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Obama is driving Jews
from Democratic party
New York Post, by Michael Goodwin    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 8/17/2014 8:49:19 AM     Post Reply
A ?friend who is conservative and ?Jewish asks a question: “Given ?Obama’s hostile treatment of ?Israel, isn’t it time for Jews to have their Ronald Reagan moment?” By that, he means when the Gipper said, “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party. The party left me.” Without doubt, the party under Barack Obama has left those Jews who view Israel’s security as threatened. Obama recently told a New York Times interviewer, “Because Israel is so capable militarily, I don’t worry about Israel’s survival.” That’s shocking, considering Iran’s threat to wipe Israel off the map once it gets nukes. And even as Obama spoke, the

Ferguson and the Changing
Attitudes Towards Cops
American Thinker, by C. Edmund Wright    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 8/17/2014 8:15:19 AM     Post Reply
One of the fascinating layers of the Ferguson riot story is how this tragedy has exposed what is a rapidly changing attitudinal climate towards law enforcement officers (LEOs). What was for years a stable predicate -- conservatives being reflexively ‘law and order’ and inherently giving cops the benefit of the doubt -- while liberals with the built in ACLU type disdain for cops tending to always assume the worst of those in power – is now a vortex of confusion, cross currents,and contradictions. It’s not a total flip-flop of the convention, but it’s moving in that direction. After all, we’ve seen

New Jersey Taxpayers Foot Christie´s
$6.5 Million Legal Bill after ´BridgeGate´
Breitbart Big Government, by Warner Todd Huston    Original Article
Posted By: M2- 8/17/2014 8:14:33 AM     Post Reply
A new report released by New Jersey authorities shows that taxpayers are being socked with a $6.5 million legal bill in part for Gov. Chris Christie´s (R) defense over allegations of political corruption in what came to be known as the "Bridgegate" probe. The New Jersey state attorney general released the documents on Friday, revealing the fees from Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, the firm Gov. Christie retained for his defense against charges of political corruption for the temporary shutting down of the George Washington Bridge near Fort Lee, New Jersey in September of 2013.

  


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Jonathan Chait Is Correct: “This Indictment
Of Rick Perry Is Unbelievably Ridiculous”
(With Bonus Detailed Legal Analysis!)
Patterico´s Pontifications, by Patterico    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/17/2014 8:14:03 AM     Post Reply
Jonathan Chait — lefty leftist Jonathan Chait, I say! — admits today that the indictment of Rick Perry is absurd. Don’t believe me? In a post titled This Indictment Of Rick Perry Is Unbelievably Ridiculous (yes, that is really the title), Chait says: 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

Hamas Rejects ´Final´ Ceasefire Proposal:
´Death for Allah is Our Most Exalted Wish´
Breitbart National Security, by Daniel Nussbaum    Original Article
Posted By: M2- 8/17/2014 8:08:21 AM     Post Reply
Hamas reportedly rejected a comprehensive, 11-clause long term ceasefire proposal on Saturday. Egypt has warned that this proposal will be its final effort to secure a lasting end to the Israel-Gaza conflict. According to details leaked by Egyptian newspaper al-Shorouk, the 11-clause proposal contained several key concessions to the Palestinian delegation, including the opening of border crossings between Israel and Gaza, the elimination of the so-called "buffer zones" along the Israel-Gaza border, the extension of the fishing zone to 12 miles off the Gazan coast, and the assistance of Israel and the Palestinian Authority in rebuilding the

President Obama´s Goldilocks
Mideast Policy
American Thinker, by Ken Blackwell & Bob Morrison    Original Article
Posted By: M2- 8/17/2014 8:01:44 AM     Post Reply
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is too strong. PLO boss Mahmoud Abbas is too weak. That’s why we can’t get a peaceful settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict, says President Obama in an interview with the ever-serious Tom Friedman of the New York Times. The president seems to be confusing Mideast politics with Goldilocks. The peace porridge is too hot (Netanyahu). It’s too cold (Mahmoud Abbas). But with Mr. Obama’s Goldilocks policy, it’s just right. Actually, his Mideast isn’t just right. It’s mostly wrong. Mr. Obama’s thinking about the Mideast is fully on display in this disturbing interview. If we wonder why

Yazidis Commit Mass-Suicide
After Rape by Islamic State Fighters
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Ari Soffer    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/17/2014 8:01:42 AM     Post Reply
In yet another harrowing chapter in the tragic plight of Iraq´s Kurdish Yazidi population, eyewitnesses have described how girls raped by Muslim fighters from the "Islamic State" (formerly ISIS) committed suicide en-masse after returning to their families, as evidence of systematic rape by Islamists against non-Muslims continue to surface. Among the tens of thousands of Yazidi refugees trapped in the Shingal mountains while fleeing IS´s deadly advance through Iraq, several survivors told Kurdish Rudaw TV how a group of three girls were returned after being abducted and raped - only to hurl themselves off a cliff after being

  


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America: I Wish She Were "Hot or Cold"
American Thinker, by Trevor Thomas    Original Article
Posted By: M2- 8/17/2014 7:57:08 AM     Post Reply
I live in the northeast Georgia area. I’ve spoken often -- to God and man -- of how blessed and thankful I am to have been born in the greatest nation the world has ever known. Not only that, but I’ve also been extremely blessed to have grown up in one of the most conservative and one of the most Christ-influenced areas in the United States. My political district is the Georgia Ninth. According to the Cook Partisan Voting Index, Georgia’s Ninth is currently the third most Republican district in the U.S. Yes, Republican doesn’t always imply conservative (and certainly doesn’t imply Christian), but of course, conservative -- especially conservative

Yazidi refugees braced for life in exile
CNN, by Ivan Watson and Warzer Jaff    Original Article
Posted By: M2- 8/17/2014 7:48:42 AM     Post Reply
They are the faces of an entire community on the run. Singled out, threatened, chased at gunpoint from their homes.Pursued purely because they are members of an ethnic and religious minority.Iraq´s Yazidi Kurds are no strangers to persecution. Their faith teaches them that throughout history, they have been subjected to 72 genocides. Many world leaders fear they are on the brink of a 73rd massacre, this time at the hands of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, which calls itself the Islamic State. Terrifying moments after Yazidi rescue Every tent holds a horror story Kurdish photographer Warzer Jaff spent

The cave dwellers of Bamiyan
BBC News, by Ayoub Arwin & Daud Qarizadah    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/17/2014 7:47:45 AM     Post Reply
The sandstone cliffs of Afghanistan´s Bamiyan province are most famous for the giant 6th century Buddha statues carved out of the rock and destroyed by the Taliban in 2001. The monks who created them also dug out numerous caves in the Bamiyan valley. Originally used for meditation and retreat, some of these caves are now home to around 700 Afghan families who have no land and can´t afford conventional housing. Ramazan and his wife Zahra have been living here for eight years. Their son and two daughters were born in the caves. Like most of the local children they don't go to school. "There's no hope of becoming an educated person

Who is really leveling
“cronyism” charges at Perry?
Washington Post, by Marc Thiessen    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 8/17/2014 7:05:44 AM     Post Reply
In a post today entitled “Perry’s system of patronage and cronyism,” Jennifer Rubin highlights a scathing report by Texans for Public Justice entitled “Crony Capitalism: The Republican Governors Association in the Perry Years.”But there is another report by Texans for Public Justice that is equally disturbing. It is called “The Governor’s Gusher,” and it documents 100 wealthy donors who “have sought corporate welfare, relaxed regulatory rules or other government favors” in exchange for their political largess in Texas gubernatorial races. Texans for Public Justice dubs these individuals the “Profiteers” and notes that
Check Date: An illuminating article from our LCom Archive.

  


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When They Harassed Hutchison
Power Line, by Scott Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/17/2014 5:39:30 AM     Post Reply
Many of us recall the baseless indictment of then House Majority Leader Tom DeLay by then Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle in connection with the indictment of Governor Perry yesterday, but does anyone recall the earlier case against Kay Bailey Hutchison brought by Earle? Earle is the predecessor of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, whose drunk driving escapades initiated the chain of events that has now culminated in Governor Perry’s indictment. Serving as Texas state treasurer, Hutchison won 67 percent of the vote in the special election held on June 5, 1993, to fill the Senate seat that had

Why the Obama administration
sees racism everywhere
New York Post, by Paul Sperry    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/17/2014 5:33:57 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration has done little to calm racial tensions as they spread from Manhattan to St. Louis to Los Angeles. Quite the opposite, some top officials have fueled African-American fears of racism with false accusations of anti-black discrimination. Attorney General Eric Holder’s race-baiting is no secret. Justice Department documents show the nation’s top cop gave thousands of dollars to help the Rev. Al Sharpton organize marches protesting the death of Trayvon Martin. Now he’s sent the civil-rights unit to St. Louis to do the same thing in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Less known, however, is the role of Labor Secretary Thomas

Ferguson Becomes a
Magnet for the Bizarre
National Review Online, by Ryan Lovelace    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/17/2014 5:31:10 AM     Post Reply
A man and his dog are attempting to do what police have struggled to do all week—calm down the streets of Ferguson. St. Louis resident Jim Fisher tells National Review Online he hopes his dog will help calm things down. “I’ve been sitting at home wondering, “What the hell can I do?” And then I saw her laying at my feet,” he says. “I thought you know well maybe people just need a little love, stop the anger.” Fisher stood opposite a building that appeared abandoned with graffiti on it that read, “CLASS WAR NOW!” and “The only good cop

Can Feminists Do
Anything On Their Own?
The Federalist, by Heather Wilhelm    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/17/2014 5:27:51 AM     Post Reply
Sometimes I wonder if modern feminists are really a bunch of fun-loving, hyper-aware pranksters, conspiring to hoist an elaborate hoax upon the world. “Oh, Amanda, be real,” someone might type in a secret feminist chat room, chortling over a Diet Coke. “Isn’t this piece calling babies ‘time-sucking monsters’ that should die so you can freely watch “True Detective” a little over the top?” Another chat participant, reviewing a call for legalized abortion until birth, would type swiftly and frantically: “Jessica, come on, seriously? Don’t publish this—they’ll finally figure out that it’s all a joke!” Alas, I don’t think they’re messing

  


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As World Boils, Fingers
Point Obama’s Way
New York Times, by Peter Baker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/17/2014 5:24:41 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — In this summer of global tumult, the debate in Washington essentially boils down to two opposite positions: It is all President Obama’s fault, according to his critics; no, it is not, according to his supporters, because these are events beyond his control. Americans often think of their president as an all-powerful figure who can command the tides of history — and presidents have encouraged this image over the years because the perception itself can be a form of power. But as his critics have made the case that Mr. Obama’s mistakes have fueled the turmoil in places like Syria,

Shooting victim fighting for life
as police use tear gas to impose
curfew on defiant Ferguson protesters
who ignore lock-down seven
days after unarmed teenager*
Daily Mail (UK), by Daniel Bates    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/17/2014 5:23:58 AM     Post Reply
One person was shot and seven people arrested early this morning as police used smoke and tear gas to impose a curfew following the killing of an unarmed black teenager. Officers are seeking the person who shot the critically-wounded victim after the 12am-5am curfew took hold in Ferguson, Missouri - eight days after Michael Brown, 18, was shot dead by police. Police said their strong response came after people broke into a restaurant and took position on the roof overlooking officers, while another man flashed a handgun as armoured vehicles approached. Some 200 defiant protesters remained on the streets of

For Hillary Clinton, Nothing Less
Than A Gulfstream G450 Will Do
Daily Caller, by Chuck Ross    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/17/2014 5:22:52 AM     Post Reply
Wherever Hillary Clinton is going, she needs at least a Gulfstream G450 to get there. The once nearly “dead broke” former First Lady now makes steep demands when she gives speeches to corporations, groups and universities, according to emails between Clinton’s agent and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where Clinton will earn $225,000 for a 90-minute speech in October. The school received a bit of a break from the $300,000 Clinton requested during initial negotiations, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which obtained the emails that were sent last year. The correspondence showed that Clinton normally requires “round-trip transportation

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

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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