June 2013

More Recognition that Dodd-Frank Harms Main Street

June 24, 2013
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In two high-profile forums last week, Dodd-Frank, the financial “reform” law sold as targeting Wall Street, was shown to have a devastating effect on Main Street businesses — from community banks to farmers and manufacturers.

First came a June 11 hearing before Judge Ellen Huvelle of the federal district court of the...

Afghanistan calls off talks with U.S. on security agreement

June 19, 2013
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Typical Obama foreign policy, one step forward, two steps back.

KABUL, June 19 Xinhua — The Afghan government on Wednesday announced that it suspended talks with the United States on the proposed security agreement, saying the United States had contradictory stance over the peace process in Afghanistan, local media reported.

via Afghanistan...

Edward Snowden speaks to Chinese newspaper

June 12, 2013
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Edward Snowden spoke with the South China Morning Post on Wednesday.

Edward Snowden, the former CIA analyst behind one of the most significant government leaks in U.S. history, has vowed to expose further surveillance secrets as he speaks out again.

The 29-year-old whistleblower remained defiant in an interview with the South China Morning...

Secret Service “Visits” Outspoken Twitter Critic of Obama?

June 12, 2013
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Tom Francois is an outspoken critic of Barack Hussein Obama- and has a robust Twitter presence. He also likes to dabble with his “paint” program to create funny cartoons. He has never threatened the President in any way, manner or form.

On April 11, 2013, he heard relentless pounding on his door...

Syrian Islamists Executed Mohammed Qatta, 14 in front of his family

June 12, 2013
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A teenager selling coffee in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo was arrested by Islamist rebel fighters for insulting the Prophet Mohammed, beaten and then executed in front of his family, a watchdog group claims.

The boy, Mohammed Qatta, 14, reportedly refused to give a customer coffee, the Syrian Observatory for Human...

NSA leakers girlfriend says shes a “pole-dancing superhero”

June 12, 2013
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The girlfriend of self-avowed National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden wrote that she was “adrift in a sea of chaos” after he spilled government secrets and decamped to Hong Kong.

In a post on her blog, Lindsay Mills — who described herself as a “pole-dancing superhero” — said she was...

David Brooks Thinks Ed Snowden Is Matt Drudge

June 11, 2013
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I’m linking David Brooks latest through Instapundit. You can make of it what you will. It isn’t that I disagree with Glenn, just that my takeaway after reading Brooks was different. As the ultimate “mediated-man,” clearly Brooks sees Snowden as a threat, much in the same way he and other older...

Edward Snowden missing in Hong Kong

June 10, 2013
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An ex-CIA employee who leaked details of US top-secret phone and internet surveillance has disappeared from his hotel in Hong Kong.Edward Snowden, 29, checked out from his hotel on Monday. His whereabouts are unknown, but he is believed to be still in Hong Kong.

via BBC News – US spy leaker Edward...

Phila Crane operator Sean Benschop allegedly high while working on demolition

June 8, 2013
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A heavy equipment operator with a lengthy rap sheet accused of being high on marijuana when a downtown building collapsed onto a thrift store, killing six people, turned himself in on Saturday to face charges in the deaths, police said.

via Crane operator allegedly high – NY Daily News.

It’s an ‘Information Highway’, Not a Private Drive: People Resigned to Little Privacy

June 8, 2013
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This AP item via ABC pretty much echoes what I’ve been saying on this topic. If you want privacy via the Web take responsibility for it and use encryption; otherwise, always assume someone is watching the traffic go up and down the ‘information highway’ all day. It may not even...

Smoking Gun? 2010 email alerted IRS in DC of targeting

June 7, 2013
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What did they know and when did they know it?

A misfired email from a U.S. Internal Revenue Service employee in Cincinnati alerted a number of Washington IRS officials that extra scrutiny was being place on conservative groups in July 2010, a year earlier than previously acknowledged, according to interviews with IRS...

LOL “PRISM’d? NYTs Quietly Softened Its Scathing Obama Editorial

June 6, 2013
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Via Gawker – and all is right with the liberal media world, again. What a joke.

When the Paper of Record published a blistering editorial on President Obamas overbearing national security precautions today, one line stood out from the dozens of others as being the most vicious: “The administration has now...

NSA, FBI mining data from 9 U.S. Internet companies in broad secret program

June 6, 2013
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You were saying? Oh, never mind. I’ll just ask the NSA, the FBI – or maybe the IRS….

The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails, documents and connection logs that enable analysts to...

NYTs: Obama “once promised transparency and accountability … has now lost all credibility”

June 6, 2013
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The second graph in the latest New York Times op-ed is a keeper!

Those reassurances have never been persuasive — whether on secret warrants to scoop up a news agency’s phone records or secret orders to kill an American suspected of terrorism — especially coming from a president who once promised...

George Zimmerman Trial: Witnesses must testify publicly

June 6, 2013
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A Florida judge has denied a defense request to let a handful of witnesses testify confidentiality during George Zimmermans trial for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin.

via George Zimmerman Trial:  – CBS News.

At least they sounded funny: Radio hosts Lynne Rosen, John Littig commit suicide

June 6, 2013
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“Goodbye cruel world,” they said, … in very high-pitched voices.

A Brooklyn couple who hosted a radio show called “The Pursuit of Happiness” committed suicide together by putting plastic bags over their heads and inhaling helium.

Geez.

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NObamacare: Health care laws unpopularity reaches new highs

June 6, 2013
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Finding out what’s in it:

President Barack Obamas signature health care reform law remains unpopular with the American public just months before it fully goes into effect, according to the new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

The poll shows 49 percent of Americans say they believe the Affordable Care Act is a bad...

Video of ‘Banned’ Pamela Anderson “sexist and degrading” TV ad

June 5, 2013
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Ad below the fold. I believe it was previously banned in 2010. Just doing my bit for recycling!!

A TV advert for a web-hosting company in which a man fantasies about actress Pamela Anderson being squirted with cream has been banned for being sexist and degrading to women.Anderson is portrayed chairing a...

Audio of an Angry Michelle Obama Being Interrupted by Heckler

June 5, 2013
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Audio at link. Not only is she a terrible speaker, generally speaking, this is one angry woman. Yeesh!

Most notable part of the event was an interruption from a protester about 12 minutes into the 20-minute speech. A pro-LGBT rights individual standing at the front began shouting for an executive...

DEA: Soccer Mom Ran Massive Pot Grow Operation

June 5, 2013
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A suburban mom–and budding equestrian–has for years maintained a secret life as the alleged head of a multimillion-dollar marijuana grow operation that was finally broken up last month when federal agents raided a New York City warehouse and discovered nearly 3000 pot plants and state-of-the-art cultivation equipment, The Smoking Gun has learned.

via DEA: Soccer Mom Ran Massive Pot Grow Operation | The...

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