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Govt. Report: Violence Not Behind Surge of Central American Illegal Immigrants

Via Fox News:

A new intelligence assessment concludes that misperceptions about U.S. immigration policy – and not Central American violence – are fueling the surge of thousands of children illegally crossing the Mexican border.

The 10-page July 7 report was issued by the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC), which according to the Justice Department website is led by the DEA and incorporates Homeland Security. Its focus is on the collection and distribution of tactical intelligence, information which can immediately be acted on by law enforcement.

“Of the 230 migrants interviewed, 219 cited the primary reason for migrating to the United States was the perception of U.S. immigration laws granting free passes or permisos to UAC (unaccompanied children) and adult females OTMs (other than Mexicans) traveling with minors,” the report said. . .

Here's a link to information on the El Paso Intelligence Center via the DOJ website. This report does blow a hole in the Dem narrative that it's not safe to send these children back to their home countries. Over to you, Mr. President.

- Greg Pollowitz

Joe Biden To Address the Kos Kids at Netroots Nation Convention

Via McClatchy:

Vice President Joe Biden will appear this week for the first time before the largest gathering of progressive activists in the country, a critical constituency for any Democrat with presidential ambitions.

Biden’s debut at the annual Netroots Nation comes as the vice president has made a number of moves that could better position himself with the liberal wing of the Democratic Party, if he decides to make a third run for the presidency.

Those moves could help him compete for liberal support with Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts if she runs for the Democratic nomination, and stake out the left flank of Hillary Clinton. . .

 

This should be interesting to watch. I hope they ask him questions about the NSA, Snowden, etc. - Greg Pollowitz
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Science: Atheists Might Not Exist

Via Science 2.0:

WHILE MILITANT ATHEISTS like Richard Dawkins may be convinced God doesn’t exist, God, if he is around, may be amused to find that atheists might not exist.

    Cognitive scientists are becoming increasingly aware that a metaphysical outlook may be so deeply ingrained in human thought processes that it cannot be expunged.

    While this idea may seem outlandish—after all, it seems easy to decide not to believe in God—evidence from several disciplines indicates that what you actually believe is not a decision you make for yourself. Your fundamental beliefs are decided by much deeper levels of consciousness, and some may well be more or less set in stone. . .

I've always thought this. I also think it's possible that the human brain's capacity to believe in God is a factor in our evolution. Over to your, Richard Dawkins. - Greg Pollowitz

U.S.-Commissioned Propaganda Song a Hit in Central America

Via The Daily Beast:
Guess who commissioned “La Bestia,” a Central American radio hit about the dangers of the journey to America?

“Migrants from everywhere, entrenched along the rail ties. Far away from where they come, further away from where they go,” singer Eddie Ganz croons in Spanish over the Caribbean beat of the marimba, a wooden xylophone-like instrument from Guatemala. “They call her the Beast from the South, this wretched train of death. With the devil in the boiler, whistles, roars, twists and turns.”

People throughout Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador call their local radio stations to request this song, a harrowing tale of violence and death set against the backdrop of Central America’s traditionally upbeat cumbia music. “La Bestia,” or “The Beast” refers to the notoriously dangerous freight train upon which thousands of migrants ride from Southern Mexico, risking robbery, kidnapping, rape, and murder just to make it to the U.S. border. It’s a familiar tale told by an expected source. In fact, the popularity of “La Bestia” owes itself in large part to the fact that its audience is not aware of its origins. The song, and others like it, are part of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection campaign to deterring illegal immigration to the United States.

Last week, CBP announced plans to launch a new, million-dollar “Dangers Awareness Campaign,” aimed at discouraging families in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador from sending their children with smugglers to cross the U.S. border through Mexico. A press release described billboards and public service announcements to be aired on television and radio in those three countries as well as U.S. cities with large Central American populations. Not highlighted was “La Bestia,” the song written and produced for the sole purpose of spreading CBP’s message through music. . .

- Greg Pollowitz

Hamas Wages Cyber War on Domino’s Pizza in Israel

Via The Algemeiner:

Earlier today, Hamas managed to take over a major Israeli website.

Domino’s Pizza’s Facebook page.

For an hour or so, the page looked like this:

The hackers put up statuses such as “Today will strike deep in Israel, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem, Ashkelon, Ashdod more than 2000 rockets. We’ll start at 7. Counting back towards the end of Israel … Be warned!”

Responses included “Hey, please reserve a missile for me with jalapenos, green olives, extra cheese, and mushrooms. You have my address. Tell the delivery boy to activate the alarm when it is arriving, so I know to put my pants on.”. . .

I would've written, "Israel: A response to a Hamas rocket attack in 30 minutes or less or your pizza is free." - Greg Pollowitz
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Violence Erupts at Pro-Israel Event in Westwood, Calif.

Via CBS LA:

Wilshire Boulevard reopened Monday after an officer-involved shooting at a pro-Israeli rally closed it down overnight for an investigation.

The shooting occurred around 5:45 p.m. Sunday outside the Federal Building in Westwood, officials said.

The rally was held by Stand With Us, a non-profit Israel education program, to demonstrate solidarity for the state in its recent conflict with Hamas in the Gaza strip.

Witnesses said four men in a truck waved pro-Palestinian flags and attacked the pro-Israel demonstrators with sticks. . .

Imagine if these were Bundy Ranch protesters who were arrested? There'd be calls for mass Tea Party arrests by the Left. - Greg Pollowitz

Report: Bergdahl Returning to Active Duty

Via USA Today:

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has completed a course of counseling at an Army hospital in Texas and may return to active duty as early as Monday, according to media reports.

The development is being reported by CNN and The New York Times, citing unnamed defense officials.

Bergdahl was released from Taliban captivity May 31 in a controversial trade that resulted in handing over five Taliban detainees to the government of Qatar in return for his freedom. . .

I guess this means he re-learned English. . . - Greg Pollowitz

The Taliban Warns ISIS of Being Too Extreme

Via Daily Mail:

Taliban militants in Afghanistan have warned ISIS insurgents fighting in Iraq to ‘avoid extremism’ in a plea for unity among jihadists.

It urged the Sunni faction, which has been waging a bloody insurgency against Shi’ite Muslim groups in Iraq, to avoid ‘distrusting’ other Islamist groups.

Commanders of the al-Qaeda-linked group also pleaded with the fighters of ISIS, which recently declared an Islamic ‘Caliphate’ in its captured territory, to respect the rule of law. 

ISIS began life as an offshoot of al-Qaeda, but was disowned by the global terror network after bolstering its strength by merging with other groups in Syria. 

The call for unity was uploaded to the Afghan Taliban’s website this week. It did not name ISIS directly, but clearly referred to the group, who are now thought to be the world’s most powerful jihadists.

The message, originally in Arabic, said: ‘It is worthy for a shurah (consultation) council to be formed from the leaders of all the jihadi factions and the distinguished people among the experts and the scholars in Sham (Syria) in order to solve their conflicts.’

’Muslims also should avoid extremism in religion, and judging others without evidence, and distrusting one another,’ it said. . .

I guess the other Islamo-Fascist regimes are worried that the ISIS will damage their brand. - Greg Pollowitz

Germany Tells CIA Station Chief in Berlin to Leave the Country

Via Reuters:

Germany’s decision to ask the CIA station chief in Berlin to leave the country was an inevitable response to fresh allegations of U.S. spying on Berlin, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Friday.

Officials said the U.S. spy chief would be leaving the country soon.

“Our decision to ask the current representative of the U.S. intelligence services to leave Germany is the right decision, a necessary step and a fitting reaction to the break of trust which has occurred,” Steinmeier told reporters.

“Taking action was unavoidable, in my opinion. We need and expect a relationship based on trust.”

He said a strong transatlantic partnership was especially important now given international crises. He would tell U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry when they meet in Vienna at the weekend for talks on Iran’s nuclear programme that Germany was eager to revive that partnership on the basis of mutual trust. . .

I can't wait for President Obama to go back to Germany. I expect the crowd will be slighlty less affectionate than in 2008. . . - Greg Pollowitz

Facebook Finally Deletes the ‘Kill Kendall Jones’ Page

Via Various Sources:

Background: Facebook pulled down the hunting photos of Kendall Jones citing a violation of the social-media site's "community standards," but they allowed the page titled "Kill Kendall Jones" to remain stating that it did not violate their policies. A tad hypocritical, to say the least.

I reported the site (and I assume many others did too) after reading that Facebook had allowed the kill-a-nineteen-year-old woman page stay up and received the above response. Good for Facebook, but a day late. Also of note, there are plenty of other hunting pages on Facebook, including this page for "Hunting" magazine that has close to 1.7 million likes. Will Facebook pull their content and anger 1. million users? I think not. 

- Greg Pollowitz

Benghazi: New Testimony Suggests Two Separate Groups of Attackers

Via AP:

Newly revealed testimony from top military commanders involved in the U.S. response to the Benghazi attacks suggests that the perpetrators of a second, dawn attack on a CIA complex probably were different from those who penetrated the U.S. diplomatic mission the evening before and set it ablaze, killing Ambassador Chris Stevens and another American.

The second attack, which killed two security contractors, showed clear military training, retired Gen. Carter Ham told Congress in closed-door testimony released late Wednesday. The assault probably was the work of a new team of militants, seizing on reports of violence at the diplomatic mission the night before and hitting the Americans while they were most vulnerable.

The testimony, which The Associated Press was able to read ahead of its release, could clarify for the first time the events of Sept. 11, 2012, that have stirred bitter recriminations in the U.S., including Republican-led congressional investigations and campaign-season denunciations of the Obama administration, which made inaccurate statements about the Libyan attacks. The testimony underscores a key detail that sometimes has been lost in the debate: that the attacks were two distinct events over two days on two different buildings, perhaps by unrelated groups. . .

 

And we're just finding this out now. . . - Greg Pollowitz

POTUS Fist Bumps With a Gorilla Statue in Denver

Via Chicago Sun-Times:

Presidential. - Greg Pollowitz

Author of ‘How To Survive the Bulls of Pamplona’ Gored by a Bull

Via NY Daily News:

He wrote the book on surviving the running of the bulls — but he may not have read it.

An American bull runner who published a book titled “Fiesta: How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona” was gored Wednesday during the annual Spanish festival.

A bull speared 32-year-old Bill Hillmann in the thigh, leaving him seriously injured, his friend and editor Alexander Fiske-Harrison told the Associated Press.

The Chicago native underwent surgery and is doing well. . .

What a boob. - Greg Pollowitz

Obligatory Post on Obama and the Horse-Head-Guy

Via USA Today:

One task that world leaders must perform and perform well is that of handling situations without blinking an eye or missing a beat.

President Obama’s ability to do this might have been tested Tuesday night as he greeted people on a Denver street during a visit there to meet supporters and raise money for Democratic U.S. Senate candidates.

The president shook hands with men, women and, at one point, a man wearing a horse head mask. Obama appeared to chuckle as he spotted the man, who wore a red T-shirt, and wore a quizzical but amused look on his face as he shook hands with the masked man. . .

I think horse-head-guy should count his lucky stars that the Secret Service didn't shoot him. - Greg Pollowitz

Israel’s ‘Iron Dome’ Missile Defense System Shoots Down Hamas Rockets

Via Jerusalem Post:

For second time on Tuesday evening, Gaza terrorists launch rocket at central Israel; air raid sirens sounds in Jerusalem, central Israel; Tel Aviv opens public bomb shelters; no injuries reported.

Israel came under a heavy barrage of rocket fire on Tuesday night, with code red sirens sounding off in central Israel, the Jerusalem area and as far North as Binyamina.

More than 40 rockets were fired into Israel in the biggest ever salvo of long-range fire from Gaza. . .

- Greg Pollowitz

Israel Updates

Israel Arrests 6 Jews in Connection with Murdered Palestinian Teen

Via Washington Post:

Israeli authorities have arrested six Jewish suspects in the slaying of an Arab teenager from East Jerusalem, Israeli officials said Sunday.

The officials said the suspects had “nationalistic” motives, adding to speculation 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khieder was killed in a revenge attack following the abduction and slaying of three Israeli teens last month.

The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity, and they would not provide additional information about the suspects, citing a legal order barring them from commenting publicly on details of the investigation.

A statement released by Israel’s domestic security agency late Sunday afternoon confirmed the arrests and said the suspects were being held for questioning.

A spokesman for Honenu, a legal aid group that defends Israelis accused of extremist crimes, said it was representing the six at a court hearing Sunday afternoon in the Israeli city of Petah Tikva. . .

If these 6 are guilty, Israel needs to treat them as harshly as the terrorists who killed the three Jewish kids. - Greg Pollowitz

Joey Chestnut Proposes to Girlfriend, Then Wins Nathan’s Hot Dog-Eating Contest

Via ABC News:

Joey Chestnut is a double winner today.

The seven-time hot dog-eating champion successfully proposed to his girlfriend on stage at prior to the Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Contest, and half an hour later, he was crowned the champion again this year.

He didn’t break his record though. Chestnut devoured 61 hot dogs in 10 minutes, eight hot dogs short of his previous record, 69.

Matt Stonie lost to Joey Chestnut by five hot dogs. . .

It's nice to see romance isn't dead. - Greg Pollowitz

U.S. Grounds Entire F-35 Fleet

Via Reuters:

The U.S. military said it had grounded the entire fleet of 97 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets until completion of additional inspections of the warplane’s single engine built by Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp.

The Pentagon’s F-35 program office, Air Force and Navy issued directives on Thursday ordering the suspension of all F-35 flights after a June 23 fire on an Air Force F-35A jet at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

The Pentagon said U.S. and industry officials had not pinpointed the cause of the fire, which occurred as a pilot was preparing for takeoff. The pilot was not injured.

The incident is the latest to hit the Pentagon’s costliest weapons program, the $398.6 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. It followed an in-flight oil leak that triggered mandatory fleetwide inspections of the jets last month. . .

- Greg Pollowitz

Our ‘Secret’ Military Presence in Somalia

Via Reuters:

U.S. military advisors have secretly operated in Somalia since around 2007 and Washington plans to deepen its security assistance to help the country fend off threats by Islamist militant group al Shabaab, U.S. officials said.

The comments are the first detailed public acknowledgement of a U.S. military presence in Somalia dating back since the U.S. administration of George W. Bush and add to other signs of a deepening U.S. commitment to Somalia’s government, which the Obama administration recognized last year.

The deployments, consisting of up to 120 troops on the ground, go beyond the Pentagon’s January announcement that it had sent a handful of advisors in October. That was seen at the time as the first assignment of U.S. troops to Somalia since 1993 when two U.S. helicopters were shot down and 18 American troops killed in the “Black Hawk Down” disaster. . .

I expect we have "secret" soldiers like these all over the world. - Greg Pollowitz

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