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To Be Liked or to Be Feared:
That Is the Question
PJ Media, by Michael Widlanski    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/8/2014 12:11:23 PM     Post Reply
“If you want to understand the world,” my great professor of Arabic at Columbia told me, “you need only remember this: “The British want to be respected; The French want to be admired; The Russians want to be feared; And the Americans want to be liked.” It was one of many things — Arab literature and Arabic composition and style (al-inshaa wa-al–usloob) — given me by Professor Pierre Cachia, a wise and worldly man who tells jokes in English, French and Arabic, all perfectly grammatical. If I told my professor’s joke to Russian leader Vladimir Putin, there is a chance

Squeegee men are back
terrorizing NYC streets
New York Post, by Erin Calabrese, Kathleen Culliton *    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/8/2014 12:07:54 PM     Post Reply
They were the ultimate symbol of the lawlessness and blight of the 1980s and early 1990s — and now they’re making a comeback. Squeegee men are menacing motorists across New York City, including spots near the Holland, Lincoln and Queens-Midtown tunnels, as well as the Queensboro Bridge, The Post has learned. Residents and drivers who pass through the areas said the panhandlers are spraying and wiping windshields without permission to shake down drivers for cash. Their sudden return is an ominous sign according to the proven “broken windows” theory that has kept the city safe by having cops crack down

Don´t Give Booker a Pass
National Review, by Eliana Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 8/8/2014 12:06:50 PM     Post Reply
Cory Booker may be the most puzzling man in the Senate. We don’t know where he lives. We don’t know whom, if anyone, he lives with. And he’s been caught in lie after lie about his heroics. Yet, this enigma of a man has emerged as the king of odd-couple bromance, using selfies and Instagram posts to burnish his stardom even as he appears surprisingly vulnerable in his upcoming bid for reelection. Take, as an instance of his mysteriousness, his reported affinity for “mani-pedis.” While mayor of Newark, Booker told Du Jour magazine that he “found this 24-hour mani-pedi place” where



Who Are These ISIS Guys and Why
Is Obama Willing to Bomb Them?
PJ Media, by Michael Ledeen    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/8/2014 12:04:24 PM     Post Reply
It may well be that ISIS is one of at least two too-clever-by-half operations masterminded by our enemies. At the beginning, ISIS spun off from Al Qaeda because, we were told, Zawahari was too moderate for them. AQ didn’t slaughter enough, didn’t crucify enough, wasn’t psychotic enough for their taste. It seems that Iran gave ISIS support, in keeping with its well-documented practice of supporting all sides in other countries’ internal conflicts, the better to a) figure out what’s going on, b) penetrate organizations that might win, and seem actually or potentially dangerous to Tehran, and c) spread riot and ruin,

Mystery Sacramento ´Water
Vigilante´ Cuts off Water to Homes
Breitbart California, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/8/2014 11:47:07 AM     Post Reply
FOX 40 in Sacramento has updated the latest actions of the “water vigilante” of East Sacramento, who roams through East Sacramento at night checking for houses running water wastefully, then retaliates. Stephanie Matulich, whose house was targeted on one of her designated watering nights, said, “The water main is situated at the front of my house, hidden by some bushes, but it’s off. That orange knob right there. He decided to just turn off my water.” She explained how her system works, saying, “So I hit enter, and then at that point it starts the watering. Then, after twenty minutes

Andrew W.K. Unites America with
Response to Man Complaining of
‘Super Right-Wing’ Dad
Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/8/2014 11:46:20 AM     Post Reply
Andrew W.K. is known as many things: Hard rocker, party enthusiast, motivational speaker, Brony icon, cultural ambassador to Bahrain (of our dreams), and all-around nice guy. And so it should come as no surprise he also wants to act as a uniter, a harbinger of friendship and humanity. On weekly basis, W.K. answers questions for an advice column in the Village Voice. This week’s iteration has been making the rounds on the web for its political nature. “I’m writing because I just can’t deal with my father anymore,” the anonymous reader submits. “He’s a 65-year-old super right-wing conservative who has

Good News for U.S. Capital Markets
American Magazine, by Peter J. Wallison    Original Article
Posted By: EagleBlurst- 8/8/2014 11:43:13 AM     Post Reply
After its last meeting at the end of July, the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) announced that it has “directed staff to undertake a more focused analysis of industry-wide products and activities” in the asset management industry. This has been interpreted as a step back from the FSOC´s earlier position that the financial distress of large asset managers — or at least the funds they manage — could have systemic effects on the U.S. financial system and thus warrant designation as systemically important financial institutions, or SIFIs. The Wall Street Journal reported that the FSOC had “agreed to revamp their



Texas Taxpayers Will Shell Out Approx.
$45M to Educate Foreign Minors
Breitbart Texas, by Kristin Tate    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/8/2014 11:37:45 AM     Post Reply
HOUSTON, Texas -- As Central American illegal immigrants continue to pour across the U.S.-Mexico border, federal agents are releasing tens of thousands of them onto U.S. soil. Consequently, public schools around the nation must gear up to accommodate undocumented children. In Texas alone, around 4,800 foreign minors have been set free--assuming these minors are not immediately deported, they will be expected to enter the public school system come fall. Many Texans have expressed concern over the cost these minors will force onto taxpayers. Due to language barriers, it will likely be more expensive to educate the immigrant children than it is

Source: U.S. General Was Shot in the
back Four Times by Afghan Soldier
Breitbart Big Peace, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/8/2014 11:14:28 AM     Post Reply
An Afghan military official says the gunman who killed U.S. Major General Harold Greene on August 5th was an Afghan soldier and that he shot Greene once in the leg and four times in the back. Greene was visiting Marshal Fahim National Defense University when the gunman allegedly "opened fire from a bathroom window in a nearby building." According to NBC News, the gunman "was identified as 27-year-old Mohammad Rafiqullah." "A senior Afghan official" said Rafiqullah had been in "the Afghan army two years and was assigned to the military police." The official also said "[Rafiqullah] had never shown any suspicious intentions before." NBC

DHS Highlights Decrease in
Unaccompanied Minor Apprehensions
Breitbart Big Government, by Caroline May    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/8/2014 11:10:52 AM     Post Reply
The month of July saw a decrease in the number of apprehensions of unaccompanied minors and family units illegally crossing the southern border into the United States, according to new data released by the Department of Homeland Security. In July, 5,508 unaccompanied minors and 7,410 adults with children were apprehended in what DHS is describing as a “significant decrease.” By comparison, in June the government apprehended 10,628 unaccompanied minors and 16,330 adults with children illegally entering the U.S. through the southwest border. “While the decrease in apprehensions in July is good news and reflects a positive trend that we hope continues, the current

Exclusive - Tea Party Patriots Citizens
Fund Publishes Evidence Henry Barbour
at Center of Race-Baiting in MS, Calls on
Reince Priebus to Censure
Breitbart Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/8/2014 11:07:05 AM     Post Reply
A new white paper from Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund puts a target on GOP operative Henry Barbour for his role in incendiary racial appeals in the Mississippi GOP Senate primary. “Henry Barbour was the field general in an unprecedented campaign to smear a fellow Republican, so desperate was his family to cling to power,” Jenny Beth Martin, the chair of TPPCF, said in the statement provided exclusively to Breitbart News. “We’re used to these tactics from Democrats: desperate appeals to emotion, fear-mongering, even playing the ‘Klan’ card. Who would have thought the Barbour machine would finance such despicable race-baiting?”



Border Horror
FrontPage Magazine, by Matthew Vadum    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/8/2014 10:57:41 AM     Post Reply
The brutal slaying of a U.S. Border Patrol agent by illegal aliens highlights the perils of the Obama administration’s de facto open borders policy that has transformed the nation’s southern boundary into a taxpayer-funded welcome center for desperately poor unskilled and low-skill workers, sick children, welfare mooches, and violent criminal gang members. This horrific crime happened not too far from the same border that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) sedately insisted was “secure.”

Leader: ISIS is ‘Systematically
Beheading Children´ in ´Christian Genocide´
Cybercast News Service, by Barbara Boland    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/8/2014 10:51:28 AM     Post Reply
"Christianity in Mosul is dead, and a Christian holocaust is in our midst," said Mark Arabo, a Californian businessman and Chaldean-American leader. In an interview with CNN´s Jonathan Mann, he called what´s happening in Iraq a "Christian genocide" and said "children are being beheaded, mothers are being raped and killed, and fathers are being hung." "Right now, three thousand Christians are in Iraq fleeing to neighboring cities," he told Mann. Arabo is calling on the international community to follow France´s lead and offer the Christians of Iraq asylum. "You´re startling me with the severity of what you´re describing," the CNN

How much does the RNC expect to raise
selling ´I miss George W.´ merchandise?
Washington Examiner, by T. Becket Adams    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/8/2014 10:49:34 AM     Post Reply
There are a lot of nice things that can be said about former President George W. Bush: He is a genuinely friendly person, he appears to care deeply about the well-being of injured U.S. soldiers and he is gracious, refraining from lashing out at even the harshest of his critics — no matter how unfair the criticism. But you cannot say that the man is popular. Lord knows he´s not popular. Look, it’s no secret that Bush left the White House in 2009 a deeply disliked person, his approval rating sinking to an all-time low of just 25 percent, according

AP Analysis: Iraq upheaval
threatens Obama legacy
Associated Press, by Julie Pace    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/8/2014 10:45:41 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON— After years of resisting the pull of more Mideast conflicts, President Barack Obama has sent the military back into action in Iraq, where he once accused his predecessor of waging a "dumb war." U.S. planes on Friday bombed Islamic militants who were towing artillery outside Irbil near U.S. personnel, the Pentagon said. The aggressive insurgency threatens to undermine Obama´s legacy as the commander in chief who ended a long and unpopular war in which nearly 4,500 American troops died. It also raises fresh questions about whether Obama´s desire to end the war clouded his assessment of the risks of



Is it time to view the Obama administration
as a criminal enterprise?
Washington Examiner, by Mark Tapscott    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/8/2014 10:45:15 AM     Post Reply
See a tree with 20 apples hanging on it and reasonable people conclude it´s an apple tree. So is it a criminal conspiracy when 20 government employees illegally destroy important official emails? If that seems like an extreme question, consider the steadily accumulating evidence about the Obama administration´s modus operandi with potentially incriminating documents subpoenaed by Congress: A scandal erupts. Congressional hearings are held. Documents are requested and withheld. Subpoenas are issued. Contempt charges threatened. A few documents dribble out. Then come the admissions that, oh by the way, emails required by multiple federal laws to be preserved have either

Obama interrupting summer
vacation with trip to DC
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/8/2014 10:38:41 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is doing something unusual with his summer vacation on Martha´s Vineyard: He´ll come back to Washington midway through the getaway to attend White House meetings. It´s an odd move, especially since Obama and his aides for years have fended off questions about the timing of his vacations by arguing that he is president at all times and can do the job wherever he is. Obama planned to go ahead with the vacation even after the first of the military airstrikes he authorized in northern Iraq were carried out Friday. He is scheduled to arrive on the wealthy island

Hamas fires MORE rockets into Israel
as shock video reveals HOW they do it
Daily Mail [UK], by Sarah Ann Harris    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/8/2014 10:37:12 AM     Post Reply
Hamas fired a huge barrage of rockets into Israel from Gaza today, breaking the fragile 72-hour ceasefire. The truce expired at 8am local time this morning and just moments later 21 rockets were fired into the southern part of the country, Israel said. [Snip] It came as shocking video footage emerged of suspected Hamas terrorists building a rocket silo in a densely populated area of the Gaza Strip--and then using it to fire a rocket across the border. Indian TV channel NDTV obtained the disturbing film, which clearly shows three men erecting a blue canopy on an open patch of

´This is internal US politics to show we´re
doing something´: Retired four-star general
´dismayed´ at Obama´s failure to use ´decisive´
force in Iraq in face of ´huge unfolding tragedy´
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko & Francesca Chambers    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/8/2014 10:32:48 AM     Post Reply
A retired four-star U.S. Army General said Friday that President Barack Obama´s authorization of targeted airstrikes in northern Iraq is a ´political gesture´ calculated to provide the impression that the U.S. is ´doing something´ about a humanitarian crisis developing there. ´There´s a huge tragedy unfolding: 1.5 million refugees, a couple of hundred thousand just in the last few weeks. 50,000 of this minority group stuck on – up in the mountains,´ Gen. Garry McCaffrey said on MSNBC. ´But these are political gestures using military power.´ ´We dropped three aircraft loads of water and food to 50,000 people in the mountains. Now we´re striking

Shake-up at The View: Two relative
unknowns chosen to fill seats vacated by
Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd
Daily Mail [UK], by Topper Toussaint    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/8/2014 10:15:38 AM     Post Reply
It is one of the hottest gigs in daytime television. And MailOnline can reveal that producers of The View will surprise audiences next season, when they replace departing hosts Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd with two relative unknowns. Political commentator Nicolle Wallace and October Gonzalez (wife of NFL star Tony) are expected to join Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O´Donnell in September. Wallace, 42, is a novelist and political commentator who has appeared as a guest on the show. The former communications chief to George W. Bush, she will fill its ´conservative´ hot seat vacated by Jenny McCarthy. She is married


The Hannity Tapes
Power Line, by Scott Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 8/8/2014 10:14:46 AM     Post Reply
Sean Hannity has been on fire during the Gaza war, especially on his syndicated radio show. He understands what is happening and wants to make sure that his audience understands. This week he has taken his radio and FOX News cable shows to Israel. Yesterday he concluded his visit to Israel on a high note, with an interview of Benjamin Netanyahu. (snip) Quotable quote: “For the Islamist radical groups, remember, we’re the small Satan; you’re the great Satan. You’re ultimately the target. They attack us because they believe that we are you and that you are us…and in one sense

British family robbed after thieves
pumped their camper van with fumes
from a car exhaust to knock them
out as they travelled through France
Daily Mail [UK], by Sara Malm    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/8/2014 10:14:45 AM     Post Reply
A British family on holiday in France ‘could have died’ after thieves piped gas from a car exhaust into their camper van to knock them unconscious before robbing them. Linda Chadwick and five members of her family had stopped for the night near Bourges when robbers broke into the vehicle and stole a suitcase, mobile phones, jewellery and £1,900 in cash. (Snip) The couple said they felt ‘violated and shaken’ but made a full recovery. Local police suspect they were gassed after receiving reports of Eastern European gangs preying on holidaymakers in the same way. Linda said the police dealing

Passaic Housing Authority Chairman Darien
Allen resigns following drugs, gun arrest
The Record [Hackensack, NJ], by Jeff Green and Abbott Koloff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/8/2014 9:57:07 AM     Post Reply
The embattled chairman of the Passaic City Housing Authority, a man with deep ties to the community who now faces cocaine distribution and weapons charges, resigned Thursday as head of the agency, city officials said. Darien Allen submitted his resignation to the Housing Authority’s executive director, Victor Cirilo, who then sent a copy to the municipal clerk’s office, city spokesman Keith Furlong said. (Snip) Allen, 44, was arrested Tuesday night after police searched his Pennington Avenue home and said they found 40 grams of cocaine and a 9mm handgun, along with various drug-packaging materials. Authorities said the arrest was the

The Duke and Duchess Pay Their
Respects – Art and Symbolism Part II
Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 8/8/2014 9:55:33 AM     Post Reply
Earlier in the week we shared some amazing pictures of a truly remarkable World War One 100 Year Anniversary Tribute. Yesterday Kate Middleton and Prince William paid their respects. The symbolism magnifies.

In Defense of Price Gouging
and Profiteering
American Magazine, by Benjamin Zycher    Original Article
Posted By: EagleBlurst- 8/8/2014 9:22:23 AM     Post Reply
Minor news stories with only a local direct interest nonetheless can carry large general implications, and just such a recent item emerged last weekend: Residents of Toledo, Ohio were warned not to use city water supplies due to algae growth in Lake Erie. (After a few days, the water was declared safe to drink.) For those few days, unsurprisingly, the demand and market prices for bottled water increased sharply, and few politicians can resist such opportunities for demagoguery: “Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is dispatching employees to the city to investigate complaints of price-gouging on bottled water.” “Price gouging” is

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