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Dozens rally for ´Love Without Borders´
Quad City Times [Davenport, IA], by Linda Cook    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 8/18/2014 1:51:29 AM     Post Reply
More than 100 people gathered in downtown Davenport on Sunday for an interfaith rally to support children fleeing Central America to enter the United States. Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba urged the crowd at the “Love Without Borders” event to “work for social responsibility.” He and local social service leaders helped launch the initiative in July when he suggested that the Quad-Cities host some of the immigrant children, mostly from Central America, who are crossing the border from Mexico into the United States to escape violence and poverty. Several people who attended the hour-long rally carried signs, including “No human is illegal” and

US sees surge in Cuban rafters
aiming for Florida
Associated Press, by Christine Armario    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 8/18/2014 1:39:39 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

Two churches in Missouri are
filled with faith, but common
ground remains elusive
Washington Post, by Emily Wax-Thibodeaux & DeNeen Brown    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/18/2014 1:20:13 AM     Post Reply
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — They came in numbers that surprised even the minister, arriving in a muggy drizzle to a church parking lot so full that some had to park in front of the empty home of the man they came to pray for: embattled white police officer Darren Wilson. They said they had empathy for the family of the teenager the officer killed. But they also said they feared that they might be attacked by rioters at their church, because Southminster Presbyterian sits right behind the suburban home of Wilson, the patrolman identified in the Aug. 9 shooting



NONE In The Back: Brown Autopsy
Shows He Was Shot In The
Front Of The Body
Daily Caller, by Chuck Ross    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/18/2014 12:36:50 AM     Post Reply
An autopsy conducted on Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old fatally shot by Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson last Saturday, shows that Brown was shot at least six times, twice in the head and all in the front of the body. The New York Times reported the results of a private autopsy conducted by Dr. Michael Baden, who was hired by the Brown family. Baden conducted the autopsy on Sunday, according to the Times. One bullet entered the top of Brown’s skull. Four struck him in the right arm. All bullets hit Brown in the front of the body, according to

Clashes on second night of Ferguson
curfew as autopsy shows 6 shots
USA Today, by Yamiche Alcindor and Brandie Piper    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 8/18/2014 12:22:59 AM     Post Reply
FERGUSON, Mo. — Protests in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown continued Sunday as police for the second night imposed a curfew on this St. Louis suburb. Meanwhile, a preliminary autopsy found that Brown was shot at least six times, but the circumstances of his death remained unclear. Late Sunday, The New York Times reported that a private autopsy requested by Brown´s family found that he was shot at least six times, including four times in the right arm and twice in the head. All of the shots, the Times reported, were fired from Brown´s front — a finding that

Critics of George W. Bush’s foreign
policy now taking heat themselves
Washington Times (D.C), by Rowan Scharborough    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/18/2014 12:00:51 AM     Post Reply
Dogged critics of President George W. Bush’s foreign policies suddenly have found that managing the world, and radical Islam, is not as easy as it looked from the outside six or more years ago. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, as a senator and ex-senator, was perhaps Mr. Bush’s most punishing reviewer. He said of the Bush administration in 2007: “It is my opinion that this is one of the most arrogant, incompetent administrations I’ve ever seen personally or ever read about — the most arrogant in history.” At the Council on Foreign Relations in a talk on national security, he said:

Now protests start IN FAVOR of
shooter cop: More than a hundred
turn out in rally supporting Darren
Wilson after he skips town to
avoid violent reprisals
Daily Mail (UK), by Daniel Bates    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/17/2014 11:45:50 PM     Post Reply
Supporters of the St Louis policeman who killed a black teenager have rallied in the city in the first public show of support for the officer. At the rally, attended by around 150 people, protesters walked around wearing specially printed T-shirts which were sold for $7 with a police shield on which was the words: ‘I stand by Darren Wilson’. Instead of a badge number it read 8.9.14 - the day he killed 18-year-old Michael Brown. Two Facebook pages in support of Wilson, 28, have also sprung up with a combined total of 35,000 likes.Supporters have also set up a



ABC News reporter
Elizabeth Vargas back in rehab
Associated Press, by Lynn Elber    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/17/2014 11:42:32 PM     Post Reply
Los Angeles - ABC News reporter Elizabeth Vargas has returned to a recovery center to be treated for alcohol dependency, she and the network said Sunday. The “20/20” co-anchor said in an emailed statement that she checked into a treatment facility this weekend while on vacation. “As so many other recovering alcoholics know, overcoming the disease can be a long and incredibly difficult process,” Vargas said. “I feel I have let myself, my co-workers and most importantly my family down and for that I am ashamed and sorry.” Vargas, who’s married to Marc Cohn and has two children with the singer-songwriter,

Gaza: A broader offensive
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Yaakov Lappin    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/17/2014 11:28:02 PM     Post Reply
Should Hamas resume rocket attacks on Israel when the five-day truce ends at midnight on Monday, the chances of Israel agreeing to conduct a prolonged war of attrition with Gaza, in which Palestinian rocket attacks are met only with Israeli air strikes and artillery fire, are low. The more likely scenario is that the IDF will initiate the next phase of its operational plans, based on a deep ground offensive into the Gaza Strip. Military forces remain deployed on the Gazan border in high numbers, and they have completed preparations to go back into Gaza. This time, their objective will not be limited to tunnel destruction near the Israeli border,

Molotov cocktails, tear gas
fly in Ferguson, Missouri
CNN, by Steve Kastenbaum, Steve Almasy*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/17/2014 11:27:27 PM     Post Reply
Ferguson, Missouri- A day of peaceful protests devolved into a night of Molotov cocktails and tear gas in Ferguson, Missouri. Officers fired tear gas into a crowd of hundreds of protesters marching toward a police command post Sunday night. Authorities also struck one defiant protester with rubber bullets. St. Louis County police said several protesters had thrown Molotov cocktails toward the officers before authorities shot tear gas toward them. Officers tried to push back and contain a crowd of protesters, which included children. The crowd didn´t let up despite an impending midnight curfew. "I´m astonished at this reversal of mood,"

Strong earthquake hits
Iran near border with Iraq
CNN, by Jethro Mullen    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/17/2014 11:23:03 PM     Post Reply
A powerful earthquake struck early Monday in western Iran, rattling the region near the border with Iraq, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The 6.2-magnitude quake hit at a depth of around 10 kilometers (6 miles), in an area 36 kilometers southeast of the Iranian city of Abdanan, the USGS reported. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties from the area, which is roughly 40 kilometers from the Iraqi border.



Autopsy Shows Michael Brown
Was Struck at Least 6 Times
New York Times, by Frances Robles & Julie Bosman    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/17/2014 11:16:10 PM     Post Reply
Ferguson, MO - Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was killed by a police officer, sparking protests around the nation, was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, a preliminary private autopsy performed on Sunday found. One of the bullets entered the top of Mr. Brown’s skull, suggesting his head was bent forward when it struck him and caused a fatal injury, according to Dr. Michael M. Baden, the former chief medical examiner for the City of New York, (Snip) Mr. Brown, 18, was also shot four times in the right arm, he said, adding that all the bullets were fired into his front.

What I Did After
Police Killed My Son
Politico, by Michael Bell    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 8/17/2014 11:03:40 PM     Post Reply
fter police in Kenosha, Wis., shot my 21-year-old son to death outside his house ten years ago — and then immediately cleared themselves of all wrongdoing — an African-American man approached me and said: “If they can shoot a white boy like a dog, imagine what we’ve been going through.” (Snip) Our country is simply not paying enough attention to the terrible lack of accountability of police departments and the way it affects all of us—regardless of race or ethnicity. Because if a blond-haired, blue-eyed boy — that was my son, Michael — can be shot in the head under

Michael Brown’s raps
Los Angeles Times, by Matt Hansen and Kurtis Lee    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/17/2014 10:34:56 PM     Post Reply
In the neighborhood around the worn Canfield Green Apartments, 18-year-old Michael Brown was known as a young man with some potential. His peers around him struggled to hold jobs and had multiple run-ins with the law, but Brown had graduated from high school and was headed for community college. And he had another ambition: his music. Calling himself Big’Mike, he was a prolific amateur rapper, recording solo and duet tracks and posting them online. He even included a phone number where he could be reached, asking for “features and advice.” Brown´s cousin, Daryus Watson, 16, said Brown used to shy

Thoughts on the Ritual Now Taking
Place in Ferguson, Missouri
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/17/2014 10:18:36 PM     Post Reply
Eight days ago, a Ferguson, Missouri police officer named Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, a young but very large (6´ 4?, 300 pounds) African-American, under circumstances that remain murky. Since then, a ritual with which we have become tiresomely familiar has unfolded: demonstrations that turned into riots, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson–still!–descending on the scene, pleas for peace, intervention of federal authorities, calls for reappraisal of American race relations. Followed by more riots and looting. We have been here before, too many times. But why? What is so special, so symbolic, about the death of Michael Brown? In



Intelligence: Islamic State Planning
Terror Attack in US, Europe
Israel National News [Beit El, Israel], by Tova Dvorin    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/17/2014 10:18:28 PM     Post Reply
Members of the Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS) are planning to carry out major terror attacks against targets in the United States or in Europe, American intelligence officials said Saturday. Five intelligence officials stated to Bloomberg News that there is evidence that the organization is running a sleeper cells around the world, outside of Iraq and Syria. The goal: to gain a greater foothold in the Islamic world - politically and militarily. According to retired U.S. Army Colonel Derek Harvey, the Middle East is gripped in a “competition for jihadi leadership” between IS and Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, following

The Coming Race War
Won’t Be About Race
Time Magazine, by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/17/2014 10:14:36 PM     Post Reply
Will the recent rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, be a tipping point in the struggle against racial injustice, or will it be a minor footnote in some future grad student’s thesis on Civil Unrest in the Early Twenty-First Century? The answer can be found inMay of 1970. You probably have heard of the Kent State shootings: on May 4, 1970, the Ohio National Guard opened fire on student protesters at Kent State University. During those 13 seconds of gunfire, four students were killed and nine were wounded, one of whom was permanently paralyzed. The shock and outcry resulted in a nationwide

Landmark now a center of contention
Philadelphia Inquirer [PA], by Kevin Riordan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/17/2014 10:02:31 PM     Post Reply
Errin Thomas works at Willingboro´s Kennedy Plaza, on John F. Kennedy Way, across from what has long been known as the Kennedy Center. As that 50-year-old landmark undergoes a $4.9 million renovation, the township council has decided to rename it for Barack Obama. The 3-1 vote Aug. 5 pleased some but mystified, surprised, or upset others in this predominantly African American community of 31,000 in Burlington County. "I don´t see what the purpose is," says Thomas, 43. "I don´t know if [Obama] even knows that Willingboro exists." (Snip) The council´s desire to honor the nation´s first black president has struck

Gross Media Irresponsibility in
Showing House of Accused Officer
PJ Media, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/17/2014 9:56:10 PM     Post Reply
This is really, really, stupid. And a shocking disregard for someone’s safety. Jim Hoft is reporting that several news media outlets are brazenly broadcasting in front of the house of accused Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. CNN broadcast a report Friday that showed the house, including the street number, of the Ferguson police officer who police say shot Mike Brown. The officer has been in hiding due to death threats since the shooting last Saturday. His name, Darren Wilson, was just released Friday morning. Another news outlet apologized for broadcasting video of Wilson’s home while others have virtually drawn a map

Obama decides to break away
from biking and golfing at Martha´s
Vineyard to get back to Washington
in rare vacation break
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/17/2014 9:50:01 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama is getting off the island. In a rare move for him, the president planned a break in the middle of his Martha´s Vineyard vacation to return to Washington on Sunday night for meetings with Vice President Joe Biden and other advisers on the U.S. military campaign in Iraq and tensions between police and protesters in Ferguson, Missouri. The White House has been cagey about why the president needs to be back in Washington for those discussions. He´s received multiple briefings on both issues while on vacation. The White House had also already announced Obama´s plans to return


British jets make spy
flights over Iraq every day
Daily Express [UK], by John Ingham    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/17/2014 9:43:09 PM     Post Reply
British spy planes were gathering intelligence on Islamic State fighters in Iraq yesterday as David Cameron warned the group poses a “clear danger” to safety on the streets of the UK. A new Rivet Joint plane joined six unarmed RAF Tornado GR4s to fly daily patrols from Cyprus over swathes of northern Iraq controlled by the brutal Sunni Muslim militants. They are sharing the intelligence with the US which has been carrying out airstrikes against IS fighters. [Snip] British troops have also been briefly on the ground in Kurdistan, ready to help Chinook helicopters airlift besieged civilians to safety.

Trailing POTUS on vacation detail
is usually much ado about nothing
Boston Herald, by Matt Stout    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/17/2014 9:40:28 PM     Post Reply
They trail in vans or buses, chronicling the steps of the president email by email, often not allowing even the smallest of details to escape their updates. The POTUS pool reporter — a title held by everyone from the Washington Post’s White House correspondent to a general assignment reporter for an 8,000-reader newspaper — is there to give the rest of the world an up-close view of the president’s day-to-day travels. But when he’s on vacation, those can be limited. A review of the pool reports from the first week of President Obama’s two-week Martha’s Vineyard getaway shows that the

In Powerful Speech, Capt. Johnson
Apologizes to Brown Family,
Promises to Stand by Ferguson
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/17/2014 9:34:56 PM     Post Reply
In a confident and impassioned speech, Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson spoke of the need for communication, understanding, and faith at Sunday’s Rally for Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. Johnson began by apologizing to Brown’s family. “I wear this uniform, and I should stand up here and say that I’m sorry,” Johnson said to a long round of applause. “I’ll tell you right now, I came in today and saw people cheering and people clapping; this is what the media needs to put on TV.” Johnson replaced Ferguson Police Chief Jon Belmar after several days of over-militarized police

Obama’s Hubris is His Undoing
Commentary, by Jonathan S. Tobin    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/17/2014 9:30:52 PM     Post Reply
Historians will have the rest of the century to unravel the mess that is the Barack Obama presidency. While they can explore these years of foreign policy disaster and domestic malaise at leisure, the rest of us have 29 more months to see just how awful things can get before he slides off to a lucrative retirement. But those who want to start the post-mortem on this historic presidency would do well to read Jackson Diehl’s most recent Washington Post column in which he identifies Obama’s hubris as the key element in his undoing. As our Pete Wehner wrote earlier

Analysis: The ‘State of Gaza’
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Tovah Lazaroff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/17/2014 8:59:06 PM     Post Reply
Hamas wants to achieve by force what the Palestinian Authority has failed to negotiate – a fully autonomous and militarized Palestinian state, except in this case, it would be a mini-one, the “State of Gaza.” And Hamas wants to make this happen in record time in Cairo, a somewhat miraculous act, which would make US Secretary of State John Kerry’s failed nine-month peace process last year look like a very slow boat to China. The on-again, off-again, Egyptian brokered, indirect talks between Israel and Hamas in Cairo are framed by the guns of war, not the dialogue of statehood.

Liberal policing and the thugs’ veto
Power Line, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/17/2014 8:56:30 PM     Post Reply
On Thursday, President Obama interrupted his vacation to address reporters regarding the situation in Northern Iraq and the situation in Ferguson, Missouri. As to the latter, Obama said, in essence, that the liberals had taken charge. Governor Jay Nixon (“a good man,” Obama assured us) was now fully engaged, and Eric Holder was also on the case. In addition, the Missouri Highway Patrol had supplanted the yokels in the local police force. And they were under the command of Ron Johnson, who grew up in the neighborhood in question and, though Obama didn’t say it, is African-American. Johnson promptly implemented

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