Frank Rich: Iraq Starting to Look Like a Quagmire

Frank Rich says support for Obama's airstrikes is only an 'inch deep' and if things get worse, the support we see now will crumble.

From CNN- Beginning to look like a quagmire for President Obama


Report: President Obama Rode Elevator With An Armed Security Contractor Who Had 3 Criminal Convictions

'A violation of Secret Service security protocols'

WASHINGTON — Published reports say President Barack Obama rode an elevator this month with an armed security contractor who had three criminal convictions, a violation of Secret Service security protocols.

The latest embarrassment for the Secret Service comes after agency Director Julia Pierson took full responsibility for a Sept. 19 breach of the White House. The Washington Examiner and The Washington Post report that the latest incident took place in an elevator during Obama’s Sept. 16 visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

The Post says agents questioned the contractor and discovered his criminal history after he refused to stop video recording the president with a phone camera.

Agents didn’t know he was armed until a supervisor fired the contractor on the spot and the man turned over his gun.

The Secret Service did not immediately respond to an email request for comment.


Flashback Obama June 12th (2 Days After ISIS Took Over Mosul): We've Been Watching With A lot of Concern "Over the Last Several Months"

You can't make this stuff up. Here's O at a WH press conference at the beginning of June admitting his administration had its eye on ISIS for months, so much so that they were providing Iraq with "additional assistance over the last year"

So, President Obama was not warned about the ISIS advance that he was watching months before a number of Iraqi cities fell?

Video from June


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'