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Detained Child Calls Australia “A Cult Of
Racists, Liars” In Heartbreaking Nauru Letter
BuzzFeed, by Mark Di Stefano    Original Article
Posted By: PChristopher- 8/13/2014 6:28:42 AM     Post Reply
The letter written by a child in the Nauru detention centre angrily criticises Australia and makes an impassioned plea for freedom. The letter starts off… I’m (blank). I don’t like to write anything to you. because I don’t believe in you, in noan of you. You’re nothing but a cult of racist, liers who’s aim is to the kill the peoples even childrens in Nauru. Nauru is hell and you know everything about it. don’t pretend that you dont! you know and you organized all that cruel, panic and brutality. The asylum seeker’s name has been removed

So Why Is Hillary Doing Stupid Things?
American Thinker, by Ken Blackwell    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 8/13/2014 6:28:33 AM     Post Reply
“Great nations need organizing principles – and ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle.” So said former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton in an interview with The Atlantic. So why is she doing stupid things? The Washington Post called her “blunt” criticism of the Obama administration “surprising.” Well, it’s certainly not surprising to anyone who has followed her career. Don’t forget: she made her debut as a Wellesley College senior. She bluntly told off Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Brooke. Sen. Brooke, a liberal Republican, was the first black man elected to the Senate since Reconstruction.

White House loosens restrictions on lobbyists
Reuters, by Mark Felsenthal    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/13/2014 6:28:12 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is loosening restrictions on lobbyists who want to serve on federal advisory boards, a White House official said on Tuesday, a setback to the president´s efforts to tamp down special interest influence in Washington. Obama came to office pledging to curtail the sway of lobbyists and banned lobbyists from serving on such panels, which guide government policy on a range of topics ranging from cancer to towing safety. The president said he was doing so because the voices of paid representatives of interest groups were drowning out the views of ordinary citizens. But many lobbyists



Hawkish Hillary Risks Alienating
the Left and Firing up Critics
Fiscal Times, by Liz Peek    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/13/2014 6:24:56 AM     Post Reply
Don’t look now, but Hillary is peaking. People are going to get bored with the 2016 presidential hopeful, if they aren’t already. The firestorm over her Atlantic interview is a drop in the bucket. The book tour, the endless speeches, the gallons of ink spilled on her foreign policy credentials, Benghazi, her health, her Hamptons getaway, her whining about being “dead broke,” her foundation, former law cases, Monica’s reemergence, Chelsea’s pregnancy-- it’s all too much. Amazingly, there’s a good chance Hillary will blow it again. Consider her approval ratings: 66 percent according to a Washington Post/ABC poll in December 2012

Report: LAPD shoots,
kills unarmed black man
USA Today, by Melanie Eversley    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/13/2014 6:19:56 AM     Post Reply
As developments continue to unfold in the case of Michael Brown in St. Louis, details are emerging about the police shooting death of an unarmed, 24-year-old black man in South Los Angeles. A vigil in response to the incident was scheduled for Tuesday evening in Los Angeles, said Officer Jane Kim, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department. A woman who said she was the mother of the deceased told KTLA that the victim´s name was Ezell Ford. The woman, who said her name is Tritobia Ford, told KTLA that her son was lying on the ground and complying with police

Another police shooting in Ferguson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: DaddyO- 8/13/2014 6:16:31 AM     Post Reply
At about 1 a.m., a St. Louis County Police officer shot and critically wounded a man who police said pointed a handgun at the officer near the intersection of West Florissant and Chambers Road. The shooting happened near Chambers and Sheffingdell Court close to the site of protests against police for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Police said they received a call about four to five men in the area armed with shotguns and wearing ski masks and they got reports of shots fired in the area. Police officers arrived and saw "multiple subjects running," said police spokesman Officer

Hamas Detonates IDF Dud,
Kills Foreign Reporter
Arutz Sheva, by Ari Yashar    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/13/2014 6:06:31 AM     Post Reply
Hamas sources in Gaza report that a dud IDF missile exploded on Wednesday, killing five, after Hamas terrorists clumsily tried to dismantle the missile. Hamas emergency services spokesperson Ashraf al-Qudra stated that in addition to the five dead, there are several more who are seriously wounded. "A number of explosives experts were killed while dismantling a missile in Beit Lahiya. Among them was a foreign journalist," Hamas Interior Ministry spokesperson Iyad al-Buzam told AFP. [Snip] In any event, the reports hint at a wanton disregard for human life by the terrorist organization, given that in dismantling the missile casualties among those not



Obama heartbroken over St. Louis
teen´s death, doesn´t condemn rioters
Washington Examiner [DC], by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/13/2014 5:50:23 AM     Post Reply
President Obama said that he and the first lady were saddened by the “heartbreaking” shooting death of St. Louis black teen Michael Brown, but he didn’t condemn angry rioters in and around the north St. Louis County town of Ferguson, where the shooting occurred last weekend. According to reports, Michael Brown, 18, was shot by police. He was not armed. His death has prompted Attorney General Eric Holder to announce a full probe of the affair. Meanwhile, locals have rioted, ruining businesses in the blue-collar town near the airport. There have been at least 30 arrests. Obama’s statement: The death

Obama brings his brand of "Identity
Politics" to the Middle East
Power Line, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/13/2014 5:46:23 AM     Post Reply
After months of ignoring the rise of ISIS in Iraq, and years of ignoring it in Syria, President Obama was finally moved to take limited action against the Islamist barbarians when they trapped the Yazidis on a mountain in Northern Iraq. I applaud the decision and feel pride in America for having saved (it appears) many members of this sect. But what was magic about the Yazidis? As Seth Mandel points out, via the Washington Post’s reporting, “most analysts agree there’s not a religious or ethnic minority in northern Iraq — Shabaks, Turkmens, Yazidis, Christians — that isn’t in danger.” Indeed,

Thousands might lose health
insurance over missing documents
McClatchy Newspapers, by Tony Pugh    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/13/2014 5:42:46 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Some 310,000 people with inconsistencies in their citizenship and immigration materials might lose their federal marketplace health coverage Sept. 30 unless they provide proper supporting documents by Sept. 5, the Obama administration announced Tuesday. In May, the Department of Health and Human Services began contacting about 2 million people about discrepancies or errors in the personal information they’d provided in their insurance applications. The problems stem, in part, from an administration policy that allowed applicants to self-report information about their incomes, citizenship and household size, all of which contribute to determining their eligibility for tax credits to help

Egypt Asks Russia for
Anti-Tank Missiles, Warplanes
Washington Free Beacon, by Adam Kredo    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/13/2014 5:30:52 AM     Post Reply
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has asked Russia to supply Egypt with high-tech fighter jets, attack helicopters, and anti-tank missile systems, according to regional reports. Sisi made the request in Moscow Tuesday during a meeting with his counterpart, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who met with the Egyptian leader to discuss expanding arms exports. The request for these advanced weapons comes just months after the Saudi Arabian government donated $2 billion to Egypt to finance the purchase of Russian-made weapons. Sisi’s reliance on Moscow for these arms is another sign that the Egyptian government is growing more distant from Washington, which, under the Obama



Montana Democrats Won´t Find Anyone
As Cool As Jeff Bridges to Save Them
Atlantic Wire, by Arit John    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/13/2014 5:26:09 AM     Post Reply
Jeff Bridges is, unsurprisingly, not planning on running for Senate, despite calls to draft him into the race. Luckily, there are a few people, including a rancher and a high school math teacher, running to fill the recently opened spot. Montana Democrats have been in the market for a credible senate candidate ever since Sen. John Walsh dropped out of the race last week, following revelations that he´d plagiarized his masters thesis. Lizabeth Pratt, a Montana businesswoman and former acquaintance of the Bridges (who also own a home in the state) launched a petition for the Dude´s run on Change.org last

Robin Williams dead at 63:
Don’t let Robin’s darkness spread
New York Daily News, by Jennifer Michael Hecht    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/13/2014 5:24:18 AM     Post Reply
Losing Robin Williams hurts. Many millions of people loved him wholeheartedly. Others saw him as brilliant but a little too earnest, which now seems like a lovely offense. So the pain is widespread. It makes sense that we are talking about it in the media and on the Internet. But it is also a real problem. Mass celebrations of people who kill themselves, even beloved people, can send the wrong message and influence others toward hurting themselves. In recent decades, there have been many sociological studies that demonstrate what’s called suicidal modeling. A suicide at a school can lead to a spate of

Gay illegal immigrants
demand deportation protection
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/13/2014 5:22:05 AM     Post Reply
Gay immigrants are mounting a campaign to demand that they be included in any unilateral moves President Obama makes this year to halt deportations, arguing that they face unusual circumstances that otherwise might leave them on the outside. The demands pose a tricky test for Mr. Obama, who has made major inroads with gay rights groups during his time in the White House, but who will have to draw lines somewhere as he seeks to craft a more lenient deportation policy without canceling deportations altogether. “We hope that he evolves and he gets it right, and he can push for the broadest

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

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

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

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

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