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´A Very Good Night´ in
Ferguson as Peace Preserved
ABC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/21/2014 4:45:14 AM     Post Reply
Peaceful protests and community activism replaced violent clashes in the streets of Ferguson, Mo. overnight, with only six arrests reported, police said. Unrest has ruled in the St. Louis suburb since the Aug. 9 police shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown. Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, speaking at an early-morning news conference, said tonight’s protesters remained mostly orderly, showing a marked improvement over the previous night, when 47 people were arrested. “Tonight was a very good night,” Johnson said.

Israeli Airstrike Kills 3
Senior Hamas Leaders
Associated Press, by Ibrahim Barzak    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/21/2014 4:42:47 AM     Post Reply
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- An Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed three senior commanders of the Hamas military wing on Thursday, the group said, in what is likely to be a major blow to the organization´s morale and a significant achievement for Israel´s intelligence agency. The pre-dawn strike leveled a four-story house in the southern town of Rafah, killing six people, including the three senior military commanders, identified by Hamas as Mohammed Abu Shamaleh, Raed Attar and Mohammed Barhoum. Israel said Abu Shamaleh had been the top Hamas commander in southern Gaza, overseeing fighters there during the current war. Attar was in

As US Airstrikes in Iraq Grow,
Details Stay Thin
Associated Press, by Robert Burns    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/21/2014 3:50:55 AM     Post Reply
America has returned to war, of a sort, in Iraq with airstrikes that have intensified in recent days against Islamic State militants. But details about the execution of this limited campaign, which so far includes no reported U.S. ground combat, are thin. Some questions and answers about the mission, which began Aug. 8: Q. What U.S. forces are involved? A. The specifics are hard to pin down in part because, as in any U.S. overseas conflict, many of the contributors work behind the scenes, sometimes in secret. We do know that the U.S. has about 750 military personnel in Iraq,

  


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Eric Holder: ´I Am the Attorney
General... but I´m Also a Black Man´
Breitbart Big Government, by Warner Todd Huston    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/21/2014 3:37:46 AM     Post Reply
When U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to investigate the controversial shooting incident between a city policeman and a black teen, he said he was both the highest law officer of the nation "and a black man." He further claimed he was himself a victim of racial harassment by law enforcement. In remarks made at a meeting of members of the Ferguson community, Holder stirred some racial strife of his own claiming that, even as he is Attorney General, he was once also a victim. "I can remember being stopped on the New Jersey turnpike on two

Nonwhite cop kills unarmed white youth,
national media, AG and POTUS ignore
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: geo11- 8/21/2014 3:28:08 AM     Post Reply
A brutal natural experiment is underway demonstrating the role of race, riots, and radicals in determining whose death is noted, and whose ignored in racialized America when unarmed young men are shot and killed by police. While American and world media, along with the President and Attorney General of the United States, obsess over the death of Michael Brown at the hands of the Ferguson, Missouri police, few people outside of Utah have heard of the remarkably parallel and contemporaneous death of Dillon Taylor, an unarmed young man (and father-to-be) from a gun shot by a Salt Lake City policeman,

First-Term Congressman Aims to
Topple Pryor Dynasty in Arkansas
PJ Media, by Alan Goforth    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/21/2014 3:22:07 AM     Post Reply
Arkansas has had its share of political dynasties, first and foremost the Clintons. The Pryor family may run a close second. David Pryor was a Democratic fixture in the state, serving in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate, and as governor. His son, Mark Pryor, now holds the Senate seat he vacated in 1997 and is seeking a third term. Are Arkansans finally getting Pryor fatigue and ready for a fresh face? If so, few Senate candidates nationwide may be more attractive than Republican challenger Tom Cotton. “Roll Call just came out with an article that rated Pryor as the

ISIS Pressed for Ransom
Before Killing Journalist
New York Times, by Rukmini Callimachi    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/21/2014 3:13:56 AM     Post Reply
Kneeling in the dirt in a desert somewhere in the Middle East, James Foley lost his life this week at the hands of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Before pulling out the knife used to decapitate him, his masked executioner explained that he was killing the 40-year-old American journalist in retaliation for the recent United States’ airstrikes against the terror group in Iraq. In fact, until recently, ISIS had a very different list of demands for Mr. Foley: The group pressed the United States to provide a multimillion-dollar ransom for his release, according to a representative of his

  


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Thailand coup general Prayuth
Chan-ocha named prime minister
BBC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/21/2014 12:03:34 AM     Post Reply
Thailand´s junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha has been named the new prime minister of the southeast Asian nation. Gen Prayuth, 60, was nominated on Thursday in a legislature hand-picked by the junta and made up of mostly military and police figures. The general was the head of the army when he led a dramatic coup in May. It followed months of intense political deadlock between Yingluck Shinawatra´s government and opposition parties that resulted in protests and clashes.

Bank of America agrees
to nearly $17B settlement
USA Today, by Kevin McCoy & Kevin Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/20/2014 11:58:13 PM     Post Reply
Bank of America has agreed to pay nearly $17 billion to settle federal and state allegations it sold risky, mortgage-backed securities to investors before the national financial crisis, a person familiar with the matter said Wednesday. The settlement, the largest in history between the federal government and a single company, is expected to be unveiled as soon as Thursday, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity in advance of the official announcement. The tentative deal is expected to include billions to the Department of Justice and several states, with billions more going to reduce mortgage payments for struggling homeowners

Co-founder of ice bucket challenge
dies in diving accident after
raising $100,000 for ALS
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/20/2014 11:49:58 PM     Post Reply
Corey Griffin, 27, died in a diving accident hours after raising $100,000 for ALS, The Boston Globe reported. Griffin was friends with former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates, who inspired friends and family to launch the ice bucket challenge to raise awareness and funds for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Frates, 29, was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease in 2012. "He threw himself behind a lot of causes. Way more so than anyone, you know, of our generation. And just put his heart and soul behind these things. He did it for Boston Children´s Hospital. He has been doing it more recently for ALS,"

Oklahoma Archbishop files
lawsuit to stop "Black Mass"
Fox News, Oklahoma City, by Jay Dillon    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/20/2014 11:03:52 PM     Post Reply
The Archbishop in Oklahoma City has filed a lawsuit to halt the "desecration of a stolen Eucharistic host" during the planned "Black Mass" at a theater at Oklahoma City´s Civic Center Music Hall. Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul Coakley filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Oklahoma County saying the consecrated Host was obtained illicitly from a Catholic church and will be "desecrated in the vilest ways imaginable as an offering in sacrifice to Satan." Click here to read the lawsuit filed in court. Coakley has spoken against the "Black Mass" since early July, calling it "a direct perversion of Catholic worship". Civic

  


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Team Obama reveals that
it tried to rescue Foley
Power Line, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/20/2014 10:56:20 PM     Post Reply
When it comes to combatting ISIS, the Obama administration has precious few successes to talk about. So today it touted a failure: U.S. Special Operations forces staged an unsuccessful operation this summer to rescue photojournalist James Foley and other Americans being held in Syria by Islamic State militants, according to senior Obama administration officials. The attempt, involving several dozen U.S. commandos, one of whom was injured in a fierce firefight with the militants, was the first known U.S. ground operation in Syria since the country’s descent into civil war. It came after at least six European hostages freed by the

Americans brace for new
wave of Islamic State terror
Washington Times, by Rowan Scarborough    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/20/2014 10:49:50 PM     Post Reply
The vicious Islamic State group now is vowing to broaden its war campaign to include killing Americans wherever and whenever it can. Tuesday’s horrific videotaped beheading of American photojournalist James Foley was packaged with a new Islamic State posting on social media threatening the United States: “We will drown all of you in blood.” A visibly angered President Obama gave a stern reply Wednesday afternoon, saying in a televised address that the U.S. and its allies will work together to “extract this cancer” that is the Islamic State. “ISIL speaks for no religion. Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no

The Islamic State’s campaign
of terror will take more
than words to stop
Washington Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/20/2014 10:47:01 PM     Post Reply
WITH EACH day, the barbarism of the Islamist extremists terrorizing Syria and Iraq becomes more evident — as does the need for the United States and its allies to act more vigorously to block their rise. On Tuesday the group that calls itself the Islamic State released a video of the beheading of American journalist James Foley . Mr. Foley, as President Obama said Wednesday, “reported from difficult and dangerous places. .?.?. [He] courageously told the stories of his fellow human beings.” One reason there has been so little outcry as more than 150,000 Syrians have been killed and millions

U.S. staged secret operation
into Syria in failed bid
to rescue Americans
Washington Post, by Adam Goldman and Karen DeYoung    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/20/2014 10:44:43 PM     Post Reply
U.S. Special Operations forces staged an unsuccessful operation this summer to rescue photojournalist James Foley and other Americans being held in Syria by Islamic State militants, according to senior Obama administration officials. The attempt, involving several dozen U.S. commandos, one of whom was injured in a fierce firefight with the militants, was the first known U.S. ground operation in Syria since the country’s descent into civil war. It came after at least six European hostages freed by the militants last spring had been debriefed by U.S. intelligence. “The president authorized earlier this summer an operation to attempt the rescue of

  


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School police cleared to carry
AR-15s in Compton, California
Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/20/2014 10:11:29 PM     Post Reply
As critics question the militarization of police in light of ongoing unrest in St. Louis, some California residents are expressing similar concerns over a new measure that allows Compton school officers to carry AR-15 rifles. (Snip) “This is our objective — save lives, bottom line,” Compton Unified Police Chief William Wu told the board, arguing that assault-style rifles are more deadly and more accurate. “Handguns you’d be lucky to hit accurately at 25 yards,” Chief Wu said, the station reported. “With a rifle in the hands of a trained person, you can go 50, 100 yards, accurately.” School officers would have pass an internal selection process

Surprise! Perry Grand Juror Is Also
a Partisan Democrat Activist
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/20/2014 9:54:42 PM     Post Reply
Tuesday night the Houston Chronicle published a story about the grand jury that indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Those grand jurors who spoke with the Chronicle broke the law to do so, and they knew that they were breaking the law. They claimed that they were speaking to the newspaper to counter Gov. Perry’s “spin” on the case. That’s not the job of a grand jury, by the way. One of them is a woman named Rho Chalmers. Chalmers tried to get around her lawbreaking by attempting to build this wall of implausible deniability. Rho Chalmers, who name matches that

The Obama tee party
Washington Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/20/2014 9:47:05 PM     Post Reply
Trouble in the St. Louis suburbs has rescued President Obama’s vacation. He can play all 18 holes at the country club now, safe in the knowledge that he’s distracting voters from all the scandals, mismanagement and foreign and domestic policies that are the legacy of his administration. A midlevel bureaucrat at Russia’s Foreign Ministry mocks the United States for the “burning internal problems” in Ferguson, Mo. The barbarians of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, sometimes called the Islamic State and usually known as ISIS, behead an American journalist, a believing Christian named James Foley, and continue to

O’Reilly Returns From Vacation to
Rail Against Ferguson News Coverage
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/20/2014 9:26:24 PM     Post Reply
Bill O’Reilly returned from vacation early to deliver one of his most livid commentaries ever. At the top of his “talking points memo” segment, O’Reilly slammed Rev. Al Sharpton for what he said was Sharpton’s “garbage” rallies in Ferguson, MO., where the MSNBC host said he “had enough” of white cops shooting black men. “Al Sharpton has the nerve to insult the American police community,” O’Reilly said, “men and women risking their lives to protect us. This charlatan has the gall to do that and NBC News is paying him. My god, why is that acceptable?” O’Reilly also lashed out

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

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

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