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Six Strategies Obama Could
Use to Fight the Islamic State
Politico Magazine, by Editors    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/30/2014 4:40:29 AM     Post Reply
After a summer in which Islamic State militants have rampaged through Iraq and Syria, declared an Islamic caliphate, recruited extremists from abroad and claimed credit for decapitating American journalist James Foley, President Obama vowed earlier this week that “justice will be done” to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, known as ISIL or simply the Islamic State—a group that Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey have called an “imminent threat” to the United States with an “apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision.” But the president has long resisted getting “dragged back into another ground war in

The dangers of our
passionless American life
The Week, by Matt K. Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/30/2014 4:34:43 AM     Post Reply
Many of my fellow conservative columnists have lamented in recent weeks that the troubling trend of Western men voyaging to the Middle East to become terrorists has its roots in the stultifying boredom of life in modern capitalistic society. TheWeek.com´s Michael Brendan Dougherty´s explored the topic in a post called "How the West produces jihadi tourists." The New York Times´ Ross Douthat ventured into similar territory in his "Our thoroughly modern enemies." National Review´s Charles C.W. Cooke was on board, too, in a post titled "Sadly, totalitarianism is exciting." "One reason that liberty can be difficult to preserve is that

What If There’s No There There?
Weekly Standard, by Jay Cost    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/30/2014 4:28:30 AM     Post Reply
Toward the end of Ronald Reagan’s second term, a friend of Vice President Bush encouraged him to think carefully about what a Bush presidency should look like. According to Time, Bush responded, “Oh, the vision thing.” Fairly or unfairly, this phrase came to characterize the Bush 41 tenure. Despite his impressive résumé spanning three decades in government, he seemed not to have a clear view of what he wanted to do. When Barack Obama campaigned for the White House in 2008, that hardly seemed like his problem. Obama would take in the whole sweep of American history in his speeches

  


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Calif. school ´retires´ old
rendering of Arab mascot
USA Today, by Brett Kelman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/30/2014 4:27:52 AM     Post Reply
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Football may be back at Coachella Valley High School, but the mascot is gone. Coachella Valley Unified School District confirmed Friday that it has retired the school´s controversial Arab mascot that prompted objections from an anti-discrimination group last year. When the Coachella Valley football team takes the field against Rancho Mirage High for its season opener on Friday night, the mascot will be absent. The Arab mascot costume was a cartoonish, headscarf-wearing man with a hooked nose, a thick beard and a devilish mustache. He often appeared with a belly-dancing genie during halftime. The genie has been

Unsung canine heroes:
Dogs that deserve our thanks
Fox News, by Robin Ganzert    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/30/2014 4:23:51 AM     Post Reply
August may bring on thoughts of the dreaded dog days of summer, but we prefer to think of them as the “Hero dog days of summer.” And this week, Americans have an entire day (August 26) dedicated to celebrating the hero dogs in our lives with National Dog Day. It’s estimated that 83 million dogs reside in our country, up from 68 million in 2000. Man’s best friend has enjoyed a role like no other companion animal as now more homes include a furred, four-legged family member than ever before. For thousands of years, dogs have been man’s best friend.

California lawmakers send governor
a ban on single-use plastic bags
Los Angeles Times, by Patrick McGreevy    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/30/2014 4:20:23 AM     Post Reply
The state Senate on Friday gave final legislative approval to a measure that would phase out single-use plastic bags in supermarkets, pharmacies and convenience stores as part of an effort to rid beaches and streets of litter. The measure, which now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown for consideration, would allow stores to charge customers 10 cents to provide paper or reusable plastic bags as an alternative to single-use bags. California would be the first state government to approve such a ban although the bags are outlawed throughout Hawaii because of local jurisdiction laws. Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) said his bill just

Three years later, Fukushima
radiation leaves towns eerily empty
CBS News, by Seth Doane    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/30/2014 4:16:07 AM     Post Reply
FUTABA, Japan - Every time Shuichi Saito goes home, he has to suit up to protect himself from radiation. "We´re allowed in 15 times a year," Saito told CBS News, on a trip back to his home near where a typhoon caused the Fukishima nuclear plant to leak dangerous amounts of radiation three years ago. "But, as my home and grounds deteriorate, as the weeds take over, it´s depressing." As Saito approached in his car, the alarm sounded on his radiation detector. He pulled over to show CBS News a sign in his town. It says "nuclear power, energy for

  


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Judge Finds Texas Abortion
Rules Unconstitutional
Associated Press, by Paul J. Weber    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/30/2014 4:13:07 AM     Post Reply
AUSTIN, Texas -- Tough new Texas abortion restrictions are on hold after a federal judge found Republican-led efforts to hold abortion clinics to hospital-level operating standards unconstitutional in a ruling that spares more than a dozen clinics from imminent closure. The state vowed to quickly appeal Friday´s ruling by U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel in Austin, who cited other rules GOP lawmakers have recently passed in his decision to throw out requirements that clinics meet hospital operating standards. Those prior abortion restrictions include mandatory sonograms and a 24-hour waiting period after a woman first seeks out an abortion. "These substantial obstacles have reached

Obama says goodbye to
RI after brief visit
WPRI 12 (Providence RI), by Angie Angers    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/30/2014 3:51:46 AM     Post Reply
NEWPORT, R.I.— Air Force One departed from T.F. Green Airport Friday night following the president’s short-lived visit to Rhode Island. President Obama was in Newport to attend a fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which works to elect Democrats to the House of Representatives. The president’s plane touched down in Warwick at about 6:15 p.m., then took off again just before 10 p.m. Parking bans and road closures put in place in Newport for the president’s visit are no longer in effect. Newport Police Lt. William Fitzgerald said the department prepared all week for the event. “It takes a lot

New space race: 3 companies
vie to build space shuttle successor
CBS News, by Manuel Bojorquez    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/30/2014 3:43:12 AM     Post Reply
HOUSTON - NASA is engaged in a new space race. The agency says a decision on which company will build its next-generation vehicle to put astronauts in space is imminent. A $4 billion contract is at stake, and that´s made for some intense competition.Boeing is one of three companies competing to build the successor to the space shuttle. It hopes its CST-100 capsule will be chosen to ferry Americans to the International Space Station. John Mulholland heads Boeing´s program. He knows there´s a lot on the line, but he´s confident. "We´ve got an incredible team. Human space flight has been at

Obama’s Department of Labor
Bans Employees From Talking
To The Daily Caller [VIDEO]
Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/30/2014 3:37:50 AM     Post Reply
Happy Labor Day, America. As we celebrate the annual day of paid rest arbitrated into our calendar by powerful 19th century New York labor unions, we at The Daily Caller are also celebrating another milestone: We’re banned from talking to the Department of Labor. Department of Labor (DOL) Office of Public Affairs senior advisor Carl Fillichio placed TheDC as well as National Review on the department’s permanent “no-contact list” in a profanity-laden rant at a March 31 staff meeting. Fillichio said that an employee that he suspected of leaking to the press “is an asshole” and swiftly put our humble

  


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Woman Is First to Be Ruled
Eligible for Asylum in U.S.
on Basis of Domestic Abuse
New York Times, by Julia Preston    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/30/2014 2:13:17 AM     Post Reply
The nation’s highest immigration court has found for the first time that women who are victims of severe domestic violence in their home countries can be eligible for asylum in the United States. The decision on Tuesday by the Board of Immigration Appeals in the case of a battered wife from Guatemala resolved nearly two decades of hard-fought legal battles over whether such women could be considered victims of persecution. The ruling could slow the pace of deportations from the Southwest border, because it creates new legal grounds for women from Central America caught entering the country illegally in the surge this summer

Obama’s 5 Worst Foreign
Policy Decisions
Townhall, by John Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 8/30/2014 2:13:03 AM     Post Reply
Since Barack Obama has been the Hindenburg of Presidents on the domestic front, there hasn´t been as much commentary as you´d expect about the fact that he has been the Titanic of Presidents on foreign policy. George W. Bush certainly made his mistakes as President, primarily in Iraq, but you did at least get the sense that his administration was full of capable, serious adults sincerely grappling with a new strategic problem for the country. On the other hand, when it comes to foreign policy, Obama comes across like a bored kid playing war because his mother won´t let him come

To Defeat Terror, We
Need the World’s Help
New York Times, by John Kerry    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/30/2014 2:01:57 AM     Post Reply
In a polarized region and a complicated world, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria presents a unifying threat to a broad array of countries, including the United States. What’s needed to confront its nihilistic vision and genocidal agenda is a global coalition using political, humanitarian, economic, law enforcement and intelligence tools to support military force. In addition to its beheadings, crucifixions and other acts of sheer evil, which have killed thousands of innocents in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, including Sunni Muslims whose faith it purports to represent, ISIS (which the United States government calls ISIL,

Stop Dithering, Confront ISIS
New York Times, by John McCain & Lindsey Graham    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/30/2014 1:46:42 AM     Post Reply
After more than three years, almost 200,000 dead in Syria, the near collapse of Iraq, and the rise of the world’s most sinister terrorist army — the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, which has conquered vast swaths of both countries — President Obama’s admission this week that “we don’t have a strategy yet” to deal with this threat is startling. It is also dangerous. The president clearly wants to move deliberately and consult with allies and Congress as he considers what to do about ISIS. No one disputes that goal. But the threat ISIS poses only grows over time. It cannot be contained. It must be confronted. This requires a comprehensive strategy,

  


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Girls´ mystery illness possibly
linked to cervical cancer vaccine
Associated Press, by Joshua Goodman & Cesar Garcia    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/30/2014 1:27:23 AM     Post Reply
Bogota, Columbia - A mystery illness has overwhelmed a small town in northern Colombia as scores of teenage girls have been hospitalized with symptoms that parents fear could be an adverse reaction to a popular vaccine against cervical cancer. Authorities say they still don’t know what caused more than 200 girls in El Carmen de Bolivar to come down with symptoms (Snip) Some have hinted that the town of 95,000 near Colombia’s Caribbean coast could be experiencing a rare case of mass hysteria. Parents are on edge however because all the girls, ranging in age from 9 to 16, were injected in recent months with Gardasil, an HPV vaccine.

ISIS in Mexico? Feds DENY watchdog
group´s claim that the terror group is
operating in Juarez and plans ´imminent´
car-bomb attacks on US targets
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/30/2014 12:36:49 AM     Post Reply
The Department of Homeland Security quickly denied claims on Friday from a watchdog group that the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has militants stationed in Juarez, Mexico who plan an ´imminent´ attack against the United States. A DHS spokesman was bewildered, telling MailOnline that ´we are aware of absolutely nothing credible to substantiate this claim´ made by Judicial Watch, a center-right group. [Snip] And during a late-morning media briefing, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said flatly that ´the most detailed intelligence assessment that I can offer from here is that there is no evidence or indication right now

Venezuela Is Rotting Away
Tal Cual [Caracas, Venezuela], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 8/30/2014 12:19:00 AM     Post Reply
We would like to start by saying two things: one, that wherever we might have looked, all we could see was nothing but unmistakable signs of decomposition, from hospitals lacking syringes and grocery stores with fingerprint machines at checkout counters to our glorious Armed Forces officials trying to prevent the smuggling of flour bread and gas into Colombia, also keeping in mind the large number of horrific murders, something never seen before in the history of Venezuela. And two, an incapable government that has been fearful of taking the necessary steps to restore at least a bit of rationality to an

Holder Cut Left-Wing Groups
In On $17 Bil BofA Deal
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 8/29/2014 11:59:25 PM     Post Reply
Extortion: Radical Democrat activist groups stand to collect millions from Attorney General Eric Holder´s record $17 billion deal to settle alleged mortgage abuse charges against Bank of America. Buried in the fine print of the deal, which includes $7 billion in soft-dollar consumer relief, are a raft of political payoffs to Obama constituency groups. In effect, the government has ordered the nation´s largest bank to create a massive slush fund for Democrat special interests. Besides requiring billions in debt forgiveness payments to delinquent borrowers in Cleveland, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Oakland, Detroit, Chicago and other Democrat strongholds — and up to $500 million to

Why Obama’s ‘we don’t have
a strategy’ gaffe stings
Washington Post, by Aaron Blake    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 8/29/2014 11:56:05 PM     Post Reply
By now, President Obama´s remark that "we don´t have a strategy yet" has made the rounds. Republicans were quick to pounce on it, as well they should have. But while the White House went into damage-control mode, emphasizing that it was a reference to the lack of decisions about increasing military action in Iraq and/or Syria and not a lack of a broader strategy there, the damage was already done. As with all gaffes, the worst ones are the ones that confirm people´s preexisting suspicions or fit into an easy narrative. That´s why "47 percent" stung Mitt Romney so much, and it´s

  



Feds issue bulletin on
‘imminent’ attack at U.S.
border; Islamic State in Mexico
Washington Times, by Douglas Ernst    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/29/2014 11:25:31 PM     Post Reply
The federal government believes a terrorist attack at the U.S.-Mexico border is imminent and has put out a bulletin on the matter, a government watchdog group reported Friday. Judicial Watch released a statement that said Islamic terrorist groups who have infiltrated the city of Ciudad Juarez aim to use car bombs to attack American interests. “High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed to Judicial Watch that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border has been issued,” the statement read. “Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies have all been

‘All hope is lost’: Worried
Dems cry desperation
in new fund-raising tactic
Washington Times, by Phillip Swarts    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/29/2014 11:22:21 PM     Post Reply
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee would like you to donate. Right now. The campaign organization, hoping to lead Democrats to control of the House come November, has spent the past week sending out a series of strongly-worded, seemingly desperate, fundraising e-mails trying to get supporters to donate. “All hope is lost,” reads the subject of one such e-mail. “We’re in serious trouble,” it continues. “Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers are massively outspending us…If we get blown out right now, we might as well give up hope until 2016.” Another e-mail says Democratic campaigners weren’t ready for Republican attack ads.

Reparations Could Prevent the Next Ferguson
Time Magazine, by Belinda Cooper    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/29/2014 11:21:46 PM     Post Reply
Watching the events unfold in Ferguson, Missouri, I can’t help thinking about the Holocaust and post-war Germany. As the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, I’ve spent years watching Germany wrestle with its dark past. It’s just one of many places that have made efforts to understand and compensate for a difficult history: For nearly three decades, countries as varied as South Africa, Rwanda, and the nations of Latin America and post-Communist Eastern Europe have been engaged in this process, often called “transitional justice.” That’s a broad term for the ways in which societies deal with the legacies of past injustice.

War in Europe is
not a hysterical idea
Washington Post, by Anne Applebaum    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/29/2014 11:18:32 PM     Post Reply
WARSAW Over and over again — throughout the entirety of my adult life, or so it feels — I have been shown Polish photographs from the beautiful summer of 1939: The children playing in the sunshine, the fashionable women on Krakow streets. I have even seen a picture of a family wedding that took place in June 1939, in the garden of a Polish country house I now own. All of these pictures convey a sense of doom, for we know what happened next. September 1939 brought invasion from both east and west, occupation, chaos, destruction, genocide. Most of the

Islamic State vows to reach ´Palestine´
and ´kill the barbaric Jews´
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Lev Selmon    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/29/2014 11:13:59 PM     Post Reply
The organization calling itself the Islamic State has risen from the fog of war in Syria and Iraq in recent months and drawn the attention of the world with major victories on both sides of the Euphrates River that have claimed swaths of territory for its declared caliphate, or Islamic State. Now in the organization´s new English language publication, Dabiq, aimed at young Muslims in western states, the extremist organization declared, "Islamic State will do everything within its means to continue striking down every apostate who stands as an obstacle on its path towards Palestine."

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