Palin: Obama’s America an ‘Unfunded Charity’ for Illegals to Overrun

“Your apathy is their power!”

On Saturday, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin accused President Barack Obama of knowingly allowing turning American into an “unfunded charity” for illegal immigrants to invade and overrun.

Referring to Obama as “the DREAMweaver,” Palin said when Congress declined to pass amnesty legislation, Obama “waved his magic wand” and enacted his own.

“And that created the current crisis as illegals are pouring in to collect what he illegally promised them,” Palin said at the Western Conservative Summit in Colorado. “If Obama won’t obey the law and secure the borders, it’s not immigration, it’s invasion.”

Nearly 60,000 illegal immigrant children have flooded across the border since October of last year, and the number of illegal immigrant children unlawfully entering the country drastically spiked since Obama unilaterally enacted his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2012 while the murder rate in Central American nations declined during the same period. There have been nearly 60,000 illegal immigrants who have entered the country since October of last year. Federal officials expect at least 150,000 more in the next fiscal year, and Palin said “America the unfunded charity” will be “overrun” with illegals.

Municipalities from Virginia to California have expressed serious concerns about how they can afford to pay to take care of illegal immigrant children that the Obama administration — often without advance notice — is dumping in their communities.

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Afternoon Update July 21st, 2014 (10)


#1 — CNews | Danish tourist walks away from bear attack

CALGARY — Bruises, a torn jacket, and the best travel story ever: that’s what a tourist from Demark will be be taking home, after being bitten by a bear in Canmore, a town approximately 81 km west of Calgary.


#2 — CTV | Researchers interested in studying Newfoundland’s healthy bees

PARADISE, N.L. – Newfoundland’s healthy honeybees are of increasing interest for researchers in the race to understand why colonies around the world are struggling.


#3 — Globe | No leads on death of Canadian law professor killed in Tallahassee, Florida

A widely respected law professor originally from Toronto has been gunned down in his Florida home, but police are saying little about the circumstances of his death other than to confirm it is being investigated as a homicide.


#4 — Postmedia | Navy feared frigate’s excessive noise made it an easier target

The noise generated by one of Canada’s frigates was so excessive that navy officers worried for a time that it had become more vulnerable to torpedoes and other weapons that home in on sound, according to a military report obtained by the Citizen.


#5 — Sun | CTF’s debt clock shows Alberta $10B in debt

EDMONTON – It’s time to stop the debt clock, says the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

“The $1.4 billion (in interest) that goes to the banks is wasted, purely,” CTF Alberta director Derek Fildebrandt said.



#6 — BBC | Australia teenager behind Iraq blast

Australia says a man who killed himself and several other people in a suicide attack in Iraq last week was an 18-year-old from Melbourne.


#7 — CNN | Malaysia Airlines crash: Kerry lashes out at Russia over downed jet

Grabove, Ukraine (CNN) — There’s no shortage of evidence that shows pro-Russian rebels shot down a Malaysian jet in Ukraine last week, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said.


#8 — Fox | Can commercial airlines do enough to protect passengers from missile attacks?

Every airline passenger is familiar with the security routine: take your shoes off, laptop goes in the plastic bin, remove all metal items from your pockets and place any liquids in a separate plastic bag and walk through that metal detector.


#9 — DM | We’ll freeze Russian billions, furious Cameron warns Putin

David Cameron last night warned Vladimir Putin his billionaire ‘cronies’ will have their assets frozen in London unless he co-operates with the probe into Flight MH17.


#10 — WT | Elusive target: U.S. believed Iraq terror mastermind al-Baghdadi killed 3 times

A special intelligence adviser to Army Gen. David H. Petraeus during the 2007 troop surge says the terrorist leader now ruling over large swaths of Iraq and forcing Christians to convert to Islam has long been the most elusive big game for the U.S.


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Bank of Italy Slashes 2014 Economic Growth Forecast (10)

ROME—The Bank of Italy dealt another blow to hopes of a convincing recovery in the country this year as it slashed its economic growth forecast and warned of “downside risk.”

The Bank of Italy said economic growth in the next two years would be modest, something the Italian government is hoping it can change.

The central bank slashed its projection of Italy’s gross domestic product growth rate for 2014 to 0.2% from its January forecast of a 0.7% rise, while it raised its 2015 forecast to an increase of 1.3% versus an earlier estimate of 1.0% growth.

The cut in the Bank of Italy’s forecast for this year comes after ISTAT, the country’s statistical agency, last month lowered its 2014 GDP forecast to a range of between a drop of 0.1% and a gain of 0.3%.

Lack of solid growth could hit the government of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who came to power in February on the promise of reforms to boost the economy as a way to trim record unemployment. Italy’s economy has been anemic over the last decade. Last year, it contracted 1.9%.


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Suddenly, the sun is eerily quiet: Where did the sunspots go?

Our sun has gone quiet. Almost too quiet.

A few weeks ago it was teeming with sunspots, as you would expect since we are supposed to be in the middle of solar maximum — the time in the sun’s 11-year cycle when it is the most active.

But now, there is hardly a sunspot in sight. If you look closely at the image above, taken on July 18 by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, you will see a tiny smidge of brown just right of center where a small sunspot appears to be developing. But just one day before, there truly was nothing. It was a totally spotless day.

So what’s going on here? Is the “All Quiet Event” as solar physicist Tony Phillips dubbed it, a big deal or not?

“It is weird, but it’s not super weird,” said Phillips, who writes about solar activity on his website “To have a spotless day during solar maximum is odd, but then again, this solar maximum we are in has been very wimpy.”

Phillips notes this is the weakest solar maximum to have been observed in the space age, and it is shaking out to be the weakest one in the past 100 years, so the spotless day was not so out of left field.

“It all underlines that solar physicists really don’t know what the heck is happening on the sun,” Phillips said. “We just don’t know how to predict the sun, that is the take away message of this event.”


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Livni Asks: ‘Why Destroy Tunnels Before They Were Used?’

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (HaTnua) explained over the weekend why she agreed to a ceasefire – even though the IDF had not yet managed to destroy the Hamas tunnels network.

She said that until the infiltration of 13 well-armed terrorists into Israel this past Thursday – most of whom scattered back into Gaza after seeing that they had been detected by Israeli forces – the problem “still hadn’t taken place.” The Thursday incident, which could have led to a catastrophic attack on Israel, is largely seen as the final straw that led to the ground-operation into Gaza.

A Channel Two news anchor asked Livni over the weekend how it developed that the government basically agreed to a ceasefire on Tuesday, while on Thursday it suddenly “remembered” that “the tunnels are a strategic problem that must be urgently taken care of.”

Livni answered, “First of all, in truth the tunnels aren’t something new…. There is a difference between a problem that still hasn’t taken
place and you still don’t see it inside the territory of the State of Israel, [and between] that infiltration [from the tunnel] at Sufah that basically meant that it’s not only a tunnel, but that Hamas continues and intends to use them inside Israel against the citizens of Israel.”

It was Livni’s veto last week that delayed the ground operation into Gaza for two full days.


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Gunter: Sick-day costs leave taxpayers feeling ill

According to a report released this week by Parliamentary Budget Officer Jean-Denis Frechette, it costs taxpayers almost nothing to cover the generous sick leave federal civil servants are entitled to take.

According to Frechette, “since most departments do not call in replacements when an employee takes a sick day, there are no incremental costs.”

Frechette’s finding is significant because the federal government is currently locked in a battle with public service unions over proposed cuts to sick-day benefits.

Union leaders were quick to say the report proved no cuts were needed. Robyn Benson, president of the Public Sector Alliance of Canada, insisted “this report confirms that sick leave in the federal public service is not a financial burden on Canadians.” The 15 paid sick days federal civil servants are entitled to per year are “both crucial and sustainable.”

But here are a couple of alternate explanations not found in Frechette’s study.


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Canada ‘steadfastly in support’ of Israel amid Gaza strikes, Harper says

Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Saturday reiterated Israel’s right to defend itself from Hamas as the death toll in the 12-day offensive in Gaza rose above 300.

Israel sent ground forces into Hamas-dominated Gaza on Thursday after heavy air and naval barrages failed to stop rocket fire from the Palestinian territory. It has vowed to destroy a network of tunnels out of Gaza and hunt down the militants’ stockpiles of missiles.

Harper spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about “the ongoing rocket attacks by Hamas and Israel’s efforts to halt them, including the Israeli Defense Forces’ steps on the ground,” according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office.


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Cdns at odds with Harper gov’t priorities: Finance Canada focus-group report

OTTAWA – Public-opinion research for the federal Finance Department suggests key government policies are out of step with Canadians’ priorities, including the Northern Gateway project.

Members of focus groups consulted prior to the February budget had “little enthusiasm” for the proposed bitumen pipeline to the British Columbia coast — even those who said they support the controversial project.

And among the 12 groups consulted — from Coquitlam, B.C., to Bridgewater, N.S. — the economy itself was not a top-of-mind concern.

Rather, the groups spontaneously raised education, health care, pensions and veterans as their key issues.

They also called for more processing and refining of Canada’s oil resources at home, and to do so in a more environmentally safe manner.

The findings of the January focus groups, commissioned from NRG Research Group, suggest the Harper government’s central policy themes — trade and the economy, with an emphasis on energy exports — are resonating less with ordinary Canadians.

“There is little enthusiasm for the (Northern Gateway) project, even among supporters,” says a Jan. 25 report on the findings.

“Detractors worry about the environmental consequences in the event of a spill, particularly as a result of a tanker accident off the B.C. coast.”


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Fernandez: The Element of Predictable Surprise

“Ok, surprise me.”

The enemy always does. For years Hamas has been working on a secret weapon: tunnels. “Eight Palestinian militants emerged from a tunnel some 300 yards inside Israel on Saturday morning, armed with automatic weapons and wearing Israeli military uniforms, the Israeli military said. The gunmen fired a rocket-propelled grenade at two Israeli military jeeps on patrol, starting a battle that killed two Israeli officers and one of the militants, according to the military. The rest then retreated underground, back to Gaza.”

The IDF has taken 30 tunnels so far, many lined with concrete. While the Israelis were not strategically surprised, they were inevitably taken at tactical unawares. They knew there were tunnels but not where all were and how they would be used.

Israeli officials framed the encounters as successes in thwarting attacks on Israel. But they were also an indication that Hamas could strike even during the invasion through a tunnel network that Israeli officials just revealed they had been studying for a year to plan a way to destroy them.

Despite the belief in NSA omniscience, James Kitfield in Breaking Defense points out that Western intelligence has many institutional blinds spots that terrorists have identified. It is now only a matter of time before they strike, but they seem to be holding off until they can pull off the Big One.


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Continetti: The Bear Is Loose (1)

“The bear is loose!” President Obama has been saying, whenever he leaves the White House to visit Starbucks, or sandwich shops, or burger joints, or BBQ shacks, or neighborhood diners, in his increasingly rote and pathetic attempts to “connect” with “real people.” Obama, we have been told, is frustrated, “restless,” bored with the responsibilities and chores of office. He thinks of himself as the bear—intimidating, wild, untamed, roving—escaping his den. But he is flattering himself. Obama is not the bear. He is the cub: aimless, naïve, self-interested, self-indulgent, irresponsible, irresolute. The bear is in Moscow.

One can trace a line from any global hotspot to Russia and its authoritarian ruler. Iran? Russia has assisted its nuclear program for decades. Syria? Russia is Bashar Assad’s arms dealer. Iraq? Russia is sending men and materiel to the central government. Afghanistan? Putin muscled nearby Kyrgyzstan into closing our air base there, crucial for transport, resupply, and reconnaissance in the war against the Taliban. The contretemps between the United States and Germany is the result of Edward Snowden’s breach of national security. Where is Snowden? In Russia, where he has just asked to have his visa renewed. I wonder if Vladimir Putin will say yes.


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Morning Update July 21st, 2014 (10)


#1 — CNews | ‘It’s out of your control,’ says B.C. wildfire evacuee

CALGARY — As he waits word on when he can return home, one of the 2,500 people displaced by wildfires in Kelowna, B.C., takes comfort in knowing houses like his have so far been spared.


#2 — CTV | Ex-Mountie involved in paternity-test ploy handed 6 month sentence

VICTORIA – A former Mountie who asked a colleague to take a paternity test for him has been handed a six month conditional sentence in B.C. Supreme Court.


#3 — Globe | Stunning images of southern Alberta storm shared on Twitter

Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm warning Saturday for parts of southern Alberta on Saturday night. Some areas were also under tornado watches.


#4 — Postmedia | D’Souza one of 47 athletes who are paying for honour to represent Canada

Before Andrew D’Souza could represent Canada at the Commonwealth Games, the badminton player had to harness his inner entrepreneur.


#5 — Sun | Edmonton cops skeptical of claims man spontaneously combusted

EDMONTON – Edmonton police are baffled after a man claimed he woke up on fire Saturday morning.

Witnesses are telling city cops that the young man, believed to be around 20 years old, spontaneously combusted.



#6 — BBC | Typhoon Rammasun: Monster storm buffets south China

The biggest typhoon to hit southern China in 40 years has killed 17 people, after wreaking death and destruction on the Philippines.


#7 — CNN | Famed actor James Garner dies at 86

(CNN) — James Garner, the understated, wisecracking everyman actor who enjoyed multi-generational success on both the small and big screen, has died. He was 86.


#8 — Fox | Cartels suspected as high-caliber gunfire sends Border Patrol scrambling on Rio Grande

EXCLUSIVE: RINCON PENINSULA, Texas — U.S. Border Patrol agents on the American side of the Rio Grande were forced to take cover Friday night when high-caliber weaponry was fired at them from the Mexican side of the river, sources told


#9 — DM | Putin given 48 hour ultimatum to let investigators probe MH17 crash site

Britain, France and Germany this afternoon warned Vladimir Putin to grant international investigators immediate access to the MH17 crash site in Ukraine – or face fresh sanctions on Tuesday.


DM | Pro-Russian rebels finally agree to hand over MH17 black boxes

#10 — WT | Palin urges grassroots at conservative summit to support impeachment of Obama

DENVER — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin urged the grassroots Saturday to support her call for the impeachment of President Obama, imploring conservatives to push the idea with Congress.


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