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  • Jeb Bush: ‘This Is The Most Pessimistic America Has Ever Been’ (follows Palin)

    09/30/2014 5:08:29 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 2 replies
    CBS DC ^ | September 30, 2014 7:45 AM | Associated Press
    His visit to Kansas comes just days after former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin campaigned with Roberts.
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(9/30/14)[Prayer]

    09/30/2014 5:00:39 AM PDT · by left that other site
    The Holy Scriptures | 9/30/14 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Jobs In The Bible Embroiderer (New International Version (NIV) 30 Then Moses said to the Israelites, “See, the Lord has chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 31 and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— 32 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, 33 to cut and set stones, to work in wood and to engage in all kinds of artistic crafts. 34 And he has given both him and Oholiab son...
  • Would Midterm Loss Crack Stonewall On Keystone Pipeline?

    09/30/2014 4:59:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 30, 2014 | Byron York
    The federal government recently began its seventh year of considering whether to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Nearly all that time has passed under the administration of President Obama, who seems content never to decide the pipeline's fate. That way, it wouldn't be built, which would please the president's supporters on the liberal environmental fringe, but would never be explicitly rejected, which could offend everybody else. It's striking to see an administration stonewalling an issue with so much popular support on the other side. A Washington Post-ABC News poll in March found that 65 percent favor building the...
  • Liberal doves run as war hawks

    09/30/2014 4:58:27 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 4 replies
    Politico | September 30, 2014 | James Hohman
    Democrat Kay Hagan didn’t mince words about the Iraq War during her 2008 Senate campaign against Republican Elizabeth Dole. “We need to get out of Iraq in a responsible way,” Hagan declared in May of that year. “We need to elect leaders who don’t invade countries without planning and stay there without an end.” Hagan is striking a different chord these days. Locked in a tough reelection battle, the first-term senator boasts that she’s more strongly supportive of airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants than her Republican challenger, Thom Tillis, and says she’s been pressing the...
  • EXXONMOBIL INCREASES WOLFCAMP POSITION IN PERMIAN BASIN

    09/30/2014 4:52:56 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    Oil & Gas Financial Journal ^ | September 19, 2014 | Exxon Mobil Corp.
    Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE:XOM) has entered into a non-monetary exchange agreement with LINN Energy LLC (NASDAQ: LINE) to add 17,800 net acres in the Permian Basin to its US oil and natural gas portfolio managed by subsidiary XTO Energy Inc. “Our operated-acreage position in the Midland Basin Wolfcamp core is now around 120,000 net acres. We continue to increase drilling activity in the play, currently operating six horizontal rigs, and are very encouraged by initial well results.” In the exchange, LINN Energy will receive interest in about 500 net acres from ExxonMobil’s South Belridge Field near Bakersfield, California. In the...
  • They Lost Their Bakery, Now Face Bankruptcy

    09/30/2014 4:41:46 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 28 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | September 29, 2014 | Kelsey Harkness
    A bakery owner in Oregon broke down in tears while discussing the fallout of her and her husband’s decision not to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple on the basis of their Christian beliefs. Earlier this year, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries found “substantial evidence” that Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, discriminated against the lesbian couple. Oregon bakery owners face a $150,000 discrimination fine for not baking a wedding cake for lesbians. They now face a fine in excess of $150,000. (snip) The ordeal started in February 2013, when Rachel Cryer...
  • US disagrees with Netanyahu on Iran, ISIS and Hamas (US ambassador yawns during speech)

    09/30/2014 4:38:16 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 10 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 09/30/2014 07:49 | Michelle Malka Grossman
    The US State Department said Monday in a press conference that it disagrees with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's assertion during his UN speech on Monday that "ISIS and Hamas are branches of the same poisonous tree." "Obviously, we’ve designated both as terrorist organizations, but ISIL poses a different threat to Western interests and to the United States," said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki. "And that’s just a fact." Later on in the speech, Netanyahu said that Iran is still a great threat to Israel's existence. He also warned that Iran is not actually willing to give up nuclear weapons but...
  • Canadians will likely have to pay millions of dollars to upgrade CF-18 fighter jets — again

    09/30/2014 4:37:55 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Postmedia News ^ | September 28, 2014 | Lee Berthiaume
    Canadian taxpayers will likely be on the hook for millions of dollars to keep the country’s aged CF18 fighter jets flying into the next decade because of delays in finding a replacement aircraft, secret documents show. The revelation represents the latest wrinkle in what has become one of the most troubled military procurement projects in Canadian history, which continues to sit in limbo as the countdown to next year’s election begins. The backbone of Canada’s air force, the CF18s were purchased in the early 1980s with the idea they would be retired in 2003. Instead, $2.6 billion was spent on...
  • Carbon hypocrites: Greens’ fossil-fuel profits

    09/30/2014 4:34:16 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 2 replies
    NY Post ^ | 9/28/14 | By Michael James Barton
    Carbon hypocrites: Greens’ fossil-fuel profits By Michael James Barton Billionaire Democrat activist Tom Steyer is using his fortune to combat what he thinks is the greatest threat to America. No, not ISIS or Ebola. To help favored congressional candidates, he’s running an ad that highlights pollution from an oil refinery owned by Charles and David Koch — whose political donations largely favor the party Steyer opposes. And never mind the fact that Steyer had no qualms about fossil fuel back when his hedge fund was making millions in the industry. With this effort, Steyer joins a long list of green...
  • Trolling for Dollars

    09/30/2014 4:33:51 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace
    Charting Course ^ | 9/30/14 | Steve Berman
    SMH.  Stupidity magnified. Max Fisher, one of vox.com’s favorite fictionists, attributed the gesture of raising your hands (as in surrender or non-aggression) to Ferguson, no matter where in the world, no matter what reason. Hong Kong's protesters are using the same "hands up, don't shoot" gesture used in Ferguson.I’d be willing to guess that the majority of protesters in Hong Kong, who have a real reason to be upset with their Chinese masters, are like the 22-year-old Fisher quoted: One 22-year-old protester told Quartz's Lily Kuo that she had never heard of the events in Ferguson. He goes on to...
  • ALLIES PRESSING GERMANS BACK AT BOTH ENDS OF SIEGFRIED LINE; NEW RUSSIAN DRIVE ON HUNGARY (9/30/44)

    09/30/2014 4:31:51 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 7 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 9/30/44 | E.C. Daniel, Drew Middleton, Harold Callender, Robert Trumbull, George E. Jones
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  • Secret Service head in hot seat after White House breach details revealed

    09/30/2014 4:31:10 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 25 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 9-30-2014 | FoxNews.com
    Secret Service Director Julia Pierson will face questions about how an armed intruder jumped the White House fence and made it as far as the East Room when she testifies before a House committee on Tuesday. Sources confirmed to Fox News on Monday that 42-year-old Omar Gonzalez overpowered a Secret Service officer in the Sept. 19 incident -- this led to a struggle and "wrestling" inside the executive mansion as he darted through. Gonzalez was eventually tackled by a counter-assault agent in the East Room after he reached the doorway to the Green Room, a parlor overlooking the South Lawn....
  • Obama Betrays the Kurds

    09/30/2014 4:29:59 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 9/30/2014 | Robert Zubrin
    In his speech to the United Nations last week, President Obama pledged to the world that the United States would use its might to stop the horrific depredations of the terrorist movement variously known as the Islamic State, ISIS, or, as he calls it, ISIL. “This group has terrorized all who they come across in Iraq and Syria,” the president proclaimed. “Mothers, sisters, daughters have been subjected to rape as a weapon of war. Innocent children have been gunned down. Bodies have been dumped in mass graves. Religious minorities have been starved to death. In the most horrific crimes imaginable,...
  • Egyptian court jails 68 Muslim Brotherhood supporters

    09/30/2014 4:25:37 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/30/2014
    An Egyptian court sentenced 68 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to jail terms on Tuesday, judicial sources said, in a case related to deadly violence a year ago after the army's ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi. All were found guilty of killing 30 people and intending to kill others in Cairo on October 6, 2013, when more than 50 people died in clashes across the country between Mursi opponents and supporters. Judge Mohamed Ali Al-Faqi gave 63 of the defendants 15 years in jail and five others 10 years.
  • Juan Williams: Economy could tip election to Dems

    09/30/2014 4:21:05 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9-29-2014 | Juan Williams
    One of the biggest surprises on the midterm campaign trail is hearing President Obama echo President Reagan’s famous question by asking voters whether “you are better off than you were four years ago.” The question is the hammer in Obama’s toolbox for nailing down his Democratic majority in the Senate in this year’s midterm election. “By almost every economic measure, we are better off today than we were when I took office,” the president said in a Sept. 19 speech to the Women’s Leadership Forum, sponsored by the Democratic National Committee. Speaking to a Labor Day rally of union workers...
  • Iran: Netanyahu Speech 'Baselessly' Associates Islamic State, Islamic World [US DoS agrees!!]

    09/30/2014 4:13:13 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 9/30/2014
    Iran says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "baselessly" associated the Islamic world with the Islamic State group during his address to the United Nations General Assembly. In a reply to the Monday speech, Iran also said Netanyahu continued a policy to "sabotage and disrupt" Iranian negotiations with world powers over the country's nuclear program. The Israeli leader told the United Nations Iran is trying to trick the world into accepting an agreement to end sanctions while still allowing it to develop nuclear weapons. Iran has long declared its nuclear program to be for peaceful purposes. Netanyahu said Iran is on...
  • President Obama Needs to Stop Blaming People for ISIS

    09/30/2014 4:09:45 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 9/30/2014 | Silvio Canto, Jr.
    On Sunday night, President Obama told 60 Minutes that "....U.S. intelligence agencies underestimated the threat from Islamic State militants in the Middle East and overestimated the ability and will of Iraq's army to fight such extremists." On Monday afternoon, Pres. Obama's press secretary and Jonathan Karl of ABC went back and forth on the president's comments: JON KARL, ABC NEWS: Did the intelligence community underestimate ISIL or did the president underestimate ISIL? (snip) KARL: But, Josh, on that question you don't even need to go back to February, you can go back to November of last year, Brett McGurk, who...
  • [Catholic and Protestant] Conservatives to Synod: Don’t Go Soft on Marriage

    09/30/2014 4:02:40 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Crux ^ | 9/29/14 | John L. Allen Jr.
    One sign that a summit is viewed as crucial is when a tug-of-war breaks out to shape its agenda and outcome. By that standard, the looming Oct. 5-19 Synod of Bishops on the family appears a very big deal indeed. In the run-up to the synod, we’ve already seen cardinals publicly jousting over the contentious issue of whether the Church ought to relax its ban on divorced and remarried Catholics receiving Communion. Activists and rank-and-file believers alike have entered the fray on all manner of issues related to the family, with the latest to-do involving a cross-section of 48 mostly...
  • Obama had accurate intelligence since BEFORE the 2012 election

    09/30/2014 3:40:10 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 29 September 2014 | David Martosko,
    Unless someone very senior has been shredding the president's daily briefings and telling him that the dog ate them, highly accurate predictions about ISIL have been showing up in the Oval Office since before the 2012 election,' said a national security staffer in the Obama administration who is familiar with the content of intelligence briefings.
  • UKRAINIANS Kneel Before the Hero Who Died in Struggle for Independence. VIDEO

    09/30/2014 3:28:29 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 4 replies
    Village residents went out to meet their fellow-countryman killed in battle with the Russian invaders. Many villagers bent their knees along the road to pay the tribute to the memory of the fallen hero, Censor.NET reports.
  • UKRAINE: Residents of Donbas Who Fled to Russia Forcibly Called Up to Serve in "People's Militia"

    The so-called "Army of the South-East" will be replenished by the male refugees from the Donbas who fled to Russia. Espreso.TV reports this citing one of refugees from Luhansk, who is in the Rostov region of Russia, Censor.NET informs. Watch also: Ukraine Kneels Before the Hero Who Died in Struggle for Independence. VIDEO According to him, the representatives of the Russian army are studying the situation in the refugee camps intending to send all the men back to the Donbas in the ranks of the people's militia "to fight for the 'Novorossia'." People who do not show the desire to...
  • Vatican Diary / Behind the scenes of the Chicago appointment

    09/30/2014 3:17:15 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | 9/30/2014 | Sandro Magister
    While still reeling from the news of the imminent removal of Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, the more conservative and traditional Catholicism of the United States - and historically the more “papist” - has been dealt another blow with the appointment of the new archbishop of Chicago. Francis’ selection of Blase J. Cupich ( in the photo) as the new pastor of the third-ranking diocese in the U.S. has plunged this particularly dynamic component of American Catholicism into a profound depression, almost to the edge of a nervous breakdown. It is enough to scan the reactions of the websites and bloggers...
  • Hajj pilgrims denounce ISIS 'virus' but doubt US-led war

    09/30/2014 3:06:35 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    AFP ^ | 9/30/2014 | Lynne Al-Nahhas
    As they gather in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca for the annual hajj, some pilgrims have denounced atrocities by ISIS jihadists as "a virus" threatening the world. But many also expressed concerns about the US-led air war against them. "Islam is innocent from actions of the Islamic State (ISIS)," Kurdish Iraqi pilgrim Alan Abdullah told AFP, describing ISIS as "a virus threatening the whole world". ISIS has seized large parts of Iraq and Syria, declaring a Muslim "caliphate" and imposing its own harsh interpretation of Islamic law. The jihadists have executed captured Iraqi soldiers, crucified people, forced non-Muslims to...
  • Fans of Quinn and Rose Daily Discussion - September 30, 2014

    09/30/2014 3:06:25 AM PDT · by sneakers · 9 replies
    As we await word that Quinn and Rose are returning to the airwaves, our friendly group of dedicated FReeper Q&R fans will continue to meet in our usual spot as we always have! So grab your coffee - or whatever you choose to start your day - and drop in for some political chit-chat, or just to shoot the breeze! We are all coming from - or going to - work, so stop in to say ‘hi!’ Feel free to join us!
  • Iraq was then, Syria is now

    09/30/2014 2:59:12 AM PDT · by Cincinatus · 4 replies
    Nattional Review Online ^ | Sept. 30, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The Iraq War lies now mostly in the realm of myth. We have forgotten exactly how we got both into and out of the war. The October 2002 joint congressional authorization to go to war was not just about fears of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Other worries prompted broad bipartisan support for the resolution. A majority of Democratic senators (as evidenced by their passionate speeches from the Senate floor) cited many of the resolution’s 23 writs. The latter were mostly concerned with things other than WMD: harboring terrorists, offering bounties for suicide bombers, giving refuge to at least one...
  • Repubs to Dems: “Please Like Us – We’re Just Like You!”

    09/30/2014 2:52:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 9/30/2014 | Mark Tapson
    In the wake of a second presidential election loss in 2012, Republicans went back to the drawing board looking for a more effective way to present themselves and their message. Now a brand new ad campaign has been launched which demonstrates that Republicans are even more clueless about selling themselves today than they were two years ago and four years before that. The pathetic message this disastrous ad seems to be sending on behalf of Republicans is this: “Hey Democrats, please like us – we’re just like you!”The 97-second ad, part of a campaign from GOP strategist Vinny Manchillo, a...
  • Book Review: 'God Traitors' by Jessie Childs

    09/30/2014 2:50:39 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 3 replies
    wsj.com ^ | Sept. 28, 2014 | Henrik Bering
    Persecuted Catholic clergymen in Elizabethan England hid in 'priest holes' built into the stately homes of sympathetic nobles.
  • Will the West Defend Itself?

    09/30/2014 2:48:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Creators ^ | 9/29/2014 | Walter Williams
    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), sometimes called ISIS or IS, is a Sunni extremist group that follows al-Qaida’s anti-West ideology and sees a holy war against the West as a religious duty. With regard to nonbelievers, the Quran commands, “And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out.” The Quran contains many other verses that call for Muslim violence against nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule.Contrast the words of the Quran with the statements of limp-wristed Western leaders such as this by President Barack Obama: “We...
  • Oklahoma Beheading Suspect Wanted to Spread Message of Islam

    09/30/2014 2:45:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    AP ^ | 9/29/2014
    <p>Alton Nolen told relatives after his release from prison on drug and assault charges last year that he wanted to focus on getting his life in order.</p> <p>But postings on the Facebook page of the 30-year-old Nolen, suspected of beheading a woman at an Oklahoma food distribution center, suggest that shortly after his release in March 2013, he became more interested in spreading the message of his newfound Islamic faith.</p>
  • The Method To Steve King's Madness

    09/30/2014 2:28:49 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 1 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | Sahil Kapur
    The most notorious moment of Representative Steve King's career was cleverly calculated. The immigration debate had undergone a sea change in favor of reform, with bipartisan Senate passage of a sweeping bill in the months after Hispanics carried President Obama to a resounding reelection victory. (SNIP) This really irritated King. "It was wrong," he tells TPM in a wide-ranging interview in his Capitol Hill office. "I go down to the border and … I see these guys that are coming across." (SNIP) "I'd suggest that we have now more objectively characterized Dreamers," he snarks, "and [Durbin] hasn't yet said thank...
  • Transgenderism Is A Mental Illness, Not A Civil Rights Issue

    09/30/2014 2:27:46 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 9-30-2014 | John Hawkins
    If someone came to a doctor and asked him to cut off a perfectly healthy arm because it just felt "wrong" for the arm to be there, should the doctor do it? This isn't an idle question because this does happen with a mental illness called Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID). People who have it feel as if they're not supposed to have a certain body part, like an arm or leg. As a general rule, doctors won't remove a healthy body part; so some of these poor deluded people crush, mangle, burn, or otherwise deliberately destroy their own arms...
  • Prayer for our American Heroes and Nation

    09/30/2014 2:17:49 AM PDT · by Jeanbl · 5 replies
    September 30, 2014 | Jeanbl
    For we know the one who said, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay.’ -- It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 10:30-31
  • Who Are You Calling the Party of the Rich?

    09/30/2014 2:09:02 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Townhall ^ | 9/30/2014 | Mona Charen
    The median American household saw its net worth decline by 36 percent during the Great Recession. That is a hard reality. A Republican held the White House when the crash hit, and voters, in no mood to be charitable, blamed the GOP. Besides, Democrats were ready with an explanation that slid right into an existing groove of American thinking: The financial crisis was caused by Republicans going easy on their big banker friends. By 2012, the recession had been over for three-plus years, and yet the average American saw little improvement. Average net worth continued to drift downward. Long-term unemployment...
  • Barack Obama, Outside Agitator

    09/30/2014 2:05:20 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Arcamax ^ | 9/30/2014 | Patrick Buchanan
    In his U.N. address, President Obama listed a parade of horrors afflicting our world: "Russian aggression in Europe," "terrorism in Syria and Iraq," rapes and beheadings by ISIL, al-Qaida, Boko Haram. And, of course, the Ferguson Police Department. That's right. The president could not speak of war, terrorism and genocide without dragging in the incident in a St. Louis suburb where a white cop shot and killed a black teenager: "In a summer marked by instability in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, the world also took notice of the small American city of Ferguson, Missouri -- where a young...
  • What the Arab World Produces

    09/30/2014 2:02:18 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 9-30-2014 | Dennis Prager
    At least since the early part of the 20th century, aside from oil, the Arab world has produced and exported two products. It has produced essentially no technology, medicine or anything else in the world of science. It has almost no contributions to world literature, art or to intellectual development. According to the most recent United Nations Arab Human Development Reports (2003-2005), written by Arab intellectuals, Greece, with a population of 11 million, annually translates five times more books from English than the entire Arab world, population 370 million. Nor is this a new development. The total number of books...
  • The Magnificent Mystery of Art and the Glory of the Human Soul

    09/30/2014 1:31:53 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 9/29/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    One of the more common modern themes is that the human person is really nothing more than a smart ape or an above-average animal. To this I must reply, “Nonsense!”It is true that we have many similarities to primates and, really, to all mammals. But the similarities stop there.At the level of the soul the differences could not be greater! Animals do not compose symphonies; they do not write great works of literature or create magnificent art. They do not build cities or form bicameral legislatures. They do not pass laws or even ponder right and wrong. They do not...
  • Behind the Increase in HIV Infections Among Gay and Bisexual Men

    09/30/2014 1:29:39 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 38 replies
    wsj.com ^ | Sep 25, 2014 | Drew Altman
    Gay and bisexual men represent an estimated 2% of the U.S. population but more than half of all people living with HIV and 66% of new HIV infections. They are the only population group in the United States for which HIV infections are rising. Projections have shown that if current trends continue, half of all gay and bisexual men will be HIV-positive by age 50.
  • The "people's lawyer" is a criminal

    09/30/2014 1:22:18 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies
    renewamerica.com ^ | September 30, 2014 | Cliff Kincaid
    In a sympathetic profile just before his resignation, Politico said Eric Holder's biggest legacy may be "his quiet dismantling of the War on Drugs...." How he could have "accomplished" this without legislative authority from Congress – which is supposed to make and pass laws – is never really explained. He was an Attorney General described by President Barack Obama as "the people's lawyer." Anybody familiar with Marxist jargon knew exactly what Obama meant. At home and abroad, the Obama administration distributed weapons to America's enemies. Holder's area of expertise was facilitating weapons shipments to Mexican drug cartels, in a...
  • Today's Toons 9/30/14

    09/30/2014 1:16:49 AM PDT · by pookie18 · 8 replies
    The Right Reasons ^ | 9/30/14 | pookie18
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  • ISIS Troops One Mile from Baghdad

    09/30/2014 12:53:00 AM PDT · by No One Special · 22 replies
    Huntington News ^ | September 30, 2014 | Tony Rutherford
    America’s Arabic coalition continues bombing ISIS targets in Syria, but the BBC and Independent both report that ISIS fighters are pushing into Baghdad, the capitol of Iraq. “The Islamic State are now less than 2 km away from entering Baghdad,” a spokesman for the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation told UK’s the Independent , adding that al-Qaeda militants are bolstering their ranks. The spokesman continued, “ They said it could never happen and now it almost has. Obama says he overestimated what the Iraqi Army could do. Well, you only need to be here a very short while to know...
  • China's warships perfect fit for Russian navy, says magazine

    09/30/2014 12:24:47 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2014-09-30
    The August issue of Russia's National Defense Magazine has advised the country to buy warships from China to compensate for its own weakness in shipbuilding and to strengthen Russia's power in the Asia-Pacific region. China's Type 054A frigate may be an ideal option for Russia, the report said. With debate sparked by the suspension of a French delivery of two Mistral-class amphibious assault ships to Russia, the need to bring in escort ships is all the more pressing. Even if Russia receives the two warships — the Vladivostok and the Sevastopol — and integrates them into the fleet in the...
  • Chiefs' Husain Abdullah penalized for post-touchdown prayer

    09/30/2014 12:05:57 AM PDT · by re_nortex · 61 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | 9-30-14 | Sid Saraf
    Did the referees cross the line? Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah came up with a big play during Monday night's win over the New England Patriots, as he intercepted a Tom Brady pass and took it to the house for a touchdown. However, once he reached the end zone, Abdullah dropped to his knees and did this ["pray"]: Abdullah is a practicing Muslim and it's common for people of that faith to pray from their knees. However, this drew a flag from the officials for excessive celebration. But should it have? FOX Sports NFL rules expert Mike Pereira pointed...
  • Report: Obama Has Missed over Half His Second-Term Daily Intel Briefings

    09/29/2014 11:42:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 43 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/29/14 | Wynton Hall
    A new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) report reveals that President Barack Obama has attended only 42.1% of his daily intelligence briefings (known officially as the Presidential Daily Brief, or PDB) in the 2,079 days of his presidency through September 29, 2014. The GAI report also included a breakdown of Obama’s PDB attendance record between terms; he attended 42.4% of his PDBs in his first term and 41.3% in his second. The GAI’s alarming findings come on the heels of Obama’s 60 Minutes comments on Sunday, wherein the president laid the blame for the Islamic State’s (ISIS) rapid rise squarely at...
  • California bans government sales or display of Confederate flag

    09/29/2014 11:03:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    AP via San Jose Mercury News ^ | 09/26/2014 08:59:06 AM PDT
    Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation prohibiting California state government agencies from selling or display items displaying the Confederate flag. Brown’s office on Thursday announced signing AB2444. It was introduced by Democratic Assemblyman Isadore Hall of Compton after his mother saw replica Confederate cash sold at the Capitol gift shop. …
  • Iran set to execute woman accused of killing attempted rapist

    09/29/2014 10:57:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 29, 2014 | Lisa Daftari
    An Iranian woman sentenced to death for killing a man who tried to rape her told her mother goodbye and prepared to die, even as the Islamic republic’s president was meeting with world leaders at the United Nations. Rayhaneh Jabbari, 26, is set to be executed Tuesday, according to reports from Iran. On Monday, her mother, Shole Paravan, recounted on her Facebook page an emotional farewell call her daughter made when a sympathetic guard loaned her a cellphone before she was taken to Rajaiy Shahr Prison to be hanged. […] In April, a court postponed Jabbari’s execution in the face...
  • Restaurant technology isn't replacing humans yet

    09/29/2014 10:39:10 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 7 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | Sept 29, 2014 | Chris Nichols
    At Panera Bread (PNRA), you're getting the option of dealing with a kiosk at the store instead of a cashier. Visit the local Chili's and you'll see tablets at the booth to help with orders. If you find the Domino's (DPZ) app too reliant on buttons, don't worry -- you can start interacting with a computerized voice.
  • Israeli PM denounces UN agency as ‘terrorist rights council’ for Gaza investigation

    09/29/2014 9:46:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9:05PM BST 29 Sep 2014 | Philip Sherwell
    Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, launched a scathing attack on a United Nations organization from the podium of the UN itself when he denounced its Human Rights Council as a “terrorist rights council”. […] In a controversial address to the General Assembly, he contended that the council’s treatment of Israel was “biased” and rooted in a global upsurge in anti-Semitism. Mr. Netanyahu argued that it was Hamas, the faction that controls the Gaza Strip, that should be investigated for war crimes as it used civilians as human shields and fired missiles at Israel from batteries planted by mosques and...
  • Bats lured to deaths at wind farms ‘because they think turbines are trees’

    09/29/2014 9:41:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:00PM BST 29 Sep 2014 | Emily Gosden, Energy Editor
    Bats may be lured to their deaths at wind farms because they think turbines are trees in which they can find shelter, food and sex, according to new research. The creatures fly towards slow-moving turbines, only to be killed when gusts of wind spin the blades, scientists investigating “unprecedented” numbers of bat deaths at wind farms suggested. Flashing red lights may need to be installed at wind farms to help prevent the animals making the potentially-fatal mistake, they said. […] About 600,000 bats are estimated to have been killed by wind farms in the US in 2012. …
  • Jeb Bush says GOP would ‘fix a few big things’

    09/29/2014 9:29:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 29, 2014 10:56 PM EDT | Roxana Hegeman
    Potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush weighed in to a key midterm election race on Monday, telling a Kansas fundraiser for struggling Sen. Pat Roberts that the incumbent must be re-elected so the GOP can take control of the Senate and “fix a few big things” in Washington. […] “This is the most pessimistic America has ever been,” Bush told a $100-a-plate fundraiser, adding that pessimism makes it hard to move forward as a nation. Americans are feeling negative because their son or daughter has graduated for college with student loan debt and cannot find a job, or they...
  • Colleges should spend less time on sexual political correctness

    09/29/2014 9:27:58 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 19 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 29 September 2014 | Snejana Farberov for MailOnline
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