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Saturday, June 7, 2014

A Study In Contrasts - Amy Ridenour's National Center Blog - A Conservative Blog

A Study In Contrasts - Amy Ridenour's National Center Blog - A Conservative Blog



If Mexico had the same policies as the U.S., U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi wouldn't just have been released from prison, but given a path toward Mexican citizenship.


Bloodshed, Demons and Ninja Chapter 1: Prologue, an Inuyasha + Naruto Crossover fanfic | FanFiction

Bloodshed, Demons and Ninja Chapter 1: Prologue, an Inuyasha + Naruto Crossover fanfic | FanFiction




Beijing on the Seine by Theodore Dalrymple, City Journal 30 May 2014

Beijing on the Seine by Theodore Dalrymple, City Journal 30 May 2014



The French newspaper, Libération, which began as a Maoist publication, waxed indignant recently about Chinese police working alongside French cops in Paris. The article began by reminding readers about a 1974 film,The Chinese in Paris, in which Mao’s army occupied the city, and the army commander, Pou-Yen, set up his headquarters in the Galeries Lafayette. What, asks Libération, are these policemen, who in their own country act as enforcers of a totalitarian dictatorship, doing in the pays des droits de l’homme“the country of the rights of man,” as the French, with more patriotism than historical accuracy, sometimes call their homeland?

Beijing on the Seine by Theodore Dalrymple, City Journal 30 May 2014

Beijing on the Seine by Theodore Dalrymple, City Journal 30 May 2014



This argument does not convince Marie Holzman, president of an organization called China Solidarity. She thinks that the Chinese police are more likely to regard tourists as potential violators of Chinese law than as victims of French crime, and therefore to spy on them. What is legal in France—to belong to the Falun Gong sect, for example—is often illegal in China. And since there are 800,000 Chinese residents in France, Holzman asks, why not use some of them to assist the French police? True, they would have to be paid, whereas the Chinese police are paid for (airfares included) by Beijing. But despite its economic difficulties, France is not yet in a position to need Chinese foreign aid.

Russia's proposal for humanitarian corridors in eastern Ukraine finds no support in UN - News - Politics - The Voice of Russia: News, Breaking news, Politics, Economics, Business, Russia, International current events, Expert opinion, podcasts, Video

Russia's proposal for humanitarian corridors in eastern Ukraine finds no support in UN - Voice of Russia



Russia's proposal to adopt a resolution on the establishment of humanitarian corridors in eastern Ukraine finds no support among most members of the UN Security Council, China is the only exception, diplomats at the headquarters of the organization said.
Read more: http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_06_06/Russia-s-proposal-for-humanitarian-corridors-in-eastern-Ukraine-finds-no-support-in-UN-1080/




Russia last week submitted to the UN Security Council a draft resolution that stipulates the establishment of corridors to save civilians and provide humanitarian assistance in eastern Ukraine during the Kiev-led military operation there.
Read more: http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_06_06/Russia-s-proposal-for-humanitarian-corridors-in-eastern-Ukraine-finds-no-support-in-UN-1080/

Hollywood Actress Thinks Negative Words and Music Change the Structure of Water | TheBlaze.com

Hollywood Actress Thinks Negative Words and Music Change the Structure of Water | TheBlaze.com



“I am fascinated by the growing science behind the energy of consciousness and its effects on matter,” she wrote on her website. “I have long had Dr Emoto’s coffee table book on how negativity changes the structure of water, how the molecules behave differently depending on the words or music being expressed around it.”




Zen at War - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Zen at War - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



Individualism[edit]

Peek argues that individualism, contrary to popular notions, is inherently supported by Buddhism. This inherent support made it possible to effect a transmission from authoritarian imperialism to democracy:
[O]ne of the most significant and most overlooked explanations lies in the fact that the concepts of popular sovereignty and human rights have deep roots in Japanese culture. Specifically, it attempts to demonstrate that Buddhism, as one of the "Three Treasures" of Japanese culture, is inherently antithetical to the authoritarian socio-political structures that have periodically been imposed on the people of Japan.[26]

25 Famous People & Celebrities Who Support Gun Rights

25 Famous People & Celebrities Who Support Gun Rights

College Indoctrination to Liberal Ideology Debated - Katie Pavlich vs.Pe...

Friday, June 6, 2014

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One Old Vet Obama Warns Freed Terrorists May Attack Again; Harry Reid “Glad To Get Rid Of These People”! - One Old Vet

One Old Vet Obama Warns Freed Terrorists May Attack Again; Harry Reid “Glad To Get Rid Of These People”! - One Old Vet



The befuddled Obama was apparently too busy basking in the glow of what he presumed would be overwhelming support for his treasonous act to issue any sort of reassurance or apology to the American people for what could bring even more death and mayhem to young Americans serving in the military.
Obama’s “tin ear” on his illegal and immoral deal with terrorists was exceeded in ignorance and disrespect only by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who gushed, “I’m glad to get rid of these five people.”
The big question: How many more lost American lives and casualties will it take to convince Harry Reid that his celebration of the release of “these five people,” is unbelievably stupid and ill advised?


VoiceOfTheCopts.org - I Am Shelly Dadon

VoiceOfTheCopts.org - I Am Shelly Dadon



A law that will allow judges to prevent early freeing of a terrorist as part of his sentence has just passed its first hurdle at the Knesset. Min. Livni opposed it. The present situation puts Kafka to shame.
 
I am Shelly Dadon.  I was murdered only because I was Jewish.  A future Israeli government will release my murderers for the chance to sit and talk ‘peace’ with the Palestinian Arabs and enable them to murder more Israeli Jews.
 
19-year-old Shelly Dadon’s last words to her cousin were “there is someone scary here.  I am being strangled.”  From Shelly’s Hebrew it was inferred that a woman terrorist was strangling her.  Then, it appears, she was repeatedly stabbed to death. Over 2,000 Israelis in her home town of Afula came out to demonstrate for her. 


Nepal's kung fu nuns - Sports News - SINA English

Nepal's kung fu nuns - Sports News - SINA English



Buddhist nuns practise kung fu at the Amitabha Drukpa Nunnery near Kathmandu. The sisters come from across Nepal, India, Tibet and Bhutan to learn the ancient Chinese discipline of kung fu, which they believe will help them be better Buddhists



Bergdahl's Free, but at What Cost? - Jonah Goldberg - Page 1



Bergdahl's Free, but at What Cost? - Jonah Goldberg - Page 1




he proceeded to rebut criticisms virtually no one has made. This is Obama's favorite rhetorical trick; he builds and then tears apart a straw man while insisting that the American people are on his side.



Atlantica Online Guidebook #3 - IGN

Atlantica Online Guidebook #3 - IGN



- Just like in the Ruins of the Yellow River, the monks here thrive on sinister energies, so your dark-aligned magic spells like Hex of Darkness and Silence will only make them stronger.




Thursday, June 5, 2014

BBC News - Leicester cancer victim left hidden 'be happy' note

BBC News - Leicester cancer victim left hidden 'be happy' note



The parents of a teenager who died from cancer have spoken of their pride after finding an inspirational message she left hidden behind her bedroom mirror.
Athena Orchard, 13, from New Parks in Leicester, died last week.
It was only afterwards that her parents found the note.
One line reads: 'Make the most of every day'.


Israeli officials to EU: focus on Syria, not settlements - Diplomacy and Defense Israel News | Haaretz



Israeli officials to EU: focus on Syria, not settlements - Diplomacy and Defense Israel News | Haaretz




"It's strange that in the international community there are those who say that a Palestinian government, which a murderous terrorist organization is a member of, could advance peace," they said, "while others… claim that building in Jerusalem - the capital of Israel - as well as in other places that even the Palestinians know will stay under Israeli sovereignty in any future arrangement, is a step that should be taken back." The Israeli officials called on "the international community to regroup and focus on the really pressing issues in the Middle East, such as putting an end to the massacre of women and children in Syria."

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

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360 million newly stolen credentials on black market: cybersecurity firm - Sci-Tech - DAWN.COM

360 million newly stolen credentials on black market: cybersecurity firm - Sci-Tech - DAWN.COM



BOSTON: A cybersecurity firm said on Tuesday that it uncovered stolen credentials from some 360 million accounts that are available for sale on cyber black markets, though it is unsure where they came from or what they can be used to access.




China, the world remembers Tiananmen massacre | Human Rights Watch

China, the world remembers Tiananmen massacre | Human Rights Watch



Here's an uncomfortable truth confronting Chinese President Xi Jinping: It's 2014, but the pro-democracy, pro-rights sentiments that manifested across China as demonstrations in 1989 are still alive and well.
For 25 years, the Chinese government has tried to expunge the June 4, 1989, Tiananmen massacre from history to deny people inside the country any knowledge of the event. And as the second largest economy in the world, Olympic host, and U.N. Security Council member, Beijing has also maintained to the outside world that June 4 is "much ado about nothing" and a "strictly internal affair."
Beijing's strategy of suppression has proved successful in some quarters. Many in China have generally focused on getting ahead economically while staying away from politics. But in other quarters, the strategy has produced the opposite outcome, fueling domestic demands for accountability and ongoing attention to China's abysmal human rights record.
"Harmonious society," "social stability," "stability maintenance" -- these are the watchwords of the current Chinese government. But imposed stability is oxymoronic.
Not a week goes by without hundreds of protests over land or housing issues in rural areas, and environmental or infrastructure projects in major urban areas.
China's security forces and judiciary systems are using increasingly heavy-handed tactics to track and suppress all manners of peaceful expressions in ethnic minority regions. Uyghur Muslims are prohibited from wearing beards. Prosecutions are set up against those who know Tibetans who self-immolated.
Despite a proliferation of laws, there are few avenues for public feedback, let alone redress or debate without fear of reprisal for ordinary citizens. The combination of repression and denial of justice are clearly breeding more, not less, discontent in China.
Every year in the weeks leading up to June 4, critics of the Chinese government anticipate higher-than-usual scrutiny, ranging from arbitrary impositions of house arrest to people being taken to police stations to "have tea."
This year's crackdown started early and ferociously. In early May, roughly a dozen people gathered in a Beijing apartment to discuss Tiananmen. They sent a photograph of the group and a brief summary of the discussion to friends and contacts. Within a few days, five of them, well-known human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, academics Xu Youyu and Hao Jian, blogger Liu Di, and dissident Hu Shigen had all been criminally detained on charges of causing a disturbance.
Previous gatherings like this had merited the attention of the police, but had not resulted in actual charges. So spooked are Chinese authorities that Ding Zilin, the founder of the Tiananmen Mothers, a group formed to press for accountability for family members' deaths in 1989, has been told she may not return to Beijing in early June. This will be the first year she must observe the anniversary of her son's death from afar.
China's central and local governments occasionally make concessions, seemingly designed to placate popular frustrations. The widely loathed arbitrary detention system known as "re-education through labor," in which people could be incarcerated by police for up to three years with no trial, was abolished in late 2013. Some of the most controversial chemical and industrial facilities have been shut down or construction put on hold.
But many of these are half measures, or only temporary fixes.
In response to the political status quo, a law-based, rights-oriented consciousness has emerged in China, and advocates known as the weiquan have started a "rights defense" movement.
These activists, who endure police monitoring, detention, arrest, enforced disappearance and torture, monitor and document human rights cases across the country. Some of their most prominent members were involved in the 1989 protests, and they say that Tienanmen and its legacy informs their current efforts. Four of these lawyers were detained and tortured in Heilongjiang province in March 2014, yet have continued to try to represent politically unpopular cases.
Similarly, the New Citizens Movement is an informal group that has advocated the promotion of civic rights and participation, including the public disclosure of officials' assets to curb corruption, or protecting the rights of children of migrant workers. At least five of its members, including prominent lawyer Xu Zhiyong, have been sentenced this year on charges of "gathering crowds to disturb public order." These activists, too, know the price they are likely to pay for their efforts, yet they carry on, believing that transforming society into a democracy that respects the rule of law requires citizen participation.
The Internet and social media have replaced the hand-lettered placards at Tienanmen, but the messages are similar: accountability for abusive officials, transparency from the state, justice for all.
Independent Chinese organizations try to engage directly with United Nations organizations. But these kinds of actions often provoke extraordinary wrath of the government. One activist, Cao Shunli, was imprisoned in 2013 for her efforts to participate in a review of China's record at the United Nations Human Rights Council. She died in detention in February 2014 after being denied adequate medical treatment.
A truly confident leadership in Beijing would recognize these demands for what they are: efforts to improve life for ordinary people across the country. And while such groups are prevented from gathering at Tienanmen, they increasingly find one another and try to push for change via social media and legal channels. They show no sign of scaling back their demands for human rights. So, will the Chinese government meet them halfway at least?

STARNES: Baker Forced to Make Gay Wedding Cakes, Undergo Sensitivity Training, After Losing Lawsuit - Fox Nation

STARNES: Baker Forced to Make Gay Wedding Cakes, Undergo Sensitivity Training, After Losing Lawsuit - Fox Nation



“We consider this reporting to be aimed at rehabilitating Jack so that he has the right thoughts,” Martin said. “That’s offensive to everything America stands for.”




Protestors in Thailand Adopt Hunger Games Salute | Underwire | WIRED

Protestors in Thailand Adopt Hunger Games Salute | Underwire | WIRED



Fans of the popular book and film franchise The Hunger Games will recognize the hand signal instantly: the middle three fingers of the hand, raised to the sky. A gesture of resistance against the repressive government in the fictional world of Panem, it has now become a very real symbol of protest in Thailand at demonstrations against the junta that took power after the May 22 coup d’etat.
Crowds making the gesture have been pulled off the streets, according to reports, and a lone protestorwas dragged into a taxi and arrested after making the hand signal.
“If it is an obvious form of resistance, then we have to control it so it doesn’t cause any disorder in the country,” military spokesperson Colonel Weerachon Sukhondhapatipak told the Associated Press. Although he said individuals would not be arrested for making the hand signal, “if it is a political gathering of five people or more, then we will have to take some action.”

Exclusive: The Story You Haven't Yet Heard About Bowe Bergdahl's Desertion - Michelle Malkin - Page 1

Exclusive: The Story You Haven't Yet Heard About Bowe Bergdahl's Desertion - Michelle Malkin - Page 1



Five years ago, I publicly raised questions about Bowe Bergdahl's desertion from Blackfoot Company, 1-501 Infantry (Airborne), 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division.

A few weeks after his so-called "capture" in late June 2009, three conflicting accounts surfaced: U.S. officials told the Associated Press Bergdahl had "walked off" the base with three Afghans; the Taliban claimed on its website that "a drunken American soldier had come out of his garrison" and into their arms; and Bergdahl claimed in his Taliban "hostage video" that he had "lagged behind a patrol" before being captured.
I asked on my blog: Were the AP's sources mistaken? Or is the disturbing first account the right one? What about the "three Afghans" Pfc. Bergdahl reportedly "just walked off" with after his shift? Who are they? What's going on?

Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



Starting on the night of 17 April, three thousand PKU students marched from the campus towards Tiananmen Square, and soon nearly a thousand students from Tsinghua joined. Upon arrival, they soon joined forces with those already gathered at the Square. As its size grew, the gathering gradually evolved into a protest, as students began to draft a list of pleas and suggestions (Seven Demands) for the government:
  1. Affirm as correct Hu Yaobang's views on democracy and freedom;
  2. Admit that the campaigns against spiritual pollution and bourgeois liberalization had been wrong;
  3. Publish information on the income of state leaders and their family members;
  4. End the ban on privately run newspapers and stop press censorship;
  5. Increase funding for education and raise intellectuals' pay;
  6. End restrictions on demonstrations in Beijing
  7. Provide objective coverage of students in official media.[42][43]

Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



Challenges with reform[edit]

The reforms aimed to decrease the role of the state in the economy and gradually introduced private forms of production in agriculture and industry. By 1981, 73% of rural farms had decollectivized and 80% of state owned enterprises were permitted to retain profits. Within a few years, production increased by leaps and bounds, and poverty was reduced dramatically.
While the reforms were generally well received by the public, concerns grew over a series of social problems that the changes brought about, including corruption and nepotism by elite party bureucrats.[21] The state-mandated pricing system, in place since the 1950s, had long kept prices stable at low levels that reduced incentives to increase production. The initial reforms created a two-tier system where some prices were fixed while others were allowed to fluctuate. In a market with chronic shortages, this allowed people with powerful connections to buy goods at low prices and sell at market prices.[22] In addition, the money supply had expanded too fast. At least a third of factories were unprofitable. The government tightened the money supply in 1988, leaving much of the economy without loans.[22]
Following the 1988 Beidaihe meeting, the party leadership under Deng agreed to a transition to a market-based pricing system.[23][24] News of the relaxation of price controls triggered waves of cash withdrawals, buying and hoarding all over China.[25] The government panicked and rescinded the price reforms in less than two weeks, but its impact was pronounced for a much longer period of time. Inflation soared. Official indices report a Consumer Price Index increase of 30% in Beijing between 1987–88, leading to panic among salaried workers that they could no longer afford staple goods.[26] Moreover, in the new market economy, unprofitable state-owned enterprises were pressured to cut costs. The "iron rice bowl", i.e., job security and a host of social benefits that come with it, ranging from medical care to subsidized housing, were at risk for a vast segment of the population.[26][27]


Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



The Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, commonly known as the June Fourth Incident (六四事件) or more accurately '89 Democracy Movement (八九民运) in Chinese,[2] were student-led popular demonstrations in Beijing which took place in the spring of 1989 and received broad support from city residents, exposing deep splits within China's political leadership. The protests were forcibly suppressed by hardline leaders who ordered the military to enforce martial law in the country's capital.[3][4] The crackdown that initiated on June 3–4 became known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre or the June 4 Massacre as troops with assault rifles and tanks inflicted casualties on unarmed civilians trying to block the military's advance towards Tiananmen Squarein the heart of Beijing, which student demonstrators had occupied for seven weeks.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

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Corrido - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Corrido - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



The corrido (Spanish pronunciation: [koˈriðo]) is a popular narrative song and poetry form, a ballad. The songs are often about oppression, history, daily life for peasants, and other socially relevant topics.[1] It is still a popular form today in Mexico and was widely popular during the Nicaraguan Revolutions of the 20th century. The corrido derives largely from the romance, and in its most known form consists of a salutation from the singer and prologue to the story, the story itself, and a moral and farewell from the singer.

Burger-flippers will get $15 an hour in Seattle; unemployed robots rejoice « Watchdog.org

Burger-flippers will get $15 an hour in Seattle; unemployed robots rejoice « Watchdog.org



The new law also could mean new jobs for robots, which can greatly outpace humans in terms of burger production. Brian Merchant, an editor at Motherboard, recently wrote about this nifty robot that can produce 360 gourmet hamburgers an hour.
“Yeah, robots are taking our jobs, and it’s not a question of if, but when and how,” Merchant wrote. “Economists often treat the service industry as some last bastion of downsize-proof labor, but, clearly, robots will make sandwiches and take orders, too.”

SLAYER LYRICS - World Painted Blood


Satan's hand begins the end

And frees the world forever

Gomorrah's dream to live in sin

Has reached its critical mass

Man himself has become God

And laughs at his destruction

In which we trust a secret government

Is now in total collapse






Articles: Socialized Healthcare: Up Close and Personal

Articles: Socialized Healthcare: Up Close and PersonalMany have noted that the current VA scandal that is taking place right before our very eyes is an example of Government-run healthcare. I often wonder what possesses our President and the Democratic Party to want to mess up a good healthcare system. Liberals and the media (I repeat myself) often tout how well socialized healthcare is working over here in the UK and Europe. Very few, if any, have actually witnessed first-hand the effects of it. The liberals’ claim of wanting to ensure that everyone has access to free healthcare is not what they really want. Along with single payer, I personally believe that the intent of President Obama and liberals is to punish the evil rich doctors.

Articles: Socialized Healthcare: Up Close and Personal

Articles: Socialized Healthcare: Up Close and PersonalHowever, the British Government did not foresee a healthcare service where the non-tax payers (people on government benefits i.e., welfare) outnumber the taxpayers. More non-tax payers utilizing the free health service appeared as an unintended consequence. Another unforeseen consequence of the free for allhealthcare was the influx of immigrants coming into the United Kingdom for the benefit of free healthcare (some visit long enough to get the free service and then go back to their country of origin).

Due to a chronic lack of funding, the NHS is about to reach its breaking point. The current state of the NHS is rife with reports of poor service and incompetent staff (including doctors and nurses). Some of my British associates have recounted their recent encounters with the NHS. An Archeologist in my History and Art social group was schedule for much-needed back surgery for the last week of April of this year.  He was to be bedridden for at least a couple of weeks following the surgery. I was surprised to see him at our monthly gathering the first Saturday in May. I asked him how his surgery had gone. He told me that a couple of days before he was scheduled to go in for his surgery, he received a call saying that his surgery had to been canceled because the bed was needed for someone else. The hospital informed him that he had been rescheduled for the last week of May. He was not given a definite date. There is a limited supply of hospital beds in the NHS. If an individual is scheduled for a surgery and someone else comes into the hospital with a more serious injury or condition, the bed is given to that other individual and the first person's surgery will be pushed back to another date. Some people have been waiting for months for much-needed surgeries.

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Summertime Blues: Teen Unemployment in Major U.S. Cities Tops 50 Percent | CNS News

Summertime Blues: Teen Unemployment in Major U.S. Cities Tops 50 Percent | CNS News



In the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, Ore., metropolitan area, the unemployment rate from that population is 53.8 percent.
“These numbers are staggering,” Michael Saltsman, director of research at EPI told CNSNews.com. “Teens across the country this summer are missing out on valuable work experience as they continue to suffer through an extended period of high unemployment and difficult job prospects.”
Three other California metropolitan areas round out the Top 5 cities with the highest unemployment for the least skilled young people – Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana (39 percent), San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos (37.5 percent) and San Francisco-Oakland-Freemont (35.2 percent).

Clean Energy’ Ruined Spain; now Obama is Dragging the US Over the Same Green Precipice | The Conservative Papers

Clean Energy’ Ruined Spain; now Obama is Dragging the US Over the Same Green Precipice | The Conservative Papers“Feeding the masses on unicorn ribs”. That was how Walter Russell Mead once poured scorn on Obama’s misbegotten attempts to revive the US economy by creating five million “green jobs.”

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Mead was quite right, of course. And there was plenty of evidence to back him up, such as the 2009 report by a Madrid university professor Gabriel Calzada Alvarez that for every expensive “green job” created by government subsidy, 2.2 jobs were destroyed in the real economy.
The Obama administration responded as only the Obama administration knows how: by calling in its left-wing attack dogs. Friendly organisations including George Soros’s Center for American Progress and various well-funded wind industry lobbyists were recruited to monster this unhelpful evidence, which was dismissed for its “lack of rigor.”
It’s in this context we need to view the Environmental Protection Agency’s dispiriting announcement of its latest swingeing assault on US industry – disingenuously billed as a “commonsense plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants.”
The pain will be felt most acutely, of course, in the coal-producing states. But the damage will extend right across America for at least one very simple reason which was perfectly evident five years ago when Obama launched his “green jobs” scheme and is even clearer now: the expensive, unreliable, intermittent renewable energy which Obama and the EPA are trying to promote is no substitute for the cheap, abundant, reliable fossil fuel energy which Obama and the EPA are trying to kill.

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It’s time to make a perennial impression on a blossoming generation scorched by Obamanomics | Rare

It’s time to make a perennial impression on a blossoming generation scorched by Obamanomics | Rare



Young Washingtonians this week in Washington, D.C. will gather to discuss politics, entrepreneurship, innovation and to engage in community service — a timely reminder our economic policies ought to be as bright and fresh-faced as America’s future.
Too often we read reports about how this generation is lazy and expects everything to be handed to them but, as this week shows, young Americans are actively engaged in trying to make their communities and country a better place. They are shaping the world around them and changing the way Americans interact with the world.
Millennials around the country, however, are starting the race to their American Dream 50 yards behind the starting line because of the policies of President Barack Obama. Instead of working for the people who put him in office, the commander in chief has ignored the needs of young Americans. His free-spending ways and refusal to tackle tough problems — like saving and strengthening social security, Medicare and Medicaid — are weighing heavily on Millennials.
Too often when speaking with young people, I hear the same refrain: They don’t expect social security to be there for them when they hit retirement and it scares them because they cannot build up the savings they will need for their future.
The Obama economy has left Millennials behind. In April, 484,000 people under the age of 25 left the workforce while 29 percent of Americans between 18 and 34 live at home with their parents. Sadly, none of this is surprising given that 40 percent of recent college graduates are unemployed or underemployed.
Millennials, according to Pew, are the first generation in the modern era to have higher levels of poverty and unemployment than their parents did at the same age.
The Obama status quo is unacceptable. We need leaders who are invested in our future. We need our elected officials to work at creating an environment where jobs are plentiful and young people can find work that puts them on career track on which they flourish. We need to create a country where our workers can put their education and degrees to work.
New regulations, taxes and Obamacare have increased the cost of every new hire and forced businesses to spend their capital — not on workers — but on the bureaucratic nightmare this administration has created. We need to lessen the amount of money businesses must spend to deal with the government and instead allow businesses to invest that money in workers, the result of which would be more young people getting a shot at putting their diploma to use.
That has been the goal of the Republican-controlled House but the White House and the Democrat-controlled Senate are happy to allow young people to languish just like the dozens of pro-growth House-passed bills the Senate refuses to put to a vote. Government cannot solve the youth-unemployment crisis, but government can work to create an environment where employers are encouraged to hire more workers.
Despite our government blocking youth success, I am still optimistic for the future of the country because of the determination of the Millennial generation — people who have taken it upon themselves to push back against the status quo. Millennials are fighting for a better future because they realize that sitting on the sidelines is not an option.
America is the greatest country in the world because of her strong work ethic and the opportunity she provides for anyone wanting to achieve the American dream. Even in a tough economy, Millennials are fighting — working and building to make a brighter future for the country. That’s why I look forward to hearing the ideas that come out of Millennial week. The future is bright, and it will be brighter when we have a president who works for Millennials, not against them.
Reince Priebus
Reince Priebus is chairman of the Republican National Committee. Follow him on Twitter @Reince
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'Beauty and the Beast' Season 2: Kristin Kreuk previews the summer return - Zap2it | News & Features

'Beauty and the Beast' Season 2: Kristin Kreuk previews the summer return - Zap2it | News & Features



Why should fans tune in to these final episodes of Season 2? 
They're really quite intensely paced. They're fast-paced episodes with a lot going on. There are character moments that are just so sweet, that I think the fans like the most about the show. And I really want them to come and enjoy that, with these characters having these wonderful moments. 

"Beauty and the Beast" airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. 

Parents of officer who died hunting for Bowe Bergdahl accuse Obama of 'cover-up' | Mail Online

Parents of officer who died hunting for Bowe Bergdahl accuse Obama of 'cover-up' | Mail Online



EXCLUSIVE - 'A cover up just like Benghazi': Outraged parents of officer who died hunting for 'deserter' POW Bergdahl lash out at Obama over 'LIES' they were told about how their hero son died

  • Lt Darryn Andrews, from Dallas, Texas, died at the age of 34 on Sept 4, 2009 during his second tour of Afghanistan
  • Top brass told his parents, Sondra and Andy, that he had been looking for a top Taliban commander
  • But former comrades have now claimed the truth is that he was looking for Bowe Bergdahl 
  • Said to be one of six soldiers who died looking for the POW
  • Father said: 'For his family it’s good to get him back but we will never be able to get our son back because of the actions of this guy'
  • Lt Andrews' parents revealed their son thought Bergdahl was a 'deserter'
  • Lt Andrews was posthumously given a silver star for his bravery
  • At time of his death his wife Julie, 30, had already given birth to their son, six. Their daughter was born three-and-a-half months after he died
  • Father Andy against trade with terrorists
  • The Facebook group 'Bowe Bergdahl is NOT hero!' has 5,400 members
  • Bergdahl e-mailed his parents saying he 'was ashamed to be an American'


The furious parents of an officer who they claim was killed while searching for freed Taliban prisoner Bowe Bergdahl today said that they have been lied to as part of a ‘cover up just like Benghazi’.
The mother and father of Second Lieutenant Darryn Andrews are angry that they have been told different stories about how their son died.
First his commanders said that their son was blown up while hunting a Taliban commander - but only now that Bergdahl has been freed after five years in captivity are they learning the truth.
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Hero: Second Lieutenant Darryn Andrews died in a Taliban ambush on Sept 4, 2009, after he tried to save colleagues who had been injured in an IED explosion. Top brass had told his parents that he died searching a Taliban commander. Now former comrades have come forward to say they were really looking for Bergdahl
Hero: Second Lieutenant Darryn Andrews died in a Taliban ambush on Sept 4, 2009, after he tried to save colleagues who had been injured in an IED explosion. Top brass had told his parents that he died searching a Taliban commander. Now former comrades have come forward to say they were really looking for Bergdahl
Cover-up: Mr Andrews claimed soldiers said they had 'to sign a letter saying that they would not discuss this', but now they have approached the family to tell the 'truth'. He added: 'I have no way of proving that apart from what they said. We cannot tell you how devastated we are that the government would do this. They lied to us'
Cover-up: Mr Andrews claimed soldiers said they had 'to sign a letter saying that they would not discuss this', but now they have approached the family to tell the 'truth'. He added: 'I have no way of proving that apart from what they said. We cannot tell you how devastated we are that the government would do this. They lied to us'
Fury: ¿It¿s a big cover-up like Benghazi, just like everything Obama has done. We want the truth to come out¿
Fury: 'It's a big cover-up like Benghazi, just like everything Obama has done. We want the truth to come out'
Fury: ‘It’s a big cover-up like Benghazi, just like everything Obama has done. We want the truth to come out’
Family man: At the time of his death Lt Andrews had a young son and his wife Julie gave birth to their daughter three months after the attack that took his life
Family man: At the time of his death Lt Andrews had a young son and his wife Julie gave birth to their daughter three months after the attack that took his life
Lt Andrews’ parents told MailOnline that their own son branded Bergdahl a ‘deserter’ before he was killed.
In an exclusive interview his father Andy Andrews told MailOnline: ‘For his family it’s good to get him back but we will never be able to get our son back because of the actions of this guy (Bergdahl).
‘I think people need to be aware that the guy was not a hero and American lives have been lost trying to save this deserter’.
Lt Andrews was one of six men who died while apparently searching for Bergdahl, who is said to have voluntarily left his post in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009.
His release was brokered with the Taliban in exchange for five Guantanamo detainees and has ignited fury among many whose lives were changed forever as a result.

‘It’s a big cover-up like Benghazi, just like everything Obama has done. We want the truth to come out’
- Andrew Andrews
During the months-long hunt for him vital resources were re-deployed to help with the hunt and scarce surveillance drones and helicopters were assigned to the task instead of other duties.
Former colleagues of Bergdahl claim that this put them at risk - and led to lives being lost.
What is undisputed is that Lt Andrews, who was from Dallas, Texas, died at the age of 34 on September 4, 2009 while serving with the 25th Infantry Division on his second tour of Afghanistan.
At the time his family say they were told that his men were hunting a Taliban commander and that the truck at the front of their group ended in a hole after being hit by an Improvised Explosive Device.
As the men got out to try and move the truck, a Taliban fighter with a rocket propelled grenade emerged and fired at them.
Lt Andrews was the only one to see it and tackled three of his men to prevent them being hit. He took a direct hit and died.
No hero: Lt Andrews' parents revealed that their son told them before he died that he thought Bergdahl was a 'deserter'
No hero: Lt Andrews' parents revealed that their son told them before he died that he thought Bergdahl was a 'deserter'
No hero: Lt Andrews' parents revealed that their son told them before he died that he thought Bergdahl was a 'deserter'
Stretched: Sondra Andrews, 66, said that her son¿s unit should have had 30 men at the time they were ambushed but only had 20 because they were stretched too thin with the search
Stretched: Sondra Andrews, 66, said that her son’s unit should have had 30 men at the time they were ambushed but only had 20 because they were stretched too thin with the search
Private First Class Matthew Michael Martinek, 20, also later died in hospital due to his injuries. 
Lt Andrews was posthumously given a silver star for his bravery. At the time of his death his wife Julie, 30, had already given birth to their son, six. Their daughter was born three-and-a-half months later and is now four.
Speaking to MailOnline from his home in Cameron, Texas, Mr Andrews said: ‘When my son was killed there was no mention of searching for this guy (Bergdahl) but once all this has come out we got several emails and calls from soldiers who were with him in Afghanistan.
‘They say their mission was to search for Bergdahl. He (Lt Andrews) was killed in the search. We have no documentation of that.

'The soldiers said they had to sign a letter saying that they wouldn't discuss this... We cannot tell you how devastated we are that the government would do this. They lied to us'
‘The soldiers said they had to sign a letter saying that they would not discuss this. I have no way of proving that apart from what they said. We cannot tell you how devastated we are that the government would do this. They lied to us.
‘It’s a big cover-up like Benghazi, just like everything Obama has done. We want the truth to come out.’
Sondra Andrews, 66, said that her son’s unit should have had 30 men at the time they were ambushed but only had 20 because they were stretched too thin with the search.
She said: ‘We want the truth to come out for the sake of our family...He (Bergdahl) in effect kept the men from their primary duties’.
In the wake of their son’s death, a number of his colleagues spoke with Mr and Mrs Andrews - and allegedly lied to their faces with the official story.
Mrs Andrews said that she excused them, but not their superiors.
Clayton Bowen
Morris Walker
Staff Sergeant Clayton Bowen, 29, (left) and Private First Class Morris Walker, 23, (right) were killed in an IED explosion on August 18, 2009. They were looking for Bergdahl when they died
Staff Sergeant Kurt Curtiss
Staff Sgt. Michael Murphy
Staff Sergeant Kurt Curtiss, (left) a 27-year-old father of two, who died in a firefighter on August 26, 2009. Staff Sergeant Michael Murphrey, 25, (right) was killed in an IED blast on September 5, 2009. 
Tragic: Pfc. Matthew M. Martinek died in the same incident as Lt Andrews
Tragic: Pfc. Matthew M. Martinek died in the same incident as Lt Andrews
She said: ‘When he was buried, soldiers from his outfit came down and that’s the story they told us. They are the same people now telling us something else.
‘I think it needs to be noted how duty driven they young men are. There’s an amount of respect they deserve for that. I resent the commanding officers and not the troops’.
Mr Andrews, 68, who served in the US Navy between 1968 and 1972, added: ‘I resent the men that gave the order (to search for Bergdahl) but not the men who got it’.
 
Lt Andrews graduated from Cameron Yoe High School in Dallas where he was a offensive and defensive lineman on the football team.
His twin brother Jarrett was quarterback and his brother has set up a memorial page for Andrew.
Lt Andrews was inspired to join the military by his grandfather John E. Brown who was a prisoner of war in Germany during the Second World War.
Both Mr and Mrs Andrews told MailOnline that they condemned the decision to strike a deal with the Taliban to free Bergdahl.
Mrs Andrews said: ‘I have a long history with the military and it’s not done. You don’t negotiate with the enemy.
‘The Taliban prisoners are going to reintegrate and come back against the U.S. I feel like we have wasted too many lives.’
'Traitor': Bergdahl's former superior, Sgt Greg Leatherman, said he hopes the military investigates Bergdahl and questions whether he did, indeed, desert his post. Leatherman was outed today as the poster behind a  Facebook campaign called 'Bowe Bergdahl is a TRAITOR' and the man behind the White House petition
'Traitor': Bergdahl's former superior, Sgt Greg Leatherman, said he hopes the military investigates Bergdahl and questions whether he did, indeed, desert his post. Leatherman was outed today as the poster behind a  Facebook campaign called 'Bowe Bergdahl is a TRAITOR' and the man behind the White House petition
'Traitor': Bergdahl's former superior, Sgt Greg Leatherman, said he hopes the military investigates Bergdahl and questions whether he did, indeed, desert his post. Leatherman was outed today as the poster behind a  Facebook campaign called 'Bowe Bergdahl is a TRAITOR' and the man behind the White House petition
Mr Andrews added that he was stunned and that he could not ‘believe they have done this’.
He said: ‘There was a two to three month gap between Bergdahl disappearing and my son being killed and I spoke to him about it.
‘He said that he was a deserter. I resent him (being) pushed as a hero. For his family it’s good to have him back but we will never be able to get our son back because of the actions of this guy.’
Anger has been mounting against Bergdahl since his release and the Facebook page 'Bowe Bergdahl is NOT a hero!' has 5,400 members and bears pictures of all six paratroopers who lost their lives while looking for their captured comrade.

'I have a long history with the military and it’s not done. You don’t negotiate with the enemy. The Taliban prisoners are going to reintegrate and come back against the U.S. I feel like we have wasted too many lives'
A White House petition to punish Bergdahl for being absent without leave (AWOL) also has nearly 2,000 online signatures.
The other men who are said to have died looking for Bergdahl are: Staff Sergeant Clayton Bowen, 29, and Private First Class Morris Walker, 23, who were killed in an IED explosion on August 18, 2009.
Staff Sergeant Kurt Curtiss, a 27-year-old father of two, who died in a firefighter on August 26, 2009.
Staff Sergeant Michael Murphrey, 25, was killed in an IED blast on September 5, 2009.
'Bowe Bergdahl deserted during a time of war and his fellow Americans lost their lives searching for him,' former Sergeant Matt Vierkant told CNN
Good for them: Andy Andrews told MailOnline that he felt relief for Bob Jani Bergdahl. But he added: 'We will never be able to get our son back... I think people need to be aware that they guy was not a hero and American lives have been lost trying to save this deserter'
Good for them: Andy Andrews told MailOnline that he felt relief for Bob Jani Bergdahl. But he added: 'We will never be able to get our son back... I think people need to be aware that they guy was not a hero and American lives have been lost trying to save this deserter'
Anger: Andy Andrews added that he was against the deal Obama (pictured with Bergdahl's parents at the White House this weekend) made to bring the prisoner home. He said: 'I have a long history with the military and it¿s not done. You don¿t negotiate with the enemy'
Anger: Andy Andrews added that he was against the deal Obama (pictured with Bergdahl's parents at the White House this weekend) made to bring the prisoner home. He said: 'I have a long history with the military and it’s not done. You don’t negotiate with the enemy'
'I was pissed off then and I am even more so now with everything going on,' Mr Vierkant said.
A former superior of the 28-year-old soldier, Greg Leatherman, said he hopes the military investigates Bergdahl and questions whether he did, indeed, desert his post in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009. 
Leatherman was outed today as the poster behind a growing Facebook campaign called 'Bowe Bergdahl is a TRAITOR' and the man behind the White House petition.
Sgt. Evan Buetow, who fought in Bergdahl's platoon in Afghanistan, told radio hosts with NewsMax.tv on Monday that he's upset with the prisoner exchange Obama approved.
The released Taliban leaders, he said, can't be stopped from re-entering the battlefield and killing Americans.

'I don't want him treated as the example soldiers should look up to, because he's the exact opposite of that'- Sgt Evan Buetow, who fought with Bergdahl
'There's no doubt in my mind that they'll go right back out and do what they were doing before,' Buetow said.
Bergdahl, he said, made a 'premeditated' decision to desert his post and meet with the enemy.
'I don't want him treated as the example soldiers should look up to, because he's the exact opposite of that,' Buetow insisted.
He said 'I'm glad he's home,' but only because there will finally be an opportunity to investigate the disappearance that cost six other soldiers their lives as they searched for Bergdahl.
'I want closure,' Buetow said. 'I want the truth.'
Buetow rotated out of active duty and left the armed forces in 2012.
Many members of the military community voice support for Bergdahl, however. 
When a discussion on the Facebook page of his battalion filled up with negative comments, a moderator chimed in: 'I challenge any one of you who label him a traitor to spend 5 years in captivity with the Taliban or Haqqani, then come back and accuse him again. Whatever his intent when he walked away or was captured, he has more than paid for it.'
'Wasted lives': Lt Andrews' father hit out at the lives that have been sacrificed in Afghanistan and added that he was angry the deal has been done with terrorists who will just start attacking the US again. Pictured are Lt Andrews' wife and two children who he will never see grow up
'Wasted lives': Lt Andrews' father hit out at the lives that have been sacrificed in Afghanistan and added that he was angry the deal has been done with terrorists who will just start attacking the US again. Pictured are Lt Andrews' wife and two children who he will never see grow up
Valor: Lt Andrews was posthumously awarded a silver star for his actions. He served two tours in Afghanistan
Valor: Lt Andrews was posthumously awarded a silver star for his actions. He served two tours in Afghanistan
Stories from the soldiers in Bergdahl's unit have begun to emerge of a young man whose mind had begun to wander. 
Mr Leatherman said Bergdahl 'always looked at the mountains in the distance and talked of "seeing what's on the other side."'
Rolling Stone magazine also quoted emails Bergdahl is said to have sent to his parents that suggest he was disillusioned with America's mission in Afghanistan, had lost faith in the U.S. Army's mission there and was considering desertion.
Bergdahl told his parents he was 'ashamed to even be American'.
Bergdahl, who mailed home boxes containing his uniform and books, also wrote: 'The future is too good to waste on lies. And life is way too short to care for the damnation of others, as well as to spend it helping fools with their ideas that are wrong.'
The military seems to tacitly acknowledge that Bergdahl violated military regulations of some kind. However, officials also say he's unlikely to be disciplined for it. 
One source told CNN: 'Five years is enough.'
Soldiers described a massive effort by the U.S. Army to recover Bergdahl after he was taken captive - one in which soldiers were ordered to go on patrols and take risks in ways they never would otherwise.
Twitter user Cody, who claims he served with Bergdahl, said the search left Bergdahl's comrades vulnerable. 
'While searching for him, ambushes and IEDs picked up tremendously. Enemy knew we would be coming,' he wrote.  
'So without (Bergdahl) going missing we wouldn't have been in certain places.'
Furthermore, drones, planes, helicopters, soldiers and even food were diverted to the mission. CNN reports that the lack of resources led to a delay in the military closing Combat Outpost Keating. On October 3, Taliban insurgents overran the base and killed eight American soldiers. 
Former Private First Class Jose Baggett, 27, who served in Bergdahl's company, told CNN that he lost two friends in the search for the captured soldier. And he blames Bergdahl for the deaths. 
He said: 'He walked off. He left his guard post. Nobody knows if he defected or he's a traitor or he was kidnapped. 
'What I do know is he was there to protect us and instead he decided to defer from America and go and do his own thing. 
'I don't know why he decided to do that, but we spend so much of our resources and some of those resources were soldiers' lives.


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