Russian Nuclear Bombers Buzz Alaska And Northern Europe

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Meanwhile, our defenses being ‘degraded’, with military even being sent off to fight Ebola...

Via WFB:

Russian strategic nuclear bombers carried out air defense zone incursions near Alaska and across Northern Europe this week in the latest nuclear saber rattling by Moscow.

Six Russian aircraft, including two Bear H nuclear bombers, two MiG-31 fighter jets and two IL-78 refueling tankers were intercepted by F-22 fighters on Wednesday west and north of Alaska in air defense identification zones, said Navy Capt. Jeff A. Davis, a spokesman for the U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command. Two other Bears were intercepted by Canadian jets on Thursday.

“The group of Russian aircraft flew a loop south, returning westward toward Russia,” Davis told the Free Beacon.

A day later two more Bear bombers were intercepted by Canadian CF-18 jets in the western area of the Canadian air defense identification zone near the Beaufort Sea, north of Alaska, he said.

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Good News: North Korea Now Has The “World’s Most Advantageous Human Rights System” Says . . . North Korea…

The North Koreans eating tree bark soup beg to differ.

Via WaPo:

When a bombshell United Nations report on North Korean human rights abuses came out in February and concluded that the country was committing human rights violations “without any parallel in the contemporary world,” Pyongyang’s initial reaction was anger.

First, one North Korean spokesperson said that the United States and its allies were running a “human rights racket.” Then, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) published a commentary questioning how a gay man could lead an investigation into human rights. To top it all off, North Korea then published its own investigation into the United States’ human rights violations. It concluded: “The U.S. is a living hell.”

Now, North Korea has decided to take a different tact. This week, North Korea’s Association for Human Rights Studies published a lengthy report that looked at the country’s human rights situation. In a remarkable act of openness, the entire document (53,558 words including appendix) has been published, in English, on the KCNA Web site.

It’s a grueling read. The report opens by explaining the geography and history of Korea. It goes on to try to define the very notion of human rights, while also explaining that state sovereignty is a form of human rights (something the report says Koreans learned while under Japanese rule, living a “miserable life worse than a dog of a family having funeral”). [...]

The report argues that North Koreans really do enjoy “genuine human rights,” and lays the blame for international condemnation at the door of the United States, the European Union, Japan and South Korea. A statement that accompanied the release of the report said that North Korean citizens “feel proud of the world’s most advantageous human rights system.”

New Poll Finds Support For Redskins Name Across The Board: Majority of Republicans, Dems, Women, Men, Blacks, Don’t Want Name Changed…

But racism, or something.

Via Washington Examiner:

Virginia, home to several active Native American tribes from the confederacy once ruled by Pocahontas’ father, overwhelmingly supports the Washington Redskins keeping its name, according to a new poll.

The support is also bipartisan, and has the strong backing among African-Americans and women.

Overall, 71 percent of voters support keeping the name, while 21 percent want it changed, according the poll released Friday by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University. What’s more, 68 percent said the name Redskins is not offensive to Native Americans, while 23 percent said it is.

Liberals in Congress, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, have challenged the name, calling it racist. Some are even considering punishing the NFL if team owner Daniel Snyder doesn’t drop it. [...]

“It’s hard to find 71 percent of Virginia voters agreeing on anything,” said Quentin Kidd, director of the Wason Center for Public Policy. “But support for the Redskins’ name clearly draws together people of different political stripes who would otherwise be at crossed swords, like it draws together members of the general assembly from different parties.”

Other results:

— Support among political factions: Republicans 72 percent, Democrats 69 percent, independents 68 percent.

— 60 percent of African-Americans said the name is not offensive.

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U.S. Troops Arrive In Liberia To Start Anti-Ebola Mission

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Where’s the Congressional approval for putting our military in harms way?

Via Washington Examiner:

U.S. troops will arrive in Liberia’s capital this weekend to set up a headquarters and begin evaluating where to build treatment centers to help fight the deadly Ebola virus, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said Friday.

Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams, U.S. Army commander in Africa, arrived Wednesday in Monrovia to lead the six-month effort, Kirby said. President Obama has pledged 3,000 U.S. troops to help west Africans fight the virus and the Pentagon has asked Congress to shift $1 billion in funding from the Army’s budget to pay for it.

The White House has said the troops will set up 17 treatment centers around Liberia and help train African health workers to fight the disease. They will not treat patients directly, Kirby told reporters Friday.

“There’s no intention right now that they will be interacting with patients,” he said.

Kirby said troops dispatched to Liberia will have the training and safety equipment they need to protect themselves from the disease, which has a fatality rate of about 50 percent, according to the World Health Organization. Ebola can be transmitted only through direct human contact.

“We’re clear-eyed about the risk that we’re incurring,” he said. “We get paid to deal in risk and to manage that and to mitigate it as best as we can.”

If any U.S. troops contract the virus, “we’ll do everything we can to take care of them,” Kirby said.

Breaking: Man Jumps Fence At White House

This happened last week too. This time, we have video. This guy gets pretty far, some security there…


(hint: not an automatic rifle, Buzzfeed)

Pelosi: Chicago Jesus Saved America From George Bush…

Our Savior!

Via CNS News:

At the Americans United rally “Hands Off Social Security & Medicare” at the Capitol on Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) blamed Republicans for the economic recession of 2007-09, saying their “lack of regulation and supervision took our country to the brink, and so when President Obama won the election, he took us out of that brink.”

“I know you’ve heard from many members of the House and Senate about the importance of the three pillars of security for America’s seniors: about Social Security, about Medicare and about Medicaid,” she said. “And I’m here to add my support to strengthening, not weakening those pillars. But I want to just take a different tack for a moment.”

Pelosi went on to recount the day that the Secretary of the Treasury and the Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke, came to her office to discuss how financial institutions were in jeopardy and there was a meltdown in the economy.

CIA Stands Down On Spying In Europe

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Shifting resources to domestic spying.

Via WTOP

The CIA has curbed spying on friendly governments in Western Europe in response to the furor over a German caught selling secrets to the United States and the Edward Snowden revelations of classified information held by the National Security Agency, according to current and former U.S. officials.

The pause in decades of espionage, which remains partially in effect, was designed to give CIA officers time to examine whether they were being careful enough and to evaluate whether spying on allies is worth running the risk of discovery, said a U.S. official who has been briefed on the situation.

Under the stand-down order, case officers in Europe largely have been forbidden from undertaking “unilateral operations” such as meeting with sources they have recruited within allied governments. Such clandestine meetings are the bedrock of spying.

CIA officers are still allowed to meet with their counterparts in the host country’s intelligence service, conduct joint operations with host country services and conduct operations with the approval of the host government. Recently, unilateral operations targeting third country nationals_Russians in France, for example_were restarted. But most meetings with sources who are host nationals remain on hold, as do new recruitments.

The CIA declined to comment.

James Clapper, the U.S. director of national intelligence, said during a public event Thursday that the U.S. is assuming more risk because it has stopped spying on “specific targets,” though he didn’t spell out details.

Spying stand-downs are common after an operation is compromised, but “never this long or this deep,” said a former CIA official, who, like others interviewed for this story, spoke on condition of anonymity because it’s illegal to discuss classified material or activities. The pause, which has been in effect for about two months, was ordered by senior CIA officials through secret cables.

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Ferguson Demonstrators Threaten To Shut Down St. Louis Rams Game Unless Darren Wilson Is Arrested

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Update to this story. Due Process, a thing of the past, in Obama’s America…

Via Daily Mail:

The search for justice in Ferguson has spilled onto the football field as protestors say they plan to get into Edward Jones Dome and stop this weekend’s St. Louis Rams game.

The threat was first revealed at a St. Louis County Council meeting Tuesday night.

‘It’s not going to be a fun day Sunday at your beautiful Rams game,’ one protestor reportedly shouted.

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9 Polls From This Week That Have Republicans Excited

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I await the royal hissy fit that Harry Reid will throw when the denoument comes…

Via Washington Examiner:

The 2014 November midterm elections are nearly here, and Democratic and Republican candidates across the country are bracing for the inevitable conclusion to months of campaigning.

But even as certain forecast models downgrade the GOP’s chances for taking Congress’ upper chamber, several recent polls signal that Republicans will indeed walk away from November with many victories and perhaps a Senate majority.

Here are the top nine polls from this week that hint at good news for the GOP:

Colorado:

In a Quinnipiac survey released Thursday, Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., holds a 48 percent to 40 percent lead over Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, a figure that likely has Democratic strategists scrambling.

“It’s a tight race, was always going to be that way. Internals have been steady, no wild swings like you see in the news,” Udall’s campaign manager, Adam Dunstone, tweeted. “Lots of noise this week, but all internals since March have Udall leading, with last two 47/42 & 48/42. Onward!”

The same poll showed former Rep. Bob Beauprez, R-Colo., on pace to defeat Colorado’s Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, up by a full 10 points.

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ISIS Creates “Islamic State Police Force” In Iraq…

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Again, nothing our “ally” Saudi Arabia doesn’t have.

BAGHDAD, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq’s northwest Nineveh province have created a police force to “implement the orders of the religious judiciary,” according to a well-known militant Islamist website.

Photos on the website showed armed men in black clothing with “Islamic Police Nineveh State” printed on the arm. The police forces were in freshly painted police cars and one photo showed militiamen on a river boat.

It was not clear when the photos were posted or when the police force was established.

The text on the website said the force would “maintain order and arrest culprits and the corrupt.” The text said it would be different from police forces in other states, which it described as “a tool to suppress dissent.”

Michelle Obama: Americans ‘Take For Granted’ How Much Barack Has Improved U.S.

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She speaks about for the “first time in history”, “three brilliant women serving on our Supreme Court”, as though there had been no women before Barack Obama, seemingly forgetting it was Ronald Reagan who appointed the first woman, not Barack Obama. Moreover, Justice Ginsburg was appointed by Clinton, not Obama. But let not facts interfere with fantasy-weaving…

Via Breitbart:

First Lady Michelle Obama proudly defended her husband’s record at a Washington, D.C. fundraiser, reminding the attendants how far the country had come since the Obamas entered the White House.

“Just think about how different our country looks to children growing up today,” she said. “Think about how our kids take for granted that a black person or a woman can be President of the United States.”

She also praised President Obama for changing history on gay marriage and the Supreme Court.

“They take it for granted that for the first time in history, there are three brilliant women serving on our Supreme Court,” she said. “They take for granted that their president will end hurtful policies like ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ they’ll speak out for gay marriage.

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Delusional Biden: Wendy Davis Is “Going To Win That Race”…

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The race where she’s down 12 points to Greg Abbott?

Via National Journal:

In the bowels of the Marriott Marquis in downtown Washington, Joe Biden was yelling.

The vice president was there to speak at the Democratic National Committee’s annual Women’s Leadership Conference, and he was fired up. Hillary Clinton and President Obama will address the crowd Friday afternoon. [...]

But no speech would be complete without a bit of campaign puffery, especially now that  lawmakers in Congress have mutually decided to skip out on work to campaign for the next two months. Biden ended his speech by mentioning female senators facing tough reelection bids—Jeanne Shaheen, Mary Landrieu, and Kay Hagan—and reassuring the crowd, “They’re gonna win, by the way.”

He also praised two female gubernatorial candidates who face uphill battles against Republicans—Wisconsin’s Mary Burke, and Texas’s Wendy Davis, who is polling around 12 points behind her Republican opponent, Greg Abbott.

“If you have an extra dollar, give it to Wendy Davis,” Biden said. “She’s going to win that race.”

Dumb: Biden Praises Former Senator With Long History Of Sexual Harassment – Dumber: Biden Was Speaking At A Women’s Conference…

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War on Women!

Via WaPo:

Vice President Biden just capped off one heck of a week with this doozy at a Democratic women’s conference on Friday. While talking about how the Republican Party has changed, Biden brought up a couple of former colleagues who often worked across the aisle.

If you missed it, you can be forgiven. “Packwood” is former senator Bob Packwood. And for those who didn’t follow politics in the 1990s, he isn’t really the kind of person you should be speaking well of at a women’s conference.

The Oregon Republican resigned from the Senate in 1995 while facing a threat of expulsion due to allegations of sexual harassment and assaulting women. Again, Biden made this comment at a women’s conference.

The Washington Post first flagged allegations of Packwood’s wrongdoing in 1992:

The other is a side of Packwood, 60, that few who have experienced it or heard about it want to talk about. Since Packwood’s earliest days on Capitol Hill, he has made uninvited sexual advances to women who have worked for him or with him, according to former staff members and lobbyists, including 10 women who, independently of each other, have given specific accounts of Packwood’s behavior toward them.

The women, including six whose names and detailed allegations were given to Packwood by The Washington Post, said his approaches were unwelcome and unreciprocated. In some cases, they said, the behavior took place when he had been drinking. Several said he was abrupt, grabbing them without warning, kissing them forcefully and persisting until they made clear that they were not interested or had pushed him away. No one said Packwood punished her for rejecting him, but several decided to leave their jobs within months. Several pointed out that Packwood was married when he approached them; he and his wife divorced last year after 27 years of marriage.

Yes, Packwood was seen as a bipartisan operator who lots of fellow senators probably liked on a personal and professional level. That’s fine to think that in private.

But for a Democratic Party who has made such a big deal of the GOP’s supposed “war on women,” praising someone with Packwood’s history is a really bad idea.

AP: 8 Ways The Obama Admin Is Blocking Information, “Day To Day Intimidation Is Chilling”

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According to Buzbee, “the (Obama) administration is significantly worse than previous administrations.” Control the flow of information, control the people…

Via AP:

The fight for access to public information has never been harder, Associated Press Washington Bureau Chief Sally Buzbee said recently at a joint meeting of the American Society of News Editors, the Associated Press Media Editors and the Associated Press Photo Managers. The problem extends across the entire federal government and is now trickling down to state and local governments.

Here is Buzbee’s list of eight ways the Obama administration is making it hard for journalists to find information and cover the news:

1) As the United States ramps up its fight against Islamic militants, the public can’t see any of it. News organizations can’t shoot photos or video of bombers as they take off — there are no embeds. In fact, the administration won’t even say what country the S. bombers fly from.

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Imam Kerry Tells UN Security Council ISIS Is Using A “Gross Distortion Of Islam”…

Kerry spent basically the entire week making excuses for the Religion of Peace™

Your Chuckle Of The Day: Al Jazeera Sues Al Gore

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Ah so much fun when the silly hoxer get, well, “Gored”, by the equally ridiculous Islamist-promoting network…

NEW YORK (AP) — Al Jazeera America is suing former Vice President Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, the former owners of the TV network that became Al Jazeera America.

The parties are fighting over money that is being held in escrow. The former vice president and Hyatt, the founder of Hyatt Legal Services, sued the network last month saying that it was improperly withholding tens of millions of dollars placed in escrow when Al Jazeera bought Current TV for $500 million.

Al Jazeera America says it is entitled to the money because Gore and Hyatt agreed to indemnify the network for claims made against Current TV, but didn’t live up to their promise. It accuses the pair of “misrepresentations” and says they received hundreds of millions of dollars from the sale.

Gore and Hyatt filed a lawsuit against the network in the Delaware Court of Chancery. The two men each owned 20 percent of Current TV.

The Qatar-owned news channel took over Current TV’s signal last August and hired U.S. TV news veterans including Soledad O’Brien and John Seigenthaler. It is available in almost 60 million U.S. homes.

Geniuses In DC Find A Way To Punish Healthy Decisions And Hurt Small Businesses…

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1. Leave it to DC to find a way to screw something positive up.

2. Someone get Michelle Obama on the line…

Via Opportunity Lives:

Washington, D.C. recently placed a new tax on fitness studios, yoga instructors, and gyms. The tax, referred to by many as a “yoga tax”, effectively makes all kinds of exercise-based services 5.75% more expensive.

The tax has motivated many of those who own small fitness businesses in the city to organize against it. Graham King, who owns the Urban Athletic Club, played a key role in driving the opposition to the tax. He began reaching out to other fitness club owners and created a Facebook page urging people to “make calls to the mayor and city council to have our voices heard.”

It was the straw that broke the camel’s back … I thought it would be imprudent for me to increase my expansion without knowing the effects of this tax.”

He told Opportunity Lives that taxing fitness in what the American College of Sports Medicine recently labeled America’s fittest city “constitutes a slap in the face to Washingtonians.”

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Military Leaders Increasingly At Odds With Obama Over ISIS Strategy…

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Since when did Obama listen to military leaders anyway?

Via Townhall:

Obama’s strategy on how to combat ISIS is confusing at best, but one thing is clear: the battle brewing between Obama and America’s top generals about how to move forward against the terror army.

Earlier this week during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Dempsey said there is potential he will recommend ground troops should the coalition with Arab countries against ISIS fail.

“My view at this point is that this coalition is the appropriate way forward. I believe that will prove true but if it fails to be true and if there are threats to the United States then I of course would go back to the President and make a recommendation that we include the use of U.S. military ground forces. To be clear, if we reach the point where I believe our advisers should accompany Iraqi troops on attacks against specific ISIL targets, I will recommend that to the president,” Dempsey said.

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MTV Set To Air Documentary About Transgender Youths…

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This is exactly what people want to see. Anything to push an agenda…

Via CNS News / AP:

Laverne Cox will host a documentary on MTV and Logo next month that profiles seven young transgender people.

The special, “Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word,” will air simultaneously on the two channels on Oct. 17. Cox, a transgender actress, was nominated for an Emmy Award for her role in Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black.”

After the documentary, Logo and MTV’s web site will air a forum where Cox and the documentary’s cast members answer questions from viewers about their lives. MTV personality SuChin Pak will help lead the “Trans Forum” discussion.

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Egyptian Jihadist Group Beheads Beduin Man Alleged To Have Spied For Israel…

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Savages.

Via Jerusalem Post:

An Egyptian jihadist organization affiliated with al-Qaida beheaded a Beduin resident of the Sinai Peninsula for allegedly collaborating with Israel, it was announced on Friday.

According to Egyptian defense sources, the group, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis executed the man, 35, whose headless body was found on Friday by residents of the Sinai village of Al-Qaria, just south of the city of Sheikh Zayed.

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