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Isil poses a direct and
deadly threat to Britain
Telegraph [UK], by David Cameron    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/16/2014 5:30:22 PM     Post Reply
Stability. Security. The peace of mind that comes from being able to get a decent job and provide for your family, in a country that you feel has a good future ahead of it and that treats people fairly. In a nutshell, that is what people in Britain want--and what the Government I lead is dedicated to building. [Snip] True security will only be achieved if we use all our resources--aid, diplomacy, our military prowess--to help bring about a more stable world. Today, when every nation is so immediately interconnected, we cannot turn a blind eye and assume that there will not be a cost for us if we do.

Rapid expansion of gay
rights redefines being ‘out'
Charlotte Observer [NC], by Michael Gordon    Original Article
Posted By: Muncsdad- 8/16/2014 5:24:47 PM     Post Reply
For members of Charlotte’s gay and lesbian community, there has always been out. Now there’s a new out. Rapid legal and cultural change are transforming interactions between the straight and gay worlds. For heterosexuals, that might mean more open – and potentially uncomfortable – conversations at home, church or work. For gays, especially older ones, the pace of change can be startling. While it has opened new pathways into mainstream Charlotte, it has also disrupted intentionally private lives. Finding a balance is not always easy. Sunday, Cathy Fry and Joanne Marinaro will join tens of thousands of other LGBT members

New Police Tactic in Ferguson:
Betray Local Business Owners
National Review Online, by Rich Lowry    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/16/2014 5:12:27 PM     Post Reply
We’ve been told for days now that that the reason there was rioting in Ferguson is because protesters were “provoked” by militarized police. I agree with some of my colleagues that cops should look like cops (see Kevin’s excellent piece here), and it is deeply unsettling to see police atop armored vehicles training weapons on protesters. On the other hand, there is no justification to throw projectiles at police, no matter what kind of uniforms they are wearing or what kind of vehicles they have, nor is there any justification for destroying or stealing other people’s property. Now, we’ve had

  


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Gov declares emergency,
imposes curfew in Ferguson
Associated Press, by David Lieb    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/16/2014 5:12:18 PM     Post Reply
Nixon said that though many protesters were making themselves heard peacefully, the state would not allow a handful of looters to endanger the community. The curfew will run from midnight to 5 a.m. (Snip) Tensions in Ferguson flared late Friday after police released the name of the officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown and documents alleging Brown robbed a store before he died. Nixon also said the U.S. Department of Justice is beefing up its investigation of the shooting. Miissouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, who is in charge of security in Ferguson, said there were 40 FBI agents going

Generation Nice
New York Times, by Sam Tanenhaus    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/16/2014 5:11:36 PM     Post Reply
Suddenly, as you may have noticed, millennials are everywhere. Not that this group of people born after 1980 and before 2000 — a giant cohort now estimated to number at least 80 million Americans, more than the baby boom generation — was ever invisible. What’s changed is their status. Coddled and helicoptered, catered to by 24-hour TV cable networks, fussed over by marketers and college recruiters, dissected by psychologists, demographers and trend-spotters, the millennial generation has come fully into its own. The word “millennial,” whether as noun or adjective, has monopolized the nonstop cultural conversation, invariably freighted

Islamic State Slaughters,
the World is Silent
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Uzi Baruch, Ari Yashar    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/16/2014 5:09:49 PM     Post Reply
Reports Saturday indicate that Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) forces in Iraq have killed 700 members of a tribe in eastern Syria over the last two weeks, and killed hundreds of the Yazidi ethnic minority on Friday and Saturday in massacres in northern Iraq. The terror group fell upon the Iraqi village of Kocho on Friday, after local Yazidi´s refused their ultimatum to convert to Islam or be murdered, according to reports by local Yazidis and Kurds. [Snip] The violence continued on Saturday, as another 312 Yazidis were slaughtered in northern Iraq, apparently in the same village.

PM: Our generational struggle
against a poisonous ideology
Telegraph [UK], by Christopher Hope    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/16/2014 4:54:55 PM     Post Reply
The West is embroiled in a generational struggle against a poisonous brand of Islamic extremism that will bring terror to the streets of Britain unless urgent action is taken to defeat it, David Cameron warns today. [Snip] Warning that Islamic State fighters already control thousands of square miles of territory, Mr Cameron says that if these “warped and barbaric” extremists are not dealt with now, they will create a “terrorist state” on the shores of the Mediterranean. He warns that Britain will have to use its “military prowess” to help defeat “this exceptionally dangerous” movement, or else terrorists with “murderous

  


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Paper Boys
New York Times, by Mark Halpern    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/16/2014 4:32:54 PM     Post Reply
One afternoon in October 2009, a former banking executive named Aaron Siegel waited impatiently in the master bedroom of a house in Buffalo that served as his office. (Snip) On average, they paid just 4.5 cents on the dollar. These debt buyers collect what they can and then sell the remaining accounts to other buyers, and so on. Those who trade in such debt call it “paper.” That was Aaron Siegel’s business. It turned out to be a good one. Siegel quickly discovered that when he bought the right kind of paper, the profits were astronomical. He obtained one portfolio for $28,527, collected more than $90,000 on it in just six weeks and

A defiant Perry calls
felony indictment a “farce”
Star-Telegram [Ft. Worth, TX] *, by John Gravois **    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/16/2014 4:17:31 PM     Post Reply
Austin - Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Saturday that the indictment against him was an “outrageous” abuse of power and vowed to fight it. “This indictment amounts to nothing more than abuse of power and I cannot and will not allow that to happen,” Perry said at a news conference on Saturday. Perry spoke a day after a grand jury indicted the Republican on two felony counts of abuse of power for making good on a veto threat. He dismissed the prosecution as a “farce.” A special prosecutor spent months calling witnesses and presenting evidence that Perry broke the law when he promised publicly to veto $7.5 million over two

Perry responds to indictment,
calls it a political ´farce,´
vows to defend himself
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/16/2014 4:08:26 PM     Post Reply
Texas GOP Gov. Rick Perry responded Saturday to the weekend indictment in which he is accused of abusing his power of office, calling it a political “farce” and vowing to explore “every legal avenue” to combat the prosecution. Perry, a 2012 GOP presidential candidate with potential 2016 aspirations, was indicted Friday for allegedly abusing his power by vowing to veto $7.5 million in state funds for agency run by Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, after she pleaded guilty to drunken driving in April 2013 and refused to resign. Perry vetoed the money after Lehmberg, a Democrat, videotaped acting erratically

Is the indictment of Texas Gov.
Rick Perry inconsistent with a
Texas Court of Appeals precedent
(as to the ‘coercion’ count)?
Washington Post, by Eugene Volokh    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/16/2014 4:04:39 PM     Post Reply
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been indicted for violating Texas Penal Code § 36.03, which provides: A person commits an offense if by means of coercion he … influences or attempts to influence a public servant in a specific exercise of his official power or a specific performance of his official duty or influences or attempts to influence a public servant to violate the public servant’s known legal duty …. (Gov. Perry was also indicted under another statute, which I won’t discuss in this post.) Texas Penal Code § 1.07 in turn defines “coercion” to mean, a threat, however communicated: (A) to commit an

  


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Political Payback: Rick Perry Indicted
in Power Struggle with Democrat-
Controlled DA Office
Breitbart Texas, by Sarah Rumpf    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/16/2014 3:57:17 PM     Post Reply
Austin, Texas - A grand jury indicted Governor Rick Perry Friday for his attempts to remove Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg from office after she was arrested for driving while intoxicated last year in a case that made national headlines. In April 2013, Lehmberg was arrested after a witness called 911, describing her as driving erratically, swerving back and forth into the bike lane, and into oncoming traffic. Officers at the scene reportedly found an open bottle of vodka in her car, and a blood sample obtained later that evening purportedly showed a blood alcohol level of 0.239—almost three times the legal limit—

Hamas Rejects Egyptian Ceasefire
Proposal, Threatens ´Long War´
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Ari Soffer    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/16/2014 3:52:57 PM     Post Reply
Hamas has sounded a belligerent tone as negotiations for a long-term truce continue in Cairo. In a message posted on his Facebook page, Hamas´s "foreign affairs" chief Osama Hamdan said the Islamist terror group rejects the current Egyptian proposal, and pledged a "long war" of attrition against Israel. "Israel must accept the demands of the Palestinian people or face a long war," he said. Other Hamas officials issued similar statements over the course of Saturday. Hamdan´s Facebook message was posted not long before a message on the Twitter account of the "military wing" of Hamas, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, in which the group vowed

Joe Biden dines in Southampton —
with a 20-man security detail
New York Post, by Emily Smith    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/16/2014 3:47:27 PM     Post Reply
How many Secret Service agents and security detail members does it take to accompany Vice President Joe Biden out for lunch in the Hamptons? Answer: around 20. Biden, wife Jill and their daughter Ashley dined at 75 Main in Southampton Friday, sitting in a very public spot outside on the sidewalk cafe while a crowd gathered. A spy said Biden, who looked dapper in pressed cream shorts and a blue polo shirt, and his family dined on lobster rolls and salad, while “there were around 20 people from his security detail posted around the restaurant.” Despite that, Biden was happy to shake hands and pose for pictures with the throng waiting on

Things That Jeff Bridges Can´t Abide
Wall Street Journal, by Alexandra Wolfe    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/16/2014 2:53:17 PM     Post Reply
One day earlier this week, the actor Jeff Bridges found himself sprinting through New York´s Central Park with his wife, Susan. The two had been taking a walk when they stopped to watch an acrobatic group. Without recognizing the actor, the performers grabbed his wife and pulled her into the ring for their next feat. Instead of standing by, Mr. Bridges yelled, "I´m a crazy white man, and I have an appointment, and I´m taking my girl with me!" Then he and his wife made a run for it. The 64-year-old actor was in town before the premiere of his latest

  


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Woman chases down, captures
alleged cellphone thief
New York Post, by Larry Celona, Kenneth Garger *    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/16/2014 2:31:27 PM     Post Reply
A dramatic photo captured the moment on Friday when a Brooklyn mugging victim became a crime fighter — as she busted the punk who allegedly snatched her cellphone and held him in a bear hug for the cops. Clara Vondrich, 36, was taking a business phone call while standing in front of a Williamsburg coffee shop on South Third Street at 1:20?p.m. when the teen approached her with two pals. The 13-year-old, whose name is being withheld by The Post because he is a minor, allegedly pushed her from behind, nearly knocking her to the ground. He ripped

We are truly in the best of hands.
American Thinker, by Ed Lasky    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/16/2014 2:09:19 PM     Post Reply
President Obama is vacationing again in Marta Vineyard - playground of the 1% of the 1%. We have been assured that he is just as in charge there as he is in Washington, which is not very reassuring. He purportedly brought his brain trust with him for advice. That is not very reassuring either since that very limited group includes deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes (for his C.V. see this ). The media is also reporting that Anita Breckenbridge is his “top-ranking advisor” on the island with him - while the world “blows up” in Defense Secretary Hagel words.

Wilder memoir to give gritty
view of prairie life
Associated Press, by Kevin Burbach    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/16/2014 2:05:46 PM     Post Reply
PIERRE, S.D.— Laura Ingalls Wilder penned one of the most beloved children´s series of the 20th century, but her forthcoming autobiography will show devoted "Little House on the Prairie" fans a more realistic, grittier view of frontier living. "Prairie Girl: The Annotated Autobiography" — Wilder´s unedited draft that was written for an adult audience and eventually served as the foundation for the popular series — is slated to be released by the South Dakota State Historical Society Press nationwide this fall. The not-safe-for-children tales include stark scenes of domestic abuse, love triangles gone awry and a man who lit himself

Ferguson rioters harass, threaten reporters
Politico, by Byron Tau    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 8/16/2014 1:43:10 PM     Post Reply
FERGUSON, Missouri — Reporters trying to cover the renewed chaos in this town faced a new threat on Friday: the demonstrators themselves. Print, video and photo-journalists were all repeatedly and aggressively threatened and harassed when attempting to photograph or videotape any of the looting or property destruction. Many of the demonstrators expressed concern about being identified by police or told reporters that the looting was none of their concern. Police largely remained on the sidelines on Friday and into the dawn hours of Saturday morning as demonstrators descended on a number of businesses in Ferguson — pulling alcohol, lottery tickets, and

Moral Decency In Disintegration
American Spectator, by Ben Stein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/16/2014 1:13:07 PM     Post Reply
Friday A trip up to the charming town of Sandpoint. It went well except that our flight from SEA to Spokane was postponed for an hour. We took an earlier flight but then my wife’s luggage was not in Spokane. (Snip) We sat at the bar and next to us were two soldiers. One of them was quiet. The other was talkative. He wanted to know if I thought there was much of a future for civilization. “We Americans come from the Enlightenment,” he said. “But how many other countries have the values of respect for law, respect for human dignity, respect

  



Obama Will Visit Baltics To
Deter Another Putin Invasion
Daily Caller, by Neil Munro    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/16/2014 1:04:59 PM     Post Reply
The White House announced Friday that President Barack Obama will jet out to the small Eastern European country of Estonia in early September, before attending a NATO meeting in Wales. The trip is likely intended to deter Russian President Vladimir Putin from grabbing parts of Estonia and its two small neighbors, all of whom contain populations of ethnic Russians. All three countries are member of NATO, and are too small to block a determined Russian invasion. “In light of recent developments in Ukraine, the United States has taken steps to reassure allies in Central and Eastern Europe, and this trip

‘Witch hunt’: Cruz, Jindal rush to
defend Gov. Perry after indictment
Washington Times, by Jennifer Harper    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/16/2014 1:00:22 PM     Post Reply
Defenders of Texas Gov. Rick Perry are stepping forward following his sudden indictment Friday on two felony counts of abuse-of-power charges, relating to the governor’s efforts last year to obtain the resignation of a Travis County district attorney. “Unfortunately, there has been a sad history of the Travis County District Attorney’s Office engaging in politically-motivated prosecutions, and this latest indictment of the governor is extremely questionable. Rick Perry is a friend, he’s a man of integrity — I am proud to stand with Rick Perry.” Sen Ted Cruz said in a statement on Saturday. “The Texas Constitution gives the governor

Professors Now Say SLAVERY Forced
Colleague To Batter Teen, Destroy
Her Anti-Abortion Poster
Daily Caller, by Eric Owens    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/16/2014 12:52:42 PM     Post Reply
The saga of University of California, Santa Barbara feminist studies professor Mireille Miller-Young has taken yet another bizarro twist after her defenders urged a judge to excuse the criminal allegations against her because of the “cultural legacy of slavery.” Miller-Young pleaded no contest last month to misdemeanor counts of battery, theft and vandalism after she rallied up a small gaggle of female vigilantes and attacked abortion protesters Thrin Short, 16, and Joan Short, 21. The radical feminist armada forcibly stole a graphic anti-abortion sign from the two protesters. Miller-Young scratched and appeared to push the 16-year-old girl, then destroyed the

Congress goes after police
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Mike Lillis    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/16/2014 12:44:34 PM     Post Reply
Lawmakers are targeting police with new and old pieces of legislation in the wake of riots in a St. Louis suburb sparked by the killing by a police officer of an unarmed black teenager. Much of the focus has been on the heavy military equipment many local police agencies have received from the Pentagon under a 1991 law meant to combat drug dealers. (Snip) Other lawmakers have raised concerns about racial profiling and excessive force against African Americans by police. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) called for passage of his End Racial Profiling Act, which would bar federal funding for law enforcement agencies

Former Obama advisers split on Perry
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Peter Sullivan    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/16/2014 12:39:22 PM     Post Reply
The indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Friday shocked the political world and drew everything from tough defenses to calls for Perry to resign. Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), who is seen as a rising star and could run for governor himself someday, called on Perry to resign. Joaquin Castro ? @JoaquinCastrotx Follow For the sake of Texas, Governor Perry should resign following his indictment on two criminal felony counts involving abuse of office. 6:58 PM - 15 Aug 2014 Perry was indicted on two felony counts for allegedly abusing his veto power in an effort to force a Democratic prosecutor to resign. Perry

Soros, Unions and Radicals Behind
Action to Fuel the Flames in Missouri
PJ Media, by Michelle Horstman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/16/2014 12:33:54 PM     Post Reply
In an attempt to link immigration issues to the ongoing Mike Brown incident in Ferguson, Missouri, NDLON (National Day Laborer Organizing Network) posted the following, linked from Twitter: NDLON ?@ndlon 6h Why the fight for #ImmigrantRights includes the fight for #MikeBrown & Ferguson #NMOS14 http://ndlon.org/en/pressroom/press-releases/item/1078-ferguson/1078-ferguson … Their link takes us to the following announcement: NDLON Calls for Immigrants and Latinos to Join Protests Against Police Brutality, for Justice in Ferguson August 15th, 2014 – Phoenix, AZ In response to the events related to the shooting of Mike Brown in Ferguson, MO and the violent police response to the outpouring of

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