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Late Breaking News!U.S. launches airstrikes on ISIS targets in Syria,sources tell NBC News
U.S. Launches Airstrikesin Syria Against ISIS Targets NBC News, by Staff LittleHoodedMonk- 9/22/2014 9:37:01 PM The United States launched airstrikes in Syria against ISIS targets, sources tell NBC News. The U.S. military plans to strike up to 20 targets — logistics, fuel and weapons depots; training sites; troop encampments; command and control sites; and headquarters for the Sunni fighters. The U.S. military will deploy manned and unmanned air assets, including F-22s, B-1 bombers, F-16s, F-15s and F/A-18s. The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush is at the ready in the Persian Gulf, and the USS Arleigh Burke, a guided missile destroyer that fires Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs), is in the Red Sea. The Attractions of Paradise PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez Hazymac- 9/22/2014 9:33:09 PM Back in the 1930s intellectuals sometimes advised each other: don’t give to beggars, you’ll delay the revolution. Socialism has been described as a method of loving humanity so that you can be indifferent to your actual neighbor. (Snip) One of the most interesting aspects of the now-famous confrontation between Robert F Kennedy Jr and PJTV’s Michelle Fields is his argument that you can be a conservationist without being one. RFK Jr said we should lobby for government to economize on energy so we as individuals don’t have to. Asked whether he would give up his car and gadgets, Kennedy retorted Ferguson residentsbegin using body cameras Associated Press, by Staff LittleHoodedMonk- 9/22/2014 9:31:01 PM Ferguson, Mo. - A California-based group has distributed and trained some Ferguson residents on how to use body cameras to record police. We Copwatch raised more than $6,000 to purchase 110 of the small devices to give to residents over the weekend, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The organization joined Ferguson-based activists the Canfield Watchmen to meet with about two dozen residents near the site where Michael Brown was fatally shot last month by a Ferguson police officer. David Whitt, a spokesman for the Canfield Watchmen, said that the body cameras offer people the ability to “challenge the
Biden to Hispanics:Obama will act on immigration Associated Press, by Stacy A. Anderson LittleHoodedMonk- 9/22/2014 9:24:50 PM Washington - Vice President Joe Biden told frustrated Hispanic leaders Monday President Barack Obama is "absolutely committed to moving forward" on comprehensive immigration reforms "and he´s going to do an awful lot." Biden said Obama was determined to move ahead "with or without" Congress and "if they don´t get something done by the end of this year, the president´s going to do it." Biden´s remarks came as he and his wife, Jill, hosted a Hispanic Heritage Month reception Monday at their Naval Observatory residence. He honored Hispanic education administrators and counselors, calling them "heroes in the Group Backing Islamic StateVows to Kill French Citizen New York Times, by Rukmini Callimachi LittleHoodedMonk- 9/22/2014 9:13:05 PM A jihadist group in North Africa aligned with the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of a Frenchman in a mountainous region of Algeria, hours after the Islamic State called for attacks on Westerners. In the video released Monday, the little-known group Jund al-Khilafah said France had 24 hours to halt attacks on the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, or see its citizen executed. The kidnapping — confirmed by the French government — was the first of a Westerner by an Islamic State-aligned group outside Syria. If copied, the tactic of kidnapping Westerners to pressure their their governments could expand the conflict US State Department announcestens of millions in aid to UNRWA Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Staff LittleHoodedMonk- 9/22/2014 9:01:16 PM The US State Department announced late Monday that it plans to provide over $71 million in humanitarian assistance to the Gaza Strip, a large portion of which is earmarked for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). "More than 58,000 people are still sheltering in United Nations facilities and basic necessities like food, clean water, and fuel remain in short supply throughout the territory," the State Department said in a statement. UNRWA has been a subject of controversy in Israel over its perceived sympathy toward Hamas and its actions during Operation Protective Edge. Lois Lerner ComparesHerself To Jeffrey Dahmer Daily Caller, by Alex Pappas Hybernicus- 9/22/2014 8:00:26 PM Lois Lerner says she is no Jeffrey Dahmer. The former Internal Revenue Service official referenced the infamous cannibalistic serial killer as she broke her silence for the first time about last year’s IRS scandal. Lerner told the website Politico that she has been the recipient of threats and hate mail, describing how one person called her “the worst person ever in the United States.” “I just thought, ‘Boy, worse than Jeffrey Dahmer?’” Lerner quipped. Lerner, who led the tax-exempt division of the IRS, was forced out of the agency after she found herself at the center of the scandal over the agency’s targeting of conservative groups
New archbishop draws line insand against church hardliners WBBM [Chicago,IL], by Jay Levine Fiesta del sol- 9/22/2014 7:40:02 PM The Spokane, Wash. bishop who will become head of the Roman Catholic Church in Chicago spent his weekend returning to his roots, in Omaha, Neb. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine was there as Blase Cupich, who will be installed in Chicago in November, shared the good news with his hometown.Levine reports the veteran clergyman, 65, is comfortable in his own skin and has a dry sense of humor. Cupich led CBS 2 on a tour of the small parish in South Omaha where he was raised“I want to make sure if they interview you, you say only nice things SpaceX founder expects flights fromTexas spaceport to begin in 2016 Houston Chronicle, by Aaron Nelsen - 9/22/2014 7:25:48 PM BROWNSVILLE — At the groundbreaking ceremony Monday for SpaceX´s commercial spaceport on the Texas Gulf coast, the founder of the aerospace company said the survival of mankind may hang on colonization of other planets. The company´s future commercial orbital spaceport in Boca Chica, near Brownsville, could be a key player in the race to Mars, said Elon Musk, who is the CEO. “I´m an optimist,” Musk said. “I wouldn´t have gotten into the rocket business otherwise.” Musk said SpaceX expects to begin construction on the site by mid-2015 and launch at least one commercial flight per month by late 2016. Islamic State releaseschilling threat to U.S., allies USA Today, by Kim Hjelmgaard LittleHoodedMonk- 9/22/2014 7:24:36 PM The Islamic State militant group released a new, chilling message that threatened the United States and its allies and urged Muslims to take violent action against "disbelievers." In the audio recording, a spokesman for the Islamic State, Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, warned "that the matter is more dangerous than you have imagined." "If you can kill a disbelieving American or European — especially the spiteful and filthy French — or an Australian, or a Canadian or any other disbeliever from the disbelievers waging war, including the citizens of the countries that entered into a coalition against the Islamic State, kill him Why Did Alison Lundergan GrimesBail Out of EMILY´s List Fundraiser? Weekly Standard, by John McCormack - 9/22/2014 7:20:56 PM EMILY´s List, an organization dedicated to electing women who oppose legal restrictions on abortion and support taxpayer-funding of abortion, held a fundraiser in New York City today, but one notable name was dropped from the list of speakers: Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky´s Democratic senatorial candidate. (Photo) As the screenshot above (which was sent along by a Republican source) shows, EMILY´s List had touted Grimes as a speaker at the event, but she is no longer listed as a speaker. A spokeswoman for Grimes did not reply to emails asking why the Democratic candidate canceled her appearance at the event.
A Mother in Jail for Helping HerDaughter Have an Abortion New York Times, by Emily Bazilon JoniTx- 9/22/2014 7:16:28 PM On Sept. 12th, Jennifer Whalen, a 39-year-old mother of three in the rural town of Washingtonville, Pa., went to jail to begin serving a 9-to-18-month sentence. Whalen’s crime was, in effect, ordering pills online that her older daughter took in the first several weeks of an unplanned pregnancy, when she was 16, to induce a miscarriage. The medication was a combination of mifepristone (formerly called RU-486) and misoprostol. The drugs have been available from a doctor with a prescription in the United States since 2000 and are used around the world to induce miscarriage. Recent research increasingly suggests that early Obama administration takesfirst steps against tax ´inversions´ CNN Money, by Jeanne Sahadi LittleHoodedMonk- 9/22/2014 7:14:47 PM New York - The U.S. Treasury Department on Monday announced what it called its "first targeted steps" to make it harder for U.S. companies to reduce their tax bills by merging with foreign firms. The process, known as inversion, has been all the rage in the corporate world this year. Treasury can´t unilaterally change tax law -- that´s the job of Congress. But what the Obama administration did on Monday was issue tax guidance that will govern any inversion completed from today forward. It also imposed at least one new restriction that will affect companies that have recently inverted. Democrats Unfazed American Thinker, by Karin McQuillan JoniTx- 9/22/2014 7:02:24 PM Obama doesn’t look very happy these days. His face is drawn, his hair graying, his voice a monotone. To keep going he needs a lot of luxury vacations, therapeutic golf with low-level lackeys, and non-stop fawning from billionaire Democrats at fundraisers. He seems to have tuned out so completely that he hasn’t a clue what’s happening. Despite a year of briefings, ISIS was a complete a surprise to him. The only outside stimulus that got a reaction from the commander in chief was his abysmal poll numbers. It’s tough be to a pathological narcissist when the applause stops. The destruction Tip leads authorities to WinterHaven robbery, beating suspect WFLA-TV [Tampa, FL], by Staff - 9/22/2014 6:58:05 PM Winter Haven, FL — After days on the run from the law, a career criminal is back behind bars. Perry Lee Chance Jr., 53, was apprehended on Saturday in Columbia County by a trooper with the Florida Highway Patrol. He was booked into the Columbia County Jail in Lake City where he is being held without bond. Chance is accused of beating and robbing an elderly Winter Haven store clerk on Tuesday. He will be brought back to Polk County later this week to face charges. (Snip) “For being a little frail, a little 80-year-old lady [my mother] is very strong,”
Four men indicted on murder charges indeadly carjacking at Short Hills mall NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, by Bill Wichert Ribicon- 9/22/2014 6:50:29 PM Newark — Four men have been indicted on charges of killing a Hoboken attorney during a carjacking in December at The Mall at Short Hills, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today. Basim Henry, 33, of South Orange, Hanif Thompson, 29, of Irvington, and Karif Ford, 32, and Kevin Roberts, 35, both of Newark, were indicted in connection with the Dec. 15, 2013 murder of 30-year-old Dustin Friedland, prosecutors said. (Snip) The lawsuit also claims an ambulance squad took an “extended and excessive period of time” to respond to the scene after a 911 call was made. Student loan debt curbs housingmarket by $83 billion, study says Los Angeles Times, by Tim Logan Posted By: JoniTx- 9/22/2014 5:59:54 PM Post Reply There’s been lots of debate lately in housing circles about the impact of student debt on home ownership. Now there’s a new study out that attempts to put a number on that impact: 414,000. That’s how many home sales will not happen this year because of high levels of student loan debt, according to a report from John Burns Consulting, an Irvine-based firm that advises home builders. That’s equal to about 8% of all home sales, and enough to dent the housing industry by $83 billion a year. The report estimates that the number of households under age 40 that Islamic State´s taunting speechcalls for killing civilians Los Angeles Times, by Nabih Bulos Original Article Posted By: JoniTx- 9/22/2014 5:52:44 PM Post Reply The extremist group Islamic State will drive the United States to its "death, grave and destruction," a spokesman for the militants declared in a recording that also called on Muslims living in the West to kill civilians. "You will pay the price when this crusade of yours collapses, and thereafter we will strike you in your homeland, and you will never be able to harm anyone afterward," Abu Muhammad Adnani said in a 42-minute speech that both taunted and threatened the U.S.-led coalition combating the Islamic State. "Mobilize your forces, roar with thunder, threaten whom you want, plot, arm your Al Gore Leaves People´s ClimateMarch in Chevy Suburban SUV Breitbart Big Government, by Kerry Picket Original Article Posted By: JoniTx- 9/22/2014 5:49:34 PM Post Reply Former Vice President Al Gore made his exit from Sunday´s climate change march in New York City in a Chevrolet Suburban SUV after speaking to reporters about renewable energy. Gore asked a security officer, "You want me here?" before stepping into the SUV, which appears to be a Suburban LT model, as seen in a logo behind the passenger door Gore entered. It is unknown if the large Chevy SUV was a flex fuel vehicle. Breitbart News asked the environmental activist about the financial costs of renewable energy, as well as his own house—a mansion in Nashville which has previously been
White House fence jumper had ammunition,machete in car, prosecutors say Washington Post, by Spencer S. Hsu Original Article Federal prosecutors alleged Monday in federal court that a man who jumped a fence and ran into the White House’s unlocked front door Friday night posed a threat to President Obama and was keeping 800 rounds of ammunition, two hatchets and a machete in his car, parked blocks away. Omar Jose Gonzalez, 42, formerly of Copperas Cove, Tex., appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola of the District on one charge of unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds while carrying a deadly or dangerous weapon. After a 15-minute hearing, Facciola ordered Gonzalez held until Oct. 1, pending revocation of bond
Half of Americans Believe Gay Sex Is a Sin Atlantic, by Emma Green - 9/22/2014 5:27:23 PM This has been a big year for gay rights in America. In state after state, either judges or voters have affirmed the constitutionality of same-sex marriage, and public support for gay unions reached an all-time high. But there´s still a tension between the acknowledgement of gay rights and the acceptance of gayness itself. A new Pew poll on religion in public life found that exactly half of respondents said they consider "homosexual behavior" sinful, a five-percentage-point increase since May 2013. This view is most prominent among white evangelicals and black protestants; more than three-quarters of each group said they see Kerry to address Iraqi,Syrian culture at Met Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Michael Wilner - 9/22/2014 5:18:16 PM NEW YORK--The US State Department and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York will co-host an event tonight highlighting the rapid destruction of cultural heritage across Iraq and Syria. "As the United States responds to the violence in Iraq and Syria that has destroyed millions of lives and caused enormous suffering to the region’s people, we also remain deeply concerned about the destruction of cultural heritage in these areas of tragic conflict," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement. [Snip] US Secretary of State John Kerry will attend the event, as well Director General of UNESCO Irina White House fence jumperhad ammunition, machetein car, prosecutors say Washington Post.com, by Spencer S. Hsu yo-yo- 9/22/2014 5:15:02 PM Federal prosecutors alleged Monday in federal court that a man who jumped a fence and ran into the White House’s unlocked front door Friday night posed a threat to President Obama and was keeping 800 rounds of ammunition, two hatchets and a machete in his car, parked blocks away.(SNIP)However, neither prosecutors nor Gonzalez’s assigned defense attorneys invoked his mental competency as an issue for now.
Only 42 Attend ´Black Mass´ inOklahoma City, Hundreds ofChristians Protest Outside Breitbart Big Government, by Dr. Susan Berry - 9/22/2014 5:13:00 PM Hundreds of Catholic protestors prayed and sang outside a satanic “black mass” held in a small theater in the Civic Center in Oklahoma City on Sunday, while only 42 ticket holders showed up to attend the event inside. As NewsOK reports, about 1,600 Roman Catholics gathered Sunday afternoon to bear witness to their Christian faith, 1,200 of them crowded into the sanctuary, gym, and cafeteria at St. Francis of Assisi Church for a holy hour prayer service convened by Archbishop Paul S. Coakley. About 400 more gathered outside the church to listen to the service through speakers set up outside. Australia Joins US AirstrikeCampaign on ISIS in Iraq Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Staff Attercliffe- 9/22/2014 4:53:07 PM Australian warplanes are being deployed to the Middle East to join the US-led campaign of air strikes on jihadist targets in northern Iraq, Defense Minister David Johnston said on Monday. "We will provide a number of military platforms, up to eight Super Hornet aircraft to participate in a US-led coalition in delivering air strikes," he told reporters in Baghdad after meeting Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced on September 14 that Australia would send fighter jets and forces to the United Arab Emirates as its contribution to the US-led military effort against the Islamic State (IS) NY Congresswoman ´BackedOut of Klinghoffer Protest´ Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Gil Ronen Attercliffe- 9/22/2014 4:48:33 PM Nick Di iorio, Republican nominee for Congress (NY-12), slammed U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney’s "poor record on Israel" Monday and what he said was her decision not to speak in a protest against the Metropolitan Opera’s anti-Semitic “The Death of Klinghoffer” production. Offered the chance to speak out against the anti-Semitic production, Maloney first agreed before backing out at the last moment, he said. [Snip] I traveled to towns including Tel Aviv, Sderot, Beer-Sheva and met with local political leaders, rabbis, IDF soldiers, students, and war victims in hospitals. While I visited Israel, Carolyn Maloney went Police raid roundup Washington Post, by Radley Balko zoidberg- 9/22/2014 4:13:13 PM There have been a rash of police raid-related stories in the news of late. Here’s a quick rundown: The grandson of a New Hampshire woman who was shot by police during a drug raid says she was reaching for her 18-month-old grandchild when the police fired at her. The bullet ripped through her arm and lodged in her abdomen. Two of the woman’s daughters were arrested on drug charges during simultaneous raids, but neither lived with the woman. According to the grandson, the police then tore the woman’s home apart but did not find any contraband. In a case we’ve been following here at The Watch, an Illinois judge just ruled
Rep. Chris Smith: Federal FundsNot Being Used for Abortion´Biggest Lie in 2014´ Cybercast News Service, by Craig Millward - 9/22/2014 4:12:56 PM At a news conference last week, Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) called President Obama´s promise that no taxpayer dollars would be used to fund abortions under Obamacare, "the biggest lie in 2014." Smith, speaking on a new GAO report that indicated public funding of abortion, said, "The president issued an executive order on March 24, 2010 and it said: ‘the Act maintains current Hyde Amendment restrictions governing abortion policy and extends those restrictions to newly created health insurance exchanges. It turns out that those promises made both on the floor of the House and in the president´s executive order are Texas Senators Still Trading BarbsOver Shutdown Breitbart Texas, by Sarah Rumph - 9/22/2014 4:08:27 PM AUSTIN, Texas -- Over the weekend, Texas´ two senators traded barbs over the last year´s government shutdown in a pair of speeches delivered at The Texas Tribune Festival, a conference at the University of Texas at Austin organized by the online media outlet. Senator John Cornyn delivered a keynote address on Saturday morning and Senator Ted Cruz followed later that afternoon. Both made remarks placing blame for partisan gridlock on Democratic leadership of the Senate, but it is their comments on the shutdown that are generating the buzz. Study links changingwinds to warming in Pacific Associated Press, by Jeff Barnard mitzi- 9/22/2014 4:02:04 PM A new study released Monday found that warming temperatures in Pacific Ocean waters off the coast of North America over the past century closely followed natural changes in the wind, not increases in greenhouse gases related to global warming. The study compared ocean surface temperatures from 1900 to 2012 to surface air pressure, a stand-in for wind measurements, and found a close match. "What we found was the somewhat surprising degree to which the winds can explain all the wiggles in the temperature curve," said lead author Jim Johnstone, who did the work while a climatologist at the Joint Institute Photographer Captures Tens ofThousands Fleeing ISIS, Entering Turkey National Geographic, by Scott Johnson mitzi- 9/22/2014 3:31:22 PM Learning of a refugee flood, John Stanmeyer went to the border. At least 66,000 Syrian Kurds streamed into Turkey on Saturday, fleeing the latest advances of the Islamic State—the violent Sunni group that has declared a caliphate in parts of Syria and Iraq—as it moved further north in a bid to extend territorial control. The militants’ onslaught left as many as 40 towns and villages in northern Syria, including the border city of Ayn al-Arab, called Kobani in Kurdish, virtually empty, as thousands of men, women and children sought safety. Turkey has received more than 1.2 million Syrian refugees since
In the dark of night,remember to pray for America Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod snowcloud- 9/22/2014 3:26:33 PM At the end of each day as we lie abed each and every night there is something many of us forget to do. That something forgotten is to pray for America. In the vale of tears that life on earth is and has always been; in the misery that Marxism continues to spread among vulnerable masses, we pray for family members and friends who have fallen ill. We pray our job will be there for the foreseeable future, and even that we can somehow make this month’s rent or mortgage. At the end of the day when we turn out the lights and lay in our beds, when there is no one there but our conscience and the Creator, we tend to pray for people we know and about personal events perhaps thinking praying for a whole country is abstract. China: Uyghur Islamic RadicalsKill Two In Bomb Blasts Breitbart National Security, by Jordan Schachtel mitzi- 9/22/2014 2:56:00 PM According to China’s state-media, two were killed and many more injured on Sunday when Uyghur Islamic radicals bombed an area in the country’s western region of Xinjiang, Reuters reports. The state-press report added that hundreds of innocent Chinese citizens have been killed over the past year. The report was short on many details. “At present, all the injured have been sent to hospital for full treatment, local social order is normal, and the cases are being investigated,” the report said. The alleged terror attacks comes following an announcement over the weekend that China is holding responsible seventeen police officials More Defense Dollars, Now National Review Online, by Editors MissMolly- 9/22/2014 2:52:44 PM Congressional Republicans cannot do much to make President Obama devise a credible strategy to defeat the Islamic State, or to counter Russian expansionism. There is one thing they can do, however, to contribute to the recovery of American strength overseas, particularly if they take the Senate this fall. They can make it clear that they intend for the next president to have the military means at his disposal to meet whatever threats we face. Those capabilities are steadily and quickly eroding. Budget cuts will force the Army to further scale back training for units based in the United States, allowing only Miss America was booted fromsorority for abusive hazing New York Post, by Leonard Greene MissMolly- 9/22/2014 2:50:01 PM Newly crowned Miss America Kira Kazantsev was kicked out of her college sorority for abusive hazing, according to a report. Kazantsev, who speaks three languages and maintained a 3.6 GPA while triple majoring in political science, geography, and global studies at Long Island’s Hofstra University, was booted with a friend from the school’s Alpha Phi sorority last year after allegedly hazing pledges, according to the website Jezebel.com. Kazantsev, the sorority’s head of recruitment, was exceptionally hard on new pledges, and made their lives “a living hell,” a tipster told the web site. Under her supervision, pledges in the incoming
Why Hillary’s Alinsky Letters Matter National Review Online, by Stanley Kurtz MDMuskrat- 9/22/2014 2:48:06 PM Alana Goodman’s revelation at the Washington Free Beacon of previously unknown correspondence between Hillary Clinton and Saul Alinsky shows that Clinton has not been honest about her far-left past. The lost Alinsky letters also remind us of what we ought to know but have forgotten, Hillary is not “Clintonian.” While Bill and Hillary have worked, schemed, and governed as a couple for decades, Hillary has always been to the left of Bill. As president, she would govern more like Obama than like her husband. Hillary Clinton was the Elizabeth Warren of her day, the leader of the left-wing of the Democratic Barack’s World Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehner - 9/22/2014 2:46:39 PM President Obama has declared his strategy is to “degrade and defeat” ISIS. Yet he’s hoping to do so by relying on a plan that is ludicrously insufficient. It’s worth noting that the criticism of his approach isn’t being led by Republicans as much as by U.S. military leaders (as this Washington Post story makes clear), by retired generals, and by former Obama defense secretaries like Leon Panetta and Robert Gates. Secretary Panetta told CBS News that ISIS emerged as a threat because the United States pulled out of Iraq too soon and became involved in Syria too late, while Secretary Reason Magazine actually askedclimate protesters what theywant to do, and it’s hilarious Hot Air, by Noah Rothman MissMolly- 9/22/2014 2:46:35 PM Those in politics who spend much of their time railing about the dangers associated with anthropogenic climate change will often assert that the public largely shares their concerns about catastrophic climate shifts. You rarely hear from those oft-cited members of the public who are supposedly alarmed by climate change alarmism. Reason Magazine’s Kmele Foster, co-host of Fox Business Network’s The Independents, revealed why that is when he took to the People’s Climate March in New York City this weekend armed with a camera and a microphone. Unsurprisingly, the People’s March more resembled a throwback anti-capitalism Wesleyan rules fraternitiesmust start accepting women Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmer MissMolly- 9/22/2014 2:43:16 PM Fraternities at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, must start accepting women and all residential fraternities must become fully co-educational over the next three years, the school’s Board of Trustees has ruled. The decision was made “with equality and inclusion in mind,” school President Michael Roth and Trustee Chairman Joshua Boger wrote in an email to students on Monday, Business Insider reported. “Our residential Greek organizations inspire loyalty, community and independence. That’s why all our students should be eligible to join them.” The school has focused on issues with Greek life ever since a woman filed a lawsuit against Wesleyan two years ago WH: Americans radicalized in theMiddle East back in United States The Hill (Washington, DC), by Justin Sink - 9/22/2014 2:22:41 PM Some of an estimated 100 Americans who have traveled to the Middle East and joined terrorist organizations like the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have returned to the United States, a senior administration official said Monday. At a Monday briefing previewing an administration push for a United Nations resolution to prevent the flow of foreign citizens into conflict zones to join terrorist groups, a senior administration official said that an estimated 15,000 individuals had entered Iraq and Syria to join groups like ISIS and the al Nusra Front. The official said that 2,000 of those foreign fighters were
Robert F Kennedy Jr loses his cooland grabs mic from reporter pushinghim about his own carbon footprint Daily Mail [UK], by Mia De Graaf - 9/22/2014 2:21:31 PM He was a leading figure in one of the biggest climate change marches to date. But it seems Robert F Kennedy Jr was not so forthcoming when it came to questions about his own carbon footprint. Confronted by a reporter asking if he would give up his phone and car, the environmental lawyer became visibly irate before grabbing the microphone and accusing her of ´destroying democracy´ as a member of the press. The interview in New York yesterday afternoon started with a conversation about the number of flyers produced for the event, which Kennedy Jr claimed was necessary to garner ´people power´. Versailles in California PJ Media, by Victor Davis Hanson SoCalGal- 9/22/2014 2:17:53 PM California is run from a sort of Pacific Versailles, an isolated coastal compound of elite rulers physically cut off from its interior peasantry.To understand how California works — or rather does not work — drive over the I-5 Grapevine and gaze down at the brilliantly engineered artificial Pyramid Lake. Thanks to California water project deliveries, even in a third year of drought its level still fluctuates between 90 to 100% full — ensuring, along with its companion reservoirs, plentiful water for the Los Angeles-area municipalities for the next two years. The far distant watersheds and reservoirs that feed Pyramid Lake Obama ‘concerned’ about White House intruder Washington Times (D.C), by Dave Boyer - 9/22/2014 1:56:42 PM President Obama is “obviously concerned” that an intruder jumped the fence at the White House and made it inside the front door, a spokesman said Monday. “He did indicate as you would expect that his family was in the White House, so he is obviously concerned,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday. Mr. Obama and his daughters actually had just departed on Marine One for Camp David Friday evening when the intruder, identified by the Secret Service as Oscar Gonzalez, an Iraq war veteran, climbed the fence and dashed to the North Portico. First lady Michelle Obama also wasn’t
Top-level turnover makes it harder for DHS to stay on top of evolving threatsNot good news, not good at all.
Good News from Africa American Magazine, by Peter A. Coclanis EagleBlurst- 9/22/2014 1:20:39 PM Although much of the recent news from Africa has focused on deadly viruses, violent terrorists, and kidnapped teenage girls, there is good news that is getting less media coverage: since the late 1990s, the economy of sub-Saharan Africa, considered as a whole, has been growing at more than 5 percent a year, and most analysts believe it will grow at that rate or higher in the next few years. Although sub-Saharan Africa’s share of world exports of goods and services remains minuscule (about 2 percent), that percentage is about the same as that of India, a card-carrying BRIC with a Brown signs bill to urge moredrivers into eco-friendly vehicles Los Angeles Times, by Melanie Mason and Patrick McGreevy Ribicon- 9/22/2014 1:12:13 PM Sacramento — Seeking to put more California drivers in electric cars, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Sunday providing financial incentives and other perks to entice consumers to buy the environmentally friendly vehicles. (Snip) The board will change its clean-vehicle rebate program to provide an extra credit for low-income drivers who wish to buy or lease an electric car. It also will provide assistance to car-sharing programs in low-income neighborhoods and install electric vehicle charging stations in apartment buildings in those communities. Low-income residents who agree to scrap older, more polluting cars will also get clean-vehicle rebates on top of existing Chief Meteorologist At WeatherbellAnalytics: Organizers Of People’sClimate March Were ‘ProstitutingThe Weather And Climate’ CBS News (Philadelphia), by Staff - 9/22/2014 12:49:35 PM Dom Giordano talked to Joe Bastardi, from Weatherbell Analytics, on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT to discuss the People’s Climate March in New York City. (snip) Bastardi said that people are not causing climate change and expects scientific data to eventually back that up. “The debate on what is going on is over. It is over. Now we just have to see what happens when the Atlantic flips into its cold cycle and the cyclical nature of the sun, whether we return to the temperatures we were in the late seventies as measured by objective satellite readings.” He commented that the
Fighting a quiet, nearly invisiblebrand of systematic racism Seattle Times, by Jerry Large Maggie2u- 9/22/2014 12:44:55 PM Eduardo Bonilla-Silva says improving race relations in the United States will require a social movement, active anti-racists and steady attention to everyday racism rather than reactions to hot incidents. He wouldn’t wait for a fire, then call in Jessie Jackson or Al Sharpton to say the same things they’ve been saying for 30 years, because the battle lines have moved. Racism these days can be quiet, polite and damn near invisible in its execution, but not in its impact. I called Bonilla-Silva to talk about his ideas because he’s going to be speaking in the area this weekend Gunman says ´This is forMichael Brown´ as he robsthree couples leaving a restaurant St. Louis Post-Dispatch [MO], by Denise Hollinshed Ribicon- 9/22/2014 12:05:52 PM A gunman who robbed six people leaving a restaurant in St. Louis Saturday night told them "this is for Michael Brown" before running off with their belongings, police said. Police said the three couples, all of them from 59 to 61 years old, had just left a restaurant in the 1100 block of Mississippi Avenue about 11 p.m. They were walking north on the west side of the street when they were approached by two men. One of the men pointed a silver gun at the group and demanded their belongings. After the second man grabbed items from the group, John Kerry: ISIS ´One Of The MostDangerous Groups That I Have Seen´ Breitbart Big Government, by Charlie Spiering - 9/22/2014 11:54:15 AM Secretary of State John Kerry called Islamic State terrorists “one of the most dangerous groups that I have seen in my time in public life.” Kerry made his remarks during an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, reminding viewers that ISIS has a “radical extremist philosophy” and a “cultish attitude.” “It’s not a religious outlook; it’s a self-described cult that is evil,” he said. “They are avowed genocidists.” Kerry also explained that he was concerned that ISIS had access to funding and resources (snip) “We have over a hundred fighters there from America. They have passports. They can come back here,” Top-level turnover makes itharder for DHS to stay ontop of evolving threats Washington Post, by Jerry Markon, Ellen Nakashima* - 9/22/2014 11:51:51 AM An exodus of top-level officials from the Department of Homeland Security is undercutting the agency’s ability to stay ahead of a range of emerging threats, including potential terrorist strikes and cyberattacks, according to interviews with current and former officials. Over the past four years, employees have left DHS at a rate nearly twice as fast as in the federal government overall, and the trend is accelerating, according to a review of a federal database. The departures are a result of what employees widely describe as a dysfunctional work environment, abysmal morale, and the lure of private security companies paying top dollar
Lois Lerner breaks silence: I’m‘not sorry for anything I did’ Washington Times (D.C), by Cheryl K. Chumley JoniTx- 9/22/2014 11:22:03 AM Lois Lerner, the former IRS director accused of using her position to delay nonprofit applications to scores of conservative and tea party groups, has broken her wall of silence in a sit-down interview with Politico to say: “I didn’t do anything wrong.” “I’m proud of my career and the job I did for this country,” she told Politico. Many in the United States — as well as Capitol Hill — disagree. Ms. Lerner, who’s no longer with the IRS, is having difficulty finding another place of employment, Politico reported. Meanwhile, her legal bills have been piling up, as she’s spent Little Village shooting closes violentweekend: 3 killed, 30 wounded Chicago Tribune, by Peter Nickeas JoniTx- 9/22/2014 11:13:13 AM The 33rd person shot in Chicago since Friday afternoon walked into Mount Sinai Hospital just after 1:20 a.m. Monday bleeding from wounds to his neck and back. He had been on his side of a gang border in Little Village when someone opened fire, police said. Neighbors heard the shots and called 911, but responding officers found nothing until the man was dropped off at the hospital, a few fast miles up Ogden Avenue past the police station where officers would respond to the shooting. Once police had a better idea of where to look, they found shell casings and See the 10 Dumbest Idiots fromthe People’s Climate March FrontPage, by Daniel Greenfield Judy W.- 9/22/2014 11:12:29 AM If you believe the media, today’s People’s Climate March was a gathering of grandmothers, adorable kiddies and smiling college students in polar bear costumes to urge us all to live in miserable poverty in order to save the planet from a threat that doesn’t exist. Except for the Green Energy tycoons behind this thing who will get very, very rich. (Just ask Al Gore, who was there.) But when most people hear the word “People” and “March” in one sentence, they think commies. And indeed there were plenty of Commies there. Also terrorist supporters and random lunatics from the great asylum The makeup artist who has seen it all CBS News, by Staff JoniTx- 9/22/2014 11:10:46 AM For 62 years, Riccie Johnson has started her day at CBS News the same way -- by carefully unpacking her brushes, tubes, and pencils on a counter beneath a lighted mirror. She´s a makeup artist and, some would say, an institution. Johnson was there for the beginning of 60 Minutes in 1968 and she still does the makeup for the correspondents every week. (Snip) Johnson´s work has graced the faces of U.S. Presidents Johnson, Ford and Nixon and Clinton. She also made up Frank Sinatra, who warned her about his hairpiece. "He said, ´Don´t get too close to the lace,´
Ransom: Dems sold top House positionsfor $100,000; $200,000 for legislation Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard mitzi- 9/22/2014 11:05:24 AM House Democrats, panicked after Newt Gingrich and the GOP shocked Washington by winning the House in 1994, became so obsessed with raising money to take back the chamber they even sold off top leadership jobs, according to a longtime Democratic fundraiser. In an explosive book out next month, Lindsay Mark Lewis said that former House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt’s team set a price of $100,000 to be the top Democrat on every House committee, $100,000 on a trade deal and $200,000 for a tax proposal to be considered by the House Ways and Means Committee. They also demanded that members So Why Are We AllowingISIS to Export Oil? American Thinker, by Russ Vaughn trapper- 9/22/2014 10:45:34 AM I just fought down my natural revulsion to anything that comes from the major networks to watch "Sixty Minutes." Teased into it by the promise that former SecDef, Leon Panetta, was going to blow the whistle on his former boss, Obama, I allowed myself to be sucked in. Panetta did say that it was a mistake to remove all American troops from Iraq, but to characterize that as a denouncement of Obama’s foreign policy was a bit lame. [snip] From the entire interview what came across to me as completely unbelievable – no, unacceptable -- was the revelation that ISIS India´s Low-Cost Mars Mission CompletesCrucial Engine Firing Test Prepares ToEnter Mars Orbit In Two Days Forbes Magazine, by Saritha Rai karmageddon2008- 9/22/2014 10:42:57 AM India’s maiden interplanetary mission passed a critical test on Monday in its low-cost quest to reach Mars. Scientists successfully test fired the main liquid engine of the $75-million Mangalyaan Mars Orbiter for a brief four seconds, just ahead of getting the spacecraft ready to slip into the Martian orbit on Sept 24. “We have just test-fired the engine for 3.968 seconds and it has served two purposes. We restarted the engine after 300 days and we were able to fire it. It was also a useful trajectory-correction maneuver where we reduced the velocity of the spacecraft by 2.18 meters per second from a speed 22.5 kilometers per second, The Weekend I QuitWatching All Football Wall Street Journal, by Scott Pollack - 9/22/2014 10:34:44 AM Friday evening I left Journal Sports World Headquarters™ in a melancholy fog. It had been another dreary day of accusation and obfuscation in the NFL. A few blocks up Sixth Avenue, Roger Goodell had delivered a news conference in which he was asked much and answered little. He may as well have stood there in flip-flops, clipped his nails and munched loudly on a bag of corn chips. Not long after, word arrived, via ESPN, that the Baltimore Ravens may have been less than candid about their initial handling of the Ray Rice incident. Ugh. I took the subway home, went
Activists plan to shutdown NY stock exchange CNN, by Ben Rooney Scottyboy- 9/22/2014 10:28:28 AM Hundreds of environmentalists plan to "shut down" the New York Stock Exchange later Tuesday to protest the relationship between global warming and Big Business. Scores of protesters had already gathered in lower Manhattan early Tuesday for an event dubbed #FloodWallStreet. They planned to march a few blocks north to Wall Street and stage a "sit-in" until forced to leave. Their beef: the fossil fuels industry and other companies are profiting at the expense of the environment. The activists said they were willing to be arrested to drive home the link between global capitalism and worsening climate change. Voter Intensity Strongly Against Obamacare Weekly Standard, by Jeffrey H. Anderson - 9/22/2014 10:11:33 AM A new poll from Public Opinion Strategies, commissioned by Independent Women’s Voice, finds that people who care about the issue of Obamacare really don’t like Obamacare. On the flip side, people who like Obamacare really don’t care about it very much. That’s a bad combination for pro-Obamacare candidates.The poll found that likely voters in battleground districts who consider Obamacare to be the “most important” issue in the upcoming election oppose it by the overwhelming tally of 70 to 30 percent (see slide 9). Likely voters who consider Obamacare to be a “very important” issue (but not the “most important” one) Obama tries Reagan touchon economy, but wages weigh Reuters, by Jason Lange and Roberta Rampton Scottyboy- 9/22/2014 10:03:43 AM President Barack Obama, stumping for the Democrats ahead of November´s congressional elections, has twice invoked Ronald Reagan´s seminal campaign question: "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" Framing the debate like that helped Reagan twice - in 1980 when he beat incumbent Jimmy Carter, and then again in 1984 when he won re-election during an economic upswing. But a similar message has failed to resonate for Obama primarily for one reason: while he stresses the economy has improved in almost every aspect on his watch, average family incomes have slipped. Between 2009 when Obama took office How Soon We Forget the VeteranWho Attacked the White House National Journal, by Ron Fournier Drive- 9/22/2014 10:03:29 AM When a deranged man jumps a 9-foot fence and storms into the White House, the most obvious questions involve security—and so these were among Monday´s headlines: "The Secret Service Considers Bigger White House Buffer" (The Washington Post) and "White House May Check Tourists Blocks Away" (The New York Times). Beware of the most obvious. The most important angles often lurk below the surface. What struck me about Day 3 coverage of the White House breach was how the intruder had all but been erased from the stories. His name is Omar J. Gonzalez. He is a decorated Iraq war veteran from Texas, No end to fraud cases involving CristinaFernandez vice-president Boudou MercoPress [Montevideo, Uruguay], by Staff - 9/22/2014 10:01:31 AM Argentina´s controversial Vice-President Amado Boudou received yet another judicial headache on the same day as he took over the role of the country´s interim head of the Executive as President Cristina Fernández travelled to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis this Saturday. Prosecutor Gerardo Pollicita charged Boudou for the falsification of his DNI identity card. Boudou was scheduled to attend a hearing at the Buenos Aires courthouse, where the Criminal Appeals Court was going to review his indictment, over fake car documents, issued by Federal Judge Claudio Bonadío last month.
No, Zephyr, Democrats Don´tNeed to Have a Civil War Real Clear Politics, by Bill Scher garnet- 9/22/2014 9:59:22 AM Zephyr Teachout, fresh from her better-than-expected showing against Gov. Andrew Cuomo in New York’s gubernatorial primary, now is urging similar challenges against other Democrats across the country. In a Politico Magazine opinion piece titled “The Dems Need a Kick From the Left” co-written with her running mate Tim Wu, Teachout wrote, “We hope a new crop of Americans runs against other Democratic governors, members of Congress and local politicians who have abandoned their constituents.” On MSNBC’s “Krystal Clear,” she pledged to run for office again, but was mum as to whether it would be a primary challenge Islamic State urges attacks on U.S.,French citizens, taunts Obama Reuters, by Yada Bayoumy Scottyboy- 9/22/2014 9:48:14 AM Islamic State urged its followers on Monday to attack citizens of the United States, France and other countries which have joined a coalition to destroy the militant group.(snip) Addressing Obama directly, Adnani added: "O mule of the Jews, you claimed today that America would not be drawn into a war on the ground. No, it will be drawn and dragged ... to its death, grave and destruction." Obama, who has spent much of his tenure extracting the United States from Iraq after its costly 2003 invasion and occupation, is sensitive to charges that he is being drawn into another Dried-up dams, boats at bottom ofreservoirs and rapidly shrinking lakes:Extraordinary images of thedevastating drought in the West Daily Mail [UK], by Wills Robinson - 9/22/2014 9:42:16 AM Barren land, dams with no water reaching them, boats anchored in dried-up reservoirs and shrinking lake levels. These extraordinary images show the devastating impact the worst droughts in decades is having on the American West - and forecasters have predicted it is likely to continue. Around 430,000 acres of land will be left fallow in California - because there hasn´t been enough rain or snow coming from the nearby mountain ranges. Farmers - who are daily facing the prospect of losing their jobs and everything they have - are hoping for relief this winter, but the situation still remains dire. More Abject Failure from Koskinen´s IRS Canada Free Press, by Alan Joel SpeedMaster- 9/22/2014 9:34:41 AM John Koskinen has failed the IRS and the American people. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testified last week about the missing emails lost forever due to computer failures. When questioned about any more crashes or computer issues recently, Koskinen told the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee that “Hard drive crashes continue as we speak.” Can someone please buy the IRS reliable computers and a backup system? Don’t forget, the IRS canceled the back-up contract service that they had for six years, shortly after Lois Lerner’s original hard drive went missing. The List: Every Journalist in theGameJournoPros Group Revealed Breitbart London, by Milo Yiannopoulos JoniTx- 9/22/2014 9:32:21 AM Last week, Breitbart News revealed a secret video game journalist mailing list used by a clique of influential writers, editors, and bloggers, some of whom attempted to bully their colleagues with it in an attempt to shape the news agenda for political purposes. We can today reveal the complete list of journalists, some 150 key industry figures, on the list. Outlets with representation span the entire video games journalism universe and include Polygon, Ars Technica, Wired, Eurogamer, Destructoid, Kotaku, Joystiq, TechRadar, and many other well-known brands in games publishing. But they also include freelancers and The Utter Failure of Obama American Thinker, by Bruce Walker Original Article Posted By: - 9/22/2014 9:20:31 AM Post Reply Barack Obama is destined to be the greatest flop in American presidential history. He is, in every sense of the word, an utter failure. Consider first his signature achievement, Obamacare. Not only has Obama had to delay implementation, creating a perfect precedent for his Republican successor to do the same, but the law is more unpopular today than it has ever been according to all polling data. (snip)Obama, who “won” the Nobel Peace Prize almost as soon as he took office, is now officially a warmonger president – but one who leads from behind and rejects every attempt to form a national
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Turkey must join thefight against Isil Telegraph [UK], by Shashank Joshi Attercliffe- 9/22/2014 9:11:06 AM For the past few weeks, we have witnessed the grotesque spectacle of three Britons paraded before us by the Islamic State (Isil), one murdered on camera, another on his knees and threatened with the same, and the third compelled to recite propaganda. [Snip] But imagine if Isil held as many as 50 of our own. How would we then respond? Would we still have despatched Tornados over Iraqi skies and urged the SAS into action? For Turkey, this is no hypothetical scenario. In June, Isil seized 46 Turkish diplomats as it blitzed through the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Faced with In US, huge grain cropsspell headache for farmers Agence France-Presse, by Julie Michel MattMusson- 9/22/2014 9:09:02 AM New York - US corn and soybean crops could break records this year, but for farmers the bounty has a dark side: falling prices and a logistics nightmare getting crops to market. "It is not an exact science but when we look at the fields, it looks like it is going to be a big crop," said John Reifsteck, a corn and soybean farmer in Champaign, Illinois, a Midwest farm belt state. Reifsteck estimated his corn crop could be as much as 15 percent higher than last year's. The US Department of Agriculture is forecasting record crops this year for corn and soybeans, the two largest US crops in terms of production Dem Senator to Female Colleague:
´Don’t Lose Too Much Weight
Now. I Like My Girls Chubby!
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper - 9/22/2014 8:59:09 AM Democratic senator Kirsten Gillibrand reportedly reveals in her memoir that one U.S. senator told her, "Don’t lose too much weight now. I like my girls chubby!" It is now being reported that that line came from Senator Daniel K. Inouye, a Democrat and personal hero to President Barack Obama. As Carl Hulse reports in the New York Times: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York caused a commotion this month when she revealed in a memoir how her male colleagues felt free to comment rather vividly on her weight. The senator came under pressure to reveal the names of the perpetrators,
Turkey clamps down on Syria
border after Kurdish unrest
BBC News [UK], by Staff Attercliffe- 9/22/2014 8:57:17 AM Turkey has begun to close some of its border crossings with Syria after about 130,000 Kurdish refugees entered the country over the weekend. On Sunday Turkish security forces clashed with Kurds protesting in solidarity with the refugees. Some protesters were reportedly trying to go to Syria to fight Islamic State (IS). Most refugees are from Kobane, a town threatened by the advancing militants. IS has taken over large swathes of Iraq and Syria in recent months. Before the latest influx, there were already more than one million Syrian refugees in Turkey. They have fled since the start of the uprising against Syrian President Bashar Far Left Climate Activists Leave Mounds
of Trash For Cities to Deal With
Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft Toledo- 9/22/2014 8:49:06 AM On Sunday, tens of thousands of committed leftists held “climate change” world rallies. Thousands descended on New York City, marching through the heart of Manhattan with a message of alarm for world leaders. The far left activists are worried about the effects of global warming despite the fact that the US just went through its coldest winter in a century and Antarctic sea ice is at record levels. The alarmists are worried about global warming. But, they let others worry about their trash. Iran Facing Leadership Crisis as
Supreme Leader’s Health Worsens
Washington Free Beacon, by Adam Kredo Toledo- 9/22/2014 8:46:09 AM Iran is on the cusp of experiencing a major political crisis as regime insiders jockey for power in what intelligence reports indicate is the coming end to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s 25-year reign as head of the country. Khamenei, who rose to power as Iran’s second supreme leader in 1989, was in the hospital last week to undergo prostate surgery. The well-publicized surgery—coupled with 2010 U.S. diplomatic cables stating that Khamenei has terminal caner—suggest that the regime is “preparing the nation and the world for a transition to a third supreme leader,” according to a report released by the global intelligence giant US Reportedly Providing Indirect
Military Aid to Hezbollah
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Ari Yashar Attercliffe- 9/22/2014 8:23:05 AM Mohammed Afif, the new head of public relations for the Lebanese-based Iranian-backed terror organization Hezbollah, gave a rare New York Times interview as Lebanese experts reveal his group is indirectly receiving American intelligence aid in its fight against Islamic State (ISIS). [Snip] That leaked intelligence may explain some recent impressive achievements against ISIS, including the first known Hezbollah drone strike. It is worth noting by contrast to the blasé indirect provision of intelligence and weapons to a terror group in Lebanon, during Operation Protective Edge US President Barack Obama blocked a routine Hellfire missile shipment to Israel and ordered strict
Cambodia Buddhist ´Meth Monks´
Arrested for Smoking Ice in Pagoda Room
International Business Times, by Gianluca Mezzofiore Toledo- 9/22/2014 8:19:31 AM Two Cambodian Buddhist monks have been arrested in the popular tourist city of Siem Reap for smoking crystal methamphetamine along with two women in their pagoda. The room of Pich David, 36, who has a history of erratic behaviour in the Buddhist community of Pur Langka, in Slakram commune, was raided by police who found alcohol, condoms and a pipe for smoking Ice, the other name used to describe the extremely addictive stimulant drug. Commune police chief Khiev Sort told the Cambodia Daily newspaper that the monk had been under suspicion for some time for not following the Buddhist doctrine. Police also Meet John Feehery, Perhaps the Worst
GOP Establishment Consultant Ever
American Thinker, by C. Edmund Wright magnante- 9/22/2014 8:08:19 AM Before this week, I figured that the race to the intellectual bottom for Republican consultants would have been a doggoned close contest. (snip)Allow me to introduce to you John Feehery, a consultant whose instincts are utterly tone deaf and as such is a serial loser in the game. But at least he appears to lack principles and be a student of revisionist history. Thus he remains perpetually hired in the smarmy nepotistic world of establishment consulting. It is important to mention that this domain overlaps heavily with staffers and lobbyists. And it is demonstrably both smarmy and nepotistic -- observations I Democrats Urge Michelle
Obama to Hit the Trail
Wall Street Journal, by Colleen McCain Nelson pineledger- 9/22/2014 8:02:29 AM As the midterm campaigns heat up, Democratic candidates are turning to the White House for help and an injection of star power. But it is the first lady, not President Barack Obama, ?who in some places is emerging as the more sought-after campaigner. Some Democrats contend that Mr. Obama´s sagging popularity limits where he would be helpful this election cycle. Bringing higher approval ratings and a less-partisan pitch, Michelle Obama already has hit the trail, appearing earlier this month in Georgia with Senate candidate Michelle Nunn. Next month, the first lady´s campaign travel will include a visit to Iowa, where Want to Join the Mossad?
Agency Launches Recruitment Drive
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Ari Yashar Attercliffe- 9/22/2014 7:57:57 AM The Mossad, Israel´s secret intelligence agency, launched a new website on Monday to recruit men and women interested in covertly defending the Jewish state from its myriad of enemies. The new site can be viewed in English here, and also can be browsed in Hebrew, French, Russian, Arabic and Farsi. A statement released announcing the new site revealed "the goal of the upgraded site is to make the organization more accessible to potential recruits who may not be exposed to the variety of positions--in operations, intelligence, technology and cyber, and administration--available." "The State of Israel has been--and remains--under daily, tangible threats," said Mossad
Love in the Ruins National Revew, by Kathryn Jean Lopez mitzi- 9/22/2014 7:57:46 AM Amid arguments, it can be easy to forget that God is love. March may be a bit far off still, but the St. Patrick’s Day brawl has come early. No one seems happy about the recent decision to permit an Out@NBCUniversal group to participate in the parade. If you’re a gay activist, it’s not enough. If you’re still a bit perplexed at men marrying men, you may feel a little bit as if surrender just happened. So some wonder if this decision For the sake of clarity: While St. Patrick is the patron saint of the archdiocese of New York, Starving children? Blame the parents Jewish World Review, by Alicia Colon Toledo- 9/22/2014 7:56:30 AM While poverty isn´t a joking matter, I can´t help but laugh whenever I read about politicians, celebrities and pundits on both sides trying and failing to live on food stamps and the minimum wage. It´s obvious they have never been poor nor are they very resourceful individuals. At the same time that liberals are posting the horrors of starving kids in New York City, Michele Obama is bemoaning the rise of childhood obesity that only she can stem. As a native New Yorker who has always lived in both the poorest and richest neighborhoods here in New York City, I can LA Attorney Faces Suspension for
Allegedly Manipulated Celebrity Photos
NBC News, by Katherine Hafner Drive- 9/22/2014 7:50:57 AM A Los Angeles-based attorney faces six months of suspension for false advertising after she allegedly posted doctored photos of herself with dozens of celebrities including the Clintons and George Clooney. Under the publicity portion of her website, Svitlana Sangary displayed more than 50 photos of herself with various famous figures, from Hollywood and political spheres. Many, if not all, were doctored by "taking original celebrity photos and then overlaying (Sangary´s) image," according to court documents. Obamacare Architect Finds
Cure for Old Age
American Spectator, by David Catron garnet- 9/22/2014 7:12:40 AM If George Washington was the father of our country, Benjamin Franklin was its grandfather. While the former was fighting the British at home, the latter was on the other side of the Atlantic securing the money and arms that kept the revolution alive. It is no exaggeration to say that, without Franklin’s indefatigable diplomatic efforts in Europe, the American Revolution would have failed. What has this to do with Obamacare? When that conflict was officially ended by the Treaty of Paris, Franklin was 77 — well past the age when key ACA architect Ezekiel Emanuel says we should all embrace
Vile ad bounces off McSally,
sticks to Gabby Giffords
Arizona Republic, by Editorial PageTurner- 9/22/2014 6:31:06 AM Do you know what you´re doing? That´s our question to the Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC after it aired a 30-second ad attacking Martha McSally, GOP candidate for Congress in District 2. The ad is a nasty piece of work. Demagoguery in heart-rending tones. A mother with sorrowful eyes appears on screen and tells the real-life story of a family horror. "My daughter was just 19 when she told her boyfriend their relationship was over. And he got a gun and shot her and my husband." Portraits emerge of the two victims — a pretty young girl and her father in military dress. Afghan soldiers missing
from Joint Base Cape Cod
Cape Cod Times [MA], by George Brennan happywarrior- 9/22/2014 6:22:41 AM Camp Edwards - Police and military officials are searching for three officers from the Afghanistan National Army who were engaged in a training exercise at Joint Base Cape Cod. Massachusetts National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. James Sahady said the three men were reported missing on Saturday night after travelling into Hyannis that day. “They didn´t report back (to the base),” Sahady said. “There is no indication they pose a threat to the public.” Police and base officials are cooperating in the search for the three men, identified as Maj. Jan Mohammad Arash, Capt. Mohammad Nasir Askarzada, and Capt. Noorullah Aminyar. Climate change skeptics call
out marchers´ ´hypocrisies´
New York Post, by Sophia Rosenbaum Fiesta del sol- 9/22/2014 6:18:31 AM Manhattan’s flood of green protesters had climate-change skeptics seeing red Sunday.“Their love for the Earth is so real, they couldn’t even use a trash can,” tweeted a disgusted @chelsea_elisa, along with a photo of an overflowing trash can in Manhattan, after tens of thousands of marchers invaded the city on fleets of smog-producing buses.David Kreutzer, a research fellow at the conservative think tank Heritage Foundation, shared a similar photo of the marchers’ refuse trashing the city’s streets. “Somehow this doesn’t seem too green 2me,” Kreutzer tweeted. He and other critics of the People’s Climate March called the protesters hypocrites for wasting paper Lois Lerner breaks silence Politico, by Rachel Bade - 9/22/2014 5:41:22 AM Employers won’t hire her. She’s been berated with epithets like “dirty Jew.” Federal agents have guarded her house because of death threats. And she’s spent hundreds of thousands of dollars defending herself against accusations she orchestrated a coverup in a scandal that has come to represent everything Americans hate about the IRS. Lois Lerner is toxic — and she knows it. But she refuses to recede into anonymity or beg for forgiveness for her role in the IRS tea party-targeting scandal. “I didn’t do anything wrong,” Lerner said in her first press interview since the scandal broke 16 months ago. “I’m The Crumbling Climate-Change Consensus National Review Online, by John Fund - 9/22/2014 5:39:38 AM The United Nations Climate Summit will begin in New York this Tuesday, but environmental activists didn’t wait. All day Sunday, they filled the streets of Manhattan for a march that featured Al Gore, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, and various Hollywood actors. But they certainly didn’t act like a movement that was winning. There was a tone of fatalism in the comments of many with whom I spoke; they despair that the kind of radical change they advocate probably won’t result from the normal democratic process. It’s no surprise then that the rhetoric of climate-change activists has become increasingly
With National Security Emerging as
Top Issue, Candidates Adjust Strategies
National Journal, by Alex Roarty - 9/22/2014 5:37:40 AM The shifting politics of foreign policy has scrambled the calculations for both parties ahead of the November elections. It has put some Senate candidates, unaccustomed to talking about national security issues, in an uncomfortable position, while elevated others with military experience and foreign policy bona fides. Candidates´ past votes, comments and even their biographies are emerging as huge opportunity in key Senate races, while emerging as glaring vulnerabilities in others. And in Arkansas, where Democrats hoped to exploit war-weariness among the public against hawkish GOP Senate nominee Tom Cotton, the terrorist attacks from ISIS have suddenly changed the mood in the ISIS urges Muslims to ´kill disbelievers´ and
calls Secretary of State John Kerry an ´old
uncircumcised geezer´ in latest audio release
Daily Mail [UK], by Chris Spargo - 9/22/2014 5:34:48 AM ISIS is once again urging Muslims to ´kill disbelievers´ and attacking Secretary of State John Kerry and President Barack Obama for recent statements they have made about the terrorist group in a new audio recording. Islamic State spokesman Abu Mohammad al-Adnani refers to Sec. of State Kerry as ´the old uncircumcised geezer´ and calls Pres. Obama ´the mule of the Jews´ on the recording, which is roughly 42-minutes long. He then asks Muslims to do whatever they can to kill those who do not share their faith. ´If you can kill a disbelieving American or European - especially the spiteful Obama readies vetoes as
Republicans eye the Senate
Washington Examiner [DC], by Susan Ferrechio - 9/22/2014 5:31:13 AM If Republicans take control of the Senate as expected in November, President Obama may need to stock up on ink for his veto pen. The emboldened new Senate Republican majority will likely pass a flurry of bills aimed at dismantling Obama´s signature healthcare law, environmental regulations aimed at climate change, and executive orders on subjects both big and small. Obama, who has wielded his veto pen just twice since entering the Oval Office, would find himself in a vastly changed political landscape. Among other things, Republicans would force the president to either veto or compromise on rolling back parts of Obamacare, approving the What is and is not child abuse Miami Herald [FL], by Leonard Pitts, Jr. MissMolly- 9/22/2014 5:27:30 AM My mother was a child abuser. I was, too. In fact, growing up, pretty much every parent I knew abused their kids. Or so many of Adrian Peterson´s critics would have you believe. Peterson, a star of the Minnesota Vikings, was arrested recently for child abuse after hitting his 4-year-old son with a switch. A "switch," for those who don´t know, is a long twig. I should know, having been on the receiving end of quite a few. When no switch was available, mom was also known to employ a section of the orange plastic track from my Hot Wheels. Admittedly, a Figures. Eric Holder Participated in
Armed Takeover of ROTC Office
Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft MissMolly- 9/22/2014 5:21:21 AM Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder took part in a five-day armed occupation of an abandoned Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) headquarters as a freshman at Columbia University. Charles Johnson and Ryan Girdusky reported this at The Daily Caller: As a freshman at Columbia University in 1970, future Attorney General Eric Holder participated in a five-day occupation of an abandoned Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) headquarters with a group of black students later described by the university’s Black Students’ Organization as “armed,” The Daily Caller has learned. Department of Justice spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler has not responded to questions from The Daily Caller
You´re a Lying, Thieving,No-Account, Low-Life Pre-Vert American Spectator, by Larry Thornberry - 9/22/2014 5:03:08 AM The Rick Scott and Charlie Crist campaigns in Florida and the groups that support each of them have an almost incomprehensible amount of money. Experts predict $150 million or more will be spent this year to influence the choice of Florida’s next governor. Most of these millions are being spent on TV attack ads that grossly exaggerate the perfidy of the incumbent governor and of the former governor who would like his office back. (Of course it’s a real challenge to exaggerate the inconstancy and vacuousness of Crist. I’m not even sure it can be done. But perfidy is something else.) Ads The enduring myth ofFDR and the New Deal Washington Times, by Stephen Moore - 9/22/2014 4:59:01 AM My seventh-grade son recently wrote a U.S. History paper extolling the virtues of President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal. “It ended the Great Depression,” he wrote with great certainty. He’s only 12 and parroting what the history texts and his teachers told him. That’s his excuse. What’s Ken Burns’? Mr. Burns’ docudrama on the Roosevelts — for those who weren’t bored to tears — repeats nearly all the worn-out fairy tales of the FDR presidency, including what I call the most enduring myth of the 20th century, which is that FDR’s avalanche of alphabet-soup government programs ended the Great Depression. Shouldn’t there be Blood Ransom New York Post, by Editorial StormCnter- 9/22/2014 4:55:13 AM We understand why the family of one of the newsmen ISIS beheaded last month is bitter over Washington’s refusal to pay ransom to win his release. Still, the hard truth is that this refusal may help save many more lives by reducing the incentives for terrorists to take our citizens hostage in the first place. “Our government was very clear that no ransom was going to be paid” to rescue captured reporter James Foley, his mother, Diane Foley, told The New York Times. “It was horrible, and continues to be horrible.” Months before they murdered him, Foley’s kidnappers demanded cash and the release
Scottish referendum: A usefullesson in the limits of fiery activism Telegraph [UK], by Janet Daley Pluperfect- 9/22/2014 4:49:26 AM So was it a glorious triumph for democracy or wasn’t it? Before we get sucked into the next constitutional adventure on which the Prime Minister has launched us, it is really important to spend a few moments meditating at the graveside of the Yes campaign. Understanding what just happened in Scotland is absolutely critical to what is being planned, it would seem, for the rest of the Union. There certainly was an important lesson in the nature of democratic politics to be learnt from the Scottish referendum, but it is not the one that so many people – for whom the Thousands March in New Yorkto End Industrialized Civilization PJ Media, by Rick Moran StormCnter- 9/22/2014 4:46:39 AM Well, maybe they’re not really marching to end industrialized civilization. But given all the monumental exaggeration and hyperbole of which they are guilty, perhaps I can be excused a few small liberties while describing their goals. Tens of thousands of marchers from all over the world came to New York City to protest inaction on climate change. A “wake up call” they are calling it. In fact, at 12:58 Eastern time, there was to be a moment of silence followed by “a blare of noise — a symbolic sounding of the alarm on climate change — from horns, whistles and cellphone Inside the terror threat New York Daily News, by Bill Bratton StormCnter- 9/22/2014 4:41:54 AM Images emerging from the Middle East of beheadings and mass executions by the radical Islamic extremist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are profoundly troubling. With the United States and its allies now committed to the fight against this rising threat, we have to take into account the result, which is the potential for an increased threat of an ISIS-inspired attack in New York. The recent call by ISIS on social media urging its followers to attack popular locations overseas such as Times Square only heightens this concern. Some say not to worry about ISIS as a The Rape Epidemic Is a Fiction National Review Online, by Kevin D. Williamson Pluperfect- 9/22/2014 4:36:51 AM Rape is a vicious crime, one that disproportionately affects poor women and incarcerated men, but Barack Obama knows his voters, and so his recent remarks on the subject were focused not on penitentiaries, broken families, or Indian reservations but on college campuses, where the despicable crime is bound up in a broader feminist Kulturkampf only tangentially related to the very real problem of sexual violence against women. The subject is a maddening one. President Obama repeated the endlessly reiterated but thoroughly debunked claim that one in five women will be sexually assaulted in her college years. The actual rate is .
Close races mean possibilitySenate control will be decidedby post Election Day runoffs Pluperfect- 9/22/2014 4:32:23 AM A handful of tight races in states with quirky election laws make for the possibility that Election Day will come and go without deciding which party controls the Senate. If that happens, brace for a fierce runoff election and possible recounts that could make for an ugly holiday season in politics and government. The main reason for uncertainty: Louisiana´s election laws. Strategists in both parties say a Dec. 6 runoff is likely because Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu and top Republican challenger Bill Cassidy will struggle to exceed 50 percent on the crowded Nov. 4 ballot. In Louisiana´s "jungle primary," all candidates -- regardless ISIS war rollout resembleslaunch of Obamacare site CNN, by David Gergen Pluperfect- 9/22/2014 4:26:52 AM Someone in the Obama White House clearly has a good book to write one day: "How Not to Do Rollouts." With one hapless episode after another, the rollout of the President´s plan to destroy ISIS is beginning to rival the less-than-splendid debut of the Obamacare website. President Barack Obama´s critics may take some glee from the recent missteps, but they shouldn´t. Going to war is serious business, especially when the conflict promises to be long and messy. For the nation´s sake, our dysfunctional politics needs to become functional on this one or we put too much at risk, starting with the lives of Russia Wants to KeepUkraine Off UN Radar Associated Press, by Steven R. Hurst Pluperfect- 9/22/2014 4:23:01 AM UNITED NATIONS -- As world leaders gather at the U.N. this week, the U.S. and its European allies are consumed by efforts to blunt the savage advance of the Islamic State group, to end the raging Ebola epidemic and to make progress in nuclear negotiations with Iran. That´s likely just fine with Vladimir Putin, since these issues distract from Russia´s presence in neighboring Ukraine. While attention focuses elsewhere, the Russians are consolidating their annexation of the Crimean Peninsula. They are also deeply involved in turmoil in Ukraine´s east and south, hoping to prevent the country from moving out of the Kremlin´s The Hillary Letters Washington Free Beacon [DC], by Alana Goodman - 9/22/2014 3:29:20 AM Note: Read the Hillary Clinton-Saul Alinsky Letters here. Previously unpublished correspondence between Hillary Clinton and the late left-wing organizer Saul Alinsky reveal new details about her relationship with the controversial Chicago activist and shed light on her early ideological development. Clinton met with Alinsky several times in 1968 while writing a Wellesley college thesis about his theory of community organizing. Clinton’s relationship with Alinsky, and her support for his philosophy, continued for several years after she entered Yale law school in 1969, two letters obtained by the Washington Free Beacon show. The letters obtained by the Free Beacon are part
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U.S. Ramping Up MajorRenewal in Nuclear Arms New York Times, by William J. Broad & David E. Sanger LittleHoodedMonk- 9/21/2014 11:30:23 PM Kansas City, Mo. - A sprawling new plant here in a former soybean field makes the mechanical guts of America’s atomic warheads. Bigger than the Pentagon, full of futuristic gear and thousands of workers, the plant, dedicated last month, modernizes the aging weapons that the United States can fire from missiles, bombers and submarines. It is part of a nationwide wave of atomic revitalization that includes plans for a new generation of weapon carriers. A recent federal study put the collective price tag, over the next three decades, at up to a trillion dollars. This expansion comes under a president who campaigned for Man Seen With UVa StudentFaces Driving Charge Associated Press, by Staff earlybird- 9/21/2014 11:25:14 PM CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.-A man believed to be the last person seen with a University of Virginia student before she disappeared was being sought on arrest warrants charging him with reckless driving, a police chief said Sunday, adding authorities also want to ask him about the missing teen. Virginia State Police have issued warrants for Jesse Matthew on a charge of misdemeanor reckless driving, Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said at a news conference Sunday. Matthew has not been charged in the disappearance of 18-year-old Hannah Graham, who was last seen early on Sept. 13 in Charlottesville. Longo said police want to Democratic Strategist: DemocratsNeed ´Miracle´ to Keep Senate Breitbart Big Government, by Wynton Hall mitzi- 9/21/2014 11:24:07 PM Democratic strategist Joe Trippi said on Sunday that it would be a "miracle" if Democrats manage to fend off a Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate come Nov. 4. "I would gauge that Republicans are likely to pick up between five and eight seats," Trippi said on Fox News Sunday. Trippi added, "I don´t think there are anybody within any of those races who believes they are not going to be in the GOP hands in November." Trippi said a favorable outcome for Democrats would be a scenario wherein they lose just five Senate seats. The Democratic strategist noted that
Three Afghan Soldiers VisitingCape Cod Have Gone Missing NBC News, by Tom Winter earlybird- 9/21/2014 11:22:10 PM Three soldiers from the Afghanistan National Army visiting Cape Cod, Massachusetts, for a military exercise have gone missing, according to the U.S. National Guard. The National Guard in Massachusetts says they believe at this time there is no threat to the public. Maj. Jan Mohammad Arash, Capt. Mohammad Nasir Askarzada, and Capt. Noorullah Aminyar were last seen at the Hyannis Mall Saturday evening, a National Guard source tells Cheryl Fiandaca of NBC affiliate WHDH. A senior law enforcement source tells NBC News the FBI Field Office in Boston is aware of the disappearance and takes these matters seriously. Chinese destroyer docksin Iran, first such visit Associated Press, by Staff PrairieAnemone- 9/21/2014 11:14:44 PM Tehran, Iran - A Chinese destroyer has docked in a southern Iranian port in the first such visit to the country by the Chinese navy, Iran´s state television reported on Sunday. Adm. Hossein Azad, naval base chief in the southern port of Bandar Abbas, said the four-day visit that began Saturday saw the two navies sharing expertise in the field of marine rescue. "On the last day of their visit while leaving Iran, the Chinese warships will stage a joint drill in line with mutual collaboration, and exchange of marine and technical information particularly in the field of aid and rescue," said Azad. MAVEN spacecraft enters Marsorbit to explore its climate change CNN, by Suzanne Presto LittleHoodedMonk- 9/21/2014 11:07:38 PM MAVEN has arrived in Mars´s orbit after traveling 442 million miles in the course of 10 months to get there. It won´t land on the red planet but instead study Mars´ atmosphere from above to answer questions about its climate change, NASA says. NASA´s MAVEN craft will live up to its formal name -- the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution craft -- by helping scientists figure out how ancient Mars changed so dramatically into the planet we know today. It is the first mission devoted to studying the upper Martian atmosphere as a key to understanding the history of Mars' climate, water and habitability. Afghan soldiers go missingin Massachusetts after mall trip CNN, by Ben Brumfield & Lawrence Crook III LittleHoodedMonk- 9/21/2014 11:00:00 PM Three Afghan National Army soldiers, who were in Massachusetts for training, have gone missing after a trip to a shopping mall, authorities said. "There is no indication they pose any threat to the public," the Massachusetts National Guard said in a statement. Afghanistan National Army Soldiers Maj. Jan Mohammad Arash, Cpt. Mohammad Nasir Askarzada, and Cpt. Noorullah Aminyar arrived in the United States on September 11 for Exercise Regional Cooperation, an annual event, the guard said. They were quartered at Joint Base Cape Cod and were reported missing by base security late Saturday. They were last seen at a Cape Cod
Bill Clinton lets slip that daughter Chelseais nearing the end of her pregnancy Telegraph [UK], by Rosa Prince LittleHoodedMonk- 9/21/2014 10:51:59 PM New York - Bill Clinton has let slip that his family are on baby watch after saying that he expected to become a grandparent by the end of the month. The former president gave a substantial clue to his only child Chelsea´s due date when he told CNN: "I hope by the first of October, I´ll be a grandfather. "I can´t wait. We´re on watch now," he went on. Chelsea Clinton, 34, announced she was pregnant in April. She and Marc Mezvinsky, 36, an investment banker, celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary last month. President Clinton also disclosed that the couple had opted not to discover the sex of the baby before the birth, Limbaugh’s Snerdly:´For Most of Black People,´´Good Ol´ Days´Were Under Segregation Breitbart TV, by Staff MDMuskrat- 9/21/2014 10:11:31 PM In an interview with The Daily Caller’s Ginni Thomas, Rush Limbaugh call screener James Golden, known as Bo Snerdly to regular Limbaugh listeners, discussed the plight of the black community. Golden suggested that for “most of black people,” thing were better under segregation. “Isn’t it a shame that for most of black people, the good ol’ days were the days when things were segregated legally in this country?” Golden said. (snip) “What liberalism has done to black communities is horrific,” he said. In heated midterm contests,GOP candidates explore amove to the middle Washington Post, by Philip Rucker and Reid Wilson Dreadnought- 9/21/2014 10:08:45 PM In a midterm election year in which the political climate and map of battleground states clearly favors Republicans, many GOP candidates are nevertheless embracing some Democratic priorities in an effort to win over skeptical voters. The shift is evident in some of the most contentious Senate and gubernatorial races — in traditional swing states as well as decidedly conservative ones such as Alaska and Arkansas — where Republican nominees have endorsed increases to the minimum wage, legalizing medical marijuana or granting in-state college tuition to some illegal immigrants. Even on social issues, an area where the GOP traditionally has hewed The Islamic State: Repercussions CBS News, by Scott Pelley LittleHoodedMonk- 9/21/2014 9:38:06 PM President Obama´s plan hinges on arming and training moderate Syrian militias to defeat ISIS. The president has been criticized for not doing that sooner. You´re about to hear from two men who saw the threat early, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and King Abdullah II of Jordan. Jordan is a moderate, American ally, nearly surrounded by war, with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to its west, Syria to its north and Iraq to the east. Today we spoke to King Abdullah in New York before this month´s U.N. General Assembly meeting. For hundreds of years, his family ruled the holiest shrines in Islam.
Giant King fire burns 10 homes,could be whipped up as weather shifts Los Angeles Times, by Staff - 9/21/2014 9:08:51 PM The King fire in Northern California grew this weekend, destroying at least 10 homes, as officials worried that changing weather conditions could fuel the massive blaze even more. National Weather Service meteorologist Jason Clapp said meteorologists were watching closely to see whether shifting weather patterns early this week would generate winds similar to those present last week when the fire spread quickly. The blaze in Eldorado National Forest has grown to encroach on the Tahoe National Forest, officials said. It grew to 82,018 acres and was 10% contained as of Sunday morning, and more than 5,200 firefighters are battling the
Exclusive: Iran seeks give and take onIslamic State militants, nuclear program Reuters, by Parisa Hafezi & Louis Charbonneau - 9/21/2014 8:36:59 PM United Nations - Iran is ready to work with the United States and its allies to stop Islamic State militants, but would like more flexibility on Iran´s uranium enrichment program in exchange, senior Iranian officials told Reuters. (Snip) Iran has sent mixed signals about its willingness to cooperate on defeating Islamic State (IS), a hard-line Sunni Islamist group that has seized large swaths of territory across Syria and Iraq and is blamed for a wave of sectarian violence, beheadings and massacres of civilians. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said recently that he vetoed a U.S. overture to the Islamic Republic to work Democratic senator on beer kegspigot duty at LSU tailgate CBS News, by Lindsey Boerma - 9/21/2014 8:35:01 PM National press and talking heads of the Republican persuasion had a field day over the weekend after photos surfaced of a Democratic senator assisting a late-20s-something with a keg stand at a Louisiana State University tailgate party. The pictures show Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana, manning the spigot helm as an LSU fan is hoisted upside down above a beer keg ahead of LSU´s game Saturday against Mississippi State. A former Tiger herself, Landrieu reportedly made her rounds about her alma mater´s campus - including a visit to her old stomping grounds at the Delta Gamma sorority - before eventually finding Brian Stelter: Sarah Palin DeservesBenefit of Doubt Over ‘Brawl’ Reports Mediaite, by Andrew Desiderio - 9/21/2014 8:24:21 PM On his show Reliable Sources this morning, CNN host Brian Stelter defended Sarah Palin against media coverage of her family’s alleged “brawl” at a snowmobile party earlier this month. “Doesn’t Sarah Palin deserve the benefit of the doubt?” Stelter asked. He began the segment by airing a clip from Morning Joe in which host Joe Scarborough seemed to take a jab at what Stelter called Scarborough’s own network’s “saturation” of coverage over Gov. Chris Christie‘s “Bridgegate” scandal — or lack of. Stelter then took aim at the New York Daily News‘s coverage of the story, saying the newspaper did not
White House MayCheck Tourists Blocks Away New York Times, by Michael S. Schmidt LittleHoodedMonk- 9/21/2014 8:22:57 PM Washington - The Secret Service is considering screening tourists and other visitors at checkpoints before they enter the public areas in front of the White House in response to the episode Friday in which a man with a knife managed to get through the front door of the president’s home after jumping over the fence on Pennsylvania Avenue, according to law enforcement officials. As part of the screening, the Secret Service would establish several checkpoints a few blocks from the White House, the officials said. The screening would likely be limited to bag checks and and not include measures taken at airports ´Flood Wall Street´ protesters willtry to shut down Stock Exchange New York Post, by Rebecca Harshbarger Scottyboy- 9/21/2014 7:36:13 PM Green activists plan to try to shut down the New York Stock Exchange on Monday as part of a “Flood Wall Street” movement. The group will be dressed in blue and meet at 9 a.m. in Battery Park to listen to speakers such as writer Naomi Klein before gathering for a mass sit-in on the steps of the exchange. The protesters will carry a 300-foot banner that says “Capitalism = Climate Chaos. Flood Wall Street.” The gathering comes after the massive People’s Climate March in Manhattan on Sunday, where tens of thousands of people marched from Columbus Circle to 34th Sunday Shows Hype Liberal Hopes:‘Anti Anti-Tax Fever’ and GOPMid-Term ‘Momentum Stalling’ Newsbusters, by Brent Baker - 9/21/2014 7:33:17 PM If it’s Sunday, it’s time to advance liberal hopes. NBC’s Meet the Press with Chuck Todd and ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos both opened by plugging segments which forwarded the hope liberal Democratic dreams are becoming reality. “Some Americans suddenly saying tax cutting has gone too far,” NBC host Chuck Todd announced, leading into a soundbite from a man in Kansas: “It’s been a train wreck.” Todd picked up: “Could Republicans now become the victims of a new anti anti-tax fever?” Over on This Week, ABC’s announcer trumpeted: “And midterm shake-up. Surprising new twists in key Senate CNN Exec: We Won´t Run ISISCaptive Video; Network Is ´BigDeal in the Middle East´ Breitbart TV, by Jeff Poor JoniTx- 9/21/2014 7:29:52 PM On Sunday´s broadcast of CNN´s "Reliable Sources," Tony Maddox, the executive vice president and managing director of CNN International, explained why his network determined it was not appropriate to air the latest ISIS video that apparently showed British journalist James Cantlie speaking in captivity. "What we´re seeing is a form of torture," Maddox said. "This man is really trying to perform to save his life. Why would we showcase that?" "We know that ISIS wanted us to show it," he added. "And if we´re in a situation where ISIS wants us to show anything, we should think really carefully about
The Case of Missing Hannah– FIND Jesse “LJ” Matthew andCall (434) 295-3851 Immediately - 9/21/2014 6:44:15 PM Hannah Graham, the Virginia student who is missing, is suspected to have been abducted or harmed by a person named “Jesse Matthew”. Suspect: Jesse “LJ” Matthew, black male, (age unknown), dreadlocks and has a prior criminal history but mug shot not released. (Facebook Photo) Police Chief Longo alluded to the fact the police dept is frozen in political correctness. Police Chief Tim Longo gave an unusual press conference moments ago stating that this man, Jesse Matthew, walked into a police station, talked to an attorney, left with the attorney in a vehicle, and took off at a high rate of NYPD Officer Michael Williams killed,8 officers hurt in police van crash New York Daily News, by John Asbury and Emily Ngo Scottyboy- 9/21/2014 6:18:54 PM A NYPD officer was killed and eight other officers were injured when a police van crashed Sunday morning in the Bronx. (snip) The officers were heading to special detail for Monday´s General Assembly at the United Nations and a climate change march in Manhattan when the van crashed into the barrier. Williams was with the Police Officer Peer Program, a police spokesman said. He started with the force, in the police academy in January and graduated from in June, when he hit the streets. De Blasio and Bratton were speakers at the graduation. Hagan touts her working legislationthat works for North Carolina News and Observer [Raleigh,NC], by Renee Schoof Fiesta del sol- 9/21/2014 5:04:34 PM U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan prefers stairs to elevators and escalators. She shoots down congressional corridors so fast she leaves attending staff members struggling to keep up. The first-term North Carolina Democrat is known for being high-energy. On a typical Wednesday this summer, she was at the Capitol early for a closed Democratic strategy session, met one-on-one with visiting constituents for her weekly Carolina Coffee, chaired a hearing of one of the two Senate subcommittees she leads and got briefed by policy experts on her staff – and that was only part of her schedule.Every day is packed.But Hagan hasn’t written Alex Salmond: Scots were‘tricked’ into voting No Scotsman on Sunday [Scotland], by Staff Alex Salmond has declared the “writing is on the wall” for Westminster as he claimed party leaders there tricked people into voting No to independence with their last minute promise of more powers for Holyrood. The Scottish First Minister, who is stepping down from the job after his independence dream was rejected by voters in the referendum, said that the “Westminster gang” were already going back on the pledge they made. Concerns have been raised by nationalists that David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg will not make good on their promise to extend new powers over areas such as tax and welfare to Scotland in the
Activists and concerned citizens alike gathered in droves in New York City and across the globe on Sunday (September 21) for worldwide marches against climate change. Dubbed The People’s Climate March, thousands of people, celebrities, and political leaders made their way up and down the city streets to make their position known leading up to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s climate change summit. More than 120 world leaders will gather to discuss the very real dangers that climate change possesses, and thanks to the messages in these 26 photos (and 1 video!), even those of us who could not attend can
James Golden considers his 26 years working with Rush Limbaugh to be the greatest professional blessing he could ever imagine. Originally from Queens, New York, James met Rush while working for a major media network and hasn’t looked back since. Most Rush listeners know James as either “Snerdley,” the call screener, or the “Official Obama Criticizer.” Golden was in Washington recently for a CURE meeting and that’s where we got the chance to sit down with him for this exclusive 30 minute video interview. For the first half of the interview, Golden waxed passionately about race in America,
Alex Salmond: Scots were ‘tricked’into voting No The Scotsman, by Staff holding my nose again- 9/21/2014 4:16:17 PM ALEX Salmond has declared the “writing is on the wall” for Westminster as he claimed party leaders there tricked people into voting No to independence with their last minute promise of more powers for Holyrood. The Scottish First Minister, who is stepping down from the job after his independence dream was rejected by voters in the referendum, said that the “Westminster gang” were already going back on the pledge they made. The notorious history of drunken Hollywood New York Post, by Larry Getlen - 9/21/2014 3:57:55 PM By the early 1930s, Herman J. Mankiewicz was a screenwriting genius who had secretly helped construct classic films such as “Monkey Business” and “Duck Soup” by the Marx Brothers and “The Wizard of Oz.” He was also, according to a new book by author Mark Bailey, a raging drunk who picked fights everywhere he went and insulted everyone from studio execs to actors in his films. (Snip)During the filming of “The Night of the Iguana,” Richard Burton — whose drinking biographer Robert Sellers called, “one of the wonders of the 20th century” — would start with beer at 7 a.m., Four teachings from Jesusthat everybody gets wrong CNN, by Amy-Jill Levine - 9/21/2014 3:52:29 PM It was once said, “religion is designed to comfort the afflicted and to afflict the comfortable.” Jesus’ parables – short stories with moral lessons – were likewise designed to afflict, to draw us in but leave us uncomfortable. These teachings can be read as being about divine love and salvation, sure. But, their first listeners – first century Jews in Galilee and Judea – heard much more challenging messages. Only when we hear the parables as Jesus’ own audience did can we fully experience their power and find ourselves surprised and challenged today. Here are four examples of Jesus’ teachings that everybody gets wrong: 1.
26 Amazing Photos From The People’sClimate Marches Around The World MTV News, by Alicia Lutes Scottyboy- 9/21/2014 3:50:58 PM Activists and concerned citizens alike gathered in droves in New York City and across the globe on Sunday (September 21) for worldwide marches against climate change. Dubbed The People’s Climate March, thousands of people, celebrities, and political leaders made their way up and down the city streets to make their position known leading up to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s climate change summit. At Lake Mary gun show, Zimmermandetails what life is like Orlando Sentinel [FL], by Caitlin Dineen StormCnter- 9/21/2014 3:45:49 PM With a smile on his face, George Zimmerman spent Saturday afternoon posing for photos, sharing hugs and shaking hands with gun enthusiasts at a firearms expo in Lake Mary. "It´s so odd to me," said Zimmerman, about the celebrity treatment he receives in public. "[But] it is appreciated." In his first interview with the Orlando Sentinel, Zimmerman described life after his acquittal last year in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The former Neighborhood Watch volunteer shot the unarmed black teen in Sanford on Feb. 26, 2012. Now life for the 30-year-old is completely different. He´s always moving. He´s Putin: I could have troops inKiev… Warsaw and Bucharest Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw StormCnter- 9/21/2014 3:43:08 PM Assuming this report can ever be proven true, Vladimir Putin has continued to engage in an even larger than normal dose of saber rattling. Or is it something more? Speaking with the President of Ukraine, Putin allegedly told him that the Bear’s reach is mighty long indeed. President Vladimir Putin privately threatened to invade Poland, Romania and the Baltic states, according to a record of a conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart. “If I wanted, in two days I could have Russian troops not only in Kiev, but also in Riga, Vilnius, Tallinn, Warsaw and Bucharest,” Mr Putin allegedly told President Pope Francis calls on Muslims tocondemn extremists who ‘pervert’religion to justify violence Associated Press, by Lazar Semini and Nicole Winfield Scottyboy- 9/21/2014 3:33:10 PM Pope Francis called Sunday for Muslims and all religious leaders to condemn Islamic extremists who “pervert” religion to justify violence, as he visited Albania and held up the Balkan nation as a model for interfaith harmony for the rest of the world. “To kill in the name of God is a grave sacrilege. To discriminate in the name of God is inhuman,” Francis told representatives of Albania’s Muslim, Orthodox and Catholic communities during a half-day visit to Tirana in which he recalled the brutal persecution people of all faiths suffered under communism. Francis wept when he heard the testimony of
11 convicted and sentenced in$3.6 million food stamp fraud Providence Journal (RI), by Zachary Malinowski Scottyboy- 9/21/2014 3:23:21 PM PROVIDENCE _ Eleven people who were arrested last fall following a two-year investigation into a $3.6 million food stamp fraud scheme have been convicted of federal crimes and sentenced to prison terms. (snip) Amir Rasheed, owner of Stop & Go, a convenience store in Providence, pleaded guilty in February to conspiring to defraud the food stamp program, food stamp fraud and money laundering. He was sentenced on Friday to 18 months in federal prison and ordered to pay the government $400,000 in restitution. Karuna Mehta, the manager of Stop & Go, pleaded guilty in December to one count of conspiracy to U.S. ´Gravely Concerned´ AboutSyria Chemical Attacks ABC News, by Staff - 9/21/2014 3:21:14 PM The U.S. is "gravely concerned" about the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons´s findings last week of systematic and repeated chlorine attacks in northern Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry said in a written statement Sunday. "The Assad regime must know that it will be held to account for such use in the international community," Kerry said, noting that the report raises "especially troubling concerns that continued chemical attacks on the Syrian people by the regime could occur." The OPCW released its report on Wednesday. While it does not assign responsibility, Kerry pointed to witness accounts of helicopters Rush Limbaugh’s Call Screener: ‘WhatLiberalism Has Done To BlackCommunities Is Horrific’ Daily Caller, by Ginni Thomas chicodon- 9/21/2014 3:16:22 PM James Golden considers his 26 years working with Rush Limbaugh to be the greatest professional blessing he could ever imagine. Originally from Queens, New York, James met Rush while working for a major media network and hasn’t looked back since. Most Rush listeners know James as either “Snerdley,” the call screener, or the “Official Obama Criticizer.” Golden was in Washington recently for a CURE meeting and that’s where we got the chance to sit down with him for this exclusive 30 minute video interview. For the first half of the interview, Golden waxed passionately about race in America, and how America’s first When no gender fits: A quest tobe seen as just a person Washington Post, by Monica Hesse - 9/21/2014 3:13:34 PM Kelsey scans the wall of T-shirts in Five Below, one of the few stores to qualify as “quirky” in this conservative part of western Michigan. “Let’s Have a Party,” a shirt reads, near displays of body glitter and $5 leggings. “Warning: Prone to Shenanigans,” reads another, and after less than a minute, it’s clear the store doesn’t have what Kelsey is looking for, because no place ever does, at least not around here. “I think I might have to make you a gay shirt,” Kelsey’s friend Kahri offers as they walk out of the store. “Or not a gay shirt,
Climate activists not ready for Hillary MSNBC, by Alex Seitz-Wald Scottyboy- 9/21/2014 2:57:20 PM NEW YORK – Some of the prominent environmental activists who gathered Sunday in New York City for a massive climate change march are not ready to support Hillary Clinton if she decides to run for president. “I think Hillary Clinton has an awful lot to demonstrate to environmentalists and people who care about climate change,” Bill McKibben, the founder of 350.org, who helped organize the march, told msnbc. “She oversaw the complete fiasco that was the Copenhagen Conference as secretary of state. That was the biggest foreign policy failure since Munich. It’s not a proud record.” “I think Hillary Clinton has an Tax refunds will be cut for ACA recipients Detroit Free-Press (MI), by Susan Tompor JoniTx- 9/21/2014 2:47:43 PM A significant benefit of the Affordable Care Act is the opportunity to receive money-saving tax credits up front to cut the overall cost of health insurance, but now hundreds of thousands of consumers could owe back some of that money next April. Those affected took advance payments of the premium tax credit for health insurance. Some married couples could owe $600 or $1,500 or $2,500 or even more. It might feel like a raw deal for some who are already suffocating under the escalating costs of health insurance. "Health insurance is confusing enough, and now they´re adding the complexities of Academic who lost teaching gigover anti-Semitic tweets not sorry Fox News, by Garrett Tenney anselm33- 9/21/2014 2:22:29 PM A college professor who lost his job over anti-Semitic tweets is angry about losing the gig, but not sorry about his Twitter missives. Steven Salaita, who was set to begin teaching at the University of Illinois this fall, says he was simply speaking his mind when he tweeted out messages during Israel’s military conflict in Gaza earlier this year. But the school deemed the tweets offensive and pulled its offer of a tenured position in its American Indian studies program. “We believe that our classrooms ought to be a place where opinions, regardless of their origin or their perspective, ought to be able to be offered freely and students Today’s ‘Black Mass’:TFP Students 1, Satanists 0 Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod snowcloud- 9/21/2014 1:23:27 PM Google ‘Black Mass in Oklahoma City’ and the TFP Student Action Petition comes up first. Hallelujah! Think of the providential irony. While, the God-loving, sincere, hardworking students of the TFP, whose motto is “Defending Moral Values on Campus”, have 90,000 signatures on their ‘Sign This Petition Against the Satanic Black Mass in Oklahoma City’ is first on Google, publicity seeking satanists, who call themselves the Dakhma Angra Mainyu (DAM) is second in a two-horse race. The largest protest in Oklahoma’s Civic Center’s history is expected to take place on city grounds as people arrive from all over the country to
Ebola Outbreak: CDC Estimates As ManyAs 500,000 Ebola Cases By End Of January International Business Times, by Marcy Kreiter NorthernDog- 9/21/2014 1:23:18 PM As many as 500,000 people could be infected with Ebola virus disease by the end of January, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The CDC estimate, due to be released this week, is based on “dynamic modeling” and assumes no additional aid to help battle the disease, a person familiar with the report told the Washington Post. Infectious-disease experts, aid workers and global health advocates said the number of Ebola cases is increasing much more rapidly than the World Health Organization, or WHO, had projected, especially in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, collectively the Turkey remains cageyabout hostages freed by ISIS CBS News and Associated Press, by Staff NorthernDog- 9/21/2014 1:14:46 PM ANKARA, Turkey - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his government will not reveal details of a covert operation that ensured the release of 49 people held hostage by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The hostages - 46 Turks and three Iraqis - were seized in Mosul, Iraq when militants overran the city in June. They were released and returned to Turkey on Saturday. (Snip) But as the well-dressed men and women captured by ISIS more than three months ago clasped their families Saturday on the tarmac of the Turkish capital´s airport, experts had doubts about the government´s Chuck Todd: Midterms are ‘StarbucksNation’ Versus ‘Chick-Fil-A Country’ Mediaite, by Evan McMurry JoniTx- 9/21/2014 1:14:44 PM On Meet the Press Sunday morn, host Chuck Todd found a new way to say the exact same thing political pundits have been saying daily for the past year: the 2014 midterms structurally favor Republicans thanks to the Senate seats at play. Or in Todd’s new red-state-blue-stateish formulation, it’s Starbucks Nation vs. Chick-Fil-A country. The chain-based heuristic refers to urban areas that vote Democratic versus ex-urban and rural areas that vote Republican. In 2012 the battleground states favored urban, Starbucks-pocked areas, hence Obama’s win; in the upcoming election, the toss-up states are more rural, Is Caring About Climate Changean Essential Part of LGBT Identity? Daily Beast, by Jay Michaelson NorthernDog- 9/21/2014 1:07:59 PM On Sunday, a gaggle of queer folks will be joining the “People’s Climate March,” a rally in New York City projected to attract more than 100,000 attendees. Unfortunately, those who could help the cause the most are the least likely to show up. Marching under banners such as “Queers for the Climate,” LGBT climate activists are, first and foremost, agitating for action on climate change. But they are also saying something about what LGBT activism should be about, and saying something quite different from the (current) gay mainstream. The question is whether they can make an impact. Since the beginning The Show Won’t Go On Washington Free Beacon, by Elizabeth Harrington comstock- 9/21/2014 12:49:45 PM Taxpayer-funded global warming musical closes early amid bad reviews. After a series of lackluster reviews, the traveling global warming musical that was financed by the U.S. taxpayers is ending its run early. The Great Immensity, a musical described as “painfully long” and “awkward,” was made possible by a $697,177 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). “The play, which featured songs and video exploring Americans’ relationships to the environment, opened in New York in April with a three-week run before going on a national tour that was supposed to attract 75,000 patrons,”
Townhall, by Derek Hunter I know a lot of people are giddy at the prospect of Republicans taking the Senate this November, but that’s becoming less and less likely. It’s not because Democrats are rallying around a particular mission or set of candidates; it’s because Republicans and conservatives aren’t. It seems like I’m always writing on issues no one wants to hear are mistakes, such as messaging or social issues. But I don’t care. These things have to be said. If these columns are received like a gaseous cousin on a long car trip through the desert, so be it. Crack a window… If things continue on their current course, the GOP will not retake the Senate.
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Democrats Are Poised To Hold TheSenate, And It´s Conservative´s Fault TownHall.com, by Derek Hunter SpeedMaster- 9/21/2014 12:25:17 PM I know a lot of people are giddy at the prospect of Republicans taking the Senate this November, but that’s becoming less and less likely. It’s not because Democrats are rallying around a particular mission or set of candidates; it’s because Republicans and conservatives aren’t. It seems like I’m always writing on issues no one wants to hear are mistakes, such as messaging or social issues. But I don’t care. These things have to be said. If these columns are received like a gaseous cousin on a long car trip through the desert, so be it. Crack a window… If The KKK Comes To Ferguson ?Ridiculous ‘Incitement To Riot’ By MissouriState Senator Maria Chappelle Nadal… Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance earlybird- 9/21/2014 12:12:57 PM Many people around the nation look at Ferguson Missouri and wonder what’s going on. Yesterday Missouri Democrat State Senator, Maria Chappelle-Nadal, provided a typical example of the provocations upon not just the law enforcement community, but also upon the non-black community held captive to the behavior of the raging mob. (Tweet)Fortunately the entire fiasco was captured on video. In an effort to solicit attention and public sympathy a group of professional agitators, led by Senator Nadal, took to the street and decided to block traffic. One of the protesting agents carried a video camera and up-linked the entire event to Yemen State Media:Prime Minister Resigns Associated Press, by Staff LittleHoodedMonk- 9/21/2014 12:05:36 PM Sanaa, Yemen - Yemen´s prime minister resigned Sunday, the state news agency reported, following days of violence that left more than 140 dead and prompted thousands to flee their homes. The official SABA news agency gave no details on the move by Mohammed Salem Bassindwa, and it was not immediately clear if his resignation had been accepted by the president. Bassindwa took office shortly after former president Ali Abdullah Saleh was forced to step down in 2012. He has been in office since February 2012 and has since been the target of sharp criticism for his inability to deal with the country's pressing problems.
´My kids´ defense of my family makesmy heart soar´: Sarah Palin finally speaksout about Alaska brawl and proudlydefends ´straight-shooter´ Bristol accusedof punching a man in the face Daily Mail (UK), by Ashley Collman & Mia De Graaf - 9/21/2014 12:04:21 PM Sarah Palin has come out in defense of her daughter Bristol who allegedly punched a man in the face during a family brawl. The former Vice President candidate hailed her child as a ´straight shooter´ in a Facebook which appears to be her first veiled reference to the fight two weekends ago. The 23-year-old is said to have repeatedly hit the owner of a home in Anchorage, Alaska, during an outburst in which her brother Track broke four ribs and her father Todd was left with a bloody nose. (Tweet) It came after Willow Palin´s ex-boyfriend allegedly engage in some Incompetence at the State Departmentis the charitable explanation American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson - 9/21/2014 11:45:33 AM Claudia Rosett noticed a stunning mistake in an official State Department publication, a blog, “UNGA 69: Why the UN Matters More Than Ever. No, the mistake is not expressing the view the view that the UN matters more than it did when it, for instance, authorized action against the North Korean invasion of South Korea, or when it admitted Israel. No, the error Ms. Rosett noticed requires no qualitative judgments: Near breathless in its enthusiasm for the”diplomatic marvel” of the UN General Assembly opening, the article begins by reeling off a few facts and figures about this event, including a statement College Student Forced to RemoveAmerican Flag from Balcony, ´CouldOffend Foreign People´ Breitbart California, by Daniel Nussbaum - 9/21/2014 11:41:19 AM A San Diego State University sophomore was forced to remove an American flag from his balcony after apartment managers said foreigners could find the display offensive. Brad Smith, who had just moved into the Boulevard 63 apartment complex in San Diego last month, told ABC 10 News that he received a written notice to remove the flag a few days ago. "We were then told that it was for political reasons and that the flag could offend foreign people that live here, foreign exchange students," Smith said. "I´ve had friends and family fight to defend that flag." While Smith´s lease People´s Climate March projectscrowd of over 100,000 people New York Daily News, by Connie Lestch JoniTx- 9/21/2014 11:30:33 AM The forecast is for people, and lots of them. The People’s Climate March is expected to bring more than 100,000 people who want to save the planet to the city Sunday. The march to address climate change, billed as the largest in history, is occurring two days before President Obama and world leaders attend a summit dealing with the same issue at the United Nations. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon — who has fought passionately against global warming — along with celebrities, CEOs and activists are expected to descend on the city for the massive event.
The White House DeportsTwo Border Crashers American Thinker, by Jeannie DeAngelis magnante- 9/21/2014 10:42:21 AM It’s President Obama who urges illegal invaders from all over the world to jump the fence on the border, infiltrate the jobs and neighborhoods of regular folk, and proceed to leech off the American taxpayer. (snip)But as we should all know by now, what the president says isn’t exactly what he means, especially when it comes to his safety and the safety of his family. That’s why the intruder who recently jumped the fence at the White House and made it all the way across the North Lawn, through the North Portico, and into the executive mansion was promptly tackled and The Afghan girls who live asboys to survive fundamentalists New York Post, by Maureen Callahan LittleHoodedMonk- 9/21/2014 10:39:41 AM In the Muslim world, where women are denied basic human rights — from divorce to drivers’ licenses, no protection from abuse or honor killings — there is no worse place than Afghanistan. The United Nations, Save the Children and the Thompson Reuters Foundation have ranked Afghanistan as the worst place in the world to be a woman, a mother, a child and a newborn. The average life expectancy for a woman is 44. Little surprise, then, that girls there don’t want to be girls. In her new book “The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan”, journalist Jenny Nordberg explores the little-known Obama’s malaise New York Daily News, by Editorial garnet- 9/21/2014 10:24:53 AM After outlining his strategy to combat ISIS, President Obama gave a pep talk on the state of the nation. Rosily, he described the U.S. as on the move in a big comeback from 9/11 and the Great Recession. But the public ain’t buying what the President is selling. Deep, experienced-based and worsening pessimism is abroad in the land, according to the sobering findings of a national poll conducted this summer by the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development. Consider: - 71% of those surveyed said the recession that ended in 2009 permanently changed the U.S. economy — up from 49% five years ago. - 88% Dem Rep: 40 American ISIL Fighters HaveAlready Returned to the United States Washington Free Beacon, by Adam Kredo KarenJ1- 9/21/2014 10:20:02 AM Rep. Tim Bishop (D., N.Y.) warned during a recent speech that up to 40 radicalized U.S. citizens who have fought alongside the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL or ISIS) have already returned to the United States, where they could pose a terrorist threat. Bishop claims that of the 100 or so Americans who have traveled to the Middle East to join ISIL’s ranks, some 40 have returned and are currently being surveilled by the FBI, according to his remarks, which were filmed and uploaded to YouTube last week. “One of the concerns is the number of U.S. citizens who have
Trust Is Key Issue inFlorida Governor´s Race Pittsburgh Tribune Review [PA], by Salena Zito garnet- 9/21/2014 10:19:11 AM While much of the media pay attention to movement in this year´s U.S. Senate races (you know the drill; one of those moves two points, and everyone reacts as if it´s an avalanche), few are watching a contest with 2016 implications and a huge swing — the race for governor of Florida. Less than a year ago, Republican incumbent Rick Scott was down 20 percentage points (58-38) to challenger Charlie Crist. Crist is the former GOP governor who resigned to run for the party´s U.S. Senate nomination. When he lost in that primary, he became an independent to run in the general Ferguson and Fairfax: Profilesin Official Cowardice Real Clear Politics, by Carl M. Cannon garnet- 9/21/2014 10:10:48 AM One of the catalysts for the rage and rioting in Ferguson, Mo., was the sight of that poor teenager’s body lying face down in the street hour after hour. At 12:02 p.m. August 9, one of their officers shot unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown six times. By 12:05 p.m., a responding paramedic pronounced him dead. Yet his body was still there in the summer sun at 4 p.m., the sheet not quite long enough to cover his 6-foot-3-inch frame. Among the outraged onlookers in the Canfield Green apartment complex was his mother, distraught, and barricaded from her son’s body by police. At least In Death, Florida FamilyReveals a Spiral of Domestic Abuse New York Times, by Lizette Alaverz & Frances Robles rahmitthru- 9/21/2014 10:06:41 AM Bell. FL - Sarah L. Spirit was 22 years old and eight months pregnant with her fourth child when she called the police in desperation: Her father was violent, she was afraid of him, and she had nowhere to go. “He pushed me against the refrigerator really hard then closed his hands really hard on my face and caused me pain,” she wrote in the summer of 2008, when she went to a Gilchrist County Court to seek a domestic violence injunction against her father, Don C. Spirit. “I am very scared of him. I know what he is capable of.” Ms. Spirit wrote that her father threatened to make her life “hell” if she called the authorities. Grand Illusion in Syria New York Times, by Ross Douthat garnet- 9/21/2014 9:59:35 AM Across years of war and at an extraordinary cost, the United States built an army that was supposed to prevent jihadists from gaining a sanctuary in the heart of the Middle East. It had American-trained leaders, American-made weaponry and 250,000 men under arms — far more troops and firepower than any insurgent force that might emerge to challenge it. That army was the Iraqi Army, and we know what happened next: The Syrian civil war spilled over into Iraq, jihadists first found a foothold and then led an insurgency against the Iraqi military, and the jihadists won. American-organized units were routed;
The inexplicable emotion PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez Hazymac- 9/21/2014 9:38:45 AM Glenn Greenwald tries to solve a mystery. Why does the Muslim world hate Obama? (Snip) Obama’s popularity with Muslims in America can easily be explained by the fact that his mistakes haven’t affected them yet. Once American Sunni mosques are bombed by Shi’ites or vice versa, expect Obama’s popularity to drop. For once things come down to Muslim vs Muslim, as is happening elsewhere, it is the non-Muslim who they might rather have in charge. When Obama stopped being an outsider and became one of the tribesmen then he became part of the problem, not the unifying, attractive figure Andrew Kurds Issue Dramatic Call to Armsas Fresh ISIS Massacre Looms Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Ari Soffer Attercliffe- 9/21/2014 9:30:12 AM Kurdish fighters have issued an urgent call to arms amid warnings of an impending massacre by the Islamic State terrorist group in northern Syria. The Kurdish People´s Protection Unit (YPG) has been locked in a fierce battle with IS and other Islamist groups almost since the start of Syria´s civil war. Despite being relatively isolated and receiving no foreign aid from any states the YPG has proven perhaps the most effective force in pushing back against IS. But as the jihadis´ focus shifts to consolidating power in northern Syria the Kurds have found themselves under fiercer attack than ever. Scottish MPs´ fury at Farage´s demandsthat they abstain from English matters Daily Express [UK], by Owen Bennett Attercliffe- 9/21/2014 8:51:21 AM The MEP asked all 59 MPs from Scottish constituencies to promise in writing not to take part in votes and debates in the Commons which have no impact on Scotland. Mr Farage wants the voluntary abstaining policy to last until a “wider constitutional settlement” is agreed upon so “the [Scottish] tail can’t continue wagging the dog any longer”. In a letter to the MPs he said: “Until this consensus is reached, there is the urgent need for Scottish MPs not to determine legislation on devolved matters in England. "We are at a constitutional crossroads. Resolving the complex issues may take Don´t sell out England, Cameron warnsMiliband as Labour accuse PM´s planto stop Scottish MPs from voting onEnglish matters of being a ´Tory trap´ Daily Mail [UK], by Simon Walters Attercliffe- 9/21/2014 8:31:53 AM David Cameron dramatically played the patriotic card yesterday by accusing Ed Miliband of trampling on the rights of the English by blocking ‘home rule’ measures for England. In a move designed to upstage the Labour conference, which started on Friday, the Prime Minister raised the stakes in the bitter war of words that has raged since the Scottish referendum. Mr Cameron called on Mr Miliband to drop his opposition to Tory plans for ‘English votes for English laws’ to match devolved powers for Scotland, which have been promised now the Scots have voted to reject independence.
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French military video shows airstrikesagainst Islamic State in Iraq Telegraph [UK], by Associated Press TV* - 9/21/2014 8:21:47 AM French fighter jets struck against the militant Islamic State group on Friday morning. [Snip] Four laser-guided bombs struck the Iraqi military base, and hit a munitions and fuel depot, according to a French military official. The attack made France the first foreign country to publicly add military muscle to United States airstrikes against the terrorist group, which has drawn criticism around the world and in a unanimous UN Security Council resolution for its barbarity. French President Francois Hollande said the target was "entirely destroyed." Dozens of extremist fighters were also killed in the four strikes, according to Iraq´s military spokesman. The rowdy greens take charge Politico, by Elana Schor HildyLilly- 9/21/2014 8:12:00 AM Tens of thousands of environmental activists are flooding New York City’s streets this weekend in a coming-out party for a new breed of environmentalism – one that’s louder and rowdier than the old-school greens who dominated the movement when Barack Obama entered the White House.These upstarts like 350.org are brushing aside the staid Washington lobbying strategies of groups that failed to pass a climate bill in 2010. Instead they’re getting arrested outside the White House gates, staging costumed protests around the president’s travels and planning to clog Wall Street on Monday. They’ve already chalked up one big win: Why Can’t We SeeThis in the Cinema? Daily Signal, by James Carafano - 9/21/2014 6:52:13 AM Of late, Hollywood has given us all kinds of movies about the military. The worst of them—such as “Green Zone,” a dreadful 2010 film that rightfully bombed at the box office—demonize and diminish our men and women in uniform to feed Tinseltown’s impulse to please the Code Pink crowd. (Snip) It’s all too rare we see movies that humanize those who fight for us, that deliver a truly honest portrayal of the difficulties of balancing service and sacrifice. There is a movie that’s getting a limited theatrical release that does just that. “Fort Bliss” is the fictional account of an Army
Gird Your Loins, it´s theWar on Women (Again) American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman magnante- 9/21/2014 6:46:56 AM ince the U.S. is largely moderate to conservative, it was hard to imagine how someone as far left as Barack Obama twice won the presidency. After the election was over, we learned how the Democrats’ data mining operation succeeded in bringing to the polls the outlying constituencies he needed to win (given the normally low turnout of the rest of the voters). Part of that mining for voters involved targeting messages designed to emotionally appeal to them, given that “belief” once formed in these peoples’ minds defeats any rational arguments. The big (and unfortunately successful) target of these emotional appeals was Leaked transcripts revealPutin’s secret attack in Ukraine New York Post, by Bill Sanderson StormCnter- 9/21/2014 6:45:29 AM Giving lie to Vladimir Putin’s claims that Russia isn’t fighting in Ukraine, up to 80 Russian troops were killed in a skirmish there last month, according to information released by an opposition politician. Members of an elite Russian paratroop force talked about the brutal battle near Luhansk, a city in eastern Ukraine, in telephone transcripts leaked to politician and newspaper publisher Lev Shlosberg. “We’re f——g walking along looking for these f—–g Ukrainians,” one paratrooper says in an account reported by the Sunday Times of London. “We get out into the open and are seen, kapow!” the paratrooper says. “We dashed out onto the road, Bloggers trash cyclist in
Central Park collision
New York Post, by Larry Celona and Laura Italiano Fiesta del sol- 9/21/2014 6:18:44 AM Even his fellow “Tridorks” and “Freds” are turning on him. Cyclists are racing online to rage against speed demon Jason Marshall — and show their support for the tragic victim he mowed down in Central Park.As Jill Tarlov, 59, remained on life support from her massive head injuries at an Upper East Side hospital, cyclists took to blogs and Twitter to jeer Marshall for slamming his $4,000 racing bike into the Connecticut mother of two on Thursday at a West Drive intersection. Some insiders blasted Marshall as a triathlon-obsessed “Tridork,” and a “Fred,” both derogatory terms for Lycra-clad cyclists riding pricey, tricked-out Moving the Mexican Border New Yorker, by Paul Kramer StormCnter- 9/21/2014 5:41:30 AM The whole point of setting the border between Mexico and the United States at the deepest channel of the Rio Grande was that the river was not supposed to move. That was the thinking in 1848, when, following Mexico’s defeat by the United States and surrender of its vast northern lands, boundary surveyors from the two countries were tasked with reinventing the border. The choice of the river for the boundary’s eastern half had been obvious: its use as a territorial marker stretched back into the region’s Spanish colonial past, and it was hard to miss and often difficult to
Cruz: Meet the new ´Three Amigos´ The Hill [DC], by Scott Wong StormCnter- 9/21/2014 5:30:48 AM Move over John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte. Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz says there’s a new “Three Amigos” in the U.S. Senate. This week, Cruz, the conservative Texas senator, found himself on the same side as liberal Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in voting against arming and training Syrian rebels fighting Islamic extremists in the Middle East. All three senators are considered prospective 2016 candidates. “They call us the three Amigos,” Cruz joked during an interview at the Texas Tribune Festival on Saturday. And though he’s on the opposite political spectrum as Warren and Sanders, Cruz was quick to Petition Urges Obama To Let Border-
Jumper Stay In The White House
Daily Caller, by Neil Munro StormCnter- 9/21/2014 5:26:31 AM The man who jumped the White House railing Sept. 19 deserves the right to live in President Barack Obama’s home, just as the president is allowing hundreds of thousands of border-jumping Central Americans to live in Americans’ homeland, says a new tongue-in-cheek petition posted at the White House website. “We urge President Obama to immediately and publicly recognize that Mr. Omar J. Gonzalez, an oppressed migrant, was merely looking for a better life when he entered the White House after going over the classist, divisive and needless fence,” says the petition, which was authored by D.A. King, founder of the Georgia-based Progressives Enthroned National Review Online, by Amity Schlaes StormCnter- 9/21/2014 5:22:53 AM ‘He is at once God and their intimate friend,” wrote journalist Martha Gellhorn back in the 1930s of President Franklin Roosevelt. The quote comes from The Roosevelts, the new Ken Burns documentary that PBS airs this month. But the term “documentary” doesn’t do The Roosevelts justice. “Extravaganza” is more like it: In not one but 14 lavish hours, the series covers two great presidents, Theodore Roosevelt, who served in the first decade of the last century, and Franklin Roosevelt, who led our nation through the Great Depression and to victory in World War II. In his use of the plural, Ebola Panic: Guinean Health Officials
Slain, Sierra Leone Shuts Down
American Interest, by Walter Russell Mead & Staff MissMolly- 9/21/2014 5:18:49 AM Guinea has made six arrests in the slayings of eight people who were on a mission to educate the public about Ebola. The Wall Street Journal reports: A team of health and government officials, accompanied by journalists, had gone to the village of Womey, in Guinea, on Tuesday. Although there have been attacks on health centers in several affected countries, these are the first fatalities. […] The victims from Tuesday’s attack included the deputy administrative official in Womey and the head of the health-care center there. Two top health officials from the nearby town of N’Zerekore were killed, along with a pastor
Pentagon ‘Seeking Answers’ On POW/MIA Day
While Withholding Answers On Korean War POWs
Washington Free Beacon, by Caroline Lee Smith MissMolly- 9/21/2014 5:15:30 AM On Friday, this year’s POW/MIA Day, the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office issued a new fact sheet on its efforts to recover US POW/MIAs from North Korea and the Korean War. But there may be some roadblocks on the way, according to a report from KPOW. “Finding live Americans is the highest priority of our accounting process,” the fact sheet said. “DPMO, with the full support of the U.S. intelligence community, aggressively investigates all credible reports and sightings of alleged American survivors of the Korean War living in North Korea. Since 1995, more than 25,000 defectors from North Korea have been screened for Huma Abedin remains at Hillary
Clinton’s side despite sexting woes
with husband Anthony Weiner
New York Daily News, by Annie Karni MissMolly- 9/21/2014 5:09:25 AM When Anthony Weiner’s mayoral campaign imploded last year amid new sexting revelations, the fallout buffeted his wife, longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin. Clinton’s inner circle was furious with Weiner, and Abedin’s role with Hillary was said to be in doubt. “Huma has a choice to make,” New York magazine quoted a “close associate” of Abedin’s as saying. “Does she go with Anthony, or does she go with Hillary?” The magazine described Abedin as “traumatized” by the prospect of leaving the inner sanctum. One year later, Abedin’s marriage to Weiner appears intact, and her role in Hillary’s camp is secure. As Clinton’s personal chief Obama’s half-hearted war on terror New York Post, by Michael Goodwin StormCnter- 9/21/2014 4:59:55 AM The quote of the week comes from James Clapper, the director of national intelligence. Noting that criticism of surveillance programs forced the government to “throttle back,” he told The Washington Post that means “we are accepting more risk.” Tapping a deep well of sarcasm, he continued: “We are supposed to keep the country safe, predict anticipatory intelligence, with no risk, and no embarrassment if revealed, and without a scintilla of jeopardy to privacy of any domestic person or foreign person. We call that ‘immaculate collection.’?” Bingo! Clapper’s mission-impossible statement is more than justified, and not just in matters of intelligence gathering. He might In Senate Battle, the Wild Cards
Become Alaska and Kansas
New York Times, by Nate Cohn StormCnter- 9/21/2014 4:55:53 AM The last few weeks of public polling have offered contradictory and surprising results, like surveys showing the Democratic Senate candidate in Colorado either up by six percentage points or down by eight. Nonetheless, the polls have clarified the fight for the Senate. States like North Carolina and Michigan have moved toward the Democrats, while Arkansas and Louisiana have drifted toward the Republican column. The result is that the list of battleground states has shrunk, with perhaps only Alaska, Iowa and Kansas remaining as true tossups. Yet even though the overall picture is sharper, it now centers on the two most mysterious
Kansas gubernatorial candidate
addresses 1990s strip club incident
Politico, by James Hohmann - 9/21/2014 4:54:49 AM In the late 1990s the Democratic candidate for governor of Kansas was getting a lap dance at a strip club when cops raided it in search of drugs, a situation Paul Davis on Saturday described as being “in the wrong place at the wrong time.”Davis was not charged with any crime, but a police chief involved in the raid wrote afterward that he had been drinking and was found “in a somewhat compromising position … in a back room of the club.” According to police reports, he was alone with a topless stripper who was wearing only a G-string. Davis, What Did Turkey Trade for Hostages? PJ Media, by Rick Moran StormCnter- 9/21/2014 4:53:24 AM Turkey is celebrating the return of 49 of their citizens held for 101 days by Islamic State. The hostages were captured when the Iraqi city of Mosul fell to the terrorists. Turkey’s state run news agency Anadolu reported that “no ransom had been paid and “no conditions were accepted in return for their release.” But many observers weren’t buying that explanation. The official explanation “sounds a bit too good to be true,” said Sinan Ulgen, a former Turkish diplomat who chairs the Istanbul-based Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies. “There are some very legitimate and unanswered questions about how this happened.” The hostages Obama´s ISIS Tap Dance Town Hall, by Amanda Muñoz StormCnter- 9/21/2014 4:48:28 AM Don’t let a rare act of bipartisanship fool you. Just because Congress came together (miraculously and quickly before, ahem, their midterm elections) in passage of a continuing resolution which also authorizes the training and arming of Syrian troops, doesn’t mean that the American people - or the military for that matter – are fully buying into the president’s plan. All the hustle and bustle on Capitol Hill this week laid bare the confusion and political calculation behind the White House’s recent push to go after the ISIS (ISIL) terrorist group, which increases its threats against the U.S. and its allies every Army chief of staff says U.S.
may need more troops in Iraq
Washington Post, by Craig Whitlock StormCnter- 9/21/2014 4:45:28 AM Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army chief of staff, said Friday it might be necessary to deploy more U.S. forces to Iraq beyond the 1,600 troops already there, warning that the fight against the Islamic State will intensify and could go on for years. Odierno, who served as the top U.S. military commander during the last war in Iraq, also said he would not rule out the need to send small numbers of U.S. ground troops into combat as tactical airstrike spotters or as front-line advisers embedded with Iraq forces. In a breakfast interview with the Defense Writers Group, Odierno said that “1,600 Archbishop of Canterbury admits
doubts about existence of God
Independent [UK], by Rose Troup Buchanan StormCnter- 9/21/2014 4:41:24 AM The Archbishop of Canterbury has admitted to feeling doubts over the existence of God. In a recent interview at Bristol Cathedral, Archbishop Justin Welby said on a recent morning run with his dog he had questioned why God had failed to intervene to prevent injustice. “The other day I was praying over something as I was running and I ended up saying to God ‘Look this is all very well but isn’t it about time you did something – if you’re there.’” Earlier in the interview, when asked if he had moments of doubt, Archbishop Welby replied: “Yes. I do,
Two Redheaded Strangers New York Times, by Maureen Dowd JoniTx- 9/21/2014 4:41:06 AM WASHINGTON — WHEN Willie Nelson invites you to get high with him on his bus, you go. The man is the patron saint of pot, after all, and I’m the poster girl for bad pot trips. It seemed like a match made in hash heaven. When Nelson sang at the 9:30 club in D.C. one recent night, I ventured onto the Honeysuckle Rose, as his tour bus and home-away-from-home is called. I was feeling pretty shy about meeting him. The 81-year-old Redheaded Stranger is an icon, one of America’s top songwriters and, as Rolling Stone said, “a hippie’s hippie and Rick Perry: America’s
Next Top Strategist?
Daily Beast, by James Poulos Original Article Posted By: StormCnter- 9/21/2014 4:39:19 AM Post Reply The Texas governor is perfectly positioned to create a new geopolitical consensus in the GOP. Late for happy hour, a junior staffer sighs and starts in on a draft email announcing RickPAC, Rick Perry’s new political action committee. “Friend & Supporter,” it begins. The staffer stares at the screen. “We’re living during…” During what? One of the lamest eras ever? Okay, no. How about: “one of the most volatile periods since the Cold War.” Twenty minutes later, the draft is finished. It pops up in the inbox of a communications staffer, also feeling overworked, who scans it quickly for groaners and gives it the Four of five escaped
California inmates recaptured
Fox News, by Staff Original Article Posted By: Pluperfect- 9/21/2014 4:33:43 AM Post Reply Four of the five inmates who escaped from a California county jail have been recaptured, authorities said. Madera County sheriff´s spokeswoman Erica Stuart said late Saturday that the escapees had been recaptured, but did not immediately provide further details of their arrests. Stuart identified 29-year-old Roel Soliz of Chowchilla, Calif. as the inmate still at large. The other four inmates were identified at the time of the escape as Juan Lopez, 33; Abel Ramos, 25; Ricardo Cendejas, 19; and Jorge Lopez-Diaz, 26. Lopez had been imprisoned on armed robbery and attempted murder charges. Ramos and Cendejas were in jail for attempted murder Is the world going nuts? CNN, by Fareed Zakaria Original Article Posted By: Pluperfect- 9/21/2014 4:28:46 AM Post Reply Is the world spinning out of control? I get asked this question a lot these days, and for understandable reasons. Look at what´s been in the news in just the last few weeks. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria´s execution videos, Scotland´s bid for secession, Russian soldiers in Ukraine. There is an unraveling taking place in parts of the world. In the Middle East, the old order that stretched from Libya to Syria has collapsed. In Russia, the rise of oil prices has empowered and emboldened President Vladimir Putin -- and he wants a makeover on the fall of the Soviet