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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US Transfers 2 Yemeni To Bagram (That Is, Frees Them)

First we have this from the Washington Free Beacon:

Pentagon Unaware that Qatar Funds Terrorism

August 26, 2014

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said he finds media reports that Qatar is funding terrorism to be “concerning” if in fact “the reports are true.”

Kirby appeared to be unaware of State Department and Treasury Department intelligence reports categorically confirming that Qatar is a chief financier of terrorist activities, including of the group Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood…

They also created and financed the so-called ‘Arab Spring.’ Which was to give the Muslim Brotherhood power in Egypt. (For the record, Hamas calls itself the Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine.)

“We continue to have a solid military-to-military relationship with Qatar,” Kirby told reporters, referring to recently inked $11 billion arms deal signed by the U.S.

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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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