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The Growing Blue-State Diaspora
New York Times, by Robert Gebeloff & David Leonhardt    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/24/2014 5:30:41 AM     Post Reply
Californians have moved to Colorado and Nevada. Massachusetts natives have moved to New Hampshire. New Yorkers have moved to North Carolina and Virginia — and, of course, have continued moving to Florida. Over the last few decades, residents of many traditionally liberal states have moved to states that were once more conservative. And this pattern has played an important role in helping the Democratic Party win the last two presidential elections and four of the last six. The growth of the Latino population and the social liberalism of the millennial generation may receive more attention, but the growing diaspora of blue-state

Obama, Standing Undaunted for the
Unpopular Principle... of His Leisure Time
National Review Online, by Jim Geraghty    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/24/2014 5:23:21 AM     Post Reply
President Obama Doesn’t Care What We Think About His Golfing. After that brutal New York Daily News cover Thursday afternoon, hitting him for going golfing right after his remarks about the beheading of American, President Obama responded Thursday afternoon… by going golfing. President Obama doesn’t care if the optics are bad. He doesn’t care if there’s an awful contrast because UK Prime Minister David Cameron canceled his vacation plans. He doesn’t care if he’s getting grief from once-stalwart fans like Chris Matthews and Maureen Dowd. He doesn’t care if Congressional Democrats are openly griping about his disinterest and disconnect in the New

Couple wins $2.4 million from
fabled Las Vegas slot machine
Los Angeles Times, by Matt Hansen    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/24/2014 5:18:11 AM     Post Reply
A New Hampshire couple won a $2.4-million jackpot at a vaunted Las Vegas slot machine, ending a 20-year run in which many contestants tried and failed to coax a giant payout from the recalcitrant machine. Walter and Linda Misco of Chester, N.H., played for five minutes Friday night before inserting a $100 bill into the "Lion´s Share" slot machine at the MGM Grand and hitting the jackpot. The game, which is the last progressive slot machine left on the casino´s floor, had tempted players since the 1990s with its ever-increasing jackpot. The casino said it was the most popular slot

  


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Now Michelle Obama Has Caused America’s
‘Best Cafeteria Cookie’ To Be Outlawed
Daily Caller, by Eric Owens    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/24/2014 5:11:52 AM     Post Reply
An eruption of aggravation about what American schoolchildren can no longer eat in school cafeterias is never far away in the Obama era. Now, thanks to federal intervention that first lady Michelle has made her signature issue, students in all 11 taxpayer-funded public schools in Elyria, Ohio cannot enjoy the famous Elyria pink cookie anymore. This cookie is no ordinary cookie, according to The Chronicle-Telegram, the Cleveland suburb’s local newspaper. It’s a velvety, cake-like, scrumptious delicacy glazed with a huge dollop of sugary pink icing. Cleveland magazine dubbed the Elyria pink cookie the “Best Cafeteria Cookie” in 2009. Locals will even call up

How a Real Air War
Could Demolish ISIS
Daily Beast, by Clive Irving    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/24/2014 5:09:19 AM     Post Reply
History has shown that air power can be a deciding factor in battles, if only the Arab states would use it against ISIS. With sickening snuff videos and viral postings of mass executions, ISIS has developed the projection of terror way beyond any predecessor. It has also managed to make itself seem more militarily formidable than it actually is. Even though its capacity as a training camp and assignment center for jihadists who can be sent to blow people up in Europe, the U.S. and Asia poses an extreme new danger, this should not be confused with its threat as a

Congress passes laws for reasons
and Obama must obey them
Washington Examiner [DC], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/24/2014 5:06:06 AM     Post Reply
Whether the trade of five senior Taliban terrorists for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was politically or militarily wise remains a matter of intense disagreement in some quarters. One thing that is not controversial is that how the trade was done violated federal law, according to the Government Accountability Office, the independent government watchdog agency for Congress. On Thursday, the GAO wrote in response to queries from Republican senators that in ordering the trade, President Obama violated two laws. First, he violated the funding law for the Department of Defense this year, which forbade funds from being used to release

Welcome mat is out
Boston Herald, by Howie Carr    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/24/2014 4:56:57 AM     Post Reply
So the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said the other day that when it comes to terrorist attacks by ISIS, certain countries “because of open borders and immigration issues, it’s an immediate threat.” Open borders? Immigration issues? What nation could Army Gen. Martin Dempsey possibly be speaking of? As it turns out, Dempsey is a good bureaucrat, an Obama Kool-Aid drinker from way back, and he was referring to the “southern border” of NATO. Whew, that’s a relief. Besides, the U.S. doesn’t have any borders anymore, open or otherwise. Who are these nattering nabobs of negativism, these nervous nellies screaming about ISIS? Gov.

  


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Scotland the Brave
Weekly Standard, by Sara Lodge    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/24/2014 4:54:39 AM     Post Reply
If at first you don’t secede, try, try again. This might be the motto of Alex Salmond’s Scottish National party, which since 1934 has been advocating the proposition that Scotland should be an independent country, governed not from London but from Edinburgh and able to make its own policy decisions about defense, immigration, taxation, and spending. On September 18, Scots will finally face a referendum about their future. Do they wish to continue to be part of the United Kingdom or to go it alone under their own flag—the blue and white saltire—into a new Caledonian era? The timing of

Why comedians and ‘SNL’ are
shielding President Obama
New York Post, by Kyle Smith    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/24/2014 4:51:38 AM     Post Reply
At last, we know the reason why comedy writers don’t make fun of President Obama much. It turns out the man is completely unmockable. We learn this from Jim Downey, the longtime “Saturday Night Live” specialist in political japery. “If I had to describe Obama as a comedy project, I would say, ‘Degree of difficulty, 10 point 10,’” the writer says in the expanded new edition of the “SNL” oral history book, “Live from New York.” “It’s like being a rock climber looking up at a thousand-foot-high face of solid obsidian, polished and oiled,” Downey says. “There’s not a single thing to grab

Obama’s golf outing after Foley
beheading was a huge mistake
New York Post, by Michael Goodwin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/24/2014 4:50:15 AM     Post Reply
Sometimes a round of golf is just a round of golf. And sometimes it reveals the ­essence of a man. President Obama’s decision to hit the links and yuk it up with pals immediately after speaking about the beheading of James ­Foley was no ordinary mistake. Nor was it a simple gaffe. The decision continues to cause an uproar because, like an X-ray, there is no escaping the image. It shows there is no there there. With even his media praetorian guard appalled, the golf outing is sparking a wider understanding that Obama is hollow, empty of the routine qualities Americans expect from

Romney Having Fun With
Political Resurrection
PJ Media, by Rob Longley    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/24/2014 4:44:18 AM     Post Reply
BECKLEY, W.Va. — As the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney was criticized at times for an often-wooden stage presence and stilted delivery that left voters underwhelmed and unimpressed. But it was a very different Mitt Romney on display Tuesday during a rally here for GOP Senate hopeful Shelley Moore Capito and two House candidates, Alex Mooney and Evan Jenkins. Wearing jeans and a blue windowpane dress shirt, Romney came across more like the candidate many Republicans wished he’d been two years ago: relaxed, self-assured, amiable — even “effervescent,” according to one woman. “He’s being himself,” said Joanne Tripp, one of about 500

  


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Deep Pockets, Dark Goals: How
Will ISIS Keep Funding Terror?
NBC News, by Robert Windrem    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/24/2014 4:40:39 AM     Post Reply
Ransom payments for kidnap victims, crimes like extortion and robbery and, lately, oil sales are believed to have brought in “hundreds of millions of dollars” for ISIS during its two-year reign of terror, U.S. intelligence officials tell NBC News. But the group is burning through money nearly as quickly, fighting a two-front war in Syria and Iraq and trying to govern the self-declared “caliphate” it has established, they say. The Islamic terror group’s annual revenues are now at least comparable to the funding that al Qaeda had available during its heyday in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when U.S.

Was the Aurora theater shooting
“foreseeable” by owners?
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/24/2014 4:35:33 AM     Post Reply
The Denver Post is reporting that a lawsuit being brought by survivors and family members in the wake of the 2012 Aurora theater shooting against the theater may move forward. The owner of the Aurora movie theater that was the site of a deadly 2012 attack could have reasonably enough foreseen the danger of such an attack to be held liable for it, a federal judge ruled Friday. Noting “the grim history of mass shootings and mass killings that have occurred in more recent times,” U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson ruled that Cinemark — owner of the Century Aurora 16

U.S. strikes in Syria against Islamic State
would be hindered by intelligence gaps
Washington Post, by Greg Miller    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/24/2014 4:33:46 AM     Post Reply
A U.S. offensive in Syria against the radical Islamist group that beheaded an American journalist would likely be constrained by persistent intelligence gaps and an inability to rely on fleets of armed drones that have served as the Obama administration’s signature weapon against terrorist networks elsewhere, U.S. officials said. The Pentagon has conducted daily surveillance flights along Iraq’s border with Syria in recent weeks as part of a push to bolster U.S. intelligence on the Islamic State without crossing into Syrian airspace and risking the loss of aircraft to that nation’s air defenses, officials said.

ISIS siege cuts off small
Iraqi town from food, water
CNN, by Jomana Karadsheh*    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/24/2014 4:32:48 AM     Post Reply
Baghdad, Iraq -- As violence continues to wrack Iraq, another ethnic slaughter may be in the making by Sunni extremists from ISIS. ISIS fighters have besieged the ethnic Turkmen Shiite town of Amerli in the north for two months, and its fewer than 20,000 residents are without power and running out of food, water and medical supplies. "The situation of the people in Amerli is desperate and demands immediate action to prevent the possible massacre of its citizens," said Nickolay Mladenov, the U.N. secretary-general´s special representative for Iraq.

  


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Rick Perry Honors James Foley In
His New Hampshire Hometown
ABC News, by Arlette Saenz    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/24/2014 4:30:22 AM     Post Reply
ROCHESTER, N.H. – Texas Gov. Rick Perry commemorated the life of James Foley, the American journalist brutally murdered by ISIS, in his New Hampshire hometown today, merely miles from where Foley’s parents live. “This young man personified what courage is all about. He showed us sacrificial service. He went into dangerous parts of the world to shine a bright light into dark places,” Perry said. “It is a very important job that James Foley was engaged in. “We all collectively mourn his death and all America stands with the people of New Hampshire in remembering this hero,” Perry added. “It’s times like

Officer critical in coma
after California gunfight
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/24/2014 4:27:40 AM     Post Reply
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - A San Bernardino policeman remained in a medically induced coma Saturday after he was shot in the head by a man who was then killed by another officer in a shootout, police said. Gabriel Garcia, 31, was in extremely critical condition at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, police said. Garcia was responding to treatment and fighting for his life, police Chief Jarrod Burguan said in a post on the Police Department´s Facebook page. Garcia is a highly commended, six-year veteran of the department who has spent much of his career on patrol duty and some

China Targets Ordinary
Uighurs With Beards, Burkas
Associated Press, by Gillian Wong    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/24/2014 4:22:13 AM     Post Reply
AKSU, China -- Outside a mosque in China´s restive west, a government-appointed Muslim cleric was dodging a foreign reporter´s question about why young men of the Uighur ethnic minority don´t have beards when one such youth interrupted. "Why don´t you just tell them the truth?" he shouted to the cleric under the nervous gaze of several police officers who had been tailing the reporters all day in the oasis city of Aksu. "It´s because the government doesn´t allow beards." A plainclothes Uighur policeman swiftly rebuked the young man. "Be careful what you say," he warned. The tense exchange provided a fleeting glimpse of

Qatar Hits Back at
Claims It Backs Extremists
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/24/2014 4:09:14 AM     Post Reply
Dubai, UAE - The Gulf nation of Qatar is hitting back at suggestions that it supports the Islamic State or other extremist groups, and is calling for "determined, collective action" to end sectarian violence gripping Iraq and Syria. Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah said in a written statement distributed to journalists Saturday that efforts to stop the bloodshed must include cutting off the flow of funds to extremist groups. He says Qatar does not support extremists including ISIS — an alternate name for the Islamic State — in any way, and is "repelled by their views, their violent methods and their ambitions."

SAS in high-tech hunt for Jihadi John:
´Significant force´ of elite UK troops
on the ground as MI5 identify James
Foley´s sickening killer
Mail On Sunday [UK], by Mark Nicol    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/24/2014 3:43:46 AM     Post Reply
British Special Forces hunting the killer of James Foley are using an array of sophisticated equipment to track him down – and possibly free other hostages being held. The Mail on Sunday has been given a detailed account of how elite troops from the SAS and the Special Reconnaissance Regiment (SRR) are conducting high-tech operations inside Syria and Iraq, which could lead to the capture of the extremists within days. It emerged as reports suggested that British intelligence services had identified the true identity of the terrorist who beheaded Mr Foley – as seen in a video which shocked the

  



Don´t blame Columbus: TB in the
Americas already was present...
in seals
MercoPress [Montevideo, Uruguay], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 8/24/2014 1:43:38 AM     Post Reply
The long-held idea that Europeans were the first to bring tuberculosis to the Americas when they arrived in the 15th Century has been thrown into doubt. Instead, a study suggests that the deadly disease was present in the area hundreds of years before Christopher Columbus made landfall. Genetic tests reveal that humans were probably not responsible for moving TB to the New World at all - instead, seals carried it there. The research is published in Nature. Johannes Krause, from the University of Tuebingen, in Germany, said: “Who would have thought seals were actually transmitting one of the deadliest diseases to

Unemployed take their case to
Fed officials at Jackson Hole
Reuters, by Michael Flaherty    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/23/2014 11:30:43 PM     Post Reply
Jackson Hole, Wy -Reginald Rounds was among those present at the Federal Reserve´s high-flying monetary conference here, enjoying the chance to button hole two top officials of the U.S. central bank. The St. Louis resident is neither an economist nor a central banker. He´s a 57-year-old unemployed worker, who said he is trained in the green technology field and can´t find a job. He was among a group of activists who gathered on the sidelines of the Fed´s annual symposium wearing green t-shirts with "What Recovery?" (Snip) The ten activists, most of whom were unemployed and seeking jobs, were sent

Our Thoroughly Modern Enemies
New York Times, by Ross Douthat    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/23/2014 11:18:48 PM     Post Reply
In his remarks on the murder of James Foley, the American journalist decapitated by the terrorists of ISIS, President Obama condemned Foley’s killers, appropriately, as a “cancer” on the Middle East and the world. But he also found room for the most Obama-ish of condemnations: “One thing we can all agree on,” he insisted, is that the would-be caliphate’s murderous vision has “no place in the 21st century.” The idea that America’s foes and rivals are not merely morally but chronologically deficient, confused time travelers who need to turn their DeLorean around, has long been a staple of this administration’s

Libya crisis: Tensions rise as
Tripoli airport changes hands
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/23/2014 11:15:49 PM     Post Reply
Libya´s newly-elected parliament has condemned as terrorists the militia alliance which says it has captured Tripoli´s international airport. It said the alliance was now a legitimate target for the armed forces. The alliance includes Islamists and fighters from the city of Misrata. A spokesman for the militia said that the new parliament was illegitimate and called for the country´s former governing body, the Islamist-dominated General National Council, to reconvene. The BBC´s Rana Jawad in Tripoli says there are unconfirmed reports of battles continuing between rival armed groups on the outskirts of the city, and explosions can be heard. The country has been by gripped by

Texas police chief
killed during traffic stop
KENS-TV [San Antonio, TX], by Andrew Delgado and Marvin Hurs    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 8/23/2014 11:11:34 PM     Post Reply
ELMENDORF, Texas -- The police chief of this small town was shot and killed Saturday while trying to arrest a suspect, authorities said. Elmendorf Police Chief Michael Pimentel was shot once in the shoulder and once in the abdomen, Sgt. Jason Burchett told the San Antonio Express-News. Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau confirmed that Pimentel had died. Elmendorf is a town of around 1,500 about 25 miles southeast of San Antonio. Pamerleau told the Express-News that a 24-year-old man was taken into custody and will face a charge of capital murder of a police officer.

Gov. Brown approves a law to let
dogs sit with diners outdoors
KGO-TV (SanFrancisco, CA), by Laura Anthony    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/23/2014 11:00:48 PM     Post Reply
Even though it´s currently illegal, many Bay Area restaurants already allow dogs to sit with their owners in outdoor patio areas, but now Gov. Jerry Brown has officially signed the practice into law effective New Year´s Day. This new law would only allow dogs to sit at an outdoor patio area when the dog owner is dining, except for service dogs. Dogs would still not be allowed inside the restaurant and certainly not in the kitchen.

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