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Should Obama Do More on
Ferguson and Other Racial Issues?
NBC News, by Perry Bacon, Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/17/2014 4:37:53 AM     Post Reply
Criticisms of President Barack Obama’s approach to race relations are unlikely to fade in the wake of his comments about the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by police in Ferguson, Missouri. Some black activists say Obama’s response to this and similar situations show that he is too reluctant to address directly issues of race. As he did in the wake of the Trayvon Martin killing and George Zimmerman’s subsequent acquittal, Obama played the role of unifier in his speech at Martha’s Vineyard, condemning the police actions in Ferguson but also urging blacks not to respond with violence. He called for

Mao´s Archenemy Chiang
Kai-shek Part of Mainstream
Associated Press, by Louise Watt    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/17/2014 4:29:17 AM     Post Reply
BEIJING -- Photos of Mao´s archenemy Chiang Kai-shek adorn the walls of a Beijing restaurant, and his face looks up at diners from the menu. Online, the deposed Chinese leader´s image is used to sell the kinds of lamps and swords he might have used. A liquor brand has patterned its bottle on Chiang´s memorial in Taipei. Twenty years ago, Chiang was considered an enemy of the people on mainland China. Today, he has become part of mainstream culture - sort of. There has been a grudging acceptance of Chiang´s historical role in fighting against Japan following its invasion in the lead-up

The Star Chamber Comes to Texas
PJ Media, by Roger L Simon    Original Article
Posted By: steveW- 8/17/2014 2:33:55 AM     Post Reply
The old saying goes that a grand jury could indict a ham sandwich. In reality, it’s worse. Forget innocuous sandwiches, with or without Russian dressing. In Texas, at least in Austin’s Travis County, you can indict the state’s governor, Rick Perry, for doing the job any intelligent citizen would want him to do — trying to get rid of an absolutely atrocious public official. That official was District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, a dimwitted and abusive drunk driver who ran that county’s — wait for it — “Public Integrity Unit.” Perry threatened to veto funding for said unit as long as

  


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Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg’s
Drinking Problem and Abuse of Power,
By the Staggering Numbers
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: steveW- 8/17/2014 2:18:07 AM     Post Reply
The indictment of Gov. Rick Perry by a grand jury in Travis County, Texas, is part of a power struggle that originates with a serious crime, albeit not one committed by Gov. Perry. That crime, as everyone knows by now, is drunk driving, and it was committed by Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg. When Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, Democrat, was arrested and charged with drunk driving on April 12, 2013, her blood alcohol level measured .23. That is just shy of three times the legal limit in Texas, which is .08. According to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage

Hillary Clinton requires
´presidential suite,´ stenographer
for speaking engagements, report says
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/16/2014 11:57:20 PM     Post Reply
Hillary Clinton has not yet announced whether she will be running for president in 2016, but a new report suggests that she has a taste for luxury to match any world leader. The Las Vegas Review-Journal obtained Clinton´s contract and related documents related to a scheduled October 13 speech at a University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Foundation fundraiser. The documents show that Clinton received $225,000 to speak at the fundraiser, a discount from her initial $300,000 asking price. But the fee was only the first of Clinton´s many stipulations. The former Secretary of State insists on staying in the ‘presidential suite’ of a luxury hotel of her

Pope pushes dialogue with
Asian nations like China
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/16/2014 11:37:44 PM     Post Reply
Haemi, South Korea - Pope Francis on Sunday championed a "creative" Catholicism in Asia that reflects the region´s diversity, and urged countries like China and North Korea to respond by fostering a proper dialogue with the Vatican. (Snip) But nearly a dozen Asian countries have no formal ties with the Holy See, including China -- the great elephant in the Vatican´s Asian room -- which bars its Catholics from recognising the pope´s authority. In a "spirit of openness", Francis appealed for a fresh start based on mutual respect and cooperation. "I honestly hope that those countries of your continent with whom the Holy See does not enjoy

The deal that cost Bank of America
$50 billion – and counting
Charlotte Observer [NC], by Rick Rothacker    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/16/2014 10:21:45 PM     Post Reply
Bank of America’s mortgage business has lost more than $50 billion since the Charlotte bank bought Countrywide Financial for $2.5 billion, according to an Observer tally, and more losses are coming in an expected Justice Department settlement. After announcing the deal for the ailing subprime lender in January 2008, then-Bank of America chief executive Ken Lewis called it a rare chance to become No. 1 in home loans. Instead the bank’s shareholders have spent six-plus years paying for Countrywide’s slipshod lending practices. The disastrous purchase not only harmed investors but also employees, homeowners and the Bank of America headquarter’s city,

  


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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.

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

  


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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.

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.

  


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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,

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

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

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