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´We will oppose ISIS with every breath
in our body´: Foreign Secretary says
terrorist who beheaded US journalist IS
British and troops could be sent to*
Daily Mail [UK], by Tom McTague    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/20/2014 7:50:41 AM     Post Reply
David Cameron this morning broke off his holiday to return to Downing Street, following the brutal execution of an American journalist by an Islamic State jihadist thought to be British. The Prime Minister will hold meetings today over the ´shocking and depraved´ execution of photographer James Foley. The dramatic development came after the Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the Islamic State was waging war on Britain and the West and the organisation had to be dealt with ´on that basis´. [Snip] Mr Hammond said the UK would oppose the Islamic State ´with every breath in our body´ and could send

Global Warming has Temporarily
´Paused´ due to Climate Fluctuations
and Weaker Solar Irradiance
International Business Times, by Jayalakshmi K    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/20/2014 7:37:47 AM     Post Reply
Global warming has been temporarily ´paused´ according to a group of scientists, who attribute this interlude to climate fluctuations and a more restrained sun. Researchers at ETH Zurich have explained the two reasons behind the warming hiatus in their study published in the latest issue of the journal Nature Geoscience. The first is that global temperatures, which rose significantly in the 1990s, have only risen very slightly since 1998 - which has been used by sceptics to question climate change and the models used to measure it. However, climate fluctuations such as El Niño and its counter-phenomenon La Niña have

Government to Farmers: Host Same-
Sex Wedding or Pay a $13,000 Fine
Daily Signal, by Leslie Ford & Ryan T. Anderson    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 8/20/2014 7:28:51 AM     Post Reply
Should the government be able to coerce a family farm into hosting a same-sex wedding? In a free society, the answer is no. (Snip) Government shouldn’t be able to fine citizens for acting in the market according to their own—rather than the government’s—values, unless there is a compelling government interest being pursued in the least restrictive way possible. But the New York State Division of Human Rights doesn’t see things this way. On August 8, it fined Cynthia and Robert Gifford $13,000 for acting on their belief that marriage is the union of a man and woman

  


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Patient at Sacramento
hospital may have Ebola
Daily Mail [UK], by Zoe Szathmary    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/20/2014 6:54:05 AM     Post Reply
A Sacramento hospital announced Tuesday that one of its patients may have Ebola. Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center said in a release the patient is isolated. The hospital´s Dr. Stephen Parodi said in the release ´We are working with the Sacramento County Division of Public Health regarding a patient admitted to the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be testing blood samples to rule out the presence of the virus. ´In order to order to protect our patients, staff and physicians, even though

´He deserves to die like bin Laden´:
Israel defends air strike that killed
Hamas leader´s wife and baby son
as militant group warns: ´You´ve opened*
Daily Mail [UK], by Simon Tomlinson, Lucy Crossley    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/20/2014 6:37:18 AM     Post Reply
Israel today justified air strikes on Gaza that killed the wife and baby son of Hamas military leader Mohammed Deif by saying he was a legitimate terror target ´just like Osama bin Laden.´ Hamas earlier accused Israel of breaking the latest ceasefire with a barrage of rockets that also killed 11 other Palestinians, saying it had opened ´a gateway to hell´. The militant group fired rockets at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem which caused no casualties but demonstrated the Islamist movement could still bring the Gaza war to Israel´s heartland despite heavy bombardments in the five-week conflict. Israel responded by accusing Hamas of

Dan Sullivan wins GOP U.S.
Senate primary in Alaska
Associated Press, by Becky Bohrer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/20/2014 6:27:36 AM     Post Reply
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A tea party attempt to overcome a mainstream Republican came up short in Alaska as former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan won the GOP primary to become his party’s candidate to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in the fall. Sullivan entered the primary the presumed front-runner, with the backing of national GOP powerbrokers and a huge cash advantage over his rivals. Sullivan on Tuesday night bested tea party favorite Joe Miller, who made a late push reminiscent to his 2010 primary upset of U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, meanwhile, was third. He conceded

Mother of American Journalist
Beheaded by Islamic State:
´We Have Never Been Prouder´
Breitbart Big Peace, by Frances Martel    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/20/2014 6:22:06 AM     Post Reply
American journalist James Wright Foley, believed to have been abducted in Syria in 2012, became the subject of a harrowing propaganda video released Tuesday in which Islamic State jihadists beheaded him to "send a message" to the United States. In a public statement on Facebook, Foley´s mother, Diane Foley, honors her son and requests privacy for her family at this time. "We have never been prouder of our son Jim," writes Foley, noting, "he gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people." Foley calls for the Islamic State terrorists to show mercy upon

  


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The Meltdown
Commentary Magazine, by Bret Stephens    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 8/20/2014 6:20:25 AM     Post Reply
In July, after Germany trounced Brazil 7–1 in the semifinal match of the World Cup—including a first-half stretch in which the Brazilian soccer squad gave up an astonishing five goals in 19 minutes—a sports commentator wrote: “This was not a team losing. It was a dream dying.” These words could equally describe what has become of Barack Obama’s foreign policy since his second inauguration. The president, according to the infatuated view of his political aides and media flatterers, was supposed to be playing o jogo bonito, the beautiful game—ending wars, pressing resets, pursuing pivots, and restoring America’s good name abroad.

The 35.4 Percent: 109,631,000 on Welfare
Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/20/2014 6:16:40 AM     Post Reply
109,631,000 Americans lived in households that received benefits from one or more federally funded "means-tested programs" — also known as welfare — as of the fourth quarter of 2012, according to data released Tuesday by the Census Bureau. The Census Bureau has not yet reported how many were on welfare in 2013 or the first two quarters of 2014. But the 109,631,000 living in households taking federal welfare benefits as of the end of 2012, according to the Census Bureau, equaled 35.4 percent of all 309,467,000 people living in the United States at that time. When those receiving benefits from non-means-tested

Obama´s Rage
American Thinker, by Deborah C. Tyler    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/20/2014 6:08:18 AM     Post Reply
In September 2001 my daughter was a graduate student at Harvard. On the 11thday of that month, she spent some time sitting on a bench on campus, holding hands with one of her professors, while the two of them wept. Like many of her professors, this man was a renowned scholar. But unlike most, he came from a tough neighborhood in the Bronx. When phone service was restored to the West Coast, my daughter called. She said, “Mom, I´m so glad I was with my professor, because the people here at Harvard, they don´t get it. It´s like it wasn´t

James Foley´s murder should only stiffen
our resolve to destroy the Islamic State
Telegraph [UK], by Shashank Joshi    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/20/2014 6:04:51 AM     Post Reply
There is something disturbing about the fact that the murder of a single Westerner should elicit greater shock and garner more attention than the torture and killing of hundreds upon hundreds of Syrians and Iraqis stretching back years, but if this is what it takes to bring home the sadism and cruelty of the so-called caliphate, so be it. I did not watch the Islamic State’s propaganda snuff movie of James Foley’s murder (the word “execution” is utterly misplaced), and it should not be screened, circulated, or given undue publicity, but the audio clips convey one of it’s most chilling

  


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The Rise of Progressive Oligarchy
The Federalist, by David Corbin & Matt Parks    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/20/2014 5:14:03 AM     Post Reply
In what might have appeared to be a minor political event a few weeks back, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called congressman Tom Marino (R-PA) “insignificant” and “inconsequential” in a debate on the House floor. Why would the former House Speaker insult a colleague in such a manner? She didn’t count her way to this assessment; Democrats do not hold a majority of the House. Nor did she reason her way to this position, as there was nothing in Rep. Marino’s argument on the immigration issue that raised empirical red flags. Perhaps it was a momentary lapse in judgment in the midst of

Permanent Record: How Arrests Stick
With Tens of Millions of Americans
Wall Street Journal, by Gary Fields    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/20/2014 5:09:05 AM     Post Reply
The federal government is holding the records of 77.7 million people in its master criminal records file. That is one record for about every three U.S. adults. Our page one story today looks at the often lifelong consequences of these arrest records, even for minor offenses or for charges that were thrown out. Here is a rundown. HOW DO YOU GET THERE? All the local, state and federal law enforcement agencies with arrest authority submit fingerprints to the system. What is considered serious enough to be included in the file depends on the arresting agencies laws and ordinances. Some agencies send only

Mo´Ne Davis Lands
Sports Illustrated Cover
Atlantic Wire, by David Ludwig    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/20/2014 5:05:48 AM     Post Reply
Next up for 13-year old pitching wizard Mo´ne Davis? The cover of Sports Illustrated. On Friday, Davis became the first girl to throw a shutout in the Little League World Series when she led her Philadelphia Taney Dragons to a 4-0 win over Nashville. Today she has become the first Little Leaguer (of either gender) to grace SI´s cover. Albert Chen summed up the national fascination with Davis in his cover article. She´s a lot of things to a lot of different people, all of them good things: a totem for inner-city baseball, a role model for your 10-year-old niece,

Does it take more water to frack an
oil well or keep a golf course green?
Washington Examiner [DC], by Mark Tapscott    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/20/2014 5:02:34 AM     Post Reply
Quick question: Which uses more water, growing vegetables or hydraulic fracturing — i.e. fracking — to produce oil and natural gas? Ask that question of folks who work for the energy industry and odds are good they will quickly tell you agriculture consumes far more water than fracking. Ask that same question to activists trying to stop fracking and odds are good they will just as quickly respond with claims that fracking uses so much water that it threatens ground supplies. The right answer, according to a recent study done for the Western Energy Alliance, found that fracking in states

  


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Best of facts-free reporting
hands-down...I mean up
Boston Herald, by Howie Carr    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/20/2014 4:55:02 AM     Post Reply
I began to lose interest in Ferguson, Mo., when it was first reported that the late Michael Brown was an “aspiring rapper.” Hadn’t heard that one yet? It was in the LA Times, under the headline: “Michael Brown’s raps: Money, sex, drugs — and a vulnerable side.” Of course he had to have a vulnerable side. That’s why he was known as “the Gentle Giant.” He didn’t look terribly gentle in that closed-circuit video, shoving the owner of the Ferguson Market when he was stealing the box of Swisher Sweets just before he got shot. But the demonstrators could see right through that

Why is Obama disconnected, directionless?
CNBC, by Ben White    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/20/2014 4:52:15 AM     Post Reply
Foreign policy successes have been rare for the current White House so it was surprising this week to see President Barack Obama take something of a victory lap over the apparent success of efforts to beat back Islamic radical advances in Iraq. But it certainly made sense for the president to take satisfaction where he could because beyond that small victory, Obama´s presidency seems disconnected and directionless. Obama made his remarks on Iraq during a brief break from his Martha´s Vineyard vacation. But instead of looking rested, the president appeared fatigued and frustrated, particularly over the continued clashes between police and

A Carter gay-rights ‘secret’ in Georgia
Washington Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/20/2014 4:49:30 AM     Post Reply
Jason Carter wants to follow in his famous grandfather’s footsteps. Mr. Carter, a Democrat, is running for governor of Georgia, a position Jimmy Carter held for a term before moving on to the White House. Jason Carter is willing to say pretty much whatever it takes to win. When someone asks his opinions on homosexual demands, he dodges, weaves and deflects, eager not to offend religiously conservative Georgia. But his gay supporters are saying it for him. Georgia remains committed to traditional marriage. The left-leaning Public Policy Polling discovered last year that 6 of 10 Georgia voters want to keep

Neither Just Nor Peaceful
American Spectator, by George Neumayr    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/20/2014 4:42:47 AM     Post Reply
"No justice, no peace,” scream protesters in Ferguson, Missouri. Implicit in this menacing chant is that the rioting on display there for over a week has been justified. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, among other hucksters, disclaim the violence, even as they stoke it with reckless rhetoric. They aren’t interested in peace but power. Were they truly opposed to the violence, they wouldn’t coin chants that condone it. “We’re not looters. We’re liberators,” says Sharpton. Liberating society from what? The rule of law? His view of justice is that the law be permanently suspended for the racially aggrieved. A police department

Sullivan leading in Alaska GOP primary
USA Today, by Susan Davis    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/20/2014 4:35:35 AM     Post Reply
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The final contested Senate GOP primary of 2014 came to a close Tuesday, with Dan Sullivan leading with more than two-thirds of the ballots counted. The winner will take on Democratic Sen. Mark Begich in one of the 10 top competitive races that will determine control of the U.S. Senate next year. Begich faced only token opposition in the Democratic primary, and was declared the winner shortly after polls closed. The GOP nomination battle followed a familiar political narrative this year, pitting establishment and Tea Party Republicans against each other in a race heavily influenced by outside forces and

  



The Kochs´ plan to beat Harry Reid
Politico, by Kenneth P. Vogel & Burgess Everett    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/20/2014 4:33:56 AM     Post Reply
LAS VEGAS — Harry Reid’s reelection is more than two years off, but the Koch brothers’ political machine is already methodically laying the groundwork that will be used to try to take him out. The efforts in recent months have been largely subterranean, but they are unmistakable. A handful of nonprofit groups in the vast political network helmed by allies of the conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch have established or expanded permanent ground operations in Reid’s backyard. Focused on wooing key demographics like Latinos and veterans, they’ve also paid for ads assailing the Senate Democratic leader. Reid, meanwhile, is ramping up

Nobody wants to smell like
Justin Bieber or Taylor Swift
New York Post, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/20/2014 4:30:06 AM     Post Reply
No one wants to smell like Eau de Brat. Perfume giant Elizabeth Arden blamed pop singers Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift for stinking up financial results in the latest quarter. Arden’s stock tanked nearly 25 percent on Tuesday after the company cited a worse-than-expected slide in its celebrity fragrance business — namely, two of its biggest stars. “The decline in sales of celebrity fragrances, particularly the Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift fragrances, was steeper than anticipated,” the company said in a statement. Sales for the quarter ended June 30 fell 28.4 percent from last year to $191.7 million after it introduced fewer new fragrances

Several Perry Grand Jurors Broke the Law to
Explain Why They Think Perry Broke the Law
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/20/2014 4:26:00 AM     Post Reply
By Texas law, grand jurors are not supposed to talk to the media about their cases. That did not stop several of the Gov. Perry grand jurors from breaking the law, specifically, talking to the Houston Chronicle. The jury, which met weekly for four months, “really tried to keep an open mind and come to a fair decision given all the testimony that we heard,” said Janna Bessin, one of the 12 Travis County residents appointed to serve on the grand jury. “It’s too bad,” Bessin said, calling the criticism unfair. “But I guess that his side’s job – to really spin it.” The

The Grossly Exaggerated
Militarization-of-Police
Critique of Ferguson
National Review Online, by Rich Lowry    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/20/2014 4:21:05 AM     Post Reply
It was ridiculous and wrong for police snipers to train their weapons on peaceful protestors in Ferguson. But, when you get right down to it, the militarization of police has had basically nothing to do with events there, even though the Left and parts of the Right have wanted to make that the main issue. When Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown, the officer was presumably wearing a typical police uniform and driving a typical police car. He either acted in entirely justifiable self-defense, made a catastrophic misjudgment after an altercation, or (in the extreme version of the protestors) shot Brown

How the West produces jihadi tourists
The Week, by Michael Brendan Dougherty    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/20/2014 4:17:16 AM     Post Reply
"I´ve read of our heroes, and I wanted the same, To play out my part in the patriot game." —Dominic Behan Nine hundred years ago, Europe sent men to the Middle East to protect Christians there and put control of their faith´s holy sites in the hands of Latin Christians. It even led to the reunion of Maronite Christians with the pope. Today, Europe sends young Muslims to the Middle East to destroy Christian churches and holy sites and to impose sharia law. America sends them too. It leads to Middle Eastern Christians fleeing in terror and crying out to the pope

Reid downplays reported Obama snub,
says they talked and ´everything is fine´
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/20/2014 4:14:27 AM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he spoke Tuesday with President Obama and "everything is fine" following a newspaper report describing him as feeling snubbed during a recent White House meeting. The Nevada Democrat said he had a long conversation with Obama. He did not refute Monday´s story in The New York Times that begins with an account of an Oval Office meeting in which the president apparently cut off Reid when he tried to complain about Senate Republicans blocking presidential nominations. However, Reid, the Senate’s top Democrat, downplayed the significance of the story, the larger narrative of which was that Democrats

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