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Friday, August 22, 2014

A crowdfunding site created this week to support Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson and his family continues to rake in donations, but not without backlash against comments made by some of the campaign's donors.

Created on Monday on the site GoFundMe, the campaign had raised over $225,000 as of midday Friday in support of Wilson, who shot and killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9. More than 5,600 people have pledged toward a goal of $250,000. Many donors added remarks while making their donations, some of which were incendiary. GoFundMe responded early Friday on Twitter saying the "comments posted in violation of GoFundMe's terms have been removed."


A police officer involved in the protests overMichael Brown's death in Ferguson, Missouri, has been relieved of his duty after video surfaced of him describing black people as "little perverts" and Barack Obama as an illegal immigrant.

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As the new doctor gets ready to hit American screens, travel back through the highlights of this classic British sci-fi show

With a new 12th (or is that 13th?) incarnation of the mysterious time-traveling Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, set to debut on August 23, we've tallied 50 of the most memorable Doctor Who moments, from the classic series, the one-shot TV movie from 1996, and the wildly popular contemporary incarnation launched in 2005. Jump in your homemade TARDIS and let's warp back through the years.

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Bob Unruh, World Net Daily: The ranking Republican on the Armed Services Committee in the U.S. Senate is warning that ISIS terrorists, those who this week beheaded an American journalist, are trying to develop the capability of blowing up an entire American city.

The comments from Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., came in an interview with the Fox affiliate in Oklahoma City.

He said the U.S. now is in "the most dangerous position we've ever been in."

Responding to questions about terror and the threat facing Americans, he said: "They're crazy out there. And they are rapidly developing a method of blowing up a major U.S. city. You just can't believe that's happening."

He told the station the threat is significant, and he blamed it on the cuts in defense spending made by President Obama.

"He's going to have to come up with something we're going to do because they're holding another hostage … and the problem is the president, he says all these things and he never does them." Read more


A Clark County prosecutor dismissed firearm-related charges against a Vancouver, Washington, man following an incident in July when he fired a shotgun into the air in an attempt to scare off prowlers he caught on his property and who he suspected were breaking into cars, The Colombian reported.

Jeffrey Barton was originally charged with illegal aiming or discharging a firearm because he fired the shots from within a county-designated no-shooting zone. But Barton made headlines after placing the blame on advice given by the vice president.

"I did what Joe Biden told me to do," Barton said following the incident. "I went outside and fired my shotgun in the air."

Barton was referring to an interview in February when Biden, in essence, said AR-15s, or other semi-automatic weapons, aren't needed for home defense because shotguns are sufficient.

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There have been increasingly vocal calls for Twitter, Facebook and other Silicon Valley corporations to more aggressively police what their users are permitted to see and read. Last month in The Washington Post, for instance, MSNBC host Ronan Farrow demanded that social media companies ban the accounts of "terrorists" who issue "direct calls" for violence.

A Fox News host this week opined that all Muslims are like ISIS and can only be dealt with through "a bullet to the head": should she, or anyone linking to her endorsement of violence (arguably genocide), be banned from Twitter and Facebook? How about Bob Beckel's call on Fox that Julian Assange be "assassinated": would that be allowed under Ronan Farrow's no-calls-for-violence standard? I had a long dialogue with Farrow on Twitter about his op-ed but was not really able to get answers to questions like these. Read more


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. government prosecutors investigating the fatal police shooting of a black teenager that sparked a Missouri city's nights of rage face an uphill fight delivering the swift or sweeping results demanded by rights activists.

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch expects a local grand jury investigating the killing to take evidence until mid-October, while a federal investigation may take longer and with results just as uncertain.

Protesters have called for the arrest of Officer Darren Wilson since the killing of Michael Brown, 18, in Ferguson on Aug. 9. Defenders of the white officer say he acted lawfully to defend himself during a confrontation with Brown.


Ron Magill, the goodwill ambassador and communications director of Zoo Miami, wrote this first-person article for the Miami Herald as a tribute to two longtime donors to the zoo.

The angel approached in the summer of 1993, after the storm. I had just finished giving a presentation to a Coral Gables civic group, talking about all the tremendous challenges the zoo was still facing after Hurricane Andrew's devastation a year earlier. I showed images of the destruction and animals that had been displaced. I told some of the personal stories of dedicated staff members and volunteers committed to saving the zoo when many others thought it impossible.


As a result, our trade deficit has ballooned. In 1993, before Nafta, the United States had a $2.5 billion trade surplus with Mexico and a $29 billion deficit with Canada. In 2012, the combined Nafta trade deficit was $181 billion, even as the share of that deficit made up of oil imports dropped 22 percent. The average annual growth of our trade deficit has been 45 percent higher with Mexico and Canada than with countries that are not party to a Nafta-style pact. The companies that took the most advantage of Nafta -- big manufacturers like G.E., Caterpillar and Chrysler -- promised they would create more jobs at their American factories if Nafta passed. Instead, they fired American workers and shifted production to Mexico. Read more


President Obama has few remaining friends -- either in his own party or in the media.

That's the unmistakable conclusion of two pieces this week in the New York Times. Just about everyone, it seems, is down on his single, solitary nature.

I've been saying for a year now that the president's liberal media allies have soured on him. It started with the ObamaCare debacle and continued through his seeming passivity or slow reaction time in the wake of the VA scandal, the Bowe Bergdahl mess, the military collapse in Iraq and so on. At this point they're basically Waiting for Hillary. Read more


The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office said the Defense Department failed to notify the relevant congressional committees at least 30 days in advance of the exchange -- a clear violation of the law -- and used $988,400 of a wartime account to make the transfer. The GAO also said the Pentagon's use of funds that hadn't been expressly appropriated violated the Antideficiency Act.

"In our view, the meaning of the (law) is clear and unambiguous," the GAO wrote to nine Republican senators, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and various committees. "Section 8111 prohibits the use of 'funds appropriated or otherwise made available' in the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2014, to transfer any individual detained at Guantanamo Bay to the custody or control of a foreign entity' except in accordance" with the law.


Dorian Johnson, the primary witness to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, has an outstanding warrant for a 2011 theft in Jefferson City and pleaded guilty for filing a false police report related to that theft.


SEATTLE -- The man suspected of killing two people in Seattle's Central District and a young woman in New Jersey is now the prime suspect in a fourth homicide.Ali Muhammad Brown is currently in jail on $5 million bail for the alleged murder of a college student in late June.

Brown has already been charged with gunning down two men at 29th and King Street in Seattle's Leschi neighborhood on June 1. Read more


Thursday, August 21, 2014

"Paul and his allies have won quite a propaganda coup by implanting the notion that he offers a unique appeal to the youngest voters."

Problem is for the most part his kind doesn't appeal to any but the childish, ignorant, and evil.


Alan Pyke, the Deputy Economic Policy Editor for Think Progress, part of the Center for American Progress, took to Twitter to issue a death wish to Ailes, and a "slow, painful" one at that: Read more


I have no idea what this is "about."


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