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ISIS: The End of Denial
American Thinker, by James Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 8/23/2014 8:07:04 AM     Post Reply
The Vietnam War was won by American forces in the field, together with South Vietnamese, but it was lost in the media. (Snip) I believe that the explosion of ISIS photos is finally putting an end to decades massive Western denial of Islamist horrors. For thirty years, the West has been in denial, ever since Jimmy Carter surrendered to Ayatollah Khomeini in the mass kidnapping of our embassy personnel in 1979. Since then the OPEC cartel has simply bought up Western politicians and media owners, until the average American can no longer think straight about the clear and present threat of jihad war.

The rapper, the hacker and the terror
travel guide writer. Is one of these British
extremists Jihadi John? Three potential
Islamic State ´Beatles´ emerge as MI5*
Daily Mail [UK], by Kieran Corcoran    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/23/2014 8:06:26 AM     Post Reply
Three British men waging jihad in the Middle East alongside the Islamic State (IS) have emerged as potential identities for the masked extremist who killed James Foley in a brutal propaganda video. The men, all in their early twenties, are thought to be in the IS capital of Raqqa, Syria. They enter the frame as security sources say MI5 are getting closer to discovering who the executioner, known only as ´John´, could be. The fighter, who spoke with a British accent, butchered Mr Foley, an American journalist, in front of cameras, claiming it was retaliation for U.S. air strikes on the Islamic

British rapper a suspect in
journalist’s beheading by ISIS
New York Post, by Bruce Golding    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 8/23/2014 7:41:57 AM     Post Reply
A British rapper whose father is awaiting trial in Manhattan for a pair of US embassy bombings is a leading suspect in the barbaric beheading of American journalist James Foley, it was revealed on Friday. Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary — who recently tweeted a photo of himself holding up a severed head — was among three Brits identified as possibly being the masked killer known as “John the Beatle.” Bary, 24, is the son of an Egyptian-born militant who is awaiting trial on terror charges tied to the deadly 1998 bombings of embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.Also under investigation are the brother

  


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Tea party group weighs backing
Brown in N.H. Senate fight
Washington Times, by Seth McLaughlin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/23/2014 5:55:16 AM     Post Reply
The leaders of national tea party group are in New Hampshire meeting with the candidates running for the U.S. Senate and weighing whether to support former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown — or one of his rivals for the GOP nomination — ahead of the Senate primary next month. Sal Russo, co-founder of Tea Party Express, and Andrew Surabian, the group’s political director, met with the candidates Thursday and Friday in New Hampshire and are considering whether to take sides before the state’s Sept. 9 primary. Taylor Budowich, executive director of Tea Party Express, told The Washington Times that it is possible that

The Latest Step in the HHS Mandate Saga:
The Non-Accommodation Is Still Not a Solution
National Review Online, by James Capretta    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/23/2014 5:52:13 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration suffered two stinging defeats at the Supreme Court this summer related to the so-called “HHS mandate” — the rule that requires employers to include free contraceptives, sterilization services, and products that can induce early-pregnancy abortions in their health plan offerings to workers. In the Hobby Lobby case, the Supreme Court ruled that closely held for-profit companies had rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), and that the contested HHS rule did not meet RFRA’s “least restrictive means” test for imposing this requirement on employers with religious objections. A few days later,

No time to lead from behind
Washington Post, by Michael Gerson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/23/2014 5:48:42 AM     Post Reply
Responding to the horrifying murder of photojournalist James Foley, Secretary of State John Kerry declared the Islamic State “and the wickedness it represents must be destroyed.” President Obama said, “People like this ultimately fail.” The first is a pledge; the second an observation. Obama remains a rhetorical spectator to events in Iraq and Syria that he does not want to own and that he believes the United States has a limited ability to influence. Obama called the Islamic State a “cancer.” But the actual pledge found in his remarks was consistent with earlier pledges: “The United States of America will continue

Jesse Jackson Confronted by Ferguson
Protesters: ‘We Don’t Want You Here’
Mediaite, by Eddie Scarry    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/23/2014 5:45:54 AM     Post Reply
A web video surfaced Friday of civil rights activist Jesse Jackson being confronted by Ferguson, MO, protesters unhappy with Jackson’s presence in the city. The video was posted by the conservative website Western Journalism. “Are you marching today with us, or are you just going to sit in the car?” one of the men confronting Jackson says in the video. Jackson seems to remain silent in the video, which is recorded in a McDonald’s parking lot. “When you going to stop selling us out, Jesse?” one of the protesters says. “We don’t want you here in St. Louis! When you gonna stop selling us

  


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U.S. drops search for new shelter
to house child immigrants
McClatchy Newspapers, by Anita Kumar    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/23/2014 5:43:54 AM     Post Reply
Washington — The Obama administration has quietly abandoned its aggressive months-long search for emergency shelters across the nation as the number of children illegally crossing the southern border alone continues to drop. At the same time, three facilities at military bases in Texas, California and Oklahoma set up as shelters are no longer housing children from Central America. An official with the Department of Health and Human Services, which led the search for shelters, said there’s been a decrease in the number of children apprehended at the border and an increase in the number of children sent to live with

Has ISIS transformed the
vacationer in the Oval Office?
Washington Examiner [DC], by Mark Tapscott    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/23/2014 5:38:38 AM     Post Reply
President Obama is still vacationing in Martha´s Vineyard as this is written. But he may have experienced a jolting encounter with a grim reality. The problem with Obama is too often there is no "there, there" with his words on foreign policy issues. Most infamously, he drew a red line Syria, warning of terrible consequences if the Assad regime used chemical weapons. Then, when the Assad regime did use chemical weapons, Obama unexpectedly deferred to Vladimir Putin to broker a deal that rendered the red line irrelevant. There is no doubt that Obama, to this point in his presidency, has been epically

The Obama-Netanyahu dysfunctional tango
Los Angeles Times, by Aaron David Miller    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/23/2014 5:31:26 AM     Post Reply
The ongoing Gaza crisis seems to have broken a lot of crockery in the U.S.-Israel relationship. Malicious attacks on Secretary of State John Kerry, tough Obama administration statements on the "appalling" nature of Israeli strikes causing civilian casualties, and greater scrutiny of U.S. missile shipments to Israel have led some observers to conclude that this is among the worst patches in the relationship. Those worried, or alternatively hoping, that the special relationship is about to become … well, a lot less special better lie down until the feeling passes. However dysfunctional relations are between President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin

Who had the worst week in Washington?
The vacationing President Obama.
Washington Post, by Aaron Blake    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/23/2014 5:20:00 AM     Post Reply
President Obama has had some trouble getting away from it all. During the president’s vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., Americans have witnessed clashes and standoffs between police and protesters in Ferguson, Mo., and have seen a gut-wrenching video of American journalist James Foley being executed by Islamic State militants, who said the killing was in retaliation for airstrikes Obama ordered against them in Iraq. Meanwhile, the chairman of Obama’s own party, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), appeared to question the president’s decision to deport thousands of illegal-immigrant youths back to their violent home countries in Central America, suggesting that they were

  


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The EPA´s Costly ´Clean
Power Plan´ Power Grab
Forbes, by Karen Lugo    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/23/2014 5:16:13 AM     Post Reply
This time, the feds are not even trying to say: “If you like your power plan you can keep it.” Under the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan, the agency will accomplish a wholesale transfer of site-based power plant regulatory authority to the federal government, while cutting states out of prioritization and affordability concerns. Where Obamacare comes between the doctor and the patient, the CPP comes between the states and their energy plants. Obamacare was at least an unseemly legislative reconciliation product. The Clean Power is agency invention with only tangential basis in statutory legitimacy. The EPA has already acted outside of the

Obama’s unlawful Bergdahl-
for-terrorists swap
Washington Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/23/2014 5:01:57 AM     Post Reply
President Obama was wrong earlier this year to trade five hardened terrorists from the prison at Guantanamo Bay for a deserter. All but the president’s most dedicated supporters understood then that the trade was a really bad idea. Now, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office has confirmed what many suspect, that the swap violated a “clear and unambiguous” law. For this White House, the law is little more than an annoyance to be swatted away when inconvenient. Mr. Obama makes and remakes the law as he goes along. Congress has allowed itself to become irrelevant. But Congress, in a rare fit

Racism Forever
American Spectator, by Andrew B. Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/23/2014 4:58:26 AM     Post Reply
It’s been a busy couple of days for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. On Wednesday, the nation’s top law enforcement officer — who doubles as the leading impediment to law enforcement, whenever he sees a law he doesn’t like — flew to St. Louis for another exercise in the selective dispensation of justice. Holder came to express sympathy with the protesters chanting “no justice, no peace” in Ferguson, one of the city’s close-in suburbs, where an 18-year-old black youth, described by friends and family as a “gentle giant,” on his way to visit his grandmother, had been shot and killed by a

No Law, No Order
Weekly Standard, by Christopher Caldwell    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/23/2014 4:50:51 AM     Post Reply
Ferguson, Mo. "I JUST SAW SOMEONE DIE OMFG,” wrote Emanuel Freeman, a teenage rap aficionado who lives in the Canfield Green housing project in Ferguson, Missouri. It was about noon on Saturday, August 9, when Michael Brown, a hulking 18-year-old recently graduated from a failing high school and 10 minutes removed from committing a strong-arm robbery, was shot dead by Ferguson policeman Darren Wilson in the street outside Freeman’s window. Freeman appears not to have seen the fusillade that killed Brown, and no uncontested account of it has emerged. But we can see from the tweets Freeman posted in the following

  


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Obama lands in the rough among
critics over second day of golf
after James Foley was executed by ISIS
New York Daily News, by James Warren    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/23/2014 4:47:14 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Maybe backgammon might be a better idea for President Obama. The Putterer-in-Chief played golf again Thursday on ritzy Martha´s Vineyard, a day after he raised eyebrows by seguing seamlessly from a statement on the terrorist butchery of ISIS to the links. "It´s bad because perception is very important in foreign affairs," Laura Ingraham, the conservative talk radio host, said in an email. "Same reason it was important not to pose for a selfie at Mandela´s funeral. It all conveys a lack of seriousness and maturity." "The optics are terrible," added John Feehery, a former top aide to House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Il.)

Perry hits Washington, aiming to
make most of charges against him
Dallas Morning News, by Todd J. Gillman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/23/2014 4:39:15 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Gov. Rick Perry left Texas behind on Thursday for a three-day jaunt to Washington and the presidential testing ground of New Hampshire, vowing to beat his abuse-of-power charges. “There are a few public officials in Travis County who have taken issue with an exercise of my constitutional veto authority,” he told an overflow crowd at the conservative Heritage Foundation. “I am very confident in my case, and I can assure you that I will fight this attack on our system of government.” Rich Lowry, editor of the conservative National Review, introduced Perry by calling the charges a sign of Democratic

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

  



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

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

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