Average Price of Ground Beef Hits All-Time High

The average price for all types of ground beef per pound hit its all-time high — $3.884 per pound — in the United States in July, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics BLS.

That was up from $3.880 per pound in June. A year ago, in July 2013, the average price for a pound of ground beef was $3.459 per pound. Since then, the average price for a pound of ground beef has gone up 42.1 cents–or about 12 percent.

Five years ago, in July 2009, the average price for a pound of ground beef was $2.147, according to the BLS. In those five years, the average price has climbed by $1.737 per pound–or almost 81 percent.

Along with the average price data, the BLS calculates a consumer price index, which is a “tool that simplifies the measurement of movements in a numerical series,” explains BLS. “An index for 110, for example, means there has been a 10-percent increase in price since the reference period.”

via Average Price of Ground Beef Hits All-Time High | CNS News.

Former Stars and Stripes reporter James Foley beheaded by Islamic State

The Islamic State militant group claimed Tuesday to have beheaded an American photojournalist in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.

A video posted on YouTube, later removed, purported to show the execution of James Foley after he recited a statement in which he called the U.S. government “my real killers.” A second prisoner, said to be Steven Joel Sotloff — like Foley, an American journalist who disappeared while covering Syria’s civil war — then appears in the video.

The masked executioner, speaking in English with what sounds like a British accent, identifies Sotloff and says that “the life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision.”

U.S. intelligence officials said they were still evaluating the video and could not immediately authenticate it.

A White House statement said, “We have seen a video that purports to be the murder of U.S. citizen James Foley by ISIL,” one of several acronyms associated with the militants.

“The intelligence community is working as quickly as possible to determine its authenticity,” said the statement by National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden. “If genuine, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist and we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends. We will provide more information when it is available.”

A European intelligence official said the British government was examining the video, and the speech of the purported executioner, to compare it with former Guantanamo Bay prisoners and other British residents thought to be have joined the Islamic State.

via Former Stars and Stripes reporter James Foley beheaded by IslamicState – Middle East – Stripes.

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Obama Will Be Furious With Admin Officials Who Just Let This New Scandal Slip To The Public

According to recent reports, an email sent just after the rollout of ObamaCare enrollment website HealthCare.gov shows that at least one administration official did not want to leave a record of communication between her agency and the White House.

Department of Health and Human Services official Marilyn Tavenner sent the email, which included a dialogue with White House sources, to an intra-agency spokesperson just five days after the botched website was unveiled last October. Most notably, according to U.S. House sources in possession of the email, Tavenner included the ominous request that the receiver delete the message after reading it.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a letter to Tavenner requesting some clarification regarding why she wanted the email deleted, and whether this was an isolated incident.

She noted the fact that the email in question “included an exchange between key White House officials and CMS officials,” citing the correspondence’s date in relation to the highly criticized launch of the healthcare website.

Regardless of those extraneous details, however, Attkisson noted that any email sent by an administration official must be retained per federal law.

via Obama Will Be Furious With Admin Officials Who Just Let This New Scandal Slip To The Public.

He’ll never know if it doesn’t hit the news.

Buzzfeed took five anti-gun liberals to the shooting ranges

Buzzfeed took five anti-gun liberals to the shooting range for the first time and videoed them shooting a handgun and a shotgun for the first time.

The results were pretty hysterical.

One girl talks about needing a nap after taking her first shot. The instructor had to keep reminding them not to turn around to face the group with the gun loaded and the safety off.

“It was kind of enjoyable, but then I was getting sickened at me feeling enjoyable about it,” Daysha said.

The experience may have converted one of the self-proclaimed anti-gun liberals.

Allison said she felt “confused and conflicted about it all” before admitting that she would definitely come back to the shooting range again.

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