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Steve Schmidt joins Rick Perry´s legal team
Politico, by Maggie Haberman    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 8/26/2014 5:42:33 PM     Post Reply
Republican strategist and former John McCain consultant Steve Schmidt has joined the team helping Texas Gov. Rick Perry with the strategy around his indictment, POLITICO has learned. Schmidt is the latest addition to a team that Perry has been expanding with legal hands. (Snip) Earlier this week, POLITICO’s Mike Allen reported that Perry had hired former Clinton White House special counsel Mark Fabiani to a team that already included Republican lawyer Ben Ginsberg.

Rotherham sex abuse scandal:
1,400 children exploited by Asian gangs
while authorities turned a blind eye
Telegraph [UK], by Martin Evans    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/26/2014 5:39:02 PM     Post Reply
More than 1,400 children were sexually abused during a period of over 16 years by gangs of paedophiles after police and council bosses turned a blind eye for fear of being labelled racist, a damning report has concluded. Senior officials were responsible for “blatant” failures that saw victims, some as young as 11, being treated with contempt and categorised as being “out of control” or simply ignored when they asked for help. In some cases, parents who tried to rescue their children from abusers were themselves arrested. Police officers even dismissed the rape of children by saying that sex had

Obama’s Speech To The American
Legion Was Painfully Awkward [VIDEO]
Daily Caller, by Brendan Bordelon    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/26/2014 4:51:27 PM     Post Reply
It wasn’t exactly the roaring, adoring, campaign-style crowd President Barack Obama is accustomed to. On Tuesday, the president spoke to the American Legion’s national convention, facing a crowd of veterans deeply concerned about widespread corruption at the Veterans Administration and the resultant deaths of some veterans awaiting health care. So when Obama began by lecturing the veterans about cynicism and explaining his most recent foreign policy choices — instead of addressing the VA crisis — the audience clearly wasn’t pleased. Fox News cameras captured a sea of blank or frowning faces looking silently back at the president as he paused

  


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No White House Representatives At Memorial
Mass For Slain Journalist James Foley
Daily Caller, by Tristyn Bloom    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/26/2014 4:44:32 PM     Post Reply
No White House representatives were present at the memorial mass held for James Foley on Sunday, although the president did send three to Michael Brown’s funeral, CNS News reports. Foley, 40, was beheaded in a video released by the radical Islamist group ISIS last week. He had been in captivity since November 2012, when he was captured in Syria while reporting for international news service GlobalPost. Pope Francis called Foley’s parents days after his murder was made public, and sent a letter that was read aloud at the mass, held at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Rochester, N.H., Foley’s hometown. “The

Did CNN Get Duped By Unverified Audio
Recording of Mike Brown Shooting in #Ferguson?
Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/26/2014 4:41:22 PM     Post Reply
Last night CNN ran an unverified audio recording of the Michael Brown shooting reportedly captured during a video chat in Ferguson. It sounds like six shots were fired and then after a lapse of a few seconds four more shots were fired. Via Badger Pundit:(Snip for audio) CNN invited North County attorney Lopa Blumenthal to discuss the video. Blumenthal, a leftie, is representing the man who made the tape during an online chat session. CNN ran the video and decided to verify its authenticity later – something they lectured The Gateway Pundit about on Sunday. The video brings up more questions than it

U.N. Kangaroo Commission II
assembled to investigate Israel
and Gaza
Legal Insurrection, by David Gerstman    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/26/2014 4:36:22 PM     Post Reply
The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has appointed a former New York State judge, Mary McGowan Davis to be the third commission member to investigate possible war crimes that might have occurred during Operation Protective Edge. The commission is to be headed by Prof. William Schabas. UN Watch reports: The President of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Ambassador Baudelaire Ndong Ella (Gabon), today announced the appointment of Mary McGowan Davis as an additional member of the Commission of Inquiry charged with investigating human rights violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, in particular the occupied Gaza Strip, in the

Russia says it invaded Ukraine
by accident. Is that possible?
Washington Post, by Ishaan Tharoor    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/26/2014 4:36:08 PM     Post Reply
Authorities in Kiev claim to have captured 10 Russian paratroopers who crossed the border into eastern Ukraine, report my Washington Post colleagues, amid suggestions that Moscow is launching a "counteroffensive" in the region to help pro-Russian separatists. But Russian military officials said the presence of their troops there was a mistake. From Britain´s Guardian: "The soldiers really did participate in a patrol of a section of the Russian-Ukrainian border, crossed it by accident on an unmarked section, and as far as we understand showed no resistance to the armed forces of Ukraine when they were detained," a source in Russia´s defence ministry

  


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Opposition to cease-fire comes
from across political spectrum
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Lahav Harkov    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/26/2014 4:24:06 PM     Post Reply
Murmurs of dissatisfaction rose from the political Left and Right Tuesday night, after Israel agreed to a cease-fire. Meanwhile, Eshkol Regional Council chairman Haim Yellin indicated that he does not trust the cease-fire will last, saying residents of his constituency who evacuated should not return to their homes. "It doesn´t interest me what the government or Hamas say. I will only call on residents to return when I feel like there´s a real cease-fire," Yellin told Channel 10 news. [Snip] Just as half of the cabinet ministers were opposed to the cease-fire, many in the coalition expressed similar opinions.

UN: Hundreds of Turkmen
Muslims Slaughtered in ISIS
Religious Cleansing
Cybercast News Service, by Lauretta Brown    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/26/2014 4:12:32 PM     Post Reply
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) slaughtered 700 Turkmen civilians last month, including "children, women, and old people," United Nations International Children´s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Iraq chief Marzio Babille confirmed. Babille told Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata (ANSA) that the massacre of members of the country’s Shiite minority occurred in the northern Iraqi village of Beshir between July 11th and 12th. The Turkmen ethnic group makes up roughly four percent of Iraq´s population, according to the BBC. As members of the Shia Muslim sect, they are directly targeted by Islamic State Sunni extremists, who consider them apostates. Navi Pillay,

Tepid clapping greets unpopular
Obama´s VA speech at American
Legion convention in his first
speech to group for three years
Daily Mail (UK), by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/26/2014 4:00:18 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama faced a tough crowd on Tuesday – American military veterans – and fell flat on his applause lines as he failed to win over the American Legion´s convention-goers. The 35-minute speech seemed to have reminded the audience of the stark divide between the White House´s policy choices and the feelings of the men and women often called on to carry them out. A Virginia legionnaire who served in the U.S. Marine Corps told MailOnline that ´a small group of Obama´s admirers – and there are some here – sat near the front and tried to generate applause

Chinese reportedly working on
super-fast submarine that would
‘fly’ in an ‘air bubble’
Sydney Morning Herald [AU], by Terrence McCoy    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 8/26/2014 3:47:51 PM     Post Reply
A ´supercavitating´ submarine creates a bubble of air that encompasses the whole vehicle by ejecting gas through the nose with enough force that it forms water vapor. This greatly reduces drag and allows it to travel at high speeds not possible by standard submarines. Photo: The Washington Post In the annals of vehicular locomotion, the submarine is the equivalent of the Walkman. It dazzled the masses when it hit, flexing nuclear-tipped missiles that completed the "nuclear triad" of deterrence. But other technologies soon surpassed it in terms of speed and agility. Now, years later, the submarine may be making a

  


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Unsecured Border Results
in Deaths of Two More Illegal
Immigrants [Graphic Images]
Breitbart Texas, by Bob Price    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/26/2014 3:39:12 PM     Post Reply
FALFURRIAS, Texas — Two more bodies of illegal immigrants were discovered in a rural Texas county -- bringing the year total for the one county to 48 known deaths. A 9-1-1 call to the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office led to the discovery. Brooks County surrounds Falfurrias, Texas, which is approximately 80-90 miles from the Texas border with Mexico. The 9-1-1 call was made by an illegal alien who survived after regaining cell phone coverage in mile one of the nearly seventeen mile journey that the, now deceased, illegal immigrants were making to sneak around a Border Patrol checkpoint. The caller

Perry reveals details on his
stylish new specs
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/26/2014 3:28:13 PM     Post Reply
MIDLAND, Texas- So who´s Texas Gov. Rick Perry wearing as part of his bookish new look? The Republican´s stylish specs are Inspiration by designer Jean Lafont. His wife Anita picked them out. While attending the groundbreaking of an Occidental Petroleum complex in Midland on Tuesday, the governor showed The Associated Press his glasses. He´s worn them about a year, trying to soften his cowboy image for one that´s more humble. The glasses are a centerpiece of his rehabilitation effort nationally, following a disastrous 2012 presidential bid. Until now, though, little was known about them. Perry didn´t say how much they cost,

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!”

  


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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

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.

  



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

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.

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