Puerto Rico’s Default Is Bigger Threat To US Than Greece

But for some odd reason we aren’t hearing anything about it from our media guardians. Why is that?

First, there is this from USA Today:

Greek crisis deepens as loan repayment deadline passes

By Kim Hjelmgaard and Marco della Cava | June 30, 2015

Greece’s midnight deadline passed Tuesday for repaying $1.8 billion to the International Monetary Fund and other international creditors, deepening a financial crisis that threatens the Mediterranean nation’s membership in the European Union.

Translation: Greece has defaulted. (Which makes it the first Western country to do so — ever.)

Despite an eleventh-hour effort by Greek lawmakers Tuesday to secure a new two-year debt deal before the deadline, European finance ministers reviewing Greece’s proposal concluded their conference call without offering a bailout extension…

After the deadline passed (at 6 pm ET), Greece joined Zimbabwe, Sudan and Somalia in being in arrears to the IMF.


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US Is Spending $500M To Train 100 Syrians To Fight ISIS

Last year the Obama administration claimed this $500 million dollar training program would produce 5,400 fighters a year. So far they are only training 100. And none have finished the program.

But first there this news from the region, via The Hill:

Al Qaeda militants escape from Yemeni prison amid clashes

By Kristina Wong | June 30, 2015

More than 1,000 prisoners — including suspected al Qaeda terrorists — escaped during clashes at a jail in central Yemen on Tuesday, according to reports. The incident, the biggest in a series of prison breaks that have freed al Qaeda militants in recent years, comes amid a breakdown in Yemen’s security and stability since the Arab Spring.

Ah, yes. The wonderful ‘Arab Spring.’ It brought u so many blessings.


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NBC Fires Trump Over Candidate’s ‘Insults’ To Mexicans

And yet NBC says Brian Williams is okay. And the race-baiter and tax cheat Al Sharpton still has a show on MSNBC.

From Reuters:

NBC fires Trump, drops pageants over candidate’s insults to Mexicans

By Anya George Tharakan, Jennifer Saba and Steve Holland | June 30, 2015

NBC cut ties with U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump and the "Miss USA" and "Miss Universe" pageants on Monday after the real estate developer and TV personality made comments insulting Mexicans earlier this month.

The pageants, part of a 50/50 joint venture with NBCUniversal for the English-language broadcasts that together have in the past year attracted 13 million viewers, would no longer air on NBC "due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants" the company said in a press statement.


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Cruz: Voters Would Be Appalled At What The GOP Does

But first, all of a sudden the signing the ‘fast tracking’ of the Obama trade bill now constitutes enacting it as law. Which is not what we were told when people were still debating the issue. — Which is a perfect example of Cruz’s point. The Republican leadership is all too eager to collude with the Democrats to bamboozle the American public.

From a mixed emotioned Politico:

Sparse bipartisan crowd watches President Obama sign trade bill into law

By Sarah Wheaton | June 29, 2015

President Barack Obama remarked on the rarity of a bipartisan bill signing during an East Room ceremony for his trade package on Monday afternoon. And indeed, it still felt elusive as most of the Republicans who sponsored the legislation and drove it over the finish line skipped the Washington ritual in favor of politicking at home over the Fourth of July recess…

The rest of the article is like a blurb in the social column.



Californians Signed A Petition To Ban The American Flag

Plus more Orwellian news. The Confederate flag is being pulled down forever at Ft. Sumter. But we’re not airbrushing history.

First from (the crackpots at) Info Wars:

U.S. Citizens Sign Petition to Ban American Flag ….and replace it with a pyramid to "signify the new world order".

By Paul Joseph Watson | June 29, 2015

In the aftermath of calls to ban the Confederate flag following the Charleston shooting, some Americans signed a petition to ban the stars and stripes itself. Media analyst Mark Dice’s latest stunt illustrates the stunning level of ignorance surrounding the issue and how easily led Americans are when told to support anything in the name of putting a stop to racism.

Although some refused to sign, when told that Old Glory has a history of “imperialism and racism,” numerous San Diegans agreed, with one man commenting, “It sounds like a great idea.” “A lot of people are offended by the American flag,” says Dice, to which another individual enthusiastically responds, “I’ll sign this shit man!”

“Support issuing a new American flag for the new world order,” Dice tells the man, to which he agrees, “F**k yeah man!” “Basically ban the American flag, we’re gonna put up a new American flag over the capital to signify the new world order,” Dice tells another man who signs the petition.


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‘Activists’ To Burn US Flags In NYC Ahead Of 4th Of July

Next they will be burning their Obama-Care cards, EBT Cards, their public housing vouchers, their Obama Phones… (Just kidding. Some things are sacred.)

From the Blaze:

Activists Plan to Burn American Flags in New York City Ahead of Fourth of July

By Oliver Darcy | June 30, 2015

A group calling for the immediate disarmament of the New York Police Department plans to burn American flags in a Brooklyn park on Wednesday, just days before the Fourth of July holiday. “Disarm NYPD” announced the “Burn the American Flags” event on Facebook, inviting individuals to join the organization at Fort Greene Park to “set fire to this symbol of oppression.”

Organizers said accused Charleston shooter Dylann Roof wasn’t an “isolated actor,” but a “product of a consistent pattern of state-sponsored terrorism and radicalized dehumanization in America.” The event originally was aimed at burning the Confederate flag, but later changed to focus on the stars and stripes.


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Flashback: Hillary Opposed ‘Same Sex Marriage’ In 2004

So is Gawker now going to post videos of some of the comments Mr. Obama made in opposition to ‘same sex marriage’ even more recently — including in his campaign speeches up until May 2013? (Just kidding. Of course they won’t. That would be racist.)

From Gawker, of all places:

Remember When Hillary Clinton Was Against Gay Marriage?

By Sam Biddle | June 26, 2015

Hillary Clinton wasted no time in co-opting today’s historic Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage as a promotional device for her presidential run. “Proud to celebrate,” Clinton declared on Twitter, despite the fact that relatively recently she thought same sex marriage should remain illegal.

The video… is from 2004, when Clinton was a senator. In it, she says ‘I believe marriage is not just a bond but a sacred bond between a man and a woman.” The talk continued:

“… [T]he fundamental bedrock principle that [marriage] exists between a man and a woman, going back into the midst of history as one of the founding, foundational institutions of history and humanity and civilization, and that its primary, principal role during those millennia has been the raising and socializing of children for the society into which they are to become adults.”

So is Gawker now going to post videos of some of the comments Mr.



Obama’s Approval Is Up Due To Race Relations, Economy

Really? We could have sworn Race relations seem worse than ever in our lifetime. Ditto the economy.

From a besides themselves with joy CNN:

Obama’s approval rating grows following memorable week

By Jennifer Agiesta | June 30, 2015

Washington (CNN) – Could Barack Obama’s great week mark a turning point in his poll numbers?

Exactly what has been so ‘great’ about this week, vis a vis Obama? What did Obama have to do with Obama-Care being re-written by the Supreme Court? (In fact, shouldn’t he have gotten the blame for the way it was written, which almost caused the whole thing to collapse?)

And exactly what did The Court’s ruling on ‘same sex marriage’ have to do with Obama, who had opposed ‘same sex marriage’ until May of 2013?


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SCOTUS Permits Execution Drug, Cuts Power Plant Limits

Two more Supreme Court rulings. In the first, the ‘Wise Latina’ compares the use of lethal injection to being "drawn and quartered, slowly tortured to death or actually burned at the stake.”

From an outraged but still hopeful New York Times:

Supreme Court Allows Use of Execution Drug

By ADAM LIPTAK | JUNE 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled on Monday against three death row inmates who had sought to bar the use of an execution drug they said risked causing excruciating pain. In the process, two dissenting members of the court — Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg — came very close to announcing that they were ready to rule the death penalty unconstitutional…

The NYT always tries to find a silver lining for its readers.


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SCOTUS Rulings On Citizen Proof, TX Abortion Provisions

Here are two more Supreme Court decisions, neither of which is really a ruling or even new or surprising. But that doesn’t make them any less bitter to swallow.

From a cheering Reuters:

U.S. justices turn down states over voter registration restrictions

By Lawrence Hurley | June 29, 2015

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a new case on voter registration in Arizona and Kansas, meaning the two states will not be able to require applicants to show proof of citizenship. By rejecting a joint appeal by the states, the high court left in place a November 2014 ruling by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. That appeals court decided that the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, a federal agency that oversees changes to state voter registration procedures, was not required to grant the states’ request that proof of citizenship be added to registration requirements.


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Terrorist Attempts In US Reach Highest Level Since 9/11

And yet Obama got reelected by telling us he had terrorism on the run. — Still, to be fair, this is probably all because he hasn’t been allowed to close Gitmo.

From the Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal:

Terrorist Attempts in US Reach Highest Level Since 9/11

By Natalie Johnson | June 29, 2015

The United States is experiencing its highest level of terrorist activity since Sept. 11, 2001, according to a Heritage Foundation report published last week advocating Congress to take the U.S. terrorism threat “much more seriously.”

Surely they must be talking about rightwing hate groups that are inspired by talk radio and Fox News. (Just kidding.)

The report detailed the FBI’s arrest of a 19-year-old in North Carolina for conspiring with… ISIS, to attack public venues in an attempt to kill hundreds of Americans.


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US Tells Iran Deal Must Stand; WFB Booted From Briefing

Remember how back in April the Iranians claimed there wasn’t a framework, but we were told they were just saying that for ‘public consumption’? Well, they’re still saying there wasn’t any agreement.

From the New York Times:

U.S. Tells Iran That Preliminary Nuclear Deal Must Stand


VIENNA — The United States warned Iran on Monday, in both English and Persian, that a preliminary agreement reached two months ago in Switzerland must remain the basis for a final nuclear deal.

What agreement? Even back in April the Iranians claimed there wasn’t a framework. But we were told they were just saying that for ‘public consumption.’ And that there really was a deal, but it wasn’t written down.


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ISIS Beheads 2 Women ‘For The First Time’ (For Sorcery)

ISIS had previously only decapitated female corpses and stoned living women. Out of their world famous respect for the fair sex.

From Agence France Presse:

IS beheads two Syrian women ‘for the first time’

June 30, 2015

Beirut (AFP) – The Islamic State group has beheaded two women in Syria on accusations of "sorcery," the first such executions of female civilians in Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday… In both cases, the women were executed with their husbands, with each pair accused of "witchcraft and sorcery".

‘Witchcraft and sorcery’? And to think some call them backward.

The Observatory said IS has previously decapitated the corpses of Kurdish female fighters during battles, and the jihadist group is reported to have stoned civilian women to death on allegations of adultery…

So they had previously only decapitated female corpses and stoned living women.


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Greece Is In Shock As Banks Shut; Could Lead To Unrest

In other non-same sex marriage, Confederate flag — hence unimportant — news.

From Reuters:

Greece in shock as banks shut after snap referendum call

By Karolina Tagaris and Michele Kambas | June 29, 2015

ATHENS (Reuters) – Stunned Greeks faced shuttered banks, long supermarkets lines and overwhelming uncertainty on Monday as a breakdown in talks between Athens and its international creditors plunged the country deep into crisis.

Reuters doesn’t bother to mention it, but the banks are reported to be closed for at least six days.

With Greece’s bailout expiring on June 30 and an IMF payment falling due at the same time, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras pleaded by phone with European officials to extend the programme until a referendum on Sunday on its future terms…

It also pushed Greece towards defaulting on 1.6 billion euros ($1.77 billion) due to the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday…



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#TweetYourPeriods Must Include Transgendered Women

Put this on the ever growing stack of things we would have joked about just a few short years ago. Before all of the ‘new normalcy’ we now currently enjoy.

From the Daily Caller:

Men Can Get Periods, Too, Apparently

By Philip DeVoe | June 28, 2015

The twitter tag #LiveTweetYourPeriod, initiated on Twitter by social justice advocates to raise awareness about the stigma surrounding periods, has unintentionally caused a criticism of modern society’s alleged intolerance toward the trans community, whose menstruation patterns are as up to personal choice as their gender.

The [hashtag campaign], say other social justice advocates, suggests only women can get their periods, which is gender exclusive.

Weasel Zippers… first reported the development in the gender identity discussion by reposting a tweet [which said:] “remember to be inclusive of our trans sisters, brothers & genderqueer kin when you #LiveTweetYourPeriod.


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