Fifth British Air Mission In Iraq Ends With No Bombing

From BBC News:

Fifth RAF Iraq mission ends with ‘no reports’ of bombing

September 29, 2014

British Tornado jets have returned to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus after carrying out a fifth combat sortie over Iraq. The pair returned to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus, and BBC defence correspondent Jonathan Beale said there were "no reports of any weapons dropped".

The first jets to take part in a mission against Islamic State (IS) militants had carried out armed reconnaissance missions at the weekend. Parliament voted by 524 votes to 43 to take action against IS in Iraq.

Maybe they forgot to tell their military.

The most recent clashes [with ISIS] have taken place around a key town near the Iraqi capital Baghdad but Iraqi ground forces, backed by US-led air strikes, appear to have halted the advance of IS.


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Swiss Vote Down Move To Single Payer Health Insurance

From a gobsmacked Agence France Presse:

Swiss reject switch from private to state health insurance

By Jonathan Fowler | September 28, 2014

Geneva (AFP) – Swiss voters on Sunday rejected a plan for a seismic shift from the country’s all-private health insurance system to a state-run scheme.

Referendum results showed that almost 62 percent of voters had shot down a reform pushed by left-leaning parties which say the current private system is busting the budgets of ordinary residents.

The results also underlined the national divisions over the hotly-contested issue as the country’s German-speaking regions voted against the plan, while their French-speaking counterparts were in favour.

Naturellment. The French are natural born socialists.

Switzerland’s private insurance lobby hailed the vote. "The Swiss population does not want a single national scheme," said the Swiss Insurance Association.


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Obama Cites Crime Of Walking While Black (Like Brown)

From the Washington Times:

Obama says Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson ‘stains the heart of black children’

By Dave Boyer | September 28, 2014

President Obama said the shooting death of a black teen by a white police officer last month in Ferguson, Missouri, exposed the racial divide in the American justice system that “stains the heart of black children.”

Speaking at the annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation dinner in Washington on Saturday night, Mr. Obama said the death of Michael Brown “awakened our nation” to a reality that black citizens already understood.

“In too many communities around the country, a gulf of mistrust exists between local residents and law enforcement,” Mr. Obama said. “Too many young men of color feel targeted by law enforcement — guilty of walking while black or driving while black, judged by stereotypes that fuel fear and resentment and hopelessness.”…

Perhaps if blacks committed fewer crimes they wouldn’t be targeted so.



Suspects Sought In Shooting Of Two St. Louis Policemen

First there is this from a tap-dancing Reuters:

As protests persist, suspects sought in shootings of two Missouri officers

By Kevin Murphy | September 28, 2014

(Reuters) – Police were seeking suspects on Sunday in what appeared to be the unrelated shootings of two police officers in and near the Missouri city of Ferguson, which remains on edge after a black teenager was shot to death by a white police officer last month.

The Saturday night shooting of an officer in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson did not seem linked to peaceful protests occurring elsewhere in the city, police said, nor was it connected to a separate shooting involving an off-duty police officer in St. Louis early Sunday.

Neither officer received life-threatening injuries, according to the St.


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Beheader Suspect Cheered 9/11, Terrorists On Facebook

From the Daily Caller:

‘SHARIA LAW IS COMING!!!!’ Oklahoma Beheader Celebrated Terrorists, Disparaged Non-Muslims On Facebook

By Patrick Howley | September 26, 2014

Oklahoma beheading suspect Alton Alexander Nolen calls himself “Jah’Keem Yisrael” on his Facebook page, where he uploaded photos of himself reading the Koran and wearing Muslim religious clothing. Nolen’s Facebook “cover” photo appears to be of several Taliban fighters, according to a Google reverse image search.

He also posted images of Osama bin Laden and wrote in a caption on a photograph of the 9/11 attacks “A Future Prophecy Revelation 18:8 She (The statue Of Liberty) is going into flames. She and anybody who’s with her.”



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Beheading Suspect Fired After ‘Argument Over Stoning’

From Truth Revolt:

Beheading Suspect Fired After Argument Over Stoning Women

Hometown paper reveals details about suspect in the Oklahoma murder.

Caleb Howe | September 26, 2014

On Friday morning, police in Moore, Oklahoma released the identity of the suspect in the brutal beheading of a woman at her workplace: Alton Nolen, who now goes by Jah’Keem Yisrael.

Nolen is a convert to Islam, and local press reports that he had attempted to convert other employees at Vaughan Foods, where the murder took place…

Local newspaper McCurtain Gazette reports (no online edition is available):

A classmate of Nolen’s, who didn’t wish to be identified, told this newspaper that he spoke to a close family member of Nolen’s today.

He told this newspaper that according to the family member, Nolen was telling coworkers Thursday of an Islamic teaching that said women should be stoned for an offense, and that an argument followed the [re]mark.


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Fired OKC Worker Threatened Beheading (Other Case)

From The Oklahoman:

Fired Oklahoma City nursing home worker threatened beheading, police say

Jacob Mugambi Muriithi, a native of Kenya, was arrested Friday in Oklahoma City on a terrorism complaint.

By Nolan Clay | September 28, 2014

In a bizarre coincidence, a fired Oklahoma City nursing home employee was arrested Friday after a co-worker reported he threatened to cut her head off.

Bear in mind that the local authorities have been careful to assure everyone that the first beheading was no threat to the community.

Jacob Mugambi Muriithi, 30, is being held in the Oklahoma County jail on a terrorism complaint. His bail is set at $1 million… The arrest came on the same day police in Moore revealed fired Vaughan Foods worker Alton Alexander Nolen beheaded a co-worker after he was fired Thursday.



AP: Okla Beheading Suspect Described As "A Little Odd"

First, there is this early report from Thursday via The Oklahoman:

Oklahoma beheading: 1 dies, 2 injured in violence at Moore food distribution center

By Jane Glenn Cannon and LeighAnne Manwarren | Thursday, September 25, 2014

MOORE — An incident at a Moore food distribution center left one woman dead, and two people injured, Moore police reported Thursday.

Notice that this "incident" actually happened back on Thursday. But it didn’t make the news until mid-day Friday. Why is that?

Officers found two women stabbed and a man shot inside Vaughan Foods, Inc., 216 NE 12, in what has been described as an incident of workplace violence. One of the women was pronounced dead.

Notice that there was nothing in the initial report about any beheading.


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Afghanistan To Sign Status Of Forces Deal (10K Troops)

From a non-dot connecting Associated Press:

Afghanistan to sign deal allowing American troops to stay after combat mission ends

September 29, 2014

A senior adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama said Monday that Afghanistan will sign a deal Tuesday to allow American soldiers to remain in the country past the end of the year.

John Podesta, speaking to a news conference at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, said he didn’t know if newly inaugurated President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai would be the official signing the deal for Afghanistan. Podesta said he would sign it on behalf of the U.S.

The deal will allow about 10,000 American troops to stay in the country after the international combat mission ends on Dec. 31.

So maybe Obama has actually learned something from the fallout from his Iraq SOFA fiasco.


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Nearly 3 Out Of 4 Don’t Believe Obama’s ‘No Boots’ Vow

From Breitbart:

Poll: 72% Do Not Believe Obama’s ‘No Boots on the Ground’ Promise

By Wynton Hall | September 28, 2014

A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg poll finds that, despite President Barack Obama’s promises to the contrary, 72% of Americans believe the United States will end up using combat troops in the war against the Islamic State (ISIS).

Americans were divided in whether they favored putting boots on the ground, with 37% opposed and 45% backing the move should military commanders deem it necessary to defeat Islamic State terrorists.

Given the clarity of Obama’s promise not to launch a ground war–"As your commander-in-chief, I will not commit you and the rest of our Armed Forces to fighting another ground war in Iraq" — the poll raises questions about whether the nation has begun discounting Obama’s rhetoric altogether.


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McCarthy: Obama Invented Khorosan Group To Fool Us

From National Review:

The Khorosan Group Does Not Exist

It’s a fictitious name the Obama administration invented to deceive us.

Andrew C. McCarthy | September 27, 2014

We’re being had. Again. For six years, President Obama has endeavored to will the country into accepting two pillars of his alternative national-security reality. First, he claims to have dealt decisively with the terrorist threat, rendering it a disparate series of ragtag jayvees. Second, he asserts that the threat is unrelated to Islam, which is innately peaceful, moderate, and opposed to the wanton “violent extremists” who purport to act in its name.

And this second lie is even more dangerous than the first.

Now, the president has been compelled to act against a jihad that has neither ended nor been “decimated.” The jihad, in fact, has inevitably intensified under his counterfactual worldview, which holds that empowering Islamic supremacists is the path to security and stability.



US-Led Raids Hit Grain Silos, Kill Civilian ‘Food Workers’!

From an unfazed Reuters:

U.S-led raids hit grain silos in Syria, kill workers: monitor

By Sylvia Westall | September 29, 2014

BEIRUT (Reuters) – U.S.-led air strikes hit grain silos and other targets in Islamic State-controlled territory in northern and eastern Syria overnight, killing civilians and wounding militants, a group monitoring the war said on Monday.

The aircraft may have mistaken the mills and grain storage areas in the northern Syrian town of Manbij for an Islamic State base, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. There was no immediate comment from Washington…

The strikes in Manbij appeared to have killed only civilians, not fighters, said Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Observatory which gathers information from sources in Syria.

"These were the workers at the silos.



Obama Was Warned About ISIS Threat As Early As 2012

First we have this from Eli Lake over at the Daily Beast:

Why Obama Can’t Say His Spies Underestimated ISIS

By Eli Lake | September 29, 2014

On ‘60 Minutes,’ the president faulted his spies for failing to predict the rise of ISIS. There’s one problem with that statement: The intelligence analysts did warn about the group.

Nearly eight months ago, some of President Obama’s senior intelligence officials were already warning that ISIS was on the move. In the beginning of 2014, ISIS fighters had defeated Iraqi forces in Fallujah, leading much of the U.S. intelligence community to assess they would try to take more of Iraq…

This goes back a lot further than the beginning of 2014. (See below.)

Reached by The Daily Beast after Obama’s interview aired, one former senior Pentagon official who worked closely on the threat posed by Sunni jihadists in Syria and Iraq was flabbergasted.


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Obama Blames Intel Agencies For Underestimating ISIS

From Reuters:

Obama: U.S. intelligence underestimated militants in Syria

September 28, 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. intelligence agencies underestimated Islamic State activity inside Syria, which has become "ground zero" for jihadists worldwide, President Barack Obama said in a CBS television interview broadcast on Sunday.

Conversely, the United States overestimated the ability of the Iraqi army to fight the militant groups, Obama said in a "60 Minutes" interview taped on Friday, days after the U.S. president made his case at the United Nations for action.

How does Mr. Obama know what the intel agencies were saying? Has he started attending his daily Presidential briefings? Besides, lest we forget, Iraq was begging Obama for help against ISIS at least as far back in August of 2013, if not earlier.



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