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If This Is It, Wilson
Has the Advantage
National Review Online, by Charles C.W. Cooke    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/23/2014 4:26:46 AM     Post Reply
Given that I’m something of a broken record on the subject of due process, my contributions to the discussion about Ferguson have hitherto taken the form of injunctions: namely, to “wait for more information” and refrain from jumping to conclusions. Justice being a process and not an outcome, it has been downright alarming to watch observers on both sides of the aisle reach verdicts that they cannot possibly substantiate. Many conservatives have been too quick to take the reports that Michael Brown had marijuana in his system and enjoyed lyrically violent music and spin them into premature insinuations of guilt;

When Sears Was a Retail Star,
Not Losing $1B in Six Months
ABC News, by Susanna Kim    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/23/2014 4:22:34 AM     Post Reply
Sears was once a sparkling star of the retail world going back to the days before there was such a thing as a chain store, but now it is best known as a venerable brand in a steady decline. Sears Holdings, the parent of the namesake department store and Kmart, announced this week a loss of more than $500 million over the last three months. Similar losses in the previous quarter means the 128-year-old firm has lost almost $1 billion in the last six months. Eddie Lampert, CEO of Sears Holdings since January 2013, called his firm´s second quarter earnings

Russian Aid Trucks
Begin to Leave Ukraine
Associated Press, by Alexander Roslyakov    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/23/2014 4:18:54 AM     Post Reply
DONETSK, Russia-- Trucks marked as being from a bitterly disputed Russian aid convoy to Ukraine began returning to Russia on Saturday. An Associated Press reporter counted 67 trucks entering the border crossing in the Russian city of Donetsk before noon Saturday. Another AP reporter on the Ukrainian side of the border said a line of trucks about 3 kilometers (2 miles) long was waiting to cross. The checkpoint on the Ukrainian side was being operated by separatist rebels, who inspected the trucks. Around 40 of the tractor-trailer trucks seen by journalists on the Ukrainian were empty, but it could not be determined

  


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Hamas Backs International
Criminal Court Bid
Associated Press, by Ibrahim Barzak*    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/23/2014 4:15:36 AM     Post Reply
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Hamas has signed a pledge to back any Palestinian bid to join the International Criminal Court, two senior officials in the group said Saturday. Such a step could expose Israel - as well as Hamas - to war crimes investigations. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has debated for months whether to join the court, a step that would transform his relations with Israel from tense to openly hostile and could also strain his ties with the United States. The decision by Hamas to sign a document in support of a court bid removes a major obstacle,

Vietnam veteran takes Honor Flight
Chicago Tribune, by Lisa Black    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/23/2014 3:13:26 AM     Post Reply
Vietnam War veteran Jim Pudlas started his bucket list last year, when he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that doctors blamed on his exposure to the herbicide Agent Orange. Pudlas, 70, a Purple Heart recipient, scratched No. 1 off his list by purchasing a 2001 white Mustang convertible that he drives around his hometown, Freeport, west of Rockford. On Friday, he accomplished No. 2: touching the names of his former platoon buddies on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington, D.C. "Even though it´s been 45 years, it´s still fresh in my mind," Pudlas said. The trip

A Prominent Location to Remember
Veterans Who Were Wounded
New York Times, by Elena Schneider    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/23/2014 2:58:14 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — On a patch of land in the shadow of the Capitol’s dome, a new memorial for soldiers will, for the first time here, honor the living as well as the dead. It is unusual in another way, too: It is the only monument in Washington dedicated solely to those who have been disabled in the nation’s wars. The 2.4-acre memorial honors “not only the four million who are alive today, but the millions that have gone before us and those, unfortunately, who will come after us,” said Arthur H. Wilson, who was one of the leaders in the

Immigrant Families Released
to Slum Shelter
NBC 7 [San Diego, CA], by Wendy Fry    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 8/23/2014 2:55:01 AM     Post Reply
As federal officials grapple with a crisis-level influx of Central Americans who are showing up at U.S. borders, NBC 7 Investigates found at least three immigrant families released to a Santee shelter kept in deplorable conditions. According to a contract provided to residents of the “House of Hope,” the home is an outreach ministry of the Faith Family Christian Center, run by Pastor David Barrett. Conditions inside the “House of Hope” A resident led us through the shelter on Prospect Avenue, navigating our news crew through piles of bedding visibly covered in flies, fleas and maggots. At least eight, bedraggled children scurried into

  


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Friday News Dump: Feds Unveil
New Birth Control Mandate
Breitbart InstaBlog, by Dan Riehl    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/23/2014 2:52:18 AM     Post Reply
The problem with ObamaCare isn´t just that it´s the so called law of the land, said law seems to keep changing in reaction to events and court rulings until not even "we have to pass it to see what´s in it" holds up to the slightest scrutiny. As usual with a Friday news dump, the devil is in the details down below. The Obama administration is moving forward with regulations meant to enable certain businesses and charities to steer clear of the Affordable Care Act’s so-called birth control mandate, while ensuring free contraception coverage for women under the law. The

Montana U.S. Sen. Candidate
Mocks Gun Owners, Christianity,
the Bible, and the Family
Breitbart Big Government, by Awr Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/23/2014 12:40:27 AM     Post Reply
Montana State Senator Amanda Curtis (D-76 Dist.) is running for U.S. Senate and will no doubt be trying to run away from her past statements mocking guns, Christianity, the Bible, and the family. She just stepped into the race in place of John Walsh, the Democrat candidate who had to step down amid a plagiarism scandal. On August 22 the Tea Party Express posted a compilation of Curtis´s statements that include laughing at gun owners who stress the importance of having a gun for self defense. She does this by telling stories about walking home "in the dark, through parking

Islamic State recruiting in
Canada, local imam warns
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/23/2014 12:34:29 AM     Post Reply
A Canadian imam known for his pacifist sermons has warned that Islamist militant group IS was actively recruiting in Canada and said one member issued him a death threat. Syed Soharwardy, founder of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada (ISCC), called on Canadian and Western authorities to intensify the fight against jihadist movements. "Absolutely I am convinced that this recruitment is going on right here in this country, under our noses, in our universities, in our colleges, in the places of worship, in our community," he told CBC public television. Soharwardy added that a Muslim man from Ottawa who was fighting with IS

Rick Perry’s Super PAC is selling
shirts with his mugshot on it
Washington Post, by Hunter Schwarz    Original Article
Posted By: Up2Here- 8/23/2014 12:30:04 AM     Post Reply
Rick Perry’s Super PAC is now selling $25 t-shirts with his mugshot on the front. “Wanted for securing the border and defeating Democrats,” the front of the shirt reads. On the back is the mugshot of Rosemary Lehmberg, the Travis County District Attorney that Perry asked to step down after she was arrested and accused of drunk driving in 2013. Perry’s two felony accounts are in connection with his request, and threats to pull funding if she refused.The shirts were available online, and at an event Perry is attending in New Hampshire. “I’ve got a great legal team put together to defend me. And hopefully it will be behind us quickly,” Perry said

  


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Obama´s Post-Foley Fraud About Shariah
Breitbart Big Peace, by Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/23/2014 12:02:11 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama found time between golf rounds Thursday to condemn the beheading of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State (also known as the Islamic State in the Levant or ISIL) and to assure the American people that he was all about protecting them against similar fates. (snip) For example, Mr. Obama declared: “No faith teaches people to massacre innocents.” Actually, the authoritative Islamic doctrine (or ideology) known as shariah explicitly calls for violent jihad to force infidels to submit to Islam and, as the Koran puts it, “to make them feel subdued.” The President sought to reinforce

Volunteers knit tiny beanie
caps for NICU patients
WMC-TV [Memphis, TN], by Shay Harris    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/22/2014 11:52:08 PM     Post Reply
Memphis, TN — In the summer heat, you probably are not wearing too many hats. But for a group of babies in the NICU at Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital, it is a necessity. A group of local Cigna employees decided to make hats for the babies. Clint Till´s baby girl is almost five pounds now, but she is still vulnerable. Covering all of the bases to keep her healthy is imperative. A tiny knit beanie cap goes a long way. (Snip) All 1,000 of the little hats were donated and woven by employees at Cigna, a global health insurance service company.

Marijuana vs, Scotch and a low IQ
American Spectator, by R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/22/2014 11:51:59 PM     Post Reply
Turning once again to what the sociologists call “coping mechanisms”: there is marijuana and then there is alcohol. They are increasingly the civilized options. Consider alcohol. Consider a suave scotch and soda. One does not sit down to a scotch and soda to get blitzed, unless one is a veritable drunk. One sits down and sips a scotch and soda while conversing with friends. Perhaps one reads a book. One enjoys the scotch for the taste. With scotch there are scores of different tastes. One drinks a single malt. One drinks a blend. The same is true with bourbon and

Tips lead to arrest of
TJ Maxx robbery suspects
WMC-TV [Memphis, TN], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/22/2014 11:46:03 PM     Post Reply
Memphis, TN – Two people are charged in a bizarre robbery attack at a Memphis TJ Maxx, where a security guard was threatened with AIDS. Christopher Talley and Latasha Brooks face several charges, including attempted first-degree murder. Police say a child was with them as they stole more than $1,200 worth of purses, but before getting away they left the security guard scared that he may have contracted AIDS. (Snip) Inside the office, police say cameras show Talley fighting with the guard and eventually wraps a wire around his neck. The woman who came into the store with Talley, Latasha Brooks,

  


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Snyder adviser pays $16,000 in property
taxes as Dems urge his firing
Detroit News, by Gary Heinlein    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/22/2014 11:40:30 PM     Post Reply
Lansing — Top gubernatorial adviser Rich Baird paid more than $16,000 in property taxes and interest to settle a problem with his dual Michigan and Illinois residences Friday as Democrats called for his firing. Clinton County Clerk Tina Ward said Baird came in Friday morning and paid $16,700.55 in additional property taxes for 2011, 2012 and 2013 — including $3,202.12 in interest — on his Bath Township home near Lansing. (Snip) Because of what a spokeswoman for Republican Gov. Rick Snyder described as an inadvertent error, both of Baird’s homes had been classified as his principal residences. In Michigan, homeowners get an exemption

Islamic State press officer who
taunted White House with
´flag of Allah´ killed in Syria
Washington Times, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/22/2014 11:32:27 PM     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”

Obama considering airstrikes
in Syria against Islamic State
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/22/2014 11:25:16 PM     Post Reply
President Obama is considering U.S. airstrikes in Syria against militants of the Islamic State, the White House said Friday. “We’re not going to be restricted by borders,” said Ben Rhodes, a national security adviser to the president. “We’re actively considering what’s going to be necessary to deal with that threat.” The bombing of targets in Syria would mark a significant expansion of Mr. Obama’s three-week-old air war against the Islamic State, which has been limited to targets of the militant group in northern Iraq. The U.S. has conducted nearly 100 airstrikes against the militants in Iraq since Aug. 8, and

What it looks like when a Chinese
fighter jet buzzes your plane
Washington Post, by Dan Lamothe    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/22/2014 11:25:04 PM     Post Reply
The Pentagon on Friday blamed China for instigating a hair-raising incident in which a Chinese J-11B fighter jet buzzed a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon plane on Tuesday some 130 miles east of China’s Hainan Island. The atoll is southwest of Hong Kong in the South China Sea, and the incident occurred over international waters, said Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary. As noted in this story by The Washington Post’s Craig Whitlock, the fighter jet brought one of its wingtips within 20 feet of the Poseidon, a Boeing 737 that has been adopted to perform reconnaissance and surveillance missions and hunt for enemy submarines.

Washington Post editorials will
no longer use ‘Redskins’
for the local NFL team
Washington Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/22/2014 11:22:05 PM     Post Reply
THIS PAGE has for many years urged the local football team to change its name. The term “Redskins,” we wrote in 1992, “is really pretty offensive.” The team owner then, Jack Kent Cooke, disagreed, and the owner now, Daniel M. Snyder, disagrees, too. But the matter seems clearer to us now than ever, and while we wait for the National Football League to catch up with thoughtful opinion and common decency, we have decided that, except when it is essential for clarity or effect, we will no longer use the slur ourselves. That’s the standard we apply to all offensive

  



SpaceX rocket blows up over Texas
Washington Post, by Christian Davenport    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/22/2014 11:20:00 PM     Post Reply
A new test rocket manufactured by Elon Musk’s upstart space company, SpaceX, blew itself up a few hundred feet over the Texas prairie after a malfunction was detected, the company said in a statement Friday evening. At its facility in McGregor, Tex., the company was testing a three-engine version of the F9R test vehicle, the successor to its re­usable Grasshopper rocket, which was designed to launch and then land on the same site. “During the flight, an anomaly was detected in the vehicle and the flight termination system automatically terminated the mission,” company spokesman John Taylor said in the statement.

A threat puts Obama’s
legacy in question
Washington Post, by Ruth Marcus    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/22/2014 11:16:19 PM     Post Reply
I’ve thought for some time that the Obama administration could look better in the rearview mirror of history than it does in the bumpy ride of the day to day. That may still turn out to be correct. Yet events of the past few months — specifically, the rise of the Islamic State and the accompanying specter of a renewed terror threat to the United States — have raised the alarming prospect of a legacy even more dismal than suggested by the current grim poll numbers. The rosier view of the historical prospects of the 44th president involves the early

Florida Judge Deals a Blow
to Democrats on Districting
New York Times, by Lizette Alvarez    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/22/2014 11:16:08 PM     Post Reply
Miami - In a blow to Florida Democrats, a state judge on Friday approved a slightly modified congressional map drawn by the Republican-dominated Legislature and decided that the 2014 election could proceed under the old map, which he had ruled unconstitutional. Two days after a sharply partisan hearing on the new map, Terry P. Lewis, a state judge in Leon County, concluded that the rejiggered boundaries for seven districts, while not perfect, “sufficiently” addressed his constitutional concerns. (Snip) He ruled that the Legislature is not required “to produce a map that the plaintiffs, or I, or anyone else might prefer.”

A ‘range of options’
under discussion to
combat Islamic State
Washington Post, by Karen DeYoung    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/22/2014 11:14:08 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration is considering seeking congressional authorization for military action against the Islamic State under a revamped counter­terrorism strategy President Obama announced last year. A mandate from Congress could provide domestic legal justification for the unlimited use of force against the Sunni Muslim group across Iraq and Syria, a senior administration official said. Congress last formally authorized such action in 2001, against al-Qaeda and its associates, and 2002, against Iraq under Saddam Hussein. The new authorization is one of several alternatives under active internal discussion as the administration grapples with whether and how to try to militarily defeat the

Teacher suspended after Michael
Brown, Trayvon Martin lesson
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/22/2014 11:09:00 PM     Post Reply
Selma, AL - An Alabama teacher was suspended without pay after being accused of having sixth-grade students re-enact the deadly police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the Trayvon Martin killing in Florida. The Selma Times-Journal quoted Dallas County School Superintendent Don Willingham as saying the social studies teacher used poor judgment during a lesson on current events. School officials haven´t identified the teacher, who works at Brantley Elementary School. Administrators were alerted to the Ferguson re-enactment this week after the mother of a student in the class posted a complaint on

What are your kids learning in school?
PowerLine, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/22/2014 10:20:26 PM     Post Reply
Probably we should all be past being shocked at what goes on in the public schools, but I confess that an email I got today from Devin Foley of Better Ed shocked me. It quoted descriptions, written by Twin Cities area high school teachers, of how their schools teach literature classes. (Snip) This is mis-education, worse than not attending school at all. Any child of normal intelligence would gain more from staying up late at night and reading books with a flashlight under the covers than from being subjected to such cant. For many students, such palpable bull* is likely

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