Fallen PALINtician! Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin Emerges Looking Haggard In Wake Of Alleged Family Brawl – Where’s Her Wedding Ring?!

Originally posted on Radar Online:

Only days after an alleged brawl took the Palin family by storm, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was spotted shopping in Anchorage, Alaska, not looking like her normal self.

Dressed in red sweats and going makeup-free, Tea Party darling Palin quickly rushed into her car to avoid answering questions about the reported drunken brawl that took place on Todd Palin’s birthday. The former VP nominee shielded her face from the cameraman as he asked her if she had anything to say about the events that had unfolded.

Although her more-casual-than-usual appearance might be somewhat of a shock, what’s more notable is that she is out and about without her wedding ring. Could there be trouble in Palin Paradise since the alleged brawl?

PHOTOS: Sarah Palin’s Haggard And Without Wedding Ring Post Alleged Brawl

According to reports, Track Palin got into a fisticuffs with a man who might…

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Far-right French extremists rally against immigrants

Dr. Rania Masri

Originally posted on لماذا غزة؟ Why Gaza?:

I haven’t heard a better discussion about Israel’s actions in #Gaza than this 30 minute speech by Dr. Rania Masri.

I regularly post videos on my blog because I’m using my blog to compile good resources for future reference and I also want to share with others who may not be on Facebook where many of these videos are posted.

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Caucasus, Caspian: NATO To Build Military Bases In Azerbaijan?

Originally posted on Stop NATO...Opposition to global militarism:

Today’s Zaman
September 13, 2014

Will NATO build military bases in Azerbaijan?
Nazila Isgandarova

Intensified tension between Ukraine and Russia and regional instability continue to jeopardize the security of the oil resources of the Caspian Sea and important oil and gas routes. It also triggers the “security vacuum” in the region, which in turn invites rival powers to come along and occupy it.

Therefore, the threat in the region has two dimensions: the threat to the oil supply routes and the prospect of rival powers coming into the region. In this regard, growing competition in the South Caucasus between Russia and the Western powers is another important aspect of Azerbaijan’s security.

The main question is who will fill the security vacuum in the region. Some analysts anticipate that the conflict in Ukraine may result in NATO’s establishment of military bases in Azerbaijan. This speculation is doubted by many analysts due…

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Originally posted on Black History Collection:

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This May 28, 1961 headline from The Mexia (Texas) Daily News says “RIDERS REMAIN IN JAIL RATHER THAN PAY FINES.”  Right under the headline is an article with the title “Kennedy says Negro Could Be President Within 30-40 Years.”  The Freedom Riders challenged the status quo by riding interstate buses in the South in mixed racial groups to challenge local laws or customs that enforced segregation in seating. The Freedom Rides, and the violent reactions they provoked, bolstered the credibility of the American Civil Rights Movement. They called national attention to the disregard for the federal law and the local violence used to enforce segregation in the southern United States. Police arrested riders for trespassing, unlawful assembly, and violating state and local Jim Crow laws, along with other alleged offenses, but they often first let white mobs attack them without intervention.

Freedom Riders Near Burning Bus

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EU members purchased oil from ISIL: Official

Originally posted on Aletho News:

Press TV – September 15, 2014

A senior European Union official has revealed that some EU member states have purchased oil from ISIL Takfiri militants despite their rhetoric against the group.

In a briefing to the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee, EU Ambassador to Iraq Jana Hybas-kova said some European countries have purchased crude from the ISIL.

She, however, refused to disclose any names despite pressure by some Parliament members to do so.

The EU official also warned against any support by the West for separatist Kurdish groups who, she said, would destabilize the Middle East.

Earlier reports accused Turkey of buying and transporting oil from both the ISIL and Qaeda-linked Nusra Front. According to the reports, Western intelligence agencies could track ISIL oil shipments as they moved across Iraq and Turkey.

ISIL reportedly controls eleven oil fields in northern Iraq as well as Syria’s Raqqa province.

US intelligence officials…

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How Stephen King Teaches Writing

Originally posted on Contains Real Martin:


Looking back on his days in front of a high school classroom, the acclaimed writer shares his views on grammar and explains why discovering great literature is like losing one’s virginity. JESSICA LAHEYSEP 9 2014, 11:43 AM ET

Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft has been a fixture in my English classroom for years, but it wasn’t until this summer, when I began teaching in a residential drug and alcohol rehab, that I discovered the full measure of its worth. For weeks, I struggled to engage my detoxing, frustrated, and reluctant teenage students. I trotted out all my best lessons and performed all my best tricks, but save for one rousing read-aloud of Poe’s “A Tell-Tale Heart,” I failed to engage their attention or imagination.

Until the day I handed out copies of On Writing. Stephen King’s memoir of the craft is more than an inventory of…

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