IOC to consider banning Russians from Rio after track and field athletes lose appeal

Now that Russian track and field athletes have failed in their effort to have their Olympic ban overturned, it’s up to the IOC to decide whether to kick the entire Russian team out of the games that begin in Rio de Janeiro in 15 days. In another blow to the image of the sports superpower, the highest court in sports on Thursday dismissed an appeal by 68 Russian track athletes of the ban imposed by the IAAF following allegations of systematic and state-sponsored doping. Sports officials in Moscow condemned the ruling as “political,” and said some athletes might take their case to civil courts. Two-time Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva said the Rio Games will be devalued, with only “pseudo-gold medals” available. In its ruling, the Court of Arbitration for Sport found that track and field’s world governing body, the IAAF, had properly applied its own rules in keeping the Russians out of the games that begin Aug. 5. The three-man panel ruled that the Russian Olympic Committee “is not entitled to nominate Russian track and field athletes to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games considering that they are not eligible to participate under the IAAF competition rules.”

Wow..  A devastating blow to the Russian Olympic program.  Doping by Russian athletes is the stuff of legend, and has been well documented for decades.  So, this ruling is entirely appropriate, and way overdue.

Limbaugh: Trump Used Cruz to Pull Off GOP Unity

Thursday on his nationally syndicated radio show, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh weighed in on the speech given a night earlier by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in Cleveland at the Republican National Convention. Limbaugh argued that Trump knew what Cruz was going to say, and thus pulled off a “masterful move” in trying to achieve party unity. “One of the crucial things here that we have now learned about this is that Trump knew what Cruz was gonna say. Right? That story has been reported, that Cruz’s speech was submitted. Cruz has said that the Trump people knew what he was gonna say. The Trump people say that they knew what Cruz was gonna say. And everybody involved let it happen. So what is the end result of this? There are two overwhelming, inarguable results from this. Number one, we’re gonna have a ratings bonanza tonight. And number two, we may be seeing the actual first threads of unity build behind Donald Trump because of this. And it could well be that Trump has pulled off a masterful move letting all this happen. I think that the argument that he may have done that is sort of rubber-stamped by the fact that he walked in to that convention hall at the exact moment that he knew Cruz was gonna be unloaded on by the audience. He walked into that convention hall last night to his box at the exact moment that it was gonna become, it did become clear to everybody that Cruz was not gonna endorse. Now, the key to all this is what has been reported, that everybody involved knew what Cruz was gonna say and thus everybody knew that Cruz was not gonna endorse. Now, I have warned everybody time and time again, you cannot judge, analyze, watch this convention through the regular political prism. In this case, what I mean by that is in a normal convention, that speech would never been allowed. Ted Cruz, even if he had been invited to give that speech and had submitted that speech to the campaign, and the campaign had seen that speech and discovered that there wasn’t gonna be an endorsement. And, in fact, not only was there not gonna be an endorsement, there was gonna be something maybe even worse, and that was an intimation from Ted Cruz that he might not vote for Donald Trump. There is no other candidate that would allow that speech to be made. There’s no other candidate that would allow that type of person, that situation, Cruz, to even appear at the convention. But Trump did. The Trump campaign — and look, I’m basing all this, just to be clear again, on the fact that everybody’s reporting that everybody knew what Cruz was gonna say, and they let it happen. And I’m telling you, no way that happens at a George Bush convention, a Bill Clinton convention, a Hillary Clinton convention. You think the Clintons are gonna allow Bernie Sanders to go up there and say something without knowing word-for-word what he was gonna say? It would never, ever happen. And if Bernie Sanders was gonna go out there and not endorse Hillary and be ambiguous about it, you think Hillary’s gonna let him go out there? There is no way. They’ll have Elizabeth Warren hijack him on the way to the convention hall and take him to a Burger King or something and keep him tied up for a couple hours so he can never get there. It would never happen. But it did happen last night. So now you’ve got all these analysts trying to figure this out and proclaim the ultimate meaning, and the conventional wisdom is that Cruz is toast, he has just ended his career. Dr. Krauthammer said it perhaps in the most creative way. Dr. Krauthammer said: “It was the longest suicide note I have ever read.” Is that not good? (laughing) The longest suicide note I’ve ever read. Here’s the point, again. Because of that last night, look at all the unity now that is starting to occur for Trump. Look at all the people, including some of the Never Trumpers now coming to Trump’s defense. Maybe not coming to Trump’s defense, they are unifying with Trump against Cruz. You have some Never Trumpers who are applauding Cruz, but it’s a minimal number. He does have his supporters out there. And a lot of his supporters are in the Drive-By Media.

Indeed..   As always, Rush provides a perspective and insight that most overlook or miss entirely.  And that’s what makes Rush such a success.  To read the rest of this transcript from his radio show today, click on the text above.

Good fats promote heart health – Nuts, cheese, avocado, fish not the bad guys

Over time, fat has been ostracized, shamed and demonized. However, not all fat deserves this bad rap. Some fats are essential for our body, as they form the building blocks of cells and tissues. And, too, these fats can promote heart health and fend off a number of chronic health issues. But research shows that many people arbitrarily cut fat and replace it with refined carbs, thus missing out on the benefits of these healthy fats. If you want to control your weight and live your healthiest life, you can get over your “fat fears” and dig into the fat-rich foods – a healthy body relies on it!!

To read Dr. Nina Radcliff’s endorsement of these “good fats,” click on the text above.   :-)

Coulter: ‘It’s Cruz Who Is the Little Bitch Who Can’t Get Over It’

Thursday on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” while discussing Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) not endorsing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump Wednesday night during his speech at the Republican National Convention, conservative commentator and author of the upcoming book, “In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome!” Ann Coulter called Cruz “the little bitch who can’t get over it.” Coulter said, “No. I’m in Cleveland, and you were hoping for reports from the scene but I have not watched a single moment of the convention. I was at a dinner party when someone came in and said you have to see this. Ted Cruz just committed suicide on stage. And we all pulled out our iPhones and first read about it and then watched it. And oh, my gosh, that’s the only thing I wish I had been in the hall for. It’s like professional wrestling. It’s amazing that he does not have people around him to tell him, ‘Ted, maybe you shouldn’t be committing suicide live on national TV.’ But I mean, I guess you’ve shown your viewers the great thing, among the great things about it, was when Donald Trump came out and the whole crowd turned their back to Cruz and applauded Trump as he glared down Ted Cruz.” She continued, “I’m beginning to understand why Ted Cruz has been hated by everyone every place he’s ever been from kindergarten to the United States Senate. I must tell you the only way I’m making money this year is on bar bets trying to get Donald Trump in the White House. I won all of them. I would have lost if we had made a bet on who would endorse Donald Trump first, Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz. Because Marco Rubio is just sort of standard establishment. They’re very much against having borders in our country so they’re against Donald Trump. But Cruz started to imitate during the primary. He was imitating, picking up Trump’s positions. You would think it would occur to him — ‘every place I’ve been everyone has hated me. My only shot is to tie my wagon to Donald Trump. Maybe I can be attorney general or solicitor general,’ And no, Rubio comes out, and as tepid as it may be, endorses Donald Trump. It’s Cruz who is the little bitch who can’t get over it.”

Wow..  Ann certainly doesn’t hold back how she feels.  Clearly Ted didn’t honor his pledge to support the GOP nominee, whoever it would end up being.  He didn’t have to say, “I endorse.”  But, saying, “I support Donald Trump” would have been the honorable thing.  Ted has now made it clear that all Ted cares about is Ted; not the country or his party.  Good on Ann for calling him out like this.

Federal Debt Tops $19,400,000,000,000

The federal debt moved above $19,400,000,000,000 for the first time as of the close of business on Tuesday, according to the data released today by the U.S. Treasury. At the close of business on Monday, July 18, the total federal debt was $19,391,094,247,028.26, according to the Treasury. By the close of business on Tuesday, July 19, it had risen to $19,402,361,890,929.46. On Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, Congress passed the “Bipartisan Budget Act,” which suspended the legal debt limit until March 15, 2017. President Obama signed that bill into law on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. At the close of business on Oct. 30, the federal debt stood at $18,152,981,685,747.52. In the less than nine months since then, the federal debt has increased by $1,249,380,205,181.94 Title IX of the Bipartisan Budget Act is entitled “Temporary Extension of Public Debt Limit.” The Congressional Research Service summary explains that part of the law this way: “The public debt limit is suspended through March 15, 2017. On March 16, 2017, the limit is increased to accommodate obligations issued during the suspension period.” Prior to President Obama signing the Bipartisan Budget Act, the Treasury had been in a “debt issuance suspension period” that Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew had declared on March 16, 2015. During that “debt issuance suspension period” the Treasury took what it calls “extraordinary measures” to prevent the debt from exceeding what was then the legal limit.

Federal immigration court backlog tops 500,000 pending cases

The backlog in the federal immigration court system has eclipsed half a million pending cases, The Associated Press has learned. The Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review said Wednesday there are now 500,051 pending immigration cases in the agency’s courts. The backlog has been steadily rising in recent years as the number of unaccompanied children and people traveling as families have been caught crossing the Mexican border illegally. Since 2011 more than 200,000 cases have been added to the court’s docket and backlog is likely to continue growing. More than 51,000 people traveling as families and more than 43,000 unaccompanied children, mostly from Honduras, El Salvador or Guatemala, have been caught crossing the border illegally since the start of the budget year in October. Cases of newly arrived immigrants facing deportation have been made a priority, but the backlog still means that many immigrants are likely to face years long delays before a judge makes a final decision on their cases. And while people are waiting to go before a judge, their case could dramatically change, for good or bad. The president of the union representing immigration judges, Judge Dana Leigh Marks, said multi-year delays are frustrating to immigrants fighting for permission to stay in the United States and the judges hearing those cases. “As a judge, it’s very frustrating because we have to go back to the beginning,” said Marks, who is a judge in San Francisco. “It’s a more time consuming job, more difficult. It’s very different when you (hear a case) within a year, as compared to seven or eight years. Marks said the judges’ union has long seen this backlog coming and has pressed for more resources. A spokeswoman for the court system, Kathryn Mattingly, told AP that 18 judges have been added since the beginning of the year and there are now 277 judges hearing cases. She said approximately 100 other judge candidates are in the process of being hired. “We’ve been undergoing a robust hiring initiative,” Mattingly said. She added that a pending budget proposal would allow the court to have as many as 399 judges on staff.

As we’ve been saying from day one here at The Daily Buzz..  It is WAY past time that we BUILD THE WALL NOW!!!…and put U.S. Army National Guard troops physically on the border of Mexico.  Those troops should remain there until that wall/fence is finally built above and below ground (to prevent tunneling)…however long that takes.  Just imagine if our border were secure… Would our immigration courts have this kind of backlog; a backlog we’re paying for?  Of course not.

Ann Coulter: Michelle’s Speech Was Trite, Too

When MSNBC signed off at 3 a.m. the first night of the Republican National Convention, they were still talking about Melania’s speech. For five solid hours, MSNBC had been obsessing over two paragraphs of Melania Trump’s speech that were nearly identical to Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention speech. The similar passages were: — The only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams! — Your word is your bond! — May your tomorrows be brighter than your yesterdays! — From tiny acorns great oaks grow! MSNBC covered the banal sayings as if Melania had been caught selling secrets to the Soviets. All night, commentators somberly intoned, It’s essential that the campaign get out in front of this. Trump needs to apologize … Now is the time for him to demonstrate crisis management skills — and this IS a bona fide crisis. The network presented a split screen presentation of the two paragraphs next to each other, with a color-coded bar showing when the plagiarism becomes more intense. Hosts read the corresponding parts of the speeches over and over again. Lawrence O’Donnell pronounced: “This is serious.” If you’re on MSNBC and traffic in outrage and sanctimony every day, you can lose your bearings and not even realize what an idiot you’ve become. MSNBC called in experts from various fields — a linguist from MIT, a psychiatrist specializing in pathological self-destructive impulses — and now, let’s go to Jacques Truffaut in Paris! Well, Brian, the French here are just getting a translation of the speech as we speak, and I can tell you they are shocked. (Yes, the moderator for MSNBC’s hysterical coverage of Melania’s “plagiarism” was Brian Williams, who must have been trying to quietly excuse himself from someone else’s embarrassing verbal blunders.) Not one single person on MSNBC said, “Yeah, um, can we talk about something else because this is so lame and trivial, we risk looking like sissies.” Huffington Post, Gawker and Jezebel pulled all-nighters to hoot and sneer at the prospective first lady’s speech. The following day, Andrea Mitchell devoted half her show to Melania’s “plagiarism.” In a few days, we’ll be seeing, DAY 5: NO APOLOGY FOR PLAGIARIZED PARAGRAPH! Listen to yourselves, MSNBC! Your obsession with the “theft” of these saccharine sentiments only reminds people how trite Michelle Obama’s speech was. (Which you adored.) More shocking than the fact that Melania used some of the same expressions from Michelle’s speech is that someone heard these hackneyed phrases and said, “I KNOW EXACTLY WHERE I’VE HEARD THAT BEFORE!” Haven’t you heard these platitudes a thousand times before? Kids spend half the day affirming how special they are. I am somebody! I can do anything! The world is my oyster! Personally, I think it’s a creepy and cynical thing to do. We ought to be honest with people. You can do some things and have a happy life, but there are other things you probably can’t do. Most of you are never going to be a nuclear scientist, an NFL quarterback or a dancer with the Joffrey Ballet. No one wants to state the obvious because it involves making fun of both Melania and Michelle, but the fact is: It’s impossible to “plagiarize” meaningless twaddle. Obviously, Melania’s speechwriter didn’t think up those words — and neither did Michelle’s. You can hear the same thing at any third-rate college commencement, at Orientation Day at Excel academies, at motivational speakers’ corporate events, and right now, in the greeting card aisle of your local Rite Aid. Not even Hallmark cards could claim authorship because there were probably caveman drawings with rainbows that said, “You can achieve anything you set your mind to!”

Outstanding!!  As usual, Ann Coulter absolutely nails it here!!  Excellent!!  :-)