Grand Canyon Covered By A Sea Of Clouds

National Park Service

A temperature inversion at the Grand Canyon National Park Wednesday caused a layer of clouds to settle below the rim, turning the canyon into a sea of clouds. This one minute time-lapse video recorded at Hopi Point on the South Rim represents thirty minutes of cloud movement. The cold air filling the canyon is trapped by warmer air that lies above it, trapping the fog in place.

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Obama Snubs Veterans While Giving Speech In Phoenix

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Although President Barack Obama visited Phoenix, Ariz.,  Thursday, his itinerary did not entail a visit to the city’s Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital. For the last year, the VA has been the focus of a scandal involving delays in providing healthcare to service members.

Obama spoke at Central High School in Phoenix Thursday, touting an administration proposal to lower mortgage premiums, The Arizona Republic reported.

The VA scandal came to light last year, where dozens of veterans died as a result of the delay of care–and about 1,700 more were in danger of being “lost or forgotten” in the VA’s bureaucracy, according to VA Inspector General Richard Griffin. Veterans had to wait an average of 115 days for care, according to reports.

As KSAZ noted, the presidential motorcade passed the Phoenix facility to and from Central High School; but no stop was made, despite Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and groups including Concerned Veterans for America pressuring Obama to do so. McCain blasted the president for the snub in a statement Thursday, The Hill reported:

It is deeply disappointing that the president refused to take time to visit the veterans at the Phoenix VA, where the national scandal of mismanagement in VA health care first surfaced this spring.

Matthew Kenney of Concerned Veterans for America also condemned Obama and echoed McCain’s sentiments, according to The Washington Free Beacon:

We would think if he was serious about VA reform that he would come down to the Phoenix VA, see what the problems are. See them first hand and come up with solutions on how to fix it.

Jesus Miramon, who served during the Vietnam era and was present outside the school where Obama was speaking, also expressed his displeasure. “It is true that he should not be hating a vet today, he should be showing us a little love today,” Miramon told KNXV.

Sally Barnes, another protester on the ground, was also displeased with the president. “That was a smack in the face for my family and all the veterans that are suffering because of the VA hospital,” she said to KSAZ. “A mortgage is more important than veterans dying? They are heroes.”

Here is how others reacted to the president skipping the VA hospital in Phoenix:

h/t: KSAZ

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Were These Two Sisters Medically Kidnapped By State Of Arizona?

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Two preteen sisters, Kayla and Hannah Diegel, have been taken from their parents’ custody by Child Protective Services and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

The sisters are being used without parental consent for  genetic research. They have a rare form of genetic mitochondrial disorder. They have been fed in the past using feeding tubes. The feeding tubes allowed them to thrive.

However, the state has ordered the removal of the feeding tubes, which has caused Kayla, 12, to lose 25 percent of her weight, and Hannah, 10, to lose 17 percent. Kayla Diegel now has less than three percent body fat.

While the mother fears for her daughters’ lives, she has been ordered by a court not to to talk and to remove all discussion of the case from the internet and social media.

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BREAKING: Insiders Expose Obama’s Secret Strategy For Imposing Amnesty


It comes as no surprise to learn that President Obama is putting the finishing touches on his ignore-the-Constitution plan to declare amnesty for an untold number of illegal immigrants by executive action. Team Obama has long indicated that the president would act unilaterally to impose amnesty, very likely around Labor Day.

But what may be a surprise is the legal excuse the White House is cooking up to give Obama a reason to “rewrite law” and change the course of the country with a stroke of his presidential pen.

According to the Associated Press (H/T: Yahoo! News):

The White House is crafting a blame-it-on-Congress legal justification to back up President Barack Obama’s impending executive actions on immigration.

Facing an expected onslaught of opposition, the administration plans to argue that Congress failed to provide enough resources to fully enforce U.S. laws, thereby ceding wide latitude to White House to prioritize deportations of the 11.5 million people who are in the country illegally, administration officials and legal experts said. But Republicans, too, are exploring their legal options for stopping Obama from what they’ve deemed egregious presidential overreaching.

That “onslaught of opposition” described in the AP report is expected from both Republicans and Democrats, from the political right as well as the left. The GOP opposes the executive action for obvious reasons. Democrats — especially those Senate Dems up for re-election in November — are increasingly concerned that an Obama amnesty action would fire up a voter backlash and imperil their campaigns.


“Some Democratic senators are probably not going to come back. And it’s stunning, right, it’s literally like the president is going to put a gun to the head of Democratic senators,” Tamar Jacoby, president and CEO of ImmigrationWorks USA — a federation of small businesses that rely on immigrant labor and are pushing for immigration reform — predicted to Breitbart News.

Jacoby was referring to vulnerable Democrats facing reelection in red states such as Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor, Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, Alaska Sen. Mark Begich and North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan.

“It’s all but certain that this is going to be a decisive factor in their elections and [Obama] knows it. Everybody knows it. And they are just making the calculation the long term gain is more important,” Jacoby said, explaining that the White House likely sees the long term gain to be helping to persuade, if not solidify the Latino vote.

But the battle cry from the Left — particularly from immigration activists and those pushing for open borders — appears to be too loud, too strong for Obama to ignore. Via Yahoo! News:

After resisting calls to act alone in hopes Congress would pass a comprehensive immigration fix, Obama in June bowed to immigration activists and said that “if Congress will not do their job, at least we can do ours.” The most sweeping, controversial step under consideration involves halting deportation for millions, a major expansion of a 2012 Obama program that deferred prosecutions for those brought here illegally as children.

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Boom! Sheriff Joe Levels Devastating Charges Against Obama, And He’s Not Backing Down


Sheriff Joe Arpaio — the outspoken lawman of Maricopa County — has once again laid his anger and frustration on the line…in bold print. In no uncertain terms, Arpaio levels serious charges against Barack Obama, now-familiar charges that the president is purposely flooding the border with thousands of illegal aliens, many of whom are criminals.

In a letter to supporters asking for donations to his re-election campaign, Sheriff Joe takes deadly aim at what he considers the serious offenses of the Obama administration.


“Our country is under attack.

“And Barack Obama is the aggressor. That’s right. Our own President has overseen the release of thousands of illegal immigrants…hundreds of whom are convicted criminals – even felons, which are flooding into America.

“Every day you read the newspaper or turn on the news, there is something tragic happening, something Obama says is beyond our control.

“But I must tell you: the state of the U.S.–Mexican border IS NOT BEYOND OUR CONTROL. In fact, it’s one of the key places where the safety of our nation starts. AND I am working around the clock to take criminals off the streets.

“Every action Obama has taken since the border crisis began has led to an increase in the flood of men, women, children, AND CRIMINALS! The icing on the cake…Obama’s solution is holding events at the White House “honoring young adults who came to this country illegally.”

“HE IS REWARDING CRIMINALS! We are arresting them just to have the Obama administration release them the next day!

While many people in Arizona and around the country cheer Arpaio for this kind of take-no-prisoners candor, Sheriff Joe does have his detractors…right there in his home state. Check out what this highly critical columnist writes at, a joint publication of 12News and The Arizona Republic:

Requests like this from Arpaio have never made sense, but they have made money, particularly when the plea is picked up or passed along by high-profile conservative websites like the Drudge Report.

Will people fall for Arpaio’s pitch again?

Are you kidding?

He makes the scammers pretending to be deposed royal figure or a millionaire from Nigeria look like amateurs.


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