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What the Hell Just Happened in Texas,
and Why Was Rick Perry Just Indicted?
Daily Beast, by Olivia Nuzzi    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/16/2014 5:01:43 AM     Post Reply
The scandal that erupted Friday night involved millions of dollars, statehouse power plays—oh yeah, and alcohol, police, and masks. Texas Governor Rick Perry was indicted Friday on charges of abuse of power—a first degree felony—and coercion—a third degree felony. The charges stem from a 2013 scandal that has been quietly rumbling in the Lone Star State as Perry has been floated as a viable contender for the Republican nomination in 2016. This is a complex case, which might be why it has not made national headlines the way other recent, state-level scandals (like Bridgegate, in New Jersey) have. Below, I have outlined

David Gregory’s bitter
clash with NBC brass
New York Post, by Emily Smith    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/16/2014 4:51:07 AM     Post Reply
A humiliated David Gregory confirmed he was stepping down as moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press” Thursday night and quitting NBC after an ugly showdown with network chiefs over how he was treated. Gregory tweeted, “I leave NBC as I came — humbled and grateful. I love journalism and serving as moderator of MTP was the highest honor there is.” He added, “I have great respect for my colleagues at NBC News and wish them all well. To the viewers, I say thank you.” Page Six exclusively revealed last month that Gregory’s time at the nation’s longest-running TV program — moderated by

Delta Force Marine awarded
Navy Cross for fight at
CIA annex in Benghazi
WashingtonTimes, by Rowan Scarborough    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/16/2014 4:46:28 AM     Post Reply
In a unique battlefield commendation, a Marine Corps member of Delta Force has been awarded the nation’s second-highest military honor for coming to the defense of Americans last year at a CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya. Delta Force, a counterterrorism unit in the secretive Joint Special Operations Command, has been thought of as a strictly Army outfit. But it does take on qualified commandos from other services. The Washington Times has reported that two Delta Force members were among a seven-person rescue team sent from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli to Benghazi on the night of Sept. 11, 2012. Their mission:

  


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Too Little or Too Much or
Any or No Salt Will Kill You
Gawker, by Hamilton Nolan    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/16/2014 4:39:37 AM     Post Reply
Salt: good? Bad? Both! It will kill you no matter what you do. For decades now, the "accepted" medical advice on recommended salt intake has fluctuated like a bobblehead doll, and the media´s alarmist coverage has fluctuated right along in lockstep. (Christ, a scroll through the Gawker.com/salt page will show you enough contradictory advice to condone and/ or forbid putting anything at all into your mouth, and swallowing it.) Fortunately for all of us—especially "we the media," who hit a real slow patch this time of year—there is a huge new study out about salt consumption. What do you need to

Paul Ryan on His Father´s Private
Battle, Family, and ´House of Cards´
Parade Magazine, by Andy Abrahams    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/16/2014 4:36:54 AM     Post Reply
When Mitt Romney chose Paul Ryan to be his running mate in 2012, the most dramatic detail in the potential veep’s biography was the tragic loss of his father when Ryan was just 16. In his new book, The Way Forward, the Wisconsin congressman reveals for the first time how the elder Ryan struggled with alcohol. “I adored my dad,” says Ryan. “But I learned about what alcoholism can do to the person you love. You don’t want it to happen to you.” In an interview with Andy Abrahams, Ryan, 44, also discusses losing the 2012 election and whether he’ll

Will Foreign Policy Be the Biggest
Drag for Democrats This Year?
PJ Media, by Rich Baehr    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/16/2014 4:30:33 AM     Post Reply
It was once said, during the time when Maine’s governor’s race was conducted almost two months earlier than the November presidential race, that “as Maine goes, so goes the nation.” Will that be the case this year with North Carolina? There is news this week that Democrats will invest a stunning $9.1 million to back first-term incumbent Senator Kay Hagan in North Carolina. Hagan is being challenged by Republican state House Speaker Thom Tillis. This occurs just after the latest Washington Post Election Lab survey rates Hagan’s chances of re-election at 99%. Clearly, national Democrats don’t see the North Carolina race

Before You Pass Judgment On Rick Perry…
Hot Air, by Duane Patterson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/16/2014 4:26:55 AM     Post Reply
You ought to see this video first. This is the dash cam footage from the patrol car that pulled over Travis County D.A., Rosemary Lehmberg for DWI.(Snip for video)Here is the booking video when she was taken into custody.(Snip for video)Rick Perry thought her to be a disgrace, and wanted her to resign. She didn’t. So he took the next step and threatened to veto funding for her office. In response, a grand jury handed down an abuse of power indictment for coercive use of a veto late this afternoon. So the woman who was belligerent and intoxicated stays, Rick

  


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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.

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

  


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´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

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

  


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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.

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,

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

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