Obama Working Hard To Prevent Greece Going Over The Slide… Just Kidding, Time For Round 236!

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After Confederate Flag, Former SC Democrat Governor Tillman Statue Next Target…

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Not once is Tillman identified as a Democrat.

Via The State

The Confederate flag is not the only racially divisive symbol that lawmakers have discussed removing from the State House grounds after nine African-Americans were shot and killed at a Charleston church last month.

But unlike the flag, which could be lowered by the end of this week, debate over whether to remove a State House statue of a white supremacist, for example, will have to wait until January, when lawmakers return for the 2016 regular session.

“Why is he up, by the way?” House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford, D-Richland, said of the monument to “Pitchfork” Ben Tillman, a former S.C. governor, U.S. senator and member of an all-white, post-Civil War militia responsible for lynching African-Americans.

When lawmakers return to work Monday, they only can take action on Gov. Nikki Haley’s state budget vetoes and the Confederate flag – limitations they set in agreeing to continue working after the regular session ended June 4.

The flag is “where the focus should be,” said state Sen. Marlon Kimpson, D-Charleston.

But that does not mean lawmakers will not debate, eventually, the public display of other controversial symbols.

Kimpson, for example, recently called for lawmakers to remove the Tillman statue. At some point, “a legitimate discussion has to occur about divisive symbols,” he said last week.[…]

At the State House

African-American Monument: Authorized as part of the 2000 compromise, which removed the Confederate flag from atop the State House dome and other flags from inside the capitol, to honor the contributions of African-Americans to South Carolina. The monument, dedicated in 2001, includes 12 panels that illustrate black history from the Middle Passage to the Civil War to the civil rights movement to today.

Bronze stars on the State House: Mark places where Union Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman’s army shelled the State House in 1865

Confederate battle flag: Moved to the State House grounds in 2000 from atop the State House dome, where it had flown since the 1960s

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Breaking: Greeks Projected To Have Voted ‘No’ To Euro Bailout, Euro Already Dropping

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Hillary Accuses China Of Trying To ‘Hack Everything That Doesn’t Move In America’

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Hillary will rope the Chinese in.

Via Business Insider

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton accused China on Saturday of stealing commercial secrets and “huge amounts of government information,” and of trying to “hack into everything that doesn’t move in America.”

Speaking at a campaign event in New Hampshire, Clinton said she wanted to see the peaceful rise of China.

“But we also have to be fully vigilant, China’s military is growing very quickly, they’re establishing military installations that again threaten countries we have treaties with, like the Philippines because they are building on contested property,” said Clinton, who was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.

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How Greece Cheated Themselves To Ruin

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Greece, great example of failure of socialism.

Via Daily Mail:

Greece in teetering on the brink of ruin – and it is hard not to feel sympathy for the pensioners crying in the street and the mothers facing empty supermarket shelves.

Yet those reading a new book may find themselves feeling a little less compassionate towards the Greeks. It reveals an eye-popping catalogue of benefits scams and tax avoidance schemes that have robbed the public purse.

James Angelos’ The Full Catastrophe: Travels among the New Greek Ruins lays bare the corruption which filtered through all levels of society – from the islanders who pretended to be blind, to the families who forgot to register their parents’ death and the doctors who ‘earn’ just €12,000 a year – yet live in Athens’ most exclusive neighbourhood.

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Two Cuban Baseball Players Defect While On Trip In North Carolina…

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In the interest of the national pastime, they will be granted political asylum.

Via WRAL

Ahead of Friday night’s game between the USA Collegiate National Team and the Cuban Senior National Team at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, two Cuban baseball players have defected while in the United States.

Heriberto Suarez Pereda, commissioner of baseball in Cuba, confirmed the defections to WRAL. He said that while it is a huge loss for the team in terms of talent, it is also a very personal decision for the players.

Third baseman Luis Yander La O and outfielder Yadiel Hernandez each left the team while on tour in the United States in preparation for the Pan Am Games in Toronto.

The U.S. and Cuba opened their 2015 summer Friendship Series in Cary Wednesday night and played again at DBAP Thursday. Team USA won each game 2-0. The series will conclude in Charlotte over the weekend.

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Secret Same-Sex Wedding At White House

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Really says something about the security, if this is true. They have no idea what is going on inside the building, according to this guy?

Via Breitbart:

Before the White House was bathed in rainbow light to celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage nationwide, a secret gay wedding was conducted in the building by former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett.

Lovett, who worked for Obama during his first term, reveals that he used his White House privileges to sneak in a pair of gay men under the guise of giving them a tour, then performed a wedding ceremony in the Rose Garden without the knowledge of the president.

“We were very nervous. They were nervous because they were getting married. I was nervous because I snuck into my boss’ house to perform a wedding against his wishes in his backyard,” he said. “You can say what you will about the first same-sex marriage at the White House, at the very least, it was quite rude.”

Lovett revealed the secret wedding of “Justin” and “Steve” during an Aspen Ideas festival feature of “The Moth Radio Hour” podcast over the weekend, according to Mike Allen’s Playbook. The episode has not yet aired publicly.

After the ceremony, Lovett says the gay men “kissed modestly” and he filed the paperwork with the address 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue – the official evidence that the ceremony took place.

Years Long Wait To Legally Come To America For Iraqis, Afghans Who Served U.S. Troops…

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Feds overwhelmed with the influx of illegal aliens.

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Frodo lived in fear for nine years.

He knew when two men showed up at his front door to threaten him in 2006 that his family would continue living in danger because of the three years he spent as an interpreter for U.S. forces in Iraq, including some of the most violent years of the war.

“[Militants] said to my parents and my family that we know your son was in the U.S. forces so when we catch him we will kill him,” Frodo said. “I worried about my kids and my family and I had a lot of nightmares that they’d come and catch me and my family and they kill my family.”

Frodo chose to go by this nickname to protect his identity from those who threaten his life.

Although the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad recognized Frodo as facing a “serious threat” and gave him “chief of mission approval,” the first step of the visa process, in August 2011, it wasn’t until a month ago that he finally got approval to travel, with his family, to the United States.

During the time his application remained in “administrative processing” his country was devastated by a new war that saw thousands more deaths and the rise of the Islamic State.

Frodo is not alone. Long wait times and a shortage of available visas for a huge backlog of applications remain major issues for the U.S. government’s Special Immigrant Visa program intended to ease entry to the United States for Iraqis and Afghans who served as interpreters or performed other duties for the United States in each country. While waiting, they remain targets for terrorist operatives from al Qaida or the Taliban.[…]

Although the State Department and Congress have made changes to the program in hopes of speeding the issuance of visas – requiring, for example, that background checks be completed within nine months of an application’s completion – the program’s problems persist.

Since fiscal year 2008, the U.S. government issued 11,599 visas under the special immigrant program for Iraqis and Afghans employed by or on behalf of the U.S. government. But thousands of visas that could have been issued between 2009 and 2013 weren’t – about 6,500 for Afghans and about 19,000 visas for Iraqis.

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Shocking! 70 Percent Of Americans Believe News Media Is Intentionally Biased…

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The other 30 percent were squirrel watching.

Via Washington Examiner

Nearly three quarters of Americans believe the news media reports with an intentional bias, according to a new survey.

The 2015 State of the First Amendment Survey, conducted by the First Amendment Center and USA Today, was released Friday. It shows that only 24 percent of American adults agree with the statement that “overall, the news media tries to report the news without bias,” while 70 percent disagree.

When the question was asked last year, 41 percent agreed, a 17-point difference.

“These are discouraging results for those of us who have spent our careers in journalism,” Ken Paulson, president of the First Amendment Center, wrote in an op-ed for USA Today on Thursday. “In 23 years in newsrooms, I saw consistent and concerted efforts to get stories right. Clearly, the public’s not convinced.”

Nearly three quarters of Americans believe the news media reports with an intentional bias, according to a new survey.

The 2015 State of the First Amendment Survey, conducted by the First Amendment Center and USA Today, was released Friday. It shows that only 24 percent of American adults agree with the statement that “overall, the news media tries to report the news without bias,” while 70 percent disagree.

When the question was asked last year, 41 percent agreed, a 17-point difference.

“These are discouraging results for those of us who have spent our careers in journalism,” Ken Paulson, president of the First Amendment Center, wrote in an op-ed for USA Today on Thursday. “In 23 years in newsrooms, I saw consistent and concerted efforts to get stories right. Clearly, the public’s not convinced.”

The survey suggests that controversies this year that engulfed national news anchors Brian Williams of NBC and George Stephanopoulos of ABC may have had a deep impact on public trust in media. It also floats the idea that the public has had a negative reaction to news coverage of the racially-charged events in Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore, Md.

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Slaughter In The Roman Amphitheatre: Young ISIS Executioners Shoot 25 Syrian Soldiers In Front Of Crowds

Doesn’t look like ‘baying crowds’ to me (apart from the ISIS guys), looks like people forced into the theater to be made to watch as an intimidation tactic. Some appear to cover their faces, one man appears to be crying.

Via Daily Mail:

ISIS has released a significant new execution video from the historic city of Palmyra, in the Syrian desert.

Child executioners are shown in the video being forced to brutally slaughter a group of more than 25 regime soldiers.

The video shows the soldiers lined up on their knees on the stage of the Roman amphitheatre, which had formerly been used for an annual festival in the city.

A baying crowd of men and boys gathered in the restored ruin waiting for the slaughter, many wearing military uniforms and headscarves.

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Oregon Launches Program To Tax Hybrid And Electric Car Drivers By The Mile…

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Big brother is watching.

Via Washington Times

Oregon is using an experimental program to become the first state to tax drivers based on the miles they travel on state roads rather than the gas they purchase.

The voluntary program, called OReGo, is designed to capture taxes from hybrid and electric car drivers who have been able to skirt gas taxes.

Oregon’s Department of Transportation is hoping to get 5,000 people to volunteer to install a small device under their steering wheels that will track their mileage and charge drivers’ credit cards one and a half pennies for each mile driven, http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/07/03/oregon-launches-program-to-tax-drivers-by-mile/.

Transportation officials say the growing numbers of electric and hybrid cars has left the gas tax flat and unable to fund road maintenance.

“We’re trying to make up for a growing deficit, really, because inflation’s eating away at our ability to buy asphalt and rebar and the things we need to maintain the roads,” Tom Fuller of the Oregon Department of Transportation told Fox News.

Oregon was the first state to impose a gas tax in 1919. That tax has now reached 30 cents per gallon.

Some Oregon drivers want the program to go national to make the tax more fair for all drivers.

“I’ve been free-loading on the highways for 20 years driving electric cars or hybrid cars, getting at least 40 miles to the gallon. So I haven’t been paying my fair share,” said Oregon resident David Hastings, Fox reported

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Al Jazeera Creates Video Mocking Americans On July 4th

AJ+, like RT America, all about teaching the young to despise America. Let’s leave out the oppressive societies both in Qatar (the country that runs AJ), and Russia (RT is Kremlin-run).

Via The Blaze:

Al Jazeera’s digital media platform AJ+ posted a Fourth of July-themed video mocking Americans as fat, cheese-eating, gun-toting, pill-popping, racist porn watchers.

While some on social media applauded the creation, others slammed the Qatar-owned network for using the holiday “to dump” on America.

Social media users got particularly riled up by the criticism coming from the channel owned by Qatar — a country where stoning is a legal punishment under Shariah law, women have second class legal status, writers can be imprisoned for criticizing the emir and abuse of foreign laborers has been repeatedly criticized by human rights groups.

The video is sarcastically titled “Americans Show Why USA Is The #1 Country In The World.”

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CNN Parrots Hillary Campaign Press Release On Ropegate…

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We reported on this story yesterday. Not only were they led like sheep, but now they even parrot the Clinton press release to explain why they allowed themselves to be herded like sheep and criticizing Republicans. Campaign aides just happened to have rope on hand…

Gorham, New Hampshire (CNN)Hillary Clinton’s campaign used a rope to keep journalists away from the candidate on Saturday while she walked in this small town’s July Fourth parade.

The ensuing photos of journalists, including a CNN reporter, being somewhat dragged by a thin white rope as Clinton walked down Main Street caught fire online.

Initially, Clinton’s campaign was not using a rope to corral the press, allowing journalists to get close to her and ask her questions.

But campaign aides said they brought the rope out because they feared the press scrum of around a dozen reporters and photojournalists would obstruct the view of New Hampshire voters attending the parade.

The rope was held by two of Clinton’s advance staffers, who at times walked ahead of reporters, seemingly pulling them along the parade route.

“You guys, we are going to do 10 yards and a little more organized,” said one of the advance staffers after breaking out the rope.

In explaining why they were using the rope, the staffer said, “so maybe a voter could see her, that kind of thing.”[…]

But in addition to the corralled media and New Hampshire voters excited to see the presidential candidate, Clinton was followed by one vocal protester with a sign that read, “Benghazi.” The older man, whose sign had fake blood spattered on it, continually shouted at the former secretary of state.

“Hillary, where were you at 3 a.m. when the phone rang on September 11?” he yelled, referring to the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi that left four Americans dead. He also yelled “carpetbagger,” a reference to her 2000 Senate race in New York, and “Tell us when you were poor,” a reference to a 2014 comment about being “dead broke” when she and former President Bill Clinton left the White House in 2001.

As the protester continued to follow Clinton, volunteers from the campaign followed him, chanting “Hillary, Hillary, Hillary.”

Clinton was asked about the protesters, to which she responded, “I am just having a good time meeting everybody.”

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A Little Taste Of The Macy’s Fireworks…

Test Pilot: New Costly F35 Not Effective For Killing Or Surviving Attacks…

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The F35 also can’t provide close ground support.

Via FOX News

How would the military’s new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft fare in a dogfight against an old F-16D fighter? Not well, according to a leaked test pilot report of mock air battles in January between the two aircraft.

The test pilot’s report was first reported by the website War is Boring, which covers military matters. The leaking of the report is under investigation by the Department of Defense, which says the test plane was missing some of the F-35’s most impressive technology, such as long-range abilities that allow it to avoid dogfights to begin with. FoxNews.com has seen the report, which is scathing about the F-35’s abilities at points.

“It [the F-35] wasn’t effective for killing or surviving attacks primarily due to lack of energy maneuverability,” the unnamed pilot’s report concluded about the plane, which is the most expensive weapon in history and has cost more than $1 trillion dollars to develop and produce, after cost overruns.

But in a statement emailed to FoxNews.com, the Department of Defense’s F-35 Joint Program Office defended their new plane, emphasizing that this particular test was done with a test F-35 called an “AF-2”, which lacks advanced equipment normally in F-35s that is designed to destroy enemy planes before they can reach the F-35.

“The F-35’s technology is designed to engage, shoot, and kill its enemy from long distances, not necessarily in visual ‘dogfighting’ situations,” the statement reads, adding that F-35s have won longer-range mock battles.

“There have been numerous occasions where a four-ship of F-35s has engaged a four-ship of F-16s in simulated combat scenarios and the F-35s won each of those encounters because of its sensors, weapons, and stealth technology,” it reads.

Not everyone is convinced. David Axe, founder and editor-in-chief of War is Boring, said that the lack of simple close-combat fighting ability is a big problem.

“This report confirms what observers have long suspected — that, despite ample warning, America made a bad bet with the F-35,” Axe told FoxNews.com.

“Anyone claiming that dogfighting is obsolete needs to read some history. The Pentagon made the same claim before the Vietnam War — and many Americans pilots died as a result when more agile MiG-21s shot down their cumbersome jets,” Axe said.

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San Francisco Illegal Alien Shooting Suspect Was Felon, Barred From Gun Possession

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Yay gun control!

Via Breitbart:

When Francisco Sanchez allegedly gunned down Kathryn Steinle at San Francisco’s Pier 14 on July 1, Breitbart News discovered that Sanchez had been deported from the country five times. We also discovered another interesting tidbit–Sanchez has seven felonies, which means he faces 100 percent gun control 100 percent of the time.

He is completely barred from gun possession and prohibited from having the gun with which he allegedly shot and killed Steinle.

The fact that the allegedly had one anyway proves again that gun control does not affect the behavior of criminals, but it does place law-abiding citizens in a scenario where it is harder for them to get the guns they need for self-defense.

According to NBC Bay Area, “Sanchez has seven prior felony convictions, four of which were for drug charges.” The felony “convictions took place in states including Texas, Oregon and Arizona.”

But those convictions–and the resulting ban on Sanchez purchasing or possessing a firearm–appear to have done nothing to keep him obtaining one and, worse still, using it. Moreover, California’s expanded background check requirement, their state gun registry, and their 10-round magazine limit were powerless to protect Steinle.

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White House Linked Dark Money Group Threatens Democrats On Eve Of Iran Nuke Deal

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Credo has been linked not only to the White House, but also to George Soros. It was the group that raised money to bail out Bree Newsome the woman who pulled the confederate flag down in South Carolina. Amazing, isn’t it, how things are all connected…

Via Free Beacon:

A prominent progressive organization linked to the White House and claiming to work for dozens of like-minded groups is threatening to attack any congressional Democrat who objects to a final nuclear deal with Iran, even before the terms of any such agreement have been finalized, according to an email obtained by the Free Beacon.

CREDO Action, the political arm of CREDO Mobile, declared this week in an secret email to journalists that it will punish congressional Democrats who fail to line up behind any deal sealed between the West and Iran.

“Democrats in Congress are the only remaining obstacle to finalizing today’s historic deal,” Zack Malitz, campaign manager for CREDO, said in a statement emailed to reporters on July 2, along with a note that details of the email were not to be published until a deal was actually announced. “Every Democrat should go on the record right now in support of the deal, and pledge to defend it from attacks in Congress.”

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Navy Vet Beaten In ‘Knock Out’ Attack In San Diego

San Diego, CA – Authorities on Wednesday circulated surveillance camera images of a youth sought for beating up a 52-year-old man at a La Mesa transit depot.

The victim had just exited a trolley about 8 p.m. June 13 when the assailant jumped him, punching him until he fell to the ground and then kicking him in the head, according to police.

By the time officers arrived, the attacker had fled, Lt. Angela DeSarro said. Police do not know why the victim was targeted.

The man, whose name was withheld, was taken to Alvarado Hospital, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

A surveillance camera captured images of the aggressor, described as a black teenager with braided hair, wearing blue jeans, a white sweat shirt, red tennis shoes and a black baseball cap.

Greek Finance Minister Accuses Creditors Of Terrorism

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Via The Blaze:

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said European action towards the country was “terrorism” in an interview with Spanish newspaper El Mundo and said a trillion euros would be lost if Greece was allowed to crash.

“What they’re doing with Greece has a name: terrorism,” Varoufakis said in the interview, published on Saturday.

“Why have they forced us to close the banks? To frighten people. And when it’s about spreading terror, that is known as terrorism.”

Asked why he was sure an agreement would be reached, even if Greeks vote ‘No’ in a referendum on Sunday on the terms of a possible new bailout deal, he said failing to agree would be too costly for both sides. The vote could decide Greece’s future as a member of Europe’s single currency.

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