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Arab press pans President
Obama on Syria
Politico, by Hadas Gold    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/8/2013 5:57:58 AM     Post Reply
If President Barack Obama isn’t happy with his press coverage in the United States, he ought to take a look at how he’s being portrayed in the Arab media. As Obama steps up his push for congressional authorization for a strike on Syria, the president is coming under withering criticism by opinion leaders throughout the Middle East, according to a review by POLITICO and experts of Arabic- and English-language media in the region. The Obama bashing can be categorized in several ways: Those who charge the president’s needlessly dragging his feet; conspiracy theorists who argue it’s all a plot to

Barry’s War Within
New York Times, by Maureen Dowd    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 9/8/2013 5:52:59 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — THE winner of the Nobel Peace Prize had been up late pleading for war. The president looked exhausted as he met the press in St. Petersburg on Friday. The man elected because of his magical powers of persuasion had failed to persuade other world leaders at dinner the night before about a strike on Syria. He said he had told his fellow leaders, “I was elected to end wars and not start them.” But in life, and especially in Washington, people sometimes end up becoming what they start out scorning. It is uncomfortable to watch the president struggle to reconcile his

The art of saving: Bill would
cut funds for official portraits
Los Angeles Times, by Richard Simon    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/8/2013 5:49:16 AM     Post Reply
The capital is full of portraits of government officials, sometimes more than one of the same person. Elliot Richardson has four — one for each department he headed in the 1970s, including the Defense Department, where he was secretary for just four months. Donald H. Rumsfeld has two on display at the Pentagon, one for each of his stints as Defense secretary. Scores of others — Cabinet members, congressional leaders, heads of agencies such as NASA and the National Science Foundation and military leaders — are immortalized in oil paintings, an enduring tradition that has become part of the nation´s historical record. But

  


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Hopeless
Boston Herald, by Howie Carr    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/8/2013 5:44:41 AM     Post Reply
On the issue of Barack Obama’s management of the so-called Syrian crisis, the American public seems split into two camps. Half the country believes he’s lying. The other half believes he doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about. Is it possible both sides could be right? After all, this is the same guy who closed Gitmo — right? And once said on national television that he was of the “Muslim faith,” until Democrat Kool-Aid drinker George Stephanopoulos had to remind him that he is a Christian. When he was trying to sell a book he said he was born in Kenya, and when he was

The Eternal Hypocrisy
of the Leftist Mind
Power Line, by John Hayward    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/8/2013 5:42:11 AM     Post Reply
Remember how the left’s concern with the slightest signs of sexual harassment disappeared when it threatened to ensnare Bill Clinton? (That episode also had the benefit of causing liberals to see the defects of the independent counsel statute; while railing against Ken Starr, they failed to perceive his great Machiavellian deed.) Well, the left is suddenly revealing their anti-war principles really only apply to Republican presidents. Of course, what is revealed is that their anti-war principles are closely connected to their essential cowardice. Ed Asner has admitted as much, saying they don’t want to criticize Obama on Syria because of Obama’s

Presidents Shouldn´t Be Able to Credibly
Threaten Wars That the People Oppose
Atlantic, by Conor Friedersdorf    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/8/2013 5:33:51 AM     Post Reply
In the Washington Post, Michael Gerson argues that preserving the perception that "the commander in chief is fully in command" is so important that it would sometimes be worth supporting "wrong or pointless" wars in order to maintain it. Put that way, it sounds shocking. One wonders how many human lives Gerson would sacrifice to prevent what he sees as a weakening of the presidency. Yet every time anyone argues that America must go to war in Syria because of President Obama´s "red line" comments and the impact a failure to follow through would have on American credibility, the same

Obama´s shocking case for
attacking Syria: Gruesome series
of videos taken in aftermath of
gas attacks that White House is
using in closed-door briefings
to persuade lawmakers to back US strikes
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/8/2013 5:33:01 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama has been showing an officially-verified collection of 13 graphic videos to lawmakers that depict the horrors of the chemical gas attacks in Syria in behind-closed-door briefings - as he lobbies to win approval for his plan to use military force against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. So far, support for the president´s plan has been sparse, with even fellow Democrats opposing the use of military force in Syria. He is preparing a media blitz for Monday and promised Americans in his weekly address on Saturday that ´This would not be another Iraq or Afghanistan.´ CNN first

  


  

George Zimmerman´s wife, Shellie,
wants to walk away from divorce
with permanent life insurance
and the couple´s dogs
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 9/8/2013 5:29:51 AM     Post Reply
SANFORD, Fla. — George Zimmerman´s wife is asking that he pay for a permanent life insurance policy with her named as the beneficiary, according to a divorce petition made public Friday. Shellie Zimmerman said in the petition that her husband should pay the premiums on the policy since he "has the financial ability to obtain such life insurance at reasonable rates." She also asked for custody of the couple´s 2-year-old Rottweiler, Oso, and 8-year-old Leroy, a mixed-breed dog. They have no children. Shellie Zimmerman, 26, is seeking an equal distribution of their checking accounts, trusts, partnerships and any unknown assets,

John Kerry’s Truth Tic
American Spectator, by Marta H. Mossburg    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/8/2013 5:24:50 AM     Post Reply
Listening to Secretary of State John Kerry last week call Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons on his own people a “moral obscenity” that “should shock the conscience of the world” was mind-blowing. The assessment was not. What Kerry said should be self-evident and Assad’s actions, if true, worthy of often overused comparisons to Hitler and Stalin. What was shocking is that up until then I didn’t think that the administration believed in evil. This is the same administration that has refused to call Army Major Nadal Hasan’s murder of thirteen people and the injuring of 30 others

Obama administration had restrictions
on NSA reversed in 2011
Washington Post, by Ellen Nakashima    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/8/2013 5:22:21 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration secretly won permission from a surveillance court in 2011 to reverse restrictions on the National Security Agency’s use of intercepted phone calls and e-mails, permitting the agency to search deliberately for Americans’ communications in its massive databases, according to interviews with government officials and recently declassified material. In addition, the court extended the length of time that the NSA is allowed to retain intercepted U.S. communications from five years to six years — and more under special circumstances, according to the documents, which include a recently released 2011 opinion by U.S. District Judge John D. Bates, then chief

RFK Jr.’s secret diary of adultery
New York Post, by Isabel Vincent & Melissa KleinSeptemb    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 9/8/2013 5:17:06 AM     Post Reply
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. grappled with what he called his biggest defect — “my lust demons” — while keeping a scorecard of more than two dozen conquests, according to his secret diary. The thick, red journal was found in their home by his wife, Mary Richardson Kennedy, who, distraught over their impending divorce and Kennedy’s serial philandering, committed suicide last year. A copy of the 398 pages, reviewed by The Post, details RFK Jr.’s daily activities, speeches, political activism and the lives of his six children in the year 2001. But they also record the names of The codes corresponded to sexual

  


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As Christine Quinn Fades, Why
Aren’t More Women Winning?
Daily Beast, by David Freedlander    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 9/8/2013 5:12:24 AM     Post Reply
On Tuesday, after a press conference in East Harlem where Christine Quinn, the onetime frontrunner in New York City’s mayoral race, slammed the new frontrunner, Bill de Blasio, for taking contributions from slumlords. Then she waded into the small crowd that had gathered on 121st Street to watch the proceedings. One voter confronted Quinn over her record on stop-and-frisk; a few pledged to vote for her; another wanted to speak about an issue with his landlord. And then there was the older woman with auburn hair and conch shell-size green earrings who grabbed the city council speaker’s hand and said,

Operation Cockamamie:
The Damascus Follies
American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/8/2013 5:10:52 AM     Post Reply
Looking over the week´s crazy developments, I can see only one coherent strand in Obama´s foreign policy. He wants to make sure that John Kerry and Hillary Clinton will never be elected president. After sacrificing Hillary´s career on the blood-streaked walls of Benghazi he had Kerry appear before the Congress and take positions utterly at odds with those he´s taken all his life, supplied him with information disputed by other members of the administration, and had him make indefensible statements without any evidentiary support at all. By way of example, Kerry asserted that the chemical weapons case against Syria was

Palestinian Authority takes
$148M from US, doles out
‘grants’ to convicted terrorists
Fox News, by Mike Jaccarino    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/8/2013 5:03:33 AM     Post Reply
The Palestinian Authority is doling out millions of dollars in cash grants to convicted terrorists recently released from Israeli prisons in a program announced the same day as the P.A. accepted $148 million in the latest round of U.S. aid. The authority announced Aug. 18 it would disburse $15 million in so-called “Dignified Life Grants” to more than 5,000 prisoners who had served more than five years in Israeli lockups, but had been recently released as a show of good faith by the Jewish state to bolster the Middle East peace process, according to Palestinian Media Watch. The announcement came

New IRS policy taxes automatic
tips for waiters
Daily Caller (Washington DC), by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/8/2013 4:56:50 AM     Post Reply
A new Internal Revenue Service (IRS) policy will classify many waiters’ tips as taxable income instead of self-reported tips, leading to increased costs for restaurants. The IRS will begin classifying automatic tips at large restaurant tables — which are built into the bill, and which currently count as tips that are not subject to payroll tax withholding — as taxable service charges, according to the Wall Street Journal. Darden Restaurants, which owns Olive Garden and Red Lobster, is considering eliminating automatic tips altogether, and Texas Roadhouse is already planning to enact that policy before the end of the year, eliminating

  


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America the ignorant
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/8/2013 4:56:11 AM     Post Reply
Over at The Volokh Conspiracy, Ilya Somin has another great report which follows a recent speech by former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’connor. In it, Her Honor laments the general ignorance of Americans when it comes to critical matters of how their own nation works, and wonders how we’re supposed to govern ourselves out of our problems if we don’t even know the rules of the game we’re playing. Two-thirds of Americans cannot name a single Supreme Court justice, former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor told the crowd that packed into a Boise State ballroom to hear her Thursday. About one-third can

Emperor Obama’s Parlor Games
National Review Online, by Charles C.W. Cooke    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/8/2013 4:53:29 AM     Post Reply
‘One thing I’m proud of,” cultural icon Barack Obama boasted to MSNBC’s crack team of sycophants in 2006, “is that very rarely will you hear me simplify the issues.” On this, he has certainly been true to his word. Brevity and candor, shall we say, are not among our smartest president’s strengths nor, outside the abstract, is he much of a salesman. Nevertheless, as gauche as it might sound to those who make a living being inscrutable, sometimes in politics questions really do have simple answers. Yesterday, speaking to journalists at the G20 summit in Russia, Obama was asked again and

Putin appears emboldened
by EU´s tepid support of Syria
strike at G-20 meetings
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 9/8/2013 4:49:53 AM     Post Reply
The tepid international support during the Group of 20 meetings for the United States´ proposed military strike on Syria appears to have emboldened Russian President Vladimir Putin, who vowed continued support of Syria. Putin said Russia will continue to supply weapons and humanitarian aid to Syria should the United States launch a punitive strike against the Middle East country for a deadly chemical weapon attack that killed more than 1,400 people. In a statement, the European Union agreed that the Aug. 21 chemical attack outside Damascus appears to have been the work of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad but also said any potential

California raisin grower
battles federal order
taking almost half his crop
Fox News, by Dominic DiNatale    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 9/8/2013 4:45:42 AM     Post Reply
KERMAN, CALIF. – Marvin Horne had been praying for what drought-struck central California’s famous farmlands need little of -- a good dry spell. His acres of raisin vines require two weeks of uninterrupted scorching sun to shrivel the grapes here in this gentle valley of sleepy fruit groves and yawning blue skies. Unfortunately, an unseasonal inch and a half of rain earlier in the week has partially rehydrated his crop, laid out to dry on reams of paper running the length of the vines. As raisin grapes produce only a single crop per season, Horne could lose a hefty slice of his harvest.

Tokyo 2020 Games Shot in
the Arm for Aging Nation
Associated Press, by Elaine Kurtenbach    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 9/8/2013 4:38:57 AM     Post Reply
TOKYO -- A half-century after the 1964 Tokyo games heralded Japan´s reemergence from destruction and defeat in World War II, the city´s triumphant bid to host the 2020 games is giving this aging nation a chance to revive both its sagging spirits and its stagnating economy. "In most competitions, if you don´t win a gold medal, you can also win maybe a bronze one," Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose told reporters in Buenos Aires after the International Olympic Committee chose his city to host the 2020 summer games. "In this battle, there was only the gold." Hundreds of Japanese athletes and officials gathered

  



Britain sent poison gas chemicals
to Assad: Proof that the UK
delivered Sarin agent to Syrian
regime for six years
Daily Mail [UK], by Mark Nicol    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 9/8/2013 1:21:15 AM     Post Reply
British companies sold chemicals to Syria that could have been used to produce the deadly nerve agent that killed 1,400 people, The Mail on Sunday can reveal today. Between July 2004 and May 2010 the Government issued five export licences to two companies, allowing them to sell Syria sodium fluoride, which is used to make sarin. The Government last night admitted for the first time that the chemical was delivered to Syria – a clear breach of international protocol on the trade of dangerous substances that has been condemned as ‘grossly irresponsible’. The sales were made at a time when

White House faces fateful vote
on Syrian strike
Jerusalem Post*, by Michael Wilner    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 9/8/2013 1:05:40 AM     Post Reply
Washington – After days of setbacks in St. Petersburg and Washington, where US President Barack Obama has tried to recruit support for a strike against Syria’s reigning President Bashar Assad, the White House is preparing for one of its most important weeks in five years. Congress reconvenes on Monday to debate and vote on authorizing the use of force. (Snip) For the first time since Obama took office in January 2009, the White House has called on the American Israel Public Affairs Committee to lobby on its behalf on Capitol Hill. AIPAC will send more than 250 activists and lobbyists

Barack Obama’s delusions of grandeur:
compares Syria intervention to
fighting World War Two
Telegraph [UK], by Nile Gardiner    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 9/8/2013 12:33:28 AM     Post Reply
A key part of President Obama’s press conference in St. Petersburg last Friday went largely under the radar in the US media--his bizarre analogy between the crisis in Syria, and the London Blitz. [Snip] Those kinds of interventions, these kinds of actions are always unpopular, because they seem distant and removed. And I want to make sure I’m being clear. I’m not--I’m not drawing an analogy to World War II, other than to say when London was getting bombed, it was profoundly unpopular, both in Congress and around the country, to help the British.

Same War, Different Country
New York Times, by Thomas L. Friedman    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 9/8/2013 12:19:38 AM     Post Reply
Say, did you see the news from Libya, the last country we bombed because its leader crossed a red line or was about to? Here’s a dispatch from Libya in the Sept. 3 British newspaper, The Independent: “Libya has plunged unnoticed into its worst political and economic crisis since the defeat of Qaddafi two years ago.(Snip)I keep reading about how Iraq was the bad war and Libya was the good war and Afghanistan was the necessary war and Bosnia was the moral war and Syria is now another necessary war. Guess what! They are all the same war.

Ten global nightmares that should keep
us all up at night: LIAM FOX explains
why Pakistan is the most dangerous
country on earth, why water could kill us*
Daily Mail [UK], by Liam Fox**    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 9/7/2013 11:15:23 PM     Post Reply
Globalisation is not new. The impact of the Silk Road, mixing cultural ideas and knowledge, was followed by the great age of conquest and the exploration of the New World. [Snip] Since then, technological advances and sharing ideas have produced ever-faster material and scientific progress. Alongside economic benefits, though, comes a new range of threats to our peace and stability--climate change and pollution, for example; the competition for finite commodities; the rise of transnational terrorism and the global struggle within Islam, Sunni and Shia, which has replaced the clash of capitalism and communism as the most unstable ideological problem of

Record return of Arctic ice cap as
it grows by 60% in a year with top
scientists warning of global COOLING
Daily Mail [UK], by David Rose    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 9/7/2013 10:55:19 PM     Post Reply
A chilly Arctic summer has left nearly a million more square miles of ocean covered with ice than at the same time last year--an increase of 60 percent. The rebound from 2012’s record low comes six years after the BBC reported that global warming would leave the Arctic ice-free in summer by 2013. Instead, days before the annual autumn re-freeze is due to begin, an unbroken ice sheet more than half the size of Europe already stretches from the Canadian islands to Russia’s northern shores. The Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific has remained blocked by pack-ice all

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