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  • Obama will be the only person sticking to Iran deal

    10/11/2015 9:14:02 AM PDT · by mojito · 14 replies
    New York Post ^ | 10/11/2015 | Amir Taheri
    Sometime this week, President Obama is scheduled to sign an executive order to meet the Oct. 15 “adoption day” he has set for the nuclear deal he says he has made with Iran. According to the president’s timetable the next step would be “the start day of implementation,” fixed for Dec. 15. But as things now stand, Obama may end up being the only person in the world to sign his much-wanted deal, in effect making a treaty with himself. The Iranians have signed nothing and have no plans for doing so. The so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)...
  • Ravishing (Fascinating Essay-Review on the Castrati)

    09/30/2015 4:53:56 PM PDT · by mojito · 6 replies
    London Review of Books ^ | 10/8/2015 | Colm Tóibín
    Balzac’s Sarrasine tells the story of a young woman’s wonder at the strange appearance of an old man at a party in Paris. Balzac has tremendous fun describing the man. First his clothes: he is wearing ‘a white waistcoat embroidered with gold’ and ‘a shirt-frill of English lace, yellow with age, the magnificence of which a queen might have envied’. Then the face: ‘That dark face was full of angles and furrowed deep in every direction; the chin was furrowed; there were great hollows at the temples; the eyes were sunken in yellow orbits. The maxillary bones, which his indescribable...
  • The Disturbing Prospect of Trey Gowdy as Majority Leader (Consider the Source)

    09/29/2015 12:51:26 PM PDT · by mojito · 36 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | 9/29/2015 | Andrew Rosenthal
    The choice House Republicans make to replace John Boehner as speaker will say a lot about how the party is going to handle its current identity crisis. Will it finally take governing seriously, or will it go on using its majority in Congress to shut down the government, hold show votes on health care reform, stymie President Obama and try to stop Hillary Clinton from becoming president? The current conventional wisdom holds that the leading candidate is the majority leader, Kevin McCarthy of California. Mr. McCarthy, at least, said on Monday that it is time to stop “governing by crisis,”...
  • The Clintons' Chinese Bagmen Are Baa-aack

    09/28/2015 3:10:34 PM PDT · by mojito · 12 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 9/25/2015 | The Editors
    Chinagate: The FBI has arrested one of the top Beijing-tied bagmen who funneled funny money to the Clinton administration. He was busted in New York with a suitcase full of cash. Some Chinese money-laundering for Hillary? Stay tuned. The defendant is a major Clinton fundraiser named Ng Lap Seng, aka "Mr. Wu." He and Clinton pal Charlie Trie visited the White House several times in the 1990s, snapping photos with both Bill and Hillary. Federal investigators are charging him with lying to agents about why he brought more than $4.5 million into the U.S. over the last two years, including...
  • John Boehner's resignation spells trouble for Jeb Bush

    09/26/2015 8:41:52 AM PDT · by mojito · 43 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/26/2015 | Maeve Reston and Stephen Collinson
    ...For his part, Bush simply took to Twitter to praise Boehner's career. "John Boehner dedicated his life to public service. Bringing the Holy Father to Congress was a fitting cap to a great career," Bush said, referring to Pope Francis accepting an invitation from Boehner to speak before lawmakers on Thursday.
  • France's Le Pen to go on trial for anti-Muslim remarks

    09/25/2015 3:16:40 PM PDT · by mojito · 47 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/22/2015 | Gerard Bon
    French far-right party leader Marine Le Pen will go on trial for comparing Muslim street prayers to wartime Nazi occupation, party officials and the prosecutor's office said on Tuesday. Le Pen, whom polls see likely to win a regional election in northern France in December, has widened the National Front's appeal since she took its helm in 2011 by expelling extremists and cracking down on anti-Semitism. But the party also thrives on concerns over immigration and radical Islam. In a meeting in 2010, Le Pen criticised Muslims praying in the streets when mosques are full. [....] Le Pen had told...
  • What If Russia’s Foreign Minister Conducted Official Business on an Unsecured Private Server?

    09/25/2015 11:48:02 AM PDT · by mojito · 15 replies
    Powerline ^ | 9/24/2015 | John Hinderaker
    Today Admiral Michael Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, testified before the Senate Select Intelligence Committee on cybersecurity. Senator Tom Cotton asked him two questions, the second of which was brilliant: 1) Are the communications of the president’s most senior advisors, including those that may be unclassified, a “top priority for foreign intelligence services?” and 2) What would he think if he learned that Russia’s Foreign Minister, or Iran’s, was conducting official business on a homebrew server? Here it is:
  • Chinese Military Personnel Expected to Arrive in Syria

    09/24/2015 11:11:51 AM PDT · by mojito · 19 replies
    The Arab Source ^ | 9/23/2015 | Leith Fadel
    The recent arrival of the Russian Marines and Air Force to the Syrian port-city of Tartous has generated a significant amount of interest around the world, as the possibility of Russia’s direct military intervention becomes the focal point of the war on ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham). [....] Instead, the Russians appear to have a contingency that involves another world power that was absent from the U.S. led Anti-ISIS Coalition: China. On Tuesday morning, a Chinese naval vessel reportedly traveled through Egypt’s Suez Canal to enter the Mediterranean Sea; its destination was not confirmed. However, according to a...
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates to Write Black Panther Comic for Marvel

    09/23/2015 10:51:50 AM PDT · by mojito · 15 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | 9/22/2015 | GEORGE GENE GUSTINES
    Ta-Nehisi Coates can be identified in many ways: as a national correspondent for The Atlantic, as an author and, as of this month, as a nominee for the National Book Award’s nonfiction prize. But Mr. Coates also has a not-so-secret identity, as evidenced by some of his Atlantic blog posts and his Twitter feed: Marvel Comics superfan. So it seems only natural that Marvel has asked Mr. Coates to take on a new Black Panther series set to begin next spring. Writing for that comics publisher is a childhood dream that, despite the seeming incongruity, came about thanks to his...
  • ‘The Contemporary Novel’: an essay by T. S. ELIOT (Published in English for 1st Time)

    09/22/2015 11:13:53 AM PDT · by mojito · 6 replies
    The Times Literary Supplement ^ | 8/12/2015 | T.S. Eliot
    In his little book on Nathaniel Hawthorne, published many years ago, Henry James has the following significant sentences: “The charm [of Hawthorne’s slighter pieces of fiction] is that they are glimpses of a great field, of the whole deep mystery of man’s soul and conscience. They are moral, and their interest is moral; they deal with something more than the mere accidents and conventionalities, the surface occurrences of life. The fine thing in Hawthorne is that he cared for the deeper psychology, and that, in his way, he tried to become familiar with it.” The interest of this passage lies...
  • Irreconcilable Differences (Good Read)

    09/18/2015 12:57:10 PM PDT · by mojito · 32 replies
    The Zman Blog ^ | 9/18/2015 | Zman
    ...There’s a huge chasm between the ruling class of American society and those over whom they rule. It’s not simply a disagreement over the direction of society. In many respects, the duty of the ruling class is to guide their subjects to the right policies. In a sane society, the people in charge are smarter and more knowledgeable so they better be more right than the masses. No, the dispute today is over the nature of society and it is an irreconcilable dispute. The ruling class of today imagines a world that does not include a thriving, rambunctious middle class...
  • Will Obama Look Weak If He Meets With Putin?

    09/17/2015 12:10:32 PM PDT · by mojito · 56 replies
    WSJ ^ | 9/17/2015 | Stephen Sestanovich
    It looks as though President Barack Obama will sit down with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the United Nations later this month. In a New York Times report Wednesday, journalists Peter Baker and Andrew E. Kramer described the administration’s internal debate about whether to schedule the meeting. Some officials, it seems, worry about making the president look weak and undercutting efforts to isolate Russia. Others insist there is no other way to find out what Moscow’s “supreme leader” thinks. Avoiding him only marginalizes the U.S.
  • Seahawks Player Lashes Out at #BlackLivesMatter Leader for Misappropriating His Image

    09/15/2015 12:36:15 PM PDT · by mojito · 61 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 9/14/2015 | Mark Tapson/Richard Sherman
    Racist Black Lives Matter leader “King Noble” made the mistake of assuming that every black man is onboard with the movement. As reported at Newsbusters, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman discovered that Noble posted the picture above of Sherman and a teammate in a post suggesting that the athlete approved of murdering whites. He expressed his disapproval in no uncertain terms on Noble's own website. LANGUAGE WARNING: “I did not believe this when I heard about it. I watched your videos. I started a life in the ghetto..I banged like a fool till I woke up. I was not suppressed...
  • Aylan Kurdi: Drowned boy’s father accused of being people smuggler in charge of boat that crashed

    09/12/2015 9:33:05 AM PDT · by mojito · 8 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 9/11/2015 | Daniel Meers and Ben McClellan
    THE father of the three-year-old boy whose lifeless body washed up on a Turkish beach, rocking the whole world to its core, has been accused of being a people smuggler who captained the fateful voyage. A woman who lost two of her three children on the vessel made the stunning claims to Network Ten via her cousin, who lives in Sydney, on Friday night. The image of Aylan Kurdi’s dead body was the catalyst for Australia to accept 12,000 Syrian refugees who are fleeing persecution in their homeland.
  • Kerry: U.S. 'committed' to taking more Syrian refugees

    09/09/2015 4:22:01 PM PDT · by mojito · 43 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/9/2015 | Burgess Everett and Nahal Toosi
    The Obama administration wants to increase the number of refugees it resettles in the United States above its current ceiling of 70,000, and it is committed to taking in more Syrians in particular, officials said Wednesday. Secretary of State John Kerry met with the senators from the Judiciary subcommittee on immigration and No. 2 Senate Democrat Dick Durbin of Illinois on Wednesday morning regarding the millions of displaced Syrians and told reporters that President Barack Obama and his team are studying options. A senior State Department official confirmed afterward that the secretary had proposed increasing the overall number of refugees...
  • Iran’s War On Dogs (Sickening Subhuman Filth Alert)

    09/09/2015 2:48:41 PM PDT · by mojito · 24 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 9/8/2015 | Stella Moribito
    On the eve of the Obama administration’s deal to pour $150 billion into the coffers of soon-to-be nuclear Iran, we should consider carefully the character of the government with which they have struck a bargain. [....] The ubiquity of beheadings and other horrific violence seems to have had a dangerous anesthetizing effect on all of us. So perhaps some Americans would better understand the sociopathic nature of the regime we’re promoting by getting a glimpse into its attitude on dogs. Its war on dogs. Take a look at this video from the Iranian town of Shiraz, which seems to have...
  • WATCH: Body cam video released in Sam DuBose shooting

    07/29/2015 12:14:20 PM PDT · by mojito · 111 replies
    WCPO Cincinnati ^ | 7/29/2015 | Greg Noble
    WARNING: The video above may be too graphic for some viewers. Watch with discretion. CINCINNATI - UC police officer Ray Tensing's body camera video clearly shows that he committed "murder" when he shot and killed an unarmed black motorist at a traffic stop, prosecutor Joe Deters said Wednesday. The shocking video shows Tensing, standing outside the driver's door, with 43-year-old Sam DuBose at the wheel, talking peacefully for about 90 seconds. Tensing repeatedy asks DuBose to produce a driver's license. DuBose says he has a license but he doesn't have it with him.
  • Louisiana theater shooter ID'ed as ex-Columbus candidate, political activist Rusty Houser

    07/24/2015 9:43:42 AM PDT · by mojito · 32 replies
    Columbus Ledger-Inquirer ^ | 7/24/2015 | STEPHANIE PEDERSEN
    The man alleged to have shot up a movie theater in Lafayette, La., has been identified as John Russel "Rusty" Houser, a former political candidate and activist here in Columbus. Columbus police confirm that federal authorities have contacted them about tracking Houser's background. Houser is the son of the late Rembert Houser, a longtime city tax commissioner. Rusty Houser had a history here of political activism, fighting taxes and at one point running for office. [....] According to the Associated Press, 2008 court records show Houser's family sought protective orders because he "exhibited extreme erratic behavior and has made ominous...
  • Obama Wishes Muslims Happy Ramadan on Day of Tennessee Shooting

    07/17/2015 1:46:34 PM PDT · by mojito · 54 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 7/16/2015 | Jason Devaney
    As authorities investigate a deadly attack in Tennessee as a potential case of terrorism, which occurred on the heels of several attacks across the globe in recent weeks, President Barack Obama issued a statement Thursday wishing Muslims a happy Ramadan. The Muslim holy month ends Friday. [....] It's not clear what time Thursday the aforementioned White House statement was released, but Obama wished Muslims in the United States and across the world "joy" as Ramadan comes to a close. "Michelle and I would like to extend our warmest wishes to Muslims in the United States and around the world celebrating...
  • Wisconsin’s Shame: State Supreme Court Vindicates Victims of ‘John Doe’ Witch Hunt

    07/16/2015 12:20:45 PM PDT · by mojito · 39 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 7/16/2015 | David French
    Finds prosecutors raided conservatives’ homes to investigate constitutionally protected free speech. In a ruling this morning, the Wisconsin Supreme Court rendered official what observers have long known: Wisconsin Democrats did, in fact, launch a massive, multi-county “John Doe” investigation of the state’s conservatives, featuring extraordinarily broad subpoenas and coordinated “paramilitary” raids of private homes; the “crimes” that provided the investigation’s pretext were not crimes at all, but First Amendment-protected speech; and the legal theory underpinning the investigation was bunk, “unsupported in either reason or law,” as the court put it. ...On October 3, 2013, multiple Wisconsin conservatives were awakened by...
  • Obama Can’t Find Victims of 'Mass Incarceration' in Federal Prisons

    07/15/2015 11:21:43 AM PDT · by mojito · 8 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 7/14/2015 | John P. Walters
    On Monday, President Obama announced the results of his war on unjust sentences and the incarceration of large numbers of low-level, non-violent drug offenders. Now in the seventh year of his presidency, he has added just 46 federal felons to the list of those whose sentences he has commuted. [....] And just who is Obama releasing? Not “low-level, drug-possession offenders” or marijuana users. No, he is releasing crack dealers, cocaine dealers, and methamphetamine dealers. Most of the 46 were crack cocaine distributors, some convicted of dealing more than 10 pounds of crack. Moreover, some of these felony drug dealers were...
  • Rock-n-Roll=> Ted Nugent and Kid Rock Team Up to Record ‘Kiss My Rebel A$$’

    07/13/2015 11:36:54 AM PDT · by mojito · 11 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 7/13/2015 | Jim Hoft
    Ted Nugent and Kid Rock have teamed up to record a song in support of the Confederate flag. The song, titled “Kiss My Rebel A$$,” was reportedly written and recorded in the space of a day after Nugent, seeing that Kid Rock had invited anyone protesting his use of the flag at his concerts to “kiss my aSS,” reached out to express his support via text message. “When you get a text from the Nuge, you know you’ve done something right,” laughed Rock during a joint appearance the two made on WWJ Newsradio 950. Added Nugent, “Rock ‘n’ roll ain’t...
  • Memphis, Tenn., Votes to Exhume Body of Confederate General, KKK Leader Buried in City Park

    07/13/2015 11:01:35 AM PDT · by mojito · 54 replies
    The Root ^ | 7/9/2015 | Breanna Edwards
    Memphis, Tenn., city leaders unanimously voted on Tuesday night to exhume the body of Nathan Bedford Forrest, a former Confederate general and Ku Klux Klan leader who is buried in the city’s Health Sciences Park, and move him to a private cemetery, Fusion reports. According to the report, the City Council also voted to move his wife’s body from the park and to take down the statue of Forrest sitting on a horse that currently stands in the park. The action is just one of the more recent moves of city and state leaders pushing for the removal of Confederate...
  • Morales crucifix gift to Pope Francis causes stir (Our Lord on the Hammer and Sickle)

    07/10/2015 12:44:44 PM PDT · by mojito · 27 replies
    BBC ^ | 7/10/2015 | Unattributed
    A crucifix sculpted in the shape of a hammer and sickle presented to Pope Francis in Bolivia has caused a stir among Catholic commentators. The Pope was given the item, combining Catholic and communist symbols, by left-wing Bolivian President Evo Morales. One Catholic bishop suggested that Mr Morales had sought to "manipulate God". But while some reports said the Pope was taken aback by the present, the Vatican has played down any row. The crucifix was based on a design by Luis Espinal, a Jesuit Priest assassinated in 1980 by right-wing militia to whom Pope Francis paid tribute during his...
  • Curing American Sclerosis (A Call for Civil Disobedience)

    07/09/2015 4:32:08 PM PDT · by mojito · 29 replies
    The New Criterion ^ | June 2015 | Charles Murray
    ...The operational plan I propose in the book is reasonably straightforward. The reasons that I think we are driven to that plan speak to some complex realities facing the United States in the second decade of the twenty-first century. First, the operational plan: to make large portions of the Federal Code of Regulations unenforceable. I want to make government into an insurable hazard, like flood, fire, or locusts. The way I want to do it is through massive civil disobedience underwritten by privately funded defense funds. [....] That brings me to the ambitious proposition I want to defend tonight: we...
  • Is St. Louis under a cyber attack? Threat map points to China

    07/08/2015 2:01:03 PM PDT · by mojito · 42 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/8/2015 | Joe Millizter
    Is St. Louis at the center of a cyber attack from China? A company that monitors threats on the internet shows a large amount of traffic headed into the area from China. According to Norsecorp’s Twitter profile they offer, “Live threat intelligence & unmatched visibility into the darkest corners of the Internet.” A map on the company’s website shows a lot of activity coming from locations in china to IP addresses located mostly in St. Louis, Kirksville and Seattle. The majority of targets listed in the map are located in the US with origins in China.
  • 10 Commandments statue must be removed from state Capitol, Oklahoma Supreme Court rules

    06/30/2015 11:30:57 AM PDT · by mojito · 53 replies
    KOCO ^ | 6/30/2015 | Unattributed
    Oklahoma's Supreme Court says the Ten Commandments monument at the state Capitol must be removed because it indirectly benefits the Jewish and Christian faiths in violation of the state's constitution. The court ruled Tuesday that the Oklahoma Constitution bans using public property to benefit a religion, and said the Ten Commandments are "obviously religious in nature." Attorney General Scott Pruitt argued that the monument is nearly identical to a Texas monument that was found constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. Oklahoma justices said the local monument violates Oklahoma's constitution. Private funds were used to erect the monument in 2012. Since...
  • Loserville (The Triumph of the Cult of Liberalism)

    06/30/2015 9:19:53 AM PDT · by mojito · 16 replies
    ZBlog ^ | 6/29/2015 | Z Man
    ...Reading conservative sites the last week, I’m getting that vibe from both the chattering skulls and their readers who show up in the comments. There’s a state of shock at what has transpired over the two weeks.Their preferred party sold them out to please global finance. The court untethered itself from the English language and made itself the enforcer for the Cult of Modern Liberalism. Not only was the Right not winning, they were blown off the field. As I pointed out the other day, the gay marriage ruling is the biggest assault on religious liberty in the history of...
  • Puerto Rico’s governor on need to postpone debt payments for years: ‘It’s about math’

    06/29/2015 4:16:46 PM PDT · by mojito · 18 replies
    WaPo ^ | 6/29/2015 | Michael A. Fletcher
    The governor of Puerto Rico said in a televised address Monday that the island cannot pay back more than $70 billion in debt, setting up an unprecedented financial crisis that could rock the municipal bond market and lead to higher borrowing costs for governments across the United States. “This is not about politics,” said Puerto Rico’s governor, Alejandro Garcia Padilla. “It’s about math.” “The first step is to revive economic growth...We will never get out of this vicious cycle,” said Garcia Padilla. “But we need to do more—much more—to return to riches and to become more competitive and have an...
  • Supreme Court upholds broad housing discrimination claims

    06/25/2015 12:02:23 PM PDT · by mojito · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/25/2015 | Lawrence Hurley
    A divided U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday embraced a broad interpretation of discrimination claims allowed under the landmark Fair Housing Act, handing a victory to civil rights activists who had feared the justices would rein in such lawsuits. On a 5-4 vote in a major civil rights case, the court decided that the law allows for discrimination claims based on seemingly neutral practices that may have a discriminatory effect. Justice Anthony Kennedy, a conservative who often casts the deciding vote in close cases, joined the court's four liberals in the majority. The ruling also was a triumph for President Barack...
  • Justice Scalia's 0bamacare Dissent: SCOTUS "favors some laws over others)

    06/25/2015 10:25:30 AM PDT · by mojito · 19 replies
    Supreme Court of the United States ^ | 6/24/2015 | The Hon. Justice Antonin Scalia
    ...Worst of all for the repute of today’s decision, the Court’s reasoning is largely self-defeating. The Court predicts that making tax credits unavailable in States that do not set up their own Exchanges would cause disastrous economic consequences there. If that is so, however, wouldn’t one expect States to react by setting up their own Exchanges? And wouldn’t that outcome satisfy two of the Act’s goals rather than just one: enabling the Act’s reforms to work and promoting state involvement in the Act’s implementation? The Court protests that the very existence of a federal fallback shows that Congress expected that...
  • OPM Hack Far Deeper Than Publicly Acknowledged, Went Undetected For More Than A Year, Sources Say

    06/12/2015 12:57:15 PM PDT · by mojito · 16 replies
    ABC News ^ | 6/11/2015 | Mike Levine
    The massive hack into federal systems announced last week was far deeper and potentially more problematic than publicly acknowledged, with hackers believed to be from China moving through government databases undetected for more than a year, sources briefed on the matter told ABC News. "If [only] they knew the full extent of it," one U.S. official said about those affected by the intrusion into the Office of Personnel Management's information systems. It all started with an initial intrusion into OPM's systems more than a year ago, and after gaining that initial access the hackers were able to work their way...
  • Boston ISIS terrorist planned to decapitate cop

    06/03/2015 11:53:39 AM PDT · by mojito · 24 replies
    New York Post ^ | 6/3/2015 | Bob Fredericks
    The ISIS-inspired terrorist who was shot dead after menacing a cop and an FBI agent with a large, military-style knife planned to team up with an accomplice and use the blade to behead a police officer, law enforcement sources said Wednesday. “We believe the intent was to behead a police officer,” an official told the Boston Globe. “We knew the plot had to be stopped. They were planning to take action Tuesday.” Usaama Rahim, 26, was fatally shot about 7 a.m. Tuesday in a CVS parking lot in Boston’s Roslindale neighborhood after he refused orders to drop the weapon. Boston...
  • Successful Qatar bid for World Cup aroused suspicion among U.S. officials

    05/29/2015 12:09:28 PM PDT · by mojito · 13 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | 5/27/2015 | Sari Horwitz
    In November 2010, former president Bill Clinton and then- Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. traveled to Zurich to lobby soccer’s world governing body in support of the U.S. bid to host the 2022 World Cup. Soccer’s popularity was rising in the United States, and a successful bid would bring the most watched sporting event in the world back to the country for the first time in nearly three decades. The Americans were not successful. Instead, Qatar — a small, wealthy emirate on the Persian Gulf — became the first Arab country to be awarded the event. Almost immediately, the...
  • Mick Jagger and ‘Moonlight Mile’: Anatomy of a Song

    05/28/2015 10:22:46 AM PDT · by mojito · 30 replies
    WSJ ^ | 5/28/2015 | Marc Myers
    For the first time in years, the Rolling Stones are performing “Moonlight Mile” at arenas during their 15-city North American “Zip Code” concert tour. Written by Mick Jagger in 1970, the eclectic road song closed “Sticky Fingers,” the band’s 1971 album, which is being reissued on June 9 by Universal as a two-CD set with bonus material. Fans have long speculated about the song’s meaning, with many assuming that lyrics such as “a head full of snow” and “moonlight mile” were code for cocaine. Mr. Jagger dismissed such suggestions last week, saying the song was written about his loneliness during...
  • Bobby Jindal signs 'religious freedom' order protecting same-sex marriage opponents

    05/20/2015 2:06:01 PM PDT · by mojito · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/20/2015 | Eric Bradner
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal issued new protections for businesses that refuse to serve same-sex marriages, embracing the "religious freedom" cause dear to conservative Christians even though it's stung other Republican politicians. Jindal, a prospect for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, issued an executive order on Tuesday after saying he was disappointed that a Statehouse committee had earlier in the day voted down a bill that would have accomplished the same goal. That panel's concern: that Louisiana would look much like Indiana, where concerns that a new "religious freedom" law would lead to discrimination against gays and lesbians triggered such a...
  • Exclusive: House Benghazi panel subpoenas former Clinton White House aide (Sidney Blumenthal)

    05/20/2015 9:02:00 AM PDT · by mojito · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/20/2015 | Mark Hosenball
    Congressional investigators have issued a subpoena demanding that former Clinton White House adviser Sidney Blumenthal testify next month before the House of Representatives committee investigating the 2012 attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya. The subpoena, a copy of which was made available to Reuters, demands that Blumenthal appear before the House committee on June 3 to give a deposition. The subpoena is dated Monday but carries a notation indicating an unnamed deputy U.S. marshal served it on Blumenthal's wife on Tuesday. The copy of the subpoena contains no further details about the subject matter of the deposition. "I...
  • King Salman of Saudi Arabia pulls out of US talks on Iran

    05/11/2015 11:20:00 AM PDT · by mojito · 24 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 5/11/2015 | Ian Black
    King Salman of Saudi Arabia has withdrawn from a carefully orchestrated summit with the US that President Barack Obama hoped would assuage Gulf anxieties about the conclusion of a nuclear agreement with Iran. Until Sunday the monarch had been expected to join other heads of state from the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries at an unprecedented meeting at the White House and a day of talks at the presidential retreat at Camp David. Now the only leaders attending will be the emirs of Qatar and Kuwait. The summit, scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, follows months of tension and intensive...
  • Humiliation for Obama's election guru in his last campaign: David Axelrod sees Labour shellacked

    05/08/2015 10:24:12 AM PDT · by mojito · 44 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 5/8/2015 | Francesca Chambers
    President Obama's campaign mastermind suffered a humiliating end to his political career today as the British Labour party he was paid almost $500,000 to help to victory plunged to a catastrophic defeat. David Axelrod had been touted as the man to get Labour's Ed Miliband into - and the Conservative prime minister David Cameron out of - Downing Street. Instead he slunk out of Britain early, as his former Obama campaign colleague Jim Messina, who advised the winning Conservatives, crowed over a victory which had 'stunned the world'. Axelrod had already vowed that he was 'done with campaigns' after complaining...
  • In Praise of Pam Geller

    05/08/2015 10:08:02 AM PDT · by mojito · 26 replies
    American Digest ^ | 5/8/2015 | Gerard Vanderluen
    ...Geller is a person who, in the wake of 9/11, found her life changed, changed utterly, and who has followed the cause of resistance to terrorism without fear or favor since that time. ...Many say that Garland was just some sort of bizarre attention-getting device for Geller, but that is not true. It is a device for calling attention to the fact that many do not believe their own ardent proclamations of 1st Amendment when the hammer comes down. Just now on Fox News, playing in the background, a panel was discussing Geller some pundit declared: Quote "I am a...
  • Reports, Terrorist Acts Corroborate ISIS in Mexico Story JW Broke Last Month

    05/06/2015 8:56:41 AM PDT · by mojito · 8 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 5/5/2015 | Staff
    A number of reports have surfaced in the last few weeks that corroborate a story Judicial Watch broke in mid-April verifying that ISIS is operating in a Mexican border town just eight miles from El Paso, Texas. This includes the startling development over the weekend that the Islamic terrorist group claimed responsibility for a shooting at a “Muhammad Art Exhibit” near Dallas because it was considered to be anti-Islam. JW’s report was based on intelligence from a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police inspector and was met with denials from both the U.S. and Mexican government...
  • In Garland, We Got Lucky

    05/04/2015 12:07:54 PM PDT · by mojito · 47 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 5/4/2015 | Kevin Williamson
    Of course he was a convict. Elton Simpson was the first figure identified in the latest eruption from the Religion of Peace™ — an attempted massacre at an exhibition of anti-Islamist cartoons in suburban Garland, Texas, which ended in the shooting of Simpson and his coconspirator, because Texas is where terrorists go to get out-gunned at an art show. Simpson and his pal are as dead as a tuna casserole — in Texas, we shoot back. We got lucky when luck wasn’t what we needed. Simpson was, like the overwhelming majority of murderers and most of those who commit serious...
  • No arrests after police clash with May Day protesters (Portland OR)

    05/02/2015 1:27:38 PM PDT · by mojito · 3 replies
    KGW ^ | 5/2/2015 | Staff
    Portland police used tear gas, flash bangs and what they called "noise distractionary devices" to try and disperse protesters in downtown Portland Friday evening. At least one officer was injured during the clashes. No arrests were made. The group Don't Shoot Portland, protesting excessive force by law enforcement, marched through downtown Portland Friday afternoon and joined an unrelated May Day rally for immigrant rights. Hundreds of marchers began winding their way through downtown Portland at 4:30 p.m., but some protesters disregarded the planned route and walked against traffic. TriMet buses and MAX trains were delayed.Streets in downtown Portland were blocked...
  • French police foil 'imminent' terror attack in Paris

    04/22/2015 11:52:55 AM PDT · by mojito · 11 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 4/22/2015 | Kim Willsher
    <p>French security services have prevented an “imminent” terrorist attack in Paris and arrested a suspected Islamic extremist, according to the interior minister.</p> <p>The suspect, a university student who appeared to have shot himself in the leg, was taken into custody on Sunday after an arsenal of weapons was found in his car and his lodgings.</p>
  • RFRA & My Wedding Ring (Terrific Essay)

    04/15/2015 12:43:20 PM PDT · by mojito · 16 replies
    First Things ^ | 4/7/2015 | Maureen Mullarkey
    It has been some time since I gave thought to the day my soon-to-be husband and I bought our wedding rings. But the spectacle over RFRA—all the panting hysteria of a predatory media and toadying politicians aided by timorous clergy—brings it back with great clarity. And even greater poignancy. Our wedding date was set. It was time to pick a ring. But where to look for one? How to shop? The two of us were young, broke, and scrappy. It would be some years yet before we could afford to pay retail. Besides, my intended was a combative shopper, born...
  • Günter Grass, German Novelist and Social Critic, Dies at 87

    04/13/2015 12:32:49 PM PDT · by mojito · 13 replies
    NYT ^ | 4/13/2015 | Stephen Kinzer
    Günter Grass, the German novelist, social critic and Nobel Prize winner whom many called his country’s moral conscience but who stunned Europe when he revealed in 2006 that he had been a member of the Waffen-SS during World War II, died on Monday in the northern German city of Lübeck, which had been his home for decades. He was 87. His longtime publisher, Gerhard Steidl, told reporters that he learned late Sunday that Mr. Grass had been hospitalized after falling seriously ill very quickly. The cause of death was not announced.
  • Yemeni militiamen say captured two Iranian officers in Aden

    04/11/2015 10:20:30 AM PDT · by mojito · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/11/2015 | Mohammed Mukhashaf
    Local militiamen in the Yemeni city of Aden said they captured two Iranian military officers advising Houthi rebels during fighting on Friday evening. Tehran has denied providing military support for Houthi fighters, whose advances have drawn air strikes by a regional coalition led by Saudi Arabia, the Islamic Republic's main rival for influence in the Gulf. If confirmed, the presence of two Iranian officers, who the local militiamen said were from an elite unit of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, would further worsen relations between Tehran and Riyadh who are vying for dominance in the region. Three sources in the southern port...
  • The Agony and the Ecstasy of Kanye West

    04/10/2015 12:13:26 PM PDT · by mojito · 17 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | 4/10/2015 | Jon Caramanica
    For over a decade, the rap superstar has made music that pushes boundaries, courts controversy and divides critics. Now, the man who has compared himself to Jesus and Steve Jobs just wants to make clothes for the masses. On a Sunday afternoon in early February, Kanye West was in a makeshift conference room at the downtown New York showroom of Adidas, mapping out his vision for fashion, and everything else, too. It was three days after the presentation of his first sportswear collection, Yeezy Season 1, at New York Fashion Week. Produced in collaboration with Adidas Originals, Yeezy was the...
  • Obama: Daughter's asthma attack made climate change personal

    04/09/2015 11:33:58 AM PDT · by mojito · 68 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/8/2015 | Ben Kamisar
    President Obama said in an interview broadcast Wednesday that his push to address climate change has been partly influenced by a frightening moment when his daughter Malia had an asthma attack as a 4-year-old. “What I can relate to is the fear a parent has, when your 4-year-old daughter comes up to you and says, ‘Daddy, I’m having trouble breathing.’ The fright you feel is terrible,” the president said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Wednesday. “And if we can make sure that our responses to the environment are reducing those incidents, that's something that I think every parent would wish...
  • Sharyl Attkisson: Hillary Must Be Hiding Something 'Very Bad'

    03/31/2015 8:43:01 AM PDT · by mojito · 78 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 3/30/2015 | Cathy Burke/Sharyl Attkisson
    There must have been "very, very bad or embarrassing" things on Hillary Clinton's personal email server that was wiped clean – including information on the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. outpost in Benghazi, Libya, says former CBC News investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson. In an interview on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV on Monday, Attkisson said it was just "common sense" that the deleted data was likely worse than the firestorm created by its deletion. "In my experience, there must've been some very, very bad or embarrassing things on there, because it appears as if she'd rather take...