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Shakespeare expert Stephen
Greenblatt on Irving Berlin
Wall Street Journal, by Stephen Greenblatt    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/16/2014 11:10:56 AM     Post Reply
I first heard "How Deep Is the Ocean" as a child, when my mother used to sing it to me as a bedtime lullaby. By morning, the mood was different. My family lived in the Roxbury area of Boston, near the Franklin Park Zoo, so I awoke to the sound of roaring lions. "How Deep Is the Ocean" [by Irving Berlin] is an unusual love song. All of the lyrics are posed as questions, except for "I´ll tell you no lie." Each question conveys emotional intensity—-whether posed from parent to child or between two lovers: "How far would I travel,

The “JJ Witness Video” – Eye Witness
Audio of Mike Brown Shooting States:
“Brown Doubled Back Toward POlice”…
Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 8/16/2014 10:49:37 AM     Post Reply
I’m going to call this the “J J Video” because a sharp Treeper catches the background conversation within a video of the Mike Brown shooting scene. (Snip) The video was taken in the aftermath of the shooting, and judging from the comments attributed to the uploader -although he was not a direct witness- he felt the video was affirmational toward Mike Brown and the anti-police narrative. However, probably unknown -or at least unnoticed- in the background of the video you can hear an audio conversation of a male eye witness to the shooting itself describing what he saw to another

Mich. district to boost programs
for immigrant students
USA Today, by Niraj Warikoo    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 8/16/2014 10:24:10 AM     Post Reply
A Detroit-area school district with a growing Arab-American population has agreed to improve its programs for students with limited English skills and to potentially hire more educators of Arab descent. In a 31-page agreement with the Department of Justice, the Crestwood School District in Dearborn Heights says it "shall take appropriate action to overcome language barriers that impede equal and meaningful participation by" students with limited English skills.

  


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Even Liberals Think The
Indictment Of Rick Perry Looks Weak
Business Insider, by Colin Campbell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/16/2014 10:13:00 AM     Post Reply
Although some Democrats are calling for Texas. Gov Rick Perry´s (R) resignation after he was indicted by a grand jury on Friday, a number of left-leaning observers immediately panned the allegations as unimpressive. Perry, an expected presidential candidate in 2016, is accused of "abuse of official capacity" and "coercion of [a] public servant" by publicly threatening to zero out a state prosecutor´s funding and then actually doing it. Several pundits, including former Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod, Clinton and Obama administration alum Jonathan Prince, Vox´s Matt Yglesias, and New York magazine´s Jonathan Chait, wrote on Twitter they couldn´t see what

Crist campaigned in real
school bus despite state ban
Tampa Tribune, by William March    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/16/2014 9:40:21 AM     Post Reply
TAMPA ­­— Charlie Crist’s School Bus Tour may violate state law on use of school buses. Crist just finished a three-day tour on education spending, travelling in a bright yellow school bus with campaign staff and reporters. He hoped to emphasize education as an issue in the race with Gov. Rick Scott — an issue where he believes he has an advantage over Scott. The tour included small rallies and news conferences in seven cities where he bashed Scott for education cuts, arriving each time in the bus. The apparent snag is Chapter 316.72 of the Florida Statutes, which says

Obama: Colleges must do their
part to bring down costs, too
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 8/16/2014 9:30:12 AM     Post Reply
President Obama´s weekly remarks Hi, everybody. Over the next couple weeks, schools all across the country will be opening their doors. Students will suit up for fall sports, marching band and the school play; moms and dads will snap those first-day-of-school pictures — and that includes me and Michelle. And so today, I want to talk directly with students and parents about one of the most important things any of you can do this year — and that’s to begin preparing yourself for an education beyond high school.

Tens of Thousands Protest
Pakistan´s Government
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/16/2014 9:14:29 AM     Post Reply
ISLAMABAD--Tens of thousands of protesters rallied Saturday in Pakistan´s capital, defying the pouring rain to demand the prime minister step down in the biggest challenge yet to the country´s government. Imran Khan, a famous cricketer who now leads the country´s third-biggest political bloc, and a fiery anti-government cleric called for the rallies in Islamabad, focused on making Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif leave office and holding new elections. Sharif, who took office just a year ago in the first democratic transfer of power in a country long plagued by military coups, has said he´ll stay in power, raising fears of possible

  


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U.S. Launches Airstrikes in Battle to
Retake Iraq´s Mosul Dam From ISIS
NBC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 8/16/2014 9:13:46 AM     Post Reply
U.S. fighter planes pounded targets in northern Iraq as a joint military operation kicked off to retake the country´s largest dam from ISIS militants, officials said. U.S. military officials said FA-18 fighter bombers and armed drones were launching airstrikes and offering air cover to Iraqi and Kurdish forces fighting to regain control of the Mosul Dam. ISIS fighters seized the dam on the Tigris River on Aug. 7 as part of an offensive that has seen large swaths of Iraq fall to the Sunni militants. Sources told NBC News the decision to try retaking the dam came after intelligence showed ISIS

Hamas threatens ´war of attrition´
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/16/2014 8:59:20 AM     Post Reply
Senior Hamas official Osama Hamdan stated that the terms proposed in negotiations in Egypt thus far have been inadequate, reported Israel Radio on Saturday, and that the Palestinian people are ready for a "long war of attrition." [Snip] The official added that Islamic Jihad would continue to support Egyptian efforts to establish a permanent ceasefire. In Cairo, Israel Radio quoted Palestinian delegation member Basam al-Salhi as saying that on-going negotiations have a 50% chance of succeeding. He did mention that the Palestinians were willing to delay negotiations over a sea port and airport in the Gaza Strip.

Man dies as 35 people found ´screaming and
banging´ in shipping container at Tilbury Docks
Telegraph (UK), by David Blair    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 8/16/2014 8:46:07 AM     Post Reply
One man has died and dozens have been taken to hospital after 35 people were discovered hiding inside a shipping container at Tilbury Docks in Essex on Saturday.The group, presumed to be illegal immigrants, were found when workers heard "screaming and banging" from inside a container as the ship was being unloaded at 6.37am, said Supt Trevor Roe of Essex Police. Inside they discovered "adults and children of both genders" who were all suffering from the effects of confinement. Seven ambulances were immediately called to the scene. In addition, Basildon and Thurrock Hospital dispatched two rapid response cars, a patient transport

Killing Us by Mosquito Bite
Townhall, by John Ransom    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 8/16/2014 8:45:44 AM     Post Reply
History doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes, quipped Mark Twain. As with most of Twain’s homilies, it’s funny because it’s true. So as the world commemorates the Guns of August—that is, the start of World War I-- history is not repeating itself. But the world today does seem to have a certain poetic, unrhymed iambic pentameter in common with the Great War. “With a dimming of the lights and ceremonies across this country and in Belgium, monarchs, princes, presidents and citizens prepared on Monday to mark the day 100 years ago when Britain entered World War I at the start of four years

  


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Rick Perry Indicted:
Another Democratic Party Dirty Trick
Powerline, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 8/16/2014 8:29:37 AM     Post Reply
A grand jury in Travis County, Texas, indicted Governor Rick Perry today. Why? For exercising his constitutional prerogative by threatening to veto, and then vetoing, an appropriation to support the public corruption unit in Travis County’s district attorney’s office. This followed the arrest of the county’s district attorney, Democratic Party activist Rosemary Lehmberg, for drunk driving, after she was found “with an open bottle of vodka in the front passenger seat of her car in a church parking lot in Austin.” Ms. Lehmberg served 45 days in jail.The Travis County district attorney’s office has long been a cesspool of corruption.

EMILY´s List President:
Don´t Count Out Wendy Davis
National Journal, by Scott Bland    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/16/2014 8:28:27 AM     Post Reply
EMILY´s List President Stephanie Schriock said in an interview that Democrat Wendy Davis still has a shot in the Texas governor´s race this fall, even though polls have shown her well behind. Speaking on C-SPAN´s Newsmakers program, which will air Sunday, Schriock said the heralded Democratic state senator "still has a chance" and that the race against Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott has only recently kicked into gear. "I´m not saying it´s easy," Schriock said. "I´m not blind to the fact that we´re dealing with a race in Texas. But this is far from over." Davis launched her campaign in 2013 after attracting

Store owners guard Ferguson
stores with their own guns
KTVI-TV [St. Louis, MO], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Jerico- 8/16/2014 7:52:52 AM     Post Reply
Ferguson - FOX 2 reporter George Sells interviews store owners that brought their own weapons to guard their store from looters. They talked to police who the owners say were in the parking lot at Dominos and would not help. The owners are not sure that they’re going to stay in business. Police will be holding a press conference at 2pm to address the looting that occurred overnight.

How the media discovered Ferguson
Politico, by Byron Tau    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 8/16/2014 7:45:03 AM     Post Reply
Ferguson, Mo. — Score one for the Beltway media. After several nights of intense community outrage over the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, it wasn’t until two Washington-based reporters from The Huffington Post and The Washington Post were arrested by heavily armed local police that the political class in D.C. and Jefferson City started paying attention. Days of Twitter dispatches and Instagram videos from the protesters themselves had done little to change police behavior. But Wednesday night, tweets and stories about the arrests of Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery and Huffington Post reporter Wesley Lowery

  


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Israel backers slam Obama for
denying Hellfire missile shipment
New York Post, by Marisa Schultz    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 8/16/2014 7:41:08 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Friends and allies of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out at the Obama administration Thursday for halting a weapons shipment to the Jewish state.“The Obama people came into office with almost a chip on their shoulder against Netanyahu,” Rep. Peter King (R-NY) told The Post. “He was treated worse than most enemies are treated. They were almost looking for a fight with Netanyahu and they got it.”The Wall Street Journal revealed Thursday that Israel has been sneaking stockpiles of ammunition behind Obama’s back through the Pentagon. Once the White House learned of the shipments,

Inversion
City Journal, by Fred Siegel    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 8/16/2014 7:28:58 AM     Post Reply
As a young graduate student in the early 1970s, I had the pleasure of listening to E. P. Thompson, the British labor historian whose book, The Making of the English Working Class, rippled like an electric current through liberal academia. As the aristocratic Thompson understood it, the imposition of a market economy on once self-sufficient English farmers led to the food riots in remote sections of the British countryside during the early eighteenth century. But when my mentor, Julius Rubin—a rumpled, soft-spoken economic historian at the University of Pittsburgh—responded that the towns where the food riots occurred were

The Presidency is Breaking Obama
Even As Obama Has Broken the Nation
Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehner    Original Article
Posted By: Piercentire- 8/16/2014 5:43:52 AM     Post Reply
One of the nation’s best radio talk show hosts, Hugh Hewitt, interviewed Joe Scarborough, the host of one of the best political shows on television. According to Mr. Scarborough This is a president that does go out of his way to show that he’s not paying attention to what anybody says. He’s going to do exactly what he wants to do, and he’s going to be stubborn about it. He is politically, he is either politically tone deaf or he just doesn’t give a damn.

Putin Will Not Accept Defeat
Politico Magazine, by Eugene Rumer    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/16/2014 5:34:07 AM     Post Reply
The conflict in eastern Ukraine is entering a new and highly dangerous phase. The Ukrainian army is poised for the final drive into Donetsk, the capital of Russian-backed separatists. A convoy of some 40 Russian vehicles, including two dozen armored personnel carriers and support trucks, was reported entering Ukrainian territory where it was shelled by Ukrainian artillery. The Ukrainian government says it destroyed several vehicles, and almost certainly there have been losses among Russian military personnel. Russian President Vladimir Putin, meanwhile, addressed Russian parliamentarians in Crimea, apparently assembled there to demonstrate that the Black Sea territory is Russian, period.

Guess who was missing at funeral
of highest ranking officer killed
in combat since Vietnam War
Legal Insurrection, by William A. Jacobson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/16/2014 5:27:48 AM     Post Reply
NBC News reports: U.S. Army Major General Harold Greene was buried today at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors, including a caisson, two escort platoons, casket team, firing party, colors team, and a caparisoned horse. The U.S. Army band, “Pershing’s Own,” played softly as the funeral procession made its way down the long hill past the rows of simple white gravestones to bring General Greene to his final resting place. The graveside service began with a few words, followed by a 13-gun salute. The major general’s widow, Dr. Susan Myers, was seated in the front row. To her right

  



To fix foreign policy mistakes,
President Obama must first admit them
Washington Post, by Jackson Diehl    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 8/16/2014 5:26:11 AM     Post Reply
“What I just find interesting is the degree to which this issue keeps on coming up, as if this was my decision.” These words, marrying petulance and implausibility, were spoken by President Obama when he was asked, shortly after the beginning of U.S. airstrikes in Iraq, whether he regretted withdrawing all U.S. troops from the country during his first term.“That entire analysis is bogus and is wrong,” was his startling answer. That Obama is somehow not responsible for the Iraq pullout would be news to anyone who remembers his announcement of it, when he bragged of fulfilling his “promise” to end

In 1970 we had a riot; what we have
in Ferguson looks like a war
Washington Examiner [DC], by Scott Rasmussen    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/16/2014 5:23:02 AM     Post Reply
The news from Ferguson, Mo., has brought back unpleasant memories from the long-ago riots in Asbury Park, N.J. It was the summer of 1970, and I was a young teenager close enough to the action to be appropriately frightened. The riots I remember were also fueled by racial grievances, and there were similar issues with white officers and black rioters. And, just like the sad story unfolding in Missouri, a reporter was arrested in the Asbury Park riots. The claim is that he was "interfering with the police." There were other similarities as well, especially the confusion and competing storylines. An

´Slavery,´ pregnancy drove
California professor to accost
teen pro-lifer, say defenders
Fox News, by Scott Steepleton    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/16/2014 5:17:44 AM     Post Reply
Supporters of Mireille Miller-Young cite the "cultural legacy of slavery" and even the effects of pregnancy to explain why the feminist studies professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara would accost a teenager spreading a pro-life message on campus. The pregnant 38-year-old who pleaded no contest to misdemeanor counts of theft, vandalism and battery after stealing and destroying an anti-abortion poster and injuring a a16-year-old activist, says she’s sorry for some of her actions and hopes to “makes amends through community service.” An associate professor whose course work, which includes pornography and sex work, has gained her the nickname the “porn

Turns Out HealthCare.gov
Really Is Full Of Nonsense
Daily Caller, by Sarah Hurtubise    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/16/2014 5:11:37 AM     Post Reply
It may be the least of HealthCare.gov’s many, many problems, but the Obamacare website still features web pages full of nonsense filler language. The Weekly Standard located a series of pages on HealthCare.gov that feature ‘Lorem ipsum’ text, a dummy language used by graphic designers to hold a place until the information is ready. The website’s instructions on “How to appeal a Marketplace decision, directions for immigrants and, most ironically, “Why Health Coverage is Important” are filled with “Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet…” instead of any information on getting health coverage.

Ferguson Agonistes
National Review Online, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/16/2014 5:08:24 AM     Post Reply
Dear Reid Er (and people with less odd names), I’m writing this “news”letter from the back patio at the Hotel Portsmouth which, not coincidentally, is in Portsmouth, N.H. If you follow me on Twitter, you’d know that. You’d also know that I’ve already had a martini (or two). So if this “news”letter ends a bit incoherently with lots of slurred typos (“yoos sink Hayek wasn’t a Whig? Sat’s craszy talk”) or boisterous claims (“I killed the original Mr. Peanut in a duel! He had it coming, he puts Brazil nuts in everything!”), that’s probably why. It’s been a crazy week. The Fair Jessica,

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