Joe being Joe.
Via Yahoo News:
Vice President Joe Biden drew fire from a prominent Jewish group on Tuesday after he described unscrupulous bankers who prey on servicemen and servicewomen deployed overseas as “Shylocks” — a term frequently condemned as an anti-Semitic caricature.
“Shylock represents the medieval stereotype about Jews and remains an offensive characterization to this day. The Vice President should have been more careful,” Anti-Defamation League National Director Abraham Foxman said.
Shylock, the villain in Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice,” is a Jewish moneylender who mercilessly demands a “pound of flesh” from the merchant who defaults on a loan. Whether the 16th-century play is anti-Semitic or reflects the anti-Semitism of the time is a subject of frequent, bitter debate, but the term Shylock is offensive enough that Florida stripped it from state law back in 2009. (Not everyone has gotten that memo).
“When someone as friendly to the Jewish community and open and tolerant an individual as is Vice President Joe Biden, uses the term ‘Shylocked’ to describe unscrupulous moneylenders dealing with service men and women, we see once again how deeply embedded this stereotype about Jews is in society,” Foxman said.
Update: Biden Apologizes For “Poor Choice Of Words”…
America’s raging narcissist president is nothing if not predictable.
As we found out yesterday, Obama has made fighting Ebola the military’s number one priority and is pulling military personnel from counter-terrorism to deal with the virus.
Side question: Unless they’ve found a way to shoot a virus, what are 3,000 U.S. troops doing there?
Via CNS News:
President Obama said on Tuesday he is wasting no time in addressing a “global threat” that demands a “truly global response.” He was talking about disease, not terrorism.
Although the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is “spiraling out of control,” the world knows how to stop it from spreading, Obama said in remarks at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
“But we have to act fast. We can’t dawdle on this one. We have to move with force and make sure that we are catching this as best we can, given that it has already broken out in ways that we had not seen before.”
Sounds like the Obama administration to me.
Via The Hill:
A spokesman for the family of Steven Sotloff, an American journalist killed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, said Wednesday that the family had been “hectored and bullied” by the Obama administration.
“We had meetings with the administration,” Barak Barfi, the spokesman, told “CBS This Morning.” “The family sat with the National Security Council officials. And basically he bullied and hectored them, and they were scared.”
Sotloff, who went missing in Syria a year ago, was killed in a video released by ISIS earlier this month. He was the second American journalist beheaded by the group.
The family has critized the administration through their spokesman, suggesting that officials did not cooperate to secure Sotloff’s release.
On Sunday, White House chief of staff Denis McDonough responded to reports that before Sotloff, and another journalist, James Foley, were killed, their families were threatened with prosecution if they paid ransoms to ISIS.
“In terms of what was communicated to the families in the midst of many, many meetings, over the course of this very difficult circumstance, we obviously made clear what the law is,” McDonough said on “Fox News Sunday.”
If only he knew about “real Islam” (as defined by John Kerry).
The Islamic State has apparently found a “cheerleader” in Canada. The man from Greater Toronto Area continues to defend the actions of the Middle-Eastern extremists group on Twitter.
The man, who uses Twitter user as Abu Turaab (@AlTuraabSVD), defended IS activities and evidently seemed to be pro-Jihad. He was “unmasked” by the National Post, which identified him to be Mohammed Ali, a 23-year-old Canadian citizen. He was a former Mississauga resident and left the country for Turkey and then for Syria, the website reported. His parents said that he had gone for a couple of weeks after he had left Canada in April 2014.
Turaab aka Ali is apparently one of the modern-day Islamists who use the social media to express freely about their love for Jihad. He quoted Islamic militant Anwar Al-Awlaki who, according to the United States, was a major al-Qaeda talent-recruiter. “”If their wisdom does not lead them to the Truth, it’s not wisdom,” Turaab tweeted Al-Awlaki’s quote. [...]
He also tweeted in August that he could not wait for the day when the Islamic State would behead the first U.S. soldier. “Soccer anyone?” he wrote apparently giving a hint of playing soccer with the “head” of the decapitated soldier. Later, he tweeted after American journalist James Foley had been beheaded by the Islamic State that it was “time to play soccer.”
It’s almost like ISIS isn’t afraid of President Milquetoast.
Via CBS News:
Despite his speech announcing his strategy to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) last week, President Obama receives criticism for his most recent foreign policy challenge – the situation with the ISIS militants – and his approval ratings on handling terrorism and foreign policy have also taken a hit.
According to a new CBS News/New York Times poll, 57 percent of Americans don’t think Mr. Obama is being tough enough in dealing with ISIS militants, while just 31 percent think his approach is about right. Republicans are particularly critical of Mr. Obama on this measure: 83 percent of Republicans don’t think he is being tough enough.
Apparently they don’t having bigger issues to worry about.
The troops were advisers and not boots on the ground.
Via FOX News
Two American troops and a Polish service member were killed Tuesday when a Taliban suicide car bomber attacked a foreign motorcade just a couple hundred yards from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Fox News confirms.
The NATO-led international military coalition in Afghanistan said five others were wounded in the attack.
Security forces in full battle gear administered CPR to wounded comrades shortly after the 8:10 a.m. blast, which rattled nearby neighborhoods and sent a plume of smoke high into the sky.
The attack – which the Taliban claimed responsibility for — happened on a main Kabul road that leads to the airport, next to an ISAF base that houses many Americans.
The three military deaths — and a fourth in the country’s east — brought the total number of international troops killed in Afghanistan this year to 59, at least 44 of whom were American.[...]
In the aftermath of the blast, Afghan and foreign troops secured the area as fire and rescue vehicles moved in. Investigators inspected an empty black SUV, its windows smashed and exterior pockmarked with shrapnel.
In a separate attack in the country’s east, ISAF said Tuesday that one of its troops died after being shot by an individual wearing an Afghan army uniform. That raises the possibility that the service member died from a so-called insider attack carried out by an Afghan soldier, a serious problem over the last couple of years.
ISAF said it will continue to train and advise Afghan security forces “and does not view these incidents as representative of the positive relationship between our forces.”
Still trying to get attention. This is an attempt to discredit Mia Love during her run for Congress. Update to this story.
Via Salt Lake Tribune
While national attention is now focusing on whether two Saratoga Springs police officers shot and killed a young black man because of his race, the various sides sparred Monday over which version of what happened is supported by emerging evidence.
Randall Edwards, attorney for the family of Darrien Hunt, said more witnesses came forward to support the family’s version that the 22-year-old was trying to flee police Wednesday when he was shot in the back. He said no witnesses — nor independent autopsy findings — support police versions that he was lunging at officers with a sword.
Meanwhile, Tim Taylor, chief deputy Utah County attorney, disputed Hunt family assertions that the sword was a decorator piece that is more of a toy and not a weapon. He said the 2- to 3-foot blade was steel and had a point and “was not a toy.”
Also, Taylor said investigators have obtained video surveillance tapes from businesses near where the shooting occurred but have not yet reviewed them. He also said investigators have not yet interviewed at length the two officers involved in the shooting but expect to do that later this week.[...]
The attention comes amid ongoing protests in Ferguson, Mo., over police shooting Michael Brown, a young, unarmed black man there. Also, ironically, it comes as former Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love is favored in a race to become the first black Republican woman elected to Congress.
Love said Monday that she did not know Hunt or his family, and did not want to comment on his death or claims that race played a part in the shooting.
“I don’t want to be mentioned in anything,” said Love. “I think it should just go through the process it is supposed to go through.”
Don’t laugh, he’s serious!
On Tuesday, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said that a comprehensive amnesty bill would have helped America contain the Ebola epidemic in Africa. […]
“We included in the immigration reform bill, which passed the United States Senate, a provision which provided, in one respect, if you are medically trained in Africa and promise to serve in Africa for a period of time before going anywhere else, we would honor that and respect that and not allow people to be recruited into the United States if they still had an obligation to their country,” Durbin said, according to the Washington Times. “And secondly, that doctors in the United States would be able to serve in these crisis situations overseas without jeopardizing their immigration status.”
As we reported earlier, PA authorities have named Eric Matthew Frein as the suspect in the ambush slaying of one trooper and the wounding of another. Frein is currently on the loose and according to the police, is considered to be armed and dangerous. Police note that he made prior statements against law enforcement, but police have not noted the specifics on those statements as of yet.
Some stories have identified him as a “survivalist”, which some immediately are translating to “right wing nut”.
As with most things, best not to jump to conclusions till all the evidence is in.
In this case, it is clear from Frein’s MySpace account that he was an active participant in an Airsoft group, practicing shooting. There are a lot of connections to other Airsoft players.
There is also a connection to Che Guevara and 13th Guards. 13th Guards was a Soviet Red Army rifle division, also referenced on Call of Duty.
Avatar on the Che account:
Avatar on the 13th Guards:
Does that mean he is definitely a Leftist? No. But being a “survivalist”, if in fact he was one, doesn’t by itself qualify him as “right-wing” either.
A Veteran is someone, who at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America”, for an amount of “up to and including my life”.
That is honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.
President Barack Obama has declined to attend a dedication ceremony in October for a new memorial honoring American veterans who have been disabled fighting for their country in wars, according to sources close to the event.
The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial (AVDLM), the first such memorial of its kind, is set to be dedicated during a ceremony on Oct. 5 near the National Mall in downtown Washington, D.C.
However, Obama, who was first invited to attend the event in January, will not be among those in attendance, according to a source who works on veteran’s issues who is familiar with the situation. This would be among the first national memorials in recent history not to be formally accepted in person by a sitting U.S. president.
Organizers of the event were caught off guard when informed by the White House of the president’s decision this week and are hoping to receive an explanation from the White House as to why Obama will not be attending the ceremony, according to the source, who is close to the memorial and was informed of the decision this week.
They have blended in with the “dreamers” Click photo for video.
Two Afghan nationals, who were in the District to work with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, vanished during a visit to Georgetown over the weekend, officials confirmed Monday to ABC7 News.
On Saturday afternoon, a bus carrying 31 police officers from Afghanistan drove from the DEA’s Quantico, Va. facilities to Georgetown. DEA spokesman Rusty Pain said the group members—undergoing intense training—were driven to Georgetown to enjoy themselves. When it came time to get back on the bus, 22-year-old Mohammad Yasin Ataye and 24-year-old Mohd Naweed Samimi were missing.
Pain insists each member of the group has been vetted and polygraphed. However, given the war in Afghanistan and threats, D.C. tourists and locals alike expressed concern over the pair’s disappearance.[...]
The DEA says it collected everyone’s passports and visas when they arrived, as a precaution. So, presuming Ataye and Samimi fled intentionally, they will have some difficulties getting around. Some observers speculated the pair just doesn’t want to go back home.
“Typically, if I was [in Afghanistan], I’d probably want to be anywhere but there,” said Hunter Payne, of Woodbridge, Va.
“The minds of the people who live there, because it can be pretty violent over there,” said D.C. resident Shiva Vaid.
Whatever the reason these Afghan cops disappeared, Pain says they don’t pose any danger.
The DEA has not yet released photos of Ataye and Samimi.
HT DC Crime Stories