Obama Rebuffs More War, Governors Rebuff Syrian Refugees, SCOTUS Rebuffs Abortion FOIA Case: P.M. Links

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  • Overly simplistic, but still preferable to any editorial cartoon addressing the attacks.
    Credit: Jean Jullien

    President Barack Obama held a news conference today rejecting calls for escalating the use of military to fight the Islamic State in the wake of the attacks on Paris, though he does plan to intensify airstrikes and assistance. He also rebuffed those who are trying to resist Syrian refugees from being brought into the United States.

  • Those who don't want Syrian refugees here in the U.S. include at least 13 governors—all Republicans, so far.
  • In France and Belgium, authorities have conducted more than 150 raids to track down anybody suspected of involvement in planning the Paris terrorist attacks.
  • Here's a list of inaccurate images and information passed around on social media as truth in the wake of the Paris attacks.
  • Education Management Corporation, which enrolls more than 100,000 students at for-profit colleges in 32 states, has agreed to a $95.5 million settlement with the feds over its high-pressure recruitment tactics.
  • The Supreme Court has declined to hear a case where anti-abortion activists were denied access to documents about Planned Parenthood receiving federal funds due to a "trade secrets" exemption in the Freedom of Information Act. Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas dissented and wanted to consider the case.

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  1. Here’s a list of inaccurate images and information passed around on social media as truth in the wake of the Paris attacks.

    All duly reported by CNN?

    1. Hello.

    2. Good afternoon, FoE.

      I smashed my middle finger over the weekend, broke part of my nail which pushed into the skin and ended up getting infected. I’m on two major antibiotics and my finger’s wrapped up like a mummy and i look like I’m flipping everybody off.

      Also, I can barely type.

      1. Ouch.

        You’ll be fine in a year.

      2. All those years of one-handed typing finally pay off, eh?

        1. I already made that joke to my wife. She said “Yeah, but then you’d be used to typing with your left hand”.

          1. “I can switch hit!”

      3. Hey! I’m trying to eat my lunch here!

      4. I won’t acknowledge your pain until I get a ‘good afternoon’.

      5. Ouch! Sorry to hear that, Juvie.

      6. Also, I can barely type.

        There’s always a reason why you don’t get top comment that’s not your fault, isn’t there, Juvenile?

      7. You’re not supposed to do that

    3. I hope this becomes a regular feature on NBC. Course it’ll probably turn political if they do that, but this current version was good.

  2. Whiny leftists unhappy because “teabaggers” express support for France after the attacks. There is just no pleasing these people. If the right had of said nothing, we’d be accused of being insensitive. If we’d have gloated about them having brought that on themselves, we’d have been condemned for victim-blaming.

    1. Look, every pile of bodies is just a place to wave a bloody shirt for some people on every part of the political spectrum.

    2. Tonio, next time TRIGGER WARN!

      “TampaZeke StSean ? 2 days ago

      I pointed out that Lady Liberty needs to take care of the terrorists in the United States who have killed MANY more people right here at home than were killed in France. Of course, our terrorist come in the Christian, white, right-wing conservative gun nut variety so Teabagistanis aren’t concerned about them.”

      This is as close to peak derp as we’ll ever get I reckon.

      1. Look, white people killed over 900 million africans during slavery.

      2. Sorry about that, folks. Yeah, the comments are truly unhinged.

      3. our terrorist come in the Christian, white, right-wing conservative gun nut variety

        Like the Tsarnaevs…….

        1. Forget it, Miles per Gallon, it’s leftytown.

          1. That’s not lefty-town. That’s just plain bat-shit crazy.

            1. Don’t spend much time around actual leftists, do you Rufus?

              1. He lives in Montreal – it’s like telling a shark it doesn’t bathe much.

                1. On the corner of Ave. des Pine (Pine Ave.) and Park Ave just when it becomes Berri plastered on the side of the building face one of McGill university’s campus for all to see is a ‘Palestine Libre’ fresco – and it’s disgusting. Imagine being Jewish and having to watch that everyday. Sickening.

                  1. Not all Jews are in lockstep with Israeli policy.

                    1. I know. But you get the point. I guess even they may feel a tad annoyed by it?

                    2. I haven’t seen the mural in question. All the jews I know are very liberal, so tend to favor a two-state solution (to put it mildly).

                    3. Meanwhile, most of the Palestinians favor the one-state solution, the one where all the Jews are dead and they get all the land.

                      Hard to see why there’s any conflict.

                  2. Rufus, is there a link so we can see it?

              2. All. The. Time.

                I like to believe they’re not insane like those people. Alas, you may be right I’m afraid.

      4. I suppose that this is as good a place as any for this.

        Gotta love that Clickhole!

    3. Well, it is a pretty shitty, demeaning cartoon.

      1. Meh. No worse than some that appear here. I’m not getting the demeaning part.

        1. It suggests that Paris is being destroyed and France needs the US to save its ass.

          I’m sure the cartoonist did want to show solidarity with France and all that, but it really comes off the wrong way to me.

          1. Sure, it was clumsy. “Lafayette, we are here” would have been a better reference, but one that would be lost on a majority of today’s readers.

          2. The Statue of Liberty is French. Perhaps your issue is a failure to grasp nuance.

            No, but seriously I didn’t see what you saw, it’s in your head.

            1. Well yeah, where else would it be?

      2. Look, the cartoon a subtle jab at the teabaggers.

        Lady Liberty has a war boner and is orgazming over seeing Paris in flames. She’s waving the rifle around because she’s a deranged gun nut, and carries the backpack of white privilege on her back!

    4. Tonio,

      Just remember this: the left is reflexively driven by opposition to anything its political enemies do. Your assessment is dead on; whatever side the right is on, the left – by rule – must embrace the other side.

      1. This right here is what drives the left. Literally. It’s why their ideas and views are contradictory and crazy.

    5. The purpose of identity politics is to enable members of Group A to feel superior to members of Group B.

      That people are miserable enough to fall for political tribalism rather than reading, playing games, getting a (second?) job is an indication of how pitiful this species often is.

    6. TEAparty members are to our homegrown fascists what Goldstien was to Germany’s fascists, the wreckers to the soviets. It is bizarre how much alike all of those groups are in their mentality, tactics, and goals.

      1. Emmanuel Goldstein, the enemy of the people(tm), was from Orwell’s 1984.

    7. Jesus fuck. Look at that douche’s photo at the top. Cookie cutter douchebag hipster spouts SJW derp.

  3. He also rebuffed those who are trying to resist Syrian refugees from being brought into the United States.

    He must really think they’re going to vote Democrat.

    1. They will as soon as possible.

  4. Appropriations of state funds to a private charity are trade secrets? We’re doomed.

    1. They’re not just trade secrets; they’re a penalty and a tax as well.

      1. I forgot the State Secrets clause where anything the State doesn’t want to share is a secret. As if this weren’t exactly what the FOIA was set up to deal with.

        1. They’ll get a redacted version with only the word “the” not blacked out.

    2. Maybe the trade secrets involve the use of scissors on spinal cords.

  5. Those who don’t want Syrian refugees here in the U.S. include at least 13 governors?all Republicans, so far.

    “State laws which impose discriminatory burdens upon the entrance or residence of aliens lawfully within the United States conflict with this constitutionally derived federal power to regulate immigration, and have accordingly been held invalid.” Takahashi v. Fish & Game Comm’n, 334 U.S. 410, 419 (1948).

    “The Constitution… that pesky thing” – DA Adam Schiff, Law & Order

    1. Chalk it up to the Imperial Presidency. The Strong Man must signal in this day and age. Why miss an opportunity to blame the Feds and score some points with the base? Its not like these guys are moral leaders.

    2. But these are refugees not immigrants

      1. No, migrants. I mean asylum seekers…wait…tourists?

        1. Evacuees. Remember Katrina?

          1. Katrina and The Waves?

      2. “Refugees” are a class of immigrants.

        1. You’re right. You don’t have to live like a refugee.

    3. They can refuse to aid the president in giving them free housing or welfare benefits, though. They can go to the state all they want, but they need somewhere to stay.

    4. There are non-GOP governors these days?

    5. The Constitution, namely the 14th Amendment, doesn’t permit the federal government power over immigration, but citizenship and naturalization. That a state government would impose “discriminatory burdens upon the entrance or resident of aliens lawfully within the United States” has nothing to do with the federal Constitution and everything to do with the powers granted to the state governments by their own constitutions.

      Not that any of this wrangling over constitutionality matters when Serious People talk about “living Constitutions” without irony, but it’s important to keep in mind what the federal Constitution was intended to do and what it wasn’t.

      1. I’m sure there’s an emanation or penumbra somewhere that says what they want it to say.

        1. And if it doesn’t say what they want it to say, a few sessions with Mr. Waterboard will get its mind right.

    6. It’s beyond ridiculous that the president can refuse to enforce the immigration laws, then block the states from enforcing them because that would usurp Congress’ authority to regulate immigration.

  6. …has agreed to a $95.5 million settlement with the feds over its high-pressure recruitment tactics.

    Is anyone pushing higher education on the populace like the federal government?

    1. “Nice business you got there, be a shame if anything happened to it. “

  7. President Barack Obama held a news conference today rejecting calls for escalating the use of military to fight the Islamic State in the wake of the attacks on Paris, though he does plan to intensify airstrikes and assistance.

    OK then…

    1. We’ve been over this before, bombing is not the same as using the military.

      1. Obama prefers the term “kinetic strike.” He has been doing a lot of kinetic striking in the ME for the past several years.

  8. The Supreme Court has declined to hear a case where anti-abortion activists were denied access to documents about Planned Parenthood receiving federal funds due to a “trade secrets” exemption…

    OMG. They’re using baby parts in hydraulic fracturing fluid!

    1. If olive oil is made out of olives, what is baby oil made out of?

        1. You know who else was named Hitler?

            1. That was “Vic Hitler, Jr., the narcoleptic comedian.”

              1. No, Baby Hitler!

                The one JEB! kills in infancy.

                For the children.

  9. In France and Belgium, authorities have conducted more than 150 raids to track down anybody suspected of involvement in planning the Paris terrorist attacks.

    Neither Rand Paul nor Edward Snowden are in either of those places.

    1. So that’s what he meant by “tiger blood”

      1. Monkey blood?

      2. This must obviously be the famous actor that the tabloids have been click baiting over the last week or so.

        Makes sense. I read one of the confessions by one of his regulars that is also a porn chick by day and his Misstress by night. She was talking about the “unnamed actor” and his exploits.

        She claimed he paid someone to bring trannies to him 2 or three at a time so he could pick the one he wanted.

        She says he ‘s done about 50 porn stars plus trannies on a regular basis in the last years or so and there may be an outbreak in the porn industry.

        1. It’s far more likely that the drug use caused it than any amount of sex caused it.

          1. Sure. especially if he was sticking a needle in his body.

            But if you’re having that much and that type of sex it’s ging to be hard not to cross polinate.

            He doesn’t come across as a safe sex practioner to me though.

            1. No, no, I’m sure it was the Mary Jane. Don’t you listen to Patrick Kennedy and John Kasich?

    2. Poor crazy bastard. My impression is that HIV is contracted more often from IV drug use than from sex. I could be wrong. I don’t run in either circle.

      1. IV drug use is the most dangerous on a per-incident basis, but buttsex is far more common. Also, with buttsex the bottom is a greater risk than the top. Prevalence of anti-retrovirals (both for prophylaxis and for treatment) has slowed the spread of buttsex-related HIV in the gay community by at least an order of magnitude. At the very least.

  10. 23 people are in custody and 104 under house arrest; and weapons have been seized in connection with Paris attacks, French Interior Minister says.

    “Weapons”, eh? Well, at least they aren’t firearms.

  11. Mickey Rooney has apparently died.

    1. Why, you ….!

    2. We still have Lou Reed, at least…

      1. Phew.

        +1 You’re so vicious.

      2. May he live to be 120.

    3. I am so very solly for your loss.

  12. STOP THE PRESSES!!!!!!

    We finally have a presidential candidate we can support!!!!!!

    Freddy & The Biped 2016!!!!!!!

    “My Fellow Americans…”
    “Over the last 12 months, according to people who know, my modest little Facebook page has received over 500,000 comments urging me to run for President of the United States. Clearly, the time has come to consider these invitations with a measure of seriousness. And so today, after nearly thirty seconds of careful soul-searching, I’m pleased to officially announce my decision to run for the highest office in the land. And that decision is of course, no”.
    “Naturally, I’m flattered – deeply. But aside from my conspicuous lack of experience, (I can barely keep a TV show on the air,) I’m afraid I lack the temperament for elected office. My dog on the other hand, is not only more suited for the role, he is, according to the most recent polls – more popular than his master, and therefor, far more electable. So, I would be willing – under Freddy’s leadership and guidance – to serve as his Vice President, and in that regard, your humble servant.”

    – Mike Rowe

    1. I don’t think “Freddy is over 35 in dog years” will clear the court, though.

      1. I’ve seen the birth certificate that certifies that there was a live birth of a puppy in Scranton, Pennsylvania named Freddy. Long form. Signature of the registrar.

        Anyway, since when does the Constitution matter?

    2. Is he over 35 in dog years?

  13. Jesus, its deader than a bar next to the Baptist church in here.

    1. Silly Brett.

      It’s not noon yet and church hasn’t let out.

      1. Yeah, the Catholics hate fighting church traffic on their way to the bar.

        1. Saturday evening mass, Brett. Duh.

          1. Been there, done that. That’s why you can go to brunch while the 10:30 crowd are still achurchin’

  14. The Supreme Court has declined to hear a case where anti-abortion activists were denied access to documents about Planned Parenthood receiving federal funds due to a “trade secrets” exemption in the Freedom of Information Act.

    I though that the purpose of IP was to foster innovation. I guess it was meant to hide the shenanigans committed by a federally-funded organization that kills viable human babies for profit.

    1. They’re technically a non-profit, so they just do it for huge executive salaries and good health insurance.

    2. Penumbras are vast and expansive (except 2nd Amendment, being soulless it has no shadow).

    3. Is this exception of FOIA one of the reasons why death penalty opponents find it difficult to get info on the current lethal injection drug regimes?

  15. Those who don’t want Syrian refugees here in the U.S. include at least 13 governors?all Republicans, so far.

    WaPo story now lists 15.

    Make that sixteen.

    1. Oops, WaPo says fourteen, so fifteen total. Some D governors now.

      1. Oh, that’s interesting about the Ds.

        1. OK, only 1: Maggie Hassan, NH

          1. Maggie Hassan says no. I can’t be the only one noticing this.

            1. “Inshallah, I moved here to get away from those pricks!”

            2. That’s Skeletor’s hubby’s family name. The opportunistic lady hacked her hyphenated surname down to size when it was time to run for Governor. A cynical person would assume she is so quick on this refugee issue in part to compete with the incumbent, hawkish sitting lady R that’s to be her rivial in the 2016 Senate election.

    2. Yeah, I bet most liberals are secretly relieved at this pushback and are happy to shut up and let the other team take the blame for having said that.

    3. Not to bag on refugees, but many don’t have cash and it takes time to find a job. The strain on Medicaid alone of even 20,000 refugees win a single state would be enough for most governors to balk at the idea.

      1. Does the U.S. government provide them with a cost of living stipend like Canada does?

        1. I’m not sure. Usually, the States are responsible for administering welfare, but much of it can be billed back to the Feds. Medicaid on particular has more requirements than states receive funding for.

        2. I read where Tronto offers them Muslim only public housing.

          Any truth to that Rufus ?

          1. Not sure. I know there’s a lot of misinformation out there regarding welfare. Might be better for our resident Ontarians to answer. I’ll look into it.

            1. Yikes! It looks true.

              http://globalnews.ca/news/2187…..cceptable/

              1. Yeah. I read an article whre the city government had denied housing to a disabled man because the only opening at the time was in a Muslim only building.

    4. We need a Governor Beriberi too.

    5. The US wouldn’t even take in Jews during the Holocaust. Why would either of our cynical, gross political parties be in a hurry to open its arms to refugees given how much damage even one terrorist incident would inflict on their future campaigns?

      1. The Lightbringer has no such concern.

      2. The US was a very different country then. Jews were discriminated against socially, but not politically as were blacks. Jews had no trouble voting, but apparently many country clubs and neighborhoods were “restricted.”

        1. but apparently many country clubs and neighborhoods were “restricted.”

          True – and they promptly formed their own clubs and neighborhoods.

  16. In France and Belgium, authorities have conducted more than 150 raids to track down anybody suspected of involvement in planning the Paris terrorist attacks.

    “Round up the usual suspects!”

    Those who don’t want Syrian refugees here in the U.S. include at least 13 governors?all Republicans, so far.

    Ok, ok, 13 governors AND their spouses. At least. But that is it, so far, okay?

  17. President Barack Obama held a news conference today rejecting calls for escalating the use of military to fight the Islamic State in the wake of the attacks on Paris

    It’s one of the few things Obama gets right with foreign policy. If only he followed this policy all the time.

    Escalating the fight in Syria with ground troops is exactly what these pigs want. Don’t fall into the trap.

    1. Don’t we already have advisors in Syria?

      1. We got out ahead of the process. We were supposed to let the Frech fight and lose first, then send advisers, then send troops. We have to go back and check the first box. What’s Syrian for Dien Bien Phu?

        1. “They say half of these raghead whores are servicing ISIS officers, and the other half are suicide bombers. Make sure you only fuck the ones with wires.”

        2. What’s Syrian for Dien Bien Phu?

          “Afghanistan”

      2. They’re only there to win the hearts and minds.

    2. Re: Juice,

      It’s one of the few things Obama gets right with foreign policy. If only he followed this policy all the time.

      Exactly. If only he were consistent. So far, his drones have this weird predilection for blowing up wedding parties.

      1. So far, his drones have this weird predilection for blowing up wedding parties

        I understand Obama is furious when he finds out about this by reading the papers.

      2. So far, his drones have this weird predilection for blowing up wedding parties.

        and soccer stadiums restaurants concert venues hospitals

  18. Holy shit, Obama is no longer alone! From PM Zoolander:

    We made a clear commitment in the campaign to stop the bombing mission by Canadian jets and replace it with a role for Canada that is still a serious military role, but leaned more towards training of local troops to be able to bring the fight directly to ISIL,he said, referring to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). “

    I love that CBC has to translate the stupid abbreviation for him.

    1. Curious. Do you bother to take part in the threads?

      I don’t see the difference between committing to training or actual combat missions. We’re implicated either way and I’m sure ISIS will see it that way.

      1. Shit no, I read three responses then run back to H&R. There’s crazy, and then there’s ball-out INSANE…

    2. He called it ISIL ? Really ?

      canadians should be afraid, very,very afraid.

      Obama and his minions are the only people in the world that call it ISIL.

      Even ISIL calls itself ISIS or IS, but not ISIL.

      1. Like I said, he’s a cheap intelectually-lightweight copy of Obama (yes, he’s more vapid than Obama – chew on that!)

        1. THIS.

          1. My condolences. Hope you still have a country in a year or two.

      2. Which translation/transliteration he favors is the least problem.

      3. Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is a more accurate translation of the original Arabic name, the problem being that most Westerners don’t know what the Levant is. IS is the name they now self-apply in English, since they claim to have branches in many more countries.

  19. Here’s a list of inaccurate images and information passed around on social media as truth in the wake of the Paris attacks.

    Um, thanks for propagating the stupidity?

  20. Here’s a list of inaccurate images and information passed around on social media as truth in the wake of the Paris attacks.

    Misinformation Spreads on Social Media Following Paris Attacks

    I’m… confused…

    How many tens of thousands of times have we seen the l33t media pass around social media as ‘witness accounts’ to anything from racism on college campuses to harassment of varying types while constantly extolling the virtues and empowering nature of social media… and now… NOW the media is concerned that social media is spreading misinformation because… you know anyone can just post anything on there!

    1. Yeah, I made a parallel point on Friday when the French English language live feed was warning people not to assume the attackers were Muslim just because Twitter accounts of people at the shootings said the attackers were crying “Allahu Akbar.”

      Perhaps Brian Ross could weigh in with a decision?

      1. I’m guessing “racist”

    2. It’s links like this one that gets you invited to cocktail parties…

      1. Reinforce Narrative; receive cocktails?!

  21. rejecting calls for escalating the use of military to fight the Islamic State in the wake of the attacks on Paris, though he does plan to intensify airstrikes and assistance.

    So more airstrikes and more “assistance” isn’t “escalation”?

    1. I’m sure Navy and AF people will be pleased to know that BHO doesn’t consider them part of the military.

  22. McKinsey “estimated” that Obamacare premiums have increased….

    http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/…..eductibles

  23. President Barack Obama held a news conference today rejecting calls for escalating the use of military to fight the Islamic State

    Of course he does; ISIS are his buddies; he wants these animals to take over the entire world if possible.

    Few things in life probably give him more joy than seeing radical Muslims murder white westerners.

    1. I can’t think of any commenters on this site who manage to regularly produce anything more deranged, or completely unhinged than the mental sewage you consistently squirt into your comments, Mike M. You are clearly the king of the retards.

      I would congratulate you on what is clearly a difficult accomplishment, but that would require me to respect it.

      1. On the bright side, Mike didn’t use the “Block Insane Yomamma” epithet this time.

      2. King of the retards? C’mon tarran, shreek has set a pretty high bar for that.

        1. Shreek and AmSoc are beginning to break character almost every post, though. MikeM is always on point (though yes, lack of “Block Insane Yomamma” is a worrying sign).

      3. So sorry I offended you. Even Hollande and the Pope, two dyed in the wool left wing international socialists, recognize that ISIS is an evil that needs to be wiped out.

        Obama is a west-hating rat unlike any we’ve ever seen in our country. If you can’t handle the obvious truth, that’s your problem, not mine.

        1. Mike M – Sorry I offended you, fuckhead.

          I see.

          1. Uhg. That was supposed to be in quotes.

            Obviously my bedtime.

          2. France is America’s oldest friend and ally, even when we don’t necessarily see eye to eye on every issue all the time. And they’ve just suffered the worst attack on their own soil in several decades. We should be fighting side by side with them, or at least offering them whatever assistance they want from us.

            Instead, Obama just basically gave them a giant middle finger. And the sickest damn thing about it is that he and Hollande probably agree with each other about 98% of the time. I find this just appalling.

            1. Cool story bro.

  24. Is there anything Millennials can’t ruin?

    Twentysomething is suspected ringleader of Paris terror attack

    Abdelhamid Abaaoud, probably in his late 20s, is believed to be close to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and is likely the link between the senior ISIS leadership and ISIS operatives in Europe, European counterterrorism officials have said.

    http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/16/…..index.html

  25. ISIS is just a name. If they weren’t ISIS they would be Al Qaeda, if they weren’t Al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood…. on and on.

    Fighting ISIS, or any of its other variants is meaningless. These folks have ideas about their religion and will join whatever ascendant group best fits those ideas.

  26. In regards to Syrian refugees, I’m not overly concerned about “terrorist infiltrators”. Not because it won’t happen; it very well could. But it seems to me that ISIS is very well funded and sufficiently organized to pull off infiltration regardless of what is done about refugees. Indeed, I’m constantly hearing that ISIS is already here.

    I do wonder, though, how the refugees are getting here and who is paying for it. I don’t suppose that they’re swimming all the way across the Atlantic. Plane tickets cost money, last time I checked. Then too I wonder what they’ll do for food, clothing, shelter, etc. when they get here. That stuff costs money too.

    I hear (I don’t know how reliably) that the Syrian refugees who’ve gone to Europe are displeased by the food and the culture there. So I wonder why it is they’re going to lands that are supposedly filled with horrible anti-Muslim bigots and that horrible degenerate Western lifestyle. It seems to me that there are Muslim lands close at hand they could go to. Why don’t those countries want Syrian refugees?

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