As World Burns, Obama Brags About His Dancing Skills…

He’s not even trying to pretend he cares.

OBAMA: My girl, Janelle Monae. (Applause.) Janelle has performed at the White House, like, 15 times. And we — there’s going to be an official Janelle Monae room in the White House. (Laughter.) We love her. Michelle and I love Janelle. We love her energy. We love her talent. But we most of all love her character. And anybody who gets a chance to talk to her, this is just a remarkable, strong, smart young lady.

And I have to say nice things about her because she may be the only person in possession of a video in which I try to keep up with her and Usher on the dance floor. (Laughter.) Now, this is top secret. She has promised that this will never be released. But she can blackmail me at any time. (Laughter.)

MS. MONAE: I love you!

THE PRESIDENT: I love you back. You do have that video, though, don’t you?

MR. MONAE: I do. (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT: Now, tell the truth, though, Janelle – I wasn’t bad, though, was I? (Laughter.) I’m just saying. Go ahead, testify just a little bit.

MS. MONAE: (Off mic.)

THE PRESIDENT: Let me say I did not drop in splits. (Laughter.) But I did bust a move. That I did do. (Laughter.)

HT: Andrew Malcolm

Mooch Jabs Hillary: “I Don’t Believe One Family Should Be In The White House Or Running For Office Constantly”…

Cat fight!

Via Fox News:

Michelle Obama may not be having a blood feud with Hillary Clinton, but that doesn’t mean she’s crazy about another Clinton in the White House.

The first lady reportedly told people who attended a Manhattan fundraiser earlier in the month that she isn’t at war with either Hillary Clinton or her husband, the former president; however, people who were present say she took a swipe at Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations.

Obama’s comments came during a question-and-answer session at a fundraiser at the home of financier Charles Myers, according to people who were present.

When she was asked if she had any aspirations to run for office, Obama said “no” because her children need some time being out of the spotlight. Without mentioning Hillary Clinton’s name, she then added: “I don’t believe one family should be in the White House or running for office constantly,” according to the recollection of one person at the event.

The attendee tells FOX Business that he took the remarks as a snub against Clinton, though the questions soon shifted away from presidential politics to other matters including her husband’s presidential library, joking at one point that she’s going to donate “all my dresses there.”

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Pro-Israel Protesters In Oregon Harassed: “F*ck Israel! They Hung Jesus!,” “Colonizers!”

Which is exactly what you’d expect in moonbat-infested Portland, Oregon.

HT: Laughing at Liberals

Dem Senator Caught Plagiarizing: PTSD Made Me Do It

Update to this story.

Maybe it’s just me, but I find him blaming PTSD for being a liar and a cheat, yet still wanting people to vote for him and trust him, to be a bit disingenuous.

Via Fox:

A Montana senator who is running for re-election suggested Wednesday that medication he took for post-traumatic stress disorder after service in Iraq may have been responsible for apparently plagiarized passages in his thesis.

Montana Sen. John Walsh’s thesis, which was written to earn a master’s degree from the U.S. Army War College, contains unattributed passages taken word-for-word from previously published papers.

The Democrat also said he was dealing with the stress of a fellow veteran’s recent suicide.

Walsh said he made an unintentional mistake and did not intend to plagiarize.

“I don’t want to blame my mistake on PTSD, but I do want to say it may have been a factor,” Walsh told The Associated Press. “My head was not in a place very conducive to a classroom and an academic environment.”

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Cook County Board Sends “Assault Weapons” Referendum To The Ballot


Additional restrictions on law abiding citizens. Up next each block will have a block Captain with an MRAP to protect the citizens.

Via Chicago Sun Times

Cook County voters will get to say in November whether they believe the state should enact tougher gun laws, including an outright ban on the sale and transfer of assault weapons.

The non-binding referendum is one of two measures the Cook County Board voted Wednesday to place on the upcoming ballot.

Democratic board members unanimously supported the measure, which asks if the state should “require universal background checks for firearm transfers and prohibit the sale and transfer of assault weapons, assault weapon attachments and high capacity ammunition magazines?”

Gov. Pat Quinn also has called for a ban on future assault weapons sales and transfers, though the measure has failed to move forward in Springfield. The board’s placement of the question on the ballot comes as Quinn’s campaign has tried to hit Republican rival Bruce Rauner on the issue.

In a new online video by the Quinn campaign, TV news reports of Chicago violence are juxtaposed with video footage of Rauner saying he believes gun owners should be free to use assault weapons for “target practice … on their property as they choose fit.”

Board Republicans, including state GOP chairman Com. Tim Schneider, did not oppose the measure. Instead, they requested to be marked as “present” during the vote.

The other advisory referendum, sent to the ballot on a unanimous vote, was a measure calling for increased state mental health funding. The state has cut $187 million in funding – a move that has disproportionately affected the poor, commissioners said.

In Chicago alone, six state-run mental health centers have been shuttered, a county memo states.

For months, Sheriff Tom Dart has publicized the number of mentally ill inmates, who he says wind up in Cook County jail instead of mental health facilities.

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Twitter Caves In To Jesse Jackson’s Racial Shakedown, Apologizes For Hiring Too Many White And Asian Men…

Jackson already gloating.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter acknowledged Wednesday that it has been hiring too many white and Asian men to fill high-paying technology jobs, just like several other major companies in Silicon Valley.

The lack of diversity in Twitter’s workforce of roughly 3,000 people was spelled out in data released by the San Francisco company behind the popular short messaging service.

The breakdown revealed that 70 percent of Twitter’s worldwide workforce is composed of men. In the U.S., nearly 90 percent of Twitter’s workers are either white or Asian. Racial data wasn’t provided for the global workforce.

U.N. Says Islamic State Fatwa Orders All Women In Mosul To Undergo Female Genital Mutilation…

Muslim Woman

I’m sure this is going to go over well with the locals.

(Al Arabiya) – The al-Qaeda-Inspired Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has ordered all girls and women between the ages of 11 and 46 in and around Iraq’s northern city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation, the United Nations said on Thursday.

“It is a fatwa (or religious edict) of ISIS, we learnt this this morning,” said Jacqueline Badcock, the number two U.N. official in Iraq.

The “fatwa” would potentially affect 4 million women and girls, Badcock told reporters in Geneva by videolink from Arbil.

“This is something very new for Iraq, particularly in this area, and is of grave concern and does need to be addressed,” she said, according to Reuters.

“This is not the will of Iraqi people, or the women of Iraq in these vulnerable areas covered by the terrorists,” she added.

DHS Chief: ‘Almost All’ Unaccompanied Alien Children Are Smuggled – ‘Nobody’s Freelancing’

Did he spend the night in a Holiday Inn Express?

Via CNS News

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Tuesday that the majority of children who arrive at the U.S. Mexico border without parents are brought there by human smugglers.

“Almost all of them are smuggled, Johnson said at a press conference at Immigration and Customs Protection (ICE) headquarters in Washington, D.C. asked Johnson if he had statistics about how many of the more than 57,000 unaccompanied minors – mostly from Central America – streaming across the border in recent months were brought there by human traffickers.

“It’s our observation and our experience that almost all of them are smuggled,” Johnson said. “Nobody’s freelancing.”

Johnson said the smugglers “mislead families” by telling them they have a limited amount of time to get to the United States if they want to be allowed to stay. He also said families pay “exorbitant” prices to smugglers.

The press conference was held to tout the success of Operation Coyote, a 90-day “surge operation” being conducted by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations to “target human smuggling operations in the Texas Rio Grande Valley” – the sector in Texas where most of the influx of illegal aliens is taking place.

A “fact sheet” of the operation – launched June 23 and data as of July 21 – was distributed. Facts included the arrest of 192 smugglers and the apprehension of 501 aliens. The fact sheet also stated that four firearms and 28 vehicles have been seized.

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Poll: 58 Percent Say Obama Regime Is Incompetent At Managing The Government…

And then some.

Via Fox News:

Has the Obama administration competently and effectively managed the government? A Fox News poll released Wednesday finds a majority of American voters says no — including about a third of Democrats.

A 58-percent majority says the White House has not been competent at managing the federal government. Some 32 percent of Democrats join 67 percent of independents and 84 percent of Republicans in holding that view.

Forty percent of voters do say the administration has been competent at running the government.

Islamic State Begins Selling Oil From Captured Oilfields In Iraq To Finance Their “Caliphate”…

Those suicide bomb vests aren’t cheap.

BAGHDAD, July 23 (Reuters) – Islamic State militants seized four small oilfields when they swept through north Iraq last month and are now selling crude oil and gasoline from them to finance their newly declared “caliphate”.

Near the northern city of Mosul, the Islamic State has taken over the Najma and Qayara fields, while further south near Tikrit it overran the Himreen and Ajil fields during its two-day sweep through northern Iraq in mid-June.

The oilfields in Islamic State hands are modest compared to Iraq’s giant fields near Kirkuk and Basra, which are under Kurdish and central government control. Most of the Islamic State-held oil wells – estimated by a Kurdish official to number around 80 – are sealed and not pumping.

But the monopoly over fuel in the territory it has captured gives the Islamic State leverage over other armed Sunni factions who could threaten its dominance in northern Iraq.

Iraqi officials say that in recent weeks the group has transported oil from Qayara to be processed by mobile refineries in Syria into low quality gasoil and gasoline, then brought back for sale in Mosul, a city of 2 million people.

Atheist Group Urges Congress To Allow Humanist Military Chaplains

Happy Human

The designation NRP (No Religious Preference) by a Soldier doesn’t equate to being an atheist. Update to this story.

Via Military Times

More than one in five service members do not identify with a particular religion, according to Defense Department statistics. To better serve them, an organization is working to expand the Chaplain Corps to include clergy who don’t believe in a god.

The American Humanist Association held a briefing Tuesday on Capitol Hill attended by congressional staffers and others as part of an effort to convince lawmakers that the armed services should officially recognize humanism within the chaplaincy.

Their message: Secular chaplains can be just as qualified for and capable of ministering to troops who believe in a god as theistic chaplains who work with service members of different religious backgrounds on a regular basis.

“Humanist chaplains would be expected to have Bibles, to have prayer books, to have the ability to guide others in prayer, according to the beliefs of their tradition,” said Jason Torpy, president of the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers.

Further, the panelists said, the current Chaplain Corps either lacks awareness or willingness to minister properly to humanist troops.

Humanism is “a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism and other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity,” the AHA states.

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Austria: Muslim Protesters Storm Field During Game With Israeli Soccer Team, Attack Players…

Update: Happened in Austria, not France.

Via Daily Mail:

Maccabi Haifa’s pre-season game against Lille in Austria was stopped when pro-Palestinian protesters stormed the pitch.

With Lille winning 2-0, supporters of reportedly Turkish origin entered the pitch and headed for the Maccabi players.

One of the players is seen to trip a fan before punches were thrown. The Maccabi players – some of whom retaliated – managed to leave the field unhurt.

Maccabi coach Aleksandar Stanojevic was said to have punched a protester.

The referee was forced to stop the game in the 86th minute before eventually bringing the game to an end early.

Banners calling for the liberation of Palestine were also displayed by certain sections of the crowd.

Obama On GOP Takeover Of House: “That’s When All Kinds Of …Stuff Happened. That’s What It Was, Stuff”…

Well said, Barack.

Via The Hill:

Speaking at the fundraiser, he urged donors to turn out in the midterm elections, saying that Republicans have larger turnouts on Election Day and that resulted in the GOP taking control of the House and leading to John Boehner’s role as Speaker of the House.

“What happened to Nancy Pelosi?” Obama said. “What happened is y’all didn’t vote. And that’s when all kinds of …stuff happened. That’s what it was, stuff.”

The president used the big-dollar moment to philosophize, saying that “Sometimes in life, as well as politics, we don’t get 100 percent of what we want right away.”

But he added, that he doesn’t tell his daughters that when they hit an obstacle, “you should quit.”

“I’ve got two years left in this presidency, I want to get a whole bunch of stuff done,” Obama said.

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes Whines: The U.S. Media Is Not Fair To The Palestinians By Being So Pro-Israel…

Last time I checked the MSM with the exception of Fox wasn’t exactly friendly to Israel.

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A Salute To Israel’s Lone Soldiers


Via JPost

There has been an overwhelming outpouring of solidarity over the three lone soldiers (in Israel without close family) killed in clashes with Hamas in the Gaza Strip over the weekend.

Tens of thousands attended the Jerusalem funeral on Wednesday of St.-Sgt. Max Steinberg, 24, who grew up in California. On Tuesday night, there was a massive turnout for the funeral in Ashkelon of St.-Sgt. Jordan Bensemhoun (Ben-Simon), 22, who was born and raised in Lyon, France. And the previous night, a spontaneous social media campaign led to masses attending the Haifa funeral of Sgt. Sean (Nissim) Carmeli, 21, who was raised in Texas by Israeli parents.

All three young men were, by all accounts, exceptional human beings, Jews and Zionists who made aliya in the prime of their lives and joined the IDF’s elite Golani Brigade.

They excelled during their service and made the ultimate sacrifice during Operation Protective Edge. We offer heartfelt condolences to their families.

Their lives and deaths highlight the heroism of lone soldiers in Israel – men and women who leave “the good life” in the Diaspora and volunteer to defend the Jewish state.

At least another two other lone soldiers, one American and the other French, are hospitalized with wounds they sustained in the Gaza war. We wish them a speedy recovery.

There are more than 5,000 foreign lone soldiers serving in the IDF, about a third of whom are from North America. They are following in the footsteps of thousands of other lone soldiers from abroad who have fought for the country before and after the establishment of the state.

Among the wonderful organizations aiding them is The Lone Soldier Center in Memory of Michael Levin, an outstanding IDF soldier from Philadelphia who was killed at the age of 22 during the Second Lebanon War in 2006. The center is “a grassroots, nonprofit organization created by former lone soldiers to assist the next generation of lone soldiers in all aspects of life, in the military and out.”

In his eulogy at Steinberg’s funeral at the Mount Herzl Military Cemetery, MK Rabbi Dov Lipman said Max had been a hero because he saved lives, plain and simple.

“Max fought to make sure that missiles will not keep falling in our cities, and to destroy the tunnels of terror from Gaza,” Lipman said. “Max fought so that our children can have hope to live the way he himself was raised – without having to run to shelters because of air raid sirens and without the fear that terrorists may tunnel their way into their neighborhoods to kill them or kidnap them.”

In his moving tribute published in full in today’s Jerusalem Post, Lipman asked what had motivated Steinberg to make aliya. He said the answer could be found in a comment Steinberg’s mother, Evelyn, made to the media.

“He felt that if this was his calling, that being on the sidelines or even in the backseat was just not going to work,” she said.

Speaking at Carmeli’s funeral, Ze’ev Bielski – the mayor of Ra’anana, which Sean had made his Israeli home – noted that although he had grown up “among the beautiful vistas of Texas,” he had chosen to make his life here.

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Obama: Lying Republicans “Obfuscate And Bamboozle”…

Name-calling is the only thing this clown is good at.

Via The Hill:

President Obama appeared at a fundraiser Wednesday at the home of “Scandal” creator Shonda Rimes and used the popular political thriller to speak about Washington.

“No offense, Scandal is a great show,” Obama said at the fundraiser before a crowd that included the show’s actress Kerry Washington.”But it’s not necessarily something we want to be living out.”

Speaking at the fundraiser, Obama tore into the Republican party saying that it “has been taken over by people who just don’t believe in government.”

Republicans he said “obfuscate and they bamboozle and sometimes don’t say what’s true — that was a euphemism,” he said to laughter.

Protesters Gather Where Maryland Governor Wants Illegal Aliens


Not a hot bed of right wing extremists in Annapolis, Maryland. Are you getting this LSM?

Via Watchdog

They protested at the intersection of West Street and Route 2 in Annapolis, a short drive from the governor’s mansion, where Martin O’Malley is seeking to bring illegal immigrant children, who crossed the southern border and landed in to Maryland.

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Turkey’s Islamist PM Erdogan: Israel A “Terror State”…

Same guy who funds jihadist groups in Syria.

Via CNN:

In an interview recorded Wednesday with CNN’s Becky Anderson (@beckycnn), Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel of being a “terror state,” saying that the country’s operation in Gaza was “creating a wave of terror.”

Erdogan also denied that the governments of Turkey or Qatar were involved in the funding of Hamas’ terrorist activities, saying the only support his country is offering to the people of Gaza is humanitarian.

“Qatar’s cooperation with Turkey has always been to be on the side of the persecuted and to support them through humanitarian aid. This is what’s being done.”

CNN Poll: Only 18% Of Americans Say They Are Better Off Because Of Obamacare…


What are the odds the vast majority of the 18% have EBT cards and food stamps?

Via Washington Examiner:

Eighteen percent of Americans, or fewer than one in five, say they or someone in their family is better off because of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new poll by CNN. Nearly twice that number, 35 percent, say they or someone in their family is worse off. A larger group, 46 percent, say they are about the same after Obamacare as before.

In nearly all demographic categories — age, income, education, etc. — more people say they are worse off because of Obamacare than say they are better off.

For example, one might expect respondents with incomes below $50,000 to be somewhat likely to say Obamacare has helped them. And that is the case: 21 percent say they are better off because of the Affordable Care Act. But 35 percent say they are worse off. (Forty-four percent are the same.)

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Colleges Seek To Recruit More Native American Students


AKA the Liz Warren recruitment drive.

Via GF Trib

Elijah Watson knows he wants to go to college. He also knows that it will be difficult to leave home on the Navajo reservation if he does.

The 17-year-old was reminded of the tough decision he’ll face next year when he participated in a weeklong celebration in March of his cousin’s Kinaalda, a hallowed Navajo ceremony marking a girl’s transition into womanhood.

“I’m afraid because it’s really hard to leave my family,” he said, noting that college would mean he’d be away from taking part in the same rite for his little sister and participating in other important tribal ceremonies.

To reach students like Watson with higher education aspirations, a growing number of universities are offering programs to recruit and prepare Native American students for a transition to college life that can bring on a wrenching emotional conflict as they straddle two worlds.

Missing culture, family

Many young Native Americans find themselves divided by their desire for a higher education and the drive to stay close to home to hold onto a critical part of their identity. Sometimes, families discourage children from pursuing college, fearing once they leave the reservation they won’t come back.

That was the case with Watson’s mother — his grandmother encouraged her to stay home and carry on the family tradition of pottery-making.

“These students could be in a classroom with hundreds of kids and no one will be like them, so it’s really good for these programs to pull all of these kids together,” said Ahniwake Rose, the director of the National Indian Education Association.

“Moving to college for these kids is taking them so far away from their homes. On top of that, we still have so many first-generation students and their parents can’t give them any idea of what college is like,” Rose said.

Dozens have implemented mini-college boot camps, including the University of California, Los Angeles, Yale and Duke.

Last week, Watson found himself at the University of California, Riverside, where he was joined by other students, including some as young as 12.

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