By Robert Tracinski SEPTEMBER 1, 2014
President Lincoln once said to an over-cautious general, “If you are not using the army, I should like to borrow it for a short while.”
After yesterday’s press conference, I think we might need to say, to our disengaged, apathetic commander-in-chief: if you’re not using the presidency, would you mind if we borrowed it?
When asked what he intended to do about the biggest foreign policy crisis of the moment, the rise of the “Islamic State” (also known as ISIS or ISIL) in Iraq and Syria, here is what the commander-in-chief had to say.
September 2, 2014
The US military is rumored to have targeted Shabaab emir Ahmed Abdi Godane and other senior leaders of al Qaeda's branch in Somalia as they met at a training camp south of the capital. The US military confirmed it conducted an operation in Somalia yesterday, but did not detail the nature or outcome of the attack.
"We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information as and when appropriate," Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon's press secretary, said yesterday.
Somali officials have said that an airstrike, possibly carried out by the remotely piloted Predators or Reapers, hit a training camp between the villages of Dhay Tubako and Haway along the Shabelle River south of Mogadishu.
The governor of Lower Shabeelle told a Somali-language news site that Godane, who is also known as Mukhtar Abu Zubayr, and Shabaab leaders Muhammad Abu Abdallah, the group's shadow governor of Lower Shabelle; Muhammad Abu Sham, Godane's aide; Ali Muhammad Gulled, a logisitics officer; Muhammad Husayn Nur (a.k.a. Abu Hamza Al-Ayman); Sheikh Muhammad Dulyaden; Iqri Ubayd, a Sudanese operative; and Mubarak Abdallah, a Yemeni, were all present at the camp during the strike.
Shabaab has not released a statement noting the death of senior or mid-level leaders. But the group's intelligence service, known as the Amniyat, is reported to have rounded up 15 people in the area who are suspected of spying on the group for the US. Shabaab has brutally executed US "spies' in the past.
Lyle Denniston Reporter
Posted Tue, September 2nd, 2014 12:05 amLegal wars on abortion heating up
Nine months after the Supreme Court allowed enforcement of a Texas law that led to the closing of a third of all clinics in that state, a new courthouse battle over that same law is rapidly developing. In a rushed motion filed on Sunday, the state of Texas took the issue back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit after a federal judge in Austin struck it downon Friday afternoon. The issue may not stop at the appeals court level.
The issue has also spread to Lousiana, where a federal judge on Sunday night temporarily blocked a similar law from taking full effect in that state Monday. Earlier, the dispute had also reached Alabama and Mississippi as decisions began emerging in lawsuits challenging a series of new laws by state legislatures narrowing access to abortions.
At the center of this controversy are state laws, nearly identical in form, http://www.scotusblo...up/#more-217219
Draggingtree! All a ruse to get 3.7 Billion redistributed to cronies & sycophant arms of gubmint!
Fraud Confirmed – The Ficticious Unaccompanied Alien Children No Longer Need Housing – Not Only Don’t The Numbers Match, But The Actual Need Is Now Non-Existent http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2014/08/24/fraud-confirmed-the-ficticious-unaccompanied-alien-children-no-longer-need-housing-not-only-dont-the-numbers-match-but-the-actual-need-is-now-non-existent/
We began documenting two months ago the “border crisis” of unaccompanied alien children, UAC’s, was a pure ruse, a figment. (1)
(1)- [ Obama Administration Still Refuses To Say Where Illegals Are Being Housed… ]
Constructed simply to create the optics of crisis (2) and support the demand for comprehensive immigration reform prior to the congressional recess.
(2)- [ The Obama Dallas Immigration Visit – The Curious Case of Obama’s “Faith Leaders” and Obama’s “Faith-Based Groups”…] http://theconservati...h-based-groups/
Evidence continued to mount week after week as we followed the money (3) flowing out of the DHS and HHS agencies to various left-wing social constructs (4) who were profiting from the scheme (5 & 6 ). Panic and alarm sounded as $3.7 billion was demanded by Obama to cope with the non existent “border crisis” - couched more favorably as a “humanitarian crisis”.
(3)- [ Cash Strapped CHICAGO Sees The Lucrative Business of Illegal Aliens As a Way To Help Cover Financial Hurdles…. ] http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2014/07/26/cash-strapped-chicago-sees-the-lucrative-business-of-illegal-aliens-as-a-way-to-help-cover-financial-hurdles/
(4)- [Largest Illegal Immigration Contractor BCFS Busted For Failing To Disclose Lobbying Activity….] http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2014/07/25/crony-capitalism-shock-fail-largest-illegal-immigration-contractor-bcfs-busted-for-failing-to-disclose-lobbying-activity/
(5)- [ The Business End of Illegal Immigration – The Curious Case of Clint Texas, and The Abraham Lincoln Transitional Lodge… ] http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2014/07/30/the-business-end-of-illegal-immigration-the-curious-case-of-clint-texas-and-the-abraham-lincoln-transitional-lodge/
(6)- [ Largest Illegal Immigration Contractor BCFS Busted For Failing To Disclose Lobbying Activity…BCFS is to Immigration Grants what ACORN was to Community Organizing Grants. Taxpayer Funded “Charity”… ] http://theconservati...bying-activity/
Three weeks ago we shared the fact that well over 40,000 reported UAC’s were missing (7) from this years record keeping. The facts catching up with the ruse.
(7)- [ 40,000 Unaccompanied Alien Children Mysteriously Vanish – Border Patrol and Executive Office Of Immigration Review’s Numbers Don’t Match… ] http://theconservati...ers-dont-match/
Well, the truth was/is they’re not technically missing because they never existed in the first place. DHS, which compiles the reports coming from the Border Patrol, and then gives the statistical summaries of the reports, had artifically inflated the apprehension numbers to support the White House narrative.
However, DHS, or more accurately Jeh Johnson, could not divert the end user of the apprehension reports, The Executive Office of Immigration Reform, the entity who controls the court dockets, from recording the missing reports.
Comparative FOIA’s into the recording agency, The Border Patrol, and the end user, The EOIR, showed the statistical ruse.
The reports were missing because they were never written; they were never written because the UAC’s were not actually real.
Now today the reports surface the White House “Administration” has quietly abandoned the search for the crisis housing. The removal of the crisis housing search is a consequence of the reality the UAC’s do not exist:
WASHINGTON DC - The Obama administration has quietly abandoned its aggressive months-long search for emergency shelters across the nation as the number of children illegally crossing the southern border alone continues to drop.
At the same time, three facilities at military bases in Texas, California and Oklahoma set up as shelters are no longer housing children from Central America.
An official with the Department of Health and Human Services, which led the search for shelters, said there’s been a decrease in the number of children apprehended at the border and an increase in the number of children sent to live with families or friends.
I'm not so sure it's a ruse, I have seen charter buses in and around the detention center by Bush airport.
An eighth-grade teacher who writes fiction under a nom de plume is ordered to undergo an "emergency medical evaluation" for his novel about a school shooting.
Sep 1 2014
From the Dept. of Insane and Dangerous Overreactions to Fictional Threats:
A 23-year-old teacher at a Cambridge, Maryland, middle school has been placed on leave and—in the words of a local news report—"taken in for an emergency medical evaluation" for publishing, under a pseudonym, a novel about a school shooting. The novelist, Patrick McLaw, an eighth-grade language-arts teacher at the Mace's Lane Middle School, was placed on leave by the Dorchester County Board of Education, and is being investigated by the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office, according to news reports from Maryland's Eastern Shore. The novel, by the way, is set 900 years in the future.
Here is part of a breathless, law enforcement-friendly report from WBOC, which describes itself as "Delmarva's News Leader":
Imagine that—a novelist who didn't store bombs and guns at the school at which he taught. How improbable! Especially considering that he uses an "alias," which is apparently the law-enforcement term for "nom de plume." (Here is the Amazon page for The Insurrectionist, by the way. Please note that the book was published in 2011, before McLaw was hired.)
1 September 2014
New powers are needed to seize terrorist suspects' passports and stop British-born extremists from returning to the UK, David Cameron has said.
It was "abhorrent" British citizens had "declared their allegiance" to groups like Islamic State, he told MPs.
He said the inability to stop UK terrorists returning home from overseas was "a gap in the armoury" but only pledged cross-party talks on the issue.
Powers to monitor suspects in the UK will also be strengthened.
In a statement to Parliament, Mr Cameron restated the UK's backing for US airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and said he would not rule out participation in similar action in the future.
The UK's terror threat level was raised to "severe" from "substantial" on Friday.
H/T Hot Air