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  • Why US Air Strikes in Syria Would Damage But Not Destroy ISIS [Community Organizer Has No Clue!]

    08/30/2014 12:07:52 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 1 replies
    ABCNews ^ | August 29, 2014 | KAREN LEIGH
    Why US Air Strikes in Syria Would Damage But Not Destroy ISIS Aug 29, 2014 By KAREN LEIGH As President Barack Obama mulls widening strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) from northern Iraq into Syrian territory, analysts say that military force could significantly damage the Sunni militant group – but is unlikely to destroy it. Last week, Obama approved surveillance flights over ISIS-controlled territory in Syria, particularly aimed at the group's stronghold of Raqqa province. Raqqa has served as the springboard from which ISIS has launched its offenses on Mosul, Tikrit and parts of Iraqi Kurdistan,...
  • President Obama Needs To Focus On How The United States Can Meet Global Challenges [Blistering!]

    08/29/2014 11:42:44 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 29, 2014
    President Obama needs to focus on how the United States can meet global challenges Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on Google PlusShare via EmailMore Options Resize Text Print Article Comments 1634 President Barack Obama. (Evan Vucci/AP) By Editorial Board August 29 President Obama Needs To Focus On How The United States Can Meet Global Challenges 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...
  • Gun Rights Activist Back On Nashville Streets

    08/29/2014 11:37:26 PM PDT · by kwikrnu
    News Channel 5 ^ | 8-29-2014 | Laken Bowles
    A few days after a judge dropped charges against him, a vocal gun rights activist was back out on the streets on Nashville. On Tuesday, a judge dismissed weapons charges against, Leonard Embody, the so-called "Radnor Lake Rambo.” Embody was back out of the streets on Nashville Friday, wearing a bullet-proof vest and openly carrying his guns as he handed out flyers.
  • Gutfeld: President's Indecision Makes Hamlet Look Resolute (video)

    08/29/2014 11:34:36 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 1 replies
    FoxNews ^ | August 29, 2014 | Gutfeld
    Gutfeld: President's Indecision Makes Hamlet Look Resolute Aug. 29, 2014 - 13:09 - Confronting radical Islam was never on Obama's to-do list http://video.foxnews.com/v/3756787494001/gutfeld-presidents-indecision-makes-hamlet-look-resolute/#sp=show-clips
  • George Galloway taken to hospital after street attack

    08/29/2014 11:23:58 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 15 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 30 August 2014 | bbc
    George Galloway has been taken to hospital with a suspected broken jaw after he was attacked on a London street, his spokesman has said.
  • Ferry Owners Family Get Jail Break to Attend Funeral

    08/29/2014 10:55:50 PM PDT · by GeronL · 4 replies
    A court has accepted applications from four family members for temporary release from police custody to attend the funeral of ferry owner Yoo Byung-eon. Yoo's older brother, Byung-il (75), has already been released on bail. The funeral will take place inside a sprawling compound in Anseong south of Seoul owned by the dead businessman's crackpot religious cult.
  • India’s Modi Visits Japan to Deepen Defense and Commercial Ties

    08/29/2014 10:48:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 28, 2014 12:40 p.m. ET | Niharika Mandhana
    India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi starts a five-day visit to Japan on Saturday, looking to deepen defense and commercial ties between the two Asian countries as they grapple with an increasingly assertive China. Mr. Modi is to meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other officials for what are expected to be wide-ranging discussions about regional security as well as a possible deal on civil nuclear cooperation. […] “It is a watershed meeting,” said Brahma Chellaney, a strategic affairs analyst at the Center for Policy Research in New Delhi. “It is crucial to preventing the rise of a Sino-centric Asia.”...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-30-14

    08/29/2014 10:46:44 PM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-30-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 30, 2014Saturday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 1 Cor 1:26-31 Consider your own calling, brothers and sisters.Not many of you were wise by human standards,not many were powerful,not many were of noble birth.Rather, God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise,and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong,and God chose the lowly and despised of the world,those who count for nothing,to reduce to nothing those who are something,so that no human being might boast before God.It is due to him that you are in Christ Jesus,who...
  • Fujitsu purchases U.S. defense technology company (GlobeRanger)

    08/29/2014 10:43:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Japan Times ^ | Aug. 26, 2014
    Fujitsu Ltd. has acquired GlobeRanger Corp., a Texas-based defense technology company, in the electronics maker’s foray into the U.S. defense and national security market. […] Fujitsu bought the company to eventually expand into the global defense market after the government’s easing of restrictions on Japan’s exports of weapons and related technologies in April. …
  • Missouri governor replaces head of public safety (Guess why?)

    08/29/2014 10:42:39 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 10 replies
    Governor Jay Nixon appointed a new state public safety director Wednesday, giving his administration its only black Cabinet member nearly three weeks after the shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer led to violent protests in a St. Louis suburb. The governor said former St. Louis police chief Daniel Isom II will take over as director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety on Sept. 1. He will replace Jerry Lee, who resigned after almost three years as director. The appointment comes after Nixon faced criticism both for the lack of racial diversity among his department leaders...
  • Teachers Hate Poor Kids

    08/29/2014 10:31:12 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | August 29, 2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    AUGUST 29, 2014 Teachers Hate Poor Kids In Florida, union goons line up to beat down poor minority families By Kevin D. Williamson Alberto Carvalho, the highly regarded Miami-Dade schools superintendent, jokes that he wants to be the most “underpaid” public servant in the country. Underpaid? Public-school types keep using that word; I do not think that it means what they think it means. I don’t really want to beat up on Carvalho, who seems to be a pretty good guy doing some pretty good things. But bottom lines matter. Under the leadership of the district’s (“underpaid”) $320,000-a-year superintendent, who...
  • Obama's Labor Day Weekend: Three Fundraisers and an MSNBC Wedding

    08/29/2014 10:31:06 PM PDT · by Michael.SF. · 11 replies
    Breitbart (Via Drudge) ^ | Aug 29, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    President Obama has a busy Labor Day weekend planned as he leaves on Air Force One for New York later this afternoon. Saturday, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are expected to attend the wedding of MSNBC’s Alex Wagner to his personal White House Chef Sam Kass. The wedding will be held at the Blue Hill at Stone Barns, a Westchester County farm-to-table restaurant in New Rochelle, New York.
  • Judicial Watch: Feds’ Bulletin Describes Threat of Imminent Terrorist Attack on Southern Border

    08/29/2014 10:24:36 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | August 29, 2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Judicial Watch: Feds’ Bulletin Describes Threat of Imminent Terrorist Attack on Southern Border By Andrew C. McCarthy August 29, 2014 For those of us who’ve been raising alarms about both the jihadist threat and the national-security vulnerability created by the Obama administration’s non-enforcement of the immigration laws, this is not a surprise — particularly less than two weeks before September 11. But it is nonetheless jarring to read. Judicial Watch has just put out this statement: Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or...
  • Google Threat to FreeRepublic

    08/29/2014 10:19:41 PM PDT · by Wuli · 123 replies
    8/30/2014 | Wuli
    Twice in the past 30 minutes, when executing a link to one of the FreeRepublic posts, Firefox sent me a warning page that the "site" I was going to was a malware threat. In more detail, the notice explained that it gets that threat info from Google, and that FreeRepublic had been identified as a "malware" threat. Who knows if some troll got p-o'd or if WH trolls are involved in having set up the threat notice at Google. I don't know what the mods can do.
  • California To Appeal Teacher Tenure Ruling [Gov. Brown In Teacher's Union's Pocket]

    08/29/2014 10:10:59 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 7 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | August 29, 2014
    California To Appeal Teacher Tenure Ruling A August 30 2014 LOS ANGELES: California Gov. Jerry Brown has filed an appeal of a court ruling that struck down tenure and other job protections for the state's teachers. Attorney General Kamala Harris filed the appeal late Friday on behalf of the governor and the state. The move came a day after Superior Court Judge Rulf Treu finalized his June ruling that found five laws violated the California Constitution by depriving some of the state's 6.2 million students of a quality education. The governor's brief appeal cites the need for the issues to...
  • Allegations surface that Michael Brown was a gang member, faced a second-degree murder charge

    08/29/2014 9:51:40 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 22 replies
    bizpacreview.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | Don Noel
    A new lawsuit seeking criminal records on the unarmed black teenager fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo. claims the teen was involved in a gang and once faced a second-degree murder charge. Charles Johnson, the editor-in-chief of “GotNews,” sued St. Louis County last week, saying Michael Brown’s juvenile record should no longer be kept private now that he is dead, according to AOL.com.
  • War in Europe is not a hysterical idea

    08/29/2014 9:38:35 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 19 replies
    WaPo ^ | August 29 at 12:20 PM | Anne Applebaum
    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 people...
  • Hillary vs Mitt 2.0?

    08/29/2014 9:22:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Craig Crawford's Trail Mix ^ | August 29, 2014 | Nash 2.5
    I know what you’re thinking: “Yes, Hillary will be nominated, but Mitt Romney? Again?” The problem with all the other potential GOP presidential candidates is that either they are indicted (Perry), about to be indicted (Walker, Christie), the Tea Party hates them (Rubio, Paul), or they are just too crazy, even for the GOP (Cruz, Palin, Bachmann). Then there’s Bush III (Jeb). When you see him on TV, doesn’t he seem to be half-asleep? Even his own mother thought he wouldn’t be a good candidate. Paul Ryan? He just doesn’t LOOK “Presidential.” He looks like Hoody Doody, baby boomers’ favorite...
  • He defended ‘real’ marriage, and then was beheaded for it

    08/29/2014 9:18:38 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 5 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 29Aug14 | Pete Baklinsk
    A Christian man was executed during the night by a high-profile ruler after making an uncompromising defense of real marriage. The Christian, who was renowned for his holiness, had told the ruler in public that his relationship with his partner was “against the law” of God. The Christian’s words enraged the ruler’s partner who successfully plotted to have him permanently silenced. John the Baptist was first imprisoned before he was beheaded. The Catholic Church honors him today, August 29, as a martyr and saint. While John’s death happened a little less than 2,000 years ago, his heroic stance for real...
  • Scientist transmits message into the mind of a colleague 5,000 miles away using brain waves

    08/29/2014 9:15:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | August 29, 2014 | Ellie Zolfagharifard
    Brain-wave sensing machines have been used to ‘telepathically’ control everything from real-life helicopters to characters in a computer game. Now the technology has gone a step further by allowing someone in India to send an email to his colleague in France using nothing but the power of his mind. The researchers used electroencephalography (EEG) headsets to record electrical activity from neurons firing in the brain, and convert the words ‘hola’ and ‘ciao’ into binary. In EEG, electrical currents in the brain are linked with different thoughts that are then fed into a computer interface. This computer analyses the signal and...
  • Governor Palin: ‘No Drama Obama’s Summer Casual Agenda for America’

    08/29/2014 9:15:39 PM PDT · by Bratch · 6 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | August 29 2014 | Sarah Palin via Steve Flesher
    Via Facebook: No Drama Obama’s Summer Casual Agenda for America (or What He Didn’t Do On My Summer Vacation)There is absolutely nothing important going on in the world right now.There are no security threats, no worldwide turmoil affecting America’s interests, no civil war in Syria, South Sudan, or Libya. No war on our ally, Israel. No Ebola epidemic devastating West Africa and spreading. No race riots tearing apart a whole community in Missouri. No Russian aggression in Ukraine. No deranged North Korean dictator testing more missiles. No Chinese jets getting up close and personal with our American military. No brave American...
  • Do Good for Your Own Self’: Osteen Says Obedience, Worship ‘Not for God’

    08/29/2014 8:59:12 PM PDT · by JohnKinAK · 36 replies
    Christian News ^ | 8/28/14 | Heather Clark
    A recently recorded video is circulating online of Victoria Osteen, wife of megachurch speaker and author Joel Osteen, calling on congregants at Lakewood Church to ‘do good for your own self’ because obedience, the church and worship are not for God as much as for self-happiness. “I just want to encourage every one of us to realize when we obey God, we’re not doing it for God—I mean, that’s one way to look at it—we’re doing it for ourselves, because God takes pleasure when we’re happy,” she declares in the undated 36-second clip with her husband standing by her side...
  • Charlie Crist calls on Rick Scott to stop Fla's defense of gay marriage ban

    08/29/2014 8:57:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Tampa Bay Times ^ | August 29, 2014 | Adam C. Smith, political editor
    A letter released by the Charlie Crist campaign: Dear Governor Scott: Four years ago, a district court of appeals ruled Florida’s ban on gay and lesbian adoption unconstitutional. When the ruling came down, I believed it was my job as Governor to exercise the authority vested in me by the people and our Constitution. The day the judge ruled, I declared Florida’s adoption ban over. Gay and lesbian parents began adopting the children they loved immediately. It is one of my proudest moments as an elected official. Last Thursday Federal District Judge Robert Hinkle gave you the same chance to...
  • E-cigarette group demands CDC retract ‘deceptive’ research

    08/29/2014 8:47:32 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 28, 2014 | Benjamin Goad
    A trade group representing the fast-growing electronic cigarette industry is contesting a new government study that claims the largely unregulated products lead teens on a path to tobacco cigarette smoking. 
 The American Vaping Association blasted this week’s study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), describing the assertion as “plain deceptive” and calling for the paper’s retraction. The industry posits that e-cigarettes can actually help smokers quit, though they are prohibited from marketing the devices as a cessation tool. “There is no evidence e-cigarettes are gateways to smoking, and in fact, for millions of Americans they are...
  • Who owns the Blues, today ?

    08/29/2014 8:45:47 PM PDT · by Zeneta · 44 replies
    me ^ | today | me
    I think there was a time in which the left owned the blues but things have come full circle to a point in which we own the blues. The Blues will never go away and conservatives need to push this into our culture. IMHO The "Blues" cuts to the core of virtually everything that matters. I will put forth my modern and somewhat obscure samples, as I hope to see yours.
  • WH: Border Crisis Over For Now

    08/29/2014 8:44:35 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 28 replies
    Breibart TV ^ | 8-29-2014
    White House press secretary Josh Earnest said that the crisis of unaccompanied minors at the southern border is over “for now” on Friday. ..... the hotter summer weather is part of the reason for the decrease in unaccompanied minors, but credited actions taken by the Obama administration for the reduction in unaccompanied minors at the border, saying, “There is no doubt that the administration has made a substantial contribution to the reduction in those numbers.”
  • Poland on Edge 75 Years After Hitler and Stalin Carved it Up

    08/29/2014 8:38:19 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 21 replies
    AFP ^ | August 30, 2014
    WARSAW: Poland marks the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II on Monday with one eye on Russia, which invaded it during the war and is now throwing its weight around in neighbouring Ukraine. From the very first German shells fired at a Polish fort in Gdansk in the early hours of September 1, 1939, to the final days in 1945, Poland suffered some of the worst horrors of the war, chief among them the extermination of most of its Jewish population by the Nazis. Nearly six million Poles, or about 17 percent of the population including around...
  • SAS troops, Hornets in frame for Iraq mission (Australia)

    08/29/2014 8:37:07 PM PDT · by Dundee · 4 replies
    The Australian ^ | AUGUST 30, 2014 | Greg Sheridan
    THE Abbott government is considering deploying SAS soldiers, F18 Super Hornet jet fighters and sophisticated airborne early- warning and control aircraft as part of a military contribution to US-led efforts in Iraq. In 2003... Australian SAS forces were among the first allied troops to go into Iraq. They were tasked with the role of suppressing Scud missile fire from Iraq into Israel. They did not discover any Scud missiles but captured the Al Asad air base in western Iraq and a trove of ­Soviet MiG aircraft. They also disrupted Saddam Hussein’s control and command apparatus. The SAS is regarded as...
  • 'Yes means yes' standard for sexual encounters in California schools

    08/29/2014 8:32:33 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 45 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | August 29, 2014 | Rick Moran
    Boy, am I glad I'm not in college anymore California has become the first state to adopt a "yes means yes" standard for sexual encounters. The law "would require 'affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement' by each party to engage in sexual activity." And not just at the outset of the tryst, as this article in the Washington Post explains:
  • Obama: Everything Just Seems Bad Because of Social Media

    08/29/2014 8:25:42 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 41 replies
    Breibart - Big Government ^ | 8-29-2014 | Jonathan Strong
    At a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in New York Friday, President Obama attributed people's pervasive sense the world is falling apart to “social media.” “The world’s always been messy… we’re just noticing now in part because of social media,” Obama said. ..... “If you watch the nightly news, it feels like the world is falling apart,” Obama said. He said this is a time of extraordinary changes around the world.
  • 40 Of The Most Bad-As*, ... Quotes Of All Time

    08/29/2014 8:22:37 PM PDT · by virgil283 · 77 replies
    rightwingnews ^ | John Hawkins
    "You may all go to Hell, and I will go to Texas....You’ll never get a Purple Heart hiding in a foxhole! Follow me....Come on, you sons of b*tches! Do you want to live forever?.... Before we’re through with them, the Japanese language will be spoken only in hell.....I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man......" .....;
  • Saudi king warns of terror threat to the world

    08/29/2014 8:20:08 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 52 replies
    Al Arabiya News ^ | August 29, 2014 | Staff Writer
    Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz warned on Friday that the threat of terrorism will reach Europe and America if the world does not unite to confront it, Al Arabiya News Channel reported. The king made the statement during a reception of foreign ambassadors to the kingdom in the coastal city of Jeddah. Britain on Friday raised the terror threat level to severe, the second-highest level. The decision was related to developments in Iraq and Syria, but there was no information to suggest an attack was imminent. “What we are facing in Iraq now with ISIL is a greater threat...
  • Taitz' immigration case in Texas advances; Few answers, plentiful attorneys

    08/29/2014 8:15:50 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 5 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | Mary Jewell
    U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen in Brownsville, Texas, has allowed the immigration case, Taitz vs. Johnson et al, 14-cv-00119, to advance, setting an injunction hearing on October 29, 2014. Judge Hanen stressed the importance of proceeding cautiously with the case, mentioning the consideration of "consequences" resulting from the outcome. He denied Dr. Taitz' Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order, but set a deadline of Oct. 3, 2014, for Dr. Taitz, Attorney and Plaintiff, to file an amended complaint. He set a deadline of Oct. 17, 2014, for the government’s attorneys, Colin A. Kisor, U.S. Department of Justice, and Daniel...
  • US Shale: What Lies Beneath

    08/29/2014 8:02:29 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 20 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 26 August 2014 | Ed Crooks
    In a clearing in a cornfield in the Eagle Ford region of south Texas, the rig drilling the Sisti A3 well for ConocoPhillips looks very similar to the ones that have been working in the state’s shale reserves for more than a decade. But a mile or two below the surface, the way the wells operate has changed radically. Since 2012, Conoco has doubled the volume of ceramic proppant – a sand-like material – it uses for hydraulic fracturing. Mixed with water and pumped into wells at high pressure, the proppant forces open the cracks in the rocks where oil...
  • Nato Summit 2014: Why People are Protesting

    08/29/2014 7:55:25 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 20 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | Finbarr Bermingham
    Hundreds of campaigners are to descend on Newport in South Wales to protest against the upcoming Nato summit, which will be held in the nearby Celtic Manor resort on 4 and 5 September. A coalition of protest groups, including the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, No to Nato, Stop the War and South Wales Anti-Nuclear, will demand nuclear disarmament and an end to what they perceive to be imperialist Western foreign policy. Eddie Clarke, of the No to Nato group, told IBTimes UK its overarching objective was to put an end to Nato, an organisation he blames for the global stockpile...
  • This house market is falling apart

    08/29/2014 7:46:46 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 46 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 27 August 2014 | Michael Sincere
    Most real estate experts believe the U.S. housing market is roaring back. Few have anything to negative to say about real estate. But what if they’re wrong? Real estate analyst Keith Jurow, author of the Capital Preservation Real Estate Report, is warning that the real estate market is not as strong as it seems. Says Jurow: “I never bought into the idea that we had a recovery at all.” His research leads him to conclude that home prices will be heading lower. Why? Largely because home listings are going up but sale prices are not. Jurow discovered that as of...
  • Pro-Amnesty Groups Sue U.S. Gov’t for Pushing Illegals through ‘Deportation Mill’

    08/29/2014 7:46:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 25, 2014 - 4:50 PM | Katherine Rodriguez
    The ACLU, the American Immigration Council and other pro-amnesty groups filed a lawsuit Friday against the federal government because they claim the Obama administration’s policies are unconstitutional. The groups filed on behalf of mothers and children deported from a detention facility in Artesia, New Mexico for policies that would ensure “rapid deportations” and create “countless hurdles” according to the ACLU for people who illegally crossed the border. …
  • EU suggests Russia, Ukraine sign interim gas agreement

    08/29/2014 7:42:55 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 27 August 2014
    The E.U. has suggested an interim agreement on the gas supplies between Russia and Ukraine without waiting for a Stockholm arbitrary court decision, E.U. Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger said in a news conference following his meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko late Tuesday. Two cases are before the Stockholm court, but the hearings will take 12-15 months, which is too long, while Europe needs an interim solution for this winter, Oettinger said. In June, Russian gas giant Gazprom switched Ukraine off gas over the unpaid debt and filed a $4.5 billion suit to the Stockholm arbitration court. Later, Kiev reciprocated...
  • Hagel going to Turkey as US tries to build ‘coalition of the willing’ against the Islamic State

    08/29/2014 7:41:15 PM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 8/29/2014 | Jon Harper
    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will visit Turkey as the U.S. government tries to build a “coalition of the willing” take on Islamic militants in Syria, the Pentagon announced Friday. “Turkey is a key NATO ally. And given its border with Syria and Iraq, they share our deep concerns with … the regional threat posed by ISIL,” Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters. ISIL is one of the acronyms used to refer to the militant group the Islamic State, which has taken over large swathes of Syria and Iraq in recent months. The U.S. military has been...
  • Jenkins frustrated with lack of strategy for Ukraine crisis

    08/29/2014 7:38:14 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    ljworld.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | Peter Hancock
    With more than 1,000 Russian troops now occupying portions of eastern Ukraine, U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins said she is growing frustrated at what she says is a lack of strategy from President Barack Obama. But she does not think that Congress or the American people are ready to commit U.S. military forces to the region. "I think everyone's frustrated that we don't have a strategy yet," Jenkins said Friday. "I think the nation is war-weary. There's very little if any support for troops on the ground. But we do need the president to step up, listen to his national security...
  • Ready for the robot revolution?

    08/29/2014 7:37:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Computerworld ^ | Ahmed Banafa
    Progress in robotics, from drones to medical applications, is starting to come at a fast clip. Do you want your robot to cook your food, or just deliver it?The days of drones filling the sky and robots roaming in our streets are not far removed from reality anymore, and scenes from movies like Star Wars, Minority Report and I, Robot will be common soon. Just consider some of the ways that robots have started to permeate our lives. Start with Amazon, which is taking to drones in a big way. The online shopping giant started a new phase in high-tech...
  • Florida Obamacare Enrollment Total Plummets By A Quarter

    08/29/2014 7:29:02 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/29/2014 | Sarah Hurtubise
    Florida’s Obamacare enrollment is now over 220,000 lower than the Obama administration’s most recent tally, according to a report from the state insurance department. The Obama administration hasn’t released updated Obamacare enrollment statistics since May, when the Department of Health and Human Services put the number of Florida sign-ups at 983,775 — but the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation says that now, just 762,723 Floridians have health insurance through the exchange.The state insurance department issued a report this week including updated exchange enrollment, based on rate filings from state health insurers. By June 2014, the number of Obamacare enrollees in...
  • The UK Has A Plan To Cut Off Russian Businesses From The Rest Of The World

    08/29/2014 7:20:20 PM PDT · by lodi90 · 23 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 8/29/2014 | Brett Logiurato
    The United Kingdom will push the European Union this weekend to consider the most punitive sanctions yet against Russia for its involvement in escalating the crisis in Ukraine. According to Bloomberg, the U.K. plans to propose blocking Russia from the SWIFT banking transaction system, a move analysts say would effectively cut off Russian businesses from the rest of the world's financial system. U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron will put forward the proposal during a meeting with E.U. leaders in Brussels on Saturday. "This would be a major escalation of the sanctions. Most international payments flow through SWIFT. Banning Russian banks...
  • President Obama needs to focus on how the United States can meet global challenges

    08/29/2014 7:15:03 PM PDT · by NCjim · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 29, 2014
    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.
  • Inside Putinworld, where few risk speaking truth to power

    08/29/2014 7:11:23 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | Shaun Walker
    Putin's Ukraine actions this year have turned him once again into arguably the world's most fascinating leader. But just as Kremlinology comes back into vogue, the walls of Putin's central Moscow redoubt are becoming as opaque as they were during the time of Brezhnev. .... The majority of those in the Russian government, exasperated by the sharp western response to the six-month crisis, approve of Putin's actions in Ukraine. But those who disapprove have no forum in which to voice their doubts. .... Former employees say the level of infighting is remarkable because of the extraordinary array of people working...
  • Libertarian ideology is the natural enemy of science

    08/29/2014 7:10:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | August 29, 2014 | David Robert Grimes
    Whether the issue is climate change, healthcare or gun control, libertarians are on a permanent collision course with evidence.The observation that science and politics make uneasy and often treacherous bedfellows is hardly revelatory. In science, all hypotheses must withstand the trial-by-fire of experiment; its methodology is self-correcting and objective, unconcerned with petty prejudices or personal conviction. Politics, by contrast, is deeply entangled with ideology – it is not bound to respect reality as science is, and thinks nothing of substituting convincing evidence for emotive rhetoric. And yet, when science and politics clash, it is all too often science that loses....
  • Government publishes detailed instructions on how to safely roast marshmallows

    08/29/2014 7:09:35 PM PDT · by Robwin · 31 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Aug. 29, 2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The U.S. Forest Service on Friday published a nearly 700-word article on how to safely roast marshmallows, all in preparation for Saturday, which is National Roasted Marshmallow Day. As one might expect, the article is riddled with safety tips that might make you think twice about even carrying matches into the forest at all, let alone actually igniting a marshmallow and putting your family’s life at risk. “First, let’s talk safety,” the article says. “Never start a campfire when there are fire restrictions in place. The restrictions are put in place for your safety and for the safety of others.”...
  • Ex-US Navy officer who spied for Soviets dies in prison

    08/29/2014 7:08:10 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 21 replies
    A former US navy sailor who led a spy ring for the Soviet Union has died in a prison medical centre at the age of 77. Retired Navy Warrant Officer John Walker Jr was sentenced to life in prison in 1985 for passing codes and other sensitive data to the USSR. He had recruited his son, his brother and friend to continue spying after he retired. All were convicted.
  • Ukraine 'Slipping Out of Control', Germany Warns [Obama Lost Iraq; Afghanistan, Libya, Ukraine?]

    08/29/2014 7:05:09 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | August 29, 2014
    Ukraine 'Slipping Out of Control', Germany Warns The crisis in eastern Ukraine is "slipping out of control" and needs to be reined in to avoid direct military confrontation between Ukraine and Russia, Germany has warned. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke as the EU is poised to consider more sanctions on Russia. Russia has denied claims by Nato that its forces illegally crossed into Ukraine to support separatists there. Some 2,600 people have died in fighting between rebels and Ukrainian troops. The conflict in Ukraine's eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk erupted in April following Russia's annexation of Ukraine's southern Crimea...
  • BORDER PATROL AGENT FIRES AT ARMED MILITIA MEMBER

    08/29/2014 7:00:47 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 52 replies
    AP ^ | August 29, 2014 | BY CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN
    McALLEN, Texas (AP) -- 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...