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Britain ´attempts to censor´
US report on torture sites
Observer (UK), by Jamie Doward and Ian Cobain    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 8/3/2014 6:55:09 AM     Post Reply
The government stands accused of seeking to conceal Britain´s role in extraordinary rendition, ahead of the release of a declassified intelligence report that exposes the use of torture at US secret prisons around the world.The Senate report on the CIA´s interrogation programme, due to be released in days, will confirm that the US tortured terrorist suspects after 9/11. In advance of the release, Barack Obama admitted on Friday: "We tortured some folks. We did some things that were contrary to our values."Now, in a letter to the human rights group Reprieve, former foreign secretary William Hague has confirmed that the

Kennedys pushing Warren to
run against Hillary in 2016
New York Post, by Edward Klein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/3/2014 5:54:26 AM     Post Reply
In an echo of 2008 — when Ted and Caroline Kennedy backed upstart Barack Obama over Hillary Rodham Clinton — members of the Kennedy clan have been quietly wooing Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and encouraging her to throw her hat in the ring, sources tell me. The question of whom to back in the 2016 presidential race has split the Kennedys down the middle. Robert Kennedy’s widow, Ethel, and their eldest son, former US Rep. Joe Kennedy II, favor Warren — the darling of the party’s left-wing base who now sits in Ted Kennedy’s old seat — while Bobby Jr.

Princeton Professor Makes
Dubious Declaration
American Thinker, by Bruce Deitrick Price    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/3/2014 5:35:29 AM     Post Reply
Professor Danielle Allen, at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Studies, has proposed a closer reading of the Declaration of Independence in order to prove that the country was intended to be socialist all along. Yes, that’s her thesis, and this woman is on the Board of Trustees and has a MacArthur ´Genius´ Award. On the other hand, she’s a professor of sociology, a field with a penchant for ideology. The Declaration of Independence is a dramatic statement to the world explaining why we broke away from England. But it’s the Constitution – not the Declaration – that defines how the

  


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Three Ninnies and a Jackass:
This Week in Gaza
American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 8/3/2014 5:15:15 AM     Post Reply
This week we learned that former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, the elected choice of the wealthy denizens of San Francisco, believes that Hamas is a humanitarian organization. Qatar, Hamas’ principle supporter, told her so. From former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton we learned that the reason Hamas’ weapons are found stored in civilian sites -- schools, mosques, hospitals, and UNWRA buildings -- is because the area is so small there’s nowhere else to hide them. And from the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, the viciously anti-Israeli Navi Pillay, we learned that the Israel may have committed war

Eric Cantor eyes $1 million
salary on Wall Street
Breitbart Big Government, by Wynton Hall    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 8/3/2014 4:56:53 AM     Post Reply
Former Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) is considering hedge fund, private equity, and big bank job offers that could bag him over $1 million a year, reports Politico."There are two famous streets in America that would be glad to employ him. Either Wall Street or K Street would pay him a pretty good chunk of change," said Ivan Adler of McCormick Group.Lobbyists who have spoken to Cantor reportedly say he will not be staying in Washington. Cantor, who was defeated in historic fashion by Tea Party candidate Dave Brat in the GOP primary, is married to Diana Cantor. Politico notes

Smacked Around Aspen
The Aspen Times, by Glenn K. Beaton    Original Article
Posted By: mytoocents- 8/3/2014 4:54:35 AM     Post Reply
Private clubs are typically considered a bad thing in Aspen. They smack of exclusivity, to borrow a phrase from the class-warfare zone. But some local business types want to take the exclusivity out of smack. In hipster language, they wanna make some smack by openin’ private joints for gettin’ smacked. In English, this means they want to make money by opening private clubs where a person can get high on marijuana. People are talkin’ smack about this, you see. They’re grievin’ that gettin’ smacked has been legalized in Colorado but there isn’t anywhere to do it. Talk it, yes. Do

The Obama Endgame Emerges
American Thinker, by Douglas Herz    Original Article
Posted By: geo11- 8/3/2014 3:50:21 AM     Post Reply
The events of the past few weeks on America’s southern border bring into clearer focus the Obama pledge to fundamentally transform America. By opening our borders to illegal immigrants, and pardoning those illegals already here as he plans through executive order, Obama will create millions of new citizens within a few years to help him transform America into a multicultural vacationland for the world’s footloose homeless with free food, housing, education, entertainment, and healthcare as drawing cards.

  


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Freelance workers a growing
segment of California economy
Los Angeles Times, by Tiffany Hsu    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/3/2014 1:22:08 AM     Post Reply
A short gig doing security for the True Blood television show. A stint driving for a rental car company. A week as a customer service representative at a retail store. This is how Delvontaie Antwine, 34, makes do in California´s economic recovery — earning a few scattered paychecks a month from odd temp jobs while living with relatives in Silver Lake. Each week, he goes to a career center, where recently he was looking into positions transporting patients for Kaiser Permanente. (Snip) It´s a purgatory sometimes called the gray economy. Although the official state unemployment rate dropped to 7.4% in

Newly Insured, Many Now
Face Learning Curve
New York Times, by Abby Goodnough    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/3/2014 1:17:51 AM     Post Reply
PHILADELPHIA — Advocates of the Affordable Care Act, focused until now on persuading people to buy health insurance, have moved to a crucial new phase: making sure the eight million Americans who did so understand their often complicated policies and use them properly. The political stakes are high, as support for the health care law will hinge at least partly on whether people have good experiences with their new coverage. Advocates of the law also say teaching the newly insured how to be smart health care consumers could advance the law’s central goal of keeping costs down, such as by

Grimes, McConnell throw
barbs at Fancy Farm
Courier-Journal (Louisville KY), by James R. Carroll & Joseph Gerth    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/3/2014 1:11:22 AM     Post Reply
FANCY FARM, Ky. – U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes met Saturday for the first time in a year, sparring on the stage at the annual Fancy Farm Picnic in western Kentucky. With the crowd a bit better-behaved than in past years, Democrat Grimes hammered on Republican McConnell, listing a series of her contrasting policy positions and urging the crowd to respond that "Mitch McConnell doesn´t care" on each one. McConnell for his part took shots at Grimes and a series of gaffes she and her campaign have made over the past year, including a

GOP rep. sounds alarm
on new climate rules
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Tim Devaney    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/3/2014 12:15:39 AM     Post Reply
Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) used his Fancy Farm speech on Saturday night to warn voters about President Obama´s "war on coal." Speaking at the rowdy annual political picnic, the western Kentucky congressman told Bluegrass State voters that the Obama administration´s new climate rules could mean fewer coal mining jobs in the state and deliver a devastating blow to the local economy. "His EPA is finalizing a rule that will make America one of the only countries in the world where you cannot build a new coal power plant," Whitfield said during a campaign speech in on Saturday. "And he's not satisfied with that.

  


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Bill Clinton eulogizes Richard
Mellon Scaife: Nemesis, then friend
Politico, by Kenneth P. Vogel    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/3/2014 12:03:33 AM     Post Reply
Bill Clinton on Saturday fondly memorialized one of the key financiers of what Hillary Clinton years ago deemed the “vast right-wing conspiracy.” (Snip) Scaife, who inherited a fortune from the Mellon banking and oil empire, steered millions of dollars to groups that savagely attacked the Clintons throughout the 1990s. Scaife backed media outlets and non-profits that pushed scandal after scandal that buffeted the Clinton administration – from the Whitewater real estate controversy to the Paula Jones and Monica Lewinsky sex scandals to raising doubts about the deaths of Clinton aides Vince Foster and Ron Brown.

Censorship in Your Doctor’s Office
New York Times, by Paul Sherman & Robert McNamara    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/2/2014 11:50:20 PM     Post Reply
When a doctor asks her patient a question, is the doctor engaged in free speech protected by the Constitution? If you think the answer is obvious, think again. According to a recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, everything a doctor says to a patient is “treatment,” not speech, and the government has broad authority to prohibit doctors from asking questions on particular topics without any First Amendment scrutiny at all. (Snip) Many patients probably prefer not to discuss their gun ownership with their doctor, just as others may not want to discuss their sexual activity or alcohol intake,

Obama says GOP must be hounded
on economy; Republicans cite
40 jobs bills passed by House
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/2/2014 11:31:11 PM     Post Reply
President Obama urged Americans Saturday to pressure Republican lawmakers who are on vacation in their districts to support his economic agenda, including a hike in the federal minimum wage. “If you see your Member of Congress around home this month, tell him or her what’s on your mind,” Mr. Obama said in his weekly address. “Ask them why they haven’t passed bills to raise the minimum wage or help with student loans or enact fair pay for women.” Congress adjourned for its traditional August recess Friday night after the House approved a border security bill opposed by the president, and

As Democrats avoid Obama,
Romney is in demand on
the midterm campaign trail
Washington Post, by Robert Costa and Philip Rucker    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/2/2014 11:26:04 PM     Post Reply
President Obama thumped Mitt Romney in the 2012 election, but now their political standings seem reversed. During a summer in which Democratic candidates are keeping their distance from an unpopular president, Romney is emerging as one of the Republican Party’s most in-demand campaign surrogates. Over three days in mid-August, Romney will campaign for GOP Senate and gubernatorial candidates in West Virginia, North Carolina and Arkansas, aides said. In September, he is planning visits to the presidential swing states of Colorado and Virginia. Romney is filling up his October schedule, as well. Senate hopefuls in Iowa and

  


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Netanyahu says Israeli military
‘will take as much time
as necessary’ in Gaza
Washington Post, by Griff Witte and Sudarsan Raghavan    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/2/2014 11:23:33 PM     Post Reply
JERUSALEM — An Israeli soldier who the military feared had been abducted by Hamas gunmen in a firefight Friday that shattered a temporary cease-fire in Gaza was declared dead Sunday, just hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signaled that military operations against Palestinian militants would continue. “We will take as much time as necessary, and will exert as much force as needed,” Netanyahu said Saturday. He said that Hamas will pay “an intolerable price” for its attacks. Earlier, Israeli officials had said they would not send representatives to negotiations planned for Sunday in Cairo, and reports circulated in the

Jon Voight Pens Letter to ´Ignorant´
Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz on Israel:
´Hang Your Heads in Shame´ (Guest Column)
Hollywood Reporter, by Jon Voight    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/2/2014 11:17:16 PM     Post Reply
My name is Jon Voight and I am more than angry, I am heartsick that people like Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem could incite anti-Semitism all over the world and are oblivious to the damage they have caused. They are obviously ignorant of the whole story of Israel’s birth, when in 1948 the Jewish people were offered by the UN a portion of the land originally set aside for them in 1921, and the Arab Palestinians were offered the other half. The Arabs rejected the offer, and the Jews accepted, only to be attacked by five surrounding Arab countries committed to driving them into the sea. But the Israelis won.

California´s Historic Drought
May Run Breweries Dry
NBC News [Bay Area, CA], by Ian Cull    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/2/2014 10:58:17 PM     Post Reply
Hops, barley, and malt are all important ingredients for beer. But water is essential. As California enters yet another month of an unprecedented dry spell, some brewers are expressing concerns about how the ongoing drought could affect the price and taste of their product. "The future is the thing we have to worry about now,” Dan Gordon, co-founder of Gordon Biersch Brewing Company in San Jose, said. Gordon said the brewery uses 2.5 gallons of water to make one gallon of beer. Most craft breweries use four to seven gallons of water for the same amount. If water companies impose mandatory restrictions,

IDF declares death of
missing officer Hadar Goldin
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Ben Hartman    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/2/2014 10:26:22 PM     Post Reply
The IDF spokesman announced early on Sunday morning that at 11:25 p.m. on Saturday, the Chief Rabbi of the IDF, Brigadier Gen. Rafi Peretz, declared the death of IDF officer Lt. Hadar Goldin, who fell in battle in the Gaza Strip on Friday. The decision was made according to the findings of a special board, headed by the rabbi, who consideration medical, halachic and other relevant considerations. The message was delivered to the family by the Head of Personnel, Major General Orna Barbibay and Peretz. Earlier Saturday, Sec.-Lt. Hadar Goldin's family saw the news that the IDF was beginning to withdraw from Gaza without Hadar,

Is America Next?
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Dr. Joseph Frager    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/2/2014 8:30:26 PM     Post Reply
Just as Yasir Arafat orchestrated the Intifada of 2000 while ostensibly talking Peace in Camp David, Hamas has been planning a massive Tunnel War ever since Operation Cast Lead in 2008. There have been reports that this was supposed to happen on the Jewish New Year but was pre-empted by Israel´s Defensive Action--"Operation Protective Edge". [Snip] Its stockpiling of rockets in schools, mosques, hospitals, and UN installations was all part of a very well thought out strategy to curry world sympathy to tie Israel´s hands when defensive action by Israel would be taken. The Tunnel network, is so vast and

  



Man held on threats against prez
Boston Herald, by Andrew Blom    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/2/2014 8:26:10 PM     Post Reply
A Lawrence man accused of threatening President Obama on Twitter was held without bail yesterday on nine gun charges, authorities said. Stephen M. Perrotti, 28, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in Lawrence District Court to five counts of possession of large capacity firearm, improper storage of a large capacity firearm, possession of a firearm with an FID card, possession of ammunition without an FID card and possession of an assault weapon after a Secret Service investigation of Perrotti’s alleged threats against Obama, the Essex District Attorney’s Office said. “We came to know about this as it was a threat

Is that it? UK´s two-bed ebola unit:
MP calls for fever scans at UK airports...
but we have just one isolation facility
Daily Mail [UK], by Stephen Adams, Martyn Halle    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/2/2014 7:59:16 PM     Post Reply
Britain has just two ‘ebola-proof’ hospital beds, The Mail on Sunday has learnt. Official guidance states that patients with the highly infectious disease--which has no vaccine, no cure and kills up to 90 percent of victims--should be treated in specially built units that are biologically secure. Yet there is only one operational High Secure Infectious Diseases Unit (HSIDU) in the UK, at the Royal Free Hospital in London. It has two beds. A second, at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, is ‘being redeveloped’ according to NHS England. Should Britain have more than two ebola patients at any one time,

Here comes the bride... HOURS
late and in a very summery cocktail-
length gown: Robert Kennedy Jr and
Cheryl Hines´ star-studded wedding
finally starts after rain caused*
Daily Mail (UK), by Sharon Churcher & Sara Nathan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/2/2014 7:43:15 PM     Post Reply
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. tied the knot with actress Cheryl Hines Saturday afternoon in a star-studded, heavily guarded event attended by hundreds of their friends and family. In front of a crowd including matriarch Ethel Kennedy, RFK Jr. and Cheryl said I Do at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts - after massive headaches caused by the horrible weather. The reception, in massive tents adjacent to one of the Kennedy homes, will feature hours of music by a popular cover band - joined for two songs by English star Natasha Bedingfield and country music legend Lyle Lovett, MailOnline has

Denver Fair´s Bong, Edible
Contests Celebrate Pot
Associated Press, by Kristen Wyatt    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/2/2014 6:55:47 PM     Post Reply
DENVER - Marijuana joined roses and dahlias Friday in blue ribbon events at the nation´s first county fair to allow pot competitions. This weekend´s Denver County Fair includes a 21-and-over "Pot Pavilion" where winning entries for plants, bongs, edible treats and clothes made from hemp are on display. There is no actual weed at the fairgrounds. Instead, fairgoers will see photos of the competing pot plants and marijuana-infused foods. A sign near the entry warns patrons not to consume pot at the fair. A speed joint-rolling contest uses oregano, not pot. The only real stuff allowed at the event? Doritos,

Pool Report: Burning World Can´t
Keep Obama Off the Golf Course
Breitbart Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/2/2014 6:47:43 PM     Post Reply
According to Saturday´s White House pool report, America shouldn´t be worrying about a fierce Ebola outbreak, our porous borders being overrun by tens of thousands of foreign unknowns, Russian adventurism, Iran´s nuke fetish, or Israel´s current struggle against an existential threat to its very existence -- because President Obama´s not worrying. He´s golfing. Again. From the pool report (received via email): WH says there are 12 golfers taking part in POTUS pre-birthday golf outing. Before departing, pool spotted Reggie Love and Marvin Nicholson and many sets of golf clubs. POTUS foursome includes

Red-carding Qatar
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/2/2014 6:46:39 PM     Post Reply
The Mouse that Roared was a 1955 literary satire which revolved around a tiny fictional duchy that ends up holding the world to ransom in midst of the Cold War. A sinister variation on yesteryear’s wacky theme appears to be enacted right now with diminutive Qatar – international terrorism’s single greatest bankroller – avidly wooed by the West and getting its own way. It needs be stressed that Qatar, which sways democracies, is not remotely democratic and its leadership is unelected. (Snip) Qatar has become a particular favorite of the Obama administration, which bolsters Qatari pretensions to parade as an

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