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Bums of August
American Spectator, by Enemy Central    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/8/2014 5:32:16 AM     Post Reply
Did you forget his birthday too? So uneventfully it passed last Monday. It made nobody’s headlines. No one sang him Happy Birthday or played him a swinging song like the Beatles’ “Birthday” or the classic sad one from the Tune Weavers, “Happy, Happy Birthday, Baby.” Not that he didn’t attempt some birthday reachout. At his press conference a week ago he scolded reporters for not wishing him a happy birthday ahead of time, and his operatives and goons launched a major offensive of tweets and warnings to those who’d not yet signed the people’s birthday card to el presidente. As he

Nine ´coyotes´ arrested in joint
U.S.-Guatemala operation
Washington Examiner [DC], by Richard Pollock    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/8/2014 5:29:06 AM     Post Reply
GUATEMALA CITY — Guatemalan law enforcement officials, supported by U.S. agencies, arrested nine top members of an alleged "coyote" human smuggling organization and seized $600,000 held in U.S. banks. The arrests Wednesday were the first here of coyote leaders since Guatemala President Otto Perez Molina visited President Obama during a July 25 summit with Central American leaders that focused on the immigration crisis on the U.S. border with Mexico. The arrests provoked an outcry among some Guatemalans who see the coyotes — people paid to smuggle others into the United States — as trusted members of their community who provide a needed

Our Political Elites’ Deadly Lack
of Interest in a Secure Border
National Review Online, by Jim Geraghty    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/8/2014 5:23:05 AM     Post Reply
Awful, predictable, and awfully predictable: Two illegal immigrants from Mexico who were charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of an off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent in front of his family in Texas have been arrested and deported numerous times, police sources told FoxNews.com. One suspect has been arrested no fewer than four times for entering the U.S. illegally, according to federal court records. The other has been deported twice after entering the U.S. illegally, sources said. Gustavo Tijerina, 30, and Ismael Hernandez, 40, were arraigned Tuesday afternoon inside the Willacy County jail library. They were ordered held without



Thanks to a ‘Very Small’ Group
of Offended People, the University
of Mississippi May Lose Its Nickname
Independent Journal Review, by Caroline Schaeffer    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/8/2014 5:15:18 AM     Post Reply
Alumni from colleges around the country have their own little ways of remembering their university in a way that’s unique from other schools. From ‘Cuse (Syracuse University) to Mizzou (University of Missouri), university students and graduates can refer to their alma mater in a way which connotes affection. And that’s just what University of Mississippi students and alumni thought they were doing when they referred to their school as “Ole Miss.” But not so, according to a “very small percentage” of those with ties to the school – because they say the nickname associates the school with “negative race issues.” UM Chancellor Dan

The U.N. Handmaiden of Hamas
Wall Street Journal, by Claudia Rosett    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/8/2014 5:09:05 AM     Post Reply
On Wednesday, as a truce held between Israel and the Hamas terrorist group that rules the Gaza Strip, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon briefed the U.N. General Assembly. “The senseless cycle of suffering” must end, he said, asking: “Do we have to continue like this: build, destroy, and build, and destroy?” For answers, the secretary-general would do well to look at the U.N.’s own main agency in Gaza, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, better known as Unrwa. Bankrolled chiefly by the United States and the European Commission, with headquarters split among Gaza,

Nixon. Now more than ever
Washington Times, by Monica Crowley    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/8/2014 5:06:25 AM     Post Reply
Forty years ago this week, President Richard Nixon resigned from office. I was a very young child as I watched him announce his decision to resign on Aug. 8, 1974, but I remember seeing Nixon’s face fill the television screen, full of emotion. I could not have grasped that that brief speech was the culmination of a tragic series of events that had brought down his presidency, nor could I know that I would work for him years later. In July 1990, I became former President Nixon’s foreign-policy assistant. I served in that capacity until his death on April 22, 1994.

Getting to the truth of Bowe Bergdahl
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/8/2014 5:03:14 AM     Post Reply
More than two months after Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was freed from Afghan captivity — in exchange for five high-value Taliban militants at Gitmo — he was at last questioned by the Army about the details of his capture. The so-called AR 15-6 hearing will determine if, prior to that capture, Bergdahl deserted his post and might therefore face a court martial. Count on The New York Times to present Bergdahl’s side in as flattering a way as possible, including assurances from Bergdahl’s lawyer that his client answered all questions and didn’t invoke his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent. Now we recognize the



IAF Retaliates to Hamas,
Islamic Jihad Rocket Fire
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Tova Dvorin    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/8/2014 5:00:47 AM     Post Reply
Senior government officials stated to Arutz Sheva Friday that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya´alon had authorized the IDF to retaliate with force to a barrage of over 18 rockets on Israeli civilians Friday morning. [Snip] IDF Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner confirmed both reports close to 11:00 am Friday. “The renewed rocket attacks by terrorists at Israel are unacceptable, intolerable and shortsighted," Lerner added. "Hamas’ bad decision to breach the ceasefire will be pursued by the IDF, we will continue to strike Hamas, its infrastructure, its operatives and restore security for the State of Israel.”

USPS ‘prostituting’ its stamp program
with commercial images, prominent
former postmaster general says
Washington Post, by Lisa Rein    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/8/2014 4:57:07 AM     Post Reply
A former postmaster general and prominent stamp collector is accusing the U.S. Postal Service of “prostituting” its stamp program, sacrificing cultural icons for pop culture in a wrongheaded search for “illusory profits.” Benjamin F. Bailar made these comments to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe in a recent letter of resignation from the secretive committee of eminent Americans that decides the faces and images that should go on postage stamps. Bailar’s resignation has re-exposed a rift within the stamp community over whether the cash-poor Postal Service should pursue commercial subjects to chase new collectors and revenue at the expense of traditional cultural images. The friction

IRS notches legal win
over lost tea party emails
Politico, by Rachel Bade    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/8/2014 4:54:06 AM     Post Reply
The IRS won what might be Round One in a series of contests pitting tea party groups against the agency, with a federal judge rejecting a conservative group’s bid for a court-appointed forensics expert to hunt for ex-official Lois Lerner’s lost emails. Judge Reggie Walton of the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia said True the Vote’s lawsuit against the IRS failed to show “irreparable harm” in its injunction relief request and that “the public interest weighs strongly against the type of injunctive relief the plaintiff seeks.” “Despite the general distrust of the defendants expressed by the plaintiff, the

Jihadists Rout Kurds in North
and Seize Strategic Iraqi Dam
New York Times, by Tim Arango    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/8/2014 4:50:27 AM     Post Reply
BAGHDAD — The crisis gripping Iraq escalated rapidly on Thursday with a re-energized Islamic State in Iraq and Syria storming new towns in the north and seizing a strategic dam as Iraq’s most formidable military force, the Kurdish pesh merga, was routed in the face of the onslaught. The loss of the Mosul Dam, the largest in Iraq, to the insurgents was the most dramatic consequence of a militant offensive in the north, which has sent tens of thousands of refugees, many from the Yazidi minority, fleeing into a vast mountainous landscape. In one captured town, Sinjar, ISIS executed dozens of Yazidi



Vladimir Putin Might Fall. We Should
Consider What Happens Next.
New Republic, by Julia Ioffe    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/8/2014 4:41:13 AM     Post Reply
In July, the United States and the European Union finally bridged their differences and slammed Russia with severe sanctions in the wake of the shootdown of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. The pincers and scalpels of the previous rounds were discarded; this time, it was whole industries—defense, finance, and energy—that were targeted, including Sberbank, Russia’s largest commercial bank. If the first round of U.S. sanctions was met with ridicule among the Kremlin elite—Vladimir Putin’s gray cardinal Vladislav Surkov, sanctioned back in March, joked that what he likes in the United States is Tupac Shakur, dead since 1996—there’s not much bluster this

One-fourth of U.S.
families "just getting by"
CBS News, by Alain Sherter    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/8/2014 4:38:05 AM     Post Reply
New data from the Federal Reserve highlight how many Americans continue to struggle financially more than five years after the end of the Great Recession. As of September 2013, when the central bank conducted the poll, a quarter of families said they were "just getting by," while an additional 13 percent were struggling to make ends meet. Asked to compare their current financial situation with how they were faring five years ago, as the housing crash was wreaking havoc on the economy, 34 percent of respondents said they were doing "somewhat or much worse" than in 2008. The same percentage

WHO: Ebola outbreak in West Africa
an international health emergency
CNN, by Faith Karimi    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/8/2014 4:35:35 AM     Post Reply
Global health experts Friday declared the Ebola epidemic ravaging West Africa an international health emergency that requires a coordinated global approach. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are battling the Ebola virus, which has killed 932 people in those countries. The epidemic has also spread to Nigeria. "The possible consequences of further international spread are particularly serious in view of the virulence of the virus, the intensive community and health facility transmission patterns, and the weak health systems in the currently affected and most at-risk countries," the World health Organization said Friday, after two days of emergency meetings. The United Nations

US Airdrops Supplies to
Thousands Besieged in Iraq
Associated Press, by Sameer N. Yacoub & Vivian Salama    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/8/2014 4:32:17 AM     Post Reply
BAGHDAD -- The U.S. military dropped humanitarian aid to tens of thousands of Iraqi religious minorities besieged by militants and desperately in need of food and water, President Barack Obama said late Thursday, defending the action as helping to prevent a possible genocide. Obama said the humanitarian airdrops were made at the request of the Iraqi government as the Islamic State militant group tightened its grip on northern Iraq. Its fighters seized the country´s largest hydroelectric dam on Thursday, taking control of enormous power and water resources and leverage over the Tigris River that runs through the heart of Baghdad. The Sunni



Obama vindicates Nixon: On Isa
New York Post, by William McGurn    Original Article
Posted By: geo11- 8/8/2014 3:58:19 AM     Post Reply
It’s not true, as his critics like to say, that the president who went to Cairo to tell the world his election heralded great new things for the Middle East now has nothing to show for it. When the history books are written, they will credit Barack Obama for making Richard Nixon look like Moses. Forty years ago this evening, in a televised address to the nation, Nixon told the American people that, effective noon the next day, “I shall resign the presidency.” Since then the man’s failings have been exhaustively chronicled, and on this sorry anniversary they’ve once again been dragged out

The Obamacare Fraud
American Thinker, by David Weber    Original Article
Posted By: geo11- 8/8/2014 3:38:07 AM     Post Reply
As millions of Americans struggle with additional increases in their healthcare premiums, loss of their preferred coverage, loss of family doctors, loss of full-time employment and other adverse effects of Obamacare implementation, we are seeing the resurrection of several timeworn arguments from its supporters on social media, advocacy groups, and of course, the modern-day media. Although many in number, certain stalwart augments of the Left get my attention in that key misrepresentations now seem to be woven into the fabric of the American masses.

Sirens Sound as Cease-Fire Breaks
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Tova Dvorin    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/8/2014 1:13:58 AM     Post Reply
Sirens have sounded in Ashkelon, Hof Ashkelon, the Eshkol region, and the Gaza Belt area as of 8:00 am Friday, as a 72-hour ceasefire ended between Israel and terrorist organizations in Gaza. Residents of Ashkelon, Hof Ashkelon, Be´er Ganim, Zikim, Holit, Nir Yitzhak, Sufa, Netiv Ha´esreh, Yad Mordehai, and Carmia, have rushed to shelters. The Iron Dome missile defense system shot down one rocket over the Ashkelon area. There are no reports yet on additional hits, injuries, or damage.

The United States of America cannot
turn a blind eye´: Obama authorizes
airstrikes in Iraq to protect U.S. officials
and refugees trapped by ISIS rebels
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko*    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/7/2014 11:38:26 PM     Post Reply
President Obama, who ran for office on a platform of ending U.S. military hostilities in Iraq, said Thursday night that he had authorized ´targeted airstrikes if necessary´ in an effort to protect the delivery of humanitarian aid to threatened Iraqis, and to ensure the safety of US personnel delivering the assistance. ´We do whatever is necessary to protect our people. We support our allies when they´re in danger,´ Obama said in an 8-minute speech delivered from the White House´s State Dining Room But American combat troops will not be returning to fight in Iraq, he insisted, and the U.S. won´t

Rusty Tiger Woods watches rival
Phil Mickelson outplay him at
PGA Championship at Valhalla
New York Daily News, by Hank Gola    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 8/7/2014 11:03:56 PM     Post Reply
LOUISVILLE - Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have never golfed the same way, certainly not when they were at the top of their respective games. But in watching his playing partner at the PGA Championship Thursday, Woods could have seen something familiar in his old rival. Mickelson, 2-over par through eight holes, pulled it together, went on a bit of a birdie run on his back nine, and signed for a 2-under-par 69. It was the bounce-back quality that Woods always possessed, a quality that is currently lost because he doesn’t have the game to pull it off. Wood’s 3-over-par


Former Hamas Spokesman
Found Dead in Gaza City
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Elad Benari    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/7/2014 11:03:30 PM     Post Reply
Ayman Taha, a former spokesman for Hamas was found dead Thursday in Gaza City, but there were conflicting reports as to the cause of his death. [Snip] Taha was killed when Israeli forces "targeted him in the apartment where he was with several others in Gaza City" in the Shejaiya neighborhood, the group claimed in a statement quoted by the news agency. He was severely wounded and died later, the statement said. Some Arab media outlets, however, reported that Taha was executed by Hamas over charges of spying for Egypt. Taha, the son of one of the group´s founders, was a well

Israel accuses Hamas of firing rockets
into Israel before end of ceasefire
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/7/2014 10:54:41 PM     Post Reply
Rockets fired from the Gaza Strip crashed into Israel Friday, the army said, less than four hours from the scheduled expiry of a three-day truce. "Just now, two rockets fired from Gaza hit southern Israel. No injuries reported," the army said in a text message to journalists ahead of the 0500 GMT deadline for the truce to be renewed or collapse. "Terrorists have violated the cease-fire," it added on its official Twitter site. Israel has said it is ready to "indefinitely" extend the 72-hour lull but there has so far been no announcement from Hamas, whose representatives and those of

The Last of the Yezhidis
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/7/2014 10:53:02 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration has reached what one might call the ‘Pol Pot Aftermath’ of its Middle Eastern policy. Michael Totten notes that ISIS is massacring the Yezhidis, people who practice “the original religion of the Kurds. ” What is worse, according to the New Yorker magazine, this massacre is genocide. George Packer describes the travails of his friend Karim, who “spent years working for the U.S. Army in his area, then for an American medical charity. He’s been waiting for months to find out whether the U.S. government will grant him a Special Immigrant Visa because of his service, and

The President Goes Back to Iraq
Commentary, by John Podhoretz    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/7/2014 10:51:25 PM     Post Reply
And so we come full circle. Nearly three years since Barack Obama decided to trade defeat for victory in Iraq by allowing his feckless vice president to fail to “negotiate” a status-of-forces agreement with the Iraqi government he did not really wish to have—since the president wanted to leave, leave, leave, as he had said he would do in 2007—circumstances of the simplest human decency have compelled him to commit U.S. forces to stave off the genocide of the Yazidi sect in Iraq. He is not responsible for the monstrous actions of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria—in no

Barack Obama approves
airstrikes in Iraq
Telegraph [UK], by Josie Ensor, Peter Foster    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/7/2014 10:48:05 PM     Post Reply
Barack Obama has authorised military airstrikes over northern Iraq in order to “prevent genocide” being carried out by Islamist extremists against Christians and other minorities. The US President said late on Thursday night he would approve targeted strikes on fighters from the Islamic State should they advance towards the city of Erbil, to protect US diplomatic and military staff stationed there. "Earlier this week, one Iraqi in the area cried to the world, there is no one coming to help. Well, today America is coming to help," Mr Obama said. Innocent families face the prospect of "genocide," he said. The

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