Pope Francis Calls Parents Of Murdered Journalist James Foley

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Via IB Times:

Pope Francis made a heartfelt phone call Thursday to the family of James Foley, a journalist who was recently beheaded by the Islamic State (ISIS) after two years in captivity. Francis spoke with Foley’s parents, both devout Catholics, for about 20 minutes through a translator two days after a video of Foley’s beheading surfaced on Tuesday.

John and Diane Foley said they drew “huge comfort” from the phone call, which was described as “very long [and] intense,” by a Vatican spokesman. The Rev. Marc Montminy, a family friend, said Pope Francis “was very compassionate, very loving.” Pope Francis himself is mourning the loss of four family members who died in a car crash on Tuesday.

Foley’s parents appealed for prayer and for the international community to help hostages in Syria in an interview with MSNBC on Friday. Foley was a practicing Catholic and said in a letter to his alma mater, Marquette University, that he prayed the rosary while being held captive in Libya in 2011.

“I began to pray the rosary. It was what my mother and grandmother would have prayed,” Foley wrote in the letter. “I said 10 Hail Marys between each Our Father. It took a long time, almost an hour to count 100 Hail Marys off on my knuckles. And it helped to keep my mind focused.”

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DHS Saw No Option But To Free 169 Illegal Immigrants Convicted Of Murder…

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I can think of plenty of other options.

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration says it had no choice but to release almost all of the 169 immigrants with homicide convictions that were let back onto the streets last year, claiming court decisions gave officials no choice in the matter — but it’s promising a new system to better screen who gets let out.

Of the 169 immigrants with homicide-related convictions released in fiscal year 2013, all but 15 were required to be let go because of specific court orders or because the immigrants had been held for too long under the rules established by a sweeping 2001 Supreme Court case, the Homeland Security Department said in an Aug. 15 letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican.

The 116 murderers were a fraction of the 36,007 criminals ICE released in 2013. The criminals had convictions ranging from homicide and manslaughter to drunken driving and sex crimes.

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Code Pink Moonbats: White People In The US Never Have To Put Their Hands Up For The Police…

Apparently cops only make black people put their hands up, who knew?

Iowa Democrat: If We Don’t Grant Amnesty To Illegals They Could Become Terrorists…

So we should grant amnesty out of fear?

Via Daily Caller:

Democratic State Representative and candidate for U.S. representative Pat Murphy said Tuesday that if the underage migrants who have come to the U.S. from Central America aren’t given a “pathway for citizenship” they could become terrorists.

Speaking with Iowa Public Radio host Ben Kieffer, Murphy said that “we need to make sure that we take care of the children that are coming up here.”

“They’re not from Mexico, they’re coming from further south,” Murphy continued. “We need to make sure that when we’re talking about these children we need to treat them like they’re our children or our grandchildren. If they’re gonna be refugees, which several of them are going to be, we need to make sure that we have—one, we take care of them, and we create a pathway for citizenship and set up education for them so they don’t become the same problem that we’re currently having in the Middle East—that they’ll be terrorists a generation from now.”

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White House: ISIS No Longer a JV Team, But They Were 8 Months Ago When Obama Called Them That…

At some point they’re going to acknowledge Obama was (gasp!) wrong about something, right? Yeah, probably not.

Via Washington Examiner:

A senior White House official said the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has gained more power and poses a greater threat now than it did when President Obama referred to the group as a “JV” team in an interview eight months ago.

“Clearly, [ISIS], which has a long history and has an origin dating back to al Qaeda in Iraq, has gained capacity as they advanced across Iraq and gained heavy weaponry,” Ben Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security adviser, told reporters Friday.

“They pose a greater threat today than they did six months ago. … We’re going to do what’s necessary to deal with this counter-terrorism challenge,” he added.

Hamas Executes 18 People For “Collaborating” With Israel…

Via Fox News:

Hamas carried out a deadly purge of suspected informants in Gaza, killing as many as 18 people suspected of providing information to the Israel Defense Forces as fighting flared anew following the collapse of Egyptian-brokered cease-fire talks.

Masked gunmen killed seven suspected informants for Israel near a Gaza City mosque as worshippers were ending midday prayers on Friday, according to a witness and Hamas media. Earlier in the day, Hamas killed 11 men by firing squad in Gaza City’s police headquarters, according to the Hamas-run Al Rai website.

Two of those killed were women, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, which called for an immediate halt to what it said were “extra-judicial executions.”

Hamas media portrayed the killings as the beginning of a new crackdown, under the rallying cry of “choking the necks of the collaborators.” The killings, which took place near the al-Omari Mosque in downtown Gaza, occurred a day after Israel killed three top Hamas military commanders in an airstrike on a house in southern Gaza.

A witness says masked gunmen lined up the seven men in a side street and opened fire on them. He spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing for his own safety.

Washington Post Editorial Board Stops Using The Word “Redskins”…

Self-righteousness ensues.

Via WaPo:

The Washington Post editorial board said Friday it will stop using the word “Redskins” when referring to Washington’s football team, joining a growing list of other commentators who have renounced the term because they believe it disparages Native Americans.

In a statement, the board said, “While we wait for the NFL to catch up with public opinion and common decency we have decided not to use the slur ourselves except when it is essential for clarity or effect.”

The editorial board is separate from the news-gathering side of the organization, which executive editor Marty Baron said will continue to use the team’s moniker.

“The Post’s newsroom and the editorial page operate independently of each other,” Baron said. “Standard operating policy in the newsroom has been to use the names that established institutions choose for themselves. That remains our policy, as we continue to vigorously cover controversy over the team’s name and avoid any advocacy role on this subject.”

ISIS Has Young Boy Act Out Beheading Of Western-Looking Doll…

Note the orange jumpsuit, James Foley was wearing the same thing when he was beheaded.

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The fake blood is a nice touch.

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HT: Jay via Syricide

Ohio Schools Ends 40 Year Tradition Of Serving Pink Cookies To Comply With Michelle Obama’s Lunch Mandate…

Happy now, Mooch?

COLUMBUS, Ohio – New federal nutritional guidelines for school cafeterias has meant the end of a favorite – and locally famous – treat in one northeast Ohio school district.

The federal government’s edict to provide healthier foods and cut fats and cholesterol put an end of the sale of the traditional Elyria pink cookie – a buttery sweet treat with pink icing.

The pink cookie has been a favorite for four decades. The Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports the treat gained a cult following through the years and was once named the “Best Cafeteria Cookie” by Cleveland magazine.

Food services director Scott Teaman said the recipe could have been changed to better meet nutritional standards, but it just wouldn’t be the same.

White House Defends Obama’s Endless Golf Outings: “A Good Way For Clearing The Mind”…

Barack Obama, Alonzo Mourning

Just say Obama doesn’t give a crap and move on.

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British Woman Vows To Become First Female To Behead A Western Prisoner In Syria…

Breaking the glass ceiling, jihadi style.

Via Telegraph:

A female jihadist from London has vowed to become the first female to behead a western prisoner in Syria.

Khadijah Dare, who is originally from Lewisham in south east London, took to Twitter to celebrate the brutal murder of American journalist James Foley.

The 22-year-old mother of one, who moved to Syria in 2012 with her Swedish husband and Isil fighter, Abu Bakr, expressed her desire to carry out a similar execution.

Writing under the Twitter name Muhajirah fi Sham, which means ‘immigrant in Syria’, she posted a slang filled message that said: “Any links 4 da execution of da journalist plz. Allahu Akbar. UK must b shaking up ha ha. I wna b da 1st UK woman 2 kill a UK or US terorrist!(sic)”.

WTF? China Broadcasts Endless Loop Of Foley Beheading On Huge Screen In Downtown Beijing…

You stay classy, China.

Via That’s Beijing:

Thursday evening in Beijing’s downtown area – in the heart of Dongzhimen, and above one of the capital’s busiest transport hubs – a giant cinema-sized TV screen beams out looped images of racially charged riots in Ferguson, Missouri and Islamic extremists preparing to execute US journalist James Foley.

The footage of Foley comes in spite of concerted efforts throughout western media, and especially on Twitter, to censor images of the execution. Many media outlets have been moved to depict the courageous journalist as he was in life, not death: a dedicated and respected war reporter.

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HT: Drudge

War P@rn: U.S. Airstrike Takes Out Armed Truck Full Of ISIS Jihadists…

They wanted martyrdom and that’s what we gave them, you can thank us later, ISIS.