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LIVE AT FIVE: 06.13.14

Posted on | June 13, 2014 | 12 Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho


TOP NEWS
Iraq Disintegrating As Jihadis Advance On Baghdad

Kurds seize Kirkuk; army claims to have retaken Tikrit

McCarthy Sole Candidate For Majority Leader After Sessions Drops Out
No obvious contender from Tea Party/conservative faction

Bergdahl Returns From Germany
Reintegration treatment scheduled at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio



POLITICS
Former EPA Official Goes Off-Grid, Evades Congressional Inquiry Into Alaska Mine Project

1998 photo of Phillip North in his Anchorage office

Did EPA collude with tribal and environmental groups to kill the project?

Hillary Defends Initial Resistance To Gay Marriage

Retired General Keane: US Created Huge Vacuum By Leaving Iraq

Former BP Engineer Wins New Trial In Gulf Spill Case

House Votes To Make Business Tax Break Permanent

US Marshals To Auction $18 Million In Bitcoins

Feds Pushing Local Cops To Stay Mum On Surveillance

Officials To Investigate Claims Illegal Immigrant Minors Being Mistreated



THE ECONOMY, STUPID
WTI Hits Nine-Month Highs As Inventory Falls: NYMEX 104.65, Brent $109.86
Asian Stocks Retreat As Oil Advances On Iraq News
Supremes Agree Minute Maid Can Be Sued Over Juice Label
Intel Raises Outlook On Strong PC Demand, Shares Jump
Beer Giants Reveal Ingredients After Petition Push
Retail Sales And Jobless Numbers Disappoint, But Hope Remains In Economy
Samsung Announces Galaxy Tab S Tablets
Starbucks New Wireless Chargers Won’t Work For Most Phones
Elon Musk Opens Up Tesla Patents
“Assassin’s Creed: Unity” Female Characters Take A Lot More Work
Mario Maker Could Be Amazing If Nintendo Gets It Right



SPORTS
Spurs Chill The Heat Again, Go Up 3-1

Boris Diaw: Let me show you how this works, Mr. Wade

San Antonio stifles LeBron & friends in 107-86 rout



Gauman Pitches O’s Past Jays, 4-2

Scherzer Tosses 3-Hitter With 10 K’s, Blanks Pale Hose 4-0

Pirates Wait Out The Rain, Wipe Out Cubs 4-0

Tempers Flare, Three Rockies Ejected En Route To 10-3 Scalping Of Braves



Brewers’ Lucroy Blasts Sayonara Homer In 13th, Sends Mets Down To Defeat Again

Lester Bounces Back, Big Papi Homers As Red Sox Top Tribe 5-2

Speed Skater Alvarez Launches Pro Ball Career With White Sox

Carter’s Homer Gives Astros 5-4 Win Against Snakes

Bench Comes Through As Phillies Beat Padres 7-3

Frazier Homer Lifts Reds Past Greinke, Dodgers

Longtime NASCAR Team Owner Junie Donleavy Dies, 90

Croatia: If That’s How The Refs Are Going To Be, Just Give The World Cup To Brazil Already

Sterling v. Sterling v. NBA

Hudson Pitches Giants Past Nationals



FAMOUS FOR BEING FAMOUS
J-Lo And Maksim Not Dating, Just Friends

She’s not ready to start dating again yet

“Definitely not romantic with Maksim”



Harrison Ford Injured On “Star Wars: Episode VII” Set

Bill Murray Makes Another Engaging, Hilarious Appearance In Charleston



D.A. Rejects Justin Bieber Robbery Case For Lack Of Evidence

Robin Thicke Naming New Album After Estranged Wife Paula

Pink Stripped Bare: “I’d Rather Be Strong Than Bony”

Kimberly Perry, Rangers Catcher J.P. Arencibia Married

Blake Shelton Reveals Romantic Anniversary Surprise For Miranda Lambert

Jessica Rabbit Fan Has Boob Job, Corset Training To Get Extreme Hourglass Figure

Michael Buble: I’m A Dad First, The Rest Is Just Icing On The Cake

Actress, Civil Rights Figure Ruby Dee Dead At 91



FOREIGNERS
India Rocked By New Rape Cases
Blast Targets Self-Proclaimed East Ukraine Leader’s Car, Two Killed
Tanks Cross From Russia Into Ukraine
Israel Advances Plans For ~1100 Homes In Judea & Samaria
Use Of Indian Weapons In Karachi Attack Being Probed
Resumption Of Drone Strikes In Pakistan Raises Questions
Red China’s Top Taiwan Official To Make First Visit To Island
Why Were So Many Police Used To Raid A South Korean Religious Compound?
Pacific Presidents Speak Out Against Australia’s Stance On Climate Change
Fresh Fighting Erupts On Congo/Rwanda Border
NATO Chief Says Alliance Has No Role In Iraq



BLOGS & STUFF
Doug Powers: Dave Brat Makes Good On Term Limits Pledge
Twitchy: Hey, Looks Like Barack Obama Delivered On Iraq After All
American Power: Leftists Spew “Tolerant” Sexist Misogyny As Dana Loesch Releases “Hands Off My Gun” Book Cover
American Thinker: Some Inconvenient Truths About American Mass Murderers
BLACKFIVE: The Hubris And Incompetence Of Barack Obama
Conservatives4Palin: Mickey Kaus – Notes On Cantormageddon
Jammie Wearing Fools: Rick Perry Compares Alcoholism To Homosexuality
Joe For America: Bikers Head For Mexico To Free Marine
JustOneMinute: Baghdad Bob, Meet D.C. Sue
Pat Dollard: Al Qaeda Leader Behind Takeover Of Mosul Released From Detention By Obama In 2009
Protein Wisdom: NJ Threatens To Seize Child Because Dad Hasn’t Kissed Their Feet Sufficiently
Shot In The Dark: The Better Buzzfeed
The Jawa Report: Iran Deploys Forces To Fight Jihadis In Iraq
The Lonely Conservative: No Waiting List For VA Solar Panels
This Ain’t Hell: Administration Slow To React To Iraq’s Requests For Assistance
Weasel Zippers: Hypocrisy Overload – Barbara Boxer Calls GOP “Blame America First” Crowd For Criticizing Obama Over Iraq Crisis
Megan McArdle: Online Journalism Is Suffering Print’s Fate


Priorities!

Posted on | June 12, 2014 | 40 Comments

Iraq is on the verge of becoming a failed state overrun by terrorists, and the Obama administration has nothing but empty words to offer.

At such a time of international crisis, it’s comforting to know that the Democrat Party has its priorities straight:

Four Democratic senators were so appalled by George Will’s widely panned arguments about rape statistics on college campuses that the lawmakers reached out directly to the conservative columnist to upbraid him for his “ancient beliefs.”
In a letter made public on Thursday, Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Robert Casey (D-PA) ripped Will for a piece that has been publicly denounced by one of the columnist’s own Washington Post colleagues.
“Having an ongoing interest in ways to reduce sexual assaults on college campuses, we read your June 6 column on campus sexual assault with particular dismay,” the senators wrote. “Your thesis and statistics fly in the face of everything we know about this issue.”

Yes, the most urgent business facing the United States Senate is a newspaper columnist’s thoughts about sex on college campuses.

 

Kimberlin Hearing Today

Posted on | June 12, 2014 | 16 Comments

‘Speedway Bomber’ Brett Kimberlin was sentenced to 50 years in 1981

“I have filed over a hundred lawsuits and another
one will be no sweat for me. On the other hand,
it will cost you a lot of time and money . . .”

ROCKVILLE, Maryland
More than nine months after convicted bomber Brett Kimberlin filed his vexation Maryland lawsuit, Kimberlin v. Walker, et al., we’re still wading through the preliminary motions. I’m here today for another hearing in these tedious proceedings. John Hoge has mentioned the hearing. We will update you if anything newsworthy happens.

 




 

Police Arrest Teacher, Accused of Four-Year Lesbian Affair With Teen Student

Posted on | June 12, 2014 | 95 Comments

Rebecca Diebolt, 35, was arrested Wednesday.

Orange County, California:

PLACENTIA — A Valencia High School teacher suspected of having a sexual relationship with a student was arrested Wednesday, and police say they are looking for other victims.
Rebecca Eileen Diebolt, 35, was arrested on suspicion of sexual contact with a person under the age of 18, a week after a woman told police that she and Diebolt had a sexual relationship that began when she was a student and continued after she graduated, according to a police statement.
The woman told police that in 2004, at the age of 15, she first “formed a relationship” with Diebolt, who was her language arts teacher and swim/water polo coach.
Authorities allege that Diebolt had “multiple sexual encounters” with the student, both in her classroom and at her home after school hours and on weekends.
Investigators believe the relationship continued until 2008, after the woman graduated and began attending college.

“The Emerging Menace of Female Sexual Predators”:

  • Kelly O’Rourke, 42, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in October 2013 for having sex with a 16-year-old girl.
  • Andrea Michelle Cardosa, 40, was charged with 16 felony counts in February after two former female students accused her of sexually molesting them. One accuser said Cardosa started having sex with her when she was only 12.
  • Nicole Wooten was arrested in February 2013 on charges that she had sex with a girl in 2005 and 2006, when the victim was a 12-year-old eighth-grader.
  • Linda Wallace was sentenced to prison in September after pleading guilty to having had a four-year sexual affair with a female student that began when the girl was 13.
  • Sarah Blessing, 28, was convicted in 2010 of having sex with a 17-year-old Catholic school girl who was on a swim team Blessing coached.
  • Jaymee Wallace, 30, was sentenced to three years in prison in 2007 for having sex with a 14-year-old girl who was her student at a Florida high school.
  • Amanda Michelle Feenstra, 32, pleaded guilty in October 2013 to having sex with a 17-year-old girl who was a student at the Texas high school where Feenstra was a dance teacher.
  • Tonya Drueppel was arrested in January on charges that she had sex with a middle-school girl beginning in October 2012, when the victim was 13.
  • Nichol Marie Phelps, 30, was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in prison last week for having sex with a 15-year-old girl who was a student at the Florida dance academy where Phelps taught.

Not like there’s a trend here or anything . . .

 

LIVE AT FIVE: 06.12.14

Posted on | June 12, 2014 | 4 Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho


TOP NEWS
Al-Qaeda Takes Tikrit, Thousands Flee

Iraqi refugees at a Kurdish checkpoint

US stands ready to assist, Cameron rules out UK intervention

Cantor To Quit As Majority Leader At End Of July
Supports Majority Whip McCarthy as his successor


Bowe Bergdahl, Coast Guard Washout?
What was he doing in the Army?



POLITICS
Polarization Dividing American Society, Not Just Politics

Partisan antipathy stronger

Partisans prefer to live, work and hang out with each other

NSA Intercepted Calls From Benghazi Attackers To Jihadi Leaders – On State Department Phones


CA Officials Debate Whether To Defend Teacher Job Protections

Hagel Admits Administration Bungled Aspects Of Bergdahl Swap

Federal Appeals Court Rules Warrant Required For Cell Phone Location Data

FBI Director Confirms Criminal Probe Of VA

WH Outing Of CIA Station Chief Results In No Punishments



THE ECONOMY, STUPID
Crude Gains As Stockpiles Shrink: NYMEX $104.61, Brent $110.40
Asian Shares Retreat As Oil Nears Three-Month High
Wall Street Ends Lower After World Bank Cuts Forecast
Budget Deficit Narrows As Economy, Jobs Boost Revenue
Why Amazon’s Local Marketplace Will Be A Consumer Win
Corn Trades Near Four-Month Low As Supply Seen Increasing
TweetDeck Wasn’t Hacked, And Everyone Was Silly
Starbucks To Offer Wireless Charging Pads
Beats Solo 2: Great Looks, Better Sound
AT&T Defends DirecTV Deal To US Regulators
Nintendo Announces “Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.” For 3DS



SPORTS
Lundqvist & Rangers Keep Hope Alive, Avert Sweep

Henrik Lundqvist makes one of his 40 saves in Game 4

Rangers edge Kings 2-1 in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals

McCarthy Struggles Again As Astros Stomp Snakes 5-1

Yu Got It: Darvish Goes The Distance, Blanks Fish 6-0

O’s Blank Sox Again As Boston’s Punchless Offense Hits A New Low

Rockies’ Matzek Dazzles In Debut, Defeats Braves’ Teheran

McCutcheon Leads Pirates To Victory, Cubs Scuppered 4-2

Peralta Shuts Down Mets As Lucroy’s Hot Bat Carries Brewers

Nationals Lead Giants 4-2 As Giants Bat In Bottom Of The Eighth



FAMOUS FOR BEING FAMOUS
Why Anna Kendrick Is The Smartest, Savviest Social Media Star Of Her Generation

Well, that’s what Elle magazine thinks, anyway.

The cover girl for Elle’s first Social Issue

“Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever” Coming To Lifetime

Lea Michele’s New Boyfirend Is A Former Gigolo

Adam Levine Apologizing To Ex-Girlfriends Before Wedding

Casey Kasem’s Daughters Pulling His Life Support

“Bridesmaids” Writers Team Up For New Comedy

Jason Aldean’s Kids See New Girlfriend Brittany Kerr As “The Other Woman”

“Sonic The Hedgehog” Movie In The Works At Sony

Netflix Orders New Childrens’ Show Based On “The Magic School Bus”

Vanessa Lachey Preggers With Second Child

A “Now And Then” TV Series Is In The Works

Pixar Breaks Silence, Offers Inside Look At “Inside Out” At Annecy

“Under The Dome” Executive Producer Exits



FOREIGNERS
Iraq Army Flees From Jihadis In Four Cities
Ukraine President Ready For Talks If Pro-Russian Rebels Disarm
Israeli Air Strike Takes Out Jihadi After Rocket Fire
Egyptian Activist Abdel Fattah Gets 15 Years For Protest
Uzbek Jihadis Behind Karachi Airport Attack?
J.K. Rowling Abused Online By Scottish Pro-Independence “Death Eaters”
Australia Agrees Japan Should Have Role In Fixing Asia Conflicts
PM Modi Says Stop “Psychoanalyzing” Rape
Will Ferry Crew Get A Fair Trial?



BLOGS & STUFF
Valley Of The Shadow: Wagging The GOP Dog
Michelle Malkin: Military Bases – Obama’s New Dumping Grounds For Illegals
Twitchy: Halfwits Want Metallica’s James Hetfield Killed For Role In Bear Hunting Show
American Power: Obama Tuned Down Requests For Airstrikes In Iraq
American Thinker: The Same Fatal Flaw
BLACKFIVE: Losing The Peace In Iraq
Conservatives4Palin: Why Young People Can’t Find Work
Don Surber: Daily Scoreboard, June 11
Jammie Wearing Fools: Failed President Hits Personal Poll Low After Freeing Taliban Terrorists
Joe For America: Obama To Unilaterally Enact Amnesty After Cantor Loss
JustOneMinute: Cantor Out
Pat Dollard: Horror On Iraqi Roads – Al Qaeda Killing Without Mercy
Protein Wisdom: SEIU Steals Personal Information
Shot In The Dark: “Unexpected”
The Jawa Report: Turkey Reportedly Hitting Jihadi Positions Near Mosul
The Lonely Conservative: Hillary Won’t Turn Over Benghazi Notes
This Ain’t Hell: The New Bergdahl Defense – Everyone Walks Away From The FOB
Weasel Zippers: Iran Rushes Elite Quds Force Unit To Iraq To Help Stop Jihadi Advance
Megan McArdle: Cantor’s Defeat Wasn’t About The Money


Al-Qaeda Takes Tikrit?

Posted on | June 11, 2014 | 100 Comments

When Donald Douglas told me this news, I was stunned. Iraq is falling apart and the terrorists are taking over:

BAGHDAD (AP) — Al-Qaida-inspired militants pushed deeper into Iraq’s Sunni heartland Wednesday, swiftly conquering Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit as soldiers and security forces abandoned their posts and yielded ground once controlled by U.S. forces.
The advance into former insurgent strongholds that had largely been calm before the Americans withdrew less than three years ago is spreading fear that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, struggling to hold onto power after indecisive elections, will be unable to stop the Islamic militants as they press closer to Baghdad.
Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militant group took control Tuesday of much of Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul, sending an estimated half a million people fleeing from their homes.

Again — “militants,” “insurgents,” the media won’t call them terrorists:

The insurgents are from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).
ISIS, which is also known as ISIL, is an offshoot of al-Qaeda.
It controls considerable territory in eastern Syria and western and central Iraq, in a campaign to set up a Sunni militant enclave straddling the border.
There were also reports on Wednesday of fighting further south, in Samarra, 110km north of Baghdad.
Separately, at least 21 people were killed and 45 hurt by a suicide bomber at a Shia meeting in Baghdad, police said. . . .
The US has condemned the militants, but BBC world affairs correspondent Paul Adams says the West’s response is not going to be military, as there is no appetite to return to a battleground that claimed thousands of British and American lives.

The terrorists control “considerable territory in eastern Syria,” so this is just a bonus dividend of the “Arab Spring.”

Way to go, Barack Obama.

 

 

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Libertarians Are Hitler or Something

Posted on | June 11, 2014 | 87 Comments

Eric Cantor was the only Republican Jew in Congress, so when he lost a GOP primary to economics professor Dave Brat, the Left instantly created a narrative that this represented some kind of neo-Nazi tendency of Brat’s libertarian-leaning Tea Party supporters. There are a few obvious problems with this claim, of course:

  1. Libertarianism is the exact opposite of Nazi totalitarianism;
  2. It is the Left that supports terroristic Jew-haters in the Middle East and it was the Left that spent eight years claiming that the Bush administration was in the thrall of Jewish “neocons” who allegedly promoted the Iraq War for nefarious purposes;
    and
  3. Some analysts say that Brat beat Cantor because of a surge of Democrats voting for Brat in Virginia’s “open” GOP primary.

But the Left doesn’t care about facts, and neither do the mouthpieces of the GOP Establishment at the Wall Street Journal.

 

‘Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones, But George Will’s Column Raped Me’

Posted on | June 11, 2014 | 57 Comments

Peter Paul Rubens, Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus (1618)

“Feminism is, among other things, a totalitarian attempt to tell us what to think by controlling what we are allowed to say.”
Robert Stacy McCain, May 4

Who is turning rape into a joke? Feminists, by their counterfactual insistence that American university campuses are now plagued by an epidemic of sexual violence unprecedented in human history. When an unfortunate incident between between a girl and her ex-boyfriend is rhetorically magnified into a horrific crime — a U.S. Senator goes on national TV to claim Dan Kopin “brutally raped” and “nearly choked to death” Lena Sclove — it cheapens the meaning of the word “rape.”

Yet the totalitarian Thought Police tolerate no criticism of feminist tactics, which is why George F. Will cannot be allowed to say this:

Colleges and universities are being educated by Washington and are finding the experience excruciating. They are learning that when they say campus victimizations are ubiquitous (“micro-aggressions,” often not discernible to the untutored eye, are everywhere), and that when they make victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges, victims proliferate. And academia’s progressivism has rendered it intellectually defenseless now that progressivism’s achievement, the regulatory state, has decided it is academia’s turn to be broken to government’s saddle.
Consider the supposed campus epidemic of rape, a.k.a. “sexual assault.”

From that beginning, Will went on to examine the “rape culture” phenomenon both anecdotally and statistically, considering it in terms of law and policy, focusing on how the Obama administration is using this as an excuse to impose new federal mandates on universities. But it was his opening paragraphs which made him a Thought Criminal.

First, Will observed that the campus climate “make[s] victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges,” and then he referred to “the supposed campus epidemic of rape.” In doing so, he violated a 21st-century commandment: Thou Shalt Not Doubt a Feminist.

The privileges conferred by the Cult of Victimhood are never to be skeptically examined, no matter how many examples — hello, Meg Lanker Simons! — of the phenomenon we may observe. And if feminists say rape is an “epidemic” on campus, we are all supposed to nod in agreement, rather than doing what George Will did, namely calling attention to evidence that this “epidemic” is a matter of statistical voodoo and elastic definitions. Rude gestures and clumsy hugs are categorized as “sexual assault,” and the claim is made that 1-in-5 college girls suffer sexual assault, despite data indicating that the real number is probably less than 1-in-30 — “too high,” Will hastened to add, “but nowhere near 20 percent.”

Creating a phony “epidemic” by statistical inflation and rhetorical exaggeration is dishonest, yet liberals always expect us to accept their lies at face-value, bristling with indignant outrage that intelligent people refuse to be bullied into mute acquiescence.

On MSNBC — America’s Least Trusted News Source™ — professional outrage peddler Michael Eric Dyson leaped atop the barricade:

“When he used phrases like so-called rape epidemic, doesn’t that trivialize the trauma that women have to endure in the face of the rape that they’ve endured, and then they’re re-raped, they’re re-traumatized again verbally and rhetorically by insensitivities like the ones Mr. Will exhibited?” Dyson asked, in typical absurdly leading fashion.
For her part, liberal guest Zerlina Maxwell said Dyson was “absolutely 100 percent” correct in that assessment.

Victims are “re-raped” and “re-traumatized” by newspaper columnists! One imagines thousands of teary-eyed women, bruised and disheveled, brought in for the police line-up. They peer at the suspects on the other side of the one-way mirror and then, pointing the accusatory finger at the septuagenarian pundit in owlish glasses, the victims scream: “That’s him! He’s the columnist who re-raped us!”

If mocking this feminist nonsense is “rape,” the sarcastic commenters at Ace of Spades HQ are turning it into a gang-bang.

 

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