Posted by Jim Hoft on Friday, January 30, 2015, 5:13 PM
On Wednesday White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz argued that the Taliban is not a terrorist group, but instead an “armed insurgency.”
On Thursday White House Spokesman Josh Earnest doubled-down on the idiocy.
Earnest told reporters:
“They have a different classification. They have a classification that does allow us to place financial concessions against them that have succeeded in limiting their capability. They’ve been effective. And that is different than an organization like Al-Qaeda that has much broader global aspiration to carry out acts of violence and acts of terror.”
What complete nonsense.
Also on Thursday three US contractors were shot to death at the Kabul Airport in an apparent insider attack.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
BREAKING NEWS: Taliban claims responsibility on killing of 3 U.S contractors at Kabul airport on Thursday -BBC
Posted by Jim Hoft on Friday, January 30, 2015, 4:52 PM
Amedy Coulibaly, the gunman killed by police earlier this month after seizing a Jewish supermarket in Paris, told BFMTV stationhe had “co-ordinated” with the Charlie Hebdo killers and was a member of ISIS.
Amedy Coulibaly with terrorist bride Hayat Boumeddiene who is still at large. She was last seen at the Turkish border with Syria.
French officials now say Coulibaly taped his murderous rampage at the French Kosher grocer with a chest-mounted Go-Pro camera.
What a sick bastard.
The four hostages killed by the Jewish supermarket siege in Paris – Left to right: Yoav Hattab, 21, François-Michel Saada, 60, Yohan Cohen, 22, and Philippe Braham, 40.
Posted by Jim Hoft on Friday, January 30, 2015, 2:11 PM
The DEA and ATF cooperated to record the license plates of attendees at gun shows.
The Obama U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Obama Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives cooperated to build a massive database of license plate images collected by automated license plate reader devices of gun shows attendees.
The DEA equipment is able to capture images of occupants inside the vehicle. Guns.com reported:
According to emails obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union, federal authorities planned to monitor gun show parking lots with automatic license plate readers.
The insight comes from a damning report released by the ACLU this week on a secretive program by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to build a massive database of license plates images collected by automated license plate reader devices. As part of this investigation, emails released through the Freedom of Information Act detailed a planned cooperation between the DEA’s National License Plate Recognition initiative and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to scan and record the plates and vehicle images of gun show attendees.
“DEA Phoenix Division Office is working closely with ATF on attacking the guns going to [redacted] and the gun shows, to include programs/operation with LPRs at the gun shows,” reads an April 2009 email.
The time and place mentioned in the email coincides with known information on the Justice Department’sFast and Furious operation, a controversial “gunwalking” scandal that possibly transferred as many as 2,000 guns to drug traffickers in Mexico. That program was run out of the Phoenix ATF Field Divisionoffice, just two miles from the DEA office.
The DEA launched the license plate reader program in December 2008 after the November elections.
Posted by Jim Hoft on Friday, January 30, 2015, 12:08 PM
Sgt. 1st Class Mark Allen was severely injured while searching for deserter Bowe Bergdahl.
Mark Allen, who is from Loganville, Georgia, was injured when a sniper bullet pierced the armor in his helmet in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Unlike the Obama administration, Debbie Allen does not believe Bowe Bergdahl served with “honor and distinction.”
Debbie Allen lashed out at Bergdahl in a June 2014 Facebook post. The Blaze reported:
The wife of a disabled Afghanistan veteran who was injured while searching for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has posted a scathing message against him this week, adding a personal account to the rising protests against the negotiations with the Taliban that lead to Bergdahl’s freedom.
In a message she posted via Facebook, Shannon Allen, wife of Sgt. 1st Class Mark Allen, wrote:
‘Meet my husband, injuries directly brought to you by the actions of this traitor. He can’t give an account of what went down, because he can no longer speak. Now, which guy is a “hero” again?!? Sick.’
In addition to the message, Allen posted a family picture, showing husband and wife in addition to their daughter. Mark Allen was posed in his wheelchair wearing his dress blues, while their daughter was wearing a graduation cap and gown.
“Meet my husband, injuries directly brought to you by the actions of this traitor. He can’t give an account of what went down, because he can no longer speak. Now, which guy is a ‘hero’ again?!? Sick.”
Susan Rice insisted Bowe Bergdahl served with “honor and distinction.”
Posted by Jim Hoft on Friday, January 30, 2015, 11:28 AM
A photo taken in October and provided by Britain’s Royal Air Force shows a Russian “Bear” bomber (NPR)
Russian nuclear-capable bombers were intercepted over the English Channel this week. CNN reported:
Russia’s ambassador to Britain was summoned to the UK’s Foreign Office on Thursday to explain why two Russian bombers were flying over the English Channel this week, a representative of the office said.
Two Russian bombers “caused disruption to civil aviation” when they flew near, but did not cross into, British airspace on Wednesday, the Foreign Office representative said.
Two UK Royal Air Force jets intercepted the bombers, both capable of carrying nuclear weapons, south of Bournemouth, England, over the English Channel, a UK defense spokesman said Thursday.
The British jets escorted the bombers for about an hour-and-a-half until the bombers left the area, the defense spokesman said.
“Russian aircraft maneuvers yesterday are part of (an) increasing pattern of out-of-area operations by Russian aircraft,” the Foreign Office representative said.
The representative did not elaborate on how civil aviation was disrupted. Details about what the Russian ambassador has told Britain about the incident weren’t immediately available.
For the record… Condoleezza Rice warned about the vacuum created by Obama’s failed policies. The Washington Times reported:
“Right now, there’s a vacuum. There’s a vacuum because we’ve decided to lower our voice. We’ve decided to step back. We’ve decided that if we step back and lower our voice, others will lead. Other things will fill the vacuum,” she said, according to audio obtained by The Washington Times. “But of course it’s not our allies and our friends, it’s not the international norms that have filled that vacuum. It is instead dictators like Bashar al-Assad in Syria and Vladimir Putin in Russia. It’s extremists like al Qaeda raising the black flag in Fallujah in Iraq.”
She did not mention Mr. Obama by name, but blasted both his approach and his specific policies, including the Pentagon’s recent announcement of major force reductions.
“And they’ve been really tough for our party. Just ask [former DCCC chair] Steve [Israel]. They’ve been really tough for our party. And together we made some really, really tough decisions — decisions that weren’t at all popular, hard to explain,” said Biden.
Joe Biden wasn’t kidding.
Here are the facts…
**Real unemployment is at 23% John Ransom at Townhall reported:
The BLS reported that job creation came in at 248,000. Another 315,000 people left the labor force last month. When one accounts for part-time work, discouraged workers and those who have dropped out of the labor force entirely, unemployment is closer to 23 percent, with no great sign of retreat from that number.
260,000 College Graduates in Minimum Wage Jobs
The number of minimum wage workers with college degrees is still more than doublewhat it was during the Bush years.
If you thought paying tens of thousands of dollars for a college education guaranteed a high-paying job, think again.
Posted by Jim Hoft on Friday, January 30, 2015, 10:07 AM
Mitt Romney told supporters today he is not running for president in 2016. Yahoo-AP reported:
After a three-week flirtation with another run for president, Mitt Romney said definitively on Friday that he will not seek the White House in 2016.
The Republican Party’s 2012 nominee plans to tell supporters about his plans to pass on another national campaign during a conference call. He first let his staff know in a separate call that he was out of the race.
“After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee,” Romney said in a statement, which he planned to read to supporters on the call.
The former governor of Massachusetts had jumped back into the presidential discussion on Jan. 10, when he surprised a small group of former donors at a meeting in New York by telling them he was eyeing a third run for the White House.
Romney posted this yesterday on his Twitter account:
One American was killed and another was injured when a gunman attacked their vehicle convoy Friday, the state-run Saudi Press Agency reported, citing a Saudi police spokesman. The attacker subsequently was injured in an exchange of gunfire with police, and is now in police custody, the report says. The attack happened at a gas station near King Fahd highway east of the capital, Riyadh, the report says.
A statement released by the state-run Saudi Press Agency, citing a police report, said that a vehicle carrying the two US citizens was fired on from an “unknown source” on Saladin al-Ayubi Street in al-Mubarraz City. Saudi Special Forces are now conducting a criminal investigation, according to the report.
The injured American was taken to a hospital and is reportedly in “stable condition”.
The Obamacare expansion puts able-bodied, working-age adults with no dependent children on Medicaid at a cost of billions per year in new federal spending. By Kasich’s description, Matthew 25 amounts to a divine endorsement of the policy.
“Now, if you ever read Matthew 25, I think, ‘I wanna feed the hungry and clothe the naked,’” Kasich said when asked about Obamacare at a Jan. 20 event in Pierre, South Dakota.
“Now, I don’t know whether you ever read Matthew 25, but I commend it to you, the end of it, about do you feed the homeless and do you clothe the poor,” Kasich told Montana legislators when asked about Obamacare at a Helena press conference the next day.