Obama Hits The Links With Biden In Regular Golf Game…

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Joe missed getting on the choo choo for Delaware.

Via TPM

A surprise player has joined President Barack Obama’s regular weekend golf game: Vice President Joe Biden.

The White House says the Nos. 1 and 2 leaders of the free world teed off Saturday at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, a private golf club in Potomac, Maryland.

Two aides rounded out Obama’s foursome.

Obama usually plays with aides when he’s at the White House. His golf party often includes bigger names when he plays away from home.

Biden was spending a rare weekend in the nation’s capital.

The vice president and his wife, Jill, usually spend weekends at their Wilmington, Delaware, home.

Ancient City Of Palmyra May Be Off Limits To U.S. Airstrikes…

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A convenient excuse.

Via USA Today

The U.S.-led coalition bombing Islamic State terrorists in Syria is unlikely to attack the extremists who have seized the ancient city of Palmyra and its archaeological treasures, according to a senior Defense Department official.

There is a tacit understanding between the coalition and Bashar Assad’s Syrian government that Palmyra and other areas, particularly those protected by modern air defenses, are off limits to airstrikes, said the official who was not authorized to speak publicly about operations in Iraq and Syria.

Another Defense department official would not rule out airstrikes in the future, but said they were unlikely in the short term due to the concerns about the air defenses, lack of intelligence to target precisely and the risk of civilian casualties.

“Just can’t say definitively that you won’t see strikes,” the second official said. “We’ll keep that option on the table.”

On Wednesday, the chief of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) called on the international community to protect the city’s civilians and its ancient treasures, which the organization has declared a World Heritage Site. The ruins, northeast of Damascus, date to a great city of the 1st and 2nd centuries whose architecture and art blends Roman, Persian and local influences.

Among its iconic sights is a long, colonnaded street.

“I am deeply concerned by the situation at the site of Palmyra,” Irina Bokova, director-general of UNESCO, said in a statement. “The fighting is putting at risk one of the most significant sites in the Middle East, and its civilian population.”

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Matt Drudge Accuses Republicans Of Treason For Not Making Details Of Obama Trade Deal Public

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So they passed it without knowing what was in it, and wouldn’t even allow you to know what’s in it now. Are we a banana republic yet?

Via Breitbart:

Matt Drudge took to Twitter to deliver an ongoing tirade against Republicans’ eagerness to deliver a fast-track trade bill to President Obama’s desk. The bill’s details have not been made public — which hasn’t stopped Republicans from surrendering Congress’s power to make amendments to a president’s future trade deals.

Should a Republican presidential candidate lose the 2016 general election, the Trade Promotion Authority bill could be to blame. Keeping the bill’s details from voters was “clearly treason,” Drudge tweeted.

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Report: ISIS Executes Hundreds In Palmyra

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This is what ‘degrading’ looks like…

Via Reuters:

Islamic State fighters have executed at least 400 people in Palmyra since capturing the ancient Syrian city four days ago, Syrian state media said on Sunday.

It was not immediately possible to verify the account, but it was consistent with reports by activists that the Islamist fighters had carried out executions since capturing the city from government troops.

The militants seized the city of 50,000 people, site of some of the world’s most extensive and best preserved ancient Roman ruins, on Wednesday, days after also capturing the city of Ramadi in neighboring Iraq.

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Girl, Saved By A U.S. Soldier From Saddam Hussein’s ‘Kill List’ As Baby, Graduates High School With Soldier In Attendance

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She could teach a lesson to the whiners and criers wanting entitlements and ‘free education’.

Via IJR

A Georgia high school student is finally getting to thank the American soldier who saved her life, so many years ago when she was just an infant.

Eighteen-year-old Lava Barwari was just a baby in 1996 when American forces participated in Operation Desert Strike in Iraq. The infant, along with her mother, found themselves on Saddam Hussein’s notorious “kill list.”

They were afraid and had to leave the country as quickly as possible. The U.S. arranged papers for Barwari’s mother but, due to a clerical error, baby Lava wasn’t allowed to leave with her.

She nearly had to stay in Iraq, left to the whims of Hussein’s brutal regime.

That’s when an American soldier named Greg Peppin stepped in.

He cradled Lava Barwari in his arms, pronounced she was a relative, and scooted her onto the transport so she could be with her mother.

He spoke to WSB-TV Atlanta about the long-ago incident:

“I said, ‘My name is Greg, so if the baby’s name is Greg it’s got to be a relative and that means she can go.’”

Barwari ended up growing up in the suburbs surrounding Atlanta, a far cry from war-torn Iraq.[…]

She grew up hearing stories about the man who saved her life but, until this past week, she had never met the former soldier:

“It was the first story I ever heard. [My mom has] always told me about the man who saved my life.”

Now, as her graduation from high school neared, she decided it was time to thank him. She found Peppin online:

“The day I got Lava’s email was one of those signature days that kind of make your life worthwhile,” he said.

He flew across the country, taking a leave from his job at Boeing, to attend her graduation ceremony and to finally give her the hug that had been a long time coming…

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More ‘Democrats Honor Memorial Day': Get Your 15% Off Sales!

We posted earlier how apparently Democrats think Memorial Day is about ice cream. Now they clear it up for us, it’s about sales!

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14 Year Old Executed on NY Street In Gang Related Revenge Killing…

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He wasn’t an innocent bystander.

Via Daily Mail

A New York seventh grader was fatally shot at point blank range outside his apartment building Friday and police are searching for the gunman.

Christopher Duran, 14, and his younger brother were on their way to school in the Bronx when Duran was targeted.

Duran was shot three times in the stomach and once in the head around 8.30am. just steps away from his apartment building on Sheridan Avenue, ABC reports.

According to the Daily News, the baby-faced youngster cried out ‘Mommy, mommy’ as he died.

When the gunfire stopped, Duran’s brother ran into the apartment building and told his mother what happened. Authorities arrived and Duran was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the New York Post.

Part of the street where the shooting occurred is cordoned off and there was a shelter-in-place put up at a nearby school due to heavy police presence.

Authorities say the boy was a gang member and suspect that the dispute was gang related.

He has had several prior arrests as a juvenile, ABC reports, and the shooting occurred in an NYPD Impact Zone, where heavy police presence is implemented due to known gang violence.

Local reports cited law enforcement sources claiming that the attack may have been in revenge against the boy’s older brother who is allegedly a senior figure in the New York ‘280’ gang.

However, Duran’s uncle, Jesus Mendoza disputed the claims.

‘It breaks my heart,’ he told the Post. ‘In the end … I want to know why … He’s a good kid, nice-looking guy. He never [did] anything. He never [hung] out with gangs, nothing like that.’

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Georgia Student Who Stomped On The Flag Wants To Kill All White People

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Haven’t they caught this jackass yet?

Via Daily Caller:

Eric Sheppard, the Valdosta State University student who was confronted last month by an Air Force veteran after he stomped on the American flag, has issued a violent 4,700-word anti-white rant in which he threatened to “annihilate those who come after me.”

Sheppard is wanted by police after they found a gun in his backpack days after the flag-stomping demonstration. In his lengthy letter, submitted to The Valdosta Daily Times this week, Sheppard said he will not surrender and will use violence if necessary.

The flag incident made national news after Michelle Manhart, an Air Force veteran and former Playboy model, was arrested after she confronted Sheppard and other demonstrators. She snatched the flag and held onto it until her arrest. The incident was captured on video and went viral. (RELATED: Veteran Arrested After Stopping Flag-Stomping Protest)

Sheppard’s supporters sparked the hashtag “#EricSheppardChallenge” in which social media users photographed themselves stomping the Stars and Stripes.

“When my People descend upon [Lowndes High School] and if they are met with even the slightest inclination of resistance by any pale skinned beast or aid they are more than Justified to Take your Head and post it on a stake for the Entire world to See,” Sheppard wrote in his profanity-laced “memorandum ultimatum.”

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UN Envoy Gets A Dose Of Reality ‘Sickened’ By Rampant ISIS Sexual Violence…

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She didn’t hear about the rape on Game of Thrones.

Via Times of Israel

A UN envoy has returned from a tour of Iraq and Syria with harrowing reports of the sexual violence systematically committed by Islamic State militants against women and girls.

Zainab Bangura, who had set out for the region in April to address the rampant cases of rape, sex slavery and other sexual violence in the areas under IS control, said the extremists were “institutionalizing sexual violence” as a tactic to terrorize the local populations.

In an interview this week with the Middle East Eye, a UK-based news site, Bangura recounted chilling tales she had heard from refugees.

“After attacking a village, IS splits women from men and executes boys and men aged 14 and over. The women and mothers are separated; girls are stripped naked, tested for virginity and examined for breast size and prettiness. The youngest, and those considered the prettiest virgins fetch higher prices and are sent to Raqqa, the IS stronghold,” she said.

“There is a hierarchy: sheikhs get first choice, then emirs, then fighters. They often take three or four girls each and keep them for a month or so, until they grow tired of a girl, when she goes back to market. At slave auctions, buyers haggle fiercely, driving down prices by disparaging girls as flat-chested or unattractive.

“We heard one case of a 20-year-old girl who was burned alive because she refused to perform an extreme sex act,” she said.

The plight of women and girls from Iraq’s Yazidi minority has raised alarm after hundreds captured by Islamic State fighters were sold in open markets as sex slaves last year.

Bangura explained that the atrocities were not being committed randomly by individual militants but were a key tactic used by the group “to advance key strategic priorities, such as recruitment, fundraising, to enforce discipline and order — through the punishment of dissenters or family members — and to advance their radical ideology.”

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ISIS: We Can Buy A Nuclear Weapon From Corrupt Folks In Pakistan

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Via Breitbart:

The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) claims it has access to nuclear weapons through the nation of Pakistan, according to an article by longtime ISIS captive John Cantlie in the latest issue of their official magazine, Dabiq.

In “The Perfect Storm,” allegedly penned by the British Cantlie, the group asserts that they possess billions, enough to buy a nuclear bomb “’from weapons dealers with links to corrupt officials’ in Pakistan.” If they cannot buy the weapon, Cantlie writes, the group would be satisfied with buying a “few thousand tons of ammonium nitrate explosive.”

“Let me throw a hypothetical operation onto the table,” Cantlie allegedly writes. “The Islamic State has billions of dollars in the bank, so they call on their wilāyah in Pakistan to purchase a nuclear device through weapons dealers with links to corrupt officials in the region. It’s the sum of all fears for Western intelligence agencies and it’s infinitely more possible today than it was just one year ago.

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Nigeria Frees 20 Women And Children From Boko Haram…

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Hundreds to go.

Via Reuters

Nigeria’s armed forces killed scores of Boko Haram militants and rescued 20 women and children as part of an operation in the Sambisa forest, the group’s remaining hideout in the northeast of Africa’s most populous nation, the military said on Saturday.

In a statement, military spokesman Major General Chris Olukolade said one soldier was killed in a landmine explosion during Friday’s operation and around 10 others were injured.

Thousands have been killed in the Islamist group’s six-year insurgency that at its height saw the insurgents control an area the size of Belgium in Africa’s biggest oil producer.

But the group, whose name means “Western education is sinful” in the Hausa language, has been pushed from most of the territory it controlled in the past few months by Nigeria’s army with assistance, at times, from soldiers provided by neighboring Chad, Niger and Cameroon.

“Troops have forged ahead with the ongoing offensive operations as scores of the terrorists died in the assault on their bases,” said Olukolade.

“A total of 20 women and children were rescued,” added the military spokesman, who said the operation was ongoing.

The Sambisa forest covers a vast area in a remote part of northeast Nigeria, making it difficult to verify the claims.

The military did not say if those rescued included any of the 200 schoolgirls Boko Haram abducted from the town of Chibok last year, an attack that sparked an international outcry.

Diplomats and intelligence officials said they believed at least some of the girls were being held in the forest about 100 km (60 miles) from Chibok, although U.S. reconnaissance drones failed to find them.

The Nigerian army has freed more than 700 women held by Boko Haram in recent weeks but the Chibok girls have not been among them.

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While Hillary Slept: Wasn’t Awake For President’s Briefing On Benghazi

Great commercial, 2008, we need someone who knows the military, tested and ready to lead:

Reality 2012. Here’s what we got in reaction to Benghazi:

Ready For Hillary Wants A “Do-Over”, Will Announce Her Candidacy June 13th…

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Another Scooby van tour.

Via BPR

The Hillary Clinton campaign wants Americans to get excited — again — because the former secretary of state will be making her first campaign announcement speech – again.

That’s right.

It seems the Clinton team wants a “do-over” to its botched campaign start – perhaps to magically erase the constant blunders, scandals, and poorly staged “impromptu” events that have marked the effort since its April kickoff.

Apparently it’s time to pretend the whole thing never happened.

On June 13, it will become “official?” How dumb does the Clinton tribe think the American people are?

As informed citizens know, Clinton made her announcement Sunday, April 12. The New York Times proudly sang her praises and featured Clinton’s announcement video.[…]

The whole thing boggles the mind, and plenty of Twitter users had to vent to clear their heads.

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend, Chicago! 17 Already Shot, 2 Fatalities

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Last weekend, 49 were shot, including an 81 year old grandmother coming from her daughter’s wake.

Via Buzzfeed:

In The Windy City which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation, Memorial Day Weekend has already fired off with bodies starting to stack up.

Up to this point, 17 Chicago residents have already been shot, and 2 have been killed.

Included in those shot, 4 year-old Jacele Johnson was gunned down in the west Englewood neighborhood Friday night around 8 p.m. Johnson took a bullet to the head and was transported to Comer Children’s Hospital where she remains in critical condition.

Friday, in Chicago’s University Village neighborhood at 2:10 a.m., police responded to a shooting call. Upon arriving, they found a 20 year-old man lying on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to Stroger Hospital and pronounced dead upon arrival.

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Democrats: Memorial Day Is A Time For Ice Cream…

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HT: Josh Jordan

Judge In Brelo Case: Will Not ‘Sacrifice’ Him To Public If Law Doesn’t Warrant. DOJ To Examine Case…

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Brave judge.

Via Fox News:

Cleveland cop cleared Saturday on state charges in the deaths of two unarmed people in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire could face federal charges.

The Justice Department said after the acquittal of Officer Michael Brelo’s on voluntary manslaughter charges that it would “review all available legal options.”

“We will now review the testimony and evidence presented in the state trial” to determine if “additional steps are available and appropriate,” the department said.

Vanita Gupta, head of the department’s civil rights division said the review is separate from its efforts to resolve a pattern of civil rights violations at the Cleveland police department. A report in December outlined a string of examples of excessive force, including officers who unnecessarily fired guns, hit suspects in the head with weapons, and punched and used Tasers on people already handcuffed.

An Ohio judge said he could not determine Brelo alone fired the fatal shots that killed the occupants of a car at the end of a police chase.

Brelo, 31, put his head in hands as the judge issued a verdict that prompted an angry protest outside the courthouse, including chants of “Hands up! Don’t Shoot!”

The acquittal came at a time of nationwide tension among police and black citizens punctuated by protests over deaths of blacks at the hands of white officers — and following a determination by the U.S. Department of Justice that city police had a history of using excessive force and violating civil rights.

Before issuing his verdict, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge John O’Donnell noted the recent unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore over the deaths of black suspects but said he would not “sacrifice” Brelo to an angry public if the evidence did not merit a conviction.

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Crime Surges As Arrests Drop In Baltimore Post-Riots, Mayor Frustrated…

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Voting for Democrats has consequences.

Via FOX News

Crime is rising in Baltimore, and some law enforcement experts suspect an anti-cop climate stemming from the racially charged case of Freddie Gray is at least partly responsible.

Homicides in 2015 so far stand at 100, up from 71 for the same period last year, and on pace to be the Charm City’s deadliest year since 2007. Nonfatal shootings are up 70 percent this year, following a particularly violent week that saw 19 people shot on Tuesday and Wednesday alone.

“It’s extremely frustrating,” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Thursday. “It is disheartening, but I am still resolved to continue to reduce violent crime in our city.”

The current year was already trending the wrong way before the April 12 incident in which Gray suffered fatal injuries wile in police custody. Six Baltimore police officers were indicted Thursday in the case, which sparked protests that degenerated into rioting and looting last month.

Critics have suggested that the city’s police force, bitter at what they see as a lack of support from Rawlings-Blake and other city leaders, may be implementing a slowdown. Other say the cops can’t be blamed if they are hesitant to police aggressively in the face of a hostile community.

“Regarding the crime increase in the western district, this is certainly a contentious time in our city and we believe there is a criminal element taking advantage of the situation, Gene Ryan, President of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #3 in Baltimore said in a statement to FoxNews.com. “Police are not responsible for the systemic issues of poverty that have plagued our communities. There has been a lot of finger pointing and the weight is heavy on our officers’ shoulders.”

Rawlings-Blake said Baltimore has faced crime spikes in the past and managed to reverse them. She said she was “confident” that the police department would do so again.

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NSA Winds Down Phone Spying Program

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Via AP:

The National Security Agency has begun wnding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward to change or extend the once-secret program ahead of its expiration at the end of the month.

Barring an 11th hour compromise when the Senate returns to session May 31, a much-debated provision of the Patriot Act — and some other lesser known surveillance tools — will sunset at midnight that day.

The change also would have a major impact on the FBI, which uses the Patriot Act and the other provisions to gather records in investigations of suspected spies and terrorists.

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Reporter To Harf: Are You Clinton Campaign ‘Surrogate Spokespeople’ When Defending Her Private Emails?

Live from DC, it’s Harf!

Via WFB

Fox News reporter James Rosen asked State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf Friday if she and others, after months of answering questions about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email account and related issues to that conduct, felt like “surrogate spokespeople” for her presidential campaign.

“I wonder if it’s been a concern for you and your other colleagues who do these press briefings at the podium, that in having to answer for Secretary of State Clinton’s conduct with respect to her private emails, the deletion of some of those emails, that you and your colleagues are, in effect, being forced to serve as surrogate spokespeople for the Clinton campaign?” Rosen asked. “Is that a concern for you?”

Harf insisted that was not the case, saying it was their job to “defend former Secretaries of State.”

“I cetainly don’t feel that way, James,” Harf said. “We take it very seriously here that we defend former Secretaries of State, their policies certainly. That is completely independent from any political campaign that may or may not be going on.”

Matt Lee teased her that she was referring to all former Secretaries of State like William Seward, leading her to clarify she meant those within the Obama administration.

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Protesters Try To Storm Justice Center In Cleveland After Brelo Verdict