From the New York Times:
WASHINGTON — President Obama decided in recent weeks to authorize a more expansive mission for the military in Afghanistan in 2015 than originally planned, a move that ensures American troops will have a direct role in fighting in the war-ravaged country for at least another year.
Mr. Obama’s order allows American forces to carry out missions against theTaliban and other militant groups threatening American troops or the Afghan government, a broader mission than the president described to the public earlier this year, according to several administration, military and congressional officials with knowledge of the decision. The new authorization also allows American jets, bombers and drones to support Afghan troops on combat missions.
In an announcement in the White House Rose Garden in May, Mr. Obama said that the American military would have no combat role in Afghanistan next year, and that the missions for the 9,800 troops remaining in the country would be limited to training Afghan forces and to hunting the “remnants of Al Qaeda.”
The decision to change that mission was the result of a lengthy and heated debate that laid bare the tension inside the Obama administration between two often-competing imperatives: the promise Mr. Obama made to end the war in Afghanistan, versus the demands of the Pentagon that American troops be able to successfully fulfill their remaining missions in the country.
Yeah, I voted for him … twice. Huge mistake, both times. In 2016, I’m voting for Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren. Makes no difference if they are actual declared candidates. I wouldn’t vote for Hillary Clinton if she was running against the rotting vampire corpse of Richard Nixon.
And if anyone tells me a vote for Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren is actually a vote for the Republican candidate, I’m going to knuckle-punch him right in the Adam’s apple.
Here are today’s Peoria County indictments.
You know those people who keep buying print because they are emotionally addicted to the feel of newsprint in their fingers as they flip through pages? Yeah, well those sad, pathetic Luddites are dying off. Soon, Gatehouse Media and their ilk will own hundreds of newspapers that no one will read, and their CEOs will take their Golden Parachutes and go off to find another dying industry to exploit.
Gatehouse Media can’t afford to pay a living wage to employees in Springfield and Pekin, but that can cough up $280 million for 36 newspapers
The whole sad story, plus a memo to employees from CEO Kirk Davis, is on Romenesko.
Tire shop owner endangers hundreds if not thousands of school children by defending his girlfriend, who was shot in the neck by thugs
From Guns Save Lives:
A female tire store employee was shot in the neck during an armed robber attempt this afternoon in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Fortunately, her boyfriend, the shop owner, was able to draw a gun and open fire on a pair of armed robbers. His actions resulted in the robbery being stopped and one of the suspects being arrested.
According to WTHR, one of the suspects was taken into custody and the second suspect remains at large. The medical condition of the suspect is not currently available at this time.
How horrible. When people who work for a living are shot by bad guys, well, that’s just part of the Circle of Life. How can honest robbers be expected to ply their trade without killing a store clerk of two? Besides, all honest clerks should instead be home collecting Welfare benefits or selling crack like good Americans.
Now, when the boyfriend fired at these robbers, he endangered thousands of children, who must have been at play as some school somewhere. Because the empirical shows that private gun ownership doesn’t really save anyone’s life.
Chicky Baba is closing. It’s a shame, but I really expected it. Whenever I dropped in at the Campustown location for some shawarma, it wasn’t very busy. I thing I saw four tables being used by customers once, the most ever. The big problem? The menu. It was kinda limited. No gyros.
Will the armed brutality of ammosexuals never end?!
According to Q13 Fox, three suspects forced their way into a Lakewood, SC home around 9:30pm.
At least one of the suspects was armed with a gun and one a knife. The suspects cut the female victim and pistol whipped the male victim before tying up both husband and wife.
Fortunately, while the suspects were caught off-guard for a moment, the husband managed to free himself and his wife. They even managed to lock the suspects outside of the home. However, in a true show of how violent they were, the suspects broke into the home a second time and made their way to a rear bedroom where the homeowners were barricaded.
What the suspects didn’t know was that the male victim had armed himself with a handgun stored in the bedroom. As the suspects attempted to enter the room, the homeowner opened fire and struck one of the suspects who then had to be carried out of the home by his accomplices.
From the El Paso Times:
The incident happened at about 1 a.m. at Club Khaos, 115 S. Durango, in the Union Plaza District.
The man had been escorted out of the club by security for creating a disturbance, but returned a short time later and was seen near the front of the club, Sambrano said.
The suspect took out a handgun and fired multiple times at the entrance, injuring five people…
…The suspect was shot in the leg by an unknown individual and investigators believe this person was acting in self-defense, Sambrano said.