Thursday, July 11, 2013

More items of interest

Exclusive: U.S. still plans to send F-16s to Egypt in coming weeks
Excerpt: The United States still plans to go through with the delivery of four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt in the coming weeks, U.S. defense officials told Reuters on Wednesday, even after the Egyptian military's ouster of President Mohamed Mursi. The disclosure came as Washington treads a careful line, neither welcoming Mursi's removal nor denouncing it as a "coup," saying it needs time to weigh the situation.

Egypt’s Government Broadens Its Accusations Against Islamists
Excerpt:  The new military-led government accused Mohamed Morsi and his allies in the Muslim Brotherhood on Wednesday of a campaign to incite violence against their foes before and after his ouster as president, offering a new explanation for the week-old takeover and hinting that the group might be banned once again.

Why The White House Is Panicking About ObamaCare
Excerpt: Because the administration is facing the very real possibility that its signature piece of legislation may fall flat on its face. Last week’s announcement that the employer mandate will be delayed for a year and that income verification for people getting subsidies will also be delayed are the latest signs of trouble. The next shoe to drop may be the failure for people to obtain (ObamaCare) insurance — even if it’s free or highly subsidized.

Excerpt: A new Android app asks users to expose the home addresses of gun owners they deem “potentially unsafe” -- and share that information with the world. The Gun Geo Marker app, released to Google’s Play app store on July 7, invites users to mark the homes and businesses of “suspected unsafe gun owners … to help others in the area learn about their geography of risk from gun accidents or violence." The app bills itself as merely a tool to collect information, but it was hit with a firestorm of negative reviews and comments from people worried that it could do more harm than good.

Hate Thought. By Victor Davis Hanson 
Excerpt: Celebrity chef Paula Deen was dropped by her TV network, her publisher and many of her corporate partners after she testified in a legal deposition that she used the N-word some 30 years ago. The deposition was filed in a lawsuit against Deen and her brother over allegations of sexual and racial harassment. Actor Alec Baldwin just recently let loose with a slur of homophobic crudities. Unlike Deen, Baldwin spewed his epithets in the present. He tweeted them publicly, along with threats of physical violence. So far he has avoided Paula Dean's ignominious fate.

After campaigning for Morsi's ouster, Egypt's Christians come under retaliation from Islamists
Excerpt: In one of the most serious incidents, a mob of Morsi supporters attacked Christian homes and shops in Dalaga, a village in southern Minya province where Christians make up about 35 percent of the population, more than three times the national average. During its rampage, the crowd shouted, "There is no god but Allah and the Christians are God's enemies," according to police and villager Bushrah Iskharon, who recounted the events in a telephone interview with the AP.

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