Obama’s ship is sinking

BarackObamaMADThe New York Post carried a column by Michael Goodwin September 14 that is stunning.  While the entire piece is well written and recommended, the last few paragraphs should give every living soul in the world pause to consider America’s most failed president, the one who promised so very much and delivered… nothing. You know the one, so consistently ideological that he shows lazy in every other detail – living proof that the skills required to win elective office are not the same skill-set required to successfully do the job.

Even for those with religious faith in President Barack Hussein Obama (the name he chose for swearing his oath of office), must admit Goodwin’s analysis is spot on.

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Eric Clapton tribute to JJ Cale

JJCaleClaptonBreezeEric Clapton has often said in public interviews that Tulsan JJ Cale is one of the single most important figures in rock history, a sentiment echoed by many of his fellow musicians. Cale’s influence on Clapton was profound, and his influence on many more of today’s artists cannot be overstated. To honor JJ’s legacy, a year after his passing, Clapton gathered a group of like-minded friends and musicians for Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale was released July 29, 2014. With performances by Clapton, Mark Knopfler, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Derek Trucks and Don White, the album features 16 beloved JJ Cale songs and is named for the 1972 single “Call Me The Breeze.”

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Sooner defense shines in win over Tennessee

Photo by Greg Duke, Tulsa Today

Photo by Greg Duke, Tulsa Today

The Oklahoma Sooners, behind a suffocating defense and efficient offense, boosted their record on the young season to 3-0, defeating the SEC’s Tennessee Volunteers Saturday night in Norman.

After receiving the game’s opening kickoff, the Volunteers began play on their own 25-yard line.  In a hint of how most of this evening would go, the Tennessee offense lost eight yards on their first play.  The relentless Sooner defense made life miserable for Vols quarterback Justin Worley from the outset, and he was never able to get comfortable in the pocket.  For the game, Worley was sacked five times, two others were negated by penalties and he was intercepted three times, including Julian Wilson’s record-setting 100-yard pick six to seal the win in the fourth quarter.
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Owls hammer TU

TUFootballLogoBOCA RATON, FL—It was a bad night for the Golden Hurricane. It took just eight minutes for Florida Atlantic to hang 17 points on TU in their first road trip of the 2014 season, and it was a deficit that they could not recoup as the Owls rolled to a 50-21 victory. It was the second straight loss for TU and the second week in a row that they allowed 50 points or more.

TU quarterback Dane Evans gave up two interceptions in the first half, one that was returned for a touchdown and another that killed a Golden Hurricane drive on the FAU four yard line.

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Surviving ISIS

“Narin,” pictured here, was deeply scarred by her ordeal. (Hassan Haji for the Washington Post)

“Narin,” pictured here, was deeply scarred by her ordeal. (Hassan Haji for the Washington Post)

I am a 14-year-old Yazidi girl given as a gift to an ISIS commander. Here’s how I escaped. Thus the headline in the Washington Post introduces a harrowing tale documented by Mohammed A. Salih a journalist based in Erbil. He covers the conflict in northern Iraq for several international news organizations.

Sa;oj writes: This is the story told to me by a 14-year-old Yazidi girl I’ll call “Narin,” currently staying in northern Iraqi Kurdistan. I am a Kurdish journalist with a journalism degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia who covers northern Iraq as a freelancer for several international news outlets. I heard about Narin’s tale through a Yazidi friend who knew her. Aside from translating from Kurdish and excerpting her story in collaboration with Washington Post editors, the only things I changed are all the names, at Narin’s request, to protect her and other victims from reprisal; many of her relatives are still in captivity.
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