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  • Judicial Watch: Feds’ Bulletin Describes Threat of Imminent Terrorist Attack on Southern Border

    08/29/2014 11:24:48 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 6 replies
    http://www.nationalreview.com ^ | August 29, 2014 1:47 PM | By Andrew C. McCarthy
    For those of us who’ve been raising alarms about both the jihadist threat and the national-security vulnerability created by the Obama administration’s non-enforcement of the immigration laws, this is not a surprise — particularly less than two weeks before September 11. But it is nonetheless jarring to read. Judicial Watch has just put out this statement: Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed to Judicial Watch...
  • Harry Reid's Alma Matter dumps His Name From Building

    08/29/2014 11:15:03 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 14 replies
    The Daily Caller via Yahoo.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | Daily Caller Staff
    Harry Reid’s alma matter is removing his name from a school building after citizens and alumni lobbied the school president and pledged more than $40,000 to the cause. Concerned citizens lobbied Southern Utah University president Scott Wyatt months ago for the change, but he has only now decided to remove the name out of respect for the Senate majority leader, Utah’s The Spectrum reports. “I didn’t want to offend him in any way,” he explained. Cedar City Councilman Paul Cozzens told The Specter he received $40,000 in pledges to remove the Nevada senator’s name in just five days. “These people...
  • Obama Never Has a Plan

    08/29/2014 11:14:24 AM PDT · by Hoodat · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/29/14 | Ben Shapiro
    On Thursday, President Obama held a press conference in which he humiliated himself entirely on the question of America’s handling of the terror group ISIS. Explaining that he had to consult Congress and check the pulse of Americans, Obama stated, “I don’t want to put the cart before the horse. We don’t have a strategy yet.” Which begs the question: what the hell does this guy do for a living? ISIS has been on the move since April 2013, when Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced that ISIS was moving into Iraq as well as Syria. On June 29, 2014, ISIS announced...
  • Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert: 'Barney Fife is in charge'

    08/29/2014 11:07:29 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 29, 2014 | David Martosko, Us Political Editor for MailOnline
    Lawmakers are fuming over President Barack Obama's admission on Thursday that his White House lacks a strategy for dealing with the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in Syria, with one congressman comparing his performance to the bumbling sheriff's deputy Barney Fife from 'The Andy Griffith Show.' And as House and Senate members piled on with sharp criticism, a former senior aide to a retired defense secretary told MailOnline that the Joint Chiefs of Staff are 'seeing red' and 'spitting nails' following Obama's candid admission. 'They're losing confidence in their mission,' said the long-time Pentagon insider,...
  • WH pushes back on report Obama hesitated to rescue Foley

    08/29/2014 10:49:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 29, 2014 | Jesse Byrnes
    The White House is pushing back on a report that the military operation to rescue captured American journalist James Foley was delayed by President Obama's "hesitation." U.S. forces conducted the rescue operation "as soon as the president" and his national security team "were confident it could be carried out successfully," according to a tweet sent Friday from the National Security Council's account. The comment was in response to a senior Pentagon official who reportedly confirmed to The Sunday Times of London that "hesitation" on the part of Obama delayed the July 4 operation to rescue Foley. Foley, who went missing...
  • The Assembly of a New World Order

    08/29/2014 10:34:50 AM PDT · by Theoria · 9 replies
    WSJ ^ | 29 Aug 2014 | Henry Kissinger
    The concept that has underpinned the modern geopolitical era is in crisis Libya is in civil war, fundamentalist armies are building a self-declared caliphate across Syria and Iraq and Afghanistan's young democracy is on the verge of paralysis. To these troubles are added a resurgence of tensions with Russia and a relationship with China divided between pledges of cooperation and public recrimination. The concept of order that has underpinned the modern era is in crisis. The search for world order has long been defined almost exclusively by the concepts of Western societies. In the decades following World War II, the...
  • Oak Creek Army Ranger Justin Slaby to graduate from FBI training in October (Wisconsin)

    08/29/2014 10:07:19 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 8 replies
    WHBL News ^ | August 29, 2014
    Oak Creek Army Ranger Justin Slaby to graduate from FBI training in October Friday, August 29, 2014 10:34 a.m. CDT OAK CREEK, WI (WTAQ) - A wounded Army Ranger from Oak Creek will graduate from the FBI's training academy in October. Justin Slaby won a federal lawsuit last year, after he claimed he was wrongly dismissed from the FBI academy because he lost his left hand while serving in Iraq. This week, the Justice Department's inspector general found that former Milwaukee FBI office director Teresa Carlson urged agent Mark Crider to commit perjury, by testifying that Slaby wasn't qualified to...
  • Uh Oh: Mary Landrieu Doesn't Own a Home in Louisiana

    08/29/2014 9:30:48 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 53 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | Guy Benson
    This is…not what embattled "Louisiana" Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu wanted to read in the Washington Post -- which, as it turns out, is her hometown paper: In Washington, Sen. Mary Landrieu lives in a stately, $2.5 million brick manse she and her husband built on Capitol Hill. Here in Louisiana, however, the Democrat does not have a home of her own. She is registered to vote at a large bungalow in New Orleans that her parents have lived in for many decades, according to a Washington Post review of Landrieu’s federal financial disclosures and local property and voting records. On...
  • Japan defense budget request highest ever as Abe boosts military

    08/29/2014 9:03:41 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 14 replies
    Japan Today ^ | Aug. 29, 2014 - 04:40PM JST | By Kiyoshi Takenaka
    Japan’s defense planners are seeking their biggest budget ever for the coming fiscal year to pay for stealth fighters, drones and a hi-tech submarine, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bolsters the military amid an intensifying rivalry with China. The Defense Ministry on Friday requested a 3.5% increase to 5.05 trillion yen for the year starting next April. If approved, this third increase in a row will more than reverse the decade of cuts that Abe ended after coming to office in December 2012. Abe, taking a more assertive stance on national security, has also ended a ban on Japanese soldiers...
  • Paul Ryan: Big government has U.S. at ‘tipping point’

    08/29/2014 8:43:14 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 32 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | 8-26-14 | Ben Yount
    It is no longer a question of how much government Americans want. The only question is how much government Americanscan afford. And the former Republican vice presidential candidate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the answer is becoming clear. “I talk about this in the book,” Ryan told Watchdog Radio Monday. “About very progressive policies. About the outcomes they produce, and how they bankrupt governments.” Ryan writes in his new book, “The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea”, that the federal government has expanded entitlement programs, Medicare, Social Security and now Obamacare, to the point where they cost far more...
  • FBI National Domestic Threat Assessment Omits Islamist Terrorism

    08/29/2014 8:18:57 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 37 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | August 29, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    FBI National Domestic Threat Assessment Omits Islamist Terrorism Internal report labels white supremacists, black separatists, militias, abortion extremists main domestic extremists BY: Bill Gertz August 29, 2014 5:00 am The FBI’s most recent national threat assessment for domestic terrorism makes no reference to Islamist terror threats, despite last year’s Boston Marathon bombing and the 2009 Fort Hood shooting—both carried out by radical Muslim Americans. Instead, the internal FBI intelligence report concluded in its 2013 assessment published this month that the threat to U.S. internal security from extremists is limited to attacks and activities by eight types of domestic extremist movements—none...
  • Obama interrupting weekend trip to return to DC (personal choice)

    08/29/2014 7:41:19 AM PDT · by maggief · 48 replies
    AP ^ | August 29, 2014 | Darlene Superville
    EXCERPT The White House says Obama has changed his plans for Friday and will return to Washington late in the evening after fundraisers in Rhode Island and New York. He had planned to spend the night in New York. Presidential aides say the change in plans was not related to any current events and was the president's personal choice. Obama will spend Saturday morning in Washington, then return to New York later in the day for the wedding of his personal chef Sam Kass and MSNBC host Alex Wagner.
  • Ted Cruz feeds 2016 buzz with hires

    08/29/2014 7:24:39 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/28/14 8:57 PM EDT | BURGESS EVERETT and JOHN BRESNAHAN
    Ted Cruz is beefing up his political staff as speculation heats up that the Texas senator may run for president in 2016.The Republican firebrand is adding muscle to his campaign and political operations to help Cruz and his staff keep up with the growing political demands on Cruz since he arrived in the Senate in 2013 and achieved fame — or notoriety, depending on one’s view.Joel Mowbray, a consultant for a foreign policy think tank, has been volunteering for the political operation and “will end up playing a role” on the paid political staff, the adviser said. Nick Muzin, a...
  • Good-Bye, Treaty - a non-binding climate-change accord

    08/29/2014 7:15:05 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | August 29, 2014 | Rupert Darwall
    I am speaking on behalf of the United States of America because my negotiators cannot,” Abigail Borah, a youth delegate to the 2011 Durban climate negotiations, yelled from the conference floor. “I am scared for my future,” she cried, silencing Todd Stern, the Obama administration’s chief climate negotiator. “We need an urgent path to a fair, ambitious, and legally binding treaty.” Now the Obama administration is signaling that there will be not be a new climate treaty. According to a report in Wednesday’s New York Times, the path to a treaty has come to an end, 14 months before the...
  • St. Paul police defend skyway arrest; charges dismissed

    08/29/2014 7:10:25 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 52 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-28-14 | Mara H. Gottfried
    St. Paul police responded Thursday to criticism over officers' interaction with a man, including police use of a Taser, saying a video doesn't tell the whole story. Chris Lollie, 28, said he was sitting on a chair in a downtown skyway Jan. 31 when a security guard told him it was a private area and he couldn't be there. No signs were posted saying it was private, Lollie said. The guard called police. Lollie, of St. Paul, told an officer he was heading to pick up his children and didn't have to identify himself because he had done nothing wrong....
  • Google tests drone deliveries in Project Wing trials

    08/29/2014 7:01:25 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | August 28, 2014 | Jack Stewart
    Google has built and tested autonomous aerial vehicles, which it believes could be used for goods deliveries. Google said that its long-term goal was to develop drones that could be used for disaster relief by delivering aid to isolated areas. They could be used after earthquakes, floods, or extreme weather events, the company suggested, to take small items such as medicines or batteries to people in areas that conventional vehicles cannot reach. "Even just a few of these, being able to shuttle nearly continuously could service a very large number of people in an emergency situation," explained Astro Teller, Captain...
  • The Obama economy means fewer jobs, lower wages

    08/29/2014 6:52:41 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 8/29/2014 | Jon Dougherty
    During his entire first term and beyond, President Obama and his sycophantic defenders blamed “the bad economy” on George W. Bush, as if his policies alone were the cause of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. But Bush has been out of office now for nearly six years, and for certain has had zero influence on the country’s economy during that period.In short, then, Obama now owns the economy and has for quite some time. So kind of shape is it in? Not good. According to the latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS), a report that...
  • The Feds’ Charter School Supervision

    08/29/2014 6:45:50 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 11 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 28, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    Charter schools are gaining momentum, and a recently-passed bill in the House of Representatives will help make it easier to start and maintain charter schools. The Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act, an amendment to the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act, was introduced to address the growing education sector. charter school poster The concerns, elaborated by the House Education and the Workforce Committee, are that charter schools “face difficulty in securing facilities to house their schools” and “have difficulty obtaining the funds necessary to build or rehabilitate facilities.” Also, they [are] concerned about charter school quality and...
  • In town halls, U.S. lawmakers hear voter anger over illegal migrants

    08/29/2014 6:44:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 08/28/2014 | Gabriel Debenedetti
    DALLAS (Reuters) - When Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling sat down with colleagues and constituents at a recent Chamber of Commerce lunch in Dallas, the first question he faced was whether Congress planned to address immigration policy and a burgeoning border crisis. "I'm supposed to do this in 30 seconds?" he joked, noting the issue's complexity. While he was optimistic about long-term prospects for dealing with border security and immigration, he said, "between now and the end of this Congress, I'm a little less sanguine about it." It has been a question heard repeatedly by lawmakers this month in "town hall"...
  • America has no strategy, but ISIS does: Biological terrorism

    08/29/2014 6:42:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/28/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    The nature of the threat the Islamic State poses to the West is a subject of much debate. Some indicate that the group is planning to execute attacks in the West at its nearest opportunity, while others say that the organization has designs only on capturing and holding territory in its neighborhood – and that’s a range of confused opinions coming from former and current administration officials. While there is a robust debate over whether ISIS is planning to execute terrorist attacks against Western targets, there should be no debate that the origination is actively seeking the capability to...
  • School lesson urges students adopt Black Panthers’ demands in response to Ferguson shooting

    08/29/2014 6:36:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    EAG News ^ | 8/29/2014 | KYLE OLSON
    If you think the teachable moment from the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri may be how to foster racial reconciliation, that’s not what some educators have in mind.The activist group “Teaching for Change” thinks students need a little more Black Panther in them.“As the new school year begins, first and foremost on our minds and in our hearts will be the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri,” a lesson writer for the group, Julian Hipkins, says.The lesson then suggests “a few ideas and resources for the classroom to help students think critically about the events in Ferguson and ways...
  • Oklahoma Loses Waiver From No Child Left Behind Provisions (due to leaving Common Core)

    08/29/2014 6:10:09 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 28, 2014 | MOTOKO RICH
    As a result of its retreat from Common Core, a set of reading and math standards adopted by more than 40 states, Oklahoma was notified Thursday that it lost its waiver from key provisions of No Child Left Behind, the signature Bush-era education law. Under the waiver, Oklahoma — along with 42 other states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico — were released from the requirement under the old law that all students demonstrate proficiency in reading and math by 2014 or be declared failing. To receive the waiver, Oklahoma had committed to adopting more rigorous “college and career...
  • GOP douses shutdown threats

    08/29/2014 5:55:49 AM PDT · by maggief · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 29, 2014 | Scott Wong and Cristina Marcos
    Another government shutdown isn’t going to happen next month -- at least if you ask Republican leaders. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who’s facing a tough reelection challenge this fall, said turning the lights out in Washington is a “failed policy.” “Remember me? I am the guy that gets us out of shutdowns,” he quipped to CNN. And Speaker John Boehner and his leadership team are ruling out a repeat of last October when Texas Sen. Ted Cruz led a conservative rebellion and forced the government to close for two weeks in a bid to defund Obamacare. That proved...
  • Louie Gohmert: Obama Isn't Going To Do Executive Amnesty

    08/29/2014 5:01:17 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 15 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | Mathew Boyle
    Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), one of the key conservative members in the House of Representatives, predicted on Fox News on Thursday that President Barack Obama's threats of unilateral amnesty are all smoke and no fire.
  • Uncle Stupid’s Sugar Buzz: The US Government Aids the Sugar Industry's Legal Thievery

    08/29/2014 4:50:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/28/2014 | Kevin Williamson
    Twenty-three years ago, Pepe Fanjul went to the Dominican Republic on business and stayed for love. “I thought, wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a house in the Caribbean, a very airy, outdoor atmosphere — not busy — with ocean views from every window and lots of grass and greens, since my wife is an expert gardener. We didn’t want a marble palace; nothing formal like our New York apartment or even my ranch, just something that fit the area, a Caribbean feel — Bali Caribbean, if you will.” . . . Today, while the family shows up for...
  • Rick Perry: Flip Senate control to GOP to solve problems

    08/29/2014 4:22:18 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    CBS ^ | 8-28-14
    COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Republican Party must control Congress in order to solve national problems like immigration, Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, said Wednesday during a fundraiser for the South Carolina Republican Party. Despite recently being indicted on two felony counts of abuse of power, Perry visited the Palmetto State - the first Southern state to hold a primary during presidential elections - right after spending a few days in New Hampshire, which holds the second nominating contest in the country. In addition to the fundraiser, Perry had time to watch Texas A&M, his alma mater, take on the University of...
  • Democrats Wary of Benghazi Inquiry Stretching Into ’16 Election Season

    08/29/2014 4:17:44 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | 8-28-14 | JONATHAN WEISMAN and JENNIFER STEINHAUERAUG
    WASHINGTON — A House Republican-led investigation of the 2012 terrorist attack on an American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, will extend well into next year, and possibly beyond, raising concerns among Democrats that Republicans are trying to damage Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential prospects. Representative Trey Gowdy, Republican of South Carolina and the chairman of the House select committee on Benghazi, said his go-slow investigation was not motivated by politics. He said that he had gone out of his way to maintain good relations with Democrats on the committee, asking Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the panel’s ranking Democrat, to join...
  • Rasmussen Poll: Most Think DOJ Motivated by Politics

    08/29/2014 4:15:13 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 8/29/2014 | Amy Miller
    Surprising absolutely no one, a new Rasmussen report released today reveals that the majority of Americans believe that the Department of Justice is motivated by a political agenda, as opposed to upholding justice: A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 38% of Likely U.S. Voters have at least a somewhat favorable opinion of the Justice Department, while 53% view it unfavorably. This includes only nine percent (9%) with a Very Favorable view and 26% with a Very Unfavorable one. (To see survey question wording, click here.)Just 35% think the Justice Department is more concerned with making sure justice...
  • Rising (Maxine) Waters

    08/29/2014 4:10:57 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    Politico ^ | 8-29-14 | MJ LEE and ZACHARY WARMBRODT
    Maxine Waters — the fiery liberal from Los Angeles known for calling House Republican leadership “demons” and threatening to nationalize oil companies — has gone from the scourge of Big Business to a sympathetic ally for corporate America. It’s no accident. Waters is executing this transformation by seizing on the growing divide between conservative Republicans and Big Business and leveraging her position as the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, where in the coming weeks she will play a role in the battles over extending a terrorism insurance program and the Export-Import Bank. A large part of her...
  • Army quits tests after competing rifle outperforms M4A1 carbine

    08/29/2014 3:08:23 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 62 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 19, 2014 | Rowan Scarborough
    A competing rifle outperformed the Army’s favored M4A1 carbine in key firings during a competition last year before the service abruptly called off the tests and stuck with its gun, according to a new confidential report. The report also says the Army changed the ammunition midstream to a round “tailored” for the M4A1 rifle. It quoted competing companies as saying the switch was unfair because they did not have enough time to fire the new ammo and redesign their rifles before the tests began. Exactly how the eight challengers — and the M4 — performed in a shootout to replace...
  • 2 CALIFORNIA COUNTIES ASK TO FORM SEPARATE STATE

    08/29/2014 3:07:12 AM PDT · by lbryce · 31 replies
    AP The Big Story ^ | August 28, 2014 | Juliet Williams
    Representatives of two counties in far Northern California petitioned state officials Thursday for the right to form a 51st state called Jefferson, formally asking state lawmakers to vote on their proposal. Modoc and Siskiyou counties, which share a border with Oregon and have a combined population of about 53,000, submitted petitions from their county governments to the secretaries of the state Assembly and Senate after filing a petition complaining about a lack of representation to the secretary of state. "
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: America’s Dark Obsession With Vigilante Justice

    08/29/2014 12:46:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | August 27, 2014 | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    Our belief that the government wants to help us achieve fairness is lower than ever—leading to fantasies of lawless revenge. The events in Ferguson and elsewhere across the U.S. have launched a heated national dialogue that questions our faith in the benevolence of government institutions — especially police, judiciary, and politicians. Dead black bodies always makes us wonder whether they really have the best interests of the American people at heart, or just the best interests of some American people. Sometimes in the dense fog of passion and tear gas it is hard to see what values a country as...
  • Petro-dollar era is officially over as Gazprom begins sales in Yuan and Rouble

    08/29/2014 12:43:49 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 9 replies
    Exeminer ^ | August 27, 2014 | Kenneth Schortgen Jr
    Aug. 27 will officially go down as a red letter day in the history of reserve currencies and dollar hegemony in how oil and gas are purchased throughout the world. In a new announcement from the Russian business media source, Kommersant, Gazprom has conducted the first sale of oil in a currency other than the dollar, and will henceforth open their purchase window to accept both Roubles and Yuan for the exchange of oil and gas products. Beginning today with an 80000 ton oil shipment from their Arctic fields, Gazprom Neft agreed to new terms on the sale and transfer...
  • Fed Chair Yellen’s assets up 8 percent during 2013

    08/28/2014 11:29:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 28, 2014 4:25 PM EDT | Martin Crutsinger
    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s assets rose in value by at least 8 percent during 2013, raising their total to between $5.3 million and $14.1 million, according to her latest financial disclosure released Thursday. Yellen’s biggest asset is a trust fund she set up in 1992 with her husband, George Akerlof, a Nobel Prize-winning economist. The value of the trust fund is estimated at between $1 million and $5 million. Yellen’s assets have likely been driven up in value by a rebounding economy and a rising stock market. In 2012, her disclosure form estimated her assets at between $4 million...
  • United in Hatred: Occupy and Ferguson

    08/28/2014 9:38:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Townhall ^ | August 29, 2014 | Charlotte Hays
    A Washington Post story headlined “Not Their Grandfather’s Protest” sought to depict the Ferguson riots, triggered by the fatal shooting of a black youth by a white police officer, as a new generation of the Civil Rights movement. Not so. As much as we mourn the tragic death of Michael Brown, we can’t help noticing that the mob in Ferguson was destructive, hateful, and only too eager to liquidate small businesses that provided a livelihood for people whose only sin was doing business in Ferguson, Mo. Watching the Ferguson riots on TV, I spotted a sign that said, “Begin the...
  • Rand Paul: Hillary's 'war hawk' policies led to Benghazi attack, rise of ISIS

    08/28/2014 7:53:52 PM PDT · by Plummz · 46 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 27 Aug 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Paul expanded on his remarks and offered a detailed rendering of his views on foreign policy that, regardless of their merits, are undoubtedly innovative for a man likely to seek the GOP's presidential nomination in 2016. … : I would say the objective evidence shows that Libya is a less safe place and less secure place, a more chaotic place with more jihadist groups—and really, we’ve had two really bad things happen because of Hillary’s push for this war. One is that our ambassador was killed as a consequence of not having adequate security and really as a consequence of...
  • Missouri police sued for $40 million over actions in Ferguson protests (funereally continues...)

    08/28/2014 7:33:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 39 replies
    MSN ^ | 8/28/14 | Carey Gillam
    (Reuters) - A group of people caught up in unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, after a white officer killed a black teenager, sued local officials on Thursday, alleging civil rights violations through arrests and police assaults with rubber bullets and tear gas. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, says law enforcement met a broad public outcry over the Aug. 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown with "militaristic displays of force and weaponry," (and) engaged U.S. citizens "as if they were war combatants." The lawsuit seeks a total of $40 million on behalf of six...
  • ‘1984’ in 2014? Fed Gov’t Funds ‘Truthy’ Database to Monitor Hate Speech, Suspicious Memes

    08/28/2014 7:04:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Aug. 28, 2014 9:46 AM
    The federal government is spending close to $1 million of your money on an online tracking program that will supposedly search for so-called “hate speech” or “misinformation” on Twitter. On Fox and Friends, Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson Jr. brought us more details on the “Truthy” database, which intends to monitor suspicious Internet memes as well as false or misleading ideas spreading around social media. […] The Indiana professor who is leading the project, Filippo Menczer, had previously identified a list of hashtags that he believed fell under the categories of “far right” and “polarizing.” Among those that he...
  • Pushing Back Against the Darkness of Ferguson and the Big Apple!

    08/28/2014 6:59:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Thy Black Man ^ | August 28, 2014 | James Davis
    What is occurring in communities across this nation is tragic. It is as if a dark cloud has enveloped and fallen upon this nation when it comes to homicides by whites of black youngsters and black men. Blacks in Sanford, Florida; Jacksonville, Florida; New York City and now Ferguson, Missouri have had enough. The killings were all suspicious in nature and in each instance the black victim was unarmed. Many of you know the details. Trayvon Martin, a youngster of 17 years was stalked and killed by a neighborhood watchman in Sanford as he was making his way home from...
  • Charges dismissed for gun rights advocate

    08/28/2014 6:39:19 PM PDT · by kwikrnu · 4 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 8-28-2014 | travis loller
    "A Nashville judge has dismissed charges against a man who walked around downtown last year wearing a bullet-proof vest and carrying an assault rifle with a silencer."
  • DOJ ‘Chokes’ Off Due Process [Operation 'Choke Point']

    08/28/2014 6:23:57 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/28/2014 | Jeffrey H. Joseph
    It’s no secret that there are plenty of policymakers who would love to see soda and sugary snack food banned altogether. But what if instead of Congress voting to pass laws against the products directly, federal agencies simply acted on their own to pressure stores to stop selling such products altogether, “choking off” the manufacturers’ ability to do business?Sound like executive overreach? A case of the federal government serving as our “national nanny?” While the U.S. Department of Justice isn’t going after food manufacturers through retailers yet, it has targeting legitimate businesses by pressuring banks not to process their financial...
  • The ‘We Can’t Wait’ Clause

    08/28/2014 6:21:46 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 8-28-14 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    Unlike most American presidents, Barack Obama took his inaugural oath of office twice, the latter affirmation serving as a private belt-and-braces remedy to a verbal mistake, the former as the usual public spectacle. Four years later, he repeated the trick, promising fealty first during an exclusive White House ceremony, and then, a day later, before the nation at large. Thus did our 44th president bring to a remarkable four the number of times that he had solemnly sworn to faithfully execute the Office, and, to the best of his ability, to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United...
  • White House orders U.S. labs to take inventory of infectious agents

    08/28/2014 6:10:41 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/28/2014 | Julie Steenhuysen
    The White House has ordered federally funded labs working with infectious agents to conduct an immediate inventory of the pathogens in their labs and review their safety and security protocols, according to a memo released on Thursday.The order follows a trio of high-profile mishaps at federal labs in recent months, including the mishandling of anthrax and bird flu by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and the discovery of decades-old samples of smallpox in a U.S. Food and Drug Administration lab on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.The memo,...
  • Soros Clones: 5 Liberal Mega-Donors Nearly as Dangerous as George Soros

    08/28/2014 6:06:29 PM PDT · by mgist · 13 replies
    newsbusters ^ | 8/26/14 | Ciandella
    As the 2014 midterm elections approached, the media were quick to criticize conservative donors like the Koch brothers for backing issues important to them. But journalists largely ignored the incredible financial power being used to promote the liberal agenda. Five top donors – Michael Bloomberg, Warren Buffett, Pierre Omidyar, Tom Steyer and George Soros’s own son, Jonathan – are major funders of the left. Together, they have contributed at least $2.7 billion since 2000 to groups pushing abortion, gun control, climate change alarmism and liberal candidates. That’s not how major media depicted them. Broadcast networks applauded when billionaire hedge fund...
  • Judge again finds state school financing system unconstitutional (TX)

    08/28/2014 6:06:11 PM PDT · by NYTexan · 51 replies
    Star Telegram.com ^ | Aug. 28, 2014 | Morgan Smith
    AUSTIN — Nearly three years after more than 600 Texas school districts sued the state challenging the school finance system, a Travis County judge has ruled in their favor. In an almost 400-page opinion released Thursday, state District Judge John Dietz said that the state’s school finance system is unconstitutional not only because of inadequate funding and flaws in the way it distributes money to districts, but also because it imposes a de facto state property tax. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office, which had argued that the system was flawed but nonetheless constitutional, said Thursday that the state “will...
  • Ron Paul: Government Had Foreknowledge of 9/11 Terror Attacks: U.S. gov't more destructive than OBL

    08/28/2014 5:43:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 28, 2014 | Staff
    Former Rep. Ron Paul said he believes the U.S. government had prior knowledge of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and has kept this information hidden in a classified section of the 9/11 Commission report. Paul, who made the comments during a radio interview last Friday, also argued that the crimes of Osama bin Laden were “minor” compared to the harm the U.S. government has caused since the 2001 attacks. “I believe that if we ever get the full truth [about 9/11], we’ll find out that our government had it in the records exactly what the plans were, or at least...
  • Bill Would End Outrageous Loophole Allowing ISIL Fighters to Return to U.S.

    08/28/2014 5:32:57 PM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 8/28/2014 | Adam Kredo
    Americans who have travelled to foreign countries to train and fight with terror groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS or ISIL) are not being barred from freely returning to America, where they post a substantial terror threat, according to a leading member of Congress.U.S. intelligence agencies have been tracking Americans who travel abroad to join jihadist groups, but there is no law on the books restricting travel to countries posing a substantial terror threat, according to Rep. Frank Wolf (R., Va.). He is proposing a new law that would significantly restrict travel to Syria...
  • Holder Cut Left-Wing Groups In On $17 Bil BofA Deal

    08/28/2014 5:14:27 PM PDT · by blueyon · 35 replies
    Investors.com ^ | 8/27/14 | IBD Editorials ???
    Extortion: Radical Democrat activist groups stand to collect millions from Attorney General Eric Holder's record $17 billion deal to settle alleged mortgage abuse charges against Bank of America. Buried in the fine print of the deal, which includes $7 billion in soft-dollar consumer relief, are a raft of political payoffs to Obama constituency groups. In effect, the government has ordered the nation's largest bank to create a massive slush fund for Democrat special interests.
  • West Point Report: Obama Watched Islamic State Grow

    08/28/2014 5:04:00 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 21 replies
    War On Terror: A new report from the West Point counterterrorism center says the administration ignored warning signs as the Islamic State grew and trained over a four-year period paralleling our withdrawal from Iraq. As President Obama dithers about whether to strike the Islamic State's sanctuary in Syria, a report by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point shows how we got to this point. Obama simply overlooked the "JV" team until it was ready for terrorism's Pro Bowl. Instead, he was focused on getting us out of Iraq and creating a power vacuum that the terrorist group was all...
  • Newt Gingrich : 2014-08-28 : What Would Reagan Do?

    08/28/2014 4:59:07 PM PDT · by Patton@Bastogne · 24 replies
    Newt Gingrich ^ | 2014-08-28 | Newt Gingrich
    . August 28, 2014 Newt Gingrich : What Would Reagan Do? ===================================================== Instead of criticizing President Barack Obama's lack of an effective national security policy as the terrorist threat of the Islamic State grows in Syria and Iraq, it might be helpful to imagine the speech President Ronald Reagan would have given in response to the videotaped beheading of James Foley. There are many things a great power can do if it has leadership. This fictional speech is an effort to describe a Reagan-like grand strategy, clarity of moral purpose and emphasis on effective actions. This is not a speech...