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ISIS: Now Serving Shrimps on the Barbie

If you’re like the average American, you know absolutely nothing whatsoever about ISIS.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (aka the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria; aka the Islamic state of Iraq and al-Sham; aka ISIS; aka ISSL; aka ISSA) is an unrecognized state and active jihadist group. Its intentions are, quite frankly, nothing short of terrifying. You would think, given its recent actions in Turkey, Iraq, and Syria, that most of its new recruits would be from that area. Especially given the phenomenal acquisition of borders.

You would be incorrect.

Per capita, who is the biggest contributor of recruits to ISIS?

Australia.

Exactly why is yet to be determined, yet some Australians are going to fight for ISIS. Some have already been seen committing heinous war crimes. A preacher has even used social media to defend his support of ISIS and has tried to convince others to do likewise. While the whole country is certainly not involved, in the few weeks ISIS has gained  power and momentum, the movement has already gotten bad enough that Australia is trying to figure out how to stop it.

I’m hard pressed to find a punchline about citizens of a democratic country choosing to fight for a group that wants to establish a tyrannical rule over a large part of the world. But perhaps Tom Janssen’s cartoon says it best:

USA Iran ISIS

Source: http://www.cagle.com/2014/06/usa-and-iran-and-isis/

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Pre Boots on the Ground

Obama is sending 300 military advisers to Iraq. Which is not, we are to understand, a military solution. Despite the fact that he is sending 300 Green Berets. (It wasn’t clear to me if those 300 Berets were considered “advisers” or not, and I didn’t see another news room carrying the green berets story).

I find this fascinating, and not only because Australia is generally considered part of the “Western” world. What do Aussies have to do with ISIS?

Speaking of ISIS, they’ve hung their flag over an oil refinery. (Which means the US will be looking at higher gas prices. Just in time for the more expensive summer blend. Great). If you, like me, were wondering how ISIS got to be such a big deal in the first place, this article sheds some light on it. Though why the ISIS is seizing the chemical stockpile that Hussein “didn’t” have . . . (All right, so it was WMDs Hussein didn’t have, but the news media here sometimes makes it sound like that means Hussein didn’t have anything dangerous at all).

I find this article, that insists on referring to the Ukrainians as rebels, both vague and irritating. Wasn’t Ukraine the one that was invaded? In fact it was, and pro-tip to Russia: sending 3,000 troops is a little bit beyond “regrettable”.

The IRS scandal from yesterday isn’t “feasible”. Shocker. Is anybody really surprised the IRS isn’t following the law? (This opinion piece made me laugh. Good luck!) The government can’t even get their website to work – when they had ample warning ahead of time. Does anyone expect Obama to reign in the IRS?

In other things that will make you sick, Michelle Obama is defending her lunch standards. Despite the fact they do not accommodate for students in athletics, who have different calorie needs, who just plain won’t eat the food . . . And, of course, there is the fact that it really isn’t the government’s business what we eat. But the government rarely misses an area of meddling that doesn’t concern them. Just like schools themselves sometimes.

This made me both sick and sad. Those poor kids. Hey, Michelle, maybe you should go feed lunch to these kids. I’m sure they would appreciate it.

Egypt, you should not be torturing people in prisons. Stop it.

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