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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Oilers stacked between the pipes

Tulsa Oilers vs Denver Cutthroats  at BOK Center in Tulsa, OklahomaGoing into their preseason camp, there will be four prospective goalies trying to make the 2014-15 Tulsa Oilers roster. A former sixth round draft pick of the Carolina Hurricanes, two second-year professionals from the SPHL and from the European league, and a seven year veteran who has spent time in Europe and in the ECHL will be vying for two roster positions on head coach Bruce Ramsay’s squad.

Matt Mahalak was drafted in the sixth round to the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes in 2011 and has spent time in the Ontario Hockey League where he played three years with the Plymouth Whalers and one year with the Kingston Frontenacs.

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Don’t give the Masters of the Universe their amnesty

America's King George?

America’s King George?

An adapted version of a recent speech by Senator Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.), the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, on the Senate floor about Senate Democrats’ refusal to support legislation to block the president’s proposed executive actions on immigration policy, and the interests supporting amnesty is featured on The National Review.  Sessions said:

Earlier this week I spoke about the president’s promise that he would issue an executive amnesty to 5 or 6 million people. The planned amnesty would include work permits, photo IDs, and Social Security numbers for millions of people who illegally entered the U.S., illegally overstayed their visas, or defrauded U.S. immigration authorities.

The Senate Democratic conference has supported and enabled the president’s unlawful actions and blocked every effort to stop them. Not even one of our Democratic colleagues has backed the House legislation that would stop this planned executive amnesty or demanded that Senator Reid bring it up for a vote. Every Senate Democrat is therefore the president’s partner in his planned lawless acts.

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Oilers roster keeps growing

OilersLogoThe Tulsa Oilers hockey club recently signed four players to help fill out their roster for their preseason camp, expected to take place in the early weeks of October.

Kyle O’Kane, Stephen Blunden, Max Grassi and Jeff Jubinville are the newest additions to the Oilers offense.

Kyle O’Kane made his CHL debut with the Oilers during the 2012-13 season and is returning to Tulsa after spending the 2013-14 campaign with the St. Charles Chill.  In 62 games with the Chill, O’Kane, 27, posted a team-high 22 goals and chipped in 14 assists to cap off his second season as a professional.

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MRC Study: TV buries bad news on Obama

BarackObamaMediaPoll1A striking, but not surprising analysis in contrast by NewsBusters.org posted Monday delineates the difference in media coverage between Presidents Bush and Obama.

Rich Noyes writes: It’s no secret that television news has long been addicted to public opinion polls; decades ago, all three broadcast networks decided to partner with an influential newspaper (ABC News with the Washington Post; CBS News with the New York Times; and NBC News with the Wall Street Journal) to sponsor their own regular surveys for use in their political coverage.

That’s why it’s so extraordinary that polling news has practically vanished from the Big Three evening newscasts in 2014 as President Obama’s approval ratings have tumbled and the public opposes defining administration policies like ObamaCare. Just last Thursday, for example, Gallup found Obama’s approval rating at a record low of 38 percent, yet none of the three broadcast networks bothered to mention this on their evening or morning newscasts.

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