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  • U.S. dismisses Russian concern about THAAD system in S. Korea

    07/24/2014 10:41:06 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Korea Herald ^ | 2014-07-25
    U.S. dismisses Russian concern about THAAD system in S. Korea 2014-07-25 10:44 The United States said Thursday an advanced missile defense battery it plans to deploy to South Korea is not aimed at Russia, after Moscow expressed concern that the system would negatively affect the regional situation and provoke an arms race. The U.S. military plans to bring a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense battery into South Korea to help deter threats from North Korea. The U.S. has conducted a site survey for the system, though no decision has been announced as to where to put it. Russia's...
  • Possibly 30 Years for Canadian Narco with ties to Sinaloa Cartel and the Mafia

    07/24/2014 9:09:45 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 4 replies
    Borderland Beat ^ | July 23, 2014 | By Chivís Martínez
    Canadian Drug Kingpin , Jimmy Cournoyer, with Ties to the Rizutto and Bonanno Crime Families, the Hells Angels and the Mexican Sinaloa Cartel Plead Guilty in 2013 to Narcotics Trafficking Crimes Carrying Sentence of 20 Years to Life and $1 Billion in Forfeiture. He will discover his fate on August 20th when his sentence will be handed down. However, U.S. feds are now seeking a 30 year sentence, arguing that a lighter sentence would amount to little incarceration time for Cournoyer, due to the fact he has elected to spend his sentence in Canada. Canada has a very liberal probation...
  • Under Putin, Russia seeing an exodus of ‘ the most educated ... most entrepreneurial people’

    07/24/2014 9:00:20 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 12 replies
    National Post [Canada] / Reuters ^ | Thursday, July 24, 2014 | Alissa de Carbonnel
    ... “They are people who have already made money and are now scared to lose it,” Paley said.... “I don’t share the opinion of 90 percent of the country: I feel like a foreigner here now so why not leave?” said Tatiana Konkova, a Russian literature teacher and singer, giving her last concert in Moscow this month.... The number of Russians emigrating in the last two years was some five times higher than in the two before Putin began a new six-year term in May 2012, official figures show.... Echoing the post-Soviet brain drain, sociologists say Russia is bleeding exactly...
  • “Modern Family” Star Says he Refused to Pose for a Picture With Rick Santorum

    07/24/2014 7:49:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    Salon ^ | THURSDAY, JUL 24, 2014 | DANIEL D'ADDARIO
    Eric Stonestreet told the antigay former senator: "I can't do it"“Modern Family” is a show whose depiction of a gay married couple is so uncontroversial that Democrats and Republicans alike can enjoy it (as evidenced by the show’s getting praised by both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in 2012). But one of the show’s stars was uncomfortable when approached by one GOP fan. Eric Stonestreet, the Emmy-winner who plays gay former football player Cameron, told HuffPost Live that he had been approached by Rick Santorum at a recent White House Correspondents’ Dinner. The former Pennsylvania senator and once (and future?)...
  • I Hate Ayn Rand — But Here's Why my Fellow Conservatives Love Her

    07/24/2014 7:25:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 55 replies
    The Week ^ | July 23, 2014 | Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    And no, liberals: It's not because they're greedy jerks who loathe the poor By Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry | Many of my fellow conservatives love Ayn Rand. And many of my liberal friends love to hate her. You can understand why progressives enjoy blasting Rand's presumably nefarious influence on the conservative movement. She makes for a convenient punching bag for progressives, because she embodies the caricatured version of what progressives imagine conservatives really think: that egotism and greed are good and that the parasitic weak deserve to be trod upon by the capitalistic powerful. And then there are people like me: Conservatives...
  • Hillary Claimed Bill Was Addicted To Sex Because Of Childhood Abuse From His Mom

    07/24/2014 5:31:52 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 63 replies
    The Saily Caller ^ | 24 Jul 2014 | Emma Colton
    In a book slated for release next month, a journalist recounts a 1999 interview with Hillary Clinton when the former first lady blamed Bill’s mother for his addiction to sex and womanizing because of the abuse he received as a young boy. According to a Daily Mail report, Hillary made the claims that her mother-in-law, Virginia Kelley, abused Bill during his childhood in an interview with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Lucinda Franks. Franks, however, refused to use the quotes for her article in Talk magazine — instead, she waited 15 years to release the interview in her latest memoir, “Timeless:...
  • To Ease Crisis, U.S. May Vet Young Refugees Inside Honduras

    07/24/2014 3:33:13 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 17 replies
    Hoping to stem the recent surge of migrants at the Southwest border, the Obama administration is considering whether to allow hundreds of minors and young adults from Honduras into the United States without making the dangerous trek through Mexico, according to a draft of the proposal. If approved, the plan would direct the government to screen thousands of children and youths in Honduras to see if they can enter the United States as refugees or on emergency humanitarian grounds. It would be the first American refugee effort in a nation reachable by land to the United States, the White House...
  • Favorite Songs about Clothing,Tell us your Favorites.Freeper Canteen 7~25~14

    07/24/2014 5:00:19 PM PDT · by fatima · 260 replies
    ~Favorite Clothing Song's~ Gene Wilder - Young Frankenstein (1974) - Puttin' on the Ritz *Video* Del Shannon - Hats Off to Larry *Video*
  • 'True Blood' Actor Nelsan Ellis: Former Star Quit Because he Didn't 'Want to Play a Gay Part'

    07/24/2014 4:04:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 24, 2014 | Hollie McKay
    <p>When Luke Grimes started on HBO’s “True Blood” last season his character James Kent was wooing a female vampire. But Grimes reportedly quit in December when he found out Kent was bisexual and starting a romantic relationship with a gay character in the seventh and final season.</p>
  • Dispatches: Mass Grave Found in Eastern Ukraine

    07/24/2014 3:47:37 PM PDT · by No One Special · 6 replies
    Human Rights Watch ^ | July 24, 2014 | Yulia Gorbunova
    Today, Ukrainian authorities exhumed a mass grave in Sloviansk, in eastern Ukraine. By the time I left the site, they had discovered eight decomposed bodies and they were still searching for more. From April until July 2, the city, now back under Ukrainian government control, had been under the control of anti-government insurgents. Two neighbors who usually walk their dogs on the lawn next to the burial site told me that on the morning of June 11 an excavator arrived and dug a hole. Later, they said, they saw two men in camouflage drive a truck to the newly dug...
  • Peters: White House doesn't understand Putin's 'heart of stone'

    07/24/2014 3:25:03 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | July 22, 2014
    <p>"President Obama and those around him simply do not understand the world," Fox News strategic analyst Ralph Peters cautioned Tuesday while discussing the MH17 crash on "America's Newsroom."</p> <p>"They don't understand the world's brutality, its cruelty, its savagery. They just don't get it."</p>
  • Shirley Sherrod v. Breitbart Update: Big Law Fuels the Left

    07/24/2014 2:13:18 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 24, 2014 | J. Christian Adams
    Liberal groups already enjoy a tremendous structural advantage over conservative groups in terms of foundation support, bricks and mortars institutions and a steady pipeline of youngsters eager to shape mankind to their own image. There’s another often overlooked advantage enjoyed by the left: big law firms donating thousands and thousands of hours to help leftist causes far outside of the American mainstream. There is no counterpart donation of time and money for conservative causes. Big Law’s ideological “lawfare” completes the architecture for attacks on election integrity laws, springing free Al-Qaeda terrorists and even suing conservative new media pioneers like Andrew...
  • Family of Victims Shows No Sympathy at Killer's Execution

    07/24/2014 10:49:31 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 56 replies
    Good Morning America via Yahoo! News ^ | 7/24/14 | RHEANA MURRAY
    The family of two people murdered by a man sentenced to the death penalty by lethal injection showed no remorse when his execution dragged on for nearly two hours. Jeanne Brown watched from the gallery at the Arizona State Prison Complex as Joseph Rudolph Wood, who shot her sister and father dead in 1989, died on Wednesday. She angrily brushed off his attorneys' complaints that Wood suffered during the execution. "You don't know what excruciating is," Brown told the media after Wood was pronounced dead. "Excruciating is seeing your dad lying there in a pool of blood, seeing your sister...
  • Almost 60% Of US Say Obama Is 'Incompetent'

    07/24/2014 10:25:01 AM PDT · by lbryce · 41 replies
    Fox news ^ | Dana Blanton
    Has the Obama administration competently and effectively managed the government? A Fox News poll released Wednesday finds a majority of American voters says no -- including about a third of Democrats. A 58-percent majority says the White House has not been competent at managing the federal government. Some 32 percent of Democrats join 67 percent of independents and 84 percent of Republicans in holding that view. Click here for the poll results. Forty percent of voters do say the administration has been competent at running the government.
  • Who Is Most To Blame For Climate Change?

    07/24/2014 10:15:40 AM PDT · by lbryce · 66 replies
    NPR ^ | July 24, 2014 | Barbra J King
    Here in southeastern Virginia, our biggest city, Norfolk, is saddled with an unwanted claim to fame. As The Washington Post has reported, Norfolk is the place "where normal tides have risen 1.5 feet over the past century and the sea is rising faster than anywhere else on the East Coast." NPR notes that the Norfolk area "is particularly vulnerable because the land is sinking as sea levels are rising." Scientists from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science here at the College of William and Mary predict, according to the Post article, that "if current trends hold, by the end of...
  • ISIS reportedly orders women and girls of Mosul to undergo ‘genital mutilation’

    07/24/2014 9:49:08 AM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 24, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    Following the purge of Christians in the Iraqi city of Mosul and the destruction of a nearly 2,000-year-old Christian house of worship, fighters with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have continued to impose a grotesque and medieval form of Sharia Law on the cityÂ’s remaining Muslim residents. On Wednesday, a United Nations representative claimed that the Sunni Islamist militant group order all women and girls of ages ranging from 11 to 46 to undergo the despicable practice of female circumcision. While a departure from past Islamist practice, this move would represent yet another violation of international human...
  • California Pot Farms Use 50% More Water than City of San Francisco

    07/23/2014 8:09:34 AM PDT · by george76 · 58 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Jul 2014 | Chriss W. Street
    Scientists with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife are warning that streams harboring endangered salmon and steelhead could go dry because of the heavy water consumption by marijuana growers. During the growing season, California “pot farms” consume 60 million gallons of water a day. That equals 50% more than is consumed by the entire city of San Francisco. ... Two men were arrested were arrested last week at a Santa Cruz County pot farm that state authorities said used diverted stream water and threatened steelhead trout and endangered Central Coast Coho salmon. The raid netted 180 mature marijuana plants...
  • Netanyahu: Israel is continuing Gaza operation with full force

    07/24/2014 7:11:39 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 19 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Thursday, July 24, 2014 | Staff
    Speaking ahead of special cabinet meeting, prime minister says IDF has made substantial gains against Hamas terror infrastructure in Gaza and will continue the operation in "full strength." Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel will continue Operation Protective Edge in Gaza with full force, giving no indication that a cease-fire was in the offing. Speaking ahead of a special cabinet meeting, the prime minister said that the IDF has delivered a powerful blow to Hamas infrastructure over the course of the 17 day operation. "We are continuing the operation in full strength," he said, adding that the IDF...
  • United Nations to launch probe into Gaza operation [Israel and Hamas]

    07/24/2014 6:26:09 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 16 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Staff
    Netanyahu calls human rights forum decision a ‘travesty’; US envoy says it lacks ‘balance’ and may undermine ceasefire efforts. The UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday launched a probe into the conflict in Gaza, backing calls by the Palestinians to hold Israel to account despite fierce opposition from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Netanyahu’s media office slammed the decision as a “travesty” that ignored human rights violations by Hamas terrorists. “This investigation by a kangaroo court is a foregone conclusion,” his office said. The United States was the sole member to vote against. The 17 abstentions were by the council’s European...
  • RUSSIANS RACE 32 MILES, FOE’S LINE SAGS; CHURCHILL FINDS GERMANY IS ‘CRUMBLING’ (7/24/44)

    07/24/2014 5:13:59 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 28 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 7/24/44 | Raymond Daniell, Harold Denny, Drew Middleton, George F. Horne, Charles P. Arnot, Tillman Durdin
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  • Israel's Military Might Is Tested by Hamas' Stamina: Experts

    07/23/2014 10:31:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    NBC News ^ | ALASTAIR JAMIESON
    Hamas may be militarily outnumbered and outgunned by Israel, but it has the stamina and training to turn the Gaza ground invasion into a protracted urban war, experts warned Tuesday. Six days after Benjamin Netanyahu ordered ground forces across the border into Gaza, the death toll has climbed to more than 600 Palestinians and 29 Israeli soldiers - more than twice as many military casualties as in the last Gaza ground war of 2009. Hopes that the invasion by Israeli Defense Forces would swiftly end the tit-for-tat aerial exchange of Palestinian rockets and Israeli missiles look to have been dashed...
  • El Al fares jump by up to 150% after foreign airlines cancel flights [Israel]

    07/23/2014 10:18:43 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 8 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Thursday, July 24, 2014 | Rina Rozenberg
    Within hours after most foreign airlines flying to Israel suspended flights, demand for seats on Israeli carriers — practically the only ones now left plying the routes — skyrocketed, and so did airfares. El Al, which earlier this week said it expected that a wave of cancellation by people travelling into and out of Israel would depress its third-quarter revenues by as much as $50 million, denied it was taking advantage of the situation.
  • FAA Lifts Ban on Flights to Israel

    07/23/2014 9:43:23 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 46 replies
    Arutz Sheva Israel National Mews ^ | Thursday, July 24, 2014 | Staff
    US flights to Israel to resume after brief ban. Will European carriers follow suit? The US national aviation authority has lifted a ban on American flights to Israel, but warned of a "very fluid situation" amid intense fighting with Palestinians in nearby Gaza, AFP reports Thursday. "Hamas does have rockets that can reach Ben Gurion airport... although the accuracy of their rockets does remain limited," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said. Israel had warned of the economic impact of the ban by many world airlines and said that it would be a win for Hamas, who hailed the suspension as...
  • Qatar, Saudi rulers meet in Jeddah for Gaza cease-fire talks [Israel and Hamas]

    07/23/2014 8:37:06 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 1 replies
    Today's Zaman ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Staff
    For the first time since an unprecedented diplomatic rift among Gulf powerhouses, Qatar's emir flew to Saudi Arabia late on Tuesday in a surprise visit and met with King Abdullah to discuss cease-fire efforts that have yet to bring an end to 15 days of war in the Gaza Strip. A senior Saudi official told The Associated Press that Saudi Crown Prince Salman, and Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin also attended the meetings with Qatar's Sheik Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in the coastal city of Jeddah. King Abdullah's security adviser Prince Bandar bin Sultan and the king's son who heads the...
  • Gulf Arab states weigh sanctions on ‘sisterly’ Qatar for its drift into Iran orbit

    07/23/2014 7:47:26 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 18 replies
    World Tribune ^ | Monday, March 10, 2014 | Staff
    ABU DHABI — Qatar could face Gulf Cooperation Council sanctions amid its support of Hizbullah and the Muslim Brotherhood. Officials and analysts said Qatar could be penalized by the GCC for Doha’s support of groups deemed threats to the region. The officials said the sanctions could include the closure of borders by Qatar’s neighbors. “Qatar could face sanctions imposed by the Gulf countries, including the closing of borders with Qatar, and air space to it if Doha doesn’t stop supporting the Muslim Brotherhood,” Abdul Khaleq Abdullah, a leading United Arab Emirates analyst, said. On March 4, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and...
  • Hamas is losing on the battlefield but hitting Israel where it hurts

    07/23/2014 7:14:44 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 12 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Anshel Pfeffer
    The all-clear had sounded in Nir Am quarter of an hour prior but soldiers were still walking the kibbutz's paths in helmets and full combat gear on Monday morning. The fact that two Hamas attack teams had emerged from a tunnel exit only a few hundred meters away from the fence and in the ensuing firefight killed four soldiers, including a battalion commander, before they were killed themselves, was hard to shake off. For three hours the members of the kibbutz and guests at the small motel (mainly journalists) had to remain indoors while the soldiers made sure no Hamas...
  • As the hard drive turns: Lois Lerner’s on again, off again, scratchy

    07/23/2014 7:09:05 PM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 7/23/2014 | Bruce Carroll
    Lois Lerner has become the personification of the IRS targeting scandal.Which brings us to her infamous hard drive crash. Recall that the new IRS Commissioner first told Congress that all of Lerner’s emails were recoverable and would be provided to investigating committees.Sharyl Attkisson has a nice rundown of this explanation. Friday’s revelation that the IRS “lost” Lois Lerner’s emails in a computer crash came ten months after Congress first requested them and seven months after they were first subpoenaed by the House Oversight Committee. But what IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testified about the emails at a hearing in March appears...
  • ‘Operation Normandy’ set to send 3,500 volunteers to border to ‘stop an invasion’

    07/23/2014 3:00:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 23, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Jim Gilchrist — one of the founders of the Minutemen Project — said he’s reaching out across America to recruit at least 3,500 volunteers who will go to the border to patrol and cover the “porous areas” between San Diego and Brownsville, Texas. The campaign is called “Operation Normandy,” and it’s set for May 1, 2015, Raw Story reported. “If you are familiar with the Normandy invasion of France in 1944, then you have an idea how large and logistically complicated this event will be,” Mr. Gilchrist said, Raw Story reported. “However, there is one difference. We are not going...
  • Turkish PM Erdogan to CNN: "Israel is a terror state."

    07/23/2014 7:05:13 PM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | 7/23/2014
    In an interview recorded Wednesday with CNN’s Becky Anderson (@beckycnn), Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel of being a “terror state,” saying that the country’s operation in Gaza was “creating a wave of terror.”Erdogan also denied that the governments of Turkey or Qatar were involved in the funding of Hamas’ terrorist activities, saying the only support his country is offering to the people of Gaza is humanitarian.“Qatar’s cooperation with Turkey has always been to be on the side of the persecuted and to support them through humanitarian aid. This is what’s being done.”
  • In Qatari-Backed Trip, UN ‘s Ban Ki-moon Laid Low by Israel’s Peres

    07/23/2014 6:59:23 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 20 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Joshua Levitt
    Israeli President Shimon Peres on Wednesday told United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that Israel would not stand by while Qatar, which paid for the UN official’s private flight to the Middle East, continued to finance Hamas militants, and took Ban to task for the two UN-run schools found to be housing Hamas rockets in Gaza. In his last full day in office, Peres, a historically dovish leader, struck a defiant tone in a statement delivered to the media after meeting Ban at the President’s Residence, in Jerusalem. “Qatar does not have the right to send money for rockets and...
  • State Dept. Calls Ted Cruz’s Israel Comments ‘Ridiculous and Offensive’ (chortle)

    07/23/2014 6:25:27 PM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 7/23/2014 | Matt Wilstein
    After the Federal Aviation Administration extended its ban on U.S. flights to Israel for another 24 hours Wednesday following reports of Hamas rockets falling close to the Tel Aviv airport, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) released a statement suggesting the decision had motives outside of just protecting the safety of American travelers. Asked about his statement at a briefing this afternoon, State Department spokesperson Marie Harf called his comments “ridiculous and offensive.” “Did President Obama Just Launch an Economic Boycott of Israel?” Cruz asked on his website, before answering his own question affirmatively. “The facts suggest that President Obama has just...
  • Islamic Cleric calls for Muslim fighters to join the fighting against...

    07/23/2014 6:19:43 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 7/23/2014 | Pamela Geller
    Islamic Jew-hatred and genocide — it’s an Islamic imperative.What Rabbi or Priest ever talks this way? Islam is not like other religions. “Jihadi cleric calls for Muslim fighters to join the fighting in Gaza,” J Post, July 23, 2014“Our heart yearns to arrive and fight the sons and brothers of the apes and pigs,” says rebel fighter. isis caliphate,”A new jihadi media outlet called Al-Fawaris released a video calling on Gazans to endure the military operation, saying that victory looms and that Muslims all over the world support them.According to a report published on Monday by the MEMRI (Middle East...
  • Muslims Are “Systematically Targeting Christians”

    07/23/2014 6:13:41 PM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 7/23/2014 | Theodore Shoebat
    Rep. Wolf from Virginia made a speech yesterday at the House of Representatives in which forewarned the country on the current genocide of Christians in Iraq. He stated:Mr. Speaker, the international legal definition of the crime of genocide is found in article II of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide.It says:Genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group, as such: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the...
  • Botched Lethal Injection Takes Nearly Two Hours to Kill Arizona Inmate

    07/23/2014 6:02:06 PM PDT · by lbryce · 101 replies
    A via The Verge ^ | July 23, 2014 | Nathan Ingraham
    An execution taking place in Arizona tonight appears to have gone horribly awry. According to a report from the Associated Press, inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood "gasped and snorted" and was still alive more than an hour after the execution began. Wood was not pronounced dead until 3:49PM MT, one hour and 57 minutes after the beginning of the procedure. Wood's lawyers filed an emergency appeal during the execution, noting that he was "gasping and snorting for more than an hour" but was still alive some 70 minutes after the execution began. The whole process should have taken 10 minutes, Wood's...
  • Russian soldiers VK-page (Russian Facebook) shows RUSSIA is shelling Ukraine with heavy artillery

    07/23/2014 6:01:58 PM PDT · by lodi90 · 17 replies
    Ukraine@War ^ | 7/23/2014 | Ukraine@War
    Valdimir Petrov found evidence of a Russian artillery unit shelling Ukrainian positions from Russian territory, because a soldier from this unit is posting photos on his VKontakte page (the Russian Facebook). Or course immediately after discovering this, his page has been deleted. But the info is still here:
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Remembering Our Troop!! ~ 24 July 2014

    07/23/2014 5:59:14 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 90 replies
    Serving The Best Troops & Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    ~ The FReeper Canteen Presents ~ ~ Remembering Our Troops!! ~ K-9 COMPETITION Air Force Staff Sgt. Rocky Thompson takes his military working dog, Aron, through a window obstacle during the K-9 competition on Minot Air Force Base, ND, Aug. 14, 2013. Thompson, a military working dog handler, is assigned to the 319th Security Forces Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kristoffer Kaubisch Canteen Mission Statement Showing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our allies' militaryand family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. ASSAULT EXERCISE Army 1st Sgt. Kevin Mulcahey, left,...
  • Russian Inmates to Build Bridge to Crimea

    07/23/2014 5:40:04 PM PDT · by lodi90 · 6 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | 7/23/2014 | Moscow Times
    Russia's Federal Penal Service said that the country's inmates would soon be contributing to public works including the construction of the Kerch Strait Bridge to Crimea and a cleanup operation in the Sochi region, the Kommersant newspaper reported Wednesday.
  • Montana Democrat’s Thesis Presented Others’ Work as His Own; Senator John Walsh of Montana...

    07/23/2014 1:08:56 PM PDT · by kristinn · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Jonathan Martin
    Montana Democrat’s Thesis Presented Others’ Work as His Own Senator John Walsh of Montana Confronts Questions of Plagiarism Democrats were thrilled when John Walsh of Montana was appointed to the United States Senate in February. A decorated veteran of the Iraq war and former adjutant general of his state’s National Guard, Mr. Walsh offered the Democratic Party something it frequently lacks: a seasoned military man. On the campaign trail this year, Mr. Walsh, 53, has made his military service a main selling point. Still wearing his hair close-cropped, he notes he was targeted for killing by Iraqi militants and says...
  • Top Ebola Doctor in Sierra Leone Contracts Virus

    07/23/2014 5:09:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 23, 2014 | JESSICA FIRGER
    A physician at the helm of Sierra Leone's efforts to contain and control the Ebola epidemic has just been diagnosed with the virus, according to reports from Reuters and the BBC. Sheik Umar Khan, a virologist, has treated more than 100 patients with the deadly disease and was admitted earlier this week to a high containment treatment facility, according to a statement released on Tuesday by the government. A source inside the ward told Reuters that the doctor is receiving treatment, though no details were given on his current state of health. Health Minister Miatta Kargbo called Khan a "national...
  • Israel singles out Qatar as key Hamas terror sponsor

    07/23/2014 5:08:41 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 48 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Elhanan Miller
    Gulf emirate is branded the villain behind Hamas belligerence, with PM’s former security adviser saying it funds tunnel diggers and rocket launchers. President Shimon Peres accused Qatar on Wednesday of becoming “the world’s largest funder of terror” due to its financial support for Hamas in Gaza. “Qatar does not have the right to send money for rockets and tunnels which are fired at innocent civilians,” the outgoing statesman told UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Jerusalem. “Their funding of terror must stop. If they want to build then they should, but they must not be allowed to destroy.” Qatar’s recently...
  • 551-Pound Man Wanted House Arrest Sentence Reduced For Being Too Heavy To Leave Home

    07/23/2014 4:38:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    CBS Tampa ^ | July 23, 2014
    A 551-pound man wanted his house arrest sentence to be reduced because he is too heavy to leave his home anyway. The Orlando Sentinel reports that Steven Goodman, 70, received that sentence in August 2012 for supplying more than 1 million oxycodone and other prescription pills to “pain management” clinics rub by Christopher and Jeffrey George Wellington. The Wellington twins are currently serving 14 and 15-and-a-half years respectfully for disbursing illegal pills at clinics in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, and Wilton Manors. U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra, who sentenced Goodman, was unmoved by Goodman’s request. Goodman was...
  • Veteran Claims He Was Locked Inside VA Clinic By Himself For Hours

    07/23/2014 4:31:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    CBS Tampa ^ | July 23, 2014
    A veteran is extremely disappointed with the Veterans Administration after he says he was locked inside a community clinic for hours on Monday. Jeffrey Duck explained that he arrived at the clinic located on South Volusia Ave. at 1 p.m. as a “walk in” patient. The Marine veteran sat in a consultation room for more than three hours before he realized he was the only one left in the building. “I was apparently left there and forgotten,” Duck told WKMG. Duck began taking video of him walking around the lobby with his cellphone to show that he wasn’t trying to...
  • (POLL) Did You Think Tony Dungy’s Comments on Michael Sam Were Out of Line???

    07/23/2014 3:37:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 64 replies
    CBS Tampa ^ | July 21, 2014
    Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach Tony Dungy told the Tampa Tribune that he would NOT have drafted Michael Sam if he were still coaching. “I wouldn’t have taken him,’’ said former Bucs and Colts coach Tony Dungy, now an analyst for NBC. “Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it. “It’s not going to be totally smooth … things will happen.’ What are your thoughts on Coach Dungy’s statements???
  • How Wayback Machine and Other Digital Sleuths Are Unravelling the Mystery of MH17

    07/23/2014 2:45:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    SMH | July 22, 2014 | Caitlin Dewey
    How Wayback Machine and other digital sleuths are unravelling the mystery of MH17
  • Israel opens airport in Negev as alternative to Ben-Gurion

    07/23/2014 2:44:34 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 16 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Zohar Blumenkrantz
    Ovda, a military airfield, has opened after the FAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency temporarily canceled all flights to Israel due to a Hamas rocket attack on Tuesday. Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz announced on Wednesday that Israel would be opening the Ovda Airport as an alternative to Ben-Gurion Airport. In practical terms, this means that foreign airlines that wish to land there instead of at Ben-Gurion Airport will be able to do so. No airline that operates at Ben-Gurion Airport has given its approval or agreement to move its flights to Ovda Airport as yet. The idea of opening...
  • "Bolder Than Most" Rapist to Spend Year at Mental Hospital

    07/23/2014 2:36:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 | Megan Tevrizian and Andie Adams
    Alvin Quarles was set for release after serving half his sentenceA sexually violent predator who earned the nickname "the bolder than most" rapist will spend at least a year in a mental hospital instead of outright release, as NBC 7's Megan Tevrizian reports. The sexually violent predator nicknamed the “Bolder than Most” rapist has made a surprise decision to spend at least a year at a mental hospital, forgoing his release for the time being. Alvin Quarles, 51, was slated for parole late last year after serving 25 years of a 50 year-sentence for four counts of rape, as well...
  • Israel criticises airlines as US flight ban extended

    07/23/2014 2:04:26 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 31 replies
    The Financial Times ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Andrew Parker and John Reed
    Israel has accused airlines and aviation regulators of damaging its economy after carriers stopped flying to Tel Aviv because of the conflict between government forces and militants in Gaza. Mr Romm said about 25 airlines had stopped flying to Ben Gurion, adding this would have a “very bad” impact on the Israeli economy. Lufthansa on Wednesday extended its flight suspension to include Thursday, and Air France is not expected to review the case for resuming services until Friday.
  • 130 Environmental Groups Call For An End To Capitalism

    07/23/2014 12:31:16 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 62 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 23, 2014 | Mitchel Bastasch
    Environmentalists have declared that global warming can’t be stopped without ending the “hegemonic capitalist system,” saying that cap-and-trade systems and conservation efforts are “false solutions.” “The structural causes of climate change are linked to the current capitalist hegemonic system,” reads the final draft of the Margarita Declaration, presented at a conference including about 130 environmental groups. “To combat climate change it is necessary to change the system,” the declaration adds. Environmental activists met in the oil producing, socialist country of Venezuela as part of a United Nations-backed event to increase civil engagement in the lead up to a major climate...
  • Air Canada cancels Tel Aviv flight over safety concerns

    07/23/2014 12:27:39 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 14 replies
    CBC News ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Staff
    Air Canada has cancelled its scheduled flight to Tel Aviv from Toronto Tuesday night, following the lead of other airlines concerned about rocket fire near Ben Gurion Airport. Air Canada had a flight scheduled to leave for Tel Aviv from Toronto at 6:10 p.m. ET. The airline will continue to evaluate the situation and provide updates as needed, a spokeswoman said. The return flight to Toronto from Tel Aviv for Wednesday, July 23, has also been cancelled, the carrier confirmed. In response to a CBC News query, Transport Canada said the suspensions of flights to Israel are decisions taken by...
  • The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

    07/23/2014 12:20:40 PM PDT · by redreno · 33 replies
    The Intercept ^ | 23 Jul 2014, 2:45 PM EDT | By Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux
    The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept. The “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance,” a 166-page document issued last year by the National Counterterrorism Center, spells out the government’s secret rules for putting individuals on its main terrorist database, as well as the no fly list and the selectee list, which triggers enhanced screening at airports and border crossings. The new guidelines allow individuals...