Awkwardness: President Bill Clinton Goes On Campaign Trail For Man Who Wanted Him to Resign

Awkwardness: President Bill Clinton Goes On Campaign Trail For Man Who Wanted Him to Resign

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Former president Bill Clinton is heading back on the campaign trail. This time, he’s going to Florida to stump for Republican-turned-Independent-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist in his campaign for governor.

Crist, who just recently won the Democrat nomination for governor, is locked in a very tight race with Florida Governor Rick Scott.

Here’s what Crist had to say about Bill Clinton’s visit, according to Kelly Cohen of the Washington Examiner:

“He’s [Clinton's] better than anyone at explaining why what we’re doing matters. I’m looking forward to kicking off the final two months of this campaign with him,” Crist said when announcing the event Saturday.

However, when Charlie Crist was running as a Republican for the U.S. Senate back in 1998, he had a much different stance on Bill Clinton. Crist actually called for Bill Clinton to resign during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. This is what Crist said on the campaign trail on October 19, 1998:

Regrettably, I believe that the president has shattered the confidence and trust of the American people. And I think he needs to be accountable for that. That’s why I believe that the best thing he could do for the country is resign the office of the president.

It’s amazing what career politicians will do to advance their own political careers. They’ll even hold rallies with presidents they once thought broke the trust of the American people and should have resigned.

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Fear of Another 9/11 Type Attack as Intel Reports Reveal 11 Libyan Airliners Have Gone Missing

With the anniversary of the September 11th attacks right around the corner, intelligence officials are sharing some disturbing news about commercial jets that have gone missing in Libya. From Bill Gertz at the Washington Free Beacon:

Intelligence reports of the stolen jetliners were distributed within the U.S. government over the past two weeks and included a warning that one or more of the aircraft could be used in an attack later this month on the date marking the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against New York and Washington, said U.S. officials familiar with the reports.

 

The aircraft were reportedly taken in late August following the takeover of Tripoli International Airport, located about 20 miles south of the capital, by Libyan Dawn.

 

Al Jazeera television reported in late August that western intelligence reports had warned of terror threats to the region from 11 stolen commercial jets.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a failure to act in Libya exacerbate an already precarious national security outlook.

  • President Obama destabilized Libya by removing strongman Muammar Gaddafi, and  violated the law by authorizing military operations in Libya. The lack of political will securing the post-war nation has led to terrorist organizations over-running Libya.
  • In Benghazi, despite requesting extra security multiple times, Christopher Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty and Sean Smith were murdered by the terrorist group Ansar al-Sharia. As Congressional testimony proves, no rescue attempt was mounted by the President or Secretary of State.
  • Shortly after the evacuation of our embassy in Tripoli last month, radical Islamists took over the U.S.’ diplomatic compound and were even seen having a pool party.

The national tragedy that occurred on September 11th, 2001 is still etched in the minds of Americans, and any such threat to the country’s security should be taken with the utmost seriousness.

The main priority at this point for the U.S. government should be to pool its available intelligence and military resource together and find these missing jets.

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The State Dept. is Confronted on Whether U.S. is At War With ISIS & Gives Head-Scratching Answer…

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In today’s press briefing, the State Department’s spokeswoman Jen Psaki was asked whether or not the alleged beheading of Steven Sotloff was an “act of war” by ISIS against the U.S. Here’s what she said, via The Blaze:

“I’m not going to put new labels on it,” Psaki said. “We certainly consider this reported act, [and] the act of the killing of James Foley, as a horrific terrorist act that… has been one of the motivating factors in the effort… to undergo the creation of an international coalition to address this threat.”

Much like the White House spokesman Josh Earnest, Psaki has decided to engage in Washingtonian doublespeak instead of actually giving a straight answer to an important question. Psaki’s colleague, Marie Harf, also says that ISIS is not at war with the U.S. On a related note, Psaki says President Obama doesn’t give himself enough credit for his foreign policy “successes.”

While the Obama administration and the State Department continue to deny the obvious, despite the fact that they have been warned about the rise of ISIS for months, ISIS is making it very clear by its actions that it sees itself at war with the United States. ISIS has announced that it does not intend to stop at just Syria and Iraq. It intends to reclaim all the formerly Islamic lands lost over the past five centuries through conquest.

The Obama administration needs to realize that even though they have not chosen to go to war with ISIS, ISIS has chosen to go to with America. It’s time to develop a strategy to completely defeat this menace to humanity.

The rest of the world is watching to see what America will do. It’s time to step it up, Mr. President, and lead.

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Pastor’s Religious Sermon About Christian Persecution In The Middle East Gets His Account Terminated

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Daniel Ausbun is a small-town pastor for Moreland, Georgia. Ausbun does some of his ministry through YouTube, for when a member of his congregation isn’t able to make it to services.

Due to the current events in Syria and Iraq, mainly the persecution and killing of Christians, the members of Ausbun’s church wanted to know more about why it was happening. Ausbun took their concerns to heart, and addressed them in his Sunday sermon saying:

“As these terrorist go and wipe out towns, if they find there’s Christians there, you receive some options.” 

“1. You can convert to Islam. 2. You can pay a tax $250.00 dollars…You can immediately leave… or your last option is to die.”

After Ausbun shared this message and uploaded the video to YouTube (where he has had an account in good standing for 3 years), something unexpected happened. YouTube sent him an email telling him that his account had been terminated for not meeting community guidelines. Then, Ausbun decided to read through YouTube’s guidelines and concluded that the only thing that could have banned his account is that it was being labeled as “hate speech.”

YouTube’s hate speech policy entails it does not permit speech which attacks or demeans a group based on race or ethnic origin, religion, etc.

Ausbun tried to get through to YouTube for a week because he didn’t see any hate speech in “sharing the same things journalists on CNN and Fox News do.” When that didn’t work, he decided to reach out to Todd Starnes of Fox News, and after Starnes published his story, Ausbun says his YouTube account was reinstated within fifteen minutes.

I had the opportunity to talk to Ausbun via phone, and this is what he had to say:

“I would challenge them to show me anywhere in that message where hate speech is in there. It’s just being accurate on radical Islam. Show me one hateful comment. They do hate Americans. They commit acts of terror. They beheaded someone today.”

When asked whether Ausbun would continue his sermons after YouTube censorship, he said, “I want to continue it. Because it’s the truth. Our Christian brothers and sisters in Iraq are literally dying, get[ting] killed. And they are dying in the name of radical Islam. It’s absolutely absurd that YouTube would ban something like that.”

ISIS isn’t just targeting Christians, it is persecuting Jews, gays, women and anyone else the religious fanatics deem to be an infidel. This isn’t about coexisting and embracing multiculturalism any longer, it’s a matter of life and death. While many people are preaching “tolerance,” thousands of people are now paying the price… with their lives.

How Love For A Child Can Bring Back A Mother’s Memory With Alzheimer’s If Just For A Moment

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A YouTube video of a daughter lying beside her mother with Alzheimer’s is going viral. In the video, Kelly Gunderson says to her 87-year-old mother, “Do you know who I am though?”

To which her mother replies:

“Uh Kelly….”

“Kelly… well, I love Kelly and didn’t I name you Kelly?”

The response from her mother suffering from the degenerative disease takes her daughter by complete surprise.

It just goes to show that love for a child can work small miracles…if just for a moment.

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Mike Rowe Pens Refreshingly Frank Letter to Fans Who Criticized His Views on Ice Bucket Challenge

Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs is a popular man. So popular, in fact, that he says over 500 people have called him out to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

But in a Facebook post last week, Rowe explained why he wasn’t going to do it. After receiving comments from those who had challenged him about why he hadn’t ponied up, he felt the need to explain himself.

via Facebook:

Thanks to The Ice Bucket Challenge, The ALS Association has collected $75 million dollars in donations. That’s up from just $1.9 million over the same period a year ago. That’s amazing, and totally unprecented. And if we lived in a world of unlimited philanthropic resources, it would be fantastic news. But we don’t live in that world.

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We live in a world where generous people of finite means must allocate their charitable giving with discretion – in the same way they allocate all other expenditures. In this world, more money for ALS means less money for Heart Disease. More for Malaria means less for Diabetes. More for AIDS means less for Alzheimer’s. And so forth.

Rowe writes that he is just not comfortable with pushing one “brand” over another – and so he is forgoing the Ice Bucket Challenge.

After the release of this statement, Rowe was inundated with replies – about 12,800 of them, all of which he said he’s read – and in replying to some commenters directly, he answered several questions that fans and followers had for him in this letter.

Getting naked and dumping freezing water over your head are both fine ways to get the publics attention before you ask them for money. The only difference, is in how you ask.

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Several years ago, I dropped my pants to raise money for breast cancer research. In that campaign, my Mom and I made the following statement – “Hey America – Instead of buying another pair of overpriced, designer denim, why not donate the cost to help find a cure breast cancer?” That was a simple, broad-based appeal. No pressure. No deadline.

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More recently, I posted another ridiculous photo of  myself – mostly naked – posing with a Help Wanted sign, strategically placed. It was silly, (and no doubt disturbing to some,) but it reminded people that good jobs were still available to those who were willing to learn a useful skill.

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It also brought lots of people to my website, where I tried to engage them around the goals of my own foundation.

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The Ice Bucket Challenge on the other hand, targets specific individuals, and puts them on a 24 hour clock. It calls people out by name in front of everyone they know, and dares them to take action.

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My personal donations I prefer to keep anonymous. But again – my problem with the ALS/Ice Bucket Challenge has nothing to do with ALS. Or the Ice for that matter. I’m just suspicious of shortcuts, and I object to putting people on the spot when soliciting them for charitable donations.

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The effect of moral licensing on charitable giving is well-documented, especially among the group you mention – those individuals who don’t typically contribute to charity. Among that group, individuals who took The Ice Bucket Challenge are now exponentially LESS likely to donate to other causes. Why?

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Because a) they are not engaged with the underlying charity in a meaningful way, and b) they now believe (subconsciously) that they’ve already “done their part.”

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In this way, the decision to dump water over your head, becomes an expression of “virtuous intent,” and a perfect excuse to justify a future decision to NOT participate in other charitable endeavors.

Rowe certainly set himself apart from other celebrities in expressing this view – but whether or not we agree with him, it’s clear that his intentions were good, or, at the very least, honest.

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Latest Report of Homelessness Among Veterans Is Good News for Our Nation’s Heroes

The Veterans Administration has been in the spotlight this year for its failures in taking care of the physical and mental health of veterans. In one area, though, something good is happening for our nation’s heroes.

From PolicyMic:

According to data from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), the number of homeless veterans has fallen 33% since 2010. There were 49,933 homeless vets in January 2014, which indicates a drop of 24,837 people over four years. These numbers include a 40% decline of veterans sleeping on the street.

The federal agencies attributed the drop in large part to programs that provide housing first, then address issues such as unemployment, mental illness, or substance abuse.

The data was met with some skepticism, since the VA has great motivation to put out positive news (and take credit for it). The FiveThirtyEight Data Lab investigated.

According to Will Fischer, an analyst who has written about the issue for the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, this is a case of a government intervention that worked. In recent years, the federal government has vastly increased spending on housing assistance for veterans, mostly in the form of direct housing vouchers.

It seems that these programs are working and reducing homelessness among veterans. Of course, despite the success, many veterans still live on the streets, more in some areas than others. Here’s a map showing the distribution of homeless veterans across the US:

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Hopefully the trend of eliminating homelessness among veterans will continue, and reforms in veterans’ healthcare and mental health treatment will not be far behind.

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Former Judge of ‘The Voice’ CeeLo Might Want to Stop Sending Out Disturbing Rape Tweets Like These

Singer CeeLo Green, famous for songs like “Forget You” and for being a coach on the hit TV show “The Voice,” pleaded no contest to the felony count of supplying ecstasy and was sentenced to three years probation and 45 days of community service.

But his discussion of the case on Twitter is what has people talking.

The woman he’s alleged to have given the drugs to said she “had no memory of the period between dining with Green at a sushi restaurant in 2012 and waking up naked in the singer’s bed,” The Guardian reports. Rape charges were not filed due to a lack of evidence.

In what can only be described as a possible attempt to address the court case, the singer took to Twitter and released a bizarre string of ideas on rape.

Buzzfeed captured the tweets before they, and his entire Twitter account, were deleted on Tuesday morning.

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Before closing his account, Green tweeted an apology. Still, he received some enormous blowback on Twitter:

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Green reactivated his account later Tuesday morning, with the “rape” tweets deleted. He reportedly had 2 million followers before he disabled his account; as of this posting, he has 858,000 – which Buzzfeed states is “possibly due to restarting his account.”

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5 Examples Of Gun Owners Stopping A Crime Are A Good Reason Why Shops Are Embracing Open Carry

As The Washington Times reports, the number of restaurants and shops that allow customers to carry guns in their stores across the country is growing, and it’s continuing to pick up the pace as owners are increasingly seeing the benefits.

How to explain to the rising number of pro-gun businesses? The recent reports of gun owners actually stopping a crime may be a factor. Here are 6 compelling examples of responsible gun owners stopping a crime and protecting their community.

  1. When a woman’s ex-boyfriend was released from jail on charges of aggravated assault and stalking, he tried to break into the home she shared with her 18-year-old son, who protected his family by shooting and killing the would-be attacker.

2. A doctor at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, PA, thankfully ignored the hospital’s rules about carrying a weapon on the hospital’s grounds, and he shot a man who had opened fire in the hospital and killed one employee. The doctor was wounded as he fought back, but his heroism likely spared countless lives.

3. Two would-be robbers at a California jewelry store were hilariously foiled when the store’s owner emerged from the back room carrying his shotgun – causing the two nervous wannabes to get out of there as fast as possible.

4. Two armed men attempted to rob the patrons of an internet cafe when 63-year-old Samuel Williams pulled a gun and fired at them, sending them running out of the store. After they leave, My Fox Orlando reports, Williams calmly locked the door and waited for police.

5. A “Good Samaritan” broke up a robbery while out for a walk one evening, My Fox Twin Cities reports. The Minneapolis man was in the right place at the right time, as he scared off two robbers after they had pistol-whipped the cashier at a local store.

With reports coming out like this so often, the number of gun-friendly businesses in America is likely to continue growing.

Knowing that responsible gun owners would be ready to defend and protect their shop if the necessity arose brings benefits – and a fan base – to any business.

The President with No ‘Strategy’ to Defeat ISIS Was Warned for Months About Rise of Terror Group

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When ISIS took over large areas of Iraq earlier this year, the White House claimed surprise and blamed the intelligence community. Fox News’ Catherine Herridge reports to the contrary:

A former Pentagon official confirms to Fox News that detailed and specific intelligence about the rise of ISIS was included in the PDB, or the President’s Daily Brief, for at least a year before the group took large swaths of territory beginning in June.

The official…said the data was strong, and “granular” in detail, adding a policy maker “…could not come away with any other impression: This is getting bad.

Just last week, the president made national headlines by admitting that “we don’t have a strategy yet” when it comes to defeating ISIS. This information would certainly run against the notion that the terrorist group is a new threat:

The threat was understood and the data was identified several years ago because ISIS took a systematic approach to its buildup in Iraq. It was not something that happened suddenly, which seemed to be the suggestion by the administration.

President Obama is known to read the briefing document rather than being personally briefed and rarely asks for follow-up information from the intelligence community, according to Herridge’s source.

The source also disputed White House claims on Syria and the James Foley rescue attempt. According to Herridge:

Some of the intelligence was so good, a couple hundred targets had been identified when President Obama drew a red line on chemical weapons use in Syria back in 2012.

 

On…the Foley rescue…the former Pentagon official confirmed there was significant delay, describing a White House that was racked with “hesitancy” and continually asking for “the intelligence to build up more.”

By pursuing a policy of waiting, U.S. hostages and soldiers were put at greater risk. We saw that tragically today with ISIS’ brutal beheading of another American civilian, Steven Sotloff.

ISIS Releases Video of Second Beheading of American: ‘Obama, Just Back Off and Leave Us Alone’

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A second American journalist has been beheaded at the hands of the terrorist group ISIS, which has taken over much of Iraq and has formed the Islamic State.

A week ago, Shirley Sotloff (the mother of American ISIS hostage Steven Sotloff) released a video to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi pleading for the life of her son. Ultimately, Shirley’s plea fell upon deaf ears, and ISIS beheaded Steven in the same brutal fashion they did James Foley.

ISIS demanded a ransom of $6.6 million to ensure Steven’s freedom as well as the release of convicted terrorist Aafia Siddiqui, who was reportedly planning to weaponize ebola. ABC News reports:

In the video, which appeared online today, Sotloff addresses the camera, saying, “I’m sure you know exactly who I am by now and why I am appearing.”

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“Obama, your foreign policy of intervention in Iraq was supposed to be for preservation of American lives and interests, so why is it that I am paying the price of your interference with my life?” the journalist says calmly as the black clad militant holds a knife casually at his side.

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Later the video then cuts to the militant who says that as long as U.S. missiles “continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people.”

Then, the camera fades out and the ISIS terrorist kills Sotloff. In the video, ISIS issues a threat: “Obama, just back off and leave us alone.”

As ISIS still has Americans in its blood-stained hands and are willing to butcher more innocents in the name of its perverted cause, the world can no longer turn a blind eye. Whether or not the Commander-in-Chief leaves these terrorists alone, it is high time to form a strategy to defeat them.

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The Most Important Things We Learned From Sarah Palin’s Ice Bucket Challenge Video

Sarah Palin made an ice bucket challenge video last week. Here are the important things we learned from it.

1. Palin’s desk has some interesting items on it

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Like this golden mirror:

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And this shell:

 

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This cup with a giant ‘P’ on it: 

 

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And this moose head ice bucket:

 

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2. We learned that she has a sort-of cluttered checkbook:

 

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3. And that she likes to scoop ice like this…

 

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4. And this is a free commercial for Diet Dr. Pepper:

 

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5. Finally we learned what Palin looks like when ice water is dumped on her:

 

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One more time in slow-mo:

 

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And that is everything we learned.  See the full video below:

Over 100 Hollywood Celebs Targeted by Hacker in Massive Nude Photo Leak and FBI is Hot On the Case

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A hacker illegally obtained nude photos of numerous celebrities and released several of them on the website 4chan, thereby gaining the instant attention of dozens of FBI agents. As CBS reported, the list of victims of this hack purportedly include over 100 celebrities, such as:

Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence:

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Cover girl Kate Upton:

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Pop star Selena Gomez:

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Nickelodeon actress and pop star Ariana Grande:

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There were many others targeted. A spokesperson for Lawrence, after confirming that they were real, said:

The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.

Some celebrities responded via Twitter. Victoria Justice denied that they were real, and added a bit of humor:
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Mary Winstead, confirming they were real, tried a shaming approach:
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Seth Rogan, whose pics were not among those released, gave a legal argument:
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Rogan then immediately refined his earlier tweet to avoid any confusion:
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And ironically, another victim of the hacker was Kim Kardashian (yes, there were apparently nude Kardashian photos the world hasn’t seen yet.)

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Here’s a protip: if you’re incredibly famous, and even if you’re not, keep your nude pics on a private drive. Cloud storage may be a reliable backup for your data and information, but posting personal content that is accessible from the Internet is always risky.

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The World According to ISIS: The Terrorist Army’s Dreams for Islamic Caliphate Revealed in One Map

The terrorists who have taken over much of Iraq on President Obama’s watch and have formed the Islamic State (the terrorists formerly known as ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria; or as the White House prefers, ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) have dreams of a regional caliphate on its mind.

Take a glance at what CIA Director John Brennan called the “feckless delusion” of a caliphate that is “never going to happen” (via The Right Scoop):

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Walid Shoebat, a scholar on Islam, has translated the map of ISIS’ “ten state solution” for the Middle East, which it plans to achieve over the next decade by removing secular governments in its way.

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Shoebat points out the “one of these things is not like the other” takeaway from ISIS’ map: three states have been eliminated and absorbed:

1. Anatolia (Turkey)
2. Kurdistan
3. Gogaz, (C.I.S, which includes Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan)
4. Khorasan (Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and possibly Indonesia)
5. Iraq
6. Sham (Syria, Lebanon)
7. Qinana (Egypt, Sudan and Somalia)
8. Maghreb (which includes Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and Mauritania)
9. Yemen
10. Hijaz (which includes the Gulf States)

The Balkan states, Spain and other powers on the outskirts of the Middle Eastern mayhem might want to sit up and pay attention: they would be eliminated and absorbed according to this vision.

Interestingly, Shoebat believes that Turkey is angling to rush in as a “savior” and become the ideal Muslim state under a Muslim confederacy of ten states, thereby recreating the glory of the Ottoman Empire.

Allowing jihadists like ISIS and al Qaeda, and other Islamist extremists to gain more power and resources will be damaging for both regional and international security. The killing of women, the murdering of children, the repression of all political dissent, and the control of society by an intolerant religious order – these are things that all rational human beings can stand against.

Or should we just write it off as “multicultural diversity”? Europe and America, you are now on the clock – and it happens to be a ticking time bomb.

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‘You, Sir, Are the JV Team’: Open Letter from Parents of Slain Navy SEAL Rebukes President Obama

The parents of slain Navy SEAL member Aaron Carson Vaughn have reacted publicly to the spectacle of President Obama giving a press conference shortly after the brutal beheading of American photojournalist James Foley, only to depart hastily to the golf course (instead of to a war room).

In an open letter published at the World Tribune (via BizPacReview) the grieving parents excoriated the president for his lack of leadership:

As Commander-in-Chief, your actions — or lack thereof — Mr. President, cost lives. As you bumble about in your golf cart, slapping on a happy face and fist-pounding your buddies, your cowardly lack of leadership has left a gaping hole — not only in America’s security — but the security of the entire globe. Your message has come across loud and clear, sir: You are not up to this job. You know it. We know it. The world knows it.

Please vacate the people’s house and allow a man or woman of courage and substance to seize the reigns of this out-of-control thug-fest and regain the balance we, America, have provided throughout our great history.

Thanks to your “leadership” from whatever multi-million dollar vacation you happen to be on at any given moment, the world is in chaos. What’s been gained, you’ve lost. What’s been lost, you’ve decimated. You’ve demolished our ability to hold the trust of allies. You’ve made a mockery of the title “President.” And you’ve betrayed the nation for which my son and over 1.3 million others have sacrificed their very lives.

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Image of Aaron Carson Vaughn courtesy of the Vaughn family via WJLA.

The parents, Billy and Karen Vaughn, put into context why their son became a Navy SEAL:

Many times over the past three years, I have been asked what drove my son to choose his particular career. What made him want to be a Navy SEAL? My answer is simple.

Aaron Vaughn was a man who possessed the courage to acknowledge evil. And evil, once truly acknowledged, demands response. Perhaps this is why so few are willing to look it in the eye. It is much simpler — much safer — to look the other way.

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Image of Aaron Carson Vaughn via Molon Labe Industries.

Aaron Carson Vaughn was killed in action when a CH47D Chinook military helicopter transporting him and 21 other SEALS was shot down in eastern Afghanistan in August 2011. Significantly, the Vaughns express the real danger posed from the U.S. being led into decline:

Never in my lifetime have I witnessed such despair and such growing fear that the world’s last best hope, America, has finally been dismantled. Perhaps the better word is transformed — fundamentally transformed. Come to think of it, it’s become difficult — if not impossible — to believe things haven’t gone exactly as you planned, Mr. President.

Amazingly, in five short years, your administration has lurched from one disaster to another. You spearheaded the ambitious rush to end the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan — with no plan on how to do so effectively. Also, the release of “the Taliban five” in exchange for one American — without consulting Congress — is also on your shoulders.

You have been at the helm during unprecedented national security leaks — including, but not limited to the outing of SEAL Team VI on the Bin laden raid, the outing of the Pakistani doctor who provided the intelligence for that raid, the outing of Afghanistan’s CIA station chief, and the outing of your personal “kill list” to make you look tough. In addition, 75 percent of American deaths in Afghanistan and 83 percent of Americans-wounded-in-action have occurred on your watch, according to icasualties.org.

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Image of Navy SEAL Aaron Carson Vaughn via Molon Labe Industries.

Finally, the Vaughns sum up what they think of the president’s leadership with a remark alluding to his comment about the terrorist army ISIS being a supposed “JV team“:

You, sir, are the JV team. It’s time for you to step down and allow a true leader to restore our honor and protect our sons and daughters.

America has always been exceptional. And she will be again. You, Mr. President, are a bump in our road.

The Vaughns are credited in the article as “Gold Star parents of Special Operations Chief (SEAL) Aaron Vaughn, KIA 6 Aug 2011. Billy is the author of Betrayed: The Shocking True Story of Extortion 17. Read more at http://www.forourson.us.”

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The last known photograph of Aaron Carson Vaughn, taken with his wife Kimberly and his two children. Image via DVIDShub.net.

Aaron Carson Vaughn left behind his wife Kimberly and two young children. If you would like to donate to Vaughn’s family, you may find the mailing address through the endorsed Facebook page.

Player Makes Incredible Run to Score a Touchdown, But It’s the Ball Boy Who Steals the Show

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All eyes were on the sideline Saturday while Auburn wide receiver Melvin Ray sprinted to the end zone and scored a touchdown against the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Because on that sideline was Jack Longenecker, an equipment manager for the Tigers. And throughout Ray’s entire run, Longenecker was racing right by his side, prompting some to wonder why he wasn’t a player himself.

Of course, the tale may have gone differently had Longenecker been weighed down with pads and tired from previous plays. Still, it’s pretty impressive, and now a sophomore equipment manager has quite the story to tell…

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This Baby Isn’t Even Born Yet, But Its ‘Coolness’ Factor Has Made It A Viral Sensation

Brandon Hopkins and his wife are expecting twins, due in January. And they were no doubt excited to see their babies on ultrasound, though they’re still a few weeks away from finding out the babies’ genders.

One of the babies apparently wanted to make sure its parents knew that as far as the pregnancy was going, everything was “all good” – by flashing what can only be described as a “thumbs up.”

The babies’ uncle posted the image to Reddit, captioned with “Recent Ultrasound looks good,” according to WFMY News 2. The image has since gone viral.

And the baby won’t have to worry about an embarrassing nickname, because the internet has already provided one: “Fonzie fetus,” after the iconic Happy Days star, WFMY reports.

Good luck to mother and babies!

Mom of Jailed Marine Makes Emotional Plea to Obama to Free Her Son From Mexican Prison

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Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi was jailed in Mexico on firearms charges after accidentally driving into Mexico from San Diego. The firearms in his vehicle were legally owned in the US, but illegal in Mexico. He has been in jail since March.

An online petition urging the White House to demand his release has reached 134,000 signatures, and the White House has now released a statement on the issue, saying:

We will continue to monitor the case and work with the Mexican authorities as this case proceeds through the Mexican judicial system. We continue to urge the Mexican authorities to process the case expeditiously.

Fox News spoke about the statement to Jill Tahmooressi, the Marine’s mother, who said she doesn’t believe the White House’s involvement is helping at all.

Andrew’s case is not being expeditiously processed….In fact, we don’t even have another court date hearing. So I would say that it has not been effective and it needs to be ramped up.

 

…[P]lease, President Obama, escalate that level of urgency that you say you are asking Mexico to expedite, because one more day is one day too many.

It took less than two weeks for the White House to get involved in the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Missouri.

Joe Biden Drops Edgy Phrase in Labor Day Union Speech Only a Few Years Ago Dems Called ‘Racist’

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Let’s “take back America.” We’ve heard the phrase before, particularly as the tea party rallied a few years back to oppose Obamacare, an increasing debt, and the higher taxes that would inevitably be needed to pay for it all.

The vice president Joe Biden gave a speech in Detroit on Labor Day weekend, surrounded by union officials and attended by a few Democratic politicians and a throng of union members. As pointed out by Joel Gehrke of National Review Online:

Vice President Joe Biden staked his claim to the labor vote by declaring that “it’s time to take back America” in order to ensure that the middle class gets an “equal share” of prosperity in the country.

 

“If we don’t, America’s in trouble,” Biden said in Detroit Monday.

As Gehrke rightly pointed out, recently Eric Holder attributed such language to racial animus, as he revealed in an ABC broadcast:

“There’s a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that’s directed at me [and] directed at the president. You know, people talking about taking their country back. . . . There’s a certain racial component to this for some people. I don’t think this is the thing that is a main driver, but for some there’s a racial animus.”

As NRO establishes, President Obama also concurred with the view that the slogan “take our country back” was animated by racism and not by ideological differences, as was covered in U.S. News and World Report.

Or, alternatively… some people disagree with the direction this nation is heading, and would like it to be restored to the free market based, Constitutionally limited government model that made America the strongest and most prosperous country on the planet. Just a thought.

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Know Your Enemy: The Little-Known Things That Fuel The Engine Of The ISIS Terror-Machine

To understand the extreme cruelty of ISIS, it is important to understand whom and what they look to for inspiration and guidance.

First of all, ISIS is a group made of up Sunni militants (the majority of Muslims are Sunni), and they follow the 200-year-old teachings of a radical ideologue named Abd al-Wahhab, a man who despised western ideas long before American military operations began in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Just like ISIS, Wahhab was strongly influenced by another extremist named Ibn Taymiyya.

American author and expert on Al-Qaeda, Mary Habeck, wrote that Taymiyya called jihad the “best of all voluntary (good actions) which man performs,” even better than the pilgrimage to Mecca.

Translated tweets from ISIS show admiration for Wahhab and Taymiyya:

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In English, the heart of this tweet’s meaning is: “One of the best jihad : jihad against the hypocrites in the time of exile, ” Imam Muhammad bin Abdul Wahab”

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This tweet says: “God has made his love for the people of two signs : Follow the Sunnah (that is, the alleged way the prophet Mohammed lived his life). And Jihad in the way of Allah.”

Whahhab believed that Islam had strayed from its purest form and that anyone who didn’t submit to that form of it was an “infidel.” ISIS’s destruction of holy sites like the destruction of the tomb of Biblical prophet Jonah…

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comes from Whahhab’s disgust for shrines and monuments that honor the dead. Like ISIS, Whahhab saw violence and murder as a means to push his beliefs.

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Former MI6 agent Alastair Crooke writes:

Abd al-Wahhab demanded conformity — a conformity that was to be demonstrated in physical and tangible ways. He argued that all Muslims must individually pledge their allegiance to a single Muslim leader (a Caliph, if there were one). Those who would not conform to this view should be killed, their wives and daughters violated, and their possessions confiscated, he wrote.

Crooke’s observation aligns perfectly with the ISIS model. They kill anyone who doesn’t pledge allegiance to their Caliph:

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Traffic women and children:

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Plunder and rob:

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Furthermore, it is important to recognize that these influences in ISIS ideology came long before any U.S. intervention in Muslim-majority nations.

In addition, Wahhab’s ideas were widely discounted by the Islamic community until the beginning of the 20th century. However, his radical views were able to flourish through the oil boom of the ’70s, and they remain commonplace in today’s Saudi Arabia. This is because he was seen as a thought leader in the country.

As a result, Wahhab inspired terrorists like Bin Laden to carry the torch of terrorism. Bin Laden then handed that torch to ISIS.

Fortunately, most Muslims oppose terrorism and are speaking out against ISIS. We can only hope that the world comes together to stand up against this radical ideology and cripples their twisted vision of a worldwide caliphate, once and for all.

What 3 Churches Found Painted on Their Walls Isn’t What Our Founders Meant By ‘Freedom of Religion’

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Three different Columbus, Indiana, churches were spray-tagged Saturday night, with messages greeting attendees of Sunday morning services:

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Saint Bartholomew’s Catholic Church, East Columbus Christian Church, and Lakeview Church of Christ all had similar messages painted on their walls. The word “Infidels” and verses from the Quran were sprayed in large letters on the side of their buildings.

At Saint Bartholomew’s, the word “Quran 3:151″ was on the wall, which reads:

We will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve for what they have associated with Allah of which He had not sent down [any] authority. And their refuge will be the Fire, and wretched is the residence of the wrongdoers.

At this point, authorities are evaluating surveillance videos for clues, but no additional information has been obtained.

Father Doug Marcotte said:

Is there somebody that really believes this that we’re all infidels so they felt the need to write it all over our church? Is this some sort of nasty prank? Is this someone that’s trying to incite people against Muslims? I mean I don’t know.

Members of the local Muslim community have contacted all three churches, condemning the vandalism and offering to help clean it up. In a somewhat related theme, British Muslim leaders released a statement decrying ISIS and others using Islam as an excuse for violence.

It will be very interesting to see if indeed it was anti-Christian Muslims that defaced the buildings or, as suggested as a possibility by the Catholic priest, someone trying to stir up anti-Muslim sentiment.

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British Muslims Release Fearless Message to ISIS Members Who Use Religion as an Excuse for Violence

Great Britain has been struggling with hundreds of British Muslims either joining ISIS or actively recruiting on its behalf in the UK.

Some British-based imams, such as Anjem Choudary, have been been open about their support for ISIS and radical Islam. Additionally, the murderer of American journalist James Foley is suspected to be British.

However, some British Muslim leaders are refusing to let radical Islamists speak for them. A group of British Muslim leaders issued a fatwa, or Islamic religious opinion, condemning ISIS (ISIL or Islamic State) as heretics.

The Independent has more:

Muslim leaders have issued a fatwa condemning Islamic extremist group Isis, and have said that British jihadis are “betraying their own societies” by getting involved in the conflicts in Iraq and Syria.

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The fatwa represents the British Muslim community’s strongest denunciation of Isis yet, calling the extremist group “heretical” and “an oppressive and tyrannical group.”

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According to The Sunday Times, the fatwa, authored by Sheik Usama Hasan, a former imam from east London, and supported by six senior Islamic scholars across the country, says it is “religiously prohibited (haram) to support or join” Isis.

Here’s a picture of the full fatwa that has turned up on social media:

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It is good to see Muslim leaders in Western countries step up and denounce ISIS and other Islamist groups. Hopefully, this will remind Westerners as well that Muslims by and large do not support the savagry of groups of ISIS and their ilk.

This comes as American Muslims in Dearborn, Michigan, denounced ISIS earlier this summer.