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Hot mic catches John Kerry's reaction to Gaza: "Hell of a pinpoint operation"

Huffington Post ‏@HuffingtonPost 1m
Hot mic catches John Kerry's reaction to Gaza: "Hell of a pinpoint operation" http://huff.to/1rudX8V

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sounded exasperated during a candid moment between interviews on Sunday as he discussed the ongoing conflict in Gaza with an off-camera aide, apparently unaware he was still being recorded.

"It's a hell of a pinpoint operation. It's a hell of a pinpoint operation," Kerry said to the aide. "We've got to get over there ... I think, John, we ought to go tonight. I think it's crazy to be sitting around."

Photos Show Tariq Abu Khdeir's Family Home Ransacked By Israeli Police

Photos Show Tariq Abu Khdeir's Family Home Ransacked By Israeli Police

Israeli police raided the home of 15-year-old Tariq Abu Khdeir early Friday, just hours after the Palestinian-American teenager left for Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport to return home to Tampa, Florida.

Abu Khdeir, whose brutal beating at the hands of Israeli security forces was captured on camera, had been under house arrest in East Jerusalem. He was released on Thursday after pressure from the U.S. State Department and an ABC interview, wherein he defended his presence at a protest of the murder of his cousin, Muhammad Abu Khdeir, who was burned alive.

According to Hassan Shibly, Abu Khdeir's legal counsel and the director of the Florida branch of the Council on American–Islamic Relations, Israeli police burst into the family home in Shufat on Friday and destroyed furniture and emptied cabinets. Shibly said the police then arrested and detained Abu Khdeir's uncle and two other cousins without charges.

Abu Khdeir’s mother said she was informed by a judge that they would be released, according to Mondoweiss. However, Shibly told HuffPost that they still remain in custody, and it is unclear when or if they would be released.

Video & MORE:

MT. Rushmore (From The Canadian Side)

found it in the tubes.....

R. Reich: You may not like everything Obama has done-but for next 2 1/2 years he’s our president

Robert Reich

The media’s (and the public’s) attention has turned to the 2016 presidential election, and stories abound about Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Christie, Paul, Jeb Bush, and the like. Meanwhile, President Obama’s approval ratings are in the basement, not only with Republicans but with many Democrats and independents. He’s not a just a lame duck; he’s a severely disabled duck.

But we’re still more than two-and-a-half years before a new president occupies the White House. That’s a long time, and it's a dangerous time. Crises are breaking out all over the globe. Here at home, Tea Party radicals are pushing Republicans to the extreme right, and the Senate may be under the control of the GOP after the midterms. You may not like everything Obama has done, but for the next two-and-a-half years he’s our president, and he’s the best hope we have. I don't mean you should withhold criticism of specific policies when criticism is due -- I certainly won't -- but we need to tone down the generalized badmouthing and bellyaching, and give him the strongest support possible when we agree with what he's trying to do. You with me?


Meet Your Minimum Wage Replacement...

Don't ask for a living wage or you'll be replaced by an iPad

This is an actual billboard in San Francisco:

Something to hide...

The Ukrainian government said on Saturday that it had proof that Russia had provided the surface-to-air missile system that shot down a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 298 people aboard. . . .

Ukraine also accused Russia and separatist rebels in the east of trying to cover up their role by blocking recovery workers from the crash site, removing evidence and driving three missile launchers back to Russia just hours after the crash. . . .


Numbers that may surprise you

Numbers that may surprise you

by digby

Via Moyers:

51 percent

Of all pregnancies in America in 2008 were unintended, according to a study published this year in the American Journal of Public Health.

40 percent

Of those pregnancies ended in an abortion.

1 in 3

Women will get an abortion in her lifetime, according to a 2011 study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.

51 percent

Of women who get an abortion had used contraceptives in the month that they got pregnant.

18 percent

Of women who have abortions are teenagers.

61 percent

Of women who get an abortion have already given birth to at least one child.

9 in 10

Abortions occur during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. At 12 weeks of development, the average fetus is just over two inches in length and weighs just under a half-ounce.

84 percent

Of abortion providers have experienced a form of harassment or violence.

66 percent

Of abortion clinics don’t offer the procedure after 20 weeks of gestation.


The average cost of a surgical abortion at 10 weeks in 2012, the most recent year for which data is available.


Every last one of those millions of dizzy broads had no idea what they were doing. They need some decent people with morals to help them understand that they either need to "close their legs" or have many more children than they want.


Really Good News: Tesla Actively Recruiting Military Veterans

Veterans are viewed as an especially good fit for building electric cars, because many of them acquired relevant technical skills during their service. With that in mind, Tesla is making a concerted effort to hire veterans — and to make them feel comfortable in their new positions.

A former Army intelligence analyst in its human resources department focuses on recruiting veterans. Candidates are reached through word of mouth, partnerships with veterans groups, and recruiting events.

Tesla also holds informal monthly gatherings for its military employees, and has made Veterans Day a company-wide paid holiday. Management also makes efforts to accommodate employees still on active duty.


BATTLEFIELD: EARTH - Countries where McCain has called for U.S. military intervention

Yuma is dumping refugees in a Walmart parking lot and they're being left to fend for themselves...

Small Arizona congregation reaches out to women and children seeking refuge
Written by Emily Schappacher
July 17, 2014

At 7 p.m. on a recent Saturday evening, the Rev. Alberta Wallace received a text message that took her a few minutes to fully comprehend. Sent from the community organizer of Yuma County Interfaith, a coalition of churches and nonprofits in Yuma County, Ariz., the message said that 16 women and children seeking refuge in the United States had been dropped off by U.S. Border Patrol in the parking lot of a local Walmart with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Soon after, the pastor of Yuma United Church of Christ and six members of her small congregation were among a group of volunteers who provided much-needed assistance to these refugees well into the night.

"If I hadn't lived it, I wouldn't even believe it," said Wallace. "You immediately go into crisis mode. Looking at their faces, you know these people really needed our help."

The 10 women and six children were spotted by a member of a local Catholic church who was shopping at Walmart and knew that "something wasn't right," Wallace said. After speaking with the women, she alerted her priest, who contacted the Yuma County Interfaith community organizer, who then reached out to the rest of the coalition. Each organization rallied to provide the resources they had available – one church provided housing for the night, another group provided transportation, Yuma UCC provided clothing, toiletries, diapers, water and food. Individuals offered their cell phones so the women could contact family members in the U.S. who bought them bus tickets, and another organization provided access to the computers and printers used to print them.

Each woman and child had been apprehended, detained, processed and released, and had probation papers allowing them to stay in the U.S. until their scheduled court dates. But with court dates in places as far away as Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami, and with no money or access to phones or transportation, they had little chance of getting where they were required to be. It was clear they hadn't had a shower or a proper meal in days, Wallace said, adding that one woman's three-month-old baby had a 104-degree fever. But with the help of volunteers from Yuma County Interfaith, each person was fed, clothed, provided access to showers, medical care and a safe place to sleep, and were on their way to connect with family within 48 hours.


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