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Apr 132015
Video purportedly shows ISIS destroying ancient Iraqi city of Nimrud

[FoxNews.com] BAGHDAD – Islamic State militants hammered, bulldozed and ultimately blew up parts of the ancient Iraqi Assyrian city of Nimrud, destroying a site dating back to the 13th century B.C., an online militant video purportedly shows.

The destruction at Nimrud, located near the militant-held city of Mosul, came amid other attacks on antiquity carried out by the group now holding a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria in its self-declared caliphate. The attacks have horrified archaeologists and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who last month called the destruction at Nimrud “a war crime.”

The seven-minute video, posted late Saturday, shows bearded militants using sledgehammers, jackhammers and saws to take down huge alabaster reliefs depicting Assyrian kings and deities. A bulldozer brings down walls, while militants fill barrels with explosives and later destroy three separate areas of the site in massive explosions. –Read More…

Apr 122015
Castro: ‘What President Obama Has Just Said, It’s Practically The Same as We Feel’

[CNSNews.com] Raul Castro, the first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, said today in a joint appearance with President Barack Obama that Obama was expressing what Castro felt about human rights and freedom of the press.“I think that what President Obama has just said, it’s practically the same as we feel about the topics, including human rights, freedom of the press,” said Castro. “We have said on previous occasions to some American friends that we are willing to discuss every issue between the United States and Cuba. We are willing to discuss about those issues that I have mentioned and about many others, as these–both in Cuba but also in the United States.

According to Obama’s State Department, Castro is the Communist leader of an authoritarian Communist government which abuses the human rights of its people and does not recognize or allow freedom of the press.

“Cuba is an authoritarian state led by Raul Castro, who is president of the council of state and council of ministers, Communist Party (CP) first secretary, and commander in chief of security forces,” said the State Department Country Report on human rights in Cuba for 2013, which was published in 2014, and is the latest available. –Read More…

Apr 102015
Ayatollah Khamenei Accuses WH of 'Lying,' Being 'Deceptive,' and Having 'Devilish' Intentions

[Weekly Standard] President Obama has long known that the real decision maker in Iran is Ayatollah Khamenei, the so-called supreme leader. While other Iranian officials have negotiated with Western powers over the mullahs’ nuclear program, Khamenei’s opinion is the only one that really counts. It is for this reason that Obama began writing directly to Khamenei early in his presidency.

Earlier today, Khamenei broke his silence on the supposed “framework” the Obama administration has been trumpeting as the basis for a nuclear accord. Khamenei’s speech pulled the rug out from underneath the administration.

Khamenei accused the Obama administration of “lying” about the proposed terms, being “deceptive,” and having “devilish” intentions, according to multiple published accounts of his speech, as well as posts on his official Twitter feed. –Read More…

Apr 102015
How To Shut Someone Up The Next Time They Blame The Winter For The Economic Collapse

[Infowars.com] In a note today, Bank of America economists (after looking at weather data) admit their finding “puts us in an awkward spot today.” What did it find? Namely that all those who reran that 2014 playbook, Ethan Harris and other Bank of America economists included, and decided to blame the weather for Q1 GDP crashing from over 3% to under 1%, are wrong or simply lying.

Here is BofA:

Is weather the main reason for recent weak economic data? While we would love to blame the weather for all of our bad forecasts, in reality it is hard to pin down weather effects. A recent paper from the Chicago Fed—“The effect of winter weather on U.S. economic activity”—is the best attempt we have seen in recent years. They look at detailed data on snowfall and temperature by state and for the nation as a whole. The results show that weather effects can have a significant impact on local employment and housing activity, however, when you add it up for the nation it becomes very hard to quantify. Looking back at the very severe winter of 2013-14 they find that bad weather can only explain part of the weakness at the start of the year. –Read More…

Apr 092015
Deal or no deal? Iran leaders blast US claims on nuke deal, make heavy demands

[FoxNews.com] Fiery criticism from Iran’s Supreme Leader, coupled with steep demands from the upper echelon of the regime, are throwing the nuclear “deal” reached last week into doubt — with Iran and the U.S. each claiming the agreement said different things, and neither side backing down.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has final say on all state matters, tore into the U.S. in remarks published on his official website and on his Twitter account.

Khamenei made clear he was neither endorsing nor rejecting the framework deal announced last week. But he challenged the way the U.S. was describing it — specifically, a fact sheet put out by the White House saying sanctions would be removed only after inspectors verify Iran’s compliance. –Read More…

Apr 092015
Are Colleges Becoming Snake Pits Of Injustice?

[Townhall.com] Ed and Christine wrote about Rolling Stone’s stunning failure on verifying key facts in their widely discredited–and now retracted–story about a gang rape at the University of Virginia on September 28, 2012. It was a story that captivated a nation, started another dialogue about rape on college campuses, and showed the dangers of rushing to judgement concerning these crimes. Why does due process go out the window when it comes to rape? In local and national news outlets, every other crime has at least a scintilla of doubt in the reporting. Murders, theft, credit card fraud, drugs, are some of the crimes where most of the public seems to exude the “wait and see/let’s see what the investigation turns up” aspect regarding justice.

Again, of course, it’s not every case, but the intensity is never felt as much than with a reported rape. When attempts are made to ascertain the truth, cross-examine witnesses, cite data, or present exculpatory evidence, there are forces that seek to end that process. One could argue that colleges have established ad hoc law through school tribunals, where the threshold of evidence for a conviction has been lowered, which is a tacit acknowledgement that college campuses either don’t have the resources for a full-investigation, or that they’re not good investigators. That makes sense; college administrators aren’t seasoned detectives. The new methods of combating sexual assault were mentioned in the CSJ’s report: –Read More…

Apr 082015
Carly Fiorina on Fire -- Correctly Blames California Drought on Environmentalists [Leftists Agenda]

[RushLimbaugh.com] Look at what’s happened in California. This is a classic example. There’s been a drought in California for as long as I can remember. But the current drought is said to be four years. It is said to be the severest drought anybody alive can remember. The snow pack doesn’t exist in places that there are usually feet of it waiting to melt and provide freshwater sources and resources for the entire state.

Well, this is a crisis made to order for the left. Because don’t you know, here’s Governor Moonbeam running around now slapping restrictions on water usage statewide, blaming it on global warming, climate change, and claiming that they have all decided, scientists have agreed, there’s a consensus that says this is permanent. This is not part of an elongated weather cycle, meteorological cycle that will eventually end with another hundred-year flood and blah, blah. –Read More…

Apr 082015
US military commander: Russian military ‘far more capable’ than Soviet Union’s

[FoxNews.com] A top U.S. military commander warned that Russia’s modern military is now “far more capable” than that of the Soviet Union, saying Moscow is “messaging” the United States that “they’re a global power.”

The warning over Russia’s military might from Adm. William Gortney, head of U.S. Northern Command, is the second in as many months.

Gortney disclosed to Congress in March that Russian heavy bombers flew more “out-of-area patrols” last year than in any year “since the Cold War.” On Tuesday, he affirmed that Russia’s “long-range” flights are rising – and occurring in places they haven’t before, like near Canada, Alaska and the English Channel. –Read More…

Apr 072015
Russian Hackers Reached White House, State Dept. Computers

[Newsmax.com] Russian hackers have been able to penetrate the White House’s computer system and see non-classified emails, CNN reports.

The hack didn’t get access to classified materials, government sources told CNN, but still was able to see sensitive information such as real-time nonpublic details of the president’s schedule.

Hackers first managed to hack into State Department computers and tricked an employee into providing information that gave them a back door into the White House system and eventually the Oval Office. Hackers have tried various tricks to get into US government systems over the years, including dropping thumb drives in parking lots and government restrooms, where unsuspecting personnel pick them up and put them in home and work computers. –Read More…

Apr 072015
VA official got $288G 'relocation payment' for DC-to-Philly move, rep blasts 'outrageous' amount

[DailyCaller.com] A high-ranking Veterans Affairs official who was given nearly $300,000 in relocation costs to move from Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia last year was issued that hefty payout as part of a little-known program used to incentivize “highly qualified candidates,” TheDC has learned.

Diana Rubens, the former undersecretary for field operations, was paid $288,000 last year under what’s called the Appraised Value Offer program to take a job as the director of the Philadelphia VA regional benefits office.

Formerly known as the Guaranteed Home Buy Out, AVO serves as a back-up for VA and Veterans Benefits Administration employees who agree to relocate to take jobs at other stations. –Read More…

Apr 062015
Rolling Stone retracts discredited U-Va. rape story

[Washington Post] “In hindsight,” the report said, the most crucial decision that Rolling Stone made was not contacting the three friends. “That was the reporting path, if taken, that would almost certainly have led the magazine’s editors to change plans.”

In public statements and in its apology, Rolling Stone and Erdely also apparently misrepresented the notion that they declined to contact “Drew” — Jackie’s supposed date on the night of the alleged rape — because of an agreement with Jackie not to do so.

In fact, the Columbia report makes clear, there was no such agreement. “Jackie made no demand that Rolling Stone not try to identify Drew,” the report’s authors wrote, noting that Jackie even suggested Erdely check the fraternity’s roster to find him. –Read More…

Apr 062015
ISIS Bombed Historic Christian Church On Easter

[DailyCaller.com] The Islamic State blew up an 80 year-old church on Easter Sunday in northeastern Syria.

Militants planted explosives inside the Church of the Virgin Mary in the Assyrian village of Tel Nasri in Al-Hasakah province, according to the Syrian state-owned news agency, SANA. No casualties were reported.

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Apr 042015
Judith Miller seeks to retire 'false narratives' about her Iraq coverage

[Politico.com] (LIBERAL LIES REVEALED!) In 2002 and 2003, Miller wrote a series of exclusive articles suggesting that Saddam Hussein had or was acquiring WMDs, based largely on now-discredited information provided by the Iraqi politician Ahmad Chalabi. Those reports, which played a part in building the case for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, were later deemed inaccurate by the Times. (Miller did not mention Chalabi in Friday’s editorial.) Miller joined Fox News as a contributor in 2008.

In the Journal editorial, Miller also rejected the assertion that information she published in the Times about the Iraq weapons program came from the Bush administration.

“No senior official spoon-fed me a line about WMD. That would have been so much easier than uncovering classified information that officials can be jailed for disclosing,” she wrote. “My sources were the same counterterrorism, arms-control and Middle East analysts on whom I had relied for my stories about Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda’s growing threat to America—a series published eight months before 9/11 for which the Times staff, including me, won a Pulitzer.” –Read More…

Apr 032015
[VIDEO] Watch Ted Cruz Handle CBS Correspondents When Questioned About Obamacare and ISIS

[TPNN.com] Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, of Texas, was asked by CBS News correspondent Vladimir Duthiers on Tuesday if he would “take” away the health care of 16 millions of Americans insured under Obamacare if elected president. Cruz deftly handled the question and called Obamacare the “single largest job killer” in the United States.

He also shared his thoughts about how to handle the growing threat posed by ISIS, stating that “we need seriousness.” He went on to say that the Kurds are already there fighting ISIS without the right military equipment, which is instead being directed to Baghdad, adding, “The Kurds can be our primary boots on the ground.”

Regarding Syria, Cruz said “The touchstone of our foreign policy should be vital US national security interest.”

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