Compare And Contrast…

Salon’s feminist writer Mary Beth Williams on how she struggles to survive while people say mean things to her on Twitter:

Screen Shot 2015-05-29 at 5.20.09 PM

While Yazidi women behind held by ISIS are gang raped and forced to convert to Islam:

Yazidi girls kidnapped by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria jihadists were given the chance to convert to Islam but told if they refused they would automatically become Muslims anyway the moment an ISIS fighter raped them, U.S. lawmakers heard on Wednesday.

During a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on ISIS’ war on religious minorities, a representative of a California-based, non-profit organization recounted the testimony of some of the Yazidi girls she met and counseled during recent trips to Iraq.

“In one night [in Sinjar town in northern Iraq] ISIS came and took all these girls,” said Jacqueline Isaac, vice-president of the group Roads of Success.

“And they told them first – they gave them an option. They said, ‘Will you become a Muslim? Will you convert to Islam?’

“And many of them said no,” Isaac continued. “And they told them, ‘You are going to be Muslim regardless, because we are going to sleep with you. And the moment that we do that, once we rape you, you will be Muslim.’”

And Boko Haram straps bombs to young girls (after they’ve been raped):

The United Nations said Tuesday that Boko Haram is responsible for an “alarming spike” of suicide bombings in Nigeria that have been carried about by women and children.

Girls between the ages of 7 and 17 years have been used for three-quarters of all such attacks in the region since 2014, the U.N. children’s agency reported. There have been 27 suicide bombings in the region over five months, compared to 26 in all of 2014.

“Children are not instigating these suicide attacks; they are used intentionally by adults in the most horrific way. They are first and foremost victims — not perpetrators,” said Jean Gough, UNICEF representative in Nigeria.

Georgia Student That Stomped On The American Flag And Threatened To Kill White People Arrested In Florida…

eric-sheppard2

He could have went out in a blaze of glory. Update to this previous story.

Via WTSP

A 21-year-old man seen in a video stomping on an American flag at a Georgia university has been arrested in Tampa on a weapons charge.

Eric Sheppard was arrested about 11:15 a.m. Thursday in the 2000 block of Balfour Court in Tampa. An arrest warrant had been issued for Sheppard since deputies found a gun that belonged to him in a backpack on Valdosta State University’s campus in late April.

Sheppard is known for stomping and walking on an American flag during a protest at Valdosta State in April. He had previously walked and stomped on an American flag on campus in protest.

Keep reading

The Black Lives That Don’t Matter To Progressives

Screen Shot 2015-05-29 at 6.28.42 PM

Via NY Post:

Black Lives Matter, the slogan of the movement that began in earnest after the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., is a lie.

Taken at face value, the phrase is a truism, since obviously all lives matter. But the people who use it as a shibboleth don’t care about black lives per se so much as scoring points against the police.

When there is some awful tragedy involving a cop shooting or harming a young black man (sometimes justifiably, sometimes not), they muster every ounce of their moral dudgeon and stage demonstrations eagerly covered by a sympathetic media.

Baltimore was an obsession of the Black Lives Matter crowd and of the news media after the death of Freddie Gray from a terrible injury suffered in police custody.

But now that 35 people have been murdered in the month of May, the highest in a month since 1999, the response has been muted.

Keep reading…

NY Times Hypocrisy: Will Not Run Mohammed Cartoons, But Does Run Virgin Mary Covered In Dung

220px-Charliehebdo

Okay to offend Christians because they wouldn’t kill you.

Via Newsbusters:

The New York Times’ hypocrisy regarding displays of “offensive” religious imagery runs unabated, as shown in a Scott Reyburn article in Friday’s Arts section on the sale of Chris Ofili’s controversial painting “The Holy Virgin Mary,” which shows the Virgin Mary clotted with elephant dung against a porn-collage background — and accompanied by a photograph of the offensive work.

Yet when the paper refused to reprint a cartoon of Muhammad that appeared in the Paris satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that resulted in the January 2015 massacre of 12 magazine staffers, it offered this smug, cowardly justification:

Under Times standards, we do not normally publish images or other material deliberately intended to offend religious sensibilities. After careful consideration, Times editors decided that describing the cartoons in question would give readers sufficient information to understand today’s story.

Keep reading…

ISIS Jihadi In Syria Beheaded By Christian Fighter To Avenge Islamic State Atrocities…

Hayat Boumeddiene 'appears in Islamic State film' - 06 Feb 2015

With any luck he used a dull and rusty blade.

Via Guardian:

A Christian fighter in Syria has beheaded an Islamic State (Isis) militant to avenge people killed by jihadis in north-east Syria, a monitor said on Friday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the incident took place on Thursday in Hasakeh province, where Isis occupies large areas of the countryside.

According to the monitor, the Christian fighter – a member of the minority Assyrian community – found the Isis fighter in the local village of Tal Shamiram.

“He took him prisoner and when he found out he was a member of Isis, the Assyrian fighter beheaded him in revenge for abuses committed by the group in the region,” Observatory spokesman Rami Abdel Rahman said.

The Observatory is based in Britain but has covered the Syrian conflict since it broke out four years ago thanks to a network of sources inside the country.

The Christian was fighting in the ranks of Kurdish forces who earlier this month drove Isis out of more than a dozen Assyrian villages the jihadis had captured in Hasakeh.

Isis has carried out a wave of abuses in areas it controls in both Syria and Iraq, including public beheadings, mass executions, enslavement and rape.

FRIDAY OPEN THREAD…

It’s Friday!

Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 10.16.38 PM

Early evening bump

global see

Afghan Interpreter Is Murdered By Taliban After Waiting For 4 Years For Promised U.S. Visa For His Service

Screen Shot 2015-05-29 at 1.10.32 PM

This just infuriates me. The government made promises to these guys, who put their lives on the line for us and thus earned their way onto a Taliban hit list. Many of the interpreters have just been left to be killed because the Obama regime can’t get off the golf course to follow through on the promises made. This man’s death is on their heads.

Via WFB:

An Afghan interpreter for the United States military who had been waiting for over four years on the U.S. visa list was tortured and killed by insurgents earlier this year, raising concerns that other translators could meet a similar fate as American forces withdraw from Afghanistan.

Sakhidad Afghan worked as a translator for the U.S. Marines and Air Force since around 2008. Four years ago, he applied for a U.S. visa under a program for at-risk military translators. He was still on the waiting list when the Taliban reportedly kidnapped him from a bazaar this spring and executed him in the back of a trailer truck.

Each year, thousands of Afghan interpreters under threat from anti-American militants sit in bureaucratic limbo, waiting for visas they were promised by the U.S. military. Advocacy groups said it is unlikely Sakhidad Afghan was the first translator killed while on the list, although the deaths are often difficult to confirm.

Keep reading…

Pic Of The Day: Super Creepy Hillary Campaign Chair John Podesta Sports His “Everyday Pantsuit” T-Shirt…

Stranger danger!

Screen Shot 2015-05-29 at 2.51.49 PM

Michelle Obama “Healthy” Food Trucks To Stalk Kids Over Summer Break….

SPPSFoodTruck

Sorry kids, you will eat Michelle’s disgusting food… or else.

PAUL, Minn. – Government-sponsored food trucks will be stalking students this summer with the goal of giving out thousands of “healthy” free lunches officials don’t trust parents to provide.

Officials at St. Paul public schools recently announced they’re working with the local food bank Second Harvest to dispatch a mobile food truck to expand locations offering students free lunches during the summer. Last year the district supplied 71 locations, and the truck will help to add another 10 to 15 in 2015, KSTP reports.

The district’s director of nutrition services, Stacy Koppen, said the truck will drive around to different locations between 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to help feed the city’s needy youngsters. The truck will track down students at “spots like suggested basketball courts or fields where kids like to play,” according to the news site.

The very expensive-looking specially rigged step van features a billboard with grinning teens alongside the message “Kids and teens: Get your free meals here.” The district apparently didn’t offer the details on how the new program is financed, or how much the truck cost, and the news station didn’t bother to ask. School officials said the truck will be manned by volunteers.

State Department Says Clinton Foundation Paying Sid Blumenthal As He Advised Hillary Not A Problem

Via AIM:

Wait, what? The State Department says that Hillary Clinton paying Sidney Blumenthal was not a problem. This was while she was Secretary of State and he was giving her intelligence on Libya while State Department was telling her something else.

Shame! Obama Is “Aware” People Say Mean Things To Him On Twitter…

Poor guy, I feel for him… no, not really.

Screen Shot 2015-05-29 at 3.44.50 PM

Report: Military Officials Say Obama Refusing To Make Changes To Faltering ISIS Strategy…

Barack Obama

It’s almost like Obama doesn’t care ISIS is winning.

Via Daily Beast:

Defeats? What defeats? The terror group may have romped in Ramadi and Palmyra, but the Obama administration isn’t changing its strategy, despite growing doubts in the Pentagon.

The self-proclaimed Islamic State has claimed a major provincial capital in Iraq and taken over another strategically key city in Syria. In response, the Obama administration plans to do—well, not much of anything new.

Four defense officials told The Daily Beast that there’s still strong resistance within the Obama administration to making any serious changes to the current strategy for fighting ISIS—despite mounting skepticism from some in the Pentagon about the current U.S. approach to the war.

Although the Obama administration’s public messaging is that it still wants to “degrade and ultimately defeat” ISIS, in reality, many in the Pentagon view the real objective as just running out the clock.

“I think this is driven by a sense that this not our fight and so we are just going to try to contain it and have influence where we can,” one official who works closely on the military strategy explained to The Daily Beast. “This is a long fight, and it will be up to the next administration to tackle.”

Rather than aiming for a decisive victory, the U.S. approach has devolved into simply maintaining a low boil in perpetuity.

Former House Speak Dennis Hastert Indicted; Allegedly Paid Someone $3.5 Million To Conceal “Prior Misconduct”…Update: Breaking Now…Payoff To Man For Sexual Misconduct That Occurred When Hastert Was Teacher/Coach

has

How much misconduct is involved to have to pay someone $3.5 million?

Via WaPo:

YORKVILLE, Ill. — J. Dennis Hastert, the longest-serving Republican speaker in the history of the U.S. House, was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on charges that he violated banking laws in a bid to pay $3.5 million to an unnamed person to cover up “past misconduct.”

Hastert, 73, who has been a high-paid lobbyist in Washington since his 2007 retirement from Congress, schemed to mask more than $950,000 in withdrawals from various ac­counts in violation of federal banking laws that require the disclosure of large cash transactions, according to a seven-page indictment delivered by a grand jury in Chicago.

The indictment did not spell out the exact nature of the “prior misconduct” by Hastert, but it noted that before entering state and federal politics in 1981, Has­tert served for more than a decade as a teacher and wrestling coach at Yorkville High School in Illinois.

In 2010, confronted about the “prior misconduct,” the former speaker agreed to pay $3.5 million to the person “to compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct against Individual A,” prosecutors alleged.

That person, whose identity was shielded by prosecutors, has known Hastert most of his or her life, growing up in Yorkville, the city next to Hastert’s home town of Plano, in the exurbs west of Chicago. Prosecutors said the actions “occurred years earlier” than the 2010 meeting that sparked the payments.

In a statement Friday, the Yorkville school district that employed Hastert from 1965 to 1981 said it “was first made aware of any concerns” about him when he was indicted Thursday.

“Yorkville Community Unit School District #115 has no knowledge of Mr. Hastert’s alleged misconduct, nor has any individual contacted the District to report any such misconduct,” the statement said. “If requested to do so, the District plans to cooperate fully with the U.S. Attorney’s investigation into this matter.”

Keep Reading

Update:

Breaking now… Hastert reportedly was paying someone to cover up sexual misconduct that occurred while he was working as a high school teacher and coach in Illinois.

The Los Angeles Times reported today that the bank-related charges in the indictment pertain to payments he was making to a male individual from his past.

Poll: Americans Choose Pro-Choice Over Pro-Life For First Time In Seven Years…

babyhand

Isn’t this wonderful…

Via Gallup:

PRINCETON, N.J. — Half of Americans consider themselves “pro-choice” on abortion, surpassing the 44% who identify as “pro-life.” This is the first time since 2008 that the pro-choice position has had a statistically significant lead in Americans’ abortion views.

Trend: U.S. Adults' Self-Identified Position on the Abortion Issue

For most of the past five years, Americans have been fairly evenly divided in their association with the two abortion labels. The only exception between 2010 and 2014 was in May 2012, when the pro-life position led by 50% to 41%.

Prior to 2009, the pro-choice side almost always predominated, including in the mid-1990s by a substantial margin. While support for the pro-choice position has yet to return to the 53% to 56% level seen at the time, the trend has been moving in that direction since the 2012 reading.

While Gallup does not define the pro-choice and pro-life terms for Americans, their answers to a separate question about the legality of abortion indicate that those favoring the pro-choice label generally support broad abortion rights, while pro-life adherents mostly favor limited or no abortion rights.

Keep Reading

White Lehigh Prof Publishes “10 Cracka Commandments” For Whites To Accommodate The “Imminent Black Spring”…

Cracka

“Never quote black leaders like Dr. King in order to criticize protesters and activists.”

Via Campus Reform:

A hip hop symposium recently inspired a professor at Lehigh University to develop a list of “Cracka Commandments” intended to help white people accommodate the imminent “black spring.”

Christopher Driscoll, a visiting assistant professor of religious studies at the private university in Bethlehem, Penn., posted the list of commandments last Friday following a lecture on the white appropriation of rap.

According to Driscoll, his lecture “led to a discussion about how white people fit into the #BlackLivesMatter movement” and prompted a collaboration between himself, Lehigh Theater Professor Kashi Johnson, and hip hop artist Asheru.

“Together, we came up with these, the ten cracka commandments for 2015,” Driscoll wrote on his personal blog, Shades of White.

Driscoll says the first commandment is that all lives “won’t matter until #BlackLivesMatter” which he describes as both “a litmus test and the greatest commandment.”

The nine other commandments read as follows:

1. “Always remember that white privilege is real, even if you do not understand it. Use it to convince other people that black lives, including black women’s lives, matter.

2. Show up for protests, write letters to representatives, and start discussions with other white people about black lives mattering.
3. “Always remember that ignorance is real, and is a product of privilege. Treat the ignorant with compassion, but hold them accountable.”
4. “Never think that the critique does not apply to you. Just because you were at Barack’s inauguration and your dad was a freedom rider, or because you are the head of your local chapter of GLADD, that does not mean you do not have more work to do on yourself, your family, and your community.”
5. “Always remember that it is never a question of if violence, but whose violence are you going to defend. Unjust state-sanctioned and racist violence, or justified resistance; the choice is yours, the choice is ours.”

Keep Reading

Great News! The U.S. Economy Contracted 0.7 % In The First Quarter…

ap_barack-obama_ap-photo29-640x463

This is one amazing economic recovery!

Via CNS News:

(CNSNews.com) – Initial estimates of positive economic growth in the first quarter of 2015 have now turned negative.

The U.S. economy actually shrank in the first quarter of 2015 as real gross domestic product (GDP) declined at an annual rate of 0.7 percent, according to the Obama administration’s second look at the numbers.

The 0.7 percent decline in first-quarter real GDP was revised from the previously reported gain of 0.2 percent, which was the advance estimate put out at the end of April by the Commerce Department and the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). Real GDP is adjusted for inflation and represents the value of the production of goods and services in the United States.

Real GDP of -0.7 percent in the first (January-March) quarter was lower than the real GDP estimate of 2.2 percent in the fourth (October-December) quarter of 2014. It was also lower than the third quarter 2014 estimate of 5.0 percent.

“The decrease in real GDP in the first quarter primarily reflected negative contributions from exports (imports increased more), nonresidential fixed investment (purchases of nonresidential structures and equipment and software), and state and local government spending that were partly offset by positive contributions from personal consumption expenditures, private inventory investment, and residential fixed investment,” states BEA. “Imports, which are a subtraction in the calculation of GDP, increased.”

Keep Reading

Actual Yahoo Article: “Hillary Clinton’s Not Like the Rest of Us? Good!”…

Get used to hearing this “defense”…

Via Newsbusters:

Former Newsweek and New York Times writer Matt Bai has a column at Yahoo spinning furiously against anyone suggesting the Clintons are too wealthy to be in touch with those “everyday Americans.” His headline was frank: “Hillary Clinton’s not like the rest of us? Good!” Bai hotly disputed Sen. Bernie Sanders for attacking Hillary from the populist left:

In an interview with CNBC’s John Harwood this week, Sanders assailed the party’s presumed nominee, Hillary Clinton, for having accumulated the kind of wealth that can “isolate you from the reality of the world.”…you get the point: Clinton is out of touch with regular Americans because she doesn’t buy used cars or stockpile CVS coupons or save up for Disneyland like the rest of us do.

To which I would only ask: why on God’s earth would we want a president like us?

Bai wrote the out-of-touch theme has gotten more pronounced as the amount of money in politics has grown. He listed the other multi-millionaires in the race, and then whacked Marco Rubio for not being able to manage his finances without raiding his retirement accounts. (He suggested that made him unworthy of the White House.) Like a disappointed Gore/Kerry voter, he protested:

This is why we have this irritating cliché about the candidate with whom you’d most like to have a beer. It’s why pollsters routinely ask the question about whether their candidate understands “people like me,” then force their clients to go eat at Chipotle or wear a flannel shirt.

The thing is, 20th-century history tells a very different story about what constitutes compassion and what qualifies a president to lead.

Keep Reading

DOD Employees Charged Millions At Strip Clubs, Casinos Using Government Credit Cards…

Government employees are such wonderful people…

Via Judicial Watch:

In the latest of many flagrant examples of how tax dollars are wasted, government-issued credit cards were used by Department of Defense (DOD) employees to make more than $4 million in personal charges, including at casinos and strip clubs.

During a one-year period the agency charged 20 million transactions for $3.4 billion on government credit cards, according to a DOD Inspector General report issued this month. About $3.2 million of it was spent at casinos and nearly $1 million on personal expenses, including about $100,000 at strip clubs by 646 card holders. The casino charges were made through 4,437 transactions by 2,636 charge card holders, according to the report which breaks down expenditures by military branch.

The U.S. Air Force is by far the biggest offender, outspending other branches and civilian DOD employees with government-issued credit cards. In the year analyzed by investigators, the Air Force charged more than $400,000 in personal expenses at casinos and nearly $40,000 at strip clubs. The Army came in second by spending almost $350,000 at casinos during the same period and nearly $35,000 at “adult entertainment establishments.”

As an example the report lists a member of the Naval Special Welfare Group who made a dozen transactions on a government credit card for a total of $1,116 at adult entertainment venues during a business trip to El Paso, Texas. The same sailor also charged $648 in food, drinks and bank withdrawals at other establishments during the El Paso trip, according to the inspector general report. “While in El Paso, the cardholder spent more than six times his total [allotted money for expenses], which included Dreams Cabaret, Jaguars Gold Club, Tequila Sunrise, and Red Parrot Gentlemen’s Club,” the report states.

Keep Reading

Subsidized Broadband: FCC Chairman Plans To Expand “Obama Phone” Program to Internet…

Oh, how nice…

Via CNS News:

(CNSNews.com) – Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler announced on Thursday that he intends to expand Lifeline, popularly known as the “Obama Phone” program, to the Internet.

“I am circulating new proposals to “reboot” Lifeline for the Internet age,” Wheeler wrote in a blog post on the FCC’s Website. He said the reboot would include “establishing minimum standards of service for voice and broadband,” in addition to subsidies for low-income consumers.

Lifeline is a government benefit program that provides a monthly subsidy of $9.95 on telephone service for those at or below 135 percent of the poverty line so they can connect to the nation’s communications networks, find jobs, access health care services, connect with family and their children’s schools, and call for help in an emergency.

The money comes out of the Universal Service Fund (USF), which is funded through fees paid by consumers on telephone service. The fee is generally itemized on customers’ monthly telephone bills and is currently assessed at a rate of 16.1 percent of the bill.

The size of the Lifeline program has doubled since 2008, increasing from $819 million to $1.6 billion in 2014. It reached a high of $2.19 billion in 2012 amid allegations of fraud and abuse.

The USF, meanwhile, has increased from $7.2 billion in 2008 to $10.34 billion in 2014, with Chairman Wheeler’s staff estimating a level of $12.1 billion in 2016. However, that estimate does not account for prospective Internet subsidies.

In his post, Wheeler said, “30 percent of Americans still haven’t adopted broadband at home…. While more than 95 percent of households with incomes over $150,000 have broadband, only 48 percent of those making less than $25,000 have service at home.”

Keep Reading

Campaign Spokesman For Bernie Sanders Says Ridiculous 1972 “Rape” Essay “Was Intended To Attack Gender Stereotypes Of The ’70s”…

Nice spin. Update to this story.

Via CNN:

New York (CNN)Bernie Sanders’ campaign tried on Thursday to distance the presidential candidate from a 1972 essay in which he wrote — among other things — a women “fantasizes being raped by three men simultaneously.”

Michael Briggs, Sanders’ newly minted campaign spokesman, said the article was a “dumb attempt at dark satire in an alternative publication” that “in no way reflects his views or record on women.”

“It was intended to attack gender stereotypes of the ’70s, but it looks as stupid today as it was then,” Briggs told CNN.

The Vermont senator is currently pursuing the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

The 1972 essay, which was first revealed in a profile by Mother Jones, was published in the Vermont Freeman, an alternative newspaper from Sanders’ home state. It ran the same year that Sanders ran for governor of the state as a member of the anti-Vietnam War Liberty Union Party. He lost the race, but was elected mayor of Burlington in 1981.

“Have you looked at the Stag, Man, Hero, Tough magazines on the shelf of your local bookstores? Do you know why the newspapers with articles like ‘Girl, 12, raped by 14 men’ sell so well?” Sanders wrote. “To what in us are they appealing?”

Keep Reading