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Obama’s Treachery and Republican Silence
National Review Online, by David Horowitz    Original Article
Posted By: steveW- 8/10/2014 3:50:01 AM     Post Reply
Barack Obama deliberately set out to lose the war in Iraq, and he did. He defied the advice of his joint chiefs of staff to secure America’s formidable military presence and keep 20,000 troops in country, and left Iraq to its own devices and the tender mercies of Iran. In doing so, he betrayed every American and Iraqi who gave his life to create a free Iraq and keep it out of the clutches of the terrorists. Iraq is now a war zone dominated by the terrorist forces of the Islamic State, whose rise Obama’s policies fostered. Both his secretaries

Obama Outlines His Post-Presidency
Daily Beast, by Eleanor Clift    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 8/10/2014 3:40:29 AM     Post Reply
With prospects for major legislation nonexistent, Obama is looking to plant seeds that he hopes his successors can cultivate. President Obama spent much of his first term fending off criticism that he hadn’t done enough for the black community, and that he wasn’t paying enough attention to Africa, where his father was born and where expectations soared after his election. In his second term, he’s making up for lost time. Earlier this year, he launched his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative aimed at boosting opportunities for boys and young men of color, and this week, he hosted 50 heads of state

Never bark down: Inspiring story of the
chook farmer and his dog who battled
bureaucracy for FIVE YEARS to save a
population of penguins... and are now
the stars of a multimillion dollar film
Daily Mail [Australia], by Sarah Dean    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/10/2014 3:25:19 AM     Post Reply
A Victorian chicken farmer who battled local council bureaucracy for five years says he hopes the multimillion dollar film being made about his life will inspire others ´to take no nonsense´. Allan Marsh, better known as Swampy in his local community, helped the decimated Little Penguins of Middle Island, off the coast of Warrnambool in south-west Victoria, survive after his faithful maremma dog Oddball began protecting them in 2006. [Snip] ´The weird thing about the movie is that it might inspire someone out there to say "I´ve got a good idea and I’m not going to back down",´ he told

  


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´Young lads... missing limbs with hundreds of
tubes coming out of them was something I
never prepared myself for´: Prince Harry speaks
about horrific injuries he saw in Afghanistan
Press Association [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/10/2014 3:02:17 AM     Post Reply
Prince Harry has revealed his experience of the ´horrendous´ nature of war during his two tours of Afghanistan, in which he encountered children who had died from roadside bombs and soldiers lying on the battlefield. The Royal, who is a Captain in the Army, regularly flew injured personnel and civilians to the hospital at the Camp Bastion military base during his second tour of the country from 2012 to 2013 when he served as an Apache helicopter pilot. [Snip] ´Loss of life is as tragic and devastating as it gets, but to see young lads--much younger than me--wrapped in plastic

The last comic standing
Canada Free Press, by Dr. Robert R. Owens    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/9/2014 11:14:45 PM     Post Reply
At one time if you had said that an African-American would be president of the United States people would have thought you were crazy. Praise God those days are behind us. At one time if you had said there would be a rogue president violating the Constitution at will and daring Congress to impeach him you would have been accused of either taking drugs or needing some. Sad to say those days are upon us. (Snip) Why would a president even speak of impeachment? The democratic machine is using it for fundraising. They are also using it gin up support

Hamas could have chosen peace.
Instead, it made Gaza suffer.
Washington Post, by Dennis Ross    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/9/2014 11:11:44 PM     Post Reply
In the winter of 2005, Ziad Abu Amr, a Gaza representative in the Palestinian Legislative Council, invited me to speak in Gaza City. As I entered the building for the event, I saw Mahmoud al-Zahar, one of the co-founders of Hamas. Before I could say anything, Ziad explained: “We decided to invite the opposition to hear you. We think it is important that they do so.” I had not expected senior Hamas leaders to be there, but it didn’t alter my main message. Israel was slated to withdraw from the Gaza Strip in several months, so I emphasized that this was

Nearly closing time for Rory McIlroy
ESPN, by Gene Wojciechowski    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/9/2014 10:53:39 PM     Post Reply
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- It is 14 years from now. Rory McIlroy is 39. Think of the possibilities. Has McIlroy won the 15-20 majors that the great Jack Nicklaus predicted he would back in August of 2014? (Snip) McIlroy is at the brink of greatness. Or near greatness. Or whatever you call what he´s doing these days, which is pretty much giving dog commands to the rest of the tournament fields: Sit ... stay ... roll over. This week, it´s the PGA Championship. Before that it was the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Before that it was the Open Championship. The world´s No. 1-ranked

  


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Obama´s map of misreading
PowerLine, by Scott Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/9/2014 10:33:36 PM     Post Reply
It’s not unusual for Obama to regale us with his deep thoughts. He does it all the time. Not for him the adage (I think it’s Mark Twain’s) that “it’s better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than open it and remove all doubt.” No, Obama speaks on matters great and small with “the calm confidence of a Christian with four aces” (Twain again). Obama called in one of his most prominent apostles to record his thoughts on current events this week. That would be New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. Friedman now gives us “Obama on the

Teen arrested in sexual assault,
death of missing Washington girl
Los Angeles Times, by James Queally    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 8/9/2014 10:27:32 PM     Post Reply
A 17-year-old has been arrested in the sexual assault and killing of a 6-year-old girl who disappeared from her family´s Washington home six days ago, law enforcement officials said Saturday. Jenise Wright, who vanished from the mobile home park where her family lives in east Bremerton, Wash., on Sunday, was found dead Thursday. Her death was ruled a homicide Friday, law enforcement officials have said. The Kitsap County Sheriff´s Office and the FBI announced the arrest late Saturday afternoon. The suspect, identified only as a 17-year-old, was arrested at his home shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday, police said during a

Fighters abandoning al-Qaeda affiliates
to join Islamic State, U.S. officials say
Washington Post, by Greg Miller    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 8/9/2014 10:24:23 PM     Post Reply
U.S. spy agencies have begun to see groups of fighters abandoning al-Qaeda affiliates in Yemen and Africa to join the rival Islamist organization that has seized territory in Iraq and Syria and been targeted in American airstrikes, U.S. officials said. The movements are seen by U.S. ­counterterrorism analysts as a worrisome indication of the expanding appeal of a group known as the Islamic State that has overwhelmed military forces in the region and may now see itself in direct conflict with the United States. “Small groups from a number of al-Qaeda affiliates have defected to ISIS,” as the group is also known,

Calais´ thousands of migrants
waiting, hoping to get to Britain
Telegraph [UK], by Harriet Alexander    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/9/2014 9:57:45 PM     Post Reply
Calais — In his 20 years as a lorry driver, Sean Baker, a former soldier, thought he had seen it all. But nothing, he said, compares to the chaos in Calais at the moment. "Just this morning I was filling up my truck with fuel and two migrants jumped in," he said. "I shouted at them and they hopped out. It´s mayhem. It happens every hour. "I had one yesterday, from Sudan, who offered to give me €400 if I took him to England. I said: ´Are you mad?!´ and he then upped it to €600." Based in Dover and making

  


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British ´Primark jihadist´ killed
fighting with Islamic State
Telegraph [UK], by Josie Ensor    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/9/2014 9:52:06 PM     Post Reply
A British former Primark employee has died fighting with jihadists in Syria, according to reports. Muhammad Hamidur Rahman, who grew up in Portsmouth and had previously worked as a supervisor at the clothing chain, was killed fighting alongside Islamic State fighters late last month. The 25-year-old left the UK in October last year, telling relatives he was joining on a “convoy” to deliver aid. Rahman, of Bangladeshi origin, has said he was called by God to help Muslims being killed by President Bashar al-Assad and that he was reconciled to dying in Syria. His father Abdul Hannan, 56, said the family were informed of his death

Summer 2014 is the coldest in a decade
New York Post, by Jennifer Bain and Sophia Rosenbaum    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/9/2014 9:51:00 PM     Post Reply
The summer of 2014 has been one of the mildest on the books — and could be the first summer in a decade without a heatwave. “It wasn’t clear if it was going to be a hot or a cool summer,” said National Weather Service meteorologist David Stark. “We started out the year very cool and it seems like we just continued that. It doesn’t look like we have any heat waves in the near future.” Instead of searching for the skimpiest outfits to battle the sizzling sun, New Yorkers are reaching for their sweatshirts. “It’s been so much colder this summer,”

President Obama makes video
appearance at Gay Games
WKYC-TV 3 (Cleveland, OH), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/9/2014 9:48:24 PM     Post Reply
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- President Barack Obama made a surprise video appearance at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Gay Games. Thousands of participants from all over the world came to the Quicken Loans Arena to watch the opening ceremony. Greg Louganis, Lance Bass, the Pointer Sisters, Broadway´s Andrea McArdle and Alex Newell also made appearances at the opening ceremony.

Arm the Kurds!
PowerLine, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/9/2014 9:47:35 PM     Post Reply
ISIS has routed Kurdish forces in their early engagements, mostly because they are better armed. (Snip) There are rumors that the CIA might be supplying the Kurds with small amounts of weaponry, but is the Obama administration finally willing to help arm the Kurds in a significant way? Perhaps not: "Pentagon officials say their policy hasn’t changed — they will only sell arms to Baghdad." My God, how lame is it possible for a human being to be? The peshmerga are a brave, competent fighting force. But they need modern weapons–and they are even willing to pay for them! Everyone

  


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Congress must defund the worst
of the United Nations´ institutions
Tribune-Review (Pittsburg, PA), by John Bolton    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/9/2014 9:40:30 PM     Post Reply
Although far from central to the ongoing Hamas-Israel hostilities, the United Nations has nonetheless inflicted substantial damage to its own reputation and credibility. So outrageously have several U.N. institutions behaved, before and during the current Gaza crisis, that the United States can no longer ignore or excuse it. Congress must act to defund U.N. bodies that perform unacceptably — thereby denying them the resources and the legitimacy of American support and putting other U.N. agencies on notice they could face a similar fate. Three U.N. agencies in particular have demonstrated serious, sustained bias against both Israel and the United States, starting

China’s long history of harvesting
organs from living political foes
New York Post, by Larry Getlen    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/9/2014 8:33:40 PM     Post Reply
Enver Tohti was a surgeon in a hospital in Xinjiang, in the northwestern part of China, when, in June 1995, he was instructed by his superior to prepare for an adventure — surgery in the field. In the morning, when the doctor and his team arrived at their destination, he realized they were at “the Western Mountain Execution Grounds, which specialized in killing political dissidents.” “When you hear a gunshot, drive around the hill,” he was told. He asked why they were there. “You don’t want to know.” After the shot rang out, he drove where he was told, and saw “10, maybe 20, bodies lying at the base of the hill.”

We’re training the Taliban to kill
us — and take back Afghanistan
New York Post, by Paul Sperry    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/9/2014 8:28:30 PM     Post Reply
The assassination of an American general by a Taliban terrorist posing as an Afghan soldier exposes the lunacy of the administration’s Afghanistan strategy. Under pressure from President Obama, the military rushed to recruit local Afghans to stand up a national army and police ahead of his hasty year-end troop withdrawal. To process some 7,000 new recruits each month, corners were cut on background checks, allowing insurgents and terrorists to fill the ranks of the now-350,000-member security force. At the same time, the Pentagon allowed the Afghan government to take over and empty US prisons of Taliban and other terrorists as

Inside Obama´s Vineyard vacation rental
Cape Cod Times (MA), by Jason Kolnos    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/9/2014 7:42:09 PM     Post Reply
CHILMARK -- To the infinity pool and beyond! When President Barack Obama arrives for his fifth summer vacation on Martha´s Vineyard today, he may just want to chill out for a bit at his swanky new rental. The Obamas will unwind at a nearly $12 million property that features a seven-bedroom house along Vineyard Sound. The home, on Gosnold´s Way, is in a more secluded spot than the South Road house the first family rented last year, a location that caused traffic headaches. This summer´s 8,100-square-foot rental home has sweeping views of the Elizabeth Islands, a combination basketball and tennis

Minority Report
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/9/2014 7:36:33 PM     Post Reply
Most public facts fall into the “maybe” category. Let’s review the maybes in three categories of recent headlines. 1. the conflict with Russia; 2. the situation in Iraq; 3. the transmissability of Ebola. The conventional wisdom is that ‘Putin is on the run’ and ‘Edward Snowden was a patriotic whistleblower’. Ed Epstein has recorded a YouTube video that might make you rethink the proposition that Snowden acted with good intentions. Epstein argues that the vast majority of documents Snowden stole pertained to US penetrations of Chinese and Russian systems. Only a very small portion of his take bore upon NSA

  



Exclusive: Border staff threaten
to strike over risk of deadly
Ebola entering the UK
Daily Star Sunday [UK], by Sian Hewitt    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/9/2014 7:30:20 PM     Post Reply
Frontline workers are scared they will be exposed to the disease if it enters the UK. Border Force staff at ­London’s Heathrow and ­Gatwick airports are furious no measures have been put in place to preserve their health. An insider told the Daily Star Sunday: “There is panic. It takes one person to come into this country with Ebola and all hell will break loose. “Workers are being told to look for passengers who ­appear unwell and to raise the alarm immediately. But given how dangerous it seems to be, that doesn’t seem enough. “People are scared and you can’t blame them. Many aren’t confident we are going to be kept safe and this has led to strike

President Obama Arrives For
Martha’s Vineyard Vacation
And Heads Out To Golf
Associated Press/CBS, by Julie Pace    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/9/2014 7:25:37 PM     Post Reply
CHILMARK– President Barack Obama wasted no time heading to the golf links after arriving on Martha’s Vineyard Saturday afternoon for a two-week summer vacation just as the U.S. is engaged in airstrikes against Islamic militant targets in Iraq. Marine One touched down on Martha’s Vineyard at 12:41 p.m. President Obama, Michelle Obama and their daughter Malia headed to the motorcade, which soon departed. Obama’s other daughter, Sasha, will be joining the family later. The motorcade made a 20-minute drive to the vacation home in Chilmark where the Obama family will be staying. The house sits at the end of a

US planes, drones conduct
more airstrikes in Iraq
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/9/2014 7:17:55 PM     Post Reply
Washington - US forces Saturday launched more airstrikes in northern Iraq to defend attacks on Yazidi civilians, the Pentagon said, on the second day of its military campaign. (Snip) The first strike, at around 11:20 Washington time (1520 GMT), was carried out by a mix of fighter jets and drones, the United States Central Command, which covers the Middle East, said in a statement. It targeted two armored personnel carriers firing on Yazidi civilians near Sinjar, the state said, adding one of the two IS vehicles was hit and destroyed. Twenty minutes later, after monitoring the second personnel carrier, the US aircraft struck and apparently destroyed two

Obama Was For Our
Total Withdrawal From Iraq
Before He Was Against It (Video)
Breitbart InstaBlog, by Debra Heine    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/9/2014 7:12:05 PM     Post Reply
Before heading off to Operation Martha´s Vineyard, this morning, the president held a brief press conference on the White House lawn to discuss his decision to use air strikes against ISIS in Iraq. Asked if he was having second thoughts about the American withdrawal from Iraq in 2011, and if that gives him pause since the U.S. is doing the same thing in Afghanistan, Obama launched into his trademark doublespeak: “What I think is interesting is how often this keeps coming up as if it was my decision,” Obama answered. "Under the previous administration, we had turned over the country

Brooks: Policy on ISIS Shouldn´t
Be Based ´on What Should Have
Been Done in 2003´
Breitbart TV, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/9/2014 6:14:48 PM     Post Reply
In his regular appearance on PBS’s “NewsHour” on Friday, New York Times columnist David Brooks weighed in on how the United States should handle the spread of ISIS in northern Iraq, particularly regarding the humanitarian crisis. Brooks argued against the Obama administration basing foreign policy on polling data because Americans are insulated from what’s going on around the world. “That’s why you can never run a foreign policy on the polls,” Brooks said. “The polls would have been against Hitler in 1933. That was clearly the wrong thing to do against doing anything against Hitler in the 1930s. The American

Must See: Large python that has been
eating Port St. Lucie neighborhood´s
cats captured by cops
WPEC-TV [West Palm Beach, FL], by Victoria Price    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/9/2014 5:43:23 PM     Post Reply
Port St. Lucie, Fla. - Cats have been disappearing in one Port St. Lucie neighborhood so when Sergeant John Holman was called to the 600 block of SE Faith Terrace Friday morning for a report of another deceased cat, he made a startling discovery. Hiding in some brush, Sgt. Holman spotted a 12-foot long 120-pound Burmese Python. Neighbors believe the large snake has been feasting on their felines. The Sergeant called for backup to help get the large predator from the brush. Cops say the snake belongs to a person who lives near by. No charges have been filed as of yet. It is illegal to own a python in the state of Florida without a F.W.C. permit,

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