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ISIS Rampant, America In Decline
PowerLine, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/8/2014 10:15:58 PM     Post Reply
ISIS poses a threat to today’s liberal world-view analogous to the threat posed by national socialism in the 1930s. But ISIS makes the Nazis look like pikers. ISIS, flying the black flag of Islam, murders, rapes and pillages with breathtaking speed and efficiency. In a few short months, ISIS has taken over much of Iraq, as this map from the Daily Mail illustrates: ISIS succeeds mostly because it is incredibly brutal. Normal people can’t deal with mass murders, crucifixions, systematic rape, and so on. ISIS documents its reign of terror on the internet. These photos explain why pretty much everyone–including,

Workers 3X More Likely to Get Fired
in Private Sector Than in Gov´t
Cybercast News Service, by Ali Meyer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/8/2014 10:13:07 PM     Post Reply
The chance of being fired from a private-sector employer is more than three times as high than being fired from a government job, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS defines a layoff as “a separation of an employee from an establishment that is initiated by the employer; an involuntary separation; a period of forced unemployment.” The BLS provides two metrics to explain layoffs and discharges: by either counting the number of layoffs and discharges, or calculating the layoff and discharge rate, which is simply the number of terminations as a percentage of the total

American Doctor With Ebola:
"I Witnessed the Horror"
NBC 4 (New York), by Frank Heinz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/8/2014 10:09:28 PM     Post Reply
Dr. Kent Brantly, the Fort Worth doctor who contracted Ebola doing aid work in West Africa, spoke Friday from his isolated Atlanta hospital room about the "horror" he witnessed and about his faith in God. Brantly, who was volunteering with the charity Samaritan´s Purse in Liberia amid the worst-ever outbreak of the deadly virus, has been improving steadily after being treated with an experimental drug. "I am growing stronger every day, and I thank God for his mercy as I have wrestled with this terrible disease," Brantly said in a statement issued from the Emory University Hospital room where he

  


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Tapper Grills WH Official
on ISIS: Why Was There ‘No
Serious Action’ for Months?
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/8/2014 10:09:00 PM     Post Reply
Jake Tapper grilled White House Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken today over the perception that President Obama underestimated the threat of ISIS, citing in particular a quote in which Obama compared ISIS and other al-Qaeda groups to junior varsity teams wearing Lakers uniforms. Tapper said that “for months and months” people had warned about the threat ISIS posed “with no action, no serious action, by the White House.” He asked, “Was the intelligence not there? Why is it only now that you’re acting?” Blinken argued they’ve been “focused on this for well over a year,” and they had been

Denver County Fair-Goers:
We Were Fed Pot-Laced Chocolate
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/8/2014 10:01:15 PM     Post Reply
DENVER — Three people say they were drugged after eating a chocolate bar that wasn´t supposed to have marijuana in it at the Denver County Fair´s new pot pavilion, and one of them has filed a lawsuit alleging the vendor was negligent. Fair spokeswoman Dana Cain says at least two of the people went to the hospital and tested positive for THC, pot´s active ingredient. Colorado law bars the public consumption of pot, and no actual marijuana was supposed to be offered at the fair. In the lawsuit filed Thursday in state court, Jordan Coombs says he ate a free

How Obama decided on airstrikes in Iraq
Associated Press, by Josh Lederman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/8/2014 9:55:08 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — For much of the summer, President Barack Obama had watched with alarm as a brutal, al-Qaida-linked insurgency seized more and more territory in northern Iraq. But it wasn´t until Thursday, when Obama learned that genocide could be imminent, that the president decided the U.S. military had to act. The vivid reports streaming into the Situation Room that morning from U.S. diplomats and intelligence officials were unsettling, to say the least: Stories of mass executions, women being enslaved as child brides, members of a small religious group trapped on a mountain and potentially dying of thirst. The situation was

D.C.´s Congressional Cemetery to host
LGBT veterans memorial in ´gay corner´
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/8/2014 9:48:55 PM     Post Reply
The nation’s first-ever memorial to gay military veterans will be placed in the “gay corner” of the historic Congressional Cemetery on Capitol Hill, home to the gravesites of senators, congressmen, Supreme Court justices and vice presidents. In announcing the new memorial, cemetery President Paul K. Williams said the stone structure will be put close to “the ‘gay corner,’ thought to be the only LGBT cemetery section in the world.” The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Veterans Memorial Project and the cemetery announced the design this week. It consists of three black granite panels standing 11 feet high, 5 feet wide

  


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Feinstein Urges No Half-Measures
on ISIS Fight: ‘It Takes an Army
to Defeat an Army’
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/8/2014 9:44:50 PM     Post Reply
Senate Democrats teetered Friday between cautiously supporting and cautiously criticizing President Obama’s airstrikes and humanitarian drops in Iraq. But Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) warned that just a slap at ISIS won’t be enough. “I strongly support the president’s authorization for airstrikes against ISIL. This is not a typical terrorist organization—it is a terrorist army, operating with military expertise, advancing across Iraq and rapidly consolidating its position,” Feinstein said in a statement today. “ISIL is capturing new Iraqi towns every day, is reported to be in control of Mosul Dam and is engaging in a campaign of ethnic cleansing that appears

Acosta to WH: Does Obama Still
Think ISIL is a ‘JV’ Team?
Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/8/2014 9:37:20 PM     Post Reply
CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta questioned White House press secretary Josh Earnest about President Obama’s previous comment comparing ISIL to a “JV team.” “The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a JV team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant. I think there is a distinction between the capacity and reach of a bin Laden and a network that is actively planning major terrorist plots against the homeland versus jihadists who are engaged in various local power struggles and disputes, often sectarian,” President Obama said in a January interview with

EPA chief: Teach climate
change in schools
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Laura Barron-Lopez    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/8/2014 9:31:43 PM     Post Reply
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Gina McCarthy said students should be taught the science behind climate change in schools. "I think part of the challenge of explaining climate change is that it requires a level of science and a level of forward thinking and you’ve got to teach that to kids," McCarthy said in an interview with the magazine Irish American published Friday. The comments from McCarthy, who is the face of President Obama’s signature climate rule on existing power plants, will likely set off a firestorm among Republican lawmakers skeptical of the science behind climate change. McCarthy added that

Michael Mulgrew defends Common Core:
´You sick people need to deal with
us and the children that we teach’
New York Daily News, by Ben Chapman & Stephen Rex Brown    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/8/2014 9:20:54 PM     Post Reply
Teachers union honcho Michael Mulgrew unleashed a venomous screed directed at anyone who would dare threaten his beloved Common Core agenda. “If someone takes something from me, I’m going to grab it right back out of their cold, twisted, sick hands and say it is mine! You do not take what is mine!” the head of the United Federation of Teachers shouted in a speech at a convention last month in Los Angeles. The rant was posted Thursday to the Ed Notes Online blog. “And I’m going to punch you in the face and push you in the dirt because this is the

  


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Breaking: Federal Court Smacks Down
Eric Holder’s Attack on NC Voter ID
PJ Media, by J. Christian Adams    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/8/2014 9:14:35 PM     Post Reply
The left trumpeted a voter ID decision in Wisconsin as if it were the end of the issue. Let’s see what they do with this one. A federal court today smacked down the Holder Justice Department and refused to enjoin (block) North Carolina’s voter ID law, curtailment of costly early voting and end of fraud-infested same day registration. This means the state’s voter ID law will be in place for the midterm congressional (and Senate) elections in November. The Justice Department had actually argued that even if black voters turned out at higher rates under voter ID (which they do), because

Half the country doesn’t think Watergate
was a real scandal!? Why?
Washington Post, by Philip Bump    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/8/2014 8:46:15 PM     Post Reply
Over 40 percent of the country, including more than half of people under the age of 35, think the Watergate scandal was just a symptom of political wrangling and mud-slinging -- what we might now call politics as usual. But, why? Timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the resignation of President Richard Nixon, CNN/ORC International released a poll Friday evaluating Americans´ attitudes toward the scandal that led to Nixon´s downfall. And the differentiation on ages jumped out at them. There´s a big generational divide over the significance of the scandal, with a majority of those older than 40

Viral
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/8/2014 8:40:46 PM     Post Reply
The man who brought the Ebola virus to Nigeria probably knew he was infected. (Snip) The received Western wisdom is that an Ebola epidemic is best controlled by quarantine and contact monitoring. You know, with isolation wards and databases and non-available disposable protective clothing in 110 degree heat. In a word, through a program of action which Africa is singularly unable to carry out. African officialdom lives by lies, faking documents and jumping the queue. Like some American political parties, that is how they handle crisis. That’s how they’ll handle this one.

In 2014, Obama has been
late by more than 35 hours
Washington Post, by Philip Bump    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/8/2014 8:40:11 PM     Post Reply
President Obama has a problem with being late. This is pretty well-documented. A Google search for "obama always late" offers a multitude of articles. When he is late to an event, as he often is -- and was by more than an hour on Wednesday -- the hashtag #whyobamaislate often pops up on Twitter offering various "funny" explanations for the delay. We decided to try to figure out just how late Obama actually is. The way we did that was pretty simple: Every time the president gives prepared public remarks, they are posted on the White House Web site. And, importantly, they're time-stamped.

  


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El Salvador robbery suspect
arrested in California
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/8/2014 8:17:44 PM     Post Reply
Redwood City, CA - Authorities in California say they´ve arrested a man who´s wanted in El Salvador for his alleged involvement with a gang that hijacked military and police arms shipments and used them to rob banks. The U.S. Marshals Service says Gerardo Francisco Mejia Coto was taken into custody this week. He´s being held by immigration authorities and faces deportation. Deputy U.S. Marshal Joseph Palmer said Friday that Coto is wanted in El Salvador on suspicion of murder and other crimes after bank robberies and armored car hijackings in which two people were killed. He is believed to be a founding member of the

Now We Know: Gaza Edition
Commentary, by Seth Mandel    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 8/8/2014 8:17:07 PM     Post Reply
The fog of war often means the first draft of history makes the greatest impact but needs to be corrected by later drafts. After the Cold War was over, historian John Lewis Gaddis called his updated book on the conflict “We Now Know: Rethinking Cold War History.” More famous is Kinglsey Amis’s suggestion that Robert Conquest call his new edition of The Great Terror “I Told You So, You F—ing Fools.” Yet now we have a rare opportunity in Gaza to apply what we now know to additional fighting in a war thought to be over. With no deal reached for

Concern over Ontario patient
from Nigeria with flu symptoms
CKWX-AM [Vancouver, BC], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/8/2014 8:10:49 PM     Post Reply
Toronto - A public health official says a patient at a hospital near Toronto has been isolated as a precautionary measure after showing flu-like symptoms similar to those characteristic of the Ebola virus. Dr. Eileen de Villa with Peel Public Health says the steps are being taken because the patient at Brampton Civic Hospital recently travelled to Nigeria, which has been hit with an outbreak of the disease. She says the patient is showing a fever and other flu-like symptoms but cautioned there has been no diagnosis yet. She says the hospital has put heightened infection-control measures in place in addition to isolating the patient.

Boehner: Lack of Obama
strategy ‘emboldens’ ISIL
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/8/2014 8:01:27 PM     Post Reply
President Obama was right to strike at ISIS targets in Iraq, but he still needs to come up with a broader strategy for halting the insurgents’ advance, House Speaker John A. Boehner said Friday morning. In a statement issued soon after the first strikes were confirmed by the Pentagon, Mr. Boehner said the White House “emboldens the enemy and squanders the sacrifices Americans have made” by failing to develop a better Iraq policy. “Vital national interests are at stake, yet the White House has remained disengaged despite warnings from Iraqi leaders, Congress, and even members of its own administration,” Mr. Boehner said

US Doc Hit With Ebola Held
Hands With His Dying Patients
ABC News, by Sydney Lupkin    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/8/2014 7:57:43 PM     Post Reply
Dr. Kent Brantly, one of two American Ebola patients flown from Liberia to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, says he’s “growing stronger every day.” In a letter penned from the Emory isolation room, Brantly offered a glimpse of what it was like to treat Ebola patients at ELWA hospital in Monrovia, Liberia. “I held the hands of countless individuals as this terrible disease took their lives away from them,” he wrote. “I witnessed the horror first-hand, and I can still remember every face and name.” The ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed 961 people out of the 1,779

  



Yahoo Is Making It Harder for
the NSA to Read Your Emails
Time Magazine, by Sam Frizell    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/8/2014 7:54:54 PM     Post Reply
Yahoo announced Thursday it will encrypt its email service by early next year, joining Google and Microsoft in an effort to create an email system that prevents government officials and hackers from reading users’ messages. (Snip) With Yahoo’s announcement, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, email encryption will protect nearly one billion email users. There are 110 million Yahoo email users and over 425 million unique users of Google’s Gmail service. Microsoft says there are over 400 million active Outlook.com and Hotmail accounts. Widespread email encryption of the kind Yahoo is announcing is a huge blow to government

Something heroic for Obama’s legacy
Washington Times, by Wesley Pruden    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 8/8/2014 7:47:36 PM     Post Reply
Unless he can find something and find it quickly, Barack Obama isn’t going to like his legacy. Everything he touches is turning to mud, and the man who once walked on water may soon find himself at the bottom of the lake. He needs something heroic, with swagger and bluff, something to make hearts in the mainstream press go pitty-pat again. Once upon a time, heads of state hemmed in by a faltering economy and outside events they couldn’t control would march their armies off to war. That’s frowned on in polite company today, unless you’re the head caliph of an Islamic

Has the ‘Libertarian Moment’
Finally Arrived?
New York Times, by Robert Draper    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 8/8/2014 7:43:01 PM     Post Reply
“Let’s say Ron Paul is Nirvana,” said Kennedy, the television personality and former MTV host, by way of explaining the sort of politician who excites libertarians like herself. “Like, the coolest, most amazing thing to come along in years, and the songs are nebulous but somehow meaningful, and the lead singer kills himself to preserve the band’s legacy. “Then Rand Paul — he’s Pearl Jam. Comes from the same place, the songs are really catchy, can really pack the stadiums, though it’s not quite Nirvana. “Ted Cruz? He’s Stone Temple Pilots. Tries really hard to sound like Pearl Jam, never gonna sound

McConnell´s wife sits on
board that opposes coal
Louisville Courier Journal, by James R. Carroll    Original Article
Posted By: periwinkel- 8/8/2014 7:26:40 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Mitch McConnell´s wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, sits on the board of an organization that has been part of a campaign against the coal industry and against tobacco use. The anti-coal news, first reported by Yahoo News, comes as McConnell campaigns for re-election, in part by trying to tie his opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes, to President Barack Obama and his so-called "war on coal." The Senate minority leader is the top recipient of coal industry campaign contributions, which total more than $179,000, according to Federal Election Commission data compiled by the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics. The senator also has

Tea party losses cheer some Republicans,
but chill Democrats´ Senate hopes
Christian Science Monitor, by Francine Kiefer    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/8/2014 6:45:41 PM     Post Reply
Washington - When it comes to the fierce competition for control of the US Senate, one party’s whoops and cheers are the other party’s sighs and slumped shoulders. (Snip) Not so long ago, Democrats had seen the tea party as an opportunity to gain or buttress seats in an election year that favors Republicans, a year in which the GOP needs only six seats to retake the Senate. That hasn´t happened. As a result, Democrats are now in a weaker position to retain their majority in the Senate in November. More bad news for Democrats arrived Thursday, when Sen. John Walsh (D) of Montana announced he is pulling out of the race over

FTC warns: Change passwords
after Russian hackers strike
Washington Times, by Kevin Rogers    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/8/2014 6:34:33 PM     Post Reply
After a ring of Russian hackers obtained 1.2 billion user names and passwords this week, the Federal Trade Commission warned consumers to be vigilant with their online accounts, The Hill reported. In a blog post, Maneesha Mithal, leader of the agency’s privacy and identity protection division, urged users to update passwords for bank accounts, email addresses and other online accounts containing private information. “By taking theses steps, you can lessen the odds scammers will get a hold of your information, and also minimize the consequences if they do,” Ms. Mithal said.

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