One less psychotic jihadi we need to worry about.
Via NBC News:
The battle in itself seemed tragically normal. Two Syrian opposition groups fought and there were heavy casualties on both sides. Then victorious rebels rifled through the pockets of the dead. One contained about $800 in cash — and an American passport.
Douglas McAuthur McCain, of San Diego, California, was killed over the weekend fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), according to the Free Syrian Army. Photos of McCain’s passport and of his body — which feature a distinctive neck tattoo — have been seen by NBC News. According to an activist linked to the Free Syrian Army who also saw the body and travel document, McCain was among three foreign jihadis fighting with ISIS who died during the battle. The State Department was not immediately able to comment on the report.
NBC News has contacted several members of McCain’s family and dozens of friends – including his mother, sister, aunts and cousins. A woman who said she was McCain’s aunt confirmed that he had “passed” and referred calls to McCain’s mother. [...]
On June 9, Duale wrote to an alleged ISIS fighter on Twitter: “I will be joining you guys soon.” He also asked if another self-proclaimed ISIS fighter had made it to “r town” – an apparent reference to Raqqa, the militants’ Syrian stronghold.
Then came another post: “I’m with the brothers now.” Later, he retweeted: “It takes a warrior to understand a warrior. Pray for ISIS.”
His final Twitter post was last Tuesday.
Update: Still no confirmation.
It’s almost like they are mocking Obama’s hashtag diplomacy.
Via Daily Mail:
Islamic State supporters are using U.S. hostage Steven Sotloff as brutal fodder in a Twitter campaign which hijacks trending topics with the message #StevensHeadinObamasHands.
The TIME reporter was paraded in an orange jumpsuit in the same video which featured the murder of James Foley, the U.S. journalist who was abducted in Syria in 2012 and beheaded.
Now Arabic-speaking extremists are attaching Mr Sotloff’s face to a string of barbaric English-language ‘memes’ in what appears to be a direct appeal to Western citizens.
Islamic State supporters have spread the messages in tweets which mention completely unrelated topics in pop culture.
They have included #AskRicky, through which fans of Youtube ‘vlogger’ Ricky Dillon could pose him questions, and #FetusUANDay, where fans of the boy band One Direction examined how much they had changed since their 2011 album Up All Night.
Others have included #NapaEarthquake and #camcam, in which fans of another Youtube celebrity Cameron Dallas post their pictures with him.
Experts say the use of U.S. pop culture – despite being against the extreme interpretation of Sharia law enforced by the militants – encourages Western teenagers to click on the messages and spread them further.
You have to assume our enemies are laughing their asses off watching what Obama is doing to the military.
Via Washington Examiner:
Having already lifted the “don’t ask, don’t tell” ban on gays in the military, the Pentagon “likely will” allow transgendered Americans to serve openly in the military where 15,500 now secretly serve, according to a new report issued by top former generals.
Three of the top brass, endorsing the deployment of transgendered troops, also said their effort has the support of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and President Obama.
In a statement accompanying the 29-page report issued Tuesday, they said, “Our conclusion is that allowing transgender personnel to serve openly is administratively feasible and will not be burdensome or complicated. Three months have passed since Defense Secretary Hagel announced a willingness to review the military’s ban on transgender service, an effort the White House indicated it supports.”
The three are retired Maj. Gen. Gale S. Pollock, former acting surgeon general of the Army; Brig. Gen. Clara Adams-Ender, former chief of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps; and Brig. Gen. Thomas A. Kolditz, a Yale University professor and professor emeritus at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he led the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership.
Where do these evil Jews get their magical powers from?*
*Arab thought process.
Seeing racism around every corner must make life as a liberal unbearable, which explains why they are so miserable.
… But each time I tried to write about Ferguson, I could only stare into the blank screen, dumbfounded. It wasn’t the killing of Michael Brown that left me speechless: tragically, the murder of black men by police is common. It wasn’t the riots that stumped me: Ferguson residents are rightfully fed up with being treated as second-class citizens. It wasn’t even the ludicrous spectacle of a hyper-militarized police response. I’ve been following that story for years.
No, what dumbfounded me was the outpouring of white anger and resentment. As police, pundits, politicians and their supporters sought control over the narrative of events in Ferguson, they drew from the deep well of moral panic and race hatred that in many ways define our contemporary political landscape. I am not talking about the moronic counter-protests by the Klan, or the impending race war hallucinated by capital-R Racists. I am talking about the insidious language of white privilege — the civil, polite, unconscious adoption by white people of racially normative viewpoints that give us comfort and help explain the world on our terms.
For those of us born with white skin, white privilege is the air we breathe; we don’t even have to think about it. It is like the fish that never notices the water in which it swims. It is a glorious gift we have given to ourselves through the social order we have constructed, from top to bottom and bottom to top. It is the pillage of continents, the enslavement of people, the hatred of dark-skinned “others,” all somehow magically laundered by our commitments to democracy, self-reliance, individualism and the “post-racial, color-blind society.” It is our abject unwillingness to confront our history, to correct the deficits of our memory, to lean against the amnesia of a white story told.
If that’s a victory what does a defeat look like?
Iran said Wednesday that Palestinian militants had emerged the victors and brought their Israeli foe “to its knees” during the bloody 50-day Gaza conflict.
“The heroic Palestinian people have forged a new era with the victory of the resistance which has brought the Zionist regime to its knees,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
“This victory prepares the way for the final liberation of all the occupied lands especially Quds (Jerusalem),” it said, congratulating the Palestinian people and the militant groups in Gaza that Iran supports.
After seven weeks of the deadliest Israeli-Palestinian violence in a decade, a long-term cease-fire took hold at 1600 GMT Tuesday, sparking festivities around the Gaza Strip.
Hamas also claimed victory Tuesday: “We are here today to declare the victory of the resistance, the victory of Gaza, with the help of God, and the steadfastness of our people and the noble resistance,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a news conference at Gaza’s Shifa Hospital.
Which begs the obvious question: What rights are they being denied?
Color Of Change was co-founded by former Obama czar Van Jones in 2005.
Via Color Of Change:
The online fundraising platform GoFundMe is profiting off racially-motivated donors, some of whom are celebrating the police killing of Michael Brown.
Join our campaign demanding that GoFundMe return these profits and take down Darren Wilson fundraising pages.
In the past week, a fundraising effort has been started to support Darren Wilson, the officer responsible for the police killing of Michael Brown.
They were so successful with their first page, that they’ve started a second page, raising over $300,000 in total, so far. And GoFundMe takes 5% of every donation processed, meaning the company has already made more than $15,000.
Because North Korea is such a well-known bastion of human rights.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea is saying the police shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, is evidence that the United States is a “graveyard of human rights.”
The comments by a Foreign Ministry spokesman fit a North Korean pattern of seizing any opportunity to turn the table on Washington’s longstanding criticism of the North as one of the world’s worst human rights abusers.
The Aug. 9 death of Michael Brown in Ferguson triggered nearly two weeks of sometimes-violent street protests.
The North Korean statement carried by state media on Tuesday called the United States a country “where people are subject to discrimination and humiliation due to their races and they are seized with such horror that they do not know when they are shot to death.”
How can you be ashamed when you have no shame?
From: [email protected]
Subject: we are ashamed
Date: August 26, 2014 8:01:19 PM EDT
We are ashamed.
We should have been ready for Rove’s Obama-bashing ad blitz. But we didn’t see it coming.
Now our Democratic candidates are paying the price. They’re facing downright dishonest attacks — and we don’t have the resources we need to fight back.
So even after all you’ve done, we have to ask you to dig even deeper:
We have a daunting task. We need 19,000 donations in the next 48 hours to close the gap with Boehner and Rove.