Rick Perry’s Campaign To Have Only One Paid Staffer

No one seems to care Hillary pays women less than men.

Via USA Today:

Presidential candidate Rick Perry now has just one paid staffer left on his Iowa team but plans to continue seeking Iowans’ votes for the GOP caucuses, aides told The Des Moines Register on Monday morning.

“We are continuing our Iowa campaign, with several September dates planned and other dates under consideration,” said Perry’s Iowa strategist Bob Haus, who remains on board as an unpaid advisory role, as he did for the former Texas governor in the 2012 election cycle.

It was reported in mid-August that Perry, who lags at the bottom of polling in the GOP race in Iowa, was short on cash and was no longer paying campaign staffers. Predictions quickly cropped up that Perry may be the first of 17 Republican presidential candidates to exit the 2016 Iowa campaign.

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Mr De Blasio’s Neighborhood: City Wants To Force Fast-Food Kids Meals To Be Healthier

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From the city that brought you bans on soda, fat and salt.

Via NBC News:

A proposal that would force New York City’s fast food restaurants to make their kids-themed meals healthier might actually have some benefit, researchers reported Monday.

The so-called Happy Meals bill seeks to lower calories, fat and sodium in meals marketed to kids using toys and other prizes.

It’s the latest in a series of attempts in the city to get restaurant outlets to offer less-fattening options. An appeals court struck down one bill that would ban supersized sodas, but the city has managed to ban trans-fats, which raise cholesterol, and has proposed requiring warning labels on extremely salty items. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is also working to phase out trans-fats.

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Obama Drags Racism Into Iran Debate: Criticizing Jews Who Support Nuke Deal Like Saying “I’m Not Black Enough”…

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Oh boy…

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said people who attack Jews who support the Iran nuclear deal are like African-Americans who differ with him on policy and then conclude he’s “not black enough.” […]

The president added, though, that he’s “probably more offended when I hear members of my administration who themselves are Jewish being attacked. You saw this historically sometimes in the African-American community, where there’s a difference on policy and somebody starts talking about, ‘Well, you’re not black enough,’ or ‘You’re selling out.’ And that, I think, is always a dangerous place to go.”

PETA Slams Obama For Appearing On Bear Grylls “Sexist, Speciesist” Show…

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Yes, speciesist.

Via The Hill:

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is blasting President Obama’s planned appearance on “Running Wild with Bear Grylls,” calling the NBC series one of Grylls’s “demeaning,” “sexist,” and “disgusting” shows.

As part of a three-day trip to Alaska, Obama will meet with the TV survivalist “to observe the effects of climate change on the area,” according to a Monday NBC news release. The episode, scheduled to air later this year, will show the commander in chief receiving a “crash course in survival techniques” from Grylls.

PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said on Monday in a statement, “Bear Grylls’ shows are known as the bottom of the barrel in demeaning sexist, speciesist, and who knows what other ‘-ist’ TV reality shows — and that’s certainly saying something.”

Grylls’s show features the globetrotting adventurer playing host to celebrities in “the most remote and pristine locations in the U.S. and around the world for a 48-hour journey of a lifetime,” NBC says in a promotional site.

ISIS Blows Up Another Historical Temple In Palmyra..

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Caveman no like old building. Caveman blow up.

(CNN) – The iconic columns of a temple with historic significance in Palmyra, Syria, are still standing despite an explosion there Sunday, the antiquities chief in Syria, Maamoun Abdulkarim, said Monday.

He said there was an explosion Sunday inside the walls of the Temple of Bel, and while the extent of the damage is not yet known, witnesses report the walls are still standing. He called the site “the most important temple in Syria and of the most important in the whole Middle East.”

For nearly 2,000 years — back to the days when Christ walked the earth — the Temple of Bel has been the center of religious life in the Syrian city of Palmyra.

But now, at least part of the most historically significant temple in Palmyra has been destroyed by ISIS, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network of activists in Syria for information.

UK: Would-Be Labour Party Leader Says Osama Bin Laden’s Death Was A “Tragedy”…

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Via Telegraph:

Jeremy Corbyn has come under fire for saying it was a “tragedy” that Osama bin Laden was killed by the United States rather than being put on trial.

The Labour leadership frontrunner made the remarks shortly after the 2012 special forces raid on the Al-Qaeda chief’s Pakistan compound in which he and four others were shot dead.

In an interview for Iranian television, he suggested the assassination of the September 11 attacks’ mastermind would result in deeper unrest.

It is the latest in a series of past comments and associations that the veteran left-winger has been forced to defend since emerging as the surprise favourite to succeed Ed Miliband.

In a clip from the Press TV show The Agenda, Mr Corbyn is heard complaining that there had been “no attempt whatsoever that I can see to arrest him and put him on trial, to go through that process”. He went on: “This was an assassination attempt, and is yet another tragedy, upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy.

“The World Trade Center was a tragedy, the attack on Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy. Tens of thousands of people have died. Torture has come back on to the world stage, been canonised virtually into law by Guantanamo and Bagram.

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Black Lives Matter Disavows DNC’s Resolution Praising Their Group…

Update to this story.

Via HuffPo:

Activists with the Black Lives Matter movement rejected the Democratic Party’s recent statement of support, making clear that they are not affiliated with any political party.

“A resolution signaling the Democratic National Committee’s endorsement that Black lives matter, in no way implies an endorsement of the DNC by the Black Lives Matter Network, nor was it done in consultation with us,” the Black Lives Matter Network wrote in a statement Sunday.

“We do not now, nor have we ever, endorsed or affiliated with the Democratic Party, or with any party. The Democratic Party, like the Republican and all political parties, have historically attempted to control or contain Black people’s efforts to liberate ourselves,” the statement continues. “True change requires real struggle, and that struggle will be in the streets and led by the people, not by a political party.”

At its summer meeting on Friday, the DNC had passed a resolution affirming support for the goals of Black Lives Matter.

“[T]he DNC joins with Americans across the country in affirming ‘Black lives matter’ and the ‘say her name’ efforts to make visible the pain of our fellow and sister Americans as they condemn extrajudicial killings of unarmed African American men, women and children,” the resolution stated.

The Black Lives Matter Network said such a resolution wouldn’t do anything to “bring the changes we seek.”

Top State Dept Officials Caught Using Personal Email Accounts For ‘Sensitive Data’

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Caroline Kennedy, just following in Hillary’s footsteps…

Via Free Beacon:

Senior State Department officials at the U.S. Embassy in Japan have been caught sending “sensitive” information over personal email accounts, subjecting the information to potential hacking attacks and other cyber threats, according to a new report by the department’s inspector general.

Embassy staff, including the U.S. ambassador to Japan[Caroline Kennedy], were found to conducted “official business” via their personal email addresses, highlighting an issue of concern among national security experts and officials in the wake of disclosures about Hillary Clinton’s email habits during her tenure as secretary of state.

The use of personal email among Obama administration officials has raised concerns about the protection of sensitive data, which could be stolen by hackers and foreign governments.

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Team Hillary Keeps Digging: She Didn’t “Knowingly” Store Classified Info On Her Server…

Not helping.

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Correct The Record is an official arm of her campaign:

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BREAKING: State Department Finds Another 150 Emails On Hillary’s Server That Had Classified Information On Them…

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Toast.

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The Manliest Man Ever: Vlad Putin Releases New Video of Himself Pumping Iron…

His rival clown in D.C. responds:
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Here’s our story on Obama’s upcoming Alaskan adventure.

Sanders: Democrats ‘Dead Wrong’ On Limiting Debates

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The whole purpose was to limit the number of stupid things Hillary could say. Imagine Bernie having an issue with her coronation.

Via The Hill:

The Democratic National Committee is “dead wrong” by limiting the number of debates available to presidential candidates, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said on Sunday.

“I think that that is dead wrong and I have let the leadership of the Democrats know that,” Sanders, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, said on CNN’s “State of the Union.
“I think this country benefits, all people benefit, democracy benefits, when we have debates, and I want to see more of them,” he added. “I think that debates are a good thing.”

Sanders said that in addition to officially sanctioned debates from the Democratic Party, candidates running for the White House should also be forced to debate environmental issues before a panel of environmentalists, as well as issues specifically important to young voters and to “working people.”

Sanders’s comments come after critical words from former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), who on Friday accused the DNC of creating a “rigged process” to limit the number of debates to just four before the first round of voting takes place.

“I think it’s a big mistake for us as a party to circle the wagons around the inevitable front-runner,” O’Malley, who is also running for president, said earlier in the week.

Sanders appeared to agree on CNN on Sunday

“I think that rigging is a strong word,” he said. However, “I would like to see more debates.”

Summer Snow To Greet Obama As He Arrives In Alaska For Global Warming Fear Mongering Visit…

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Love it.

Via Roy Spencer:

When President Obama visits Alaska this week to campaign for a new international agreement to fight global warming climate change, Alaska will be experiencing colder than normal weather and forecast summer snows, as seen in this WeatherBell.com graphic of forecast total snowfall by Friday:

Besides this latest example of the Gore Effect, the dirty little secret is that the climate is always changing, and what better place to illustrate the role of Mother Nature (not humans) than in Alaska?

Alaska weather matches its geography – extreme. Temperatures there have ranged from 100 deg F (in 1915) to 80 below zero F (in 1971). Summer days are so long that they can grow pumpkins weighing over 1,000 lbs. Nevertheless, yearly average temperatures are actually below freezing — even in the warmest years.

The supposed poster child glacier for global warming in Alaska is Mendenhall Glacier…except that it had already retreated one mile by the early 1900s, long before human greenhouse gas emissions could be blamed.

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Columbia University Accused Of Being “Racially Insensitive” With “Consent Is Bae” Posters…

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Another day, another precious little snowflake has its feelings hurt.

Via Campus Reform:

A university in New York City is facing criticism for promoting affirmative consent with a slogan that has been variously described as both patronizing and racially insensitive.

As part of its “Sexual Violence Response” (SVR) campaign, Columbia University is displaying posters declaring that, “CONSENT IS BAE,” followed by the hashtag “BeforeAnythingElse,” according to a post in the student blog Bwog.

The anonymous tipster who first brought attention to the posters told Bwog some students find the slogan offensive, believing it “both trivializes consent and appropriates African American Vernacular English” by using a slang term that originated in the black community and later became a pop culture phenomenon.

Columbia’s interpretation of the term as an acronym for “before anything else” is widespread on internet forums, but linguist Neal Whitman, who investigated the term’s etymology for the website Visual Thesaurus, finds strong support for the notion that “bae” is in fact a shortening of the word “baby” that was first employed by African Americans.

From there, it was eventually appropriated by the culture at large, in the process taking on an amorphous secondary meaning as a synonym for “good.”

Bear To ‘Come Together’ With Bear: Obama To ‘Run Wild With Bear Grylls’ In Alaska

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I think this is about the toughest bear with which he can deal, and not like he has anything else to address.

Via Time:

The primary purpose of President Obama’s official visit to Alaska, which begins Monday, is to highlight the effects of climate change on the region. But between a possible hike along the Exit Glacier and visits with salmon fishermen, he will also test his capacity to survive in the wilderness as he tapes a special episode of the NBC reality show Running Wild with Bear Grylls, set to air later this year.

The show, now in its second season, has brought celebrities like Kate Winslet and Channing Tatum face-to-face with the elements as Grylls, a survival expert, offers tips on how not to die from snake bites (kill and eat the snake before it eats you) and hunger (eat worms if need be). Past episodes have been filmed in places like Appalachia, Scotland and Yosemite, but Obama’s turn on the show will mark its first trip to Alaska, as well as its first appearance by a sitting president.

Obama, who has taken to exclaiming, “the bear is loose!” when leaving the White House for a coffee or a walk, can only hope that his catchphrase remains in the metaphorical realm.

But it might be interesting to see if Grylls puts him through his paces or makes him drink urine, as Grylls has done on the show.

Meanwhile, environmentalists are pointing out that if this were supposed to be all all about climate change and the environment, Obama has issued final permits for Shell to drill in the Arctic.

Obama: ‘There’s Not A Smidgen Of Evidence’ That I’m Anti-Semitic

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Hmm, where have we heard him say something like that before? How’d that turn on on the truth scale?

Via The Hill:

President Obama said he is personally hurt by the anti-semitism accusations he has faced since signing the nuclear deal with Iran.

Obama told the Jewish publication Forward “there’s not a smidgen of evidence” to back up the charge.

“Oh, of course,” he said. “And there’s not a smidgen of evidence for it, other than the fact that there have been times where I’ve disagreed with a particular Israeli government’s position on a particular issue.”

The president is seeking to soothe tensions with the Jewish community over the Iran nuclear deal, which is opposed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and many U.S. Jewish groups.

Obama’s critics have slammed him for negotiating with the Iranian regime, which denies the Holocaust and funds terrorist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah.

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Watch Hillary’s Knickers Get In A Real Twist! Bernie Sanders, Third Party Run If He Does Not Get Nomination?

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If she manages to limp to the nomination, this would finish her off. Oh, wouldn’t that be glorious? Feel the Bern!

Via Newsmax:

Vermont socialist Bernie Sanders will be breaking from the Democratic Party and running for president as a third party, a move that “would all but guarantee a catastrophic split in the Democratic vote and ensure a Republican victory,” Ed Klein confidential reports, citing sources inside Sanders’ campaign.

“Sources say Sanders believes that despite his ever-growing crowds of fired-up supporters, he’ll never overcome Hillary’s — or, for that matter, (Vice President Joe) Biden’s — advantage in money, organization and endorsements,” Klein writes.

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HT: Rufus

Students Throwing Away 56% More Vegetables And Fruits Because Of Michelle Obama’s “Healthy” Lunch Rules

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Shocker.

Via CBS/Conn:

Though many students may be loading up fruits and vegetables on their lunch trays, a lot of those aren’t actually being eaten.

New federal guidelines that require healthier school lunches are in effect, but a lot of children are simply throwing out fruits and vegetables instead of eating them, according to a new study.

University of Vermont researchers conducted a small study using digital photos to capture students’ lunch trays after selecting food, as they were leaving the lunch line, and then again after they passed their lunch trays to the food disposal area, as reported by CBS News. The study indicates that while more children are placing fruits and vegetables on their trays, they’re consuming fewer of them, with food waste increasing by 56 percent.

“We saw this as a great opportunity to access the policy change and ask a really important question, which was, ‘Does requiring a child to select a fruit or vegetable under the updated national school lunch program guidelines that came into effect in 2012 correspond with increased fruit and vegetable consumption?’” lead study author Sarah Amin told CBS News. “The answer was clearly no.”

The team of researchers evaluated hundred of tray observations over the course of 21 visits to two elementary school, both before and after the USDA guidelines were implemented.

Similar studies have been conducted on fruit and vegetable consumption in schools following the federal guidelines, though a 2014 Harvard School study found conflicting data that suggested kids were eating more fruits and vegetables.

Ohio Lawmakers On Both Sides Of Aisle Furious At Obama Effort To Rename Mt. McKinley

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Once again, walking around Congress and the Ohio delegation. But hey, McKinley was just an assassinated Republican President, so no big deal…

Via Fox News:

Ohio lawmakers reacted angrily Sunday to the White House’s announcement that President Obama would formally rename Alaska’s Mt. McKinley — North America’s highest peak — “Denali” during his trip to The Last Frontier this week.

“Mount McKinley … has held the name of our nation’s 25th President for over 100 years,” Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio, said in a statement. “This landmark is a testament to his countless years of service to our country.” Gibbs also described Obama’s action as “constitutional overreach,” saying that an act of Congress was required to rename the mountain, because a law formally naming it after Ohio’s William McKinley was passed in 1917.

“This political stunt is insulting to all Ohioans, and I will be working with the House Committee on Natural Resources to determine what can be done to prevent this action,” Gibbs said.

The Ohio delegation’s disappointment at the decision cut across party lines.

“We must retain this national landmark’s name in order to honor the legacy of this great American president and patriot,” Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan, whose district includes McKinley’s hometown of Niles, in eastern Ohio.

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, also blasted the decision as “yet another example of the President going around Congress”, while House Speaker John Boehner said the naming of the mountain after McKinley was “a testament to [the 25th president’s] great legacy .. I am deeply disappointed in this decision.”

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