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  • White House Says Obama 'Stands Squarely Behind' Tan Suit (Hurl!)

    08/29/2014 9:38:28 AM PDT · by maggief · 22 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 29, 2014 | Russell Berman
    White House press secretary Josh Earnest began his daily press briefing with what sounded like a sober announcement. He said he wanted to clear up something from President Obama's much-talked-about news conference on Thursday. Would he be disclosing the White House's "strategy" for combatting the Islamic State in Syria that Obama said he didn't "yet" have? Nope, he just wanted to joke about that unsightly tan suit. "The president stands squarely behind the decision he made yesterday to wear his summer suit," Earnest said to laughs.
  • Whoops! MSNBC's Diaz-Balart Blanks on Rick Perry's Name

    08/29/2014 9:36:31 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 3 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Of all the names that it would be embarrassing for an MSNBC network host to blank on, Rick Perry's would have to be at the top of the list. How countless many times has the Lean Forward network had fun at Perry's expense over his "whoops" moment during a 2012 presidential debate? But that unfortunate fate befell Jose Diaz-Balart today, hosting his own new MSNBC show. The topic was the way in which Ted Cruz and Perry would potentially fight over Texas donor dollars if they were to both run for president. Diaz-Balart got Cruz's name without problem, but when...
  • Mystery of the missing tanker: Ship carrying $100million in Kurdish oil vanishes from radar screens

    08/29/2014 9:36:25 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 16 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 8/29/14 | Jack Crone for MailOnline and Louise Boyle and Reuters
    full title....Mystery of the missing tanker: Ship carrying $100million in Kurdish oil vanishes from radar screens 60 miles off the coast of Texas A tanker loaded with $100 million of crude oil that has been at the center of a dispute over Iraq's oil billions vanished off the coast of Texas on Thursday. The Kurdish tanker disappeared from Coast Guard radar screens following a month of legal wrangling over whether it can offload its cargo in the U.S. As the disintegration of Iraq amid mounting violence continues, the semi-autonomous regime in Kurdistan – in the north of Iraq – is...
  • Uh Oh: Mary Landrieu Doesn't Own a Home in Louisiana

    08/29/2014 9:30:48 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | Guy Benson
    This is…not what embattled "Louisiana" Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu wanted to read in the Washington Post -- which, as it turns out, is her hometown paper: In Washington, Sen. Mary Landrieu lives in a stately, $2.5 million brick manse she and her husband built on Capitol Hill. Here in Louisiana, however, the Democrat does not have a home of her own. She is registered to vote at a large bungalow in New Orleans that her parents have lived in for many decades, according to a Washington Post review of Landrieu’s federal financial disclosures and local property and voting records. On...
  • Muslim Rape Gangs: the Disturbing Role of Britain's Leading Child Welfare Charity

    08/29/2014 9:29:35 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | James Dellingpole
    Among the more nauseating spectacles of the Rotherham child rape scandal has been the squirming evasion and shameless attempts at face-saving by the various authority figures whose job it supposedly was to prevent such horrors happening. One of them is a man named Javed Khan. He is the head of Britain's largest children's charity Barnardo's which now stands accused of having known about the Muslim rape gang problem for well over a decade - but which chose to do next to nothing to confront it. In an ugly interview with Sky News, Khan infuriated viewers - and his normally mild-mannered...
  • Life Under The Islamic State: Sharia Law And Few Services

    08/29/2014 9:26:38 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    NPR ^ | Fri August 29, 2014 | By Peter Kenyon
    Ever since the Islamic State seized Mosul more than two months ago, it's been difficult to get a detailed picture of life inside Iraq's second largest city. But glimpses have emerged. This week, the United Nations human rights chief, Navi Pillay, presented details of a massacre that took place at the city's Badoush prison in June. Islamic State fighters seized more than 1,000 inmates. The group spared the lives of their fellow Sunni Muslims, but gunned down some 670 people. It's been too dangerous for Western journalists to go to Mosul. But NPR contacted several Mosul residents by phone, including...
  • More Rotherham Horrors: Teen Raped by 250 Men Over Two Years, Police Informed and Did Nothing

    08/29/2014 9:21:47 AM PDT · by grundle · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | August 28, 2014 | Ian Tuttle
    I wrote yesterday about the horrifying news from Rotherham, England: An estimated 1,400 children were victims of child sexual exploitation between 1997 and 2013, according to an independent inquiry commissioned last fall by Rotherham’s Metropolitan Borough Council. But because the perpetrators were overwhelmingly “Asian” — for the most part, Muslim men from Pakistan — local authorities, from social-services managers to law enforcement, regularly neglected reports of rape, assault, and sex trafficking for fear of being deemed racist. Today, a U.K. newspaper illustrates in ghastly detail what young girls in Rotherham have faced for nearly two decades. The Mirror reports that...
  • Notorious Navy spy John Walker dies in NC federal prison

    08/29/2014 9:21:29 AM PDT · by fredhead · 34 replies
    WTKR ^ | 8/29/2014 | Becca Mitchell
    The man responsible for what the military called the Navy’s biggest betrayal is dead. John Anthony Walker, the former Senior Warrant Officer from Norfolk who supplied the Soviets with damaging tactical and military data, died in federal prison on Thursday in Butner, North Carolina. 29 years ago, Walker’s career as a spy came to an end in Norfolk Federal Court.
  • Rotherham: the council leaders who presided over child abuse scandal

    08/29/2014 9:20:13 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | August 27, 2014 | Gordon Rayner, Martin Evans and John Bingham
    The woman who presided over the last five years of failure as the boss of children’s services at Rotherham Council is the same executive who removed three children from their foster parents because they were Ukip voters. Joyce Thacker, the Ł130,000-a-year Strategic Director of Children’s Services at the scandal-hit council, is among the senior managers who are now under pressure to resign following the “excoriating” report into child sexual exploitation in the town. Mrs Thacker, who joined the Council as deputy head of children’s services in 2006, is already a controversial figure following her decision two years ago to remove...
  • Obama Interrupting Weekend Trip to Return to DC

    08/29/2014 9:16:42 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    ABC "News" ^ | 8/29/14 | Darlene Superville
    ..... Obama is interrupting a weekend trip to return to the White House. The White House says Obama has changed his plans for Friday and will return to Washington late in the evening after fundraisers in Rhode Island and New York. He had planned to spend the night in New York. Presidential aides say the change in plans was not related to any current events and was the president's personal choice.
  • Japan defense budget request highest ever as Abe boosts military

    08/29/2014 9:03:41 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 10 replies
    Japan Today ^ | Aug. 29, 2014 - 04:40PM JST | By Kiyoshi Takenaka
    Japan’s defense planners are seeking their biggest budget ever for the coming fiscal year to pay for stealth fighters, drones and a hi-tech submarine, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bolsters the military amid an intensifying rivalry with China. The Defense Ministry on Friday requested a 3.5% increase to 5.05 trillion yen for the year starting next April. If approved, this third increase in a row will more than reverse the decade of cuts that Abe ended after coming to office in December 2012. Abe, taking a more assertive stance on national security, has also ended a ban on Japanese soldiers...
  • Putin hails Ukraine separatists; Kiev raises prospect of joining NATO

    08/29/2014 9:02:43 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 29 Aug 14 | Karoun Demirjian and William Branigin
    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday hailed pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine as “insurgents” battling an army that he likened to Nazi invaders during World War II, and the Ukrainian government raised the prospect of joining NATO as it seeks help in repelling what it calls an outright Russian military invasion of its territory.
  • Islamist gains in Syria alarm some Assad allies

    08/29/2014 8:59:38 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 29 Aug 14 | Mariam Karouny
    A mounting death toll in President Bashar al-Assad's armed forces is causing alarm among some government loyalists who are worried about Islamic State's territorial gains and are turning their anger on the authorities in Damascus. The execution of scores of Syrian soldiers taken captive by Islamic State at an air base in Raqqa province has triggered unusually harsh social media criticism of the Damascus government by people who have taken its side in the civil war.
  • The Sandy Man ... Mark Steyn

    08/29/2014 8:58:49 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 13 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 29 Aug 2014 | Mark Steyn
    My weekly appearance on The Hugh Hewitt Show chanced this week to follow a rare appearance by Barack Obama at the White House. He happened to have a couple of hours between the golf game and the fundraiser, and so thought he might as well climb into the lightweight suit and make a statement about Putin, Iraq and all the other peripheral stuff President Tee-Time doesn't usually have time for. This was his position on ISIS:We don't have a strategy yet. As Vlad and the mullahs and the ChiComs must be thinking: Wow! When he promised he'd be the most...
  • ISIS has shocked America back to its senses

    08/29/2014 8:58:39 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 26 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 29, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    Americans are deeply apprehensive about President Barack Obama’s strategy, or his admitted lack thereof, for tackling the threat posed to Western interests by the Islamic State militants. Just one year ago, the president was marshalling support among Americans and around the world for strikes in Syria with the aim of punishing Bashar al-Assad for gross crimes against humanity. He found that the public was deeply skeptical of his proposed military solution in Syria. Today, however, the opposite is true, and the public thinks the U.S. is not doing enough to protect its interests around the world through military force....
  • Chelsea Clinton Leaving Her Unbelievably Cushy Fake Job at NBC

    08/29/2014 8:51:46 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 48 replies
    NYMAG.com ^ | 8/29/14 | Joe Coscarelli
    Kicking off the annual Labor Day Friday News Dump, Chelsea Clinton has announced, via People, that she will no longer pretend to be a reporter. The once (and future?) First Daughter has been a “special correspondent” for NBC News since 2011, when she was dubbed, following her debut, “one of the most boring people of her era.” For the occasional feel-good segment or interview with the CGI Geico gecko, Clinton earned a reported annual salary of $600,000, or approximately $26,724 for every minute she was on-air.
  • Every Abortion Clinic in Ohio is Breaking a Law Protecting Women’s Health

    08/29/2014 8:48:00 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 8 replies
    Life News ^ | 8/29/14 | Cheryl Sullenger
    What would you think if you were told that no abortion facility in your home state held a current facility license as required by law, yet all of them continued to do abortions that were technically illegal – with full knowledge of state authorities?That is not simply a hypothetical situation in Ohio. It is the scandalous reality.Operation Rescue confirmed this week that out of eleven abortion facilities in that state, none hold current, active Ambulatory Surgical Facility licenses. While applications for licensure or license renewal have been made by all but one abortion facility, the Ohio Department of Health has...
  • Paul Ryan: Big government has U.S. at ‘tipping point’

    08/29/2014 8:43:14 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | 8-26-14 | Ben Yount
    It is no longer a question of how much government Americans want. The only question is how much government Americanscan afford. And the former Republican vice presidential candidate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the answer is becoming clear. “I talk about this in the book,” Ryan told Watchdog Radio Monday. “About very progressive policies. About the outcomes they produce, and how they bankrupt governments.” Ryan writes in his new book, “The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea”, that the federal government has expanded entitlement programs, Medicare, Social Security and now Obamacare, to the point where they cost far more...
  • Rotherham child abusers 'brazen', says care home worker (Islam at work)

    08/29/2014 8:38:30 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 15 replies
    The anonymous worker said he was threatened when he tried to confront the men picking up the girls Continue reading the main story Rotherham abuse A former Rotherham care home worker has told the BBC how girls as young as 11 were "brazenly" groomed and abused in the South Yorkshire town. The man, who worked at children's homes for four years, said girls would be picked up by taxis and abusers made "no attempts to disguise" their actions. At least 1,400 children were sexually exploited, mainly by men of Pakistani heritage, between 1997 and 2013. Those in charge of care...
  • Britain and Germany Are Still Upgrading the Tornado

    08/29/2014 8:37:58 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    AIN online ^ | August 27, 2014 | CHRIS POCOCK
    The deployment of four UK Royal Air Force Tornadoes to perform overwatch of Iraq, and an unconfirmed report last week that more might be deployed for surveillance of northern Nigeria, serves to illustrate the ongoing value of the aging but effective “Tonka.” Although the RAF fleet is scheduled to be retired in 2019 in favor of the F-35, upgrades continue, with another one announced recently. Meanwhile, the German air force intends to keep its Tornado fleet until at least 2025, with its own upgrades. Tornado surveillance of northern Iraq has demonstrated the value of the Rafael Litening III targeting pod...
  • Mother of Abortion Activist Who Attacked Pro-Lifers Sues Pro-Life Group for “Emotional Distress”

    08/29/2014 8:36:12 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 17 replies
    Life News ^ | 8/29/14 | Steven Ertelt
    An abortion supporter attacks a group of pro-life advocates in Columbus, Ohio and was recently ordered to pay restitution in the case. Now, in a strange twist, the abortion backer’s mother has filed suit against the pro-life group claiming “emotional distress” from the publicity surrounding her daughter’s assault of their members.The abortion backer, Victoria Duran, who attacked the pro-lifers in a profane rant captured on video last month has been ordered to pay restitution and the case has been closed.Mark Harrington, founder of Created Equal, and Seth Drayer, who was physically attacked (video below) while leading a group of pro-life...
  • Are Stereotypical Good Boys More Likely to Be Gay?

    08/29/2014 8:32:22 AM PDT · by pinochet · 51 replies
    In case you have not noticed, opposition to gay rights and gay marriage is weakening, even in conservative Christian churches. One friend suggested that many unmarried men who are heavily involved in church activities are stereotypical good boys, who maintain long periods of avoidance of heterosexual sex, which makes them more inclined to gay feelings. Is this true? A lot of men involved in church choirs seem more feminine than average. The grandson of the famous televangelist, Oral Roberts, recently announced he is gay: http://www.christianpost.com/news/oral-roberts-grandson-discusses-coming-out-as-a-homosexual-52483/ Sons of many famous conservative Christians are ending up gay, such as the sons of...
  • Build Better Teachers

    08/29/2014 8:31:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | Mona Charen
    For the past half-century, and particularly since the 1983 "Nation at Risk" report, Americans have been heaving great sacks of money at schools. Federal spending alone has tripled since the 1970s. The New York Times calculates that the federal government now spends $107.6 billion on education yearly, which is layered over an estimated $524.7 billion spent by states and localities (source: National Center for Education Statistics). Reformers have urged -- depending upon where they stand ideologically -- smaller class sizes, more accountability, merit pay for teachers and educational choice. Each year seems to bring a new fad: child-centered learning, new...
  • Officials say missing pilot fatally injured

    08/29/2014 8:30:34 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 23 replies
    Officials say missing pilot fatally injured Posted: Aug 27, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Updated: Aug 29, 2014 1:18 AM EDT By Rachel Lucas, Digital Journalist - bio | email Officials have confirmed Thursday that the pilot in Wednesday's crash F-15C Eagle was fatally injured. No word on whether officials have found the pilot's body. The pilot's name is being withheld pending notification of family members.
  • The List: Obama's Two Hundred and Ninety-Second Week in Office

    08/29/2014 8:30:29 AM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Nachumlist ^ | 8/29/14 | Nachum
     Obama's Two Hundred and Ninety-Second Week in Office8/28/2014It's 3am and nobody's there Fox’s Ed Henry: Obama’s ‘No Strategy’ Remark a ‘Disaster’ for WHWH Clarifies Obama’s ‘We Don’t Have a Strategy’ Comment: We Have One, Just Not in Syria´Have No Doubt´: Obama Vows Executive Action On Immigration ReformObama confesses: ‘We don’t have a strategy yet’ for Islamic StateOn airstrikes, Obama channels the words of George W. BushObama’s Hazy Sense of History For the president, belief in historical predetermination substitutes for actionAl-Qaeda Linked Terror Group Raises Islamic Flag at Captured Israeli-Syrian Border CrossingBill Would End Outrageous Loophole Allowing ISIL Fighters to Return...
  • Ebola in mind, US colleges screen some students

    08/29/2014 8:26:35 AM PDT · by Qiviut · 11 replies
    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — College students from West Africa may be subject to extra health checks when they arrive to study in the United States as administrators try to insulate campuses from the worst Ebola outbreak in history. With the virus continuing to kill in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, the expected arrival of thousands of students from those countries has U.S. authorities on alert but cautioning against alarm. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued no specific recommendations for colleges, some state health departments, including in South Carolina and North Dakota, have spelled out for...
  • Iraq To Appeal US Court Decision On Kurdish Oil

    08/29/2014 8:24:13 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    Reuters via Rig Zone ^ | August 28, 2014 | Reuters
    The Iraqi oil ministry said on Thursday it would challenge a U.S. court decision that stopped U.S. Marshals from seizing some one million barrels of disputed Kurdish oil docked near Texas. On Monday, a U.S. district court ruled in favour of a request by Iraq's Kurdish region that a demand by the Iraqi government for U.S. authorities to seize the Kurdish oil shipment be scrapped. However, the court gave Baghdad 10 days to resubmit its case. "The ministry of oil is emphasising that it is preparing the amended request and will forward it in the required period," the oil ministry...
  • Yemen's President Blames Iran for Inciting Conflict

    08/29/2014 8:23:19 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    VoA ^ | August 28, 2014
    Yemen's president is accusing Iran of provoking current unrest in his country as Shi'ite Houthi rebels advance on the capital Sana'a. -excerpt- He claimed in a statement that Iran was trying to “trade Sana'a for the Syrian capital, Damascus,” a reference to Iranian support for Syria's Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil war.
  • FBI National Domestic Threat Assessment Omits Islamist Terrorism

    08/29/2014 8:18:57 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 30 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | August 29, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    FBI National Domestic Threat Assessment Omits Islamist Terrorism Internal report labels white supremacists, black separatists, militias, abortion extremists main domestic extremists BY: Bill Gertz August 29, 2014 5:00 am The FBI’s most recent national threat assessment for domestic terrorism makes no reference to Islamist terror threats, despite last year’s Boston Marathon bombing and the 2009 Fort Hood shooting—both carried out by radical Muslim Americans. Instead, the internal FBI intelligence report concluded in its 2013 assessment published this month that the threat to U.S. internal security from extremists is limited to attacks and activities by eight types of domestic extremist movements—none...
  • Britain Raises Terrorism Threat Level (to 'Severe')

    08/29/2014 8:15:28 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 13 replies
    Britain raised its terrorism threat level on Friday to “severe,” the second highest level, in response to possible attacks being planned in Syria and Iraq, Home Secretary Theresa May said. “That means that a terrorist attack is highly likely, but there is no intelligence to suggest that an attack is imminent,” May said in a statement.
  • White House: We're Not At 'War' With ISIS

    08/29/2014 8:14:56 AM PDT · by shove_it · 38 replies
    BusinessInsider ^ | 29 Aug 2014 | COLIN CAMPBELL
    The White House is insisting the U.S. is not at war with the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, despite an aggressive air campaign and previously labeling the jihadist group an "imminent threat to every interest we have." "Before getting into the strategy though, there seems [to be] a fundamental, existential question: Is the United States presently at war with ISIS, yes or no?" MSNBC host Chris Hayes asked President Barack Obama's top spokesman, White House press secretary Josh Earnest, on Thursday. Earnest went with "no." "No, Chris. What we are doing is we are working very aggressively...
  • Democrats More Afraid of Global Warming Than ISIS

    08/29/2014 8:09:27 AM PDT · by rktman · 28 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 8/29/2014 | Charlie Spiering
    Democrats are more afraid of global warming than the threat posed by the Islamic State terrorists, according to a new Pew Research Center poll. The poll shows that 68 percent of Democrats believe that global climate change is a major threat to the United States, compared to just 25 percent of Republicans. In contrast, 65 percent of Democrats believe that ISIS is a major threat, three points less than climate change. Seventy-eight percent of Republicans cited ISIS as a major threat -+ a partisan difference of 13 points. Eighty percent of Republicans also cite “Islamic extremist groups like al Qaeda”...
  • Gallup: Twice as many Americans show 'strong disapproval' of Obama than 'strong approval

    08/29/2014 8:01:33 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 8/29/2014 | Rick Moran
    The intensity of disapproval of the president has been climbing steadily for 5 years to where now, more than twice as many Americans say they "strongly disapprove" of him than "strongly approve." Gallup: Americans are more than twice as likely to say they "strongly disapprove" (39%) of President Barack Obama's job performance as they are to say they "strongly approve" (17%). The percentage of Americans who strongly disapprove of Obama has increased over time, while the percentage who strongly approve has dropped by almost half.
  • New Security Breach at Metcalf Substation, Site of 2013 Sniper Attack

    08/29/2014 7:58:53 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 5 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Aug 28, 2014 | Scott Pham and Cheryl Hurd
    New Security Breach at Metcalf Substation, Site of 2013 Sniper Attack By Scott Pham and Cheryl Hurd More than a year after a major sniper attack at an electrical substation near San Jose, a new security breach has PG&E asking the public for help. Cheryl Hurd reports. Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 • Updated at 7:27 AM PDT More than a year after a major sniper attack at an electrical substation near San Jose, a new security breach has PG&E asking the public for help. PG&E officials said burglars stole construction equipment from the Metcalf Substation. The security breach happened at...
  • Surprise coming in MA gubernatorial race?

    08/29/2014 7:53:52 AM PDT · by sunmars · 11 replies
    After this week’s dreary news out of Kansas, we owe Hot Air readers a pleasant surprise, and this may be it. Martha Coakley, who lost a special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by the death of Ted Kennedy four years ago despite the near-total grip Democrats have on Massachusetts, may be in the process of losing another election. Republican gubernatorial nominee Charlie Baker took his first lead in the Boston Globe poll series, edging Coakley barely, while neither candidate looks to be catching fire: Republican Charlie Baker has edged ahead of Democrat Martha Coakley in the race for...
  • Harry Reid's Name Removed from Southern Utah University Building

    08/29/2014 7:53:50 AM PDT · by Dr. Zzyzx · 18 replies
    Local Newspaper, Southern Utah | August 29, 2014 | Self
    This may be the most satisfying article you'll read this week. The story today is from a paper that cannot be linked. If you google southern Utah newspapers and then do a search for Reid, you'll find it. BUT! Here's my vanity-- from personal connections: A few years ago, the president of Southern Utah University, Michael Benson invited alumnus Harry Reid to campus to honor him. This is particularly strange when you consider that Benson is Ezra Taft Benson's grandson. Essentially, it was a ploy by Benson to get some dollars donated to the university by Harry and his family...
  • UK Raises Terror Threat Level To 'Severe'

    08/29/2014 7:47:13 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | August 29, 2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    Britain's government has raised the country's terror threat level to "severe," Home Secretary Theresa May said Friday. It's the fourth-highest of five potential threat levels. According to the U.K. government, it means an attack is "highly likely." But there is no intelligence to suggest an attack is imminent. May said the threat level was raised because of the risk from the deteriorating situation in Iraq and Syria, where extremist militants from the group calling itself the Islamic State (also ISIS or ISIL). May said, however, that there was no specific threat to Britain that caused the raise in the terror...
  • Obama interrupting weekend trip to return to DC (personal choice)

    08/29/2014 7:41:19 AM PDT · by maggief · 47 replies
    AP ^ | August 29, 2014 | Darlene Superville
    EXCERPT The White House says Obama has changed his plans for Friday and will return to Washington late in the evening after fundraisers in Rhode Island and New York. He had planned to spend the night in New York. Presidential aides say the change in plans was not related to any current events and was the president's personal choice. Obama will spend Saturday morning in Washington, then return to New York later in the day for the wedding of his personal chef Sam Kass and MSNBC host Alex Wagner.
  • SCF Video Highlights Mary Landrieu's Residency Problem

    08/29/2014 7:37:05 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies
    Washington Post says Senator Landrieu "does not have a home of her own" in Louisiana Alexandria, VA -- Today, the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) released a new web video highlighting incumbent Senator Mary Landrieu's residency problems. A new investigative report published by the Washington Post today says: Here in Louisiana, however, the Democrat does not have a home of her own. She is registered to vote at a large bungalow in New Orleans that her parents have lived in for many decades, according to a Washington Post review of Landrieu’s federal financial disclosures and local property and voting records. On...
  • Do All Human Beings at All Stages of Life Have Rights, or Just Some?

    08/29/2014 7:33:31 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 17 replies
    Life News ^ | 8/29/14 | Paul Stark
    Prof. David Schultz writes:“When it comes to the issue of abortion, this is not a scientific issue but instead a matter first of theology and then ethics. There is no scientific answer to when life begins. This is a matter of religious faith and I may not choose to agree with the theology that another holds.”Is there no scientific answer to when life begins? That depends, of course, on what one means by “life.” I and most people (in this context) generally mean biological life, specifically the life of a human organism. That is indeed a scientific question, and the...
  • Unions distance themselves from Obama economic record [Kabuki for Sycophants]

    08/29/2014 7:30:34 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 8/28/14 | S.A. Miller
    Largest U.S. labor union not ready to back Hillary Clinton 2016 White House bid The country’s largest labor union won’t endorse any Democrat who has the same economic team as President Obama and won’t be getting behind Hillary Rodham Clinton early in the 2016 presidential race, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Thursday. “If you get the same economic team, you’re going to get the same results. The same results aren’t good enough for working people,” he said.
  • 17 Alabama gun owners tell us "Why I Carry"

    08/29/2014 7:29:30 AM PDT · by Bodleian_Girl · 36 replies
    The Birmingham News / AL.com ^ | 8/29/14 | Joe Songer
    Reporter: "I wanted to find out why many Alabamians make the important decision to carry a concealed weapon. Over three three weeks, I logged 1,400 miles traveling from Empire to New Market, from Mobile to Dothan, from Oxford to Heflin. In the end, 17 Alabamians posed for portraits and told me why."Lakeisha Kennan-Turner, 33, is a housewife from Birmingham. She has had her concealed carry permit for two years. Kennan-Turner carries a Taurus .38 Ultralight revolver. (Joe Songer/jsonger@al.com) Lakeisha Kennan-Turner, 33, is a housewife from Birmingham and a mother of five. Her motivation is close to home. "I conceal carry...
  • Journalism Association Demands Apology for...Anti-ISIS Comments

    08/29/2014 7:27:15 AM PDT · by rktman · 26 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 8/28/2014 | Guy Benson
    Fox News host Andrea Tantaros is drawing fire for these comments, made on Outnumbered: [This has been happening] "for hundreds and hundreds of years. If you study the history of Islam…this isn't a surprise. You can't solve it with a dialogue. You can't solve it with a summit. You solve it with a bullet to the head. It's the only thing these people understand."
  • Ted Cruz feeds 2016 buzz with hires

    08/29/2014 7:24:39 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 13 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/28/14 8:57 PM EDT | BURGESS EVERETT and JOHN BRESNAHAN
    Ted Cruz is beefing up his political staff as speculation heats up that the Texas senator may run for president in 2016.The Republican firebrand is adding muscle to his campaign and political operations to help Cruz and his staff keep up with the growing political demands on Cruz since he arrived in the Senate in 2013 and achieved fame — or notoriety, depending on one’s view.Joel Mowbray, a consultant for a foreign policy think tank, has been volunteering for the political operation and “will end up playing a role” on the paid political staff, the adviser said. Nick Muzin, a...
  • UK terrorist threat level raised to 'severe', Theresa May says

    08/29/2014 7:19:29 AM PDT · by McGruff · 24 replies
    BBC News ^ | 29 August 2014
    The UK's terror threat level is being raised from "substantial" to "severe" in response to conflicts in Iraq and Syria, Home Secretary Theresa May says. The new alert level means an attack on the UK is "highly likely", although Mrs May said there was no intelligence to suggest an attack was "imminent". It is the second highest of five possible UK threat levels.
  • GOP ‘Surrender Caucus’ Sounds Horn of Aggressive Retreat

    08/29/2014 7:16:37 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 33 replies
    americanclarion.com ^ | 8/28/14 | Bob Ellis
    You know it’s bad when the so-called “leaders” of a party harbor such pure contempt for their base that they are willing to drag the good name of their own party through the mud in an attempt to undermine that base. From Politico: A detailed report commissioned by two major Republican groups — including one backed by Karl Rove — paints a dismal picture for Republicans, concluding female voters view the party as “intolerant,” “lacking in compassion” and “stuck in the past.” Women are “barely receptive” to Republicans’ policies, and the party does “especially poorly” with women in the Northeast...
  • Obama's Logical, Fanatical Foreign Policy

    08/29/2014 7:16:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | John Ransom
    After World War I the third rate minds who brought us the conflict to begin with came up with another stupid idea: They decided to divide up former German, Austrian and Turkish empires into separate countries, like Czechoslovakia, and create makeshifts, like the Danzig Corridor. Germany lost territory to Poland to create a land corridor to Danzig that gave Poland access to the sea.Never mind that it cleaved a country in two. It was these territorial wedges-- wedges that diced up ethnicity-- that Hitler used to gain legitimacy in the eyes of Germans. By cutting up countries in defiance of...
  • Fracking report clears way for California oil, gas leasing to resume

    08/29/2014 7:15:32 AM PDT · by thackney · 12 replies
    LA Times ^ | 8/28/2014 | JULIE CART
    The federal government will resume oil and gas leasing in California following a report released Thursday that found little scientific evidence that fracking and similar extraction techniques are dangerous. The Bureau of Land Management said the report — and additional environmental reviews — will allow it to begin leasing on public land next year. The announcement is welcome news for energy companies that have been shut out of the oil-rich San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast. But critics, including environmental organizations whose lawsuits led to a judge's order to halt leasing last year, said the analysis was rushed by the...
  • Good-Bye, Treaty - a non-binding climate-change accord

    08/29/2014 7:15:05 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | August 29, 2014 | Rupert Darwall
    I am speaking on behalf of the United States of America because my negotiators cannot,” Abigail Borah, a youth delegate to the 2011 Durban climate negotiations, yelled from the conference floor. “I am scared for my future,” she cried, silencing Todd Stern, the Obama administration’s chief climate negotiator. “We need an urgent path to a fair, ambitious, and legally binding treaty.” Now the Obama administration is signaling that there will be not be a new climate treaty. According to a report in Wednesday’s New York Times, the path to a treaty has come to an end, 14 months before the...
  • St. Paul police defend skyway arrest; charges dismissed

    08/29/2014 7:10:25 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 48 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-28-14 | Mara H. Gottfried
    St. Paul police responded Thursday to criticism over officers' interaction with a man, including police use of a Taser, saying a video doesn't tell the whole story. Chris Lollie, 28, said he was sitting on a chair in a downtown skyway Jan. 31 when a security guard told him it was a private area and he couldn't be there. No signs were posted saying it was private, Lollie said. The guard called police. Lollie, of St. Paul, told an officer he was heading to pick up his children and didn't have to identify himself because he had done nothing wrong....