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Going It Alone
Washington Post, by Eli Saslow    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/10/2014 5:18:06 AM     Post Reply
ENCINO, Tex. — Elias Pompa had a thousand square miles of backcountry to patrol by himself, but now all he could see was the red Texas clay coating his windshield. “Damn dirt,” the sheriff’s deputy said, turning on his wipers, trying to follow the road as dusk closed in on him 11 hours into his shift. The gravel lane turned into two trail ruts, and the trail disappeared in sand and mesquite. He checked his location on a map, but the nearest marked road was three miles away. He had been dispatched to this part of Brooks County to investigate

Lessons of the War in Gaza
National Review Online, by Daniel Pipes    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/10/2014 5:15:03 AM     Post Reply
As Israeli operations against Hamas wind down, here are seven insights into the month-long conflict: Missile shield: The superb performance of Iron Dome, the protective system that shot down nearly every Hamas rocket threatening life or property, has major military implications for Israel and the world. Its success signals that “Star Wars” (as opponents maliciously dubbed it upon introduction in 1983) can indeed provide protection from short-range and also presumably from long-range rockets and missiles, potentially changing the future of warfare. Tunnels: Tunneling behind enemy lines is hardly a new tactic; historically, it has had success, such as at the 1917 Battle

Gaza conflict: Palestinians threaten
to leave Cairo truce talks
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/10/2014 5:13:24 AM     Post Reply
Palestinians threaten to leave Cairo truce talks on Sunday with Palestinians issuing ultimatum to Israeli delegation to attend Cairo talks. Palestinian negotiators warned they would leave Cairo if an Israeli delegation did not show up for truce negotiations on Sunday, with one official setting a 1300 GMT deadline. [Snip] The Palestinian negotiators had earlier said an Israeli delegation was expected in Cairo on Sunday, based on an invitation by Egyptian mediators. An Israeli official told AFP that talks could not take place until Palestinian rocket fire came to a halt. The Palestinian delegation warned they would leave the Egyptian capital

  


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A Bug Is Making People Allergic To Meat,
And Doctors Don´t Know If It´s Permanent
Associated Press, by Marilyn Marchione    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/10/2014 5:12:12 AM     Post Reply
A bug can turn you into a vegetarian, or at least make you swear off red meat. Doctors across the nation are seeing a surge of sudden meat allergies in people bitten by a certain kind of tick. This bizarre problem was only discovered a few years ago but is growing as the ticks spread from the Southwest and the East to more parts of the United States. In some cases, eating a burger or a steak has landed people in the hospital with severe allergic reactions. Few patients seem aware of the risk, and even doctors are slow to recognize it.

Holder’s absurd push for
equal-outcome policing
Washington Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/10/2014 5:05:29 AM     Post Reply
The San Antonio Spurs, champions of the National Basketball Association, last week hired a female assistant coach, something new in professional sports. Skeptics call it a publicity stunt, but Becky Hammon knows her game. She is in her 16th season in the Women’s National Basketball Association, and is a six-time All-Star. She wasn’t drafted to play for the Spurs — nor has any other woman been. Women are thought to be not big enough and not strong enough to play with men. In a game where the scoreboard can’t be argued with, that’s not discrimination, but a simple recognition of the

Meet the only horse to
become a Marine sergeant
New York Post, by Robin Hutton    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/10/2014 5:01:13 AM     Post Reply
In the spring of 1954, as the Korean War was winding down, Navy Corpsman Robert “Doc” Rogers decided to buy a Marine a drink. “I heard stories about the guys. Marines would come in drunk off of liberty and they’d go down and say, ‘Let’s go down and let Reckless out.’ And they’d do it — just to see what trouble she’d get into.” That Reckless was a horse didn’t really matter. She loved beer — and camaraderie. “Sometimes the guys would be standing around talking and she’d walk right up to us and just stand there,” Doc Rogers said.

Wendy Davis campaign runs
controversial rape ad
The Week, by Sarah Eberspacher    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/10/2014 4:47:52 AM     Post Reply
Most polls show Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) lagging behind state Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) in her bid to become the state´s first Democratic governor in two decades. And in politics, when the battle looks like a tough one to win, sometimes the solution is a high-risk, high-reward gamble. But the Davis campaign´s decision to run an ad accusing the Republican Abbott of "siding with a corporation over a rape victim" is a very risky gamble, indeed. The ad began airing on Thursday night, describing a 1993 incident in which a woman said she was raped by a Kirby

  


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Obama Makes Surprise Appearance
to Kick Off Gay Games
PJ Media, by Paula Bolyard    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/10/2014 4:43:40 AM     Post Reply
President Obama made a surprise video appearance at the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Gay Games in Cleveland on Saturday. Joining Greg Louganis, Lance Bass, the Pointer Sisters, and Broadway’s Andrea McArdle and Alex Newell in celebrating the event, Obama said, “Since 1982 the Gay Games have given lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender athletes and supporters around the world a chance to come together to compete, celebrate, and inspire others.” President Obama, who is vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard, noted how the country has changed since the games began in 1982. “We’ve also seen America change in that time, even since 2006,

CNN contributor defines who
comedians can make fun of
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/10/2014 4:40:01 AM     Post Reply
Let’ s just start by saying that this is going to be a touchy subject for a lot of people, but it’s still worth being kicked around a bit over. Earlier this week I wound up reading an editorial piece published at CNN by David M. Perry, associate professor of history at Dominican University in Illinois and author of the blog: How Did We Get Into This Mess? In the article, titled, Is Down syndrome comedy fodder, the author takes comedian Wyatt Cenac to task for a particular joke he told. “I am like, I am so (BLEEP) high. This is

The Right War
New York Times, by Ross Douthat    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/10/2014 4:36:22 AM     Post Reply
THREE times before last week’s decision to launch airstrikes against the self-styled caliphate, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, President Obama was urged to intervene in Middle Eastern conflicts: in Libya in the spring of 2011, in Syria from 2011 onward and in Iraq two short months ago, when Baghdad was threatened by the swift advance of ISIS. In each case, there were good reasons to hesitate. In Libya, we had little to gain strategically from Muammar el-Qaddafi’s fall, and more to fear from the vacuum that might follow. Syria was a more significant theater, and Bashar al-Assad’s downfall a

No ‘DREAMers’ in Dem Disneyland
Boston Herald, by Howie Carr    Original Article
Posted By: geo11- 8/10/2014 4:35:28 AM     Post Reply
He’s baaaaack, like a bad penny. Yes, Barry Soetoro, also known as Barack Obama, has returned yet again to the state he calls “Massa-tu-setts,” in the bosom of the Beautiful People, Martha’s Vineyard. The Vineyard is the dream destination of every carbon footprint-obsessed Democrat billionaire with his own private jet — an island, four miles out into the ocean, far, far removed from the foul breath of the plebeians. Martha’s Vineyard — the ultimate gated community. Every imaginable amenity is at Obama’s beck and call, except one. There are no “DREAMERS” on Martha’s Vineyard. Oh sure, a handful of illegals may be lurking about

  


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Gridlock Is Good
Slate, by Reihan Salam    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/10/2014 4:31:42 AM     Post Reply
President Obama is furious about congressional gridlock. In a press conference last week, he chastised the Republican-led House of Representatives for refusing to support the bipartisan immigration bill that was passed out of the Senate last June. “The argument isn’t between me and the House Republicans,” the president said. “It’s between the House Republicans and the Senate Republicans, and House Republicans and the business community, and House Republicans and the evangelical community.” The president then insisted that intransigence on the part of House Republicans was forcing his hand: “In circumstances where even basic, common-sense, plain, vanilla legislation can’t pass because

Sheriff: Driver hit by Tony Stewart
in sprint car race has died
NBC News, by Chris Estrada    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/10/2014 4:28:22 AM     Post Reply
The Ontario County (N.Y.) Sheriff’s Department has confirmed the death of a sprint car driver that was hit by three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart in an incident Saturday night at the Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park. During a race at the half-mile dirt track, Stewart caused 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr. to spin out. That caused Ward to get out of his car to confront Stewart, but he was then struck by Stewart’s car. Early Sunday morning, Sheriff Phil Povero confirmed that the driver was pronounced dead on arrival after being taken to a local hospital, Thompson Health. Povero also added that

´A catastrophe´: Yazidi survivor recalls
horror of evading ISIS and death
CNN, by Ivan Watson & Greg Botelho    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/10/2014 4:20:05 AM     Post Reply
Irbil, Iraq -- Which is worse: Running desperately for your life, or seeing others´ lives end without enough to eat or drink? It´s an impossible question to answer. Then again, it´s difficult to fathom most anything thousands of minority Yazidis have endured in recent weeks as they´ve fled from ISIS militants into remote, rugged, sparse mountains of northern Iraq. "With my own eyes, I saw dogs feeding off dead bodies," one of those Yazidis, a man named Tariq, told CNN. "It´s not a crisis. It´s a catastrophe." Descendants of Kurds and followers of an ancient pre-Islamic religion, Yazidis are small

Hawaii Gov. Abercrombie
Ousted By Ige in Primary
Associated Press, by Cathy Bussewitz    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/10/2014 4:17:32 AM     Post Reply
HONOLULU -- In a stunning defeat for an incumbent, Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie was unseated by a fellow Democrat in Saturday´s primary election, as Democratic voters chose state Sen. David Ige as their nominee in one of two marquee races that have divided the party. Abercrombie had tried to hold onto his seat while disgruntled voters turned their allegiance to Ige, who promised to bring a less confrontational political style. Voters rewarded Ige with a decisive victory. In the U.S. Senate race, incumbent Democrat Brian Schatz also faces a threat from fellow Democrat U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, who believes the seat should

  


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´Get ready for 100-year war with Islam´:
Former Australian Army chief underlines
homegrown jihad threat and warns
´terrorists only have to be lucky once´
Daily Mail [Australia], by Lillian Radulova    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/10/2014 3:55:02 AM     Post Reply
The former Chief of the Australian Army, professor Peter Leahy, has warned that Australia needs to prepare itself for a century-long war, both overseas and at home, against radical Islamic militants. [Snip] ´We´ve even had bomb plots here in Australia and thanks to police and intelligence agencies, have been able to stop those threats. ´But terrorists only have to be lucky once.´ Mr Leahy told The Weekend Australian that the war against radical Islam was likely to last for nearly 100 years. ´Australia is involved in the early stages of a war which is likely to last for the rest

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

´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

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,

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