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 Bloomberg.com 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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Ukraine President: Russian Forces Have Entered Ukraine

[We are watching Mr. Putin's endgame in Ukraine. Meanwhile, Mr. Obama hasn't even made his first move.]

From an unfazed Associated Press:

Ukraine, NATO, US: Russian forces inside Ukraine

By Dalton Bennett | August 28, 2014

NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (AP) — "Russian forces have entered Ukraine," the country’s president declared Thursday, cancelling a foreign trip and calling an emergency meeting of his security council… "Today the president’s place is in Kiev," Poroshenko said…

Imagine having a President who breaks off his vacation when his country is invaded.

The U.S. government accused Russia of orchestrating a new military campaign in Ukraine, helping rebel forces expand their fight and sending in tanks, rocket launchers and armored vehicles. "These incursions indicate a Russian-directed counteroffensive is likely underway in Donetsk and Luhansk," U.S.

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Obama Refuses To Outline Strategy For Defeating ISIS

From the Washington Times:

Obama mum on Islamic State strategy

By Dave Boyer | August 27, 2014

White House aides insisted Wednesday that President Obama has a goal of defeating the Islamic State militant group and accused Republican critics of playing politics with national security, as Mr. Obama passed another day weighing airstrikes in Syria against Islamist terrorists.

With lawmakers of both parties increasingly calling on the president to outline a coherent plan for combatting [sic] the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, White House press secretary Josh Earnest blasted Republicans “who are looking to capitalize politically on this situation.”

Thank goodness, Barack Hussein Obama and the Democrats have never played politics with national security. Or tried to capitalize politically on a situation, like the war in Iraq.

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Tsarnaev Brothers’ Sister Is Charged Over Bomb Threat

From CNN:

Sister of Boston Marathon bombing suspect charged with making bomb threat

By Rande Iaboni | August 28, 2014

New York (CNN) — The sister of the Boston marathon bombing suspect was arrested in New York City Wednesday for allegedly making a bomb threat, police said.

Speaking of the danger of importing Muslims, why did we give this family asylum? How come the headline isn’t ‘American woman charged with making bomb threat’? Or New Jersey woman…

That’s the way the news media usually reports such stories of ‘domestic terrorism.’

Ailina Tsarnaev, 24, sister of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was charged with aggravated harassment after a bomb threat was made by phone to another woman on Monday.

The recipient — whose name was not released — notified police of the threat, according to NYPD Lt.

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Another ‘American’ Killed Fighting With Friend For Islam

From NBC News:

ISIS’ Douglas McCain, Best Friend Troy Kastigar Both Waged Jihad

By Cassandra Vinograd | August 27, 2014

American ISIS militant Douglas McCain isn’t the only product of Robbinsdale Cooper High School’s Class of 1999 to die alongside Islamist radicals in far-off lands. His onetime best friend and classmate Troy Kastigar was killed fighting for the Al-Shabaab terror group in Somalia in 2009…

Classmates at their New Hope, Minnesota, high school are reeling over the revelation that now they have lost two childhood friends to overseas "holy wars" to which they had no blood or immediate connection. Then came the questions.

How did two well-liked and affable young men take such tragically parallel paths to extremism? What was it that drew them to wars, away from their comfortable socio-economic backgrounds – attending high school in a working class suburb of Minneapolis – to Third World countries ripped apart by bloody conflict.

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Al Qaeda Magazine Urges The Bombing Of Vegas, Bases

From Fox News:

Al Qaeda magazine hints of looming attack; urges bombing of Vegas, military targets

By Lisa Daftari | August 28, 2014

A new English-language Al Qaeda magazine features a how-to article on making car bombs and suggests terror targets in the United States, including casinos in Las Vegas, oil tankers and military colleges, and implies that an attack is imminent.

The online publication, called “Palestine-Betrayal of the Guilty Conscience Al-Malahem” and put out by the media arm of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, calls for Muslims around the world to follow “the recipe” provided to set off car bombs in crowded venues. It includes a timeline of "selected jihadi operations"…

“The timeline concludes with the date 201?’ and blank spaces and question marks for the photo and information of the next attack — implying that it is coming soon.” said [Middle East Media Research Institute] (MEMRI) Executive Director Steve Stalinsky.

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New York Times Claims Internet Silences Political Debate

From the New York Times:

How Social Media Silences Debate

By Claire Cain Miller | August 26, 2014

The Internet might be a useful tool for activists and organizers, in episodes from the Arab Spring to the Ice Bucket Challenge.

But over all, it has diminished rather than enhanced political participation, according to new data. Social media, like Twitter and Facebook, has the effect of tamping down diversity of opinion and stifling debate about public affairs.

Something the NYT would never do. Just look at how open their pages are to the viewpoints of conservatives, such as Tea Party supporters. If you don’t believe us, just go to the comments section on any NYT article.

It makes people less likely to voice opinions, particularly when they think their views differ from those of their friends, according to a report published Tuesday by researchers at Pew Research Center and Rutgers University.

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Feds Spending $1M To Track ‘Misinformation’ On Twitter

From the Washington Free Beacon:

Feds Creating Database to Track ‘Hate Speech’ on Twitter

By Elizabeth Harrington | August 25, 2014 3:30 pm

The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track “misinformation” and hate speech on Twitter. The National Science Foundation is financing the creation of a web service that will monitor “suspicious memes” and what it considers “false and misleading ideas,” with a major focus on political activity online.

The Nationals Science Foundation has handed out untold millions of taxpayers’ dollars for countless boondoggles. (So many that Sen. Tom Coburn has given up trying to keep track of them.) Including the infamous ‘shrimp on treadmills’ study.

The “Truthy” database, created by researchers at Indiana University, is designed to “detect political smears, astroturfing, misinformation, and other social pollution.”

How many of these sites has the Obama administration set up?

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Obama-Care Website Cost 2X More Than We Were Told

From the Weekly Standard:

Feds: Cost of Healthcare.gov Estimated $1.7 Billion

By JERYL BIER | August 26, 2014

The federal government issued sixty contracts from 2009 to 2014 in efforts to build Healthcare.gov, the federal insurance marketplace. According to a report issued today by the inspector general (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the government had already paid out just under half a billion dollars by February 2014, five months after the beginning of open enrollment. The government is already under obligation for another $300 million, and the estimated value of the sixty contracts totals $1.7 billion.

Lest we forget, we were told back in May that, according to Kathleen Sebelius, as of November 2013, the federal exchange website cost $677 million.

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Mexican Prez Thanks CA For What It’s Done For Illegals

From an irony proof Reuters:

Mexican president thanks California for aiding undocumented migrants

By Sharon Bernstein | August 26, 2014

SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) – Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto thanked California on Thursday for improving the lives of immigrants from his country, including legalizing drivers’ licenses for undocumented migrants and making it easier for them to work and start businesses.

Try getting a license or a job or try to start a business in Mexico is you are an illegal alien. You will get ten years behind bars. In fact, you can get a few years behind bars for just complaining about their harsh treatment of illegal aliens or engaging in any kind of political activity. And forget about voting.

Pena Nieto, on his first trip to the United States since becoming president in 2012, addressed a joint session of the California legislature, detailing economic and electoral reforms enacted back home and emphasizing his country’s social and economic ties to the state…

In other words, he bragged about how Mexico has colonized California.

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Guatemalan Victims Of Domestic Violence To Get Asylum

From the Daily Caller:

Justice Dept. Opens New Asylum Gate For Guatemalans

By Neil Munro | August 26, 2014

The Department of Justice’s board of immigration appeals has decided to let Guatemalan women win asylum in the United States if they claim to be victims of domestic violence.

The decision creates a huge new incentive for Guatemalan women to cross the U.S. border, because if their asylum claim is accepted, their children get U.S. citizenship, plus the use of federal health, education and retirement programs, regardless of their initial education and work skills. The new decision also means that many of the Guatemalan women who have already crossed the border this year have a new claim for asylum…

The decision was announced in an Aug.

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FBI Asked To Investigate Black Gang Attack On White Vet

First we have this earlier report, via Breitbart:

Gang of Black Men Attack White Man in Mississippi, Leaving Him Brain Damaged

By Warner Todd Huston | August 26, 2014

A white, former Marine was badly beaten and possibly left with brain damage by a crowd of racial epithet-yelling African Americans at an all night restaurant near West Point, Mississippi apparently in retaliation for the shooting of Missouri teen Michael Brown. Police are hastening to avoid calling the attack a "hate crime."

Isn’t it funny how officials always quickly assure everyone that such crimes are not ‘hate crimes’? (More on this in the article below.)

Ralph Weems IV, 32, a former Marine who served in Iraq, is now in a medical coma but listed in fair condition at a Tupelo hospital.

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Rev Louis Farrakhan: Ferguson Is A Microcosm Of The US

First we have this from Reuters:

Demonstrations resume in Missouri over shooting death of black teen

August 27, 2014

ST LOUIS: More than 100 demonstrators marched peacefully in St. Louis on Tuesday demanding the arrest of a white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, almost three weeks ago.

By nightfall, a small group of about 30 people marched in Ferguson along the street that has been the centre of protests since the death of Michael Brown, 18, although the atmosphere was subdued and police presence was limited… Demonstrations have been more subdued in recent days.

Is it just us, or does Reuters sound despondent about this?

On Tuesday afternoon, demonstrators marched a few blocks from St. Louis City Hall to the federal court building, chanting: “Fired up, fed up, time that we stand up.” The protesters, who called for Wilson’s arrest and the removal of Ferguson police leaders, were blocked from walking up the courthouse steps by a group of officers, most on bicycles…

How ‘green’ of them.

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IRS Lawyer: Lerner’s Blackberry Deliberately Destroyed

From Fox News:

IRS lawyer: Lois Lerner’s Blackberry deliberately destroyed after start of congressional probe

By Doug McKelway | August 27, 2014

Lois Lerner’s Blackberry was intentionally destroyed after Congress had begun its probe into IRS targeting of conservative groups, a senior IRS lawyer acknowledged in a sworn declaration.

Thomas Kane, Deputy Assistant Chief Counsel for the IRS, wrote in the declaration, part of a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch against the IRS, that the Blackberry was "removed or wiped clean of any sensitive or proprietary information and removed as scrap for disposal in June 2012."

That date – June 2012 – is significant because by that time, ex-IRS official Lerner had already been summoned before congressional staffers who interviewed her about reports of the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups.

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ISIS Wants $6.6M Ransom Plus Siddiqui For US Woman

From ABC News:

ISIS Demands $6.6M Ransom for 26-Year-Old American Woman

By BRIAN ROSS, RHONDA SCHWARTZ and JAMES GORDON MEEK | August 26, 2014

A third American hostage held by ISIS has been identified as a 26-year-old American woman who was kidnapped a year ago while doing humanitarian relief work in Syria.

The terror group is demanding $6.6 million and the release of U.S. prisoners for the life of the young woman, who the family requested not be identified.

How preposterous! Doesn’t ISIS know that Mr. Obama never negotiates with hostage takers? (He has Qatar do that for him.) And he certainly will never do a prisoner swap with terrorists. (Unless it’s for a deserter. Or possibly a reporter.)

She is the third of at least four Americans who were known to be held by ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

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