In this Dec. 17, 2011 photo provided by the U.S. Marine Corps, a K-MAX pilotless freight helicopter, a detachment from Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 1, transports cargo in Camp Dwyer, Helmand province, south of Kabul, Afghanistan. The pilotless helicopter, intended to fly cargo missions to remote outposts where frequent roadside bombs threaten access by road convoys, will be used in Afghanistan for a longer period of time than expected. (Photo: AP/U.S. Marines, Justin M. Boling) The Marines’ helicopter drone just had its stay serving troops in Afghanistan extended indefinitely. Reuters reported that although the K-MAX autonomous helicopter was initially deployed for limited use, Naval Air Systems Command spokeswoman Jamie Cosgrove said that the two being used in Afghanistan currently will remain there “until otherwise directed.” TheBlaze reported about the K-MAX’, developed by Lockheed Martin, last year when it receiving a tech upgrade to be controlled by a smartphone. The autonomous technology is useful for troops from a safety standpoint: Called the Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System (AACUS), it will allow resupply in harsh or dangerous climates in the dead of night without possibility of human error. It’s a military program designed to save lives, and dollars, at the same time. Much of this hinges on the ability to control the newly developed rotor UAV fleet and upgrade their onboard technologies. (Photo:AP/U.S. Marines, Justin M. Boling) The only human interaction the helicopter needs is to get started. Reuters went on to report Dan Schultz, vice president of Lockheed’s ship and aviation systems, saying the helicopters help protect troops by reducing the use of convoys to transport goods. The two helicopters alone have flown more than 1,000 missions and carried more than 3 million pounds of cargo, in total. Watch the K-MAX helicopter in action in this cargo drop test flight: U.S. troops are slated to pull out of Afghanistan in 2014. – Related: These Next Gen Military Drone Helicopters Will Be Controlled by Smartphones So Why Have Military Helicopters Been Flying Over Miami? We Explain, Plus See the Videos Viral Video: Deer Stuck on Ice Blown to Safety By Wind From a Helicopter Follow Liz Klimas on Twitter Read more stories from TheBlaze Video: Catholic Grandmother Assaulted While Praying Outside Planned Parenthood Does ‘Satan’ from Sunday’s Episode of ‘The Bible’ Remind You of Anyone? Karl Rove Snaps Back at Sarah Palin: ‘If I Did Run for Office & Win, I Would Serve Out My Term’ Eurozone Country: Surprise! We’re Putting at Least a 6.75% Tax on Your Bank Deposits John Boehner: ‘Can’t Imagine’ Ever Changing My Position Against Gay Marriage
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It’d be like Top Gun meets The Office . Comedy Central recently took a crack at it. Via Mediaite: Comedian Nick Kroll stars as “A New Kind of Soldier” in “A New Kind of War,” fighting battles from the comfort of his office chair. He and his fellow officers can eat as many donuts as they want and the only injury risk is carpal tunnel. WATCH: Kroll Show Get More: Comedy Central , Funny Videos , Funny TV Shows h/t Fox Nation Follow Meredith Jessup on Twitter Follow Meredith Jessup on Facebook Read more stories from TheBlaze Pope Benedict to Resign at the End of the Month — First to Do So in 600 Years SEAL Who Allegedly Shot and Killed Bin Laden Reveals Stunning New Details About the Raid — And You Won’t Believe How He Says the Gov’t Has Treated Him Since Nancy Pelosi: Violent Movies & Video Games Aren’t the Problem, Gun Laws Are CNN Anchor Asks With a Straight Face If Global Warming Is to Blame for Asteroid ‘Have We Seceded Already?’: Miss. State Supreme Court Accidentally Flies Confederate Flag
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Republican Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed into law two bills that prohibit unions from collecting fees from nonunion employees, marking yet another major defeat for organized labor in the Rust Belt. “I have signed the freedom to work bills into law.” – Gov Rick Snyder — Rick Snyder (@onetoughnerd) December 11, 2012 But perhaps more shocking than the fact that Michigan — Michigan! — is now a right-to-work state is the fact that many of the legislation’s most staunch opponents have gone virtually unchallenged in their rhetoric. “Whoever votes for this,” Michigan Education Association President Steve Cook warned on Monday, “is not going to have any peace for the next two years.” The next day, Democrat State Representative Douglas Geiss threatened right-to-work supporters from the floor of the Michigan House of Representatives. “We are about to undue 100 years of [labor progress],” said Rep. Geiss . “And there will be blood.” Thankfully, Geiss didn’t mention anything about milkshakes. “We will relive the Battle of the Overpass,” he added, referring to a violent 1937 incident involving union workers and Ford Motor Company security guards. The Michigan House of Representatives Democratic Caucus even tweeted (and later deleted) Rep. Giess ominous remarks: “We are going to undo 100 years of labor relations. And there will be blood. We will relive the Battle of the Overpass.” -Geiss #SaveMI — MI House Democrats (@MIHouseDems) December 11, 2012 And the crowning moment in pro-union warnings came when Jimmy Hoffa, president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters union, on Tuesday predicted a “civil war”: As reported earlier by TheBlaze, there was violence in Lansing. Conservative comedian and Fox News contributor Steven Crowder was assaulted by an alleged union activist: A tent owned by the pro-right-to-work group Americans for Prosperity was destroyed and collapsed on top of women and children: (Twitter) And Lansing’s own Clint Tarver had his hot dog stand smashed apart by alleged union activists: (Twitter) “I crawled out of the tent as they cut it. My tables were being spilled and stepped on. It was all just destroyed. I just couldn’t believe what I was hearing and seeing,” Tarver told the Lansing State Journal. Simply put, some pro-union supporters made remarks that sounded like they were encouraging violence and — surprise! — there was some violence. This is where things get interesting. You see, despite the fact that there is documented evidence of people making what sounds like threats and actual violence from alleged union supporters, there has been a bit of a media blackout. In fact, according to the conservative Media Research Center, Tuesday’s ABC, CBS, and NBC evening newscasts all ignored the attacks, only referring to the protests as “boisterous.” “None of them mentioned the attack on Crowder or showed the videos of that attack and the thugs tearing down a[n Americans for Prosperity]tent with people in it, both widely available on the Internet hours before the evening news show broadcast ,” MRC’s Dan Gainor writes in an op-ed on Wednesday. “No network quoted Teamsters head Jimmy Hoffa predicting ‘ civil war ‘ between lawmakers and union members,” he adds. Considering the fact that some in the media have made it their duty to falsely accuse conservatives of inciting violence, all the while speculating on how conservative “incivility” motivates criminals, we’d say the Lansing blackout reveals a pretty disturbing double standard. Think about it: There is audio of a Democrat congressman talking about “blood in the streets.” There is video of a Fox News contributor being assaulted. And this didn’t merit discussion by the big three networks? Okay, we know we’ve done this before ( back in July ), but in light of recent events, we think it bears repeating. For you consideration, here are some recent examples of when the media has — without any evidence or proof — rushed to (falsely) blame conservatives for random and senseless acts of violence: Dr. Amy Bishop Dr. Amy Bishop (AP) University of Alabama in Huntsville professor Dr. Amy Bishop on February 12, 2010, opened fire on 12 of her colleagues with 9-millimeter handgun, killing three and wounding three more. After the horrific incident, Reuters Foundation Fellow Jonathan Curiel pondered her motivation : “Does racism explain the tenure shooting and the tea party movement?” No. It doesn’t . Had Curiel done a little legwork, he would have discovered not only Bishop’s long history of violence , but also the fact that, according to one family source , she “was a far-left political extremist who was obsessed with President Obama.” The Discovery Channel Eco-Terrorist Jason Lee (image courtesy: CBS News/Shepherd Johnson) Armed with two starter pistols and an explosive device, 43-year-old eco-terrorist James Lee entered the Discovery Communications headquarters in Silver Spring, Md., on September 1, 2010, and took three people hostage. After a tense four-hour standoff, authorities shot Lee dead, freeing the hostages. But when the story broke, Think Progress rushed to claim that Lee’s rambling, incoherent, and frightening eco-manifesto sounded, like, totally similar to certain conservative immigration reform groups .Therefore, he’s probably one of those crazy, right-wing extremists , right? Wrong. Here’s a sample of Lee’s manifesto : Humans are the most destructive, filthy, pollutive [sic] creatures around and are wrecking what’s left of the planet with their false morals and breeding culture. For every human born, ACRES of wildlife forests must be turned into farmland in order to feed that new addition over the course of 60 to 100 YEARS of that new human’s lifespan! THIS IS AT THE EXPENSE OF THE FOREST CREATURES!!!! All human procreation and farming must cease! It is the responsibility [sic] of everyone to preserve the planet they live on by not breeding any more children who will continue their filthy practices. Children represent FUTURE catastrophic pollution whereas their parents are current pollution. NO MORE BABIES! Conservatives support many things, but a world where people die so that trees might live isn’t one of them. The Times Square Bomber Faisal Shahza (AP) On May 1, 2010, two New York Times Square street vendors noticed smoke pouring out of an SUV and quickly alerted a nearby police officer. Upon further investigation, authorities discovered a car bomb that had failed to detonate and removed it without any further incident. The media and left-leaning politicians didn’t waste any time jumping to conclusions. The person who tried to bomb Times Square was probably “a mentally deranged person or somebody with a political agenda that doesn’t like the health-care bill or something,” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg suggested during an interview with Katie Couric. The Nation’s Robert Dreyfuss claimed that the bomber was “either a lone nut job or a member of some squirrely branch of the Tea Party, anti-government far right. Which actually exists in Connecticut, where, it seems, the car’s license plates were stolen.” And, of course, from the lovely folks at the Daily Kos : The reality is that in this country there seem to be essentially two scenarios that can unfold at this point when we hear about terrorism, two kinds of people/groups that typically end up being involved. And that says quite a lot in and of itself. If I were the Tea Partiers, I wouldn’t be too quick to dwell on the question of why Americans might think they’re involved in terrorism. I don’t think that’s a discussion that’s going to go well for them. Two days after the bomb was found, the feds arrested 30-year-old Faisal Shahza who, according to U.S. officials, was trained in a Pakistani terrorist camp . He was later found guilty and sentenced to life in prison for his botched attempt at terrorism. When the judge told him that he’d never walk again as a free man, Shahza responded with “Allahu akbar.” “If I am given 1,000 lives, I will sacrifice them all for the sake of Allah fighting this cause, defending our lands, making the word of Allah supreme over any religion or system,” Shahza told a packed courtroom . So, wait, he wasn’t mad about Obamacare? ‘The Dark Knight’ Massacre James E. Holmes appears in Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo., July 23, 2012. (AP) After James Holmes committed unspeakable acts of violence at a midnight screening of “ The Dark Knight Rises ” last Friday, ABC’s Brian Ross — in what can only be described as a sloppy act of journalism — practically jumped at the chance to tie the shooter to the Tea Party . “There is a Jim Holmes of Aurora, CO, uh Paige, on the Colorado Tea Party site as well, talking about him joining the Tea Party last summer. We don’t know if this is the same Jim Holmes, but it is Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado,” Ross said. Problem: Ross and ABC never investigated the connection. Had they checked their facts, they would’ve discovered that the 52-year-old Tea Partier was not, in fact, the same man arrested by Aurora police that morning. But that didn’t stop Ross. He went on national television and casually tossed out the idea that the Tea Party might somehow be connected to the “Batman” massacre. Palin Caused the Gabby Giffords Shooting Jared Loughner (AP) Aside from the “Batman” massacre, this is probably the most egregious example of the media rushing to blame conservatives for terrible acts of violence. Mentally disturbed and apolitical Jared Loughner on January 8, 2011, took a taxi to a Safeway supermarket in Casas Adobes, Ariz., and opened fire on a crowd that had gathered to meet Democrat Rep. Gabby Giffords. Loughner’s rampage left six people dead and injured thirteen more, including the congresswoman who, miraculously, survived a bullet to the head. But before the police even had time to collect all of the shell casings, the media had already accused former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin — and everyone like her – of being responsible for Loughner’s insanity. “Arizona massacre: Should Sarah Palin share the blame?” read one headline . Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, blamed Palin as well as Sharron Angle for the shooting : “I think [their] statements are totally irresponsible and they’re not without consequences.” Elsewhere, the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank blamed Palin and Glenn Beck for the shooting. “Both are finally being held to account for recklessly playing with violent images in a way that is bound to incite the unstable,” said Milbank during an appearance on CNN’s “ Reliable Sources .” The New York Times’ Paul Krugman published a blog post blaming conservatives for the tragedy within just hours of the incident : Just yesterday, Ezra Klein remarked that opposition to health reform was getting scary . Actually, it’s been scary for quite a while, in a way that already reminded many of us of the climate that preceded the Oklahoma City bombing. You know that Republicans will yell about the evils of partisanship whenever anyone tries to make a connection between the rhetoric of Beck, Limbaugh, etc. and the violence I fear we’re going to see in the months and years ahead. But violent acts are what happen when you create a climate of hate. And it’s long past time for the GOP’s leaders to take a stand against the hate-mongers. Here’s the best part of his junk logic: “We don’t have proof yet that this was political, but the odds are that it was.” Wait, what? Of course, as everyone now knows, Loughner wasn’t motivated by conservatives – he was motivated by the voices in his head. Prior to the Tuscon shooting, he didn’t watch TV, he burned American flags , he “disliked” the news, he pored over “The Communist Manifesto ” and “ Mein Kampf ,” and he didn’t listen to talk radio. Furthermore, it has been revealed that he is a registered independent . “He didn’t take sides. He wasn’t on the left. He wasn’t on the right,” said Loughner’s high school friend Zach Osle . – Now let’s be absolutely clear: What happened in Lansing pales in comparison to what happened in Aurora and Tucson. It’s not even close. We are not equating what happened to Tarver and Crowder with the horror Holmes and Loughner inflicted on innocent people. Our point is this: With no evidence whatsoever, left-leaning personalities have in the past practically tripped over themselves to be the first to blame conservatives for violence. But when people on the left are actually caught making ominous warnings of violence, and violence does occur, for some reason the media becomes very concerned that we don’t rush to judgment. “It’s the old story — at time of Gabby Giffords shooting, the problem was apparently metaphor,” said National Review columnist Mark Steyn during a Wednesday’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto.” “Metaphor was dangerous, if you say you were Sarah Palin and said this particular congressional district is in the crosshairs, you were fomenting violence. Now we have actually violence, and it goes entirely unreported by all the ninnies and nellies who were wailing about the use of metaphor at the time of the Gabby Giffords thing,” he adds. “Absolutely disgraceful, but as you say entirely predictable.” Follow Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) on Twitter Featured image courtesy Steven Crowder. This post has been updated. 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At the New York Times, ” Dancing Up a Storm but Dying to Rock: Kesha Tilts Closer to a Rock Sound With ‘Warrior’ “: At the Third Encore rehearsal studio in North Hollywood there’s a wall decorated with photographs of clients who’ve prepared there for tours, legends like Robert Plant and Slash. In a room behind that wall, waiting while her band and dancers rehearse for a live appearance at the American Music Awards, sat Kesha, 25, a young woman who’d really like to join that swaggering pantheon. A hugely popular, if deeply polarizing, singer who ruled the radio in 2010 with No. 1 smashes like “Tik Tok“ and now returns with “Warrior” (RCA), the follow-up to the smash album “Animal” and its EP supplement, “Cannibal,” Kesha would be filed under dance pop by most people. So it’s surprising to discover just how much reverence she has for the rock 1970s, an era that ended seven years before she was born. For instance Kesha’s look today was inspired by Marc Bolan of the glam-rock band T. Rex. “I was watching a documentary on Bolan, and he’s wearing all these funny suits, and I was like, ‘I want to wear a funny suit,’ “ she said. She was sporting a black wide-brimmed hat with a pink rose nestled in it, a black jacket with a garish floral pattern and a pimplike extravagance of rings. Strangely, though, there’s no glitter, one of Kesha’s trademarks and an affinity she shares with that long-dead rocker. And like Bolan, Kesha practices her own androgyny. The persona she developed on “Animal” parties hard, trash-talks and treats conquests like sex toys, just as male rock stars have done for decades. But precisely because Kesha challenged double standards by seizing male rock’s license to misbehave, she became a lightning rod for contempt. “Oh God, I have so many people who hate me, it’s unbelievable,” Kesha said, her laughter tinged with discomfort. “It’s the main reason I don’t go online.” She added, “There’s people who want me to die.” The Web abuse includes hate blogs and a patronizing video skit made by a Princeton humor magazine in which the poet Paul Muldoon analyzes “Tik Tok.” Attributing her use of rapping and AutoTune to an inability to sing, detractors assumed that Kesha was a manufactured puppet. Actually she jointly writes her songs, supplying the lyrics and most of the vocal melodies. The rap element, influenced by the Beastie Boys, and the gimmicky use of AutoTune effects, inspired by Daft Punk, were deliberate choices. As with other female stars with over-the-top cartoon images, like Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj, the persona is her own creation. “Kesha” is an amped-up caricature of Kesha Sebert’s real self and the feral lifestyle she was leading here at the time “Animal” was recorded. And whether you find her trashy antics annoying or refreshing in a pop era of anodyne glamour, there’s no denying that Kesha’s music caught the mood of embattled hedonism in post-crash America. Her live-for-now stance, in songs like the current hit single “Die Young,” made her pop’s YOLO queen two years before that acronym, which stands for “You only live once,” became a rallying cry for let’s-get-wrecked recklessness. Discussing her potty-mouthed, Jack Daniels-swigging image, she said: “You must realize by this point that I’m in on the joke. I know I sound like a jackass half the time. I do it on purpose.” Actually Kesha seemed not very jackasslike that evening, but reflective and earnest. Flashes of the flirty playfulness of her videos were offset by hints of vulnerability. Robin James, a professsor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte who writes about female personas in 21st century pop culture, argued that messy hedonism is treated differently when the perpetrator is female. “If you look at, say, Judd Apatow movies, the women have to be responsible and stable and pursue careers, while the men get to behave badly,” she said. “But when women are irresponsible, they get punished for it.” Continue reading .
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Remember when YouTube accidentally blocked the Democratic National Convention’s livestream for a short period of time? This was due to an incorrect copyright claim, and now, YouTube is taking steps to make it harder to block videos on the site. The Google-owned product is updating its algorithms and may even manually review some copyright infringement complaints before blocking now. This image shows up when a video has been bocked due to claims of copyright infringement on YouTube. Here’s what Rights Management Product Manager Thabet Alfishawi writes of the update on YouTube’s blog : Content owners have uploaded more than ten million reference files to the Content ID system. At that scale, mistakes can and do happen. To address this, we’ve improved the algorithms that identify potentially invalid claims. We stop these claims from automatically affecting user videos and place them in a queue to be manually reviewed. This process prevents disputes that arise when content not owned by a partner inadvertently turns up in a reference file. Smarter claim detection minimizes unintentional mistakes. Of course, we take action in rare cases of intentional misuse, up to and including terminating Content ID access. YouTube is being praised to an extent for making these updates. Ars Technica’s Timothy Lee calls it “clearly an improvement [but] still leaves a lot to be desired.” Lee also includes the opinion of Regent University law school graduate who has the website FairUseTub.org, Patrick McKay, saying he is “cautiously optimistic” about the improvements. “It looks like they have finally made the exact change I and other critics of the Content ID dispute process have been calling for them to make,” he said. “I only regret that it took YouTube several years to realize that giving copyright claimants the ability to reinstate their own claims was a problem,” McKay told Ars Technica. Alfishawi wrote on the blog that the YouTube team “still a lot of work ahead of us, but we believe that these are significant steps forward in our efforts to keep YouTube a vibrant place where the rights of both content owners and users are protected and everyone can control their original content and make money from it – money which can be put towards the production of more great content.” Follow Liz Klimas on Twitter Read more stories from TheBlaze ‘What Was Romney Doing? He Was Winning!’: Angry Chris Matthews Unloads on Obama Post-Debate BlazeChat: Romney & Obama Square Off in First Presidential Debate What Was That Odd ‘Thud’ Sound During the Debate? Listen Here Al Gore Actually Blames High Altitude in Denver for Obama’s Debate Performance ‘Homophobic, Anti-Semite & a Racist’: Ann Coulter & Civil Rights Activist Have Fiery Exchange on Current TV
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YouTube ‘Cautiously’ Praised for Video Takedown Policy Update
Although Carlos Miller, who maintains the advocacy blog Photography Is Not a Crime on Pixiq, generally writes about instances when police have taken cameras and deleted pictures or video footage, this time he’s bringing up a case involving the U.S. Transportation Security Administration. Miller was emailed by St. Kitts-bound passenger Tom McCormack recounting how the TSA in Puerto Rico confiscated and allegedly deleted footage he was taking of them before returning his device. He began filming the TSA checkpoint when he was approached by an agent who said he had to stop. To this he responded that it was his Constitutional right, which the agent seemed to accept. McCormack, whose footage was allegedly deleted by TSA, recovered a short clip. (Image: YouTube screenshot) Continuing through security though, after passing through the X-ray scanner, he says he was approached by two female agents and, wanting to film the encounter, took out his camera again. Here’s how he describes what happened next: One of them approached me and violently ripped the camera from my hands. I was shocked and told her to give it back and lunged for my camera. They took my camera and passport and boarding pass and ran off to some corner to confer with one another. A police officer approached and asked where I was from. I said California. The conversation went like this: Me: “I’m from California. Why?” Him: “Well, each State has its own rules.” Me: “But this is TSA. A Federal agency. Therefore the State laws don’t apply. Besides, the First Amendment of the Constitution trumps state rules.” Him: “This is an airport. You can’t just videotape people. You need permission.” Me : “Nonsense, this is a public arena. There is not permission required or any expectation of privacy here.” Him: “No, Puerto Rico is not like the States. There are local laws that have nothing to do with the way they do things in the States.” McCormack goes on to say he asked for the camera back. He eventually got it but as he was walking away, he found the cartridge, which held some personal photos, had been taken. He went back to the police officer, told him he wanted the card back, and threatened to call a lawyer. He got the card, McCormack wrote to Miller, but the videos were deleted. The explanation McCormack says he received: “It must have fallen on the ground.” This one bit of footage was recovered. It is unclear who the woman is in the footage though, as it appears she is wearing regular clothes, not an official uniform: The discussion regarding discrepancies between what Constitutional rights and laws would be applicable in this event, Miller writes, has been occurring on Flyer Talk. Here’s what the user mkt wrote (emphasis added): Puerto Rico is US property, but is not part of the US. And we have a completely unique culture, which while compatible with US culture, is separate from it. Among those cultural elements are our own laws, our own constitution, and our own legal system . And after showing this thread to 3 different local attorneys: Believes that the OP violated the TSO’s right to privacy under Article 2, sec 8 of the Puerto Rico, since while they may be government employees, they are not considered public figures (elected). He said if this were to go to local court, you’d lose – you’d have to take it to federal court to have a chance of winning. Believes that only government can infringe on a persons rights. However, they also believe that a case might exist where the TSO can sue to OP. Her words.. “he’s fu**ed”, and she cited this from the TSA’s own website: “While the TSA does not prohibit photographs at screening locations, local laws, state statutes, or local ordinances might.” And while not 100% certain, she believes that there is a local regulation that also prohibits video at SJU. Believes the TSA’s right to privacy was violated, but cannot be sure until a court decides. Another user on the site responded writing that filming in public places is recognized as a First Amendment right and that the U.S. Constitution does in fact apply in Puerto Rico. A part of the U.S. Constitution that does not apply to citizens in Puerto Rico though is voting in the general presidential election . Related: Cops Arrested Journalist at Occupy Miami and Allegedly Deletes His Video…That He Later Recovers Texas Cop Shoots Suspect 41 Times — And Police Confiscate Cellphone With Photos of It All This story has been updated for clarification. (H/T: Drudge Report ) Follow Liz Klimas on Twitter Read more stories from TheBlaze Landmark Calif. Burger Joint Forced to Shut Down Over ADA Lawsuit $1M Lottery Winner Who Continued to Collect Food Stamps Dies of Possible Overdose Hugo Chavez: ‘If I Were American, I‘d Vote for Obama’ Muslims Torch, Loot Buddhist Holy Sites in Bangladesh Over Alleged Facebook Photo Pastor Offers Fiery Rebuke of Fellow Blacks: End Your ‘Slavish Devotion to the Democrat Party’
A blink at what’s being said about the presidential race at this moment… NYT : “The state-by-state landscape facing Mr. Romney is more daunting than he expected by this stage in the contest. He anticipated, aides said, to be in a position of strength in at least some of the states that turned Democratic in 2008 for the first time in a generation, but few of them show signs of breaking decisively his way, and Mr. Obama still has more and clearer paths to 270 electoral votes. … The president and his aides are aware that everything could change in an instant, particularly with three presidential debates looming, and said Democrats could not be complacent.” MSNBC: Asked by Chuck Todd today if the Obama campaign is “winning right now,” Senior Strategist David Axelrod tepidly answered, “I think we’re doing well…” CBS : On This Morning today, Norah O’Donnell asked asked Romney campaign adviser Dan Senor about the state of the campaign. “I think fine,” he said. “These polls are going to move all over the place and I think there’s a tendency to overreact, in the punditry class, to the daily news that furnishes the headlines each day. The reality is it’s a very close race. Both campaigns have agreed that it’s going to be a close race right until the end. We’ve seen some movement that’s not positive; we’ve seen some movement that’s very positive. …” Washington Post : “One GOP strategist close to the campaign, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to offer candid advice, said that this is a time in the election cycle when voters begin to take a last good look at the candidates and that the first debate must be the moment for Romney to rise. If he doesn’t do well there, the strategist concluded, ‘I am not sure folks will pay as much attention to later ones.’” ABC News : “Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan told colleagues at the House GOP Conference Thursday morning not to get distracted from the party’s efforts to defeat Democrats this fall. But he did not specifically mention leaked videos of Mitt Romney at a fundraiser that have plagued the GOP presidential campaign this week. According to Republicans leaving the meeting, Ryan did not bring up the videos, but told his colleagues not to get distracted by daily polls. ‘He just said they have a plan laid out and they are following the plan and they are going to do things they need to do and not to get distracted or discouraged by what happens on the everyday stuff,’ Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Ida., said…” Follow Eddie Scarry on Twitter Read more stories from TheBlaze Obama Campaign Actually Replaces 50 Stars on American Flag With Campaign ‘O’ Logo Free Speech That Mocks Islam Is National Security Threat for U.S., Prominent NJ Imam Tells TheBlaze CNN‘s Soledad O’Brien Confronts Joel Osteen on His ‘Being Gay Is a Sin’ Stance: ‘That Is the Opposite of Uplifting’ ‘The Five’ Attacks TheBlaze Over Blind Sheikh Story: ‘This Report Is B.S.’ Man Spends $20K Cleaning Abandoned Lot Near His Business– City Threatens Legal Action
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State of the race: Cautious
Just as Chicagoans saw Black Hawk helicopters with “heavily armed men” hanging out of them in April this year and were told it was part of a routine training exercise, so to are the residents of Minneapolis being alerted to an upcoming urban training. WCCO (via CBS Local) stated Monday that residents are not to be alarmed if they see a similar scene of low-flying military helicopters. It reported the U.S. Special Operations Command would be conducting exercises from now through the beginning of September. (Image: YouTube screenshot) Watch the report: Residents have begun uploading some footage of the Black Hawks flying through their city onto YouTube. Below are a few of the videos. (Image: YouTube screenshot) This footage uploaded by the user syreeves was shot from the 28th floor of the Wells Fargo Building on 90 S. and 7th St. “Yep, that’s the view outside my window,” he says: Syreeves described the activity as three helicopters in single file that “climbed to a hover over the building, held it for about 10 seconds apiece and then took off down Marquette Ave.” This video shows the helicopters flying around the Hennepin Avenue Bridge: Here’s a video from the same location uploaded by the same YouTube user — G20Detainee — that shows the helicopters flying more in formation: Related: Possible Drone Spotted in Chicago Suburbs in Preparation for NATO Summit: See the Video ‘We Have Never Seen Anything Like This Before’: Beck and Military Weigh In on Army’s Public Training Exercises ‘Wake Up and Smell the Unrest’: Experts Say ‘TrapWire’ Surveillance Overhyped But It Raises Important Civil Liberties Issues Follow Liz Klimas on Twitter Read more stories from TheBlaze Ron Paul: 9/11 Victims Would Still Be Alive If ‘Paul People Had Been in Charge’ Atheist Richard Dawkins Tells Playboy: We Are ‘Apes,‘ Evidence for Jesus’ Existence ‘Is Surprisingly Shaky’ & Christ Dying for Humanity‘s Sins Is a ’Truly Disgusting Idea’ DNC Proceeds With 2-Hour Islamic ‘Jumah’ Prayers After Rejecting Cardinal’s Blessing (And You Won‘t Believe Who’s Invited) ‘Blatantly Homophobic’: Furor Erupts After Mormon-Owned TV Station Refuses to Air New NBC Show About a Gay Couple Scientist Bill Nye Hammers Creationists: Evolution-Deniers ‘Hold Everybody Back,‘ Harm Children’s Education & Hold Views That Will Eventually Be Extinct
The video purports so show Syrian rebels executing Assad’s loyalists. And see the New York Times, ” Syrian Fighting Intensifies in Battle for Control of Aleppo .” BEIRUT, Lebanon — The battle for the Syrian city of Aleppo intensified on Wednesday as United Nations observers there reported that Syrian jets had fired rockets into contested neighborhoods and that rebels had commandeered tanks and other heavy weapons. Opposition leaders — a few hours after President Bashar al-Assad urged his forces to step up the fight — also said that they had found dozens of bodies in a suburb of Damascus in the aftermath of the Syrian Army’s house-to-house search for rebel fighters and activists. This claim of a new massacre came as the rebels faced severe criticism themselves for what appeared to be their brutal summary execution, one day earlier, of suspected pro-government gunmen on the streets of Aleppo, recorded and uploaded on the Internet. Videos purported to have been taken in the Damascus suburb, Jdeidet Artouz, showed bodies lined up under bloodstained sheets, as a narrator gave an estimated count that continued rising: 37, 42, and then even more. “I counted 52 bodies,” said Abu Abdullah, a resident who said he had helped move the dead to a local mosque before burial. “I’m really shocked. Why here?” The bodies were found near an area where rebels said fighting had flared in the past week. But analysts said the bodies appearing outside Damascus in a town also filled with refugees — along with reports of renewed fighting in the capital and an escalation of combat in Aleppo, Syria’s largest metropolis and commercial center — all suggested that the 17-month-old conflict was becoming increasingly intense and bitter, with more front lines and more bloodshed. “It’s a rapid escalation,” said Andrew J. Tabler, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “Once you start using fixed-wing aircraft and you have a city under full revolt, it’s clear that the Assad regime is not going to stop and is not breaking. We’re entering a new phase of this conflict.” Continue reading .
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Atrocities Seen as Battle for Aleppo Intensifies