Still plenty of time for either party to royally screw something up and alter everything…
Via Washington Post:
All three major election forecasting models saw an uptick in the likelihood of Republicans winning the six seats they need to retake the Senate majority over the past week, movement largely due to the party’s strengthened chances in Alaska, Colorado and Iowa.
The most bullish model for Republicans is Washington Post’s Election Lab, which, as of Monday morning, gives the GOP a 76 percent chance of winning the majority. Leo, the New York Times model, pegs it at 67 percent while FiveThirtyEight shows Republicans with a 60 percent probability. A week ago, Election Lab gave Republicans a 65 percent chance of winning the majority, Leo put it a 55 percent and FiveThirtyEight had it just under 55 percent.
All three models give Republicans very strong odds of winning the open seats in Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia as well as beating Sens. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Mary Landrieu (D-La.). That would net Republicans five seats, one short of the number they need for the majority.
Even though he clearly did.
Via The Hill:
President Obama wasn’t passing the buck by saying intelligence officials underestimated the threat from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the White House said Monday.
Press secretary Josh Earnest said officials were aware of the threat posed by ISIS, but misjudged the will of the Iraqi military to fight back and how successful the terror group would be at capturing territory. He said “everybody” — from the intelligence community to the White House — made the same mistake, but that Obama was ultimately responsible.
“The president’s commander in chief and he’s the one who takes responsibility for ensuring that we have the kinds of policies in place that are required to protect our interests around the globe,” Earnest said.
Reporters grilled Earnest about Obama’s remarks Sunday on “60 Minutes,” where he at one point said Jim Clapper, the director of national intelligence, has acknowledged misreading “what had been taking place in Syria” with regards to ISIS.
The remark has created a firestorm, with Republicans and some former intelligence officials arguing the president was trying to shirk responsibility.
Earnest insisted that was “not what the president’s intent was,” adding that the comment was meant as a general reflection on the difficulty of assessing the security situation in the region. He also said the president remained “absolutely” confident in the intelligence community.
Somewhere, George W. Bush is laughing…
Via Hot Air:
Looks like “they” at the Obama White House underestimated George W. Bush as a strategist, along with ISIS as a threat and Iraq as a “strong, stable ally.” They aren’t done with underestimating Bush, as White House national-security adviser Tony Blinken demonstrated in appearance yesterday on CNN’s State of the Union. After insisting that Barack Obama wasn’t walking into al-Qaeda’s trap by sending in an occupying force to fight ISIS, Crowley pointed out that Obama had adopted the Bush-era strategy of forward action against terrorism.
CANDY CROWLEY: And does it — moving to the region now and what’s going on there, airstrikes now along the Turkish/Syrian border, it does seem that, very often, when any kind of Western power, particularly in the Middle East, takes on some kind of military operation, that it creates enemies, as well as destroys other enemies.
And isn’t that what — what those bulletins are about, is, are we making things more dangerous on the streets by doing this or safer?
TONY BLINKEN: Candy, we have to get ahead of this problem.
ISIL presents an immediate threat to people in the region, including to Americans in the region. And it’s been very clear that, over time, if it’s left unchecked, it will present a threat here at home and to our partners in Europe. So we need to get ahead of it. An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.
So most of those videos showing ISIS buildings being leveled are just empty structures.
Gaziantep, Turkey (CNN) — The United States may be touting its strikes on ISIS targets in Syria, but one of the terror group’s fighters says the hits are trivial at best.
In an exclusive interview with CNN, a Syrian ISIS fighter using the pseudonym Abu Talha said the militant group has been preparing for such attacks.
“We’ve been ready for this for some time,” Abu Talha said. “We know that our bases are known because they’re tracking us with radars and satellites, so we had backup locations.”
He taunted the U.S.-led coalition that has been pummeling ISIS targets in Syria over the past week, including attacks on mobile oil refineries and vehicles.
“We have revenues other than oil. We have other avenues, and our finances are not going to stop just because of oil losses,” the 28-year-old militant said.
“They thought they knew everything. But thank God, they don’t know anything. And God willing, we will defeat the infidels.”
Abu Talha said he was among the ISIS fighters who took over Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, in June.
Hold on to your seats my friends, this shocking news will blow you away. Donna Brazile has no idea what she’s talking about.
HONG KONG — Thousands of pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong have, perhaps unwittingly, united themselves with another protest movement some 8,000 miles away. Activists demanding free elections for the semi-autonomous territory have been holding their hands up in the air in a symbol of non-violent protest, a gesture many in the US recognize from recent protests in Ferguson, Missouri after an unarmed 18-year-old was shot to death by police.
Most Hong Kong protesters aren’t purposefully mimicking “hands up, don’t shoot,”as some have suggested. Instead, the gesture is a result of training and instructions from protest leaders, who have told demonstrators to raise their hands with palms forward to signal their peaceful intentions to police.
Asked about any link between the gesture and Ferguson, Icy Ng, a 22-year-old design student at Hong Kong Polytechnic University said, “I don’t think so. We have our hands up for showing both the police and media that we have no weapons in our hands.” Ng had not heard of the Ferguson protests. Another demonstrator, with the pro-democracy group Occupy Central, Ellie Ng said the gesture had nothing to do with Ferguson and is intended to demonstrate that “Hong Kong protesters are peaceful, unarmed, and mild.” (A more important symbol for the movement may be the umbrella, which protesters have been using to protect themselves against pepper spray and tear gas.)
Going by their over-the-top emails you’d think the GOP was crushing the Dems in fundraising… and you’d be dead wrong.
A few more shrieking donation pitches over the last few days:
Update: Dems are raking in campaign cash and yet they still send these shameless and dishonest emails.
With Issa stepping down after the 2014 midterms, Jordan wants the spot.
Via Daily Caller:
Republican Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan has started campaigning to replace Rep. Darrell Issa as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, The Daily Caller has learned.
Jordan is talking to key leaders in the Republican conference about his bid to take over for Issa, who is stepping down from the chairmanship after the 2014 midterms. Insiders currently describe the race as being wide open.
The chairmanship election will be held after the 2014 midterms in the Republican Steering Committee, which gives the speaker of the House (currently John Boehner, who said that he will run for another term after November) five votes and allocates most of the voting power to Republican House leadership, including Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy.
While The Hill recently focused on the race between Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz and Ohio Rep. Mike Turner, both of whom are reportedly trying to portray themselves as being unlike no-nonsense scandal investigator Issa, Jordan is quietly leveraging the goodwill he has earned as the chairman of Oversight’.
These idiots love signing their own death warrants…
Via Washington Free Beacon:
JERUSALEM—Barely a month after the end of a bloody confrontation with Israel in Gaza, which was touched off by the kidnapping of three Israeli youths, Hamas officials this week called for further abductions in order to leverage prisoner exchanges with Israel.
The officials said they were seeking to repeat the successful abduction of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in 2006, which led five years later to the release by Israel of 1,027 prisoners.
“We strive for an abduction operation that would make a second Shalit possible,” said Hamas spokesman Mushir al-Masri in an interview with Palestinian media. “Over 1,000 of our Palestinian brothers who were incarcerated in the Zionist occupation’s prisons were released as part of that deal. Only through similar operations can we hope to facilitate the release of more prisoners.”
His sentiment received backing from the senior Hamas political figure in Gaza, Ismail Haniya, although in a somewhat less pointed manner. “The Hamas leadership is debating ways to secure the release of prisoners from the Israeli occupation’s prisons,” he said. “We would welcome any action that would bring about the prisoners release. They symbolize the just Palestinian struggle.”
Community Communist Organization of the Year” award… fixed that for you, CAIR.
I can’t be the only one who hopes the Pinkos wore their “vagina” costumes when accepting CAIR’s award.
And members of Congress wonder why they are detested.
Via Washington Times:
Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, said Monday that he doesn’t believe lawmakers should cut their six-week break short to vote on authorizing military strikes in Syria.
“I think that the fact is that this matter will be considered in the lame-duck. Whether it will be passed in the lame-duck, I don’t know,” Mr. Hoyer said at a National Press Club event in D.C. “I do not believe it’s necessary nor do I think it’ll happen that we’ll come back before the lame duck, but it is my expectation we will start debate give the circumstances that exist today. [...]
Many lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have said lawmakers need to return before then to vote to give the president authorization to strike the Islamic State in Syria. Speaker John A. Boehner said Sunday that he would consider bringing lawmakers back to D.C. early if President Obama asked him to.
Kids say the darndest things.
Via Daily Telegraph:
HE is the baby-faced weapon of the religiously driven, democracy-hating men striving for a Muslim caliphate built on sharia law.
All of nine years old, he stands at the front of a gathering in Sydney reciting passages from the Koran and lecturing followers on the importance of sacrifice in Islam.
The little boy, who according to his father’s social media profile enjoys trips to McDonald’s and dinosaur exhibitions when he’s not giving sermons, heaps praise on “martyrs” and “mujahideen” engaged in bloody jihads throughout the Middle East.
In a video posted by his father, the youngster delivers a chilling speech to a crowd of his “brothers and sisters” in which he calls for the restoration of Islamic authority around the world.
“The mujaheens in Syria and Afghanistan and in Palestine and all around the Muslim lands who know that only Islam can bring mercy to mankind,” he preaches in an Australian accent.
“Let us take this opportunity, in this month (Ramadan) … by sacrificing everything for the sake of Allah.”
If only the bitter clingers were smart enough to know how they should feel.
Steve Kroft: You think you can convince people that they’re doing fine, economically?
President Obama: Hopefully, they get a chance to hear the argument, because all I’m doing is presenting the facts.
HT: Free Beacon
Same Qatar who claims to be our “ally.”
Via Daily Mail:
The Islamic State’s ‘emir of suicide bombers’ raised a staggering $2 million for ‘military operations’ from a mystery Qatari donor, U.S. officials have said.
Tunisian-born Tariq bin al-Tahar al-Harzi, 32, one of the terror group’s most senior commanders, allegedly arranged to receive the funds from a Gulf-based ‘financial facilitator’.
The unnamed donor told him the cash must be used for ‘military operations’ and also enlisted the terrorist’s help with ‘fundraising efforts in Qatar’, according to the U.S. Treasury.
The revelations have sparked calls for the Gulf state, the richest per capita in the world, to prevent its citizens from aiding the flow of funds to Syria-based terror groups, such as ISIS.
The lobotmized Obamabots probably believe this, everyone else, not so much.
Steve Kroft: You know, you’ve said no American boots on the ground. No combat troops on the ground. We’ve got 1,600 troops there.
President Obama: We do.
Steve Kroft: Some of them are going to be out, embedded with Iraqi units.
President Obama: Well, they’re in harm’s way in the sense that any time they’re in war, it’s dangerous. So I don’t want to downplay the fact that they’re in a war environment and there are hostile forces on the other side. But…
Steve Kroft: And they participated in combat operations.
President Obama: Well, there’s a difference between them advising and assisting Iraqis who are fighting versus a situation in which we got our Marines and our soldiers out there taking shots and shooting back.
Which led to Democrats loudly booing during the 2012 DNC when the Jerusalem language was reinstated.
Via Weekly Standard:
On Friday Colin Kahl was named Vice President Joe Biden’s national security adviser and deputy assistant to the president. Kahl previously served in the Obama administration as deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Middle East between 2009-2011, but is probably best known for his work outside of government—in particular, for advocating containment of a nuclear Iran, and for his part in trying to remove the recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel from the 2012 Democratic platform. [...]
Meanwhile, Kahl was helping out in the drafting of parts of the 2012 Democratic party platform. As Josh Rogin and Ben Smith reported at the time, Kahl and Congressman Robert Wexler were responsible for altering the platform so that it omitted mention of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, which represented a change in longstanding party policy. As one source told Rogin at the time: “Colin Kahl and Bob Wexler bear personal responsibility for the platform debacle and the embarrassment caused to the president and the party. … They led a secretive, exclusionary process, rather than an inclusive one, recklessly threw out the longstanding platform language, and then attempted to cover their tracks by misleading stakeholders about what they had done and with whom they had consulted.” Under pressure, the president had to overrule Kahl and put Jerusalem back in. But Democrats still paid a political price.
Shocking no one, Obama’s airstrikes have failed to dent ISIS’ war machine.
Via Daily Mail:
Fierce fighting has been reported on the outskirts of Baghdad where ISIS militants are attempting to seize control of the Iraqi capital – despite ongoing Western airstrikes against the terror group.
The fighting is taking place just one mile to the west of the city, with government forces desperately trying to hold off the militants, who allegedly killed up to 1,000 soldiers during clashes yesterday.
ISIS have held a number of towns and villages close to the Iraqi capital since earlier in the year, when government troops melted away following a lightning advance in the west of the country – enabling the terrorist group to seize further swaths of territory for their so-called caliphate.
Reports that ISIS militants are now just one mile from Baghdad came from the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East – an organisation supporting the work of Canon Andrew White, vicar of the city’s St George’s Church, the only Anglican church in Iraq.
In a message posted on Facebook, the group said: ‘The Islamic State are now less than 2km away from entering Baghdad. They said it could never happen and now it almost has.