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  • Running for Daylight (Obama, Not Brady)

    01/25/2015 12:45:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 24, 2015 | Maureen Dowd
    THE talk up in Boston is all about deflation while the talk down here is all about inflation. Our sleek, techie president, whose battery dies faster than an iPhone’s, was fully charged Tuesday night for the State of the Union. He was so puffed up, with such a bristling sense of self, that it was hard to believe this was the same guy who spent the last year clenched like a fist, beset by ISIS, beheadings and Ebola, shunned by his own party and slammed by the other party in the fall election. The murmur went up from grateful Democrats...
  • 'There appear to be no rules anymore.' What Boehner's invitation to Netanyahu says about DC mess.

    01/25/2015 12:26:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 25, 2015 | David Rogers
    Soon after becoming House Speaker in 2011, Republican John Boehner started running the traps on inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to a joint meeting of Congress. But when Barry Jackson, then Boehner’s chief-of-staff, checked with President Barack Obama’s top advisers, Jackson said he was left waiting a month only to get no response. Ultimately the Netanyahu speech went ahead in May but soon after Jackson faced the opposite problem: the White House had promised South Korea’s leadership an appearance before Congress, he said, without checking first with the speaker. None of these slights justify what seems like...
  • Boko Haram attacks northeastern Nigerian city, dozens killed

    01/25/2015 12:14:15 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 25, 2015 | HARUNA UMAR
    In fierce fighting Sunday that killed more than 200 combatants, Nigerian troops clashed with Islamic extremists who attacked Maiduguri, the biggest city in northeastern Nigeria, from three fronts. At the same time the insurgents continued scorched-earth attacks on villages some 200 kilometers (125 miles) to the south in Adamawa state, slitting throats of residents, looting and burning homes and abducting dozens of trapped women and children, according to Vandu Kainu and other escaping survivors. Adamawa state legislator Adamu Kamale appealed for troops to protect civilians in Michika, where six villages are under attack. “The attacks have continued since Friday with...
  • Greece election: Exit polls signal big Syriza win

    01/25/2015 11:32:03 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 27 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 25 January 2015 | bbc
    Exit polls suggest a historic victory for the anti-austerity Syriza party in Greece's general election. The polls indicate that Syriza took between 36% and 38% of the total vote, with the ruling New Democracy party a distant second with 26%-28%. It is unclear whether Syriza has enough votes to govern the country alone.
  • UKRAINE: Abuse of Ukrainian prisoners in the village of "Red Partisan" [VIDEO OVER 18]

    01/25/2015 11:23:37 AM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 4 replies
    These are Ukrainian miltary prisoners killed by Russian-backed separatists. http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=af4_1422187797
  • Official PA daily: Israel was behind terror attacks in France

    01/25/2015 11:05:26 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 13 replies
    Palestkinian Media Watch ^ | Jan. 25, 2015 | Nan Jacques Zilberdik
    Official PA daily: Israel was behind the terror attacks in France because Israel "was the only one to benefit from them" Israeli Intelligence Service Mossad planned the attacks because Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu wanted - to encourage Jewish immigration from Europe - to take "revenge on European governments... because of their positions on the Palestinian cause" Poll: 84.4% of Palestinians think "Israel behind the murder of French [citizens]"   Nan Jacques Zilberdik    Following the terror attacks against the Charlie Hebdo magazine and a Jewish store in which Muslim terrorists killed 17 people in France earlier this month, columnists writing...
  • Sunni vs. Shia: The religious rivalry behind the Middle East turmoil

    01/25/2015 10:52:12 AM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    Yahoo Global News .. Daily Brew ^ | 24 Jan, 2015 | Steve Mertl
    the split began during a power struggle of who would lead Islam after the death of the Prophet Mohammed in 632 AD. A conflict developed between those who wanted the growing religion headed by qualified leaders and those who believed authority belonged to the direct heirs of Mohammed. The Prophet’s son-in-law, Ali, ruled as caliph for five years before being assassinated. His sons, Hassan and Hussein, were excluded from the succession and both were later killed. Their adherents evolved into the Shia, whose name derives from the term shi’atu Ali, Arabic for “partisans of Ali,”... Shia devotees would see the...
  • Out Of My Face Please" - Why Are US Soldiers In Mariupol?

    01/25/2015 10:32:57 AM PST · by Former Proud Canadian · 31 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | Jan 25, 2015 | Tyler Durden
    Amid the devastation of yesterday's Mariupol artillery strikes which killed or wounded dozens, which was promptly blamed by both sides on the "adversary" - and has been proclaimed by both 'sides' (more on that later) as more violent than before the truce - an 'odd' clip has emerged that appears to provide all the 'proof' a US intelligence officer would need to surmise that US military boots are on the ground in Ukraine. As the following clip shows, a Ukrainian journalist approaches what she thinks is a Ukrainian soldier (since he is wearing a Ukrainian military uniform and is carrying...
  • Clarice Feldman: Obama's Glozell Diplomacy

    01/25/2015 10:27:05 AM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 25, 2015 | Clarice Feldman
    This week the bizarre priorities and policies of the President presented themselves in relief so stark even the members of those upscale synagogues headed by J Street rabbis -- the guys who say “never again” and then support the very Administration that is making “again” more likely -- must be starting to catch on. In a speech full of platitudes and signifying nothing much at all besides his 1960’s style fantasies of history and human behavior, Obama made his Middle East peroration in Cairo in June 2009. Just as he preposterously promised us that upon his election the oceans would...
  • Greek exit polls suggest Syriza win

    01/25/2015 9:54:02 AM PST · by Nextrush · 76 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1/25/2015 | BBC
    Exit polls suggest a historic victory for the anti-austerity Syriza party in Greece's closely fought general election. One poll suggested Syriza took 35.5% of the votes, and the other suggested it took 39.5%, well ahead of ruling New Democracy party on 23%-27%. It is unclear whether Syriza has enough votes to govern the country alone. Syriza's Alexis Tsipras has pledged to renegotiate Greece's debt arrangement with international creditors....
  • What Bibi's 'Surprise' Visit Really Means

    01/25/2015 9:34:35 AM PST · by servo1969 · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1-25-2015 | Ayal Feinberg
    The reporting on the latest Obama-Netanyahu tiff has failed to explore a decisive geopolitical likelihood: Israel has calculated that Iran absolutely will not develop nuclear weapons during the remainder of the Obama administration. For those who closely follow the relationship between Israel and the United States, specifically the tumultuous rapport between Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu and President Barack Obama, it was assumed that the “chickensh*t” fiasco this past October was the climax of the Obama administration’s frustrations with Netanyahu. This assumption was obliterated however when Netanyahu accepted an invitation this week from Speaker John Boehner to address a joint session...
  • BELARUS: In Belarus the emergence of "green men" is now considered an invasion

    BELARUS HAS OFFICIALLY PUBLISHED a new version of the law "On martial law." The document is revised after the invasion of Russia in Ukraine, will take effect from 1 February 2015, reports LB.ua. According to the document, the emergence of the country military unmarked ("little green men" in the Crimea) is now officially considered Belarus a type of attack that threatens the territorial integrity and sovereignty. In an open annexation Belarusian territory, rocket and bombing and air strikes on another country or use weapons against Belarus, the updated law is written as "send in another State of armed bands (groups)...
  • UKRAINE: Ukraine will appeal to the Hague for recognition "DNR" and "FSC" terrorist organizations

    01/25/2015 8:25:20 AM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 2 replies
    Unian ^ | 25.01.2015
    The government will proceed with an appeal to the Hague Tribunal of crimes against humanity committed by terrorists. The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine has instructed the government to begin the appeal to the Hague Tribunal of crimes against humanity committed by terrorists against Ukrainian citizens in 2014-2015, respectively, as well as the recognition of the "DNR" and "FSC" terrorist organizations. This is stated in the National Security Council published information on the site. As povidomyav UNIAN, January 25, a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine.
  • Video, Iowa Freedom Summit 2015 Scott Walker Speech

    01/25/2015 8:01:57 AM PST · by taildragger · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1/24/2015 | Rshill7
    Fr-er's...22 minute video, See it for yourself.Perhaps our Reaganite has emerged, funny many of us have seen him for sometime.IMHO it is (in alphabetical order) Cruz, Pence, or Walker. The rest of the field are Lilliputians and Re-Treads....
  • Even Fox News is outraged at Boehner and Netanyahu's plan to undermine Obama

    01/25/2015 7:54:00 AM PST · by shove_it · 126 replies
    Vox ^ | 24 Jan 2015 | Max Fisher
    Fox News is not exactly known as an ally of the Obama administration, especially when it comes to disputes between Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, or disputes between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Yet two prominent Fox News hosts, Chris Wallace and Shepherd Smith, harshly criticized Boehner and Netanyahu on Friday for secretly arranging a Netanyahu speech to Congress that is transparently aimed at undermining President Obama, and set up without the White House's knowledge. The White House, State Department, and many foreign policy observers, including prominent former US ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk, expressed outrage over...
  • Japanese leader 'speechless' over apparent beheading by Islamic State

    01/25/2015 7:44:22 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 25, 2015 | By PATRICK J. MCDONNELL
    A video distributed Saturday on the Internet showed what appears to be a Japanese hostage saying that a fellow Japanese captive had been executed and outlining a new militant demand for his release. In the video, the hostage, a man identified as Kenji Goto, a Japanese journalist, appears to be holding a photo of his countryman, Haruna Yukawa, who has been beheaded. The case has drawn a great deal of attention in Japan and spawned a crisis for the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who had vowed to do what he could to save the two men. Abe said...
  • Top State Dept Official: ‘Nothing religious’ About Islamic State Execution

    01/25/2015 7:43:10 AM PST · by lbryce · 26 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 24, 2015 | Rick Stengel
    A senior State Department official on Saturday claimed that there is “nothing religious” about the Islamic State’s reported execution of a Japanese hostage. Rick Stengel, an under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, took to Twitter to condemn the killing of Japanese hostage Haruna Yukawa, who has been held for ransom by the terror group along with Japanese freelance reporter Kenji Goto. “Brutal criminal murder of Japanese citizen #Haruna Yukawa by the terrorist group #Daesh,” Stengel tweeted after IS released video of the killing. “Nothing religious about it.” Stengel’s apparent refusal to acknowledge that IS’s radical Islamic...
  • Iowa Freedom Summit, John Bolton

    01/25/2015 7:30:08 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 1 replies
    CSPAN ^ | 1/24/2015 | C-SPAN
    Former Ambassador John Bolton spoke at the 2015 Iowa Freedom Summit held at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines, Iowa.
  • Former Mexican President Says Most Undocumented Immigrants Don't Want To Become US Citizens

    01/25/2015 7:22:13 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    International Business Times ^ | January 25, 2015 | By David Sirota
    DAVOS -- The crackdown on illegal immigration combined with intensified border security has prompted large numbers of undocumented Mexican laborers to remain in the U.S. permanently -- even as many prefer to go home -- out of fear they will never be able to return, former Mexican President Felipe Calderon told International Business Times. “Many of them are currently trapped,” Calderon told IBTimes. “There are a lot of these people [who] want to be in Mexico eight months every year, but they are unable to go there, because if they cross the border, they will never be able to cross...
  • Two undocumented citizens arrested at Freedom Summit

    01/25/2015 7:09:54 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    The DesMoines Register | January 24, 2015 | by Ben Rodgers
    LINK ONLY:  Two undocumented citizens arrested at Freedom Summit
  • White House going nuclear on Netanyahu

    01/25/2015 6:57:34 AM PST · by Dave346 · 48 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 24, 2015 | 11:07pm | Michael Goodwin
    Thou shall not cross Dear Leader. With their gutter sniping failing to stop Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned March speech before Congress, White House aides are unloading their full arsenal of bile. “He spat in our face publicly, and that’s no way to behave,” one Obama aide told an Israeli newspaper. “Netanyahu ought to remember that President Obama has a year and a half left to his presidency, and that there will be a price.” It is pointless to say petty threats do not become the Oval Office. Trying to instruct this White House on manners recalls what Mark Twain...
  • US Muslims threatened after 'American Sniper'

    01/25/2015 6:49:43 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 51 replies
    MSN ^ | 1/25/2015 | Staff
    Muslims are facing increased threats in the United States after the release of the movie "American Sniper," an American-Arab organization said in letters to director Clint Eastwood and star Bradley Cooper. In the open letters released earlier this week, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) said there has been a spike in violent threats against Muslims due to the film that portrays the story of an American sniper during the Iraq war. "A majority of the violent threats we have seen over the past few days are (a) result of how Arab and Muslims are depicted in American Sniper," the ADC...
  • US condemns new separatist attack in Ukraine's Mariupol, points finger at Russia

    01/25/2015 6:45:45 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 4 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | January 25, 2015 | FOX NEWS
    The rocket attacks on Saturday on public places in the Ukraine city of Mariupol that killed 30 people drew rebuke from Secretary of State John Kerry and other world leaders who says the strikes were executed by Russian-backed separatists. “I join my European counterparts in condemning in the strongest terms today's horrific assault by Russia-backed separatists on civilian neighborhoods,” Kerry said. He also suggests more international economic sanctions on Russian if Moscow continues to arm and finance the separatist, or anti-government forces, in Ukraine, in violation of a peace deal between the countries reached last year. “We call on Russia...
  • UKRAINE: An Open Letter to the Mother of an Officer of a Russian Tank Crew

    01/25/2015 6:32:01 AM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 8 replies
    Journalist Archives ^ | 25 jan. 2015
    Open letter to the Ukrainian mother Russian tank officer to 1779- Pass the letter to Mum and uplifting. Such was the fate of that tank battle January 22, 2015, in my country, our crew was lucky in the second before the crew of your son (he is pictured). We knocked out their tank, mechanical concussions, and your son (tank commander) and gunner were not injured. When they got out of the damaged vehicle we had to just press the button in his tank, and the three of them would remain only vospomininiya in this sinful world. We did not kill...
  • Obama to visit Saudi Arabia to offer condolences to royal family

    01/25/2015 6:25:10 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 18 replies
    GOP USA ^ | 1/24/2015 | Staff
    President Barack Obama will cut short his three-day trip to India and visit Saudi Arabia to pay respects after the death of King Abdullah, U.S. and Indian officials said Saturday. The schedule change, announced shortly before Obama left for India, means the president will skip plans to see the Taj Mahal, and instead pay a call on an influential U.S. ally in the volatile Mideast. The king, who died Friday, was aggressive in trying to check the spreading power of Saudi Arabia's chief rival, Iran. Obama visited the ailing monarch in his desert compound last March. White House spokesman Josh...
  • ‘Reformer’? Late King Abdullah may have kept four daughters captive for talking about women’s rights

    01/25/2015 6:08:12 AM PST · by canuck_conservative · 17 replies
    National Post [Canada] / WashPost ^ | Saturday, January 24, 2015 | Ishaan Tharoor
    ...Abdullah, like other Saudi royals, had numerous wives — at least seven, and perhaps as many as 30. He had at least 15 daughters. Four of them, according to news reports, live under house arrest.... Fayez claims her daughters’ supposed incarceration, which has gone on for some 13 years, was both a mark of Abdullah’s vindictive streak and intolerance of his daughters’ modern, independent upbringing. She says the four have been locked away for more than a decade, subject to abuse and deprivation. Last year, various news stations managed to reach Sahar, 42, and Jawaher, 38, who live in a...
  • ‘Rise as one’ call to Sydney rally of Muslims

    01/25/2015 6:07:01 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    THE AUSTRALIAN ^ | January 24, 2015 | by Ean Higgins
    HIZB ut-Tahrir leaders last night urged a crowd of about 500 in Sydney’s Lakemba to rise as one to defend­ the name of the prophet Mohammed, extolling them to reject the West’s concept of freedom of speech as a “smokescreen” to oppress Muslims. Organisers warmed up the audience with a series of chants including “rise, Muslims, take a stand, defend the prophet hand in hand” and “the prophet that you defame, Allah will protect his name”. One speaker, Sufyan Badar, told the crowd it had gathered not as a reflection of freedom of association, but as a “response to the...
  • Former Representative Newt Gingrich (R-GA) at the Iowa Freedom Summit

    01/25/2015 5:59:17 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 10 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | 1/24/2015 | NATHANHURST
    Former Speaker of the House Representative Newt Gingrich (R-GA) delivers remarks at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines. He focuses on national security issues and foreign relations.
  • Yemen risks disintegration as south rejects Shi'ite group's takeover

    01/25/2015 5:56:19 AM PST · by maggief · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 25, 2015 | YARA BAYOUMY
    (Reuters) - No sooner had Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi announced his resignation than his country's tenuous political fabric began to disintegrate. Provinces across a nation barely held together by a complex web of tribal and religious alliances said they would no longer take military commands from Sanaa after the Iranian-allied Shi'ite Houthi group besieged Hadi's home and palace this week. The emerging fragmentation of the Arabian Peninsula country has sparked fears of the "Somalization" of a state which is home to a revitalized al Qaeda insurgency as well as a neighbor to top oil exporter Saudi Arabia. For Washington,...
  • Sydney Muslims rally against free speech

    01/25/2015 5:56:18 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | January 25, 2015 | BY RICHARD JAMES
    Sydney - On Friday night, a group of nearly 1,000 protesters assembled in the Sydney suburb of Lakemba to oppose what organisers classed as negative coverage of the Islamic faith and to reject the notion of free speech. Local Muslim leader Sufyan Badar addressed the throng, saying the rally was in a sense an answer to the protests in the aftermath the Paris attack. Badar argued that in fact protests defending free speech had nothing to do with the notion of freedom itself. "[It's] the smokescreen with which Western politicians and media conceal the underlying issues," he said. "In reality,...
  • Feinstein tells Haaretz: PM speech 'inappropriate,' Iran sanctions 'dangerous'

    01/25/2015 5:50:31 AM PST · by Dave346 · 34 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Jan. 25, 2015 | 12:07 PM | Chemi Shalev
    Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California says that inviting Prime Minister Netanyahu to address Congress during an Israeli election period is “highly inappropriate” and that imposing new sanctions on Iran at this time is “reckless and dangerous.” Feinstein’s statement to Haaretz comes against the backdrop of the growing backlash against Netanyahu’s upcoming March 3 speech to Congress, which is already causing some Democratic lawmakers to rethink their support for the Iran sanctions bill proposed by Democratic Senator Robert Menendez from New Jersey and Republican Senator Mark Kirk from Illinois. According to journalist Laura Rozen of Al-Monitor, Menendez is trying to...
  • Far from ‘outsiders,’ Europe and Islam have long been intertwined

    01/25/2015 5:47:07 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    The Globe and Mail (UK) ^ | January 25, 2015 | by H.A. Hellyer
    In the wake of the most recent attacks in Paris, the airwaves have been full of myths about Muslim communities in Europe. However, history tells a rather different tale: Muslims are far from alien from European culture; in fact, they are central to it. The links between Europe and Islam date back to the very first generation of Muslims. We know of the famed rule of Muslim Iberia (now known as Spain and Portugal), which created a thriving multi-religious society, something that was then a novelty in Europe. Several hundred years earlier, after Muslim Spain had begun, you might have...
  • Video Appears to Show Decapitated Body of a Japanese Hostage of ISIS

    01/25/2015 5:44:07 AM PST · by 9thLife · 26 replies
    NYT ^ | JAN. 24, 2015 | By MARTIN FACKLER
    TOKYO — Japan’s prime minister expressed outrage on Sunday at an image released Saturday that appeared to show the decapitated body of one of two Japanese hostages captured by Islamic State militants, and President Obama condemned what he called a “brutal murder.”
  • Greek leftists Syriza aim for landmark election win

    01/25/2015 5:25:50 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 25, 2015 | BY ANGELIKI KOUTANTOU AND JAMES MACKENZIE
    Greeks began voting on Sunday in an election expected to bring to power the radical leftist Syriza party, which has pledged to take on international lenders and roll back painful austerity measures imposed during years of economic crisis. Barring a huge upset, victory for Syriza, which has led opinion polls for months, would produce the first euro zone government openly committed to cancelling the austerity terms of its EU and IMF-backed bailout programme. After its most severe crisis since the fall of the military junta in 1974, Greece's economy has shrunk by some 25 percent, thousands of businesses have closed,...
  • American Sniper film 'behind rise in anti-Muslim threats'

    01/25/2015 5:16:18 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 79 replies
    BBC News ^ | January 25, 2015
    The release of the film American Sniper has led to an increase in threats against Muslims in the US, according to an Arab-American civil rights group. The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) has written to director Clint Eastwood and star Bradley Cooper. Their film is based on US soldier Chris Kyle's service in Iraq from 2003-09. The ADC said a "majority of the violent threats we have seen over the past few days are result of how Arab and Muslims are depicted in American Sniper". The organisation, which describes itself as the largest Arab civil rights organisation in the US, said...
  • Bibi Defends Congress Trip: I'll Go Anywhere to Defend Israel

    01/25/2015 4:12:27 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 25 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 1/25/2015 | Cynthia Blank
    At his weekly Cabinet meeting Sunday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu focused primarily on international issues including the Iran nuclear agreement, the struggle with Islamic State, and global anti-Semitism. "In the coming weeks, the major powers are liable to reach a framework agreement with Iran, an agreement that is liable to leave Iran as a nuclear threshold state, which would endanger - first and foremost - the existence of the State of Israel," Netanyahu warned as he began the meeting. "This is the same Iran that has taken over Lebanon and Syria and is now taking over Yemen and Iraq. This...
  • After Long Legal Fight, Inquest Is Set to Begin in Death of Putin Critic

    01/25/2015 12:51:07 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 32 replies
    NYT ^ | 24 Jan 15 | Alan Cowell
    LONDON — It has consumed more than eight years of maneuvering, obstruction and a widow’s dogged legal campaign, fought often on a shoestring. But finally, on Tuesday, a public inquiry is set to begin its quest for an answer to the question that has driven the whole process: Why did Alexander V. Litvinenko have to die? On Nov. 1, 2006, Mr. Litvinenko, a former officer of the Soviet K.G.B. in self-exile in London and a vocal critic of President Vladimir V. Putin, sipped tea from a poisoned pot, took sick and died 22 days later. Only after his death did...
  • 'American Sniper' Is Almost Too Dumb to Criticize (Beyond horrible)

    01/25/2015 12:32:49 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 91 replies
    Reader Supported News ^ | January 22, 2015 | Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone
    I saw American Sniper last night, and hated it slightly less than I expected to. Like most Clint Eastwood movies – and I like Clint Eastwood movies for the most part – it's a simple, well-lit little fairy tale with the nutritional value of a fortune cookie that serves up a neatly-arranged helping of cheers and tears for target audiences, and panics at the thought of embracing more than one or two ideas at any time. It's usually silly to get upset about the self-righteous way Hollywood moviemakers routinely turn serious subjects into baby food. Film-industry people angrily reject the...
  • Global economy hopes raised after European stimulus

    01/24/2015 10:50:50 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    12 News ^ | January 25, 2015 | Pan Pylas
    DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) - The global economic outlook just got brighter after this week's big stimulus from the European Central Bank, leading policymakers from around the world said Saturday. In a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, they said a perkier Europe, coupled with a prolonged period of low oil prices, could help shore up the global economy following a period of underperformance that has prompted many forecasters to reduce their growth forecasts. "Lower oil prices and the big decision by ECB could further improve world economic outlook," said Haruhiko Kuroda, governor of the Bank of Japan.
  • Is this Alexander Litvinenko's beyond the grave attack on Putin?

    01/24/2015 7:24:02 PM PST · by No One Special · 10 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | January 23, 2015 | Lyndsey Telford, Edward Malnick and Claire Newell
    A tape apparently recorded by murdered Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko a year before he was poisoned has revealed he was digging up links between Vladimir Putin and one of the world’s most dangerous terrorists. A Telegraph investigation uncovered the audio recording, in which the dissident claims from beyond the grave that Russia’s president had a “good relationship” with Semion Mogilevich - a Ukrainian crime boss who was on the FBI's most wanted list and whom Mr Litvinenko believed was selling weapons to al-Qaeda. The apparent recording of Mr Litvinenko is published for the first time ahead of a public inquiry...
  • Border Patrol Agents Say GOP’s Border Security Bill Is Weak ‘Window Dressing’

    01/24/2015 6:24:12 PM PST · by Steelfish · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 24, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    Border Patrol Agents Say GOP’s Border Security Bill Is Weak ‘Window Dressing’ By Stephen Dinan January 24, 2015 Border Patrol agents’ labor union announced their opposition Friday to the House GOP’s new border security bill, calling it “window dressing” that doesn’t add any new agents or updated their firepower to get the job done in sealing off the U.S.-Mexico border. The agents’ opposition could be a major problem for House GOP leaders who have scheduled a vote on their bill for Wednesday, but who are facing a revolt among some conservative lawmakers who say the bill needs to go much...
  • UKRAINE Donetsk : Russian terror against civilians

    01/24/2015 6:07:08 PM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 5 replies
    informnapalm.org ^ | Jan 22, 2015
    Subtitles in English https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ht-8-hqVcP4&feature=youtu.be
  • European Socialists, Radical Muslims United by ‘Mutual Hatred for Judeo-Christian Culture’

    01/24/2015 5:57:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 23, 2015 - 10:17 AM | Barbara Hollingsworth
    European socialists are united with radical Muslims by a “mutual hatred for Judeo-Christian culture,” which is why they continue to defend failed multicultural policies that are promoting the Islamification of Europe, says Soeren Kern, a senior fellow at the New York-based Gatestone Institute. “It’s called the Red-Green Alliance, red being the socialists and the green being Islam. There’s sort of a mutual interest on both sides to deconstruct the Judeo-Christian culture in Europe,” he explained. “What the socialists don’t realize is that the Muslims hate them even more than they hate the Judeo-Christians, and so once it works out to...
  • Obama, the Shiite, Goes to Riyadh

    01/24/2015 5:54:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    PJ Media ^ | January 24, 2015 | Roger L. Simon
    Remember how Richard Nixon told us to watch what he does, not what he says? Good advice. Well, Barack Obama — our POTUS who makes Nixon and Clinton seem like Diogenes — thinks like a postmodern agnostic, professes to be a Christian, but acts like a Shiite. During Obama’s presidency the influence of Ayatollah Khamenei’s Iranian Shiite regime has spread across the world like the proverbial wildfire, reaching from North Africa into Iraq, Lebanon (via Hezbollah), Syria (via Assad whose red line on chemical weapons famously faded into invisibility), Gaza (via improved relations with Hamas) and now into Yemen (via...
  • Obama Feuds with Bibi Because He's 'Like a Republican'

    01/24/2015 4:31:47 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 22 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/1/15 | Uzi Baruch
    Hank Sheinkopf, former adviser to ex-US President Bill Clinton during his election campaign from 1995 to 1996, spoke with Arutz Sheva about the complicated political relations between Israeli and American leaders. Video Hank Sheinkopf, former adviser to ex-US President Bill Clinton during his election campaign from 1995 to 1996, spoke with Arutz Sheva about the complicated political relations between Israeli and American leaders. Speaking about the tense relations between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama, Sheinkopf remarked that how the world feels about Netanyahu is not important to Israelis, whereas it is very important to American Jews...
  • Another Benghazi Cover-Up (Weekly Update)

    01/24/2015 11:05:36 AM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 23, 2015 | Tom Fitton
    Another Benghazi Cover-UpObama Administration Violates Obamacare Judicial Watch Exposes Government Cover-Up and Media Hypocrisy Another Benghazi Cover-Up Contrary to what the Obama administration had initially claimed in its public comments, top U.S. diplomatic officials knew the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, was under terrorist attack on September 11, 2012. This is big. In testimony before the U.S. House Oversight Committee on October 10, 2012, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Charles Lamb let the cat out of the bag. Apparently, the agents within the Diplomatic Security Commander Center in Washington, D.C., knew that U.S. embassy personnel were under a terrorist attack...
  • Tide turning in Ebola fight after hard lessons

    01/24/2015 10:54:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    UT San Diego ^ | 01/24/2015 | By KRISTA LARSON and MARIA CHENG
    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A top U.N. official in the fight against Ebola greeted just three patients at one treatment center he visited this week in Sierra Leone. Families in Liberia are no longer required to cremate the remains of loved ones to halt the spread of the virulent disease. And in the streets of Guinea's capital, it is rare to see the formerly ubiquitous plastic buckets of bleach and water for hand washing. Ten months after it dawned on health officials that they were facing an unprecedented Ebola outbreak in West Africa, experts and officials agree the tide is...
  • What Bobby Jindal Gets about Islam — and Most People Still Don't

    01/24/2015 10:23:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/24/2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Footballs are deflating, the president is detached from reality, the Saudi king is deceased, and the sharia state next door, Yemen, is descending into bloody chaos. With mere anarchy loosed upon the world, it would be easy to miss the fact that, in England this week, Bobby Jindal gave as important and compelling a speech as has been delivered in years about America — our leadership role on the world stage, our preservation as a beacon of liberty. In the birthplace of the Magna Carta, it has nonetheless become legally risky to speak with candor (even when quoting Churchill)....
  • Cuba and Taiwan: Which of these two island nations should the West recognize?

    01/24/2015 10:18:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/24/2015 | Josh Gelernter
    n the president’s State of the Union speech, he patted himself on the back for establishing diplomatic ties with Cuba’s dictators — a decision, he said, that has “extend[ed] the hand of friendship to the Cuban people.” Never mind that the Cuban people have no say in the government up to which Mr. Obama is cozying — but if the president is in a friendly mood, there’s a different island nation that could really use American diplomatic ties. One whose government derives its power from the consent of the governed. It’s time we re-recognized Taiwan. We have no official diplomatic...
  • Meant to Keep Mosquitos Out, Nets Are Used to Haul Fish In

    01/24/2015 10:15:56 AM PST · by kristinn · 39 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Saturday, January 24, 2015 | Jeffrey Gettleman
    Nobody in his hut, including his seven children, sleeps under a net at night. Instead, Mr. Ndefi has taken his family’s supply of anti-malaria nets and sewn them together into a gigantic sieve that he uses to drag the bottom of the swamp ponds, sweeping up all sorts of life: baby catfish, banded tilapia, tiny mouthbrooders, orange fish eggs, water bugs and the occasional green frog. “I know it’s not right,” Mr. Ndefi said, “but without these nets, we wouldn’t eat.” Across Africa, from the mud flats of Nigeria to the coral reefs off Mozambique, mosquito-net fishing is a growing...