Rebels Hand Over Black Boxes, Russia Says: ‘CIA Did It!’

First we have this from Reuters:

Bodies, black boxes handed over from Ukraine crash site

By Anton Zverev and Peter Graff | July 22, 2014

DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – A train carrying the remains of many of the nearly 300 victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over Ukraine arrived in Ukrainian government territory on Tuesday as a separatist leader handed over the plane’s black boxes to Malaysian experts. The train carrying around 200 body bags arrived in the eastern city of Kharkiv, which is in Ukrainian government hands. The bodies will then be taken back to the Netherlands to be identified.

The train left the crash site after the Malaysian prime minister agreed with the separatists for recovered bodies to be handed over to authorities in the Netherlands, where two thirds of the victims came from…

We wonder how much the ‘separatists’ were paid.


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NYT Says Obama’s Vacations Could Make Him Look Bad

From the New York Times:

Sticking to His Travel Plans, at Risk of Looking Bad

Obama Maintains Schedule Despite World Crises

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR | July 19, 2014

WASHINGTON — As smoke billowed from the downed Malaysian jetliner in the fields of eastern Ukraine on Thursday, President Obama pressed ahead with his schedule: a cheeseburger with fries at the Charcoal Pit in Delaware, a speech about infrastructure and two splashy fund-raisers in New York City.

The potential for jarring split-screen imagery was clear. Reports of charred bodies and a ground-to-air missile attack from Eastern Europe dominated television screens while photographers snapped pictures of a grinning Mr. Obama holding a toddler at the restaurant. The presidential motorcade was later filmed pulling up to Trump Place Apartments, the Riverside Avenue venue for his first fund-raiser.



FBI Is After Scammers Who Target Illegal Alien Families

From an unquestioning Reuters:

Scammers target families of illegal child immigrants to U.S.: FBI

By Jim Forsyth | July 20, 2014

SAN ANTONIO — (Reuters) – U.S. officials warned on Sunday that scammers are attempting to prey on the families of some of the tens of thousands of unaccompanied child immigrants crossing the border from Latin America, seeking money for phony travel costs.

A Federal Bureau of Investigation official in San Antonio said investigators have uncovered two similar fraud schemes targeting family members of the children who are living illegally in the United States.

"One fraud scheme involved individuals who claimed to be representing a charitable or non profit organization, which they claimed assists in processing and reuniting the children with their families," said Special Agent Michelle Lee.



AP Does Touching Article On Coyote ‘Entrepreneurs’

From an appreciative Associated Press:

Migration spotlights Mexican ‘coyote’ smugglers


TECUN UMAN, Guatemala (AP) — The man-in-the-know nursed a late-morning beer at a bar near the Suchiate River that separates Guatemala from Mexico, and answered a question about his human smuggling business with a question: "Do you think a coyote is going to say he’s a coyote?"

Dressed as a migrant in shorts and sandals but speaking like an entrepreneur, he then described shipments of tens of thousands of dollars in human cargo from the slums of Honduras and highlands of Guatemala to cities across the United States. "It’s business," he said, agreeing to speak to a reporter only if guaranteed anonymity. "Sometimes, business is very good."

Notice that AP’s relentless misuse of the word ‘migrant.’ None of these people are migrants.



Perry To Mobilize TX National Guard To Secure Border

From an outraged Washington Post:

Gov. Rick Perry to mobilize Texas National Guard troops to secure U.S.-Mexico border

By Lindsey Bever | July 21, 2014

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) reportedly plans to dispatch the Texas National Guard to the U.S. border with Mexico, according to news reports.

Perry will announce his plans Monday to mobilize some 1,000 guardsmen to the Rio Grande Valley to increase security at the border, according to the Monitor, a south Texas newspaper. The newspaper quoted a state senator and an internal memo it obtained from a state official’s office.

Perry spokesman Felix Browne told The Washington Post he would neither confirm nor deny the report, but said all details will be given at a news conference at 2 p.m.


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Anonymous WH Officials Claim Border Crossings Down

From an unquestioning Reuters:

Obama to meet Central America leaders, migrant numbers fall: officials

By Jeff Mason | July 18, 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will meet with the leaders of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador next week to discuss cooperation on the influx of child migrants from Central America into the United States, the White House said on Friday.

They already seem to be cooperating with the Democrats’ get out the vote drive as much as humanly possible.

The meeting comes as the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border into the Rio Grande Valley in Texas has begun to drop off, senior administration officials said, seeking a victory in a crisis that has consumed significant attention from the White House and the Obama administration in recent weeks.


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Friday Doc Dump: Illegal Alien Families Are Up Five-Fold

From the Daily Caller:

White House Hid Huge Spike Of Families Crossing Border

By Neil Munro | July 18, 2014

New data shows the White House has painted a false picture of the Central American migration by hiding a huge spike in “family units” who are illegally crossing the Texas border.

The data, which was dumped by the U.S. border patrol late Friday afternoon, shows that inflow of youths and children traveling without parents has doubled since 2013, to 57,525 in the nine months up to July 2014.

But the number of migrants who cross the border in so-called “family units” has spiked five-fold to 55,420, according to the border patrol’s data, which came out amid a storm of news about the shoot-down of a Malaysian aircraft in Ukraine, delays in failed U.S.



NYT ‘Gaza War’ Photos Only Show Civilian Victims Of IDF

From the Weekly Standard:

All The News Hamas Sees Fit to Print

By NOAH POLLAK | July 20, 2014

Something important is missing from the New York Times’s coverage of the war in Gaza: photographs of terrorist attacks on Israel, and pictures of Hamas fighters, tunnels, weaponry, and use of human shields.

It appears the Times is silently but happily complying with a Hamas demand that the only pictures from Gaza are of civilians and never of fighters. The most influential news organization in the world is thus manufacturing an utterly false portrait of the battle—precisely the portrait that Hamas finds most helpful: embattled, victimized Gaza civilians under attack by a cruel Israeli military.

A review of the Times’s photography in Gaza reveals a stark contrast in how the two sides are portrayed.


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Kerry Mocks Israel, ‘Global Turmoil Not Obama’s Fault’

First there is this from the Politico:

Kerry: Global turmoil not Obama’s fault

By BYRON TAU | July 20, 2014

The crises unfolding around the world are not President Barack Obama’s fault, Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday. Appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” Kerry was asked if he agreed with the contention of Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) the world is in greater turmoil than any time in his lifetime.

(Not to pick nits, but even when he gets something right, McCain manages to express it poorly. Mr. McCain was born in 1936. It’s safe to say the world was in greater turmoil during WWII. Though just barely.)

“I agree with the analysis, to the degree that it says that the world is in turmoil right now,” Kerry responded.



ISIS Is Wiping Out Christians In Towns They Capture

From an unfazed Reuters:

Ancient Christian population of Mosul flees Islamic State

By Ahmed Rasheed and Maggie Fick | July 19, 2014

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The ancient Christian community of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul had all but fled by Saturday, ending a presence stretching back nearly two millennia after radical Islamists set them a midday deadline to submit to Islamic rule or leave.

This is actually a real holocaust. Unlike the Democrats’ fantasy of a holocaust on (what used to be) our southern border. But the Democrats and their media minions don’t even seem be noticing it.

The ultimatum by the Islamic State drove out the few hundred Christians who had stayed on when the group’s hardline Sunni Muslim fighters overran Mosul a month ago, threatening Christians and the diverse city’s other religious communities.



Shocker: Castro Immediately Blamed Ukraine For MH17

From the Associated Press:

Fidel Castro: Ukraine to blame for downed airliner

July 18, 2014

HAVANA, Cuba (AP) — Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Friday blamed the Ukrainian government in Kiev for the downing of a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane.

It’s good to see that Fidel Castro is going to play the stooge for the Russian to his dying day. Even though now he’s practically doing it for free.

He also criticized Israel’s ground offensive in the Gaza Strip, and the United States for saying Israel has a right to defend itself.

Castro’s comments were made in an opinion column published by state media entitled "Extraordinary Provocation." It came days after he met with Vladimir Putin during the Russian leader’s tour to boost ties with Latin American nations including Cuba, which during the Cold War was the Soviet Union’s biggest ally in the hemisphere.


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AP: Malaysia Plane Recovery Operation Stumbles Forward

From a strangely flowery Associated Press:

Malaysia plane recovery operation stumbles forward

By DMITRY LOVETSKY | July 21, 2014

HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — The chaotic Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 recovery effort stumbled again Monday, with more bodies found at the sprawling crash site but a worrisome power outage in the refrigerated train holding over 200 of the dead.

The shambolic [sic!] attempts to investigate by the pro-Russia separatists who control the verdant [sic!] farmland where pieces of the plane crashed to Earth have fanned widespread international outrage, especially from the nations whose citizens were on the doomed plane. Four days after the jetliner was shot out of the sky, international investigators still had only limited access to the crash site in eastern Ukraine.

Unlike, say, the attack site at Benghazi.


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Hillary Puts Diva-Like Demands In Her Speech Contracts

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

Hillary’s $2,777 PER MINUTE speaking contracts demand a ‘presidential’ teleprompter, let her cancel ‘for any reason whatsoever’ and she’s the only one allowed on stage

By David Martosko | 16 July 2014

Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state who is preparing to run for president on a populist platform of fighting income inequality, demanded $2,777 per minute for two university speaking engagements and insisted on contracts that cut off reporters’ access to her and limited the number of photos she would take with well-wishers.

Besides, we’re pretty sure she still gets less money per speech than the ‘Big Creep.’

The Harry Walker Agency drew up legal agreements for Clinton’s speeches at the State University of New York at Buffalo in August 2013 and at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas next month.


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