Why Did The NY Times Censor An Anti-ISIS Ad?

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Likely because the ad includes criticism of Hamas.

Via Shmuley Boteach at Breitbart:

“America reinforces its values and thus its security by being transparent about even the worst abuses of those values, not by hiding the evidence deep in a file drawer.”

This sentence is from a New York Times editorial of 20 August, 2014. The editorial was written in response to a decision by Federal district court Judge Alvin Hellerstein forcing the Obama Administration to justify why it will not release approximately 2000 photos that allegedly document abuse by the American military and investigators in Iraq and Afghanistan, which begs the question of why The New York Times forced us to remove a photograph of a hooded ISIS executioner holding a knife while standing by American journalist James Foley.

Our organization, This World: The Values Network, was forced to remove the photograph and replace it with one without a knife in order to have the ad appear this Tuesday in The New York Times.

Why did The Times condemn the American government from trying to suppress images of alleged abuse on the part of the American military while seeking to suppress the horrors of the world’s most monstrous terror organization that decapitates Americans?

Yet, the NYT’s response was a lot better than The Los Angeles Times which demanded the removal of a second image that depicted Hamas terrorists standing alongside hooded alleged collaborators which they were about to execute.

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Australia To Fly Guns And Ammunition Into Iraq


No mention of a coalition.

Via Stars and Stripes

An Australian military aircraft will soon fly guns and ammunition to the northern Iraqi city of Irbil to help Kurds fight Islamic State militants as part of a U.S.-led multination mission, Australia’s prime minister said on Sunday.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said his government would join the United States, Britain, Canada, France and Italy in delivering rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and assault rifle ammunition at the request of the U.S. and Iraqi governments.

“While we understandably shrink from reaching out to these conflicts, the truth is that these conflicts reach out to us,” Abbott told reporters.

“None of us want to get involved in another Middle Eastern war, but it is important to do what reasonably can be done to avert potential genocide,” he added.

Australia will use air force C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster planes based at al-Minhad Air Base outside Dubai to deliver weapons and ammunition provided by East European countries.

Australia has said it has F/A-18 Hornets standing ready to join U.S. airstrikes in Iraq if requested by the U.S. and Iraqi governments.

Abbott said Sunday the United States had not requested that Australia play a combat role. If such a request were made, Abbott said it would be considered if it fits the criteria of an achievable overall objective with a clear role for Australian forces. Safety risks must be considered and an overall humanitarian purpose must be in accordance with Australia’s national interest, he said.

Australian C-130s had previously made humanitarian airdrops including food and water to thousands of people stranded by fighting on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq.

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Hackers Steal Security Check Data For 25,000+ DHS Employees


Gives you great confidence, doesn’t it?

Via Breitbart:

USIS, the Department of Homeland Security’s contractor for conducting security clearance background checks, has had the personal records of at least 25,000 of its employees stolen because of hackers, and the hackers may have been from a foreign country, according to the Associated Press (AP).

AP’s source was an unnamed DHS official who told AP that Homeland Security would soon let employees know if their personal information had been stolen and encourage them to check their financial accounts.

USIS provides the most background investigations to the federal government of any company, but the company is being targeted with a federal whistleblower lawsuit because it allegedly “dumped” over 600,000 background checks for security clearances, allowing some clearances to be considered complete although they were not completely conducted.

In March, the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) was revealed to have been penetrated by hackers from China, but OPM insisted that no personal data was stolen. The US Computer Emergency Response Team (US-CERT), a subsidiary of DHS, has joined the FBI and other federal officials to investigate the hacker attack on USIS. USIS was the company that was supposed to conduct the background checks for Edward Snowden and also for Aron Alexis, the shooter at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., last year.

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At Risk In Senate, Democrats Seek To Rally Blacks


Can they keep the momentum from the Ferguson Follies going until November?

Via NY Times

With their Senate majority imperiled, Democrats are trying to mobilize African-Americans outraged by the shooting in Ferguson, Mo., to help them retain control of at least one chamber of Congress for President Obama’s final two years in office.

In black churches and on black talk radio, African-American civic leaders have begun invoking the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, along with conservative calls to impeach Mr. Obama, as they urge black voters to channel their anger by voting Democratic in the midterm elections, in which minority turnout is typically lower.

“Ferguson has made it crystal clear to the African-American community and others that we’ve got to go to the polls,” said Representative John Lewis, Democrat of Georgia and a civil-rights leader. “You participate and vote, and you can have some control over what happens to your child and your country.”

The push is an attempt to counter Republicans’ many advantages in this year’s races, including polls that show Republican voters are much more engaged in the elections at this point — an important predictor of turnout.

Mr. Lewis is headlining efforts to mobilize black voters in several states with competitive Senate races, including Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina. The drive is being organized by the Congressional Black Caucus, in coordination with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Other steps, such as recruiting N.B.A. players to help register more African-Americans, are also underway.

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Tweet Of Night: Does Evil Exist?

Rick Perry Account Tweets Pic Of The Most Drunk Democrat In Texas

Here’s the pic that was tweeted with the comment “A2″:

Perry just pulled the tweet and tweeted out the following:

Hundreds Of Protesters March To Ferguson Police Department

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The protests are turning into a voter registration drive. Dems are using Ferguson as a rallying point to get out the vote in the mid-terms.

Via St. Louis Dispatch

For several hours Saturday, hundreds of people demanding justice in the shooting of Michael Brown stood in front of the Ferguson Police Department with yellow police tape separating them from several dozen police officers.

The protesters were part of a march that started in the morning along West Florissant Avenue, the site of multiple protests and unrest over the past three weeks following the fatal shooting of Brown, 18, by Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson.

Protesters clogged South Florissant Road in front of the police department as they demanded justice for Brown’s death, with some shouting at police, demanding Wilson’s arrest.

The crowd grew rapidly beginning about 1 p.m. after earlier marching from the site of Brown’s shooting to a city park where Brown’s family spoke.

The march was billed as a protest “against police killings, brutality, profiling and legal cover-ups.” Organizers included representatives from the Nation of Islam, the St. Louis Chapter of the NAACP and Better Family Life.[...]

Some in the crowd wanted to march to the Ferguson police station, as planned by some organizers, and so broke off to head there. A crowd grew at the police station on South Florissant Road about two miles from where the march had started. They soon filled the road, blocking traffic. Police officers lined up outside the building and used yellow tape to cordon off an area.

Facing the police, one protester held a sign that said: “Go kill ISIS and leave us alone.”

Just after 5 p.m., the crowd had shrunk to a few dozen people, including Ferguson Democratic Committeewoman Patricia Bynes.

Bynes spent the day taking down marchers’ names, phone numbers and ZIP codes so she and others can call and inform them about upcoming public meetings. “We need to get people to show up at community meetings,” she said. “This type of movement is only going to come from Ferguson and Ferguson residents.”

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Dozens Of Police Agencies Report Loss Of Pentagon-Supplied Military Weapons


I’m always losing my keys, so it’s completely believable that you can misplace an M-16…not…

Via Fox:

Images showing high-powered military rifles in the hands of law enforcement in Ferguson, Mo., after the police shooting of an unarmed black man focused attention on a controversial Pentagon program that supplies that kind of weaponry to local police departments. Now reports reveal how some of those guns have been lost by law enforcement officials who received the weapons.

Take Huntington Beach, Calif., which was given 23 M-16 rifles and has reported one missing.

“Bottom line is the gun is not here and we were suspended from the program, haven’t received anything since 1999,” Huntington Beach Police Department Lt. Mitchell O’Brien told ABC News Friday.

O’Brien told the network the lost weapon could have been melted down, but that’s uncertain.

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Myth Of Arctic Meltdown: Stunning Satellite Images Show Summer Ice Cap Is Thicker and Covers 1.7 Million Square Kilometres More Than 2 Years Ago

Global warming myth

The science is settled.

Via Daily Mail

The speech by former US Vice-President Al Gore was apocalyptic. ‘The North Polar ice cap is falling off a cliff,’ he said. ‘It could be completely gone in summer in as little as seven years. Seven years from now.’

Those comments came in 2007 as Mr Gore accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for his campaigning on climate change.

But seven years after his warning, The Mail on Sunday can reveal that, far from vanishing, the Arctic ice cap has expanded for the second year in succession – with a surge, depending on how you measure it, of between 43 and 63 per cent since 2012.

To put it another way, an area the size of Alaska, America’s biggest state, was open water two years ago, but is again now covered by ice.

The most widely used measurements of Arctic ice extent are the daily satellite readings issued by the US National Snow and Ice Data Center, which is co-funded by Nasa. These reveal that – while the long-term trend still shows a decline – last Monday, August 25, the area of the Arctic Ocean with at least 15 per cent ice cover was 5.62 million square kilometres.

This was the highest level recorded on that date since 2006 (see graph, right), and represents an increase of 1.71 million square kilometres over the past two years – an impressive 43 per cent.

Other figures from the Danish Meteorological Institute suggest that the growth has been even more dramatic. Using a different measure, the area with at least 30 per cent ice cover, these reveal a 63 per cent rise – from 2.7 million to 4.4 million square kilometres.

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America’s Most Heavily-Armed Counties


And Texas doesn’t even make it into the top…

Via The Blaze:

Maybe Texans don’t like guns as much as stereotypes have led us to believe.

A map, posted Saturday by Reddit user Ramesses_Deux, purports to show the 30 U.S. counties with the highest rates of gun-owning residents.

The state with the most gun-having counties appears to be a state that doesn’t have counties at all: Louisiana.

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Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Nowhere To Go


Yucca mountain in Nevada comes to mind.

Via Charlotte Observer

The U.S. government is looking for trains to haul radioactive waste from nuclear power plants to disposal sites. Too bad those trains have nowhere to go.

Putting the cart before the horse, the U.S. Department of Energy recently asked companies for ideas on how the government should get the rail cars needed to haul 150-ton casks filled with used, radioactive nuclear fuel.

They won’t be moving anytime soon. The latest government plans call for having an interim test storage site in 2021 and a long-term geologic depository in 2048.

No one knows where those sites will be, but the Obama administration is already thinking about contracts to develop, test and certify the necessary rail equipment.

U.S. Energy Department officials did not return messages seeking detailed comment.

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U.S. Coast Guard Loses Track Of Kurdish Oil Tanker Off Coast Of Texas With Disputed $100 Million In Oil

Via USA Today:

The U.S. Coast Guard has lost track of a Kurdish tanker carrying $100 million in disputed oil off the coast of Texas, the Independent reports.

Headed for Galveston, the United Kalavyrvta was anchored at least 60 miles off-shore when it vanished from radar screens. The ship’s haul fell under legal dispute when Iraq filed a lawsuit in U.S. courts, urging American officials to grab the ship’s oil in Galveston because it belongs to Iraq, not the Kurdish National Government.

But Kurds say it’s theirs, and insist they need oil-export dollars to survive and fund their future independence, the Washington Post reports.

In any case, a U.S. court denied the lawsuit Monday because America has no jurisdiction over ships more than 60 miles off the coast.

Meanwhile, the United Kalavyrvta may have moved beyond U.S. antennas or could be suffering technical problems, the U.S. Coast Guard says (or maybe it “voluntarily switched off its transmitter,” says the Daily News).

It’s not unusual for ships to vanish from radar systems when transporting disputed oil, Reuters notes: A few days ago, a Kamari ship with Kurdish oil “went dark” near Egypt’s Sinai and turned up near Israel two days later, its oil gone.