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Secret July Mission To Rescue Foley
And Other Hostages Revealed
Daily Caller, by Rachel Stoltzfoos    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/20/2014 9:25:41 PM     Post Reply
Senior administration officials revealed Wednesday that a special operations team authorized by President Barack Obama made a failed July attempt to rescue James Foley and other journalists held hostage in Syria. The announcement came a day after a video surfaced of The Islamic State (IS) beheading Foley and threatening to kill another journalist if the president doesn’t stop airstrikes in Iraq. (RELATED: ‘Apparent’ That James Foley’s Killer Is A Westerner) The operation ultimately failed, because the hostages were not where U.S. intelligence officials believed they were, officials told The New York Times. About 24 agents from all of the military

Murder on your smartphone - the
terrorists´ most insidious new weapon
Daily Mail [UK], by Stephen Glover    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/20/2014 9:10:22 PM     Post Reply
Don’t watch the unabridged online video of the American journalist James Foley being murdered by an apparently British jihadist. I have seen it - and I wish I hadn’t. The image of this poor, brave man being so cruelly murdered (the actual beheading is not shown) will stay with me. It now lives somewhere in my subconscious. I don’t imagine viewing the shocking moment of his death will lead me to do anything I wouldn’t have done if I hadn’t seen it, but I feel polluted and violated. ncidentally, the BBC is at fault for repeatedly describing what happened as ‘an execution’,

Officer who pointed rifle at Ferguson
protester suspended indefinitely
Chicago Tribune, by James Queally    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/20/2014 9:07:11 PM     Post Reply
A police officer who pointed his assault rifle at a demonstrator in Ferguson, Mo., has been suspended indefinitely, authorities said Wednesday. The unidentified officer from the St. Ann Police Department pointed his weapon after he became involved in an argument Tuesday night with the protester, according to Officer Brian Schellman, a spokesman for the St. Louis County Police Department. Schellman said a supervising officer intervened, ordered the officer to lower his weapon and took him away from the area."The unified command strongly feel these actions are inappropriate, and not indicative of the officers who have worked daily, to keep the

  


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Washington Post apologizes for ´fajita´
headline in Julian Castro article
Houston Chronicle, by Kolten Parker    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/20/2014 9:04:01 PM     Post Reply
SAN ANTONIO - The Washington Post apologized on Wednesday for an "offensive" subhead published in print and online on Tuesday in an article about HUD Secretary Julian Castro that read "We´ll need more fajitas." "Imagine our dismay Tuesday morning when we opened the paper to read a most offensive subhead atop a Loop item about Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro and his staff," wrote Al Kamen, a columnist and co-author of the article, on Wednesday. "The copy editor who wrote it — a brilliant and supremely reliable colleague who had a bad day — was attempting to evoke

ISIS poses nuclear 9/11 threat
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Brent Budowsky    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/20/2014 8:59:44 PM     Post Reply
After the latest grotesque atrocity by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the beheading of an American journalist, American and European policymakers must clearly understand the near certainty that unless it is defeated and destroyed, ISIS will launch a major terror attack on American or European soil. Analysts estimate that ISIS has amassed a cash hoard of between $400 million and $2 billion. It is highly probable that ISIS will attempt to use some of this money to obtain nuclear, chemical, biological or other weapons of mass death on the international black market or from corrupt officials in nations

Ferguson ´day of rage
at White House
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Benjamin Goad    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/20/2014 8:52:17 PM     Post Reply
Protesters are expected to gather Thursday evening at the White House as part of a national “Day of Rage” over the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teen earlier this month in Missouri. The planned rally is among dozens around the nation organized by the group Anonymous, which is demanding the “immediate arrest and prosecution” of officer Darren Wilson. Wilson has been identified as the officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, touching off violent protests in the streets of Ferguson, Mo. “We call upon the citizens of the United States to collectively gather in support for

Mike Carey, longtime NFL
referee, avoided Washington’s
games because of the name
Washington Post, by Mike Wise    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/20/2014 8:46:21 PM     Post Reply
Mike Carey sat quietly by himself in the CBS NFL game-day studio in Manhattan on Monday. As he had for 19 integrity-driven seasons as one of the league’s most highly respected officials, the network’s recently hired rules analyst blended seamlessly into the background, doing what every good official does: Be unobtrusive and let the stars shine. So while Phil Simms, Greg Gumbel, James Brown, Lesley Visser, Deion Sanders and more of CBS’s luminaries answered to a cadre of journalists whether they would use the name of Washington’s NFL team on broadcasts, Carey sat still. No one approached. His secret of

  


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Obamacare tax forms may pose
challenge for enrollees, exchanges
Washington Times, by Tom Howell Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/20/2014 8:39:14 PM     Post Reply
Obamacare customers won’t be able to file their tax returns next year until the government sends them a form detailing their coverage and tax credits, and if those forms are late some taxpayers could face a delay in seeking their refunds. Federal and state officials said they’re working on the forms, known as the 1095A, and vowed to meet the Jan. 31 deadline for issuing them. But some tax professionals are skeptical, citing the administration’s iffy track record on being able to meet other deadlines in the massive health overhaul law. “It really strains credulity to think 1095A is not going to be a big problem,” said George Brandes,

GOP Rep: ISIS, Mexican Drug
Cartels Are ´Talking To Each Other´
Breitbart TV, by Pam Key    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/20/2014 8:39:05 PM     Post Reply
Wednesday on Newsmax TV´s "America´s Forum," Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) was asked if there is any current interaction between ISIS and Mexican drug cartels he said "yes" and added they are "talking to each other." The member of the House Judiciary Committee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security said, "In my opinion, yes there seems to be a talking to each other" He added, "The drug cartels use the same operational plan as terrorist groups do ... They kill their opponents, they behead their opponents, they brag about it and they have operational control of many portions of the southern

Race-based hate crimes spike in
D.C.; whites most common victims,
but underreporting feared
Washington Times, by Andrea Noble    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/20/2014 8:35:06 PM     Post Reply
Race-based hate crimes jumped in Washington, D.C., last year even as most other types of bias crimes decreased, with analysts saying such incidents could be vastly underreported among minority groups uncomfortable coming forward to authorities. D.C. police say that of the 18 race-based hate crimes in 2013, the majority of victims were white and the majority of suspects black. The number of incidents was up from the 13 race-based bias crimes reported in 2012 The disclosure comes as a wave of protests and unrest after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen by a white police officer in Ferguson,

The Ferguson Feeding Frenzy
TownHall, by Michelle Malkin    Original Article
Posted By: Ken M.- 8/20/2014 8:32:40 PM     Post Reply
The most poisonous "-ism" now infecting Ferguson, Missouri, is not virulent racism. It´s viral narcissism. Over the past two weeks, the impoverished St. Louis County suburb has become a magnet for self-absorbed publicity seekers of all colors and agendas. Perhaps the most repulsive species on display in Ferguson is the Journalisto Vanitatis. This breed of egotistical East-Coast reporters can be easily identified by its ever-present appendages: a smartphone and smart glasses. For the J.V., the story is all about "me, me, me!" Huffington Post reporter Ryan Reilly and Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery were among the first and most prominent

  


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A Leading Hamas Commander Just Said
The Group Was Behind June´s
West Bank Kidnappings
Business Insider, by Armin Rosen    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/20/2014 8:31:40 PM     Post Reply
On Wednesday the exiled commander for Hamas´s West Bank operations confirmed his organization´s responsibility for the June murder of three Israeli teens. Speaking with a group of clerics in Turkey organized by Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Al Jazeera Arabic´s popular Doha-based mega-preacher, Turkey-based Saleh Arouri said Hamas´ Al Qassam Brigades were responsible for the murders, which set off a cycle of arrests, reprisals, and escalations that continues over two months later. In a way, Arouri´s admission doesn´t reveal anything that wasn´t already publicly known. In early August, Israeli court documents revealed a man named

Al Jazeera Tells Al Gore to Get Bent
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/20/2014 8:14:14 PM     Post Reply
Al Jazeera America issued a forceful statement Wednesday, dismissing Al Gore’s fraud suit against the purchasers of his TV network and calling the characterization of the conflict overblown. “The lawsuit and statement simultaneously issued by Al Gore’s celebrity trial lawyer were designed to grab headlines with misleading accusations like ‘fraud’ and ‘price discount,’” the Qatari-owned network said. “The truth is that this is an ordinary commercial dispute, of the type that courts decide all the time.” The lawsuit concerns part of the $500 million sale price being held by Al Jazeera in escrow against potential Current creditors. Gore’s suit argues that the

The Media and the Mob
Townhall, by Thomas Sowell    Original Article
Posted By: JoElla Bee- 8/20/2014 7:52:57 PM     Post Reply
Those of us who admit that we were not there, and do not know what happened when Michael Brown was shot by a policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, seem to be in the minority. We all know what has happened since then -- and it has been a complete disgrace by politicians, the media and mobs of rioters and looters. Despite all the people who act as if they know exactly what happened, nevertheless when the full facts come out, that can change everything. This is why we have courts of law, instead of relying on the media or mobs. But

Why trouble with the law marks the
end for some politicians, but not others
Washington Post, by Sean Sullivan    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/20/2014 7:08:01 PM     Post Reply
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has been going on August ice cream runs, speaking with reporters and getting ready to schmooze with conservative activists in New Hampshire this weekend. Oh, and he also got booked on two felony counts. Five days after a grand jury indicted him, Perry is going about business as usual -- and his stock in the Republican Party has seemingly risen. Early signs suggest that Perry´s political career won´t be sunk by simultaneous campaign and courtroom tracks as he weighs another presidential bid -- that, in fact, the dual process might actually give his primary season prospects a boost. Unless, of course, he was actually

  


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More People Going to Switzerland
for Assisted Suicide, Study Finds
New York Times, by Pam Belluck    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/20/2014 7:00:43 PM     Post Reply
Switzerland has long had a permissive law on assisted suicide, and a new study has found an increase in the number of people from other countries traveling to Switzerland to end their lives under the auspices of right-to-die organizations. The study, published in The Journal of Medical Ethics, looked at assisted suicides in Zurich, where Dignitas, the most prominent right-to-die organization, is based. The researchers found that 611 people from 31 countries had committed assisted suicide from 2008 to 2012. Since 2009, the number of those arriving from other countries for help with suicide has increased steadily, to 172 in 2012.

Game Over. Play again?
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/20/2014 6:56:54 PM     Post Reply
Liz Peek at the Fiscal Times explains why the Republicans might fail to get voters interested in repealing Obamacare, despite its unpopularity. (Snip) Thus, anyone who tries to focus on a particular Obama administration issue will find that it won’t stay put. It’s like being blasted by a Clamore mine. Once you get past counting the 50th wound, you can’t remember where the first one was. Thus, the opponents of Obamacare would be best advised to forget focusing their fire on any individual problem and focus instead on Obama. He’s the common factor in all the dozens and hundreds of

AG Holder Meeting With
Michael Brown´s Parents
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/20/2014 6:49:52 PM     Post Reply
St. Louis - U.S. Attorney General is meeting with the parents of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old fatally shot by a police officer. Holder was meeting with them Wednesday evening in the U.S. attorney’s office in downtown St. Louis. He also planned to meet with Missouri’s congressional delegation. The attorney general flew to Missouri Wednesday morning and made several visits around the area, including to a community college and a restaurant in Ferguson near where Brown was shot on Aug. 9. Holder has pledged experience federal officials will independently investigate whether there were any civil rights violations connected to Brown’s death.

Officials: US Rescue
Mission in Syria Failed
Associated Press, by Julie Pace    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/20/2014 6:43:10 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama sent U.S. troops to Syria earlier this summer to rescue a number of Americans held by a violent extremist group, including slain journalist James Foley, but did not find the hostages, senior Obama administration officials said Wednesday. The officials said the rescue mission was authorized after intelligence agencies believed they had identified the location inside Syria where the hostages were being held. But the several dozen special operations troops who were dropped by aircraft into Syria did not find them engaged in a firefight with Islamic State militants before departing. The officials said a number of militants but no

Jihadists sent Foley’s boss an email
‘full of rage’ a week before killing
New York Post, by Sophia Rosenbaum    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/20/2014 6:41:09 PM     Post Reply
The jihadists who savagely took the life of an American journalist sent his employer an e-mail a week earlier threatening the execution. “We received an email from the captors on Wednesday night of last week stating their intention to execute Jim,” Philip Balboni, the founder of the online news service site Global Post, told WCVB Boston. “The email was full of rage.” The White House knew about the threat against Foley’s life and did not engage in negotiations with the terrorists, Balbonio said. Balboni said he had been working behind the scenes since James Foley’s capture in 2012 to try to free him, spending millions of dollars in

  



Meet the Radical DOJ Unit
Investigating Ferguson Shooting
PJ Media, by J. Christian Adams    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/20/2014 6:37:10 PM     Post Reply
PJ Media has been covering the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division for years. This is the unit that will be investigating the shooting in Ferguson and deciding whether to charge the police officer with civil rights crimes. PJ Media had to sue Eric Holder to obtain the resumes of the lawyers he hired to populate this unit. No wonder. The “Every Single One” series at PJ Media revealed that all of Holder’s attorney hires were leftists, some even with a history of anti-police activities. Read the detailed biographies of the lawyers here. Why does it matter that the

James Foley´s former boss claims
the White House knew where the
journalist was being held but that
his captors showed him ´no mercy´
Daily Mail (UK), by James Nye    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/20/2014 6:35:01 PM     Post Reply
The White House was aware of James Foley´s location before his death claims the murdered journalist´s former boss, who says he hired an international security firm to locate the kidnapped reporter. GlobalPost CEO, Philip Balboni, said today that his organization knew of Foley´s whereabouts in Syria and said it was safe to assume the US government knew of it too. The media executive also said Secretary of State John Kerry had been personally involved at some level of the search or negotiations for Foley´s return, but refused to go into details. In a press conference, Balboni revealed he had personally

Eric Holder Discusses Being
Stopped by Police in Georgetown,
on Jersey Turnpike
Wall Street Journal, by Reid J. Epstein    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/20/2014 6:33:41 PM     Post Reply
Attorney General Eric Holder, the first African American to serve as the country’s top law-enforcement official, commented on his personal experiences with police, in remarks at St. Louis Community College. Mr. Holder traveled to Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday in an attempt to assure residents that the Justice Department was thoroughly investigating the shooting of Michael Brown, which set off more than a week of protests and confrontations with police. Below are excerpts from Mr. Holder’s remarks, as provided by the Justice Department. “We have seen a great deal of progress over the years. But we also see problems and these problems stem

Mitch McConnell promising more
showdowns and shutdowns if
GOP wins the Senate
Christian Science Monitor, by Doug Mataconis    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/20/2014 6:32:05 PM     Post Reply
If there’s one thing that has epitomized the relationship between the White House and the Republican-controlled House over the past three and a half years, it has been the extent to which showdown politics has become a regular part of governing in Washington. Less than six months after the GOP took control of the lower chamber of Congress, Washington was gripped by a showdown over the budget and the extension of the debt ceiling that lasted right up until the last minute and resulted in a deal that nobody really liked, but which supposedly would never really be implemented because of the “super committee” that would solve all our

Fallen Journalist James Foley
Wrote on the Power of Prayer
Newsbusters, by Tim Graham    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/20/2014 6:26:41 PM     Post Reply
MRC president Brent Bozell sent us an article today and insisted "If you haven´t read this piece, I recommend you do so." It’s a letter James Foley, the freelance American journalist abducted in Syria and beheaded by ISIS, to his alma mater Marquette University back in 2011 when he was captured in Tripoli, Libya. He was released after 45 days due in part to a campaign by his Marquette friends. It´s a testament to how his faith and his prayers (like the Rosary) helped Foley get through that trying time: One night, 18 days into our captivity, some guards brought

James Foley Punished for Suspected
Escape Plans, Fellow Hostage Says
ABC News, by Rym Momtaz & Brian Ross    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/20/2014 6:19:28 PM     Post Reply
Before the murder of American James Foley was captured on video and posted online recently, the journalist once suffered “brutal punishment” because his captors believed he was planning to escape, a former fellow hostage told ABC News. “James was a bit punished for a presumed attempt to escape, but it had no real chance,” French freelance reporter Nicolas Henin told ABC News, after saying he once attempted to escape himself but was caught after wandering in the Syrian countryside for a few hours. Henin said Foley was met with “brutal punishment” inspired both by his captor’s suspicions and, as Henin put it, “the American war

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