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Tony Blair Has Used His Connections
to Change the World, and to Get Rich
New York Times, by Danny Hakim    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/7/2014 4:42:03 AM     Post Reply
LONDON — Not long after stepping down as prime minister in 2007, Tony Blair had drinks at a hotel overlooking the River Thames with Paul Kagame, Rwanda’s president. Mr. Blair was planning a charity that would embed Western experts in finance and government in African state ministries, and he said he wanted to begin in Rwanda. “Tony Blair was pitching himself as a former leader who knew the challenges of government, and he was saying that he could help,” said David Himbara, an economist who at the time was a close aide to Mr. Kagame. In the years since, Mr. Blair has

Obama’s Border Plans and
Some Guys Named Al
PJ Media, by Roger L. Simon    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/7/2014 4:39:38 AM     Post Reply
In a lust for Latino votes and voters — and, oh yes, great compassion for the children of Central America, etc. — Obama seems poised to act unilaterally on immigration, granting a massive amnesty to illegal aliens while doing little or nothing about border security. In two words, this stinks. It stinks not because of the children, good or bad, justifiable or not, invading our border, or the nice or not so nice people currently here, or even the drug cartels, murderous as they are. Those are problems — in many cases bad problems. But they can be handled in a

Don’t believe AP’s ho-hum tone: latest
poll is great news for Republicans
Hot Air, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/7/2014 4:36:10 AM     Post Reply
A glance at the Associated Press’s write up of the latest AP-GfK poll, conducted July 24 – 28, leads the reader to believe there really isn’t that much to see there. Sure, the American public is incredibly dispirited, mistrustful of their elected leaders, and generally dissatisfied with the direction of the country; but you already knew that. One-third of respondents don’t even care who is in charge – they don’t believe it matters. Neither party “is trusted much to manage the federal government,” the AP write up reads. While there are some indications that the coming midterms are set to benefit Republicans,

  


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Will the US Help the Kurds Fight Isis?
New Yorker, by Dexter Filkins    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/7/2014 4:33:10 AM     Post Reply
The latest string of victories by Islamic militants in Iraq raises an enormous and obvious question: What’s the U.S. doing to help the Kurds? This week, fighters from Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, captured the town of Sinjar and, the next day, Mosul Dam, the biggest dam on the Tigris River. These victories offer two terrifying prospects, one for humanitarian reasons, the other for strategic reasons. Sinjar is home to several thousand members of the Yazidi sect, a religious minority with roots in Islam and Zoroastrianism. Islamist extremists, including those who make up the vanguard of ISIS, regard Yazidis

Why do human beings
keep fighting wars?
Guardian [UK], by Steve Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/7/2014 4:29:38 AM     Post Reply
Since it is 100 years ago this week that Britain entered the first world war – and at the moment the world seems to be especially ridden with conflict – it’s an opportune moment to reflect on why human beings seem to be unable to stop fighting wars. In most cases wars are initiated by governments, not by populations. And, most of the time, they are the result of disputes over resources and land, or of a government’s desire to increase its influence and power. However, looking back over the history of warfare, what is most striking is how willing most

HHS grapples with massive
ObamaCare backlog
Fox News, by Barnini Chakraborty    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/7/2014 4:27:47 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – Now that the ObamaCare exchange websites are largely up and running, federal health officials are finding themselves swamped as they fact-check a flood of paperwork from applicants seeking taxpayer subsidies. The Department of Health and Human Services seems to be caught between critics on both sides as it confronts the task. The department, which oversees the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, has gotten hit by audits showing it hasn´t done enough to crack down on fraudsters trying to scam the system. At the same time, some frustrated applicants say they have played by the rules -- signed up on

2,100-year-old king´s tomb
filled with treasures in China
CBS News, by Owen Jarus    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/7/2014 4:24:54 AM     Post Reply
A 2,100-year-old mausoleum built for a king named Liu Fei has been discovered in modern-day Xuyi County in Jiangsu, China, archaeologists report. Liu Fei died in 128 B.C. during the 26th year of his rule over a kingdom named Jiangdu, which was part of the Chinese empire. Although the mausoleum had been plundered, archaeologists found that it still contained more than 10,000 artifacts, including treasures made of gold, silver, bronze, jade and lacquer. They also found several life-size chariot and dozens of smaller chariots. Excavated between 2009 and 2011, the mausoleum contains "three main tombs, 11 attendant tombs, two chariot-and-horse pits, two weaponry

  


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What is Putin´s endgame in Ukraine?
CNN, by Catherine E. Shoichet    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/7/2014 4:20:56 AM     Post Reply
The accusations are ominous. Russia has fired weapons into Ukraine and boosted the number of troops near the border, officials have told CNN. And the Kremlin is staging a new round of military exercises this week. Western leaders stepped up sanctions, but Russian President Vladimir Putin shows no sign of backing down. What´s his endgame? "He´s got lots of options here, and he´s playing it," retired Gen. Wesley Clark told CNN this week. "He´s like someone fumbling with a lock, trying to find the right key to open the door." Here´s a look at several goals Putin could have in mind:

Decline of the clothes line is
costing families millions: Half
of British households still use
a tumble dryer at least once
a week during the warm summer months
Daily Mail (UK), by Jennifer Newton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/7/2014 3:48:06 AM     Post Reply
More than half of British households who have a tumble dryer still use it at least once a week even in the warm summer months, new figures reveal. The decline in popularity of hanging clothes out to dry on a traditional washing line means that 54 per cent of people who own the appliance use it during June, July and August, say the Energy Saving Trust. Their research also found that 78 per cent of people using their tumble dryers were concerned about their energy bills but still used them anyway. The organisation, says households could save on average £18

Schools brace for up to 50,000 migrants
USA Today, by Jolie Lee    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/7/2014 3:32:21 AM     Post Reply
Schools across the USA are bracing for as many as 50,000 immigrant children who could start school this fall, most of them unaccompanied by their families. "We haven´t started school yet, so we are all just holding our breath to see what´s going to come on the first day of school," says Caroline Woodason, assistant director of school support for Dalton Public Schools in Georgia. Under federal law, all children are entitled to a free public education, regardless of their immigration status. It´s nothing new for public schools to serve immigrant students. But Francisco Negron, general counsel for the National School

Archivally Correct
Weekly Standard, by Andrew Ferguson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/7/2014 3:27:45 AM     Post Reply
It wasn’t so long ago that visitors to the National Archives, in Washington, D.C., were expected to ascend. A trip to see the nation’s founding documents was an uplifting experience, literally. A broad flight of stone steps drew visitors up from the summer glare and clamor of Constitution Avenue to a porch high above, and from there through great bronze doors into the cool and quiet of a vast rotunda. Once inside, another rise of stairs brought them in line of sight of the Declaration of Independence, set upright in a bronze display case, and a final group of stairs

  


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Obama and Billy Budd
American Thinker, by Eileen F. Toplansky    Original Article
Posted By: geo11- 8/7/2014 3:03:41 AM     Post Reply
In Herman Melville´s classic story "Billy Budd," the narrator ponders what could be the matter with the master-at-arms "who has an animus toward the young seaman known as Billy Budd." Therein ensues a discussion about "natural depravity: a depravity according to nature." Thus, "one who has this natural depravity can be described as having an …even temper and discreet bearing [which] would seem to intimate a mind peculiarly subject to the law of reason, not the less in heart he would seem to riot in complete exemption from that law, having apparently little to do with reason [other] than to employ

The last man to walk on the Moon
BBC, by Richard Hollingham    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 8/7/2014 1:32:37 AM     Post Reply
Captain Gene Cernan was the third man to walk in space, one of only three people to go to the Moon twice and the last man to leave a footprint on the lunar surface. The final words he spoke on the Moon in December 1972 represented everything the Apollo missions stood for. “We leave as we came and, God willing, as we shall return,” he said, “with peace and hope for all mankind.” (snip) To think of what we were capable of doing and now we’ve been told [in a tweet by Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin] that if we

Several Britons Quarantined For Ebola
Amidst Claims The Virus May Be Airborne
Telegraph [UK], by Andre Walker    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/7/2014 12:30:54 AM     Post Reply
Several British nationals have been voluntarily quarantined with suspected Ebola, according to the Daily Telegraph. The admission came from public health officials and follows revelations an individual in Cardiff had expressed fears they had contracted the disease.[Snip] This means that they have to wait up to 21 days, which is the maximum incubation period. The World Health Organisation has also claimed that the virus is spreading faster than they can control. This may be because of a misunderstanding about how the virus is transmitted, in 2012 a study suggested that Ebola may be transmitted through the air.

Porn production plummets in Los Angeles
Los Angeles Times, by Richard Verrier    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/6/2014 11:30:25 PM     Post Reply
As Hollywood battles to keep movie and TV shows from leaving the state, another local industry — adult entertainment — is fleeing Los Angeles. At least that´s the picture that emerges from the latest data on location filming in the region. The number of permits issued for X-rated productions plummeted about 90% to just 40 permits last year compared with 2012, according to data from FilmL.A. Inc., the nonprofit group that handles film permits for the city and county. (Snip) The decline follows the passage in late 2012 of a county law mandating condom use by performers. "We´ve seen a dramatic drop

  


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Gaza Bishop: Hamas fire rockets
from church compound
Legal Insurrection, by William A. Jacobson    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/6/2014 11:26:42 PM     Post Reply
We focused the other day on the ethnic cleansing of Christians by Islamists in Gaza. But there still are about 1500 Christians in Gaza. In this video released today, Archbishop Alexios of Gaza describes how Hamas had fired rockets from the church compound (at 1:12)(h/t @ColRichardKemp); Alexios took CBN News to the roof terrace outside his office to show how Hamas used the church compound to launch rockets into Israel. He refused to discuss details on camera for security reasons, but days after the war started, Israeli missiles targeted an area close to the church sanctuary. (snip) This adds to

Double amputee continues legal
spree by suing Ralph Lauren
New York Post, by Emily Smith    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/6/2014 11:21:51 PM     Post Reply
Zoltan Hirsch — a double amputee in a wheelchair dubbed “Hell on Wheels” by The Post in 2011 after he filed 87 federal claims in one year against city businesses, arguing they were not wheelchair-accessible — is continuing his campaign. Hirsch last month sued Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply at 99 University Place, claiming he suffered injury because, according to papers filed in US District Court, he “continues to be discriminated against due to the architectural barriers.” The Brooklyn resident, who lost his legs in a car accident 10 years ago, previously hit a vast array of businesses ranging from

Driver of Times Square bus had
license suspended 11 times: DMV
New York Post, by Natasha Velez, Daniel Prendergast *    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/6/2014 11:15:33 PM     Post Reply
The double-decker tour bus driver who slammed into another bus and injured 14 people in Times Square on Tuesday while allegedly high on drugs has had his driver’s license and vehicle registration suspended a combined 20 times, officials said. William Dalambert’s struggles behind the wheel date back more than two decades to 1993, according to a spokeswoman at the New Jersey Department of Motor Vehicles. His license was suspended a total of 11 times; four were for unspecified violations; two were for not having insurance; two were for not filing paperwork properly, and three were over unpaid child support, according

Not National News: Ohio Dem´s
Gubernatorial Campaign Implodes
Newsbusters, by Tom Blumer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/6/2014 10:55:45 PM     Post Reply
Several months ago, based on several far from minor out-of-the-gate mistakes, I characterized the candidacy of the Democratic Party´s challenger to incumbent Republican Governor John Kasich as "the wreck that is Edward FitzGerald." In the past week, FitzGerald has utterly imploded. The latest revelation Tuesday afternoon, namely that he had "no license to drive at all from 2002 to 2008," leaves one wondering whether his party vetted him at all. Former Cleveland Plain Dealer editorial director Brent Larkin calls this "at or near the top of the list" of "bizarre developments" he´s seen in 45 years of covering politics. Despite

Elon Musk Plays California
for Tax Breaks, Then Moves
SpaceX Operations to Texas
Breitbart California, by Chriss W. Street    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/6/2014 10:50:28 PM     Post Reply
A smiling Governor Rick Perry of Texas announced that Space Exploration and Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) will build the world´s first private commercial rocket launch facility on an isolated beach near Brownsville, Texas. Texas appear to have “bought the deal” by offering an $100 million economic incentive package. However, many Southern Californians are appalled that after multi-billionaire SpaceX Chairman Elon Musk suckered the state Legislature into a wildly advantageous crony capital tax exemption for SpaceX, Musk would take his next slurp of crony capitalist cash from Texas. Perry announced that Texas offered SpaceX an incentive package of $15 million in cash

  



Angry Republican leaders
ready to shut door
on open primaries
Washington Times, by Ralph Z. Hallow    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/6/2014 10:44:03 PM     Post Reply
CHICAGO — Any party that allows its opponents to help pick its candidates in “open” primaries is a PPINO — a “political party in name only” — say many Republican officials at their annual summer meeting. Republican National Committee members and activists are still seething about reports that longtime Sen. Thad Cochran, Mississippi Republican, enlisted Democrats to help him win his tough primary contest this summer against state Sen. Chris McDaniel, who was backed by the tea party. They would seem to have an ally in the GOP boss, but the sentiments of the entire party and the prospects for

The Kurdish forces facing
the Islamic State need help
from the United States
Washington Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/6/2014 10:39:41 PM     Post Reply
A NEW humanitarian and security crisis has erupted in northern Iraq, where the al-Qaeda-derived Islamic State borders territories controlled by Iraqi and Syrian Kurds. Since last weekend, tens of thousands of civilians have been trapped on a mountainside near the Iraqi town of Sinjar, which was captured by Islamic State fighters. The refugees, including an estimated 25,000 children, lack supplies of food and water and could perish in a matter of days unless a relief corridor is opened, according to the United Nations. Meanwhile, the extremist forces are threatening to capture Iraq’s two largest dams and are pressing toward Irbil,

Federal appeals court may be
roadblock to gay marriage
cases in four states
Washington Post, by Robert Barnes    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/6/2014 10:36:24 PM     Post Reply
CINCINNATI — If the issue of same-sex marriage is on an expressway to the Supreme Court, Wednesday was rush hour in a federal appeals court here. In an unprecedented and marathon hearing, tag teams of attorneys for four states told an appellate panel why voter-approved prohibitions in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee should be honored. All the while, plaintiffs and their families filled row after row of a huge, ornate courtroom, arms around one another, occasionally shushing babies and listening for their names to be mentioned. It became clear after three hours of arguments that the panel could become the

Ebola Hysteria Redux
Canada Free Press, by Michael Fumento    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 8/6/2014 10:27:36 PM     Post Reply
We’re now witnessing the worst Ebola epidemic ever. It’s spun “out of control,” warns one of the world’s most influential newspapers. What’s not to be afraid of? Well, Ebola. As always, count on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Director Margaret Cho to make the worst of any epidemic. “If the situation continues to deteriorate, the consequences can be catastrophic in terms of lost lives but also severe socioeconomic disruption and a high risk of spread to other countries,” she said. Here’s a rule of thumb about diseases: The rarer and less likely they are to kill you; the more hype they get.

Russians Tweet Goodbyes to
American Whiskey, Other
Favorite Imported Foods
National Journal, by Marina Koren    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/6/2014 10:27:26 PM     Post Reply
In retaliation against recent U.S. and European Union sanctions, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered his government to identify foreign goods from countries that have imposed sanctions that will be banned from Russia for one year. Affected countries include the United States, all E.U. member states, Canada, Australia, and Japan. Over time, the ban could hurt some American companies with Russian trade ties. For example, when Russia banned all U.S. poultry imports for nine months in 2010, U.S. chicken producers lost an estimated $400 billion in Russian sales. But the restrictions will likely be felt first and most by

Watching Justin Amash´s amazingly
uncivil victory speech might make
you care about politics again
Washington Examiner (DC), by Justin Green    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/6/2014 10:20:34 PM     Post Reply
(Video) Rep. Justin Amash went legend last night, telling his vanquished primary challenger that "I ran for Congress to stop people like you." The Michigan Republican survived a brutal race against Brian Ellis that featured moments like Devin Nunes, R-Calif., calling Amash "al Qaeda´s best friend in Congress" and a local lawyer describing Amash as "among the most anti-Israel members of Congress." Amash also drew the ire of the Chamber of Commerce for seeking to end the Export-Import Bank. His entire rant is worth viewing. If you think it´s bad to be mean to an opponent in a victory speech,

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