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Maker of 3-wheeled car thinks big
Associated Press, by Dee-Ann Durbin    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/16/2014 10:18:46 PM     Post Reply
Your next commuter car could have two seats, three wheels and get 84 miles to the gallon. Elio Motors wants to revolutionize U.S. roads with its tiny car, which is the same length as a Honda Fit but half the weight. With a starting price of $6,800, it’s also less than half the cost. Phoenix-based Elio plans to start making the cars next fall at a former General Motors plant in Shreveport, La. Already, more than 27,000 people have reserved one. Elio hopes to make 250,000 cars a year by 2016. That’s close to the number Mazda sells in the U.S.

If Hillary Clinton had won in 2008,
what would her foreign policy
have looked like?
Washington Post, by Aaron David Miller    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/16/2014 10:15:22 PM     Post Reply
Hillary Rodham Clinton seems hung up on smart and stupid. During her term as secretary of state, Clinton talked a lot about “smart power” — elevating diplomacy and development alongside military might. Now, she is distancing herself from the foreign policy of the president she served, telling the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg that “great nations need organizing principles, and ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle.” But what if she had been the one in the Oval Office since 2009? How different would her foreign policy be from President Obama’s? These questions are clearly more than a thought experiment.

Hillary didn’t ‘hug it out
with Obama, plots more attacks
New York Post, by Edward Kline    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/16/2014 9:23:47 PM     Post Reply
Hug it out? Not a chance. Despite widespread predictions that Hillary Clinton and President Obama would kiss and make up when they sat down at a friend’s birthday party on Martha’s Vineyard last week, sources inside the Clinton camp tell me that instead of a hug-a-thon the meeting turned into a tense, awkward freeze-a-thon. Clinton was all smiles when she showed up at the Farm Neck Club in Oak Bluffs (Snip) Clinton was seated near Obama and joined him in a toast to the guest of honor, but she pointedly made no attempt to express her regrets or apologize for criticizing the president’s foreign policy.

  


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Man without a country
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/16/2014 9:20:19 PM     Post Reply
The statement of the convenience store owner allegedly robbed by Michael Brown seemed almost straight out of a 1950s TV show. The owner, of subcontinental or Middle Eastern appearance on the robbery surveillance tape, issued a statement to the public through his lawyers. Leave me out of it. (Snip) Washington has become a battleground between the hyphens instead of the meeting place between the states. The Left is addicted to centralization but it won’t give up the hyphens. The result is either paralysis or the alternative, diktat. Who controls Washington? Who controls the Ferguson police? Not the shop owners at

A Medicare scam that just kept rolling
Washington Post, by David A. Fahrenthold    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/16/2014 9:19:05 PM     Post Reply
Los Angeles - In the little office where they ran the scam, a cellphone would ring on Sonia Bonilla’s desk. That was the sound of good news: Somebody had found them a patient. When Bonilla picked up answered the phone, one of the scam’s professional “patient recruiters” would read off the personal data of a senior citizen. Name. DOB. Medicare ID number. Bonilla would hang up and call Medicare, the enormous federal health-insurance program for those over 65. She asked a single question: Had the government ever bought this patient a power wheelchair? No? Then the scam was off and running. “If they did not have one,

Teachers union backs Sharpton’s
planned anti-police rally
New York Post, by Carl Campanile, Aaron Short*    Original Article
Posted By: jerico- 8/16/2014 8:52:51 PM     Post Reply
The teachers union is pitting its members against cops — by sponsoring and promoting the Rev. Al Sharpton’s anti-police rally in Staten Island next week, The Post has learned. The United Federation of Teachers sent an “action alert” ­e-mail that even promised free transportation to Sharpton’s Aug. 23 demonstration that is billed as a march for justice for “victims of police brutality.” Some teachers were furious that the union would take such a prominent role in the event. “What a disgrace. What is going on with the leadership of the UFT thinking it’s OK to protest against rank-and-file cops?” asked one teacher.

Pregnant woman punched in Brooklyn
assault: ´I was worried about the baby´
New York Daily News, by Thomas Tracy, Joseph Matos    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/16/2014 8:30:41 PM     Post Reply
It may be the most cold-hearted case of the knockout game yet. A 33-year-old punk punched a pregnant woman in the face so hard that she lost consciousness. But the creep was quickly arrested, just blocks away, cops said Friday. Jannatul Ferdous — two months from her due date — told the Daily News she was horrified for her unborn child. “I was scared and worried about the baby,” the 34-year-old victim said at her home in Brooklyn. The suspect, Willie Stephens, doled out the unprovoked smack at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, as Ferdous strolled down Monroe St. near Ralph Ave.

  


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County prosecutor says Michael
Brown case will go to a grand jury
KTVI (St. Louis, MO), by Betsey Bruce    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/16/2014 8:18:27 PM     Post Reply
FERGUSON, MO – It’s now been one week since the shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer in the Canfield Green apartment complex. In that time precious little has been said about the investigation into 18-year-old Michael Brown’s death. St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch is on record says that his office is reviewing all relevant information, evidence and witnesses to the shooting. But that has done little to calm the residents of Ferguson who again demanded information on the status of the investigation from Governor Jay Nixon as spoke at a press conference Saturday afternoon.

Some evangelicals in Republican
Party are feeling left out,
see no standard-bearer
Washington Post, by Sebastian Payne    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/16/2014 8:03:40 PM     Post Reply
Littleton, CO - Perched on the edge of his chair in a study overflowing with books, Pastor Gino Geraci reels off the Republicans he no longer believes in. His friend Mike Huckabee is an “odd bird” who couldn’t win a general election. Sarah Palin doesn’t inspire him with her “cliched responses to difficult questions.” Rand Paul is “fascinating but frustrating.” Of all the Republicans weighing a bid for president in 2016, the only one who puts a smile on Geraci’s face is doctor-turned-conservative-media-darling Ben Carson. And yet, Geraci concedes, Carson is “not in the mainstream” and has little chance of ever being elected.

Kevin Spacey, Hillary Clinton spoof
´House of Cards´ for Bill Clinton´s birthday
New York Daily News, by Rachel Maresca    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/16/2014 7:07:41 PM     Post Reply
Frank Underwood does a good Bill Clinton. "House of Cards" actor Kevin Spacey channeled his alter ego in a parody video for former President Bill Clinton´s upcoming 68th birthday. In a clip released by The Clinton Foundation Friday, Spacey pranks calls Hillary Clinton, 66, from the oval office pretending to be her husband as he fishes around for what she´s getting him for his special day. "Hi Hil, it´s Bill," Spacey says, doing his best Bill impersonation. “I just want make sure you don´t forget my birthday is coming up." (Video) When the 55-year-old actor presses her on what the

Montana Democrats choose
a new Senate candidate
Associated Press, by Matt Volz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/16/2014 7:03:04 PM     Post Reply
HELENA, Mont. — Montana Democrats on Saturday selected a little-known state lawmaker named Amanda Curtis as their candidate for U.S. Senate after Sen. John Walsh dropped out amid plagiarism allegations from his time at the U.S. Army War College. Curtis, a first-term representative from Butte, now faces the challenge of introducing herself to Montana voters and making her case for them to choose her over well-known and well-funded Republican Rep. Steve Daines with less than three months until the Nov. 4 elections. “If we win here in Montana, outspent and outgunned in a race where we were left for dead,

  


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St. Louis Resident May Have Live-
Tweeted Michael Brown Shooting
Breitbart Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/16/2014 6:54:00 PM     Post Reply
A Twitter user, @TheePharoah, may have live-tweeted the shooting and death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, over the weekend. Rolling Stone writer Tim Dickinson discovered the Tweets, which included a photo that appears to be of Michael Brown´s body on the street. The Twitter user, who lists "St. Louis" as his location, said police shot someone in front of his apartment and there was blood all over the street. "I JUST SAW SOMEONE DIE OMFG," @TheePharoah wrote before tweeting a photo of what appears to be a dead body on August 9th at 1:05 PM local time. "The police

Medicare to Start
Paying Doctors Who Coordinate
Needs of Chronically Ill Patients
New York Times, by Robert Pear    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/16/2014 6:53:28 PM     Post Reply
Washington - In a policy change, the Obama administration is planning to pay doctors to coordinate the care of Medicare beneficiaries, amid growing evidence that patients with chronic illnesses suffer from disjointed, fragmented care. Although doctors have often performed such work between office visits by patients, they have historically not been paid for it. Starting in January, Medicare will pay monthly fees to doctors who manage care for patients with two or more chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes and depression. (Snip) With the new initiative, Medicare will adopt some of the techniques devised by health maintenance

Iraq crisis: US strikes aid
Kurdish bid to retake dam
BBC News [UK], by Yalda Hakim    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/16/2014 6:52:51 PM     Post Reply
Kurdish forces supported by US air strikes are battling to retake Mosul dam from Islamic State (IS) fighters in northern Iraq. The operation to recapture the country´s largest dam began early on Saturday with raids by F-18 fighters and drones, US officials said. Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have shelled militants´ positions, and there is an unconfirmed report of a ground attack. Meanwhile, reports are coming in of new massacres by IS. The extreme Sunni group, which overran Mosul this summer and seeks to build a new state spanning Iraq and Syria, has been accused of a new massacre of non-Muslims on Friday, in a village

Eric Holder and DOJ/CRS Actively
Wanted To Keep Mike Brown
Robbery Video Hidden From Public….
Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/16/2014 6:21:44 PM     Post Reply
We’ve seen this exact scenario play out numerous times, most visibly in 2012 when the DOJ wanted to keep the FBI reports on the lack of racial animus -which supported George Zimmerman- from the public. Under Eric Holder’s tenure the DOJ civil rights division has actively engaged in pushing racial grievances to the forefront of their operational goals. This type of intentional organizational racism even led to the former head of the Civil Rights Division, Ondray Harris, quitting his federal job after he was instructed not to hire non-blacks. In the Mike Brown shooting the institutional racism of the DOJ

  


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With Aid Doctors Gone,
Ebola Fight Grows Harder
New York Times, by Sheri Fink    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/16/2014 6:01:51 PM     Post Reply
When people started dying of Ebola in Liberia, Clarine Vaughn faced a wrenching choice: Should she send home, for their own health and safety, four American doctors working for Heartt, the aid group she led there? Or should she keep them in the country without proper supplies or training to fight the virulent, contagious disease, which was already spreading panic? (Snip) The departure of many Western development workers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the West African countries hit hardest by Ebola, has further weakened the region’s decrepit, understaffed health systems at the very moment they are facing one of

US launches airstrikes to help retake
large Iraq dam captured by Islamic State
Fox News, by Greg Palkot & Jennifer Griffin    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/16/2014 5:54:58 PM     Post Reply
The United States on Saturday launched several more air strikes in Iraq at Islamic State, including ones targeting members of the Islamic militant group who are positioned around the country’s largest dam. Islamic State captured the dam last month in its surprisingly swift and deadly run across northern Iraq in recent months. A senior U.S. official told Fox News roughly six air strikes have been launched so far on Saturday. The official also said the focus of the strikes is to protect the country’s critical infrastructure and that the U.S. carried out the strikes at the request of the government of Iraq, which thinks Islamic State forces can no longer

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

  



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

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

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