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U.S. Strikes Islamic State Targets
Near Iraqi Kurdish Capital Arbil
Reuters, by Missy Ryan    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/10/2014 10:52:41 AM     Post Reply
Washington - The United States conducted new air strikes on Islamic State targets near Arbil, the capital of Iraq´s semi-autonomous Kurdish region, U.S. Central Command said on Sunday. The strikes, launched by drone aircraft and U.S. fighter jets, were aimed at protecting Kurdish Peshmerga forces as they face off against Islamist militants near Arbil, the site of a U.S. consulate and a U.S.-Iraqi joint military operations center, Central Command said in a statement.

Coming Out as Pro-Israel on Facebook
American Thinker, by Danusha V. Goska    Original Article
Posted By: ScarletPimpernel- 8/10/2014 10:24:29 AM     Post Reply
I recently spelled out my support for Israel on Facebook. This is new for me. I´m an American baby boomer, and I always took it for granted that my country supported Israel, and that forces infinitely more powerful than I had the job covered. There´s another reason I previously hadn´t said much about Israel: I´m Polish-Slovak-American, and I am Catholic. Polish Catholics are stereotyped as the world´s worst anti-Semites. Poles suck anti-Semitism with their mother´s milk, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir famously declared.

Boxing promoter Frank Maloney
reveals he is now living as
a woman called Kellie
Telegraph [UK], by David Barrett    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/10/2014 9:41:27 AM     Post Reply
Frank Maloney, the former boxing promoter who guided Lennox Lewis to the world heavyweight title, is now living as a woman and plans to undergo a sex change. The 61-year-old told a tabloid newspaper she now lives as a woman called Kellie. Maloney, a twice married father-of-three, has been living as a female for more than a year and has begun hormone therapy, the Sunday Mirror reported. “I wasn´t born into the right body, I have always known I was a woman. I can´t keep living in the shadows," she said. The newspaper told in a six-page story how Maloney's unhappiness over her secret wish to be a woman had

  


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An Inside Look at How Democrats
Rig the Election Game
Canada Free Press, by James Simpson    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/10/2014 9:39:55 AM     Post Reply
Elections matter. President Obama proves it every day as he willfully seeks to wreck our nation. But this is very evident elsewhere, too. The 2010 elections reversed decades of Democrat majority control in state houses. Since then, GOP governors and legislatures all over the country have been restoring sanity to state government. Most Americans don’t know this of course, because the media won’t tell you. One good example is North Carolina. Republicans took over the North Carolina legislature in 2010, and Charlotte’s popular Republican mayor, Pat McCrory, won the governor’s mansion in 2012. This gave the GOP full

Unlike previous midterm election
years, no dominant theme
has emerged for 2014
Washington Post, by Philip Rucker & Robert Costa *    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/10/2014 9:14:37 AM     Post Reply
Ask voters in North Carolina’s Research Triangle what November’s midterm elections are about and one will tell you drones. A second will say closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Yet another, the middle-class squeeze. (Snip) This is an election about nothing — and everything. Unlike in previous midterm election years, no dominant national theme has emerged for the 2014 campaign, according to public opinion surveys as well as interviews last week with scores of voters in five key states and with dozens of politicians and party strategists. Even without a single salient issue, a heavy cloud of economic anxiety and general

Putin ´sacks 18 top-
ranking Russian officials´
Independent [UK], by Freddy Mayhew    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/10/2014 9:00:03 AM     Post Reply
Russian President Vladimir Putin has sacked 18 high-ranking officers from their posts, according to a Ukrainian news website. In a purging move by the embattled world leader, heads of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Federal Drug Control Service and the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation lost their jobs. The dismissals, reported exclusively by Euromaidan Press, are said to have been carried out in secret. While no official announcement appears to have been made by Mr Putin, reporters have posted links to the Kremlin’s official website – which can be translated into English – that show a list of staff

At least 20,000 Iraqis have
safely fled Mt Sinjar: officials
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/10/2014 8:49:13 AM     Post Reply
Irbil, Iraq: At least 20,000 civilians who had been besieged by jihadists on a mountain in northern Iraq have safely escaped to Syria and been escorted by Kurdish forces back into Iraq, officials said Sunday. The breakthrough coincided with US air raids on Islamic State fighters in the Sinjar area of northwestern Iraq Saturday. Shawkat Barbahari, an official from the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq put the number of people who escaped the siege and crossed back into Iraqi Kurdistan at 30,000. "The Kurdish peshmerga forces have succeeded in making 30,000 Yazidis who fled Mount Sinjar, most of them

  


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ISIS Flags Flown in Israeli-Arab Cities
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Ari Yashar    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/10/2014 8:30:48 AM     Post Reply
As the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) continues its bloody conquest of Iraq and Syria and begins invading Lebanon, all in the name of establishing a global Sunni Muslim caliphate system, signs of support for the extremist are being seen among Israel´s Arab citizens. [Snip] The flags have been seen flying among both Muslim and Christian Arab citizens of Israel, an ironic move given that ISIS in Iraq has emptied cities of their Christian populations by issuing them an ultimatum either to convert to Islam, pay non-Muslim jhizya taxes - or die. In response to the widespread photos of ISIS flags flying in Nazareth, Ali Salem,

Egypt operates secret prisons
for suspected militants
USA Today, by Sarah Lynch    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/10/2014 8:26:06 AM     Post Reply
Cairo - A young Egyptian doctor was napping when a horde of security forces came to his door. Minutes later, he was blindfolded — hands bound — and forcibly taken away. (Snip) Reports of forced disappearances and torture have climbed since a sweeping state crackdown on political opponents and militant violence last year following the ouster of Islamist leader Mohamed Morsi by then-defense minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is now Egypt´s president. The militants have killed hundreds of Egyptian soldiers and police. According to a report by Amnesty International in May, released prisoners estimated that 200 to 400 people were being

Joneses like their fun,
so now they’re targets
Star-Telegram [Ft. Worth, TX], by Mac Engel    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/10/2014 8:17:24 AM     Post Reply
OXNARD, Calif. — Jerry and Stephen Jones can be rightfully criticized for their management of the Dallas Cowboys, but what no one can say of either man is that they are not gracious hosts. Or that they do not know how to party. The Joneses are the life of every party, and they want everyone invited to their party. The more the merrier, who cares how it looks? If after more than 20 years in the National Football League every other team and league executive does not know this, they are either blind, deaf or just stupid. Jerry wants to win football

Report: Palestinian Arab
Delegation Agrees to 72-Hour Truce
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Tova Dvorin    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/10/2014 8:16:28 AM     Post Reply
The Palestinian Arab delegation in Cairo--comprising of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Fatah (Palestinian Authority) members--have tentatively agreed to a cease-fire, PA state television reports Sunday. [Snip] The announcement has sparked some skepticism, as senior Hamas official Ezzat al-Rishq, who is involved in the Cairo talks, told AFP on Sunday that "the possibility of negotiations to succeed is weak. It is possible that the Palestinian delegation will leave to consult its leaders any minute." Hamas and Islamic Jihad have, additionally, broken no fewer than six "humanitarian ceasefires" so far, including one bilateral agreement brokered by

  


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Hawaii´s Governor Ousted in
Stunning Primary Loss
Associated Press, by Cathy Bussewitz & Juliet Williams    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 8/10/2014 8:16:03 AM     Post Reply
A 40-year political career came to a close after Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie lost his bid for a second term in a stunning primary-election defeat by a fellow Democrat and state senator who defied party leadership to challenge the incumbent. A second intraparty fight for U.S. Senate was too close to call. State Sen. David Ige, once seen as an underdog, cruised to a decisive 35 percentage point win in Saturday´s primary after being dramatically outspent by Abercrombie, who also had high-profile endorsements including President Barack Obama. Ige said his win "proves that people power can be money power, especially in Hawaii."

Plane crashes at Tehran´s Mehrabad
airport; at least 38 reported dead: IRNA
Reuters, by Michelle Moghtader    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/10/2014 8:13:25 AM     Post Reply
An Iran-140 Sepahan Air passenger plane bound for Tabas in northeast Iran with 48 passengers and crew on board crashed on a road near Tehran´s Mehrabad airport on Sunday, killing at least 38 people, Iranian state media reported. Initial reports said that all passengers and crew on board had been killed, but state media later reported that some passengers had been injured and transferred to hospital. (Snip) Iran´s airlines have been plagued by crashes, which Iranian politicians blame on international sanctions that block the airlines from replacing their ageing fleets. About 14 crashes involving Iranian planes were reported in the decade to

The West must face the evil that has
revealed itself in the Iraq genocide
Telegraph [UK], by Michael Nazir-Ali    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/10/2014 8:03:42 AM     Post Reply
A beautiful mosaic of ancient religions, cultures and languages in the Middle East is being systematically destroyed. Until now, the world has watched mutely. When Muslims were threatened with genocide in Bosnia, the international community acted in concert to prevent the campaign against them developing into a full-scale pogrom. I went there myself, as part of an effort to bring relief supplies to all those who were affected. I was also present when millions of Afghan refugees poured into Pakistan after the Soviet invasion of that country. Once again, Western countries, Christian, Islamic and secular organisations were at the

Hillary Clinton: Hamas responsible
for civilian deaths in Gaza
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/10/2014 8:00:15 AM     Post Reply
Former US secretary of state and likely 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton voiced support for Israel´s operation in Gaza, saying in an interview with The Atlantic published on Sunday, "I think Israel did what it had to do to respond to the rockets.” Clinton told The Atlantic´s Jeffrey Goldberg that "Israel has a right to defend itself. The steps Hamas has taken to embed rockets and command-and-control facilities and tunnel entrances in civilian areas, this makes a response by Israel difficult.” Clinton said that, like the United States, Israel has tried to be as careful as possible to avoid killing civilians in Gaza.

  


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Top campaign donors for 2014
American Thinker, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 8/10/2014 6:59:53 AM     Post Reply
The Center for Responsive Politics has issued a report detailing the top donors to political campaigns in 2014. Of the top 20, only two were supporting GOP candidates. Eleven were labor unions. Examiner: The highly respected Center for Responsive Politics put the pro-Democratic fundraising group ActBlue at the top of the organization donor list, coughing up over $30 million, with 99 percent going to Democrats.

Yazidi is Kurdish for
´Unarmed Israeli´"
American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 8/10/2014 6:56:56 AM     Post Reply
So said the brilliant Iowahawk this week as most people of the world watch in horror the spectacle of 40,000 members of this beleaguered Iraqi minority huddled without food or water on rocky Sinjar mountaintops. Below them the savages of ISIS kidnap Yazidi women, raping them and selling them into slavery. Heads of children ISIS decapitated are displayed on pikes in public parks and there are reports of distraught families tossing their beloved babies from mountaintops rather than watch them slowly starve to death. This barbarism comes after tens of thousands of Christians were raped, murdered, driven from their ancestral homes

Hamas would sacrifice
the Palestinians in
order to get at Israel
Daily Express [UK], by Frederick Forsyth    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/10/2014 6:44:01 AM     Post Reply
It now seems the entire British media are referring to the terrible casualties in Gaza as "Palestinian civilians". This seems to be following the BBC´s highly slanted lead. Since when has Gaza had an army, navy and air force? They are all civilians. [Snip] That puts it alongside the Provisional IRA, Al Qaeda, AQAP, AQIM, Taliban, Isis, Al Nusrah and Nigeria´s Boko Haram. In other words, all terrorists are civilians. They have enlisted in no known armed forces, wear no uniforms and carry no badges of rank. They are deliberately indistinguishable from the 90 per cent who just want to

The Breakdown of Family
and the Degradation of Society
Canada Free Press, by Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 8/10/2014 6:37:32 AM     Post Reply
I was surprised by the statement made by former Florida governor Jeb Bush at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference in 2013. “Immigrants create far more businesses than native-born Americans. Immigrants are more fertile, and they love families, and they have more intact families, and they bring a younger population. Immigrants create an engine of economic prosperity.” (Aaron Blake, Jeb Bush: U.S. Economy needs immigrants because they’re ‘more fertile,’ Washington Post, June 14, 2013)

What All This Bad
News Is Doing to Us
New York Magazine, by Jesse Singal    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/10/2014 5:42:19 AM     Post Reply
A terrifying jihadist group is conquering and butchering its way across big swaths of Iraq and Syria. Planes are falling out of the sky on what seems like a weekly basis. Civilians are being killed in massive numbers in the Israel-Gaza conflict. Others are falling prey to Ebola in West Africa. The world, in short, is falling apart. That’s how it feels, at least, to those of us who sit at a blessed remove from the death and destruction, but who are watching every bloody moment of it via cable news and social media. It raises an important question: In an

  



Oracle sues Oregon over
botched Obamacare exchange
Los Angeles Times, by Maeve Reston    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/10/2014 5:37:39 AM     Post Reply
The legal battle over Oregon´s dysfunctional health insurance exchange officially began this week when Oracle Corp. sued the state agency operating the exchange, alleging breach of contract and accusing Gov. John Kitzhaber of attempting to systematically "vilify the company in the media." In a 21-page complaint filed Friday in federal court for the District of Oregon, Portland Division, Oracle charges that during the early months of this year, state officials privately continued to request Oracle´s help to fix their system while engaging in a campaign of "constant public slander" against the tech company.

In Iraq, Obama launches
another drive-by war
Washington Examiner [DC], by Timothy P. Carney    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/10/2014 5:31:19 AM     Post Reply
President Obama says he doesn’t take lightly the decision to launch air attacks on Iraq — but you couldn’t tell that from the way he launched the attack. Obama may or may not be making the correct decision in attacking the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria — the well-armed Islamist terrorist group now attempting a horrifying takeover of Iraq — and so it would have been proper for Obama to raise the question for debate in the past few months while ISIS spread across Iraq. Also, the legality of attacking without congressional authorization is murky. Finally, it’s hard to discern the

Obama’s Economy In Action!
Data Shows Cash For Clunkers
Was An Epic Debacle
Daily Caller, by Eric Owens    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/10/2014 5:26:38 AM     Post Reply
“Cash for Clunkers,” the 2009 Obama administration stimulus program designed to spend $2.85 billion to jumpstart the auto industry, turned out to be a complete disaster — for the auto industry. In the minds of Obama’s team of advisers and economists, the program made total sense, of course. The plan was to dangle a $4,500 credit to persuade car owners to trade in their older automobiles for new cars with better fuel efficiency. It would stimulate an economy then in the midst of a deep recession. As a bonus, it would mean less oil consumption and cleaner-running cars. The law of unintended

Obama’s New, Undeclared Iraq War
Daily Beast, by Eli Lake    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/10/2014 5:23:27 AM     Post Reply
Obama’s new Iraq war began modestly. By the end of his press conference on Saturday though it got a bit bigger. President Barack Obama’s war in Iraq just got more ambitious. Speaking to reporters before departing for a two week vacation with his family on Martha’s Vineyard, President Obama said the U.S. had to make sure the Islamic State “is not engaging in actions that could cripple a country.” Noting the foreign jihadists fighting with the Islamic State, Obama said, “There is going to be a counterterrorism element that we are already preparing for.” And while Obama stressed that the U.S. military cannot

“Liberal” Is Just
A Synonym For “Smug”
Townhall, by Kurt Schlichter    Original Article
Posted By: geo11- 8/10/2014 5:20:42 AM     Post Reply
I guess it´s easy to be moral when morality is defined as whatever you need at that moment. Still, it’s annoying to listen to people with such a weird, unearned sense of their own moral superiority. In truth, they are utterly morally illiterate. These are folks who draw parallels between Hamas and Israel when the only parallel between the Israelis and the jihadist degenerates is that they share the habit of breathing oxygen. You’d be better off discussing ethics with your terrier. At least your dog isn’t going to come up with excuses for Ted Kennedy. They´re delusional in that they really

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