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Julian Assange Says He
Will Leave Embassy ‘Soon’
New York Times, by Steven Erlanger    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 8/18/2014 10:42:22 AM     Post Reply
LONDON — Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks who was given asylum in the Ecuadorean Embassy here two years ago, said on Monday that he “will be leaving the embassy soon,” but he provided no specifics. In a long and wandering news conference at which he was accompanied by the Ecuadorean foreign minister, Ricardo Patiño, Mr. Assange summarized his case, arguing that he had helped bring about needed change in the British extradition system and saying that his health was suffering after two years at the embassy. Mr. Assange faces extradition to Sweden, which is investigating allegations of sexual misconduct, and

NAACP: DOJ Involvement in Ferguson
Case Is ´Incredibly Encouraging´
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/18/2014 10:36:45 AM     Post Reply
Cornell William Brooks, the new president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, says it´s "incredibly encouraging" that the Justice Department will conduct its own autopsy on the body of Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager shot and killed by a white police officer on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Missouri. "I think it´s incredibly encouraging," Brooks told NBC´s "Face the Nation" with Bob Schieffer. "At this point in our nation´s racial history, and particularly in Ferguson, Missouri, we have people on the ground who want to know that there are people in the White House who are listening

19 percent of voters say most members of
Congress deserve re-election, poll shows
Washington Times, by David Sherfinski    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/18/2014 10:34:03 AM     Post Reply
Fewer than one in five registered voters say most members of Congress deserve re-election this year, a number on track to be the all-time lowest since Gallup started asking the question in 1992. The 19 percent of American voters who think most members deserve re-election is lower than the 38 percent figure in 1994 and 33 percent figure in 2010 — two midterm elections that saw huge shakeups in Congress but, as Gallup points out, two years where Democrats had controlled both the U.S. House and the Senate. About half of voters say their own representative deserves re-election, although a recent Gallup survey put the overall



´Must we have a dead white kid?´
asks Erick Erickson
American Thinker, by John T. Bennett    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 8/18/2014 10:29:46 AM     Post Reply
Conservative talk show host Erick Erickson asks of the turmoil in Ferguson, "Must we have a dead white kid?" Well so what if we did have a dead white kid? Would people think differently about the police conduct in Ferguson? Erickson’s assumption is that non-blacks would be more upset about the shooting if the person shot were white. But, instead of responding with greater empathy to white kids shot by police, people might actually say something like the following: Good riddance. Glad they are dead. THUGS GET SLUGS! Well, they got a lead sandwich. I hope they enjoyed the free meal. The gene pool just

Amnesty International Takes
“Unprecedented” U.S. Action In Ferguson
BuzzFeed, by Chris Geidner    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/18/2014 10:23:43 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Amnesty International has taken “unprecedented” action to deal with the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, by sending resources the human rights group has never before deployed inside the United States. The organization has been on the ground in Ferguson since Thursday. It sent a 13-person human rights delegation to the city in the wake of the Aug. 9 police shooting death of Michael Brown. Jasmine Heiss, a senior campaigner with Amnesty and part of the team in Ferguson, said the use of the “cross-functional team” — which she said included community trainers, researchers, and human rights observers — was

Saudi prince robbed of 250,000
euros in Paris carjacking
Agence France-Presse, by Cyril Touaux    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/18/2014 10:22:28 AM     Post Reply
Heavily armed robbers have attacked the motorcade of a Saudi prince in Paris, making off with 250,000 euros ($335,000) in cash and reportedly stealing "sensitive" documents, French police said Monday. The spectacular robbery took place in northern Paris late on Sunday as the motorcade was making its way from a plush hotel on the Champs Elysees to an airport in Le Bourget, said police, who confirmed there were no injuries. A gang of "between five and eight" thieves in two BMWs hijacked the first of around 10 vehicles in the convoy, driving off with the three occupants before letting them go, police said. A police source and Le Parisien daily

Malia leaves Obama vacation early.
Where´s Sasha?
Associated Press, by Darlene Superville    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 8/18/2014 10:19:16 AM     Post Reply
EDGATOWN, MASS. — President Barack Obama started his vacation on the Massachusetts island of Martha´s Vineyard with just one of his daughters, and he may leave with just one of his daughters when the two-week getaway ends next weekend. In a first for Obama family summer vacations, neither teenager is spending the entire holiday with her father.(Snip)Malia, 16, returned to Washington with her father early Monday and was not expected to go back to Martha´s Vineyard. The White House said Sasha will join her parents this week, without saying when she will arrive or what kept her away last week,



Brown´s family receives
outpour of financial support
KSDK-TV [St Louis, MO], by Aja J. Williams    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/18/2014 10:18:27 AM     Post Reply
FERGUSON, Mo. – As the remains of Michael Brown have been turned over to his family, several have offered and raised funding to help with the funeral arrangements. More than 2,900 people have donated to the Michael Brown Memorial Fund, which was established by Benjamin Crump, family attorney for Brown´s parents, on GoFundMe. The account has raised more than $66,100 with a goal of $80,000. Several of those who have donated have contributed small amounts such as $10 and $15. The largest has been two $2,000 donations from an anonymous source and Joy Jackson. A police officer fatally shot the

15 shot in NYC within 8 hours, 2 dead
Fox 5 News (NYC), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/18/2014 10:15:47 AM     Post Reply
NEW YORK -Fifteen people were shot in a rash of violence in New York City. The violence left two people dead and 13 others injured within a span of just 8 hours. The NYPD reported the first shooting late Saturday. It happened at an East Harlem Park. In that incident, 3 people were shot, with one of the victims being seriously injured, at Jefferson Park on 113th Street and First Avenue; Shortly before 3 a.m. On Sunday, 2 people were shot dead in Hamilton Heights when a driver got out of his car and opened fire. The motorist fled after killing

Democratic Rep. James Clyburn: ‘Obama
will be impeached’ if GOP keeps House
Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/18/2014 10:07:29 AM     Post Reply
Rep. James Clyburn, Democrat from South Carolina, said that if Republicans keep the majority in the House this fall, they will impeach President Obama. Mr. Clyburn predicted the GOP course of action during a Twitter town hall, in response to a participant who asked why Democrats aren’t working harder to shield President Obama from reported impeachment threats, The Hill reported. Republicans, however, say the entire impeachment debate is a trumped-up strategy from Democrats desperate to win the House — and keep the Senate —

City Keeps ‘Brooklyn Ripper’
Victim In Housing Limbo
New York Post, by Georgett Roberts    Original Article
Posted By: mc squared- 8/18/2014 9:49:56 AM     Post Reply
The little girl who was stabbed by the “Brooklyn Ripper” and watched him murder her best friend is being traumatized again — by the city, her family told The Post. Mikayla Capers, 7, is too scared to return to her public-housing apartment building, and the city is dragging its feet finding her a new home, kin said. “We’re still in limbo,” said the girl’s worried great-aunt and legal guardian, Brigitte Capers, 45, who said she has asked the city to relocate the financially strapped family since the June 1 horror, but gotten a runaround. “She has to be settled before school



Hillary Slippary
American Spectator, by Jed Babbin    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 8/18/2014 9:42:55 AM     Post Reply
According to the New York Times’ Peter Baker, “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.” Mr. Baker entirely misses the point. The global tumult is, largely, Mr. Obama’s fault because he has so drastically reduced America’s influence that events are beyond his control. That has become so obvious that even Hillary Clinton understands. President Obama is extremely sensitive to criticism of his foreign policy, as one would

IDF Preparing for Possible
Resumption of Rocket Fire
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Ido Ben Porat    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/18/2014 9:42:02 AM     Post Reply
The IDF is preparing for a possible resumption of rocket fire from Gaza on Monday evening, as the current five-day ceasefire is set to expire. The ceasefire is set to expire at midnight, but Hamas has been known to violate truces before they officially expire. The high alert for Monday evening comes in the wake of estimates of diplomatic sources in Jerusalem that the chances of a lasting ceasefire deal before Monday night are very slim. Earlier on Sunday, as truce talks in Cairo continued, Israel pre-empted any agreement by unilaterally offering Gaza a concession and lifting a ban on

Emerging Solar Plants Scorch
Birds in Mid-Air
Associated Press, by Ellen Knickmeyer and John Locher    Original Article
Posted By: ruready?- 8/18/2014 9:32:45 AM     Post Reply
Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant´s concentrated sun rays — "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair. Federal wildlife investigators who visited the BrightSource Energy plant last year and watched as birds burned and fell, reporting an average of one "streamer" every two minutes, are urging California officials to halt the operator´s application to build a still-bigger version. The investigators want the halt until the full extent of the deaths can be assessed. Estimates per year now range from a

Slavery Made Me Do It. Or
Maybe It Was Pregnancy.
American Thinker, by Carol Brown    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 8/18/2014 9:26:41 AM     Post Reply
Reading headlines this week, one after another bowled me over (snip)But this one really grabbed me. “Professors Now Say SLAVERY Forced Colleague To Batter Teen, Destroy Her Anti-Abortion Poster” (here) Here’s the back story as CNS reports: Mireille Miller-Young, an assistant professor in the University of California/Santa Barbara’s Feminist Studies Department, pled “no contest” last Thursday to misdemeanor charges of theft, battery, and vandalism resulting from her March altercation with pro-life demonstrators on campus. She will be sentenced on August 14. The altercation arose when Miller-Young grabbed a sign with photos of aborted babies from a group of pro-life activists led by 21-year-old Joan



The Partisan Farce to
Get Rick Perry
Bloomberg, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 8/18/2014 9:25:52 AM     Post Reply
Rosemary Lehmberg, the Democratic district attorney in Travis County, Texas, spent three weeks in jail last year for drunken driving, prompting Republican Governor Rick Perry to call on her to resign. She refused -- and now her supporters hope to have the last laugh by sending Perry away for a lot longer. The criminal case against him is a farce and should be dismissed faster than prairie fire with a tail wind. Lehmberg’s run-in with the law drew public attention not only because she had an open bottle of vodka in her car and a blood-alcohol level three times the legal

‘The American Banking System Might
Not Last Until Monday’
American Magazine, by Alex J. Pollock    Original Article
Posted By: EagleBlurst- 8/18/2014 9:14:16 AM     Post Reply
How good is the human group mind at financial memory? Pretty bad. For example, consider this really striking bit of history: “The then Federal Reserve Chairman made a phone call to the Bank of Japan Governor on that critical Friday night (Saturday in Japan) in August of that year.” The chairman’s “first words were that the American banking system might not last until Monday. The crisis was that serious.” Financial history quiz: Which year was that? What was the crisis? Who was the Federal Reserve chairman making such an extreme statement? Hint: our most recent financial crisis, which started in

Fiery Sharpton Addresses Ferguson:
‘We’re Not Looters, We’re Liberators’
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/18/2014 9:14:15 AM     Post Reply
A fiery Al Sharpton addressed the Rally for Michael Brown Sunday afternoon and told the community to stand up for justice against what he warned would be smear attacks and calls for silence disguised as calls for peace. He also told agitators not to take advantage of Brown’s death by using the tensions as an excuse to loot. “Don’t take advantage of their children,” Sharpton said. “There’s a difference between activists and thugs. “Don’t loot in Michael’s name. We’re not looters, we’re liberators. We are not burners, we’re builders.” “We’re not anti-police,” Sharpton said. “But there’s a difference between calling

Update: Father of 4 killed in
College Park gas station robbery
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, by Tammy Joyner    Original Article
Posted By: Hermoine- 8/18/2014 8:53:25 AM     Post Reply
A father of four has been identified as the man killed in a robbery at a College Park gas station Friday. Channel 2 Action News reported that family members of Torrez Rice identified him as the man who was robbed and gunned down at the gas station. Rice had just purchased a new car when he stopped at the gas station, according to Channel 2 reports.

Iraq crisis:
You can´t win military campaigns
without boots on the ground
Telegraph [UK], by Con Coughlin    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/18/2014 8:48:21 AM     Post Reply
After all the controversy that has raged over our previous military campaign in Iraq, I can fully understand David Cameron´s hesitancy about getting involved in another costly intervention in the Middle East. [Snip] Add to this the memories of Mr Cameron´s humiliating Commons defeat this time last year when he wanted to bomb the Assad regime in Syria, and you can see why he is hoping that a combination of air strikes and surgical strikes by specialist teams of Special Forces will be enough to turn the tide against Islamic State fighters. I opposed last year´s proposed air strikes against


No new Iraq war, Cameron says
Telegraph U.K., by Georgia Graham    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 8/18/2014 8:38:16 AM     Post Reply
Britain will not be involved in another war in Iraq, David Cameron has vowed. The Prime Minister said the British government would not put be "putting boots on the ground" or "sending in the army" in its fight against the "murderous" Islamic State, formerly ISIS. However, he warned that terrorists trained by IS will cause “mayhem on our own streets” if the “political and extremism” crisis in Iraq is not dealt with. Michael Fallon warned that Britain´s mission in Iraq will last for months as RAF Tornados and surveillance aircraft are deployed to help "stop the advance" of Islamic State extremists. David Cameron said

A black president couldn’t
stop the Ferguson race riots
Telegraph [UK], by Tim Stanley    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/18/2014 8:28:03 AM     Post Reply
Violence continues in Ferguson, Missouri. It began on August 9 with the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager cut down by a white cop’s bullets. Peaceful demonstrations turned into looting, the local police went in with rubber bullets and tear gas, all hell broke loose and, eventually, Missouri’s governor pulled out the local police and sent in state officers instead. But the rioting only paused; it didn’t cease. [Snip] Observers might ask, “How can this be happening in an America that has elected a black president?” How can black kids still get killed by white cops and how

Oil Industry’s Taxes Create Odd
Wedge for Alaskan Voters
New York Times, by Kirk Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/18/2014 8:15:14 AM     Post Reply
ANCHORAGE — Many Alaskans chart state history along a timeline of before oil and after, so crucial were those first big strikes in the late 1960s in making the state what it is today. Now a proposal to shake up the way oil companies are taxed — headed for a vote Tuesday in a statewide referendum — has stirred a passionate public debate. At stake is the fate of major tax breaks and incentives for the oil industry, part of a system that was pushed through the Republican-controlled Legislature last year by Gov. Sean Parnell, who billed it as a

Another Nail in the
Dems’ Senate Coffin?
Commentary Magazine, by Jonathan S. Tobin    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/18/2014 8:04:05 AM     Post Reply
Just when pundits were starting to agree that the odds are tipping in favor of the Republicans winning control of the Senate this November, reports of inquiries about potential misconduct by Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu may make the embattled Red state Democrat’s re-election fight may be another nail in her party’s midterms coffin. The story, published Friday night by the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reveals that in response to charges from her Republican challengers that she has been paying for campaign expenses, including flights, from official government funds rather than her private account, the senator has ordered an inquiry into the

Amended Ceasefire Proposal
Includes Terrorist Releases
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Ari Yashar    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/18/2014 7:39:44 AM     Post Reply
The amendments to the Egyptian 11-point truce proposal submitted by the Palestinian Arab delegation in Cairo was revealed on Monday morning, hours ahead of the end of the current ceasefire at midnight. [Snip] It also specifically calls for open trade between PA-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria with Gaza to include building materials, despite the use of cement to build terror tunnels. It is worth noting that Hamas has clarified that any truce deal would be seen only as an opportunity to plan the next terror war on Israel. The fourth clause adds to the call to have Israel coordinate

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