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Why you should keep your family
far away from amusement parks
New York Post, by Naomi Schaefer Riley    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/25/2014 5:15:58 AM     Post Reply
With summer drawing to a close, parents are desperate. Camp’s over; the kids’ friends have left for more exotic destinations. A trip to the pool doesn’t yield the same excitement it did in June. And so many families are caving to demands for a trip to the amusement park. Whether you’re thinking of Six Flags, Sesame Place, Hershey Park or Dutch Wonderland: Don’t do it — you’ll be sorry. Amusement parks — especially water parks — have never been more popular. More than 26 million people went to a Six Flags last year. John Robinett of the nonprofit Themed Entertainment Asssociation has some hifatlutin’

Help Wanted at 1600
Pennsylvania Avenue
American Spectator, by Andrew B. Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/25/2014 5:11:59 AM     Post Reply
Suddenly, America is sick and tired of Barack Obama. He has become an embarrassment and, worse than that, a threat to the personal security and peace of mind of American citizenry as a whole. It is all too obvious that he is not up to the task of being captain of the ship of state at a time of increasing peril. So what to do about it? Should he be impeached? If so, for what crime? You can’t impeach him for the “crime” of frivolity — or the “crime” of excessive partying at fund-raising junkets with his Hollywood pals during national emergencies. You can’t

Pentagon Set to Test
New Hypersonic Missile
Washington Free Beacon, by Bill Gertz    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/25/2014 5:08:25 AM     Post Reply
The Pentagon will conduct a crucial flight test of a new ultra-high speed missile this week that is a key part of the strategic weapons program of preparing arms that can attack any point on earth in 30 minutes. The flight test of the Army’s Advanced Hypersonic Weapon will take place as early as Monday from the Kodiak Launch Complex on Kodiak Island, Alaska, said defense officials familiar with test planning. The missile will be boosted to near space on a rocket and then glide to the Reagan Test Site on the South Pacific Kwajalein Atoll at speeds of several thousand miles

  


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Propping Up Obama
Power Line, by Steven Hayward    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/25/2014 5:00:12 AM     Post Reply
The left-liberal establishment is in crisis at the moment. They can’t make up their mind between desperately trying to prop up Obama, and giving up on him and increasing their distance. Maureen Dowd has given up, judging from her brutal column today, “The Golf Address.” Up at Princeton, Cornel West, always an Obama skeptic (around 2012 he called Obama “Nelson Rockefeller in blackface”), is calling Obama a “counterfeit” Progressive: [T]he thing is he posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency, a national security presidency. The torturers go

Maureen Dowd, Straight-Up Racist
PJ Media, by Ed Driscoll    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/25/2014 4:56:06 AM     Post Reply
If there’s one thing I know from watching MSNBC*, even before Barack Obama took office, is that any criticism of him — any criticism, no matter how mild — was at its core, entirely “about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up,” as a guest on the show hosted by the MSNBC anchor** Keith Olbermann said in April of 2009. And any reference to golf is definitely racism double-plus straight up, as MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell declared on August 29th, 2012, on a show hosted by the MSNBC anchor*** Martin Bashir. So when Maureen Dowd goofs on

Key Factor in Police
Shootings: ‘Reasonable Fear’
New York Times, by Michael Wines & Frances Robles    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/25/2014 4:51:06 AM     Post Reply
Each time police officers draw their weapons, they step out of everyday law enforcement and into a rigidly defined world where written rules, hours of training and Supreme Court decisions dictate not merely when a gun can be fired, but where it is aimed, how many rounds should be squeezed off and when the shooting should stop. The Ferguson, Mo., police officer who fatally shot an unarmed African-American teenager two weeks ago, setting off protest and riots, was bound by 12 pages of police department regulations, known as General Order 410.00, that govern officers’ use of force. Whether he followed them

Syrian coalition: U.S. to blame
for James Foley’s death because
Obama ignored his own red lines
Hot Air, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/25/2014 4:48:22 AM     Post Reply
The National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces is not much on using a soft touch when it comes to diplomatically sensitive matters. At least, that is the impression one gets from reading the latest statement it issued regarding the death of U.S. journalist James Foley. In that statement, a Syrian opposition leader laid the blame for Foley’s death squarely on the shoulders of President Barack Obama. He implied that his administration’s dithering and backtracking in response to the Syrian civil war is to blame for the current circumstances in the Middle East. “Mohammed Qaddah, vice president of the Syrian

  


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‘Retaliation’: Docs show state prosecutors’
launched mini-NSA probe of state conservatives
Wisconsin Reporter, by M.D. Kittle    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/25/2014 4:43:56 AM     Post Reply
MADISON, Wis. – Conservative targets of a Democrat-launched John Doe investigation have described the secret probe as a witch hunt. That might not be a big enough descriptor, based on records released Friday by a federal appeals court as part of a massive document dump. Attorneys for conservative activist Eric O’Keefe and the Wisconsin Club for Growth point to subpoenas requested by John Doe prosecutors that sought records from “at least eight phone companies” believed to serve the targets of the investigation. O’Keefe and the club have filed a civil rights lawsuit against John Doe prosecutors, alleging they violated conservatives’ First Amendment

The Massive Trucker Shortage
Could Hit Your Wallet Soon
Fox News, by Kathryn Buschman Vasel    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/25/2014 4:38:02 AM     Post Reply
Truck driver Anthony Plummer remembers when he was in the middle of the country on a long-haul delivery when he learned his daughter was sick in the hospital. “I was told to get back [home] as soon as possible. But there are a lot of rules that limit how much I can drive, so I told them I would get back as soon as I could.” It was after this incident that Plummer decided to make a career shift to become a regional truck driver. “It blew my mind if something were to happen and if I was way across the

Islamic Authority:
Extremists No ´Islamic State´
Associated Press, by Sarah E. Deeb    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/25/2014 4:31:48 AM     Post Reply
CAIRO -- The top Islamic authority in Egypt, revered by many Muslims worldwide, launched an Internet-based campaign Sunday challenging an extremist group in Syria and Iraq by saying it should not be called an "Islamic State." The campaign by the Dar el-Ifta, the top authority that advises Muslims on spiritual and life issues, adds to the war of words by Muslim leaders across the world targeting the Islamic State group, which controls wide swaths of Iraq and Syria. Its violent attacks, including mass shootings, destroying Shiite shrines, targeting minorities and beheadings including American journalist James Foley, have shocked Muslims and

Back in Spotlight,
Sharpton Seizes the Moment
Associated Press, by Adam Geller    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/25/2014 4:28:19 AM     Post Reply
Stepping to the pulpit at Greater Grace Church -- minutes from where a suburban St. Louis police officer shot and killed an unarmed black 18-year-old - the Rev. Al Sharpton wielded the fiery words that have marked his long, often notorious career. "These parents are not going to cry alone," he preached to the crowd that packed the pews last Sunday in Ferguson, Missouri. "We have had enough!" But when Sharpton sat down days later with New York´s mayor to discuss the response to a Staten Island man´s death in a police officer´s chokehold, he recalibrated his rhetoric. "We don´t

  


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Obama back at White House
after summer ´vacation´
Associated Press, by Darlene Superville    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/25/2014 12:49:22 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON— The "vacation" is over and it´s back to the White House for President Barack Obama. Obama, who returned to Washington late Sunday after two weeks on the Massachusetts island of Martha´s Vineyard, will have to decide whether the recent beheading of an American by Islamic State militants is reason enough to take a step he has long resisted taking. Obama has avoided intervening militarily in Syria for three years despite the rising death toll in the country´s civil war, the government´s use of chemical weapons against civilians and the rise of the Islamic State group amid the chaos there.

Travel itineraries offer clues to
2016 White House field
Washington Times (D.C), by Seth McLaughlin    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/25/2014 12:33:48 AM     Post Reply
While most of his potential rivals for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination have been busy barnstorming the early primary states, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has been missing in action in Iowa and New Hampshire. Mr. Bush has not paid a visit to either state, nor does he have any immediate plans to visit. That has raised some questions about his political future and puts him at odds with the likes of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who hasn’t let an indictment for alleged abuse of power stop him from logging more time in key primary states. Over the past two weeks,

Republican Comstock’s past a
political touchstone in Va.
congressional race
Washington Post, by Antonio Olivo    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/25/2014 12:24:54 AM     Post Reply
Barbara Comstock was a young aide to U.S. Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.) 21 years ago when she was assigned a constituent’s complaint about the White House that would eventually grow into the roiling political scandal known as Travelgate. The duty propelled Comstock into a role that would last for years — Republican foil to Democrats Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton through many of the big scandals that engulfed them: Whitewater, Monica Lewinsky, impeachment. Today, Comstock is making a name for herself as a state lawmaker and the Republican nominee to replace Wolf, who is retiring from his Northern Virginia

Who was the real Michael Brown? The kid
from a broken home who beat the
odds to get into college, the rapper who
sang about ´Feds´ and smoking weed,
or the robbery suspect caught on video
minutes before cop shot him dead...
Daily Mail [UK], by Laura Collins    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 8/25/2014 12:21:09 AM     Post Reply
It is two weeks since Michael Brown was shot dead in the street by Ferguson City police officer Darren Wilson. (Snip) But as the protests subside, another conflict has begun to emerge. Because it isn´t only witness accounts of what happened that day that are at odds. It is the version of the victim himself that has become increasingly hard to square with his family´s insistence that this 6ft4 292lb teenager was nothing but a ´Gentle Giant´. They slammed the release of footage of Michael taking part in a strong-arm robbery just moments before the fatal shooting as unrelated and

  


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Report: Obama Delayed James Foley
Rescue a Month, Fretting over
His Image and Golfing
Breitbart InstaBlog, by Dan Riehl    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/24/2014 11:50:04 PM     Post Reply
According to a new Sunday Times report by Toby Harden, "Pentagon sources said Foley and the others might well have been rescued but Obama, concerned about the ramifications of US troops being killed or captured in Syria, took too long to authorise the mission." It´s claimed that Obama was concerned about his administration being Carterized had the mission failed. For President Barack Obama the decision to send in the Night Stalkers was an agonising one. The audacious bin Laden raid in Pakistan had been a success but also preying on his mind

Dempsey: We Will Act if
Islamic Group Threatens US
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/24/2014 11:40:18 PM     Post Reply
Aboard A Military Aircraft - Gen. Martin Dempsey says he will recommend the U.S. military move directly against Islamic State militants in Syria if and when he determines they have become a direct threat to the U.S. homeland or Europe. But the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says he still believes the insurgent group is more a regional threat and is not plotting or planning attacks against either the U.S. or Europe. Dempsey says he believes that key allies in the region — including Jordan, Turkey and Saudi Arabia — will join the U.S. in helping to

Club Med for Terrorists
New York Times, by Ron Prosor    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/24/2014 11:28:49 PM     Post Reply
United Nations - The hostilities in Gaza between Israel and Hamas persist and the diplomatic war at the United Nations continues, also without resolution. While there is no shortage of opinions on the way forward, the most obvious solution is strikingly absent — the need to disarm and isolate Hamas, the radical Palestinian Islamist group. (Snip) It says a great deal that Hamas’s former Arab backers, which historically have included Egypt, Syria and Saudi Arabia, long ago abandoned the terrorist group. Only a few nations still stand by Hamas. Among the most prominent is the tiny Persian Gulf emirate Qatar.

The Exploitation of the
Murder of Leon Klinghoffer
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Dr. Joseph Frager    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/24/2014 11:17:06 PM     Post Reply
In a a world where Islamic Barbarism and Savagery has reached all time new levels with the beheading of the American journalist James Foley. It was not that long ago that Abu Abbas of the Palestine Liberation Front hijacked the tourist filled Achille Lauro Cruise Ship and murdered in cold blood Leon Klinghoffer and threw him overboard with his wheelchair. To pour salt on an open wound the New York based Metropolitan Opera run by Peter Gelb has outrageously decided to run an Opera with music by John Adams entitled, "The Death of Klinghoffer" despite heavy criticism from the Klinghoffer Family

A Look into The Heart
of The Jihadist ´Caliphate´
in Syria, Iraq
Breitbart London, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 8/24/2014 11:13:25 PM     Post Reply
What do you want to be? A jihadist, or to execute a martyrdom operation?"  In the "caliphate" recently proclaimed by jihadists in Syria and Iraq, even young children are indoctrinated, and Sharia law is backed by the gun, according to a gripping documentary offering one of the first glimpses of life in Raqqa, power base of the so-called Islamic State (IS). Part 1 of a five-episode series, The Islamic State, filmed by Anglo-Palestinian journalist Medyan Dairieh was released Thursday by New York-based Vice News. The tone is set early: "Sharia can only be established with weapons," an IS fighter explains

  



Father of Michael Brown calls for
´day of silence´ at son´s funeral Monday
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/24/2014 11:09:36 PM     Post Reply
St. Louis - The father of a black 18-year-old shot to death by a white police officer in Ferguson pleaded Sunday for a "day of silence" as he lays his son to rest Monday. "Tomorrow all I want is peace," Michael Brown Sr. told hundreds of people in St. Louis´ largest city park during brief remarks at a festival that promotes peace over violence. "That´s all I ask." (Snip) Brown Sr. told the crowd that he and his son´s mother appreciate the love and support they´ve received from the community. The Rev. Al Sharpton, who will speak at the funeral, echoed his request for peace. "We don't want anything tomorrow to happen that might defile the name

Fundraising, Or Hate Speech?
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/24/2014 10:29:59 PM     Post Reply
It is remarkable that calls for bipartisanship in Washington generally come from Democrats and Democrat-leaning pundits. The implication always is that Republicans–the “extreme” ones, anyway–are the barrier to cooperation across party lines. But recall 2012–not exactly ancient history–when Harry Reid repeatedly claimed that Mitt Romney had gone for a decade without paying any taxes. And was, therefore, presumably a felon, since no one says that Romney has gone without income. This was not just a lie, but an insane lie. The idea that a person can earn millions of dollars and just choose not to pay taxes on his income–as

For sale: Systems that can secretly
track where cellphone users go
around the globe
Washington Post, by Craig Timberg    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/24/2014 10:11:40 PM     Post Reply
Makers of surveillance systems are offering governments across the world the ability to track the movements of almost anybody who carries a cellphone, whether they are blocks away or on another continent. The technology works by exploiting an essential fact of all cellular networks: They must keep detailed, up-to-the-minute records on the locations of their customers to deliver calls and other services to them. Surveillance systems are secretly collecting these records to map people’s travels over days, weeks or longer, according to company marketing documents and experts in surveillance technology. The world’s most powerful intelligence services, such as the National

The most riotously un-PC travel guides ever!
The informed, detailed, authoritative and
unguardedly rude Baedekers
Daily Mail [UK], by Laura Freeman    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/24/2014 10:02:08 PM     Post Reply
An Englishman on holiday in Spain a century ago found a country with little to recommend it. Waking up on the first morning and consulting his guide book, he would have read the following description: ‘Spain is a bleak and often arid land, with few traces of picturesqueness.’ The towns, the guide continues, are wreathed in tobacco smoke and the cafes are ‘very deficient in comfort and cleanliness’. [Snip] In the Spanish countryside there is great danger of highway robbery, while in the cities the police will arrest anyone they can lay their hands on. The railway carriages and omnibuses are

Caught on Camera: 65-Year-Old Man
Attacked by Women Over Gas Pump
WRC-TV [Washington, DC], by Samia Khan    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/24/2014 9:38:24 PM     Post Reply
A 65-year-old man was confronted by a group of women and beaten up in front of his 7-year-old great grandson at a Victorville, California, gas station Friday afternoon in an incident that was caught on camera, officials said. (Snip) The victim, Danny Froschauer, said the fight was over a gas pump. Froschauer said the women in another other car started yelling "we was going to go there, get your car out of there" after he had already pulled into the desired pump. Froschauer said he refused and that the women then began approaching his car and yelling.

Why Officer Wilson Probably Won’t Go to Jail
Politico Magazine, by William Yeomans    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/24/2014 9:37:27 PM     Post Reply
As Michael Brown is laid to rest on Monday, questions remain about the police shooting that took the life of the unarmed African-American teenager some two weeks ago. Was Brown savagely and unjustifiably gunned down by white police Officer Darren Wilson, as some contend? Did Wilson—who reportedly sustained some kind of facial injury during an altercation with Brown—act appropriately in the heat of a confrontation in which Brown reportedly reached for the officer’s gun. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. took the unusual step of travelling to Ferguson to coordinate a Justice Department investigation into the shooting, which was already

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