A Message From Lucianne  







S-G1




























ST-GC


   
 
Home Page | Latest Posts | Links | Must Reads | Update Profile | RSS | Contribute | Register | Rules & FAQs
Privacy Policy | Search | Post | Contact | Logout | Forgot Password | Search Using Google


Obama´s America: Unreliable
For Any Good Purpose

Power Line, by Paul Mirengoff

Original Article

Posted By:Pluperfect, 7/13/2014 5:29:47 AM

We have written several times about the logjam on visas for foreign interpreters who served our military during Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The logjam has been particularly egregious for Afghan interpreters. Even Democrats are appalled. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said last year: We have to keep our promise to individuals who risked their lives serving alongside our troops. Failing to act puts lives at further risk and hurts our credibility around the globe. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a veteran of the Afghan war, expressed “deep concern” that “the threat posed to interpreters by Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan is being downplayed or disregarded,”

      


Post Reply  

Reply 1 - Posted by: patpgmr, 7/13/2014 10:41:49 AM     (No. 9922352)

I have a friend who led troops in Iraq. Both of his interpreters were assassinated.

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

    6 persons like this.



Post Reply   Close thread 792150




Below, you will find ...

Most Recent Articles posted by "Pluperfect"

and

Most Active Articles (last 48 hours)




Most Recent Articles posted by "Pluperfect"



Joe Jackson ‘no longer
a part of the family’
New York Post, by Stacy Brown    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/31/2014 4:36:43 PM     Post Reply
He’s the patriarch of the most famous family in music history — the architect of the Jackson Five, Janet Jackson and, of course, the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. His progeny include nine living children, 30 grandchildren and countless great-grandchildren. Yet Joe Jackson, 86, is not living out his golden years surrounded by the fruits of his labor or his loins. Instead, the man who ruled his brood with an iron fist and icy demeanor is frail and alone. The once-proud music manager lives humbly in a furnished 1,000-square-foot $500,000 condo in a gated community close to the Stratosphere Casino in Las Vegas.

Grateful Dead I Have Known
Daily Beast, by Ed McClanahan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/31/2014 4:32:07 PM     Post Reply
The Kentucky bard Ed McClanahan once lived in California, where among various endeavors he played Boswell to the Grateful Dead. Here is his timeless report. The terrific novelist Jennifer Egan grew up in San Francisco in the ’70s where she felt that she’d just missed out on the party. “I grew up feeling like I wanted to grow up ten years earlier, and I wanted to reconstruct every sense of what that moment was like,” Egan said in an interview a few years ago. “The whole city was in a ’60s hangover. There were tons of hippies still wandering around, but

Et tu, Di Fi? Feinstein sours on Obama’s
‘too cautious’ approach to ISIS
Hot Air, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/31/2014 4:29:25 PM     Post Reply
Most Democratic officeholders who have sought out the press to register their dissatisfaction with Obama’s approach to the situation in Iraq and Syria, Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Peter Welch (D-VT) most notably, expressed their concern that Obama is going too far. The president’s administration, which had floated the proposition of mounting airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, would be inviting more problems than he would solve, they reasoned. If the White House was determined to strike in Syria, he should come to Congress to seek their authorization. Not every Democrat is urging the president to adopt a dovish position on

Feminists’ Failure on Rotherham
National Review Online, by Ian Tuttle    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/31/2014 5:35:09 AM     Post Reply
Presumably the advent of a nail polish capable of detecting date-rape drugs in one’s cocktail would mark a high-water point in the empowerment of women against predatory men. Not so fast: The feminist backlash against the product has been vehement. According to ThinkProgress, such an innovation “actually reinforces a pervasive rape culture in our society.” Feminists of the vocal, bathe-in-male-tears sort find proof of “rape culture” all about: in newspaper satire, in ’80s movies, in the verb “to force.” So one would think news that between 1997 and 2013 at least 1,400 children in Rotherham, England, were victims of sexual exploitation

‘All hope is lost’: Worried Dems cry
desperation in new fund-raising tactic
Washington Times, by Phillip Swarts    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/31/2014 5:30:21 AM     Post Reply
The 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. “We are ashamed,” the letter

   

 

R-TA-Wide
  


 
DOJ ‘Chokes’ Off Due Process
Daily Caller, by Jeffrey H. Joseph    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/31/2014 5:26:53 AM     Post Reply
It’s no secret that there are plenty of policymakers who would love to see soda and sugary snack food banned altogether. But what if instead of Congress voting to pass laws against the products directly, federal agencies simply acted on their own to pressure stores to stop selling such products altogether, “choking off” the manufacturers’ ability to do business? Sound like executive overreach? A case of the federal government serving as our “national nanny?” While the U.S. Department of Justice isn’t going after food manufacturers through retailers yet, it has targeting legitimate businesses by pressuring banks not to process their financial

See Every Single Device
Connected to the Internet
Time, by Dan Kedmey    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/31/2014 4:46:59 AM     Post Reply
A map of every device connected to the Internet shows the wealthiest parts of the world flush with connections, while poor and sparsely populated parts of the world are blacked out — as well as a few head scratchers in between. The map was created by John Matherly, founder of Shodan, a search engine that probes the Internet’s backend for connections to all sorts of devices from routers to refrigerators. Matherly said it took about five hours to ping every IP address on the Internet and store every positive response. It took another 12 hours to plot the responses on a

Ferguson shooting spurs curriculum
advocates to craft lesson on race
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/31/2014 4:44:14 AM     Post Reply
Even though the police shooting of an unarmed man in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson is only weeks old and a grand jury is still trying sort out what really happened, a Washington-based nonprofit is offering a classroom lesson plan that draws a link between the incident and the revolutionary rhetoric of the 1960s Black Panther Party. Teaching for Change says its “Teaching about Ferguson” guide can help students think critically about the shooting of Michael Brown in an Aug. 9 confrontation with police and ways they can be proactive in their own communities. “The Black Panther Party’s 1966 platform, known

The man who hunted bin Laden,
Saddam and the pirates
CNN, by Peter Bergen    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/31/2014 4:36:12 AM     Post Reply
On Thursday in Tampa, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel presided over a change of command ceremony during which Adm. William "Bill" McRaven handed over the reins of Special Operations Command to his successor, Gen. Joseph Votel. As McRaven stepped down he observed, "We are in perilous times." He pointed out that U.S. Special Operations Forces are helping to fight the fast-growing Islamic State in Iraq; the al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines; the militant group Boko Haram in Nigeria, and al Qaeda and the Taliban in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. McRaven also said, "We are in the golden age

Filipino Troops Pull ´Greatest
Escape´ From Syria
Associated Press, by Jim Gomez    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/31/2014 4:32:17 AM     Post Reply
MANILA, Philippines -- Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers made a daring escape after being surrounded and under fire for seven hours by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, Philippine officials said Sunday, leaving 44 Fijian troops still in the hands of the al-Qaida-linked insurgents. "We may call it the greatest escape," Philippine military chief Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang said. The peacekeepers became trapped after Syrian rebels entered the U.N.-patrolled buffer zone between Syria and Israel this week, seizing 44 Fijian soldiers and demanding that their Filipino colleagues surrender with their weapons. The Filipinos in two U.N. encampments refused and clashed

   

 



 
Atlantic City losing 2
casinos, 5K jobs in 3 days
Associated Press, by Wayne Parry    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/30/2014 12:46:47 PM     Post Reply
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - A time few could imagine during the not-too-distant glory days of casino gambling has arrived in Atlantic City, where two casinos will close this weekend and a third will shut down in two weeks. More than 5,000 workers will lose their jobs in an unprecedented weekend in the seaside gambling resort, leaving many feeling betrayed by a system that once promised stable, well-paying jobs. The Showboat is closing Sunday, followed by Revel on Monday and Tuesday. Trump Plaza is next, closing Sept. 16. To the thousands who will be left behind, it still seems unreal. "We

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



Most Active Articles (last 48 hours)



Jimmy Carter Tells Islamic Conference:
“Principles of Allah” Are Key to Peace

32 replie(s)
Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/31/2014 10:28:19 AM     Post Reply
Former President Jimmy Carter told attendees at the Islamic Society of North America that “the principles of Allah” are the key to peace in the Middle East. Carter spoke to the group on Saturday.(Snip for video)ISIS forces, in the name of Allah, slaughtered 250 half-naked Syrian soldiers this week in a desert ditch. The Detroit News reported, via Religion of Peace: During a speech at the annual convention for the Islamic Society of North America on Saturday, former President Jimmy Carter said peace between Jews and Muslims in the Middle East is a dream he still prays can be achieved. “You can’t bring

Ferguson Fizzles
31 replie(s)
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

Feds Still Studying Why
Lesbians Are Obese

31 replie(s)
Washington Free Beacon, by Elizabeth Harrington    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/31/2014 5:55:16 AM     Post Reply
The federal government is still seeking answers as to why the majority of lesbians are obese and U.S. taxpayers are footing the bill, which now totals $2.87 million. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) study is now in its fourth year, receiving an additional $670,567 for fiscal year 2014. The project seeks to determine why “nearly three-quarters of adult lesbians overweight or obese,” and why gay males are not. In just two years the project’s budget has nearly doubled, growing from $1.5 million to nearly $3 million today, despite fears that sequestration could jeopardize the project and other NIH funding. The study, which

   

 

R_DBL_B
  


 
Having solved all other problems,
Obama to fix your dishwasher

29 replie(s)
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/31/2014 10:25:22 AM     Post Reply
I guess he really was multitasking out on the golf course. The President’s team has been hard at work behind the scenes, coming up with a strategy … well, maybe we should say plan, to address the nation’s many challenges. Spurred by President Obama’s climate action plan, the Department of Energy is pumping out new standards for refrigerators, dishwashers, air conditioners, ceiling fans, furnaces, boilers, water heaters, lamps and many more appliances. The administration says the standards will not only help the planet but also stimulate the economy by saving consumers money on their energy bills that they can spend elsewhere. After what

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)

28 replie(s)
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

Reparations Could Prevent the Next Ferguson
27 replie(s)
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.

Sam´s first stint with Rams
advanced LGBT sports movement

26 replie(s)
USA Today, by Lindsay H. Jones    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 8/31/2014 10:19:42 AM     Post Reply
Though the first chapter of Michael Sam´s NFL story lasted just a summer, ending Saturday when he failed to make the St. Louis Rams´ 53-man roster at the end of training camp, his very arrival as the league´s first openly gay player made an impact. Wade Davis, a former NFL player who came out after his playing career ended, told USA TODAY Sports Saturday night that the he´s seen significant changes in how gay players are viewed in the past few months, a credit to both Sam and the Rams. (Snip)Davis, the executive director of the You Can Play Project,

Kerry: ´The cancer of ISIS will
not be allowed to spread´

25 replie(s)
CNN, by Ed Payne    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/30/2014 12:17:23 PM     Post Reply
ISIS is a cancer that must be stamped out, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry wrote Saturday in an opinion piece for The New York Times. Kerry called the Islamist extremist group, known for beheadings, crucifixions and terror campaigns against religious and ethnic minorities, a "unifying threat to a broad array of countries" that needs to be confronted. His article appears in the aftermath of the political uproar that engulfed the White House this week after President Barack Obama said "we don´t have a strategy" on ISIS in Syria. (Snip) A companion opinion piece in the Times, co-authored by Republican

   

 



 
Barack Obama refuses to
decide and fails to act

25 replie(s)
Telegraph [UK], by Janet Daley    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/30/2014 8:11:04 PM     Post Reply
Just in case you thought that the Leader of the Free World was secretly harbouring a calculated, well-developed plan for bringing Isil under control and putting Russia’s imperial leader back in his box, Barack Obama banged that idea firmly on the head last week. [Snip] In the president’s exact words: “We don’t have a strategy yet.” When that bizarre statement hit the news outlets, the White House spin team flew into full-on operation (ie panic) mode and began tweeting to the effect that what the Commander-in-Chief had actually meant was that there was “a range of options” which were still

Gaza war destruction
´will take 20 years to rebuild´

24 replie(s)
Telegraph [UK] & Agencies, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/30/2014 11:27:05 AM     Post Reply
It will take two decades to rebuild the thousands of houses destroyed during Israel’s assault on Gaza, according to a recent NGO report. At least 17,000 homes were obliterated or severely damaged during the conflict, with thousands more needing substantial repairs, according to an assessment by Shelter Cluster. More than 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, were killed during the conflict. In addition 71 Israelis were killed – all but six of them soldiers. But the report on Gaza’s housing stock indicates inhabitants of the densely populated strip will face a severe infrastructural burden over the coming years.

Obama sets his own pace in
a world whirling with crises

24 replie(s)
Washington Post, by Karen DeYoung & Dan Balz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/31/2014 5:13:50 AM     Post Reply
Short of world war, it’s rare that a chief executive goes through a foreign policy month like President Obama’s August. U.S. warplanes struck in Iraq for the first time in years, as U.S. diplomats struggled to establish a new government in Baghdad. Islamic State militants beheaded an American journalist in Syria and spread their reach across the Middle East. War raged between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. In Afghanistan, U.S. plans for an orderly exit at the end of the year teetered on the brink of disaster. Russia all but invaded Ukraine and dared Obama to stop it. Libya descended

Obama Explains to the Very Rich
24 replie(s)
PowerLine, by Scott Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 8/31/2014 6:37:24 AM     Post Reply
At a fundraiser in the home of an occasional Obama golf partner and former president of UBS Investment Bank, Obama spoke before an audience paying $15,000 a couple to bask in his aura.Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They want to hear more Obama, and they can afford his policies. Speaking before a friendly crowd, Obama delivered real value. He achieved new depths of inanity. He actually said this without provoking howls of laughter. (The very rich are different from you and me). Justin Sink reports in the Hill:

   

Post Reply   Close thread 792150



B-G1


Home Page | Latest Posts | Links | Must Reads | Update Profile | RSS | Contribute | Register | Rules & FAQs
Privacy Policy | Search | Post | Contact | Logout | Forgot Password | Search Using Google



© 2014 Lucianne.com Media Inc.

FS