Angry With Washington, 1 in 4 Americans Open To Secession…

Via Reuters:

(Reuters) – The failed Scottish vote to pull out from the United Kingdom stirred secessionist hopes for some in the United States, where almost a quarter of people are open to their states leaving the union, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found.

Some 23.9 percent of Americans polled from Aug. 23 through Sept. 16 said they strongly supported or tended to support the idea of their state breaking away, while 53.3 percent of the 8,952 respondents strongly opposed or tended to oppose the notion.

The urge to sever ties with Washington cuts across party lines and regions, though Republicans and residents of rural Western states are generally warmer to the idea than Democrats and Northeasterners, according to the poll.

Anger with President Barack Obama’s handling of issues ranging from healthcare reform to the rise of Islamic State militants drives some of the feeling, with Republican respondents citing dissatisfaction with his administration as coloring their thinking.

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Pompous Elitist Hacks In DC Still Doing Better Financially Than Real America…

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This is our shocked face.

Via Capitol City Project:

Once again, to no one’s surprise, Washington, D.C. sits at the top of the the highest median household income list in the United States– dwarfing the top 25 most populous cities in the nation.

According to newly released data from the Census Bureau, which was conducted using data on median household income at the national and state levels based on the 2012 and 2013 American Community Surveys (ACS), DC had a median household income of $90,149 in 2013. This figure is $10,000 more than San Francisco, which comes in at second in metropolitan areas with a median household income of just below $80,000.

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New Report Finds No Evidence Of Christie Involvement In Bridgegate…

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Christie walks away intact.

Via Daily Caller:

Federal investigators have found no evidence linking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to the closing of the George Washington Bridge lanes, according to a report from NBC.

NBC 4 New York cited sources Thursday saying, “The U.S. Justice Department investigation into Gov. Chris Christie’s role in the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal has thus far uncovered no evidence indicating that he either knew in advance or directed the closure of traffic lanes on the span.”

Christie, asked about the report while on his monthly “Ask the Governor” show on NJ 101.5 FM, said the report “comes as no shock to me.”

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UK’s Law Society Endorses Sharia Wills…

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Multiculturalism trumps women’s rights.

LONDON (Reuters) – Women’s rights activists have accused the professional body representing lawyers in England and Wales of endorsing discrimination against women by refusing to withdraw its guidance on sharia wills.

The Law Society issued its guidance on ensuring that wills drawn up for Muslims comply with sharia in March, drawing criticism in the local press that it was effectively enshrining Islamic law in the British legal system for the first time.

In an open letter published on Thursday campaigners said the guidance, “a source of immense concern,” encourages legal services “to accommodate highly gender discriminatory religious laws that are being increasingly defined by religious fundamentalists in our society”.

The guidance informs lawyers that in general, under sharia, male heirs inherit twice the amount a female heir will receive and that illegitimate children are not heirs.

The letter said the Law Society’s failure to withdraw the guidance amounted to a “a gross derogation of duty”.

“Are we to assume that when the Law Society refers to equality, it does not include minority women’s right to equality?” the letter said.

Mooch Praises Wasserman Schultz, Refers To Her As A Man, “Extraordinary Congressman”…

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Mooch defecting to the GOP War On Women?

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FBI Tracking 40 American ISIS Fighters Who Have Already Returned To America…

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Why are they being tracked when they should be arrested?

Via Free Beacon:

Rep. Tim Bishop (D., N.Y.) warned during a recent speech that up to 40 radicalized U.S. citizens who have fought alongside the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL or ISIS) have already returned to the United States, where they could pose a terrorist threat.

Bishop claims that of the 100 or so Americans who have traveled to the Middle East to join ISIL’s ranks, some 40 have returned and are currently being surveilled by the FBI, according to his remarks, which were filmed and uploaded to YouTube last week.

“One of the concerns is the number of U.S. citizens who have left our country to go join up with ISIS,” Bishop said during the speech. “It is believed there have been some number up to 100 that have done that.”

“It is also believed that some 40 of those who left this country to join up with ISIS have now returned to our country,” Bishop said, eliciting shocked responses from some in the crowd.

These 40 individuals, Bishop said, “are under FBI attention and surveillance. So they are known and being tracked by the FBI.”

OFA Reduced To Selling Gay Pride Temporary Tattoos…

It’s a sad state of affairs at OFA.

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FRIDAY OPEN THREAD…

Apparently your coach was right, you can give it 110%.

Update: WZ reader Capt. Dam Mit reminded me to wish everyone a Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day.

And check out friend Stephen Gutowski’s latest edition of Games and Guns.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Calls Joe Biden A National Treasure…

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More like a national embarrassment.

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Filipino Al-Qaeda Group Abu Sayyaf Swears Allegiance To ISIS…

Via CCTV:

A video is doing the rounds which shows members of the Abu Sayyaf pledging allegiance to the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. Another armed group in the Southern Philippines, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, has offered its support to ISIL. A few other clips of Filipino Muslims vowing loyalty to ISIL – including one supposedly shot inside a high security prison – have been making the rounds on the Internet. There are reports that about a hundred young Filipino Muslims have joined the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, two of whom were allegedly killed in battle.

The Philippines military has long battled Muslim extremists in the country’s South. The Al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group for instance,, has been blamed for some of the deadliest bombings and high profile kidnappings. The question now is whether the rise and influence of ISIL are presenting new challenges.

However, Philippines military says, there is no direct evidence, so far, of ISIL recruitment in the country. If Filipino Muslims have indeed joined the ranks of ISIL, however, it wouldn’t be the first time. In their early years, members of the Abu Sayyaf trained and fought with Afghan militants.

And while at least two radical Western Islamists have managed to enter the country, they’ve been arrested and deported, a sign both the government and analysts say that it may be a long way before ISIL becomes an imminent threat to the Philippines.

Mooch: Barack Delivered On His 2008 Hope And Change Promises, But If He Didn’t It’s Bush’s Fault…

Michelle Obama

She is without a doubt the most partisan hack First Lady in history.

Via Washington Examiner:

First lady Michelle Obama, stepping onto the campaign stage to help Democrats in the midterms, is arguing that her husband “truly made” the change and hope he promised after former President George W. Bush gave him the keys and he saw “the mess he’d been handed.”

“When folks ask me whether I still believe everything we said about change and hope back in 2008, I tell them that I believe it more strongly now than ever before, because, look, I’ve seen it with my own eyes,” she said at a Democratic campaign in Washington late Thursday.

“While we still have plenty of work to do, we have truly made so much of that change we were talking about,” said the first lady.

UNREAL: Kerry Says Iran Could Lead Fight Against ISIS If America “Fails Miserably”…

John Kerry

He is an absolute train wreck.

Via Telegraph:

John Kerry suggested today that the task of defeating the Islamic State could fall to Iran and the Syrian government if the US was “failing miserably” in its effort to defeat the jihadists.

The hypothetical scenario raised by the secretary of state is likely to be a new frustration for the White House, which has spent the day quashing speculation by American generals that US ground troops could be sent back to Iraq.

Mr Kerry’s words may also heighten Sunni suspicions that the US secretly intends to ally with the Shia governments in Damascus and Tehran against Isil.

Mr Kerry made the suggestion as he faced hostile questions from Republicans during a hearing of the Senate foreign relations committee. [...]

“I’m not going to get into hypotheticals but you’re presuming that Iran and Syria don’t have any capacity to take on Isil. I mean, who knows? I don’t know what’s going to happen here,” he said. “If we’re failing and failing miserably who knows what choice they’re might make.”

Michelle Obama To Dem Donors: If You Don’t Give Us Money Obama Will Be Impeached…

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Here comes the impeachment card.

Via WaPo:

In one of her first campaign stops of the midterm cycle, a women’s political gathering in Washington Thursday evening, Michelle Obama implored Democrats to engage in the 2014 election.

The first lady hit many familiar themes, including the need to encourage women, minorities and young people to vote, and she railed against “Washington” — saying midterm losses for Democrats would lead to “more conflict, more obstructionism, more lawsuits and talk about impeachment.”

LA School District: On Second Thought, Maybe We Don’t Need Grenade Launchers…

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But they claim they still need the MRAP and 60 M16 rifles.

LOS ANGELES — School police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles.

At least 26 school districts have participated in the Pentagon’s surplus program, which is not new but has come under scrutiny after police responded to protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, last month with tear gas, armored military trucks and riot gear.

Now, amid that increased criticism, several school districts say they’ll give some of the equipment back, while others plan to keep the rifles they received. Nearly two dozen education and civil liberties groups sent a letter earlier this week to the Pentagon and the Justice and Education departments urging a stop to transfers of military weapons to school police.

The Los Angeles Unified School District — the nation’s second largest school district covering 710 square miles and enrolling more than 900,000 students — said it would remove three grenade launchers it had acquired because they “are not essential life-saving items within the scope, duties and mission” of the district’s police force.

But the district plans to keep the 60 M16s and a military vehicle — known as an MRAP — used in Iraq and Afghanistan that was built to withstand mine blasts.

Moonbat Singer Who Endlessly Calls Conservatives Racist Sued For Racial Discrimination…

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Love it.

(TMZ) – Cher is being sued for allegedly telling her choreographer there were too many black people on stage during her concerts … but the singer says the allegations are BS.

According to a new lawsuit — obtained by TMZ — Cher was auditioning dancers for her “Dressed to Kill” tour in 2014 when choreographer Kevin Wilson said he particularly liked “a minority female dancer.” Wilson claims Cher responded, “We have too much color onstage.”

Wilson claims in the suit — filed by attorney Perry Wander — Cher then told him to find a white, blonde dancer. Wilson further claims he was instructed “not to cast anymore dark skinned black dancers on the tour.”

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Reid Signs On To Bill Seeking To Strip NFL Of Nonprofit Status If Washingt0n Redskins Name Isn’t Changed…

Update to this story.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) signed on to legislation Thursday that would remove the nonprofit status of the NFL for promoting the Washington Redskins.

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) announced the legislation earlier this week.

Reid’s voice adds another powerful name to the push to pressure the NFL to force the team to change its name, which many call disparaging to Native Americans. Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) also signed on.

“I wish Roger Goodell and the NFL’s leadership team would take a stand,” Reid said in a statement. “As the past few weeks have illustrated, the problems within the NFL are far and wide. Today we are taking action and I gladly stand with Senator Cantwell in calling for the end of NFL’s not-for-profit status.”

Gabby Giffords’ Gun Control Group Uses NFL Domestic Violent Scandals To Push For More Gun Control Laws…

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Which is odd because guns were’t involved in any of the cases they cited.

Via The Hill:

The gun control group founded by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) is looking to use the National Football League’s nightmarish string of domestic violence scandals to renew its push for stronger federal firearms regulations.

Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS) issued a report Tuesday linking a trio of incidents involving Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and other NFL players to the push for tougher laws, even though guns played no role in two of the cases.

Rather, the group is seeking to leverage a surge in public attention on domestic violence by highlighting laws that let accused offenders possess guns. […]

In calling for tougher regulations, the group points to the Rice case, in which an elevator camera in an Atlantic City hotel captured video of the player knocking his then fiancée unconscious.

The group also cites the ongoing case involving San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald, who was arrested on suspicion of assaulting his pregnant fiancé, but has not been charged.

“Any national dialogue on domestic abuse must include a discussion of the lethal intersection of gun crime and violence against women in the United States, and the loopholes in our federal law that allow individuals — including current NFL players — who have committed domestic violence against a partner but can still access a firearm,” the group said Tuesday.

ISIS Is Obama’s Mess And Now He Wants Canadian Boots On The Ground

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Its only a forward deployment to contain ISIS within the boundaries of the caliphate.

Via Calgary Sun

He’s turned his back on allies such as Israel, having proven himself a bigger friend to the likes of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood than to the Jewish state.

He’s no friend of Canada’s.

Instead of working with his friends, he’s tried in vain to appease such longtime enemies as Iran.

His rush to pull out of Iraq without leaving a reserve force behind has led to the disaster we see unfolding there now.

Now Obama needs allies to battle ISIS and help him save face. So who is stepping up to the plate? The Iranians? The Saudis? Hardly.

Yes, when things get really bad, he calls on the same allies he’s spent his entire presidency snubbing.

The Canadians, the Brits, the Australians, etc.

Forgive me if I don’t exactly jump for joy at the prospect of helping this disastrous president ahead of midterm elections when his party is facing a well deserved drubbing.

He’s the one who insisted on leaving Iraq unprotected against the advice of those who said the U.S. should leave a reserve military force behind to support that country.[...]

Obama needs a coalition to help him sell the idea of military intervention to the same far left crackpot wing of the Democratic party that he attempted to please by pulling out of Iraq in the first place.

But fine. We’re Canadians. We’re loyal friends even to people who take us for granted and treat us so shabbily.

But our loyalty should be to the American people, not to its government and especially not to the president.

We also have a duty to the world community to do our part to destroy ISIS; to kill every last one of the vile, scum-of-the-earth, murderers who have caused so much misery in the world.

The fact Obama may gain politically is an unfortunate byproduct but it doesn’t make the mission wrong.

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Free Thinkers Anonymous Complaint Means Memorial To Sun Prairie, WI Crash Victim Must Go

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Time to start charging the free thinkers and the offended with the theft of oxygen.

Via Wisconsin State Journal

A professionally designed and installed memorial honoring a Sun Prairie woman killed by a drunken driver must be removed because an anonymous resident complained about it, the state said.

Department of Transportation guidelines say that if even one person complains about a roadside memorial, it must go.

The lead organizer of the memorial to Maureen Mengelt said he was made aware of the rule by a DOT official before embarking on the effort but never dreamed anyone would actually complain.

“We tried to put up the most respectful, beautiful memorial we could, and now one person gets to anonymously complain and all of those good intentions mean nothing? It’s a terrible rule,” said Matt Glowacki of Sun Prairie.

The elevated bronze plaque is anchored to a concrete pad. It is probably at least 20 feet from the road and does not pose a driving hazard, Glowacki said. The Sun Prairie City Council approved its installation following a community fundraising effort that collected about $2,800.

Mengelt, 52, a mother of three who was heavily involved in school and community events, was out for an afternoon run in Sun Prairie on April 7, 2013, when she was struck and killed by Bruce Burnside, a Lutheran bishop at the time. His blood alcohol level was 0.128 percent. The legal limit for driving in Wisconsin is 0.08 percent.[...]

One likely site is Orfan Community Park, Oppenheimer said. An annual 5K run in Mengelt’s honor is now held there.

Proceeds from that race benefit the Maureen Mengelt Memorial Fund, which has raised more than $90,000 in 18 months, said Kevin Mengelt, the victim’s husband. The largest chunk, $37,200, was donated toward the construction of the Sun Prairie Ice Arena. Other money has funded high school soccer shelters and music camp scholarships, among other things.

Such generosity and community spirit is one reason Glowacki said he got involved in the effort. He did not know the Mengelt family but approached Kevin Mengelt about a memorial after becoming increasingly impressed with everything he learned about Maureen Mengelt.

The thought of having to move the memorial far from the crash site gets Glowacki pretty steamed.

“Context is at least part of the story,” he said. “You don’t put a Pearl Harbor memorial in the middle of Afghanistan.”

Kevin Mengelt said he has nothing but high praise for everyone who worked so hard to install the memorial. “I’m frustrated someone would complain,” he said. “It just seems mean-spirited.”

He said he stops by the memorial on his daily runs and touches it.

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New York Man Charged With Trying To Recruit Fighters For ISIS…

Another confused Muslim, maybe we should have John Kerry explain to him what real Islam looks like.

Via Fox News:

An upstate New York man has been indicted for allegedly trying to recruit fighters for the Islamic State, paying for their travel and even buying guns, according to federal prosecutors.

Mufid Elfgeeh, 30, of Rochester, was indicted by a federal grand jury on three counts of attempting to provide material support and resources to the group widely known as ISIS that has been designated by the U.S. as a foreign terrorist organization, federal prosecutors said late Tuesday. Elfgeeh, who was born in Yemen and is a naturalized U.S. citizen, is one of the first people accused by the U.S. of recruiting on behalf of ISIS.

According to court documents seen by the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Elfgeeh tried to raise money to enable a Yemeni man to join ISIS. At one point, Elfgeeh allegedly sent the man $600 to travel from Yemen to Syria. An FBI affidavit alleges that this past April, Elfgeeh traveled to Buffalo with an FBI informant to get a passport for the latter man. Elfgeeh suggested that ISIS would use the informant to “operate a cannon, act as a sniper and/or build bombs,” the document claims.

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