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  • 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...
  • The Return of the Jolly Roger (Hillary's Private Intel Network)

    03/28/2015 11:52:20 AM PDT · by mojito · 22 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 3/27/2015 | Richard Fernandez
    ...Hillary’s private email server acted as portal to a private intelligence network that included retired members of special operations, former CIA clandestine personnel and foreign informers. Acting in some indeterminate capacity over it was Sidney Blumenthal, former aide to president Bill Clinton and now apparently a retainer to the family dynasty. It was the compromise of Blumenthal’s emails by the Romanian hacker Guccifer that in part led to journalists to discover Hillary’s private email account. Publicly available sources describe Guccifer as a taxi driver who penetrated the email accounts of the Bush family, Colin Powell and of course Sidney Blumenthal...
  • Statement by NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on the Situation in Yemen

    03/26/2015 9:23:45 AM PDT · by mojito · 9 replies
    White House Office of the Press Secretary ^ | 3/25/2015 | Bernadette Meehan
    The United States strongly condemns ongoing military actions taken by the Houthis against the elected government of Yemen. These actions have caused widespread instability and chaos that threaten the safety and well-being of all Yemeni citizens. The United States has been in close contact with President Hadi and our regional partners. In response to the deteriorating security situation, Saudi Arabia, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members, and others will undertake military action to defend Saudi Arabia’s border and to protect Yemen’s legitimate government. As announced by GCC members earlier tonight, they are taking this action at the request of Yemeni President...
  • Yemen crisis: President Hadi flees as Houthi rebels advance

    03/25/2015 2:04:23 PM PDT · by mojito · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | 3/25/2015 | Unattributed
    Yemen's President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi has fled his palace in Aden as Houthi rebels advance towards the city. Gunfire could be heard around the city centre, and security forces allied to the Houthis have taken over the international airport. The rebels have made rapid gains since seizing a key airbase only 60km (37 miles) from Aden on Wednesday morning. Government officials deny reports that the president has fled the country, and say he remains in Aden. The US State Department says it was in touch with President Hadi earlier in the day. It said he is no longer at the...
  • The Magic in Schubert’s Songs

    03/23/2015 4:53:40 PM PDT · by mojito · 26 replies
    New York Review of Books ^ | April 2, 2015 | Ian Bostridge
    “Truly,” Beethoven remarked in 1827, “in Schubert there dwells a divine spark.” Franz Schubert himself worshiped the older composer and was a torchbearer at his funeral. In the following year, he asked for one of Beethoven’s string quartets to be played at his own sickbed, days, if not hours, before he died at the age of thirty-one. Many of Schubert’s works contain homages to Beethoven: the Fate theme of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony is the animating motif of Schubert’s terrifying song “Der Zwerg” (The Dwarf). His “Auf dem Strom” (On the River, for voice, piano, and horn) takes up the theme...
  • I Eat Garbage to Save Money and Help Reduce Food Waste

    03/23/2015 11:42:09 AM PDT · by mojito · 50 replies
    Time/xoJane ^ | 3/23/2015 | Emiliy A. Klein
    ...Although bread is one of the easiest, most reliable items for which to dumpster dive — it’s thrown away all the time, it’s dry, non-perishable, and relatively non-pathogenic — I also scavenge produce, chocolate, and flowers from the garbage. Sometimes it can be pretty icky; various slimes attend the decay of vegetables and fruit, and dumpsters are occasionally coated in unidentifiable goo.... Although I’m not by any means rich (after earning an expensive college degree, I am, like many of my generation, right back to where I started: in the service industry... But, you might protest, (as have many of...
  • Iraqi offensive for Tikrit stalls as casualties mount

    03/17/2015 4:46:16 PM PDT · by mojito · 18 replies
    WaPo ^ | 3/16/2015 | Loveday Morris
    Iraqi forces’ operation to retake the city of Tikrit has stalled as troops suffer heavy casualties at the hands of Islamic State militants, raising concerns about whether the pro-government fighters are ready for major offensives. After two days of little activity on the battlefield, Iraq’s interior minister, Mohammed al-Ghabban, confirmed Monday that the offensive has “temporarily stopped.” The steady flow of coffins arriving in Iraq’s Shiite holy city of Najaf suggests a reason for the pause; cemetery workers say as many as 60 war dead have been arriving each day. Since last week, Iraqi forces have hemmed in the Sunni...
  • Fox Guest: Hillary Email Controversy an ‘Inside Job’ Ordered by Obama, Valerie Jarrett

    03/12/2015 3:55:43 PM PDT · by mojito · 103 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 3/11/2015 | Andrew Desiderio
    Author and purported Clinton insider Ed Klein has a theory about how the Hillary Clinton email controversy came about: it was sparked by President Barack Obama and ordered by senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. Appearing on Fox and Friends Wednesday morning, Klein said he’s not the only one who buys into that explanation, and that Bill Clinton also believes it. According to Klein’s sources, the White House is leaking information to their “friends in the mainstream media” about Hillary’s actions as Secretary of State. Klein also said his sources from within the White House told him that Hillary is under six...
  • Robert Malley, diplomat who met with Hamas, named White House’s Mideast coordinator

    03/09/2015 10:09:43 AM PDT · by mojito · 5 replies
    JNS ^ | 3/9/2015 | Unattributed
    Senior director at the National Security Council (NSC) Robert Malley, who was dismissed from President Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign team when it was revealed that he met with the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, has been named Special Assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf Region. A former Middle East advisor for President Bill Clinton, Malley has a history of controversial statements that have criticized Israel.
  • US billionaire Paul Allen discovers wreck of Japan's biggest warship Musashi

    03/04/2015 3:37:21 PM PST · by mojito · 36 replies
    Guardian/AFP ^ | 3/4/2015 | Unattributed
    Sunk without trace in what some historians consider the greatest naval battle ever fought, the mightiest battleship ever built has been found off the Philippines by one of the world’s wealthiest men. Paul Allen, the multibillionaire Microsoft co-founder, on Tuesday posted photographs of the wreck of the Musashi, a second world war Japanese battleship that, with its sister-ship the Yamato, was the largest and most heavily-armed warship ever launched. “WW2 Battleship Musashi sank 1944 is FOUND,” Allen announced on Twitter, beneath a ghostly underwater photograph of the mammoth vessel’s rusting, coral-encrusted bow clearly bearing the chrysanthemum crest of the Japanese...
  • Iranian-backed Shiite militias lead Iraq’s fight to retake Tikrit

    03/04/2015 10:30:06 AM PST · by mojito · 4 replies
    The Long War Journal ^ | 3/4/2015 | Caleb Weiss and Bill Roggio
    The Iraqi Security Forces, supported by several Iranian-backed Shiite militias and Sunni tribal fighters, have launched an offensive to retake Tikrit from the Islamic State, which has held the central Iraqi city since June 2014. Massive columns of Shiite militas, including some groups that are listed by the US as Foreign Terrorist Organizations, have been leading the fight in Tikrit. The operation, which involves more than thirty thousand Iraqi security personnel and militia forces, started on the morning of March 2. According to Al Jazeera, Iraqi forces and allied militias attacked the city from three sides while Iraqi aviation launched...
  • Petraeus Reaches Plea Deal Over Giving Classified Data to Lover

    03/03/2015 2:55:42 PM PST · by mojito · 79 replies
    NYT ^ | 3/3/2015 | MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and MATT APUZZO
    David H. Petraeus, the best-known military commander of his generation, has reached a plea deal with the Justice Department and admitted providing his highly classified journals to a mistress when he was the director of the C.I.A. Mr. Petraeus has agreed to plead guilty to one count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material, a misdemeanor. He is eligible for up to one year in prison but prosecutors will recommend a sentence of probation for two years and a $40,000 fine. The plea deal completes a spectacular fall for Mr. Petraeus, a retired four-star general who was once discussed...
  • Vatican on alert amid threat of Islamist attacks

    03/02/2015 1:10:17 PM PST · by mojito · 7 replies
    JPost/Reuters ^ | 3/2/2015 | Unattributed
    ROME - The Vatican is on alert in case of an attack by Islamist militants against the city-state or Pope Francis, but officials are not aware of any specific plot, the head of Vatican security said in a rare interview. "The threat exists. This is what has emerged from conversations with Italian and foreign colleagues," Domenico Giani told Polizia Moderna, the magazine published by Italian police, when asked if threats from Islamic State militants were credible. "(But) at the moment I can say that we are not aware of any plan to attack the Vatican or the Holy Father," he...
  • Why I won’t be attending Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech in Congress

    02/27/2015 12:08:08 PM PST · by mojito · 66 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | 2/26/2015 | Betty McCollum
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in the midst of a heated reelection campaign. Yet he is traveling 5,900 miles to give a speech before a joint meeting of Congress on March 3 — just two weeks before Israelis go to the polls. House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), working with Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer, a former Republican political operative who renounced his U.S. citizenship, extended the invitation in a clear effort to undermine the president while the United States and its five partners engage in tough negotiations with Iran to prevent it from obtaining nuclear...
  • George W. Bush Predicts ISIS In 2007 (Video)

    02/25/2015 12:25:15 PM PST · by mojito · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | 9/5/2014 | George W. Bush
    George Bush predicts the formation of ISIS in Iraq (various clips from 2007)
  • Islamic State in Syria abducts at least 90 Christians: monitor

    02/24/2015 9:18:26 AM PST · by mojito · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/24/2105 | Suleiman Al-Khalidi
    Islamic State militants have abducted at least 90 people from Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria, a monitoring group tracking violence in Syria said on Tuesday. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said they carried out dawn raids on rural villages inhabited by the ancient Christian minority west of Hasaka, a city mainly held by the Kurds. [....] Islamic State did not confirm the kidnappings. Supporters posted photos online of the group's fighters in camouflage attire looking at maps and firing machine guns. The website said the photos were from Tel Tamr, a town near where the Observatory said...
  • Turkish military enters Syria to evacuate troops, tomb

    02/22/2015 9:15:24 AM PST · by mojito · 11 replies
    AP ^ | 2/22/2015 | Susan Fraser
    Hundreds of Turkish troops backed by tanks took part in an overnight operation into neighboring Syria to evacuate dozens of besieged soldiers guarding an Ottoman tomb and remove the remains amid fears the shrine was threatened by Islamic State militants. The mission late Saturday, saving Turkish soldiers reportedly stuck for months at the tomb of the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, was the first such major military incursion by Turkey since the Syrian conflict began in March 2011. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said nearly 600 Turkish soldiers on some 100 tanks and armored personnel carriers crossed...
  • Folks Do the Randomest Things

    02/11/2015 12:34:13 PM PST · by mojito · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/11/2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    I don’t understand why folks are giving President Obama and his spokes-minions such a hard time over his insistence that Ahmedy Coulibaly, the terrorist who just happened to be Muslim committing terrorism that had nothing to do with Islam, was just “randomly” picking out folks in Paris to kill when he randomly came upon a grocery that just happened to be Jewish and, coincidentally, to have Jews in it, whom he randomly killed. Sure, we know Coulibaly called a French TV station during the siege, said he was loyal to the Islamic State that has nothing to do with Islam,...
  • Sentenced to death at the world’s worst zoo: Dozens of animals starve at animal ‘attraction’ in Gaza

    02/02/2015 3:13:34 PM PST · by mojito · 15 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 2/2/2015 | Hannah Parry
    Flies buzz around the emaciated body of a lion as it decays in the sun; nearby the mummified corpse baboon lies on the ground- it's head still tilted up as though looking out of its enclosure, across from it a porcupine's brittle spines protrude from its lifeless body. They are among the dozens of animals which have died at Khan Younis zoo in the impoverished Gaza Strip after they were left without food. Zoo owner Mohammed Awaida has blamed the Palestinian and Israeli conflict for the tragedy- claiming it meant that staff were unable to feed or care properly for...
  • Deflategate fallout: NFL focusing on Patriots' locker-room attendant

    01/26/2015 1:18:34 PM PST · by mojito · 91 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | 1/26/2015 | Jay Glazer
    Deflategate has taken another twist. FOX Sports has learned that the NFL has zeroed in on a New England Patriots locker-room attendant in connection with the scandal of improperly inflated footballs used in the AFC championship game against Indianapolis. The person of interest was already interviewed by the league. The NFL is trying to determine whether any wrongdoing by this individual occurred, sources tell FOX Sports. There is surveillance video showing the attendant taking the footballs from the official's locker room into another room at Gillette Stadium before bringing them out to the field, sources tell FOX Sports.
  • ‘American Sniper’ Review: A Patriotic, Pro-War On Terror Masterpiece

    01/16/2015 2:20:51 PM PST · by mojito · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/16/2015 | John Nolte
    In director Clint Eastwood’s best films (“Gran Torino,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “Unforgiven,” “The Outlaw Josey Wales”), the multiple Oscar-winner is able to make us feel both the righteousness of justified violence and the heavy emotional price paid by those committing it. “American Sniper,” which is undoubtedly Eastwood’s best picture since “Million Dollar Baby” (2004), and might just be his best since “Unforgiven” (1992), faithfully constructs and respectfully deconstructs “The Legend”: Chris Kyle, the deadliest sniper in the history of the U.S. Military. “American Sniper” opens during the worst days of Fallujah in Iraq. Kyle (Bradley Cooper) is the eye in...
  • Second Deadly Shooting Rocks Paris

    01/08/2015 8:52:22 AM PST · by mojito · 59 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 1/8/2015 | Nico Hines
    Gunshots rang out in Paris this morning on a second day of deadly violence that has stunned the French capital. A policewoman died after being shot in the back less than 24 hours after a deadly terrorist attack on a satirical magazine. French police and security officials, who are hunting two brothers they suspect of murdering 12 people in an assault on the Charlie Hebdo magazine, are searching for links between the two attacks. Officials described Thursday’s shooting as another terrorist attack.... Heavily armored commando units were deployed at the southern edge of Paris as a second major manhunt got...
  • German groups say Paris attack shows Islamist threat

    01/07/2015 1:08:54 PM PST · by mojito · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/7/2015 | Erik Kirschbaum
    Anti-immigrant groups in Germany seized on Wednesday's deadly attack in Paris, with leaders of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party and PEGIDA saying it showed the threat of Islamist violence. Twelve people were killed when gunmen stormed the offices of a French satirical magazine known for lampooning radical Islam. "This bloodbath proves wrong those who laughed or ignored the fears of so many people about a looming danger of Islamism," said Alexander Gauland, a regional AfD leader. "This gives new clout to PEGIDA demands." PEGIDA, or Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West, itself reacted strongly to the Paris...
  • REPORT: French Police Have Identified The Three People Involved In Magazine Shooting

    01/07/2015 1:00:22 PM PST · by mojito · 67 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 1/7/2015 | Hunter Walker
    French police have reportedly identified the people involved in the shooting at the headquarters of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday. According to Metro, by Wednesday evening local time French law enforcement was aware of the names and birthdates of the alleged perpetrators. Metro reported one of the suspects is 34-years-old, another is 32-years-old, and the third is 18-years old. The two older men are reportedly brothers, French citizens, and residents of Paris. Metro reported the younger man is a student whose nationality is unknown and has no fixed address. Le Point reported French police were focusing on two...
  • A Tribute to Charlie Hebdo (View Muhammed Cartoons)

    01/07/2015 9:41:33 AM PST · by mojito · 21 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 1/7/2015 | Lachlan Markay
    “I’d rather die on my feet than live on my knees.” –Stephane “Charb” Charbonnier (1967 – 2015), publisher, Charlie Hebdo. On Wednesday morning, the French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo was once again targeted by violent jihadists for the crime of depicting in print the image of the Prophet Mohammed. According to initial reports, three gunmen killed 10 magazine staffers and two police officers who responded to the shooting. The magazine’s offices were firebombed in 2011 after it initially published cartoons depicting Mohammed, one of a string of attacks retaliating against predominately European publications that dared to “blaspheme.”
  • Driver Wanted for Obama Motorcade. Novice Welcome.

    12/26/2014 10:53:43 AM PST · by mojito · 39 replies
    NYT ^ | 12/25/2014 | MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
    Shortly after President Obama landed here one fall day for fund-raisers, his motorcade pulled out of the airport and raced at 80 miles per hour down an empty freeway to his hotel in the city. At the front of the procession were bulletproof black sport utility vehicles and limousines driven by Secret Service agents who had spent hundreds of hours learning how to maneuver at high speeds. Bringing up the rear were police cars with their lights flashing and a Secret Service ambulance that follows the president wherever he travels. And in between were several vans filled with White House...
  • Senate Intelligence Committee’s Report Confirms that CIA Did Not Torture Detainees

    12/11/2014 9:54:40 AM PST · by mojito · 8 replies
    PowerLine ^ | 12/9/2014 | John Hinderaker
    ...The striking fact about the Agency’s alleged misrepresentations, as catalogued by the Senate committee, is that they relate almost entirely to collateral matters. As to the basics, it appears that what the Agency and the Bush and Obama administrations have been telling us for years was true. In particular, it has been said that only three men, all vicious, high-ranking terrorists, were waterboarded. As best I can glean from the report, that is correct. But the report displays an extraordinary solicitude for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Abu Zubaydah, the two principal terrorists who were waterboarded. It goes on at almost...
  • New Republic mass resignations: Any need for ‘restructuring’ now?

    12/05/2014 10:49:17 AM PST · by mojito · 33 replies
    WaPo ^ | 12/5/2014 | Erik Wemple
    In a memo to staff yesterday announcing a masthead shake-up, New Republic chief executive Guy Vidra wrote that a reduction in the frequency of the 100-year-old magazine would require a staff “restructuring,” a common euphemism for layoffs. Well, that may not be necessary considering that a whole herd of staffers resigned en masse following the defenestration of top editor Franklin Foer and longtime literary editor Leon Wieseltier. Have a look at the departures.... Perhaps the “restructuring” will now come in the form of a hiring spree to fill vacancies created by the newsroom-wide disgust with Foer’s firing. A group of...
  • Source: Senate GOP Refuses to Strategize Against Obama

    12/02/2014 3:45:21 PM PST · by mojito · 73 replies
    NRO ^ | 12/2/2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Senate Republicans had no appetite for discussing how to thwart President Obama’s executive orders on immigration during the conference’s weekly lunch, according to a source familiar with the meeting. Senator Mike Lee (R., Utah) and Senator David Vitter (R., La.) tried to broach the topic, but were ignored. “At different times, Lee and Vitter stood up and tried to begin a discussion about what the plan was and asked leadership about what their strategy was to deal with the spending bill and respond to Obama executive amnesty, and the reply was always an effort to try to change the subject...
  • Is the Rolling Stone Story True? (Univ. of VA Gang Rape Story)

    12/01/2014 10:13:28 AM PST · by mojito · 15 replies
    Shots in the Dark ^ | 11/24/2014 | Richard Bradley
    ...The article alleges a truly horrifying gang rape at a UVA fraternity, and it has understandably shocked the campus and everyone who’s read it. The consequences have been pretty much instantaneous: The fraternity involved has voluntarily suspended its operations (without admitting that the incident happened); UVA’s president is promising an investigation and has since suspended all fraternity charters on campus; the alumni are in an uproar; the governor of Virginia has spoken out; students, particularly female students, are furious, and the concept of “rape culture” is further established. Federal intervention is sure to follow. The only thing is…I’m not sure...
  • On "Payback"

    11/24/2014 12:25:41 PM PST · by mojito · 4 replies
    Library of Law and Liberty ^ | 11/24/2014 | Angelo M. Codevilla
    Empowered by the elections of 2014, Republicans face the question common to all who have had revolutionary changes imposed on them: Are we to accept what was done to us so as not to further revolutionize our environment, hoping our restraint will lead our adversaries to restrain themselves whenever they return to power? Senator Harry Reid...who, as Minority Leader pioneered the filibuster of appellate judicial nominees...and then as Majority Leader abolished the rule that allows it, had this to say in the wake of the midterms: “This is not get-even time....” The question of retribution far transcends the rules of...
  • The Coming Murder of the US Constitution

    11/19/2014 9:14:19 AM PST · by mojito · 24 replies
    Chicago Boyz ^ | 11/18/2014 | Trent Telenko
    The most important issue is missing from debate over the coming Obama administration’s “Executive Amnesty for illegal immigrants.”If such an action is taken without even an attempt at impeachment, we will mark that day as the day the U.S. Constitution was murdered. Certainly some Constitutional forms will hold on another decade or two, but the relevance of Congress to federal policy making, Constitutional branch separation of powers generally, and ultimately the rule of law will be gone. Future generations of Americans will mark the Constitution as a dead letter from that day. Our American birth right to the rule of...
  • Is China Sending America A Message? (Chinese B*t**Slap Barry)

    11/10/2014 3:20:47 PM PST · by mojito · 24 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 11/10/2014 | Tyler Durden
    There was China's president, Xi Jinping, Russia's president Vladimir Putin to his right, next to Philippine president Aquino and the uberwealthy Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah. And then there is Barack Obama, right in the middle of the "wives club"...
  • Brussels burns as more than 100,000 protesters clash with police during march against EU

    11/06/2014 4:44:16 PM PST · by mojito · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/6/2014 | Peter Allen
    Violence broke out on the streets of Brussels today as more than 100,000 people marched against EU-enforced austerity. Water cannons and tear gas were used in the centre of the Belgian capital as riot police tried to bring the situation under control. Fighting broke out soon after the end of a largely peaceful march organised by trade unions and left wing politicians. For two hours, the demonstrators had peacefully marched down the main thoroughfares of central Brussels to protest government policies that will raise the pension age, contain wages and cut into public services. But violence broke out at the...
  • Catalonia vows to defy Spain, hold secession vote

    11/05/2014 4:12:42 PM PST · by mojito · 8 replies
    LA Times ^ | 11/4/2014 | Lauren Frayer
    Spain's northeastern region of Catalonia vowed Tuesday to defy both the central government and the country's highest court and proceed with a much-disputed weekend vote on whether to secede from Spain. Hours earlier, Spain's Constitutional Court ordered Catalonia to freeze its plans for an independence vote, scheduled for Sunday. It was the second time the court issued an order siding with Madrid, which considers any Catalan independence vote illegal. But Catalan leaders said they would not back down. "Everything is all set for Nov. 9," Francesc Homs, a spokesman for the Catalan regional government, said at a news conference. "We...
  • Report: Exec Amnesty 'No Matter How Big a Shellacking' For Dems

    11/04/2014 5:26:42 PM PST · by mojito · 54 replies
    Breitbart/ABC News ^ | 11/4/2014 | Unattributed
    ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jon Karl reported that according to WH officials “the president will move forward with an executive order on immigration reform “no matter how big a shellacking Democrats get tonight” during ABC’s Election coverage on Tuesday. Karl said “White House officials are saying that you can expect the president to set an aggressive, and defiant tone tomorrow."
  • Canada halts visas for residents of Ebola-hit nations

    11/01/2014 11:08:58 PM PDT · by mojito · 17 replies
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | 10/31/2014 | Agence France Presse (AFP)
    Canada on Friday announced it was suspending visa applications for residents of Ebola-hit nations in a bid to prevent the deadly virus from crossing its borders. Immigration Canada said authorities would not process any visa applications from individuals who had been in an Ebola-affected nation "within three months prior to the date of the application." "Canada has been a leader in the international efforts to respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa," said Chris Alexander, Canada's immigration minister. "The precautionary measures announced today build on actions we have taken to protect the health and safety of Canadians here at...
  • Pathetic Privilege (Brutal Takedown of Lena Dunham's Memoir)

    10/30/2014 12:03:56 PM PDT · by mojito · 34 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/29/2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Lena Dunham is fond of lists. Here is a list of things in Lena Dunham’s life that do not strike Lena Dunham as being unusual: growing up in a $6.25 million Tribeca apartment; attending a selection of elite private schools; renting a home in Hollywood Hills well before having anything quite resembling a job and complaining that the home is insufficiently “chic”; the habitual education of the men in her family at Andover; the services of a string of foreign nannies; being referred to a homework therapist when she refused to do her homework and being referred to a relationship...
  • Mali confirms its first case of Ebola, Health Ministry says

    10/27/2014 11:50:38 AM PDT · by mojito · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/24/2014 | Margot Haddad and Katarina Hoije
    <p>A 2-year-old girl in Mali has been diagnosed with Ebola, making her the West African country's first confirmed case, health officials said Thursday.</p> <p>The girl was brought to Mali from neighboring Guinea, where the outbreak this year is believed to have started, World Health Organization spokeswoman Yvette Bivigou said.</p>
  • Revealed: Muslim convert who shot Canadian soldier is son of country's immigration chief

    10/25/2014 11:47:03 AM PDT · by mojito · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/24/2014 | Lydia Warren and James Nye
    Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the Muslim convert who fatally shot Corporal Nathan Cirillo - a 24-year-old father standing guard at Ottawa's War Memorial - and injured another officer, was a petty criminal and the son of a leading Canadian immigration official. Born in Quebec as Michael Joseph Hall and raised in Laval, just north of Montreal, the young man lived a quiet childhood of private schools and suburban homes, with a mother who was a high ranking federal employee. Then, after years of run-ins with the law, he converted to Islam.
  • NOAA employee charged with stealing U.S. dam information

    10/22/2014 8:19:15 AM PDT · by mojito · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/21/2014 | Steve Bittenbender
    A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) employee in Ohio has been charged with stealing sensitive information from a federal database for the nation's dams and lying about the breach to federal agents, prosecutors said. Xiafen "Sherry" Chen, 59, was arrested on Monday at the NOAA office in Wilmington, Ohio, about 50 miles northeast of Cincinnati, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Ohio said in a statement on Monday. Chen was charged with theft, illegally accessing a federal database and two counts of making false statements to investigators. She could be sentenced to up to 10 years...
  • Ron Klain is a great choice for Ebola czar (hemorrhagic hurl alert)

    10/18/2014 10:09:16 AM PDT · by mojito · 43 replies
    Vox ^ | 10/17/2014 | Ezra Klein
    Something I learned during the first two years of the Obama administration, when the staff infighting was at its worst: if you wanted to get somebody to say something nice, ask them about Ron Klain. Klain entered the administration as Vice President Joe Biden's chief of staff. This was, itself, notable: Klain has been chief of staff to Vice President Al Gore, too, making him the only person to serve in that position for two different vice presidents. But the esteem for Klain wasn't based on his resume. Rather, he had a mix of policy, political and bureaucratic chops that...