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Erik Prince: Out of Blackwater
and Into China
Wall Street Journal, by David Feith    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 1/24/2014 11:25:40 PM     Post Reply
Erik Prince —ex-Navy SEAL, ex-CIA spy, ex-CEO of private-security firm Blackwater —calls himself an "accidental tourist" whose modest business boomed after 9/11, expanded into Iraq and Afghanistan, and then was "blowtorched by politics." To critics and conspiracy theorists, he is a mercenary war-profiteer. To admirers, he´s a patriot who has repeatedly answered America´s call with bravery and creativity. Now, sitting in a boardroom above Hong Kong´s Victoria Harbour, he explains his newest title, acquired this month: chairman of Frontier Services Group, an Africa-focused security and logistics company with intimate ties to China´s largest state-owned conglomerate, Citic Group.

The world´s most ancient
Christian communities are being
destroyed — and no one cares
The Week, by Michael Brendan Dougherty    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/24/2014 11:00:47 PM     Post Reply
Like many Coptic Christians in Egypt, Ayman Nabil Labib had a tattoo of the cross on his wrist. And like 17-year-old men everywhere, he could be assertive about his identity. But in 2011, after Egypt´s revolution, that kind of assertiveness could mean trouble. Ayman´s Arabic-language teacher told him to cover his tattoo in class. Instead of complying, the young man defiantly pulled out the cross that hung around his neck, making it visible. His teacher flew into a rage and began choking him, goading the young man´s Muslim classmates by saying, "What are you going to do with him?" Ayman´s

Eric Holder: Voter ID Used to
‘Depress the Vote’ of People
Who Don’t Support GOP
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/24/2014 10:28:49 PM     Post Reply
Speaking exclusively to MSNBC host Ari Melber, Attorney General Eric Holder sharply criticized state-level voter identification policies and said that he believes those policies are a “remedy in search of a problem.” He added that, while some may be arguing for voter ID in good faith, he believes that most are advocating for this policy in order to “depress the vote” of those who do not support the “party that is advancing” voter ID measures. “I think many are using it for partisan advantage,” Holder said of voter ID. “People have to understand that we are not opposed to photo identification in

  


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Campaigning never ends:
Obama team gears up
for 2014 election cycle
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/24/2014 10:17:27 PM     Post Reply
President Obama revived his internal White House political operation Friday in preparation for the 2014 mid-term elections, naming longtime aide David Simas as director of political strategy and outreach. Mr. Simas, who played a key role in the president’s reelection campaign, served much of last year in the West Wing coordinating the administration’s message on Obamacare. He will become the president’s point person for working with Democrats on the midterms, which Mr. Obama has called crucial to implementing his agenda over his final two years in office. In 2009-1010, Mr. Simas served as White House political director. Prior to joining

Hour-long Gmail outage crippled
email across U.S. and Europe
Washington Times, by Douglas Ernst    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/24/2014 10:15:21 PM     Post Reply
Google’s Gmail users across the United States, Canada and Europe were impacted when their feee email service went down for about an hour Friday afternoon. The service resumed shortly after 3 p.m. Earlier, Google released a statement: “We’re investigating reports of an issue with Gmail. We will provide more information shortly.” The email service outage prompted the Twitter hashtag #gmail to start trending almost immediately. “For everyone worrying about the #Gmail outage, rest assured that your messages are safely being restored by the NSA,” joked Twitter user Ian Gertler.

Why Movies Like ´Lone Survivor´ Matter:
Americans Need to Know Their Heroes
Breitbart´s Big Hollywood, by Zachary Leeman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/24/2014 10:13:24 PM     Post Reply
Over the course of my three years in the military, I´ve met men and women with stories that have shocked, humbled and enlightened me. In a world where less than 1 percent of the American population serve in the military, people like Lone Survivor´s Marcus Luttrell and American Sniper´s late Chris Kyle are one step away from being fictional to most. It´s hard to imagine that stories of such heroism exist, but they do. I remember reading books in high school like The Iliad and other classic stories about warriors that defied human limitations and the frailty of mortality. . I always found myself wondering why we only read about warriors

Democrats see same-sex marriage
as issue that will mobilize voters
Washington Post, by Juliet Eilperin    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/24/2014 10:12:26 PM     Post Reply
Public opinion on same-sex marriage has shifted so dramatically in recent years that Democratic groups now see the issue as a critical way to mobilize voters in a slew of races up and down the ballot. Just a decade ago, widespread opposition to gay marriage did just the opposite, allowing Karl Rove to mobilize conservatives in 13 states and help reelect George W. Bush as president. The changing political dynamics were on full display this week as Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) announced he would not defend the state’s ban on same-sex marriage on the grounds that it was unconstitutional. Herring won a close election

  


  

Despite DNA test, woman
still claims grandmother was
long-lost Titanic survivor
New York Daily News, by Michael Walsh    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/24/2014 10:05:52 PM     Post Reply
A Florida woman still insists her grandmother was a long-lost passenger aboard the doomed Titanic - despite recent DNA evidence indicating otherwise.(Snip) Woods, 61, says that in April 2012, on the eve of the sinking´s centennial, she discovered a trove of letters and legal documents in a suitcase — which had not been opened in 75 years — belonging to her late grandmother Helen Kramer. The Loraine Allison Identification Project forensically tested Woods claims by comparing DNA from descendants of the Kramer and Allison families. Last month, they announced that there was no genetic link and the Telegraph picked up the story.

Italian Global Warming
Adventurer Will Live on Iceberg
Breitbart´s Big Peace, by Robert Wilde    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/24/2014 10:03:06 PM     Post Reply
An Italian adventurer will be packing his bags and moving to an iceberg in Greenland so he can reverse global warming. He plans on living there for eight to twelve months, which is the length of time he expects that his new home will exist before it melts into water. In the Spring of 2015, Alex Bellini will bring his backpack, replete with 300 kilos of dehydrated food and some electronic equipment and his floating Kevlar survival capsule. This will come in handy down the road when he wakes up one morning floating adrift in the Atlantic Ocean. Of course, that is if everything goes as planned. Last month, Russian climate change scientists

Word Not Found In NYT 5500
Word Hillary Profile: Benghazi
Breitbart Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/24/2014 9:58:53 PM     Post Reply
Friday, the venerable New York Times Magazine published a mammoth 5500-plus word profile of Hillary Clinton and the world around her. It is titled "Planet Hillary," and two words you will not find on this mammoth planet are "Libya" and "Benghazi." The Times´ exhaustive look at Hillary -- her past, present, future, and those around her -- just didn´t have the room to mention the four Americans left dead in Benghazi because Secretary of State Hillary Clinton´s State Department failed to protect them despite more flags than you´ll see flying in the Kremlin. Well, as the saying goes, "What difference at this point does it make?"

Christie Proposes Education Changes
WWOR-TV [Secaucus, NJ], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: craige- 1/24/2014 9:54:15 PM     Post Reply
In Governor Christie’s efforts to solve New Jersey’s education problems, yesterday he visited the Dudley Family School in Camden to discuss some of his plans for school programs in the Garden State. Christie took the time to chat with the kids and even answer some questions. When students asked the governor what exactly it is that he does, he was eager to share his duties. “I get to work with the legislature, people get elected, you work with them on laws, to pass new laws for the state. I work with all the people in my cabinet to try and implement those laws and make sure they work the right way,” Christie explained.

  


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Oneida Indians to meet with
U.N. over Redskins name
USA Today, by Erik Brady    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/24/2014 9:52:50 PM     Post Reply
The Oneida Indian Nation is scheduled to meet with human rights representatives of the United Nations on Friday to discuss the Washington NFL club´s team name - and the team says the U.N. should be working on world peace. Oneida Nation representative Ray Halbritter is set to speak with Ivan Simonovic, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights at the U.N. in New York, just as the National Football League is preparing for its seminal event, the Super Bowl, with events in New York and northern New Jersey all next week. "Given all the wars around the world, starvation, famine and the

Obama´s new legislative
director hits the reset button
Washington Examiner, by Susan Crabtree    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/24/2014 9:48:42 PM     Post Reply
Katie Beirne Fallon, President Obama´s new top liaison to Congress, appears determined to be everything her predecessor wasn´t. (Snip) Just a month into the new role, no one would accuse Fallon of keeping a low profile. Six-foot-tall before heels, the 38-year-old former staffer to Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., who ran the communications war room he headed, has been furiously reaching out to House GOP leaders and their staffs, trying to repair the damaged relationship between the White House and Republicans. Fallon has met Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy,

Sarah Silverman Hangs out with
‘Jesus F-ing Christ” in Abortion PSA
NewsBusters, by Matthew Philbin    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/24/2014 9:26:26 PM     Post Reply
Know what’s really funny? Saying “v****a” a lot. And mocking the religious faith of others in service to your shallow ideology and your marginal comedy career. So it’s really funny to be Sarah Silverman (except when it isn’t, because sometimes people can be so mean to an actress of a certain age.) For instance, she got to do a new anti-Christian, pro-abortion PSA in which she met Jesus – or as he called himself, “Jesus ***** Christ.” Predictably, the Jesus Silverman met was upset by “People who use my name for tolerance and oppression.” Oh, and he told her “fertilized

Rouhani: If Israel attacks
Iran, it will rue the day
The Jerusalem Post (Israel), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mark34- 1/24/2014 9:26:26 PM     Post Reply
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned Israel on Thursday of attacking his country´s nuclear facilities, saying Israel will "rue the day" if it does. "Israel knows very well what the response would be. Israel knows well our regional capability," he told CNN´s Fareed Zakaria. "When it comes to practice, the Israelis cannot do that. If they do such a crazy thing, our response will make them rue the day." On the ongoing nuclear talks with the West, Rouhani insisted Iran would not destroy any of its existing centrifuges "under any circumstances." "In the context of R&D and peaceful nuclear technology, we will not

  


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Obama´s ´Operation Choke Point´
Will Only Hurt Working Poor
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/24/2014 9:16:02 PM     Post Reply
War On Banks: The Obama administration thinks driving payday lenders out of business will help the urban poor. In fact, a Fed study suggests it will only drive them into the jaws of loan sharks. The administration has launched a secret and possibly illegal multi-agency enforcement operation to destroy a legitimate $9 billion industry providing short-term loans to consumers with jobs and weak credit. Under "Operation Choke Point," the Justice Department, FDIC and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau aim to crack down on payday lenders — and the big banks that extend them lines of credit — with a flurry of investigations

What an American World
Looks Like, in Two Charts
National Review Online, by Patrick Brennan    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/24/2014 9:15:10 PM     Post Reply
Kevin’s piece today on the homepage talks about the triumph of the war on polio and how it reflects the benefits of a world that’s largely been converted to Western, liberal values. In fact, the rest of the world has been incredibly successful over the past 20 or 30 years, and, despite the hysteria raised over this week over a widely misinterpreted report from Oxfam that dramatized wealth inequality in the world, the globe has in some ways gotten more equal (flatter, you could say, if you were a Times columnist). Not dramatically so, in part because the world’s really

Online attack cripples U.S. court system
Washington Post, by Brian Fung    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/24/2014 9:12:01 PM     Post Reply
The federal court system was hit with a denial-of-service attack Friday afternoon that brought several government Web sites to a halt. PACER — the site for accessing the electronic court filing database — as well as uscourts.gov and various other Web sites belonging to federal courts around the country, were affected by the hack, officials said. Among the downed sites was that of the Middle District of Florida, which was unavailable for about four hours. PACER administrators posted a service advisory warning that some visitors may have trouble accessing the service.

Chuck Schumer Calls For The
IRS To Stop The Tea Party
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/24/2014 9:10:37 PM     Post Reply
Free Speech: The IRS scandal is not only not over but is getting worse, with a call by New York´s senior senator for the already-politicized agency to use its power to tax to destroy the conservative grass-roots movement. Arguing that the Supreme Court´s 2010 Citizens United decision allowed Tea Party groups to "funnel millions of undisclosed dollars into campaigns with ads that distort the truth and attack government," Charles Schumer wants the IRS and other government agencies to take on the Tea Party through their administrative powers. "It is clear that we will not pass anything legislatively as long as the House

Obama Income Inequality
Plans: Been There, Tried That
Investor´s Business Daily, by John Merline    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/24/2014 9:01:33 PM     Post Reply
In his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, President Obama is expected to make income inequality the centerpiece of his address. Political analysts say it´s a way for him to connect with a public still anxious about the tepid economic recovery — now in its fifth year — and upset with Obama over the disastrous rollout of ObamaCare. They also see it as a way to rally his liberal base in advance of the 2014 midterm elections. But what Obama is unlikely to say in his lengthy address is that income inequality — as measured by the Census Bureau´s Gini index

  



Argentina after Israeli fighter
planes; concern in London
and Brasilia, says defense expert
MercoPress [Montevideo, Uruguay], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/24/2014 9:00:23 PM     Post Reply
Argentina is considering the purchase from Israel of 18 multipurpose combat aircraft Kfir Block 60 after negotiations with Spain for 16 Mirage F1 fighter bombers fell through, according to a report from Buenos Aires daily Clarin. Apparently Israel´s offer has been on the Defense minister Agustin Rossi´s desk since some time but only resurfaced sometime back in September following on the frustrated deal with Spain. Clarin also mentions that news of the negotiations between the Argentine ministry of defense and Israel´s Aero-spatial Industry, IAI, which manufactures the Kfir Block 60, caused ´concern´ in the British government since it is

Out of Blackwater and Into China
Wall Street Journal, by David Feth    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/24/2014 8:59:57 PM     Post Reply
Hong Kong Erik Prince —ex-Navy SEAL, ex-CIA spy, ex-CEO of private-security firm Blackwater —calls himself an "accidental tourist" whose modest business boomed after 9/11, expanded into Iraq and Afghanistan, and then was "blowtorched by politics." To critics and conspiracy theorists, he is a mercenary war-profiteer. To admirers, he´s a patriot who has repeatedly answered America´s call with bravery and creativity. Now, sitting in a boardroom above Hong Kong´s Victoria Harbour, he explains his newest title, acquired this month: chairman of Frontier Services Group, an Africa-focused security and logistics company with intimate ties to China´s largest state-owned conglomerate, Citic Group. Beijing has titanic

Obama Uses Government
To Harass, Intimidate Foes
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/24/2014 8:57:41 PM     Post Reply
Politics: The Obama administration has turned the executive branch loose on its enemies — part of a disturbing and unprecedented trend toward delegitimizing political differences and marginalizing conservatives. Behind the special status of his presidency, President Obama has used the machinery of government to harass and intimidate political opponents — to an extent greater even than former Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, both threatened with impeachment. Consider these recent events, courtesy of the Ace of Spades blog: • Attorney General Eric Holder´s Southern District of New York office has indicted conservative author, activist and filmmaker Dinesh D´Souza — producer of the critical

Colorado firestorm: Administration
bars scribes from public meeting
Washington Times, by By Ben Wolfgang & Valerie Richardson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/24/2014 8:52:46 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration’s testy relationship with the press is nothing new for Washington, but it’s now extended to Colorado and has touched off a firestorm after Interior Department officials booted local reporters from a public meeting earlier this week. Journalists with Colorado´s Craig Daily Press and at least two other media outlets were barred from a Tuesday question-and-answer session with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, despite the fact that members of the public were allowed to attend. “What happened would be in complete alignment with the administration’s policies. We were promised the most transparent administration ever and instead we’ve gotten the opposite,” said

Discos are common in Venezuelan
penitentiaries, admits minister
MercoPress [Montevideo, Uruguay], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/24/2014 8:52:02 PM     Post Reply
Discotheques have long operated inside Venezuelan penitentiaries, the head of the country´s prison service said Thursday in response to a public uproar over the death of a young man after partying at a disco behind bars. ”The scandal (regarding) if ´there are discotheques in the prisons.´ The discos in the prisons have always existed, at least since the revolution (1999, when leftist Hugo Chavez became president). Regrettably, it´s a perversion,“ Iris Varela told reporters from a prison in the eastern state of Anzoategui. ”What the management of the revolutionary government has done is do away with those discotheques, close them,“

Homeland Security Secretary: Illegals
Have ‘Earned Right to be Citizens’
Cybercast News Service, by Penny Starr    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/24/2014 8:43:40 PM     Post Reply
Speaking at the United States Conference of Mayors on Friday, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the approximately 11 million people who are in the country illegally have “earned the right to be citizens.” “An earned path to citizenship for those currently present in this country is a matter of, in my view, homeland security to encourage people to come out from the shadows,” said Johnson, in what he remarked was one of his first public speeches since being confirmed as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) chief in December. “It is also, frankly, in my judgment, a matter of who we

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