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Republicans question HHS official’s
instruction to ‘delete’ internal
ObamaCare email
Fox News, by Judson Berger    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/15/2014 12:21:11 PM     Post Reply
A key official overseeing the ObamaCare launch last fall asked a subordinate to “delete” an email exchange on the matter, according to newly released records, fueling Republican concerns that the administration may be hiding internal discussions from Congress. “Time and again, the self-proclaimed ´most transparent administration´ has been anything but,” House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., said in a statement. “And now we know that when HealthCare.gov was crashing, those in charge were hitting the delete button behind the scenes.” Upton and other GOP committee leaders on Friday released an email exchange from Oct. 5, 2013, shortly after

Document: Homeland Security Predicts
Rise of ´Anti-Government´ Violence
Breitbart Big Government, by Kerry Picket    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/15/2014 12:14:18 PM     Post Reply
A leaked document from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis predicts increased “anti-government violence over the next year.” The document says the inspiration for violence is Cliven Bundy’s Bunkerville standoff with the Bureau of Land Management from earlier in the year. DHS’s seven-page report entitled Domestic Violent Extremists Pose a Threat to Government Officials and Law Enforcement points to the recent murders of two Las Vegas law enforcement officers as evidence that there is a “growing trend of anti-government violence compared to the previous four years and inspired by perceived government overreach and oppression” and the “perceived

LGBT Movement forces Child Welfare
Services, run by Churches, to Close
Accuracy in Media, by Jace Gregory    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/15/2014 12:06:44 PM     Post Reply
Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) recently introduced a bill in the Senate titled the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2014. Its purpose is “to prohibit governmental entities from discriminating or taking an adverse action against a child welfare service provider on the basis that the provider declines to provide a child welfare service that conflicts, or under circumstances that conflict, with the sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions of the provider.” (Snip) In recent years, some religious child welfare providers who believe that children deserve to be placed with married mothers and fathers have lost government funding and have

  


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Al-Qaida tells family to press
US to negotiate hostage release
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/15/2014 12:02:35 PM     Post Reply
Al-Qaida told the family of a US hostage kidnapped three years ago in Pakistan to press their government to exchange him for prisoners held by the United States, in a message posted on the Internet on Friday. Warren Weinstein, who was kidnapped in 2011 in Lahore where he worked for a US consulting company, was last seen in a video recording released in December. In the latest message, al-Qaida said it had been demanding to exchange Weinstein for members of the group held by the United States for "no guilt except that they acted in defense of the Muslim ummah (nation)" - an apparent reference to inmates held at the US military base

Ferguson police Name officer who shot
Michael Brown - but claim dead teen is
primary suspect in 'strong-arm' robbery*
Daily Mail [UK], by Louise Boyle, Michael Zennie    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/15/2014 11:58:48 AM     Post Reply
Police today named Darren Wilson as the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown and released video stills and an incident report on a robbery shortly before the shooting that named the teenager as the ‘primary suspect’. In a shocking twist to the killing which sparked riots in St Louis over the last few days, the officer investigating the convenience store robbery also attended the scene of the shooting and said the suspect and Brown were the same person. According to the police report, video shows Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson having an altercation with store staff and allegedly stealing box of Swisher Sweets,

Mann v Steyn:
If This Trial Ever Goes Ahead
Global Warming Is Toast
Breitbart London [UK], by James Delingpole    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/15/2014 11:47:26 AM     Post Reply
Mark Steyn has published his latest brief in his protracted court case with discredited climate scientist Michael Mann (who is suing him for libel) and it´s a corker. Here´s a sample: The audacity of the falsehoods in Mann's court pleadings is breathtaking. For example, on page 19 of his brief below dated January 18, 2013, he cites the international panel chaired by the eminent scientist Lord Oxburgh, FRS as one of the bodies that "exonerated" him, whereas on page 235 of Mann's own book, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars, he states explicitly that "our own work did not fall within the remit of the committee and the hockey stick

Stronger together! Kanye West
´hopes to collaborate with Paul
McCartney on upcoming album´
Daily Mail [UK], by Heather Waugh    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/15/2014 11:41:08 AM     Post Reply
Kanye West wants to collaborate with Sir Paul McCartney on his upcoming album. The Yeezus rapper, who has reportedly become very good friends with the former Beatles lead singer has approached him as he puts the finishing touches to his latest material. And it may surprise some fans that 72-year-old Paul has a big appreciation for rap. The Live And Let Die singer revealed in a Twitter Q&A in October last year that his most recent album purchases were Kanye and Jay-Z. And earlier this week, Kanye was backstage as the legendary crooner played a show in LA at the Dodgers Stadium. A

  


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Wind farm ´needs 700 times more land´
than fracking site to produce same energy
Telegraph [UK], by Emily Gosden    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/15/2014 11:35:35 AM     Post Reply
A wind farm requires 700 times more land to produce the same amount of energy as a fracking site, according to analysis by the energy department’s recently-departed chief scientific advisor. Prof David MacKay, who stood down from the Government role at the end of July, published analysis putting shale gas extraction “in perspective”, showing it was far less intrusive on the landscape than wind or solar energy. His intervention was welcomed by fracking groups, who are battling to win public support amid claims from green groups and other critics that shale gas extraction will require the “industrialisation” of the countryside.

Trayvon 2.0 Redux – Comparing Mike
Brown and Trayvon Martin Similarities…
Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/15/2014 11:25:49 AM     Post Reply
While the two shooting events are separated by two and a half years, Trayvon (Feb 2012) Mike Brown (Aug 2014) the similarities are quite remarkable. One of the key aspects that aligns both narratives is the appearance of the attorney for both families Benjamin Crump. The second key aspect is the way the media portray both events. Here’s some of the similarities: • The age of both was originally misreported. Trayvon was 13, then 15, then 16 and eventually 17. Mike Brown was 17 in most original reports, and then eventually 18. • Both Mike Brown and Trayvon Martin were

Is Nancy Pelosi About to Break
Campaign Fundraising Law?
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/15/2014 11:17:52 AM     Post Reply
According to Politico, Nancy Pelosi is holding a meeting in Napa Valley with a number of distressed Democrats. Heavyweights like Google’s Eric Schmidt are also on hand, along with billionaire leftist Tom Steyer. If they were Republicans, Democrats would accuse Schmidt and Steyer of trying to buy elections. The event, which kicks off today, is not a fundraiser. Pelosi is also bringing in a handful of vulnerable Democratic lawmakers to mix and mingle with some of her biggest supporters. Getting picked to attend is considered an opportunity to schmooze with potential mega donors. Reps. Ami Bera (Calif.), Carol Shea-Porter (N.H.), Ann Kirkpatrick (Ariz.),

How This Man Became a Pro Racer
After Losing a Leg in Afghanistan
Wired, by Brendan I. Koerner    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/15/2014 11:01:03 AM     Post Reply
When he first began adjusting to life as an amputee, Marine Staff Sgt. Liam Dwyer wanted nothing more than to get back to driving a stick shift. Dwyer’s most cherished possession was a souped-up Nissan 350Z, which he often drove in rally races and autocross events before his 2010 deployment to Afghanistan. But after an IED severed most of his left leg in May 2011, military doctors informed him that he would never again use a clutch, since he now lacked the ability to feel the pedal beneath a foot. The stubborn Dwyer vowed to prove that he could once

  


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The Rick Scott-Jeb Bush
Tour heads to Homestead
Tampa Bay-Times [FL], by Marc Caputo    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/15/2014 10:58:36 AM     Post Reply
Remember back when Democrat Charlie Crist was a Republican running for governor in 2006? He called himself a "Jeb Bush Republican" at the time. There´s a reason for it. Bush helped build the GOP, first in Miami-Dade and then in Florida where he was the first Republican governor in the modern era to serve with a Republican-held House and Senate. Also, unlike Crist and Scott, Bush is an off-the-cuff quote-machine who likes to joust with reporters about policy and politics. The other two guys (Scott more so) are and/or were nothing like Bush as governor. Expect a good dose of Crist-bashing from

100 Years of the Panama Canal
American Magazine, by John Steele Gordon    Original Article
Posted By: EagleBlurst- 8/15/2014 10:52:37 AM     Post Reply
On August 15, 1914, the world was fixated on the dramatic first month of World War I, as the German army raced towards Paris and the fate of Europe hung in the balance. But on that day, half a world away, a ship named the SS Ancon became the first vessel to officially transit the Panama Canal — and the canal was opened for business. It had been 401 years since Balboa had first crossed the Isthmus in 1513 and “stared at the Pacific ... Silent, upon a peak in Darien.” For most of that time, a water route across Panama

Illegal immigrant children get first-
class treatment at taxpayers’ expense
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan & S.A. Miller    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/15/2014 10:47:23 AM     Post Reply
From culturally sensitive music to special meals for the lactose intolerant, the organizations the federal government is paying to house and care for the children who have surged across the border illegally are taking pains to make sure they are as comfortable as possible. Dietitians scrutinize the menus each day to make sure they include enough whole grains but not whole milk. Counselors offer life skills classes in Spanish, and intensive English language training, including use of the Rosetta Stone program. Doctors and dentists treat the children at taxpayers’ expense — often the first medical care of the children’s lives. The

The Latest From Healthcare.gov:
Nonsense Text
Weekly Standard, by Jeryl Bier    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/15/2014 10:42:58 AM     Post Reply
Healthcare.gov has had its share of problems over the ten months since its launch, but those looking for information about appealing a Marketplace decision are facing a brand new one: nonsense. The inquiry How to Appeal a Marketplace Decision is answered with, "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Donec egestas rhoncus orci, at lobortis justo tempor a." The full page appears as follows: The page can be seen by selecting the "Get Answers" menu from the home page of Healthcare.gov and choosing "How to appeal a Marketplace decision." Selection of the submenu items on the left return the

  


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My Midnight Call From
Benjamin Netanyahu
Canada Free Press, by Dave Merrick    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 8/15/2014 10:42:49 AM     Post Reply
In 1991 – several years after my conversion to Christianity and well into my own life as a husband and father – every Saturday morning, my two youngest children would drag me out of bed to watch cartoons with them. I would quietly sit on the sofa, wiping the sleep from my eyes, while Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny did their thing. One particular Saturday morning, the cartoons were regularly interrupted with updates on the Gulf War. My oldest son, Travis, was a Marine on a big gunboat in the Persian Gulf – so we would listen carefully, wanting to know

Darren Wilson Is Identified as Police Officer
Who Fatally Shot Teenager in Ferguson, Mo.
New York Times, by Alan Blinder & Timothy Williams    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/15/2014 10:36:29 AM     Post Reply
Ferguson, Mo. - The police in Ferguson broke their weeklong silence on Friday and identified the officer involved in the fatal shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager. The Ferguson police chief, Thomas Jackson, said the officer was Darren Wilson, a six-year veteran of the force who had no disciplinary actions taken against him. Chief Jackson said Mr. Wilson had been alerted to a robbery at a convenience store shortly before the encounter with the teenager, Michael Brown, 18, who was walking home from a store on Saturday when he was shot. Mr. Brown’s death had ignited several days of protests that have been quashed by

Secret Service ´Aware´ of
Apparent ISIS Flag Photo in
Front of the White House
ABC News, by Chris Good & Faisal Alkadiri    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/15/2014 10:31:46 AM     Post Reply
The Secret Service said it is "aware" of a photo that appeared to show an image of an ISIS flag in front of the White House. If authentic, the photo showed a hand holding up an image of a flag for ISIS (also known as ISIL or Islamic State), displayed on a smartphone, on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House fence. That area, closed off to street traffic, is frequented by thousands of tourists every day. It was tweeted from an apparently pro-ISIS Twitter handle @sunna_rev on Aug. 9. "We have an intelligence division whose mission is to assess information

John McCain to campaign
with Scott Brown in NH
WMUR-TV [Manchester, NH], by James Pindell    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/15/2014 10:24:25 AM     Post Reply
DERRY, N.H. —Like he did for Kelly Ayotte ahead of her primary win for the U.S. Senate in 2010, U.S. Sen. John McCain will head to New Hampshire to told a town hall meeting for Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown. The town hall, which was announced by Brown´s campaign on Tuesday, will be held Monday night in Derry. It is unclear how much Brown is helping with branding by appearing with McCain, the two time winner of the state´s presidential primary. After all, those who were into McCain are probably with Brown in his Republican primary anyway. But the event will

Breaking: Photos Released
of Suspect Michael Brown
Robbing Store Before Shooting
Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/15/2014 10:19:02 AM     Post Reply
Ferguson police released a report today detailing a robbery before the fatal shooting last week of 18 year-old Michael Brown. Chief of police Jackson held a press conference early Friday morning. Her is a copy of the report on the Ferguson convenience story robbery. The convenience store video reveals Michael Brown entering the store followed by Johnson. Brown hands a box of Swisher Sweets to Johnson. From the report: The incident is related to another incident detailed by Ferguson Police. And here are photos of the robbery at the convenience store with a suspect who looks like “Big Mike” Brown.

  



The question to haunt the West
Washington Times, by Wesley Pruden    Original Article
Posted By: FL_Absentee_Voter- 8/15/2014 10:18:23 AM     Post Reply
When the going gets tough, the tough are supposed to get going. But not in Obama World. Not in Hillary World, either. (Snip) An official spokesman for the State Department, which imagines it’s the keeper of the nation’s conscience, suggested that when the going gets tough, the tough run home. Maybe the world is just too dangerous for Americans to get out and about. “Hard decisions must be made when it comes to whether the United States should operate in dangerous overseas locations.”

Immigrant daughter’s tearful journey from
Guatemala to N.J. ends with hug from dad
The Record [Hackensack, NJ], by Monsy Alvarado    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/15/2014 9:56:00 AM     Post Reply
The last time she saw her father was more than four years ago when he bid her farewell for better job opportunities in the United States. On Thursday, 14-year-old Elizita hugged her father tight at Newark Liberty International Airport as tears rolled down both their cheeks. “I’m emotional; I don’t have words,” said her father, F. Toj, who is living in the country illegally and works at a factory in Bergen County. He asked that he be identified by his maternal grandmother’s name and that his daughter be identified by the name he uses for her as a term of

Politico Pity Party: Obama Is
on a ´Vacation From Hell´
Newsbusters, by Tom Blumer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/15/2014 9:55:38 AM     Post Reply
Does anyone remember a media report expressing sympathy for former President George W. Bush when adverse events happened during his Crawford, Texas "vacations"? (Given that he and Laura lived there, calling a visit to your place back home hardly seems to qualify as some kind of "vacation") Well, Thursday evening, Politico´s Carrie Budoff Brown took pity on President Obama for his "vacation from hell." Excerpts follow the jump. Poor guy. He´s not going to come back to White House refreshed (bolds are mine): Obama´s ´vacation from hell´. President Barack Obama really wanted to take a vacation. But then the world

Obama lifts ban on Libyans attending flight
school, studying nuclear science here
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 8/15/2014 9:50:13 AM     Post Reply
Remember the aftermath of 9/11 when investigators made the chilling discovery that American flight instructors had unwittingly taught the Arab hijackers how to fly jumbo jets like the ones they plowed into the World Trade Center and Pentagon, killing some 3,000 innocents? Turns out, President Reagan worried about terrorist hijackers using airplanes as weapons way back in 1983. He banned Libyans from taking flight lessons or nuclear studies in the United States. Now, believe it or not, President Obama is lifting that ban because, aides say, post-Gaddafi Libya and its relations with the United States are "normalized."

Calculating Hillary Gets the Math Wrong
Bloomberg, by Albert R. Hunt    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 8/15/2014 9:36:44 AM     Post Reply
Picture the ad, either in the Democratic primaries or from a liberal independent candidate: Hillary Clinton -- a pro-Wall Street buckraker, a foreign policy interventionist -- championing George W. Bush´s invasion of Iraq and looking like a lukewarm supporter of President Barack Obama. Clinton´s break last week with some of Obama´s unpopular foreign policies, in an interview with my colleague Jeffrey Goldberg in the Atlantic, is going to cause her political problems. It makes her look calculating -- probably unfairly -- when she already faces some skepticism about her authenticity. And her hawkish, interventionist stance is at odds with the

Fredericksburg hotel one of
the quirkiest in the nation
San Antonio Express-News [TX], by Rebecca Salinas    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/15/2014 9:34:18 AM     Post Reply
SAN ANTONIO –Step into the Hangar Hotel in Fredericksburg and relive the 1940s, but with today´s amenities. The hotel recently was named among the quirkiest in the nation by USA Today. Equipped with its own tarmac, the hotel represents the nostalgia of World War II. "As soon as you walk through our front doors, it´s really like stepping back into time," said Kim Seavey, a receptionist at the Hangar Hotel. "Pilots can fly their planes literally right to the front of the hotel, which is like parking their car." The hotel operates from the Gillespie County Airport in Fredericksburg, and

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