Report: Obama Dragged His Feet On Foley Rescue Attempt (Video)

Thursday morning, CIA-trained former senior intelligence officer,  Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer appeared on WMAL radio in Washington, D.C. with Larry O’Conner and Brian Wilson to discuss the ISIS execution of American journalist James Foley earlier this week. He dropped a little bit of a bombshell towards the end of the interview when he told the hosts that the raid into Syria to rescue Foley failed, because  “the president drug his feet.”

Calling ISIS “the anti-Christ of terrorist organizations,” Shaffer submitted that he wasn’t sure Obama understood the severity of the problem.

O’Conner asked him if he really thought Obama  does not understand the problem.

“He’s been briefed on everything that’s going on,” Shaffer began. “He portends this Jr Varsity mentality that we’re not really up against the A-Team. And let me tell you -we’ve known for at least six months now, that these folks have been gaining momentum.  I don’t know how to explain it, but I know that he have more information than I do, and it’s more detailed, and simply put we who are on the outside looking in…have seen this now for awhile –  I cannot explain his lack of candor or clarity regarding the threat and I can even less explain his lack of interest in  doing something decisive to actually counter these folks.”

Shaffer said that as ISIS doesn’t recognize the border between Syria and Iraq, neither should we and that we needed to decisively destroy their command and control in Syria.

He also revealed that the leaked rescue attempt led by Special Forces earlier this summer failed because President Obama was slow to give the go-ahead.

Via Larry O’Conner, the Washington Free Beacon:

I’m hearing from my friends in the Pentagon, they are giving him every single option way ahead of time. And let me give you a little secret here: The reason that raid into Syria failed to get Foley and those guys was because the president drug his feet. He waited too long, the intel got stale, and by the time we actually gave the “go” word it failed because we just didn’t react quick enough.

It would appear Valerie Jarrett was as enthusiastic about the rescue attempt as she was the bin Laden raid.

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Something Obama didn’t drag his feet on, which he apparently didn’t have the authority to do…

The Mental Recessipn: Breaking: GAO Office Announces Obama Administration Broke the Law With Bergdahl Swap

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has announced that the Obama administration broke the law when they traded five high-ranking Taliban terrorists for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.

The government watchdog agency posted their decision online, saying the Pentagon violated the Department of Defense Appropriations Act and the Antideficiency Act.

The summary verdict reads:

The Department of Defense (DOD) violated section 8111 of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2014 when it transferred five individuals detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the nation of Qatar without providing at least 30 days notice to certain congressional committees.  Section 8111 prohibits DOD from using appropriated funds to transfer any individuals detained at Guantanamo Bay unless the Secretary of Defense notifies certain congressional committees at least 30 days before the transfer.  As a consequence of using its appropriations in a manner specifically prohibited by law, DOD also violated the Antideficiency Act.

 

Dick Cheney: “Absolutely Certain” There Will Be Another Mass Casualty Attack Against the US

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Obama, moments after he gave his speech about ISIS beheading American journalist James Foley.

Last night, Former Vice President Dick Cheney, appearing on Fox News with Sean Hannity,  had some tough and cogent words for our current president Barack Obama, warning of the precarious state of insecurity he’s put the nation in. He said that due to Obama’s mismanagement of our national security, he is “absolutely certain”  the United States is  in for another mass casualty attack, only this time the terrorists will have far deadlier weapons than they did on 9/11/01.

“After watching this [beheading] video, I’m pretty convinced that we have a group of people at war with us,”  Hannity said. “Would you agree with that?”

“Absolutely,” Cheney agreed, saying that the beheading of American photojournalist James Foley by ISIS  was a tragic development, but there is surely more to come.

“Magnify that a million times over because that’s what’s in store for the rest of the world if we don’t deal effectively with this crisis,” he said. “I think the danger’s enormous. I don’t think the president understands it.”

After chronicling a number of the administration’s gross missteps on foreign policy, Hannity asked Cheney, “What s the president missing?”

“I keep wrestling with this question, Sean, of whether it’s naivete, or lack of experience, or because that’s the way he wants things to work, Cheney began. “I’ve just about reached the point where I’ve concluded that what he is discovering fairly late into his administration, is his basic world view is fundamentally flawed – that the world is a mean, nasty place on occasion – that you need a very strong America – you need superior American military forces to deal with it, and  I think that with every day that goes by, he’s finding the bigger and bigger gulf between his hoped for view of the world, and reality. He’s not up to speed and doesn’t want to believe all that’s going on out there, but every day we find new evidence that he’d rather be on the golf course than dealing with the crisis that developing rapidly in the Middle East.”

And that is the most charitable take one can take, of course. Cheney hinted at the darker explanation when he said, “because that’s the way he wants things to work.”

Because there are some who would argue that Obama is ideologically allied with the dark forces sweeping through the Middle East slaughtering Christians and other ethnic minorities. Of course Obama made sure to point out in his speech on Martha’s Vineyard, yesterday, that “the overwhelming majority” of their victims are other Muslims. On the other hand, the Vatican has given its blessing for US airstrikes to prevent Christian genocide in the Middle East.

Obama allowed the wholesale slaughter of Christians throughout the Middle East to continue unabated for years until the very bad optics of mostly Yazidis trapped on a mountain forced him to act.  The implications of that can not be easily dismissed.

“Do you think the president understands the danger of radical Islam, and what do you think the danger is,” Hannity asked Cheney.

“I think the danger’s enormous and I don’t think the president understands it,” Cheney replied.  “I look at things like the Rand Report that was published a couple of months ago that talked about a 58% increase in the number of Jihadist groups around the world over a three year period of time, I look at the statements by General Flynn who’s just stepping down as Director of the Intelligence Agency who says over a 10 year period of time, there’s been a doubling of the terrorist threat in that part of the world. The intelligence is there for all to see – there’s no question about what’s happening, but this president and the people around him refuse to recognize it.”

Remember when I said that under Obama, everything that is bad, sky-rockets? – this is just one more example of that maxim. Obama and his fellow ideologues argued that it was our presence in the Middle East that was breeding terrorism. So we pulled out of Iraq and promised to leave Afghanistan and what did terrorism do? It  sky-rocketed. It’s one thing to be wrong about everything - but this president refuses to learn from his mistakes.

It’s the fact that he continues to go golfing and refuses to take the problem as seriously as he should, that makes people wonder if “this is they way he wants things to work.”

Cheney went on to decry the major reductions in our military spending that is weakening our national defense, calling it a “trainwreck.”

“And it’s hard to believe that this president is as ineffective as he clearly is,” he added (again hinting at a darker explanation.)  He called him “the weakest president in my lifetime.”

“I’m absolutely certain that another day there will be another mass casualty attack against the United States, only next time, they’ll have far deadlier weapons,” he said.

President Vineyard’s Big Day – Fundraising, ‘Somber ISIS Statement’, And Golf

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After giving a brief,  perfunctory statement on the brutal  beheading of an American citizen by ISIS,  the president hightailed it to the  game golf course with friends, Wednesday, including former professional basketball star Alonzo Mourning.

Obama declared that ISIS has “no place in the 21st century” — which coincidentally is the same thing he says about Republicans who oppose the “Equal Pay Act.” 

 

Buzzfeed Andrew reported:

“The president walked quietly into the cafeteria of the school, tieless but wearing a blue jacket,” read the latest White House press pool report. “Eric Schultz accompanied him. Obama stepped to a podium and delivered his remarks, then turned quietly and walked out of the room. The room was silent as he did.

“Afterward, the motorcade drove to the Vineyard Golf Club.”

But first things first. Before he faced the cameras to sound off about the ISIS menace, Obama sent out a fundraising appeal.

Via Daniel Halper, the Weekly Standard:

“Nothing has ever been more important than fighting for folks like you. You are my priority,” writes Obama.
“And right now, a focus of that fight has to be getting people who really care about making things better for you elected. The upcoming elections could determine whether or not we have a Congress who will work with me to help you.
“That’s why it’s so important I spend some time helping Democrats campaign and win. I can only tackle the issues that matter to you with some help. Will you help me out, Daniel?”

He asked for $3, $10, $25, $50, $100, or whatever else “folks” would like to donate.

During his address, today, he didn’t mention any specific actions  U.S. forces would take in Iraq moving forward.

Meanwhile, via Bloomberg News, five US  intelligence officials told reporters during a briefing  that ISIS is “attracting recruits and even drawing defections from the leadership of the core al-Qaeda group and some affiliates.”

The U.S. intelligence community thinks the Islamic State has an incentive to conduct a major terrorist strike against U.S. or European targets, in part to further assert itself as the true leader of radical Islam, the officials said. There’s evidence that the group is establishing cells beyond Iraq and Syria, they said.

Brett Baier of Fox News offers his analysis of Obama’s address, today.

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If you read one thing today, it should be this by David Horowitz writing at Red State: The Hell That is the Obama White House:

The same desire to overwhelm and permanently suppress the opposition drives the war that Obama and the Democrats have conducted against America’s borders and therefore American sovereignty. Their plan is too flood the country with illegals of whatever stripe who will be grateful enough for the favor to win them elections and create a permanent majority in their favor. The immediate result of these efforts is that we have no secure southern border, and therefore no border; and therefore we have effectively invited criminals and terrorists to come across and do Americans harm.

Which brings us to the deepest level of Obama’s hell, which is his anti-American foreign policy. When Obama was re-elected in 2012, the very first thought I had was this: A lot of people are going to be dead because of this election. How disastrously right I was. Since their assault on George Bush and their sabotage of the war in Iraq, Obama and the Democrats have forged a power vacuum in Europe and even more dramatically in the Middle East, which nasty characters have predictably entered with ominous implications for the future security of all Americans.

Take one aspect of this epic default: Obama’s lack of response to the slaughter of Christians in Palestine, Egypt and Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of Christians have been slaughtered and driven from their homes in Iraq – over half a million by some counts. This is the oldest Christian community in the world dating back to the time of Christ. What was Obama’s response to this atrocity until a group of Yazvidi along with the Christians were trapped on a mountain side, and politics dictated he had to make some gesture. His response was to do and say nothing. Silence. Even his statement announcing minimal action to save the Yazvidi and the Christians mentioned the Christians once in passing while devoting a paragraph to the obscure Yazvidi.

What this unfeeling and cold response to the slaughter of Christians tells us is that Obama is a pretend Christian just the way he is a pretend American. What he is instead is a world class liar. That is because his real agendas are anti-American, anti-Christian, and anti-Jewish, and obviously and consistently pro America’s third world adversaries to whom he is always apologizing and whom he is always appeasing. Obama lies about his intentions and policies because he couldn’t survive politically if he told the truth…

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Watcher’s Council Nominations – Drunk And Out Of Line Edition

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Ethics, you know…after all, if a DA can’t try and use her position to muscle herself out of a DUI,who can?

Via Gov. Rick Perry:  Setting the Record Straight:

Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

Council News:

The Council In Action!!

Terresa at The Noisy Room scored when her entry this week, Communists and the New Black Panthers Gin Up Violence and Racial Conflict in Ferguson was cited by DC Clothesline and Infowars…where it subsequently got picked up by Drudge!

This week, Blazing Cat Fur, The Political Commentatorand Gates Of Vienna earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

To bring something to my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address (mandatory, but of course it won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out on Wednesday morning

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

So, let’s see what we have for you this week….

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

Enjoy! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that!And don’t forget to tune in Friday for the results!

Governor Jay Nixon’s Disgraceful Rush To Judgement (Video)

Now I know why Obama said he wouldn’t “pre-judge” the Ferguson situation. He’s got his stooge, Governor Jay Nixon doing it for him.

Tuesday night he announced that  “a vigorous prosecution must now be pursued.”

“The democratically elected St. Louis County prosecutor and the Attorney General of the United States, each have a job to do,” he said.

This is eerily reminiscent of the time the president inappropriately “pre-judged” the IRS targeting scandal. “Not a smidgen of corruption? How would you know, as there’s still an ongoing investigation – unless some kind of fix is in?

Because toxic racial politics help Democrats at the ballot box, and this is an election year, someone is about to get railroaded big-time by the criminal conspiracy known as the Democrat party.

There is no other explanation for the outrageous statement made by Governor Jay Nixon Tuesday night, calling for “a vigorous prosecution” of the officer involved in the Michael Brown shooting before the investigation has been completed, the incident report has been publicized, and the toxicology report has come back.

Megyn Kelly asked Ferguson‬ Mayor James Knowles if he believes that the governor has made up his mind about the case.

“It sounds like it,” said Knowles. “That’s unfortunate, because Governor Nixon was our attorney general for 16 years, so, I would assume at this point he understands and knows what the process is.”

Kelly also had on the president of the Missouri Fraternal Order Of Police, Sgt. Kevin Ahlbrand what he thought about the fact that the governor is seeking “not just justice – but justice for Michael Brown.” 

He answered that he was “very disappointed to hear those words coming from Governor Jay Nixon. We welcome a vigorous investigation. Unfortunately, justice needs to go both ways,”   he said.

Later, she  had on former Justice Dept lawyer,  J. Christian Adams who wrote the book, Injustice, on the Holder DOJ. Adams had plenty to say about Holder’s influence in Ferguson – which said would be “toxic.”

“This is an Atty General who has carried around in his wallet for thirty years, a quote that says he shares common cause with the black criminal,” Adams declared, to Kelly’s shocked surprise. “What?!” she said in response.

Adams continued to say that Holder’s Civil Rights Dept has been “engaged in a war against police departments.”

“Members of the FOP know this already about Eric Holder.  They take the side of the lawless against the law abiding citizen, and we’re going to see that play out in Missouri.”

When Kelly read the outrageous race-baiting statement of a local  black politician, he said, “it’s a new America we’re living in, Megyn – it’s so toxic. It’s so rotted – it’s so dangerous. America has the greatest system of law and justice the world has ever seen. So what if this prosecutor’s father was killed by a black man.   This is part of this effort to make everything about race. The entire justice system they want you to believe is rigged on the basis of race. It’s toxic – it’s evil. It’s part of a coordinated strategy to undermine the foundations of law in this country.”

Kelly repeated her shock that the Governor made a statement prejudging the investigation. “Can you believe that,” she asked incredulously. “What is he doing?!”

Don’t expect Governor Nixon to behave with anything like honor or dignity in this mess. He has a history of abusing his prosecutorial power for political reasons when he was Missouri’s Attorney General.

Kansas City writer and journalist Jack Cashill has the full story on Nixon’s “War on Terror”, here. 

It has to do with him going after and throwing the book at a group of harmless Constitutionalists  – including a completely clueless 22 year old female, who was only at the pot-luck meeting because of her boyfriend.  One of them filed a lien against a  Judge because of what he perceived was abuse of his authority. They were all subsequently arrested for “harassing the judge.” The whole thing was a grotesque travesty of justice.

But left wing fantasies about right wing domestic terrorists were in vogue during the Clinton years, (as they are now) and Nixon was eyeing a Senate seat so he got his “terrorists.”

UPDATE: 

This could be a game-changer via Conservative Tree-House: 

A local Saint Louis radio station is reporting that Dorian Johnson has recanted his prior media espousals and now asserts that he and Mike Brown did indeed engage in a physical confrontation with Officer Darren Wilson.  As a consequence the same Radio Station is asserting the local prosecutor essentially advises it’s doubtful charges would be filed.

SOURCE -Radio Station via FaceBook Post

The Treehouse reports that Grand Jury charges are “unlikely”, but a Special Prosecutor may be assigned, anyway.

ISIS Supporters Reach Out To The Ferguson Mob

The  looters and rioters in Ferguson, Missouri have found a new ally in the murderous death cult ISIS.

ISIS militants and their supporters are using social media to egg the protesters on, encouraging them to embrace radical Islam and fight against the U.S. government.

On Monday night, during a CNN report, someone behind Jake Tapper held up an “ISIS is here” sign – shocking more than a few viewers.

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How badly did the MSM drop the ball on this? We get a screenshot from someone watching the CNN broadcast at home, but nobody on the scene sticks a microphone in his face? Did no one in the media  happen to notice the guy with the huge ISIS sign? (Those would be the genocidal maniacs who have been torturing,  beheading, crucifying, raping and pillaging  innocents in Syria and Iraq, for the past year or so.)  Did anyone in the media bother to interview the ISIS loon? If not – why not? Why is it that out of dozens of reporters on the ground in Ferguson – we only have a still shot from the CNN broadcast – and no story?  I’d like to know why some creep was out there holding an ISIS sign. And I would have liked to have seen him publicly shamed for it.

The Daily Mail reports that ISIS has been reaching out to the Ferguson mob primarily on Twitter.

The militants’ tweets denounce local officers for the way they have attempted to quell the violence, make reference to historic acts of police brutality, and even use the hashtag #FergusonUnderISIS in an attempt to get angry young men in the city to declare allegiance to the Islamist group.

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One ISIS sympathiser calling himself Mujahid Miski, who claims to be from Minneapolis–Saint Paul but suggests he is now based in ‘the horn of Africa’, has led the campaign to encourage those taking part in the protests to embrace radical Islam.

In one message he tweets: ‘So how is democracy treating you guys? #FergusonUnderIS #Ferguson.’

He adds: ‘I thought u guys back in #Ferguson were supposed to be Free & that u had equal rights. I’d really like to know what changed? #FergusonUnderIS’.

Miski goes on to retweet dozens of messages by a Twitter user with the handle @AmreekiWitness, who claims to monitor and support the growth of radical Islam in the U.S..

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Amreeki Witness’ messages focus on the treatment of black people in the U.S., praise Malcolm X for embracing Islam and urge angry young black men to take up the religion as it means the police ‘will fear you’.

In one message Amreeki Witness mocks the curfew police have imposed in Ferguson to bring an end to the disorder, saying: ‘We IS guys hate you for your freedom, eh? Just like that freedom uplifting curfew in #Ferguson? Wake up, or they’ll never let you outside.’

As the social media campaign began to take hold, with dozens of radical Islamists commenting on the Ferguson protests, Amreeki Witness tweeted: ‘May be time to organize the Muslims in America upon haqq and mobilize to #Ferguson. Defend the oppressed, start jihad here.’

The message attracted a large response, with one Islamist calling himself Amarka Al-Ahlam responding: ‘Preach, brother. We must organize brigades in preparation for the oncoming storm. #FergusonUnderIS #JihadinFerguson.’

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Death Cult ISIS Beheads American Journalist

The bloodthirsty death cult that has been been carving a path of death and destruction in Syria and Iraq, beheaded an American journalist alive and on video, and is threatening to do the same to another captured reporter, American journalist Steven Sotloff unless Obama gives in to their demands.

They must want to drag the United States into a full scale war. Either that, or they’re taunting America –  knowing the once mighty nation has been hobbled by weak and ineffectual leadership. What’s President Vineyard going to do? Make another speech? Write a sternly worded letter? Draw another red line?

James Foley was reported missing in northwest Syria on Thanksgiving Day, November 22 2012.  According to numerous reports, he was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen.

A video, released by ISIS today,  shows Foley being beheaded alive by one of their demon-possessed mutants.

 

Via John Nolte, Breitbart:

In the ISIS produced video, which is titled “A Message to America,” a man identified as Foley is seen on his knees, dressed all in orange, in the desert. He has a small black microphone clipped to his collar.

Standing over him is man dressed all in black, including a black turban that covers everything but his eyes.

The Islamic State opens with video of President Obama announcing military action against ISIS in Iraq. ISIS then accuses the president of being on a “slippery slope against Muslims.”

Via the Find James Foley website, he was the oldest of five children. By all accounts – a good and decent man.

He has reported independently and objectively from the Middle East for the past five years. Prior to his work as a journalist, Jim helped empower disadvantaged individuals as a teacher and mentor assisting them in improving their lives.

People are offering their condolences in the comment section.

I’m not going to link to the video. I don’t want to see it. I don’t want you to see it, either, because the rabid freaks who did it want us to see it.

Instead, here’s Foley in June of 2012, talking about the war atrocities of the Assad Regime. He clearly had sympathy for the Free Syrian Army – before they became overrun with Islamic terrorists.

UPDATE:

The Kelly File report on the killing of Foley:

There is intelligence, Catherine Herridge reported,  that they have two other Americans in custody.

UPDATE:

Here’s someone on Youtube who has just about had it with Obama’s vacationing while the world descends into chaos.

“Your vacation is over, sir! You have a job to to do you are the leader of this country! Get yo ass outta Martha’s Vineyard and get back to work!”

 

Hamas Breaks Latest Ceasefire – Israel Retaliates (Video)

Earlier this morning, Breitbart’s Joel Pollak fretted that the time may have passed for Israel to take out Hamas because it was “becoming less clear that Israel could still count on the political will or the international patience that would allow it to remove Hamas from power.”

But it seems Hamas’ hatred for Jews overrides any strategic considerations on their part.

It took about ten minutes for Hamas to make my previous column obsolete byfiring rockets at Israel, thereby violating the ceasefire (again) and forcing Israel to pull out of negotiations and retaliate against Hamas targets.

Hamas has–as in the initial decision to go to war–overplayed its hand. The only force unifying Israel’s fractious political leadership and keeping the hypocritical hyenas of international criticism at bay is Hamas itself.

Holder Decries Release Of “Sensitive Information” In Michael Brown Case (Video)

And by “sensitive information”, he  means – the liqueur store robbery surveillance video – the suppression of which allowed the false “gentle giant” narrative to take hold.

This Attorney General is a piece of work, isn’t he?

Attorney General Eric Holder released the following statement Monday following his briefing of President Obama on the latest developments in the federal civil rights investigation in Ferguson, Missouri:

“As I informed the President this afternoon, the full resources of the Department of Justice are being committed to our federal civil rights investigation into the death of Michael Brown.

“During the day today, more than 40 FBI agents continued their canvassing of the neighborhood where Michael Brown was shot. As a result of this investigative work, several new interviews have already been conducted.

“Moreover, at my direction, an additional medical examination is being performed on the body of Michael Brown. This autopsy is being performed today by one of the most experienced medical examiners in the United States military. I am confident this additional autopsy will be thorough and aid in our investigation.

“In addition to updating the President on these developments, I informed him of my plan to personally travel to Ferguson Wednesday. I intend to meet with FBI investigators, and prosecutors on the ground from the Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorney’s Office officials about the ongoing investigation.

“I realize there is tremendous interest in the facts of the incident that led to Michael Brown’s death, but I ask for the public’s patience as we conduct this investigation. The selective release of sensitive information that we have seen in this case so far is troubling to me. No matter how others pursue their own separate inquiries, the Justice Department is resolved to preserve the integrity of its investigation. This is a critical step in restoring trust between law enforcement and the community, not just in Ferguson, but beyond.

On Monday night’s “Kelly File”, Megyn Kelly had on Tom Dupree, former Deputy Assistant Attorney General during the Bush administration, to comment on Holder’s handling of the case.

He said, “it’s interesting that Holder has so personally injected himself into this case – not only in trying to suppress the release of this video – but also in criticizing it – it’s  very carefully camouflaged criticism – but it’s criticism nonetheless. In Holder’s view, the police shouldn’t have released that videotape.”

Kelly asked him what he thought about the fact that Holder has sent FIFTY FBI agents to investigate “this one case.”

Dupree said, “it’s extraordinary Megyn. There’s no other word for it – I’ve never seen anything like this. A single victim – fifty FBI agents flying in from Washington and other destinations – all coming to interview people within a very small neighborhood.” He added, “I think they want to insulate themselves from any possible criticism that they haven’t put all the resourses of the Federal Government and the DOJ on the field to – in their view – bring the perpetrator to justice.”

SEE ALSO:

The Conversation: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Reporter: More Than A Dozen Witnesses Corroborate Cop’s Story

The Hayride: Obama And The Dems Are Counting On Pat Buchanan To Be Wrong

Monday Catch-Up: The Gentle Giant Narrative Crumbles

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It’s back to school week, so there’s been a flurry of activity at my house getting ready for the big day (Wednesday.) I’ve been swamped – in case you’re wondering about the light blogging.

I haven’t done a link-around in awhile, and I’ve got a lot of tabs open on Ferguson, so I guess we’re going to focus on that.

As I’m sure, you’ve noticed, the entire “Gentle Giant” narrative that initially took hold – is falling apart.

This is all coming down in Jim Hoft’s (Gateway Pundit) backyard. If you haven’t been reading his on the scene reports, you should be.

BREAKING: Michael Brown Was Shot IN FRONT By #Ferguson Cop – Not in the Back – Autopsy Released

SHOCK VIDEO: Protester Shot & Hogtied By #Ferguson Police

PHOTO COLLECTION: ‘Peaceful Protesters’ Vandalize, Loot & Destroy #Ferguson Businesses

CALL OFF THE RACE HUSTLERS… Autopsy Shows Big Mike Brown Was Bumrushing Cop – Not Surrendering

MO Governor Calls in National Guard to #Ferguson After Bashing Local Cops

Michael Brown’s Mother: No Peace Possible Until Police Officer Darren Wilson Is Arrested (Video)

Autopsy SHOOTS HOLES in Eyewitness Testimony: Victim Michael Brown WAS NOT Shot in Back

SECOND RALLY Held in Support of #Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in St. Louis

MO DEMOCRAT Accuses Police of Purposely Planning & Executing #Ferguson Violence (Video)

Allapundit at Hot Air reports that the Brown family lawyers still maintain, One of the gunshots that hit him was back-to-front:

Big news if true as it seemingly contradicts a key takeaway from Michael Baden’s autopsy, that none of the shots that hit Brown came from the back. As noted in the last post, eyewitness accounts are mixed: Dorian Johnson claims Brown was hit from behind before turning and putting his hands up, an eyewitness who live-tweeted the shooting claims that two shots were fired at his back before Brown turned to face Darren Wilson and was then fired at repeatedly, and a third eyewitness captured on audio claims that Brown initially ran away from Wilson before coming back at him. There’s rough consistency there on Brown’s movements, first fleeing from Wilson and then facing him, but when the shots were fired, which shots hit him, and what Brown was doing when he turned back towards Wilson are uncertain.

The Conversation: Holder DOJ Behind the Suppression of Michael Brown Robbery Video:

The shooting took place on Saturday, August 9 and it took until the Friday the 15th for the surveillance video to be released. Since the shooting occurred, Ferguson has been wracked with  riots, destruction of property and looting every night.

The significance of the surveillance video has understandably led some to wonder,why on earth did the police not release it sooner?

“What upsets me is that it should have been all over the news,” said Tatinisha Wheeler, a protester who lives in St. Louis. She said she was confused why the police wouldn’t have immediately said Mr. Brown had been allegedly involved in a crime. “Now they’re going to say it’s a robbery?” she asked.

If the video had come out right away, the gentle giant narrative would never have been able to take hold in the way it did.

Now we know the reason for the delay.

The Holder Justice Department pressured the Ferguson Police Dept. not to release the tape showing the latest left-wing cause celeb to be a violent criminal.

Via NBC News:

The Department of Justice urged Ferguson police not to release surveillance video purporting to show Michael Brown robbing a store shortly before he was shot and killed by police, arguing the footage would further inflame tensions in the St. Louis suburb that saw rioting and civil unrest in the wake of the teenager’s death.

Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson released the video Friday, telling reporters that he had no choice because the media requested the release under the Freedom of Information Act. The Department of Justice, which is conducting its own investigation into Brown’s Aug. 9 death, has had a copy of the footage all along and never considered releasing it to the public, the source said.

Holder has also ordered another autopsy in addition to the state-performed autopsy.

John Hayward, the Conversation: The truth will set you free…or maybe inflame you, one or the other

I find this whole idea of suppressing the truth because it might be “inflammatory” to be incredibly offensive, not to mention obviously ineffectual.  The people who profess sympathy for the protesters in Ferguson are awfully quick to patronize them as volatile children who can’t handle the truth.  (Let’s be honest, some peopleare sympathetic to the rioters and looters too, and I suspect those individuals are no longer terribly concerned with the truth, so it’s not going to “inflame” them any more than they already are.)

Indulging in dark fantasies about Saint Michael Brown the Gentle Giant gunned down for no reason by an evil racist rogue cop certainly hasn’t done much to restore order in Ferguson, has it?  On the contrary, that’s just making it worse.  This whole thing got started because people latched onto false narratives within hours (actually, to judge by some of the social media traffic, minutes) of the incident.  They couldn’t be troubled to wait even a few days for the truth.  How’s that working out for everyone?

The Right Scoop: Larry Elder: If Ferguson Police Dept. must represent racial makeup of city, then Obama can’t be president

Larry Elder said today on CNN regarding the suggestion that the Ferguson police department must match the racial composition of the city in order to represent them, that if this is true then Obama can’t be president since blacks are only 13% of the United States.

Twitchy: Why is Obama grinning in this Ferguson briefing photo? Plus, key question for Pres. Photo Op:

 

Twitchy: ‘FEEL THE RESPECT, MINIONS’! Tie-less Obama oozes ‘detachment and contempt’ [photo]

 UPDATE:

This is significant:

 

Kurdish Forces Retake Part of Mosul Dam – 300+ Yazidis Massacred (Video)

In an attempt to help the Kurdish Peshmerga fighters retake the Mosul Dam near the Iraqi city of Irbil, Sunday, the the U.S. military increased its air attacks on ISIS   — launching 14 strikes as part of a joint military effort.

Fox News reports:

Fighter planes and drones have conducted at least 23 air strikes this weekend near the dam, in an urgent effort to recapture the facility from the violent militant group before members either let it fall into disrepair or intentionally open the gates and send a wave of floodwater into the nearby cities of Irbil and Mosul.

Gen. Tawfik Desty, a commander with the Kurdish forces at the dam, said his troops now control the eastern part of the dam and that fighting continues.

U.S. defense sources tell Fox News the fighting is far from over and that a “lengthy, multi-phase operation” will likely be needed to fully retake the dam.

In addition, a senior U.S. official said the effort to retake the damn is mostly a Kurdish Peshmerga operation.

The dam, which supplies water and electricity to northern Iraq, was seized on August 7 by the Islamic State, the militant group formerly known as ISIS.

A high-level Kurdish official in the Mosul area told Fox News that the Peshmerga fighters on Sunday also retook the town of Teleskof, in northern Iraq, and a few other surrounding villages.

The air strikes Sunday also included bomber planes and are part of the larger humanitarian effort to help Americans in Iraq and those being killed by Islamic State militants for their religious beliefs, according to U.S. Central Command.

The strikes Sunday destroyed or damaged a military check point, four armored personnel carriers, seven armed vehicles, two Humvees and an armored vehicle, officials said.

ISIS meanwhile, has continued its killing spree.

Islamic State killed 82 to 90 Yazidi men and abducted their wives and children Saturday, U.S. officials confirmed.

A senior U.S. defense official told Fox News that U.S. surveillance drones saw evidence of the massacre of dozens of Yazidi men. The U.S. military later struck two militant targets, killing some of those involved in the killings, the source said.

The Yazidis, a Kurdish-speaking ethnic and religious group that numbers in the hundreds of thousands in Iraq, has been persecuted in the north by Islamic State militants, with at least 500 killed before this weekend, according to Iraq’s human rights minister.

Fox News notes that “the killings came a day after President Obama said U.S.-led air strikes had broken the siege by the militants against the minorities trapped on a mountain in northern Iraq.”

The Australian reports the carnage over the weekend was worse:  “more than 300 Yazidi men were killed and 1,000 women and children were taken hostage after Islamist militants stormed their village in north-western Iraq.” According to Kurdish officials, ISIS  laid siege to the Yazidi village, Kocho, on Friday.

Your Sunday Hymn: All Are Welcome

A splendid studio production of a favorite Christian Hymn by Marty Haugen – “All Are Welcome”:

Lyrics:

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Judge Jeanine: “The D.A. Rosemary Lehmberg Is A Drunk!” (Video)

“A famous Court of Appeals judge once said, a Grand Jury could indict a ham sandwich. Now I believe in the rule of law, but I’m not going to sugarcoat this one,” Judge Jeanine Pirro said at the start of her opening statement, Saturday night..

“The indictment of Texas Governor Rick Perry for abuse of his veto power and coercion of a public servant –  is pure unadulterated hogwash! It makes D.A.s like me cringe in embarrassment,” she thundered. “No one disputes that the law gives the governor the power to veto funding.”

“A little backstory, here…” the judge purred, signalling she was about to drop the hammer. “The D.A. Rosemary Lehmberg is a drunk! Yes! The chief law enforcement officer of Austin County (she means Travis County) Texas is not just a drunk – she’s a convicted drunk driver. She actually spent time in jail. Imagine! The chief law enforcement officer is a convict who served jail time!”

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Pirro went on to say that she has no sympathy for drunk drivers. “They don’t have to get behind the wheel of a car,” she said. “I’ve seen the consequences of drunk driving – innocents slaughtered by thousands of pounds of steel because a drunk CHOSE to get behind the wheel of a car.”

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But the judge wasn’t through. “Folks, it’s even worse than this,” she continued. “Her blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit. And her behavior both before and after her arrest was so outrageous, so threatening, so belligerent, so combative – the woman had to be strapped down! And this woman actually thinks that she should remain the person who decides who gets indicted and who doesn’t?!”

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Pirro had on Democrat strategist Joe Trippi, who was in full agreement with her (and  David Axelrod!) He called the move  “way beyond the pale” and that it “reeks of politics all the way around.”

Trippi predicted that the indictment would actually help Perry in the Republican primaries.

 SEE ALSO:

Via Instapundit: IT’S COME TO THIS: Mia Farrow: Rick Perry indictment ‘doesn’t identify a law he violated. Looks like politics not felony.’

Related: Dershowitz ‘Outraged’ by Perry Indictment.

Plus, an extensive analysis from prosecutor Patrick Frey.Words truly fail to describe what an outrageous and unsupportable abuse of prosecutorial power this is. The special prosecutor, Michael McCrum, has no business being given prosecutorial authority — and the fact that Obama considered him for a U.S. Attorney position should deeply frighten anyone who cares about the integrity of the criminal justice system.”

Bonus video:

Charles Krauthammer joined Pirro to talk about the president’s failed foreign policy.

 

Egyptian Media Reports: Morsi’s Wife Threatening To Expose Hillary and Morsi’s “Special Relationship”

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According to Egyptian media, the wife of  ousted Egyptian president Muhammad Morsi, is threatening to expose “the special relationship” between the Muslim Brotherhood leader and the Obama administration. She is the second Muslim brotherhood insider who has threatened to produce documents exposing the close relationship.

Raymond Ibrahim of Jihad Watch reports that Nagla Mahmoud, Morsi’s wife, is reportedly angry at some statements recently made by Hillary Clinton, including that Morsi was “naïve” and “unfit for Egypt’s presidency.”

In the words of El-Mogaz News, Morsi’s wife “is threatening to expose the special relationship between her husband and Hillary Clinton, after the latter attacked the ousted [president], calling him a simpleton who was unfit for the presidency.  Sources close to Nagla confirmed that she has threatened to publish the letters exchanged between Morsi and Hillary.”

The report continues by saying that Nagla accuses Hillary of denouncing her former close ally, the Brotherhood’s Morsi, in an effort to foster better relations with his successor, Egypt’s current president, Sisi—even though, as Nagla laments, “he [Morsi] was faithful to the American administration.”

Sources close to Najla say the letters reveal a special relationship in which “Clinton pays tribute to his genius.”  She believes that  despite the fact that “her husband was faithful to the American administration”, they “betrayed him” and “sold him” (out) after “the coup.”

The son of Khairat al-Shatter, who was arrested in June of 2013,  is the other Muslim Brotherhood insider who has made similar threats to expose documents that would “undermine his [U.S. president Obama’s] political future and land him in prison.”

RELATED:

Walid Showbat: Ironclad: Egypt Involved In Benghazi Attacks

 

 

Saturday Movie Matinee: Rick Perry Indictment Is Political Payback

FOX 4 News – Dallas-Fort Worth: Gov. Rick Perry indicted:

Breitbart Texas: POLITICAL PAYBACK: DEMOCRAT-CONTROLLED TRAVIS COUNTY DA OFFICE INDICTS RICK PERRY:

A grand jury indicted Governor Rick Perry Friday for his attempts to remove Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg from office after she was arrested for driving while intoxicated last year in a case that made national headlines.

In April 2013, Lehmberg was arrested after a witness called 911, describing her as driving erratically, swerving back and forth into the bike lane, and into oncoming traffic. Officers at the scene reportedly found an open bottle of vodka in her car, and a blood sample obtained later that evening purportedly showed a blood alcohol level of 0.239—almost three times the legal limit—even that many hours later.

Not only did her arrest attracted headlines, but her belligerent behavior after she was brought to the police station—all captured on video tape—drew attention, as well. Lehmberg is seen blaming the police for destroying her political career, yelling and insulting them; demanding that they call Travis County Sheriff Greg Hamilton; sticking out her tongue; making faces; kicking at the door to her cell; and eventually getting restrained with leg irons, being strapped to a chair and wearing what is commonly referred to as a “spit mask,” which is usually used when a detainee is spitting or biting. To be fair, the video does not expressly show that happening, and Lehmberg’s defense attorney later claimed that the mask was used to “protect her identity.”

Daily Rushbo: LEVIN GOES NUCLEAR Over Rick Perry Being Indicted:

Fox News: Plenty New Details & Plenty New Confusion, Surrounding Why Ferguson Kid Was Stop & Killed:

The Dana Show: Alleged Friend Of Officer Darren Wilson Offers His Side:

A woman claiming to be a friend of the officer involved in the shooting of Ferguson’s Mike Brown called into my program offering Darren Wilson’s side of the story. Video via my show’s flagship station, KFTK in St. Louis:

SEE ALSO:

Ace of Spades HQ: Ferguson Police Chief: The Initial Stop of Michael Brown Was Not About the Robbery, But About Brown and Johnson Walking In the Middle of the Street:

More facts.

“The initial contact between the officer and Mr. Brown was not related to the robbery,” Thomas Jackson, the police chief, said during a news conference Friday afternoon.

Rather, it stemmed from the fact that Brown and his friend were “walking down the street blocking traffic,” Jackson said.

This explains why Brown’s friend said the stop was over the fact that the cops rolled up on them for just walking in the street — apparently, that’s pretty much what happened. They were walking in the middle of the street, and the cops stopped beside them to say “Get the f*** on to the sidewalk.”

Or so Darion Johnson says.

That matches up with what the friend told Dana.

johnny dollar said, “the robbery is apparently not relevant to why he was stopped. However, it could be relevant to why the suspect reacted in the way he did.”
If the APB about the strong arm robbery came after the initial altercation, that is relevant.
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Trey Gowdy Discusses the Benghazi Hearing:
The investigation has been quietly moving forward – a hearing has been scheduled for September, but Gowdy says private depositions are much more useful to him than listening to five minutes of grandstanding by Congressmen. “If you want to be on the news, rob a bank,” he says.
Bill Whittle, Truth Revolt: The Struggle for Stupidity:
Andrew Klavan, Truth Revolt: Income Redistribution:

Why is President Obama returning unexpectedly to Washington? That question misses the point, says Charles Krauthammer:

Look, I think the problem is not that he’s on vacation. I think the problem is, what does he do when he’s not on vacation? Or what would he be doing even if he was in the White House? He can have all the communications equipment in the world that he needs, but what is he communicating?

PJTV Trifecta: Back to Iraq: Where the Caliphate is So Bad, Al Qaeda Disowned It (Pt. 1)

PJTV Trifecta: Obama Yanked the Troops and Iraq Collapsed, Should We Go Back? (Pt. 2)

Lindsey Graham: ‘Strong Intelligence’ to Suggest ISIS ‘a Threat to the Homeland’

Newsmax: Retired Army lieutenant colonel, author, and Fox New strategic analyst joins Steve Malzberg to discuss  ISIS is and what we should be doing about them:

Krauthammer Obama’s Bluff in Iraq Has Been Called:

Now that Maliki has stepped down….

Fox News Greta Van Susteren Christians Under Attack Special:

Bill Whittle’s Explains His Brief Bout Of Mental Illness:

The Right Scoop: What’s The Matter With The NRSC? (Hint: LOTS)

From last weeks Red State gathering in Ft. Worth, TX:

Atlas Shrugged III: Who Is John Galt? In theaters 9/12/2014

Atlas Shrugged Struggles with Hollywood: 

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