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100 years ago today: The start of World War I

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Following the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand a month earlier and the resulting July Crisis, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia starting the “war to end all wars”.

The assassination led to a month of diplomatic manoeuvring between Austria-Hungary, Germany, Russia, France, and Britain which was called the July Crisis. Believing correctly that Serbian officials (especially the officers of the Black Hand) were involved in the plot, and wanting to finally end Serbian interference in Bosnia, Austria-Hungary delivered to Serbia the July Ultimatum, a series of ten demands that were intentionally made unacceptable to provoke a war with Serbia. When Serbia agreed to only eight of the ten demands, Austria-Hungary declared war on 28 July 1914.

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Soros funded Think Process reports parody as news…

The reported that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) wants to put underage illegal immigrants in concentration camps. They were reporting a news parody site.

Their ability to be so easily duped probably explains why they believe Obama when he says that he will reduce the cost of health insurance, that, if you like your plan you can keep your plan, that you can keep your doctor, that there isn’t a smidgen of corruption at the ICN, the consulate in Libya was attacked over a video and on and on and on…

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Thirteen Gaza tunnels destroyed

By Egypt…

Egypt’s army said Sunday it has destroyed 13 more tunnels connecting the Sinai Peninsula to the Gaza Strip, taking to 1,639 the overall number it has laid waste to.

Cairo has poured troops into the peninsula to counter a rising insurgency since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last year, and its security operation involves the destruction of these tunnels.

The Palestinian militant group Hamas, which is the main power in Gaza, reportedly uses the tunnels to smuggle arms, food and money into the blockaded coastal enclave.

Israel has been waging a military offensive on Gaza since July 8 to halt rocket fire, and it launched a ground assault on July 17 aimed at destroying the network of tunnels.

It accuses Hamas of using the tunnels to attacks on Israel.

Ties between Hamas and Cairo have deteriorated since the Egyptian army deposed Morsi on July 3, 2013. Hamas is an affiliate of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood.

Israel now has a better, more reliable ally in Egypt than in the United States.

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Obama wants a repeal of Iraq War Authorization Act

Obama has asked Congress to rescind his authorization to send troops to Iraq.

The Obama administration is calling on Congress to fully repeal the war authorization in Iraq to ensure that no U.S. troops return to the country, which is under siege by the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS).

White House national security adviser Susan Rice petitioned Speaker of the House John Boehner (R., Ohio) in a letter Friday to completely repeal the war authorization, officially known as the Authorization for Use of Military Force in Iraq, or AUMF.

Rice’s letter was sent as Congress just hours before it approved a resolution opposing U.S. military intervention in Iraq, where the terrorist group ISIL claims to have established an Islamic caliphate.

“We believe a more appropriate and timely action for Congress to take is the repeal of the outdated 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force in Iraq,” Rice wrote, according to a copy of her letter obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

If his hands are tied he can say, “look, there is nothing I can do, my hands are tied”.

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Obama: Please don’t throw me in the briar patch!

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Obama: Please don’t throw me in the briar patch impeach me!

New House GOP Whip Steve Scalise called President Obama’s extended discourse on his own impeachment nothing but a political game, noting this “might be the first White House in history trying to start the narrative of impeaching their own president.”

Scalise spoke with Fox New’s Chris Wallace on Sunday about the president’s impending plan for executive action on immigration — which many suspect will include amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants.

“You’re already suing the president for overreach,” Wallace noted, asking if House Republicans will consider impeachment should the White House move around Congress on yet another major issue.

“You know what, this might be the first White House in history that’s trying to start the narrative of impeaching their own president,” Scalise said incredulously. “Ultimately, what we want to do is see the president follow the laws.”

A president who believes his impeachment would empower him and cement his place in history is very dangerous indeed. Brazen high crimes and misdemeanors ahead.

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DC’s total ban on handgun carry overturned

The United States District Court rules that the District of Columbia ban on all handgun carry is unconstitutional.

In light of Heller, McDonald, and their progeny, there is no longer any basis on which this Court can conclude that the District of Columbia’s total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny. Therefore, the Court finds that the District of Columbia’s complete ban on the carrying of handguns in public is unconstitutional. Accordingly, the Court grants Plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment and enjoins Defendants from enforcing the home limitations of D.C. Code § 7-2502.02(a)(4) and enforcing D.C. Code § 22-4504(a) unless and until such time as the District of Columbia adopts a licensing mechanism consistent with constitutional standards enabling people to exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms.4 Furthermore, this injunction prohibits the District from completely banning the carrying of handguns in public for self-defense by otherwise qualified non-residents based solely on the fact that they are not residents of the District.

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US withdraws from Libya

All embassy staff pulled from Libya as situation in the country further deteriorates.

The United States shut down its embassy in Libya Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli as fighting intensified between rival militias, the State Department said.

“Due to the ongoing violence resulting from clashes between Libyan militias in the immediate vicinity of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, we have temporarily relocated all of our personnel out of Libya,” spokeswoman Marie Harf said.

The withdrawal underscored the Obama administration’s concern about the heightened risk to American diplomats abroad, particularly in Libya where memories of the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in the eastern city of Benghazi are still vivid and the political uproar over it remain fresh ahead of a new congressional investigation into the incident. A senior military official told Fox News the Pentagon has been advising the State Department leave the post for weeks.

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What was on those 18 erased minutes was none of our business!

Remember how, during the Watergate Hearings, Democrats forcefully argued that the Congress didn’t have the right to know what Nixon was doing in the White House? Yeah, me neither.

Eleanor Holmes Norton, the non-voting congressional delegate for the District of Columbia, angrily sputtered during a congressional hearing Friday that the White House should not be held up to scrutiny, saying that there was no right to know what it was doing behind closed doors.

“You don’t have a right to know everything in a separation-of-powers government, my friend. That is the difference between a parliamentary government and a separation-of-powers government,” Norton said during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing.

It was, to put mildly, a significant departure from the more traditional liberal stance that openness and transparency are must to prevent abuses of power by government officials. Instead the leading advocate for statehood for the District of Columbia literally argued that even the congressional committee charged with oversight shouldn’t be asking questions in the first place.

The government is a clown show.

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Goodbye Cheap Smartphones

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When you go to your provider and buy a smartphone for $99, it is heavily subsidized. The actual retail price for that phone is anywhere from $400 to $600. The provider gives you a great deal on the phone because the phone is provider-locked. It can only be used on the network of the carrier from whom it was purchased. That’s fair. If they subsidize your phone, it is reasonable that they ensure you don’t immediately use it on a competitor’s network. If you do not like these terms, you are free to buy a full priced, unlocked phone.

Busybody do-gooders in Congress have decided that it isn’t fair that your phone be carrier locked and have passed a bill that requires that all phones be unlocked. After all, its your phone, right?

The result of this legislation is clear. It will greatly reduce the availability of subsidized phones and ensure that you will have to pay the full boat prices for new phones.

Once again, the Central Bureaucracy protects you from yourself. You always had the option to buy a locked or unlocked phone. If the bill is signed by Obama, you will lose the option of buying and inexpensive smartphone. They have protected you by taking away your choice.

Their meddling in your life never rests. Never.

The U.S. House of Representatives today unanimously passed bipartisan legislation allowing American consumers to “unlock” smartphones when switching providers. The Senate has already passed the bill. Now, it heads to President Obama’s desk with just a few working days left before the August break. President Obama today applauded Congress for passing the pro-consumer legislation, and is expected to sign it into law.

“The bill Congress passed today is another step toward giving ordinary Americans more flexibility and choice, so that they can find a cell phone carrier that meets their needs and their budget,” the President said in a statement Friday.

The Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) was passed by a vote of 295 to 114 today. The Senate version, championed by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) was approved 10 days ago.

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House of Reps banned from modifying Wikipedia

It would seem someone was getting abusive in support of the transexual political agenda.

Wikipedia has imposed a 10-day ban on all edits made anonymously from the House of Representatives IP address, for making what Wikipedia has characterized as “disruptive edits,” Ars Technica reports.

On the user talk page for the IP address, Wikipedia moderators explained that the cause for the ban came from abusive edits made to the Mediaite page after that website published an article on the @congressedits Twitter account that has been publicizing edits made from congressional IPs. (RELATED: New Twitter Accounts Announce Wikipedia Edits By Government Officials)

The offending edits characterized Mediaite as a “sexist transphobic” blog that “automatically assumes that someone is male without any evidence.”

The ban sparked a debate over the fairness of restricting the shared IP address over a few abusive users.

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Gruber doesn’t know why he said it…twice

Earlier today I pointed out that Obamacare lead architect Jonathan Gruber said that states that don’t set up exchanges don’t get subsidies. He told the New Republic this morning that he didn’t know what the hell he was talking about and should be ignored.

“I honestly don’t remember why I said that. I was speaking off-the-cuff. It was just a mistake. People make mistakes. Congress made a mistake drafting the law and I made a mistake talking about it.”

It turns out that, in very precise language, using geometric logic describing a situation that comports perfectly with the written law, he didn’t know what the hell he was saying on multiple occasions.

Here is a second recording of Gruber making the same, exact claim on a different occasion in 2012.

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I took the #LiveYourWage challenge

As described earlier, some folks are trying to find out what it feels like to get by on a limited wage. I took the same terms as Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and tried to figure out if I could get by on $77 per week.

I shopped using only the ads for my local Hy-Vee grocery store. Here is what I bought. I am too lazy to break it out into a meal plan, but I think I could get by. Have a look….

Item Amount Price Total
Hamburger per pound 2  $     3.99  $           7.98
Chicken quarters per pound 4  $     1.39  $           5.56
Peanut Butter 16 oz 1  $     1.99  $           1.99
Eggs 18 1  $     1.88  $           1.88
Kellogs Cereal  2 boxes 1  $     5.00  $           5.00
Sweet Corn 12 ears 1  $     3.98  $           3.98
Cucumbers 4  $     0.88  $           3.52
Potatoes 10 lbs 1  $     5.00  $           5.00
Apples per lb 2  $     3.99  $           7.98
Bratwurst 1 lb or 5 brats 1  $     3.99  $           3.99
Wheat Bread per Loaf 1  $     2.43  $           2.43
Hamburger helper Tuna Helper per box 4  $     1.00  $           4.00
Tuna per 12 oz 1  $     2.50  $           2.50
Bratwurst Buns 1  $     1.58  $           1.58
12 oz Iceberg Lettuce Salad 4  $     0.88  $           3.52
Navel oranges per lb 2  $     1.68  $           3.36
Wishbone Dressing 1  $     2.00  $           2.00
Townhouse Crackers 12 oz 1  $     2.00  $           2.00
English Muffins 6 ct 1  $     1.00  $           1.00
Cottage Cheese 24 oz 1  $     2.68  $           2.68
Parkay Margerine 12 oz 1  $     1.98  $           1.98
Gallon of Milk 2% 1  $     2.98  $           2.98
Total  $         76.91
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Trey Gowdy en fuego

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Importing illegal aliens more efficiently

Usually refugees seek refuge where they can find it. For example, right across the nearest border. The Honduran “youth” coming to the United States don’t act like refugees seeking refuge, they act like determined immigrants. For example, they don’t stop when they cross the border into Mexico. They travel a thousand miles across Mexico to get to the Untied States. It would seem they aren’t really so much seeking refuge from Honduras as seeking to live in the United States.

The Obama Administration understands that and has a plan. Rather than forcing the Honduran “youths” to travel across Mexico, wouldn’t it make more sense for the United States to just send airplanes to Honduras, pick them up and bring them back?

Hoping to stem the recent surge of migrants at the Southwest border, the Obama administration is considering whether to allow hundreds of minors and young adults from Honduras into the United States without making the dangerous trek through Mexico, according to a draft of the proposal.

If approved, the plan would direct the government to screen thousands of children and youths in Honduras to see if they can enter the United States as refugees or on emergency humanitarian grounds. It would be the first American refugee effort in a nation reachable by land to the United States, the White House said, putting the violence in Honduras on the level of humanitarian emergencies in Haiti and Vietnam, where such programs have been conducted in the past amid war and major crises.

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Unions to do for fast food what they did for steel mills

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Unions are working hard to bring to fast food workers the conditions they created throughout the rust belt.

Fast food workers say they’re prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in suburban Chicago where more than 1,000 workers are expected to discuss the future of the effort that has spread to dozens of cities in less than two years.

About 1,300 workers will attend sessions Friday and Saturday at an expo center in Villa Park, Illinois, where they’ll be asked to do “whatever it takes” to win $15-an-hour wages and a union, said Kendall Fells, organizing director of the national effort and a representative of the Service Employees International Union.

The union has been providing financial and organizational support to the fast-food protests that began in late 2012 in New York City and have included daylong strikes and a protest outside this year’s McDonald’s Corp. shareholder meeting that resulted in more than 130 arrests.

Another union success story.

Another union success story.

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Obamacare designer explains: No state exchange, no subsidies

Earlier this week the DC Circuit Court ruled that the Obamacare law means what is says: States that do not set up exchanges cannot receive subsidies. Democrats say this is ridiculous and that the judges ruled on a typo. They claim that it is ridiculous to interpret the law, which clearly limits subsidies to states with exchanges, to mean that the law limits subsidies to states with exchanges. Why would they even make such a ridiculous assumption, they ask.

One of the key players in the design of the law explains.

What’s important to remember politically about this is if you’re a state and you don’t set up an exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits—but your citizens still pay the taxes that support this bill. So you’re essentially saying [to] your citizens you’re going to pay all the taxes to help all the other states in the country. I hope that that’s a blatant enough political reality that states will get their act together and realize there are billions of dollars at stake here in setting up these exchanges. But, you know, once again the politics can get ugly around this.

There is even video proof. I have cued the video to the relevant part. Down the Memory Hole…

The law denies states that do not set up exchanges subsidies. That was the intent of the law. That is the way it was written. Now that it has turned out to be a terrible mistake, Democrats induced the IRS to change the law and that is unconstitutional.

How blatant is the change in intent? The speaker above wants you to believe that he didn’t say what you just heard him say.

Earlier this week, Gruber was on MNSBC to address the Halbig ruling. He was asked if the language limiting subsidies to state-run exchanges was a typo. His response: “It is unambiguous this is a typo. Literally every single person involved in the crafting of this law has said that it`s a typo, that they had no intention of excluding the federal states.”

This is what is called ‘being caught in a lie’.

Great job by Reason on this.

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Freaky Friday Caption Contest

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The horror of a minimum wage diet…

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) is going to show the world the horror of being forced to live on minimum wage and is going to eat that way. She wants you to see her what her seven days of eating on a minimum wage diet looks like. The horror.

She has already run up against the constraints, saying it took her longer to shop for groceries as she got ready for the coming week because she had to weigh everything out and put some things back to make it all fit in her budget. “It does give us a taste of what it’s like to try to live on a minimum wage,” she said.

She added, “I’m hoping more of my colleagues will take the challenge, especially my Republican colleagues who will decide whether or when to call a vote” on the current legislation that would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, which was blocked by Republicans in the Senate. “After they would do it, I believe it would be hard for anyone to deny the importance of moving quickly to raise the minimum wage.”


I hope she doesn’t starve to death.

You know, I remember working for minimum wage right after I got out of the Army. That lasted about three months and I got a raise. And then another one. And then another one. I didn’t need the government to give me a raise. I got it on my own.

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Why didn’t the woman cross the road?

A woman who witnesses said appeared to be in labor was prevented from crossing an LA street Wednesday afternoon because the road was closed for President Barack Obama’s motorcade.

The woman was seen sitting at a bus stop bench on the south side of 3rd Street just east of Robertson Boulevard and across from Cedars Sinai Medical Center.

Obama was in Los Angeles Wednesday afternoon for a 24-hour visit that included two political fundraisers and a speech at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. Several street closures were in place for the visit.

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Gun violation prosecutions plummet under Obama

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Holder’s Justice Department isn’t really all that interested in prosecuting violations of gun laws.

While President Obama decries gun violence and presses for more laws to restrict ownership, his Justice Department has prosecuted 25 percent fewer cases referred by the main law enforcement agency charged with reducing firearms violence across the country, a computer analysis of U.S. prosecution data shows.

Federal prosecutors brought a total of 5,082 gun violation cases in 2013 recommended by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, compared with 6,791 during the last year of George W. Bush’s presidency in 2008, according to data obtained from the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys.

The 2013 totals represent a 42 percent decline from the record number of 8,752 prosecutions of ATF cases brought by the Justice Department in 2004 under Mr. Bush, according to the data.

It is often argued that there is no need to create new gun laws as long as violations of current laws go unprosecuted. That is true, as far as it goes. The reality, however, is that the administration isn’t really interested in prosecuting violations of gun laws. The administration wants to disarm the populace. New gun laws are designed to disarm the law abiding, not punish those who violate the law.

Again, Obama has no interest in preventing gun crime, his goal is disarmament.

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Fake Obamacare apps usually approved

Plenty of fake people voted for the members of Congress who passed Obamacare. I suppose it makes sense that fake people would benefit from it.

An undercover operation found that the majority of fake Obamacare applications submitted were approved by the health law’s enrollment system.

Fake applicants were able to get subsidized insurance coverage in 11 of 18 attempts, according to a report from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office. The agency conducted the sting operation to test the strength of the Affordable Care Act’s eligibility-verification system.

The findings will be discussed at a House Ways and Means hearing Wednesday. They were revealed in an advance copy of the testimony from Seto Bagdoyan, head of GAO’s Forensic Audits and Investigative Service, provided to the Associated Press.

The undercover investigators created fake identities by inventing Social Security numbers, income, and citizenship, and by counterfeiting documents.

Eleven of 12 fake online or telephone applications were approved, according to Bagdoyan. Five of six phone applications were successful, with the exception of one caller who declined to give a Social Security number. Six online applications were initially blocked by the verification system, but the investigators were able to find a workaround by going through the call center.

“The total amount of these credits for the 11 approved applications is about $2,500 monthly or about $30,000 annually,” Bagdoyan said, according to a report from NBC. “We also obtained cost-sharing reduction subsidies, according to marketplace representatives, in at least nine of the 11 cases.”

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Senator Cruz responds to Obama’s de facto travel ban to Israel

The FAA’s ban on flights to Israel is a major victor for Hamas. It hurts our ally and it aids our enemy. Here is the Senator’s statement.

“Today, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that it was extending its ban on flights by U.S. carriers into Israel.  The rationale was that because one Hamas-launch rocket had landed in a field one mile from Ben Gurion International Airport, the ‘potentially hazardous security situation created by the armed conflict between Israel and Gaza’ necessitated this extreme action that has so far cancelled some 160 flights and left tens of thousands stranded.

“Obviously, no one wants to place civilian travelers in harm’s way, and the recent downing of Malaysian Airways flight 17 by pro-Russian militants in Ukraine is a stark reminder of the dangers posed by regional unrest.  But security concerns in Israel are hardly breaking news, and given the exceptional challenge Israel faces, Ben Gurion has rightly earned the reputation as one of the safest airports in the world due to the aggressive security measures implemented by the Israeli government.

“Given that some 2,000 rockets have been fired into Israel over the last six weeks, many of them at Tel Aviv, it seems curious to choose yesterday at noon to announce a flight ban, especially as the Obama Administration had to be aware of the punitive nature of this action.

“Tourism is an $11 billion industry for Israel, which is in the middle of a summer high season already seriously diminished by the conflict initiated by Hamas.  Group tours have been cancelling at a 30% rate.  This FAA flight ban may well represent a crippling blow to a key economic sector through both security concerns and worries that additional bans will down more flights and strand more passengers.  It hardly matters if or when the ban is lifted. At this point, the damage may already be done.

“Even given the remarkable resilience and prosperity of its economy, Israel has always been vulnerable to economic blackmail.  In the 1970s, we saw the Arab League boycott, which tried to punish any financial institution that did business with Israel.

“Today we have similar noxious efforts by the Boycott, Divest, Sanction or ‘BDS’ movement, which seeks to punish Israel for the fact that the militant terrorist elements embraced by the Palestinian Authority make any peace deal an intolerable security risk to Israel at this time.  But the Obama Administration has refused to robustly denounce this effort to undermine our ally.

“Instead, Secretary of State John Kerry issued a veiled threat last February when he encouraged boycotts of Israel and said that absent serious Israeli concessions at the negotiating table, Israel’s economic prosperity was ‘not sustainable’ and ‘illusory.’ Secretary Kerry unfortunately reprised this theme just this April, when he threatened that Israel risked becoming an ‘apartheid state’ if Israel did not submit to his chosen solution to the Israel-Palestinian crisis.

“Taken in the context of Secretary Kerry’s comments, yesterday’s action by the FAA raises some serious questions:

  • Was this decision a political decision driven by the White House?
  • If the FAA’s decision was based on airline safety, why was Israel singled out, when flights would be permitted into Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen?
  • What was the FAA’s ‘safety’ analysis that led to prohibiting flights to Israel, while still permitting flights to Ukraine—where a commercial airline flight was just shot down with a BUK missile?
  • What specific communications occurred between the FAA and the White House?  And the State Department?  Why were any such communications necessary, if this was purely about airline safety?
  • Was this a safety issue, or was it using a federal regulatory agency to punish Israel to try to force them to comply with Secretary Kerry’s demand that Israel stop their military effort to take out Hamas’s rocket capacity?

“When Secretary Kerry arrived in Cairo this week his first act was to announce $47 million in additional aid to Gaza, which is in effect $47 million for Hamas.  In short order, this travel ban was announced by the FAA.  Aiding Hamas while simultaneously isolating Israel does two things.  One, it helps our enemy.  Two, it hurts our ally.

“Until these serious questions are answered, the facts suggest that President Obama has just used a federal regulatory agency to launch an economic boycott on Israel, in order to try to force our ally to comply with his foreign-policy demands.

“If so, Congress should demand answers.”

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Sen John Walsh (D-MT) says PTSD made him do it

Senator John Walsh (D-MT) was appointed by the state’s Democrat governor and holds one of the contested seats up for grabs in November. In 2007, at the age of 46, he completed his Master’s Thesis at the Army War College. It was 14 pages long and about 25 percent of it was flat out plagiarized.

Mr. Walsh completed the paper, what the War College calls a “strategy research project,” to earn his degree in 2007, when he was 46. The sources of the material he presents as his own include academic papers, policy journal essays and books that are almost all available online.

Most strikingly, the six recommendations Mr. Walsh laid out at the conclusion of his 14-page paper, titled “The Case for Democracy as a Long Term National Strategy,” are taken nearly word-for-word without attribution from a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace document on the same topic.

In his third recommendation, for example, Mr. Walsh writes: “Democracy promoters need to engage as much as possible in a dialogue with a wide cross section of influential elites: mainstream academics, journalists, moderate Islamists, and members of the professional associations who play a political role in some Arab countries, rather than only the narrow world of westernized democracy and human rights advocates.”

The same sentence appears on the sixth page of a 2002 Carnegie paper written by four scholars at the research institute. In all, Mr. Walsh’s recommendations section runs to more than 800 words, nearly all of it taken verbatim from the Carnegie paper, without any footnote to it.

Needless to say, the military frowns on stealing other’s work for a master’s thesis. In fact, degrees are generally rescinded and promotions withdrawn when it is discovered. Why did he do it? He says it was PTSD.

U.S. Sen. John Walsh of Montana says he was on medication and being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder when he used unattributed work of scholars in his master’s thesis.

Walsh says he unintentionally made incorrect citations in the 2007 paper, written nearly two years after he returned from Iraq.

Walsh told The Associated Press on Wednesday that his “head was not in a place very conducive to a classroom and an academic environment.”

Some would like to dismiss it as something that has been done by Rand Paul and others. Even the NYT is having no part of that.


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Obama says he doesn’t watch the news…

Except, evidently, when he needs to know what is going on in his administration.

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 the Fast and Furious gun-running operation, and the Department of Justice spying on news reporters.

Well, you can’t teach him anything because he already has all the answers. You know, like a 13 year old.

Remember when Sarah Palin refused to state which newspapers she reads and that was a big ‘gotchya’ for the MSN? Yeah, good times.

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The War on Work

How the welfare state discourages work, imposes dependency and exacerbates poverty. Worth six minutes of your day.

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