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My Jewish Family’s
Incredible Shrinking World
Time, by Karol Markowicz    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/16/2014 4:23:56 AM     Post Reply
Synagogues from the UK to France have been defaced, and there´s no sense of outrage to be found My first flight was international, 2,500 miles from my birthplace in Kyubishev, Russia, to Rome, Italy in 1978. Italy was a common stopover for Russian Jews fleeing the Soviet Union. We stayed three months in a small apartment in Ladispoli, a suburb of Rome. I ate a lot of chocolate and oranges while my parents learned Italian and waited to hear that America would let us in. When we got to Brooklyn, they got busy working. In Russia, my father had been

Mary Landrieu´s Terrible, Horrible,
No Good, Very Bad Week
ABC News, by Jordyn Phelps    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/16/2014 4:20:36 AM     Post Reply
It’s been a tough week for Sen. Mary Landrieu. If it wasn’t bad enough that the three-term Louisiana Democrat was already considered one of the most vulnerable Democrats in the 2014 midterms -- whose seat could determine control of the Senate -- this week, Landrieu’s re-election bid was rocked by turbulence over a private jet scandal and the announcement that her leading opponent now has more money to spend in the campaign. The campaign of her GOP challenger, Rep. Bill Cassidy, announced Thursday that he had pulled ahead of Landrieu with $5.6 million cash on hand, according to new FEC filing posted

US Marshals Capture
Fugitive Fighter War Machine
Associated Press, by Michelle Rindels    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/16/2014 4:18:52 AM     Post Reply
Fugitive mixed martial arts fighter War Machine was arrested Friday in California on suspicion of beating his ex-girlfriend so severely in Las Vegas that she feared for her life. The 32-year-old fighter and former porn actor, whose birth name is Jon Koppenhaver, was captured in a hotel room in Simi Valley, a suburb northwest of Los Angeles where he once lived. Authorities issued a warrant for Koppenhaver on Monday, the same day his ex-girlfriend, adult film actress Christy Mack, posted graphic photos of her swollen, beaten face online. Mack said in a statement that Koppenhaver showed up unannounced at her house on Aug.

  


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Charges: Couple Took,
Intended to Hurt Amish Girls
Associated Press, by George M. Walsh    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/16/2014 4:16:40 AM     Post Reply
ALBANY, N.Y. -- A northern New York couple has been arraigned on charges they intended to physically harm or sexually abuse two Amish sisters after abducting them from a roadside farm stand. Stephen Howells II, 39, and Nicole Vaisey, 25, both of Hermon, were each charged Friday night with two counts of first-degree kidnapping. They appeared in court with lawyers, but were not allowed to enter a plea. A town justice ordered them jailed without bond, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday. The St. Lawrence County Sheriff´s Office issued a statement late Friday saying the arrests of Howells and Vaisey

´We are in your streets´: Secret Service
investigates ISIS Twitter taunt that
included terror group´s flag in photo*
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/16/2014 1:48:35 AM     Post Reply
United States Secret Service is investigating a photograph blasted out on Twitter which seems to show someone holding up a smartphone, displaying a picture of the ISIS flag, in front of the White House. The photo appears to have been taken at night on the pedestrian mall occupying what used to be part of Pennsylvania Avenue. The White House´s north portico can be seen in the background. It was first tweeted on August 9 by an account that was later deleted. ´[W]e are here #America near our #target :) sooooooooooooon,´ read the message that accompanied it. Later that day another pro-ISIS Twitter user

Arab World: Failing to
see the broader picture
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Zvi Mazel    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/16/2014 1:19:14 AM     Post Reply
Arab countries are foundering, as a jihadi Islamic caliphate is strengthening its hold in the heart of the Middle East. The West seems intent on venting its frustrations on Israel, which is defending itself against Hamas, another radical Islamist group; Egypt is also feeling the brunt of it. Yet only a few years ago, Cairo was leading the charge of pragmatic Arab states backed by the US, fighting extremist Shi’ites under Iranian leadership. [Snip] The fact is that today the US has no ally in the Middle East, having deserted or offended every Arab country in the region. Yet had

Israel Welcomes EU´s Call
on Gaza Groups to Disarm
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Elad Bernari    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/16/2014 1:04:04 AM     Post Reply
Israel’s Foreign Ministry welcomed on Friday the call by the European Union (EU) for terrorist groups in Gaza to disarm. The EU’s call came in a statement in which the bloc offered to take charge of Gaza´s border crossings and work to prevent illegal arms flows. “Israel, like the foreign ministers of the European Union in their statement tonight, places great importance on the Egyptian initiative to achieve a long and steady calm,” said the Foreign Ministry’s statement. “Israel welcomes the ministers’ repeated calls for the terrorist organizations in Gaza to disarm. A commitment to the principle of demilitarization, which

  


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Ferguson: A Fire Alarm in the Night
American Interest, by Walter Russell Mead    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/15/2014 11:21:26 PM     Post Reply
Thomas Jefferson said that the controversy over the admission of Missouri to the union struck him like a fire alarm in the night: Missouri wanted to join as a slave state, and the resulting controversy almost split the country. It is almost 200 years later, and the issue of race still disturbs America’s peace as nothing else can. When police in Ferguson, Missouri, shot and killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown on Saturday, it set off rioting and protesting that continued well into the next week. Rioters have hurled bottles and molotov cocktails at police and fired on helicopters, and the

Federal inmate dies
after attack at prison
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/15/2014 11:21:11 PM     Post Reply
Pine Knot, KY. — A federal inmate serving a 40-year sentence for child-related sex offenses has died after being attacked at a southern Kentucky prison. Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn says 69-year-old Donald John Post Sr. of League City, Texas, died Wednesday as a result of injuries sustained during an attack inside his cell a day earlier at United States Penitentiary McCreary in Pine Knot. Post pleaded guilty and was sentenced earlier this year in federal court in Texas to charges of sexual exploitation of children and possession of child pornography. Ginn says after the attack, Post was taken

Climate Science Does Not
Support IPCC Conclusions
American Thinker, by S. Fred Singer    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/15/2014 10:58:53 PM     Post Reply
Since 2008, the Chicago-based, libertarian-leaning Heartland Institute has organized nine ICCCs (International Conferences on Climate Change). Norman Rogers (American Thinker, Aug 9, 2014) has given a general overview of ICCC-9 (at Las Vegas), which attracted an audience of well over 600 and featured speakers from 12 nations. Here I present a more detailed and personalized account of the two main science issues that appear to be of general concern. The first has to do with future temperatures and the second has to do with future sea level rise (SLR). When it comes to global average surface temperature (GAST), the concern

Pregnant woman punched
in Brooklyn knockout game:
´I was worried about the baby´
New York Daily News, by Thomas Tracy, Joseph Matos *    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/15/2014 10:36:11 PM     Post Reply
It’s the most coldhearted case of the knockout game yet. A 33-year-old punk punched a pregnant woman so hard in the face she lost consciousness — but the brigand was quickly arrested blocks away, police said Friday. The 34-year-old victim from Bangladesh — who is a mere two months from her due date — told the Daily News she was horrified for her unborn baby. “I was scared and worried about the baby,” said the victim, who wouldn’t give her name, at her home in Brooklyn. The suspect, Willie Stephens, 33, made the completely unprovoked attack at 3:45 p.m.

  


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US court orders son of Russian MP to
be held on computer hacking charges
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/15/2014 10:34:25 PM     Post Reply
Seattle - A US federal judge has ordered the son of a prominent Russian MP to remain in custody until his trial on computer hacking charges, after a prosecutor said evidence recovered from his laptop after his arrest in the Maldives gave new insights into the breadth of his activities. Roman Seleznev, 30, the son of Russian MP Valery Seleznev, appeared in US district court in Seattle, where he was indicted in 2011 on charges that involved hacking into computerised cash registers, stealing hundreds of thousands of credit card numbers and selling the data online for at least $2m. Seleznev faces similar but unrelated charges in Nevada.

Ukraine ‘partly destroys Russian
tanks’ as border tensions rocket
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/15/2014 9:24:30 PM     Post Reply
Ukraine says it destroyed much of a Russian convoy that entered the neighbouring country, but Russia insisted no military vehicles had crossed the border. “The majority of the vehicles were destroyed by the Ukrainian artillery at night,” Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told British Prime Minister David Cameron over the phone, according to his office. Poroshenko said NATO and journalists from several newspapers confirmed Ukraine’s reports of the Russian incursion overnight on Thursday. The incident would be the first clash between regular troops from both countries and could mark a dangerous escalation in the conflict

Travis County’s Politicized
DA Gets Perry Indicted
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/15/2014 8:14:22 PM     Post Reply
This is ridiculous. AUSTIN (KXAN) – A grand jury has handed up an indictment against Gov. Rick Perry in connection with the investigation into an effort to force Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to resign. Perry wanted Lehmberg to resign because she had been busted for drunk driving. It’s not good to have a drunk driver, captured on camera abusing the officers who arrested her, heading up the Public Integrity Unit. At the center of the issue is a complaint about intimidation stemming from Perry’s threat to veto of $7.5 million in state funding to the Public Integrity Unit

´Freeze-A-Thon´: Author
Says Obama Danced to
Avoid Clintons at Party
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/15/2014 8:10:22 PM     Post Reply
Hillary Clinton has tried to ease the tension following her comments that were critical of President Obama’s foreign policy, even offering to “hug it out” with the president. Ed Klein, author of "Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas," joined Brian Kilmeade on Fox and Friends this morning and said there was no "hugging it out" or amends made between the two before they sat next to each other at long-time Clinton supporter Vernon Jordan’s wife’s birthday party in Martha´s Vineyard. Klein said Clinton never had any intention of retracting her criticism of Obama´s "don´t do stupid stuff" foreign policy,

  


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Robbery Tape Humiliates
Media´s ´Gentle Giant´ Narrative
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Ben Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/15/2014 7:28:39 PM     Post Reply
With the release of tape today by the Ferguson Police Department of a man who appears to be Michael Brown allegedly physically assaulting a much smaller clerk while stealing Swisher Sweet cigars, the media’s narrative has collapsed. The media – and top-level politicians across the political spectrum – portrayed Michael Brown in saintlike fashion. That narrative no longer holds. The report from the police department states: Brown grabbed a box of Swisher Sweet cigars and handed them to Johnson. [REDACTED] witnessed [REDACTED] tell Brown that he had to pay for those cigars first. That is when Brown reached across the

Looking for the attractor
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/15/2014 7:21:31 PM     Post Reply
There’s a crisis in punditry. Disasters have become altogether too predictable. (Snip) Nobody really believes that the leaders of the nation or the West in general can find their way out of the mess they’ve created. Not after all that huffing and puffing about climate change, transgender initiatives, Obamaphones, “getting engaged with your disease” and other varieties of trivial pursuit. The Big Ticket problems they’ve pooh-poohed for so long are here. Food, energy, security and demography. In a short, the world of things. Boo. Your design margin has been canceled. Politicians are running for cover.

Rick Perry indicted
for Lehmberg veto threat
American-Statesman [Austin, TX] *, by Tony Plohetski    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/15/2014 6:55:59 PM     Post Reply
A Travis County grand jury today indicted Gov. Rick Perry on two charges related to his effort last year to force District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to resign after her drunken driving arrest. Grand jurors charged Perry, 63, with abuse of official capacity, a first-degree felony, and coercion of a public official. The indictments stemmed from Perry’s threat last summer to withhold $7.2 million in state money from Lehmberg’s office unless she step down – a threat he later carried out by vetoing an appropriation in the state budget. The money was earmarked for the state’s Public Integrity Unit, which is housed in Lehmberg’s office. Perry’s veto forced

Iowa GOP´s Joni Ernst:
I´ve been sexually harassed in military
USA Today, by Catalina Camia    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/15/2014 6:38:36 PM     Post Reply
Iowa Senate hopeful Joni Ernst said she experienced sexual harassment in the military and would support a bill to remove investigations outside of the military’s chain of command. Ernst told Time in an interview published online Friday that she experienced “comments, passes, things like that” during her military service over the last 21 years. The GOP Senate nominee, a lieutenant colonel in the Iowa National Guard and U.S. Army Reserves, recently returned to the campaign trail after two weeks of military training. “These were some of things where I was able to say stop and it simply stopped but there are other circumstances both for

ISIS massacres 80 Yazidis in northern
Iraq town, say Iraqi officials
Fox News, by Greg Palkot    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/15/2014 5:32:49 PM     Post Reply
Islamic militants killed 80 members of Iraq´s Yazidi minority in a northern village, sources told Fox News on Friday. The Kurdish-speaking ethnic and religious group, which numbers in the hundreds of thousands in Iraq, has been persecuted in the north by Islamic State militants, with at least 500 killed prior to Friday´s news, according to Iraq´s human rights minister. The latest killings came just a day after President Obama said U.S. air strikes and humanitarian aid drops on Sinjar mountain, where thousands of Yazidi have been stranded in an Islamic State siege had been ended. "They arrived in vehicles and they started

  



Pelosi Subsidies Benefit Husband’s
Investment in Dem Mega-Donor’s Company
Washington Free Beacon, by Lachlan Markay    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/15/2014 4:47:45 PM     Post Reply
The top Democrat in the House of Representatives steered more than a billion dollars in subsidies to a light rail project that benefitted a company run by a high-dollar Democratic donor and in which her husband is a major investor. When cloud computing giant Salesforce sold a large plot of land to the Golden State Warriors in April, it had House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) to thank for helping to swell real estate prices in the area. Pelosi has worked for more than a decade to steer taxpayer funds to a light rail project in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood,

San Fran Kisses Its 70,000-
Person Toilet Goodbye
Daily Beast, by Jon Rochmis    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/15/2014 4:45:26 PM     Post Reply
SAN FRANCISCO — This town has long prided itself as “The City That Knows How.” Loaded with justifiable conceit, that catchy tribute gained popular traction following the manner and style—emphasis on style—in which the city rebuilt itself following the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906. Then came Candlestick Park. So much for reputation and cute slogans. Candlestick Park, born in 1960 and scheduled to be executed presently, was an unpleasant, uncomfortable, cold, remote, windblown penitentiary located as far from San Francisco as this city’s mythical 49-square-mile limit permitted. The other version: Candlestick Park was where Willie Mays and Joe Montana turned their sports into

Keep Iraq out of ruthless hands
Tampa Tribune, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/15/2014 4:44:14 PM     Post Reply
Less than 48 hours ago, it appeared virtually certain that the United States would have little choice but to intervene militarily in Iraq on a scale that President Obama clearly wanted to avoid. That all changed overnight when American officials reported the thousands of Yazidis, a minority religious sect fleeing persecution by the advancing Islamist extremists rampaging through Iraq, had been safely removed from their vulnerable haven on Mount Sinjar. Yazidi leaders and some emergency relief officials dispute that assessment. In any event, it does appear American airstrikes — and the dropping of relief supplies — paired with ground attacks

Who Lost the Cities?
National Review Online, by Kevin D. Williamson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/15/2014 4:42:57 PM     Post Reply
The Reverend Jesse Jackson is, to the surprise of all thinking people, right about something: “A spark has exploded,” he said, referring to the protests and violence in Ferguson, Mo. “When you look at what sparked riots in the Sixties, it has always been some combination of poverty, which was the fuel, and then some oppressive police tactic. It was the same in Newark, in Chicago, in Detroit, in Los Angeles. It’s symptomatic of a national crisis of urban abandonment and repression, seen in Chicago.” A question for the Reverend Jackson: Who has been running the show in Newark, in Chicago,

Unexpectedly: ISIS leader flees to
Syria where U.S. insists he will be safe
Hot Air, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/15/2014 4:40:10 PM     Post Reply
No one could have seen this coming. In early August, President Barack Obama revealed that he had approved targeted airstrikes on ISIS targets in Iraq. The strikes were aimed at both halting the Islamic State’s advance on cities like Erbil and Baghdad, where American diplomatic and military assets were stationed, and to relieve the pressure on Iraqi minority groups targeted by ISIS for extermination or displacement. Some military analysts noted, however, that the president will be unable to achieve the objective of eliminating the ISIS threat, rather than simply disrupting the group’s operational tempo, unless he expanded the theater of operations

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