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Victor Davis Hanson, PJM: Why Is the World Becoming Such a Nasty Place?
"We utter 'the children,' and discussion about proper culpability, cynical manipulation, and disinformation ends. In such a fantasy world, parents don’t manipulate 'the children' as pawns; countries don’t try to export what they see as their surplus population; Mexico doesn’t stir the pot; and liberal activists don’t cynically calculate electoral advantage. There are children in need at the border — but there is a great deal more as well." Via @EdDriscoll. [rdbrewer]


British inventor creates giant buttocks to 'fart on France'
Via @Instapundit. Added: Related news. [rdbrewer]

Batman v Superman, official first-look teaser trailer [rdbrewer]

CSM: Obama plans significant executive action on immigration
Every Democrat in a tough race just shit their pants. [rdbrewer]

Walter Russell Mead, The American Interest: As Libya Implodes, 'Smart Diplomacy' Becoming a Punch Line
"Luckily for America’s self-esteem, it was liberal Democrats that produced this particular shambles. If Republicans had done this, the media would be on the administration non-stop, perhaps comparing Samantha Power to Paul Wolfowitz.... But since both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have their fingerprints all over Libya, there isn’t a lot of press hunger for a detailed, unsparing autopsy into this stinking corpse of policy flub." Thanks to Monty. [rdbrewer]

MRC: Benjamin Netanyahu Confronts NBC’s David Gregory Over Claim That Israel Targeted a U.N. School
Press the Meat with anyone else (except Chuck Todd) will be so much better. [rdbrewer]

Bill Whittle, Truth Revolt: The Case for Israel
A must-watch video. Via @DoreenHDickson. [rdbrewer]


Top House Dem: Obama’s Immigration Orders are More Important than Vulnerable Dems
"Representative Raul Grijalva (D., Ariz.) thinks that President Obama should pursue his immigration goals unilaterally, even if it hurts vulnerable Democrats in the 2014 midterms." Nothing is more important than getting more voters, including the fact the US is already hurting and kids are dying on their way here. Louis Gutierrez (D, Illl.) said, unironically: "'When public policy is defined through electoral goals and the goals of a party, then human rights and civil rights always suffer.'" Like when kids are raped on the Death Train to America? [rdbrewer]

Soopermexican: Wow! HUGE protest against illegal immigration in Massachusetts!
Think about that, Democrats and establishment Republicans. They're even protesting in Massachusetts. People don't like it. Get that through your heads. [rdbrewer]

Ebola outbreak: Sierra Leone escaped patient dies
"Since February, more than 660 people have died of Ebola in West Africa - the world's deadliest outbreak to date." [rdbrewer]

Real Science: Coolest Summer On Record In The US
Maybe climate assholes should go back to warning about a new ice age. [rdbrewer]


‘Pocket drones’: U.S. Army developing tiny surveillance tools for the next big war
"[A] 'pocket-sized aerial surveillance device' for soldiers assigned to small units in dangerous environments." [rdbrewer]


Lawmakers complain Obama too aloof with Congress
Why would a person who considers himself a superior being sully himself with phone calls to members of Congress? [rdbrewer]
Miami Herald: Piece of metal may offer clue to disappearance of Amelia Earhart’s plane
A month old. "There on the fuselage, about two-thirds of the way from the plane’s nose to its tail, is a rectangular patch that shines a peculiar silver on the aircraft’s dusky skin." [rdbrewer]

PC Tools Registry Mechanic
PC Tools was bought out by Symantec, and then it was closed down. Their best product was Registry Mechanic. Thing is, they left a download link open. You can have their last version for free. It's for Win 7, XP, and Vista. Let me know how it works out. [@rdbrewer4]
160 children died in Gaza's tunnels
"During a police patrol that the author was permitted to accompany in December 2011, nothing was done to impede the use of children in the tunnels, where, much as in Victorian coal mines, they are prized for their nimble bodies. At least 160 children have been killed in the tunnels, according to Hamas officials."[CBD]

Senate Hearing: Tax Credits are available for State Exchanges Only. Senator Baucus explains how The Affordable Care Act sets conditions where Tax Credits are available for State Exchanges Only.
BUSTED! AGAIN! [rdbrewer]

TMZ: Joan Rivers GOES OFF on Epic Israel/Palestine Rant
"If New Jersey were firing rockets into New York, we would wipe them out." Listen to the whole thing. Awesome. [rdbrewer]


Leon Wolf: Salon Attempts to Paint Avowed Communist Lee Harvey Oswald as a 'Right-Winger'
How ugly does a person have to be to try something like this? Someone is missing an ethical core. [rdbrewer]


Study: Climate Models Overestimated Global Warming For The Last 55 Years
"'Over the 55-years from 1958 to 2012, climate models not only significantly over-predict observed warming in the tropical troposphere, but they represent it in a fundamentally different way than is observed....'" Via @JohnEkdahl. [rdbrewer]

John Sexton, Breitbart: Obamacare Architect Jonathan Gruber Once Again Ties Subsidies to State-Based Exchanges
"Did Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber make the same mistake twice? A new audio clip finds him once again explaining that Obamacare subsidies are tied to state health exchanges." [rdbrewer]



Cover of this month's 'Chipmunk Vogue'

Gizmodo: The 5 Massive New Telescopes That Will Change Astronomy Forever
"The biggest building boom in the history of astronomy is upon us. In Chile and Hawaii and in space, astronomers are getting powerful telescopes that dwarf the current state-of-the-art instruments." Exiting times for astronomy buffs. Via @JohnEkdahl. [rdbrewer]
Fight heats up over EPA sabotage of Alaska gold mine [dri]
WaPo Editorial: The U.S. should push for the disarming of Hamas in Gaza-Israel cease-fire
"The distinguishing feature of the latest war between Israel and Hamas is 'offensive tunnels,' as the Israeli army calls them. As of early Wednesday, 28 had been uncovered in Gaza, and nearly half extend into Israel, according to Israeli officials." [rdbrewer]

Charles Krauthammer: The Vacant Presidency
"The president’s demeanor is worrying a lot of people. From the immigration crisis on the Mexican border to the Islamic State rising in Mesopotamia, Barack Obama seems totally detached." It's the empathy deficit. [rdbrewer]


John Fund: The Moment of Truth on Corporate Welfare
"By choosing to end the Export-Import Bank, the GOP can zero out a destructive government program." [rdbrewer]

Michael Oren, WaPo: Israel must be permitted to crush Hamas [rdbrewer]

Eli Lake: Europe's Jews Blamed For Israel's War
"Since the beginning of the current war between Israel and Hamas, eight synagogues in France have been attacked.... [T]he foreign ministers of France, Italy, and Germany on Tuesday issued a rare joint statement condemning anti-Semitism at pro-Palestinian demonstrations." [rdbrewer]


Israeli Security Sources Confirm Hamas Intended to Use Tunnels For Major Rosh HaShanah Massacre
"Hamas had a plan to attack kibbutzim near the Hamas tunnel exits this coming Rosh Hashanah in a coordinated attack with an invasion force of over 200 terrorists and an objective to kill or kidnap as many Israelis as possible. The information comes from captured prisoners...." [rdbrewer]

Press Release: Sen. Paul Introduces the FAIR Act
"The FAIR Act would change federal law and protect the rights of property owners by requiring that the government prove its case with clear and convincing evidence before forfeiting seized property.... Finally, the legislation would remove the profit incentive for forfeiture by redirecting forfeitures assets from the Attorney General's Asset Forfeiture Fund to the Treasury's General Fund." Slam dunk. Great opportunity for bipartisanship. Added: More from Washington Post. [rdbrewer]

Megan McArdle, Bloomberg: Questions for Obamacare Now
"As I’ve written before, Democrats and insurers are now locked in a sort of prisoner’s dilemma, where the benefits of staying together are probably high, but the temptation to defect may be even higher. Once one stampedes, both will head for the doors very quickly." [rdbrewer]
Siberian Discovery Suggests Almost All Dinosaurs Were Feathered [dri]
Andrew Klaven, Truth Revolt: Country Without Borders
Video. [rdbrewer]

Rethink Science: Time Travel [In Movies] Made Simple
Includes a visualization of time travel in movies. See if you can guess which is which before you look at the color key on the bottom left. [rdbrewer]

Charlie Spiering, Breitbart: Honduran President Blames United States Immigration Debate For Border Crisis
"Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez criticized United States lawmakers for creating 'ambiguity' over the border laws during the fight for immigration reform.... 'And that is a situation that the coyotes are very perversely taking very much an opportunity to exploit.'" [rdbrewer]

LifeNews: Feminist Studies Professor Who Assaulted Pro-Lifer Pleads No Contest to Criminal Charges
"Roundy McFatface has entered a plea of nolo contendere (no contest) to the criminal charges against her, which include grand theft, vandalism, and battery." Via @GabrielMalor. [rdbrewer]


Noah Rothman: ISIS reportedly orders women and girls of Mosul to undergo ‘genital mutilation’
"Following the purge of Christians in the Iraqi city of Mosul and the destruction of a nearly 2,000-year-old Christian house of worship, fighters with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have continued to impose a grotesque and medieval form of Sharia Law on the city’s remaining Muslim residents." Also from HotAir: The West is losing Cold War II. [rdbrewer]


Popular Mechanics: The Looming Threat of a Solar Superstorm
A couple of years old. Related to Ace's post on coronal mass ejections. "Protecting the power grid on Earth is, in principle, relatively straightforward. (Countries such as Finland and Canada have already begun to take action, with promising results.) Most high-voltage transformers are directly connected to the ground to neutralize power surges from lightning strikes and other transient phenomena. They’re vulnerable to space weather because geomagnetic currents flow upward through these ground connections." [rdbrewer]
Eitan Chitayat, Times of Israel: Shalom, motherf****r.
"My country accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza cease-fire twice and Hamas keeps firing away. They aim rockets at civilians while we go at great lengths to avoid civilians actually calling them in their areas and dropping warning charges, to give innocents a chance to escape." Via @JammieWF. [rdbrewer]


Jim Geraghty: In Sum, the Morning’s News Is Bad. Bad, Bad, Bad.
See the next headline, f/x. One upshot of all this: "From now on, no Europeans are allowed to brag about how sophisticated they are." [rdbrewer]

Bloomberg: Air Algerie-Operated Plane Disappears en Route to Algiers
"An Air Algerie-operated MD-83 carrying 116 people disappeared en route from Burkina Faso in Africa to Algiers and has probably crashed in Mali...." Via @JimGeraghty. [rdbrewer]


Jamie Weinstein: Alan Dershowitz: Media ‘Racist’ In Coverage Of Israel-Hamas Conflict
"During two days last week, more Syrians were killed than in the entire flare up between Israel and Hamas over the last two weeks. In total, more Arabs have died in the current Syrian civil war than in the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict by nearly a factor of two." Also from TheDC: The White House still wants $3.7 billion to blow on whatever it wants to make the immigration problem worse. Let's not do that, okay? [rdbrewer]


So You Want Proof Hamas Uses Civilians As Human Shields? Here Are Ten Examples.
"Since Israel's Operation Protective Edge began over three weeks ago, the mainstream media has been highlighting the civilian casualties in Gaza. In most cases, even if they report the Hamas use of human shields they report them as 'Israeli allegations,' as opposed to facts." [rdbrewer]
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