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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

 







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Is Anything Obama´s Fault?
American Thinker, by Randall Hoven    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/23/2014 5:50:36 AM     Post Reply
President Obama blamed the recent influx of unaccompanied children crossing our southern border on violence in Central America. I expected the usual media suspects to support Obama’s narrative, as well as the ever-popular Blame-Bush excuse. I did not expect the usually more rational Wall Street Journal, and specifically Mary Anastasia O’Grady (whom I had admired), to support them. “Well, I think, Paul, what you have is a combination of factors, both push-and-pull factors. So from Central America, you have lots of crime and violence… the effect of the war on drugs in Central America has created chaos and a breakdown

How Obama cuts down on the
campaign costs of his fundraising trips
Washington Examiner (DC), by Susan Crabtree    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/23/2014 5:47:40 AM     Post Reply
During President Obama´s West Coast fundraising swing this week, he´ll squeeze in an official speech about job training at a community college between multimillion-dollar fundraisers in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles to benefit House and Senate Democrats´ re-elections this fall. But that´s not just because he´s a multi-tasker. It will also cut down the cost of the trip. Over the last few weeks Obama has made a practice of sprinkling in a few public-policy speeches on trips devoted mostly to fundraising, even as he´s faced new foreign policy crises in Ukraine and Gaza. His top spokesman says he’s not

Three ´black swans´ who have upended
political calculations for 2014 and beyond
Washington Examiner [DC], by Noemie Emery    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/23/2014 5:40:45 AM     Post Reply
Remember the presidential race between Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Clinton, the front runners eight years ago, each tough as nails, each combat-tested and raring to go? It was one for the ages, except it was not: Rudy dropped out before the gates opened, Hillary met a community organizer, and we all know the rest. But the race that took place was almost as thrilling: a true neck and neck between John McCain and Barack Obama, who entered September in a virtual tie. McCain was leading on Sept. 15 when the fiscal system went bust, taking with it the entire economy: a nail-biter

  


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No Rest for the Wicked
National Review Online, by Jim Geraghty    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/23/2014 5:39:09 AM     Post Reply
Tuesday, President Obama visited the Dutch Embassy in Washington, D.C., and wrote in a condolence book for the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, “We will not rest until we are certain that justice is done.” He then departed for a three-day fundraising trip to the West Coast. Obama’s pledge that “we will not rest until . . . ” may sound familiar to you. In fact, the pledge is so chronically overused, and issued so casually, that it no longer carries much meaning. Here’s a brief history: April 9, 2009: “We will not rest until we reach a day when not one

Ron Paul raises eyebrows
with Russia sympathy
McClatchy Newspapers, by Kevin G. Hall    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/23/2014 5:36:51 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Former Texas Rep. Ron Paul suggests in a column that the United States, through its support of the Ukrainian government, shares the blame in last week’s downing of a Malaysian Airlines jet over the eastern Ukraine. The column, carried Sunday on the website of the Ron Paul Institute, was provocative from the outset. Its title was “What the Media Won’t Report About Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17.” The column accused the media and the Western politicians of seeking “maximum propaganda value” from the disaster, in blaming Russia and its strong-armed leader Vladimir Putin. The media is not reporting, he insisted, that

Reports: Hamas Gave Code Pink
Red Carpet Treatment During Gaza
Visit; Code Pink Wore Hamas Gear
Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/23/2014 5:34:26 AM     Post Reply
The news media, especially the Washington Post, is giving the so-called antiwar group Code Pink prominent coverage for the protests against Israel during its current defensive war with Hamas in Gaza. What the Post and the rest of the media don’t report is that Code Pink is allied with the Hamas and has “diplomatic” relations with the terrorist group. In June 2009 Code Pink made a trip to Hamas-controlled Gaza. According to reports by two participants, Code Pink had such a close relationship with Hamas that the terrorists literally rolled out the red carpet for Code Pink and that a Code Pink

League City migrant resolution opposed
Houston Chronicle, by Cindy George    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/23/2014 5:33:04 AM     Post Reply
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.

  


  

British Airways continues to fly to Israel
despite European and US airlines including
easyJet cancelling flights after rocket lands
near Ben Gurion International Airport
Daily Mail [UK], by Harriet Arkell    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/23/2014 5:32:31 AM     Post Reply
British budget airline easyJet has joined European and American operators in scrapping flights to Israel after a Hamas rocket landed close to its Ben Gurion airport. Air France, KLM and Germany´s Lufthansa have also suspended flights to the war-torn country, as have US airlines Delta, United Airlines, and US Airways under orders from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The operators cancelled all their flights to Tel Aviv for 24 hours after a rocket fired from Gaza damaged a house just a mile from Ben Gurion airport. But a spokesman for British Airways said it was still continuing its twice-daily

Has Obama Trapped Himself?
Daily Caller, by Mickey Kaus    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/23/2014 5:32:05 AM     Post Reply
The ‘Down Payment’ Ploy, Coming Right Up: Immigration “comprehensivists” claim Obama’s promised executive actions to protect illegal immigrants constitute a kind of doomsday weapon directed at the Republican party. If Obama acts boldly to offer de facto legalization to, say, “up to half of the undocumented population” of 11 million illegals living here, it will cement an unshakeable bond between Latino voters and their political champion — or so the argument goes. The more Republicans complain and stamp their feet the more they’ll “lastingly” alienate this growing ethnic bloc, predicts Ron Brownstein. ** But hasn’t Obama more obviously put himself in

John Travolta Can´t Stop Former
Pilot´s Lawsuit Over Secrets
Hollywood Reporter, by Eriq Gardner    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/23/2014 5:28:43 AM     Post Reply
Douglas Gotterba, who worked for John Travolta´s aircraft company Alto in the 1980s, will get the opportunity to argue in a lawsuit that he holds no confidentiality duties to the actor. On Tuesday, the airline pilot was given the go-ahead sign by a California appeals court. Gotterba worked for Travolta for six years. According to press interviews he´s given, he claims that his relationship with Travolta was more than professional. He stopped working for the actor in 1987, at which point he entered into a written termination agreement with Alto. Nearly 25 years later, Gotterba came forward to "tell the story

Has Texas Gov. Rick Perry thrown down
the gauntlet to Obama on immigration?
Washington Examiner, by Mark Tapscott    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/23/2014 5:22:56 AM     Post Reply
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is sending up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the Lone Star State´s border with Mexico in an attempt to contain the flood of illegal immigrants entering the U.S. Perry can do this because under the Constitution, state governors are the commanders in chief of the guard, which is the modern equivalent of colonial militias. Perry´s action has the potential to change the political dynamics of the immigration reform debate but it depends upon whether it makes a discernible difference in the situation on the border. As the New York Times predictably described it, Perry´s move

  


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Coyotes cashing in on
smuggling illegal kids
Boston Herald, by Erin Smith    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/23/2014 5:17:48 AM     Post Reply
Sophisticated, international “coyotes” — often working in concert with drug cartels as they smuggle illegal immigrants into the U.S. — are the main traffickers behind the wave of 57,000 unaccompanied Central American children flooding the southern border, according to a Mexican-based human rights expert. And the coyotes are raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars sneaking the kids past the Texas and Arizona borders, according to Victor Clark-Alfaro, a San Diego State University professor and director of the Binational Center for Human Rights in Tijuana, Mexico. “The international coyotes have contact with Mexican authorities to bribe them, they have safety houses, they

Why do all government
IT projects seem to fail?
Telegraph [UK], by Willar Foxton    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/23/2014 5:11:14 AM     Post Reply
While I was phoning around this morning for an explanation to why the Government’s latest big IT project has ended with £350 million being flushed down the lavatory, one respected contractor told me: “I just don’t think the UK government should be allowed to buy IT at all. Maybe give them abacuses, but they could still get those wrong.” It’s not just a problem for the UK either. Most nations--but especially the USA--have a woeful record when it comes to IT procurement. [Snip] Too often ministers think they can wave a wand and the geeks will sort it out.

Kerry Shows His True
Colors on Israel -- Again
American Spectator, by Aaron Goldstein    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/23/2014 5:09:46 AM     Post Reply
It should come as no surprise to anyone that our secretary of state, John Kerry, was caught on a hot mic bashing Israel during a commercial break while in an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday. Kerry sarcastically characterized the IDF’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza as a “hell of a pinpoint operation” while on speaker-phone with an adviser. After all, it was less than three months ago that Kerry said Israel could become an Apartheid state if a Palestinian state were not established. This comment, made behind closed doors during a sitting of the Trilateral Commission, put Kerry

Chasing Hillary
Washington Free Beacon, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/23/2014 5:07:04 AM     Post Reply
Among Democrats who hope Hillary Clinton doesn’t run—and their number is larger than one might think—the complaints are familiar. Age and stamina are the obvious considerations. “Look at Obama’s hair color, just like George Bush’s,” says a prominent Washington insider. “Somebody who’s seventy shouldn’t be president. And I think that’s going to be an interesting issue against her, but who in the Democratic Party is going to have the guts to take on that machine?” A former Clinton campaign adviser is equally blunt. “This is gonna sound superficial”—which is an understatement—“but men do age better than women,” he says. “At

  


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‘Meet the Press’ host David Gregory
to be replaced after elections
New York Post, by Emily Smith    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/23/2014 5:01:25 AM     Post Reply
David Gregory’s time is nearly up at “Meet the Press,” sources told Page Six, and he could be replaced as moderator of the nation’s longest-running TV show soon after the November midterm elections. While NBC News President Deborah Turness has publicly supported the embattled Gregory, there are serious concerns about the losing battle to turn around the show’s sinking ratings. Viewership is down a whopping 43 percent compared to when Gregory ascended to the moderator’s chair in December 2008, after the death of Tim Russert. The show finished in third place behind CBS’s “Face the Nation” and ABC’s “This Week” in the

A new witch hunt in Salem
Washington Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/23/2014 4:56:20 AM     Post Reply
Salem, Mass., is infamous for its witchcraft trials of 322 years ago, which is just how the town likes it. Celebration of its unsavory past attracts tourists and their dollars. Without that unsavory history, Salem would be just another town in the Boston neighborhood. The spirit of Salem and its celebration of intolerance survives in the person of Kimberly Driscoll, the mayor. She was “stunned” to learn that Gordon College, 16 miles away in Wenham, practices what its evangelical Christian faith preaches. Everyone who works or studies at Gordon College is expected to remain sexually abstinent, unless married. No hanky-panky is

5 reasons David Perdue shocked Georgia’s
political world to win GOP Senate nod
Journal-Constitution [Atlanta, GA], by Greg Bluestein & Daniel Malloy    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/23/2014 4:41:27 AM     Post Reply
David Perdue’s stunning victory over Rep. Jack Kingston was both a rebuke to Georgia’s political establishment and a reminder that November will be a very unconventional race. Here are five factors that played into Perdue’s upset victory: Metro Atlanta’s Perdue support offset south Georgia’s Kingston backing. While Kingston held onto his big margins in south Georgia, Perdue more than wiped him out with big showings in populous metro Atlanta and other urban areas across the state. Perdue’s camp was ecstatic that Kingston’s net margin over Perdue in Savannah’s Chatham County was 12,000 – close to what they expected. If Kingston landed

GAO “Secret Shopper” Investigation
Finds Fraud in Obamacare Exchanges
PJ Media, by Paula Bolyard    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/23/2014 4:38:06 AM     Post Reply
On Tuesday, Republicans released preliminary results of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) undercover examination of enrollment in the Obamacare exchanges. Using fake information during an undercover “secret shopper” investigation, the GAO created 18 fictitious identities through the federal exchange by telephone, online, and in-person. In 17 of 18 attempts the GAO was able to obtain premium subsidies and health insurance with fake information through telephone and online applications. According to the report, 11 out of 12 fake applications for the federal exchanges were approved, with credits totaling $2500 per month ($30,000 per year). During the investigation, fake shoppers provided fake documents, such

Most transparent administration ever
closes Apollo 11 anniversary event to press
Hot Air, by Mary Katharine Ham    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/23/2014 4:33:14 AM     Post Reply
President Obama met with the surviving members of the moon landing mission Tuesday morning at the White House, but no press was allowed. The White House release on the event lists Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin as attendees, but I think we can all assume Stanley Kubrick was there, too. Otherwise, why would it be closed, mannnnn? Just when we’d gotten the number of moon landing conspiracy theorists in this country down to single digits, the president has to go and do this. President Obama met with surviving members of the Apollo 11 crew at the White House Tuesday morning to commemorate

  



Elizabeth Warren Is Overrated
The Federalist, by David Harsanyi    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/23/2014 4:31:04 AM     Post Reply
The notion that Elizabeth Warren should challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party presidential nomination has been optimistically tossed around in left-wing circles for a while now. Activists at Netroots Nation recently chanted ”Run, Liz, run.” And no doubt, the excitement generated by Warren is a function of her ideological sincerity—a sincerity that’s most obvious when contrasted with Hillary Clinton’s lack of earnestness and pandering. Still, it seems to me that a lot of people are overestimating the appeal, uniqueness, and popularity of Warren. What’s most enticing about Warren right now is the perception of her, not the reality. For starters, once

ObamaCare in death spiral
after federal appeals court
strikes down some subsidies
Fox News, by Betsy McCaughey    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/23/2014 4:28:17 AM     Post Reply
Tuesday, a federal appeals court slapped down the Obama administration in a 2-1 ruling that could kill the president’s signature health care law. If upheld by the Supreme Court, the ruling would force Congress back to the drawing boards to design a health law that is actually affordable, rather than bearing the false title “Affordable Care Act.” The ruling in Halbig v. Burwell bars the federal government from handing out taxpayer-funded subsidies to people who buy ObamaCare plans in nearly two-thirds of the states. Those subsidies took the sting out of being forced to buy pricey ObamaCare plans. If the ruling

Costa Concordia sets sail on final voyage
CNN, by Barbie Latza Nadeau    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/23/2014 4:26:02 AM     Post Reply
Giglio, Italy -- The wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship has begun its final voyage. Salvage crews refloated the ship last week so they can move it from its resting place off Giglio Island to the Italian port of Genoa to be dismantled. On Wednesday morning, it sets sail. It´s been more than 2½ years since the ship ran aground off Giglio Island with more than 4,200 passengers aboard, killing 32 people in a disaster that drew global attention. The vessel will be towed -- slowly and carefully -- approximately 240 kilometers (150 miles) to Genoa, where it will be broken up. A convoy

Judges in Healthcare
Rulings Vote Party Line
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/23/2014 4:21:12 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- In rapid succession, six federal judges on two appeals courts weighed in on a key component of President Barack Obama´s health care law. Their votes lined up precisely with the party of the president who appointed them. It was the latest illustration that presidents help shape their legacies by stocking the federal bench with judges whose views are more likely to align with their own. The legal drama played out Tuesday in Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia, on two appeals courts that Obama has transformed through 10 appointments in 5 1/2 years. In the first ruling, a divided three-judge panel of

The Psychopathology of Sandra Fluke´s
All-American Totalitarian Vagina
American Thinker, by Deborah C. Tyler    Original Article
Posted By: geo11- 7/23/2014 2:51:26 AM     Post Reply
Let’s face it: if you want to see the workings of thought disorder, you have to do a Rorschach. I once did a Rorschach on a man who was experiencing a psychotic disorder. In card after card he reported seeing vaginas. He was an intelligent, highly educated man. He had sufficient self-observing ego to be embarrassed, but not to filter sexually oriented responses. He eventually quipped, “Isn’t there some Woody Allen joke about you’re the crazy one for showing me all these dirty pictures?” Of all the elements of consciousness, the problem of sex is the most clamorous.

Amnesty: The Death of America
American Thinker, by By Mary Anne Marcella    Original Article
Posted By: geo11- 7/23/2014 2:38:04 AM     Post Reply
The left wing ideologues currently in control of America want us to believe that they care about all the “children” at our border. It isn’t the first time they have used children to push an agenda. They have even been using Jesus as a propaganda tool. Playing on our emotions, and appealing to our kind nature has worked. No doubt some of the low information crowd who blindly support the left believe they are being compassionate by welcoming lawbreakers “who just want a better life” with open arms. Many just believe the left is pro illegal immigration because these immigrants

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