The “religion of peace” myth continues.
John Kerry statement on death of James Foley:
James Foley went to the darkest of places to shine the light of truth. Nothing could stop him from sharing with the world the reality of what was happening on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan, or the struggle against a brutal dictator in Libya, and he was just as determined to do the same from Syria. He was brave and bold, and no masked coward can ever steal the legacy of this courageous American who lived out the meaning of the word journalism.
I was a Senator when James was first held in Libya, and we were first introduced to the Foley family. His family was as determined in working towards his release as James had been daring in covering those war zones himself. The sheer unfairness and unlikely odds that this young journalist would again find himself in captivity in another conflict was almost unimaginable. It is impossible to express how much we all wanted this latest horror to end with his family reunited, as it had been the first time.
Teresa and I, along with members of my family who got to know James’ mother Diane and his brother, are heartbroken for all of the Foleys. There are no words of condolence that can adequately convey our sorrow, our sympathy, or our anger for what has happened.
There is evil in this world, and we all have come face to face with it once again. Ugly, savage, inexplicable, nihilistic, and valueless evil. ISIL is the face of that evil, a threat to people who want to live in peace, and an ugly insult to the peaceful religion they violate every day with their barbarity.
How can Officer Wilson get fair treatment if Obama’s top two advisers are basically saying they think he’s guilty?
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. left Washington early Wednesday for a day of meetings in Ferguson, Mo., as the highest-ranking Obama administration official to visit the tension-filled community where nightly protests have led to dozens of arrests. [...]
The administration has been working behind the scenes to assure leading civil rights groups that it is determined to see justice achieved as Obama — who has been criticized by some African American leaders for not visiting Ferguson himself — seeks to preserve his support in the black community with his handling of the racially charged case.
Holder and senior Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett briefed 1,000 African American leaders, community organizers and civil rights groups in private conference calls this week, White House aides said. The strategy was aimed at enlisting the groups to “help keep the situation calm and focused,” said a senior administration official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to describe the conversations.
Holder and Jarrett were joined on the calls by Molly Moran, acting director of the Justice Department’s civil rights division. They said that FBI agents had conducted more than 200 interviews and personnel from the federal civil rights division and the office of community-oriented policing also are in Ferguson.
“Rest assured, we’re working tirelessly,” Holder said on one of the calls, according to people who participated. “We have the utmost confidence in the independence and integrity of our investigators.”
And he’s not talking about black-on-black crime.
COOPER: Do you believe this will have what is happening here behind the scenes or this killing will have an impact the way Rodney King [did]?
JONES: Absolutely. This is transforming a generation of young black activists and political leaders –
COOPER: Really? This incident?
JONES: This incident. Well, you have to remember all summer long you had African-American unarmed men killed all summer and when you have a summer like this, just like ’92, my generation of young activists, we were totally changed in terms of our understanding of what we need to do to make the system work better for us. It’s happening right now with this generation.
How do you think George W. Bush would be treated by the media if he did something like this?
Sanity prevails… after a thorough public shaming.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A former Marine who wasn’t allowed into an amusement park because he was wearing a shirt with a red, white and blue rifle pictured on it has been given an apology.
Mario Alejandro, who served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, received a phone call from Six Flags Great Adventure President John Fitzgerald on Saturday apologizing, and he accepted, NJ.com reported.
Alejandro, a father of three from Woodbridge, said he went to the park with his family on Aug. 9 wearing the shirt, which was a Father’s Day gift and was bought from a nonprofit that supports Marines. He said a security guard told him the shirt, which included the phrase “Keep calm and return fire,” was offensive and he had to change it or cover it if he wanted to go into the park, located in Jackson.
“I told them (that it’s) not offensive, that it’s a military shirt and that it means something,” Alejandro said. “But they said, ‘I don’t care. Get out of the park.’”
A spokeswoman for the park, whose rides include the Nitro and Runaway Mine Train roller coasters, said it didn’t realize Alejandro’s shirt was related to a military charity, The Reconnaissance Foundation.
HT: Mystical Groove
There’s no way around it, the Islamic State’s justification for violence is taken straight from the Koran.
Note the time on the email, 11:41 a.m., Obama is speaking about the horrific beheading of James Foley at 12:45 p.m.
From: Barack Obama
Subject: Thank you, Drew
Date: August 20, 2014 11:41:58 AM EDT
Nothing has ever been more important than fighting for folks like you. You are my priority.
And right now, a focus of that fight has to be getting people who really care about making things better for you elected. The upcoming elections could determine whether or not we have a Congress who will work with me to help you.
That’s why it’s so important I spend some time helping Democrats campaign and win. I can only tackle the issues that matter to you with some help. Will you help me out, Drew?
Who wouldn’t be afraid of President Mom Jeans?
CNN political commentator and Democratic strategist Maria Cardona argued that the murder of American journalist James Wright Foley was due to the success of President Barack Obama’s Iraq policy.
“It’s [Foley’s murder] not certainly going to dissuade this president from focusing on getting rid of ISIS, continue to pushing them back, which frankly, some of what his strategy that he’s put in place has worked, and that is why I think ISIS right now is acting in such a cowardly way because they know that so far it has been effective.” she argued in an appearance on CNN on Wednesday
What are the odds he goes straight to the golf course?
Via Business Insider:
President Barack Obama will make a statement at 12:45 p.m. ET on Wednesday, the White House said, in the aftermath of the beheading of an American journalist by the extremist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL).
The White House’s National Security Council said Wednesday that the video released by the group, which has since been removed from YouTube, is authentic. The video showed a member of the group executing American journalist James Foley, who was kidnapped in Syria in 2012.
If true this would obviously be a game-changer when it comes to charging Officer Wilson.
Via local radio station 100.7:
Remember, you saw it and heard it here first. We have heard (from a VERY connected national media source) that Ferguson officer Darren Wilson will be cleared in the shooting of Michael Brown. The key: Dorian Johnson has now admitted that Michael Brown attacked Officer Wilson and attempted to take his gun. OFFICER WILSON WILL NOT BE CHARGED! This is scary. When this news is made official, we all have reason to be concerned about the reaction.
Obama already knew ISIS was about to behead Foley so the news came as no surprise.
Via Washington Examiner:
A White House spokeswoman Tuesday night said U.S. intelligence officials are “working as quickly as possible” to determine the authenticity of a video in which Islamic militants claim to have beheaded an American journalist in retaliation for airstrikes in Iraq.
“If genuine, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist and we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends. We will provide more information when it is available,” National Security Council spokesman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement.
A video released online claims to show the execution of James Foley, an American photojournalist who went missing while covering Syria’s civil war.
Hardly an “execution” as Brown’s supporters have been claiming.
Via NY Times:
As a county grand jury prepared to hear evidence on Wednesday in the shooting death of a black teenager by a white police officer that touched off 10 days of unrest here, witnesses have given investigators sharply conflicting accounts of the killing.
[A] lawyer for Mr. Johnson said that his client was interviewed by the F.B.I. and the St. Louis County police last week for nearly four hours. In that interview, Mr. Johnson admitted that he and Mr. Brown had stolen cigarillos from the store, said the lawyer, Freeman R. Bosley Jr. [...]
Asked if Mr. Brown had punched the officer, Mr. Bosley said that Mr. Johnson “did not observe that.”
However, law enforcement officials say witnesses and forensic analysis have shown that Officer Wilson did sustain an injury during the struggle in the car.
You stay classy, Spike Lee.
After a week of rioting and confrontations in Ferguson, Missouri, filmmaker Spike Lee said he hoped that “things will really blow up” if Officer Darren Wilson is tried and the people of Ferguson are unhappy with the verdict.
Lee made his incendiary remarks on Tuesday’s Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN, saying that, even though he does not have the facts, “something smells bad in Ferguson, and it’s not just tear gas.”
“And I’m not saying that people should burn down stuff and riot and loot,” Lee told host Anderson Cooper. “But this is not the first time we’ve seen this. And I just hope that things will really blow up if the people aren’t happy with the verdict of this upcoming trial.”