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  • F-15 Eagle vs CF-18 Hornet vs F-16 Fighting Falcon: a pilotís perspective

    09/18/2014 11:43:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    The Aviationist ^ | Sep 18 2014 | Dario Leone
    Although they are two different airframes, the F-15 and the F-18 have similar avionics, as you can read in the following interesting story released by an experienced Eagle driver. Disclaimer: the story is based on an interview to an F-15, published on a magazine profiling the F/A-18 Hornet. Developed as a multirole naval fighter, the McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F/A-18 Hornet has become the backbone of the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Marine Corps and several air arms around the world. Among them there is also the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), formerly known as Canadian Forces Air Command, that began...
  • Putin 'privately threatened to invade Poland, Romania and the Baltic states'

    09/18/2014 11:39:08 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | September 18, 2014 | Justin Huggler
    President Vladimir Putin privately threatened to invade Poland, Romania and the Baltic states, according to a record of a conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart. "If I wanted, in two days I could have Russian troops not only in Kiev, but also in Riga, Vilnius, Tallinn, Warsaw and Bucharest," Mr Putin allegedly told President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine, reported SŁddeustche Zeitung, a German newspaper. If true, this would be the first time that Mr Putin has threatened to invade Nato or EU members. Any threat to send Russian troops into the capitals of Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland and Romania would cause...
  • Missing driver says he woke up in field of donkeys

    09/18/2014 11:37:07 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 18, 2014
    ROSWELL, N.M. ó A driver who went missing after a one-car rollover says he later woke up in a field of donkeys. New Mexico State Police say the driver called 911 seven hours after investigators failed to find any victims from the crash. The driver told 911 dispatchers that he was lost and found himself surrounded by the animals. Authorities say the man claims he and a passenger were drinking the night before but didn't remember what happened next.
  • Boehner and Pelosi Unite to Pass Bill Funding Planned Parenthood, Obamacare, Syrian Revolutionaries

    09/18/2014 11:36:02 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 4 replies
    CNS News ^ | Sep 17, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) joined forces early Wednesday evening as the House passed a continuing resolution that will fund the government after the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, and that will permit funding for Planned Parenthood (the nation's largest abortion provider), the entirety of Obamacare, and an amendment requested by President Barack Obama "to train and equip appropriately vetted elements of the Syrian opposition." The bill passed 319 to 108 with four members not voting. The bill will fund the government through Dec. 11, when a "lame-duck" Congress, which...
  • Mayor: New high school won't be named after President Obama

    09/18/2014 11:34:58 AM PDT · by Michael.SF. · 4 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Sept. 18, 2014 | John Byrne
    Chicago's newest selective enrollment high school will not be named after President Barack Obama, as Mayor Rahm Emanuel had announced with much fanfare when unveiling the high profile school project.. In a statement this morning, Emanuel said he would look for other possible names.
  • Australia anti-terrorism raid underway with more than 800 police

    09/18/2014 11:33:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 09/18/2014 | Lauren Raab
    Australian police are conducting what they called the largest counter-terrorism operation in the nation's history, with more than 800 police officers participating. Officials announced early Thursday that 15 people had been detained and one person charged "with serious terrorism-related offenses" allegedly related to plans for at least one beheading. The action comes less than a week after the Australian government raised its National Terrorism Public Alert level to "high" from "medium." Officials did not immediately offer details about what prompted Thursday's mass operation in the northwest suburbs of Sydney and in Brisbane. The suspects were planning to grab a random...
  • Navy to Conduct Strike Missile Demonstration Aboard LCS 4

    09/18/2014 11:33:34 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    Sea Power Magazine ^ | September 18, 2014
    WASHINGTON ó The Navy is scheduled to conduct a live-fire demonstration of a Kongsberg-built Naval Strike Missile (NSM) aboard the littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) while underway in the Pacific Ocean Sept. 24, a Naval Sea Systems Command spokesman announced in a Sept. 18 release. The Kongsberg NSM is a long-range precision-strike missile designed to be launched from a variety of ships against a variety of targets. This demonstration is intended to test the capabilities of the Norwegian-made missile from a sea-based platform against a Mobile Ship Target (MST) and provide insights into the weaponís stated capabilities of...
  • UKRAINE: Ukraine President Poroshenkoasks in D.C. asks U.S. Congress for aid [U.S. media blackout?]

    Ukrainian President Poroshenko appealed for more U.S. assistance, including arms, in a warmly received appearance before the U.S. Congress on Thursday. "Please understand me correctly. Blankets, night-vision goggles are also important. But one cannot win the war with blankets." He added: "Even more, we cannot keep the peace with a blanket." Drawing cheers from members who want to arm the former Soviet state, Poroshenko declared his forces "need more military equipment, both lethal and non-lethal -- urgently need." Given the honor of a speech to the joint houses of Congress reflecting U.S. support for his country's fight against Russian-backed separatists,...
  • Shetland may reconsider its place in Scotland after yes vote, says minister

    09/18/2014 11:28:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | September 17, 2014 | Esther Addley
    Oil-rich Shetland may consider becoming a self-governing territory like the Isle of Man rather than stay part of an independent Scotland in the event of a yes vote, the Scotland secretary, Alistair Carmichael, has said. In an interview with the Guardian, Carmichael said if Shetland were to vote strongly against independence but the Scottish national vote was narrowly in favour, then a "conversation about Shetland's position and the options that might be open to it" would begin.
  • Humans Just Got Our First Close-Up Look At A Comet And It's Mind-Blowing

    09/18/2014 11:15:44 AM PDT · by blam · 10 replies
    BI ^ | 9-8-2014 | Jessica Orwig
    ÔÄÉ Ôāô Jessica Orwig September. 18, 2014.Ten years ago the European Space Agency launched Rosetta, a first-of-its-kind spacecraft on a mission to meet a comet. That comet? 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. It finally accomplished that goal earlier this month ¬ó getting into the comet's orbit. But it's not done yet. This November, Rosetta will deploy a small probe that, if successful, will land on the comet ¬ó the first time we've ever made contact with a space rock (intentionally). Before Rosetta, we knew comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as just a speck of light ¬ó as we do most comets. It's hard to really see what...
  • Obama plans to tightly control strikes on Syria (Mother may I...)

    09/18/2014 11:13:35 AM PDT · by yoe · 16 replies
    Market Watch-WSJ ^ | Thursday, September 18, 2014 | JulianE. Barnes - CarolE. Lee
    he U.S. military campaign against Islamist militants in Syria is being designed to allow President Barack Obama to exert a high degree of personal control, going so far as to require that the military obtain presidential sign-off for strikes in Syrian territory, officials said. The requirements for strikes in Syria against the extremist group Islamic State will be far more stringent than those targeting it in Iraq, at least at first. U.S. officials say itís an attempt to limit the threat the U.S. could be dragged more deeply into the Syrian civil war.
  • Sources: Howard Stern to Move to Palm Beach Permanently (reason: taxes)

    09/18/2014 11:13:11 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 14 replies
    PALM BEACH ó No matter what his professional future holds, satellite radio star Howard Stern is planning to move to Palm Beach permanently after the $10 million-renovation of his $52 million-house is completed early next year...One of the sources added that Stern is well aware of the benefits of declaring residency in a no-income tax state like Florida and homesteading his property.
  • OWS Sues Scam Artist Leader Over Stolen Twitter Account

    09/18/2014 11:05:53 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 5 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | September 18, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    It appears that the folks in Occupy Wall Street would have done themselves a favor if they had followed Newsbusters. Why? Because over three years ago your humble correspondent wrote about how Justin Wedes, who was one of the OWS leaders, attempted to cheat taxpayers by forging documents in order to fraudulently obtain a government grant. Now the OWS people have learned the hard way that Wedes can't be trusted. As reported by the New York Times, OWS activists are now suing Wedes for taking over their Twitter account. In addition they are asking for $500,000 in damages. So now...
  • New evacuations ordered in face of raging California wildfire

    09/18/2014 11:05:47 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 3 replies
    Reuters | 9/18/14 | Dan Whitcomb
    Authorities issued new evacuation orders on Thursday for Northern California mountain communities after an out-of-control wildfire doubled in size overnight, scorching more than 100 square miles of drought-parched timber and brush. A force of nearly 3,700 firefighters struggled to stop the forward march of the King Fire, the largest and most dangerous of 11 major wildfires raging across California, but had managed to cut containment lines around 5 percent of the flames as of Thursday morning, officials said.
  • How Islamic State uses Syria's oil to fuel its advances

    09/18/2014 10:57:33 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    reuters. ^ | Thu Sep 18, 2014 9:39pm IST | Suleiman Al-Khalidi
    "Islamic State makes not less than $2 million daily that allows them to pay salaries and maintain their operations," said a former Western oil executive who worked in a foreign oil firm operating in Syria before the crisis and who is familiar with the nascent oil market. The United States, which has been bombing Islamic State positions in Iraq, has said it is prepared to extend the campaign into Syria, which has been racked by civil war for more than three years, and has said it will train more than 5,000 Syrian rebel fighters to counter the advancing group. But...
  • South African parliament hosts another ruckus

    09/18/2014 10:56:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 18, 2014 10:59 AM EDT | Christopher Torchia
    A South African opposition lawmaker wanted to get a point across to the deputy president during a parliamentary debate. So he raised his middle finger in a gesture widely recognized as obscene. South Africaís parliament is supposed to be an enclave of orderly debate, but these days itźís better known for ruckuses associated with the Economic Freedom Fighters, a new political party that wants to redistribute resources to the poor.Floyd Shivambu, a deputy leader of the party, on Wednesday lifted his middle finger toward Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa while accusing him of involvement in the police killings of several dozen...
  • Schumer wants 'bill of rights' for Social Security identity theft victims

    09/18/2014 10:53:02 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 16 replies
    newsday.com ^ | 9/18/14
    ALBANY, N.Y. - Sen. Charles Schumer is calling for a so-called "bill of rights" for victims of Social Security identity theft. The New York Democrat said Wednesday that he's pushing legislation that would enhance the penalties for thieves who use a person's Social Security number without their consent.
  • Royal and Ancient Golf Club votes to accept women members

    09/18/2014 10:51:56 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    BBC News ^ | September 18, 2014
    The Royal and Ancient Golf Club has voted in favour of allowing women members for the first time in its 260-year history. The R&A's 2,400 members were entitled to vote and more than three-quarters of them took part in the ballot. The vote was passed by a margin of 85%-15%.
  • Sierra Leone to Start 3-Day Nationwide Lockdown to Stop Ebola

    09/18/2014 10:47:46 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    abcnews ^ | Sep 18, 2014, 1:17 PM ET | SYDNEY LUPKIN
    Sierra Leone is set to begin a three-day lockdown tonight at midnight to curb the spread of Ebola, according to Doctors Without Borders. Government authorities have ordered the country's 6 million people to stay in their homes from Sept. 19 through Sept. 21, while volunteers go door-to-door to screen for Ebola and take infected people in hiding to Ebola facilities, according to Doctors Without Borders, which called the endeavor "coercive."
  • Ashkenazi Jews Descend From 350 People, Scientists Say (That would explain Chomsky and Soros)

    09/18/2014 10:35:58 AM PDT · by Fenhalls555 · 28 replies
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | September 09, 2014 | Ruth Schuster
    There may be no such thing as a Jewish gene, but communities can definitely have defining characteristics, and one such community is Jews with roots in central and eastern Europe. A model based on the genetic sequencing of 128 Ashkenazi Jews concludes that todayís Ashkenazim descend from the fusion of European and Middle-Eastern Jews during the medieval era, between 600 to 800 years ago. The math also indicates that todayís sprawling community of Ashkenazi Jews ó there are more than 10 million around the world ó derived from just 350 people or so. That previously postulated population bottleneck ó a...
  • Iraq Premier Nixes US Ground Troops

    09/18/2014 10:33:16 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 16 replies
    AP ^ | 9/18/14 | VIVIAN SALAMA and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA
    Iraq's new prime minister ruled out stationing U.S. ground troops in his country. "Not only is it not necessary," he said, "We don't want them. We won't allow them. Full stop." Instead, al-Abadi urged the international community to expand its campaign against the extremists in neighboring Syria. "The only contribution the American forces or the international coalition are going to help us with is from the sky," al-Abadi said. Al-Abadi, however, said that Iraq doesn't have the luxury of refusing cooperation with (Syria) Damascus, and instead pushed for some sort of coordination. "We cannot afford to fight our neighbor, even...
  • Obama is defying the Constitution on war

    09/18/2014 10:31:40 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 18, 2014 | By George F. Will
    The United States last declared war many wars ago, on June 5, 1942, when, to clarify legal ambiguities during a world conflagration, it declared war on Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. Todayís issue is not whether to declare war but only whether the president should even seek congressional authorization for the protracted use of force against the Islamic State. Promising to ďdestroyĒ this group with the help of ďa broad coalitionĒ of ďpartners,Ē President Obama said last week, ďI welcome congressional support for this effort.Ē He obviously thinks such support is optional, partly because this ďeffort,Ē conducted by U.S. combat aircraft,...
  • Hillary Clinton: Congress Out of Touch on Women's Issues

    09/18/2014 10:27:26 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    NBC News ^ | September 18, 2014 | by Kasie Hunt
    Congress is living in an "evidence-free zone" as it debates issues of equal pay and family-friendly work policies, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday. "Unfortunately, reality is not always the context in which these decisions are made. The Congress increasingly -- despite the best efforts of my friends and others -- is living in an evidence-free zone," she said during a roundtable discussion at the Center for American Progress focused on women's issues. Clinton made the remarks during a roundtable that also featured Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Patty Murray, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Rep. Rosa...
  • Man charged in attempted fire bombing of Missouri congressman's office

    09/18/2014 10:26:39 AM PDT · by adingdangdoo · 11 replies
    Yahoo! News (from Reuters) ^ | 9/17/14 | Kevin Murphy
    KANSAS CITY Mo. (Reuters) - A Kansas City man was charged on Wednesday with trying to fire-bomb the local office of Missouri U.S. Democratic Representative Emanuel Cleaver using two bottles filled with charcoal lighter fluid, prosecutors said.
  • Europeans descended from three ancient tribes

    09/18/2014 10:20:25 AM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 23 replies
    BBC ^ | 9/17/14 | Paul Rincon
    The modern European gene pool was formed when three ancient populations mixed within the last 7,000 years, Nature journal reports. Blue-eyed, swarthy hunters mingled with brown-eyed, pale skinned farmers as the latter swept into Europe from the Near East. But another, mysterious population with Siberian affinities also contributed to the genetic landscape of the continent. The findings are based on analysis of genomes from nine ancient Europeans. Agriculture originated in the Near East - in modern Syria, Iraq and Israel - before expanding into Europe around 7,500 years ago. It really does look like the indigenous West European hunter gatherers...
  • NATO to fast-track rapid-reaction force

    09/18/2014 10:15:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 18, 2014 12:23 PM EDT | David Rising
    NATOís new rapid-reaction ďspearheadĒ force, meant as a deterrent to Russian aggression, should be up and running with initial capabilities in less than a year, a top alliance official said Thursday. The creation of a 4,000 to 5,000 troop response force, which will be able to respond to a crisis in eastern Europe within two to three days, was a key decision taken by NATO leaders earlier this month in Wales. The force represents a calculation by NATO that Russian President Vladimir Putin wonít risk going head-to-head with the Western alliance. Ö
  • Clinton: Turn female economic issues into movement

    09/18/2014 10:11:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 18, 2014 1:04 PM EDT | Ken Thomas
    Hillary Rodham Clinton says voters should turn pay inequity and womenís financial security into a political movement this fall. Clinton says issues like raising the minimum wage, equal pay and providing affordable child care need to be ďin the lifebloodĒ of the upcoming elections. Ö
  • Oil and gas companies court military veterans as shale boom grows

    09/18/2014 10:09:00 AM PDT · by thackney · 8 replies
    EagleFordTexas.com ^ | 9/16/2014 | Shane Thielges
    John MacZura, an Army infantry veteran, started work a week after graduation. Before receiving his petroleum engineering degree from Penn State in 2013, Mr. MacZura, 30, had already piqued the interest of five or six oil and gas companies. He had job offers from three. He eventually joined Houston-based Cabot Oil and Gas, where he now works as a completions engineer. ďThe military plays a large part in how I got to where Iím at today,Ē said Mr. MacZura. He spent four years stationed at the Schofield Barracks in Hawaii and two in the National Guard. ďI canít say I...
  • Benghazi Select Committee Answers 'What Difference Does It Make?'

    09/18/2014 10:08:55 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 18, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Scandal: Democrats claim it's been asked and answered, but the question of why four Americans had to die in a diplomatic outpost in a terrorist haven with inadequate security and no plans for rescue has not. That all questions regarding Benghazi have not been answered and new ones have in fact arisen was shown by the recent revelation by former Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell to reporter Sharyl Attkisson. Maxwell said he witnessed State Department personnel sifting through stacks of documents and emails to filter out those that would put the department in a bad light before turning any over...
  • Republican Rick Romley backs Democrat Felecia Rotellini for attorney general

    09/18/2014 10:07:25 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 2 replies
    bizjournals.com ^ | 9/18/14 | Mike Sunnucks
    Another prominent moderate Republican is crossing party lines and backing a Democrat in the November elections. Former Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley is endorsing Democratic attorney Felecia Rotellini in the state attorney generalís race. Rotellini is taking on former state gaming director Mark Brnovich, who upset incumbent but scandal-prone Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne in the Republican primary. ďWhat is important is that we elect an attorney general we can be proud of and who will not allow a personal or political agenda to impact decision-making,Ē Romley said in a statement. ďI also believe that it is time to end...
  • Bicycling Hour Record Live

    09/18/2014 10:05:07 AM PDT · by pikachu · 21 replies
    Trk Bicycles ^ | September 18th 2014 | Trek Bikes
    Live coverage of Jens Voght's attempt to break the one hour bicycling record.
  • 3-year Study Charges UCLA Department With ĎAntisemitic Activity and Anti-Israel Biasí

    09/18/2014 10:02:37 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | September 17, 2014 | Dave Bender
    Author: A consortium of American Jewish and civil rights groups are concerned that federal funds are underwriting ďone-sided, antisemitic programming that masquerades as scholarship,Ē at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), according to statements released Wednesday. In a just-released three-year study (2010-2013) covering ďAntisemitic Activity and Anti-Israel Bias at the Center for Near East Studies (CNES)Ē at UCLA, AMCHA Initiative researchers said they have found ďCNES events disproportionately focused on Israel and the Israeli-Arab conflict, with 93% of events on Israel being anti-Israel, and 75% displaying antisemitic discourse.Ē AMCHA investigates, documents and fights antisemitism at universities and other institutions...
  • Homeland Secretary Shows Little Concern Over Open Border Terror Threat

    09/18/2014 10:01:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 18, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Former Obama campaign bundler and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testified in front of the House Homeland Security yesterday and was peppered with questions from lawmakers about the terrorism threat presented by a lack of border enforcement and security. As usual, Johnson gave unconcerned, non-detailed answers. Megyn Kelly & Jason Chaffetz On Terrorists Using Southern Border On Sept 10 2011 The Kelly File First off, what you didn't see in the clip above was Johnson's attempt yesterday to shill for illegal immigration reform as Americans raise more concerns about a lack of border security. During an answer to another lawmaker...
  • Poll: Republican Beauprez Boasts 10-Point Lead Over CO Democratic Gov. Hickenlooper

    09/18/2014 9:50:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 17, 2014 | Sarah Jean Seman
    Republican frontrunner Bob Beauprez is gaining unexpected ground in Coloradoís gubernatorial race, according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll. The former U.S. Rep. holds a double-digit lead over Democratic incumbent Gov. John Hickenlooper. Additionally†Beauprez slid into the lead among one key demographic: women. According to Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll: "Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is behind the challenger on the key qualities voters want in a leader: honesty, caring and leadership.†"Pundits were predicting that Gov. Hickenlooper faced a close race for reelection. Instead, he's got a mad dash to make up a double-digit deficit. The Democrat...
  • Utah men involved in ATV protest facing federal charges

    09/18/2014 9:38:00 AM PDT · by redreno · 13 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 09/17/2014 | By LINDSAY WHITEHURST
    SALT LAKE CITY ó Five Utah men have been slapped with federal charges for taking part in an ATV protest ride in southwestern Utah earlier this year that the group said was to call attention to the federal governmentís overreaching control of public lands. Federal prosecutors announced Wednesday they have charged the five southern Utah men with misdemeanor conspiracy and illegal use of all-terrain vehicles Wednesday in connection with a ride organized to show displeasure with the federal government. Prosecutors say the May ride through southwestern Utahís Recapture Canyon was an illegal protest. ďWe respect the fact that the citizens...
  • Bundy sued after car hits cow on I-15

    09/18/2014 9:35:33 AM PDT · by redreno · 54 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 09/17/2014 | By HENRY BREAN
    On April 12, a triumphant Cliven Bundy and his supporters chased away federal authorities and set the rancherís impounded cattle free once more to roam public land in northeast Clark County. Two days later, a car collided with one of Bundyís cows on Interstate 15, about 10 miles from his Bunkerville ranch, killing the animal and sending the vehicle careening down an embankment. Now a Las Vegas woman injured in the crash is suing Bundy for negligence. The lawsuit filed Sunday in Clark County District Court alleges Bundy ďrecklessly, carelessly and negligently allowed his cows to enter onto Interstate 15...
  • U.S. ready to strike ISIS in Syria [waiting president's authorization]

    09/18/2014 9:33:54 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 18 replies
    CNN via WDSU ^ | Sep 18, 2014 | Barbara Starr
    WASHINGTON (CNN) óThe U.S. military has everything it needs to strike ISIS inside Syria and is awaiting President Barack Obama's authorization to do so, U.S. military officials tell CNN. For weeks, intelligence and military targeting specialists have been working around the clock on a list of targets. It's expected the list will be presented to the President one more time, with some analysis of the risks of bombing inside Syria, as well as possible rewards in terms of destroying and degrading ISIS, according to the officials. It is most likely that the target list will be broadly described to the...
  • WSJ: Obama will require military to get his personal approval for U.S. strikes in Syria

    09/18/2014 9:22:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/18/2014 | Noah Rothman
    A man who’s a better speechwriter than his speechwriters, a better political director than his political directors, and who knows more about policy than his policy advisors must surely also be a better general than his generals, no? The U.S. military campaign against Islamist militants in Syria is being designed to allow President Barack Obama to exert a high degree of personal control, going so far as to require that the military obtain presidential signoff for strikes in Syrian territory, officials said.The requirements for strikes in Syria against the extremist group Islamic State will be far more stringent than...
  • ISIS video featuring captured UK journalist seeks to dispel Western media's manipulated truths

    09/18/2014 9:18:21 AM PDT · by Fali_G · 18 replies
    Lisa Daftari ^ | 09/18/14 | Lisa Daftari
    In a new ISIS video released this morning, abducted British journalist John Cantlie, criticizes the West for its portrayal of the jihadi group and the danger of heading toward ďthe abyss of another war with the Islamic State.Ē In a three-minute 20 second clip posted on YouTube called ďLend Me Your Ears,Ē Cantlie, 43, who formerly worked as a reporter for The Sunday Times, The Sun, and The Sunday Telegraph, is sitting in a dark room in an undisclosed location, where he says he seeks to dispel Ďmanipulated truthsí conjured by the Western media regarding the Islamic State. Cantlie, who...
  • Holder launches national review of racial bias among cops

    09/18/2014 9:16:53 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 18, 2014 | Ben Goad
    Attorney Gen. Eric Holder on Thursday announced a review of racial bias within the nationís law enforcement agencies, further expanding the federal response to last monthís fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teen in Missouri. The three-year initiative will include five "major activities" in yet unidentified U.S. cities, undertaken by a consortium of criminal justice experts funded through a $4.75 million grant. The effort, which will also involve testing policing strategies and providing training, is meant to develop a strategy to combat bias within police forces around the country. Holder said the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown highlighted the...
  • Anti-Gun Nuts Humiliate Themselves At Salon

    09/18/2014 9:12:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies
    captainsjournal.com ^ | 9/16/2014 | Herschel Smith
    Someone named Amanda Gailey drones on and on and on about all sorts of unrelated anti-gun propaganda at Salon (does anyone really still read Salon?), and I became rather bored rather quickly with the profuse gushing. But something wonderful happened in the comments. This is the summary.
  • Boehner and Pelosi Unite to Pass Bill Funding Planned Parenthood, Obamacare, Syrian Revolutionaries

    09/18/2014 9:11:10 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 40 replies
    CNS News ^ | Sept. 17, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) joined forces early Wednesday evening as the House passed a continuing resolution that will fund the government after the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, and that will permit funding for Planned Parenthood (the nation's largest abortion provider), the entirety of Obamacare, and an amendment requested by President Barack Obama "to train and equip appropriately vetted elements of the Syrian opposition." The bill passed 319 to 108 with four members not voting. But there were not enough Republican members to pass the bill without significant support...
  • Why do Americans Hate America?

    09/18/2014 9:09:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 18, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    After some hand-wringing over British citizens who have chosen to fight with ISIS, Prime Minister David Cameron said he thinks one reason for the defection is that too many of the defectors have forgotten what it means to be British. As a means of fighting the radicalization of young people, he wants all of Britainís schools to again teach ďBritish values." It is a diagnosis Americans would do well to consider because an unknown number of Americans (FBI Director James Comey says he doesn't have a precise number because they are "hard to track") have abandoned their country to fight...
  • Joint Chiefs Chairman: Campaign Against ISIS ďGoing To Take Several YearsĒ

    09/18/2014 9:06:04 AM PDT · by lbryce · 18 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | September 16, 2014 | Andrew Kaczynski
    Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey said the United States has three big risks in combating ISIS, and that the campaign will take ďseveral yearsĒ to complete. Speaking at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday, Dempsey, who earlier mentioned sending ground troops to Iraq could be a possibility if the presidentís campaign to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fails, said a major risk in combating ISIS would be a coalition falling apart over time. ďThe three big risks that I would mention to you are: if the government of Iraq fails to...
  • Katie Couric Takes Aim at Gun Violence in Next Documentary (Exclusive)

    09/18/2014 9:05:52 AM PDT · by rktman · 26 replies
    hollywoodreporter.com ^ | 9/17/2014 | Rebecca Ford
    Katie Couric and Stephanie Soechtig, who tackled childhood obesity in this year's documentary Fed Up, are setting their sights on an even bigger hot-button issue: gun violence. "Much like Fed Up traced the history of the obesity epidemic, this film will trace the history of guns and their impact on society," says Couric, currently Yahoo's global news anchor. "We hope we can deconstruct this complex issue and give people a better understanding of existing and proposed gun laws and take a closer look at one of the most polarizing issues of our time."
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EDT,WOR AM,September 18,2014

    09/18/2014 8:56:53 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 107 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | September 18, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
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  • Bill Gates' 'Big History Project' Teaches Kids Climate Change and Population Stagnation

    09/18/2014 8:52:45 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 9/18/2014 | Sandra Stotsky
    What are some of the big ideas? The last ďthreshold,Ē or big unit of study, is the ďmodernĒ age, that is, when pre-historic man first appears and later comes to dominate the world. It ends with the voice-over narrator warning viewers: ďAt present, we can see both dangerous trends, such as global warming and the continued existence of nuclear weapons, as well as positive trends, such as increased collaboration in dealing with climate change, a slowing in population growth, and an acceleration in our knowledge about the biosphere.Ē
  • Cardinal Dolan: Explaining My Decision to Serve as Grand Marshal

    09/18/2014 8:49:13 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 58 replies
    http://www.archny.org ^ | September 17, 2014 | Cardinal Timothy Dolan
    Explaining My Decision to Serve as Grand Marshal I havenít been in this much hot water since I made the comment, right after I arrived as your archbishop five-and-a-half years ago, that Stan Musialómy boyhood hero of my hometown St. Louis Cardinalsówas a much better ballplayer than Joe DiMaggio! Now Iím getting as much fiery mail and public criticism over my decision to accept the honor of Grand Marshal of this yearís St. Patrickís Day Parade. According to the critics, I should have refused, due to the Parade Committeeís decision to allow a group of self-identified Gays of Irish ancestry...
  • The Next Logical Step For Natural Gas Supplies?

    09/18/2014 8:47:43 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | September 17, 2014 | Matthew V. Veazey
    A California-based company claims that it has found a commercially viable technique to directly convert natural gas into liquid fuels or petrochemical building blocks. "Natural gas is the next logical step for the energy and chemistry industry," said Rahul Iyer, vice president of corporate development with Siluria Technologies, which is partnering with world-class refining and petrochemical companies to roll out its catalytic processes for producing ethylene and liquid hydrocarbon fuels or fuel blend stocks. Last month, Siluria announced that it raised nearly more than $30 million in a financing led by Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV) Ė the venture investment...
  • Radical Ďgenderí paradigm could be leading to global totalitarianism: author

    09/18/2014 8:34:12 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 13 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/18/14 | Hilary White
    No human society has ever tried to re-write human sexuality, and the current global trend may be leading the world down new dark paths of statist totalitarianism, warns a German author and social commentator known for her criticism of ‚Äúgender ideology.‚ÄĚ During her recent speaking tour in the Czech Republic, Gabriele Kuby spoke to Catholic World Report on her new book,¬†‚ÄúThe Global Sexual Revolution: The Destruction of Freedom in the Name of Freedom.‚ÄĚ Kuby said that this is the first time in human history that a whole civilization has knowingly and deliberately ‚Äúturned sexual norms completely upside down.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúGender theory...