News Forum - HomePage - RSS News Forum - HomePage - RSS ( Wed, 28 25 2015 04:25:14 GMT Wed, 28 25 2015 04:25:14 GMT That didn’t take long: Obama abandons key SOTU proposal already Wed, 28 17 2015 04:17:49 GMT d7ace3eb47adb967a4349d78441bd2940d44fe36 Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm Posted By: SurferLad- Wed, 28 17 2015 04:17:49 GMT Other than his vow that under ObamaCare Americans´ health care costs would decline, one of President Obama´s most often'promised goals is helping the country´s middle class. It´s been severely beleaguered during his reign by fewer full'time jobs, stagnant wages and declining work hours. In his State of the Union peroration last week, Obama repeated this goal. One of his ideas was to make the first two years of higher education free in the nation´s community colleges for anyone continuously pursuing a degree with adequate grades. One problem emerging during Obama´s nearly 73'month presidency is that his free stuff isn´t really To stop the terrorists, take away their hope Wed, 28 10 2015 04:10:50 GMT 0eaff61b39398e74c406c8166dc78defc774287d Washington Post, by Robert H. Scales Posted By: Hazymac- Wed, 28 10 2015 04:10:50 GMT The centerpiece of a national security strategy is to isolate and exploit an enemy’s vulnerable “center of gravity.” Carl von Clausewitz, the 19th'century Prussian military philosopher and father of modern military theory, defined center of gravity as “the source of power that provides moral or physical strength, freedom of action, or will to act.” Conventional wisdom inside the Pentagon and among defense intellectuals is that the vulnerable center of gravity of today’s enemy is its extreme Islamist ideology. Speaking on “Fox News Sunday” after the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Report: Feds Ordering Agents to Find & Release Illegals–Including Those in Jail–Who Qualify for Exec Amnesty Wed, 28 19 2015 03:19:38 GMT 158125c63459ff55bd0da69e128f7fee14c0a34e Breitbart Big Government, by Tony Lee Posted By: JoniTx- Wed, 28 19 2015 03:19:38 GMT The Obama administration is reportedly ordering immigration enforcement agents to identify and release illegal immigrants, including those in jail, who may qualify for President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty. The Associated Press reviewed Homeland Security documents that revealed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents have been given a checklist of questions to ask illegal immigrants they encounter about “whether they might qualify under President Barack Obama’s plans to avoid deporting them.” The training materials reportedly order agents “to immediately begin identifying persons in their custody, as well as newly encountered persons,” who may qualify for Apple ascendant: 74.5M iPhones sold last quarter Wed, 28 07 2015 03:07:20 GMT f84e7a2532f3305ababe9cec483ee02a03596103 USA Today, by Jon Swartz Posted By: JoniTx- Wed, 28 07 2015 03:07:20 GMT SAN FRANCISCO — Apple rang up record quarterly results from — what else? — iPhone sales. The company added that Apple Watch will start shipping in April. Apple´s first'quarter revenue of $74.6 billion and earnings per share of $3.06 easily surpassed analyst estimates of $67.7 billion and $2.60 for the three'month period ended Dec. 31. Its profit was a record $18 billion. Apple´s blow'out quarter surprised even analysts, who expected a whopper during the traditionally strong holiday shopping season, and sent the company´s stock soaring. In extended trading, Apple shares were up 5%, to $114.74. (Apple announced its first'quarter results after Common Core Follies: California report cards to include grades for ´grit´, ´gratitude´, ´sensitivity to others´ Wed, 28 28 2015 02:28:44 GMT f87f27b9110d760e8501dcd3e8075622d7cff0ef American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson Posted By: magnante- Wed, 28 28 2015 02:28:44 GMT The entire state of California pubic education system is to begin grading students on matters a teacher cannot possibly know or evaluate objectively. In a sign of descent into full indoctrination camp mode, the Common Cores standards adopted by the state are calling on teachers to grade students on their “grit, gratitude, and sensitivity to others.” (snip)Obviously, there are no objective standards possible, so teachers will subjectively evaluate students on these qualities. And human nature being what it is, the degree to which a child conforms to the teacher’s own vision of human nature and the correct viewpoint. Education schools Jordan prepared to swap inmate for pilot held by Islamic State Wed, 28 00 2015 02:00:23 GMT c15d17ff0f38144405840fa656d0ad5f2b4b8a24 Associated Press, by Staff Posted By: Drive- Wed, 28 00 2015 02:00:23 GMT Jordan is willing to swap an Iraqi woman prisoner involved in a deadly 2005 hotel bombing for a Jordanian pilot captured in December by extremists from the Islamic State group, a government spokesman said Wednesday. Such a swap would run counter to Jordan´s hard'line approach toward Islamic militants and to the position of its main ally, the United States, not to negotiate with extremists. An exchange also would set a precedent for negotiating with Islamic State group militants who in the past have not publicly demanded prisoner releases. 6 recipes for all the Snowmageddon food you stockpiled Wed, 28 57 2015 01:57:38 GMT 469a93c3fb62405599fac150aaf99251be48ba91 New York Post, by Hailey Eber Posted By: Drive- Wed, 28 57 2015 01:57:38 GMT If the lines at bodegas and grocery stores across the city on Sunday and Monday were any indication, the Big Apple is filled with former Girl and Boy Scouts. Heeding the scout’s motto to “be prepared” — and abiding by the mayor’s draconian dictum that “the food delivery bicycle is not an emergency vehicle” — New Yorkers prepared to attempt cooking at home and stocked up on staples like milk, eggs, chicken and, of course, organic kale. (Brooklynites took to Twitter to bemoan empty shelves at the Gowanus Whole Foods, where bags of the cruciferous vegetable had once been stocked.) Supplies On Hitler’s Very Stationery Wed, 28 51 2015 01:51:39 GMT c46a155eaabd12426a3b36520d5158aacae9719f National Review Online, by Jay Nordlinger Posted By: Drive- Wed, 28 51 2015 01:51:39 GMT In today’s Impromptus, I have occasion to mention Richard Helms, just in passing. He was CIA director from 1966 to 1973. Then he was ambassador to Iran. He was one of my favorite people in public life. (Sometimes the CIA isn’t very public, true.) I had a couple of exchanges with him — one by letter and one in person — and am grateful for them. In my column, I mention that, as a journalist, he interviewed Hitler. This was in ’36. In the war that came, he was an intelligence operative. And he snuck into the Chancellery after Hitler offed The Desert and the Sown Wed, 28 31 2015 01:31:23 GMT 5a9f30873c9408c28e628d4211c69a3be96aa0f3 PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez Posted By: Hazymac- Wed, 28 31 2015 01:31:23 GMT Two pageants held the attention of the media over the last few days. The first was the burial of the Saudi King, which though ceremonially simple attracted presidents and kings, prime ministers and potentates, a testament according to the BBC’s Jonny Dymond, of “Saudi Arabia’s global standing”. The second was the world economic forum at Davos, which had so many “power” figures that its participants had to be categorized into divisions like the Oscar awards. You can read about the The 2015 Power Women Of Davos, for example. Both spectacles proved Barabara Tuchman was wrong when she wrote, in her As China Plans for War, the US Renames its Battle Plan Wed, 28 31 2015 01:31:01 GMT 7177bee0228d58838a978ce2553034d20cf0beaf American Thinker, by David Archibald Posted By: magnante- Wed, 28 31 2015 01:31:01 GMT The Pentagon has relabelled its battle plan for fighting China in the Western Pacific. The battle plan formerly known as AirSea Battle is from now on to be known as “Joint Concept for Access and Maneuver in the Global Commons.” This is very good news because the use of the term Global Commons in the title goes to the heart of what is at stake for the United States and the rest of the free world. China is intent upon starting a war with Japan and seizing a large patch of ocean in Southeast Asia. What most people don’t realise about Marco Rubio, resurrected Wed, 28 19 2015 01:19:33 GMT c81558984b48a1c9a200c4a3054b967630c3675f Miami Herald, by A.J. Delgado Posted By: jackson- Wed, 28 19 2015 01:19:33 GMT This time two years ago, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio stood in a studio, posing for a Time magazine cover declaring him “The Republican Savior.” The first'term senator from Miami was enjoying golden status in the party, with exciting rumors of a President Rubio in the near future. Polls showed that Rubio clearly led the pack — the 2016 GOP nomination was his to lose. And lose it, he did. Only weeks after that Time cover, Rubio made an ill'fated error: He embraced amnesty for millions of undocumented immigrants. Not only was he one of only four Republican senators selling the disastrous “Gang You Betcha I Was Wrong About Sarah Palin Wed, 28 00 2015 01:00:03 GMT 0456508cb45df07ad53ed0b571b59eb5f694af0b Daily Beast, by Matt Lewis Posted By: Pluperfect- Wed, 28 00 2015 01:00:03 GMT Has conservative genuflection at the altar of Sarah Palin finally come to a halt? In case you missed it, her speech in Iowa this week was not well received on the right. The Washington Examiner’s Byron York calledit a “long, rambling, and at times barely coherent speech&#34; and National Review’s Charles C. W. Cooke said she slipped into self'parody. And there’s more. The Examiner’s Eddie Scarry, for example, contacted several conservative bloggers who were once Palin fans, but have since moved on. But here’s my question…what changed? Yes, in 2008, Sarah Palin delivered one of the finest convention speeches I’ve ever heard (trust Charlie Baker keeps his cool in first test Wed, 28 53 2015 12:53:17 GMT 650d112b2087ae5eb90561e87e1a7f055aa485b7 Boston Herald, by Joe Battenfeld Posted By: StormCnter- Wed, 28 53 2015 12:53:17 GMT No photo ops. No disaster duds. No nonsense. Gov. Charlie Baker is handling his first brush with a blizzard with efficient and assuring confidence — like he’s done it dozens of times before. And without a MEMA vest. Despite having no experience leading a major emergency response, Baker easily passed his first major test as governor, with no obvious grandstanding or miscues — at least so far. The new governor did not pose next to snowbanks or pull any other stunts, much to the disappointment of the media. But his performance in the MEMA bunker is likely to get good marks from notoriously White House Drone Crash Described as a U.S. Worker’s Drunken Lark Wed, 28 52 2015 12:52:24 GMT a4d56a3d00ea795b1d2a5b103ff357ff1f03d283 New York Times, by Michael D. Shear & Michael S. Schmidt Posted By: JoniTx- Wed, 28 52 2015 12:52:24 GMT WASHINGTON — It was 42 degrees and raining lightly around 3 a.m. on Monday when an inebriated off'duty employee for a government intelligence agency decided it was a good time to fly his friend’s drone, a 2'foot'by'2'foot “quadcopter” that sells for hundreds of dollars and is popular among hobbyists. But officials say the plan was foiled, perhaps by wind or a tree, when the employee — who has not been named by the Secret Service or charged with a crime — lost control of the drone as he operated it from an apartment just blocks from the White House. He The Illegal Bergdahl Deal: Sordid Details, Troubling Implications Wed, 28 47 2015 12:47:48 GMT cfde77f2210af7cf960cbaaa2d83295c68220cae Townhall, by Guy Benson Posted By: JoniTx- Wed, 28 47 2015 12:47:48 GMT Multiple news sources are now reporting that the US Army is charging Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl '' the American soldier handed over by terrorist hostage takers in exchange for the release of five high'ranking Taliban commanders from Guantanamo Bay last spring '' with desertion. This comes as no surprise for those who followed the Bergdahl controversy closely; as Katie reminded us earlier, Bergdahl´s platoon mates unanimously spoke out against his actions. The evidence of his desertion is overwhelming. Other facts suggest that he may have crossed a line into active collaboration with the enemy. Despite the fact that the military had Bill in House would grant war powers to fight Islamic State militants Wed, 28 44 2015 12:44:21 GMT 287f1f2741dbad697e08658702f19f1e49c49760 Associated Press, by Staff Posted By: M2- Wed, 28 44 2015 12:44:21 GMT The top Democrat on the House intelligence panel is introducing a bill to authorize President Barack Obama´s war against the Islamic State group. Congressman Adam Schiff of California says he wants to spark debate in Congress over a new authorization to fight Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria and says lawmakers shouldn´t wait to see if the White House will send over its own proposal. In the battle against the militants, Obama has been relying on congressional authorizations that President George W. Bush used to justify military action after 9/11. The bill Schiff was introducing Wednesday... Former Army Ranger: US Should Execute Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Wed, 28 38 2015 12:38:41 GMT 20a2a9c63fac6beb1edd11bda1b76fea5e97e770 Breitbart Big Government, by Howie Carr Posted By: M2- Wed, 28 38 2015 12:38:41 GMT A former U.S. Army Ranger sniper and author of a best'selling book about his combat tour in Afghanistan said yesterday that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl should be executed if found guilty of deserting his unit in 2009. “I think he should definitely be put to death,” said Nicholas “Irv” Irving, the author (with Gray Brozek) of The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers, said on this writer’s radio show. “He’s given a lot of informaion to the enemy and he should pay the price.”Since being released last year, Bergdahl has received two promotions and about $300,000 in back Jindal Warns of Islamic ‘Colonization,’ ‘Invasion’ of US Wed, 28 31 2015 12:31:45 GMT 588bf1dd5274074ad139ed9bdcdba0aacda2d30a Breitbart TV, by Jeffrey Poor Posted By: M2- Wed, 28 31 2015 12:31:45 GMT On Tuesday’s broadcast of the Family Research Council’s “Washington Watch,” host Tony Perkins asked guest Gov. Bobby Jindal (R'LA) to revisit remarks he made regarding Muslims and the threat of radical Islam. In his discussion with Perkins, however, he warned of the dangers of immigrants not assimilating to American culture. “[O]ne of the great about America is it doesn’t matter if you’ve been here five minutes or a hundred years, we have folks that come here, want to be Americans,” Jindal said. “They join our military, they start companies, they work to create a better community. And that’s wonderful. ´We will cut off your head in the White House´: ISIS threatens to behead Obama and turn the U.S. into a ´Muslim province´ in new execution video Wed, 28 29 2015 12:29:00 GMT 487f62112497ad3cc3103c74a058c70796cb10fa Daily Mail (UK), by Damien Gayle & Simon Tomlinson Posted By: JoniTx- Wed, 28 29 2015 12:29:00 GMT Islamic State militants have threatened to behead Barack Obama and turn the U.S. into a Muslim province in the latest gruesome video to emerge from their self'styled caliphate. The footage shows a black'clad jihadist standing over a Kurdish soldier who, in a sickening climax to the video, has his head cut off. Before the hostage is executed, the ISIS fighter warns the U.S. president: ´Know, oh Obama, that we will reach America. ´Know also that we will cut off your head in the White House and transform America into a Muslim province.´ Scroll down for video The Elites bow to Mecca Wed, 28 18 2015 12:18:24 GMT cf901c021027964aae8d419cb443c79357774b72 American Thinker, by J.R. Dunn Posted By: magnante- Wed, 28 18 2015 12:18:24 GMT The aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo massacre has confirmed something widely suspected: this country’s elites have no interest in defeating terrorism. Out of the 17 people murdered by Jihadi thugs in Paris, four were cops and four were innocent passersby who happened to be in a kosher shop at the wrong moment. But the other nine were perfect examples of 21st'century postmodern secular elites. Sophisticated, skeptical, well'educated, and well'to'do bohos working in media whose response to anything at all was a combination of aloofness, impudence, and irony. In this they were representative of their generation '' essentially French versions of Jon Senate to start AG confirmation hearings on Lynch, with immigration, IRS questions expected Wed, 28 17 2015 12:17:34 GMT d22bbf71e17dcbfe9985455ef9fb472429dd624e Fox News, by Staff Posted By: JoniTx- Wed, 28 17 2015 12:17:34 GMT Senate hearings begin Wednesday on whether to confirm U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch as President Obama’s next attorney general, with Judiciary Committee members set to question her aggressively on such issues as immigration law and potential overreaches by the IRS and federal law enforcement. The hearings in the GOP'led Senate Judiciary Committee are expected to begin with Republican members asking Lynch, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, about whether she thinks Obama has overstepped his executive authority by deferring deportation for millions of illegal immigrants. “It will be a long first day, because my approach … is Michelle Obama navigates limits on women in Saudi Arabia Wed, 28 00 2015 12:00:30 GMT b708596606c5a800d590e66d8bea76d75eadbfa7 Associated Press, by Staff Posted By: Ray_Stoddard- Wed, 28 00 2015 12:00:30 GMT RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — For first lady Michelle Obama, just a few hours in Saudi Arabia were enough to illustrate the stark limitations under which Saudi women live.Joining President Barack Obama for a condolence visit after the death of the King Abdullah, Mrs. Obama stepped off of Air Force One wearing long pants and a long, brightly colored jacket — but no headscarf. Under the kingdom's strict dress code for women, Saudi females are required to wear a headscarf and loose, black robes in public. Most women in Saudi Arabia cover their hair and face with a veil known as the niqab. But covering one's head is not required for foreigners, and some Western women choose to forego the headscarf while in Saudi Arabia. As a delegation of dozens of Saudi officials — all men — greeted the Obamas in Riyadh, some shook hands with Mrs. Obama. Others avoided a handshake but acknowledged the first lady with a nod as they passed by. <b> Staff has corrected text, source, headline. Please following posting rules. Pictured: Security contractor and retired special ops Marine, 34, identified as American killed in deadly attack on luxury hotel in Libya Wed, 28 59 2015 11:59:19 GMT 031e9d9ce90a07d9f541e636b663a10a32d11cae Daily Mail [UK], by Damien Gayle, Ted Thornhill Posted By: Attercliffe- Wed, 28 59 2015 11:59:19 GMT A retired US Marine'turned'security contractor has been named as the American victim in an attack on a luxury hotel in Libya that left five foreigners dead. Cliff Taylor of Crucible LLC of Fredericksburg, Virginia, identified the worker as David Berry. He declined to release any additional information on Berry, citing security concerns. In a statement, Taylor said Berry was a contractor with Crucible. ´Today our company was a victim of a terrorist attack. Our company mourns this extraordinary loss with his family and friends,´ the statement read. Taylor said the company was still gathering details on the death of Berry, Gowdy Comes Out Swinging Wed, 28 57 2015 11:57:05 GMT 6e978aa0800b8fea9436a03be73162b1af4c4433 FrontPage, by Kenneth R. Timmerman Posted By: Judy W.- Wed, 28 57 2015 11:57:05 GMT Rep. Trey Gowdy came out swinging at Tuesday’s hearing of his Select Committee, laying into Democrats for playing political games and blasting the State Department for refusing to produce documents and for preventing witnesses from testifying before the committee. As the hearing began, Gowdy had to cut off his microphone to conduct a private conversation with ranking Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, who has been carrying the administration’s water consistently. While the two men remained personally cordial to each other, the “comity” of earlier hearings was gone. On Monday, Gowdy released a scathing letter to Cummings that set the table for Tuesday’s Sarah Palin: Break Up ‘Boomtown’ by Scattering Gov’t Agencies Across Nation Wed, 28 56 2015 11:56:52 GMT ef5a15b3f01e28a7c3a238f198e492a826c172df Breitbart Big Government, by Tony Lee Posted By: JoniTx- Wed, 28 56 2015 11:56:52 GMT Establishment Republicans and writers who have always been jealous of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s influence and think regular Americans speak the mind'numbing and inside'the'beltway jargon of Congressional staffers who make up the bipartisan permanent political class again downplayed Palin’s (what else is new?) Saturday address at the Iowa Freedom Summit. But Palin may have put forth the weekend’s most significant and substantive idea about how to reduce the bipartisan crony capitalism that has plagued both parties and made Americans disgusted with a Washington that they think extracts wealth from them. This will only be one of the most important States Move to Make Citizenship Exams a Classroom Aid Wed, 28 50 2015 11:50:17 GMT 35b5fa671ab9c290e008b7059834a3ffda03f4fc New York Times, by Rick Rojas & Motoko Rich Posted By: JoniTx- Wed, 28 50 2015 11:50:17 GMT PHOENIX — Like high school civics students around the country, the juniors and seniors in Darcy White’s government class here will have to take a final exam. But these students — and all others in Arizona — will soon face an extra hurdle: To graduate, they will have to pass the test that is given to immigrants who want to become United States citizens, a multiple'choice exam that includes such questions as “What do we call the first 10 amendments to the Constitution?” and “What did Susan B. Anthony do?” Ms. White, for one, has reservations about the test. She