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James Foley killers 'wanted $132m ransom'

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Jihadists holding US journalist James Foley wanted a $132m (£80m) ransom for his release, his employer has said. ... BBC.co.uk

Trading For Bergdahl Means More Foleys

Thursday, August 21, 2014
On Tuesday, ISIS terrorists beheaded American journalist James Foley. President Obama responded by bombing the fourth green during his long vacation in Martha’s Vineyard. He also lectured ISIS on the true meaning of Islam: “ISIL speaks for no religion…ISIL has no ideology of any value to human beings….One thing we can all agree on is that a group like ISIL has no place in the 21st century.” ... Breitbart.com

Black Cop Kills Unarmed White Youth — Media and Feds Silent

Thursday, August 21, 2014
While Ferguson, Missouri, burns with racism and rioting, misinformation and mayhem over the Michael Brown shooting, another unarmed young man was shot to death by police just two days later. But unlike the Ferguson case where a white cop shot a black youth, in this instance the races are reversed. Unlike in Ferguson, there is no allegation that the young man attacked the officer. And there is another difference: ... TheNewAmerican.com

DHS says law required release of 154 immigrants with murder convictions

Thursday, August 21, 2014
The Obama administration says it had no choice but to release almost all of the 169 murderers it let go from immigration detention last year, saying court decisions gave officials no choice in the matter — but it’s promising a new system to better screen who gets let out. ... WashingtonTimes.com

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Conservative Thought

The Great Racial Disconnect on Police

Thursday, August 21, 2014
On Monday, Rasmussen released a poll of Americans regarding the guilt or innocence of Officer Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot unarmed 18-year-old black man Michael Brown six times in Ferguson, Missouri. Those polls show that 57 percent of black adults think that Wilson should be found guilty of murder; 56 percent of whites, by contrast, are undecided on the matter. ... CNSNews.com

Dubious ‘Peacemakers’ in Ferguson

Thursday, August 21, 2014
The New Black Panthers, Sharpton, Jackson, and the DOJ do not inspire confidence. ... NationalReview.com

No Facts, No Peace

Thursday, August 21, 2014
It's important to remember that, in police shooting cases like the one in Ferguson, Missouri, the initial facts are often wrong. You don't want to end up looking like Rich Lowry, National Review editor, whose March 23, 2012, column on the Trayvon Martin shooting was titled, "Al Sharpton Is Right." ... TownHall.com

Thursday, August 21, 2014
A nonpartisan government watchdog agency said Thursday that the Pentagon broke the law when it swapped five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl earlier this year. ... FoxNews.com

Thursday, August 21, 2014
The Pentagon broke federal law by exchanging five Taliban detainees for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl without giving Congress enough of a heads-up, Congress' independent investigative arm announced Thursday. ... CNN.com

Afghanistan

NATO Soldier Stabbed, Killed in Afghanistan

Thursday, August 21, 2014
A coalition service member in Afghanistan was stabbed to death early Wednesday near the Kabul airport. ... Military.com

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Air bombardments and rocket fire between Israel and Gaza intensified Thursday after Israeli air strikes killed three senior Hamas commanders overnight. ... VOANews.com

Hamas

Hamas says three top commanders killed by Israeli airstrike in Gaza

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Hamas said that an Israel airstrike in Gaza killed three of its senior military leaders early Thursday. ... FoxNews.com

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Ukrainian border guards began on Thursday to inspect a Russian truck convoy carrying aid earmarked for humanitarian relief in eastern Ukraine that has been stranded at the border between the two former Soviet republics for nearly a week. ... VOANews.com

Syria

New Report Warns of Anti-aircraft Weapons in Syria

Thursday, August 21, 2014
WASHINGTON — Armed groups in Syria have an estimated several hundred portable anti-aircraft missiles that could easily be diverted to extremists and used to destroy low-flying commercial planes, according to a new report by a respected international research group. It cites the risk that the missiles could be smuggled out of Syria by terrorists. ... Military.com

Thursday, August 21, 2014
EXCLUSIVE: The United Nations Development Program, the U.N.’s flagship anti-poverty agency, spent tens of millions to make terrorism-battered Somalia safer, but never verified that the work was done, or even that its government partners had the capacity to do their jobs, according to a scathing internal auditors’ report. ... FoxNews.com

Same-Sex Marriage

Federal judge strikes down Florida's ban on same-sex marriage

Thursday, August 21, 2014
MIAMI – A federal judge on Thursday declared Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining state judges in four counties who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot. ... FoxNews.com

Thursday, August 21, 2014
(Washington D.C.) – Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) seeking “Incident Reports” of alleged sexual misconduct throughout 2013 by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers at Dulles, Chicago, Denver, Miami, and Los Angeles airports (Judicial Watch v U.S. Department of Homeland Security (No. 1:14-cv-01179)). The lawsuit was filed on July 11, 2014 ... JudicialWatch.org

DOD

DOD Transferred Over $4.3B in Military Equipment to Local Police

Thursday, August 21, 2014
The Department of Defense transferred over $4.3 billion worth of surplus military equipment--including 345 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles (MRAPs), 205 grenade launchers and over 12,000 bayonets--to more than 17,000 state and local law enforcement agencies across the nation since 1997. ... CNSNews.com

Thursday, August 21, 2014
The Federal Reserve Bank will keep suppressing interest rates to near zero for more than a year, according to Federal Open Market Committee meeting minutes released August 20, despite talk about an “eventual normalization of the stance and conduct of monetary policy.” ... TheNewAmerican.com

State Department

State Dept. on Beheading of U.S. Journalist: 'This Is Not About the United States'

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Deputy State Department spokesperson Marie Harf on Wednesday condemned the beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamic terrorists, but she also stated that the ISIS threat “is not about the United States and what we do.” ... CNSNews.com

Thursday, August 21, 2014
A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to provide Congress with a list of documents that are at the center of a long-running battle over a failed law enforcement program called Operation Fast and Furious. ... CNSNews.com

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Yesterday, a federal judge ordered the U.S. Justice Department to provide Congress with a list of documents related to the 2006-2011 "gun-walking" operation, dubbed "Fast and Furious," that resulted in the loss of some 2,000 U.S. rifles. Two of the weapons were found at the scene of the shooting death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December near the border city of Nogales, Arizona. ... TheNewAmerican.com

Ebola Virus

Hospital discharges US Ebola patients

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Atlanta – Emory University Hospital has discharged two American missionaries treated for Ebola. ... FoxNews.com

Violent Quarantine Clashes Hamper Liberia's Struggle to Contain Ebola

Thursday, August 21, 2014
The Liberian capital swirled with fear and confusion Thursday, as a nationwide nighttime curfew to slow the spread of Ebola went into full effect and a slum neighborhood was violently quarantined off from the rest of city. ... VOANews.com

South Africa Bans Travelers From Ebola-stricken Countries

Thursday, August 21, 2014
South Africa said on Thursday that due to fears over the spread of the Ebola virus it was banning travelers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone from entering the country, apart from its own citizens. ... VOANews.com

How doctors know an Ebola patient is no longer contagious

Thursday, August 21, 2014
As Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol make their way back into the world after a three week quarantined battle with the Ebola virus, the public may be wondering how exactly their doctors determined the two patients are no longer contagious. ... CBSNews.com

Thursday, August 21, 2014
The sophistication, wealth and military might of Islamic State militants represent a major threat to the United States that may surpass that once posed by al-Qaida, U.S. military leaders said on Thursday. ... VOANews.com

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday condemned the execution of an American journalist by Islamic militants and vowed further attempts to rescue those still being held captive. ... Military.com

President Obama

Why I Sued the President

Thursday, August 21, 2014
West Virginia’s attorney general steps up. ... NationalReview.com

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Obama administration officials broke two federal laws when they exchanged Taliban warriors for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the government’s top investigative office said in a legal report Thursday. ... WashingtonTimes.com

Media

Conservative Guest Asks CNN Anchor to Define ‘Automatic Weapon’ — His Response Is Leaving Viewers Stunned

Thursday, August 21, 2014
CNN’s Don Lemon had an embarrassing exchange Thursday night when conservative radio host Ben Ferguson called him out on live TV for apparently not knowing what an “automatic weapon” is. ... TheBlaze.com

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Steven Rose loves Jesus and pepperoni pizza.

But when the Searcy, Arkansas restaurateur decided to mix church and cheese it gave a group of out-of-town atheists a bad case of indigestion. ... FoxNews.com

Rush Limbaugh

Drive-Bys Discover Obama's Coldness

Thursday, August 21, 2014
RUSH: Six years, six years, ladies and gentlemen, finally, maybe, after six years some in the Drive-By Media are finally coming to realize -- no -- some in the Drive-By Media finally coming to reeeeeealiiiiize, as Jill Abramson would say, who Obama is. Cookie, find me that Jill Abramson bite that we've been playing all week. Let the broadcast engineer know when you have it. Anyway, folks, here we are. Great to have you, as we head on down the tracks to another full week of broadcast excellence. The telephone number is 800-282-2882. The e-mail address, ElRushbo@eibnet.com. ... RushLimbaugh.com

Obama's Worldview: We're the Problem

Thursday, August 21, 2014
RUSH: Now, folks, I want to get started here on a popular perception of Obama's worldview. There's a lot of people I have run across in the throes of show prep pulling their hair out and wringing their hands trying to figure out why Obama doesn't do anything, doesn't really take action to deal with these really bad, evil people and the threats that they pose. I'm not gonna have time to complete this in-depth analysis before the next obscene profit time-out, but let me give you a heads-up. ... RushLimbaugh.com

2008 Flashback: Reviewing Obama's Citizen of the World Speech in Berlin

Thursday, August 21, 2014
RUSH: You know what I thought we would do, and it would be instructive. Do you remember Obama's speech in Berlin in July 2008? Given that one of the things we're talking about today is people's frustration, people on the left -- they'd vote for him again, make no mistake. But the Drive-Bys and a lot of people, they're really wringing their hands over the fact that Obama gave a lukewarm, passionless, didn't look like he really cared set of remarks about the beheading of James Foley, and then, 10 minutes later, is on the golf course. ... RushLimbaugh.com

The Indoctrination of American Youth

Thursday, August 21, 2014
RUSH: CBS News. This is from Dyer County, Tennessee, actually from the Charlotte CBS, I guess, TV station or bureau. ... RushLimbaugh.com

Thursday, August 21, 2014
The U.S. Navy’s top leader Wednesday released details of a five-year navigation plan that calls for increasing the forward presence of ships to about 120 by 2020, up from this year’s average of 97. ... Military.com

ISIS

ISIS' thirst for oil could lead to 'global catastrophe' if unchecked, experts say

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Islamic State's thirst for blood has the world on edge, but its equally insatiable yearning for oil could prove a "catastrophe" for the global economy if the terror organization isn't stopped, experts say. ... FoxNews.com

ISIS Commander Justifies Massacre: ‘We Had Called Upon the Yazidis to Convert'

Thursday, August 21, 2014
An Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) propaganda video released Wednesday includes an interview with a man identified as an ISIS military commander who defends the group's slaughter of hundreds of members of the Kurdish-speaking Yazidi sect. ... CNSNews.com

CEO: ISIS Threatened to Kill Journalist in Email

Thursday, August 21, 2014
In the days before journalist James Foley was brutally beheaded by a member of the Islamic State militant group, an e-mail sent to Foley's family threatened his execution in "vitriolic" terms, the CEO of the international news service he had worked for said Wednesday. ... Military.com

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Shamal Ahmad Tofiq was a fun-loving barber from the northern Iraqi town of Said Sada who liked women and a party – before he left his small hometown to find himself in Europe.

Now he is back, and, as a fast-rising member of Islamic State, is committed to killing his own countrymen. His family and fellow villagers say they watched from afar, communicating with Tofiq, now known as Sina Ahmad, by Facebook as he descended into radicalization after meeting jihadists in Athens. ... FoxNews.com

Other Headlines

People Blame Ice Bucket Challenge for Suffering in the Third World

Thursday, August 21, 2014
The "waste" of water has raised $22 million toward fighting an incurable disease. ... NationalReview.com

Quotes of the day

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Today, the entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the terrorist group, ISIL. ... HotAir.com

Culture Challenge of the Week: Taking Things for Granted

Thursday, August 21, 2014
We live in a culture that is all about “me, me, me.” Take a stroll through the mall on any given day and you will see children whining when they can’t have the latest toy or video game, while discouraged parents shrug their shoulders and give in. Hang around any retail store and it may seem like the “Gimme" generation is running the show. You hear an “I want this” and the register replies with a hearty “ch-ching!" ... TownHall.com

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