Say it with us, OFA: “Christmas card”
Say it with us, OFA: “Christmas card”
Ridiculous to say the least.
Via The Hill:
A U.S. military commander used the term “Daesh” to describe the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) at a Pentagon briefing for the first time on Thursday.
The term is the Arabic acronym for ISIS, but the State Department and coalition partners in the region use it since it also sounds like the Arabic word for “crush underneath the foot.”
“Our partners, at least the ones that I work with, ask us to use that because they feel that if you use ISIL that you legitimize a self-declared caliphate, and actually they feel pretty strongly that we should not be doing that,” said Army Lt. Gen. James L. Terry, commander of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve. ISIL is another acronym used for ISIS.
“Daesh is why we are here. Daesh uses terror and fear to dominate people and reward themselves. It has demonstrated time and time again a disregard for life and humanity. It has also openly stated intentions to apply its trademark barbaric methods not only regionally, but globally as well,” he said.
It is not clear whether other Pentagon officials will begin using “Daesh” in future briefings.
Michael Moore last seen crossing his sausage-size fingers.
Note to NHL executives: Moonbats aren’t exactly big sports fans (unless you consider male figure skating a “sport”).
Via National Journal:
The National Hockey League has committed to becoming the first major sports league to go carbon-neutral.
Under a partnership with the energy-services firm Constellation, the league will work with its 30 teams to slash its carbon emissions and purchase carbon offsets for all its emissions during the current 2014-15 season. The league is estimated to emit 530,000 metric tons of carbon this season through energy use at its arenas and offices, nearly 2 million miles of team air travel, consumption of goods, and other league operations.
“Our sport was born on frozen ponds and relies on winter weather,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. “Everyone who loves our game will benefit by taking an active role in preserving the environment and the roots of the game.”
Pandering to the the base.
Who knew (except for those crazy Islamic conspiracy theorists)?
Via Jewish Journal:
“What will you tell the President when you see him?” was my daughter Eva’s first reaction when I told her I’d been invited to the White House Channukah party (Actually, it was her second reaction. Her first was, “Take me!”). Kids are innocent that way. They don’t realize that when you have over a hundred people crowding the leader of the free world, it’s not so easy to get in a word edgewise.
But I got lucky. It’s not what I told the President that mattered, it’s what I heard him say when few people were paying attention. […]
“Mr President,” he said in his booming voice, “when I told my Christian friend I was coming to a Channukah party at the White House, he told me, ‘I didn’t know the President was Jewish!”
The President let out a serious belly laugh. But in all the commotion of people asking other questions and everyone clicking their smart phone cameras, it was easy to lose sight of the president to see if he had anything to say.
I kept my eyes straight on him. It was clear that the “President was Jewish” idea had intrigued him. After about three or four seconds, as he was walking away, and looking at no one in particular, the President just said, “I am, in my soul.”
“In accordance with the teachings of the prophet”
Via Hindol Sengupta:
Team America scene mocking Kim Jong Il (note the threat by the U.N. to send him a sternly worded letter):
When hackers give you lemons, you’ve got to make lemonade.
One Dallas-area movie theater refuses to take the fallout from Sony’s epic data breach sitting down. In true Texas form, it’s dialed up the patriotism to 15 and announced plans to host a screening of “Team America: World Police” instead of the embattled assassination comedy “The Interview” next week.
“With cap guns for everyone … for free,” said James Wallace, who programs the Dallas/Ft. Worth Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, according to the Dallas Morning News. “Because you can’t spell freedom without free.”
Or, isn’t it “Freedom isn’t free?” Either way, free is almost always a good thing.
Wallace and his theater plan to make the Dec. 27 screening a celebration of America and its greatness — complete with guns, American flags, red white and blue streamers, balloons, and outbursts of “America! F*** yeah!”
Sony cancelled the premier of the Seth Rogen and James Franco flick after hackers stole terabytes of data from the company’s servers and threatened attacks on theaters that screen the movie. With the new threat, some of the biggest theater chains pulled out.
Another in a long line of liberal hoaxes.
Via The Australian:
GAPS have appeared in the story that inspired the #illridewithyou Twitter phenomenon.
University lecturer Rachael Jacobs had originally posted a status on Facebook, explaining how she offered to protect a woman who felt uncomfortable wearing her hijab.
According to her story, Ms Jacobs had seen the woman beginning to remove her scarf, and ran after her, saying “Put it back on. I’ll walk with you.”
The exchange took place on a Brisbane train, while the Sydney siege was taking place in Sydney’s Martin Place.
However Rachael Jacobs has admitted that she “editorialised’’ parts of her story.
“Confession time. In my Facebook status, I editorialised. She wasn’t sitting next to me. She was a bit away, towards the other end of the carriage,” she wrote.
Detailing her thought process, Ms Jacobs now says she wondered if she even needed to help.“She might not even be Muslim or she could have just been warm!,” she wrote.
The Islamist “War On Women” still going strong.
Kano, Nigeria (CNN) — Boko Haram insurgents kidnapped at least 185 women and children, and killed 32 people in a raid in northeastern Nigeria this week, local officials and residents said.
Gunmen in pickup trucks attacked the village of Gumsuri, just north of Chibok, on Sunday, shooting down men before herding women and children together.
“They gathered the women and children and took them away in trucks after burning most of the village with petrol bombs,” a local government official said on condition anonymity for fear of reprisal.
News of the attack took four days to emerge because of a lack of communication. Telecommunications towers in the region had been disabled in previous attacks.
Local officials learned of the attack from residents who fled to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, where the officials had moved a year ago to escape Boko Haram attacks.
The militants stormed the village from two directions, overwhelming local vigilantes who had repelled Boko Haram attacks over the course of the year, said Gumsuri resident Umar Ari, who trekked for four days to Maiduguri.
“They destroyed almost half the village and took away 185 women, girls and boys,” Ari said.
Bill Clinton bites slip, says “I still got it.”
Via Free Beacon:
Andrea Catsimatidis filed for divorce from her husband of three years on Wednesday as a picture of her in the grasp of former President Bill Clinton went viral, according to the New York Post.
Andrea Catsimatidis, daughter of billionaire grocer and failed mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis, filed for divorce Wednesday against her husband of three years, President Richard Nixon’s grandson Christopher Nixon Cox.
By next December you will have 12 new reasons to be ashamed of your white skin.
EJI is proud to announce the release of our 2015 calendar, A History of Racial Injustice. This full-color wall calendar expands on EJI’s previous calendars with new historical entries and short essays highlighting historical events and issues in our nation’s racial history.
The 2015 calendar is part of a series of reports and educational materials that explore the legacy of racial bias in the United States and its continuing impact on contemporary policies and practices. Many of today’s issues have been shaped by America’s racial history – the history of racial injustice in particular.
The legacy of slavery, racial terror, and legally supported abuse of racial minorities is not well understood.
EJI believes that a deeper understanding about our nation’s history of racial injustice is important to addressing contemporary questions of social justice and equality.
The calendar is designed to be a helpful tool for learning more about racial history. Expanded content from A History of Racial Injustice is now available in our online timeline.
Quite the turn around, eh Mooch?
From March, 20, 2012:
OBAMA: “That’s my Target run! I went to Target. I thought I was undercover! I have to tell you something about this trip tough.”
OBAMA: “No one knew that was me because a woman actually walked up to me, right. I was in the detergent aisle. And she said — I kid you not — she said, ‘Excuse me, I just have to ask you something.’ And I thought, ‘Oh, cover is blown.’ She said, ‘Can you reach on that shelf and hand me the detergent?’ I kid you not! (Applause) And the only thing she said, I reached up because she was short, and I reached up and pulled it down, and she said, ‘Well, you didn’t have to make it look so easy!’ That was my interaction. I felt so good.”
Overshadowed by 0bama “normalizing” relations with Cuba. Vietnam started with sending in advisers, that weren’t in “direct Combat“.
Hundreds of American troops are now in Iraq’s volatile Anbar Province helping the Iraqi military take on the Islamic State, according to the Joint Staff.
Currently, about 350 U.S. troops are stationed at Al Asad Air Base in Anbar. The force is comprised of advisers and support personnel who are assisting the Iraqi army, as well as security people tasked with providing force protection.
The troops that are on the ground are helping the 7th Iraqi Division with developing security strategies, mission planning, information sharing, and coordinating close air support operations.
Servicemembers currently in Anbar are not fighting alongside Iraqi forces or standing near the front lines calling in airstrikes, according to officials.[…]
We are still in the process of flowing in additional troops in the overall effort to Build Partner Capacity, which will enable Iraqi forces by providing training and expertise in military capabilities such as mission command, intelligence, maneuver, and sustainment and medical support,” Joint Staff spokeswoman Army Capt. Catalina Rosales said in an email to Stars and Stripes.
There are currently about 1,700 American troops in Iraq. That number is expected to increase to around 3,000 in the coming months.
Left-wing civil war?
… Why did we feel the need to write this open letter to mainstream LGBT organizations with a reference to the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act? Why have we felt the need to point to the failure on the part of the American populace to rightly acknowledge the atrocities that ended the lives of both namesakes? Because it illuminates the dangers of focusing on one type of identity-based violence — the violence that impacts LGBT people — while willfully ignoring the police and vigilante violence that impacts Black queer- and trans-identified people, as well as all Black people: Mike Brown’s bloodied and lifeless body was left on a hot Missouri street for 4.5 hours; the world bore witness to video clips of Eric Garner uttering his final words, “I can’t breathe!”, as a police officer choked him to death; Marlene Pinnock was brutally pounded by a white, male police officer on a highway in the middle of the day; and Black trans women like Erycka Morgan and Islan Nettles, and many whose names we do not lift up, continue to be viciously attacked and killed.
We can no longer sit idly by as you, mainstream LGBT organizations, center your movements and advocacy work on some within our varied communities but not others. We are no longer OK with the mainstream LGBT organizations among you who signal your complicity in anti-Black violence through your loud silence and deliberate ignoring of the types of systemic, institutionalized forms of anti-Black racism that negatively impact Black queer and trans people (and all Black people), disallow Black well-being, and deaden us.
Already placed my order for the shirts, now all I have left to buy for gifts is the Ole Smoky Moonshine gift pack.
Via Indy Star
Three South Bend Common Council members have called on a police officer to stop selling T-shirts that make light of the “I can’t breathe” refrain used in recent protests of the police killing of a New York City man.
Mishawaka Police officer Jason Barthel this week began selling T-shirts with the message “Breathe easy, don’t break the law” at a South Bend store he owns in response to a weekend protest at the University of Notre Dame.
Members of Notre Dame’s women’s basketball team wore T-shirts prior to Saturday’s game against Michigan emblazoned with the message “I can’t breathe.” Those were the last words of Eric Garner, a black man who died in July in New York City after a white police officer placed him in a chokehold while trying to arrest Garner for allegedly illegally selling single cigarettes.[…]
he city of South Bend is a frequent customer of Barthel’s store, South Bend Uniform, records show, with more than $64,700 in receipts since January 2013, the South Bend Tribune reported.
The Mishawaka Police Department referred calls seeking comment from Barthel to South Bend Uniform. The store’s voicemail was full Wednesday, and a message seeking comment couldn’t be left.
The store did defend its T-shirts in a Monday posting on its Facebook page.
“For those upset, please understand when we use the slogan ‘Breathe Easy’ we are referring to knowing the police are there for you!,” the store’s statement read.
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin on Wednesday dropped his plan to enact a single-payer health care system in his state — a plan that had won praise from liberals but never really got much past the framework stage.
“This is not the right time” for enacting single payer, Shumlin said in a statement, citing the big tax increases that would be required to pay for it.
Shumlin faced deep skepticism that lawmakers could agree on a way to pay for his ambitious goal and that the feds would agree to everything he needed to create the first state-based single-payer system in 2017.
And that was all before Shumlin, a Democrat, almost lost reelection last month in one of the country’s most liberal states. And it was before MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, the now notorious Obamacare consultant who also advised Vermont until his $400,000 contract was killed amid the controversy, became political poison.
Giving the Taliban the benefit of the doubt.
Via CNS News
As the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan ends on Dec. 31, American troops will still conduct counter-terrorism operations, but only if the terrorists “directly threaten our people or our allies,” Pentagon spokesman Admiral John Kirby told reporters on Tuesday.
“And we’ve also said that we’re not going to target Taliban simply by virtue of the fact that they’re Taliban. So being a member of the Taliban doesn’t — doesn’t mean that the United States is going to prosecute operations against you for that reason alone.”[…]
As CNSNews.com reported, Mullah Omar just this past July urged Afghan soldiers and policemen to “come and wage jihad alongside with your own people and together with the mujahedeen of the Islamic Emirate against the common enemy in order to gain the bliss of the two worlds” (i.e. the present world, and the one to come.)”
On Tuesday, Kirby noted that Afghanistan remains a “dangerous place.” “We just lost two soldiers over the weekend in an IED attack. And it doesn’t mean that between now and December 31st that U.S. troops won’t be involved in conventional combat with the Taliban. It very well could happen.
Grotesque brutality that comes straight from the Koran.
Via Free Beacon:
The Islamic State (IS) has published it own penal code, which harshly penalizes actions such as sodomy and blasphemy with punishments including execution, crucifixion, lashing, and the severing of limbs, among other penalties.
IS (also known as ISIL or ISIS) issued the detailed document as a “warning and a reminder to people living under its rule” that any behavior not in accordance with strict Islamic law will be cruelly punished, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), which translated a copy of the penal code posted at a radical online depot known as the Jihadi Media Platform.
Radical militants associated with IS emphasized that they have a “commitment” to enforce the brutal doctrine “vigilantly,” according to MEMRI.
As IS continues to gain strength and devotees, it has staked out bolder and more confrontational policies governing the territory in its control. The release of a formal penal code is a sign that the terror outfit remains committed to regional dominance in the face of ongoing U.S.-led airstrikes.
The death penalty and lashing by whip features prominently into IS’s legal code, which is governed by Sharia law.
“Blasphemy against Allah,” for instance, is punishable by death, according to the legal code provided by MEMRI.
The people of #BlackLivesMatter are organizing what they call a shutdown of the Mall of America in Minneapolis.
Naturally the Mall of America isn’t being fooled by Anti-Corporatism masked as “The New Civil Rights Movement” so they moved quickly and talked to Minneapolis Police.
According to a letter posted on FaceBook which was hand delivered to organizers of the rally the mall has alerted them to the fact that they will not allow a shutdown of the mall to occur and that Minneapolis Police will be on scene to prevent it.
The evil racist corporation even went so far as to help them find a spot for protesting which is right next door to the mall itself on the road leading to the mall.