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  • ISIS Destroys 3 Ancient tTombs in Syria, Official Says

    09/05/2015 1:05:23 AM PDT · by nickcarraway
    CBS News ^ | September 4, 2015
    Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants destroyed three ancient tower tombs in the central city of Palmyra in the last few days, a Syrian government official said Friday. Tower tombs, built on high grounds, are a particular feature of the Roman-era ancient caravan city. Maamoun Abdulkarim, the head of the Antiquities and Museums Department in Damascus, said Friday the militants destroyed the tower tombs, including the Elahbel tower that dates back to the 103 AD, 10 days earlier. Abdulkarim said his information was based on witness accounts and satellite images provided by the Boston-based American Schools of Oriental...

    09/05/2015 1:02:58 AM PDT · by nickcarraway
    San Diego 6 ^ | Sep 4, 2015 | Kimberly Dvorak
    While Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) continues its documented rampage on Christian girls turning them into sex slaves, new reporting has uncovered the fate of teenage boys. The radical Islamic jihadis force captured teenaged boys onto the battlefield to face death, or become a suicide bomber or face amputations before screaming crowds. The targeting of children dates back centuries, but the latest grisly storyline emerges from NBC’ Richard Engel reporting highlights just how brutal Middle East war is for non-Muslim teenage boys captured by the ISIS terror network. ISIS also follows the “take no prisoner” approach by terrorizing...
  • Jeb Bush to attend pope's mass in Washington

    09/04/2015 11:24:10 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 11 replies
    Hill ^ | September 04, 2015, 06:55 pm | Bradford Richardson
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and his wife plan to attend a mass led by Pope Francis during his visit to Washington, D.C., later this month, according to the Washington Post. Bush aides stressed that the GOP primary candidate intends to leave a “light footprint” on the event. The mass will take place Sept. 23 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. During the service, Pope Francis will canonize Junipero Serra, an 18th-century friar who founded missions in California. It will be the first beatification ceremony to take place in North America. Bush, who converted to...
  • Over 100k sign UK online petition calling for Israeli PM’s arrest (Antisemites come out in force)

    09/04/2015 11:23:41 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 5 replies
    PressTV ^ | Sat Sep 5, 2015 5:15AM
    More than 100,000 people in the United Kingdom have now signed a petition demanding the arrest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for war crimes against Palestinians when he visits London later this month.
  • Iran Won’t Have Nukes, US Assures KSA

    09/04/2015 11:01:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Arab News ^ | Saturday 5 September 2015
    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, who is on a historic visit to the US, met American President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington on Friday, with talks focusing on reining in Iran and tackling trouble spots in the Middle East. Obama made the rare move of greeting King Salman at the doors of the White House, as he hailed the longstanding friendship between the two countries. This is King Salman’s first visit to the United States after assuming the throne in January this year. In his welcome comments, Obama said: “It is a great pleasure...
  • Saudi King Buys Out Entire Four Seasons for DC Visit

    09/04/2015 10:22:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 4, 2015
    Sure, Donald Trump’s “really rich.” But the Saudi royal family is really, really, really rich. Just look at their accommodations for Saudi King Salman’s visit to Washington. According to Politico, the king’s entourage bought out the entire Four Seasons in Georgetown, one of the capital’s ritziest and costliest hotels. And they’ve done some redecorating to the hotel’s sleek and modern design. Eyewitnesses told Politico that red carpets were laid down in the hallways and gilded furniture — “gold mirrors, gold end tables, gold lamps” — was delivered in advance of the Saudi monarch’s visit.
  • Jim Messina: Obama Insider To Help Social Democrats Challenge Merkel (fixing German elections)

    09/04/2015 9:27:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | September 04, 2015 – 01:13 AM | Veit Medick
    If you ask around about Jim Messina in Washington, you will get an extremely wide range of reactions. Some believe he is brilliant; others think he’s ruthless. But there is one impression that everyone seems to share: “Jim is not afraid of anyone.” That isn’t a bad prerequisite for Messina’s next job. The 45-year-old Democrat, who organized Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign and this year orchestrated British Prime Minister David Cameron’s spectacular, nail-biting win, is now getting into German politics. Messina has agreed to a consulting job in Berlin: He wants to help the center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) beat...
  • IAF keen on US Scorpion aircraft offer

    09/04/2015 9:20:56 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    THE FINANCIAL EXPRESS ^ | September 4, 2015 | Huma Siddiqui
    After asking state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) to stop work on the intermediate jet trainers (IJT), the Indian Air Force (IAF) is now keen on the US offer of Textron’s AirLand Scorpion light-attack and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft. The IAF badly needs an IJT due to delays by HAL, which has been working on an IJT since 1997. Senior IAF officials believe that the twin-seat platform of the Textron’s ISR aircraft can also be used as an intermediate jet trainer. Sources have indicated during the forthcoming visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the US from September 22 to...
  • Teenager dies in Sterling shooting (border runner); search for suspect continues

    09/04/2015 8:36:01 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5 Sept 2015
    A 17-year-old Park View High School sophomore was fatally shot Friday morning as he walked to his bus stop, and fellow students spent the day on lockdown as authorities investigated. Danny Centeno-Miranda, who fled violence and poverty in his native El Salvador in 2013 to live with relatives in Virginia, was about a mile from the Loudoun County school when he was shot. Loudoun sheriff’s officials said they believe that the assailants knew Danny but did not offer details. They were searching for suspects into the evening. Danny’s uncle, Porfirio Baires, who welcomed the teenager into his Sterling townhouse, said...
  • Meet Europe’s Unlikely Champion For Resisting A Wave Of Migrants [Viktor Orban]

    09/04/2015 8:03:02 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/4/15 | Blake Neff
    An unlikely leader has emerged in Europe to represent those who oppose the European Union’s moves to accept a growing deluge of African and Middle Eastern migrants into the continent: the prime minister of tiny Hungary.Viktor Orban, the head of Hungary’s conservative Fidesz party, is very publicly defying European Union officials who have called upon the continent to accept a wave of hundreds of thousands of migrants from countries like Syria, Libya, and South Sudan.In a Thursday speech in Brussels, where the European Parliament is based, Orban pointed out that many migrants currently reaching Europe are hardly coming straight from...
  • O'Malley calls for U.S. to receive at least 65,000 Syrian refugees

    09/04/2015 7:55:03 PM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 9/4/15 | Jessica Anderson
    Former Gov. Martin O'Malley is calling for the United States to accept at least 65,000 Syrian refugees by the end of next year. O'Malley, a Democratic candidate for president, made the statements after reports of the deaths of a Syrian woman and her two sons who drowned during a voyage from Turkey to Greece, in attempt to escape the war-ravaged nation. Images of the 3-year-old boy's body washed up on a beach, and other images of hundreds trying to board trains in Hungary, have focused world attention on the desperate wave of migration. "The images of poor Aylan Kurdi's body...
  • Migrant to Mexico Defends Trump, Denounces Ramos

    09/04/2015 6:48:23 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 13 replies
    Townhall ^ | Sep 04, 2015 | Humberto Fontova
    “I’ve never ceased to be Mexican. I have two passports, and I vote in elections in both countries. (Univision’s Jorge Ramos, Time Magazine, 1/2/2013.) “Then why your silence on the thousands upon thousands of Cubans that are arrested, beaten, extorted and deported by migratory officials of YOUR country, Mr Ramos?” Rafael Alejandro Hernandez, 8/28/2015) Rafael Alejandro Hernández is a young Cuban lawyer living in Mexico who knows from firsthand experience what migrants to Mexico go through. Last week he unloaded on Jorge Ramos: “Mr Ramos, you as Mexican citizen have no moral authority whatsoever to criticize U.S. immigration policy.” “You...
  • Homeland Security Cmte: ‘More U.S.-Based Jihadist Terror Cases in 2015 Than in Any Full...

    09/04/2015 5:50:12 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    CNS News ^ | 9/4/15 | Michael W Chapman
    The “Terror Threat Snapshot” for August 2015, released by the majority staff of the House Homeland Security Committee, states the terror threat level in America is high and “getting steadily worse,” and that there have been “more U.S.-based jihadist terror cases in 2015 than in any full year since 9/11.”The “Terror Threat Snapshot” also reported that the Islamic State “is fueling the Islamist terror” globally; that Islamist terrorists “are intent on killing law enforcement” officers and U.S. troops, as well as civilians; and that 25,000 fighters from 100 countries have traveled to Syria and Iraq to join the Islamic State.In...
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz 'Not Afraid to Stand Alone' on Iran Deal [broken clock alert]

    09/04/2015 5:28:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 9/4/15 | Steven Dennis
    Wasserman Schultz says she will make her decision on the Iran deal with her “Jewish heart.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)Under siege on multiple fronts and with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. at her side, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz declared Thursday she’s not afraid to stand alone on the Iran deal.The Florida Democrat faces calls for her resignation from her perch atop the DNC from party activists who worry the relatively skimpy debate schedule could be seen tilting the scales for front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton and for her potential apostasy when it comes to supporting...
  • UAE loses 45 troops on black day in Yemen (Saudi Arabia Attacking)

    09/04/2015 5:20:49 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 5 replies
    THE UAE says 45 of its soldiers engaged in a Saudi-led campaign against Shi'ite rebels in Yemen have been killed in an accidental explosion that the insurgents claimed was caused by rocket fire. IN what was the deadliest day for the coalition since it was formed in March, Bahrain said five of its soldiers guarding the Saudi border with Yemen were also killed. Around 60 people, mainly military personnel, have died in cross-border rebel attacks in the south of the Saudi kingdom since the coalition began air strikes on the Huthis and their allies. The campaign began as the Huthis...
  • Former Australian Naval officer reunited with cap after swapping with US Navy man 53 years ago

    09/04/2015 4:52:36 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies
    ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) ^ | 4th September 2015 | Jane Ryan
    After more than 50 years, a former Australian Naval petty officer has been reunited with a cap he swapped one night on shore leave in the Philippines. The cap has travelled to Hobart from the United States where it was discovered languishing in a Massachusetts basement. Roger Dewar is 73 now, but in 1964 he was a young petty officer serving in the Asia Pacific on the HMAS Quiberon. On shore leave in the Philippines one night he met and fell in with a group of American Navy men, one of whom was an electrician's mate named Ray Silvia. At...
  • Obama, Saudi King put warm gloss over differences

    09/04/2015 4:40:48 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies
    AFP on Yahoo News ^ | 9/4/15 | Andrew Beatty
    Washington (AFP) - US President Barack Obama on Friday welcomed Saudi Arabia's King Salman for a long-delayed first White House summit marked by warm public words, amid clashing views on Middle Eastern crises. Obama made the rare move of greeting the 79-year-old monarch at the doors of the White House, as he hailed the "longstanding friendship" between the two countries. Salman's inaugural visit as king -- originally scheduled for May and canceled by Riyadh -- had been billed as a way of putting relations back on a more stable footing. In the Oval Office, Obama was effusive, saying he wanted...
  • utherans call for 200,000 refugees to be admitted to US in 2016 including 100,000 Syrians

    09/04/2015 3:23:04 PM PDT · by robowombat · 54 replies
    Refugee Resettlement Watch ^ | September 4, 2015 | Ann Corcoran
    Lutherans call for 200,000 refugees to be admitted to US in 2016 including 100,000 Syrians Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 4, 2015 A reader has just alerted us to yet another federal refugee contractor, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), one-upping the other two contractors we have reported on, here and here both demanding that Obama admit 65,000 Syrians in FY2016. We thought those were outrageous demands! Linda-Hartke-square-headshot-for-blog1-290x300 Linda Hartke, CEO of LIRS, sent out the urgent e-mail to their members. LIRS is approximately 97% funded with your tax dollars! But get this….. LIRS wants 100,000 Syrians! Either...
  • What we are seeing in Europe is the hijra

    09/04/2015 3:19:42 PM PDT · by robowombat · 27 replies
    Refugee Resettlement Watch ^ | September 4, 2015 | Ann Corcoran
    Frontpage magazine: What we are seeing in Europe is the hijra Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 4, 2015 Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch has penned an excellent piece describing how what we are seeing in Europe is not a spontaneous wave of humanity simply looking for a better life, but in fact we are seeing the hijra—emigration for the cause of Allah. hijra Is the hijra coming to America? I think it is already here and I wrote about it. (Published by the Center for Security Policy and available at Amazon) Remember how former Libyan leader Col. Gaddafi famously...
  • Iran Promises to ‘Set Fire’ to U.S. Interests

    09/04/2015 3:16:03 PM PDT · by detective · 30 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 3, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    A senior Iranian military official has vowed to “set fire” to all U.S. interests in the region and maintained that the Islamic Republic welcomes war with America, according to regional reports demonstrating that Tehran is still committed to fighting the United States in the wake of a recently inked nuclear accord. “In threatening remarks,” a top Iranian commander of the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) stated that Iran is prepared to “annihilate” U.S. and Israeli war forces should they “take the slightest military move against Iran,” according to Iran’s state-controlled Fars News Agency.
  • US Boosts Efforts to Help Syrian Refugees

    09/04/2015 3:13:37 PM PDT · by robowombat · 13 replies
    VOA News ^ | September 03, 2015 9:16 PM | Pamela Dockins
    US Boosts Efforts to Help Syrian Refugees Pamela Dockins September 03, 2015 9:16 PM STATE DEPARTMENT— The State Department said Thursday that the U.S. had stepped up efforts to process Syrian refugees seeking admission to the United States. Spokesman Mark Toner said the total number of Syrian refugees admitted to the U.S. since the start of the country’s crisis in 2011 was expected to reach about 1,800 by the end of October. He commented after photographs emerged showing the body of a 3-year-old Syrian refugee who drowned off the coast of Greece. The child’s mother and brother were also among...
  • Analysts: Beijing Parade a 'Bazaar' of Stolen Technology

    09/04/2015 3:08:03 PM PDT · by robowombat · 3 replies
    VOA News ^ | September 04, 2015 7:10 AM | Saibal Dasgupta
    Analysts: Beijing Parade a 'Bazaar' of Stolen Technology Military vehicles carry DF-5B intercontinental ballistic missiles during a parade commemorating the 70th anniversary of Japan's surrender during World War II held in front of Tiananmen Gate in Beijing, Sept. 3, 2015. Military vehicles carry DF-5B intercontinental ballistic missiles during a parade commemorating the 70th anniversary of Japan's surrender during World War II held in front of Tiananmen Gate in Beijing, Sept. 3, 2015. China Showcases Military Strength at WWII Parade China Parade Draws Putin, but Few Other Major World Leaders Beijing Readies for Massive WWII Military Parade Disappointing Report on China's...
  • More Than 350,000 Migrants (sic) Have Fled to Europe This Year

    09/04/2015 3:01:50 PM PDT · by robowombat · 11 replies
    VOA News ^ | September 01, 2015 2:35 PM
    IOM: 350,000 Migrants Have Fled to Europe This Year Print More Than 350,000 Migrants Have Fled to Europe This Year VOA News Last updated on: September 01, 2015 2:35 PM The International Organization for Migration said Tuesday that more than 350,000 migrants have made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean this year, fleeing turmoil and poverty in the Mideast and Africa in search of a better life in Europe. The intergovernmental agency said more than 234,000 of them landed on the shores of Greece, with another 114,000 migrants arriving in Italy, and much smaller numbers in Spain and Malta. About...
  • Sicily: Elderly couple murdered by African refugee; some locals take revenge

    09/04/2015 2:53:23 PM PDT · by robowombat · 39 replies
    Refugee Resettlement Watch ^ | September 4, 2015 | Ann Corcoran
    Sicily: Elderly couple murdered by African refugee; some locals take revenge Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 4, 2015 You’ve probably seen the news of the grisly murders of an elderly husband and wife on Sicily. The wife, 70 years old, is believed to have been sexually assaulted before being thrown off a balcony to her death. This is an update. Sicily murdered I don’t think we even have to say ‘alleged’ murderer in this case. Mamadou Kamara was wearing clothes he stole from the victims and had his own bloody trousers in his possession . The refugee, Mamadou Kamara,...
  • UN wants Europe to take 200,000 permanent refugees

    09/04/2015 1:51:41 PM PDT · by robowombat · 22 replies
    Refugee Resettlement Watch ^ | Sept 4, 2015 | Ann Corcoran
    UN wants Europe to take 200,000 permanent refugees; Poland says stop the illegal flow first! UK buckles! by Ann Corcoran More 'Invasion of Europe' news..... Guterres Former head of Socialists International, UNHCR Antonio Guterres is calling the shots for Europe AND America As EU leaders meet today to discuss the migrant crisis overwhelming Europe, the UN ups the number of refugees it is demanding that European countries permanently resettle. By the way, in 2014 the UN was demanding that all western countries (not Gulf Arab states and not communist Russia or China!) take 130,000 permanent Syrian refugees. That is how...
  • Egypt billionare offers to buy Med island for refugees

    09/04/2015 12:26:50 PM PDT · by familyop · 39 replies
    AFP by way of Yahoo News ^ | September 3, 2015 | Victor Luckerson
    Cairo (AFP) - Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris has offered to buy an island off Greece or Italy and develop it to help hundreds of thousands of people fleeing from Syria and other conflicts. "...I' the migrants and provide jobs for them building their new country," he wrote...he said:..."You have dozens of islands which are deserted and could accommodate hundreds of thousands of refugees."...the "main thing is investment in infrastructure"..."And if things improve, whoever wants to go back (to their homeland) goes back," said Sawiris,...
  • UAE says death toll rises to 45 soldiers killed in Yemen attack - state news agency

    09/04/2015 12:18:18 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 7 replies
    Rueters via Eleconomista ^ | 9-4-2015 | Reuters
    Forty-five soldiers from the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain were killed on Friday while taking part in a Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen against Houthi forces
  • Human Rights Group Demands US Take 65,000 Syrian Refugees to Help Europe With Migration Crisis

    09/04/2015 11:52:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/04/2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    A human rights group has called on the United States government to step up its outreach to Syrian refugees and resettle 65,000 people before the end of 2016. While the U.S. has said that it will accept between 5,000 to 8,000 refugees, the International Rescue Committee said that is far from enough to really help Europe in its migrant crisis. "Not only are Syrians resorting to desperate measures to seek a better life for themselves and their families in Europe, but they are dying in the process," IRC president David Miliband said in a statement. "The U.S. has historically been...
  • DOD Sec. Says Gitmo Terrorists Need Indefinite Lockup as Obama Tries Closing Prison

    09/04/2015 11:39:56 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | September 4, 2015
    While President Obama works to deliver on his longtime promise to close the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba his Defense Secretary offers a jolt of reality; around half of the detainees—the world’s most dangerous terrorists—need to be locked up “indefinitely.” So what are the commander-in-chief’s plans for the radical Islamic jihadists currently incarcerated in the top-security compound at the U.S. Naval base in southeast Cuba? The all-star terrorist roster includes 9/11 masterminds Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM), Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali and Mustafa Ahmed Adam al Hawsawi as well as Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the Al-Qaeda terrorist charged...
  • Migrants Fleeing Hungary Start a Long March Toward Germany

    09/04/2015 11:24:13 AM PDT · by Theoria · 70 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 04 Sept 2015 | Dan Bilefsky
    Haggard and defiant, a large number of migrants marched from the Keleti train station in Budapest toward Germany on Friday, pledging to walk 300 miles rather than remain in a country where they are not welcome.“This is going to go down in history,” said Rami Hassoun, an Egyptian migrant from Alexandria who was helping corral the crowds on a six-lane highway, where the migrants were being watched by the police.The police put the number of migrants who were walking at 500, but photographs from the scene and eyewitness accounts suggested the figure was at least twice that.Other migrants remained locked...
  • Pentagon: Chinese Navy Ships Passed Through U.S. Territorial Waters for First Time

    09/04/2015 10:43:35 AM PDT · by Nachum · 37 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 9/4/15
    The five Chinese Navy ships spotted operating in the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska steered within 12 nautical miles of the U.S. coast and passed through U.S. territorial waters, the Pentagon said. The Wall Street Journal reported: Pentagon officials said for the first time late Thursday that the five Chinese navy ships had passed through U.S. territorial waters as they transited the Aleutian Islands, but said they had complied with international law. Analysts saw the passage as significant as Beijing has long objected to U.S. Navy vessels transiting its territorial waters or operating in international waters just outside....
  • ISIS Issues 11 Commandments for Christians to Obey If They Want to Live in Their Ancestral Homeland

    09/04/2015 10:48:53 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 24 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 09/04/2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The Islamic State terror group has issued a "safety contract" that Christians living in the captured Syrian town of Qaryatian must follow, which includes 11 specific commandments, if they want to live. It also stipulated 13 items to give security to the Christians in the city, ..
  • Jihad ravaged Christian Byzantium for 800 years: how valiantly the Byzantine Christians

    09/04/2015 10:35:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    History of Jihad ^ | September 4, 2015 | Robin MacArthur
    How the Jihad ravaged Christian Byzantium for 800 years, and how valiantly the Byzantine Christians held back the Arab and Turkish hordes, saving Europe from Islam. [ Full title ]. While the Zoroastrian Persians were defeated and were being subjugated, the Muslim hordes turned on their other neighbor the Christian Byzantines. The two armies met at the battlefield of Heiromyak. Lessons from the Battle of Heiromyak (Al Yarmuk). At the Battle of the Yarmuk (river), between the Muslim Arabs and the Byzantines, the Muslim Arabs were losing the battle in the initial stages. When the victory seemed certain for the...
  • Hungarian Prime Minister Tells Muslim Refugees ‘Do Not Come’

    09/04/2015 9:52:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    TIME ^ | 09/04/2015 | Mark Rivett-Carnac
    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has a clear message for the European-bound Muslim refugees fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa: “Please do not come.” Speaking outside the European Union headquarters in Brussels, he said: “I think we have a right to decide we do not want a large number of Muslim people in our country,” al-Jazeera reported. “We can’t guarantee that you will be accepted,” Orban went on to say, while defending the decision to build a fence along its Serbian border. The fence is one of several new initiatives designed to make it difficult for...
  • You may think Obama’s to blame for Iran deal… but you’d be DEAD wrong

    09/04/2015 9:49:20 AM PDT · by onyx · 11 replies ^ | September 3, 2015 | Allen West
    So let it be written, so let it be done. Such were the words of Pharaoh Ramses II, as portrayed by actor Yul Brynner in the epic film, “The Ten Commandments.” Those words seem to apply now to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Iranian nuclear agreement. Democrats in the US Senate have placed their allegiance to President Obama over the nation, spitting in the eyes of our men and women in uniform who’ve been killed, maimed and scarred for life by the tools of war provided by the Islamic Republic of Iran. These senators have said...

    09/04/2015 9:48:03 AM PDT · by maggief · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 4, 2015 | JORDAN SCHACHTEL
    Iranian dictator Ali Khamenei said Thursday that there will be no nuclear deal with the United States unless the Obama administration lifts sanctions from the Islamic Republic immediately once the accord goes into effect. “If the sanctions are not going to be removed, then there will be no deal,” the “Supreme Leader” told Iran’s Assembly of Experts, in remarks broadcast on state-television. “We insisted (since the beginning of the negotiations) that sanctions ought to be lifted, not suspended,” Iran’s dictator added, before threatening to triple uranium enrichment if the United States did not succumb to his demands.
  • Dem Sen. Cardin opposes Iran deal (37 Senate Dems support, 6 undeclared, 3 oppose)

    09/04/2015 9:26:28 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 04, 2015, 12:05 pm | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) said on Friday that he will oppose the Iran nuclear deal, making him the third Senate Democrat to come out against the agreement. "This is a close call, but after a lengthy review, I will vote to disapprove the deal," he wrote in a Washington Post op-ed. "The JCPOA legitimizes Iran's nuclear program. After 10 to 15 years, it would leave Iran with the option to produce enough enriched fuel for a nuclear weapon in a short time." The opposition of Cardin — the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — is a setback...
  • Kerry predicts '90 percent' will support Iran deal (Lurch is delusional)

    09/04/2015 9:17:27 AM PDT · by BerniesFriend · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/04/2015 | Mark Hensch
    Secretary of State John Kerry predicted on Thursday that nine in 10 Americans would back President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran once it has been in place for a year or more. “The fact is, a lot of polls show that the country actually supports it, and that’s a fairly even divide,” Kerry said of enthusiasm for the agreement now, according to The Huffington Post. “I think that’s pretty good, considering the amount of money that’s spent with myths being promulgated.” “If Iran destroys its Arak plutonium reactor core, filing it with cement, and it exists no longer, and Arak...
  • After surviving ISIS, Myriam thanks God and teaches the world a lesson on forgiveness (MUST WATCH)

    09/04/2015 9:14:15 AM PDT · by Eurotwit · 11 replies
    SAT7Arabic ^ | September 3, 2015 | SAT7Arabic
    As the world watches the invasion happening in Europe as we speak. Street battles in Budapest. We cannot forget that there are real refugees escaping from ISIS. They, however, as you would expect are grateful to have found safe haven in a nearby country with food and shelter. These are the people that you do not see on the news. These are the people that we should welcome to the west, yet the only want to go back home. Like real refugees. I came over this video this morning and I was attacked by onion ninjas and it gave me...
  • A tally of how Jewish lawmakers are voting on the Iran deal (majority of Jewish Dems now support)

    09/04/2015 8:36:05 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    JTA ^ | LAST UPDATED: Sept. 4, 2015 | Ron Kampeas
    There are 28 Jewish members of Congress: 26 Democrats, one independent who caucuses with the Democrats and one Republican. Nine of them are senators and 19 are representatives. Fourteen back the Iran deal, seven oppose it and seven are undecided. Backing the deal Senate Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., elected 1992, retiring next year. Democratic chief deputy whip, member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., elected 1992. Ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., elected 2008. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., elected 2006. Caucuses with Democrats, running for president. Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, appointed...
  • About Gwen "Take That, Bibi" Ifill

    09/04/2015 8:30:24 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | September 3, 2015 | Jay Nordlinger
    Well, I’ve said it a million times: The anchorman of CBS News should attend Democratic fundraisers (as happened). The Supreme Court reporter of the New York Times, a.k.a. the paper of record, should march in abortion-rights rallies (as happened). And PBS news figures should be open partisans. Yesterday, when Senator Barbara Mikulski declared for the Iran deal, meaning that this deal could not be blocked by the Senate, Gwen Ifill spiked the football. “Take that, Bibi,” she tweeted. Aha! Good one, Gwen! The PBS ombudsman has written about this matter disapprovingly. I’m not sure I disapprove. What I disapprove of...
  • Syria: Bashar al-Assad ready to share power, says Vladimir Putin

    09/04/2015 6:33:37 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 64 replies ^ | September 4, 2015 14:05 BST | Tom Porter
    Syria: Bashar al-Assad ready to share power, says Vladimir Putin By Tom Porter September 4, 2015 14:05 BST Russian President Vladimir Putin said Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad is ready to share power and even could hold snap parliamentary elections. Russia has been Assad's main international ally during the four-year civil war that has caused millions to flee the country and cost more than 200,000 lives. Moscow has repeatedly resisted calls for Assad to step aside, and Putin said the West should work with Assad's regime to combat jihadist organisation Islamic State, which now controls more than half of Syria. "We...
  • Analysts: Beijing Parade a 'Bazaar' of Stolen Technology

    09/04/2015 6:12:26 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    Voice of America ^ | September 04, 2015 | Saibal Dasgupta
    BEIJING—The massive military parade in Beijing this week showcased China’s latest weapons, unveiling many to the public for the first time. But weapons experts say the systems on display showed hallmarks of China’s reputation for stealing technology and adapting it to its requirements. The show involved long, medium and short range missiles, a range of tanks and 200 fighter aircraft. The Chinese government said that all the equipment had been made indigenously, attesting to the success of the country’s military industrial capability and the estimated $145 billion spent on the military in 2015. “The parade was a bazaar of stolen...
  • Trump stumped on foreign policy, hits 'gotcha' questions

    09/04/2015 5:47:40 AM PDT · by dmz · 104 replies
    Donald Trump stumbled when asked about the heads of major terrorist organizations on Thursday and then lashed out at what he called a "gotcha question."
  • Ms Clinton’s Claim Of Innocence Is Also Her Admission Of Utter Incompetence And Total Irrelevance.

    09/04/2015 5:43:21 AM PDT · by Crystal Palace East · 20 replies
    Early AM phone call with old DOD friend
    Ms Clinton’s Claim Of Innocence Is Also Her Admission Of Utter Incompetence And Total Irrelevance. It’s very simple. In Ms Clinton’s constantly changing claims of innocence regarding charges she revealed America’s most important national intelligence and secrets through the use of totally insecure email, one detail seem to have escaped the American media. To accept Ms Clinton’s claim that she sent no classified information via the only email server available to her is to also accept the then-required reality that during one of the worst time in American foreign relations, our chief Foreign Service Officer never received any important information...
  • Fumbling task earned Trask a Pulitzer Prize

    09/04/2015 5:37:12 AM PDT · by luke1825
    lowell sun ^ | sept 4 | peter lucas
    Who would have thought that the sinking of the Italian super luxury liner Andrea Doria outside New York Harbor 59 years ago would still be a Page 1 newspaper story? But it is, or was, when the Boston Sunday Globe ran a long story Aug. 9 about Tom Pritchard, 64, a seasoned scuba diver, who went missing July 21 searching for the wreck, making him at least the 15th diver to die at the site.
  • Congressional Democrats PAID BY IRANIAN LOBBY to support Obama’s nuke deal

    09/04/2015 5:18:03 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 29 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | 9/4/2015 | Pamela Geller
    Every senator who accepted money from the Iranian American Political Action Committee (IPAC) should be impeached and removed from office — or at very least, soundly defeated the next time he or she comes up for reelection. But the enemedia, true to form, will cover for them and do everything it can to keep them on the government payroll. (“Gillibrand and other pro-Dealers got Iran cash,” by Jeff Dunetz, The Jewish Star, September 3, 2015 (thanks to Banafsheh One of the many unanswered questions about P5+1 agreement with Iran is why so many Congressional Democrats are rallying behind the President...
  • Donald Trump Stumbles and Bristles During Foreign Policy Interview

    09/04/2015 5:08:53 AM PDT · by wolfman23601 · 51 replies
    New York Times ^ | 9/3/15 | Michael Barbaro
    Donald J. Trump revealed gaps in his mastery of international affairs during a radio interview on Thursday, appearing to mistake the Quds Force, an Iranian military group, for the Kurds, a Middle Eastern people, and growing testy over questions about foreign leaders. “You’re asking me names that — I think it’s somewhat ridiculous,” Mr. Trump told Hugh Hewitt, a popular conservative radio show host. “As far as the individual players, of course I don’t know them. I’ve never met them. I haven’t been, you know, in a position to meet them.” At one point, Mr. Hewitt asked Mr. Trump if...
  • Longtime Clinton aide before House committee on Benghazi (didn't remember til shown emails)

    09/04/2015 4:37:52 AM PDT · by Liz · 25 replies
    NYPOST.COM ^ | 9/3/15 | GEOFF EARLE
    Hillary's longtime aide, Cheryl Mills, was grilled for hours behind closed doors before Rep Trey Gowdy's House committee investigating Benghazi. Mills’ appearance followed the release of 7,000 pages of ­e-mails from Clinton’s private server — many were to and from Mills and heavily redacted. The day before it was revealed that Clinton tech expert, Byran Pagliano, would refuse to answer questions. Pagliano was responsible for Clinton’s private server during her 2008 presidential campaign; he followed her to the State Dept as a “special ­adviser.” “She has made ­every effort to answer questions and be as helpful as possible, and has...
  • India keen to test-drive Australia’s Bushmaster PMVs

    09/04/2015 1:49:29 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Australian ^ | SEPTEMBER 4, 2015 | Amanda Hodge
    Australia will send technical details to India as early as next week on the indigenous Bushmaster armoured protection vehicle — or protected mobility vehicle — after the country’s most senior defence officials expressed interest in using them to police India’s restive borders. A defence procurement contract for the Australian-made armoured vehicle, which has an unblemished record of no casualties in a decade of use in the ­Afghan battle theatre, would be a significant export for Australia as it builds its trade and defence relationship with India. Defence Minister Kevin Andrews, at the end of a three-day visit to India, said...