And yes, I forgot it was Friday.
And yes, I forgot it was Friday.
Obama found another way to keep us from fighting terrorism. US law enforcement who interview Syrian refugees are banned from asking questions about the person’s religious affiliations or beliefs. This came down from Obama-on-high in the form of a policy memorandum.
It has become increasingly difficult for the FBI to find out the most key information from refugees out of Political Correctness.
The ACLU is almost always behind these changes and Obama is only too glad to cooperate because he is one of them.
“These gradual but severe restrictions were coupled with a simultaneous reduction in accurate, fact-based training to address the nature of the threat we face, leaving us inadequately prepared for the challenges we face today,” a government source familiar with national security told The Daily Caller.
DHS officers probably can’t ask if they are members of al-Qaida, the Muslim Brotherhood, Boko Haram and so on. Barack Obama is and has been very supportive of the Muslim Brotherhood despite the fact that they are a terrorist group serving as the umbrella organization for most other Muslim terrorist groups. They are the PR people.
The interviewers would not be able to ask about views towards various terrorists, some operating out of mosques in the US. The Ft. Hood shooter wouldn’t have been able to be asked about religion. He sent emails to Amwar Awlaki, an American and former imam, which made it clear that the shooter was a terrorist to all but Obama. That and his shouting Allahu Akbar.
It’s how they uncovered evidence around all terrorist activities – looking at associations. Interviews no longer include any intimidation techniques and now when the FBI interviews, they can’t ask the pertinent questions.
The DHS civil rights leftists began investigating Customs and Border Protection agents because CAIR, the Council on American–Islamic Relations which is tied to the Muslim Brotherhood and specifically Hamas, complained about the questions being asked such as those concerning known affiliations with Islamic organizations.
Roker should ask his good friend Barack Obama for some race baiting advice.
Al Roker went ballistic after he believed a cab driver snubbed him in favor of a white passenger.
The famous weatherman said this type of thing “happens to folks of color everyday.”
Unfortunately for Roker when one jumps to conclusions one risks being left with egg on his face.
As it turned out Roker’s “racist” cabbie is a man of color.
Roker automatically assumed he was passed by because of his race but cab driver Mahabur Rahman called it a “misunderstanding.”
“I tell you honestly, I didn’t see him,” Rahman, who is from Bangladesh told the New York Daily News Monday. “Black, white, it doesn’t matter.”
“Maybe he saw me and I didn’t see him. How I refuse him?” he asked rhetorically.
Rahman said he would have definitely picked up Roker if he saw him.
“Anybody would pick him. He looks like a gentleman. That’s our business. If you ride with my car, you’re going to make the money,” he told the News.
Wait, why are we sending in ground troops to fight a contained JV team?
Beirut (AFP) – US soldiers are in Kobane, the town in northern Syria nearly destroyed in fierce fighting with the Islamic State group, to train Kurdish forces to battle the jihadists, Kurdish sources said Thursday.
Mustapha Abdi, an activist in the town on the Turkish border, told AFP the American instructors had arrived “in recent hours”, in what is the first official deployment of US ground troops in Syria.
A source with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) said the Americans would help plan offensives against two Syrian cities held by IS — Jarablus and the jihadists’ Syrian “capital”, Raqa.
At the same time, they would have help coordinate with the Kurds and their Arab and Syriac Christian allies on the ground air strikes on IS by the US-lead coalition, the YPG source said.
Abdi said that the troops who had arrived were a “first group of instructors” who would train the Kurds.
Via Nation of Islam’s Justice or Else:
The first call to action from the massive gathering on 10.10.15 is the nation-wide boycott of the holiday spending season beginning with Black Friday. During his Justice or Else address, Minister Farrakhan quoting Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “We have to find a way to redistribute the pain”.
We have to now withdraw our economic support, so that those who give us pain can receive some pain in return. “You’re either going to treat us right, or we’re going to withdraw from you our economic support. …We intend to boycott Christmas but not Jesus,” Minister Farrakhan said. “We choose not to spend dollars on Black Friday, Black Saturday, Black Sunday, Black Monday. We are not going to spend our money for the rest of that year with those companies that we have traditionally spent our money on.”
Farrakhan shockingly invokes Black Lives Matter:
Via Jon Gabriel:
My job requires me to follow all the awful things happening in the world; after all, that’s what makes up the news cycle. War and death and poverty and injustice (okay, and a few cat videos) fill my computer screen from the moment I wake until I go to bed. By the fourth day of the work week, it’s easy to cycle between outrage and despair.
Many on all sides succumb to this emotional low road, which is why there’s so much anger about failed politicians, terrible policies, and broken promises. Our grandparents would yell at the newspaper, our parents at the TV, and now we vent on Facebook, Twitter and You Tube, amplifying the misery. In the past few years, we’ve seen mobs shutting down freeways and burning down neighborhoods while students at even the most exclusive universities screech about the raw deal they got in life.
A couple of weeks back, shouty children at Yale, Mizzou, and Dartmouth were furious about the terrorism in Paris. Not so much at the monsters who gunned down diners and music lovers, but at the rest of us for honoring the victims. Why should the murder of 130 take the spotlight off the ill-defined “structural oppression” of Ivy League millennials?
Too often, modern America has replaced virtue with victimhood, and the nation is poorer for it. Granted, the US remains one of the wealthiest nations in the history of mankind, but we’ve trained a generation not to recognize this obvious fact. Even to mention the manifold (and nearly miraculous) blessings of American life is a form of hate speech to the campus progressive.
In a far meaner age, Cicero said that “gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” An attitude of thankfulness is a choice that is free to everyone — even those plagued with an education at an elite university. While it may be easier in the short term to whine, it makes for a downright miserable life — not only for oneself, but also for the dwindling number of people who surround the complainer.
This Thanksgiving, and in the days to follow, choose gratitude. Be thankful for the nation, for your life, for those whom you love and those who love you, flaws and all. Like a muscle, you can strengthen this virtue with regular exercise.
How did those Amish sneak their way into the Islamic Center?
(CNN)A German special forces unit arrested two men in a Berlin raid Thursday who are accused of plotting “a significant criminal act against state security,” according to Berlin authorities.
The two men were arrested in the Britz section of the German capital after a search was conducted on an Islamic cultural center, police said.
The suspects, whose identities have not been released, are 28 and 46, according to police, and the German newspaper Der Tagesspeigel reports that one of them was Tunisian and the other Syrian.
Police said “a suspected dangerous object” found in a vehicle linked to the suspects prompted an evacuation of nearby residences.
Berlin’s attorney general is heading up the ongoing investigation.
Taking a page from the Vietcong.
Under the Iraqi town of Sinjar, Islamic State militants built a network of tunnels, complete with sleeping quarters, wired with electricity, and fortified with sandbags. There they had boxes of US-made ammunition, medicines, and copies of the Quran stashed on shelves.
The Associated Press obtained extensive video footage of the tunnels, which were uncovered by Kurdish forces that took the city in northwestern Iraq earlier this month after more than a year of Islamic State rule.
“We found between 30 and 40 tunnels inside Sinjar,” said Shamo Eado, a commander from Sinjar from the Iraqi Kurdish fighters known as peshmerga. “It was like a network inside the city.”
“Daesh dug these trenches in order to hide from airstrikes and have free movement underground as well as to store weapons and explosives,” Eado said, using an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State, which is also known as ISIS or ISIL. “This was their military arsenal.”
The video, shot by a freelancer touring the town with Kurdish fighters, showed two tunnels running several hundred yards, each starting and ending from houses, through holes knocked in walls or floors.
The narrow tunnels, carved in the rock apparently with jackhammers or other handheld equipment, are just tall enough for a man to stand in. Rows of sandbags line sections of the walls, electrical wires power fans and lights, and metal braces reinforce the ceilings. One section of the tunnel resembled a bunker. Dusty copies of the Quran sit above piles of blankets and pillows. Prescription drugs — painkillers and antibiotics — lie scattered along the floor.
In another section of the tunnel, the footage shows stocks of ammunition, including American-made cartridges and bomb-making tools.
Obama missed a chance to make a profound statement to the anti-immigration folks.
Via STL Dispatch:
A man draped in an American flag climbed over the fence at the White House on Thursday, prompting a lockdown as the first family celebrated Thanksgiving.
CNN reports that the man was immediately apprehended. Armed security personnel have been seen outside the White House since the incident, which took place shortly before 3 p.m. EST.
An image of a man atop a section of fence in front of the North Lawn has been posted on the website of television station WJLA. A second image shows the man standing on the lawn with his arms raised in victory.
President Barack Obama and his wife and daughters are spending the holiday at the White House.
Secret Service and White House officials have not responded to calls and emails seeking information.
Because Twitter is a “safe space,” or something.
Forget warm holiday cheer — the Washington Redskins awoke an army of angry Twitter followers on Thursday after wishing their fans a “Happy Thanksgiving” on the popular social media site.
The team’s name has drawn the ire of Native American activists and Democratic lawmakers who deem it offensive. Redskins owner Dan Snyder has stood firm in his decision not to change the name, despite a federal judge ordering the cancellation of the team’s trademark registrations this year.
Some individuals on Twitter accused the NFL team of being insensitive Thursday, due to the Thanksgiving holiday’s historic ties to the Pilgrims and Native Americans.
Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.
The purpose of Thanksgiving was not just to eat a lot, although by now, many of us have done that. Or to watch football.
It was created to give thanks.
In 1789, George Washington became the first of many US presidents to formally proclaim a day of “public thanksgiving and prayer”:
I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.
Ezra was an 18 year old from Boston who went to Israel, and was a volunteer delivering food to soldiers when he was shot by a Palestinian terrorist. But because he wasn’t shot by a police officer, but by a terrorist, President Obama seems not to have noticed. President Obama also failed to even say the names of the Americans killed in Paris or in Mali.
But he promotes this myth that the protests in Chicago were peaceful? That’s not the leftist Chicago way. Revolutionary Communists screaming in the face of police and attacking Christmas trees, that’s the leftist Chicago way…
Hillary has a PhD in phony.
Anyone observing the 2016 election cycle who also possesses a functioning brain stem (and I assure you, there are a great many people observing the 2016 election cycle who don’t) knows that some candidates and comms shops excel at relating to voters, and some don’t. Some attempts fail harder than others…but nobody—and I mean nobody—fails as hard as Hillary Clinton when it comes to offering proof of humanity.
This Thanksgiving, Team Hillary updated their “Quick Question” YouTube series in a vainglorious attempt to convince voters that fun and family bonding is a thing that happens when an Arkansas football game is on TV.
Next rule change is safe spaces at West Point. Update to this story.
Cadet pillow fights like the bloody one that left 30 injured this summer will be banned and actions are being pursued against many of those involved, U.S. Military Academy officials said Wednesday.
First-year students, known as “plebes,” organize the annual pillow fight as a way to build camaraderie after a grueling summer of training. But the pillow fight on Aug. 20 escalated into a free-for-all with plebes being hit from behind and knocked to the ground. Injuries included a broken nose, a fractured cheek and 24 diagnosed concussions, according to a report on the pillow fight released Wednesday.
“While never officially sanctioned, it is now officially banned, and we will take appropriate action to ensure that all faculty, staff, leaders, the Corps of Cadets and everyone at West Point knows that it will not be tolerated,” West Point Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen said in a statement.
There were reports that some cadets were injured by hard objects placed in pillow cases after photos and video of the melee circulated on social media. But the report said many injuries were caused instead by elbows and falls to the ground. One cadet was identified by military police as striking another cadet with a hard object in a pillow case. One cadet was found unconscious.
The report said upper-class cadets did not take proper control of the fight to ensure the safety of plebes. Caslen said the incident could have been prevented with better communication between cadet leadership and senior military personnel before the pillow fight.
Perfect dish for discussing gun control.
Via The Federalist:
The Washington Post seems to think the Cold War is still ongoing, because it suggested that mayo is an acceptable Jell-O topping. Perhaps escalating tensions between Russia and pretty much every other country have set off alarm bells in WaPo’s newsroom. Their account tweeted out a recipe for an apple and celery Jell-O dish that looked like something from a 1950s Betty Crocker cookbook.
On the Thanksgiving menu this year, Jell-O served cold with a small dollop of mayonnaise https://t.co/MKo7isa0Nk pic.twitter.com/x2t3Jhs5vR—
Washington Post (@washingtonpost) November 25, 2015
Personally, I have nothing against the greatest sandwich glue ever invented, but using it to top a wobbly, cold Thanksgiving dessert isn’t necessary, because we no longer live in the Atomic Age. When our grandmothers lived under the continual threat of a nuclear war, they participated in patriotic theater by adding gelatin and pastel food coloring to everything they cooked. These dishes of the past weren’t really designed for eating, but were intended to intimidate the enemy, serving as a juxtaposition to the small rations of dark bread Soviet tables were resigned to.
Can someone tell WaPo that the Cold War is over?
No, really they’re not.
Via The Hill:
This Thanksgiving, President Obama is calling for Americans to lend a helping hand to another group of pilgrims fleeing persecution.
“Nearly four centuries after the Mayflower set sail, the world is still full of pilgrims – men and women who want nothing more than the chance for a safer, better future for themselves and their families,” Obama said in his weekly address Thursday. “What makes America America is that we offer that chance.”
The president praised Americans who have offered to open their homes to refugees fleeing war-torn Syria.
“One woman from Pennsylvania wrote to me to say, ‘Money is tight for us in my household. … But I have a guest room. I have a pantry full of food. We can do this,’” Obama said.
“Another woman from Florida told me her family’s history dates back to the Mayflower — and she said that welcoming others is part of ‘what it means to be an American,’ ” he added.
Obama called for citizens to put the “generosity” of America on full display by welcoming refugees into the country with arms wide open.
“I hope that you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving, surrounded by loved ones and full of joy and gratitude,” he said. “And together, may we all play our own small part in the American story, and write a next chapter that future generations can be thankful for.”
The House passed a measure earlier this month making it more difficult for Syrian refugees fleeing the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to enter the country.
Republicans have cast doubt on whether refugees can be properly vetted to ensure that they are not terrorists.
At least one assailant in the Nov. 13 Paris terrorist attack, in which 130 people were killed, is suspected of entering France posed as a migrant.
From the perpetually offended Military Religious Freedom Foundation…
Via Army Times:
A religious-freedom advocacy group has filed its second grievance in as many weeks with the Army, again demanding that imagery featuring a red crucifix be removed from Army signage — and this time, insisting the aviation unit involved change its logo and its nickname.
The logo of Echo Company, 1st Battalion, 212th Aviation Regiment, based at Fort Rucker, Alabama, contains “blatantly unconstitutional Christian Crusader imagery” and should be discontinued immediately, Military Religious Freedom Foundation president and founder Mikey Weinstein wrote Monday in an email addressed to Maj. Gen. Michael Lundy, commanding general of Fort Rucker and the Army Aviation Center of Excellence.
Weinstein, an Air Force Academy graduate whose MRFF claims more than 40,000 active-duty clients across the military, also demanded the unit cease using the name “Crusaders,” which he called “incredibly offensive and unconstitutional.”
Weinstein provided a copy of the letter to Army Times along with two images of the logo in question, one on what appears to be a certificate of participation after a recent exercise and another of the logo apparently gracing a sign outside a building at Fort Rucker.
“This has just been brought to our attention,” Fort Rucker spokeswoman Lisa Eichhorn told Army Times on Tuesday. “We’re working the issue.”
No details on the logo’s use, nor how long the unit has used the name or the imagery, were immediately available.
Weinstein’s letter to Lundy asks the general to launch “an aggressive investigation and insure visible and appropriate punishment for any and all individuals (including yourself) who are either directly or indirectly responsible for this unconstitutional injustice.”
*Added historical note that some among the Pilgrims were not actually ‘pilgrims’ searching for religious freedom, and not even necessarily religious, but were coming to the new world for other reasons such as freedom from servitude.
Via Daily Caller:
This upcoming Thanksgiving Day is sure to offer you and your family plenty of opportunities to argue over whether America should be welcoming Syrian refugees.
If you have any liberal relatives or friends coming over for your Thursday feast, they’re going to relish the chance to tell everyone that the Pilgrims were refugees too — and hope that statement decimates all opposing view points.
Many left-wing publications and pundits are doing their utmost to promote this line in order to generate support for America taking in thousands of Syrian refugees.
For example, The Huffington Post ran a blurb with the headline “This Thanksgiving, Remember America’s Pilgrims Were Refugees, Too.” There’s one paragraph explaining how they fled religious persecution and found a warm welcome from the local Indians. Then it sneers off into snark over “how well that turned out” and to bashing Republican presidential candidates.
We told you yesterday how Hillary was pushing for her minions to target their family at their Thanksgiving dinner and try to change their minds to vote for her. But here’s the guide that the Hillary team is providing for you to use. Because, of course, being a brain dead minion and not actually having any real reasons to vote for her, you need a cheat sheet. Naturally, the cheat sheet is silly beyond belief. Unfortunately, the cheat sheet doesn’t answer questions about her lying, Benghazi, her emails or the raft of other scandals and stupidity that is Hillary.
Via Daily Caller:
First on the list of FAQs is the wig question. “Rush Limbaugh says Hillary Clinton wears a wig. Is that true?”
As Hillary herself has noted on a number of occasions, while the color may not be real, the hair is.
Next comes a question on her record, “What the heck has Hillary even done, anyway?”
The real question is, what hasn’t she done? She was a leader in the Senate and the Obama administration, for starters. As a senator from New York, she helped secure $20 billion in federal aid to rebuild after 9/11 and to care for responders. She helped create the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which covers more than 8 million kids and cut the children’s uninsured rate in half. She negotiated a 2012 ceasefire between Israel and Hamas as secretary of state.
As Marco Rubio put it, “if this election is a resume competition, then Hillary Clinton is going to be the next president.”