July 4, 2015

Trump Says Comments on Mexicans Have Hurt Business

"I lose customers," the real estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate admitted Saturday.

Source: Bloomberg Politics

'Blank the Alligators': Man Dies From Alligator Attack in Texas After Ignoring Warning Signs

"I'm still in shock." 

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Live from Council Bluffs, the mania of Bernie

(Scott Johnson) From deep under cover, reader Dave Begley emails us this lively report on last night's campaign activities in Iowa, featuring Bernie Sanders's standing room only rally in Council Bluff: I attended Bernie's meeting last night in Council Bluffs, Iowa (photo above). There were about 3,000 people there and many were from Nebraska. I wore my Carleton College shirt and was in complete disguise. The average age was about 30 compared

Source: Power Line

Syrian troops and Hezbollah besiege border mountain resort

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - Syrian elite forces backed by Hezbollah fighters besieged a rebel-held mountain resort near the border with Lebanon on Saturday under the cover of intense airstrikes by Syria's air forces, activists and official media outlets reported.

The capture of Zabadani would tighten Hezbollah's grip on Syrian territories ...

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Neo-Natzis Protesting 'Jewification of Britain' Largely Outnumbered By Counter Protesters

"If this was anti-black, anti-gay, or anti-Muslim, this would not be allowed."

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Canada Court Rules Right To Gay Sex Trumps Religious Liberty

Law school denied accreditation due to conduct policy, not academics

Via: The Daily Caller

Activist: Confederate statue in Galveston inappropriate

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - A Houston activist is campaigning to have Galveston officials take down a statue in front of the local courthouse that honors Confederate soldiers.

Isaac Fanuiel tells the Galveston County Daily News (http://bit.ly/1Chs0FZ ) that the monument is inappropriate on an island where federal troops announced the ...

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11 Most Patriotic Cocktails From America's History

Time to drink like it's 1776!

Via: The Daily Caller

Wired For Extremes

Namibia Chris McNamara stood at the overhang of what would be his final wingsuit BASE jump (parachuting or wingsuit flying from a fixed structure: building, antenna, span and Earth). A 1,500-foot drop was a conservative risk in a community that saw around 30 deaths last year. "After I took flight I had never realized how much physical strength was required in wingsuit BASE. I wasn't nervous… Read More

Source: TechCrunch

A year on, children caught on border struggle to stay, adapt

LOS ANGELES (AP) - At 1-year-old, a wide-eyed, restless Joshua Tinoco faces the prospect of deportation to Honduras. He is one of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children who arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border last year.

While his teenage mother has been allowed to stay and seek a green card ...

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Firework Mishap Injures Several in Colorado

"It was so scary."

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Network to Air Miss USA Pageant After NBC Cut Ties With Trump

"As one of only a few independent networks, we decided to exercise our own voice and committed ourselves to bringing this pageant to American viewers everywhere."

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In San Francisco

(Scott Johnson) The latest outrage in our continuing saga of illegal immigration comes via San Francisco, where a five-time Mexican deportee killed a beautiful young lady (photo at left) who was out for a walk with her father. FOX News reports: The man arrested in connection with the seemingly random killing of a woman who was out for a stroll with her father along the San Francisco waterfront is an illegal immigrant

Source: Power Line

New US citizens take oath on Fourth at Coolidge site

PLYMOUTH, Vt. (AP) - Twenty people are becoming U.S. citizens in Vermont during a special Fourth of July ceremony at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth.

The naturalization ceremony on Saturday at 10 a.m. is part of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation's Fourth of July celebration.

The ...

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VA Whistleblower Tells Obama In Person To Pick A Permanent Inspector General

'If the providers or pharmacists refuse to follow Dr. Houlihan's orders they will be yelled at and perhaps fired'

Via: The Daily Caller

Negotiators Come Closer to Agreement on Iran Sanctions

"The word of significant progress indicated the sides were moving closer to a comprehensive accord…"

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So About That Whole Tech-Eating-Jobs Thing

1024px-Wrong_Way The argument seems compelling, the logic inescapable. As hardware doubles its density every 18-24 months, courtesy of Moore's Law, and as software eats the world, technology will replace a broad swathe of jobs outright–from burger-flippers to physicians–and networks will atomize many others from full-time positions into gigs performed by many fungible workers. Tech, in… Read More

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And a word from Calvin Coolidge

(Scott Johnson) President Calvin Coolidge rose to the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Indepence on July 4, 1926, with a speech providing a magisterial review of the history and thought underlying the Declaration. His speech on the occasion deserves be read and studied in its entirety. In light of the destruction wrought last week by our robed masters, let us consider especially the following brilliant paragraph. Like Lincoln's

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Dozens of People Rescued From East Coast's Largest Ferris Wheel

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The eternal meaning of Independence Day

(Scott Johnson) On July 9, 1858, Illinois Senator Stephen Douglas gave a campaign speech to a raucous throng from the balcony of the Tremont Hotel in Chicago. Abraham Lincoln was in the audience as Douglas prepared to speak. Douglas graciously invited Lincoln to join him on the balcony to listen to the speech. In his speech Douglas sounded the themes of the momentous campaign that Lincoln and Douglas waged that summer and

Source: Power Line

News from around Wisconsin at 5:28 a.m. CDT

Backlash over Wisconsin GOP plan to tighten open records law

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Opposition mounted Friday to a surprise Republican budget measure that would exempt from Wisconsin open records laws nearly everything created by state and local government officials, including drafts of legislation and communications with staff.

The 24-page ...

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New citizens being sworn in at 3 upstate New York locations

STILLWATER, N.Y. (AP) - Several dozen people will be sworn in as new citizens of the United States during naturalization ceremonies being held on the Fourth of July at three upstate New York locations.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services says more than 70 people will take the Oath of Allegiance ...

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Happy Independence Day!

The Washington Free Beacon staff wishes its readers a happy Fourth of July!

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News briefs from around Kentucky at 1:58 a.m. EDT

Aetna to buy Humana as health insurer landscape shifts

Aetna aims to spend about $35 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the federal health care overhaul.

The proposed cash-and-stock deal, announced early Friday, would make ...

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What Good Is Liberty Without Religious Freedom?

The post-Obergefell assault on religious beliefs undermines a fundamental American principle

Via: The Daily Caller

Study: Disgusting 'Friendship' Strategy Helps Beta Males Score Hot Chicks

Get out of the 'friend zone,' beta males

Via: The Daily Caller

Groups' support helps Burmese immigrants resume weaving

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - In the front room of an east Waterloo home, four master weavers gather to practice their craft.

All are Burmese immigrants who, after years in refugee camps, have been able to resume the traditional art thanks to the support of several Cedar Valley organizations, the Waterloo-Cedar ...

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July 3, 2015

Churchill on "A Peculiar Type of Brainy People"

(Steven Hayward) As with so many other things, Churchill was on to the problem of the administrative state and today's presumptuous liberal cosmopolitanism from early on.  A 1933 speech offers a perfect description of our Beltway mentality today: The worst difficulties from which we suffer do not come from without. They come from within. They do not come from the cottages of the wage-earners. They come from a peculiar type of brainy

Source: Power Line

Kentucky ACLU Is Suing 'Deeply Religious' County Clerk For Denying Same-Sex Couples A Marriage License

'My conscience will not allow me'

Via: The Daily Caller

Pot Activists in a Major American City Are Pushing for 'Limited Social Marijuana Consumption' at Bars

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Often-Violated Fireworks Law Sees Some Changes in Ohio: 'Liar's Law'

"For years has required residents to make empty promises…"

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The NAACP Is Dealing With Another 'Fraud,' This Time In Cincinnati

Civil rights group files suit against rogue leaders

Via: The Daily Caller

'Mystery' Hole Shooting 'Big Plumes of Water' Has the British Cordoning Off Beach Area

"Quite tremendous sight"

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Mitt Romney's New Hampshire B&B

The 2012 Republican presidential nominee to host would-be successor Chris Christie for a sleepover.

Source: Bloomberg Politics

Guy Playing National Anthem With His Rifle Is As Patriotic As It Gets [VIDEO]

'Let's go shoot some freedom'

Via: The Daily Caller

A Look at Oregon's Program to Tax Drivers by the Mile

"To put a GPS monitor in everybody's car, the government already knows too much about us as it is."

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11 TechCrunch Stories You Don't Want To Miss This Week

weekly roundup USE This week in tech, we got introduced to Apple Music, learned that Microsoft and AOL will enter a partnership, and much more. These are the stories to catch you up on this week's news. Read More

Source: TechCrunch

Climate Then and Now

(Steven Hayward) From volume 4 of Churchill's Marlborough: His Life and Times, about the winter of 1708-9, near the culmination of the long war against Louis XIV: But there now fell upon France a new and frightful misfortune. Since the beginning of December there had been a hard and almost unbroken frost. On January 6, after a brief thaw, it set in again with a bitterness so intense that two days later

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A Few Fun Facts for the Fourth of July

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Five World War II Veterans Tell Their Stories

Recently the Free Beacon sat down with several World War II veterans to ask them about Memorial Day. After explaining the importance of the holiday, the veterans were kind enough to share their stories. Each veteran told the Free Beacon about their own unique experience in the military.

Source: Washington Free Beacon

NYC Cop Throws Fists To Protect Female Partner From Knife-Wielding Suspect [VIDEO]

Caught on tape!

Via: The Daily Caller

Dashcam Captures the Moment a Trooper Rushes to Stop Runaway Car With a 2-Year-Old Left Inside

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'We Are on a War Footing in This Country': Greek Banks Running Out of Money; Food Imports, Medicine May be Affected

"We are in an extremely dangerous situation."

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John Sculley On Drawing The Mac Phone For Steve Jobs

john sculley We had a chance to sit down with the founders of Zeta Interactive — John Sculley and David Steinberg — last week to talk a bit about their online marketing service. But Sculley isn't just known for that company, or the ones that came just before it where he worked with Steinberg. He also had a stint running Apple, coming from running Pepsi in the middle of its… Read More

Source: TechCrunch

Hassan likely to veto bill removing concealed gun license

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire's gun laws are likely to be the center of debate next week as Gov. Maggie Hassan takes action on a bill that would make it easier for people to carry hidden guns. She plans to veto it.

The legislation passed the Republican-led Legislature earlier ...

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Gallup: U.S. 'Extreme Pride' In America At Pre 9/11 Level

Lee Greenwood, where art thou?

Via: The Daily Caller

The Words Escaped N.Y. Prisoner Wrote to His Daughter That Had Her Asking for Protection During Epic Manhunt

"I always promised you…"

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Aetna To Buy Humana For $37 Billion In Largest Insurance Deal

Aetna to buy Humana

Via: The Daily Caller

A GOP 'Identity Crisis' as Crowded Field Vies in a 'Primary Within a Primary'

"There is a little bit of an identity crisis in conservatism now."

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Huge Piece of WWII Weaponry Discovered Beneath German Man's Villa

"Fondness for certain things."

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Y Combinator-backed Gemnote Saves Companies From Cheesy Gift Baskets

Gemnote packaging This may come as a surprise to anyone who has ever received a rattan basket packed with novelty cheese logs, but corporate gifts are a huge business. According to research from the Advertising Specialty Institute, U.S. companies spend about $19 billion a year sending swag to clients and employees. Gemnote, which just launched from Y Combinator, gives companies an alternative. Read More

Source: TechCrunch

Insurer Aetna to buy Humana in $35B deal

Aetna will spend about $35 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the federal health care overhaul.

The proposed cash-and-stock deal, announced early Friday, would make Aetna a sizeable player in the rapidly growing Medicare Advantage ...

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Corporal In Clintons' War On Women Is Back

I think I'd hide 'Corporal Cue Ball' James Carville

Via: The Daily Caller

'Shame on You TV Land': Angry Fans of 'The Dukes of Hazzard' Taking Over Network's Facebook Page on Heels of Show's Removal

"TV Land just landed on my list of BLOCKED channels."

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Goodnight Vienna (3)

(Scott Johnson) Omri Ceren provides an email update on the latest from Vienna, this one addressing "State Dept vs. State Dept on Iran cheating on deal — State.gov contradicts State Dept damage control on Iran violations." Omni writes: Day 3 of this, and still nothing on the record from the Obama administration about why it's OK to let the Iranians be in violation of the interim JPOA's requirement that they convert their

Source: Power Line

New Survey: Freedom Of Speech Is WAY Overrated And The Media Is Biased

"Fear can put at risk even our most cherished freedoms."

Via: The Daily Caller

Soldier Carrying AR-15 Creates Chaos at N.C. Mall: 'Everyone in the Mall Was Panicking'

"It was just scary."

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Thoughts from the ammo line

(Scott Johnson) It feels like we have had to wait too long for relief by Ammo Grrrll this week. She arrives this week with THE THRIFTY TEXAN. She writes: The Paranoid Texan is my regular morning walking partner whenever the temperature in our Dusty Little Village is lower than body temperature. We have our limits, even here in Arizona. Mr. Ammo Grrrll is a runner, not a walker, plus he runs with

Source: Power Line

Immigrant To Sweden Rapes 12-Year-Old Girl, Gets Community Service

'Anxiety, sleep problems' cited to justify light sentence

Via: The Daily Caller

Will Churches Lose Tax-Exempt Status in the Wake of the Supreme Court's Gay Marriage Ruling?

"Wholly contrary to the Constitution."

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Alibaba Affiliate Ant Financial Confirms Series A Funding At $45-$50B Valuation

ant financial Alibaba affiliate company Ant Financial confirmed today that it closed a Series A funding round which includes investment from China's largest pension fund, the National Social Security Fund (NSSF). Read More

Source: TechCrunch

Eyes of the World

(Scott Johnson) Chatting at a Claremont Institute event ten years ago, Steve Hayward blessed my love of the Grateful Dead. Steve is an expert consumer not only of prog rock, but also of jam bands. He even sent me his own compilation of favorite numbers by the jam band String Theory stringing it out. Essential Dead member Jerry Garcia died in rehab in 1995. The surviving members of the group have reunited

Source: Power Line

Germany wants quick clarification of new NSA spy allegations

BERLIN (AP) - Germany's foreign minister said Friday that new allegations of U.S. eavesdropping on senior German government officials' telephones need to be clarified "as quickly as possible" and that he hoped Washington would be forthcoming with information.

Reports two years ago that Angela Merkel's cellphone was monitored by the ...

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Professor: Reason Itself Is A White Male Construct

And he means it in a bad way, we think

Via: The Daily Caller

Judge's Simple Courtroom Question Leaves This Accused Criminal Sobbing

"Mr. Booth, I have a question for you."

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News from around Wisconsin at 5:28 a.m. CDT

Wisconsin budget passes committee, heads to full Legislature

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Legislature's finance committee finally completed its revisions to Gov. Scott Walker's state budget plan after a five-week delay early Friday morning, clearing the way for votes in the full Senate and Assembly.

Republicans who control the panel ...

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Baker Has a Message for the Gov't Official Who Just Fined Him $135,000 for Declining a Gay Wedding Cake: 'He's Doing This With the Wrong Christian'

"It has the potential to financially ruin our family."

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Baker Has a Message for the Gov't Official Who Just Fined Him $135,000 for Declining a Gay Wedding Cake: 'He's Doing This With the Wrong Christian'

"It has the potential to financially ruin our family."

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'That Is Not Racist': Hollywood Actor Who Called Justice Clarence Thomas a 'Clown in Blackface' Doubles Down

"Abdicated and abandoned his African American heritage…"

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Following WikiLeaks Revelations, Julian Assange Asks For Asylum In France, France Rejects His Request

Julian Assange WikiLeaks It was easy to see it coming. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange formally asked for asylum in France in a letter sent to Le Monde. Over the past couple of weeks, WikiLeaks dropped multiple documents related to France and Germany. We learned that the NSA monitored French presidents and officials, spied on top French companies and eavesdropped Angela Merkel for sure. Read More

Source: TechCrunch