Task Force Denies Reports U.S. Engaged In Ground Combat With ISIS

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Obama isn’t going to have a Gulf of Tonkin on his watch. Update to a previous story.

Via Stars and Stripes

Contrary to reports coming out of Iraq, U.S. troops have not engaged in ground combat with the Sunni insurgent group Islamic State, according to the task force in charge of running daily operations in the U.S. and coalition mission known as Operation Inherent Resolve.

“We have seen the recent media stories and there has been absolutely no contact between U.S. military forces on the ground and ISIL (Islamic State) near al Asad airbase or anywhere else in Iraq,” said Gary Boucher, a spokesman for the Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve. “The reports are unfounded. Throughout the past week, Iraqi security forces have had engagements with ISIL in the vicinity of al Asad

Airbase. However, U.S. forces were not a part of those engagements.”

In the past week, news organizations like the Daily Mail in England have reported what they claim was the first ground battle between U.S. forces and Daesh Islamic State.

While there are U.S. troops at the airbase, expected to be one of the places where a total of 12 brigades of Iraqi troops will receive training, there is no plan for them to take part in combat operations, Boucher said.

“There are U.S. military assessment teams at Al Asad conducting subject-matter-expert exchanges at the headquarters level, but they are not accompanying (Iraqi security forces) units conducting offensive actions against ISIL,” he said, using an alternate acronym for the Sunni insurgent group that has swept across much of Syria and Iraq, taking over several cities, killing thousands and trying to create a new Islamic caliphate.

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NEW REPORT: IRS Targeted “Icky” Conservative Groups And Mislead The Public…

Report to be released Tuesday. And yes, they said “icky”…cause they’re 5.

Via Daily Caller:

Top IRS officials specifically targeted tea party groups and misled the public about its secret political targeting program led by ex-official Lois Lerner, according to a bombshell new congressional report.

The Daily Caller has obtained an advance copy of a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee report set to be released Tuesday morning that definitively proves malicious intent by the IRS to improperly block conservative groups that an IRS adviser deemed “icky.” (That’s right. “Icky.”)

“The Committee has identified eight senior leaders who were in a position to prevent or to stop the IRS’s targeting of conservative applicants,” the Oversight report states. “Each of these leaders could have and should have done more to prevent the IRS’s targeting of conservative tax-exempt applicants.”

Here are six major takeaways from the report:

1. The IRS admitted that the front office was “spinning” about the targeting rumors as early as 2012, after IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman denied the tea party targeting to Congress.

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Three NY Jets Players Speak Out On Slain NYPD Officers

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Did I miss the rest of the NFL speaking out and showing solidarity with the NYPD?

Via WIS TV

Sheldon Richardson was stunned when he heard the news Saturday that two New York City police officers were killed in the line of duty.

The New York Jets defensive lineman who has been critical of law enforcement in the past spoke out Sunday in support of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. They were fatally ambushed in their squad car in Brooklyn by a gunman with a long criminal record.

“Some innocent blood was spilled,” Richardson said after New York’s 17-16 loss to New England. “I’m not with that at all. That’s the message that I’m trying to get across. It’s sad, real sad that two officers lost their lives and can’t go home to their families. It’s just tough, man.”[…]

Jets center Nick Mangold wore a black NYPD cap while walking into MetLife Stadium off the team bus, and held it to his heart during the singing of the national anthem. The team also observed a 10-second moment of silence before the game.

Mangold, who left the game with an ankle injury in the second quarter, said in the locker room that it was “a shame” to hear the news.

“Every one of those guys that’s out there, they risk their lives every day,” Mangold said. “They go out there to keep the community safe and for that to happen to those two guys, their families, that’s a raw deal. If wearing that (cap) gives them a little bit of comfort or shows support for those folks, I’m happy to do it.”

Tight end Jeff Cumberland took to Twitter on Saturday after hearing about the shootings to offer his condolences.

“‘Revenge’ does nothing except cause more tension,” he wrote. “Thoughts and prayers up for the families of the NYPD officers from today’s shooting.”

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Giuliani: Obama’s “Propaganda” Made People “Hate The Police”…

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It’s a lot more than just Obama…

Via The Hill:

President Obama has engaged in “propaganda” encouraging people to “hate the police,” former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) charged a day after two city police officers were shot and killed in their patrol car by a man who posted anti-police messages to his social media account.

“We’ve had four months of propaganda starting with the president that everybody should hate the police,” Giuliani said during an appearance on Fox News early Sunday. “The protests are being embraced, the protests are being encouraged. The protests, even the ones that don’t lead to violence, a lot of them lead to violence, all of them lead to a conclusion: The police are bad, the police are racist. That is completely wrong.”
Giuliani said he did not agree with statements like those from Pat Lynch, the president of the largest police union in New York City, who said the current mayor, Bill de Blasio (D), had blood on his hands.

“I think it goes too far to blame the mayor for the murder or to ask for the mayor’s resignation,” Giuliani said.

“I feel bad for the mayor,” Giuliani continued. “He must be heartbroken over the loss of two police officers. I can’t believe this is what he wanted. I don’t think he’s a bad man in any way.”

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Obama Admin Wants To Create An “Insider Threat” Team To Watch Fed Employees In Hopes Of Preventing Leaks…

Paranoid much?

Via NextGov:

A New Year’s goal of the federal office responsible for averting employee leaks is to make a career out of catching so-called insider threats.

It is a delicate task to simultaneously guard hard-working federal personnel and expose the bad apples. And it takes different talents than those one would find in a counterintelligence analyst, human resources professional or information security professional. The insider threat discipline melds all those disciplines.

“It’s a privilege to work in that program. And the only reason that you are there is to help protect your colleagues, not to out them. So, we’ve got to professionalize that workforce of people who do this for a living,” said Patricia Larsen, co-director of the National Insider Threat Task Force. “They have to view themselves as part of a community.”

Larsen was speaking at a forum hosted by Nextgov earlier this month.

Background investigators these people are not. Although, that profession now has somewhat of a reputation problem, too.

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Report: Another Muslim From Minnesota Killed Fighting For The Islamic State…

Good riddance.

MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – Reports on social media indicate another Minnesotan may have died fighting for ISIS in Syria.

A Twitter user who is known to have connections to al-Shabaab in Somalia, claims the man was killed during a recent U.S.-backed offensive in the Syrian city of Kobane. On Twitter the militant said, “Allahu Akbar (God is Great), a young Somali brother I used to know back in Minnesota got Martyred in Kobane.”

The Twitter user identifies the dead man only as “Yusuf,” and says Yusuf’s older brother is with him in Somalia.

“This is someone (Yusuf) we’ve been following for some time,” said Omar Jamal, a Minnesota Somali community leader with the group American Friends of Somalia. “We believe he’s a recruiter and may’ve even purchased tickets.”

Jamal said Yusuf is believed to have left Minnesota in June shortly after another man, Abdullahi Yusuf, attempted to leave on May 28, but was intercepted by FBI agents at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport. Abdullahi Yusuf, 18, is in custody and was indicted last month with another Minnesotan, Abdi Nur, 22, for providing material support for the terrorist organization ISIS. Nur is believed to be in Syria fighting for ISIS. The FBI says there is no evidence he has returned to the United States.

Dem Rep. Gregory Meeks: NYPD Executions Not “Connected At All” To Ferguson-Garner Protests…

Errr, really?

Via PJM:

MEEKS: If you listen to everybody who was either a coordinator and to the vast majority of the people who were demonstrating, if you listen to the Brown family, you will see and hear that everyone was talking about nonviolence and anybody who was violent was against the movement for justice they were calling for.

No one that I heard was talking about violence towards police officers. Those that this act, which is an isolated act, I don’t think was connected at all to the individuals who just simply want the justice system to work.

Armed Black Teen Taken Out By CCW Holder Over Attempted Robbery Of Michael Jordan Athletic Shoes

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NBA players to wear a new T Shirt “I got shot over a pair of athletic shoes”.

Via WRAL

A mall shopper shot and killed a 16-year-old boy who attempted a robbery on the sidewalk outside, possibly in pursuit of a pair of limited-edition athletic shoes, police in southwest Ohio said Monday.

A Miami Township police official said the slain teenager and two other youths went to the Dayton Mall on Saturday morning for a shoe sale. Sgt. Joe Phares told reporters Monday that details were still being investigated, but that the teens apparently got there too late to buy the shoes they wanted. He didn’t have any details on the shoes.

Police said the three juveniles from Middletown then approached two men outside and demanded their merchandise. They said one juvenile showed a gun, and one of the adults who had a permit to carry a concealed weapon then fired his own gun. It wasn’t clear whether the adults actually had the shoes the youths were seeking.

“This was a random act of, ‘I want something that person has, and I’m going to take it from him,” Phares told reporters. “It didn’t go down the way they thought it would.”

Phares said he didn’t have details on the kinds of weapons involved, but said investigators told him the juvenile’s gun was a real firearm. Two young people have been killed in Ohio in recent months carrying what turned out to be pellet guns.

Police responded Saturday morning to a reported shooting at the Dayton Mall just off Interstate 75 near the southern suburb of Centerville. The Montgomery County coroner’s office said the teenager died at 10:55 a.m. Saturday. The coroner Monday identified him as Jawaad Jabbar and said he died of a gunshot to the torso. Police said no one else was injured.

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Racial Tensions In America Soar To Highest Levels In Decades… Obama Goes Bowling…

Obama never fails to tackle the tough issues head on . . . said nobody.

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Via WH pool report:

EPA Regs Issued Under Obama Are 43 TIMES As Long As The Bible…

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3,120 regulations. 27,854 pages in the Federal Register. Good Lord.

Via CNS News:

(CNSNews.com) — Since President Barack Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued 3,120 new final regulations, equaling 27,854 pages in the Federal Register, totaling approximately 27,854,000 words.

Using the Regulations.gov website and data from the Federal Register, CNSNews.com found 3,120 final rules published by the EPA since January 2009 covering greenhouse gases, air quality, emissions, and hazardous substances, to name a few. The Federal Register publishes documents, including proposed rules, notices, interim rules, corrections, drafts of final rules and final rules but the CNSNews.com tabulation included only the final rules from the EPA.

For comparison with those final rules, the Gutenberg Bible is 1,282 pages long and contains 646,128 words.This means that the new EPA regulations issued by the Obama Administration now contain 21 times as many pages as the Bible and 43 times as many words.

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Poll: 95% Of Blacks Think Racism In America Is A Serious Issue…

Outrage In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man

It’s also a lucrative business for a lot of people…

Via Washington Examiner:

Racism is alive and well in America, according to African-Americans who also feel they’ve been slapped with discrimination from police, according to a new poll.

Some 95 percent of blacks said that racism in America is serious, according to the latest Economist/YouGov survey that looked at the police relations nationally and locally after the recent deaths of African-Americans in police confrontations.

When addressing racism by local police, 65 percent put it in the “very to somewhat serious” category.

By comparison, 60 percent of whites see racism as a serious national issue, and just 21 percent a big local problem.

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Obamacare’s Christmas Surprise

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It is Gruber time again.

Via Washington Times

If you like your health care plan, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has a Christmas surprise for you! When will this new present arrive? December 25th.

In an ongoing effort to keep Obamacare numbers elevated, CMS has embarked on the next step of its government takeover of healthcare.

It seems CMS is taking a page from Jonathan Gruber’s book; rather than allowing the “stupid” masses to make a decision on their own health plan, CMS has proposed a new rule that includes an overly reaching provision allowing CMS to re-enroll anyone who has not made the annual trek back to healthcare.gov in a cheaper plan of CMS’ choosing.[…]

CMS has laid the perfect trap: Sign up at healthcare.gov one time in your life and we will never let you go. If you don’t continually re-enroll each and every year, CMS will keep you on the plan that it chooses because, after all, CMS knows what’s best and they always make the best decision. Oh, and if you don’t believe that, please go to the 600 million dollar website that will give you all kinds of testimonials handcrafted by MIT professors.

To be clear, a citizen will sign up once for a private plan with a healthcare provider, only to have that plan changed by the federal government. Moreover, CMS will change your plan after the open enrollment period ends, leaving you and your family stuck with a potentially unwanted plan for the year.

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Weird Satanist Group Set Up A “Holiday” Display At Michigan Capitol…

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Via Truth Revolt:

There are two versions of the nativity scene on display at the Michigan capitol.

The Detroit Chapter of the Satanic Temple has set up its “Snaketivity Scene” featuring ” a snake offering a book called Revolt of the Angels as a symbolic gift….The snake is wrapped around the Satanic cross on the 3-feet-by-3-feet display.”

The temple’s spokesman Jex Blackmore said the group does not worship Satan, but “promotes individuality, compassion and views outside Christian and many conservative beliefs.”

“I think that this holiday season is a time of year that is celebrated in many different ways. Having our government endorse one singular viewpoint or method of celebrating the season is problematic when we have a diverse community of people in Michigan,” said Blackmore, who wore an upside-down Christian cross necklace. “We wanted to add to that conversation by having our representation of how we may celebrate this time of year.”

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Bitter Atheist Salon Writer: Would Anyone Really Mourn The Loss Of Christmas If We Did Without It?

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Any person who pens a column like this should be banned from all Christmas functions.

Via Newsbusters:

With Christmas three days away, one liberal atheist took to the far-left website Salon to dismiss the existence of a “war on Christmas” spotlighted annually by conservatives and news pundits, led by the Fox News Channel’s (FNC) Bill O’Reilly. At the same time, however, the author seemed perfectly fine waging war on Christmas himself, claiming that Jesus Christ never existed and wondered if “anyone” would “truly mourn the holiday if we did without it.”

In a piece entitled “Let’s Make Bill O’Reilly’s Head Explode: We Desperately Need a War on Christmas Lies,” Atlantic magazine contributing editor Jeffrey Tayler began by summarizing one of O’Reilly’s latest segments regarding the “war on Christmas” that discussed into a series of billboards being sponsored by the American Atheists.

Reacting to the segment, during which the group’s public relations director said the billboards came about as a result of “atheists feeling alienated as this time of the year,” Tayler lamented: “How tragic and telling it is that in 21st-century America those who stand by reason and abjure myth should need consolation and encouragement.”

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National Guard On Alert If Needed For Dontre Hamilton Protests In Milwaukee

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Don’t want a repeat of Ferguson. Previous story.

Via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The Wisconsin National Guard began calling up members over the weekend to respond, if needed, to protests in Milwaukee related to the fatal shooting of Dontre Hamilton by a Milwaukee police officer.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. made the request, which was approved by Gov. Scott Walker, Maj. Paul Rickert, the Guard’s director of communications, said Sunday.

“We are currently making preparations to stage National Guard members and will be ready to respond rapidly if needed,” Rickert said. “We don’t have a mission yet but should we be needed, we will be able to send those forces.”

Clarke’s request Saturday came one day after protesters blocked traffic on I-43, an action that resulted in the arrest of 74 people.

Hamilton’s death has prompted a series of protests in downtown Milwaukee. Demonstrators have called for Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm to issue charges against former officer Christopher Manney in the fatal shooting of Hamilton on April 30 in Red Arrow Park.[…]

Those who participated in the rally and march on Friday gathered at All Peoples Church in Riverwest on Sunday evening to share their experiences, exchange information and formulate a plan to fight the citations.

Protesters are facing costs of roughly $40,000 in tickets and bail from the arrests, Jennifer Epps Addison of the nonprofit group Wisconsin Jobs Now said Saturday.

Flynn said of the 69 adults who he knew were arrested in connection with Friday’s protest, about 25% were from “out of town.”

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So Sad: The 10 People In North Korea With Internet Access Are Experiencing Severe Outages…

Most people in North Korea don’t even know what the internet is.

Via AP:

WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea experienced sweeping and progressively worse Internet outages extending into Monday, with one computer expert saying the country’s online access is “totally down.” The White House and the State Department declined to say whether the U.S. government was responsible.

President Barack Obama said Friday the U.S. government expected to respond to the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., which he described as an expensive act of “cyber vandalism” that he blamed on North Korea. Obama did not say how the U.S. might respond, and it was not immediately clear if the Internet connectivity problems represented the retribution. The U.S. government regards its offensive cyber operations as highly classified.

“We aren’t going to discuss, you know, publicly operational details about the possible response options or comment on those kind of reports in anyway except to say that as we implement our responses, some will be seen, some may not be seen,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said.

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Coal Industry Slammed With Massive New Regulation Right Before Christmas….

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Merry Christmas from the EPA, coal industry!

Via Daily Caller:

While millions of Americans began their holiday travels last Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency had an early Christmas gift for the coal industry: a new regulation on coal ash from power plants.

“EPA is taking action to protect our communities from the risk of mismanaged coal ash disposal units, and putting in place safeguards to help prevent the next catastrophic coal ash impoundment failure, which can cost millions for local businesses, communities and states,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said in a statement.

After years of delays, the EPA finalized the nation’s first federal coal ash rule just in time for Christmas, which has got coal-fired power plant operators fuming. The coal ash rule not only comes with a hefty $735 million per year price tag, but the coal industry also argues it creates lots of uncertainty for plant operators.

“We still have concerns with the self-implementing nature of the rule and the way in which EPA has left the door open to one day regulate coal ash as a hazardous waste, creating additional uncertainty for electric utilities,” said Tom Kuhn, president of the Edison Electric Institute.

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Hillary ’08 Backer Now Ready For Warren: ‘Clinton Is More Of A 20th Century Candidate’

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Hillary is at her expiration date.

Via WFB

Former Hillary Clinton supporter and Connecticut attorney Audrey Blondin has thrown her support behind Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) to challenge Clinton for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

During a ‘Face the State’ broadcast on Connecticut’s WFSB Sunday, Blondin explained why she soured on the idea of a Clinton candidacy.

“I would like to say that Elizabeth, Senator Warren, is a 21st century candidate. Senator Clinton, Secretary Clinton, is more of a 20th century candidate,” Blondin said.

Blondin noted that in past Democratic primaries, both Hillary and Bill Clinton had failed to win Connecticut, making the “progressive” state more partial to a Warren candidacy.

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Holder: I Have Regrets About Smearing Conservatives As Racists Because It’s The “Truth”…

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His last day can’t come soon enough.

Via Breitbart:

On Monday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “The Reid Report,” in part two of series, Attorney General Eric Holder showed no remorse for being a polarizing figure while in office when asked by host Joy Reid.

Reid was referring specifically to a February 2009 speech, in which Holder was upfront about the issue of race in America.

“No, you see, I think that people have to be prepared to deal with the truth, with the facts,” he said. “And not be defensive about that. If people look at the entirety of that speech, I talk about the fact that people have to be in a position to feel safe to express opinions. The other side has to be able to hear them in a way that, you know, they’re not necessarily being critical but to take it in a thoughtful way. It’s a painful process to go through. This is a nation, after all, that had to deal with slavery and then legalized segregation. We still have a lot we have to get through. We’re still suffering the impacts of, you know, a racial system was inconsistent with our founding documents. So, race is still a hard, hard thing for people to talk about and to deal with.”

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Anti-Gun Group’s PSA Encourages Kids To Bring Their Parents Guns To School So They Can Hand Them Over To Teachers…

Via NRO:

…One can only imagine that the spot’s producers consider their set up to be inordinately clever. “Hey,” you can almost hear them say, “we’ll make it look as if there’s going to be a school shooting, and then he’ll hand it over to his teacher and all will be well!” In fact, it is difficult to imagine a more irresponsible storyline. We’re talking about children here, remember – impressionable, easily led, ignorant children. (Adults are an entirely separate question.) As a rule, we teach our kids that they if they see a firearm they should refrain from touching it, and go and tell an adult. In the commercial, however, the child is shown doing the exact opposite. “If you see a gun,” the ad suggests, “pick it up, put it in a bag, and then jostle it around in front of other children.” One can only wonder at how many kids will now need to be told that they must not, under any circumstances, do this.