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Hillary Clinton On Ferguson: ‘We Are Better Than That’

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Hillary Clinton on Ferguson: ‘We are better than that’

By Carla Marinucci | August 28, 2014

Nearly three weeks after a national firestorm erupted over the fatal police shooting of an unarmed African American teenager in Missouri, potential presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton broke her silence on the incident Thursday in San Francisco, saying it underscored deep economic challenges and justice system "inequities" the country needs to confront.

"Nobody wants to see our streets look like a war zone, not in America. We are better than that,’" Clinton told an audience of technology executives at the St. Regis Hotel.

"This is what happens when the bonds of trust and respect that hold any community together fray," she said. "We cannot ignore the inequities that exist in our justice system." …

This is the best that three week’s of focus group testing could come up with?


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CNN Says Timestamp Of Ferguson Tape Has Been Verified

From Breitbart:

CNN Makes Another Run at Alleged Ferguson Audio Based on Timestamp

August 28, 2014

As reported on CNN on Thursday, Glide, the company whose service captured the alleged audio of the Michael Brown shooting from earlier this month, confirmed the timestamp of the audio.

The audio was aired on CNN earlier this week but the network had backed off of playing the audio on air after questions were raised, even by the network’s own guests. However, Lemon called this confirmation of a timestamp by Glide to be another layer of “authentication,” despite the having been downplayed by what he referred to as comments “taken out of context” on TV.

We wonder just how exactly one verifies a time stamp.

BLITZER: [D]on, people had some doubts about the authenticity of this audio, but those doubts, I guess the audio, and the company that provides this service says they shouldn’t have those doubts.



145 Arrests, 0 Documentation Checks At Amnesty Rally

From the Washington Times:

D.C. immigration protest: 145 arrests, 0 documentation checks

By Andrea Noble | August 28, 2014

U.S. Park Police will not check the immigration status of the 145 people arrested outside of the White House Thursday during a protest against the deportation of illegal immigrants. Park Police arrested the protesters Thursday afternoon for blocking the sidewalk outside the White House during their demonstration.

As part of the standard procedure, those arrested will be have their criminal histories checked as police search for any outstanding warrants, said Park Police spokesman Lt. Richard Butler said. “The only time immigration ever comes up is if there has been a hit or a flag that has come up from other departments,” Lt. Butler said.

Is DC a ‘sanctuary city’?


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DOJ Sues Minnesota Town For Rejecting ‘Islamic Center’

From Breitbart:

Obama’s DOJ Sues Minnesota City for Rejecting Islamic Center

By Warner Todd Huston | August 28, 2014

The Department of Justice has announced that it is suing the small town of St. Anthony, Minnesota, after a two-year investigation into the town’s denial of a permit to create an Islamic cultural center.

The DOJ claims that the north Minneapolis town broke a federal law when it rejected the center in 2012.

"An injustice has been done," U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger said on August 27. "I will not stand by while any religious group is subject to unconstitutional treatment that violates federal civil rights laws."

Unless they are Christians. Then all bets are off. (Cf. Obama-Care’s contraception and abortion mandates.)

The DOJ claims that the city violated the law when it refused the Abu Huraira Islamic Center the right to create an Islamic cultural center in the basement of the St.


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ISIS Executes 250 Syrian Soldiers, And Also Waterboards!

First, from the UK’s Daily Mail:

Marched to their deaths: Sickening ISIS slaughter continues as 250 soldiers captured at Syrian airbase are stripped then led to the desert for mass execution

By Dan Bloom | 28 August 2014

Sickening footage appears to show Islamic State militants parading around 250 captured soldiers through the desert in their underwear before they are killed and their bodies piled on the bare earth…

The video… begins by showing dozens of men being marched through the desert wearing only their underwear. It then fades to black, resuming with a pile of bloodied bodies stacked on top of one another. As the horrific footage progresses it pans slowly across a vast line of men who appear to be dead, and whose bodies have been laid out one by one.



Obama On Stopping ISIS: ”We Don’t Have A Strategy Yet’

From The Hill:

‘We don’t have a strategy yet’

By Justin Sink – 08/28/14

President Obama on Thursday said his administration has not yet developed a comprehensive strategy to counter Islamist militants operating inside Syria.

So Obama is ‘the one we have been waiting for,’ again.

Addressing reporters at the White House, Obama vowed Congress would not be "left in the dark" as officials draft plans to combat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

"I don’t want to put the cart before the horse. We don’t have a strategy yet," Obama said…

ISIS has been ‘a cancer’ for more than a year. And we are supposed to believe that Obama still doesn’t h have a strategy? Maybe it’s time for him to start attending his daily intelligence briefs.



(Rove) Poll: Most Women View GOP As Stuck In The Past

From the Politico:

Exclusive: GOP poll of women: Party ‘stuck in past’

By JAKE SHERMAN and ANNA PALMER | August 27, 2014

A detailed report commissioned by two major Republican groups — including one backed by Karl Rove — paints a dismal picture for Republicans, concluding female voters view the party as “intolerant,” “lacking in compassion” and “stuck in the past.”

Women are “barely receptive” to Republicans’ policies, and the party does “especially poorly” with women in the Northeast and Midwest, according to an internal Crossroads GPS and American Action Network report obtained by POLITICO. It was presented to a small number of senior aides this month on Capitol Hill, according to multiple sources involved…

Funny, how the Politico managed to get hold of this.



One Third Of Mexico Wants To Move To United States

From Breitbart:

Pew Survey: 1/3 of Mexicans Want to Move to America; 60% Disapprove of Peña Nieto’s Economy

By Tony Lee | August 26, 2014

As Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto travels across California and declares America to be "the other Mexico," a Pew Research survey has found that 60% of Mexicans disapprove of Peña Nieto on the economy. Perhaps as a result, a plurality of Mexicans think that life is better across the border, and a third want to move to America.

Don’t 60% of Americans disapprove of Obama’s economy? Could the problem be socialism?

In addition, the Pew survey found that "two-thirds are dissatisfied with the way things are going in Mexico today" while "only 30% are satisfied with the country’s direction."

Again, that sounds like the poll results in the US.



Lynn Mayor: Illegals With Gray Hair Enrolling in Schools

From the Daily Caller:

Obama’s Illegals Swamp Blue-Collar City In Massachusetts

By Neil Munro | August 27, 2014

President Barack Obama is dumping hundreds of Guatemalan migrants into the blue-collar town of Lynn, Mass., boosting its education costs, forcing cuts in government services, and helping raise rental prices for Americans, according to the city’s mayor.

Many “are illiterate in both English and Spanish [and] the odds of us getting them to pass a 10th grade math test are negligible,” Judith Flanagan Kennedy, the mayor of Lynn, told reporters Aug. 27.

Most of the city’s residents “are very afraid to speak publicly about it, because they don’t want to be branded as a racist,” Kennedy said.

Because defending our economy, our country, our culture is now racist.


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Immigration Judges Union(!) Wants ‘Independent Court’

From the Associated Press:

Immigration judges’ union wants independent court

By ALICIA A. CALDWELL | August 27, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal immigration court system should be separated from the Justice Department and operated independently of federal law enforcement, the top two leaders of the immigration judges’ union said Wednesday.

Judge Dana Leigh Marks, president of the National Association of Immigration Judges, said immigration judges act as arbiters in deportation cases being argued by Homeland Security Department lawyers but judges also are treated as attorneys for the government.

Sure, let’s give these open borders union activists in black robes their own fiefdom without any oversight or outside control.

As employees of DOJ’s Executive Office for Immigration Review, Marks said, the judges’ dual roles can potentially blur the lines for judges who are supposed to act as neutral arbiters in a complicated court system.


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Illegals Now Allowed To Return – To Fight Deportations

From Reuters:

U.S. to ease some deportations to Mexico under settlement

By Alex Dobuzinskis | August 27, 2014

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. authorities have agreed to stop pressuring undocumented immigrants in Southern California to sign off on their own deportations under a legal settlement that may later allow some deportees to return from Mexico to seek U.S. legal residency, advocacy groups said on Wednesday.

The deal reached between the American Civil Liberties Union and federal officials stems from a lawsuit brought last year on behalf of other immigration rights groups and about 10 immigrants who accepted so-called "voluntary returns" to Mexico.

This is the kind of ‘deal’ you get when both sides are on the same team.

All of the immigrants had strong grounds for being allowed to remain in the United States after entering illegally because of family ties and a lack of criminal history..



Obama Could Double Legal Immigration (For Labor Day)

From a cheering Washington Post:

White House considers proposals to sharply increase legal immigration

By David Nakamura | August 27, 2014

The White House is considering proposals from business and immigrant rights groups that are pressing President Obama to provide hundreds of thousands of green cards for high-tech workers and the relatives of U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Why? Have we reached ‘full employment’? As we have previously noted, the US already has the most generous legal immigration system in the world. Every year the US allows more legal immigration than the rest of the countries of the world allow — combined.

The behind-the-scenes lobbying comes as Obama prepares to announce a series of executive actions that could include plans to defer the deportations of millions of people living in the country illegally, most of whom are Hispanic…

Some of the outside proposals would more than double the number of people allowed into the country on employment- and family-based green cards — from the annual global limit of 366,000, according to estimates from some of the advocacy groups…

Ironically, it looks like Mr.


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FBI Investigates (Probably Russian) Attacks On US Banks

From a non-dot connecting Associated Press:

FBI investigating reports of attacks on US banks

August 27, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) – The FBI said Wednesday it’s working with the Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyberattacks against several U.S. financial institutions.

A report on said Wednesday that the FBI is investigating an incident in which Russian hackers attacked the U.S financial system this month in possible retaliation against U.S. government-sponsored sanctions aimed at Russia.

The attack, Bloomberg said, led to the loss of sensitive data. Bloomberg cited security experts saying that the attack appeared “far beyond the capability of ordinary criminal hackers.”

Could it be the Russian government? And could it be retaliation for our practically pointless sanctions?

The New York Times, citing people familiar with the matter, said JPMorgan Chase and at least four other firms were hit this month by coordinated attacks that siphoned off huge amounts of data, including checking and savings account information…

So perhaps it’s a warning to show us what they could do if we actually did try to punish them for invading Ukraine.


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