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State Department´s Ostrich
Strategy for ISIL
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 8/22/2014 10:31:42 AM     Post Reply
Were the world not in such a perilous condition, State Department occasional spokeswoman Marie Harf would be welcome comic relief. Wearing a tight sweater yesterday, the young Ms. Harf took to the podium of the State Department press briefing room and refused to acknowledge that the United States is at war with ISIS. No matter what ISIS may say about being at war with us, if we stick our heads in the ground and refuse to ackbnowledge it, then I guess we won’t be at war, in Ms. Harf’s view. Watch the astonishing video

Science according to Steyer
PowerLine, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/22/2014 10:28:51 AM     Post Reply
Left-wing billionaire Tom Steyer reportedly is having trouble persuading fellow lefties to join his $100 million campaign to elect Democrats in November. Steyer is soldiering on, nevertheless, in large part through his organization NextGen Climate. In New Hampshire, NextGen is running anti-Scott Brown ads. (Snip) What a pitiful display! “Climate change is Real…” Yes, and it has been real for millions of years. “The planet is older than 6,000 years old.” Huh? “Seawater is salty and rising.” Yes, at the same rate it has been for thousands of years. “The moon is not made of cheese.” I believe this is

Documented death toll in Syria war
at least 191,369 through April 2014 - UN
Reuters, by Stephanie Nebehay    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/22/2014 10:27:43 AM     Post Reply
GENEVA - At least 191,369 people have been killed in Syria´s conflict through April, more than double the figure documented a year ago and probably still an under-estimate, the United Nations human rights office said on Friday. The U.N. report, based on data from four groups and the government that were cross-checked, reflects a reality of killing and torture while the civil war has "dropped off the international radar", U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said. "With additional killings reported from earlier periods, in addition to the new killings that have taken place, the total is more than double the

  


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Al Sharpton: Obama´s Racial Pyromaniac
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Joel B. Pollack    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/22/2014 10:25:31 AM     Post Reply
Politico´s Glenn Thrush reports in this week´s edition of the magazine that Al Sharpton has become President Barack Obama´s "go-to man on race" in Ferguson and elsewhere. Thrush tells the story as one of Sharpton´s own reform and revival, dwelling on his weight loss, his self-professed caution with words, and criticism (envy?) from his old allies on the left. Yet he leaves out a few crucial details that are important to the Sharpton story. For one, Thrush makes no mention of Sharpton´s role in the Trayvon Martin fiasco. As Breitbart News reported at the time, Sharpton played a tripartite role.

Johnson: Very few arrests,
incidents in Ferguson
KSDK-TV [St. Louis, MO], by Kevin S. Held    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 8/22/2014 10:01:41 AM     Post Reply
FERGUSON, Mo. - "Tonight was a very good night in Ferguson." Those were the opening remarks made by Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol at a media briefing Thursday morning, describing a calmer mood among protestors and law enforcement. The crowds have lessened in recent days, Johnson said, and authorities did not notice any agitators among the protestors as they had in previous nights. When asked if Wednesday night´s heavy rains helped keep more people away, Johnson said authorities noticed calmer crowds prior to the weather moving in.
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General: ´Destroy the Islamic State Now´
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: PChristopher- 8/22/2014 10:00:59 AM     Post Reply
General John Allen, who is retired from the military, says that the Islamic State (known as ISIS, ISIL, or IS) must be destroyed now. "The brutal murder of the brave American journalist James Foley is meant to directly terrorize the world’s media, the international community, and the United States. If all the actions of the Islamic State, or IS, to date weren’t sufficiently reprehensible, this act and the potential for other similar acts will snap American attention with laser-like focus onto the real danger IS poses to the existence of Iraq

Build the border fence already!
PJ Media, by Roger L. Simon    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/22/2014 9:48:17 AM     Post Reply
Most of us, even many Democrats these days, are beginning to acknowledge the complete foreign policy failure of our president (for an overview see Bret Stephens’ The Meltdown in Commentary), but we still have to deal with over two years of Obama and we have a serious problem that needs to be handled immediately. We could die. Not all of us but a lot of us. And our society as we know it could be destroyed. Sound apocalyptic and a little overwrought? Well, it is apocalyptic, but not so overwrought. Surely you saw the Islamic State video with that journalist’s

  


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Army Gen. Dempsey asserts Islamic
militants have ´apocalyptic, end-of-days
strategic vision´
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/22/2014 9:32:44 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – America´s top-ranked military officer says the surging Islamic State group has an "apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision" in the Middle East and cannot be defeated unless the United States and a coalition of partners confront it head-on in Syria. "They can be contained, not in perpetuity," Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a news conference. The United States so far has restricted a series of airstrikes to Iraq, but concerns have increased as the Islamic militant group has extended its reach from safe havens in civil-war-ravaged Syria across the Iraqi border. Appearing with

Rockets Score Direct Hit
on Ashdod Synagogue
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Uzi Baruch    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/22/2014 9:28:38 AM     Post Reply
A rocket fired by terrorists in Gaza has caused considerable damage to a synagogue in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod. Paramedics from the United Hatzalah and Magen David Adom emergency organizations rushed to the scene, after a massive explosion was heard. Three people were injured and have been evacuated for further medical treatment after receiving first aid. Medical sources described two of the victims as males, aged 25 and 26, who suffered shrapnel injuries to their extremities. They have been evacuated to the Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot. The third victim, a 40-year-old woman, suffered injuries to her torso,

Optimism: The GOP’s missing ingredient
New York Post, by Seth Lipsky    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 8/22/2014 9:18:59 AM     Post Reply
The thing to remember about the cataract of woe that has befallen our country is how fast things can be turned around. We may be in retreat overseas, with riots simmering in Missouri and the economy stuck in second gear. With the right policies, the right leadership, all that can be overcome. It can be turned around, and fast — a fact we’re not hearing pointedly enough for my taste. I like Rick Perry, Rand Paul, Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, Mitt Romney, Marco Rubio. But none of the GOP contenders is capturing this simple point — that we can pull out of this

The Cold War has been replaced
by a new nightmare...
the Muslim world gone mad
Daily Express [UK], by Frederick Forsyth    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/22/2014 9:02:57 AM     Post Reply
In the spring of 1990 (heavens, was it really close to a quarter of a century ago?) I found myself taking lunch with a senior officer from the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). He had just authored a major forecast for Margaret Thatcher called Intelligence In The Nineties. [Snip] I asked him if he could sum up his findings in a few words. He gave me two. One was "proliferation", meaning the spread of sophisticated high-tech weaponry from the possession of nation states with controllers and national governments into the hands of brigands and the barely sane. The second word was

  


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Poll: Brown Pulls Nearly Even
With Shaheen in N.H.
Real Clear Politics, by Scott Conroy    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 8/22/2014 9:02:48 AM     Post Reply
Scott Brown is back in the ballgame. The former Massachusetts senator had appeared to be fading in his bid to defeat incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, but a new poll shows that the race is now up for grabs. In the WMUR/UNH survey released Thursday night, Shaheen led Brown by 46 percent to 44 percent, which is within the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points. This latest numbers show a dramatic swing in Brown’s direction from the previous WMUR/UNH poll, which was conducted a month-and-a-half earlier and showed Shaheen leading Brown by

The Real Reason for
the Tantrum in Ferguson
American Thinker, by William Sullivan    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 8/22/2014 9:00:30 AM     Post Reply
Rest assured that the riots, the violence, the looting, and the destruction of private property that has taken place in Ferguson, Missouri in the wake of Michael Brown’s death has all been for the greater good. The attention all of this brings will, according to Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson, “make it better for our sons to be better black men.” Pardon me for asking the question, but should we be teaching our children to become better white men, brown men, or black men rather than simply becoming better men and better American citizens? I’ll stop there, lest I offend

Hamas executes 11 Israel ´informers´
as Gaza violence continues
Daily Express [UK], by Levi Winchester    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/22/2014 8:52:45 AM     Post Reply
Violence continued to spread through Gaza today as a security official announced that has killed 11 suspected informers for Israel. The official said that the group of male suspects, who had previously been sentenced by Gaza courts, were executed earlier today at the Gaza City police headquarters. The source did not want to be named because he was not authorised to discuss the incident. Two websites linked to Hamas, Al Rai and Al Maid, also reported the killings. Today also saw more airstrikes between Israel and Gaza--with the Israeli military deploying 20 airstrikes and Gaza fighters firing two rockets at

What makes some British
Muslims become jihadis?
Telegraph [UK], by Daniel Hannan    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/22/2014 8:42:36 AM     Post Reply
"The experience of many ages proves that men may be ready to fight to the death, and to persecute without pity, for a religion whose creed they do not understand, and whose precepts they habitually disobey." So wrote Thomas Babbington Macaulay, the Whig MP, historian and poet, in 1848; and, as usual, he was spot on. [Snip] Yusuf Sarwar and Mohammed Ahmed, who pleaded guilty to terrorism offences last month, had not bought works on politics or advanced theology, but Islam for Dummies and The Koran for Dummies. Dummies indeed. An alarming number of our young men--boys born and brought up

  


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Nobel gurus fear globalisation is
going horribly wrong (technical)
Telegraph [UK], by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/22/2014 8:34:34 AM     Post Reply
David Ricardo´s Theory of Comparative Advantage has broken down after 200 years, or so I learned at the Lindau forum of Nobel laureates in Bavaria. The theory published in 1817 has been a guiding principle of free trade, taken as a given by every student of economics in the modern era. It has served us well, but just as Newton´s theory of gravity ran into limits and was overtaken by Einstein´s relativity, comparative advantage no longer explains the world. Under Ricardo´s model, inequality was supposed to narrow within countries as globalisation accelerated exponentially in the Nineties. Instead it is getting wider.

The Wane of Government by Consent
National Review Online, by Kevin D. Williamson    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 8/22/2014 8:32:20 AM     Post Reply
The mathematics of civil disobedience has always been pretty straightforward: As Mohandas Gandhi pointed out to the raj, 100,000 government officials cannot control 350 million citizens if the citizens do not cooperate. There are not enough police in St. Louis County to control the people who do not wish to be controlled by the police in St. Louis County, as least as currently constituted. There are two ways to govern: By consent or by terror. In the United States, we govern by consent. (Mostly.) We spend altogether too much time talking about sentiment, e.g., polling Americans about whether they feel that the

´The Vikings have been defeated´:
Denmark ready to love Marmite again
after overturning three-year ban
Daily Mail [UK], by Chris Pleasance    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/22/2014 8:26:31 AM     Post Reply
They say you either love it or hate it and it seems after years of hate Denmark is finally ready to love Marmite again after overturning a ban on the spread David Darlington, 49, owner of a supplier which sells British and American products to supermarkets, had a licence to stock the product approved three years after it was taken off the shelves. [Snip] ´I hate Marmite myself, I can´t stand the stuff, but I did this on the principle of the matter. I thought, how dare those b******* ban Marmite, it´s a British institution. ´Plus I´ve had people, British,
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Hamas kidnapped three
teenagers, leading figure says
Telegraph U.K., by Robert Tait    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 8/22/2014 8:23:07 AM     Post Reply
A Hamas official has said for the first time that members of the Palestinian Islamist group were responsible for the abduction of three Israeli teenagers whose murders ignited the current conflict with Israel. Sheikh Saleh al-Aruri, who is exiled in Turkey, told a conference of Islamic scholars in Istanbul that Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel, both aged 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19, had been seized by the Izzedine al-Qassam brigades, Hamas´ military wing. Mr al-Aruri said the "kidnapping to Hebron of the three settlers" - which he called a "blessed heroic action" - was carried out in support of Palestinian prisoners staging fasting

Understanding the Israeli-
Egyptian-Saudi Alliance
FrontPage, by Caroline Glick    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 8/22/2014 8:07:18 AM     Post Reply
Hamas’s war with Israel is not a stand-alone event. It is happening in the context of the vast changes that are casting asunder old patterns of behavior and strategic understandings as actors in the region begin to reassess the threats they face. Hamas was once funded by Saudi Arabia and enabled by Egypt. Now the regimes of these countries view it as part of a larger axis of Sunni jihad that threatens not only Israel, but them. The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, and its state sponsors Qatar and Turkey, are the key members of this alliance structure. Without their support

  



James Foley ´never cracked´ amid ISIS
brutality, says French fellow hostage
who partly IDs killer
New York Daily News, by Bev Ford and Corky Siemaszko    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 8/22/2014 7:45:04 AM     Post Reply
Before they cut off his head, they treated him like a whipping boy. James Foley — brave until the end — was subjected to beatings and psychological torture with mock executions before he was butchered by his Islamic State captors, it was revealed Thursday. “This group, which has a taste for the macabre, made him stand against a wall in a pose as if he had been crucified,” Didier Francois, a French reporter who had also been held by ISIS, told radio station Europe1. A week before the Islamic fanatics released their barbaric video of Foley’s execution, they sent his family in New

Obama Stands Alone: Even the media are
baffled by his deepening isolation
Fox News, by Howard Kurtz    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 8/22/2014 7:23:21 AM     Post Reply
President Obama has few remaining friends—either in his own party or in the media.That’s the unmistakable conclusion of two pieces this week in the New York Times. Just about everyone, it seems, is down on his single, solitary nature.I’ve been saying for a year now that the president’s liberal media allies have soured on him. It started with the ObamaCare debacle and continued through his seeming passivity or slow reaction time in the wake of the VA scandal, the Bowe Bergdahl mess, the military collapse in Iraq and so on. At this point they’re basically Waiting for Hillary. What is striking

Communists Descend on Ferguson
American Thinker, by Paul Kengor    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 8/22/2014 7:14:46 AM     Post Reply
I’ve stayed out of the Ferguson controversy. I don’t know enough to know who, exactly, is to blame in Ferguson. (Snip) That said, here is something I do know, and that I think would benefit readers as they assess the growing animosities in Missouri: I’ve long studied the antics of the American Communist Party, from literally the very beginning. I’ve sat in archives and stared at the first documents that American communists excitedly sent from their offices at 1219 Blue Island Avenue in Chicago to Soviet Comintern headquarters in Moscow. I’ve spent hundreds of hours reading old copies of the Soviet-funded

A Vacation is All Obama Ever Wanted
American Thinker, by Jeannie DeAngelis    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/22/2014 7:07:55 AM     Post Reply
In the span of two weeks, there have been two very prominent terrorist hits on American citizens. One took place in Afghanistan on August 5, when Major General Harold Greene, the highest-ranking military officer to be killed in combat in half a century, was murdered by a terrorist, wearing an Afghan Army uniform, who opened fire at a military academy. Fourteen days later, a 40-years-young photojournalist was forced to kneel in the hot Syrian sun in front of a masked ISIS executioner with a British accent. Clad all in black, the executioner waited patiently while a stoic but terrified James

Terrorist horror, then golf:
Incongruity fuels Obama critics
New York Times, by Peter Baker and Julie Hirschfeld Davis    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 8/22/2014 5:49:46 AM     Post Reply
He had just hung up the telephone with the devastated parents before heading in front of the cameras. Unusually emotional, President Obama declared himself “heartbroken” by the brutal murder of an American journalist, James Foley, and vowed to “be relentless” against Islamic radicals threatening to kill another American. But as soon as the cameras went off, Mr. Obama headed to his favorite golf course on Martha’s Vineyard, where he is on vacation, seemingly able to put the savagery out of his mind. He spent the rest of the afternoon on the links even as a firestorm of criticism erupted over

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