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Obama delayed attacking ISIS
to pressure Maliki
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 8/14/2014 9:29:16 AM     Post Reply
There is, as you may have heard, a growing online library of ISIS videos and photos, proudly portraying the most vividly graphic images of terrorists acts against other humans during its ongoing march across Iraq. We do not recommend seeking out these profane boasts for they will forever be seared into your minds-eye. [Snip] So, it was with some pride that many of us heard President Obama the other day say: “When you have a unique circumstance in which genocide is threatened, and a country is willing to have us in there, you have a strong international consensus that these

HHS Placing Unaccompanied
Minors With Possible MS-13
Ties in Top Gang-Plagued Cities
Cybercast News Service, by Brittany M. Hughes    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/14/2014 9:05:39 AM     Post Reply
Reports show thousands of unaccompanied illegal alien minors, some of them identified as obvious gang members by U.S. Border Patrol agents, have been transferred to several of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States, including Baltimore, Los Angeles, New York City, Houston and the Washington, D.C. area – cities that all rank among the top strongholds of the Latin American gang Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13. A 2008 report by the Congressional Research Service lists several major U.S. cities as having some of the heaviest MS-13 presence in the nation. These cities include Washington, D.C. and the surrounding area in Northern

‘They’re coming’ and
‘another 9/11 is imminent’
Hot Air, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/14/2014 8:54:15 AM     Post Reply
Ali Khedery is the chairman and chief executive of the Dubai-based Dragoman Partners. He negotiated Exxon Mobile’s entry into Kurdistan as an executive with that company. Before that, he worked with the U.S. State and Defense departments, and was the longest serving American official in Iraq from 2003 to 2009. Khedery served as the special assistant to five U.S. ambassadors and a senior advisor to three commanders of U.S. Central Command. Ali Khedery knows the Middle East, and Iraq in particular. It is important to know Khedery’s background because when he sounds the alarm, and he is sounding the alarm with all

  


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Islamic State continues sweep
against Kurds towards Baghdad
Telegraph [UK], by Alastair Beach, Agencies    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/14/2014 8:48:41 AM     Post Reply
Islamic State gunmen are continuing their sweep across Iraq and are poised at the gates of a town just north of Baghdad--despite American air strikes intended to thwart the extremist group’s advances. Commanders from the fundamentalist militia are massing near Qara Tappa just 70 miles north of the capital, according to Iraqi security sources and a local official. [Snip] Disputing accounts from the UN refugee agency, which had estimated that there could be tens of thousands of Yazidis trapped in the area and surrounded by Islamic State fighters, Pentagon officials said there were a maximum of around 4,000.

Washington Post reporter
arrested in Ferguson
Washington Post, by Mark Berman    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 8/14/2014 8:29:45 AM     Post Reply
Wesley Lowery, a reporter for The Washington Post who has been reporting on the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., was detained Wednesday evening by police in Ferguson. He and other reporters were working in a McDonald’s in Ferguson when about half a dozen police officers came into the restaurant, Lowery said. Some officers were in regular uniforms, while others were dressed in riot gear and carrying assault weapons. “It was tense,” Lowery said via telephone from the police station on Wednesday night. “I’ve been afraid several times while reporting on the ground here in Ferguson.” Lowery has been reporting on the situation in the

Music Video Shows Jews
United ´Like A Brother´
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Yoni Kempinski, Ari Yashar    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/14/2014 8:20:07 AM     Post Reply
A new music video captures the palpable feeling of unity among the Jewish people in Israel and abroad, a feeling that grew in the tragedy of the abduction and murder of the three Israeli teens, and which has swelled in the current counter-terror operation in Gaza. [Snip] "We have seen such a beautiful rise in Jewish unity since the kidnappings and through the war in Gaza. But we shouldn´t need to be brought closer together only when our enemies are trying to destroy us. The more we unite, the more protection we will have from our enemies," wrote Green.

US Post Offices Reportedly
Refusing Mail to Israel
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Ari Yashar    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/14/2014 7:50:53 AM     Post Reply
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has written to complain to the US Postmaster General, after receiving widespread reports that US post offices around America have been refusing to accept mail to Israel. In the last several days ADL reports that it has received complaints from Massachusetts, Michigan and New Jersey, revealing postal customers were incorrectly told that the US Postal Service is not accepting mail for Israel due to Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. "The postal employees have told these individuals that current USPS policy says that mail to Israel cannot be accepted because of the current crisis,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL

  


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Iraq crisis: live
Telegraph [UK], by Raziye Akkoc    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/14/2014 7:25:20 AM     Post Reply
12.08 In the image below, displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, hold banners as they take part in a demonstration at the Iraqi-Syrian border crossing in Fishkhabour, Dohuk. [Snip] 11.32 Press Association reported he added: "What our plans need to do is to make sure that we have got the assets in place to help out in the right way and that´s why last night one of our Tornados was gathering information about the situation, that´s why it´s important our Chinooks are in place and available if needed. "Our

Kerry: Climate Change is ‘The
Biggest Challenge of All That
We Face Right Now’
Cybercast News Service, by Patrick Goodenough    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/14/2014 7:23:40 AM     Post Reply
The global impact of climate change is “the biggest challenge of all that we face right now,” Secretary of State John Kerry told an audience in Hawaii Wednesday, putting an issue he feels passionately about at the center of a speech entitled “U.S. Vision for Asia-Pacific Engagement.” “The science is screaming at us,” he said. “Ask any kid in school. They understand what a greenhouse is, how it works, why we call it the greenhouse effect. They get it.” “If you accept the science,” Kerry continued. “If you accept that the science is causing climate to change, you have to

Is your grocery bill supporting
your political opponents?
Now you can avoid it.
Washington Post, by Colby Itkowitz    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 8/14/2014 7:21:06 AM     Post Reply
Bet the last time you were sipping Campbell’s soup or popping Pringles chips it never occurred to you that your eating habits could be political. But every product has a parent company and most major corporations make political contributions. (Snip) Enter Matthew Colbert, a former campaign and Hill staffer, who has built a new app for smartphones that allows users to scan the barcode of products in the grocery store and immediately find out what political party the company and its employees support.

Neural Nostalgia
Slate, by Mark Joseph Stern    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/14/2014 7:18:14 AM     Post Reply
As I plod through my 20s, I’ve noticed a strange phenomenon: The music I loved as a teenager means more to me than ever—but with each passing year, the new songs on the radio sound like noisy nonsense. On an objective level, I know this makes no sense. I cannot seriously assert that Ludacris’ “Rollout” is artistically superior to Katy Perry’s “Roar,” yet I treasure every second of the former and reject the latter as yelping pablum. If I listen to the Top 10 hits of 2013, I get a headache. If I listen to the Top 10 hits of

  


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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.

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

  


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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

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

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

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