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Ukraine says may block Russian aid convoy
Reuters, by Pavel Polityuk & Dmitry Zhdannikov    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/12/2014 1:19:19 PM     Post Reply
Kiev & Moscow - A Russian convoy of trucks carrying tonnes of humanitarian aid left on Tuesday for eastern Ukraine, where government forces are closing in on pro-Russian rebels, but Kiev said it would not allow the vehicles to cross onto its territory. Kiev and Western governments warned Moscow against any attempt to turn the operation into a military intervention by stealth in a region facing a humanitarian crisis after four months of warfare. "This cargo will be reloaded onto other transport vehicles (at the border) by the Red Cross," Ukrainian presidential aide Valery Chaly told journalists. "We will not allow any escort by the

Hamas Brags of Holding
Israel ´At Gunpoint´ in Talks
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Ari Soffer, Ari Yashar    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/12/2014 1:18:51 PM     Post Reply
In a newly translated interview, Hamas spokesperson Husam Badran declared that his terror organization is holding truce talks in Cairo with Israel being held "at gunpoint" to accept the group´s demands. [Snip] "I said to him outright: If we ever negotiate with you, whether directly or indirectly, we will do so with our weapons in our hands. If we get what we want, so be it. If not, we will shoot you in the chest. What I said back then is how Hamas negotiates now," stated Badran. Hamas´s lavish demands in the talks include serious threats on Israel´s security, such

Tales of the cities: the progressive
vision of urban America
Guardian [UK], by Gary Younge    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 8/12/2014 1:13:33 PM     Post Reply
After Bill Clinton was elected president in 1992 one of his key aides, Rahm Emanuel, sat in the campaign’s favourite restaurant in Little Rock, Arkansas, venting his frustration at those who had tried to stand in their way. He would call out a name, ram his steak knife into the table and, like Bluto in Animal House, shout “Dead!” Then he would pull the knife out and call another name and stab the table again. Heaven only knows what damage he does to the furniture when he mentions Karen Lewis’s name. Emanuel, who was Barack Obama’s chief of staff, is now



Clearwater police arrest
teen in woman´s slaying
970-WFLA (Tampa, FL), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/12/2014 1:09:24 PM     Post Reply
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Clearwater Police detectives say they have charged a teenager in the slaying of the woman whose body was found last weekend adjacent to the Pinellas Trail. Police say 18-year-old Dewayne Xavier Jones of Clearwater is being held in the Pinellas County jail on a charge of first-degree murder. He was booked early this morning and is being held without bail. Police say Jones is responsible for the death of 41-year-old Lydia Ann Tross, whose body was found Saturday north of Fairmont Street. Police also say robbery is the apparent motive. Homicide detectives became aware of Jones´ involvement

It´s Official: Donald Sterling
No Longer Owns the Clippers
Boston Globe [MA], by Gary Dzen    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/12/2014 1:08:41 PM     Post Reply
The sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has officially closed, according to a statement released by the NBA. The transaction was made complete after a California court confirmed the authority of Shelly Sterling, wife of disgraced ex-Clippers owner Donald Sterling, to sell. The NBA´s board of governors had already approved the move, a move Donald Sterling tried to block in court.

No Matter What Happens,
Politicians Will Live Very Well
Real Clear Politics, by John Tamny    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 8/12/2014 1:02:38 PM     Post Reply
Any discussion of the top hotels in Washington, D.C. always includes the Four Seasons, which is situated at the eastern edge of Georgetown. There are arguably better ones in the District today, the new ones a function of D.C. experiencing a boom with money taxed away from its subjects in the fifty states, but even amid a great deal of hotel growth on the very high end, the Four Seasons remains very much part of any conversation about the best. This is worth bringing up in light of a visit there last week. Precisely because it´s such an impressive hotel, the

States where English is the official language
Washington Post, by Hunter Schwarz    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/12/2014 12:57:50 PM     Post Reply
Five states are considering legislation this year to make English their official language. If passed, they would join the 31 states with existing official language laws. (Map) In some states, an official language is treated similar to how official flowers, birds, or trees are treated: as just a designation without any particular guidelines for what to do about it. In Illinois, for example, its English law states simply, “The official language of the state of Illinois is English.” In Missouri, it’s even more vague, more of an observation than a designation: “The general assembly recognizes that English is the most common language used in Missouri and



DiFi´s Tortured Logic on
CIA Interrogations
Creators Syndicate, by Debra Saunders    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 8/12/2014 12:55:22 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Dianne Feinstein is a woman on a mission. As chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, she has set out to prove the illogical -- that enhanced interrogation techniques used for a time under the George W. Bush administration constituted torture and that they never produced useful intelligence. Americans are supposed to believe that top terrorists are likelier to divulge information if they are lawyered up and politely asked questions. In 2009, DiFi launched a committee investigation into CIA detention and interrogation practices under Bush. Staff examined more than 6 million documents and produced a 6,200-page report with a 510-page

Gun dealers have 48 hours
to report firearms lost in
transit, ATF proposes in new rule
Washington Times, by Kelly Riddell    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/12/2014 12:42:03 PM     Post Reply
Firearms dealers will soon have more regulatory reporting requirements hoisted on them with a new rule proposed by the nation’s top gun-enforcement agency Tuesday. The new rule will require firearm dealers, manufacturers and importers to report any guns that are shipped but then lost in transit within two days, according to a proposal issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The rule’s goal is to crack down on potential guns lost in transit and then used in crimes. Federal regulations already require firearm dealers to report guns lost in their inventories within 48 hours after discovery, but there’s no reporting

Would We Rally Behind
Obama after the Next 9/11?
National Journal, by Ron Fournier    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/12/2014 12:36:56 PM     Post Reply
August 11, 2014 Thirteen years ago this month, President George W. Bush was vacationing at his Texas ranch when his daily briefing included a memo titled, "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in the U.S." Al-Qaida struck a month later, and the nation was at war. No memos are needed today. ISIS is communicating directly to President Obama via the Internet and social media. "The Islamic Caliphate has been established," the spokesman, Abu Mosa, said Friday, vowing to "raise the flag of Allah in the White House." After dismissing ISIS as al-Qaida´s "JV" team last fall, the president has awakened to

How to replace the EPA
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: fishbone- 8/12/2014 12:32:29 PM     Post Reply
Of all the regulatory deadweight on the economy, the Environmental Protection Agency is almost certainly the heaviest of the federal government’s intrusions. If voters should hand control of the White House and Congress to the GOP in 2016, structural reform ought to be the heart of the program to rescue America from the disasters Obama and the Democrats have wrought. Part of that structural reform should be replacement of the EPA with a more effective and economical institutional arrangement.



Feds: Kids ‘entitled’ to U.S. education
no matter immigration status
Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/12/2014 12:31:22 PM     Post Reply
The Department of Education said in a recently released fact sheet that it doesn’t matter if children are illegally in the country — they’re entitled to the same taxpayer-funded public education as everyone else. (Snip) “All children in the United States are entitled to equal access to a public elementary and secondary education, regardless of their or their parents’ actual or perceived national origin, citizenship or immigration status,” the fact sheet states. “This includes recently arrived unaccompanied children who are in immigration proceedings while residing in local communities with a parent, family member or other appropriate adult

Marist poll shows Obama
driving midterm vote to GOP
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/12/2014 12:27:50 PM     Post Reply
Midterm elections usually end up as referendums on the current President, and sixth-year midterms especially so. Will that be the case in November with Barack Obama? According to a new poll from Marist and McClatchy, yes — and Democrats will not like the outcome. By a ten-point spread, Obama incentivizes voters to go Republican more than Democratic: President Barack Obama is dragging down his party and hurting the prospects of fellow Democrats as they head into midterm elections that will determine who controls Congress, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll. Obama is beset by problems at home and abroad. Just

The Benefits of Lucid Dreaming
Wall Street Journal, by Shirley S. Wang    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/12/2014 12:18:06 PM     Post Reply
Anthony Bloxham was standing in the garden of his house when he wondered if he was dreaming. To figure it out, he looked at his hands. Experts in a phenomenon known as lucid dreaming, where sleeping people are aware that they´re in a dream, say dreamers should look for reality checks, or details that look different in dreams than in real life. Indeed, Mr. Bloxham´s hand was glowing yellow, so he realized he was asleep. Some lucid dreamers are able to control elements of their dreams once they realize they´re dreaming. They do what´s impossible or unlikely in real life,

One Hundred Years
of the Marx Brothers
Wall Street Journal, by Will Friedwald    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/12/2014 12:07:59 PM     Post Reply
There was always something "other," something "outsider" about the Marx Brothers—they seemed to belong to an entirely different universe, not only from the other actors in their movies, but from each other. The members of many comedy teams, like Olsen and Johnson or the Ritz Brothers, were so similar you often couldn´t tell them apart. Others may have had physical contrasts—Laurel and Hardy, say, or Abbott and Costello—but those still seemed to be two halves of a whole. The Marxes, on the other hand, could have been members of three separate teams: one visual, one verbal and the other ethnic



Watchdog: 600-plus ‘criminal’ illegal
immigrants released amid 2013 budget cuts
Fox News, by Jana Winter & Judson Berger    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/12/2014 12:05:29 PM     Post Reply
EXCLUSIVE: More than 600 illegal immigrants with criminal convictions were released by federal authorities in early 2013 in advance of the "sequester" budget cuts, according to a government watchdog report obtained by FoxNews.com. The report by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General, expected to be released on Tuesday, showed that Immigration and Customs Enforcement released "criminal aliens" from jails all over the country as part of a wave of releases in February 2013. The agency came under fire at the time for the decision, which critics described as politically motivated and dangerous. The report found that ICE

Flooding in Detroit turns deadly;
state of emergency declared [photos]
Detroit News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ken M.- 8/12/2014 12:05:25 PM     Post Reply
The thunderstorms that drenched the Metro Detroit area Monday closed flooded freeways, stranded motorists for hours and soaked basements in its wake. One woman has died after being found in a vehicle that was stranded in about 3 feet of water during the flooding in Warren. Warren Mayor James Fouts said the woman apparently died of cardiac arrest. According to the Michigan Department of Transportation, portions of nearly all the major freeways in southeastern Michigan are closed. The water is so deep in some places — up to 14 feet — that the Michigan State Police has dispatched divers to

So Begins World War IV?
American Spectator, by Jeffrey Lord    Original Article
Posted By: EnsignOToole- 8/12/2014 11:57:29 AM     Post Reply
Is World War IV on the verge of beginning? With President Obama in the role of the reluctant leader whose actions have invited global catastrophe? [Snip]The Obama inability — the unwillingness — to recognize that ISIS and all of radical Islam are about a merciless war of butchery to establish a global caliphate is merely the latest manifestation of an anti-war movement mentality that always lacks what Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calls “moral clarity.” Or what de Gaulle called the perpetual belief that “passion and self-interest, the root

Bidens in Hamptons to Begin
Third Vacation in Month
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/12/2014 11:51:19 AM     Post Reply
The Bidens are arriving today in the Hamptons to start their third vacation in a month. "Vice President Joe Biden is arriving to spend a week in the Southampton area before leaving next Tuesday," News12 reports. "Biden lands in Westhampton this morning. It´s not known if he´ll meet up with two other big Democrats staying in the Hamptons this week. Hillary and Bill Clinton are already in Amagansett." The official guidance from the White House is a little less direct: "The Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden will visit Long Island, New York. There are no public events scheduled," the vice

St. Louis Activist: We Must
Thank Looters for ´Wake-Up Call´
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/12/2014 11:47:32 AM     Post Reply
Michael Brown´s family has condemned the criminality that followed his shooting by a police officer, but some activists view the looting near St. Louis as a "wake-up call." "And we in some way have to thank them for giving us a wake-up call," community activist James Clark told MSNBC´s Lawrence O´Donnell Monday night. "And now that we have the wake-up call, we must mobilize and go into our neighborhoods and offer them a sense of hope and a sense of purpose." Two nights of looting, arson, vandalism and other criminal behavior followed Brown´s shooting on Saturday afternoon. Witnesses say Brown was unarmed when a white police officer shot him multiple times, killing


Chaka Fattah Jr.´s former roommate
pleads guilty in federal court
Philadelphia Inquirer [PA], by Vernon Clark    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/12/2014 11:46:41 AM     Post Reply
A former roommate of Chaka Fattah Jr. pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to a charge that he made false statements to obtain loans from three banks. Standing before U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle 3d, Matthew Amato, 31, of Broomall, pleaded guilty to making false statements to Wachovia Bank, PNC Bank and Sun National Bank in July and August 2005. He faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and five years´ probation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul L. Gray said Amato also agreed to cooperate (Snip) including testifying at the pending trial of Chaka Fattah Jr.,

Obama, Hagel Mourn Comedian: Kerry
´Grateful´ Williams Supported Causes
´We Both Cared About Deeply´
Cybercast News Service, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/12/2014 11:39:44 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama says the late Robin Williams "ended up touched every element of the human spirit." Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called Williams "a true friend and supporter of our troops." And Secretary of State John Kerry said he’ll "always be grateful" for Williams´ "personal friendship and his support for the causes that we both cared about deeply." Their statements on the death-by-suicide of the 63-year-old Williams -- a contributor to liberal Democratic candidates and causes -- are posted below. Statement of President Obama on the Passing of Robin Williams Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a

Anything to declare? ISIS
launches passport holders for
the international terrorist
as part of its campaign of
´psychological warfare´
Daily Mail (UK), by John Hall    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/12/2014 11:34:02 AM     Post Reply
ISIS militants fighting in Iraq and Syria have reportedly issued Islamic State passports as part of their ongoing campaign of ´psychological warfare´. Following their attempt to form a caliphate in the vast area of the Middle East under their control, ISIS leaders are said to be introducing passports to give the unrecognised state an air of legitimacy. However experts believe the sinister black and white colouring of the document, which is based on the black jihadist flag flown by ISIS terrorists and warns of a ´deployment of armies´ if the holder comes to harm while travelling abroad, proved the passports are

Obamas and Clintons Will Party
Together on Martha’s Vineyard
ABC News, by Jonathan Karl    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/12/2014 11:27:11 AM     Post Reply
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton are apparently in the mood to party. The foursome is expected to attend an event at the Farm Neck Golf Club on Martha’s Vineyard this Wednesday. The Obamas are renting a vacation home on the island while the Clintons have landed in the Hamptons for some R&R. The 80th birthday party for Ann Jordan is being hosted by Mrs. Jordan’s husband, long-time Clinton confidante Vernon Jordan. It’s the same day Hillary Clinton is scheduled to do a book signing at the Bunch of Grapes bookstore in Vineyard Haven.

Islamic State ´Preaching Vans´ Recruit
Children to ´Kill All Infidels´
Breitbart Big Peace, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/12/2014 11:20:51 AM     Post Reply
Agents of the Islamic State are using “teaching vans” to recruit children to their cause and instruct them in the ways of violent jihad. A new documentary released from Vice News features video footage of a teaching van traveling to the Euphrates river in Syria. “God willing, this generation will fight infidels and apostates, the Americans and their allies, God willing,” one member of IS explains. “The right doctrine has been implanted into these children.” The film crew interviews small children who pledge their allegiance to the caliphate and vow to fight Americans. “I’d like to join the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

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