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When TV Determines Guilt or Innocence
Creators Syndicate, by Thomas Sowell    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/19/2014 5:42:46 AM     Post Reply
I don’t know why we are spending our hard-earned money paying taxes to support a criminal-justice system, when issues of guilt and innocence are being determined on television — and even punishment is being meted out by CNN’s showing the home and address of the policeman accused in the Ferguson, Mo., shooting. One of the big differences between Democrats and Republicans is that we at least know what the Democrats stand for, whether we agree with it or not. But, for Republicans, we have to guess. It is amazing how many otherwise sane people want Israel to become the first nation in

Preliminary Report: Over A Dozen
Witnesses Back Darren Wilson’s Story
Daily Caller, by Chuck Ross    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/19/2014 5:38:22 AM     Post Reply
According to a preliminary report from a St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter, police say that more than a dozen witnesses back Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson’s version of the events that led to the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Post-Dispatch reporter Christine Byers sent a tweet late Monday teasing her findings.(Snip for tweet)Wilson’s claims match a woman who called herself “Josie” who called into Dana Loesch’s radio show on Friday. CNN confirmed with police officials that Josie’s and Wilson’s versions match. According to Josie, Wilson, a six-year police veteran, claims Brown assaulted and then “bum rushed” him during their encounter on

When It’s Barack vs. Hillary,
Where Does Bill Fit In?
Wall Street Journal, by Stephen Sestanovich    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/19/2014 5:35:01 AM     Post Reply
One of the most interesting features of last week’s now-famous dust-up between President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton was the way Bill Clinton figured in the discussion. He’s become the Democrats’ Ronald Reagan, the former president all party members want on their side. Hillary’s boosters naturally claim Bill’s foreign-policy record for their own. But her detractors do the same thing. They say her interventionist talk amounts to “dissing” her own husband. Who’s right? The case for seeing Hillary in apostolic succession to “Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, and Bill Clinton” was made last Friday for Politico by Will Marshall. A

  


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Two shot as gunfire rings out in
Ferguson on NINTH night of violence:
Gas mask-clad reporters look on as
cops fire tear gas at protesters armed*
Daily Mail [UK], by David Mccormack, Louise Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/19/2014 5:33:47 AM     Post Reply
Two people were shot during another night of violence in Ferguson as police used stun grenades and tear gas on protesters who hurled rocks and bottles and in some cases Molotov cocktails. The ninth night of violence since the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown had started as an evening of peaceful protests. But the relatively peaceful protests eventually turned nasty on the streets of the St. Louis suburb after police in riot gear and gas masks formed a barricade and stood watch over the protesters for almost two hours. As officers sat with guns pointed atop armored vehicles, the

Obama’s War in Iraq Marks the
Return of the Global War on Terror
Daily Beast, by Eli Lake    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/19/2014 5:26:13 AM     Post Reply
Barack Obama has spent most of his presidency trying to narrow Bush’s war on terror. But with the new campaign in Iraq, the big war is back. There was a time not so long ago when the White House said al Qaeda was on its heels, the tide of war was receding, and the U.S. was turning its attention to Asia. It was a happier time in terms of foreign policy. America would lead from behind and not do stupid s**t, even if that meant staying on the sidelines as Syria and, later, Iraq imploded. Then along came the Islamic State of

The Civil War and the Southern Belle
New York Times, by Karen Abbott    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/19/2014 5:21:47 AM     Post Reply
In the beginning of the war, Southern women wanted their men to leave — in droves, and as quickly as possible. They were the Confederate Army’s most persuasive and effective recruitment officers, shaming anyone who shirked his duty to fight. A young English immigrant in Arkansas enlisted after being accosted at a recruitment meeting. “If every man did not hasten to battle, they vowed they would themselves rush out and meet the Yankee vandals,” he wrote of Southern women. “In a land where women are worshipped by men, such language made them war-mad.” Newspapers printed gender-bending cartoons that drove the point

Ferguson protesters: The peaceful, the
elders, the looters, and the ‘militants’
Washington Post, by Emily Wax-Thibodeaux*    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/19/2014 5:16:48 AM     Post Reply
FERGUSON, Mo. — On one corner of a battered stretch of West Florissant Avenue, the epicenter of ongoing protests, young men pull dark scarves up over their mouths and lob molotov cocktails at police from behind makeshift barricades built of bricks and wood planks. They call the gasoline-filled bottles “poor man’s bombs.” The young men yell expletives and, with a rebel’s bravado, speak about securing justice for Michael Brown, the black teen fatally shot Aug. 9 by a white police officer, “by any means necessary.” They are known here as “the militants” — a faction inhabiting the hard-core end of

  


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Too rich for her own blood
Boston Herald, by Adriana Cohen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/19/2014 5:13:01 AM     Post Reply
Oh, the irony. Or should I say, flat-out hypocrisy? Numerous reports have revealed that top Democratic 2016 presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is living a lavish, over-the-top affluent lifestyle befitting — you guessed it — a mean old One-Percenter. She and her fellow Democrats pretend they’re the party of the poor, the “hammered” middle class — the 99 percent. Well sorry, Hillary, but average Americans don’t vacation in the Hamptons in $18 million homes, fly private jets, get paid more than $200,000 a pop for speeches or stay in presidential suites while traveling. The Clintons have raked in more than $100 million over the

Obama’s teetering presidency
Washington Times, by J.T. Young    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/19/2014 5:06:27 AM     Post Reply
Barack Obama’s presidency isn’t just shrinking, it’s losing support among its most critical point — its base. Less than two years ago, Barack Obama became the first Democratic president since FDR to win re-election with a popular-vote majority. Since then, his support has dropped dramatically — not just overall, but among important constituent groups. Comparing 2012 exit poll results with an Aug. 8 McClatchy-Marist nationwide poll shows how far Mr. Obama has fallen with various segments of the population. In 2012, Mr. Obama won among women 55 percent to 44 percent. Today, his approval rating among women is 41 percent, with

Rick Perry: He’s no Andrew Cuomo
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/19/2014 4:58:40 AM     Post Reply
Two states. Two ethics panels. Two governors facing heat from prosecutors. Yet of the two, it is the one who wasn’t indicted who might have committed the more troubling offense. In Texas, Gov. Rick Perry was charged Friday with abuse of power — essentially, exercising his constitutional right to veto legislation. Perry had nixed funding for a county public-integrity unit after the local DA who heads it was busted for driving drunk (her blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the limit). The DA also abused the arresting officer. Perry refused to fund the unit unless the DA quit. Anyone who broke the law and

Who Put the Cement
into Hamas´ Hands?
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Moshe Phillips, Benyamin Korn    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/19/2014 4:55:28 AM     Post Reply
Much has been said and written about the terror tunnels that Hamas built in Gaza. But too little has been said about who it was that put the cement into Hamas’ hands, thus making the construction of the tunnels possible in the first place. Until now. In a bombshell revelation, Dennis Ross, the senior Mideast policy adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from 2009 to 2011, has admitted that it was he who was assigned the task of pressuring Israel to ease up on its military blockade of Gaza, in the events after Israel´s withdrawal from that region in 2005.

  


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Cianci Sauce Made No Money
For Charity in Four Years
Associated Press, by Michelle R. Smith    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/19/2014 4:53:52 AM     Post Reply
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Former Mayor Buddy Cianci´s face beams from the label of his Mayor´s Own Marinara Sauce, which also promises that sales are "Benefiting Providence School Children" and have helped hundreds of students attend college. But in recent years, no money from the sauce´s sales has been donated to Cianci´s charity scholarship fund, The Associated Press has learned. From 2009 to 2012, the sauce made a total of $3 in income, longtime Cianci adviser Charles Mansolillo told the AP. Mansolillo — Cianci´s former city solicitor and the vice president, secretary and treasurer of the company that sells the pasta sauce —

Just Politics
Slate, by Richard L. Hasen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/19/2014 4:51:03 AM     Post Reply
Over the weekend, liberal and conservative commentators achieved rare bipartisan consensus in condemning the indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry as “unbelievably ridiculous,” legally thin, and potentially unconstitutional. Perry is accused of threatening to veto and then actually vetoing funding for the Travis County district attorney’s office, unless it got rid of its district attorney, who—in an embarrassing incident—pleaded guilty to drunk driving and arguably got off too easily. (Snip)But we need to look very skeptically on indictments where the main allegation is that the politician engaged in perfectly legal hardball politics.

The Real Villain of Ferguson
PJ Media, by Roger L. Simon    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/19/2014 4:47:13 AM     Post Reply
It’s hard to have sympathy for anyone in the Ferguson affair — the cops, the demonstrators, the pontificating politicians, the exploitative media or we its pathetically loyal audience that keeps tuning in. The whole event plays out like the umpteenth rerun of the famous quote from Marx about history repeating itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.(Snip) And I will tell you why — what caused it. The Great Society. There, I’ve said it. The Great Society, which I voted for and supported from the bottom of my heart, is the villain behind Ferguson. Ferguson is the

Police fire tear gas as
demonstrations become chaotic
CBS News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/19/2014 4:39:32 AM     Post Reply
Demonstrators and police were locked in a confrontation late Monday as tear gas was fired at crowds who reportedly refused to disperse from the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. Tactical units and armored vehicles began to move in as the situation deteriorated. Sheriff´s deputies in body armor and state troopers carrying wooden bats and gas masks stood watch over the group. The streets of Ferguson remained crowded and active with few incidents through the day on Monday. By sundown, more protests began to take place and larger crowds began to gather, attracting more police presence. As midnight closed in a scene of

  


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Israeli Official Denies Agreement
to Lift Gaza Blockade
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Ari Soffer    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/19/2014 4:39:19 AM     Post Reply
Contrary to reports by the joint Palestinian delegation to Cairo, Israeli representatives have not left Egypt after agreeing to lift the blockade on Gaza, according to a senior Israeli official involved in the negotiations. Talks are still continuing over core issues, including if and how the Israeli blockade of the Hamas-controlled territory could be eased without compromising Israeli security, as a 24-hour extension of the temporary ceasefire agreed between the sides on Monday gets underway. The official--who spoke to Channel Two on condition of anonymity--said that no comprehensive agreement for a long-term truce had been made, and that the Israeli delegation had

New Twist in Million-Dollar
Mega-Closet Robbery
ABC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/19/2014 4:36:14 AM     Post Reply
A person who claims to be the man caught on camera ransacking the three-story closet of a Texas socialite says some of the estimated $1 million in items he allegedly stole are fakes. The alleged thief made the claims in a voice-modulated call reportedly made to the Houston Press on Aug. 12, less than two weeks after the burglary at the home of Texas socialite and millionaire Theresa Roemer, according to Press reporter Craig Malisow. “You know, I asked this person, ‘How can they prove that they really were the burglar?’” Malisow told ABC News. The self-proclaimed burglar told Malisow that he

Militias Complicate Situation
On Texas Border
Associated Press, by Christopher Sherman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/19/2014 4:31:58 AM     Post Reply
MISSION, Texas -- On a recent moonlit night, Border Patrol agents began rounding up eight immigrants hiding in and around a canal near the Rio Grande. A state trooper soon arrived to help. Then out of the darkness emerged seven more armed men in fatigues. Agents assumed the camouflaged crew that joined in pulling the immigrants from the canal´s milky green waters was a tactical unit from the Texas Department of Public Safety. Only later did they learn that the men belonged to the Texas Militia, a group that dresses like a SWAT team and carries weapons but has no

NYT Weeps for Gaza
American Thinker, by Leo Rennert    Original Article
Posted By: geo11- 8/19/2014 3:59:30 AM     Post Reply
Spreading from front page to two-thirds of an inside page, the New York Times, in its Aug. 18 edition, goes all out to document the miseries of life in Gaza. Jerusalem bureau chief Jodi Rudoren, reporting from Gaza City, informs readers that “telltale signs of the displaced are everywhere in Gaza”. (“In Torn Gaza, If Roof Stands, It’s Now Home”) And, very diligently, she doesn’t miss any of these signs. In her piece, a lawyer’s office becomes a makeshift home for kids. An Internet café is pre-empted by more than a dozen Gazans who “have set up house in two high-ceiling rooms

Black Racism is Politically Correct
American Thinker, by Kevin Jackson    Original Article
Posted By: geo11- 8/19/2014 3:39:31 AM     Post Reply
I´m amazed at how openly racist black Liberals have become, and how few non-blacks are willing to call them out on it. I was waiting to be interviewed on CNN the other night, and I was listening in advance of my appearance to an interview of a Missouri legislator said to Don Lemmon, [pp] "The way for Ferguson Missouri to improve public relations is to have more black cops." Can you imagine the reaction if a city asked for more white cops? This call for "blackness" as an answer to what´s plaguing the black community is happening a lot, and quite frankly is

  



Ten percent of Venezuelans
are taking steps for emigrating
El Universal [Caracas, Venezuela], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 8/19/2014 3:00:18 AM     Post Reply
One in 10 Venezuelan claims to be seeking information or making arrangements for leaving the country, according to data disclosed by the latest Omnibus survey conducted by research firm Datanálisis. The figure exceeds the numbers pertaining to the highest peaks of emigration from Venezuela in the last decade: after the coup of 2002 and after the presidential recall referendum in 2004. Luis Vicente León, the president of Datanálisis, explains that the survey consists of three basic questions about emigration. First, interviewees are asked if they have a family member who has left the country. Twenty-seven percent of respondents replied affirmatively. This means that

Airstrikes Over Tripoli Kill Six;
Source of Bombing Is Unknown
New York Times, by David D. Kirkpatrick *    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/19/2014 2:49:52 AM     Post Reply
Cairo - Unidentified warplanes on Monday bombed a small arms depot and other locations in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, that are controlled by Islamist-aligned militias, suggesting that a foreign state had intervened in the escalating battle for control of the city. At least six people were killed, The Associated Press reported. The origin of the planes remained a mystery. (Snip) The airstrikes were beyond the capacity of the limited Libyan Air Force, and Libyan authorities said the planes had come from a foreign state. The United States, France, Italy and Egypt all denied responsibility. “The United States was not involved whatsoever in these

Ron Paul: Local police not ´warriors´
Politico, by Jonathan Topaz    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/19/2014 2:31:13 AM     Post Reply
Former Rep. Ron Paul on Monday called for the elimination of the Defense Department program that has transferred billions of dollars in surplus military equipment to local and state agencies. “It should be gotten rid of,” the Texas Republican said on MSNBC of the Pentagon 1033 program, which has come under increased scrutiny because of the equipment used by St. Louis County police forces in Ferguson, Missouri. “Police are supposed to be local people, and they’re supposed to be peace officers,” he added. “They’re not supposed to be warriors.” The former presidential candidate and libertarian favorite said he was “strongly opposed” to

Anderson Cooper Accidentally Tweets
Mindset Of Ferguson Community
Protestors – Why Won’t Police Offer
Just One Cop For A Sacrifice…
Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 8/19/2014 12:46:28 AM     Post Reply
Every once in a while serendipity strikes the background. Check out the cardboard sign carried by a group of protestors being interviewed by Anderson Cooper: (Photo) “You’ve Killed Our Kind 4 Years But Won’t Sacrifice 1 Cop For Justice & To Save A Community & These Businesses” Somebody tell me exactly how you open dialogue with that mindset ?

“Saturday Night Live” Announcer
Don Pardo Dies At 96
BuzzFeed, by Michelle Broder Van Dyke    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/19/2014 12:39:48 AM     Post Reply
Don Pardo, the veteran television and radio announcer, died Monday at 96, his daughter Paula confirmed to CBS Radio. Pardo was best known for his voiceover announcing “It’s Saturday Night Live!” Pardo was born in 1918 in Westfield, Mass., and his career first began in radio in 1938. The announcer was hired by NBC in 1944, and along with Bob Hope and Milton Berle, he was one of only three people ever to be offered lifetime contracts with NBC. While at NBC, he reported on the World War II, and in 1963 he was the first to report to NBC viewers that John F. Kennedy had been assassinated. Pardo started working with Saturday Night Live in

5 charts that show why it
costs nearly a quarter-million
dollars to raise a kid today
Washington Post, by Niraj Chokshi    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/19/2014 12:28:41 AM     Post Reply
Correction: An earlier version of this post mislabeled the second-largest spending category on children. It is childcare and education. It will cost an average middle-income family nearly a quarter-million dollars to raise a child in 2013 to adulthood. Food, housing, childcare, education and other expenses will total $245,340 by the time the child turns 18, the Department of Agriculture estimates in a new report. That is a 1.8 percent increase over the year before. In 2013 alone, the cost of caring for a child ranges from $12,800 to $14,970. The report relies on data from the Labor Department’s Consumer Expenditure Survey,

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