Friday, October 24, 2014

Ex-CIA Case Officer: ‘The West Is Under Attack’ From Islamic State-Inspired Radicals

Ex-CIA Case Officer: ‘The West Is Under Attack’ From Islamic State-Inspired Radicals:

The United States and Canada have suffered three attacks with apparent ties to terrorism in the span of a week, and a retired CIA case officer told TheBlaze he expects more will follow.

“I think the West is under attack,” said Brian Fairchild, who spent 20 years in the CIA’s clandestine service and has testified before Congress as a terrorism expert.

“I think that they’re responses to the ISIS and Al Qaeda requests for folks to go out and strike Americans any time, anywhere, any place that they can. That’s what this is turning out to be,” Fairchild said, speaking during an interview for an upcoming episode of TheBlaze TV’s For the Record.

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security sent a memo on Oct. 11, warning that Islamic State sympathizers could carry out attacks on police and government personnel.

Canadian police officers stand guard in downtown Ottawa, Oct. 22, 2014. (Mike Carroccetto/Getty Images)
On Monday, 25-year-old Martin Couture Rouleau slammed his car into two Canadian soldiers, killing one, before he was fatally shot by police. Investigators said they were “concerned that he had become radicalized” before the attack.

Two days later, police said 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau shot and killed a soldier guarding Canada’s national war memorial in Ottawa before storming into the Parliament building, where he was ultimately shot dead.

Then on Thursday, a man attacked a group of New York Police officers with a hatchet, seriously wounding one. New York City police Commissioner William Bratton on Friday called it a “terrorist attack” by a homegrown radical.

Fairchild said the Islamic State has visions of an even bigger wave of terror.

“What they would love is for there to be 50, 100, 1,000 attacks like that. Whether their followers will rise up and do that for them, we don’t know,” he said.

Fairchild said there is a real cause for concern: Groups like Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula have had only limited success pushing American extremists to pull off “lone wolf” attacks, but the rapid expansion of the Islamic State and its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, may have created enough momentum to finally push some of those radical individuals into action.

“When Baghdadi and ISIS says, ‘Hey guys, go out and find soldiers, intelligence, and police officers and kill them, don’t ask for anybody’s approval, just go out and do it,’ that seems to have had more resonance among these guys than all of the requests from Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and ‘Inspire’ magazine before that,” Fairchild said. ”That’s what the game-changer is.”

U.S. leadership has pledged to stop the Islamic State’s advance, and has repeatedly sought to distance it and other radical groups from the Islamic faith.

“Radicalization is something politicians pay lip service to but they’ve never done anything about it,” Fairchild said. “In fact, our senior politicians say Islam has nothing to do with this. And that’s absolutely incorrect.”

Fairchild says that refusal to acknowledge the link to Islam leaves America unable to effectively deal with the threat.

“You have to understand, ‘who is the enemy?’ You can’t defeat the enemy until you understand the enemy. In understanding the enemy, you have to look at it from his point of view. Not what you want him to be. Not what makes you feel good, but what is he?”

Fairchild continued, “From an intelligence analytical point of view, these folks believe they’re fighting for a righteous cause. They’re fighting for their God. They’re fighting according to what God has told them to do in the Koran.”

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Fracking Revolution Cuts Prices, Drives A Stake Through OPEC's Heart

Fracking Revolution Cuts Prices, Drives A Stake Through OPEC's Heart: America's Drilling Revolution Is Delivering Lower Prices at the Pump We have heard the story before: political turmoil in the Middle East, disruption of global oil supplies by members of OPEC. In the past, the unrest in Iran would be causing oil prices to spike up. Instead they have been falling by more than 25%. Gas prices at the pump have fallen to less than $3 a gallon in many markets. That's quite a change from the past 40 years, when OPEC and

Why the Welfare State Isn’t Well and It Isn’t Fair

Why the Welfare State Isn’t Well and It Isn’t Fair: Throughout most of the 19th and 20th centuries Socialism had a fairly precise definition, a somewhat clear program, and a generally agreed upon goal. The definition of Socialism was some variant of Karl Marx’s well known statement, “From each according to the ability to each according to their need.” Socialism’s program was the nationalization of all means of production, exchange, and distribution. Socialism’s goal was the use of all three in a comprehensive plan to bring about some chimera of social justice.

I’m So Damned Tired Of This

I’m So Damned Tired Of This:

The news brings word that the grand jury will be making its decision today. Everyone expects a no-bill and everyone expects a riot.

Missouri police have been brushing up on constitutional rights and stocking up on riot gear to prepare for a grand jury’s decision about whether to charge a white police officer who fatally shot a black 18-year-old in suburban St. Louis.

The preparations are aimed at avoiding a renewed outbreak of violence during the potentially large demonstrations that could follow an announcement of whether Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will face a criminal trial for the Aug. 9 death of Michael Brown.

Police and protesters have repeatedly clashed since the shooting, which prompted a national conversation about race and police tactics. Images of officers in riot gear and armored vehicles confronting protesters have drawn widespread criticism.

Many protesters want Darren Wilson indicted for murder. Grand jury proceedings are secret, but legal analysts say recently leaked information about Wilson’s testimony to investigators may be an attempt to prepare the public for the possibility that he might not be charged.

The decision could be made public within the next month.

In the meantime, law officers have adjusted their tactics for interacting more peacefully with protesters while also honing their procedures for quick, widespread arrests. They plan to have a large contingent of officers at the ready, but have been meeting with clergy, community leaders and students in hopes of building relationships that could ease tensions on the streets.
I’m just so damned tired of catering to these savages. Instead of spending millions to make sure the gentle little snowflakes rioting in the streets don’t get their “rights” violated, how about we stand up for civilization for a change. Let everyone in Ferguson know that their little slice of heaven will be sealed off before the announcement. You can riot your brains out, but no one is coming in or out. No one will come in to put out fires, tend to the injured, deliver food, fix a broken pipe, etc.

Once the rioting ends, the siege will be lifted.

My bet is we get a very different result, but then the Cult will not have an election issue.

EPA official calls climate change a major concern for Americans as Weather Channel founder and 9,000 scientists insist it doesn’t exist

EPA official calls climate change a major concern for Americans as Weather Channel founder and 9,000 scientists insist it doesn’t exist:

Speaking Friday at a Conference on Energy and the Environment at Georgetown University, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy insisted that climate change is an “overwhelmingly” major area of concern for Americans.

“From all the recent public opinion work out there on climate change, what stands out to me is this: First, people overwhelmingly consider climate change a problem, and they want action. And second, what’s even more impressive, is the overwhelming support specifically for EPA action to curb carbon pollution from power plants,” the official said.

Of course, recent polling data out from Gallup refutes the EPA official’s claim, as CNS News noted:

[O]nly 40 percent of respondents identified climate change as either a “very important” or and “extremely important” factor in their votes. That was well behind the second-lowest-ranking concern, which was abortion and access to contraception, which was considered an important factor by 50 percent of respondents.

Likewise, a Gallup poll in March 2014 found that only 24 percent of Americans worried a great deal about climate change. In that poll, both “climate change” and “quality of the environment” were near the bottom of a list of 15 issues Gallup asked Americans to rate.

And in last month, a Pew Poll found that while most Americans believe in climate change, they give it a low priority. Forty-eight percent rated global climate change as a major threat — well behind the level of concern shown for other issues.
Worse yet for global warming alarmists such as McCarthy, John Coleman, the founder of Weather Channel and a leading meteorologist, said in a letter last week that he and 9,000 Ph.D. scientists all agree: “There is no significant man-made global warming at this time, there has been none in the past and there is no reason to fear any in the future. Efforts to prove the theory that carbon dioxide is a significant ‘greenhouse’ gas and pollutant causing significant warming or weather effects have failed. There has been no warming over 18 years.”

The 80-year-old weatherman’s comments were made in an open letter to the Hammer Forum, a discussion venue at the University of California, Los Angeles, which recently scheduled Michael Mann and Brenda Ekwurzel — both firm believers in global warming — as speakers.

Coleman continued in his letter:

[A]t your October 23 Hammer Forum on Climate Change you have scheduled as your only speakers two people who continue to present the failed science as though it is the final and complete story on global warming/climate change. This is major mistake.

I urge you to re-examine your plan. It is important to have those who attend know that there is no climate crisis. The ocean is not rising significantly. The polar ice is increasing, not melting away. Polar Bears are increasing in number. Heat waves have actually diminished, not increased. There is not an uptick in the number or strength of storms (in fact storms are diminishing). I have studied this topic seriously for years. It has become a political and environment agenda item, but the science is not valid.

I am the founder of The Weather Channel and a winner of the American Meteorological Society honor as Broadcast Meteorologist of the Year. I am not a wacko flat Earther. Nor am I a “paid shill” (as has been claimed) of the Koch Brothers. I am a serious Professional. I am strongly urging you to reconsider your plan.
William Happer, Ph.D., a Princeton University climate researcher who Coleman named in his letter, said in a later interview that he supports the Weather Channel founder’s view, noting to The Express:

No chemical compound in the atmosphere has a worse reputation than CO2, thanks to the single-minded demonization of this natural and essential atmospheric gas by advocates of government control and energy production.

The incredible list of supposed horrors that increasing carbon dioxide will bring the world is pure belief disguised as science.
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UN Meddling in the Family

UN Meddling in the Family: Although several items on the anti-family agenda have succeeded during the past several decades, many others have been thwarted. The grassroots rose up and rejected the Equal Rights Amendment. Americans increasingly identify themselves as pro-life rather than pro-abortion. So the feminists, big-government liberals, and their friends are trying to get the United Nations to advance feminist goals.

Afghanistan’s Corrupt Money Pit Wastes Another $3.6 Million

Afghanistan’s Corrupt Money Pit Wastes Another $3.6 Million:

REUTERS/Andrew Burton
By Brianna Ehley,The Fiscal Times

October 24, 2014
For years, the federal watchdog tasked with overseeing the massive multi-billion reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan has flagged fraud, abuse and waste. Despite the warnings, the U.S. continues placing millions of dollars in the hands of questionable contractors.

In just the latest of countless troubling findings by the Special Inspector for General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), the auditors revealed that the State Department is paying a contractor $3.6 million for three mobile television trucks that cost way more than expected and came two years late.

Related: After U.S. Spends $753 Billion, Afghanistan Might Be Lost

The trucks were intended for local Afghan television networks for live sporting event coverage at soccer and cricket games, but now they are sitting unused under a tarp in Kabul.

According to the auditors, the trucks were priced at $157,300 each—but their price tags ultimately ballooned to $568,062 per truck. 

“Something is seriously wrong with the way this contract was managed, IG John Sopko said in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry. He added that the State Department should explore whether it is possible to cancel the contract immediately.

Though $3.6 million is quite a small amount when considering the United States has already poured more than $104 billion into rebuilding the war-torn country of Afghanistan, SIGAR’s latest finding helps paint a picture of how most of that money has been handled. The auditors have frequently warned of the wide spread abuse and corruption in Afghanistan –which has resulted in the loss of billions of tax dollars.

For example, in 2010, SIGAR accountants told The Fiscal Times they could account for less than 10 percent of all the money that had been spent on reconstruction efforts.

Related: With Eyes on ISIS, America’s $104 B in Afghanistan is Failing

And despite spending an “unprecedented” amount of money rebuilding Afghanistan, Sopko says the country doesn’t have any kind of strategy to curb the corruption.

"This is astonishing, given that Afghanistan is one of the most corrupt countries in the world and a country that the United States is spending billions of dollars in," the auditor said to an audience at Georgetown University last month. He added that “things could get worse with the drawdown” that is scheduled for the end of 2015.

Still, Congress has already authorized another $16 billion to spend in Afghanistan in the next few years.

Meanwhile, corruption isn’t the only major threat to the billions of tax dollars being poured into the country. Earlier this week, SIGAR reported that the U.S.’s $7.6 billion efforts to stop heroin production in Afghanistan had been completely ineffective.

“The U.S. has already spent nearly $7.6 billion to combat the opium industry. Yet, by every conceivable metric, we’ve failed,” Sopko said

SIGAR is known for being relentlessly critical of the agencies it audits. That reputation has unsurprisingly created some tension among those agencies who say the IG’s work “ultimately undermines the effort to build stronger civilian institutions here by creating the impression that the United States is simply pouring money down the well,” a U.S. official told The New York Times.

SIGAR, for its part, maintains a respected reputation among the Inspector General community. Earlier this week, the agency received five awards from the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) for its work.

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Why Does Congress Shower The CDC With Money Despite A Track Record Of Waste and Mission Failure

Why Does Congress Shower The CDC With Money Despite A Track Record Of Waste and Mission Failure:

It’s no secret that taxpayer money is wasted by funding projects and programs that are absolutely ridiculous.

Wasteful spending at the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control was recently exposed after Francis Collins, the head of NIH, blamed a lack of funding for the absence of an Ebola vaccine.

Collins boldly stated, “Frankly, if we had not gone through our ten-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would’ve gone through clinical trials and would have been ready.”

Despite Collins’ whining the truth is budgets for NIH and the CDC have grown significantly over the past ten years. The real problem with the CDC is not the budget total but how the money is spent.

The question for taxpayers and Congress should be is the agency spending taxpayer money wisely and is it meeting its disease prevention goals.

Waste at CDC is unfortunately nothing new. In 2007, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) issued a report, “CDC Off Center,” that highlighted wasteful spending at the agency and its failure to meet its disease controlling mission.

The report documented how the CDC spent a significant amount of money on facilities while it failed to successfully combat diseases. The CDC built a lavish $106 million visiting center that includes a world class communications center and Japanese gardens and it constructed a $109.8 million headquarters building with $10 million worth of office furniture. On its Atlanta campus, the CDC has a $200,000 fitness center that includes “mood enhancing lights,” saunas, and zero-gravity chairs.

While the CDC was busy supporting construction projects, it was failing to meet its goals for combating infectious diseases. Regarding HIV/AIDS, the CDC received an incomplete grade from the Office of Management and Budget because the agency did not establish adequate performance goals or metrics to determine if its HIV/AIDS prevention program was working.

OMB reported:

the domestic HIV/AIDS program made progress on reducing new infections from 120,000 in the late 1980’s to 40,000 in the mid-1990’s, but this level has not changed for several years. The program has taken steps to improve the efficiency of Federal operations, but does not have incentives and procedures to make gains more broadly or ways of measuring annual improvements.
Since then the rates of new HIV/AIDS infections have not decreased. The CDC’s website reports, “In 2010 (the most recent year that data are available), there were an estimated 47,500 new HIV infections.”

The CDC’s effort to eliminate syphilis failed. Despite announcing a goal to reduce syphilis cases to 1,000 or lower and with Congress almost doubling the agency’s syphilis budget, the rates of the sexually transmitted disease increased by 68% in 2004. Since then the news on syphilis has gotten much worse. The CDC reported from 2005 – 2013, “the number of primary and secondary syphilis cases reported each year in the United States nearly doubled, from 8,724 to 16,663.”

It’s obvious the CDC has a record of wasteful spending and difficulty in meeting its mission so the agency’s failure to successfully implement policies to deal with Ebola is not a surprise.

What’s more disappointing than the CDC’s performance is despite Coburn’s 2007 report and the agency’s track record of wasteful spending and mission failure, Congress continued to shower the CDC with taxpayer money.

Dear Black People: Stop Acting Like Terrorists

Dear Black People: Stop Acting Like Terrorists: brown1

Poor Eric Holder and Barack Obama.  At least they can tell themselves (and their followers) that they tried.  They really, really tried.  In their naked attempt to railroad and lynch a white police officer, Darren Wilson, they used — abused, that is — the grotesque power of their offices to foment terrible race riots in the faraway city of Ferguson.  Now it’s all blowing up in their faces.  That is, in the legal and political senses, just as the exact same tactics blew up in their faces last year in the George Zimmerman trial.

New information about an abundance of previously unknown eyewitness testimony and detailed forensic evidence presented to the grand jury indicates that Wilson’s story is just about completely backed-up by most of it.  There’s a very good chance that Wilson won’t be charged with any crime at all.

Reports from the proceedings have it that seven or eight African-American eyewitnesses, who wish not to be identified for their own safety, corroborate Wilson’s version of what happened, and how it happened.  So do the reported analyses of blood, blood splatter, DNA, ballistics, fingerprints, and shell casings.

In fact, where the shell casings landed in relation to the final position of Brown’s body shows that Wilson had to have been backing away from Brown as he fired, with Brown advancing on him or charging at him.

As he prepares to leave office in disgrace, Eric Holder is a depressed and devastated shell of his former, formidable infamy as Black Panther consigliere to the HNIC.

What a relief.  I admit, it was looking rather sketchy there for a few weeks.  Along with a gaggle of shady characters as alleged witnesses to the incident, offering several shifting accounts portraying some sort of murderous cop, mainstream media outlets were pushing the claim that a couple of construction workers had supposedly been working a mere “50 feet” from the scene of the Michael Brown shooting, and that they saw Brown “surrendering with his hands up” when Wilson shot him.  There’s even cell phone video of the two workers standing next to their truck in the aftermath, one of them gesturing and hollering indignantly about it.  He poses with his hands up, to demonstrate how Brown was supposedly no threat to Wilson.  Problem is, they were actually much further away than the purported 50 feet — aerial photo and video analysis (expertly done by blogger “sundance” at The Conservative Treehouse) proves it was actually over 220 feet.  Despite this huge discrepancy, the bogus “50 feet” meme took hold pretty much everywhere.

Whatever amount of the incident the workers were able to see, their reactions captured on video could also have been influenced by dubious alarms raised by others around them — someone yells out an allegation, and others pick it up and spread it.  Still, their version, combined with the likely coached (by professional race-agitators) statements of other “eyewitnesses,” had made it seem for awhile there like Wilson might wind up indicted.

Suddenly, now, a steady flow of fresh information has blown the usual left-wing racial narrative clear out of the water.  Mainstream media sources are executing an astonishing 180-degree turn on this case, apparently because they know the jig is about to be up, and even they don’t want to see much more mayhem, looting, burning, and random murders, in Ferguson, St. Louis, or anywhere else, as revenge by black mobs for lack of immediate prison or death penalty for Darren Wilson.  The establishment media are trying to let the rapidly-heating air out of the balloon before it explodes.

The racial unrest in and around Ferguson and St. Louis has not stopped.  The general consensus among analysts is that the threat of thousands of feral, outraged blacks rioting and wildly destroying everything and any random white person in sight is so dire and so imminent that there is now a calculated, stealth public relations campaign to leak the grand jury findings to the masses in a trickle that is just urgent and steady enough to stave off a total disaster of Rodney King 1992 dimensions:  By allowing the jarring news about the evidence and likely grand jury decision to seep out to the public in the staccato flow as they have been leaking it, sober officials and media bosses have signaled that they want to prepare the quaking guerilla terrorist armies of blacks for the disappointment that appears to be coming soon for them.  The grand jury is expected to announce its decision within the next couple of weeks or so.  The gatekeepers of critical information figure that if the good news for Darren Wilson dawns on the angry mobs ahead of that time, in chunks, they’ll be less likely to explode in total, widespread melees of wanton savagery if he is no-billed.

I’m not sure that plan will work.  Militant black leaders and activists keep loudly guaranteeing all apocalyptic hell will break loose if Wilson is not indicted.  They either don’t care about facts and evidence, or they declare that the grand jury investigative process is unfairly corrupted in favor of whites against blacks.  As new information about the grand jury evidence is released, the black mobs have begun to violently turn on their erstwhile friends, the media.

I and millions of others wish a vast segment of the black population in America would or could just grow up and join the rest of civilized society.  Yes, there are some bad cops and bad people in power in our society, and some degree of racism of an evil nature does exist.  But our society is recognizing that most of the evil racism has its modern-day stronghold among the millions of incendiary malcontents and depraved violent criminals overrunning most of America’s countless black ghettoes.  They make streets, shopping centers, parks, restaurants, public transportation, and even classrooms dangerous places for people of all races.  They keep polite society and even entire police departments and elected officials in quivering subjugation to their foaming, guttural demands, threats of violence, and actual violence.  They are terrorists.

There’s a new movie being promoted all over mainstream and social media, it’s titled “Dear White People.”  The trailer comes across like the celluloid spawn of Spike Lee and Will Ferrell.  It’s winning big awards and getting raving acclaim.  I admit that the bits of it I’ve seen in previews are wildly provocative and well-executed, to the point of being hysterical.  But as with an artfully well-produced Michael Moore piece of deceptive propaganda, what I’ve glimpsed of it sickens me.  That’s because it appears to promote the same old perverse political correctness; the Leftist narrative about the pernicious pervasiveness of white privilege and all that.  In short, although outrageously hilarious, it seems like it’s just another loooong lecture delivered by blacks, to whites, about race.

That brings us back to Eric Holder.  Back in 2009 he said we were “a nation of cowards” on the topic of race, and that we needed to have “a national conversation” about race.  Well, it certainly can be proven that national conversations about racehave been going on in America since long before Eric Holder’s people realized they could get away with terrorizing white voters, and white people in general.  But I agree that we’ve largely been a nation of cowards about it all.

Whites have been terrorized and threatened into cowardly, silent acquiescence by the likes of everyone from William Tecumseh Sherman to Colin Ferguson to…Eric Holder.  Whites have been too scared of the political and workplace minefields — and the physical violence — to speak frankly to blacks, and blacks have been too scared of being told the honest truth, and of losing the ground they’ve gained, to listen to whites at all.

For this part of my part of the ongoing conversation, I’ll say this — and for once, blacks had better listen:  Stop acting like terrorists.  Besides just being the right thing to do, if whites ever stopped being cowards, there are still far more than enough of us to teach you a lesson.  If you can’t make your case in the arena of jurisprudence, while the U.S. Attorney General is also the consigliere and enforcer for the New Black Panthers, then you have no case.  Darren Wilson killed Michael Brown in a justified act of self-defense.  STFU and accept the facts and evidence.

I would think you’d already realize that you really don’t want white people to suddenly get disorderly on you for a change.

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U.S. Is Losing (Has Lost?) the War on Drugs in Afghanistan

Stop the war on drugs.  Stop arresting people for using and filling the prisons.  This all costs us billions of dollars and accomplishes nothing.  Send addicts to treatment.

U.S. Is Losing (Has Lost?) the War on Drugs in Afghanistan:

Christopher A. Preble

After a decade of reconstruction and over $7 billion spent on counternarcotic operations, the results are in: the United States has lost the “war on drugs” in Afghanistan, although few U.S. officials are willing to admit it. According to this report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), poppy cultivation is actually at an all-time high, over 8 percent higher in 2013 than the previous peak in 2007.

And, with the United States slated to reduce its presence in Afghanistan, the problem is likely to get worse. According to the report, given the “deteriorating security in many parts of rural Afghanistan and low levels of eradication of poppy fields, further increases in cultivation are likely in 2014.”

Some observers are more optimistic, however. A letter from the U.S. embassy in Kabul states that the United States is “making good progress in building the capacity of [its] Afghan partners to design, lead, manage, and sustain over the long term strategic and tactical counternarcotics efforts addressing all stages of the drug trade.”

It’s difficult to understand their optimism. The embassy letter, which is included in the SIGAR report, admits that “poppy cultivation has shifted from areas where government presence is broadly supported and security has improved, toward more remote and isolated areas where the governance is weak and security is inadequate.”

Looking ahead, however, unless one believes—contrary to all evidence—that Afghan government control will expand into these areas as the U.S. military presence shrinks, that should translate to more poppy cultivation, not less. The embassy curiously refused to come to that conclusion.

Washington’s war on drugs in Afghanistan, like its war on drugs in the Americas, tries to defy the most basic law of economics: supply and demand. And it’s having tragic effects, as my colleague Ted Galen Carpenter has observed for years (including especially here and here). So long as the world’s appetite for drugs remains high, willing sellers will be there to satiate it.

It is hardly surprising that a prohibitionist strategy didn’t work in Afghanistan. It is surprising that some thought it would, or still might, given that it has failed everywhere else.

Releasing Criminally Convicted Illegals onto Our Streets

Releasing Criminally Convicted Illegals onto Our Streets: In a revelation that will surprise almost no one at this point, the Obama administration has been caught in another lie. Records obtained by USA Today contradict the administration’s assertions the 2,228 people freed from immigration jails in 2013 only included those with minor criminal records. Instead, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials released a number of illegal aliens facing serious criminal charges that include “kidnapping, sexual assault, drug trafficking and homicide,” the paper reports.

12 Straight Years of Liberal Governments made Canada a rat’s nest for Jihadists

12 Straight Years of Liberal Governments made Canada a rat’s nest for Jihadists: Any day now Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be blamed by the lib-left and their running dog media hacks for this week’s terrorist attacks in Ottawa and Quebec.

Turning the Tables on the Left

Turning the Tables on the Left:

Take_No_Prisoners_HorowitzIt seems Leon H. Wolf at RedState is about as enthused at the prospects of a “Republican” victory in November as I am:

Republicans are hoping for a victory on par with 1994 and they may get one that is close, at least in terms of numbers of seats won. But this victory, if it is achieved, will almost definitely be comparatively hollow, and it is their own fault. In 1994, the country was likewise sick of the Democrats, but the Republicans didn’t just run on being sick of the Democrats. They ran on a positive platform of easily articulable reforms that enjoyed broad bipartisan support. When they rode to power they had a convincing reason for Bill Clinton to work with them, because it was clear that the country had voted at least in some measure in support of what the Republicans stood for (other than not being allies of Bill Clinton). The Republicans, if they win, will have no similar claim to popular referendum. The one issue on which they have such a claim – Obamacare – Obama will continue to veto any changes to until he leaves office.

The Republicans have not run aggressively or visibly on any visible package of reform that will fix the structural problems that beset this country. And if they attempt to enact them after taking office, Obama will be able to effectively resist them, with the aid of the press, as a bait and switch or as “surprise extremism.”
Republicans (and I’m not talking to you gutless wonder Republicans who want a seat of power but don’t really care about advancing Republican principles): would you like to actually accomplish something next year? Would you like to be able to overcome Barack Obama’s propaganda?

You can, if you are willing to fight. When Republicans won control of congress in 1994, they still faced the obstacle of Democrat President Bill Clinton. But (at least their first couple of years, until they hid their testicles in a closet somewhere), they legislated aggressively. Yes, the “mainstream” media howled and lied and whined and the BS flew like a corral full of teenage summer workers shoveling things out. But Republicans were aggressive…and they not only held back the tide of BS coming from the Left, they actually made big advances. For one thing, for the fist time in 40 years or more, they turned the tide on the welfare state, bringing many people off generational dependency and back to self-sufficiency.

They were so aggressive, they even got a Leftist Democrat to sign that legislation, embrace it as if it were his own, and to amazingly declare: “The era of big government is over.”

Republicans could do that again…if they pull those testicles back out of the closet and dust them off.

How?  For one thing, they need to let go of this illusion that Leftists are just people who “disagree” or “hold a differing view” but are really just “good people” like the rest of us.  No, they are not.  They want to fundamentally transform the United States of America into a Marxist hellhole–and they have made that abundantly clear. WAKE UP!

For another, stop standing there like a deer in the headlights when the Left attacks with its propagandistic claims.  In fact, go on the attack yourself!  After all, while the Left has to lie in order to leverage their message, the Right has the tried-and-true traditional principles of truth and what works behind them. Leverage that truth into a passionate denunciation of the poison the Left is pouring onto our nation.

David Horowitz tells us how an aggressive campaign by the Right could be done in his new book “Take No Prisoners: The Battle Plan for Defeating the Left.”

In it, he points out a critical difference in the way Republicans tend to view their opponents versus the way Democrats and other Leftists view their opponents, as well as the way they react to one another.

Republicans are practical minded. They want to repair policies and procedures that are broken. They are not missionaries, and they are not selling a land of dreams.

Their practical agenda makes them regard their opponents not as evil, but only in error. It is natural for Republicans to mistake Democrats for dissenting versions of themselves. They think people on the Left do not understand how things work, or how to fix them when they are broken. Republicans would like to ameliorate social problems. They do not delude themselves into thinking they could end them for good, because Republicans are mindful that the past is a cautionary tale. They are uncertain about the future and the consequences of human actions. They are wary of impossible dreams. They understand that many problems are intractible, and will not go away. They hope for a future somewhat better than the present, but are mindful that things could be made even worse. Much worse.

As a result of this attitude, conservatives’ emotions are not enflamed as Progressives are when confronting those with whom they disagree. The conservative instinct is to search for common ground and arrive at practical measures to address particular problems. That is why they spend a lot of time explaining to voters how their proposals might work.

But by the time they reach them, many voters are not listening, because they have been warned not to trust the arguments of “enemies of women, children, minorities, and the poor.”

This is the emotional hate campaign that Democrats wage in every election. There is only one way to confront and neutralize such attacks. That is through an equally emotional campaign that puts the aggressors on the defensive and indicts them in the same moral language, identifying them as the oppressors of women, children, minorities, and the poor. An attack like this would take away their high ground and put them on the defensive.

Tactical Principles

1. Put the aggressors on defense
2. Throw their victims in their faces
3. Start the campaign now (because they already have)
Playing defense for decades has resulted in conservatives losing almost every major battle to preserve the American way of life, and has this country on the precipice of a $17 TRILLION fiscal and moral disaster.

Isn’t it time we went on the offensive?
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Cruz: Time to Drop the ‘Illusion’ That Latest Terror Attacks Are ‘Random Acts’

Cruz: Time to Drop the ‘Illusion’ That Latest Terror Attacks Are ‘Random Acts’:

Recent terror attacks in Jerusalem and Canada are not isolated events, and American policy leaders must drop “the illusion that these are random acts of senseless violence unrelated to our national security,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) said.

Whether the Islamic State or Hamas is behind the attacks, the extremist ideology remains the same–and it poses a direct threat to democratic values across the globe, Cruz said in pointed comments to those anyone that might claim the attacks were unrelated.

Following the Hamas terror attack Wednesday in Jerusalem–which injured several American citizens, including a child–both Hamas and the more moderate Fatah ruling party praised the terrorist responsible for the attack.

The same day, IS supporters worldwide took to Twitter to celebrate the fatal shooting of a Canadian soldier by a radicalized man that attacked the country’s Parliament building.

“We have to get away from the illusion that these are random acts of senseless violence unrelated to our national security,” Cruz said.

Cruz said the attacks are both strains of the same extremist virus.

“Deliberations over our foreign policy have gained a new clarity in recent days,” Cruz said. “Yesterday, an innocent, beautiful baby in Jerusalem was murdered by Hamas.”

“Terrorist organizations Hamas and Fatah both celebrated the destruction of this precious life just months after they relished in the slayings of Jewish teens,” Cruz said. “They did not care that the baby was American or one of the teens was a dual Israeli-American citizen. Their campaign of death is indiscriminate.”

The attack in Canada, which officials said was carried out by a “radicalized” individual, is similar to previous attacks in the United States, such as the 20w09 shooting at Fort Hood that the Obama administration classified as “workplace violence” rather than terrorism.

“Yesterday, a courageous young Canadian soldier was also murdered by a terrorist in Ottawa in a brutal attack in our own hemisphere,” Cruz said.

“Innocent Americans have similarly been slaughtered on our homeland in Fort Hood, Texas; in Moore, Okla.; and at a Army recruiting center in Little Rock, Ark.”

“Whether it’s in Jerusalem, Ottawa, or in American hometowns, the threat is the same,” Cruz said. “These are not only attacks in the lands of our allies, they are attacks on our shared way of life.”

The recent spate of terror attacks should be a warning to American leaders that they cannot sit idly by as extremists threaten Western ideals.

“We are stronger when we stand together, and we must, united, rise to the challenge of defeating those who seek to destroy us all,” Cruz said.

In a rare sign of unity, both Hamas and Fatah celebrated Wednesday’s terror attack in Jerusalem, in which a suspected member of Hamas drove his car into a crowd of people waiting for the downtown light rail to arrive.

Hamas referred to the murdered baby, an American citizen, as a “female settler” and instructed Palestinians to “escalate the confrontations” with Israel, according to a translation of the terror group’s statement posted by the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT).

“The Islamic Resistance Movement ‘Hamas’ praises its son, the hero martyr Abd al Rahman Idris al-Shaludi, implementer of the operation of running over the settlers in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem, which led to the death of a female settler and the injury of eight others,” Hamas said in its statement, IPT reported.

An adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas made similar comments, calling the attacker a “heroic martyr,” IPT reported.

The State Department confirmed on Thursday that the murdered baby was an American citizen and said U.S. officials in Israel are “in close touch with the family.”

“They’re providing consular assistance,” State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki told reporters.

“Out of respect for and privacy certainly for those who are affected, we’re not going to be sharing much more publicly.”

Matt Ridley on why falling oil prices are unambiguously good – they make the world richer and fairer

Matt Ridley on why falling oil prices are unambiguously good – they make the world richer and fairer:

oilMatt Ridley has a great column on why cheap oil is unambiguously good news – it makes the world richer and fairer, and in the process allows us to abolish much more poverty, disease and misery. Here’s an excerpt:

So ingrained is the bad-news bias of the intelligentsia that the plummeting price of oil has mostly been discussed in terms of its negative effect on the budgets of oil producers, both countries and companies. We are allowed to rejoice only to the extent that we think it is a good thing that the Venezuelan, Russian and Iranian regimes are most at risk, which they are.

Yet by far the greater benefit of the oil price fall comes from the impact on consumers. Making this essential resource cheaper allows everybody, whatever their nationality, to spend less money on dull things like heat, transport, metal and plastic, which leaves them more money for things like movies, holidays and pets, which gives other people new jobs, which raises everybody’s living standards.

The price of Brent crude oil has fallen from about $115 a barrel in June to about $85 today (see chart above, prices are now below $85 per barrel and the lowest in almost 4 years – since November 2010). That will make a tank of gasoline cheaper (though not by as much as it should, because of taxes) but it will also make everything from chairs to chips to chiropody cheaper too, because the cost of energy is incorporated into the cost of every good and service we buy. The impact of this cost deflation will dwarf any effect of, say, a fall in the price of BP shares in your pension plan.

The industrial revolution itself was built around abundant cheap energy, mainly in the form of coal, which enabled mechanization, which vastly amplified the productivity of the average worker and therefore his income. Today a typical British family of four uses as much energy as if it had 400 slaves in the back room pedaling eight-hour shifts on exercise bicycles. It would use even more if it also fed those slaves!

The falling oil price is largely the Americans’ fault. By reinventing the extraction process for first gas, then oil, with horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, engineers have almost doubled the country’s output of oil in six years. That ingenuity was made possible by the high price of oil, which promised fabulous riches to those who could get oil out of shale, but it is no longer dependent on the high price of oil. It is often said that the cure for high oil prices is high oil prices and so it has proved.

But is cheap fossil fuel not bad news for the climate? A new paper in Nature magazine argues that when the gas boom sparked by fracking goes global, prices will fall fast, economic growth will accelerate and so we will end up using more energy and producing more emissions than before, even if we give up coal. It forgets to mention that if we get that much richer, we will also abolish much more poverty, disease and misery, and have the investment funds to invent new, cheap and low-carbon forms of energy too.
HT: Warren Smith

New lie from Obama administration: Released illegals weren’t criminals

New lie from Obama administration: Released illegals weren’t criminals:

Last year President Barack Hussein Obama was awarded the “Lie of the Year” from the Washington Post over his “you can keep your doctor line.” Didn’t think he could top that whopper? Ha. Here comes another one with potentially dangerous consequences for Americans.

As reported by Breitbart, “The Obama Administration lied last year when they informed Congress and the public that the 2,200 people that the Administration released from incarceration to save money had only minor criminal records. USA TODAY, gaining the data from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) through the Freedom of information Act, reports that some of the illegal immigrants had been charged with kidnapping, sexual assault, drug trafficking, and homicide. After the new information was released, ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen protested, “Discretionary releases made by ICE were of low-level offenders. However, the releases involving individuals with more significant criminal histories were, by and large, dictated by special circumstances outside of the agency’s control.”

I wonder what defines “special circumstances outside of the agency’s control?” Would that happen to be “politics?” I wouldn’t put it past the vindictive nature of Valerie Jarrett and Barack Obama – after all, they closed veterans’ memorials – to do such a thing. Was it the intent of the Obama administration to use “sequestration” as a punishment upon the American people by placing fiscal restraints on agencies such as ICE, forcing them to release hardened illegal immigrant criminals?

Here is the background to the situation. As Breitbart reports, “ICE releases immigrants with serious criminal records only if their legal status has changed or if they cannot be deported. Every illegal immigrant held in jail costs ICE an average of $122 a day. Last year, GOP members asked ICE Director John Morton for specifics about the immigrants the agency had released. Rep. J. Randy Forbes, R-VA, asked Morton, “No one on that list has been charged or convicted with murder, rape or sexual abuse of a minor, were they?” Morton responded, “They were not.” He added that none of the released immigrants had been charged with child pornography charges. White House spokesman Jay Carney echoed that the prisoners who were released were “low-risk, non-criminal detainees.”

“However, an ICE spreadsheet reveals one immigrant from Texas had been charged with aggravated kidnapping and sexually assaulting a child, and others had charges including armed assaults or assaulting police officers. One immigrant had been charged with conspiracy to commit homicide. Two more had charges of aggravated assault using a weapon, and another had been charged with sexual assault.”

I know what you’re thinking — what can be done about the corruption, lies, and deceit of the Obama administration? Well the immediate remedy is to remove Harry Reid from the post of Senate Majority Leader. After all, Obama stated his policies were on the ballot this midterm election cycle — including lies like this one about illegals. This lie puts American citizens at risk, and that is unconscionable.

Breitbart says, “Morton had informed Congress that of the over 2,200 immigrants ICE released, 629 had criminal records, all of them misdemeanors “or other criminals whose prior conviction did not pose a violent threat to public safety.” Of course, Morton did not mention the 144 other released immigrants who were filed under “special issues.” They were largely released because ICE had six months to jail them legally if the agency could not deport them.”

Of course, all of this comes to light at the time when there is NO ONE in Washington D.C. until a week after the midterm election, and you can bet that in a lame duck session, this won’t be considered — especially not in a Harry Reid-controlled Senate.

I hope you’ll keep this in mind as you head to the polling booth — hopefully those with accurate voting processes and machines — and recall that Obama promised the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Foundation he would find a way to implement an executive order amnesty — another of Obama’s policies which are on the ballot.

The fundamental transformation of America includes the demographic transformation of our Republic — by any means necessary — which apparently includes placing your public safety in danger.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Ferguson: This Doesn’t Matter Because They’re Going To Believe What They Want To Believe

Ferguson: This Doesn’t Matter Because They’re Going To Believe What They Want To Believe:

The evidence in the case of the shooting of Michael Brown is piling up in favor of the police officer, Darren Wilson. Various unnamed witnesses, all black, have affirmed the officer’s account, and so does the autopsy. See here. None of this matters, of course, since those who think that an “unarmed” black teenager shot by the police must be innocent and that the police must be guilty will continue to believe this. They are battling against “white supremacy,” after all. That this is supposedly still around is enough to prove (in their minds, anyway) that their narrative is correct. And so they will riot, and the results of that riot will hurt them for decades, but that doesn’t matter. What matters is that they have a chance to show how angry they are at the system.

For the rest of us, the fact that the police don’t shoot black doctors and lawyers and only seem to go after blacks who are tainted by criminal tendencies is enough to prove that white supremacy is dead. Too bad about all the businesses that will leave black areas because of the riots, but then those who riot aren’t interested in hearing about that.

Incidentally, that business about being unarmed? It seems that Michael Brown was doing his best to change that.

Also, this is the second time in recent weeks where fears connected with racism has prevented people from talking freely. In Rotherham, it was people who knew about the sexual abuse who were silent because they were afraid of being called racist, and now it’s blacks who are afraid of being seen as traitors to the left’s racial narrative who won’t come forward publicly. These incidents are signs that the left’s anti-racism program has gone too far.

Then there’s this item, which ought to silence most of the race hustlers.

Public Accommodation and Social Engineering

Public Accommodation and Social Engineering:

Public accommodation laws that prohibit discrimination render property rights moot and create a legal system designed to force agreement with the state's official moral code.

MULTICULTURALISM: The Social Equivalent to a Participation Trophy

MULTICULTURALISM: The Social Equivalent to a Participation Trophy: hug trophy

hug trophy
Liberals have given us some silly ideas over the years. Gun-free zones. Public-sector unions. Socialized medicine. On and on. The list is extensive, but one of the dumbest ideas to emerge from the intellectual vacuum known as modern liberalism has to be the concept of Multiculturalism.

Multiculturalism is the silly idea that all cultures are equally worthwhile. It posits that cultural worth isn’t something which can be objectively measured or assessed, but is instead a matter of subjective perspective. Multiculturalism dovetails very nicely with moral relativism, the idea that morality is just a matter of opinion. So if an action or cultural practice isn’t inherently Good or Bad, then it follows that the global contributions of that culture cannot be deemed worthwhile or worthless, but must be viewed through the context of that culture itself. Or so the argument goes.

This is why you will never hear a true blue bleeding-heart speak dismissively of Islamic culture. Rational beings would look at the paucity of civil rights held by women in Islamic communities, coupled with the forcible denial of religious freedoms to any non-Islamic minorities, and find Islamic culture to be less worthy of emulation or adoption than more liberal options.

Not liberals. They can’t articulate a judgment between two cultures, because that would force them to admit that there is an objective means to measure actions and practices; and that would open up a can of worms which squirm more than relativists trapped by their own illogic.

Of course, this unwillingness to form an objective judgment at a cultural level will never prevent liberals from castigating Israel from sun-up to sun-down for being a blood-thirsty people who prey on innocent victims. (Don’t think too long on that contradiction. They certainly haven’t…)

Nope, all cultures are equally valid and no aspects of any one culture should be favored over another!! Since all cultures are equally valid, it’s wrong (no contradiction there) to break down the boundaries of cultural adherence. In fact, the perception among multiculturalists is that encouraging cultural assimilation is rapacious and dictatorial. No longer should we seek to be a “melting pot” which creates a bouquet of cultural flavors in one united American fondue. Instead we’ve become that OCD kid who won’t eat his dinner if a french fry grazes his mac-and-cheese, demanding a separate plate to keep each segment of his meal completely segregated. The result is social balkanization, increased tribalism, and a deteriorating cultural fabric. By giving each culture a participation trophy, Multiculturalism isn’t strengthening society. It’s weakening us by inhibiting cohesion, cooperation, and communal development.

Imagine running a company with this mentality. What if each department of General Motors was celebrated for the unique way they designed and produced their portion of the automobile? If the parts are produced in a manner incompatible with each other, we’d blame the disparate departments who are operating independently of each other. And when the cars get recalled by the million, due to faulty design and incompatible workmanship, the blame could be placed squarely on the policy which suggested that incompatible diversity would make better cars. Mind-numbingly stupid, isn’t it? The celebration of something simply because it is different, irrespective of worth or validity, is idiocy.

“When Europeans first discovered paper and printing from China, they did not “celebrate diversity”, they stopped giving themselves writers’ cramp from copying scrolls and started letting the printing presses do the work. When American Indians saw horses for the first time after Europeans brought them here, they did not “celebrate diversity”, they started riding off to hunt instead of walking.”
– Thomas Sowell

Multiculturalism is cultural socialism. Those in power pick winners and losers, with the losers usually being the most productive or the most successful, historically. Just like political socialism, in multiculturalism, the population is strong-armed into ideological adherence instead of allowed to choose the best of the options available to them.

And just like political socialism, in a multiculturalist society, free-market principles are not allowed to exert their purifying influence as they are in the “melting pot” model. If we think back to when America’s culture was its most vibrant and influential, we can readily recognize the distinct and powerful themes which different cultures brought to the American table; not because every culture in America had something worthwhile to offer, but because (for the most part) we incorporated what worked and ditched what didn’t. This is how any entity gets stronger and builds greater cohesion among its parts.

The ideal that the ancient Greeks sought in their time was “university”. The original meaning behind this phrase was not an institution of higher learning, but the presence of unity within diversity. This paradox taps into the strengths of both phenomena and promotes stability. When we are at our strongest and healthiest is when we channel our natural diversity into our national unity. Multiculturalism, as is the case with most leftist ideas, stands this on its head by demanding diversity at the cost of unity.


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Federal judge protects IRS, tosses out True the Vote’s lawsuit

That's exactly what he did.  Just like working for the Mafia.  He works for the Cultural Marxists and he protected them.

Federal judge protects IRS, tosses out True the Vote’s lawsuit: catherineengelbrechtA federal judge tossed out True the Vote’s lawsuit against ...

Obama's evil Machiavellian Ebola strategy

Obama's evil Machiavellian Ebola strategy:

But when one acquires states in a province disparate in language, customs, and orders, here are the difficulties, and here one needs to have great fortune and great industry to hold them; and one of the greatest and quickest remedies would be for whoever acquires it to go there to live in person. …

The other, better remedy is to send colonies that are, as it were, fetters of that state, to one or two places, because it is necessary either to do this or to hold them with many men-at-arms and infantry. One does not spend much on colonies, and without expense of one’s own, or with little, one may send them and hold them; and one offends only those from whom one takes fields and houses in order to give them to new inhabitants – who are a very small part of that state. And those whom he offends, since they remain dispersed and poor, can never harm him, while all the others remain on the one hand unhurt, and for this they should be quiet; on the other, they are afraid to err from fear that what happened to the despoiled might happen to them.

For the Romans did in these cases what all wise princes should do: they not only have to have regard for present troubles but also for future ones. …

And it happens with this as the physicians say of consumption, that in the beginning of the illness it is easy to cure and difficult to recognize, but in the progress of time, when it has not been recognized and treated in the beginning, it becomes easy to recognize and difficult to cure. (Machiavelli, “The Prince,” Chapter 3)

And whoever becomes patron of a city accustomed to living free and does not destroy it, should expect to be destroyed by it; for it always has a refuge in rebellion the name of liberty and its own ancient orders which are never forgotten either through length of time or because of benefits received. Whatever one does or provides for, unless the inhabitants are broken up or dispersed, they will not forget that name and those orders. (Machiavelli, “The Prince,” Chapter 5)

And the master commended the unjust steward, forasmuch as he had done wisely: for the sons of the age are more worldly wise in their generation than the children of light. (Luke 16:8)
It is a defect of their virtue that decent people are prone to see only what their own good nature and experience prepare them to see. This is no doubt why Jesus Christ, though he is the paragon of single-hearted righteousness, nonetheless invited his disciples to ponder the craftiness of the deceitful, self-serving and unjust steward, as well as that of the master who praised him on account of it.

Are decent Americans finally waking up to the fact that Barack Obama’s much touted mantra of change serves the advantage of elitist factional interests deeply hostile to the liberty (i.e., constitutional self-government) of the American people? His bizarre insistence on actions that seem calculated to spread the Ebola epidemic to America appear to be scraping scales from the eyes of many. But if the majority’s newfound wakefulness doesn’t lead them to respond effectively to the threat, they will soon be using it to look upon a country no longer their own.

As Election Day approaches, I thought it might be helpful in this respect to follow Christ’s example by inviting my readers to think about Obama’s actions in the context of some intriguing observations by the first and most meticulous modern cartographer of unrighteous thinking. In light of Machiavelli’s observations, Obama’s plans for exploiting the Ebola crisis appear to combine the virtues of colonization – already at work in his efforts to increase and legitimize illegal immigration into the United States – with the deadly aim of utter destruction Machiavelli recommends as the only sure way of suppressing the liberty of people who are accustomed to living in freedom.

The Obama faction’s plan to import Ebola-infected persons into the United States maintains the outward appearance of and unarmed invasion while in fact introducing into the country what amounts to specialized “armies of one,” each of them carrying a biological weapon of mass destruction. If and when the resulting infections get out of hand (which seems to be happening despite repeated, apparently erroneous, possibly deceitful, assurances of effective containment) what will be made of the resulting health crisis? When, by way of this sly biological warfare, “Obamacare” morphs into “Ebolacare” what will become of the (always suspect) commitment of Obama’s ostensible opponents in the GOP’s elitist faction leadership to roll back the government takeover of the health sector?

If the demographic effects of such warfare are intense enough, the policy of importing foreign workers will also morph from a bad choice into a woeful necessity.

Elsewhere in “The Prince” Machiavelli suggests that, in replacing one domestic regime with another “it is enough to have eliminated the line of the prince whose dominions they were.” To apply this thought to a whole people requires unrighteous thinking on a genocidal scale, the sort of thinking that can ordinarily be translated into action only if it masquerades as something else. Does America’s current twin-party sham exist precisely in order to weave the tangled web required to veil such evil? Is there no way for decent Americans to cut through the Gordian knotted electoral process by which that veil is being maintained?

Though the hour is late, and the illness well advanced, the heart and will required to implement the pledge to impeach mobilization may energize the constitutional sword intended to offer a way. Have you joined the pledge to impeach mobilization? Are you encouraging everyone you can influence to do likewise?

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U.S. Misinformed Congress, Public on Immigrant Release

U.S. Misinformed Congress, Public on Immigrant Release: Many illegals ICE released were facing serious charges.

Five months after Shinseki resigned, the VA is still an abominable disaster

Five months after Shinseki resigned, the VA is still an abominable disaster:

Nothing ever changes.

It was less than five months ago that President Barack Obama accepted the resignation of his Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, in the wake of the scandal involving a systematic cover-up of waiting times and related deaths at VA hospitals. It was a move that Obama had to make. Just days after Shinseki resigned, […]

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Shooter In Canada Stopped By Good Guy With Gun

Shooter In Canada Stopped By Good Guy With Gun: Security: In a country with strict gun control and without a Second Amendment, an armed citizen stopped a terrorist attack as our neighbor to the north becomes a jihadi target. When Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, aka Michael Hall, was shot dead by Kevin Vickers, the House of Commons sergeant-at-arms, the jihadist wannabe and Muslim convert had already murdered Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a guard at Canada's National War Memorial, and was inside Canada's

Federal Government: Too Big To Succeed

Federal Government: Too Big To Succeed: Waste: How bloated is the federal government? Last year it spent vast sums on paid leave and millions more on things such as bunny massages. Is it any wonder that federal agencies are failing at their primary missions? In his latest report on government waste, outgoing Sen. Tom Coburn found that the federal government spent an eye-popping $50 million on paid administration leave. Worse, about 40% of the money went to workers who had, shall we say,

This Arrogant Criminal Insulted a Judge in Court… But the Judge Shut Her Down [VIDEO]

This what the welfare society has created.

This Arrogant Criminal Insulted a Judge in Court… But the Judge Shut Her Down [VIDEO]: Judges are powerful figures in American society and are usually treated with great respect, especially in their own courtrooms. But every once in awhile, there is an arrogant criminal who holds little esteem for judges, particularly when being sentenced. We’ve found one of those in Ohio. This woman learned the hard way that talking back and hurling insults

Freedom of religion and the government “qualified” church

Freedom of religion and the government “qualified” church: What we’re seeing take place in America is a blurring of the lines between God and government due to churches being hornswoggled into applying to the IRS for permission to be a “nonprofit” corporation. Why a church, which “corporate” composition is that of its members, would latch onto a concept that a legal entity must be created in order to fulfill its duty of serving Christ is non-sensible.

"Well-spoken blacks are seen by some other blacks as not completely black."

"Well-spoken blacks are seen by some other blacks as not completely black.":

Insane. ignorance.  People who think like this are morons.  Not because they are black but because they think like this.

Allen West’s Plan for Mosques That Preach Terror Is Going to “Offend” Muslims…But He’s Right

Allen West’s Plan for Mosques That Preach Terror Is Going to “Offend” Muslims…But He’s Right: Col. Allen West thinks political correctness is ruining our country and endangering our national security. And he’s absolutely right. Col. West points to a disturbing trend that has seen radical Islam at the center of a number of recent murders, including the murder of British Soldier Lee Rigby by Nigerian jihadists, the Oklahoma City workplace beheading of Colleen


GOVERNMENT DOES NOTHING AS WELL OR ECONOMICALLY AS THE PRIVATE SECTOR: Next Monday, October 27 marks the 50th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s iconic “Time For Choosing” speech. It was a speech that sparked the modern Conservative Movement, ignited a fire in the hearts of conservatives, and launched Ronald Reagan’s public policy career. This week as part of a year-long “Time for Choosing: The Next Generation” initiative, Young America’s Foundation is releasing a series of videos in conjunction with the anniversary of this significant speech. The fourth video focuses on the private sector. Ronald Reagan understood the evils of communism and socialist policies. He knew by diminishing the role of the private...

More Corruption - ICE released some illegals charged with violent crimes — after telling Americans they hadn’t

ICE released some illegals charged with violent crimes — after telling Americans they hadn’t: Via Guy Benson, the key point is the lying, not the fact that they’re putting dangerous people who have no right to be here back onto America’s streets.After all, they do that all the time. The new records, including spreadsheets and hundreds of pages of e-mails, offer the most detailed information yet about the people ICE freed as it prepared for steep, across-the-government spending cuts in February 2013. They show that although two-thirds of the people who were freed had no criminal records, several had been arrested or convicted on charges more severe than the administration had disclosed…A spreadsheet...

Germany: Holy War Erupts in Hamburg

Germany: Holy War Erupts in Hamburg: Parts of downtown Hamburg, the second-largest city in Germany, resembled a war zone after hundreds of supporters of the jihadist group Islamic State [IS] engaged in bloody street clashes with ethnic Kurds. The violence—which police say was as ferocious as anything seen in Germany in recent memory—is fueling a sense of foreboding about the spillover effects of the fighting in Syria and Iraq. Some analysts believe that rival Muslim groups in Germany are deliberately exploiting the ethnic and religious tensions in the Middle East to stir up trouble on the streets of Europe.

Culture of Corruption: When an Inspector General loves his agency too much

Culture of Corruption: When an Inspector General loves his agency too much:

The Washington Post has a little slice of corruption from the U.S. Agency for International Development, in which we learn how “government of, by, and for the government” means well-connected people get some very special considerations, and also learn a lesson about how many federal agencies can no longer be trusted to investigate themselves.

At issue is an effort to set up “pro-democracy programs” in Egypt after the fall of Hosni Mubarak.  If you’ve been following the news from Egypt, you would have to conclude that the effort to encourage democracy did not pan out very well.  It also did not amuse the decidedly non-democratic Muslim Brotherhood types who seized power after Mubarak was gone.  They ended up charging 43 people working for non-governmental organizations contracted by USAID with operating illegally in their country.  16 of them were Americans… and one of those was the son of Ray LaHood, who was the Obama Administration’s Secretary of Transportation at the time.  A secret ransom of $4.6 million in USAID money was handed over to the Egyptian government to secure the release of the Americans.

That’s where the Post story gets really interesting, in a watch-your-blood-pressure kind of way:

That May, USAID’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) completed a confidential draft audit of the program that questioned the wisdom of the program and the legality of using the money to post bail.

But when the inspector general’s office publicly issued its final audit report five months later, those findings and other critical conclusions had been removed, according to internal audit documents obtained by The Washington Post. What was once a 21-page report had been reduced to nine.

In recent interviews, eight current auditors and employees who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they feared retribution complained about negative findings being stricken from audits between 2011 and 2013. In some cases, the findings were put into confidential “management letters” and financial documents, which are sent to high-ranking USAID officials but are generally kept from public view.
They didn’t even try claiming the missing pages were lost in one of the freak hard drive crashes plaguing the Obama Administration?  That’s really phoning it in, guys.

The whistleblowers think the acting Inspector General, Michael G. Carroll, was too invested in protecting the agency he was supposed to be investigating, perhaps because he didn’t want to stir up controversy before he could receive permanent confirmation.  He finally withdrew his nomination yesterday, with the usual grumbles about Republican intransigence.  One of those intransigent Republicans is Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), who said his office “looked into complaints by a half-dozen whistleblowers who say their audits were altered,” a state of affairs Coburn described as worse than any other agency.

One recent change to agency policy has those formerly confidential “management letters” posted for review on the Internet, although Carroll’s staff admits no wrongdoing and says the previous discrepancies between public reports and confidential management letters were not deliberate attempts to conceal information.  That’s a bit hard to square with the highly convenient, and specific, omission of the Inspector General’s findings in the Egyptian mess.  What innocent explanation could there be for chopping a 21-page report down to nine pages?  Running out of paper over at the OIG’s office, are we?

In another drearily familiar feature of the Most Transparent Administration in History, a 2013 investigation supposedly conducted a confidential information nobody can discuss and concluded everything was awesome over at the Inspector General’s office.  Senator Coburn isn’t buying it:

The allegations of improperly altered audit reports were independently examined last year by the National Labor Relations Board’s inspector general under the auspices of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, a group within the executive branch.

Brown said the confidential examination, which concluded in May 2013, “did not substantiate the allegations” and recommended that “no disciplinary or administrative action be taken.”

NLRB Inspector General David P. Berry said through a spokeswoman: “We cannot confirm nor deny the existence of an investigation.”

Coburn questioned the thoroughness of the NLRB report.

“I don’t think they’re cleared at all,” said Coburn, the ranking Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which oversees all federal inspectors general. “The people who actually knew what was going on were never actually interviewed. This is the first time in my career that I have some doubts about the integrity of one of these investigations.”
The Washington Post seems a bit skeptical, too, as it compared the draft versions of 12 audits to their final prints, and “found that more than 400 negative references were removed from the audits between the draft and final versions.”  They’re not minor changes, either.  In one case, a finding that $32 million of the $44 million budget for a project in Pakistan went to “fringe benefits, consultants, and travel,” including almost a million dollars in “fringe benefits” paid by a contractor who never actually got around to training anyone in Pakistan.  (That they were being trained in techniques to reduce waste and fraud rampant in a billion-dollar aid program to Pakistan makes this even sadder, or if you’re in the right mood, more comical.  “Yeah, we didn’t get our waste and fraud reduction training, because the guys who billed Uncle Sam $954,000 in expenses never showed up.”)  How the heck do you omit something like that from the final Inspector General report?

The inspector general defended the changes, saying in a letter to Coburn that the auditor’s overall assertion that the program was ineffective could not be supported by evidence of “cause, and effect.”

The inspector general said it was more appropriate to put those findings in a management letter.

“This approach enabled OIG to bring the matters to the attention of mission management without requiring the significant additional investment in time required to rewrite the finding,” the inspector general said.

“That’s ridiculous,” Coburn said. “The finding shouldn’t have been removed, and it should have been a glaring recommendation that said, ‘Hey, here’s where Americans are spending their money.’ ”
I guess we all need to get over our hang-ups about how Washington spends every last million dollars it takes from us.  There’s lots more in the Post’s extensive report, including some fine examples of whistleblower intimidation.  It’s a story we’ve heard before from this Administration, and we’ll probably hear a few more versions of it before we’re done.  As Senator Coburn’s wonderful “Wastebook” has chronicled for years, this government is so hideously over-funded.  Cut Washington to the bone, and you’ll be amazed at how much wasted money the watchdogs stop treating as loose change.

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