Their jihad just came to an abrupt end.
Their jihad just came to an abrupt end.
But I can’t shake the feeling this might be just a fundraising ploy.
Waste of resources, NYC is a gun free zone.
The New York Post reports that the NYPD boasts a special unit known as the “Hip-Hop Squad,” responsible for monitoring area parties and concerts that might feature stars from the rap/hip-hop industry. The squad’s “watch list” includes rappers Drake, Chris Brown, and French Montana. The Post reports:
The shadowy specialist unit, known locally as the “Hip-Hop Police,” keeps a list of rappers and hip-hop stars whose shows and night club appearances are closely monitored. It also includes Fabolous, Wiz Khalifa, Young Jeezy, Fat Joe, Jim Jones and Lil Wayne.
Mexican government doing the job the American government won’t.
Mexico’s largest crackdown in decades on illegal migration has decreased the flow of Central Americans trying to reach the United States, and has dramatically cut the number of child migrants and families, according to officials and eyewitness accounts along the perilous route.
Convoys of Mexican federal police and immigration service employees in southern Mexico have begun scouring the tracks of the infamous freight train known as “La Bestia,” or The Beast, hauling migrants from the rail cars and sending them to deportation centers. They have also set up moving roadblocks, checking the documents of passengers on interstate buses.[...]
Some of the Central American men say that instead of trying to cross into the United States they’ll now stay and look for work in Mexico. Many families have apparently decided not to attempt the journey through Mexico at all since news of the raids and checkpoints — combined with stepped up efforts in the U.S. and among Central American governments — reached their communities, said Carlos Solis, the manager of a shelter in Arriaga. He said the city, once bustling with migrants waiting to board the train, emptied out almost overnight.
The White House has finally responded to a petition from May calling for it to demand the release of Sgt. Andrew Tahmoressi. The petition was signed by 134,933 people before the cutoff time.
Does the White House demand the Marine’s release? What do you think?
OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE RESPONSE TO
Demand Release of U.S.M.C. Sgt. Tahmooressi Suffering with PTSD from Mexico Imprisonment
Response to We the People Petition on Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi
The U.S. State Department continues to provide extensive consular assistance to Mr. Tahmooressi, and will do so until his case is resolved. As in all cases when a U.S. citizen is arrested overseas, our goal is to see that Mr. Tahmooressi is treated fairly during the judicial process with the hope that he can receive the support, both emotional and medical, that he may require now and at the conclusion of the proceedings.
Mexico is one of the United States’ most important partners. We have close economic and cultural ties, and we work closely with them on numerous sensitive issues. While we will not go into detail about our private diplomatic discussions on this case, U.S. officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, have spoken to Mexican officials at the highest levels regarding Mr. Tahmooressi’s case.
Mexican authorities have been very willing to engage on this issue. They have provided prompt and continued consular access and visitations. As a result, the State Department has been able to provide regular updates on Mr. Tahmooressi’s condition to his family, Members of Congress, and the press.
We respect the rule of law and expect the judicial process of sovereign nations to protect other U.S. citizens who might find themselves in similar circumstances in the future. We will continue to monitor the case and work with the Mexican authorities as this case proceeds through the Mexican judicial system. We continue to urge the Mexican authorities to process this case expeditiously.
Translation: We haven’t any intention whatever of demanding his release.
HT: Tom Fitzgerald
Obama at fundraiser, per @dsupervilleap: "If you watch the nightly news, it feels like the world is falling apart."
— Josh Lederman (@joshledermanAP) August 29, 2014
And the leader of the free world is helping it implode…
It’s all social media’s fault!
At a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in New York Friday, President Obama attributed people’s pervasive sense the world is falling apart to “social media.”
“The world’s always been messy… we’re just noticing now in part because of social media,” Obama said.
“I can see why a lot of folks are troubled,” he said. But American military superiority has never been greater, he added, according to a pool report.
Obama has faced withering criticism for taking a lengthy vacation that included nine rounds of golf, while terrorist group Islamic State (ISIS) has been on the march in Iraq, an Ebola crisis is spreading in Africa, and Russia is making increasingly aggressive moves against Ukraine.
“If you watch the nightly news, it feels like the world is falling apart,” Obama said. He said this is a time of extraordinary changes around the world. He cited several hotspots, saying, “We’ve seen the barbarity of an organization like ISIL.”
The Middle East is challenging, “but it’s been challenging for quite a while,” Obama said, adding that this challenge was not comparable to the Cold War.
The FBI’s most recent national threat assessment for domestic terrorism makes no reference to Islamist terror threats, despite last year’s Boston Marathon bombing and the 2009 Fort Hood shooting—both carried out by radical Muslim Americans.
Instead, the internal FBI intelligence report concluded in its 2013 assessment published this month that the threat to U.S. internal security from extremists is limited to attacks and activities by eight types of domestic extremist movements—none motivated by radical Islam.
They include anti-government militia groups and white supremacy extremists, along with “sovereign citizen” nationalists, and anarchists. Other domestic threat groups outlined by the FBI assessment include violent animal rights and environmentalist extremists, black separatists, anti- and pro-abortion activists, and Puerto Rican nationalists.[...]
On black separatists, the report warned that “high-profile racially charged crimes or events” could lead to an expansion of black separatist groups. The report identified three such groups as the New Black Panther Party, the Israelite Church of God in Jesus Christ, and the Black Hebrew Israelite group as extremists under FBI scrutiny.
An alternative assessment section in the report warned that radical black activists could “reinitiate violence at the historically high levels seen for the movement during the 1970s, when bombings, assassinations, hijackings, and hostage-takings occurred.”
Via RSS News:
Gutfeld to Colmes: Why Do Liberals Have a Hard Time Identifying Actual Existential Evil
Tonight on “The Factor,” Greg Gutfeld took on Alan Colmes over those on the left who are downplaying the threat of ISIS.
“Why is it that lefties like you though […] have a hard time identifying actual existential evil unless it’s a Republican or a stay-at-home mom where you can condemn them?” Gutfeld asked.
He also asked Colmes what it is about the ISIS threat that is being overstated. Colmes said that ISIS couldn’t beat the Kurds in northern Iraq or the Shiites in southern Iraq. Colmes said the ISIS threat is being “ginned up” for American involvement.
“I guess what it is is they’re not reaching the Colmes level of barbarism. They’re just not vicious enough for you. What do you want, more genocide?” Gutfeld quipped.
Is the UK waking up?
Via Daily Mail
A terror attack on the UK is now ‘highly likely’, David Cameron said today.
The Prime Minister’s remarks came after the official threat level was raised from substantial to severe – the second highest – amid growing fears over the number of extremists returning to the UK from Iraq and Syria.
Mr Cameron said ISIS now posed a ‘greater and deeper threat to our security than we have known before’. The PM said terrorism was now ‘the most important issue facing this country today’.
He also announced that new laws will be passed to make it easier to remove extremists’ passports if there are concerns they will travel to the Middle East to join ISIS.
The Prime Minister’s remarks came after the Home Secretary Theresa May stressed that there is no information to suggest an attack is imminent, but warned: ‘We face a real and serious threat in the UK from international terrorism.’
At a hastily arranged press conference in Downing Street this afternoon, Mr Cameron said the intelligence and security services believed that at least 500 Britons had gone to fight in Syria and potentially Iraq.
Mr Cameron said ISIS was more dangerous than the Taliban and al Qaeda. He said: ‘In Afghanistan the Taliban were prepared to play host to al Qaeda, the terrorist organisation.
‘With IS (ISIS) we are facing a terrorist organisation not being hosted in a country but seeking to establish and then violently expand its own terrorist state.
‘With designs on expanding to Jordan, Lebanon, right up to the Turkish border, we could be facing a terrorist state on the shores of the Mediterranean and bordering a Nato member.’
Two words for the UN: Piss off.
(AFP) – The United States must stem police racism and brutality, a UN watchdog said Friday, as debate rages over the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white officer in Missouri.
“The excessive use of force by law enforcement officials against racial and ethnic minorities is an ongoing issue of concern, particularly in light of the shooting of Michael Brown,” said Noureddine Amir, who headed a review of the US by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
“This is not an isolated event,” Amir told reporters.
“It illustrates a big problem in the United States, such as racial bias among law enforcement officials, the lack of proper implementation of rules and regulations governing the use of force, and the inadequacy of training of law enforcement officials,” he added. [...]
Amir also cited the separate 2012 killings of unarmed 17-year-olds Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis, whose shooters claimed self-defence under controversial “stand your ground” laws.
Their deaths stoked outrage over racial profiling and lax US gun laws.
“The United States government should take effective measures to protect the lives of all individuals and to reduce armed violence,” said Amir.
Because who would want to have health standards in abortion mills?
AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge Friday threw out new Texas abortion restrictions that would have effectively closed more than a dozen clinics in the state.
U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel sided with clinics that sued over one of the most disputed measures of a sweeping anti-abortion bill signed by Republican Gov. Rick Perry in 2013.
The ruling stops new restrictions that would have left seven abortion facilities in Texas come Monday. There are currently 19 abortion providers in the state, according to groups challenging the law.
“The overall effect of the provisions is to create an impermissible obstacle as applied to all women seeking a previability abortion,” Yeakel wrote in his 21-page ruling.
You know your country has a serious Islamist problem when teenage girls are plotting suicide bombings.
Via Times of Israel:
Two teenage French girls arrested last week in a crackdown on citizens who consider traveling to other countries to join ‘jihad,’ were planning to attack a synagogue in Lyon with a suicide bomb, French media revealed Friday.
The two, 15 and 17 years old, were detained and interrogated last week in Venissieux, a suburb of Lyon in southeastern France, and Tarbes, a town in the south, after French authorities uncovered a plan to bomb the Great Synagogue of Lyon. They were charged for conspiracy to commit terrorism.
Two had never met but communicated via social media, the investigation revealed.
“These girls were part of a network of young Islamists who were being monitored by security services,” an unnamed security source was quoted by Newsweek as saying.
They’re neither the first adolescents nor the first females arrested in France. Some after returning from Syria or fetched by families at the Turkish border.
The girls are among some 60 people being investigated in France for criminal association in relation with a terrorist enterprise, in one example of how France is taking judicial action against citizens suspected of seeking careers as foreign fighters, even if they have yet to leave French soil. Thousands of European citizens have made the trip to Syrian battlegrounds, but there is no unified plan of action in Europe.
Obama’s ‘failures’ are a conscious choice, because nobody can be this consciously harmful to the U.S. so frequently unless that was the desired effect. Yet even so, even as a cog, he is, as this shows, dumber than a bag of rocks…
Via Daily Mail:
Lawmakers are fuming over President Barack Obama’s admission on Thursday that his White House lacks a strategy for dealing with the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in Syria, with one congressman comparing his performance to the bumbling sheriff’s deputy Barney Fife from ‘The Andy Griffith Show.’
And as House and Senate members piled on with sharp criticism, a former senior aide to a retired defense secretary told MailOnline that the Joint Chiefs of Staff are ‘seeing red’ and ‘spitting nails’ following Obama’s candid admission.
‘They’re losing confidence in their mission,’ said the long-time Pentagon insider, who spoke on condition of anonymity. ‘When the president doesn’t know what direction to point people in, all his advisers can do is guess at what he wants. That’s not good.’
Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert told Fox News.on Thursday that Obama articulated ‘a pitiful foreign policy, and Barney Fife is in charge,’