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Obliterate the Islamic State now
McClatchy-Tribune News Service, by Whitt Flora    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/22/2014 10:54:15 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama is now reaping the whirlwind for his feckless and sometimes politically motivated strategy of leading from behind in the Mideast, North Africa and Eastern Europe. The good news is that his decision to use U.S. air power to protect the Yazidi people from death and torture by Islamic State fanatics has allowed Kurdish and Iraqi soldiers to recapture the critical Mosul Dam and sent the Islamist terrorists reeling backward. Yet the president in a recent press conference reiterated his vow that air strikes are part of a “limited action” and that no U.S. combat troops will be

NBC and ABC Ignore Obama
Admin. Broke Law With Bergdahl
Exchange; CBS Gives It 24 Seconds
Media Reseach Center, by Kyle Drennen    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/22/2014 10:54:11 AM     Post Reply
After Thursday´s network evening newscasts ignored a report from the Government Accountability Office that the exchange of five terrorists from Guantanamo Bay for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was illegal, NBC´s Today and ABC´s Good Morning America remained silent on the Obama administration scandal on Friday. Only CBS This Morning made any mention of the violation of federal law, providing a mere 24-second news brief on the topic. [Listen to the audio] Meanwhile, both Today and GMA did find time to produce full reports on a contestant on VH1´s Dating Naked reality show suing the cable network for showing her naked

Megyn Kelly on Calls for Ferguson
Prosecutor To Step Down: ´That´s Why
We Have Elections for These Positions´
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/22/2014 10:53:23 AM     Post Reply
After the killing of unarmed black teen Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., Bob McCulloch, the county’s top prosecutor for more than two decades, is getting pressured to step down from the case, including a petition that has more than 70,000 signatures. Several days ago, Sen. Jamilah Nasheed wrote to McCulloch, “If you should decide not to indict this police officer, the rioting we witnessed this past week will seem like a picnic compared to the havoc that will likely occur.” Nasheed spoke with Megyn tonight on "The Kelly File" and said her letter was "the sentiment of

  


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Obama’s remarks on Ferguson are
tone deaf and disappointing
Washington Post, by Michael Eric Dyson    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 8/22/2014 10:48:46 AM     Post Reply
If President Obama’s comments on race in the anguished aftermath of the not-guilty verdict in George Zimmerman’s trial gleamed in light, his words on the rage that has thumped Ferguson, Mo., were shrouded in darkness. They revealed a gifted leader whose palpable discomfort with race has made him a sometimes unreliable and distant narrator of black life. When Obama gave his fullest statement yet on the cataclysm in Ferguson, he was cautious to a fault. The president understandably didn’t want to fan the violence. He had also learned his lesson after he lamented the stupidity of the police officer who arrested

Big bank fines engorge
New York budget surplus
New York Post, by Kevin Dugan    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/22/2014 10:47:59 AM     Post Reply
Maybe they could really improve the subways now. New York State will realize a larger-than-previously-expected cash windfall of more than $5 billion this year — as the parade of settlements and fines squeezed from banks by regulators continues to grow. The total includes the $4.4 billion in bank settlements already signed, plus the more than $600 million in cash coming to the state from the mammoth mortgage-related settlement with Bank of America that could be signed as soon as Thursday. The Wall Street settlements and fines are 18 times the $275 million accounted for in the budget and

TSA Admits Lying About Illegal
Aliens Flying Without Proper ID
Breitbart Texas, by Kristin Tate    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/22/2014 10:45:54 AM     Post Reply
HOUSTON, Texas -- A new letter from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) admits that illegal aliens were being allowed to board planes using Notice to Appear forms they received after entering the U.S. illegally. The revelation directly contradicts a TSA statement last month denying such allegations to various media outlets, including Breitbart News. In July Breitbart Texas Managing Director Brandon Darby broke the news that the TSA was letting illegal aliens board planes using Notice to Appear forms; subsequently, a TSA spokesperson publicly attacked Darby on Twitter, insisting that his report was "completely wrong." The newly-surfaced TSA letter was penned on

Hackensack and Paterson assaults are
not part of ´knockout game,´ police say
The Record [Hackensack, NJ], by Abbott Koloff *    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/22/2014 10:44:37 AM     Post Reply
After a man in his 60s was beaten by a group of teenagers in Pat­erson on Wednesday night, a city councilman said it looked like an example of a supposedly trending national game called “knockout.” Fears that the game, blamed for at least one death in New Jersey, had taken root locally were fanned earlier in the week when a lone assailant randomly punched three people in separate incidents in Hackensack. On Thursday, authorities said neither case appeared to fit the criteria to be called the knockout game, which they said typically involves a group of people approaching a victim

  


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Sharpton on Eclipsing Jesse Jackson
in Ferguson: ‘Deal With It’
Mediaite, by Eddie Scarry    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/22/2014 10:42:24 AM     Post Reply
Rev. Al Sharpton sees himself as having surpassed Jesse Jackson as the face of modern civil rights battles and he’s not afraid to say so. “I think he’s (Jackson) now realized that he’s older now,” Sharpton says in a new Politico profile. “And he realizes that I’ve come into my own and he’s got to deal with it.” The profile looks at how Sharpton, an MSNBC host, transformed himself from local race agitator to a top player in politics and close adviser to the Obama White House. It homes in on Sharpton’s role in Ferguson, MO, the city rocked by the police

Super PAC seeks to
rent Lundergan bus
Courier-Journal [Louisville, KY], by Joe Gerth    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/22/2014 10:32:14 AM     Post Reply
A Super PAC helping U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell has jumped into the fray over Alison Lundergan Grimes tour bus, sending a letter to Signature Special Events Services asking to rent the vehicle for what it suggests is a bargain basement price being offered to the campaign. The company is owned by Jerry Lundergan, Grimes´ father, and the relationship has come under fire in recent days with the McConnell campaign suggesting that Grimes has violated federal election law by accepting the bus from her father´s corporation at what it says is a discounted rate. The Grimes campaign has said that got

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

  


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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

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

  


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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

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

  



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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