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The West’s Gaza
National Review Online, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/13/2014 5:18:28 AM     Post Reply
The hawks (including me) were wrong about a lot, but some got one thing right. It’s going to be a long war. In the early days after 9/11 there was a lot of talk about a “clash of civilizations” and a long “existential struggle” facing the West. I once asked the late Christopher Hitchens what he felt on that terrible day, and he said he felt no small amount of joy. Not for the suffering and death, but for the fact that the West finally had been awakened to the terrible but necessary struggle before us. And for a time, many liberals

The Maximalist
American Spectator, by George Neumayr    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/13/2014 5:15:43 AM     Post Reply
In 2011, President Obama, speaking before the National Council of La Raza, remarked that “I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own.” He acknowledged the appeal of dictatorial action, but he said “that’s not how our system works.” The crowd responded, “Change it” and “Yes, you can!” He spoke of bypassing Congress as a temptation to which he wouldn’t yield. But he has, and it is clear that he regards America’s system of checks and balances as an odious obstacle to his conception of good government. In a recent interview with Thomas

David Gregory’s flight to nowhere
Politico, by Dylan Byers    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/13/2014 5:11:12 AM     Post Reply
David Gregory wasn’t supposed to host “Meet the Press” on Sunday. He was on a planned vacation in Nantucket, where, the night before, he had hosted a special presentation of the Boston Pops, sponsored by Coastal Living and Real Simple. Midway through the week, however, Gregory changed his mind. His fate at “Meet the Press” had been the subject of numerous press reports. Page Six and others had declared him dead in the water come November. Several NBC personalities were already vying to replace him. Gregory was chartered back to Washington for Sunday’s program, having concluded, one NBC source said, that

  


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McDaniel lists own
lawyer as irregular vote
Clarion Ledger [Jackson, MS], by Geoff Pender    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/13/2014 5:06:28 AM     Post Reply
UPDATED: With statements from McDaniel spokesman Noel Fritsch As Chris McDaniel´s team continues to scour voting records to add to an expected legal challenge of his loss to Thad Cochran, it has listed McDaniel´s lead lawyer in the challenge, and his wife, as irregular votes that should be tossed out. McDaniel lawyer Mitchell H. "Mitch" Tyner Sr. on Monday sent Cochran´s attorneys additional affidavits listing hundreds more alleged illegal or irregular votes from the June 24 runoff. Problem is, Tyner and his wife, Sloane Tyner, were flagged by a McDaniel volunteer as "CROSSOVER/IRREGULAR VOTING" in one of the new affidavits claiming problems with Madison

Jesse Jackson Pivots from Ferguson
Riots to Bigger Government
PJ Media, by Walter Hudson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/13/2014 5:01:05 AM     Post Reply
As you might expect, it didn’t take long for political opportunists and race-baiters to rally to Ferguson, Missouri looking to leverage unrest over a teen killed by police into a platform for advocating their policy agenda. Writing at USA Today, Jesse Jackson would have been well-served to stop after calling upon protestors to refrain from further violence. Alas, he just couldn’t help himself: Since President Lyndon Johnson, there has been no significant urban, suburban, small town or rural policy to rebuild America. Thus we should not be surprised that urban and rural communities, and all points in between, have significantly deteriorated

Obamaism is dead and
Hillary Clinton killed it
New York Post, by Michael Goodwin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/13/2014 4:57:12 AM     Post Reply
It’s official: Obamaism is dead. Hillary Clinton killed it. It wasn’t so much a mercy killing as an expedient one, but that’s politics in the best sense. The important thing is that she broke the Democratic omertà code by stating the obvious: The president’s policy of having America sit on the sidelines of a burning world is a disaster that threatens our national security. The power of her argument is confirmed by a report that a testy Obama called it “horses–t” to congressional leaders. Even guru David Axelrod blasted her, proving she scored a direct hit on the Chicago mafia’s central nervous

Philly sued over $6-million
civil asset forfeiture habit
Hot Air, by Mary Katharine Ham    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/13/2014 4:54:06 AM     Post Reply
It’s a stultifying name for a frequently abused tool in law enforcement’s arsenal. Civil asset forfeiture is the name for the state’s ability to take your stuff if they suspect it’s been used in the commission of the crime. The problem is your stuff isn’t presumed innocent, and therefore getting it back can be a nightmare from which law-abiding citizens emerge stuff-less. The Institute for Justice, my favorite law firm for economic liberty, is suing the city of Philadelphia over its takings of property from thousands of citizens. The civil forfeiture apparatus in Philadelphia racks up $6 million a year, according

  


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Yes, People Believe Abortion Is Murder
The Federalist, by Rachel Lu    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/13/2014 4:52:06 AM     Post Reply
Writing at Mother Jones, Kevin Drum poses a great question. Actually, he has a couple of questions: Do anti-abortion activists really think abortion is murder? Or is their opposition merely an expression of their broad discomfort with modern sexual and gender mores? I appreciate Drum’s forthrightness. A lot of liberals wonder why pro-lifers rally and lobby and stand in the rain outside abortion clinics: can it really be that they care about babies? No, pro-lifers probably do these things because they have old-fashioned views about sex. They know that abortion has enabled modern women to lead a “sexually liberated” lifestyle. And they

Meet the Beer Bottle Dictator
Daily Beast, by Tim Mak    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/13/2014 4:50:11 AM     Post Reply
Widely regarded as an eccentric bureaucrat, Kent ‘Battle’ Martin approves essentially every beer label in the United States, giving him awesome power over a huge industry. For years, one man has approved virtually every beer label design in the United States. Among brewers, he’s a tyrant. A legend. A pedantic pain in the ass. Brewers and legal experts speak of him in hushed tones, with equal parts irritation and reverence. “He’s the king of beer. His will is law,” said one lawyer who works with him regularly. The lawyer asked to remain anonymous, for fear of crossing the beer specialist. “There’s one dude in

Ex-MIT dean, son plead
guilty to hedge fund scam
CNN, by Katie Lobosco    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/13/2014 4:45:33 AM     Post Reply
The former deputy dean of MIT´s business school and his son agreed to plead guilty Tuesday to operating a $500 million hedge fund scam. Gabriel Bitran, 69, who taught at MIT for 35 years and served as deputy dean at the Sloan School of Business for five, allegedly lied to clients about the return on investments his hedge fund GMB Capital Partners was delivering. His son Marco Bitran, 39, a Harvard MBA, will also plead guilty to the same charges, said U.S. District Attorney Carmen Ortiz. The Bitrans falsely told clients that their hedge fund was delivering annual returns between 16% and 23%,

Man´s rare condition may lead
to new Alzheimer´s treatments
CBS News, by Randy Dotinga    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/13/2014 4:42:37 AM     Post Reply
A man with a rare disease has shown scientists that there might be a different way to try to halt the devastating damage of Alzheimer´s disease. A mutation of the apolipoprotein E gene (apoE4) has been shown to raise the chances of developing the memory-robbing condition, and experts have wondered how dangerous it would be to treat the patients by eliminating the protein from the brain. Now, researchers report, the answer might lie in the unusual case of an ill man whose body doesn´t produce the protein at all. While the man has a variety of medical problems linked to a rare

  


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Bacall´s Legend More Than
Just Acting and Bogart
Associated Press, by Hillel Itali    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/13/2014 4:36:57 AM     Post Reply
NEW YORK -- Lauren Bacall had one of those incredible lives. The wife and co-star of Humphrey Bogart. A Tony Award-winning actress. A National Book Award-winning author. A giant of fashion. A friend of the Kennedys. One of the last survivors of Hollywood´s studio age. A star almost from the moment she appeared on screen to the day she died, Tuesday, at age 89, at a New York City hospital. "Stardom isn´t a career," Bacall once observed, "it´s an accident." What a lucky accident it turned out to be. Her career was one of great achievement and some frustration. The actress received a Golden Globe

How the UN Oppresses
the Islamic World
PJ Media, by Roger L Simon    Original Article
Posted By: steveW- 8/13/2014 3:55:03 AM     Post Reply
People reading the title of this article should be excused for doing a double-take. To most of us the United Nations has been — especially in the last few decades — a debating society dedicated to the promulgation of anti-Semitism. It seems all the organization does is pass resolutions condemning Israel, that is when they’re not launching investigations of the same country via their Human Rights Council, a latter-day branch of the Wehrmacht, led by posturing Third World bigots, that usually meets at beachfront resorts. Even UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has been a tiny bit perturbed of late by

US Sends 130 More Troops to Iraq
Associated Press, by Robert Burns and Lolita C. Baldor    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/13/2014 12:55:18 AM     Post Reply
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Another 130 U.S. troops arrived in Iraq on Tuesday on what the Pentagon described as a temporary mission to assess the scope of the humanitarian crisis facing thousands of displaced Iraqi civilians trapped on Sinjar Mountain and evaluate options for getting them out to safety. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced the deployment in remarks to Marines at this Southern California base on the final stop of a weeklong, around-the-world trip that also took him to India, Germany and Australia. "This is not a combat boots on the ground kind of operation," Hagel said. "We´re not going back

Iraq militants changing tactics,
complicating US airstrike mission
Fox News, by Jennifer Griffin    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/13/2014 12:50:26 AM     Post Reply
Islamic militant forces in northern Iraq appear to be shifting tactics in the face of the newly launched U.S. airstrike campaign, Defense officials say, posing a new challenge to the Obama administration as it seeks to at least slow the terrorists’ advances. According to officials, until now the Islamic State (IS) was behaving like a well-organized army, moving with strategic intent and pursuing military objectives. Now, officials are seeing at least a partial shift to classic insurgency tactics, as militants begin to blend in among the population, making targeting more difficult. “One of the things that we have seen with

  


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´Heroic´ mission rescues
desperate Yazidis from ISIS
CNN, by Dana Ford, Josh Levs    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/13/2014 12:25:08 AM     Post Reply
The face of 15-year-old Aziza says it all. Her mouth slightly agape, tears stream down her face as she glances around the inside of a helicopter with confusion in her eyes. She looks completely exhausted, overcome with emotion. She cries the whole flight to safety. The Iraqi air force and fighters with the Kurdish peshmerga carried out a dramatic rescue mission Monday at Mount Sinjar, taking supplies to desperate Yazidis and ferrying a handful of people out, including Aziza. (snip) A CNN crew was on the flight that took diapers, milk, water and food to the site where thousands of

It’s the Loyalty, Stupid
New York Times, by Maureen Dowd    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/12/2014 11:56:54 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — I talked to Robin Williams once, about breasts. In 1993, when he played a prim British nanny in “Mrs. Doubtfire,” I went to interview him at his Pacific Heights house. “It’s great to be this blue-mouthed old lady hitting on somebody,” he said, in his character’s soft Scottish burr, “opening your blouse and saying, ‘What about these? Behold my dirty pillows, my fun bags. Come nurse at the fountain of bliss.’ ”He was 42 then, wearing his Popeye outfit, a blue-striped T-shirt and black baggy jeans. Surrounded by kids, a rabbit and an iguana, we talked about everything

China Appears Ready to Dump
Its U.S. Treasury Bonds
Breitbart Big Government, by Chriss W. Street    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/12/2014 11:51:17 PM     Post Reply
Although investors hang on every comment by Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen to get insight on the direction of interest rates and what it means for the economy and asset prices, the real power to determine U.S. interest rates may be in the hands of China, according to Lombard Street Research. Facing an overvalued currency that is hurting corporate profits and slowing growth, China appears ready to dump its $1.3 trillion in U.S. Treasury bonds to drive U.S. interest rates up and strengthen the dollar. The secret to China’s spectacular growth beginning in the early 1990s was devaluing its currency

Man, 72, Punched in West
Village Attack: Not Angry or Scared
NBC 4 (New York), by Danielle Elias    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/12/2014 11:45:39 PM     Post Reply
(Video) A 72-year-old man punched in the head in an apparent random assault in the West Village remains in the hospital with a large blood clot in his head and severe bruising to the face but says he´s not angry at his attackers. The victim, Donald Lathrom, says he was returning home from a day in the park, prepared to relax back in his apartment. "I was listening to music and thinking about my evening and I was 50 feet from my home," he said from his hospital bed Tuesday. "I was going to drink my beer and listen to

Iran´s New Gay Executions
Daily Beast, by Jay Michaelson    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/12/2014 11:33:58 PM     Post Reply
Conservatives may be the ones voicing the loudest outrage at the hanging of two gay Iranian men—but not because they’ve suddenly become supporters of LGBT human rights. The tragic hanging of two “sodomites” in Iran may seem, in theory, like an obvious cause for U.S. concern and U.S. action. (Sign a petition! Demand human rights!) Yet in practice, those most attentive to LGBT concerns may be the least eager to pick this fight. As Nina Strochlic reported in these pages Sunday, the two men, Abdullah Ghavami Chahzanjiru and Salman Ghanbari Chahzanjiri, were hanged in southern Iran on August 6, possibly

  



Police: Wilkes County restaurant
owner bought food with food stamps
WXII-TV [Winston-Salem, NC], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/12/2014 11:18:12 PM     Post Reply
North Wilkesboro, N.C. — The owner of a North Wilkesboro restaurant was arrested on suspicion of illegally using others´ food stamps to buy food for his establishment. Herbert Dean Carlton, 54, was charged Monday with 14 counts of illegal possession and use of food stamp cards. Carlton owns Dean´s Southern Bistro on Statesille Road near Armory Road. North Wilkesboro police allege Carlton bought food stamp cards from people and used them at Wilkes County businesses to buy food in bulk for his restaurant. Police began investigating after the Wilkes County Department of Social Services received a report in September of alleged illegal

Wages in U.S. down 23 percent
since 2008, report shows
Northeast Ohio Media Group, by Cliff Pinckard    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/12/2014 11:07:38 PM     Post Reply
While 8.7 million jobs have been regained since the 2008 recession, they are paying much less, by an average of 23 percent, according to a report released Monday by the United States Conference of Mayors. (Snip) The annual wage in sectors where jobs were lost, particularly in manufacturing and construction, during the recession was $61,637, but the average wage of new jobs through the second quarter of 2014 is $47,131, the report shows. It represents a loss of $93 billion in wages, according to the report. (Go below to see the full report. Mobile users can see it here.) The losses

Colorado aims to sell more legal pot
KUSA-TV [Denver, CO] *, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 8/12/2014 10:55:40 PM     Post Reply
Denver - Seven months after Colorado legalized recreational pot, the state has an unexpected problem. It needs to grow more. Because even though sales have surged, only about 60% of the marijuana sold is the legal variety. The rest is either illegal or grown unregulated in the so-called gray market, where unlicensed citizens can grow for their own use. (Snip) "What that does is, (it) raises the prices and if the price is too high, then we can´t compete with the black market and that was our ultimate goal – we wanted to eliminate the black market," Kammerzell said. But new data comparing demand for marijuana in Colorado with the legal supply suggest

Three more men arrested in Fort
Worth after-hours club shooting
Star-Telegram [Fort Worth, TX], by Deanna Boyd    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/12/2014 10:54:12 PM     Post Reply
Fort Worth — A man fatally shot this month at an after-hours lounge told employees that the gang member accused in his slaying was carrying a gun, according to court documents. Ernesto Vasquez was sitting near the front door of the Siin Lounge at 2104 Jacksboro Highway on Aug. 3 when he spotted the gun tucked in the waistband of Rick Samuel Soto as Soto and his girlfriend entered the club shortly before 4 a.m., according to an arrest warrant affidavit written by homicide Detective J. Cedillo. Questioned by the club’s bouncer, Soto admitted having the gun and agreed to

‘A Red Herring’: MSNBC Guest
Doesn’t Think We Should Be
Talking About Missouri Race
Riots [VIDEO]
Daily Caller, by Brendon Bordelon    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/12/2014 10:23:34 PM     Post Reply
MSNBC guest Dr. James Peterson claimed that the media shouldn’t be talking about the violent race riots going on in Missouri over the police shooting of an African-American teenager, calling it “a red herring.” Peterson spoke with Dr. Michael Eric Dyson on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” Tuesday. The duo discussed the shooting of Michael Brown and the days of riots that have followed — although Peterson wasn’t too keen on discussing the violence and looting at all. “I think first and foremost, for us to be outraged at the response to the murder of Michael Brown doesn’t make a lot of

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