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Again, the tug of global retreat
Washington Post, by Fred Hiatt

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 1/10/2013 10:22:19 PM

By nominating a defense secretary committed to shrinking the defense budget and openly entertaining a “zero option” for U.S. troops in Afghanistan, President Obama is sending a message: His promise to refocus on “nation-building at home” was no campaign slogan. He hopes for a second term with diminished foreign entanglement. His first-term record was mixed on this score. He delivered some inspiring rhetoric on American leadership. In 2009, he decided to ramp up the U.S. presence in Afghanistan. Only eight months ago in Kabul,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Bevan, 1/11/2013 9:33:53 AM     (No. 9110481)

In liberalworld, "inspiring rhetoric" is considered a foreign policy success.



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Rally Organizers Deny Ties with
Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood
Breitbart´s Big Peace, by Abha Shankar    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/9/2013 11:40:03 PM     Post Reply
Organizers of a rally planned for Washington, D.C. on Saturday in support of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi deny being part of the Muslim Brotherhood, or being Brotherhood supporters. The rally, they said during a news conference Friday, is about justice in Egypt. A long record, in many cases tested in court, says otherwise. The recently-formed Egyptian Americans for Democracy and Human Rights (EADHR) news conference featured Abdul Mawgoud Dardery, a spokesman for the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood´s Freedom and Justice Party.

A Particularly Cruel Islamic Attack?
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/9/2013 11:31:43 PM     Post Reply
What does is say about a religion when, if two innocent teenage girls walking down the street are doused with acid by men on motorbikes, everyone assumes the attackers must be Muslims? We let a great many outrages go unremarked, but this one really should be noted. The victims are two British girls, Kirstie Trup and Katie Gee, both 18, who were spending their “gap year” between high school and university volunteering at an orphanage in Zanzibar. Zanzibar is a mostly Muslim place, so they had been warned about the need to fit in:

Norway’s Right Turn
National Review Online, by John Fund    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/9/2013 10:58:29 PM     Post Reply
Stavanger, Norway — The National Review cruise pulled in on Tuesday to this coastal city, which clearly is the center of the country’s fabulously successful oil industry. Outside of Texas, it’s unlikely you would find a Petroleum Museum in the United States like the one that occupies a prominent place on Stavanger’s waterfront. We depend on the oil industry for our daily needs, but then either disparage it or ignore it. Not so Norway. The museum in Stavanger, which opened in 1997, makes obligatory nods toward climate change and alternative fuels. But among the pictures

Yemen official: US drones
kill 12 in 3 airstrikes
Associated Press, by Ahmed al-Haj and Maggie Michael    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/8/2013 10:57:24 PM     Post Reply
SANAA, Yemen — The U.S. has sharply escalated its drone war in Yemen, with military officials in the Arab country reporting 34 suspected al-Qaida militants killed in less than two weeks, including three strikes on Thursday alone in which a dozen died. The action against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, as the Yemen branch is known, comes amid a global terror alert issued by Washington. One Mideast official says the uptick is due to its leaders leaving themselves more vulnerable by moving from their normal hideouts toward areas where they could carry out attacks. The U.S. and Britain evacuated

Al Qaeda drives Iraq toward chaos
Washington Times, by Ashish Kumar Sen    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/8/2013 10:51:28 PM     Post Reply
Security inside Iraq is unraveling at an alarming pace, and al Qaeda terrorists there aren’t just pulling the thread; they’re setting it on fire. More than 1,000 Iraqis were killed in bombings and shootings last month, making July the deadliest month since violence between Sunni and Shiite Muslims peaked from 2006 to 2008, the United Nations says. On Thursday, gunmen stormed a policeman’s home in Tikrit and killed him, his wife and their three children. When neighbors later approached the house, a nearby car bomb exploded and killed eight people — a noted al Qaeda tactic,

   

 

  


 
Coffee cup in hand, gun
in holster: Firearms advocates
show appreciation to Starbucks
Washington Times, by Casey Mutchler    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/8/2013 10:48:26 PM     Post Reply
Starbucks seems an unlikely dueling ground in the national debate over guns, but the ubiquitous coffee chain Friday will once again find itself squarely in the cross hairs in the battle between gun control and gun rights advocates. More than 2,000 gun rights activists plan to visit their local Starbucks with their sidearms for a national “Starbucks Appreciation Day.” The Seattle-based chain takes no formal position on guns but has a corporate policy of following applicable state gun laws — including “open carry”

John Bolton on Russia’s Vladimir
Putin: It’s time to ‘cause him pain’
Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/8/2013 10:43:32 PM     Post Reply
It’s time to take off the kid gloves and start going toe-to-toe with Russian President Vladimir Putin, said former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, during an appearance on Fox News. After all, Mr. Putin doesn’t mind causing America angst, Mr. Bolton said. Witness the recent granting of asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden. “I think in order to focus Putin’s thinking, we need to do things that cause him pain as well,” Mr. Bolton said, to Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren. “And while I know that not having a chance to have a bilateral meeting with his buddy Barack Obama

State Ethics Panel Opens
an Inquiry Into a Sexual
Harassment Cover-Up
New York Times, by Danny Hakim    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/8/2013 7:24:49 AM     Post Reply
New York ethics regulators have opened a new investigation into the State Assembly after learning that Assembly Democrats withheld documents that were subpoenaed as part of a recent sexual harassment inquiry, according to people with knowledge of the investigation. The new inquiry began after The New York Times revealed last month that a top Assembly lawyer had kept quiet allegations of sexual harassment made against Assemblyman Micah Z. Kellner, a Manhattan Democrat and current City Council candidate, in 2009. The lawyer, Bill Collins, was dismissed amid the revelations. The records related to the Kellner allegations were not turned over

Allegretti, ´Captain Kangaroo´ character, dies
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/7/2013 10:18:09 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK — Cosmo Allegretti, who created and voiced puppet characters like Grandfather Clock and Dancing Bear on the children´s television show "Captain Kangaroo," has died. He was 86. Allegretti, who had homes in Hampton Bays, N.Y., and New River, Ariz., died of emphysema on July 26 in Arizona, his attorney and friend John Munzel said Wednesday. Allegretti had been a puppeteer but was working as a set painter in the early days of "Captain Kangaroo." He volunteered to make a replacement when the show was dissatisfied with a puppet created by a professional. He gave life

Late penalty: Obama a costly
talk-show fixture for taxpayers
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/7/2013 10:12:23 PM     Post Reply
When it comes to late-night comedy shows, President Obama is a prolific guest, but taxpayers might not be laughing along with him. Mr. Obama’s televised chat Tuesday on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno in Los Angeles was his 10th appearance on a TV talk show while in office, outpacing all presidents and hosts since the days of John F. Kennedy and Jack Paar in the early 1960s. The goal of these appearances is partly to boost the president’s image and partly to promote his agenda, and taxpayers foot the bill for Mr. Obama’s high-cost travel on Air Force One.

   

 

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Security threat from
Yemen complicates
Obama’s Guantanamo plan
Washington Post, by Scott Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/7/2013 10:07:48 PM     Post Reply
The recent security threat emanating from Yemen has complicated President Obama’s latest push to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, reviving doubts among conservative lawmakers about whether it is safe to return Yemeni detainees to their turbulent home country. More than half of the 166 prisoners being held in Guantanamo are from Yemen, and the transfer of many of them is essential to Obama’s long-promised goal of closing the detention center. But the recent threat involving al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, as the terrorist group’s Yemen-based branch is known, underlines the national security and political obstacles ahead.

US warns citizens to leave
Yemen amid terror alert
BBC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/6/2013 7:41:54 AM     Post Reply
The US state department has told citizens and non-emergency government staff to leave Yemen "immediately" due to security threats. It comes after the sudden closure of 20 US embassies and consulates on Sunday. This was prompted by intercepted conversations between two senior al-Qaeda figures, including top leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, US media said. Meanwhile the UK Foreign office says it has withdrawn embassy staff from Yemen and advises against all travel there. The US earlier said the closures in North Africa and the Middle East were "out of an abundance of caution".



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Oprah Winfrey ´racism row´
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BBC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/9/2013 10:22:49 AM     Post Reply
The owner of a shop in Zurich where US talk show host Oprah Winfrey says she encountered racism has called the incident a "misunderstanding". Winfrey, one of the world´s richest women, claimed an assistant refused to serve her in an upmarket handbag shop. She was apparently told one of the bags on display was "too expensive" for her. Shop owner Trudie Gotz told the BBC that Winfrey was "absolutely allowed" to look at the $35,000 (£22,500) bag, which was kept behind a screen. "My salesperson wanted to give her the handbag in her hand. But she didn´t want

Christie Is Candidate GOP Voters
Want Least As Their 2016 Nominee

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Rassussen Reports, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 8/8/2013 6:48:18 AM     Post Reply
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie holds a narrow lead among Republicans for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination, but even more GOP voters say he’s the candidate they least want to see nominated. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that Christie earns 21% support when Republican voters are asked whom they would vote for if the party’s primary in their state were held today. Florida Senator Marco Rubio runs a close second with 18% of the GOP vote, followed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush at 16% and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul with 15% of the vote.

ABC, CBS and NBC Overlook Obama´s
Gaffe-tastic Performance on Leno

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Newsbusters, by Geoffrey Dickens    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 8/8/2013 2:02:49 AM     Post Reply
Barack Obama delivered one gaffe after another in his August 6 interview with Jay Leno, but the networks that usually mock every mistake or slip of the tongue made by Republicans ignored the President´s verbal mishaps. ABC´s Good Morning America, CBS´s This Morning and NBC´s Today show, on Wednesday morning, all bypassed the chance to criticize Obama for: downplaying the threat of terrorism; falsely claiming Vladimir Putin once ran the KGB; placing the Atlantic coast cities of Savannah, Charleston and Jacksonville on the Gulf of Mexico; confusing the Winter Olympics with the Summer Olympics. First up, on the

   

 

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It was wrong to bomb
Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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Washington Examiner [DC], by Timothy P. Carney    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/8/2013 4:32:33 AM     Post Reply
Ending a war is a good thing. Killing civilians a bad thing. Deliberately targeting civilians is murder, and is never morally licit, even in pursuit of a good thing such as ending a war. The tens of thousands of Japanese non-combatants we killed 68 years ago this week with two nuclear bombs were not “collateral damage” of military strikes. They were the intended targets. We hoped that mass murder would bring the Japanese emperor to surrender. It worked, and American and Japanese soldiers’ lives were probably saved by it —

Megyn Kelly Will Take Over
Fox’s 9PM Primetime Slot,
According To Drudge

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Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/8/2013 1:02:05 PM     Post Reply
Last month we learned that Megyn Kelly was leaving her daytime anchor gig to take over a Fox News primetime slot. According to an “exclusive” Drudge Report flash this afternoon, that time slot will be 9 p.m. ET. “Superstar newswoman Megyn Kelly has landed the 9 PM slot, top sources reveal,” the Drudge Report wrote. “The shock announcement is set for later this month.” Fox’s 9 p.m. hour is currently helmed by Sean Hannity, leading to speculation over whether he could be out of a primetime gig. There are many possible outcomes from this lineup change,

Exclusive: Gen. Wesley Clark,
68, dating 30-year-old fashion
entrepreneur Shauna Mei

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New York Post, by Emily Smith    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/8/2013 3:51:07 PM     Post Reply
Retired 68-year-old US Army general and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Wesley K. Clark has won yet another esteemed decoration — he is dating 30-year-old Shauna Mei, the founder of online retailer AHAlife.com. Clark, who was married to Gertrude Kingston Clark for 45 years before filing for divorce last year, is spending time with the young New York-based entrepreneur, who graduated from MIT and worked at Goldman Sachs as an investment banker before launching her luxury e-commerce site. Clark and Mei were spotted together recently in the Hamptons,

Obama´s Russia reset unravels
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Politico, by Josh Gerstein    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/8/2013 4:57:48 AM     Post Reply
National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden extended his 15 minutes of fame Wednesday, as headlines tied his saga to President Barack Obama’s decision to cancel a planned summit meeting in Moscow next month with Russian President Vladimir Putin. But analysts said the talk of Snowden’s role in the cancellation obscured a more basic reality: The U.S.-Russia relationship is now so frosty that it didn’t appear the two presidents would actually accomplish enough to merit such a high-profile meeting. After four years, the much-vaunted reset in U.S.-Russian relations has devolved into a chilly standoff over issues like the Kremlin’s support for Syria

Does White House Want To Say
Who Lives Where In America?

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Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 8/8/2013 7:19:22 PM     Post Reply
Nanny State: If any question remained about the Obama White House´s appetite for running everyone´s life from Washington, it should be settled now. This administration even wants to dictate neighborhood makeup. Like your neighborhood? Don´t get used to it. The Obama Department of Housing and Urban Development might decide it wants to dictate changes. HUD is, according to Fox News, considering "a new rule that would allow the feds to track diversity in America´s neighborhoods and then push policies to change those it deems discriminatory." The proposed rule, disclosed last month by HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan at

   

 



 
IRS agent: Tax agency is still
targeting Tea Party groups

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Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 8/8/2013 8:49:02 PM     Post Reply
In a remarkable admission that is likely to rock the Internal Revenue Service again, testimony released Thursday by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp reveals that an agent involved in reviewing tax exempt applications from conservative groups told a committee investigator that the agency is still targeting Tea Party groups, three months after the IRS scandal erupted.. In closed door testimony before the House Ways & Means Committee, the unidentified IRS agent said requests for special tax status from Tea Party groups is being forced into a special "secondary screening" because

Why can´t we talk about IQ?
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Politico, by Jason Richwine    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 8/9/2013 7:10:57 AM     Post Reply
“IQ is a metric of such dubiousness that almost no serious educational researcher uses it anymore,” the Guardian’s Ana Marie Cox wrote back in May. It was a breathtakingly ignorant statement. Psychologist Jelte Wicherts noted in response that a search for “IQ test” in Google’s academic database yielded more than 10,000 hits — just for the year 2013. (Snip) There is a large discrepancy between what educated laypeople believe about cognitive science and what experts actually know. Journalists are steeped in the lay wisdom, so they are repeatedly surprised when someone forthrightly discusses the real science of mental ability.

CNN Airs “The Truth About Benghazi” –
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Deception – We Explain Why

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Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/8/2013 7:33:16 AM     Post Reply
You can get a deconstruction of the media at many places. The people who visit the Treehouse want to see the entire context; The entire truth, as it presents. So here we go…. In any endeavor of corruption and misleading governance, the control of, and support by, the media, is an absolute necessity. The USSR needed Pravda to keep the ruse of governance for decades. The need of/by the U.S. government has steadily grown over the course of several progressive decades; but the urgency has increased exponentially over the past five years with the extremes

Winfrey, Bradlee, Clinton
to Receive Medal of Freedom

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Wall Street Journal, by Jared A. Favole    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 8/8/2013 5:38:13 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON—The White House announced that President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, to 16 recipients including television star and businesswoman Oprah Winfrey, legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee and former President Bill Clinton. “The Presidential Medal of Freedom goes to men and women who have dedicated their own lives to enriching ours,” Mr. Obama said in a statement released by the White House. “This year’s honorees have been blessed with extraordinary talent, but what sets them apart is their gift for sharing that talent with the world.”

   

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