Posted: August 21, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Mediasphere, Politics, War Room, White House | Tags: Barack Obama, Ed Morrissey, Global Panic of 2014, Golf course, Iraq, ISIS, James Foley, Martha, Obama, Syria, United States, White House
[Also see - GLOBAL PANIC OF 2014 UPDATE: President Obama Plans 16-Day Martha's Vineyard Vacation on $12m Estate]
[FLASHBACK: Washington Post, Wednesday, May 14, 2008 - Bush Says He's Not A Golfer In Wartime]
President Bush said yesterday that he gave up golfing in 2003 “in solidarity” with the families of soldiers who were dying in Iraq, concluding that it was “just not worth it anymore” to play the sport in a time of war…(more)
NEW YORK TIMES HEADLINE: OBAMA VOWS TO ‘STAY ON COURSE’
Hot Air‘s Ed Morrissey provides some additional quotes and commentary:
…Their [NY Daily News] article didn’t pull any punches, either:
President Obama put his own spin on the oft-quoted advice of predecessor Teddy Roosevelt: speak strongly and carry a nine iron.
The vacationing commander-in-chief returned to the golf course Wednesday after calling for justice in the brutal killing of an American journalist by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) terrorists. …
The president zipped quickly from a local school to a Martha’s Vineyard golf course after his 12:45 p.m. media session. Obama delivered a short statement and took no questions from the assembled media.
And it doesn’t get any better for Obama at the Daily Mail. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 21, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Punishment, Mediasphere, U.S. News | Tags: Attorney general, Eric Holder, Ferguson, Michael Brown, Photo, Police, Protest, St. Louis
FERGUSON, Mo. AP — Police records show that 163 arrests have been made in the Ferguson protest zone since the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, but just seven are residents of the St. Louis suburb…(read more)
Associated Press – Breitbart.com
Posted: August 20, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Punishment, Mediasphere | Tags: Convenience store, Dionne Flowers, Kajieme Powell, Michael Brown, Police officer, Shooting, St. Louis
Man Shot and Killed by St. Louis Police Officer
On Tuesday, two officers from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department shot and killed Kajieme Powell, who was 25 years old.
“There is a dangerous dynamic in the night,ﾔ he said. ﾓIt allows a small number of violent agitators to hide in the crowd and then attempt to create chaos.”
Powell was suspected of shoplifting energy drinks and donuts from a convenience store. The shop owner, believing that Powell was carrying a weapon, contacted police. Another witness, Ald. Dionne Flowers, who represents the area and owns a beauty salon in the same block, noticed that Powell was acting erratically and also called police. Flowers told police she saw a second knife, though only one was recovered at the scene.
Rob Crilly reporting from Ferguson for The Telegraph:
Sam Dotson, St Louis Police Chief, said in a tweet that officers had responded to a call and found an apparently agitated man, armed with a knife who yelled, “Kill me now” before approaching the patrol.
Some bystanders questioned whether the man was armed and said he was accused of stealing two bottles of soda.
An angry crowd grew quickly outside the convenience store where the latest victim died.
Some young men said they planned to burn it down and accused the police of being intent on murdering young black men.
“Why didn’t they use a Taser,” said Germaine Leroy. “What are they shooting for? I’ve been shot with a Taser so I know how it incapacitates.”
The case of Michael Brown, 18, who was unarmed when he was shot dead by a white officer, has polarised the nation. Night after night demonstrators have fought running battles with police who are struggling to maintain control. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 20, 2014 Filed under: War Room, Breaking News, Crime & Punishment | Tags: media, Iraq, Syria, BBC News, Terrorism, London, ISIS, Jihadism, Breaking news, James Foley, United Kingdom, Nicholas Sutton, Gitmo
Posted: August 20, 2014 Filed under: Asia, Breaking News, Censorship, China | Tags: Alliance for Peace and Democracy, Beijing, Chief Executive of Hong Kong, China, Hong Kong, Hong Kong government, National People's Congress Standing Committee, Occupy Central, Pan-democracy camp
Police removed a democracy activist in Hong Kong in July. Agence France-Presse/Getty Images
Pro-Democracy Activists Demand Right to Nominate Candidates for Chief Executive
HONG KONG — WSJ‘s Chester Yung reports: China’s top legislative body in Beijing is expected to announce a decision Aug. 31 on the issue of how Hong Kong’s leader is elected, according to people familiar with the matter.
[Also see - Pundit Planet welcomes new Deputy Bureau Chief & Asia Photo Editor-At-Large, Hong Kong Fong's Deb Fong]
Beijing has said elections for the city’s leader will begin in 2017, but at issue is whether Beijing will let Hong Kong residents directly nominate candidates for the chief executive post or whether only pre-approved candidates will be allowed to run.
[Also see - 5 Things to Know Ahead of Beijing's Decision on Hong Kong]
The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s top legislative body, will convene Aug. 25-31 in Beijing, and will discuss proposed reforms for electing Hong Kong’s top leader.
A pro-Beijing demonstrator waves a Chinese flag during a march in Hong Kong on Sunday to protest against a pro-democracy campaign that has threatened civil disobedience over election reform in the city. Reuters
“Occupy Central, a pro-democratic activist group, has threatened to mobilize 10,000 protesters in mass civil disobedience if Beijing takes a hard line on the city’s election reforms.”
Two people familiar with the matter said a news conference would be held in Beijing on Aug. 31 to announce the results of the meeting. They said another news conference would be held in Hong Kong.
[From our July 1 2014 Edition: Hong Kong’s Occupy Central ‘Referendum’ Explained]
[Exclusive report - Underneath the “Hong Kong Miracle”]
[More - What the World Owes Hong Kong, and Should Fear if its Democracy is Denied]
[EXCLUSIVE – The Visual Feast of Hong Kong: Through the Lens of Hong Kong Fong – punditfromanotherplanet.com – Hong Kong Fong)
So far, rhetoric from officials in both Beijing and Hong Kong suggests that Beijing will reject outright activists’ demands that the public be allowed to directly nominate candidates for chief executive. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 20, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Global, War Room | Tags: Foley, Iraq, ISIS, Islamic state, James Foley, Steven Sotloff, Syria, United States, YouTube
The Independent‘s Heather Saul reports: A militant from the Islamic State (Isis) who appeared to have beheaded American journalist James Foley has threatened to kill another journalist, believed to be Steven Sotloff, whose life the fighter said depends on how the US responds.
[Also see - ISIS Beheads Photojournalist James Wright Foley in Warning Message to U.S. - punditfromanotherplanet.com]
In a video posted on YouTube, entitled ‘A Message to America’, the man purported to be Mr Sotloff was filmed being held by the militant who had apparently executed Foley.
The footage claimed Foley’s death is a revenge killing for the ongoing US air strikes in Iraq.
The jihadist, who speaks with a British accent, then addresses the US President, saying: “The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision.”
The man is wearing an orange shirt similar to that worn by the executed man.
[Also see - Steven Sotloff: Five Facts You Need to Know - Heavy.com]
Mr Sotloff, from Miami, was kidnapped near Aleppo in August 2013 and was believed to be held in Raqqa. His family was reportedly made aware of his disappearance but had chosen not to go public on the advice of officials.
He has worked for TIME, the National Interest, Media Line and the Christian Science Monitor and had apparently gone missing near the Syrian-Turkish border. His Twitter bio suggests he was based in Libya before his disappearance.
“My girlfriend Lauren Sotloff’s brother Steven Sotloff was taken hostage by ISIS on August 04 2013 and up to this point it has been all under wraps as due to a media blackout.”
This morning, his sister Lauren Sotloff’s boyfriend released a Facebook post urging people to sign a White House petition calling on the US government to “do everything possible to free American reporter Steven Sotloff from ISIS in Syria and save his life”.
“My girlfriend Lauren Sotloff’s brother Steven Sotloff was taken hostage by ISIS on August 04 2013 and up to this point it has been all under wraps as due to a media blackout,” his post reads.
“People please not only sign the following petition, but PLEASE SHARE so the more the better. Thank you in advance and pray for his safe return home.”
The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists estimated on Tuesday that about 20 journalists are missing in Syria, and has not released their nationalities. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 20, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, U.S. News, War Room | Tags: Barack Obama, Foley, GlobalPost, Iraq, Islamic state, James Foley, Syria, United States
Mr. Foley was one of dozens of journalists kidnapped and missing in Syria
WASHINGTON— WSJ‘s Andrew Grossman reporting: U.S. intelligence agencies have confirmed the authenticity of a video showing the beheading of American journalist James Foley.
“You are no longer fighting an insurgency. We are an Islamic army.”
Militants from the group Islamic State released a video on Tuesday that appeared to show the beheading of Mr. Foley in an act of retribution for U.S. airstrikes on the group in Iraq.
U.S. intelligence agencies have analyzed the video and judged it to be authentic, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council said Wednesday. President Barack Obama is expected to deliver a statement Wednesday afternoon addressing the apparent murder of Mr. Foley.
“I wish I had more time. I wish I could have the hope of freedom and seeing my family again. But that ship has sailed.”
The graphic video raised new dangers for Mr. Obama’s Middle East policy. It showed a masked militant, speaking in British-accented English, threatening to kill more Americans if the U.S. military campaign continued. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 20, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, War Room, White House | Tags: ABC News, Barack Obama, Foley, Iraq, ISIS, James Foley, United States, White House
Arlette Saenz reports: ISIS had recently threatened to kill U.S. journalist James Foley to avenge airstrikes the United States has conducted in Iraq, a senior U.S. official told ABC News.
“If genuine, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist and we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends.”
– Caitlin Hayden, spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council
The White House had been aware of the threat prior to the release of a video Tuesday night that appears to show the beheading of Foley and warns that militants will carry out a similar act against U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, who went missing in August, the official said.
[Also see - U.S. Works to Authenticate Purported James Wright Foley ISIS Execution Video]
President Obama was briefed on the video aboard Air Force One Tuesday night as he returned to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, from Washington to resume his August vacation. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 19, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Punishment, Mediasphere, War Room | Tags: Barack Obama, ByronYork, Foley, Islamic state, James Foley, Syria, United States, Washington Post
York’s message prompted twitchy.com to thread further in. Go here for more.
From The Washington Post article:
A European intelligence official said the British government was examining the video, and the speech of the purported executioner, to compare it with former Guantanamo Bay prisoners and other British residents believed to have joined the Islamic State.
In the video the terrorist who killed Foley spoke in what sounded like a British accent.
@ByronYork There’s going to hell to pay if it turns out true—
Tom Hannan (@tomh2739) August 20, 2014
From who, exactly? The majority of the country Does. Not. Care. Sad, but true. @tomh2739 @ByronYork—
Deb (@contrarian35) August 20, 2014
Sadly that’s probably true. Outrage now occurs along party lines and the party that owns the media wouldn’t be outraged by this.
@ByronYork So we had him. Released him. And surprise ,he did more evil stuff. Blood on the admins hands. Sickening.—
Chris Tsotsoros (@ctsotsoros) August 20, 2014
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Posted: August 19, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Punishment, U.S. News | Tags: Ferguson, KMOX, KSDK, Looting, Michael Brown, Michael Calhoun, Protest, Twitter
Posted: August 19, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Mediasphere, War Room | Tags: Foley, Iraq, Islamic state, Islamic State of Iraq, Islamism, James Foley, Jihadists, Syria
foxnews.com reports: The Obama administration said Tuesday that it was working to confirm the authenticity of a newly-released video that purportedly shows the killing of American freelance journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants.
“We know that many of you are looking for confirmation or answers. Please be patient until we all have more information, and keep the Foleys in your thoughts and prayers.”
White House National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said the administration has seen the video. She said that if it’s deemed genuine by the intelligence community, the U.S. would be “appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist.”
Fox News has learned that the video, which is being taken seriously by U.S. officials, is being analyzed by a special group within the US intelligence community that specializes in media exploitation. The group, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, is believed to have other Americans in their custody.
The release of the video allegedly showing his death comes amid a U.S. airstrike campaign against Islamic State targets in Iraq. ISIS has declared an Islamic state in the territory it controls in Iraq and neighboring Syria, imposing its harsh interpretation of Islamic law. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 19, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Punishment, Law & Justice, Mediasphere | Tags: Ferguson, Jonah Goldberg, Kevin D. Williamson, Latest, List of NRO Launches, Lois Capps, Michele Bachmann, National Review
I missed this broadcast. From The Corner a few moments ago. Jonah Goldberg and Kevin D. Williamson are among Pundit Planet‘s favorite book authors and at-large news analysts, but we don’t get to see Mr. Williamson on TV often enough. Mr. Williamson’s National Review reporting on Ferguson can be found here, here, and here.
[Kevin D. Williamson's book - "The End Is Near and It's Going to Be Awesome" is available at Amazon]
Posted: August 19, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Law & Justice, Mediasphere | Tags: Charles Krauthammer, Eric Holder, Ferguson, Jonah Goldberg, Michael Brown, Nancy Pelosi, Parody, political humor, Rand Paul, satire, United States Department of Justice, YouTube
“Any attorney general who is not an activist, even in matters of medical inquiry, is not doing his or her job.”
– Attorney General Eric Holder
FERGUSON, Mo. —Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. will travel to this embattled St. Louis suburb to personally perform an autopsy on Michael Brown, dismissing charges that he’s interfering with the investigation by injecting himself into an examination for which he has no medical qualification.
“We’ve all heard the rumor that Holder removed his own gall bladder with a pocket knife, without anesthesia, without pain medication. Utter nonsense. I happen to know that Mr. Holder did, in fact, use pain medication before that procedure.”
– National Review’s Jonah Goldberg
Holder didn’t confirm the self-surgery rumor, but defended his decision, insisting that his critics are misguided. “An autopsy is not that hard. It’s a critical part of an investigation like this, one that requires the full attention of this office. If you want to call me a renegade, I will proudly accept that label. Any attorney general who is not an activist, even in matters of medical inquiry, is not doing his or her job.”
“I am on record strongly advising against it. I have urged Mr. Holder to reconsider.”
— Acting Surgeon Genreal Rear Admiral (RADM) Boris D. Lushniak, M.D., M.P.H
In what has already become a politically-charged investigation, Holder’s decision to perform a medical autopsy on the victim has raised further concerns about violations of constitutional authority, and have renewed charges of professional misconduct.
“Watching reruns of ‘Law and Order Special Victims Unit’ does not qualify anyone to perform a legitimate medical examination. This is preposterous. Eric Holder is not a medical officer. ”
—Dr. Charles Krauthammer
Republican leaders immediately took steps to remove Attorney General Eric Holder from office. Emergency meetings on Capitol Hill were rumored to run late into the night. Senior Democrat officials stood by Holder, accusing Republicans of attempting to capitalize on the tragedy in Ferguson.
“Is it beyond the traditional scope of the office of the Department of Justice? Absolutely. Do I apologize for it? Absolutely not.”
– Attorney General Eric Holder
“The allegations against the Attorney General are nothing more than a political stunt”, said Nancy Pelosi, adding, “It’s part of a racist attempt to smear Holder, it’s obvious to everyone that his skin color is the primary reason Republicans object”.
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Posted: August 18, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Punishment | Tags: Andrew Johnson, Black Lawyers for Justice, Darren Wilson, Ferguson, Ferguson Missouri, Jay Nixon, Malik Shabazz, New Black Panther, Shabazz
“We cannot allow this movement to be destroyed — we’re here for justice.”
From The Corner, Andrew Johnson reports: “Intentional provocateurs” and “outside infiltrators” are responsible for the eruptions of violence during the protests of peaceful marchers in Ferguson, Mo., according to Black Lawyers for Justice president Malik Shabazz.
“I don’t know who he’s planted by, but he’s not with us — he’s here to make this look bad, and we don’t want to make it look bad.”
“They’ve been here everyday to try to provoke the police to attack us,” Shabazz told CNN as tensions escalated in the city shortly after 10 p.m. local time…(read more)
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Posted: August 18, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Punishment, Mediasphere, War Room | Tags: ABC7, Bellflower California, hostage, Hostage crisis, LASD, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Pico Rivera California, Robert Holguin, Sheriff
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