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The Week in Review at College Insurrection

August 30, 2014

It was Dialing for Dollars Week at College Insurrection.

Cross posted at Legal Insurrection…

Higher ed bubble? What higher ed bubble?

Speaking of social media…

At least one person isn’t worried about college finances.

Is Hillary suffering the consequences?

Rape culture really is a problem.

So are Teletubbies.

It’s a good thing everyone is taking higher education seriously.

Are you beginning to notice a trend?

Updates from outrage central.

Multiple choice question: Who’s really helping here?

Crime and punishment.

BDS update.

Irony, thy name is Berkeley.

It’s about time.

If I ever go back to school, I’m going to major in engineering.

Almost a Dozen Americans Have Joined ISIS to Fight in Syria and Iraq

August 29, 2014

Do you grasp the gravity of this?

Up to twelve people living in America have joined the worst terrorist group since al-Qaeda.

Pictured above – Americans who have NOT joined ISIS.

Peter Sullivan of The Hill…

Report: ‘Nearly a dozen’ Americans fight for ISIS

There are “nearly a dozen” Americans fighting for the militant group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), The New York Times reports, based on statements from U.S. officials.

The Thursday report follows news this week that at least one American, Douglas McAuthur McCain, had been killed in Syria while fighting for ISIS.

There have been fears over Americans and others with Western passports getting training and experience in Syria and returning to the U.S. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said on “Meet the Press” on Sunday that “they are one plane ticket away from U.S. shores, and that’s why we’re so concerned about it.“

I’d like to take this opportunity to remind anyone who’s reading this that Democrats have spent the last six years casually referring to Republicans, Tea Party members and anyone else with conservative or libertarian leanings as hostage takers and terrorists whenever the moment suited them.

Rather than challenging such an outrageous claim, our overwhelmingly liberal media simply parroted these words as facts.

Now we have Americans joining a force that represents the greatest threat to America since 9/11 and it’s pretty safe to say they’re not members of the Tea Party.

Maybe Democrats and their media allies can offer an apology to all the Americans they’ve insulted after World War III.

Terror Attack Imminent on US Border?

August 29, 2014

Who could have guessed that ISIS would try to attack the US on our southern border after our feckless leaders in Washington failed to deal with the crisis this summer?

Judicial Watch reported today…

Imminent Terrorist Attack Warning By Feds on US Border

Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed to Judicial Watch that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border has been issued. Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies have all been placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning this imminent terrorist threat.

Specifically, Judicial Watch sources reveal that the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) is confirmed to now be operating in Juarez, a famously crime-infested narcotics hotbed situated across from El Paso, Texas. Violent crimes are so rampant in Juarez that the U.S. State Department has issued a number of travel warnings for anyone planning to go there. The last one was issued just a few days ago.

READ IT ALL.

What form could these terror attacks take?

How about a dirty bomb filled with bubonic plague?

Harald Doornbos of Foreign Policy reported today…

Found: The Islamic State’s Terror Laptop of Doom

The information on the laptop makes clear that its owner is a Tunisian national named Muhammed S. who joined ISIS in Syria and who studied chemistry and physics at two universities in Tunisia’s northeast. Even more disturbing is how he planned to use that education:

The ISIS laptop contains a 19-page document in Arabic on how to develop biological weapons and how to weaponize the bubonic plague from infected animals.

“The advantage of biological weapons is that they do not cost a lot of money, while the human casualties can be huge,” the document states.

It sure is comforting to know our president has his eye on the ball…

Illinois Democrat Luis Gutiérrez: Let’s Pass Amnesty to Fight ISIS or Something

August 28, 2014

I’ve watched this video three times and I still have absolutely no idea what this man is talking about.

I think it’s one of those situations where Progressives try to attach one pet cause to some other completely unrelated pet cause. You know what I mean? It’s like saying stopping global warming will decrease income inequality.

Gutiérrez never says illegal immigrants should join the military but somehow, amnesty is going to help stop ISIS.

What am I missing here?

If you’re not familiar with Luis Gutiérrez, he has a reputation for saying nasty things.

Jennifer Rubin Says Immigration Problem Spells Doom for Democrats

August 28, 2014

I hope she’s right.

I don’t link Rubin very often but she makes a legitimate point here…

The immigration problem will doom Democrats

Senate Democrats will bear the brunt of voters’ outrage. But House leaders have the ability to fend off extreme and self-destructive moves. Impeachment is out of the question, as House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has said many times.

As for a government shutdown or a crisis over the debt ceiling, House leadership has made plain that these do not work as weapons for the GOP; rather, they are booby traps for the unwary. In both cases, Boehner need not capitulate to backbenchers. He can operate on continuing resolutions and pass modest increases in the debt ceiling with Democratic votes.

In a nutshell, Democrats are hoping that if Obama passes amnesty through executive order that Republicans will react by shutting down the government which Democrats will promptly blame on Republicans.

None of this has anything to do with what’s best for the American people. It has everything to do with Democrats desperately trying to retain control of the senate in November.

Which is exactly why they deserve to lose.

Obama on ISIS: We Don’t Have a Strategy

August 28, 2014

To be fair, the guy just got back from two weeks of golf on Martha’s Vineyard.

Why does everyone expect him to have a plan?

Obama says does not yet have military strategy for Islamic State

President Barack Obama said on Thursday the United States has not yet developed a strategy for confronting Islamic State in Syria, an acknowledgement that a decision had not been made on whether to launch air strikes against the militant group.

Obama’s comment during a White House news conference before a meeting of national security advisers about how to proceed against Islamic State drew criticism from Republicans and a clarification from White House spokesman Josh Earnest.

Representative Tom Price, a Georgia Republican, said on Twitter: “President says “we don’t have a strategy yet” to deal with #ISIS. That’s obvious and increasingly unacceptable.”

Earnest said Obama was referring to military options and that Obama has a comprehensive strategy for confronting the group through diplomatic means.

Uh huh…

Meanwhile, over at VOX…

The Voxplainers were Voxplaining Obama’s statement mere minutes after he made it…

Jon Stewart and His Audience Enjoy a Good Laugh Over the Death Of Michael Brown

August 27, 2014

It’s totally OK you guys, because the butt of the joke is FOX News.

Of course, no one on FOX laughed about the death of Michael Brown. If they had, liberal media watchdog groups like Media Matters and Think Progress would be calling for arrests.

Liberal sites like Mediaite and Talking Points Memo are wetting themselves with joy over this because Stewart threw them the red meat they demand, but if you watch the clip below don’t lose sight of the obvious.

Jon Stewart and his audience are laughing about the death of Michael Brown.

All that matters to progressives is how every tragic event can be blamed on their perceived enemy.

Facts be damned.

Crucifixion in the Year 2014

August 27, 2014

As someone who went to Catholic school in the 20th century, I never ever thought for an instant that I would live in a world where people would be put to death by crucifixion but this is actually happening.

This is not being done by Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus or Wiccans.

This is being done by Muslims. In 2014. Words fail.

The Left’s Endless War on Scott Walker’s Success in Wisconsin

August 27, 2014

When Wisconsin governor Scott Walker first enacted his public employee union reforms, the left went nuts and took over the state capitol building. And lost.

Then they mounted a campaign to recall Walker. And lost.

Then they tried to use the force of government to intimidate and harass Walker supporters. And lost.

Now they’re running another candidate against Walker but he may have cut them off at the pass.

Michael Barone writes at The Washington Examiner…

Letting the cat out of the bag on the role of public employee unions

Noam Scheiber makes a good case for the importance of the Wisconsin governor’s race at the New Republic. But the most interesting thing comes in what Scheiber, perhaps inadvertently, admits. Referring to the limitations on public employee union bargaining imposed by Governor Scott Walker and the Republican legislature, Scheiber writes, “He’s effectively defunded a key Democratic constituency.”

Let’s unpack that. Where do public employee unions get their money? Directly from dues paid by public employees, who in turn get that money from taxpayers. Where does that money go? Politically, almost entirely to the Democratic Party, as Scheiber admits. Public employee unions, whatever else they do, are (in almost all cases) a mechanism for mandatory taxpayer financing of one political party. Scheiber’s complaint is that Wisconsin Republicans have cut the amount of such public financing.

Guy Benson of Hot Air has some good and weird polling news on the subject.

Hopefully, the people of Wisconsin know they’re better off under Walker…

Unemployment down in Wisconsin cities, counties

Unemployment fell in most Wisconsin cities and counties in July.

The state Department of Workforce Development released data Wednesday that shows unemployment rates fell in 22 of the state’s 32 largest cities compared with June.

Rates were unchanged in La Crosse, New Berlin and Wausau and rose slightly in Brookfield, Fond du Lac, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Oshkosh, Racine and Superior. Racine had the highest unemployment rate at 11.3 percent followed by Milwaukee at 9.4 percent. Caledonia had the lowest at 3.3 percent.

Unemployment rates fell in 63 of 72 counties, remained unchanged in four counties and rose in five counties. Menominee had the highest unemployment among all the counties at 18.3 percent. Dane County had the lowest at 4 percent.

The state’s overall unemployment rate was 5.8 percent.

The left can whine all they want but they can’t change the fact that Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is lower than the national number.

Guess who deserves credit for that?

OH GREAT: American Discovered Among Dead Fighting for ISIS in Syria

August 26, 2014

And he wasn’t a member of the supposedly terrorist Tea Party. I’m amazed NBC News even bothered to report it…

American Douglas McAuthur McCain Dies Fighting for ISIS in Syria

The battle in itself seemed tragically normal. Two Syrian opposition groups fought and there were heavy casualties on both sides. Then victorious rebels rifled through the pockets of the dead. One contained about $800 in cash — and an American passport.

Douglas McAuthur McCain, of San Diego, California, was killed over the weekend fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), according to the Free Syrian Army. Photos of McCain’s passport and of his body — which feature a distinctive neck tattoo — have been seen by NBC News. According to an activist linked to the Free Syrian Army who also saw the body and travel document, McCain was among three foreign jihadis fighting with ISIS who died during the battle.

Read more at Hot Air.

Gee. I wonder if Douglas McAuthur McCain was a Conservative, Libertarian, Republican or Tea Party member? I also wonder if anyone in the media will rush to define his political background.

I’m going to go out on a limb and guess no on all counts.

Accusations of home grown terrorism only get mentioned when they serve the purposes of the left.

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