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State Department hires testimony coach
to prepare for congressional grillings
Washington Times, by Jim McElhatton    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/9/2014 4:32:13 AM     Post Reply
After suffering through a striking number of rough grillings at the hands of Congress, State Department officials have approved a contract worth up to $545,000 to help train themselves for how to brief lawmakers and to testify at hearings. The contract with Orlando, Florida-based AMTIS, Inc. includes classes entitled “Communicating with Congress: Briefing and Testifying” and pays for one-on-one sessions to hold a mock hearing with questioners playing the role of lawmakers asking hard questions of the would-be witnesses. Over the last two years, department officials have stumbled through hearings on their handling of the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, been berated

Obama’s Iraq
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/9/2014 4:29:17 AM     Post Reply
When America’s armed forces go into a fight, they deserve support. All the more so in the case of the air strikes President Obama authorized against the Islamic State in northern Iraq. Though he dismissed the al Qaeda offshoot as recently as January (“If a JV team puts on Lakers uniforms, that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant,” he said) it has now declared a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria, leaving a trail of beheadings in its wake. The president acted, he says, to secure Americans stationed in Iraq and to relieve the minorities — mostly trapped Yazidis — most immediately threatened

More ObamaCare woes: Congress must
act to block health insurance bailout
Fox News, by Sen. Marco Rubio    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/9/2014 4:25:06 AM     Post Reply
As evidence mounts of a looming taxpayer-funded bailout of health insurance companies under ObamaCare, the urgency grows for Congress to take this possibility off the table for good. As expected, ObamaCare´s costs are rising, and health insurers are passing them along to patients in the form of higher premiums and deductibles. Just this week, a majority of insurers offering health plans in Florida announced rate increases ranging from 11 to 23 percent. This means that if patients balk at paying this sharp increase and drop their coverage, these health insurers will have to make up the difference somehow. Enter section 1342 of the

  


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The Democrats’ Goldwater
Weekly Standard, by Fred Barnes    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/9/2014 4:20:27 AM     Post Reply
Republicans had Barry Gold-water. Democrats now have Elizabeth Warren. What do they have in common? Years back, he pointed the way for his party, and now she’s doing the same thing for hers. Goldwater was already a force in Republican politics when his Conscience of a Conservative was published in 1960. He pushed the party toward a conservative future. Warren is riding a liberal surge among Democrats and prodding them in an even more liberal direction. We know where Republicans wound up. They’re the conservative party, all the more so as a result of Tea Party activism. We don’t know where

10 Ways Jesse Ventura Ruined His
Reputation (Without Chris Kyle’s Help)
PJ Media, by Walter Hudson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/9/2014 4:13:44 AM     Post Reply
The whole point of a defamation suit is to seek reparation for damage done to your reputation. Indeed, in the wake of his shockingly successful defamation suit against the estate (read: widow and children) of American Sniper author Chris Kyle, former Minnesota governor turned conspiracy peddler Jesse Ventura declared that his reputation was restored. But restored to what? This guy wasn’t exactly a pillar of the community before Kyle claimed to have punched him in a bar. Here’s ten ways Jesse Ventura ruined his reputation without Kyle’s help. 10. Wrote a Conspiracy Book on the JFK Assassination Jesse’s status as a conspiracy

Obama, the Nearly Worthless Humanitarian
National Review Online, by Quin Hillyer    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/9/2014 4:10:42 AM     Post Reply
With regard to President Obama’s attempt last night to show moral leadership by announcing certain actions in Iraq — and while deliberately avoiding all other TV, radio, Internet, or print responses to Obama’s speech — these thoughts insistently push to the fore: Why, pray tell, are there so many thousands of beleaguered people without food or water on a mountaintop in Iraq right now, people who, Obama now says, need to be rescued by American efforts? Because Barack Obama diddled for at least two months longer than he should have before intervening to stop the advance of the pure, unadulterated evil that

No, Mr. President,
Africa Is Not The Next Asia
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 8/9/2014 4:10:35 AM     Post Reply
Trade: Though Beijing´s colonial ambitions in Africa make the continent an area of economic and strategic interest for the U.S., it´s hardly the lucrative market that the president is portraying it to be. No, Mr. President, Africa Is Not The Next Asia. Yet to hear Obama talk up business opportunities in Africa, you´d think it were roaring like the Asian Tigers of the 1990s. In an interview last week, he likened the alleged "Africa Rising" phenomenon to the "Asia model." Obama then recited his favorite talking point about Africa boasting "six of the 10 fastest-growing economies," a largely meaningless stat

  


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ISIS, Hamas and Boko Haram:
Believe their intentions
CNN, by Newt Gingrich    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/9/2014 4:02:05 AM     Post Reply
Grim, unyielding and violent reality is beginning to confront the American political establishment with facts from which it cannot hide. For 35 years, since Iranians seized the American Embassy on November 4, 1979, and kept the Americans in it as hostages, the United States has been at war with radical Islamists. They knew it. We hid from it. Year after year since then, radical Islamists have grown more militant, more sophisticated and more numerous. Now, in an arc of terror from Boko Haram in Nigeria through Hamas in Gaza to ISIS in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, there is a clear wave of

Obama´s Iraq Aim: Contain,
Not Destroy, Iraq Extremists
Associated Press, by Robert Burns & Lara Jakes    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/9/2014 3:59:14 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama´s new military strategy in Iraq amounts to trying to contain - not destroy - the Islamic militant group that now controls much of the country´s northern region. That leaves open the questions of how deeply the U.S. will be drawn into the sectarian conflict, and whether airstrikes alone can stop the militants´ momentum. Obama insists he will not send American ground troops back to Iraq after having withdrawn them in 2011, fulfilling a campaign promise. Still, even the limited airstrikes against the vicious insurgency show the president´s conviction that the U.S. military cannot remain dormant after

Accused Rwandan War Criminal Captured
After Casually Crossing Canadian Border
Atlantic, by David Ludwig    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/9/2014 3:56:29 AM     Post Reply
A tip for war criminals hiding out in foreign countries: if you want to avoid detection, don´t wander across the U.S.-Canada border by foot. That´s exactly what accused war criminal Jean Leonard Teganya, 42, did shortly before he was arrested in Houlton, Maine, a quaint little town that is known for the annual Maine Soap Box Derby, Wiggy´s Trading Post, and now, a Rwandan fugitive. Teganya, a former medical intern, was allegedly involved in the deaths of almost 200 Tutsis at a Rwandan hospital. His family fled in 1994 to Congo, Kenya, and then India before ending up in Quebec

Donald Sterling´s petition denied
in latest legal tussle over Clippers
Los Angeles Times, by Nathan Fenno & Kim Christensen    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/9/2014 2:23:16 AM     Post Reply
An appeals court denied Donald Sterling´s petition late Friday to stay last month´s probate court ruling against him, the latest round of legal wrangling over the proposed $2-billion sale of the Clippers to Steve Ballmer. The ruling capped a confused and hectic 24 hours that left all parties back where they started. Sterling´s attorneys face a Wednesday deadline to file their objections to the probate court´s ruling and presumably take the case to the appeals court again. (Snip) The order would allow the sale of the franchise to proceed, regardless of an appeal by Donald Sterling. After Levanas signed the final statement of decision in the

  


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Gov. Jerry Brown denies parole for
Manson family member Bruce Davis
Los Angeles Times, by Paige St. John    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/9/2014 2:01:04 AM     Post Reply
Sacramento - Gov. Jerry Brown´s decision to deny freedom to a Manson family cult member who passed muster with a state parole board follows a familiar path. The governor on Friday reversed a parole board´s March decision that there would be no danger to the public in releasing Bruce Davis, convicted of two murders as well as conspiracy to commit murder. He was not directly involved in the Tate-LaBianca slayings that terrified Los Angeles residents in 1969. Brown, in his decision, noted the barbaric nature of the murders Davis took part in. "The exceptional brutality of these crimes and the terror the Manson family inflicted on the

Number of Children Caught
Crossing U.S. Border Drops
Latin American Herald Tribune [Miami FL], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 8/8/2014 11:43:35 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – The number of unaccompanied undocumented children apprehended on the southern border of the United States dropped in July to 5,508, compared with more than 10,000 in both May and June, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said. DHS said it was the first time this year that the number has been lower than in the previous month. “While the decrease in apprehensions in July is good news and reflects a positive trend that we hope continues, the current numbers are still higher than the number of apprehensions for children and adults with children during past years,” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh

Peak China
American Thinker, by David Archibald    Original Article
Posted By: HedgehogInOz- 8/8/2014 11:42:15 PM     Post Reply
China has become wealthier in the last couple of decades but unfortunately is using some of that new wealth for military adventures against its neighbours. The neighbours aren’t happy. Over 60 percent of the people in countries bordering the South China Sea fear Chinese aggression and expect imminent war. If China keeps growing their economy that will only make them more capable militarily and more aggressive. [SNIP] That is why we can be forgiven for anticipatory schadenfreude as these nasty and aggressive countries overreach and become undone.

Eagle lands as Phil Mickelson
shoots 67 at PGA Championship
New York Daily News, by Hank Gola    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 8/8/2014 11:28:58 PM     Post Reply
LOUISVILLE – After failing to record a top 10 finish on the PGA Tour all year, Phil Mickelson is finally in contention at a major. Mickelson capped off his round with an eagle on 18 for a 4-under-par 67 that moved him to 6-under for the week, three out of the lead. “It’s fun to be back in it, to have a chance, to feel like my game is there and to not show up at the golf course hoping that I find something to work with. (Snip)Mickelson shot 33 on the back as he finally got some putts to

  


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Tiger Woods stumbles out of
Valhalla, PGA Championship
Yahoo Sports, by Jay Busbee    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 8/8/2014 11:17:59 PM     Post Reply
Courageous or foolish? Noble or misguided? Determined or pigheaded? You can attach a lot of adjectives to Tiger Woods and his ugly performance at the PGA Championship, but you can´t dispute this: the man playing golf right now is a faint shadow of the titan who owned the game a decade ago. There´s really not much to say about Woods´ performance at Valhalla, a +6 stumble that didn´t even look that good. Woods made the decision to play just days after withdrawing from the WGC at Firestone, and set himself up for worlds of second-guessing. His performance this week, in which

Analysts doubt U.S. strikes
will do the job in Iraq
Washington Times, by Guy Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/8/2014 11:14:49 PM     Post Reply
President Obama’s authorization of air strikes in Iraq has triggered unease among high-level former U.S. officials who say the administration still lacks a coherent strategy for beating back the growing al Qaeda-inspired militancy in the war-torn nation. Retired Army Lt. Gen. James M. Dubik told The Washington Times that the strikes Friday against artillery and mortar positions of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) were “necessary but not sufficient” to seriously confront threat now posed to the region and to the wider world. “There needs to be be a more comprehensive strategy rooted in the security interests

Obama’s authorization of Iraq
airstrikes isn’t connected
to a coherent strategy
Washington Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/8/2014 11:05:40 PM     Post Reply
PRESIDENT OBAMA was right to order military action to prevent a potential genocide in northern Iraq and to stop forces of the al-Qaeda-derived Islamic State from advancing on Baghdad or the Kurdish capital of Irbil. However, the steps the president authorized on Thursday amount to more of his administration’s half-measures, narrowly tailored to this week’s emergency and unconnected to any coherent strategy to address the conflagration spreading across the Middle East. While U.S. airstrikes and drops of supplies may prevent the terrorist forces from massacring the Yazidi sect or toppling the pro-Western regime in Kurdistan, Mr. Obama lacks a plausible

Back to school: No snacks for
you, Michelle Obama says
Christian Science Monitor, by John Feehery    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/8/2014 10:34:55 PM     Post Reply
As teachers get ready for the new school year, drawing up lesson plans, going to workshops and girding themselves for battle, they are probably noticing a wholesale change in the snacks they can get in their school’s vending machines. And they probably aren’t that happy about it. Wait until the kids come back. This is the first year that the full impact of Michelle Obama’s crusade to stop kids (and teachers) from snacking will be realized. Stories have already started to pop up. Public schools can’t have bake sales anymore to raise money to pay for their music programs. The

It’s Okay To Bomb Iraq,
As Long As You’re Reluctant
Daily Caller, by Jim Treacher    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/8/2014 10:28:00 PM     Post Reply
Well, here we go again. This time it’s different, though, because mumble mumble George Bush something something something. Events of his own making have finally forced The Smartest President Ever to do something right for once. And all he has to do is humiliate himself yet again. But not to worry! He’s got backup from his trusty minions. Check out this great NYT headline: Obama, With Reluctance, Returns to Action in Iraq - You can read the story if you really think that’s a good use of your time. The important thing is that you get the message: When Obama

  



Waggoner Ranch, among US´
Largest, listed for sale
Associated Press, by Emily Schmall    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/8/2014 10:19:03 PM     Post Reply
FORT WORTH, Texas— One of the largest ranches in the U.S. and an icon for Texas horse and cattlemen has been listed for $725 million, marking the end of a decades-long courtroom battle among the heirs of cattle baron W.T. Waggoner, who established the estate in 1923. The estate includes the 510,000-acre ranch spread over six North Texas counties, with two main compounds, hundreds of homes, about 20 cowboy camps, hundreds of quarter-horses, thousands of heads of cattle, 1,200 oil wells and 30,000 acres of cultivated land, according to Dallas-based broker Bernie Uechtritz, who is handling the sale along with

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

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

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