Kerry Channels Joe Biden: Kurds Retaking Syria’s Kobani ‘A Big F’ing Deal’

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Taking credit for the success of the Kurds.

Via Times Of Israel

Kurdish fighters’ success in recapturing the key Syrian town of Kobani from Islamic State jihadists was a “big deal,” US Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday.

Kerry, speaking during a trilateral meeting with his Mexican and Canadian counterparts in Boston, noted that the IS group has been “forced to acknowledge its own defeat.”

Kurdish fighters from the People’s Protection Units (YPG) meanwhile were engaged in sporadic battles with IS militants around Kobani as they sought to expand their control in the area.

YPG fighters now control 17 of the hundreds of villages in the Kobani region, with most of them taken since they recaptured the crucial town on the border with Turkey on Monday.

The US-led coalition targeting IS forces said it carried out more than 700 airstrikes since August 8 to help Kurdish fighters drive the militants from Kobani.

While the IS group has been expelled from Kobani, its forces remain scattered throughout the countryside around the town to the southeast and southwest.

“We have a long way to go in the overall campaign, but Daesh — ISIL as some know it — has said all along that Kobani was a real symbolic and strategic objective,” Kerry said, referring to the IS group.[…]

Over 60 vehicles and a dozen tanks, along with weapons systems and other equipment have also been destroyed.

“Kurdish ground forces, supported by our air component, were successful in retaking the town of Kobani, which again shows the emptiness of Daesh’s claims of invincibility,” said Lieutenant General James Terry, the task force’s commander.

“The coalition will continue to attack Daesh anywhere they present themselves.”

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Scott Walker And The Art Of Winning

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With the exit of Mitt Romney, I’m beginning to hear a little bit of a drumbeat for Scott Walker and I’m liking it.

Via The Week:

General Patton famously declared that “Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser.” He was right. And as we look to the 2016 presidential race, I think Taegan Goddard put his finger on something very true with this tweet:

In American politics, winning often isn’t enough. You have to win on your own terms, too.

Conservatives have very obviously had enough of politicians who cave. That hold-the-line, never-give-in attitude has burned at the heart of the Tea Party for years. Less noticed, but equally important, is the fact that we have plenty of conservative lawmakers whose reputations are built on their adherence to principle, their total commitment to never cave — and who inevitably lose. They may make excuses and point fingers to try and claim that losing is winning — but they are still losers.

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Ohio: Couple Arrested For Warrants; Make Bail, Find Home Ransacked; Burglars Made Coffee And Fed The Family Dog Bologna

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No honor among thieves and meth heads.

Via WKBN

Police in Newton Falls are investigating a bizarre burglary case.

According to a police report, Richard Nisely and his wife were picked up by police Monday for an outstanding warrant.

Nisely said he secured the doors to his Mahoning Court apartment before the couple left with police, but when he returned he found the front door open and the whole apartment had been ransacked.

Whoever broke into the house took several items, including cash, medication, a PlayStation, DVD player and 50 movies.

The suspect or suspects also made a pot of coffee and fed the homeowner’s dog bologna.

Nisely told police he thinks he knows who broke into the home, but could not substantiate the claim, according to the report.

Saturday Smile: Polish Soldier Names His New Son After U.S. Soldier Who Gave His Life To Save Him In Afghanistan

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On August 28, 2013, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Michael H. Ollis, 24, during a Taliban attack on a NATO base in Ghazni, eastern Afghanistan. Taliban insurgents blasted their way into the compound. As one detonated his suicide vest, Sergeant Ollis stepped in front of Polish officer, Lt. Karol Cierpica, saving his life and shielding him from the blast.

Lt. Cierpica became a father earlier this month of a baby boy that he named “Michal”(Polish for ‘Michael’) in honor of his protector, Sgt. Ollis.

Robert Ollis, the father of Sgt. Ollis, said he and his wife Linda were ‘delighted with the news’. According to Staten Island Live,

Robert Ollis and his wife, Linda, called the tribute to their son “unexpected” and “wonderful.”

“I thought of the baby as a grandson,” Ollis Sr. said “We are very happy and honored.”

To thank Cierpica and his wife, the Ollis family sent the couple a teddy bear they had specially made out of their son’s Army fatigues. The gift comes from a charity organization — the Matthew Freeman Project — which offers the free service to families of fallen soldiers.

They’re hoping to meet “Little Michael” in person next time Cierpica visits them in New York. Last summer, the Ollises traveled to Poland, where they visited with Cierpica and his wife and the Polish soldiers who’d served at the same base in Afghanistan with Sgt. Ollis and Cierpica.

“We’d like to see them again soon with Little Michael,” Ollis said.

Last year, Ollis and his wife started a charity in their son’s name — the Staff Sgt. Ollis Freedom Foundation, to help soldiers and veterans.

“We just want to help a young man or woman going into the service like Michael,” Ollis said

HT: Radio Poland

Super Bowl Baby Momma Drama – Does Seahawk Player Stay With The Baby Momma For The Birth Of Their First Child On Sunday Or Does He Play In The Game?

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Forget deflated balls.

Via USA Today

Richard Sherman’s girlfriend is due any day now with the couple’s first child. Of course, he’s going to be with her when the baby is born.

Or is he?

If Ashley Moss has their baby Sunday, Sherman could be faced with a choice different than that of almost any other father-to-be. Different than other athletes have faced, even.

“I’ve thought about the possibility of his coming during the game or coming before the game,” Sherman said this week. “We have things in place in case that happens. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

“I would not like to miss the birth of my first kid,” he added. “Hopefully, and God willing, we won’t have to cross that bridge.”

It’s easy to say Sherman should skip the Super Bowl, that family comes first.[…]

But the Seahawks are Sherman’s family, too.

“It’s so difficult for him,” Mahan told USA TODAY Sports after the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. “He’s playing a team sport. And the Super Bowl is such a historic experience and the pinnacle of his sport. I’ll say this – it’s up to him. There isn’t a wrong or right decision – it’s a you decision.”

It’s an important distinction that Mahan and Mickelson faced decisions that didn’t impact anyone else — well, except their wives and whoever had to juggle the logistics. But if Sherman skips the Super Bowl, he deprives the Seahawks of their best player. That’s 52 teammates. Carroll and his 24-man coaching staff. General manager John Schneider. Owner Paul Allen. All those other folks who work for the team, too.

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Los Angeles: First All-Female Potential Mosque In An Interfaith Center May Open Without Objection From CAIR

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Ignore the male relative behind the curtain.

Via JPost

Approximately 150 women gathered at an interfaith center in Los Angeles for what may be the first all-female Mosque in the United States on Friday afternoon.

Male imams traditionally lead prayers and Quran teachings but the Women’s Mosque of America, which claims to be the country’s first female-only mosque, aims to present an alternative by creating an all-female space for prayer, lead by a female imam.

Word of the event spread to Muslim women across the country through social media sites, such as Facebook and twitter, and leadership retreats. Some women from New Jersey and Nevada decided to travel and be a part of what they consider a historical event.[…]

“We just wanted to have a safe space where women could come and get inspired and hear from a female khatiba or someone who delivers the khutbah or the sermon and that’s an opportunity that we don’t get in other mosques. The speaker is always a male imam and not only that, it’s very hard to access the imam because of the way the mosques are structured architecturally. Sometimes the men and women are completely cut off from one another. This mosque gives us a chance to connect with our leaders and also with one another in a way that we wouldn’t in another environment,” said Maznavi.

The traditional Friday prayer, or jummah, is currently only scheduled to take place once a month but the founders of Women’s Mosque of America, as well as some attending worshipers, hope the prayers can be held every Friday.

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Breaking: Second Japanese Hostage Beheaded By ISIS

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Savages.

Via NBC:

The Islamist terror group ISIS claims it has beheaded a Japanese journalist, a week after beheading another Japanese hostage and demanding the release of a would-be suicide bomber.

A video released Saturday claimed that reporter Kenji Goto was executed after a Thursday deadline for Jordan to release prisoner Sajida al-Rishawi was not met. Although NBC News has not yet verified the video, it appears consistent with other ISIS hostage videos, according to analysts SITE Intelligence.

ISIS had threatened to execute reporter Kenji Goto and Jordanian pilot 1st Lt. Mu’ath al-Kasaesbeh if al-Rishawi was not freed within 24 hours. She was on death row in Jordan after her explosives failed to detonate during a 2005 attack on a hotel in the capital of Amman.

Jordan demanded proof of life of the two captives, while Japan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Yasuhide Nakayama told reporters Saturday that the situation was “a stalemate.”

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Biden: “Past Six Years Have Been Really Really Hard For This Country” WH: It’s Bush’s Fault!

Choom effect…

Via Daily Mail:

Vice President Joe Biden suggested Friday morning that the Obama years have not been a time of prosperity and ease, but ‘really, really hard for this country.’

But he still insisted that his boss, Presdient Barack Obama, has made the right economic decisions. And hours later the White House blamed problems Obama inherited from his predecessor for an incomplete economic recovery.

Biden’s odd juxtaposition – half blame, half credit – will lead to questions about whether he can create effective separation between himself and the president as he’s trying to build momentum for his own run at the top job.

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British Worker Being Tested For Ebola After Needle Accident

Suspected carrier of Ebola virus James Flomo sits in isolation with his children after his wife Lorpu Flomo died three days earlier in Monrovia

Via Reuters:

A British military healthcare worker was flown back to England from Sierra Leone on Saturday following a needle-stick injury sustained while treating a person with Ebola, the Public Health England (PHE) service said on Saturday.

The patient, who has not been named, has been taken for testing to the Royal Free Hospital in London.

“They are likely to have been exposed to the Ebola virus but, at this time, have not been diagnosed with Ebola and do not have symptoms,” PHE said in a statement.

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California Trying To Raise Minimum Smoking Age From 18 To 21

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I didn’t know smoking was legal in California still…

Via Tech Times:

California could become the state with the highest minimum smoking age in the U.S. if a bill proposed by state Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-Azusa) on Thursday would make it through the legislature.

In a statement released Friday, Hernandez pointed out that tobacco companies are aware that people tend to become addicted to smoking if they start the habit at young age. Senate Bill 151 proposes to increase the legal smoking age in California from 18 to 21 years old in a bid to curb tobacco smoking in children and young adults.

The American Lung Association in California says that nine in ten smokers take up the smoking habit by the time they reach 18 years old and 36,000 kids in the Golden State starts to smoke each year.

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Michelle Obama A Fan Of Chris Kyle And “American Sniper”

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No. 1 movie, that’s why she’s trying to get with what’s popular.

Via Boston Herald:

Speaking at an event to boost the image of veterans in entertainment, first lady Michelle Obama offered praise to the movie “American Sniper” for its depiction of military families and “the complex journeys that our men and women in uniform endure.”

Obama spoke to a Washington gathering on Friday organized by Got Your 6, a group that promotes accurate portrayals of veterans in entertainment. Bradley Cooper, who played Chris Kyle in “American Sniper,” was one of the panelists at the event.

“The No. 1 movie in America right now is a complex, emotional depiction of a veteran and his family,” the first lady said, adding that “while I know there have been critics, I felt that, more often than not, this film touches on many of the emotions and experiences that I’ve heard firsthand from military families over these past few years.”

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Judge: Funeral Home Had No Right To Sell The Casket Of Lee Harvey Oswald

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What a creepy funeral home!

Via Q13Fox:

A judge says a funeral home that sold the used pine casket of Lee Harvey Oswald for $87,468 must return it to the accused presidential assassin’s brother.

Robert Oswald bought the pine bluff casket for his brother. It was exhumed in 1981 amid conspiracy theories that it didn’t contain Lee Harvey Oswald’s body. After a Dallas hospital confirmed the body through dental records, it was reburied, but not in the original casket, which was too water-damaged.

Oswald’s family says it thought the original casket had been thrown away, but the funeral home actually kept it in storage before selling it at auction.

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African Union Agrees To Send 7500 Soldiers To Fight Boko Haram

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Finally, after years of terrorism, some action!

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — African leaders have agreed to send 7,500 troops to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria, an African Union official said Saturday.

The move came after the council urged heads of state to endorse the deployment of troops from five West African countries to fight the terror group, said the head of the African Union’s Peace and Security Council, Samil Chergui.

African leaders who are members of the 54-nation African Union are meeting in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa for a two-day summit that ends Saturday.

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon earlier said he support the AU’s move to send a force to fight Boko Haram. Boko Haram is increasing its attacks as Nigeria prepares for Feb. 14 elections. Thousands have been killed in the 5-year insurgency.

African nations have opened up a new international front in the war on terror. On Thursday, neighboring Chad sent a warplane and troops that drove the extremists out of a northeastern Nigeria border town in the first such act by foreign troops on Nigerian soil.

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Islamic State Seizes Oil Facility In Northern Iraq

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More money from oil to finance their reign of terror.

Via Reuters:

Jan 31 (Reuters) – Islamic State insurgents on Saturday seized a small crude oil station near the northern Iraqi city Kirkuk where 15 employees were working, and explosions in and around the capital Baghdad killed at least nine people.

Two officials from the state-run North Oil Co confirmed the militants seized a crude oil separation unit in Khabbaz and said 15 oil workers were missing after the company lost contact with them.

“We received a call from one of the workers saying dozens of Daesh fighters were surrounding the facility and asking workers to leave the premises. We lost contact and now the workers might be taken hostage,” an engineer from the North Oil Co told Reuters, using a derogatory acronym for Islamic State.

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Chad Drives Boko Haram Out Of Nigerian Town

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U.S. sends hashtags, Chad sends soldiers. Good show, Chad!

Via Al Jazeera Eng:

Chadian ground troops aided by a warplane have driven Boko Haram fighters from a Nigerian border town, witnesses have said.

Thursday’s fighting marked the first such action by foreign troops on Nigerian soil to fight the armed group.

Resident Abari Modu said he witnessed the Chadian offensive on Malam Fatori village in Nigeria’s Borno state.

“We saw the fighter jet when it started shelling and bombarding the insurgents who were lodging mostly inside the local government secretariat and the district head’s palace,” he told The Associated Press.

He said the bodies of many Boko Haram fighters were still in the town on Friday morning. He said the Chadian jet had pursued fleeing fighters to the border, and that the bombardment was coordinated with Chadian ground troops, offering the fighters no escape.

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Germany: No More Debt Relief For Greece

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The new far left Greek party doesn’t want ‘austerity measures’. Now watch them have no money at all…

Via BBC:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has ruled out cancelling any of Greece’s debt, saying banks and creditors have already made substantial cuts.

But Mrs Merkel told the Die Welt newspaper she still wanted Greece to stay in the eurozone.

Greece’s left-wing Syriza party won last weekend’s election with a pledge to have half the debt written off.

Its finance minister said the “troika” of global institutions overseeing Greek debt was a “rotten committee”.

The troika – the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund – had agreed a €240bn (£179bn; $270bn) bailout with the previous Greek government.

But new Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has refused to work with the troika to renegotiate the bailout terms and has already begun to roll back the austerity measures the creditors had demanded of the previous government.

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Very Disturbing: Hagel Admits He Was Pressured By The White House To Speed Up Gitmo Releases

HT: Twitchy

CA Residents Waiting Months For DMV Appointments Because Illegal Aliens Flooding The System

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As if DMV wasn’t screwed up enough already. Wait till the loss of jobs starts to hit, when it isn’t just applying for licenses that’s the problem…

Via CBS:

The Department of Motor Vehicles is so overwhelmed with requests for new driver’s licenses and vehicle registrations that it can take up to three months to get an appointment or a half-day wait in the lobby.
A DMV spokesman told KCAL9 Political Reporter Dave Bryan there has been a crush of applications for new licenses for undocumented immigrants, a program that began earlier this month. The spokesman said the DMV is working to address the problems, but some people are having to take a day off of work to handle a 15-minute transaction.

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Rand Paul Calls Hillary Clinton “Yesterday’s News”

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Age-ist.

Via Breitbart:

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton—a former U.S. Senator from New York, the former First Lady of the United States, and the Democrats’ likely frontrunner and nominee in 2016—is “yesterday’s news.”

Breitbart News asked Paul—flanked by the new addition to his campaign team, Texas GOP chairman Steve Munisteri—for his thoughts on Mitt Romney bowing out of the 2016 GOP presidential contest at the Friday evening press conference held at the Renaissance Hotel.

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Obama Administration Will Plan For Rising Seas And The Return Of Flying Unicorns In All Federal Projects

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Back to his hopey and changey campaign.

Via WAPO

President Obama issued an executive order Friday directing federal agencies to adopt stricter building and siting standards to reflect scientific projections that future flooding will be more frequent and intense due to climate change.

The order represents a major shift for the federal government: while the Federal Emergency Management Administration published a memo three years ago saying it would take global warming into account when preparing for more severe storms, most agencies continue to rely on historic data rather than future projections for building projects.

The new standard gives agencies three options for establishing the flood elevation and hazard area they use in siting, design and construction of federal projects. They can use data and methods “informed by best-available, actionable climate science”; build two feet above the 100-year flood elevation for standard projects and three feet above for critical buildings such as hospitals and evacuation centers; or build to the 500-year flood elevation.

The White House move comes just days after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a massive post-Sandy report examining flood risks for 31,200 miles of the North Atlantic coast. The research explicitly took sea level rise induced by climate change into account, and finds that “Flood risk is increasing for coastal populations and supporting infrastructure.”

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