British rapper suspect in beheading of journalist James Foley

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According to reports, a British rapper, known as “L Jinny”, might be responsible for the beheading of American photojournalist James Foley.

From the NY Post:

A British rapper whose father is awaiting trial in Manhattan for a pair of US embassy bombings is a leading suspect in the barbaric beheading of American journalist James Foley, it was revealed on Friday.

Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary — who recently tweeted a photo of himself holding up a severed head — was among three Brits identified as possibly being the masked killer known as “John the Beatle.”

Bary, 24, is the son of an Egyptian-born militant who is awaiting trial on terror charges tied to the deadly 1998 bombings of embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

…A dozen American counterterrorism experts are expected to fly to the UK “within days” to help identify Foley’s killer, Britain’s Daily Mail reported.

Former hostages held by ISIS have said he is one of several jihadists they nicknamed “the Beatles” due to their British accents, with two of his cronies referred to as “George” and “Ringo.”

Bary, who went to Syria last year to fight in its bloody civil war, has a build, skin tone and ­accent all similar to those of “John,” according to The Telegraph.

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As we recently reported, ISIS has very little trouble recruiting members from Europe. Let’s hope that trend quickly comes to an end.

The rise of European antisemitism: Chants of 'Jews to the gas' heard in Germany

Regardless of your feelings of the current dispute between Israel and Hamas, it is important that we remember not to hate a race or nationality for simply being that race or nationality. It’s not only ludicrous to do this, it’s dangerous.

On the one hand, it is completely unsurprising that Europe has become a swamp of anti-Jewish hostility. It is, after all, Europe. Anti-Jewish hostility has been its metier for centuries. (Yes, the locus of much anti-Jewish activity today is within Europe’s large Muslim-immigrant population; but the young men who threaten their Jewish neighbors draw on the language and traditions of European anti-Semitism as much as they do on Muslim modes of anti-Semitic thought.)

On the other hand, the intensity, and velocity, of anti-Jewish invective — and actual anti-Jewish thuggery — has surprised even Eurocynics such as myself. “Jews to the gas,” a chant heard at rallies in Germany, still has the capacity to shock. So do images of besieged synagogues and looted stores. And testimony from harassed rabbis and frightened Jewish children.

Only in California: SWAT team responds to man openly carrying….an umbrella

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Sheesh. California is not an “open carry” state when it comes to firearms or umbrellas, apparently. That’s right, the SWAT team recently responded to reports of a man walking around the campus of Cal-State University San Marcos carrying a rifle. Well that “rifle” turned out to be an umbrella (you know, po-TAY-toh, po-TAH-toh). This is what happens when you train people to be scared of everything, especially weapons.

From Guns.com (H/T: WZ)

A SWAT team on the campus of California State University San Marcos surrounded a staff member equipped with protective rain gear this week.

The incident, which occurred early Wednesday morning, was prompted by a call to the San Diego County Sheriff’s office of a bald white male, wearing a black shirt and jeans and walking across campus carrying a rifle. This resulted in a shelter-in place order for some 400 staff and students going through orientation before the start of the fall session. Rapidly, facility and classmates banded together to barricade doors with tables and chairs, expecting the worst.

The situation resolved itself after 30 minutes when an umbrella-bearing teacher figured out he matched the description of the alleged gunman and surrendered to law enforcement.

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Was it an assault umbrella? That’s what I want to know. And why did he need that umbrella? It looks like the rain had already stopped.

I wonder if Ryan J. Reilly is the one who made the initial phone call…. #CanAnyoneConfirm

Great. Obamacare is even ruining baseball now.

This is kind of funny and kind of sad. Whether you like it or not, Obamacare ruins everything.

The tarp flop resulted in a highly unusual ruling by Major League Baseball officials to uphold a protest by the San Francisco Giants, the Cubs’ opponent that night.

It was the first successful protest by a Major League baseball team since 1986.

The tarp fiasco was caused in part because the Cubs grounds crew is short-staffed this year. The short-staffing situation has in turn been caused by the decision by Cubs management to keep the seasonal workers who maintain the field working fewer than 130 hours each month.

Anyone who works over 130 hours each month is defined as a full-time employee under the 2010 Affordable Care Act and is thus eligible for certain benefits.

Thousands of European teens travel to Iraq and Syria to join ISIS, including 13 year old Belgian boy

I have heard several people wonder out loud why ISIS publicizes its brutal acts of violence.  The terrorist group in Iraq and Syria routinely publishes photos and videos of crucifixions and beheadings on social media. 

The answer: it’s recruiting propaganda for islamic extremists the world over – and it’s working. 

from Daily Mail:

Clutching an AK-47 and pointing to the sky, this 13-year-old schoolboy is believed to be ISIS’ youngest jihadist and has joined a 5,000-strong army of European teenagers in Syria.
Younes Abaaoud, from Belgium, followed his older brother to the front line and is believed be among dozens of child-fighters in the war zone from Europe.

A series of images of the schoolboy posing with various weapons came weeks after the seven-year-old son of Australian terrorist Khaled Sharrouf was pictured in Syria holding a decapitated head.

Brussels-born Younes is said to have travelled to Syria with his brother Abdelhamid Abaaoud, 27, earlier this year.

Britain has among the highest number of extremists fighting for ISIS - at least 500 - but Belgium has the highest proportion based on its population.

The Lowland country’s security services said earlier this year that between 4,000 and 5,000 teenagers with EU passports may have left their home countries for Syria.

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It’s not just Europeans flocking to join ISIS. Thus far, at least 70 blood-thirsty American Muslim extremists have travelled to Iraq and Syria as well. 

Too bad to check: Westboro cult vows to travel to Iraq to protest ISIS

They call themselves “Westboro Baptist Church,” but I refuse to refer to them using the words Baptist or church because they are neither of these things.  They are a cult and a hate group, and it really isn’t more complicated than than. 

The Westboro cult was recently challenged by British talk show host Adam Hills to protest someone who actually is an affront to Christians: ISIS, who beheads and crucifies Iraqi and Syrian Christian men, women, and children in the streets. 

Here’s the clip from Hills’s show (PROFANITY WARNING…there are some f-bombs in here):

Shortly after the show aired, the Westboro cult accepted Hills’s offer via Twitter:

If this actually happens, you’re going to be hearing about these people on the Darwin Awards.

Hamas rockets strike synagogue in Israel

Executing their own people in the streets, hiding their military headquarters under a civilian hospital, targeting civilians at synagogue.  Still think Hamas are the good guys?

from Arutz Sheva:

A rocket fired by terrorists in Gaza has caused considerable damage to a synagogue in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod.

Paramedics from the United Hatzalah and Magen David Adom emergency organizations rushed to the scene, after a massive explosion was heard. Three people were injured and have been evacuated for further medical treatment after receiving first aid.

Medical sources described two of the victims as males, aged 25 and 26, who suffered shrapnel injuries to their extremities. They have been evacuated to the Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot.

The third victim, a 40-year-old woman, suffered injuries to her torso, and has been evacuated to Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon.

Several others were treated at the scene for shock.

The rocket strike in Ashdod is the latest in a barrage of some 40 rockets fired from Gaza Friday.

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Hamas targets civilians where they worship and hides behind their own civilians while they worship.  

Hamas executes 18 Palestinian “collaborators” with Israel outside mosque in front of worshipers

Just in case you were still wondering, the answer is yes: Hamas and ISIS are two branches of the same evil tree. 

from Reuters:

Hamas-led gunmen in Gaza executed 18 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel on Friday, a day after Israeli forces killed three Hamas commanders, the highest-ranking militants to die in the six-week war.

Militants wearing masks and dressed in black gunned down seven of those condemned, whose faces were covered and hands bound, in front of worshippers emerging from the Omari mosque on Palestine Square, in the first public executions in the enclave since the 1990s.

A further 11 were killed at an abandoned police station near Gaza City, Hamas security officials said. Two bodies were seen being loaded onto an ambulance before Reuters journalists were told to leave the area.

"The resistance has begun an operation called ‘strangling the necks’, targeting collaborators who aid the (Israeli) occupation, kill our people and destroy houses," said Al-Majd, a website run by Hamas’s internal security service.

A so-called conviction letter signed by the “Palestinian Resistance” was posted on a wall near where the bodies of the alleged collaborators lay. The notice read:

"They provided the enemy with information about the whereabouts of fighters, tunnels of resistance, bombs, houses of fighters and places of rockets, and the occupation bombarded these areas, killing a number of fighters … Therefore, the ruling of revolutionary justice was handed upon him."

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A mass murder of their own people.  This is the kind of unimaginable brutality that radical Islamic jihadism leads to. 

It’s time for people to wake up and stop acting like Hamas are the good guys.

Teens get 8-11 years in prison for torturing, carving swastika into friend’s forehead

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It’s hard to imagine teenagers committing this kind of horror on each other.  

from NY Daily News:

An Oregon teen who carved a swastika into a former friend’s head and forced the boy to eat cat feces has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for the horrifying February torture session.

Blue Christian James Kalmbach, 16, was the last of four teens sentenced for the “unthinkable” crimes.

He told the courtroom, including his now-17-year-old victim Dustyn Murrain, that he was “very sincerely sorry” for the brutal crimes.

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"It’s hard to imagine how this crime occurred,” Multnomah County Judge Jean Kerr Maurer said. "It’s almost impossible to imagine this could happen between friends, but it did.”

Kalmbach, 15-year-old Jenna Montgomery, Jess Taylor, 17, and Shane Connell, 14, spent the night before the Feb. 10 incident planning out the attack on the teen, once Kalmbach’s best friend.

Montgomery lured the teen to the shed, where the three other boys were waiting, the Oregonian reported.

Kalmbach bashed Murrain in the head with a crowbar several times, then ordered the teen to take off his shirt. The teens shot him in the chest and crotch several times with a BB gun before Kalmbach carved the swastika into Murrain’s head.

The kids then robbed the teen before he was able to escape and get help.

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The other teens’ sentences range from 10 years in juvenile detention for the youngest and 8 and 10 years in prison for the two older teens respectively.  

Ukraine: Russia has launched “direct invasion” – hundreds of Russian supply trucks cross border

Putin has ramped up his incursion into Ukraine, sending hundreds of trucks across the border. Ukraine is calling it a “direct invasion.”

from BBC:

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has accused Russia of a “flagrant violation of international law” after Russian humanitarian aid lorries entered Ukraine without permission.

More than 100 Russian lorries had entered on Friday without any customs clearance or Red Cross escort, he said.

Reports say the first trucks have reached the rebel-held city of Luhansk in the eastern war zone.

Russia accused Ukraine of unreasonable obstruction and sent the convoy in.

Ukraine’s security chief Valentyn Nalyvaychenko said it was a “direct invasion” but no force would be used against the convoy as it wished to avoid “provocations”.

Reports suggest the lorries are being escorted by rebel fighters.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it was not part of the convoy “in any way”.

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Russia claims that the trucks are full of civilian aid, but for all we know, it’s more surface to air missiles that they could use to take down another airliner. 

What a good cop looks like: Officer goes above and beyond for teen in troubled home.

I love this story because it’s thankfully not the kind of police-related story we so often report on around here.  This isn’t a story about abuse of power or brutality; it’s a story about compassion and going above and beyond the call of duty. 

This is what a good cop looks like.

Here’s the video:

from WSMV:

A few weeks ago, 13-year-old Cameron Simmons called Sumter police because he was upset after fighting with his mom. The teenager told police he didn’t want to live in the house with his family anymore.

Officer Gaetano Acerra responded to the call.

"I said, ‘You have it good, you have a roof over your head,’" said Acerra. "I told him I would try to help him out, and here we are now."

The officer brought Simmons home, and realized the boy didn’t have a real bed. In fact, Simmons didn’t have nearly anything he needed for a bedroom.

"My heart went out for him," said Acerra. "I thought the little things that he needed I could give him, to make him a happier kid."

A few weeks after the call, Acerra showed up at Simmon’s house with a truck full of gifts.

"Bed, TV, desk, chair, a Wii game system that somebody donated to me because of the story I told them," said Acerra.

Simmons told Acerra that because of the new bed, his back won’t hurt anymore.

Simmons was sleeping on an inflatable mattress. The teenager said the mattress would slowly deflate throughout the night.

"I didn’t do this for publicity or to get people to notice me," Acerra said. "I did it because I could. It was the right thing to do and I think people should do things like this."

Officer Acerra said he has gained more than just a few pats on the back; he’s gained friend.

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We’ve said it over and over at this blog: not all cops are bad.  We are certainly not anti-cop.  There are plenty of good, respectful, law-abiding police officers out there.  Unfortunately, there are also a lot of bad ones too. 

We simply advocate that people with great amounts of authority and power be held accountable.  Police have lethal amounts of power, and that power gets overused daily all across the country. It’s time for less lethal force, less militarization, and more of what Officer Acerra is doing.  

Acerra seems to realize that respect for authority is something that is earned, not something that comes from instilling fear.  Acerra’s actions are the kind of thing that might actually change a bad neighborhood into a good one. 

Conflicting stories: Now CNN says Darren Wilson did not suffer a broken eye socket

Here we go.  CNN is conflicting yesterday’s reports that Officer Darren Wilson suffered an eye socket fracture before shooting and killing Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO.

Here’s the report from CNN:

This is Don Lemon on CNN (who, by the way, doesn’t know what an automatic weapon is).  So, I’d take anything from him with a grain of salt. 

Again, all this goes to show.  We must stick to the facts and not jump to conclusions. 

At this juncture, both sides of the story have holes in them.  The only piece of physical evidence we have is the autopsy report on Michael Brown, which clearly indicated that all 6 shots came from the front, not the back like some early reports indicated. We also have video footage and corroborating witness reports that Brown robbed a convenience store before his confrontation with Officer Wilson.  

We have advocated from the very beginning.  Stick to the facts. Stay principled.  Don’t pick a side and cheerlead for your favorite team.  

If the evidence, when it’s all gathered, points to Officer Wilson shooting Michael Brown in cold blood, he should be charged with murder.  However, we don’t have that evidence yet.  

Feds: Obama broke “clear and unambiguous law” in Bergdahl prisoner swap

So now what happens?  According to the Government Accountability Office, President Obama broke a “clear an unambiguous law” when he authorized the prisoner swap of 5 Taliban generals for army deserter Bowe Bergdahl. 

from National Review:

“[The Department of Defense] violated section 8111 because it did not notify the relevant congressional committees at least 30 days in advance of the transfer,” the GAO report said. “In addition, because DOD used appropriated funds to carry out the transfer when no money was available for that purpose, DOD violated the Antideficiency Act. The Antideficiency Act prohibits federal agencies from incurring obligations exceeding an amount available in an appropriation.”

The GAO rejected the idea that the action was legal and sidestepped the Obama team’s suggestion that the law is unconstitutional.

“It is not our role or our practice to determine the constitutionality of duly enacted statutes,” the report says. “In our view, where legislation has been passed by Congress and signed by the President, thereby satisfying the bicameralism and presentment requirements in the Constitution, that legislation is entitled to a heavy presumption in favor of constitutionality.”

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Obama broke not just one but two laws.  He committed a crime.  It’s time for some consequences. 

Your move, Congress.

Brown family’s “autopsy expert” is NOT a doctor; has degree in non-existent medical field

This really should quiet down some of the conspiracy mob in Ferguson, but it won’t. 

from Gateway Pundit:

Oh, good grief!
The self-proclaimed expert who held a national press conference on the Mike Brown shooting is NOT A DOCTOR.

He holds a degree in a NON-EXISTENT MEDICAL FIELD.

Shawn Parcells, a forensic pathologist who assisted in the autopsy of Michael Brown points at an autopsy diagram showing where the gun shots hit Michael Brown as he speaks about the findings during a press conference at the Greater St. Marks Family Church on August 18, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.

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More from WDAF:

A Kansas City man is now front and center in the controversial shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Shawn Parcells owns a company that provides autopsy services, and some in the forensic community are taking issue with his involvement in this or any other case.

Parcells owns National Forensic Autopsy and Recovery Services. He says lawyers for the family of Michael Brown contacted him because of his expertise in gunshot wounds.

“I am a forensic pathologist assistant and medical investigator,” Parcells told FOX 4’s Shannon O’Brien.

However, that’s something of a dubious title according to forensic pathologist Dr. Erik Mitchell.

“That is a degree that does not exist in my knowledge, except in the mind of Shawn Parcells,” Dr. Mitchell said.

Dr. Mitchell takes issue with Parcells’ title.

“You cannot claim the title, because it is a formal, licensable position. You can assist somebody; in this way I can say, for instance, I have paid my taxes, so I am an assistant President of the United States,” Dr. Mitchell said.

Parcells admits he has no certification as a pathology assistant, but says his qualification comes from experience.

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This is important because Parcells is claiming that one of the bullets that killed Michael Brown came from behind him, which completely contradicts the official autopsy results.  

Federal Reserve data reveals Obamacare as a disaster for business.

from Zero Hedge:

Remember all those allegations that Obamacare would be an unmitigated disaster for businesses, especially smaller companies? Well, now we have proof.

As the Philly Fed, which mysteriously soared at the headline level even as the vast majority of its components tumbled, reported moments ago, “in special questions this month, firms were asked qualitative questions about the effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how, if at all, they are making changes to their employment and compensation, including benefits.”

What the survey found was very disturbing: not only did businesses report that as a result of Obamacare the number of workers they employ is lower than higher (18.2% vs 3.0%), that there has been an increase in part time jobs (18.2% higher vs 1.5% lower), leading to a big increase in outsourcing and most importantly, Obamacare costs are being largely passed on to customers (28.8% reporting higher vs 0.0% lower), the punchline was that while there is basically no change in the number of employees covered (17.6% higher vs 14.7% lower and 67.6% unchanged), there has been a big jump in Premiums, Deductibles, Out-of-pocket maximums, and Copays, which has been “matched” by a far greater reduction in the range of medical coverage and the size of the network.

In short a disaster.