Alison Lundergan Grimes Explains the Iron Dome

Middle East expert Alison Lundergan Grimes. (AP)

Middle East expert Alison Lundergan Grimes. (AP)

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes showed off her impressive foreign policy knowledge this week, telling the Lexington Herald Leader that Israel’s Iron Dome system “has been a big reason why Israel has been able to withstand the terrorists that have tried to tunnel their way in.”

It was not immediately clear whether Grimes had any idea what she was talking about, but a Free Beacon graphical analytics team has sought to recreate her thought process.

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Behold: The Clinton Empire

Look on their works, ye mighty, and despair
They're not in the politics business. They're in the empire business.  (AP)

They're not in the politics business. They're in the empire business. (AP)

This is what a global political empire looks like.

The Washington Examiner reports that Bill Clinton earned $48 million—from speeches and consulting deals—during his wife’s tenure as Secretary of State. A number of those speeches were funded by powerful business and political entities with a clear interest in influencing U.S. policy, yet the State Department did not object to any of them, despite policies intended to prevent ”potential or actual conflicts of interest.”

For example, the Examiner investigation found that Clinton made more than $2 million for a total of eight speeches in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates. Much of the funding for the speeches came from wealthy investors with close ties to the governments in those countries.

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Texas Tech Coach Kliff Kingsbury Needs a Shirt

Outkick The Coverage

Outkick The Coverage

Thanks to the influx of television money, every school in the “Big Five” conferences have similarly lavish budgets. So to score that next five-star defensive back, college football are getting more creative than ever to poach recruits. Epic photoshops and coach websites are two such tools.

For Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury, he has a recruiting edge no other coach in America can claim.

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Sometimes the Truth Is Cruel

It's got electrolytes!

It's got electrolytes!

Over at Paleofuture, Matt Novak writes that he thinks you’re a bad person if you like Idiocracy, the 2006 Mike Judge film suggesting humanity has peaked and that we will get dumber when smart people have fewer kids and idiots overpopulate the world. Novak believes this film is desperately unfair to stupid people, who probably have feelings and stuff. Besides, we’ve always had idiots amongst us! Society still has gotten better. Plus, the movie fails to focus on the real villains of our society: the dastardly one percenters who trick the poors into wanting things that are bad for them in order to earn filthy lucre.

Here’s Novak:

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Orlando Bloom Does What We’ve All Dreamed Of: Throws Punch at Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber / AP

Orlando Bloom got into a heated argument with pop-star douche bag Justin Bieber early Wednesday morning at a ritzy restaurant in Ibiza, Spain. Bloom reportedly took a swing at the 20-year-old Canadian, and the crowd in the restaurant cheered.

You betcha they did. In fact, we’re all cheering.

Who among us hasn’t wanted just one shot … one shot at Bieber’s face?

According to the video released by TMZ (how do they get these things so fast?), Bieber was even wearing that idiotic hat that makes him look even more punch-able. How many times have you dreamed of smacking Bieber square across the head and knocking that stupid lid from his cranium?

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Ellison’s Must Read of the Day

Ellison must read

My must read of the day is “Obama Rated Poorly on Mideast Conflict,” in ABC News.

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Vulnerable Senate Democrats are nervous about Obama’s plans to act on immigration.

Members of Congress are skeptical of a possible nuclear deal with Iran.

Russia’s central bank has promised to prop up institutions targeted by U.S. sanctions.

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) continues to advance in Iraq.

Elizabeth Warren’s biggest donors are not keen to have her run.

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett officially announced their joint album, coming this fall, and released a song:

Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Know How Wealthy She Is

AP

AP

Hillary Clinton doesn’t know exactly how wealthy she is, apparently. In an interview with Fusion’s Jorge Ramos, here’s what the elderly public speaker said when asked if she knew her net worth: “Uh, you know, within a range, yeah. I mean, we have two very nice houses, which we’re very proud, and not selling any time soon.”

Clinton eventually conceded that her net worth was in the “millions.” She has earned at least $12 million since quitting her job as Secretary of State. Financing the purchase of those two houses was one of the reasons the Clintons “struggled” to make ends meet after leaving the White House, according to Hillary.

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Israeli Models United: Ruslana Rodina

Ruslana Rodina Facebook

Ruslana Rodina Facebook

Even in spite of Hamas declining yet another chance at a ceasefire and being locked in a war with the terror group for the time being, Israeli life goes on. At any level, the Jewish State will refuse to let the terrorists win.

This here Blog would like to take a moment, for the duration of the war between Israel and Hamas, to honor Israeli models who are standing strong and united and by extension, inspiring their fellow countrymen to follow suit.

One such Israeli model is Ruslana Rodina. You can’t get more patriotic than wearing a dress with your country’s former president emblazoned on the hem. I have my H. Dub socks in my drawer FWIW.

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Five American Cinematic Icons Under 50

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The latest issue of Newsmax contains a list of the 25 big screen icons, the legends “who made America.” It’s an odd list, one that (rightly) celebrates the values of the greatest generation—Jimmy Stewart and Humphrey Bogart are championed for their wartime service; Ronald Reagan and Charlton Heston get shoutouts for their political work; Sidney Poitier’s groundbreaking win at the Oscars is noted—for the first 20 entries or so before closing with a handful of more recent stars (Streep, De Niro, Hanks, Oprah, and Costner) who are still working.

There are always quibbles to be made about such an endeavor; the only real head-scratcher is the inclusion of Oprah Winfrey. Oprah is many things, but a cinematic icon isn’t one of them. I was also a bit shocked at the failure to include Arnold Schwarzenegger (the consummate American success story who was arguably the biggest movie star for two straight decades and served as governor of our biggest state) and Clint Eastwood (Dirty Harry was the American icon of the 1970s).

However, the thing I was most struck by was the, frankly, aged nature of the list. You’re telling me there’s no one below the age of 58 (Tom Hanks, at that age, is the baby on the list) who represents “self-reliance, rugged independence, an extraordinary work ethic, and a faith that those who keep trying in the face of overwhelming odds will eventually prevail”? I find that hard to believe.

So, with no further ado, allow me to suggest Five Faces Under Fifty to add to Newsmax’s list.

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