More like a national embarrassment.
More like a national embarrassment.
A video is doing the rounds which shows members of the Abu Sayyaf pledging allegiance to the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. Another armed group in the Southern Philippines, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, has offered its support to ISIL. A few other clips of Filipino Muslims vowing loyalty to ISIL – including one supposedly shot inside a high security prison – have been making the rounds on the Internet. There are reports that about a hundred young Filipino Muslims have joined the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, two of whom were allegedly killed in battle.
The Philippines military has long battled Muslim extremists in the country’s South. The Al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group for instance,, has been blamed for some of the deadliest bombings and high profile kidnappings. The question now is whether the rise and influence of ISIL are presenting new challenges.
However, Philippines military says, there is no direct evidence, so far, of ISIL recruitment in the country. If Filipino Muslims have indeed joined the ranks of ISIL, however, it wouldn’t be the first time. In their early years, members of the Abu Sayyaf trained and fought with Afghan militants.
And while at least two radical Western Islamists have managed to enter the country, they’ve been arrested and deported, a sign both the government and analysts say that it may be a long way before ISIL becomes an imminent threat to the Philippines.
She is without a doubt the most partisan hack First Lady in history.
First lady Michelle Obama, stepping onto the campaign stage to help Democrats in the midterms, is arguing that her husband “truly made” the change and hope he promised after former President George W. Bush gave him the keys and he saw “the mess he’d been handed.”
“When folks ask me whether I still believe everything we said about change and hope back in 2008, I tell them that I believe it more strongly now than ever before, because, look, I’ve seen it with my own eyes,” she said at a Democratic campaign in Washington late Thursday.
“While we still have plenty of work to do, we have truly made so much of that change we were talking about,” said the first lady.
He is an absolute train wreck.
John Kerry suggested today that the task of defeating the Islamic State could fall to Iran and the Syrian government if the US was “failing miserably” in its effort to defeat the jihadists.
The hypothetical scenario raised by the secretary of state is likely to be a new frustration for the White House, which has spent the day quashing speculation by American generals that US ground troops could be sent back to Iraq.
Mr Kerry’s words may also heighten Sunni suspicions that the US secretly intends to ally with the Shia governments in Damascus and Tehran against Isil.
Mr Kerry made the suggestion as he faced hostile questions from Republicans during a hearing of the Senate foreign relations committee. [...]
“I’m not going to get into hypotheticals but you’re presuming that Iran and Syria don’t have any capacity to take on Isil. I mean, who knows? I don’t know what’s going to happen here,” he said. “If we’re failing and failing miserably who knows what choice they’re might make.”
Here comes the impeachment card.
In one of her first campaign stops of the midterm cycle, a women’s political gathering in Washington Thursday evening, Michelle Obama implored Democrats to engage in the 2014 election.
The first lady hit many familiar themes, including the need to encourage women, minorities and young people to vote, and she railed against “Washington” — saying midterm losses for Democrats would lead to “more conflict, more obstructionism, more lawsuits and talk about impeachment.”
But they claim they still need the MRAP and 60 M16 rifles.
LOS ANGELES — School police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles.
At least 26 school districts have participated in the Pentagon’s surplus program, which is not new but has come under scrutiny after police responded to protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, last month with tear gas, armored military trucks and riot gear.
Now, amid that increased criticism, several school districts say they’ll give some of the equipment back, while others plan to keep the rifles they received. Nearly two dozen education and civil liberties groups sent a letter earlier this week to the Pentagon and the Justice and Education departments urging a stop to transfers of military weapons to school police.
The Los Angeles Unified School District — the nation’s second largest school district covering 710 square miles and enrolling more than 900,000 students — said it would remove three grenade launchers it had acquired because they “are not essential life-saving items within the scope, duties and mission” of the district’s police force.
But the district plans to keep the 60 M16s and a military vehicle — known as an MRAP — used in Iraq and Afghanistan that was built to withstand mine blasts.
(TMZ) – Cher is being sued for allegedly telling her choreographer there were too many black people on stage during her concerts … but the singer says the allegations are BS.
According to a new lawsuit — obtained by TMZ — Cher was auditioning dancers for her “Dressed to Kill” tour in 2014 when choreographer Kevin Wilson said he particularly liked “a minority female dancer.” Wilson claims Cher responded, “We have too much color onstage.”
Wilson claims in the suit — filed by attorney Perry Wander — Cher then told him to find a white, blonde dancer. Wilson further claims he was instructed “not to cast anymore dark skinned black dancers on the tour.”
Update to this story.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) signed on to legislation Thursday that would remove the nonprofit status of the NFL for promoting the Washington Redskins.
Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) announced the legislation earlier this week.
Reid’s voice adds another powerful name to the push to pressure the NFL to force the team to change its name, which many call disparaging to Native Americans. Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) also signed on.
“I wish Roger Goodell and the NFL’s leadership team would take a stand,” Reid said in a statement. “As the past few weeks have illustrated, the problems within the NFL are far and wide. Today we are taking action and I gladly stand with Senator Cantwell in calling for the end of NFL’s not-for-profit status.”
Which is odd because guns were’t involved in any of the cases they cited.
Via The Hill:
The gun control group founded by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) is looking to use the National Football League’s nightmarish string of domestic violence scandals to renew its push for stronger federal firearms regulations.
Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS) issued a report Tuesday linking a trio of incidents involving Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and other NFL players to the push for tougher laws, even though guns played no role in two of the cases.
Rather, the group is seeking to leverage a surge in public attention on domestic violence by highlighting laws that let accused offenders possess guns. […]
In calling for tougher regulations, the group points to the Rice case, in which an elevator camera in an Atlantic City hotel captured video of the player knocking his then fiancée unconscious.
The group also cites the ongoing case involving San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald, who was arrested on suspicion of assaulting his pregnant fiancé, but has not been charged.
“Any national dialogue on domestic abuse must include a discussion of the lethal intersection of gun crime and violence against women in the United States, and the loopholes in our federal law that allow individuals — including current NFL players — who have committed domestic violence against a partner but can still access a firearm,” the group said Tuesday.
Its only a forward deployment to contain ISIS within the boundaries of the caliphate.
Via Calgary Sun
He’s turned his back on allies such as Israel, having proven himself a bigger friend to the likes of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood than to the Jewish state.
He’s no friend of Canada’s.
Instead of working with his friends, he’s tried in vain to appease such longtime enemies as Iran.
His rush to pull out of Iraq without leaving a reserve force behind has led to the disaster we see unfolding there now.
Now Obama needs allies to battle ISIS and help him save face. So who is stepping up to the plate? The Iranians? The Saudis? Hardly.
Yes, when things get really bad, he calls on the same allies he’s spent his entire presidency snubbing.
The Canadians, the Brits, the Australians, etc.
Forgive me if I don’t exactly jump for joy at the prospect of helping this disastrous president ahead of midterm elections when his party is facing a well deserved drubbing.
He’s the one who insisted on leaving Iraq unprotected against the advice of those who said the U.S. should leave a reserve military force behind to support that country.[...]
Obama needs a coalition to help him sell the idea of military intervention to the same far left crackpot wing of the Democratic party that he attempted to please by pulling out of Iraq in the first place.
But fine. We’re Canadians. We’re loyal friends even to people who take us for granted and treat us so shabbily.
But our loyalty should be to the American people, not to its government and especially not to the president.
We also have a duty to the world community to do our part to destroy ISIS; to kill every last one of the vile, scum-of-the-earth, murderers who have caused so much misery in the world.
The fact Obama may gain politically is an unfortunate byproduct but it doesn’t make the mission wrong.
Time to start charging the free thinkers and the offended with the theft of oxygen.
A professionally designed and installed memorial honoring a Sun Prairie woman killed by a drunken driver must be removed because an anonymous resident complained about it, the state said.
Department of Transportation guidelines say that if even one person complains about a roadside memorial, it must go.
The lead organizer of the memorial to Maureen Mengelt said he was made aware of the rule by a DOT official before embarking on the effort but never dreamed anyone would actually complain.
“We tried to put up the most respectful, beautiful memorial we could, and now one person gets to anonymously complain and all of those good intentions mean nothing? It’s a terrible rule,” said Matt Glowacki of Sun Prairie.
The elevated bronze plaque is anchored to a concrete pad. It is probably at least 20 feet from the road and does not pose a driving hazard, Glowacki said. The Sun Prairie City Council approved its installation following a community fundraising effort that collected about $2,800.
Mengelt, 52, a mother of three who was heavily involved in school and community events, was out for an afternoon run in Sun Prairie on April 7, 2013, when she was struck and killed by Bruce Burnside, a Lutheran bishop at the time. His blood alcohol level was 0.128 percent. The legal limit for driving in Wisconsin is 0.08 percent.[...]
One likely site is Orfan Community Park, Oppenheimer said. An annual 5K run in Mengelt’s honor is now held there.
Proceeds from that race benefit the Maureen Mengelt Memorial Fund, which has raised more than $90,000 in 18 months, said Kevin Mengelt, the victim’s husband. The largest chunk, $37,200, was donated toward the construction of the Sun Prairie Ice Arena. Other money has funded high school soccer shelters and music camp scholarships, among other things.
Such generosity and community spirit is one reason Glowacki said he got involved in the effort. He did not know the Mengelt family but approached Kevin Mengelt about a memorial after becoming increasingly impressed with everything he learned about Maureen Mengelt.
The thought of having to move the memorial far from the crash site gets Glowacki pretty steamed.
“Context is at least part of the story,” he said. “You don’t put a Pearl Harbor memorial in the middle of Afghanistan.”
Kevin Mengelt said he has nothing but high praise for everyone who worked so hard to install the memorial. “I’m frustrated someone would complain,” he said. “It just seems mean-spirited.”
He said he stops by the memorial on his daily runs and touches it.
Another confused Muslim, maybe we should have John Kerry explain to him what real Islam looks like.
Via Fox News:
An upstate New York man has been indicted for allegedly trying to recruit fighters for the Islamic State, paying for their travel and even buying guns, according to federal prosecutors.
Mufid Elfgeeh, 30, of Rochester, was indicted by a federal grand jury on three counts of attempting to provide material support and resources to the group widely known as ISIS that has been designated by the U.S. as a foreign terrorist organization, federal prosecutors said late Tuesday. Elfgeeh, who was born in Yemen and is a naturalized U.S. citizen, is one of the first people accused by the U.S. of recruiting on behalf of ISIS.
According to court documents seen by the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Elfgeeh tried to raise money to enable a Yemeni man to join ISIS. At one point, Elfgeeh allegedly sent the man $600 to travel from Yemen to Syria. An FBI affidavit alleges that this past April, Elfgeeh traveled to Buffalo with an FBI informant to get a passport for the latter man. Elfgeeh suggested that ISIS would use the informant to “operate a cannon, act as a sniper and/or build bombs,” the document claims.
Rand auditioning for a role on MSNBC?
Sen. Rand Paul on Thursday blasted his own party for making it tougher for minorities to vote.
The Kentucky Republican, a likely presidential candidate, has long argued that drug laws disproportionately affect minorities and has also championed restoring voting rights for some non-violent felons. He laid out those views in a speech at the Liberty PAC conference, a gathering tied to his father, libertarian icon Ron Paul.
“So many times, Republicans are seen as this party of, ‘We don’t want black people to vote because they’re voting Democrat, we don’t want Hispanic people to vote because they’re voting Democrat,’” he said. “We wonder why the Republican Party is so small. Why don’t we be the party that’s for people voting, for voting rights?”
He also skewered what he characterized as excessive use of force by police in Ferguson, Missouri, where an unarmed teenager was shot by a police officer, an incident that kicked off weeks of protests fueled by racial tensions.
Akron PD must not have an MRAP in their inventory.
The man who caused a standoff with police and a nearby high school to go into lockdown did so because city inspectors asked the man to clean up his yard.
Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards said police arrested no one and no charges are filed against the man.
Akron Department of Neighborhood inspectors went the man’s home in the 100 block of High Grove Boulevard Thursday morning with a nuisance abatement complaint that would require the man to clear his yard of litter, debris and junk vehicles on his property.
The man refused to allow inspectors on his property to remove the items. He also refused to come out of his home to speak with inspectors or police officers, police said.
Schools would have to change the curriculum.
Via Arizona Republic
All high-school students in Arizona would be required to pass the same 100-question civics test required for U.S. citizenship to graduate under a proposal from a state lawmaker.
State Rep. Steve Montenegro, R-Litchfield Park, announced the plan Wednesday that he said would ensure that all Arizona high-school graduates have a basic understanding of civics.
Montenegro is working with other state legislators and officials from the Civics Education Initiative, part of the Civics Proficiency Institute, to craft legislation for the requirement.
Every single student in Arizona and across the United States of America should have basic knowledge and understanding of American government. Civics is just common sense. So, this Civics Education Initiative … is a common-sense approach at achieving that goal,” Montenegrosaid at a press conference with supporters of the proposal,including Rep. John Allen, R-Scottsdale, and Jay Lawrence, representative-elect for District 23.
Lucian Spataro, president and CEO of the Joe Foss Institute, another civics organization affiliated with the initiative, cited a study from the Pew Research Center that found that only about a third of Americans can name the three branches of government.
Other studies, he said, found that less than a quarter of high-school students in Arizona and Oklahoma passed the U.S. Citizenship Civics Test.
The initiative is intended to bring a renewed focus on civics in education, said Sam Stone, national campaign manager for the Civics Education Initiative.
“This a first step to increasing civics education in schools, renewing the importance and focus on civics,” he said.
And calling Obama “weak” is being extremely generous.
A mugshot counts as a photo ID.
A federal judge has ruled that voters arrested and jailed the weekend before Election Day must be given a chance to cast an absentee ballot.
In a decision Tuesday, U.S. Senior District Judge S. Arthur Spiegel said Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted should treat the “very small subset” of voters arrested after 6 p.m. that last Friday, and not yet convicted by 3 p.m. on Election Day, as he would a voter who’s hospitalized. That includes sending a two-person, bipartisan team to deliver their ballot.
Husted’s spokesman said the elections chief sees sending two elections officials to the jail for “that person who’s broken the law” as a waste of taxpayer money.
Spiegel said Ohio law allows jailed citizens on pending charges to cast a vote.
Via College Fix:
College students can earn academic credit for promoting socialist causes on their campuses through a program run by the Young Democratic Socialists, a situation that has prompted concern among conservative and libertarian college students who do not receive credit for similar measures.
The Young Democratic Socialists work with administrators to help their campus student leaders secure academic credit, but declined to The College Fix to say which campuses have made such arrangements through the program.
“We do not have a standing list of schools which provide credit, rather, if a student expresses interest, we work with them to find out if their school would do so,” DSA National Director Maria Svart told The College Fix in an email.
“As you may be aware,” she added, “many schools have programs where a student finds an internship with a non-profit, for-profit, or advocacy organization and is supervised by an academic adviser. Our internship program helps develop a student’s leadership skills, such as critical thinking, writing, public speaking and project management.”
But this arrangement prompted controversy recently at the University of Southern California, where an undergraduate adviser sent students word of the opportunity via the official political science department listserv.
“Sick of politics as usual? Questioning capitalism? You are not alone! … We are currently looking for young, motivated democratic socialists to organize and lead active Young Democratic Socialists chapters at their colleges and universities,” the email stated.
And these people are evil enough to do it.
Via Fox News:
A law enforcement bulletin obtained by FoxNews.com warned that Islamic State fighters have increased calls for “lone wolves” to attack U.S. soldiers in America in recent months, citing one tweet that called for jihadists to find service members’ addresses online and then “show up and slaughter them.”
There will be “a continued call – by Western fighters in Syria and terrorist organizations – for lone offender attacks against U.S. military facilities and personnel,” warned a July law enforcement intelligence bulletin from the Central Florida Intelligence Exchange, a state-run agency that gathers, assesses and shares threat information and works with the Department of Homeland Security. “These threats will most likely increase should the U.S. or its allies attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) in Syria or Iraq.”
In one example cited in the bulletin, a British jihadist encouraged radicals still living in the West to use Facebook and LinkedIn to find and target soldiers.
“You could literally search for soldiers, find their town, photos of them, look for address in Yellowbook or something,” the tweet read. “Then show up and slaughter them.” [...]
Killing U.S. troops on American soil is is an increasing focus of jihadists, according to the bulletin, titled “Continued Threat to Military Personnel from Al-Qaida Inspired Homegrown Violent Extremists.” It was sent out on July 8, 2014 “in response to recent social media messaging from Western fighters in Syria calling for attacks against “soldiers in the West.” Instead of luring radicalized Americans to the Middle East, Islamic State will likely encourage them to stay home and kill U.S. soldiers here, the bulletin warned.