Egyptian Jihadists Behead Four Men In Sinai…

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Never ending savagery from the Religion of Peace™

Via Times of Israel:

The decapitated bodies of four men were found in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula Wednesday, security officials said, adding that they suspected jihadists had killed the victims in the belief they were supporting the army.

Egypt’s military has been carrying out a vast offensive against jihadist groups in the north of Sinai since militants stepped up attacks following the army’s ouster of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in July last year.

Residents in Sheikh Zuweid town, south of Rafah, discovered the bodies on Wednesday, two days after the men had been abducted, according to the security officials.

They said the militants may have murdered the men because they suspected the victims had aided the army’s offensive.

Ed Schultz: Maybe The Cops Need All That Heavy Armor Because Of Anti-Government Wingnuts…

You know, because there have been so many violent tea party protests.

Via Digitas Daily

Valerie Jarrett Defends Obama’s Response To Ferguson Riots: “He’s Doing His Job”…

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Only if his “job” consists of chipping and putting.

Via Breitbart:

President Obama is doing his job, according to White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, who is now defending his handling of the Ferguson shooting and the civil unrest that has followed.

“He’s doing his job and there’s no magic wand,” she said. “And there are no words that he can speak, alone, that will stop the violence.”

Obama spoke publicly about Brown’s death on three different occasions after leaving for his August vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, calling for patience in the investigation and peace in the community.

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Report: Obama Knew ISIS Was About To Behead James Foley As He Partied And Golfed…

Via ABC News:

ISIS had recently threatened to kill U.S. journalist James Foley to avenge airstrikes the United States has conducted in Iraq, a senior U.S. official told ABC News.

The White House had been aware of the threat prior to the release of a video Tuesday night that appears to show the beheading of Foley and warns that militants will carry out a similar act against U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, who went missing in August, the official said.

President Obama was briefed on the video aboard Air Force One Tuesday night as he returned to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, from Washington to resume his August vacation. The White House said the intelligence community is working to authenticate the gruesome video that allegedly shows Foley’s beheading.

British PM Cameron Cancels Vacation After ISIS Beheading Video… Obama Returns To His Martha’s Vineyard Vacation…

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Priorities.

LONDON — Intelligence officials were poring over a video purporting to show the beheading of an American journalist in Syria on Wednesday, urgently seeking confirmation of James Foley’s fate as well as clues about the identity of his executioner.

The graphic video shows Foley reciting threats against America before he is killed by an Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) militant. The voice narrating the video speaks fluent English and the U.K.’s foreign secretary suggested he might be British – a troubling but not altogether surprising development. Western officials have been sounding alarm bells for months over the flood of foreign fighters taking up arms in Syria and Iraq.

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer vacation to return to London and chair urgent meetings on the threat posed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria, calling the video “shocking and depraved.” British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the video appears to be genuine, adding that intelligence agencies on both sides of the Atlantic were working to identify the voice on the tape.

“We are very concerned by the apparent fact that the murderer in question is British,” Hammond told NBC News partner ITV News. “We are urgently investigating.”

Via The Hill:

President Obama went back to his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard Tuesday evening following less than 48 hours in Washington, leaving people puzzled over why he came back in the first place.

Obama’s two days in Washington were mostly quiet, and concluded with the president receiving his daily national security briefing in the morning, and joining Vice President Biden to huddle with members of his economic team in the afternoon.

Administration officials have insisted for weeks that the president just wanted to return to the White House for a series of meetings, but the explanation was met with a healthy dose of skepticism, since Obama rarely interrupts his vacations.

Judicial Watch estimates the extra roundtrip cost $1.1 million. Only daughter Malia accompanied Obama back to Washington.

Ferguson Protesters Throw Bottles Of Urine At Police…

Number of bottles of urine thrown at police officers at tea party rallies still zero.

Via Daily Mail:

Protests on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, were significantly calmer on Tuesday night, but the peaceful atmosphere disintegrated amid a series of clashes that led to 47 arrests, with police claiming they were pelted with bottles containing urine.

For most of the night demonstrations were calm with protesters holding signs and chanting, although the majority had taken the advice of leaders to wrap things up by nightfall.

Then just before midnight, the protests took a turn for the worst after some people started throwing plastic bottles at police.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson told CNN that ‘criminals’ had thrown urine at officers.

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D.C. Sees Spike In Race-Based Hate Crimes… Majority Of Victims White, Suspects Black…

Eric Holder and Al Sharpton reported to be inconsolable.

Via Washington Times:

Race-based hate crimes jumped in the District last year even as most other types of bias crimes decreased, with analysts saying such incidents could be vastly underreported among minority groups uncomfortable coming forward to authorities.

D.C. police say that of the 18 race-based hate crimes in 2013, the majority of victims were white and the majority of suspects black. The number of incidents was up from the 13 race-based bias crimes reported in 2012.

The disclosure comes as a wave of protests and unrest after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, has highlighted racial tension in the St. Louis suburb and prompted widespread calls for an evaluation of race relations between communities and their police departments. […]

Of the 18 victims of race-motivated hate crimes last year, 10 were white, four were black, two Hispanic, one Asian and one of another race, according to D.C. police.

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U.S. Intelligence: From Electricity To Sewage, Islamic State Is Fast Learning How To Run A Country…

Just a JV team.

Via Foreign Policy:

The militants have built new court systems to enforce their harsh interpretation of sharia law, which punishes thieves by amputating their hands and has sentenced numerous Christians and other religious minorities to death because of their beliefs, the officials added.

At the same time, the Islamic State has generally allowed the local bureaucrats in charge of hospitals, law enforcement, trash pickup, and other municipal services to stay in their jobs, according to intelligence officials. In some areas, sitting mayors and other top local officeholders are keeping their posts.

Taken together, the moves highlight the fact that the Islamic State, already the best-armed and best-funded terror group in the world, is quickly adapting to the challenges of ruling and governing. That, in turn, dramatically reduces the chances that the extremists will face homegrown opposition in what amounts to the world’s newest territory.

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HT: Hot Air

Historic Breakup: Declaration Of Independence Lesson Gets A Common Core Twist

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I read the article three times and all I can come up with is:

Yosemite Sam Bang

Via MOD Bee

Relationships are hard, especially with colonies and royalty involved. But with each breakup comes a new beginning, an independence even.

The tale of 13 colonies that defied taxation and battled their way to nationhood got a Common Core twist Monday, giving about 500 Enochs High juniors a history lesson they won’t forget.

Three social studies teachers worked together on the lesson, delivered in U.S. history classes schoolwide. The lesson started with background information, but not through a lecture, reading the chapter aloud or doing the unit quiz.

Clicking through a series of slides, teacher Janeen Zambo strode around the class asking students to figure out why something happened, what might happen next, and where they could get the information for their homework.[...]

With the background covered, she switched gears. A letter was left in her room, she said, unfolding a paper. Students need to remember their papers, not pass notes, because she reads aloud what gets left behind, she said to stunned silence.

The letter described a failing relationship. The writer needed space. It just wasn’t going to work out. Sympathetic murmurs greeted the harshest lines. As the bell rang, Zambo admitted it was not a classmate’s life they were hearing about, but the birth of a nation.

“We’re going to study the best breakup letter in the history of the world,” was how Zambo ended her first-period U.S. history class.

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Islamic State Now Has Army of More Than 80,000 Jihadists In Syria And Iraq, Recruited 6,000 Fighters Last Month Alone…

ISIS Convoy

50K in Syria and 30K in Iraq.

Via Al Jazeera:

The Islamic State group has an army of more than 50,000 fighters in Syria, and recruited 6,000 people in the last month, a monitoring group has said.

Rami Abdel Rahman, the director of the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said on Tuesday that the group’s recruitment push was gathering pace every month.

“July saw the largest recruitment since the group appeared in Syria in 2013, with more than 6,000 new fighters,” he said.

“The number of IS fighters has passed 50,000 in Syria, including 20,000 non-Syrians,” he said.

Al Jazeera cannot verify the observatory’s figures. However, an Islamic State source backed the statement and told Al Jazeera that the group also had 30,000 fighters in Iraq.

Abdel Rahman said the new recruits in Syria included more than 1,000 foreign fighters from Chechnya, China, Europe and Arab countries. He said most had entered Syria from Turkey.

Other recruits included defectors from the ranks of other armed opposition groups, including 200 from the al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front.

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Unreal: Dem Gov. Jay Nixon Calls For “Vigorous Prosecution” Of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson…

Nixon apparently not a big fan of “innocent until proven guilty.”

Sen. McCaskill: Move Ferguson Protests To ‘Green Space’ And Screen For Guns

Sounds good Claire, Move ‘em on, head ‘em up, head ‘em up, move ‘em on, move ‘em on, head ‘em … keep them doggies rollin’

Via CNS News

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) says she’d like to move the ongoing and frequently violent protests in Ferguson to public space that is away from the business district:

“Maybe we can move it to some green space and do some kind of just minimal screening to make sure guns are not going in,” McCaskill told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Tuesday.

“But right now, there is surveillance going on, and there is a real effort to try to find the people who are actually wanting the confrontation and causing the violence and seeing if we can’t begin to be more aggressive about making arrests of those people with the guns, with the weapons, and therefore make it safe for everyone.

“We over-policed for a few days, and then we completely under-policed,” she continued. “I think what they’re doing now is what they feel they have to do to keep it safe under these dangerous circumstances with these instigators in town.”

McCaskill said the media is giving a one-sided view of what’s happening in Ferguson.

The confrontations are well-covered, but “nobody’s interested in covering any of the efforts that’s going on with healing,” and that is having a dire impact on small businesses, she said

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Richland County SC, Sheriff Leon Lott: County’s Military-Grade Equipment Mostly For PR

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I feel better now knowing the MRAP is for parade duty only.

Via WISTV

The situation in Missouri is raising questions about the use of assault weapons and armored vehicles by law enforcement. Those questions have been posed before here in Richland County.

Sheriff Leon Lott appeared before the Columbia Rotary Club on Monday to answer plenty of those questions.

For example, the sheriff’s department has its own mine-resistant, ambush protected, or M-RAP, called “Mojo.”

It’s an intimidating piece of military-grade equipment, but it’s worth its weight in armor when it comes to creating good community relations, according to Lott.

“If the community doesn’t trust us, then we’re not doing our jobs,” said Lott. “And it’s not just about locking people up.”

Lott called in the M-RAP and members of his Special Response Team to demonstrate some of the crime-fighting tools at his disposal. Lott says the former military vehicles, including a tank called the “Peacemaker,” are used mostly for PR purposes.

“I have every piece of equipment there is,” said Lott. “And we’ve had them for years. And you probably see them out every weekend. You go to any church, festival, community group, school, you name it. The number one requested piece of equipment that people want to see is our tank and our M-RAP. They want to see this stuff. We show it, we take it out. We want people to see it. Why? For one we want the bad guys to know that we got it. Maybe that will scare them off.”

Lott says he disagrees with many of the tactics and actions taken so far by law enforcement in Ferguson. He says for instance, police officers should not be aiming weapons at unarmed protesters.

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