NBC's Richard Engel: US Intelligence Were The Only Ones To Miss ISIS- Everyone Knew Islamic Extremists Were on the Rise in Syria and Iraq, They Were Publicizing Their Activities Online!

"This was no state secret"

Engel says, 'they were bragging about their activities online' and journalists like us were interviewing foreign fighters as they were coming in.

"The fact that the US intelligence community missed this is shocking"

Watch Engel rip Obama's 60 Minutes interview on Morning Joe


Speaker Boehner Video: 'Called to Lead'

Boehner: Here's 5 things to get America back on track-

This kinda sounds familiar. It sounds a little like Sean Hannity's 5 things to get America back on track that he talks about on his radio show

Good video- Take a look


Congressman Jason Chaffetz Blasts Director of Secret Service at Hearing: 'Tremendous Restraint' is Not What We're Looking For, We Should Have Used 'Overwhelming Force'

Chaffetz hammers Secret Service director Julia Pierson at hearing on Capitol Hill



California Governor Jerry Brown Signs Statewide Ban on Plastic Bags

SB270 prohibits stores from providing disposable plastic grocery bags to shoppers, and requires them to charge for paper bags.

nbc reported:
Governor Brown signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.

The measure first proposed by Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla of Los Angeles would prohibit single-use plastic bags at grocery stores and large pharmacies in 2015 and at convenience stores in 2016.

It includes $2 million in loans to help manufacturers shift to producing reusable bags and lets grocers charge 10 cents each for paper and reusable bags.

The bill had sparked one of the most contentious debates in the last weeks of the legislative session, with aggressive lobbying by environmentalists and bag manufacturers.

For years, a statewide plastic bag ban has been an elusive goal for lawmakers trying to reduce the buildup of plastic waste in oceans and waterways that costs millions of dollars to cleanup. About 100 local jurisdictions in California already have adopted similar bans, including Los Angeles and San Francisco.


Secret Service Director Julia Pierson: Secret Service is Short 'Close to 550' Employees (Video)

From today's hearing

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson told D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton that sequestration and other fiscal concerns had left her organization short staffed during a hearing Tuesday on the White House security breach on Sept. 19, 2014.


Olympic Swimmer Michael Phelps Arrested for DUI

This is the second time. Phelps was arrested back in 2004 for DUI

Phelps was pulled over last night for going 84 in a 45 zone

ABC News
Olympic legend Michael Phelps was arrested early this morning for suspicion of Driving Under the Influence in Maryland, authorities said.

The gold medalist was pulled over in his white Land Rover by police at 1:40 a.m. because his blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit, police confirmed ABC News.

Phelps, 29, was originally pulled over for speeding. He was going 84 mph in a 45 mph zone and was also seen crossing double lane lines, police said.

The officers realized he was intoxicated and gave him a field sobriety test, authorities said.

"Mr. Phelps was identified as the driver by his driver’s license and appeared to be under the influence. He was unable to perform satisfactorily a series of standard field sobriety tests," a spokesperson for Maryland Transportation Authority told ABC.

Phelps has been charged with speeding, DUI and crossing double lane lines, police said.


Obama Has Missed Over Half Of His Second Term Intel Daily Briefings

A new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) report reveals that President Barack Obama has attended only 42.1% of his daily intelligence briefings (known officially as the Presidential Daily Brief, or PDB) in the 2,079 days of his presidency through September 29, 2014.

The GAI report also included a breakdown of Obama’s PDB attendance record between terms; he attended 42.4% of his PDBs in his first term and 41.3% in his second.

The GAI’s alarming findings come on the heels of Obama’s 60 Minutes comments on Sunday, wherein the president laid the blame for the Islamic State’s (ISIS) rapid rise squarely at the feet of his Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

h/t weaselzippers


ISIS Fighter Who Defected Says ISIS Was Well Prepared For Coalition Airstrikes, Moving Fighters To Civilian Areas and Weapons Underground (VIDEO)

An ISIS defector says the atrocities by the group were too brutal for him so he shaved his beard and fled to Turkey. Speaking to CNN's Arwa Damon he says ISIS knew airstrikes were coming and prepared, moving weaponry underground and fighters to areas that wouldn't be hit

Damon then interviews an ISIS militant via Skype.  The fighter, using the pseudonym Abu Talha, says ISIS was anticipating strikes from the west, "We've been ready for this for some time," Abu Talha said. "We know that our bases are known because they're tracking us with radars and satellites, so we had backup locations."

He tells Arwa Damon that strikes on oilfields are not having an effect, "We have revenues other than oil. We have other avenues, and our finances are not going to stop just because of oil losses"

He ends his interview with, 'we will defeat the infidels'



Netanyahu at the UN: ISIS and Hamas 'Branches of the Same Poisonous Tree'

'For the militant Islamists, all politics is global because their ultimate goal is to dominate the world' -NETANYAHU

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu compared his country's recent bombing campaign in Gaza to the U.S.-led strikes against militants in Iraq and Syria, saying Hamas and the Islamic State group share the same goal of world domination.

Here is the video. Notice at the 1:01 mark how the AP cuts off the applause during Netanyahu's speech. They couldn't leave that in.


Video- Ed Henry Grills WH Press Sec. Earnest: President Said 'They Underestimated' ISIS, Why Didn't He Say 'We Underestimated?' Isn't James Clapper Part of The President's Team?

Another pretty good question from Ed Henry to WH spokeskid Josh Earnest

Stick around for the follow up from Ed Henry- So, is James Clapper gonna be fired? This is a pretty big intelligence failure



Poll of Active-Duty Troops: 70% Say NO MORE Boots on Ground in Iraq

Seven out of 10 of the more than 2,200 active-duty respondents to this year's Military Times Poll oppose the idea of sending substantial U.S. ground forces back into Iraq to battle the Islamic State militants and their allies. In addition, over the past four years of the annual poll, the percentage of active-duty troops who believe the first U.S. war in Iraq was a success has declined significantly:

Iraq a success?
Huge jump in blue (2014) saying 'NO'