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Zero Dark Shut Up
Weekly Standard, by Mark Hemingway    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 8/21/2014 8:12:23 PM     Post Reply
Yesterday, in response to the news that jihadi savages had killed an American journalist on YouTube, the Obama administration revealed that there had been a special forces operation that attempted and failed to rescue James Foley. For the life of me, I can´t figure out why this was necessary information to reveal, beyond the fact that it was a cheap way of convincing the American people that Obama had been concerned about Foley´s plight. Providing political cover for the president so he can get back to hitting the links even as the personification of evil is about to seize control

Watch: Soldiers Thank Israel,
For ´The Best Day of My Life´
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Yoni Kempinski, Ari Yashar    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/21/2014 8:10:55 PM     Post Reply
As the IDF rotates out reserve soldiers in Operation Protective Edge, now in its 45th day, some of the troops being released decided to thank Israeli citizens for their outpouring of support and donations with an uplifting music video. The video, which features the popular song "The Best Day of My Life" by the US band American Authors, was filmed by "Armored Infantry Brigade 360 Unit 3." "After 32 days of miluim (reserve duty), we wanted to thank all those who helped us throughout that time and made each day a much nicer day," wrote the soldiers in the description of the video, which was uploaded to YouTube on Monday.

Global warming slowdown
´could last another decade´
BBC News [UK], by Matt McGrath    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/21/2014 8:08:26 PM     Post Reply
The hiatus in the rise in global temperatures could last for another 10 years, according to new research. Scientists have struggled to explain the so-called pause that began in 1999, despite ever increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere. The latest theory says that a naturally occurring 30-year cycle in the Atlantic Ocean is behind the slowdown. The researchers says this slow-moving current could continue to divert heat into the deep seas for another decade. However, they caution that global temperatures are likely to increase rapidly when the cycle flips to a warmer phase. Continue reading the main story “

  


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It´s Alive
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/21/2014 7:41:32 PM     Post Reply
US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel told reporters that ISIS “is beyond anything we have seen … They marry ideology and a sophistication of strategic and tactical military prowess. They are tremendously well funded.” Hagel’s realization that it’s beyond Obama’s ken is understandable. You really can’t see much from the 18th hole. ISIS and the riots in Ferguson are examples of emergent events, which happens when big things suddenly constitute themselves out of a myriad of seemingly harmless little things and become something much larger than the original. It is the result of “a process whereby larger entities, patterns, and

Montana Dems Replace Plagiarist
With Socialist in Senate Race
Washington Free Beacon, by Lachlan Markay    Original Article
Posted By: shalimar- 8/21/2014 7:37:46 PM     Post Reply
Montana Democrats are banking on a long-shot liberal Senate candidate to replace the disgraced John Walsh, but their choice might be too radical even for the increasingly extreme party. Democrats are hoping that Montana state representative Amanda Curtis will be the next Elizabeth Warren: an outspoken and unapologetic liberal who can fire up the base and raise big bucks from like-minded benefactors. A self-described “punktuator” who has been seen sporting a mohawk and studded denim jacket with the iconic anarchist “A,” Curtis is certainly distinct from most Montana politicians.

‘Dating Naked’ cast member
sues after crotch-blur fail
New York Post, by Jamie Schram and Amber Sutherland    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/21/2014 7:35:33 PM     Post Reply
VH1 looked more like the Playboy Channel when they accidentally aired an uncensored crotch shot during an episode of the reality show “Dating Naked,” a star of the show claims in a new lawsuit. Jessie Nizewitz, 28, says she was repeatedly promised by the producers that her private parts would be “blurred out” during the show’s third episode in May. So she stripped down to her birthday suit with wet beach sand covering parts of her body and performed a WWE-style wrestling move on her date while the producers egged her on, according to the $10 million suit filed

Naked full-body scanners
failed to detect weapons: study
New York Daily News, by Nicole Hensley    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/21/2014 7:35:26 PM     Post Reply
Not only did the body scanners at some U.S. airports expose a traveler’s every line and curve, they weren’t very good at finding weapons, researchers say. Guns, knives and faux explosives were among the contraband snuck past the backscatter X-ray by researchers at the University of California, San Diego, the University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins University, who bought a surplus Rapiscan Secure 1000 off of eBay. The machine was still wrapped in plastic when J. Alex Halderman and others on the research team bought it from a seller in Europe for about $50,000, he told the Daily News.

  


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Joy-Ann Reid and Goldie Taylor
Find The Root Problem In Ferguson
…. (#52, 53, 54, 55)
Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 8/21/2014 7:30:33 PM     Post Reply
Five days ago we shared how the media “scheme” to continue pressure on Ferguson local authorities would follow a specific pattern. A specific pattern replete with specific media people -associated within the Parks and Crump network- would each carryout a specific role. We wrote: …”Ms. Robles works closely with former Herald cohort and now MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid. You’ll see various assemblies of coordinated media strategy showing on the pages and TV screens of Frances Robles, Joy-Ann Reid, Al Sharpton, Goldie Taylor and their network affiliates. This is how they control the narrative”…. The grievance industry is nothing if

Analysis: Israel´s killing of
senior commanders is a moral
and military blow for Hamas
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Khaled Abu Toameh    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/21/2014 7:22:57 PM     Post Reply
The assassination of three of Hamas’s most important military commanders in an Israeli air strike is the worst and most painful blow dealt to the movement’s armed wing, Izzadin Kassam, in recent years. The last time Izzadin Kassam suffered a major blow was when Israel killed its general commander, Ahmed Jabari, in November 2012. The killing of the three Hamas commanders in a pre-dawn strike on a house in Rafah came less than 48 hours after the IAF targeted a house in Gaza City where Muhammad Deif, Izzadin Kassam’s “chief of staff,” was believed to be staying together with his wife and children.

People Magazine Sued
for Racial Discrimination
Boston Globe [MA], by Sara Morrison    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/21/2014 7:12:52 PM     Post Reply
Brand new media company Time Inc. just got itself a brand new lawsuit. A former senior editor is suing People magazine, its parent company Time Inc., and her former boss Betsy Gleick for racial discrimination. Tatsha Robertson, a former Boston Globe reporter, filed the suit in Manhattan Federal Court on Wednesday. Robertson claims that she was the only black senior editor in the magazine’s history until she was laid off in May, and that only four of its “approximately” 110 employees are black. Robertson specifically named People’s executive editor Betsy Gleick in the suit, saying Gleick told her in an early performance evaluation to

Claire McCaskill: Ferguson Will Mean
More Diversity in Missouri’s Government
Time Magazine, by Jay Newton-Small    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/21/2014 7:05:59 PM     Post Reply
There have already been lessons learned from what’s happening in Ferguson, says Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat. “I think it has certainly spurred in me, and in many others, to listen harder,” she tells TIME, “especially to young people who feel hopeless and helpless about what this country is offering them.” After nearly two weeks, the violence in Ferguson seems to be dying down, with the National Guard standing wary watch over the troubled town. Protests first erupted after a police officer shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown on August 9. Though there are conflicted reports on exactly what happened,

  


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Bergdahl exchange violated
federal law, legal opinion says
USA Today, by Gregory Korte    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/21/2014 6:14:29 PM     Post Reply
Washington - President Obama´s decision to exchange captive Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Guantanamo Bay detainees violated federal law, according to a legal opinion the Government Accountability Office sent to Congress Thursday. That´s because the administration failed to notify Congress at least 30 days before the transfer, as required under a law passed in February. The Pentagon notified Congress of the deal on May 31, the same day the transfer was made. And because Congress did not authorize spending for the exchange, it also violated the Antideficiency Act, a law intended to protect Congress´s power of the purse.

California AG Kamala Harris to
appeal ruling against death penalty
Los Angeles Times, by Maura Dolan    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/21/2014 6:02:45 PM     Post Reply
A federal judge’s "flawed" decision declaring California’s enforcement of the death penalty unconstitutional will be appealed, state Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris announced Thursday. Harris will ask the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn last month’s ruling by U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney, who said decades-long delays and uncertainty about whether inmates will be executed violated the Constitution’s ban on cruel or unusual punishment. Harris personally opposes the death penalty but promised voters she would enforce it. Carney’s ruling sparked national attention. He noted that more than 900 people have been

Mainstream Media Romanticizing
Foley beheader as ‘Black Beatle John’
Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 8/21/2014 5:56:37 PM     Post Reply
The British mainstream media, in another era called the scribes of the ‘Penny Dreadfuls’ continue to go to great lengths to romanticize brutal terrorists who slaughter and maim innocents in their demented mission for world takeover through Caliphate. First came “White Widow, 30-year-old Samantha Lewthwaite, who is believed to have fled Kenya to Somalia after the Nairobi shopping mall massacre in September of 2013. The British mainstream media created for the seriously depraved Lewthwaite, a folklore image of a woman “fleeing on a camel to an al Qaeda training camp in a snake-infested Somalian forest” (Daily Mail, Dec. 23, 2013) “Why would any

NYC employee arrested at Holland Tunnel,
owes 16K in unpaid tolls: Port Authority
Jersey Journal [Jersey City, NJ], by Patrick McGovern    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/21/2014 5:44:12 PM     Post Reply
A New York City employee was found to owe $16,000 in unpaid tolls after a foot chase with Port Authority police this morning at the Holland Tunnel, officials said. Cherisse McDonald, 31, an East Orange resident, was stopped by Port Authority police after an officer noticed an expired temporary E-Z Pass tag on her 2007 Dodge, said Port Authority Police Department spokesman Joe Pentangelo. McDonald works as a peace officer with New York Department of Homeless Services, according to New York City employment records. The tag expired in December, but McDonald kept it on her car in order to evade

  


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Net closes on ´Jihadi John´
as London pair probed
Telegraph [UK], by Gordon Rayner*    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/21/2014 5:29:27 PM     Post Reply
An NHS doctor from east London who was previously accused of kidnapping Western journalists in Syria may hold the key to identifying the jihadi who beheaded James Foley, intelligence sources have disclosed. Shajul Islam was arrested and charged with kidnapping a British journalist, John Cantlie, in 2012 but was released after his trial collapsed when Mr Cantlie was unable to give evidence. He had always protested his innocence, saying he went to Syria to use his medical skills to treat victims of the civil war. His brother Razul, 21, also travelled to Syria and is believed to be fighting with the Islamic State

Paycheck for Terrorism:
$5,300 for Suicide Attack
Daily Signal, by Sharyl Attkisson    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 8/21/2014 5:11:35 PM     Post Reply
For the first time, startling details are being made public about the millions of dollars funneled from Middle East charities to Islamic terrorists and their families.The money was used to reward terrorists and their families after attacks on Israelis and U.S. nationals visiting Israel between 2000 and 2005 during the second intifada or Palestinian uprising. The evidence was presented today in a landmark case in New York federal court. Three hundred U.S. nationals claim Arab Bank knowingly provided financial services to terrorists and their financiers in violation of the U.S. anti-terrorism law. Arab Bank contends it did not knowingly serve terrorists.

Why is the White House
playing politics with the
death of James Foley?
Telegraph [UK], by Rob Crilly    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/21/2014 4:50:16 PM     Post Reply
Why are White House officials and the Pentagon briefing on a failed raid to save James Foley, the journalist murdered by his fundamentalist captors in Syria? One downside is obvious. It is an admission of failure. [Snip] There is good reason why most special forces – including our SAS – keep operations secret. Now, the US has tipped of Isil that its special forces are already conducting operations in Syria. The element of surprise is diluted, if not lost altogether. And what about the hostages still being held? Several have been released in return for ransoms. Each one is now

Rick Perry demonstrates a return
to conservative strengths
Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/21/2014 4:41:04 PM     Post Reply
Liberals are hindered by moral vacuity and libertarians by rigid ideological constraints unmoored to real-world experience. As a result, when confronted with domestic mayhem or international aggression, adherents of these philosophies crumble or wind up blaming someone other than the responsible party. Society and the justice system, they claim, are racists. The United States is really to blame, they insist, when arguing for the United States to withdraw from the world and appease tyrants. It is left to the GOP — sometimes called the “dad” party — to reestablish order and protect the vulnerable. So when violence in Ferguson, Mo.,

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel
Says Involvement in Iraq Not Over
NBC News, by M. Alex Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/21/2014 4:33:12 PM     Post Reply
U.S. military involvement in Iraq will continue because the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sharm "clearly poses a long-term threat," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday, saying its menace is "beyond anything we´ve seen" — even al-Qaeda. In a briefing at the Pentagon a day after the U.S. revealed that it launched a failed mission in Syria this summer to rescue U.S. hostages being held by ISIS, Hagel said U.S. objectives in Iraq were "clear and limited: protecting American citizens and facilities, and support Iraqi forces as they confront" ISIS. But he said the U.S. "must be clear-eyed about the challenges ahead," and he stressed:

  



Bird Watching: Obama’s an
‘Odd Duck,’ But His GOP Critics
‘Screech Like Ravens on Meth’
Newsbusters, by Tom Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/21/2014 4:32:24 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration is in the doldrums, and not only because it’s August. Is it that the president has a short attention span, or that he’s insufficiently ideological, or have Republicans just worn him down? Three lefty pundits opined on the issue earlier this week. In a Tuesday New Republic piece, Georgetown history professor Michael Kazin identified “Obama’s sober mistrust of ideology and partisanship” as an obstacle to progress and urged Obama to go beyond “pragmatism” (emphasis added): Why has Barack Obama—one of the most eloquent and thoughtful of recent presidents—become such a terrible politician? Midway through his sixth year

Financials Lead S&P 500
to New Closing High
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/21/2014 4:25:37 PM     Post Reply
U.S. stocks inched higher on Thursday and the S&P reached a record high, lifted by data pointing to steady improvement in the economy, as investors awaited the start of a meeting of top central bankers and economists in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Policymakers are due to discuss the labor markets of major economies at the Aug. 21-23 meeting, with U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen scheduled to speak Friday. Investors will peruse officials´ remarks for clues on the timing of an interest rate hike. A flurry of U.S. economic data, including a rise in home resales to a 10-month high and

ISIS´ thirst for oil could
lead to ´global catastrophe´
if unchecked, experts say
Fox News, by Joshua Rhett Miller    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/21/2014 4:23:50 PM     Post Reply
Islamic State´s thirst for blood has the world on edge, but its equally insatiable yearning for oil could prove a "catastrophe" for the global economy if the terror organization isn´t stopped, experts say. The jihadist group, formerly known as ISIS, now controls seven oil fields and two small refineries in northern Iraq, bringing in as much as $2 million per day by selling up to 40,000 barrels via middlemen in illicit deals. The black market oil sells for roughly $25 to $60 per barrel, compared to the current market rate of $102, according to Luay al-Khatteeb, founder and executive director of

Pregnant women should
avoid tuna, report says
CBS News, by Robert Preidt    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/21/2014 4:23:29 PM     Post Reply
In a new review of seafood safety, Consumer Reports is advising that pregnant women avoid eating tuna due to concerns about mercury exposure. "We´re particularly concerned about canned tuna, which is second only to shrimp as the most commonly eaten seafood in the United States. We encourage pregnant women to avoid all tuna," Jean Halloran, director of food policy initiatives for Consumers Union, (Snip) Adults who eat 24 ounces (1.5 pounds) or more of seafood per week should also avoid seafood with high mercury levels, including sushi made with tuna, the independent product testing group said.

Rick Perry: America Must Beat
Back ´Terrorist Blitzkrieg´ of
Islamic State
Breitbart Big Government, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/21/2014 4:22:07 PM     Post Reply
Texas Governor Rick Perry called for a stronger American response to the threat of Islamic State terrorists, just a day after President Obama addressed the topic. Perry criticized President Obama for allowing ISIS to enjoy a “triumphant summer,” sweeping across Iraq with a “terrorist blitzkrieg.” “We better get on top of this crisis, by every means necessary, because events are moving fast, and the price is only going to go up from here,” he warned during a speech at the Heritage Foundation on Thursday. Perry called for decisive action from the United States, calling for politicians of both parties to

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