California Nanny State Dems Pass Bill To Limit Full-Contact Football Practice, Banned In Offseason…

Gov. Jerry Brown

The Nanny State knows best.

Via WaPo:

California lawmakers have a new plan to make football safer for young players: Put a time limit on tackling.

Under a law signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown (D), youth football teams are allowed just three hours of full-contact play per week during the season. In the off-season, full-contact play is not allowed at all.

The law will also delay an injured player’s return to the field. Players who are suspected of head injuries cannot play for the rest of that day and must obtain approval form a medical professional before going back into a game.

Democratic Assemblyman Ken Cooley, who drafted the legislation, said it will reduce the risk of lasting brain damage among middle-school and high-school players.

Study: Socialists Twice As Likely To Cheat, Ideology Has A “Lasting Impact On Basic Morality”…

Dem Sen. John Walsh nods sadly in agreement.

Via CNS News:

Individuals exposed to socialism were twice as likely to cheat as those who had not been in a socialist system, says a new study from a collaboration between Duke University and the University of Munich. “The longer individuals were exposed to socialism, the more likely they were to cheat on our task.”

Researchers compared 259 participants’ willingness to lie and cheat by playing a simple game that could earn them $8. Every game player was asked to throw a pair of dice 40 times and record every roll of the dice on paper. Those with the highest tallies would have the highest payoff. Players had to commit to write down the number on either the top or the bottom of the dice. Since they didn’t have to say which side they had chosen, it was easy to cheat by rolling the dice and then pretending the higher number was the side they had chosen. [...]

“We interpret our findings as evidence that the political regime of socialism has a lasting impact on citizens’ basic morality,” say the study’s authors Ariely, Garcia-Rada, Hornuf and Mann.

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AFL-CIO Union Boss Demands Companies Show Their Patriotism By Paying More Taxes…

Trumka

Only libs would consider paying higher taxes patriotic, just don’t ask them to do the same.

Via Daily Caller:

The AFL-CIO demanded Tuesday that a tax loophole that benefits U.S. corporations competing in foreign markets get closed.

The practice known as corporate inversion allows U.S.-based companies to avoid some taxes by moving their headquarters to a foreign country where taxes are less demanding.

AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka called the practice “a gaping, unpatriotic tax loophole” in a statement and demanded “Congress to close it and end this outrageous practice.”

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Montana Dem Senator Busted Plagiarizing His Master’s Degree Thesis From US Army War College…

You can pretty much guarantee the GOP will now pick up Montana’s Senate seat, prior to today’s scandal Walsh was down double-digits to Steve Daines.

WASHINGTON — Democrats were thrilled when John Walsh of Montana was appointed to the United States Senate in February. A decorated veteran of the Iraq war and former adjutant general of his state’s National Guard, Mr. Walsh offered the Democratic Party something it frequently lacks: a seasoned military man.

On the campaign trail this year, Mr. Walsh, 53, has made his military service a main selling point. Still wearing his hair close-cropped, he notes he was targeted for killing by Iraqi militants and says his time in uniform informs his views on a range of issues.

But one of the highest-profile credentials of Mr. Walsh’s 33-year military career appears to have been improperly attained. An examination of the final paper required for Mr. Walsh’s master’s degree from the United States Army War College indicates the senator appropriated at least a quarter of his thesis on American Middle East policy from other authors’ works, with no attribution. [...]

Most strikingly, each of the six recommendations Mr. Walsh laid out at the conclusion of his 14-page paper, titled “The Case for Democracy as a Long Term National Strategy,” is taken nearly word-for-word without attribution from a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace document on the same topic.

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Biden Tries To Frighten Blacks During NAACP Speech: Racist Republicans Trying To Take Away Your Right To Vote…

Joe Biden

One minor problem, a recent study found voter ID laws INCREASE black voter turnout.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden urged the NAACP on Wednesday to spread the word about what he called “a hailstorm” of measures to restrict citizens’ ability to vote, trying to rally the Democratic Party’s base before the midterm elections.

In a 31-minute speech to the civil rights group’s annual convention in Las Vegas, Biden said there have been 83 attempts this year alone in 29 states to restrict voting rights. The measures stiffen requirements on identification needed to vote, or limit or end early voting.

“These moves to limit the right to vote are nothing more than pure politics, masquerading as attempts to combat corruption where there is none,” Biden said.

Civil rights groups complain the measures make it harder for minorities to vote because they have less access to identification and depend more on early voting. Biden said if the laws had been in effect during the 2012 election and only six percent of black voters who cast their ballots had been unable to vote, President Obama would have lost Florida rather than narrowly winning the state.

Michelle Obama Takes Credit For Rise In Bottled Water Sales…

Nothing Mooch loves more than telling us how awesome she is.

Via Washington Examiner:

You can thank first lady Michelle Obama for those extra empty water bottles in the office recycle bin.

That’s because she is getting — and taking — credit for a 3 percent surge in bottled water sales, all due to her “Drink Up” campaign aimed at getting Americans to shift from soda to plain water.

The International Bottled Water Association told us that the first lady cited the sales increase based on a new study from Nielsen Catalina Solutions. They said the campaign boosted sales 3 percent, and nearly $1 million.

“When the Drink Up campaign was launched last year, it had one simple goal – to get kids and families excited about drinking water,” the first lady said, according to an association release. “And today, less than a year later, we know that water sales jumped nearly three percent among people who saw Drink Up ads.”

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Ted Cruz Slams Obama For Using FAA To Launch “Economic Boycott” Of Israel…

Ted Cruz

Awesome.

Via Roll Call:

The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday extended its prohibition on U.S. flights to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport for up to an additional 24 hours, following the ban it announced Tuesday.

The FAA announcement drew immediate criticism from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who said in statement, “President Obama has just used a federal regulatory agency to launch an economic boycott on Israel, in order to try to force our ally to comply with his foreign-policy demands.” [...]

The Texas Republican, a potential contender for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, said that tourism is an $11 billion industry for Israel.

“This FAA flight ban may well represent a crippling blow to a key economic sector [in Israel] through both security concerns and worries that additional bans will down more flights and strand more passengers,” Cruz said. “It hardly matters if or when the ban is lifted. At this point, the damage may already be done.”

He asked, “If the FAA’s decision was based on airline safety, why was Israel singled out, when flights are still permitted into Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen?”

Israeli Justice Minister’s Response To UN: Get Lost

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The UN Human Rights Council declared today it was going to open an inquiry into whether Israel was guilty of war crimes in its actions in Gaza. This is the Justice Minister’s response.

Google translate:

I have [four] words to say about the decision of the UN human rights council – see if I care!
We will keep on making decisions for the safety of Israeli citizens according to our moral compass, the IDF will fight the terror and keep on doing the most to avoid harming innocents, and you [written plural] will keep on encourage the terror – because that is exactly what your decision is doing.

Obama Calls For Collectivist “New World Order”…

We’ll pass.

OBAMA: President Obama at a fundraiser last night outside Seattle: “People are anxious. Now, some of that has to do with some big challenges overseas. I am very proud that we have ended one war, and by the end of this year we will have ended both wars that I inherited … But whether people see what’s happening in Ukraine, and Russia’s aggression towards its neighbors in the manner in which it’s financing and arming separatists; to what’s happened in Syria … to the failure in Iraq for Sunni and Shia and Kurd to compromise … to what’s happening in Israel and Gaza” …

“Part of people’s concern is just the sense that around the world the old order isn’t holding and we’re not quite yet to where we need to be in terms of a new order that’s based on a different set of principles, that’s based on a sense of common humanity, that’s based on economies that work for all people. … But here in the United States, what people are also concerned about is the fact that although the economy has done well in the aggregate, for the average person it feels as if incomes, wages just haven’t gone up; that people, no matter how hard they work, they feel stuck.”

Egypt Forces John Kerry To Undergo Metal Detector Screening Before He Could Meet With President…

Lurch gets no respect.

TEL AVIV, Israel (CBS News/CBSDC/AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry defied a Federal Aviation Administration ban and flew into Israel’s main airport Wednesday in a sign of sheer will to achieve a cease-fire agreement in the warring Gaza Strip despite little evidence of progress in ongoing negotiations aimed at halting fighting that’s left at least 31 Israelis and 650 Palestinians dead.

Kerry’s arrival in Israel came as Israeli troops battled Hamas militants near a southern Gaza Strip town as dozens of Palestinian families trapped by the fighting scrambled to flee the area. [...]

Kerry flew to Tel Aviv from Cairo, where he met Tuesday with Egypt’s president and other high-level officials.

An unusual screening process occurred involving Kerry and his State Department team as they were subjected to a metal detector before meeting with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi at the Egyptian presidential palace.

Reuters reports that Kerry and his aides were checked with a metal detector. Security personnel reportedly raised a handheld metal-detector wand to Kerry’s suit jacket before waving him through.

Kerry’s aides were also subjected to the handheld wand and were told to walk through a metal detector.

UN Human Rights Council Votes To Establish Inquiry Into War Crimes Committed By Israel In Gaza…

u.n.

No surprise considering earlier today the head of the UNHRC said there’s a “strong possibility” Israel is committing war crimes in Gaza.

Via 24 News:

The United Nations Human Rights Council will launch an inquiry via an international committee into alleged war crimes committed by Israel in the most recent round of Gaza fighting, it was decided today after a vote held in the council. 22 member states voted in favor of the inquiry.

“The decision today by the HRC is a travesty and should be rejected by decent people everywhere,” the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office stated in reply, “rather than investigate Hamas, which is committing a double war crime by firing rockets at Israeli civilians while hiding behind Palestinian civilians, the HRC calls for an investigation of Israel, which has gone to unprecedented lengths to keep Palestinian civilians out of harm’s way, including by dropping leaflets, making phone falls and sending text messages.”

The HRC should be launching an investigation into Hamas’s decision to turn hospitals into military command centers, use schools as weapons depots and place missile batteries next to playgrounds, private homes and mosques,” the Prime Minister’s Office added in the statement.

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Pic: Netanyahu Unable To Hide His Disdain For Kerry…

Kerry meeting with Netanyahu today:

Image via AP

More Than A Thousand French Jews Have Moved To Israel In Past 10 Days, Most Fleeing Violent Anti-Semitic Attacks…

Things are so bad for Jews in France they’d rather live in an actual war zone.

Via HuffPo:

. . . Eighteen people were arrested for attacks on shops, including a kosher supermarket, a Jewish-owned chemist and a funeral home. Rioters, who carried batons and threw petrol bombs according to eyewitnesses, were yards from the synagogue when they were driven back by riot police who used tear gas.

“They were shouting: ‘Death to Jews,’ and ‘Slit Jews’ throats’,” David, a Jewish sound engineer told The Times. “It took us back to 1938.”

“We called our town ‘Little Jerusalem’ because we felt at home here,” Laetitia, a longtime Sarcelles resident, told France 24. “We were safe, there were never any problems. And I just wasn’t expecting anything like this. We are very shocked, really very shocked.”

Roger Cuikerman, head of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France told Radio France International: “They are not screaming, ‘Death to the Israelis’ on the streets of Paris. They are screaming, “Death to the Jews.” The community was not just scared, but “anguished.” [...]

More than a thousand Jews have made aliyah (the term used when Jews immigrate to Israel) in the past 10 days, according to the Israeli government.

“I came because of anti-Semitism,” said teary-eyed Veronique Rivka Buzaglo, one of 430 immigrants who arrived from France the day before. “You see it in the eyes of people. I see it in everything,” she told HuffPost.

Buzaglo says nothing would have stopped her from becoming an Israeli citizen this week – not even the rocket sirens frequently blaring in the south of the country, where she plans to live.

Keith Ellison: Dems “Don’t Want Politicians” Who Think For Themselves, Will Blindly Support Liberal Ideology…

Nothing a lobotomy couldn’t fix.

Keith Ellison

Salon interview here…

Lib Rag Gawker Channels Helen Thomas: Israel Should Be Moved To Germany…

Take it away, Helen!

Israel Should Be in Germany – Gawker

Israel and Palestine are warring again. Civilians are dying again. Families are losing their homes, and chaos persists. Again. This would not be happening if Israel were located somewhere that makes more sense: in Germany.

No matter where you stand in the “Israelis vs. Palestinians” political arguments—in which both sides are hopelessly entrenched and unmoving—it seems fair to acknowledge that there are some fundamental problems with the location of the nation of Israel. For one thing, it was carved out of land already occupied by someone else. Whether or not you think Israel was justified in carving itself a nation out of Palestine, you must admit that the act of doing so was bound to cause some resentment. And, indeed, it did. It caused a lot of resentment, and anger. Emotions that still exist today. And which have fueled a more or less constant state of war against Israel since Israel was created. [...]

So the establishment of Israel, regarded by many as a towering achievement of historic justice, will forever be tainted by the fact that it was established by taking land from people who had done nothing wrong. That act laid the groundwork for the nonstop conflict that continues to this day.

Some will say that Israel had to be located where it is now, because of the “Holy Land” and all that. Well, sorry—a mystical and empirically unjustified belief in the “holiness” of some particular place is not a reason to march in and take it from someone else, by force. Grow up.

It may be a bit late to move Israel to Germany now. But when you consider the prospect of another seven decades of war over that little sliver of land, the idea does not sound so bad. Germany would still acquiesce to it, if the demand was made before the last Nazis die out. It’s really the very least that they could do.

Fan Poll: 65% Do Not Want Redskins To Change Team’s Name, Only 30% Favor Changing It…

Redskins

PC Word Police hardest hit.

Via Politico:

A majority of D.C.-area residents do not want to see the Washington Redskins name changed, according to a new poll.

Sixty-five percent of those polled rejected calls for the NFL team to change its name, according to a poll by the Republican-leaning firm Vox Populi, released Wednesday. Thirty percent said the name should be changed. [...]

However, the pollster said that of those polled, 71 percent said the team’s name is not offensive.

FAA Hands Hamas Another Propaganda Victory, Extends Travel Ban To Israel For Another 24 Hours…

Update to this story.

Via ABC News:

The FAA announced today that they have not lifted their ban against travel to or from Tel Aviv’s airport and will prohibit travel to the country for an additional 24 hours.

“The agency is working closely with the Government of Israel to review the significant new information they have provided and determine whether potential risks to U.S. civil aviation are mitigated so the agency can resolve concerns as quickly as possible,” the FAA said in a statement.

This comes a day after they barred all American air carriers from flying to or from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv following a rocket attack within a mile of the airport.

The order was issued at 12:15 ET on Tuesday, saying that it would hold for 24 hours until an update today.

Biden: “F*ck No” I Wont’ Step Aside For Hillary Clinton In 2016…

I can’t think of anything more entertaining than a Biden vs. Hillary Dem primary debate.

Via Free Beacon:

Among Democrats who hope Hillary Clinton doesn’t run—and their number is larger than one might think—the complaints are familiar. Age and stamina are the obvious considerations. “Look at Obama’s hair color, just like George Bush’s,” says a prominent Washington insider. “Somebody who’s seventy shouldn’t be president. And I think that’s going to be an interesting issue against her, but who in the Democratic Party is going to have the guts to take on that machine?” A former Clinton campaign adviser is equally blunt. “This is gonna sound superficial”—which is an understatement—“but men do age better than women,” he says. “At seventy she’s not gonna be—it’s not gonna be great.”

Democrats fear she is too radioactive. One of many prominent D.C. Democrats who will only comment on background out of fear of inciting Clintonian wrath complains that “she will lose the general because her negatives are so high.”  [...]

A former high-ranking official in the Clinton administration recently spoke to his friend Biden about Hillary’s 2016 maneuvering.

“You going to step aside for her?” he asked.
“No,” the vice president replied confidently. “Fuck no.”
 Traditionally Biden’s stance might pose problems for Hillary. After all, vice presidents tend to win the nominations of their parties. But Biden has a major drawback. He lacks the support, even the quiet support, of the president he serves.

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Iranian Christian Sentenced To Have His Lips Burnt With A Cigarette For Eating During Ramadan…

Via Daily Mail:

An Iranian judge sentenced a Christian man to have his lips burnt with a cigarette for eating during the day in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The barbaric punishment was carried out in public in a square in the city of Kermanshah.

Five other Muslim men were also flogged in public with 70 lashes for not fasting during Ramadan, the city’s deputy governor Ali Ashraf Karami said.

A spokesperson from The National Council of Resistance of Iran, a political coalition which opposes the government, denounced the treatment as ‘savage’ and called on western countries to take action.

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MSNBC Host: Americans Aren’t Smart Enough To Judge Hillary Clinton’s Job Performance As Secretary Of State…

Liberal elitism at its finest.

HT: IJ Review