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A Very Brief History of the Yazidi
and What They´re Up Against in Iraq
Atlantic Wire, by Shirley Li    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/9/2014 9:52:37 AM     Post Reply
As the Islamic State militant group continues to seize more parts of Iraq, they also continue to drive out the members of the Yazidi community. An ethnic minority concentrated in northern part of the country, the Yazidis were little known in tehe West before this week, but they have been among the hardest hit by ISIL violent offensive, as they have been driven away from their homes with little resources. In response, the Obama administration has authorized airstrikes in Iraq, in an effort to not just repel the Islamic State militants, but to address the humanitarian crisis involving the Yazidis. "In recent

Bundy: God Told Me Federal
Government Needs To Be Disarmed
KXNT [Las Vegas, NV], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/9/2014 9:50:41 AM     Post Reply
ST. GEORGE, Utah – During a radio interview Wednesday Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy shared that God has told him that the federal government needs to be disarmed. Bundy made his comments during a recent meeting at the Independent American Party in St. George, Utah, and elaborated on them while appearing on KUER, a Salt Lake City radio station. “I have no idea what God wants done, but he did inspire me to have the sheriffs across the United States take away these weapons, disarm these bureaucracies, and he also gave me a little inspiration on what would happen if they didn’t do

After Underestimating ISIS, Obama
Scrambles for Plan to Defeat Them
Daily Beast, by Josh Rogin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/9/2014 9:47:13 AM     Post Reply
The President didn´t want to strike ISIS in Iraq this week, but he had no choice. But there is still no plan to defeat the group, which gets more powerful by the day. The Obama administration moved quickly this week to try to defend U.S. personnel from an impending advance from the terrorist group ISIS – an offensive that caught the President and his advisers off-guard, and forced him to reconsider his long-standing opposition to new military action in Iraq. But Obama still has not decided on, much less put into motion, any plan to stem ISIS’s expansion, despite having

  


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GOP´s Mike McFadden: Obama, Dems´had
their chance to turn our economy around´
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 8/9/2014 9:46:21 AM     Post Reply
Minnesota Senate Candidate Mike McFadden gives the Republican Party´s Weekly Remarks. Hi. My name is Mike McFadden and I’m running for the United States Senate from the great state of Minnesota. To get there, I’m in the midst of an 87-county tour. Today, I hit county number 80 and I’m speaking to you from the MinnWest Technology Campus in Willmar.We have a wonderful state, and Minnesotans work hard, but no matter where I go, from Winona to Warroad, people tell me the same thing: "We are heading in the wrong direction.” America is experiencing one of the slowest economic recoveries

Obama: ´Today, America is helping´
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 8/9/2014 9:24:51 AM     Post Reply
President Obama’s weekly remarks. This week, I authorized two operations in Iraq. First, I directed our military to take action to protect our American diplomats and military advisors serving in the city of Erbil. In recent days, terrorist forces neared the city. [Snip] We have Americans serving across Iraq, including our embassy in Baghdad, and we’ll do whatever is needed to protect our people. Second, we’ve begun a humanitarian effort to help those Iraqi civilians trapped on that mountain. The terrorists that have taken over parts of Iraq have been especially brutal to religious minorities.

Netanyahu too strong, Abbas too
weak for lasting peace, says Obama
Jerusalem Post, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/9/2014 9:06:59 AM     Post Reply
Peace has to start with Israeli and Palestinians leaders, namely Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, US President Barack Obama told the New York Times´ Foreign Affairs columnist Thomas Friedman. [Snip] Obama worried that Netanyahu´s high approval ratings--which have jumped in recent weeks in the wake of Israel´s month-long operation in Gaza--could prevent him from making the difficult concessions needed to reach a long-term deal: "If he doesn’t feel some internal pressure, then it’s hard to see him being able to make some very difficult compromises," like the issue of settlements, the president said.

Hamas backers spend fortunes on rockets
and tunnels while Gazans live in misery
Fox News, by Paul Alster    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/9/2014 8:49:55 AM     Post Reply
HAIFA, Israel – The latest ceasefire between Israel and Hamas ended Friday morning when Hamas resumed its costly campaign of rocket attacks on Israel even as its 2 million constituents suffer from wrenching poverty. Although the millions of Palestinians packed into the small strip suffer from chronic unemployment, and lack of electricity and running water, Hamas and its backers such as Qatar have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on tunnels and rockets with one goal in mind: killing Israelis. “When you look at what Hamas did with all the cement and the materials that went into Gaza for ‘building’,

  


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The West is ignoring the practitioners
of ´disproportionate’ violence
Telegraph [UK], by Charles Moore    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/9/2014 8:35:43 AM     Post Reply
´Disproportionate” is the key word deployed against Israel over Gaza. Israel is criticised because so few Israelis have died compared with the number of Palestinians. Israel is held more morally culpable because its Iron Dome anti-rocket defence system actually works. Would it be better if hundreds of Israelis had died? [Snip] You might think that if a militarily inferior force (Hamas) fires rockets at its powerful neighbour (Israel), and digs tunnels so that its fighters can pop out and murder or kidnap that neighbour’s citizens, it is asking for trouble. Being a democracy, Israel won’t stand idly by when its

While Offering Support, Obama Warns
That U.S. Won’t Be ‘Iraqi Air Force’
New York Times, by Michael D. Shear & Julie Hirschfeld Davis    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 8/9/2014 8:30:37 AM     Post Reply
Washington - President Obama said Friday that he was open to supporting a sustained effort to drive Sunni militants out of Iraq if Iraqi leaders form a more inclusive government, even as he vowed that the United States had no intention of “being the Iraqi air force.” Mr. Obama spoke as he ordered American fighter pilots back into the skies over Iraq, a decision that he said he reached after concluding that the United States needed to protect the Kurdish regions in the north and “bolster” an Iraqi leadership that was panicked in the face of advances by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The president said he was confident that the Iraqi leaders

Yes, we do sometimes
give Israel the benefit of the
doubt – and for good reasons
Telegraph [UK], by Daniel Hannan    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/9/2014 8:26:21 AM     Post Reply
When the current Israeli ambassador, the able and amiable Daniel Taub, presented his credentials to the Queen, she asked him how it felt to be serving as an ambassador to the land of his birth. Taub, who comes across as very British--he’s an old boy of Haberdasher’s Aske’s and an Oxford graduate--replied that, in the 2,000 years in which his ancestors had wandered, nowhere had they found such opportunity as here. [Snip] In his monumental History of the Jews, Paul Johnson explains why this might be. England, he argues, was, prior to the establishment of the United States, the best

ISIS Beating Iraqis and Kurds As One
Lacks ´Heart´ and the Other Ammo
ABC News, by Lee Ferran*    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/9/2014 8:20:32 AM     Post Reply
The Islamic militia ISIS has been able to roll back both the Iraqi army and the Kurdish peshmerga force because one lacks the "heart" for a fight while the other lacks the firepower, according to Americans familiar with both forces. ISIS has easily swept the Iraqi army from Anbar province in the southwest of Iraq as well as much of northern Iraq and then blunted attempts by the Iraqi government to retake cities. The Kurdish peshmerga was expected to be a more formidable force, but they have also lost ground to ISIS, including the vital Mosul dam, in recent days.

  


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Right media trumpeted Iraq plight
Politico, by Jonathan Topaz    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 8/9/2014 8:02:48 AM     Post Reply
White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Friday said the U.S. is prepared to “stand with the Yazidis and the Christians in Iraq that are being persecuted by ISIL.”Meanwhile, conservative media outlets quickly pointed out they’ve been standing with the Christians in Iraq the whole time. While much of the mainstream media was focused on violence in Gaza, conservative media outlets and commentators have been shining their spotlight on violence against Iraqi Christians and Yazidis since last month — well before President Barack Obama spoke of Yazidis and Christians on Thursday night.“I believe what is happening to the Christian community

Britain considers bombing Iraq to avert
genocide as hundreds of Yazidi women
are taken captive and American carries out
SECOND round of airstrikes against ISIS
Daily Mail [UK], by Daniel Martin*    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/9/2014 8:00:15 AM     Post Reply
British forces could join the Americans in bombarding militants in Iraq if the situation becomes significantly worse, it emerged last night. Officials did not rule out RAF air strikes if there is a real threat of genocide. It came as American warplanes pounded Islamic State artillery positions near Irbil, where US troops are stationed. Two F/A18 fighter jets were dispatched from the USS George H. W. Bush to unleash 500lb laser-guided bombs on a group of militants outside the northern city, which also houses an American consulate. The Pentagon said its warplanes hit Islamic State artillery positions which had been firing on Kurdish

A straw visor and muumuu for
Hillary and SoulCycle shorts for
Bill: Relaxed Clintons enjoy some
downtime on the beach with their dogs
Daily Mail (UK), by Margot Peppers & Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/9/2014 6:31:28 AM     Post Reply
Bill and Hillary Clinton are making the most of their downtime in the Hamptons. The former U.S. President and his ex-Secretary of State wife were pictured this morning enjoying a stroll on the beach in Amagansett, where they are paying $100,000 to rent an $18million five-bedroom property for three weeks. The couple, who were accompanied by their dogs as well as a Secret Service agent, were dressed in very casual clothes, with President Clinton decked out in black SoulCycle shorts and green sneakers and his wife in a bright blue muumuu and slippers. Mrs Clinton, 66, kept her eyes shaded

You Want Nazis?
SteynOnline, by Mark Steyn    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/9/2014 6:28:36 AM     Post Reply
There have been Christians in Mosul for just shy of two millennia, since the first century. There are none today. The Yazidi are practitioners of Kurdistan´s oldest religion, fire-worshippers whose presence in the region predates Islam. They´re either being executed or starved to death on a mountain: We are being slaughtered. Our entire religion is being wiped off the face of the earth. ISIS are fast-track Nazis. No messing about with a few property restrictions and intermarriage laws as a little light warm-up: They´re only in the business of "final solutions", and they start on Day One and don´t quit until the last

  


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Obama to jet off on two-week Martha´s
Vineyard vacation despite launching
airstrikes in Iraq and fresh battles in Gaza
Daily Mail (UK), by Francesca Chambers    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 8/9/2014 5:25:10 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama will embark on a previously planned two-week vacation to Martha´s Vineyard tomorrow regardless of the violence in Iraq and Gaza. Even as the first military airstrikes he authorized in northern Iraq were carried out Friday, Obama did not cancel the trip. (Snip)In 2009, Obama remained on vacation in his native of Hawaii after a man aboard a Detroit-bound flight tried to detonate a bomb on Christmas. Obama also continued on with Martha´s Vineyard vacations in 2010 as rebels in Libya were on the verge of ousting their government, and last year when Egypt´s military overthrew the country´s

Out of the Abundance of Michelle´s Heart
American Thinker, by Jeannie DeAngelis    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/9/2014 5:18:35 AM     Post Reply
On the last day of the US-Africa Leaders Summit, Michelle Obama, together with journalist Cokie Roberts and former first lady Laura Bush, attended a White House event to promote empowering women. It was during the conversation about girls and education that the first lady switched from the seriousness of racism to the levity of sexist jokes. Discussing with Mrs. Bush that countries that typically oppress women oftentimes struggle economically, Michelle shared that she felt that when it comes to speaking up for girls, first ladies “can’t waste [the] spotlight.” On behalf of both herself and Laura, Michelle pointed out that

A Desperate Hamas
Renews Its Rocket Attacks
Power Line, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/9/2014 5:16:35 AM     Post Reply
True to its word for once, Hamas today resumed rocket attacks on Israel as soon as the cease fire was scheduled to expire. It was a smart play by the terrorist outfit. One senses that Hamas’ stranglehold on Gaza depends on securing Israel’s agreement to remove its blockade. Without this, Hamas has nothing to show for the devastation brought on by its latest war. In this sense, Hamas has little choice but to keep attacking Israel until Netanyahu shows a willingness to lift the blockade. But precisely because Hamas’ viability may depend on ending the blockade (and for other reasons as well),

Immigration: The Ultimate
Get-out-the-vote Drive
American Thinker, by Selwyn Duke    Original Article
Posted By: geo11- 8/9/2014 5:15:53 AM     Post Reply
One reason predictions of a Mitt Romney victory in 2012 were inaccurate, say analysts, is that the turnout among certain Democrat constituencies — in particular blacks and Hispanics -- was greater than expected. And what a significant factor this is! Whether we call it getting out the vote, having a great “ground game” or just turnout, it can make or break an election. But while the phrase “getting out the vote” is well understood, there is a lesser known election strategy: getting in the vote. What’s the difference? While the former involves getting as many as possible of the set number

#AmessagefromISIStoUS: Islamist
militants tweet gruesome images of
dead American soldiers and vow
to blow up embassies after
Obama launches airstrikes
Daily Mail (UK) & Associated Press, by David Martosko & Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/9/2014 5:14:37 AM     Post Reply
Supporters of the ISIS terror group tweeted thousands of messages on Friday bearing the hashtag #AmessagefromISIStoUS featuring gruesome photos and threats to U.S. soldiers and citizens after American airstrikes took out terrorist targets in Iraq for the first time. Some tweeted photos depict dead U.S. Army soldiers, U.S. marines hung from bridges in Fallujah, decapitated men, human heads on spikes, and the twin towers in flames on September 11, 2001. ´This is a message for every American citizen,´ read one message sent with the hashtag. ´You are the target of every Muslim in the world wherever you are.´ Scroll down

  



Box-Checking as Leadership
National Review Online, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/9/2014 5:12:36 AM     Post Reply
Dear Reader (and the millionth monkey who randomly typed out an identical “news”letter on his own — except for typing “Darth Rayburn” instead of “Dear Reader” and for that weird 5,000-word stretch that just says “Banana, Banana, Banana” over and over again), The other night Mike Barnicle tweeted “Make Dick Cheney read this.” The “this” was a link to an article in the Washington Post about the plight of the Yazidis, trapped on a mountaintop. Now lest you take me for the sort of person who follows Mike Barnicle on Twitter, let me explain that I saw the tweet because Paul Begala

Fear of ‘Another Benghazi’ Drove
White House to Airstrikes in Iraq
New York Times, by Mark Landler, Alissa J. Rubin*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/9/2014 5:10:11 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — On Wednesday evening, moments after finishing a summit meeting with African leaders at the State Department, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff delivered a stark message to President Obama as they rode back to the White House in Mr. Obama’s limousine. The Kurdish capital, Erbil, once an island of pro-American tranquillity, was in the path of rampaging Sunni militants, the chairman, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, told the president. And to the west, the militants had trapped thousands of members of Iraqi minority groups on a barren mountaintop, with dwindling supplies, raising concerns about a potential genocide.

Israel’s Fair-Weather Fans
New York Times, by Shmuel Rosner    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/9/2014 5:07:39 AM     Post Reply
TEL AVIV — The Israeli song “Ein Li Eretz Acheret” is a curious tune. “I have no other country,” go the lyrics, “even if my land is on fire.” It’s hard to find a Jewish Israeli who doesn’t identify with it. Lefty Israelis interpret it as a protest song. It was sung at demonstrations against the 1982 Lebanon War and vigils following the 1995 assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Israelis on the right interpret it as a patriotic song about attachment to the land; they sang it after terrorist attacks and during the 2005 withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. I was

Kerry: Starving Africa Shouldn’t
Build More Farms Because It Would
Contribute to Global Warming
Independent Journal Review, by Mike Miller    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/9/2014 5:03:39 AM     Post Reply
Speaking at the U.S.-Africa Summit earlier this week, Secretary of State John Kerry had a bit of astonishing advice for African leaders. While noting that Africa faces a starvation problem, he also admonished its leaders not to create more farms. The reason? Adding more farms would contribute to “global warming.” Yeah, he really said that: “Certain agricultural processes can actually release carbon pollution and actually contribute to the problem in the first place. It’s a twisted circle. Always complicated. But we also know that there are certain ways to change that. For example, rather than convert natural areas to new farmland, a process

Crooks. Twenty Different
Obama Officials & Witnesses
Have Lost Their Emails
Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/9/2014 5:00:30 AM     Post Reply
Twenty different Obama officials, including Lois Lerner in the IRS and Marilynn Tavenner at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, have lost their emails – which is against the law. The National Review reported: The revelation that Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator Marilynn Tavenner did not retain her e-mails means that more than 20 witness in the Obama administration to lose or delete e-mails without notifying Congress, according to the top House investigator. “The Obama administration has lost or destroyed e-mails for more than 20 witnesses, and in each case, the loss wasn’t disclosed to the National Archives or Congress for

No one left to blame: Obama owns
Veterans Affairs reform now
Washington Examiner [DC], by Pete Hegseth    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/9/2014 4:50:12 AM     Post Reply
It has been a good couple of weeks for military veterans and their families, who may at long last see real reform at the Department of Veterans Affairs. As an advocate for veterans, I have been generous with my criticisms of the VA and demands for new leadership of the agency. Over the past several years the VA has devolved into a toxic cesspool of dysfunction and corruption devoted to protecting a cosseted class of bureaucrats rather than serving veterans. And as the department’s scandal snowballed, both Congress and President Obama failed to provide the needed oversight and leadership to right the

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