3 Afghan army officers go missing from Cape Cod base

Jack Encarnacao
The Boston Herald

Three Afghanistan National Army officers were reported missing from an international military training exercise at Camp Edwards on Cape Cod after they disappeared without explanation.

Maj. Jan Mohammad Arash, Capt. Mohammad Nasir Askarzada and Capt. Noorullah Aminyar were all last seen at Cape Cod Mall on Saturday, the day they were reported missing, said Massachusetts National Guard Col. James Sahady.

“There is no indication that they pose any threat to the public,” Sahady said. In Afghanistan, shootings of American soldiers by rogue Afghan soldiers has been an ongoing problem. Last month, Maj. Gen. Harold Greene was killed by an Afghan soldier in an attack that wounded several other NATO and Afghan soldiers.

The three missing on Cape Cod were among 200 military professionals from six nations participating in a “senior professional command staff exercise,” Sahady said. They arrived in the Bay State on Sept. 11 for exercises that began Sept. 17 and run through Wednesday….



The article continues at The Boston Herald.



Update:   Full sized image is at 100 Percent Fed Up:





The Hillary Letters

Hillary Clinton, Saul Alinksy correspondence revealed

Alana Goodman
The Washington Free Beacon

Previously unpublished correspondence between Hillary Clinton and the late left-wing organizer Saul Alinsky reveal new details about her relationship with the controversial Chicago activist and shed light on her early ideological development.

Clinton met with Alinsky several times in 1968 while writing a Wellesley college thesis about his theory of community organizing.

Clinton’s relationship with Alinsky, and her support for his philosophy, continued for several years after she entered Yale law school in 1969, two letters obtained by the Washington Free Beacon show.

The letters obtained by the Free Beacon are part of the archives for the Industrial Areas Foundation, a training center for community organizers founded by Alinsky, which are housed at the University of Texas at Austin.

The letters also suggest that Alinsky, who died in 1972, had a deeper influence on Clinton’s early political views than previously known.

A 23-year-old Hillary Clinton was living in Berkeley, California, in the summer of 1971. She was interning at the left-wing law firm Treuhaft, Walker and Burnstein, known for its radical politics and a client roster that included Black Panthers and other militants.

On July 8, 1971, Clinton reached out to Alinsky, then 62, in a letter sent via airmail, paid for with stamps featuring Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and marked “Personal.”…



The article continues, with the letters, is at The Washington Free Beacon.



The Afghan girls who live as boys to survive fundamentalists

Maureen Callahan
The New York Post

In the Muslim world, where women are denied basic human rights — from divorce to drivers’ licenses, no protection from abuse or honor killings — there is no worse place than Afghanistan.

The United Nations, Save the Children and the Thompson Reuters Foundation have ranked Afghanistan as the worst place in the world to be a woman, a mother, a child and a newborn. The average life expectancy for a woman is 44.

Little surprise, then, that girls there don’t want to be girls.

In her new book “The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan” (Crown), journalist Jenny Nordberg explores the little-known phenomenon of the bacha posh — the girl or woman who passes, at home and in society, as male.

There is no historical record, no census-taking or database, but, as Nordberg writes, “One degree beyond the foreign-educated Kabul elite, many Afghans can indeed recall a former neighbor, a relative, a colleague or someone in their extended family with a daughter growing up as a boy.”…



The article continues at The New York Post.




Journos, whistleblowers decry Obama’s tightening noose on news, information

Mark Tapscott
The Washington Examiner

President Obama promised on his first full day in the Oval Office “an unprecedented level of openness in government.”

Obama also said the federal Freedom of Information Act “should be administered with a clear presumption: In the face of doubt, openness prevails.”

But six years later, journalists, whistleblowers and taxpayers are seeing anything but such openness.

Meeting jointly in Chicago last week, members of the American Society of News Editors, Associated Press Media Editors and AP Photo Managers were briefed by Sally Buzbee, the wire service’s Washington bureau chief, on “the eight ways the Obama administration is making it harder for journalists for find information and cover the news.”

Two of the eight examples cited by Buzbee concerned the FOIA, the 1966 law that guarantees the public’s right to access federal documents, subject only to nine specific exceptions…



The article continues at The Washington Examiner.





Tax refunds will be cut for ACA recipients

Susan Tompor
Detroit Free Press
via USA Today

A significant benefit of the Affordable Care Act is the opportunity to receive money-saving tax credits up front to cut the overall cost of health insurance, but now hundreds of thousands of consumers could owe back some of that money next April.

Those affected took advance payments of the premium tax credit for health insurance. Some married couples could owe $600 or $1,500 or $2,500 or even more. It might feel like a raw deal for some who are already suffocating under the escalating costs of health insurance.

“Health insurance is confusing enough, and now they’re adding the complexities of the Tax Code,” said Lorena Bencsik, a member of the Michigan Association of CPAs and owner of Prime Numbers in Ferndale.

When you file that 2014 tax return next year, the Internal Revenue Service will compare your actual income for the year with the amount you estimated when applying for exchange-based health insurance under the health insurance law.

The next open enrollment period begins Nov. 15. But notices were sent this week to some consumers whose incomes don’t match up to such things as 2012 tax return information…



The article continues at USA Today.




Iranian youths sentenced to flogging for dancing to 'Happy'




The People’s Cube

Did you hear? Pharrell Williams is asking us to take a break and be happy. I agree! But Iranian youth who filmed themselves dancing to Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’ were arrested, tried, and sentenced to 91 lashes and 6 months jail time each.

The sentences were suspended, however, because the case became too prominent in the media and caused international outcry. That means the punishment won’t be carried out unless they commit other crimes (only Allah knows what that might be.)

Iran ‘Happy’ dancers sentenced to prison, floggings for their ‘decadent’ dancing



Watch the video at The People’s Cube.



 Related:  Why aren’t liberal women outraged by Sharia law?