The One Difference Between Democrat and GOP Responses to the Planned Parenthood Shooting

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After a gunman opened fire at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Friday, three people were confirmed dead — including one police officer — and many more injured. In the wake of the attack, people tweeted messages of grief, hope and solidarity to Colorado Springs. People who utilized Planned Parenthood, those who believe in the nonprofit’s mission (including model Chrissy Teigen) and many prominent politicians joined in the outpouring of messages. Except, that is, 13 of the 14 Republican presidential candidates.

After the attack, all three Democratic presidential candidates shared messages of support to Planned Parenthood.

The first tweet to appear was former from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at 5:36 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders showed support for those in Colorado Springs late Friday night, as well.

By Saturday morning, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley had also sent a message of solidarity to the people in Colorado.

On Saturday, President Obama released a statement on the attacks, saying “This is not normal. We can’t let it become normal.”

As of press time, only one Republican candidate, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, has issued a statement on Friday’s shooting. However, his tweet made no specific mention of Planned Parenthood and instead focused on those who were killed, their families and the first responders.

As recently as August, Cruz had led a rally in opposition to Planned Parenthood. His campaign website has a whole page dedicated to defunding the organization.

While Cruz at least mentioned the shooting, since Friday morning most GOP candidates have only tweetedboilerplate campaign videos, attacked Obama’s foreign policy or hawked Black Friday campaign deals on sunglasses and cold weather bundles. After an incident in which he seemed to be mocking a reporter with disabilities, Donald Trump spent his time on Twitter reminding followers that he’s spent more money than anyone in America helping people living with disabilities.

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Raven-Symoné Admits To Discrimination Against ‘Black’ Names, Twitter Eviscerates Her

Raven Simone | ABC Screenshot: The View


Raven-Symoné is generally a cool chick, but on more than one occasion, she has said some very problematic things. For instance, there was the time when she said she isn’t African-American, and another time she said she didn’t want to be referred to as gay, even though she exclusively dates women. Okay, fine. That’s her personal identity, and she can identify how she wishes. However, her latest on-air gaffe on The View has her co-hosts and the rest of America going all, “WTF?”, and rightfully so.

It appears that the hosts of the popular daytime talk show were discussing racism when Raven-Symoné essentially admitted she wouldn’t hire someone with a traditionally “black” sounding name:

“Can we take back racist and say discriminatory? Because I think that’s a better word, and I’m very discriminatory against the words like the ones they were saying in those names. I’m not going to hire you if your name is Watermelon-Andrea. That’s just not going to happen. I’m not going to hire you.”

Understandably, Symoné’s co-hosts were none too happy with this viewpoint. They seemed confused, if not outright offended. Here’s a clip of the remarks:

Of course, the watermelon reference sealed the deal, as anyone who grew up black in America (or, for that matter, anyone who knows a racist dog whistle when they hear one), knows that this is the sort of thing white “not-racists” have been saying for a very long time. And yes, they use the same misguided logic that Raven-Symoné is using here to even deny jobs to black people.

Well, thank goodness for Twitter at times like this. They have absolutely destroyed Symoné’s remarks, and did an even better job of it than her co-hosts did. Here are just a few choice responses to her ignorance:

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And they keep on rolling in. The thing is, Raven-Symoné is discriminating against her own people. She might not want to be black, but, like it or not, she is. I mean, she got her career started as Olivia on The Cosby Show FFS. The self-hatred here is obvious, and very sad. However, the deeper implication is that this happens all the time. In fact, my name, Shannon, as well as the names of my sisters, are a product of my mother knowing that we could have many opportunities denied to us if people could figure out what race we were, simply by reading our names on a piece of paper. She has told us this repeatedly over the years, and I am forever grateful that she had such foresight.

That is the reality of racism in America. It’s sad that Raven-Symoné can’t see that she is perpetuating it.

5 Indefensible Tweets From The NRA Since The Oregon Gun Massacre



After a mass shooting, the NRA traditionally goes silent for a period of time. In the case of the gun massacre in Oregon, the NRA stopped tweeting on Thursday, October 1 at 1:44 p.m., shortly after the news broke. The account resumed tweeting at 12:07 p.m. on Friday, October 2 with an innocuous tweet about gun safety.

By Monday, the NRA twitter account was aggressively tweeting out information intended to head off any efforts to increase gun control in the wake of the massacre at Umpqua Community College. Much of this information, however, was wildly misleading or just plain inaccurate.

Here are five of the NRA’s most egregious recent tweets:

1. There is no gun show loophole.

There is a gun show loophole. At gun shows, unlicensed sellers can sell guns without any background check, waiting period, or paperwork. These are referred to as “private sales.” There are thousands of gun shows in the United States each year.

These unregulated “private sales” of guns also take place on the internet or other physical locations. The NRA disingenuously claims that these additional loopholes mean that there isn’t a specific gun show loophole.

2. The Australian gun buyback didn’t work.

After a gun massacre in Australia in 1996, the government “instituted a temporary gun buyback program that took some 650,000 assault weapons (about one-sixth of the national stock) out of public circulation.” At the same time, the government banned semi-automatic rifles and tightened licensing requirements.

A 2011 Harvard University study concluded that the buyback program was “incredibly successful in terms of lives saved.” There have been no gun massacres — defined as the killing of four or more people at once — in the 17 years since the buyback took place. There were 13 gun massacres in the 18 years prior to the program.

Additionally, the number of firearm suicides and homicides was reduced dramatically. This reduction was directly tied to the buyback program. The Harvard study found that “the drop in firearm deaths was largest among the type of firearms most affected by the buyback” and “firearm deaths in states with higher buyback rates per capita fell proportionately more than in states with lower buyback rates.”

The article cited by the NRA does not dispute the reduction in firearm deaths after the buyback program but simply asserts, without much analysis, that the drop was a coincidence. It relies almost exclusively on a deeply flawed study produced by the Australian gun lobby.

3. Gun free zones are magnets for murderers.

86 percent of mass shootings occur outside of gun-free zones. Studies have found no evidencethat people purposely choose gun-free zones for mass shootings. Rather, there is usually another clear motive for the choice of location. In most school shootings, for example, “the killers had personal ties to the school they struck.”

4. Over the last 5 years, twice as many people were killed with someone’s bare hands than with a rifle.

This is misleading to the point of parody. The statistic comes from this chart from the FBI that looks at murder victims from 2010 to 2014. The data found no more than 769 homicides each year with a “personal weapon” — a category that includes hands, feet and any other part of the body. Meanwhile, there were over 8000 homicides by firearms each year.

The NRA isolates the category “rifles” to make guns seem relatively safe — there are around 250-350 homicides with rifles each year — but this just reflects the popularity of handguns over rifles. Additionally, there are between 1600-1900 firearm homicides each year where the type of firearm could not be identified by the FBI. So the NRA’s claim, in addition to being highly misleading, also might not be true.

5. Fewer than 1 percent of criminals get guns at gun shows.

This statistic vastly understates the nexis between gun shows and criminal activity by focusing only on the proximate source of the gun. The same study found that “sixty-nine percent of criminals surveyed reported acquiring guns from a friend, family member, or street seller.” And where did those people acquire their guns? In many cases, at a gun show. Overall, “3 out of 10 guns that criminals use in crimes changed hands at a gun show somewhere in their chain of custody.”


Racist Jokes About This Photo Got People Fired and Sparked the Hashtag #HisNameIsCayden



Geris Hilton’s Facebook postFACEBOOK

 There is a man who goes by the name of Geris Hilton on Facebook (reportedly not his real name) who used to have a job.

“Hilton” used to work at Polaris Marketing Group, according to AtlantaBlackStar, but his employment status changed after he posted a photo on Facebook Sept. 16.


Geris Hilton’s Facebook postFACEBOOK

In the photo, Hilton was taking a selfie at work, alongside a little cute black boy who is the son of one of his now-former co-workers—a dandy woman by the name of Sydney.

All was seemingly fine, until Hilton and his friends started making racist jokes about the photo in the comments section on Facebook, insinuating that the little boy, whose name is Cayden, was a slave, and Hilton the slave master.

The photo has made its way around the Internet. As you guessed it, pink slips are flying and heads are rolling because of the racist shenanigans afoot in the photo’s comments section.

“I didn’t know you were a slave owner,” a poster by the name of Emily Irene Red reportedly said. According to the tweet below, she has since been fired. Casualty No. 1.


“Send him back dude those f–kers are expensive,” another Facebook user, by the name of Dylan Kleeman, reportedly wrote.

“But Massah I dindu nuffin,” Baron O’Malley wrote, according to AtlantaBlackStar.

The president of Polaris Marketing Group posted a note on Facebook announcing that an employee—the man behind the Hilton Facebook profile, according to AtlantaBlackStar—had been terminated and denouncing the disgusting comments he and his friends made about the little boy.

Another company, YourEDM, caught wind that one of its employees had participated in the foolishness, and reportedly posted this message saying that it had fired that person, too.


YourEDM online posting SCREENSHOT

Sydney Jade, Cayden’s mother, got on social media to thank all of the people who spread the news about the inappropriate photo. She created the hashtag #HisNameIsCayden to make the statement that her little boy is a person and shouldn’t be objectified or trivialized as the butt of a racist joke.


“When people hear about him, these are the picture I want them to know about. Not that disturbing image and its comments,” Sydney wrote.

This’ll teach people to keep their lack of home training to themselves and not bring it out into the public sphere.



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Anonymous Says It Hijacked KKK Twitter Accounts Over Ferguson Threats

On Sunday evening, the hacker collective known as Anonymous said it broke into two of the Ku Klux Klan’s Twitter accounts, @KuKluxKlanUSA and @YourKKKCentral, after a Missouri chapter of the hate group threatened protestors in Ferguson, Mo. ZDNet reported Monday.

The chapter recently distributed fliers threatening “lethal force” against what it described as “the terrorists masquerading as ‘peaceful protesters.'”

In response, hackers took over two KKK Twitter accounts, and soon those accounts sported the Anonymous logo. Inaugurating the hashtag, #OpKKK, the @KuKluxKlanUSA account promised to release a statement on Monday “regarding the seizing of this account.”

The compromised account also tweeted an image of a hooded Klansman hanging from a noose.

By Monday morning, the stakes were higher: A Twitter account associated with the hackers, @AnonCopWatch, began tweeting photos, and in some cases names, of people it said were KKK members.

Those tweets spawned another hashtag: #HoodsOff.

ZDNet says it received two unconfirmed statements from Anonymous affirming the takeover. The second message said that the hacker group was in possession of KKK members’ personal information:

Also…. we have compromised personal accounts (which give us more faces), tied up their phone lines and filled every voicemail and inbox with love. We have barely scratched the surface, keep that pencil out….

Twitter Conspiracy Theory Alleges Ferguson Robbery Footage Is Months Old


I was checking out Twitter when this unfolded…

TPM LiveWire

Ferguson police released a report Friday that stated Brown was the “primary suspect” in the robbery of some cigars from a convenience store that occurred minutes before he was shot. It included a number of stills taken from the store’s security camera.

The Twitter theory alleges that the timestamp on the footage is from June 9, 2014 — not August 9, 2014, when the robbery allegedly occurred. In TPM’s own review of online postings of the images, it appears that the timestamp could be simply an “8” instead of the “6” that the theory alleges.

Below are some examples of the theory being advanced on Twitter.

There are even some variations of the theory.

You can view the footage, as posted by CBS, below.

GOP Lawmaker Finds Dana Loesch’s Private Number to Complain About Tweet

Dana Loesch | Image via Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons

What the hell is this guy’s problem?

It appears the GOP relishes their ability to display double standards.  Had she done the same to him he wouldn’t overlook the INVASION OF PRIVACY.


The rules of Twitter are simple: you have 140 characters to connect, debate, and communicate with people you’ve never even met. But someone needs to explain to Ohio State Rep. Andrew Brenner (R-Powell) that the rules of Twitter doesnot mean you can call someone’s private phone number to complain about a tweet.

Talk show host Dana Loesch and her husband Chris were in the middle of vacation, and, like most people on vacation, found it hard to stay off Twitter. Chris soon found himself in a heated debate with Brenner and his wife over Glenn Beck’s announcement that he would deliver trucks of supplies and toys to 60,000 migrant children on the border. (For the record, the Brenners equated Beck’s act with amnesty towards illegal immigrants, while Chris simply said that the pundit was acting charitably as a private citizen.)

Yep; normal, run-of-the-mill Twitter debating. And then this happened:



It turned out that Brenner’s wife/smalltime conservative radio host Sara Marie Brenner, gave her husband the Loeschs’ number, and apparently saw nothing wrong with doing so:



It’s unclear how Brenner got Chris’s number, or whether the two of them were on close terms before this went down. Nor is it clear whether the Brenners realize how insane it is to call people they barely know on a private number because they didn’t like a tweet of theirs, as an observer pointed out:


We think that 99.8% of society would agree with him on that, vacation or no.

[Image via Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons]

Wingnuts tell Ted Cruz to stop dragging his feet after he tweets Holder impeachment demand

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Hey TFCers…wanna try your hand at captioning the above photo in the comments section?  This should be fun.  Submit as many entries as you care to…

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Sen. Ted “Calgary” Cruz has a new fundraising gimmick:

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced a resolution on Thursday calling for Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the IRS scandal — and if he doesn’t do so, Cruz thinks he should be impeached.”If attorney general Eric Holder continues to refuse to appoint a special prosecutor, he should be impeached,” Cruz said on the Senate floor.

No word yet on whether he’ll accept donations in Canadian dollars, but whether or not he does, the gambit doesn’t seem to be playing all that well, at least on Twitter, where his attempts to make it go viral have been met with lackluster enthusiasm, getting just a few hundred retweets.

Still, the tweets back at him are nothing short of hilarious. For example:

@tedcruz WE aren’t the ones who are supposed to do that YOU ARE.

Actually, that’s a fair point. You can’t impeach someone on Twitter, so why is Ted Cruz wasting his time pretending that he can? Could it be that he’s secretly part of Obama’s conspiracy to destroy America? If not, he’d better act quickly to prove to his base that he’s got guts:

@tedcruz How long do we have too wait? Who starts the impeachment? Does the GOP have the guts?
— @bgholms

Indeed. How long does a teabagger have two weight around here? Because:

— @lbcxyz


@tedcruz JAIL OBAMA NOWWW #FastAndFurious #libya #benghazi #bergdahl #IRSscandal #VAScandal #BirthCertificate #obamacare #Iraq @johnboehner
— @lbcxyz

Yes. NOWWWWWWWW! And don’t stop there!

@griffisk @tedcruz Exactly! We better REMOVE a LOT more than 6 oBUMaRats in Senate this Nov. MAGIC # is 16. Maybe that will slow oBUMa down.
— @_patrick8778

Screw it, let’s just go for the whole enchilada (as long as it’s not an illegal enchilada):

@tedcruz Impeach the whole administration.
— @MalcolmL1

You gotta’ love wingnuts these days. They know what they want—Obama’s impeachment NOWWWWWW—and they aren’t afraid to push back on anyone who they think stands in their way, including Ted Cruz.


Someone Is Spilling ISIS’s Secrets on Twitter

The Daily Beast

The Daily Beast

The terror group may be on a rampage in Iraq. But ISIS is being threatened from inside, it seems. And no one is sure who’s behind the tweets disclosing the group’s intimate details.

A mysterious Twitter account is trying to stop ISIS’s rise to power by spilling the terror group’s secrets online. For more than six months a series of tweets have detailed the alleged covert alliances and conspiratorial machinations behind the ascension of The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, the Islamist group taking over large parts of Iraq. Taken together, the tweets form a slanted but valuable picture of ISIS and one of the only portraits of its leaders. Perhaps even more important, the account is still active, sending out tweets days ago about ISIS’s current strategy in Iraq and what it plans to do next.

Sitting over a keyboard somewhere, likely in a Syrian town now held by rebel forces, is @wikibaghdady, the leaker behind the anti-ISIS account. He may be a former ISIS member who defected to ISIS’s rivals in Syria, the al Qaeda-backed Al Nusra front, as some analysts have speculated. Or, “he” may actually be more than one person, with @wikibaghdady serving as the avatar for a group effort to undermine ISIS’s official story and knock it from its perch atop the jihadist movement. Whatever the case, @wikibaghdady has put ISIS in uncomfortable positions, revealing the true name of the group’s leader and a deeply controversial association.

The online gang fight goes back to Syria and the competition between jihadist groups there for turf, religious authority, and the spoils of war. So does the @wikibaghdady account; it too grew out of the fighting in Syria as a reaction to ISIS’s maximalist approach and the bloody in-fighting between Islamist factions there.

Brian Fishman, a fellow at The New America foundation and ISIS analyst who has been following the group for years, is cautious about @wikibaghdady’s claims but called the account, “at minimum a keen observer of events in Syria,” and “a key source of ideas that should be investigated through other means.” A similar assessment came from Hassan Hassan, an analyst at the Delma institute in Abu Dhabi and expert on radical groups in the region. “The account does seem to offer credible insider information about ISIS,” Hassan said, “but it is not wholly accurate…[and] should be taken with a pinch of salt.”

Despite the caveats, @wikibaghdady deserves closer examination—especially at a moment when ISIS’s next moves could lead to a wider conflagration and more carnage. And some of what @wikbaghdady tweeted months ago has already been borne out by facts on the ground. The leaker’s revelations about ISIS’s alliance with Saddam Hussein’s former party, the Baathists, were confirmed by the events of last week, for example. The rapid takeover of Iraqi cities was not a solo effort; the campaign relied on a cultivated network of partnerships between Sunni groups including, critically, ISIS’s pact with their ideological enemies, the Baathists—a repeated theme in @wikibaghdady’s tweets.

It’s a catchy name for a jihadi leaker—@wikibaghdady—an obvious nod to the de jure politics of radical transparency and an easy handle to remember for the account’s 36,100 followers. But whoever is behind the tweets isn’t motivated by an allegiance to truth, or the idea that it can be liberated and spoken to power. Like a mafisoso complaining that his fellow hitman failed to play by the rules, it’s not the murders that bother @wikibaghdady but the way they are carried out. The account’s criticisms focus on ISIS’s inner workings, the deceptions and cynical deals it used to engineer its rise. But along with the expose of internal politics, it also questions the purity of ISIS’s Islamist ideology and challenges the group’s religious authority.

Whoever @wikibaghdady is, two things about him are clear: He’s a fellow Islamist who has a beef with ISIS, and he’s someone close to the group, providing the kind of details that only come from intimacy. That doesn’t make him some kind of hero, but if snitches had to be saints, the NYPD would shut down tomorrow. Wikibaghdady isn’t outing secrets to curb ISIS’s wanton slaughter. He’s a fellow jihadi playing dirty politics against members of his own cohort.

@Wikibaghdady began on December 10, 2013 with a first tweet marked “urgent” that promised to “reveal the secrets of the organization of the State of Iraq and the Sham.” Building on the staged drama of the moment, the first tweet ended with “Coming soon.”

Most of @wikibaghdady’s secret history of ISIS is a straightforward chronicle of purported facts about the group, presented as a series of questions, posed and then answered by the account. But pulling back the curtain and exposing ISIS’s inner workings, @wikibaghdady claims that ISIS is an elaborate fraud, pretenders to the Caliphate.

Whoever wikibaghdady is, two things about him are clear: He’s a fellow Islamist whose beef with ISIS has nothing to do with group’s brutality; and he’s someone close to the group, providing the kind of details that only come from intimacy.

In the days and months after that first tweet, the account delivered a continuous stream of information about ISIS. First, the leaker outed the true identity of ISIS’s shadowy leader known, at that time, only by his assumed name of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The biographical details that followed fit with the available record and have been confirmed by subsequent reports on Baghdadi—that his real name is Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim Bou Badri bin Armoush, and he was born not in Baghdad but Samarra.

The names of the other leaders on Baghdadi’s ISIS council, the details of the organization’s structure, its financial schemes and plans for the future followed. In just under a thousand published tweets, the account has provided valuable if unreliable details on ISIS evolution.

A Twitter intrigue may seem trivial measured against mass graves in Iraq and the prospects of a regional civil war but it’s significant for two reasons. First, with so little known about ISIS and its leader Baghdadi, even accounts from self-interested parties can add valuable pieces to the puzzle.

Secondly, Twitter has become an important tool for the jihadist financing and recruitment efforts, as J.M. Berger, an expert in extremist groups and their online strategies, has noted. While Twitter has been a powerful platform for ISIS to spread its message to fanboys and potential recruits, the medium can also expose ISIS vulnerabilities and provide its enemies with a means to exploit them. Along with the eager celebrants that ISIS’s gruesome photostream attracts, Twitter has opened the group up to attacks and created a significant new front for inter-jihadi disputes. With ISIS working hard to hide its secrets and push propaganda as fact, leakers may turn out to be an increasingly important source of information about it and other extremist groups.

Perhaps the most significant charge @wikibaghdady made—and the one that now seems most prophetic, after the group took control of Mosul, Iraq’s second-biggest city—is that ISIS’s inner chamber of power, hidden by Baghdadi’s public front, is led by a former Baathist and colonel in Saddam’s army called Haji Bakr. According to @wikibaghdady, it was Bakr who engineered Baghdadi’s rise to power after ISIS’s former leader, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, was killed in 2010 by a joint U.S.-Iraqi operation in Tikrit.

That Baathist connection resurfaced last week after ISIS’ Iraq offensive and has proven to be a critical aspect of the group’s strategy and a cornerstone of its current ability to take and hold ground.

Last week, on June 13, the @wikibaghdadi account claimed a “Meeting between ISIS and Naqshbandi Army near al-Qayara area south of Mosul had taken place with representatives from Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri and Baghdadi.”

Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri is a mythic figure among many of Iraq’s Sunnis. A high-ranking commander in the Iraqi army before the American invasion, al-Douri became the leader of Iraq’s banned Baath party after Hussein was executed in 2007. He managed to evade capture by American and Iraqi forces and has been in hiding pretty much since then. Since his disappearance, sightings of al-Douri have been reported in Mosul but he has never resurfaced publicly. Now, al-Douri appears to have resurfaced leading the The Naqshbandi Army, the former Baathist officers who form a cornerstone of the Sunni coalition in Mosul that includes ISIS.

After al-Douri’s hiding out for years  in Mosul, cultivating the underground Sunni insurgent force, reports about al-Douri suddenly started popping up in the last week. Despite the rhetoric about the ISIS takeover of Iraq, it’s clear that the group’s rapid advance owed much to its alliance with other Sunni groups, including the Baathist Naqshbandis led by al-Douri.

But @wikibaghdady goes further than just positing the alliance between ISIS and Baathist forces. The account claims, as Hassan’s translation below shows, that the two groups struck a deal which will place the Baathists in control of a new ruling coalition.

@Wikibaghdady’s claims are so significant because Islamists and Arab nationalists are, by and large, sworn enemies. For absolutists like ISIS and al Qaeda, corrupt Arab regimes and their sacrilegious leaders are supposed to be the first against the wall—along with religious apostates.

The Naqshbandi order, whose authority @wikibaghdady claims ISIS has ascented to, manages to be both Islamist and nationalist, as they are Baathists and adherents of Sufism, the minority Muslim denomination that ISIS and other fundamentalist groups consider heretical. Yet @wikibaghdady has claimed not only that ISIS is currently allied with The Naqshbandi, but that The Naqshbandi will be in charge once the fighting is over.

An alliance between ISIS and Iraqi Baathists can be explained away as matter of necessity, a tactical commitment that can be broken once the fighting is over. (In the past, nationalist and Islamist groups have cooperated; and some Baathists like Haji Bakr have later become Islamists.) But a governing coalition led publicly by a prominent Baathist like al-Douri would be much harder, if not impossible, for ISIS to square with its own espoused principles and justify to the global jihadi audience, whose support could tip the balance of power toward their rival Islamist groups.

Hassan, who has been studying the ISIS-Baathist alliance, said, “I believe there was an initial understanding between representatives of Douri and representatives of Baghdadi to share power in Sunni areas. But any such understanding soon collapsed, and we started to see ISIS trying to dominate the areas and reign supreme.” There is an unbridgeable gulf between the groups because “ISIS considers that Baathists follow an un-Islamic ideology,” Hassan said. And the natural conflicts between ISIS and the Baathists “are too deep for any such alliance to last.”

Fishman, the New America analyst, said “there is a lot of evidence that ISIS has cooperated with the Naqshabandi Army in Iraq, which implies some agreement between al-Baghdadi and al-Douri.” But, he added, “it is one thing to build a military alliance and another to have a shared vision for governance. I don’t think this alliance will last as constructed. I don’t think ISIS will subsume itself to the Naqshabandi’s. There’s plenty of evidence ISIS is declaring itself in areas it controls.”

In claiming that ISIS would bow to another group, @wikibaghdady appears to have overplayed the propaganda hand. But if recent history is a guide, that won’t stop him – or them – from dishing out new dirt on the Islamists who have captured their own nascent state and the attention of the world.

Quitter Queen says ‘no’ to Twitter diplomacy from her Facebook Fortress of Derpitude

Sarah Palin speaks to Fox News (Screen-shot)


The headline says it all about Sarah (“Half-term governor”) Palin.  Love it…

The Raw Story

When we last saw Sarah Palin,  — Half-Term Governor of The Northern Territories, Mother of GED Students, Destroyer of Words — she was fresh off of a featured speaker gig at the NRA’s annual Blood Frenzy Circle Jerk. Depending upon your point of view, her speech went over boffo or she put her Naughty Monkey-shod slingback in it when she proudly said that she would like to to throw a Baby Jesus shower for each and every swarthy type she could get her  hands on when they are not full of grifted rube bucks.

This did not sit well with the churchgoing folks who set about calling her a blasphemer and woman of ill will.  It’s almost as if they didn’t know her already.

So Sarah laid low for a few days after telling those namby-pamby turn-the-other-cheek fake Christians to ‘buck up or stay in the truck‘:

If some overly sensitive wusses took offense, remember the First Amendment doesn’t give you a right not to be offended. Perhaps hypocritical folks who only want Freedom of Speech to apply to those who agree with their liberal agenda might want to consider that the evil terrorists who were the brunt of my one-liner would be the first to strip away ALL our rights if given the chance.

Why do Christians hate America?

Many is the time I have asked myself that.

But now Sarah is back and talking trash about that #BringBackOurGirls thing that was a ‘thing’ about a week ago. Sure, she’s late to the party, but if you’re a Palin gal, ‘better late than never’ is more than something you say  once every month.

Dictating to someone with college level fancy type readin’ and cipherin’ skills, Sarah is hootin’ and hollerin’on her ShoutyFace internet hangout, once again  explaining what she would do if everyone in America suffered blunt head trauma and then  mass-elected her President and she had to deal with terrorists who weren’t close enough to dunk like an Oreo.

Short version: track them down and kill them like they were a baby wolf fleeing a low-flying Piper Cub full of drunken ‘sportsmen.’

More importantly she wants President Nobummer to quit Twittertwatting executive orders because that is no way to be an executive, which she briefly was before she up and quit-ed-ed.

Diplomacy via Twitter is the lazy, ineffectual, naïve, and insulting way for America’s leaders to deal with major national and international issues. It’s embarrassing.

Sarah is speaking of Michelle Obama’s tweet holding a #BringBackOurGirls sign and we have to assume that she thought Michelle Obama was Barack Obama because, everyone knows, all of those black people look alike or something.  Of course, Sarah disregards the fact that the US governmenthas already been providing help to Nigeria which icoincidentally is in Africa which Sarah thinks is a country. But Sarah is on a roll, so …. blabber on, dumb lady:

And what is the Obama administration’s weapon of choice in this battle for these young girls’ lives? Hashtagging tweets on social media! I kinda-sorta doubt a tweet will intimidate the kidnappers much. So, if you’re going to jump in and do something about these Islamic terrorists at all, then do it right, do it firmly, and kick their ass.

Lock and load, America! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! These colors don’t run!

Unless they are faced with an ethics investigation.

Or they hate working.

Or Katie Couric is stopping by to give a pop quiz.

So, hey Barry Bammer Coward Girly President Man, stop hiding behind those social media Twitter skirts  that you are totally not tweeting or Sarah Palin will have her scrivener scriven some more words together for her Facebook Wall of Sick Burns.

I, on the other hand, have no such limitations, so: #ShutUpDumbLady