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  • Police: Tsarnaev relatives moved from hotel

    04/25/2015 6:19:51 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 11 replies
    WMTW.com ^ | April 25, 2015 | WMTW.com
    The family of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were moved Saturday from the Revere, Massachusetts, hotel they had been staying at since arriving in Boston this week. Revere police confirmed Saturday that the family had moved from the Hampton Inn on Route 1A, but could provide no further information. The FBI declined to comment on the move on Saturday, citing security concerns and the ongoing trial.
  • SBS reporter Scott McIntyre sparks outrage on twitter with ‘despicable’ Anzac comments

    04/25/2015 5:15:35 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 34 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 26th April 2015 | Andrew Hamblin
    A HIGH-profile SBS presenter has come under fire for a vicious public attack on Australian Diggers in which he implied that Anzacs were rapists and terrorists. SBS soccer reporter Scott McIntyre’s rant on social media late on Anzac Day has been drawn outrage from Australian leaders, including Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull who labelled his comments “despicable”. “Difficult to think of more offensive or inappropriate comments,” Mr Turnbull tweeted. “Despicable remarks which deserve to be condemned.”
  • Russian Hackers Read Obama’s Unclassified Emails, Officials Say

    04/25/2015 4:28:37 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 31 replies
    New Yoirk Times ^ | APril 25, 2015 | MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and DAVID E. SANGE
    WASHINGTON — Some of President Obama’s email correspondence was swept up by Russian hackers last year in a breach of the White House’s unclassified computer system that was far more intrusive and worrisome than has been publicly acknowledged, according to senior American officials briefed on the investigation.
  • Gay Refugees From ISIS (ISIS men pose as gays to trap gays)

    04/25/2015 3:25:22 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 34 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | Daily Beast
    If caught by jihadis, Syrian gays may be thrown from rooftops, or ransomed. And many live in fear of their own families. But Lebanon’s not the safe haven they hoped. BEIRUT — Two young men we’ll call Karim and Tareq were walking through the streets of Raqqa, Syria, in September 2013 on their second date. They’d just been to a good restaurant, and Karim was excited as Tareq was about to introduce him to his friends. But the night quickly turned ugly when five strangers showed up, put a sack over Karim’s head, gagged him, and drove him to an...
  • Judicial Watch Pinch-Hitting for the FBI

    04/25/2015 10:26:08 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 25, 2015 | Janet Levy
    Despite the growing menace and media savvy of the terrorist Islamic group ISIS, the FBI appears to be, once again, failing in its investigative and enforcement responsibilities. The agency that let us down with 9/11 and, afterward, reacted mainly in a flurry of political correctness and appeasement toward Muslims is now trying to reassure the American public that we have nothing to fear from ISIS on the North American continent. This despite warnings from the nonprofit Judicial Watch of ISIS activism in Mexico, and recent ISIS-related arrests in Minnesota. More is needed from the nation's top domestic intelligence and security...
  • Most Britons have no idea about Waterloo

    04/25/2015 9:39:10 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 92 replies
    The Local (France) ^ | 20 Apr 2015 08:51 GMT+02:00
    With the 200th anniversary of the famous Battle of Waterloo just two months away a survey in Britain has revealed that most ofthe public know little about it and some even think it's just an Abba song, while many thought the French actually won. A survey of Britons published in the build-up to the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo found three-quarters knew little or nothing about it -- while many thought France won. The poll of 2,070 people for the National Army Museum found 73 percent either knew nothing or next to nothing about the battle, one of...
  • French may be enforced on all flights to Canada

    04/25/2015 9:35:13 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 69 replies
    What started as a row over lemonade could end up with international airlines being forced to employ French speakers on all flights that serve Canada, a country where French and English are classed as official languages. An MP in Canada, Stephane Dion, has lodged a bill with parliament that if passed would oblige all flights to and from Canada to have a French speaker on board and for all passenger announcements to be made in both English and French. The inspiration for his bill lies in an argument over a lemonade on an AirCanada flight between Toronto and North Carolina...
  • UKRAINE:

    Dmitry Tymchuk, Head of the Center for Military and Political Research, Coordinator of the Information Resistance group, Member of Parliament (People’s Front) 04.21.2015 Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine Based on the results of OSINT (open-source intelligence) and by summarizing the data of the IR group’s network, the experts of Information Resistance calculated the approximate numbers of combat equipment and auxiliary supplies which Russia has transferred to Donbas after the signing of the Minsk Agreements, and as of April 20, 2015. Tanks at DNR's training grounds. Photograph by Petr Shelomoiskiy Tanks at the DNR’s training grounds. Photograph by Petr...
  • HSBC looks at moving HQ from Britain as tax and regulations bite (also “Don’t leave EU!”)

    04/25/2015 8:46:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Apr 24, 2015 11:34pm BST | Steve Slater and Sinéad Cruise
    HSBC, Europe’s biggest bank, has ordered a review into whether it should move its headquarters out of Britain and potentially back to its former home in Hong Kong, threatening London’s reputation as a global hub for finance and investment. The announcement from HSBC, founded in Asia but a key part of the British establishment, prompted a warm response from Hong Kong, where it is revered as “The Bank”, and silence from the British government. The commitment to the review comes less than two weeks before British parliamentary elections on May 7 and poses challenges for both Prime Minister David Cameron...
  • [Germany’s foreign minister] Steinmeier: Armenia wasn’t genocide

    04/25/2015 8:11:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 24 Apr 2015 15:58 GMT+02:00 | (AFP/The Local)
    Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier insisted on Friday that calling Armenian massacres genocide risks belittling the Holocaust, after President Joachim Gauck broke a taboo by using the word on Thursday. Steinmeier stuck to his guns on Friday, arguing in an interview with Spiegel that “We in Germany need to be careful not to give justification to those who follow their own political agenda and say the Holocaust started before 1933.” […] Steinmeier has come in for fierce criticism this week, with one high profile politician comparing him to Germany’s First World War leadership. Both Gauck and Bundestag (German parliament) president Norbert...
  • Claims of Ukraine Nazis crucifying/burning resistance fighter alive

    04/25/2015 8:00:40 AM PDT · by Towed_Jumper · 71 replies
    Liveleak.com ^ | April 24th, 2015 | Unattributed
    See video...
  • MILITARY UPDATE: Congress steps toward blended military retirement

    04/25/2015 7:47:04 AM PDT · by SandRat · 36 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Staff/HERALD REVIEW
    Congress on Thursday took a first, perhaps historic step toward phasing out the 20-year-or-bust retirement system the U.S. military has used to shape and retain its career forces since the end of World War II. The replacement plan, as endorsed by the House armed services’ personnel subcommittee, is a blended system that would cut by 20 percent the value of future force annuities in return for an added tool to build nest eggs earlier — a 401(k)-like Thrift Savings Plan with government matching of service member TSP contributions. The enhanced TSP, with matching of monthly deposits of up to five...
  • Turkey’s Erdogan slams nations recognizing Armenian genocide

    04/25/2015 7:45:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 25, 2015 9:31 AM EDT
    Turkey’s president has lashed out at country leaders who have recognized the killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as genocide on the centenary of the massacres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday accused France, Germany, Russia and Austria—whose leaders or parliaments recently described the killings as genocide—of supporting “claims constructed on Armenian lies.” He accused the United States of siding with Armenia, although President Barack Obama stopped short of using the term in his annual message. …
  • Finland election: anti-EU right marches onto centre stage

    04/25/2015 7:44:45 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 7 replies
    Scroll In ^ | 4/23/2015 | Nicolas Prindiville
    A right wing anti-EU party has enjoyed success in Finland’s election that saw the governing National Coalition suffer a dramatic defeat. After a campaign dominated by domestic issues, the opposition Centre party won 49 seats of the 200 up for election, while the anti-EU Finns Party won 38 and the governing National Coalition won 37. As a party of the populist right, the Finns latches on to voter discontent wherever it can be found. It did so spectacularly in the 2011 elections, where the party (previously known as the True Finns) expanded its vote share by an historic 14.9% vote...
  • UKRAINE: Good-bye Lenin [VIDEO]

    04/25/2015 6:52:22 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 5 replies
    PODCAST at link When Ukrainians began toppling statues of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin at the height of the Euromaidan revolution, it seemed almost retro. As if we had gone back in time to 1991. And in some ways we had. Because to many of its supporters, last year's Ukrainian uprising represented reviving the dashed hopes and promise of that heady time. Hopes for a truly independent Ukraine that had broken from its Soviet past -- and was free from Russian domination in its present. But as Ukraine's pro-Western rulers are now learning, putting these hopes into practice is a lot...
  • Nepal Earthquake Triggers Deadly Mount Everest Avalanche

    04/25/2015 6:27:43 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    Climbers on Mount Everest ran for their lives on Saturday when a massive 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal and set off at least one avalanche. At least eight people died and more than two dozen were injured in the avalanche on the world's highest mountain, according to The Associated Press. Jelle Veyt was just getting back to base camp when suddenly the earth "shook for a couple of seconds — badly," the Belgian climber told NBC News. A sherpa just a few feet ahead turned and pointed behind him, Veyt recalled, saying he then turned around himself and saw a "huge...
  • Pressed by Young Republicans, Scott Walker Sticks to Tough Immigration Stance

    04/25/2015 2:25:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 70 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 24, 2015 | Trip Gabriel
    "..........Mr. Walker’s apparent hardening on immigration has inspired a flood of reporting and commentary. Most recently he told the radio host Glenn Beck that he favored restricting legal immigration in tough economic times, a position to the right of most other 2016 presidential hopefuls. He repeated that view Friday after a speech in Cedar Rapids, when Eddie Failor, 24, expressed concern “as a young Republican” that the party must make inroads to new voter blocs, including by supporting a comprehensive overhaul of immigration. Mr. Walker told Mr. Failor that his top priority would be securing the border. He also said...
  • Biden: ‘No President Has Ever Done More to Support Israel’s Security than Obama’

    04/24/2015 9:09:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 73 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 24, 2015 - 1:37 PM | (CNSNews.com Staff)
    Speaking at the 67th Annual Israeli Independence Day Celebration in Washington, D.C. on Thursday evening, Vice President Joe Biden said that “no president has ever done more to support Israel’s security” than Barack Obama. “President Obama and I are proud to carry forward the unbroken line of American leaders—Democrat and Republican—who have honored America’s sacred promise to protect the homeland of the Jewish people,” Biden said. …
  • LEST WE FORGET: Thousands of Australians attend Anzac Day dawn ceremonies (great photos at link)

    04/24/2015 6:19:25 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 25th April 2015 | Lucy Thackray and Heather Mcnab
    While the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey prepares to receive more than 10,000 people to it's shores on Anzac Day, around Australia dawn services are being held with proud Aussies paying respects in record numbers on the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing in a sign of unity and honour. Since 1915, Anzac Day has been marked with ceremonies of remembrance to pay tribute to the 50,000 Australians and New Zealanders who fought on the shores of Turkey, and on Saturday special centenary celebrations will mark the sacrifice and valour of these fallen soldiers. Although no WWI soldiers survive, moving dawn...
  • Mpls. Man Charged with Making Threats in Islamic State Group Case

    04/24/2015 5:40:06 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 16 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 4/24/15 | AP
    A Minneapolis man has been charged with threatening law enforcement officials after authorities charged six men earlier this week with trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group. Mahamed Abukar Said appeared in federal court in St. Paul on Friday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracy Perzel says Said tweeted threats. He's accused of tweeting one threat that said if the men weren't freed, there would be a "massacre." He is also accused of tweeting a picture of the FBI informant in the case.
  • Anzac graves site vandalised on eve of UK service

    04/24/2015 4:41:34 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 25th April 2015
    A major World War I monument in Britain has been vandalised just hours before an Anzac Day service at the site. The Australian flagpole was sawn through at Harefield (St Mary) Churchyard, and the memorial and information panel were peppered with blue spray paint. More than 100 servicemen and one nurse are buried at the site after being treated at the adjacent Harefield hospital, which was a converted mansion donated in 1915 by a wealthy Australian, Charles Billyard-Leake. The annual Anzac Day service was to still go ahead at Harefield on Saturday afternoon local time following immediate intervention from the...
  • US citizens seek asylum from land of the free (Australia)

    04/24/2015 4:36:36 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 25th April 2015 | Tessa Akerman
    America promotes itself as “the land of the free and the home of the brave’’, but more than 100 US citizens have sought asylum in Australia in the past six years. They have sought asylum in Australia on the basis of unemployment due to the global financial crisis, the impact of ­Obamacare, a high crime rate, claims America is a terrorist ­target, religious persecution and persecution because of sexuality or ­perceived sexuality. ..... This month, the Australian Federal Circuit Court referred the case of an American woman back to the Refugee Review Tribunal for reconsideration. The woman, known as SZUQO,...
  • RUSSIA: Turkish Foreign Minister [Dust-up with Putin]

    04/24/2015 4:10:28 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 4 replies
    ​Turkish Foreign Minister: "Russia arranged famine in Ukraine" The video of Vladimir Putin for the day was a hit the Internet. More information on this. zelv.ru Ankara recalled the Russian leader Vladimir Putin about the "mass atrocities" of Russia in the last century - the Holodomor, links and persecution of Muslims. Here is the full text of the STATEMENT from the Turkish Foreign Ministry: "We reject and condemn labeling the events of 1915 as 'genocide' Russian President Vladimir Putin, despite all our warnings and appeals. These policy statements that are in flagrant violation of the law, have no legal effect...
  • Admiral Warns: Potential for Islamist Raids on European Islands

    04/24/2015 3:54:28 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 24, 2015 | Oliver Lane
    The security situation in the Mediterranean will continue to deteriorate to the point where we can expect Islamist raids on European islands, a recently retired Royal Navy Admiral has told Breitbart London. [snip] Rear Admiral Chris Parry CBE, the straight-talking former Director General of the Ministry of Defence Development, Concepts, and Doctrine Centre, ... made the comments in an interview this week as European nations gathered to discuss the sudden migrant crisis gripping the Mediterranean. THE THREAT OF ISLAM Parry, who warned in a government paper in 1990 that Islam would replace Communism as the main threat against the West...
  • House panel threatens to cut defense secretary budget over Bergdahl stonewalling

    04/24/2015 2:24:19 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 24, 2015 | Jennifer Griffin, Lucas Tomlinson
    The head of a powerful House panel is threatening to withhold defense funding over the department's alleged stonewalling in a probe of the controversial swap of five Taliban leaders for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had initially pledged to respond to questions, when lawmakers first demanded to know why the Pentagon had not given Congress the requisite 30-day notice before proceeding with the May 31 prisoner trade. But nearly a year later, the Pentagon has released only a trickle of highly redacted emails from before the swap. Republican lawmakers now plan to attempt the unusual step of...
  • Women Soldiers Make History in First Gender-Integrated Ranger School

    04/24/2015 12:25:44 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 62 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 23, 2015
    A group of women soldiers made history this week after earning a place in the first gender-integrated Ranger Course Assessment at Fort Benning in Georgia. The U.S. Army Ranger School at Fort Benning opened Monday to a class of 19 women and 380 men, according to Stars and Stripes. Over the last four months, 20 women had secured a spot in the course assessment after passing one of four sessions of gender-integrated Ranger Training Assessment Courses (RTAC). One female soldier chose to withdraw. Only eight women and 184 men successfully completed the first four days of Ranger School, after a...
  • How, by bending over backwards to strike a nuclear deal with Iran, Obama is abandoning our allies

    04/24/2015 11:51:50 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 8 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | Thursday, April 23, 2015 | Charles Krauthammer
    <p>Gulf of Aden: Iran sends a flotilla of warships and weapons-carrying freighters to reinforce the rebels in Yemen — a noncontiguous, non-Persian, nonthreatening (to Iran) Arabian state — asserting its new status as regional bully and arbiter. The Obama administration sends an aircraft carrier group, apparently to prevent this gross breach of the UN weapons embargo on Yemen. Instead, the administration announces that it has no intention of doing anything. Meanwhile, it exerts pressure on Saudi Arabia to halt its air war over Yemen and agree to negotiate a political settlement involving Iran.</p>
  • Obama still won't refer to the Armenian genocide by name. He should end the charade

    04/24/2015 8:16:52 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 17 replies
    Guardian ^ | Thursday, 23 April, 2015 | Ali Gharib
    “The Armenian genocide is not an allegation, a personal opinion or a point of view, but rather a widely documented fact supported by an overwhelming body of historical evidence,” said a US senator named Barack Obama in 2008, before he sought to be elected to the highest office in the land. He was right then. He is so very wrong now. On 24 April 1915, near the end of the Ottoman empire, more than 200 Armenian intellectuals in Istanbul, most of whom were in government custody, were killed. More than a million of their kin were killed in the following...
  • Ring of steel around Anzac Cove (Australia and New Zealand commemorate the 100th ANZAC Day)

    04/24/2015 8:09:02 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 25th April 2015
    IT should surprise no one that Gallipoli is a hard place to get to. AFTER all, that's the reason 10,500 Australians and Kiwis are here: to commemorate a disastrous loss for the Allied forces who tried to invade this stony strip of land a century ago. Any geographic difficulties posed by the Gallipoli peninsula, however, are only amplified by the enormous security machine that squeezed tighter in recent days and now has clamped shut on Anzac Eve. ..... The steel security curtain extends far beyond the national park where the famous Gallipoli cemeteries are: the nearby ferry port towns of...
  • Tangled Clinton Web: Pay to Play? How Haiti Earthquake Helped Enrich the Clintons

    04/24/2015 8:05:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | 04/24/2015
    In a preview 'Fox News Reporting: The Tangled Clinton Web', Bret Baier reports on the accusations that Bill and Hillary Clinton used Haiti earthquake to enrich themselves by making sure many of the more lucrative contracts to help rebuild the country went to either Clinton supporters or donors.
  • Florida's Ros-Lehtinen says Republicans won't challenge removing Cuba from terror sponsors list

    04/24/2015 8:05:35 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 23, 2015
    Republican congressional leaders have admitted defeat in their effort to thwart President Barack Obama's plan to remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. Florida Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen met with a number of her fellow lawmakers last week to strategize way to prevent the de-listing of Cuba in a bill she planned to introduce this week, but the lawmaker was told that Congress legally can't prevent the White House from removing Cuba from the list. "We can't undo it. We just got the word from the parliamentarian: It's a no-go," Ros-Lehtinen said, according to the Miami Herald....
  • Priorities: Nets Cover First Dog Bo 28 Times More Than Armenian Genocide

    04/24/2015 7:06:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Media Research Center ^ | April 24, 2015 | Dan Gainor
    Many historians call the Armenian Holocaust the first holocaust of the 20th Century, a dress rehearsal for the Nazi nightmare that followed. This April 24 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of roughly 1.5 million Armenian Christians at the hands of Turkish Muslims. That mass slaughter has gone virtually unreported by the broadcast networks. It was a genocide so awful that candidate Barack Obama promised in 2008 he would acknowledge it as such. “As president, I will recognize the Armenian genocide,” he vowed. Obama has violated that promise every year since. This will be the seventh anniversary that Obama...
  • ISIS Selects Replacement for Leader Al-Baghdadi Who Was Reportedly Wounded in Airstrike

    04/24/2015 7:03:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/24/2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Reports are circulating that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi might've been seriously injured during an airstrike operation, leading the terror group to choose a former Iraqi physics teacher as his replacement. Hisham al Hashimi, an Iraqi government adviser, told Newsweek earlier this week that al-Baghdadi was wounded back in March, and is unable to carry out his day-to-day duties. He said that Abu Alaa Afri has been selected to stand in as his replacement, and could take over permanently if al-Baghdadi dies. "After Baghdadi's wounding, he [Afri] has begun to head up Daesh [arabic term for ISIS] with the help...
  • Italian police take down “very well-structured” AQ network poised to attack Vatican

    04/24/2015 6:55:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/24/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Italian police raided several locations today throughout the country, arresting eighteen people in an effort to shut down a “very well-structured” al-Qaeda finance and operations network. The ring had targeted the Vatican in 2010 and again just recently, and had also worked to raise money through human-trafficking operations. Even with that, though, the ring predates the post-Qaddafi surge in refugees, and was comprised mainly of Pakistanis, not North Africans.Two of the men arrested had worked at one time as bodyguards for Osama bin Laden: NBC News has video of the raids:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Mario Carta said counterterrorism...
  • Iran ships 'turn back' from Yemen as fighting rages

    04/24/2015 6:36:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Yahoo News via AFP ^ | 04/24/2015 | Jamal al-Jabiri
    Sanaa (AFP) - An Iranian ship convoy suspected of carrying weapons for Shiite rebels in Yemen has turned back, US officials said, as Saudi-led warplanes kept up air strikes on the anti-government forces. The conflict has sent tensions soaring between Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran, which backs the Huthi rebels, raising fears Yemen could become a new front in a proxy war between Middle East powers. Yemeni Foreign Minister Riyadh Yassin on Thursday accused Tehran of trying to break a naval blockade on his country, describing the war as an "Iranian plot implemented by the Huthi militia". A US...
  • The Navy's Most Shadowy Spy Is 450 Feet Long & Named After Jimmy Carter

    04/24/2015 6:28:12 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 42 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 04/23/2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    Submarines are a lot like Batman, they are covered in rubber and are great fighters, but they are gadget toting stealth detectives at their core. Of the Navy’s sub force, there is no boat more capable at sleuthing under the high seas than the heavily modified Seawolf Class submarine, the USS Jimmy Carter SSN-23. The 12,150 ton displacement USS Jimmy Carter, whose namesake qualified in Submarines during his pre-Presidential naval career, is one of only three Seawolf Class submarines ever built. The Seawolfs are relics of the final stages of the Cold War and are the most lethal fast attack...
  • Boehner: 'Not a time for excuses' for drone strike that killed two hostages

    04/24/2015 3:35:59 AM PDT · by Jim Noble · 40 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 24, 2015 | Susan Ferrechio
    House Speaker John Boehner called for the Obama administration to provide "all the facts" in the U.S. drone strike that accidentally killed an American and Italian hostage held at an al Qaeda compound. Boehner, R-Ohio, said he also expects House committees to look into the incident. "As President Obama indicated, this is not a time for excuses," Boehner said after offering condolences to the families of American Warren Weinstein and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian citizen. "The president announced an independent review is under way and that is entirely proper," Boehner said. "We need all the facts for the families,...
  • The Islamic Genocide of Christians: Past and Present

    04/24/2015 3:08:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 4/24/15 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Today, April 24, we remember how exactly 100 years ago the last historic Muslim caliphate, the Ottoman Empire, tried to cleanse its empire of Christian minorities — Armenians, Assyrians, and Greeks — even as we stand by watching as the new caliphate, the Islamic State, resumes the genocide.And in both cases, the atrocities were and are being committed in the name of Islam.In November, 1914, during WWI, the Ottoman caliphate issued a fatwa, or Islamic decree, proclaiming it a “sacred duty” for all Muslims to “massacre” infidels — specifically naming the “Christian men” of the Triple Entente, “the enemies of...
  • Nemesis as Moral Kingdom: The Armenian Genocide

    04/24/2015 2:58:22 AM PDT · by Biggirl
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | April 24, 2015 | Vladimir Tismaneanu,Marius Stan
    Several years ago, Germany was the scene of an embarrassing episode when, under pressure from Turkey, the federated state of Brandenburg removed any reference to the Armenian genocide from a school syllabus.
  • Biden: Irish Catholic Father's Dream Of Daughter Marrying Jewish Surgeon

    04/24/2015 2:50:36 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 27 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 24, 2015 | Pam Key
    Thursday at the Israeli embassy while speaking at the 67th anniversary of Israel’s declaration of independence, Vice President Joe Biden said, “The dream of every Irish Catholic father is for his daughter to marry a Jewish surgeon.”
  • Greece's Piraeus Bank offers relief to poverty-stricken borrowers (writes off debt)

    04/23/2015 6:41:40 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4-23-15 | George Georgiopoulos
    Piraeus Bank will write off credit cards and retail loans up to 20,000 euros ($21,484) for Greeks who qualify for help under a law the leftist government passed to provide relief to poverty-stricken borrowers, it said on Thursday.
  • Made 'people's lives better': US hostage Warren Weinstein gave life helping the Pakistani people

    04/23/2015 5:01:08 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 10 replies
    FoxNews ^ | April 23, 2015 | N/A (Associated Press contributed)
    ***Snip*** "Nine years ago I came to Pakistan to help my government, and I did so at a time when most Americans would not come here, and now when I need my government it seems that I have been totally abandoned and forgotten," Weinstein said during the 13-minute video. "And so I again appeal to you to instruct your appropriate officials to negotiate my release." The White House responded to the demands then by saying that it wouldn't negotiate with Al Qaeda. “My life is in your hands, Mr. President,” he said in the message which appeared to be directed...
  • NYT Reporter: Clinton Officials Lied About a Meeting Taking Place, Unaware of Photo Evidence

    04/23/2015 3:41:42 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 89 replies
    Washington Free Beacon & Fox News ^ | 4-23-15 | Daniel Bassali
    In a Fox News preview of “The Tangled Clinton Web,” a New York Times reporter accused the Clinton Foundation of lying to her about a meeting Bill Clinton had with Kazatomprom officials regarding the sale of uranium to Russia. “Frank Giustra arranged for officials to go to Bill Clinton’s house in Chappaqua,” reporter Jo Becker said. “When I first contacted the Clinton Foundation, they denied any such meeting ever took place. And when we told them we have already talked to the head, who not only told us all about the meeting but actually has a picture of him and...
  • Cruz & Walker vs. Bush & Rubio on Amnesty and Immigration

    04/23/2015 3:26:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | April 23, 2015 | George Rasley, CHQ Editor
    The battle lines of the 2016 Republican primaries are being formed more quickly than many of the establishment media pundits seem to realize and one of the first issues to form a fissure in the field and to, surprisingly, put two candidates with different bases in the Party apparently on the same side are immigration and amnesty for illegal aliens. That Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio should end up as the leading pro-amnesty and pro-expanding legal immigration is unsurprising. During a stop in New Hampshire “gringo aplatanado” Jeb Bush arrogantly referred to his plan to grant amnesty to illegal aliens...
  • The Philanthropic Problem with Hillary Clinton’s Huge Speaking Fees [from last year]

    04/23/2015 2:59:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    The Nonprofit Quarterly ^ | July 11, 2014 | BY RICK COHEN
    If you have spent any time with Bill or Hillary Clinton in person, as this writer has, you’ll get this point: Whether you like or hate their politics, you cannot deny their brilliance. The former president is a phenomenal, freewheeling thinker, able to integrate knowledge from multiple sources with insight that puts him a level above the crowd. His spouse, the former senator and Secretary of State and probable presidential candidate, possesses a steely, directed brilliance that is in sharp contrast with her more extemporaneous husband. Even on their individual merits, were they not the most powerful political couple in...
  • Billionaire Mining Mogul Frank Giustra Won’t Be “Another Rich, Dead Dude” [From last year]

    04/23/2015 2:31:33 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    The Nonprofit Quarterly ^ | December 1, 2014 | BY RICK COHEN
    “I don’t want to be another rich, dead dude.” So said Frank Giustra, the billionaire Canadian philanthropist who recently received the Dalai Lama Humanitarian Award from the Dalai Lama himself. For the Hollywood Reporter, Giustra is the Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation, which he founded 15 years ago or so. Moviegoers and TV watchers know Giustra, or rather Lionsgate, for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, The Hurt Locker, Juno, Monster’s Ball, Orange is the New Black, and Nurse Jackie. Undoubtedly, based on the award and the Hollywood Reporter headline, the group of online journals that have arisen lately to lionize big givers...
  • Australia's tallest man-made structure, the Omega tower, demolished in Gippsland (radio navigation)

    04/23/2015 2:09:18 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 30 replies
    Australia's tallest man-made structure, the Omega tower, has been demolished in a paddock in Gippsland. The Omega radio navigation tower stood at around 430 metres tall but after a series of explosions it was brought crashing to Earth. The defence facility was used for submarine navigation in the 1980s and '90s and was decommissioned in 2008. The Department of Defence decided to demolish the tower after a young base jumper plunged to his death last year when his parachute failed to open. Michael Pollock from the Department of Defence said the structure was no longer needed. "From Defence's perspective, we've...
  • Adam Gadahn: California rocker turned Al-Qaeda mouthpiece, killed in U.S. operation

    04/23/2015 1:30:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 04/23/2015 | Dave Clark
    Adam Gadahn, the Al-Qaeda spokesman believed killed in a US operation, was a teenage rock music fan who grew up on a Californian goat farm before he was drawn into radical Islam. The White House announced Thursday that US intelligence thinks Gadahn died in January in a "counterterrorism operation" in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region. The 36-year-old was apparently not deliberately targeted in the raid, but he has long been one of the most wanted jihadist figures on the US hit list, with a $1 million bounty on his head. As an English speaker and senior Al-Qaeda propagandist, he was one...
  • Judge orders Minnesota terror suspects held until trial

    04/23/2015 1:22:13 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 2 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 4/23/15 | ERIN GOLDEN, MILA KOUMPILOVA and LIBOR JANY
    A federal judge ruled Thursday that the four Minnesota men arrested this week will be held until they can be tried on charges that they planned to leave the Twin Cities to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIL, overseas. In the morning, after nearly three hours of testimony from an FBI agent, U.S. Magistrate Judge Becky Thorson said officials have gathered substantial evidence against the men. Attorneys for the men argued that officials had built a thin case primarily on the testimony of another man who eventually served as a paid confidential informant. They had asked...
  • The Clinton Foundation’s Foreign Dealings Are Looking Ugly for Hillary

    04/23/2015 12:55:42 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 20 replies
    And so it begins. The New York Times and the Washington Post on Thursday published separate investigative reports digging deep into the finances of Hillary and Bill Clinton, their family foundation, and the overlap between their interests and those of their global patrons. Neither report provides a smoking gun, but both illustrate a politically fraught dynamic that is expected to dog Hillary throughout her 2016 campaign. As the Russians gradually assumed control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, Canadian records show, a flow of cash made its way to the Clinton Foundation. Uranium One’s chairman...