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Radical Organizers Train New Troops for Protests in St. Louis

Leftist “Reverend” Osagyefo Sekou: Ferguson Police Bought $250K Worth “Militarized Weaponry” To Attack “Poor Black Youth”…

Protesters anxiously awaiting the St. Louis grand jury decision relating to the shooting death of 18-year-old Mike Brown have been training activists all weekend in preparation for the day the grand jury makes an announcement about whether to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for Brown’s death.

In a small room located on South Jefferson Avenue in a building used by IUOE Local 148, organizers like Rev. Osagyefo Sekou are instructing groups of individuals about tactics relating to resisting police commands during demonstrations. Sekou is a St. Louis native who grew up in the area but now lives in Massachusetts.

Topics covered by organizers like Sekou as well as Deray McKesson and others included decentralized protest actions, jail support, first aid, legal issues, as well as staying safe on the streets during demonstrations.

McKesson explains, “Today we’ll talk about what it means about decentralized actions. So one of the four parts of what we’re doing is we are not actually telling you where to go or what to do or anything to do with most of your actions. We have some central things planned, but the power of this movement has been with really strong decentralized actions.”
Sekou however, kicks off the training with audience responses to questions he asks.

Sekou says to the group, “Our task in part is, in addition to all the information is get a sense as to why we are here. We are part of the guiding principles for this movement. It’s militant non-violent civil disobedience. Can you please say that?”

Attendees respond, “militant non-violent civil disobedience.”

Sekou continues, “And we use the word ‘militant’ as opposed to the word ‘passive’ non-violent civil disobedience, because we are about a direct encounter with the state to create drama to show that we are willing to take a risk in confronting the state because of injustice. Right?”
Attendees reply, “Right.”

“We break unjust laws, because it’s the morally right thing to do. That’s why we do it. And there’s a tradition of that,” Sekou says to the group of mainly white attendees–many who are at least 50 years old.

“And militant non-violent civil disobedience gave us the 8 hour work day It gave us women’s right to vote It gave us the possibility of me standing here in this room with you without the relative fear of arbitrary violent because this meeting would have been historically illegal 50 years ago. That’s what militant non-violent civil disobedience gave us. We are angry, but we will not allow the anger to have the last word,” says Sekou as the protesters-in-training answered him positively with rousing congregational “yeahs” after each sentence. Continue Reading

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Palestinian Terrorists Shouting “Allahu Akbar” Slaughters Three Americans, British Rabbi at Jerusalem Synagogue

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The two attackers are cousins Rassan and Uday Abu Jamal, close relatives of a Hamas terrorist who was released in 2011 as part of the exchange deal for the captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit

< A British-born father and three American citizens were killed by Palestinian terrorists armed with axes and guns in a Jerusalem synagogue.

Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, described as a 'pillar of the community', was born in Liverpool and held a dual British-Israeli passport.

Mr Goldberg, 68, is a grandfather who lived in Golders Green in London before moving to Israel and was a regular visitor to the synagogue.

Friend David Osborne told Jewish News: 'He was the most wonderful person you could meet, a pillar of the community. I was on my way to the synagogue when I heard screams and shots being fired, I knew instantly it was bad.'

The others killed in the attack have been named as Rabbi Moshe Twersky, Rabbi Arieh Kopinsky, 43, and Rabbi Calman Levine, who were all dual US-Israeli nationals. The two terrorists were shot dead after the attack by police.

A Foreign Office spokesman told MailOnline: 'We are aware of the death of a dual British-Israeli national in Israel on 18 November 2014.' Eight people were left injured by the assault, including two police officers.

The horrific attack at the Kehilat Yaakov synagogue on Agasi Street - the deadliest in Israel since a Palestinian assailant killed eight students at a Jewish seminar in March 2008 - follows weeks of rising tensions and the death of a Palestinian bus driver yesterday that many say is suspicious. Continue Reading

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Missouri Governor Activates the National Guard Fearing Period of Unrest

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed an executive order activating the Missouri National Guard on Monday afternoon.

According to a news release, the role of the National Guard is to “…support law enforcement during any period of unrest that might occur following the grand jury’s decision concerning the investigation into the death of Michael Brown.”

“As part of our ongoing efforts to plan and be prepared for any contingency, it is necessary to have these resources in place in advance of any announcement of the grand jury’s decision,” Nixon said in the release.

READ THE DECLARATION >>

Nixon’s order also established that the Missouri State Highway Patrol, St. Louis County Police Department and St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department will operate as a unified command to keep members of the public safe and protect property, while allowing citizens to exercise their constitutional rights.

Under the executive order, the St. Louis County Police Department will have command and operational control over security in the city of Ferguson in areas of protests and acts of civil disobedience, should such activities occur.

“All people in the St. Louis region deserve to feel safe in their communities and to make their voices heard without fear of violence or intimidation,” Nixon said in the release.
St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch has said publicly that an announcement of the grand jury’s decision will be made later this month.

The U.S. Department of Justice, which is conducting both civil and criminal investigations of the death of Michael Brown, has not announced when its investigations will be concluded.
“Our department, like other police departments in the region, has a full time job keeping our neighborhoods safe. We are used to working with other agencies in times of necessity,” said St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson in the release. “Having the support of the National Guard available will enable local officers to continue to respond promptly to calls for service.”

“We have taken tremendous strides over the past three months, as our officers have undergone thousands of hours of additional training and reached out to build strong relationships across the community,” said St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar in the release. “These additional resources will enhance our ability to achieve our key responsibilities: keeping the public safe, protecting property and enabling people to exercise their constitutional rights.” Continue Reading

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Radical Ferguson Protest Group Releases List of Potential Targets

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The Justice for Mike Brown Ferguson protest group released its list of potential targets following the decision by the St. Louis County Courthouse on the Mike Brown case.
The published map shows expected landmarks like the Ferguson City Hall and the County Courthouse.

But it also marks things that have NOTHING to do with the Michael Brown situation, like Anheuser Busch and Boeing.

Most telling thing is the mark for Emerson Electric. Emerson has been in Ferguson for at least 50 years, long before Ferguson became a minority municipality. Yet not only do they mark Emerson they make note of the CEO’s salary. Maybe they’re mutating into an extortion group straight out of the playbook of Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Push Coalition?

Below is the published list of potential St. Louis area targets.

• Robert McCulloch’s office
• St. Louis County Justice Center
• Stephanie Karr’s office
• Olin Corporation Headquarters
• Judge Maura McShane’s courtroom
• St. Louis County Police Department
• Governor Nixon’s Office (Wainwright Building)
• Clayton School District Office
• Department of Justice
• Dean Plocher’s office
• Ronald Brockmeyer’s office
• Dan Boyle’s office
• Thomas Flach’s office
• Regal III Market
• Canfield Green Apartments
• Ferguson Police Department & Jail
• West Florissant Quick Trip
• Missouri Botanical Gradens
• Powell Symphony Hall
• Monsanto Headquarters
• Peabody Energy Headquarters
• Anheuser-Busch Headquarters
• Emerson Electric Headquarters
• Steve Stenger’s lawfirm
• St. Louis Art Museum
• Gateway Arch
• Peabody Opera House
• Ritz Carlton
• Lambert International Airport
• Mayor Slay
• Boeing
• St. Louis City Police Department
• St. Louis Galleria
• Plaza Frontenac
• Six Stars Market
• Colonel Jon Belmar
• Senator Roy Blunt
• Senator Claire McCaskill
• St. Louis City Justice Center
• St. Ann Police Department & Jail
• Clayton City Hall
• GCI Security, Inc.
• St. Louis County Council
• Clayton Police Department & Jail
• Ferguson City Hall
• Lacy Clay’s Office
• Donors
• Husch Blackwell LLP
• Martin Insurance Group LLC
• Stone, Leyton & Gershman
• University Square Company
• Stone & Alter Real Estate
• Carey & Danis LLC
• The Law Firm of Thomas C Antoniou LLC
• Hammond & Shinners Law Firm
• Collinsville Acquisitions Inc
• Thompson Coburn
• Commercial Bank
• Sanctuaries
• Greater St. Mark Family Church
• Veterans for Peace Office
• St. John’s Episcopal Church
• Hospitals
• St. Louis University Hospital
• SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center
• SSM St. Mary’s Health Center
• Barnes Jewish Hospital
• St. Alexius Hospital
• Kindred Hospital
• Southwest Medical Center
The Ferguson Mike Brown protesters are not ruling out violence or looting.

“Rioting and looting are the tools of those without a voice. The rioting and looting, while I didn’t participate in it, was necessary. Without it we would not be standing here today.”

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Obama Hid Secret Meeting with Ferguson Activists from Daily Schedule

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President Obama met with Ferguson protest leaders on November 5th, the day after the midterm elections

The meeting was not on his daily schedule. He was concerned that the protesters “stay on course.” What does that mean? And why is the president meeting with the violent Mike Brown protesters before a verdict is reached in the court case?

The New York Times hid this in the 21st paragraph of their report:

But leaders here say that is the nature of a movement that has taken place, in part, on social media and that does not match an earlier-era protest structure where a single, outspoken leader might have led the way. “This is not your momma’s civil rights movement,” said Ashley Yates, a leader of Millennial Activists United. “This is a movement where you have several difference voices, different people. The person in charge is really — the people. But the message from everyone is the same: Stop killing us.”

At times, there has been a split between national civil rights leaders and the younger leaders on the ground here, who see their efforts as more immediate, less passive than an older generation’s. But some here said relations have improved in recent weeks.

Some of the national leaders met with President Obama on Nov. 5 for a gathering that included a conversation about Ferguson.

According to the Rev. Al Sharpton, who has appeared frequently in St. Louis with the Brown family and delivered a speech at Mr. Brown’s funeral, Mr. Obama “was concerned about Ferguson staying on course in terms of pursuing what it was that he knew we were advocating. He said he hopes that we’re doing all we can to keep peace.”

Obama wants the protesters to stay on course? Unbelievable.

Commentary: Why would the President of the United States meet with this bunch of radical America haters BEFORE a court decision has been reached in the Brown Case? This is a dangerously Incestuous relationship between the president and the radical left in Ferguson, Most people do not understand why he would do this because most people don’t know who this man really is, let me remind you Obama is a Chicago community organizer/ Street General, these are Obamas roots this is why he just can’t help interjecting himself into the fight in Ferguson, what the President did when he meet with this group was basically give the green light to “stay on course.” In other words Riot because in his mind the ends justifies the means. And this would make for a great distraction while he self imposes immigration on the nation.

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KKK Threatens Protesters ‘There Will Be Consequences’ in Ferguson

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The ‘Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan’ has issued a warning to the professional protesters massing in Ferguson, Missouri, ahead of a Grand Jury report about the Michael Brown police shooting: If you do violence, it will be met with violence.

Vice News reports that the KKK has put out a flyer on social media about its neighborhood watch efforts, with the following message to the out of town protesters:

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The local KKK franchise started the neighborhood watch effort last spring before the Brown shooting. At the time, the local ‘Grand Wizard’, Frank Ancona, told The Riverfront Times:

“They should actually feel more comfortable. People think a Klansman is this big bad evil person that’s looking to lynch and kill everyone that’s not white. That’s completely false. We’re not targeting any certain race, we’re targeting criminal activity. When we see it happen we report it to law enforcement.”

Commentary: This is going to be one big hate fest.

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Ferguson Protest Groups Promise Civil Disobedience – “White Folks” Will Have to Deal With It

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The Don’t Shoot Coalition, a mix of radical far left grievance groups, they held a press conference yesterday and answered questions from concerned St. Louis residents.

The entire St. Louis region is on pins and needles waiting for the court to release their decision on the Mike Brown case. In August protesters looted and vandalized over 100 local businesses. These protests have cost the city of Ferguson $5.7 million dollars so far. The city and the police are burnout after three months of continued protests.

The protests have been 99.5 percent nonviolent. But we are also being purposefully militant and disruptive. Change has not come through the courts, through politics or through gentle persuasion. We cannot wait any longer for whole segments of our society to gain freedom from abuse. Civil disobedience exposes tensions that already exist below the surface. Our society will not heal if we do not address issues that many people want to keep buried.

Excerpt from the St Louis post-dispatch:

What good does it do to disrupt businesses and people’s lives, when these people are not part of the problem?

Your question does not reflect the whole picture. This involves all of us. It’s wrong to simply draw arbitrary boundaries around issues like fair policing, and decide that most folks are not involved. Many people — especially white folks — feel they can ignore the problem. People who benefit from or are not impacted by this unfair system have a duty to speak up and not be complicit. Ferguson has shifted the boundary line. It is not enough to say, “I’m not racist” just because you have suppressed your conscious biases. The protests are designed to make people feel uncomfortable and spur us all to end society’s structural biases.

Will you be happy (and go home) if Darren Wilson is indicted?

An indictment would be the first step in a long journey. But jury trials have been used before to put on a “show trial” that is destined to end in acquittal. So, we certainly aren’t putting all our eggs into one basket. The cause protesters are fighting for goes far beyond this one case. We are fighting for “No more Mike Browns.” That means an overhaul of the system — and many more battles till victory is achieved.

What will it take to make you stop, then?

We want justice. The Don’t Shoot Coalition has a list of recommended systemic reforms that includes effective civilian review, more state oversight, decertification of police departments, a revised Missouri racial profiling bill, a strengthened Police Officer Standards and Training Commission, and much more. But if you want to see the system work, take action to make it work. Don’t put the onus on the protesters. Your involvement makes the difference. If you want peace, work for justice.

Commentary: Will the weather play a factor in how many protesters pour out into the streets? Remember this is not a 90 degree sunny day in mid-august not only do the protesters have extreme weather to deal with they will also have municipal, county, state and national guard troops to contend with, they have been feverishly preparing to counter whatever the mob throws at them.

Photo by Robert Patrick of the Post-Dispatch

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RPG Black Rebel Protesters Stockpiles Ammo for Ferguson Fight

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The Radical RbG Black Rebels which claims to be “Political Action Group and Urban Militia” posted photos of the 7.62 and 9mm ammo they are stockpiling in anticipation of the St. Louis County Michael Brown decision. RPG Balck Rebels are the same group that posted a bounty on Darren Wilson and his family members.

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Muslim Terrorist runs over Jewish Woman at Bus Stop Before Stabbing Her to Death

Shocking footage has emerged showing a Palestinian knife-man murdering a young Israeli woman, as it was revealed she survived a similar terrorist knife attack at the same location nine years ago.

The video shows Dalia Lemkus, 25, being run over and repeatedly stabbed by a man identified as 30-year-old Mahar al-Hashmalud outside the Jewish settlement of Alon Shvut in the Gush Etzion area of the West Bank yesterday.

Two others were injured in al-Hashmalud’s knife rampage, which took place shortly after another Palestinian stabbed an Israeli soldier to death in a separate attack at a Tel Aviv train station.

The disturbing CCTV footage emerged as it was revealed South Africa-born Miss Lemkus had survived a terrorist stabbing in Gush Etzion in 2006, when she was among a group of three hitchhikers attacked by a Palestinian extremist. Continue Reading

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South American Parasite Chagas has Invaded America

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Over 300,000 Americans have already been infected with the potentially fatal ‘kissing bug disease’ called Chagas but U.S. healthcare workers lack of knowledge about the illness is letting many cases of the parasite unnoticed. Some doctors are calling it the ‘new AIDS’ because of the way it develops.

Researchers who gathered on Tuesday at the annual American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene meeting in New Orleans said that if caught early the disease can be cured however sometimes the disease can be asymptomatic and there is a dearth in medication for the condition.

The CDC reports that the initial symptoms of the disease caused by a parasite, Trypanosoma cruzi, which is spread through the feces of kissing bugs includes fever, fatigue, body aches, rash, diarrhea and vomiting. One of the first visual signs can be a skin lesion or a purplish swelling of the lid of one eye.

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The disease can develop in the body causing eventual heart failure and other deadly complications that by the time they are realized cannot be helped with medicine.

Chagas is being called the new AIDS because of its asymptomatic beginnings that can turn to a fatal end if the disease progresses.

‘We were astonished to not only find such a high rate of individuals testing positive for Chagas in their blood, but also high rates of heart disease that appear to be Chagas-related,’ said Nolan Garcia, an epidemiologist at the Baylor College of Medicine.

The CDC has said that they believe most of the people infected with Chagas got the parasite in Mexico or South America before coming to the U.S. Continue Reading

Commentary: The ‘Kissing bug’ disease has already infected OVER 300,000 people in the US…most of whom don’t even know they have the parasite referred to as ‘the new AIDS’ The spread of the parasite Chagas is due to the open U.S. southern border, the very same border our government refuses to secure? Chagas has direct connections to the wave of illegal children from Nicaragua and El Salvador as being the carriers of the bug that has infected over 300,000 Americans already?

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American Nuclear Arsenal Erodes under Obama’s Liberal Leadership

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The foundation of America’s nuclear arsenal is fractured, and the government has no clear plan to repair it.

The cracks appear not just in the military forces equipped with nuclear weapons but also in the civilian bureaucracy that controls them, justifies their cost, plans their future and is responsible for explaining a defense policy that says nuclear weapons are at once essential and excessive.

It’s not clear that the government recognizes the full scope of the problem, which has wormed its way to the core of the nuclear weapons business without disturbing bureaucracies fixated on defending their own turf. Nor has it aroused the public, which may think nuclear weapons are relics of the past, if it thinks about them at all.

This is not mainly about the safety of today’s weapons, although the Air Force’s nuclear missile corps has suffered failures in discipline, training, morale and leadership over the past two years. Just last week the Air Force fired nuclear commanders at two of its three missile bases for misconduct and disciplined a third commander.

Rather, this is about a broader problem: The erosion of the government’s ability to manage and sustain its nuclear “enterprise,” the intricate network of machines, brains and organizations that enables America to call itself a nuclear superpower.

What have been slipping are certain key building blocks — technical expertise, modern facilities and executive oversight on the civilian side, and discipline, morale and accountability on the military side.

The shortfalls are compounded by tight budgets and what experts call a decline in political support for the nuclear system. In the absence of a headline-grabbing nuclear accident in recent decades and receding fears of nuclear war, these problems generally are paid little heed.

The scientific and military capability is arguably the best in the world, but its underpinnings have weakened gradually.

The White House and Congress have paid little attention, allowing the responsible government agencies to “muddle through,” according to a congressional advisory panel. This is the case despite the fact that the U.S. still has thousands of nuclear weapons — more than it says it needs — and is approaching decision points on investing enormous sums to keep the arsenal viable for future generations.

“This lack of attention has resulted in public confusion, congressional distrust and a serious erosion of advocacy, expertise and proficiency in the sustainment” of the nation’s nuclear weapons capabilities, the panel on “Governance of the Nuclear Security Enterprise” said in a report in April that is expected to be updated soon.

The panel was led by retired Adm. Richard Mies, a former commander of U.S. Strategic Command, in charge of all U.S. nuclear forces, and Norman Augustine, a retired chairman of Lockheed Martin Corp. Continue Reading

Commentary: I don’t think people realize that without these facilities’ operating efficiently we would have no deterrent in place, to protect us from the enemies that would attack us if they believed they could get away with it. America’s nuclear arsenal is fractured, and the government has no clear plan to repair it, this fact should once again prove these politicians we presently have in power never think of the future because they only live for today. This fact should scare the hell out of every American.

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Democrats totally rejected in the US mid-term elections and still they haven’t learned a Dam Thing !!

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On Wednesday morning, after his party had suffered spectacular losses in the US mid-term elections, Barack Obama told his country what all defeated political leaders must: “I hear you.” The trouble was that what he had heard was somewhat different from what the electorate had said.

As his press conference progressed, it became apparent that what Mr. Obama believed that voters across the country were telling him was that they were fed up with the whole of the federal governing class in Washington for its failure “to get things done”. In other words, it was the obstructionism of the Republican Congress as much as his White House that was the object of national frustration and anger. Which might cause you to wonder why people did not simply stay at home to express their disgust rather than vote so overwhelmingly for Republican candidates.

But we must see the Obama interpretation of events not as outraged vanity (well, not entirely): in fact, it is remarkably consistent with the world view of Left-liberal politicians in other places. Indeed, the difficulties of Ed Miliband’s Labor leadership have some striking parallels with the Obama delusion. The nub of it was captured neatly by Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky who rode home to victory on the Republican wave and is now most likely to become Senate Majority Leader. He diagnosed the collapse of the Democrats’ popularity as being caused by “…a government too busy imposing its views on those who don’t share them”. The Left has always been comfortable with “imposing its views” on populations, large proportions of which do not share them, because it genuinely believes that those views represent the only possible social good: they are not simply one side of an argument in which your opponents can be seen as conscientious and well-meaning (even if mistaken).

Left-liberal ideology is based on the notion that its programmer is the inexorable face of the future: the force of enlightenment engaged in a fight to the death with the benighted past. Those ordinary people who cannot see the light, because they have been deceived by the wicked and self-serving (“class enemies” in the original Marxist formulation) who exploit their ignorance and trick them into voting or agitating against their own true interests, must have this righteous vision imposed upon them for their own good.

It is this doctrine of inevitability that puts Left-wing politics in a realm of its own and justifies its casual attitude to democracy: if you resist, you are pitting yourself against the future. You must realize your error. If you don’t, you may justifiably be dismissed as irrelevant (or worse). Those who refuse to accept the righteous path or who attempt to obstruct it can be assumed to be deliberately malign. Note the similarity here to arguments now being made in Britain by social liberals who insist that anyone who does not accept their prospectus must be ruled out of public discourse. Continue Reading

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North Carolina Man Murders Two Prostitutes, Eats Their Flesh, Then Claims He Loves Islam and Supports Jihad

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A man in North Carolina, who calls himself “Pazuzu Algarad,” murdered two prostitutes in a sacrificial ritual dedicated to the Middle Eastern demon Pazuzu, and then ate their flesh. When investigators entered his home they found, not only a very tense and dark presence, but also Arabic script spray painted throughout the place. The media payed little to no attention to this, but we at Shoebat.com did an investigation of our own. What we found is quite startling: this evil monster was a huge supporter of the Islamic religion and jihadism, and followed numerous jihadist groups on the internet.

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DOJ Grants $63 million for Social Justice School Discipline Programs, Promoted by Former Terrorist Bill Ayers

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice recently promised a whopping $63 million to investigate school safety programs and to reward districts for implementing “restorative justice” and other related school discipline programs.

According to an October 1st statement from Attorney General Eric Holder, “This funding is being awarded as part of the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative – a large-scale, multi-agency research effort to build practical, and scientifically-sound, knowledge about effective ways to increase school safety nationwide.”

However, according to a review of past and current restorative justice initiatives in schools, the funding appears to be just another effort to expand whole-child social justice reforms touted by far-left progressive educators like William Ayers.

Believing that the American education system is inherently racist and oppressive and students of color only act out because they are victims of that system; Ayers began writing about restorative justice alternatives to school discipline many years ago. Examples are his 1998 book, A Kind and Just Parent, and 2001 book, Zero Tolerance: Resisting the Drive for Punishment in Our Schools. Continue Reading

Commentary: Liberal teachers do not realize supporting this agenda presented by Ayers, means academics are unwittingly supporting the destruction of our education system. The people that promote this agenda of racism and white privilege are Foolish leftist Idiots that don’t know any better and never thought of the future consequences of these actions.

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The Fall of the Berlin Wall: 25 Years Later

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At a border camp in the German town of Hof, a stunned Maj. Mark Hertling watched as East met West and the war he spent his young career preparing for was disappearing before his eyes.

“We were there the night the Trabants started coming across the border and a lot of people were confused about what to do,” recalled Hertling, who in November 1989 was an officer with the 1st Armored Division. “I was like holy crap, this is a new age.”

Days later, Hertling was back at his home station in Ansbach, Germany, where he met up with a buddy for beers at a local festival. They reflected on the ramifications of the Berlin Wall’s fall.

“We’re going to be the first generation of soldiers that will get to 20 years without fighting a war other than the Cold War,” Hertling told his buddy at the time. “The Soviets are dead. The Cold War is over. There’s no one to fight. Peace is going to break out the world over.”

When the Berlin Wall collapsed 25 years ago today, such sentiments were held far and wide as a wave of jubilation swept Germany and the rest of Europe. There was even hope that a new, peaceful world order would emerge. But such optimism proved short-lived.

Months later, Hertling and other U.S. troops were gearing up for Operation Desert Storm, America’s first war with Iraq that would become a prelude to more fighting to come. After that, Yugoslavia broke apart, unleashing a wave of bloodshed in the Balkans and an intervention in 1995 by tens of thousands of U.S. and NATO troops. Then came the war in Afghanistan and another war in Iraq.

Still, in the 25 years since the fall of the Wall few feared a return to Cold War-style confrontation with Russia. That all changed this year when Moscow annexed Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula and gave support to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

If a return to Cold War-caliber tension still seems a stretch, the chill between Moscow and the West harkens back to an earlier time, not unlike like the years leading up to the Wall’s collapse.

Peace in Europe can no longer be taken for granted, U.S. and NATO military officials now argue, as the West pushes ahead with plans to establish new “staging bases” across eastern Europe to counter potential Russian aggression.

“We have changed our focus and EUCOM is part of that,” Dan Fitzpatrick, the U.S. European Command historian, told Stars and Stripes. “There’s a reason why we are here in Europe and now you are seeing it, with Russia, with ISIL (the Islamic State group) to the south right on NATO’s border. We aren’t here to protect Germany any longer, we are here to protect the interests of the United States”. Continue Reading

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Ferguson Business District Boarded Up, National Guard Armored Vehicles Move In

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Ferguson businesses are preparing for the worst.

Several businesses are boarding up before the anticipated Michael Brown grand jury decision.

Local banks have extra guards put in place.

High-end St. Louis jewelry stores have plywood ready to put in place.

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US Army National Guard vehicles are being positioned in St. Louis to crush blacks who’ve been protesting killer cops.

Every radical group in the country has descended upon Ferguson for the finale.

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Hacker Group Anonymous Threatens KMOV TV Over Ferguson Reports

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The Anonymous hacker group threatened to attack KMOV TV in St. Louis over their reports on Ferguson.

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Last week Ferguson protesters harassed and threatened CNN and KMOV reporters.

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Grand Jury Did Not Leak Information in Brown Case

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Prosecutor Bob McCulloch issued a statement about leaks in Mike Brown case.

According to McCulloch members of the grand jury were not responsible for leaks.

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The investigation into grand jury leaks found a Twitter account was hacked last month. KSDK reported: The initial investigation into the grand jury was launched following a tweet last month that said, “I know someone sitting on the grand jury of this case. There isn’t enough at this point to warrant an arrest.” That Twitter account was deleted shortly after the tweet. The woman associated with that account later claimed she’d been hacked.

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch said his office’s investigation confirmed the woman’s Twitter account had, indeed, been hacked. The owner of that account has no connection with any member of the grand jury. Continue Reading

Commentary: Wow Eric Holder must be mighty upset seeing there is no boogieman where he claimed there was one, supposedly on the Grand Jury.

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Former US Ambassador to Iraq: “Warned By Everybody” in the Obama Admin about ISIS, “Did Almost Nothing”

They meaning the Obama administration was warned, they did almost nothing, this means Obama and his administration are partly responsible for the massacres in Iraq by ISIS, that’s a lot of blood to have on one’s conscious.

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ISIS Massacre’s Sunni Tribal Leaders: 228 Found Executed

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The bodies of 228 tribal leaders have been found in Iraq after militants from the Islamic State exacted bloody revenge on Sunni leaders who have been organizing resistance movements against them.

150 members of the Sunni Albu Nimr tribe were found in a mass grave near Ramadi in Anbar province this morning, while the corpses of another 48 members were discovered near Hit.

Yesterday ISIS militants massacred 30 men in broad daylight in the center of Hit, which is also in Anbar, parading them through the streets and using loudspeakers to declare them apostates.

It is understood the murdered men were local tribal leaders who had allied with the Iraqi government and were helping to organize anti-ISIS operations throughout the province.

The bodies of 150 members of the Albu Nimr tribe were discovered after ISIS militants took the men from their villages to the city of Ramadi.

Police and security officials say they discovered the bodies in a mass grave outside the city this morning, with the indication being the militants shot them dead yesterday evening. Continue Reading

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