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Occidental building 600-employee
office to serve West Texas’ Permian Basin
San Antonio Business Journal, by James Aldridge    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/26/2014 2:59:20 PM     Post Reply
Occidental Petroleum Corp. broke ground Tuesday on a new 600-employee office complex in Midland that will serve as the center of the company’s oil-and-gas operations in the Permian Basin in West Texas. Texas Gov. Rick Perry joined former House Speaker Tom Craddick, Rep. Tyron Lewis, Midland Mayor Jerry Morales and Occidental President and CEO Steve Chazen in making the announcement. “The men and women of the Midland area who will work at this facility will help Oxy continue to achieve their own great things, and in the process add their own stories to the ongoing tale of our state’s economic

Drug czar approaches challenge
from a different angle:
As a recovering alcoholic
Washington Post, by Katie Zezima    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 8/26/2014 2:42:04 PM     Post Reply
LYNN, Mass. — America’s top drug control official had a confession. Michael Botticelli was seated on a tattered purple couch in an old Victorian here, just outside of Boston. Above his head was a photo of Al Pacino as a drug kingpin in “Scarface,” and gathered around was a group of addicts who live together in the house for help and support. On one door hangs a black mailbox labeled “urine,” where residents must drop samples for drug tests. Botticelli is listening to their stories of addiction and then offered this: “I have my own criminal record,” he said. “Woo-hoo!”

ISIS Mission Impossible:
Catching Obama’s attention
Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 8/26/2014 2:23:42 PM     Post Reply
The digital jihadists who came up with a new social networks campaign in a desperate attempt “to ratchet up pressure on U.S. President Barack Obama”, are headed in the same direction Mrs. Barack Obama ended up in when she tried the same thing on ISIS Boko Haram pals with her epic fail #BringBackOurGirls hashtag: Nowhere. “The ISIS militants want Obama to respond to their threats to execute American captive journalist Steven Sotloff. The well-planned campaign—which includes pre-formulated tweets, images and instructions for dissemination, all under the hashtag #StevensHeadInObamasHands—is being rolled out in Arabic in an ISIS forum called al-Manbar, where the

  


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N.C. State students develop nail
polish to detect date rape drugs
Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: LadyVet- 8/26/2014 2:17:27 PM     Post Reply
Four male students at North Carolina State University have developed a prototype for a new nail polish line that changes color when it comes into contact with date rape drugs. Ankesh Madan, Tasso Von Windheim, Tyler Confrey-Maloney, and Stephan Gray founded Undercover Colors, coined as “the first fashion company working to prevent sexual assault,” The Mary Sue reported. A woman paints her nails with the polish, and when her nails come into contact with a liquid, the color will change if drugs like Rohypnol, Xanax, or GHB are present.

American Douglas McAuthur McCain
Dies Fighting for ISIS in Syria
NBC News, by Cassandra Vinograd*    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/26/2014 2:04:22 PM     Post Reply
The battle in itself seemed tragically normal. Two Syrian opposition groups fought and there were heavy casualties on both sides. Then victorious rebels rifled through the pockets of the dead. One contained about $800 in cash -- and an American passport. Douglas McAuthur McCain, of San Diego, California, was killed over the weekend fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), according to the Free Syrian Army. Photos of McCain´s passport and of his body -- which feature a distinctive neck tattoo -- have been seen by NBC News. According to an activist linked to the Free Syrian

DNC official: Ferguson could
boost get-out-the-vote push
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, by Daniel Malloy    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 8/26/2014 1:40:59 PM     Post Reply
Our AJC colleague Nicholas Fouriezos passes along the following dispatch: The racial unrest caused by tensions over the shooting of black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., could be a rallying cry for Democratic get-out-the-vote efforts, according to the voter education committee chair for the Democratic Southern caucus. “There is a story beneath the story in Ferguson,” chairwoman Janet May said at the Southern Caucus meeting during the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta on Friday. May ran through the stats of the 21,000-person Missouri town: 13,000 black citizens, about 7,000 white. Five city council members– one of whom was black.

Ceasefire Begins, With Rockets
Still Raining Down on Israel
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Ari Yashar, Ari Saffir    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/26/2014 1:40:08 PM     Post Reply
An Egyptian-brokered ceasefire began at 7 p.m. (16:00 GMT) today (Tuesday), after being officially accepted by the Israeli government just minutes before. [Snip] But despite the declarations terrorists in Gaza continued to launch rocket and mortar attacks even after the ceasefire took effect. At approximately 7:05 p.m. Red Alert sirens sounded in the Gaza Belt region, followed by yet more sirens minutes later. At 7:15 p.m. more rocket sirens were sounded in the Eshkol Regional Council area, indicating a further breach of the declared ceasefire. Since then, however, there have been no further reports of rocket attacks.

  


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The gates are open! Tens of
thousands of stranded ´burners´ flood
into Burning Man site after festival
is reopened following rare storm
Daily Mail (UK), by Alex Greg & Ted Thornhill    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/26/2014 1:37:54 PM     Post Reply
Tens of thousands of so-called ´burners´ were flooding through the gates of Burning Man this morning after the event was reopened following a rain storm that left Nevada´s Black Rock Desert looking more like a swamp on the festival´s opening day. Vehicles were allowed into the event´s entrance on Highway 34 northeast of Gerlach from 6 a.m. Tuesday, organizers tweeted just after 1 a.m. Festival goers, or ´burners,´ responded to the good news with excited tweets such as ´time to get back on the road,´ and ´all roads lead to #burningman.´ Yesterday, incredible pictures taken from the air showed the

Man, 32, is left with brain damage
after ´being attacked by gang
of 20 black men´ in parking lot
after being told Waffle House
´wasn´t safe for white people after Ferguson´
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/26/2014 1:22:58 PM     Post Reply
A West Point man was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after he and a friend were attacked by a group of around 20 people in a Huddle House parking lot, police said, potentially as retaliation for Michael Brown´s killing. Ralph Weems IV, who is white, was injured early Saturday but is now in fair condition at North Mississippi Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Genie Causey said. A relative, Bradley Barnes of Madison, told The Associated Press by telephone on Sunday that his brother-in-law was in a medically induced coma following brain surgery. ´They´re going to try and wake him up

Is there no end to the Obama administration´s
duplicity in the IRS scandal?
Washington Examiner (DC), by Mark Tapscott    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/26/2014 1:15:28 PM     Post Reply
For months on end, Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen insisted that Lois Lerner´s emails were destroyed when her computer´s hard drive failed. Koskinen even told Congress that IRS "moved heaven and earth" trying to recover the emails but simply could not find a way to do so. Now, thanks to a determined federal judge, the country learns that all government emails are preserved in a doomsday kind of database. Lerner´s emails never were lost.They just don´t want to look. But here´s the kicker: According to Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton, government lawyers told U.S. District

The White House Press Secretary Isn’t
Telling the Truth. And I Can Prove It.
Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehner    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 8/26/2014 1:14:10 PM     Post Reply
One of the notable things about the Obama administration isn’t simply that its key figures often make misleading claims, but that they do so in ways that can be so easily disproven. The latest effort is in the White House’s attempt to have us believe that the president, in his now infamous “jayvee” analogy, didn’t have ISIS in mind. Here’s an exchange between NBC’s Peter Alexander and White House press secretary Josh Earnest that took place on Monday: PETER ALEXANDER, NBC: Did the president underestimate ISIS when he referred to them in an interview only a couple months ago as

  


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Jerry Brown: Immigrants
´welcome in California´
Los Angeles Times, by Chris Megerian    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/26/2014 1:11:11 PM     Post Reply
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Tuesday continued his two-day trip to California, traveling to Sacramento to meeting with Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers and deliver a speech to the Legislature. (Snip) On Monday, Brown and Peña attended a meeting with business officials in Los Angeles. During his speech, Peña said he wanted to make life better for Mexicans on both sides of the border. "This is the other Mexico," he said of the United States, which has about 11 million Mexican immigrants. Brown told the crowd at the event that they were welcome in the state regardless of their citizenship.

GOP Campaign Arm
Creates Video Game
Weekly Standard, by Michael Warren    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/26/2014 1:10:20 PM     Post Reply
The National Republican Senatorial Campaign has developed a multi-level online computer game. The game, called "Mission Majority," is programmed to look like an 8-bit-era video game and features an elephant named Giopi (sounds like "GOP") as a playable character. The player runs and jumps, collecting "keys" to Republican victory and vanquishing bad guys like "taxers" and "mudslingers." A successfully destroyed baddie emits an embarrassing audio clip from Democrats like Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Mark Pryor, and Bruce Braley. Here´s what the game looks like in action: To play, users must either enter their email address or log in with Facebook or

Gov. Jerry Brown To Mexican Illegals:
´You´re All Welcome In California
Big Government, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 8/26/2014 1:07:00 PM     Post Reply
On Monday evening, California Governor Jerry Brown said all Mexicans, including illegal immigrants, are welcome in California. According to the Los Angeles Times, while introducing Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who said America is "the other Mexico," Brown "spoke about the interwoven histories of Mexico and California." He "nodded to the immigrants in the room, saying it didn´t matter if they had permission to be in the United States." "You´re all welcome in California," Brown reportedly said. Brown has made California a sanctuary state by signing the Trust Act, giving driver´s licenses to illegal immigrants. He has also expanded financial aid to illegal

FBI, DHS bulletin warns of retaliation
for airstrikes against ISIS
Fox News, by Catherine Herridge    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/26/2014 1:04:43 PM     Post Reply
The FBI and Department of Homeland Security have sent out a bulletin to law enforcement officials warning that U.S. airstrikes in Iraq could provoke retaliation by Islamic State sympathizers in the U.S., Fox News has learned. The warning on Friday comes shortly after U.S. intelligence officials said there is evidence foreign fighters have returned to their home countries and started Islamic State cells. While there is no evidence of a credible plot against the U.S. now, the latest bulletin warns that the lone wolf nature of the threat would make it difficult to thwart. "It is difficult to predict triggers that will

  


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Fraud: Virginia County Finds 17 Repeat
Voters From 2012 Election
Townhall, by Courtney O´Brien    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/26/2014 1:03:42 PM     Post Reply
Virginia County officials have discovered multiple instances of voter fraud from the 2012 presidential election. Seventeen to be exact. The Virginia Voters Alliance and Election Integrity Maryland launched the investigation in Fairfax County, Va. and Maryland. Here´s how they revealed the fraud and pursued a follow up inquiry: Officials from Fairfax and Montgomery County, Md., identified dual voters by matching first and last names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers. Brian Schoenemann, secretary of the Fairfax County Electoral Board, said he sent letters and evidence to county Commonwealth Attorney Ray Morrogh, state Attorney General Mark Herring, U.S. Attorney Dana

Obama speaks at uptown
convention Tuesday
WSOC TV (Charlotte NC), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/26/2014 12:59:32 PM     Post Reply
(Video) CHARLOTTE —President Barack Obama is speaking at the Charlotte Convention Center. Police said any street directly connected to the convention center could have delays on Tuesday morning and early afternoon. Secret service agents and CMPD will escort Obama to the convention center. Because of security reasons, the exact route his motorcade will take is unclear. The president will be speaking to thousands of veterans at the American Legion Convention. People who work uptown told Channel 9 they are prepared. “Wherever you’re at, there won’t be any driving during that time,” said Donna McGuirt, an uptown worker. “So I think

Rubio Tells Obama Unilateral
Action on Immigration Will Kill
Bipartisan Legislative Progress
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/26/2014 12:58:35 PM     Post Reply
One of the Senate Republicans in the gang of eight who forged a bipartisan immigration reform bill that passed the upper chamber last year urged President Obama to not take unilateral action in the face of House inaction. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) wrote in a letter to Obama today that he hoped “Senate action on this matter could serve as a catalyst for a humane but responsible reform that could ultimately achieve bicameral, bipartisan support,” but acknowledges the effort is now at a stalemate. “After the experience of the last 18 months, I have become convinced that there is no

Gaza conflict: Israel and
Palestinians agree long-term truce
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/26/2014 12:57:33 PM     Post Reply
A long-term ceasefire has been agreed between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip. The truce, ending seven weeks of fighting that has left more than 2,200 people dead, was brokered by Egypt and began at 19:00 local time (16:00 GMT). Hamas deputy political leader Moussa Abu Marzouk said the deal represented a "victory for the resistance". Israeli government officials said it would ease its blockade of Gaza to allow in aid and building materials. Indirect talks on more contentious issues, including Israel´s call for militant groups in Gaza to disarm, will begin in Cairo within a month. The breakthrough came as both sides

Obama: ´Justice Will Be Done´
After James Foley Execution
Business Insider, by Colin Campbell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/26/2014 12:50:52 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama vowed on Tuesday that "barbaric terrorists" in Iraq and Syria will face the might of the U.S. military after they murdered American journalist James Foley in a brutal video released last week. "Our message to anyone who harms our people is simple: America does not forget, our reach is long, we are patient, justice will be done," Obama said in a speech before the American Legion´s annual convention in North Carolina. "We have proved time and time again we will do what´s necessary to ... go after those who harm Americans. And we´ll continue to take direct

  



Michael Brown Funeral:
Cop-Lynching Pep Rally
FrontPage Magazine, by Matthew Vadum    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/26/2014 12:49:28 PM     Post Reply
An Al Sharpton-led memorial service yesterday for Michael Brown, the black 18-year-old thug who gave a white Ferguson, Mo. police officer a severe head injury while trying to seize his handgun, became the grotesque political rally some observers feared it would be. The distinctly anti-police tone of the service was proof that the lie that Brown tried to surrender to white police officer Darren Wilson, rather than trying to beat the life out of him, won’t die. The racial-grievance industry, egged on by President Obama, won’t let it go.

California Forces Farm
Workers into Union
Washington Free Beacon [DC], by Bill McMorris    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/26/2014 12:45:55 PM     Post Reply
A group of Fresno farm workers is accusing the state of California of forcing them into the United Farm Workers union. Workers at Fresno-based Gerawan Farms held an election in November to determine whether or not they would remain in the UFW. However, those ballots were never counted. The Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) seized the ballots until it could investigate UFW allegations of voter impropriety. “We direct the regional director to forward to the Board and serve on all parties to the election all challenged ballot declarations and all other evidence in his possession relevant to the eligibility of

Scarborough Tears into GOP:
Obama’s Doing What You Want,
But All You Do Is Criticize
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/26/2014 12:39:34 PM     Post Reply
Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough lit into his Republican Party Tuesday morning for criticizing President Barack Obama even when Obama does what the GOP has been demanding he do, namely more forcefully respond to the ISIS threat in Iraq and Syria. Reiterating a recurring point of his, that politics should stop at the waters edge, Scarborough called for the GOP to rally around the president in the fight against ISIS. “The President of the United States is doing what we hear John McCain and Lindsey Graham and other Republicans say he should do, and what is the response?” Scarborough asked.

ISIS Demands $6.6M Ransom for
26-Year-Old American Woman
ABC News, by Brian Ross*    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/26/2014 12:36:57 PM     Post Reply
A third American hostage held by ISIS has been identified as a 26-year-old American woman who was kidnapped a year ago while doing humanitarian relief work in Syria. The terror group is demanding $6.6 million and the release of U.S. prisoners for the life of the young woman, who the family requested not be identified. She is the third of at least four Americans who were known to be held by ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. American journalist James Foley was executed by the group in a video that appeared online last week. Another writer, Steven Sotloff, was

Sen. Kay Hagan says Obama, Tillis
haven’t done enough for veterans
Charlotte Observer (NC), by Jim Morrill    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/26/2014 12:33:15 PM     Post Reply
Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan plans to tell the American Legion that the Obama administration “has a long road ahead” to restore the trust of veterans. Hagan is scheduled to speak shortly after President Barack Obama addresses veterans at the Charlotte Convention Center. She’ll also expected to meet the president when he arrives at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. “I have told the President that promises alone aren’t going to get it done,” she plans to tell veterans, according to prepared remarks. “The Obama Administration must understand that we need a complete change in culture at the VA.” The administration, she adds,

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