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Storm clears Hawaii, polls open for
hot primaries for Senate, governor
Fox News & Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/9/2014 5:19:08 PM     Post Reply
Hawaii residents go to the polls Saturday to vote in key primary races including hotly-contested Senate and gubernatorial contests, as the worst of a tropical storm that pounded the island state for several days has passed. The National Weather Service in Honolulu canceled a tropical storm warning for all Hawaiian Islands now that Iselle has passed, said state officials, who scrambled Saturday to set up polling stations. (Snip) At least half of Hawaii voters were expected to cast early ballots, and about 8,000 affected voters will be able to cast absentee ballots later, with a lower-than-usual Election Day turnout possible.

London nun tears down ISIL
flag from building
Washington Times, by Kellan Howell    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 8/9/2014 5:11:10 PM     Post Reply
A nun in east London climbed to the top of a local building and ripped down a flag similar to the one flown by Jihadist militants in Syria and Iraq. IB Times reported Friday that the flag was being flown alongside Palestinian flags and slogans in support of Gaza. Community members issued complaints over the flag with local council members, claiming that it was causing tension within the community. When council members went to take the flag down, they were surprised to find, someone had beat them to it. “The council can confirm that following reports this morning of a flag erected on the

Conservatives Are Greatest
Threat To Nation, Obama Suggests
Daily Caller, by Neil Munro    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/9/2014 4:26:18 PM     Post Reply
Political conservatives are the greatest threat to the nation, President Barack Obama suggested in a kid-glove interview with the New York Times. “The president mused, the biggest threat to America — the only force that can really weaken us — is us,” said the interviewer, Thomas Friedman. “Our politics are dysfunctional… societies don’t work if political factions take maximalist positions,” said Obama, who repeatedly claims to be a moderate stymied by the GOP’s supposed obstructionism and radicalism. “And the more diverse the country is, the less it can afford to take maximalist positions,” Obama added. That comment about diversity was

  


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Romney got so much right
Chicago Sun-Times, by Steve Huntley    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/9/2014 4:22:20 PM     Post Reply
Almost every day, it seems, brings a headline demonstrating how right 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was, and how wrong President Barack Obama was, on the critical issues facing America. In 2012, Romney warned that Obama’s failure to secure an agreement to keep a residual military force in Iraq would threaten the U.S. gains made at such a high cost in American lives and treasure. “America’s ability to influence events for the better in Iraq has been undermined by the abrupt withdrawal of our entire troop presence,” Romney asserted. The chaos in Iraq today supports Romney’s view. With no

Navy SEAL tries to secure spot
on Northwestern football team
Sun-Times [Chicago, IL], by Seth Gruen    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/9/2014 4:20:55 PM     Post Reply
When you size up Tom Hruby’s chances of securing a spot on the Northwestern football team, it would be fair to say the odds are stacked against him. He’s a junior trying to walk on as a defensive end — meaning he is competing against scholarship athletes aggressively pursued by the university. He’s 32, has a wife, three kids and a full-time job. Overwhelming odds? That’s the perfect scenario for Hruby because that’s how he makes his living. Hruby is an active Navy SEAL. “I don’t feel like where I’m at today is some outstanding or amazing thing,” Hruby told the Sun-Times. “It’s just more of a challenging route . . . the way I kind of

Before his organ donation,
a final loving vigil for their son
Los Angeles Times, by Emily Foxhall    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/9/2014 4:14:51 PM     Post Reply
Veronica Eckhardt bent over the hospital bed, sponging paint onto the sole of her son´s left foot. "Connor would not like what we´re doing," she said. Doctors had declared Connor Eckhardt brain-dead the day before, at age 19. Machines breathed for him in the Neuro Intensive Care Unit at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach. Veronica´s husband, Devin, held his son´s leg steady as she continued to apply a mixture of brown and blue, Connor´s favorite colors. It was Thursday, July 17. Their son´s decision to donate his organs had allowed the couple extra time at his bedside. Tests needed to

We cannot be silent in the
face of the slaughter in Iraq
Telegraph [UK], by Douglas Alexander    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/9/2014 4:10:16 PM     Post Reply
Forty thousand followers of the Yazidi faith are huddling, terrified, on the side of Mount Sinjar, fearing that their women are going to be raped, enslaved or killed. Nearly a quarter of Iraq’s Christians have been driven from their homes in the past week alone. In theory, the Islamic State gave them the choice of converting, paying a fine, or leaving. In practice, many were murdered before they could even make that horrendous choice: the militants have, in the words of Canon Andrew White, vicar of Baghdad, “chopped off heads, chopped children in half, hanged people on crosses. The stories

  


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Pakistan´s military says operation "cripples
terrorists´ command, control system"
Xinhua News Agency [China], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/9/2014 3:59:00 PM     Post Reply
Islamabad - Pakistan´s military officials on Saturday told the country´s top political leaders that the " terrorists are on the run and their command and control system had been crippled" as a result of the major military offensive in North Waziristan tribal region. (Snip) The army said that hundreds of local and foreign militants have been killed during the long-awaited operation and their sanctuaries destroyed. Director General Military Operations Major General Amir Riaz briefed the political leadership about the ongoing operation code- named "Zarb-e-Azb" and the status of objectives achieved so far, a statement from the prime minister´s media center

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

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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