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Thursday, September 18, 2014

 







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Scots Should Vote
No on Independence
Breitbart London [UK], by Peter Morici    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 9/18/2014 2:31:23 AM     Post Reply
Scots will be worse off if they vote for independence. It’s not good economics and not much else is at stake.[Snip] Independence has been seized by the professional left—academics, artists of all kinds and other “social thinkers”—who believe an independent Scotland could raise taxes and spend more to affect more progressive social values. The Scots do support Labor candidates for Westminster in much greater numbers than do the English. Scotland is hardly shortchanged by London. It accounts for 8.3 percent of the UK population but receives 9.2 percent of public spending. Nevertheless, advocates of independence say if Scotland got control

Cases of rare and severe
respiratory illness enterovirus 68
confirmed in 14 states as it spreads
quickly among children across America
Daily Mail [UK], by Associated Press & Alexander Klausner    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 9/18/2014 2:10:31 AM     Post Reply
Health officials say 14 states now have respiratory illnesses caused by an uncommon virus--enterovirus 68 which is marked by severe breathing problems and will continue to infect children in more states. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials say Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania together have 130 lab-confirmed cases. As of Wednesday both Minnesota and New Jersey also have confirmed cases of the severe virus. [Snip] The Star Tribune reports that The Children’s hospitals in Minneapolis and St. Paul have been averaging a combined total of around 300 children transferred to

´Things have gotten really out
of whack,´ Biden tells crowd in Iowa
The Hill (Washington DC), by Mario Trujillo    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/18/2014 1:14:13 AM     Post Reply
Vice President Biden touched on a number of Democratic campaign themes during a speech in Iowa on Wednesday to help kick off a nationwide tour for a group of Catholic nuns traveling the country to register voters. Though his trip to the first-in-the-nation presidential nominating state stoked speculation about his own bid, Biden said he was there for the nuns. "I was asked by the press why am I going out with Nuns on the Bus. I said because they are nuns. It is a simple proposition. You are looking at a kid that had 12 years of Catholic education. I

  


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White House launches new
campaign against sexual assault
The Hill (Washington DC), by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/18/2014 1:08:33 AM     Post Reply
President Obama and Vice President Biden will debut a new campaign urging men to get more involved in preventing sexual assault on college campuses Friday at the White House. The campaign, dubbed “It´s On Us,” is designed around “the belief that it’s on all of us to be part of the solution in stopping sexual assault,” according to a White House official. “The president and vice president strongly believe that everyone has the right to live free from the threat of sexual assault, and have long been deeply committed to rooting out this violence wherever it exists,” the official said.

Obama Faulted in Terror Fight,
New Poll Finds
New York Times, by Julie Hirschfeld Davis & Dalia Sussman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/18/2014 1:02:41 AM     Post Reply
For the first time in his presidency, more Americans disapprove of President Obama’s handling of terrorism than approve of it, as discontent about his management of foreign affairs and the fight against Sunni militants in Iraq and Syria weighs on an anxious and conflicted public, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News Poll. As Mr. Obama broadens the military offensive against Islamic extremists, the survey finds broad support for United States airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, but it also demonstrates how torn Americans are about wading back into battle in the Middle East. A majority is opposed to committing

The Obama administration´s
nonstop incoherence on ISIS
The Week, by Edward Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 9/18/2014 12:43:53 AM     Post Reply
One has to wonder just how often members of President Barack Obama´s national security team talk with each other. The federal government is famously gigantic, but the president´s Cabinet is not, particularly if you narrow it to the inner circle that crafts military and national security strategy. One would assume that it wouldn´t be all that difficult to prepare a coherent approach to an international crisis, particularly as Cabinet members testify before Congress amidst deep skepticism of the White House´s strategy to destroy the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, or in the administration´s preferred acronym, ISIL). And yet,

Child-porn conviction is tossed:
Navy surveillance is blamed
Seattle Times, by Mike Carter    Original Article
Posted By: Maggie2u- 9/18/2014 12:40:43 AM     Post Reply
Navy criminal investigators repeatedly and routinely peeked into the computers of private citizens in Washington state and elsewhere, a violation of the law so “massive” and egregious that an appeals court says it has no choice but to throw out the evidence against an Algona man sentenced to 18 years in prison for distribution of child pornography. The three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, in a decision handed down last week, said the 2012 prosecution of Michael Allan Dreyer by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle demonstrated Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) agents “routinely carry out broad

  


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New IS Video Warns US
Over Iraq Deployment
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 9/18/2014 12:35:17 AM     Post Reply
BEIRUT - The militant Islamic State group released a video warning the United States that its fighters are waiting for it in Iraq if President Barack Obama sends troops there, as his top general said may happen if the current strategy of airstrikes fails. The slick 52-second video entitled "Flames of War" shows militants blowing up tanks and images of wounded U.S. soldiers. It then shows a clip of Obama saying that combat troops will not be returning to Iraq, ending with a text overlay that reads "fighting has just begun." The video´s timing, released late Tuesday, suggested it was

Holder expects criminal charges
against individuals on Wall Street
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 9/17/2014 11:14:14 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department expects to bring criminal charges in the coming months in investigations involving financial institutions, Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday as he called for better incentives for Wall Street whistleblowers who report crime. Holder did not describe the investigations in a speech at New York University’s law school except to say that they’re “focused on the conduct of individuals” and involve wrongdoing that has undermined the financial markets. He used the address to urge Congress to raise a cap on the amount of money that a whistleblower can receive for reporting misconduct. Such cooperation is essential since

Buffett Drops Out of California
Fundraiser for Kentucky Democratic
Senate Candidate
Breitbart Big Government, by Michael Patrick Leahy    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/17/2014 11:01:51 PM     Post Reply
Less than 24 hours after Breitbart News first reported that Warren Buffett was scheduled to participate via conference call at Wednesday night´s California fundraiser for Kentucky Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Grimes campaign confirmed the billionaire investor has dropped out of the event. Campaign spokesperson Charly Norton told a reporter for a blog on Kentucky´s U.S. Senate race on Wednesday "Warren Buffett is not attending or participating in any event with Alison." When confronted with a PDF file of an invitation from the Grimes campaign to the fundraiser, Wednesday September 17 at the residence of Sharon Osberg

Candidates from both parties
packing heat in campaign ads
Washington Times, by Valerie Richardson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/17/2014 10:57:39 PM     Post Reply
Guns are becoming the prop of choice in campaign ads around the country this midterm year. Take it as another sign that the Obama administration’s gun control push is running aground: Firearms have become this year’s go-to accessory for candidates of both parties seeking to advertise their toughness and willingness to fight. Republicans, and even some Democrats, in a dozen states are showing off their shooting skills in videos and television ads or posing with firearms in mailers, underscoring the backlash against federal and state proposals to restrict access to guns and ammunition.

  


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State Department downplayed
Islamic State threat,
privately ramped up security
Washington Times, by Jim McElhatton    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/17/2014 10:55:02 PM     Post Reply
Weeks before the State Department assured Americans that things were operating “normally” at its consulate in the Kurdish capital of Erbil in August, concerned procurement officials were quietly saying the advance of militants of the Islamic State, also known as ISIL or ISIS, meant the government needed to shell out tens of millions of dollars to counter a “rapidly deteriorating” security situation. On a no-bid basis, the State Department nearly doubled the size of a task order to defense contractor Triple Canopy, which had been hired to train Iraqi security forces but was asked to now perform diplomatic security and

Australian Police Arrest Dozens In
Anti-Terror Raids; Radical Preacher Calls
Raids ´Attacks on Islam, Muslims´
International Business Times, by Reissa Su    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 9/17/2014 10:54:11 PM     Post Reply
The Australian Federal Police and Australian Security and Intelligence Office conducted several anti-terrorism raids in Sydney and Brisbane. According to reports, about 600 officers with armoured vehicles arrested several people in separate pre-dawn raids in NSW and Brisbane. The recent raids are said to be the largest in Australian history following the report of senior officers who revealed a planned terrorist attack was imminent. Intelligence reports said a suspected terrorist cell is planning a kidnapping and beheading. The act of murder will be recorded and posted on social media for the public to see. Reports also suggested that the terrorist group

Can Obama Keep His Generals
in Check in the War Against ISIS?
Daily Beast, by Josh Rogin    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 9/17/2014 10:41:03 PM     Post Reply
In his major address explaining America’s new war against ISIS, President Obama pledged that there would be no U.S. combat troops. On Tuesday, Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he may recommend ground forces in the future. The White House is seeking to gloss over the rift between the president and his top general, but it is clear that just below the waterline Obama is not on the same page as the commanders who will be leading the new fight. U.S. military officials and members of Congress have complained privately for weeks that Obama

Apple will no longer unlock
most iPhones, iPads for police
Washington Post, by Craig Timberg    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/17/2014 10:12:11 PM     Post Reply
Apple announced on Wednesday night that it would no longer unlock encrypted iPhones or iPads for police in many circumstances, taking a hard new line as tech companies attempt to blunt allegations that they have too readily participated in government efforts to collect user data. The move, enacted with the publication of a new privacy policy tied to the release of Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 8, amounts to an engineering solution to a legal dilemma: Rather than refuse legally binding court orders, Apple has reworked its latest encryption in a way that makes it all but impossible for

  


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Doctor: Gov’t ‘Tight-Lipped’
on Respiratory Virus,
May be From Illegals
Breitbart TV, by Ian Hanchett    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/17/2014 9:57:13 PM     Post Reply
Dr. Jane Orient, Executive Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, reported that the government has been “real tight-lipped” about the mysterious respiratory illness that has struck children in the United States, expressed concern that the illegal immigrant minors from Central America could be the source, and argued that the government should devote more resources to border security to combat the spread of disease on Wednesday’s “Laura Ingraham Show.” When asked whether illegal immigrant children who have been sent to various locations around the country could be the cause of the virus, she responded “Yes, they could be. We

Spoofing the War
New York Sun, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 9/17/2014 9:44:02 PM     Post Reply
All this chatter about how we should, or should not, go about degrading and defeating the terrorist blitzkrieg of ISIS is one of the most bizarre things we´ve seen in ears [sic]. It must be regarded by our enemies as a kind of manna. The Times just issued an editorial bellyaching about the possibility of ground troops and warning we’re on a slippery slope to getting involved in another land war in the Middle East. The chairman of the joint chiefs, General Dempsey, insists he might recommend it; President Obama insists he won’t do it. But he might — or

Obama Asked Whether He
Fought in Civil War
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/17/2014 9:22:06 PM     Post Reply
At a school on MacDill Air Force Base, President Obama was asked whether he fought in the civil war. "No," Obama reportedly responded. "I was born in 1961." Via the pool report: As the pool walked into the school, we could see the ?president talking to a classroom with the door closed. In Elizabeth Slagal´s first grade classroom next door, kids told the waiting pool that President Obama was coming to see them. They were all wearing red, white and blue. One of the poolers asked the kids what the president does. One of them, trying kind of hard to

Surge: Walker regains the lead in Wisconsin
Townhall, by Guy Benson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/17/2014 9:13:57 PM     Post Reply
Another new data point that’s turning Eeyore frowns upside down, placing a juicy cherry atop Wednesday’s happy (and sorely needed) polling sundae. Time will tell whether this apparent momentum is the beginning of a trend or just a flash in the pan — but we’re rolling with it, baby. A shot in the arm from the Badger State, where Scott Walker was narrowly trailing his Democratic challenger among likely voters in this polling series last month. Reversal: (Tweet) The governor’s 49-46 edge mirrors his job approval rating (+3) and personal favorability (+4) numbers among respondents — likely driven by independents

Kansas “Independent” Comes Out
of the Closet as a Democrat
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/17/2014 9:06:51 PM     Post Reply
You are probably generally aware of the situation in Kansas, where long-time (and not very inspiring) Senator Pat Roberts survived a primary challenge by insurgent Milton Wolf, but was badly weakened for the general election. The Democrats shrewdly talked their endorsed candidate out of the race, and instead are coalescing behind “independent” candidate Greg Orman. Kansas voters surely would not elect Orman if they knew that doing so would keep Harry Reid in place as Majority Leader, but Orman’s “independent” stance is confusing quite a few Kansans. It shouldn’t. On Monday, Orman came out of the closet by endorsing the

  



Air Force Members Can Now Omit
‘So Help Me God’ from Oath
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/17/2014 9:01:08 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. Air Force announced a significant change to its policy for reciting oaths Wednesday. Starting now, members and officers can choose to omit the words “so help me God” when delivering enlistment and officer appointment oaths. In a press release, the Air Force wrote: In response to concerns raised by Airmen, the Department of the Air Force requested an opinion from the Department of Defense General Counsel addressing the legal parameters of the oath. The resulting opinion concluded that an individual may strike or omit the words “So help me God” from an enlistment or appointment oath if preferred.

Democrats Slam Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Breitbart InstaBlog, by Dan Riehl    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/17/2014 8:56:27 PM     Post Reply
Politico reports that "long-simmering doubts" and a renewed lack of confidence in Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz from the White House, congressional Dems and other Washington Democrats has Schultz struggling to try and hold onto her job. They´ve lost faith in her as "a unifying leader and reliable party spokesperson" just as we approach a mid-term election that already has Democrats at a disadvantage. Recently, Wasserman Schultz criticized the White House’s for it´s handling of the immigration crisis and also border crisis and also compared the political right to wife beaters. The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee

Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer
arrested for aggravated assault
New York Post, by Joe Tacopino    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 9/17/2014 8:37:25 PM     Post Reply
NFL running back Jonathan Dwyer was deactivated by the Arizona Cardinals Wednesday after he was arrested for aggravated assault in yet another domestic violence allegation against an NFL star, multiple reports said. The 25-year-old running back was arrested in Phoenix for aggravated assault and preventing someone from calling 911, according to CBS News. The violent episode took place in July between Dwyer and a woman he has a relationship with, according to AZCentral. He was arrested Wednesday after an investigation, the site said. The Cardinals released a statement Wednesday night that said they found out about the allegations this afternoon

Outraged Swiss village of 1,000
residents forced to raise taxes after
African refugee mother-of-seven
moves there and costs them
£40,000 a month in benefits
Daily Mail [UK], by John Hall    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 9/17/2014 8:10:03 PM     Post Reply
A village of just 1,000 residents in Switzerland has been forced to raise taxes because an African refugee and her seven children cost the local authority £40,000 in benefits every month. Hagenbuch, in the Swiss canton of Zurich, is understood to be spending close to a third of its total annual budget on the family after they arrived from Eritrea in East Africa three years ago. The massive benefits bill covers day-to-day living expenses such as groceries and cleaning costs, as well as paying for four of the woman´s children to be housed in an orphanage and even bills for

Poll: In Colorado, Obama
is a drag on Democrats
USA Today, by Susan Page    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 9/17/2014 7:41:12 PM     Post Reply
In Colorado, the state where Barack Obama was first nominated for the White House, he has emerged as a drag on the re-election prospects of Democratic Sen. Mark Udall and Gov. John Hickenlooper, a USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll finds. The survey shows Udall at 42%, Republican challenger Cory Gardner at 43% in what is essentially a tie. The poll of 500 likely voters, taken Saturday through Tuesday, has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points. The governor´s race also is too close to call: Hickenlooper is at 43%, Republican challenger Bob Beauprez at 41%. The 2008 Democratic

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