ISIS Wanted $100M And Prisoner Swap For James Foley

From a memory deficient New York Times:

ISIS Pressed for Ransom Before Killing Journalist

By RUKMINI CALLIMACHI [sic] | August 20, 2014

Kneeling in the dirt in a desert somewhere in the Middle East, James Foley lost his life this week at the hands of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Before pulling out the knife used to decapitate him, his masked executioner explained that he was killing the 40-year-old American journalist in retaliation for the recent United States’ airstrikes against the terror group in Iraq.

In fact, until recently, ISIS had a very different list of demands for Mr. Foley: The group pressed the United States to provide a multimillion-dollar ransom for his release, according to a representative of his family and a former hostage held alongside him.

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US Botched Attempt To Rescue James Foley This Summer

From the Washington Post:

U.S. staged secret operation into Syria in failed bid to rescue Americans

By Adam Goldman and Karen DeYoung | August 20, 2014

U.S. Special Operations forces staged an unsuccessful operation this summer to rescue photojournalist James Foley and other Americans being held in Syria by Islamic State militants, according to senior Obama administration officials.

Obama really is Jimmy Carter, II. It’s downright eerie. Still, notice how artfully the headline and lead underplay that this was a botched rescue attempt. Carter didn’t get this kid glove treatment from the press for his failed hostage rescue attempt.

The attempt, involving several dozen U.S. commandos, one of whom was injured in a fierce firefight with the militants, was the first known U.S. ground operation in Syria since the country’s descent into civil war.

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Mike Ditka: Redskins Opponents ‘Politically Correct Idiots’

From Breitbart:

Mike Ditka Calls Opponents of Redskins Name ‘Politically Correct Idiots’

By Daniel J. Flynn | August 20, 2014

The Hall of Famer had some strong words…  “There’s so much horse$#!+,” the Super Bowl-winning coach and player [sic] of the nickname controversy, “it’s incredible” … in an edited audio interview with Redskins author and superfan Mike Richman…

“This is so stupid it’s appalling,” the Hall of Famer opines. “And I hope that the owner keeps fighting for it and never changes it. Because the Redskins are a part of American football history. It should never be anything but the ‘Washington Redskins.’ That’s the way it is.”

The player, coach, and broadcaster making his living from the NFL for more than a half century cites the “history” and “tradition” of the league, which he knows well, and the “reverence” the name shows Native Americans, as reasons to keep it.

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US Has More People On Welfare Than Russia Has People

From CNS News:

The 35.4 Percent: 109,631,000 on Welfare

By Terence P. Jeffrey | August 20, 2014

109,631,000 Americans lived in households that received benefits from one or more federally funded "means-tested programs" — also known as welfare — as of the fourth quarter of 2012, according to data released Tuesday by the Census Bureau…

But the 109,631,000 living in households taking federal welfare benefits as of the end of 2012, according to the Census Bureau, equaled 35.4 percent of all 309,467,000 people living in the United States at that time.

When those receiving benefits from non-means-tested federal programs — such as Social Security, Medicare, unemployment and veterans benefits — were added to those taking welfare benefits, it turned out that 153,323,000 people were getting federal benefits of some type at the end of 2012.

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LA Considers Paying People To Vote To Increase Turnout

From an unfazed Washington Post:

Can paying people to vote increase voter turnout? L.A.’s looking into it and the answer is yes.

By Hunter Schwarz | August 19, 2014

… The Los Angeles Ethics Commission voted Thursday for Wesson to look into various ways to increase turnout, including cash incentives like a lottery.

The idea is just in the “incubation process,” Wesson said, with nothing approaching even an actual proposal, but there’s data to suggest paying people to vote increases turnout.

A study conducted in 2010 in Lancaster, Calif., in northern Los Angeles County, by Fordham University professor Costas Panagopoulos found nominal incentives like a few bucks don’t do much to increase turnout, but a few more dollars is enough of an incentive to convince a larger percentage of people to vote.

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White House Not Ruling Out Sending Obama To Ferguson

From an irony proof reporter at The Hill:

White House hasn’t ruled out sending Obama to Ferguson

By Amie Parnes | August 19, 2014

The White House has weighed sending President Obama to Ferguson, Mo., and has not ruled out a visit in upcoming weeks, according to sources familiar with the internal decisionmaking.

For now, the White House believes a trip by Obama to Ferguson would do more harm than good, by diverting resources on the ground at a pivotal time for law enforcement…

Wait just a cotton picking minute. (If that isn’t too racist.) That excuse wasn’t allowed to fly when President Bush didn’t break off his vacation to visiting New Orleans soon enough after Katrina.

A presidential trip would require heavy security at a time when state and local authorities, along with the Missouri National Guard, are dealing with demonstrations, protests and looting…

Just like during Katrina.

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Nixon Demands ‘Vigorous Prosecution’ (Of Darren Wilson)

From the Daily Caller:

Gov. Nixon Calls For ‘Vigorous Prosecution’ Of Darren Wilson

By Chuck Ross | August 20, 2014

Not content with a regular prosecution or a vigorous investigation, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said he hopes that Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson will receive a “vigorous prosecution” in the shooting death of Michael Brown on Aug. 9.

“A vigorous prosecution must now be pursued,” Nixon said in a five minute video address posted to his website Tuesday… “Their obligation to achieve justice in the shooting death of Michael Brown must be carried out thoroughly, promptly, and correctly,” said Nixon of investigators…

And never mind that justice in this case might not involve any prosecution at all, if Officer Wilson did not commit a crime.

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Darren Wilson Texts To Friend He Is Afraid To Go Outside

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

‘I can’t go out… the support is really keeping me going during this stressful time. Just stay safe’

Under 24-hour guard in fear for his life, Darren Wilson breaks his silence in texts to friend

By Daniel Bates and Neil Blincow | 19 August 2014

The policeman who shot dead a black teenager in St Louis has revealed he is under 24-hour guard and ‘can’t go out’ at this ‘stressful time’ in his first comments since the killing. Darren Wilson text messaged a close friend to say that he can’t leave protective custody because he would be immediately recognized – making him and his young child a target.

In his messages Wilson, 28, also thanked for the support of his friends which he said was ‘really keeping me going’.

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Only 3 Of 78 Arrested Protesters Are Ferguson Residents

From Breitbart:

Report: Only 3 of 78 Arrested Protesters Were Ferguson Residents

August 19, 2014

Fox News correspondent Steve Harrigan reported that only three of the 78 protesters arrested last night during last night’s clash between the police and protesters in Ferguson were actually from the city on Tuesday’s “The O’Reilly Factor.”

He stated that there were, “78 arrests, just three of them here from the town of Ferguson.” Harrigan added that there were “a lot from Missouri, but some came from as far away as California and New York.”  And that there are “some concerns from police that rioters are using the demonstrations as a cover, a cover to launch some attacks against police."

Everyone wants to get in on the glorious new ‘Civil Rights Movement.’

Also, from Breitbart:

Capt Johnson: Police Receiving Calls About Shooters on Rooftops

August 19, 2014

Missouri Highway Patrol Cpt.

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Ferguson Looter: ‘I’m Proud Of Us, We Deserve This’

From an approving Washington Post:

Ferguson protesters: The peaceful, the elders, the looters, and the ‘militants’

By Emily Wax-Thibodeaux [sic] and DeNeen L. Brown | August 18, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. — … [T]he demonstrators are as diverse as their grievances — and in their methods of addressing them. Some of the men are from the area — Ferguson or surrounding towns also defined in part by the gulf separating the mostly white law enforcement agencies from a mistrusting African American public. Many others — it is hard to quantify the percentage — have arrived by bus and by car from Chicago, Detroit, Brooklyn and elsewhere.

It’s probably only ‘hard to quantify the percentage’ because the Post doesn’t want us to know that the vast majority are from out of town.

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Report: Darren Wilson Suffered Fractured Eyeball Socket

From Jim Hoft at the Gateway Pundit:

BREAKING REPORT: Officer Darren Wilson Suffered “Orbital Blowout Fracture to Eye Socket” During Mike Brown Attack

By Jim Hoft on Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Gateway Pundit can now confirm from two local St. Louis sources that police Officer Darren Wilson suffered facial fractures during his confrontation with deceased 18 year-old Michael Brown. Officer Wilson clearly feared for his life during the incident that led to the shooting death of Brown. This was after Michael Brown and his accomplice Dorian Johnson robbed a local Ferguson convenience store…

A blowout fracture is a fracture of one or more of the bones surrounding the eye and is commonly referred to as an orbital floor fracture.

We saw this yesterday but we thought it might get knocked down by the local authorities.

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AP: Journalist Decapitated By ISIS Was Aware Of Risks

From the Associated Press:

American journalist killed in Syria aware of risks

By RIK STEVENS | August 19, 2014

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Journalist James Foley had worked in a number of conflict zones in the Middle East, but the danger didn’t stop him from doing the job he loved.

Captured and held for six weeks while covering the uprising in Libya, he knew the risks when he went to Syria two years ago to cover the escalating violence there…

Diane Foley, asked in January 2013 if her son had reservations about going to Syria, said softly: "Not enough." …

So, apparently, at least according to the AP, Mr. Foley knew what he was getting into. So it’s no big deal that he has been decapitated by the ISIS maniacs.

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NY State Sues Farm For Not Holding Same Sex Marriages

From Albany’s Times Union:

HRC fines upstate farm for same sex marriage refusal

By Rick Karlin | August 14, 2014

The decision from the state Human Rights Commission, technically known as Division of Human Rights was just mailed out and the parties are just now receiving it: Rensselaer County’s Liberty Ridge Farm has been fined a total of $13,000, including $1,500 to each of the two women they turned down when they said “no” to hosting a same sex marriage for religious reasons.

Is that all? That’s just a slap on the wrist. They should have their farm taken away from them.

The NYCLU which helped represent the couple, hailed the decision.

Because the ACLU is so concerned about protecting the liberties of Americans. Except any civil liberties, such as the freedom of religion, that they don’t like.

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Simms, Dungy Won’t Say Redskins, Manziel Gives Finger

From the Daily Caller:

Johnny Football Gave the Redskins The Middle Finger

By Al Weaver | August 18, 2014

… A struggling Manziel took his frustration out on the Washington Redskins’ bench, flipping them the bird following a 2nd down incompletion with 2:28 left in the third quarter.

Manziel, the former Heisman winner at Texas A&M and ultimate bro, completed only 7 of 16 passes for just 65 yards and a touchdown. He was also sacked three times, and can (probably) expect his first fine as an NFLer this week…

Hopefully, this had nothing to do with Mr. Manziel’s poor performance on the field. And everything to do with his contempt for their refusal to abandon their racist team name.

Speaking of which, we have this news from a cheering Associated Press:

Two Major NFL Announcers Say They Won’t Use Term ‘Redskins’ on the Air

Aug.

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DNC, Jackson, Sharpton Use Ferguson For Black Turnout

From Breitbart:

Missouri GOP: Michael Brown Voting Registration Booths ‘Disgusting’

By Charlie Spiering | August 18, 2014

Republicans are criticizing efforts by liberal organizers to set up voter registration booths at the site where Missouri teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed by a local police officer.

How partisan of them!

Reports of the voter registration tables have been reported via liberal activists on social media. “In front of the makeshift memorial where Mike Brown was killed, they’ve set up a voter registration table,” tweeted Jessica Lee, a Human rights attorney at the Center For Constitutional Rights wrote on Twitter. Another activist urged Ferguson residents to register at both the QT convenience store protestor location and the crime scene memorial…

And then there is this from the St.

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