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  • What preppers are doing about Ebola

    10/01/2014 4:03:31 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 1 replies
    CNBC ^ | 10-1-14 | Chris Morris
    The so-called prepper community has a long list of concerns—and for quite some time Ebola has been near the top of it. Experts, though, are split on whether the confirmation that the disease has entered the U.S. will spur a rush in equipment sales. Even as awareness of doomsdayers grows thanks to a reality series on the National Geographic Channel, sales of supplies like canned food and hand-cranked flashlights had actually begun to level off before Tuesday. And since Ebola has been on the community's radar for so long, many people have already stocked up. "I think that a lot...
  • White House Punts Concern For Sgt. Tahmooressi to State Department (More like Fake Concern)

    10/01/2014 4:03:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | October 1, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Press Secretary Josh Earnest was asked by Fox News' Ed Henry about the level of concern the White House had for Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi , who is being held in a Mexican prison under inhumane conditions and living with a severe case of untreated PTSD. "There was another report and hearing today on Capitol Hill about Sgt. Tahmooressi, the U.S. Marine who's been in a Mexican jail. The reason why it's important among other reasons is that various lawmakers as well as various veterans have come forward and said he has PTSD which this president...
  • Did climate change create modern man? Ancient temperature shifts made us more intelligent

    10/01/2014 3:59:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | October 1, 2014 | By SARAH GRIFFITHS
    Our most ancient ancestors were battling climate change to survive droughts, freezing and flooding. And now a growing number of scientists believe that shifts in the Earth’s climate are responsible for creating some of our most distinctive characteristics. Their research suggests that large evolutionary leaps, such as the development of our bigger brains and ability to create and use complex tools, coincided with periods of volatile climate change.
  • Updated:Burbank man protests outside Islamic Center in West Richland

    10/01/2014 3:58:23 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 6 replies
    The News Tribune ^ | 09/29/2014 | Geoff Folsom
    A Burbank man protested Monday evening outside a West Richland mosque, holding a sign that read "death to Islam" on one side and "Islam is evil" on the other. Michael Harmon, 28, of Burbank, also had a sign reading "Terrorists" on the side of his car, with a blue arrow pointing toward the Islamic Center of Tri-Cities on Bombing Range Road. Harmon said he served as a specialist in the Army and was in Afghanistan.
  • New York Times to cut 100 newsroom jobs in layoffs and buyouts

    10/01/2014 3:57:49 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 4 replies
    The New York Times has announced plans to cut 100 newsroom jobs and close down a high-profile opinion app that has failed to attract readers in the three months since its launch. Arthur Sulzberger Jr, the newspaper’s publisher, and Mark Thompson, its chief executive, said: “The job losses are necessary to control our costs and to allow us to continue to invest in the digital future of the New York Times, but we know that they will be painful for the individuals affected and for their colleagues.” The news organisation will also cut a smaller number of jobs in its...
  • House Republicans, on their heels after shutdown, now in position to add to majority

    10/01/2014 3:50:39 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 6 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 1, 2014 | Paul Cane
    One year after plunging the country into what was then regarded as a near-apocalyptic 16-day shutdown of the federal government, House Republicans find themselves, improbably, in their strongest position politically since the earliest days of their majority in 2011. With the shutdown fading against the backdrop of other domestic and global calamities, Speaker John A. Boehner’s gang has not only stabilized itself and patched up the self-inflicted wound that was the shutdown, but it also stands a good chance of expanding its majority in the Nov. 4 midterm elections. If all goes as Republicans hope, it could be the largest...
  • Kurds Battle Islamic State And Beg U.S. For Help

    10/01/2014 3:50:06 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 5 replies
    INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY ^ | October 1, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    War On Terror: As we send the president's maligned "farmers and pharmacists" to boot camp in Saudi Arabia, 400,000 Kurds in northern Syria are being set up for extinction by the Islamic State and our NATO ally Turkey. We have noted how the early pleas of the Kurdish forces in Iraq, known as the Peshmerga, fell on deaf ears in the White House as the Islamic State prepared and trained for its "sudden" advance. Maybe the pleas were contained in the half of the Presidential Daily Briefings that President Obama is said to have not read. The Kurds, protecting themselves...
  • Iran Rising

    10/01/2014 3:48:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 1, 2014 | Cliff May
    In his address to the UN General Assembly last week, President Obama called the conflict in the Middle East “a fight no one is winning.” I think the evidence suggests he’s wrong. I think Iran is making significant gains.That should distress us because the Islamic Republic, no less than the Islamic State (also known as ISIS and ISIL), is committed to waging jihad. Iran’s 1979 revolution was led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini -- a Persian, Shi’a, Islamist version of Lenin. His intention: to spark a global uprising against the West.Khomeini championed social justice – of a sort. “If one permits...
  • With huge variability in hospital prices, patients must beware

    10/01/2014 3:47:42 PM PDT · by steve86 · 4 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | Oct. 1, 2014 | Lisa Stiffler
    The American health-care system is befuddling in so many ways, but the variation in hospital prices is among the most confounding. The price for back surgery at Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center can cost $46,000 — three times as much as it costs at Seattle’s Virginia Mason Medical Center. If you’re looking for knee or hip replacement, at $92,000 you could wind up paying four-times more at Multicare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup than the $23,000 price tag at Wenatchee Valley Hospital. Across the state and for services ranging from urinary tract infections to strokes, the prices for care...
  • Judge rules loss could be imposed on Calpers in Stockton bankruptcy

    10/01/2014 3:47:22 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer
    Reuters ^ | October 1, 2014 | BY ROBIN RESPAUT
    The U.S. bankruptcy judge overseeing Stockton, California's municipal bankruptcy trial on Wednesday ruled that the state's public employee retirement system, known as Calpers, could be forced to absorb losses along with other creditors. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein said the city's contract with the California Public Employees' Retirement System could be rejected. While the judge ruled the city may impose losses on Calpers, he has not yet ruled that it must do so as part of its financial restructuring.
  • Colorado Senate: Gardner (R) 48%, Udall (D) 47%

    10/01/2014 3:46:45 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 3 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | October 1, 2014
    One of the most crucial races for Republicans to win control of the U.S. Senate remains a dead heat with just over a month to go until Election Day. A new Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Colorado Voters finds Republican Cory Gardner picking up 48% of the vote to Democratic Senator Mark Udall’s 47%. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate and three percent (3%) are undecided.
  • US Airlines scramble after 100s of passengers had contact with Ebola patient

    10/01/2014 3:45:29 PM PDT · by Chgogal · 30 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | October 1, 2014 | By MICHAEL ZENNIE FOR MAILONLINE and REUTERS
    Hundreds of airline passengers were exposed to the Liberian national before he landed in Dallas, last month, as it is revealed that he took at least three flights to get from Monrovia, Liberia to Texas. Officials announced that Thomas Eric Duncan flew through Brussels to get to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport - but no airlines operate a direct flight from the European capital to Dallas, meaning he had to take a connecting flight in between. U.S. officials have refused to release details of his itinerary, including which city he connected through - claiming that none of his fellow passengers are...
  • New Secret Service Head Joe Clancy Personally Led Obama Security

    10/01/2014 3:43:20 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    NBC ^ | 10-1-14
    Joe Clancy, the man in charge of cleaning up the Secret Service after a series of embarrassing security gaffes, is the ideal person to lead the agency through troubled waters, a former top Obama adviser said Wednesday. The Department of Homeland Security named Clancy, director of corporate security for Comcast Corp., as interim acting director of the Secret Service after Julia Pierson resigned Wednesday. He retired from the agency in July 2011 after having served as special agent in charge of the Presidential Protective Division, a role for which he was well-regarded, David Axelrod, one of Obama's oldest friends and...
  • Islamic State: Arab female F-16 pilot stirs debate in Muslim world

    10/01/2014 3:41:10 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 | Christa Case Bryant
    UAE fighter pilot Mariam al-Mansouri shot to fame last week for her role in a US-led bombing campaign in Syria. While Americans hailed her pluck, for Arabs it's more complicated. JERUSALEM — Last week Mariam al-Mansouri, a F-16 pilot from the United Arab Emirates, was introduced to the world. Smiling out from under her helmet and hijab after launching air strikes in Syria, part of a US-led campaign against Islamic State, her image went viral. For some Americans, she was a sort of Katharine Hepburn meets Amelia Earhart who had shattered prevalent stereotypes of Arab women. A popular Internet meme...
  • Dallas Health Officials: There May Be a Second Ebola Patient

    10/01/2014 3:36:08 PM PDT · by familyop · 15 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...
  • TED CRUZ: Statement about Ebola diagnosis in Dallas (while John Cornyn is MIA...)

    10/01/2014 3:33:01 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 6 replies
    Cypress Creek Mirror ^ | 10/1/14 | Ted Cruz
    Posted: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 5:20 pm Community report U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today issued the following statement about the Ebola diagnosis that was confirmed in Dallas on Tuesday. “All of us are deeply concerned about the terrible outbreak of Ebola in Africa and the fact that there is now one confirmed case here in Texas. Our prayers are with those who are suffering. Earlier today I spoke with Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and she offered her assurances that HHS and the CDC are acting vigorously to take every medical step to contain and...
  • Schultz Accuses Republicans of Putting President Obama 'In Danger' With Hateful Rhetoric

    10/01/2014 3:32:21 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    With the Secret Service's multiple lapses of security in the headlines, attention has naturally turned to the issue of presidential safety. Into the gap stepped Ed Schultz this afternoon, always on the lookout for the chance to turn any issue into partisan political gain for Democrats. On his MSNBC show today, Schultz gave an emphatic "yes" in answer to this question from a viewer: "do you think the hateful rhetoric from Republicans puts President Obama and his family in danger?" View the video here.
  • Liberian Government Identifies Dallas Ebola Patient

    10/01/2014 3:21:27 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 63 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10-1-14 | Bob Price
    Liberian government officials have identified the patient who brought the Ebola virus to the United States as Thomas Eric Duncan. Duncan lives in Monrovia and is said to be in his mid-forties. Duncan is the first person to bring an undiagnosed case of Ebola to the United States. Duncan had direct contact with an Ebola patient in Liberia shortly before his departure to the United States according to a report on Wednesday in the New York Times by Norimitsu Onishi. Duncan helped to carry a pregnant woman who was near death from the Ebola virus back to her home after...
  • God Save Us from the Loud ‘I’m Staying Home This Year’ Conservatives

    10/01/2014 3:18:37 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 75 replies
    National Review-Campaign Spot ^ | 9-30-2014 | Jim Geraghty
    NATIONAL REVIEW SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 12:34 PM God Save Us from the Loud 'I'm Staying Home This Year' Conservatives By Jim Geraghty A few thoughts from the middle of the day . . . God save us from self-professed "conservatives" who will announce they'll stay home on Election Day as a demonstration of their power. Because as we all know, you become more influential in politics and government and public life by staying home and doing less. .... Does the "I'm staying home" crowd apply this to everything in life? "I don't like the way the company is run, so...
  • U.S. Soldiers in “War” with ISIS Not Eligible for Medals?

    10/01/2014 3:18:06 PM PDT · by blueyon · 3 replies
    ACLJ.com ^ | 10/01/14 | By Matthew Clark
    With 1,600 military “advisers” on the ground in Iraq, 2,300 of our troops being deployed to the Middle East as a “special purpose marine air ground task force,” and ongoing airstrikes being conducted in Iraq and Syria against ISIS’s jihadist army, it is absolutely stunning that our military personnel are NOT eligible for certain military medals. Why? Because the Obama Administration refuses to call our fight against ISIS terror a military campaign. It’s not only outrageous; it’s insulting to the brave men and women our Commander-in-Chief has put in harm’s way, has sent into a war zone, to defend freedom....
  • Biologists identify pot gardens as salmon threat (N. California/S. Oregon)

    10/01/2014 3:14:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/1/14 | Jeff Barnard - ap
    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Water use and other actions by the marijuana industry in the Emerald Triangle of Northern California and Southern Oregon are threatening salmon already in danger of extinction, federal biologists said Tuesday. Concerns about the impact of pot farming were raised by the NOAA Fisheries Service in its final recovery plan for coho salmon in the region. The full plan was to be posted on the agency's website. A copy obtained in advance calls for determining then decreasing the amount of water that pot growers illegally withdraw from creeks where young fish struggle to survive. Pot...
  • CDC: Gay men represent 2% of the population, 52% of people with HIV

    10/01/2014 3:11:39 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 36 replies
    CBS ^ | 10-1-14
    Gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) make up 2 percent of the U.S. population but are the group most definitively affected by HIV, with 63 percent of those newly infected by HIV representing this group. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly “Morbidity and Mortality” report shows that among persons newly infected with HIV in 2010, 63 percent were men who have sex with other men. Among Americans living with HIV, 52 percent were MSM – and a significant number of men with HIV are not receiving treatment. “Gay, bisexual, and other men who...
  • Maryland cuts revenue expectations by $405 million

    10/01/2014 3:10:16 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 13 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | September 25, 2014 | Michael Dresser
    Maryland is now facing a $405 million revenue shortfall over this year and next, largely the result of sluggish job growth, stagnant incomes and a weak housing market, state officials reported Wednesday. Five years after the official end of the recession, Maryland continues to confront fiscal trouble. This latest shortfall will force Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration and the General Assembly to make deeper cuts than previously expected to balance the state's roughly $40 billion budget. "Another year has passed, and ordinary families and small businesses haven't even recovered to where they were before the financial collapse, much less made up...
  • Man Assaulted and Robbed in Northeast Rochester (Mn) (When Several Cars Pulled Up)

    10/01/2014 3:09:47 PM PDT · by Son House · 11 replies
    KTTC.com ^ | Sep 30, 2014 | KTTC TV
    Rochester police Capt. John Sherwin said a man was walking on the 600 block of Silver Lake Drive Northeast about 4 a.m. Sunday when several cars pulled up and a group of men jumped out. The man told police the men kicked, punched and scratched him, eventually taking car keys, a cell phone and some cash. Sherwin said the man's earrings were also ripped out before the group drove off. The man wasn't seriously hurt. He wasn't able to offer a description of the cars involved.
  • Obama's BRAIN initiative awards $46 million in grants

    10/01/2014 3:08:32 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/1/14 | Julie Steenhuysen - Reuters
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Wearable brain scanners and lasers that can turn hundreds of cells on and off were among 58 projects awarded $46 million in federal grants as part of President Obama's $100 million initiative to unlock the secrets of the human brain. Launched in 2013, the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is designed to give scientists greater insight into how the healthy brain works and a better understanding of what systems go awry in diseases ranging from Alzheimer's to schizophrenia. "The human brain is the most complicated biological structure in the known universe. We’ve only just...
  • Boehner: I Haven’t Spoken to Ted Cruz ‘Since He’s Been Elected’

    10/01/2014 2:55:02 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 33 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 10-1-14 | Tina Nguyen
    House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) talks to a lot of people in the course of doing his job, but for some reason, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) isn’t one of them, how very curious. “I’ve not talked to him since he’s been elected,” Boehner revealed in an interview with the Cincinnati Enquirer, and left it at that. Cruz was elected in 2012 and played a major role in recent events that threatened to derail Boehner’s agenda, like the times Cruz attempted to hijack down the federal government over Obamacare, the debt ceiling, border patrol, etc. Boehner didn’t elaborate further, according to...
  • Psychologists Are Learning How to Convince Conservatives to Take Climate Change Seriously

    10/01/2014 2:54:52 PM PDT · by oblomov · 68 replies
    NY Magazine ^ | 1 October 2014 | Jesse Singal
    Last week’s People's Climate March drew 400,000 people onto the streets of Manhattan and a great deal of international attention to a subject of dire urgency. But some were skeptical about the event’s overall significance. “The march slogan was, ‘to change everything, we need everyone,’ which is telling, because it won’t change everything, because it didn’t include everyone,” wrote David Roberts of Grist. “Specifically, it won’t change American politics because it didn’t include conservatives.” True enough. If there weren’t such a stark divide between American conservatives and almost everyone else on the question of the existence and importance of climate...
  • Chris Matthews "Obama Said It Was Unlikely. It Has Happened. It's Here"

    10/01/2014 2:53:18 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    Matthews and Emanuel also spar over President Obama saying it was "unlikely" that an Ebola case would strike the U.S. "Obama said it was unlikely. It has happened. It's here," Matthews said. Dr. Emanuel said there is some "fear mongering" going on here, but Matthews said he was just quoting the president and stating facts.
  • The Two Issues That Could Bring Down Obamacare

    10/01/2014 2:48:37 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | 10-1-14 | Brianna Ehley
    Today marks the one-year anniversary for Obamacare’s health exchanges—which have helped more than 7 million people across the country enroll in health coverage. And while Obamacare’s marketplace is settling in for its second year, serious issues are cropping up that could potentially derail the entire health care law leaving millions without affordable health coverage. The first potential problem deals with funding for the law’s crucial risk corridor program, which protects insurers from major losses. Insurers who agree to sell policies on the new exchanges are compensated for if they incur heavy losses during the first few years of Obamacare’s implementation....
  • 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.
  • SECRET SERVICE DIRECTOR RESIGNS

    10/01/2014 2:39:11 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10-1-14 | Brett LoGiurato
    Julia Pierson, the director of the United States Secret Service, resigned on Wednesday amid a rush of criticism over recent White House security breaches. "Today Julia Pierson, the Director of the United States Secret Service, offered her resignation, and I accepted it," said Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson. "I salute her 30 years of distinguished service to the Secret Service and the Nation." Joseph Clancy, the former special agent in charge of the presidential protective division of the Secret Service, will take over as interim director, Johnson said. Johnson also announced the formation of an independent panel to investigate...
  • Syrian Demonstrations against Airstrikes: "Obama, We Are Digging Your Grave"

    10/01/2014 2:33:54 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 12 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 9-26-14
    This video-clip includes footage from demonstrations held in various cities in Syria against the coalition airstrikes. Demonstrators burned the U.S. flag and chanted: "Obama, we are all Osama" and "The Syrian people is digging your grave." The footage was posted on the Internet on September 26, 2014. Chant Leader: "There is no god but Allah." Crowd: "There is no god but Allah." Chant Leader: "America is the enemy of Allah." Crowd: "America is the enemy of Allah." Chant Leader: "There is no god but Allah." Crowd: "There is no god but Allah." Chant Leader: "The Caliphate was promised by Allah."...
  • The Brightest Spot in Holder's Record: How the Attorney General Tried To Make

    10/01/2014 2:32:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 1, 2014 | Jacob Sullum
    Attorney General Eric Holder, who last week said he plans to step down as soon as Congress approves his replacement, sees criminal justice reform as the "signature achievement" of his five and a half years in office. He is probably right about that, especially since his record on civil liberties and executive power is almost uniformly awful. Despite a late start, Holder has done more to highlight the harm inflicted by our excessively punitive criminal justice system than any of his predecessors. And he has done more than talk, pursuing policies that will imprison fewer people who do not belong...
  • Mark Levin Show,M-F,6PM-9PM,EDT,WABC AM,October 1,2014

    10/01/2014 2:28:08 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 56 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | October 1, 2014 | Mark Levin
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  • Obama's Blame Game Underscores U.S. Intelligence Problem

    10/01/2014 2:22:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 1, 2014 | Rachel Marsden
    In a nationally televised interview that aired Sunday, U.S. President Barack Obama spoke of his director of national intelligence, James Clapper, the way a manager at a fast-food joint would speak of a grill cook who just botched a burger. "Our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper," Obama said in an interview with "60 Minutes," "has acknowledged that I think they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria." OK, so now what? Do we get a coupon for a free side of onion rings on our next visit while Clapper is downgraded to deep-fry jockey? When you're the...
  • Message from the California Public Utilities Commission

    10/01/2014 2:21:34 PM PDT · by TMD · 13 replies
    On Tuesday, September 30, 2014 6:15 PM, California Public Utilities Commission wrote: A Message from the California Public Utilities Commission Look for a Climate Credit from the State of California on Your October Utility Bill This month your electricity bill will include a credit identified as the "California Climate Credit." Twice a year, in April and October,* your household and millions of others throughout the state will receive this credit on your electricity bills. The Climate Credit is a payment to Californians from a program designed to fight climate change by limiting the amount of greenhouse gas pollution that our...
  • Approved: 2,610 New Buildings in Jewish Areas of Jerusalem

    10/01/2014 2:13:55 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10-1-14 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    Israel is to press ahead with the planned construction of 2,610 homes in Jerusalem, extreme leftist group Peace Now complained Wednesday to AFP. The housing units, which have been slated for construction since 2012 in the neighborhood of Givat Hamatos, were given final approval last week, Peace Now said in a statement. Peace Now spokeswoman Hagit Ofran told AFP the government could now publish tenders for the project, but that it would be months before building actually began. Ofran, true to the Peace Now agenda, also stated that the plans damaged prospects for peace and an eventual independent Palestinian state....
  • Employee with gun arrested at Elgin water reclamation plant

    10/01/2014 2:12:37 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 7 replies
    Chicago Sun Times (Newsfeed beta) ^ | 10/1/14 | Jordan Owen
    An armed employee who was trying to shut down water filtration equipment at a northwest suburban water reclamation plant has been taken into custody. 911 callers reported an armed man, possibly with a hostage, trying to shut down equipment just before noon at the Fox River Water Reclamation District at 875 Dana Dr. in Elgin, according to Elgin police. Officers found the man, armed with a handgun, near the building and attempted to negotiate with him, police said. The man refused to surrender and officers used a rubber bullet, similar to a bean bag round, to incapacitate him. The man...
  • White House: No Ebola travel restrictions

    10/01/2014 2:12:34 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 79 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...
  • Dems make risky bet against Mitch McConnell: Quadruples money spent for Alison Grimes

    10/01/2014 2:08:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/01/2014 | Alexander Bolton
    Democrats in Washington are taking a risky bet by quadrupling their investment in Alison Lundergan Grimes, a young and largely unproven challenger, who is running against Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.). Spending a fresh $1.4 million on a statewide TV ad bashing McConnell is a gamble for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), which has six vulnerable incumbents and a long-held Democratic seat in Iowa to defend. In Kentucky, Democrats are damned if they do and damned if they don’t. Recent polls show that Grimes is trailing McConnell by an average of 5 points. Massively boosting party spending on...
  • 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...
  • Great Leader, Little Country

    10/01/2014 1:58:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 1, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    November 19. That's the date a bust of Vaclav Havel is to be dedicated in National Statuary Hall at this country's Capitol, and it's perfect timing -- for November 19 will also be the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution he led and embodied in his native Czechoslovakia. Oh, the euphoria of those days when the Cold War was drawing to a close and the Soviet Union with it, and one after the other its captive nations were breaking their chains -- none more peacefully, successfully and triumphantly than the one this playwright turned dissident led in his little country....
  • The CDC Was Wrong About How to Stop Ebola

    10/01/2014 1:58:05 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 22 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 10/1/14 | Kent Sepkowitz
    The announcement that a case of Ebola virus has been diagnosed in a Dallas hospital sent a chill through the medical, public health, and basic citizen communities. I know my jaw surely dropped as far as it has dropped since 2001, when the word of the first anthrax case in New York appeared in my email. As the details have begun to emerge, many people are wondering the same thing: Will this happen in my city? The answer is quite clear: Maybe. The facts are straightforward, at least in the version that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention laid...
  • Ninth Hagia Sophia Church converted into a mosque in Turkey

    10/01/2014 1:56:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 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...
  • Steve Scalise Is Your New House Majority Whip. Here’s Why He Can Rule Forever.

    10/01/2014 1:53:52 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    Slate ^ | June 19, 2014 | David Weigel
    What's the opposite of a "political earthquake"? If the primary defeat of Rep. Eric Cantor drained D.C.'s supply of dramatic analogies, the snap leadership election surprised almost no one. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the party's occasionally competent whip, easily took Cantor's old job after a furtive conservative challenge from Rep. Raul Labrador. And Rep. Steve Scalise, a Louisiana conservative who had been leading the Republican Study Committee, nabbed McCarthy's job in one ballot. (SNIP) Why? Simple: There are three states where party primaries have been replaced by jungle primaries, followed by runoffs between the top two finishers. After John Boehner, the...
  • 2nd Destrehan High School teacher accused of sexual misconduct with student arrested

    10/01/2014 1:48:49 PM PDT · by BBell · 29 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 10/1/14 | Helen Freund
    A second Destrehan High School teacher has been in arrested in connection with allegations of sexual misconduct with a student. Rachel Respess, 24, of Kenner turned herself over to authorities Wednesday around 10:30 a.m., according to her attorney, Jeffrey Smith. Authorities say she and another teacher had a sexual encounter with a 16-year-old student. Respess was booked on one count of carnal knowledge of a juvenile, one count of indecent behavior, and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Smith said.Another teacher, Shelley Dufresne, 32, was arrested Tuesday. Dufresne, who lives in Montz, was booked with carnal...
  • About Those AWOL Afghans

    10/01/2014 1:48:23 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/1/14 | Michelle Malkin
    So the five Afghan soldiers who went missing from two separate U.S. military bases are now all accounted for and apparently headed back to their home country. Feel safer now? Don’t. The Pentagon, State Department, and Department of Homeland Security would like this story to be over and done.... Here are my nagging questions about another hushed-up national-security incident the White House would prefer to whitewash: Why were officials so quick to tell the public that these men were not a threat to the public? ... Where exactly were the Afghan soldiers who ditched Quantico found and with whom? ......
  • Michael Dunn found guilty of 1st-degree murder in loud-music trial

    10/01/2014 1:46:04 PM PDT · by Conscience of a Conservative · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | Oct. 1, 2014 | Eliott C. McLaughlin and John Couwels
    Jacksonville, Florida (CNN) -- Jurors found Michael Dunn guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday in the 2012 shooting death 17-year-old Jordan Davis. Dunn's parents were in the courtroom for the verdict. Davis' parents, Ron Davis and Lucia MacBath, both let out a quiet gasp upon hearing the jury forewoman's words and then hung their heads and cried. Dunn did not appear to have an immediate reaction, but later, he turned around and somberly shook his head toward his father.
  • US Ebola Patient Had Contact With Sick Woman in Liberia

    10/01/2014 1:45:31 PM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 45 replies
    Newser ^ | Oct 1, 2014 2:59 PM CDT | John Johnson
    Hospital executive Dr. Mark Lester confirmed that a screening nurse learned of Duncan's link to West Africa, but Lester said that "information was not fully communicated throughout the whole team." The Liberian government has confirmed that the patient is indeed Duncan, a resident of Monrovia in his mid-40s, reports the New York Times. Four days before traveling to the US this month, Duncan came in direct contact with a female Ebola patient in Monrovia, her family and neighbors tell the newspaper. Duncan rode in a taxi with the woman to the hospital along with some of her relatives. “He was...
  • Baghdad Car Bomb Kills 15

    10/01/2014 1:44:48 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    AP ^ | 10/1/2014 | SINAN SALAHEDDIN and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA
    A car bomb near pet and vegetable markets in Baghdad killed 15 people and wounded another 40 on Wednesday, Iraqi security and medical officials said. Several cars were damaged in the attack. Hours earlier, a suicide bomber drove his explosives-laden car into a police checkpoint on a highway just south of Baghdad, killing four civilians and three policemen, a police officer and a medical official said. They said 24 people were wounded in the explosion. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak with reporters. The United Nations said Wednesday that at least 1,119...