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Aug 13, 2014
1. DETAILS OF ROBIN WILLIAMS' DEATH EMERGE
 
The 63-year-old actor hanged himself with a belt and was found dead in a bedroom at his home by his personal assistant, authorities say.
 
2. WHO'S AIDING TRAPPED IRAQIS
 
For the past few days, Syrian Kurdish fighters have been rescuing members of Iraq's Yazidi minority, tens of thousands of whom fled Islamic militants and took refuge on a mountaintop.
 
3. SALE OF CLIPPERS GOES THROUGH
 
A court affirms the right of Donald Sterling's estranged wife to sell the NBA team to ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for a record $2 billion.
 
4. LAUREN BACALL DIES AT 89
 
The actress created on-screen magic with Humphrey Bogart in "To Have and Have Not" and "The Big Sleep" — and off-screen magic in one of Hollywood's most storied marriages.
 
5. HOW EBOLA, EVEN WHEN CURED, CAN BE A CURSE
 
Kadiatou Fanta, a 26-year-old Guinea medical student who survived the disease, finds herself shunned by her family and professors, who fear being contaminated.
 
6. OBAMA URGES CALM AFTER TWO NIGHTS OF VIOLENT PROTESTS IN MISSOURI
 
He says people must comfort each other "in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds" in the wake of unarmed teen's death in suburban St. Louis.
 
7. UKRAINE SETS CONDITIONS FOR RUSSIAN AID
 
Kiev insists that more than 260 trucks purportedly carrying humanitarian assistance from Moscow should be first inspected by the Red Cross.
 
8. DOZENS OF MOSQUES DESTROYED DURING GAZA WAR
 
The targeting of places of worship — where Israel says weapons often are stockpiled — is viewed by the Palestinians as an attack on integral parts of the social fabric.
 
9. LAKE MEAD DROPS TO HISTORIC LOWS
 
The receding shoreline is causing concern about drought in a region that's home to 40 million people and 4 million acres of farmland.
 
10. WHAT'S LATEST SIGN OF OVERSATURATION IN EAST COAST GAMBLING MARKET
 
The $2.4 billion Revel resort fails to find a buyer — even for pennies on the dollar — and will shut down in September.

Comments

Barry Soetoro

11. They should make an app for this...

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/dc-n...

Vladtheimp

#6. Mugshots of Ferguson Looters Released – Including Man From Texas

"On Monday KSDK reported that all of those arrested in Ferguson on Felony Looting charges had a criminal background and most were from outside the Ferguson area." http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/...

I think the solution may be to attach a Voter ID or job application to ever piece of merchandise - it will be as safe as if in the bank!

#6. WELCOME TO OBAMA/HOLDER/SHARPTON'S AMERICA

FAA has declared no-fly zone over Ferguson, MO. (Mogadishu West?) http://www.dailykos.com/story/20...

12. 40,000 Unaccompanied Alien Children Mysteriously Vanish

"Readers will note that since the word of the border crisis hit the media our research has indicated the entire construct of a humanitarian crisis for children is a ruse. There simply are not mass influxes of Unaccompanied Alien Children. For almost two months we have been repeating that it’s all a fraud – the influx is families, or more specifically women with children."

National Review Online presents an interesting article about almost 40,000 missing receipts for Unaccompanied Alien Children between the Border Patrol apprehension tickets reported, and the Executive Office of Immigration Reform (the immigration court system that gets those tickets for processing)." http://theconservativetreehouse....

Barry Soetoro

6. Bonus points for the dailykos link. Nice work!

Grassyass

#3 Richard DeVos better be watching over his shoulder. As one who supports traditional marriage, the raging busybody liberals will be coming for his team next.

Lanivan

2.) President Obama clearly and articulately states the problem concisely: "But I do believe that what we're seeing in the Middle East and parts of North Africa is an order that dates back to WWI starting to buckle".

The artificial borders established after WWI can not hold. No amount of US military can change tribal hostilities that date back hundreds of years - the US can not militarily make them get along or become democracies. This change can only come from within, by their own people.

For more on Obama's nuanced, articulate, and long-term vision of US foreign policy: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/0...{%221%22%3A%22RI%3A5%22}

Vladtheimp

President Obama clearly and articulately stated his nuanced, articulate, and long-term vision of US foreign policy in one word yesterday (horse sh*it).

Oh the ironing - O'Bumbler is now blaming his foreign policy debacles in the Middle East and Africa on the most Progressive President we ever suffered under until himself - Woodrow Wilson. He probably was smoking choom during history classes, or he would recognize the many similarities he shares with Wilson:

Lying (""He kept us out of war." This was the slogan used by the Woodrow Wilson campaign that led the incumbent President to a narrow victory over Charles Evans Hughes in November 1916. (However, five months later, President Wilson brought America to war with Germany after the latter launched unrestricted submarine warfare." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr...

Big Government (Wilson gave us the Federal Reserve, Federal Trade Commission and the income tax, among others; Obama took over 1/6 of the U.S. economy with his failed Obamacare and amnesty for millions, among others)

Both won the Nobel Peace Prize for getting us into wars

Both believed in "self determination for the people" which for Wilson, who signed the vengeful Treaty of Versailles, meant carving up the old Ottoman Empire by Wilson himself, French Premier Georges Clemenceau and British Prime Minister David Lloyd George, resulting in the Middle East mess. For O'Bumbler it was supporting the disastrous "Arab Spring", plunging Libya into terrorist chaos (Benghazi) and the Muslim Brotherhood into Egypt, which had to be kicked out by the military.

Obama - meet undercarriage.

Lanivan

Obama is correct when he says he fears that the lines drawn and countries created after WWI during the Paris peace talks of 1919, are starting to buckle. Actually they have been on the brink of buckling - or already buckled - since 1920. Have you read, 'Paris 1919', Margaret Macmillan,? Detailed accounts of what now seems like a monumental and almost surreal six months of three of the most powerful men in the world hammering out a New World Order. Unbelievable.

An excerpt: "Lloyd George, to my delight, had forgotten my presence and had begun to think aloud. "Mesopotamia....yes....oil....irrigation...we must have Mesopotamia; Palestine...yes...the Holy Land...Zionism...we must have Palestine; Syria...h'mm...what is there in Syria? Let the French have that". (Arnold Toynbee, page 381). Talk about ironing!

And then there's this, knowing you and Harry's admiration for the conservative Winston Churchill: "Winston Churchill rushed to Paris in an unsuccessful attempt to block the carving up of the Turkish empire: it would bring ''eternal war'' with the Muslim world, he warned, from the Mediterranean to India. And so it has."

Iraq, and other Arab states, know only the concept of victors and vanquished. Without strong, centralized control, these countries self-destruct. Coupled with the fact that the US can not sustain military domination over the world, the best Obama has to work with is the advantage of the current new leverage with Iraq. That and the fact that he is smart, strong, informed, and the smartest man in the room.

Vladtheimp

Interesting that you somehow missed my point about Woodrow Wilson being the third leg of the Troika that divvied up the Middle East in addition to the harm he did domestically,

" Without strong, centralized control, these countries self-destruct." Sounds like if we send them Barack Hussein Obama, Harry Reid and the Democrats all of the mideast's troubles will be cured.

Lanivan

The thought of you throwing Obama, Reid, and the Dems into the same category as Assad, Moammar Gadhafi and Saddam Hussein when writing about strong, centralized control of Middle East countries, motivated me to go off on a slightly different tangent, because frankly, your point, to quote Hercules Poirot, "Ite ese a crime most foul, n'est pas?"

Straightjacket

I thought Obama was playing golf but the photo clearly shows him helping out in Ferguson.

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