Monday, June 30, 2014

Psychopathy

Have you ever worked for someone who you seriously thought might be crazy? About half of all workers have such an experience within a lifetime. The other half misses out on one of life's most perplexing and educational opportunities.

The subject is psychopathy. Knowledge and understanding of psychopathy is now advancing, and at an accelerating rate, after a decades-long period of no growth and slow growth. Good thing! Psychopathy is the very worst mental disorder; psychopathy and related conditions have cost millions of lives lost and trillions of dollars wasted, though it is still very poorly understood by most people. I am now speaking not as a medical or psychological professional, but as a professional project engineering manager who has been faced with numerous severe personnel and management problems not addressed in engineering or business school.

Psychopathy is without a doubt the most destructive, the most deadly, and the least comprehensible of mental disorders. So, to promote understanding of psychopathy, the following points are offered....

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A privatized town

Sandy Springs, Georgia may look like any other town in America. It has parks, roads, and beautiful places to live. But there’s one thing that separates this town from every other town: Sandy Springs privatized almost everything.

In 2005, Sandy Springs outsourced almost all functions of the city government (with the exception of police and fire) to a single company, which runs the town. That company is in charge of running all the vital functions of government, from the running the parks, to paving the roads, and even 911 calls!

The town is run very efficiently, with zero backlogs in permit requests. Call the city, and you’ll be surprised to find that you actually get a friendly person on the other line! The city has a 24/7 non-automated customer service hotline which fields about 6,000 calls per month. It also has a state of the art traffic system with cameras and a high tech command center.

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Thad Cochran

"I will not vote for Thad Cochran," said tea party member Joy Dixon Payne. "To do so would be the equivalent of approval for the horrendous actions of the campaign in the final three weeks. No pass and no forgiveness for painting me as a racist."

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Canada to Obama, screw you

Obama’s inability to make a decision on Keystone has finally yielded a result Canada has made the decision for him.

Breitbart reports Canada has just approved the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project a major pipeline to ship Canadian oil to Asia.

The Canadian oil will still be burnt in Asia, instead of America.

All the jobs and energy security which Canadian oil could have delivered to America, will instead be delivered to Asia.

Rather than purchasing crude from a friendly and allied neighbor, the United States will most likely need to continue its reliance upon hostile sources like Venezuela. Energy analysts had hoped that construction of Keystone could have replaced almost half of the current U.S. daily crude purchases from that volatile, anti-American dictatorship, depriving Venezuela of the resources it relies upon to stay in power and fund its Cuban allies.

You can’t say Canada didn’t give America a chance they waited years for the American administration to come to their senses. But in the end, they couldn’t wait any longer, and have put the interests of Canadians first.

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Sign of the times

Her head hanging in shame, Gabriela Rosa, 47, elected in 2012, admitted to filing bogus documents with the federal government in which she lied about her first marriage to obtain citizenship.

Rosa paid $8,000 to a US citizen to engage in the fraudulent nuptials while she maintained a romantic relationship with another man. She is currently married to Victor Estrella and has a 14-year-old son.

Rosa admitted to committing the fraud between 1996 and December 2005, when she became a US citizen.

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$1 million reward

Leave it to Texas to take matters into their own hands. This time, two Texas Congressmen introduced a bill, the Identify and Recover Lost Emails (IRS) Act (H.R. 4958), offering a $1 million reward for the recovery of former IRS director Lois Lerner’s missing emails, or a $500,000 reward for information concerning their whereabouts.

The bill, introduced by Republican congressmen Louie Gohmert and Bill Flores, also proposes a 20 percent salary cut for IRS employees until the emails are found.

"A Tea Party group in my district was one of the first conservative groups to be targeted," Flores told Breitbart Texas. "Then one of my donors appeared to be targeted… They’re all frustrated with the IRS. Then when this news [about the lost emails] came out, they were all even more agitated."

The bill implies that Lerner’s emails were not completely or accidentally lost, and may be recovered. By using "negative reinforcement," Flores and Gohmert hope the IRS will cave under pressure and end the drama.

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Making fun of Republicans

President Obama is so over Republican lawmakers.

He has long lamented what he views as GOP obstructionism, but now he’s not even trying to hide his disdain, belittling them with a newfound fervor.

"They don't do anything," an exasperated Obama said in Minnesota Friday, "except block me and call me names."

Well, the president is also in a bit of name-calling mood.

Here are just a handful of times Obama has mocked conservative leaders in the last year....

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Judicial Watch on the trail of lost emails

The government accountability group Judicial Watch filed a legal motion Friday that threatens to drag the Obama administration into federal court to answer questions about the lost emails of ex-IRS official Lois Learner and others implicated in the tea party targeting scandal.

Judicial Watch, which was at the forefront of exposing the targeting scandal, had filed a Freedom of Information Act request in May 2013 for emails of Ms. Lerner and other officials. But the IRS did not inform the group of the lost emails, even as it told the court that it was cooperating with the FOIA request.

"The IRS is clearly in full cover-up mode," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. "It is well past time for the Obama administration to answer to a federal court about its cover-up and destruction of records."

The new court action would require the IRS appear in court to explain its actions regarding the lost emails and answer questions about it.

The IRS became aware of the lost emails in response to the Judicial Watch request but didn’t inform Congress until this month, according to Judicial Watch.

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President Taft's tubs

Within the folklore of American presidents, one story in particular stands out. William Howard Taft, the 27th President of the United States reportedly sat down one day for a nice long bath and got hopelessly stuck, needing six men to free him.

Taft weighed about 340 pounds, and given his large size, the story isn’t totally implausible. That doesn't necessarily mean it's true. But what is true, according to Phil Edwards at Trivia Happy, is that Taft did have a love of bathtubs. Very large bathtubs.

One tub, built in 1909, weighed a ton and was built expressly for Taft's use. The gargantuan tub was installed on the USS North Carolina for a visit to the Panama Canal. A similarly sized bath and bed were also installed on the USS Arkansas on a later journey. Another tub, installed in the Taft Hotel near Yale (where the former president lived after his one term in office ended), was "eight feet long, four feet wide and four feet deep," Trivia Happy says. It was referred to in the papers as the "Taft tank."

While the getting stuck story might not be true, the former president did once cause a tub to overflow just by getting into. Trivia Happy:
Perhaps most impressively of all, Taft took his bathtub troubles in stride. [The day after overflowing a tub], he gazed at the ocean and joked, "I’ll get a piece of that fenced in some day, and then I venture to say there won’t be any overflow."
Taft never did fence in the ocean to build a tub. Instead, he lost 70 pounds.

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When women are violent

Traditional stereotypes have led to double standards that often cause women’s violenceespecially against mento be trivialized.

The arrest of an Olympic gold medalist on charges of domestic violence would normally be an occasion for a soul-searching conversation about machismo in sports, toxic masculinity and violence against women. But not when the alleged offender is a woman: 32-year-old Hope Solo, goalkeeper of the U.S. women’s soccer team, who is facing charges of assaulting her sister and 17-year-old nephew in a drunken, violent outburst. While the outcome of the case is far from clear, this is an occasion for conversation about a rarely acknowledged fact: family violence is not necessarily a gender issue, and womenlike singer Beyoncé Knowles’ sister Solange, who attacked her brother-in-law, the rapper Jay Z, in a notorious recent incident caught on videoare not always its innocent victims.

Male violence against women and girls has been the focus of heightened attention since Eliot Rodger’s horrific rampage in California last month, driven at least partly by his rage at women. Many people argue that even far less extreme forms of gender-related violence are both a product and a weapon of deeply ingrained cultural misogyny. Meanwhile, the men’s rights activists also brought into the spotlight by Rodger’s killing spree defend another perspectiveone that, in this case, is backed by a surprising amount of evidence from both research and current events: that violence is best understood as a human problem whose gender dynamics are much more complex than commonly understood.

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Holder should be impeached

Attorney General Eric Holder should be impeached if he refuses to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the targeting of tea-party groups by the IRS, according to Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas).

With the IRS claiming to have lost two years of former official Lois Lerner’s e-mails, Cruz is headed to the floor to introduce a resolution calling for the special prosecutor.

"He’s going to say, if Attorney General Holder does not appoint a special prosecutor, he should be impeached," a Cruz aide told National Review Online. "Eric Holder has been at the center of every big scandal in this administration . . . If he doesn’t act on this issue, it’s perfectly appropriate for him to be impeached."

Cruz believes that Holder’s failure to appoint a special prosecutor would rise to the level of "high crimes and misdemeanors," the constitutional standard for impeachment.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

0 - 12

President Obama’s team suffered their twelfth unanimous defeat at the Supreme Court in the legal challenge to the so-called recess appointments made when Congress was not actually in recess, a string of defeats that only represents "the tip of the iceberg," according to Senator Mike Lee (R., Utah).

"Not every case in which the president has exceeded his authority has made it all the way to the Supreme Court," Lee, a former law clerk to Justice Samuel Alito, told National Review Online. "The fact that his track record is as bad as it is in the Supreme Court . . . is yet another indication of the fact that we’ve got a president who is playing fast and loose with the Constitution."

Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas), in arguing that Obama is "lawless," has kept a tally of the president’s unanimous defeats. "This marks the twelfth time since January 2012 that the Supreme Court has unanimously rejected the Obama administration’s calls for greater federal executive power," he pointed out after the release of the recess-appointments ruling.

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Bergdahl in limbo

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has made no admission of wrongdoing since being released by the Taliban last month, officials said on Wednesday, adding that he has yet to be asked the tough question of why he left base before his 2009 capture.

Army officials said the two-star general investigating Bergdahl's disappearance in Afghanistan will seek to bring up that subject with the soldier sometime after his outpatient treatment in Texas is finished in about two weeks and before the expected completion of the Army's probe in mid-August.

In the meantime, Bergdahl seems to be in a state of limbo, with much of his back pay frozen in a military account. He hasn't been read his rights yet, although conversations that could be used against him have focused on what happened during his time in captivity, as opposed to anything prior, officials said.

Asked about reports that Bergdahl may have colluded with the Taliban, an Army official told reporters on condition of anonymity: "I have no knowledge of that particular speculation or of anything that has come out of the briefings to support that."

Whatever Bergdahl might say about his disappearance would have vast implications for him, including potential military punishment but also practical matters such as back pay.

Officials caution on Wednesday that his duty status as a "missing/captured" soldier, which entitles him to back pay and special benefits, could be lost if any misconduct is determined.

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Suing the Patriarchy

An unemployed gender studies major from Eugene, Ore. sued "The Patriarchy" today in federal court for refusing to give her a job.

In a 25-page brief, attorneys for Sarah Miller-Jones, 24, argue that gender discrimination from the patriarchy has prevented their client from finding gainful employment since she graduated from university three years ago.

The suit seeks $2 million in compensation and $139 million in punitive damages, which together equal $1 from every adult man in America.

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Cops shrinking, pensions expanding

New York pays more police in retirement than to patrol our streets yet pols do nothing to address our skyrocketing pension costs

Last week, Mayor Bloomberg scolded the NYPD’s critics, from The New York Times to the Democratic mayoral candidates. The mayor said that "the attacks most often come from those who play no constructive role in keeping our city safe."

The mayor is right but there’s another threat to the NYPD’s crime-fighting success, too. We now have more retired cops than active police officers, and the multibillion-dollar bill for their pension and health benefits harms our ability to hire new ones.

In December 2001, a month before Bloomberg took office, New York had 39,297 cops. Today, the city has 34,510 to protect us and by the time the mayor leaves office in eight months, we’ll have 34,483 a cut of nearly 5,000 pairs of eyes.

Yet spending has increased. During Bloomberg’s final year, city will spend $8.7 billion on the police department, nearly double the 2002 figure and more than three times the rate of inflation.

How’s that possible? It’s mostly because pension and health benefits cost ever more. The $4.3 billion taxpayers will spend on salaries and wages for police officers (and a contingent of administrative staff) this year has only just kept up with inflation over the Bloomberg years. By contrast, the pension budget has quadrupled from $1.1 to $4.4 billion.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Killing wild hogs

A food preservative used in bacon may be the next option used by Texas in order to combat the state's massive feral hog problem.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is beginning to test the use of sodium nitrate in order to control the estimated 2 million feral hogs within Texas, according to a report by The Associated Press.

Sodium nitrate is not deadly to humans, but pigs cannot make enough of an enzyme needed to counteract the chemical. The AP said unlike people and tested domestic animals, pigs make very low levels of an enzyme that counteracts the chemical.

If they eat enough sodium nitrate at once, the swine will show symptoms similar to carbon dioxide poisoning. They become uncoordinated, lose conciousness, and die, according to the AP.

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Failure to act

The Obama administration had specific intelligence about the terror group ISIS’ activities and movements in Iraq and failed to act on it, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said Wednesday.

ISIS’ take over of much of the country "is a result of indecision, which is a policy failure," Rogers said at a breakfast with reporters sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. "This is not an intelligence failure, it is a policy failure."

"We watched them pool up, we watched the debate between Al-Nusra and ISIL, we watched the concern between Al-Qaeda leadership, Zawahiri, about trying to get them back in the fold, we watched training camps get built and developed, we watched them get weapons, we watched them get finances, we watched western passport holders show up at these camps, we watched them all," Rogers said.

"We heard their stated intentions," Rogers said. "The reason they’re called the Islamic state of Iraq and the Levant is because they want the Levant."

Rogers, who is leaving Congress after this term to become a talk radio host, said the blame for not acting on the intelligence lay with the administration, not with the intelligence community.

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More hysteria and fake statistics from the Left

President Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan will stop 3,300 heart attacks and 150,000 asthma attacks, according to a report released by the White House Wednesday.

The plan, which includes new efficiency standards and renewable energy projects, will reportedly prevent 6,600 deaths when "fully implemented."

"Since the Climate Action Plan’s release, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed carbon pollution standards for new and existing power plants that put our nation on track to cut carbon pollution from the power sector by 30 percent and reduce pollutants that contribute to the soot and smog that make people sick by over 25 percent in 2030," the report explains.

The plan also outlined the administration’s commitment to making military bases and federally-assisted housing more dependent on solar energy and funding environmentally-friendly buses for public transit throughout the country.

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Palestinian misery

The Palestinian leadership's serial rejection of the numerous opportunities for statehood since the Peel Commission report of 1937 casts a serious doubt on its interest in the creation of an independent state. Instead of engaging in the daunting tasks of nation-building and state creation, all Palestinian leaders without any exceptionfrom the Jerusalem mufti Hajj Amin Husseini, who led the Palestinian Arabs from the early 1920s to the late 1940s; to Yasser Arafat, who dominated Palestinian politics from the mid-1960s to his death in November 2004; to Mahmoud Abbashave preferred to immerse their hapless constituents in disastrous conflicts that culminated in their collective undoing and continued statelessness. At the same time, of course, these leaders have lined their pockets from the proceeds of this ongoing tragedy.

It can be shown that the main sources of this self-destructive conduct are pan-Arab delusions, Islamist ideals, and the vast financial and political gains attending the perpetuation of Palestinian misery.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Texas is green

It’s a little known fact that Texas, the nation’s largest fossil fuel producer, is also the greenest green-energy state in the United States.

That title was confirmed again today by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) in its latest "Today in Energy" report for June 23. On March 26, for a few brief moments, 29 percent of all the electricity used across Texas’ massive, state-run ERCOT power grid 10,296 megawatts was produced by wind power from the state’s huge 12,355 Mw capacity. That’s a new record.

Texas is by far the nation’s largest producer of wind power, thanks to strong winds sweeping across west Texas ranch lands. Texas produces one-fifth of the entire U.S. non-hydro, renewable electrical output twice as much as California, the second greenest state.

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Scott Walker under attack by those supporting tolerance

Last week’s misleading John Doe coverage generated enough reader criticism to prompt lengthy email responses from Journal Sentinel Editor Marty Kaiser and Managing Editor George Stanley.

Critics clearly got the attention of the newsroom. Lengthy sections of Kaiser’s and Stanley’s emails to readers are identical. Kaiser and Stanley clearly teamed up to quell a widespread subscriber pushback.

The Kaiser and Stanley emails are highly instructive. Both Kaiser and Stanley deploy and knock down straw men in responding to readers. Each dodge the principal objection to the paper's initial story last week. Of even greater interest is Stanley’s take on the broader John Doe investigation. It is a revealing look at the newsroom mindset. It undercuts Stanley’s (and Kaiser’s) claim that the paper is neutral in its coverage.

First, recall what prompted the outcry about the paper’s initial 1,600-word story, the story that launched a national wave of misleading headlines and social media traffic. The headline and banner story with three bylines and contributions from three other reporters placed Walker at the center of what prosecutors called a "criminal scheme" to violate state election law. The story went nearly 300 words before reporting a comment from Walker. It continued another 700 words before confirming Walker’s claim that two judges had rejected the prosecution theory. Not until the second-to-last paragraph did it actually quote one of the judges.

But what are the undeniable facts, before and after last week’s document release? They are, first that Walker has not been charged with anything and, second, two separate judges have said there is no evidence to support charges.

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Al Gore Effect

With Al Gore visiting Canberra today, it's little surprise that the 'Al Gore Effect' has struck again.

The 'Al Gore Effect' is defined by the Urban Dictionary as;

"the phenomenon that leads to unseasonably cold temperatures, driving rain, hail, or snow whenever Al Gore visits an area to discuss global warming."

There are countless examples of Al Gore visiting a city, only for freezing below normal temperatures to strike.

Simply the phenomenon of the 'Al Gore Affect' is Mother Nature laughing at Al Gore, as he jet sets around the world preaching that we are all doing to fry, Mother Nature turns on an icy blast of freezing weather.

In Canberra it was only last month that the Bureau of Meteorology foretold that Canberra was likely to experience "a dry and warmer-than-average winter".

But as Al Gore rolled into Canberra - so to did blizzard conditions, icy temperatures and a big dump of snow in surrounding mountains.

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Britain's WWI ace

He was handsome, dashing, modest and Britain’s first celebrity fighter pilot. He was the first man in the Great War to be awarded three Distinguished Service Orders (DSOs) and, within just a year, had amassed 44 confirmed "kills", with another 25 unconfirmed.

At the time of his premature death, Albert Ball was his country’s leading ace and he was particularly popular with the public because of his "lone wolf" style of combat flying, often stalking his prey from below. A posthumous Victoria Cross (VC) followed within a month of him being killed.

In the skies, Ball won the admiration of the greatest German fighter pilot of all time Manfred von Richthofen, the "Red Baron" and, on some occasions, took on up to six enemy pilots alone at any one time.

Despite his repeated and outstanding bravery, Ball, a regular churchgoer, did not have so much as a hint of malice, always feeling sympathy for the German pilots he shot down because he knew that, like him, they were just following orders in the service of their country.

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Modern day slavery

There are an estimated 30 million slaves in the world today, more than at any other time in history. In case you missed it, earlier this month Real Clear World ran a profile of what slave labor looks like in Pakistan today. There are 1.8 million "debt laborers" in the country, and 2.2 million slaves over all (only India and China have more). The debt laborers are kept under the thumb of landlords who sell them back and forth and cook up ways of keeping them in bondage:
"Usually we remain in debt because we take amounts from them [the landlords] for feeding our children and other day to day expenses," he says, sitting outside his home, a mud hut sandwiched between an irrigation channel and the road. Nanji’s only contact with the landlord is through the farm manager.

Money rarely changes hands between landlord and tenants. Instead all transactions are recorded in a register maintained by the landlord. Each harvest is meant to pay off part of the debt, but costsmany of which the landlord is meant to bear himself under the few laws that are meant to offer protection to laborers in Pakistanare added to the debt with interest.

"The actual thing that is keeping people in bondage is the manipulation of the records. The "hari" is illiterate and uneducated and doesn’t know how to keep the records," explained Ghulam Hyder, director of the Green Rural Development organization, a Sindh-based group working with bonded laborers, using the Sindhi term for tenant.

Americans are tempted to see this a third world problem, or as a problem "over there," but that’s also wrong. On the one hand, a lot of products made by slave workers overseas find their way into our stores and markets. A former WRM researcher Ben Skinner has detailed instances of this at length, both in his book on modern slavery ("A Crime So Monstrous") and subsequently. Here, for example, we discuss his research into the debt bondage and abuse behind the palm oil industry. The role slavery and death plays in the global shrimp trade made news recently. Moreover, we have slaves right here. The same report we quoted above found 60,000 slaves right here in the U.S.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Honey, I shrunk my emails

Don't believe the IRS for a minute when it claims to have forever lost emails written by Lois Lerner, an alleged kingpin in the agency's tea party-targeting scandal, investment fraud attorney John Lawrence Allen says.

"It’s so beyond comprehension,'' Allen, a former hedge fund manager district attorney and author of "Make Wall Street Pay You Back," told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV. "I have a small office, and I have a backup on the [Microsoft] Cloud, I have a backup on iBack, I have a backup on a hard drive, I have a backup on a tape.

"You're going to tell me that the IRS that maintains excellent records of our income and our disbursements can't keep a hold of their emails? It's improbable, impossible, it's clearly a cover-up.''

The IRS is currently being probed by the House Ways and Means Committee for allegedly targeting conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.

Lerner, who resigned from her post after the scandal exploded, has refused to answer questions about what role she played.

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Chamberlain would be proud

The Obama administration conducted an assessment of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2010 and 2011, beginning even before the events known as the "Arab Spring" erupted in Tunisia and in Egypt.

The President personally issued Presidential Study Directive 11 (PSD-11) in 2010, ordering an assessment of the Muslim Brotherhood and other "political Islamist" movements, including the ruling AKP in Turkey, ultimately concluding that the United States should shift from its longstanding policy of supporting "stability" in the Middle East and North Africa (that is, support for "stable regimes" even if they were authoritarian), to a policy of backing "moderate" Islamic political movements.

To this day, PSD-11 remains classified, in part because it reveals an embarrassingly naïve and uninformed view of trends in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region.

The revelations were made by Al Hewar centre in Washington, DC, which obtained the documents in question.

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Blood Feud

President Obama and wife Michelle slept in separate bedrooms due to a marital fight during a first-term Martha’s Vineyard vacation, according to an excerpt from Ed Klein’s newly released book "Blood Feud."

"They slept in their own bedrooms," a Blue Heron Farm staffer told Klein for his expose on the Obamas’ relationship with Bill and Hillary Clinton, released Monday. "They both had stacks of books by their beds. The president was reading The Bayou Trilogy by Daniel Woodrell and Rodin’s Debutante by Ward Just. I don’t know if they visited each other’s bedroom at night, but I didn’t see any signs of that."

"The president ate in bed," the staffer added. "You had to change the sheets every day. He smoked cigarettes and didn’t try to hide it at all. And he snores. I heard him. He ate a lot of junk food, chips and stuff. He loved fudge and bought it from Murdick’s Fudge. It was a wonder that he stayed so thin."

The staffer’s testimony will only serve to fuel rumors of marital strife between the First Couple, which have been reported widely in the press since President Obama snapped a selfie with attractive blonde Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt at Nelson Mandela’s funeral. The marital problems were on display during the couple’s vacation, according to the staffer quoted by Klein.

"The Obamas seemed like they were bickering a lot, but they whispered so you couldn’t exactly hear what it was about," the staffer said. "But I can tell when people are pissed off at each other, and they seemed to be pissed a lot."

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Guy kills wife, blames Islamophobia

An Iraqi immigrant who beat his wife to death in their El Cajon home after she asked for a divorce was sentenced Monday to 26 years to life in prison.

Kassim Alhimidi, 50, said he would rather be sentenced to die and have his remains sent to Iraq.

A prosecutor read a letter from one of his daughters, Fatima.

"How could you kill someone who is always there for you?" the letter read. "Mom lives with us every day, but you are the one who will be forgotten,"

Police at first thought the killing of 32-year-old Shaima Alawadi, the mother of five, might be a hate crime. A photocopied note found near the victim said: "This is my country. Go back to yours, terrorist."

Prosecutor Kurt Mechals said Alhimidi hit his wife in the head with a blunt object at least six times as she sat in front of a computer.

But Alhimidi said he was out for a drive March 21, 2012, when his wife was killed. Video recovered by investigators, however, showed his van near the family home on Skyview Drive.

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Misplaced victory

It’s one thing to know statistics. It’s another thing entirely to live the reality. The transformation was simply stunning. In 2007, when we went outside the wire, the tension was palpable and the fear (certainly for me) was very real. We knew the odds, and we knew our vulnerability. By late 2008, the difference was profound. I shopped in streets that months before were war-torn and infested with roadside bombs.

And we threw it away, with a huge assist from the Maliki government.

We are all responsible for our words and actions. Even though my influence is minimal (especially compared to my colleagues posting here on NRO and syndicated nationally) I sometimes agonize over individual words in blog posts. And I still think every day about the choices I made in Iraq. But if I’m responsible as a supporter of the war from the beginning and a veteran of that same conflict for what I say and do, so are the victory lappers. And I would not trade places with a group that helped manufacture the "war weariness" that gripped an American public that has, apart from a tiny minority, sacrificed nothing for this conflict and would continue to sacrifice nothing even if we maintained the small force in Iraq necessary to secure our gains.

You helped America leave, and in so doing, you helped waste the sacrifice of those few who served.

Your moral superiority is misplaced.

Your victory lap is grotesque.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Greenpeace co-founder outs the warmists

"Climate change" is a theory for which there is "no scientific proof at all" says the co-founder of Greenpeace. And the green movement has become a "combination of extreme political ideology and religious fundamentalism rolled into one."

Patrick Moore, a Canadian environmentalist who helped found Greenpeace in the Seventies but subsequently left in protest at its increasingly extreme, anti-scientific, anti-capitalist stance, argues that the green position on climate change fails the most basic principles of the scientific method.
"The certainty among many scientists that humans are the main cause of climate change, including global warming, is not based on the replication of observable events. It is based on just two things, the theoretical effect of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions, predominantly carbon dioxide, and the predictions of computer models using those theoretical calculations. There is no scientific "proof" at all."
Moore goes on to list some key facts about "climate change" which are ignored by true believers.

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High strangeness from Iceland

The Reykjavik Confessions

If you've ever been falsely accused of something, and began doubting your own sanity, then you'll be fascinated with this story from Iceland.

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Sen. Thad Cochran, fail

NFL legend Brett Favre has endorsed the re-election of Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS), cutting a television ad for the six-term incumbent days ahead of a runoff election against Tea Party-backed state senator Chris McDaniel.

"I’ve learned through football that strong leadership makes the difference between winning and losing. And when it comes to our state’s future, trust me: Mississippi can win and win big with Thad Cochran as our strong voice in Washington," Favre says in the ad. "Thad Cochran always delivers, just like he did during Katrina."

But a drunk-driving accident involving Favre’s brother and the death of one of their friends raises questions about whether the unusual endorsement is political payback to former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who is strongly backing Cochran.

In 1996, Favre’s brother Scott Favre was driving drunk on his way home and stopped on railroad tracks. A 49-car freight train crashed into the vehicle, and Brett’s close friend Mark Haverty, a passenger in the car, was killed. Police determined Scott Favre had a .23 blood alcohol content levelmore than twice the legal limit. Shortly thereafter, Scott Favre was convicted of vehicular manslaughter and sentenced to 15 years in prison. Fourteen years were suspended, with one year of house arrest.

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(Former New York mayor Michael Bloomburg has also donated $250,000 to Cochran's campaign. The RINO's are running scared. Cochran is also appealing to blacks for their support.)



Islamic women should avoid watching World Cup

A local Islamic preacher warned Muslim women to be mindful when watching the on-going World Cup football tournament, saying they may be committing "zina mata", or literally "visual fornication".

According to a report in Malay news portal Sinar Harian Online, Datuk Daud Che Ngah said women might be aroused by the sight of athletic men wearing shorts.

"If a woman watches a football match, they will indirectly see the ‘aurat’ of the players," Daud told Sinar Harian.

‘Aurat’ in Malay refers to "intimate body parts" that Muslims must cover with clothing; exposing these is considered sinful. For Muslim men, their "aurat" is the area between the navel and the knee. Modern footballers usually wear shorts that end above the knees.

"Watching the ‘aurat’ until it causes sexual excitement can be categorised as ‘zina’ of the eye," the preacher added.

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Hillary, nowhere woman

Hillary Clinton the woman assumed to be the next Democratic Party presidential nominee and quite possibly the next president is evidently a big snooze. According to Mediate, her interviews to promote her book on CNN and Fox had underwhelming numbers. In the case of Greta Van Susteren’s show, she sent people fleeing midway. More importantly, her book itself is a sales disappointment and, I would wager, even more disappointing if you could ascertain how many who did buy it read actually past page 15. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was in single digits.

No, I haven’t read it and don’t intend to. Almost all books by contemporary politicians are intellectually vacuous, ghostwritten exercises in self-promotion or, as in the case of Barack Obama, a straight out pack of lies. Who would spend their valuable reading time on that with the thousands of great books, past and present, available? I haven’t even made my way through half of Dorothy Sayers.

Which leads me to the deeper reason the country is sleeping through Hillary’s book and it’s not just because it’s hugely over long and therefore a totally un-green waste of paper and trees (although that’s true). Most people know she’s basically dishonest, a prevaricator. Even liberals, though they won’t readily admit it, know this. Who can forget her blaming her husband’s compulsive philandering on the "great, right-wing conspiracy"? If they only had such power. Or the dim-witted claims of being under fire when she hadn’t been (at least Geraldo makes a show of ducking) and, more recently, the banshee-cry of "What difference does it make?" concerning the deaths of our people in Benghazi? The Benghazi lies are actually exponential. (I’m not even going to go back to Whitewater, the miracle quick killing on the stock market, the mysterious Rose Law Firm bill and all the rest.)

But is the cause of this lying ideological the ends even roughly justifying the means? In truth, I think not. Years ago, as a college girl, she may have had an attraction for Saul Alinsky, but in the intervening time that has been overwhelmed and, for the most part, forgotten in a welter of blind, unremitting ambition of the financial and power sort. Hillary’s not a socialist, not a Marxist, not a capitalist, not a libertarian, not anything. There’s nothing authentic about her, no there there. It’s hard to know what Hillary believes anymore. She’s so disingenuous she probably fools herself. No wonder she got so upset when being questioned about her "evolving" position on gay marriage. She undoubtedly was having trouble remembering what she had said when and why. It’s all situational. No one can not even she remember what she did as secretary of State except fly around on planes.

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Censorship in our schools, big surprise

A Woodbury High Schooler claims he uncovered political bias in the implementation of a firewall blocking some political Web sites at his school.

18-year-old Andrew Lampart, a senior at Nonnewaug High School, said he made the discovery when he was doing research for a classroom debate on gun control in May. Lampart said he first noticed that he could not get on the web site for the National Rifle Association.

"So, I went over to the other side. And I went over on sites such as Moms Demand Action or Newtown Action Alliance and I could get on these Web sites but not the others," Lampart said.

Lampart investigated further, by broadening his search terms to Connecticut’s political parties.

"I immediately found out that the State Democrat web site was unblocked but the State GOP web site was blocked."

Lampart even looked at Web sites focusing on abortion issues and religion. He found that "right-to-life" groups were blocked by the public school firewall but that Planned Parenthood and Pro-Choice America were not. He also tried to get on web sites such as Christianity.com and the Vatican’s web site but both were blocked. Islam-guide.com he found, was not.

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"They are nuts and they are hoping for the chance to destroy you"

If I were advising a politician these days, one of the first things I would do is lecture him and his staff about the realities of the American press corp. In my lifetime, the most bizarre and disturbing aspect of politics has been the press. They operate like a weird religious order that only cares about the hunt for heretics, even though heresy is based on an ever shifting collection of fads. The press will savagely attack someone today for saying what they held up as eternal truth last week. The liberal media are the Jesuits of the Cult of Modern Liberalism.

If you are on the outside, they will never give you a fair hearing. When some poor slob fell afoul of the Inquisition, the inquisitor was not interested in being fair. Long before he became interested in the sinner, he made up his mind. That’s how things work with the fanatics in the press corp. They are always scanning the horizon for heretics they can attack. If you are a member of the wrong party or hold the wrong ideas, they will savage you. There’s no amount of facts and evidence you can muster to change their minds.

A good example of the berserk fanaticism of the media is in this article about the never ending clown show that is the Obama presidency.
The CIA’s top officer in Kabul was exposed Saturday by the White House when his name was inadvertently included on a list provided to news organizations of senior U.S. officials participating in President Obama’s surprise visit with U.S. troops.

The White House recognized the mistake and quickly issued a revised list that did not include the individual, who had been identified on the initial release as the "Chief of Station" in Kabul, a designation used by the CIA for its highest-ranking spy in a country.

OK, we have a banal report on another unforced error by the White House.
The disclosure marked a rare instance in which a CIA officer working overseas had his cover the secrecy meant to protect his actual identity pierced by his own government. The only other recent case came under significantly different circumstances, when former CIA operative Valerie Plame was exposed as officials of the George W. Bush administration sought to discredit her husband, a former ambassador and fierce critic of the decision to invade Iraq.
There we have it. Nothing in that graph is true, but the fanatic who wrote the piece believes it to be true. The editors probably believe it to be true. They don’t care. More important, they found a way to attack an enemy of the faith. In this weird religious order we call the mainstream press, the currency is the number of attacks one launches on the heretics. That’s all that matters.

If you are a political party or politicians, you have to accept this reality. These people are crazy. They are not nice people who are mistaken. They are not persuadable. They are nuts and they are hoping for the chance to destroy you.

The reason the GOP is a train wreck is they continue to think they can get along with these fanatics. You cannot win if you play by the rules set by these nuts. That’s the first lesson from the Reagan years. He changed the rules on the press corp and was able to discredit them. They hated him for it, but he was not looking to be buddies with fruitcakes like Sam Donaldson.

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Chelsea, a charmed life

Chelsea Clinton - under scrutiny for her pricey contract with NBC News - hasn't been featured since January, but the network says it does expect two completed stories to air soon, and two others are in the works.

Bill and Hillary Clinton's daughter, who was hired in 2011, has done just a smattering of reporting for NBC News.

Last week, Politico reported she is being paid $600,000 a year. Politico also said the 34-year-old, who is expecting her first child later this year, is now on a month-to-month contract that would ease her departure should her mother decide to run for president in 2016.

While it is not uncommon for well-known anchors to earn multiple millions per year, but Clinton's reported annual salary is high for the frequency of her segments.

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Oh, Canada

Yes, Canadians are bat-shit crazy....

A last-minute amendment mandated that "xe, xem and xyr" may be used in place of "he/she" or "him/her". These are "sex-neutral third-person" terms used to repair the failure of the English language to allow for 21st century gender sensitivities.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Hillary making Pinocchio proud


The New York Times had a wonderfully insightful chat with erstwhile Woman-For-President 2016 candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton over the weekend. As it turns out, Hillary Clinton is a bible-thumping, sin-hating, street preaching, wildly on fire for the Lord Jesus Christ born again Christian.

Or not.

New York Times: If you had to name one book that made you who you are today, what would it be?

Hillary Clinton: At the risk of appearing predictable, the Bible was and remains the biggest influence on my thinking. I was raised reading it, memoring passages from it and being guided by it. I still find it a source of wisdom, comfort and encouragement.


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(If you believe that woman is telling the truth, you're probably a Democrat)


Extended families and the Middle East

"The trouble with Afghanistan is it is full of Afghans. The trouble with Iraq is there are not enough Iraqis." Even at the height of the Iraq war, you never could find many people who identified as Iraqi first and all the other stuff second. They were always Sunni, Shia, Christian, Kurds, etc. An accident of history had them born on the lands we call Iraq.

Men will fight and die for their brothers. That’s why armies are built on small units. Successful street gangs and terror groups also rely on small units. Small units mean the members have emotional bonds to one another.In our urban reservations, street gangs are made of young men who grew up together. More sophisticated gangs like motorcycle clubs have very elaborate bonding rituals to make sure the clubs are cohesive.

Of course, the natural formation of small units is through blood. Early man existed in groups of 150 or so people. Everyone was related by blood. Once a group grew so large that blood relations stretched beyond second cousins, they split up into two units. In the Arab world, this still holds sway over the people. Talk to any Arab and before long they will have mentioned many "cousins" that are members of their extended family.

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Exceptionalism

American exceptionalism looks done and dusted to me, particularly secular style exceptionalism. The only thing contemporary America looks exceptional at doing is wallowing in pornography, outrageous excess and greed, and violent escapist fantasy, lets not even mention Gosnell, and his trade.

It is the moral destruction of America which has destroyed its ability to win. You can't win if you don't believe that you are better. In their hearts Americans know their culture has become depraved since the 1960's, we might have all the high tech toys, but on the level of humanity we have become a cold hearted pack of pleasure seeking individualists barely capable of raising our own children, we mistake extreme sentimentalism for true virtue.

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Mass immigration not beneficial

Mass immigration has brought little or no overall financial benefit to the UK and other countries, a study by the club of the world’s leading economies has concluded.

Evidence from around the world over the last 50 years shows that immigrants are not a "panacea" to boost economic growth but nor are they a "major burden" on the taxpayer, new analysis by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) finds.

Overall, the fiscal impact of migration in OECD countries has been "broadly neutral" with taxes paid by new arrivals usually matching what they receive in benefits, it finds.

Although in some countries the amount immigrants contribute to the public purse exceeds what they receive, new arrivals contribute less overall than the existing population, because many are less well paid.

The study is likely to be seized on by both sides in the immigration debate in the run-up to the European elections, with concerns about unchecked immigration dominating the political agenda both in the UK and other countries.

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White professor suing black university

A white professor is suing Alabama State University (ASU) over claims the historically black university discriminated against him and his partner based on their race and sexual orientation.

According to the lawsuit filed in federal court on June 11, Dr. John Garland is suing the ASU and eight current and former employees for racially discriminating against applicants for university positions and subsequently targeting him when he retaliated against those practices.

"A small, powerful group at the University believes. . .[they] have no place at the University simply because of their. . . non-Black identity."

"[Garland’s supervisor] expressed his opinion, stated or implied, that Dr. Garland did not belong at the University and was not ‘suited to [the University’s] type of students’ because Dr. Garland is not African-American," the lawsuit states.

Garland, who is a member of the Choctaw Nation but is identified as white by colleagues, was hired by the university in August 2008 as an adjunct professor. In January 2009, Garland was rehired as an assistant professor for the Master of Rehabilitation Counseling Program in the Department of Rehabilitation Studies in the College of Health Sciences (COHS).

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

War on Poverty, fail

The percentage of 18- to 64-year olds who live below the poverty level has increased 30.5% since 1966, two years after Lyndon Johnson declared the War on Poverty, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

"We have declared unconditional war on poverty. Our objective is total victory. I believe that 30 years from now Americans will look back upon these 1960s as the time of the great American Breakthrough toward the victory of prosperity over poverty," said then-President Lyndon Johnson in 1964.

According to a House Budget Committee Report, the federal government spent $799 billion on 92 programs to combat poverty: $100 billion on food aid; $200 billion spent on cash aid; $90 billion on education and job training; $300 billion on health care; and $50 billion on housing, in fiscal year 2012 alone.

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England's most insane prisoner

If you didn’t grow up in England, there’s a chance you’ve never heard of Charles Bronson. And if you’re lucky, you’ll never actually meet the guy. He’s a well-spoken, eccentric psychopath who, after carrying out bizarre and outlandish crimes, achieved a weird notoriety among the British public over the last few decades and has became an iconic but tragic figure. And even though he’s never killed anyone, he’s spent more time in jail than most of Britain’s mass murderers. Here are just a few facts about his life....

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War games on 9/11/2001

On the very morning of 9/11/01, five war games and terror drills were being conducted by several U.S. defense agencies, including one "live fly" exercise using REAL planes. Then-Acting Head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Air Force General Richard B. Myers, admitted to 4 of the war games in congressional testimony....

Norad had run drills for several years of planes being used as weapons against the World Trade Center and other U.S. high-profile buildings, and "numerous types of civilian and military aircraft were used as mock hijacked aircraft". In other words, drills using REAL AIRCRAFT simulating terrorist attacks crashing jets into buildings, including the twin towers, were run. ...

Indeed, a former Los Angelese police department investigator, whose newsletter is read by 45 members of congress, both the house and senate intelligence committees, and professors at more than 40 universities around the world, claims that he obtained an on-the-record confirmation from NORAD that ON 9/11, NORAD and the Joint Chiefs of Staff were conducting a joint, life-fly, hijack exercise which involved government-operated aircraft POSING AS HIJACKED AIRLINERS.

On September 11th, the government also happened to be running a simulation of a plane crashing into a building.

In addition, a December 9, 2001 Toronto Star article, stated that "Operation Northern Vigilance is called off. Any simulated information, what's known as an 'inject,' is purged from the screens". This indicates that there were false radar blips inserted onto air traffic controllers' screens as part of the war game exercises.

Moreover, there are indications that some of the major war games previously scheduled for October 2001 were MOVED UP to September 11th by persons unknown.


Well before 9-11-2001, other war games in the USA produced planes in the skies that could not be seen by the ATC (air traffic controllers) in the USA. On September 11, 2001 the USA military was not able to mount a response until it was too late.

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Obama born in Kenya in 1960?

British Intelligence Advisor Barrister Michael Shrimpton presented a report in which he indicated that Barack Hussein Obama was born in Kenya in 1960, not 1961, as he has claimed.

According to Shrimpton, Obama was born in Mombasa, Kenya. Shrimpton says that sits on British Intelligence files, since at the time of Obama’s birth, Kenya was considered a part of the British Commonwealth.

Mr. Shrimpton also indicated that Obama’s father was tied to a group known as the Mau Mau, and that he ran guns and money for them and the German Intelligence Network in East Africa.

According to Shrimpton, Obama's mother Stanley Ann Dunham, was not pregnant in 1961, but instead gave birth to Barack Obama in 1960. He says that Obama’s mother was one of many of Obama’s mistresses.

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O.J. conspiracy theories

Two decades after one of the most polarizing trials in American history, our nation has generally settled on a consensus about the O.J. Simpson trial: 1) He probably did it, and, 2) The LAPD blew the case by mishandling forensic evidence.

But as with other news events where objective truth has become buried under years of gossip and rumor, the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman have attracted a fair share of experts who are convinced they've figured out what really happened June 12, 1994. Perhaps that's a consequence of a cultural flashpoint where nobody on either side of the debate got any semblance of closure.

No matter if they're serious journalists or Internet crackpots, all Simpson conspiracy theorists are convinced they can do what a year of courtroom drama could not: Crack the case, once and for all.

Below, the four most popular O.J. Simpson conspiracy theories.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

America's debt

What would you say if I told you that Americans are nearly 60 TRILLION dollars in debt? Well, it is true. When you total up all forms of debt including government debt, business debt, mortgage debt and consumer debt, we are 59.4 trillion dollars in debt. That is an amount of money so large that it is difficult to describe it with words. For example, if you were alive when Jesus Christ was born and you had spent 80 million dollars every single day since then, you still would not have spent 59.4 trillion dollars by now. And most of this debt has been accumulated in recent decades. If you go back 40 years ago, total debt in America was sitting at about 2.2 trillion dollars. Somehow over the past four decades we have allowed the total amount of debt in the United States to get approximately 27 times larger. This is utter insanity, and anyone that thinks this is sustainable is completely deluded. We are living in the greatest debt bubble of all time, and there is no way that this is going to end well.

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Rehearsed lines

A Honduran woman clutched her small baby boy from the back of a Border Patrol transport truck. She was sitting with 12 other people, mostly children, who had just made their way from Reynosa, Mexico, across the Rio Grande by the Anzalduas port of entry in Texas.

The mother, who had crossed first with one baby, had left her infant and older son along the banks of the river in Mexico. Her two children followed in a second raft and joined their mother after the Border Patrol took her into custody.

"We’re fleeing gang violence," the mother told the Border Patrol agent, who detailed the conversation to TheBlaze on the condition that he not be named. The group did not run, but voluntarily turned themselves in to U.S. federal custody and claimed what is known as credible fear to apply for asylum in the U.S.

They all knew it was only a matter of time before they would be set free.

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Education, fail, fail, fail

In 1985 a federal district judge took partial control over the troubled Kansas City, Missouri, School District (KCMSD) on the grounds that it was an unconstitutionally segregated district with dilapidated facilities and students who performed poorly. In an effort to bring the district into compliance with his liberal interpretation of federal law, the judge ordered the state and district to spend nearly $2 billion over the next 12 years to build new schools, integrate classrooms, and bring student test scores up to national norms.

It didn't work. When the judge, in March 1997, finally agreed to let the state stop making desegregation payments to the district after 1999, there was little to show for all the money spent. Although the students enjoyed perhaps the best school facilities in the country, the percentage of black students in the largely black district had continued to increase, black students' achievement hadn't improved at all, and the black-white achievement gap was unchanged.

The situation in Kansas City was both a major embarrassment and an ideological setback for supporters of increased funding for public schools. From the beginning, the designers of the district's desegregation and education plan openly touted it as a controlled experiment that, once and for all, would test two radically different philosophies of education. For decades critics of public schools had been saying, "You can't solve educational problems by throwing money at them." Educators and advocates of public schools, on the other hand, had always responded by saying, "No one's ever tried."

In Kansas City they did try. A sympathetic federal judge invited district educators literally to "dream"--forget about cost, let their imaginations soar, put together a list of everything they might possibly need to increase the achievement of inner-city blacks--and he, using the extraordinarily broad powers granted judges in school desegregation cases, would find a way to pay for it.

By the time the judge took himself off the case in the spring of 1997, it was clear to nearly everyone, including the judge, that the experiment hadn't worked. Even so, some advocates of increased spending on public schools were still arguing that Kansas City's only problem was that it never got enough money or had enough time. But money was never the issue in Kansas City. The KCMSD got more money per pupil than any of 280 other major school districts in the country, and it got it for more than a decade. The real issues went way beyond mere funding. Unfortunately, given the current structure of public education in America, they were a lot more intractable, too.

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More on the California teacher tenure court decision

Last week, in Vergara v. California, California judge Rolf Treu struck down tenure for California’s teachers, declaring that it violated the state’s constitution by sticking poor and minority students with lousy teachers who are almost impossible to fire. Judge Treu was right on the merits, but that’s not the end of the story.

On the one hand, it was an easy decision to like. The costs of teacher tenure are staggering. In California, tenure and related policies have made it arduous and enormously expensive to try to fire a lousy teacher after just two years on the job. These costs explain why an average of just 2.2 tenured teachers a year, of the 275,000 employed in California, are fired for poor performance. Treu’s decision was stuffed with statistical claims from academic experts laying out why this matters. A Democratic state legislature has shown no inclination to do anything about the tenure nightmare, leaving districts such as Los Angeles without recourse.

Moreover, teachers’ unions have unabashedly and aggressively used the courts to pursue their policy objectives, which are to protect generous benefits, challenge layoffs, attack school choice, and force states to spend more on K12.

In looking at this use of the courts, it’s hard not to figure that what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. This explains the cheers that greeted Vergara in school-reform circles. "Judge Rolf Treu made a historic decision that will reverberate well beyond California," Jeb Bush wrote. "Morally we know that all children deserve a chance to learn in the classroom. Now a series of indefensible laws denying them that right have been struck down." In a Washington Post op-ed, Michelle Rhee, former schools chancellor of Washington, D.C., deemed it "a clear win for all children in California public schools . . . [and] also a huge win for California educators and the teaching profession as a whole."

So, what’s not to like about Vergara? Quite a lot, actually.

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Tea Party, enemy of crony capitalism

The primary election defeat of House majority leader Eric Cantor by the little-known Tea Party conservative David Brat has shocked business and financial elites as well as politicians and pundits. Conservative intellectuals such as Tim Carney have been arguing for a while that the right should adopt a new populism that targets "crony capitalism" and the collaboration of public and private elites at the expense of workers and small businesses. Brat is the first conservative candidate to have achieved a major electoral success by taking this line. He denounced Cantor for being too close to Wall Street and K Street, explained business support for immigration reform as a ploy for cheap labor and demonized the Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable.

In his views about the minimum wage, Social Security and Medicare, Brat is a fairly conventional libertarian, but he became the first candidate to oust a sitting House majority leader since the post was created in 1899 not by speaking the libertarian argot of Ayn Rand and Friedrich von Hayek but by deploying the populist language of Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson and William Jennings Bryan.

With that kind of talk, Brat and like-minded militants on the right are undermining the philosophy of market populism that has united the Main Street and Wall Street wings of the Republican party since the days of Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan. Market populism recycles the ideology of classic Jeffersonian populismbut expands the definition of the virtuous, self-reliant yeoman to include not only small business owners but also big business executives and capitalists. According to market populism, the virtuous yeomanry consists of family farmers and small, owner-operated businessesand CEOs of multinational corporations and billionaire investment bankers and heirs and heiresses who inherited their wealth, like Paris Hilton.

Sooner or later the authentic Jeffersonians in the market populist coalition were bound to notice that the actual agenda of conservative politicians has less to do with the needs of small business owners and small farmers than with the desires of big companies and the financial industrymore H1-B indentured servants for Silicon Valley tech oligopolies, the defense of the "carried interest" loophole for Wall Street hedge fund managers. With their attacks on "crony capitalism," "corporate welfare" and "corporatism," angry outsiders on the right are threatening to replace business-friendly market populism with real populism.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Bowe Bergdahl's father is a pervert, according to twin sisters

The father of embattled POW Bowe Bergdahl, who landed on US soil today, waged a sinister campaign of stalking and harassment against pretty twin sisters even stealing a gnome from their garden and peaking at them in the shower, the sisters claim in shocking police reports.

Bearded Robert 'Bob' Bergdahl drove by the home of Lacey and Allie Hillman ‘several times a day’ over a period of months and left 'creepy' notes for them, the sisters allege in police documents, obtained exclusively by MailOnline.

Once Bergdahl banged on Allie’s door and accused her of 'two-timing' him despite the fact that the pair never dated or were even friends, Allie told police.

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Renegade

It’s eerily undeniable. There is a psychic or perhaps even several working at the White House Communications Agency (WHCA) and the United States Secret Service. There’s no other way to explain it, unless one is otherwise inclined to suggest that a vast inter-agency conspiracy exists deep within the bowels of the agency once controlled by the White House Military Office.

How else is one able to explain the uncanny accuracy with which the WHCA supplied the United State’s Secret Service the not-so-secret codename for Barack Hussein Obama at the very onset of his reign? Obama’s codename: Renegade.

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a renegade is defined as "an individual who rejects lawful or conventional behavior." Synonyms of renegade include outlaw, radical, and traitorous. (For the victims of the Common Core educational initiative, a synonym is a word that has the same meaning as another word in the same language).

Think about it, however. After his party nomination, someone within the WHCA had to pick a codename for Obama and they chose "Renegade." Out of the (approximate) 171,000 words listed in the Oxford English Dictionary, the word that suggests one who exhibits traitorous, lawless and radical behavior was chosen before Obama actually assumed office. What are the odds! And just who is this grand-master psychic-wizard extraordinaire who just happened to be able to see into the future of the Obama reign of tyranny, lawlessness and traitorous behavior to be able to match, ever so precisely, his codename with his agenda? I’d like to buy that person lunch, for the selfish purpose, though, of making an inquiry about tomorrow’s winning lottery numbers.

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Meet the chief executioner of the ISIS terror group

He is the smiling chief executioner who dares to bare his face in grotesque videos of himself executing prisoners.

Referred to as the 'Desert Lion' by his supporters, Shakir Wahiyib is the public face of the army threatening to destroy Iraq and is the chief executioner of the ISIS terror group.

Unlike many other commanders in the Islamist militant organisation, he appears on camera without covering his face.

Now it is claimed he revels in being a Jihadist poster boy - and has even attracted female admirers from across the Middle East.

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Wife of Palestinian Authority President gets treatment in Israel

Doctors in Israel performed surgery on Amina Abbas, the wife of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, at a private clinic near Tel Aviv over the weekend, as tensions between Israel and the PA mounted over the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers by Palestinian terrorists.

The operation on Abbas’s leg was performed on Friday, and she was released on Sunday.

Abbas was hospitalized at the Assuta Medical Center in Ramat Hachayal, near Tel Aviv. Her stay in a private room at the clinic was kept under wraps and security guards were stationed to maintain her privacy round the clock. Other patients were unaware of the identity of the VIP in the private room and Hebrew media said hospital staff members were evasive when questioned.

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We are the world

Gil Kerlikowske, commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said Friday that many of the illegal immigrant children his agents are encountering trying to slip across the U.S.-Mexico border have never even seen a doctor before.

He described scenes of Border Patrol agents changing diapers and heating baby formula in order to care for some of the youngest children, and said agents are being asked to do things way beyond their skill set particularly for so many of the agents who are young, single men.

"I’ve been down there, a lot, and spent a lot of time and I’ve seen these agents doing incredible things," he said.

The commissioner was pushing back against a complaint filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and several immigrant-rights groups this week charging that agents and officers have been neglecting or abusing many of the children, verbally or physically.

Mr. Kerlikowske said he’s seen pictures of a birthday cake agents brought in for an 11-year-old who, the commissioner said, had never had a birthday cake before.

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(We are the world's policeman. Now we're becoming the world's nursery.)



Foreign-funded NGOs

An Intelligence Bureau report on foreign-funded NGOs "negatively impacting economic development" in India has called Greenpeace "a threat to national economic security", citing activities ranging from protests against nuclear and coal plants and funding of "sympathetic" research, to allegedly helping out an Aam Aadmi Party candidate in the recent Lok Sabha elections.

The allegations are part of the IB’s report, dated June 3, submitted to the Prime Minister’s Office. As reported first by The Indian Express, the IB claims the negative impact of the NGOs’ role on GDP growth to be "2-3 per cent per annum".

The report, signed by IB Joint Director S A Rizvi, accuses Greenpeace of contravening laws to "change the dynamics of India’s energy mix". The bureau says Greenpeace’s ‘superior network’ of numerous pan-India organisations has helped conduct anti-nuclear agitations and mounted "massive efforts to take down India’s coal fired power plants and coal mining activity". Greenpeace will take on India’s IT sector over e-waste among other "next targets", the report says.

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(I'm surprised that they are just now realizing that foreign-funded NGOs are working against their interests)




Monday, June 16, 2014

Gowdy's gems

Congress tapped Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC) to chair the Select Committee on the Benghazi attacks. If you’re wondering why, here’s just a sampling of Gowdy’s gems on the floor of the House and elsewhere.

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Bad science

Last year, a number of complaints were filed to the Railroad Commission of Texas District 7B Office concerning the apparent increase in methane in the water wells in Parker County, Texas. The complaints claimed that the contamination was the result of the nearby activities of the Barnett Shale production and fracking.

A blog post this week on Ring of Fire’s website titled "Scientists: Fracking Linked to Groundwater Contamination" states in its opening paragraphs:

Last week a Texas TV station broke the news that new independent scientific analysis refutes the claim by the oil and gas industry that "there’s never been a confirmed case of fracking polluting drinking water."

WFAA, the ABC affiliate in Dallas, reported that two independent scientists using data from Texas regulators confirmed fracking in Parker County, TX by Range Resources polluted resident Steve Lipsky's drinking water with dangerous levels of methane from the Barnett Shale.

However, the "data" that Ecowatch and Earthworks is referring to states the complete opposite in the conclusion of the Railroad Commission of Texas Water Well Complaint Investigation Report:

Based on the information described above, Commission staff has determined that the evidence is insufficient to conclude that Barnett Shale production activities have caused or contributed to methane contamination in the aquifer beneath the neighborhood.

Earthworks, Ecowatch and others are really trying to stir up fear of the process of fracking. However, they lack the scientific evidence that they claim to have. It is just sad that they claim one thing, and a fact-check proves another.

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Poetry, fail

Dancin’ the funky chicken
Eatin’ ribs and tips
Diggin’ all the latest sounds
And drinkin’ gin in sips.

Puttin’ down that do-rag
Tighten’ up my ‘fro
Wrappin’ up in Blackness
Don’t I shine and glow?

Hearin’ Stevie Wonder
Cookin’ beans and rice
Goin’ to the opera
Checkin’ out Leontyne Price.

Get down, Jesse Jackson
Dance on, Alvin Ailey
Talk, Miss Barbara Jordan
Groove, Miss Pearlie Bailey.

Now ain’t they bad?
An ain’t they Black?
An ain’t they Black?
An’ ain’t they Bad?
An ain’t they bad?
An’ ain’t they Black?
An’ ain’t they fine?


-- Maya Angelou

Lightning

Seven (at least) lightning strikes

Roy Sullivan was born 1912 in Greene County in central Virginia, today home to just a shade over eighteen thousand people. He was the fourth of eleven children and lived in the Blue Ridge mountains with his family.

In 1940, at the age of 28, Sullivan joined the national park’s fire patrol. He became one of three rangers to monitor the forty mile area between Waynesboro and Swift Run Gap in the southern area of the park, less than eight miles from where he grew up.

In April 1942, Sullivan was in a fire tower lording over his land when a thunderstorm struck. This was a serious problem owing to the fact that the tower had no form of lightning rod installed. According to Sullivan himself, he saw lightning strike seven or eight times and the valley engulf in flames. He fled the tower, fearing what would become the inevitable. He didn’t make it far when he got hit.

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