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U.S. Sets Stage for
Bigger Syria Role

Wall Street Journal, by Adam Entous & Sam Dagher

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Posted By:Desert Fox, 8/25/2013 7:23:26 PM

The Obama administration hardened its stance against Syria´s regime and stepped up preparations for possible military action, saying it believed Damascus used chemical weapons in an offensive last week and rebuffing its offer to let United Nations officials inspect the affected areas. The White House, in statements issued by senior officials, signaled it wasn´t backing away from a showdown with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad despite apparent efforts by Damascus to ease tensions by letting U.N. inspectors visit areas near Damascus that were allegedly hit with chemical weapons. In recent days, the Pentagon has moved more warships into place in the eastern Mediterranean

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: curious1, 8/25/2013 7:28:34 PM     (No. 9490992)

They´ll go ahead to improve Otard´s poll numbers and distract from the idea that Otard´s admin is most likely behind this, by providing ´arms´ to Valjar and Huma and Otard´s MB and AQ buddies in Syria.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: STLstudent, 8/25/2013 7:52:18 PM     (No. 9491033)

Oh yea! Here we go! Let´s send our boys in to die in the middle of a war between Muslims. Oh yea! American parents, it´s time to sacrifice your children FOR SYRIA!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: stablemoney, 8/25/2013 8:07:03 PM     (No. 9491057)

Obama is a fool to get this country involved in Syria. This is nothing but a personal ego thing for Obama.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: harleynyc, 8/25/2013 8:07:07 PM     (No. 9491058)

This is a travesty.
This is obama helping terrorists.
We all know al qaeda used those poison bombs.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: mfm, 8/25/2013 8:50:30 PM     (No. 9491122)

WE all knew Libya would not end well, this will be worse, much worse...

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Reply 6 - Posted by: arcady, 8/25/2013 10:12:45 PM     (No. 9491198)

Just remember to remind any and all Dem friends they´re now supporting, Arms Smuggling Warmongers!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Scout Finch, 8/25/2013 11:54:53 PM     (No. 9491271)

He´s rebuffed the UN offers to inspect and investigate? But I thought the UN was sacrosanct to Obama and his kind?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 8/26/2013 12:40:19 AM     (No. 9491294)

All the intersections up here were clogged with lefty anti-war protesters... wait... not one, not one since GWB left office.

The British MPs want Cameron to debate the issue. Will our Congress demand the same? Unfortunately, McCain and Graham will probably be gung-ho.

Every day there´s a new reason to explain the nausea.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: johngalt1, 8/26/2013 12:51:49 AM     (No. 9491299)

Assad would have to be incredibly stupid to use chemical weapons. On the other hand, the surest way for his Islamist foes to topple him would be to perpetrate a CW event and blame it on Assad. Which of these seems more likely?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: JediJerry, 8/26/2013 2:51:13 AM     (No. 9491353)

Hardened it´s stance? It´s "stance" so far has to let them gas civilians. Now it can be done on a broader spectrum and still nothing will be done. Perhaps Hillary will issue a stern letter of warning of possible harsh sanctions and a UN resolution of condemnation. That oughtta do it.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Warren Bonesteel, 8/26/2013 3:26:52 AM     (No. 9491363)

This is Armageddon on a stick, kids. With Chinese and Russian economic and political investment in Iran and Syria, if (and when))this spins out of control, everyone on earth gets screwed.

The UN scenario was Obama trying to get the UN involved and inspect Syria for WMDs. Russia and China said ´no.´ A few weeks later, they said, ´OK, now you can do it.´ Obama said, ´Screw that. It´s too late.´

A couple days ago, Russia sent the diplomatic equivalent of a ´war warning´ to Obama. The Chinese response has ben more subtle, but was a warning, none-the-less.

That´s when the US and Brits starting moving more assets into the region.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Rinktum, 8/26/2013 5:41:38 AM     (No. 9491396)

Have we had one success in the Middle East during Obama´s presidency? The Muslims have worn down the West. It is obvious that they have an agenda and will not stop until they reach their goal even though it means many fellow Muslims will die. They are willing to sacrifice everything for the caliphate. Unfortunately, Obama has enabled them. On one hand he keeps the rage against the United States hot because of his drone strikes and on the other, he is weak and indecisive.

We do not have the leadership in this country to deal with the situation in the Middle East. There is no clear policy and what we are doing is not working. We need to step back. Our men and women have spilled enough blood without any meaningful success.

The root of the problem boiling over in the world is Islam and until the world decides to address that, nothing works. Intervention or non-intervention will have no effect. It will not slow it down. Muslims welcome the chaos and vioence they create. It may be an anathema to us, but it is a means to an end in their thinking. They will not change. Until we understand that, any involvement will be futile. They draw us into these conflicts to weaken us economically and militarily and it is working. They have purposely built close ties with Russia and China. We are dying a slow death of a thousand cuts because of the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood in the highest levels of this administration.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: zbogwan2, 8/26/2013 7:39:03 AM     (No. 9491507)

The Islam o Mob rapes, beheads, shoots and blows up Westerners and each other on a regular basis,but when a gas attack happens, Obama, France and Great Britain have an orgasm, so to speak. I don´t believe anything that comes out this Civil War situation in Syria or the Obama Camp at all.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Crosscut, 8/26/2013 8:15:03 AM     (No. 9491546)

Syria´s use of WMDs makes clear why Iran must not be allowed to manufacture nuclear weapons. They will use them. Obviously Syria acquired these WMDs from Iraq, thus vindicating George Bush.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: faith_and_reason, 8/26/2013 8:28:39 AM     (No. 9491569)

It seems that the presumption is that the government used chemical weapons. Why not the Muslim Brotherhood?

But the government didn´t allow inspectors in? Perhaps they wanted to make sure the evidence was not being fabricated.

Snipers attack the inspectors? Again, whose snipers? People not yet sure their fabricated evidence is in place? Or people afraid that it is?

Trust no one. Especially the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Heil Liberals, 8/26/2013 8:49:23 AM     (No. 9491607)

Everyone wanted to know what happened to Iraq´s weapons of mass destruction. Well, here they are! WMDs are played as a shell game by the Middle Eastern thugocracies. And the U.S. is always played as the sucker to bet on where the pea is.

We need to stay out of Syria. There is nothing there for us. And, no, the horror of the situation is not enough to commit blood and treasure. If Europe thinks it is so horrible, then let them get their noses bloodied. As for us, sit it out.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 8/26/2013 9:35:35 AM     (No. 9491687)

We have bigger fish to fry than to enter into anything that has to do with Syria.
I´m concerned about Ben Affleck playing the role of Batman. Obama´s golf score and Michelle´s rap CD are what´s news.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: jglas, 8/26/2013 9:35:49 AM     (No. 9491688)

This is another Tonkin Gulf incident (LBJ´s excuse for attacking North Vietnam). That didn´t end well. This won´t either. Nothing good can come from jumping in on either side of a Muslim feud.



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Reply 19 - Posted by: coldoc, 8/26/2013 9:42:54 AM     (No. 9491703)

Thank you #18. I remember those days and you are right on. This is a lose lose for sure. The shame will be spilling any American blood. The good might be tainting clowns like mcain, clinton, and grahamn.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: hicokid, 8/26/2013 9:45:00 AM     (No. 9491709)

This is "wag the dog" on steroids.

What sense does it make for Syria to:
Attack women and children (citizens) when they are fighting the rebels.
Commit a war crime when they are winning.
Use chemical weapons when a 20-member UN team is allowed access for inspection.
Fire on the UN team with snipers.
Do all of this when they are winning.

Now, the obama regime can´t wait. Syria´s 5 day delay is a sure sign of guilt.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: RancherJack, 8/26/2013 10:20:50 AM     (No. 9491759)

Why would Assad gas his own civilians instead of the rebels?

Difficulty: Can´t invoke Godwin.


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Reply 22 - Posted by: chicodon, 8/26/2013 10:34:45 AM     (No. 9491783)

Does Obama even have a clue? Every time I hear "the Obama administration" I just shake my head. Obama, Biden, Hagel, Brennan, Kerry, Rice et al. Oh yeah, I´m sure they´ve got a handle on it. I just hope they don´t get anyone killed.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: stryker714, 8/26/2013 10:35:03 AM     (No. 9491785)

Alleged chemical weapons use seems fishy ok. If Obama is proclaiming something, think the opposite...no credibility. Some more sleight of hand perhaps? It´s Mr Barack Houdini himself. Hopefully bamboozler is just saber rattling and won´t get involved. It would just open up a new can of worms. Ah to have a voice in DC standing up for us and speaking out against what he is doing re foreign policy. He´s about to break yet something else with no means to put it back together again.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: woodsman, 8/26/2013 10:54:06 AM     (No. 9491832)

Bingo #23....this smells of week old fish...and if it did happen odds are it was the MB...arm whoever is losing at the moment and let Allah sort it out

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Reply 25 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 8/26/2013 10:55:52 AM     (No. 9491835)

Another distraction from the many impeachable offenses of Barack 0bama?

Joel Richardson writes today:

"Now, if the Obama administration goes forward with its stated plans to attack Assad, it will be the greatest mistake that this nation has made in decades. Not only will we have the blood of hundreds of thousands of innocents on our hands, but we will subsequently be forced to deal with the utter chaos that results from our actions. I’m appealing to everyone who reads this to stop right now and pray that the US and Britain do not go forward with military action in Syria." - http://www.joelstrumpet.com/?p=5263



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Reply 26 - Posted by: nevernaught, 8/26/2013 11:00:42 AM     (No. 9491843)

So now we are going to war because we believe something is happening, as yet not confirmed. What I believe is he will have Americans killed to divert attention from his scandal ridden Administration. Isn´t that in the Marxist playbook?

If this bozo thinks Russia will just sit by and let the US get away with military action against an ally, then he is dumber that I think. Remember this so called activity is only because the Muslim Brotherhood is getting it´s butt whipped in Syria and Egypt.

When our Ambassador and his people were being murdered in Benghazi, by Muslim Terrorists, he couldn´t have cared less. If he starts military action in Syria, no Americans abroad will be safe, just as they aren´t secure in this country anymore.

For some reason, I don´t trust Community Organizers.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Timber Queen, 8/26/2013 11:35:13 AM     (No. 9491899)

Where´s Nancy Piglosi? I seem to remember a very public and old-media supported visit to Syria during the run-up to Operation Iraqi Freedom, complete with Hermes scarf indicating her subservient status as a woman. Since she´s such a good personal friend of Assad´s I think Bambi should send her over to explain to Assad that he should hand his country over the Brotherhood. But, thanks for that photo op we used to give GW Bush the perverbial finger.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: strike3, 8/26/2013 12:10:44 PM     (No. 9491987)

Act XXXIV of Amateurs in Action.

President Dumcluck hightails it from Iraq, effectively abandoning a recovering country to chaos. He gives the muslims a departure date from Afghanistan, effectively saying that thousands of US soldiers died for nothing.

Now he will bomb the wrong side in a civil war where neither side has clean hands. This will get much worse when the bigger boys of the world get involved.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: lencu255, 8/26/2013 12:30:36 PM     (No. 9492037)

team obozo is very consistent: they support the extremist forces throughout the Middle East - in Egypt, Libya, now in Syria (I think same was in Lebanon). So, let´s not call our regime stupid or naive - they know what they are doing!

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Billyc, 8/26/2013 12:31:53 PM     (No. 9492042)

The United States should definitely keep out of Syria.Again Obama listen up stay out of Syria. We start loping shells into Syria will cause a response from Russia who has a Naval Base in the Med granted by Syria.Our Commander in Chief still has not told us what happened the night of 9/11. What was he doing , was a command sent fromn the WH to stand down.Griening family want to know. 300 missiles funneled from the Benghazi complex via Turkey to Syrian Rebels whoever they are.Why people at the Benghgazi site are till gagged.Morsi , Obama´s friend was indirectly involved in the attack on the Benghazi consulate.Obamna is incompetant enough to start a Middle East regional war . It´s seriouis and the WH is playing with fire. As an aside , try and write , phone Boehner and McConnell tell them Border fence first . Otherwise in another 10 years same situation for the next generation. Time out !

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Reply 31 - Posted by: udanja99, 8/26/2013 1:36:32 PM     (No. 9492164)

I haven´t read all of the comments yet, so pardon me if I´m echoing someone else.

Zippy helps the "reformers" (his MB pals) in Egypt. Zippy helps the "reformers" (his MB pals) in Libya. Looks like zippy is now going to help the "reformers" (his MB pals) in Syria. Zippy refuses to help the true reformers in Iran.

Hey, Nobel committee, how´s that peace prize workin´ out for you?

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Reply 32 - Posted by: retCPO, 8/26/2013 1:36:56 PM     (No. 9492165)

More likely rebels than Assad (who has most to gain). How much more experience do we need in this part of the world. It McCain and his shadow Graham would just shut up we would all be better off.

Better for Obama to just state "wrong color of red, but you can keep trying - forever."

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Franz, 8/26/2013 2:08:04 PM     (No. 9492224)

Considering that Obama has taken two years to get to the point to take action, will he go before Congress and ask for a declaration to take military action?
Or
Will he violate the Constitution again and take military action without Congressional approval? After two years, he cannot claim that he didn´t have time to get Congressional approval.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: jacksin5, 8/26/2013 2:20:18 PM     (No. 9492264)

Obama is insistent on keeping American troops overseas. Why exactly is that. Is he afraid of having them on U.S. soil? Given his plans for the country so far, this bears looking at.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: iamfree, 8/26/2013 2:46:38 PM     (No. 9492312)

My heart goes out to the people being killed by WMDs in Syria, but I don´t want even one more American life destroyed in that sandbox we call the Middle East.

By the way, what a surprise that we were right about where the Iraqi WMDs ended up.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: smidgen, 8/26/2013 3:06:17 PM     (No. 9492341)

#31--he has been on the side of all "reformers" except for the students in Iran. That is also instructive of his muslim sympathies!

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Reply 37 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 8/26/2013 3:28:52 PM     (No. 9492387)

Maybe I´m simple-minded [okay, I´ll admit to it: I´m simple-minded] but here´s what I don´t get about this flap over Chemical Weapons: why is killing thousands by the use of CWs different or worse than killing thousands with conventional weapons?

Genocide is genocide. Killing is killing. We´ve been standing around with our thumbs in our collective mouths since the first Syrian protester/rebel was killed by Assad. Why are we in such a sweat now, wringing our hands?

The Chemical Weapons that the Leftists had such hissy fits over when we invaded Iraq, went to Syria. We all knew that. There are satellite images of convoys out of
Iraq into Syria and everyone with a voice and knowledge said they were Saddam´s CW´s being shuffled into Syria in advance of the US invasion.

When this Syrian genocide started, all anyone has talked about is Chemical Weapons, but no one seemed to care about all of the killing with conventional weapons, or inclined to put a stop to the killings, until now when CWs are involved. Why?

It seems to me that we´re waaaaay late to the party, and so is the rest of the civilized world. We had a chance to save Syria, we muffed that chance, and now every despot in the world is in on Assad´s side.

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The Obama administration is poised to entertain a flood of new clemency applications from thousands of federal prisoners who were given harsh sentences under mandatory-minimum laws following drug convictions, Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday. Holder said in a short videotaped statement that he wants to shrink the federal prison population by a modest amount while ensuring ´that those who have paid their debts have a chance to become productive citizens.´ At the center of the move is a set of old sentencing rules that punished crack-cocaine offenders with more time behind bars than users or traffickers of powder cocaine.

Dole: Cruz, Paul & Rubio
lack experience for 2016

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The Hill [Washington, DC], by Mario Trujillo    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/22/2014 11:18:06 AM     Post Reply
Former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.) said a number of junior GOP senators considering a presidential run in 2016 do not yet have the experience — specifically naming Rand Paul (Ky.), Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Ted Cruz (Texas). The former 1996 GOP presidential candidate sounded particularly skeptical of Cruz in an interview this week with The Wichita Eagle. "A number of the younger members, first-termers like Rand Paul, Rubio and that extreme-right-wing guy, Ted Cruz — all running for president now. I don´t think they´ve got enough experience yet," Dole said. The 90-year-old former senator said, however, his main concern about 2016 is living

Jeb Bush is your only chance
against Hillary, Republicans

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Hot Air, by Bob Schrum    Original Article
Posted By: quantumman- 4/22/2014 6:32:54 AM     Post Reply
If Jeb reaches for the nomination, there will be a titanic battle between the party establishment and the Tea Party. Steve Schmidt, McCain’s strategist in 2008, insists that in the end Republicans usually settle on the most electable candidate. To get by, this Bush may be forced to trim his positions, although the cautionary tale of Romney suggests that he would have to tack artfully and carefully for the sake of the general election. Certainly he will have the resources to outlast, discredit, and disqualify his rivals.

Michelle Obama:
´splurging is the key to life´

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Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/21/2014 9:31:25 PM     Post Reply
Washington - Michelle Obama said "splurging is the key to life" if you regularly eat right and stay active. Her biggest guilty pleasure: French fries. "How would you appreciate vegetables if you never had chocolate?" she asked. "You couldn´t live without a little chocolate, a little French fries." The first lady took questions from children reporters Monday after appearing at the White House Easter Egg Roll. She told the children that if they eat right the majority of the time, then a splurge or snack is not going to hurt them. "I still splurge when I can, but that's why I try to exercise almost every day," she said.

Fraud runs rampant in Census Bureau
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New York Post, by John Crudele    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/22/2014 5:03:20 AM     Post Reply
There’s a pattern of falsifying statistics throughout the entire Census Bureau. And anyone who attempts to blow the whistle on the fraud is either retaliated against or ignored, according to two new sources who have experienced the process firsthand. As I’ve been writing for more than six months, the Census Bureau office in Philadelphia uncovered a case of fraud in 2010, did nothing about it and allowed the practice to continue. In that instance, a data collector named Julius Buckmon was faking reports that went into the nation’s all-important jobless tally and consumer-inflation survey. Because the Census Bureau’s surveys are scientific — meaning

Professor: ‘Colleges Will Start Closing Up’ if
‘Racist, Misogynist, Money-Grubbing’ GOP Wins

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National Review Online, by Andrew Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/22/2014 4:42:50 PM     Post Reply
New audio reveals an Eastern Connecticut State University professor warning that Republicans will “want things to go back — not to to 1955, but to 1855? if they win control of Congress in November. Republican victories could also put him out of a job, he cautioned. “We will live in a very, very, very different kind of country if that happens,” Professor Brent Terry told students in his Introduction to Creative Writing course, according to audio obtained by Campus Reform. “I mean, colleges will start closing up if these people have their way.” Over the course of his rant, Terry characterized conservatives

But Seriously, Just How
Slow-Witted is John Boehner?

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American Thinker, by C. Edmund Wright    Original Article
Posted By: quantumman- 4/21/2014 7:22:21 AM     Post Reply
As he moves from lobbyists to the golf course, from press conferences to the tanning bed, he remains oblivious to all that is around him. He has power, incredible power, and yet to this day he has no understanding of the election that made it so. Moreover, all around him are astonishing opportunities for him to be an historic figure -- one who could and should be the man who did more than any other single person in turning back the red tide of Obama. It’s all there for Speaker of the House, and yet John Boehner manages to miss

Would YOU be underwater if the
polar caps melted? Map reveals
what our planet would look like
if sea levels rose by 260ft

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Daily Mail (UK), by Ellie Zolfagharifard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/21/2014 5:20:21 PM     Post Reply
Global sea levels have risen by 8 inches (20cm) since 1880 and scientists predict they could rise up to 3ft (98cm) by 2100. But despite the UN’s recent threats of war, famine and extreme weather, such a dramatically different world caused by sea level rise can be hard to imagine. To help picture the future, Martin Vargic, an amateur graphic designer from Slovakia, has created a map depicting the planet with sea levels around 260ft (79m) higher than they are today. He imagines what Earth would look like if the ice sheets surrounding the North and South poles melted, releasing

Reid: ´We Are a Nation of Laws,
Not of Men and Women´

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Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/22/2014 10:53:27 AM     Post Reply
It may not be tomorrow, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says "something will happen" to force a Nevada rancher to obey a court order to stop grazing his cattle on federal land and pay his grazing fees. "It´s obvious that you can´t just walk away from this," Reid said in an April 18 interview with a Nevada´s KSNV-TV News 3 program “What’s Your Point?” "You can´t have a law that is -- we´re a nation of laws, not of men and women," he said. (Video) Reid noted that most cattlemen pay their taxes, pay their fees, and follow

You´re on the clock:
Doctors rush patients out the door

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USA Today*, by Roni Caryn Rabin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/21/2014 4:35:59 AM     Post Reply
Joan Eisenstodt didn´t have a stopwatch when she went to see an ear, nose and throat specialist recently, but she is certain the physician was not in the exam room with her for more than three or four minutes. "He looked up my nose, said it was inflamed, told me to see the nurse for a prescription and was gone," said the 66-year-old Washington, D.C., consultant, who was suffering from an acute sinus infection. When she started protesting the doctor´s choice of medication, "He just cut me off totally," she said. "I´ve never been in and out from a visit faster." These days,

The Increasing Desperation of Democrats
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National Review Online, by John Fund    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/21/2014 5:19:02 AM     Post Reply
Harry Reid isn’t backing down from his claim that rancher Cliven Bundy’s supporters are “domestic terrorists.” It’s astonishing rhetoric given the White House’s characterization of the mass shooting by a genuine terrorist, Major Nidal Hasan, who killed 13 Americans at the Fort Hood Army base after yelling “Allahu Akbar!” (God is great.) Rather than labeling Hasan’s actions “domestic terrorism,” the Obama administration is prosecuting him for having committed “workplace violence.” Democratic rhetoric is become ever more desperate and overheated as we approach the November midterm elections. Last week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that GOP positions on immigration were motivated by

Benghazi attack could have been prevented if
US hadn´t ´switched sides in the War on Terror´
and allowed $500 MILLION of weapons to reach
al-Qaeda militants, reveals damning report

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/22/2014 7:02:40 PM     Post Reply
The Citizens Commission on Benghazi, a self-selected group of former top military officers, CIA insiders and think-tankers, declared Tuesday in Washington that a seven-month review of the deadly 2012 terrorist attack has determined that it could have been prevented – if the U.S. hadn´t been helping to arm al-Qaeda militias throughout Libya a year earlier. ´The United States switched sides in the war on terror with what we did in Libya, knowingly facilitating the provision of weapons to known al-Qaeda militias and figures,´ Clare Lopez, a member of the commission and a former CIA officer, told MailOnline. She blamed the Obama administration


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