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  • China Conducts Flight Test of New Mobile ICBM

    10/02/2014 6:05:18 AM PDT · by lbryce · 2 replies
    Washington Beacon ^ | October 2, 2014 | Staff
    China’s military has conducted the first flight test of a new variant of one of its road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missiles in a sign that Beijing is increasing its strategic strike capability against the United States. The test of a new DF-31B missile was conducted Sept. 25 from a missile test range in central China. A Pentagon spokeswoman declined to provide details of the test.
  • Panetta: Obama, White House Responsible For Chaos In Iraq

    10/02/2014 5:59:39 AM PDT · by lbryce · 12 replies
    Washington Beacon ^ | October 2, 2014 | Staff
    Former Secretary of Defense breaks down history in upcoming memoir Obama’s former Secretary of Defense and Director of the CIA, Leon Panetta, has blamed the president for the chaos unfolding in Iraq. Time previewed Panetta’s upcoming memoir, Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace. In the book, Panetta said he and others in the Obama administration pushed for a residual force of U.S. troops to remain in Iraq but their efforts were stymied by White House.
  • CDC Spokesman Admits Screening Inadequate, Wont Ban Flights From Liberia

    10/02/2014 5:30:13 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 39 replies
    breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV ^ | 10-2-2014 | Ian Hanchett
    CDC Spokesman Dave Daigle stated that the US would not be preventing flights from countries with massive outbreaks of the Ebola virus from coming in to the United States, despite seemingly admitting that the case of Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan showed that airport screening cannot catch every case of Ebola on CNN’s “OutFront” on Wednesday. ******* He also stated that he was unaware of a report from The New York Times that Duncan had come into contact with a pregnant woman who later fell ill and died, and also did not know Duncan’s flight history.
  • NAZIS HACK VAINLY AT HOLLAND SALIENT; REPORT MAJOR U.S. DRIVE ALONG MOSELLE (10/2/44)

    10/02/2014 4:16:24 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 9 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 10/2/44 | E.C. Daniel, Drew Middleton, Gene Currivan, Arnaldo Cortesi, Hanson W. Baldwin
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  • BREAKING>>> Dallas Ebola Patient VOMITED WILDLY Outside Apartment On Way to Hospital

    10/02/2014 4:09:20 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 46 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 10-1-2014 | Jim Hoft
    The first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. was identified Wednesday as Thomas Eric Duncan.Thomas Eric Duncan, identified by a former employer and seen in this undated Facebook photo, is the first Ebola patient to be diagnosed in the United States.Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital sent Duncan home on September 26 despite telling a nurese he had traveled to the United States from Ebola-ravaged West Africa. (ABC)Thomas Duncan was vomiting wildly outside of this apartment on the way to the hospital.Yahoo reported: Two days after he was sent home from a Dallas hospital, the man who is the...
  • Rock the Vote Wants Young Voters to ‘Care Like Crazy’ About the Midterms

    10/02/2014 3:07:22 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies
    time.com ^ | Oct 2, 2014 | Maya Rhodan
    Rock the Vote launched a $250,000 ad buy Thursday in five states where tight battles for statewide and national offices are playing out, including North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin. The ad grab is part of the organization’s efforts to get young voters to the polls this election season—part of its trademark mission to make doing one’s civic duty look cool. The organization has also been working to register over 1 million millennials to vote–often soliciting the help of celebrities including Miley Cyrus. Though the ads are running in states with tight races, non-partisan organization says its less interested...
  • Howard Dean: Worries Over Obama Skipping His Intel Briefings Is More or Less Birtherism

    10/02/2014 2:50:21 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/1/2014 | Bryan Preston
    As the Islamic State rose to become the terrorist mass that it is today, President Barack Obama ignored warnings and reportedly skipped about half of his presidential daily briefings. He downplayed the threat, calling ISIS “jayvee.”Those briefings that the president reportedly skipped included “specific” intelligence about ISIS and its capabilities even before the 2012 election. <-- PJM_300_by_250_middle --> At that time, Obama was publicly campaigning on having “decimated” “core al Qaeda” and sent it “on the run.”So was Obama reading his briefings or not? It’s an important question that aims directly at how the president is performing his duties. Obama...
  • Report: 13,500 US Visas Held by People from Ebola-Stricken Countries

    10/02/2014 2:40:20 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Big Peace ^ | 10/2/2014 | Jordan Schachtel
    Somewhere around 13,500 citizens from the West African nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea currently hold visas to enter the United States as they wish, according to official government statistics.But the stats don’t account for how many people are already currently in the United States, Neil Munro of the Daily Caller reports.Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies commented on the government statistics. She said: “It would be reasonable [for the president] to designate Ebola as a communicable disease of public health significant. That would enable the State Department to impose tighter restrictions on visitors” from Ebola-stricken countries.
  • Mysterious outbreak of hemorrhagic fever syndrome in Venezuela kills ten

    10/02/2014 2:23:50 AM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    Marco Press ^ | 10/2/2014
    It is unclear whether the cause of the syndrome is viral or bacterial – a distinction with implications for treatment – although autopsies have indicated that those who died were suffering from other complications, such as Chikungunya.Venezuelan hemorrhagic fever (VHF) is endemic in the two states of Portuguesa and Barinas, but transmission from person-to-person is uncommon.While samples have been sent to the Venezuelan National Institute of Health, the results have not yet been released publically and there is no suggestion from health officials that VHF is behind this particular outbreak.One doctor, who wishes to remain anonymous, attended a meeting last...
  • US Ebola fears grow

    10/02/2014 2:13:23 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 1, 2014 | Elise Viebeck
    Fears are rising about the spread of Ebola in Texas after health officials revealed an infected patient had come into contact with nearly 20 people over the weekend. Health officials said they are working to track down every person who came in contact with the patient, who has been identified in multiple media reports as Thomas Eric Duncan of Liberia. He remains in serious condition at a Dallas hospital. Duncan could have passed the virus to as many as 18 people between Wednesday, when he began to show symptoms of Ebola, and Sunday, when he entered medical isolation at Dallas...
  • White House: We Won’t Stop People From Ebola-Stricken Countries Coming To US

    10/02/2014 2:06:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 62 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/1/2014 | Neil Munro
    White House spokesman Josh Earnest rebuffed questions Oct. 1 about a possible federal ban on travel from Ebola-stricken countries, and said the president will rely instead on government medical professionals to contain imported epidemics.“These are the experts, they have a keen understanding of how to prevent the spread of this disease,” he said, adding “we can stop the spread of Ebola in its tracks.”“What are the conditions under which the President would order or want to see travel restrictions?” asked one reporter.“We are confident that the sophisticated medical infrastructure that exists here in the United States can prevent the wide...
  • Australian Parliament restricts veiled visitors

    10/02/2014 1:54:04 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    AP ^ | 10/2/2014 | ROD McGUIRK
    Visitors who wear face veils to Australia's Parliament House have been restricted to sound-proof enclosed galleries usually reserved for noisy school groups under a new counterterrorism security measure announced on Thursday. Some senators accused the Parliament of sending a message that Muslim women can be treated as second-class citizens. The government department that runs Parliament House said in a statement that "persons with facial coverings" would no longer be allowed in the open public galleries of the House of Representatives or the Senate. They would be directed to the higher galleries where they could sit behind sound-proof glass. From there,...
  • CDC: Enterovirus D68 found in four patients who have died

    10/02/2014 1:43:14 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    WITI ^ | 10/2/2014
    Samples collected from four patients who recently died have tested positive for enterovirus D68, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is unclear what role the virus played in their deaths. (snip) This year, enterovirus D68 has been sending more children than usual to the hospital with severe respiratory illnesses. It seems to be most affecting children with a history of asthma or breathing problems. As of Wednesday, the CDC had confirmed 472 cases in 41 states. The virus may also be linked to a small number of cases of a mysterious neurologic illness seen in...
  • Texas appeals court upholds [Tom] DeLay reversal [decade-long battle]

    10/01/2014 10:46:12 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | October 1, 2014 | MICHAEL GRACZYK,
    HOUSTON (AP) — The highest criminal court in Texas refused Wednesday to reinstate two money-laundering convictions against former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, ending a nearly decade-long criminal case against the one-time GOP heavyweight. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals upheld a ruling last year from the 3rd Court of Appeals that tossed the Republican's 2010 convictions for money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Travis County prosecutors had argued in June before the Austin-based Court of Criminal Appeals that the convictions be reinstated in what they called a scheme to influence Texas state elections. "We agree with...
  • Dunkin' Donuts CEO: Amnesty for Illegals Will 'Stimulate the Economy'

    10/01/2014 8:54:27 PM PDT · by walford · 57 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 30 Sep 2014 | Tony Lee
    On Monday, Dunkin' Brands CEO Nigel Travis said all of the country's illegal immigrants should be legalized. In an interview on Fox Business, Travis said that comprehensive amnesty legislation "would bring about 11 million more people into the economy." He claimed it "would be a stimulus" because "there's a lot of people who want to work but can't work legally."
  • California winery put out of business for using volunteers

    09/18/2014 6:57:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/18/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The State of California continues its war on productive activity, fining a small family-owned winery that earns $11,000 a year a whopping $115,000 for the crime of inviting volunteers to learn about wine while helping out with the harvest and the crush. That is enough to drive it out of business, and the winery is starting to lauch a going out of business sale in response.Rebecca Parr reports in the San Jose Mercury-News: A small-time vintner's use of volunteer workers has put him out of business after the state squeezed him like a late-summer grape for $115,000 in fines --...
  • Special Report: Islamic State uses grain to tighten grip in Iraq

    10/01/2014 7:29:01 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/1/2014 | Maggie Fick
    For Salah Paulis, it came down to a choice between his faith and his crop. A wheat farmer from outside Mosul, Paulis and his family fled the militant group Islamic State early last month. The group overran the family farm as part of its offensive that captured vast swathes of territory in northern Iraq. Two weeks later, Paulis, who is a Christian, received a phone call from a man who said he was an Islamic State fighter. “We are in your warehouse. Why are you not here working and taking care of your business?” the man asked in formal Arabic....
  • Pro-ISIS sympathies simmer in Jordanian city (Ma'an)

    10/01/2014 6:52:12 PM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/30/2014 | Samira Said, Jomana Karadsheh and Laura Smith-Spark
    The quiet, sandy streets of the southern Jordanian city of Ma'an belie the pro-jihadi sentiments simmering just under the surface. Black graffiti showing the ISIS flag defaces walls and shopfronts on the main road, the backstreets where children walk to school, and roundabouts where cars packed with families speed past. One hundred and fifty miles south of the capital, Amman, Ma'an has always been known as a rebellious city in Jordan. For decades it has been at the center of repeated episodes of violent riots and confrontations with the security forces.
  • Former Imam Of Oklahoma Beheader’s Mosque Apologizes To ISIS Day After Beheading

    10/01/2014 6:42:29 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 10/1/2014 | Robert Spencer
    The vaunted “moderate” Webb, a darling of the Boston media, has dismissed secularism as a “radical lunatic ideology,” which means the dismissal of the idea that the government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed, and the embracing of the idea that the law of Allah constitutes the only legitimate constitution and government. He has also appeared at events hosted by Hamas-linked CAIR, a group that Webb openly lauds.“Former Imam Of Oklahoma Beheader’s Mosque Apologizes To ISIS Day After Beheading,” by Patrick Howley, Daily Caller, September 29, 2014: The former imam of the Oklahoma City mosque attended...
  • Islamic State advances near Kobane

    10/01/2014 6:37:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | 10/1/2014 | Caleb Weiss
    The Islamic State continues its advance towards the Kurdish of city Kobane in northern Syria. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that the Islamic State has gained control of "325 villages and towns" in the vicinity of Ayn al Arab (the Arabic name for Kobane). As the group moves closer to Kobane, more Kurdish citizens are fleeing for the Turkish border. Around 150,000 Kurdish refugees are reported to have fled to Turkey since this assault began two weeks ago. Refugees spoken to by NBC talk of food being scarce, electricity being cut, and little outside support for Syrian...
  • ISIS Renting Villas in Istanbul

    10/01/2014 6:32:12 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Aydinlink ^ | 9/28/2014
    Security officials have claimed that Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants rent luxurious villas in major cities of Turkey. A number of anonymous security officials have told Aydınlık Newspaper that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) is able to operate easily in major Turkish cities due to the ruling AKP government’s tolerance towards the organization. “ISIS militants are so relaxed that they do not even cut their beards, change their clothes to hide their identities [in cities]. Of course, there are some who do. But organisers do not think that they need to hide themselves....
  • New NATO chief vows to defend Turkey

    10/01/2014 6:28:17 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Euronews ^ | 10/1/2014
    NATO will defend Turkey if the country is ever attacked, the alliance’s new chief Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday, amid increased instability on its borders. The former Norwegian PM will visit Turkey next week as Ankara mulls using force to repel ISIL militants in Iraq and Syria. Turkish lawmakers are expected to debate authorising military action on Thursday. “Our responsibility, the basic responsibility, is to stand up and be very clear that we are going to protect Turkey. That collective defence, Article 5, is something which is also going to be applied if Turkey is in any way attacked,” said...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Remembering Our Troops!! ~ 02 October 2014

    10/01/2014 5:59:41 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 62 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    ~ The FReeper Canteen Presents ~ ~ Remembering Our Troops!! ~ NIGHT STALLION A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter prepares to take off from the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer in the Pacific Ocean, Sept. 6, 2013. The Boxer is deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts as part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kenan O’Connor 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...
  • Scalia defends keeping God, religion in public square

    10/01/2014 5:29:56 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 10/1/2014 | Valerie Richardson
    Supreme CourtJustice Antonin Scalia said Wednesday that secularists are wrong when they argue the Constitution requires religious references to be banished from the public square. Justice Scalia, part of the court’s conservative wing, was preaching to the choir when he told the audience at Colorado Christian University that a battle is underway over whether to allow religion in public life, from referencing God in the Pledge of Allegiance to holding prayers before city hall meetings. “I think the main fight is to dissuade Americans from what the secularists are trying to persuade them to be true: that the separation of...
  • Al Qaeda Calls For Truce With Islamic State So Jihadists Can Unite Against America

    10/01/2014 5:25:07 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/1/2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    At the Long War Journal, Tom Joscelyn and Oren Adaki report that a high-ranking member of al Qaeda’s Arabian Peninsula franchise has called on rival jihadist factions in Iraq and Syria to unite for the greater good of confronting the United States and the West. The AQAP leader, Sheikh Nasser bin Ali al Ansi, also calls for Sunni jihadist unity against the Shiite Islamic Republic of Iran and its proxies – meaning Syria and Hezbollah, among others. Tom and Oren relate that, in a just-released video, al Ansi states: What the Islamic ummah [worldwide community of Muslims] is witnessing today...
  • Dallas Health Officials: There May Be a Second Ebola Patient

    10/01/2014 3:36:08 PM PDT · by familyop · 20 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 01OCT14 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    A possible second Ebola patient is being monitored closely in Dallas after close contact with a man who is now hospitalized after being diagnosed with the deadly viral disease, Dallas County Health and Human Services Director Zachary Thompson told a local television station Wednesday. "Let me be real frank to the Dallas County residents, the fact that we have one confirmed case, there may be another case that is a close associate with this particular patient," Thompson told Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA. "So this is real. There should be a concern, but it's contained to the specific family members and...
  • Ukraine Rebels Closing In on Donetsk Airport

    10/01/2014 2:44:25 PM PDT · by Paul R. · 4 replies
    Military.com ^ | Oct 01, 2014 | Darko Vojinovic
    DONETSK, Ukraine — Rebels in eastern Ukraine appeared Wednesday to be successfully closing in on the government-held airport in Donetsk, the seizure of which would be a strategic victory for the pro-Russian separatists. At least 10 people were killed as residential areas near the airport were caught in the crossfire, further undermining a shaky truce that was imposed last month and has been riddled by violations since.
  • White House: No Ebola travel restrictions

    10/01/2014 2:12:34 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 94 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 1, 2014 | Elise Viebeck
    The White House said Wednesday it will not impose travel restrictions or introduce new airport screenings to prevent additional cases of Ebola from entering the United States. Spokesman Josh Earnest said that current anti-Ebola measures, which include screenings in West African airports and observation of passengers in the United States, will be sufficient to prevent the “wide spread” of the virus. The chances of a U.S. epidemic are “incredibly low,” he said. “The reason for that is that it is not possible to transmit Ebola through the air. ... The only way that an individual can contract Ebola is by...
  • Russia preparing legal action over French Mistral halt

    10/01/2014 2:05:48 PM PDT · by mac_truck · 5 replies
    Janes DEfense Weekly ^ | 9/30/2014 | Nikolai Novichkov
    Russia is preparing legal action against France over the country's halt in the delivery of the Mistral-class landing helicopter dock (LHD) Vladivostok , Russian sources have told IHS Jane's . "We hope that despite the repeated statements of the French party concerning the possible refusal to hand over in late October through early November Vladivostok , the first of the ordered ships, it will eventually be delivered to Kronstadt where it will get a superstructure and onboard weapons. Anyway, the Rosoboronexport lawyers have received orders to start preparing all possible claims against DCNS as a contractor," a source involved in...
  • Ninth Hagia Sophia Church converted into a mosque in Turkey

    10/01/2014 1:56:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 10/1/2014 | Robert Spencer
    The crowning of this Islamization endeavor will be the conversion of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, made a museum in the early years of Kemalist secularism, into a mosque. Rapid Re-Islamization of Turkey Update: “Ninth Hagia Sophia Church converted into a mosque in Turkey,” Pravoslavie, September 25, 2014 (thanks to Filip): The Hagia Sophia Church in Eregli (the Greek form is Heraclea) has become the ninth Hagia Sophia Church converted into a mosque by Turks over recent years.The Orthodox Church was given a new name by the Turkish authorities – the Orhan Mosque, in honor of the Turkish Sultan Orhan...
  • Isis Threat to Crucify Lebanon's Christians as Islamic State Prepare to Cross Syria Border

    10/01/2014 1:42:43 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 9/30/2014 | Jack Moore
    Christians in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley have begun arming themselves in preparation for an Isis (now known as the Islamic State) offensive as it seeks to expand its territorial control outside of Syria. Up to 3,000 militants from the Islamic State and other jihadists occupy the mountain range between Lebanon and Syria near the Sunni town of Arsal. As IS seek to grab land outside of the mountain caves and farms they currently control, Christian volunteers have now created village defence forces to protect against the Sunni militants who have taken up to 21 Lebanese soldiers and policemen hostage. "We are...
  • Firefighter's Facebook post about Islam sparks HFD investigation

    10/01/2014 1:40:54 PM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    KTRK ^ | 9/29/2014 | Sonia Azad
    An HFD employee is under investigation and on administrative duty because of something he posted on his personal Facebook page. The post is set to a backdrop of an American flag and reads, "Proud Infidel. F*** Islam and F*** Muslims." It was posted to his timeline earlier this month, and at one point, it was even his profile picture. When we brought it to the attention of the Houston Fire Department, Chief Terry Garrison responded with a statement, "As soon as I was made aware of the situation, I adopted a complaint on the matter, launching an internal investigation." "Your...
  • U.S. sends 'Ironhorse' tanks to NATO's nervous Baltic front line

    10/01/2014 12:53:10 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 44 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 1, 2014 | Peter Apps and Aija Krutaine
    U.S. troops and tanks will deploy across the three Baltic states and Poland in the next two weeks on a mission designed to deliver an unmistakeable message of NATO resolve to Moscow. The "Ironhorse" armored cavalry unit, with around 700 soldiers, some 20 M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks with Bradley and Stryker armored fighting vehicles, is one of the most formidable U.S. military forces to be sent onto former Soviet soil. Several of the bases and training areas it will operate from were built for the old Soviet Red Army. The aim is to convince Moscow that - unlike in...
  • CBS World News Today – October 1, 1944

    10/01/2014 12:04:30 PM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 4 replies
    archive.org ^ | 10/1/44
    Douglas Edwards CBS World News Today
  • Thompson: Associate of Dallas Ebola patient under close monitoring ( second case )

    10/01/2014 8:28:24 AM PDT · by george76 · 103 replies
    WFAA ^ | October 1, 2014 | Marjorie Owens
    DALLAS — Due to close contact with a patient diagnosed with the Ebola virus, a second person is under the close monitoring of health officials as a possible second patient, said the director of Dallas County's health department Wednesday morning in an interview with WFAA. Zachary Thompson, the director of Dallas County Health and Human Services, says all those who've been in close contact with the diagnosed patient are being monitored as a precaution. However, Thompson pointed to one person in particular as a potential second case. "Let me be real frank to the Dallas County residents, the fact that...
  • Official: 5 Kids Had Contact With Ebola Patient

    10/01/2014 11:19:45 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 17 replies
    AP ^ | 10-1-2014 | AP
    Authorities say five students who had contact with a man diagnosed with Ebola in Dallas are being monitored but are showing no symptoms of the disease.
  • MSNBC Panel Jokes About Beheadings

    10/01/2014 11:40:25 AM PDT · by walford · 42 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | October 1, 2014 | Mark Tapson
    In a segment that was tone-deaf, tasteless, disrespectful to the victims and their families, and inappropriate to the gravity of the situation, MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry briefly discussed Muslim-related topics including the recent Moore, Oklahoma beheading with a pair of Muslim panelists on Saturday. As you might expect, their chief concern was not the implications of the crime itself, but the specter of anti-Muslim bigotry. “I would be remiss not to bring up the story out of Oklahoma,” Harris-Perry began, inadvertently revealing her reluctance to address a news item that might make Muslims look bad. “It is a story I...
  • America's Big Military Mistake: Cutting Land Forces Too Quickly

    10/01/2014 11:37:37 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 15 replies
    The National Interest ^ | October 1, 2014 | Michael O'Hanlon
    In recent years, ground warfare has again gotten a bad name in the United States. This is understandable. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been very costly in lives, treasure, and enduring injury ...to American troopers and their families. The outcomes have been mediocre... ... A recent Chief of Naval Operations wrote a paper last year calling for an active-duty Army only half the size of its recent wartime peak. Ongoing budget pressures, with the pending return of sequestration in 2016, have many defense planners wondering if the Army can in effect become the bill payer for the modernization...
  • Russia and Iran Lock NATO Out of Caspian Sea

    10/01/2014 11:03:10 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 19 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | Oct 1 2014 | Jacopo Dettoni
    A summit earlier this week achieves consensus on the inadmissibility of a foreign military presence in the sea. Iran and Russia have built unanimous consensus among the Caspian states, which also feature Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, over the inadmissibility of a foreign military presence in the Caspian Sea, ruling out any future possible deployment of NATO forces in the basin. A political declaration signed by the presidents of the five Caspian states at the IV Caspian Summit held in Astrakhan, Russia, on September 29, “sets out a fundamental principle for guaranteeing stability and security, namely, that only the Caspian littoral...
  • Harry Reid's Desperate Measures

    10/01/2014 10:55:38 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 11 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | September 30, 2014 | Fred Barnes
    In Kansas, Democrats persuaded their Senate candidate, Chad Taylor, to drop out of the race against incumbent Republican Pat Roberts. Mr. Taylor was running third in polls behind Mr. Roberts and independent Greg Orman. Soon after Mr. Taylor's early-September withdrawal, Democratic lawyers went to court to keep his name off the ballot. In Montana, after Democratic Sen. Max Baucus announced that he would not seek re-election in 2014, Democrats feared that an open seat would be an easy win for Republican Steve Daines. So Mr. Baucus resigned and went to China as U.S. ambassador. Lt. Gov. John Walsh was appointed...
  • Rep. Michele Bachmann Says, ‘This Is Spiritual Warfare’ That ‘IS About Islam’

    10/01/2014 10:23:24 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 10-1-2014 | Ben Barrack
    While speaking at the Value Voters Summit this past weekend, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) declared that the “spiritual warfare” the west is engaged in “IS about Islam”. Once again, Bachmann demonstrates that she is far ahead of the political curve on an issue that will dominate the world just as Nazism did in the early 1940s. Any warts notwithstanding, the west is in need of a leader on par with Winston Churchill during World War II. In order for that to happen, however, it may require that said individual be banished to the political wilderness like Churchill was in the...
  • Bonkers: Amazon Includes Racism Warning For Tom & Jerry Cartoons

    10/01/2014 10:16:30 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 48 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 10/01/2014 | Matthew Balan
    Fans of the zany Tom and Jerry cartoons from the golden age of animation might be in for a shock, as the classic shorts now carry a politically-correct warning on Amazon's streaming video service. On Tuesday, BBC correspondent Sean Coughlan reported that on Amazon Prime, the "Tom and Jerry: The Complete Second Volume is accompanied by the caution: 'Tom and Jerry shorts may depict some ethnic and racial prejudices that were once commonplace in American society. Such depictions were wrong then and are wrong today.'" Coughlan spotlighted the criticism of University of Kent professor of sociology Frank Furendi, who blasted...
  • Qatar Awareness Campaign: Aljazeera's The Stream

    10/01/2014 9:12:48 AM PDT · by RightSideNews · 1 replies
    Right Side News ^ | Sept 30, 2014 | Qatar Awareness
    Ms. Malika Bilal and Ms. Femi Oke Al Jazeera English PO Box 23127 Doha – Qatar Dear Ms. Bilal and Ms. Femi Oke: This letter is being sent to you on behalf of the Qatar Awareness Campaign Coalition. The purpose is to inform you and the public of the activities of Qatar, the country which owns Al Jazeera, the network on which you are co-hosts of the program, The Stream. We urge to you read the information below, which includes evidence that Qatar is arguably the preeminent sponsor of terror in the world today. It is a benefactor of the...
  • DA: Suspect’s dad tried to hide evidence in Snapchat sex attack

    10/01/2014 8:11:55 AM PDT · by outpostinmass2 · 8 replies
    The father of one of the three suspects in the vicious Saugus Snapchat sexual assault is accused of trying to cover up his son’s involvement by hiding the phone used to send videos of the attack and turning over his own phone to police instead, prosecutors say. Matthew Cyckowski, 37, of Saugus, was overheard by a DCF worker during a phone conversation outside of his son’s arraignment saying, “They’re never going to find his phone, I got rid of it, I gave them my phone,” Essex County ADA Kate MacDougall said. An Essex County grand jury has indicted Cyckowski’s son,...
  • France's Socialists detail hefty spending cuts

    10/01/2014 7:04:38 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    AP ^ | 10-1-2014
    France's Socialist government has detailed a 21 billion-euro ($26.5 billion) cost-cutting plan, the deepest-ever spending cuts in the country's modern history. Presenting the 2015 budget Wednesday, Finance Minister Michel Sapin said, "These spending cuts are crucial to our credibility in the eyes of the French and Europeans, they'll be fully applied." A significant part of the savings is to be made on France's generous welfare system. The government plans to cut 3.2 billion euros from health spending, and to cut family benefits by 700 million euros.
  • St. Patrick Hospital 1 of 4 sites in U.S. ready for Ebola patients ( Montana )

    09/30/2014 12:11:32 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Missoulian ^ | Sep 30, 2014 | Rob Chaney
    There are four places in the United States set up to handle a patient sickened by the Ebola virus, and Missoula is one of those. .... And any hospital equipped to care for a tuberculosis patient can care for an Ebola patient, according to Dr. George Risi, an infectious disease specialist who recently returned from spending 20 days in a Sierra Leone Ebola ward. Accompanied by St. Patrick’s intensive care nursing director Kate Hurley, Risi helped local clinic staff care for up to 95 patients at a time. While untreated Ebola kills more than 70 percent of its victims, more...
  • ISIS Surrounds Tomb of Suleymen Shah

    10/01/2014 6:39:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Aydinlink Daily ^ | 9-30-2014
    The fundamentalist terror organization the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS, has reportedly surrounded the Turkish territory in Syria the Tomb of Suleyman Shah. ISIS State has surrounded the Tomb of Suleyman Shah in Syria, the sole piece of Turkish soil outside its borders. 36 Turkish soldiers are reportedly located at the tomb where they defend the territory. According to Çetiner Çetin of the daily Turkish newspaper Yeni Şafak, leaders of Arab tribes have confirmed that 1100 ISIS militants are deployed around the tomb as of late Monday night.  Local sources claimed that militants have been pouring...
  • Ebola case stokes concerns for Liberians in Texas

    10/01/2014 6:10:15 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | October 1, 2014 | DAVID WARREN and LAURAN NEERGARD
    DALLAS (AP) — The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. has been confirmed in a man who recently traveled from Liberia to Dallas, sending chills through the area's West African community whose leaders urged caution to prevent spreading the virus. The unidentified man was critically ill and has been in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital since Sunday, federal health officials said Tuesday. They would not reveal his nationality or age. Authorities have begun tracking down family, friends and anyone else who may have come in close contact with him and could be at risk. Officials said there...
  • Mexico Pays To Help Its Citizens Avoid Deportation From The U.S. (NPR)

    10/01/2014 5:36:22 AM PDT · by Drango · 10 replies
    NPR ^ | Sept 30 '14 | Hansi Lo Wang
    Mexico is helping some of its citizens apply for a controversial immigration program in the U.S. called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. Mexican consulates, like this one in Houston, are helping some unauthorized immigrants from Mexico pay application fees for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. i Since the Obama administration created the program in 2012, more than 580,000 unauthorized immigrants brought to the U.S. as minors have received temporary relief from deportation and been given work permits that last for at least two years. But 45 percent of those who are eligible for DACA have not...
  • 7TH ARMY 9 MILES FROM BELFORT AS IT DRIVES INTO VOSGES PASSES (10/1/44)

    10/01/2014 4:17:04 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 17 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 10/1/44 | E.C. Daniel, Gene Currivan, W.H. Lawrence, Will Lissner, Charles Hurd, Hanson W. Baldwin
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