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Aflame

13 hours 22 min ago
The New Yorker, by David Remnick Posted By: Drive- Mon, 28 37 2014 12:37:50 GMT Because memory, particularly historical memory, fails unfailingly, this summer feels like a uniquely horrific season of dissolution and blood. “You name it, the world is aflame,” Gary Samore, a former national'security aide in the Obama Administration, told Peter Baker, of the Times, the other day. “We always have a mix of complicated interests. That’s not unusual. What’s unusual is there’s this outbreak of violence and instability everywhere.” The supposed tranquillity of earlier seasons is almost always an artifact of distance. And yet Samore’s “everywhere” is forgivable hyperbole. In eastern Ukraine, where hundreds of corpses, and a dozen or so planes, lay

Watch live: Gaza city as calls for ceasefire intensify

13 hours 22 min ago
Telegraph [UK], by Staff Posted By: Attercliffe- Mon, 28 11 2014 12:11:50 GMT The UN Security Council agreed on a statement on Sunday urging Israel, Palestinians and Islamist Hamas militants to implement a humanitarian truce beyond the Muslim holiday of Eid al'Fitr and engage in efforts to achieve a durable ceasefire. The council met as Muslims started celebrating the Eid al'Fitr holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. The pressure for a cease'fire followed new attacks launched by Israel and Hamas on Sunday despite going back and forth over proposals for another temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting. A 12'hour lull Saturday, agreed to by both sides following

Liberal media panel blames Ted Cruz, American people, for Harry Reid´s do'nothing leadership

14 hours 6 sec ago
National Review Online, by Tim Cavanaugh Posted By: Fiesta del sol- Mon, 28 12 2014 11:12:05 GMT Why has the Senate been unable to pass anything? According to an extraordinary panel of mainstream'media personalities, it’s the fault of Republicans, or of the American people. On a Sunday discussion on NBC’s Meet the Press, host David Gregory railed against the “Do'Nothing Congress” and played a brief clip of Texas Republican senator Ted Cruz pointing out that Senate majority leader Harry Reid, who controls the Senate agenda, is the logical person to hold accountable for stalled activities in the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body. Though the Cruz clip (which Meet the Press had been advertising for several days) came to

Jerry Jones destroyed the Cowboys. Period

14 hours 18 min ago
Star'Telegram [Ft. Worth, TX], by Randy Galloway Posted By: Pluperfect- Mon, 28 08 2014 11:08:04 GMT It appeared last week to be a case of reality hitting Jerry Jones right in the mouth. Forty'five minutes of Q&A with the media at the opening of Cowboys training camp in Oxnard, and not once did that mouth utter such words as “Super Bowl” or “Lombardi Trophy.” Some local longtime Jerry'watchers termed this as “progress,” meaning an admission his 2014 edition of the Cowboys is a tainted product, not worthy of even Jones’ normal opening of training camp ridiculous BS. As one of those longtime Jerry'watchers, I disagree about progress. Football reality has been sucker'punching Jerry for nearly two

At Malaysia Airlines Crash Site, Parents Seek Answers

14 hours 18 min ago
Wall Street Journal, by Margaret Coker & Paul Sonne Posted By: StormCnter- Mon, 28 54 2014 10:54:50 GMT HRABOVE, Ukraine—Angela Rudhart'Dyczynski slipped off her shoes, covered her feet in white socks and crunched through a field tinged with the sick'sweet smell of death to reach a wing of downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. She and her husband arrived Saturday from Australia after an exhausting three'day journey that left her feet too swollen for shoes. They braved this war zone in search of a lost passenger: Fatima, their only child. "We´re standing here at the wing in the field," Jerzy Dyczynski, a cardiologist, said into his phone, as the wind blew. "This is where we thought she was sitting.

Bismarck on the Potomac

14 hours 55 min ago
National Review Online, by Editorial Posted By: MissMolly- Mon, 28 49 2014 10:49:55 GMT President Barack Obama, who in his political dotage is enthusiastically getting in touch with his inner Otto von Bismarck to such an extent that we half expect him to start sporting a walrus mustache and a pickelhaube, on Saturday treated the ailing republic to another lecture on the theme of “economic patriotism,” by which he means an arrangement under which companies adopt tax strategies that maximize the amount of money they send to President Obama and his colleagues to dispose of as they see fit. He demanded that companies “embrace an economic patriotism,” presumably one defined by Barack Obama, rather

House GOP Leaders Prepare to Swap Titles—and Office Space

14 hours 55 min ago
National Journal, by Billy House Posted By: MissMolly- Mon, 28 47 2014 10:47:58 GMT With no fanfare—well, maybe a little fanfare—House Republicans by the end of this week will officially have a brand new majority leader, a new majority whip, and just 12 scheduled legislative days remaining before it´s time to pick yet another new slate of leaders. This all happens, technically, after the stroke of midnight Thursday, commemorated in a notification by Republicans to the House clerk declaring that as of Aug. 1, Kevin McCarthy is the majority leader and Steve Scalise is the new majority whip. No parade. No ticker tape. Meanwhile, the current majority leader, Eric Cantor, doesn´t completely turn into a pumpkin. But

Times Report Casts Shame on Obama´s Handling of Ukraine Crisis

14 hours 55 min ago
Forbes, by Paul Roderick Gregory Posted By: StormCnter- Mon, 28 41 2014 10:41:27 GMT To the surprise of many, but not to those who understand him, Vladimir Putin has upped his aggression against Ukraine in the wake of the shooting down of MH17 by his separatist allies. (For a definitive account of separatist guilt, see AP What Happened: The Day Flight 17 Was Downed.) The Russian military is now routinely shelling Ukrainian positions from across the border, hoping to elicit a response so they can claim a Ukrainian attack. Russia’s drones are targeting troop positions. Even more sophisticated missiles are flooding across the border, ignoring the lesson of the Malaysian jet tragedy. Russian MIGs

Seriously? Obama asks Congress to repeal 2002 War in Iraq

14 hours 55 min ago
Washington Examiner [DC], by Editorial Posted By: StormCnter- Mon, 28 25 2014 10:25:36 GMT It took Jimmy Carter the first six months of his tenure in the Oval Office to learn that a president´s time is precious and must be focused on the most urgent priorities facing the nation at any given moment. It was at that point that Carter stopped doing absurd tasks like reviewing scheduling requests from his staff to use the White House tennis court. Carter never completely overcame his obsession with paying attention to details better left to aides, however, and this flaw was a major factor in producing his monumentally failed presidency. Thirty'seven years and five presidents later, Americans

Keep China Off Our Carriers

15 hours 12 min ago
American Spectator, by Gerald D. Skoning Posted By: StormCnter- Mon, 28 19 2014 10:19:15 GMT Describing his approach to dealings with the Soviet Union near the end of the Cold War, President Reagan famously warned, “Trust, but verify.” A version of that wise caution should be used in dealing with the increasing efforts by the Chinese Navy to cultivate more cooperative military relationships, particularly in seeking greater access to U.S. aircraft carriers: “Cooperate, but very cautiously!” China’s navy chief, Adm. Wu Shengli recently urged his counterpart U.S. Admiral Jonathon W. Greenert to bring the USS George Washington, an aircraft carrier based in Japan, to a mainland Chinese port and allow the crew of the newly commissioned Chinese

18 of the Most Cringe'Worthy Phrases Ever Spoken By a Politician

15 hours 12 min ago
Independent Journal Review, by Reid Posted By: MissMolly- Mon, 28 14 2014 10:14:36 GMT When we think of politicians, we tend to think (or at least hope) that they are somewhat intelligent people. However, sometimes even the most intelligent people have some not'so'intelligent moments. Here are 18 of them: 1.) “If a president of the United States ever lied to the American people he should resign.” – President Bill Clinton (D). 2.) “The Gulf War was like teenage sex. We got in too soon and out too soon.” ' Senator Tom Harkin (D). 3.) “I don’t understand how they can call me anti'Latino when I’ve made four movies in Mexico.” – former California Gov.

Finding our fathers

15 hours 12 min ago
New York Daily News, by Ron Howell Posted By: MissMolly- Mon, 28 08 2014 10:08:34 GMT For millions of black Americans, Barack Obama´s legacy is not going to be Obamacare, nor his decision to move troops out of Iraq, nor what he does about immigration. No, it will be the image of him as a black father ' of him, for example, standing at the White House and declaring, after the 2012 racially charged killing of black teenager Trayvon Martin, "this could have been my son." For all the accusations that Obama waffles and wavers when it comes to controversial issues affecting African Americans, there is a widespread perception of him as the model of black fatherhood. It

Obama, staffers not even pretending any more

15 hours 12 min ago
Washington Times, by Joseph Curl Posted By: StormCnter- Mon, 28 05 2014 10:05:56 GMT “How did you go bankrupt?”“Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.” — Ernest Hemingway, “The Sun Also Rises” –––––––'President Obama and his sycophantic minions don’t even bother any more to come up with plausible answers to queries from the suddenly awakened media. Instead, they just repeat past talking points — aware that they’ve been repeatedly proven false, but not caring a bit. In short, their lies don’t make sense anymore, and they’re not even trying to be convincing. Like last week, when the president was out west on yet another fundraising trip (judging from his thin schedule, you’d think Iraq and Libya

Iraq’s abandoned Christians

15 hours 32 min ago
New York Post, by Editorial Posted By: StormCnter- Mon, 28 02 2014 10:02:57 GMT Does innocent human life matter in the Middle East if it is Christian? We ask because while Israel’s efforts to defend itself against terrorism from Hamas have provoked worldwide condemnation and demonstrations, the ethnic cleansing of a Christian community that has been in Iraq for more than 1,600 years continues with only a whimper of protest. The developments are the latest chapter in a larger story that includes the burning of Coptic churches in Egypt, the jailing of a pastor in Iran and the exodus of Palestinian Christians in the face of growing Muslim intolerance. Now the Islamic State of Iraq has declared

Marijuana Legalization Would Be ´a Health Catastrophe´

15 hours 32 min ago
Weekly Standard, by William Kristol Posted By: StormCnter- Mon, 28 58 2014 09:58:57 GMT A leading drug policy researcher, David Murray, has a must-read piece up at the Hudson Institute website, "Comparing Marijuana and Alcohol: Seriously." Murray´s article is a devastating deconstruction of claims that marijuana is relatively safe, or at least safer than alcohol. And, as he points out, it thereby undermines much of the basis of the New York Times´s blithely irresponsible editorial endorsement of marijuana legalization. Read Murray´s whole piece. Here are highlights: It’s a remarkable weekend when one finds the Grey Lady arguing for state’s rights, and worrying huffily about arbitrary Presidential powers. But when it comes to smoking dope, the mind

Abbas fumes at Kerry over alternative ceasefire bid

15 hours 53 min ago
Times of Israel, by Elhanon Miller Posted By: StormCnter- Mon, 28 53 2014 09:53:58 GMT The Palestinian Authority is fuming at US Secretary of State John Kerry, accusing him of trying to undermine the Egyptian ceasefire initiative endorsed by Israel and the PA last week and rejected by Hamas, an Arab daily reported on Sunday. Palestinian sources told the London'based A'Sharq Al'Awsat that Kerry had initially agreed to an Egyptian proposal for an immediate ceasefire followed by five days of negotiations between Israel and the PA, with American assurances to address some of Hamas’s demands. But on Friday evening Kerry produced a new plan based on consultations with Qatar and Turkey and conducted between “the

The militarization of America’s police

15 hours 53 min ago
The Week, by Frances Weaver Posted By: Pluperfect- Mon, 28 50 2014 09:50:36 GMT How heavily armed are the police? Many small'town police departments now boast the same weaponry once wielded by U.S. military units in Afghanistan — including tanks with 360'degree rotating turrets, battering rams, and automatic weapons. Those weapons are today deployed against Americans suspected of crimes in their own homes. Every day, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams connected to local police conduct 124 paramilitary'style raids in the U.S., according to a new report by the American Civil Liberties Union. One of them recently drew national attention when a SWAT team in Atlanta burst into a private home and threw a live

Republicans’ Senate Chances Rise Slightly to 60 Percent, Data Show

15 hours 53 min ago
New York Times, by Amanda Cox & Josh Katz Posted By: StormCnter- Mon, 28 48 2014 09:48:10 GMT For the last month, we’ve been adding one or two polls a day to The Upshot’s Senate forecasting model. Today, we update all 36 races, based on estimates from a YouGov online panel that covers every congressional and governor’s race across the country. The panel, asked for its preferences in collaboration with CBS and The New York Times, is unusual in its scope: It comprises more than 66,000 people living in states with a Senate race this year. YouGov, a polling firm, also conducted online interviews with roughly half of the panelists in previous years, allowing it to know how they

Israel’s Most Dangerous Enemy

16 hours 13 min ago
PJ Media, by Roger L. Simon Posted By: StormCnter- Mon, 28 45 2014 09:45:57 GMT Barack Obama is apparently very angry with Bibi Netanyahu. We have known for some time, via hot mike and other methods, that neither he nor his secretary of State much care for the Israeli prime minister. But — perhaps exacerbated by a multiplicity of foreign and domestic policy failures, plus atrocious poll numbers, one this weekend showing Romney beating him handily were the election held today — Obama seemed more irked than usual. He needed someone to beat up since the world was beating him up. And the Israelis had just hugely embarrassed his secretary of State (and by extension him) by

The mighty combustion of small events, and other lessons from the First World War

16 hours 32 min ago
National Post [Canada], by Rex Murphy Posted By: Pluperfect- Mon, 28 43 2014 09:43:59 GMT History, said T.S. Eliot, has many “cunning passages, contrived corridors and issues.” He continues rather bleakly that what history might or could teach us emerges with “subtle confusions” offered only when our “attention is distracted.” Eliot’s is a necessary caution against seeking specific lessons from history; despite the maxim, it never “repeats itself.” Rather it is like the ancient oracles, speaking always in riddles, hiding its truths in ambiguities and perplexity. The only lessons we may draw are general ones. It will never speak to a single or particular event, but it has its maxims and morals which we cannot