Khorasan: Behind the group “following bin Laden’s vision”

9-23-14  CBS  The former deputy director of the CIA regards the group as potentially more threatening than ISIS. The Pentagon says the group was nearing the execution phase of an attack on the U.S. or Europe. And an expert on al Qaeda says they are “following bin Laden’s vision.”

The group is called Khorasan, a collection of al Qaeda veterans who fought in Afghanistan and Pakistan. And while ISIS has been grabbing most of the terror-related headlines in recent months, it is Khorasan that poses potentially more of a threat to the U.S. – which is why it was also targeted by American bombs in Syria on Tuesday.

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Pentagon: Khorasan Group was nearing “execution phase” of attack

Lt. Gen. William Mayville, who directs operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the Khorasan Group was nearing “the execution phase of an attack either in Europe or the homeland.”

The general added that it was too early to describe the effects of the eight air strikes against Khorasan. It’s unclear whether the group’s leader, Muhsin al-Fadhli, or other top operatives were killed. The State Department offered $7 million for information about al-Fadhli in 2012.

Taking advantage of the lawlessness inside Syria, Khorason has been working on new hard-to-detect bombs that can be smuggled aboard airplanes, CBS News correspondent Bob Orr reports.

Al Qaeda has experimented with non-metallic bombs that may be hidden in shoes, clothing, cell phones, laptops and tubes of toothpaste, Orr reports. That intelligence prompted the TSA in July to tighten security for U.S. bound flights from two dozen foreign airports.mapisisstrikes

Katherine Zimmerman, a senior analyst at American Enterprise Institute and expert on al Qaeda, says Khorasan is “following bin Laden’s vision” and al-Fadhli was one of the few in the terror cell who had knowledge of the 9/11 attacks before they were carried out.

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Thousands of Illegal Immigrants Enrolled in Obamacare

thJohn Blosser 9-23-14   Thousands of illegal immigrants have been allowed to illicitly enroll in and receive taxpayer-funded healthcare benefits from Obamacare.

Sen. David Vitter, R-La, has blasted the administration and sent a letter to Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), demanding action on eliminating illegal aliens enrolled in the Affordable Care Act, the Washington Times reports.

“The Obama administration is bending over backwards to give Obamacare to illegal immigrants but won’t protect hardworking American citizens who are losing their healthcare coverage,” Vitter told the Times.

“The Obama administration has been granting deadline extensions, making excuses and turning a blind eye to falsified documents by illegal immigrants.

“Enough is enough, and they need to provide answers to why they think illegal immigrants should be eligible for Obamacare.”

CMS states that 115,000 persons enrolled in Obamacare had not provided proof of citizenship by the Sept. 5 deadline, down from 966,000 in May, and will be dropped from Obamacare as of Sept. 30, but those with “immigration data-matching issues” were allowed to retain their Obamacare coverage during a six-month grace period to provide documentation.

The Times noted that even those who are facing losing their Obamacare coverage by the end of September “may qualify for a special enrollment period to regain coverage.”

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Target of the Engineered Drought Catastrophe in California

Screen shot 2014-09-23 at 3.14.49 PM9-23-14  You have to watch this organization’s presentation about how the weather is being manipulated!

Also check out his website;  Excellent resources and evidence.

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Did Obama strategically time new regulations for after the election?

election2014-300x300Report Questions Motives Behind Post-Midterm Timing Of Obama Administration’s Next Wave Of Regulations

Ben Bullard 7-25-14   A new report from the American Action Forum (AAF) suggests President Barack Obama may have had this year’s midterm elections in mind when coordinating the implementation of a bevy of new environmental, health, finance and labor regulations.

“After reviewing the administration’s most recent agenda of federal rulemakings, it appears there are at least 15 major regulations scheduled for release after the upcoming midterms,” AAF wrote in a report released Thursday. “Combined, just six of these rules could impose more than $34 billion in costs.”

AAF, which describes itself as a “center-right policy institute,” noted the $34 billion estimate may be a very conservative one. The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ground-level ozone standards plan, scheduled to be published in December of this year, “actually does not have an attached cost,” AAF noted, observing that the same standards, which Obama vetoed in 2011, were projected at the time to cost $90 billion.

The report acknowledges that many of these regulations have been in the works for a long time. However, the White House has already demonstrated — as it is now doing with the EPA’s controversial carbon proposals, which are still in the public comment phase — that it may have had politics in mind, all along, by coordinating with Federal agencies to ensure unpopular policies won’t be enacted until after Election Day.

Whether that’s a coincidence is, of course, a matter of speculation. But that speculation is reasonable to anyone who observed the Obama Administration’s post-election timing of new rules back in 2012.

“Recently, numerous reports have highlighted how the White House delayed controversial regulations until after Election Day in 2012,” AAF wrote. “… Many of these [new] regulations are controversial, including the GHG [greenhouse gas] rule, and have spent years in the courts and the rulemaking process. Regardless of possible motive, if this schedule remains in place, there will be no shortage of major regulations issued immediately after Election Day.”

For a tabular breakdown of the rules changes that won’t come until after the November elections, see AAF’s full report.

Originally posted 2014-07-25 09:12:49.

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Israeli firm looks to keep solar power generators running at night

unnamedAri Rabinovitch 9-23-14   (Reuters) - An Israeli solar power company, Brenmiller Energy, says it has developed a new, more efficient way to store heat from the sun that could give a boost to the thermal solar power industry by enabling plants to run at full capacity night and day.

By next year company founder Avi Brenmiller said he will have a 1.5 megawatt (MW), 15-acre (6-hectare) site in the Negev desert connected to Israel’s national grid, and a number of 10 to 20-MW pilots abroad are expected to follow, which will produce electricity at a price which competes with power from fossil-fuelled plants.

“A couple of years from now, not later than that, we will be putting full-size commercial plants to work. Because the basic technology we use here is a bankable technology … I’m sure that banks will not hesitate to finance such projects,” he said.

Many have tried to find ways to keep solar thermal power generators running after dark, but current solutions have shortcomings and have not always proven cost-effective.

The direct generation of electricity by photovoltaic (PV) solar panels is a far more common way to convert solar energy than by using solar heat to fuel thermal power plants, which take up more space and are not suitable for small-scale applications such as residential homes.

But a row of parabolic mirrors now tracks the sun at Brenmiller’s research site in the searing Negev desert, concentrating the rays to generate the steam needed to drive a turbine for producing electricity.

It is a technique that has been used for years but in addition to immediately generating steam some of the solar heat is also conducted by a fluid into a novel storage system buried beneath the mirrors which operates at 550 degrees Celsius.

This store can then be tapped at night or on cloudy days to keep the steam supply to the turbines flowing night and day, said Avi Brenmiller, chief executive of Brenmiller Energy.

The innovation is in the cement-like medium that stores the heat, a technology that Brenmiller says is more efficient than other systems on the market, such as those using molten salt, which has severe price and operational drawbacks.

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China firm to build new Ashdod ‘union buster’ port

unnamedNew seaport would turn Israel into a major east-west trade route; powerful port unions had better stay out of the way, say officials

David Shamah 9-23-14   A Beijing-based contracting firm, China Harbor, has been chosen to build a new port in Ashdod — a facility Israel expects to be an important link in a new east-west trade route, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the gala signing of the deal Tuesday, but setting up a potentially ugly confrontation with local labor unions.

The new South Port will cost Israel NIS 3.3 billion ($930 million) – and it will be worth every shekel, said Netanyahu, because it will improve the lives of Israelis, providing new job opportunities, more access to trade, and lower prices on a wide range of goods by injecting an element of competition in Israel’s current shipping infrastructure.

The new port will be built about a kilometer north of the current Ashdod Port. It will consist of a 1,000-meter pier and 2,800-meter breakwater. The pier will have facilities for loading and offloading ships, warehouses and storage areas, office space, and more. Construction is set to begin at the end of the year and will take about seven years to complete, officials said. The government is also planning to build a new port in Haifa, and the decision on a contractor will be made in about a month, the officials said in a statement.

The new Ashdod port is part of the government’s effort to offer Israel as a safe alternative for east-west trade. China Harbor, via its Mediterranean Engineering PMEC, is also a candidate to build the cross-Negev railway, which will begin in Eilat and/or neighboring Aqaba in Jordan and terminate in Ashdod – at the new port. According to the government’s vision, laid out by Netanyahu in a speech last year, goods will be transported by ship from China and offloaded in Eilat/Aqaba, side-by-side ports at the northern end of the Red Sea, then transported by train to Ashdod and reloaded onto ships bound for Europe. The new route will offer shippers a safe and price-competitive alternative to the current Suez Canal route, Netanyahu said in the speech.

“This project will significantly change the lives of Israelis,” Netanyahu said at the signing ceremony. “Ashdod underwent some difficult experiences” during the summer, a reference to the city becoming a prime target for Hamas rocket attacks, “and now we are turning it into a center of world trade, via the rail route to Eilat.” The project, added Netanyahu, will “create jobs and lower prices for Israelis.”

To lower those transport prices, however, Israel is going to have to keep costs at the new port down – and that will require taking on the powerful unions that currently control Israel’s sea transportation infrastructure. The new port, officials said, is the government’s response to what they called the excesses of the port workers’ unions. The new port will be administered by private contractors who will not be beholden to the current labor leadership.

In recent years, workers at the port have gone on strike numerous times – once, apparently, in order to enable workers attend the Bar Mitzvah ceremony of the son of Ashdod Port workers committee chairman Alon Hassan – and some of the strikes have gone on for months. Hassan, who is under investigation on various corruption charges (he was jailed, held under house arrest, and barred as union head for several months this year), is demanding that the government guarantee it will require contractors to hire union labor only. He did not attend the signing ceremony – and that was just fine by Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz. “A year ago I promised a reform that will lead to greater competition and lower prices by opening up sea transportation to competition, and now, a year later, we are signing the contract to build a new port that will do just that,” he said.

“I also promised,” added Katz, “that the chairman of the port workers’ committee would not be here. As you see, both promises have been fulfilled. We will do our best to ensure that the old ports can remain competitive, but under no circumstances will we pay off workers for ‘permission’ to build a new port. We have a right to build this project, and we will not allow anyone to be ‘in charge’ of what we can and cannot do. A monopoly, including one run by a union, is a monopoly.”

Picking up on that theme was Shlomo Briman, chairman of the Israel Ports Corporation. “Our vision is turning into a reality today, as we jump-start a historic project that will have a profound impact on Israel’s economic development,” he said. “The new port will satisfy many of the needs of Israel’s modern economy, including enabling the huge ships plying the seas today to dock in Ashdod – as well as encouraging competition that will benefit importers, exporters, the shipping industry, and all Israelis.”

For China, the project is an opportunity to enhance its business ties with Israel, Ambassador Gao Yanping said at the event. “This project will effectively open up the Israeli market to China. I am sure that the cooperation between our two countries on this and other projects will lead to other investments that will generate development and jobs for citizens of both countries.”

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9-year-old black child shot to death in hail of bullets, MSM, black leaders mum

Screen shot 2014-09-23 at 2.28.48 PMHoward Portnoy 9-23-14   The main, overarching tragedy in this story is that a 9-year-old boy is dead, gunned down by Chicago gang members who believed he was a lookout for a rival gang. The secondary tragedy is that the violent death of Antonio Smith, Jr., has been relegated to the back pages of the Chicago Tribune and other mainstream outlets that have carried the story of his murder.

The main reason for the silence of Al Sharpton and other race hucksters is that the four men charged with the boy’s murder — Jabari Williams, 22, Michael D. Baker, Paris Denard, and Derrick Allmon, all 19 — are black.

New York’s Daily News reports that the four thugs “were out looking to shoot rival gangsters onantonio-smith
Aug. 20 when they encountered” the child playing in a yard near his home.

Allmon, who was armed and stalking two rivals, thought the boy was yelling out to warn his targets when he cut down the boy in a hail of bullets and left him lying next to a concrete slab in the back of a stranger’s yard….

Police found the third-grader’s bloodied body a short time later and rushed him to a local children’s hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

After a month long investigation, cops caught up to the killer and his accomplices last week.

Williams was arrested Wednesday after police spotted him carrying a weapon, the Tribune said.

During questioning, he admitted his connection to the boy’s killing and later dimed-out his gangbanger buddies, who cops say are members of a local crew called the Gangster Disciples.

The others were arrested Thursday. All were ordered held without bond.

The rest, at least for the Tribune and Daily News, is silence.

There will be no candle-lit vigils to mourn the tragedy of Antonio’s death, no speeches on the politics of racial divide, no boycotts, no marches, no fiery rhetoric … no investigation by the Holder Justice Department. Antonio Smith, Jr., is just the latest statistic, the latest casualty in a string of homicides that plays out almost daily in Chicagoland. His passing will go unnoticed by the NAACP and its liberal enablers not because he was black. It’s because his killers were, too.

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ISIS Fighters Raping ‘Thousands’ of Women to Populate New Caliphate

syrianrebelsniperSarah Fisher 9-23-14   The New York Post is reporting that ISIS fighters are running wild in the Middle East, raping thousands of women in order to create spawn to populate their new Caliphate.

Young militants are running wild to the chagrin of their more sophisticated and p.r.-savvy commanders, an Iraqi official told The Post.

The motivation of the rapists is twofold: They want to make ISIS babies — and they are just plain out for twisted thrills.

An official said  “You have these young ISIS fighters carrying machine guns and they . . . want to have sex.”

The ISIS commanders have ordered the men to stop it but they are refusing to listen.

“The ISIS commanders take a more official position,” the source said. “They don’t want them to mess around with the women. They only want them to fight.”

But the younger fighters “claim that they’re answering to a higher calling.”

“The fighters say that they’ve been ordered to have sex by a cleric in Saudi Arabia,” the Iraqi official said. “It’s really just an excuse.”

Each rapist’s goal is to impregnate multiple women and breed children within their villages and towns, he said, adding, “They want to intertwine themselves within the communities.

“They want to become part of the fabric of the cities they control so they can live on for generations.”

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Border Patrol Insider Speaks Out: “They’re Anticipating A Large National Crisis… Something Drastic”

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Mac Slavo 9-23-14   The southern border of the United States has never been safer. There is no credible threat from terrorists. And, the government has everything under control.

That’s the narrative being disseminated to the masses and it’s being done in such a way that anyone who disagrees is labeled a racist, an alarmist, or an anti-government extremist.

But the story being told by the mainstream media and proponents of open border policies in Washington is quite different from the realities on the ground.

According to one retired Border Patrol insider, the U.S. border with Mexico poses a significant risk to public safety and national security. In the following interview excerpt from the Back to the Border documentary posted by Joe for America, Zach Taylor provides a shocking first-hand account of security issues he has witnessed and shares some frightening insights with the American people.

According to Taylor, this entire border crisis is a controlled event designed to shape the perceptions of the American people. But more importantly, it is being used to facilitate what Taylor describes as a widespread national crisis.

In this situation where you have hundreds of thousands, literally, of people coming across the border and you’re only catching a small fraction… If you’re not telling the public that 80% to 90% of what’s coming across the border is not being apprehended and you’re putting their focus on this ten percent that is being apprehended… only showing them the 1% that are 6, 8, 10 years old… and appeal to the compassion of the American people… and not show them the people with these serious communicable disease, the fact that they are known gang bangers.. they have the gang tats all over them.. because they do not have a conviction in the United States, they’re turned loose…

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Indian white tiger kills student at Delhi zoo

LiveLeak-dot-com-f97_1411471001-766068-tiger-1411472872-357-640x480_1411478957.jpg.resizedLiveLeak 9-23-14   Zoo manager Riaz Khan said the young man “leapt over the railing into the tiger enclosure”. Initial reports described him as a schoolboy.

Television pictures showed the student crouching against a wall while the tiger stood near him.

An eyewitness said he was leaning over the barricade which was “very low” and may have fallen inside the enclosure.

“I ran to the tiger enclosure where we saw that a white tiger had caught the student by his neck and he was writhing in pain. Some children threw small sticks and stones at the tiger.
“He suffered for the next 10-15 minutes but nobody helped him.”

Himanshu said the police “came very quickly”, but could not save him.

White tigers are a rare variant of the customary orange Bengal sub-species and and owe their colour to a recessive gene.

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Caution Blacks: White Men At Large

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after college while seeking a job, a white businessman, John Hollacheck hired me part-time. Mr. Hollacheck offered me “free” office space in a prestigious building to launch my own graphic design firm.

Lloyd Marcus 9-22-14   It was the 1970s. My black buddy Joe told me about a job opening for a Graphic Designer in the art department at WJZ-TV, an ABC affiliate television station in Baltimore. Dick Weisberg, the white department head liked my portfolio, thought I was a good fit for his team and hired me.

I was very nervous those early days working at the TV station. Black graphic designers were rare and I felt pressure to, as they say, “represent”. My first day, a white coworker took me into the dark room and showed me how to operate the photostat machine. One lesson was not enough. And yet, I could not bring myself to ask for additional help. I eventually became a master of making photostats, but ruined a lot of expensive photo paper in the process. I stuffed the ruined photo paper down my pants leg, smuggling it out of the building for disposal. It was a silly thing to do. My white coworkers would have been happy to help me. Foolishly, as the first and only black member of the six person art department team, I felt I had to be perfect.

I was eventually promoted to supervisor of the art department. Artists can be a bit edgy and emotional. I jokingly said I was promoted because management perceived me as less crazy than my coworkers. Interestingly, black associates demeaned my promotion to supervisor claiming it was due to Affirmative Action.

How did this black kid from the projects end up working in the art department of Baltimore’s number one rated TV station?

Displaying artistic talents at an early age, I was a sensitive child. This does not mean I was a chump or a wimp. I have always been in tune with the vibe of whatever was happening around me. My parents, four younger siblings and I lived in a government project highrise building in which the vibe was violent, angry and bitter. So much for the Democrats’ and liberal’s lie that happiness comes from the government providing everything.

When my dad broke the color barrier and became a Baltimore City firefighter, we moved out of the projects and the city to a black suburban community, Pumphrey.

This meant I would begin 7th grade bused to the neighboring newly integrated Brooklyn Park Junior/Senior high school. Going from attending school with all blacks to practically all whites was a culture shock. I felt invisible.

Mr Gomer, my white art teacher, met with my dad and praised him for supporting my artistic talents. Mr Gomer said a lot of dads think art is for sissies.

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Democrats Manipulating Elections

dead-people-voting-600x329Suzanne Hamner 9-23-14   The Democrats work within one single mantra – “Win at all costs at everything. In the midterm elections, there are key races that, if won by Republicans, would tip the Senate majority away from Democrats and release the stranglehold of government by one Harry Reid. But is it enough that Democrats just win? The way things are looking in the Kansas and Alaska races, the strategy may be to win but not win outright. It may be more important for Republicans to lose.

Democrats, in a bid for Senate in Kansas and Alaska, have dropped their names from the ballot, increasing the odds of third-party candidates while making it more difficult for Republicans.

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled that Chad Taylor, Senate nominee, may remove his name from the ballot, which means independent Greg Orman will face off against Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. Meanwhile in Alaska, Democratic gubernatorial nominee Byron Mallott decided “to abandon his candidacy and run as lieutenant governor on a ticket with independent candidate Bill Walker.”

What exactly does this mean for the Senate race?

According to the Washington Times:

Mr. Walker and Mr. Mallott announced earlier this month they would combine forces after polling showed both of them trailing Republican Gov. Sean Parnell by double digits. That “unity ticket” may not be enough to defeat the incumbent, but Anchorage political analyst Marc Hellenthal says there’s another goal: Boosting the candidacy of Democratic Sen. Mark Begich.

Mr. Begich is locked in a tight contest with Republican former attorney general Dan Sullivan, and the spector of a Parnell landslide was threatening to depress Democratic turnout.

“He [Begich] wanted a contested gubernatorial race because that helps him, in terms of bringing our marginal Democrats,” said Mr. Hellenthal, who has worked for both Democratic and Republican candidates. “They’re more motivated to vote, in other words.”

Mr. Orman may be running as an independent, but he has sought office in the past as a Democrat. If he wins and agrees to caucus with the Democrats, they may be able to swing a 50-50 Senate split that allows them to keep control, given that Vice President Joe Biden holds the tie-breaker vote.

Kansas Republicans blasted the state Supreme Court’s Thursday ruling, arguing that Mr. Taylor’s decision to drop off the ballot disenfranchises Democratic primary voters. Secretary of State Kris Kobach ordered Democrats to choose another nominee by Sept. 26, but then agreed Friday to mail out some ballots without Mr. Taylor’s name.

Republicans have accused the national Democrats of orchestrating the entire process and pointed out that Taylor’s legal team included Marc Elias, “who has represented high-profile Democrats including President Obama and Mr. Reid.”

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Hillary’s $100 Million Hollywood Makeover

Screen shot 2014-09-23 at 12.30.55 PMDaniel Greenfield 9-22-14   The First Secretary of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia described the reforms which resulted in the Prague Spring as “socialism with a human face.” The New York Times calls Madam Secretary, CBS’s extremely expensive prime time contribution to the Hillary campaign, “Hillary with a human face.”

A network series can cost between $3 and $4 million an episode. Assuming that Madam Secretary runs even one season, instead of being canceled ignominiously like Commander in Chief, the 2005 attempt at giving Hillary a human face, it will cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 million.

That’s double the $46 million that Hillary’s campaign spent on TV ads against Obama and it gives the Hillary 2016 campaign over 20 hours of prime time network unpaid ad space. If the series lasts long enough to run through the whole campaign that will double to $200 million. But the Hillary 2016 campaign is expected to cost around $2 billion. CBS’s $100 million donation is only a drop in a big bucket.

There’s more than a whiff of Kim Jong-Il, Stalin and Saddam Hussein about needing so many actors to portray a current politician. But Madam Secretary reeks of political insecurity. A similar series about Obama would have been worshipful. Madam Secretary is nervously revisionist. It’s desperately trying to glue an appealing human face over the Hillary mask that Hillary Clinton wears over her real face.

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TOP 5 “RIGHT HOOKS” 9-23-14

PatriotsPostLogoLet the Bombing in Syria Commence     The U.S. began bombing ISIL targets in Syria yesterday. The New York Times reports, “The latest campaign opened with multiple strikes before dawn that focused on the Islamic State’s de facto capital, the city of Raqqa, and on its bases in the surrounding countryside. Other strikes hit in the provinces of Deir al-Zour and Hasaka, whose oil wells [ISIL has] exploited to finance its operations.” And ABC News notes, “American airstrikes in Syria have taken out members of a shadowy al Qaeda unit known as the Khorasan Group who were planning ‘imminent’ attacks against targets including the U.S.” After bombing a seventh Islamic nation (mostly without congressional approval), our Nobel Peace Prize-winning commander in chief will address the nation today, and he’ll take his case to the UN later this week. Joe Biden warned us if we voted for Mitt Romney, we’d end up at war in Syria. He was right.

Iraq Military Routed for Second Time by ISIL      The latest victory by ISIL in Iraq shows just how systemic the problems are in the Iraqi army. ISIL surrounded the army base in the western part of Iraq, near Fallujah, and cut off food, water and ammunition. On Sept. 21, the defenders heard a convoy with supplies had broken through. But it was ISIL, which opened its attack by detonating three Humvees converted to suicide bombs. Hundreds of Iraqi soldiers are missing. In the battle of Mosul, 30,000 Iraqi soldiers routed at the advance of 800 ISIL fighters because the army is fractured along sectarian lines. ISIL defeated the Iraqi army because the latter’s military leadership ignored soldiers’ reports. Yet Obama’s cabinet places so much trust in that army to defeat ISIL. More…

And Just Like That, There Are Rules Against Tax Inversions      The Treasury passed rules Monday to discourage U.S. companies from moving overseas in an attempt to escape the nation’s ravenous tax laws. They are effective immediately. There was no public comment period, no debate in Congress. One day, Barack Obama was complaining, Warren Buffett was investing in Burger King’s inversion and we were making jokes about donut burgers. The Treasury ignored the true problem of America’s failed tax laws, refusing to create a climate that would encourage businesses to return to this country, and instead made polices that would eat into the profits on inverting companies. One swoop, one day and there are more shackles on America’s economy. The Leviathan hath moved. More…

Kerry Again Says Climate Is Our Biggest Long-Term Threat      Secretary of State John Kerry doubled down again on his stance that climate change is one the biggest — if not the biggest — national security threat facing the U.S. “We see people fighting over water in some places,” Kerry said. “There are huge challenges to food security and challenges to the ecosystem, our fisheries and … the acidification of the ocean is a challenge for all of us. And when you accrue all of this, while we are confronting ISIL and we are confronting terrorism and we are confronting Ebola and other things, those are immediate. [Climate change] also has an immediacy that people need to come to understand, but it has even greater longer-term consequences that can cost hundreds of billions, trillions of dollars, lives, and the security of the world.” Two observations: The Left talks about fighting climate (or poverty, or inequality, or whatever other social issue du jour) with greater urgency than any real national security issue. Second, climate change is guaranteed to cost trillions of dollars worldwide if we follow the Left’s prescription of government controls.

ObamaCare Lawsuit Thrown Out      In what could be a bad omen for House Republicans’ effort to sue the president over ObamaCare’s employer mandate, the Seventh Circuit Court of appeals rejected a similar suit. According to The Hill, the Court “said the plaintiffs did not have standing to sue, and only parties ‘seeking to advance the interests’ of the mandate could mount a ‘plausible’ case against its delay. The case was filed by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, which argued the administration did not have the authority to defer the requirement that most employers offer health insurance. This is the same point House Republicans are vowing to make with their legal challenge. The GOP conference has not yet filed its suit — it recently switched legal teams — but they voted to authorize the action in July.” The three Seventh Circuit judges were all Republican appointees. If the GOP lawsuit is thrown out as well, it’s going to be a field day for Democrats who’ve accused Republicans of wasting time and taxpayer money. More…

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“We still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and grasping the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised, to furnish new pretenses for revenues and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without tribute.” –Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1791

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Former CIA Asset: Obama is Indonesian Citizen who was “bought and paid for by the Saudis”

obama-undocumentedDean Garrison 9-23-14   A former CIA asset, Dr. Jim Garrow, is making headlines again by claiming that Barack Obama is an Indonesian citizen who was educated in a school for Imams and subsequently put in place by the Saudis to bring down America.

In an interview with Dr. James David Manning, Garrow also references a document which supports most of his claims while citing that “Every intelligence service in the world has this document.” I am not sure how accurate that claim is, but I know you would be hard pressed to find someone in the conservative blogosphere who does not have an image of Barack Hussein Obama’s Indonesian school registration. It is in fact proof that he was an Indonesian citizen at one time. Whether he is still legally an Indonesian citizen is up for constitutional scholars to decide. Here is a glimpse of the document in question.obama-indonesian-citizen

Below is an audio of the interview, courtesy of Birther Report, and an amateur transcript.

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Israeli Air Force Shoots Down Syrian Fighter Jet near Golan

israeli9-23-14    Israel shot down a Syrian aircraft on Tuesday as it attempted to fly over the ceasefire line into the Golan Heights, according to IDF Radio.

“This Syrian aircraft, apparently a MiG-21 (fighter jet), which was approaching the Israeli side of the Golan, was shot down by a surface-to-air Patriot missile,” the radio said.

The wreckage of the aircraft landed on the Syrian-controlled side of the strategic plateau, it added.

Other reports claimed the aircraft was a Sukhoi-24. Initial reports that it may have been a UAV appear to have been discredited.

The IDF has launched an investigation into the incident.

Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon warned Tuesday afternoon that Israel would respond to further incident “forcefully.”

“We will not allow anyone, whether it is a state actor or a terror organization, to threaten our security and breach our sovereignty,” he said in a statement.

“We will respond forcefully against any such attempt, whether it is an error or intentional.”

Tuesday’s spillover is far from the first such incident since rebel forces started their latest successful campaign to wrest control of the region from Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces.

While mortar shells and rocket fire from the region have characterized most of the Syrian-Israel border tensions, Israel also shot down a Syrian drone after it strayed into Israeli airspace late last month.

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Melissa Melton 4-3-14  Out of 45 states that implemented the hideous Common Core State Standards, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed a bill last week that officially made his state the first to withdraw:

“I believe our students are best served when decisions about education are made at the state and local level,” said Pence in a release about Senate Bill 91.

“By signing this legislation, Indiana has taken an important step forward in developing academic standards that are written by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers, and are uncommonly high, and I commend members of the General Assembly for their support,” he said.

Tuesday, Oklahoma took the first step in potentially following suit, as the state’s Senate passed a bill to repeal Common Core on similar grounds, citing that education standards should be set at the local and state levels instead of being set outside of democratic process by Bill Gates’ money.

Pennsylvania’s House also passed a bill to drop Common Core, and three other states, including Florida, Michigan and Ohio, have also introduced bills to get rid of it.

As New York became the first state to administer statewide Common Core initiative testing this week, some families practiced their own brand of civil disobedience by opting out. Three Brooklyn schools saw as many as 70% of their students refuse to take the state-mandated tests.

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Originally posted 2014-04-03 11:39:27.

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How Germany Funds Jew-Hate

Merkel_rallyVijeta Uniyal 9-23-14    A week after Chancellor Angela Merkel reaffirmed her government’s commitment to fight anti-Semitism at a landmark rally in Berlin, a lot needs to be done on the ground to stop the rising tide of anti-Semitism.

At home, German Law enforcement authorities have not only shown apathy and inaction, as in the case of the Muslim Imam in Berlin who called for the extermination of Jews, or against demonstrators in many German cities blaring anti-Semitic slogans. Police have sometimes seemed to go out of their way, allowing demonstrators to use police-megaphones and vehicles to spread the hate – as in Frankfurt and Hagen recently.

Internationally, the German tax payer remains a leading sponsor of NGOs and groups that target Israel and the Jewish people.

According to conservative estimates provided by the watchdog group NGO Monitor, between 2010 and 2014 the German government gave more than €4 million to organizations in Israel and the Palestinian territories that are actively running campaigns to demonize and delegitimize the State of Israel.

Two German political foundations alone, the Rosa Luxembourg Foundation and the Heinrich Boell Foundation, could be funneling more than €2 million worth of taxpayer’s revenue every year to such groups.

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Time Preference and Long-Term US Interest Rates

Screen shot 2014-09-23 at 10.40.39 AMFrank Shostak9-23-14   After closing at 3.03 percent in December 2013, the yield on the 10-year US T-Note has been trending down, closing at 2.34 percent by August this year. Many commentators are puzzled by this, given the optimistic forecasts for economic activity by Fed policy makers.

According to mainstream thinking, the central bank is the key factor in determining interest rates. By setting short-term interest rates, the central bank, it is argued, through expectations about the future course of its interest rate policy, influences the entire interest rate structure.

Following the expectations theory (ET), which is popular with most mainstream economists, the long-term rate is an average of the current and expected short-term interest rates. If today’s one-year rate is 4 percent and next year’s one-year rate is expected to be 5 percent, the two-year rate today should be (4 percent + 5 percent)/2 = 4.5 percent.

Note that interest rate in this way of thinking is set by the central bank whilst individuals in all this have almost nothing to do and just mechanically form expectations about the future policy of the central bank. (Individuals here are passively responding to the possible policy of the central bank.)

Based on the ET and following the optimistic view of Fed’s policy makers on the economy, some commentators hold that the market is wrong and long-term rates should actually follow an up-trend and not a down-trend.

According to a study by researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (Assessing Expectations of Monetary Policy, September 8, 2014) market players are wrongly interpreting the intentions of Fed policy makers. Market players have been underestimating the likelihood of the Fed tightening its interest rate stance much sooner than is commonly accepted given Fed officials’ optimistic view on economic activity.

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