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Guatemalan Cops Accused of
Demanding Money from Migrants
Latin American Herald Tribune [Miami, FL], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 8/12/2014 2:28:31 PM     Post Reply
GUATEMALA CITY – Three agents of Guatemala’s PNC national police were arrested after they demanded money from a family of Honduran migrants, authorities said Monday. Their capture took place Sunday night on a highway in Peten province on the Mexican border, at some 615 kilometers (382 miles) north of Guatemala City, after their victims filed a complaint, the PNC said in a statement. Manuel de Jesus Lima Flores, 36, Armando Rodriguez Contreras, 35, and Carlos Poou Chen, 30, were taken into custody by officers from the office of the PNC inspector-general.

Exclusive: Inside Obama´s Push
for Regime Change in Iraq
Daily Beast, by Eli Lake    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/12/2014 2:19:35 PM     Post Reply
President Obama has been pushing for regime change for Iraq since late June, The Daily Beast has learned. No, Obama has not proposed toppling Iraq’s government by force like his predecessor once did. But the president has instructed his diplomats in Washington and Baghdad to find an alternative to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Since June those diplomats have quietly supported a member of Maliki’s own political party to be the next prime minister. (Snip) “We have been working very quietly on the ground and sending messages to various parties that al-Abadi is a viable alternative,” one U.S. official told

UK says to suspend some Israel
arms exports if Gaza truce fails
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/12/2014 2:09:51 PM     Post Reply
London - Britain said on Tuesday it would suspend 12 licences to export military items to Israel, including tank, aircraft and radar parts, if hostilities with Hamas in Gaza resumed, citing concerns the exports may be used to breach international laws. Britain said last week it was reviewing all arms export licenses to Israel after fierce fighting which has resulted in heavy civilian casualties in the Palestinian enclave of Gaza. (Snip) "In light of that uncertainty, we have taken the decision to suspend these existing export licenses in the event of a resumption of significant hostilities." Israel says its operation in Gaza is self-defense,

  


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Barack in Iraq
American Spectator, by Jed Babbin    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/12/2014 1:55:01 PM     Post Reply
President Bush, in the buildup to the 2003 Iraq invasion, said that our goal was an Iraq that was democratic, able to defend itself. and would be our ally in the global war against terrorism. None of those goals was achieved. Now, three years after President Obama withdrew American forces from Iraq, he’s dipping a military toe into Iraq again. The mission he’s described for our forces boils down to ensuring that the Democrats don’t get blamed for “losing” Iraq in the 2016 elections. If that seems harsh consider the facts, as Obama has described them, to justify the latest

DHS broke law in releasing
hundreds of criminal aliens: Audit
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/12/2014 1:51:41 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration broke the law when it released thousands of illegal immigrants, more than 600 of whom had criminal records, last February as a result of poor planning and micromanagement from Washington, according to an internal audit released Tuesday that says things have not improved in the 18 months since. Compounding matters, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) gave bad information to Congress, initially blaming the looming budget sequester, rather than the agency’s own budget pressures, the Homeland Security inspector general concluded.

White teacher wins $350K
in racial discrimination lawsuit
Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/12/2014 1:41:31 PM     Post Reply
A former Maryland teacher won a $350,000 jury award after accusing a black principal of forcing him out of his job because he is white. Jon Everhart sued the Prince George’s County school board, alleging that he faced years of racial discrimination by Principal Angelique Simpson-Marcus at Largo High School, The Washington Post reported. “She called me ‘poor white trash’ and ‘white [expletive],’” Mr. Everhart said. “Her behavior was so outlandish.” Mr. Everhart, who was fired in 2010, said the principal told students that the “only reason a white teacher teaches in P.G. County is that they can’t get a job elsewhere.”

Nancy Pelosi Urges Obama To Enact
´Broadest Possible´ Executive Amnesty
Breitbart Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/12/2014 1:33:07 PM     Post Reply
On Tuesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said she wanted President Barack Obama to enact the "broadest possible" executive amnesty. In an interview on Univision radio, Pelosi hoped that Obama would give temporary amnesty to the parents of DREAMers and U.S. citizens. Obama is reportedly considering giving temporary amnesty and work permits to millions of illegal immigrants via executive fiat during the August recess. Pelosi said, according to Fusion´s Jordan Fabian: It would be my hope that the president´s lawyers would advise him on the broadest possible prosecutorial discretion, that would include actions to say that it would extend

  


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White House statement on Robin Williams:
Did Obama write it personally?
Christian Science Monitor, by Linda Feldmann    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/12/2014 1:32:35 PM     Post Reply
Washington - Monday night, when word broke that actor-comedian Robin Williams had passed away, social media lit up. Pretty much any other news – Iraq, Gaza, Ukraine, Ferguson, Mo. – was eclipsed by the terribly sad news of his apparent suicide. Soon, the White House put out a presidential statement on Mr. Williams – crystallizing one of those Zeitgeist moments when folks can put aside partisan differences and unite in appreciation of a cultural icon. (Snip) Did President Obama really write that? Of course not. His chief speechwriter, Cody Keenan, composed those words, but “they were approved by the president himself,”

Breaking: New Black Panthers Rally
at St. Louis County Courthouse Over
#MichaelBrown Killing
Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/12/2014 1:24:33 PM     Post Reply
The New Black Panther Party called for a protest Tuesday at the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s office in Clayton, Missouri. The protest Tuesday is being sponsored by a who’s who of radical far left organizations including: the Tauheed Youth Organization, Organization for Black Struggle (a pro-Hamas group), New Black Panther Party (NBPP), Moorish Science Temple, http://www.yellowpages.com/saint-louis-mo/mip/moorish-science-temple-457942853, Nation of Islam – Mosque 28, and the Universal African Peoples Organization (UAPO). The Nation of Islam covered the shooting of Michael Brown in the latest edition of The Final Call.

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

  


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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

  


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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

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