WH Says US Troops In Iraq Will Shoot Back If Fired Upon

From the Washington Times:

Obama: U.S. troops in Iraq will shoot back if fired upon

By Dave Boyer | September 18, 2014

President Obama expects U.S. troops to return fire if Islamic State militants shoot at them, the White House said Thursday, as new questions surfaced about the president’s direct role in dictating the rules of engagement in the war in Iraq and Syria.

“Iraq is a very dangerous place, and U.S. military personnel will have the equipment to defend themselves,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said. “Certainly the commander in chief would expect that the American troops do what is necessary to defend themselves.” …

That this question even had to be asked shows you how bizarre the military’s rules of engagement have gotten.


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Scots Reject (Socialist) Push For Independence By 10%

From the Associated Press:

Scots reject independence in historic vote

By Jill Lawless and Danica Kirka | September 19, 2014

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Scottish voters have resoundingly rejected independence, deciding to remain part of the United Kingdom after a historic referendum that shook the country to its core… The vote on Thursday — 55 percent against independence to 45 percent in favor — saw an unprecedented turnout of just under 85 percent…

Independence leader Alex Salmond’s impassioned plea to launch a new nation fell short, with Scots choosing instead the security of remaining in union with England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Still, the result sets up a whole new political dynamic in the United Kingdom, with Cameron appearing outside No. 10 Downing Street to pledge more powers for regional governments

A much-relieved Cameron promised to live up to earlier promises to give Scotland new powers on taxes, spending and welfare.


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Pelosi: SF 49ers Should Have Benched Arrested Player

From The Hill:

Pelosi: 49ers should have benched player

By Mike Lillis | September 17, 2014

The San Francisco 49ers should have benched Ray McDonald following his recent arrest on allegations of domestic abuse, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Wednesday.

Pelosi, a die-hard fan of her hometown team, said it was a mistake for the Niners to clear McDonald to play in Sunday’s loss to the Chicago Bears, given the ongoing investigation into charges that the defensive lineman beat up his pregnant fiancee last month.

"Our coach says, ‘innocent until proven guilty, due process,’ and all of that," Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol. "But the fact is, he shouldn’t have played.

So she is for due process for terrorists but not football players.



2 More NFL Players ‘Deactivated’ For Domestic Violence

From the New York Times:

Assault Charges Add to N.F.L.’s Off-Field Turmoil

By PAT BORZI and STEVE EDER | September 17, 2014

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Jonathan Dwyer of the Arizona Cardinals was arrested in a domestic violence investigation Wednesday as the N.F.L. continued to find itself under siege for its handling of such cases.

Before Dwyer’s arrest, the Minnesota Vikings reversed course, placing Adrian Peterson, a star running back facing child abuse charges, on the exempt/commissioner’s permission list. The Carolina Panthers did the same with Greg Hardy, a defensive end appealing a domestic violence case.

The Phoenix police, in a statement, said detectives arrested Dwyer, a running back, in Tempe on charges of aggravated assault in a domestic violence case stemming from two separate episodes at his home in southeast Phoenix in late July.


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Gregory: Media ‘Narrative’ Is Due To Reporters’ Laziness

From the Politico:

David Gregory hits media ‘laziness’

By HADAS GOLD | September 17, 2014

David Gregory, the ousted moderator of NBC’s "Meet The Press," thinks Washington’s political media are too lazy to go against the "narrative."

Moderating a panel at the No Labels’s National Strategic Agenda meeting on Wednesday, Gregory said journalists often fail to report on anything that fights the set narrative in Washington media.

(Probably the only thing more preposterous than David Gregory trying to pretend he is objective is there the ‘No Labels’ group trying to pretend they are not liberal.)

“[I]n Washington political journalism the narrative gets set, and it gets set early and built on. And things that fight the narrative get harder to report out, I think, often because of laziness in media,” Gregory said.



VA Official Finally Admits Link Between Delays & Deaths

From the New York Times:

V.A. Official Acknowledges Link Between Delays and Patient Deaths

By RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr. | September 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — In a contentious hearing before Congress, a senior official from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ watchdog agency acknowledged for the first time on Wednesday that delays in care had contributed to the deaths of patients at the department’s medical center in Phoenix.

The disclosure by an official from the department’s inspector general’s office, coming after more than two hours of tough, sometimes confrontational exchanges with members of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, was a significant development in what has become a heated dispute over the quality of care at the Phoenix hospital, where revelations of secret waiting lists and other schemes to disguise long delays in care turned into a national scandal.


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Doctor Poll: 46% Of Doctors Grade Obama-Care ‘D’ Or ‘F’

From the Washington Examiner:

46 percent of doctors give Obamacare a ‘D’ or ‘F’

By Philip Klein | September 17, 2014

Forty-six percent of doctors give President Obama’s healthcare law a "D" or an "F," according to a new survey from the Physicians Foundation. In contrast, just 25 percent of those surveyed gave the law an "A" or a "B."

The findings come from a survey that was emailed to "virtually every physician in the United States with an email address on record with the American Medical Association" this March through June as the law’s major provisions were taking effect, and received more than 20,000 responses from doctors.

We are a little surprised that the number is only 46%. But, then again, only a small percentage of doctors have been foolish enough to agree to accept Obama-Care.


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Largest Obama-Care Insurer In Minnesota Dropping Out

From a suddenly concerned Associated Press:

Lowest-cost insurer drops from Minnesota exchange

By Kyle Potter and Steve Karnowski | September 17, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The insurance company that grabbed the most customers on Minnesota’s health care exchange by offering the lowest rates told state officials Tuesday that it’s pulling out of MNsure, a major blow to the exchange as the next open enrollment period approaches. The decision by Golden Valley-based PreferredOne may mean higher rates and again puts the troubled exchange front-and-center in Minnesota’s governor and House elections…

Wonder if any other insurers are thinking of dropping out of Obama-Care, but they have been told to wait until after the midterms. (They have until November 15th to drop out.)

The state will send out notices early next month to the nearly 30,000 people who enrolled in PreferredOne through MNsure to outline the next steps — customers can transition to another MNsure health plan or renew with PreferredOne, in which case they’ll no longer be eligible for government subsidies.


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NAS Wants Insurers To Cover End Of Life Conversations

From an approving New York Times:

Panel Urges Overhauling Health Care at End of Life

By PAM BELLUCK | September 17, 2014

The country’s system for handling end-of-life care is largely broken and should be overhauled at almost every level, a national panel concluded in a report released on Wednesday. The 21-member nonpartisan committee, appointed by the Institute of Medicine, the independent research arm of the National Academy of Sciences, called for sweeping change…

The panel, which included doctors, nurses, insurers, religious leaders, lawyers and experts on aging, said Medicare and other insurers should create financial incentives for health care providers to have continuing conversations with patients on advance care planning, possibly starting as early as major teenage milestones like getting a driver’s license or going to college.


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WH Says Unaccompanied Illegal Alien Kids Crisis Is Over

From the regime’s unquestioning stenographers at ABC News:

White House: Unaccompanied Minor Crisis All But Over

By Jim Avila | September 16, 2014

The Obama administration isn’t claiming "mission accomplished" but it may be as close as the White House can get. The Border Patrol announced today that the unaccompanied minors crisis has all but ended, as the rise in children crossing the Southwest border has stopped.

"It’s premature to say it’s over but significant progress [has been] made" in stopping unaccompanied minors, Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said today at the National Press Club. "It is now five months later, and the number of children arriving and apprehended at our border is dramatically lower than it was five months ago," Mayorkas said, citing factors both in officials’ control and outside factors.



Australian Police Thwart ISIS ‘Random Beheading’ Plot

From CBS News:

Cops in Australia: We thwarted grisly ISIS plot

September 18, 2014

SYDNEY (CBS/AP) — Counterterrorism raids in Sydney on Thursday were sparked by security intelligence that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was planning a random, violent attack in Australia as a demonstration of its reach, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said.

About 800 Australian police officers were involved in what was the country’s largest counterterrorism operation, Federal Police Deputy Commissioner Andrew Colvin said. Authorities detained 15 people and raided more than a dozen properties across Sydney…

Abbott was asked about reports that the people detained were planning to publicly behead a random person in Sydney. "That’s the intelligence we received," he told reporters. "The exhortations – quite direct exhortations – were coming from an Australian who is apparently quite senior in ISIL to networks of support back in Australia to conduct demonstration killings here in this country."

Abbott did not name the Australian.


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Muslim Admits Killing Four In Revenge Against US Policy

From CNN:

Police: Seattle man’s hatred of U.S. foreign policy motivated killings

By Ashley Fantz, Pamela Brown and Aaron Cooper | September 16, 2014

Washington (CNN) — Ali Muhammad Brown was focused on one thing, authorities say. "My mission is vengeance. For the lives, millions of lives are lost every day…[in] Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, all these places where innocent lives are being taken every single day. … So, a life for a life."

That is what law enforcement say Brown told a police investigator in New Jersey when he was interviewed in July. The U.S. government was doing "evil" within its own borders, too, Brown told law enforcement, according to court papers.

Brown, a 29-year-old from Seattle, is the prime suspect in a killing spree stretching from New Jersey to Washington state.


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Obama Praises House (GOP) For Voting To Train Syrians

From an irony-proof Associated Press:

Obama praises House vote on arming Syrian rebels


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama praised a House vote Wednesday granting him authority for the U.S. military to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels, calling it an important step toward confronting the Islamic State group.

The Republican-controlled House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to authorize the program. Final approval in the Senate was expected Thursday.

How the worm has turned. It seems like only yesterday that Obama was centering his whole midterm campaign on the vilification of the House Republicans. And now he is praising them for saving his bacon face.

Does this mean they are no longer racists? Heck, even the supposedly rabidly obstreperous John Boehner has called Obama’s plan to train these ‘moderate’ Syrian rebels ‘sound.’

So, as usual, Obama and the media have gotten exactly what they wanted.


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Obama’s ISIS Speech Caused More Recruits To Join ISIS

From an irony-proof Reuters:

After Obama speech, Islamic State wins new recruits in Syria-monitor

By Tom Perry | September 17, 2014

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Islamic State has won new recruits in Syria since President Barack Obama signaled last week that air strikes against the group will be expanded from Iraq to its strongholds in northern and eastern Syria, a group monitoring the war said on Wednesday.

Hilarious. Lest we forget, Obama has been insisting for years that we have to close down Guantanamo because it serves as a recruitment tool for terrorists. So maybe Obama will now stop giving speeches.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 162 people had joined Islamic State training camps in Aleppo province since Sept 10, when Obama said he would not hesitate to strike Islamic State in Syria.


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UN, NYT: Syrian Strikes Would Violate International Law

From the New York Times:

A Host of Possible Objections to Expanded Airstrikes in Syria

By SOMINI SENGUPTA | September 17, 2014

UNITED NATIONS — Airstrikes on Iraq were a fairly easy sell. The government in Baghdad asked for help in combating the Islamic State, and the United States answered its request. That is perfectly legal under international law, diplomats agreed, and it helped to get dozens of European and Middle Eastern allies on board.

The United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, applauded the airstrikes as a “decisive” move… But airstrikes on the group in Syria? That is another matter altogether. The White House has articulated no rationale for airstrikes on Syrian territory, nor has it sought a Security Council resolution to authorize going to war.


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