Oh yeah, this will really help the people of Ferguson have a better opinion of police officers. Good grief! Only a cop would think this is a good form of “community outreach.” How tone deaf can you get?
The EZ Child ID kit is part of a national drive to fingerprint children. As you might expect, it’s all in the name of “public safety.” I honestly can’t think of anything more Orwellian.
Line up, kiddies! It’s time to get your fingerprints taken!
Over and over again I ask: how in the world can we expect people this dim-witted to teach our children?
Lieutenant Colonel Sherwood Baker says he is just a father who was trying to help his daughter find her way at her new high school.
Lt. Baker has served in the Army for 24 years. This past week he was told by Rochester Adams high school security that if he wanted to get into the high school with his daughter he was going to have to go home and change his clothes.
Baker’s wife, Rachel Ferhadson says, “Before he was allowed in, the security guard stopped him and said sorry your not allowed in the school. Security told him men and women in uniform weren’t allowed because it may offend another student.”
Lt. Baker says he was simply coming to the school to speak with his daughter’s counselor regarding her class schedule but was turned away at the doors because he was not wearing a tie.
Rochester Schools superintendent Robert Shaner, who is a veteran himself, quickly took care of the situation apologizing to the family for their troubles.
Shaner sent a letter to Fox 2 which says: “The district has apologized for any perception that individuals in uniform are not welcome in the school. The district does not have a policy excluding individuals in uniform and will be working with administration and the firm that handles our security to make sure district policies are understood and communicated accurately.”
Whether it’s the security company’s fault or the school officials doesn’t really matter. Neither one of those options makes me feel good about allowing our children to be “educated” in such system.
If you’re not convinced that government officials play by a different rulebook than the US public, take a look at what IRS Commissioner
Gollum Koskinen said before Congress.
Here’s the video:
In responding to a question from the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee Wednesday, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said he and his department follow the law “wherever we can.”
House Ways and Means Committee Chair Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) asked Koskinen “Will you be following the law,” in collecting money for a certain type of healthcare subsidy. After Koskinen ducked the question, Brady asked again. Koskinen then admitted: “Yes, wherever we can, we follow the law.”
A discouraged Brady chuckled while admonishing the commissioner saying, “I encourage you to follow the law in all instances.”
"Whenever we can…"
Try using that one on your IRS agent when you get audited!
One of the sad realities of this date in the Obama age is that we now have not one but two terrorist attacks to commemorate. For the 2012 attack on Benghazi, we still have very few answers and a defiant White House who refuses to give any straight information.
Today, we remember the Americans who lost their lives when the White House turned their backs on them.
Ambassador Chris Stevens
We will continue to pursue the answers to why these four Americans were abandoned while they were under attack and why the Obama administration lied about it in the days after.
This might have a little something to do with why struggling Democrats don’t want anything to do with Obamacare on the campaign trail.
The latest Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll finds only 35% of the public now holds a favorable view of ObamaCare — which is lower than it was when it officially launched in October. (Our latest IBD/TIPP poll finds disapproval rising.)
More damning is the reality that only 26% of the uninsured — the very people for whom ObamaCare was supposedly built — now view it favorably. In fact, the law has never been more unpopular with the uninsured since it went into full effect.
Support is slipping among Democrats — it fell to 57% in September from 70% last October — and fewer than a third of independents now support the law.
The poll also found that twice as many say they’ve been hurt by ObamaCare as helped.
Even the recent “unfathomable” successes turn out to be less than meets the eye.
That claim about 8 million signing up for ObamaCare plans? The truth is, no one knows for sure. The administration said 8 million had finished the application process. But it has since refused to release updates showing how many actually paid their initial premiums or are still covered.
And as for those lower benchmark premiums, they are more a reflection of ObamaCare’s temporary industry subsidies, which were included in the law for the express purpose of keeping rates artificially low in the first years (a fact liberals somehow always manage to leave out).
Worse, these lower benchmark premiums could actually hurt those getting subsidized insurance.
Democrats want you to forget that they’re the ones who crammed this monstrosity down America’s throat. They did it on their own, against the will of the American people, and now they own it.
It’s frighting to realize that radicalized British nationals are flocking to Syria and Iraq to fight with ISIS. Even more disturbing are new revelations about British women who are traveling to the region to assist ISIS in their brutality against non-Muslim women.
British female jihadis are running brothels full of women kidnapped and forced into sex slavery by Islamic State militants.
It is understood they are members of an ultra-religious IS ‘police’ force tasked with looking after girls captured from the Yazidi tribe in Iraq.
As many as 3,000 Iraqi women have been taken captive in the last two weeks by the terror group.
Sources suggest that members of the all-women al-Khanssaa Brigade in Raqqa, Syria, are running brothels to satisfy the fighters’ desires.
One said: “These women are using barbaric interpretations of the Islamic faith to justify their actions.
“They believe the militants can use these women as they please as they are non-Muslims.
“The Yazidi people are being ethnically cleansed, and their women are being subjected to the most brutal treatment.
“It is the British women who have risen to the top of the Islamic State’s sharia police and now they are in charge of this operation.
"It is as bizarre as it is perverse.”
It’s not just the Yazidis who are suffering this terrible fate. Christian women are also the targets of these barbarians.
Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don’t forget your booties ‘cause it’s cooooold out there today.
from Argus Leader:
There already are unconfirmed reports of 7 inches of snow in parts of the Black Hills in western South Dakota.
Jon Chamberlain, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Rapid City, said almost 1 inch of snow had fallen in downtown Rapid City by 8:30 a.m. while 2 inches was measured in higher elevations in town.
The snowfall in Rapid City is the earliest in the city since 1888, the NWS said.
The NWS will be getting more information through the day, but he said they had reports of 7 inches of snow north of Custer.
Heavy wet snow could lead to tree damage and power outages. See the radar and hourly forecast at ArgusLeader.com/weather.
A winter storm warning is in effect until noon Thursday for the northern and central Black Hills including the cities of Lead, Deadwood, Hill City and Mount Rushmore.
The NWS says many areas across far western South Dakota might experience a hard freeze by Friday morning as temperatures are expected to dip into the 20s and even teens in the Black Hills.
I know, I know…weather is not climate…unless it fits the narrative.
So, our semi-retired President went on TV last night to announce that he had finally come up with a strategy for dealing with the radical Islamist terrorist group ISIS. A part of that strategy is to arm the so-called “moderate” Free Syrian Army. The only problem with that is that we’ve already been doing that, and those weapons are falling into the hands of ISIS.
To make matters worse, the Free Syrian Army is admitting that they have an alliance with ISIS.
from PJ Media:
On Monday, the Daily Star in Lebanon quoted a FSA brigade commander saying that his forces were working with the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda’s official Syrian affiliate — both U.S.-designated terrorist organizations — near the Syrian/Lebanon border.
“We are collaborating with the Islamic State and the Nusra Front by attacking the Syrian Army’s gatherings in … Qalamoun,” said Bassel Idriss, the commander of an FSA-aligned rebel brigade.
“We have reached a point where we have to collaborate with anyone against unfairness and injustice,” confirmed Abu Khaled, another FSA commander who lives in Arsal.
“Let’s face it: The Nusra Front is the biggest power present right now in Qalamoun and we as FSA would collaborate on any mission they launch as long as it coincides with our values,” he added.
In my report last week I noted that buried in a New York Times article last month was a Syrian “rebel” commander quoted as saying that his forces were working with ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra in raids along the border with Lebanon, including attacks on Lebanese forces. The Times article quickly tried to dismiss the commander’s statements, but the Daily Star article now confirms this alliance.
Among the other pertinent points from that PJ Media article last week was that this time last year the bipartisan conventional wisdom amongst the foreign policy establishment was that the bulk of the Syrian rebel forces were moderates, a fiction refuted by a Rand Corporation study published last September that found nearly half of the Syrian “rebels” were jihadists or hard-core Islamists.
Another relevant phenomenon I noted was that multiple arms shipments from the U.S. to the “vetted moderate” FSA were suspiciously raided and confiscated by ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra, prompting the Obama administration and the UK to suspend weapons shipments to the FSA last December.
In April, the Obama administration again turned on the CIA weapons spigot to the FSA, and Obama began calling for an additional $500 million for the “vetted moderate” rebels, but by July the weapons provided to the FSA were yet again being raided and captured by ISIS and other terrorist groups. Remarkably, one Syrian dissident leader reportedly told Al-Quds al-Arabi that the FSA had lost $500 million worth of arms to rival “rebel” groups, much of which ended up being sold to unknown parties in Turkey and Iraq.
At the same time U.S.-provided FSA weapons caches were being mysteriously raided by ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra, one of the senior FSA commanders in Eastern Syria, Saddam al-Jamal, defected to ISIS. In March, Jabhat al-Nusra joined forces with the FSA Liwa al-Ummah brigade to capture a Syrian army outpost in Idlib. Then in early July I reported on FSA brigades that had pledged allegiance to ISIS and surrendered their weapons after their announcement of the reestablishment of the caliphate. More recently, the FSA and Jabhat al-Nusra teamed up last month to capture the UN Golan Heights border crossing in Quneitra on the Syria/Israel border, taking UN peacekeepers hostage.
In Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq, and Syria, time and time again, President Obama has proven that his administration is incapable of vetting the “moderates” and keeping their weapons out of the hands of the enemy. Why in the world would we think that things are going to be different this time?
Today, we remember the events of Tuesday, September 11, 2001, when radical Islamist terrorists hijacked four planes and flew them into buildings, killing nearly 3,000 people, both civilians and government officials. We also remember the bravery of Flight 93, whose passengers overwhelmed the terrorists and downed the plane in a field near Shanksville, PA before it could reach Washington DC.