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Review: Season of Saturdays
Washington Free Beacon, by Robert Charette    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/30/2014 5:27:52 AM     Post Reply
Only when it comes to college football do we believe that the deaths of a girlfriend and grandmother will spur a 21-year-old to lead his team to victory, and accept that a 22-year-old sprained his ankles from leaping off a three-story balcony to rescue a drowning nephew. The NFL may be played on Sundays, but college football is religion, with each team steeped in its own obscure mores, traditions, and believers. College football is a confounding sport with an arcane history at the intersection of higher education, the twilight of adolescence, and semi-professional football, all institutions of questionable integrity. The mix

The Streets of San Francisco
American Spectator, by Daniel J. Flynn    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/30/2014 5:25:33 AM     Post Reply
San Francisco If you want to film a zombie movie on the cheap, San Francisco offers a ready-made location overflowing with extras. The mentally ill, addicted, and homeless find a home in the City by the Bay as they do nowhere else in North America. In this walkable Western metropolis, one walks a gauntlet of down-and-outers betraying that unmistakable drug gait and displaying lights out upstairs through their windows’ 100-watt stares. Instead of groaning for “more brains,” San Francisco’s zombies mumble “spare change.” In a Market Street smoke shop, a short man convinced of the justice of his proposed barter

Let’s Stop Saying That
Islamists Are Fighting The ‘West’
Daily Caller, by David Cohen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/30/2014 5:22:13 AM     Post Reply
We’ve all heard this refrain ad nauseam since 9/11: “Islamists are at war with the West. They hate us for who we are.” The fact is, though, that they don’t hate us for who we are. They hate us for who we’re not: we’re not Muslim, and that’s a characteristic we share with billions of people outside the West. If we could only get over our Western self-absorption, we could do a much better job of uniting with our natural allies to combat the global Islamist threat. When I say that “we” in the West are “not Muslim,” I am of

  


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Ferguson Fizzles
National Review Online, by Charles C.W. Cooke    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/30/2014 5:14:41 AM     Post Reply
During the Great Depression, the Communist scribes at the Daily Worker were forever assuring the more skeptical among their colleagues that the heroic spark was near. Having read about a “small riot somewhere in rural Minnesota,” Whittaker Chambers recorded in Witness, Robert Minor started shouting about “the beginning of the American revolution.” If the paper wished to capitalize upon dissatisfaction and spin it into insurrection and change, Minor proposed, it would need the staff to keep an eye out for the tell-tale sign and, then, to “play it up big.” Over the past month, the events in Ferguson, Mo., have played

Border Patrol Agent Fires
at Armed Militia Member
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/30/2014 5:12:01 AM     Post Reply
A Border Patrol agent pursuing a group of immigrants in a wooded area near the Texas-Mexico border on Friday fired several shots at an armed man who later identified himself as a militia member. Border Patrol spokesman Omar Zamora said agents had been chasing a group of immigrants east of Brownsville Friday afternoon when an agent saw a man holding a gun near the Rio Grande. The agent fired four shots, but did not hit the man. The man then dropped his gun and identified himself as a member of a militia. Zamora said no other details were immediately available. Cameron County

President Obama needs to focus on how
the United States can meet global challenges
Washington Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/30/2014 5:04:40 AM     Post Reply
PRESIDENT OBAMA’S acknowledgment that “we don’t have a strategy yet” in Syria understandably attracted the most attention after his perplexing meeting with reporters Thursday. But his restatement of the obvious was not the most dismaying aspect of his remarks. The president’s goal, to the extent he had one, seemed to be to tamp down all the assessments of gathering dangers that his own team had been issuing over the previous days. This argument with his own administration is alarming on three levels. The first has to do with simple competence. One can only imagine the whiplash that foreign leaders must be suffering.

Whole Foods sued for ‘understating’
amount of sugar in yogurt
New York Post, by Antonio Antenucci    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/30/2014 4:59:29 AM     Post Reply
Customers are suing Whole Foods Market for “vastly understating” the amount of sugar in its store-brand yogurt. A class-action lawsuit filed Friday in Manhattan federal court cites six tests by Consumer Reports in a July report on the supermarket chain’s Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value Plain Greek Yogurt, revealing it actually contains 11.4 grams of sugar per 170-gram serving instead of the 2 grams listed on the label. “Defendant’s act in vastly understating the sugar content .?.?. is not harmless trivia,” the suit says. “For many members of the class, sugar content is an important component of their diet.” The suit, involving about

  


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American Terror Pipeline: Nearly a Dozen
From Twin Cities Gone to Fight in Syria
ABC News, by Brian Ross*    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/30/2014 4:55:19 AM     Post Reply
In addition to the American rapper from Minneapolis recently killed in the bloody fighting in Syria, nearly a dozen former residents of Minnesota’s Twin Cities have left their homes to take up arms with extremist rebel groups in the Middle Eastern nation, U.S. officials told ABC News. Earlier this week the White House confirmed the death in Syria of Minnesotan Douglas McAuthur McCain, who records show was born in Chicago but was schooled in Minneapolis. An opposition group in Syria, the Free Syrian Army, claimed McCain was fighting with ISIS, a brutal terrorist organization that recently executed American journalist James Foley

Sweatpants with dress shoes, plaid
blazers - and some VERY tiny shorts:
No it´s notNew York Fashion Week,
it´s the20 worst presidential
style gaffe (and Obama´s tan suit
doesn´t even make the top five)
Daily Mail (UK), by Annabel Fenwick Elliott    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/30/2014 4:53:38 AM     Post Reply
It´s not been a great summer for President Barack Obama. Disgraced for hitting the golf course amid crucial ISIS talks, struggling with record-low approval ratings; and now, lambasted for wearing a silly suit. But let´s put things into perspective. It´s not Obama´s first dodgy outfit choice, nor the worst in the history of the White House. So in honor of our leader´s Yes We Tan debacle, Femail has rounded up the top 20 worst presidential crimes against fashion of all time. Scroll down for video

What Could Terrorists Do to Vegas?
PJ Media, by James Jay Carafano    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/30/2014 4:45:33 AM     Post Reply
Once upon a time, news that the “Rat Pack” was coming to town was welcomed in Las Vegas. Not so much anymore. In the golden days of the Strip, the Rat Pack were the “cool cats.” All Vegas flocked to the legendary Sands to see Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford put on their unpredictable show. Today, however, the rats threatening to descend on America’s Sin City are transnational terrorists. And when they talk about “killing” the audience, they mean it literally. Does this mean the players should drop their chips and head for the door? Should

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

  


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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

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.

  


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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

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

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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