Hmm, can you say “mission creep?”
Via The Hill:
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Tuesday wouldn’t rule out having American advisers accompany Iraqi troops into battle against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
President Obama has deployed 1,600 U.S. advisers to Iraq so far, but has stressed that there are no “boots on the ground” in a combat role.
But Gen. Martin Dempsey said it’s possible he could at some point recommend to Obama that the American advisers begin riding along with Iraqi forces as they take on ISIS, which would put them in harm’s way.
“To be clear, if we reach the point where I believe our advisors should accompany Iraqi troops on attacks against specific ISIL targets, I will recommend that to the president,” Dempsey said at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, using an alternate acronym for the group.
Then again, nobody believed Obama when he said Obamacare wouldn’t fund abortions.
Via CNS News:
President Obama promised that under his health care plan, “no federal dollars will be used to fund abortion,” but that’s just another broken promise, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office, which indicates that public funding of abortion is happening on a large scale.
“This confirms what we have long suspected,” Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Penn.) said in a conference call with reporters on Monday.
Pitts and other Republicans asked the GAO to find out which taxpayer-subsidized plans in the Obamacare exchanges fund abortion and if consumers know about that coverage.
The report concluded that in 2014, more than a thousand federally subsidized Obamacare policies paid for abortion on demand, sometimes unbeknownst to policyholders. And in five states, every plan offered on the exchanges included abortion on demand, giving consumers no alternative, as required by law.
Keep telling yourself that, Nancy.
Via Daily Caller:
Pelosi said Monday that Democrats are in no way responsible for gridlock in Congress.
The House minority leader made the comments to MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow Monday afternoon:
Farrow: “You yourself are an incredible, powerhouse fundraiser for Democratic candidates — is important because of the issues at stake. You’ve been fighting, banging your head against the wall, if you will, on immigration, not getting much traction. I know you think that we could have progress on some of those issues with different leadership. But, as a whole, this has been called again and again a do-nothing Congress. 142 bills passed into law by this Congress, down from 906 in 1948′s famously, also, do-nothing Congress.”
HT: Patriot Update
I’m pretty sure Netanyahu won’t be forced to do anything.
Via Truth Revolt:
Former President (and potential First Dude) Bill Clinton was caught on tape this Sunday in Iowa agreeing with disparaging comments about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. [...]
“If we don’t force him to have peace, we won’t have peace … Netanyahu is not the guy,” an unidentified voice is heard talking to the former President, according to the The New York Post.
“I agree with that,” Bill is heard saying in response.
“We must fight for change,” or something.
Via The Hill:
President Obama is featured in a new ad for the Democratic National Committee, the first in a $1 million campaign to turn out young, minority and female voters in the midterm elections.
The radio ad titled “Obstruction” released Monday laments the opposition Obama has faced from congressional Republicans. It is aimed at black voters, and will run on African-American radio stations nationwide.
“No Democratic President in U.S history has faced the level of obstruction from the Republicans that Barack Obama has. It’s critical that we continue to fight for change and vote on November 4,” the narrator says.
Obama then outlines his vision for an economy where “hard work pays off.” The radio spot features excerpts from a speech, where the president touts higher wages, affordable health insurance and decent health benefits.
It’s almost like the lib media had an agenda to push.
The vast majority of St. Louis County residents are giving the media low marks for their reporting on racial strife in Ferguson, Missouri.
Seventy-three percent of those surveyed say the press made things “worse” in the wake of the police shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown, according to a new poll by the Kansas City-based Remington Research Group. Eighteen percent said the media had made things better and the remainder had no opinion.
In terms of the racial breakdown, 81 percent of whites thought the press made the situation worse, while 50 percent of African-Americans agreed.
Filed under: Stories that make liberals feel warm and fuzzy on the inside.
Via Illinois Policy:
With extra credit courses such as, “the art of self-detonation.”
Islamic State (IS) militants have issued a new set of retrograde academic guidelines as schools reopened in cities controlled by the jihadist group in Syria and Iraq.
According to a new curriculum imposed in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, art and music are now banned subjects and all classes about history, literature and Christianity have been cancelled.
Teachers and pupils are ordered to avoid any reference to the republics of Iraq or Syria, as the region should be now called Islamic State.
Although not previously taught in Iraqi schools, Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution is also explicitly banned and so are patriotic songs and textbook photos deemed offensive to Islam.
The new rules have been laid out in a two-page bulletin that was nailed to the wall in public spaces across the city, which fell to the group previously known as Isis in June.
The document says that the school programme was drafted by IS’s leader, the self-styled caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, with the aim to “eliminate ignorance, to spread religious sciences and to fight the decayed curriculum.”
Errr, Lurch, ISIS is already doing that.
Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that to counter the ideology of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and its claim of a “religious foundation” for its actions, part of the strategy of the international coalition he is attempting to assemble must be to “begin to put real Islam out there.” Kerry, in Paris for talks with various world leaders to build that coalition, further said that all of the Arab leaders he had spoken with earlier concurred about their focus on “real Islam and how important the Friday sermons are.” The secretary of state recently said that ISIL’s ideology “has nothing to do with Islam” and President Obama echoed these words, saying that “ISIL is not ‘Islamic.'”
Kerry’s remarks about “real Islam” came during a “roundtable discussion” with the press after the secretary met with representatives from twenty-six countries to discuss how to confront the threat posed by ISIL. In recent days Kerry has alternated between calling the action against ISIL “war” and “counter-terrorism,” but in any case he downplayed the military aspect of the operation. The military piece, he said, is a “critical component”, but “probably far more important” will be the effort to “start drying up this pool of jihadis who get seduced into believing there’s some virtue in crossing into Syria to fight or to join ISIL.”
Does being a life-long hack prepare you for the presidency? Pelosi seems to think so.
Via PJ Media:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she believes Hillary Clinton would be one of the best prepared candidates for the presidency, who “just happens to be a woman.” [...]
“First of all, we have to find out if Hillary is going to run. She seemed very ready in Iowa at the steak fry,” Pelosi told MSNBC today.
“If she decides to run, which I think she will, she would be one of the best qualified people to enter the White House,” she said. “Really, she has been a senator and she has seen firsthand as first lady what the job entails. She has been secretary of state. She really brings so much experience to it.”
Jumping on the al-Baghdadi bandwagon.
ALGIERS, Sept 14 (Reuters) – A new armed group calling itself the Caliphate Soldiers in Algeria has split from al Qaeda’s North African branch and sworn loyalty to the radical breakaway group Islamic State fighting in Syria and Iraq.
A breakaway of key Algerian commanders from Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, known as AQIM, would show deepening rivalry between al Qaeda’s core command and the Islamic State over leadership of the transnational Islamist militancy.
In a communique, AQIM central region commander Khaled Abu Suleimane, whose real name is Gouri Abdelmalek, claimed leadership of the new group, joined by an AQIM commander of an eastern region in Algeria, where the al Qaeda wing has its base.
“You have in the Islamic Maghreb men if you order them they will obey you,” Suleimane said in reference to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State. “The Maghreb has deviated from the true path.”
A feel good story for the homeowner, no cleanup required.
Via Columbus Dispatch
A 17-year-old boy was burglarizing a house in Prairie Township when the homeowner shot and killed him early on Saturday, Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott said this afternoon.
Reb Barbee was armed with a knife and wearing an Insane Clown Posse mask when he was shot in the living room of 8798 Hubard Dr. S, investigators said.
The homeowner, Heather Tackett, didn’t call 911, Scott said. She told investigators she didn’t realize she’d hit someone.
Tackett and Barbee knew each other from the neighborhood, Scott said.
Barbee, shot in the shoulder, and three other youths ran about a half-mile to Barbee’s home on Dovalon Place, and waited an hour before calling for help around 6 a.m., investigators said. [...]
Scott said murder charges will be filed against the three this afternoon. Ohio law allows co-conspirators to be charged with murder if someone dies while committing a first-or second-degree felony such as robbery or burglary.
Obama reported to be jealous.
Via Brenda StoterBoscolo:
This will take the Dillon Taylor shooting off of the front page.
Via Salt Lake Tribune
Darrien Hunt’s family says it can figure only one reason that Saratoga Springs police would shoot to death a “timid” 22-year-old in the back, even if he had what they call a “toy” sword: He was black, and treated with extra suspicion because of it.
“It’s difficult to make any sense out of the situation any other way,” said Cindy Moss, the aunt of Hunt and acting family spokeswoman, on Saturday.
Saratoga Springs police issued a written statement saying claims that its officers’ actions were a result of Hunt’s race “are completely unfounded and speculative. Our officers responded to a call for service and addressed the situation that was presented to them.”
The Utah County Attorney’s Office, which is investigating the incident, also issued a statement saying, “There is currently no indication that race played any role in the confrontation.”
The family’s assertion comes amid still-ongoing protests in Ferguson, Mo., over the police shooting of an unarmed young black man — and cries that blacks are still treated differently by law enforcement. But it also comes as former Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love is the favorite to become the first black Republican woman ever elected to Congress.
Hunt was the son of a white mother and a black father. Moss, a white aunt, said she has tended not to believe stories by her sister’s family of mistreatment of blacks in today’s world, “and I don’t like it when the race card is played. It’s easy for us as whites to dismiss it.”
But Moss says her view changed in recent days as the family has tried to figure out what happened in the shooting, and she watched personally how some of her black nephews and nieces are treated.
HT LA Mom
You know things are out of control in jihadi land when al-Qaeda is the voice of reason.
Via The Independent:
Al-Qaeda appealed to Isis to release the British hostage Alan Henning because it believed he was an innocent aid worker who was genuinely trying to help suffering Muslims, it can be revealed.
In evidence that the depravity exhibited by Isis is now repelling Muslims of all views and backgrounds, even the terrorist group behind the 11 September attacks on the US in 2001 decided that kidnapping the aid-convoy volunteer was a step too far.
Mr Henning, a taxi driver from Eccles, Salford, was so moved by the plight of Muslims in Syria that he decided to miss last Christmas with his wife and two children and travel 4,000 miles to deliver medical equipment to refugees holed up in the town of Al-Dana.
A local commander – or emir – of Jabhat al-Nusra, the al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, visited his then-allies in Isis four days after Mr Henning, 47, was captured. The emir confronted the kidnappers, arguing that their actions were “wrong under Islamic law” and “counter-productive”, according to a journalist who interviewed the man immediately after the encounter.
Mr Kareem said: “I spoke to the emir from Jabhat al-Nusra after he came back. Initially, he was confident that Henning would be released because that is what Isis was saying. But then Henning was removed from his prison in Al-Dana and never heard of again.”
Obamaville themed floor is outside.
From Harry Potter to the “Herbifloor,” campus housing is becoming increasingly specialized at Dartmouth College.
Students this fall could choose among three new residences designed as “learning communities” plus 10 “design-your-own” communities set up as blocks of rooms interspersed within general campus housing.
The new options are in addition to a dozen affinity communities the college already had, such as the Chinese Language House.
The design-your-own communities are for groups of 9-18 students who submitted applications describing their chosen themes. The results include special blocks of rooms focused on healthy living, modern music and political pragmatism.
“Ethical and plant-based eating,” is the focus on the new “Herbifloor,” while the Harry Potter area is called “Muggles for Magical Awareness.”
The new learning communities are focused on international issues, entrepreneurship and other topics. The largest is the Global Village, involving about 160 students, and is affiliated with the college’s foreign language programs. In that community and others, faculty members will work with the students and develop writing courses and other activities specific to the communities.
Apparently Ayatollah Khamenei wasn’t clear enough when he said no the first time they offered.
PARIS (AP) — As more than two dozen nations pledged Monday to help Iraq fight the Islamic State militants, the United States said it was open to talking to Iran about a role in resolving the crisis, despite Washington’s earlier opposition to Tehran even attending the conference.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ruled out any military coordination with Iran, which in the end was not invited to Paris.
“That doesn’t mean that we are opposed to the idea of communicating to find out if they will come on board, or under what circumstances, or whether there is the possibility of a change,” Kerry told a small group of reporters.
France and Iraq see Shiite-powerhouse Iran as an interlocutor who could bring its influence to bear in the region against the Sunni extremists of the Islamic State group, but some Arab states, like Saudi Arabia, disagree.
The U.S. opposed a place for Iran at the conference. But Tehran, which has political and military influence with its neighbor Iraq, still managed to be part of the conversation.
The absence of Iran underscored the conflicting sensitivities and complex politics in the region as Western countries seek to battle the Islamic State group, which has taken control of large parts of Iraq and Syria.
We’re basically training and arming al-Qaeda (via Al Nusra Front) to take on ISIS, how Pelosi and House Republicans could think this is a good idea is beyond me.
Via Washington Examiner:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi applauded Republicans for a bill that would approve President Obama’s request to support Syrian rebels fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
“What we’ve seen so far of the bill is, it responds to the president’s request in a substantive way — not completely, but in a good way,” the California Democrat said Monday afternoon on MSNBC’s “Ronan Farrow Daily” program.
Pelosi said she expects the measure to pass the House this week “overwhelmingly.”
“This is a very discrete piece [of legislation]. It’s about giving the authority to the president for him, for us, to engage in training the responsible Syrian rebels … outside Syria,” she said.
She downplayed concerns regarding the potential effectiveness of the Free Syrian Army, which even the president questioned earlier this year, saying they would be properly vetted to ensure the rebels “are there for the purpose that we are training them to do the job.”