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  • Putin’s Leadership Qualities Outshine Obama’s

    09/01/2014 11:43:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Tuesday, 2 September 2014 | Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor
    It’s no accident of fate that President Vladimir Putin’s approval rating hovers around 87 percent as opposed to President Obama’s which is at an all-time low of 34 percent, according to a recent Franklin and Marshall poll, while a mere 36 percent of Americans back his foreign policy. Those heady days when the Obama received rock star welcomes in Berlin and Cairo with his message “Yes, we can” have faded into distant memory. The fact is he couldn’t and he didn’t. With the world beset by crises in Iraq, Syria, Gaza and Ukraine, the so-called leader of the free world...
  • Australia: ‘Extreme Force’ Justified Against ISIS

    09/01/2014 11:39:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Tuesday, 2 September 2014
    Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Tuesday said "extreme force" was justified in battling Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants as he played down reports that an Australian plane delivering humanitarian aid in Iraq came under fire. Australia will "in coming days" join ally the United States in an international effort to transport weapons to Kurdish forces fighting IS extremists in northern Iraq. It has also been conducting humanitarian air drops to the besieged town of Amerli.
  • Mysterious Phony Cell Towers Could Be Intercepting Your Calls

    09/01/2014 10:51:41 PM PDT · by InMemoriam · 14 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 8/27/14 | Andrew Rosenblum
    Like many [ultra-secure phones], the CryptoPhone 500...features high-powered encryption. Les Goldsmith, the CEO of ESD America, says the phone also runs a customized or "hardened" version of Android that removes 468 vulnerabilities that his engineering team team found in the stock installation of the OS. His mobile security team also found that the [standard] Samsung Galaxy SIII leaks data to parts unknown 80-90 times every hour. [snip] To show what the CryptoPhone can do that less expensive competitors cannot, he points me to a map that he and his customers have created, indicating 17 different phony cell towers known as...
  • Joe Biden Cites Fictional President In Speech With Union Bosses [VIDEO]

    09/01/2014 10:44:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    the daily caller ^ | 9/1/14 | Patrick Howley
    Vice President Joe Biden railed against corporations in a combative Labor Day Parade speech in Detroit with union bosses and their members in attendance – speaking with such passion that even when he made up the name of a fictional historical American president the crowd applauded. Biden delivered his speech at the site of the demolished Tiger Stadium ballpark, standing onstage with local Democrats including embattled anti-Obamacare Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa Jr., who handed the vice president water and got first-name references in what basically amounted to a Biden stump speech.
  • Email Reveals Lois Lerner Ignored Political Expenditures By Unions

    09/01/2014 10:39:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    the daily caller ^ | 9/1/14 | Connor D. Wolf
    The official at the center of the Internal Revenue Service tea party scandal once dismissed complaints that labor unions were not reporting millions of dollars in political activities on their tax forms, according to an email obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. In 2007, Lerner responded directly to a complaint that some major labor unions reported completely different amounts of political expenditures when filing with the IRS and the Department of Labor. At the time of the email, Lerner was the Director of Exempt Organizations at the IRS. Lerner wrote, “We looked at the information you provided regarding organizations...
  • Common Core Blockbuster: Mathematician Dr. Jim Milgram Warns Common Core Will Destroy America's

    09/01/2014 10:32:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    breitbart ^ | 9/1/14 | Dr. Susan Berry
    During a Friday conference call sponsored by Texas-based Women on the Wall, Stanford mathematician and former member of the Common Core Validation Committee Dr. James Milgram, told listeners that if the controversial standards are not repealed, America’s place as a competitor in the technology industry will ultimately be severely undermined. “In the future, if we want to work with the top level people, we’re going to have to go to China or Japan or Korea… and that’s the future we’re looking at,” Milgram said during the call that was part of a day-long Twitter campaign to target Indiana Gov. Mike...
  • Kazakhs Worried After Putin Questions History of Country's Independence

    09/01/2014 10:30:52 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 3 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Sep. 01 2014 11:50 Last edited 11:51 | Anna Dolgov
    President Vladimir Putin has said Kazakhstan's history of independent statehood is scant and its people's desire for closer ties with Russia is profound — a rhetoric reminiscent of Moscow's stance on Ukraine — and inhabitants of Kazakhstan are worried. Kazakhs have taken to social networks to call for supporters to "send a history textbook to Putin" in response to the Russian leader's remarks last week that the Central Asian nation had never held any independence worth speaking of until very recently. Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev has "created a state on a territory that never had a state," Putin told a...
  • As newly insured seek care, rural doctor shortage worsens

    09/01/2014 9:37:59 PM PDT · by steve86 · 8 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 9/1/2014 | Lisa Stiffler
    In the shrub steppe of Grand Coulee on the banks of the Columbia River, the town’s two family doctors practice at an unrelenting pace, working on call every other night and every other weekend. In the coastal town of Port Angeles, the doctor shortage is so acute that a clinic is turning away 250 callers a week seeking a physician. George and Lynne Rudesill are two of those people. Since learning earlier this summer that their primary-care doctor in Sequim was retiring, the couple have scrambled to find a replacement. Their calls are being met with waiting lists hundreds of...
  • Ukraine rebels pull back from independence demands at cease-fire talks

    09/01/2014 9:05:35 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 02, 2014 | Associated Press
    Ukraine rebels pull back from independence demands at cease-fire talks MOSCOW – Pro-Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for autonomy -- a shift that reflects Moscow's desire to strike a deal at a new round of peace talks. The insurgents' platform, released at the start of Monday's negotiations in Minsk, the Belarusian capital, represented a significant change in their vision for the future of Ukraine's eastern, mainly Russian-speaking region. It remains unclear, however, whether the talks can reach a compromise amid the brutal fighting that has continued in eastern...
  • Iraq crisis: Shia and Kurdish forces move against IS

    09/01/2014 8:11:19 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1 September 2014
    Iraqi Shia militias and Kurdish forces are continuing their advance against Islamic State militants after breaking the siege of Amerli in northern Iraq. A BBC team entered the town on Monday, finding residents who had endured more than two months under siege. The joint forces have also seized the militant stronghold of Suleiman Beg. Meanwhile Amnesty International says that it has uncovered new evidence that Islamic State have launched a campaign of ethnic cleansing in the north.
  • I can take Kiev in two weeks, Vladimir Putin warns European leaders

    09/01/2014 7:29:53 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 41 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 09/01/14 | Ben Farmer
    Vladimir Putin has boasted to European leaders that his forces could sweep into Kiev in two weeks if he wanted.
  • Why Doctors Are Sick of Their Profession

    09/01/2014 7:15:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 08/31/2014 | By SANDEEP JAUHAR
    All too often these days, I find myself fidgeting by the doorway to my exam room, trying to conclude an office visit with one of my patients. When I look at my career at midlife, I realize that in many ways I have become the kind of doctor I never thought I'd be: impatient, occasionally indifferent, at times dismissive or paternalistic. Many of my colleagues are similarly struggling with the loss of their professional ideals. It could be just a midlife crisis, but it occurs to me that my profession is in a sort of midlife crisis of its own....
  • Russian tank unit in Donbas defects

    09/01/2014 7:07:16 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 17 replies
    Zik TV ^ | Monday 01 september, 2014, 16:16 | Zik TV
    According to preliminary information, a Russian tank unit deployed in Ukraine has defected and joined the Ukrainian army, ‘Kyivshchyna’ 11th battalion announced on its website in Facebook Sept. 1. Anti-Putin feelings in Russia are on the increase, with one-man protesters carrying slogans appearing on Moscow streets. Under the Russian law, more than one protesters are qualified as organized anti-government activities subject to criminal investigations.
  • The Islamic Terror Orchestra

    09/01/2014 6:57:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Front page magazine ^ | August 26, 2014 | Nonie Darwish
    It has been 13 years since 9/11 and the West is still reluctant to link the non-ending parade of jihad groups with Islam. The West is also in denial about the similarities all radical Islamic groups share. It is important for the West to realize that there is a natural division of labor between the different terror groups. Some groups specialize in terror against non-Muslims and Western governments while others specialize in terrorizing Arab governments that refused to follow Sharia. But the truly sophisticated groups are those who reside in the West, calling themselves ‘moderate’ while at the same time...
  • USS Germantown, Sasebo 'in a much better place' after leadership changes

    09/01/2014 6:50:35 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 6 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | September 1, 2014 | Matthew M. Burke
    Faced with rampant reports of sexual harassment and mistrust of the chain of command on the USS Germantown, Navy leaders turned to Cmdr. Jason Leach for help. Sailors applauded when Rear Adm. Hugh Wetherald, commander of the Amphibious Force Seventh Fleet, gave Leach command of the Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship in May 2013, after the departure of the previous captain, Cmdr. Carol McKenzie, who could be so harsh that her behavior bordered on verbal abuse, according to a half-dozen sailors who served with both skippers. It turns out, he was the wrong man for the job, according to the...
  • Reckoning Starts in Britain on Abuse of Girls (Rotherham and the rest of the Isle)

    09/01/2014 6:44:06 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 21 replies
    NYTimes ^ | KATRIN BENNHOLDS
    It started on the bumper cars in the children’s arcade of the local shopping mall. Lucy was 12, and a group of teenage boys, handsome and flirtatious, treated her and her friends to free rides and ice cream after school. Over time, older men were introduced to the girls, while the boys faded away. Soon they were getting rides in real cars, and were offered vodka and marijuana. One man in particular, a Pakistani twice her age and the leader of the group, flattered her and bought her drinks and even a mobile phone. Lucy liked him. The rapes started...
  • Muslim cleric reveals the truth behind 'moderate' Muslims

    09/01/2014 6:23:38 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 41 replies
    Muslim cleric reveals the truth behind 'moderate' Muslims Speaking to a group of so-called "moderate" Muslims, it's revealed that the majority of Muslims support the barbaric tactics employed by ISIS Read more at http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=98e_1409583391#6LJEMLQIrCg4usou.99
  • The Return of the Arab Spring

    09/01/2014 6:20:02 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 1, 2014 | Joe Herring & Dr. Mark Christian
    The Return of the Arab Spring By Joe Herring & Dr. Mark Christian The “Arab Spring” changed seasons with Benghazi. In the eyes of many Americans, the media-hyped chimera of democratic forces seeking freedom from dictatorships vanished with the reported sodomy and murder of our ambassador to Libya. The reality is, the impetus behind the Arab Spring was never really a desire for self-rule as we understand it, but rather a desire for Islamic rule. Each country that fell to that faux-organic sweep of protest shared a trait in common: aside from being brutal dictatorships, they were also secular governments....
  • Senior Cumbrian councillor’s warning over Rotherham abuse scandal (muslim grooming gangs)

    09/01/2014 6:13:38 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 12 replies
    An abuse scandal that has triggered revulsion across the country could happen in Cumbria, says the politician responsible for child protection in the county. The warning comes as details continue to emerge about the horrific and prolonged abuse of 1,400 young children in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. There are growing calls for the professionals who failed to listen to victims – including council bosses and South Yorkshire’s police and crime commissioner – to resign. Reacting today, Councillor Anne Burns, who is politically responsible for children’s services in the county, warned that no area of the country – including Cumbria – should...
  • Benghazi coming back with a vengeance in September

    09/01/2014 5:35:44 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 33 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 1 Sep 2014 | Alex Seitz-Wald
    After several mercifully Benghazi-free months, the 2012 attack on the diplomatic compound in Libya is about to be thrust back into the spotlight around its September 11 anniversary. The special House committee investigating Benghazi is finally expected to begin its work, in earnest, with its first hearing the week Congress returns from August recess. Meanwhile, two books promising explosive new allegations about the terror attack will hit shelves in September, and Fox News plans to air a new, one-hour documentary on the attack this week, featuring exclusive interviews with Americans who fought in the onslaught. Add that to the usual...
  • Obama's Midterm Strategy: Do No Harm

    09/01/2014 5:25:29 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 18 replies
    CBSNews ^ | September 1, 2014
    September 1, 2014, 2:20 PM Obama's Midterm Strategy: Do No Harm WASHINGTON - For Democrats facing tough re-election campaigns this fall, an appearance with their somewhat unpopular party leader may be more of a hindrance than a help. Aware of that fact, President Obama has focused his midterm election strategy around ways he can do the least harm to his party this fall. Chiefly, that means bringing in the cash. Though Democrats haven't always been satisfied with the president's commitment to fundraising in past election cycles, there's little they can complain about this year. During the 2014 season, Mr. Obama...
  • Congress Hates Military-Base Closings, but Can Chuck Hagel Do It Without Their Approval? [From 3-'14

    09/01/2014 4:36:52 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 11 replies
    Government Executive and National Journal ^ | March 6, 2014 | By Jordain Carney
    The Pentagon's budget sets up an uphill battle with Congress by requesting further domestic base closures and realignment, but the Defense Department's top official could try to give members the slip. As part of the department's fiscal 2015 budget request, the Pentagon wants a round of base closures and realignment—known as BRAC—for U.S. bases in 2017. "We think BRAC is a smart position to have, as you know we have called for it again, we're going to continue work through all this," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said at an Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Wednesday. "I've got some options...
  • Letter from the parents of Aaron Carson Vaughn of SEAL Team VI: Please resign, Mr. President

    09/01/2014 4:11:03 PM PDT · by vg0va3 · 22 replies
    Special to WorldTribune.com ^ | Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 | Billy & Karen Vaughn
    Never in my lifetime have I witnessed such despair and such growing fear that the world’s last best hope, America, has finally been dismantled. Perhaps the better word is transformed — fundamentally transformed. Come to think of it, it’s become difficult — if not impossible — to believe things haven’t gone exactly as you planned, Mr. President. Amazingly, in five short years, your administration has lurched from one disaster to another. You spearheaded the ambitious rush to end the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan — with no plan on how to do so effectively. Also, the release of “the...
  • Dallas teen killed 5-year-old cousin, dumped body in vacant apartment: police (Illegal Alien)

    09/01/2014 4:07:08 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 29 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 9/1/2014 | SASHA GOLDSTEIN
    A Dallas teen strangled his 5-year-old cousin Sunday, then dumped her body in a vacant apartment unit near his own, police said. Angel Lizandro Sanches-Zenteno, 17, was booked Monday morning, some 12 hours after police found little Kathrine Alejandra Gonzalez dead in a unit at the Lake Highlands apartment complex. Authorities believe the murder suspect came into the country illegally about a year ago and have issued an immigration hold, along with a charge of capital murder of a person under 6 years old.
  • Obama on Labor Day touts economic gains under his leadership, is mum on pressing world concerns

    09/01/2014 4:06:33 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 1, 2014
    President Obama used Labor Day to tout the country’s economic gains under his leadership and make an election-year case that higher wages and other progress for workers can only be achieved through a Democrat-controlled Congress. “American workers and the American economy are better off since I took office,” Obama told a crowd filled with union supporters at the annual Laborfest event in Milwaukee. “I’m not asking for the moon. I’m asking for policies that help folks get ahead. … Republicans running Congress are opposed to them.” At one point in the speech, Obama enthusiastically told the crowd: “If I were...
  • Israeli woman refused service at Florida gas station; called ‘killer’ by attendant

    09/01/2014 4:01:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 67 replies
    the Jewish journal ^ | 8/25/14 | Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz
    An Israeli woman, a resident of Coral Springs, Fla., for 15 years, was recently denied service and asked not to return again to a gas station ("On the Move Texaco" owned by J&L Services of Florida Inc.) that she had frequented over the years. On her most recent visit, a Palestinian employee of the gas station told her: “You guys are killers and your money is not welcome here." While the employee was not on the corporate side of the company, this incident, nonetheless, is another call for alarm among the Jewish population. Because of my concern about the statement,...
  • UK Prosecutor Branded a Racist for Prosecuting Muslim Rape Gang (and he's a Muslim)

    09/01/2014 4:00:28 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 33 replies
    As the Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West, I led the teams that brought the so-called Rochdale Grooming Gang to justice in 2012 for abusing up to 47 girls. My work saw me go up against not only the offenders, but those who tried to intimidate me for bringing abusers before the courts. They said I had given racists a stick with which to beat minorities -- I said our communities should be carrying their own sticks. Far-Right extremists targeted me, too. I had made these British-Asian men pay for abusing vulnerable girls -- but that damaged the racists'...
  • UN Chief 'Alarmed' by Israel's State Land Designation

    09/01/2014 3:26:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    inn ^ | 9/1/14 | Elad Benari
    United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday condemned Israel’s decision to declare 4,000 dunams (988 acres) of land in Judea as state land, AFP reports. Ban’s spokesman said that the UN chief is "alarmed" by the Israeli plans and feared they could lead to more “settlement activity”. "The Secretary General is alarmed by yesterday's announcement by Israeli authorities to declare as so-called 'state land' nearly 1,000 acres of land in the Bethlehem area of the West Bank," the spokesman said, according to AFP. "The seizure of such a large swath of land risks paving the way for further...
  • Obama: ‘Revving’ economy calls for higher wages

    09/01/2014 3:11:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 88 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 1, 2014 4:50 PM EDT | Jim Kuhnhenn
    President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the minimum wage Monday in a buoyant accounting of the economy’s “revving” performance, delivered on behalf of Democrats opening their fall campaigns for the midterm congressional elections. “America deserves a raise,” he told a union crowd in Milwaukee, vowing to keep a hard sell on Congress in much the way he once courted his wife. “I just wore her down,” he cracked. Timing his push to Labor Day, the traditional start of the autumn campaign, Obama aggressively drew attention to recent economic gains, setting aside past caution on that subject....
  • Ted Cruz wants U.S. citizens fighting with Islamic State banished from country

    09/01/2014 3:08:17 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 57 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Kellan Howell
    Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, told a crowd of 3,000 at a conservative summit in Dallas that Americans fighting with Islamic State militants should be exiled from the country saying, “we need to not let into this country any American who is fighting with ISIS.”But some conservative politicians say that banishing American jihadists doesn’t go far enough, and that those who leave the country to fight for militant groups like the Islamic State, Hamas, or al Qaeda should be stripped of their citizenship.On Friday, former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, who is running for a U.S. Senate seat in neighboring New...
  • Coachella Valley High Drops Mascot That Offended Arab Americans

    09/01/2014 3:00:58 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 18 replies
    LATimes ^ | September 1, 2014 | LOUIS SAHAGUN
    Coachella Valley High Drops Mascot That Offended Arab Americans This proposed mascot logo for the Coachella Valley High School "Arab" has been approved by the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. It may replace an image that some Arab Americans found offensive. (American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee) By LOUIS SAHAGUN Official says school agrees to change 83-year-old 'Arab' mascot that offended some Arab Americans High school Arab mascot being retired had a snarling face, hooked nose, heavy beard and wore a headscarf For 83 years, Coachella Valley High School has rallied behind a mascot with a snarling face, a hooked nose, a heavy...
  • At Labor Day Event, Obama Pushes GOP To Raise Minimum Wage [ACORN's Agenda]

    09/01/2014 2:57:18 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 18 replies
    CBSNews ^ | September 1, 2014 | REBECCA KAPLAN
    By REBECCA KAPLAN CBS NEWS September 1, 2014 At Labor Day Event, Obama Pushes GOP To Raise Minimum Wage In the spirit of Labor Day, Obama promotes boosting minimum wage President Obama used a Labor Day event to tout economic gains and chide Republicans for not joining him in promoting policies he says will help working Americans, his latest push on a campaign-year issues that Democrats hope will boost their support at the polls this fall. Mr. Obama traveled to Milwaukee, Wisconsin Monday to speak at Laborfest, an event he visited in 2008 during his first presidential campaign. Despite a...
  • Saudi King Warns ISIS "Will Reach Europe In One Month, US In Two"

    09/01/2014 2:39:29 PM PDT · by blam · 36 replies
    Fox News - Zero Hedge ^ | 9-1-2014 | Tyler Durden
    <p>As if the fearmongery and vitriol of UK, Europe and the US were not enough, the Middle-East's 'allied' leaders are now opining on the threat of ISIS. As FOX News reports, The king of Saudi Arabia has warned that jihadists could target the United States and Europe if leaders across the globe do not react to growing terrorist threats as Islamic State militants make advances across Iraq and Syria. "If neglected, I am certain that after a month they will reach Europe and, after another month, America," blasted King Abdullah, adding Cameron-esquely, "they know no humanity." Of course, this is quote ironic given the Saudi's funding of various terror groups throughout the region.</p>
  • Australia to be NATO partner, 200 troops may return to Afghanistan

    09/01/2014 2:14:28 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies
    The Australian ^ | 2nd September 2014 | Greg Sheridan
    AUSTRALIA will enter a historic partnership with NATO at the group’s summit in Wales this week, giving the Australian Defence Force greater access to the planning and decision-making of the world’s most powerful military alliance. US President Barack Obama will officially name Australia an enhanced partner of the organisation, recognising the nation’s contribution to NATO operations, particularly Afghanistan, over the past decade. The Australian can also reveal the Abbott government is considering increasing Australia’s long-term presence in Afghanistan with the potential deployment of 200 special forces troops amid worldwide concern about the collapse of security in Iraq after the withdrawal...
  • Obama notifies Congress of ordering air strikes in Iraq´s Amerli

    09/01/2014 2:09:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    rueters ^ | 9/1/14 | Staff
    Washington - President Barack Obama formally notified the U.S. Congress on Monday that he had authorized air strikes and humanitarian airdrops over the weekend in the Iraqi Shi’ite town of Amerli where Islamic State militants had trapped the civilian population. Iraqi security forces backed by Shi´ite militias on Sunday broke the two-month siege of Amerli and entered the northern town after the U.S. military carried out air strikes on militant positions and delivered emergency supplies to residents there. Obama said in a letter to congressional leaders he was notifying Congress of his decision under the long-standing War Powers Resolution,
  • Obama Unleashed: ´I´m Not Asking for the Moon´

    09/01/2014 2:05:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 51 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 9/1/14 | Staff
    Monday at the Laborfest event in Milwaukee, President Barack Obama gave a passionate speech in his plea for fair wages for workers. At a raised pitch, he said, "I´m not asking for the moon. I just want a good deal for the workers." The president also discussed his "vision for an economy," where workers have a fair chance, retirement benefits, family leave and pay equality for woman.
  • ISIS rebels shoot at RAAF C-130 Hercules with Australians on board

    09/01/2014 1:50:47 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 24 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 1st September 2014
    AN AUSTRALIAN C-130 Hercules transport aircraft came under fire from Islamic militants during a humanitarian mission over Iraq. News Corp Australia can reveal the aircraft was lucky not to be hit when fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) attacked it — as it swooped in low to drop aid packages to civilians in the town of Amirli in northern Iraq — with heavy machine guns and small arms last weekend. The drop took place at night so the rebels would have been firing by noise rather than sight as the darkened planes flew below 300 metres...
  • Va. Dem. asks God to murder everyone in NRA with deadly Ebola virus

    09/01/2014 1:44:39 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 54 replies
    Spokane Conservative Examiner ^ | September 1, 2014 | Joe Newby
    Mike Dickinson, the unhinged Virginia Democrat who once sought the House seat formerly held by Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., issued a tweet Sunday asking God to kill everyone in the NRA with the Ebola virus. The tweet was sent after he issued another message saying he would lead a prayer asking God to murder everyone in the NRA during the debut of his alleged radio program. "Dear god (sic)," he began. "Please use Ebola to infect the @NRA and it's various members. For they are A (sic) true virus and true terrorists in America." He followed that up with another...
  • Labor Day Is Just A Celebration Of Government Workers

    09/01/2014 1:35:23 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 7 replies
    IBD ^ | August 29, 2014 | RICK MANNING
    Today's Big Labor supports politicians who are committed to destroying unionized mining jobs through the EPA, scoff at the value of more than 10,000 union jobs created by building the Keystone XL pipeline, and actively push for amnesty for illegal aliens who can only drive down the cost of labor, hurting wages. The days of a Jimmy Hoffa's Teamsters Union endorsing Richard Nixon seem far away. Labor leaders are more interested today in creating the low-hanging fruit of public employee union jobs, rather than confronting far- left politicians who are killing private-sector unions through their policies. While the United Mine...
  • NASA is Building the Largest Rocket of All Time For a 2018 Launch

    09/01/2014 1:34:40 PM PDT · by lbryce · 56 replies
    The Verge ^ | August 31, 2014 | Staff
    NASA has worked on some inspiring interplanetary projects in the last few years, but few have been as ambitious as the simply-named Space Launch System, a new rocket that will be the largest ever built at 384 feet tall, surpassing even the mighty Saturn V (363 feet), the rocket that took humanity to the moon. It will also be more powerful, with 20 percent more thrust using liquid hydrogen and oxygen as fuel. Last week, NASA announced that the Space Launch System, SLS for short, is on track to perform its first unmanned test launch in 2018. The larger goal...
  • Canada talks tough on Ukraine, but cuts $2.7-billion from defence in 2015

    09/01/2014 1:31:41 PM PDT · by mac_truck · 8 replies
    National Newswatch ^ | Sept 1 2014 | Murray Brewster
    OTTAWA - Stephen Harper has been one of the toughest-talking leaders throughout the Ukraine crisis, yet newly released figures show National Defence is expected to face an even deeper budget hole in the coming year than previously anticipated. The ongoing reductions come as the prime minister is expected to resist pressure from allies at this week's NATO summit to spend substantially more on the military. Annual spending on the military, when compared with 2011, is slated to shrink by a total of $2.7-billion in 2015, according to a briefing note prepared for the deputy defence minister. That would be almost...
  • Want better, smaller government? Hire another million federal bureaucrat

    09/01/2014 1:31:28 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 08/29/2014 | John J.DiIulio Jr.
    We all know that the federal government has gotten a lot bigger in the past half century. In 2013, Washington spent five times what it spent in 1960, adjusted for inflation. Annual federal spending doubled between 1960 and 1975 — and had doubled again by 2000. And dozens of bureaucracies created after 1960, from the Environmental Protection Agency (1970) to the Department of Homeland Security (2002), dot the federal landscape. And yet, the number of federal civilian workers (excluding postal workers) has barely budged. When George W. Bush became president, the executive branch employed about 1.8 million civilians, about the...
  • uk special forces move into london as govt fears 'mumbai-style' terrorist spectacular

    09/01/2014 1:25:07 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 61 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | September 1, 2014 | DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
    London could be the scene of a Mumbai-style terrorist "spectacular" if Islamist jihadists get their way, British security chiefs have warned. There is growing concern that a list of "soft" targets is being drawn up, and that weapons and explosives have already been smuggled into the country. The Sun is reporting that the SAS has moved part of its anti-terror team to a forward base near London, amid concerns that a prolonged attack may be staged in that city. MI5 also referred to the Mumbai atrocity of 2008 as a comparison, in which coordinated bombings and shootings took place over...
  • Cameron: we will permanently damage Russia's economy

    09/01/2014 1:12:33 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 78 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | September 1, 2014 | Matthew Holehouse
    David Cameron has vowed to “turn the ratchet” on Vladimir Putin, as he warned Western sanctions would “permanently” damage the Russian economy. Moscow banks are running short of funding as investors pull capital out the country, while the rouble and the Russian stock market are falling, the Prime Minister said. He was speaking ahead of a Nato summit in Wales which will discuss Ukrainian membership of the military alliance. Addressing the Commons, the Prime Minister said Britain would face the “grave danger” posed by Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine with “reliance and resolve”. On Saturday, European leaders gave Russia a...
  • No gray area: Beliefs shape views of Brown killing

    09/01/2014 1:10:59 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 20 replies
    msn.com ^ | 9/1/2014 | JESSE WASHINGTON
    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lamont Jones and Keith Stephens stood 60 feet from each other, separated by four lanes of pavement and a thousand miles of perception. Stephens was wearing a T-shirt printed with a police shield bearing the phrase "OFFICER DARREN WILSON I STAND BY YOU," as part of a rally supporting the white policeman who killed the unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. Jones was across the street, holding up a sign that said, in blood-red letters: "Darren Wilson is a Murderer." There was no overlap in the facts as seen by Jones and Stephens at the demonstrations staged...
  • World Jewish Congress stands up for persecuted Christians

    09/01/2014 1:10:35 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 4 replies
    Spero News ^ | September 01, 2014 | Martin Barillas
    Reciting a list of assaults on Christians around the world, World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder told a large-scale gathering of Israel’s Christian allies that he would continue to speak out against the violence and oppression that is engulfing Christians, especially in the Middle East. Speaking in Budapest on June 15, Lauder said “I will speak out across the globe with world leaders and with ordinary citizens, and I will tell them that we will never tolerate any kind of anti-Christian threats, just as we will not tolerate anti-Semitism.” He was speaking at the Jerusalem Day Convention at the...
  • Family upset officers used deadly force (shot 16 times) against suicidal teen

    09/01/2014 12:50:07 PM PDT · by GilGil · 36 replies
    KCTV5.com ^ | 08/25/2014 | Marc Jaobs
    When officers arrived, they made contact with the person, later identified as Joseph Jennings, in the parking lot. During the encounter, officers with the Ottawa Police Department and Franklin County Sheriff's Office were involved in a shooting. Jennings was treated at the scene for gunshot wounds and transported to an Ottawa hospital where he later died. "Why did it take them shooting him 16 times at least for them to bring him down and go and take care of what they needed to take care of?" Jennings' aunt, Brandy Smith said. Ottawa Police Chief Dennis Butler said officers did what...
  • "Emergency Regulations": NY's Latest Attempt to Suppress Free Speech

    09/01/2014 12:18:48 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 1, 2014 | Cortney O'Brien
    Remember when President Obama touted the Affordable Care Act by claiming if you "liked your plan you could keep it"? He earnedPolitifact's 2013 "Lie of the Year" for that whopper. Amazingly, several other Democrats made the same false promise. Knowing what we know now, wouldn't you want to expose any politician who stood behind that misleading statement? Well, if someone uttered those words in the state of New York, you may now be forced to let it slide. A new law in the Empire State, which some are calling the ' shut up rule,' could allow such lofty claims...
  • FACING RADICAL ISLAM: What’s the Problem?

    09/01/2014 12:22:58 PM PDT · by Clintons-B-Gone · 51 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | September 1, 2014 | R.G. Yoho
    When is the world finally going to realize that Radical Islam isn’t a religion of peace? It isn’t harmless. It isn’t peaceful. It isn’t friendly. And it will never coexist with freedom and individual liberty. Radical Islam is a religion of depraved male debauchery, human slavery, and ultimately, death. In fact, it isn’t even a religion at all.
  • Obama looks to skip Senate on new UN climate change deal

    09/01/2014 12:18:35 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/27/14 | Jesse Byrnes
    President Obama is working to create a new international climate change accord that would get other nations to reduce their carbon emissions, but in a way that would not require the deal to be ratified by the Senate.