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Shooting breaks out –
at anti-violence vigil
Charlotte Observer [NC], by Steve Lyttle    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 9/7/2013 10:08:19 AM     Post Reply
Charlotte’s recent spate of violence took a new twist Thursday night when gunfire broke out at an anti-violence vigil in the city’s Villa Heights neighborhood. Four people were injured, but police say none of the victims’ injuries is considered life-threatening. No arrests have been announced. Mothers of Murdered Offspring sponsored the vigil, calling attention to last Thursday’s death of Javon Booker, who police say was fatally shot when he allegedly tried to rob a convenience store on Tom Hunter Road in north Charlotte. The service took place in the 2500 block of Pinckney Avenue, a block south of Matheson

Why can´t the community organizer
organize a community?
American Thinker, by Silvio Canto    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 9/7/2013 10:00:09 AM     Post Reply
As you may recall, much of Senator Obama´s message in 2008 was about international coalitions. He mocked President Bush for "going at it alone." I guess that 40-something countries in Iraq was not a big enough coalition. Or, having UK, Canadian and other NATO soldiers take bullets in Afghanistan was not enough either. Today, President Obama stands alone in the world. He can´t even get the UK in Syria. He has found some "moral support" but no one is offering airplanes or missiles. President Obama is saying that the world drew a "red line." However, no one seems ready to enforce it

GOP: Obama promised health premiums
would drop $2,500; Fact: They´re up $3,000
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 9/7/2013 9:32:01 AM     Post Reply
Hi. I’m Dr. John Barrasso, United States Senator for Wyoming. As a doctor who took care of patients for 25 years, I saw the problems with America’s health care system every day. There’s no question we needed real reform — reform so that people could get the care they needed, at lower cost. Americans now know that’s not what President Obama’s health care law delivered. What we got is higher taxes and bigger government, without the lower costs or quality care. The so-called Affordable Care Act is hurting middle class families — their wages, their jobs and their health care.

  


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Citing costs, IBM to move
retirees off health plan
Wall Street Journal, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/7/2013 9:27:58 AM     Post Reply
International Business Machines Corp. plans to move about 110,000 retirees off its company-sponsored health plan and instead give them a payment to buy coverage on a health-insurance exchange, in a sign that even big, well-capitalized employers aren´t likely to keep providing the once-common benefits as medical costs continue to rise. The move, which will affect all IBM retirees once they become eligible for Medicare, will relieve the technology company of the responsibility of managing retirement health-care benefits. IBM said the growing cost of care makes its current plan unsustainable without big premium increases. IBM´s shift is an indication that health-insurance

Reid faces double-digit
Democratic defections on
Syria strike measure
The Hill, by Alexander Bolton    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 9/7/2013 9:26:47 AM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is bracing for double-digit defections in the Democratic caucus on the resolution authorizing military strikes on Syria, which will get a vote this coming week. The Syria resolution presents Reid with one of the biggest tests of his leadership this Congress and the outcome has significant effects for President Obama’s domestic and foreign policy agendas. Failure of the measure in the Democratic-controlled upper chamber could spur House Republicans to pick a fight with the weakened president over the budget, as well as embolden the regimes of Iran and North Korea. “The president’s team has

Obama: As Commander-in-Chief,
I´ve decided we should attack Syria
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 9/7/2013 9:13:46 AM     Post Reply
Almost three weeks ago in Syria, more than 1,000 innocent people — including hundreds of children — were murdered in the worst chemical weapons attack of the 21st century. And the United States has presented a powerful case to the world that the Syrian government was responsible for this horrific attack on its own people. This was not only a direct attack on human dignity; it is a serious threat to our national security.

On Syria Vote, Trust, but Verify
New York Times, by Alan Grayson    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 9/7/2013 8:50:44 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The documentary record regarding an attack on Syria consists of just two papers: a four-page unclassified summary and a 12-page classified summary. The first enumerates only the evidence in favor of an attack. I’m not allowed to tell you what’s in the classified summary, but you can draw your own conclusion. On Thursday I asked the House Intelligence Committee staff whether there was any other documentation available, classified or unclassified. Their answer was “no.” The Syria chemical weapons summaries are based on several hundred underlying elements of intelligence information. The unclassified summary cites intercepted telephone calls, “social media”

  


  

Pakistan ´frees seven Taliban prisoners´
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 9/7/2013 8:42:37 AM     Post Reply
Pakistan has announced the release of seven Taliban prisoners in a bid to help the Afghan peace process. At least one former senior militant was among the men freed "in order to further facilitate the Afghan reconciliation process", said a foreign ministry statement. Afghan President Hamid Karzai visited Islamabad recently to promote peace. Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif said at the time he wanted to help regional efforts to stabilise Afghanistan. The foreign ministry statement named those freed on Saturday as Mansoor Dadullah, Said Wali, Abdul Manan, Karim Agha, Sher Afzal, Gul Muhammad and Muhammad Zai. Mansoor Dadullah served as the

The World Turns
National Review Online, by Mark Steyn    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 9/7/2013 8:29:22 AM     Post Reply
A few moments ago, Kevin Rudd conceded, so, in a day or two, after the usual prompt eviction that occurs under the Westminster system, Tony Abbott will become Australia’s Prime Minister. I’d like to second John O’Sullivan’s wise words on Mr Abbott’s conservatism: we’re not talking about a Cameronesque trimmer and opportunist here.* If you’re interested, here’s me with the new Aussie PM (and Britain’s Dan Hannan) in Melbourne last year. I was the warm-up act, so, after I’d chilled down the room with my usual doom-mongering, it fell to the then Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition to restore jollity

´Apple´s nightmare´: Amazon considering
offering smartphones for free, claims report
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 9/7/2013 8:21:06 AM     Post Reply
Online retail giant Amazon is considering offering its much-anticipated smartphone for free, it has been reported. The retailer is understood to be aiming to ´undercut rivals´ and ´grab a meaningful market share´ by tempting consumers using iPhones and Galaxy phones--which normally cost about $200 (£127)--to switch to their free version. However, it is thought the company, which is already behind the hugely popular Kindle e-reader, may require its smartphone users to sign up to services such as its loyalty programme, Amazon Prime. [Snip] But it is expected to come with some strings attached. ´One of them is whether Amazon would require

Ed Asner Explains Hollywood
Silence on Obama, Syria: They
´Don´t Want to Feel Anti-Black´
Hollywood Reporter, by Paul Bond    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 9/7/2013 8:17:34 AM     Post Reply
Don´t look for Iraq War-style protests, says the liberal activist, who -- like "M*A*S*H" star Mike Farrell -- opposes military action. In 2003, ahead of a U.S. attack on Iraq, a robust anti-war movement in Hollywood included a TV commercial starring Martin Sheen and Sean Penn visiting Baghdad. There were online petitions signed by Ed Asner; letters to President George W. Bush pleading for peace were signed by Matt Damon, Tim Robbins, Barbra Streisand and Alec Baldwin; former M*A*S*H star Mike Farrell fronted multiple press conferences where celebrities denounced war. In interviews, Janeane Garofalo stopped identifying herself as an actor

  


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Tony Abbott wins one for Christian
conservatives: Australia´s Lefties
must be weeping into their beer
Telegraph [UK], by Tim Stanley    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 9/7/2013 8:07:05 AM     Post Reply
Tony Abbott has won the Australian election--a blow not only to the Australian Labor Party but to Left-wingers everywhere who presumed that he was too "Neanderthal" to win. Well, us Neanderthals will be having a barbie tonight and sculling some beers to celebrate. "Good on yer, mate!" Abbott won for two reasons. First, the Australian Labor Party is going through a long-term identity crisis. The ALP was once the party of the working man (and Sheila) but in recent years it´s succumbed to the worst aspects of factional politics, becoming a magnet for liberal pressure groups desperate for their slice

Direct link between Assad and
gas attack elusive for U.S.
Reuters, by Mark Hosenball    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 9/7/2013 7:49:15 AM     Post Reply
With the United States threatening to attack Syria, U.S. and allied intelligence services are still trying to work out who ordered the poison gas attack on rebel-held neighborhoods near Damascus. No direct link to President Bashar al-Assad or his inner circle has been publicly demonstrated, and some U.S. sources say intelligence experts are not sure whether the Syrian leader knew of the attack before it was launched or was only informed about it afterward. While U.S. officials say Assad is responsible for the chemical weapons strike even if he did not directly order it, they have not been able to fully describe

If it Wasn´t Syria it Would
Have Been Something Else
National Review, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 9/7/2013 7:23:40 AM     Post Reply
It is very possible that the president will not obtain a join authorization to bomb Syria; if he chooses to go ahead and attack anyway, Obama will incite a constitutional crisis—the first time in history that a president has decided to go to war against the declared wishes of Congress. The public and the courts will adjudicate the legality of that act, and it would be contentious. So the corner that Obama has painted himself into is now inescapable. Defying Congress will put the country into a Watergate/Monicagate mess. Not doing anything will confirm the administration’s impotence and only enhance

Asma and Bashar al-Assad --
a match made in hell
Fox News, by Dr. Keith Ablow    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 9/7/2013 6:31:09 AM     Post Reply
Since their marriage in 2000, Asma al-Assad, stylish wife of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has stood by his side through thick and thin. This, despite the fact that her husband Bashar presides over a government which Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch insist routinely tortures, imprisons and kills its political opponents. Most recently, of course, his government is accused of killing over a thousand Syrian men, women and children using chemical weapons. Asma, who is pretty and fit, is also smart. She was an investment banker at J.P. Morgan when she met the Syrian president, who was then training in London

  


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Contemplating three years
without a President
Legal Insurrection, by William A. Jacobson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/7/2013 6:02:25 AM     Post Reply
Having been mostly away from the internet these past two days, I’ve watched from afar how quickly things have turned on Syria. It’s amazing how Obama has gone from being backed into a corner to being on a ledge where his presidency is just a vote away from being over all but in name. It’s not that Obama was wrong to want to react to the use of chemical weapons. I was willing, at the outset, to give Obama the benefit of the doubt because the stakes were so high if the large-scale use by the Assad government of chemical weapons was proven. This

Little Rock school district will now
make teachers wear underwear
Daily Caller, by Eric Owens    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 9/7/2013 5:55:51 AM     Post Reply
The school district in Little Rock, Ark. has announced plans for a dress code that will require teachers to wear underwear. Every single day. Female teachers will have to wear bras, too. An Aug. 29 letter from the Little Rock School District’s Office of the Superintendent to all employees explains that the dress code will officially go into effect in the fall of 2014. “Foundational garments shall be worn and not visible with respect to color, style, and/or fabric,” the letter reads. “No see-through or sheer clothing shall be allowed, and no skin shall be visible between pants/trousers, skirts, and shirts/blouses at

U.S. Failed to Reduce ‘Food Insecurity’
Despite Spending Billions More
Washington Free Beacon, by Elizabeth Harrington    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 9/7/2013 5:49:49 AM     Post Reply
Despite a $6 billion increase in food assistance spending, there was no reduction in the number of American households that are “food insecure,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA says its food programs “increase food security.” However, the agency’s spending through the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) increased by $6.4 billion from 2011 to 2012 with no statistically significant change in the level of food insecurity. “Food and nutrition assistance programs of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) increase food security by providing low-income households access to food, a healthful diet, and nutrition education,” the USDA said in

Why We Lie About
Reading Great Books
Atlantic, by Arit John    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/7/2013 5:47:09 AM     Post Reply
More than 60 percent of people pretend to have read books they haven´t, according to a recent survey. And based on what we´ve learned in the past, we all lie about reading the same books over and over, for a number of reasons. For instance, 26 percent of the Brits polled in this most recent survey fibbed about reading George Orwell´s 1984. And last year, when a few New York Times staffers wrote up a confessional post, two more people admitted to never having read Orwell´s most famous work. “Actually, I’m sort of convinced that most people who reference this

Clinton. Christie. Cringe.
Washington Post, by George F. Will    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/7/2013 5:41:47 AM     Post Reply
On Jan. 20, 1981, Michael Deaver, a political aide, peered into a bedroom in Blair House, across from the White House, and said to the man still abed, “It’s 8 o’clock. You’re going to be inaugurated as president in a few hours.” From beneath the blankets, Ronald Reagan said, “Do I have to?” Some are so eager to be inaugurated in 2017 that the 2016 campaign has begun 28 months before the 1.4?percent of Americans who live in Iowa and New Hampshire express themselves. It is, therefore, not too soon to get a head start on being dismayed. Consider two probable

  



Harper Lee reaches settlement
in ‘Mockingbird’ copyright case
New York Post, by Rich Calder    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 9/7/2013 5:35:50 AM     Post Reply
Harper Lee, the aging author of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” has reached a settlement in principle on a lawsuit alleging she was scammed into signing over the copyright to her classic novel by an unscrupulous literary agent who took advantage of her failing hearing and eyesight, a lawyer in the case says. Lee had filed suit in May against Samuel Pinkus and others — including disgraced journalist Gerald Posner — to reclaim the copyright. However, dismissal papers were filed in Manhattan federal court today by Lee’s lawyer removing both Posner and Lee Ann Winick, Pinkus’ wife and another defendant, of any liability

Drawing an Al-Qaeda Red Line
National Review Online, by Andrew C. McCarthy    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/7/2013 5:31:15 AM     Post Reply
Have you noticed who exactly the opposing camps are in Syria’s civil war — the aspect that the side chomping at the bit for American military intervention would prefer not to discuss? In one corner, we have Bashar Assad. Unlike President Obama and his minions, who spent their first couple of years empowering Assad — Obama reopening diplomatic ties, Hillary pronouncing him a valiant “reformer,” Pelosi huddling with him, Kerry wining and dining him — many of us alleged “isolationists” on the right were never under any illusions about him. Assad is an anti-U.S. thug, the junior partner of Iran, America’s

IRS admits to pricey
Donald Trump parody
The Hill [DC], by Peter Schroeder    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/7/2013 5:24:08 AM     Post Reply
The IRS admitted to lawmakers that it produced another pricey parody video for an agency conference at a cost of roughly $10,000. The video, which spoofs the Donald Trump reality show "The Apprentice," shows IRS officials discussing ways to cut training costs for its Small Business/Self-Employed division, which was hosting the conference. The House Ways and Means Committee released the video Friday. Rep. Charles Boustany Jr. (R-La.), who heads the committee´s Oversight subpanel, said the latest video was "another example of abuse and waste" at the agency. "There is nothing amusing about the American people footing the bill for this rogue and out

Dangerous Times: Are Obama´s
Syrian Stumbles Good for America?
American Thinker, by James Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 9/7/2013 5:22:01 AM     Post Reply
Conservatives are patriots. When we see an American president in trouble, we tend to see his problems as our own. Which makes it hard to know how to react to Obama´s troubles in Syria. I am going to make an unusual case here that Obama´s Syrian stumbles actually benefit the United States and the civilized world. If that sounds odd -- well, it is. I can think of only one precedent: Jimmy Carter´s punch in the nose from Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979, which caused American voters to elect Ronald Reagan instead.

Let’s face it: The US job market is dead
in the water and not getting better
American Enterprise, by James Pethokoukis    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/7/2013 5:20:57 AM     Post Reply
How do you know the August jobs report was pretty bad? When the best thing you can say is that it might have met Wall Street expectations if not for a temporary shutdown in the port industry last month. (The motion picture and sound recording industry lost 22,000 jobs in August, according to the BLS.) Sure, the White House can argue, as economic adviser Jason Furman did right after the report’s release, that the “incoming economic data broadly suggest that the recovery continues to make progress.” But consider the following: 1. This was the jobs report that was supposed to

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