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Rim fire spreads deeper into Yosemite
Los Angeles Times, by Joseph Serna, Julie Cart*

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 8/28/2013 5:09:21 AM

GROVELAND, Calif. — The Rim fire spread deeper into Yosemite National Park on Tuesday with flames racing unimpeded to the east even as firefighters shored up defenses for communities on the western edges of the blaze. The fire was 20% contained by Tuesday evening, with almost all of the containment coming on the fire´s southwest edge. On the east, the fire has a relatively flat, clear path farther into Yosemite and the 3,700 firefighters battling the blaze have fewer options to control it. "They´re in scouting mode," Dick Fleishman of the U.S. Forest Service said of fire crews. "There´s not a lot

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Rim fire spreads deeper into Yosemite
Los Angeles Times, by Joseph Serna, Julie Cart*    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/28/2013 5:09:21 AM     Post Reply
GROVELAND, Calif. — The Rim fire spread deeper into Yosemite National Park on Tuesday with flames racing unimpeded to the east even as firefighters shored up defenses for communities on the western edges of the blaze. The fire was 20% contained by Tuesday evening, with almost all of the containment coming on the fire´s southwest edge. On the east, the fire has a relatively flat, clear path farther into Yosemite and the 3,700 firefighters battling the blaze have fewer options to control it. "They´re in scouting mode," Dick Fleishman of the U.S. Forest Service said of fire crews. "There´s not a lot




Fukushima Crisis New
Blow to Fishermen´s Hopes
Associated Press, by Miki Toda & Koji Ueda    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/28/2013 4:45:06 AM     Post Reply
YOTSUKURA, Japan -- Fumio Suzuki, a third-generation fisherman, sets out into the Pacific Ocean every seven weeks. Not to catch fish that he can sell but to catch fish that can be tested for radiation. For the last 2 1/2 years, fishermen from the port of Yotsukura near the stricken Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant have been mostly stuck on land with little to do. There is no commercial fishing along most of the Fukushima coast. In a nation highly sensitive to food safety, there is no market for the fish caught near the stricken plant because the meltdowns it suffered

Iran Approves Bill to
Sue US Over 1953 Coup
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/28/2013 4:41:48 AM     Post Reply
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran´s parliament has given preliminary approval to a bill requiring the government to sue the U.S. for its involvement in the 1953 coup that overthrew the country´s democratically elected prime minister. The bill calls for setting up a committee to study the issue and provide a report within six months before legal action is launched against the U.S. government in an international court. Of 196 lawmakers attending Wednesday´s session of parliament, 167 voted in favor of the bill while five opposed it. The session was broadcast live on state radio. New declassified documents offer more details of how the CIA

Running Backward
American Spectator, by George H. Wittman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/27/2013 6:15:59 AM     Post Reply
Something odd is going on with United States foreign and defense policy. To begin with it is obvious that the political leverage of the U.S. with Egypt is embarrassingly weak – perhaps even non-existent. The reigning commander of Egyptian military forces, General el-Sisi – after taking daily phone calls for weeks from the American defense secretary – ceased answering his phone. The president of the United States has to rely on two hawkish senior Republican senators, McCain and Graham, to reconnoiter the local situation in Cairo. Whatever happened to the U.S. Embassy with its extensive collection of political officers and

Immigration Reform’s Lost Month
Time, by Alex Altman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/27/2013 5:05:55 AM     Post Reply
August is nearly over, and with it ends the discussion over which side in the immigration debate enjoyed the upper hand while Congress was in recess. The verdict was nearly unanimous. It was also mistaken. Proponents of reform, noted the Washington Post, launched an “all-out push,” pressing a comprehensive overhaul of U.S. immigration law at “roundtables and rallies, sit-ins and voter registration drives, as well as expensive radio and television ads.” Meanwhile, opponents ”have been mostly absent” from public view, wrote The Atlantic,. “Anti-immigration forces have lain low,” Politico agreed. Liberal blogs gleefully circulated photos of Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King,

Democracy’s Dog Days
PJ Media, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/27/2013 4:57:19 AM     Post Reply
We all want democracy to thrive and flourish, but can it? The Obama administration was quite pleased that the anti-democratic Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood had come to power through a single plebiscite. That confidence required a great deal of moral blindness, both of the present and past. Like other once-elected authoritarians who believe that democracy is similar to a bus route — in the words of Mr. Erdogan of Turkey, once you get to your stop, you get off — Morsi had no intention of fostering the sort of consensual institutions so necessary for republican government. Almost immediately he gave




Agencies at Odds Over Probe
Associated Press, by Pete Yost    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/27/2013 4:42:53 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- The federal government is fighting with itself over a massive fire at a Chevron refinery in California that sent 15,000 people to hospitals with respiratory ailments. In one corner is the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, which conducted 119 interviews in an effort to find out what caused last year´s accident and how to prevent it from happening again. In the other is the Environmental Protection Agency, which is conducting a criminal investigation and wants the interviews to help it determine who´s responsible.

The VA´s Backlog of Unprocessed
Claims Swells Under Obama-Shinseki
Power Line, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/26/2013 11:17:50 AM     Post Reply
During the years of the Bush presidency, Democrats and the mainstream media delighted in finding flaws with the administration’s handling of veterans affairs. Recall the justifiable outrage over conditions at Walter Reed Hospital. The issue conferred at least three big advantages on the left. First, it embarrassed Bush. Second, it provided a means of appealing for the votes of both veterans and current members of the military, normally sources of support for Republicans. Third, it purported to convert veterans into another victim group requiring succor from the Democrats. After President Obama’s election, the Democrats continued to work the military vote through veterans

Crossroads GPS Promotes
Obamacare to Young People
National Review Online, by Jim Geraghty    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/26/2013 11:15:17 AM     Post Reply
Crossroads GPS, a 501(c)4 spinoff of Karl Rove’s American Crossroads, surrendered to the Obama administration and agreed to create a video to promote Obamacare among young people:(Snip for video)“Obamacare: If Hollywood celebrities can afford us, why can’t you?”

New Obama Scandal
Erupts: Trump Targeted
American Spectator, by Jeffrey Lord    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/26/2013 11:09:07 AM     Post Reply
Well, well, well. Shades of the IRS scandal. Who is one of the most forthright Obama critics in America today? I know. The list is long of Obama critics. But who specifically comes to mind for blunt, detailed, knowledgeable criticism of the president — and in return draws the furious wrath of MSNBC and all those Obama-acolytes? That’s right — that would be …..Donald Trump. Now here’s a curious development. A very curious development that shows exactly how the Obama Chicago hardballers and their state run media allies play the game. On Saturday, up pops a story from the Associated Press that is promptly run by Politico. The

Two million bikers to meet ‘Million
Muslim March’ in DC on 9/11
Hot Air, by Katie Pavlich    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/25/2013 7:35:42 AM     Post Reply
I’m sure by now you’ve heard of the “Million Muslim March” planned in Washington D.C. on 9/11. If you haven’t, you can watch the group’s organizer refusing to denounce hateful groups like the Muslim Brotherhood here. Now in response to the march, a bunch of bikers are planning their own party in DC on 9/11…with two million people. Thousands of America’s patriotic bikers are organizing an enormous counter protest to the planned Million Muslim March on DC this Sept. 11. The Facebook Page, “2 Million Bikers to DC,” has over 18 thousand “likes,” as of Thursday morning and individual state chapters of riders




Cheney: ‘Don’t conflate
the NSA with the IRS’
Daily Caller, by Jamie Weinstein    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/25/2013 5:47:33 AM     Post Reply
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — Former Vice President Dick Cheney gave a passionate defense of the National Security Agency surveillance program Friday night at the 5th annual Steamboat Institute Freedom Conference. Speaking on a stage with his daughter Liz beside him, the elder Cheney argued that the NSA surveillance program was necessary to protect Americans and urged the more than 300 conservatives in attendance to trust the professionals who run the NSA, even if they don’t trust President Obama. “The first thing you do is you get yourself a new commander in chief,” Cheney said when asked by his daughter, who is running

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Posted By: Desert Fox- 8/26/2013 7:38:10 PM     Post Reply
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