BREAKING NEWS: EDUCATION SECRETARY
ARNE DUNCAN TO LEAVE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.
Lawless Secret Service
Blackmails Jason Chaffetz
Representative Chaffetz has been investigating the scandal-plagued Secret Service when Secret Service personnel improperly accessed his protected records in a hunt for dirt. The aim of this was made clear by assistant director Ed Lowery, who wrote to assistant director Faron Paramore: "Some information that he might find embarrassing needs to get out." Critics are saying that the agency's brass - at least 18 of them were culpably aware of the plan, and 45 employees illegally viewed the congressman's information - have violated the Privacy Act. They have illegally accessed protected federal records, which is fraud under federal law and carries a ten-year prison sentence.
Job Creation Misses Big in September
The US economy created 142,000 jobs in September, a number that missed expectations and could cool expectations that the Federal Reserve will start raising interest rates soon. Unemployment held at 5.1% (U3), according to the Labor Dept. The U6 Rate, that includes those who are working part-time for economic reasons or have not looked for employment fell to, 10.0%. The participation rate plunged to 62.4 percent in September, its lowest since October 1977. The total labor force fell to a 2015 low, losing another 350,000 people.
Oregon Gunman Targeted
Christians in Mass Murder
The gunman in Thursday's mass murder at an Oregon community college specifically targeted Christians, three witnesses said, while online accounts linked to the shooter expressed disdain for organized religion. Authorities say Christopher Harper Mercer killed at least nine people and injured many more, at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg before he was killed in an exchange of gunfire with police.
Obama Pulled Kerry, Power
from Netanyahu UN Speech
Ambassador Power and Secretary Kerry were unable to attend Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech before the General Assembly because they were called into a meeting with President Obama, which they participated in via video teleconference, a State Dept. Official said. Although they were both in New York for the United Nations General Assembly meetings, the two high-ranking US officials were notably absent for the entirety of the Israeli Prime Minister's speech.
Pentagon Weighs Using Force to
Protect US-Backed Syrian Rebels
Senior US military leaders and defense officials are debating whether military force should be used to protect Washington-backed Syrian rebels who have come under attack by Russian airstrikes in recent days. The question was part of a broader debate within the Pentagon about the the broader dilemma of how the administration should respond to what White House press secretary Josh Earnest described as Russia's "indiscriminate military operations against the Syrian opposition."
Putin Drafting 150,000 Conscripts; Iran, Hezbollah Prepare Ground Offensive in Syria
Vladimir Putin has conscripted 150,000 new troops into the Russian army as the country unleashed a new wave of airstrikes in Syria - while and Iran and Islamist group Hezbollah prepare for a major ground offensive. Hundreds of Iranian troops have arrived in Syria over the last ten days, backed by the country's Lebanese allies, Hezbollah, and rebel fighters from Iraq and Afghanistan, two Lebanese sources claimed today. Sources said the Iranian ground forces were 'soldiers and officers', not advisers.
US Gives 1,519 Engaged in
Terrorism 'While Under Duress'
The Obama Administration admitted 1,519 "inadmissible" foreigners embroiled in terrorism into the US last year because the crimes were committed "while under duress." Before the Obama administration tweaked a federal law last year, these foreign nationals would have been banned from the country for supporting terrorist causes. But under the changes the Secretary of Homeland Security has "discretionary authority" to waive certain grounds of inadmissibility relating to terrorism.
Pres. of Argentina Claims Obama Admin. Pressured Country to Supply Uranium to Iran
Argentine Pres. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner claimed during the UN General Assembly on Monday that Gary Samore, former White House Coordinator for Arms Control & Weapons of Mass Destruction, visited Argentina and attempted to convince Argentina to "provide the Islamic Republic of Iran with nuclear fuel," in 2010, two years into Obama's presidency. Samore confirmed his trip to Argentina. However, after the government in Argentina requested the fuel transfer request in writing Kirchner said the Minister of Foreign Affairs never heard from Samore again.
Russia Begins Air Strikes in Syria;
Demands US Warplanes Keep Out
Russian warplanes have begun bombarding Syrian opposition targets in the war-torn nation's north, working on behalf of dictator Bashar al-Assad. Airstrikes targeted fighters in the vicinity of Homs, located roughly 60 miles east of a Russian naval facility in Tartus, and were carried out by a "couple" of Russian bombers. It was not clear if the strikes targeted ISIS, Al Qaeda or other forces opposed to Assad, who Moscow is aiding. The development came after Pentagon officials brushed aside an official request from Russia to clear air space over northern Syria.
Congressional Study: US Fails to
Stop Most People Trying to Join ISIS
The government has largely failed to stop more than 250 Americans who have traveled overseas since 2011 to join or try to join terrorist groups, including the Islamic State group, a new congressional study concluded on Tuesday. It did not provide details on the several dozen who have sneaked back into the United States without being arrested or monitored. The report said the Obama administration lacked a strategy to prevent such travel abroad, identify all who try to return to commit terror attacks, or cope with new recruitment practices and technology that allow extremists to communicate securely.
The Scariest Thing Obama
Has Proposed to Date
Few people understand how Pres. Barack Obama has succeeded in pushing through initiatives, programs and legislation that are distinctly unpopular with the total of the American population. To that end, few people understand how such a divisive incumbent president achieved re-election. Common sense would have that if a majority of people stood against a program, initiative or legislation – or a candidate for that matter – that success in achieving a positive result would be scant, if not impossible. But, as we have come to understand – almost seven years after the fact, Barack Obama and the Progressive machine do not play by a traditional set of rules. Instead, they play by a set of rules that are foreign and unintelligible to mainstream America and, especially, the tone-deaf Republican establishment. Progressives have long understood the importance of not only the potency of “the message” but the need to control the message. They have become masters at crafting and controlling the framing of issues, and advancing talking points sympathetic to their cause. For many decades this consisted of touching Mr. and Ms. America in one of two vulnerable places, or both: the heart and/or the wallet. If a Progressive candidate, spin doctor or political operative could use a narrative to touch the voters’ hearts, making them sympathetic and/or angry to the allegory then they had succeeded – most of the time – in their call to action, in the political sense, to vote. Likewise, if they could demonstrate, via rhetorical example, how an opponent’s policy, legislation or platform would adversely affect their individual wallets the outcome was almost always in their favor. The truth seldom mattered. The end justified the means.
5,113 Days After the Falling Man
of September 11, 2001
It has been 5,113 days since the al Qaeda attacks on New York's World Trade Center, the Pentagon in Washington, DC, and the failed third assault that was intercepted into a farm field in Shanksville, Pennsylviania, by American patriots. To borrow a phrase from a past generation that certainly applies to this event, it is a day that will live in infamy. But few would believe where our country is today given the events of that fateful day. Today Americans stand viciously divided in our politics as a society that rationalizes Islamofascist aggression (and, in the case of Iran, facilitates it), even as we harbor ideological factions that stand in protest of our law enforcement officers. We have moved away from the cohesive and united front we embraced shoulder-to-shoulder at the smoking pile of rubble that was the remnants of the World Trade Center; the tomb that holds so many souls.
An Extraordinary Show of Weakness
STEPHEN F. HAYES
It was the middle of the night in Washington, DC - the early morning of September 30, 2015, in Iraq - when a three-star Russian general walked into the US embassy in Baghdad, announced that Russian jets would soon begin airstrikes in Syria, and demanded that the United States stop flying combat missions in the country. Several hours later, in remarks at the United Nations, Secretary of State John Kerry signaled approval of this Russian military action. The Russians had told their American counterparts that their efforts would be directed against ISIS, and that, apparently, was good enough. If the Russians are targeting ISIS, Kerry said, "we are prepared to welcome those efforts." The Russians were not, in fact, targeting ISIS. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter acknowledged this in a late-morning press conference at the Pentagon, saying that none of the Russian strikes had taken place in ISIS-controlled areas. And yet when reporters pointed out the inescapable conclusion—the Russians had lied—Carter refused to accept it. "I take the Russians at their word," he said. The bad news soon got worse. Reports out of Syria made clear that not only were the Russians not targeting ISIS, they were methodically attacking and destroying positions held by opponents of ISIS and of the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, including rebels supported by the United States. They weren't going after our enemy in Syria, as they'd said; they were targeting our friends.
Claims Another Scalp
This week, the hero of the Democrat Party's liberal activists - Elizabeth Warren - forced the resignation of Robert Litan, a distinguished scholar from the center-left Brookings Institution. Her actions deserve attention because they suggest the tactics she might employ if she were to become the Democrat presidential nominee — or the president. Her hardball moves also underline just how intolerant of opposing views many liberals now are. Litan, who had been affiliated with Brookings for more than 40 years, is no conservative, but his failure to sign on to the Warren crusade against financial institutions turned him into a casualty. Previously, Warren had blocked investment banker Antonio Weiss from becoming a top Treasury official and Larry Summers from becoming Federal Reserve chairman. She has real power. But is she misusing it? In the Litan case, Warren and her allies are angry about the growing opposition to a proposed Obama Labor Department rule that would increase disclosure requirements for financial advisers. In fact, that opposition now includes half of all House Democrats and virtually all Republicans in Congress. Ninety-six House Democrats signed a letter this month calling on President Obama to make major changes in the rule. "We continue to hear from constituents, academics, providers, and investors that there are specific provisions of the Rule that may cause market disruptions and limit the ability of segments of the market to reasonably access advice," the lawmakers' letter said.
Three Cheers for Terroristine
We need a terrorist state. Where the politicians are terrorists, the police are terrorists and even the men sitting at the desk when you come in to drop off a form are terrorists. There are states that support terrorists, and give safe harbor to them, but that's not good enough. We don't want another Pakistan or Iran. We're not half-assing it this time. What we want is the genuine article. Terrorists from the top down. Terrorists everywhere. A state where every branch of government and the entire country is nothing but terrorists. Terroristine has been an ancient dream since 1973 or was it 1967. A generation of keffiyah draped thugs, KGB operatives and human rights activists have looked out into the darkness and called it into being. It is a vision of a country where everyone is a murderer and children are taught from a very young age that their purpose in life is to die killing people who don't share their religion. And now after decades of negotiations, treaties, suicide bombings, mutilations, billions of dollars in vanishing into Swiss bank accounts and the death of its Egyptian born leader of AIDS - Terroristine is closer than ever to coming into being. Abbas, its unelected dictator, who has struggled long and hard so that one of his sons might have his own cigarette monopoly in Gaza, has come to the UN to promise that Terroristine will have "will actively contribute to the achievement of economic, cultural, and humanitarian progress of civilization." And who can doubt him? Certainly not Terroristinians who don't have elections or a free press.
Facebook Censorship on 'Refugees'
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"Freedom is sloppy. But since tyranny's the only guaranteed byproduct of those who insist on a perfect world, freedom will have to do."
~ James Fenimore Cooper