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Shakespeare as a Life Coach
Wall Street Journal, by Perri Klass    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/9/2014 3:29:18 PM     Post Reply
I saw "King Lear" in late July, an outdoor production in New York´s Central Park, and I thought about my mother—though it´s a play in which no one is a mother or even has a mother. For me, right now, "King Lear" is not—not yet—primarily a play about growing old and losing your powers, mental and physical, and your worldly authority. For me, in this stage of my life, it´s a play about taking care—or failing to take proper care—of an aging parent, about watching that aging parent lose the pieces of himself, and about the ways that grown-up and even middle-aged siblings replay their rivalries and relationships as they watch their

Egypt dissolves Muslim
Brotherhood political party
Xinhua News Agency [China], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/9/2014 3:28:10 PM     Post Reply
Cairo - An Egyptian court ruled on Saturday to dissolve the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the Muslim Brotherhood´s political wing, and to liquidate all its assets, according to the state-run Ahram online. The committee of the political parties´ affairs, responsible for granting licenses to newly-formed parties in Egypt, had filed an official request to dissolve the party which was established after the January 25 uprising which toppled president Hosni Mubarak in 2011. The Supreme Administrative Court´s decision which dissolved the party was based on the investigations carried out by the State Security Prosecution which proved violations

White students no longer
to be majority in school
Associated Press, by Kimberly Hefling & Jesse J. Holland    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/9/2014 3:20:46 PM     Post Reply
Kennett Square, Pa. -- The cheerful sign outside Jane Cornell’s summer school classroom in Pennsylvania’s wealthiest county says “Welcome” and “Bienvenidos” in polished handwriting. (Snip) For the first time ever, U.S. public schools are projected this fall to have more minority students than non-Hispanic whites enrolled, a shift largely fueled by growth in the number of Hispanic children. Non-Hispanic white students are still expected to be the largest racial group in the public schools this year at 49.8 percent. But the National Center for Education Statistics says minority students, when added together, will now make up the

  


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And Now, The 10 Most Bizarre
Dog and Cat Names of 2014
Time Magazine, by Laura Stampler    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/9/2014 3:10:37 PM     Post Reply
Veterinary Pet Insurance has released its annual ranking of the most bizarre dog and cat names in its database, which leads with Peanut Wigglebutt and Snuggles Butt Le Lee, respectively — thus proving once and for all that both dogs and cats have notable butts and that the collective human race has the sense of humor of a five year old. Below are the top 10 monikers, chosen by a public vote, and the full list of 50 crazy, yet endearing, pet names can be found here. (How did Waffle Dots beat Brutus Pancakes out of the Top 10? How?!)

Former New Jersey Republican official
shot dead in apparent murder-suicide
Reuters, by Curtis Skinner    Original Article
Posted By: JoElla Bee- 8/9/2014 3:09:04 PM     Post Reply
A former New Jersey Republican official who once worked with Governor Chris Christie was found dead along with her husband inside their home, officials said on Friday, in what appeared to be a murder-suicide. Police discovered the bodies of Joan Bramhall and her husband, John, inside their Denville home on Thursday, but the Morris County Prosecutor´s Office declined to identify the victims until Friday. An autopsy revealed that Joan Bramhall was shot to death and her husband died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the prosecutor´s office said in a statement. The statement did not say that John Bramhall shot his

As ISIS Tells Yezidis to ‘Convert
to Islam or Die,’ One Man Pleads
for Help at White House
Daily Signal, by Josh Siegel    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/9/2014 2:57:39 PM     Post Reply
In January, Mirza Ismail married his wife, Nofa Kamal, in Sinjar, Iraq, near the mountainous region where today thousands of Yezidi Iraqis are stranded. After three months in Sinjar, Ismail, the chairman of the Yezidi Human Rights Organization, left for his home in Brampton, Canada, before Islamic militants escalated their campaign to wipe out non-Muslims. (Snip) Now, she is one of some 40,000 Yezidis, a religious minority group, stranded on Mount Sinjar after fleeing militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, who threaten them with two choices. “They either convert to Islam or die,” Ismail told The Daily Signal,

McCain Says Limited U.S. Strikes
on Militants in Iraq Are Not Enough
New York Times, by Jonathan Weisman    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/9/2014 2:47:05 PM     Post Reply
Washington - President Obama’s authorization of limited military operations against militants in Iraq is not enough to counter a growing threat to the United States from “the richest, most powerful terrorist organization in history,” Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, said on Saturday. Speaking by telephone from Vietnam, where he was part of a bipartisan congressional delegation visiting Asia, Mr. McCain said in an interview that Mr. Obama was showing a “fundamental misunderstanding of the threat” presented by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, that is “deeply disturbing.”

  


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Nagasaki Bombing Anniversary:
69 Years Since ´Fat Man´ Devastated
Japanese City; 10 Interesting Facts
International Business Times, by Gopi Chandra Kharel    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/9/2014 2:34:08 PM     Post Reply
The Japanese city of Nagasaki suffered the same fate as Hiroshima on 9 August 1945, just three days after Hiroshima was hit by American atom bomb. Japan was crushed and essentially rendered to their yielding knees as the United States, under the orders of the then President Harry S. Truman, dropped another atom bomb on Nagasaki, while the country was still trying to cope with the shock and trauma of the Hiroshima attack. The two nuclear bombs– the first of its kind ever used in history, were dropped as a consequences of World War II, which the Japanese empire was

Eleven "extremists" killed in
crackdown on Sinai - sources
Aswat Masriya [Egypt], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 8/9/2014 2:25:12 PM     Post Reply
CAIRO - Eleven "extremists" were killed on Friday in a wide-scale security crackdown on Sinai, state-run MENA agency reported. Three tunnels were also demolished and one SUV vehicle was confiscated in the security campaign to "clear" areas of Al-Arish and Sheikh Zuweid of terrorists, the source added. Army and police forces have been cracking down on extremists and militants that have been targeting security elements and installations in Sinai since the ouster of former President Mohamed Mursi in July 2013.

He’s Merely Phoning it In Now –
A Failing President Obama Talks
To New York Times For An Hour
Before Heading Off On Vacation….
Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 8/9/2014 2:17:18 PM     Post Reply
President Obama gave Thomas Friedman an hour long interview before heading off on vacation to Martha’s Vineyard. Within the interview the failure of a cohesive Obama foreign policy shines through despite the attempted cover from liberal reporters. There’s actually two parts to this interview – the interview as reported - and the opinion piece from Friedman about the interview itself. Within the Times Article you find the footprints of a dejected President staring boldly into the face of his own failure and shortcomings: [...] “We’re not going to let them create some caliphate through Syria and Iraq,” the president said

Obama Warns of ‘Long-Term’ Iraq Strikes
New York Times, by Michael D. Shear & Tim Arango    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/9/2014 2:00:35 PM     Post Reply
Washington - Laying the groundwork for an extended airstrike campaign against Sunni militants in Iraq, President Obama said Saturday that the strikes that began the day before could continue for months as the Iraqis build a new government. “I don’t think we’re going to solve this problem in weeks,” Mr. Obama told reporters before leaving for a two-week vacation on Martha’s Vineyard. “This is going to be a long-term project.” The president repeated his insistence that the United States would not send ground combat troops back to Iraq. But he pledged that the United States and other countries would stand

  


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The glamorous life of a White
House journalist, in 2 photos
Washington Post, by Aaron Blake    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/9/2014 1:17:38 PM     Post Reply
According to today´s White House pool report, photographers were given a little time to photograph President Obama in the Oval Office -- and by a little, we mean a little."At 11:18 am, the pool was brought to the windows outside the Oval Office for a photo spray. It lasted 10 seconds." So naturally, this is what happened: (Tweet/Photo) Have no fear, though, these guys are pros. Here´s what AP´s Jacquelyn Martin was able to snap in that short amount of time:

Why the Liberals Hate Israel
Canada Free Press, by Timothy Birdnow    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 8/9/2014 1:10:51 PM     Post Reply
There is much discussion these days of why the Media and liberals in general are so anti-Israel. It should be obvious to any casual but attentive observer that the media has a bias in favor of the Muslims and in opposition to Israel. Stories about the Gaza war have headlines like “Israel Resumes Gaza Strikes After Cease-Fire Lull - ABC News” or BBC News - Gaza conflict: UN accuses Israel over Jabaliya attack. In fact, a scan of the headlines suggest that Israel was and is the aggressor, while Hamas was minding its own business and only defending itself. This, of

NYT: New Media Drove Obama
to Action In Iraq
Breitbart Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/9/2014 1:09:07 PM     Post Reply
The New York Times doesn´t come right out and say it was New Media that finally drove Obama to admit he withdrew from Iraq prematurely by ordering airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq. But when the New York Times admits that the specter of Benghazi is what drove Obama to action, that is exactly what the Times is saying: Looming over that discussion, and the decision to return the United States to a war Mr. Obama had built his political career disparaging, was the specter of an earlier tragedy: the September 2012 attack on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, which

Obama: Bad Intelligence Behind
ISIS Underestimation
Breitbart TV, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/9/2014 1:03:58 PM     Post Reply
Saturday from the White House South Lawn, President Barack Obama blamed "intelligence estimates" for not anticipating the speed in which ISIS would capture large sections of Iraq. The president,who has been under harsh media criticism for likening ISIS to an Al-Qaeda JV basketball team in January said, "There is no doubt that their advance their movement over the last several of months has been more rapid than the intelligence estimates and I think the the expectation of policy makers both in and outside of Iraq." The president also made clear no troops would go into Iraq during this operation of

  


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Report: Egypt, Palestinians reach new
agreement on cease-fire deal in Gaza
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/9/2014 1:03:54 PM     Post Reply
Egyptian and Palestinian delegates have reportedly reached a new agreement on a draft cease-fire proposal that will be submitted to Israel on Saturday, a Palestinian official told AFP. [Snip] Under the reported terms, Hamas would in effect enact a unity deal signed in April with the PA, entrusting the group´s demands for a port in Gaza to the Ramallah-based government for negotiations at a later point with Israel. Egyptian sources who are intimately familiar with the discussions are quoted by Arab media sources as saying that the sides have reached verbal agreements on a truce that would go into effect

Obama Says Iraq Airstrike Effort
Could Be ‘Long-Term’
New York Times, by Michael D. Shear    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/9/2014 12:52:53 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — President Obama sought to prepare Americans for an extended presence in the skies over Iraq, telling reporters on Saturday that the airstrikes he ordered this week could go on for months as Iraqis try to build a new government. “I don’t think we’re going to solve this problem in weeks,” Mr. Obama said before leaving for a two-week vacation on Martha’s Vineyard. “This is going to be a long-term project.” The president repeated his insistence that the United States would not send ground combat troops back to Iraq. But he pledged that it and other countries would stand

Bear spotted walking upright
is real, and probably injured,
officials say
NJ.com, by Alex Napoliello    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/9/2014 12:50:12 PM     Post Reply
JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP — A bear walking upright around a township development that has become an Internet sensation is injured and needs to be left alone, according to wildlife officials monitoring the situation. The black bear has an injury to both front legs, including its paws and possibly an elbow, said Tracy Leaver, the executive director of the Woodlands Wildlife Refuge. There´s no official cause of how the bear got injured. Kelcey Burguess, a black bear biologist with the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, said he most likely "got hit by a car." Burguess said the bear is expected

VW recalls 189,000 SUVs in
North America for potential stalling
Reuters, by Ben Klayman    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/9/2014 12:37:28 PM     Post Reply
Detroit - Volkswagen AG said on Saturday it is recalling 189,490 Tiguan small sport utility vehicles in North America for potential stalling issues. The German automaker said gas bubbles may form in the fuel system in the affected vehicles from model years 2009 through 2014 when winterized fuel with high vapor pressures is used in warmer areas or during months with higher temperatures. That could lead to reduced fuel pump performance and pressure, potentially resulting in vehicle stalling and could lead to an accident. VW said no accident or injuries related to the issue have been reported. Dealers will install revised electronic control

Guinea closes land borders with
Liberia, S. Leone over Ebola fears
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/9/2014 12:28:56 PM     Post Reply
Conakry - Guinea on Saturday said it was closing its land borders with Liberia and Sierra Leone in a bid to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola virus which has claimed hundreds of lives in the three west African countries. "In order to better control contact" with people suspected of carrying the Ebola virus, "Guinea has decided to temporarily close its land borders with Liberia and Sierra Leone," government spokesman Albert Damantang Camara said.

  



CDCV chief: Ebola spread
to US ´inevitable´
American Thinker, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: fishbone- 8/9/2014 12:17:44 PM     Post Reply
The head of the Centers for Disease Control, Tom Frieden, told a House committee that, inevitably there will be travelers, American citizens and others who go from these three countries -- or from Lagos if it doesn´t get it under control -- and are here with symptoms." He added that he was "confident that there will not be a large Ebola outbreak in the US." Frieden did not say what that confidence was based on. The CDC has already issued its highest alert to hospitals to be on the lookout for patients exhibiting the symptoms of Ebola, but the government is keeping mum on who they are testing and where.

Kurdish Pleas For Weapons
May Finally Be Heard
Associated Press, by Ken Dilanian    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/9/2014 12:17:00 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- For years, Kurdish officials have beseeched the Obama administration to let them buy U.S. weapons. For just as long, the administration has rebuffed America´s closest allies in Iraq. U.S. officials insisted they could only sell arms to the government in Baghdad, even after Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki broke a written promise to deliver some of them to the Kurds. Their peaceful, semi-autonomous northern region had been the lone success story to come out of the 2003 U.S. invasion. Now, the administration is confronting the consequences of that policy. The Islamic State group, which some American officials have

With national ambitions, Ted Cruz
and Rick Perry ramp up rivalry
Dallas Morning News [TX], by Christy Hoppe    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/9/2014 11:33:07 AM     Post Reply
FORT WORTH — The burgeoning rivalry between Texas’ Republican titans took center stage Friday as both assailed Washington but also managed a few subtle swipes at each other. Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Rick Perry are in the pool testing the presidential waters and hoping to make a splash among the 500 conservative activists at the national RedState convention. But also on display were the sharpening themes of the nascent campaigns and the sharpening thrusts of their own differences. Perry sold himself as an experienced chief executive who has made hard decisions and limited government overreach. He has suggested voters are wary of

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