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Achtung, Baby: Are People
Being Encouraged to Rat
On ´Anti-Government´
Neighbors?
Townhall, by Doug Giles    Original Article
Posted By: lcl4- 5/5/2013 2:47:14 PM     Post Reply
Just when you thought the crap couldn’t get any creepier in Obamaland, BOOM, it does and things just got a little bit more … how shall I say it … peculiar. Can we still use the word “peculiar”? We can? Good. Cue Twilight Zone music, por favor, and allow me to proceed. So, what am I talking about you ask? Am I referring to the forced lesbian kissing class in a Red Hook, New York middle school? No, silly. That was like two weeks ago.

Israel closes northern civilian
airspace amid Syria tension
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Yaakov Lappin    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 5/5/2013 2:20:11 PM     Post Reply
Israel decided Sunday afternoon to close its airspace in the North to civilian air traffic following alleged Israeli air strikes on Syria in the past 48 hours. Israeli airline Arkia stated that "due to IDF instructions on the closure of airspace in the North until May 9, Arkia is forced to announce the cancellation of interior flights from Haifa to Eilat." The closure of Israel´s airspace in the North came after the IDF deployed two Iron Dome batteries in northern cities due to tensions with Syria following the alleged IAF air strikes. The IDF stated that the northern civilian airspace

Iran is stepping up its
preparations for war
with Israel
Telegraph [UK], by Con Coughlin    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 5/5/2013 2:14:41 PM     Post Reply
Confirmation that Israeli warplanes have carried out a series of air strikes in Syria against consignments of missiles being shipped to Hizbollah in southern Lebanon has highlighted Iran´s attempts to reinforce its regional allies in anticipation of military conflict with Israel. As I revealed last month, recent intelligence reports indicate that Iran has revived its efforts to ship weapons to the radical Hamas movement in Gaza. Following negotiations between members of the Quds force from Iran´s Revolutionary Guards, Sudanese government officials and Hamas leaders earlier this year, Iran has chartered a number of Boeing 747 cargo planes to smuggle weapons

  


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Will the Last Religious Politician
Please Turn Out the Lights?
American Thinker, by Fay Voshell    Original Article
Posted By: LittleRedHen1- 5/5/2013 2:06:30 PM     Post Reply
If at one time being a member of a church was almost a requirement for anyone running for office, that time has long since passed. These days, portraying a candidate as a "fine, upstanding Christian" is enough to send any potential office seeker to the political graveyard. Due to constant stereotyping by liberals, such a description now conjures an image that is a combination of Boss Hogg, Huey Long, and Elmer Gantry. The result, among others, is that the openly Christian candidate is out of favor with the political establishment here and abroad.

Turkey, Israel to meet Monday
on raid compensation
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 5/5/2013 1:27:24 PM     Post Reply
Turkish and Israeli officials will meet on Monday in Israel for another round of talks over compensation for a deadly 2010 raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, a diplomatic source told AFP. "The second round of negotiations will be held in Israel tomorrow," the source said on Sunday, without elaborating. An initial meeting was held in Ankara on April 22 to discuss the amount and the terms of the payment for the compensation by Israel, which Turkey has named as a precondition for normalisation of diplomatic ties. That meeting was the first stage of what Turkish officials have said

Benghazi whistle-blower Hicks:
Internal review ´let people off the hook´
CNN, by Jake Tapper    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 5/5/2013 1:13:46 PM     Post Reply
Greg Hicks, former deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, told congressional investigators that the State Department internal review of the catastrophe at the mission in Benghazi "let people off the hook," CNN has learned. The Accountability Review Board "report itself doesn’t really ascribe blame to any individual at all. The public report anyway," Hicks told investigators, according to transcript excerpts obtained by CNN. "It does let people off the hook." The board´s report on the Benghazi attack, in which Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other

Stadium fills for Obama´s
commencement address
Columbus Dispatch [OH], by Joe Vardon & Ben Sutherly    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 5/5/2013 1:07:45 PM     Post Reply
Thousands are filing into Ohio Stadium this morning for graduation at Ohio State University, where President Barack Obama is expected to deliver the commencement address to some 8,700 graduates and 60,000 to 70,000 people. Air Force 1 landed at Rickenbacker Airport on the outskirts of a somewhat sunny Columbus at 11:08 a.m. Obama was escorted off the plane by Democratic U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty of Columbus, and the two were greeted by Mayor Michael B. Coleman. Obama then shook hands with the approximately 50 people on hand to greet him. Fittingly, Obama is wearing a dark suit and scarlet tie.

  


  

Israel ´Opting to Contain´
Nuclear Iran?
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Gil Ronen    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 5/5/2013 1:01:03 PM     Post Reply
Israel is considering partnering with several Sunni-Muslim Arab states in a U.S.-brokered defense alliance that would be aimed at containing a nuclear Iran, the Sunday Times reported, citing an unnamed Israeli official. The alliance would see Israel teaming up with Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Turkey and the United Arab Emirates to forge a Middle East "moderate crescent" to "contain" Iran, rather than confront it, according to Russian website RT, which quoted the Times. According to the report, such an alliance would give Israel access to radar stations in Saudi Arabia and the UAE in exchange for its own early warning

Obama Aide On Syria´s Assad:
´If He Drops Sarin On
His Own People, What’s That
got To Do With Us?´
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: Zarin- 5/5/2013 12:31:25 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama got ahead of himself and his advisers when he said that Syria using chemical weapons would cross a "red line," the New York Times reports. “How can we attack another country unless it’s in self-defense and with no Security Council resolution?” an unnamed Obama administration official tells the paper. “If he drops sarin on his own people, what’s that got to do with us?” But they concluded that drawing a firm line might deter Mr. Assad.
Headline and source corrected to site style.

Obama diversity disappoints again
Politico, by Jennifer Epstein    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 5/5/2013 12:31:16 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama completed his second Cabinet this week with a nod that might have been expected to delight women’s groups: he picked longtime supporter Penny Pritzker to serve as Secretary of Commerce, selecting yet another woman for a high-profile executive branch position. Instead, the National Organization for Women’s response sounded a relatively ambivalent note. “Penny Pritzker Appointment is Good, But Still Not Good Enough,” the group said in its first statement. “More Women Should be in the Cabinet.” There were, after all, just eight women among the 23 Cabinet-level officials in Obama’s first term.

Official: We knew Benghazi was a
terrorist attack "from the get-go"
CBS News, by Lindsey Boerma    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 5/5/2013 12:07:11 PM     Post Reply
"Everybody in the mission" in Benghazi, Libya, thought the attack on a U.S. consulate there last Sept. 11 was an act of terror "from the get-go," according to excerpts of an interview investigators conducted with the No. 2 official in Libya at the time, obtained exclusively by CBS News´ "Face the Nation." "I think everybody in the mission thought it was a terrorist attack from the beginning," Greg Hicks, a 22-year foreign service diplomat who was the highest-ranking U.S. official in Libya after the strike, told investigators under authority of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Hicks,

  


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The Last Refuge From Scandal?
Professorships
New York Times, by Ariel Kaminer    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 5/5/2013 11:52:46 AM     Post Reply
After a sex scandal forced Eliot Spitzer from the governor’s mansion in Albany, he turned up at City College, teaching a course called “Law and Public Policy.” After another sex scandal forced James E. McGreevey from the governor’s mansion in New Jersey, he turned up at Kean University, teaching in the global M.B.A. program. David A. Paterson, who as governor of New York tried to intervene in an assault case against an aide, taught at N.Y.U. after his term ended.

DeMint: Immigration reform
will cost trillions
POLITICO, by JAKE SHERMAN    Original Article
Posted By: charliecoconut- 5/5/2013 11:33:15 AM     Post Reply
Former Sen. Jim DeMint said on Sunday immigration reform will cost the country trillions of dollars, neatly encapsulating the conservative opposition (Snip). “This Week” that the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis that it would help economic growth is wrong, and “Heritage is the only organization that has done an analysis of the cost.” “Unlawful immigrants make up about 2 percent of our GDP, and they consume most of that,” DeMint said. “And if you consider all the factors of amnesty and unlawful immigration, the cost will be in the trillions of dollars in the lifetime of these unlawful immigrants.”

Chaffetz: Obama Admin Has
Blocked Benghazi Witnesses
from Testifying Before Congress
Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 5/5/2013 11:07:09 AM     Post Reply
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah) stated without equivocation on “Fox News Sunday” that the Obama Administration has actively blocked potential witnesses from testifying on Benghazi. In addition, Chaffetz also alleged there is a survivor of the Benghazi attack still in the hospital listed under an altered name, posing significant questions as to whether the State Department is attempting to impede the investigation: Chris Wallace: Congressman Chaffetz, has the Obama Administration blocked potential witnesses from testifying or not? Jason Chaffetz: Absolutely, and more than one.

Chaffetz says administration blocking
potential Benghazi whistleblowers
Politico, by Elizabeth Titus    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 5/5/2013 10:59:12 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration has blocked potential witnesses from testifying about the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said Sunday. “Absolutely, and more than one,” Chaffetz said on “Fox News Sunday” when asked if the Obama administration had blocked potential witnesses. “There are people who want to testify that have been suppressed. …They’re scared to death of what the State Department is doing with them.” Chaffetz is a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee

  


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How Entrepreneurs Come
Up With Great Ideas
Wall Street Journal, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 5/5/2013 10:59:02 AM     Post Reply
Where do eurekas come from? At the heart of any successful business is a great idea. Some seem so simple we wonder why nobody thought of them before. Others are so revolutionary we wonder how anybody could've thought of them at all. But those great ideas don't come on command. And that leaves lots of would-be entrepreneurs asking the same question: How did everybody else get inspiration to strike—and how can we work the same magic? To find out, we turned to the experts—the startup mentors who discuss launching businesses at our Accelerators blog, as well as other investors, advisers and

Report: Israel Strikes Syria;
´At Least Some...Take
Red Lines Seriously´
Breitbart´s Big Peace, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 5/5/2013 10:39:57 AM     Post Reply
Reports in Syrian and international media indicate that early Sunday, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) struck a military research facility on the outskirts of the Syrian capital of Damascus, shaking the city. The airstrike was the second in three days, after the IAF reportedly attacked a weapons convoy inside Syria carrying Iranian-made long-range missiles to Hezbollah in Lebanon on Friday. Israel has yet to confirm the airstrikes officially. However, former Israel Defence Forces intelligence chief Amoz Yadlin said

Colin Powell´s Former Chief
of Staff: Israel or Rebels
Behind Chemical Weapons
Breitbart´s Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 5/5/2013 10:30:22 AM     Post Reply
Retired U.S. General Lawrence Wilkerson, who was once Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, says either Israel or the rebels "could have very well" been the ones behind chemical weapons in Syria. He believes the use of the weapons serves Israel well, because it gives them an opportunity to act against Bashar al-Assad. He says Israel´s leadership is so "inept" that they need something big to provide them with this chance. Wilkerson said these things during an interview on Current TV, according to the Israeli newspaper Ha´aretz.

Walter Cronkite´s World War II
letters home detailed in new book
CBS News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 5/5/2013 10:18:24 AM     Post Reply
Walter Cronkite anchored "The CBS Evening News" from 1962 to 1981, and during that time he was called "the most trusted man in America." But he wasn´t always a television staple. Cronkite began his career as a newspaper correspondent sent to cover World War II. He was about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. The year was 1942 and the 26-year-old newly married journalist set off for Europe to cover the war against Germany, and he would not return for over three years. During that time, he wrote hundreds of letters detailing his war experiences and observations

Michelle Obama: Cherishing
her platform
CBS News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 5/5/2013 10:02:24 AM     Post Reply
First lady Michelle Obama has been living in the White House for over four years now, enjoying moments of accomplishment while also sharing moments of national grief. Our Lee Cowan has paid her a visit: It was a bright and shiny day when Cowan met with first lady Michelle Obama at the White House -- just three days before the events in Boston, and West, Texas. Those twin tragedies cast a long shadow over a Spring that was just beginning to bloom that day, out in the White House Garden . . . It all changed so quickly.

  



Chris Christie under fire
from PETA for killing a SPIDER
in front of fourth graders
Daily Mail (UK), by Nina Golgowski    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 5/5/2013 9:12:42 AM     Post Reply
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is taking heat from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals after he killing a spider on his desk in front of a class of fourth graders. In a video titled, ´Governor Christie Saves School Children From Spider,´ his fearless spider-swatting skills are witnessed to cheers from his daughter, Bridget’s classmates after it caused a commotion on his desk. He tells the children after delivering it a quick slap by his palm that it´s just one of the many perks of being governor.SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO

Now Syrian capital Damascus
is rocked by ´Israeli rockets´
as military research centre
is targeted
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 5/5/2013 9:05:12 AM     Post Reply
Israel warplanes have bombed a military facility near the Syrian capital of Damascus shaking the city with powerful blasts. Columns of fire lit the night sky after Israeli rockets hit the the same Jamraya military research centre they struck in January. The airstrike - the second in the past three days by Israel - was confirmed by a U.S. official on NBC News as Syrian state TV showed flames turning the night sky orange. Scroll down to view video - Witnesses told the BBC that military positions near Jamraya which is 10 miles from the Lebanese border, were also hit.

The man behind the
Benghazi cover-up?
American Thinker, by Ed Lasky    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 5/5/2013 8:58:22 AM     Post Reply
Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard has a must read column regarding the Benghazi cover-up by White House officials CIA career officials clearly and repeatedly identified Al Qaeda and Al Qaeda-linked Islamic terrorists as the culprits behind the murder of four Americans. Of course, this would cause embarrassment for the Obama team, especially in the few weeks before the election. They had been boasting for years that Al Qaeda had been decimated(snip)Ben Rhodes should be called to account for trying to divert blame away from Islamic terrorists and the Obama team members whose feckless negligence led to the Benghazi massacre.

Israel strikes Syria again,
rocking Damascus
Reuters, by Dominic Evans & Oliver Holmes    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 5/5/2013 8:39:56 AM     Post Reply
BEIRUT- Israel carried out its second air strike in days on Syria early on Sunday, a Western intelligence source said, in an attack that shook Damascus with a series of powerful blasts and drove columns of fire into the night sky. Israel declined comment but Syria accused the Jewish state of striking a military facility just north of the capital - one which its jets had first targeted three months ago. Iran, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and an arch-enemy for Israel, urged states in the region to resist the Israeli attack.

How a Scottish farmer became
crime fiction’s next big thing
Telegraph [UK], by Tom Rowley    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 5/5/2013 8:09:49 AM     Post Reply
James Oswald is talking about his success as a crime writer when he suddenly becomes distracted and turns to the computer on his battered desk. His “lamb cam” shows a live feed from the shed some 500 yards across the fields. [Snip] Oswald’s days are about to get even busier. On Thursday, his debut novel, Natural Causes, will be published, and two more are expected to hit bookshelves by next spring. He will have to juggle writing and farming with interviews and book-signings. The 45-year-old already has experience of such success, however. In fact, he has become a self-publishing

I´m off for three weeks. I shall
leave you all in the capable
hands of Mr Nigel Farage
Telegraph [UK], by Tim Stanley    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 5/5/2013 7:58:45 AM     Post Reply
This will be my last post for three weeks. I’m taking time out to finish a book – 80,000 words in 21 days, with just two days off for a binge in Brighton. I shall return to the job emaciated by panic and a diet of cigarettes and Red Bull. My spelling will probably be even worse. I’m annoyed that I’m taking this sabbatical at the very moment when British politics has suddenly become interesting again. Ed Miliband is doing a passable impression of a socialist. The Lib Dems are in decline (huzzah!). David Cameron is drowning

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