If you listen to John Kerry over at the State Department, you’d believe that ISIS’s brutality “has nothing to do with Islam.” Seriously, John Kerry actually said that.
Apologetics group Answering Muslims has put together a video of the top 10 verses that explain ISIS and their violence. Does ISIS’s ideology really have nothing to do with Islam? They certainly don’t seem to believe so. After all, they call themselves the “Islamic State.”
But listen to the verses and decide for yourself.
Here’s the video:
My point in posting this video isn’t to impugn all Muslims. In the United States, anybody is free to peacefully worship however and whatever they want to. If American Muslims want to practice their religion without infringing on the rights of others, they are certainly welcome to do so.
However, ignoring the self-proclaimed Islamic groups like ISIS and other radical jihadist terrorists is not only foolish, it’s dangerous. After all Obama administrations attempts to arm “moderate rebel groups” are in part what led to the rise of ISIS in the first place.
This latest development in the IRS targeting scandal is like something out of a movie.
from the Blaze:
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) says the Obama administration’s Justice Department has been caught red-handed trying to orchestrate the leak of committee documents related to the ongoing IRS investigation, which would have allowed Justice to comment on the documents before Republicans made them public.
Issa says he has clear evidence of this — a Justice official mistakenly called Issa’s staff directly, instead of calling a Democratic office, and asked Issa’s staff to leak the information “before the Majority” — meaning Republicans — could share it.
“I am extremely troubled by this attempt to improperly coordinate the release of committee documents with the minority staff,” Issa wrote to Attorney General Eric Holder in a Monday letter. “This effort to preemptively release incomplete and selectively chosen information undermines the department’s claims that it is responding in good faith.”
According to Issa’s letter, a senior Justice official called the committee on Friday, and reached Issa’s Republican staff. The official said Justice was sending over certain documents to Republicans that evening related to Andrew Strelka, a former IRS official who now works at Justice and is involved in the IRS investigation.
Republicans have complained about Strekla’s involvement in the case given his past work at the IRS.
The official then said Justice was not allowed to release the documents to the press, but said Justice wanted to get it to the press somehow so it could comment on the documents before Issa could.
The official “then asked the committee employee if the committee would agree to release the material to selected reporters and thereby allow the department the opportunity to comment publicly on it,” Issa wrote.
When Issa’s staff asked for the documents, the Justice official put the call on hold for about three minutes, during which he apparently realized his mistake.
Issa said when the call resumed, the Justice official was “audibly shaken,” and said there was a “change in plans” — Justice would no longer seek to release the documents early. Issa said he realizes that emails and other communications are often shared, but said the call seems to be proof that committee Democrats are working with the Obama administration to “obfuscate and prejudice the committee’s work through under-the-table coordination.”
This points to deliberate obfuscation of the truth by the Justice Department, the very people who are supposed to be investigating the crime. They are now willful participants in it.
Notice also that they only wanted to leak the documents to “selected reporters.” That means that they also have a list of reporters who are complicit in their coverup. Any real reporter would naturally ask, “Why are you releasing this information to me all of the sudden?” But that’s not what these select reporters are for. They’re only their to add a false sense of integrity to what is undeniable a corrupt investigation on top of a coverup on top of a crime.
What’s worse is that this practice is most likely a regular occurrence. What are the chances that Darrell Issa’s office intercepted the very first coordination between the Justice Department and Democrats on Capitol Hill. No, this was done casually, as if it’s something they do every day.
Thankfully, we don’t know what kind of terrible intentions this intruder had when he broke through the front door with a 4 year old girl inside. The girl’s father shot him before he got the chance to carry out whatever plan he had that day.
Police say a suspected home intruder who was shot by the homeowner Monday morning has died.
A man tried to break into a home near 72nd and Sorensen Parkway Monday morning, police said, but ended up with a gunshot wound.
Police were still on the scene in the Woodbridge Neighborhood hours after being called around 9 a.m.
Police said the homeowner, Larry Rohatsch, told them he went to answer the front door after someone rang the doorbell and a man was standing inside the home. That’s when the homeowner opened fire, police said.
A neighbor said the intruder kicked in the homeowner’s door.
The suspect, identified as 48-year-old Darrell Miller, was taken to CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center in extremely critical condition where died later the same day.
The homeowner’s 4-year-old daughter was also home at the time of the shooting, police said.
Neighbor Ann Gray said she watched the young girl while police questioned her father. Gray said the girl was very calm for such a scary situation.
"I think everyone should have a gun and be ready to defend themselves, and if someone’s in your house, I think you have every right to defend your home and your loved ones and shoot them if you have to," she said.
The anti-gun leftists out there want to take away this father’s right to defend his 4 year old girl. This family is certainly grateful they haven’t succeeded in getting their way.
Perhaps the reason Democrats finally started embracing the term “Obamacare” is that it’s just too painful to call it the “Affordable Care Act.”
Obamacare is taking a toll on small businesses, according to a new analysis of the effects of the health-care reform law, which found billions of dollars in reduced pay and hundreds of thousands fewer jobs.
Take-home pay at small businesses was trimmed by some $22.6 billion annually because of the Affordable Care Act and related insurance premium hikes, researchers at the American Action Forum, a center-right think tank headed by former Congressional Budget Office director Douglas Holtz-Eakin, found in a report released Tuesday.
Individual year-round employees at businesses with 50 to 99 workers lost $935 annually, while those at firms with 20 to 49 workers are out an average of $827.50 per person in take-home pay, the report found.
That report also says that there has been the loss of more than 350,000 jobs due to Obamacare-era premium hikes at small businesses.
It’s important to remember that these jobs numbers are with the Obama administration’s delays in penalties and other negative aspects of the law. All of those bombs are still poised to drop in the coming months.
Chapstick is apparently an “over the counter drug,” at least according to the school board of Stuarts Draft Elementary School in Craigsville, VA. When a student with severely chapped lips went to the school nurse to ask for some lip balm, the school officials told her she needed a note from a doctor.
from News Virginian:
An 11-year-old Stuarts Draft Elementary School student has collected petition signatures and officially asked the county school board to allow elementary students to use Chapstick.
Stuarts Draft fifth-grader Grace Karaffa appeared before the school board Thursday night, saying she had requested the substance while on the playground after suffering chapped lips.
"I was told I couldn’t use it. Then later that day they (lips) started to bleed so I asked for Chapstick again and I was told that it was against the school policy for elementary kids to have Chapstick,” Grace said.
Grace asked the school board to change its policy. “Chapstick allows the human body to heal the lips themselves and protects them in any weather from drying out,” she said. She concluded her speech by saying, “Please school board, allow us to have Chapstick.”
The petition contained 236 signatures. Those signatures included Stuarts Draft students and members of Grace’s Girl Scout troop who are Augusta County students, said her father, Beverley Manor District Supervisor David Karaffa.
George Earhart, the assistant superintendent for administration with the Augusta County Schools, said Chapstick is considered an over-the-counter medication by the school board. The board has a policy regarding such medicines. He said Chapstick could be allowed if a physician asked for a student to use it, and it was administered by a school nurse.
I can’t believe these half-wits are the ones in charge of teaching our children. You find this kind of gross incompetence in public schools all over the country. ”For the sake of the children!” is the rallying cry of so many liberals who want more state control over education, but at every turn you see school officials putting their own hides ahead of the needs of school children.
Give the poor girl some Chapstick. Her lips hurt real bad!
The spokesperson for the family of American journalist Steven Sotloff appeared on CNN’s Anderson Cooper show last night and leveled some stern criticism at the Obama administration. He claimed that Sotloff was kidnapped by the so-called “moderate Syrian rebels” who the Obama administration armed and then sold for a bounty to ISIS.
Here’s the video:
A spokesman for Steven Sotloff’s family contends the slain American journalist was sold to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant by Syrian rebels and says the Obama administration “could have done more” to save him.
Appearing on CNN Monday evening, Barak Barfi said that his sources in the region have told him one or more of the Syrian rebels sold Sotloff to ISIL for $25,000-$50,000. He referred to them as “so-called moderate rebels, that people want our administration to support,” a jab at lawmakers and political figures — including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona and many others — that have suggested arming the Syrian rebels.
Barfi, a research fellow at the New America Foundation, reserved stronger criticism for the Obama administration, whom he accused of spreading inaccuracies and failing to do enough to secure Sotloff’s release. The White House has confirmed two separate videos released in the last month showing an ISIL militant beheading Sotloff and fellow captured U.S. journalist James Foley.
“We know that the intelligence community and the White House are enmeshed in a larger game of bureaucratic infighting and Jim and Steve are pawns in that game and that’s not fair,” he said, in a reference to Foley.
We’ve been saying from the very beginning that the Obama administration is foolish and dangerous to arm the Syrian rebels. We already know for a fact that many of these weapons have fallen into the hands of ISIS rebels. If the story of Sotloff’s bounty is true, it only further demonstrates that the Obama administration’s “solution” to ISIS is to keep arming ISIS.
The Russian military is doing practice runs of targeted missile attacks on US soil, and President Obama hasn’t said a word about it.
from Free Beacon:
Two Russian strategic bombers conducted practice cruise missile attacks on the United States during a training mission last week that defense officials say appeared timed to the NATO summit in Wales.
The Russian Tu-95 Bear bombers were tracked flying a route across the northern Atlantic near Iceland, Greenland, and Canada’s northeast.
Analysis of the flight indicated the aircraft were conducting practice runs to a pre-determined “launch box”—an optimum point for firing nuclear-armed cruise missiles at U.S. targets, said defense officials familiar with intelligence reports.
Disclosure of the nuclear bombing practice comes as a Russian general last week called for Moscow to change its doctrine to include preemptive nuclear strikes on the United States and NATO.
Gen. Yuri Yakubov, a senior Defense Ministry official, was quoted by the state-run Interfax news agency as saying that Russia’s 2010 military doctrine should be revised to identify the United States and the NATO alliance as enemies, and clearly outline the conditions for a preemptive nuclear strike against them.
Yakubov said among other needed doctrinal changes, “it is necessary to hash out the conditions under which Russia could carry out a preemptive strike with the Russian Strategic Rocket Forces”—Moscow’s nuclear forces.
The practice bombing runs are the latest in a series of incidents involving threatening Russian bomber flights near the United States. Analysts say the bomber flights are nuclear saber-rattling by Moscow as a result of heightened tensions over the crisis in Ukraine.
Meanwhile, Russian-backed rebels in Ukraine are shooting civilian passenger planes out of the sky, and the world is doing nothing about it but writing sternly worded letters. Clearly, Obama’s “tough economic sanctions” aren’t deterring Russia from her aggression.
Harry Reid’s pal Dina Titus spoke at his clean energy summit in Las Vegas, and what she had to say should be alarming to any parents whose children are in the public school system.
Nevada Congresswoman Dina Titus pulled out and dusted off one of Obama’s favorite putdowns for those global warming skeptics, calling them members of the Flat Earth Society.
“Ignoring these kinds of issues of climate change while also disregarding the economic benefits that individuals and companies can have by reducing their energy use and conserve resources is just an irresponsible response to a serious problem,” she declared in her thick Georgia drawl, though she has lived in Nevada most of her life.
“Instead, I believe Congress should be going in the opposite direction. We should be moving aggressively to provide loan guarantees for clean energy development, to extend those tax credits …”
At this point she was interrupted by applause.
She also was greeted with applause when she mentioned her support for proposed EPA regulations to cut power plant carbon output by 30 percent, though she did not deign to mention it will cost the economy $270 billion a year, eliminate the equivalent of 2.9 million jobs a year through 2040 and increase the price of residential electricity by 15 percent.
Titus went on to call for educating people about the threat of climate change. “Educating people is very important. We should educate them beginning at a very early age in kindergarten,” said the former UNLV professor.
As we have discussed around here hundreds of times now, the science simply does not support the man-made climate change alarmism pushed by people like Harry Reid and Dina Titus. Instead of relying on facts, they want to push their fanaticism on little children and brainwash them at an early age. Since when is the purpose of kindergarten to bombard little children with scare tactics about global warming?
An ISIS terrorist crosses Lake Erie from Canada into Cleveland Ohio, walks into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and spreads a bag full of ricin poison on unsuspecting tourists.
Sounds far fetched?
Take a look at James O’Keefe’s latest video and decide for yourself:
Whether or not you believe the nitty gritty details of O’Keefe’s scenario, one thing is quite clear: the US border is dangerously insecure. Just the fact that O’Keefe has managed to cross the US border twice dressed as a terrorist should be alarming.
This is the most irresponsible journalism I have seen in a long time. Politifact, the so-called “fact checking” organization, blatantly lied about Ted Cruz and ISIS.
Cruz spoke up on behalf of Christians in Iraq and Syria who are being crucified in the streets by ISIS. Politifact posted a story flatly denying that the crucifixions are happening. Either they are knowingly lying, or they need a better research department.
Close observers of the turmoil in Iraq and Syria said they could imagine ISIS doing crucifixions. No one expressed awareness of Christians already being crucified.
By email, Daniel Sullivan of a Washington, D.C.-based group, United to End Genocide, noted the CNN story before telling us he hadn’t seen “confirmed reports in either Iraq or Syria” of Christians being crucified.
Joshua Landis, director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, said Cruz’s claim went overboard, as far as he knew, though he said ISIS has been ruthless about hurting or killing resistant residents.
"There have been people put on crosses," Landis said. "But it’s not Christians."
Landis guided us to an April 29, 2014, Fox News story accompanied by photographs of men slung on crosses in Raqqa, a town in northern Syria. The story cited a Syrian opposition group, Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, saying ISIS jihadists were hanging the bodies of executed enemies on crosses crucifixion-style in the town. The story, citing “multiple reports,” said ISIS had ruled over Raqqa for the previous year, killing its remaining rebel population and demolishing national relics.
The news story said Ibrahim Alrquaoui of the opposition group said the killed men were rebels that had previously fought against the Syrian government of Bashir al-Assad. The story said that according to Alrquaoui, the ISIS charged the seven men with espionage and attempted assassination of the group’s leaders. According to the story, Alrquaoui said he witnessed the executions himself and took photographs, which were then posted on the group’s Facebook page and circulated on the Internet.
The photographs showed different men bound to crosses in what appeared to be a public square area, though the Fox News story said it could not be independently confirmed the subjects were dead or, if they were, by what means the executions had been carried out. “The pictures do not show any apparent signs of the men nailed to a cross, nor are there any obvious, visible signs of fatal wounds,” the story said.
Landis also pointed out a Feb. 26, 2014, online post by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi, an Oxford University student, describing a traditional practice in Islam for a Jew or Christian living under the authority of an Islamic state agreeing to pay a jizya, or poll tax, in return for protection from the state. The Feb. 26, 2014, post, on Landis’ website devoted to Syrian politics, history and religion, said the tax is equivalent to Mafia racketeering; a failure to pay leads to the loss of protection. ISIS similarly imposes the tax, the post said, in northern Iraq and Syria.
Can you believe this nonsense? Oh, there are certainly people being crucified, just not those people. They dismiss the jizya as “a traditional practice in Islam.” And what exactly is that traditional practice? To force Christians and Jews to either pay a tax, convert to Islam, or be killed. Some tradition.
The article also completely ignores witness accounts like this one from Sister Raghida.
from Catholic News:
Sister Raghida, once the head of a Christian school in Damascus went public on radio in April of this year. She shocked listeners when she described the actions of jihadists who entered Maaloula in Syria. In this ancient Christian village where the inhabitants still speak Aramaic, the language that Jesus spoke, the jihadists went on a killing spree, taking the lives of men, women, and children.
They crucified two youths for refusing to proclaim Islam’s credo. They made the father of one of the young men watch in horror and, then, killed him. They went as far as to rip babies from the wombs of their pregnant mothers and hang them from a tree by their umbilical cords. In Deir Hafer, in the province of Aleppo, they took prisoners, crucified them and left their bodies in the main square for three days.
The violence against Christians at the hands of ISIS is well documented. Take this example from last week’s New York Times:
For the last decade, in fact, the Chaldean Catholics of Iraq — members of an Eastern Rite church that is affiliated with Roman Catholicism while retaining its own customs and rites — have been suffering at the hands of the same kind of terrorists who killed Mr. Sotloff and Mr. Foley. During that period, the total Christian population of Iraq, the largest share of which is composed of Chaldean Catholics, has dropped to about 400,000 while as many as a million, by some estimates, have fled.
Churches have been destroyed, monasteries attacked, entire cities purged. Congregations have been bombed during worship. The bishop of Mosul, Paulos Faraj Rahho, was abducted and executed by Al Qaeda in Iraq six years ago. So the recent atrocities visited upon Iraqi Christians by ISIS are nothing remotely new. All that is new is an awareness of them outside the Chaldean-American enclaves of San Diego and metropolitan Detroit.
So, we have photographs of crucifixions. We have witnesses attesting that Christians are being crucified. We have a well-documented history of Christian persecution. We have ISIS openly demanding the “traditional practice” of the jizya from Christians.
What will it take to convince Politifact? Do they want a videotape of ISIS fighters declaring they they’re crucifying Christians and then proceeding with the action on camera?
I submit that the burden lies on Politifact to disprove that Christians are being crucified before calling Ted Cruz a liar, not the other way around. We already know that they are being tortured, shot, beheaded, and we have witnesses attesting to the crucifixions. We also have photos of numerous crucifixions, but Politifact would rather take ISIS’s word that they were executed for reasons other than their Christian faith that admit that Ted Cruz is right about something.
I am tempted to post about a hundred photos and videos of ISIS beheading Christians and crucifying those who do not bow to their so-called “Islamic state,” but I won’t give them the satisfaction of spreading their evil propaganda. If you want, you can do a Google Image Search for yourself.
In light of all this, what is Politifact really concerned with? Certainly not the atrocious persecution of Christians in Iraq. No, they’re more concerned with making Ted Cruz out to be a liar. That shows you where their priorities lie.