Chicago-Born ‘Rapper’ Killed Fighting With ISIS In Syria

From Reuters:

Chicago native suspected of fighting with Islamic State is killed

August 27, 2014

A Chicago-born man suspected of fighting alongside Islamic State militants who have seized large areas of Iraq and Syria to the alarm of the Baghdad government and its allies in the West has been killed in Syria, a U.S. official said on Tuesday.

"We were aware of U.S. Citizen Douglas McAuthur [sic] McCain’s presence in Syria and can confirm his death," U.S. National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement… According to a relative, McCain was born in Chicago and grew up in the Robert Taylor Homes on the South Side before the Chicago Housing Authority building was torn down.

The Robert Taylor Homes were a notoriously crime-riddled Chicago housing project.

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Liberal Martha’s Vineyard Up In Arms Over Indian Casino

From an outraged (at the redskins) Associated Press:

Tribe’s casino plan roils quaint Martha’s Vineyard

By Philip Marcelo | August 25, 2014

AQUINNAH, Mass. (AP) — On the western tip of Martha’s Vineyard, bright clay cliffs and a red brick lighthouse draw visitors as they pile out of cars and tour buses and head up to this town’s scenic overlook.

But the leaders of the Aquinnah Wampanoags, the federally recognized American Indian tribe whose ancestors first inhabited the island, envision a new destination.

They’ve proposed transforming an unfinished tribal community center a few miles inland into a high-stakes bingo and poker hall filled with electronic betting machines.

The idea horrifies some long-term visitors, residents and even tribal members, who see it as incongruous with the quaint towns and soft sand beaches that have made the island off Cape Cod a preferred getaway for celebrities and other wealthy elites, including President Barack Obama and his family.

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College Board Issues New Framework For History Exam

From National Review:

How the College Board Politicized U.S. History

By Stanley Kurtz | August 25, 2014

The College Board, the private company that produces the SAT test and the various Advanced Placement (AP) exams, has kicked off a national controversy by issuing a new and unprecedentedly detailed “Framework” for its AP U.S. History exam. This Framework will effectively force American high schools to teach U.S. history from a leftist perspective…

The origins of the new AP U.S. History framework are closely tied to a movement of left-leaning historians that aims to “internationalize” the teaching of American history. The goal is to “end American history as we have known it” by substituting a more “transnational” narrative for the traditional account.

After all, why should US history just be about the US?

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Yippee! Obama-Care Now Covers ‘Gender Reassignment’

Enough of the doom and gloom about Obama-Care. Here is some great news for a change, from a wildly cheering Kaiser Health News:

Obamacare Now Pays for Gender Reassignment

By Anna Gorman | August 25, 2014

… Among the less-talked-about implications of the Affordable Care Act is the relief it is providing to many transgender people, many of whom are low-income and who have struggled to obtain health coverage.

Getting jobs that offer insurance often has been difficult for transgender people and the cost of purchasing plans on the private market can be prohibitive. Some have been denied policies altogether after being diagnosed with “gender identity disorder,” often considered a pre-existing condition.

Without insurance, many people were unable to afford the hormones, surgeries and counseling needed to complete their transition.

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VA Investigators: No Proof Vets Died Because Of Delays

From an unquestioning Associated Press:

Report: No proof veterans died because of delays

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | August 25, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Veterans Affairs Department says investigators have found no proof that delays in care caused any deaths at a VA hospital in Phoenix, deflating an explosive allegation that helped expose a troubled health care system in which veterans waited months for appointments while employees falsified records to cover up the delays.

So it turns out the VA scandal was all ginned up, just like the IRS and Benghazi scandals were. The VA’s IG has found that not one single veteran died because of delays.

Isn’t that great news? And the AP believes it, too.

Revelations that as many as 40 veterans died while awaiting care at the Phoenix VA hospital rocked the agency last spring, bringing to light scheduling problems and allegations of misconduct at other hospitals as well…

The VA’s Office of Inspector General has been investigating the delays for months and shared a draft report of its findings with VA officials.

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DOJ Lawyers: Lois Lerner’s Emails Aren’t Missing After All

From the Washington Examiner:

Lois Lerner’s emails aren’t missing after all, lawyers say

By Susan Ferrechio | August 25, 2014

Government lawyers have told a watchdog group suing over the Internal Revenue Service scandal that Lois Lerner’s emails aren’t missing after all.

Attorneys for the Justice Department surprised Judicial Watch, a right-leaning watchdog group, on Friday by saying that they have copies of every electronic message ever sent from Lerner…

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said Justice Department lawyers informed him that the federal government keeps a back-up copy of every email and record in the event of a government-wide catastrophe.

The back-up system includes the IRS emails, too.

Odd, but that’s exactly what we and others have been saying for months. After all, that is the law.

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Brown’s Pastor Uncle Gets Farrakhan-ish With Numbers

From the Daily Caller:

Funeral Pastors Compare Michael Brown’s Death To Jesus Christ’s Crucifixion

By Heather Smith | August 25, 2014

A crowd of family, friends, music stars, civil rights leaders and preachers gathered at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church on Monday for the memorial of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old robbery suspect who was fatally shot by local police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo.

We still can’t get over the absense of the Clintons. Maybe she isn’t running after all. Or maybe Mr. Brown is not polling well.

Brown’s uncle, Pastor Charles Ewing, gave a passionate eulogy and made parallels of his nephew’s life and that of the life of Jesus Christ.

“Michael Brown was 18 years old.  He was shot around noon.  Our Lord and Savior hung on the cross — now compare our time frame 12 o’clock to the Jewish time frame which is at the sixth hour.  Michael Brown died on August the 9th.  Jesus hung on the cross between the sixth and the 9th hour.”

Of course, it might be adjudged insensitive to notice.

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New Audio Tape Reveals Pause In Michael Brown Shooting

From CNN:

Attorney: New audio reveals pause in gunfire when Michael Brown shot

By Holly Yan | August 26, 2014

(CNN) — Could a newly released audio provide more clues on what led up to Michael Brown’s shooting death? The FBI has questioned a man who says he recorded audio of gunfire at the time Brown was shot by Ferguson police on August 9, the man’s attorney told CNN.

In the recording, a quick series of shots can be heard, followed by a pause and then another quick succession of shots. Forensic audio expert Paul Ginsberg analyzed the recording and said he detected at least 10 gunshots — a cluster of six, followed by four.

Is it another doctored tape? did some of those NBC employees who were fired over at NBC for doctoring the George Zimmerman tapes end up working for attorneys in Ferguson, MO?

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White House Claims ‘Checked-Out’ Obama Is Media Myth

From The Hill:

WH: Checked-out Obama is a media myth

By Amie Parnes | August 26, 2014

The White House is bristling at suggestions President Obama is disconnected, checked out or out of touch. White House allies maintain that the storyline of a checked-out president is a myth drummed up by the media during the summer doldrums.

As the old saying goes, ‘where there is smoke there is fire.’ Likewise, ‘where there are divots, there’s golfing.’

“It’s bullshit,” said one former senior administration official. “This is a guy who reads 10 letters a day simply to keep in touch with the American people. He spends all his time thinking about the economy and improving lives of the American people. He’s constantly in touch.” …

Some Democrats say the issue goes much farther than Obama’s love of the links, however.

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Egypt, United Arab Emirates Attack Libya — Don’t Tell US

From the New York Times:

Arab Nations Strike in Libya, Surprising U.S.

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK and ERIC SCHMITT | August 25, 2014

CAIRO — Twice in the last seven days, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have secretly launched airstrikes against Islamist-allied militias battling for control of Tripoli, Libya, four senior American officials said, in a major escalation of a regional power struggle set off by Arab Spring revolts.

The United States, the officials said, was caught by surprise: Egypt and the Emirates, both close allies and military partners, acted without informing Washington, leaving the Obama administration on the sidelines.

Can you blame the Egypt and the UAE for not telling the US? For one thing they know the Obama administration leaks like a sieve.

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US Flies Surveillance Over Syria, Syria Says ‘Don’t Attack’

From the Associated Press:

AP sources: US surveillance planes fly over Syria

By JULIE PACE | August 25, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has begun surveillance flights over Syria after President Barack Obama gave the OK, a move that could pave the way for airstrikes against Islamic State militant targets there, U.S. officials said.

Has Comrade Putin signed off?

While the White House says Obama has not approved military action inside Syria, additional intelligence on the militants would likely be necessary before he could take that step. Pentagon officials have been drafting potential options for the president, including airstrikes.

It’s pretty hard to have airstrikes that don’t hit civilians without ‘boots on the ground.’ (To ‘laser’ the targets.)

One official said the administration has a need for reliable intelligence from Syria and called the surveillance flights an important avenue for obtaining data…

That could be the understatement of the year.

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WH Claims Qatar Told Not To Pay Ransom, Public Agrees

From a very understanding New York Times:

U.S. Says It Told Qatar Not to Pay a Ransom

By PETER BAKER | August 25, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Monday that it brought the family of the American hostage Peter Theo Curtis together with the government of Qatar in an effort to secure his release, but insisted that it told the Qataris not to pay a ransom for the captured journalist…

And the Obama administration can’t be held responsible for what those naughty scamps might do behind their back. (Wink wink.)

Qatar is a close American ally that also has strong ties to the Nusra Front, a Qaeda affiliate that had been holding Mr. Curtis for nearly two years…

Qatar has strong ties with just about every terrorist group in the region.

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Balz: Americans Hate Politics Because Of Citizens United

From the Washington Post:

Why so many Americans hate politics

By Dan Balz | August 23, 2014

In a time of political polarization, one thing still unites left, right and center: the disdain people have for Washington, their elected leaders and the political system.

Everywhere people look, there are reasons to feel shut out, manipulated or deprived of the whole truth. Big money permeates political campaigns. Political rhetoric is frequently a vehicle for half-truths or pure spin. Members of Congress too often posture rather than legislate…

In campaigns, wealthy people with political agendas now speak loudly. The conservative Koch brothers, who will contribute perhaps several hundred million dollars this cycle to try to influence the outcome of elections, have become symbols of the new era.

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Politico: Race Relations Have Gotten Worse Under Obama

From the Politico:

Under Obama, racial hope but no change

By EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE | August 24, 2014

Six years ago, Barack Obama’s election was going to usher in a new era of racial understanding. That hasn’t happened. Few, if any, anticipated that the man whose election itself was historic would be in a constant lose-lose situation as president when it came to race.

Why has it taken the Politico so long to figure this out? Or are they only now able to admit it, now that Obama has been safely re-elected and the mid-terms are hopelessly lost?

The protests and violence in Ferguson, Missouri, following the police shooting of Michael Brown have crystallized a larger sense within the African-American community, and civil rights leaders say they feel they’re a long way from Grant Park and a lot closer to “here we go again” on the Trayvon Martin shooting.

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Obama Orders Review Of Police Use Of Military Hardware

From Reuters:

Obama orders review of U.S. police use of military hardware

By Steve Holland and Andrea Shalal | August 23, 2014

EDGARTOWN Mass./WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama has ordered a review of the distribution of military hardware to state and local police out of concern at how such equipment has been used during racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

Notice how the news media are moving on, albeit ever so subtlety. Ferguson is no longer primarily about how the police like to gun down unarmed cooperative black youths. (Since the Brown narrative is starting to fall apart.)

Now Ferguson is the symbol of the over-militarization of the police. (Which, of course, had nothing to do with the Brown shooting.) Now the story is about how the police over-reacted.

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