You stay classy, Roger Simon.
You stay classy, Roger Simon.
Still not known if he was kidnapped or they are unable to locate his remains.
An Israeli soldier is missing following a bloody seven-hour battle Sunday in an East Gaza neighborhood, Israel’s military said Tuesday, but it was unknown yet whether the soldier was dead or alive. The development could complicate diplomatic efforts underway to stop the conflict between Israel and Hamas as it enters its third week.
Hamas announced Sunday that it had captured an Israeli soldier. Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations promptly denied the claim, but Israel’s military said it was investigating. The soldier was one of seven Israelis inside an armored personnel carrier in the Shijaiyah enclave when Hamas militants attacked with an antitank missile.
On Tuesday, Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, an Israeli army spokesman, said the military has not been able to identify the soldier’s remains from among those removed from the vehicle.
“We have positively identified six dead soldiers, and we still need to determine if the seventh soldier is missing,” Lerner said.
Via CNS News:
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) accused House Republicans of treating unemployed Americans like “road kill” at an event where she and other Democrats demanded an extension of insurance benefits for the long-term unemployed even though jobs grew faster after they expired.
A spokesperson for House Speaker John Boehner dismissed DeLauro’s accusations, pointing to data in a recent House Ways & Means Committee report that indicates that employment and jobs have grown faster since the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program expired on Dec. 28, 2013.
“There were more jobs and far more people were employed after the EUC program ended than while it operated,” the report stated.
“More unemployment checks won’t create less unemployment, in fact, the evidence suggests they create more,” said Matt Wolking, communications advisor for Boehner.
President Obama also recently bragged that “we’ve now seen the fastest job growth in the United States in the first half of the year since 1999.” June data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showed that the unemployment rate has fallen to 6.1 percent, down from 6.3 percent in May.
But DeLauro ignored the data, suggesting that Republicans want the unemployed to “suffer.”
Via one of IS’ Twitter accounts:
Including 3,000 with Western passports.
Via LA Times:
Thousands of foreign fighters have bolstered the ranks of militant groups in Syria and Iraq in recent months, according to U.S. officials, driving fresh concern about potential terrorist plots aimed at the United States or its allies.
The surge, as well as intelligence that Yemeni terrorists have developed a powerful cellphone bomb designed to avoid detection at airports, is behind the Obama administration’s increasingly urgent warnings that a European or American passport holder might try to take down a passenger jet or plan other deadly mayhem.
As many as 10,000 foreign fighters — a third more than in February — have joined the militias seeking to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad and the Islamic State fighters who have swept across northern Iraq, said a counter-terrorism official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss classified assessments.
As many as 3,000 of them hold European or other Western passports and thus can travel easily across most borders. Several dozen, perhaps as many as 100, hold U.S. passports, and officials say that number is growing.
The potential partnership between some of those Westerners and sophisticated bomb makers from the Yemen-based Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, long viewed as the terrorist network’s most dangerous offshoot, has raised alarm in Washington and other capitals.
“It’s something that gives us really extreme, extreme concern,” Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. told ABC News last week. “In some ways, it’s more frightening than anything I think I’ve seen as attorney general.”
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The political arm of Planned Parenthood expects to spend $3 million to support Texas Democrats in the 2014 general election, a move that has raised concerns from anti-abortion activists about whether they can match that sort of money in a fight to attract women voters.
Cecile Richards, president of the national advocacy group Planned Parenthood Votes, said the effort aims to draw differences between Democrat Wendy Davis and Republican Greg Abbott, the state attorney general, in the campaign for governor.
“When women have a chance to know the difference between candidates, they won’t vote for someone who is against them,” Richards told the San Antonio Express-News.
Planned Parenthood organizers said they want an aggressive field program to reach more than 300,000 women through phone banks, door-to-door visits, direct mail, social media and radio and online advertising.
DOD retains the vehicle titles to circumvent EPA regulations.
Via Military Times
The Defense Department has resumed transferring excess military vehicles to civilian emergency personnel after reaching an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency, said Jeffrey Curtis, executive director, logistics operations support for the Defense Logistics Agency.
The 2.5- and 5-ton trucks, Humvees and Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles run on diesel engines that do not meet EPA requirements, but the Defense Department has a national security exemption allowing it to use the vehicles, Curtis said. The DLA temporarily halted transfer of the vehicles to first responders on June 19 after becoming aware that the exemption did not carry over once the vehicles were given to first responders.
This prompted a group of 25 lawmakers led by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., to write a July 10 letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel saying that the equipment was badly needed by firefighters and other emergency personnel.
“While we understand that DoD and EPA may be close to resolving this issue, we respectfully request that you provide us with your specific course of action for rescinding the restrictions placed on both the FEPP and FPP programs and clarify any vehicle title concerns raised by state foresters and law enforcement agencies,” the letter says.
Curtis said the EPA has allowed the flow of vehicles to emergency personnel to resume because the Defense Logistics Agency agreed to keep the titles indefinitely. Thus, the vehicles retain their exemption from EPA standards after they are given away.
The agreement should not delay when the vehicles can be provided to emergency personnel, nor should it limit what types of vehicles can be transferred, Curtis said.
Wait, does Jill know her husband voted for the Iraq war?
Via New Yorker:
[A]fter Obama secured the nomination, he called Biden to ask if he would allow himself to be vetted for Vice-Presidential consideration. Biden declined, asking his aides, Can anyone even name Lincoln’s Vice-President? But Jill Biden urged him to reconsider. She told me, “I was angry at George Bush for getting us into that war. To me, it was so senseless.” She had pushed her husband to run for President, because, she said, “You’ve got to end that war.” Now the Vice-Presidency was another chance. Moreover, she added, “Joe started out in politics because of civil rights. And then for this to evolve and then come to this historic moment, with the first black man ever elected to be President of the United States, and for Joe to be a major part of that, I thought was really almost a fairy tale.” There was only one problem. “What was it going to be like to be No. 2?” she said. “And for him to be supporting someone else’s positions?” Biden had never worked for anyone, and he was not sure he could. He told a friend about the decisive conversation with his wife. He asked her, “How am I going to handle this?” To which she replied, “Grow up.”
So glad we helped “liberate” these people.
(AFP) – Suspected militiamen have beheaded a Philippine worker in Libya after singling him out because he was not a Muslim, the Philippine Foreign Department said.
Department spokesman Charles Jose said this reinforced the government’s order to all Filipinos to evacuate the country because of the worsening security situation.
He told reporters the Filipino construction worker was kidnapped on July 15 and his beheaded remains were found in a hospital on July 20.
“The vehicle he was riding in was stopped in a checkpoint. There were three of them– a Libyan, a Pakistani and a Filipino — and he was allegedly singled out because he was non-Muslim,” said Jose.
Feds are cracking down on photo ID for travel and access to Federal buildings. Travel suppression via a backdoor tax.
Via AZ Central
Arizona lawmakers told the federal government in 2008 that the state would not cooperate in the Real ID Act, a post-9/11 law meant to make it harder for terrorists to obtain fake IDs.
The first fallout from the decision could begin to be felt in Arizona on Monday.
Residents of states that have not complied with the Real ID Act — Arizona is one of 11 such states — will not be able to use their driver’s licenses to get into restricted areas of federal facilities and nuclear power plants.
In January, the list of areas requiring a second form of identification, like a passport, will expand to include all federal facilities that require identification. Ultimately, the restriction could apply to people trying to board a plane, although that will not come until at least 2016, and only after a Department of Homeland Security evaluation.
It might be time for the state to revisit the Real ID issue before then, said Rep. Debbie McCune Davis, D-Glendale.
“It becomes a real problem when we start talking about travel and air travel, because you’re going to need to have a valid ID,” she said. “That’s going to put a burden on the average citizen to have a passport in addition to a state-issued ID in order to meet these requirements.”
None of that was on the minds of lawmakers in 2008 when they approved House Bill 2677, which then-Gov. Janet Napolitano signed and which prohibits the state from becoming Real ID-compliant.
And he has the bruises to prove it.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Sometimes African Americans, in communities where I’ve worked, there’s been the notion of “acting white” — which sometimes is overstated, but there’s an element of truth to it, where, okay, if boys are reading too much, then, well, why are you doing that? Or why are you speaking so properly? And the notion that there’s some authentic way of being black, that if you’re going to be black you have to act a certain way and wear a certain kind of clothes, that has to go. Because there are a whole bunch of different ways for African American men to be authentic.
If you look at Michele, she grew up South Side. And her mom still lives in a neighborhood where gunshots go off, and it can be rough where Michelle grew up. But she’ll talk proper when she needs to. Now, you also don’t want to get on her wrong side, because she can translate that into a different vernacular.
Microsoft has requested H1B Visas for the 90 from India.
Governor Mary Fallin (R-OK) told Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures that the feds sent 1,200 illegal immigrant children to Oklahoma to hold for 120 days. 90 of those illegal children were from India.
“Because they are children, we want them to be fed, and have appropriate medical care, certainly be safe within the facilities, and they’re segregated. BUt, one of the things I’ve heard since they’ve been there and it was reported while I was there actually, that there were not only El Salvadoran children, and Honduras, and Guatemala, but there were 90 children reported to be from India that were actually at the facility. And, one of the case workers told my secretary of health that we had people there besides South American children.”
HT Theo Spark
You may remember Joe Garcia as the Congressman who thinks ear wax tastes delicious.
Via Red Alert:
Congressman Joe Garcia (D-Fla.) doesn’t think the United States has a border security issue despite the fact that over 57,000 children have already crossed the southern border into the country illegally this year.
“We don’t have a border security problem,” Garcia, who is a member of the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, said recently on The Bill Press Show.
He explained that these kids successfully penetrating the border have simply found “a loophole in the immigration system.” Garcia insisted that the border has been adequately “tightened” so as to stop adult immigrants from crossing into the United States.
“We’ve tightened the border so much that putting 250-pound Joe Garcia in northern Texas from Mexico is hard work,” detailed the congressman. “There are so many ways that you can be tripped up, so many places you can be caught.”
Democrats being the only group where a majority did not back Israel.
Washington (CNN) – A majority of Americans say Israel’s military actions in Gaza are justified, with only four in 10 saying that Israel has used too much force, according to a new national poll.
According to the poll, 57% of the public said the Israeli actions against Hamas, the Palestinian organization that runs Gaza, are justified, with just over a third saying they are unjustified.
Forty-three percent of those questioned said Israel’s using about the right amount of force, with 12% saying they’re not using enough. Nearly four in 10 said Israel is using too much force in Gaza.
“Attitudes toward Israeli military action have been extremely stable over the years,” said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “In 2012, an identical 57% thought that Israel’s actions against Hamas in Gaza were justified. And in 2009, the number of Americans who felt that way was only a few points higher, at 63%.”
“Support for U.S. military aid to Israel also remains fairly stable, with almost two-thirds of Americans saying that U.S. assistance to Israel should be increased or kept the same,” Holland added.
If the bloodshed continues for a while, don’t be surprised if some partisan bickering over the fighting in Gaza breaks out in the United States as the poll suggests a partisan divide.
Forty-five percent of Democrats questioned said that Israeli’s military actions in Gaza are justified. That number jumps to 56% among independents and 73% among Republicans.
Silence from the State Department, NOW and Code Pink.
Via National Post
It was bad enough that the alleged rape took place in the sanctity of a mosque and that the accused man was a mullah who invoked the familiar defence that it had been consensual sex.
But the victim was only 10 years old. And there was more: The authorities said her family members openly planned to carry out an honour killing in the case – against the young girl. The mullah offered to marry his victim instead.
This past week, the awful matter became even worse. On Tuesday, local policemen removed the girl from the shelter that had given her refuge and returned her to her family, despite complaints from women’s activists that she was likely to be killed.
The case has broader repercussions. The head of the Women for Afghan Women shelter here where the girl took refuge, Dr. Hassina Sarwari, was at one point driven into hiding by death threats from the girl’s family and other mullahs, who sought to play down the crime by arguing the girl was much older than 10. One militia commander sent Sarwari threatening texts and an ultimatum to return the girl to her family. The doctor said she now wanted to flee Afghanistan.
The head of the women’s affairs office in Kunduz, Nederah Geyah, who actively campaigned to have the young girl protected from her family and the mullah prosecuted, resigned May 21 and moved to another part of the country.
The case itself would just be an aberrant atrocity, except that the resulting support for the mullah, and for the girl’s family and its honour killing plans, have become emblematic of a broader failure to help Afghan women who have been victims of violence.
Will bring the total number of fundraisers Obama has attended since taking office to 400.
La Raza President Janet Muguía spoke today at their annual conference where she smeared Americans opposed to the flood of illegals as racists.
Will Lurch call Manchin out to the yacht club?
Senator Joe Manchin (D., W. Va.) doesn’t think Hillary Clinton will have an easy time securing the Democratic nomination for president in 2016.
“There’s a lot of good people,” Manchin said Sunday morning on Decision Makers, an in-state news show. “You’re going to see a lot. It’s going to be, I think, an exciting time, I think, more so than people think.”
That prediction came after several minutes of Manchin fielding questions about whether or not he would be one of the people standing in Clinton’s way.
As Manchin discussed the possibility of running for president in 2016, he described how the United States needs better leadership on the world stage than President Obama is delivering before finally saying that he thinks his candidacy would be a “reach” for him.
“It’s very flattering that people in some of the key states are taking it seriously, and they’re out there looking,” Manchin said.
“We should be looking at the future, we should have a vision for the future, we should be able to help the world, but we should be taking care of ourself and making ourself strong first. And you lead by example,” he continued. “We’re not leading. We’re just getting pulled in all different directions and there’s not a clarity of who is the United States of America and what do they stand for.”
Manchin emphasized that he’s a good leader. “I’ve never been afraid to make decisions because I’ve always tried to make things better and fix things,” he told host Bray Cary. “I’ve made a lot of mistakes and with that I’ve said, ‘listen, if I make a mistake I’m making it trying to make it better and I can fix that.’”
The former governor then seemed to allude to President Obama when he said that people can accept such candor about mistakes. “What they can’t accept is when you cover it up and you won’t admit it,” he said.
Manchin paid his respects to Hillary Clinton, saying she has “all the qualities” needed in a president, with one caution.
“I just hope that they don’t push her so far being somebody she’s not,” he said. “You’ve got to find a leader who knows how to lead.”
Manchin said he’s “not serious about running,” though. “On a national ticket, it would be a pretty far reach probably for me.”
But don’t worry, I’m sure he’s still a “moderate.”
The group American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) does not shy away from its support for the terrorist organization Hamas. The group’s National Campus Coordinator, Taher Herzallah, recently posted Palestine TV photos of injured Israeli soldiers and a destroyed tank to his personal Facebook page. The caption for both photos read: “The most beautiful site in my eyes.” It appears that this post has been removed.
Herzallah proudly lists being part of the ‘Irvine 11′, a group of students arrested after orchestrating a plan to shut down a speech by then-Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren’s 2010 speech at UC Irvine, in his biography.
In another recent Facebook comment, Herzallah justified Hamas rocket fire aimed at Israeli civilians, saying that “in order for them [Israeli society] to feel any compulsion or urge to end the occupation, they need to feel that they are in an abnormal situation. In that regard, Hamas’ rockets are effective even though they don’t kill anyone.”
Which probably isn’t all that shocking considering San Fran is the moonbat capital of America.
Via SF Gate:
Chanting “Free Palestine” and accusing Israel of genocide, a large, diverse crowd of Arab Americans and antiwar demonstrators marched in San Francisco late Sunday afternoon to protest the ongoing military action in Gaza and the escalating ground offensive by Israeli troops.
At one point, the protesters sat down in the middle of Market Street at Fourth Street and read the names of victims of the nearly 2-week-old conflict, including their ages and the circumstances of their deaths.
Despite the size of the demonstration, the atmosphere was relatively orderly. The crowd, marching with a police escort, was vocal and impassioned but remained peaceful. The participants included families with young children.