Sunday, July 5, 2015

Whether they’re sniffing out improvised explosive devices, chasing bad guys, or guiding the physically or mentally handicapped through day-to-day life, dogs have proven to be an invaluable asset to our police, militaryveterans, and everyday citizens. Here at Townhall we’ve always found it important to recognize the work our four-legged friends and their handlers do to serve our nation, which far too often goes overlooked.

However, canines are also serving in roles that we don’t traditionally associate them with; namely, conservation efforts.

Thanks to their noses, which can sniff out odor concentrations as small as one to two parts per billion, canines can be trained to find invasive species to eradicate, to detect hard-to-find plants and wildlife, and to discover threats to both, such as poison and illegal snares.

But being a conservation detection dog requires more than a keen sense of smell. The best dogs for this work are extremely high-energy and toy obsessed—oftentimes the ones that wind up in shelters across the nation.

Now, however, because of a new partnership between Working Dogs for Conservation and the International Fund for Animal Welfare, these dogs are being actively sought out across the country through a new program, Rescues 2the Rescue.

Israel closes Egyptian border, on high alert following Islamic State attacks in Sinai

By Ralph Sidway / Jihad Watch


Israel closes Egyptian border, on high alert following Islamic State attacks in Sinai
The recent wave of ISIS attacks against Egypt has been described as “full-fledged war.” Fox News is now reporting that the Islamic State affiliate in Egypt claims it has fired rockets into Israel as it escalates its operations. This report by Breitbart concludes with, “ISIS in Syria released a video this week threatening to destroy […]

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Hillary Clinton Top Advisor Defends Claims That Israel Is Nazi Germany And Israelis Must Leave Israel

Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs
Are wealthy quisling Jews going to further undermine the Jewish state and its people, and support this pro-“palestinian” radical?

While Politico rants and raves that Hillary Clinton will be good for Israel, what’s been overlooked is that her closest advisor, Sidney Blumenthal, defends claims that Israel is Germany, and Israelis must leave Israel.

In her secret emails, Sid Blumenthal was essentially running the State Department from outside the government. In repeated “confidential” emails, Sidney Blumenthal provides advise to Hillary on conflicts all over the world.

Blumenthal repeatedly stands against Israel. In fact, he is also a fierce defender of his anti-Israel son, Max Blumenthal, who is an activist...

Six in 10 Would Vote for an Atheist for President

A record 58 percent of Americans would vote to elect an atheist for president if their political party nominated a non-believer for the White House, a new poll reveals.

The Gallup survey asked: "Between now and the 2016 political conventions, there will be discussion about the qualifications of presidential candidates — their education, age, religion, race and so on. If your party nominated a generally well-qualified person for president who happened to be an atheist, would you vote for that person?"

Only 40 percent said they would not vote for an atheist versus the 58 percent who said they would. The rest were not sure.

Gallup first asked a similar question in 1958, and only 18 percent of respondents at that time said they would vote for an atheist, and 75 percent would not.

As recently as 2007, 53 percent said they would not vote for an atheist and 45 percent said they would.

And in the most recent survey before the new one, in June 2012, a majority, 54 percent, said they would vote for an atheist and 43 percent said they would not.

Younger Americans are far more likely to say they would vote for a non-believer — 75 percent of those 18 to 29 years old would vote for an atheist, while just 34 percent of those ages 65 and above would do so.

Democrats are more likely to vote for an atheist — 64 percent said they would, compared to just 45 percent of Republicans.

Gallup also found that a majority of respondents would vote for a White House candidate regardless of his or her religion.

According to the survey, 93 percent would vote for a Catholic, 91 percent for a Jewish candidate, 81 percent for a Mormon, 73 percent for an evangelical Christian, and 60 percent for a Muslim.

Three-quarters of respondents said they would vote for a gay or lesbian candidate, and 92 percent would vote for a woman or a black candidate.

A majority of Democrats, 59 percent, said they would vote for a socialist candidate, but only 26 percent of Republicans would do so.

Gallup noted: "The general trend is that Americans have become significantly more accepting over time."