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Majority of Americans Now Live Under U.S. Border Patrol’s Jurisdiction

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Posted on Jul 16, 2014

About 66 percent of the nation’s population lives in areas that have been militarized to the point of becoming “constitution-free” zones; a woman in Michigan shot herself in the face with a shotgun while trying to “make a point”; meanwhile, a former Mossad head warns that ISIS is already involved in Gaza and prompts Israel to continue negotiations with Hamas. These discoveries and more below.

66 Percent of Americans Now Live in a Constitution-Free Zone
Thanks to the militarization and expansion of the “border” region, 197 million Americans now live within the jurisdiction of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.

Please Manipulate Me
What do you call it when media try to manipulate your feelings without first asking for informed consent? Tuesday.

Little Oversight as Nestle Taps Morongo Reservation Water
Among the windmills and creosote bushes of San Gorgonio Pass, a nondescript beige building stands flanked by water tanks.

Mich. Woman Accidentally Shoots Self In Face While Trying To ‘Make A Point’
A Michigan woman on Monday accidentally shot herself in the face after she slammed the butt of a shotgun on the floor of a Waterman, Mich. home, which caused it to discharge, according to MLive.

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic turns “Blurred Lines” from Sexist Garbage to Incredible Grammar Lesson
Recently, “Weird Al” Yankovic spoofed Pharrell and his big Arby’s hat with the hilariously on-point “Tacky”. Now, he’s turned his attention to another unsuspecting pop victim: Robin Thicke.

TSA Agent Not Sure What This So-Called ‘District of Columbia’ Is
The Transportation Security Administration says it’s giving all agents in Orlando a refresher course on what a District of Columbia driver’s license looks like, after one agent refused to recognize one of them as valid ID.

Hamas ‘Not the Worst Option’ Says Former Mossad Head
“There are worse options than Hamas,” former Mossad head Efraim Halevy said in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday.

Israel Showed Restraint in Gaza Before Attacking? You Must Be Kidding
Our media ingrains warped terminology that bolsters the effort to portray Israel as a victim. Here are a few examples.

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