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  • Intel believes 300 Americans fighting with Islamic State, posing threat to U.S.

    08/27/2014 8:16:24 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 13 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, August 26, 2014 | Maggie Ybarra
    The U.S. government is tracking and gathering intelligence on as many as 300 Americans who are fighting side by side with the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria and are poised to become a major threat to the homeland, according to senior U.S. officials. Officials say concern is widespread in Washington that radicalized foreign fighters could return to the homeland and commit terrorist attacks with skills acquired overseas, according to officials who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the information. Those concerns were heightened by the disclosure Tuesday that a California man was killed fighting...
  • Report: Another Man From Minn. Has Died Fighting For ISIS

    08/27/2014 8:12:44 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 11 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 8/27/14 | WCCO.com
    Another American from the Twin Cities area was killed fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, CBS News reports. This man, who’s not yet been named, is the second American from the Minneapolis area to die fighting for ISIS. CBS News spoke with his friends and family. The first man to die was 33-year-old Douglas McCain. He was killed over the weekend fighting in Syria, the State Department said. McCain grew up in New Hope, Minn., and attended Robbinsdale Cooper High School. His former friends described McCain as a class clown. He moved to San Diego before going...
  • U.S. government sues Minneapolis suburb for rejecting Islamic center

    08/27/2014 8:10:49 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 12 replies
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | 08/27/2014 | Brendan O'Brien
    (Reuters) - The U.S. government sued a small Minneapolis suburb on Wednesday, accusing it of religious discrimination after local leaders denied a Muslim group the right to open a center in the municipality. The Justice Department filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis against St. Anthony Village, where council members voted 4-1 in 2012 to deny a request by the Abu Huraira Islamic Center to create a place of worship in the basement of the St. Anthony Business Center. "Religious freedom is one of our most cherished rights, and there are few aspects of that right more central...
  • Boston Marathon bombing suspect's sister arrested 'for threatening to BLOW UP her boyfriend's ex

    08/27/2014 8:10:40 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 6 replies
    Mail online ^ | 27 August 2014 | Snejana Farberov for Mail online
    Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's sister has been arrested for allegedly threatening to bomb a New York City woman. Police say Ailina Tsarnaeva, 24, made the threat via telephone Monday and turned herself in earlier today. She is charged with aggravated harassment targeting a woman from Harlem. Police say the North Bergen, New Jersey, resident is due in court September 30.
  • US, Russia held secret Ukraine meeting on Finnish island: Helsinki

    08/27/2014 8:04:14 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 2 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Aug 27, 2014 | Agence France-Presse
    US, Russia held secret Ukraine meeting on Finnish island: Helsinki AFP | Aug 27, 2014, 03.20 AM IST HELSINKI: The United States and Russia met on a small Finnish island in June for confidential talks on the Ukraine crisis, the Nordic nation's foreign ministry said on Tuesday. The ministry said the meeting was held on the island of Boistoe off the southern coast of Finland, but did not divulge who participated or at what level, and also did not disclose what was discussed. "The foreign ministry confirms that the meeting was organised and the ministry helped at the request of...
  • Sister of accused Boston marathon bombers arrested after bomb threat [Tsarnaev]

    08/27/2014 7:49:35 PM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 17 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 08/27/14 | Victoria Cavaliere
    Tsarnaev, of North Bergen, New Jersey, was accused of calling a woman in New York City's Harlem neighborhood and telling her "I have people that can go over there and put a bomb on you," the spokesman said. The two have "some kind of dispute," he added but gave no further details.
  • Russia accepts Ukraine’s European integration, loath to give back Crimea

    08/27/2014 7:47:27 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 6 replies
    Zik TV ^ | Wednesday 27 august, 2014, 08:54 | Zik TV
    The Minsk meeting indicated that Russia will accept Ukraine’s integration in Europe, but won’t give Crimea back, political expert Olesya Yahno said, speaking on ICTV late Aug. 26.
  • Captured Russian paratroopers want Putin to stop sending servicemen to Ukraine

    08/27/2014 7:43:47 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    Zik TV ^ | Tuesday 26 august, 2014, 12:44 | Zik TV
    The 10 captured Russian paratroopers told about the purpose of their invasion of Ukraine.
  • (Flashback) Leader of (ISIS) Jihadist Onslaught in Iraq Released on Obama’s Watch

    08/27/2014 7:24:24 PM PDT · by Innovative · 11 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | June 16, 2014 | Joseph Klein
    Obama became president on January 20, 2009, the war in Iraq was essentially won. The al Qaeda-backed insurgency was reduced to smoldering embers. George W. Bush’s surge had succeeded. Safely behind bars at the time was Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, an al Qaeda-linked point man who was imprisoned at Camp Bucca in Iraq, after being captured by U.S. forces in 2005. However, the Obama administration decided to shut down the Bucca prison camp and hand over its prisoners to the Iraqi government, including Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, in 2009. The Iraqi government later released him. Al Baghadi boasted to the...
  • Lee County makes history, opts out of Common Core testing (Florida)

    08/27/2014 7:39:14 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 5 replies
    Lee County School Board ^ | August 27, 2014
    Lee Schools made history Wednesday night when they voted to become the first school district in the state to opt out of all statewide, standardized tests. The motion passed three to two with the support of board members Don Armstrong, Tom Scott and Mary Fischer. The decision was received with overwhelming cheers and applause in the packed auditorium of opt-out supporters who donned red in an act of solidarity. "Sometimes it takes an act of civil disobedience to move forward," said Armstrong. "We cannot allow the fear to hold us back."
  • Report: Hamas Leader Haniyeh Hospitalized

    08/27/2014 7:15:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    INN ^ | 8/28/2014, 3:15 AM | Elad Benari
    Ismail Haniyeh, a senior leader of Hamas and formerly its Prime Minister in Gaza, was taken to hospital on Wednesday evening, Channel 2 News reported. There were no details as to what the reason for the hospitalization was, or what his condition is. Senior members of Hamas, however, denied there was anything wrong with Haniyeh. The officials said that reports of the leader’s hospitalization were nothing but “false rumors”. …
  • Care about your paycheck? Stand Up and Vote this November

    08/27/2014 7:09:11 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 3 replies
    The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) ^ | August 26, 2014 | The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
    IMPORTANT: This information should not be downloaded using government equipment, read during duty time, sent to others using government equipment, or sent to anyone while in a government building because it involves election related activity.The outcome of this November’s election could hit government employees in the pocketbook. That’s why it’s more important than ever that we Stand Up and vote this November.Look at the evidence: For three of the past four years, Congress denied us a cost-of-living increase. This year, we received a whopping 1 percent across-the-board raise – and we’re likely to see the same paltry increase next year...
  • Europe is Exporting Takfiri Barbarity to Iraq, Somalia and Syria

    08/27/2014 7:08:47 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 11 replies
    Modern Tokyo Times ^ | August 28, 2014 | Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker
    Europe is Exporting Takfiri Barbarity to Iraq, Somalia and Syria Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The government of Syria continues to face a civilizational war because Takfiri indoctrination, Gulf petrodollar terrorism, international jihadists, sectarian forces and the intrigues of major NATO powers are threatening this secular state. At the same time, Europe is exporting Takfiri barbarity to Iraq, Somalia and Syria because of Gulf petrodollars within Europe; the intrigues of security services; allowing Takfiri clerics to indoctrinate; and enabling natural breeding grounds to flourish throughout Europe. Therefore, the rich mosaic of Syria faces a civilizational war...
  • Sorenson Admits to Taking ‘Under-the-Table’ Payments [from Paul], Pleads Guilty

    08/27/2014 7:07:00 PM PDT · by iowamark · 9 replies
    WHO tv ^ | 8/27/2014 | Kelly Maricle
    DES MOINES, Iowa — A former state lawmaker accused of accepting payments to change his support to a different presidential candidate in the 2012 election cycle has pleaded guilty to two federal charges. The Department of Justice says Kent Sorenson, a former Republican state senator, admitted to receiving “under-the-table” payments from Ron Paul’s campaign committee in return for switching his support and services from candidate Michele Bachmann. The payments totaled about $73,000 and were made monthly in the amount of around $8,000. They were concealed by first sending the money to a film production company, then through another company —...
  • Pro-Russia Forces Gain Ground as Ukraine’s Volunteer Battalions Decry Kiev Leaders

    08/27/2014 7:06:47 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 30 replies
    Vice News ^ | 8-27-2014 | Harriet Salem
    <p>As Russia forces push forward towards the southeastern Ukraine coastal city of Mariupol and evidence mounts of direct Russian military support to the insurgent fighters, besieged volunteer units of "patriots" leading the way in the country's fight back say they are not receiving enough support from Kiev to win the war.</p>
  • UKRAINE Donetsk: 176 day prayer Marathon.

    27.08. 2014 -176 day prayer Marathon. Today what was not working in two camps to consider as places for refugees/displaced persons. One was completely unsuitable for housing, the second is very good, with nice rooms, beds and a beautiful location. But there's no utensils, pot and pans, just as there is no linen. This camp can accommodate about 200 people. Tomorrow again will meet with the Mayor to clarify some details. When everything is working, will need the assistance of chefs who know how to cook for a large number of people and contact with kitchen appliances for cooking large...
  • Russian Paratroopers Confirmed Killed in Ukraine

    08/27/2014 6:41:47 PM PDT · by Yashcheritsiy
    Commentary Magazine ^ | August 27, 2014 | Michael Rubin
    It is well-documented now how Russians have been living in a bubble with regard to news coverage of what has been going on in (and over) Ukraine. In the Russian narrative, the Ukrainians are all aggressive fascists and neo-Nazis seeking to victimize ethnic Russians, and while Russian humanitarian relief is heading into Ukraine, the idea that Russian forces are fighting there is nothing but nonsense. Now, fortunately, that bubble is bursting. First there were the soldier selfies. Now journalists in the Russian city of Pskov have confirmed the deaths of Russian paratroopers inside Ukraine, tracking the names of Russians that...
  • L.A. Mayor Garcetti Expected To Announce Plan For $13.25 Minimum Wage

    08/27/2014 6:26:59 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 35 replies
    LATimes ^ | August 27, 2014
    L.A. Mayor Garcetti Expected To Announce Plan For $13.25 Minimum Wage By CATHERINE SAILLANT L.A. council members are drafting an ordinance to boost hourly pay to at least $15.37 at the largest hotels Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is circulating a plan to raise the city's minimum wage to $13.25 an hour over three years, followed by annual boosts keyed to inflation, according to business representatives and City Hall officials. The action is expected to be announced on Labor Day. So far, the proposal has received a cool reception from major business groups worried about the effect on payroll and...
  • Two experts warn correction could total 60%

    08/27/2014 5:07:06 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 64 replies
    CNBC ^ | 27 Aug 14 | Matthew J. Belvedere and Everett Rosenfeld
    <p>Markets could soon face a fall of up to 60 percent, two experts told CNBC on Wednesday.</p> <p>A jolt to international confidence in central banks will lead to a 30 to 60 percent market decline, David Tice, president of Tice Capital and founder of the Prudent Bear Fund, told CNBC's "Power Lunch." When this happens, he said, markets will face a "period of extreme turmoil."</p>
  • MEXICAN PRESIDENT PEŃA NIETO DECLARES UNITED STATES 'THE OTHER MEXICO'

    08/27/2014 4:56:12 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 23 replies
    breitbart ^ | august 26, 2014 | tony lee
    Forget so-called "Mexifornia." How about the United States of Mexico?  On Monday, Mexico President Enrique Peńa Nieto called on other states to "evolve" like California so the United States can be more like his home country.  Appearing with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and California Governor Jerry Brown in Los Angeles, Peńa Nieto called for amnesty legislation and more open borders while blasting governors who have taken a tough stance on illegal immigration. "This is the other Mexico," Peńa Nieto reportedly "said of the United States, which is property to an estimated 11 million Mexican immigrants," according to the Los Angeles Times.
  • CNN Now Worried Ferguson Shooting Audio Is Hoax

    08/27/2014 4:53:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | August 27, 2014 | John Nolte
    When CNN first broadcast the unverified audio of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, it was with all the sturm and drang of breathless breaking news. The audio led almost every hour and was the biggest story of the day. What a difference a day makes. The language coming from "New Day" anchor Michaela Pereira Wednesday morning is much more cautious. "Do you think it's authentic?" she squeaked to two law enforcement experts, both of whom believe it is a hoax: (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Even if the audio ends up being authentic, the fact that CNN is now concerned over its...
  • OBAMA TIES AMERICA'S 'OCCUPYING FORCES' TO 'FEEDING EXTREMISM' (Blames America for ISIS)

    08/27/2014 4:49:51 PM PDT · by Lazamataz · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Aug 26, 2014
    Monday at the American Legion’s 96th National Convention, President Barack Obama said the answer for ISIS’s “evolving terrorist threat” is not for America to “occupy” countries and end up “feeding extremism.” [...] “The answer is not to send in large scale military deployments that over stretch our military, and lead for us occupying countries for a long period of time and end up feeding extremism.”
  • This One Congressional Race Epitomizes the GOP's Increasing Extremism

    08/27/2014 4:43:00 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 14 replies
    New Republic ^ | Alec MacGillis
    There’s been so much talk of late about the transformation of the Republican Party over the course of the last few decades that it is easy to become inured to reports of ideologically extreme new arrivals in the party’s ranks. After a while, the latest pronouncements of Michele Bachmann or Steve King fail to impress. But what is going on right now in Wisconsin’s Sixth Congressional District is truly historic, and demands more attention. The district, northwest of Milwaukee, has been represented for nearly half a century by only two men, both of whom were standard bearers for a brand...
  • The Kennewick Man Finally Freed to Share His Secrets

    08/27/2014 4:29:21 PM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 11 replies
    http://www.smithsonianmag.com ^ | SEPTEMBER 2014 | By Douglas Preston
    Instapundit: "The Army Corps of Engineers sure didnÂ’t want this researched, and continues to interfere today. Why? " Why? It blows the native "indians" narrative of 'we were here first' out of the water. Land claims and free money is g-o-n-e gone: As work progressed, a portrait of Kennewick Man emerged. He does not belong to any living human population. Who, then, are his closest living relatives? Judging from the shape of his skull and bones, his closest living relatives appear to be the Moriori people of the Chatham Islands, a remote archipelago 420 miles southeast of New Zealand, as...
  • Democracy Alliance Bankrolled Court-Packing Scheme

    08/27/2014 4:16:03 PM PDT · by Bratch · 5 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 25, 2014 | Alana Goodman
    A shadowy network of wealthy liberal donors bankrolled an operation to pack one of America’s most powerful courts with progressive judges, according to documents reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon.Now the effort could prevent an Obamacare challenge from reaching the Supreme Court, legal experts say.The strategy to fill the D.C. Court of Appeals with left-leaning judges was aided by the American Constitution Society, a non-profit group that “promotes a progressive vision of the law.” The ACS is funded in part by the Democracy Alliance, a liberal donor network that funnels millions to a web of dark-money member groups.During a fundraising presentation...
  • Poll: Scott Walker’s lead grows with registered Wisconsin voters… but trails among likely voters?

    08/27/2014 4:11:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/27/2014 | Guy Benson
    Fresh numbers from Marquette University Law School’s respected pollster confirms that Wisconsin’s gubernatorial race remains extremely tight. The head-to-head match up sits within the margin of error, but this split is unusual: New Marquette Law School Poll finds Walker at 47.5%, Burke at 44.1% among registered voters. #mulawpoll— MULawPoll (@MULawPoll) August 27, 2014 Among likely voters, Burke has 48.6% and Walker 46.5%, new Marquette Law School Poll shows. #mulawpoll— MULawPoll (@MULawPoll) August 27, 2014 Walker has improved his standing with registered voters since MU Law’s May and July surveys, but has fallen among respondents who are likely to vote....
  • Spitzer is $147M richer after real estate deal

    08/27/2014 4:07:45 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 17 replies
    NY Post ^ | 08/26/2014 | Ian Mohr
    Eliot Spitzer and his young love, Lis Smith, were all smiles after their romantic trip to the City of Light. The pair was seen Sunday in the first row of first class on an American Airlines jet from Paris to JFK. “They were moonily grinning at each other and laughing,” said a spy. It seems Spitzer had reason to celebrate: Sources tell Page Six he just sold off 144 rental units at the Corinthian — the East 38th Street building built by his father in the 1980s — to Gaia Real Estate for $147 million.
  • Charlie Sykes Credited With Helping Boost Glenn Grothman to Victory

    08/27/2014 4:02:09 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 2 replies
    Few questioned the role that talk radio played in turning out Republicans to vote for Sheriff Clarke in this month' primary election. But talk radio also played a role in the 6th Congressional District primary. According to Jason Smathers' report in the Fond Du Lac Reporter, 620 WTMJ talk show host and Editor in Chief of RightWisconsin Charlie Sykes may have tipped the scales for Glenn Grothman's narrow victory. "Mark Graul, a GOP operative who runs Arena Strategy Group in Green Bay, said two reasons Leibham narrowly lost to state Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-Campbellsport, were money and talk radio." (SNIP)...
  • Campaign 2014: NC candidates want Lt. Dan

    08/27/2014 3:54:53 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal
    The Daily Haymaker ^ | Brant Clifton
    I communicate regularly with a number of elected officials at the state and local levels across North Carolina. The drive-bys have been speculating about WHO among the Democrat candidates would welcome Barry Obama swinging by for some campaign help. I decided to pose a similar question to some GOP incumbents and candidates who will be on the ballot in 2014: Who would you like to have campaign with you? I asked one Republican legislator if he would like to have Gov. Pat McCrory campaign with him. “Pardon my French,” the legislator responded. “But, Hell No!” I asked the same thing...
  • These Foreign U.S. Allies Just Did Something Major Behind Obama’s Back, And He Will NOT Be Happy

    08/27/2014 3:47:27 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 30 replies
    westernjournalism.com ^ | august 26, 2014 | norvell rose
    “The Obama administration did not know ahead of time about the highly unusual military intervention….” That’s how the Washington Post describes a recent series of airstrikes in the Libyan capital of Tripoli by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The secret attacks, according to the New York Times, were aimed at Islamist-allied militias battling for control of Tripoli; and they represent “a major escalation of a regional power struggle set off by Arab Spring revolts.” In what could be a sign of increasingly strained international relations, the Times also reports: The United States, the officials said, was caught by surprise: Egypt and the Emirates, both close allies...
  • Midlothian schools cover up religious plaques

    08/27/2014 3:46:50 PM PDT · by tuffydoodle · 18 replies
    My Fox DFW ^ | 8-26-14 | Tracy Delatte
    Dedication plaques at two Midlothian elementary schools will be replaced because they reference God and the Holy Christian Church. Superintendent Jerome Stewart confirmed the plaques at Mountain Peak Elementary and Longbranch Elementary are covered up for now. Over the summer, someone complained about the plaque at Mountain Peak to the Freedom from Religion Foundation. After doing some research, the organization sent a letter to the Midlothian ISD. The 2-by-3-foot display next to the front entrance of the school included two Latin crosses and read, “Dedicated in the year of our Lord 1997 to the education of God's children and to...
  • 10 Acts of Jihad in America That Americans Haven’t Heard About

    08/27/2014 3:41:02 PM PDT · by DBeers · 17 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | Aug 27, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    While the world’s attention is focused on the Islamic State, and its jihadis tell Americans that they will “drown all of you in blood,” jihad activity continues in the United States – although hardly anyone notices through the fog of mainstream media obfuscation. Here are some recent acts of jihad on American soil that you may have missed – all from this spring and summer:1. Seattle Muslim “on a jihad to kill Americans” prime suspect in four murder casesSeattle Muslim Ali Muhammad Brown, reported KING 5 News last Tuesday, is “currently in jail on $5 million bail for the alleged...
  • Chinese-made U.S. military coins should be outlawed, Stilp says

    08/27/2014 3:18:52 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    PennLive ^ | August 26, 2014 | Jan Murphy
    Learning that U.S. Navy commissioning coins were made in China is more than Middle Paxton Twp. resident Gene Stilp can tolerate. The citizen activist doesn't like seeing the "Made in China" label on any product, knowing it signals the continued erosion of America's manufacturing base. But having the United States military buying Chinese-made commemorative coins is an insult to those who wear its uniforms, he said. On Monday, Stilp asked U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., to push for a federal law barring any branch of the military from buying collectible coins minted outside the nation's borders. The Democratic state House...
  • IRS Admits That Lois Lerner Emails Were Never Lost

    08/27/2014 3:33:07 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    Investors.com ^ | August 27, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    <p>Scandal: Talk of crashed and recycled hard drives, like that Benghazi video, was a distraction from the truth, which is that the missing emails detailing IRS perfidy exist on a system intended for government wide catastrophe.</p> <p>It would make sense that such a system would exist in the event that, say, the Islamic State or some other terrorist entity managed a nuclear attack on Washington D.C.</p>
  • Professor Punishes Students for Saying ‘Bless You’ in Class

    08/27/2014 3:17:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 59 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 8/27/14 | Jim Hoft
    Professor Dr. Leon Gardner will punish his students at the College of Coastal Georgia with a 1% grade deduction for each occurrence. CBS Local reported: One professor at the College of Coastal Georgia has banned students from saying “bless you” in his class. Campus Reform reports that Dr. Leon Gardner, assistant professor of chemistry at the College of Coastal Georgia, pointed out his six rules on behavior on his Introductory Physics class syllabus. According to the #6 under the “Behavioral Deduction” section of the syllabus, students’ grades will be lowered for: “Saying ‘bless you.’ We are taught that it is...
  • Netanyahu Hails 'Great Diplomatic Blow' To Hamas

    08/27/2014 3:16:15 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/8/14 | Hezki Ezra & Ari Yashar
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday night attempted to respond to the outpouring of criticism for his unilateral decision the night before, in which he sealed a ceasefire deal with the terrorist group Hamas. "With the establishment of the ceasefire I can say that this is a great military and diplomatic achievement," claimed Netanyahu, accompanied by Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon and IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz. Netanyahu stated "Hamas has been hit critically and didn't receive any of the demands it set." Palestinian Authority (PA) officials revealed that in the deal Gaza received an immediate ease of the blockade...
  • Central California residents rely on bottled water as wells run dry

    08/27/2014 3:11:09 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    LA Times ^ | 8-27-14 | Veronica Rocha
    Extreme drought conditions have become so harsh for the Central Valley community of East Porterville, many of its residents dependent on their own wells have run out of water.. Roughly 300 homes have received a three-week supply of bottled water after Tulare County officials discovered their wells had gone dry. In all, county officials distributed 15,552 1-gallon bottles of water, and have been filling a 2,500-gallon tank with nonpotable water so residents can flush toilets and bathe.
  • Russian ’Resolution’ of a Russian-manufactured Crisis

    08/27/2014 3:05:35 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    The Finnish foreign ministry announced on Tuesday that back in June the United States and Russia held secret talks over Ukraine on Boisto Island in Finland. This startling announcement and synchronised information about the result – a ‘24-Step Plan to Resolve the Ukraine Crisis’ - were clearly timed to coincide with the meeting in Minsk between, among others Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. There were a number of crucial differences between the peace initiatives and one key similarity. Despite the Finnish report, the Boisto meeting, albeit sponsored by Finland’s foreign ministry, was between Russian and US...
  • Poland knows about Russian ‘humanitarian convoys’. It didn’t let one in.

    08/27/2014 2:54:47 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 11 replies
    Grzegorz Kostrzewa-Zorbas, Polish journalist and former diplomat, writes that Poland has also been through a ‘humanitarian convoy’ crisis. It came through it unscathed by refusing to allow the convoy in. Georgia was less fortunate. Kostrzewa-Zorbas explains that the Soviet tactics used in 1991 to get into Poland through camouflage, distortion of reality and psychological pressure were similar to those now seen in Ukraine. it would be easier, he suggests, to counter what he calls the Russian military operation “humanitarian convoy” if politicians, as well as public opinion in Ukraine, in the EU and NATO remembered that the Soviet Union tried...
  • Macabre Convoy: Cargo 200 from Ukraine to Russia

    08/27/2014 2:48:29 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 14 replies
    There is more and more evidence that Russian soldiers are fighting – and dying – on Ukrainian territory, and that the so-called ‘humanitarian convoy’ may have been used to take the dead back to Russia, including paratroopers from Pskov killed near Luhansk A day of mourning has been declared in the Russian city of Pskov on Aug 26. This comes five days after the Ukrainian armed captured two armed personnel carriers and reportedly discovered documents identifying men as paratroopers from the Pskov airborne brigade No. 74268. It has long been known that a large number of Russian mercenaries, as well...
  • Russian NGO has list of 400 killed or wounded Russian soldiers

    08/27/2014 2:43:20 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group KHRPG ^ | 28.08.14 | Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group KHRPG
    It looks extremely likely that at least some of the considerable number of men from the Caucuses long known to be fighting on the side of the Kremlin-backed militants in eastern Ukraine are or died as soldiers of the Russian Army. The Committee of Soldiers’ Mothers in the Stavropol area has drawn up a list of around four hundred Russian soldiers killed or injured. The head of the Committee Ludmila Bogatenkova told TV Dozhd that the list was put together from various sources in the armed forces which, for obvious reasons, she cannot reveal.. The names are from several mechanical...
  • Would it kill you to hire more black cops? (Yes) ... Ann Coulter

    08/27/2014 2:42:34 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 33 replies
    Ann Coulter Dot Com ^ | 27 Aug 2014 | Ann Coulter
    As the story of Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson's shooting of Michael Brown begins to look less clear-cut than we were led to believe by Brown's friend, Dorian Johnson, the "voices of oppression" on MSNBC now say the real issue is that there aren't enough blacks on the Ferguson police force. As Brown may or may not have said seconds before his death: I give up. If the Ferguson police are forced to hire more minorities and women for the sake of diversity, the one thing we can be sure of is that more black people will be murdered,...
  • If Russia is not at war, then who is in those freshly-dug graves?

    08/27/2014 2:36:50 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    In its editorial comment, Vedomosti.ru warns that “in the conflict in the south-east of Ukraine the Russian authorities are in danger of repeating the mistakes of the Soviet regime”/ It asks: “Is Russia fighting in Ukraine and if so, then on what grounds? If not, then who is in those freshly-dug graves or giving testimony at SBU interrogations?” Even Russian President Vladimir Putin’s KGB predecessors were unable to keep the death of large numbers of people secret, though they certainly tried. Efforts are still underway in Pskov and other parts of Russia to conceal the death or injury of a...
  • Poll: Romney breaks away in Iowa

    08/27/2014 2:33:30 PM PDT · by Blackirish · 104 replies
    politico ^ | 8/27/14 | JONATHAN TOPAZ and KENDALL BREITMAN
    The day after Mitt Romney opened the door to another possible presidential run, a new poll shows he has a huge lead among likely 2016 Iowa Republican caucus voters. According to a USA Today/Suffolk University poll released Wednesday, 35 percent of likely GOP caucus voters would vote for the 2012 GOP nominee in 2016. When Romney’s name was added to the pool, no other candidate received double-digit votes.
  • Obama’s Family Are Involved In Purchasing Slave Girls In Africa

    08/27/2014 2:26:17 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 30 replies
    No your eyes are not playing games, its President Obama’s brother, indeed saying that “the brother and mother signed off on the deal” to sell him the underaged girl. Malik Obama proudly talking about how he purchased an African girl as his slave “wife”. Of course, he erupted once he found out he was being recorded.
  • Stunning before and after images of California's drought

    08/27/2014 2:19:20 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 48 replies
    Vox ^ | August 27, 2014 | Brad Plumer
    California is currently suffering through its worst drought in at least a century, with 82 percent of the state facing "extreme" or "exceptional" drought. The before-and-after photos below offer a visual look at just how staggering the change has been.
  • Paratroopers' Grave Markings Vanish as Rumors Circulate They Were Killed in Ukraine

    08/27/2014 1:58:32 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 10 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Aug. 27 2014 20:15
    A day after RUSSIAN JOURNALISTS claimed they were ATTACKED at a Pskov, Russian cemetery while investigating reports that PARATROOPERS recently buried there had been killed in Ukraine, the GRAVE MARKERS featuring the troops' NAMES have been MYSTERIOUSLY REMOVED, Russian media reported. Wreaths and other decorations marking the spot have also been removed, according to the independent Dozhd television channel. It was unclear who might have removed the markings. Prior to the apparent gravesite tampering, Russian journalists Vladimir Romensky of Dozhd TV and Ilya Vasyunin of the Russkaya Planeta news site said they were ATTACKED, threatened and told to leave town...
  • Mayor: Adult Illegal Aliens With 'Graying' Hair Enrolled in Public Schools

    08/27/2014 1:57:47 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 52 replies
    CNS News.com ^ | August 27, 2014 | Penny Starr
    The mayor of Lynn, Mass. says that some of the illegal aliens from Guatemala who are enrolled in her city’s public schools are adults with graying hair and “more wrinkles than I have.” “They are not all children,” Judith Flanagan Kennedy told reporters at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. “One of the things that we did notice when we were processing some of these students coming in was that they were adults,” she said. She added that the federal government will not allow school officials to verify their ages even though one...
  • How Democrats might goad the GOP into shutting down the government

    08/27/2014 1:38:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    The Week ^ | 08/27/2014 | Marc Ambinder
    President Obama is expected to announce by mid-September whether he will circumvent a recalcitrant Congress and press ahead with immigration reform on his own terms. "Executive action," as it's come to be known, could be as robust and consequential as providing de-facto earned amnesty for millions of undocumented immigrants now living in the shadows. That decision would reverberate widely. Democrats have usually been afraid that if Obama decided to showcase the apogee of presidential power, the counter-reaction among conservatives and revanchists would cost Democrats an intolerably high political price. Now, though, after all the midterm primaries are done, as the...
  • CBO revises estimate, warns U.S. economic growth will underwhelm in 2014

    08/27/2014 1:35:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/27/2014 | Noah Rothman
    The Congressional Budget Office released a bit of a good news/bad news report on Wednesday regarding the state of the U.S. economy and federal budget. In the bad news column, CBO projected 2014’s GDP growth at just 1.5 percent. The report blamed this revision on “the surprising economic weakness in the first half of the year.” In early June, the International Monetary Fund projected the United States to grow by just 2 percent this year, revising its own estimate down from a previously anticipated 2.7 percent GDP expansion. This report is not likely to be warmly greeted by the...