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  • Dozens of police departments report losing weapons supplied by Pentagon

    08/31/2014 10:58:39 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 15 replies
    ·FoxNews ^ | September 01, 2014 | ·FoxNews
    Images showing high-powered military rifles in the hands of law enforcement in Ferguson, Mo., after the police shooting of an unarmed black man focused attention on a controversial Pentagon program that supplies that kind of weaponry to local police departments. Now reports reveal how some of those guns have been lost by law enforcement officials who received the weapons.
  • Russians shot their own POWs

    08/31/2014 10:54:27 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 19 replies
    Zik TV ^ | Sunday 31 august, 2014, 20:22 | Zik TV
    Despite the agreement and the officer’s word from the Russian commander, there was no withdrawal corridor for the Ukrainian troops encircled near Ilovajsk. As the Ukrainians started the withdrawal, the Russian troops opened fire regardless of the fact that there were Russian POWs in the column, deputy Dnipropetrovsk governor Boris Filatov wrote in Facebook, referring to those Ukrainian soldiers who managed to escape.
  • After Reaching $433,000, Donations For Ferguson Cop Halt Mysteriously

    08/31/2014 10:18:26 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 15 replies
    LATimes ^ | August 31, 2014 | MATT PEARCE
    After Reaching $433,000, Donations For Ferguson Cop Halt Mysteriously By MATT PEARCE Fundraising mysteriously ends for Ferguson police officer who killed Michael Brown After raising more than $400,000 for the police officer who killed an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Mo., two online donation pages appear to have been shut down by their organizers without explanation this weekend. On the crowdsourced fundraising site GoFundMe, "Support Officer Darren Wilson" and "Support Officer Wilson" -- two separate pages with similar names -- have raised $235,750 and $197,620, respectively, for the Ferguson police officer who shot Michael Brown on Aug. 9. A similar...
  • The 12 Worst Shows on Cable News

    08/31/2014 10:18:17 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 31, 2014 | Mediaite Staff
    Last week we made a few cable news PR flacks happy and listed what we consider the 12 best shows on cable news. And now comes the time to dispose of that good will. Without further ado, here are the 12 worst shows on cable news:
  • 'Too Cautious' Obama Urged To Get Tough On Russia and ISIS [He's Way In Over His Head!]

    08/31/2014 10:02:33 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | August 31, 2014 | Dan Roberts
    'Too Cautious' Obama Urged To Get Tough On Russia and ISIS Republicans and Democrats call on president to take harder approach on Russian intervention in Ukraine and Isis in Syria Kerry: ‘airstrikes alone’ will not defeat ‘genocidal’ Isis Dan Roberts in Washington 31 August Barack Obama was on Sunday urged to take a tougher approach towards Russia and Syria, as Republicans and Democrats returned from their summer vacations in confrontational mood. After a week in which the president was criticised for failing to develop military plans for tackling Islamic State militants inside Syria and taking a relatively cautious approach to...
  • Man Arrested for ‘Anti-White’ Central Park Pellet Attacks

    08/31/2014 9:52:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    New York Post ^ | 8/30 | Natasha Velez and Larry Celona
    The first suspect has been arrested in a pair of racially-motivated pellet-gun shootings earlier this month in Central Park.
  • The man who tried to shut down a kid’s lemonade stand is now under investigation

    08/31/2014 9:26:25 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 16 replies
    washington post ^ | august 29, 2014 | Abby Ohlheiser
    Today in turnabout: A Florida man who became an Internet villain after his quest to shut down a child’s lemonade stand went viral is now under investigation for potentially running an unlicensed home business. Doug Wilkey, 61, has contacted city officials in Dunedin at least four times in the past two years in an attempt to get law enforcement to shut down the lemonade stand operated by his young neighbor, T.J. Guerrero. Wilkey’s complaint, the Tampa Bay Times reported last weekend, is that the lemonade stand is an “‘illegal business’ that causes excessive traffic, noise, trash, illegal parking and other problems...
  • US Judge Blocks Enforcement of New La Abortion Law [Government by Judiciary!]

    08/31/2014 8:25:52 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 1 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | August 31, 2014 | JANET McCONNAUGHEY
    US Judge Blocks Enforcement of New La Abortion Law August 31 2014 JANET McCONNAUGHEY ABATON ROUGE, La. A federal judge has temporarily blocked enforcement of Louisiana's restrictive new abortion law. But lawyers disagree about whether his order covers doctors at all five of the state's clinics or only two doctors and three clinics. District Judge John deGravelles says the law can still take effect Monday. But he says officials cannot penalize the doctors and clinics that sued for breaking it until after a hearing on a broader pretrial order
  • Corporations Join Droves Renouncing US Citizenship

    08/31/2014 8:08:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Casey Research ^ | 08/30/2014 | Nick Giambruno, Senior Editor, InternationalMan.com
    Don’t be surprised to lose if you don’t make an effort at being competitive.And if you go out of your way to make yourself less competitive, expect to lose.If that sounds like simple common sense, that’s because it is.But it’s also exactly what the US has been doing for years—enacting tax policies that sabotage its global economic competitiveness.It’s like trying to get in shape for a marathon by going on an all-McDonald’s diet. (Speaking of McDonalds, check out this funny video spoof of what their commercials should really look like.)Here are two major reasons why the US is lagging in...
  • The Girl With Three Biological Parents

    08/31/2014 8:04:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 31 August 2014 | Charlotte Pritchard
    Alana Saarinen loves playing golf and the piano, listening to music and hanging out with friends. In those respects, she's like many teenagers around the world. Except she's not, because every cell in Alana's body isn't like mine and yours - Alana is one of a few people in the world who have DNA from three people."A lot of people say I have facial features from my mum, my eyes look like my dad… I have some traits from them and my personality is the same too," says Alana. "I also have DNA from a third lady. But I wouldn't...
  • America is so over homeownership: Why the shift to a renting economy might actually be a good thing

    08/31/2014 7:53:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    SALON ^ | 08/30/2014 | HENRY GRABAR
    Between 1970 and 1990, the population of Philadelphia shrank by a quarter, dropping from 1.95 to 1.59 million. Like many American cities, it seemed caught in a downward spiral. Since then – like many American cities – Philadelphia has stabilized. The population now appears to have bottomed out at the millennium, and has been regaining residents over the past decade. But as it rebounds, Philly is becoming a different kind of city. In the two most recent decades, which comprise the bounce of the city’s population curve, owner-occupied housing dropped even more steeply than in the ’70s and ’80s. Between...
  • End of an era: Chelsea Clinton leaves NBC

    08/31/2014 7:47:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/30/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    There was the retirement of Walter Cronkite from CBS News, the retirement of Tom Brokaw from NBC News … and now this. Can the republic survive? Fittingly, the news broke through that hard-hitting news source, People Magazine: After not quite three years as a special correspondent for NBC News – and with just a little while until she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are expected to become parents – the former first daughter is now leaving that position, she tells PEOPLE in a statement, “to continue focusing on my work at the Clinton Foundation and as Marc and I look...
  • Obama accused of diminishing U.S. standing in fight against terrorism

    08/31/2014 7:34:53 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 31, 2014 | Tom Howell Jr.
    President Obama found himself under fire Sunday for his cautious approach to beating back the Islamic State's march through Iraq and Syria and stamping out other diplomatic fires around the globe, with a top House Republican suggesting his foreign policy was in free fall and that Western allies no longer view the U.S. as a leader in the fight against bad actors. Rep. Mike Rogers, Michigan Republican and chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said the administration is sitting on its hands while radical Islamist fighters grow in influence, recruit from abroad and seize more territory in...
  • 2 Dead, 24 Wounded in Holiday Weekend Shootings

    08/31/2014 6:53:42 PM PDT · by South40 · 23 replies
    NBCChicago ^ | Aug 31, 2014
    At least two people have been killed and 24 others wounded in Chicago amid a long Labor Day weekend. The weekend's first homicide took place late Friday night in the city's Back of the Yards neighborhood.
  • Kremlin 'modus operandi' origins in Afghanistan, Chechnya and Georgia invasions

    Renowned expert on Communism, the man who knew everything, Herbert Romerstein would always focus attention of his young friends trying to understand the logic of the current Russia's regime into its Bolshevik and Soviet history. He would teach the correct approach to the black and white Moscow's propaganda and encourage to study diligently the NKVD files in its full historical context. Despite the fact that Cold War ended with the dissolution of the Soviet Empire in 1991, there have been persistent efforts to reuse the USSR's intelligence and the military tactics by the post-Soviet, Russian politicians to restore the power...
  • Don't Gimme An "N": "Redskins" is nothing like the "N-word"

    08/31/2014 6:34:31 PM PDT · by Daniel Clark · 29 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | August 31, 2014 | Daniel Clark
    Don’t Gimme An “N”: “Redskins” is nothing like the “N-word” by Daniel Clark If you’ve watched any media panel discussions about the Washington Redskins’ nickname, you’ve noticed that the typical, knee-jerk liberal response is, “Calling a team the Redskins is no different from calling it the N-word.” A more honest critic would stop to wonder why that’s never been done. It can’t be that people have been more sensitive about offending blacks than Indians. Back when many sports teams were given their nicknames, nobody would have guessed that a racial slur would one day be censored as “the N-word.” The...
  • Lee School Board's opt-out vote "sparking a discussion"

    08/31/2014 6:31:44 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 4 replies
    WINK News ^ | Aug 29, 2014
    FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Lee County School Board's vote to opt out of state-mandated testing has sparked a statewide conversation. And, some education leaders in Tallahassee are concerned about the potential fallout. Dr. Wayne Blanton, the Executive Director of the Florida School Boards Association tells WINK News he agrees there is a tremendous problem with over testing. He says this vote is sending a strong message to state lawmakers. But, he's concerned. "I believe it could become a movement," Blanton said. "It is sparking a discussion." He says school districts, board members, parents have been calling him and asking...
  • Conservatives raise call to strip jihadists of US citizenship, as Ted Cruz pushes exile

    08/31/2014 6:23:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 8/31/14 | Kellan Howell
    Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, told a crowd of 3,000 at a conservative summit in Dallas that Americans fighting with Islamic State militants should be exiled from the country saying, “we need to not let into this country any American who is fighting with ISIS.” But some conservative politicians say that banishing American jihadists doesn’t go far enough, and that those who leave the country to fight for militant groups like the Islamic State, Hamas, or al Qaeda should be stripped of their citizenship. On Friday, former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, who is running for a U.S. Senate seat in...
  • Joan Rivers Being Brought Out of Medically Induced Coma

    08/31/2014 6:22:23 PM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 118 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | August 31, 2014 | Eli Rosenberg , Bill Hutchinson
    Refusing to buckle to her worst fears, Joan Rivers’ daughter is keeping her “fingers crossed” that a miracle will bring the 81-year-old comedic legend back from the brink of death.
  • US speaks out against Israel´s decision to expand state land in West Bank

    08/31/2014 6:19:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Jpost.com ^ | 8/31/14 | staff
    The United States responded on Monday to news that Israel was planning to expand its state land and launch a new building project in the West Bank. The IDF on Sunday conferred the status of state land on 4,000 dunams in the Gush Etzion region, thus ending the civil administration’s investigation into the possibility that parcels were private Palestinian property. [Snip] "We have long made clear our opposition to continued settlement activity," a State Department official said. "This announcement, like every other settlement announcement Israel makes, planning step they approve and construction tender they issue, is counterproductive to Israel´s stated
  • Breaking: FORT BLISS RAMPS UP SECURITY Following Report on Imminent Terrorist Threat at Southern

    08/31/2014 5:38:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 43 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 8/31/14 | Jim Hoft
    A warning bulletin was issued Friday to federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources on an imminent terror attack on the border.Breitbart.com obtained a copy of the leaked document. The document shows James O’Keefe crossing the border in a Osama bin Laden mask.(photo from Breitbart.com) El Paso, Texas media is reporting Fort Bliss announced enhanced security measures on Sunday. The announcement came after the conservative government watchdog group Judicial Watch issued an urgent report on Friday based on government sources who warned of possible Islamist terrorist attacks on the Texas-Mexico border. Included in the Judicial Watch report was word from...
  • Nude Photos Leak In Massive iCloud Hack (Please delete your iCloud backups for now)

    08/31/2014 5:34:30 PM PDT · by ConservativeMind · 111 replies
    Small Business Yahoo ^ | Sept 1, 2014 | Caroline Moss
    Full Title: Nude Photos Of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Ariana Grande Leak In Massive iCloud Hack Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, and Kate Upton were among a handful of celebrities whose nude photos were leaked late Sunday afternoon following what appears to be a large-scale hack. The photos first appeared on a 4Chan thread (very NSFW). So far, only Lawrence’s publicist Bryna Rifkin has confirmed, in an official statement to Buzzfeed, that the photos were of her client... ...The leaked photos were apparently obtained via a massive hack of Apple’s iCloud. They were then posted on 4chan by users offering more...
  • Ebola Infected Doctor Mocked for Thanking God for Healing

    08/31/2014 5:30:28 PM PDT · by xzins · 47 replies
    Crosswalk ^ | 26 Aug 14 | Kent_Brantly
    After hearing Dr. Kent Brantly publicly thank God for healing him from the deadly Ebola virus, atheist Sam de Brito posted a scathing article at the Sydney Morning Herald that questions Brantly as a true man of medicine. The article entitled: “Science, Not God, Saved Him from Ebola,” takes issue with Brantly crediting God for his healing. Brantly, a Samaritan’s Purse doctor received experimental Ebola treatments at Emory University Hospital after his emergency evacuation from Liberia. He was released from the hospital on August 21, saying, “I am forever thankful to God for sparing my life.” While de Brito's perspective...
  • The Ebola of Journalism: Liberalism is Killing Time and CNN

    08/31/2014 5:08:49 PM PDT · by Hillarys Gate Cult · 24 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | August 30, 2014 | Jeffrey Lord
    Call it the Ebola of Journalism. And its spreading -- to Time and CNN. The cover of the September 1, 2014 issue of Time could not be more explicit. Showing a dramatic image of a black man on his knees, hands raised with the cover bearing the title "The Tragedy of Ferguson," it was written by David Von Drehle and Alex Altman in the tones of the standard liberal “I-told-you-so” thinking on race . It included the line: “We’ve been here before—and failed to learn the lessons.” When it came to the mess that is ObamaCare? There was this Time...
  • Paris building blast: Four dead, eleven injured, five missing [said to be gas leak]

    08/31/2014 5:02:29 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 22 replies
    Four people have been killed and eleven others injured after an explosion destroyed a four-storey building in a suburb of Paris on Sunday morning. Rescue teams with sniffer dogs are searching through the rubble for five other people, including a child, who are still missing. ...
  • IDF expands state land in West Bank by 4,000 dunams (988 acres) (Area where teens were kidnapped)

    08/31/2014 4:54:15 PM PDT · by xzins · 22 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 08/31/2014 | TOVAH LAZAROFF, HERB KEINON, KHALED ABU TOAMEH
    The IDF on Sunday conferred the status of state land on 4,000 dunams in the Gush Etzion region of the West Bank, thereby ending the civil administration’s investigation into the possibility that parcels were private Palestinian property. The new designation for an area known as Gevaot, opens the door for settlers to advance plans to build a fifth city in the West Bank on those dunams. There is a 45(day)-period for objections to be raised. The land had previously been listed as survey land, a designation that prevented settlers and the army from moving building plans through the planning system....
  • Cruz fires up conservatives, says bomb Islamic State 'back to the Stone Age' (Yesssssss)

    08/31/2014 4:44:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | August 31, 2014
    Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, made clear this weekend his foreign policy strategy for dealing with the militant group Islamic State: “bomb them back to the Stone Age.” "They want to go back and reject modernity," he said. "Well, I think we should help them. We ought to bomb them back to the Stone Age." Cruz made his remarks Saturday in Dallas at a summit for Americans for Prosperity, the political arm of the billionaire GOP donors Charles and David Koch
  • France Arrests Suspected Jihadist Teen Girl At Airport (16 YO)

    08/31/2014 4:43:40 PM PDT · by blam · 15 replies
    BI ^ | 8-31-2014 | ALLEN MCDUFFEE, The Wire
    ALLEN MCDUFFEE, The WireAugust 31, 2014 Turkish Airlines alerted French border police to the purchase of a suspicious ticket. A 16-year-old girl suspected of of making her way to Syria to join Muslim extremists was arrested Sunday at an airport in southern France, according to officials. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in a statement that border police at Nice International Airport arrested the girl on Saturday, before she departed "for jihad." Suspicion was raised when a 22-year-old Chechen man was attempting to pay cash for her one-way ticket to Turkey. Turkish Airlines alerted French border police to the purchase.(snip)
  • 'Hundreds' of Americans linked to IS: lawmaker

    08/31/2014 4:41:25 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 7 replies
    Several hundred US citizens may have had contact with Islamic State jihadists in Syria, the chairman of the powerful House Intelligence Committee said Sunday. Republican lawmaker Mike Rogers, a former FBI agent, told "Fox News Sunday" he was concerned about efforts to keep track of Americans who had links to the group. "It's in the hundreds that have at least one time traveled, participated and trained with them," Rogers said. "Some have drifted back, some have gone to Europe."
  • Libyan armed faction takes over U.S. Embassy annex in Tripoli

    08/31/2014 4:13:16 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 28 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 31 Aug 2014 | Mark Hosenball and Matt Spetalnick
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Members of a Libyan militia have taken over an abandoned annex of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli but have not broken into the main compound where the United States evacuated all of its staff last month, U.S. officials said on Sunday. A YouTube video showed the breach of the diplomatic facility by what was believed to be a militia group mostly from the northwestern city of Misrata. Dozens of men, some armed, were seen gleefully crowded onto the patio of a swimming pool, with some diving in from the balcony of a nearby building. Libya has been...
  • Obama plays golf with staffers

    08/31/2014 3:57:21 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 52 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/31/14 | Timothy Cama
    President Obama took advantage of the Washington area’s hot weather Sunday by playing an afternoon game of golf with three White House staffers. The presidential motorcade arrived at Fort Belvoir, just outside Washington in Fairfax County, Va., just after 1 p.m. for the game, according to a reporter travelling with the president. Playing golf with the Obama were Joe Paulsen, Luke Rosa and Mike Brush. All three work in the White House’s advance office, which coordinates sites before presidential visits. The pool reporter noted that Obama appeared to have a bandage on his left middle finger.
  • No, Buying 'The Koran for Dummies' Doesn't Mean You'll Get Islam Right

    08/31/2014 3:02:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    PRI ^ | August 27, 2014
    You might think that militant Islamists would have a firm grip on at least one thing: Islam. Think again. (This story is based on a radio interview. Listen to the full interview.) In 2013, 22-year-old Britons Yusuf Sarwar and Mohammed Ahmed were preparing to leave the UK and join extremist groups in Syria. But first, they bought some reading material from Amazon. One of those books was "The Koran for Dummies." “Even though they may have ordered it, I don't think they read it,” says Sohaib Nazeer Sultan, who's the author of the book and Princeton University's first campus imam....
  • Who Is Drawn to Jihad?

    08/31/2014 2:57:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    San Diego Union-Telegraph ^ | AUG. 29, 2014 | Jeanette Steele
    Spring Valley resident Douglas McCain may fit some of the profilePeople living in the margins. Youths smarting from brushes with the law. Religious converts who, despite their fervor, lack a deep understanding of bedrock teachings. This is the profile of people drawn to extremist Islamic groups, scholars said. And while there are still many question marks about 33-year-old Douglas Authur McCain — who last weekend became the first American to die while fighting for the jihadist group Islamic State — some of this profile may be a match. Friends called him “Toothless.” This March 23, 2008 photo provided by the...
  • The Worst Case Scenario In The Middle East, In One Sentence

    08/31/2014 2:32:34 PM PDT · by blam · 18 replies
    BI ^ | 8-31-2014 | Michael B Kelley
    Michael B KelleyAugust 31, 2014Ali Khedery, the longest continuously serving American official in Iraq (2003-09), recently sat down with Reza Akhlaghi of the Foreign Policy Association to discuss American policy in the Middle East. The candid discussion highlights several mistakes the U.S. made in the 21st century and lays out some troubling potential scenarios for the future if circumstances continue to worsen. "As the Middle East unravels, the U.S. and its allies will be the real losers because we won’t be able to contain these cancers of sectarian war and transnational jihad," Khedery, who is now chairman and chief executive...
  • Rogers: Russian troops not on 'sightseeing tour'

    08/31/2014 2:29:20 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies
    thehill.com ^ | August 31, 2014 | Timothy Cama
    Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) on Sunday disagreed with the Obama administration’s refusal to call Russia’s military action in Ukraine an invasion. “I don’t think they’re there on a sightseeing tour,” Rogers, speaking on "Fox News Sunday," said of Russia’s incursions into Ukraine. “It’s hard to argue that Russian troops with Russian armor crossing the border into Ukraine doesn’t fit the definition of an invasion,” he said. Rogers’s comments match those of Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), who said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday that Russia is clearly carrying out an invasion. Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, argued...
  • UKRAINE: Naval Ship In Flames After Attack By Rebels

    A Ukrainian naval vessel was in flames in the Azov Sea after being attacked by artillery from pro-Russian separatists along the shore. Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said an emergency operation is under way to help rescue crew members. Lysenko said the vessel is a naval cutter but it is not known how many people were onboard. Pro-Russian insurgents claimed responsibility for the attack on social media websites. Igor Strelkov, a former separatist military commander, said on VKontakte that the separatists have "dealt the enemy their first naval defeat." Rebels backed by Russian forces seized the Ukrainian town of Novoazovsk...
  • UKRAINE: Russian aircraft attacked with four cluster bombs Happiness city of Luhansk region.

    08/31/2014 1:32:06 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 18 replies
    The journalist Nastya Stanko Twitter reported that Russian aircraft had attacked four cluster bombs the city of Happiness, Luhansk oblast. "In the direction of Happiness came four times Russian aircraft and bombed. Dropped cluster bombs. Burning forest, all in smoke. People are leaving, "she wrote.
  • Hong Kong braces for protests as China rules out full democracy

    08/31/2014 1:24:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    timesofindia. ^ | Aug 31, 2014, 07.21 PM IST
    Pro-democracy activists vowed on Sunday to bring Hong Kong's financial hub to a standstill after China's parliament rejected their demands for the right to freely choose the former British colony's next leader in 2017. The standing committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) endorsed a framework to let only two or three candidates run in the 2017 leadership vote. All candidates must first obtain majority backing from a nominating committee likely to be stacked with Beijing loyalists. The relatively tough decision by the NPC - China's final arbiter on the city's democratic affairs - makes it almost impossible for opposition...
  • What Islamic Terrorism?

    08/31/2014 1:18:25 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 20 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | August 30, 2014 | Donald R. McClarey
    Sometimes this administration is simply beyond parody: 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 motivated by radical Islam. They include anti-government militia groups and white supremacy extremists, along with “sovereign citizen” nationalists, and anarchists. Other domestic...
  • UKRAINE: A Radical Way for Ukraine to Fight and Defeat Russia

    08/31/2014 12:47:10 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 18 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | August 29, 2014 9:30 AM | Andrew L. Peek
    Russian tanks advancing through southeastern Ukraine should be deeply embarrassing to Americans. NOT because Ukraine is of such vital national interest; NOT because the fate of liberty at home hinges on Luhansk or Donetsk; BUT because it is VERY CLEAR that Putin and virtually every other major world leader simply does NOT REALLY CARE what the President of the United States thinks. In his press conference, President OBAMA REFUSED TO CALL THE RUSSIAN INVASION an invasion. “Invasion” presumably implies action; instead, it was a “CONTINUATION of what’s been taking place for MONTHS now,” which is actually MORE embarrassing than delineating...
  • Abbas: State Land Designation in Gush Etzion Ruins Peace

    08/31/2014 12:26:17 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 31/8/14 | Moshe Cohen
    alestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas is livid over the decision by the government earlier Sunday to assign about 4,000 dunams (988 acres) of land in Judea and Samaria as state land. Most of the land involved is in the Gush Etzion region. The decision opens the possibility of further construction in the region. The decision is one of Israel's responses to the kidnapping and murder of Israeli teens Eyal Yifrah, Naftali Frenkel, and Gilad Sha'ar. The three were kidnapped in Gush Etzion and their bodies were found several weeks later in a field near Hevron. Speaking Sunday evening, Abbas spokesperson...
  • Germany to send rifles, tank busters to aid Kurds fighting Islamic extremists in Iraq

    08/31/2014 12:04:17 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 21 replies
    AP via Tribtown.com ^ | August 31, 2014
    BERLIN — The German government says it will send high-end rifles, tank-busting weapons and armored vehicles to aid Kurdish fighters battling Islamic extremists in Iraq. .... Three shipments will be made starting at the end of September, including 8,000 German-made G36 assault rifles and ammunition, 30 MILAN anti-tank systems, and five heavily armored Dingo infantry vehicles.
  • The United States’ biggest 'allies' are funding ISIL

    08/31/2014 11:56:04 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 17 replies
    Press TV ^ | August 31, 2014
    US President Barack Obama’s authorization of airstrikes on ISIS targets in Iraq serves as an opportunity to remind ourselves which countries are bankrolling the deadly terror group. The answer: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Turkey and Qatar – three of the United States’ biggest allies in the region. Last night Obama announced limited airstrikes to slow the advance of ISIS fighters and help members of the Yazidi religious minority group who were forced to flee into a mountainous region in the north of Iraq to avoid slaughter. However, the administration has failed to put pressure on several (Persian) Gulf states that are...
  • Krauthammer: You can't have it your way, Obama

    08/31/2014 11:39:22 AM PDT · by upchuck · 41 replies
    Amarillo.com ^ | Aug 29, 2014 | Charles Krauthammer
    <p>The Obama administration is highly exercised about “inversion,” the practice by which an American corporation acquires a foreign company and moves its headquarters out of the U.S. to benefit from lower tax rates abroad.</p> <p>Not fair, says President Barack Obama. It’s taking advantage of an “unpatriotic tax loophole” that hardworking American families have to make up for by the sweat of their brow. His treasury secretary calls such behavior a violation of “economic patriotism.”</p>
  • Man charged in pellet-gun shooting of Central Park jogger

    08/31/2014 11:37:36 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 17 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 08/31/2014 | BARRY PADDOCK , FRANK GREEN , THOMAS TRACY
    Cops have charged a 20-year-old black man with hate crimes after he fired a pellet gun at two white joggers in Central Park, authorities said. --snip-- He faces charges of assault and reckless endangerment as hate crimes and weapons possession.
  • Presidential Proclamation -- National Preparedness Month, 2014 (original document)

    08/31/2014 11:37:30 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 17 replies
    WhiteHouse.gov ^ | August 29, 2014 | President Zero Hussein Obama
    NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH, 2014 - - - - - - - BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION In times of emergency, our Nation pulls together --neighbors support each other, communities react with compassion, and afterward, our country emerges stronger and more resilient. But before emergencies occur, we must make sure we are ready to respond, and it is every American's responsibility to be prepared. There are simple but important steps we can all take to ensure we know what to do and have what we need in the event of a crisis. National Preparedness Month...
  • Off-duty cop beaten by 3 men in Midtown

    08/31/2014 11:32:54 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 37 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 08/31/2014 | THOMAS TRACY
    Three punks jumped an off-duty cop in Midtown, leaving him hospitalized with a head injury, authorities said Saturday. In what is believed to be an unprovoked assault, the three suspects ganged up on the 42-year-old cop on W. 49th St. near Ninth Ave. in Hell’s Kitchen early Friday morning, cops said. The incident began just after midnight when one of the three suspects jumped in front of the off-duty officer “in a fighting stance,” police said. The cop tried to walk past him, but the wacko’s two friends joined in and began to pummel the cop, leaving him with a...
  • Michelle O’s lunch rules sour first day of school for many students

    08/31/2014 11:20:27 AM PDT · by upchuck · 57 replies
    eagnews ^ | Aug 29, 2014 | Kyle Olson
    FLORENCE, S.C. – Students arrived on the first day of school and realized a lot had changed over the summer. The lunch line they used to visit to pick up pizza and french fries now had “same school lunch food as the others with more salad.”SCnow.com reports:Sophomore Madeline Taylor noticed that hardly anyone was eating. “The entire rest of the day all I heard about was how hungry everyone was,” she said. “I then became very concerned about what would happen if this continued everyday throughout the school year.” Bring Back The Choice of Pizza and French Fries” and to...
  • Tories face Ukip thrashing in Clacton by-election

    08/31/2014 10:19:37 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 23 replies
    Politics.co.UK ^ | Sunday, 31 August 2014 8:23 AM | Alex Stevenson &#57348;
    David Cameron faces his biggest by-election defeat yet at the hands of Ukip defector Douglas Carswell in Clacton. The first poll of the constituency, which handed ex-Tory MP Carswell 53% of the vote in 2010, predicted he would be returned as Ukip's first elected candidate in Westminster with eye-watering support of 64%. The Conservatives are trailing an enormous 44% behind on 20%, with Labour on 13%. Survation's poll for the Mail on Sunday newspaper is a disaster for the Tories, who had made clear they planned to fight the seat vigorously following Carswell's shock defection on Thursday.
  • Comment Period for USFWS Proposed Peninsula Bear Hunting Closure Ends [Alaska]

    08/30/2014 9:47:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Alaska Native News ^ | Aug 28, 2014
    With the public hearing in Soldotna last night, the public comment period on the proposal to close the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 Brown Bear hunting season on the Kenai Peninsula comes to an end. In a release yesterday, the Governor’s office said, “Federal land managers have again proposed limiting Alaskans’ access to a state resource, the proposed closure is not justified by either resource protection concerns or federal policy. I strongly urge the Service to reconsider this action and allow state-authorized hunting to continue on the refuge.” ... The decision to temporarily close the Brown Bear season on the...