Iraq Vatican Ambassador: ISIS Wants To Assassinate Pope

From the UK’s Telegraph:

Isil want to assassinate the Pope, says Iraq’s ambassador to Vatican

By Nick Squires | 16 September 2014

Rome — Pope Francis is at risk of an assassination attempt by the Islamic extremists of Isil, the Vatican has been warned, ahead of his first visit to a Muslim-majority country this weekend.

As the 77-year-old pontiff prepares to travel to Albania on Sunday for a one-day visit, Iraq’s ambassador to the Holy See said there were credible threats against the pontiff’s life.

The leader of the Roman Catholic Church could also be vulnerable when he travels to Turkey in [late] November, the ambassador said…

It seems like only yesterday that the Russians were trying to bump off the Pope. (Using a crazy Turk intermediary.)

Jihadists from Isil have in recent weeks boasted of wanting to extend their caliphate to Rome, the heart of Western Christendom, and have talked of planting the jihadist black flag on top of St Peter’s Basilica.

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UN Warns Coalition To Follow ‘Laws Of War’ Fighting ISIS

From an unquestioning Reuters:

U.N. experts caution powers they must heed ‘laws of war’ in fighting IS

By Stephanie Nebehay | September 16, 2014

GENEVA (Reuters) – United Nations war crimes investigators for Syria cautioned world powers preparing military action against Islamic State fighters that the ‘laws of war’ would apply to them and they must do everything possible to protect civilian populations…

"As military action on ISIS positions seems increasingly likely, we remind all parties that they must abide by the laws of war and most particularly, the principles of distinction and proportionality. Serious efforts must be made by all parties to preserve civilian life," Paulo Pinheiro, chairman of the U.N. commission of inquiry, told the Human Rights Council on Tuesday.

The UN is always so helpful.

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Yemeni In Upstate NY Charged With Recruiting For ISIS

From Fox News:

New York man accused of trying to recruit, aid ISIS militants

September 17, 2014

Federal authorities have accused an upstate New York man of attempting to aid and recruit fighters for the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. Mufid Elfgeeh, 30, of Rochester, was indicted by a federal grand jury on three counts of attempting to provide material support and resources to the group widely known as ISIS that has been designated by the U.S. as a foreign terrorist organization, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

Elfgeeh, who was born in Yemen and is a naturalized U.S. citizen, is one of the first people accused by the U.S. of recruiting on behalf of ISIS.

So all that talk about him being a "New York man" is hogwash.

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White House Pushes Back Against Ground Troops In Iraq

From The Hill:

WH pushes back on talk of combat troops in Iraq

By Justin Sink and Jesse Byrnes | September 16, 2014

The White House and congressional Democrats on Tuesday pushed back against speculation that President Obama could order ground troops into Iraq, after the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said combat forces could fight Islamic militants.

"Speculation"? The head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said it.

Gen. Martin Dempsey was "referring to a hypothetical scenario in which there might be a future situation in which he might make a tactical recommendation to the president as it relates to … the use of ground troops," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Tuesday.

Actually, Gen. Dempsey said if Obama’s bombing campaign failed to defeat ISIS, he could well recommend ground troops.

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Under Obama’s ‘Plan’ US Troops In Iraq Will Reach 1,600

From the Washington Times:

U.S. troops in Iraq to rise to 1,600

By Stephen Dinan | Tuesday, September 16, 2014

There will be 1,600 U.S. troops in Iraq by the time President Obama’s current plans are fully in place — but none of those are considered combat troops, which means the U.S. is not officially reengaged in the war there, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told Congress on Tuesday.

“Instead, these advisers are supporting Iraqi and Kurdish forces in supporting the government’s plan to stand up Iraqi national guard units,” Mr. Hagel told the Senate Armed Services Committee…

What is the number of troops you have to hit before you are officially at war? Besides, does anyone really believe we will be able to stop at 1,600 soldiers?

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If Airstrikes Fail, Dempsey Would Consider Ground Troops

From an unfazed Associated Press:

Hagel, Dempsey Defend US Plan to Target Extremists

By DONNA CASSATA and LOLITA C. BALDOR | September 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — The nation’s top military leader told Congress on Tuesday that if President Barack Obama’s expanded military campaign to destroy Islamic extremists fails, he would recommend that the United States consider deploying American ground forces to Iraq.

That didn’t take long, did it?

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate panel that the goal for American advisers is to help Iraqi forces with planning, logistics and coordinating military efforts by coalition partners to take out members of the Islamic State group.

"To be clear, if we reach the point where I believe our advisers should accompany Iraqi troops on attacks against specific ISIL targets, I will recommend that to the president," Dempsey told the Senate Armed Services Committees, using an alternative name for the group.

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Rector: The War on Poverty Has Been a Colossal Failure

An opinion piece from Robert Rector via the Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal:

The War on Poverty Has Been a Colossal Flop

By Robert Rector | September 16, 2014

(Robert Rector is a leading national authority on poverty, the U.S.welfare system and immigration and is a Heritage Foundation Senior Research Fellow.)

Today, the U.S. Census Bureau will release its annual report on poverty. This report is noteworthy because this year marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s launch of the War on Poverty. Liberals claim that the War on Poverty has failed because we didn’t spend enough money. Their answer is just to spend more. But the facts show otherwise.

Since its beginning, U.S. taxpayers have spent $22 trillion on Johnson’s War on Poverty (in constant 2012 dollars).

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NRLB Orders CNN To Rehire Union Workers Fired In 2003

From the Associated Press (which has its own union problems):

US labor board orders CNN to rehire fired workers

By TOM RAUM | September 15, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board ruled against the CNN cable television network on Monday in an 11-year-old labor dispute, ordering the network to rehire or compensate about 300 former workers.

We love swift justice.

The NLRB agreed with a November 2008 ruling by one of its administrative judges that CNN improperly replaced a unionized subcontractor, Team Video Services (TVS), with in-house non-union staffers, claiming "anti-union" bias. "We agree with the judge, essentially for the reasons he states, that CNN committed each of these violations," the board wrote.

Gee, the Obama-stacked NLRB sided with the unions? What a shock.

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Michelle’s Menu Push Puts ‘Moralistic Burden’ On Moms

From The College Fix:

Study: First Lady’s Health-Food Push ‘Moralistic, Elitist Burden’ on Moms

By Michael Cipriano, American University | September 15, 2014

A recently published study claims that the push for healthy, home-cooked family meals – pressure coming from famous “foodies,” public health officials and First Lady Michelle Obama – is actually a “moralistic … elitist … burden” on poor and working-class mothers…

The study says [Mrs. Obama] has been “influential in popularizing public health messages that emphasize the role that mothers play when it comes to helping children make healthy choices,” but that advice shames mothers into “unrealistic standards of ‘good’ mothering.”

And ‘shaming’ is almost as bad as bullying.

The North Carolina State University study contends the notion of healthy, home-cooked meals is an “alluring” but “tasty illusion, one that is moralistic, and rather elitist, instead of a realistic vision of cooking today.”

The study further contends home cooking represents an “elite foodie standpoint,” as many of the working-class families the authors spoke to lacked necessary kitchen space, reliable transportation to the grocery store and functional appliances.

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Shocker: GAO Finds Obama-Care Funds Abortion After All

From an unfazed Associated Press:

Concerns raised over ‘Obamacare’ abortion coverage

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | September 16, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — … The Government Accountability Office said in a report released late Monday that only 1 of 18 insurers it reviewed was separately itemizing a charge for coverage of elective abortions on enrollees’ bills.

That detail is important because the original compromise that President Barack Obama sealed with anti-abortion Democrats stipulated that no federal funds would be used to pay for elective abortions. Instead, private health plans covering the procedure would collect a separate premium, which would be segregated from federal subsidies for other medical services.

All of this is just as we predicted. And what everyone with any sense knew would happen. Including Bart Stupak.

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Reuters: 115,000 (Illegal Aliens) Could Lose Obama-Care

From a selectively outraged Reuters:

U.S. says 115,000 could lose Obamacare insurance over immigration

By David Morgan | September 15, 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Monday said 115,000 people in 36 states could lose their private health insurance under Obamacare after Sept. 30, because of unresolved data problems involving their citizenship or immigration status.

Look at how Reuters reports this news. They aren’t upset at the fact that 115,000 illegal aliens got Obama-Care and untold billions in Obama-Care subsidies, courtesy of the US taxpayers. No, they are only upset that illegal aliens might lose their ill-gotten gains.

Another 363,000 people could see their insurance costs change, due to problems involving income data that is used to determine whether enrollees qualify for federal subsidies to help pay premiums on health plans obtained through the federal insurance marketplace, according to the administration.

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2013 Peterson Allegation Surfaces (And Other NFL News)

From Breitbart:

Previous Abuse Allegation against Adrian Peterson Involving Another 4-Year-Old

September 16, 2014

An additional allegation that Adrian Peterson cut a four-year-old boy — separate from the one he faces a charge for beating with a switch — while disciplining him has surfaced in Houston. The allegation stems from a visit the child made to Peterson’s home in The Woodlands, Texas, in June 2013.

KHOU-TV in Houston obtained text messages and pictures of one of Peterson’s children that purport to show evidence that the Minnesota Vikings running back caused harm to this four-year-old boy. A text exchange publicized by the station reads:

Mother: "What happened to his head?"
Peterson: "Hit his head on the Carseat."
Mother: "How does that happen, he got a whoopin in the car."
Peterson: "Yep."
Mother: "Why?"
Peterson: "I felt so bad.

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WH, NYT ‘Push Back’ Against Fears Of ISIS Entering US

From the New York Times:

U.S. Pushes Back Against Warnings That ISIS Plans to Enter From Mexico

By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT | September 15, 2014

WASHINGTON — Militants for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria have traveled to Mexico and are just miles from the United States. They plan to cross over the porous border and will “imminently” launch car bomb attacks. And the threat is so real that federal law enforcement officers have been placed at a heightened state of alert, and an American military base near the border has increased its security.

As the Obama administration and the American public have focused their attention on ISIS in recent weeks, conservative groups and leading Republicans have issued stark warnings like those that ISIS and other extremists from Syria are planning to enter the country illegally from Mexico.

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ISIS Imposes Strict New Curriculum In Iraq City Schools

From an irony-proof Associated Press:

Islamic State group issues new curriculum in Iraq

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN and VIVIAN SALAMA | September 15, 2014

BAGHDAD (AP) — The extremist-held Iraqi city of Mosul is set to usher in a new school year. But unlike years past, there will be no art or music. Classes about history, literature and Christianity have been "permanently annulled." The Islamic State group has declared patriotic songs blasphemous and ordered that certain pictures be torn out of textbooks.

So ISIS is adopting ‘Common Core,’ too?

But instead of compliance, Iraq’s second largest city has — at least so far — responded to the Sunni militants’ demands with silence.

That will show them! (But again, note the similarities to the US.)

Although the extremists stipulated that the school year would begin Sept.

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Kerry Asks For Help With ISIS From Iran, Gets Rejected

From the Associated Press:

Kerry: US open to talks with Iran on Islamic State

By ELAINE GANLEY and LARA JAKES | September 15, 2014

PARIS (AP) — As more than two dozen nations pledged Monday to help Iraq fight the Islamic State militants, the United States said it was open to talking to Iran about a role in resolving the crisis, despite Washington’s earlier opposition to Tehran even attending the conference. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ruled out any military coordination with Iran, which in the end was not invited to Paris.

"That doesn’t mean that we are opposed to the idea of communicating to find out if they will come on board, or under what circumstances, or whether there is the possibility of a change," Kerry told a small group of reporters…

How many times have Obama and Kerry reached out to Iran, only to be slapped down?

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