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ISIS: What it will take
to beat terror group
CNN, by Tom Lister    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/22/2014 4:22:37 AM     Post Reply
We need long-term to take out ISIS´ leadership, to degrade their operational capabilities, to cut off their financing sources, to go after them in a comprehensive way to cut off their ability to do the things we´ve seen them do." Those were the words of State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf on Monday -- suggesting the Obama Administration is preparing to do much more against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq than deprive it of the Mosul Dam. They sounded much like the checklist used to degrade al Qaeda over a decade. Until the sudden capture of Mosul in June, ISIS

10-Hour ´Pay It Forward´ Line Ends
With Customer No. 458 Who Refuses
ABC News, by Yazhou Sun    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/22/2014 4:20:44 AM     Post Reply
A 10-hour stream of kindness ended abruptly at a Florida Starbucks Wednesday evening when customer No.458 broke ranks and declined to "pay it forward" for the next drive-thru patron. "She got a free drink from the previous customer," Celeste Guzman, manager at the Starbucks on Tyrone Boulevard in St. Petersburg, told ABC News today. "She was happy about that," Guzman said. "But she didn´t want to pay for the next patron. “It all started at 7:21 a.m. yesterday morning when a woman paid for her iced coffee and decided to pay for the caramel macchiato the customer behind her ordered as well,” Guzman

Pentagon: Islamic State
Militants Will Regroup
Associated Press, by Robert Burns    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/22/2014 4:16:44 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- U.S. airstrikes have helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces regain their footing in Iraq, but the well-resourced Islamic State militants can be expected to regroup and stage a new offensive, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday. Speaking alongside Hagel at a Pentagon news conference, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey said that although the Islamic State group can be contained it cannot be defeated without attacking it in Syria. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said this would not necessarily require airstrikes by the U.S., although Hagel appeared to leave open that possibility by telling reporters, "We´re looking at

  


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IRS E-mails: The Perfect Storm
American Thinker, by Bruce Walker    Original Article
Posted By: geo11- 8/22/2014 3:53:34 AM     Post Reply
August 22 is another deadline for the Obama administration’s IRS officials to come clean about their clear malfeasance in office. Judge Emmet Sullivan, who has acted sua sponte to compel IRS officials to provide all the details surrounding the “lost” e-mails, has the reputation of a judicial pit bull, a federal judge who insists that his orders and his office be treated with proper respect. Placing himself directly in the middle of this scandal, Judge Sullivan has removed the favored riposte by the left: attack the questioner. Sullivan is a black jurist from Howard University, perhaps the most respected black university

Obama´s Worldview: We´re the Problem
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: steveW- 8/22/2014 3:22:56 AM     Post Reply
RUSH: Now, folks, I want to get started here on a popular perception of Obama´s worldview. There´s a lot of people I have run across in the throes of show prep pulling their hair out and wringing their hands trying to figure out why Obama doesn´t do anything, doesn´t really take action to deal with these really bad, evil people and the threats that they pose. I´m not gonna have time to complete this in-depth analysis before the next obscene profit time-out, but let me give you a heads-up. Let me give you the umbrella under which everything else falls.

Sacramento patient tests negative
for Ebola after West Africa visit
Los Angeles Times, by Ryan Parker    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/22/2014 12:50:12 AM     Post Reply
A patient at the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center who was potentially exposed to the Ebola virus has tested negative, hospital officials confirmed Thursday night. The unidentified patient was being cared for in a specially equipped negative pressure room while tests were ongoing, officials said. It is unclear when the patient arrived at the facility or when the possible exposure to the virus occurred, but it did happen in West Africa, officials said. No specific information about the patient, including the name or gender, has been released. Kaiser was working with the Sacramento County Division of Public Health

Navy: F/A-18s pounded
Islamic State targets with
laser-guided bombs on 30 missions
Washington Times, by Douglas Ernst    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/22/2014 12:37:54 AM     Post Reply
Sunni radicals fighting on behalf of the Islamic State in Iraq have been on the receiving end of at least 30 F/A-18s bombing runs that originated from the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier. Rear Adm. DeWolfe Miller, commander of Carrier Strike Group Two, told reporters by phone from the Arabian Gulf that artillery positions, convoys and other strategic targets have been destroyed by the jets, which carry GBU-54 500-pound, laser-guided bombs, the military blog Defense Tech reported Wednesday. When asked about the kind of anti-aircraft weapons that the Islamic State may have, the admiral only replied “We can handle whatever they have,”

  


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Pope Francis called to console Foley
family after photojournalist’s killing
Washington Times, by Douglas Ernst    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/22/2014 12:21:38 AM     Post Reply
The family of slain photojournalist James Foley received a call from Pope Francis on Thursday. Sunni radicals with the Islamic State group beheaded him on Tuesday. A spokesman for the Vatican said that the family was “deeply moved and grateful,” NBC reported. When James Foley, a Catholic who attended Marquette University, was captured by Muammar Gaddafi’s forces in 2011, he said that prayer helped him through the ordeal. In a letter he wrote to the university, he explained, “I began to pray the rosary. It was what my mother and grandmother would have prayed. I said 10 Hail Marys between each Our Father.

Islamic State press officer
who taunted White House with
‘flag of Allah’ killed in Syria
Washington Times, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/22/2014 12:14:14 AM     Post Reply
The Islamic State press officer who taunted the Obama administration by saying the terrorist group would “raise the flag of Allah” in the White House is now dead. Abu Mosa was killed by Syrian forces loyal to dictator Bashar Assad, whose regime also is fighting against the Islamic State, which began as part of the anti-government militia there and is accordingly also known by the acronyms ISIL and ISIS. “An #ISIS leader and press officer both killed in Tabqa Airbase attack in #Syria,” the State Department said Thursday via one of its Twitter accounts, @ThinkAgain_DOS, which tells “truths about terrorism” to encourage Muslims to “turn

Haniyeh vows Hamas will
´liberate Palestine´ after top
commanders killed by Israel
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/22/2014 12:03:53 AM     Post Reply
After the killing of three of its senior commanders by Israel, Hamas vowed early Friday that it would be “strengthened” in its quest “to lift the siege on Gaza” and “liberate Jerusalem and Palestine from the neo-Nazi occupier who destroys houses and kills women and children.” Hours after the targeted strike on the Hamas commanders, Ismail Haniyeh, the former head of the Hamas regime in Gaza, released a statement that was read aloud by the Hamas television network. Haniyeh said that Hamas “was saddened over the deaths of our brothers and commanders who went on the path of great ones.”

Monuments to Obama raise some hackles
Washington Times (D.C), by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/22/2014 12:00:25 AM     Post Reply
Everything from streets to a parasitic hairworm have been named in honor of President Obama, but the effort to immortalize him is causing a backlash in one New Jersey town, whose elected leaders are reconsidering their vote to place the president’s name on a recreation center. The Willingboro council has scheduled a second vote on renaming a township building the Barack Obama Center amid complaints that its initial move was premature and unjustified. Mayor Eddie Campbell Jr. said the council’s first vote this month was rushed and that most residents in the overwhelmingly Democratic town oppose changing the building’s name

  


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Extracting ‘a cancer’
Boston Herald, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/21/2014 11:51:42 PM     Post Reply
The nature of the enemy is now abundantly clear — if it were ever in doubt. The masked beasts who call themselves the Islamic State have taken the life of one of our own in every sense of that phrase. James Wright Foley was a native of Rochester, N.H. His parents are our neighbors. Their pain is our pain. And he was a fellow journalist who risked his life on more occasions than this last one in Syria. As his mother posted on Facebook, “He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people.”

Sarah Palin Responds to Dawkins´
Statement of ´Immoral´ Not to
Abort Down´s Syndrome Baby
Breitbart Big Government, by Dr. Susan Berry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/21/2014 11:48:00 PM     Post Reply
On her Facebook page, Sarah Palin, the mother of a child with Down’s syndrome, responded to atheist author Richard Dawkins, who started a Twitter firestorm Wednesday by claiming an unborn baby with Down’s syndrome should be aborted, and that it would be “immoral to bring it into the world.” Palin replied to Dawkins: Mr. Dawkins, I´d let you meet my son if you promised to open your mind, your eyes, and your heart to a unique kind of absolute beauty. But, in my request for you to be tolerant, I’d have to warn Trig he must be tolerant, too, because

Powerless to stop ISIS, West
may have no choice but to join
forces with Iran, Hezbollah
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Ariel Ben Solomon    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/21/2014 11:44:26 PM     Post Reply
US attacks on the Sunni Islamic State in Iraq and its cooperation and arming of the ruling Shi’ite government there, is the latest signal that the West is moving towards an arrangement with the Shi’ite Iranian axis, which includes Hezbollah, Iraq, and Syria. Such an alignment has been feared by the Sunni world and Israel for some time. For example, the Obama administration has allowed Iran to drag out negotiations over the country’s nuclear program and reportedly indirectly shared intelligence with Hezbollah to counter Islamist jihadists in Lebanon. Seeing the wind blowing its way in the region, Iran has jumped

Revved Up
Politico, by Glenn Thrush    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 8/21/2014 10:10:48 PM     Post Reply
A few days after 18-year-old Mike Brown was gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri, White House officials enlisted an unusual source for on-the-ground intelligence amid the chaos and tear gas: the Rev. Al Sharpton, a fiery activist who became a household name by provoking rather than pacifying. Sharpton—once such a pariah that Clinton administration officials rushed through their ribbon-cuttings in Harlem for fear he’d show up and force them to, gasp, shake his hand—arrived on the scene 72 hours after the shooting at the request of Brown’s grandfather, who had admired his advocacy on behalf of the family of slain Florida teen

  


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Islamic State can’t be beat without
addressing Syrian side of
border, top general says
Washington Post, by Dan Lamothe and Karen DeYoung    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/21/2014 10:10:10 PM     Post Reply
Islamic State cannot be defeated without addressing “both sides of what is essentially at this point a nonexistent border” between Iraq and Syria, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Thursday. The United States and its allies in the Middle East and beyond need to join together to defeat the terrorist group “over time,” Gen. Martin Dempsey said. Asked whether the United States would extend its current campaign of airstrikes in Iraq into Syria, Dempsey said airstrikes were “only one small part” of what is necessary to defeat the group. “I’m not predicting those will occur in Syria,

Social workers can now check if
foster parents have criminal pasts
Los Angeles Times, by Garrett Therolf    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/21/2014 10:08:24 PM     Post Reply
In response to a series of scandals involving mistreatment of children under state supervision, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed into law new rules giving county social workers access to the criminal histories of foster parents and employees at foster care contractors before abused and neglected children are placed in their care. The legislation, SB 1136, comes in response to Times reports documenting instances when children were harmed and taxpayer money was allegedly misspent by people with criminal backgrounds who had been granted special waivers from the state to receive foster children.

Stopping the worst people on Earth
Washington Post, by Charles Krauthammer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/21/2014 10:06:49 PM     Post Reply
Baghdad called President Obama’s bluff and he came through. He had refused to provide air support to Iraqi government forces until the Iraqis got rid of their divisive sectarian prime minister. They did. He responded. With the support of U.S. airstrikes, Iraqi and Kurdish forces have retaken the Mosul dam. Previous strikes had relieved the siege of Mount Sinjar and helped the Kurds retake two strategic towns that had opened the road to a possible Islamic State assault on Irbil, the capital of Kurdistan. In following through, Obama demonstrated three things: the effectiveness of even limited U.S. power, the vulnerability

GOP rep to Obama:
ISIS is no ‘J.V. team’
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Ramsey Cox    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/21/2014 10:01:36 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) called on President Obama to stop downplaying the threat presented by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). “The president is wrong to continue to downplay this threat by saying that ISIS is claiming to be at war with America merely out of expediency, or that ISIS is motivated by sheer ‘nihilism,’” Pompeo said on Wednesday. “This is not a ‘J.V. team,’ as the president has put it. ISIS is an army of cold-blooded killers motivated by radical Islam.” Pompeo’s remarks came after Obama spoke about the beheading of American journalist James Foley by the

Krauthammer: Debate over American
boots on the ground in Iraq a ´red herring´
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/21/2014 9:55:37 PM     Post Reply
Charles Krauthammer said Thursday on "Special Report with Bret Baier" that controversy surrounding the idea of putting American troops on the ground in Iraq is a "red herring," adding the U.S. needs to instead launch an air war against the Islamic State militants. Krauthammer, a syndicated columnist and a Fox News contributor, said there is "no reason" the U.S. cannot provide air cover for the boots already on the ground helping the Peshmerga, the Kurds and the special forces of Iraq fight the terrorists. "It’s about a war on these people which doesn’t mean boots on the ground," he said.

  



And a Polar Bear Shall Lead Them;
Frostpaw Sweats for Our Future
Martha´s Vineyard Gazette, by Meg Robbins    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/21/2014 9:39:21 PM     Post Reply
Earlier in August, residents and visitors of Martha’s Vineyard saw an unusual creature cohabitating with the Island’s native species: a seven-foot tall polar bear. The bear, who goes by the name of Frostpaw, is the face of Center for Biological Diversity’s campaign to fight climate change. (snip) He was trying to deliver masks and snorkels to the First Family — including Bo the dog — to encourage the President to take action against sea level rise and global warming. Attached to the masks and snorkels were flyers associated with the center’s Hope You Can Swim campaign, which explains the purpose

Investigations Underway, Suspected
Voter Fraud In Virginia And Maryland
Daily Caller, by Jonah Bennett    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/21/2014 9:34:41 PM     Post Reply
Virginia Voters Alliance, an election integrity group, has called attention to the surprising amount of duplicate voter registrations in Maryland and Virginia, challenging the view that voter fraud is nonexistent, Watchdog reports. According to the Virginia Voters Alliance (VVA), the state has decided to term these as inactive voters, meaning that they join the total of 43,896 Virginia and Maryland voters who are eligible to vote up until 2019. As state officials have taken little action, Fairfax General Registrar Cameron Quinn has announced she intends to step in, although since there are an estimated 14,646 duplicate registrations, it’s a race

California Plans Aid to Immigrant Minors
Associated Press, by Juliet Williams    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/21/2014 9:22:52 PM     Post Reply
California lawmakers will approve legislation supported by Gov. Jerry Brown to spend $3 million in state money to provide legal help for unaccompanied children from Central America, Democratic leaders announced Thursday. Making the money available to help children is "the decent thing to do and it´s consistent with the progressive spirit of California," Brown said in a statement. He announced the plan along with Attorney General Kamala Harris, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and the Latino legislative caucus, all Democrats. Because Democrats control both houses of the state

State Dept: We Had ‘No Intention’
Of Revealing U.S. Failed Foley
Rescue, ‘No Idea’ Who Leaked
Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/21/2014 9:18:24 PM     Post Reply
State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters Thursday her department would never have willingly revealed the failed U.S. attempt to rescue American journalist James Foley from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), and that she has “no idea” who leaked the information to the press. The report, citing U.S. officials, came to light Wednesday, after Foley was beheaded by ISIL. “We had no intention of ever making this public, period — I want to be very clear about that — for the operational security both of the special operators and also of the remaining hostages,” Harf said. Harf said that “a number of news outlets”

Missing Life-Size Obama Statue
Found On Park Bench With Beer
Breitbart Big Government, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/21/2014 9:05:21 PM     Post Reply
Pennsylvania resident Tiffany Bruce checked into a hospital after she discovered that her life-size Obama statue was missing. The $1,249 statue that she kept outside her house on a bench was a staple in the neighborhood, as the family gave him a Halloween costume and dressed him up as Santa Claus for Halloween. “I peeked my head out the door, and Obama’s gone, and I kind of went into a panic. I couldn’t breathe, and I had to go to the hospital,” Bruce told KFOR, a local news station. The statue was found Thursday at the Francis E. Walter Dam, sitting on a bench with a six pack of beer.

Climate Pseuds sail to Arctic,
Make Movie Praised in Salon,
Disappear Up Own Fundament
Breitbart London [UK], by James Delingpole    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/21/2014 9:01:16 PM     Post Reply
"Daddy, what did YOU do in the Great Climate War?" "Well, son. I voyaged up to the Arctic Circle in a nice big boat with a bunch of installation artists, mime practitioners, YouTube cat short specialists and climate scientists on an all-expenses trip to make a documentary called The Earth Is Weeping: Feel Her Pain. [Snip] Let me tell you, by the mid-2010s you could barely move in the Antarctic or the Arctic for self-proclaimed artists and explorers and "climate" "scientists" making utter dicks of themselves in the name of saving the planet from the deadly threat of ManBearPig.

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