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  • Iowa Democrat Staci Appel Wouldn't Take Passports Away From Terrorists

    09/15/2014 10:23:12 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat
    Staci Appel (D-Des Moines) and David Young (R-Van Meter) - video at link
  • US to send 3,000 troops to Ebola danger zone as Obama admin shuffles military's mission in Africa

    09/15/2014 10:23:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | September 15, 2014 | David Martosko, U.S. Political Editor
    The United States government is sending thousands of military troops to the west African nation of Liberia as part of the Obama administration's Ebola virus-response strategy, the White House said late Monday night. 'U.S. Africa Command will set up a Joint Force Command headquartered in Monrovia, Liberia, to provide regional command and control support to U.S. military activities and facilitate coordination with U.S. government and international relief efforts,' a statement from the White House press office said. 'A general from U.S. Army Africa, the Army component of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), will lead this effort, which will involve an estimated...
  • Why PLA Organizes Free Air-Combat Confrontation Drill

    09/15/2014 9:52:08 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    China Military Online ^ | Sept 15, 2014
    BEIJING --- The PLA Daily reported that the naval and air forces of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will conduct its first free air-combat confrontation drill. According to the drill plan, an aviation detachment equipped with several fighters under the East China Sea Fleet of the Navy of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLAN) and a troop unit under the PLA Air Force (PLAAF) will join the confrontation drill. It is the first of its kind in the history of the PLAN and the PLAAF. The free air-combat confrontation drill will be conducted on the one-to-one and two-to-two basis...
  • Navy wants to harvest retired Japanese helos for parts

    09/15/2014 9:49:54 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Virginian Pilot ^ | September 16, 2014 | Mike Hixenbaugh
    It's unusual for the United States - by far the biggest defense spender in the world - to seek scrapped military equipment from other nations. Typically, those roles are reversed. But for the past several years, according to internal emails obtained by The Virginian-Pilot, the U.S. Navy has been negotiating to acquire Japan's retired fleet of MH-53E Sea Dragons. The Navy wants to harvest the old helicopters for parts to help keep its own Sea Dragons flying until 2025. "It's telling when we are put in a position where we need to buy scrapped aircraft to keep ours going," said...
  • Do tiny diamonds prove that the 'Big Freeze' was caused by a cosmic impact? [Younger Dyas]

    09/15/2014 9:37:28 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 5 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 15 September 2014 | Jonathan O'Callaghan
    Do tiny diamonds prove that the 'Big Freeze' was caused by a cosmic impact? Nanocrystals hint that asteroid hit Earth 12,800 years ago A study by the University of Chicago says a cosmic impact is the best explanation for the 'Big Freeze' 12,800 years ago They say evidence for this comes from nanodiamonds scattered across 11 countries that could only have come from space The material is found in a thin layer just a few metres below the surface And they also formed at temperatures in excess of 2,200°C (4,000°F) This suggests they were likely created by a major impact...
  • NATO at the heart of a new Cold War, says former Ambassador

    09/15/2014 9:23:19 PM PDT · by DTA · 4 replies
    The Ottawa Citizen ^ | 2014-09-09 | James Bissett
    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was meant to be a purely defensive organization. When the Brussels Treaty of 1948 established the European Defence Alliance of five European countries, it was Canada’s Minister of Foreign affairs, Louis St. Laurent, who proposed the alliance be expanded to include the United States and Canada. One year later, in April 1949, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was born. The primary purpose of the new organization was to defend member states from any attack from the Soviet Union and to act in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations. NATO was born...
  • Islamic State Group Issues New Curriculum in Iraq [Kids Kept Home Parents Homeschooling]

    09/15/2014 9:14:12 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    AP/Assyrian International News Agency ^ | 2014-09-15 21:53 GMT | Sinan Salaheddin and Vivian Salama
    (AP) -- The extremist-held Iraqi city of Mosul is set to usher in a new school year. But unlike years past, there will be no art or music. Classes about history, literature and Christianity have been "permanently annulled." The Islamic State group has declared patriotic songs blasphemous and ordered that certain pictures be torn out of textbooks. But instead of compliance, Iraq's second largest city has -- at least so far -- responded to the Sunni militants' demands with silence. Although the extremists stipulated that the school year would begin Sept. 9, pupils have uniformly not shown up for class,...
  • Oops: Landrieu's Campaign Pays Back $33,000 to Taxpayers for Inappropriately Billed Flights

    09/15/2014 9:13:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    townhall ^ | 9/15/14 | Cortney O'Brien
    Senators are not permitted to use Senate cash to fly to fundraisers - but that didn’t stop Democratic Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu from taking 43 trips on her Senate office account. The Perkins Coie law firm reviewed Landrieu’s travel from her 18 years in the Senate: The report found that Landrieu's official office paid $33,727.02 -- about 11 percent of the total amount her official office paid for chartered flights during that time -- should have been prorated and paid by her campaign. Landrieu blamed the mistakes on "sloppy bookkeeping" in a written apology. Her constituents, however, may not be...
  • Nancy Pelosi Warns About the End of Civilization if Republicans Win in November

    09/15/2014 8:31:43 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 49 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Sep 15, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Back in July, former House Speaker and current Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said the terrorist group Hamas might be a humanitarian organization because the Qataris said so. Now, she's warning about the end of civilization as we know it...if Republicans win back the Senate in November. "It would be very important for Democrats to retain control of the Senate. Civilization as we know it today would be in jeopardy if the Republicans win the Senate. It's really important," she said on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher.
  • Armored Tank [sic], Grenade Launchers At Disposal Of LAUSD Police Force

    09/15/2014 8:21:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | September 15, 2014 6:31 PM
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Los Angeles Unified School District Police officials are considering whether they need the armored vehicle and grenade launchers they received from the U.S. military. The military hardware at the disposal of LAUSD police officers includes a 20-foot-long, 14-ton armored transport vehicles, much like the ones used to move Marines in Iraqi combat zones. The tank is worth $733,000 and the school district’s police force got it from the government for free. How would LAUSD use such a vehicle? “For us? That vehicle would be used for extraordinary circumstances,” LAUSD Police Chief Steve Zipperman said. The tank,...
  • For RadioShack, the end is near

    Gentlemen and gentlewomen of a certain age harbor fond memories of trips to RadioShack. In days of yore, ham radios and homemade guitar amplifiers would emerge from the mysterious jumble of wires and audio components hawked by this unpretentious electronic retailer. Whatever one’s view of this American institution with about 27,000 employees, it is near death. On Thursday, RadioShack warned that it may file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
  • VIDEO: [De Blasio] No Security Clearance

    09/15/2014 8:12:33 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 10 replies
    John Batchelor Show ^ | 15 September 2014 | John Batchelor
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  • Kerry: 'We're Not Looking to Put Troops on the Ground...At This Moment, Anyway

    09/15/2014 8:04:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies
    cns news ^ | 9/15/14 | staff
    (CNSNews.com) - Asked if the United States has found any country "that is willing to put troops on the ground" in Syria and Iraq, Secretary of State John Kerry told CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday, "Well, we're not looking to put boots on the ground. There are some who have offered to do so. But we are not looking for that, at this moment, anyway." President Obama has said the effort to defeat ISIS/ISIL in Iraq and Syria will not involve American "boots on the ground." Obama says other countries must step up. Schieffer asked Kerry, "Do you really...
  • CBO: Cost of Obamacare Subsidy Will Increase 8-Fold in 10 Years

    09/15/2014 7:59:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    cns news ^ | 9/15/14 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - The cost of the Obamacare subsidy that the U.S. Treasury will pay on behalf of people who earn under 400 percent of the federal poverty level and who buy a government-approved health-care plan on a government-run health-insurance exchange will increase by approximately 8-fold in its first ten years of operation, according to the latest budget estimate from the Congressional Budget Office. Medicaid spending will double in the first ten years of full implementation of Obamacare, according to the CBO estimates.
  • Benghazi Bombshell: Clinton State Department Official Reveals Details of Alleged Document Review

    09/15/2014 7:44:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Heritage Foundation's Daily Signal.com ^ | 9/15/14 | Sharyl Attkisson
    What are the odds this mysterious weekend described is the long Thanksgiving weekend of 2012? If Raymond Maxwell is describing “Sunday” of that specific Thanksgiving weekend then a whole lot of other dots connect….When he arrived, Maxwell says he observed boxes and stacks of documents. He says a State Department office director, whom Maxwell described as close to Clinton’s top advisers, was there. Though the office director technically worked for him, Maxwell says he wasn’t consulted about her weekend assignment. “She told me, ‘Ray, we are to go through these stacks and pull out anything that might put anybody in
  • Naked anti-war demos sweep world (blast from the past)

    09/15/2014 7:41:11 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/5/2003 | CNN
    SYDNEY, Australia -- Hundreds of Australian women have stripped off in a naked show of defiance against the possibility of a U.S.-led war on Iraq. Around 300 women bared all in Sunday's protest, lying down on a Sydney sports field to spell out the words "No War". "I would like to say to all the world leaders who think they not as tyrannical as Saddam Hussein, you're lying, you do want war, you have not exhausted all the diplomatic pathways," one protester said. The cheeky demonstration was the latest in a series of naked anti-war protests around the world.
  • Alex Wagner Rants About Margaret Sanger's Eugenics, Leaves Out Margaret Sanger

    09/15/2014 7:39:07 PM PDT · by absentee · 11 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 9/15/14 | Caleb Howe
    On MSNBC's Now with Alex Wagner on Monday, the host unleashed a tirade at Republicans over their supposed secret desire to control or eliminate minorities through eugenics. As part of her rant, she specifically cites the early 20th century movement. Conspicuously absent from Wagner's remarks: founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger. Wagner was discussing comments made by a now former local party chair, Russell Pearce, who advocated for sterilization of women on government assistance. In so doing, she brought up eugenics and its history in the United States. Sort of ... "Sterilizing minorities is not just something dreamed up in...
  • U.S. Pushes Back Against Warnings That ISIS Plans to Enter From Mexico

    09/15/2014 7:36:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | 9/15/14 | Michael S. Schmidt
    Washington - Militants for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria have traveled to Mexico and are just miles from the United States. They plan to cross over the porous border and will “imminently” launch car bomb attacks. And the threat is so real that federal law enforcement officers have been placed at a heightened state of alert, and an American military base near the border has increased its security. As the Obama administration and the American public have focused their attention on ISIS in recent weeks, conservative groups and leading Republicans have issued stark warnings like those that ISIS...
  • The most touching 'haka' you will ever see: Kiwi soldiers wounded in battle...

    09/15/2014 7:34:19 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 16th September 2014 | Emily Crane
    They may have lost the match but the New Zealand wheelchair rugby side certainly won over the crowd with their boisterous haka performance at the Invictus Games. The Kiwi players aggressively thumped the sides of their wheelchairs for the traditional dance as their British opponents watched on ahead of the rugby match on Saturday in London. It was the first haka of the Invictus Games - an inaugural military Paralympics event for men and women wounded in combat. New Zealand Victoria Cross winner Willie Apiata led the team of soldiers in the dramatic haka.
  • NAACP To Host “How To Stay Alive When Stopped By A Cop” Forum

    09/15/2014 7:33:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 43 replies
    CBS Atlanta ^ | 9/15/14 | Maria Boynton
    In the wake of the shooting death of Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, the Atlanta NAACP will begin hosting forum. (snip) Atlanta NAACP President Dr. R.L. White says, “Most of the cops, are good cops but every once in a while one in a basket can spoil the whole thing.” And White says when young black males inadvertently run into one of those cops and they show any kind of temper, “the cop gets angry and thinks he has the right to shoot them or demean them in any way that he can.” White adding,
  • Texas Police Prepare to Defend International Bridges From Militia Groups

    09/15/2014 7:33:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | September 14, 2014 | Bob Price
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)MISSION, Texas -- Authorities prepare to use “whatever force is necessary” to defend international bridges between Texas and Mexico from U.S. based militia groups. The preparations by Texas law enforcement agencies are in response to recently discovered plans by militia groups to attempt closing several international bridges. The militia groups' plans are intended to be protests against the federal government's failure to secure the border between the U.S. and Mexico. The plans call for militia groups to begin blocking traffic on an undisclosed number of international bridges in the Rio Grande Valley on Sept. 20th, 2014. “We will not allow...
  • Scottish Independence Leader Appears to Equate Israel, Islamic State

    09/15/2014 7:31:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 9/15/14 | Lazar Berman
    Days before Scotland votes in a referendum on independence from Great Britain, the Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond appeared to equate Islamic State terrorism and Israel’s military campaign this summer against Hamas and other terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip. Speaking on BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, the separatist leader responded to a question about the beheading at the weekend of British aid worker David Haines by Islamic State, describing the murder as an act “of unspeakable barbarism” and later stressing, “The Muslim community of Scotland isn’t responsible in any shape or form for atrocities or extremism in
  • Radisson drops Vikings, for now

    09/15/2014 7:31:45 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 7 replies
    ESPN ^ | September 15, 2014
    The first sponsor has backed away from its involvement with the NFL amid the chaos that has enveloped the league over the past week. On Monday night, hours after its logo appeared on the banner behind Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman as he explained the team's decision to play running back Adrian Peterson in the near future, hotel chain Radisson announced it was suspending its sponsorship with the team.
  • Free lunch: Pajaro Valley schools extend meal program

    09/15/2014 7:24:22 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 12 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 09/15/2014 | Donna Jones
    WATSONVILLE >> Forty cents might not seem like much, but multiply it by two or three kids and fork it over daily for school lunch and it begins to add up — especially for families struggling to get by in Santa Cruz County. That's why Pajaro Valley Unified School District officials have decided to stop charging families who are eligible for a discounted meal under the federal school lunch program.
  • UKRAINE: SEPTEMBER 15th Bad & GOOD STATUS REPORT-Tymchuk

    09/15/2014 7:04:51 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com
    Brothers and sisters, following 15 September. FROM THE BAD: 1 Last weekend showed that while in the country breed rumors about some secret negotiations with Moscow on Kyiv "peaceful settlement" of the conflict in the Donbass, Donbass itself became the scene of such a busy "peaceful" opposition that not every war is theft. Russia-terrorist troops frantically trying to squeeze out Ukrainian troops from their positions, primarily in the area of Donetsk, Students, Volnovahi, debaltseve, Happiness. Shelling and assaults continue unabated. In the midst of subversive war. The tense situation of the Azov Sea and to the city: the enemy fights...
  • Jamila Bibi risks stoning if deported to Pakistan, lawyer says [ Canada ]

    09/15/2014 6:58:07 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    CBC News ^ | Sep 15, 2014
    Jamila Bibi, a Saskatoon, Sask., woman facing criminal charges for adultery in Pakistan, could be the target of a so-called honour killing by her husband's family if she is deported, her lawyer says. ... She has outstanding criminal charges [in Pakistan] that have been filed against her for the crime of adultery," Khan said in an interview with CBC News. "She is a target for honour killing by her ex-husband's family. The Islamic way of doing that is stoning to death."
  • British backpackers murdered in Thailand named

    09/15/2014 6:49:47 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 22 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | September 15,2014 | By Martin Evans, Crime Correspondent
    A manhunt is under way on a Thai holiday island after two British backpackers were hacked to death. Hannah Witheridge, 23, a university graduate from Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, and David Miller, 24, from Jersey, were attacked with a garden hoe after a late night party on Koh Tao in the Gulf of Thailand. Miss Witheridge, who was travelling with three female friends, had been on the island for only three days. She met Mr Miller, who was travelling with two male companions, hours before they were murdered. Their semi-naked bodies were found on the blood soaked sand at Sairee beach,...
  • John Kerry’s Stupid Condescension

    09/15/2014 6:39:56 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 24 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 9-15-2014 | Peter Wehner
    John Kerry’s Stupid Condescension Peter Wehner 09.15.2014 - 5:55 PM There is a certain kind of personality that not only can’t admit an error, but becomes stupidly condescending when they are asked to explain their error. Barack Obama is one such person; Secretary of State John Kerry is another.Let me explain what I mean. Face the Nation’s Bob Schieffer asked Secretary Kerry to clarify whether or not the United States is at war with ISIS (also known as ISIL). The reason the clarification is necessary is because the Obama administration, in the course of a few days, has had high-ranking...
  • US Knew Turkey Aided Al Qaeda But Did Nothing to Stop It

    09/15/2014 6:34:46 PM PDT · by xzins · 17 replies
    Asbarez.com ^ | September 15th, 2014 | ARA KHACHATOURIAN
    When Armenian-Americans voiced their anger over Turkey’s role in the incursion into Kessab last spring, US authorities merely expressed “concern” about the well-being of Armenians and Christian minorities. Despite the community’s insistence that Turkey was directly involved in allowing the al Qaeda-affiliated Al Nusra rebels to freely enter Kessab, the US State Department was reticent in fingering its NATO ally. Fast forward to today when the Obama Administration is leading a fragile coalition against the Islamic State for Iraq and Syria, an off shoot of Al Nusra known as ISIS, and Turkey is, once again, rejecting American access to its...
  • KHOU report: Adrian Peterson hit another one of his sons, leaving scar

    09/15/2014 6:26:16 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 54 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | 9/15/2014 | By Frank Schwab
    A few hours after the Minnesota Vikings reinstated running back Adrian Peterson, who was indicted in a child injury case in which he allegedly hit his 4-year-old son repeatedly with a tree branch, KHOU in Houston reported there was a separate incident last year in which Peterson allegedly hit his son and left a scar. KHOU in Houston said Peterson hit a different 4-year-old son last year, leaving a scar on the boy's forehead. That can be used as evidence in the current investigation, the report said. (Update: TMZ reported, citing sources, that the case "went nowhere" because he did...
  • Ex-official claims Clinton allies scrubbed Benghazi documents in secret session

    09/15/2014 6:21:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 15, 2014
    A former State Department official has told lawmakers that Hillary Clinton allies privately removed politically damaging documents before turning over files to the supposedly independent board investigating the Benghazi terror attack. The account from Raymond Maxwell, former head of the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA), was first published in The Daily Signal. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, confirmed to FoxNews.com on Monday that Maxwell told him and other lawmakers the same story when they privately interviewed him last year about the attacks and their aftermath. Chaffetz said that Maxwell claimed Clinton’s chief of staff and deputy chief of staff were...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: Redstone Arsenal, Alabama ~ 16 SEP 2014

    09/15/2014 6:00:55 PM PDT · by laurenmarlowe · 45 replies
    Serving The Best Troops And Veterans In The World!! | The Canteen Crew
        ~The FReeper Canteen Presents~ Road Trip: Redstone Arsenal, AlabamaRedstone Arsenal (RSA) is a United States Army post adjacent to Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama, United States and is part of the Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area. The Arsenal is a garrison for a number of tenants including the United States Army Materiel Command, Army's Aviation and Missile Command, the Missile Defense Agency of the Department of Defense, and NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center.Originally a chemical weapons manufacturing facility for World War II, the arsenal became the focal point of the Army’s rocket and space projects, including development of the...
  • Emails show ‘collusion’ between EPA, environmental lobby: watchdog

    09/15/2014 5:56:02 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 15, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    The EPA and environmental groups are exceptionally close for a government agency and lobby groups, with a revolving door and pressure from the groups often shaping EPA’s policies, according to a new report from a conservative watchdog group based on emails obtained in a yearslong battle with the agency. The report, which details what the Energy & Environment Legal Institute terms “collusion” between the Environmental Protection Agency and eco-friendly groups, is also a study in the way E&E; used open records laws to force transparency on a secretive agency. Chris Horner, the report’s author, said the emails show EPA officials...
  • You Believe What You Want to Believe

    09/15/2014 5:30:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Taki's Magazine ^ | August 29, 2014 | Gavin McInnes
    I was walking through the Fox News building a while ago and a producer introduced me to a young black man by saying, “This is the engineer you’ll be working with tonight.” We shook hands and the engineer said, “I know who you are. Look, I want you to know, I don’t agree with all your beliefs but I respect you for speaking your mind.” I said “Thanks” because we were in a hurry but what I really wanted to say was, “What beliefs? I’m not a Scientologist. I don’t really have ‘beliefs.’ I have opinions based on the information...
  • Saudi Arabia cracks down on Christians. Will the United States speak up?

    09/15/2014 5:28:34 PM PDT · by xzins · 47 replies
    Red State ^ | September 15th, 2014 | Jake (Diary
    The situation for Christians in the Middle East continues to get worse, but this time, it isn’t at the hands of a terrorist group or band of rebels. It’s from one of our supposed allies in the region: Saudi Arabia. As Fox News reports, this past Friday (September 12th), agents from the country’s Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice rounded up 28 Christians at the home of an Indian national in the city of Khafji, and several Bibles were confiscated as well.. Their condition and whereabouts are currently unknown. As Nina Shea of the Hudson Institute...
  • US in first air strike near Baghdad on IS: officials

    09/15/2014 5:24:38 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 26 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 15 Sep 2014
    Washington (AFP) - The United States bombed the Islamic State near Baghdad, the first time the US has targeted the militants close to the Iraqi capital, US officials said Monday. A US defense official told AFP on condition of anonymity that American warplanes carried out one air strike near Baghdad and another near Mount Sinjar, in the north of Iraq, in the past 24 hours. The United States last month began a campaign of air strikes against IS positions in northern Iraq, but Monday's announcement that US warplanes had targeted the militants near Baghdad marks an escalation in the scope...
  • Controversial DHS Adviser Let Go Amid Allegations of Cover Up

    09/15/2014 5:21:25 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 25 replies
    http://freebeacon.com/ ^ | Sept 15, 2014 | Adam Kredo
    A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) adviser long engulfed in controversy over his radical views was let go from his role in the department last week after a long fight by lawmakers and others to revoke the individual’s privileges at DHS. Mohamed Elibiary was until last week a senior member of DHS’ Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC). After years of controversy about his status at DHS, Elibiary announced his final day with the department on Twitter earlier this month and said he would remain close to the agency. Media outlets have raised questions about the circumstances surrounding his departure, speculating...
  • Isolating the Islamic State(Assembling an allied coalition is difficult but necessary)

    09/15/2014 5:20:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 15, 2014 | Ed Feulner
    It’s good to see President Obama move beyond the “we don’t have a strategy yet” phase in the fight against the Islamic State. On the plus side, he seems to have a good grasp of just how serious a threat the Islamic State poses to the United States and much of the free world. The fact that an attack on the U.S. homeland won’t occur tomorrow is no excuse for inaction today. Waiting until an attack is imminent is foolhardy in the extreme. That’s especially true when you’re dealing with a relentless foe that has demonstrated an alarming thirst for...
  • UKRAINE: Direction of impact: purpose of the new U.S. sanctions[Russian view of Sanctions]

    09/15/2014 5:17:10 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 3 replies
    I do not agree with this view, but thought it was interesting. GOOGLE TRANSLATION: Direction of impact- The purpose of the new sanctions the United States - is not so much to help Ukraine as a change of power in the Kremlin 15.09.2014 The new, fourth, round of American sanctions imposed on September 12 in parallel with the sanctions of the European Union has brought blacklisted Sberbank, "Gazprom" and forbade American companies to supply goods and services in the development and production of energy resources in the Arctic deep-water drilling and oil shale technology . The latter makes it impossible...
  • Benghazi documents scrubbed to protect Hillary: former official

    09/15/2014 5:08:20 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 39 replies
    New York Post ^ | 15 Sep 2014 | Marisa Schultz
    <p>WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton’s minions launched a weekend operation in the basement of the State Department to scrub damning documents related to the Benghazi attacks that killed a US Ambassador, a top former official has charged.</p> <p>Then-Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell said he walked in uninvited to the Sunday afternoon scene a month after the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist strike to find several boxes of papers — and immediately asked an office director what was happening.</p>
  • Florida spends billions on toll lanes, but public has little input into how money is spent

    09/15/2014 5:01:03 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Florida Times-Union ^ | September 14, 2014 | Eric Barton
    In the next decade, Florida’s biggest cities will add toll lanes to the state’s busiest highways. Nobody knows exactly how much it will cost. Maybe as little as $3 billion. Maybe double that. What’s clear is that when the toll lanes across the state are complete, they will become one of the largest infrastructure projects in state history. There’s little debate that the toll lanes, also called express lanes or managed lanes, make commutes quicker for those willing to pay as much as $10 to use them. But there has been little debate about the need for the projects —...
  • Boy hit with gun during South Toledo robbery (6-month old pistol-whipped)

    09/15/2014 5:00:22 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 11 replies
    Toledo Blade ^ | 9/15/2014 | Staff
    A 6-month-old boy remains in critical condition today after being hit on the head with a gun during a robbery in South Toledo. The infant, and his parents, were taken to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center. The parents, Phillip Darrington and Cheyenne Peters, were treated and released. The name of the child was not provided.
  • Despite wounds, Medal of Honor recipient killed up to 175 enemies, saved comrades

    09/15/2014 4:55:44 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | 15 Sep 2014 | Brad Lendon
    (CNN) -- As many as 175 enemy troops killed, 18 wounds from enemy fire, 38 hours of battle, 48 hours evading the North Vietnamese troops in the bush -- and one tiger. Those are the numbers behind Sgt. Maj. Bennie Adkins' Medal of Honor, an award he received from President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony Monday. Adkins of Opelika, Alabama, was honored for his actions in Vietnam's A Shau Valley more than 48 years ago. Then a 32-year-old sergeant first class, Adkins was among a handful of Americans working with troops of the South Vietnamese Civilian Irregular Defense...
  • NFL hiring female advisers to shape domestic violence policies

    09/15/2014 4:51:10 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 57 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | September 15, 2014 | Will Brinson
    The NFL is hiring four women to serve as advisers in shaping the league's stance on domestic violence, according to a memo from commissioner Roger Goodell to the 32 NFL owners sent Monday. The full memo, via Daniel Kaplan of the Sports Business Journal, can be read here. The gist of it is that the league attempting to change the outside perception of how it handles domestic violence and, hopefully, an earnest effort to change the actual process internally.
  • Signs of Spiritual Awakening in Japan

    09/15/2014 4:39:19 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 9/11/14 | Michael Oh and Brett Rayl
    Japan is known by many to be a difficult mission field. But for those who know missions in Japan well, the phrase “hard mission field” is merely a euphemism for a grimmer expression that was previously used about Africa, one that has been recently applied to Japan: “the missionary’s graveyard.” One would expect such a bleak designation to be used in reference to a land known for physical hardship or violent persecution, and there have been martyrs in Japan’s Christian history. That is not the case today, however. Religious worker visas are readily available, and the Japanese often politely thank...
  • Students breathalyzed entering Phoenixville-Owen J. Roberts football game (Suburban Philly)

    09/15/2014 4:36:45 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 11 replies
    Times Herald ^ | 09/15/2014 | Frank Otto
    Students heading into the Phoenixville-Owen J. Roberts football game Friday night at Washington Field were breathalyzed to check for under-age drinking. “For many years, the Phoenixville Area School District has breathalyzed students prior to attendance at extracurricular activities,” said Phoenixville Superintendent Alan Fegley. “Students are reminded prior to the events. In this case, they were reminded of the breathalyzing procedure earlier in the week.” Fegley said the breathalyzing procedure can be found in the student handbook issued each year and available online.
  • Pelosi is furious: ‘We never treated President Bush the way they treat President Obama’

    09/15/2014 4:24:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 97 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 15, 2014 | David Sherfinsk
    <p>House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said comparing Republican treatment of President Obama to how Democrats handled President George W. Bush is a false equivalence and that Democrats don’t bear culpability for the comparatively fewer number of bills being passed by Congress and signed into law.</p>
  • LIAR: Black Firefighter Cries ‘Racism, Police Bullying’, Cop’s Body-Cam Proves Him Wrong

    09/15/2014 4:22:15 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 25 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | 9/14/14
    Make sure you watch both videos! See how the two videos give two different stories. Someone call Al Sharpton quickly before he gets the pitchforks out. With the nation a racial tinderbox in the wake of 18-year-old Michael Brown’s shooting death by a white police officer, a California firefighter threw out what could have been an incendiary spark by accusing a cop of treating him differently because he’s black. Little did Oakland firefighter Keith Jones know that the officer was wearing a body-cam video recorder when their tense encounter unfolded. And the video didn’t quite match the complaint Jones filed...
  • Hillary Clinton, World-Champion Pretend Griller [High Priestess of Phony]

    09/15/2014 4:01:07 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | 9/15/14 | Jim Geraghty
    .....“While a crowd of several thousand Democrats waited on a sloping, grassy field below, Mrs Clinton, her husband and Senator Harkin staged a mini-grilling of steaks for the press at a single barbecue grill in a fenced-off enclosure, framed by a handsome tree and a picnic table filled with some patient Iowans. Mrs Clinton gamely posed, pretending to grill a steak that had been pre-cooked for her.”
  • 2 Chicago universities among Obama presidential library semifinalists

    09/15/2014 4:00:59 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 31 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9-15-14 | Dahleen Glanton, Melissa Harris
    Two Chicago universities will advance to the next round of competition to build the Barack Obama presidential library and museum, the president’s foundation announced on Monday.. The University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago will join Columbia University in New York and the University of Hawaii in submitting official proposals to host the library. The semifinalists were chosen from a field of 13 potential bidders that hoped to host the library. In Chicago, the remaining potential sites are on the South Side and the West Side.