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Paradigms Lost
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/23/2014 6:00:11 PM     Post Reply
The administration’s abrupt transition from complacency to near panic on the rise of ISIS recalls Donald Rumsfeld’s famous dictum. But before the dictum, first the panic. (Snip) President Obama’s earlier dismissal of ISIS in January falls into a much more serious category. In an interview with David Remnick of the New Yorker, he boasted that there were now no significant threats worth considering. Al Qaeda had been ‘decimated’ . When Remnick challenged that claim, pointing out that the Black Flag was flying over Fallujah, the president famously waved it off. He characterized ISIS as a “jayvee” or junior varsity team,

Islam’s ‘Relaxation of the Intelligence’
National Review, by Benedict Kiely    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 8/23/2014 4:48:48 PM     Post Reply
In times of evil, prophets who see it in what Ronald Knox called a “clear light” are not necessarily heeded, though they are desperately needed. Such a man was Hilaire Belloc, as Monsignor Knox described him at Belloc’s funeral Mass in 1953. “By derivation,” Knox explained, a prophet “is one who speaks out.” Belloc, the first truly revisionist historian, made it his life’s work to speak out. He warned of the rise of Islam throughout the early years of the 20th century and then between the two world wars, when such prophecy seemed absurd. In 2006 another great prophet, Pope Benedict

Another Nixon to impeach
American Thinker, by Jan LaRue    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/23/2014 4:38:55 PM     Post Reply
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) described himself “thunderstruck” by the police response to protests, rioting and looting of businesses in the town of Ferguson. It’s either a lightning strike to his brain, or fear for his political future driving Nixon’s bungled leadership and his presumptuous and premature call for prosecution of a police officer. Nixon plopped his political posterior on the scale of justice by calling for prosecution of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson hours before a grand jury began hearing any evidence in the case of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man shot and killed by Wilson on August

  


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Supporters of officer in Ferguson
shooting rally in South St. Louis
St. Louis Post Dispatch (MO), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/23/2014 4:34:39 PM     Post Reply
About 75 to 100 people gathered Saturday in southwest St. Louis to show support for the Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson, who fatally shot Michael Brown. About 20 people held signs with messages such as “Justice Comes In All Colors” and “We Support PO Wilson.” Some motorists driving by honked in apparent solidarity. Many in the largely white crowd wore T-shirts with a badge insignia. The gathering was on the parking lot and sidewalk outside Barney’s Sports Pub on Chippewa Street near Hampton Avenue. Some people interviewed at the rally said the public should withhold judgment on Wilson’s actions in the

Breaking News: Briton living
in Sierra Leone tests positive for
Ebola and is being assessed by doctors
Daily Mail [UK], by Kieran Corcoran    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/23/2014 4:05:37 PM     Post Reply
A British national living in Sierra Leone has tested positive for the Ebola virus, health chiefs have confirmed. It is the first confirmed case of a Briton contracting the deadly virus during the recent outbreak. The Department of Health said medical experts were assessing the situation ´to ensure that appropriate care is delivered´. Consular assistance is being provided to the victim of the disease, which has a fatality rate of around 90 per cent and symptoms including vomiting, diarrhoea, organ failure and internal bleeding. Professor John Watson, deputy chief medical officer, said: 'The overall risk to the public in the UK continues to be very

11 shot, including 3-year-old, across city
Chicago Tribune, by Peter Nickeas    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/23/2014 3:50:03 PM     Post Reply
A 3-year-old boy was shot in the head on the West Side and at least 10 others were wounded in shootings across the city from Friday afternoon into Saturday morning, according to authorities. The boy was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital after he was shot in the 4300 block of West Monroe Street in the city´s West Garfield Park neighborhood about 7:30 p.m. Friday. Police said the boy was in a closet with at least one other child and playing with the gun when it discharged, hitting the boy in the head and leaving him in critical condition. In other

SpaceX rocket explodes
over McGregor facilities
KCEN News (Waco-Temple-Bryan TX), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/23/2014 3:44:56 PM     Post Reply
(Video) McGREGOR, TEXAS- A Falcon 9 Rocket exploded over the McGregor SpaceX facility Friday. It was initially reported to be a Grasshopper rocket. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk issued this response on Twitter to the rocket explosion in McGregor: "Three engine F9R Dev1 vehicle auto-terminated during test flight. No injuries or near injuries. Rockets are tricky." This was the second test flight for the rocket. The first was April 17. It was successful to a height of 250 meters. This is the first time one of their rockets has exploded. SpaceX issued this statement in response to the explosion: "Earlier today,

  


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Saudi Arabia to host Arab
meeting on Syria, IS crisis
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/23/2014 3:39:00 PM     Post Reply
Cairo - Saudi Arabia is to host a meeting of foreign ministers from several Arab states to discuss the Syrian conflict and the rise of Islamic State jihadists, Egypt´s foreign ministry announced Saturday. It said Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia were to take part in Sunday´s talks to be held in the kingdom´s Red Sea city of Jeddah. The meeting will address "the growing presence in Iraq and Syria of extremists, notably the Islamic State (IS)," the ministry said in a statement. It added that the rise of IS meant the "search for a political solution to the Syria crisis was needed more than ever".

The message in a father´s final gift
KHOU-TV (Houston TX), by Kevin Reece    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/23/2014 3:35:45 PM     Post Reply
(Video) Timothy Marsh´s story does not have a happy ending, but it does have an important message. And his family agreed, two months after his death, to share the impact of the last emotional gift he gave his daughters. "Well I had every man´s dream life I guess," Marsh said in a June 2014 videotaped interview with River Pointe Church in Richmond where he and his family are members of the congregation. He was 51 years old. He had a successful career, a beautiful home. He and his wife Eleanor were parents to a blended family of seven children. But the diagnosis was colon cancer. It came back with a vengeance

Iceland volcano: Bardarbunga
eruption sparks red alert
BBC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/23/2014 3:03:04 PM     Post Reply
Iceland has issued a red alert to the aviation industry for the Bardarbunga volcano, meaning significant ash emissions are likely. The Icelandic Met Office has warned that a small eruption under an ice cap has begun at Bardarbunga. The air space over the site has been closed, but all Icelandic airports currently remain open, authorities say. Iceland´s Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted in 2010, producing an ash cloud that severely disrupted air travel. The red alert is the highest warning on the country´s five-point scale. Flooding threat -The Icelandic Met Office said a team of scientists was flying across the region on

Eric Holder, Racial Profiler
National Review Online, by Andrew C. McCarthy    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/23/2014 2:48:53 PM     Post Reply
Why has a federal civil-rights murder investigation arisen out of the tumult in a St. Louis exurb? There is only one plausible reason: Eric Holder is guilty of racial profiling. To be clear, we are not talking here about whether there was justification for the shooting of a young black man, 18-year-old Michael Brown, by a young white police officer, 28-year-old Darren Wilson. Was the shooting a legitimate exercise in self-defense by an officer under attack? Was it an overreaction for which Officer Wilson should suffer serious civil and criminal consequences? Such questions can only be answered by a thorough

  


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´Underestimated´ Ebola outbreak spreads
USA Today, by Natalie DiBlasio    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/23/2014 2:48:50 PM     Post Reply
Ebola continues to spread in West Africa as Sierra Leone voted to pass a new amendment imposing jail time for anyone caught hiding an Ebola patient. With 142 new cases recorded, the total number is now 2,615 with 1,427 deaths, the World Health Organization said Friday. The group added that the magnitude of the Ebola outbreak has been "underestimated." "Many families hide infected loved ones in their homes," the organization wrote in an assessment. "Others deny that a patient has Ebola and believe that care in an isolation ward — viewed as an incubator of the disease — will lead to infection and certain death.

Shias in Iraq town under ISIS siege
face risk of ´massacre,´ UN says
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 8/23/2014 2:43:19 PM     Post Reply
The United Nations warned Saturday that a northeast Iraq town under siege by Islamic State militants since June faces risk of a "massacre," if urgent action is not taken to rescue residents. Militants have surrounded the small Shia Turkmen community of Amerli, roughly 110 miles north of Baghdad, drawing comparisons to Islamic State´s siege of Mount Sinjar, where thousands of Yazidi were trapped for weeks before U.S. air strikes drove the militants away and allowed the innocent civilians to escape the bloodthirsty jihadists. But this time, those trapped are Shia Muslims, who are reviled by the mostly Sunni Islamic State fighters.

Lauren Bacall leaves
thousands to pampered dog
Telegraph [UK], by Rob Crilly    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/23/2014 2:36:21 PM     Post Reply
Lauren Bacall, one of the last great actresses of cinema´s golden era, has left $10,000 (£6,000) to her pampered dog Sophie. The star, nicknamed "The Look" for her smouldering on-screen presence, died this month at the age of 89 in New York, the city where she was born and raised. Her estate documents show she left $26.6 million, split between her three children, plus a special bequest to her beloved papillon dog. That money will go to her youngest son, Sam Robards, 53, to ensure that Sophie continues to live in the manner to which she is accustomed. Neighbours frequently

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Iraq,
Immigration and 2016
Wall Street Journal, by Reid J. Epstein    Original Article
Posted By: Abigail4- 8/23/2014 1:59:48 PM     Post Reply
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is thinking about running for president in 2016, and says he’s “always very humbled to be mentioned” among would-be Republican standard-bearers. But he’s not yet in the business of laying out a grand idea of why he should get a promotion from Indianapolis to the White House, remaining careful to not alienate his conservative base while trying to preserve his ability to appeal to moderates. (Snip) Mr. Pence, who served 12 years in the U.S. House before being elected governor in 2012, dodged questions about protests in Ferguson, Mo., and whether he’d vote to rescind President Barack Obama’s deferred-action

  


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The coming apocalypse: Last week,
historian DOMINIC SANDBROOK wrote
a damning critique of the West´s
failure to halt Islamic fanatics.
Now, after a savage murder that
confirmed his worst fears,*
Daily Mail (UK), by Dominic Sandbrook    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/23/2014 1:59:43 PM     Post Reply
Dawn on August 23, and in the early morning haze there are already queues outside Britain’s petrol stations. Along the roads leading into major cities, the lines of cars snake for miles. Many drivers left while it was dark, hoping to beat the traffic through the anti-terrorist checkpoints. In central London, armed police are already on the streets, a familiar sight in these troubled times. Scroll down for video -(Snip) This is Britain in 2030: frightened, fractious and weary, its economy sunk in the longest depression in history, its people haunted by terrorism and war.

Isil: the world must tackle
this mass psychosis
Telegraph [UK], by Janet Daley    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/23/2014 1:58:24 PM     Post Reply
We are not engaged in a religious war. This is not a confrontation between Islam and the West. To start from that premise is to place Isil (which should not be called by its presumptive title “Islamic State”) on precisely the ground it wishes to occupy. [Snip] The contest is not modern liberal democracy versus the Dark Ages. This is to impose meaning on what is, in truth, meaningless. There is nothing coherent or comprehensible at the heart of the homicidal Isil frenzy. It is just what it looks like: psychopathic nihilism. Indeed, it may be worse than counterproductive to

A plan to fight Islamic State
Wall Street Journal, by Daniel Byman    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/23/2014 1:42:41 PM     Post Reply
When President Barack Obama called the Islamic State a "cancer" on Wednesday, the description may have been more apt than he intended. The Sunni jihadist group is indeed a malignant tumor metastasizing in the body of the Middle East. But like cancer, it will be stubbornly difficult to defeat—and some of the cures could end up killing the patient. The spread has been shockingly quick. In June, the Islamic State surged deeper into Iraq, taking Mosul, Iraq´s second-largest city, advancing close to Baghdad and threatening Kurdish territory. The group even declared a "caliphate." Only Mr. Obama´s Aug. 7 decision to

US considers air strikes in Syria
after murder of James Foley
Telegraph [UK], by Rob Crilly    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/23/2014 1:36:32 PM     Post Reply
The US is considering escalating its assault on Islamic State and the Levant extremists with air raids, drone strikes and special forces operations inside Syria following the murder of James Foley, an American journalist. Barack Obama has so far resisted calls for attacks inside Syria, and justified similar operations in Iraq as protecting US forces or preventing the genocide of religious minorities at the hands of Sunni fundamentalists. However, the graphic video of Mr Foley’s death has brought a hardening of Washington’s position. Benjamin Rhodes, the president’s deputy national security adviser, told reporters in Martha’s Vineyard, where Mr Obama is

Ferguson protesters confront Jesse
Jackson: ‘When you going to
stop selling us out?’
Washington Times, by Phillip Swarts    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/23/2014 1:28:36 PM     Post Reply
A group of protesters in Ferguson, Mo., confronted civil rights activist Jesse Jackson in a McDonald’s parking lot, saying they believed he was in the town for his own gain and not to support protesters. “When you going to stop selling us out Jesse?” a protester shouts at Mr. Jackson in a video captured of the incident and first posted by conservative news site Western Journalism on Friday. “We don’t want you here in St. Louis! When you gonna stop selling us out, Jesse?” the person continues. Mr. Jackson largely remains silent during the confrontation, stating only that he is there to support the people of Ferguson and has met with the parents of

  



Thousands march in New York City
to protest police chokehold death
Reuters, by Natasja Sheriff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/23/2014 1:17:46 PM     Post Reply
New York - The Reverend Al Sharpton led thousands of chanting but peaceful activists in a march across Staten Island on Saturday to protest the death of Eric Garner, who died after New York City police put him in a banned chokehold last month. Protesters traveled by bus and ferry to join the rally over Garner, a 43-year-old black father of six, whose killing has become part of a larger national debate about how U.S. police use force, particularly on people who are not white. "If you can do it to him, then you can do it to any citizen and we are not going to be silent when that happens," Sharpton said at a pre-rally speech

A Tale of Two Africas
Wall Street Journal, by Betsy McKay*    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/23/2014 1:17:30 PM     Post Reply
In 2000, the deadly Ebola virus struck Uganda. And like the current outbreak in West Africa, now the largest in history, Uganda was completely unprepared. Combating it in a remote northern district under siege from a rebel insurgency, Ugandan health authorities failed to stem an initial outbreak. Frightened residents—many displaced by militants and living in congested camps—hid their ill relatives, infecting themselves as they wiped away the sweat and blood of the sick or as they prepared infectious bodies for burial. Patients fled hospitals, spreading the disease. Health-care workers ran away too. Uganda defeated the epidemic several months later,

Our Bien Pensant American Historians:
The New Friends of Hamas
PJ Media, by Ron Radosh    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 8/23/2014 12:37:30 PM     Post Reply
In July of 1945, an organization called the Friends of the Haganah was created by American Jews, to support the defense forces of the Jewish community in Palestine. They knew that the Yishuv — the name of the Palestinian Jews who had built up the basis for a future state — were living under the dire threat of constant attacks by the surrounding Arab states. How things have changed. Nowhere has this been illustrated better than in the recent petition signed by over 200 American historians (who now claim over 1000 signatures), condemning Israel for its “disproportionate” use of force and

Obamas head to Oak Bluffs fireworks
Cape Cod Times (MA), by Jason Kolnos, Eric Williams    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/23/2014 12:37:18 PM     Post Reply
OAK BLUFFS — President Barack Obama and his family continued their vacation with a bang Friday night. The Obamas watched the town´s annual fireworks show with White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett and friends, according to pool reports. The presidential motorcade arrived at Jarrett´s waterfront home near the Lookout Tavern just after 7:45 p.m. This is the same place that the first family took in the fireworks show last year. The fireworks began around 9 p.m. Inside the nearby Lookout Tavern, the crowds cheered and hollered with glee as the president and their family made the brief walk from the street to

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