The Gates To Hopeland Are Wide Open: The Devon And Leah Sari Still Story.


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In the past 3 weeks the National Football League has been thought of as a breeding ground for all thats wrong with American society. This post is whats right about the NFL and the members of the NFL.

 

Meet Devon Still and his daughter Leah Sari Still.

 

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In Case You Missed It: The Devon Still story

 

By Matthew Lee | ESPN.com

 

Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still, who will appear on NFL Nation TV today at 1 p.m. ET, learned on June 2 that his 4-year-old daughter, Leah, was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma, a rare pediatric cancer. When he learned of the diagnosis, Still was granted permission by the Bengals to leave organized team activities and minicamp in June to attend to his daughter.

 

The Bengals had no choice but to cut him in September. However, the team re-signed him to the practice squad so Still would continue to get a paycheck and health insurance.

 

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In an effort to help raise money and awareness about pediatric cancer, Still coordinated a fundraising drive in which donations will be made based on the number of sacks the Bengals record this season.

 

The team announced Sept. 8 that it was donating all proceeds from sales of Still’s jersey to pediatric cancer research. Less than 24 hours later, more of the defensive tackle’s black No. 75 jerseys had been sold in that time span than any jersey featuring any other Bengals player — ever.

 

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton purchased 100 jerseys.

 

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After just four days of sales, he and the Bengals have raised about $400,000. Still said more than 5,000 of his jerseys have been purchased in the week since the team launched the jersey-sale campaign.

 

The Bengals on Sept. 11 signed Still off the practice squad and added him to the 53-man roster, where they had a spot available. “I rolled right out of bed,” Still told reporters. “I made it here about five minutes later before they could change their mind.”

 

Big thanks for to the saints for ordering jerseys to help support pediatric cancer..only one word to describe everything, AMAZING!!

Still on Sept. 15 posted this on Instagram:  "There's not too many things that can take that smile off her face #WomanOfSTILL"

Still on Sept. 15 posted this on Instagram:
“There’s not too many things that can take that smile off her face #WomanOfSTILL”

Devon Still

 

Devon J. Still (born July 11, 1989) is an American football defensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals. He played college football for Pennsylvania State University, earning consensus All-American honors. He was considered one of the best defensive tackle prospects, and was selected by the Bengals in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

 

Early years

Still was born in Camden, New Jersey. He attended Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington, Delaware, where he was a standout lineman for the Howard Wildcats high school football team. Still was a team captain during his senior season, recorded 59 tackles, 18 of them for a loss, and was recognized as the Lineman of the Year by the Delaware Interscholastic Coaches Association. He also was a member of the Howard Wildcats basketball and track and field teams.

 

College career

Still attended Penn State, where he played for coach Joe Paterno‘s Penn State Nittany Lions football team from 2008 to 2011. He was named the 2011 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, becoming only the second defensive tackle to win the award (along with former teammate Jared Odrick). He was also named Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, consensus All-Big Ten, and to 10 first-team All-American teams. He was a finalist for both the Outland and Bednarik awards. Still was elected a team captain for the Nittany Lions as a senior in 2011. He is a charter member of the Eta Alpha chapter of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. He graduated with a degree in crime, law, and justice.

 

Professional career

At the 2012 NFL Draft, Still was selected in the second round by the Cincinnati Bengals, with the 53rd overall selection. He played two seasons with the team before being cut in late August 2014, prior to the start of the season. The following day, the Bengals re-signed Still to the practice squad to help him pay for his daughter’s cancer treatment. On September 10, 2014 it was announced that Still was being moved to active status. In the game that followed, the Bengals’ second of the season, he recorded three tackles against the Atlanta Falcons.

 

Personal

Still’s cousins, Art Still and Levon Kirkland, also played in the NFL. In June 2014, his daughter, Leah Sari, was diagnosed with cancer.

 

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Cincy Shirts release Devon Still shirts to help cause

 

By Ben Goldschmidt, bgoldschmidt@enquirer.com

 

The jersey sales hit 4,000 in one week, which is a record by a wide margin.

 

The shirts made by Cincy Shirts can be found and purchased here.

 

Devon Still: The Feel-Good NFL Story You Probably Missed This Week

 

So there’s Still, in late August, left unemployed by the only NFL team he’s ever played for and with a daughter at home who’s as likely to die as she is to live. But the Bengals did Still a solid even while cutting him loose; coach Marvin Lewis gave him a spot on the practice squad so he could continue drawing a paycheck to pay for Leah’s cancer treatments.

 

NFL practice squad players are paid a minimum of $6,300 per week that they stay among the group of 10 players that practices with a team but does not suit up for games. Stay on for a full 17 weeks and you make about $107,000. That’s not bad money — but it’s nothing compared to the $570,000 minimum salary for NFL players, such as Still, with two years of playing experience, according the site Spotrac, which analyzes sports salaries.

 

Still said at the time that he was grateful for the opportunity, given the more pressing concerns in his life.

 

“I completely understand where they were coming from,” he said last week. “I can’t give football 100% right now. In the business aspect they want guys to solely focus on football, which is understandable. We are here to win this city a Super Bowl and right now I am not in a position where I can give football 100% of everything I have.”

 

But then the Bengals did something even more awesome: They moved Still up to the 53-man active roster this week.

 

And the story gets even better — much better. The Bengals announced late Monday night they will donate all proceeds from sales of Devon Still jerseys to pediatric cancer treatment and research facilities at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Within 24 hours, the sales of Still jerseys had outpaced those of any other player in Bengals history over a one-day span.

 

 

In two days, the Bengals sold more than 1,000 jerseys, according to Cincinnati’s local Fox affiliate. The sales keep ringing up, and New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton bought 100 jerseys on his own.

 

With the jerseys going for $100 a pop, each purchase is much more than a symbolic show of support for pediatric cancer patients and their families. Payton’s 100-jersey order alone translates to $10,000.

 

The show of support from the Bengals, NFL community and random fans and supporters around the country has clearly touched Still. His Twitter feed is a steady procession of posts expressing gratitudes and retweets of well-wishers.

 

Meanwhile, Leah continues to fight — but there are a lot more people keeping her in their thoughts now.

 

You can buy your own Devon Still jersey here.

 

Devon Still’s Second Chance (Full Feature HD)

 

Published on Sep 14, 2014

Bengals DT Devon Still explains how he has been able to cope with his four-year old daughter Leah’s stage 4 cancer diagnosis with the help of the Bengals organization and support from fans and even Saints coach Sean Payton.

 

 

 

‘Football is Full of Heart’

 

By Peter King

 

One minute, Devon Still was preparing for his 4-year-old daughter’s dance recital. The next, the Bengals defensive tackle was at a hospital, learning that she had cancer. Here is their heart-wrenching story and how others are rallying to help.

 

The Leah Still story has come close to capturing the nation. At least the sporting nation, at a time when football desperately needs some small bit of good news. Leah, 4, is three-and-a-half months into her fight with pediatric cancer—neuroblastoma, to be specific. She has a Sept. 25 surgery scheduled to remove a tumor that has been shrunk from softball-size in June to something smaller through four rounds of chemotherapy. Doctors have told her father, Cincinnati defensive tackle Devon Still, that Leah has about a 50 percent chance of survival.

 

“I’ll remember that day, June second, the day she was diagnosed,” Still recalled the other day. “I was in Delaware for a dance recital that she was having that day.” They never made it to the recital. “She had a fever, and so we took her to the emergency room. They thought it was some kind of infection, and they did some tests. They would touch her hip, and she would jump—there was a lot of pain there. So they did an ultrasound test and saw a mass. One of the doctors said there was about 10 things it could be, and they went over the list of things and the last thing was ‘cancer.’ I never took it very seriously, because it was the last thing they said.

 

“That night they did an MRI and a CAT scan on her. They told me to wait, and they would come out and talk to me. I’ve had those scans before, and I know how long they take, maybe 45 minutes. So they were in there about two hours, and I figured, ‘This isn’t good.’ I kind of got ready for some news.

 

“The doctor came out. And her lips started quivering. All I heard was they found a tumor.

 

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“I felt empty. I felt sick. Shocked. I had to go out and tell my father and grandmother, and they were out there waiting for me, and when I went there, they were laughing, and I thought, ‘I am going to knock the smiles right off their faces.’

 

“And I started to tell them, and I just broke down crying.”

 

A few days after the Stage Four neuroblastoma diagnosis that changed his family’s life forever, Still lay next to Leah in a bed in the Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Delaware. A nurse was sticking the 4-year-old—who hates needles—for some more tests, and she was crying, and the big football player was trying to comfort her. “Dad!” she yelled through her tears. “This is all your fault! You never brought me to the hospital in time!”

 

“I broke down then,” Still said the other day, sounding emotional about it again. “That is a tough thing to hear from your daughter.”

 

So now he waits. And he takes strength from a whole lot of people he has never met.

 

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What does a man with a dream of being a great football player think when one moment he’s getting ready to attend a dance recital and the next he’s told his daughter has a 50-50 chance of living?

 

He thinks he can defer football for a while, and maybe forever. That’s what Devon Still wanted to do. Leah’s mother, Channing Smythe, lives with her in Delaware, and Still is there often, in between playing and training for the Bengals. But when she was diagnosed, “Football stopped crossing my mind. When I heard she had a 50 percent chance of survival, and then I heard the cancer went into her bones, I just wanted to spend all my time with her—in case her time ran out. You know, that is not time you could ever get back.”

 

He called the Bengals and explained he’d have to take some time off to be with his daughter, and 10 minutes later coach Marvin Lewis was on the phone with him, telling him not to worry about rushing back. He should take all the time he needed.

 

Football stopped crossing my mind,” Still said. “When I heard she had a 50 percent chance of survival, I just wanted to spend all my time with her. That is not time you could ever get back.

 

Still thought he wouldn’t play football—he’d just walk away, and spend as long as he had to with Leah while she fought the cancer. But then some cold reality hit: He was told her treatment, depending on the extent of the cancer, would cost at least $1 million. So he came back to camp, and Lewis told him he could go home whenever he needed. At the end of training camp the Bengals waived Still—they knew he couldn’t devote the time necessary to be a full-time contributor—but offered him a spot on the practice squad. This way he could keep his insurance and pay for Leah’s treatment. Still was grateful … grateful for the insurance, grateful that the Bengals wanted to stick with him, and grateful that they would allow him to commute back and forth to support his daughter.

 

While that was happening, two sources of goodness sprang up. The Bengals announced that proceeds from sales of Still’s number 75 jersey, available on the team’s website for $100 apiece, would be given to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to support pediatric cancer research. Sean Payton bought 100 of them—$10,000 to fight cancer. “If I saw him,” said Still, “I’d give him a hug.” As of the weekend, about 5,000 jerseys had been sold. Another site, PLDGIT, began to accept donations or pledges per Bengals sack this year, with the money going to fight cancer and to provide financial assistance to families who have to drop everything when their children are diagnosed. As of Monday night, people had pledged $408.38 per team sack.

 

With Still healthy and the Bengals in need of a rotational tackle after Week 1, Lewis told him he wanted to activate him for the Week 2 game against Atlanta. Still felt he was ready. Lewis told him that regardless of his active status he could go home to Delaware when he wanted to be with Leah.

 

Still, who had two solo tackles and one assist in 16 snaps against the Falcons on Sunday, continues to come to terms with news that still makes him shudder.

 

“At times,” he said, “I’ve felt like I couldn’t go on. This has hit me harder than any obstacle I’ve faced in my life. It makes no sense to me. I never heard of neuroblastoma before, and now I am an expert on it. But the Bengals have been so good to me. People I don’t know have been so good to me. Fans have been so good.

 

“The whole experience … I have been just stunned. It has helped so much. I can’t believe that in this sport that has no so-called heart, it’s really so full of heart. That’s the truth: Football is full of heart.”

 

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Bengals keep Still to help with daughter’s cancer

 

Paul Dehner Jr., pdehnerjr@enquirer.com

 

Devon Still didn’t like the phone call he received Saturday from coach Marvin Lewis saying he didn’t make the team’s 53-man roster. But he understood, and was grateful for being offered a position on the practice squad in order to help pay for his 4-year-old daughter’s cancer treatments.

 

There haven’t been many positives for Still since news broke June 2 that his daughter, Leah, has stage 4 cancer, but he’ll accept any bit of silver lining available. The Bengals’ loyalty in sticking with him on the practice squad when he admittedly can’t offer them his best effort meant a great deal to the former Penn State captain.

 

“They could have just washed their hands completely of it,” Still said. “Say we don’t care what’s going on in his personal life, we just want people who can care 100 percent on football, that’s what they pay us to do. But they thought about my personal issues and allowed me to come back on the practice squad so I still have insurance. They said if I keep working on my physical with my injury and mentally prepared myself to focus on football, then they can move me back up to the roster, so I am not all the way out of the loop.”

 

The 2012 second-round pick can openly admit he’s been in no position to impact the team to his full ability.

 

“I completely understand where they were coming from,” Still said. “I can’t give football 100 percent right now. In the business aspect they want guys to solely focus on football, which is understandable. We are here to win this city a Super Bowl and right now I am not in a position where I can give football 100 percent of everything I have.”

 

Instead, 24-year-old defensive tackle Christo Bilukidi took the final spot in the defensive line rotation.

 

As a member of the practice squad Still won’t travel on road trips. This instead affords him an opportunity to travel back to Philadelphia to see his daughter, who recently began her fourth round of chemotherapy.

 

Leah continues to handle the treatments and is doing well, according to Still, but the anxiety level hasn’t decreased.

 

Still injured his hamstring early in the third preseason game against Arizona and been sidelined ever since. This adds onto a career marred by ailments to this point. He injured his elbow and suffered a herniated disc in his back last season.

 

In two full seasons with the Bengals, Still has played in 18 games without a start, notching 28 tackles and half a sack.

 

Lewis suggested Monday the decisions to place both Still and center Trevor Robinson into the two spots now reserved for players with more than a year experience on the practice squad were being debated until the final days.

 

Expectations are both will play a role with the 2014 Bengals.

 

“We have two good quality guys who at some point will be on the 53-man roster, almost undoubtedly,” Lewis said. “We’re fortunate enough to have them here right now as reserves for us.”

 

Still will focus on healing his hamstring and allowing his personal life to sort itself out in the meantime so eventually he can repay the Bengals for keeping him around.

 

“The Bengals were loyal to me,” he said. “I’m not about to up and leave them. Loyalty is something I really need right now because I never know what direction this is going to go with my daughter.”

 

Devon Still on Leah

 

Published on Sep 15, 2014

Devon Still was active for today’s game, and had some good news about his daughter Leah, too.

 

 

It’s a sad sad commentary when our society can focus on the abuse stories coming out of the NFL the past two weeks, but hardly a mention of this story of compassion, heart, kindness and love……coming straight from the hated National Football league.

 

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The MilitantNegro™ SoapBox: Dumbfuckery; The NFL & Roger Goodell Are Under Investigation.


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I told myself I was finished writing about Ray & Janey Rice. Watching Deion Sanders talk down and bad about Ray Rice almost made me laugh but instead I decided to write this post.

 

The new bandwagon everybody is now leaping onto is this investigation into NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, and whether Goodell should resign his position as NFL commissioner. My questions is this…why should NFL commissioner Goodell do a damn thing? Who did Goodell punch? Whom did Roger Goodell assault?

 

Was NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in the elevator? Did Goodell drag Janey Rice from that elevator? Did I miss Goodell punching Ms. Rice?

 

Many disagree with this statement I’m about to make but it’s a fact…..Ray Rice was indicted on March 27th. Ray Rice and Janey Palmer were married on March 28th. Now if they moved on and past Ray knocking her the fuck out in that elevator, and the assault charges were dropped…..and Ray lost his NFL football job and has since been suspended indefinitely….what would YOU like to have happen to Ray, his wife Janey and their daughter?

 

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Here’s the thing folks…you can’t take out all your anger, hatred and emotion at all the domestic violence that this planet contains, on Ray & Janey Rice. Which is exactly what the majority of humanity is doing right now. Ray has been punished to the 9th degree for his punching out his fiancée, double punished in fact. Ray lost two games from the NFL upon his being charged with aggravated assault. Then with the release of the actual punching video, he was fired from the Ravens of Baltimore and suspended indefinitely from all NFL activity.

 

In contrast, and just ponder this for a moment, George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin as did Darren Wilson kill Michael Brown, and neither man has suffered the attention nor anger that Ray Rice is now suffering. Neither man who killed Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown have ever had an investigation screamed for in the manner people are demanding an investigation into NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

 

Miriam Carey, remember her, the young Black woman gunned down in Washington, D.C. by Capital Hill police, with her baby in the backseat, for ramming her car into a White House barrier….remember the screaming for an investigation into her senseless murder? No you don’t remember that because there was no demand for an investigation. NOBODY screamed for Miriam Carey.

 

Need I bring up the brutal beating of 51-year-old Marlene Mardella Pinnock,, by California Highway Patrolman Daniel L. Andrew, who is now on desk duty (administrative leave with pay)? If you think a single punch to the face of Janey Rice is reason to demand an investigation into NFL commissioner Goodell, who was NOT present during that domestic violence…what say YOU about this…..

 

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How many of you screaming for an investigation into the NFL and NFL commissioner Goodell actually demanded the California Highway Patrol commander resign HIS job?

 

I am muthafuckin sick of real serious violence being ignored when it comes to the average American citizen, but everybody and his/her momma is calling for the lynching of Ray Rice and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. The NFL nor Roger Goodell are required by law or morality to do a damn thing about Ray & Janey Rice airing their nasty dirty personal laundry in a public casino elevator.

 

The NFL handed down what they considered to be proper punishment before this latest video mysteriously appeared. AFTER the new video was made public, Ray Rice received double jeopardy and was fired from his employment, and suspended from the NFL indefinitely

 

He was sentenced to community service, anger management and domestic violence intervention. Kindly explain what else you folks would have happen to Ray & Janey Rice and their daughter.

 

I do not know the Rice family. I do wish them the best of luck and my blessings to get their family life and their marriage in order and have the best of luck here forward.

 

 

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Ray & Janey Rice, along with their daughter, will need all the best wishes, blessings and good luck they can get.

 

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President Obama’s ISIS Speech On 9/10/14: Outlining A Battle Plan.


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President Obama Addresses the Nation on the ISIL Threat

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Remarks of President Barack Obama Address to the Nation

September 10, 2014
Washington, D.C.

As Prepared for Delivery

My fellow Americans – tonight, I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL.

As Commander-in-Chief, my highest priority is the security of the American people. Over the last several years, we have consistently taken the fight to terrorists who threaten our country. We took out Osama bin Laden and much of al Qaeda’s leadership in Afghanistan and Pakistan. We’ve targeted al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen, and recently eliminated the top commander of its affiliate in Somalia. We’ve done so while bringing more than 140,000 American troops home from Iraq, and drawing down our forces in Afghanistan, where our combat mission will end later this year. Thanks to our military and counterterrorism professionals, America is safer.

Still, we continue to face a terrorist threat. We cannot erase every trace of evil from the world, and small groups of killers have the capacity to do great harm. That was the case before 9/11, and that remains true today. That’s why we must remain vigilant as threats emerge. At this moment, the greatest threats come from the Middle East and North Africa, where radical groups exploit grievances for their own gain. And one of those groups is ISIL – which calls itself the “Islamic State.”

Now let’s make two things clear: ISIL is not “Islamic.” No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim. And ISIL is certainly not a state. It was formerly al Qaeda’s affiliate in Iraq, and has taken advantage of sectarian strife and Syria’s civil war to gain territory on both sides of the Iraq-Syrian border. It is recognized by no government, nor the people it subjugates. ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple. And it has no vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way.

In a region that has known so much bloodshed, these terrorists are unique in their brutality. They execute captured prisoners. They kill children. They enslave, rape, and force women into marriage. They threatened a religious minority with genocide. In acts of barbarism, they took the lives of two American journalists – Jim Foley and Steven Sotloff.

So ISIL poses a threat to the people of Iraq and Syria, and the broader Middle East – including American citizens, personnel and facilities. If left unchecked, these terrorists could pose a growing threat beyond that region – including to the United States. While we have not yet detected specific plotting against our homeland, ISIL leaders have threatened America and our allies. Our intelligence community believes that thousands of foreigners – including Europeans and some Americans – have joined them in Syria and Iraq. Trained and battle-hardened, these fighters could try to return to their home countries and carry out deadly attacks.

I know many Americans are concerned about these threats. Tonight, I want you to know that the United States of America is meeting them with strength and resolve. Last month, I ordered our military to take targeted action against ISIL to stop its advances. Since then, we have conducted more than 150 successful airstrikes in Iraq. These strikes have protected American personnel and facilities, killed ISIL fighters, destroyed weapons, and given space for Iraqi and Kurdish forces to reclaim key territory. These strikes have helped save the lives of thousands of innocent men, women and children.

But this is not our fight alone. American power can make a decisive difference, but we cannot do for Iraqis what they must do for themselves, nor can we take the place of Arab partners in securing their region. That’s why I’ve insisted that additional U.S. action depended upon Iraqis forming an inclusive government, which they have now done in recent days. So tonight, with a new Iraqi government in place, and following consultations with allies abroad and Congress at home, I can announce that America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat.

Our objective is clear: we will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy.

First, we will conduct a systematic campaign of airstrikes against these terrorists. Working with the Iraqi government, we will expand our efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions, so that we’re hitting ISIL targets as Iraqi forces go on offense. Moreover, I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are. That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq. This is a core principle of my presidency: if you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.

Second, we will increase our support to forces fighting these terrorists on the ground. In June, I deployed several hundred American service members to Iraq to assess how we can best support Iraqi Security Forces. Now that those teams have completed their work – and Iraq has formed a government – we will send an additional 475 service members to Iraq. As I have said before, these American forces will not have a combat mission – we will not get dragged into another ground war in Iraq. But they are needed to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces with training, intelligence and equipment. We will also support Iraq’s efforts to stand up National Guard Units to help Sunni communities secure their own freedom from ISIL control.

Across the border, in Syria, we have ramped up our military assistance to the Syrian opposition. Tonight, I again call on Congress to give us additional authorities and resources to train and equip these fighters. In the fight against ISIL, we cannot rely on an Assad regime that terrorizes its people; a regime that will never regain the legitimacy it has lost. Instead, we must strengthen the opposition as the best counterweight to extremists like ISIL, while pursuing the political solution necessary to solve Syria’s crisis once and for all.

Third, we will continue to draw on our substantial counterterrorism capabilities to prevent ISIL attacks. Working with our partners, we will redouble our efforts to cut off its funding; improve our intelligence; strengthen our defenses; counter its warped ideology; and stem the flow of foreign fighters into – and out of – the Middle East. And in two weeks, I will chair a meeting of the UN Security Council to further mobilize the international community around this effort.

Fourth, we will continue providing humanitarian assistance to innocent civilians who have been displaced by this terrorist organization. This includes Sunni and Shia Muslims who are at grave risk, as well as tens of thousands of Christians and other religious minorities. We cannot allow these communities to be driven from their ancient homelands.

This is our strategy. And in each of these four parts of our strategy, America will be joined by a broad coalition of partners. Already, allies are flying planes with us over Iraq; sending arms and assistance to Iraqi Security Forces and the Syrian opposition; sharing intelligence; and providing billions of dollars in humanitarian aid. Secretary Kerry was in Iraq today meeting with the new government and supporting their efforts to promote unity, and in the coming days he will travel across the Middle East and Europe to enlist more partners in this fight, especially Arab nations who can help mobilize Sunni communities in Iraq and Syria to drive these terrorists from their lands. This is American leadership at its best: we stand with people who fight for their own freedom; and we rally other nations on behalf of our common security and common humanity.

My Administration has also secured bipartisan support for this approach here at home. I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL. But I believe we are strongest as a nation when the President and Congress work together. So I welcome congressional support for this effort in order to show the world that Americans are united in confronting this danger.

Now, it will take time to eradicate a cancer like ISIL. And any time we take military action, there are risks involved – especially to the servicemen and women who carry out these missions. But I want the American people to understand how this effort will be different from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil. This counter-terrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIL wherever they exist, using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground. This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years. And it is consistent with the approach I outlined earlier this year: to use force against anyone who threatens America’s core interests, but to mobilize partners wherever possible to address broader challenges to international order.

My fellow Americans, we live in a time of great change. Tomorrow marks 13 years since our country was attacked.  Next week marks 6 years since our economy suffered its worst setback since the Great Depression. Yet despite these shocks; through the pain we have felt and the grueling work required to bounce back – America is better positioned today to seize the future than any other nation on Earth.

Our technology companies and universities are unmatched; our manufacturing and auto industries are thriving.  Energy independence is closer than it’s been in decades.  For all the work that remains, our businesses are in the longest uninterrupted stretch of job creation in our history.  Despite all the divisions and discord within our democracy, I see the grit and determination and common goodness of the American people every single day – and that makes me more confident than ever about our country’s future.

Abroad, American leadership is the one constant in an uncertain world. It is America that has the capacity and the will to mobilize the world against terrorists. It is America that has rallied the world against Russian aggression, and in support of the Ukrainian peoples’ right to determine their own destiny. It is America – our scientists, our doctors, our know-how – that can help contain and cure the outbreak of Ebola. It is America that helped remove and destroy Syria’s declared chemical weapons so they cannot pose a threat to the Syrian people – or the world – again. And it is America that is helping Muslim communities around the world not just in the fight against terrorism, but in the fight for opportunity, tolerance, and a more hopeful future.

America, our endless blessings bestow an enduring burden. But as Americans, we welcome our responsibility to lead. From Europe to Asia – from the far reaches of Africa to war-torn capitals of the Middle East – we stand for freedom, for justice, for dignity. These are values that have guided our nation since its founding.  Tonight, I ask for your support in carrying that leadership forward. I do so as a Commander-in-Chief who could not be prouder of our men and women in uniform – pilots who bravely fly in the face of danger above the Middle East, and service-members who support our partners on the ground.

When we helped prevent the massacre of civilians trapped on a distant mountain, here’s what one of them said. “We owe our American friends our lives. Our children will always remember that there was someone who felt our struggle and made a long journey to protect innocent people.”

That is the difference we make in the world. And our own safety – our own security – depends upon our willingness to do what it takes to defend this nation, and uphold the values that we stand for – timeless ideals that will endure long after those who offer only hate and destruction have been vanquished from the Earth.

May God bless our troops, and may God bless the United States of America.

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How does a President of The United States Of America ask Americans to risk life fighting in a foreign land for that foreign lands freedoms when we right here in AmeriKKKa have to fight daily for our U.S. Constitutional rights and freedoms? American citizens who are Women, People Of Color and members of the LGBTQA1 community have to battle for our freedoms.

How does POTUSA Barack Hussein Obama fix his mouth to take action against ISIL, but ignore the systematic genocide of Black Americans, and People Of Color, by AmeriKKKan law enforcement agencies RIGHT HERE IN MUTHAFUCKIN AMERIKKKA?

Something is seriously wrong when you care more for Iraq, Israel, Syria, Ukraine than you do for where YOU priside….where you reign as President, The United States Of America.

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What Violence Is Acceptable AND What Violence Is NOT Acceptable, In AmeriKKKa.


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Family of Woman Hit by Officer Demands Answers

Published on Jul 6, 2014

The family of a woman who was pinned down and repeatedly punched by a California Highway Patrol officer on the side of the 10 Freeway is demanding answers.

The incident was caught on camera by a passing driver. Maisha Allums on Saturday identified the woman in the video as her mother, Marlene Pinnock.
“I just don’t understand why he beat her like that,” Allums said as she broke down in tears. “He hit her over and repeatedly and repeatedly over. She wasn’t even putting up a fight.”
“I just thank God that she’s alive,” she added.
Pinnock had been walking on the 10 Freeway west of downtown Los Angeles about 5:40 p.m. Tuesday when the officer tried to stop her. Pinnock appears to ignore him moments before a physical struggle. The officer pulls her to the ground and quickly hits her about a dozen times as she shielded her face.
“I don’t see why he used such extreme force on her,” said the victim’s aunt, Alice Woods.
Pinnock was booked on a 72-hour hold for a mental evaluation. The family didn’t say why Pinnock may have been wandering on the freeway or whether she suffers from mental illness.
“The individual was unresponsive and placed themselves and motoring public in danger,” said CHP Assistant Chief Chris O’Quinn during a news conference.
The CHP said the woman was not hurt, but Pinnock’s family and attorney said she suffered severe injuries.
“The CHP’s representation that there were no injuries is absolutely false,” attorney Caree Harper said. “She was beaten by a wannabe MMA cop.”
Harper said Pinnock sufered multiple injuries, including to her face, arms and shoulders.
Pinnock’s daughter said she hasn’t seen her mother since the incident.
“I just want justice for my mom,” she said.
The officer remains on paid administrative leave while the CHP conducts an internal investigation – 7 JUL 2014.

LAPD kill unarmed black man Ezell Ford.

Published on Aug 29, 2014

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Police identified the 25-year-old’s shooters Thursday as Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas, who were assigned to the Newton Division gang enforcement detail. The names’ release come more than two weeks after Ford was shot three times.

BY Nina Golgowski
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, August 28, 2014, 9:37 PM

Ezell Ford, a mentally-challenged 24-year-old man, was shot dead in a Los Angeles street after being confronted by two police officers on Aug. 11. On Thursday police identified those officers. Facebook Ezell Ford, a mentally-challenged 24-year-old man, was shot dead in a Los Angeles street after being confronted by two police officers on Aug. 11. On Thursday police identified those officers.

The names of two Los Angeles police officers who shot and killed an unarmed, mentally challenged man more than two weeks ago have been released.

Police identified 25-year-old Ezell Ford’s shooters Thursday as Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas, who were assigned to the Newton Division gang enforcement detail, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The release of their names follows public outrage over the Aug. 11 shooting, during which three bullets were planted in Ford’s back while he was lying on the ground, said family.

Wampler has served on the force for 12 years while Villegas has served for eight years.
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Protesters gathered Thursday in front of the criminal courts building demanding that L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey file murder charges against the officers involved in the deaths of Ezell Ford.

Police had said that their delay in releasing the two officers’ names pended assessment into whether it could threaten their safety.

“In this particular case, it was necessary to investigate evidence brought to the department’s attention regarding potential threats to the safety of the officers and ensure that measures were taken to mitigate those threats,” the LAPD said in a statement obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

Meanwhile Ford’s autopsy report still remains hidden from public review due to a security hold placed by police.
Police identified 25-year-old Ezell Ford’s shooters Thursday as Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas. Chief Charlie Beck, takes questions during a community forum on Ford’s death on Aug. 19. Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP Police identified 25-year-old Ezell Ford’s shooters Thursday as Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas. Chief Charlie Beck, takes questions during a community forum on Ford’s death on Aug. 19.

They are also declining to say why the officers approached him while he was walking down the street.

Police have only said that he tackled an officer and tried to grab his gun.

Witnesses have disputed those claims, however.
Ford was approached by the officers before they say he tackled one of them and tried to grab his gun. Witnesses have disputed those claims. Ford was approached by the officers before they say he tackled one of them and tried to grab his gun. Witnesses have disputed those claims.
Previous Next The Los Angeles Police Department shot and killed Ezell Ford, a mentally-challenged 24 year-old African American man in South L.A. on Monday. People protest the fatal police shooting of Ezell Ford in South Los Angeles, at a rally outside LAPD headquarters in Los Angeles, California August 17, 2014. Police are investigating the shooting death of the unarmed black man by an officer during an “investigative stop” that led to a struggle.

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Common Sense. Is NOT common. Why is Ray Rice punching his future wife, who indeed did marry him AFTER he punched her the fuck out, more outrage for Americans than  51-year-old Marlene Mardella Pinnock, a homeless grandmother, being punched silly by a California Highway Patrolman, on the side of the 10 Freeway west of downtown Los Angeles?

CHP officer accused of beating homeless woman named in lawsuit.

A new federal lawsuit names the alleged California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer who was caught on video beating a homeless woman on the 10 Freeway on-ramp in July.

The victim, identified as 51-year-old Marlene Mardella Pinnock, added more information to her initial complaint that alleged her civil rights were violated. The new documents include the accused officer’s name and say she will now be seeking compensatory damages.

The modified complaint now names Daniel L. Andrew as the officer, reports CBS Los Angeles’ Jeff Nguyen.

Caree Harper, Pinnock’s lawyer, told the media that she learned the name of the officer from a detention form which was signed D. Andrew.

Apparently, the piece of writing was all the evidence that they needed. A spokesperson had earlier told Nguyen that the alleged officer has been part of the department for a year and a half.

Pinnock says that, prior to the incident, Andrew approached her and called her by her name, having met her on prior occasions. She said that she became frightened because he was “acting arrogant” with her. She then left the area and heard no commands from the officer.

When she left, she was violently thrown by the defendant on the ground. The officer then hit her “in my temples with all the strength he had,” said Pinnock. The officer in question then purposely ripped her dress to expose her buttocks to passersby on the freeway.

In her complaint, Pinnock says that she remains in fear of the officer and his colleagues and is afraid that they will go out of their way to harm her. Pinnock also added that the officer told lies in his report where he said that she was “combative.”

The CHP said that they could not comment on the details of the case but released the following statement:

The purpose of any investigation is to gather the evidence and facts of an incident.  If an incident involves the claim of injuries to any of the parties involved, facts pertinent to that investigation would include injuries that were sustained.  Documents — such as copies of medical records — would be relevant to the investigation.

In her complaint, Pinnock also alleges that David Diaz, the man who videotaped the incident, was intimidated by an investigator known as S. Taketa.

Pinnock still remains in the hospital, where she is receiving medical care. The officer, on the other hand, has been given desk duty.

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Why is the do nothing 113th U.S. CongrASS, the same CongrASS who did not want to extend the Violence Against Women Act because it included Native American women and women of the LGBTQA1 community, getting involved in Ray Rice’s Domestic Abuse business?

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Why is the President Of The United States adding his voice to the Ray Rice Domestic Abuse, but NOT addressing the list of Black Americans killed by racist law enforcement?

Obama on Ray Rice: ‘Hitting a woman’ not what ‘a real man does’

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest on Monday night released a statement about President Barack Obama’s reaction to the Baltimore Ravens cutting player Ray Rice in the wake of a video surfacing showing him slugging his future wife.

“Hitting a woman is not something a real man does,” the statement said.

Full statement from Earnest:

“The President is the father of two daughters.  And like any American, he believes that domestic violence is contemptible and unacceptable in a civilized society.  Hitting a woman is not something a real man does, and that’s true whether or not an act of violence happens in the public eye, or, far too often, behind closed doors. Stopping domestic violence is something that’s bigger than football – and all of us have a responsibility to put a stop to it.”

Too bad The president didn’t have such strong and quick words for the blatant racism in Ferguson, Missouri, as he has for Ray Rice hitting a woman….later walked down the marriage aisle to be his bride. As the father of two Black daughters, racism should be as much a concern, if not more, than domestic violence.

Barack Hussein Obama never stood up and spoke out on the actions of local law enforcement that took the lives of American, Black American, citizens…..

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#MiriamCarey………….If I attempted to list all Black Americans, ALL unarmed Black Americans, murdered by law enforcement, we’d be here all month reading the names.

This list can’t even be called partial, because this list is a minute drop in the proverbial bucket.

SO, I’ll ask the question again….What Violence Is Acceptable AND What Violence Is NOT Acceptable, In AmeriKKKa.

Apparently you can’t hit a woman in America, but Black American citizens can be punched, kicked, pepper sprayed, beat with nightsticks and shot dead by the AmeriKKKan police forces of our local cities and towns. THAT violence is perfectly acceptable.

Bronx Man Claims Police Brutality Caught On Camera

Published on Sep 6, 2014

23-year-old Santiago Hernandez says he was assaulted by up to half a dozen uniformed NYPD officers after he was stopped and frisked in the Melrose section of the Bronx.

It happened on August 18th at about 6 p.m.

“I turned around and put my hands up,” said Santiago Hernandez, the alleged brutality victim.

Santiago Hernandez says he did exactly what the officer asked him to do. He was waiting to meet a friend outside 428 E. 157th Street when officers asked to search him.

“Did she say why she was searching you?” Eyewitness News reporter N.J. Burkett asked.

“No,” Hernandez said.

Hernandez says the officers claimed they were investigating a noise complaint. When the search came up empty, he says he asked the officers why he had been searched.

And with that, he says, one of the officers grabbed his arm and slapped on handcuffs.

“I’m like, ‘Miss what you doing? You are hurting my arm,'” Hernandez said.

The surveillance video is silent, but a cell phone video captured part of it.

“She just was telling me to put my hands behind my back, but ‘I’m like trying to understand what are you are arresting me for. Can you please tell me?'” Hernandez said.

Moments later, half-a-dozen officers arrived and appeared to pile-on. Hernandez said he was punched, kicked, beaten with nightsticks, and blasted with pepper spray.

“They was taking turns on me. One kicks me, he steps back. Another one comes to punch me and he steps back. And another one comes and grabs my arm and hits me like 10 times with the baton. Another one comes and pepper sprayed me, they were taking turns like a gang,” Hernandez said.

Cell phone video showed Hernandez being dragged to a waiting patrol car.

Although he was later charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, the Bronx DA declined to prosecute the case. And Hernandez was left with bruises from head to toe.

“At one point you had a chance to put both of your hands behind your back, but you didn’t do that,” Burkett said.

“Yes,” Hernandez said.
“Why not?” Burkett asked.

“Because I’m a person to ask questions. If I didn’t do nothing wrong, I’m trying to understand the reason, what they are thinking of me, or what was the reason at all to arrest me,” Hernandez said.

Hernandez and his lawyers are filing a civilian complaint. And now the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau is investigating.

“Unfortunately, for young men like Santiago, I think this incident is all too common,” said Jay Heinrich, Hernandez’s attorney.

Santiago was on parole at the time of the incident after he had spent six years in prison for gang assault back when he was 14.

If what Ray Rice did was an outrage, and common sense says it was, why are all violence against Black Americans and People Of Color NOT protected against the violence from the very people paid to “serve and protect” us all equally under the law?

More importantly…why is nobody in Washington, D.C…….outraged?

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