Oklahoma beheading: workplace violence or ISIS tie in or  ISIS imprinting?
Sep28

Oklahoma beheading: workplace violence or ISIS tie in or ISIS imprinting?

The news from Oklahoma that a man went haywire in his place of work and beheaded a co-worker, and seemed ready to take out as many people as he could in a style now made popular in the snuff videos posted online by ISIS has — what else? — led to a new controversy and speculation being presented as near fact. Was this an example of a mentally loose cannon who absorbed too much of what was on the news and Internet, or the...

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Fears Of A Taliban Takeover Of Afghanistan Growing
Sep28

Fears Of A Taliban Takeover Of Afghanistan Growing

About three months before most U.S. and U.K. troops are scheduled to withdraw from Afghanistan, the future of the Central Asian country looks increasingly uncertain. Taliban fighters seized control of a strategic district in the province of Ghazni, southwest of Kabul, Friday, Al-Jazeera reported. Their military victory comes at a time when political instability in Kabul… Fears Of A Taliban Takeover Of Afghanistan...

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ISIL: Britain Joins the Air Battle, and More…
Sep27

ISIL: Britain Joins the Air Battle, and More…

Two Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 aircraft prepare to depart RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus, armed with Paveway IV laser guided bombs, in support of OP SHADER on the 27th of September 2014. Photo British MOD. CODA 1: Our newest partner in the battle against ISIL terrorists has just confirmed that Royal Air Force jets have conducted armed reconnaissance operations over areas of Iraq. The British Ministry of Defense: Royal Air Force Tornado GR4...

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Russia insists that citizen data be retained on in-country servers
Sep27

Russia insists that citizen data be retained on in-country servers

Bits are not atoms, no matter how hard governments insist that they be treated as such. The latest “thou shalt treat them the same” edict came from the Russian bear. According to Roskomnadzor, the Russian government’s mass media and telecom overseer, Google, Facebook and Twitter must register as “organizers of information distribution” and “keep information about their Russian users on servers...

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NFL Gave Offenders a Pass
Sep26

NFL Gave Offenders a Pass

The news stories on Google News are surging as forcefully as a tsunami. The subject: the NFL and domestic abuse. “Domestic violence much bigger than NFL…Domestic violence in the NFL…The Media’s NFL Domestic Abuse Hysteria…NFL looks to training to prevent domestic abuse in players…NFL sponsors don’t want their ads running during Ravens or Vikings games.” But that’s only one of the...

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As attorney general, Holder made friends, enemies and history
Sep26

As attorney general, Holder made friends, enemies and history

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder leaves a mixed legacy of highs and lows as the nation’s top law enforcement official. A ground-breaker across several decades, the 63-year-old Columbia Law School graduate was the first African-American to lead the Justice Department. His tenure covered major issues of the day, including civil rights, crime, same-sex marriage...

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Women Fighting the Islamic State
Sep26

Women Fighting the Islamic State

The history of women serving in armed conflicts probably goes back hundreds of years — if not longer. In the United States, during the American Revolution, women served on the battlefield as nurses, water bearers, laundresses and saboteurs. Ever since then, their roles in the military have continued to expand in numbers, skills and responsibilities. But, it would still be more than 150 years — World War II — before...

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U.S. government settles with Navajo Nation
Sep26

U.S. government settles with Navajo Nation

The federal government has agreed to pay the Navajo Nation more than $500 million to settle claims that the government mismanaged Navajo land — 14 million acres, more than half of its total holdings — for six decades. That’s less than $10 million per year, including accrued interest. There are more than 300,000 members of the nation, and about two-thirds live on tribal land. The Navajo Nation is the largest Native...

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After Initial Successes, Coalition Air Strikes Against ISIL Continue
Sep25

After Initial Successes, Coalition Air Strikes Against ISIL Continue

After yesterday’s strikes on oil refineries in eastern Syria controlled by ISIL terrorists, initial assessments are that the strikes were successful in rendering all 12 of the targeted modular refineries inoperable, according to Pentagon Spokesman Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby. Six U.S. jets, joined by 10 fighter aircraft from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, participated in the strikes. See the lead graphic by DOD. The...

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WHO, Obama and the Ebola riddle
Sep25

WHO, Obama and the Ebola riddle

The so far limited Ebola crisis has the makings of a global epidemic to which the international community, including the World Health Organization and United States, do not have credible solutions. The virus is not contagious but is extraordinarily lethal with a 50% kill rate and is becoming endemic in a few countries. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has already warned that 1.4 million people may be affected in the...

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New Airstrikes Target ISIL Oil Refineries
Sep24

New Airstrikes Target ISIL Oil Refineries

The U.S. Central Command (Centcom) reports that U.S. and allied Arab countries aircraft attacked ISIL in Syria today, using a mix of fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct 13 airstrikes against 12 ISIL-controlled modular oil refineries in remote areas of eastern Syria near Mayadin, Hasakah, and Abu Kamal. The attacks are part of an effort to deprive ISIL of one of its major sources of revenue. Centcom describes the...

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Is Conservative Kansas Fed Up With Its Elected Republicans
Sep24

Is Conservative Kansas Fed Up With Its Elected Republicans

Reliably red Kansas is having some problems with the conservative Republicans they’ve previously elected. Governor Sam Brownback and Senator Pat Roberts who are both running for re-election appear to be in trouble. The reasons differ, but being conservative may not be enough to pull them through. In fact, it may be responsible for putting Brownback in the hot seat. Kansas voters who have never previously voted for a Democrat are...

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Memo To Chris Christie Supporters: Fuggedabout Bridgegate, It’s The New Jersey Economy, Stupid
Sep24

Memo To Chris Christie Supporters: Fuggedabout Bridgegate, It’s The New Jersey Economy, Stupid

There has been much happy talk among Republicans hoping for — no, make that desperate for — a moderate nominee to take on Hillary Clinton in 2016 since federal investigators have been unable to link New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to Bridgegate, the public-safety mess resulting from the closing of several lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee in retaliation for the mayor of that fair burg not backing...

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President Obama “Pleased” With Congress’ Bipartisan Support for ISIS Air Strikes
Sep23

President Obama “Pleased” With Congress’ Bipartisan Support for ISIS Air Strikes

President Obama spoke briefly ahead of his trip to the UN to address the air strikes the U.S. and its partners staged in Syria to disable ISIS (Islamic State) militants. He said he was pleased with the bipartisan support from the U.S. Congress. President Obama singled out members of the coalition who took part in the air strikes last night — Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — saying the US...

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Air Strikes in Syria: First After Action Report
Sep23

Air Strikes in Syria: First After Action Report

From U.S. Central Command Public Affairs: U.S. military forces and partner nations, including the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, undertook military action against ISIL terrorists in Syria overnight, using a mix of fighter, bomber, remotely piloted aircraft and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles to conduct 14 strikes against ISIL targets. An F/A-18C...

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Putin’s anti-modern empire (Guest Voice)
Sep23

Putin’s anti-modern empire (Guest Voice)

Seventy-five years ago, on Sept. 1, 1939, Nazi Germany invaded Poland and began what would become the bloodiest war in human history, World War II. Throughout the 1930s, the nature of the Nazi regime and its intentions were quite obvious. Yet the major European powers, which could have prevented the war, were preoccupied with narrow national… Putin’s anti-modern empire graphic via...

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Breaking News: U.S. Airstrikes Underway Against ISIL in Syria
Sep22

Breaking News: U.S. Airstrikes Underway Against ISIL in Syria

Update” Reuters reports: Several Arab nations are involved in the ongoing U.S.-led operation, a defense official said. A diplomatic source identified the nations as Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. . Another U.S. official said the Arab nations will be dropping bombs, not just providing support. Up to 20 locations have been targeted in the operation, many of the sites in Raqqa, the official said....

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Prosecutors: WH fence jumper had 800 rounds of ammo in car
Sep22

Prosecutors: WH fence jumper had 800 rounds of ammo in car

The case of the man who jumped the White House fence last week and made it all the way up to the White House residence door is becoming more shocking by the minute as more details emerge. It’s clear this wasn’t just some nutcase who jumped the fence. It was a vet who had a knife on him and — according to new reports — 800 rounds of ammunition in his car. The man who jumped the White House fence and made it...

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(Updated) Will the Neocons Eat French Fries Once Again?
Sep22

(Updated) Will the Neocons Eat French Fries Once Again?

Update: More information on the French air strikes in Iraq, courtesy AP/Stars and Stripes: France is conducting the operations in Iraq from French Air Base 104 inside Al Dhafra base near Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. French jets began flying reconnaissance missions Monday over Iraq. . The base, with about 750 French service personnel and six Rafales, is 1,700 kilometers (1,050 miles) from Mosul, meaning that the...

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Pondering The Obamalypse, What Hummingbirds Tells Us & Other Musings On The Autumnal Equinox
Sep22

Pondering The Obamalypse, What Hummingbirds Tells Us & Other Musings On The Autumnal Equinox

The eve of the first day of autumn at the mountain retreat began with a stroll to the road and our mailbox under a sunlit canopy of leaves just beginning to turn to the sublime reds, oranges, yellows and browns of the season. The mailbox disgorged a phone bill, the new issue of Vanity Fair (“Hell in the Ebola Hot Zone!”), several advertising circulars and some dragon smoke. Alas, as I walked back to the house, my mind was...

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