Islamic State Branches Off Into Tourism, Offering Guided Tours Of Their “Caliphate,” Want It To Become A Honeymoon Destination…

Is there anything more romantic than watching a man get his head chopped off?

BEIRUT: Known for kidnapping, public stonings, lashings and executions, the Iraq and Al Sham (ISIS) is now expanding into tourism, taking jihadists on honeymoon and civilians to visit other parts of its “caliphate”.

Running twice-weekly tours from Syria’s Raqa to Iraq’s Anbar, ISIS’s buses fly the group’s black flag and play jihadist songs throughout the journey.

One of the first clients was Chechen jihadist Abu Abdel Rahman al-Shishani, aged 26, who took his new Syrian wife on honeymoon, according to activist Hadi Salameh.

“Just after they got married, he took her to Anbar. These jihadists are very romantic,” Salameh joked.

But the two weren’t able to sit together, because “women sit in the back, and men at the front. The bus driver plays jihadist songs all through the ride, and the ISIS black flag flies over the bus. ISIS proclaimed a ‘caliphate’ last month straddling Iraq and Syria. According to a rebel from eastern Syria, the tours started operating immediately afterwards.

It firmly controls large swathes of northern and eastern Syria, the Iraq-Syria border, and parts of northern and western Iraq.

Salameh said the group’s tour buses “start their journey in Tal Abyad (on Syria’s Turkish border) and end in Iraq’s Anbar. You can get off wherever you want, and you don’t need a passport to cross the border. “The activist, who lives in Raqa and uses a pseudonym to avoid retribution from ISIS, told AFP via the Internet the company is for profit.

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Netanyahu On Fighting Hamas: “A Man’s Gotta Do, What A Man’s Gotta Do”…

Obama begs to differ.

Ouch: Poll Finds Less Than 6% Of Parents Think Michelle Obama’s School Lunches Are Healthier…

Next up on MSNBC: Why are people who doubt Michelle Obama’s school lunch mandate so racist?

CHANHASSEN, MINN. — As the debate on school lunch reform continues to rage on at the national and state government level, a new survey found that less than six percent of parents feel the recent reforms have resulted in any meaningful healthy changes in the foods served to their children. Conducted by the Life Time Foundation, a private operating foundation created by Life Time – The Healthy Way of Life CompanySM, the survey tallied 1,079 parents’ thoughts regarding school meals.

Survey participants suggested that government guidelines and implemented changes nationwide aren’t resonating with parents. Most notably, 29 percent said they weren’t sure what the new guidelines are and 22 percent said that the guidelines didn’t seem to improve the lunches at all. Moreover, 43.8 percent said that more change needs to be implemented.

When deciding to purchase school lunches, survey respondents said price and convenience weren’t as important as quality of ingredients. More than 72 percent are willing to pay up to $2.00 more per meal for healthier meals for their children, and 83 percent said they would have their child purchase school meals more often if the offerings were all natural. Notably, 72 percent of parents also said they regularly review the nutrition content of the food they serve their kids at home, while 60 percent of parents have never looked at the nutritional information of foods supplied at school.

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U.N. Human Rights Chief: “Strong Possibility” Israel May Be Committing “War Crimes” In Gaza…

While Hamas fires rockets indiscriminately at Israeli civilians.

Via Al Jazeera:

Israel’s military actions in the Gaza Strip could amount to war crimes, UN rights chief Navi Pillay has said, as Israel continued pounding Gaza for a 16th day.

Pillay on Wednesday also condemned indiscriminate rocket attacks by Hamas fighters.

“There seems to be a strong possibility that international law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes,” Pillay told an emergency session on Gaza at the UN Human Rights Council.

Pillay said the killing of civilians in Gaza, especially children, raised concerns over Israel’s precautions and respect for proportionality.

NIH Spends $238K To Study Telemedicine For Trangender Women Of Color

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A job for the Oprah Network.

Via CNS News

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $237,750 grant to George Washington University to study whether the use of telemedicine can help overcome barriers to care for transgender women of color.

“The transgender population is a medically underserved and understudied population with myriad barriers to care. Discrimination, substance abuse, violence, stigma, HIV/STI risk behaviors, and social isolation challenge delivery of primary and specialty services for transgender women of color (transwomen, TW), and thus new models of care are urgently needed,” the grant abstract said.

“By providing real-time access to culturally-sensitive care for TW remotely, we can overcome frequently encountered structural barriers. This study offers the opportunity to translate highly effective telemedicine methods to a population on whom this approach has not yet been tested,” it said.

The study is comprised of two phases. First, “key informant interviews” will be conducted with providers of transgender women and “key informant interviews and focus groups” with transgender women to “evaluate the acceptability of the telemedicine approach.”

Second, researchers will use “peer-referral” to recruit 25 out-of-care transgender women who will have a three-month comparison period followed by a three-month telemedicine/virtual medical home pilot study period.”

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Hamas Spokesman On CNN: Israel Acting Like Nazis, Netanyahu The New Hitler…

Why would CNN give Hamas airtime to spew anti-Semitic venom?

Via Mediaite:

Hamas spokesman Osama Hamdan appeared on CNN today, and after facing questions from Wolf Blitzer on Hamas potentially targeting an Israeli airport, he went after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He said that Netanyahu and Israeli forces are acting rather a lot like the Nazis did during World War II. [...]

He said that Netanyahu “lost his morals” and is now “reflecting a new image for Hitler.” Hamdan continued the Nazi comparison and argued Israeli forces “are acting in the same way, killing the Palestinians just because they are Palestinians, like what Hitler was doing in the last century.”

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Obama To Give Prestigious Award To One of His Campaign’s Top Bundlers…

Just a coincidence.

Via Free Beacon:

President Barack Obama will give a prestigious government award to one of his top campaign donors, the White House announced on Tuesday.

The president will honor DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg with the National Medal of Arts, “ the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States government,” according to the National Endowment for the Arts.

Katzenberg bundled more than half a million dollars for Obama’s reelection campaign, and has donated more than $1.8 million to Democratic candidates, committees, and interest groups

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Beretta Dumps Maryland After New Gun Laws

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Gun control laws have consequences. Regular WZ commenter Smokey will welcome the arrival of Beretta with some fine Tennessee home distilled spirits. Update to this story.

Via WFB

Beretta USA, one of the nation’s largest firearms manufacturers, will move its manufacturing and approximately 300 jobs out of Maryland because of the state’s new gun control laws, the company said in a statement Tuesday.

Beretta said the company will transition its manufacturing from Maryland to Tennessee in 2015, citing Maryland’s passage of Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley’s Firearms Safety Act last year and the state’s general gun control atmosphere.

The law banned the sale of 45 types of semi-automatic firearms, including the extremely popular AR-15 platform.

“While we were able in the Maryland House of Delegates to reverse some of those obstructive provisions, the possibility that such restrictions might be reinstated in the future leaves us very worried about the wisdom of maintaining a firearm manufacturing factory in the state,” Jeff Cooper, general manager for Beretta USA, said in a statement. “While we had originally planned to use the Tennessee facility for new equipment and for production of new product lines only, we have decided that it is more prudent from the point of view of our future welfare to move the Maryland production lines in their entirety to the new Tennessee facility.”

Beretta warned Maryland last year that the law could cause it to leave the state for friendlier climes.

“We are confronted with a state government that wants to ban our products at a time, by the way, when numerous other state governments are courting our investment,” Beretta general counsel Jeffrey Reh told the Washington Free Beacon last year. “It is worth noting that these other states also do not try to blame a product for human misconduct.”

CNN Lib Sally Kohn Says Hamas’ Violence No Different Than Israel’s…

Really? She can’t differentiate between the two?

HT: Hot Air

Illinois Employers Now Banned From Conducting Background Checks On Interviewees

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Will lead to qualified applicants not being interviewed that have gaps in employment history due to layoffs and/or downsizing.

Via Watchdog

Employers in Illinois can no longer access criminal background checks on potential hires until after an interview is conducted.

Gov. Quinn signed into law this week a bill that prohibits private employers from asking applicants about their criminal history prior to determining if they are qualified for the job.

“Everyone deserves a second chance when it comes to getting a job,” Governor Quinn said in a press release. “This law will help ensure that people across Illinois get a fair shot to reach their full potential through their skills and qualifications, rather than past history. It will also help reduce recidivism, fight poverty and prevent violence in our communities by putting more people back to work.”

The governor’s action is, according to his statement, an effort to “ensure all Illinois’ workers are treated fairly,” and follows last year’s executive order stipulating the same consideration for applicants for state employment.

The Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act, also referred to as the “ban the box” bill in reference to the box on many application forms asking applicants if they are a convicted criminal, makes Illinois the fifth state to restrict pre-interview criminal background checks.

Jay Shattuck is the executive director of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Employment Law Council, and says while the bill does create a bit of a burden for employers, it’s a reasonable attempt to give some applicants who would otherwise be ignored a chance.

“A lot of times an employer may consider an individual who was convicted of a crime many years ago but who are otherwise qualified and have a gone straight since,” Shattuck said. “This gives the applicants who do receive an interview a chance to explain what happened and make their case for being hired.”

Making it to the interview process may be the extra opportunity these former criminals need to get back on their feet, according to Shattuck, even if it means some extra work for employers.

“It does add a little bit of a burden to employers looking to fill a vacancy,” Shattuck said. “If they can’t automatically look at the box and throw out applications from ex-cons, they’ll have to do more work and take more time when choosing who to interview. They’ve lost the ability to weed out the applicant list by that one box.”

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Obama Admits Claims He Learns Of His Own Scandals On The News Is Bogus: “Whatever They’re Reporting, Usually I Know”…

Barack Obama

Oopsie.

BELLEVUE, Wash. — People don’t tend to vote on foreign policy. But reflecting on the crises in Ukraine, Gaza, Syria and Iraq that followed him as he headed to the West Coast for a fundraising swing, President Barack Obama acknowledged that they’re adding to an anxiety that’s feeding cynicism that could hurt his party in the midterms. [...]

Some of that cynicism, Obama joked was because of the news, which he said he doesn’t tend to watch himself.

Confronted with scandals — from the NSA to Veterans Affairs on down — Obama often falls back on the defense of saying he was outraged when he learned about the problems from news reports. To the crowd in Seattle, though, he said about the news, “Whatever they’re reporting about, usually I know.”

Citing ‘Racist Views,’ Tribe Cancels Nugent Show

How dare Ted sing about a great white buffalo.

Via Sacbee

A Native American tribe has canceled an Aug. 4 concert by Ted Nugent at its casino.

The Coeur d’Alene Tribe on Monday said that the cancellation of the concert at the casino in the northwest Idaho city of Worley was because of the rocker’s “racist and hate-filled remarks.”

The tribe says it booked Nugent without realizing he espoused “racist attitudes and views.” The tribe did not detail which of Nugent’s specific views it opposes.

Officials for Nugent’s music management company were out of the office on Monday and not available for comment.

Nugent in the past has referred to President Barack Obama as a “subhuman mongrel.” Nugent later apologized “for using the street fight terminology of subhuman mongrel.” But he maintained that Obama was a “liar” violating the Constitution.

Virginia Tech Professor: Israel No Different Than ISIS…

Sadly, deranged moonbats like this nut actually believe this.

Via Truth Revolt:

Virginia Tech professor Steven Salaita, who according to his VT faculty page, “writes and teaches in the areas of American literature, ethnic studies, Indigenous Studies, and critical theory,” took to Twitter on Tuesday to liken Israel to the radical Islamist terror group ISIS.

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Washington Dem Gov.: Enlightened Being Barack Obama Is “Bending The Arc Of The Moral Universe Forward”…

That is some serious Obama worship.

Via Seattle PI:

President Obama landed in Seattle on Tuesday, the ninth trip of his presidency to the Puget Sound area, to raise money from big Democratic donors.

The president arrived at Boeing Field at about 3:30 p.m. to start a three-day jaunt along the West Coast, primarily for the purpose of raising money for Democrats, less than four months ahead of midterm elections that could change Washington’s balance of power. [...]

Gov. Jay Inslee introduced Obama with a long evocation of 1960s civil rights struggles, saying Obama is “bending the arc of the moral universe forward.” Inslee also placed Obama in context with such events as the 1969 moon landing, saying Obama is “going to make history just like John Kennedy” with limits on carbon pollution.

White House, Germany Try To Rebuild Trust

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Obama will get back with Merkel after he reads the NSA transcripts of her last cabinet meeting. HT A Herd Of Turtles for the photo.

Via The Hill

White House chief of staff Denis McDonough and counterterrorism czar Lisa Monaco held intensive talks with their German counterparts Tuesday in Berlin, as the White House scrambled to smooth tensions with Germany.

Germany’s government was furious with the United States after the arrest of two German officials accused of spying for the U.S. That followed reports that the National Security Agency had monitored German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone.

In retaliation, Germany has demanded that the CIA station chief in Berlin leave the country.

“The full range of issues was addressed, including intelligence and security matters,” the White House said of the meeting, which included Peter Altmaier, Merkel’s chief of staff.

The two sides agreed to set up a “structured dialogue” to deal with concerns on both sides and to establish principles for future cooperation, the White House said.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the meeting was the result of a telephone conversation between President Obama and Merkel but declined to detail what was discussed by the German and American officials.

“I would describe the talks as productive and a useful trip,” Earnest said.

The meeting came four days after a conversation between Merkel and Obama, the second conversation between the leaders since allegations of U.S. spying surfaced.

Earlier this month, German police arrested an intelligence officer who admitted to selling secrets to the U.S. A subsequent investigation revealed the CIA had also recruited a defense ministry employee to spy, according to German officials.

Merkel has publicly expressed outrage over the flap but said she did not believe Washington would stop spying on her country.

“I think it’s not that easy to convince the Americans … to completely change the way their intelligence services work,” Merkel said in an interview with German TV station ZDF, translated by The Associated Press.

Earlier this month, Bloomberg reported that the Obama administration had offered Germany a deal similar to the one the United States has with Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom that would have limited U.S. intelligence activities within the country. The offer was apparently a last-ditch bid to prevent the expulsion of the CIA station chief.

But Germany reportedly turned down the deal because it would have required a greater investment in its intelligence services.

The White House has largely refrained from commenting publicly on efforts to smooth the waters, although Earnest appeared to indicate the U.S. believed the alleged spying between the allies was par for the course in comments to reporters earlier this month.

“Allies with sophisticated intelligence agencies like the United States and Germany understand, with some degree of detail, exactly what those intelligence relationships and activities entail,” Earnest said. “Any differences that we have are most effectively resolved through established private channels, not through the media. These private channels include regular discussions between intelligence officials, diplomatic officials, and national security officials from those two countries. So pursuing that dialogue through those channels is exactly what we’re doing.”

The incident has threatened to further strain the relationship with Merkel, who expressed outrage after documents provided by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed her personal cellphone had been targeted for monitoring.

Islamic State Vows To Kill The “Brothers Of Apes And Pigs, The Jews”…

Via IPT:

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the terrorist organization that controls large swaths of Syrian and Iraqi territory has released a YouTube video full of anti-Semitic vitriol. The group is exploiting Israel’s counterterrorism operations in Gaza to promote its anti-Israel agenda and justify attacks against the Jewish state. According to an IPT translation, the video includes this violent warning to Israel and its supporters:

“We are the descendants of [slain Iraqi terrorist leader] Abu Musab Al Zarqawi. We are sending a message to the brothers of apes and pigs, the Jews, and to everyone who assists them – the Arab tyrants who claim to be Muslims:

We swear in God that we did not emigrate and leave our wealth or our children, but to grant victory to this religion, and to defend the honor of our Muslim sisters. By God, we are coming to you with blood, bombs, fuses and explosives. By God, you are not going to enjoy your life as long as our brothers in Palestine are being slaughtered.”

Press Furious For Being Shut Out Of Moon Landing Celebration

Press didn’t miss anything. Obama showed highlights of Michael Jackson moon walking. Below is video is from Neil Armstrong speaking before Congress in 2010.

Via Daily Caller

The White House Correspondents’ Association is filing a formal complaint against the White House for excluding press from a celebration of the the 45th anniversary of the moon landing held at the White House Tuesday.

CBS chief White House correspondent Major Garrett coldly informed White House press secretary Josh Earnest of the complaint during Tuesday’s press conference.

“On behalf of the Correspondents’ Association I just want to lodge a formal complaint about the Apollo 11 event today,” Garrett said. “The astronauts were among the most visible, televised heralds this country has ever known.”

“That entire program is financed by the American taxpayer,” he continued. “We believe that that is a classic definition of something that should have the broadest press coverage imaginable. And we are therefore lodging a formal complaint against your decision to keep us out.”

A visibly flustered Earnest had nothing to say except, “These are legitimate American heroes.”

ABC chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl also brought up the anniversary, aggressively attacking Earnest and his excuse that President Obama’s schedule was too busy to accommodate press coverage of the event. ”Why the intense secrecy around this event?” he asked.

Earnest explained it away as “merely a scheduling matter,” but Karl wasn’t satisfied.

“The president’s schedule, couldn’t he have been maybe five minutes later for the fundraiser out in Seattle? You really couldn’t accommodate a few minutes for open coverage of this? … I find that explanation frankly a little hard to believe.”

Karl speculated that it wasn’t a scheduling conflict, but a deliberate attempt by the Obama administration to avoid coverage of the Apollo 11 astronauts, particularly Neil Armstrong, who were heavily critical of Obama’s handling of the space program and cancellation of the Constellation program in 2010.

Fox senior White House correspondent Ed Henry also voiced his agreement.

Neil Armstrong spoke before Congress in 2010, harshly comparing Obama to a 16th century monarch and condemning his administration for its handling of NASA and America’s space programs.

Top Obama Advisor: “We’ve Been Heartbroken” By Casualties Caused By Israel…

Disgraceful.

Via NRO

One of President Obama’s top aides urged Israel to “take greater care” than it already does to spare Palestinian lives in its targeted strikes. [...]

“At the same time though, we do believe Israel can do more to avoid the types of civilian causalities that we’ve seen in recent days,” Rhodes said. “We’ve been heartbroken at the loss of Palestinian life, the loss of children, so we do believe that Israel has to take greater care to avoid those types of civilian causalities.”

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Ex-Planned Parenthood Director: Planned Parenthood Makes $313.29 For Every Baby Killed By Abortion…

Planned Parenthood

Just a tad morbid.

Via Life News:

In a new expose’ video released today, a former Planned Parenthood abortion clinic director says Planned Parenthood put a price on the value of a human life: $313.29.

That’s the amount of money Abby Johnson says the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic she ran in south Texas would make every time it would kill a baby in an abortion. Johnson, who is now pro-life, released a video this morning exposing the abortion quotas that take place at Planned Parenthood.

In the video, Johnson says her supervisor informed her that her clinic needed to double the number of abortions it was doing and that it should be killing 1,135 babies per year to make the financial goals set up for her clinic by Planned Parenthood’s head honchos.

“This was bothersome to me as I truly believed that our goal was to reduce the number of abortions…after all, that’s what we always said to the media,” Johnson said. “When I voiced my concerns to my supervisor, she laughed and said, ‘But Abby, abortion is how we make our money.’”

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Islamic State Forces Shopkeepers In Mosul To Veil Mannequins…

Apparently mannequins get jihadi cavemen all hot and bothered.

Via NBC News:

ISIS has ordered shopkeepers in the Iraqi city of Mosul to cover the faces of mannequins, The Associated Press reported Tuesday.

The Sunni extremist group recently declared a caliphate – or Islamic State – covering parts of Syria and Iraq. Shop owners in Mosul said they had been told to cover the faces of male and female mannequins, apparently in line with strict interpretations of Shariah law that forbid statues or artwork depicting the human form.