Six vehicles destroyed…

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The first official airstrikes against ISIS took place yesterday. An aircraft carrier task force launched the strike. Six ISIS vehicles were destroyed.

The U.S. military launched airstrikes against the Islamic State militants in Iraq Monday in its first move in the newly broadened mission authorized by President Obama to go on the offensive against the terror group.

“The airstrike southwest of Baghdad was the first strike taken as part of our expanded efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions to hit ISIL targets as Iraqi forces go on offense, as outlined in the president’s speech last Wednesday,” the release said.

Previous U.S. airstrikes in Iraq were conducted to protect U.S. interests and personnel, assist Iraqi refugees and secure critical infrastructure. Monday’s strike was in direct support of Iraqi forces fighting the militants.

Six Islamic State vehicles and a militant fighting position that was firing on Iraqi forces were destroyed in the strikes.

It probably cost $15 million to destroy those trucks. This is going to take a while and cost a lot.

US Navy handout photo of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise

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Worth its weight in Firepower

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Just one of those unique little devices from the Cold War that could use a little resurrecting right about now. Who am I kidding? I’m more of an H-Bomb kind of guy. Nonetheless, imagine how cool you would be if you were the guy humping THIS on to an Objective.

I’ve never jumped a SADM before but I’ve spent many days of my life partying with someone who did!

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Glenn Beck Figured Out Why The White House Insists On Calling The Islamic State ‘ISIL’

Beck’s radio program occurs in the morning. In our area we get it on ‘Tape Delay’. Today he made a point about which I have been scratching my head for some time. I am not the only one, either.

The Islamic State terrorists began their reign of terror calling themselves ISIS which stands for the ‘Islamic State in Iraq and Syria’. Some called them ISIL which stands for the ‘Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant’. Later, after they overwhelmed many areas in Iraq and Syria, found funding, and more adherents they changed to IS which stands for ‘Islamic State’.

But the Obama administration has called them ISIL all along. It’s obvious that that decision came down from on high. Everyone speaking for the administration calls them ISIL. Why is that?

First, what’s the difference between Syria and the Levant? Syria is today a separate country.

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As you can see, Syria is a small country sandwiched between Turkey on the north, Iraq on the east, Jordan on the west, and Lebanon on the west.

The Levant, however, is much larger:

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It includes Israel.

The President makes a strong point to Muslim countries when he insists that Israel is under control of the Islamic State. They understand it, too. Obama has never been a supporter of Israel. He has snubbed their leaders and has treated the country as thou it should not exist.

That is why he insists on the ISIL label.

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“KFC Muslim Employee Screams Insults At Customer Asking For Bacon”

This is from 2011. NSFW language.

The violence is just below the surface.

“A Muslim worker at a KFC restaurant in Sydney has been suspended after he was filmed screaming vicious insults and threatening to attack a customer.”

H/T to Kate

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Muslim Day Parade In NYC

Take a look and tell me about all of the moderate Muslims you know. Some pretty f-ed up pictures at the link. Just imagine the righteous indignation if some white Christians showed up to a parade like this.

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Sharyl Attkinson: State Dept Ordered To Purge Damaging Benghazi Docs

Hillary must be protected.

According to former Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell, the after-hours session took place over a weekend in a basement operations-type center at State Department headquarters in Washington, D.C. This is the first time Maxwell has publicly come forward with the story.

At the time, Maxwell was a leader in the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA), which was charged with collecting emails and documents relevant to the Benghazi probe. [...]

Maxwell says the weekend document session was held in the basement of the State Department’s Foggy Bottom headquarters in a room underneath the “jogger’s entrance.” He describes it as a large space, outfitted with computers and big screen monitors, intended for emergency planning, and with small offices on the periphery.

When he arrived, Maxwell says he observed boxes and stacks of documents. He says a State Department office director, whom Maxwell described as close to Clinton’s top advisers, was there. Though the office director technically worked for him, Maxwell says he wasn’t consulted about her weekend assignment.

“She told me, ‘Ray, we are to go through these stacks and pull out anything that might put anybody in the [Near Eastern Affairs] front office or the seventh floor in a bad light,’” says Maxwell. He says “seventh floor” was State Department shorthand for then-Secretary of State Clinton and her principal advisors.

“I asked her, ‘But isn’t that unethical?’ She responded, ‘Ray, those are our orders.’”

Absolution is just a shredder away in today’s America.

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Iran Taunts Obama Regime Where It Hurts: Twitter

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Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said a U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State is “pointless,” as members of the alliance meet today to coordinate efforts against the militant group.

“Actions that were carried out in Iraq and broke the back of Islamic State were not the deed of Americans but those of the army and people of Iraq,” Khamenei said today in comments on his official website. He said the coalition is “pointless, superficial and has an agenda.” [...]

Khamenei spoke as European and Middle Eastern wings of the developing coalition are gathering today in Paris at the initiative of French President Francois Hollande. The 25-nation meeting is aimed at coordinating aid to Iraq in the efforts against the Islamist militants.

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Rand Paul Changes His Mind {GASP}

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Rand Paul changes his mind sometimes. As horrific as this may sound in today’s world of ideological purists demanding nothing less than absolute compliance from their party, it is the stuff that thinking men are made of.

It’s also how a thinking man gets elected. I am of the mind that a man should hold some virtues as sacrosanct, and keep everything else open for constant evaluation. It’s a proper mental exercise, if nothing more. If you are constantly evaluating your views, you are less-likely to fall into the party line trap.

I don’t agree with Senator Paul on aid to Israel. I stand with them in their right to self-determination and self-defense. That will never change. I support North Korea’s right to self-defense, as well. I do not support foreign aid, per se.

As a duly-licensed, board certified, practicing pragmatist, I support being realistic over ideological purity. I may choose to live my life in a largely ideologically pure manner, but my personal views are mine. You are not required to agree. Nor is my government. Rand Paul is solid on individual liberty, national defense, and most issues of import to me. Our disagreement over some issues doesn’t make him my 20% enemy, it makes him my 80% friend.

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And what about same-sex marriage? Paul’s position — such marriages are morally wrong, but Republicans should stop obsessing about them — seems so muddled that an Iowa pastor recently confronted him in frustration.

“With all due respect, that sounds very retreatist of you,” minister Michael Demastus said he told Paul (R-Ky.) after the senator explained his position during a stop in Des Moines.

Paul has built a reputation as a libertarian ideologue, a Washington outsider guided by a rigid devotion to principle.

But his policy vision is, in fact, a work in progress. While he has maintained his core support for cutting spending and protecting Americans’ privacy rights, Paul has shaded, changed or dropped some of the ideas that he espoused as a tea party candidate and in his confrontational early days as a senator.

So what, exactly, does Rand Paul believe?

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Taken together, these sources provide a picture of Washington’s most intriguing politician — a candidate still tinkering with his platform, even as he stands on it.

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Paul’s evolving views have been on display most recently amid the national debate over how to confront the brutal Islamic State.

In June, when the militants had already seized large swaths of Iraq, Paul seemed skeptical about the value of targeting them with U.S. airstrikes.

“I’m not so sure where the clear-cut American interest is,” he said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” He noted that the Iraqi military had folded in the face of the group’s attacks: Why should the U.S. military have to intervene?

“What’s going on now, I don’t blame on President Obama. Has he really got the solution?” Paul said. “Maybe there is no solution.”

But more recently, after the videotaped beheadings of American journalists, Paul has come out in favor of airstrikes and other actions to “destroy” the group.

“If I had been in President Obama’s shoes, I would have acted more decisively and strongly against” the Islamic State, he wrote in Time magazine this month. “I would have called Congress back into session — even during recess,” to ask for explicit authorization.

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For Paul, advisers say, being a realist means he is skeptical of every possible military action, until he is convinced that there is a crucial U.S. interest at stake and that the action will succeed.

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This was not the first time Paul made a public reversal on a matter of foreign policy. In 2011, in his early, fire-breathing days as a senator, he proposed eliminating all U.S. foreign aid — even aid to Israel, considered sacrosanct in the Republican Party.

But after an outcry, he soon altered his proposal; he wanted instead to cut all foreign aid, except for $5 billion a year.

Why $5 billion? A Paul aide said that amount would give Israel its full share — more than $3 billion per year — and still have money left over.

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I wonder If This Will Resonate With Latinos

It’s titled ‘Brown Pride’. It comes from here.

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Run, Bernie, Run!

Bernie Sanders is an avowed Socialist. He calls himself an Independent. But, as we have seen, the Democrat party has moved far to the left in the past several years, moving closer to Sanders’ socialist ideology.

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Sanders considering 2016 run as Democrat

Sen. Bernie Sanders said on Sunday he’s considering running for president in 2016, but maybe not as an independent.

“The issue is setting up the infrastructure of running,” the independent senator from Vermont said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “One of the reasons I’m going to Iowa is to get a sense of how people feel about it.”

Sanders said he believes more people are frustrated with their political parties and could align with an independent presidential candidate but that setting up the infrastructure needed for a serious candidacy throughout the states could be difficult.

Whether he runs for president as a Democrat, he said, doesn’t have anything to do with whether former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton runs.

“The issue is not Hillary. I’ve known Hillary Clinton for many years. I have a lot of respect for Hillary Clinton,” Sanders said. “The question is at a time when so many people have seen a decline in their standard of living, when the wealthiest people and the largest corporations are doing phenomenally well, the American people want change.”

Read more at Politico, Especially the comments. He has support.

Related: “NBC Laments Hillary May Not Be Liberal Enough for Demcrats in 2016″

From MRC

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I’m Beginning To Think Joan Rivers Was Right

Before she died Comedienne Joan Rivers said publicly that Michelle Obama is a ‘tranny’ – a transgender. Rivers always said she made a good living by saying what others were thinking.

I don’t know what difference it makes, and it is not important – which is also a point Rivers made. But once in a while we see things like the image below of the first lady. This was taken at the ‘Kaboom’ party on September 11 this year.

Hm. A ‘Kaboom’ party on September 11. What do you think? Was that move tasteless or in-your-face?

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Not very feminine

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Air war against ISIS is essentially casual sex

Former CIA director Michael Hayden explained an air-only campaign against ISIS is pretty much the same as causal sex.

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New York Times tells the truth about scary black rifles

They represent a trivial part of gun violence.

The law that barred the sale of assault weapons from 1994 to 2004 made little difference.

It turns out that big, scary military rifles don’t kill the vast majority of the 11,000 Americans murdered with guns each year. Little handguns do.

In 2012, only 322 people were murdered with any kind of rifle, F.B.I. data shows.

The continuing focus on assault weapons stems from the media’s obsessive focus on mass shootings, which disproportionately involve weapons like the AR-15, a civilian version of the military M16 rifle. This, in turn, obscures some grim truths about who is really dying from gunshots.

Annually, 5,000 to 6,000 black men are murdered with guns. Black men amount to only 6 percent of the population. Yet of the 30 Americans on average shot to death each day, half are black males.

The vast majority of gun crime in America is conducted with illegally possessed and a radically disproportionate amount of that is among young black men. If every so-called ‘assault rifle’ in America would magically disappear, it wouldn’t even make a noticeable difference in the amount of gun violence that occurs.

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Antarctic sea ice at maximum ever recorded

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Sea ice covers an area three times the size of Australia.

Scientists say the extent of Antarctic sea ice cover is at its highest level since records began.

Satellite imagery reveals an area of about 20 million square kilometres covered by sea ice around the Antarctic continent.

Jan Lieser from the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) said the discovery was made two days ago.

“This is an area covered by sea ice which we’ve never seen from space before,” he said.

“Thirty-five years ago the first satellites went up which were reliably telling us what area, two dimensional area, of sea ice was covered and we’ve never seen that before, that much area.

You know what maximum Antarctic sea ice proves: The horror of global warming.

As the area covered in sea ice expands scientists have said the ice on the continent of Antarctica which is not over the ocean continues to deplete.

CEO of the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC, Tony Worby, said the warming atmosphere is leading to greater sea ice coverage by changing wind patterns.

“The extent of sea ice is driven by the winds around Antarctica, and we believe that they’re increasing in strength and part of that is around the depletion of ozone,” he said.

That’s the beauty of global warming. No matter what happens, global warming is the cause.

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Obama to arm the ‘good guys’ in Syria?

‘Syrian moderate’ probably means ‘al Qaeda’.

The White House on Sunday put pressure on Congress to vote this week in favor of training and arming Syrian rebels as part of President Obama’s plan to destroy the Islamic State, making clear that sending U.S. combat troops is not an option.

“If it’s not the Syrian opposition, trained and equipped by the United States, authorized by Congress and the president … then it’ll have to be U.S. troops,” White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough told “Fox News Sunday.” “The president made a decision on that. We’re not going to do that.”

The GOP-led House appears most ready to approve the plan. Members are expected to return to Capitol Hill on Monday, a day ahead of schedule, to begin preliminary work on authorizing the training and the $500 million in spending the White House wants for moderate Syrian rebels to help in the fight against the militant group, also known as ISIS or ISIL.

Does anybody believe that there are any ‘good guys’ in Syria? Maybe the Christians but they are so afraid of the Muslims that they have cast their lot with Assad. Hell, at this point, Assad might be the closest thing to a good guy in Syria… and that isn’t very close.

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Obama Strategy Defined

“I think we have been very clear about our intentions.”

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Obama’s ‘Surgical’ strikes

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Coming Soon: Cap And Trade For Packaging

It was passed by the United Nations. Now it is being considered for Canada. How long do you think it will be before it’s here?

Hat tip to Kate

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WaPo: “In D.C., a 13-year-old piano prodigy is treated as a truant instead of a star student”

Home-schooling is becoming more popular. Some parents are concerned about the propaganda fed to students in public schools. Some parents worry about the quality of public educations. In this case the school system will not allow Avery Gagliano to attend music trials, rehearsals, or performances. The administrators refuse to excuse her absences even though she is a straight A student.

We will be better for having met her.

Parents decide to homeschool straight-A daughter after school labels her a truant

From EAG

From the Washington Post:

Avery Gagliano is a commanding young pianist who attacks Chopin with the focused diligence of a master craftsman and the grace of a ballet dancer.

The prodigy, who just turned 13, was one of 12 musicians selected from across the globe to play at a prestigious event in Munich last year and has won competitions and headlined with orchestras nationwide.

But to the D.C. public school system, the eighth-grader from Mount Pleasant is also a truant. Yes, you read that right. Avery’s amazing talent and straight-A grades at Alice Deal Middle School earned her no slack from school officials, despite her parents’ begging and pleading for an exception.

“As I shared during our phone conversation this morning, DCPS is unable to excuse Avery’s absences due to her piano travels, performances, rehearsals, etc.,” Jemea Goso, attendance specialist with the school system’s Office of Youth Engagement, wrote in an e-mail to Avery’s parents, Drew Gagliano and Ying Lam, last year before she left to perform in Munich.”

First here is an example of her Chopin:

Next a video that allows her to introduce herself. She is an accomplished, self-confident young woman.

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“Only In The ‘Hood, Baby”

If you are going to get into a fight it might pay to wear clothes that won’t fall off.

NSFW home video here

Hat tip to iOTW

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“… But You Can’t Fool All Of The People All Of The Time”

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“Dem Congressman Says 40 ISIS Terrorists Have Returned to U.S.”

Rep. Tim Bishop, New York District 1

Rep. Tim Bishop, New York District 1

Last week our own RD Walker posted an observation that members of the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) can not just quit once involved. Today we find a New York Congressman, Tim Bishop, a Democrat, is telling us that we know of forty IS members have returned to the United States.

We can be certain that they did not come back to retire from IS. They were sent back because they were the easiest ones to send. They had western passports. Here is what Bishop had to say:

Did you know that 40 ISIS terrorists with U.S. passports have returned to the United States? U.S. citizens who fought with the most evil force on earth are back on U.S. soil.

Democratic congressman Tim Bishop said that was the case at a LIMBA meeting Friday. What is worse is that he’s not concerned! The FBI, he said, is keeping close watch.

The FBI kept a close watch on the Boston bombers too after the Russians told the U.S. twice that the Tsarnaevs were a threat.

Why are they here? They should stay in the caliphate they fought for, which also happens to be our enemy, an enemy that is at war with us even if we are not at war with them.

While David Cameron is taking passports away from ISIS terrorists who attempt to return home, the Obama administration is allowing them to return without any repercussions. He let them return without informing the American public.

They fought with a caliphate that hopes to destroy us. They are traitors and they are dangerous.”

Bishop has more faith in the FBI than I do.

Read more here

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You must establish “why you are having sex”…

This reads like satire, but it isn’t. It isn’t enough to agree to sexual contact, you must define “why” you are making out. Failing to create this verbal contract may result in prosecution for sexual assault.

At Ohio State University, to avoid being guilty of “sexual assault” or “sexual violence,” you and your partner now apparently have to agree on the reason WHY you are making out or having sex. It’s not enough to agree to DO it, you have to agree on WHY: there has to be agreement “regarding the who, what, where, when, why, and how this sexual activity will take place.”

Ohio State applies an impractical “agreement” requirement to not just sex, but also to a much broader category of “touching” that is sexual (or perhaps romantic?) in nature. First, it states that “sexual assault is any form of non-consensual sexual activity. Sexual assault includes all unwanted sexual acts from intimidation to touching to various forms of penetration and rape.” Then, it states that “Consent is a knowing and voluntary verbal or non-verbal agreement between both parties to participate in each and every sexual act. . .Conduct will be considered “non-consensual” if no clear consent . . . is given. . . .Effective consent can be given by words or actions so long as the words or actions create a mutual understanding between both parties regarding the conditions of the sexual activity–ask, ‘do both of us understand and agree regarding the who, what, where, when, why, and how this sexual activity will take place?’”

Leftists continue to attempt to make people “better” by regulating everything in their lives. No matter what you do, if it isn’t illegal, it is mandatory.

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Saturday Night Special – Hell and back again

In light of recent events, the 911 Anniversary and as a follow-up to our epic motion picture of last night, I found this documentary to be a logical inclusion for our weekend here. I’ve not seen this one more than just a very few minutes in.

What you will be watching tonight is a documentary of a military offensive in Afghanistan in the Summer of 2008. It is just a small portion of a War that has been taking place over the last 1,400 Years. Today in Afghanistan everyone is trying very hard not to be the last guy killed before we withdraw completely.

It doesn’t seem to matter how much blood we spill, either theirs or ours, the enemy continues to be a threat because they continue to live. Now we have emerging threats that are causing us to extend ourselves on to familiar foreign battlefields once again. I have to ask what it is that we hope to accomplish. Are we going to somehow become more fearsome by doing the same things all over again and this time with a vastly diminished budget as our economy falters? Are we somehow going to develop a united National Will to defeat our enemies as hostile agitprops work tirelessly to divide us?

With each day I grow even more convinced that there is only one clear path to Victory in this War.

Harry Truman knew what to do in a situation like this.

It’s time to go to Hell and back again…

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“The Obama Bomb”

Senator Inhofe is warning about a terrorist attack on a US city. He says Islamic terrorists are assembling a massive bomb that will destroy an entire city. He says no one wants to deal with the possibility.

Sen. Jim Inhofe: ISIS Developing Bomb to Blow Up US City

Oklahoma Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe has warned that Islamic State extremists are attempting to develop a weapon to blow up a major city in the United States.

“We’re in the most dangerous position we’ve ever been in as a nation,” the ranking GOP member of the Senate Armed Services Committee told Fox 25 TV in Oklahoma City.

They’re crazy out there, and they’re rapidly developing a method of blowing up a major U.S. city, and people just can’t believe that’s happening,” he said.”

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Sotloff, Foley Families Threatened By Obama Administration

Filthy, uncaring people from Obama actually threatened the families of journalists while they were held by Islamic terrorists. Now they are being killed one by one in an horrific manner. These deaths are on Obama’s hands.

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Shirley Sotloff and Steven Sotloff

The parents of murdered journalist Steven Sotloff were told by a White House counterterrorism official at a meeting last May that they could face criminal prosecution if they paid ransom to try to free their son, a spokesman for the family told Yahoo News Friday night.

The Sotloff family issued their statement after Diane Foley, the mother of murdered journalist James Foley, told ABC News that her family took statements by the White House counterterrorism official about legal bars to paying ransom as a “threat, and it was appalling. … We were horrified he would say that. He just told us we would be prosecuted.”

Read more at Yahoo News

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