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David Cameron puts Iraq rescue
operation on hold after refugees escape
Telegraph [UK], by Steven Swinford, Georgia Graham    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/14/2014 7:10:33 AM     Post Reply
David Cameron is likely to put plans for to rescue thousands of refugees trapped in northern Iraq on hold after the US said that the crisis is not as bad as feared. The Prime Minister yesterday signalled that RAF Chinook helicopters could be involved in the rescue operation amid fears that 30,000 refugees were trapped on Mount Sinjar. However, the Pentagon this morning said that a rescue operation is "far less likely" after US special forces found that the number of refugees on the mountain is closer to 5,000. They said that those who are on the mountain surrounded by

Democrats court Sarah
Palin in oil-tax fight
Wall Street Journal, by Reid J. Epstein    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/14/2014 6:36:56 AM     Post Reply
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Democrats fighting for revenues from oil companies here are reaching out to an old foe: Sarah Palin. The former GOP governor is a natural ally in a ballot fight to restore a law she signed in 2007 that implemented steep and progressive taxes on the biggest Alaska oil producers. Statehouse Republicans replaced her structure with one backed by oil producers, who are the largest contributors to the $14.4 million effort to defeat an Aug. 19 referendum to revert to the Palin-era oil-tax code.

Busting the Media´s ISIS Myths
FrontPage, by Daniel Greenfield    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 8/14/2014 6:34:53 AM     Post Reply
Know your enemy. To know what ISIS is, we have to clear away the media myths about ISIS. ISIS is not a new phenomenon. Wahhabi armies have been attacking Iraq in order to wipe out Shiites for over two hundred years. One of the more notably brutal attacks took place during the administration of President Thomas Jefferson. (Snip) The media finds it convenient to depict the rise of newly extremist groups being radicalized by American foreign policy, Israeli blockades or Danish cartoons. A closer look however shows us that these groups did not become radicalized, rather they increased their capabilities.

  


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Why Al Franken Should Be Worried
Wall Street Journal, by John Feehery    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/14/2014 6:04:23 AM     Post Reply
Keep an eye on Minnesota. The state that gave us Michele Bachmann and Jesse Ventura just might decide to dump funnyman Al Franken from the Senate. Most pundits think that challenger Mike McFadden is, at best, a long shot. I don’t think so. In several polls the incumbent, a former Saturday Night Live star, can’t break the 50% mark. Given his narrow victory in 2008 (which some say wasn’t a real victory), it’s probably not that surprising that Mr. Franken is still a polarizing figure. But after six years in the Senate, one might expect that the incumbent would have built a more comfortable

Liberty vs. License
National Review Online, by Ian Tuttle    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/14/2014 5:58:51 AM     Post Reply
A fun fact: The emergency medical technician (EMT) responsible for aiding the victim of a car accident undergoes, on average, 33 days of training. The cosmetologist whose salon that driver just left studied for 372 days. That the typical rescue worker requires fewer hours of training than the typical manicurist, barber, and interior designer is the upside-down result of occupational licensing, the wormhole of training courses, examinations, fees, and other hoop-jumping required by many states to ply a number of trades. As unions decline, occupational-licensing requirements are on the rise, facilitated by back-scratching among industries and legislators both state and federal. In

Lack of Oversight Leaves Massive
Openings for Voter Fraud
National Journal, by Sarah Mimms    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/14/2014 5:54:37 AM     Post Reply
Nearly 12 percent of Americans pack up and move every year. Most of them assume that by registering to vote in their new home cities or states, their old records will be invalidated. In many cases, they´re wrong. There is no unified system in the United States alerting election officials that former residents have moved away and plan to vote in someone else´s jurisdiction. As a result, millions of Americans are registered to vote in more than one place in any given election, leaving open the possibility of massive voter fraud that would not be halted by voter-identification laws that have

California Is About To Pass A
Bizarre Law Making Sex A Legalistic
Nightmare For College Males
Daily Caller, by Eric Owens    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/14/2014 5:44:51 AM     Post Reply
California lawmakers are poised to enact a regulation requiring every college and university that receives public funding to define consensual sex in a way that attempts to micro-manage everyone’s sexual affairs. The first-in-the-nation legislation already passed California’s state Senate by a vote of 27-4 in May, The Associated Press reports. If the bill passes the assembly this month, it will then go to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown. The bill, which is based on guidance from the Obama administration, requires an “affirmative consent standard” that school administrators would use to determine whether a sexual assault has occurred. The standard would define

  


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As Texas steps up border security,
critics decry "militarization"
CBS News, by Manuel Bojorquez    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/14/2014 5:40:03 AM     Post Reply
MCALLEN, Texas -- On Wednesday, Texas Governor Rick Perry visited National Guard troops who will soon beef up patrols along the border with Mexico. Perry says Texas had to act because the federal government has failed to secure the border. Perry has taken this political fight to a new level. Members of the Texas National Guard recently completed combat training. The next deployment for some will be on the border. "The price of inaction is too high for Texas to pay," Perry told a news conference in July. Perry ordered 1,000 National Guard members to help other state agencies with border security. The

Half of Germans unaware of
when Berlin Wall built: survey
Reuters, by Helen Cahill    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/14/2014 5:35:27 AM     Post Reply
Exactly 53 years after East Germany´s Communist authorities started to build the Berlin Wall, half of all Germans do not know the exact date when the city was divided, said a survey released this week. Shortly after midnight on Aug. 13, 1961, East German troops began erecting a barbed-wire barrier to prevent skilled workers from fleeing to West Germany. The fence evolved into an imposing concrete wall that came to symbolize the Cold War. When asked what happened on this date, some 50 percent of Germans said they did not know, according to the survey of 1,013 people carried out by the

Even a Russian invasion of Ukraine
won´t disturb Obama´s vacation
Washington Examiner [DC], by Jed Babbin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/14/2014 5:28:47 AM     Post Reply
Two crises – one in Iraq and one in Ukraine – aren’t enough to disturb President Obama’s vacation. In Iraq, a twofold crisis has the barbarian forces of the Islamic State trying to butcher their way into Kurdistan and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki clinging to power. The airstrikes and military aid to the Kurds ordered by Obama may help slow the advance of Islamic State forces but won’t significantly damage the group. As the suffering of the 30,000 to 50,000 Yazidis trapped by the Islamic State on Mount Sinjar worsens, the Pentagon is reportedly planning their evacuation, a massive effort that

The Collapse of the
Liberal World Order
American Spectator, by Jeffrey Lord    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/14/2014 5:20:19 AM     Post Reply
President Obama has ended the Iraq War.” So says the White House blog, the headline preserved in the amber that is the Internet. The date: October 21, 2011 at 2:18 Eastern Daylight Time. Along with a video of the president saying this, a statement on the site has been helpfully provided, partially excerpted here: In 2008, in the height of the presidential campaign, then-Senator Obama made a promise to give our military a new mission: ending the war in Iraq. As the election unfolded, he reiterated this pledge again and again — but cautioned that we would be “as careful getting out

  


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Hillary Clinton — a
woman of no convictions
- Thread Closed
Washington Times, by Charles Hurt    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/14/2014 5:17:09 AM     Post Reply
The rank spectacle of ex-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton suddenly turning on her commander in chief and former boss to shiv him in the back over the burning ruins she helped make of the Middle East is staggering to behold. The brassiness, dishonesty and shamelessness as she slides into yet another presidential campaign season is enough to choke that old Arkansas draft mule of a husband she hitched her career to. The scheming calculation of it all would make Lady Macbeth take to the bed for blushing. How on earth did such a crafty street fighter get so completely

It’s time to really arm the Kurds
New York Post, by Benny Avni    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/14/2014 5:12:51 AM     Post Reply
Never mind Baghdad. If we want to make a dent in the battle against the jihadis that are about to swallow Iraq, America must fully back the Kurds. President Obama has started moving in the right direction, but he’s still too busy with the long game: As he plays Baghdad politics, we risk losing Iraq altogether. And the Islamic State, a group that hates America and that could soon establish a base from which to plot attacks against us, will take the spoils. To Obama’s credit, he’s finally paying attention to the group also known as Daesh and ISIS. The Islamic State is

Photos of Rand Paul at party in the
Hamptons catch Iowans´ attention
Des Moines Register [IA], by Jennifer Jacobs    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/14/2014 5:01:58 AM     Post Reply
An Iowa evangelical Christian leader stood on stage and told the 1,200 conservatives in the audience and the dozens of reporters that U.S. Sen. Rand Paul had told him he couldn´t be at the event Saturday because of a "family commitment." Then the New York Post´s "Page Six" published the news that Paul was in the Hamptons on Saturday with Alec Baldwin. Paul was "among the intellectual elite" at a fundraiser for a library in East Hampton that Baldwin co-sponsored, the column says. It raised some eyebrows in Iowa. Had Paul skipped the Family Leadership summit, an event that served as an

Party On, First Dude
PJ Media, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/14/2014 4:52:57 AM     Post Reply
The president has been on the receiving end of some withering criticism over his unwavering determination to stick to his guns and hold true to his long-range vacation plans. Such commitment is admirable, particularly in the face of public admonitions from both Republican malcontents and weak sisters in his own party. Obama was already under fire in June for his planned California getaway, even as the crisis on the southern border boiled over in the summer sun and disasters unfolded on no less than three other continents. But in August, undeterred by the negative Nellies surrounding him, he doubled down

  


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When the lights go out forever…
Hot Air, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/14/2014 4:50:14 AM     Post Reply
It would come with almost no warning. Without any immediate signs as to why, the lights go out, cars stop dead, telephones cease to function, everything with a microchip in it fails, and most of it all never works again. In the wake of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack on the United States, part or all of the country is thrust back into the 1860s but with 10 times the population. The threat is real, it is pressing, and the United States is doing little to address it. It strikes many Americans as a fanciful prospect, almost cheesy apocalypse porn, to suggest

Why Ferguson Needs John Adams
The Federalist, by Robert Tracinski    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/14/2014 4:48:08 AM     Post Reply
One of the many disappointments of the Obama era is the failure of the one promise which, more than any other, brought him into office backed by a surge of goodwill, with approval ratings around 80% on Inauguration Day. As the first black president, Barack Obama was going to heal the nation’s racial divisions and put an end to our divisive racial politics. Now here we are five years later, and there’s a race riot in Missouri. No, this has nothing to do directly with Obama, but it has a lot to do with how he and the mainstream media have

Kissing the Corpses in Ebola Country
Daily Beast, by Abby Haglage    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/14/2014 4:45:54 AM     Post Reply
Ebola victims are most infectious right after death—which means that West African burial practices, where families touch the bodies, are spreading the disease like wildfire. From 8 a.m. to midnight, wearing three pairs of gloves, the young men of Sierra Leone bury Ebola casualities. An activity that’s earned the Red Cross recruits an unwelcome designation: The Dead Body Management Team. Some days, just one call to collect a newly deceased victim comes in from the Kailahun district. Some days, the team receives nine. The calls from medical professionals at isolation centers are met with relief. These bodies have been quarantined.

Islamic State´s shocking barbarity
prompts calls for world to act
Fox News, by Cristina Corbin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/14/2014 4:43:21 AM     Post Reply
Shocking accounts of medieval brutality — including video of kneeling Iraqis being gunned down, a Twitter image of a young jihadist holding a severed head and threats by ISIS to take its savagery to the White House — have prompted desperate calls for the international community to stop the fanatical Islamic group. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon this week joined Pope Francis, Egypt´s top cleric and several world leaders in condemning the terrorist group, which now calls itself Islamic State and has carved out a caliphate, or nation of strict Sharia law, in northern Iraq and Syria. "I am profoundly dismayed by

Teen runaway hides out
in Texas Walmart for days
CNN, by Steve Almasy & Suzanne Presto    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/14/2014 4:38:04 AM     Post Reply
There in the baby section, behind boxes of strollers, was a 14-year-old boy with a secret. The runaway had made the 24-hour Walmart in Corsicana, Texas, his getaway hideout. For what may have been more than two days in July, he roamed the store unnoticed. When he was tired, he´d lay down in his hidden cubby and sleep while shoppers were unaware the runaway was back there. Police had been looking for the boy, who was visiting his aunt in the town about an hour´s drive south of Dallas, for 54 hours when they got a call from a Walmart. An employee had

  



Obama Weighs Strategy
Against Islamic State
Associated Press, by Ken Delanian & Lara Jakes    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/14/2014 4:35:53 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is grappling with how to bridge the gap between its increasingly dire assessment of the threat posed by the Islamic State group and the limited, defensive air campaign it has so far undertaken, which military officials acknowledge will not blunt the group´s momentum. For months, administration officials have been divided about the threat posed by the Islamic State as it seized parts of Syria and advanced on towns in Iraq. Now, amid new intelligence about its growing strength, a consensus is forming that the group presents an unacceptable terrorism risk to the United States and its

Report: US halted weapons transfer
to Israel during Gaza offensive
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/14/2014 3:54:52 AM     Post Reply
Amid diplomatic tensions between US President Barack Obama´s administration and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, the US halted a shipment of air to ground missiles to Israel last month during Israel´s offensive in the Gaza Strip, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. In July, Israel requested "through military-to-military channels a large number of Hellfire missiles", a first batch of which was about to be released to Israel, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing Israeli and American officials. But the Pentagon immediately put the shipment on hold, and top officials at the White House instructed US defense agencies to consult with

Ferguson in turmoil: Heavily armed SWAT
teams fire tear gas on demonstrators and
arrest two journalists in fourth night of*
Daily Mail [UK] & Associated Press, by James Nye    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/14/2014 2:44:48 AM     Post Reply
Heavily armed SWAT police trained their guns on the public and fired tear gas in Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday night as racial unrest over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen rocked the St. Louis suburb for the fourth night running. [Snip] After repeatedly asking them to disperse, the riot police then fired tear gas into the crowd to break it up, causing scenes that resembled a war zone as another night of clashes was sparked between authorities and furious protestors. The protestors that remained entered into pitched street battles with police with people lobbing Molotov cocktails at police who

Canada Slams UNHRC
Gaza Committee ´Sham´
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Dalilt Halevy, Ari Yashar    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/14/2014 2:19:24 AM     Post Reply
Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird sharply criticized the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) appointment of a committee to investigate accusations of "war crimes" in Operation Protective Edge--a committee headed by an outspoken opponent of the Jewish state. The "UN Human Rights Council continues to be a sham for advancing human rights. It´s an utter shame and will do nothing to promote peace and dignity in Gaza for the Palestinian people," wrote Baird on his Twitter account Monday. The Canadian minister has previously vocalized his criticism of the UNHRC probe, saying last month when it was announced that

Obama Stresses Importance of
´Sustainable´ Gaza Ceasefire
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/14/2014 2:08:44 AM     Post Reply
U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday told Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that it was important to reach an agreement on a permanent ceasefire in Gaza. The two spoke by telephone before the 72-hour ceasefire expired and before it was announced that it was extended for five more days. “The President reaffirmed the United States’ support for Egypt’s mediation efforts and underscored the importance of achieving a sustainable outcome that ensures Israel’s security and addresses Gaza’s humanitarian crisis,” said a White House statement following the phone call. Hamas violated the 72-hour ceasefire three hours before it

Witnesses to Michael Brown´s
shooting detail his last minutes
CNN, by Ben Brumfield & Yan Pomranze    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/14/2014 1:49:13 AM     Post Reply
Ferguson, Missouri - A new witness in the police shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, told CNN that Brown and the police officer tussled at the police car window, then the officer shot the teen multiple times, as Brown backed away. "What I saw was when Michael and the cop were wrestling through the window," Tiffany Mitchell told CNN´s Don Lemon. A shot was fired while Brown was out the window. He got free, and the officer got out of the vehicle, followed Brown and shot him, she said. He raised his hands, and the officer kept firing, she said. At night, Ferguson has taken on the appearance of a police state,

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