Obama Signs Executive Order Day After GOP Lawsuit…

Take that, Republicans!

Via CBS News:

President Obama signed an executive order on Thursday designed to protect employees of federal contractors. The order will require contractors to disclose any violations of labor law within the last three years before receiving new federal contracts, and it will adjust procurement procedures to protect contractors with no record of violating the law.

“We expect our tax dollars to be spent wisely on these contracts,” the president said. “Our tax dollars shouldn’t go to companies that violate workplace laws, they shouldn’t go to companies that violate workers’ rights.”

The president acknowledged that the “vast majority” of contractors comply fully with labor laws. “But some don’t,” he added, “and I don’t want those who don’t to be getting a competitive advantage over the folks who are doing the right thing.”

More Pettiness From The Obama Admin: State Department Cancels Visa Applications For Israelis…

Via INN:

The US embassy in Tel Aviv has cancelled tourist visa applications for Israelis, according to a statement on its official website, in a move it claims is a matter of staffing and security.

“Due to the current security situation in Tel Aviv, U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv remains open but is operating at reduced staffing until further notice, and has canceled routine visa application processing and American Citizen services,” the statement says. “Emergencies involving an American citizen and visa applications will be considered on a case by case basis.”

The statement surfaces in the midst of both souring US-Israel relations and an already-pressured visa crisis, which has seen the visa process for Israelis grow more and more difficult over the past year.

Report: 300 Rockets Fired By Hamas Have Landed On Palestinians In Gaza…

As we’ve already seen multiple times, even when Hamas’ own rockets hit civilians in Gaza the world blames Israel (including the Obama regime).

Via Free Beacon:

More than a third of the 140 rockets fired by Hamas at Israel yesterday fell short and exploded inside the Gaza Strip, according to the Israeli Army spokesman’s office.

Rocket shortfalls have increased, according to Israeli military sources. They attribute these misfires to the intense pressure Hamas rocket squads face from Israeli air and artillery attacks, as well as poorly assembled rockets.

Some 2,000 rockets have been fired at Israel since the fighting between Israel and Hamas began three weeks ago. Of these, say army officers, about 300 have fallen inside the Gaza Strip. The army spokesman said shortfalls were responsible for explosions three days ago at a hospital and a refugee camp that took dozens of lives. Hamas has denied the accusation and blamed Israel for the blasts.

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Sheila Jackson Lee: It’s A “Historical Fact” We Never Tried To Impeach Bush… One Problem, She Co-Sponsored A Bill To Impeach Bush – Update: Spokesman Says “She Misspoke”…

If she had a brain she’d be dangerous.

Via Yid With Lid:

LEE: I ask my colleagues to oppose this resolution for it is in fact a veiled attempt at impeachment and it undermines the law that allows a president to do his job. A historical fact: President Bush pushed this nation into a war that had little to do with apprehending terrorists. We did not seek an impeachment of President Bush, because as an executive, he had his authority. President Obama has the authority.

Sheila, does H.RES.1258 ring a bell?

Update: Yeah, no.

“She misspoke,” Jackson Lee’s spokesman Mike McQuerry told Yahoo News on Thursday morning. He declined to elaborate on what she meant to say.

U.N. Chief Accuses Israel Of Intentionally Bombing “Sleeping Children”…

Basically echoing what the White House said.

Via The Cable:

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon directly accused Israel of shelling a U.N.-protected shelter housing more than 3,000 Palestinians in Gaza as part of what he said was an “outrageous” and “unjustifiable” strike that left at least 16 civilians dead and lent urgency to the need for an “immediate, unconditional cease-fire.”

In a scorching rebuke from the normally mild-mannered diplomat, Ban charged that Israel’s action constituted a “reprehensible” assault on civilians and demanded that those responsible for the strike be held accountable. The shelling of the Jabalia Elementary Girls School marked the fifth time since the conflict began on July 8 that a U.N.-protected shelter has been hit with incoming fire, but the incident is the first time that Ban has directly blamed Israel. That leaves open the possibility that some of the other facilities were hit by Hamas rockets. Israeli officials have said the militant group stores weapons in U.N. facilities and uses them to fire rockets into the Jewish state.

“This morning, yet another United Nations school sheltering thousands of Palestinian families suffered a reprehensible attack. All available evidence points to Israeli artillery as the cause,” Ban said during a stop-off in Costa Rica. “Nothing is more shameful than attacking sleeping children.”

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While Middle East Burns, John Kerry Flies To India To Combat “Climate Change”…

Priorities.

NEW DELHI (AFP) ― U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday holds his first meetings with India’s right-wing government as he seeks to reboot a relationship seen as a bulwark against a rising China.

Kerry’s visit to New Delhi comes after an unusually large number of disputes between the world’s largest democracies, including charges of U.S. surveillance against Indian politicians and a trade rift that could scuttle a global customs deal.

The top U.S. diplomat plans to hold a full day of talks with senior Indian leaders before meeting Friday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a Hindu nationalist who was shunned by Washington until soon before his sweeping election victory in May.

Taking a break from intense Middle East diplomacy that has dominated his tenure, Kerry will highlight other issues dear to his heart including climate change, with a meeting scheduled with Indian environmental scholars.

Stressing the theme of U.S.-India cooperation to find solutions on climate change and other global challenges, Kerry is also expected to tour laboratories of the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.

Obama Regime Blames Israel For Shelling Of U.N. School, “Totally Unacceptable And Totally Indefensible”…

We don’t even know who hit the school and what the circumstances were, but hey, why let that stop the White House from demonizing our ally?

Via The Hill:

The White House on Thursday pointed the finger at Israel for the shelling of a United Nations school in Gaza, calling the incident “totally unacceptable and totally indefensible.”

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said at this point “there’s not a lot of doubt” that the school was hit by Israeli artillery.

“All evidence points to Israeli artillery as the cause,” Earnest said, echoing what UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said about the attack earlier this week.

The school in Northern Gaza — which had been housing thousands of homeless people — came under fire on Wednesday, killing 16 people, according to multiple reports.

The White House spokesman said Israel “can and should do more to protect the lives of innocent civilians” and said the country’s military should live up to its standards of warfare.

Bolivia’s Socialist President: “We Are Declaring Israel A Terrorist State”…

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Which I’m sure was met with a giant yawn in Israel.

Via Fox News:

Bolivian President Evo Morales, speaking with educators in the Andean city of Cochabamba, announced Wednesday that his government was renouncing a 1972 treaty with Israel that allows citizens of each country to travel to the other without a visa.

The reason? The violence in Gaza.

The Israeli offensive there, Morales stated, shows “that Israel is not a guarantor of the principles of respect for life and the elementary precept of rights that govern the peaceful and harmonious coexistence of our international community.”

In other words the announcement means, Morales said, “we are declaring [Israel] a terrorist state.”

Planned Parenthood Dumps Phrase “Pro-Choice” In Favor Of “Women’s Health” And “Economic Security”…

But murder is still murder.

WASHINGTON — For all the talk about women’s issues in this year’s midterm election campaigns, something is missing. One of the most enduring labels of modern politics — pro-choice — has fallen from favor, a victim of changed times and generational preferences.

That shift might seem surprising in this political season, when there has been a renewed focus on reproductive issues like access to abortion and birth control. Yet advocates say that the term pro-choice, which has for so long been closely identified with abortion, does not reflect the range of women’s health and economic issues now being debated.

Nor, they add, does it speak to a new generation of young women, who tell pollsters that they reject political labels — not least one that dates back four decades, to the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that established a constitutional right to abortion.

“The labels we’ve always used about pro-choice and pro-life — they’re outdated and they don’t mean anything,” said Janet Colm, 62, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund of Central North Carolina, as she prepared to take several younger women to a summer protest at the legislature in Raleigh. “I used to be a one-issue voter” — pro-choice — “but I think most younger people today aren’t.”

No pithy phrase has replaced pro-choice. Activists talk mainly of “women’s health” and “economic security,” usually with policy specifics.

“You just have to take more words,” said Dawn Laguens, the executive vice president of the political-advocacy arm of Planned Parenthood and an early proponent of a broader message.

Pelosi: Evil Republicans Trying To “Harm The Children”…

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You monsters!

PELOSI: Today to follow up on their tirade against the poor they have a bill that is so bad but it’s not bad enough for some of their outside groups to whom they pander. And so in order to sweeten the pie for them, and intensify the harm for the children, they have added another bill to follow the supplemental that they have on the floor. The supplemental does not track humanitarian assistance, due process. assistance to repatriate these children back to their own countries in a safe way. It only tracks more on the border without helping to resolve the humanitarian challenge that we have.

Video here…

Chicago Islamic Center’s Imam Calls For Jihad Against Israel…

Paging the FBI.

Via MEMRI:

Following are excerpts from Friday sermons delivered by Sheik Mohamed Elimam at the Chicago Islamic Center on July 18-25, 2014, and then posted on the Internet:

Mohamed Elimam: Oh, those of you who want to wage Jihad for the sake of Allah, Palestine is calling you and Gaza is crying out for your help. If you are true believers, real mujahideen, hasten to Palestine. However, if you are collaborators with those who give you weapons and money, then keep indulging yourselves with this money of yours.

Where are the Muslim rulers? Where are all those deadbeat regimes? Where are all those stray [Jihadi] groups? Return to the battle of Jihad in Palestine. Jerusalem is calling you. The children of Gaza are crying for your help. I say to all the honorable mujahideen, to any believer who has ever waged Jihad for the sake of Allah, and to every child who was killed for the sake of Islam… Let the whole world know that the Zionist enemy is not fighting a well-armed army. Rather, it is fighting a defenseless people. It is killing children, and destroying homes. This is how they behaved towards the prophets of Allah as well.

This enemy was planted in the midst of the Arab nation – and they chose Jerusalem, Palestine, the most important area – in order to be a thorn in the side of the Arab and Islamic nations. May Allah pull this thorn out, and stick it down their [Western] throats. May they be sent back to their countries in shame and disgrace, Allah willing.

Know that “Paradise lies beneath the shade of the swords.” Paradise belongs to you, oh martyrs, oh fighters, oh mujahideen, in our beloved Gaza and wounded Palestine. Stand fast in the face of this enemy.

There is a difference between Jews and Zionist Israelis. Global Zionism is unadulterated evil besetting all people. The [Zionists] hide behind religion, but religion has nothing to do with them. They have no religion, no morals, and no humanity.

[The Koran says:] “Prepare for them what force and steeds of war you can, to strike fear in the hearts of the enemy of Allah and of your own, and others besides them, whom you do not know, but Allah knows.” All the Arabs have abandoned our brothers in Palestine, and the Muslims are oblivious to them, but Allah supports them. They have prepared for battle. Even if the resistance cannot match [Israel] in numbers and equipment, it does in spirit and steadfastness, as mothers sacrifice their sons and wives sacrifice their husbands for the sake of Allah.

Update: Over 175 Pounds Of Explosives Were Built Into Walls Of Booby-Trapped U.N. Health Clinic That Killed 3 Israeli Soldiers…

There’s no way the U.N. didn’t know those explosives were there making them an active collaborator in my opinion.

More on this story.

Via INN:

New details have emerged about the booby-trapped clinic explosion that killed three IDF Maglan unit soldiers in Gaza earlier this week – Sergeant First Class Matan Gottlieb, 21, from Rishon LeZion; Sergeant First Class Omar Chai, 21, from Savion; and Sergeant First Class Guy Algranati, 20, of Tel Aviv, hy”d.

Over eighty kilograms of explosives were built into the UN-funded hospital’s walls themselves, it was cleared for publication Thursday – revealing that the clinic itself was built to mask, and perform, potential acts of terror on the IDF.

Moreover, the clinic was built over tens of terror tunnels, according to the report.

The UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) has yet to respond to the revelations, and has still not responded to the deaths of the Israeli soldiers Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Hamas and Islamic Jihad rocket arsenals were found in a UNRWA school for the third time this month.

After the first finding of rockets at an UNRWA school, it was reported that rather than destroying the rockets, UNRWA workers called Hamas to come remove them.

Illegal Immigrant Children Fleeing Violence In Honduras Being Taken To Murder Capital Of America . . . Chicago…

They would probably be safer in Honduras.

Via CNS News:

A thousand children said to be fleeing the violence in Central America will be welcomed to Chicago, where local children are routinely in the cross-fire of gang-related grudges.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, at the request of the Obama administration in which he formerly served, says he is working with local organizations to make room for up to one thousand additional unaccompanied children “traveling” from Central America to the U.S.-Mexico border in the coming year.

“The influx of unaccompanied child migrants is a growing humanitarian crisis that we can no longer ignore,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “While we have our own challenges at home, we cannot turn our backs on children who are fleeing dangerous conditions. We will do our part to ensure that these children are given access to services and treated fairly and humanely.”

The city is also asking Chicago law firms to provide free legal assistance to the foreign children.

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Shocker! Boehner Cries During Cantor’s Farewell Speech…

Cantor speaking for the last time as majority leader on the House floor:

American Jihadist Who Blew Himself Up In Syria Travelled Back To The U.S. Before Suicide Attack…

Not good.

WASHINGTON — When Moner Mohammad Abusalha drove a truck packed with explosives into a restaurant in northern Syria in May, American authorities conceded that they knew little about how a young man who grew up a basketball-obsessed teenager in a Florida gated community had become a suicide bomber.

And they have never publicly acknowledged the startling discovery they made weeks into their investigation: that after receiving training by an extremist group in Syria, Mr. Abusalha had returned to the United States for several months before leaving the country for the last time.

Mr. Abusalha, 22, chose to carry out his attack in Syria rather than in the United States, but the difficulty learning about his background, motivations and travels illustrates the problems law enforcement officials face in trying to identify the Westerners — including dozens of Americans — believed to have been trained by Islamic militants in Syria.

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MSNBC’s Token RINO Joe Scarborough Accuses Israel Of “Killing Women And Children Indiscriminately”…

Joe Scarborough

For someone who claims to be a “100-percent supporter of Israel” Scarborough seems awfully eager to buy into Hamas’ propaganda.

Via Mediaite:

…Describing himself as a “100-percent supporter of Israel,” Scarborough noted that when he was in Congress, there was a joke that “anytime I wanted a key to the city of Tel Aviv, I could get a gold-plated one.”

Thursday on Morning Joe, however, Scarborough said: “This continued killing of women and children, in a way that appears to be indiscriminate, is asinine.” He added that the mounting civilian death toll in Gaza was not just tragic for Palestinians, but significantly looks bad for the Israeli people and for the United States.

“We will rue the day that this is happening every day,” he continued. “As much as we all hate Hamas, what is going to replace Hamas is going to be much worse. It’s going to be a radical Islamist group instead of a power-hungry, corrupt people that despise Israelis. This is such a nightmare that is unfolding.”

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Massachusetts Middle School Will Now Focus On Teaching Students “Social Justice”…

Sounds more like a reeducation camp than a middle school.

SPRINGFIELD – John J. Duggan Middle School is undergoing more than a name change this fall as it begins a four-year transition from a Grade 6 to 9 school to a Grade 6-12 Expeditionary Learning Magnet School with an emphasis on issues of social justice.

Over the the last few weeks, Michael Calvanese, newly appointed principal at Duggan, has been hiring and recruiting new teachers to join his team in an effort to shape a school experience that focuses on character development and a respect for others as well teaching them English, math and science skills. There will be some returning teachers but there will a lot of new faces too, he said. [...]

The middle school grades will continue to stay at 180 to accommodate students for whom Duggan is a neighborhood school. Students in the middle school will also benefit from the “social justice model,” he said. “It’s an age when students believe in fairness,” he said, adding that it “will be our job” to help them tap that sense of justice to advocate for themselves and for others including their classmates.

The social justice theme at the school will help “students explore connections to community issues, environmental stewardship, global knowledge and understandings and equity,” according to its web site.

Calvanese said teachers will strive to incorporate social justice concerns into other subject areas. A science class focusing on energy might include conservation concerns, he said. “The possibilities are endless,” he said.

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Pro Amnesty Chamber Of Commerce To Endorse Al Franken’s Challenger

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An endorsement I wouldn’t want.

Via National Journal

The U.S Chamber of Commerce will be endorsing GOP businessman Mike McFadden in the Minnesota Senate race, the latest sign Republicans view Democratic Sen. Al Franken as increasingly vulnerable.

“I’m honored to have their endorsement. They know Minnesota is a state we can win,” McFadden said in an interview about the pending endorsement.

The endorsement will be formally announced by the chamber Monday at an event in Burnsville, Minn. McFadden has been in Washington meeting with officials at the National Republican Senatorial Committee this week to discuss the state of the campaign.

This year, the Chamber of Commerce has been aggressive in backing favored candidates, helping boost Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi and Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho, among others, in contested primaries. They’ve spent over $17 million so far in Senate and House contests, all to back pro-business Republicans. They suffered their first setback last week when Rep. Jack Kingston lost the Georgia Senate runoff to businessman David Perdue.

The Minnesota Senate race is emerging as potentially competitive, despite receiving less attention than other battleground contests. This week, University of Virginia political analyst Larry Sabato moved the Franken race into the “Leans Democratic” category, calling it a potential sleeper contest. Unlike other targeted Democratic senators in 2014, Franken has maintained a solidly liberal voting record, rarely breaking with President Obama on high-profile issues.

In a very favorable Democratic year, Franken won by 312 votes against former GOP Sen. Norm Coleman in 2008—a race that ended in a protracted post-election recount. He’s kept a low profile in Congress since being elected, rarely granting interviews with national media.

Despite raising an impressive $14.2 million throughout the cycle, Franken has spent heavily throughout the year, leaving him with only $5 million in his campaign account at the end of June. McFadden, who locked up the GOP nomination in May, has banked $2 million.

U.N. Human Rights Chief Attacks U.S. For Not Providing Hamas With Anti-Rocket System Like Israel’s Iron Dome…

She also accuses Israel of “war crimes” and “crimes against humanity.”

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.’s top human rights official accused both Israel and Hamas militants of committing war crimes in the latest Gaza war, but reserved her harshest words for the Israeli government, which she said Thursday was deliberately defying international law. [...]

Israeli’s initial aerial campaign against Hamas broadened to a ground offensive on July 17. Pillay said the government has defied international law in Gaza by attacking civilian areas with schools, hospitals, homes and U.N. facilities.

“None of this appears to me to be accidental,” Pillay said of Israel at a news conference in Geneva to mark the end of her six-year term. “They appear to be defying — deliberate defiance of — obligations that international law imposes on Israel.”

She also criticized Israel’s strikes on Gaza’s power plant, sewer systems and water wells as part of a similar pattern of destruction during the 2009 Gaza war.
“What I’m seeing now is a recurrence of the very acts that the Gaza fact-finding mission indicated as constituting war crimes and crimes against humanity,” she said.

Pillay also took aim at the U.S., Israel’s main ally, for providing financial support for Israel’s Iron Dome anti-rocket defense system.

“No such protection has been provided to Gazans against the shelling,” she said.

Libyan Jihadist Group Ansar Al-Sharia Declares Benghazi An “Islamic Emirate”…

Via Al Arabiya:

Libya’s Islamist militant group Ansar al-Sharia has said that it seized complete control of Benghazi late on Wednesday, declaring the city an “Islamic emirate,” the group’s representative said.

Ansar al-Sharia is blacklisted by the United States over its alleged role in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, eastern Libya.

An official representative for the armed group told a local radio channel that Benghazi is now under its control.

“Benghazi has now become an Islamic emirate,” said Mohammed al-Zahawi, the spokesman, to Radio Tawhid.

Ansar al-Sharia’s declaration comes following two days of fighting in which Islamist fighters and allied militiamen overran an army base in the city.

Al Arabiya’s correspondent in Libya reported that Islamist groups had seized the headquarters of the Libyan army’s Special Forces in Benghazi late on Tuesday following heavy fighting.