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Malaysia Airlines is a
flying ghost town
New York Post, by Chris Perez    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/27/2014 4:38:45 AM     Post Reply
Malaysia Airlines flights have transformed into mile-high ghost towns as pictures posted to social media depict a barren scene of near-empty planes and desolate terminals. Photos of abandoned seats and deserted waiting areas come as the international airline continues to lose overwhelming amounts of money daily while it recovers from the downing of flight MH17 and the disappearance of flight MH370. Twitter users revealed desolate check-in lines and deserted airplanes, with some even enjoying the extra space to lounge. “Thank you @MAS it is an amazing surprise,” @WanPingCoombes tweeted on Aug. 17 as she cheerfully posed with her family on what appeared

Cornel West and the Insular
World of the Obama-Hating Left
New York Magazine, by Jonathan Chait    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/27/2014 4:33:16 AM     Post Reply
The political subculture of anti-Obama leftists has entered a phase by this point in the Obama presidency where the truth of its worldview is so well-established to its own adherents that it requires no exposition. Tom Frank, an anti-Obama leftist, interviews Cornel West, another anti-Obama leftist, in a conversation so deeply marinated in shared assumptions that, at one point, both interviewer and interviewee agree that nobody disagrees with them. Frank asks West, “Is there anybody who thinks he’s progressive enough today? West replies, “Nobody I know. Not even among the progressive liberals.” What about maybe the 61 million people who

Texas v. Perry Emerges From Years
of Struggle Over Anticorruption Unit
New York Times, by David Montgomery    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/27/2014 4:27:01 AM     Post Reply
AUSTIN, Tex. — The trail to Rick Perry’s indictment began with way too many drinks and a drunken-driving arrest for Rosemary Lehmberg, the Travis County district attorney, that was captured in embarrassing detail on videotape. But the conflict between Republicans who control state government and the Democratic district attorney’s office has been playing out for years, forming a complicated back story to the unfolding legal drama known as the State of Texas v. James Richard “Rick” Perry. Mr. Perry’s powerhouse defense team filed a motion on Monday to dismiss the felony indictment, asserting that the 64-year-old governor and prospective 2016 presidential candidate

  


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Climate Change to the Rescue?
PJ Media, by Roger L. Simon    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/27/2014 4:23:04 AM     Post Reply
Samuel Johnson had it wrong when he famously said that “patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels!” “Global warming is the last refuge of scoundrels!” (Or “climate change” or “extreme weather” or “bad storms” or whatever the euphemism du jour happens to be.) Of course, the good doctor can be excused, opining as he did in the late 18th century, long before Al of Gore emerged from a massage parlor to warn of us of impending ecological doom if we didn’t mend our ways (and start some lucrative carbon offset funds that would net him millions, or is it billions, before they disappeared

Bashar Al Assad Is Laying a
Deadly Ambush for Obama in Syria
New Republic, by Fred Hof    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/27/2014 4:18:38 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama´s decision to authorize aerial surveillance of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) positions in Syria suggests that airstrikes employing manned and unmanned aircraft may not be far behind. All of this is right and proper. Yet danger lurks. The head of Syria´s preeminent crime family—President Bashar Al Assad—waits, crocodile-like, for the American angler to tumble out of the boat. For Assad, opportunity knocks. If he handles matters correctly he can, with an assist from American inaction, return to polite society while others do the anti-ISIS heavy lifting for him. From the beginning of Syria´s 2011 popular

Republicans gaining momentum
in race for control of Senate
Fox News, by Carl Cameron & Jason Donner    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/27/2014 4:14:21 AM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has worked to reassure fellow Democrats during the August recess that his party would not lose control of the Senate if the election were held now. "They´d have to pick up six seats, it´d be very, very hard for them to do that," Reid told Reno´s KTVN earlier this month. However, the election is still 10 weeks from Tuesday, and Democrats who once felt the party would retain their majority are now worried the GOP´s momentum could cost them even more than the six seats necessary for Republicans to retake control. "We all thought

Michael Brown shooting:
Legal questions loom
CNN, by Catherine E. Shoichet    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/27/2014 4:12:03 AM     Post Reply
Was a police officer justified in shooting and killing Michael Brown? That´s the question at the heart of the looming legal battles over the controversial case. What charges could Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson face? What would state and federal authorities have to prove in order to pursue charges? And does the fact that the gunman was a police officer change how the case could play out? Here´s a look at what legal analysts say could happen next. Was a state crime committed? A local grand jury has started hearing testimony, but that doesn´t mean any particular charges are being

  


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Civil War Hero Receiving
Medal of Honor, 151 Years Later
ABC News, by Dan Good    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/27/2014 4:08:47 AM     Post Reply
More than a century and a half after his death at the Battle of Gettysburg, a Union Army officer is being awarded the nation’s highest military decoration. President Obama approved the Medal of Honor for First Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing, the White House announced Tuesday. Cushing was killed in action on July 3, 1863 – age 22 – during the battle’s third and final day, in the face of Pickett’s Charge, a futile, deadly Confederate advance that threatened to turn the tide of the war. Cushing served as commanding officer of Battery A, 4th United States Artillery, Artillery Brigade, 2nd Corps for

No Sign of Quick End
to Ukraine Conflict
Associated Press, by Nataliya Vasilyeva & Peter Leonard    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/27/2014 4:05:20 AM     Post Reply
MINSK, Belarus -- Ukraine´s president said Wednesday that Vladimir Putin accepts the principles of a peace plan for Ukraine but the Russian leader insisted that only Kiev can reach a cease-fire deal with the pro-Moscow separatists. Following meetings between Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko that included a one-on-one session that stretched into the night, there was no indication of a quick end to the fighting that has engulfed eastern Ukraine. "This is not our business," Putin said of any cease-fire plan. "This is Ukraine´s business." Russia "can only help to create an atmosphere of trust for this important and

Iraq vet in Mississippi left in
medically-induced coma due to
severe Narrative violation
Breitbart InstaBlog, by John Hayward    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/27/2014 3:20:03 AM     Post Reply
The same media outlets that couldn´t wait to hype the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri are tiptoeing very delicately around the beating of Iraq veteran Ralph Weems in Mississippi. Weems is a white man severely beaten last Saturday night, allegedly by a mob of black men upset about the Brown shooting. Working from a phone interview conducted by Weems´ friend with the Associated Press, the UK Daily Mail has the most detailed account of the incident: David Knighten of West Point told AP earlier by phone that he and Weems had gone to a Waffle House early Saturday.

It’s come to this: The War
on Bacon is real
Hot Air, by Mary Katherine Ham    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/27/2014 3:05:18 AM     Post Reply
Capitulation is not the answer when it comes to these neighborhood narcs. Whether they’re ratting out your kid’s lemonade stand to regulators or sniffing at your choice of fescue, or demanding local businesses remove their totally innocuous advertising, don’t give in. BURLINGTON, Vt. — A Winooski restaurant’s decision to take down a bacon advertisement has become the center of an online backlash. “It’s blown up beyond all imagination,” City Manager Katherine “Deac” Decarreau said in an interview Monday. Last week, Sneakers Bistro and Cafe removed a sign reading “Yield for Sneakers Bacon” from a garden at the Winooski Rotary after

  


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He Has a Dream
New York Times, by Maureen Dowd    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/27/2014 3:00:34 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — As he has grown weary of Washington, Barack Obama has shed parts of his presidency, like drying petals falling off a rose. He left the explaining and selling of his signature health care legislation to Bill Clinton. He outsourced Congress to Rahm Emanuel in the first term, and now doesn’t bother to source it at all. He left schmoozing, as well as a spiraling Iraq, to Joe Biden. Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser, comes across as more than a messagemeister. As the president floats in the empyrean, Rhodes seems to make foreign policy even as he’s

Update: Two Critically Hurt in Shooting
WOWT.com, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: bluehouse- 8/27/2014 1:18:03 AM     Post Reply
Two people were shot during an armed robbery at 43rd and Dodge Street Tuesday night. The suspect is dead. The second victim is a cameraman from the television show COPS. He was transported in critical condition. The shooting was reported at approxomately 9:20 p.m. Dodge Street was shut down as police investigated. Police say the incident began with an armed robbery at the Wendy´s restaurant. An officer called for back-up. There was gunfire. The suspect and cameraman were shot. COPS has been in Omaha filming throughout the summer. The incident brought a large police response. U.S. Marshals were also on

Top IRS ethics lawyer facing
possible disbarment, accused of lying
Washington Times, by Jim McElhatton    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/26/2014 11:52:35 PM     Post Reply
A lawyer in the IRS ethics office is facing the possibility of being disbarred, according to records that accuse her of lying to a court-appointed board and hiding what she’d done with money from a settlement that was supposed to go to two medical providers who had treated her client. The disciplinary arm of the D.C. Court of Appeals has recommended that Takisha McGee, a section manager in the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility, lose her law license over the charge, which stems from a personal injury case she worked about a year before she joined the tax agency. Ms.

CEO named for HealthCare.gov
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/26/2014 10:40:53 PM     Post Reply
Washington — The Obama administration has picked a Connecticut official to run HealthCare.gov ahead of a second open enrollment season looming as a test of competence for the feds. Kevin Counihan leads Access Health CT, a health insurance marketplace seen as a national model. As CEO of the federal exchange, Counihan’s challenge will be far bigger. Connecticut enrolled about 80,000 people, while more than 5 million signed up in the 36 states served by the federal marketplace. Insurance exchanges offer subsidized private coverage to people who don’t have workplace health plans. The role of federal CEO is new, created by Health and Human Services

  


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Small Apples
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/26/2014 10:38:23 PM     Post Reply
Perhaps it is only syntactic sugar, but this statement advocating eventual co-existence with Israel from the Saudi Foreign Minister is worth noting. (Snip) The Muslim world has for decades tried to destroy the Jews and in its desperation raised up one tyrant or mad fanatical movement after the other to carry out the program. And now these monsters are starting to turn on them. Syria is ruined; the ‘Arab Spring’ has burned out much of the region. Generations of young men have been brought up with no marketable skills; only a desire for suicide, an aptitude for destruction and an

Kay Hagan hits, then embraces Obama
Politico, by Edward-Isaac Dovere    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/26/2014 10:34:24 PM     Post Reply
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan beat up President Barack Obama before he arrived in town, then showed up at the airport to give him a kiss on the cheek. That’s the kind of balance Hagan’s trying to strike in a state where Obama’s still very popular in some parts that helped her win in 2008, but dragging her down so much elsewhere that she’s one of the Democrats’ most vulnerable incumbents. Hagan issued an advanced draft of her speech to the American Legion here before Obama arrived, charging that the president “has not done enough” to restore trust

Barack Obama, the Teflon President
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/26/2014 10:23:24 PM     Post Reply
Back in the 1980s, the Democratic Party media dubbed Ronald Reagan the “Teflon President.” By this, they meant that their false, dishonest and trivial attacks on Reagan didn’t sway the public, which appreciated the most meteoric economic recovery in modern history and restoration of America’s status as not just a great power, but a competent one. Something quite different is happening with Barack Obama. By any possible measure, he has been an awful president. His administration has been good for hedge fund managers and “green” energy scammers, but disastrous for working class Americans, especially African-Americans. Median income and household wealth are

Charlie Crist wins Florida
Democratic primary for governor
Times-Union (Jacksonville FL), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/26/2014 10:20:44 PM     Post Reply
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist won the Democratic primary to challenge Republican Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday, marking another step in an unlikely political comeback four years after leaving the GOP. Crist defeated Nan Rich, a former Senate Democratic leader who has been campaigning for governor longer than Crist has been a Democrat. He is the first person in Florida to win the nomination for governor as a Republican and a Democrat. With 39 percent of the precincts counted, Crist had 75 percent to 25 percent

Israel Wins the War
but Loses the Peace
Breitbart National Security, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/26/2014 10:15:16 PM     Post Reply
The long-term ceasefire that took effect Tuesday, after a surprise Egyptian-brokered agreement between Israel and Hamas, is being hailed by the terror group as a "victory." In this case, the claim is more than propaganda. According to the details of the agreement, the Gaza border crossings are to be opened, the fishing zone is to be widened, and talks are to commence soon about air and sea ports. No wonder half Israel´s Cabinet is opposed. Israel certainly has achieved military gains. It wiped out most of Hamas´s rocket arsenal, and destroyed almost all of its terror tunnels before those could

  



Perry: To deter grousing, state
won´t pay lawyers
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/26/2014 10:11:40 PM     Post Reply
MIDLAND, Texas— Indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday that he believes taxpayers should have picked up his legal tab but opted to use campaign funds "to keep from having folks grouse about it." The possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate told reporters in Midland that he had considered it appropriate for state funds to pay his legal fees because a criminal investigation dealt with his official duties as governor. Perry has pleaded not guilty to two felony charges of abuse of power. At least $80,000 in taxpayer dollars have been spent on his defense so far. Perry said Tuesday that

U.S. citizens joining Islamic State
pose major threat to homeland
Washington Times, by Maggie Ybarra    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/26/2014 10:04:50 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. government is tracking and gathering intelligence on as many as 300 Americans who are fighting side by side with the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria and are poised to become a major threat to the homeland, according to senior U.S. officials. Officials say concern is widespread in Washington that radicalized foreign fighters could return to the homeland and commit terrorist attacks with skills acquired overseas, according to officials who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the information. Those concerns were heightened by the disclosure Tuesday that a California man was killed fighting

Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by
Billy Crystal criticised for including
´racist´ joke about Muslim woman
Independent [UK], by Jenn Selby    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/26/2014 9:59:30 PM     Post Reply
It included a short snippet of a stand-up performance during which Williams borrows a pink scarf and puts it on his head like a Hijab "He could be funny anywhere. We were such close friends," Billy Crystal said of Robin Williams in a special tribute to the comedian aired midway through the Emmy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles last night (25 August). "He made us laugh. Hard. Every time you saw him - on television, movies, nightclubs, arenas, hospitals, homeless shelters for our troops overseas. And even in a dying girl´s living room for her last wish, he made us

U.S. rules out coordinating
with Assad on airstrikes
against Islamists in Syria
Washington Post, by Anne Gearan    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/26/2014 9:53:09 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration has ruled out the possibility of coordinating any U.S. airstrikes in Syria with President Bashar al-Assad’s government, forcing U.S. officials to either design a campaign that would evade Syrian air defenses or coordinate it with Assad through a third party. Despite the shared U.S. and Syrian interest in defeating Islamist militants in the region, there will be no cooperation with Assad, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Tuesday. “We’re not going to ask for permission from the Syrian regime,” she said. With top U.S. officials describing the Islamic State militant group as a growing threat to international

Obama Pursuing Climate
Accord in Lieu of Treaty
New York Times, by Coral Davenport    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/26/2014 9:49:42 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress. In preparation for this agreement, to be signed at a United Nations summit meeting in 2015 in Paris, the negotiators are meeting with diplomats from other countries to broker a deal to commit some of the world’s largest economies to enact laws to reduce their carbon pollution. But under the Constitution, a president may enter into a legally binding treaty only if it is approved by a two-thirds majority of the

U.N. Draft Report Lists
Unchecked Emissions’ Risks
New York Times, by Justin Gillis    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/26/2014 9:49:35 PM     Post Reply
Runaway growth in the emission of greenhouse gases is swamping all political efforts to deal with the problem, raising the risk of “severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts” over the coming decades, according to a draft of a major new United Nations report. Global warming is already cutting grain production by several percentage points, the report found, and that could grow much worse if emissions continue unchecked. Higher seas, devastating heat waves, torrential rain and other climate extremes are also being felt around the world as a result of human-produced emissions, the draft report said, and those problems are likely to

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