U.S. Military Conducts Operation Against Al-Shabaab In Somalia

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Via Fox:

The Pentagon says U.S. military forces have targeted the Islamic extremist al-Shabaab network in an operation in Somalia.

Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby says the U.S. is looking at the results and will provide more information when appropriate. No further details were available.

Monday’s action comes after Somalia’s government forces regained control of a high security prison in the capital that was attacked Sunday by seven heavily armed suspected Islamic militants who attempted to free other extremists held there. The Pentagon statement did not indicate whether the U.S. action was related to the prison attack.

Somali officials say all attackers, three government soldiers and two civilians were killed. The Mogadishu prison is an interrogation center for Somalia’s intelligence agency, and many suspected militants are believed to be held there.

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Obama: If I Worked For A Living “Busting My Butt… I’d Join A Union”…

So he’d have to bust his butt less?

MILWAUKEE (CBSDC/AP) — President Barack Obama says he’ll press Congress to raise the minimum wage in the same way he courted his wife — never taking no for an answer.

Obama brought a buoyant Labor Day message to Wisconsin, telling union members on Monday that he sees, quote, “engines are revving a little louder” in an economy coming back from a near-depression five years ago.

Now, he says, quote, “America deserves a raise.” He promises his administration will keep pushing for one.
Obama told the crowd that he would join a union if he was working in the service industry.

“If I were busting my butt in the service industry and wanted an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work, I’d join a union,” Obama said.

U.N. Sends Top Sternly Worded Letter Writing Unit To Take Out ISIS In Iraq…

Your days are numbered, Islamic State.

(Reuters) – The United Nations agreed on Monday to send investigators to Iraq to examine crimes being committed by Islamic State militants on “an unimaginable scale”, with a view to holding perpetrators to account.

“We are facing a terrorist monster,” Iraq’s human rights minister, Mohammed Shia’ Al Sudani, told the U.N. Human Rights Council which adopted a resolution tabled by Iraq and France at an emergency sitting of the 47-member state forum in Geneva.

The Council aims to send 11 investigators, with a total budget of $1.18 million, to report back by March 2015.

Islamic State, which declared a “caliphate” in June in parts of Iraq and Syria under its control, has been cited as a major security threat by Western governments since posting a video in August of the beheading of U.S journalist James Foley.

The Sunni militants have driven more than 1.2 million people from their homes this year, the United Nations says. At least 1,420 people were killed in sectarian violence in Iraq in August alone, U.N. figures showed on Monday.

U.N. Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Flavia Pansieri said there was “strong evidence” Islamic State, also known as ISIS, and allied groups had carried out targeted killings, forced conversions, sexual abuse and torture in Iraq.

“The reports we have received reveal acts of inhumanity on an unimaginable scale,” she said.

Unarmed Man Shot And Killed, 4 Others Wounded Near Brooklyn Route Of West Indian Day Parade

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Warm up for the De Blasio smackdown.

Via NY Daily News

At least five people were shot, one fatally, near the route of Brooklyn’s West Indian Day Parade in a string of early morning shootings Monday.

A gunman opened fire into a crowd that had already begun parade festivities in Crown Heights about 3:30 a.m., police said, hitting three people and an unmarked police vehicle.

A 55-year-old man, shot in the midsection, died at the scene at the corner of Empire Blvd. and Rogers Ave. — about six blocks from the route of the parade that kicked off at 11 a.m.[...]

A 26-year-old suspect was taken into custody in the fatal shooting and a firearm was recovered, cops said.

Police Commissioner William Bratton called the suspect a “career criminal” and said he was recently paroled. His name wasn’t immediately released.

Minutes later, a 28-year-old woman was shot in the butt on Utica Ave. near St. John’s Place, just two blocks from the parade’s Eastern Parkway route, officials said. [...]

Mayor Bill de Blasio defended the importance of the parade despite the violence and said the “vast majority have a wonderful time and only a few individuals get out of line.” He was joined at the parade by his wife, Chirlane McCray, who is of Caribbean decent, and their children, Dante and Chiara.

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Supporter Tells Obama To Go Full-Dictator And “Announce A State Of Emergency” To Get Around GOP Congress…

Oh yeah, nothing creepy about that.

Via Weekly Standard:

In 2014, President Obama has made much of his pen-and-a-phone strategy to accomplish his goals in the face of what he calls an “unprecedented pattern of obstruction” from Republicans in Congress. Apparently the president’s supporters are on board with the idea of unilateral executive action. At a meeting last Friday, a supporter of the president asked about the possibility of “a state of emergency.” The president relayed the story to another groups of supporters at a Democratic National Committee event later in the day at a private residence in Purchase, New York:

“I was in a meeting earlier today and somebody asked, you know, Mr. President, what can you do, these folks, they just — all they do is just oppose whatever you propose even if they used to be for it, now they’re against it; if you said the sky was blue, they’d say it was green; they deny the facts, they don’t have any ideas for growing the economy or helping the middle class — maybe you just need to announce a state of emergency. I said, well, now, I’m not going to do that, that’s not how the Constitution works.”

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LA Times Now Referring To Illegal Immigrants As “Informal” Workers…

The left has mastered the art of verbal gymnastics.

Via LA Times:

Informal workers are growing part of California’s economy — a shift keenly felt in the construction industry, where 1 in 6 workers is either off the books or misreported, new research has found.

Construction businesses in the state employ roughly 895,000 workers, according to a report by downtown Los Angeles research group Economic Roundtable that was released Sunday. In 2011, 143,900 of those workers labored unofficially.

Some 39,800 workers were misclassified by employers as independent contractors, despite not owning their own tools or setting their own schedules. An additional 104,100 workers weren’t recorded at all.

HT: Laura Ingraham

British Islamist Justifies Murder of “Mr. Beheaded Infidel” James Foley…

Another one of Londonistan’s finest.

Court Docs: Texas Democrats Accused Of Using Cocaine To Buy Votes

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MCALLEN, Texas — A developing federal investigation has brought up allegations that a Hidalgo County Commissioner paid for votes with bags of cocaine while other politicians paid for votes also with cash, cigarettes, marijuana and beer.

Court records obtained by Breitbart Texas from the arrest of two women accused of buying votes show that during the democratic primaries in 2012, a campaign manager for a Hidalgo County Commissioner who said that during the campaign, he bought $50 worth of cocaine, commonly known as an 8-ball and split it up in order to give it to the two women so they could use it to entice voters.

Earlier this week Belinda Solis and Veronica Salazar went before U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter Ormsby who formally charged them with vote buying and set their bond at $10,000.

The two women were part of a large year and a half long FBI investigation into election corruption in Hidalgo County.

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Obama Revives His Lamest Talking Point Ever: Hope…

I’m guessing next week he’ll be talking about change again.

Pic Of The Day

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Mayor De Blasio and his family doing the “Smackdown” at the West Indian Day Parade today in NYC.

Urban Farming Fuss: Dearborn Project Exposes Challenges Of Growing Local

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We gotta grow our own food?

Via Detroit FREEP

What had been open, grassy area in a Dearborn neighborhood park is now marked with hurricane fencing, a locked gate and heaps of rock matter.

On a fraction of the 2.5 acres on the city’s west side, one can see some peppers, green vegetables and herbs growing, along with numerous weeds. There are stacks of bricks and wooden pallets. A greenhouse is pocked with holes from rocks people have thrown over the fence.

Started more than four years ago through a lease with the city, this is the Crowley Park Sustainable Organic Farm.

Located in a neighborhood southwest of Michigan Avenue and Telegraph Road, the farm was envisioned as a sustainable source of healthy, eco-friendly food for neighbors and people in need. But lately, it illustrates the challenges of urban agriculture that aren’t always obvious from the start.

“They’re not really growing much,” said Andrew Gertz, 38, a Dearborn resident of 20 years who lives in the neighborhood with his wife and three kids and has been a leading voice on social media calling for change at the site. “It doesn’t look like they’re doing anything.”[...]

The five-year lease with the city, through McIlrath’s nonprofit the Going Green Foundation, is up for renewal in April. McIlrath said that in 2010, it was easier to find support for the project aimed at drawing people together, providing education and supporting healthy eating. Five raised plant beds were built.

But now, two large slag heaps at the site have been unmoved for three years. Eventually, they’re intended to be part of a paving project. Between two of the plant beds, there’s a brick path. Another path has been started, and two other areas remain grass.

Councilman Dave Bazzy said at a discussion with McIlrath this summer that it has been a “very unkempt” area, looking more like a “storage area” than a farm, at times. He’s been out to the site regularly, and city staff make daily visits.

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Fidel Castro Claims Israel’s Mossad Secretly Behind ISIS…

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Nice try, Jews, you’re not fooling Fidel.

Via Times of Israel:

Cuban ex-president Fidel Castro lashed out at Israel, the United States and Europe on Monday, saying Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency was behind the radical Islamic State group and comparing NATO military representatives to the Nazi SS.

In a column published in Cuban state media, the father of the island’s communist revolution also attacked US Senator John McCain over United States policy in the Middle East, calling him “Israel’s most unconditional ally.”

“The world has seen no respite in recent years, particularly since the European Economic Community, under the strict and unconditional leadership of the United States, decided the time had come to settle scores with what was left of two great nations (Russia and China) that…had carried out the heroic deed of putting an end to the imperialist colonial order imposed on the world by Europe and the United States,” said the 88 year old leader.

He accused the West of “cynicism” and said the trait had become “a symbol of imperialist policy.”

He singled out McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential candidate, saying he had supported Israel’s Mossad and “participated together with that service in the creation of the Islamic State, which today controls a considerable and vital portion of Iraq and reportedly one-third of Syria as well.”

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Filipino Force Defied UN Commander In Golan Crisis

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We know which side the UN is on.

Via Stars and Stripes

The Philippine military said Monday that a U.N. peacekeeping commander in the Golan Heights should be investigated for allegedly asking Filipino troops to surrender to Syrian rebels who had attacked and surrounded their camp.

Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang said he advised the 40 Filipino peacekeepers not to lay down their arms, and they defied the U.N. peacekeeping commander’s order. Instead, they staged a daring escape from the Golan camp over the weekend, ending a tense, dayslong standoff.

The disagreement is another blow to a U.N. peacekeeping mission that has been threatened by an escalation of violence in a buffer zone it has been guarding between Israel and Syria. A number of countries have withdrawn their troops from the peacekeeping force due to rising rebel attacks.

Forty-five Fijian peacekeepers who surrendered their firearms to the rebels last week are still being held by the al-Qaida-linked insurgents.

The commander of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force, or UNDOF, which supervises the peacekeeping mission in Golan, was overseeing talks with the Syrian rebels to secure the freedom of the Fijians. However, Catapang said he would not agree to any resolution of the hostage crisis that would put Filipino troops in grave danger.

When the besieged Filipino troops sought his advice after they were ordered to lay down their arms as part of an arrangement with the rebels to secure the Fijians’ release, Catapang said he asked them to defy the order.

“I told them not to follow the order because that is a violation of our regulation, that we do not surrender our firearms, and, at the same time, there is no assurance that you will be safe after you give your firearms,” Catapang said.

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