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Palin goes 0 for 2 in Alaska as
clout disappears nationally
McClatchy Newspapers, by Sean Cockerham    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/21/2014 5:52:32 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Sarah Palin has lost the magic. The defeat of her choice Tuesday in a Republican Senate primary in her home state of Alaska capped a primary season in which her favored candidates have stumbled across the nation. A referendum to restore Palin’s signature achievement from her time as Alaska governor, a state tax on oil companies, was also headed toward defeat following Tuesday’s voting, dealing a double whammy loss to Palin in her home state and highlighting her declining influence. Only four of the 15 congressional candidates endorsed by Palin nationwide this year have won their primaries, a far worse

Narcissist Obama Lectures ISIS
Jihadists on True Meaning of Islam
Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/21/2014 5:50:05 AM     Post Reply
Narcissist President Barack Obama lectured ISIS today on how to practice their religion of Islam. Obama says ISIS speaks for no religion. He obviously doesn’t follow their tweets. From the White House website: Jim Foley’s life stands in stark contrast to his killers. Let’s be clear about ISIL. They have rampaged across cities and villages — killing innocent, unarmed civilians in cowardly acts of violence. They abduct women and children, and subject them to torture and rape and slavery. They have murdered Muslims — both Sunni and Shia — by the thousands. They target Christians and religious minorities, driving them from their

Media Magnet: What if we just
pulled the plug on Ferguson?
Fox News, by Howard Kurtz    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/21/2014 5:47:25 AM     Post Reply
This is what journalists have been saying privately about the violence in Ferguson: What if we all just went home? What if we turned off the cameras? Would the protestors disappear—especially all the out-of-town agitators who have descended on the Missouri town just to make trouble? The answer is, probably, yes—and yet that can’t and won’t happen. I’m not suggesting for a second that the killing of Michael Brown and the eruption of anger and violence in Ferguson isn’t a hugely important story. But we all know how the massive media machine, once it clanks into action, changes the very thing on which

  


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What Do the 2,400 People Who
Work for the IMF Actually Do?
Wall Street Journal, by David Wessel    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/21/2014 5:37:14 AM     Post Reply
Let’s face it. This is a question that most people have never asked, but sometimes the best reads are answers to questions you never thought to ask. Liaquat Ahamed, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lords of Finance, answers this question with style and insight in a new book, On Tour with the IMF. Mr. Ahamed essentially embedded with the IMF staff and offers a snapshot — not a reporter’s tick-tock nor an economist’s critique of IMF missteps but more of an anthropological account – of what he saw on stage and off at the International Monetary Fund’s Washington headquarters (“a

Obama’s duty to act
New York Daily News, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/21/2014 5:33:48 AM     Post Reply
Americans can only pray that President Obama was as serious as a drone strike when he vowed the United States would “see that justice is done” for the beheading of American journalist James Foley. While his anger was palpable, Obama’s resolve to rain death on the savages of ISIS was far from clear. Worse, he signaled disdain for the gravity of the moment by going from the presidential podium straight to a vacation round of golf. The country deserved better from its reluctant-warrior commander in chief. So, too, Foley’s family. So, too, the family of Steven Sotloff, a second American journalist held

The Constitution Lives in Ferguson
American Spectator, by Jeffrey Lord    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/21/2014 5:31:33 AM     Post Reply
The Constitution lives. Even as the news is brutal — it instructs for those willing to pay attention. American journalist James Foley has been beheaded by ISIS. And an American teenager named Michael Brown was shot dead by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer named Darren Wilson. In the case of Michael Brown, Ferguson, Missouri remains in an uproar. The town is awash in protesters, both from Ferguson and outsiders. There has been a steady diet of rioting and looting. The President of the United States is involved. The Attorney General of the United States is involved, going to Ferguson personally just yesterday.

Tough words won´t substitute
for action, Mr. President
Washington Examiner [DC], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/21/2014 5:27:35 AM     Post Reply
When the book is closed on the Middle Eastern caliphate established this summer by the ISIS terrorist group, historians may view Aug. 19, 2014, as the turning point in this monster’s existence. That was the day ISIS disseminated its video of the beheading of American photojournalist James Foley. Foley had spent years as a freelancer, bravely documenting wars for Western audiences. He was kidnapped by loyalist forces during the Libyan civil war and lived to tell the tale. Sadly, he fell into the merciless hands of ISIS, the self-styled “knights of Islam,” two years ago in Syria.

  


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The So-called Army Murder Manual
Accuracy in Media, by Cliff Kincaid    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/21/2014 5:19:26 AM     Post Reply
Did you know that radio host Alex Jones has revealed that the U.S. military has “plans to subdue and kill Americans in civil disobedience protests?” Did you miss this important revelation? The claim is said to be based on a 132-page Army document titled, “U.S. Army Techniques Publication 3-39.33: Civil Disturbances.” A reader sent an Alex Jones Infowars.com story about this document to me, saying, “Good editors will assign a reporter to this story. Good reporters will take the time to research the documents presented, and then write a story about this plan now in existence to take over and subdue

Pelosi’s home city exempted from water
restrictions imposed on rural farmers
Washington Times, by Valerie Richardson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/21/2014 5:16:14 AM     Post Reply
The Endangered Species Act has wreaked havoc for decades on rural communities, but a newly filed lawsuit could force San Francisco urbanites like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to share their pain. A federal complaint filed this week contends that the Hetch Hetchy Project, which supplies water to San Francisco and the Bay Area, has unfairly enjoyed an exemption from the “severe cutbacks” required in rural California in order to save endangered fish species.Craig Manson, who heads the Center for Environmental Science, Accuracy and Reliability (CESAR) in Fresno, said the lawsuit is aimed at addressing the “double standard” that forces farmers

Rewriting the Rev. Al Sharpton’s history
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/21/2014 5:10:49 AM     Post Reply
How utterly perverse. The Rev. Al Sharpton was given center stage yet again Wednesday, this time at an interfaith meeting to address police-community relations — and he used it to rewrite history. Mayor de Blasio blithely helped in the effort, introducing Sharpton as a man who sought peaceful solutions “since the days of Martin Luther King.” Oh, really? From the Tawana Brawley case to the Crown Heights riots to Ferguson, Mo., Sharpton’s usual role is to pour gasoline on the fire. Sharpton asserted that he doesn’t believe in a “rush to judgment” when cops are accused of police brutality. Yet his agitation, both

"No One Treats African-Americans
Worse Than We Treat Each Other"
New Republic, by Julia Ioffe    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/21/2014 5:05:57 AM     Post Reply
Last Thursday, the rapper Nelly went on the air of his hometown hip-hop radio station, St. Louis´s Hot 104.1, to announce a college scholarship fund for local teens in honor of Michael Brown, the unarmed black 18-year-old killed by a policeman earlier this month. Nelly also took the opportunity to mock the looters who have flourished since Brown´s death, saying, "We don’t even know how to loot. We get out of the car without a mask, look at the camera, and then put the mask on.” Then he set his sights on black people more broadly. “Every other race I

  


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Shared Vision, Varying Styles
New York Times, by Peter Baker & Matt Apuzzo    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/21/2014 5:00:55 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The two men in open-collar shirts sat facing each other, papers and a BlackBerry strewn on a coffee table, sober looks on both their faces. One leaned forward, gesturing with his left hand, clearly doing the talking. The other sat back in his chair, two fingers pressed to his temple as he listened intently. When violence erupted last week after a police shooting in Missouri, President Obama and Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. huddled on Martha’s Vineyard where both were on vacation. But as the most powerful African-Americans in the nation confront its enduring racial divide, they come

Texas Democrats Are Pretty Happy
About Depriving Gov. Perry of
Some of His Firearm Rights
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/21/2014 4:56:49 AM     Post Reply
Democrats even in Texas hate guns, and they really really hate Rick Perry, so the malicious indictment of him is a win-win. Anyone under felony indictment is deprived of certain gun rights, and that now includes the governor of Texas. As an indictee, Perry’s state-issued Concealed Handgun License, assuming he still has one — his office didn’t know as of Tuesday afternoon — will be suspended until the case against him is decided. (Cue the cheering coyotes.) The indictment’s impact on Perry’s gun rights was brought to my attention by a former Democratic state legislator who seemed happy to point it out. “I’m

Why Washington Should
Declare War on ISIS
National Journal, by James Kitfield    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/21/2014 4:51:27 AM     Post Reply
When a centrist Democrat, a Republican hawk, a libertarian, and a tea partier all find common ground on Capitol Hill, it´s worth noting this rare outbreak of bipartisan consensus. Sens. Tim Kaine, James Inhofe, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz all believe the White House should seek new approval from Congress for U.S. military operations in Iraq. President Obama should give the senators exactly what they are requesting. As Obama said during a press conference earlier this week, the administration is already closely consulting Congress on the Iraq crisis, because when confronting a threat like the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria,

The Menendez brothers: 25 years later
CBS News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/21/2014 4:47:32 AM     Post Reply
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Twenty-five years ago, on the night of Aug. 20, 1989, Erik and Lyle Menendez gunned down their parents in the den of their Beverly Hills, Calif. mansion. Erik was 18, Lyle 21. Their father,entertainment executive Jose Menendez, was shot in the head from point-blank range. Their mother, Kitty, was shot multiple times while trying to escape. The brothers´ first trial, which was broadcast on Court TV in 1993, became a national sensation. At that trial, they admitted to killing their parents, but their defense attorneys surprised the prosecution with an abuse defense, according to the Los Angeles Times. The brothers were

  


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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,

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

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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