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´You sorry a**ed rednecks´:
Restaurant owners under fire
as they deny writing poison
pen to former customers
after their business failed
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/7/2013 12:57:46 PM     Post Reply
The owners of a restaurant that recently closed have denied that they were the ones to post an offensive sign inside their closed storefront, blaming the closure on the local´s poor tastes. ´You sorry a**ed, rednecked sacks of goat sperm had no idea what you had here!´ reads the letter posted in Sava! Italiano restaurant in Amarillo, Texas. ´Good luck with your pre-packaged frozen sh** food in this town.´ ´Maybe you´ll remember us when you´re boning your sister and think she smells like pasta. Similar style: An earlier sign was posted by the owners after their August 17 closure Similar

How Obama got Syria so wrong
Philadelphia Inquirer, by Trudy Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 9/7/2013 12:54:28 PM     Post Reply
Unless President Obama can show Congress that his planned Syria strike is linked to a larger - and coherent - strategy, legislators should just say no. So far, his explanations, and those of his cabinet members at congressional hearings, have only added to the confusion. "What is it you´re seeking?" Sen. Bob Corker (R., Tenn.) asked Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, in trying to elicit the broader goals of military action. The general replied candidly, "I can´t answer that, what we´re seeking." That moment of testimony encapsulated the dilemma for the Congress and the country. If

Barack Obama: The Loneliest
Man on the Planet?
National Journal, by Michael Hirsh    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/7/2013 12:50:39 PM     Post Reply
Barack Obama looked like about the most isolated man on earth Friday. At his closing news conference at the G-20 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, an apparently exhausted president lamented that all the world´s good and great -- from the U.N. to the pope -- were lining up against him, and that it was his lonely lot to prevent international law from "unraveling" over Bashar al-Assad´s flagrant use of chemical weapons. "When there´s a breach this brazen of a norm this important and the international community is paralyzed and frozen and doesn´t act, then that norm begins to unravel," Obama

  


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Cleveland 911 operator reprimanded
for response to kidnap survivor
Reuters, by Kim Palmer    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/7/2013 12:46:17 PM     Post Reply
CLEVELAND - The 911 operator who answered the now-famous May 6th call from one of the women held for a decade by Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro was reprimanded on Friday for hanging up on her before police arrived. Public criticism was leveled against the operator´s seemingly unsympathetic tone with the very excited Amanda Berry, once the audio of the call was made public by authorities. Berry made the call to police after she and her 6-year-old daughter, fathered by Castro, were rescued with the help of neighbors four months ago. Police then found Michelle Knight, who was abducted in 2002

Worse than Jimmy Carter
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 9/7/2013 12:44:19 PM     Post Reply
Jimmy Carter must be smiling: Another president has finally broken the record he had held for the worst rate of participation in the job market by American workers in modern times. The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Friday job numbers show the nation’s “labor force participation rate” — i.e., the percentage of Americans over 16 who have jobs, or are looking for one — dipped to 63.2 percent. That beats the sad record of 63.4 percent set in 1978, a harbinger of the Carter-era stagflation and malaise to come. Yes, the unemployment rate last month ticked down a tenth of a

Did Kerry Serve
Obama a Cold Dish?
American Spectator, by Aaron Goldstein    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/7/2013 12:42:59 PM     Post Reply
Matt Purple wonders if Secretary of State John Kerry “may have gone rogue” after indicating that President Obama could launch a military attack on Syria even if Congress doesn’t give its blessing. From where I sit, Kerry is getting even with Obama. After all, Kerry tells the world we have to bomb Syria right now only to get a phone call from Obama telling him he’s decided to seek Congressional authorization. That certainly undercut Kerry’s presentation and could not have made him happy. Let us also remember that the White House reined in Kerry a couple of months back for freelancing

Bloomberg: NY hopeful for mayor
running ´racist´ campaign
Hill [Washington, DC], by Julian Hattem    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 9/7/2013 12:25:58 PM     Post Reply
The Democratic frontrunner in the race for mayor of New York City has been running a “class-warfare and racist” campaign, according to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I). In an interview with New York Magazine published on Saturday, Bloomberg accused the city’s public advocate, Bill de Blasio, of shoving his family into the limelight in order to gain support from non-white voters. (Snip) It’s comparable to me pointing out I’m Jewish in attracting the Jewish vote. You tailor messages to your audiences and address issues you think your audience cares about.” De Blasio is white; his wife is African-African

  


  

The “Assad v. al-Qaeda”
narrative may not
be what it appears
Legal Insurrection, by William Jacobson    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 9/7/2013 12:22:26 PM     Post Reply
There are very good arguments against intervention in Syria, even if I disagree with the conclusions reached from those arguments. I haven’t denigrated those who disagree, although I can’t say the same is true in reverse. Unfortunately, regardless of how you come out on the issue, many people are buying into a media narrative which seeks to minimize the brutality of the Assad regime and the threat it poses, and to create a false choice of “Assad v. al-Qaeda.” First, The NY Times ran a story and video of Syrian rebels executing Syrian soldiers, Brutality of Syrian Rebels Posing Dilemma

America´s real Middle East priority: Iran
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 9/7/2013 11:27:16 AM     Post Reply
While we´ve been distracted by a flurry of intelligence releases on Syria´s chemical weapons strikes - and the ongoing saga over the United States´ response - many have overlooked another intelligence report pertaining to weapons of mass destruction with severe implications for America´s red lines and credibility in the Middle East. The International Atomic Energy Agency, the world´s nuclear watchdog, reported that "Iran plans to test about 1,000 advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges it has completed installing." As Iran´s enrichment capabilities increase, its breakout time - how long Iran would need to rapidly amass enough highly-enriched uranium for a nuclear weapon

News analysis: U.S. jobs numbers
paint dim picture of ongoing
employment crisis
Xinhua [China], by Matthew Rusling    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 9/7/2013 11:19:16 AM     Post Reply
Washington - Friday´ s jobs numbers continued to paint a bleak picture of the ongoing U.S. jobs crisis, and experts said at current rates the country will have to wait years to return to pre-recession levels of unemployment. (Snip) "At this rate, it would take until well into 2021 to fill our gap of 8.3 million jobs and return to a healthy labor market," said Economic Policy Institute Economist Heidi Shierholz on the organization´ s website. The U.S. jobs market has been struggling for years now, since the economy tanked at the end of 2007 and sparked a global economic

Krauthammer on Syria: ´If Obama wants
to do something real, I´m all for it´
Daily Caller, by Jeff Poor    Original Article
Posted By: CarrotFarmer87- 9/7/2013 11:13:30 AM     Post Reply
On Friday’s broadcast of Hugh Hewitt’ s radio show, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer said President Barack Obama should handle the Syrian crisis by taking significant action or no action at all. Hewitt compared the present-day United States to the one the late British Prime Minister Winston Churchill spoke of in 1943 at Harvard in his famous “price of greatness” speech. Churchill had applauded the United States for stepping up as a world power in the middle of World War II. That attitude about America’s role in the world is far different today than Churchill had espoused

  


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Smithfield Receives U.S. Approval
for Biggest Chinese Takeover
Bloomberg News, by Shruti Date Singh & Bradley Olson    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 9/7/2013 11:07:17 AM     Post Reply
Smithfield Foods Inc. (SFD), the world’s largest hog and pork producer, said U.S. regulators will allow the company to be bought by China’s Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd. in what would be the biggest Chinese purchase of a U.S. firm. “This transaction will create a leading global animal protein enterprise,” Zhijun Yang, Chief Executive Officer of Shuanghui International, said in a joint statement from both companies released yesterday. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., or CFIUS, approved the transaction and it will be voted on by Smithfield shareholders at the company’s annual meeting Sept. 24.

The new gold rush that
proves the anti-fracking
fanatics have got it all wrong
Daily Mail [UK], by Tom Leonard    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 9/7/2013 11:06:23 AM     Post Reply
As he takes me on a tour of his buzzing little town, mayor Brent Sanford points out the acres of development that have already happened — the giant grocery store, the smart restaurant, the school extension and the endless housing developments. And he tells me what’s still to come — a smart new recreation centre, a state-of-the-art hospital, public housing, a day-care centre and even an 18-hole golf course. There’s a new bank, which is essential, as so many local businesses are flourishing and so many more are clamouring to move in. But it’s not always easy to

China, Kazakhstan eye deals
worth $30 bn
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 9/7/2013 10:56:50 AM     Post Reply
Kazakhstan and China plan to sign 22 agreements worth around $30 billion, including in the key energy sector, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said on Saturday after talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. "We´ve reached an agreement on building an oil refinery which Kazakhstan needs," Nazarbayev told reporters after hosting Xi at his Akorda residence. (Snip) Earlier this week, the Chinese president visited the reclusive energy-rich nation of Turkmenistan where he launched production from the world´s second-largest gas field the two countries are developing together. He is to travel to Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan next.

Blunt words about Muslim backwardness
National Post, by Mark Steyn    Original Article
Posted By: Hobbiest- 9/7/2013 10:43:33 AM     Post Reply
In 2010, the bestselling atheist Richard Dawkins, in the “On Faith” section of the Washington Post, called the pope “a leering old villain in a frock” perfectly suited to “the evil corrupt organization” and “child-raping institution” that is the Catholic Church. Nobody seemed to mind very much. Three years later, in a throwaway Tweet, Professor Dawkins observed that “all the world’s Muslims have fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College, Cambridge. They did great things in the Middle Ages, though.” This time round, the old provocateur managed to get a rise out of folks. Almost every London paper ran at least

  


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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.

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

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