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IRS has 'no excuses' for latest twist in e-mail saga, says IT expert, said 'expert' being, well, me. Also, be sure to read krakatoa's excellent rundown below as to what a 'scratched hard drive' really means. If that post had been up a bit sooner, I would have simply passed the link on to Fox News (and did so after the fact). [Fritzworth]
Deep Oceans have been cooling for the last 20 years.
The hidden heat is REALLY well hidden!
Could it be... Reverse Volcanos?
[ArthurK]

Jim Geraghty: Our Sudden De Facto Travel Ban on Israel
"We’ve just told Hamas that we’ll stop our flights into Israel whenever they hit near the airport." [rdbrewer]


Video: Last night's Special Report All Star Panel on ISIS persecution of Christians in Iraq
Watch the whole thing. [rdbrewer]

Sean Davis: No, Halbig Did Not Gut Obamacare Because Of A 'Drafting Error'
"[I]f the law’s authors originally intended to constrain subsidies to state plans, what was the rationale for the IRS about-face in 2011? That’s actually an easy one to answer: the administration never imagined that so many states would refuse to establish Obamacare exchanges. The subsidies for state exchange plans were meant to be pot sweeteners—incentives for states to set up their own exchanges." [rdbrewer]


Mitchell: Obama’s Fundraising Trips Are Being Questioned for Good Reason
"'This is the optics of leadership,' she said. 'The golf course is not the best place to be, even though you don’t really see him out there. But the fundraising, those trips really are being questioned for a good reason.'" [rdbrewer]


Ditch Mitch?
"Who was ultimately responsible for the evil Mississippi primary campaign that smeared supporters of Chris McDaniel as racists? Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, that’s who." [rdbrewer]

David Ignatius, WaPo: How to break Hamas’s stranglehold on Gaza
"Hamas’s biggest weakness of all is its unpopularity among Palestinians in Gaza now. A poll taken in June, before the latest fighting began, showed that 70 percent of Gazans wanted a continuing cease-fire with Israel; 57 percent wanted a Fatah-Hamas unity government to renounce violence against Israel...." [rdbrewer]


Josh Kraushaar: The Odds of a GOP Wave Are Increasing
"This week, Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg released new data showing Obama's disapproval at a whopping 60 percent in 12 Senate battlegrounds, with half strongly disapproving of his performance. Overall, Republicans held a 2-point edge on the battleground generic ballot, 46 percent to 44 percent. Those are the numbers that foreshadow wave elections." [rdbrewer]


Page Six: David Gregory’s time on ‘Meet the Press’ is almost up
I guess being an unprofessional partisan hack didn't work out. Funny quote: "Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski have also been said be angling for a Sunday slot, but NBC insiders said there are concerns about putting a partisan host in charge of 'Meet the Press,' as Scarborough is a former Republican congressman." You see, Scarborough is partisan, unlike Gregory. How about Chuck Todd? [rdbrewer]

A.J. Delgado: It’s Time for Conservatives to Stop Defending Police
"Imagine if I were to tell you there is a large group of government employees, with generous salaries and ridiculously cushy retirement pensions covered by the taxpayer, who enjoy incredible job security and are rarely held accountable even for activities that would almost certainly earn the rest of us prison time. When there is proven misconduct, these government employees are merely reassigned and are rarely dismissed." Related: See the next headline. [rdbrewer]
Jonathan Turley: San Diego Police Sued Over Stripper 'Inspections' At Two Clubs
"Some 10 officers swarmed the club and forced the women to stand nearly nude while they allegedly took their pictures and made crude remarks. The officers reportedly ordered some women to lift what little clothing they had on to check for tattoos." Assholes abusing their authority. They should be fired, of course, but that won't happen. [rdbrewer]
Blog Claims to Have Details of Plot (Well, the Opening At Least) of Star Wars 7
I guess I should say "spoilers" but 1, it's probably not true and 2, who cares?
Again: UN Inspectors Find More Hamas Rockets at Another Gaza SchoolI'm starting to think these Palestinians just sort of hide weapons in civilian centers as a general tactic or something
Via Hot Air, People Who Are Afraid of Spiders Probably Just Haven't Seen This Giant Saw-Toothed Dragonfly Yet

The Week: Man builds 'biggest fart machine ever,' plans to aim it at France
"Furze plans to aim his fart cannon at France from Dover, England... and he plans to build a giant butt to house the fart machine." Rock on, great man. [rdbrewer]

Times of Israel: For second time, rockets found at UN school in Gaza
"'Today, in the course of the regular inspection of its premises, UNRWA discovered rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip,' the organization said in a statement issued Tuesday." [rdbrewer]
EJP: EU strongly condemns indiscriminate Hamas rockets on Israel and use of Palestinian population as human shields, ‘terrorist groups in Gaza must disarm’, calls for ‘immediate ceasefire’
28 foreign ministers in Brussels. "The EU called on Hamas 'to immediately put an end to these acts and to renounce violence' and said 'all terrorist groups in Gaza must disarm.'" [rdbrewer]


Information Junkie Alert!
Wikipedia's entry on the photophone. Light was first used for communication in 1880. It was also the first wireless communication. Alexander Graham Bell considered it his greatest invention. Pure information fix for that information jones. [rdbrewer]


How To Send Email Without Leaving Any Data Traces
"A new service called ShazzleMail eliminates metadata by delivering the email directly from your computer or smartphone to the recipient." [rdbrewer]


Joel Gehrke: Obama’s Law Professor: ‘I Wouldn’t Bet’ on Obamacare Surviving Next Legal Challenge
From ten days ago. "President Obama’s old Harvard Law professor, Laurence Tribe, said that he 'wouldn’t bet the family farm' on Obamacare’s surviving the legal challenges to an IRS rule about who is eligible for subsidies...." [rdbrewer]


WashPost Admits It 'Should Not Have Sent' Fiercely Anti-Israel Intern to Cover Protest
"The Post now admits this was a mistake, and that it wasn't aware she was trashing Israel in fierce editiorials for al-Jazeera America and the leftist website Counterpunch." Also from NoobBusters: Zbigniew Brzezinski only has bad things to say about Israel. [rdbrewer]


Victor Davis Hanson: The Valley of the Shadow
"In medieval times, rich sinners sought to save their souls by buying indulgences to wash away their sins. In the updated version, Silicon Valley crony capitalists and wheeler-dealers buy exemption for their conspicuous consumption with loud manifestations of cool left-wing politics." [rdbrewer]


Daniel Halper Talks Clinton, Inc. on Fox
On The Kelly File. [rdbrewer]


Ed: IRS: Hey, maybe we do have our e-mail backups
New testimony casts doubt on the story the IRS overwrites backup tapes every six months. [rdbrewer]

Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe: Democrats losing moral clarity on Israel
"In the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, 51 percent of Americans say they sympathize more with Israel. Only 14 percent feel greater affinity for the Palestinians.... While support for Israel is overwhelming among Republicans and conservatives, it has been shrinking among Democrats and liberals." [rdbrewer]

Kean/Hamilton, USA Today: Terror threat enters danger zone
"A decade after release of 9/11 Report, there's progress, but we cannot let our guard down." [rdbrewer]


Brendan Bordelon: Top Kerry Aide Tries To Squash Claim Of Anti-Fox News Bias By Lying To The Daily Caller
"'EVERY TIME the Secretary has done round- robin interviews with the Sunday shows, he has appeared on Fox,' Johnson exclaimed." That's some fine bullshit. Also from TheDC: Aussie Carbon Tax Repeal Discourages Cap-And-Traders Across The Planet. [rdbrewer]
LiveScience: MH17 Plane Crash Site Seen from Space
DigitalGlobe has pictures of the site. [rdbrewer]

CBS San Francisco: Strange Bedfellows: Silicon Valley Techies ‘Like’ Conservative Senator Rand Paul
"But how can technology and liberty flourish side by side? Paul’s answer, 'shrink government.'" He's right. Reagan was pro-business, but he said "get government off the back of business." He did not say business should be in government's pocket, and he didn't advise picking winners and losers. And, of course, it worked. [rdbrewer]


Audio Interview: Ed Klein on Blood Feud
"Much to the chagrin of the Washington Post, Ed Klein’s Blood Feud is outselling Hillary Clinton’s new memoirs. Naturally, Klein is elated. 'It is a terrific thrill to knock Hillary off the top of the [best-seller] list, I have to tell you. She helped me a lot, because she put out a committee-written book that has absolutely nothing new in it.'" [rdbrewer]

Asia Obscura: Sifting Through Arthur C. Clarke’s DVD Collection in Colombo
From last winter. Blogger was allowed into Clarke's house which has been closed since his death. Interesting and kind of outrageous. Next time it might not be a nice guy security lets in for a small bribe. Also from Asia Obscura: Prosthetic Noses, Red Wigs, and Whiteface… American Characters in Chinese Films. [rdbrewer]

ONN: Marvel Reimagines Green Goblin As Left-Handed [rdbrewer]

The Hockey Schtick: New paper finds only ~3.75% of atmospheric CO2 is man-made from burning of fossil fuels
"The findings are in stark contrast to alarmist claims that essentially all of the alleged 130 ppm increase in CO2 since pre-industrial times is of man-made origin from the burning of fossil fuels...." Yeah, but #ClimateMoney. [rdbrewer]

Victor Davis Hanson, PJM: Obama’s Tranquility
"In short, outside the rather limited Western world of democracy and free market capitalism, the world — Africa, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East — is a very untranquil place, where the strong dictate to the weak and the weak suffer as they must." Obama's magical thinking will get us through. Via @EdDriscoll. [rdbrewer]

USA Today: TSA security fee on airline tickets rises Monday
Congress approved the fees. And now they're doubling. Who could've seen that coming? [rdbrewer]
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