Hezbollah To Expand Involvement In Syria’s Civil War…

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Multiple targets on both sides.

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of the militant Hezbollah group said Sunday that the region is facing “unprecedented danger” from extremist groups and vowed his fighters will expand their involvement in Syria’s civil war in support of government forces.

Sheik Hassan Nasrallah spoke during a ceremony marking the 15th anniversary of Israel’s withdrawal from southern Lebanon, vowing to battle Sunni extremists groups such as the Islamic State group and al-Qaida. He said such factions are an “existential threat” to anyone who does not agree with their ideology.

Hezbollah openly joined President Bashar Assad forces in the civil war in 2013 and its fighters have been taking part in a major battle in recent weeks against jihadis in the Qalamoun mountain region that borders Lebanon.

“Our presence will grow whenever it is required for us to be present,” Nasrallah said in comments that came after Assad’s forces suffered several defeats over the past two months — mostly in the northwestern province of Idlib and the southern region of Daraa. The western city of Palmyra, home to a set of historic Roman-era ruins, was captured by the Islamic State group last week.

“We are present today in many places and I tell you we will be present wherever this battle requires. We are up to it and we are the men for it,” Nasrallah said speaking from a secret location on a giant video screen.

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After Posts About Ice Cream, Barbecuing And Sales, Dems Finally Recognize Memorial Day…With Pic Of Barack Obama…

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Finally, today they got around to recognizing Memorial Day…with a pic of Barack Obama:
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Within 24 Hours Of Saying She Was ‘Dead Broke’, Hillary Made $700,000

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These two have to be the most money hungry grifters ever.

Via Breitbart:

Sunday on CNN’s “Inside Politics,’ host John King pointed to a “Washington Post” story detailing that within 24 hours of her telling ABC news last year that she was, “dead broke” after leaving the White House the Clinton gave speeches making $700,000 in fees.

King said, “The Washington Post story this past week saying within 24 hours of saying we were dead broke to justify making some money, the Clintons combined made $700,000 in speeches. That is going to be tee-ball for the Republicans.”

Maggie Haberman of the New York Times said, “What you just said, I suspect will have more residence than the emails.”

Hillary Applauds Ireland For Gay Marriage Vote…

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Hillary is constantly evolving.

Via The Hill

Hillary Clinton applauded Ireland on Saturday for becoming the first country to legalize same-sex marriage via popular vote.

“Well done, Ireland,” the Democratic presidential front-runner wrote on Twitter.

The tweet was signed “-H,” indicating it came directly from Clinton and not from her campaign staff.

Clinton has highlighted same-sex marriage as a key issue early in her 2016 presidential campaign.

Last month, the same Twitter account urged the Supreme Court to rule that U.S. gay couples have the right to marry nationwide in a landmark case challenging state-based bans.

Ahead of oral arguments in the case, the Clinton campaign changed its logo from red, white, and blue to rainbow colors to show her support for gay and lesbian couples.

In Ireland, more than 62 percent of voters backed a measure making same-sex marriage legal, a historic shift for the predominantly Catholic nation.

Clinton’s views on same-sex marriage have changed over time as public support has grown.

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Rep. Adam Schiff (Dingbat-CA): ISIS Fight At A ‘Stalemate’…

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Remain calm, all is well.

Via The Hill

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Sunday said the U.S. is breaking even against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

“I don’t think we’re winning, but I wouldn’t say we’re losing either,” the ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee told host Bob Schieffer on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

“I think it’s something of a neutral stalemate,” he said. “I think there’s an ebb and flow.”

Schiff said some were doubting America’s strategy against ISIS, given last weekend’s fall of Ramadi, a key Iraqi city ISIS captured on May 17.

“I think the loss of Ramadi was a very serious setback,” Schiff said.

“We won Ramadi, but it didn’t stay won,” he added of U.S. efforts to capture the population center during the last Iraq War.

Schiff said that the 2003 invasion of Iraq had revealed the frailty of Iraq’s coalition government.

It needed major improvements, he added, before it can successfully repel ISIS forces.[…]

Schiff said that regardless of the solution, the Obama administration could not stop countering ISIS’s power overseas.

“If ISIS is able to hold that ground unmolested, there’s no questions they have aspirations to attack the U.S.,” he said of the terrorist organization’s holdings in Iraq and Syria.

“It is a threat to our security,” Schiff added.

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Hillary’s Favorite Leftist Rag, Salon, Does Memorial Day ‘Hit Piece’ On Military

Synopsis so you don’t have to hit the link if you choose not to do so: if only we didn’t spend on military, everything would be perfect because we could throw all that money at social programs.

As the era of American hegemony winds down, it’s more important than ever for America to be able to demonstrate soft power. That means first, an American model that works, for other countries to emulate. But further, it means a highly educated population, long-term investment in infrastructure, adequate healthcare, an society based, above all else, on opportunity. However, it’s likely that the military budget precludes these important services.

They also echo the ‘soft power’ terminology of Mrs. Clinton, a misnomer, because there’s no real power demonstrated, just a lot of failure and weakness.

Taps Is 24 Notes That Can Make The Toughest Soldier Cry, 77 Year Old Bugler Honors Deceased Veterans…

Received a suggestion from Huck Funn for the WZ Veterans to change their avatars to their Unit Patch or Branch of Service for Memorial Day.

Via Washington Times

Taps is 24 notes that can make the toughest soldier cry.

It’s a musical recognition of a life ended, a goodbye that hangs in the air as friends and family wipe their tears, look up and know they must live the rest of their lives without someone.

Since 2001, retired Army Reserve Lt. Col. Philip Kowzan, has played taps at military honor funerals in the Spokane area. His debut came unexpectedly at longtime friend Ivan Brayman’s funeral.

“They had a recorder there and I said, ‘No, you’re not using that, not at my friend Ivan’s funeral,’?” Kowzan said.

A lifelong trumpet player, he got his trumpet out of the car, took a deep breath and played for his friend one last time.

“I wasn’t in uniform or anything,” Kowzan said. “I’m not even sure I did it right.”

That was the only time he played taps in 2001.

But since then, he’s played at 1,259 funerals, sometimes playing at three services in the morning and another three in the afternoon.

“I did seven one day,” Kowzan said. “That’s a lot.”

Every funeral Kowzan has participated in is meticulously recorded in a little black notebook, its cover worn from being carried in his pocket.

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The Same Paid Protesters And Organizers From #Ferguson, #Baltimore Instigating In Cleveland Too

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Don’t you wonder how these folks can just travel from protest to protest all across the country? Oh that’s right, we don’t have to wonder, we know they are paid. We broke the story about a list of payouts to protesters, showing organizers were paid by the Soros-supported group, Missourians Organizing for Reform And Empowerment (MORE). We also reported on how protesters were mad that some were paid while others had not received their checks. Those angry protesters protested MORE on May 14, demanding that MORE ‘Cut The Checks’.

“Those of us vested in Cleveland’s success should not follow the pattern and practices of those outside instigators who looted, destroyed businesses, and [committed] other crimes that ruined inner-city neighborhoods in Ferguson and Baltimore,” said David Malik, a civil rights lawyer.

Perhaps Malik should watch out for these guys, when they show up, riots tend to follow…

Here’s Deray McKesson bragging how he’s on the cover of the Baltimore Sun showing him in the middle of protesters at the Cleveland Justice Center. He’s the small character in the blue vest in the middle:

Shaun King was also there:
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King, who writes for Daily Kos, lied claiming the 12 year old boy, Tamir Rice, who had been shot by police after brandishing a toy gun, claimed that the police charged Rice with a crime after they killed him. Obviously, the point was to inflame, because it had nothing to do with the truth.
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Deray was there a special friend, he was there with Dorian Johnson, whose lying in Ferguson spread the ‘Hands up, don’t shoot” myth:
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Like The Night Follows The Day: Al Sharpton Going To Cleveland To Race Bait….

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Bring on the paid organizers!

CLEVELAND — Civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton is expected to appear Friday at a local church in Cleveland.

According to Reverend Jawanza Colvin, he is scheduled to speak at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church.

Later this week, members of local churches plan to march to the Justice Center to call for comprehensive reform of the justice system. The march is scheduled to take place Tuesday at 11:30 a.m.

RELATED: Pastor preaches reform over riot following Brelo verdict

Leading up to the verdict in trial of Michael Brelo, Cleveland’s faith based community called for peaceful demonstrations. One hour following the verdict in the Brelo trial, churches throughout the city opened their doors for prayer and conversation.

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Eleven Shot In Baltimore, Five Killed Since Friday…

Baltimore County Opens First Indoor Skating Facility

Charm City is now Harm City.

Via WBAL

Five people were killed and as many as six others were injured during shootings Friday night and Saturday in Baltimore, police said.

Baltimore City police are operating on high alert after a spate of violence.

“The reality is over the last five days, our guys have taken off 10 guns in separate situations, our guys have served search warrants on North Avenue and taken off some bad characters there. We had a pursuit today around Mondawmin. The officers did a good job in making arrests out there. And earlier this week, unfortunately, in the Eastern (District), where we have some traditional gang violence, five were shot and officers engaged and took two of those guys to jail, so there’s a consistent pattern of officers doing a good job out here,” Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said.

“Earlier this year, the shift schedule was changed to afford more police officers the opportunity to work during the most violent times of the day, so that has occurred, that is occurring. What you’ll see now probably more than ever is commanders wearing white shirts out here leading enforcement initiatives,” Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said.

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NYC Elitists Pay $43,000/Yr At Fieldston School For Progressive Education Where Their Kids Can Experience Racial Segregation…

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Next is segregation by genders.

Via NY Post

“Can racism be stopped in the third grade?”

That’s the question asked in this week’s New York Magazine cover story by journalist Lisa Miller. The short answer, of course, is that it all depends on how you define racism.

At the Fieldston Lower School, a $43,000 per year Riverdale institution, the administration sees racism everywhere. Just consider the “microaggressions” that have been uncovered.

According to the piece: “A girl puts her hands in another girl’s hair; a boy asks his Asian friend where he’s really from. A number of years ago, a white student in a fourth-grade biography unit delivered a presentation on Jackie Robinson while in blackface.”

Here’s a newsflash folks: This is not racism. It’s children being curious about the way their friends look and trying their best to look like an American hero.

If you want it to stop, you can tell them that it’s not appropriate to touch other people without their permission, that many people who look different were born in this country and that if you’re going to dress up as someone else you don’t have to change the color of your skin.

You want to know what real racism looks like? Try this. In response to these incidents, as well as a whole bunch of multi-culti-educational mumbo jumbo, Fieldston has decided to institute a policy of…segregation. Yes, that’s right. We have finally come full circle.

The new liberal solution to the problems of racial tension in America today is to have third-graders fill out a questionnaire identifying their races and then spend time once a week with people who look just like them.[…]

There’s nothing like a little social engineering to separate the true believers from the people who just think of themselves as liberal.

“I was like, Wait. What?” remembers one mother. Another quizzed her 11-year-old daughter as they were driving. ‘We have to go in our race groups’ was how the girl explained it. The mother hoped her daughter had misunderstood.”

Alas, no. She understood perfectly. When the racial “affinity groups” meet, they are asked questions like “How do you see other people? How do other people see you? What assumptions do you make based on appearances?”

They are told to stare at groups of kids of other races and then share the things they wonder aloud. Said one boy, “We talk about how it’s important to know what your race is. We talk about the difference between being prejudiced and being racist.”

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Housing Authority Police Officer Found Shot To Death In New Orleans Outside Public Housing Complex

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Via Daily Mail:

The body of an officer with the Housing Authority of New Orleans who was shot dead while driving was found inside of his HANO police cruiser early on Sunday morning.

The officer, whose name has not been released and had been with the HANO for about two years, died of a gunshot wound.

The body was found by officers from the New Orleans Police Department around 7am in Central City.

The officer was shot dead while driving his squad car, according to Michael Harrison of the NOPD.

He was working a security detail at the construction site of the Guste Homes public housing complex when he was shot, the Times-Picayune reported.

It’s not clear if the officer, who was working an overtime shift, was directly targeted.

Harrison said: ‘We don’t know what happened, and we don’t want to speculate.’

NOPD officers found the car where it came to a stop near the corner of Erato and Freret streets and discovered that the driver’s side window broken, according to WWL.

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Judge Judy Gives Powerful Advice At New Mexico High School Commencement Address…

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No reports of any special little snowflakes getting offended.

Via KOB4

Graduation is a very special night for high school graduates around the country, but graduation was just a little extra special for the class of 2015 in Shiprock.

Judge Judy Sheindlin, who you see every day on KOB, shared a few thoughts with those graduates.

“Because you never know in life how a chance meeting can change somebody’s impression of themselves or can leave you with a thought that gives you a good feeling about yourself that can last forever,” Judge Judy said.

Not the kind of court Judge Judy Sheindlin usually presides over, but before a packed Chieftain Pit, she took some time to dole out her own brand of wisdom.

“You only have one chance to make a first impression,” she repeated to the crowd from the podium.

Judge Judy held a Facebook contest for high school seniors. For the winner, she made time to come to graduation and 17-year-old Alexus Uentillie won that contest.

“Maybe I will say one or two things that can spark a flame in the minds of a half a dozen of the graduates, I have accomplished my mission,” she told KOB Eyewitness News 4.

Though her time was short—she left immediately after her speech to fly back to Connecticut for her granddaughter’s graduation—her message was powerful.

“There are only 2 things guaranteed in your life, your entrance and your exit. In between is the journey and my wish for all of you is that your journey be a walk in beauty. May you all walk in beauty. Congratulations!”

Protesters In Cleveland Attack Bystanders, Including Spraying Them With Pepper Spray, 71 Arrested

Cleveland didn’t give them space to destroy, locked them up, so things are not in flames this morning.

Via Fox News:

Police in riot gear made 71 arrests Saturday as protesters stormed the streets of Cleveland after a judge found a white city police officer not guilty in the deaths of two unarmed black suspects killed in a barrage of police gunfire.

The protesters gathered in downtown Cleveland and west side neighborhoods after the acquittal of patrolmen Michael Brelo.

In a news conference Sunday morning, Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said people were arrested after a day of mostly peaceful protests turned more aggressive.

Officials said some protesters became violent and turned on bystanders, including some who pepper-sprayed patrons sitting at outdoor cafes downtown.

Williams said that another protester threw a restaurant sign at a patron, striking him in the head. He says bystanders were also accosted in at least one other instance.

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Here’s a report on the man hit with the sign, who was knocked out. Click on for video:
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Happy Memorial Day Weekend, Chicago! 17 Already Shot, 2 Fatalities…Update: 6 Killed, At Least 23 Shot, Including 4 Yr Old Girl

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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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Via Chicago Sun Times:

Six people were killed and at least 23 others—including a 4-year-old girl—have been wounded in shootings across Chicago this Memorial Day weekend, police said.

The 4-year-old, identified by her family as Jacele Johnson, was shot about 8 p.m. Friday in the West Englewood neighborhood.

She and her 17-year-old cousin Romare Wilson were inside an SUV in the 7000 block of South Justine when another vehicle pulled up and someone inside opened fire, according to their family and Chicago Police.

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The four year old’s mother, Trenetta Gresham, says she has had enough of Chicago. They had been scheduled to move on Tuesday. “Chicago doesn’t ever have to wonder about me coming back”, she said…

FBI, DEA And Other Federal Law Enforcement Agencies To Use Drones Domestically…

Small drone helicopter operated by paparazzi records singer Beyonce as she rides Cyclone rollercoaster while filming music video on Coney Island in New York

Ned from the NSA has enrolled in the drone pilot program. See ya around Ned.

Via Big Story

The Justice Department is acknowledging that the FBI, DEA and other federal law enforcement agencies are likely to make increasing use of unmanned aerial drones in the United States.

The department on Friday issued its first written guidelines for domestic drone use and emphasized the need to respect civil and constitutional rights.

The unmanned aircraft already have been used in kidnapping, drug and fugitive cases, as well as search and rescue operations, the department said. They also can be operated relatively cheaply.

The five-page policy document comes 19 months after the agency’s inspector general recommended drone-specific policies that consider privacy rights. That report said that unmanned drones raised greater privacy concerns than pilot-operated aircraft because they can fly closer to homes and operate for days at a time.

The department said drones can’t be used solely to monitor protests and other constitutionally protected activities.

Annual reviews will make sure the agency is complying with the new policy.

Separately, the Justice Department has defended the use of armed drone strikes to kill American terror suspects abroad.

Let Us Remember: ‘Just A Common Soldier’

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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