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Apple Quietly Discontinues the iPod

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 13th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Apple Quietly Discontinues the iPod
When Steve Jobs unveiled the iPod in 2001, a month after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the timing was inauspicious and the product given little chance of success. Of course, the iPod did succeed — wildly so — paving the way for iTunes, lots of smaller iPods, the iPhone, the iPad, and Apple’s bulging (offshore) bank account. This week, the heir of the original iPod — a rectangular box with a click-wheel on the front, hard drive inside, and no touchscreen, now dubbed iPod Classic

Straight Men Marry for Trip to Rugby World Cup
Heterosexual best mates Travis McIntosh and Matt McCormick, who have known each other since the age of six, are getting married as winners of a competition run by The Edge radio station in New Zealand. After more than 200 entries, McIntosh, a 23-year-old engineering student at Otago University, and McCormick, a 24-year-old teacher at Musselburgh School in Dunedin, were chosen from three bromance couples to win an all-expenses paid trip to the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England. “It’s just seeing how far two good mates would go to win a trip to the Rugby World Cup,” McIntosh said. “We picked up our wedding certificate and the nerves are starting to really hit home.”


Players’ union reps approve HGH testing for ’14

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 13th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Players’ union reps approve HGH testing for ’14
NEW YORK (AP) — Player representatives to the union will discuss the NFL’s latest drug policy proposal during a second conference call.

Falling Gas Prices Won’t Lead to Surge in Spending
The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline Friday was $3.41, according to AAA.


Obama vows “relentless” fight against ISIS

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 13th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Obama vows “relentless” fight against ISIS
President details America’s expanded military mission against jihadists with Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in his weekly address

Teddy Roosevelt could never get elected in 2014
John Dickerson: Ken Burns’ new documentary looks at Teddy Roosevelt and Franklin Roosevelt, two men who helped define the modern American presidency

U.S. expands sanctions against key Russian sectors
As punishment for aggression against Ukraine, the West is hitting Russia’s financial, defense and energy sectors


Portman Backs Obama’s ISIL Plan

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 13th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Portman Backs Obama’s ISIL Plan
Adam O’Neal, RealClearPolitics
By Michael Bonfigli/The Christian Science Monitor Sen. Rob Portman indicated Thursday his general approval of President Obama’s new strategy to combat Islamic State militants and said Congress should fund those efforts. However, the Ohio Republican’s backing came with a strong condemnation of Obama’s broader foreign policy. “I support what he laid out,” said Portman at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. “I think Congress ought to respond appropriately and provide him the funding he has asked for.” In a speech to the nation…

The ‘No Strategy’ Strategy
Erick Erickson, RealClearPolitics
President Obama addressed the nation this past Wednesday night to outline his strategy for combating ISIS. Having declared the War on Terror over, he referred to “terror” in various forms 18 times in his speech. The problem is that so many real-world facts directly contradict what President Obama said in his speech. A man who claims often to not know certain facts because he has not seen the news has clearly not been reading the paper. In his speech, the president said, “It is America that helped remove and destroy Syria’s declared chemical weapons so that they can’t pose a threat to the…

Support Obama’s New ISIS Plan
Larry Kudlow, RealClearPolitics
I know he’s made a million mistakes. And I have opposed nearly all his domestic and international policies. But after watching Obama’s intense ISIS speech Wednesday night, and reading the text several times, I think the president basically — finally — got it right. I support him. My best advice to Republicans and Democrats is to support the president’s new ISIS campaign. Noteworthy, as of this writing, House Speaker John Boehner has announced his backing of Obama on this matter. Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Sen. leader Mitch McConnell have also announced their…


PM condemns hostage’s ‘evil murder’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 13th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

PM condemns hostage’s ‘evil murder’
PM David Cameron says the murder of David Haines is an “act of pure evil”, after the release of a video appearing to show the UK hostage’s beheading.

Thousands on streets for campaigns
Thousands of supporters of both sides in the Scottish referendum debate take to the streets on the final weekend before the vote.


Report: ISIS, Syrian rebels reach ceasefire

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 13th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Report: ISIS, Syrian rebels reach ceasefire
The deal could influence Congress to vote “no” on authorization to equip rebel groups.


Putin Intent on Taking ‘All of Ukraine,’ Premier Says

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 13th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Putin Intent on Taking ‘All of Ukraine,’ Premier Says
Only the military backing of NATO can defend Ukraine, the prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, told a conference of security experts in Kiev.



Bracing for Change on Scotland’s Border, Whatever the Referendum Result
Polls show that the referendum on Scottish independence will be close, and people in England’s northernmost town fear that life will never be the same again — even if Scots vote to stay in the union.



North Korea Says Reports of Abuse Are Produced by Political ‘Racket’
The nation, condemned by a United Nations panel for gross human rights violations, issued its own report that made no mention of prison camps and claimed that individual freedoms were strong.




Steve King’s Plan To Defeat ISIS: Spy On Muslim Americans In Mosques

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 13th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Steve King’s Plan To Defeat ISIS: Spy On Muslim Americans In Mosques

“And we ought to have people sitting in those mosques watching to see what’s going on,” Steve King explained.

The post Steve King’s Plan To Defeat ISIS: Spy On Muslim Americans In Mosques appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Rep. Steve King (R-IA)

Rep. Steve King (R-IA)

CREDIT: WHO-TV.

Muslim Americans are fighting back against Rep. Steve King’s (R-IA) suggestion on Thursday that the U.S. government should spy on mosques to stop the recruitment of fighters into the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

“The radical Islamists have 1.3 or more billion Muslims to work with,” the Iowa congressman said on The Steve Deace Show. “Now they aren’t all supporters… but that is a huge population to draw from,” he continued, suggesting that recruiters are “certainly in the United States,” particularly in mosques in Virginia and Minneapolis. “So they have a network that they flow in. And it isn’t that all Muslims are a supporter of ISIS but the network that flows through the mosques is certainly the communications centers. We ought to be looking at this dot to dot. And we ought to have people sitting in those mosques watching to see what’s going on,” he explained.

The United States government estimates that more than 100 Americans are already fighting in Syria’s civil war and dozen of whom are part of ISIS.

But American Muslims view ISIS as an abomination to Islam and the group itself has little regard for the fundamental tenets of Islam, blowing up copies of the Qur’an, killing fellow Muslims, and slaughtering innocent youth and using rape and sexual slavery as a weapon.

Virtually every single American Muslim organization has publicly disavowed both the ideology and the practices of ISIS and just a day before King’s remarks dozens of Muslim American clerics and community leaders distanced their religion from the beliefs of the terrorist extremists. “ISIS and al Qaeda represent a warped religious ideology,” Faizal Khan, imam of the Islamic Society of America mosque in Silver Spring, said during a press conference with Muslim-American leaders from Indonesia, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Sudan and Trinidad. “Either we reject this violence in the clearest possible terms, or we allow them to become the face of Islam and the world’s perception of us for years to come.”

On Thursday, Muslims in Virginia responded directly to King’s comments. “It’s really reprehensible, red meat rhetoric being thrown out there,” Mahdi Bray of the American Muslim Alliance told the local NBC affiliate in Washington D.C. “No. we don’t need spies in mosques. I think we went through that with Hoover, with Dr. Martin Luther King and that didn’t work either, he saw a communist behind every sheet. So I don’t think there’s a need for that and actually — and, again, this goes back to my original characterization of this being un-American.”

Following the terrorist attacks of Sep. 11, 2001, the FBI routinely spied on Muslims in mosques. The New York Police Department recently disbanded a unit responsible for infiltrating and eavesdropping on New York’s Muslim communities and in San Francisco, the the FBI in San Francisco used a public relations program “to collect information on the religious views and practices of Muslims in Northern California and then shared the intelligence with other government agencies.”

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Scotland’s Epic Vote on Independence

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 13th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Scotland’s Epic Vote on Independence
George Will, Washington Post

Candidates Playing Possum
Gail Collins, New York Times
Election season! Tension mounts! Longtime public servants are aware that the least little slip and they could be out the door. Forced, like ousted House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, to labor in the sweatshops of the investment banking industry.With $1.4 million in signing bonuses. Do you think that’s why he quit the House early, people? I totally believed he just wanted to give his successor a head start.

Insular Rail Industry Impedes Innovative Outsiders
Robert Ahern, RCP
Small, innovative companies in the U.S. are coming up with answers to some of the most pressing and persistent problems on America’s railways. But they’re being stonewalled at every turn by a hidebound, insular rail industry. Rail travel, for both freight and passengers, is safer now than it has ever been. Yet the industry has been unable — or unwilling — to fix some issues. Failure of wheel bearings is one of them. Another is the accidental uncoupling of cars. In both of these cases, smart, independent companies have devised solutions only to be rebuffed by a railroad industry that is…

2014’s ‘More Liberal’ Democratic Party
Sen. Tom Harkin, Washington Post