Pentagon Spokesman: We’re “Winning” The War Against Islamic Terrorism…

A statement so absurd even Obama boot-licker Chris Matthews is calling it total BS.

Via Daily Caller:

Liberal MSNBC host Chris Matthews ranted against Pentagon spokesman John Kirby for his claim that America has had “very good success” in battling Islamic terrorism, calling it “an absurd statement” and declaring that “we’re not winning the war against terrorism over there.”

Matthews reacted incredulously to the rear admiral’s assertion on Tuesday that we’re winning the war against Islamic fundamentalism — the very same day that ISIS released a second video showing them beheading American journalist Steven Sotloff in Iraq.

“Of course, that’s an absurd statement he just made,” he began. “Because we went into Iraq, blew the country apart, created the opportunity for ISIS to grow — it grew out of where was nothing — a much bigger and a larger threat to us than anything we faced from Saddam Hussein. So the idea that we’ve been on the aggressor side here, that we’ve been winning this war against terrorism, is ludicrous.”

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Atheists United San Luis Obispo To Participate In Local City Council Invocations

Athesist SLO

The group will quote science from Bill Nye.

Via SLO Tribune

Atheists United San Luis Obispo, which challenged Pismo Beach’s now-defunct practice of starting City Council meetings with prayers that frequently used “explicitly Christian turns of phrase,” plans to participate in invocations in other cities.

The nonprofit organization announced in a news release that it plans to get on the regular rotation for city council invocations in Arroyo Grande and Paso Robles and will use the time “to advocate for using reason and science to solve problems and for secular values such as kindness and equality.”

“While we think that our city governments’ time would be better spent governing and not praying, if a council insists on holding invocations, Atheists United will be there to ensure that the non-believers in our community are represented,” group President Steven Arkowitz said in the news release. [...]

Earlier this year, Pismo Beach officials agreed to end its city chaplain program — and to end all prayers before City Council meetings — to settle a lawsuit brought against the city in November 2013.

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ISIS Says It’s “Sorry” . . . For Releasing Sotloff Beheading Video Early…

Via SMH:

Islamic State militants have issued an apology following the release of a horrific video that appears to show the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff.

But the jihadist group was not apologising for the terrifying death of the 31-year-old freelance journalist, who was kidnapped in Syria last year.

Instead, it appeared someone within IS had published the video of Sotloff’s apparent execution online ahead of the intended time, according to the online news website Vocativ.

And, for that lack of discipline, the group was sorry.

“We tried to remove the video after we understood that this was published by mistake, and we are sorry to the followers of Islamic State,” the group said in a message, in Arabic, posted on Justpaste.

Homeland Security Chair: As Many As 200 Americans Fighting For ISIS In Iraq And Syria…

And if they return to America, CAIR will welcome them with open arms.

HT: TWS

HuffPo: GOP Raising An Army To Defend Their Racist Beliefs Just Like The Confederacy Did…

Put down the LSD and back away slowly.

Via HuffPo:

It’s like facial recognition technology: if the features match up, you conclude, “It’s the same guy.”

So it is with the match between the force that drove us to Civil War more than a century and a half ago, and the force that has taken over the Republican Party in our times.

In both cases, we see an elite insisting on their “liberty,” by which they mean the freedom to dominate.

With Citizens United, in our times, the corporatists have declared that their “freedom of speech” gives them the right to buy our elections, unfettered by any concerns about the rights of the average citizen to have an equal say in their government.

Back in the 1850s, the slaveholders insisted that their “liberty” meant that they had the right to take their human “property” anywhere in American territory, an insistence that swept aside the previously respected concerns of millions of their countrymen that there be regions of the country free of slavery. [...]

Today’s Republicans have done everything they could to nullify the presidency of Barack Obama, whom the American people duly elected twice. Like no other opposition party in American history, they have refused to accept the temporary minority status to which American voters have consigned them. Blocking the president from performing the function for which the people hired him has been their top priority.

Back on the eve of the Civil War, the Southerners — who had disproportionately dominated the upper echelons of the national government from the time of its founding — considered the election of Abraham Lincoln an intolerable insult, and promptly made a unilateral decision to break apart the Union; they then raised an army to defend that decision, rather than accept the outcome of the democratic process and regroup for the next election.

As with facial recognition, the configuration of the features tells us, “This is the same ugly thing, come back again.”

HT: Daily Caller

Texas Voter ID Trial Begins As Elections Ramp Up

Texas photo ID

There isn’t a problem getting a photo ID for entitlement programs.

Via Click 2 Houston

A major election year in Texas has overshadowed an upcoming trial on the fate of the state’s tough new voter ID law, with a judge set to determine whether it safeguards ballot integrity or discriminates against minorities by imposing a mandate that suppresses turnout.

U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos in Corpus Christi will begin hearing arguments Tuesday on one of the nation’s most stringent voter ID measures, which Republican Gov. Rick Perry signed into law in 2011.

A ruling is unlikely before Election Day, meaning that 13.6 million registered voters in Texas would still produce a photo ID this November. That hasn’t stopped Democrats from wielding the law as a campaign cudgel, particularly Wendy Davis, who has attacked Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott over his office defending the measure in court.

The Texas law requires voters to show one of six kinds of photo ID. A Texas concealed handgun license is valid while a college student’s university ID is not, which opponents say shows Republicans trying to imposes obstacles on voters who typically vote Democrat.

The Justice Department is taking an aggressive role in trying to dismantle the law after the U.S. Supreme Court last year threw out a key portion of the federal Voting Rights Act, which had thwarted a flurry of recently passed voter ID measures in conservative states from taking effect.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder made Texas a top target after vowing to go into states to wring out whatever remaining voter protections he could.

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Obama Responds To ISIS Beheading Steven Sotloff By Sending 350 Non-Combat Troops To Iraq…

Somewhere in Iraq or Syria Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is cowering in fear.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has approved assigning 350 additional troops to protect the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and its support facilities.

The White House says in a statement that the State Department had asked for the additional military personnel to help protect U.S. diplomatic facilities and personnel in the Iraqi capital. The Defense Department reviewed the request and recommended the additional troops.

The White House says Obama approved the additional troops on Tuesday and that they will not serve in a combat role.

The Pentagon says most of the additional troops are from the Army and some are Marines.

Lawsuit Filed On Behalf Of Gender Confused SC Teen Forced To Remove His Makeup By DMV

Chase DLChase state house

The special snowflake wants to be unique. The DMV will make you spit out a wad of chawing tobacco before taking your photo.

Via WISTV

The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of an Anderson teen who was forced to remove makeup when getting a driver’s license picture.

The group held a press conference on Tuesday on the South Steps of the South Carolina State House in Columbia to announce the filing.

The suit, which is brought by Teresa Culpepper, mother of 16-year-old Chase Culpepper, will ask “the court to rule that denying Chase the freedom to wear his everyday makeup in his license photo constitutes sex discrimination and violates his right to free speech and expression under the United States Constitution,” according to a press release from TLDEF.

“It also seeks a ruling under the U.S. and South Carolina Constitutions that the DMV’s photo policy is unconstitutionally vague, too broad, and lets DMV employees arbitrarily decide how a driver’s license applicant should look, without regard for the rights of the people they are supposed to serve,” the release stated.

In June, Chase Culpepper said he was told he needed to look more like a boy before he could receive his new license at the DMV.

He said he was only dressed the way he does every day to school and to his job at McDonald’s. He doesn’t think he violated any rules and now he wants the DMV to let him re-take his license picture, wearing makeup.

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Poll: Huge Majority Of Americans Say Redskins Should Keep Their Name…

Redskins

Dems hardest hit.

Via ESPN:

Nearly three-fourths of Americans favor letting the Washington Redskins keep their nickname, but the percentage who think it should be changed has tripled in the past two decades, according to a poll conducted by Langer Research for “Outside the Lines.”

Nearly a quarter (23 percent) of Americans surveyed now think the name should be changed, up from 8 percent in 1992 and up 9 percentage points in the past year alone.

The poll of 1,019 Americans, conducted on landlines and cellphones between Aug. 20 and Aug. 24, found that 71 percent favor keeping the nickname — but that’s down from 89 percent when the question was first asked 22 years ago. It also found that 68 percent of people responding think the nickname is not disrespectful of Native Americans, compared to just 9 percent who say it is “a lot” disrespectful. (Nineteen percent say it shows “some” disrespect.)

A total of 54 percent of respondents think the name is unlikely to be changed, compared to 42 percent who think it will. (The rest had no opinion.)

US Signs Agreement With Mexico To Protect Mexican Workers – Including Illegals

Obama has a plan for the illegals, ISIS not so.

Via CNS News

At a signing ceremony on Friday, the U.S. government, through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Mexican government to allow Mexican Nationals – regardless of immigration status – to “exercise their workplace rights.”

The MOU is consistent with the “core mission of this commission,” Mexican Ambassador to the United States Eduardo Medina Mora Icaza said, adding “that regardless of national origin or immigration status all workers have rights and there are processes to safeguard them.[...]

EEOC General Counsel David Lopez said at the event that it was fitting that the ceremony took place on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. The MOU was signed by the Mexican ambassador and EEOC Chairman Jacqueline Berrien on her last day of service.

“Today we memorialize a relationship to help ensure this historic act and other antidiscrimination laws we enforce apply to all workers who live and work in this country,” Lopez said, adding it also was part of the commission’s “strategic enforcement plan through 2016.

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ISIS Has Beheaded 30 People Over Last Month After Sharia Court Sentences Them To Death.. No, Wait, That Was Our “Ally” Saudi Arabia…

As I’ve said before, what Saudi Arabia does is no different than the much-condemned brutality of ISIS.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA (BNO NEWS) — Four drug traffickers from Syria and Iran were decapitated by sword in northern and eastern Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, the government said, disregarding concerns raised by human rights organizations and raising the number of people executed over the last month to 30.

Three of the latest executions took place in the northern Al Jawf Region, while the fourth took place at an unspecified location in the kingdom’s eastern region, according to four separate statements issued by the Saudi Interior Ministry. It warned that the government will continue to carry out harsh punishments against those who traffic drugs.

The men executed in the Al Jawf Region were all Syrian nationals, identified as Hamoud Fayez Hassoun, Hassan Taha Musalamani, and Youssef Abdullah al-Halqi. They were convicted of smuggling “a large quantity of banned amphetamine pills” and had confessed to their crimes before the courts sentenced them to death, the interior ministry said. It did not say whether the men were part of the same drug-trafficking ring.

Tuesday’s beheadings raise the number of people executed in Saudi Arabia since the beginning of August to 30, leading to condemnation from human rights organizations as many have been killed for non-lethal crimes. “Any execution is appalling, but executions for crimes such as drug smuggling or sorcery that result in no loss of life are particularly egregious,” said Sarah Leah Whitson of Human Rights Watch.

After Second American Beheaded, White House Compares Obama’s Response To ISIS To The “Bold Decisions” He Made During Auto Bailout…

Earnest

Possibly the worst analogy ever.

Via Daily Surge:

Our hearts go out to Shirley Sotloff and her family today. It was less than one week ago that she released a video plea, begging ISIS to release her son, 31-year old Steven Joel Sotloff.

Sadly, it was reported today that ISIS has beheaded the journalist, making him the second filmed casualty of the gruesome terrorist organization, following the slaughter of James Foley. [...]

On the heels of criticism from both sides of the political aisle — most notably Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) — that Obama has been “too cautious” when it comes to ISIS, Press Secretary Josh Earnest said something today that absolutely floored me, as he compared the president’s so-called “caution” on ISIS to his “caution” on the auto bailout.

“That was a risky maneuver,” said Earnest of the auto bailout. “It would not have been possible without this president, who is sometimes described as cautious, making the bold decision that really paid off in spades for the American public.”

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Venezuela’s Socialist Party Unveils New Prayer Based On The Our Father: “Our Chavez Who Art In Heaven”…

Hugo Chavez

You know it’s coming… “Our Barack, who art in heaven”

CARACAS, Venezuela, Sept. 2 (UPI) — Venezuela’s Socialist Party PSUV (Socialist Party United for Venezuela) unveiled a new version of the Lord’s Prayer during an ideology workshop on Monday.

Attendees of the First workshop for designing socialist training systems were the first to hear “Our Chavez,” the Hugo Chavez-inspired version of the Our Father.

Representative María Uribe introduced the prayer as “The Delegate’s Prayer” during Monday’s event and began reading: “Our Chavez who art in heaven, on earth, in the sea and in us the representatives, Hallowed be Thy Name.”

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