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Meet Four Business Owners
Squeezed by Operation Choke Point
Daily Signal, by Kelsey Harkness    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 8/12/2014 9:19:58 AM     Post Reply
With no explanation, Brian Brookman last month lost the bank account for his pawn shop. He had no idea why. Brookman says his store in Grand Haven, Mich., never had been in trouble with federal or state officials. And being in the pawn industry, he was required by law to get a city license every year. “If there was ever a problem, they wouldn’t renew my license,” Brookman, a former police officer and Army veteran, told The Daily Signal. After researching his case on the Internet, Brookman says he concluded that his banker, JP Morgan Chase, closed the account because

CNN Anchor Don Lemon: ´I Understand´
St. Louis Rioting, Looting
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/12/2014 9:19:04 AM     Post Reply
After hundreds of people rioted and looted in Ferguson, Missouri, Sunday evening to protest the death of Michael Brown – an unarmed, black 18-year-old whom a police officer shot over the weekend – CNN anchor Don Lemon sympathized with the rioters and lawbreakers. Appearing as a guest on Brooke Baldwin´s CNN show Monday, Lemon said, "this is about the treatment of men of color in our society." "They are treated differently whether it be law enforcement, whether it be at work, whether it be at a grocery store, whether it be on the street," he said. "They are treated differently,

When Muslims Fall Out
American Thinker, by Mike Konrad    Original Article
Posted By: trapper- 8/12/2014 9:13:13 AM     Post Reply
The U.S. is now bombing ISIS positions in Iraq. Before we get heavily involved in a losing battle – no matter who wins, we lose – the U.S. should consider its options wisely. We should not let emotional pleas overrule reason. By all means, the USA should drop food, tents, medical supplies, and even some small arms for self-defense to the Christians and Yazidis in Northern Iraq. Innocents should not be allowed to die. Beyond that limited involvement, America should do nothing. Why? Because Shia Iran is terrified of Sunni ISIS. Remember Iran? The mullah-ridden state trying to build nuclear



Ebola claims its first European
victim: Spanish priest dies in
Madrid five days after being
flown out of Liberia
Daily Mail (UK), by Jennifer Newton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/12/2014 9:13:08 AM     Post Reply
A Spanish priest who became the first person carrying the deadly Ebola virus to be brought back to Europe for treatment has died in a Madrid hospital. Miguel Pajares, 75, died at the Carlos III Hospital, where he was being treated, a spokeswoman confirmed. A convoy of medics in protective suits escorted the missionary back to Spain last week after he was repatriated on a specially-adapted Airbus plane from Liberia in west Africa. Spain´s Health Ministry said yesterday that it had obtained a course of the U.S.-made drug ZMapp over the weekend to treat the priest. The Madrid hospital would

Johnson Ordered to
Appear before Grand Jury
WTOK [Meridian, MS], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/12/2014 8:36:10 AM     Post Reply
Lauderdale County, Miss. One of the most incendiary charges made following Mississippi´s U.S. Senate runoff in June was that Sen. Thad Cochran´s campaign participated in paying for black votes. Cochran defeated state Sen. Chris McDaniel, who led a 3-person ballot in the first GOP Primary. (Snip)The subpoena says Johnson is to bring "any and all records regarding the interview of Stevie Fielder and/or regarding the payment of an interview fee to Stevie Fielder as well as any records regarding his conversation and dealings with John Rhodes and/or Noel Fritsch.

After criticism of Obama policy,
Clinton to party with President
CNN, by Jim Acosta    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/12/2014 8:30:30 AM     Post Reply
Edgartown, Mass. — Only days after offering a stinging rebuke of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, Hillary Clinton plans to attend a party in Martha’s Vineyard alongside the President on Wednesday. The former top diplomat, on the tiny Massachusetts island to promote her book, will find herself at the same social gathering as Obama and his wife, first lady Michelle Obama, on Wednesday night. The party is at the island home of Vernon Jordan, who acted as an adviser to former President Bill Clinton during his White House years. He’s married to a cousin of Valerie Jarrett, a top Obama

The Ironic Mrs. Clinton
National Review, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 8/12/2014 8:30:14 AM     Post Reply
I’ve been saying this for a while now, but Hillary Clinton’s sudden criticism of Obama’s foreign policy — when she was Secretary of State no less — is a perfect example of how everything she says is assumed to be agenda-driven. Here’s how I put it last June:Clinton may be president one day, but she’s already presidential in one sense: Her statements are never really taken at face value. Every utterance is examined for its ironic content and parsed like the rough draft of ad copy. What will people take away from this? What message is she sending to her



The Eight Grossest Reactions
to Education Reform
Washington Free Beacon, by Bill McMorris    Original Article
Posted By: periwinkel- 8/12/2014 8:25:00 AM     Post Reply
Education reformer and former CNN host Campbell Brown has had to deal with a series of vile Twitter attack from teachers, trolls, and pornbots since launching her court challenge to teacher tenure. Esquire’s Charles P. Pierce set the tone for the debate when he posted a story headlined, “Who the Fck is Campbell Brown?” Pierce—a product of private, Catholic school—declared that her cadre of rightwing “mountebanks” and “grifters,” such as former Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs, are shilling for Wall Street. Pierce’s readers relied on public school language to voice their support for teachers unions and tenure.

Progressives warn Hillary Clinton
to tow the anti-intervention line
Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/12/2014 8:20:27 AM     Post Reply
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have scored a few points with her followers for blasting President Obama’s foreign policy mantra — summed up in the White House catchphrase of “don’t do stupid stuff” — but progressives aren’t amused. A handful of them have responded to her critical interview that hit at Mr. Obama in The Atlantic with a few sobering words of warning for her: Be careful at voting time, Politico reported. “She basically seems to be taking positions that are very similar to the vision of America’s role in the world that [in 2008] Democrats rejected,” said Michael Cohen,

Obama Adviser: Jihadists´
Caliphate ´Absurd´
Weekly Standard, by Thomas Joscelyn    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 8/12/2014 8:20:19 AM     Post Reply
On June 29, 2011, John Brennan, who was then a senior adviser to the president and is currently the CIA director, explained the Obama administration’s counterterrorism strategy. “Our strategy is…shaped by a deeper understanding of al Qaeda’s goals, strategy, and tactics,” Brennan claimed. “I’m not talking about al Qaeda’s grandiose vision of global domination through a violent Islamic caliphate. That vision is absurd, and we are not going to organize our counterterrorism policies against a feckless delusion that is never going to happen. We are not going to elevate these thugs and their murderous aspirations into something larger than they are.”

Lebanon Army Chief Warns of ISIS
Incursion as Militants Attack Third Country
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/12/2014 8:19:59 AM     Post Reply
BEIRUT--Islamic State insurgents who seized a Lebanese border town this month planned to turn Lebanon into another Iraq by unleashing sectarian war between Sunnis and Shi´ites that would have endangered the nation´s very existence, the army commander said. General Jean Kahwaji told Reuters that radical Islamists on the march in Iraq and Syria still posed a "great threat" to Lebanon, which was torn apart by a 1975-90 civil war and has been badly buffeted by the Syrian conflict. "The army hit them and continues to, smashing their plan," said Kahwaji, 37 of whose soldiers were either killed or captured in the battle



Iraq crisis: My night on the mountain
of hell with dying Yazidi refugees
Telegraph U.K., by Jonathan Krohn    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 8/12/2014 8:18:07 AM     Post Reply
The lights of their towns, controlled by jihadists, twinkle beneath them in the moonlight. The people of the mountain can see their towns and villages, and the headlights of the jihadi patrols snaking through the streets they have abandoned, and know they cannot return. Small campfires light up the side of the mountain, stretching towards the Syrian border just visible in the distance, where the Yazidis eke out their lives in a desperate search for sleep, food and water. Round the campfires a bedraggled spectacle of humanity sit making tea in empty bean cans torn in half, one of the few luxuries

Scorched Earth Politicians
American Thinker, by Ed Lasky    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 8/12/2014 8:04:50 AM     Post Reply
Barack Obama’s poll numbers are plummeting -- for many good reasons -- as the midterm elections approach. Republicans naturally are trying to nationalize the election, since the GOP can legitimately claim every Democrat has empowered Barack Obama to fundamentally transform -- that is, damage -- America. (snip)The list of Democrats charging Republicans with racism is a long one. Amplified by networks such as MSNBC (Chris Mathews and Al Sharpton have verbal tics on this issue; a form of Tourette’s that should be treated

White House Can’t Explain Iraq
Objectives to Congress
Washington Free Beacon, by Adam Kredo     Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 8/12/2014 7:54:50 AM     Post Reply
Just two weeks after the Obama administration asked Congress to repeal the Iraq war authorization, the White House is failing to adequately explain to lawmakers the legal justification and concrete objectives for its airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), according to congressional insiders apprised of off-the-record briefings on the matter.Questions are now being raised on Capitol Hill about how the White House intends to legally justify its military campaign, particularly in light of its efforts to repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force in Iraq (AUMF). Obama administration officials waited to brief senators

The Amnesty Radicals´ Big Mistake
FrontPage, by Daniel Greenfield    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 8/12/2014 7:37:20 AM     Post Reply
A new Reuters poll shows that not only do 70% of Americans think that illegal aliens threaten the traditional American way of life, but 45% believe that even the number of legal immigrants should be reduced. Only 17% think that legal immigration should increase. That’s a problem because increasing legal immigration is one of the major planks of the “immigration reform” plan of both parties. Everyone used to agree that immigration was a good thing. But that was before they saw photos of gang members slumped in their gyms and buses full of illegal aliens in Homeland Security convoys coming



Textbook shelved after sex toy,
bondage topics spark protest
Los Angeles Times, by Veronica Rocha    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 8/12/2014 7:28:54 AM     Post Reply
Fremont Unified School District´s superintendent has temporarily shelved a controversial ninth-grade health textbook after roughly 2,200 parents and residents took issue with its sexual bondage topics and other material, and demanded it be kept out of the classroom. Supt. Jim Morris will ask school board members Wednesday to place the book, "Your Health Today," on hold until it´s fully vetted following concerns from the community that it would expose teens to topics on sexual fantasies, sex games, as well as themes that include ropes, handcuffs, sex toys and vibrators. The book´s publisher, McGraw-Hill, will work with school officials to modify

Police use tear gas in Ferguson,
people jam church for moment of silence
St. Louis Post Dispatch (MO), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/12/2014 6:16:15 AM     Post Reply
FERGUSON • Tension stayed high and raw Monday as the St. Louis region waited for answers in the fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager by a municipal police officer. In another day of fast-moving events, the FBI promised to investigate the killing of Michael Brown, 18, on Saturday by a Ferguson police officer. Brown’s parents called for an end to the violence while strongly disputing the police version of their son’s death. More than 1,000 people observed a moment of silence at a meeting called by the NAACP. Throughout the day, protesters continued to face off with police, and as

Obama adjusts Iraq narrative, now
blames Bush for troop withdrawal
Washington Times (D.C), by Ben Wolfgang    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/12/2014 6:09:26 AM     Post Reply
The president who spent years touting the withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Iraq suddenly has had to distance himself from that action. At the White House on Saturday morning — less than 48 hours after authorizing airstrikes against Islamist militants and humanitarian air drops to save the lives of trapped Iraqi civilians — President Obama blamed his predecessor, George W. Bush, for the absence of American troops in Iraq and rejected the assertion that he could have left a small peacekeeping force in the war-torn nation. He uttered those after three years, and a successful re-election campaign, in which

A Better Option Than Impeachment
to Check Executive Overreach
Wall Street Journal, by John Feehery    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/12/2014 5:25:35 AM     Post Reply
For conservatives who are concerned that the Obama administration is out of control, there is only one real way to stop it. And, no, it’s not impeachment. It’s the power of the purse. There is only one way to exercise that power: by Republicans, who already have a majority in the House of Representatives, gaining control of the U.S. Senate. Like last year’s hurricane season, which had some stiff winds but no major storms, this year’s primary season has not blown down any Senate incumbents. This result puts the Republican Party in a good position to recapture the upper chamber and finally be able

What Taxpayers Pay When Eric Holder
Uses Government Jets For Personal Trips
Daily Caller, by Alex Pappas    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/12/2014 5:19:56 AM     Post Reply
On a pleasant Saturday this summer, Eric Holder, his daughters, their boyfriends and two security officers boarded a government-owned Gulfstream and jetted off to New York for the Belmont Stakes Thoroughbred horse race. Even for personal trips like this, the attorney general doesn’t fly commercial. For security reasons, Holder — like other top government officials — flies a government plane, though is required to reimburse taxpayers for airfare. According to records obtained by The Daily Caller through a Freedom of Information Act request, Holder is getting pretty good deal here — especially when he flies a government-owned Gulfstream V jet. That one day


Nothing Hillary Clinton is now saying
about foreign policy matters
Washington Examiner [DC], by Philip Klein    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/12/2014 5:17:41 AM     Post Reply
Hillary Clinton’s recent efforts to distance herself from President Obama’s foreign policy may be generating a lot of attention, but nothing she is now saying about foreign policy will matter in the future. If history has taught us anything, especially when it comes to foreign policy, it’s that Clinton doesn’t have positions — she has positioning. When she wanted to appear tough on national security in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, Clinton happily voted in favor of authorizing President George W. Bush to launch a war against Iraq. But once opinion of the war turned sour – especially within the

Is It Over for Maliki?
Commentary Magazine, by Max Boot    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/12/2014 5:14:38 AM     Post Reply
It is hard to exaggerate the drama or the stakes of the leadership battle now playing out in Baghdad. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is desperately clinging to power, even summoning elite troops to the Green Zone where the government is based. Yet many in his own Dawa party are deserting him. Enough Shiite politicos have turned against Maliki that his own State of Law slate (a larger grouping of Shiite parties which includes Dawa along with others) has nominated another candidate–Haider al-Abadi–as prime minister. Iraq’s president has now asked Abadi to form a government, which he has 30 days to

Dems stand for poor,
vacation like the wealthy
Boston Herald, by Jaclyn Cashman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/12/2014 5:12:53 AM     Post Reply
The Obamas and Clintons sure know how to summer! And you have to hand it to them, they aren’t letting their position as standard-bearers of the party committed to end income equality get in the way. While the president and his family enjoy a lavish getaway in tony ?Martha’s Vineyard, the woman who wants his job is also indulging in a glitzy summer vacay. Hillary and Bill Clinton spared no expense for their digs in the Hamptons — shelling out a cool $100G for a three-week stay in one of America’s most exclusive summer destinations. It is astonishing that someone who referred

Liberia to receive Zmapp
drug to treat Ebola virus
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/12/2014 5:12:33 AM     Post Reply
Liberia will receive an untested experimental drug, Zmapp, to treat people infected with Ebola, the Liberian government says. The move came after a request to the US from Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the government said. The news came as medical ethics specialists met in Geneva to explore the use of such new treatments. The World Health Organization, which is hosting the meeting, says some 1,013 have died from Ebola in West Africa. [Snip] The pharmaceutical company said its supply of the drug was exhausted after its supplies were sent to West Africa, AFP news agency reported.

Hide ‘D,’ Showcase ‘R’
National Review Online, by L. Brent Bozell, III    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/12/2014 5:10:25 AM     Post Reply
It is such common sense as to be undeniable that basic journalism requires a party label to be affixed to a story about an elected public official, the president excepted. It is the DNA of the “who” in a news report. “Senator Robert Byrd, the Democratic senator from West Virginia, died today.” Take out “Democratic” and try that sentence. It doesn’t work. “Mike Lee, GOP senator from Utah and God’s gift to mankind, coasted to reelection last night.” Ditto. It follows that the rule applies to stories about political scandal, precisely because it’s just that — politics. But what happens when

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