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Russian Military Suggests a Ukrainian Fighter Jet Could Have Shot Down MH17

Jul 21, 2014 9:54 AM PT

Russian media has reportedly been spreading some wild conspiracy theories about the fate of MH17. Now the Russian military has weighed in with a theory of its own. 

The military made a colorful 30-minute presentation on the MH17 crash in which it suggested the plane could have been shot down by a Ukrainian fighter jet. The military presentation was bilingual with every sentence being translated into English in real time. During the presentation the military showed maps of the path of MH17 and then highlighted what it said was a Ukrainian SU-25 which was climbing near the plane's flight path.

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Amidst Plane Attack Chaos, State Dept. Spox Tweets Out Fashion Column

Jul 18, 2014 4:59 AM PT

While the world attempted to figure out why a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane carrying 295 human beings went down over a war zone in Ukraine, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki took to Twitter to discuss lighter matters. In the midst of the chaos, Psaki tweeted praise for an article from the Washington Post entitled "Being informed and fashionable is natural for women":

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McCain, Perry Tag-Team Rand Paul Over His Foreign Policy Views

Jul 13, 2014 1:19 PM PT

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) appeared on CNN on Sunday and labeled his fellow Republican Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) an "isolationist. He is “part of a wing of the party that has been there prior to World War I, that is a withdrawal to ‘Fortress America,’” according to McCain.

That came on the heels of a Friday op-ed in The Washington Post by Texas' Republican  Gov. Rick Perry that readPaul’s “brand of isolationism (or whatever he prefers) would compound the threat” posed by terrorist in parts of the world like Syria and Iraq...."

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Red alert on your smartphone: living with daily terror attacks in Israel

Jul 12, 2014 7:12 AM PT

There's actually a smartphone app for tracking terrorist rocket attacks on Israel.  Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) was meeting with the Israeli ambassador on Friday when the Ambassador's phone started popping off with red alert messages, prompting the Congressman to install it himself.  

The app tells you which cities in Israel have random murder weapons dropping on them: Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Asheklon... just about all of them are now in range of the weapons Hamas likes to keep in apartment buildings, schools, hospitals, and mosques.  (Yes, mosques.  The Israeli Defense Force was just obliged to hit a mosque stuffed with munitions, which Hamas, of course, is trying to use as a propaganda coup to rally Muslim support.)

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One Journalist's Decision to Escape From Socialist Venezuela

Jul 3, 2014 4:43 PM PT

In a piece published in the Washington Post, former Venezuelan journalist Rafael Osío Cabrices describes his decision to leave the country with his family and become an immigrant in another land.

We were proud of the job we were doing as journalists, writing about the problems our country was facing and possible ways to solve them. We wanted to help our society to go back to the path to democracy, interrupted in 1998 by the return of army men to power, with the election of Chávez, a career military officer, who had failed to take over the government in a bloody putsch just six years before.

But the majority of our fellow Venezuelans had other plans. In 2009, when Chávez obtained the popular support to reform the constitution in order to rule forever, my wife and I accepted that we wouldn’t be able to live under an elected dictatorship, a government that also would be unable to stop the inflation and crime rates that now are among the highest in the world. As newspapers were being whittled down and journalists feared speaking against the regime, it became virtually impossible to do the work my wife and I were trained to do.

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A republic, unless you're too high-strung to keep it

Jul 2, 2014 7:33 AM PT

In response to That Hobby Lobby Ruling Is Just Like ISIS Imposing Sharia Law:

That's a pretty stunning display of sheer ignorance, or more likely deliberate mendacity.  The liberal response to Hobby Lobby is all about emotional exhibitionism, going over the top, conjuring a fantasy villain so everyone can join hands and sing "We Shall Overcome."  It's a hysterical release of energy, bottled up by frustration at Obama's disastrous second term and the looming midterm-election catastrophe.  The Left really needed a win here, but more importantly, they needed emotional validation.  They can still get that by squalling like babies with soiled diapers, and taking note of how many fellow travelers are squalling right along with them.  

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That Hobby Lobby Ruling Is Just Like ISIS Imposing Sharia Law

Jul 1, 2014 10:57 AM PT

In response to Boko Haram and ISIS are into persecuting Christians and burning churches, too:

Meanwhile, here in America, the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of religious liberty is being compared to sharia law and ISIS. 

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