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  • North Korea says imprisoned American tried to become 'second Snowden'

    09/20/2014 3:02:29 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 19, 2014 | James Pearson
    North Korea says imprisoned American tried to become 'second Snowden' By James Pearson SEOUL Fri Sep 19, 2014 8:10pm EDT (Reuters) - An American recently sentenced to six years hard labor by a North Korean court pretended to have secret U.S. information and was deliberately arrested in a bid to become famous and meet U.S. missionary Kenneth Bae in a North Korean prison, state media said on Saturday. Matthew Miller, 25, of Bakersfield, California, had prepared his story in advance and written in a notebook that he was seeking refuge after failing in an attempt to collect information about the...
  • [Iraqi] Peshmerga Ready to Support Syrian Kurds Will Head to Kobani [Syria]

    09/20/2014 1:06:05 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 20.09.2014 | Hawar Abdulrazaq
    Kurds from Kobani fleeing the city and head to Turkish border News / Kurdistan Peshmerga Ready to Support Syrian Kurds Will Head to Kobani 20.09.2014  Hawar AbdulrazaqBasNews, Erbil   Kurdish Peshmerga forces have announced that they are ready to help their brethren across Syria, who have faced fierce attacks from Islamic State (IS) militants in recent days.   In a statement, the Kurdistan Regional Government Peshmerga Ministry has said that they are willing to help their brothers in Kobani. Thousands of Syrian Kurds have fled Kobani in recent days, after IS insurgents captured a number of Kurdish villages close...
  • Why Nuclear Weapons Continue to be Central to Putin and Russia

    09/20/2014 12:58:31 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    The majority of Russia’s ICBMs are reaching the end of their service life, meaning that the deployment and modernization of current and new missiles is crucial to maintaining Russia’s nuclear capabilities. Currently, a majority of Russia’s ICBM consists of older SS-18, SS-19 and SS-25 ICBMs which have been in service since the USSR. Russia is set to replace these older missiles with newer and more advanced 108 RS-24 Yars-M (SS-29), Topol-Ms (SS-27)(mobile and silo-based), as well as 30 SS-19 in nine divisions by 2016. ICBMs are not the only part of Russia’s attempts to retain its nuclear posture. ICBMs form...
  • Panetta: U.S. In Syria Too Late, Left Iraq Too Soon [American Blood Sacrificed In Vain: Impeach!]

    09/19/2014 11:54:33 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 12 replies
    CBS60 Minutes ^ | September 19, 2014 | Scott Pelley 60 Minutes
    Panetta: U.S. In Syria Too Late, Left Iraq Too Soon ISIS seized a third of Iraq that the U.S. secured with ten years of sacrifice. In an interview for 60 Minutes, Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said ISIS flourished because the U.S. got involved in Syria too late and left Iraq too soon. On the 47th season premiere Sunday, "60 Minutes" will report from Iraq and Syria on ISIS -- what it is, what it wants, and how to defeat it. Pelley: Back when you watched the stars and stripes being lowered for the last time in Baghdad, were...
  • Who Is The English Speaker In ISIS Video 'Flames of War'?

    09/19/2014 11:38:18 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 4 replies
    CNN ^ | September 19, 2014 | Mariano Castillo and Brian Todd
    Who Is The English Speaker In ISIS Video 'Flames of War'? By Mariano Castillo and Brian Todd September 19, 2014 ISIS has released a propaganda video aimed at English speakers U.S. intelligence is investigating one jihadist on the video who speaks perfect English The militant has what appears to be a North American accent It is not known whether he is from the West, or spent some time there (CNN) -- It's a slick production with a nefarious goal: A 55-minute video released by ISIS, praising its victories and warning the United States from getting in the way of its...
  • Kurdish President Urges World to Help Syrian Kurds against IS Attacks [FSA "on the way"]

    09/19/2014 11:05:13 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies
    RUDAW ^ | 13 hours ago | RUDAW
    Barzani warned that inaction would lead to terrible consequences and he called on the international community to prevent another humanitarian crisis. ERBIL, Kurdistan Region— President of the Kurdistan Region Massoud Barzani called on Kurdish parties and the international community today to assist the people of Kobane against the Islamic State (IS) attacks on the town. “We appeal to all Kurdish forces to put aside their differences and unite to defend the dignity, the land and the lives of the citizens of Kobane,” Barzani said in a statement. “The defense of the land and the people of Kurdistan is the...
  • Christianity In Iraq Is Finished

    09/19/2014 10:16:35 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 19, 2014 | Daniel Williams
    Christianity In Iraq Is Finished By Daniel Williams September 19 In the part of his Sept. 10 speech on confronting the Islamic State that probably drew the least attention, President Obama mentioned the need to help Christians and other minorities, expelled from cities and villages in northern Iraq, return from where they came. “We cannot allow these communities to be driven from their ancient homeland,” he said. Obama got that wrong. Christians, of whom around 120,000 have taken refuge in Iraqi Kurdistan, will not be going home even if their tormentors suddenly disappear. I spent 10 days talking with Christian...
  • Turkish hostages seized by ISIS in northern Iraq set free

    09/19/2014 10:13:47 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    Reuters via Times of India ^ | Sep 20, 2014, 10.24 AM IST
    ISTANBUL: Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Saturday 49 hostages seized by Islamic State militants in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in June have been brought safely back to Turkey by the country's intelligence agency.
  • Masked man with AMERICAN accent appears in latest ISIS propaganda film 'Flames of War'

    09/19/2014 9:45:35 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Updated: 21:34 GMT, 19 September 2014 | MailOnline Reporter
    The latest suspected ISIS propaganda film has been uploaded to YouTube and appears to feature a jihadist with an American accent. The 55-minute 'Flames of War' video was posted online today and bears hallmarks of previous Islamic State tapes including Hollywood-style effects and bloodthirsty, call-to-arms language. The clip bears the stamp of the al-Hayat Media Centre, ISIS' English-language propaganda arm. An ISIS jihadist spoke with an American accent on the Flames of War propaganda film which was uploaded to YouTube today. In the video, the masked extremist stands before Syrian soldiers, loyal to dictator Bashar al-Assad who are digging their...
  • White House says training Syrian rebels to take months (Susan Rice)

    09/19/2014 7:18:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 9/18/14 | AFP
    Washington (AFP) - Training and equipping moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State extremists will take months, the White House warned Friday a day after Congress approved the plan. "We will move out as rapidly as can be done, in partnership with the countries that will host the training facilities," said Susan Rice, national security advisor to President Barack Obama. "This will be a process that takes months," she said, adding it will not "happen overnight." "This is a serious training program, and we are serious about vetting those that we will be training and equipping," Rice emphasized. "It is...
  • Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania form joint military unit

    09/19/2014 6:14:44 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Sep 19, 2014 11:39pm BST | Wiktor Szary; Writing by Marcin Goettig; Editing by Andrew Heavens
    (Reuters) - Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania launched a joint military force on Friday that Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski said could start its first exercises in the tense region in the next year.
  • U.S., Canada send jets to intercept Russian aircraft

    09/19/2014 6:10:04 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Sep 20, 2014 12:43am BST | Reuters
    (Reuters) - U.S. and Canadian fighter jets intercepted Russian aircraft that were flying near U.S. and Canadian air space this week, a military spokesman said on Friday.
  • Sweden: Russian Military Jets Violate Air Space

    09/19/2014 5:54:09 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | SEPT. 19, 2014, 1:47 P.M. E.D.T. | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    STOCKHOLM — Sweden says it has summoned the Russian ambassador over an air space violation by two Russian military aircraft.
  • Putin: Russian army may enter Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Romania in few days

    09/19/2014 5:48:47 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 79 replies
    FOCUS News Agency ^ | 18 September 2014 | FOCUS News Agency
    <p>Putin made this statement[....]“If I want, the Russian troops may enter not only in Kiev but also in Riga, Vilnius, Tallinn, Warsaw and Bucharest,” the German newspaper cited Putin’s words. According to the newspaper, the Russian President advised Poroshenko “not to count on the EU too much” because if he wished, he could “influence and block the decisions made in the EU”.</p>
  • Russian planes intercepted near U.S., Canadian airspace

    09/19/2014 5:40:57 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 30 replies
    edition.cnn.com ^ | 09/20/2014 | Steve Brusk and Ralph Ellis
    Two U.S. jets intercepted six Russian planes that neared U.S. airspace off Alaska on Thursday and Canadian planes intercepted two Russian bombers that approached Canadian airspace, NORAD reported. A U.S. official told CNN's Barbara Starr that officials in Washington think the incidents were related to the visit by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who talked to Canadian officials Wednesday and President Barack Obama on Thursday. The United States promised Ukraine $46 million in nonlethal aid for its battle with pro-Russian militants. The Russian aircraft flew within about 55 nautical miles of the Alaskan coastline and about 40 nautical miles of the...
  • Huge police presence at rugby league game just a day after Australia's biggest terror raids

    09/19/2014 5:21:37 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 20th September 2014 | Nelson Groom
    Security was in full force at Allianz Stadium tonight in response to heightened terrorism fears across Australia. Throughout the match and at half-time, police were patrolling the aisles, checking along the rows at the feet of spectators for anything suspicious. At the break, more than 30 security staff and police guarded the playing field. Radio station 2GB reported that three bearded men of middle-eastern appearance were removed by police from the venue, however police later denied the claim With the country on high alert, this may be a glimpse into what the future live sport experience might be like for...
  • Barack Obama adding to terrorism crisis, says (former Australian Prime Minister) John Howard

    09/19/2014 5:02:57 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 20 replies
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 20th September 2014 | Chris Kenny
    A COMPLACENT American President and the failure of Australian Muslims to integrate into the mainstream are two factors identified by John Howard as contributing to the terrorism crisis. ..... When asked if we have become complacent since 9/11, Mr Howard takes aim at Barack Obama, a man whose election he once warned would be welcomed by terrorists. “I think it’s always a danger that you get complacent,” he says. “I was surprised at the complacency in President Obama’s speech a few months ago to the West Point graduation ceremony where he talked about the strength of the threat in, I...
  • Obama’s “Moderate Rebels” Sign Deal With ISIS, Report Says

    09/19/2014 5:01:00 PM PDT · by detective · 32 replies
    The New American ^ | September 19, 2014 | Alex Newman
    The supposed “moderate” rebels fighting Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad — self-styled jihadists whom the Obama administration and Congress plan to supply with even more support under the guise of battling the Islamic State (ISIS) — recently signed a non-aggression pact with ISIS (also known as ISIL), according to reports from human-rights groups and French news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP). Lawmakers on Capitol Hill pointed to the news as yet another reason why supplying U.S. arms and support to Islamic forces to battle Islamic forces was a dangerous idea. The foreign-policy establishment, however, plans to proceed with arming and training jihadists...
  • Influx of immigrant children reported in Hempstead School District

    09/19/2014 4:12:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    News 12 Long Island ^ | September 17, 2014
    There are growing concerns about the exploding young immigrant population on Long Island. Officials say thousands of undocumented children who crossed the United States border illegally are now in school districts in the area. This year alone 2,200 undocumented children crossed the border and came to Long Island to live. News 12 has learned about 1,200 of them are enrolled in the Hempstead School District. School Board president Lamont Johnson said Hempstead is unprepared for all these students, and trying to figure out where to put them all. Right now some are standing up in class, or even sitting on...
  • Secy. Kerry says Iran can help defeat ISIS

    09/19/2014 3:58:52 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 19, 2014 | Jesse Byrnes
    Secretary of State John Kerry said that the United States welcomes potential action on the part of Iran to combat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) while the Obama administration maintains it is not coordinating militarily with the nation. In remarks to the United Nations Security Council in New York on Friday, Kerry called for a "holistic, global campaign" to defeat ISIS, noting, "the coalition required to eliminate ISIL is not only, nor even primarily, military in nature," he said using an alternate acronym for the group. "The fact is there is a role for nearly every country...
  • Syrian Kurds, Arabs flee toward Turkey border as Islamic State advances

    09/19/2014 3:52:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/19/2014 | By Rebecca Collard
    Thousands of Syrian Kurds and Arabs pushed through the Turkish border Friday as they fled the Islamic State’s latest advance in Syria. By sundown, the militants had taken more than 60 villages in northern Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Islamic State’s rapid tear through these villages in recent days, toward the city of Kobane on the Turkish border, prompted calls for international military support, and specifically from the United States, for the Syrian Kurdish fighters. “We are in desperate need of the American strikes,” said Redur Xelil, the spokesperson of the People’s Protection Units (YPG),...
  • Nurse says she's tired of treating ISIL terrorists (Turkey)

    09/19/2014 3:44:48 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 11 replies
    Todays Zaman ^ | 9/17/2014 | Todays Zaman
    A nurse who works at a private hospital in Mersin, a city and province on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, has told Turkish authorities and Parliament that she is sick and tired of treating members of the terrorist organization the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which now calls itself the "Islamic State." The nurse, who was identified only by her initials, E.G., in a news story published by the Taraf daily on Wednesday, said of ISIL militants: “We treat them, and they go on to decapitate people. I am sick of treating wounded ISIL militants.” E.G. has...
  • Bill Clinton: US has proven it can't win an Iraq land war

    09/19/2014 2:14:10 PM PDT · by Resolute Conservative · 47 replies
    CNN.com ^ | 9/19/2014 | Gabe Lamonica
    Former President Bill Clinton voiced support for the U.S. strategy to defeat ISIS and said only the Iraqi people can win a land war in Iraq.
  • Fierce Fighting in Yemeni Capital Kills 120

    09/19/2014 1:27:02 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 19, 2014 | AL-HAJ and MAGGIE
    Shiite rebels and Sunni militiamen battled in Sanaa for a second day Friday in battles that have killed at least 120 people and have shaken the Yemeni capital with thousands fleeing their homes. The violence raises fears that this chronically unstable country could be dragged into the sort of sectarian conflicts that have plagued other nations in the region.
  • David Cameron Vows More Powers for England After Scotland Vote

    09/19/2014 1:19:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    nbc ^ | September 19th 2014 | Alexander Smith
    Like Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own regional parliaments... However, England's lack of a similar legislative body has led to a messy situation where Scottish lawmakers can vote on issues that only affect England at the U.K.-wide Westminster parliament ... Just as Scotland will vote separately…on their issues of tax, spending and welfare, so too England, as well as Wales and Northern Ireland, should be able to vote on these issues
  • Eyes on Estonia

    09/19/2014 1:05:15 PM PDT · by fishtank · 10 replies
    WORLD magazine ^ | 9-19-14 | Marvin Olasky
    Eyes on Estonia ESTONIA | A desperate Goliath may soon take on a super-secular David By MARVIN OLASKY Issue: "Is the world falling apart?," Oct. 4, 2014 Posted Sept. 19, 2014, 01:00 a.m. President Barack Obama on Sept. 3 journeyed to Estonia, a New Jersey–sized nation with 1.3 million persons, and gave a speech, as is his custom. Estonians were wondering how much they should fear their 400-times-larger-by-area neighbor, Russia, home to 144 million humans including one inhumane dictator, Vladimir Putin. Obama said don’t worry: “We’ll be here for Estonia. You lost your independence once before. With NATO, you’ll never...
  • Poland looks to arm F-16 fleet with missiles under $500 million deal with Lockheed

    09/19/2014 12:43:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Washington Business Journal ^ | Sep 19, 2014 | Jill R. Aitoro
    The Pentagon is asking Congress to approve a $500 million foreign military sale to deliver Lockheed Martin Corp. missiles for Poland’s fleet of F-16 fighters. Poland is asking for 40 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles, which are designed to cruise autonomously using an infrared seeker and anti-jam GPS to find and destroy targets, keeping aircrews well out of danger from air defense systems. Also part of the contract would be upgrades to the F-16 aircraft for JASSM integration and support. Poland continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in Central Europe, and the sale would improve...
  • Army chief: More ground troops headed to Iraq

    09/19/2014 12:28:53 PM PDT · by what's up · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | Sept 18, 2014 | Kristina Wong
    Army chief of staff Gen. Raymond Odierno said Friday that more U.S. ground troops would likely deploy to Iraq to train local forces fighting Islamic militants. "We are going to increase a little bit," he said. "As we do that, I think we have to do an assessment of how well that's going."
  • The F-35's X-Ray Vision Is The Future Of Naval (And All Other) Warfare

    09/19/2014 11:21:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 19 September 2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    One of the most 'popular' features on the controversial F-35 is the jet's Distributed Aperture System (DAS). DAS creates an all-seeing sphere and classifies and relays data and video to the pilot's helmet and to the jet's mission computers. This game-changing system has now been adapted for the high seas, and it won't stop there. DAS accomplishes its unique task via a constellation of electro-optical cameras installed around the F-35, each staring in a separate direction. Then, a powerful computer processor "stitches" these video images together to create a continuous viewable video "sphere." When the DAS imagery is paired with...
  • The American People Woke Up To ISIS Only After Media Introduced Foley

    09/19/2014 11:15:49 AM PDT · by impetrio1 · 5 replies
    Black & Right ^ | 9/19/14 | Bob Parks
    Did you notice the tone of our media when they broke the story of journalist James Foley’s beheading? It was like we’ve never heard of ISIS before. Thanks to their bias-by-omission, for most had not. WARNING: Graphic images the media chose to ignore.
  • Boeing Faces a Future Without Fighter Jets

    09/19/2014 11:14:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 52 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept. 18, 2014 | DOUG CAMERON and ROBERT WALL
    Boeing Co. BA +0.48% , which has built military planes for almost a century, is preparing for the prospect of a fighter-less future. The steadfast commitment of the U.S. and many allies to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program made by Lockheed Martin Corp. LMT +0.60% is drying up funding for Boeing's fighters. Now, the head of Boeing's defense unit is preparing a road map that would concede the fighter market to Lockheed and pin the business's future on other aircraft, including military versions of its commercial jetliners. "You have to face reality," Chris Chadwick, president of Boeing, Defense, Space...
  • 6 Reasons Why the U.S. Should Not Arm the Syrian ‘Moderates’ (w/Videos)

    09/19/2014 11:05:11 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 19, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    The Free Syrian Army is on the wrong side. Here's its bloody track record and disturbing alliances. Video House approves Obama's plan to combat Islamic State in a 273 to 156 vote Demonstrating yet again that we do not have an effective opposition party in the United States right now, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted Wednesday in favor of Barack Obama’s plan to arm and train “vetted” members of the Free Syrian Army. As expected,the Senate went along on Thursday. The Hill noted about the House vote that “vocal opposition” came from “both war-weary liberals and defense hawks who...
  • Sweden protests against airspace violation by Russian planes

    09/19/2014 11:03:15 AM PDT · by McGruff · 16 replies
    REUTERS ^ | 9/19/2014 | REUTERS
    Sweden said two Russian warplanes entered its airspace this week, calling the intrusion a "serious violation" and sending a protest to Moscow's ambassador in the Nordic country. Countries in the region have become increasingly wary of Russia's military ambitions since Moscow annexed Ukraine's Crimea region in March.
  • Ebola Worst-Case Scenario Has More Than 500,000 Cases (via drudge)

    09/19/2014 10:56:03 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 43 replies
    Source cannot be linked. Click red link at drudge ^ | Sep 19, 2014 12:00 PM CT | By Caroline Chen and Brendan Greeley
    not-yet-released CDC report pens current ebola cases at 500k!
  • Vladimir Putin Threatens World War 3, Says Russia Could Invade Europe Within Two Days

    09/19/2014 10:11:36 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 38 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | 9/19/14 | ???
    Vladimir Putin allegedly threatened World War 3 during talks about Ukraine, claiming that Russia could potentially invade and take over the capitals of many European countries within two days. In a related report by The Inquisitr, both Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton claim Putin wants to restore Russia to the glory of an empire that spreads across the globe, and even made comparison to Nazi Germany. Hillary does not believe Putin and Hitler can be directly compared, or claim that Putin starting World War 3, but she did make a comparison to how the Nazis used the German minorities in...
  • At least 8 Ebola aid workers reportedly killed 'in cold blood' by villagers in Guinea

    09/19/2014 9:54:07 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/19/2014 | Fox News
    At least eight Ebola aid workers and journalists were reportedly murdered and dumped in a latrine in a remote village in Guinea in a frightening example of the growing distrust locals have of foreigners coming to help stem the mushrooming health crisis. These deaths are believed to be the first resulting from resistance to international efforts to curb the Ebola outbreak in the region, Reuters reported. Other aid teams have been forced to turn back by crowds in several locations, and a treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia was attacked and looted.
  • Dozens killed as Boko Haram fighters attack Nigerian market

    09/19/2014 9:19:29 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 9 replies
    Xinhua ^ | 2014-09-19 23:07:45
    ABUJA, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- Dozens of people were killed by Boko Haram militants Friday at a local market in Mainok area of northeastern Nigeria's state of Borno, survivors and security sources said. The attackers hit the market, located some 56 km from Maiduguri, capital of the restive Borno State, while buying and selling was at its peak, Bello Adamu, an eyewitness told Xinhua. Traders who were more affected in the attack noted the attackers struck at about 1:30 p.m. local time. A security source who pleaded for anonymity said at least 21 people were killed in the attack which...
  • Traffickers 'laughed' as they capsized boat to drown refugees

    09/19/2014 9:05:59 AM PDT · by Fenhalls555 · 24 replies
    AFP at Ynet ^ | 09.19.14 | AFP staff
    Survivors of Europe's most deadly migrant shipwreck in years have described the horrifying moment traffickers capsized their boat and left them to drown, as the EU cried murder and vowed to step up the fight against people smugglers. Fresh witness testimony confirmed around 500 people drowned after their boat sank off Malta on Wednesday, including up to 100 children who had been making the treacherous journey from Egypt to Italy, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Tuesday. "After they hit our boat they waited to make sure that it had sunk completely before leaving. They were laughing," one...
  • Australia, ISIS And The Role Of Guns

    09/19/2014 9:01:41 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    captainsjournal.com ^ | 9/18/2014 | Herschel Smith
    Most readers probably pondered how ISIS was able to infiltrate a country and the awful acts they were prepared to perpetrate. I didn’t. My thoughts ran immediately to the fact that at least one of the individuals had a “prohibited” weapon and ammunition. As with all gun control, law abiding citizens are unarmed and unprotected, while the criminals have their weapons. Australia has some of the most restrictive gun control laws on earth. We’ve discussed this before. An Australian farmer lost his fight to obtain a handgun to shoot feral hogs because he couldn’t satisfy the woman heading the “administrative...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Alex Salmond resigns hours after Scotland votes no to independence

    09/19/2014 8:55:10 AM PDT · by Fenhalls555 · 88 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 19 September 2014 | Tom McTague & Matt Chorley
    Alex Salmond this afternoon dramatically quit as Scotland's First Minister after voters rejected independence in yesterday's referendum. The First Minister said he would stand down in November to let the next generation take over the fight to lead Scotland out of the Union. Mr Salmond announced his departure at a press conference this afternoon. He said his 'party, Parliament and country' would benefit from 'new leadership'. But he fired a warning shot at David Cameron not to go back on his promise to transfer sweeping new powers to Holyrood within six months.
  • Scouter's Updated Ebola Model (Vanity)

    09/19/2014 8:46:26 AM PDT · by scouter · 74 replies
    Self | September 19, 2014 | Scouter
    NOTES Before starting, let me say that I do NOT believe the Ebola epidemic will get as bad as these projections indicate. I believe it will get pretty bad, especially for those in Africa, but not as bad as the current numbers say. I think there will be a number of factors that will significantly mitigate these numbers. How much? I don't know. But no one else does, either. I am not predicting the end of humanity. I'm simply showing where the current numbers lead, should nothing change. But of course, things will change. In any case, I do believe...
  • New York offers illegal immigrants zoo trips, museum tours with ID cards

    09/19/2014 8:43:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Sep 18, 2014 4:14pm EDT | Laila Kearney
    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio offered free access to some of his city’s famed cultural destinations on Thursday in a bid to coax illegal immigrants to join an identification card program aimed at helping them do ordinary things like sign a rental lease. Among the perks offered by the Democratic mayor were free or reduced-price admission to places like the Bronx Zoo, New York City Ballet, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Carnegie Hall for all of next year. New York is joining other U.S. cities with large immigrant populations including Los Angeles and New Haven, Connecticut, with municipal ID...
  • During decades of wars, America has paid for failure to learn one lesson

    09/19/2014 8:42:56 AM PDT · by shove_it · 11 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | 19 Sep 2014 | Guardian (UK
    The US seems doomed to constantly forget and painfully relearn one military lesson: unclear goals invite escalation. The third Iraq war is the latest example. There are currently 1,700 US soldiers in Iraq - 1,600 more than were there in June. Just don't call them ground troops. So far, US forces in Iraq have been described as embassy security or "advisers". The euphemism undercuts Barack Obama's insistence that US troops will not return to combat in Iraq - a message he repeated yesterday. The growing troop total is not the only US escalation. Air strikes have expanded from Iraq's north...
  • More Arbitrary Repression in Iran

    09/19/2014 8:37:27 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Sep 16, 2014 | STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
    -excerpt- On September 9, as reported by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran (ICHRI), seven young Iranians went on trial. Their supposed crime? Producing a dance video of the Pharrell Williams’s pop hit “Happy” and uploading it to YouTube. You might think Iran’s rulers would be pleased at expressions of felicity by their citizens. In Tehran, however, cheerful enthusiasm outside a narrow religious context is illegal. -excerpt- ...(they) were detained on May 19 of this year and held for two days at the Vozara Complex of the Tehran Morality Police, until they posted bail of $10,000-$16,600 each. "While...
  • RUSSIA Astrakhan: BBC Team Under Attack Investigating Reports of Russian Servicemen Killed

    The team's cameraman was beaten up and the camera smashed during the attack. The recorded material left in the car had been deleted, the team found after returning from the police station. According to BBC, Astrakhan authorities have launched an investigation, Russia's Interfax news agency reports. The team had just left a cafe in the town when at least three aggressive individuals approached our car, confronting and attacking us, says BBC Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg. Using physical violence the men grabbed the camera, smashed it on the road, and then escaped with it in a getaway car. During the scuffle...
  • RUSSIA: Putin Is Considering Unplugging The Internet In Russia During Protests Or War

    Russia is considering measures to PROTECT its cyberspace from the "unpredictable" WEST, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said on Friday after a newspaper said Moscow was contemplating unplugging the Internet during protests or war. According to Censor.NET, the Vedomosti newspaper, citing industry sources, said that Putin will convene Monday a meeting of the country's Security Council to discuss possible RESTRICTIONS on the Russian cyberspace -- the LAST FORUM for FREE ESPRESSION in the country, Business Insider writes. Vedomosti said authorities were contemplating measures to unplug Russia from the global web in emergency situations such as major protests or military hostilities. Putin's...
  • UKRAINE Crimea: Massive Searches Announced: Looking for "Subversive" Books to Destroy Them

    09/19/2014 8:19:35 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 76 replies
    censor.net ^ | 19.09.14 16:31
    All peninsula schools will be ransacked for the extremist literature. In the self-proclaimed Ministry of Education of Crimea stated that the local education departments in the cities and regions of the peninsula are authorized to conduct an inspection visits with respect to keeping of extremist matter and banned literature, Censor.NET reports citing Hromadske Radio. The list consists of 2,442 items, including books, articles, pamphlets, and even texts of some songs. The law enforcement officials together with experts from the Department of Education shall hold the upcoming revision at schools. In case of banned literature detection, members of the inspection will...
  • ‘Several Thousand Syrian Nationals’ Coming To America

    09/19/2014 7:56:46 AM PDT · by impetrio1 · 17 replies
    Black & Right ^ | 9/19/14 | Bob Parks
    Considering what’s been going on in Syria over the last few years (including the official emergence of ISIS), and after the questionable scrutiny in giving thousands of visas to so-called immigrant-children refugees, I’m not sure this is a good idea.
  • ISIS is Barack Obama's mess and now he wants Canada's help

    09/19/2014 7:52:33 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 11 replies
    Calgary Sun ^ | September 17, 2014 | Marc Patrone
    ISIS is Barack Obama’s mess. He made it and now he wants our help to clean it up. What do Canadians owe him? He’s turned his back on allies such as Israel, having proven himself a bigger friend to the likes of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood than to the Jewish state. He’s no friend of Canada’s. Instead of working with his friends, he’s tried in vain to appease such longtime enemies as Iran. His rush to pull out of Iraq without leaving a reserve force behind has led to the disaster we see unfolding there now. Now Obama needs...
  • The Jihadi Logic: Lure the U.S. into the fight that Obama will quit, as in Iraq

    09/19/2014 7:34:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/19/2014 | Charles Krauthhammer
    What was the Islamic State thinking? We know it is sophisticated in its use of modern media. But what was the logic of propagating to the world videos of its beheadings of two Americans (and subsequently a Briton) — sure to inflame public opinion? There are two possible explanations. One is that these terrorists are more depraved and less savvy than we think. They so glory in blood that they could not resist making an international spectacle of their savagery and did not quite fathom how such a brazen, contemptuous slaughter of Americans would radically alter public opinion and risk...