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  • More Than A Thousand Stood Under Heat & Sun For Free Food In Miami

    08/22/2014 12:54:49 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 1 replies
    CBS Miami ^ | 8/22/14
    More than a thousand locals lined up Friday morning for several hours under the scorching sun and heat in Miami for a box full of food. The event located at the Central Shopping Plaza at 3825 NW 7th Street started at 9:00 a.m.
  • India Shows Off a New Warship as Its Maritime Rivalry With China Deepens

    08/22/2014 12:46:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | August 22, 2014 | David Stout
    New Delhi needs more firepower to protect its stake in the Indian Ocean, defense experts say The Indian navy will add another warship into its rapidly expanding fleet over the weekend as it seeks to counter China’s growing supremacy on the high seas of the Indo-Pacific. The INS Kamorta, which Indian officials are lauding as the nation’s first domestically built antisubmarine warship, will be unveiled to the public on Saturday during a ceremony at a naval dockyard in the eastern seaboard city of Visakhapatnam. Earlier this month, newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi christened the nation’s newest naval destroyer, the...
  • New fear: What happens in Ferguson if no charges?

    08/22/2014 12:36:17 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 26 replies
    Calm has come to Ferguson, Missouri, after nights of violent unrest over the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. But a crucial question lingers: What happens if the grand jury considering the case doesn't return a charge against the officer?
  • UKRAINE Ssu Donetsk: At this time the torture horror continues

    08/22/2014 12:29:49 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com
    /expres.ua ^ | 22.08.2014 19: 03
    Torture horror: people today, who are in captivity of militant, are being tortured in the SBU building of Donetsk. During a press conference on Friday, the Chairman of the Security Service of Ukraine Valentyn Nalyvaychenko. "The terrorists see that more and more the ring of Ukrainian security forces closing in [terrorists] will release from their cellars, which they used as a prison. Now there are prisoners in their security SBU building of Donetsk" - said during a briefing Nalyvaichenko. He said that the militants will be covering up their crimes. "They understand that once the Ukrainian police reach these cellars,...
  • EU ban on powerful vacuum cleaners prompts anger and legal challenge

    08/22/2014 12:27:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Manchester Guardian ^ | Thursday 21 August 2014 14.58 EDT | Rebecca Smith, consumer affairs correspondent
    Consumers are being urged to buy powerful vacuum cleaners while they can after it emerged that some of the most powerful models on the market will disappear in September when a new EU rule comes into force. An EU energy label, to be introduced from 1 September, means manufacturers will not be able to make or import vacuum cleaners with a motor that exceeds 1,600 watts.The Which? consumer group said many of its Best Buy models had motor sizes that exceeded this, “so if you’re in the market for a powerful vacuum, you should act quickly, before all of the...
  • 'Washington Post' editorial board stops using Redskins name

    08/22/2014 12:26:36 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 31 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | August 22, 2014 | Will Brinson
    More and more we're hearing about various members of the media ceasing to use the name "Redskins." In perhaps the biggest deal yet, the Washington Post announced Friday the editorial board would cease using the team's nickname. "While we wait for the NFL to catch up with public opinion and common decency we have decided not to use the slur ourselves except when it is essential for clarity or effect," said a statement on the paper's own site. Worth noting: this doesn't affect the actual paper. The news-gathering side of the business can -- and will as we understand it...
  • How Al Sharpton became Obama’s go-to man on race.

    08/22/2014 12:25:31 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | August 21, 2014 | Glenn Thrush
    A few days after 18-year-old Mike Brown was gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri, White House officials enlisted an unusual source for on-the-ground intelligence amid the chaos and tear gas: the Rev. Al Sharpton, a fiery activist who became a household name by provoking rather than pacifying. Sharpton—once such a pariah that Clinton administration officials rushed through their ribbon-cuttings in Harlem for fear he’d show up and force them to, gasp, shake his hand—arrived on the scene 72 hours after the shooting at the request of Brown’s grandfather, who had admired his advocacy on behalf of the family of slain Florida...
  • Ukraine crisis: Russian convoy prompts Western anger

    08/22/2014 12:23:55 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 22 August 2014 | BBC
    Russia's decision to send more than 100 aid lorries into war-torn eastern Ukraine without permission has been widely condemned in the West.
  • U.S. Calls on Russia to Remove Convoy

    08/22/2014 12:19:29 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 6 replies
    DoD News ^ | Aug 22, 2014 | DoD News
    Pentagon Press Secretary RADM John Kirby says Russia must remove a convoy from Ukraine immediately. VIDEO
  • Unemployed by ObamaCare (WSJ)

    08/22/2014 5:08:29 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 21, 2014
    Most of the political class seems to have decided that ObamaCare is working well enough, the opposition is fading, and the subsidies and regulation are settling in as the latest wing of the entitlement state. This flight from reality can't last forever, especially as the evidence continues to pile up that the law is harming the labor market. On Thursday the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia reported the results of a special business survey on the Affordable Care Act and its influence on employment, compensation and benefits. Liberals claim ObamaCare is of little consequence to jobs, but the Philly Fed...
  • Iraqi forces make gains against ISIS, official says

    08/22/2014 11:37:02 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    CNN ^ | August 22, 2014 -- Updated 1744 GMT | Jason Hanna and Hamdi Alkhshali
    (CNN) -- Kurdish and Iraqi armed forces made gains against ISIS fighters in northeastern Iraq on Friday, taking back several villages as they surrounded the large ISIS-held town of Jalawla, a spokesman for Kurdish forces said. And the U.S. military said its aircraft continued attacking ISIS forces Friday near Mosul Dam, where Iraqi forces are expanding control of the area after retaking the dam this month. Those are some of the latest developments in the push by Iraqi and Kurdish forces -- in some cases boosted by U.S. air support and airstrikes since August 8 -- to push back the...
  • Homeland Warns of ISIS Retaliation in US by Sympathizers

    08/22/2014 11:36:08 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 22, 2014 | By MIKE LEVINE
    Federal authorities today urged law enforcement across the country to be alert for possible attacks inside the United States in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic group ISIS. In a joint bulletin issued to local, state and federal law enforcement, the Department of Homeland Security and FBI said that while they are “unaware of any specific, credible threats against the Homeland” and find direct threats from ISIS “not credible,” they cannot rule out attacks in the United States from sympathizers radicalized by the group’s online propaganda. “[B]ecause of the individualized nature of the radicalization process – it is difficult...
  • Glenn Beck: ditching conservatism - New profile in HuffPo: ‘he is mellowing a bit’

    08/22/2014 11:27:20 AM PDT · by BlopAndStop · 45 replies
    The Media Equalizer ^ | August 22, 2014 | Media Equalizer
    targeting Fox’s Tantaros Spumoni 1 Tough decision: ‘Day Of Rage!!!’ or spumoni? James Foley Did you view that horrible beheading video? US President Obama waves from a golf cart in Kailua Conservatives: too wimpy to hold Obama accountable? Ferguson - Fox 1 MSNBC’s ‘lynch mob mentality’ blasted Politics / Radio / Television Glenn Beck: ditching conservatism New profile in HuffPo: ‘he is mellowing a bit’ By Brian Maloney August 22nd, 2014, 1:58 EDT Beck Glenn 3 That he was even willing to do an interview with a “progressive” publication like the Huffington Post was the first clue. But whatever his...
  • China's Chengdu J-20 fighter to compete with Russia's T-50

    08/22/2014 11:26:36 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 22 Aug, 2014 | Jeremy Bender
    China is in the process of developing its own native fifth-generation fighter to compete with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and Russia's T-50. Although China has been secretive about the exact specifications of the aircraft, experts are warning that the plane could be a game-changer in East Asia's potentially fragile security environment. China's Chengdu J-20 is currently in its fourth round of prototypes. On July 26, the most recent version of the fighter flew for two hours before successfully landing. Information about the J-20 is limited, but an unnamed Asian government source told IHS Jane's that upwards of 20 J-20s...
  • White House: That round of golf after the Foley video was released doesn’t show the depth

    08/22/2014 11:24:07 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    hot air ^ | 8/22/14 | Allahpundit
    Oh, I don’t know. (Snip) Ask yourself this, though. Is “optics” really just a Beltway parlor game? My hunch about most low-information voters, a.k.a. most voters, is that they’d struggle to name who the vice president is when asked. We’re lucky if they’re cognizant of what happened to James Foley at all, let alone Obama’s reaction to it. “As a general rule, I think that he’s right that you can’t be held hostage to the news cycle — the man deserves a bit of downtime,” said Jim Manley, a longtime Democratic strategist. “But in this particular instance, I think a...
  • Germany debates role of Bundestag in approving arms shipments to Iraq

    08/22/2014 10:59:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 22/08/2014 - 08:08 | (EurActiv.de with Reuters)
    Iraqi Kurds have welcomed the German government’s expressed willingness to supply weapons in the fight against violent Islamists. Speaking on Deutschlandfunk radio on Thursday (21 August), Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq Rodsch Schawais said arms assistance should come as quickly as possible. The Kurdish leader addressed fears that German weapons could end up in the wrong hands or later be used in a possible conflict for an independent Kurdistan. This question is not relevant right now, he said. At the moment it is important to stop the advance of the extremist Islamic State (IS), Schawais explained. […] But the government’s...
  • After Losing to Hobby Lobby, Obama Admin Pushes Crippling Fines for HHS Mandate Violators

    08/22/2014 10:58:24 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 32 replies
    Life News ^ | 8/22/14 | Steven Ertelt
    After losing to Hobby Lobby at the Supreme Court in a case about whether certain businesses who object to paying for abortion-causing drugs for their employees must follow the HHS mandate, the Obama administration has revised the HHS mandate rules.The revisions target religious nonprofits and those pro-life companies like Hobby Lobby.The Obama administration released a fact sheet on the newly-proposed HHS mandate rule pertaining to non-profit organizations and closely held for-profit entities, like Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties. The factsheet on the new rules makes it clear that the HHS mandate violates the conscience rights of non-profit organizations and...
  • The List: Obama's Two Hundred and Ninety-First Week in Office

    08/22/2014 10:54:35 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Nachumlist ^ | 8/22/14 | Nachum
    Obama's Two Hundred and Ninety-First Week in Office8/21/2014It's 3am and nobody's there Chinese Jet Threatened U.S. Intelligence Aircraft Su-27 flew within 50 feet of new P-8 anti-submarine warfare jet near JapanPlaying golf AGAIN: Obama tees off just 24 hours after being criticized for hitting the course within minutes of solemnly pledging justice for*State Dept: We Had ‘No Intention’ Of Revealing U.S. Failed Foley Rescue, ‘No Idea’ Who LeakedState Dept. on Beheading of U.S. Journalist: 'This Is Not About the United States'Team Obama leaks failed raid in bid to shore up imageNSA Whistle-Blower: Obama’s Authority To Label ‘Terrorists’ Is The Same Rule...
  • What James Foley's murder says about the Islamic State

    08/22/2014 10:52:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 22, 2014 | By Marc Champion
    ... The question for President Barack Obama and other Western leaders isn't whether to fight the Islamic State, but when. Should it be now, when the group is not yet entrenched in Iraq, and when Assad finally has begun to move against it in Syria? Or will it be once its fighters have established themselves in Iraq and Syria and move on to Jordan, as they moved on the Kurds? If they were to succeed in Jordan, why not the Gulf states, where they already recruit and solicit donations? In Iraq and beyond, the nightmare prospect is of an al-Qaida...
  • TransNistria to become part of Russia like Crimea: Russian official

    08/22/2014 10:48:55 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    Zik TV ^ | Wednesday 20 august, 2014, 09:14 | Zik TV
    TransNistria will be a part of Russia, but the present situation in Ukraine prevents from doing it now, Putin’s envoy in Crimea Oleg Belaventsev said Aug. 19, Liga.net reports. “I would unite TransNistria today. However, you see what is going on in Ukraine,” the envoy said. “I am convinced that in the final run TransNistria will be a part of Russia,” he said. In early August, Moldova demanded again that Russia withdraw its military from TransNistria. Fearing the likely joining of Romania by Moldova , TransNistria, the base of a large Russian army and the area heavily populated by Russian-speakers,...
  • 'Suicide Tourism' to Switzerland Doubles in 4 Years

    08/22/2014 10:44:45 AM PDT · by Stoat · 8 replies
    Medscape news ^ | August 21, 2014 | Megan Brooks
    The number of people traveling to Switzerland to commit suicide has doubled since 2009, a new study shows. These "suicide tourists" are largely from Germany and the United Kingdom, although they also come from other countries including the United States and Canada, and nearly half suffer from nonfatal neurological conditions, such as paralysis, motor neurone disease, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis, the study suggests. Saskia Gauthier, MD, from the Institute of Legal Medicine, University of Zurich, and colleagues report their findings in an article published online August 20 in the Journal of Medical Ethics. Assisted suicide is restricted in many countries, but in...
  • NATO Secretary General condemns entry of Russian convoy into Ukraine

    08/22/2014 10:41:52 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    NATO ^ | 22 Aug. 2014 | NATO
    NATO Secretary General condemns entry of Russian convoy into Ukraine I condemn the entry of a Russian so-called humanitarian convoy into Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian authorities and without any involvement of the International Committee of the Red Cross. This is a blatant breach of Russia’s international commitments, including those made recently in Berlin and Geneva, and a further violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty by Russia. It can only deepen the crisis in the region, which Russia itself has created and has continued to fuel. The disregard of international humanitarian principles raises further questions about whether the true...
  • Woo hoo!! Less than $16k to go!! Let's git 'er done!! [FReepathon thread XXXVIII]

    08/22/2014 10:23:33 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 45 replies
    Dear FRiends, We are being rolled by the media, by the government and even by some of our own weak-sister representatives. FR stands firm for the constitution and for truth. Truth always shines through eventually. Keep the faith!! And now we need your continuing loyal support to keep the lights on. FR is funded solely by contributions made by liberty loving people who enjoy and use it. We are beholden to no political party. No advertisers, no outsiders, no sugar daddies, no corporate string pullers. No commercial ads. No annoying pop-ups. No ad tracking. No mail campaigns. No spam. We...
  • Up Close and Personal: A Return to Outcry in the Barrio

    08/22/2014 10:08:16 AM PDT · by BUSHdude2000 · 2 replies
    BigJollyPolitics.com ^ | 8-22-14 | Steve Parkhurst
    It is summer time in San Antonio. Mid-July, the 15th to be exact. The temperature approaches 100 degrees. It is a Texas summer day to be sure. Pastor Roman Herrera, instead of sitting inside enjoying lemonade and air conditioning, is instead working his way through alleyways.
  • German Minister Accuses Qatar Of Funding Islamic State Fighters

    08/22/2014 10:05:03 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    Gulf Business News ^ | August 22, 2014
    German Development Minister Gerd Mueller accused Qatar on Wednesday of financing Islamic State militants who have seized wide areas of northern Iraq and have posted a video of a captive American journalist being beheaded. “This kind of conflict, this kind of a crisis always has a history … The ISIS troops, the weapons – these are lost sons, with some of them from Iraq,” Mueller told German public broadcaster ZDF. “You have to ask who is arming, who is financing ISIS troops. The keyword there is Qatar – and how do we deal with these people and states politically?” said...
  • Pentagon: No evidence of ISIS at border

    08/22/2014 10:02:35 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 79 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 22, 2014 | Martin Matishak
    The Defense Department on Friday pushed back against Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s (R) claim that fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) might have entered the United States across its southern border. Perry, who is weighing another run for the president in 2016, made the assertion Thursday during a speech at the conservative Heritage Foundation. "There's the obvious great concern that, because of the condition of the border from the standpoint of it not being secure, and us not knowing who is penetrating across, that individuals from ISIS or other terrorist states could be [crossing]," he said....
  • Ex-CIA Officer: 'There Are ISIS Sleeper Cells In This Country'

    08/22/2014 9:33:09 AM PDT · by george76 · 67 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 21 Aug 2014 | Cathy Burke
    A former CIA officer said Thursday he has no doubt Islamic State (ISIS) sleeper cells are already planted on U.S. soil. ... former CIA officer Bob Baer told the network ISIS is already on this side of the Atlantic. "I have been told with no uncertainty there are ISIS sleeper cells in this country," he said. ... Islamic State fighters suggest their leader, Iraqi Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is planning something for the West – and that attacks could take place through sleeper cells in both Europe and the United States. “The West are idiots and fools," one fighter taunted, according...
  • Ukraine Says Russia Violated Its Border (Aid Convoy Arrives Lugansk Without Permission)

    08/22/2014 9:30:44 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 13 replies
    WSJ ^ | 8-22-2014 | Anton Troianovski in Kiev, and
    -Kiev Says Crossing of Russian Trucks Without Red Cross Violates Agreement Ukraine charged Russia with violating its borders by driving dozens of trucks into the rebel-held east of the country on Friday, a sharp escalation in tensions after an extended standoff over a large convoy believed to be carrying humanitarian aid that Moscow dispatched last week. Russia's foreign ministry said it sent in the trucks unilaterally because Kiev was deliberately halting the delivery. But Ukrainian officials said trucks had entered Ukraine without being accompanied by the International Committee of the Red Cross, violating a previous agreement. They charged that Russian...
  • Photo Implies ISIS Threat to Chicago

    08/22/2014 9:22:28 AM PDT · by Chgogal · 60 replies
    WGNtv or Channel 9 Chicago ^ | August 21, 2014 | Mark Suppelsa
    There is another chilling Chicago connection in the battle between the US. and extreme Islamic militants isil (ISIS). First there’s the beheading of the journalist who was the Northwestern graduate. Now WGN Investigates has found an online war of words and disturbing images that includes an implied threat to a Chicago landmark building.
  • Russia Moves Artillery Units Into Ukraine, NATO Says

    08/22/2014 9:20:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    NY Times ^ | August 22, 2014 | Michael R. Gordon
    The Russian military has moved artillery units manned by Russian personnel inside Ukrainian territory in recent days and is using them to fire at Ukrainian forces, NATO officials said on Friday. The West has long accused Russia of supporting the separatist forces in eastern Ukraine, but this is the first time it has said it had evidence of the direct involvement of the Russian military.
  • Google Maps Has Been Tracking Your Every Move, And There’s A Website To Prove It.

    08/22/2014 9:03:17 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 91 replies
    Junkee ^ | 8/15/2014 | Elizabeth Flux
    Remember that scene in Minority Report, where Tom Cruise is on the run from the law, but is unable to avoid detection because everywhere he goes there are constant retina scans feeding his location back to a central database? That’s tomorrow. Today, Google is tracking wherever your smartphone goes, and putting a neat red dot on a map to mark the occasion. You can find that map here. All you need to do is log in with the same account you use on your phone, and the record of everywhere you’ve been for the last day to month will erupt...
  • Kenyan businessman claims US 'owns' Ebola

    08/22/2014 8:57:35 AM PDT · by Covenantor · 23 replies
    News24 ^ | Aug 22, 2014
    Kenyan businessman claims US 'owns' Ebola Cape Town – A Kenyan businessman has reportedly made claims that the United States government owns the Ebola virus that continues to rock West African countries. According to the Business Daily, Joseph Aura told the High Court in Nairobi that the US had patented the Ebola virus, its vaccine and cure in 2012 and should be compelled to bring the health crisis to a stop. The claim was made in court papers supporting Aura’s request to have the Kenya High Court throw out a case filed by the Consumers Federation of Kenya lobby group...
  • A Wounded Ukraine Volunteer Lies in a Donetsk Prison—Where the Jailer Is Russian

    08/22/2014 8:43:18 AM PDT · by tlozo
    The Wall Steet Journal ^ | Aug. 4, 2014 | Philip Shishkin
    A pro-Russia separatist guards a checkpoint in the eastern Ukrainian village of Rozsypne on Monday. Reuters DONETSK, Ukraine— Oleg Mamiyev, a Russian citizen with a beard and a lazy eye, descended a crooked flight of stairs into a basement on a rebel base here and unlocked a chain-link trapdoor to show off a prisoner. Sitting on a cot that barely fit into his dark nook, the prisoner, Maxim Kucheryavy, was obviously hungry and in pain. A Ukrainian volunteer who wanted to fight pro-Russian insurgents, Mr. Kucheryavy said he had been shot in both legs at point-blank range while unarmed and...
  • State Department Spokesman Caught in MAJOR LIE about ISIS and Turkey

    08/22/2014 8:31:15 AM PDT · by george76 · 43 replies
    Walid Shoebat ^ | August 21, 2014 | Ben Barrack
    In another heated exchange between State Department spokesman Marie Harf and AP reporter Matt Lee, the issue of whether any governments are funding ISIS / ISIL is proving to be a hot button issue. In this particular exchange, Qatar is the focus but other countries – specifically Turkey – should start getting spotlighted soon. Harf contends that there is “no evidence” of governments funding ISIL but Lee calls her on that assertion based on a quote from President Obama. To say there is “no evidence” that any government is “supporting this group (ISIS)” is a major lie ... Let’s go...
  • Gaza militants kill 18 alleged spies for Israel

    08/22/2014 8:29:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 22, 2014 11:00 AM EDT | Ibrahim Barzak and Daniel Estrin
    Gaza gunmen killed 18 alleged spies for Israel on Friday, including seven who were lined up behind a mosque with bags over their heads and shot in front of hundreds of people. The killings came in response to Israel’s deadly airstrike against three top Hamas military commanders. Hamas media said Friday’s shootings signaled the start of a crackdown, under the rallying cry of “choking the necks of the collaborators.” It was the largest number of suspected informers killed by Hamas in a single day since it seized Gaza by force in 2007. The Al Majd website, which is close to...
  • Teachers want their money back after UFT backs Sharpton (NYC)

    08/22/2014 8:19:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 19, 2014 | 8:14pm | Joe Tacopino, Jamie Schram and Bruce Golding
    The UFT will pay a heavy price for sponsoring the Rev. Al Sharpton’s anti-cop rally on Staten Island—as a growing number of teachers vow to cancel their contributions to the union’s political action committee. The UFT’s Committee on Political Education, or COPE, raked in more than $6 million between Jan. 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014, according to records filed with the Federal Election Commission. But ever since the union announced its support last week for a protest over the police chokehold death of Eric Garner, hundreds of members have used the UFT’s own Facebook page to publicly sever ties...
  • NY Times/CBS Poll: US Divided Racially on Brown Shooting

    08/22/2014 8:19:44 AM PDT · by rktman · 37 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 8/22/2014 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Opinions on the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, are strongly divided among racial lines, the latest New York Times/CBS poll shows, but still most people feel race relations in their own communities are good. However, there is a rising feeling among whites that race relations are troubled, The New York Times reported. The poll also shows that while most whites are reserving judgment over whether police officer Darren Wilson was justified in shooting the unarmed teenager, most black respondents said the incident was unjustified.
  • A compelling argument - Paper says all ivory markets should close

    08/22/2014 8:19:28 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 29 replies
    Boulder Daily Camera ^ | 08/22/2014 | Erika Stutzman
    It was quite a spectacle. In November 2013, the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge in Commerce City had an enormous, spiky display of tons and tons of elephant tusks and ornately carved ivory icons and knickknacks. Some were aged and discolored; others gleamed exquisitely, fit for long-ago king. Then, the feds smashed the whole pile — six tons in total — into bits. From the tusks to the trinkets, the ivory had been seized over the past two decades by U.S. customs and other authorities and piled up here in Colorado. The pulverizing of the stockpile was to draw attention...
  • Sharpton a key advisor to Obama on Ferguson (reported back directly to Valerie Jarrett)

    08/22/2014 8:17:59 AM PDT · by maggief · 30 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 22, 2014 | Pat Bailey
    EXCERPT While in Ferguson, Sharpton met with the Brown family and reported back directly to Valerie Jarrett, one of Obama’s closest aides. Sharpton was directed to find out specific information including what the Brown family wanted from the White House, Politico reports. The veteran activist, who is also leading Saturday’s march on Staten Island against police brutality in New York, even suggested Jarrett turn up the heat on Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, and appoint a special prosecutor to replace St. Louis prosecutor Bob McCulloch in the Brown case.
  • Paul Ryan airs frustrations with GOP in new book (that no one is buying!)

    08/22/2014 8:15:57 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 41 replies
    CBS News ^ | 8/19/14 | JOSHUA ROBERTS
    As Congress hurtled toward a government shutdown in the fall of 2013, Rep. Paul Ryan looked around at fellow Republicans who were agitating to shutter national parks, federal agencies and Head Start programs. "This can't be the full measure of our party and our movement," Ryan writes of that moment in his new book, released Tuesday. "If it is, we're dead and the country is lost." Such moments of raw frustration pepper Ryan's "The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea," a book as much about his front-row seat as Republicans' favorite budget wonk as it is about his political future....
  • Hagel: "Syria Raid Flawless"

    08/22/2014 8:13:50 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 33 replies
    Even so, defense officials sought to put a positive spin on the mission. “This operation, by the way, was a flawless operation,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a briefing with reporters Thursday afternoon. “But the hostages were not there.”
  • Cause of global warming hiatus found deep in the Atlantic Ocean

    08/22/2014 8:10:16 AM PDT · by NowApproachingMidnight · 41 replies
    The University of Washington ^ | 8/21/2014 | Hannah Hickey
    Following rapid warming in the late 20th century, this century has so far seen surprisingly little increase in the average temperature at the Earth’s surface. At first this was a blip, then a trend, then a puzzle for the climate science community. More than a dozen theories have now been proposed for the so-called global warming hiatus, ranging from air pollution to volcanoes to sunspots. New research from the University of Washington shows that the heat absent from the surface is plunging deep in the north and south Atlantic Ocean, and is part of a naturally occurring cycle. The study...
  • Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamic State Beheads Liberals Too

    08/22/2014 8:02:45 AM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    Walid Shoebat ^ | August 21, 2014 | Ben Barrack
    The beheading of any American should send every American into orbit from outrage. That includes the beheading of James Foley. What must be made known, however, is that evidence suggests Foley was sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood’s cause and may have been a liberal. If that’s true, why would ISIS behead him? The answer is strangely simple. ISIS beheads liberals too, in much the same way that the Tsarnaev brothers set off pressure cooker bombs in a predominantly liberal city – Boston. Foley Betrayed by those he supported. A look at Foley’s twitter feed from 2012 indicates he was a...
  • Build the Border Fence Already!

    08/22/2014 7:55:29 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 21, 2014 | Roger L. Simon
    Most of us, even many Democrats these days, are beginning to acknowledge the complete foreign policy failure of our president (for an overview see Bret Stephens’ The Meltdown in Commentary), but we still have to deal with over two years of Obama and we have a serious problem that needs to be handled immediately. We could die. Not all of us but a lot of us. And our society as we know it could be destroyed. Sound apocalyptic and a little overwrought? Well, it is apocalyptic, but not so overwrought. Surely you saw the Islamic State video with that...
  • ISIS Is Likely Receiving Funding From People Living In Countries Allied With The US

    08/22/2014 7:28:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/22/2014 | Allan Smith
    The Islamic State for Iraq and the Levant is mostly funded through criminal activity, such as the theft of a potential $425 million from a central bank in Mosul. But the group is also receiving private donations from wealthy Sunnis in American-allied Gulf nations such as Kuwait, Qatar, and, possibly, Saudi Arabia. ISIS is now thought to be the world's richest terrorist organization, with an estimated $2 billion in funds.This makes ISIS wealthier than several sovereign countries, including Nauru, Tonga, and the Marshall Islands."They probably have some wealthy donors in those countries, but they are seizing hundreds of millions in Iraq, and...
  • James Foley’s brother: The U.S. could have done more for Jim

    08/22/2014 7:16:54 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 75 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | August 21, 2014 | Liz Goodwin
    The brother of American journalist James Foley said Friday morning that the U.S. government could have done more to attempt to free his brother and other American hostages from the Islamic militant group ISIL. “There’s more that could have been done directly on Jim’s behalf,” Michael Foley, 38, told Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric in an exclusive interview from his parents’ home in New Hampshire. “I really, really hope that Jim’s death pushes us to take anther look at our approach to terrorist and hostage negotiation.” Foley, a 40-year-old journalist who was covering the Syrian conflict for GlobalPost, was...
  • California Sex Ed Gone Mad

    08/22/2014 6:52:42 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 34 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 21, 2014 | Tony Perkins
    What’s the difference between a Playboy magazine and Fremont Unified School District’s sex-ed curriculum? The curriculum is free! The 9th grade textbook, which teachers unanimously approved, has been the center of a nationwide debate over the schools’ role in parenting kids on sensitive topics like this. In this particular California District, thousands of parents are protesting the jaw-dropping topics in the “Your Health Today” curriculum — including everything from bondage, sex toys, and various fantasies. “It’s a bit much for me,” said mom Latonya Stevenson. “I’m not comfortable with my child — I mean, wow, that’s the graphics are extreme...
  • New developments in 'Joe Biden defense' case

    08/22/2014 6:40:18 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 1 replies
    columbian.com ^ | August 18,2014 | Paris Achen
    Clark County's prosecutor said Tuesday he will dismiss a firearms-related charge against a Vancouver man who said he was merely taking Vice President Joe Biden's advice on how to defend his property from car prowlers. Instead, the man will be prosecuted for obstructing a police officer. Jeffrey C. Barton, 53, made international news when he told journalists: "I did what Joe Biden told me to do. I went outside and fired my shotgun in the air.
  • Pentagon chief: ISIS 'beyond anything we have seen'

    08/22/2014 6:39:24 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 41 replies
    CNN ^ | 8/22/14 | Chelsea J. Carter and Azadeh Ansari
    Speaking at a town hall meeting in Arizona, Republican Sen. John McCain, who has advocated for strikes against ISIS in Syria, said the extremists were "an enemy that must be defeated. Not stopped, but defeated." "It is a cancer which has spread throughout that region and can spread into Europe and into the United States of America," McCain said, according to CNN affiliate KGUN. His phrase echoed the term President Barack Obama used Wednesday to describe the terrorist group
  • After Hitting Shaheen on Immigration, Brown Closes Gap in New Hampshire

    08/22/2014 6:33:24 AM PDT · by SharpRightTurn · 45 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 9:00 AM, Aug 22, 2014 | Michael Warren
    Scott Brown, the Republican Senate candidate in New Hampshire who has struggled to gain traction against his opponent Jeanne Shaheen, is within two points of the incumbent Democrat in a new poll from WMUR and the University of New Hampshire. The poll shows Shaheen with 46 percent support and Brown, the former GOP senator from Massachusetts, with 44 percent. The previous WMUR-UNH poll, from June, showed Shaheen with a 12-point lead over Brown, 52 percent to 40 percent. After Hitting Shaheen on Immigration, Brown Closes Gap in New Hampshire This is the closest poll of the race since January, with...