Experts: ISIS Cyber-Attack Against America Unlikely

A member loyal to the ISIL waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa

Considering they can barely operate Twitter, I agree.

Via Time.com:

Experts say the Islamist militants’ social media savvy doesn’t translate into a real cybersecurity threat against the U.S.

In the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria’s (ISIS) drive to establish what it calls a new caliphate, the group has gathered between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters, partly thanks to its recruitment campaign over social media networks like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Widely disseminated video footage of executed American and British citizens have become ISIS’s tools for terror; the Internet is ISIS’s vehicle.

Keep reading…

Slate Writer Whines His iPhone 6 Plus Is Too Big For His Skinny Jeans

Talk about a first world problem…

Via Slate:

As I stood in line at my local AT&T store Friday morning, preparing to plunk down $399 on Apple’s next big thing, a fear crept into my thoughts: What if the iPhone 6 Plus is too big to fit into my pants pocket? Am I going to have to start carrying a purse?

This, of course, is not a novel problem. Half the smartphone-buying population has been grappling with it stoically for years, because the pockets on women’s clothing tend to be Lilliputian. Only with the growing popularity of “phablets” like the 6 Plus and the Samsung Galaxy Note, however, has the pocket-or-purse dilemma begun to affect men. Predictably, we’re freaking out.

Keep reading…

EDITORIAL:

Anyone who reads this blog or follows me on Twitter knows I’m a huge fan of Apple products I even wear the same shoes at Apple founder Steve Jobs because we share the exact same foot problem.

Yesterday, I bought an iPhone 6 Plus and not only do I not find it hard to fit in my hands, I also don’t have this pocket problem he has.

I exaggerated the phone above the pocket line so you can see it’s actually in there.  However, in my Levi 501 jeans, the phone fits perfectly below the pocket line.

So my suggestion to Mr Oremus is that he  wear jeans that are made for men.  I’d start with Dickies – work my way up to Levi’s.

IMG_0020

Feds Mum On Prosecutions Of Illegal Alien Border Crossers

HOLDER-ILLEGALS1

Nothing to see here, law enforcement says the program the feds are scaling back is “crucial to public safety”…

Via ABC:

The federal government refuses to say whether prosecutors in Yuma, Arizona, have scaled back a years-old program that guarantees jail time for most immigrants caught crossing the border illegally and which law enforcement officials say is crucial to public safety.

Reports that federal prosecutors have stopped some prosecutions under Operation Streamline surfaced nearly two weeks ago when Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder seeking information on the status of the zero-tolerance program that circumvents the civil immigration system and lumps together months’ worth of criminal proceedings into one day for immigrants caught crossing the border illegally.

Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot said in a letter to the senators that he had been informed that federal prosecutors in Yuma are no longer going after first offenders.

But the government has been completely silent on the issue. Public affairs officials from the Department of Homeland Security, Justice Department and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection have all refused to answer questions about whether the program has been scaled back.

Brett Worsencroft, president of the Border Patrol union for Yuma Sector border agents, said the U.S. Attorney’s Office has in fact ended prosecutions of first-time offenders.

“Operation Streamline is like one of the last strongholds we have as a deterrent. Our manpower is dwindling on a daily basis,” Worsencroft said. “The fence can only do so much.”

Worsencroft said the program was a large factor in the steep decline in border-crossers in Yuma because it sent a message that even first-time offenders would serve jail time and because it allowed agents to focus their attention on drug smugglers and other dangerous criminals.

Getting rid of prosecutions for first-time offenders is a “free ticket into the U.S.” for those who cross the border without legal status, he said.

Keep reading…

Satanists To Hand Out Literature To Public School Kids In Florida

satanic

Via The Blaze:

Satanists have announced that they will be joining a national atheist group in handing out controversial literature to public school students in Orange County, Florida.

Among the materials reportedly planned for this school year are a Satanic-themed coloring book, “pamphlets related to the Temple’s tenets, philosophy and practice of Satanism, as well as information about the legal right to practice Satanism in school,” according to a press release from The Satanic Temple.

While both the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a secular activist group, and The Satanic Temple, a New York City-based organization that “facilitates the communication and mobilization of politically aware Satanists,” disagree with the decision to allow religious materials, both plan to combat Bible dissemination by giving out their own ideological literature at public schools in Orange County.

Keep reading…

Breaking: Man Jumps Fence At White House… Update: Made It Thru North Portico Doors Of White House Update: Suspect Identified, Made It Inside White House

This happened last week too. This time, we have video. This guy gets pretty far, some security there…


(hint: not an automatic rifle, Buzzfeed)

Update:

Unbelievable…

Update:

The Secret Service identified the man as Omar J. Gonzalez, 42,, of Copperas Cove, Texas. He was charged with unlawful entry into the White House complex and transported to a nearby hospital complaining of chest pain. Attempts to reach Gonzalez or his relatives by phone were unsuccessful.

Associated Press

‘Interceptor’ Cellphone Towers Discovered Near White House And Senate

cell-towers_dc

How does the government not know what these are and who is behind them? Oh, that’s right, Obama regime, porous security where it matters…

Via Washington Times:

Mysterious “interceptor” cellphone towers that can listen in someone’s phone call despite not being part of any phone networks have turned up near the White House and Senate.

A company that specializes in selling secure mobile phones discovered the existence of several of the towers in and around the nation’s capitol.

“It’s highly unlikely that federal law enforcement would be using mobile interceptors near the Senate,” ESD America CEO Les Goldsmith told the technology website Venture Beat on Thursday.

The towers are also capable of loading spyware onto a mobile device before passing off a victim’s call to a legitimate network.

“My suspicion is that it is a foreign entity,” he told Venture Beat.

Keep reading…

Eight People Killed In Attack On Ebola Education Team In Guinea

ebola-guinea.si_-690x330

Into this cauldron in Africa, we are sending our soldiers.

(Reuters) – Eight bodies, including those of three journalists, were found after an attack on a team trying to educate locals on the risks of the Ebola virus in a remote area of southeastern Guinea, a government spokesman said on Thursday.

“The eight bodies were found in the village latrine. Three of them had their throats slit,” Damantang Albert Camara told Reuters by telephone in Conakry.

However, Guinea’s Prime Minister Mohamed Saïd Fofana, speaking in a television message that had been recorded earlier, said 7 bodies of 9 missing people had been found.

He said six people have been arrested following the incident, which took place on Tuesday in Wome, a village close to the town of Nzerekore, in Guinea’s southeast, where Ebola was first identified in March.

Keep reading…

Cincinnati Robbery Victim Defends Himself, Two Suspects End Up In Local Hospital

Robbers picked a 60 year old off duty security guard.

Via Cincinnati Enquirer

A 60-year-old robbery victim fought back by firing several gunshots at a suspect late Tuesday, Cincinnati police said.

The victim told police a man who appeared to be in his late teens ran up behind him on Epworth Avenue in Westwood about 11:15 p.m., pointed a gun at him and demanded his wallet, said Lt. Tim Brown, the night chief.

Once the wallet was turned over, the victim – who has a license to carry a concealed weapon – pulled out his own gun and the two men faced off, Brown said.

The victim fired his gun when the suspect refused to put his gun down.

The suspect took off, jumping into a car and driving away.

It was not clear if he was injured, Brown said, but police are now investigating if two people who turned up at hospitals with gunshot wounds overnight are connected.

A 17-year-old arrived at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center about midnight with a gunshot wound to his left thigh.

He told authorities he walked there from Walnut Hills after he was shot while playing basketball at Frederick Douglass Elementary School.

Also, an 18-year-old woman was treated for a gunshot wound to the right side of her head that did not penetrate her skull.

She told police she was walking down Harrison Avenue at McHenry Avenue in Westwood about 11:15 p.m. when she realized she had been shot, Brown said.

Both shooting victims are expected to recover. Neither are cooperating with police, Brown said.

HT Guns

Breaking: Police May Be Outside Hideout Of PA Shooter Suspect Eric Frein, Gunfire Heard

1411176628480_wps_1_NEW_PICS_PA_State_Police_

Via Daily Mail:

Eric Frein, one of the FBI’s most wanted and the man authorities say killed a Pennsylvania state trooper last week, may soon be apprehended.
Today, authorities in Pennsylvania believe Frein is hiding in the forests near his hometown of Canadensis and the state police barracks in Blooming Grove where authorities say he killed Cpl. Byron Dickson and wounded Trooper Alex Douglass.

An official told CNN police are presently outside Frein’s alleged hideout and there has been gunfire.

CNN reported the person got inside the home through forced entry.

The home is reportedly in Barret Township, according to WBRETV reporter Andy Mehalshick.
Police have said Frein nurses an unspecified grudge against law enforcement and government. Authorities say they consider it unlikely he will target the public.

Keep reading…

The FBI most wanted release notes:

‘Frein is known to be a heavy smoker, a weapons enthusiast, and a survivalist. He claims to have fought with Serbians in Africa, and he has studied Russian and Serbian languages. He may have shaved his head on both sides and have long hair on top.’

Police have phrased it as he might be living out his ‘Cold War’ reenactment.

In checking out his MySpace account we noted that he referenced Che Guevara and the 13th Guards, a Soviet rifle division. He has a picture standing in front of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Belgrade as his profile pic as well as a connection to the Radovan Karadzic, the “Butcher of Bosnia”.

He also belonged to a group called Istocni Vuk, or “Eastern Wolves”, who played Serbian military reenactors. Multiple pictures can be seen here. He appears to be the person in charge of that account, as the account holder references a picture of Frein, and says “Out of breath, I have a smoke”.

Family Of Benghazi Victim Sues CIA And State Department

benghazi-slain-contractorjpeg-00c9c_c0-273-4196-2718_s561x327

Ohh, depose Hillary…

Via Washington Times:

The family of Glen Doherty, the former Navy SEAL killed in the 2012 Benghazi terror attack, has filed a $2 million claim against the CIA and the State Department.

Barbara Doherty, the CIA contractor and former SEAL’s mother, filed a claim last week with the two government agencies for $1 million each. The family does not believe there was adequate security at the U.S. diplomatic outpost and a CIA annex when they were attacked Sept. 11, 2012.

Dean Boyd, a spokesman for the CIA, said the agency would have no comment on the potential litigation, the Associated Press reported Friday. The State Department also declined to provide comment to the wire service.

Keep reading…

British And American Hostages Were Tortured, Made To Fight Each Other For Amusement Of ISIS

1411158622576_wps_2_EXCLUSIVE_PRINT_BEFORE_WE

Above is a picture of hostage John Cantlie with Prince Harry and Prince William. He was the photographer on a motorcycle trip with the two princes. Reports are that he would not have voluntarily made the statements that he did on the recent video.

Via Daily Mail:

The Mail can today reveal that the Briton John Cantlie and his fellow hostages have been put through ‘a living hell’, according to security sources with intimate knowledge of their ordeal, and have even been forced to fight with each other for the entertainment of the jihadis.

In interviews with security sources and other former hostages, our investigation provides the first detailed account of what happened to Cantlie and the other men. It makes for gruesome reading.

After Cantlie and Foley were seized near the border, they were moved from prison to prison by the hostage takers before being passed to IS. The torture began almost immediately, overseen by British jihadists who became known by the hostages as ‘The Beatles’.

Both Cantlie and Foley were ‘water boarded’ – an interrogation technique that simulates drowning, in which the victim is strapped down with their mouth and nose covered with cloth, before large quantities of water are poured over their faces. They were also electrocuted and shot with Tasers, stun-guns which cause temporary paralysis, after being dragged from their cells to be ‘punished’ for any behaviour their captors deemed a breach of their rules.

Keep reading…

Dead Broke Hillary Slams Congress For Being Out Of Touch With The Common Folk

Hillary dead broke

Hillary and Bill had to scrimp and save to buy a starter home after Bill left office.

Via NY Daily News

Sounding like a presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton picked on an easy target Thursday, slamming Congress as “an evidence-free zone” where the reality of Americans’ lives “is so far from the minds of too many.”

Speaking at a panel on women’s issues at the liberal Center for American Progress, Clinton said efforts to raise the minimum wage, provide affordable child care and ensure women receive equal pay for equal work have been blocked by lawmakers’ disconnected from citizen’s daily struggle.

Those issues are “roiling beneath the surface of the political debates” she said, and need to prominent in future elections.[...]

Clinton didn’t mention it, but her remarks came a day after a special House panel formed to investigate Sep. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi held its first hearing.

Keep reading

Russian Nuclear Bombers Buzz Alaska And Northern Europe

US Navy Russian Bombers

Meanwhile, our defenses being ‘degraded’, with military even being sent off to fight Ebola...

Via WFB:

Russian strategic nuclear bombers carried out air defense zone incursions near Alaska and across Northern Europe this week in the latest nuclear saber rattling by Moscow.

Six Russian aircraft, including two Bear H nuclear bombers, two MiG-31 fighter jets and two IL-78 refueling tankers were intercepted by F-22 fighters on Wednesday west and north of Alaska in air defense identification zones, said Navy Capt. Jeff A. Davis, a spokesman for the U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command. Two other Bears were intercepted by Canadian jets on Thursday.

“The group of Russian aircraft flew a loop south, returning westward toward Russia,” Davis told the Free Beacon.

A day later two more Bear bombers were intercepted by Canadian CF-18 jets in the western area of the Canadian air defense identification zone near the Beaufort Sea, north of Alaska, he said.

Keep reading…

Good News: North Korea Now Has The “World’s Most Advantageous Human Rights System” Says . . . North Korea…

The North Koreans eating tree bark soup beg to differ.

Via WaPo:

When a bombshell United Nations report on North Korean human rights abuses came out in February and concluded that the country was committing human rights violations “without any parallel in the contemporary world,” Pyongyang’s initial reaction was anger.

First, one North Korean spokesperson said that the United States and its allies were running a “human rights racket.” Then, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) published a commentary questioning how a gay man could lead an investigation into human rights. To top it all off, North Korea then published its own investigation into the United States’ human rights violations. It concluded: “The U.S. is a living hell.”

Now, North Korea has decided to take a different tact. This week, North Korea’s Association for Human Rights Studies published a lengthy report that looked at the country’s human rights situation. In a remarkable act of openness, the entire document (53,558 words including appendix) has been published, in English, on the KCNA Web site.

It’s a grueling read. The report opens by explaining the geography and history of Korea. It goes on to try to define the very notion of human rights, while also explaining that state sovereignty is a form of human rights (something the report says Koreans learned while under Japanese rule, living a “miserable life worse than a dog of a family having funeral”). [...]

The report argues that North Koreans really do enjoy “genuine human rights,” and lays the blame for international condemnation at the door of the United States, the European Union, Japan and South Korea. A statement that accompanied the release of the report said that North Korean citizens “feel proud of the world’s most advantageous human rights system.”

New Poll Finds Support For Redskins Name Across The Board: Majority of Republicans, Dems, Women, Men, Blacks, Don’t Want Name Changed…

But racism, or something.

Via Washington Examiner:

Virginia, home to several active Native American tribes from the confederacy once ruled by Pocahontas’ father, overwhelmingly supports the Washington Redskins keeping its name, according to a new poll.

The support is also bipartisan, and has the strong backing among African-Americans and women.

Overall, 71 percent of voters support keeping the name, while 21 percent want it changed, according the poll released Friday by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University. What’s more, 68 percent said the name Redskins is not offensive to Native Americans, while 23 percent said it is.

Liberals in Congress, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, have challenged the name, calling it racist. Some are even considering punishing the NFL if team owner Daniel Snyder doesn’t drop it. [...]

“It’s hard to find 71 percent of Virginia voters agreeing on anything,” said Quentin Kidd, director of the Wason Center for Public Policy. “But support for the Redskins’ name clearly draws together people of different political stripes who would otherwise be at crossed swords, like it draws together members of the general assembly from different parties.”

Other results:

— Support among political factions: Republicans 72 percent, Democrats 69 percent, independents 68 percent.

— 60 percent of African-Americans said the name is not offensive.

Keep reading…

U.S. Troops Arrive In Liberia To Start Anti-Ebola Mission

1410839586168_wps_17_epa04392869_Liberians_loo

Where’s the Congressional approval for putting our military in harms way?

Via Washington Examiner:

U.S. troops will arrive in Liberia’s capital this weekend to set up a headquarters and begin evaluating where to build treatment centers to help fight the deadly Ebola virus, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said Friday.

Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams, U.S. Army commander in Africa, arrived Wednesday in Monrovia to lead the six-month effort, Kirby said. President Obama has pledged 3,000 U.S. troops to help west Africans fight the virus and the Pentagon has asked Congress to shift $1 billion in funding from the Army’s budget to pay for it.

The White House has said the troops will set up 17 treatment centers around Liberia and help train African health workers to fight the disease. They will not treat patients directly, Kirby told reporters Friday.

“There’s no intention right now that they will be interacting with patients,” he said.

Kirby said troops dispatched to Liberia will have the training and safety equipment they need to protect themselves from the disease, which has a fatality rate of about 50 percent, according to the World Health Organization. Ebola can be transmitted only through direct human contact.

“We’re clear-eyed about the risk that we’re incurring,” he said. “We get paid to deal in risk and to manage that and to mitigate it as best as we can.”

If any U.S. troops contract the virus, “we’ll do everything we can to take care of them,” Kirby said.

Pelosi: Chicago Jesus Saved America From George Bush…

Our Savior!

Via CNS News:

At the Americans United rally “Hands Off Social Security & Medicare” at the Capitol on Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) blamed Republicans for the economic recession of 2007-09, saying their “lack of regulation and supervision took our country to the brink, and so when President Obama won the election, he took us out of that brink.”

“I know you’ve heard from many members of the House and Senate about the importance of the three pillars of security for America’s seniors: about Social Security, about Medicare and about Medicaid,” she said. “And I’m here to add my support to strengthening, not weakening those pillars. But I want to just take a different tack for a moment.”

Pelosi went on to recount the day that the Secretary of the Treasury and the Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke, came to her office to discuss how financial institutions were in jeopardy and there was a meltdown in the economy.

CIA Stands Down On Spying In Europe

cia

Shifting resources to domestic spying.

Via WTOP

The CIA has curbed spying on friendly governments in Western Europe in response to the furor over a German caught selling secrets to the United States and the Edward Snowden revelations of classified information held by the National Security Agency, according to current and former U.S. officials.

The pause in decades of espionage, which remains partially in effect, was designed to give CIA officers time to examine whether they were being careful enough and to evaluate whether spying on allies is worth running the risk of discovery, said a U.S. official who has been briefed on the situation.

Under the stand-down order, case officers in Europe largely have been forbidden from undertaking “unilateral operations” such as meeting with sources they have recruited within allied governments. Such clandestine meetings are the bedrock of spying.

CIA officers are still allowed to meet with their counterparts in the host country’s intelligence service, conduct joint operations with host country services and conduct operations with the approval of the host government. Recently, unilateral operations targeting third country nationals_Russians in France, for example_were restarted. But most meetings with sources who are host nationals remain on hold, as do new recruitments.

The CIA declined to comment.

James Clapper, the U.S. director of national intelligence, said during a public event Thursday that the U.S. is assuming more risk because it has stopped spying on “specific targets,” though he didn’t spell out details.

Spying stand-downs are common after an operation is compromised, but “never this long or this deep,” said a former CIA official, who, like others interviewed for this story, spoke on condition of anonymity because it’s illegal to discuss classified material or activities. The pause, which has been in effect for about two months, was ordered by senior CIA officials through secret cables.

Keep reading

Ferguson Demonstrators Threaten To Shut Down St. Louis Rams Game Unless Darren Wilson Is Arrested

article-2762605-208B507400000578-961_634x390

Update to this story. Due Process, a thing of the past, in Obama’s America…

Via Daily Mail:

The search for justice in Ferguson has spilled onto the football field as protestors say they plan to get into Edward Jones Dome and stop this weekend’s St. Louis Rams game.

The threat was first revealed at a St. Louis County Council meeting Tuesday night.

‘It’s not going to be a fun day Sunday at your beautiful Rams game,’ one protestor reportedly shouted.

Keep reading…

9 Polls From This Week That Have Republicans Excited

Harry Reid

I await the royal hissy fit that Harry Reid will throw when the denoument comes…

Via Washington Examiner:

The 2014 November midterm elections are nearly here, and Democratic and Republican candidates across the country are bracing for the inevitable conclusion to months of campaigning.

But even as certain forecast models downgrade the GOP’s chances for taking Congress’ upper chamber, several recent polls signal that Republicans will indeed walk away from November with many victories and perhaps a Senate majority.

Here are the top nine polls from this week that hint at good news for the GOP:

Colorado:

In a Quinnipiac survey released Thursday, Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., holds a 48 percent to 40 percent lead over Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, a figure that likely has Democratic strategists scrambling.

“It’s a tight race, was always going to be that way. Internals have been steady, no wild swings like you see in the news,” Udall’s campaign manager, Adam Dunstone, tweeted. “Lots of noise this week, but all internals since March have Udall leading, with last two 47/42 & 48/42. Onward!”

The same poll showed former Rep. Bob Beauprez, R-Colo., on pace to defeat Colorado’s Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, up by a full 10 points.

Keep reading…