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Iowa husband shoots,
kills escaped inmate who held him,
wife hostage
CNN, by Mayra Cuevas and Shawn Nottingham    Original Article
Posted By: Hermoine- 8/21/2013 8:15:40 AM     Post Reply
An Iowa man shot and killed an escaped inmate on Tuesday after the convict held him and his wife hostage in their home, investigators said. Jerome Mauderly, 71, and his wife, Carolyn, 66, were asleep when escaped inmate Rodney Long, 38, broke into their rural Bedford home a little after 10 p.m. on Monday, said Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation spokesman Mitch Mortvedt. Long -- who had allegedly shot a deputy pursuing him on Sunday -- woke up the Mauderlys and disabled their landline phones except for a line in the couple´s bedroom.

Democrats and Lawlessness
American Spectator, by Peter Ferrara    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/21/2013 6:29:04 AM     Post Reply
In the third of the six films of the Star Wars saga, the Sith Lord who has infiltrated to become the ruling Chancellor of the democratic republic confederation of peaceful worlds announces to the elected Assembly of representatives of those worlds that to deal with an exaggerated, fabricated crisis, “The Old Republic will be reorganized into the first Intergalactic Empire.” The distracted Assembly responds with polite applause. One of the few characters who understands what is happening remarks wryly, “So this is how the Republic ends. With applause.” Proving that truth is stranger than fiction, this is happening right now in

So no-one was to blame!
State Department employees
suspended over Benghazi
terror attack are re-instated
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/21/2013 6:21:28 AM     Post Reply
Four State Department employees who were placed on administrative leave after the Benghazi terror attack have been reinstated, it emerged today. A top House Republican also confirmed that the U.S. State Department´s review of the attack and its aftermath did not include interviews with the employees--suggesting that they may have been used as scapegoats to spare higher-ups any responsibility. [Snip] A State Department official told MailOnline on Tuesday that after Secretary of State John Kerry took over from former Secretary Hillary Clinton, the four employees were placed on leave in order to avoid the appearance of favoritism after Kerry inherited

  


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Don´t Blink---Defund It
Red State, by Erick Erickson    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 8/21/2013 6:18:08 AM     Post Reply
I am in the minority among my closest friends. Most of my friends are, as they are expressing on twitter and elsewhere, appalled at Heritage Action for America, For America, and soon other groups running targeted ad campaigns against various Republicans in Congress. The ads are designed to remind voters that those members of Congress and Senators have campaigned against Obamacare, but now will not vote to defund Obamacare. My friends believe these conservative organizations are doing great harm and will potentially hurt Republicans. They find them off putting, likely to do more harm than good, pushing a strategy doomed to fail,

The handgun used in the 2012 double
murder tied to jailed NFL star Aaron
Hernandez found by police in the car
of a 19-year-old woman from his
hometown after she crashed it
Daily Mail [UK], by Michael Zennie    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/21/2013 6:06:48 AM     Post Reply
Police have found the handgun used in a 2012 double murder that has been linked to NFL star Aaron Hernandez, it was revealed today. The .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver was found in a black case in the trunk of a 19-year-old woman´s car after she crashed near Springfield, Massachusetts, in June. The Massachusetts State Police sent the weapon in for ballistics testing and learned that it fired the rounds that killed Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu, 29, and Safiro Teixeira Furtado, 28, outside a Boston night club in July 2012. WSHM-TV reports that the woman, Jailene Diaz-Ramos, from Hernandez´s hometown

Pope Francis: neither a liberal
nor a conservative, but a radical
Christian with a heroic gospel
Telegraph [UK], by Tim Stanley    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/21/2013 6:02:03 AM     Post Reply
Pope Francis is a beguiling, confusing pontif. Some in the media imagine him to be Fr Liberal, parachuting into the slums to feed the hungry and chastise the rich. Others regard him as positively medieval--all that crazy talk about demons and exorcisms ("The power of Christ compels you!"). [Snip] Then a chance click on a blog by Alejandro Bermúdez, head of the Catholic News Agency, leant me a fascinating insight into his intellectual character. During his first homily, Pope Francis quoted the 19th century French convert Léon Bloy. And it´s a striking quote: When one does not confess Jesus Christ

My constituents are complaining
about eco-protesters, not drilling
Telegraph [UK], by Daniel Hannan    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/21/2013 5:56:17 AM     Post Reply
So, Hannan, people keep asking me, are you going to stand up for your constituents in Balcombe who are protesting against fracking? Eh, eh, are you, eh? Well, my constituents in Balcombe, like those in every other village I represent, hold a variety of opinions. [Snip] Balcombe is simply the latest destination for the anti-globalisation crowd, whose sense of geography seems hazy. First, they set out to ‘Occupy London Stock Exchange!’ but ended up ‘Occupying St Paul’s Cathedral!’ Now, they have managed to stage their anti-fracking demo in a village where no fracking is taking place: the drilling at Balcombe

  


  

If Barack Obama Had a Son,
Would He Look Like Chris Lane?
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/21/2013 5:53:29 AM     Post Reply
Chris Lane is the Australian college student and baseball player who was murdered while jogging along a street in Duncan, Oklahoma. The perpetrators were three teenagers who were bored and decided to murder someone just for fun. They saw Lane running by, got in a car, drove behind him and shot him in the back. Two of the bored teenagers, Chancey Luna and James Edwards, have been charged with first degree murder:(Snip for photos)Their confederate Michael Jones is charged with being an accessory after the fact. Apparently Jones was driving the car, while Luna pulled the trigger on a .22

The Dangers Facing Ted Cruz
Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehner    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/21/2013 5:47:03 AM     Post Reply
Katrina Trinko of National Review alerts us to the fact that during a question-and-answer session at a Montgomery County GOP dinner Monday night, Senator Ted Cruz was asked, “Why don’t we impeach [Obama]?” Mr. Cruz responded, “It’s a good question, and I’ll tell you the simplest answer: To successfully impeach a president you need the votes in the U.S. Senate.”(Snip) By sending a signal to his audience that in his heart of hearts he favors impeachment–and all the political and civic trauma impeachment would cause–Mr. Cruz is showing a lack of public character. He would rather play footsie with fringe theories

The Scandal Society
Weekly Standard, by Noemie Emery    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/21/2013 5:41:23 AM     Post Reply
Remember Black Jesus? The Lightworker? The One? The next Lincoln, the Democrats’ Reagan, the neo-FDR? He is now standing next to Tricky Dick and Slick Willie, caught in a quartet of burgeoning scandals, charged with rewriting the facts when they became inconvenient, harassing the press, and using the Internal Revenue Service to get at his enemies, subverting their rights of assembly, and speech. “Richard Milhous Obama,” writes Carl M. Cannon, and there are also Clintonian levels of cover-ups, literally in the case of Hillary Clinton’s role in the Benghazi debacle. In The Presidents’ Club, Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy tell

Run, Joe, Run!
Tribune Media Services, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/21/2013 5:39:28 AM     Post Reply
Not counting rumors that Anthony Weiner’s marriage has hit a rocky patch, it may be the worst-kept secret in politics: Joe Biden wants to be president. On Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the vice president’s inner circle is swabbing the decks, battening down the hatches, and hoisting the mainsails for USS Bidenpalooza 2016. “Everyone involved in his world,” a Democratic official told the Journal, “is engaged in taking all the steps that make sense to prepare for a run, if he does run.” Biden’s people are apparently willing to go for it even if the allegedly inevitable nominee, Hillary

  


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Stop-and-Frisk City:
Does Bloomberg Really Care
About Kids´ Safety?
Rolling Stone, by Molly Knefel    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 8/21/2013 5:38:10 AM     Post Reply
Earlier this month, U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin found New York City´s controversial stop-and-frisk policing practices unconstitutional, ordered immediate reforms and appointed a monitor to oversee them. Mayor Michael Bloomberg responded in a press conference that afternoon, claiming that Judge Scheindlin´s reforms would have a negative impact on the safety of New York families. "I worry for my kids and I worry for your kids," Bloomberg said. To his critics, it was a statement that exemplified the glaring disparity between the mayor´s rhetoric and his actual policy regarding the welfare of children. According to the New York Civil Liberties Union´s

Obama gambled on Kerry, ElBaradei
partnership and lost America’s credibility
Fox News, by Richard Grenell    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/21/2013 5:34:22 AM     Post Reply
Secretary of State John Kerry spent the last few weeks believing that U.S. policy in Egypt would best be served by negotiating with Interim Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei, the former United Nations diplomat from Vienna who resigned his post after just 30 days, said a senior U.S. State Department official in Cairo. “ElBaradei was the wrong guy to negotiate with, but ‘S’ believed he would be able to convince Mansour and [General] Sisi. State worked almost exclusively through the guy that ended up resigning after 30 days on the job,” said the official, denoting Secretary Kerry with the State Department’s standard,

A lover and a mule
New York Post, by John Podhoretz    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/21/2013 5:28:49 AM     Post Reply
Let’s be clear about the material swiped by the ex-CIA employee Edward Snowden and marketed by the radical journalist Glenn Greenwald and the documentarian Laura Poitras: The Snowden material was stolen. Yes, what Snowden put on thumb drives and took out of CIA computers were digital files, not jewelry or cash or weapons. No matter. By the very definition of thievery, he is a thief, pure and simple: He took things that didn’t belong to him. “Information wants to be free” is the mantra of some activists of the digital age, who believe technology has made the protection of intellectual property obsolete.But

Fast-food workers call for
nationwide walkout Aug. 29
Washington Post, by Michael A. Fletcher    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/21/2013 5:25:05 AM     Post Reply
Emboldened by an outpouring of support on social media, low-wage fast-food and retail workers from eight cities who have staged walkouts this year are calling for a national day of strikes Aug. 29. The workers — who are backed by local community groups and national unions and have held one-day walkouts in cities such as New York, St. Louis and Detroit — say they have received pledges of support from workers in dozens of cities across the country. The workers are calling for a wage of $15 an hour and the right to form a union. Organizers of the walkout say

  


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‘I’m Not Paranoid’: Matthews Says
GOP’ers Calling Obama ‘Obama’
Attempt to ‘Delegitimize’ Him
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/21/2013 5:18:51 AM     Post Reply
MSNBC host Chris Matthews went off on Tuesday about what he characterized as a variety of efforts by Republicans and conservatives to “delegitimize” President Barack Obama. Among the efforts he cited to prove this case are Republicans calling Obama “a liberal leader,” or simply “Obama,” instead of “The President of the United States.” Addressing Bush’s Brain author Wayne Slater, Matthews tore into what he saw as GOP efforts to ensure that the president’s legacy is a mixed one. “It seems there’s a very interesting compelling continuing effort to delegitimize this president,” Matthews insisted. “People on the right say he’s a disaster, which

Top Roger Ailes Adviser Fired and
Escorted From Fox News Building
Hollywood Reporter, by Paul Bond & Matthew Belloni    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/21/2013 5:15:20 AM     Post Reply
Brian Lewis, a Fox News Channel veteran executive considered the right-hand man to Roger Ailes, was working on his separation agreement Tuesday after having been fired and escorted from his office last month over what insiders are calling financial issues and other performance problems, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. "After an extensive internal investigation of Brian Lewis´ conduct by Fox News, it was determined that he should be terminated for cause, specifically for issues relating to financial irregularities, as well as for multiple, material and significant breaches of his employment contract," a company spokesperson said Tuesday. "He was terminated for

The Man at the Center of the
Princess Diana Conspiracy
Daily Beast, by Nico Hines    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/21/2013 5:12:31 AM     Post Reply
A former British Army soldier at the center of explosive claims that members of the British military murdered Princess Diana is a recently released convict, once questioned in the 2004 death of an Iraqi civilian. The former member of the elite special forces unit SAS was released from the Military Corrective Training Center in Colchester last month, after he was convicted of illegal possession of firearms. Known only as Soldier N in court and subsequent press reports, he was convicted of bringing back weapons to the U.K. from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan and hiding them at his home. He

US doesn´t know what
Snowden took, sources say
NBC News, by Michael Isikoff*    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/21/2013 5:08:53 AM     Post Reply
More than two months after documents leaked by former contractor Edward Snowden first began appearing in the news media, the National Security Agency still doesn’t know the full extent of what he took, according to intelligence community sources, and is “overwhelmed” trying to assess the damage. Officials, including NSA Director Keith Alexander, have assured the public that the government knows the scope of the damage, but two separate sources briefed on the matter told NBC News that the NSA has been unable to determine how many documents he took and what they are.

‘Bored?’ Teenage Murder Suspect
James Edwards Appears to Be a Crip
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/21/2013 5:00:27 AM     Post Reply
In our first look at what may have motivated the three teens accused of murdering Australian baseball player Chris Lane, we looked at the Facebook and Twitter feeds of James “Lilbuggy” Edwards. His social network posts suggest strong interests in rap and gang culture, and enjoyment of violent behavior. In fact, new evidence says he’s a Crip.(Snip for photo)Note the hashtags under the photo — they use both “Crip” and “cc,” which is a Crip affectation. Lilkadda90 is one of Edwards’ rap associates. In the screencap above you can see Edwards request Lilkadda90 to post this photo on Facebook so he can

  



Obama admin allocates $52 million to
Detroit for urban blight removal while
pension funds continue to protest bankruptcy
Hot Air, by Erika Johnsen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/21/2013 4:56:40 AM     Post Reply
The city of Detroit’s various creditors and pension obligations are certainly not going gently into that good night of their municipal bankruptcy filing. After the city’s emergency manager tried for months to get the relevant unions and pension funds to compromise in financial negotiations meant to help the city avert bankruptcy, they pretty much refused to budge — and now they’re doing everything they can think of to continue to challenge the legality of the bankruptcy declaration in the first place. , obviously, and are challenging the city’s right to even do so. Monday was the deadline for filing objections

Scandals costing us
American exceptionalism
USA Today, by Glenn Harlan Reynolds    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/21/2013 4:53:06 AM     Post Reply
"Who can you trust?" That´s the title of a pretty good album, but it´s also the question for our age. One of the underpinnings of successful representative government is that voters feel they can trust their representatives, and those in the bureaucracy to whom power is delegated, to follow the law. That trust in government officials´ willingness to follow the law is the foundation for a sense that the law is legitimate, so that citizens feel a duty to follow the law as well. But that trust has taken a big hit lately. Over the weekend, the IRS scandal hit the

How Old Were the Leaders of the
American Revolution on July 4, 1776?
Slate, by Todd Andrlik    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/21/2013 4:51:04 AM     Post Reply
It’s a simple question—perhaps so basic that it’s been overlooked: How old were the leaders of the American Revolution? As it turns out, many Founding Fathers were younger than 40 years old in 1776, with several qualifying as Founding Teenagers or Twentysomethings. And though the average age of the signers of the Declaration of Independence was 44, more than a dozen of them were 35 or younger. “We tend to see them as much older than they were,” said John Adams biographer David McCullough in a 2005 speech. “Because we’re seeing them in portraits by Gilbert Stuart and others when they were

Diagnosis for disaster:
Obamanesia and a
fuhgeddaboudit President
Fox News, by Jon Kraushar    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/21/2013 4:47:37 AM     Post Reply
Near the end of the 2012 election campaign, President Obama accused Mitt Romney of “at least Stage 3 Romnesia”-- which the President described as, “If you can´t seem to remember the policies on your website or the promises you´ve been making over the six years you´ve been running for president, if you can´t even remember what you said last week, don´t worry.” Well, Mr. President, look in the mirror for the faults in yourself that you attributed to Mr. Romney. According to the online Urban Dictionary, “Obamanesia” is, “A questionable commander in chief´s partial or total loss of memory regarding the

California small business
owners ordered to pay
back millions in tax breaks
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/21/2013 4:44:51 AM     Post Reply
Small business owners in California who were promised big tax breaks by the state government are now being ordered to pay possibly thousands in back taxes after a court ruling last year. CBS Sacramento reports the state promised the tax breaks for opening certain kinds of businesses five years ago, but a court ruled the practice unconstitutional in December. Now, the California Franchise Tax Board wants their money. The station reports an estimated 2,000 small businesses will be forced to pay up their retroactive taxes, totaling as much as $120 million. Some businesses will face a bill of as much

Last Nixon Tapes to be
Released Cover Key Period
Associated Press, by Gillian Flaccus    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/21/2013 4:37:19 AM     Post Reply
The final installment of secretly recorded phone calls and meetings from President Richard Nixon´s White House will be released Wednesday, marking a final chapter in a campaign for public access that continues as memories of Watergate fade. The recordings cap the chronological release of 3,000 hours of tapes Nixon recorded between February 1971 and July 1973 that have been released by the National Archives and Records Administration. The final installment covers the tumultuous three months when Watergate was closing in on the 37th president. Still, he forged ahead with Soviet peace talks, worked to cement Chinese relations and welcomed home Vietnam

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