ISIS is now well known for its widespread appeal to individual jihadis around the world. As the New York Times noted on Friday, "the black standard of the Islamic State has been popping up all over" in Pakistan lately. But beyond the lower-stakes demonstrations of popular sympathy, about a dozen militant organizations in nine countries (in addition to Iraq and Syria) have made formal pledges of support to the group, making them, in a very real sense, part of ISIS's fighting force. Think of them as ISIS's self-appointed foreign bases.
Newspaper Sorry for Suggesting That Undocumented Immigrants Are Going to Destroy White People’s ThanksgivingBy Caroline Bankoff
It's fitting that President Obama's decision to temporarily protect 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation came just before Thanksgiving, which, among other things, celebrates the generosity this country's original inhabitants showed to the undocumented immigrants who landed on their shores in 1620. Unfortunately, the connection was lost on Gary Varvel, an Indianapolis Star cartoonist who doesn't seem to like the idea of sharing anything with people who do not look like him.
Days after Rolling Stone published an article about the "administrative cover-up and apathy" that followed the brutal 2012 gang-rape of a female student at UVA's Phi Kappa Psi frat house, school president Teresa A. Sullivan released a statement announcing the suspension of "all fraternal organizations and associated social activities" until next semester. She also urged the university community to cooperate with the Charlottesville police department's investigation of the case, which she requested in the wake of the Rolling Stone story. "We as a community must also do a systematic evaluation of our culture to ensure that one of our founding principles — the pursuit of truth — remains a pillar on which we can stand," Sullivan wrote. "There is no greater threat to honor than secrecy and indifference."
As of Saturday afternoon, Ferguson (and the rest of the country) is still waiting to see if police officer Darren Wilson will face criminal charges in the shooting death of 18-year-old Mike Brown. A grand jury decision on the indictment seemed imminent on Friday, with local police officials and around 50 protest groups announcing that they'd agreed on some "rules of engagement" for demonstrations following the announcement, the FBI sending an additional 100 agents to the St. Louis area, prosecutors mentioning preparations for a press conference, and Eric Holder, President Obama, and Brown's family urging calm. But CNN is now reporting that the 12-person panel "did not reach a decision Friday and it was unclear when it would reconvene."
The Republican-led House Intelligence Committee sold out the United States' proud Benghazi truthers on Friday, when it released the results of a two-year investigation into the 2012 attack on the American diplomatic compound in Libya. According to the House panel, the U.S. military, the CIA, and the Obama administration responded "properly" to the assault, which left four Americans dead. In other words: There was no Benghazi scandal.
The president confirmed that he still owns one of the all-but-forgotten smartphones on Friday, when he informed reporters watching him board Marine One that he had almost left his behind in the White House. This brings the number of current BlackBerry users we're aware of to two — the other one is, of course, Kim Kardashian, who called the device her "heart and soul" last month. Is this an extraordinary last-ditch marketing effort on the part of the BlackBerry's manufacturer, or just more proof that the Illuminati exists? Only time will tell.
"No doubt they thought it was something else," said the Red Cross's Youssouf Traoré of the three men who stole a bunch of blood samples taken from suspected Ebola patients. The Associated Press reports that the thieves stopped a taxi carrying nine passengers — one of them a Red Cross courier — on a rural road in Ebola-ravaged Guinea and demanded that everyone hand over their cell phones, cash, jewelery, and, for some reason, the cooler bag containing the blood.
Vogue's downtown migration to One World Trade Center was documented with military precision on Instagram. Models pitched in (though it must have been tough to get much done in a floor-length gown). Will.i.am helped schlep boxes, for some reason. Now the magazine is firmly established downtown, and amid the helicopter-assisted sunset vistas, it appears that there may also be a less picturesque facet to the new digs. Gawker is reporting that the offices are #blessed with a rat infestation. According to one of their sources, Anna Wintour has decreed that the staff "must ensure that her personal office is rat-free before she enters it." Glamorous!
Educators are being put on high alert in order to try and prevent more Austrian teens from joining jihadi fighters in Iraq and Syria. Austria's small-but-growing Muslim population has nearly doubled in the last decade, and about 140 Austrian Muslims have gone into battle for ISIS and other groups.