CBS’ Nancy Cordes sounds more like a KOS blogger than a journalist, possibly because she seems to be picking up her lines from daily KOS.

Chilling story of ISIS training and fighting methods from somebody who recently deserted:

“By the end, we were killing everything and everyone, including women and children in surrounding villages or left in the town,” he said, quickly denying that he personally had killed any children.

“It was easy,” he added. “We had been in battle for weeks.”

The battle, and the capture and killing of dozens of Al Nusra fighters, left Almouthanna disenchanted, he said. He said he realized that he was no longer battling the hated Assad regime, but fighting fellow jihadists. He said others felt the same way, but noted that those who try to leave are easily replaced by foreign fighters pouring in daily.

Condi Rice is appalled by the racial attacks coming from the Dems. The attacks really are disgusting.

Unemployment rates fell, although wages are not growing much. And most of the new jobs have been:

Employment rose last month in food services and drinking establishments, retail trade, and health care, according to the Labor Department figures.

See also:

The closely watched unemployment rate dipped to 5.8 percent in the month, its lowest since 2008. However, the labor force participation rate—considered by some economists to be a more reliable barometer of labor conditions—rose only modestly to 62.8 from 62.7 percent. That indicator remains mostly flat since April, the Labor Department said, and remains mired at its lowest level in nearly four decades.


The employment report highlighted 2.2 million “marginally attached” workers, people not in the labor force who want work, yet are not counted as unemployed because they haven’t actively sought employment. Among that number, 770,000 were counted as “discouraged” workers who don’t believe there are jobs available for them.
[…]Average hourly earnings for October rose marginally, by 3 cents to $24.57, the Labor Department reported. Over the year, average hourly earnings are up only 2.0 percent, at a time when utility costs in some regions are on the rise and food prices are surging.


The jobless rate fell to 5.8%, but workforce participation remained near at 36-year low at 62.8%

News theater: A squatter in Detroit and a reporter who bought the house go toe to toe (on camera, of course)- I think my favorite bit is when the reporter points out that the squatter is illegally taking power from the neighbors’ house, and asks, “So, you’re stealing?” And the squatter starts to agree, and then switches, “I am…… blessed.”

The American people have made it very, very clear that they are not in favour of amnesty. The President has essentially said he’s going to push it through in December anyway, before the newly elected lawmakers take office. The main way to stop that seems to be not to give him a spending bill that would fund his unconstitutional rule by executive order, but are the establishment Republicans in office now willing to do that?

Gay marriage will probably be heard by the Supreme Court now:

A federal appeals court Thursday halted a run of rulings supporting same-sex marriage by the U.S. courts that are the last line for appeals just below the Supreme Court. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel instead upheld laws against the practice in four states – Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Attorneys for gay plaintiffs say they will ask the Supreme Court to hear their arguments, and the split created Thursday among the federal appeals courts makes it more likely they will agree to this time.

Scientists trace a stool sample from WWI:

Scientists who unlocked the genetic code of bacteria grown from a soldier who died of dysentery in World War I say it revealed a superbug already resistant to penicillin and other antibiotics decades before they were in common use.
The discovery sheds light on the history of antibiotic resistance – now a global health threat.

In the NAACP’s report on the election results, they do not mention Mia Love or Tim Scott, an astounding omission as well as a tacit admission that the NAACP only stands for the advancement of some people of colour, there is definitely an ideological purity test.

The modern left is built around a trio of laudable principles: protecting the environment is good, racism is bad, and so is demonizing a person over his or her sexual preferences. (In the chapter of his book Intellectuals titled “The Flight from Reason,” Paul Johnson wrote that “At the end of the Second World War, there was a significant change in the predominant aim of secular intellectuals, a shift of emphasis from utopianism to hedonism.” ) But just as the Bircher right began to see communists everywhere, the new Bircher left sees racism, sexism, homophobia, and Koch Brothers everywhere.

Koch Derangement Syndrome is crazy stuff (and also dishonest). The Koch brothers just joined forces with Soros and the ACLU to support a cause seeking to protect indigents from excessive incarceration rates. What evil will those libertarians think of next?


President Obama reportedly penned a secret letter to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei last month discussing their shared interest in fighting the Islamic State — a development one congressional source told Fox News “f***s up everything.”

This is why women don’t like to be identified as feminist, and it’s not backlash from the patriarchy:

In Nigeria and Iraq, Muslim armies are selling women as slaves. Iran hanged a woman for fighting off a rapist. ISIS was more direct about it and beheaded a woman who resisted one of its fighters.

But we don’t have to travel to the Middle East to see real horrors. The sex grooming scandal in the UK involved the rape of thousands of girls. The rapists were Muslim men so instead of talking about it, the UK’s feminists bought $75 shirts reading, “This is what a feminist looks like” which were actually being made by Third World women living sixteen to a room. This was what a feminist looked like and it wasn’t a pretty picture.

The same willful unseriousness saw Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a survivor of genital mutilation and an informed critic of Muslim misogyny, booted from Brandeis by self-proclaimed feminists. Meanwhile the major feminist cause at the moment is Gamergate, a controversy over video games which can be traced back to a female game developer who slept with a video game reviewer. Professional feminists have spent more time and energy denouncing video games than the sale and rape of girls in Nigeria and Iraq.

That is what feminism looks like and there is something seriously wrong with that.

In Ukraine:

A column of 32 tanks, 16 howitzer artillery systems and trucks carrying ammunition and fighters has crossed into eastern Ukraine from Russia, the Kiev military said on Friday.

“The deployment continues of military equipment and Russian mercenaries to the front lines,” spokesman Andriy Lysenko said in a televised briefing referring to Thursday’s cross-border incursion.

The report of a new Russian movement of armor across the border follows a charge on Thursday by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine that Kiev government forces had launched a new offensive – which Kiev immediately denied.


“The essence of my proposition is simple”, says the Chairwoman Of Parliamentary Commission on Women’s affairs, Children and Family, Yelena Borisovna Mizoulina. “Each female citizen of Russia will be able to receive by mail the genetic material of the President, get pregnant from him and have a baby. These mothers will be receiving special allowances from the government.”

Ms. Mizoulina, who holds a PhD in law, made the proposal in a roundtable discussion regarding the issue of fertility and Russia. She went on to describe what would happen after President Putin’s babies were born, presuming that they will be male, at least in the translation commissioned by the Observer.

The economy has gotten bigger, but much of that growth hasn’t reached the middle class. Indeed, the top 1 percent grabbed 95 percent of all the gains during the recovery’s first three years. And that’s not even the most depressing part. Even adjusted for household size, real median incomes haven’t increased at all since 1999. That’s right: the middle class hasn’t gotten a raise in 15 years.

Four states have now legalized marijuana use.

Berkely CA passed a tax on cokes, er, carbonated soft drinks, or sodas or whatever you want to call them.

This is what Dennis Prager said:“On issue after issue, these are manufactured divisions: the black–white division, the male–female division, and the old–young division. These are all manufactured. There is no “war on women.” It’s absurd. It is just an absurdity. It is a lie. It’s a gargantuan lie to get votes. It’s as big a lie as “culture of rape” on your campuses. What nonsense. There is a “culture of rape” on campuses run by the feminist Left? Why are you trying to sell me this nonsense?

One in five women are sexually assaulted on campuses? You know what sexual assault means? Did you ever look at what counts? An “unwanted kiss” is considered sexual assault. I’m stunned it’s only one in five. Four out of five women have not gotten an unwanted kiss? My wife gets unwanted kisses every so often!”

I see nothing to apologize for.

Ben Shapiro says no to amnesty because it will destroy conservatives, as the illegal aliens made legal will flock to the Democrats. I think that’s a sucky reason to be opposed to amnesty, honestly. Morally, I see no difference between that and the Democrats who want amnesty because they want more votes. The problem with amnesty, and the only one that matters, is that it’s wrong to reward illegal behavior. And with amnesty, by rewarding illegal behavior, it is essentially punishing those who have attempted to go the legal route as well. You want immigration reform? Secure the borders. Speed up the current applications for citizenship. Open and widen all the legal routes for citizenship, twentyfold or more if that is what it takes. Welfare programs and other benefits (including school) that taxpayers fund should be limited to those who are here legally. Those who broke the rules and pushed their way here illegally may apply for citizenship as well, and I’m even okay with no other penalties for breaking the law but this- you go to the back of the line. Your paperwork will not be processed until all those who have already applied and are waiting for the legal route have been processed. No claimjumping, no ‘sooners.’ Secure the borders, but widen the gates.

It’s not going to happen, though.  McConnell has every intention of just letting Obama do what he wants while making a bunch of useless noise without actually doing anything.

 The GOP Senate is ready to spend

The bipartisan budget agreement reached late last year increased spending beyond the levels set by sequestration. And while many of the new Republican senators have been vague on what programs they would cut, they all have pledged to support defense spending and to “protect” and “preserve” Social Security and Medicare. That almost certainly means spending hikes over the next two years.

We still don’t have a body of electors who actually stand for any firmer principle than maintaining their own power.  This is one key reason why we shouldn’t over-interpret elections.

That said, this map of the GOP takeover is pretty interesting.

“…a Palestinian slammed his car into pedestrians in Jerusalem, killing a border policeman and wounding nine other people in the second such attack in a fortnight.” A few hours later another one slammed his car into a group of Israeli soldiers.

About 70 US Public Health service workers will be treating Ebola patients in Liberia.


The President is really, really miffed about criticism of his Syria policy.

About the election results, he’s, well, I guess tone deaf is the nicest thing to say.  He seems to be promising to work with the new Republican controlled House and Senate as soon as they get off their duffs and implement *his* agenda.  You know, the agenda that he said was on the ballot. I guess it doesn’t matter to him what the voters said about this.

One week before the election the press agreed not to report on merely suspected cases of Ebola, only on confirmed test results.  I see the reason for that, but I seriously question the timing and the *press’s* reasons for conceding.  Guess who asked them to stop?

GOP gains bigger than realized:

Voters Tuesday were deciding 6,049 state legislative seats in 46 states, nearly 82 percent of all seats.

State legislatures typically are the place where both Republicans and Democrats groom future candidates to run for governor, as well as for Congress.

Cullen noted Republicans have gained a net total of 332 seats in state legislatures nationwide out of the 649 seats up for election, with some outstanding races still too close to call.

Moreover, the GOP added majority control of 10 state legislative chambers, including the Colorado Senate, the Maine Senate, the Maine House, the Nevada Assembly, the Nevada Senate, the New Hampshire House, the New York Senate, the New Mexico House, the Washington Senate and the West Virginia House. The West Virginia Senate is now deadlocked and two chambers still undecided are the Colorado House and the Washington House.

In addition, Democrats lost their super-majorities in the California Senate, the Vermont House and the Maryland House of Delegates.

Republicans now control 67 state chambers while the Democrats control 28. Prior to Tuesday, Republicans had a 57-41 advantage.

Republicans have complete state control – both chambers and the governor’s mansion – in 23 states, compared to six states for the Democrats.


Jo Nova:

The ABC bias is now so obvious, everyone with an open mind and an Internet connection knows that the ABC report the parts that suit, and hide the rest. They even edit the words of skeptics [link in original] to produce sentences that were never actually spoken. But what I saw last night was a flagrantly wrong statement, counter to the truth, reported as if it were so above question it did not even need explanation, qualification or substantiation. It’s time to squeeze the ABC for accuracy.

One of the Big-Myths in this debate is that the opinions of “climate scientists” equals the opinion of “scientists in general”. All over Australia last night hundreds of thousands of Australians heard this statement as narration in the main news bulletin:

“World’s scientists reckon the climates never felt anything like them in close to a million years…”  – 4:40mins ABC News report Nov 3, 2014 [link in original]

Ignoring the point that the sentence is grammatically incoherent, it is misleading and demonstrably false. The “World’s Scientists” don’t reckon anything, they have never been surveyed, have not voted for a spokesperson, and inasmuch as anyone could estimate the “world’s scientists” opinions,  actual surveys show that skeptics would outnumber and outrank the believers.

The fact is (and any genuine reporter would find this out easily) almost half  of meteorologists[link in original]— fergoodnesssake — are skeptics, survey after survey shows that two-thirds of geoscientists and engineers [link in original] are skeptics, and most readers of skeptical blogs (who chose to respond to surveys and list their qualifications in  comments^)[link in original] have hard science degrees[link in original]. Dan Kahan conducted a survey of 1,500 people[link in original] and found people who knew more about maths and science were more likely to be skeptical.

I stripped out the supporting links because you should really read it all and get the links from Jo Nova.  It’s good stuff.  (ABC here is Australian Broadcasting, not the American network)

Just a few of the ways the government is wasting taxpayer money.

The left’s increasingly heavy use of censorship to silence dissent.

Gun theft and possession of date rape drugs downgraded to misdemeanors in California.

Loved this essay:

No one is qualified to govern us, considering how “govern” is defined today. The national, state, and local governments attempt to manage all aspects of our lives. In various ways, they undertake to “get the economy moving” and keep it “humming.” On top of that, the national government maintains a global empire in the service of which the national-security apparatus presumes to manage foreign societies.

Even if doing these things were morally proper—which it assuredly is not—it would be beyond the capability of human beings. No person or group could possibly possess the knowledge that would be required to manage a society—this one or one in a foreign land. Any “leader” who presents himself as fit for that job is a poser. No one is qualified to do what politicians today aspire to do.

That goes for Republicans as well as Democrats. Republicans talk about shrinking government, but don’t believe it. They certainly have no intention of shrinking the American empire, much less dismantling it. Quite the contrary. And while they talk about freeing the economy, that usually means removing restrictions on privileged economic interests without also eliminating the privileges. Republicans give the free market a bad name, because too often their policies amount to unabashed corporatism. But, then, the Democrats are no different. Both parties have a vested interest in the essential status quo, whatever their differences at the margin.

Oh, Lord- praying for Ferguson and the mess it’s in.  The so called Gentle Giant’s mother accused of beating and robbing vendors (who included Michael Brown’s grandmother).  I know people grieve in their own way, but does she not have any friends or loved ones who could have prevailed up on her to stay out of this?

A police report detailing a fight last month between members of Michael Brown’s family over the sale of commemorative t-shirts identifies the late teenager’s mother as one of the “attackers” who beat and robbed vendors selling the merchandise from a tent in a Ferguson, Missouri parking lot.

copy of the Ferguson Police Department report was provided yesterday by city attorney Stephanie Karr. When TSG requested the document two weeks ago, Karr noted that Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, was “described in the report” and had “specifically requested that the report be withheld from the media.”

Karr added, “Knowing this, do you still want a copy of the report?”

The violent October 18 ransacking–which police have classified as felony armed robbery–remains under active investigation, said Karr. “No charges have been filed yet and no decision about charges will be made until the investigation is concluded,” the lawyer told TSG yesterday.

And now some of them have beaten a fellow protestor to the point that he’s in the hospital. He was filming a meeting and was asked to stop, and he didn’t- there’s at least one witness to say he didn’t hear or didn’t understand the request, so instead of stopping the meeting to talk with him, a mob beat him and chased him down the street, only stopping when he ran into a Walgreens and got help. I’ve been extremely sympathetic to the citizens of Ferguson, and I still think the police have behaved very badly from the start- but this garbage makes it harder to justify my sympathy.

In South Africa, 66 schoolchildren hospitalized after eating school lunches contaminated by crushed grass and bits of stone.

In Sweden:

The perils of multiculturalism and open borders have reached critical mass in Sweden. There are Muslim enclaves where postal, fire and other essential services — even police officers themselves —require police protection.

A police report released last month identifies 55 of these “no-go zones” in Sweden. These zones are similar to others that have popped up in Europe in recent years. They formed as large Muslim populations emigrating to politically correct and tolerant European states refuse to assimilate and set up virtual states within a state where the authorities fear to tread.

Soeren Kern of the Hudson Institute has documented the proliferation of these zones. They are de facto Muslim micro-states under Shariah law that reject Western values, society and legal systems. In these districts non-Muslims are expected to conform to the dictates of fundamentalist Islam or face violent consequences.

“A more precise name for these zones,” says Middle Eastern expert Daniel Pipes, “would be Dar al-Islam — the House of Islam or the place where Islam rules.”

Muslim immigration to Sweden has been fostered by an open-border asylum policy.

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ISIS releases slave price list for sales of children as young as one.  Only Christians and Yazidis are sold as slaves:

“The market to sell women and spoils of war has been experiencing a significant decrease, which has adversely affected ISIS revenue and financing of the Mujahideen,” the document said. Therefore, the ISIS set its tariff for everyone to strictly adhere to. The group threatens that whoever violates the tariff will be executed. The group also imposed a maximum number of purchases to three women only. Only foreigners like Turks, Syrians and Gulf Arabs are allowed to purchase more than three slaves.

The pricelist showed only Yazidi and Christian women are being sold.  Women aged 40 to 50 years old is being sold for 50,000 dinars. Those 30 to 40 years of age is being sold for 75,000 dinars and 20 to 30 years of age is being sold for 100,000 dinars, as listed to the official copy of the document obtained by theIraqi News.

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