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Shock claim: 40,000 public
school teachers moonlight
on sugar-daddy website
Daily Caller, by Eric Owens    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/18/2013 9:35:51 AM     Post Reply
Believe it when The Daily Caller tells you: If you find any fault with public school teachers, you will definitely hear about how very hard they work, and how they care so much about making the world a better place. The Daily Caller now has evidence that the many spirited defenders of the old profession of teaching are right in many exciting, stimulating ways. SeekingArrangement.com, which bills itself as “the #1 online dating website for sugar babies and generous men,” is now boasting that some 40,000 public school teachers of a certain moral caliber have joined the website in an attempt to

Uncle Sam´s Yard Sale: Gov´t looks
to unload Afghanistan war hardware
Fox News, by William La Jeunesse    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/18/2013 9:32:43 AM     Post Reply
It could be Uncle Sam’s biggest yard sale. After 12 years of war in Afghanistan, officials are now pondering what to do with $50 billion in equipment half a world away — including combat vehicles, dining rooms, gyms, clothing and more. “A lot of this stuff, you´re not really concerned about bringing it back,” said Jim Hasik, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. “I mean if a Coke machine falls into the hands of the Taliban, this is just not a big disaster.” But eventually, much of the gear will trickle down to the public. With the click of a mouse the

Bomb blast hits Egyptian
consulate in Benghazi
Independent [UK], by Heather Saul    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/18/2013 9:28:29 AM     Post Reply
A bomb has ripped through the Egyptian consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, leaving a security guard needing hospital treatment. Witnesses said the blast tore through the garden wall of the consulate, wounding five children who were cut by flying glass from blown out vehicles building windows. The device had apparently been concealed inside a briefcase. Demonstrations were held on Friday in Alegeria Square over violence that led to the deaths of 700 in Cairo on Thursday and 173 on Friday, as clashes ensued between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and the interim Government military.

  


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American al Qaeda militant
urges attacks on U.S. diplomats
Reuters, by Mahmoud Habboush    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/18/2013 9:14:03 AM     Post Reply
Dubai - An American al Qaeda militant has called for more attacks on Western diplomats in the Arab world, praising the killers of the U.S. ambassador to Libya on September 11 last year, a U.S.-based monitoring group said on Sunday. (Snip) Adam Gadahn, a California-born convert to Islam with a $1 million U.S. price on his head, appealed to wealthy Muslims to offer militants rewards to kill ambassadors in the region, citing bounty set for killing the U.S. ambassador to Yemen, Washington-based SITE monitoring group said. "These prizes have a great effect in instilling fear in the hearts of

Money, Money, Money, Money, Money!
New York Times, by Maureen Dowd    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 8/18/2013 8:42:33 AM     Post Reply
Washington — Clinton nostalgia is being replaced by Clinton neuralgia. Why is it that America’s roil family always seems better in abstract than in concrete? The closer it gets to running the world once more, the more you are reminded of all the things that bugged you the last time around. The Clintons’ neediness, their sense of what they are owed in material terms for their public service, their assumption that they’re entitled to everyone’s money. Are we about to put the “For Rent” sign back on the Lincoln Bedroom? If Americans are worried about money in politics,

Egypt: Islamists hit Christian churches
Associated Press, by Hamza Hendawi    Original Article
Posted By: Jakester2344- 8/18/2013 8:18:26 AM     Post Reply
CAIRO — After torching a Franciscan school, Islamists paraded three nuns on the streets like "prisoners of war" before a Muslim woman offered them refuge. Two other women working at the school were sexually harassed and abused as they fought their way through a mob. In the four days since security forces cleared two sit-in camps by supporters of Egypt´s ousted president, Islamists have attacked dozens of Coptic churches along with homes and businesses owned by the Christian minority. The campaign of intimidation appears to be a warning to Christians outside Cairo to stand down from political activism. Christians have long

Send in the Clowns
American Thinker, by Fay Voshell    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 8/18/2013 8:09:24 AM     Post Reply
It´s said that Elizabeth I once rebuked the court fool for not being hard enough on her. While the story may be apocryphal, it demonstrates that even rulers who considered themselves divinely appointed had the ability to recognize their fallibility.(snip)Truly great leaders, like the late Ronald Reagan, have a sense of humor. They can see their own shortcomings. They know they share the foibles and fallibilities of the human race. An outstanding statesman like Winston Churchill, Stalin´s contemporary, was known for his wonderful off-the-cuff ripostes. We´re still waiting see a book come out about Stalin´s wonderful witticisms.

  


  

How Laura Poitras Helped
Snowden Spill His Secrets
New York Times Magazine, by Peter Maass    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 8/18/2013 7:48:33 AM     Post Reply
This past January, Laura Poitras received a curious e-mail from an anonymous stranger requesting her public encryption key. For almost two years, Poitras had been working on a documentary about surveillance, and she occasionally received queries from strangers. She replied to this one and sent her public key — allowing him or her to send an encrypted e-mail that only Poitras could open, with her private key — but she didn’t think much would come of it. The stranger responded with instructions for creating an even more secure system to protect their exchanges. Promising sensitive information, the stranger told Poitras

The Past´s Future Republican
New York Times, by Frank Bruni    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 8/18/2013 7:23:56 AM     Post Reply
Let Rand Paul have his epic filibuster and Ted Cruz his scowling threats to shut down the government. Let Chris Christie thunder to a second term as the governor of New Jersey, his hubris flowering as his ultimate designs on the White House take shape. Jeb Bush, lying low in the subtropics of Florida, has something they don’t: the unalloyed affection of many of the Republican Party’s most influential moneymen, who are waiting for word on what he’ll do, hoping that he’ll seek the 2016 presidential nomination

Meet the Journalist Spreading
Michael Hastings Conspiracy Theories
Mother Jones, by Gavin Aronsen    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 8/18/2013 7:19:18 AM     Post Reply
The Los Angeles Police Department has ruled out foul play in journalist Michael Hastings´ fatal car crash two months ago in Hollywood, but several media outlets are continuing to promote conspiracy theories about the circumstances surrounding his death. The theories, which suggest Hastings was assassinated shortly after sending friends a frantic email, have received attention beyond the usual fringe suspects partly because of ongoing reporting by freelance blogger Kimberly Dvorak for the CW Television Network affiliate San Diego 6. Dvorak, whom the station touts as an "investigative journalist," is a "National Homeland Security Correspondent" for Examiner.com, a blog network owned by

Obama Flouts the Law
American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 8/18/2013 6:46:13 AM     Post Reply
From his first presidential campaign to the present, the president, his party and his administration have openly flouted existing laws, and it doesn´t seem there is any legal means of stopping him short of impeachment. As you may recall, the Democrats refused to fill vacant spots on the Federal Election Commission so that when the Obama campaign disabled the system to track contributions there was no way in 2008 to challenge and stop the practice and countless suspicious contributions, including many from overseas, found their way into his coffers.

  


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Suspect in Huntington Beach riots
arrested after “liking” his photo
on police dept’s Facebook page
Legal Insurrection, by Mandy Nagy    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/18/2013 6:33:22 AM     Post Reply
Here’s a little piece of advice for those in trouble with the law: If you don’t want to be arrested, stay off social media. You may recall that on July 28th, riots broke out in Huntington Beach, California following the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing competition. The melee resulted in property damage to stores in the area, small fires being set ablaze, toppling of port-a-potties, looting and fights in the streets and damage to police cars. As is common now in the age of social media, photos and videos of the chaos went viral online, and police promised to take advantage of

British embassy in Yemen
capital Sanaa reopens
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/18/2013 6:07:37 AM     Post Reply
The British embassy in the Yemeni capital Sanaa has reopened after it was closed for nearly two weeks over "increased security concerns". UK staff in Sanaa were sent home after messages between the head of al-Qaeda and the group´s head in Yemen about an attack were reportedly intercepted. US embassies across the Middle East and North Africa were also closed. Yemen said the closures had played into the hands of terrorists, but Britain said safety was the top priority. The BBC´s Rami Ruhayem, in Sanaa, said the reopening of the British embassy, at 08:30 BST on Sunday, appeared to suggest the perceived danger

Syria refugees pour into Iraqi
Kurdistan in thousands
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/18/2013 6:03:15 AM     Post Reply
Thousands of refugees from Syria are pouring over the border into Iraqi Kurdistan, the UN refugee agency says. Up to 10,000 crossed at Peshkhabour on Saturday, adding to an earlier influx of 7,000 on Thursday. The UN agencies, the Kurdish regional government and NGOs are struggling to cope, correspondents say. The UN says the reasons are not fully clear, but there has been a sharp rise in clashes between Syrian Kurds and anti-government Islamist militants. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says this is one of the biggest single waves of refugees it has had to deal with since the uprising against

Fracking: There’s no place
for mob rule at Balcombe
Telegraph [UK], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/18/2013 6:00:14 AM     Post Reply
When British energy company Cuadrilla announced that it was going to start exploratory drilling for oil and gas on the outskirts of the sleepy West Sussex village of Balcombe, the residents were understandably concerned--and they voiced their objections in a peaceful and responsible manner. They set up gazebos and bunting at the roadside; there was tea, music and even a cricket match. But then a hard core of outside activists turned up who transformed the protest into something quite different. [Snip] Wytch Farm in Dorset has been producing thousands of barrels of oil a day since the Seventies, pumping water

  


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White House travel director
keeps entourage moving
Associated Press, by Nedra Pickler    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/18/2013 5:51:43 AM     Post Reply
VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. — Even on a summer family vacation, President Barack Obama is followed by an entourage whose behind-the-scenes movements are juggled by a woman who was born into politics and has been with him since his Chicago days. Ashley Tate-Gilmore heads the White House Travel Office, a five-person operation that handles precise logistics behind every presidential trip. The details usually go unnoticed by the public, unless something goes horribly wrong. Tate-Gilmore not only acts as a high-stakes travel agent for White House press and staff, but a mini-ambassador who is often the first to arrive at presidential destinations.

The new Luddites are standing in
the way of a shale gas
revolution. They must be stopped
Telegraph [UK], by Douglas Carswell    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/18/2013 5:51:21 AM     Post Reply
Why do some countries, at certain times in history, advance technologically, while others stagnate? Are they just lucky? Or smarter? No. It´s all about freedom--the ability to apply and benefit from the new way of doing things.It is not that people in stagnant societies don´t have clever ideas. They´re just not free to exploit them. Ming China is perhaps the most tragic historical example of this. Despite coming up with printing, gunpowder, the compass, and a host of other innovations, it wasn´t China that managed to really apply those new ideas. China might have had plenty of coal, yet no

D.C. exiles: Leaving ´This Town´
Politico, by Patrick Gavin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/18/2013 5:44:17 AM     Post Reply
For a place that attracts people from around the globe, Washington also has a penchant for sending some of them packing. “I spent the better part of 10 years camped in the nation’s Capitol and, toward the end, I just felt like I was suffocating,” said Mark McKinnon, a political strategist who worked on George W. Bush’s presidential campaigns and who hightailed it out of town for Austin, Texas, and Blue River, Colo., a few years ago. “I felt like I was becoming part of the problem and had to get away.” He’s not the only one: There’s a group of

Google Outage: Internet
Traffic Plunges 40%
Sky News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/18/2013 5:35:42 AM     Post Reply
The tech company said all of its services from Google Search to Gmail to YouTube to Google Drive went down for between one and five minutes last night. The reason for the outage is not yet known, and Google refused to provide any further information when contacted by Sky News Online. According to web analytics firm GoSquared, global internet traffic fell by around 40% during the black-out, reflecting Google´s massive grip on the web. "That’s huge," said GoSquared developer Simon Tabor. "As internet users, our reliance on Google.com being up is huge. "It’s also of note that pageviews spiked shortly afterwards, as users managed

What is really going
on at the NSA?
Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/18/2013 5:24:33 AM     Post Reply
The Post reported, “The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit and other top-secret documents.” I know it is de popular to hyperventilate about the National Security Agency (NSA) findings, but the hysteria is disproportionate to what we know. That is the NSA’s fault because it has tried to get by with generalities and platitudes. However, an internal audit is a sign that there were efforts to reduce or eliminate the error rate.

  



Back in Business
American Spectator, by Enemy Central    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/18/2013 5:17:26 AM     Post Reply
We interrupt our regularly scheduled permanent vacation to announce our resumption of hostilities. Look, we wanted to be nice, irenic, civil, compassionate, kindly, patient, but he wouldn’t let us, as if outraged that we weren’t hounding him every week. In a normal political environment we’d happily have done so. In our last entry, almost three years ago exactly, in the wake of the annual White House Ramadan dinner, we thought we’d struck an appropriate bipartisan tone. But then suddenly, late morning Thursday, he really did go too far. He interrupted his vacation to appear on national television to denounce the Egyptian

Santorum’s Storytelling
National Review Online, by Katrina Trinko    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/18/2013 5:14:14 AM     Post Reply
Even as he continues to eye another presidential bid, Rick Santorum is stepping into a new role: movie mogul. In June, Santorum became CEO of EchoLight Studios, which produces Christian films. Santorum, who changed his own views on abortion as an adult, believes that if conservatives wish to gain converts, they must look not only to politics but also to the culture. “We’re losing this debate not because of politics,” Santorum told attendees last Saturday at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, the second annual gathering of the group by the same name. “Politicians didn’t change the culture — the popular

Vote Stringer & give
‘Client 9’ the hook
New York Post, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/18/2013 5:09:17 AM     Post Reply
In a few short weeks, New Yorkers will choose between two candidates for city comptroller in the Democratic primary. One is Scott Stringer, a conventional Manhattan liberal. The other is a completely unhinged Manhattan liberal. His name is Eliot Spitzer, and for a man who styles himself the “Sheriff of Wall Street,” his real expertise is operating outside the law. As attorney general, he acted like some hick-town bully with a badge and a speed trap. But where it counted — in the courtroom — this sheriff seldom got his man. Then again, Spitzer’s goals in office have always been less about

The nympho and the Mormon
New York Post, by Jane Velez-Mitchell    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/18/2013 5:05:54 AM     Post Reply
By April 2007, it became harder for Travis to ignore some of the signs that Jodi’s jealousy was beginning to take over their relationship. Whether it was eavesdropping on his conversations, or digitally through his e-mail, she seemed to be growing more suspicious of him. Jodi and Travis continued to date, visiting Mormon holy sites in Illinois and Missouri. Still, traveling couldn’t mask the tension that was growing between them. When the two went to the home of one of Travis’ friends in Park City, Ill., Travis fell asleep on the couch with his cellphone between the couch cushions. Jodi saw it

The Dems Rally Their
Legions of Haters for 2014
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/18/2013 4:58:12 AM     Post Reply
This email arrived yesterday from MoveOn, whose communications are generally indistinguishable from those of the Democratic Party. The subject line was “New York Times stunner.” Republicans are trying to steal control of the U.S. Senate by making it harder to vote. Pitch in to help defend the right to vote and stop Republicans from stealing the 2014 election. This plea requires a certain chutzpah, as stealing elections at the polls has always been a Democratic specialty. I think what they are actually referring to is Republican efforts to ensure honest voting so that Democrats can’t steal elections. Dear MoveOn member,

It’s Time to Hold Our Nose
and Back Egypt’s Military
Daily Beast, by Leslie H. Gelb    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/18/2013 4:54:36 AM     Post Reply
Let’s get real and tamp down the moral posturing about democracy in Egypt. Freely elected President Morsi and his now-deposed Muslim Brotherhood government weren’t practicing democracy. They were co-opting the laws and slowly destroying all possible opposition. Besides, they were aligning with America’s jihadist enemies in Syria, Gaza, and elsewhere. Egypt’s military leaders, no democratic sweethearts either, are aligned with moderates, need Washington more than the Islamists, and back U.S. interests on the Suez Canal and Israel. Americans rightly can’t stand the military street slaughters. For sure, bloody casualties will mount. But the United States has some modest chance to

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