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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 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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Draw and Strike: To Understand The Present, Remember The Past
On Storify. "And 1 of the big reasons the United States is in the bad place it is now is because Democrats never have to pay for their crimes." [rdbrewer]
London's pro-Palestinian rally was a disgusting anti-Semitic spectacle "These are the people who stayed at home throughout the Syrian civil war, stayed at home when ISIS rampaged across Iraq, stayed at home when Boko Haram and Al-Shabaab carried out their atrocities across central Africa and showed no concern whatsoever when the Muslim Brotherhood was running Egypt into the ground. Yet they pretend to care about Muslims." [CBD]

Ben Domenech: Area Lobbyist: Why Do Republicans Want To Kill My Job?
"John Feehery’s piece here on the dangers of rising Republican skepticism for big business is an amusing read.... The tone is one of desperate confusion: when did the Republican Party stop being knee-jerk pro-business in the subsidies and carveouts and bailouts sense?" [rdbrewer]

UN Gives Rockets To Hamas
Remember those rockets the UN found in a Gaza school? They dutifully turned them over to Hamas. [rdbrewer]

Damon Linker, The Week: How liberalism became an intolerant dogma
ICYMI. A week old, but it's good. "Liberals are increasingly religious about their own liberalism, treating it like a comprehensive view of reality and the human good." [rdbrewer]

Erick Erickson: Senate Republican Leaders Paid for Attacks Against Conservatives
"The advertisements attacked Mississippi State Senator Chris McDaniel and painted conservative Republicans and tea party activists as racists." [rdbrewer]

WaPo: Russia supplied missile launchers to separatists, U.S. official says
"The United States has confirmed that Russia supplied sophisticated missile launchers to separatists in eastern Ukraine and that attempts were made to move them back across the Russian border after the Thursday shoot-down of a Malaysian jet liner, a U.S. official said Saturday." [rdbrewer]

James Garner dead at 86
Rest in peace.
WaPo: Obama aides were warned of brewing border crisis
"The administration did too little to heed those warnings, according to interviews with former government officials, outside experts and immigrant advocates, leading to an inadequate response that contributed to this summer’s escalating crisis." Via @Heminator. [rdbrewer]

Timothy Carney: Justin Amash's support for free enterprise earns enmity of Big Business
"Let's just all admit what's going on here: The GOP Establishment and the business lobby aren't about Team Play or Free Enterprise. They're about the GOP Establishment and the business lobby." [rdbrewer]

Andrew McCarthy: An Obama-Caused Border Disaster
"Make no mistake: President Obama has instigated this crisis — a two-fer that advances the project of remaking the country while crowding the IRS, the VA, Benghazi, Bergdahl, the Taliban, ISIS, Hamas, the EPA, Obamacare, Ukraine, and other debacles out of the public’s finite attention span." [rdbrewer]

Peter Brookes, London Times

Tablet: ‘Yesterday, a Part of My Love for France Left Me’
"An eyewitness account of how the synagogue of Rue de la Roquette was attacked by a mob, and fought back." [rdbrewer]

The Telegraph: Los Angeles awaits earthquake that could be the 'Big One'
I thought we knew that. Didn't we know that? [rdbrewer]

David Harsanyi: Sorry Vox, There’s No Equating Israel And Hamas
"Nowadays, as Hamas ignores cease-fires and is caught using children as human shields by the United Nations, many apologists have given up. Not Fisher, who attempts to whip up some moral equivalency in a new piece...." People like Fisher actually encourage Hamas to continue using civilians as shields. He's part of the propaganda effort. [rdbrewer]

Daily Mail: How flight MH17 was obliterated in just 12 seconds: BUK missile system carrying 150lbs of explosives fired at doomed Malaysian flight with 95% accuracy
Explains how the BUK missile launch system works. [rdbrewer]
Times of Israel: The treacherous task of tunnel demolition
"How exactly does the IDF dismantle Hamas’s offensive tunnels, some 60-feet-deep, over a mile long, with multiple exits?" Via @rogerlsimon. [rdbrewer]

Wired: The Bizarre Rise and Fall of the Tiki Bar
"In the 1950s and ’60s, an epidemic of island fever swept the United States. Tiki-themed structures spread like jungle vines, taking the form of garden-style apartments in Redondo Beach, California and Polynesia-inspired motor lodges in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania. Amway, the quintessential midwestern enterprise, sold jade-green tiki soaps in the shape of Moai." Added: 1950's Tiki Culture, a documentary. [rdbrewer]
Powerful Ad Warning People to Slow Down on the Roads
It's really well done with an outside-of-the-box premise

Jonah Goldberg, The G-File
"If you've been reading my stuff over the years, you'll find a number of common themes.... One such theme is that liberalism hides behind seemingly value-neutral or benign language in order to advance a value-laden and not necessarily benign agenda. That was the basic idea behind The Tyranny of Clichés. Conservatives argue as conservatives. Liberals tend to argue not so much as liberals, but in a variety of disguises, each of which tries to draw on authority unearned by liberalism itself." [rdbrewer]

Angelina Jolie 'hates' President Barack Obama: 'She thinks he is really a socialist in disguise'
He's all "smoke and mirrors." [rdbrewer]

Eliana Johnson: The Barbour Machine’s Mississippi Ad War
"The day after Cochran’s victory, Haley Barbour said his group had nothing to do with the racial attacks on McDaniel and that support for Cochran among African Americans was spontaneous." Haley Barbour and race-based attacks on a Republican. Remember that. [rdbrewer]

Matthew Continetti: The Bear Is Loose
"But he is flattering himself. Obama is not the bear. He is the cub: aimless, naïve, self-interested, self-indulgent, irresponsible, irresolute. The bear is in Moscow." Via @JohnEkdahl. [rdbrewer]

Noah Rothman: RT anchor resigns in protest over coverage of plane attack in Ukraine
"Russia Today’s (RT) London correspondent, Sara Firth, resigned in protest on Friday over her network’s coverage of the attack on a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine." [rdbrewer]

Department of Justice: We Heard About IRS Missing Emails On The News
It must be really difficult right now for lawyers in the DOJ who pride themselves on professionalism and their adherence to ethical standards. [rdbrewer]
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