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Yazidis´ ISIS nightmare far from over
CNN, by Joe Stork    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/17/2014 5:20:12 AM     Post Reply
Irbil, Iraq -- The offensive by ISIS militants against civilians and religious minorities in the northern Iraqi governorate of Nineveh has created a catastrophe. At least 300,000 Yazidis and 100,000 Christians were displaced literally overnight, according to figures provided by the Kurdistan regional government. Many of the Yazidis fled to the mountains on August 3 after Kurdish fighting forces known as Peshmerga, who were protecting them, precipitously withdrew. For the Christians in villages north of Irbil, the moment came in the wee hours of August 7, when the Peshmerga silently pulled out. The thousands of Yazidis who had remained stranded on a

German Intelligence Tapped
Clinton and Kerry Calls
Atlantic Wire, by Allen McDuffee    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/17/2014 5:15:30 AM     Post Reply
Germany´s intelligence agency has acknowledged that it eavesdropped on "at least one" phone call of Secretary of State John Kerry as well as of his predecessor, Hillary Clinton, while they were aboard U.S. government jets, according to German media. Der Spiegel, citing unnamed sources within Germany´s BND, said the intelligence organization had tapped a satellite phone Kerry´s conversation while he was negotiating with Israelis and Palestinians last year and also recorded a call between Clinton and former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan. The BND has said that it did not intend to capture the calls, but instead that it was targeting a frequency

Ferguson Presser Goes Off the
Rails as Residents Shout Down Governor
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/17/2014 5:10:40 AM     Post Reply
What started as a press conference by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon Saturday afternoon quickly devolved into an often angry community meeting as residents of Ferguson demanded justice for Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager who was shot by a police officer there one week ago. The initial interruption by a women who called on Nixon to charge officer Darren Wilson with murder was just the beginning. After announcing a curfew that will be in effect from midnight to 5 a.m. nightly, Nixon opened up the floor to questions. He was repeatedly interrupted by chants of “We want justice!” when he failed

  


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Do half of the American people
really fear terrorists could shoot
down a commercial jet in the U.S.?
Washington Examiner [DC], by Mark Tapscott    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/17/2014 5:10:37 AM     Post Reply
What does it mean when nearly half of the American people fear that terrorists could shoot down a commercial airliner in the U.S. as Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was blown out of the sky over Ukraine? Forty-seven percent of the respondents to the latest Reason-Rupe Public Opinion Survey being released Friday said they are somewhat or very worried about such a terrorist attack within this country. If that seems like an indicator of failing public trust in the American government, it is but it´s not the only such indicator in the survey. No confidence vote Three-fourths of the respondents said the recent increase in

Ferguson, Missouri, to Gaza,
Damascus and Sinjar
American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/17/2014 5:07:29 AM     Post Reply
An online friend “Miss Marple” notes the similarities between the thuggery in Ferguson, Missouri and the depredations of the Middle East’s jihadi wild packs: I read a book by the historian Barbara Tuchman [A Distant Mirror. The Calmitous 14th Century] which theorized that the Hundred Years War was caused by a culture that was adolescent, because so many older people had died during the Black Plague. All of the nobles and rulers at that time were in their late teens and had not much guidance from older, calmer heads. That idea has remained with me ever since I read the book,

This Indictment Of Rick Perry
Is Unbelievably Ridiculous
New York Magazine, by Jonathan Chait    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/17/2014 4:59:58 AM     Post Reply
They say a prosecutor could get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich, and this always seemed like hyperbole, until Friday night a Texas grand jury announced an indictment of governor Rick Perry. The “crime” for which Perry faces a sentence of 5 to 99 years in prison is vetoing funding for a state agency. The conventions of reporting — which treat the fact of an indictment as the primary news, and its merit as a secondary analytic question — make it difficult for people reading the news to grasp just how farfetched this indictment is. Travis County District Attorney

The Peace Corps´ Awful Secret
Daily Beast, by Tim Mak    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/17/2014 4:54:55 AM     Post Reply
The Peace Corps’ inspector general says she can’t oversee the agency properly without access to sex-assault records it refuses to hand over. Why won’t the Peace Corps comply? The Peace Corps’ internal watchdog is publicly criticizing the agency for not releasing sexual assault records, which they say is disrupting oversight of an agency that has struggled in the past to protect its volunteers. It’s a worrisome charge, leveled at one of America’s most storied programs by its own inspector general, and is just the latest episode for an organization roiled by exposés about the deaths of its volunteers abroad and the inadequacy

  


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These Veterans Served in Iraq.
They Sound Off About
What’s Going on There Today.
Daily Signal, by Melissa Quinn    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/17/2014 4:52:39 AM     Post Reply
It’s hard for Americans who fought in the war in Iraq to watch the rapid advances being made there by the brutal terrorist force that calls itself the Islamic State. Military veterans of the Iraq War told The Daily Signal that they were heartened that President Obama ordered airstrikes against the Islamic State. But, most said, they remain unsettled by the president’s decision to withdraw — and are concerned that the sacrifices and gains they made for Iraqi freedom were, in one soldier’s words, “for naught.” Besides a series of airstrikes to kill and scatter fighters of the Islamic State — formerly

The “militarization” of police was
not only inevitable, but necessary
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/17/2014 4:49:00 AM     Post Reply
The rioting, protests and controversy continue to swirl around Ferguson this weekend, and you will no doubt be reading plenty of coverage from both sides about it. But in the background, a disturbing, larger national conversation has erupted out of the troubles in the St. Louis suburb. The hot topic everywhere seems to be a growing call to halt the so called “militarization” of the nation’s civilian police forces, highlighted by the riot suppression gear on display in Ferguson. It’s an argument coming from both sides of the ideological spectrum, too. The IBD editorial board warns us to “beware” of

Superman Is Jewish: The Hebrew Roots
of America´s Greatest Superhero
Daily Beast, by Rich Goldstein    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/17/2014 4:44:10 AM     Post Reply
Superman is America in that he was created by hard-working, exploited immigrants. An examination of the Jewish roots of the Man of Steel. Superman is as American as apple pie, in that both have their origins in the Middle East. Apples, because they are thought to have been first domesticated in Turkey, and Superman, because of his oftentimes overlooked Jewish heritage. Superman’s possible Judaism shouldn’t be a surprise. The hero’s creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, were the children of Jewish immigrants. The comic book industry, where they spent a significant portion of their young careers, was created in New

U.S. Officials Report Surge Of Cuban
Migrants Heading To Florida
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/17/2014 4:40:13 AM     Post Reply
MIAMI – One early morning this April, Dairon Morera climbed onto a raft of aluminum tanks with 22 other people, revved up a Volvo car motor and pushed off the Cuban shore, joining a never-ending stream of islanders desperate to reach the United States. "The biggest dream a Cuban has is to leave," said Morera, who was frustrated by government limits on his pizza business. He had no money for airplane tickets or smugglers, so decided to risk his life at sea. Morera´s journey was so turbulent that many people vomited, but all made it alive in just 20 hours. They ran

  


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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

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

  


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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,

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

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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