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The grotesque alliance that hasbeen allowed to carve up Syria Telegraph [UK], by David Blair Attercliffe- 8/26/2014 3:36:05 AM If a retired tyrant chose to write a guidebook entitled “How to be an Arab Dictator”, what would be the most important lesson? It might be summarised thus: “When you are in trouble, fan the flames of Islamist extremism so that your enemies will look even worse than you.” [Snip] The rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) has apparently convinced the likes of Lord Dannatt, a former Army commander, and Sir Christopher Meyer, once our Ambassador in Washington, that we must reach an accommodation with Assad in order to suppress a common threat. Oak Ridge Biomass SteamPlant Already Closed Associated Press, by Tiffany Johnson Ribicon- 8/26/2014 3:29:38 AM Oak Ridge, Tenn. — When Oak Ridge National Laboratory´s Biomass Steam Plant opened in 2012, it was supposed to save the lab money while also cutting pollution. But the plant had to be shut down after just a year and a half when a systems check found that some parts were already failing. The Knoxville News Sentinel reported Johnson Controls handled the financing and construction of the $60 million plant. The company was to be paid from the cost savings, estimated to reach $260 million over two decades. An August 2013 audit by the Energy Department´s Office of Inspector General was critical Egypt and UAE ‘launched airstrikes against Libyan Islamists’ Telegraph [UK], by Alastair Beach, Hassan Morajea Attercliffe- 8/26/2014 3:27:14 AM Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have been accused of launching air strikes against Islamist targets in Libya--a move which would prove to be a major regional escalation in what is fast becoming a battle between the Arab old guard and the rampant forces of political Islam. [Snip] Meanwhile there were allegations that Egypt and the UAE carried out the strikes without the consent of the United States--despite both countries being firm allies of the White House. According to the New York Times, the Obama administration was caught completely by surprise, with Egyptian officials explicitly denying the operation to American
Metro Schools Hiring 200New Cafeteria Employees WTVF-TV [Nashville, TN], by Jenny White Ribicon- 8/26/2014 3:27:03 AM Nashville, Tenn. – Metro Nashville Public Schools is looking to hire more cafeteria staff. Their new free meal program has created a demand for more workers. The district is serving 17,000 more meals per day than last year, and as a result is looking to hire 200 additional employees. Open positions include cashiers, assistants, and cafeteria managers. District officials say they are pleased so many families are taking advantage of the program. A job fair will be Tuesday from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Martin Center at 2400 Fairfax Avenue. Job seekers are asked to bring an ID. Bill Gates, wife donate$1 million to gun control group Ribicon- 8/26/2014 2:56:54 AM Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, have donated $1 million to a Washington state campaign seeking to expand background checks on gun sales, bringing the total amount the campaign has brought in up to nearly $6 million. The donation to the Initiative 594 campaign was given Friday, but it was not made public until Monday, when it posted on the state’s Public Disclosure Commission website. I-594 would require background checks for all gun sales and transfers in Washington state, including at gun shows and for private sales. Under the measure, exemptions would exist, including gifts within a fa US forces set to move into Syriaas Middle East crisis deepens:Obama authorizes recon flights ahead ofpossible strikes on ISIS - despite Assad* Daily Mail [UK], by James Nye** Attercliffe- 8/26/2014 12:31:29 AM And on Monday, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem said that the embattled regime of President Bashar al-Assad could accept support from the United States to help fight ´terrorists´. [Snip] ´Any effort to fight terrorism should be done in coordination with Syrian government,´ Moallem said according to CNN. However, when asked by CNN´s Wolf Blitzer if the US would seek the permission of Syria to strike within its territory, Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said they would not. ´Not getting into the hypothetical operations, there´s no intention to coordinate with Syrian authorities,´ said Kirby to CNN. Amish to Build Garage for PairWho Returned Girls Associated Press, by Staff ketchuplover- 8/26/2014 12:02:30 AM The Amish are famous for their barn raisings, when an entire community turns out to help a neighbor. In northern New York, members of an extended Amish family plan to hold a "garage raising" for the couple who returned two kidnapped Amish girls to their home. Jeffrey and Pamela Stinson tell the Watertown Daily Times that the garage at their home in St. Lawrence County recently burned down while they were on vacation in Maine. The fire was believed to have been started by a stray cat knocking over a battery jumpstart box inside. Earlier this month, the Stinsons were shocked when two
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Islamic State Planning toUse Drones to Attack Israel Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Dalit Halevi Attercliffe- 8/25/2014 11:21:59 PM A member of the Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS) has threatened that the organization would soon use unmanned drones to attack Israel. [Snip] He further said that engineers who studied in the West are working on the drones. IS, he wrote, is expected to make use of these drones to attack targets in Baghdad, Kurdistan, Syria, "occupied Palestine" and the United States. He added that the drones used to attack targets in the United States would be launched from Mexico. Other activists of the Islamic state recently repeated the message that the group would soon carry out attacks California gun-buyrestriction blocked by judge San Francisco Chronicle, by Bob Egelko Ribicon- 8/25/2014 11:06:47 PM In another setback for California´s tough gun-control laws, a federal judge ruled Monday that the state can´t require gun buyers to wait 10 days to pick up their newly purchased weapon if they already own a gun or have a license to possess a handgun. U.S. District Judge Anthony Ishii of Fresno said the 10-day wait for current gun owners is a restriction on constitutional rights that isn´t justified by safety concerns. He noted that all firearms purchasers, including second- and third-time buyers, must pass a state background check of their criminal and mental-health records, but said it Could a wording ´glitch´ doomObama´s healthcare law? Los Angeles Times, by David G. Savage - 8/25/2014 11:02:46 PM When a federal appeals court ruled last month that a seemingly arcane wording flaw in the Affordable Care Act should invalidate a central part of the law, many of those who drafted the statute five years ago reacted with shock and anger. In 2009, they had spent months piecing together a compromise that sought to create a national system of subsidized insurance — but one run by the states. Now, they fear their work could be undone by what some call a "drafting error" and others portray as a political miscalculation. The judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for
1 dead, 4 hurt in city shootings Chicago Tribune, by Staff - 8/25/2014 10:56:57 PM Five males were shot Monday, one fatally, during shootings in the separate attacks citywide. Most recently, on the city´s Far South Side about 5:45 p.m., a man was grazed in the back of the head while he was walking in the 200 block of West 104th Place, said Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Thomas Sweeney. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he was listed in good condition, according to Sweeney. About 11:10 a.m., a 17-year-old boy was shot in the back in the 5400 block of South Halsted Street, in the city´s Back Rick Perry’s lawyers file 60-pagemotion to dismiss case American-Statesman (Austin TX), by Chuck Lindell & Tony Plohetsk JoniTx- 8/25/2014 10:50:29 PM The two-count indictment against Gov. Rick Perry defies common sense and should be dismissed “immediately if not sooner” as a violation of the U.S. and Texas constitutions, Perry’s legal team told the trial judge Monday. The wide-ranging attack argued that Perry’s criminal charges were based on state laws that are unconstitutional or, at the very least, were misinterpreted — constituting an improper attempt to criminalize politics and limit gubernatorial power in “intolerable and incalculable” ways. “Continued prosecution of Governor Perry on the current indictment is unprecedented, insupportable and simply WH Press Sec: ´We´ll ProbablyHave Some News to Make onImmigration´ at the End of Summer Breitbart Big Government, by Caroline May JoniTx- 8/25/2014 10:44:43 PM White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest kept his cards close to the vest about President Obama’s expected executive actions on immigration Monday. “I don’t really have an update in terms of his process,” Earnest said when asked about the current status of the President’s plans to take executive action on immigration reform. According to Earnest, since it is still summer it is not yet time for Obama to announce his executive action. “As you know we’ve said the end of the summer and while the President has returned from Martha’s Vineyard, and it a beautiful 80 degree day here in Seth Rogen, Schwarzenegger join hundredsof Hollywood heavies in support of Israel Jerusalem Post [Israel], by David Brinn Attercliffe- 8/25/2014 10:42:10 PM Nearly 200 Hollywood entertainers ranging from A-listers like Seth Rogen and Minnie Driver to veterans Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone are playing a new role--publicly supporting Israel in its war against Hamas. The entertainers including Bill Maher, Sarah Silverman, Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun and director Ivan Reitman--have signed a statement written by Creative Community For Peace, an organization of prominent entertainment industry executives devoted to using art and music to build bridges for peace, that comes down squarely on Israel’s side in the conflict. [Snip] “Hamas cannot be allowed to rain rockets on Israeli cities, nor can it be allowed
Former FBI director Freeh injuredin car crash in Vermont Associated Press, by Staff JoniTx- 8/25/2014 10:40:56 PM Former FBI director Louis Freeh was airlifted to a hospital Monday after a single-car crash in Vermont, authorities said. State police said Freeh was taken by helicopter to a New Hampshire hospital with serious injuries following the crash in Barnard, a small town about 90 miles northwest of Boston. Freeh´s name was not on a list for which patient information was available, according to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Freeh apparently drove his SUV off the road shortly after midday and struck a mailbox and row of shrubs before coming to a stop on the side of a tree, state police Saving the Declaration of Independence RealClearHistory.com, by Ryan Cole ketchuplover- 8/25/2014 10:35:04 PM Two hundred years ago on Aug. 24, the U.S. Capitol and the White House went up in flames. If not for the quick thinking of a State Department clerk, the Declaration of Independence, and many other documents dating to the founding, would have as well. On the morning of Aug. 20, 1814, Secretary of State James Monroe stood atop a bluff near Aquasco Mills, and gazed three miles south toward Benedict, a village on Maryland’s Patuxent River. Though he was without a spyglass, through squinted eyes Monroe spotted British ships coming up the river and their soldiers coming ashore. With that, Fears grow as Iran speedsup Hamas arms delivery Daily Express [UK], by David Pilditch Attercliffe- 8/25/2014 10:34:20 PM Iran yesterday upped the stakes in the Middle East crisis by pledging to speed up arming Palestinians to launch strikes on Israel. Tehran said it would “accelerate” its support for Hamas with weapons and missile-building technology after Israel allegedly deployed a spy drone over Iran. General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, said: “We will accelerate the arming of the West Bank and we reserve the right to give any response.” Iran has confirmed it supplied fighters from Hamas and the Islamic Jihad with the technology for the rockets being fired relentlessly into Israel from Gaza since July 8. Is President Obamatoo detached to lead? Washington Post, by Michael Gerson Dreadnought- 8/25/2014 10:20:56 PM Having once served a president, I don’t begrudge any president a vacation. There is, in fact, no escape from this relentless job. A change of scenery does not involve a change in responsibilities, or even a release from the essence of the president’s routine. The intelligence briefings stalk him. Presidential respites are measured in hours, not days or weeks — say, a few hours on a golf course. And the public would be selfish and shortsighted to demand those downtime hours, which are necessary for humans to function. The problem for President Obama has come in managing the symbolic aspect
Will President Obama Be at the Emmys? Parade Magazine, by Ashleigh Schmitz - 8/25/2014 10:19:36 PM The Emmy red carpet is used to Hollywood royalty, but this year it might be graced by some political royalty as well–President Obama is rumored to be attending the award show tonight. Not long into the red carpet coverage, word began to spread that the president would be attending the night’s festivities. While details on his appearance are still scarce, it is likely tied to his recent Emmy win. On Saturday, August 16, Obama walked away from the Creative Arts Emmys with a statuette for Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program for his comedic work in Funny or Die’s “Between Two Ferns” video Egypt and UAE strikeIslamist militias in Libya Washington Post, by Anne Gearan Dreadnought- 8/25/2014 10:18:18 PM The United Arab Emirates and Egypt have carried out a series of airstrikes in the Libyan capital Tripoli, U.S. officials said Monday, marking an escalation in the chaotic war among Libya’s rival militias that has driven American and other diplomats from the country. The Obama administration did not know ahead of time about the highly unusual military intervention, although the United States was aware that action by Arab states might come as the crisis in Libya worsened, said one official who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter. The airstrikes appear tied to fear over More phony positions fromDemocratic Senate candidates Washington Post, by Ed Rogers ketchuplover- 8/25/2014 10:15:52 PM Georgia’s Democratic Senate candidate, Michelle Nunn, recently suggested she might not vote for Harry Reid to be Democratic Senate leader if she wins her election. (Snip) And the very notion that Nunn wouldn’t fall into lockstep with the Democrats as soon as she crossed into the Beltway is just ridiculous. Democratic candidates seem to be counting on voters being really stupid. It is painfully obvious that much of what they say is not sincere. This type of sinister deceit should not be viewed in isolation. As I have said before, this behavior is indicative of how the entire Democratic campaign machinery Libya crisis: US ´caughtoff-guard´ by air strikes BBC News [UK], by Staff Attercliffe- 8/25/2014 10:12:45 PM The US was "caught off guard" by air strikes against Islamist militia in Libya, a senior official has told the BBC. The attacks on militia positions around Tripoli airport were reportedly carried out by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from bases in Egypt. Egypt has denied any involvement and the UAE has not commented. A militia alliance recently captured the capital´s international airport after a battle lasting nearly a month. The official told the BBC that the US had not been consulted about the air strikes and that it was concerned that US weapons may have been used, violating agreements
Time Mag Forced to EditIsrael Blood Libel from Report Breitbart Big Journalism, by Warner Todd Huston Dreadnought- 8/25/2014 10:02:00 PM Early Sunday morning it was found that Time magazine had included in one of its video reports the lie that Israeli soldiers were selling the organs of dead Palestinians on the black market. To its credit, by that afternoon the magazine had apologized and edited out the classic blood libel claim. Media watchdogs HonestReporting.com had discovered the lie in a Time-produced video on the history of the Israeli Defense Force (IDF). The video was appended to an Associated Press report on a recent Israeli air strike in Gaza. At one point in the video, Time insisted that "the IDF is At Michael Brown funeral, Al Sharpton´sdouble-edged eulogy evokes anger Washington Examiner, by Byron York - 8/25/2014 10:00:04 PM The shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., has been so heavily politicized that it would have been unreasonable to expect Brown´s funeral to be free of politics — especially when it featured a eulogy by the Rev. Al Sharpton. And indeed, the Brown service, held Monday at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, was intensely political. But not in the way some observers expected. It´s probably safe to say most white viewers thought Sharpton would deliver a rabble-rousing condemnation of the police, the government, and the American system, concluding that they all combined to end a promising 18-year-old Obama authorizes use ofsurveillance drones over Syria Fox News, by Staff Dreadnought- 8/25/2014 9:56:44 PM President Obama has authorized the use of drones for surveillance in Syria even as the Assad regime demanded that the U.S. seek permission before launching any airstrikes on its territory against Islamic State targets. A senior U.S. official confirmed to Fox News that Obama this weekend authorized the use of drone surveillance over Syria for the first time. The action is considered the first “intrusive” surveillance by the U.S. in Syria since the country’s civil war began. This differs from protective surveillance, such as the U.S. used in the failed mission to rescue American hostages held in Syria. The authorization was Glenn Beck RippedConservatives While Tryingto Get CNN Deal Breitbart Big Journalism, by Tony Lee Dreadnought- 8/25/2014 9:52:56 PM Glenn Beck was bashing Americans opposed to illegal immigration, decrying partisan politics, and positioning himself toward the center just as he was reportedly trying to strike a deal to get his programming on CNN. CNN´s Brian Stelter reported that "the idea fizzled fast and talks aren´t expected to resume." CNN and HLN are expected to lay off at least 550 more people in what is being called another "bloodbath," and Beck was reportedly trying to get on the HLN network, where he got his first break in cable television. Stelter, who is one of the best-sourced reporters in the television Cornel West: Obama just‘another neoliberal opportunist’ Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar - 8/25/2014 9:52:21 PM Cornel West, the outspoken theological professor who publicly supported then-Sen. Barack Obama as the 2008 Democratic presidential candidate, is now slamming the president as a “brown-faced Clinton” and just “another neoliberal opportunist.” Mr. West, a professor at Union Theological Seminary, said in an interview with Salon magazine who people like him in the black community were expecting a “Lincoln-like figure” when President Obama assumed the office in 2009. (Snip) “It turned out that he’s just another neoliberal centrist with a smile and with a nice rhetorical flair,” Mr. West said. “And that’s a very sad moment in the history of
Congress Has Power To ActWhere Obama Dithers OnAction Against ISIS New York Sun, by Betsy McCaughey - 8/25/2014 9:49:52 PM While President Obama dithers, Congress needs to act against ISIS. House and Senate leaders should reconvene Congress this week and take the unprecedented step of authorizing military action against ISIS for President Obama’s signature. Customarily, a president takes the first step, presenting a draft Authorization for the Use of Military Force (similar to a declaration of war), then negotiating with Congress on the goals and scope. But Obama’s intentions are unknown, so Congress should seize the initiative. The world is waiting for an American response to the beheading of James Foley and ISIS’s explicit threats to attack this country and Senate panel didn’t interview keyintelligence figures for torture report Washington Times, by John Solomon - 8/25/2014 9:47:08 PM Eleven years after the CIA last waterboarded a terror suspect, the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is moving to uncloak its secret report on America’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques in the early years of the war on terrorism, and the U.S. intelligence community is preparing to fight back. Current and former intelligence officials told The Washington Times they are furious that the Senate panel, headed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, did not interview the senior managers of the interrogation program launched after the Sept. 11 attacks or the CIA directors who oversaw it. CBC members push police czar idea Politico, by Lucy McCalmont - 8/25/2014 9:43:09 PM Rep. Elijah Cummings, along with other members of the Congressional Black Caucus, sent a letter Monday to President Barack Obama, urging the administration to pursue changes to local law enforcement structure to “prevent more Fergusons,” including a federal czar to oversee local law enforcement. “The administration must quickly establish a national commission to review existing police policies and practices,” the letter reads. “And identify the best policies and practices that can prevent more Fergusons and vastly improve policing in communities across the nation.” In addition to the commission, the letter calls for the appointment of a federal czar within the Justice Harvard Law Professor: FergusonShooting ‘Just Like’ King Assassination,‘Even Worse’ Than Emmett Till National Review Online, by Andrew Johnson Emerson- 8/25/2014 9:07:26 PM Harvard Law School professor Charles Ogletree grouped the shooting of Michael Brown, who was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., earlier this month, with two of the most monumental deaths American civil-rights history on MSNBC. Ogletree, a renowned legal scholar who taught President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama during their time in Cambridge, described the state of affairs following Brown’s funeral as being “just like the assassination of” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968. “This reminds us of exactly what happened years ago when I was a young kid to the great man Emmett Till, Try Harder PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez Hazymac- 8/25/2014 9:01:53 PM The big news in Europe is the dissolution of the French government as various left-wing government factions try to blame each other for the abysmal condition of their economy. ‘French economy going nowhere: now on track for nine straight months of zero growth’, writes the Telegraph. The problem, says Hollande’s critics, is that he isn’t socialist enough. “Two senior left-wing French cabinet ministers have broken ranks with the President, François Hollande, and demanded that Paris abandon the ‘forced march’ of public-spending cuts in Europe.” They warned that unless France did something drastic, like spend more government money, things would fall Obama Sends Top ‘Get Out theVote’ Operative to Brown Funeral Gateway Pundit, by Kristinn Taylor Original Article Posted By: - 8/25/2014 8:26:34 PM Post Reply Marlon Marshall, a St. Louis native who just happens to be an experienced get out the vote operative for President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party, was sent by Obama as part of the White House’s three person, all-black delegation to the Monday funeral of Michael Brown, the unarmed 18 year old black robber shot in a confrontation by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9. Coincidentally, Politico reported a call to mourners to register to vote was made during the funeral service. “Other speakers at the funeral included Benjamin Crump, the lawyer who will represent the Brown family
DOJ attorneys suggest ´lost´ Lerner emailslikely still exist: Judicial WatchIs anyone really surprised?
Islamic State might have takenadvanced MANPADS from Syrian airfield Washington Post, by Thomas Gibbons-Neff - 8/25/2014 7:49:41 PM Islamic State militants stormed a Syrian airbase over the weekend, routing the remaining elements of the country’s army from northern Raqqah province and reportedly seizing a cache of shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles. The seizure of Tabqa air base, while not the first installation of its type to fall to militants, highlights the Islamic State’s gains in the region and the group’s continued pilfering of advanced military equipment, particularly the surface-to-air missile systems known as MANPADS, short for Man Portable Air Defense Systems. Matt Schroeder, a senior researcher at the Switzerland-based research group Small Arms Survey and author of a recent report Princeton Professor Robert P.George Authors BipartisanPetition Calling Upon ObamaAdmin to Destroy Islamic State Breitbart Big Peace, by Jordan Schachtel - 8/25/2014 7:46:11 PM Princeton University Professor and world-renowned intellectual Dr. Robert P. George authored a petition calling upon President Obama and Congress to not stop, not contain, but destroy the Islamic State terror group. Dr. George has been called by The New York Times the most influential conservative Christian thinker in the United States. The petition is available on IraqRescue.org and features the signatures of prominent intellectuals, academics, and subject matter experts – individuals such as Dr. Russell Moore, President of the Ethics and Liberty Commission, and Benjamin Carson, M.D., Emeritus Professor of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins. The petition is a bipartisan document SHERIFF JOE ARPAIO: Our CountryIs Under Attack & Obama Is theAggressor – “He Is Rewarding Criminals” Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft - 8/25/2014 7:45:24 PM Sheriff Joe Arpaio sent out this bitter attack on Barack Obama this morning. Arpaio accuses Barack Obama of leading an attack on the United States. The popular sheriff says President Obama is “rewarding criminals.” 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:
Rev. Al Sharpton: Obama´sNew Jeremiah Wright Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial - 8/25/2014 7:43:46 PM Racial Politics: If you count the Rev. Al Sharpton, the White House sent four officials to pay their respects at Michael Brown´s funeral, a VIP turnout that families of slain American soldiers never see. Marlon Marshall and Heather Foster of the White House Office of Public Engagement joined Broderick Johnson of the White House´s My Brother´s Keeper Task Force at Brown´s funeral in St. Louis. They gave presidential imprimatur to Sharpton´s tub-thumping eulogy for Brown. Not that he needed it. Sharpton earlier this year headlined the president´s "My Brother´s Keeper" event creating the $300 million public-private task force that hopes to remove Princeton Professor: Destroy ISIL NowOr We’ll Be Fighting Them in NY and DC Washington Free Beacon, by Staff - 8/25/2014 7:40:17 PM A Princeton professor told Pat Roberston in an interview that the United States must destroy terror group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) in Iraq, or risk an attack on U.S. soil. “We’re going to have to fight them somewhere,” declared Dr. Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University. “Do we want to fight them in New York? Or in Washington, D.C.? Or should we fight them and defeat them in Iraq?” George called ISIL’s ideology “a kind of fanaticism that means they cannot be negotiated with”, and warned “We would be fools to stop short of anything but the destruction of this Mexican President To Discuss Immigration,Trade During California Visit Fox News Latino & Associated Press, by Staff - 8/25/2014 7:38:55 PM Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is spending two days in California, where he is meeting with Gov. Jerry Brown, who traveled to Mexico last month. Peña Nieto is visiting California Monday and Tuesday. On Monday afternoon, both the governor and the president are scheduled to speak to hundreds of Mexican and Mexican-American leaders, the governor’s office said last week. And on Tuesday, Brown will host a luncheon in the president’s honor in Sacramento. Peña Nieto will then address the Legislature at the state Capitol. There was no immediate word on what Peña Nieto plans to say, but Mexico and the U.S. share concerns about Alabama GOP Chairman Wants ToKnow If Obama Is A ‘Sociopath’ Daily Caller, by Alex Pappasd - 8/25/2014 7:29:54 PM The chairman of the Alabama Republican Party is asking whether President Barack Obama is a “sociopath.” In his “chairman’s corner” column sent to supporters Monday, state GOP chairman Bill Armistead wrote about the president’s recent golfing and asked: “Is Obama A Sociopath?” “President Obama returned to the White House last night after a two week vacation to Martha’s Vineyard,” Armistead wrote. “Amidst an international crisis in the Middle East, a national crisis in Missouri and the beheading of American journalist James Foley by ISIS, President Obama practiced his golf swing by day and his dance moves by night.” Added Armistead: “While on vacation,
Glenn Beck: Conquering Hero? PJ Media, by Ed Driscoll MDMuskrat- 8/25/2014 7:10:40 PM “Glenn Beck’s The Blaze Talks to Time Warner About Replacing HLN,” show-biz Website The Wrap claimed on Friday: In an ongoing effort to revamp HLN, Time Warner’s CNN has been talking to Glenn Beck‘s The Blaze as a possible partner, an individual with knowledge of the talks told TheWrap. (snip) Under the proposed partnership, Beck’s Blaze would take over HLN’s spot on the proverbial TV dial. The Blaze is available on 70 television providers nationwide. In the first half of 2014, the distributor base for The Blaze has grown by 50 percent. TheBlaze.com, which features written content, receives more than No wrongdoing in ´social cost of carbon´development, says federal watchdog Washington Examiner, by Zack Colman - 8/25/2014 7:10:30 PM The federal government used sound methods to develop its updated "social cost of carbon," a tool used to measure damages inflicted by rising carbon pollution, *according to the Government Accountability Office. The GAO said federal agencies used viable academic models and sources, disclosed the limitations of its estimates and included new information, and followed a consensus-based decision process when updating the social cost of carbon. The agency made no recommendations to agencies for changing their processes. The Obama administration raised the social cost of carbon in 2013 from its introductory level in 2010, a move that incensed conservatives and industry Moral Depravity at White House:Accused Robber vs. Maggie Thatcher PJ Media, by J. Christian Adams - 8/25/2014 7:05:40 PM Hardly any commentary is needed for this headline: More White House officials at Michael Brown’s funeral than Thatcher’s The story is here at Fox News. This is more than an oversight. This headline carries significance beyond a headshake. It is a raw example of the moral depravity in the White House under Obama. It is an example of the administration’s celebration and promotion of the lawless. It is a testament to Obama’s personal hostility toward the greatness of the British role in preserving the rule of law, the foundations of liberty, and Margaret Thatcher’s willingness to stare down the Soviets alongside Ronald Reagan and A Disturbing Pattern: Eight Timesthat Democrats Used Court ShenanigansAgainst Republicans They Couldn’t Beatat the Ballot Box PJ Media, by Bryan Preston - 8/25/2014 7:01:46 PM The indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry on August 15, 2014 has drawn criticism from pundits, politicians and papers all over the country. Some Democrats have disavowed the indictment, going as far as to claim that launching courtroom attacks against their opponents in the GOP is just not how Democrats operate. But is that the case? Or have Democrats shown a disturbing pattern of using courtrooms to go after Republicans who pose a threat to them? The following eight cases suggest that Democrats will wield ethics complaints and courtrooms as weapons against Republicans at strategic moments. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison,
Teen arrested in shootingdeath of Carrollton 13-year-old Atlanta-Journal Constitution, by Mike Morris and Alexis Stevens Hermoine- 8/25/2014 6:58:10 PM On Saturday, a Carroll County boy went to a football game with family members and had dinner at a restaurant with his grandmother. The next day, 13-year-old Nizzear Rodriguez was dead. As he slept inside his family’s apartment, he was shot to death before daybreak Sunday, according to police. Hours later, a 17-year-old boy was arrested in the shooting death. Carrollton police said Monday the boy’s death may have been a case of mistaken identity and said there could be a second suspect. “He was smart, intelligent, he always smiled and he loved to play basketball,” Nizzear’s aunt, Kanisha Osorio, told The The Strategically Disconnected Obama RushLimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh - 8/25/2014 6:44:25 PM RUSH: A lot of conversation now, and even last week, remember the videotape that you could watch if you wanted to, of James Foley being murdered, being beheaded. If you wanted to watch it, you could. Obama comes out and he does an attempt at solemnity and seriousness and commitment. But he just didn´t bring it off. He didn´t bring off the solemn. He didn´t bring off the commitment. He didn´t even bring off that he really cared. It was more like he just appeared he did it because it was called for. And that was given further credence when White House says Obama could attackISIS in Syria ´regardless of borders´ andWITHOUT approval from Congress Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko - 8/25/2014 6:36:20 PM The White House said Monday that President Barack Obama is prepared to go it alone – ´regardless of borders´ – if he decides to launch airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) inside Syria. ´I´m not going to speculate about what sort of congressional approval would be requested or required´ if the president decided to chase ISIS across the invisible border between Iraq and Syria, spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters. He noted that Obama ´has not made a decision to order additional military action in Syria.´ But ´the president has already demonstrated a willingness,´ Earnest insisted, ´to Senator: Boycott Burger Kingas it eyes move to Canada CBS News, by Stephanie Condon Scottyboy- 8/25/2014 6:21:48 PM As Burger King eyes moving its headquarters to Canada to lower its tax bill, a Democratic senator is recommending a boycott of the burger joint. Instead, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said hamburger lovers should try out two fast food chains that haven´t "abandoned" the United States -- White Castle and Wendy´s. "Burger King has always said ´Have it Your Way´; well my way is to support two Ohio companies that haven´t abandoned their country or customers," Brown said in a statement. Burger King is considering purchasing the Canadian-based business Tim Hortons in a move known as an "inversion" -- when a company
DOJ attorneys suggest ´lost´ Lerneremails likely still exist: Judicial Watch Fox News, by Doug McKelway - 8/25/2014 6:13:23 PM emails likely still exist: Judicial Watch Doug McKelway By Doug McKelway Published August 25, 2014 FoxNews.com 21 In a stunning revelation, the president of the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch told Fox News that Justice Department attorneys have intimated that Lois Lerner´s "lost" emails likely exist in back-up computers. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said the news came during a Friday phone call with Department of Justice attorneys representing the IRS in Judicial Watch´s FOIA lawsuit against the IRS. Fitton said DOJ attorneys told him the federal government backs up all computer records to ensure ISIL, ISIS – Now QSIS? TopSunni Cleric Says Stop CallingTerrorists ‘Islamic’ Cybercast News Service, by Patrick Goodenough mitzi- 8/25/2014 6:11:37 PM Stand by for a new acronym for the ISIS/ISIL terrorist group causing havoc across Syria and Iraq. One of the Arab world’s top Sunni authorities launched a campaign Sunday urging media to drop all names for the group that incorporate the word “Islamic,” in favor of “al-Qaeda separatists in Iraq and Syria” (QSIS). Dar al-Iftaa (“the House of Fatwas”) in Cairo, headed by Egyptian grand mufti Shawki Ibrahim Allam, has launched an Internet-based campaign aimed at distancing Islam from the group known variously as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, or simply Islamic Obama Sent No Representative toMemorial Mass for BeheadedJournalist James Foley Cybercast News Service, by Lauretta Brown - 8/25/2014 5:56:15 PM President Barack Obama sent no White House representative to the memorial Mass held yesterday in Rochester, New Hampshire, for James Foley, the American journalist beheaded by the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) terrorists. President Obama, however, did send three White House aides to Monday’s funeral for Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African American fatally shot in an encounter with a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. The memorial mass for James Foley took place Sunday at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Foley’s hometown. Connie Hammond, an administrative assistant at Holy Rosary, Hip-hop artist Young Jeezyarrested in firearms-related case Los Angeles Times (CA), by Veronica Rocha Scottyboy- 8/25/2014 5:50:47 PM Hip-hop artist Young Jeezy has been arrested on suspicion of having an illegal firearm a day after a man was fatally shot at rapper Wiz Khalifa´s concert, police said Monday. Young Jeezy, whose real name is Jay Jenkins, along with four other men and a woman were taken into custody Sunday at Verizon Amphitheatre in Irvine on firearms-related charges, said Mountain View, Calif., Police Sgt. Saul Jaeger. Police did not disclose the types of firearms involved, but Jaeger said the suspects had weapons they were not supposed to possess. Ice Bucket Challenge Video Leads toWanted Man´s Arrest in Omaha NBCNews, by Staff BaseballFan- 8/25/2014 5:49:05 PM One man´s "Ice Bucket Challenge" video has landed him in hot water. Jesean Morris, 20, who was wanted in Nebraska for violating the terms of his parole, was arrested Friday after he posted to Facebook a video of himself dumping a bucket of ice water on his head. A tipster who saw the online post and recognized the house shown in the video provided Omaha police with Morris´ exact address, Officer Aaron Thompson told NBC News. Two officers then went to the house and arrested Morris, 20. The suspect allegedly gave the cops a false name and birth date, knocked
The Pentagon can easily drop itsban on transgender troops, study finds Washington Post, by Dan Lamothe - 8/25/2014 5:48:33 PM The Defense Department repealed its controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy banning gay people from openly serving in the military three years ago in September. Some senior officers questioned the decision, fearing it could cost lives, but Pentagon officials said the repeal has not hurt military readiness or cohesion. Civil rights advocates, including some retired military officers, are now pressing for another change. The armed forces continue to enforce a ban on transgender military service, months after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in May that he was open to a review that would lift it. White House Insists Obama Didn´t DismissISIS As The ´Jayvee Team´ Business Insider Magazine, by Hunter Walker Scottyboy- 8/25/2014 5:27:58 PM Following recent territorial gains by jihadists affiliated with the extremist group Islamic State, conservatives have criticized President Barack Obama for a January interview with The New Yorker in which he seemed to dismiss the group as a "jayvee team." In a briefing Monday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest rejected this interpretation of the president´s remarks and attempted to clarify them. "It´s important that we don´t sort of shorthand the analogy the president was trying to draw here," Earnest said. Rick Perry´s lawyers seek dismissal of charges Scottyboy- 8/25/2014 5:19:14 PM AUSTIN, Texas -- Attorneys for indicted Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry formally asked a judge Monday to dismiss felony charges alleging that the possible 2016 presidential candidate abused his power with a veto last summer. (snip) They go on to claim that "attempts to convert inescapably political disputes into criminal complaints" shouldn´t be allowed to go forward. Since being indicted on two felony counts more than a week ago, Perry has emphatically rejected the charges as a political ploy, often pointing to liberal pundits who have vocally questioned the charges. Democrat Michelle Nunn leadsGeorgia Senate race: poll The Washington Times, by Seth McLaughlin SpeedMaster- 8/25/2014 5:04:48 PM Democrat Michelle Nunn is running ahead of David Perdue in the race for the U.S. Senate in Georgia. The WSB-TV poll found that Mrs. Nunn has 47 percent to 40 percent edge over Mr. Perdue. The libertarian candidate, Amanda Swafford, received 3 percent, and 10 percent of the respondents were undecided. The winner of the race will replace retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss. Mrs. Nunn, the daughter of former Georgia Sen. Sam Nunn, is seen as one of Democrats best bets to flip control of a GOP-held seat. Republicans need to flip six seats to win back the Senate. FBI & DHS: Islamic State PosesNo Credible Threat to US - Sec.Hagel Says Opposite Breitbart Big Peace, by Jordan Schachtel mitzi- 8/25/2014 4:53:26 PM Both the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have said that there are no credible threats to the United States from the Islamic State terror group, according to an intelligence memo issued to both state and local authorities, the AP reported. However, the Joint Intelligence Bulletin from the FBI and DHS encouraged citizens to “remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities to local police or the FBI.” The statement said that officials are working “around the clock with our partners in the law enforcement community to share and assess information.” U.S. Secretary of
Judicial Watch:DOJ Admits Lois Lerner’s Emails Exist National Review Online, by Joel Gehrke Doctor P- 8/25/2014 3:32:34 PM A Justice Department official admitted that former IRS official Lois Lerner’s apparently missing emails actually exist on a backup server, but the government doesn’t plan to retrieve them. , “A Department of Justice attorney told a Judicial Watch attorney on Friday that it turns out the federal government backs up all computer records in case something terrible happens in Washington and there’s a catastrophe, so the government can continue operating,” Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton told Fox News’ Shannon Bream. “But it would be too hard to go get lois lerner’s emails from that backup system,” Fitton continued, paraphrasing the DOJ official. Mother´s boyfriend charged after 4-year-old girl shot by 2-year-old brother Commercial Appeal [Memphis, TN], by Timberly Moore - 8/25/2014 3:14:47 PM A 4-year-old girl was shot by her 2-year-old brother with their mother’s boyfriend’s gun Saturday, according to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies responded to a wounding call in the 1500 block of Bridgewater on Saturday and found a 4-year-old with a gunshot wound. The girl’s 2-year-old brother found a gun under the living room couch and shot his sister in her right foot, deputies said. The children’s mother’s boyfriend allegedly told deputies he brought the gun into the house two weeks before the shooting and hid it without telling his girlfriend. Deputies Australian Bureau of Meteorology accusedof Criminally Adjusted Global Warming Breitbart London [UK], by James Delingpole - 8/25/2014 2:54:24 PM The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has been caught red-handed manipulating temperature data to show "global warming" where none actually exists. At Amberley, Queensland, for example, the data at a weather station showing 1 degree Celsius cooling per century was "homogenized" (adjusted) by the Bureau so that it instead showed a 2.5 degrees warming per century. At Rutherglen, Victoria, a cooling trend of -0.35 degrees C per century was magically transformed at the stroke of an Australian meteorologist´s pen into a warming trend of 1.73 degrees C per century. Last year, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology made headlines in the liberal media by claiming
Tribe´s casino plan roils quaintMartha´s Vineyard Associated Press, by Philip Marcelo - 8/25/2014 2:47:37 PM AQUINNAH, Mass.- On the western tip of Martha´s Vineyard, bright clay cliffs and a red brick lighthouse draw visitors as they pile out of cars and tour buses and head up to this town´s scenic overlook. But the leaders of the Aquinnah Wampanoags, the federally recognized American Indian tribe whose ancestors first inhabited the island, envision a new destination. They´ve proposed transforming an unfinished tribal community center a few miles inland into a high-stakes bingo and poker hall filled with electronic betting machines. The idea horrifies some long-term visitors, residents and even tribal members, who see it as incongruous with the For sale: A Texas ranch thatdefines the cowboy life CBS News, by Staff - 8/25/2014 2:41:03 PM Ask people to name a ranch in Texas and for some the answer would be Southfork, made famous by the TV show "Dallas." But the name they probably should know is Waggoner Ranch, created only four years after the Lone Star state became a state, reports CBS News correspondent Anna Werner. It´s the largest single ranch under one fence in the country -- some 510,000 acres. And for the first time since 1849, the property is going up for sale with a price tag of $725 million. Some fear the cowboy culture that defines the property could be headed for NY Times Editor Defends MichaelBrown ‘Was No Angel’ Line Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein JoniTx- 8/25/2014 2:34:15 PM According to the New York Times national editor who helped put together today’s piece about Michael Brown’s final weeks, there was some missing context in the outrage that has surrounded the line that calls the slain teenager “no angel.” As Alison Mitchell noted in a conversation with the Washington Post’s Erik Wemple, the words were a call back to the story’s lead, which mentioned Brown sighting an angel in storm clouds passing above his head. Below is the passage that has drawn sharp criticism Monday: Michael Brown, 18, due to be buried on Monday, was no angel, with public records Bloodbath at CNN, HLN: Axingof 550 Jobs ´Imminent´ Breitbart Big Journalism, by John Nolte - 8/25/2014 2:27:18 PM Today´s news of a coming bloodbath at CNN and HLN is a reminder that while CNN has been able to use the unrest in Ferguson to race-bait its way to better ratings, everyone knows that´s temporary. Without something that allows the left-wing network to appeal to the lowest common denominator, CNN is almost certain to fall back into the ratings basement until something else comes along for the network to cynically exploit. So here come the layoffs and buyouts. In the headline, The Wrap describes these layoffs as "imminent´: Some 550 buyouts are to be offered at Time Warner´s Turner
Poll: Most Americans Want to CriminalizePre-Teens Playing Unsupervised Reason, by Lenore Skenazy Judy W.- 8/25/2014 2:26:50 PM A whopping 68 percent of Americans think there should be a law that prohibits kids 9 and under from playing at the park unsupervised, despite the fact that most of them no doubt grew up doing just that. What´s more: 43 percent feel the same way about 12-year-olds. They would like to criminalize all pre-teenagers playing outside on their own (and, I guess, arrest their no-good parents). Those are the results of a Reason/Rupe poll confirming that we have not only lost all confidence in our kids and our communities—we have lost all touch with reality. 42 Shootings in Chicago Since Friday;6 Dead Include Toddler, 2 Teens Cybercast News Service, by Staff - 8/25/2014 2:24:26 PM At least 42 people have been shot in Chicago since Friday afternoon, and the six who died include a three-year-old child and two teenage boys, one of them 14 and the other 16, WBBM-TV reported on Monday. The CBS station reported that the three-year-old was accidentally shot by his father; the two teenagers were shot in separate incidents by other young men, and at least one of those attacks may have been gang-related; and three adults died in shootings at different locations by assailants who fled. "Additionally, two males were fatally shot by Chicago Police during separate incidents Sunday night," WBBM reported. Both Wild Weather: U.S. Hit by ´MostUnusual Year´ for Temperatures NBC News, by Miguel Llanos LittleHoodedMonk- 8/25/2014 2:09:27 PM This year is on track to set a temperature record that climate researchers say is unique since the first time stats were taken in 1900. (Snip) "We haven´t seen this much extreme warmth entrenched alongside this much extreme cold for this long since at least 1900." These abnormal temperatures aren´t necessarily records for heat or cold. What´s unusual is the persistence of temperatures above or below average. It's a trend that goes back to the start of the year and is tied to the now infamous "polar vortex" that started with cold winter Arctic air coming in as the jet stream dipped south. Newsweek accused of´racism´ and ´fear mongering´ Al Jazeera [Doha, Qatar], by Staff LittleHoodedMonk- 8/25/2014 1:59:04 PM Newsweek´s cover story on potential Ebola transfer into the US has readers crying racism for both image choice and content. Published August 21 under the title "A back door for Ebola-Smuggled bushmeat could spark a US epidemic", the magazine promotes the story with a chimp on its cover. The story sparked criticism from activists, academics, bloggers and journalists, many using the hashtag #NewsweekFail. (Tweets) The US Ambassador to South Africa weighed in on the cover. (Tweet) Many criticised the article´s content as "fear mongering". (Tweets) Newsweek editor-in-chief Jim Impoco responded to the critics. (Tweets)
The American Exceptionalism Dictionary Townhall, by Steve Deace - 8/25/2014 1:43:56 PM “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” -The Princess Bride We are now reaping a bitter generational harvest in America, sown into the ground because we have permitted: Marxists almost unchecked dominance of the influential platforms of pop culture and the classroom. Too many of our churches to retreat into some “comfortably numb” seeker-friendly Xanadu, where they building suburban palaces instead of culture. The Republican Party to be taken over by a feckless political class either unwilling or incapable of defending and advancing our principles. One of the most rotten fruits of this bitter harvest is Medicare Star Ratings AllowNursing Homes to Game the System New York Times, by Katie Thomas LittleHoodedMonk- 8/25/2014 1:43:18 PM Carmichael, CA - The lobby of Rosewood Post-Acute Rehab, a nursing home in this Sacramento suburb, bears all the touches of a luxury hotel, including high ceilings, leather club chairs and paintings of bucolic landscapes. What really sets Rosewood apart, however, is its five-star rating from Medicare, which has been assigning hotel-style ratings to nearly every nursing home in the country for the last five years. (Snip) The Medicare ratings, which have become the gold standard across the industry, are based in large part on self-reported data by the nursing homes that the government does not verify. Only one of the three criteria used to Lt. General McInerney OffersDire 9/11/14 Warning Truth Revolt, by Caleb Howe - 8/25/2014 1:41:40 PM On Fox News on Saturday, retired Air Force Lt. General Thomas McInerney made a startling claim while speaking to host Uma Pemmaraju about a range of topics, including the situation with ISIS. Answering Pemmaraju´s question about what he has been hearing from his contacts, McInerney suddenly warned of a potentially huge threat leading up to September 11th of this year. On the seventh of September, a major news network and a major publishing network are gonna put out a book, and it´s gonna be earth-shattering of what’s happening and what happened. And the fact is we may even see a 9/11/14, Egypt and United Arab EmiratesSaid to Have Secretly CarriedOut Libya Airstrikes New York Times, by David D. Kirkpatrick & Eric Schmitt LittleHoodedMonk- 8/25/2014 1:33:00 PM Cairo - Twice in the last seven days, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have secretly teamed up to launch airstrikes against Islamist-allied militias battling for control of Tripoli, Libya, four senior American officials said, in a major escalation between the supporters and opponents of political Islam. The United States, the officials said, was caught by surprise: Egypt and the Emirates, both close allies and military partners, acted without informing Washington or seeking its consent, leaving the Obama administration on the sidelines. Egyptian officials explicitly denied the operation to American diplomats, the officials said.
Inhale: Marijuana initiativesshould keep Senate Democratic Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard - 8/25/2014 1:28:34 PM When it comes to supporting the national push to legalize marijuana in several states, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his Democratic colleagues should just inhale. It might save their jobs. Armed with powerful statistics, Brookings Institution expert John Hudak said that having pro-marijuana initiatives on the fall ballot should draw younger, passionate Democrats to the polls and help Reid keep his leadership position and the Senate in Democratic hands. “The presence of those initiatives will likely drive younger and more liberal voters to the polls,” said Hudak in his report titled “Harry Reid should love marijuana: Mexico Has Deported 93 PercentOf The Unaccompanied MinorsDetained At Its Border BuzzFeed, by John Stanton - 8/25/2014 1:21:15 PM WASHINGTON — Mexican officials have deported more than 13,000 of the 14,000 undocumented, unaccompanied minors who have been caught at Mexico’s southern border, a rate significantly higher than in the United States, according to government sources familiar with the situation. Additionally, Mexican authorities have deported more than 64,000 of the estimated 69,000 adults that have been detained along their southern border this year. Those numbers stand in stark contrast to the deportation of minor immigrants from the United States: None of the more than 60,000 Central American minors detained this year have been Democracy Alliance BankrolledCourt-Packing Scheme Washington Free Beacon, by Alana Goodman chicodon- 8/25/2014 1:09:18 PM A shadowy network of wealthy liberal donors bankrolled an operation to pack one of America’s most powerful courts with progressive judges, according to documents reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon. Now the effort could prevent an Obamacare challenge from reaching the Supreme Court, legal experts say. The strategy to fill the D.C. Court of Appeals with left-leaning judges was aided by the American Constitution Society, a non-profit group that “promotes a progressive vision of the law.” The ACS is funded in part by the Democracy Alliance, a liberal donor network that funnels millions to a web of dark-money member ‘Disconnected Obama’ needs to changeconversation to help party in midterms Washington Post, by Chris Cillizza - 8/25/2014 12:32:13 PM President Obama returns to Washington on Monday after a two-week vacation that was neither restful nor productive. From the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., to the airstrikes in Iraq, the ongoing tensions in Ukraine and the Middle East, and the execution of American journalist James Foley, it’s been a tough few weeks for the country — and for its leader. Obama drew criticism from the left for not being forceful enough in speaking out on the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson and from the right over the death of Foley and the rise of the militant Islamic State. Cornel West: “He posed as a progressiveand turned out to be counterfeit. Weended up with a Wall Street presidency,a drone presidency” Salon Magazine, by Thomas Frank - 8/25/2014 12:25:12 PM Cornel West is a professor at Union Theological Seminary and one of my favorite public intellectuals, a man who deals in penetrating analyses of current events, expressed in a pithy and highly quotable way. (Snip)I also remember, and this is just me I’m talking about, being impressed by Barack Obama who was running for president at the time. I don’t know if you and I talked about him on that occasion. But at the time, I sometimes thought that he looked like he had what this country needed. So that’s my first question, it’s a lot of ground to cover
´Disgruntled´ female soldier´shot herself´ causing lockdownat Fort Lee army base JoniTx- 8/25/2014 12:06:36 PM An ´all-clear´ has been issued at Fort Lee after an active shooter was reported this morning at the Virginia military base. Early reports say a female soldier shot herself, and it´s unclear what condition she is in. An Army official previously told Fox News that the lockdown was started by a ´disgruntled´ female shooter who is now in custody. According to Fort Lee´s verified Twitter account, the base was put into lockdown around 9:20am and personnel there told to enact active shooter protocols. The incident was reported at the Combined Arms Support Command Headquarters, building 5020, according to officials. About Obamacare Now Covers GenderReassignment Surgeries Breitbart Big Government, by Wynton Hall JoniTx- 8/25/2014 12:00:58 PM Transgender Americans seeking gender reassignment surgeries are finding relief through Obamacare, The Daily Beast reported on Monday. Federal laws banning health insurance discrimination against transgender people, combined with Obamacare´s ban on denying coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, have paved a path for transgender patients who wish to make the transition from one gender to another. "The federal anti-discrimination regulations have yet to be written, but California insurance regulators have said that companies must treat transgender patients the same as other patients," reports The Daily Beast. "For example, if plans cover hormones for post-menopausal women, they must also cover them Karl Rove Praises Holder ForFerguson: "I Think He DidSomething Of A Good Job" Real Clear Politics, by Ian Schwartz KarenJ1- 8/25/2014 11:54:09 AM CHRIS WALLACE: Karl. Attorney General Holder visited Ferguson this week and very pointedly said, I understand -- not that I condone or agree with, but I understand the mistrust you have in the police department, and he talked about some cases where he had been profiled. Afterwards he met, you can see here on the screen, with Captain Ron Johnson of the state highway patrol, who is in charge of the police effort, who said that he thought that Holder and the fact that the grand jury was beginning to hear actual evidence, were the two major factors in calming Two dead in separatepolice-involved shootings Chicago Tribune, by Carlos Sadovi & Jeremy Gorner LittleHoodedMonk- 8/25/2014 11:49:58 AM Chicago police shot and killed two armed men in separate incidents on the West and South sides Sunday evening, authorities said. In the first shooting, gang enforcement officers responded about 6:30 p.m. to the 2800 block of West Polk Street in the Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side after someone reported seeing armed men on the block, (Snip) Two officers turned a corner after hearing gunfire and saw a teenager holding a gun and standing over someone who was on the ground, Camden said. The teenager, believed to be 17 or 18, pointed it at police and one of the officers fired at him, Camden said. WH Snubbed US General and Margaret
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Townhall, by Leah Barkoukis Original Article Posted By: JoniTx- 8/25/2014 11:45:09 AM Post Reply The Obama administration announced this weekend that it will be sending not one, but three, officials to attend the funeral of Michael Brown on Monday. President Barack Obama is sending three White House officials to the funeral service of the Missouri teenager whose death in a police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, has sparked days of racial unrest. (Snip) The decision would be highly questionable as is, but when compared to the White House’s presence at, say, the funerals of Maj. Gen. Harold Greene or British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, it’s deplorable.
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Father of Jihadi John suspect ´was oneof Bin Laden’s closest lieutenants´: Dadof Brit rapper accused of beheading JamesFoley is locked up in the US accused of* Daily Mail [UK], by Martin Gould KarenJ1- 8/25/2014 11:07:07 AM The father of the man suspected of being ´Jihadi John´ is accused of being one of Osama bin Laden´s top lieutenants and is currently awaiting trial in the US for his part in the bombing of two US embassies in which 224 people died, MailOnline can reveal. Adel Abdel Bary who is to be extradited along with Abu Hamza +8 On trail: Adel Abdel Bari is accused of plotting the 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Tanzania and Kenya Adel Abdel Bari, 54, is now locked up in New York awaiting trial for the bombing of the embassies in NY Times Under Fire for CallingMichael Brown ‘No Angel’ Mediaite, by Evan McMurry Drive- 8/25/2014 11:04:08 AM A New York Times piece on Michael Brown’s final weeks before he was shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson is getting flack on Twitter for its characterization of Brown as “no angel” due to his recent “dabbling” in rap lyrics and at least one “scuffle”: Critics were quick to point out that past drug use and lyrics about the same were hardly enough to indict white figures, though we all hold our breath for David Allen Coe‘s obit: ´Hands up, don´t shoot´: Fergusoncomes to Los Angeles as RapperCommon leads tributes to MichaelBrown at MTV Video Music Awards Daily Mail [UK], by Wills Robinson & Alex Greg KarenJ1- 8/25/2014 10:54:23 AM Rapper Common led tributes to slain Missouri teen Michael Brown at the MTV Video Music Awards last night. The star-studded audience in Los Angeles fell silent for five seconds in tribute to the 18-year-old aspiring rapper, two weeks after he was shot and killed by white police officer Darren Wilson. A 15-second video clip set against a black-and-white image of Ferguson´s city sign was also played with a crowd in the background chanting ´hand´s up don´t shoot´ - the slogan used by protesters in the St Louis suburb. The footage included a quote from writer James Baldwin, which said: ´Not
The beatification of Michael Brown American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson magnante- 8/25/2014 10:46:25 AM It is essential to the Democrats’ hopes for a strong black turnout in November that the manufactured narrative of evil white cops assassinating an innocent black teenager be maintained. As Richard Baehr noted to me, “…after the video appeared of the robbery and theft, a new narrative was needed for Michael Brown. It is not only the robbery/ assault/in the store, but the reports of violence to the officer (damaged eye socket), and admission by Brown´s team that he was in an altercation with officer in the car, that has impacted pubic opinion that he was a choirboy.” The New York A Beheading Ends AllIllusions About Islam FrontPage Magazine, by Daniel Greenfield SpeedMaster- 8/25/2014 10:46:21 AM In August 2012, James Foley retweeted a link to a CNN story asking “Right-wing extremist terrorism as deadly a threat as al Qaeda?” The article concluded that indeed it was. Three months later, Foley had been kidnapped. Two years later, on another August, a former branch of Al Qaeda chopped off his head. In a New Yorker interview this year, which seemed to focus on the Lakers more than anything else, Obama wrote off ISIS as what happens when a “jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms”. He suggested that the answer lay in training the Iraqi police forces better. Ryan says he´s weighingpossible White House run Associated Press, by Kevin Freking KarenJ1- 8/25/2014 10:42:16 AM WASHINGTON — Paul Ryan was No. 2 on the Republicans´ presidential ballot in 2012, and the Wisconsin congressman is thinking about whether he´ll try to move to the top of his party´s ticket in 2016. When asked on Sunday about the possibility of running, Ryan said he and his family will "take very seriously and weigh" the decision next year. Ryan has said he is not eager to spend even more time away from his small Wisconsin hometown where he and his wife, Janna, have raised their own family. Ryan tells CBS´ "Face the Nation" his new book is designed to unify Obama’s evolution on ISIS threat The Hill [DC], by Kristina Wong - 8/25/2014 10:39:07 AM The Obama administration says the nation is facing a threat from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) that, in the words of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, is “beyond anything we’ve seen.” Earlier this year, however, President Obama was dismissing ISIS as the junior varsity of al Qaeda. The White House on Friday suggested that assessment is now moot because the group has “gained capacity in the last several months.” A timeline of remarks this year from Obama and other administration officials show an evolution of thinking on ISIS — a change critics say has not come fast enough: Jan. 27: Obama
Mississippi man beaten after he´s warnedrestaurant wasn´t safe for whites, witness says yo-yo- 8/25/2014 10:36:31 AM WEST POINT, Miss. -- West Point police said a man received life-threatening injuries in what they are investigating as an aggravated assault at a restaurant. Ralph Weems IV, who was injured early Saturday, was in fair condition Sunday at North Mississippi Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Genie Causey said without elaborating. A relative, Bradley Barnes of Madison, told The Associated Press by telephone on Sunday that his brother-in-law was in a medically induced coma following brain surgery. Tax refunds may get hitdue to health law credits Associated Press, by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar - 8/25/2014 10:35:32 AM WASHINGTON— Taxes? Who wants to think about taxes around Labor Day? But if you count on your tax refund and you´re one of the millions getting tax credits to help pay health insurance premiums under President Barack Obama´s law, it´s not too early. Here´s why: If your income for 2014 is going to be higher than you estimated when you applied for health insurance, then complex connections between the health law and taxes can reduce or even eliminate your tax refund next year. Maybe you´re collecting more commissions in an improving economy. Or your spouse got a better job. It Democrats wait, and wait for Michelle The Hill [Washington, DC], by Amie Parnes KarenJ1- 8/25/2014 10:29:44 AM Senate Democrats up for reelection in November are frustrated that First Lady Michelle Obama is not doing more to help them hold on to their seats. With the exception of her husband, there are few figures in the Democratic Party who boast the kind of magnetism Obama possesses. Democrats have been publicly complaining about Obama for weeks, but their criticism and the media´s spotlight on it hasn´t changed her schedule. The election is now only 71 days away. Her charisma — if she put it to use — could open a gusher of much-needed fundraising cash and produce an infusion of grassroots As Obama returns, advocateslook for executive action The Hill [Washington, DC], by Peter Sullivan KarenJ1- 8/25/2014 10:26:17 AM Expectations are high that President Obama can move ahead with controversial executive actions now that he has returned from his vacation. Obama’s two weeks on Martha’s Vineyard were plagued by dual crises, in Iraq and in Ferguson, Mo. But his break was also something of a blackout period for news about actions the White House is weighing on immigration reform and so-called corporate “inversions,” a business maneuver companies use to reduce their tax burdens. Obama will be in Washington for just one full week before departing on a trip to Estonia and Wales in early September to reassure NATO allies
Democrats: ´No President in U.S.History Has Faced the Level ofObstruction that Barack Obama Has´ Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper KarenJ1- 8/25/2014 10:21:33 AM Forget Bill Clinton. And Richard Nixon. And, for that matter, George W. Bush. The president who has faced the greatest "level of obstruction" is, according to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the current president of the United States -- Barack Obama. The Democratic group made the sweeping pronouncement in a fundraising email to supporters over the weekend. "No President in U.S. history has faced the level of obstruction that Barack Obama has," the email reads. In parentheses, the group adds: "(It’s not even close at this point)." The proof? That there´s been talk of bringing a lawsuit against President Obama and that a Liberal billionaire Tom Steyer´scampaign ads get weird Fox News, by Kelley Beaucar Vlahos - 8/25/2014 10:20:05 AM Billionaire liberal activist Tom Steyer is dumping millions into campaign ads this year, attacking Republican lawmakers he deems unfriendly to the environment. But Steyer´s colorful and sometimes bizarre advertisements -- the latest of which shows Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst in the pocket of creepy cigar-chomping business tycoons -- are drawing mixed reviews. "These ads are the political equivalent of Miley Cyrus´ ´twerking.´ Light on substance, heavy on camp and self-indulgence. Kind of what you´d expect from a ´look at me´ billionaire like Steyer," charges Pete Snyder, former head of New Media Strategies and current CEO of Northern Virginia-based Special relationship enduresminor social media blip afterBritish Embassy appears to celebratethe burning down of the White House Independent [UK], by Rob Williams Ribicon- 8/25/2014 10:10:54 AM The UK´s special relationship with the US endured a minor social media inspired blip yesterday when the British Embassy was forced to apologise for apparently celebrating the 200th anniversary of the burning of the White House. On the @UKinUSA Twitter account, the British Embassy posted a picture and caption that was clearly meant as a light-hearted trolling of Americans. Many of them, however, appeared not to get the joke. Posted below a picture of a cake shaped like the White House, which had been decked out with sparklers, the British Embassy wrote the comment: "Commemorating the 200th anniversary of burning Nothing to Do with Islam, Part 2 FrontPage Magazine, by Bruce Thornton SpeedMaster- 8/25/2014 10:04:06 AM In his comments on the jihad being waged by the Islamic State in northern Iraq (ISIL), President Obama recycled yet again the shopworn false knowledge about Islam that continues to compromise our response to Muslim violence: “So ISIL speaks for no religion. Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents. No just God would stand for what they did yesterday, and for what they do every single day.” Over at the New York Post, a columnist rightly took the president to task by saying, “You can’t divorce the Islamic State from religion.” Unfortunately, the column is
Shooting of Suge Knight on SunsetStrip ´unacceptable,´ mayor says Los Angeles Times, by Richard Winton, Hailey Branson-Potts jackson- 8/25/2014 9:50:06 AM A shooting on the Sunset Strip early Sunday that left former rap impresario Marion “Suge” Knight and two others wounded is "unacceptable," West Hollywood´s mayor said.. “This was just a regular night of fun on the Sunset Strip, and it was disrupted by criminals," said West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. "Hopefully the Sheriff’s Department will find out who the person or persons were and prosecute them to the full extent of the law.” Active shooter reported at FortLee in Virginia mitzi- 8/25/2014 9:45:41 AM FORT LEE, Va. -- An active shooter has been reported at the Fort Lee Army base in central Virginia. According to Fort Lee´s verified Twitter account, the base has been put on lockdown and personnel there have been told to enact active shooter protocols. No other details were immediately available. Militarizing local policeis a good thing Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm SurferLad- 8/25/2014 9:35:17 AM One of the more useless fall-outs of the Obama Era -- in addition to him fomenting the cancerous distrust of vital national institutions and offices -- is the trumped-up call for national debates and discussions about virtually anything controversial. [Snip] The latest national debate concerns the so-called militarization of local police forces, growing out of the intense media scrutiny of one local department in Ferguson, Missouri. Well, we´re here to make it a debate. It´s a great idea to have state and local police departments armed way beyond the firepower of any conceivable opponent. Hundreds of Methane PlumesErupting Along East Coast Live Science, by Becky Oskin MDMuskrat- 8/25/2014 9:34:14 AM In an unexpected discovery, hundreds of gas plumes bubbling up from the seafloor were spotted during a sweeping survey of the U.S. Atlantic Coast. Even though ocean explorers have yet to test the gas, the bubbles are almost certainly methane, researchers report today (Aug. 24) in the journal Nature Geoscience. "We don´t know of any explanation that fits as well as methane," said lead study author Adam Skarke, a geologist at Mississippi State University in Mississippi State. Gaza: Two die in Israeli strikesas ´new truce floated´ BBC News [UK], by Staff Attercliffe- 8/25/2014 9:29:12 AM The Israeli military has carried out a new round of air strikes in Gaza, as Palestinian militants continue to fire rockets and mortars into Israel. Two people were killed as two mosques and the Rafah border crossing were targeted, Palestinian officials said. Meanwhile, efforts have been stepped up to end the six weeks of fighting that have left more than 2,100 people dead. Egyptian mediators have reportedly proposed a new ceasefire deal that would see Gaza´s crossings opened. According to the initiative, aid and reconstruction materials would be allowed in while talks took place to resolve contentious issues that had prevented a long-term truce
Judge rejects Obama administrationsecrecy on Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Washington Times, by Jim McElhatton KarenJ1- 8/25/2014 9:14:37 AM A federal judge has issued a stinging rebuke to the Obama administration’s recent attempt to shield documents from disclosure in a case that could yield important clues about the Treasury Department’s relationship with mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Government lawyers had argued they could redact key information before releasing records to the public by saying the documents related to the “deliberative process.” But in a ruling last month, U.S. Federal Claims Court Judge Margaret M. Sweeney rejected that, saying the government was illegally cutting corners. “Defendant asserts that the court should merely take its word that the documents — Ferguson logic: rebuild local businesses´or it´s going to be be hell to pay´ American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson magnante- 8/25/2014 9:08:02 AM Having burned down and looted many businesses that serve their community, some residents of Ferguson (or maybe it is just the outsiders who came in to join the outrage) are realizing that it is going to be inconvenient to have nowhere nearby to buy food, liquor, tobacco, and other merchandise. Burned out stores also hire very few people, in case anyone actually wants a job. (snip) “To be honest, if they don’t come and restore these neighborhoods for these people, like when you gotta go travel miles to Walmart and to get gas and stuff like that, it should be This Town´s Favorite CopIs the Cold, Silent Type Wall Street Journal, by Nathan Koppel - 8/25/2014 8:39:52 AM ADA, Okla.—This city´s police chief last year made what would become a very popular decision, assigning a rookie to traffic duty even though the new officer was known to be heartless. Since the greenhorn´s patrol car began appearing in neighborhoods where people had complained about speeding drivers, he has become so beloved that townspeople are buying him doughnuts, praising him on Facebook and working his name into sermons. The officer proved better suited to the task of deterring speeders than experienced cops, says Police Chief Mike Miller, because of a compelling attribute: He´s a dummy. "He didn´t cost us anything," Mr. Miller says Islamic State militantscapture key Syrian air base* Daily Mail (UK), by Dan Bloom Drive- 8/25/2014 8:38:18 AM Islamic State militants have seized a major Syrian air base, wiping out the last government stronghold in a province dominated by jihadists. The extremists won a week-long battle today to capture the sprawling Tabqa base 25 miles from their stronghold in Raqqa, reportedly killing dozens of soldiers in the process. The base was reportedly one of the military´s largest facilities in the region, with several warplane squadrons, helicopters, tanks, artillery and ammunition.
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Obamacare Isn’t Going AwayAs a Campaign Issue American Spectator, by David Catron garnet- 8/25/2014 7:04:34 AM In an obvious attempt to help the Democrats preserve their Senate majority, the “reporters” of the legacy news media have been hard at work promoting a new Obamacare meme. The Los Angeles Times assisted in the launch of this propaganda campaign early this month with a piece titled, “Obamacare loses some of its campaign punch for Republicans.” (snip) The voters didn’t get that memo. They revile the health care law more than ever. Even the left-leaning Huffington Post admits, “A majority of Americans disapprove of Obamacare, the highest share since President Barack Obama´s health care reforms became law Lifestyles of the Rich and Parched Politico Magazine, by Ann Louise Bardach StormCnter- 8/25/2014 5:56:45 AM Many mornings, just before 7 a.m., a large tanker truck pulls up to the grand gates of Oprah Winfrey’s 40-acre estate in Montecito, California. Inside is neither merchandise nor produce – just water. A year ago, Oprah’s annual bill from the Montecito Water District was just shy of $125,000. This year, it is less than half. Like many in this wealthy enclave, Oprah has cut back on her consumption of district water. That said, her property has its own wells and a small lake and, according to neighbors, there are the trucks. These days, tankers can be seen barreling down Montecito’s narrow Obama is STILL all smiles as he returns tothe White House after relaxing in Martha´sVineyard amid ISIS and Ferguson crises MissMolly- 8/25/2014 5:44:29 AM President Barack Obama´s summer vacation off the Massachusetts coast has come to an end. The president returned to the White House late Sunday after spending two weeks with his family on the island of Martha´s Vineyard. What a break it turned out to be. His attempt at rest and relaxation was largely overtaken by events involving Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, including the videotaped execution of an American journalist they had been holding hostage, and the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, following the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man. Obama broke from his vacation to deliver statements on Iraq,
Earthquake rattles, doesn´twreck Napa wineries USA Today, by John Waggoner & Nancy Trejos MissMolly- 8/25/2014 5:38:15 AM Near the height of annual harvesting and tourist season, California´s Napa Valley wineries were struck hard by Sunday´s magnitude-6.0 earthquake, but many reported surprisingly light damage. The early morning earthquake, whose epicenter was about 9 miles south of Napa, jolted residents and had winemakers scrambling to check their homes and businesses. "It was a very violent awakening," says Sandy Taylor, co-founder of the Taylor Family Winery in Napa. "It seemed to shake a long time. Our dogs and cats bailed out." Taylor says her winery, about a mile from the epicenter, lost one barrel of 2013 Chardonnay. "The finished bottles at the winery Frustrated WaPo Sics NINE REPORTERSon Darren Wilson – Finds Nothing Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft* MissMolly- 8/25/2014 5:35:59 AM Missing and unmentioned in the Post article are any complaints of mistreatment or racism by Officer Wilson from residents of Jennings and Ferguson prior to the Brown shooting. The Washington Post published a long article Saturday night–more than seventy paragraphs–with three bylines and six supporting reporters looking for dirt on Officer Darren Wilson–an effort unmatched by the media since Sarah Palin’s official emails were released from her time as Alaska governor. Officer Wilson is the white Ferguson, Missouri policeman who shot unarmed black 18 year old robber Michael Brown in a confrontation in the middle of a neighborhood street minutes after Brown A decent lawyer should tell liberalsthey´re damned fools and ought to stop Washington Examiner [DC], by Michael Barone StormCnter- 8/25/2014 5:31:52 AM “About half the practice of a decent lawyer consists in telling would-be clients that they are damned fools and should stop.” So supposedly said Elihu Root, New York lawyer and secretary of war and of state, and U.S. senator from 1909 to 1915. Today it seems that many liberal “would-be clients” are in desperate need of what Root called “a decent lawyer.” Take Texans for Public Justice, the so-called public interest group that has been pushing for the indictment of Gov. Rick Perry by a grand jury at the urging of special prosecutor Michael McCrum. The basis for the indictment is, in the The Rockets’ Red Glare National Review Online, by Quin Hillyer StormCnter- 8/25/2014 5:27:15 AM Despite enduring thousands of Hamas rockets in the past ten weeks, the whole of Israel is far safer now than it was a decade ago, and safer than many American cities. Indeed, two initiatives long favored by American conservatives, namely missile defense and a border fence, have made the current unpleasantness with Hamas little more than an unfortunate distraction from the true existential threat, which is Iranian nukes. Since the Hamas attacks began June 13, the rockets from Gaza have killed seven people in all of Israel while wounding only a few dozen more. An August 19–20 tour of both the
Obama´s Willful Blindness American Thinker, by Ed Lasky DW626- 8/25/2014 5:24:21 AM In America justice is supposed to be blind not our commander-in-chief. In Obama’s topsy-turvy America justice is not blind but our President is-and willfully so-when it comes to threats facing Americans. Will he remove his blinders? Only if he is forced to and by then it may be too late. Charles Krauthammer, one of America’s smartest columnists, said it best regarding President Obama and the threats to America coming from ISIS: “I don’t think the issue is the president was unaware or taken by surprise. I think this was willful blindness to the nature of the threat.” Report: Foley ExecutionVideo May Have Been Staged Daily Caller, by Scott Greer StormCnter- 8/25/2014 5:24:13 AM The brutal video depicting the beheading of American journalist James Foley shocked the world but some experts are now finding evidence that it could have been staged. A forensic analysis commissioned by The UK Times found many irregularities in the video — making it appear to not be the actual execution of the doomed freelancer. The analysis concluded that Foley was beheaded, but it possibly did not occur on camera. “I think it has been staged,” one visual forensics expert said in The Times report. “My feeling is that the execution may have happened after the camera was stopped.” Two major oddities in Why you should keep your familyfar away from amusement parks New York Post, by Naomi Schaefer Riley MissMolly- 8/25/2014 5:15:58 AM With summer drawing to a close, parents are desperate. Camp’s over; the kids’ friends have left for more exotic destinations. A trip to the pool doesn’t yield the same excitement it did in June. And so many families are caving to demands for a trip to the amusement park. Whether you’re thinking of Six Flags, Sesame Place, Hershey Park or Dutch Wonderland: Don’t do it — you’ll be sorry. Amusement parks — especially water parks — have never been more popular. More than 26 million people went to a Six Flags last year. John Robinett of the nonprofit Themed Entertainment Asssociation has some hifatlutin’ Help Wanted at 1600Pennsylvania Avenue American Spectator, by Andrew B. Wilson StormCnter- 8/25/2014 5:11:59 AM Suddenly, America is sick and tired of Barack Obama. He has become an embarrassment and, worse than that, a threat to the personal security and peace of mind of American citizenry as a whole. It is all too obvious that he is not up to the task of being captain of the ship of state at a time of increasing peril. So what to do about it? Should he be impeached? If so, for what crime? You can’t impeach him for the “crime” of frivolity — or the “crime” of excessive partying at fund-raising junkets with his Hollywood pals during national emergencies. You can’t
Pentagon Set to TestNew Hypersonic Missile Washington Free Beacon, by Bill Gertz StormCnter- 8/25/2014 5:08:25 AM The Pentagon will conduct a crucial flight test of a new ultra-high speed missile this week that is a key part of the strategic weapons program of preparing arms that can attack any point on earth in 30 minutes. The flight test of the Army’s Advanced Hypersonic Weapon will take place as early as Monday from the Kodiak Launch Complex on Kodiak Island, Alaska, said defense officials familiar with test planning. The missile will be boosted to near space on a rocket and then glide to the Reagan Test Site on the South Pacific Kwajalein Atoll at speeds of several thousand miles Propping Up Obama Power Line, by Steven Hayward StormCnter- 8/25/2014 5:00:12 AM The left-liberal establishment is in crisis at the moment. They can’t make up their mind between desperately trying to prop up Obama, and giving up on him and increasing their distance. Maureen Dowd has given up, judging from her brutal column today, “The Golf Address.” Up at Princeton, Cornel West, always an Obama skeptic (around 2012 he called Obama “Nelson Rockefeller in blackface”), is calling Obama a “counterfeit” Progressive: [T]he thing is he posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency, a national security presidency. The torturers go Maureen Dowd, Straight-Up Racist PJ Media, by Ed Driscoll StormCnter- 8/25/2014 4:56:06 AM If there’s one thing I know from watching MSNBC*, even before Barack Obama took office, is that any criticism of him — any criticism, no matter how mild — was at its core, entirely “about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up,” as a guest on the show hosted by the MSNBC anchor** Keith Olbermann said in April of 2009. And any reference to golf is definitely racism double-plus straight up, as MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell declared on August 29th, 2012, on a show hosted by the MSNBC anchor*** Martin Bashir. So when Maureen Dowd goofs on Key Factor in PoliceShootings: ‘Reasonable Fear’ New York Times, by Michael Wines & Frances Robles Pluperfect- 8/25/2014 4:51:06 AM Each time police officers draw their weapons, they step out of everyday law enforcement and into a rigidly defined world where written rules, hours of training and Supreme Court decisions dictate not merely when a gun can be fired, but where it is aimed, how many rounds should be squeezed off and when the shooting should stop. The Ferguson, Mo., police officer who fatally shot an unarmed African-American teenager two weeks ago, setting off protest and riots, was bound by 12 pages of police department regulations, known as General Order 410.00, that govern officers’ use of force. Whether he followed them
Syrian coalition: U.S. to blamefor James Foley’s death becauseObama ignored his own red lines Hot Air, by Noah Rothman StormCnter- 8/25/2014 4:48:22 AM The National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces is not much on using a soft touch when it comes to diplomatically sensitive matters. At least, that is the impression one gets from reading the latest statement it issued regarding the death of U.S. journalist James Foley. In that statement, a Syrian opposition leader laid the blame for Foley’s death squarely on the shoulders of President Barack Obama. He implied that his administration’s dithering and backtracking in response to the Syrian civil war is to blame for the current circumstances in the Middle East. “Mohammed Qaddah, vice president of the Syrian ‘Retaliation’: Docs show state prosecutors’
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Wisconsin Reporter, by M.D. Kittle Pluperfect- 8/25/2014 4:43:56 AM MADISON, Wis. – Conservative targets of a Democrat-launched John Doe investigation have described the secret probe as a witch hunt. That might not be a big enough descriptor, based on records released Friday by a federal appeals court as part of a massive document dump. Attorneys for conservative activist Eric O’Keefe and the Wisconsin Club for Growth point to subpoenas requested by John Doe prosecutors that sought records from “at least eight phone companies” believed to serve the targets of the investigation. O’Keefe and the club have filed a civil rights lawsuit against John Doe prosecutors, alleging they violated conservatives’ First Amendment The Massive Trucker Shortage
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Fox News, by Kathryn Buschman Vasel Pluperfect- 8/25/2014 4:38:02 AM Truck driver Anthony Plummer remembers when he was in the middle of the country on a long-haul delivery when he learned his daughter was sick in the hospital. “I was told to get back [home] as soon as possible. But there are a lot of rules that limit how much I can drive, so I told them I would get back as soon as I could.” It was after this incident that Plummer decided to make a career shift to become a regional truck driver. “It blew my mind if something were to happen and if I was way across the Islamic Authority:
Extremists No ´Islamic State´
Associated Press, by Sarah E. Deeb Pluperfect- 8/25/2014 4:31:48 AM CAIRO -- The top Islamic authority in Egypt, revered by many Muslims worldwide, launched an Internet-based campaign Sunday challenging an extremist group in Syria and Iraq by saying it should not be called an "Islamic State." The campaign by the Dar el-Ifta, the top authority that advises Muslims on spiritual and life issues, adds to the war of words by Muslim leaders across the world targeting the Islamic State group, which controls wide swaths of Iraq and Syria. Its violent attacks, including mass shootings, destroying Shiite shrines, targeting minorities and beheadings including American journalist James Foley, have shocked Muslims and Back in Spotlight,
Sharpton Seizes the Moment
Associated Press, by Adam Geller Original Article Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/25/2014 4:28:19 AM Post Reply Stepping to the pulpit at Greater Grace Church -- minutes from where a suburban St. Louis police officer shot and killed an unarmed black 18-year-old - the Rev. Al Sharpton wielded the fiery words that have marked his long, often notorious career. "These parents are not going to cry alone," he preached to the crowd that packed the pews last Sunday in Ferguson, Missouri. "We have had enough!" But when Sharpton sat down days later with New York´s mayor to discuss the response to a Staten Island man´s death in a police officer´s chokehold, he recalibrated his rhetoric. "We don´t
Monday, August 25, 2014
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Obama back at White Houseafter summer ´vacation´ Associated Press, by Darlene Superville - 8/25/2014 12:49:22 AM WASHINGTON— The "vacation" is over and it´s back to the White House for President Barack Obama. Obama, who returned to Washington late Sunday after two weeks on the Massachusetts island of Martha´s Vineyard, will have to decide whether the recent beheading of an American by Islamic State militants is reason enough to take a step he has long resisted taking. Obama has avoided intervening militarily in Syria for three years despite the rising death toll in the country´s civil war, the government´s use of chemical weapons against civilians and the rise of the Islamic State group amid the chaos there. Travel itineraries offer clues to2016 White House field Washington Times (D.C), by Seth McLaughlin - 8/25/2014 12:33:48 AM While most of his potential rivals for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination have been busy barnstorming the early primary states, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has been missing in action in Iowa and New Hampshire. Mr. Bush has not paid a visit to either state, nor does he have any immediate plans to visit. That has raised some questions about his political future and puts him at odds with the likes of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who hasn’t let an indictment for alleged abuse of power stop him from logging more time in key primary states. Over the past two weeks, Republican Comstock’s past apolitical touchstone in Va.congressional race Washington Post, by Antonio Olivo - 8/25/2014 12:24:54 AM Barbara Comstock was a young aide to U.S. Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.) 21 years ago when she was assigned a constituent’s complaint about the White House that would eventually grow into the roiling political scandal known as Travelgate. The duty propelled Comstock into a role that would last for years — Republican foil to Democrats Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton through many of the big scandals that engulfed them: Whitewater, Monica Lewinsky, impeachment. Today, Comstock is making a name for herself as a state lawmaker and the Republican nominee to replace Wolf, who is retiring from his Northern Virginia
Who was the real Michael Brown? The kidfrom a broken home who beat theodds to get into college, the rapper whosang about ´Feds´ and smoking weed,or the robbery suspect caught on videominutes before cop shot him dead... Daily Mail [UK], by Laura Collins earlybird- 8/25/2014 12:21:09 AM It is two weeks since Michael Brown was shot dead in the street by Ferguson City police officer Darren Wilson. (Snip) But as the protests subside, another conflict has begun to emerge. Because it isn´t only witness accounts of what happened that day that are at odds. It is the version of the victim himself that has become increasingly hard to square with his family´s insistence that this 6ft4 292lb teenager was nothing but a ´Gentle Giant´. They slammed the release of footage of Michael taking part in a strong-arm robbery just moments before the fatal shooting as unrelated and Report: Obama Delayed James FoleyRescue a Month, Fretting overHis Image and Golfing Breitbart InstaBlog, by Dan Riehl LittleHoodedMonk- 8/24/2014 11:50:04 PM According to a new Sunday Times report by Toby Harden, "Pentagon sources said Foley and the others might well have been rescued but Obama, concerned about the ramifications of US troops being killed or captured in Syria, took too long to authorise the mission." It´s claimed that Obama was concerned about his administration being Carterized had the mission failed. For President Barack Obama the decision to send in the Night Stalkers was an agonising one. The audacious bin Laden raid in Pakistan had been a success but also preying on his mind Dempsey: We Will Act ifIslamic Group Threatens US LittleHoodedMonk- 8/24/2014 11:40:18 PM Aboard A Military Aircraft - Gen. Martin Dempsey says he will recommend the U.S. military move directly against Islamic State militants in Syria if and when he determines they have become a direct threat to the U.S. homeland or Europe. But the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says he still believes the insurgent group is more a regional threat and is not plotting or planning attacks against either the U.S. or Europe. Dempsey says he believes that key allies in the region — including Jordan, Turkey and Saudi Arabia — will join the U.S. in helping to Club Med for Terrorists New York Times, by Ron Prosor LittleHoodedMonk- 8/24/2014 11:28:49 PM United Nations - The hostilities in Gaza between Israel and Hamas persist and the diplomatic war at the United Nations continues, also without resolution. While there is no shortage of opinions on the way forward, the most obvious solution is strikingly absent — the need to disarm and isolate Hamas, the radical Palestinian Islamist group. (Snip) It says a great deal that Hamas’s former Arab backers, which historically have included Egypt, Syria and Saudi Arabia, long ago abandoned the terrorist group. Only a few nations still stand by Hamas. Among the most prominent is the tiny Persian Gulf emirate Qatar.
The Exploitation of theMurder of Leon Klinghoffer Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Dr. Joseph Frager - 8/24/2014 11:17:06 PM In a a world where Islamic Barbarism and Savagery has reached all time new levels with the beheading of the American journalist James Foley. It was not that long ago that Abu Abbas of the Palestine Liberation Front hijacked the tourist filled Achille Lauro Cruise Ship and murdered in cold blood Leon Klinghoffer and threw him overboard with his wheelchair. To pour salt on an open wound the New York based Metropolitan Opera run by Peter Gelb has outrageously decided to run an Opera with music by John Adams entitled, "The Death of Klinghoffer" despite heavy criticism from the Klinghoffer Family A Look into The Heartof The Jihadist ´Caliphate´in Syria, Iraq Breitbart London, by Staff MDMuskrat- 8/24/2014 11:13:25 PM What do you want to be? A jihadist, or to execute a martyrdom operation?" In the "caliphate" recently proclaimed by jihadists in Syria and Iraq, even young children are indoctrinated, and Sharia law is backed by the gun, according to a gripping documentary offering one of the first glimpses of life in Raqqa, power base of the so-called Islamic State (IS). Part 1 of a five-episode series, The Islamic State, filmed by Anglo-Palestinian journalist Medyan Dairieh was released Thursday by New York-based Vice News. The tone is set early: "Sharia can only be established with weapons," an IS fighter explains Father of Michael Brown calls for
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LittleHoodedMonk- 8/24/2014 11:09:36 PM St. Louis - The father of a black 18-year-old shot to death by a white police officer in Ferguson pleaded Sunday for a "day of silence" as he lays his son to rest Monday. "Tomorrow all I want is peace," Michael Brown Sr. told hundreds of people in St. Louis´ largest city park during brief remarks at a festival that promotes peace over violence. "That´s all I ask." (Snip) Brown Sr. told the crowd that he and his son´s mother appreciate the love and support they´ve received from the community. The Rev. Al Sharpton, who will speak at the funeral, echoed his request for peace. "We don't want anything tomorrow to happen that might defile the name
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Fundraising, Or Hate Speech? Power Line, by John Hinderaker Dreadnought- 8/24/2014 10:29:59 PM It is remarkable that calls for bipartisanship in Washington generally come from Democrats and Democrat-leaning pundits. The implication always is that Republicans–the “extreme” ones, anyway–are the barrier to cooperation across party lines. But recall 2012–not exactly ancient history–when Harry Reid repeatedly claimed that Mitt Romney had gone for a decade without paying any taxes. And was, therefore, presumably a felon, since no one says that Romney has gone without income. This was not just a lie, but an insane lie. The idea that a person can earn millions of dollars and just choose not to pay taxes on his income–as For sale: Systems that can secretlytrack where cellphone users goaround the globe Washington Post, by Craig Timberg Dreadnought- 8/24/2014 10:11:40 PM Makers of surveillance systems are offering governments across the world the ability to track the movements of almost anybody who carries a cellphone, whether they are blocks away or on another continent. The technology works by exploiting an essential fact of all cellular networks: They must keep detailed, up-to-the-minute records on the locations of their customers to deliver calls and other services to them. Surveillance systems are secretly collecting these records to map people’s travels over days, weeks or longer, according to company marketing documents and experts in surveillance technology. The world’s most powerful intelligence services, such as the National The most riotously un-PC travel guides ever!The informed, detailed, authoritative andunguardedly rude Baedekers Daily Mail [UK], by Laura Freeman Attercliffe- 8/24/2014 10:02:08 PM An Englishman on holiday in Spain a century ago found a country with little to recommend it. Waking up on the first morning and consulting his guide book, he would have read the following description: ‘Spain is a bleak and often arid land, with few traces of picturesqueness.’ The towns, the guide continues, are wreathed in tobacco smoke and the cafes are ‘very deficient in comfort and cleanliness’. [Snip] In the Spanish countryside there is great danger of highway robbery, while in the cities the police will arrest anyone they can lay their hands on. The railway carriages and omnibuses are
Caught on Camera: 65-Year-Old ManAttacked by Women Over Gas Pump WRC-TV [Washington, DC], by Samia Khan Ribicon- 8/24/2014 9:38:24 PM A 65-year-old man was confronted by a group of women and beaten up in front of his 7-year-old great grandson at a Victorville, California, gas station Friday afternoon in an incident that was caught on camera, officials said. (Snip) The victim, Danny Froschauer, said the fight was over a gas pump. Froschauer said the women in another other car started yelling "we was going to go there, get your car out of there" after he had already pulled into the desired pump. Froschauer said he refused and that the women then began approaching his car and yelling. Why Officer Wilson Probably Won’t Go to Jail Politico Magazine, by William Yeomans - 8/24/2014 9:37:27 PM As Michael Brown is laid to rest on Monday, questions remain about the police shooting that took the life of the unarmed African-American teenager some two weeks ago. Was Brown savagely and unjustifiably gunned down by white police Officer Darren Wilson, as some contend? Did Wilson—who reportedly sustained some kind of facial injury during an altercation with Brown—act appropriately in the heat of a confrontation in which Brown reportedly reached for the officer’s gun. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. took the unusual step of travelling to Ferguson to coordinate a Justice Department investigation into the shooting, which was already ´Israel Can´t be Bulliedinto a Ceasfire´ Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Staff Attercliffe- 8/24/2014 9:32:27 PM Bruce Blakeman, a candidate for the Fourth Congressional District of New York, will be visiting Israel this week. Ahead of the visit, Blakeman and Congressman Peter King, who will be part of the trip as well, told Arutz Sheva that they support Israel’s right to defend itself from Hamas’s rocket attacks. “Hamas is a deadly enemy. Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East. It’s our strongest ally in the Middle East, if not the entire world, and we should not be putting any restrictions on Israel at all,” said King, who added that he was disappointed in President Barack Chicago crime rate drops asconcealed carry applications surge Washington Times, by Kelly Riddell - 8/24/2014 9:29:33 PM An 86-year-old Illinois man with a concealed carry permit fired his weapon at an armed robbery suspect fleeing police last month, stopping the man in his tracks and allowing the police to make an arrest. (Snip) Since Illinois started granting concealed carry permits this year, the number of robberies that have led to arrests in Chicago has declined 20 percent from last year, according to police department statistics. Reports of burglary and motor vehicle theft are down 20 percent and 26 percent, respectively. In the first quarter, the city’s homicide rate was at a 56-year low. “It isn’t any coincidence crime rates started to go down when concealed carry
Letter to Barack: Here’s whatyou missed on your vacation (LOL!) Washington Times, by Joseph Curl - 8/24/2014 9:23:37 PM Dear Barry: Boy, what a summer you’ve missed here in the nation’s capital! Then again, you got outta town just in time! So much going on since you left for Camp Vineyard, so lemme’ try to catch you up so when you get back to the office, you’ll have a clue what’s been going on (bosses blow, don’t they?). First, the Middle East is “blowing up.” At least that’s what that guy who works for you says (if you’re making a list of Things To Do when you get back, you might want to put at the top of it — “Chat with Chuck Hagel, ask him to pipe down”). Turns out everything’s on fire there since you left. Palestinians are lobbing rockets into Tel Aviv, ´He was one of the greats of cinema´:Actor and film director Lord RichardAttenborough has died five daysshort of his 91st birthday Daily Mail [UK], by Steph Cockroft Attercliffe- 8/24/2014 9:22:56 PM Richard Attenborough, the British actor and film director, has died at the age of 90. Lord Attenborough´s son Michael confirmed that he died at lunchtime yesterday, just five days away from his 91st birthday. [Snip] The director--hailed as ´a titan of British cinema´--appeared in films including Brighton Rock, World War Two thriller The Great Escape and later in dinosaur blockbuster Jurassic Park. Prime Minister David Cameron said he ´was one of the greats of cinema´. Others expressing their love for Lord Attenborough included Ben Kingsley, who shot to superstardom after his performance as Mahatma Gandhi, and fellow actor Sir Roger Moore, Trayvon Martin parents to joinrally for slain Missouri teen Reuters, by Nick Carey & Edward McAllister - 8/24/2014 9:17:02 PM Hundreds of people gathered in a St Louis park on Sunday for a rally against police violence that is expected to bring together the family of Michael Brown, killed by an officer in Missouri this month, and the parents of Trayvon Martin, a Florida teenager shot dead in 2012. The Peace Fest rally in Forest Park takes place one day before the funeral of Brown. The slaying of the 18-year-old black youth by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson on Aug. 9 led to days of unrest and drew global attention to race relations in the United States. The shooting of Martin by a civilian vigilante reignited the debate Michael Brown called "a littlekid in a big body" ahead of funeral NorthernDog- 8/24/2014 7:51:33 PM FERGUSON, Mo. - Michael Brown Jr. was on the verge of starting college, eager to launch himself into the adult world. Instead, on Monday he´ll be mourned at his funeral, more than two weeks after his fatal shooting by a white police officer- an act that ignited days of violent protests and reawakened racial tensions that still linger in the nation. Brown, who was unarmed when he was killed, became an instant symbol of racial injustice as protesters flooded into the streets after his death. Civil rights leaders said the shooting in this predominantly black St. Louis suburb revived long
Ryan: Not ‘legitimate’ to tell countryHouse could stop Obamacare last year Washington Times, by David Sherfinski - 8/24/2014 7:36:42 PM Rep. Paul Ryan said the notion that the House could have unilaterally stopped Obamacare through a government shutdown last year was not a plausible idea to sell the country on. The Wisconsin Republican was addressing a passage from his new book on CBS’s “Face the Nation” in which he described last year’s push toward a government shutdown — in which House conservatives unsuccessfully tried to defund Obamacare — as a “suicide mission.” The purpose of the passage in the book is to try to unify the party, he said, noting that he held back a bit more at the time with party unity in mind. “I don’t think we can succeed if all we do is Petition calls for Islamic State destruction Washington Times, by Jennifer Harper - 8/24/2014 7:27:31 PM An emphatic petition calls for the U.S. and the international community to stop the Islamic State now. The 11,000-plus signers hail from multiple disciplines and political persuasions; they include Dr. Ben Carson, Martin Peretz, editor in chief of the New Republic; Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family; Kenneth R. Weinstein, CEO of the Hudson Institute; and many others. The American Enterprise Institute is represented, as is the Southern Baptist Convention, the Manhattan Institute, plus Harvard, Stanford and Catholic University, among many institutions. “It is imperative that the United States and the international community act Pollster: ´Someone on the left´will challenge Hillary Clinton - 8/24/2014 6:54:43 PM At a time when the nation is down on President Obama’s leadership, a new poll finds that they also see likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as his mirror image, someone who wouldn’t do much better solving international problems or relations with Congress. “What would be different?” asked the latest Economist/YouGov Poll. “Not much. Many Americans don’t see any difference between a Clinton presidency and the Obama presidency when it comes to foreign policy or disputes with Congress,” said the poll analysis. Good for Clinton: The poll said Americans like the former first lady and former secretary of state Democratic Party approves 2016presidential primary schedule CBS News & Associated Press, by Staff - 8/24/2014 6:51:46 PM ATLANTA- Democratic Party leaders adopted their 2016 presidential nominating calendar on Saturday, setting the stage for a successor to President Barack Obama. The Democratic National Committee, or DNC, approved rules for its 2016 convention along with a primary schedule that will begin with the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 1, 2016, followed by voting later that month in New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. The 2016 framework is in line with plans pushed by Republicans and gives states incentives to hold their primary contests between March and June, aiming to avoid a front-loaded calendar that encroaches on the Christmas holidays. Pointing
Washington Post finds DarrenWilson guilty by association Legal Insurrection, by William A. Jacobson mitzi- 8/24/2014 6:51:09 PM Attacks prior police force racial problems in a different town and his family’s legal problems, none of which involved Wilson. The Washington Post has convicted Police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Michael Brown, of guilt by association with a former troubled police force in a different town in a prior job than the one he held in Ferguson, MO, and of having parents who were in trouble with the law. Seriously. There is nothing, zero, nada, in the WaPo story linked below that shows Darren Wilson ever did anything wrong himself. In fact, to the extent his own conduct is
U.S. Journalist Held by Qaeda Affiliate in Syria Is Freed After Nearly 2 YearsOdd this should happen so fast.
Point of No Return: Democrats Want Definitive Signal from Hillary Clinton"Not running." How does "not running" work for you?
California winemakers cleaningup after earthquake Associated Press, by Staff - 8/24/2014 6:42:00 PM NAPA, Calif. – Winemakers in California´s storied Napa Valley woke up to thousands of broken bottles and barrels as a result of Sunday´s earthquake. The earthquake couldn´t have come at a worse time for the region, which has just started harvesting the 2014 crop. "It´s devastating. I´ve never seen anything like this," said Tom Montgomery, a winemaker for B.R. Cohn Winery in Glen Ellen, California. The epicenter of the 6.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Northern California, the strongest in the area in 25 years, was just six miles southwest of Napa, California, the center of California´s winemaking region. B.R. Cohn lost A Brash Style That Filled Pews,Until Followers Had Their Fill New York Times, by Michael Paulson - 8/24/2014 5:54:56 PM SEATTLE — Mark Driscoll has long been an evangelical bad boy, a gifted orator and charismatic leader who built one of the nation’s most influential megachurches despite, or perhaps fueled by, a foul mouth, a sharp temper and frank talk about sex. (Snip) But now Mr. Driscoll’s empire appears to be imploding. He has been accused of creating a culture of fear at the church, of plagiarizing, of inappropriately using church funds and of consolidating power to such a degree that it has become difficult for anyone to challenge or even question him. A flood of former Mars Hill staff Congo declares Ebola outbreakin northern Equateur province - 8/24/2014 5:50:37 PM KINSHASA - Democratic Republic of Congo declared an Ebola outbreak in its northern Equateur province on Sunday after two out of eight cases tested came back positive for the deadly virus, Health Minister Felix Kabange Numbi said. A mysterious disease has killed dozens of people in Equateur in recent weeks but the World Health Organization had said on Thursday it was not Ebola. "I declare an Ebola epidemic in the region of Djera, in the territory of Boende in the province of Equateur," Kabange Numbi told a news conference. The region lies about 1,200 km (750 miles) north of the
Actor Richard Attenborough dies at 90 BBC News [UK], by Staff - 8/24/2014 5:13:47 PM British actor and film director Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90. He died at lunchtime on Sunday, his son told BBC News. Lord Attenborough was one of Britain´s leading actors, before becoming a highly successful director. He appeared in films including Brighton Rock, World War Two thriller The Great Escape and later in dinosaur blockbuster Jurassic Park. Dan Rather to Pundits Callingfor War: Send Your Own Kidsor ‘Don’t Even Talk to Me’ - 8/24/2014 4:49:55 PM Veteran journalist Dan Rather told Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter that the scores of pundits calling for action in Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere were reminiscent of the buildup to the 2003 Iraq War, which Rather called a blunder of “historic proportions,” and that hawks needed to be prepared to send their own kids to battle before they so cavalierly recommend it for others. Quoth Rather: “All of these people on television, some of whom I have enormous respect for, it unsettles me to hear them say, listen, we the United States have to ‘do something’ in Ukraine, we have to ´We Are Darren Wilson´ SupportersUrge Americans to Call Gov.Nixon to Demand Fairness Breitbart TV, by Pam Key - 8/24/2014 4:45:34 PM Saturday, supporters of Officer Darren Wilson, the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown, held a press conference demanding fairness for the officer, declaring "We are Darren Wilson." A woman who chose to remain unnamed said, "We are exclusively here to support Darren Wilson and we have no desire to engage in the negativity and hate which has paralyzed Officer Wilson´s ability to pursue justice. Many of us have received death threats against ourselves and our families. Contrary to media suggestions, we are not affiliated with any hate groups." "However, we respect each individual´s First Amendment rights in this country. We Al Sharpton Suggests He’s TheFrederick Douglass Of Our Time Daily Caller, by Brendan Bordelon - 8/24/2014 4:32:31 PM Civil rights activist and MSNBC host Al Sharpton compared his relationship with President Barack Obama to the relationship between President Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist and famed orator Frederick Douglass. On NBC’s “Meet The Press” on Sunday, Chris Jansing asked Sharpton about a recent article in Politico Magazine labeling him a “surrogate” for Obama’s White House regarding race relations. “First of all, I’m not a surrogate,” he contended. “I have access to the White House in every era going back to Lincoln with Frederick Douglass. Presidents talk to those that were leading at that time.” “Not comparing Marc Morial or Melanie Campbell and I
Search for James Foleyconsumed family, colleagues Boston Globe, by Bryan Bender and Noah Bierman StormCnter- 8/24/2014 4:27:21 PM WASHINGTON — It was the Saturday after Thanksgiving in 2012 when top executives at the Boston-based GlobalPost received an e-mail from one of the news service’s freelance correspondents near the Syrian border. “Hate to be writing this to you but Jim has gone missing in Syria,” she wrote. The prospect that James W. Foley had been taken hostage left GlobalPost co-founder Charles M. Sennott with “a terrible, sinking sense of deja vu” — a “here we go again” feeling. Foley, the New Hampshire-born war correspondent beheaded by militants from the terrorist group calling itself the Islamic State, had previously been kidnapped in Inside the Democrats´ Plan toSave Arkansas—and the Senate Atlantic, by Molly Ball StormCnter- 8/24/2014 4:22:35 PM PINE BLUFF, Arkansas—No sign announces the purpose of this little storefront, squeezed between a Bestway Rent to Own and a Rent-a-Center in a dilapidated shopping center. But the words hand-lettered in black and red marker on three pieces of paper taped to the window—"Register to Vote Here"—and a cluster of placards for candidates give it away: It is a Democratic Party field office. Democrats aren´t advertising this office and 39 others like it that are scattered around Arkansas—in fact, their locations are a closely guarded secret. When I visited last week, having tracked it down through creative public-records sleuthing, I took Will Iowa be Dems’ Waterloo? The Hill [DC], by Cameron Joseph StormCnter- 8/24/2014 4:20:06 PM Iowa was never supposed to be a Senate battleground for Democrats. Following two cycles where it was GOP missteps and subpar candidates who cost them winnable races, the tables have turned and it’s now Democrats who are scrambling to right Rep. Bruce Braley’s flagging campaign before it’s too late. Recent polls find a coin-flip race between Braley and Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst(R), and but the national party increasingly worries it could be the tipping point for Senate control. “If the Democrats lose Iowa, of course it becomes much harder to keep the majority,” said one national Democratic strategist. “The race could very Iran´s claims it has shot downIsraeli drone near nuclear site Associated Press, by Staff LittleHoodedMonk- 8/24/2014 4:19:00 PM Tehran, Iran - Iran´s elite Revolutionary Guards said Sunday its forces shot down an Israeli drone as it approached an Iranian nuclear site, recovering major parts of what it described as an advanced aircraft. Israeli officials could not be immediately reached for comment. The incident comes as Iran negotiates with world powers over its nuclear program and hard-liners press moderate President Hassan Rouhani to demand more concessions before limiting its atomic capabilities. Israel has not ruled out taking military action against Iran´s nuclear facilities if its capability to build an atomic weapon progresses.
Boko Haram leader declaresIslamic caliphate in Nigeria Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar LittleHoodedMonk- 8/24/2014 3:48:05 PM A northeast Nigerian town seized earlier this month by Boko Haram militants has been placed under an Islamic caliphate, the group’s leader said. “Thanks be to Allah, who gave victory to our brethren in (the town of) Gwoza and made it part of the Islamic caliphate,” Abubakar Shekau says in a 52-minute video obtained by the Agence France-Presse. “By the grace of Allah, we will not leave the town. We have come to stay.” In the video, Mr. Shekau lauds the leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who in late June declared himself “the caliph” and “leader of Muslims everywhere,” AFP reported. Voter citizenship issuegoes before federal court Associated Press, by Roxana Hegeman LittleHoodedMonk- 8/24/2014 3:25:38 PM Wichita, Kan. - A lawsuit filed by Kansas and Arizona will be argued before a federal appeals court panel this week as the states seek to force federal election officials to impose proof-of-citizenship requirements on national voter registration forms. At the crux of the closely watched case in the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver is whether the federal government or states have ultimate authority to regulate voter registration. Each side contends the U.S. Constitution supports its position. Monday's arguments come after the U.S. Election Assistance Commission filed an appeal seeking to overturn a federal judge's order Iraq Calls for International War AgainstIslamic State; Iran Vows Solidarity LittleHoodedMonk- 8/24/2014 3:11:06 PM Baghdad - Iraq´s Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi said on Sunday during talks with Iran´s foreign minister that international efforts would be necessary to destroy Islamic State Sunni militants who have seized swathes of his country and of Syria. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran, a Shi´ite Muslim regional power likely to wield influence over the formation of Abadi´s new cabinet, reaffirmed Tehran´s support for Iraq´s territorial unity and its fight against militants. "Abadi pointed to the presence of many dangers posed in the region as a result of the existence of the terrorist gang Islamic State which requires regional Jay Nixon: Ferguson cop whokilled Michael Brown could walk CBS News, by Jake Miller LittleHoodedMonk- 8/24/2014 2:56:26 PM The police officer who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown earlier this month may not ultimately face charges stemming from the incident, Gov. Jay Nixon, D-Mo., acknowledged Sunday. The shooting by Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson, who is white, sparked several weeks of heated protests and racially charged confrontations between law enforcement officers and protesters in the small town. Nixon told CNN he´s confident "justice will be served" in the case, but he said it´s a possibility that no charges will be filed. "All of those things could happen," he said when pressed on a range of possible conclusions.
Islamic State militants seize Syrian airbase Guardian [UK], by Martin Chulov LittleHoodedMonk- 8/24/2014 2:33:05 PM Islamic radicals have seized most of an airbase in eastern Syria and are tightening a stranglehold on a minority Turkmen community north of Baghdad, as their pillage of the heartland of the Levant gains further momentum. Militants from Islamic State (Isis) had breached the borders of the Tabqa base, which was the last base east of Aleppo still held by the Syrian regime, and now appeared certain to seize full control within days in another blow to all sides trying to slow the group´s progress through Iraq and Syria. (Snip) In both locations, the bodies of fighters were reportedly defaced and displayed by Isis members, Point of No Return: Democrats WantDefinitive Signal from Hillary Clinton NBC News, by Mark Murray Scottyboy- 8/24/2014 2:33:03 PM Analysis: Hillary Clinton isn’t simply dipping her toes into the 2016 presidential waters; it looks more like she’s sizing up for a somersault – with a full twist – off a diving board. But if she ends up deciding not to jump in, Democrats want an answer sooner rather than later. In the past few months, Clinton has concluded a big book tour with dozens of news interviews; distanced herself (either in small or substantial ways) from her party’s currently unpopular president; and is now heading next month to Iowa, which traditionally holds the first presidential nominating contest.
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U.S. Journalist Held by QaedaAffiliate in Syria Is FreedAfter Nearly 2 Years New York Times, by Rukmini Callimachi LittleHoodedMonk- 8/24/2014 2:21:14 PM An American journalist held captive for nearly two years by Al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria has been freed, according to a representative of the journalist’s family and a report on Sunday by the Al Jazeera network. The journalist, Peter Theo Curtis, was abducted near the Syria-Turkey border in October 2012. He was held by the Nusra Front, the Qaeda affiliate in Syria, which has broken with the more radical Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. (Snip) A family friend confirmed on Sunday that Mr. Curtis, originally from Boston, had been handed over to a United Nations representative. The family friend spoke on the condition of U.S. Airstrike Kills ISIS PressOfficer, and Former Syrian Hostof John McCain, Abu Mosa… SoCalGal- 8/24/2014 2:02:41 PM Lots of people discussing the elimination of ISIS Official Press Officer Abu Mosa. Few noticing that Mosa was the guy Senator John McCain was supporting in May 2013. Back in May 2013 Republican Senator John McCain made a secret trip to Syria to talk to the forces fighting against Assad.Senator McCain met with various factions of the “Free Syrian Army” Story HERE But we wouldn’t want to outline the way ISIS snookered us too much, would we? Declare War on Shariah Breitbart Big Peace, by Frank J. Gaffney, Jr. SpeedMaster- 8/24/2014 1:56:04 PM The National Journal called earlier this week for the United States to “declare war on ISIS.” The magazine is right to argue for a new authorization for the use of military force (AUMF), a legislative vehicle that passes these days for a congressional declaration of war. It is wrong, however, to urge that the existing AUMF, which targets al Qaeda and “associated forces,” be replaced by one that focuses just on the Islamic State (also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Sham/Syria, or ISIS, or the Islamic State in the Levant, or ISIL). Nearly thirteen years after
The Many Sides of JoniMitchell´s ´Both Sides Now´ Wall Street Journal, by Gail Sheehy Hazymac- 8/24/2014 1:47:55 PM Back in 1968, when I was 30, my entire life blew up. I had a life plan and it collapsed for no rational reason. I had been a newspaper reporter in New York but left the job to help editor Clay Felker start New York magazine. My marriage was breaking up and I was falling in love with Clay. The song that carried me through those years and all stages of my life is "Both Sides Now" by Joni Mitchell. I first heard the song in 1968, when Judy Collins´s version was a huge radio hit. But when I heard British jihadists: How Britainbecame the Yemen of the West Telegraph [UK], by Andrew Gilligan - 8/24/2014 1:38:44 PM The Japanese hostage lies pinned to the sandy ground, bleeding from two long, slashing cuts across his face – perhaps carried out with the same knife that one of his jihadist interrogators is now pointing at him. “Where are you from? Don’t lie to me!” shouts the man, in English. The alleged “regime soldier”, in civilian clothes, thrashes desperately against his captors as his throat is cut: an 18-minute snuff movie, complete with sound, of unwatchable horror, linked to a Twitter account apparently belonging to the British extremist Anjem Choudary. Dreadful as the murder video of the journalist James Foley was, Under Obama, racial hopebut no change Politico, by Edward-Isaac Dovere - 8/24/2014 12:56:20 PM Six years ago, Barack Obama’s election was going to usher in a new era of racial understanding. That hasn’t happened. Few, if any, anticipated that the man whose election itself was historic would be in a constant lose-lose situation as president when it came to race. The protests and violence in Ferguson, Missouri, following the police shooting of Michael Brown have crystallized a larger sense within the African-American community, and civil rights leaders say they feel they’re a long way from Grant Park and a lot closer to “here we go again” on the Trayvon Martin shooting. “Things got somewhat Ben Carson Battles Jesse Jackson:Ferguson ‘Has Nothing to Do with Race’ Mediaite, by Evan McMurry - 8/24/2014 12:41:03 PM Neurosurgeon and rising GOP star Ben Carson phoned in to Fox News Sunday (due to technical difficulties) this morning and debated Reverend Jesse Jackson over whether race was the predominant factor in the shooting death of Michael Brown and subsequent unrest in Ferguson, MO. Jackson had called Brown’s death a “state execution” and linked it to a pattern of law enforcement violence against African Americans, violence that almost always goes unpunished. Carson responded that the incarceration and violence in black communities was largely a matter of personal responsibility, not racial disparities. “If you take race out of the issue altogether
Is Obama really on Martha´s Vineyard?Press whines they never see golfing,hiking Obama Washington Examiner (DC), by Paul Bedard - 8/24/2014 12:30:50 PM The White House press pool, with President Obama in Martha’s Vineyard to cover his every movement, seems to have had enough of their 16-day assignment. After being snubbed by the active president who didn’t show his face to reporters on Friday or Saturday, the press “pool” on Saturday turned to mockery as Obama hit the links -- again. “Subject: Travel pool report #2 - golf o´clock,” said the second press pool report issued Saturday morning. “Those of you expecting more golf...will not be disappointed. After an uneventful drive, we have arrived at the Farm Neck golf club at 10:47 a.m. U.S. Sends Second Carrier toAsia Amid Tensions with China Washington Free Beacon [DC], by Bill Gertz - 8/24/2014 12:22:55 PM The Navy is sending a second aircraft carrier strike group to the Asia Pacific region amid new tensions with China over a dangerous aerial encounter between a Chinese interceptor and Navy P-8 surveillance craft. The strike group led by the USS Carl Vinson departed San Diego for the Pacific on Friday, the Navy said in an announcement of what it terms a “planned” deployment. China’s military on Saturday, meanwhile, demanded an end to all U.S. monitoring flights and called U.S. criticism of dangerous Chinese jet maneuvers false. Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said in a statement that a Chinese fighter 4 dead, 13 wounded during city shootings Chicago Tribune, by Deanese Williams-Harris,* - 8/24/2014 12:17:04 PM Four men were shot dead in separate attacks early Sunday morning and at least 13 other people have been wounded during shootings since Saturday afternoon, authorities said. A 17-year-old boy was shot and killed in the Little Village neighborhood at around 6 a.m. Sunday, according to Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada. The boy, who police said is a documented gang member, was standing on a sidewalk in the 2200 block of South Marshall Boulevard on the Southwest Side when he was approached by two males who shouted gang slogans at him and then opened fire. The boy Worldview: Sooner rather thanlater, U.S. will have to confront ISIS Philadelphia Inquirer, by Trudy Rubin NorthernDog- 8/24/2014 12:06:50 PM How do you deal with a hideous terrorist group that has morphed into a Mideast state with a huge war chest and an aggressive army - and beheads an American journalist? Since the gruesome slaughter of James Foley, U.S. officials are debating whether the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) can be contained or must be rolled back in the near term. President Obama appears wedded to a strategy of containment - so far. (Snip) Its leaders have made clear that they will focus on Western and American targets once they consolidate their territorial gains. ISIS is training thousands
The British Rapper Suspectedof Beheading an American American Thinker, by Susan D. Harris - 8/24/2014 12:02:22 PM It’s no wonder British Prime Minister David Cameron cut his vacation short and rushed back to London: It was that darned Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary again. British media outlets and the New York Post are reporting that Bary, who rapped under the name “L Jinny,” is a suspect in the beheading of American journalist James Foley. (You can find this scum’s videos on YouTube if you’re in the mood to be nauseated.) In truth, British intelligence probably knew who he was almost immediately. The whole story of bringing in Professor Henry Higgins to determine the origin of his accent was probably Scott Brown Surges in New Hampshire,Pounds Shaheen on Amnesty Breitbart Big Government, by Mike Flynn JoniTx- 8/24/2014 11:59:04 AM The latest poll in the New Hampshire Senate race, released last week, shows Republican Scott Brown surging into a statistical tie with Dem Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. The WMUR Granite State Poll shows incumbent Shaheen leading Brown by two points, 46-44, within the polls margin of error. In July, Shaheen was leading Brown by 12 points. Shaheen, who is still fairly popular, is weighed down by Obama´s continuing unpopularity. Just 37% of voters in New Hampshire approve of his job performance. Shaheen has also been dragged down by Brown´s relentless campaigning against amnesty and the Obama Administration´s disjointed response to the 6.0 earthquake strikes betweenNapa and American Canyon Napa Valley Register (CA), by Staff JoniTx- 8/24/2014 11:56:17 AM An earthquake measuring an estimated 6.0 struck southern Napa County early Sunday with widespread reports of damage throughout the area.This was the largest Bay Area quake since the 1989 Loma Prieta quake, which measured around a 6.9, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The worst damage appeared to be at the Napa Valley Mobile Home Park in Napa, where at least four homes were destroyed by fire and up to eight more were damaged, according to Napa County Fire Capt. Steve Becker. No residents were injured, but hours after the quake, the fires continued to burn. "It´s breaking my heart," Gov. Nixon sees justice beingserved in Ferguson shooting Poltico, by Leigh Munsil NorthernDog- 8/24/2014 11:55:11 AM Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he´s confident that justice will be served in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, which led to protests and standoffs between the community and police in Ferguson. Still, the Democratic governor allowed for the possibility that the police officer allegedly responsible for the death of the unarmed teen might not be charged: “All of those things could happen," he said Sunday on CNN´s "State of the Union." "But the bottom line is our focus here is on making sure that the dual investigations, one by the local prosecutor and by the U.S. attorney general and
With an economy on theupswing, Dayton is tough target Star-Tribune [Minneapolis, MN], by Ricardo Lopez voxpopuli- 8/24/2014 11:33:43 AM Minnesota Republicans hoping to seize control of the governor’s residence have a problem when it comes to the economy: The news is too good. With business on the upswing and a state unemployment rate that’s among the lowest in the nation, Republicans lack a key issue voters often gravitate to during election season. Four years ago, when the unemployment rate topped 7 percent and the state faced a projected $6.2 billion deficit, then-gubernatorial candidates Republican Tom Emmer and DFLer Mark Dayton presented voters with starkly different plans to stem the hemorrhaging of jobs and balance the state budget. Tropical storm brewing over theAtlantic set to develop into HurricaneCristobal and hit Florida coast Reuters, by Staff Attercliffe- 8/24/2014 10:45:41 AM A tropical depression formed over the Turks and Caicos Islands on Saturday after drenching Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, and could become a hurricane as it moves over the warm open waters near the Bahamas, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. A tropical storm warning was issued for the Turks and Caicos islands and the southeast and central Bahamas as the weather system passed about 75 miles (120 km) northeast of Great Inagua island, with winds gusting over 35 miles an hour (55 km per hour). [Snip] It could become a category one hurricane with 75 mph (120 kph) Iran claims Revolutionary Guardsshoot down Israeli spy drone Reuters, by Staff Attercliffe- 8/24/2014 10:34:11 AM Iran´s Revolutionary Guards have shot down a radar-evading Israeli spy drone that was trying to penetrate Iran´s Natanz nuclear enrichment site, state news agency ISNA said on Sunday, quoting the Revolutionary Guards. "The downed aircraft was of the stealth, radar-evasive type and it intended to penetrate the off-limit nuclear area in Natanz... but was targeted by a ground-to-air missile before it managed to enter the area," ISNA said, citing a statement by the Revolutionary Guards. The Israeli military said it did not comment on foreign reports. Israel and the West suspect Iran of planning to build a nuclear bomb. In the A Week After Perry´sIndictment, Legal Case Begins Texas Tribune, by Terri Langford - 8/24/2014 10:32:28 AM After a week of defiance, press conferences and an unusual rally to mark his booking on felony charges, Gov. Rick Perry’s legal team makes its first courtroom appearance on Friday, kicking off the more mundane legal process that could begin to offer a better glimpse at the case against the governor. A week ago Perry was indicted on two felony counts — coercion of a public servant and abuse of official capacity — over his threat to veto $7.5 million in state funds for Texas´ public integrity unit. Perry wanted Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, whose office oversees that unit, The unholy marriage of the radicalleft and radical Islam terrorists Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod Posted By: snowcloud- 8/24/2014 10:29:22 AM Post Reply The brutal Islamic State (IS) terrorists, who wanted Aafia Siddiqui aka ‘Lady al-Qaeda’ swapped for decapitated photojournalist James Foley, are merely the latest in a long line of fanatics seeking the release of a woman caught redhanded in Afghanistan with detailed plans on how to kill the masses by spreading Ebola, and with dirty bombs and chemical weapons that would somehow spare children while killing off adults. She also had two pounds of highly toxic sodium cyanide hidden in her bag and documents detailing potential New York targets for attack, including Wall Street, the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, the
Fraud Confirmed – The FicticiousUnaccompanied Alien Children NoLonger Need Housing – Not Only Don’tThe Numbers Match, But The Actual Need* Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance Original Article The sadistic beheading of the American journalist James Foley by an ISIL killer apparently from Britain, just a few days ago, is the first such killing of an American by a jihadist with a British passport. But it is the second ritual beheading carried out by British Islamists (the head of a British soldier, Drummer Lee Rigby, was hacked from his body by two of them in Woolwich, London last year in full public view). Jihadists from Britain are at the forefront of the most violent extremism seen in modern times and many will properly be puzzled by how such people be citizens of a civilised country like Britain and why we seem powerless