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Food stamp fraud rampant: GAO report
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/23/2014 7:10:02 PM     Post Reply
Americans receiving food stamps were caught selling and bartering their benefits online for art, housing and cash, according to a new federal report that investigates fraud in the nation’s largest nutrition support program. Complicating the situation is the fact states around the country are having trouble tracking and prosecuting the crimes because their enforcement budgets have been slashed despite the rapidly-rising number of food stamp recipients, according to the Government Accountability Office report. Under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, 47 million people have been awarded $76 billion in benefits. State agencies are responsible for addressing SNAP recipient fraud

US ´set to launch air strikes´
on senior Isis terror chiefs in Syria
Observer [UK], by Toby Helm & Martin Chulov    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/23/2014 7:09:47 PM     Post Reply
The United States was said to be considering air strikes aimed at eliminating individual leaders of Islamic State as Turkey came under mounting pressure to stem the flow of jihadists across its border into Syria. As Washington on Saturday debated extending air strikes into Syria, senior British politicians urged Ankara to act to block recruits from the UK and other countries from entering Syria via Turkey, en route to joining Islamic State (formerly Isis). This weekend large numbers of Isis jihadists were trying to secure greater control of the border area, pushing northwards in armoured trucks looted from abandoned Iraqi military bases.

Perry slams Obama during
New Hampshire appearances
KSAT 12 (San Antonio, TX), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/23/2014 7:07:06 PM     Post Reply
Rick Perry ticked the countries off one-by-one, his list of what he terms President Barack Obama´s foreign policy failures. Speaking at a rally for New Hampshire Republican activists, the Texas governor touched on the execution of journalist and Granite State native James Foley at the hands of the Islamic extremist group ISIS. "Our hearts are heavy today, because of a young man from Rochester. A hero. A man who stood in the gap to reveal the evil that ISIS is all about," said the potential presidential candidate.



Forget the Ice Bucket Challenge;
Lefty Blogger Starts Taco-Or-Beer
Challenge to Fund Abortion
NewsBusters, by Katie Yoder    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/23/2014 6:51:39 PM     Post Reply
You know what’s funny? Infanticide! It’s the point of a hysterical new trend from a left-wing blogger. Andrea Grimes of RH Reality Check and the Texas Observer (Both part of George Soros’ Media Consortium) wasn’t keen on the internet-viral #IceBucketChallenge, so she decided to create one of her own: the #TacoOrBeerChallenge – to fund abortion. “I want you to eat a taco, drink a beer, and fund abortion,” she wrote in a new piece for RH Reality Check. The #IceBucketChallenge raised more than $41 million as of August 21 for the ALS Association, a self-described “national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”

Jackie Robinson West to play
for Little League World Series
championship after win over Nevada
WLS-TV [Chicago, IL], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Illinois Mom- 8/23/2014 6:49:28 PM     Post Reply
Chicago´s Jackie Robinson West All-Star team beat Nevada, 7-5, in the Little League World Series U.S. Championship game, advancing to the title game on Sunday afternoon.The team comprised of 11- and 12-year-olds from Chicago´s South and Southwest Sides will face a team from South Korea on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. Chicago time in Williamsport, Pa. Win or lose on Sunday, the city of Chicago is planning a celebratory parade and rally for the team on Wednesday, details still to be announced. On Thursday night, Jackie Robinson West moved onto the U.S. Championship game when they held off a gritty Philadelphia team, 6-5,

2.2 million bean bag chairs recalled
after choking deaths (+video)
Christian Science Monitor, by Schuyler Velasco    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/23/2014 6:39:46 PM     Post Reply
Furniture manufacturer Ace Bayou Corp. and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalled 2.2 million bean bag chairs Friday after two children suffocated on the bags’ filling beads. “The zippers on the bean bag chairs can be opened and children can then crawl inside, get trapped and suffocate or choke on the bean bag chair’s foam beads,” the New Orleans-based company and the CPSC said in the recall notice (Snip) “The voluntary standard requires non-refillable bean bag chairs to have closed and permanently disabled zippers.” The zipper problem is a recurrent one in bean bag chair manufacturing.

And now, final exams
for kindergartners. Really.
Washington Post, by Valerie Strauss    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/23/2014 6:34:34 PM     Post Reply
Just when you think things can’t get any worse for kindergartners, they do. It used to be that kindergartners could play — which is how early childhood development experts say young children learn and are socialized best. Today 5- and 6-year-olds are forced to sit for hours at a time doing academics, often with little or no recess, and in some places, no time for a snack. Homework goes home every day with many kindergartners. (Snip) In 2011 the Florida Legislature approved a statute that is to go into effect during the new 2014-15 school year requiring that school districts develop and/or administer seven or more end-of-course



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

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,

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

´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

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

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