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Ed Driscoll

Meet Douglas McAuthur McCain, American Killed in Action in Syria

August 26th, 2014 - 3:59 pm

There’s no doubt that anybody given the name Douglas McAuthur McCain by his parents would have a strong urge to consider enlisting in the military, if only to live up to all of the history implicit in your name (even if the spelling of your middle name isn’t quite spot-on, and your last name was purely a coincidence).

It helps, though, to carefully choose the correct fighting force when volunteering, as NBC reports (yes, I know, but presumably, some of these details might be correct). As Bill Murray and the late Harold Ramis sang while marching in Stripes, goofing on TV recruitment ads, “Pick a service, pick a challenge, set yourself apart: Army! Navy! Air Force! Marines!” Err, ISIS?

The battle in itself seemed tragically normal. Two Syrian opposition groups fought and there were heavy casualties on both sides. Then victorious rebels rifled through the pockets of the dead. One contained about $800 in cash — and an American passport.

Douglas McAuthur McCain, of San Diego, California, was killed over the weekend fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), according to the Free Syrian Army. Photos of McCain’s passport and of his body — which feature a distinctive neck tattoo — have been seen by NBC News. According to an activist linked to the Free Syrian Army who also saw the body and travel document, McCain was among three foreign jihadis fighting with ISIS who died during the battle.

NBC goes on to note that McCain was “a goofball in high school”:

Douglas McAuthur McCain was born in Illinois on Jan. 29, 1981. His family later moved to Minnesota’s Twin Cities area where he attended Robbinsdale Cooper High School in New Hope as part of the class of 1999.

Classmates at the school – which was described to NBC News as around 75 percent white and 10 percent African American – recalled an “always smiling” joker who liked to laugh and play basketball. McCain wasn’t on the high school team and didn’t come across as religious, according to one basketball buddy.

“He was a goofball in high school,” that classmate told NBC News. “Doug was a fun guy to be around. Played basketball, joked a lot, had a small sense of humor. Got along with most … Wasn’t the best athlete, but liked to play.”

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The only way to fight this whilst preserving liberty, is to ban Islam and repatriate Muslim immigrants back from whence they came. You have to make the operational space for Islam smaller (and smaller) instead of massively expanding it by allowing them to mass serial immigrate to all of European Christendom....thus empowering them to attack you from the inside, using their tried and true methods as well as taking advantage of your system and institutions to their own advantage.

Until Islam is named the enemy, then we arent solving the problem, securing the homeland, or protecting the citizens of European Christendom...but rather on a one way street to Hell.

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Who is the White House sending to the funeral?
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"NBC goes on to note that McCain was “a goofball in high school”:"

Wow.

Think about that, folks!

They might have killed a future President!



8 weeks ago
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One less nuisance.
8 weeks ago
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Globalization has turned out like free love.

A great boost to the ego at first, but then your dick falls off.
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The alienation of "black" youth by "black" leadership is probably a big contributor to the prevalence of "black" young men becoming jihadis. The black-victim culture is so harmful for so many reasons.
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As someone once said: "Liberals are so open minded their brains have fallen out". In their never ending quest to prove themselves superior to the rest of us, they've lost their sense of self-preservation.
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Let's hope it becomes universal.

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What a waste of sperm and egg. Hopefully he never got a chance to reproduce as well.
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Named for the General, eh? Dougie Mac wouldn't have wiped his shoe off on this guy.

Spelled "Arthur" wrong too.
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"Dougie Mac wouldn't have wiped his shoe off on this guy."

There's more than one way to wipe a shoe.....

;-)



8 weeks ago
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Even Ted Bundy wouldn't have travelled that far to murder someone.
Lets call it what it is...thrill killing...serial murder.

BTW: I suspect only a militant feminist would have such a tasteless avatar as Mandy's. Smells like troll to me.
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Mandy's a regular here, newbie. Before you discredit yourself any further, try looking up her comment history before you spout off again.

8 weeks ago
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I see...well if you are sure then I am wrong. My apologies.
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I LIKE Mandy's avatar, and find it very expressive of my own feelings.

Militant feminist? Highly doubtful. But she's got more common sense than many others who post on this site.
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Again, I wish I could click "like" on your comment 20 more times.
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I added one for you.
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Obviously you know nothing about Ms. Manners. She is not a troll and is more conservative than you might think.
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End all immigration. What's the big deal about that? We're going to have something like another 100 million people in 40 years to go with the 100 million in the last 50. Why? Were we broken at 200 million? Didn't we have more water and food, cheaper houses, more land to live on? Wasn't unemployment lower, wasn't there less competition for careers? What's the point? The fact no one knows shows the idiocy of continued immigration. There is no upside to it and a lot of downsides.
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I guess he was black. True?
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It's hard to tell any more. Black, white, brown. They all blur together. But it's OK to hate people the media says are white. Like George Zimmerman.
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