. This means that any aliens would also be affected by...
  • Ted Cruz: The facts suggest President Obama has just used the FAA to launch an ECONOMIC BOYCOTT

    07/23/2014 1:12:00 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 45 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 23 July 2014 | Right Scoop Staff
    FULL TITLE: Ted Cruz: The facts suggest President Obama has just used the FAA to launch an ECONOMIC BOYCOTT on Israel…//// Sen. Ted Cruz ripped the president today for using a federal agency, the FAA, to launch an economic boycott on Israel in order to force them to comply with his demands. He pointed out that this economic boycott aids Hamas while simultaneously hurting Israel. What Cruz is calling for is the Obama administration to answer the following questions: Was this decision a political decision driven by the White House? If the FAA’s decision was based on airline safety, why...
  • No One Wants Russia To Host the 2018 World Cup

    07/23/2014 1:11:44 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    thewire.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | POLLY MOSENDZ
    Last Thursday, Malaysian Airlines Fight 17 was shot down, allegedly by the Donetsk People's Republic, a pro-Russian separatist group which currently controls much of eastern Ukraine. U.S. intelligence believes that Russia provided the separatists with missiles. Yet, even as evidence mounts implicating Russia in the MH17 shooting, no new economic sanctions have been issued. Instead, the global community is going after Russia's role as the host of the 2018 World Cup. Peter Beuth, interior minister of the German state of Hesse, has said, "If Putin doesn’t actively cooperate on clearing up the plane crash, the soccer World Cup in Russia...
  • Montana Democrat’s Thesis Presented Others’ Work as His Own; Senator John Walsh of Montana...

    07/23/2014 1:08:56 PM PDT · by kristinn · 23 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Jonathan Martin
    Montana Democrat’s Thesis Presented Others’ Work as His Own Senator John Walsh of Montana Confronts Questions of Plagiarism Democrats were thrilled when John Walsh of Montana was appointed to the United States Senate in February. A decorated veteran of the Iraq war and former adjutant general of his state’s National Guard, Mr. Walsh offered the Democratic Party something it frequently lacks: a seasoned military man. On the campaign trail this year, Mr. Walsh, 53, has made his military service a main selling point. Still wearing his hair close-cropped, he notes he was targeted for killing by Iraqi militants and says...
  • A Former Ambassador Just Spent $14,000 On Twitter Ads Bashing Obama

    07/23/2014 1:05:29 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 14 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 23 2014 | Colin Campbell
    Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, a Republican who said he is mulling a run for president in 2016, is a somewhat ubiquitous presence for politicos on Twitter. The Washington Post documented in July how users who search for terms like "GOP" or even just "politics" on Twitter are greeted with ads from Bolton blasting President Barack Obama's foreign policy. For example, Business Insider just did a Twitter search for "Benghazi" and was presented with ads featuring surverys asking if Israel is justified in its conflict with Hamas and if we agree that "Iran is taking America...
  • N.Y. congressman revives bill to equip U.S. airliners with anti-missile protection

    07/23/2014 1:03:47 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | James Warren
    WASHINGTON — A New York congressman is reintroducing legislation to install anti-missile technologies on U.S. commercial airliners, prompted by the Ukraine air disaster and Hamas rockets in the Gaza crisis. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Long Island) on Tuesday confirmed his plans to dust off and recraft a 2003 proposal he made with Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) to require the Defense Department to equip passenger planes with protections against missiles. The original legislation, the Commercial Airline Missile Defense Act, followed high-profile air tragedies and the 9/11 attacks. The anti-missile systems were considered too expensive, however, and the legislation was not enacted, but...
  • Hamas Refuses International Cease-Fire Efforts - Again

    07/23/2014 12:54:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    inn ^ | 7/14/14 | Dalit Halevi, Tova Dvorin
    Hamas continues to be uncompromising in its position regarding an international cease-fire, AFP reports Wednesday. "We reject today and will reject in the future," Hamas leader-in-exile Khaled Meshaal insisted, in a public speech in Qatar. Meshaal insisted that Israel must accept his list of unprecedented conditions for a cease-fire - which included lifting several security measures, such as the naval blockade and border control, designed to prevent terrorists entering into Israel, as well as re-releasing terrorists arrested earlier this month - and only then will Hamas deliberate with Israel on a date for a cease-fire. Meshaal claimed that the terms...
  • LePage: Maine will no longer waive food stamp work requirements

    07/23/2014 10:57:31 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 30 replies
    pressherald.com ^ | 7/23/14 | Eric Russell
    Maine’s Republican governor wants all able-bodied recipients of the federal food stamp benefit to complete work or volunteer activities. Gov. Paul LePage announced Wednesday that Maine will no longer seek a federal waiver that allows some able-bodied adults to receive food stamps without working or volunteering. “We must continue to do all that we can to eliminate generational poverty and get people back to work,” LePage said in a statement announcing the change. “We must protect our limited resources for those who are truly in need and who are doing all they can to be self-sufficient.” According to the Maine...
  • Senators Blast Dem Mega-Donor Over IRS Investigation into Tax Avoidance Scheme

    07/23/2014 12:40:10 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 5 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 23 2014 | Lachlan Markay
    A major Democratic donor who is funding some of the left’s most politically active electioneering groups was subject to bipartisan condemnation this week in the midst of a federal investigation into his hedge fund’s tax avoidance schemes. Senators from both parties blasted efforts by Renaissance Technologies, a hedge fund owned by Democratic mega-donor Jim Simons, to shield itself from federal income taxes during a Tuesday hearing. “Two banks and a handful of hedge funds developed a complex financial structure to engage in highly profitable trades while claiming an unjustified lower tax rate and avoiding limits on trading with borrowed money,”...
  • Obamacare Rulings Have Consumers, Governors Worried

    07/23/2014 12:34:21 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 12 replies
    News Max ^ | July 23 2014 | John Blosser
    Two conflicting court decisions on tax credits for Obamacare have millions of consumers worried, along with some Republican governors who opted to let the federal government run their state programs. A decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals D.C. Circuit determined that only those enrolled in state-operated Obamacare exchanges are eligible for the tax subsidies that put the "affordable" in the Affordable Care Act, The Wall Street Journal reported. Should the ruling stand, Bloomberg News reports, customers in those 36 states could see their subsidies vanish, boosting their healthcare premiums by 76 percent, dealing a serious blow both to Obamacare...
  • 130 Environmental Groups Call For An End To Capitalism

    07/23/2014 12:31:16 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 60 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 23, 2014 | Mitchel Bastasch
    Environmentalists have declared that global warming can’t be stopped without ending the “hegemonic capitalist system,” saying that cap-and-trade systems and conservation efforts are “false solutions.” “The structural causes of climate change are linked to the current capitalist hegemonic system,” reads the final draft of the Margarita Declaration, presented at a conference including about 130 environmental groups. “To combat climate change it is necessary to change the system,” the declaration adds. Environmental activists met in the oil producing, socialist country of Venezuela as part of a United Nations-backed event to increase civil engagement in the lead up to a major climate...
  • President Obama’s latest boast: I don’t learn anything from watching the news

    07/23/2014 12:30:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 07/23/2014 | 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...
  • Watch: Rep. Gowdy slams IRS commissioner for dragging feet on congressional investigation

    07/23/2014 12:29:28 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 23 replies
    The Blaze ^ | July 23 2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    (VIDEO) Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) on Wednesday slammed IRS Commissioner John Koskinen for failing to help answer questions about Congress’s investigation into the IRS targeting scandal, and instead arguing that he can’t do anything while the Inspector General’s investigation into the IRS is ongoing. Koskinen appeared before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, where he said several times that he was unable to help answer some of Congress’s questions because of the IG investigation. But Gowdy said there are no rules prohibiting Koskinen from helping more. “I find this confounding,” Gowdy said. “I find it vexing, that once the...
  • Michele Bachmann Says She Might Seek Presidency in 2016

    07/23/2014 12:28:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    RCP ^ | 07/23/2014 | Scott Conroy
    Though set to retire from the U.S. House after her term expires at the end of this year, Michele Bachmann may not be done with electoral politics. The Minnesota congresswoman and 2012 Republican presidential candidate told RealClearPolitics on Tuesday that she is considering a second White House run. Bachmann made the revelation during an interview, in which she was asked for her view on whether any Republican women might seek the Oval Office in 2016. “The only thing that the media has speculated on is that it’s going to be various men that are running,” she replied. “They haven’t speculated,...
  • Air Canada cancels Tel Aviv flight over safety concerns

    07/23/2014 12:27:39 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 12 replies
    CBC News ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Staff
    Air Canada has cancelled its scheduled flight to Tel Aviv from Toronto Tuesday night, following the lead of other airlines concerned about rocket fire near Ben Gurion Airport. Air Canada had a flight scheduled to leave for Tel Aviv from Toronto at 6:10 p.m. ET. The airline will continue to evaluate the situation and provide updates as needed, a spokeswoman said. The return flight to Toronto from Tel Aviv for Wednesday, July 23, has also been cancelled, the carrier confirmed. In response to a CBC News query, Transport Canada said the suspensions of flights to Israel are decisions taken by...
  • MUSLIMS STAND WITH CHRISTIANS AND CONDEMN ISLAMIC STATE ON SOCIAL MEDIA

    07/23/2014 12:26:20 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 11 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Mary Chastain
    As the radical jihadist group Islamic State continues to terrorize millions of Iraqis, concerned Muslims are using social media to call for a larger Muslim backlash against the terrorist militia.
  • Israeli ambassador: Our troops should get a Nobel Peace Prize for their 'unimaginable restraint'

    07/23/2014 12:26:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    The Week ^ | 07/22/2014 | Jon Terbush
    Israel's ambassador to the United States says the Israeli Defense Forces deserve a Nobel Peace Prize for showing so much restraint in the nation's ongoing conflict in Gaza. Speaking at a Christians United for Israel Summit in Washington on Tuesday, the ambassador, Ron Dermer, said that, "No military in history has taken greater care than the IDF to protect innocents of the other side." While admitting there had been heavy civilian casualties on the Palestinian side, he said the threat Hamas posed to Israel in some cases justified attacks even when those attacks jeopardized non-combatants. "Some are shamelessly accusing Israel...
  • Republican senator slams EPA chief: 'You don't run this country'

    07/23/2014 12:25:46 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 30 replies
    thehill.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    Senate Republicans on Wednesday accused Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthy of trying to run America by proposing new rules to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants. McCarthy is the public face of the agency's new carbon rules, which are a central pillar of President Obama's second-term climate change agenda. Republicans say the rules threaten to bring the economy to its knees, and on Wednesday, accused the EPA of staging a massive power grab. "The American people run this country — you don't run this country," Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) told McCarthy during a Senate Environment and Public Works...
  • 'Republicans aren't good at ground games in Alaska. That's their weakness'

    07/23/2014 12:24:53 PM PDT · by PoloSec
    The Guardian ^ | July 23 2014 | Chris McGreal
    Art Hackney has more than three decades of strategising for Republican election campaigns in Alaska under his belt. And he’s rarely been so frustrated. From an office lined with awards for punchy political campaigns on behalf of senators, congressmen and governors, Hackney has watched the prospects for the man he picked to take Alaska's seat in the US Senate for the GOP ebb, something he blames on Republican strategists "back east", who, he says, have got the state all wrong. "It's a little worse than frustrating. It's immensely perplexing, because it's beyond belief what happened," he said. The national Republican...