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  • 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...
  • CDC planning new travel-related measures to fight Ebola

    10/07/2014 4:06:00 PM PDT · by mojito · 60 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 10/7/2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday it will soon announce new travel-related recommendations aimed at stopping the spread of Ebola in the United States, and indicated the new measures would be announced later this week. CDC Director Tom Frieden didn’t say whether the new recommendations would include a ban on flights from the three West African countries that have suffered an Ebola outbreak.
  • Turkey: NATO has plan to defend the country

    10/06/2014 12:05:41 PM PDT · by mojito · 10 replies
    AP ^ | 10/6/2014 | Jorge Sainz
    The NATO alliance has drawn up a strategy to defend Turkey if it is attacked along its border with Syria, a Turkish official said Monday. Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz, whose country is a NATO member, said the alliance did that at his government's request as Islamic State militants, who have captured a large swath of Iraq and Syria, are trying to take the Syrian town of Kobani near the Turkish border. "If there is an attack, NATO's joint defense mechanisms will be activated," Yilmaz told reporters.
  • Dramatic aerial drone footage of Hong Kong protests - video

    09/30/2014 4:44:51 PM PDT · by mojito · 16 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 9/30/2014 | n/a
    Aerial footage filmed by a drone shows the large number of people joining pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
  • The Necessary Angel

    09/30/2014 12:04:28 PM PDT · by mojito
    Essays In Idleness ^ | 9/29/2014 | David Warren
    It has been the Feast of Saint Michael and all Angels today, with all that we associate with that, in Christendom, both Western and Eastern. One cannot be Christian and deny that angels exist: the most literal will find several actually named in the Bible (Old Testament and New), and their messages received, and their presences acknowledged, page after page. Their choirs ascend, in greater and greater proximity to God in the highest: Angels, Archangels, Principalities; Powers, Virtues, Dominations; Thrones, Cherubim, Seraphim. There was a post on this topic one year ago. I tried to supply a suitable affront to...
  • Sierra Leone quarantines one million ahead of UN Ebola talks

    09/26/2014 12:05:52 PM PDT · by mojito · 19 replies
    Yahoo/AFP ^ | 9/25/2014 | Rod Mac Johnson
    Freetown (AFP) - Sierra Leone began a quarantine of more than one million people Thursday in the largest open-ended lockdown in the Ebola outbreak, as world leaders met to discuss the crisis at the United Nations. The northern districts of Port Loko and Bombali have been closed off indefinitely along with the southern district of Moyamba -- effectively sealing in around 1.2 million people. With the eastern districts of Kenema and Kailahun already under quarantine, more than a third of the population of six million -- in five of the nation's 14 districts -- now finds itself unable to move...
  • Congress in No Rush to Return for ISIS War Authorization

    09/25/2014 4:15:11 PM PDT · by mojito · 4 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 9/23/2014 | Matt Fuller
    The United States has begun a bombing campaign in Syria, but don’t bet on Congress returning to Washington to vote on a new war authorization anytime soon. Shortly after airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria started, some lawmakers started pushing again for an authorization vote. But so far, leaders aren’t gearing up to bring their members back to town. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., tweeted Monday night it was “irresponsible and immoral” that congressional leaders had chosen to recess for nearly two months instead of debating and voting on war. And the ranking Democrat on the Budget Committee, Chris Van...
  • Pacino's 'Frank Slade' Has Some Advice for Obama About That Latte Salute

    09/24/2014 11:05:44 AM PDT · by mojito · 27 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 9/24/2014 | Larry O'Connor
    The uproar over President Obama's "Latte Salute" as he exited Marine One Tuesday in New York has reached critical mass with social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook ablaze with indignation and outrage over his disrespectful and half-hearted gesture to the two Marines standing at attention for their Commander-In-Chief. Interestingly, a YouTube clip from the 1992 film Scent of a Woman has begun to go viral on Facebook.
  • North Korea: Where is Kim Jong-un Hiding?

    09/24/2014 9:42:57 AM PDT · by mojito · 35 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 9/24/2014 | Lewis Dean
    South Korea will pay even closer attention to rogue neighbour North Korea's parliamentary session on 25 September, after reports that its supreme leader Kim Jong-un has not been seen in public for three weeks. South Korean reports claim that the dictator has not been seen since attending a concert on 3 September with his wife Ri Sol Ju. Eyebrows were raised over the thought to be 31-year-old's health after he was seen hobbling from a suspected leg injury during a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the death of his grandfather Kim Il Sung in July. He was also seen...
  • Seattle OKs $1 fine for adding too much food to garbage bins

    09/23/2014 1:02:29 PM PDT · by mojito · 28 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 9/22/2014 | Daniel Beekman
    The Seattle City Council passed a new ordinance Monday that could mean $1 fines for people who toss too many table scraps into the trash. Under current Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) rules, people living in single-family homes are encouraged but not required to dispose of food waste and compostable paper products in compost bins. Apartment buildings must have compost bins available, but residents of apartment buildings aren’t required to use them. And businesses aren’t subject to any composting requirements. Under the new rules, collectors can take a cursory look each time they dump trash into a garbage truck. If they...
  • Yemeni Shiite Rebel Sweep Into Capital Kills 340

    09/22/2014 4:42:44 PM PDT · by mojito · 17 replies
    ABC News/AP ^ | 9/22/2014 | AHMED AL-HAJ and MAGGIE MICHAEL
    In a stunning sweep of the Yemeni capital, the country's Shiite rebels seized homes, offices and military bases of their Sunni foes on Monday, forcing many into hiding and triggering an exodus of civilians from the city after a week of fighting that left 340 people dead. It was the latest development in the Hawthi blitz, which has plunged volatile Yemen into more turmoil, pitting the Shiite rebels against the Sunni-dominated military and their Islamist tribal allies. The heavily armed Hawthi fighters on Monday seized tanks and armored vehicles from military headquarters they had overrun, and raided the home of...
  • First Complex Attack by ISIS in Baghdad

    09/20/2014 12:02:41 PM PDT · by mojito · 22 replies
    Sofrep ^ | 9/19/2014 | Peter Nealen
    While there have been plenty of low-level terror bombings in Baghdad in recent months, until Sept 18, the more complex, infantry-based combat had been limited to the north....But in the evening of the 18th, utilizing a combination of VBIEDs, suicide bombers, mortars, and, according to Shafaaq, RPGs, ISIS fighters struck in the Khadhmiya Neighborhood in northern Baghdad. Khadimiyah is a majority-Shi’a neighborhood, actually a Shi’a holy city subsumed by Baghdad. It is the site of a major Shi’a shrine, the Al Khadhimiya Mosque, which is was built over the tombs of two major Shi’a imams. It is also the site...
  • Scottish independence: Latest YouGov poll predicts No win (54-46)

    09/18/2014 3:34:02 PM PDT · by mojito · 41 replies
    The Scotsman ^ | 9/18/2014 | Unattributed
    THE last YouGov poll of the Scottish independence referendum has suggested the No campaign has edged ahead with 54% of the vote compared to 46% of Scots voting Yes. YouGov bases its prediction on the responses of 1,828 people after they voted today, together with those of 800 people who had already voted by post. Today’s respondents had previously given their voting intention earlier this week. By recontacting them, we could assess any last-minute shift in views.
  • How to make Isis fall on its own sword

    09/16/2014 1:10:18 PM PDT · by mojito · 34 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 9/16/2014 | Chelsea (fka Bradley) Manning in Fort Leavenworth
    The Islamic State (Isis) is without question a very brutal extremist group with origins in the insurgency of the United States occupation of Iraq. It has rapidly ascended to global attention by taking control of swaths of territory in western and northern Iraq, including Mosul and other major cities. Based on my experience as an all-source analyst in Iraq during the organization’s relative infancy, Isis cannot be defeated by bombs and bullets – even as the fight is taken to Syria, even if it is conducted by non-Western forces with air support. I believe that Isis is fueled precisely by...
  • Time

    09/16/2014 12:39:30 PM PDT · by mojito · 3 replies
    Belmont Club/PJ Media ^ | 9/15/2014 | Richard Fernandez
    The signs of the times as read by the Roger Cohen of New York Times at least in his piece The Great Unraveling throw shadows upon a doubtful scene. He surveys our age and writes, “it was a time of beheadings. … a time of aggression. … a time of breakup. … a time of weakness…. a time of hatred. … a time of fever. … a time of disorientation.” And yet they had come to that pass sleep-walking, unmindful “until it was too late and people could see the Great Unraveling for what it was and what it had...
  • Kerry selects retired Marine Gen. John Allen to lead anti-ISIS coalition

    09/15/2014 11:52:38 AM PDT · by mojito · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/14/2014 | Unattributed
    Retired Marine Gen. John Allen has been selected to coordinate the international effort against the Islamic State militant group, Secretary of State John Kerry announced Saturday. "General Allen is a patriot and a remarkable leader," Kerry said in a statement issued late Saturday. "His extraordinary career in the military speaks for itself." Allen's official title is Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL. ISIL is another name for the Islamic State, which is also known as ISIS. Allen, who has been serving as a security adviser to Secretary of State John Kerry, is expected to work with...
  • Photo From Last Night’s Speech Reveals Obama Wearing A ‘Head Of Horns’

    09/11/2014 12:35:43 PM PDT · by mojito · 57 replies
    NowTheEndBegins ^ | 9/11/2014 | News Desk
    ...Obama, seen here giving a speech on ISIS and Islamic terrorism last night, was photographed in a startling way. He appeared to have twin horns protruding from the sides of his head in a kind of demonic apparition.
  • Obama’s ‘Strategy’ Has No Chance of Success

    09/11/2014 8:58:38 AM PDT · by mojito · 27 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 9/10/2014 | FREDERICK W. KAGAN and KIMBERLY KAGAN
    President Obama just announced that he is bringing a counter-terrorism strategy to an insurgency fight. He was at pains to repeat the phrase “counter-terror” four times in a short speech. Noting that ISIL is not a state (partly because the international community thankfully does not recognize it), he declared, “ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple. And it has no vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way.” Neither of those sentences, unfortunately, is true. ISIL is an insurgent group that controls enormous territory in Iraq and Syria that it governs. It maneuvers conventional light...
  • AP source says Ray Rice video sent to NFL months ago

    09/10/2014 2:10:18 PM PDT · by mojito · 60 replies
    ABC-13 Houston/AP ^ | 9/10/2014 | Unattributed
    ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- A law enforcement official says he sent a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee to an NFL executive three months ago, while league officers have insisted they didn't see the violent images until this week. The person played The Associated Press a 12-second voicemail from an NFL office number on April 9 confirming the video arrived. A female voice expresses thanks and says: "You're right. It's terrible." The law enforcement official, speaking to the AP on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation, says he had no further communication with any NFL employee and...
  • Obama to lawmakers: I don't need your approval to attack Islamic State

    09/10/2014 8:54:30 AM PDT · by mojito · 31 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/9/2014 | Brian Hughes
    President Obama told congressional leaders in a meeting Tuesday that he has the authority to launch broader attacks against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, downplaying the prospect of a Capitol Hill vote on his military plan ahead of his prime-time address to the nation Wednesday night. Obama “told the leaders that he has the authority he needs to take action against [the Islamic State] in accordance with the mission he will lay out in his address tomorrow,” the White House said in a readout of the meeting that included Obama, Vice President Joe Biden; House Speaker John Boehner,...
  • Exclusive: Obama to Deliver Major Address on ISIS, Vows to 'Hunt Down' Extremists

    09/08/2014 10:58:53 AM PDT · by mojito · 51 replies
    NBC News ^ | 9/7/2014 | Chuck Todd
    One day before the thirteenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, President Barack Obama plans to address the nation on the threat posed by ISIS extremists -- telling NBC News the U.S. will “hunt down" the terrorists "wherever they are.” The president revealed his plans for the upcoming address during a wide-ranging, exclusive interview on NBC’s Meet the Press. “What I'm going to be asking the American people to understand is, number one, this is a serious threat,” Obama said about the speech, which is not expected to be a prime time address. “Number two, we have the capacity to...
  • URGENT Video: ISIS personally threatens Russian President Putin with seized Russian fighter jets

    09/08/2014 9:11:52 AM PDT · by mojito · 55 replies
    Iraqi News ^ | 9/5/2014 | Abdelhak Mamoun
    The video which follows this article was published on social media by members of the terrorist organization, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, includes threats to attack Russian President Vladimir Putin and liberate Chechnya and the Caucus Region with Russian fighter jets and missiles ISIS had seized from Tabaqa Airport in Raqqa, Syria as reported by IraqiNews.com on 27 August. Vladimir Putin, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, is a principal supplier of weapons and equipment for Syrian government forces. A member of ISIS directs his words to Putin, “these Russian planes which you had sent to Bashar,...
  • Tom DeLay: Obama paralyzed by Muslim sympathies

    09/05/2014 12:52:42 PM PDT · by mojito · 57 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 9/4/2014 | Jerome Corsi
    President Obama’s left-leaning political ideology combined with sympathies for Islam acquired from being raised by a Muslim stepfather paralyze him as he faces the threat posed by the Islamic jihadist group ISIS, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay told WND in an interview. “In defending America against radical Islamic terrorism, Barack Obama cannot be trusted,” DeLay said. “Barack Obama was raised a Muslim, and he claims he is a Christian, and I can’t say for sure whether he’s a Christian or not, but he has shown over the last few years that he has great sympathies with Islam,” DeLay explained....
  • Deep Frieze Meaning: What is the Parthenon telling us?

    09/02/2014 11:54:52 AM PDT · by mojito · 20 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 9/8/2014 | A.&#8201;E. STALLINGS
    The Parthenon represents, for many, a golden age in human achievement: the 5th-century b.c. Greek flowering of democracy, sciences, and the arts. But what if its chief ornament, the Parthenon frieze, turned out to be not an embodiment of reason and proportion—of stillness at the heart of motion, quiet piety, and enlightened civic responsibility—but (or, rather, also) something darker, more primitive: a representation of the critical moment in an ancient story of a king at war, a human sacrifice, and a goddess’s demand for virgin blood? That’s the argument at the heart of The Parthenon Engima. The plot involves not...
  • Gaza sees that violence works, Indyk says (0bama "enraged" at Israel)

    08/28/2014 11:48:22 AM PDT · by mojito · 6 replies
    JPost ^ | 8/27/2014 | Michael Wilner
    Palestinians are taking notice of the effectiveness of extremist, violent resistance movements against the governments of Israel and Iraq, said former US special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations Martin Indyk in an interview published this week. Speaking extensively on US relations with Jerusalem since the end of the latest round of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians last April, and throughout Operation Protective Edge, a candid Indyk said at times US President Barack Obama has become “enraged” at the Israeli government, both for its actions and for its treatment of his chief diplomat, US Secretary of State John Kerry. [....]...
  • Rotherham, England

    08/28/2014 11:18:16 AM PDT · by mojito · 10 replies
    Belmont Club/PJ Media ^ | 8/27/2014 | Richard Fernandez
    ...Betrayal was in the news again today, when Britain was rocked by allegations that the entire English town of Rotherham had for years been in the grip of an “Asian” gang which raped or kidnapped or abused some 1,400 mostly white underaged girls. The town authorities apparently knew as did the police, but they suppressed the facts out of the fear of being called ‘racist’ and more probably, the physical menaces of these ‘Asians’. The ‘Asians’ were of course Pakistani Muslims....The British public are momentarily outraged, but the Rotherham officials, including the official in charge of child welfare, aren’t too...
  • The IRS Destroyed Lois Lerner’s Blackberry, Too

    08/26/2014 2:08:32 PM PDT · by mojito · 16 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 8/26/2014 | Bryan Preston
    After Monday’s bombshell about the federal government’s system-wide email back-up system broke, there was yet another bombshell. The IRS “recycled” — destroyed — Lois Lerner’s hard drive in June 2011, just 10 days after Rep. Dave Camp had sent a letter to the IRS inquiring about the targeting of conservative groups that Lerner knew about and may have orchestrated. The IRS destroyed Lerner’s Blackberry device, too. Even though there is no suggestion that it ever “crashed,” as the agency claims about her hard drive. Even worse, the IRS destroyed Lerner’s Blackberry after it knew of the crash, and while the...
  • In One America, Guns and Diet. In the Other, Cameras and ‘Zoolander.’

    08/26/2014 9:04:27 AM PDT · by mojito · 6 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | 8/19/2014 | David Leonhardt
    In the hardest places to live in the United States, people spend a lot of time thinking about diets and religion. In the easiest places to live, people spend a lot of time thinking about cameras. This summer, The Upshot conducted an analysis of every county in the country to determine which were the toughest places to live, based on an index of six factors including income, education and life expectancy. Afterward, we heard from Hal Varian, the chief economist at Google, who suggested looking at how web searches differ on either end of our index. The results, based on...
  • Massacre derails talks on new Iraq government

    08/23/2014 12:50:42 PM PDT · by mojito · 5 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 8/23/2014 | Unattributed
    Sunni politicians in Iraq have suspended talks to form a new government, in protest of a mass killing inside a mosque in the northeastern province of Diyala. In a statement on Saturday, Salim al-Jabouri, speaker of the Iraqi parliament, denounced as "terrorists" the Shia armed group suspected of killing at least 73 people inside a Sunni mosque.... Jabouri and Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlak are demanding that outgoing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and the main Shia parliamentary bloc hand over the perpetrators within 48 hours and compensate the families of victims, the AP news agency reported. [....] The attack on...
  • A Rogue State Along Two Rivers: How ISIS Came to Control Large Portions of Syria and Iraq

    08/23/2014 11:07:21 AM PDT · by mojito · 16 replies
    NYT ^ | 7/3/2014 | JEREMY ASHKENAS, ARCHIE TSE, DEREK WATKINS and KAREN YOURISH
    The militant group called the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria seemed to surprise many American and Iraqi officials with the recent gains it made in its violent campaign to create a new religious state. But the victories achieved in the past few weeks were built on months of maneuvering along the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, which define a region known as the cradle of civilization.
  • #Ferguson – when [a-holes] collide (epic screed with strong language)

    08/22/2014 10:55:45 AM PDT · by mojito · 20 replies
    Ivy Mike Cafe ^ | 8/21/2014 | Ivy Mike
    <p>Well, I have been trying to lay low on this thing for a while, because I knew as soon as all of the breathless reports started about Michael Brown’s death, more facts – and let’s stress that, FACTS – would come to light that would blow the immediate narrative right out of the water.</p>
  • Holder says he understands mistrust of police as Ferguson protests dwindle

    08/21/2014 8:46:21 AM PDT · by mojito · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/21/2014 | Unattributed
    Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that he understands why many black Americans distrust the police as he made a one-day swing through the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., where a black teenager was fatally shot by a white police officer almost two weeks earlier. Holder made the comments during a meeting with about 50 community leaders at the Florissant campus of St. Louis Community College in which he heard about their own issues with law enforcement officials. Ferguson has endured more than a week of unrest since the August 9 death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was shot...
  • The Upper and Nether Millstones

    08/20/2014 11:36:47 AM PDT · by mojito · 2 replies
    PJ Media/Belmont Club ^ | 8/19/2014 | Richard Fernandez
    ...Michael Brown and the paramilitarized Ferguson Police Department are two sides of the same coin. They are the joint product of the politics of grievance and the growing expansion of government. The taxes that made the mobs dependent also armed the paramilitary police that contain them. You have one government department handing out Obamaphones and another handing out MRAPs to the cops. HHS gives out Obamacare and the IRS enforces it. A giant bureaucracy tasked with providing all “positive rights” rumbles on, even as progressive politics unleashes more “community organizers” while erecting a giant political machine to meet those same...
  • Finding James Foley (Interesting Background)

    08/20/2014 9:53:13 AM PDT · by mojito · 13 replies
    Columbia Journalism Review ^ | May 3, 2013 | Curtis Brainard
    After 162 days with no information about his whereabouts, GlobalPost announced Friday that James Foley, an American journalist who went missing on November 22 in Syria, is almost certainly being held by the Syrian government in a detention center near the capital city of Damascus.... ...GlobalPost CEO and President Philip Balboni said: "With a very high degree of confidence, we now believe that Jim was most likely abducted by a pro-regime militia group commonly referred to as the Shabiha and subsequently turned over to Syrian government forces. We have obtained multiple independent reports from very credible confidential sources who have...
  • Illness with Ebola-like symptoms kills several in Congo: locals

    08/20/2014 8:56:30 AM PDT · by mojito · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/20/2014 | Unattributed
    Democratic Republic of Congo has sent its health minister and a team of experts to the remote northern Equateur province after several people died there from a disease with Ebola-like symptoms, a local official and a professor said on Wednesday. [....] "An illness is spreading in Boende but we don't know the origin," said Michel Wangi, a spokesman for the governor's office. [....] An Equateur resident who asked not to be named said that around ten people had died, including four health care workers, after suffering from fever, diarrhoea and bleeding from the ears and nostrils - all symptoms of...