Poll: 75% Of U.S. Voters Say Putin Has The Upper Hand Over Obama In Ukraine…

No surprise.

Via Fox News:

As the world scrambles to formulate a response to the shooting down of a commercial airliner –most likely by pro-Russian separatists — American voters continue to oppose the United States taking action in Ukraine.

By a margin of 61-32 percent, voters say the U.S. should not get more involved in Ukraine, according to the latest Fox News poll.

The Malaysian airliner was carrying nearly 300 passengers when it was shot down Thursday. All perished. World leaders pinned blame on pro-Russian separatists backed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The rebels further outraged the international community by blocking recovery teams and efforts to investigate the crash site. [...]

While the poll’s findings suggest voters are in line with the Obama administration’s decision to keep out of the conflict, most voters think Putin has the “upper hand” in Ukraine: 75 percent think Putin has the advantage, while just 14 percent think Obama does. These views are identical to views held in May.

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Jerry Brown’s Mexico Traveling Party To Include Donors, Old Friends

Governor Moonbeam

Governor Moonbeam should take some illegal aliens with him back to Mexico to reduce Californias carbon footprint.

Via SACBEE

When he leaves next week for Mexico for talks on trade and the environment, Gov. Jerry Brown will be accompanied by more than 100 administration officials, lawmakers and business delegates, including many of his political donors and a handful of old friends.

Of the roughly 90 businesspeople joining Brown, about one-third have donated to Brown’s political causes in recent years or represent companies that have, with contributions totaling about $750,000 since Brown ran for office in 2010.

Delegates paying a fee of $5,000 each for the four-day trip are subsidizing the cost of Brown’s travel. The delegation includes Sempra Energy, BP America and other representatives of the energy, tourism and agriculture industries, but also the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Environmental Defense Fund.

The delegation includes about 10 members of Brown’s administration, five state senators and 10 Assembly members. All of the traveling lawmakers are Democrats but one, Assemblyman Rocky Chávez, R-Oceanside.

Also on the roster of attendees are retired Judge Frank Damrell Jr., the governor’s former college roommate, and Lucie Gikovich, a former aide at whose home Brown sometimes stays when visiting Washington, D.C. Brown’s sister Kathleen Brown, the former state treasurer, is also going.

Brown is scheduled to hold three days of meetings in Mexico on trade and the environment, the latter his priority.

“I certainly think climate change is the overarching, existential threat to humanity,” the Democratic governor told reporters Wednesday at a luncheon previewing the trip. “I want to do something about that.”

Islamic State: “We’re Coming For You, Barack Obama”…

Via Washington Times:

High-ranking U.S. officials said Wednesday that not only are Sunni radicals with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant “worse than al Qaeda,” but that the group has a message for the president: “We’re coming for you, Barack Obama.”

Brett McGurk, the deputy assistant secretary of state, told lawmakers at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing that ISIL may have “changed its name,” but that it’s still al Qaeda.

Elissa Slotkin, the acting principal deputy undersecretary of Defense for policy, added that ISIL also has its eye on the president, threatening “We’re coming for you, Barack Obama,” The Hill reported.

Presidents of Honduras And Guatemala Blame Congress’ Failure To Pass Amnesty For Flood of Illegals Coming From Their Countries…

Talk about blaming the victim.

Via Washington Times:

A day before meeting with President Obama at the White House to discuss the border crisis, the presidents of Honduras and Guatemala blamed the wave of unaccompanied children inundating the U.S. on American foreign policy and on gridlock in Congress over immigration reform.

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez said ambiguity in Washington’s immigration debate has helped human smugglers, called “coyotes,” convince Central Americans that they can stay in the U.S. if they make the long, illegal journey.

“That is a situation that the coyotes are very perversely taking very much an opportunity to exploit,” Mr. Hernandez, speaking through an interpreter, told reporters. [...]

Mr. Perez and Mr. Hernandez suggested that more U.S. aid to their countries would help solve the problem.

“We’re dealing with the problem, even with our limited means,” said Mr. Hernandez. “But with the level of complexity of the problem we can’t do it alone.”

Mr. Perez added: “One dollar invested in Central American security is one dollar invested in U.S. security.”

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Cops : Chicago Teen Gang Member Fired ‘Without Care,’ Hit Girl At Sleepover

Tevin Lee

A gang member in Chicago? I thought the guns were doing all the shooting. Update to this story.

Via Chicago Sun Times

As they prepared to bury 11-year-old Shamiya Adams — killed last week by a stray bullet — family members were relieved to hear Thursday that murder charges had been filed against the alleged shooter.

The senseless circumstances behind the shooting, however, offered them no solace.

Tevin Lee, an 18-year-old gang member, fired into a crowd of people Friday afternoon in the West Garfield Park neighborhood — retaliation for an earlier fistfight between two 14-year-old boys, police said.

One of the bullets entered a home on the 3900 block of West Gladys and hit Shamiya in the head as she prepared to microwave s’mores while at a slumber party at a friend’s house.

“I’m just glad they caught the guy . . . and we can bury my grandbaby in peace,” said Nanette Dailey, Shamiya’s grandmother. Shamiya’s twin brother, Jeremiah, is trying to understand where his sister is, she said. “We don’t really think that he understands his sister has gone to heaven, he’s just trying to be strong for his mother,” Dailey said.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday said he planned to pay his third visit to Shamiya’s mother, Shaneetha Goodloe, and called her after hearing about the charges.

“I didn’t do it just as mayor. I also did it as a father of three kids…whose own kids do sleepovers and have sleepovers, as a fellow parent to give her the strength, the notion that she’s not alone….so she knows that she has the resolve to keep going,” Emanuel said after groundbreaking ceremonies at a $500 million office tower along the Chicago River.

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No Joke: Obama Considering Flying Immigrants From Honduras Straight To The U.S. So They Don’t Have To Sneak Over Border…

What the f…?

Via NY Times:

Hoping to stem the recent surge of migrants at the Southwest border, the Obama administration is considering whether to allow hundreds of minors and young adults from Honduras into the United States without making the dangerous trek through Mexico, according to a draft of the proposal.

If approved, the plan would direct the government to screen thousands of children and youths in Honduras to see if they can enter the United States as refugees or on emergency humanitarian grounds. It would be the first American refugee effort in a nation reachable by land to the United States, the White House said, putting the violence in Honduras on the level of humanitarian emergencies in Haiti and Vietnam, where such programs have been conducted in the past amid war and major crises.

Critics of the plan were quick to pounce, saying it appeared to redefine the legal definition of a refugee and would only increase the flow of migration to the United States. Administration officials said they believed the plan could be enacted through executive action, without congressional approval, as long as it did not increase the total number of refugees coming into the country.

By moving decisions on refugee claims to Honduras, the plan aims to slow the rush of minors crossing into the United States illegally from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, which has overwhelmed the border this year. More than 45,000 unaccompanied minors from those three nations have arrived since Oct. 1, straining federal resources to the point that some agencies will exhaust their budgets by next month, the secretary of Homeland Security has said.

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Dem Rep. Betty McCollum Ties Redskins “Hateful Mascot” To “Racism And Hate Speech”

Betty McCollum

McCollum says changing Redskins name should therefore be a “priority” for Congress.

Via CNS News:

Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) said at an event on Tuesday at the liberal Center for American Progress that “racism and hate speech” are always a priority in Congress, including as it relates to the campaign to change the name of the Washington Redskins.

“Racism and hate speech is always a priority if we’re going to be the shining beacon of democracy and respect and opportunity that we aspire to in all of our founding documents,” McCollum said when CNSNews.com asked whether the Redskins controversy should be a priority given all of the issues facing lawmakers.

In her remarks at CAP, McCollum said when she came to the Capitol in 2001, she became aware of the “harmful stereotype” the Redskins mascot represented.

“It made me realize that people didn’t know what they were doing – that they needed an opportunity to find out what this hateful mascot really was, because they didn’t know,” McCollum said.

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Mooch Outraged GOP Opposing Her Lunch Mandate: “It’s Gotten So Bad, They’re Even Trying To Block The Work I Do”…

How dare they!

Via Chicago Sun-Times:

First lady Michelle Obama was especially frank Thursday evening when addressing a crowd of some 150 Chicago donors about the best way to influence politics: “Write the biggest, fattest check that you can possibly write.”

Here to raise money for the national Democratic Party, the first lady also put in a plug for local Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn, pledging to “do everything in our power to make sure he gets over the finish line. He is the guy for this state.” [...]

Obama’s 20-minute speech covered obstructionist politics in Congress, campaign finance as well as health care, according to a pool report of the event.

“It’s gotten so bad, they’re even trying to block the work that I do on childhood obesity, and that’s really saying something,” Michelle Obama said, referring to Republicans. “I mean, for most folks in this country, making sure our kids get decent nutrition shouldn’t be that controversial.”

California Pharmacies Resist Push To Translate Drug Labels

Pharmacy

Learn English or pay for your own translator.

Via Merced Sun Star

When Chek Lun Wong picks up his prescription medication for hepatitis B at his local Walmart, he doesn’t understand a word.

“I give them the prescription and my license and they give it to me. I don’t read the bottle,” said Wong. “I usually just ignore it if I don’t understand it.”

The 63-year-old Wong, who told his story with the help of a Chinese translator at the Paul Hom Asian Clinic in East Sacramento last weekend, is one of thousands in the capital region and the state who struggle to take their medication correctly because of a language barrier – an issue that some health advocates want rectified at a California State Board of Pharmacy meeting later this month.

On Saturday at the free medical clinic on Folsom Boulevard, Wong waited among a steady stream of Chinese and Vietnamese patients, most of whom spoke little to no English, to get the prescription for his next refill and to listen to instructions on their use from a Chinese-speaking volunteer. Kai Ming Tan, one of the many UC Davis students who staff the clinic, often writes out directions for Wong in Chinese characters.

When Wong goes to the pharmacy to pick up his prescription bottle, labeled in English, he will rely on this information to take the drug.

“Patients need things written down,” said Tan. “If a medical student is presenting, (the patients) can’t keep it in their head. They need something written down so they have something if they go home and forget what I said.”

Currently, the California State Board of Pharmacy requires pharmacies to provide an interpreter for non-English speakers free of charge, either in person or by phone, when requested at the pharmacy counter. The board itself is required to provide written translations of basic instructions in Spanish, Korean, Russian, Chinese and Vietnamese, in addition to English, on its website. But most pharmacists will not – and are not required to – print translated labels on the bottles themselves.

At its July 31 meeting, the board will consider, among other potential changes, requiring pharmacies to do just that.

Most pharmacists believe the system in place is working, said Jon Roth, chief executive officer of the Sacramento-based California Pharmacists Association. Limited-English speakers can use a telephonic translation service to get instructions on prescription drug use, which the pharmacist calls when the customer arrives. The customer hears the instructions and can also request a fax of the translation.

Roth said most pharmacists would not feel comfortable dispensing medication in a language they do not understand, especially considering that the pharmacist would be held liable for any potential mistake in the translation.

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Even In Liberal Mass., Plan To House Illegals Riles Voters

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Nativists or NIMBYs (Not In My Back Yarders)?

Via Boston Herald

Massachusetts’ candidates for governor will find out soon what Democrat Steve Grossman learned firsthand yesterday — voters even in liberal Massachusetts are angry.

On our Boston Herald Radio show live at South Station, Grossman was in the middle of a passionate defense of Gov. Deval Patrick’s move to house 1,000 illegal immigrants in the state, when a couple of voters decided to intervene.

“We have enough problems with our own kids,” said one woman from Brockton who was waiting to catch a commuter rail.

The state treasurer countered by talking about opiate abuse — a standard political dodge — but another woman wanted to chime in.

“These people are not my responsibility,” she said. “We have homeless veterans here for God’s sake. What are you doing about that? We owe these people more than we owe immigrants.”

Grossman tried again.

“You’re expressing concerns — ” he said before the woman corrected him.

“I’m expressing anger,” she said. “I’ve had it up to here with most of you.”

Welcome to the new political climate in Massachusetts, Mr. Grossman. The stories and pictures of kids, teenagers and others streaming in illegally across the Mexican border — and Patrick’s decision to embrace them in the Bay State — have touched a raw nerve. And Massachusetts, much to the surprise of many liberals, is no different.

It looks like Grossman and the other candidates for governor will be getting an earful from thousands of other voters just like those women at South Station.

In one of the most comically contorted poll stories ever, the Boston Globe reported that much to its shock and dismay, Massachusetts voters are not all on board with President Obama and Patrick.

The Globe poll showed voters are split on the plan to put 1,000 illegal immigrant children on a local military base — even after the pollster helpfully told the respondents the feds were picking up the tab and the kids would be here for only a few months.

No doubt the Globe erred by including too many people who don’t live in Lincoln or the Berkshires and will never have to see the illegals in their communities.

But the real shocking result was that more than 80 percent of voters are paying some or a lot of attention to the illegal immigration problem. That is not what Globe editors or Democrats want to hear. What about the GOP war on women? Aren’t voters more concerned about that?

Well, just ask Treasurer Grossman after he found himself in the middle of the spontaneous debate on Herald Radio.

“I hear that anger. I feel that anger,” he said. “That anger is palpable.”

Give Grossman credit for hanging in and answering the questions, even though an aide was trying to usher him to another event.

“Will you have me back?” he asked me and my “Trending Now” co-host Adriana Cohen.

Yes, we will, Mr. Treasurer. And we invite all the candidates to come to our Wednesday shows live from South Station. But they are going to have to come up with better answers.

Mooch Tells Dem Donors To “Write The Biggest Fattest Check” You Can…

Mooch

Not too proud to beg.

Online Review: 79% Of Senator Walsh Thesis Text Matches Other Sources

Walsh suit

As a Democrat he is not accustomed to having his facts checked. Update to this story.

Via Helena Independent Record

The online plagiarism detection service iThenticate determined that U.S. Sen. John Walsh’s final paper at the U.S. Army War College had a similarity index of 79 percent.

This index indicates “how much of the document matches other sources,” the online services said. “Please note that iThenticate does not determine whether a manuscript contains plagiarism.

Lee Newspapers State Bureau ran an electronic version of Walsh’s paper through iThenticate , which is used by corporations to detect plagiarism. It is part of IParadigms LLC of Oakland, which also operates two other similar websites, Turnitin, which helps professors detect plagiarism in students’ papers, and Plagiarism.org.

iThenticate’s website explained that it electronically compares an uploaded article to millions of others on the Internet, plus “more than 37 million published research articles from 500-plus global scientific, technical and medical publishers.” It said this cache “is larger than most university libraries maintain.”

David Parker, a political science professor at Montana State University, said he’s used Turnitin for two semesters to detect plagiarism in his students’ papers. He said Walsh’s “similarity index” is higher than any he’s seen from any students over the two semesters.

What if a student of Parker’s turned in a paper that wound up having a 79 percent similarity index?

“I would fail him,” Parker said. “That’s a problem. I’d probably charge him with plagiarism.”

He said a note would go in the student’s academic file. If the student received another “F” for cause, it would be grounds for instant dismissal from the university, Parker said.

The New York Times, which broke the story, said its examination of Walsh’s paper “indicates the senator appropriated at least a quarter of his thesis on American Middle East policy from other authors’ works, with no attribution.”

Erdogan: Turkey Will Push For Israel To Be Tried At International Criminal Court For Actions In Gaza…

Erdogan

Good luck with that.

Via Ynet:

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday Turkey would push for Israel to be tried at an international criminal court if it kept up its assault on Gaza and he accused the Jewish state of “spitting blood”.

Meanwhile, a Jewish American group is asking Erdogan to return an award it gave him in 2004, accusing the Turkish leader of “dangerous rhetoric” and “inciting violence against the Jewish people.”

Turkey, a member of the US-led NATO military alliance, was once Israel’s closest regional ally but has become one of its most vitriolic critics, with Erdogan last weekend accusing it of “surpassing Hitler in barbarism” with its Gaza offensive.

“If Israel continues with this attitude, it will definitely be tried at international courts,” Erdogan, who is campaigning for a presidential election on Aug. 10, told a rally of supporters in the southern port city of Mersin.

“We will see this happen and Turkey will struggle for this,” he told the cheering crowd.

Report: FAA Backed Down After Israeli Threat To Ramp Up Attacks To End War Quicker…

Hmmm…

Via Jewish Press:

Israel reportedly told the United States that it understands the rules and the reasoning behind the FAA ban on US flights to Israel, according to Arad Nir of Israel Channel 2.

Israel reportedly told the US that this situation (of the FAA ban) can’t continue, so in order to resolve it, Israel will need to significantly and disproportionately ramp up its attack on Gaza, and put an immediate stop to all the rocket attacks, thus allowing US flight to Israel to resume.

Nir claims the message was understood and the FAA ban was rescinded.

HT: Mark

Obama Tells Companies To Show Their “Economic Patriotism” And Pay The Highest Corporate Tax Rate In The World…

Obama apparently shocked to learn companies don’t like paying high taxes.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Staking out a populist stand ahead of the midterm elections, President Barack Obama on Thursday demanded “economic patriotism” from U.S. corporations that use legal means to avoid U.S. taxes through overseas mergers.

“I don’t care if it’s legal,” Obama declared. “It’s wrong.”

Obama and congressional Democrats are pushing to severely limit such deals, a move resisted by Republicans who argue the entire corporate tax code needs an overhaul. At issue are companies that enter into arrangements with foreign companies, shifting their tax addresses overseas while retaining their U.S. headquarters.

“They’re technically renouncing their U.S. citizenship. They’re declaring they are based someplace else even though most of their operations are here,” Obama said at a technical college in Los Angeles. “You know, some people are calling these companies corporate deserters.”

Because Barack Isn’t Attending Enough Fundraisers, Mooch Heading To Chicago For DNC Fundraiser…

Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!

Via Chicago Tribune:

The week winds down with two national political figures attending fundraising events in Chicago: this afternoon First Lady Michelle Obama returns to her hometown, and Friday New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie comes to town.

The first lady will attend a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago in the Gold Coast neighborhood. Tickets start at $500 per person and scale upward to special donations of $10,000 and $20,000 per couple.

Earlier this month, the First Lady traveled to political fundraising events in Southern California. Her visit to Chicago comes as President Barack Obama is scheduled to wind up a three-day fundraising trip in Los Angeles for the DNC following events in San Francisco and Seattle.

Politico Cartoon Accuses Israel Of Trying To Commit Genocide In Gaza…

Disgraceful.

Via Politico

Islamic Cleric In Syria Calls For Muslim Fighters To Wage Jihad Against “Brothers Of Apes And Pigs” In Gaza…

Nazism has nothing on Islam.

Via JPost:

A new jihadi media outlet called Al-Fawaris released a video calling on Gazans to endure the military operation, saying that victory looms and that Muslims all over the world support them.

According to a report published on Monday by the MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute) Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor, the video also features jihadi cleric Abu hareth Al-Maqdisi threatening Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, saying his demise is coming soon.

Sisi’s killing of Muslims in Egypt is part of a Zionist-Crusader plot against the Gazans, Maqdisi said.

“You won’t sit for long in your position, because what happened to [former Egyptian president Hosni] Mubarak and [former Egyptian president Anwar] Sadat will happen to you as well,” he said, in reference to Mubarak’s stepping down from the presidency following protests in 2011 and to Sadat’s assassination in 1981.

Maqdisi, whose name attests to his Palestinian origin, is currently in Syria. [...]

He added that he and his fighters want to join the fighting in Gaza.

“True, we are fighting in Syria, but our heart yearns to arrive and fight the sons and brothers of the apes and pigs [the Jews],” MEMRI reported Maqdisi as saying The jihadi cleric said that Gazans must be patient and wait for either victory or martyrdom, adding that Allah will soon send “extraordinary soldiers who will fight and defeat the Jews.”

British Socialists: Israel “Choking On The Racist Poison It Rests On”…

More blind-hatred from the left.

Israel – choking on the racist poison it rests on – Socialist Worker

The response in Israel to the attacks on Gaza has exposed a society consumed by the violence implicit in the Zionist enterprise.

As the famous Israeli novelist David Grossman put it, Israel’s “huge use of violence” causes a “depth of internal poison”.

Noga, an Israeli student at university in Britain, told Socialist Worker about the impact of Zionism, the racist doctrine that binds together the Israeli state.

“I was only five years old, playing at a friend’s house in an Israeli neighbourhood,” she said. “Her mum got us to play a game, running round the house chanting, ‘Death to all Arabs!’

“This chant is typical,” she added, “you hear it everywhere.”

HT: BCF

Tingles: Bush Faced “Normal Partisanship” From Dems, Obama Faces “Nasty Hatred” From GOP…

Of course, everyone remembers the left’s respectful and thought-provoking criticism of George W. Bush.

CHRIS MATTHEWS: There was a real difference between the normal partisanship that faced George W. Bush — by the way, that’s with all his limitations — and the nasty hatred of the Republican rand-and-file of this president to the point of something like 4 out of 5 want him to go down in the dirt, fail on everything single thing he tries to do. And sometimes even when they agree with him they want him to fail.