NOAA: July 4th Fireworks Cause Dangerous Air Pollution

Why would the left want to put a damper on the celebration of the Fourth Of July. (And never mind the studies that show the Fourth can cause people to vote Republican for years.)

From Salon:

Those 4th of July fireworks spectaculars are causing huge spikes in dangerous air pollution

By Lindsay Abrams | June 30, 2015

[A]ccording to a new study from scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, that includes celebrating our nation’s independence with fireworks displays, which cause levels of harmful particle pollution to spike significantly each July 4th.

[NOAA] used observations taken from 315 air quality monitoring sites around the U.S. between 1999 and 2013. Without fail, they found that from around 9 to 10 p.m. each Independence Day, concentrations of fine particulate matter, or PM2.5, surged, teetering on the edge of the upper limit of what the EPA considers to be safe (and in some locations, wildly surpassing it).


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Email Dump Reveals Out Of Touch, Incompetent Hillary

Given this is a short week, this is pretty close to a patented last Friday evening document dump. And it gets extra points for coming right before a holiday weekend.

From the Daily Mail:

Email bombshells from Hillary’s secret account show she didn’t know when cabinet meetings were held, was dumbfounded by a fax machine and emailed aides to fetch her iced tea

By David Martosko | 1 July 2015

On Tuesday the State Department released the first in a series of document-dumps comprising about 3,000 of the 55,000 pages Clinton turned over to State late last year…

The full version of this article goes into exquisite and hilarious detail about Hillary’s incompetence and out of touch-ness. But it also provides a nice summary of the main discoveries so far:




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Dems Want Domestic Terrorism Probe After SC Shootings

Plus, Andrew Young, who walked with MLK, Jr, says the problem isn’t the Confederate flag.

But first there’s this from a cheering Roll Call:

Democrats Want Domestic Terrorism Probe After Charleston Shootings

By Niels Lesniewski | June 30, 2015

The Charleston, S.C., shootings have prompted six Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to push for hearings on domestic terrorism. Spearheaded by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and the top Democrat on the committee, Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, the senators point to statements by alleged shooter Dylann Roof before the massacre at the black church.

“If this same act had been perpetrated by someone claiming a desire to harm Americans in the service of Islamist principles, it would immediately be labeled an act of terror,” the senators write.


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US And Cuba Agree To Establish Full Diplomatic Relations

Didn’t everyone in the media assure us it would be a long time, maybe even forever, before we would establish full diplomatic relations with Cuba? After all, Congress would have to approve that. And yet here we are. And nobody in Congress is going to do anything to stop him.

From the Wall Street Journal:

U.S., Cuba Reach Agreement to Establish Full Diplomatic Relations

By Felicia Schwartz, José de Córdoba and Carol E. Lee | July 1, 2015

WASHINGTON—The U.S. and Cuba have reached an agreement to restore diplomatic relations and reopen embassies in each other’s capitals, a senior administration official said Tuesday, the biggest step yet toward ending a half century of enmity between the two countries.

What a beautiful thing. And just as we are about to celebrate our nation’s freedom from British tyranny.


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Black Activist Put Confederate Flag On Black CW Memorial

This is what comes from mindless hysteria. And a news media that does everything it can to fan it.

First, there was this breathless report on the latest hate crime from the Boston Globe:

Confederate flag hung from Boston memorial for black soldiers

By Niko Emack-Bazelais and Jennifer Smith |  June 29, 2015

A Confederate battle flag was attached Sunday night to a Boston memorial that commemorates one of the first all-black regiments to fight for the union during the Civil War, hanging there for over an hour before a woman removed it.

Melissa Carino, 37, of Lowell said she saw the flag hanging from the Robert Gould Shaw and Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial across the street from the State House at about 8 p.m.


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Only Two Of Burned Black Churches Thought To Be Arson

Of course that information is buried in a LA Times article that actually spells out the details of the various fires.

But first, there is this latest update from an ever hopeful Associated Press:

Another black church in South Carolina burns; cause unknown

By JEFFREY COLLINS | July 1, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — An African-American church in South Carolina that was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995 caught fire again Tuesday night, though authorities said it was too soon to say what caused the latest blaze, which broke out on a night of frequent storms…

The fire at the Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal church in Greeleyville broke out at a time when federal authorities are investigating conflagrations at several other predominantly black churches… but so far the fires don’t appear to be related…

In fact, only two of the fires are even thought to be due to arson at this time.


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OK Court: Must Remove 10 Commandments Monument

Naturally. The Ten Commandments are almost as hateful as the Confederate battle flag. After all, there was slavery in the time of Moses. (And never mind it was the Jews who were enslaved.)

From the a beaming Associated Press:

10 Commandments statue must be removed from state Capitol, Oklahoma Supreme Court rules

June 30, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) —A Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds is a religious symbol and must be removed because it violates the state’s constitutional ban on using public property to benefit a religion, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

The court said the Ten Commandments chiseled into the 6-foot-tall granite monument, which was privately funded by a Republican legislator [sic!], are "obviously religious in nature and are an integral part of the Jewish and Christian faiths."

The 7-2 ruling overturns a decision by a district court judge who determined the monument could stay.


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Yahoo Parenting Celebrates 8 Yr Old Gay Pride Marcher

This is yet another ‘new normal.’ And anyone who doesn’t like it is the ‘new abnormal.’ Just ask the experts at Yahoo Parenting.

From Yahoo Parenting:

Mom of 8-Year-Old Gay Pride Marcher Responds to Critics

By Beth Greenfield, Senior Writer [sic] | June 30, 2015

There was plenty to marvel at during the New York City Pride March on Sunday, but one precocious 8-year-old boy stood out from the crowd: Desmond Napoles, of Brooklyn, who joyously strutted and vogued his way down Fifth Avenue in a rainbow tutu and gold sequined cap.

Mind you, this is supposed to be a news story. And from a ‘parenting’ news site, no less.

And when critics reared their heads on social media Monday, suggesting his participation was inappropriate, mom Wendylou Napoles shut them down with grace and pride.


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ICE Gives Transgender Illegals Choice Of Undergarments

And so much more. And note that the DOJ has already implemented these rules in our prison system.

First, from CNS News:

Homeland Security: Give Transgender Illegal Alien Detainees Their Choice of ‘Undergarments’

By Susan Jones | June 30, 2015

( – After six months of study, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, has issued new guidelines on how to care for transgender illegal aliens who end up in detention facilities, awaiting possible deportation…

Among the questions to be asked of men who identify as women or vice-versa: "Do you prefer to wear male or female clothing?" "Are there any specific clothing items (e.g. undergarments) that you need that you have not been provided?" …

Other questions for transgender detainees include, "Would you feel safer being housed in a cell with someone else or by yourself?" "Do you have a preference for whether a male or female staff member searches you?" …

The guidelines state, "The detainee shall not be disciplined for refusing to answer any gender-identity related questions during processing, for not disclosing complete information in response to questions asked about gender identity, or for falsely reporting that he or she is not transgender."

Transgender detainees who were already receiving hormone therapy when taken into ICE custody will continue getting it; and all transgender detainees must have access to mental health care and medication such as hormone therapy based on medical need…

What a great way to get your gender reassignment paid for by the US taxpayer.


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Not Content With ‘Best Week,’ BHO Wants More Progress

The most most disturbing thing about this is that Obama sees the past week as ‘progress.’ But maybe you would see that as progress if your goal is to fundamentally transform American into some kind of dictatorship. But it’s certainly not progress if you are a small ‘R’ republican.

From The Hill:

Confident Obama not satisfied with his ‘best week ever’

By Jordan Fabian | June 30, 2015

President Obama said Tuesday he is not letting his foot off the gas pedal following a string of victories some are calling his "best week ever." Obama said he plans to harness momentum from wins at the Supreme Court and in Congress to complete the unfinished business left on his agenda.

Again, exactly what did Obama have to do with any of these so-called victories?



Carter: Obama Foreign Policy Accomplishments ‘Minimal’

Plus, Robert Mugabe, the 91 year old dictator of Zimbabwe, wants to propose marriage to Obama. Which proves how Obama has made the US once again loved and respected all around the world.

But first, there is this from the Washington Free Beacon:

Jimmy Carter hits Obama on foreign policy, calls accomplishments ‘minimal’

By Blake Seitz | June 30, 2015

President Obama was criticized last week by the president he is often compared to, Jimmy Carter.  Carter told an Aspen Institute audience that Obama’s accomplishments on foreign policy "have been minimal" and that the United States’ influence is "lower than it was six or seven years ago." …

"On the world stage, I think [Obama’s accomplishments] have been minimal," Carter said. "I think he has done some good things domestically, like health reform and so forth.


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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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Boko Haram Girls Made To Slit Throats Of Christian Men

By the way, whatever happened to those 80 soldiers [sic!] Obama sent to find the girls?

From BBC News:

Chibok girls ‘forced to join Nigeria’s Boko Haram’

By Tulip Mazumdar | 29 June 2015

Some of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria have been forced to join Islamist militant group Boko Haram, the BBC has been told. Witnesses say some are now being used to terrorise other captives, and are even carrying out killings themselves…

Two-hundred-and-nineteen schoolgirls from Chibok, are still missing, more than a year after they were kidnapped from their school in northern Nigeria. Many of those seized are Christians.

Three women who claim they were held in the same camps as some of the Chibok girls have told the BBC’s Panorama programme that some of them have been brainwashed and are now carrying out punishments on behalf of the militants.


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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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