Monday, September 15, 2014

EV D-68: New Virus Targeting Children Nationwide Causes Concern In Calfornia

Breitbart - Flu season is just around the corner, but there's a different kind of virus that may have recently resurfaced in California called Enterovirus D68 (EV D-68). It targets children, and many parents are already worried. 

"As a parent, what you would look for would be young child struggling to breathe, and the skin above the clavicles would sink in as they're breathing," Dr. Stuart Breisch said to local CBS News affiliate in San Diego. Dr. Breisch says the virus tends to hit youth between the ages of 6 months to 16 years of age.
At least three children are reportedly being tested at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego for EV D-68.   Read More

Rand Paul getting a little sensitive

Gary GrossJohn McCormack’s article on Sen. Paul’s change from dove to hawk exposes Sen. Paul’s temper. First, here’s Sen. Paul’s evolution:
On June 19, a week after Mosul fell to ISIS, Paul was very skeptical of airstrikes. On August 11, after Christians were forced to flee Mosul and Yazidis were massacred, Paul was ambivalent about the limited airstrikes the president had just ordered. On August 29, after the beheading of American James Foley but before the beheading of American Steven Sotloff, Paul suggested he still hadn’t made up his mind about bombing ISIS:
I think the strategy has to be that you have an open debate in the country over whether or not ISIS is a threat to our national security. And it’s not enough just to say they are. That’s usually what you hear—you hear a conclusion. People say, “Well, it’s a threat to our national security.” That’s a conclusion. The debate has to be: Are they a threat to our national security?
In a statement to the AP later that same afternoon, Paul said that he would “seek congressional authorization to destroy ISIS militarily” if he were president.
Sen. Paul isn’t a hawk. He’s a politician who got caught on the wrong side of an important issue. He’s a politician who made a political decision to be acceptable to presidential primary voters in 2016. We don’t need an unprincipled presidential candidate. We need someone who’s thought things through. Our presidential nominee needs to get national security right. We don’t need someone whose default position is to shrink American influence.

We’re already suffering through that type of administration.

Sen. Paul said that saying ISIL is a threat to our national security is a conclusion, not a discussion. This isn’t a time for a lengthy discussion. It’s time for deciding. Further, deciding that ISIL is a threat to our national security based on the beheading of 2 reporters, however tragic and shocking they were, isn’t sound thinking. It sounds more like the type of thinking that comes from getting caught.
Sen. Paul isn’t liking getting pressed by the press:
I asked Paul twice if he was no longer concerned, as he wrote in June, that bombing ISIS may simply turn the United States into “Iran’s air force.” He didn’t respond to the questions and indicated he wasn’t happy with this reporter as well as a local reporter who repeatedly suggested Paul is an isolationist.
“All right, thanks guys. Work on that objectivity,” Paul said, as he walked away.
What a snotty reply. John McCormack is one of the best reporters out there. He’s objective. His articles are filled with solid logic and verified facts. That Sen. Paul would whine about John McCormack’s objectivity speaks volumes about Sen. Paul’s temperament (temper?), not McCormack’s objectivity.

Cruelty is Simply a Part of Islam, Says Expert

Islamic State's head-chopping barbarity is not different from everyday Islamic cruelty, says Prof. Rafi Israeli.

Arutz Sheva - Professor Rafi Israeli, an expert on Islam and the Arab world, told Arutz ShevaSunday that while the world is appalled by Islamic State's decapitation murders of western journalists, we must not forget that Islam kills hundreds of people daily in various hotspots throughout the globe.

"We ignore this cruelty which is an everyday occurrence,” said Israeli. In the genocide at Dafur, for instance, “Muslims killed other Muslims. They do it to theirown people by the thousands. There is nothing new here.”
Prof. Israeli said that the basis for these acts is the fact that Islam has a basic disregard for human life. “For them it is not sacred, like it is for us.”

The Koran, he noted, calls on Muslims to spread terror among their enemies without specifying who they are. In effect, this statement commands a Muslim to kill and terrorize all those he perceives as enemies, including fellow Muslims. The Muslims who act upon this are fanatics who are convinced that only their beliefs are true, and everyone else is wrong – and can therefore be killed.

"Every day in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Darfur, Iraq or Yemen, they kill hundreds,” explained Israeli. “Nowhere is there such disregard for human life, like in Islam. For the Sunnis, Shiites are worse than the Jews.”   Read More

Friday, September 12, 2014

Farrakhan Strikes Ferguson Again

Dave Weinbaum - Dr. Ridgely Abdul Mu’min Muhammad, who I will refer to as Dr. Abdul, informed the world of The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s two-and-one-half hour lecture comparing the “suffering of the Palestinian people in Gaza under the ruthless and criminal attack by Israel to our young black men being shot down by police in the streets of America.”

This was in answer to my column, “FARRAKHAN MALIGNS FERGUSON,” published two weeks ago.

Dr. Abdul whines about Israel and their baby-killing campaign of murder of Palestinian civilians.
It’s a total fabrication.

It was Hamas who shot about a thousand rockets intending to kill Israeli children without an Israeli response. When the Jewish State could no longer protect its citizens, including about a million and a half Arab/Muslims/Christians and their families, they fired back. Their targets were rocket launchers and terror tunnels built by Hamas under the border with Israel, opening in kindergartens and residential homes. Israel saved their children, hiding them in bomb shelters and had an iron dome defense. The Hamas psychos you back hooked hysterical five-year-olds to fences outside homes with tunnel openings and missile launchers, most in high-density populated areas.

Further, Israel dropped pamphlets and called homes where suspected launchers, rocket storage and tunnel openings were known. They told the people to evacuate and save themselves. If anything, Israel deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for taking as much effort to save Arab children and other civilians who were intentionally put in danger by Hamas.

Some thoughts on the above:

· For some time now, Farrakhan has been the head of the Nation of Islam, yet as careful as Abdul was to mention Louis’s other accolades, the Dr. failed to mention what I would think would be his highest title—The Head of the Nation of Islam. Why?
· Sadly, slavery happened. It was over for my people when G-d used Moses to deliver us from four hundred years of oppression in Egypt to the land He promised them, Israel.
· This faux oppression is still about slavery of blacks in America. It ended in the US over 150 years ago. Always remember it. But for the sake of all civilization, get on with life!
· Since I based my column on a three-minute clip from Farrakhan, I was unaware of the Minister’s trip down anti-Semitism lane where he made a comparison of the Gaza war to Ferguson. In my mind there is no connection—none.
· It’s come to my attention that both the Premier of Israel, Binyamin Netanyahu and Editor of the Jerusalem Post, Caroline Glick have pointed out that Muslim Countries such as Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia backed Israel over Dr. Abdul’s and Farrakhan’s beloved Hamas. Are these fellow Muslims culpable like Israel over the war casualties in Gaza?

One more thing on slavery:

It’s still occurring on a daily basis. Muslim kidnappers in Sudan, Boko Haram and ISIS are enslaving Christians, Yazidis, Muslims and African Blacks as well as mass murdering and beheading of innocents, including children. WHY DON’T YOU TALK ABOUT THAT!?

Yet, Dr. Abdul was outraged by the response of Breitbart, my column and Hannity’s TV interview with an unnamed “…Negro apologist.” The problem is Dr. Abdul doesn’t point to anything specific in the pieces, labeling them us “…a pack of trained dogs, staging their attacks” in a “…onslaught.”

As Dr. Abdul warned, I may not be disturbing a single one of Farrakhan’s well-coiffed hairs, but I am in his head. What I see is a man frustrated with his own lack of accomplishment to mentor blacks. Things are much worse for blacks than when he started in Islam back in the 50’s. There was hope and opportunity back then even with more racism than today.

Now, Minister Farrakhan, you’re no better than the other race-baiters, Sharpton, The New Black Panthers, Jackson and the dictator wannabe and murderer of your friend Muammar Gaddafi. This was the man whom you bragged about selecting as the President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama.

Minister Farrakhan, why did you give up on black people?

Street Corners Make Poor Fathers

Why should I care?

I have friends and relatives, both Jewish and Christian, white and black, who Minister Farrakhan has put in danger with hateful violence-inducing rhetoric. Some of them are in business very close to Ferguson. I also have friends in law enforcement. They are outraged by the rush to judgment of a fellow policeman.

As sad as the shooting death of Michael Brown’s death was, at this point it was not a murder by police, as Dr. Abdul falsely stated. I, for one, will make my judgment on the day Wilson is tried if in fact he is charged of a crime, by a jury of his peers.

One more thing: If you want to discuss my column, which you didn’t seem to read, Dr. Abdul or Minister Farrakhan, I’d be happy to have you on my radio show so you can point out where I’m wrong—you know, like all those other media types you claim to have crushed.

In the meantime, I’ll be waiting like everyone else for justice to be done in Ferguson. 

CIA Says IS Has Up to 31,500 Fighters & 10 Arab Countries Back U.S. Campaign Against IS

New intelligence assessment says IS can muster between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters across Iraq and Syria.

Arutz Sheva - A CIA spokesman said on Thursday that a new intelligence assessment estimates that the Islamic State (IS) group can muster between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters across Iraq and Syria, The Associated Press (AP) reported.

That figure is up from a previous estimation of 10,000, noted the report.

The new assessment is based on a review of intelligence reports from May to August. It is larger than the 20,000 figure being used by many outside experts.

CIA spokesman Ryan Trapani said the new total reflects stronger recruitment by the extremist group since June following battlefield successes and the group's declaration of a caliphate.   Read More

United States receives the backing of 10 Arab countries for a "coordinated military campaign" against Islamic State fighters.

Arutz Sheva - The United States on Thursday received the backing of 10 Arab countries for a "coordinated military campaign" against Islamic State fighters, Reuters reported.

According to the report, after talks in Saudi Arabia, Secretary of State John Kerry won backing from 10 Arab countries - Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and six Gulf states including rich rivals Saudi Arabia and Qatar - for a coalition to fight the Sunni militants that have seized swathes of Iraq and Syria.

"Arab nations play a critical role in that coalition, the leading role really across all lines of effort: military support, humanitarian aid, our work to stop the flow of illegal funds," Kerry was quoted as having told a news conference.
Non-Arab Sunni power Turkey also attended the talks in Jeddah but two other major regional players - Shiite Iran and Syria itself - were excluded, a sign of the difficulty of building a coalition across the Middle East's sectarian battle lines.    Read More

Thursday, September 11, 2014

As two-year anniversary of Benghazi marked, answers remain elusive

Fox News - It was exactly two years ago that Islamic militants attacked a U.S. compound in Libya, killing four Americans -- including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens -- and touching off a major political controversy that divides Washington to this day.
The assault on the compound, a consulate facility in Libya's second-largest city, began at nightfall when more than 100 militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades, AK-47s and truck-mounted artillery closed off streets and moved in on the building where a skeleton crew of State Department workers lived and worked, and where Stevens was visiting from his office in Tripoli. By the time it was over, Stevens, career Foreign Service worker Sean Smith and two CIA contractors who had come to their rescue, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, were dead.
But controversy over what really prompted the attack and what the highest level of the U.S. government did or did not do in the face of it continues to swirl on Capitol Hill. The White House initially portrayed the attack, which came just two months before the 2012 presidential election, as a spontaneous event triggered by Muslim outrage over an obscure online video deemed insulting to Islam. But the narrative crumbled in the months that followed, as witnesses described a coordinated attack and some even charged that service members stationed nearby were ordered not to intervene.   

Faces of 9/11: Where are they now?

(CNN) -- A voice on the phone. A cry in the dark. A flag raised amid death and devastation.
These are the stories forever linked with the September 11, 2001, terror attacks in New York, Washington and western Pennsylvania.
In some cases, they are tales of ordinary people caught in extraordinary circumstances -- people who became symbols of comfort and hope for a grieving nation.
Then there were those who were behind the attacks, people who have become the emblem of evil.
On the 13th anniversary of the attacks, here is a look at some of those people -- then and now:
Lisa Jefferson, the voice
Hers was the voice on the other end of the line for Todd Beamer, the passenger aboard United Flight 93 whose last purported words -- "let's roll" -- became a rallying cry for the nation in the days following the terror attacks.
It was 9:45 a.m., when Beamer placed a call to an operator at a Verizon Airfone call center in Chicago and relayed that the airplane bound for San Francisco had been hijacked. The operator turned the call over to Jefferson, the supervisor on duty.
Beamer was calm as he detailed how three men had taken over the flight. Two had knives and had locked themselves in the cockpit, and one had a bomb strapped to his waist.
He told Jefferson about his children and his wife, Lisa.
"I had asked him, did he want me to place his call through to his wife for him. He told me that he didn't want me to put him through to her in case he didn't have to. He had hoped on landing that plane safely. And he told me if I didn't make it, would I please call her and let her know how much he loved her and his family," she told CNN in 2002.

Good news: IRS follows the law sometimes

Breitbart - Enjoy the spectacle of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, Shredder of Hard Drives, explaining that his agency likes to follow the law whenever it can:

He's talking about the byzantine tax laws tied into ObamaCare, but as a general statement of principle for Big Government, you can't do much better than "whenever we can, we follow the law."  Needless to say, I strongly recommend saying this to an IRS agent during an audit.  You just never know who the IRS might decide to audit, do you?  It's a total mystery how they pick their targets.  There just doesn't seem to be any pattern there.   Read More

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Suspected Mexican Cartel Hitman Charged In Shooting Of Texas Family During Dinner

Breitbart - RUIDOSO, New Mexico -- A suspected Mexican cartel hitman has been charged for the brutal double murder of a Texas family. The brutal killings occurred as the family members were sitting down for dinner together in the Texas border area home in Hidalgo county. 

This week, Justice of the Peace Charlie Espinoza formally charged 21-year-old suspected cartel hit man Jose Carlos Campos Martinez with two counts of capital murder and set his bond at $1,750,000 before sending him back to his cell. 
The charges against Campos stem from a double execution where two gunmen stormed a house in rural Mission, under orders of a drug cartel, and indiscriminately sprayed several rounds at a family that was having dinner.    Read More

ISIS' Captive Women: An Endless Nightmare of Rape and Beatings

Clarion Project - U.S. President Barak Obama is set to reveal his strategy against the Islamic State (ISIS) tonight. Yet, for some, the expected announcement  of increased airstrikes, targeting safe havens in Syria and coalition building will not alleviate their suffering at the hands of this brutal group.
For the Yazidi and other minority girls and women who are being held in secret prisons in Mosul as well as in other locations, life has become an endless nightmare of rapes and beatings.
Cell phone calls the women have been able to make to their families have documented the horror of life for these women and girls as young as the age of 14 who have been abducted by militants from the Islamic State. Not only have these calls been the source of information about their dire condition, but they have been used as well as a form of torture.
Seventeen-year-old Mayat was forced to call her parents, who made it to safety in Kurdistan. She says her captors made her place the call “to hurt us even more. They told us to describe in detail to our parents what they are doing.”   Read More

Obama’s Manufactured Unwinnable Wars — on The Glazov Gang

FrontPageMag.Com - This week’s Glazov Gang was guest hosted by Michael Hausam and joined by Mark Tapson, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, Mike Munzing, a Tea Party Activist and Jennifer Van Laar, a writer at Independent Journal Review.

The guests gathered to discussObama’s Manufactured Unwinnable Wars, analyzing how a Radical-in-Chief sets America up for defeat in the face of terror. The dialogue occurred within a focus onObama’s ‘Managing’ of ISIS, which shed light on the administration’s discomfort with American victory.   

Watch the Video!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Laura Ingraham Blasts RNC For Supporting Obama's Planned Executive Amnesty

Breitbart - Radio’s Laura Ingraham, a tireless champion of anti-amnesty efforts, blasted the Republican National Committee in a statement provided exclusively to Breitbart News, slamming the RNC’s apparent support of President Barack Obama’s plans to grant executive amnesty for millions of illegal aliens.

"The RNC sure seems crestfallen that President Obama didn't sign an executive amnesty for millions of illegal workers in the U.S.,” Ingraham said in an email. “I, for one, am glad that now we all know where the GOP Establishment's allegiance really lies -- and it's not with the American working class that is desperately looking for its champion.”
Ingraham is referring to a statement that the RNC’s Ruth Guerra -- a pro-amnesty advocate who used to work for the pro-Senate “Gang of Eight” bill organization LIBRE Initiative, according to her LinkedIn page, and has since been hired the Republican National Committee -- released on behalf of the RNC in response to President Obama’s announcement that he will wait until after the election to grant executive amnesty of upwards of 8 million illegal aliens.    Read More

Somalia's al Shabaab name new leader after U.S. strike, warn of revenge

(Reuters) - The Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab confirmed on Saturday that its leader Ahmed Godane had been killed in a U.S. air strike this week and named a new leader, promising "great distress" to its enemies.
U.S. forces struck Godane's encampment in south-central Somalia with Hellfire missiles and laser-guided munitions on Monday, but the Pentagon did not confirm his death until Friday.
Western governments and neighboring countries want to neutralize a group that they say has exploited Somalia's chaos to attract jihadists and train them to fight.

In a statement, al Shabaab reaffirmed its affiliation to al Qaeda, and named its new leader as Sheikh Ahmad Umar Abu Ubaidah, warning its enemies to "expect only that which will cause you great distress".    Read More

Video: Muslim killed fighting for ISIS worked at Minneapolis Intl Airport

h/t - Creeping Sharia

Farrakhan Maligns Ferguson

Dave Weinbaum - In one three-minute rant, Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan revealed the lie blacks live with in many of the “hoods” of America. Louis pointed out that in Ferguson MO, a town dominated by blacks three to one, there was a white mayor
and blacks weren’t able to make their own laws.

I may be mistaken, but didn’t blacks get the vote with the 15th Amendment 144 years ago? If my math is right, a 2/3’s black population in Ferguson ought to mean they could elect whomever they pleased. Yet, not only was a white mayor elected —but the police chief is white as are 50 of the 53 cops on the squad. The Prosecutor, Robert McCulloch has been in the same office for 24 years, winning the last election by a landslide. After the Michael Brown killing, 70,000 people petitioned McCulloch to step down. He refused.

I don’t recall any protests, riots or convenience store burnings because of fixed elections there — do you?

Further, I don’t know what laws blacks would amend or legislate. Farrakhan wasn’t specific. He did speculate whether Michael Brown committed the felony of strong-armed theft or not. I thought the video surveillance of it was 
clear and damning. Was Louie’s point that if blacks were in charge they would have legalized strong-arm theft, or would they change the law to absolve the guilty on a daily basis— you know, like President Obama?

The Minister went on to justify his view. He said that if you live in the hood you don’t control any economics. You are victim to Arab, Chinese, Korean, Indian, and white shopkeepers. They are there just to profit off you and never give back anything to the community. That particular rant was given a standing ovation by the blacks in the audience.

The implication is clear.

Businesses run from all-of-the-above are not welcome where blacks dominate. If the wrong ethnic opens here, they’re doing it at their own risk of personal and/or property assault. If you are different
you’re not welcome to 

open a business in Ferguson. Anyone else seeing the irony here?

It’s about time race-baiters like Farrakhan, Obama, Holder, Jackson and Sharpton started talking about the American Dream instead of leading blacks, especially males, down a path of shame, resentment, failure, frustration and crime.
The best way to help a welfare recipient is to make him a taxpayer I’m confused. I know ten black business people who have owned retail businesses in the St. Louis trading area for decades. Many own businesses just a few miles away from Ferguson. Some have multiple units. These owners are very concerned with local communities and give back a lot. The majority are married couples who live at home with their kids. Many of them come from a two parent family. Some of them have seen their children become business men and women.That’s what pride is about. That’s what independence is about. That’s what the pursuit of happiness is about.
My birthplace, the Chicago South Side has become a bastion of bad behavior.

Black-on-black murders make phony racial issues like Ferguson pale by comparison.  That’s where Louis Farrakhan and Reverend Wright preached and that’s who Barack Obama listened to for the 20 years he was in Chicago. There was a lot of resentment and anti-American, anti-white, anti-Semitism spewed from those pulpits.

Last week, an all-star, all-black Little League team became the champions of the USA. They lost to South Korea for the world championship of Little League. There was no whining, no blaming a bad call or two, no bashing of Asians. The coach of the Jackie Robinson Little League All Stars attributed the team’s efforts to the parents. They’re from a part of the South Side middle class where 90% of the parents live together with their children. Most have held down jobs for a long time.

Seems to me this is the path chosen by none of the race baiters named above because it makes their existence irrelevant.

And don’t kid yourself.

It is all about them.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Democrat candidate compares the GOP to ISIL

Allen West - Two years ago the Left went apoplectic because I associated the Congressional Progressive Caucus with having communist beliefs and philosophy. My comments were met with outrage and ridicule. But when you look at the legislative proposals from that House body, you can easily see the point.
But the Left often says stuff so completely outrageous, even I am caught speechless.
As reported by Yellow Hammer News, Jesse T. Smith, Democrat candidate for Alabama’s 3rd Congressional District published a tweet on his campaign account saying the Republican majority in Congress is “worse than ISIL.”   Read More

Muslims Sexually Enslaving Children: A Global Phenomenon

Raymond Ibrahim - As shocking as the Muslim-run sex ring in Rotherham, England may seem to some—1,400 British children as young as 11 plied with drugs before being passed around and sexually abused in cabs and kabob shops—the fact is that this phenomenon is immensely widespread. In the United Kingdom alone, it’s the fifth sex abuse ring led by Muslims to be uncovered.
Some years back in Australia, a group of “Lebanese Muslim youths” were responsible for a “series of brutal gang rapes” of “Anglo-Celtic teenage girls.” A few years later in the same country, four Muslim Pakistani brothers raped at least 18 Australian women, some as young as 13. Even in the United States, a gang of Somalis—Somalia being a Muslim nation where non-Muslims, primarily Christians, are ruthlessly persecuted—was responsible for abducting, buying, selling, raping and torturing young American girls as young as 12.
The question begs itself: If Muslim minorities have no fear of exploiting “infidel” women and children in non-Muslim countries—that is, where Muslims themselves are potentially vulnerable minorities—how are Muslims throughout the Islamic world, where they are dominant, treating their vulnerable, non-Muslim minorities?    Read More

Kerry: God Commands Me to Protect Muslim Countries from Global Warming (VIDEO)

Daniel Greenfield - 

John Kerry is as familiar with the Bible, any bible, as he is with the Koran or the Constitution.

Wednesday at a ceremony to appoint Texas lawyer Shaarik Zafar to be special representative to Muslim communities, Secretary of State John Kerry said it was the United States’ Biblical “responsibility” to “confront climate change,” including to protect “vulnerable Muslim majority counties.”
“Confronting climate change is, in the long run, one of the greatest challenges that we face, and you can see this duty or responsibility laid down in scriptures, clearly, beginning in Genesis. And Muslim-majority countries are among the most vulnerable. Our response to this challenge ought to be rooted in a sense of stewardship of Earth. And for me and for many of us here today, that responsibility comes from God.”   Read More

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Republicans To Investigate Coziness Between The EPA And Enviros

Daily Caller - Republicans are launching an investigation into the cozy relationship between the Environmental Protection Agency and an environmental lobbying group that has allegedly played a major role in crafting recent global warming rules and stymieing an Alaska mining project.
Louisiana Sen. David Vitter and California Rep. Darrell Issa sent a letter to the EPA and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) asking for records regarding the environmental group’s role in drafting a rule limiting carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants, and blocking a permit for the Pebble Mine in Alaska.
“It appears that NRDC’s unprecedented access to high-level EPA officials allowed it to influence EPA policy decisions and achieve its own private agenda,” Republicans wrote to the EPA and NRDC. “Such collusive activities provide the NRDC, and their financial backers, with an inappropriate opportunity to wield the broad powers of the executive branch.”
“The fact that an ideological and partisan group drafted a rule that places a tremendous cost on everyday Americans through increased electricity prices is harmful and outrageous,” the letter continued. “Accordingly, these practices must cease immediately.”     Read More

Kansas City Public School Sent ‘Threatening’ Letter To Homeschool Family

Free  Beacon - When a Kansas City family pulled their son out of a public elementary school to homeschool him, the local school referred them to the district attorney’s office for truancy. A homeschool advocacy organization intervened, and the school was forced to back down and apologize.
In Kansas, as in several other states, families must register their homes as “private schools” to homeschool their children. The family followed the law exactly, naming and registering their school and notifying their son’s elementary school in February that he would be withdrawing.
But a few months later, in May, the school sent the family a letter notifying them that a social worker would be contacting them about the county truancy program.
“In August,” the letter read, “our truancy social worker will contact you to discuss the requirements of the truancy diversion program. You child will be expected to respond to her contact in August.”   Read More

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

U.S. Hits al-Shabaab in Somalia

It used to be the one place you didn’t go.

Legal Insurrection - 

Fox News reports that the United States has executed a series of drone strikes against al-Shabaab strongholds in Somalia. The Pentagon is still reportedly assessing the success of the strike, which was aimed at al-Shabaab leadership:
A senior Somali official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press that a U.S. drone targeted al-Shabaab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane as he left a meeting of the group’s top leaders. The official told AP that intelligence indicated Godane “might have been killed along with other militants.”
The official said that the strike took place in a forest near Sablale district, 105 miles south of Mogadishu, where the group trains its fighters. The governor of Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region, Abdiqadir Mohamed Nor, told The Associated Press that as government and African Union forces were heading to a town in Sablale district, they heard something that sounded like an “earthquake” as drones struck al-Shabaab bases.

The U.S. action comes after Somalia’s government forces regained control of a high security prison in the capital that was attacked Sunday by seven heavily armed suspected Islamic militants who attempted to free other extremists held there. The Pentagon statement did not indicate whether the U.S. action was related to the prison attack.   Read More

A guided tour of a Hamas terror tunnel

Feds Punish Business For Engaging In ‘Citizenship-Discrimination’

Daily Caller - A Texas catering business will pay the United States $26,400 for engaging in “citizenship-discrimination,” as part of a settlement with the Justice Department announced Tuesday.
Culinaire International unlawfully discriminated against employees based on their citizenship status, the Justice Department claimed, because it required non-citizen employees to provide extra proof of their right to work in the United States.
Culinaire has agreed to pay the United States $20,460 in civil penalties, receive training in anti-discrimination rules of the Immigration and Nationality Act, revise its work eligibility verification process, and create a $40,000 back pay fund for “potential economic victims.”    Read More

Monday, September 1, 2014

Recovery? 3 "Uncomfortable Truth" Charts

Presented with little comment aside to suggest one scratch beneath the thinning veneer of record nominal stock prices every once in a while to take the temperature of the ugly reality that no one is talking about...Read More

What to Watch in the House Mid-Terms

The AP expects the GOP to "tighten its grip" on the U.S. House of Representatives this year citing "redistricting after the 2010 census and the retirement of moderate Democrats in conservative states," although the Democrats financial edge is something of a wild card.

Two of the most vulnerable governors are Pennsylvania Republican Tom Corbett and Illinois Democrat Pat Quinn. Incumbents and candidates in those states are hoping they can survive despite the top of the ticket. It's especially true in Illinois where first-term Democratic Rep. Brad Schneider is in a close rematch with Republican Robert Dold in Chicago's northern suburbs and freshman Democratic Rep. Bill Enyart is trying to hold off state Rep. Mike Bost.
In the end it seems to come down to, not if the GOP will pick up seats, but how many, where and at what cost to both them and deep-pocketed Democrats determined to give them a run fpr their money in states where they can.     Read More