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Why Is a 9/11 Plotter Being Severed
From the Military Commission Trial?
PJ Media, by Andrew C. McCarthy    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/26/2014 4:22:02 AM     Post Reply
The Washington Post reports that the presiding judge in the military commission prosecution of the 9/11 plotters has severed from the still unscheduled trial one of the five defendants, Ramzi Binalshibh. That means that, if ultimately tried at all, Binalshibh would be tried separately, who knows when. As related in the report, the ruling seems very strange. The judge, Army Col. James L. Pohl, is said to have explained, as the Post puts it, that “the court needs to resolve whether Binalshibh has the mental capacity to participate in the trial.” This is difficult to square with the report’s simultaneous assertion that “neither the government

Obama administration knew Islamic State
was growing but did little to counter it
McClatchyDC, by Jonathan S. Landay    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/26/2014 4:18:27 AM     Post Reply
Washington - Like the rest of the world, the U.S. government appeared to have been taken aback last month when Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, fell to an offensive by jihadis of the Islamic State that triggered the collapse of five Iraqi army divisions and carried the extremists to the threshold of Baghdad. A review of the record shows, however, that the Obama administration wasn’t surprised at all. In congressional testimony as far back as November, U.S. diplomats and intelligence officials made clear that the United States had been closely tracking the al Qaida spinoff since 2012, when it enlarged its operations from Iraq to

Entitled to What?
Weekly Standard, by Noemie Emery    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/26/2014 4:11:37 AM     Post Reply
Contrary no doubt to what she expected, Hillary Clinton has hit some serious snags in the rollout of her unannounced campaign for president. She has made Romneyesque comments about the size of her fortune, such as that she was “dead broke” when she bought her two mansions. When queried about events on her watch as secretary of state that proved embarrassing, she took responsibility without being accountable, projecting the impression that anyone who pressed further was crude. Most damning of all, what has emerged in plain sight from the first month of the publicity tour for her memoir Hard Choices is the extent of

  


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UN studies formal Palestinian
plea for a protectorate
Fox News, by George Russell    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/26/2014 4:04:57 AM     Post Reply
While Secretary of State John Kerry continues to pursue a cease-fire in Gaza—and Hamas rockets continue to rain down on Israel--the United Nations is looking over a proposal from Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas—now known formally at the U.N. as President of the State of Palestine—to draw the world organization in as its full protector. A letter laying out the Abbas request to put not only Gaza but also the West Bank “under an international protection system by the United Nations” was sent to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon two weeks ago, and formally presented by Ban to the Security Council on Monday.

Some in ´Torture´ Report
Denied Chance to Read It
Associated Press, by Ken Delanian    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/26/2014 3:57:33 AM     Post Reply
Aspen, CO - About a dozen former CIA officials named in a classified Senate report on decade-old agency interrogation practices were notified in recent days that they would be able to review parts of the document in a secure room in suburban Washington after signing a secrecy agreement. Then, on Friday, many were told they would not be able to see it, after all. Some of them were furious, while Democratic Senate aides were angry that they were given the chance in the first place. It's the latest chapter in the drama and recriminations that have been playing out behind the scenes in connection with what some call the Senate torture

Bursting With Pride (and Ignorance)
American Thinker, by Richard Butrick    Original Article
Posted By: geo11- 7/26/2014 3:55:24 AM     Post Reply
In a recent speech (7/17) in Wilmington Delaware President Obama was "bursting with pride" regarding the success that his administration´s policies have had in reviving the U.S. economy since he took office. Our businesses have now added nearly 10 million new jobs over the past 52 months …Construction and housing are rebounding. The auto industry is booming.... Manufacturing is adding jobs for the first time since the 1990s. The unemployment rate is at its lowest point since September of 2008. Not bad. Ten million new jobs. Construction and housing rebounding. Auto industry booming. Unemployment at its lowest since 2008.

John Wiley Price Arrested, Accused
of Taking $950,000 in Bribes
Associated Press/NBC5DFW [Texas], by Frank Heinz    Original Article
Posted By: john56- 7/26/2014 1:20:39 AM     Post Reply
Longtime Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price was arrested Friday and charged with taking $950,000 in bribes in what prosecutors say was a scheme to use his position on the commissioner´s court to enrich himself. A 13-count indictment unsealed Friday names Price, his longtime chief of staff Dapheny Elaine Fain and two political consultants, Kathy Louise Nealy and Christian Lloyd Campbell. Price and Nealy are accused of conspiracy to commit bribery, mail fraud and tax evasion. Campbell is accused of participating in the conspiracy. Price and Fain are accused of running a business that provided Price with another $133,000 that was never reported on income taxes.
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Rand Paul lays out his ‘third way’
proposals to attract minorities to the GOP
Washington Post, by Sebastian Payne    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/26/2014 12:16:48 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Rand Paul (R-K.Y.) continued his quest to expand the Republican Party´s inclusiveness on Friday with a bipartisan speech to the National Urban League in Cincinnati, where he pressed for fairer treatment of minorities in criminal justice and education. He suggested that “race still plays a role in the enforcement of the law” and argued more needs to be done to ensure minorities receive fair sentencing. “Three out of four people in prison right now for non-violent crimes are black or brown. Our prisons are bursting with young men of color and our communities are full of broken families,” said

Ukraine needs the U.S.
to respond to Russia
Washington Post, by Petro Poroshenko    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/25/2014 11:45:03 PM     Post Reply
When 298 innocent people were shot out of the sky by a Russian missile 10 days ago, people everywhere finally began to understand what is at stake in Ukraine. Half a year ago, I was not even considering becoming president of Ukraine. But like a great many Ukrainians at the time, I was disturbed that then-president Viktor Yanukovych constrained Ukraine’s future by rejecting an association agreement with the European Union, choosing a customs union with Moscow instead. Like so many of my countrymen, I believed that for Ukraine to become a modern and successful country, it needed to expand its

Israel and Hamas agree
to a 12-hour cease-fire
Washington Post, by Sudarsan Raghavan*    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/25/2014 11:42:12 PM     Post Reply
JERUSALEM —Large Palestinian protests against Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip spread across the West Bank on Friday, as U.S.-led talks to secure a lasting truce sputtered while Gaza residents awaited a possible lull in fighting. In Cairo, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Friday that his efforts to reach a week-long cease-fire in the Gaza Strip fell short. But as condemnation against the Israeli rejection of Kerry’s terms rose, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to a 12-hour “humanitarian pause” in the fighting, to begin at 8 a.m. Saturday. Hamas, the militant group that controls Gaza, announced early Saturday

Wrap up warm for the end of July!
Arctic blast set to bring record low
temperatures for the middle of summer
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/25/2014 11:24:12 PM     Post Reply
The sunny highs of July are numbered, with a dramatic drop in temperature next week when a second polar blast hits large parts of the U.S. Temperatures are forecast to be up to 20 degrees below average for this time of year, with some places experiencing a chill more usual in the fall. A jet stream from polar regions will bring the unseasonable weather in on Sunday, with a band of thunderstorms leading it in Ohio and along the East Coast. The storms are likely to bring hail, strong winds, and a risk of tornadoes in and around the Ohio

  


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Is this society blonde the ´Energiser´
who´s been one of Bill Clinton´s
secret lovers for 13 years?
Daily Mail [UK], by Tom Leonard    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/25/2014 10:48:10 PM     Post Reply
She always arrives in an SUV, sometimes staying for a few hours, sometimes as long as a week--just so long as the lady of the house is away. And, thanks to the fact that the house in question--the palatial residence of Bill and Hillary Clinton--is protected by a squad of U.S. Secret Servicemen who are in on the deception, the attractive, busty blonde can time her arrivals and departures to within minutes of those of Mrs Clinton. [Snip] Given that Bill Clinton is ‘Eagle’ and Mrs Clinton is ‘Evergreen’, the special visitor was dubbed ‘Energiser’ in a rare moment of

FBI files suggest Gabrielle Giffords
shooter planned second attack
Los Angeles Times, by Richard A. Serrano    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 7/25/2014 10:38:52 PM     Post Reply
Shortly after Jared Lee Loughner shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords as she met with constituents at an Arizona strip mall, FBI agents rushed to his Tucson residence, fearing it was rigged to explode. Technicians with bomb-sniffing dogs found the front door locked and blocked by furniture, so they entered through the garage. After searching the kitchen, front room and hallway, they arrived at Loughner´s bedroom, where dogs focused on a small safe behind the door. Using radiographs to peer inside before opening it, they detected bomb-making components — batteries, a circuit board, wires and a numeric keyboard system.

Comic Con´s sexual harassment problem:
Female fantasy fans complain creepy
geeks are groping them in their costumes
Daily Mail [UK], by Michael Zennie    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 7/25/2014 10:20:12 PM     Post Reply
The rule for women´s costumes at Comic Con seems to be less is more. Scantily-clad cosplayers, dressed as Wonder Woman, Princess Leia and dozens of other fantasy characters, have become a fixture at pop culture convention. But, many women are saying that some of the fans who attend Comic Con are taking the fantasy too far. An informal survey found that one quarter of the women who attend conventions have been sexually harassed. Female fans complain they endure unwanted leering, groping and crude comments at the San Diego convention - which is the largest and most famous gathering of its kind

Three siblings dead, two critical
after North Philadelphia carjacking
Inquirer [Philadelphia, PA], by Aubrey Whelan and Vernon Clark    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 7/25/2014 10:15:04 PM     Post Reply
Three children were killed in North Philadelphia Friday morning after two men carjacked an SUV and drove it into a crowd, police said. The children, - 15, 10 and seven, all siblings - were selling fruit to raise money for their church at a stand near Germantown and Allegheny Avenues, police said. Three others were injured, including the children´s mother, who was "fighting for her life," said Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison. (Snip) The car belonged to a real estate agent who was showing a house to a client in that neighborhood, he said. She had just wrapped up the meeting and was

  


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The Kurds Are Our
Best Shot Against ISIS: We
Should Stop Messing Them Around
Breitbart London, by Jonathan Foreman    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 7/25/2014 10:02:40 PM     Post Reply
One of the less attractive characteristics of the Anglo-Saxon powers is their post-war habit of betraying third world allies, whether they are Vietnamese Montagnards, Afghan interpreters or belong to one of several less well-known minorities that have paid a grim price for trusting Britain or America to reward their loyalty. The Kurds of Iraq are the latest to find themselves in the position of under-appreciated and betrayed allies. Grateful for the US-British-French no-fly-zone that kept Saddam’s forces out of Kurdistan after the 1991 Gulf War, the Kurds have long been the most pro-American and pro-British ethnic group in the entire region.

Military bars troops from attending
Vacation Bible school honor
Fox News, by Todd Starnes    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/25/2014 9:54:35 PM     Post Reply
Bible Baptist Church in Carthage, Missouri is a small country church bursting with American pride. Old Glory is posted in the sanctuary. And every morning at summer youth camp, the teenagers pledge allegiance and sing the national anthem. Patriotic holidays are big doings at Bible Baptist. On Memorial Day, the church ladies put out quite a spread – fried chicken, potato salad. Veterans would wear their uniforms and the preacher would salute them during the morning worship service. “We are a very patriotic church,” Pastor Kent Hogan told me. “We love America. We love this country.” So it was not that

Israel and Hamas announce brief
humanitarian cease fire for Saturday
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/25/2014 9:33:53 PM     Post Reply
Israel and Hamas announced a 12-hour humanitarian cease fire in Gaza for Saturday, only hours after Israel´s security cabinet unanimously rejected U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry´s proposal for a temporary cease fire to allow indirect talks. The move also followed an escalation of deadly clashes Friday and the Israeli defense minister´s statement that Israel may significantly widen its ground operation in Gaza. In announcing late Friday that it would observe the "humanitarian window" from 8a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Israel said that during that time "we´ll continue to locate and neutralize terror tunnels." It also warned the military "shall

Whan God Goes Fishing
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 7/25/2014 9:28:12 PM     Post Reply
There are some subjects that are almost too large for literature, even for Tolstoy, who tried to answer the question “how should one live a moral life in an ethically imperfect world?” by following the fortunes of characters in his novel War and Peace. Some characters seek fame, others sensual gratification, a few — like Napoleon — pursue an egotistical sense of power. But altogether too many of the rest are content to gnaw their way through the world like insects, not only incapable of answering Tolstoy’s question but unable to even ask it. Some even want to meet God,

Top House Dem: Obama’s Immigration
Orders are More Important than
Vulnerable Dems
National Review Online, by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/25/2014 9:26:47 PM     Post Reply
Representative Raul Grijalva (D., Ariz.) thinks that President Obama should pursue his immigration goals unilaterally, even if it hurts vulnerable Democrats in the 2014 midterms. “That’ll always be the case,” the Congressional Hispanic Caucus co-chair told National Review Online when asked if Democrats were still nervous that the border crisis had turned Obama’s expected orders into a political liability. “You’ll always have members whose political vulnerability they tie entirely to immigration,” Grijalva said. “We didn’t make progress when we were in the majority because we were being protective of those —

  



Controlling the Past
National Review Online, by Charles C. W. Cooke    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/25/2014 9:22:20 PM     Post Reply
‘He who controls the past controls the future,” observed George Orwell. “He who controls the present controls the past.” This, in one pithy, symmetrical little maxim, has been the story of Obamacare from its conception to the present day. Since its official launch, in October of 2013, the architects and salesmen of our ill-conceived phalanx of reforms have been engaged in some of the most pronounced historical revisionism of the modern era — truth being subjugated to expedience; idealism being repackaged in the pathetic language of good intentions; and the past being tweaked at every tricky stage. Thus has the

Israel and Vietnam
New York Sun, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/25/2014 9:21:50 PM     Post Reply
There’s an insight into Secretary of State Kerry’s view of Israel in the New Republic’s reprise of the collapse of the Obama administration’s attempt last year to broker a peace with the Palestinian Arabs. It came when the secretary suddenly started lecturing Prime Minister Netanyahu about Indochina. “When I fought in Vietnam, I used to look at the faces of the local population and the looks they gave us,” Mr. Kerry said. “I’ll never forget it. It gave me clarity that we saw the situation in completely different ways.” “This isn’t Vietnam!” Mr. Netanyahu shouted, according to the account in

Tyson Foods to shut three
factories, cut 950 jobs
Reuters, by Sruthi Ramakrishnan, P.J. Huffstutter*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/25/2014 9:19:14 PM     Post Reply
Tyson Foods Inc said it will discontinue operations at three of its factories which make processed meat products such as sausages and hot dogs, affecting about 950 people. The largest U.S. meat processor, which won the bidding war for Hillshire Brands Co in June, said the closures were not related to the acquisition. "The decision to close these plants was underway long before the (Hillshire) discussions began", Tyson spokesman Gary Mickelson told Reuters. Tyson outbid Pilgrim´s Pride Corp with its $63 per share offer for Hillshire, valuing the Jimmy Dean sausages maker at $8.55 billion. The closures were due to changing

Obama Rejects Kurds´
Plea for Help Against ISIS
Power Line, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/25/2014 9:15:43 PM     Post Reply
President Obama famously failed to act when warned that ISIS was preparing to mount an offensive in Western Iraq. This left ISIS free to conquer, with virtually no resistance, city after city in the defense of which American soldiers have shed blood. Now Obama is receiving new warnings, this time from the Kurds in Northern Iraq. In fact, according to the Washington Post, the Kurds are “pleading for U.S. military aid.” Unlike the Iraqi government, the Kurds possess a viable military that is prepared to fight ISIS. Indeed, they are fighting ISIS, and fairly effectively. However, the Kurds now have

Hamas Terror Tunnels:
What Did the UN Know
and When Did It Know It?
PJ Media, by Roger L. Simon    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/25/2014 9:09:07 PM     Post Reply
Amidst news the Israelis have turned down secretary of State Kerry’s latest, apparently Qatar-inspired, ceasefire, not to mention the other day’s nauseatingly familiar anti-Israel fusillade from the mega-Orwellian UN Human Rights Council, comes word that Hamas had been planning a gigantic attack on Israel this September via its dozens of tunnels. From the Gatestone Institute: Hamas had apparently been preparing a murderous assault on Israeli civilian targets for the coming Jewish New Year Holiday, Rosh Hashanah, which begins on September 24, according anonymous sources in the Israeli security services, as reported today

Kerry on Release of Sudanese Christian:
‘Their Concerns Were Our Cause’
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/25/2014 9:06:19 PM     Post Reply
Secretary of State John Kerry lauded the U.S. role in promoting religious freedom worldwide after the release of Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim. Italian Deputy Foreign Minister Lapo Pistelli helped arrange Ibrahim’s departure from Sudan to Rome, according to Vatican Radio. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi welcomed her at the airport; she then met with Pope Francis at the Vatican for about half an hour along with her husband, American citizen Daniel Wani, her son Martin and baby Maya, born in prison two months ago. Before her death sentence was overturned, Ibrahim faced capital punishment for marrying a Christian man.

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