[OneNewsNow.com] Judge Todd Hernandez ruled last week that Common Core should go forward in the state despite the governor’s attempts to kill it by requiring competitive bidding for the required tests. According to Rev. Gene Mills of Louisiana Family Forum, Jindal and his staff are promising an appeal.
“… The judge has said because of the imminent timeframe he’s going to allow Common Core to go forward – and Jindal’s team has countered that the judge got it wrong, both with regard to the facts and the law; and he’s promised to appeal that decision,” the Forum president tells OneNewsNow.
Jindal’s chief of staff remarked following Judge Hernandez’s ruling that he “took the arguments from Common Core proponents hook, line and sinker.” –Read More…
[Newsmax.com] Lone-wolf terrorists in the United States are being urged by an al-Qaida publication to car-bomb tourist spots in New York and Las Vegas as well as a list of other targets, according to reports.
A new English-language magazine from al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), called “Palestine – Betrayal of the Guilty Conscience,” also features a chilling manual on how to make a car bomb, Fox News reported.
The publication includes an article titled “Car Bombs Inside America,” which calls for “Iraqi Style car bombs” that are “prepared by lone Mujahid in the U.S.,” PIBillWarner.com says.
The suggested list of targets for individual attackers includes New York’s Times Square and casinos and nightclubs in Las Vegas, as well the Georgia Military College, the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, and General Atomics defense contractor in San Diego. The article also urges terrorists to set their sights on American oil tankers and trains. –Read More…
[TPNN.com] Melissa Melendez is a Republican who serves California’s 67th Assembly. Melendez is not only an elected official, she is a mother of five, a business woman, and a Navy veteran. On Tuesday, she did something that far few elected officials have done. She has taken a stand for the Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, the U.S. Marine being held in a Mexican prison.
Melendez hand delivered a letter to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto demanding the release of Sgt. Tahmooressi.
Nieto, whose government has held Tahmooressi after he took a wrong turn and accidentally crossed into Mexico carrying guns that he legally owns in the U.S. for nearly 150 days, was beginning his two day visit to Los Angeles.
California Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown hosted Nieto at a luncheon while hundreds rallied in protest outside in support of Tahmooressi. As our Marine sits in a Mexican prison, despite the fact that he suffers from PTSD, Brown has welcome illegals into his state with open arms while remaining silent about Tahmooressi’s plight. –Read More…
[CNSNews.com] The Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) slaughtered about 700 Turkmen civilians last month, including “children, women, and old people,” United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Iraq chief Marzio Babille told Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata (ANSA).
The massacre of members of the country’s Shiite minority occurred in the northern Iraqi village of Beshir between July 11th and 12
The Turkmen ethnic group makes up roughly four percent of Iraq’s population, according to the BBC. As members of the Shia Muslim sect, they are directly targeted by Islamic State Sunni extremists, who consider them apostates.
Navi Pillay, the UN’s high commissioner for human rights, warned of the increasingly desperate plight of thousands of Turkmen who have been under seige for two months in the village of Amerli, which is located about 110 miles northwest of Baghdad. –Read More…
[FoxNews.com] President Obama and military leaders are weighing a host of factors as they consider expanding airstrikes into Syria, including the Assad regime’s demand to seek permission first and warnings that the strikes could trigger ISIS retaliation.
But they soon could face another complication: Congress.
With Congress set to return early next month, influential lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have urged the administration to seek an up-or-down vote on military action in the region.
Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., issued a statement late Monday saying that while the Islamic State poses a “significant terrorist threat” to U.S. interests, “I do not believe that our expanded military operations against ISIL are covered under existing authorizations from Congress.” –Read More…
Judicial Watch Sues TSA over Cover-Up: Passenger Complaints “Assaults Relating to Sexual Misconduct”
[Judicial Watch] (Washington D.C.) – Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) seeking “Incident Reports” of alleged sexual misconduct throughout 2013 by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers at Dulles, Chicago, Denver, Miami, and Los Angeles airports (Judicial Watch v U.S. Department of Homeland Security (No. 1:14-cv-01179)). The lawsuit was filed on July 11, 2014
The Judicial Watch lawsuit was filed pursuant to a March 5, 2014, FOIA request seeking the following:
Any and all passenger complaint forms (referred to as “yellow cards”), “To From” memoranda, and Incident Reports filed in 2013 at the following US airports: Dulles International Airport, Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Denver International Airport, Miami International Airport, and Los Angeles International Airport … –Read More…
[Breitbart.com] “The FBI director previously said…that there were people from terrorist countries who were assuming Hispanic names, and learning a few words of Spanish, and coming in,” Gohmert said. “The FBI director himself testified to that before Congress. So we know that this kind of thing has been going on–Governor Perry isn’t saying anything that’s new, it just takes a little while for the mainstream to catch up.”
The congressman added that more recently, Marine General John Kelly, the Commander of South Command, testified before the House and Senate this year “that the penetration of our Southern border by criminal cartels, as well as terrorist organizations, poses, in his words, an ‘existential threat the United States.”
“That’s serious and someone needs to take notice in this administration,” Gohmert said. Another Texas congressman, Henry Cueller, was on Fox with Gohmert. Cueller said that he has no knowledge of terrorists exploiting the border, but acknowledged that it would be possible. –Read More…
[FoxNews.com] A magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit Northern California near Napa Valley Sunday, injuring 87 — 3 critically — and causing extensive damage, including fires sparked by burst gas lines, in the largest tremor to rock the Bay Area since the magnitude 6.9 Loma Prieta quake in 1989.
Leslie Gordon of the U.S. Geological Survey says the tremor struck just before 3:30 a.m. Sunday local time, about 10 miles northwest of American Canyon, which is about 6 miles southwest of Napa.
The city of Napa said in a statement Sunday that two adults and one child have critical injuries, and Queen of the Valley hospital in Napa reported treating 87 people. Hospital spokeswoman Vanessa DeGier says most patients have cuts, bumps, bruises. Officials say widespread power outages have been reported in Sonoma County. –Read More…
[Western Journalism] There is little question that the deal approved by Barack Obama to trade five dangerous terrorists for an Army sergeant accused of desertion struck many Americans as ill-advised and potentially dangerous.
The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office, however, took the criticism to a higher level in a report released Thursday. By failing to give Congress 30 days’ notice before releasing the prisoners, the agency found the Defense Department in clear violation of a federal law.
According to the report, “because DOD used appropriated funds to carry out the transfer when no money was available for that purpose, DOD violated the Antideficiency Act.”
The GAO cited one specific section of the law, signed by Obama himself, it determined was violated in the widely criticized prisoners swap. –Read More…
[CNSNews.com] “Now some we caught, some we didn’t,” McConnell told the El Paso Times in an interview published on Aug. 22, 2007. “The ones that get in, what are we going to do? They’re going to write home. So, it’s not rocket science, word will move around.
At yesterday’s Defense Department briefing, a reporter asked Dempsey and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel: “Is it the calculation, though, that ISIL presents a 9/11 level threat to the United States?”
“ISIL is as sophisticated and well-funded as any group that we have seen,” said Hagel. “They’re beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology, a sophistication of strategic and tactical military prowess. They are tremendously well-funded.
“Oh, this is beyond anything that we’ve seen,” said Hagel. “So we must prepare for everything. And the only way you do that is that you take a cold, steely, hard look at it and get ready.”
[Newsmax.com] Oklahoma Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe has warned that Islamic State extremists are attempting to develop a weapon to blow up a major city in the United States.
“We’re in the most dangerous position we’ve ever been in as a nation,” the ranking GOP member of the Senate Armed Services Committee told Fox 25 TV station in Oklahoma City.
Referring to the beheading of American journalist James Foley, Inhofe said that the terror group, also known as ISIS, has now set its sights on Americans and targets on U.S. soil.
[Newsmax.com] The parents of slain American journalist James Foley said a call from Pope Francis gave the family great comfort following their son’s death at the hands of the Islamic State (ISIS).
John and Diane Foley told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” the call touched them “very deeply,” especially since the Pope had just lost members of his own family in a car crash in South America.
“Huge comfort, huge comfort. Because Pope Francis, like Jesus, loves, like Jim. He understood Jim’s heart. Here Pope Francis himself, having lost three family members, was in deep grief himself. And yet he reached out,” Diane Foley said Friday. –Read More…
[FoxNews.com] The Pentagon said Friday that a Chinese fighter jet made “several passes” by a U.S. Navy aircraft earlier this week off the coast of China in international airspace, baring its weapons and coming within mere feet of the U.S. plane.
Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said Washington has lodged a protest to China through diplomatic channels, calling the maneuver “very close” and “very dangerous.”
“Not only is it unprofessional, it’s unsafe,” Kirby said.
Kirby said the Chinese jet made several close passes by the Navy P-8 Poseidon plane, coming within 30 feet of it. He said the Chinese jet did a “barrel roll” maneuver over the top of the Poseidon and also passed across the nose of the Navy plane, exposing the belly of the fighter in a way apparently designed to show that it was armed. –Read More…
Ferguson, Missouri, police officer suffered “serious facial injury” just before shooting and killing Michael Brown, according to sources
[Cleveland.com] FERGUSON, Missouri – Sources close to Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson have told two media outlets the officer suffered “a serious facial injury” just before shooting and killing unarmed teen Michael Brown Aug. 9.
A source close to Wilson who spoke to ABC News today said during the struggle at the patrol car, Wilson suffered “a serious facial injury.”
Wilson suffered severe facial injuries, including an orbital (eye socket) fracture, and was nearly beaten unconscious by Brown moments before firing his gun, a source close to the department’s top brass told FoxNews.com.
“The Assistant (Police) Chief took him to the hospital, his face all swollen on one side,” said the insider. “He was beaten very severely.”
Last week, Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said Wilson had swelling to the side of his face.
[Washington Post] American doctor Kent Brantly and North Carolina missionary Nancy Writebol, both of whom contracted Ebola while treating infected Liberian patients, have been released from an Atlanta hospital. Writebol was discharged from Emory University Hospital on Tuesday and Brantly was released on Thursday.
“Today is a miraculous day,” Brantly said at an Emory news conference. “I am thrilled to be alive, to be well and to be reunited with my family.”
Both Writebol and Brantly underwent rigorous blood and urine tests to ensure that the virus was no longer present.
“The medical staff is confident that the discharge of both patients from this hospital poses no public health threat,” said Bruce Ribner, medical director of Emory’s Infectious Disease Unit, who led the team that treated both patients. –Read More…
[TheBlaze.com] A federal judge resurrected the dormant Fast and Furious scandal by ordering the Justice Department to provide additional documents to House investigators probing the botched gun walking program.
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled that the DOJ must turn over a privilege log of Operation Fast and Furious documents to the House by Oct. 1.
The privileged logs were among the thousands of pages of documents the Justice Department withheld from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee during its investigation that has been going on since 2011.
The judge’s order requires the department to produce all non-privileged documents and a detailed description of privileged documents. The committee will have until Oct. 17 to object to any withheld documents, according to a committee news release. –Read More…
[FoxNews.com] Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer whose fatal shooting of Michael Brown touched off more than a week of demonstrations, suffered severe facial injuries, including an orbital (eye socket) fracture, and was nearly beaten unconscious by Brown moments before firing his gun, a source close to the department’s top brass told FoxNews.com.
“The Assistant (Police) Chief took him to the hospital, his face all swollen on one side,” said the insider. “He was beaten very severely.”
According to the well-placed source, Wilson was coming off another case in the neighborhood on Aug. 9 when he ordered Michael Brown and his friend Dorain Johnson to stop walking in the middle of the road because they were obstructing traffic. However, the confrontation quickly escalated into physical violence, the source said. –Read More…
[Townhall.com] Pundits and news agencies have questioned the validity of reports that the Islamic State is beheading children in its conquest of Syria and Iraq. But there is one fact that can’t be contested: The Sunni-dominated al-Qaida splinter group is on a war rampage using some of the most heinous and barbaric means to exterminate anyone who opposes it, particularly Christians.
In 2011, President Barack Obama declared, “The long war in Iraq will come to an end by the end of this year.” The only thing he didn’t count on was that the terrorist enemies of the U.S. decided not to also call it quits on the war.
Last Wednesday, Obama called it quits again with combat operations in Iraq — or the dropping-bombs-and-not-calling-it-combat-operations operations. –Read More…
[Newsmax.com] President Barack Obama has few options to directly address the grievances at the heart of the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.
The main avenue available to the administration is a federal civil-rights investigation, and Obama is dispatching Attorney General Eric Holder to the St. Louis suburb in a show of commitment to an aggressive inquiry into the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a local police officer.
In announcing that Holder would meet with federal and local authorities on the case tomorrow, Obama is showing the federal government’s interest without reaching conclusions or promising results.
[RT.com] Texas Governor Rick Perry, a potential Republican Presidential candidate in 2016, has announced that he will fight allegations of power abuse against him, calling the accusations a political move that rips away the very fabric of the US constitution.
“This indictment amounts to nothing more than an abuse of power and I cannot, and I will not allow that to happen,” Perry said in Austin, Texas, adding that he stands by his use of the veto power which ended in charges being laid against him.
“We don’t settle political differences with indictments in this country. It is outrageous that some would use partisan political theatrics to rip away at the very fabric of our state’s constitution,” he added. –Read More…
[DailyCaller.com] The bullet that struck Michael Brown fatally in the head was moving from a back to front direction, and Brown appeared to have fallen straight forward onto the ground after he was shot, one of the medical examiners who conducted an independent autopsy tells The Daily Caller.
“The shot to the head was going downward and slightly back to front,” said Prof. Shawn Parcells in a phone interview, clarifying comments he made shortly after he and Dr. Michael Baden announced Brown’s autopsy results at a press conference on Monday.
“When it entered the top of the head it was going in a slight frontal direction,” Parcells told TheDC. –Read More…
[Newsmax.com] The indictment of Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry over abuse of powers is reminiscent of the way that political dissent was handled in the Soviet Union, legal scholar and Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz told Newsmax TV’s “America’s Forum.”
Dershowitz, who make clear he would never vote for Rick Perry, said the governor’s indictment was driven by politics and is representative of “what happens in totalitarian societies.” He said disagreement with Perry’s actions is “not the basis of what a criminal charge should be,” adding that Americans have the ability to “vote against him” if they don’t like his actions.
“The two statutes under which he was indicted are reminiscent of the old Soviet Union, you know, abuse of authority,” Dershowitz said Monday. “The idea of indicting him because he threatened to veto spending unless a district attorney who was caught drinking and driving resigned, that’s not anything for a criminal indictment. That’s a political issue.” –Read More…
[WND.com] Authorities in Ferguson, Missouri, who experienced their first night without significant rioting since last weekend, revealed the black teen who was killed by a police officer was a suspect in a convenience store robbery shortly before the fatal confrontation.
The name of the officer who fired the shots also was revealed.
KMOX-TV in St. Louis reported Ferguson police said Friday it was Officer Darren Wilson who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, who apparently was unarmed.
[Newsmax.com] U.S. lawmakers alarmed by the aggressive police response to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, are pushing for Congress to limit the Pentagon’s ability to provide civilian police departments with military equipment such as armored vehicles designed for the battlefield.Georgia Democrat Hank Johnson wrote colleagues in the House of Representatives this week seeking support for legislation to curtail a program that passes surplus equipment from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to municipal U.S. police forces, free of charge.
Because of the program “our local police are quickly beginning to resemble paramilitary forces,” Johnson said.
Three other Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee wrote to Chairman Bob Goodlatte, a Republican, to ask for a committee hearing on “recent incidents of local law enforcement using excessive force.” They pointed to events in Ferguson, where demonstrators have protested the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by police, and elsewhere. –Read More…
[HumanEvents.com] Barack Obama had a great time not giving a damn about anything happening in the world last night. Don’t take my word for it – his deputy press secretary sent out what might be one of the most ill-conceived Tweets in the history of social media, letting everyone know that Obama’s party with the ultra-rich was a total blast:
Even the French have begun muttering that “when people are dying, you must come back from vacation.” But our President-of-leisure has no intention on sacrificing the lush perks of the office to deal with little things like war and genocide in Iraq – American boots are indeed on the ground now, with Marine and special forces troops hitting Mount Sinjar where the Yazidis are trapped – or the once-more hot war in Gaza, or the Russians getting ready to make a move on Ukraine… or even violent civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, where a fourth night of rioting brought a very forceful response from militarized police forces.
While Obama clinked champagne glasses in Martha’s Vineyard and got ready for a “hug summit” with a chastened Hillary Clinton – smacked down hard by Obama’s hatchet men after trying to position herself, absurdly, as a critic of the foreign policy she helped implement – the beverages served in Ferguson included Molotov cocktails. –Read More…
[Townhall.com] As the Yazidi religious minority anguishes in the mountains of northern Iraq, plans for a rescue mission were being mulled by the Obama administration, according to the Wall Street Journal:
Since last week, the U.S. has sought to halt the militants’ advance on the Kurdish city of Erbil and to relieve Yazidis trapped by the fighters on a barren mountain range through a campaign of airstrikes and aid drops.
A rescue mission could expose U.S. forces to direct fire from the militant group Islamic State, also known as ISIS, and that is a risk Mr. Obama may not be willing to accept.
[FoxNews.com] While Congress is on recess and President Obama vacations in Martha’s Vineyard, a coalition of free press groups is escalating an already-aggressive campaign against the Obama administration for allegedly freezing out the press and cracking down on reporters.
The flood of critical letters and petitions and statements from First Amendment groups marks a new level of tension in a relationship that for years has been deteriorating. Though Obama, as a candidate in 2008, was widely seen to enjoy favorable media treatment, his administration now is fielding accusations that it’s one of the least transparent in history.
Society of Professional Journalists President David Cuillier, in a statement earlier this week, blasted the administration for what he called “excessive message management and preventing journalists from getting information on behalf of citizens.” –Read More…
China beating U.S. to punch on EMP warfare – Beijing drills to prep for attacks, while America still vulnerable
[WND.com] WASHINGTON – Though the U. S. government has been slow to protect America’s electrical grid from a potentially catastrophic electromagnetic event, it appears the Chinese are working to guard their own, as demonstrated by an ongoing drill the People’s Liberation Army is running until mid-August.
The drill is designed to determine how the PLA will respond in the event of an attack including the use of an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, from a foreign country. Right now, the most likely suspect would be the United States, in the eyes of the PLA, since Beijing and Moscow seem to be getting even more closely intertwined economically as well as militarily. These drills, which the Chinese military describes as the largest ever, have already disrupted flights at major Chinese airports…” –Read More…