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Going cuckoo in Cuba
New York Daily News, by Editorial

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Posted By:Drive, 8/5/2014 7:59:08 AM

Ay, caramba. Turns out, the U.S. government’s tragicomic attempts to spark revolution in Cuba were even worse than first reported. Back in April, an Associated Press exposé revealed that fools at the U.S. Agency for International Development bumbled their way into starting a half-baked Twitter-style messaging service, the goal of which was to stir up dissent and ultimately overthrow the Castro regime. The objective was laudable. The execution was laughable, in part because USAID was at the helm of what was, essentially, a job fit for the CIA. Now comes word that the same global relief agency engaged in a second knuckleheaded bit

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Edgelady, 8/5/2014 12:03:19 PM     (No. 9954074)

What I´d like to know was whose cockamanie idea was this??

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Patent office whistleblower:
‘Managers have no idea when
their employees are working’
Washington Post, by Lisa Rein    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 9/12/2014 3:36:29 PM     Post Reply
With top Commerce Department officials headed to Capitol Hill Friday to answer allegations about fraudulent practices by patent examiners, the Washington Post this week obtained copies of the whistleblower complaints that set in motion a series of investigations of the patent office. Four whistleblowers, at least two of them managers, submitted lengthy, detailed accounts to an anonymous hotline set up by the Commerce inspector general’s office in 2012. The accounts described widespread time and attendance fraud by examiners at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Has the “War on Women”
Jumped the Shark?
Townhall, by Charlotte Hays    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 9/12/2014 3:33:13 PM     Post Reply
The “war on women” was always a cynical ploy by Democrats, aimed solely at getting votes from women rather than creating an economy in which we can flourish. But it worked. President Obama is in the midst of his disastrous second term largely because women voted for him in 2012 by an eleven point margin. But there are clear indications that the “war on women” is not working in 2014. A case in point is Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s recent attack on Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

White House: We Aren´t Going
To Get Into What The "Legal,
Academic Definition of War"
With ISIS May Be
The Hill (DC), by Katie Pavlich    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 9/12/2014 3:27:53 PM     Post Reply
Over the past few weeks, but more specifically since President Obama spoke to the country Wednesday evening about how he will "degrade and destroy" ISIS, Americans are asking one question: Are we at war with these people? Up until now, President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have said the answer is no. Today White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said while the United States isn´t at war with ISIS, the United States is at war with the terror army in the same way we´re at war with al Qaeda.

Joan Rivers Update: Yorkville Endoscopy
Medical Director Steps Down
Yahoo! Celebrity, by Suzy Byrne    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 9/12/2014 3:07:29 PM     Post Reply
The investigation into Joan Rivers´s death is far from over — but there´s certainly movement in the ranks. Dr. Lawrence Cohen, the medical director at Yorkville Endoscopy, where Joan Rivers was having her procedure and went into cardiac arrest, was asked by the board to step down from his post and accepted, The Insider With Yahoo confirmed on Friday. "Dr. Cohen is not currently performing procedures at Yorkville Endoscopy; nor is he currently serving as medical director," a spokesperson for Yorkville Endoscopy said. New details about an unauthorized doctor being present for the actress´s medical procedure emerged late Thursday that

Four Media Outlets With 9/11
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Breitbart Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 9/11/2014 10:21:02 AM     Post Reply
Our media overlords love to mainstream leftwing fanaticism. 9/11 Trutherism is no exception. Even though the mainstream media prides itself on being oh-so rational and pro-science, the most anti-science among us enjoy star status and 1%-sized wealth from some of our most prestigious media outlets. ABC: Rosie O´Donnell - On this anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, let us take a moment to thank ABC, home of World News Tonight, for re-hiring the most ignorant (fire can´t melt steel) and foul 9/11 Truther to ever enjoy the national spotlight. O´Donnell is not only returning to ABC´s "The View," she´s doing so as

   

 

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On What Is and Is Not Islamic
Commentary Magazine, by Michael Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 9/11/2014 9:27:33 AM     Post Reply
During his speech last night, President Obama declared, “ISIL is not ‘Islamic.’ No religion condones the killing of innocents. And the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim.” It is certainly true that the vast majority of the victims of ISIS, as the group is more commonly known, have been Muslim as have been the majority of victims of other radical Islamist movements, it is not the job of any president to decree what is and is not Islam; what is and is not Christianity; and what is and is not Judaism. For all practical purposes, religion is what

Judge: Pistorius did not
intentionally kill Steenkamp
CNN, by Richard Greene, Josh Levs,*    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 9/11/2014 8:34:04 AM     Post Reply
Pretoria, South Africa -- Oscar Pistorius cannot be found guilty of intentionally killing Reeva Steenkamp, the judge in his trial said Thursday. The judge has not issued a verdict, and the proceedings continue. Pistorius faces other possible verdicts, including culpable homicide. Under South African law, Pistorius will not be found guilty of murder. Evidence suggests that Pistorius genuinely believed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was still in the bedroom, and that the person in the bathroom was an intruder, although that is irrelevant to the case, Judge Thokozile Masipa said. Oscar Pistorius cries during the verdict in his murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa. Oscar

John McCain and Jay Carney
go at it on CNN (Video)
Washington Post, by Aaron Blake    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 9/11/2014 8:14:48 AM     Post Reply
Initial reaction to President Obama´s speech on Wednesday night was, in large part, nonpartisan. But shortly after the speech, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and former Obama press secretary/newly minted CNN contributor Jay Carney used the occasion to work out some lingering tensions. The exchange on CNN included plenty of interrupting and accusations of false facts. We would encourage people to watch it.

Homeland Security: We can’t stop
ISIS from coming into US
New York Post, by Marisa Schultz    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 9/11/2014 8:13:15 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Homeland Security officials warned Wednesday they don’t have a full picture of the Americans and Europeans heading to Syria to train with ISIS and therefore can’t stop them from coming into the US. “We don’t have a fulsome picture in all cases,” said Jennifer Lasley, a deputy undersecretary at the Department of Homeland Security. “It does concern us,” added Troy Miller, an acting assistant commissioner with US Customs and Border Protection. House Homeland Security Committee chairman Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) called the situation worrisome. “You don’t know what you don’t know. We only have estimates of how many Westerners … are in

U.S. Confirms ISIL Planning
Infiltration of U.S. Southern Border
Washington Free Beacon, by Adam Kredo    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 9/10/2014 3:05:21 PM     Post Reply
A senior Homeland Security (DHS) official confirmed to Congress on Wednesday that militants associated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) are planning to enter the United States via the porous southern border. Francis Taylor, under secretary for intelligence and analysis at DHS, told senators during a hearing that ISIL supporters are known to be plotting ways to infiltrate the United States through the border. “There have been Twitter, social media exchanges among ISIL adherents across the globe speaking about that as a possibility,”

   

 

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Healthcare Expert: Obamacare´s ´Quiet
Summer´ is About to End in a Big Way
Townhall, by Guy Benson    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 9/10/2014 2:38:03 PM     Post Reply
Dan wrote up yesterday´s Washington Post/ABC News poll, which was jammed with crooked numbers for President Obama. Most striking was the (30/55) majority deeming Obama´s presidency "a failure," along with the prevailing opinion that he´s divided the country, and his unsightly leadership score. The survey also included a dreadful (38/56) presidential approval rating on the implementation of Obamacare; support for the law itself was also underwater, with an outright majority opposed, despite this polling series´ silly question wording that omits any mention of ´Obamacare´ or the ´Affordable Care Act.´ A new Kaiser Family Foundation poll produces similar findings, with support

U.S. Army Choppers Land in
Polish Fields to Seek Guidance
Bloomberg News, by Piotr Skolimowski and Dorota Bartyzel    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 9/10/2014 2:29:32 PM     Post Reply
Six U.S. army helicopters landed in a rapeseed field in northern Poland to ask for directions after veering off course on their way back from military exercises and alarming locals on guard over tensions across the border. Five Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and one tandem-rotor Boeing Co. Chinook chopper touched down near the village of Gruta, 220 kilometers (140 miles) north of Warsaw at about noon yesterday, according to local eyewitnesses. Some residents were at first spooked at the sight of the aircraft, Halina Kowalkowska, the village’s head, said by phone.



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Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/13/2014 10:26:16 PM     Post Reply
House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi told “Real Time” host Bill Maher that Democrats are not “fear-mongers” but in the same breath said civilization is doomed if Republicans manage to take control of the Senate in November. “It would be very important for the Democrats to retain control of the Senate,” the California Democrat told Mr. Maher on his show Friday night, which aired live from Washington. “Civilization as we know it today would be in jeopardy if Republicans win the Senate.” Mr. Maher pointed out that voter turnout will most likely lean to the right saying, “Nobody comes out

   

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