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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

 







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Rosie O´Donnell, Whoopi Goldberg
get in shouting match in front
of ´The View´ studio audience
New York Daily News, by Don Kaplan    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 9/30/2014 5:43:43 AM     Post Reply
Well, that didn’t take long. Just two weeks into the new season of “The View,” co-hosts Rosie O’Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg tore into each other during a commercial break — in front of their stunned studio audience. The spat erupted Thursday after Goldberg interrupted O’Donnell to go to a commercial break before the mother of five was finished commenting in a “Hot Topic” discussion about spanking children on the ABC gabfest. O’Donnell refuses to wear an earpiece to stay in contact with producers while the live show is airing, so she had no clue it was time to stop talking.

Obama´s Pass-the-Buck Presidency
National Journal, by Josh Kraushaar    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/30/2014 5:40:01 AM     Post Reply
In attempting to downplay the political damage from a slew of second-term controversies, President Obama has counted on the American people having a very short memory span and a healthy suspension of disbelief. The time-tested strategy for Obama: Claim he´s in the dark about his own administration´s activities, blame the mess on subordinates, and hope that with the passage of time, all will be forgotten. Harry Truman, the president isn´t. He´s more likely to pass the buck. His latest eyebrow-raiser came on 60 Minutes on Sunday, when the president blamed the failure to anticipate the rise of ISIS on his intelligence

Media Ignores Obama’s 60 Minutes
Ratings Collapse – Down 69% in a Week
Gateway Pundit, by Kristinn Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/30/2014 5:36:40 AM     Post Reply
The sympathetic news media is avoiding mentioning his name, instead they are blaming the lack of a football intro for the massive collapse in ratings Sunday night for President Barack Obama’s appearance on CBS’ 60 Minutes. Americans turned away from watching Obama even though he was being interviewed about the nation’s new war on ISIS. For example, Deadline Hollywood didn’t even mention Obama’s 60 Minutes interview when reporting on the drop in viewers. “With no football lead-in, CBS’ Sunday lineup fell from last week. As expected, the drop was steepest at 7 PM, with 60 Minutes (1.1) off by 69%

  


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Holder announces program on Chicago crime
Washington Examiner [DC], by Susan Ferrechio    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/30/2014 5:33:39 AM     Post Reply
Outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder Monday announced a new federal program to target high-crime cities, including Chicago, Ill., where shootings and other violent crime have skyrocketed. Holder, who said last week he will resign once a replacement is confirmed, also announced that the Justice Department has awarded $124 million in hiring grants to 215 police departments across the country for the Community Oriented Policing Program, also known as COPS. Holder said the money would pay for nearly 950 new officers, who will mostly take on the job of community policing aimed at reducing street crime. The grant gives police departments the money to

Inside An $8 Billion Family Feud:
Who Poisoned The Orkin Fortune?
Forbes, by Clare O´Connor    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/30/2014 5:29:30 AM     Post Reply
Over the past half-century the Rollins family became known for two things: killing vermin and throwing great parties. Millions upon millions of vermin. And really, really great parties. Within Atlanta society the clan behind the Orkin pest control empire, now worth some $8 billion, became royalty, the envy of Buckhead’s WASP social set. Gary Rollins, the modern-era patriarch, would invite guests by the hundreds to join him and his wife, Ruthie, at the family’s lush 1,800-acre ranch near Cartersville, Ga. His handsome blond son Glen Rollins, the heir presumptive, preferred Gatsby-theme affairs at Boxwood, his English hilltop manor just outside the city,

Obama Was Warned Repeatedly of
Consequences of Withdrawal from Iraq
Washington Free Beacon, by David Rutz    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/30/2014 5:21:26 AM     Post Reply
Top government officials and military brass repeatedly warned of the consequences of sticking to a timetable on full Iraq War troop withdrawal, but President Obama proceeded with the plan in 2011. U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker cautioned against such a move in the years beforehand. “I am certain that abandoning or drastically curtailing our efforts will bring failure,” he said in 2007. “An Iraq that falls into chaos or civil war will mean massive human suffering, well beyond what has already occurred within Iraq’s borders.” He told PBS later that he and Gen. David Petraeus refused to talk about timetables during that

Man accused in FAA fire made
‘tragic mistake,’ lawyer says
Chicago Sun-Times, by Brian Slodysko & Rosalind Rossi    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 9/30/2014 5:16:14 AM     Post Reply
The attorney for a man who tried to kill himself after setting a fire at a Federal Aviation Administration facility in Aurora said Monday that his client made a “tragic mistake” that “inconvenienced many, many people.” But attorney Ron Safer pleaded for the public to have compassion for the “deeply troubled man” whose actions paralyzed national air traffic. “On Friday morning, Brian [Howard] tried to take his life. That he did so in a way that inconvenienced . . . many, many people is unacceptable and he deeply regrets that,” Safer said after Howard made his first appearance in U.S. District Court.

  


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The Gelded Age
National Review Online, by Kevin D. Williamson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/30/2014 5:08:25 AM     Post Reply
The inequality police are worried that we are living in a new Gilded Age. We should be so lucky: Between 1880 and 1890, the number of employed Americans increased by more than 13 percent, and wages increased by almost 50 percent. I am going to go out on a limb and predict that the Barack Obama years will not match that record; the number of employed Americans is lower today than it was when he took office, and household income is down. Grover Cleveland is looking like a genius in comparison. The inequality-based critique of the American economy is a fundamentally

America About to Dethrone Saudi
Arabia as Liquid Petroleum King
American Interest, by Walter Russell Mead & Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 9/30/2014 5:03:28 AM     Post Reply
The U.S. shale boom is about to hit another big milestone, as it looks like fracking will propel American liquid petroleum production (that includes oil and natural gas liquids) past Saudi Arabia for the first time in nearly a quarter century. The FT reports: US production of oil and related liquids such as ethane and propane was neck-and-neck with Saudi Arabia in June and again in August at about 11.5m barrels a day, according to the International Energy Agency, the watchdog backed by rich countries. With US production continuing to boom, its output is set to exceed Saudi Arabia’s this month or

Top VA officials steered contracts
to firm, investigation finds
Washington Times, by Jim McElhatton    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 9/30/2014 5:01:14 AM     Post Reply
Investigators have recommended the government bar a Virginia company that employs a who’s who list of former powerful federal officials from getting contracts after they found employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs improperly tried to steer business to the firm. The VA’s inspector general said in a scathing report that Susan M. Taylor, deputy chief procurement officer for the Veterans Health Administration, “continually” lied about her dealings with FedBid, the well-connected reverse auction company whose advisers and employees include two former top White House procurement officials, a general and a former congressman. Ms. Taylor and FedBid officials sought to “thwart” a

A tense Ferguson fears
the worst is yet to come
Los Angeles Times, by Molly Hennesey Fiske & Matt Pearce    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/30/2014 4:55:15 AM     Post Reply
Beauty Town has an elaborate video surveillance system that displays 16 angles of the store, but the cameras are better at capturing crime than at preventing it. The beauty shop has been looted multiple times since a white Ferguson police officer shot an unarmed black man Aug. 9. Last week, during another round of unrest on West Florissant Avenue, a group of young men broke the front windows and raided the shelves and cash register. Owner Shawn Kim thinks 99% of the people who live around his shop are good people. For the rest, he’s bought a gun. Just in case. If the grand

  


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Rick Perry: White House
must address beheading
Politico, by Kendall Brietman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/30/2014 4:52:16 AM     Post Reply
Rick Perry said on Monday that the Obama administration will have to address the beheading of an Oklahoma woman in what the Texas governor noted closely resembles an act of terrorism. “At some point in time, the administration does have to address this as what is appears to many people that it is — and that is an act of violence that is associated with terrorism,” Perry said on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.” On Thursday, Alton Nolen, 30, allegedly attacked two women at a Vaughan Foods plant in Moore, Oklahoma. During the attack, one woman was beheaded. Investigators have discovered

Bibi’s big bid: Netanyahu
upending Middle East alliances
New York Post, by Benny Avni    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/30/2014 4:47:21 AM     Post Reply
Anticipating a Wed­nesday session with President Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came out swinging Monday at the United Nations. Last week Obama morphed into a wartime president, coming out swinging against ISIS. But he has yet to warm up to Bibi, the prototypical anti-terrorism warrior. Will Monday’s speech, in which Netanyahu turned on their heads several clichés that are widely held in Washington, do the trick? Netanyahu described a goal common to Israel, the West and several Arab countries: eliminating Islamic extremism. In fact, he said, this struggle could bring Israelis and the Arabs together in a common cause and — in

Liberals as Low Information Voters
PJ Media, by Roger L. Simon    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/30/2014 4:43:36 AM     Post Reply
For several years now we have heard much of the plague of “low information voters” — those legions of the supposedly ignorant who walk, clueless on the issues, into our polling places, casting their votes for candidates the details of whose programs are as familiar to them as quantum mechanics. But we may have a more significant problem. There are a number of people who are at least somewhat cognizant of quantum mechanics to whom the details of the issues of the day are just as unfamiliar — the modern liberal intelligentsia. I’m not talking about the punditocracy here, the Thomas

Was Colorado Democrat
Mark Udall a 9/11 truther?
Hot Air, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/30/2014 4:39:09 AM     Post Reply
The race for U.S. Senate in Colorado has been tightening for weeks, and it now appears that incumbent Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) is on the ropes as polls show Colorado voters leaning towards backing Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO). Gardner has the wind at his back, and the race has become characterized by the Udall camp’s sloppy attempts to reignite the “war on women” by accusing Gardner of opposing women’s reproductive rights (despite his documented support for making access to oral contraception easier). Gardner’s momentum could, however, be easily blunted if he or his supporters make a mistake that takes the focus

  


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Privileged Parents Are
Driving Vaccine Refusal
Time, by S.E. Smith    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 9/30/2014 4:35:39 AM     Post Reply
By now, you’re probably familiar with the fact that some people in the US refuse to vaccinate their children. You are probably also familiar with the raging debate over vaccine refusal and whether parents should suck it up and vaccinate their kids for the sake of herd immunity, the common good, and society. But a recent piece in the Hollywood Reporter by Gary Baum really cuts to the heart of the vaccine refusal issue: It’s a class and privilege problem. The people refusing to vaccinate are primarily wealthy, coming from backgrounds of privilege, following in the footsteps of their wealthy and

ObamaCare insurance navigator
with rocky history gets
even more taxpayer money
Fox News*, by Chris Butler    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 9/30/2014 4:33:50 AM     Post Reply
The federal government is giving an ObamaCare insurance navigator Seedco, which has a reported history of fraud, $1.4 million to operate in Tennessee this fiscal year. Last year, Seedco received $1.2 million for the same services in Tennessee. As reported, the federal government sued Seedco on the grounds it faked at least 1,400 of 6,500 job placements under a $22.2 million federally funded contract with New York City. Seedco, according to National Review, had to settle that lawsuit. Meanwhile, state Comptroller Justin Wilson reported last year certain Memphis residents participating in the Temporary Assistance For Needy Families program falsified paperwork and wrongly received almost

2 Denver-area high schools shut down
in history course controversy
CBS News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 9/30/2014 4:28:53 AM     Post Reply
GOLDEN, Colo. - Hundreds of suburban Denver high school students missed school again Monday as teachers shut down two high schools by calling in sick amid a controversy over proposed changes to an Advanced Placement history class and changes to their pay. Classes were canceled at Golden and Jefferson high schools after 81 percent and 70 percent of teachers called in sick respectively. Some students who had the day off hit the street to protest against a proposal from the board´s new conservative majority to review the history course to make sure it promotes patriotism and doesn´t condone social disorder.

Hong Kong Leader Says
Beijing Won´t Back Down
Associated Press, by Elaine Kurtenbach    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 9/30/2014 4:23:11 AM     Post Reply
HONG KONG -- Hong Kong´s leader said China won´t back down from its decision to limit voting reforms in the Asian financial hub as pro-democracy protesters set a Wednesday deadline for a response from the government to meet their demands. The unequivocal statement from Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying on Tuesday dashed hopes that the standoff between demonstrators and authorities could be resolved quickly through negotiations. It does not come as a surprise given that showing a willingness to talk would have made the Chinese leadership appear weak, which could embolden dissidents, critics and separatists on the mainland. As the student-led protests that

Isil fighters advance to
within six miles of Baghdad
Telegraph [UK], by Ruth Sherlock*    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 9/30/2014 12:14:08 AM     Post Reply
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) made fresh advances in both Syria and Iraq on Monday, in defiance of the escalating United States-led bombing campaign against the jihadist group. For almost two months now, Tomahawk missiles and F22 Raptor jet fighters have bombarded the bases, strategic assets and front-line positions of Isil jihadists. But the group’s encroachment on Baghdad is steadily progressing and it is close to seizing a key Kurdish village on the Syria-Turkey border. Isil gunmen were reported to be six miles away from some points of Baghdad, and were holding their ground at a

  



Mumia Abu-Jamal Selected as
Commencement Speaker for College
WCAU-TV [Bala Cynwyd, PA], by David Chang    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 9/29/2014 11:52:49 PM     Post Reply
Prisoner, former death row inmate, author and journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal will give the commencement speech at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. The college announced Monday that Abu-Jamal, who received his Bachelor of Arts from Goddard in 1996, was selected by the Fall 2014 graduating class. Abu-Jamal, 60, was sentenced to death for the 1981 murder of Officer Daniel Faulkner. (Snip) “As a reflection of Goddard’s individualized and transformational educational model, our commencements are intimate affairs where each student serves as her or his own valedictorian, and each class chooses its own speaker,” said Goddard College Interim President Bob Kenny.

3.1 Magnitude Earthquake
Reported Near Langston
News9 (Oklahoma), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 9/29/2014 11:40:47 PM     Post Reply
LANGSTON, Oklahoma - The United State Geological Survey reported an earthquake near Langston Monday at 9:43 a.m. The 3.1 magnitude quake was nearly two miles deep. The quake was reported eight miles north of Langston, nine miles west, southwest of Stillwater and 17 miles northeast of Guthrie. There are no reports of major injury or damage at this time. According to the USGS, earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 2.5 to 3.0 are generally the smallest ones felt by humans. Damage is more likely from quakes at a 4.0 magnitude and higher.

Saddam’s Strategy Against ISIS
American Conservative, by Philip Jenkins    Original Article
Posted By: trapper- 9/29/2014 11:11:06 PM     Post Reply
It does not take great powers of prophecy to discern the outcome of the latest U.S. intervention in Syria and Iraq. Soon, ground forces will become more directly involved. Fighting bravely and intelligently, those forces will win many victories, although at a high cost in battle casualties and terrorist outrages. Meanwhile, Islamic State forces only have to stay on the defensive until the patience of the U.S. public becomes exhausted, prompting another undignified American withdrawal in 2016 or 2020. Islamists will then regain power, just as the Taliban will almost certainly do in Afghanistan. Americans will be left scratching their

In battle to stop encroaching Chinese
rule, protesters in Hong Kong
ready for long haul
Washington Post, by William Wan and Brian Murphy    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/29/2014 10:43:35 PM     Post Reply
BEIJING — Swelling crowds of pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong on Monday plunged Asia’s normally staid financial hub into a tense standoff with Beijing that strikes directly at China’s expanding political grip in the former British colony. The rapidly escalating protests are aimed at forcing Beijing’s Communist leaders to abandon newly declared powers to weed out any candidates in upcoming Hong Kong elections. Yet many on the streets proclaimed they are fighting for something even bigger: preserving a vision of Hong Kong promised 17 years ago when it reverted to Chinese rule. At the time, Chinese leaders promised a state

U.S. intel disputes Obama
claim on Islamic State
Washington Times, by Guy Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/29/2014 10:38:02 PM     Post Reply
U.S. policy leaders, including President Obama, were repeatedly warned for more than a year by the U.S. intelligence community that the Islamic State terror group was gaining significant strength in Syria and was on the verge of seizing territory deep inside Iraq, where the military was struggling to respond. The private assessments, which were confirmed to The Washington Times on Monday, conflict with Mr. Obama’s claim on national television over the weekend that America’s spies had underestimated the rise and capabilities of the Islamic State and had overestimated the Iraqi military’s ability and will to fight the group. Despite heavy

Supreme Court rules 5-4 for
Republican plan to limit
early voting in Ohio
The Washington Post, by Robert Barnes    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/29/2014 10:34:35 PM     Post Reply
The Supreme Court’s conservatives cleared the way Monday for Ohio to restrict early voting in the state, on the eve of the day it was to start. The court granted the state’s request to stay decisions of lower courts that threw out the state’s new plan, passed by the Republican-led legislature. But the court’s four liberal justices said they would have stayed out of the case and left those decisions in place. Ohio argued that the new plan--reducing from 35 to 28 the number of days voters could cast an early ballot--could not be seen as violating the rights of

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