FRIDAY OPEN THREAD…

Get ready for the weekly Obama regime Friday afternoon news dump.

And now this important message from Ferguson protest leader, Derby McKesson:

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Midday bump: Lib rag Salon wants everyone to know it’s okay to be on welfare and carry a Coach bag.

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Report: Al Sharpton Still Owes More Than $900K From His 2004 Presidential Campaign…

“Al Sharpton owes almost a million from 2004? I’m shocked, he seems like such a straight shooter.” . . . said nobody.

Via Washington Examiner:

An explosive new report about “deadbeat politicos” revealed Friday that civil rights activist and MSNBC celebrity the Rev. Al Sharpton owes the federal government tens of thousands of dollars in fines and $880,000 in debt from his ill-fated 2004 presidential campaign.

And that’s on top of the $4.5 million Sharpton owes in back taxes.

In a report that revealed long-term unpaid debts by notable presidential candidates including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain, the Center for Public Integrity also found that most political debtors aren’t really on the hook to pay their bills because of the way the campaign finance system works.

In focus at the top of the report titled “Deadbeat politicos outrun federal enforcers,” was Sharpton, who the Center noted uses his show, “PolticsNation,” as “a de facto soapbox for his liberal political views,” including defending the IRS against Tea Party criticism.

It found that Sharpton still owes the Treasury $19,500, “after being caught accepting illegal campaign contributions, according to federal records. It also owes the Federal Election Commission several thousand dollars in unpaid fines, even after paying off a separate $208,000 penalty in 2009 for several campaign violations.

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Obama: “I Used To Be Youthful And Attractive”…

Via The Hill:

President Obama says he “used to be youthful and attractive,” before he landed in the White House.

In a speech before a meeting of House Democrats in Philadelphia on Thursday, Obama threw out zingers left and right.
While thanking Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (N.M), Obama said the new Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman should “not feel overly disappointed when his hair gets grey, because in this job, it will.”

“I used to be youthful…” Obama declared with a grin, before pausing for a moment to add, “and attractive like him.”

“We’ll see how long that lasts, brother,” Obama said to laughs.

Biden Forgets Who’s President: “Past Six Years Have Been Really, Really Hard For This Country”…

We noticed.

HT: Weekly Standard

Iran To Hold Holocaust Denial Cartoon Contest In Response To Charlie Hebdo Mohammed Cartoons…

Via Tehran Times:

Iran’s House of Cartoon and the Sarcheshmeh Cultural Complex plan to hold another international contest on the theme of Holocaust denial in the near future.

The 2nd International Holocaust Cartoons Contest has been organized in protest against French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo’s recent publication of the cartoons insulting Prophet Muhammad (S), the secretary of the contest, Masud Shojaei-Tabatabaii, said in a press conference on Saturday.

Shojaei-Tabatabaii, who is also the director of Iran’s House of Cartoon, added that world cartoonists are asked to submit their works before the first day of April.

The first place winners will receive a cash prize of $12,000, the second place will have $8000 and the third $5000.

HT: BCF

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Calls For “Uncompromising Jihad” Just Days After Leaders Meet With U.S. State Department…

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Update to this story.

Via Free Beacon:

The Muslim Brotherhood called for “a long, uncompromising jihad” in Egypt just days after a delegation of the Islamist group’s key leaders and allies met with the State Department, according to an official statement released this week.

Just days after a delegation that included two top Brotherhood leaders was hosted at the State Department, the organization released an official statement calling on its supporters to “prepare” for jihad, according to an independent translation of the statement first posted on Tuesday.

The statement also was issued just two days before a major terror attack Thursday in Egypt’s lawless Sinai region that killed at least 25.

“It is incumbent upon everyone to be aware that we are in the process of a new phase, where we summon what is latent in our strength, where we recall the meanings of jihad and prepare ourselves, our wives, our sons, our daughters, and whoever marched on our path to a long, uncompromising jihad, and during this stage we ask for martyrdom,” it states.

Preparation for jihad is a key theme of the Brotherhood’s latest call for jihad.

An image posted with the statement shows two crossing swords and the word “prepare!” between them. Below the swords it reads, “the voice of truth, strength, and freedom.” According to the statement, “that is the motto of the Dawa of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

The statement also invokes the well-known Muslim cleric Imam al-Bana, who founded the Brotherhood and has called for the death of Jews.

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Report: Romney Will Tell Top Donors Today He’s Going To Run In 2016 – UPDATE: Romney NOT RUNNING For President!…

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Wonderful.

Mitt Romney Is Running for President – Daily Beast

Mitt Romney will call senior donors at 11am EST Friday to give them “an update” on his campaign plans. Sources have told the Daily Beast that the former Massachusetts governor will announce his intention to explore another run for the White House. Romney secured the Republican nomination in 2012 but he was comfortably beaten by President Obama on election day. Romney and his senior aides believe he is the best placed Republican to defeat Hillary Clinton.

Update: We just dodged a bullet.

The Romney Statement: Not Running. “I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party the opportunity to become our next nominee.” – Hugh Hewitt

I’ve been emailed this text of remarks Mitt Romney will be making to his supporters shortly:

Let me begin by letting you know who else is on this call, besides Ann and me. There are a large number of people who signed on to be leaders of our 2016 finance effort. In addition, state political leadership from several of the early primary states are on the line. And here in New York City, and on the phone, are people who have been helping me think through how to build a new team, as well as supporters from the past who have all been kind enough to volunteer their time during this deliberation stage. Welcome, and thank you. Your loyalty and friendship, and your desire to see the country with new, competent and conservative leadership warms my heart.

After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party the opportunity to become our next nominee.

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Lib Beached Whale Michael Moore: People Who Criticized Me For Smearing Chris Kyle Are “American ISIS”…

Now if you will excuse Michael, he has an all-you-can-eat buffet to put out of business.

By Michael Moore:

[N]eedless to say, this kind of thing wreaked all kinds of havoc in my life because of what this hate-speech does to inspire the more deranged among us.

This past week or so of hysterical attacks on me only proves that the American lovers of violence and the issuers of fatwas in OUR society haven’t gone away. They are our American Isis – “Criticize or mock those whom we deify, like our sainted sniper, and we will harm you most assuredly.”

Netanyahu’s Likud Party Surges To Top Spot In Israeli Polls…

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Barack Obama hardest hit.

Via JPost:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party reached the top spot in a Panels Research poll taken for The Jerusalem Post and its Hebrew sister newspaper, Ma’ariv Sof Hashavua, on Thursday for the first time since Labor and Hatnua joined forces on December 10 to create the Zionist Union.

The poll found that the Likud would win 25 seats, the Zionist Union 24, Bayit Yehudi 14, the Joint Arab List 12, Yesh Atid 11, United Torah Judaism and Koolanu eight, Shas seven, Meretz six, and Yisrael Beytenu five. The parties polled that did not cross the 3.25-percent electoral threshold were Green Leaf and both Yahad Ha’am Itanu and Otzma Yehudit.

Last week, the Zionist Union was ahead of the Likud by two seats, and two weeks ago the lead was three.

The percentage of respondents calling themselves “undecided” fell from 30% to 18%.

London Mayor: Jihadists Are “Porn-Obsessed” Losers Who Can’t Get Laid…

Sounds about right.

HT: WFB

Same Day Obama Admin Insists The Taliban Are Not Terrorists, Group Takes Credit For Killing 3 Americans Inside Kabul Airport…

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According to the White House, since this happened inside Afghanistan it should not be labelled terrorism.

Via Daily Mail:

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for an insider attack by an Afghan soldier that killed three American contractors at a Kabul airport on Thursday.

A spokesman for the insurgent group said that the attacker’s name was Ehsanullah and that he was from Laghman Province in the east of the country.

The Taliban said the soldier ‘opened fire on invaders,’ according to the Washington Post.

The Taliban said the soldier, whom they called an ‘infiltrator,’ was ‘martyred by return fire,’ the Post reports.

A fourth American was injured in the attack and the US-led coalition confirmed that an Afghan, believed to be the attacker, was killed.

The attack occurred at an Afghan military base at the North Kabul International Airport complex.

‘Insider attacks’ by Afghan security forces have been on the rise in recent years and have led to the deaths of 142 people.

Dem Rep. Earl Blumenauer Refusing To Attend Netanyahu’s “Reckless Act Of Grandstanding” Speech Before Congress…

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Via HuffPo:

For the sake of diplomacy, peace, and respect for our ally Israel, to say nothing of stability in the Middle East, Speaker Boehner must cancel the joint session of Congress with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. If he does not, I will refuse to be part of a reckless act of political grandstanding.

The Republicans may have read the Constitution on the House floor, but they don’t seem to understand Article II, which vests the responsibility for foreign affairs in the president.

If the invitation was aimed to extract a better deal from Iran and protect our friend and ally Israel, then the speaker miscalculated, for it will do the opposite. If the invitation was aimed at scoring political points by undermining the administration, it’s deeply troubling that the speaker is willing to undercut diplomacy in exchange for theatrics on the House floor.

Chicago Teacher’s Union Chief Karen Lewis On Plan To Run For Mayor: Jenny Craig Zapped My Willingness Be Chicago’s First Communist Mayor

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I am disappointed, my dead relatives were ready to vote for Karen over the former ballerina.

Via Chicago Sun Times

…Lewis had long been determined to oust the mayor who had pushed her members to a launch a historic strike, cut schools’ budgets and once cursed her out over dinner. After searching in vain for a candidate, she was taking steps to take him out herself.

But her own body betrayed that wish, she said Wednesday, the first time she has publicly discussed her health and the treatment she’s undergoing for it.

“There was a moment where I was like really angry that I couldn’t do it,” Lewis said at the Chicago Teachers Union headquarters.

“Yes, I wanted to be in this race, I’m not gonna. . . . But at this moment in time, no, I don’t miss not being in it at all,” she said. “What happened was, it was clear to me it wasn’t my time, this wasn’t for me.

“I tell people all the time, there’s an old Jewish joke, ‘If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.’[..]

Lewis’ meanest critics who mocked her weight may not recognize her now. After weight-loss surgery in March, she was already down 100 pounds by October. She has since lost much more and said she enjoyed buying new clothes in regular stores rather than in the plus-size department.

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St. Louis Cops Ask Highway Patrol For Reinforcements To Help With St. Swisher Patrols Of Downtown Streets

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St. Louis PD is outnumbered by the St. Swisher community activists.

Via STL Post Dispatch

Recent high-profile attacks downtown have prompted Police Chief Sam Dotson to ask the Missouri Highway Patrol to assign troopers to work beside city officers there.

Dotson said he contacted the patrol last week in response to a surge in violent crime downtown over the final five months of last year.

“As chief, that rise (in crime) was worrisome,” Dotson said on Wednesday.

Dotson said he foresaw a six-month pilot program in which about a dozen troopers would join forces with city police officers.

“We think that if we can work with the highway patrol to bring a little more police visibility and added presence downtown, it will have an impact on crime,” he said. “And if downtown thrives, the region thrives.”

Dotson said the plan should not be construed as a panicked response to crime.

“I don’t want to give people the idea that we’re shooting off flares because the city is sinking,” Dotson said. “That’s not the case. We’re just thinking outside the box so that, at the end of the day, our community is safer.”[…]

Police pledged added vigilance downtown after Bobby Christman, 19, a college student from south St. Louis County, was fatally shot Jan. 11 during a robbery attempt in the Washington Avenue entertainment district.

Christman’s killing was the latest case of violence in the area in recent months. In October, a lawyer walking on a well-trafficked stretch of downtown near a police substation was severely beaten by a group of teenagers during rush hour.

On Oct. 6, two men were killed in their car in a daylight shooting downtown near the Old Courthouse. Four days later, a man was killed and another critically wounded in a car near the federal courthouse. Police said the victims in those cases appeared to have been targeted.

According to figures from the police department, violent crimes in the downtown area were up 17 percent in 2014 over the year before.

In December, the city announced a proposal to allocate $8 million to add 160 police officers to the force over the next two years.

However, a proposed $200 million bond issue for infrastructure upgrades in the city, which officials had said would free up funds to hire more officers, died Monday on the floor of the Board of Aldermen.

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Islamic State Operative Details Ways They Are Flooding Europe With Jihadists Hidden Among Refugees…

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This isn’t going to end well for Europe (to put it mildly).

ANTAKYA, Turkey — An ISIS operative traveled across the Syrian border late last year, settled in a Turkish port city, and began work on a mission to sneak jihadis into Europe. It has been successful, he said, in an interview near the Turkey-Syria border: “Just wait.”

The operative, a Syrian in his thirties with a close-cropped black beard, said ISIS is sending covert fighters to Europe — as did two smugglers who said they have helped. He smuggles them from Turkey in small groups, he said, hidden in cargo ships filled with hundreds of refugees. He said the fighters intend to fulfill ISIS’s threat to stage attacks in the West. He views this as retaliation for U.S.-led airstrikes against the group that began in Iraq last summer and Syria last fall. “If someone attacks me,” he said, speaking with BuzzFeed News on condition of anonymity, “then for sure I will attack them back.”

Western governments worried even before the airstrikes that ISIS would find ways to get its battle-hardened fighters across their borders. The operative is the first ISIS member involved in these plans to discuss them with the press. He detailed a scheme that takes advantage of the worst humanitarian crisis in a generation, which has sent 3.8 million refugees fleeing Syria’s civil war, pouring more than 1.5 million into Turkey alone.

From Turkish port cities like Izmir and Mersin, many thousands of these refugees have ventured across the sea, aiming mainly for Italy. Then they often make for more welcoming countries like Sweden and Germany, turning themselves over to authorities and appealing for asylum. The operative said he worked with smugglers to slip fighters into this chaotic human tide. “They are going like refugees,” he said.

Two refugee-smugglers in Turkey said they helped ISIS send fighters to Europe in this way. One put more than 10 of them on his ships, then got cold feet when asked to send more, he told BuzzFeed News last fall. Another said he’d been sending ISIS fighters for months and continues to do so. “I’m sending some fighters who want to go and visit their families,” he said in an interview in southern Turkey, speaking on condition of anonymity. “Others just go to Europe to be ready.”

Among his colleagues in the port city where he works, the smuggler has a reputation for transporting fighters. BuzzFeed News contacted him after meeting the ISIS operative, seeking to investigate the operative’s claims. At first he denied that he smuggled fighters at all; then he said he needed “permission” to discuss the issue with a journalist. Soon after he revealed that he worked for the ISIS operative, who confirmed this and allowed the interview.

The smuggler said some fighters were Syrian. He could tell from their accents that others hailed from elsewhere in the Middle East, while still others spoke Arabic poorly, or not at all. Some told him they were from European countries, he said, and a few claimed to be from the U.S.

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Pants Suit Faces Scrutiny for Use of Private Jets At Taxpayer Expense While Racking Up Frequent Flyer Miles

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The use of private jets helped take Air Mary Landrieu down.

Via Bloomberg

Hillary Clinton took more than 200 privately chartered flights at taxpayer expense during her eight years in the U.S. Senate, sometimes using the jets of corporations and major campaign donors as she racked up $225,756 in flight costs.

Clinton, 67, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, reported the travel in official filings with the Senate. The records were provided to Bloomberg News by a Republican operative.

Some of the companies whose planes she used included Coca-Cola Co., Citigroup Inc. and Saban Capital Group Inc.

While the flights fell within congressional rules and were not out of the ordinary for senators at the time, they could play into the emerging Republican line of attack that Clinton’s wealth and years in government office have left her out of touch with the voters she’ll court on the campaign trail.

Republican Mitt Romney, who is considering another bid for president, took a swipe at Clinton’s suggestion to voters that “corporations and businesses” don’t create jobs when he spoke in Starkville, Mississippi, last night.[…]

Members of the Senate spent $1 million in taxpayer money on privately chartered flights in 2013, according to a report in USA Today. The practice became a political issue last year for Democratic Senate candidates, including Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu, who lost, and Virginia’s Mark Warner, who won a closer-than-expected battle for re-election.

Landrieu spent $47,000 on charter flights in 2013 and Warner spent $8,500 on a tour around his state that year, USA Today reported. While some senators don’t charter flights at all, Clinton’s eight-year average of $28,125 per year falls within the range of other lawmakers.

Still, Clinton is facing criticism from Republicans for flights she took more than six years ago.

“The examples of how out of touch Hillary is continue to rack up,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement. “Hillary’s love of private jet travel doesn’t even stop at taxpayer dollars.”

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Dartmouth Instituting Changes To “Eliminate Extreme Behavior”, First Step Is To Ban Hard Liquor And Toga Parties

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Same Moonbat Ivy League bastion of academia that wouldn’t allow a stalking victim to conceal carry.

Via Times Free Press Com

Dartmouth College will ban hard liquor on campus starting this spring and by fall will require all students to take part in a sexual violence prevention program all four years they’re enrolled at the Ivy League school.

Dartmouth has long tried to move past its hard-partying reputation, but the latest steps come amid a national furor over sexual assault on college campuses and the role drinking plays in the violence.

“Colleges and universities across the country face the issues I’ve detailed today,” President Philip Hanlon said. “We are not alone in facing them, but we will take the lead in saying, ‘No more.'”

Other colleges, including Colby, Bates and Bowdoin in Maine, have banned hard liquor on campus. Dartmouth officials said the school will be the first in the Ivy League to take such a step, and the first college or university aside from military academies to require four-year sexual violence prevention education. Many colleges require students to take part in one-time programs, almost always during their freshman year.

Dartmouth, which partly inspired the 1978 comedy “Animal House,” received nationwide attention for allegations of fraternity hazing several years ago, and it’s one of 95 schools under federal investigation for its handling of sexual harassment and violence. Students protested at Hanlon’s office last spring with a long list of demands aimed at creating a more inclusive, diverse campus.[…]

No student organization will be allowed to engage in pledging or putting new members on probationary status – a move fraternities and sororities made this fall.

“Hazing is already outlawed on our campus … so what’s being eliminated is the pledge term. Once you join, you’re a full member,” Hanlon said.

Hanlon believes the most transformational change will be the creation of new housing communities designed to give students more options for both social interaction and learning outside the classroom.

Starting with the class of 2019, incoming students will be placed into one of six communities that will include a cluster of residence halls that will serve as a home base even for those who live elsewhere. Each community will have a faculty adviser and graduate students in residence and will host social and academic programs.

Allison Moskow, a 1985 Dartmouth graduate whose son graduated last year, was optimistic about Hanlon’s plans, particularly the overhaul of the residential system.

“To really look at residential life and offer alternatives to walking through Greek doors is nothing new but essential,” she said. “There are campuses around the world that encourage learning and fun, and there’s no reason why Dartmouth can’t do that.”

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DEA And ATF Cooperated To Record Gun Show Attendee License Plates

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Tracking the movements of future domestic terrorists. Update to a previous story.

Via Guns

According to emails obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union, federal authorities planned to monitor gun show parking lots with automatic license plate readers.

The insight comes from a damning report released by the ACLU this week on a secretive program by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to build a massive database of license plates images collected by automated license plate reader devices. As part of this investigation, emails released through the Freedom of Information Act detailed a planned cooperation between the DEA’s National License Plate Recognition initiative and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to scan and record the plates and vehicle images of gun show attendees.

“DEA Phoenix Division Office is working closely with ATF on attacking the guns going to [redacted] and the gun shows, to include programs/operation with LPRs at the gun shows,” reads an April 2009 email.

The time and place mentioned in the email coincides with known information on the Justice Department’s Fast and Furious operation, a controversial “gunwalking” scandal that possibly transferred as many as 2,000 guns to drug traffickers in Mexico. That program was run out of the Phoenix ATF Field Division office, just two miles from the DEA office.

However, DOJ officials were quick to issue denials this week following the release of the story, advising that the ATF did not in fact engage in tracking gun show attendees.

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Obama Spokesman: Amnesty More Important Than Homeland Security…

Via Daily Caller:

President Barack Obama won’t trim his unilateral amnesty, even by a tiny bit, to get a compromise that would allow bipartisan funding for the Department of Homeland Security, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Thursday.

“Will the president change that executive action in any way in order to secure funding for the Department of Homeland Security?” a reporter asked Earnest.

“No, its not going to happen,” Earnest replied.

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France’s New Anti-Terror Campaign Features ‘You Might Be A Jihadist’ Checklist…

“You might be a jihadist if…  you believe a 7th-century warlord’s promise of 72 virgins for blowing yourself up”

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Chart: Are you a jihadist? The French government made this checklist – WaPo