Hillary Clinton refers to Ku Klux Klan leader as “my friend and mentor”

In 2005, the Washington Post reported:

… a politically ambitious butcher from West Virginia named Bob Byrd recruited 150 of his friends and associates to form a chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. After Byrd had collected the $10 joining fee and $3 charge for a robe and hood from every applicant, the “Grand Dragon” for the mid-Atlantic states came down to tiny Crab Orchard, W.Va., to officially organize the chapter.

In 2010, Clinton referred to Byrd as

“my friend and mentor”

You can hear her saying it at the beginning of this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryweuBVJMEA

 

August 27, 2016. Tags: , , , , , . Politics, Racism. 2 comments.

The first debate should confirm or debunk the claim that Hillary Clinton is seriously ill

There have been claims by Hillary Clinton opponents that she has at least one serious medical condition that could impact her ability to serve as President. Clinton says the claims are false.

I currently do not take sides on this issue. However, once the first debate airs, I will pick a side, based on what she does or does not do at the debate.

This writer seems sure that she has a major illness. If he is correct, it should show up at the first debate:

 

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/08/hillarys_coughing_and_the_debates.html

Hillary’s Coughing and the Debates

August 25, 2016

Hillary’s flacks maintain that she has no serious health problems, but there is an increasingly public amount of evidence that they are lying. Her coughing fits, for example, have gone on for minutes during interviews and speeches and debates. The leftist establishment media has totally ignored this running story, but there is one venue in which her uncontrollable coughing and hacking cannot be hidden from the American people: the presidential debates.

Because her health seems to getting worse all the time and because she has never appeared in a nationally televised presidential debate (indeed, even her few debates with Bernie Sanders were scheduled to avoid large audiences) the stress of standing before 100 million or so Americans watching her live should make the chances of her descending into minutes of coughing, gagging, and hacking while the world watches very real.

What happens then? Well, consider if she keeps coughing for two or three minutes, as she has several times. It will interrupt whatever point she has been trying to make and focus instead on her inability to speak. A debater affects audiences as much by his demeanor and voice as by what he actually says.

Images matter, as the haggard-looking Nixon proved in the 1960 presidential debates. He looked tired. He looked old. He had five o’clock shadow. Those who heard Nixon and Kennedy on the radio actually thought Nixon won the debate, but those who watched them on television thought Kennedy won.

The sound and sight of an old, fat, sick coughing woman beside a healthy and vigorous man speaking confidently and clearly can only hurt Hillary and help Trump. Whether this is “fair” or not we can leave to leftists obsessed with “fairness,” but most Americans, who want a strong and robust leader, eschew these silly notions.

Hillary’s uncontrolled coughing will be the story coming out of the debate, no matter what the candidates actually said, and that will make her health an issue that may not go away until Election Day. If voters go into the ballot booth really wondering if she is healthy enough to be president, that negates all the arguments her campaign is making that Trump is temperamentally unsuited to be president.

The greater danger for her is if the coughing jags show up in the first debate, then reappear in the second debate and the last debate. If Hillary starts coughing in the first debate, then she will be quite conscious of that problem in the second debate, which will actually make it more likely that anxiety will bring on another attack. If she has an uncontrollable coughing fit in the second or third debate, that may well be the biggest story of the campaign – except, of course, for another story.

If Hillary clearly appears to have serious health problems, then that means she and her staffers have been lying through their teeth to the American people. That is not news, but this would be the sort of lie that everyone can see with his own eyes and can understand with no help. Moreover, denying that she is really sick will compound the lying because ordinary Americans will think she is treating them like idiots.

So what could she do? Hillary could say that she really is sick and was hiding the extent of her problems but is still fit to be president. There are two problems with that. First, Clintons thrive by lying with a straight face and never coming clean. Admitting that she had been lying about that would grant new focus on all the other lies Hillary has told us. Second, who will believe that she really is healthy enough to be president, no matter what she says?

There is only one way this could fail to shift enough votes to win the White House for Trump. If Hillary starts coughing and it is clear that this is going on for a few minutes, Donald Trump needs to say nothing at all in words or body language except, perhaps, to ask sympathetically if she needs help or would like a short break.

Even the next day, the Trump campaign ought to say nothing more than “we hope Mrs. Clinton is doing better today, and we hope that she is able to well for the next debate.” Nothing snide, nothing editorial, and nothing more.

August 25, 2016. Tags: , , , , . Politics. 3 comments.

Houston New Black Panther head Quannel X praises Donald Trump, criticizes Barack Obama and the Democratic party (three minute video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5p5AS5dOtf0

August 25, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Politics. Leave a comment.

Shame on CNN for deceptively editing footage from Milwaukee!

CNN has deceptively edited footage to make it falsely seem like someone said the exact opposite of what they actually said.

Sherelle Smith, the sister of the armed man who was recently shot and killed by police in Milwaukee, said: (the bolding is mine)

“Burnin’ down shit ain’t going to help nothin! Y’all burnin’ down shit we need in our community. Take that shit to the suburbs. Burn that shit down! We need our shit! We need our weaves. I don’t wear it. But we need it.”

However, CNN edited out the bolded part.

In addition, CNN reporter Ana Cabrera falsely said that Ms. Smith was “calling for peace,” which is the exact opposite of what she was actually doing, which is that she was calling for people to commit arson.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-8Cn6boqcA

 

August 17, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Black lives matter, Media bias, Racism. 7 comments.

How sad. This guy from Milwaukee doesn’t seem familiar with the concept of earning money.

A guy who has lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin his entire life complains that rich people aren’t giving money to poor people.

I feel so sad for this guy. Apparently, it never occurred to him that a person could obtain money by obtaining education and job skills and earning the money.

Who taught him to think the way he does? Was it his parents? Was it his teachers? Whoever it was that taught him to think like this, they were wrong.

I hope for this young man’s sake that he will eventually come to realize that what these people taught him was wrong.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1Ex5NZKvCg

August 15, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Black lives matter, Economics, Racism. 6 comments.

Change.org petition: Arrest Malia Obama for violation of federal marijuana laws

https://www.change.org/p/barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-arrest-malia-obama-for-violation-of-federal-marijuana-laws

Arrest Malia Obama for violation of federal marijuana laws

WHEREAS, on August 10, 2016, Malia Obama was recorded on video smoking marijuana in public in the U.S., and

WHEREAS, on August 11, 2016, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said it would continue classifying marijuana as a dangerous and illegal Schedule 1 drug,

THEREFORE, we call upon the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to arrest Malia Obama for violation of federal marijuana laws.

August 11, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, War on drugs. 8 comments.

Venezuelans make 36 hour round trip to Brazil just to go grocery shopping

http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-venezuela-brazil-idUKKCN10L1KE

Venezuelans flood Brazil border in 36-hour grocery run

August 10, 2016

Government employee Jose Lara this month used some vacation days to take a long scenic bus ride through the verdant plateaus and sweeping savannas of southern Venezuela, but the trip was anything but a holiday.

It was a 36-hour grocery run.

Lara took an overnight bus and then a pick-up truck to get across the border to neighboring Brazil to buy food staples that have gone scarce in Venezuela’s crisis-stricken economy.

“Workers can’t even enjoy vacation anymore. Look where I am! Buying food for my children,” said Lara, 40, who was preparing to load 30-kilo (66-pound) packages of rice and flour onto a bus to complete a journey that takes close to 36 hours.

Venezuelans seeking to escape their socialist economy’s dysfunction are flooding into the remote Brazilian town of Pacaraima in search of basic goods that are prohibitively expensive or only available after hours in line.

Shoppers have been coming for months, primarily from the industrial city of Puerto Ordaz – already a 12-hour bus ride – but lately they’re also arriving from even more far flung regions across the country.

Venezuelans spend hours in supermarket lines. Many increasingly complain that they cannot get enough food to eat three meals per day.

Low oil prices and massive debt-servicing costs have left the country without foreign exchange to import goods, while price and currency controls have crippled domestic companies’ capacity to produce locally.

President Nicolas Maduro says the government is the victim of an “economic war” led by the United States.

‘THE LINE’

Under pressure from local residents after Maduro shut the western border with Colombian border in 2015, Venezuelan authorities allowed several temporary openings for similar shopping excursions in July. Colombia last month halted those trips after more than 100,000 people crossed in a single weekend.

The more remote Brazilian border was never closed.

In the Pacaraima, known to Venezuelans as “La Linea” or “The Line” because it is immediately across the border, cramped shops are now piled high with sacks of rice, sugar, and flour.

Products piled to waist height stand at the entrance of convenience stores, auto parts shops and even a farm supply store.

“It’s good business, but the price of everything is going up in Boa Vista,” said Mauricio Macedo, 26, who works at a family business that sells artisanal decorations such as clay figurines but for three months has been primarily focused on food items.

Venezuelan regulations require that staple products be sold for a pittance – a kilo of rice is set at the equivalent of $0.12. But obtaining goods at those prices requires waiting in long lines that are increasingly the site of robberies or lootings. That leaves Venezuelans reliant on the black market, where the same bag of rice fetches the equivalent of $2.20.

In Pacaraima, sugar and rice sell for about 40 percent to 45 percent less than what they would cost on Venezuela’s black market. The discount is worth it despite the cost of the trip.

Shoppers usually take a 12-hour overnight bus ride from Puerto Ordaz to the town of Santa Elena de Uairen. They then travel roughly 15 minutes by van or pick-up truck to La Linea. They spend the morning and much of the afternoon shopping, then head back across the border to catch another overnight bus.

“We’re in an economic crisis and I have to come to another country to buy food,” said Juan Sansonetti, 31, standing under the sun with a large sack of flour on his shoulder. “There isn’t much more to say, is there?”

 

August 10, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Communism, Economics, Venezuela. 1 comment.

Hypocrite Barack Obama gives his own daughter an exemption from the laws against marijuana which he has prosecuted so many other people for

All of the people cited below were prosecuted by President Obama for smoking medial marijuana, despite that fact that it was legal in the states where they lived.

On the other hand, President Obama refuses to prosecute his own daughter, Malia Obama, for smoking recreational marijuana.

The below image comes from http://radaronline.com/photos/malia-obama-smoking-pot-claims-lollapalooza-twerking-video/photo/1329712/

Malia Obama


There’s also this video from YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIK9fG-RA9M

In May 2008, Obama campaign spokesperson Ben LaBolt said that Obama would end DEA raids on medical marijuana in states where it’s legal. Also in 2008, Obama said that he supported the “basic concept of using medical marijuana for the same purposes and with the same controls as other drugs” and that he was “not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws.”

However, in February 2010, DEA agents raided a medical marijuana grower in Highlands Ranch in Colorado, a state where medical marijuana is legal. Also in February 2010, DEA agents raided a medical marijuana dispensary in Culver City in California, a state where medical marijuana is legal. In July 2010, the DEA raided at least four medical marijuana growers in San Diego, California. Also in July 2010, the DEA raided a medical marijuana facility in Covelo, California. Then in September 2010, the DEA conducted raids on at least five medical marijuana dispensaries in Las Vegas, Nevada, where medical marijuana is legal. In 2011, the DEA conducted raids on medical marijuana in Seattle, Washington, West Hollywood, California, and Helena, Montana, all places where it is legal. In April 2012, the DEA carried out several raids on medical marijuana in Oakland, California.

In February 2012, Rolling Stone magazine wrote that Obama’s war against medical marijuana went “far beyond anything undertaken by George W. Bush.” In April 2012, Mother Jones magazine wrote: “The president campaigned on the promise that he’d stop federal raids on medical marijuana operations that were in compliance with state laws, a vow that Attorney General Eric Holder repeated after the election. But then the Obama administration raided more than 100 dispensaries in its first three years and is now poised to outpace the Bush administration’s crackdown record.” In May 2012, the Washington Post wrote: “Obama has become more hostile to medical marijuana patients than any president in U.S. history.” In May 2012, U.S. Congressperson Nancy Pelosi (D-California) said she had “strong concerns” about Obama’s forced closure of five medical marijuana facilities in Pelosi’s congressional district. In April 2012, commenting on Obama’s crackdown on medical marijuana, U.S. Congressman Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts) said, “I’m very disappointed… They look more like the Bush administration than the Clinton administration.”

In July 2012, federal prosecutors filed civil forfeiture actions against Harborside Health Center, a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, CA, which claims to be the world’s largest, and which claims to serve more than 100,000 medical marijuana patients. In April 2012, federal agents raided Oaksterdam University, an educational institution in Oakland, CA, which teaches people about medical marijuana. In April 2012, federal agents raided a medical marijuana facility which had been serving 1,500 patients near Lake Elsinore, CA. In June 2012, the Obama administration filed asset-forfeiture lawsuits against two landlords who rented their buildings to medical marijuana stores in Santa Fe Springs, CA. The Obama administration also sent warning letters which threatened similar legal action to dozens of other, nearby landlords. During the first seven months of 2012, the DEA shut down 40 medical marijuana dispensaries in Colorado, all of which had been operating in compliance with state and local law.

In April 2013, the DEA raided four medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles, California. Also in April 2013, the DEA raided a medical marijuana dispensary in San Diego, California. In July 2013, the DEA conducted multiple medical marijuana raids in Washington state, including the cities of Olympia, Tacoma, and Seattle. In August 2013, the DEA raided People’s Choice Alternative Medicine, a medical marijuana facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In October 2013, the DEA raided 28 medical marijuana facilities in Michigan. In November 2013, the DEA raided 12 medical marijuana facilities in Denver, Colorado.

In April 2014, the DEA raided four medical marijuana dispensaries in Denver, Colorado. In June 2014, DEA agents visited the homes and offices of doctors in Massachusetts who had written prescriptions for medical marijuana, and threatened to confiscate their federal licenses to prescribe certain medications if they did not stop writing prescriptions for medical marijuana. In October 2014, the DEA raided two medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles, California.

In May 2012, ABC News reported that during Obama’s youth, he often smoked large quantities of recreational marijuana.  Obama’s marijuana smoking wasn’t even medical – it was recreational. And yet now, he is taking large scale, widespread action to prevent people with AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, and other illnesses, who have prescriptions from their doctors, from using their prescription medicine – how cold hearted can a person be?

August 10, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , . Barack Obama, War on drugs. 5 comments.

Venezuelan police threaten to put BBC reporter in jail if he doesn’t delete video footage of customers waiting in line for 12 hours at a supermarket

The BBC reports:

Thrown out of a Venezuelan supermarket by police

July 28, 2016

Shortages and the failure of systems to distribute goods make shopping for the essentials of daily life a huge challenge for many Venezuelans.

In one supermarket, where shoppers have been queuing for up to 12 hours to buy food, BBC reporter Vladimir Hernandez is surrounded by police and told to leave.

The crowd of shoppers shouts, “Let them film!” but the police threaten to hold the crew overnight in a police cell unless they delete their footage.

Here is the video footage in question:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-bef4NkNP8

August 4, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , . Economics, Venezuela. 1 comment.

Black Fathers Matter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FszQelEQ2KY

August 1, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Black lives matter, Economics, Politics, Racism. Leave a comment.

The United States Postal Service refuses to deliver my “Priority Mail” to the address that is on the package

On Sunday, July 24, 2016, I ordered some merchandise online, from a very reputable vendor. According to the USPS tracking website, the package was shipped on Monday as “Priority Mail,” with an “estimated delivery” of Wednesday, July 27.

It did not arrive on Wednesday.  The online tracking did say it was in my city, so surely, I thought, it would be delivered on Thursday.

But no. I was wrong. It did not arrive on Thursday, either. Also, even though it was Thursday, the online tracking still had an “estimated delivery” of Wednesday. I was not aware that the Post Office had its own Flux Capacitor.

Friday, the package had still not arrived. The online tracking said the package was available at a specific branch of the Post Office for me to pick up. So I went to that specific branch, but they said they did not have my package. So again, the online tracking info was wrong.

The customer phone number for USPS, which I called, is useless. After going though a ridiculously long set of menu questions, then talking to one person who could not help, and then going through another set of menu questions, I was told that I would have to wait between 20 and 30 minutes to talk to another person, and that this person would only have access to the same information that I already had from the online tracking. So their customer service phone number is completely useless. So I hung up.

It is now Saturday, July 30, and I still do not have my package.

My package has my name and address on it. The package also has proof that I paid the postage.

So why does the United States Postal Service refuse to deliver my package to the address that is on the package?

 

July 30, 2016. Tags: , , , . Politics. 12 comments.

Amnesty International: “Venezuela: New regime effectively amounts to forced labour”

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2016/07/venezuela-new-regime-effectively-amounts-to-forced-labour/

Venezuela: New regime effectively amounts to forced labour

July 28, 2016

A new decree establishing that any employee in Venezuela can be effectively made to work in the country’s fields as a way to fight the current food crisis is unlawful and effectively amounts to forced labour, said Amnesty International.

“Trying to tackle Venezuela’s severe food shortages by forcing people to work the fields is like trying to fix a broken leg with a band aid,” said Erika Guevara Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

“The new decree completely misses the point when it comes to findings ways for Venezuela to crawl out of the deep crisis it has been submerged in for years. Authorities in Venezuela must focus on requesting and getting much needed humanitarian aid to the millions in need across the country and develop a workable long term plan to tackle the crisis.”

The decree, officially published earlier this week, establishes that people working in public and private companies can be called upon to join state-sponsored organizations specialized in the production of food. They will be made to work in the new companies temporarily for a minimum of 60 days after which their “contracts” will be automatically renewed for an extra 60-day period or they will be allowed to go back to their original jobs.

 

July 29, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Communism, Venezuela. Leave a comment.

Hillary Clinton spokesperson admits that Clinton lied when she said that none of her 30,000 deleted emails were work related

In March 2015, ABC News reported the following about the 30,000 emails that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had deleted from her private server:

“We went through a thorough process to identify all of my work-related emails and deliver them to the State Department,” she said, adding that all other emails were personal and pertained to matters such as “yoga routines,” “family vacations,” and “planning Chelsea’s wedding.”

In July 2016, Donald Trump said:

“I will tell you this — Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press. Let’s see if that happens. That’ll be next. Yes, sir.”

Hillary for America senior policy adviser Jake Sullivan responded by saying:

“This has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent… That’s not hyperbole, those are just the facts. This has gone from being a matter of curiosity, and a matter of politics, to being a national security issue.”

So, which is it?

Are all of the emails private and not related to work?

Or, are they a matter of national security?

They can’t be both.

So which is it?

July 28, 2016. Tags: , , , , , . Politics. 5 comments.

Change.org petition: Remove air conditioning from all US State Department property

http://www.change.org/p/remove-air-conditioning-from-all-us-state-department-property

Remove air conditioning from all US State Department property.

John Kerry

 

WHEREAS, Secretary of State John F. Kerry has suggested that air conditioners are as big a threat as ISIS, and

WHEREAS, it is the duty of our elected and appointed government officials to lead by example,

THEREFORE, we call upon the U.S. Department of State to remove air conditioning from all property that the Department owns, rents, or otherwise employs, including but not limited to embassies, consulates, office buildings, etc., all vehicles owned and/or operated by the Department, and any other property, real or movable, owned, rented, or otherwise employed by the Department.

July 25, 2016. Tags: , , , , , . Environmentalism. Leave a comment.

UPI: Bernie Sanders supporters sue Debbie Wasserman Schultz, DNC for ‘fraud’

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2016/06/30/Bernie-Sanders-supporters-sue-Debbie-Wasserman-Schultz-DNC-for-fraud/7411467293953/

Bernie Sanders supporters sue Debbie Wasserman Schultz, DNC for ‘fraud’

June 30, 2016

WASHINGTON, June 30 (UPI) — A group made up predominantly of Bernie Sanders supporters is suing Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, alleging she “rigged” the primary for Hillary Clinton.

A group of 120 people, including 104 Sanders donors, filed suit in federal court in the Southern District of Florida, in the congresswoman’s home district. In the suit, the plaintiffs say that Wasserman Schultz and the DNC were fraudulent, negligent and misrepresented their true motivations in the Democratic presidential primary.
Citing internal email and memos that have been leaked by someone claiming to have gotten them from Russian hackers who accessed DNC computer files, the plaintiffs say the DNC only ever considered Clinton to be the likely nominee.

The lawsuit quotes from a leaked 2015 memo that states the DNC’s “goals in the coming months will be to frame the Republican field and the eventual nominee early and to provide a contrast between the GOP field and [Hillary Clinton].”

“Despite there being every indication that the 2016 Democratic primary would be contested by multiple candidates, including Sanders, the DNC Memo makes no mention of any Democratic candidate except Clinton, and builds the DNC’s election strategy on the assumption that Clinton will be the nominee, with no doubts attached,” the plaintiffs wrote.

The DNC has acknowledged it was hacked by Russians, but has not verified the authenticity of any of the documents leaked to the press in the wake of the data breach.

A DNC spokesman declined to comment on the lawsuit to New Times Broward-Palm Beach.

July 24, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , . Politics. 2 comments.

I just added 47 items to my list of Obama’s lies, lawbreaking, etc.

Items 1 through 500 can be found at https://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

Items 501 through 1,000 can be found at https://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2015/12/04/obama-part-2/

Items 1,001 through 1,249 can be found at https://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2015/12/04/obama-part-3/

Here are the new entries:

1,203) Although Obama said he opposed building the Keystone oil pipeline in the U.S. because it would contribute to climate change, he supported building an oil pipeline in Kenya

In November 2015, Obama said he opposed building the Keystone oil pipeline in the U.S. because it would contribute to climate change. However, in January 2016, he supported building an oil pipeline in Kenya.

1,204) Video shows a Common Core textbook sales executive saying “I hate kids. I’m in it to sell books.”

In January 2016, it was reported that a video showed a Common Core textbook sales executive saying:

“I hate kids. I’m in it to sell books.”

You can see her saying it at 1:13 in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8tZGl1SVs0

1,205) After a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay threatend to kill Americans, Obama sent him back to his home country of Saudi Arabia

In October 2007, Muhammad al Rahman al-Shumrani, a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, said:

“When I get out of here, I will go to Iraq and Afghanistan and kill as many Americans as I can. Then I will come here and kill more Americans.” 

However, in January 2016, Obama sent him back to his home country of Saudi Arabia.

1,206) In January 2016, Obama made yet another attempt to get banks to give mortgages to people who could not afford to pay them back

In January 2016, it was reported that Obama was making yet another attempt to convince banks to give mortgages to people who could not afford to pay them back.

1,207) Refused to prosecute Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for illegally storing top secret information on her private email server

In January 2016, it was reported that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had illegally stored top secret information on her private email server. However, Obama refused to prosecute her.

1,208) The EPA knew about the dangerous levels of lead in the water in Flint, Michigan for months without warning the people not to drink it

In 2016, CNN reported the following about the high levels of lead in the water in Flint, Michigan:

The EPA says anything over 15 ppb is unsafe, and Walters’ home tested at more than 13,000 ppb.

Emails show that it was 11 months from the time that an EPA official first expressed concern over high levels of lead in Walters’ home — and seven months from when Del Toral wrote his draft memo — until the EPA issued an emergency order in Flint.

1,209) A statement by Obama on the use of guns for self defense contradicted a previous study which had been funded by his own administration

In January 2016, Obama said:

“And so if you look at the statistics, there’s no doubt that there are times where somebody who has a weapon has been able to protect themselves and scare off an intruder or an assailant. But what is more often the case is that they may not have been able to protect themselves but they end up the victim of the weapon that they purchased themselves.”

However, a 2013 study which had been funded by the Obama administration stated:

“Studies that directly assessed the effect of actual defensive uses of guns (i.e., incidents in which a gun was ‘used’ by the crime victim in the sense of attacking or threatening an offender) have found consistently lower injury rates among gun-using crime victims compared with victims who used other self-protective strategies.”

1,210) Illegally ignored a judge’s order to release the rest of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails before the first primary elections of 2016

In January 2016, it was reported that the State Department had said it would ignore a judge’s order to release the rest of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails before the first primary elections of 2016.

1,211) Obama asked Christians, but not Muslims, to cover up their religious symbols when he visited them to give speeches

In 2012, when Obama gave a speech at Georgetown University, a Catholic school, he asked the school to cover up its religious symbols. However, in 2016, when he gave a speech at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, he did not make the same request.

1,212) Pressured Ally Bank to pay a settlement for racial discrimination even though there was no evidence that the bank had actually engaged in racial discrimination

In February 2016, it was reported that the Obama administration had pressured Ally Bank to pay a settlement for racial discrimination even though there was no evidence that the bank had actually engaged in racial discrimination.

1,213) Continued Bush’s policy of spending $5.7 billion of taxpayers’ money on a cyber defense system that did not work

In February 2016, it was reported that the administrations of Bush and Obama had spent a combined total of $5.7 billion of taxpayers’ money on a cyber defense system that did not work.

1,214) After Obama signed the Dodd-Frank bank regulation bill, the number of new banks that opened up each year in the U.S. fell by more than 99%

Before Obama signed the Dodd-Frank bank regulation bill in 2010, more than 100 new banks had opened up each year in the U.S. However, during the combined five years after Obama signed the bill, a total of only three new banks had opened up in the U.S.

1,215) Spent $412,930 of taxpayers’ money to study the “relationship between gender and glaciers”

In March 2016, it was reported that the Obama administration had spent $412,930 of taxpayers’ money to study the “relationship between gender and glaciers.”

1,216) The “most transparent administration in history” illegally ignored a court order to turn over certain Fast and Furious documents

In April 2016, it was reported that the Department of Justice had illegally ignored a court order to turn over certain Fast and Furious documents.

1,217) After Obamacare caused Obama supporting graduate students at the University of Missouri to lose their insurance, they falsely blamed it on the school

In August 2015, the University of Missouri issued the following message to its graduate students:

“The Affordable Care Act prevents employers from giving employees money specifically so they can buy health insurance on the individual market. Graduate teaching and research assistants are classified as employees by the IRS, so they fall under this ruling.”

However, in November 2015, left wing graduate students who had voted for Obama, falsely blamed their loss of insurance on the school, instead of on Obamacare.

1,218) Falsely said it was “racist” for landlords to do criminal background checks on prospective tenants

In April 2016, the Department of Housing and Urban Development falsely said that it was “racist” for landlords to do criminal background checks on prospective tenants.

1,219) Continued Bush’s policy of refusing to fire the State Department official who had approved visas for 11 of the September 11, 2001 terrorists

In April 2016, it was reported that the State Department official who had approved visas for 11 of the September 11, 2001 terrorists was still employed by the federal government.

1,220) Ben Rhodes, the person whom Obama chose to be his lead foreign policy advisor, has a master’s degree in fiction, and has no experience or training in foreign policy

In May 2016, the New York Times reported:

The Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obama’s Foreign-Policy Guru

How Ben Rhodes rewrote the rules of diplomacy for the digital age

Rhodes writes the president’s speeches, plans his trips abroad and runs communications strategy across the White House, tasks that, taken individually, give little sense of the importance of his role. He is, according to the consensus of the two dozen current and former White House insiders I talked to, the single most influential voice shaping American foreign policy aside from Potus himself.

His lack of conventional real-world experience of the kind that normally precedes responsibility for the fate of nations — like military or diplomatic service, or even a master’s degree in international relations, rather than creative writing — is still startling.

Having recently spent time working in Hollywood, I realize during our conversations that the role Rhodes plays in the White House bears less resemblance to any specific character on Beltway-insider TV shows like “The West Wing” or “House of Cards” than it does to the people who create those shows. And like most TV writers, Rhodes clearly prefers to imagine himself in the company of novelists.

Jon Favreau, then the campaign’s lead speechwriter, felt as if he could use a foreign-affairs expert who could write… “The idea of someone with a masters in fiction… seemed perfect for a candidate who put so much emphasis on storytelling.”

1,221) Ben Rhodes, Obama’s lead foreign policy advisor, said the Obama administration had lied in order to make its nuclear inspection deal with Iran

In May 2016, Ben Rhodes, Obama’s lead foreign policy advisor, said the Obama administration had lied in order to make its nuclear inspection deal with Iran.

1,222) Gun control hypocrite Obama allowed the Secret Service to shoot an armed man outside the White House

When Obama was an Illinois state Senator, he voted against allowing people in their own homes to use guns to protect themselves and their families from rapists and murderers.

However, in May 2016, as President, Obama allowed one of his Secret Service agents to shoot an armed man who was outside the White House.

1,223) “U.S.-funded Somali intelligence agency has been using kids as spies”

In May 2016, the Washington Post reported:

U.S.-funded Somali intelligence agency has been using kids as spies

MOGADISHU, Somalia — For years they were children at war, boys given rifles and training by al-Qaeda-backed militants and sent to the front lines of this country’s bloody conflict. Many had been kidnapped from schools and soccer fields and forced to fight.

The United Nations pleaded for them to be removed from the battlefield. The United States denounced the Islamist militants for using children to plant bombs and carry out assassinations.

But when the boys were finally disarmed — some defecting and others apprehended — what awaited them was yet another dangerous role in the war. This time, the children say, they were forced to work for the Somali government.

The boys were used for years as informants by the country’s National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA), according to interviews with the children and Somali and U.N. officials. They were marched through neighborhoods where al-Shabab insurgents were hiding and told to point out their former comrades. The faces of intelligence agents were covered, but the boys — some as young as 10 — were rarely concealed, according to the children. Several of them were killed. One tried to hang himself while in custody.

The Somali agency’s widespread use of child informants, which has not been previously documented, appears to be a flagrant violation of international law. It raises difficult questions for the U.S. government, which for years has provided substantial funding and training to the Somali agency through the CIA, according to current and former U.S. officials.

The child informants were used to collect intelligence or identify suspects in some of the world’s most dangerous neighborhoods, according to their accounts.

“They took me sometimes in a car and sometimes on foot and said, ‘Tell us who is al-Shabab,’­ ” recalled one 15-year-old who said he was held by the intelligence agency. “It’s scary because you know everyone can see you working with them.”

The teenager was one of eight boys interviewed by The Washington Post who described being forced to work as informants after leaving al-Shabab. The boys each spoke alone, through an interpreter, but their accounts were nearly identical. They said they spent years in the custody of intelligence agents and were dragged along on missions, sometimes several times a week. Occasionally, they were told to wear NISA uniforms. They were threatened with violence if they didn’t cooperate, several boys said. Their parents didn’t know where they were.

1,224) Illegally used taxpayers’ money to bail out Puerto Rico

In May 2016, it was reported that Obama had used taxpayer’s money to bail out Puerto Rico. Because Obama did this without approval from Congress, his action was illegal.

1,225) Former Obama speechwriters laughed at Obama’s promise that people could keep their health insurance

In May 2016, on “Charlie Rose: The Week,” former Obama speechwriters laughed at Obama’s promise that people could keep their health insurance. Video of this can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pkqn6wsrUfs

1,226) A federal judge ruled that some of the funding for Obamacare was unconstitutional

In May 2016, U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer ruled that some of the funding for Obamacare was unconstitutional, because it had not been approved by Congress.

1,227) “Hidden Microphones Exposed As Part of Government Surveillance Program In The Bay Area”

In May 2016, the San Francisco affiliate of CBS News reported:

Hidden Microphones Exposed As Part of Government Surveillance Program In The Bay Area

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Hidden microphones that are part of a clandestine government surveillance program that has been operating around the Bay Area has been exposed.

Imagine standing at a bus stop, talking to your friend and having your conversation recorded without you knowing.  It happens all the time, and the FBI doesn’t even need a warrant to do it.

Federal agents are planting microphones to secretly record conversations.

Jeff Harp, a KPIX 5 security analyst and former FBI special agent said, “They put microphones under rocks, they put microphones in trees, they plant microphones in equipment. I mean, there’s microphones that are planted in places that people don’t think about, because that’s the intent!”

FBI agents hid microphones inside light fixtures and at a bus stop outside the Oakland Courthouse without a warrant to record conversations, between March 2010 and January 2011.

1,228) A federal judge ordered lawyers from the Department of Justice to take ethics classes because they had lied to him in order to get Obama’s immigration program approved

In May 2016, Judge Andrew Hanen of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas ordered lawyers from the Department of Justice to take ethics classes because they had lied to him in order to get Obama’s immigration program approved.

1,229) Reports from the Department of Justice suggested that guns from Obama’s Fast And Furious program had been linked to at least 69 killings by Mexican drug cartels

In May 2016, it was reported that newly released documents from the Department of Justice suggested that guns from Obama’s Fast And Furious program had been linked to at least 69 killings by Mexican drug cartels.

1,230) Falsely declared more than 4,000 veterans dead, and wrongly cut off their benefits

In May 2016, it was reported that between between 2011 and 2015, the Veterans Administration had falsely declared more than 4,000 veterans dead, and had wrongly cut off their benefits.

1,231) Falsely said it was “racist” for colleges and universities to conduct criminal background checks on prospective students

In May 2016, the U.S Department of Education falsely said it was “racist” for colleges and universities to conduct criminal background checks on prospective students

1,232) The “most transparent administration in history” deleted online conflict of interest disclosures for top federal officials

In May 2016, it was reported that the Obama administration had deleted online conflict of interest disclosures for top federal officials.

The Daily Caller reported that before these online reports were deleted by the Obama administration, they had been:

… the primary tool that watchdog journalists, political activists and interested voters can use to guard against presidential appointees using their positions to enrich themselves or others….

… website featured a sortable, searchable list of over 1,000 government appointees, including their names, agencies and titles, and flagging new ones. By clicking on a name, users could easily access multiple disclosures for the appointee, including yearly financial accounting, stock ownership and a letter detailing any agreements surrounding conflicts, such as issues when the individual promises to recuse himself….

1,233) Obama extorted banks into making “donations” to some of his favorite left wing community organizing groups

In May 2016, it was reported that after Obama sued Citigroup and Bank of America over their actions regarding the collapse of the housing bubble, Obama told these banks that they would only have to pay 50 cents on the dollar if, instead of paying the settlement money to the actual victims, they “donated” the settlement money to some of Obama’s favorite left wing community organizing groups, including NeighborWorks and La Raza.

1,234) Obama’s refugee program continued to discriminate against Christian refugees from Syria, even though Christians in that country were being specifically targeted for persecution

Christians made up 10% of Syria’s population, and they were being specifically targeted by ISIS.

However, in May 2016, the Obama administration admitted 1,035 Muslim refugees from Syria into the U.S., but only two Christian refugees from that same country.

1,235) The “most transparent administration in history” edited a video of a press briefing to remove a question from Fox News correspondent James Rosen 

In June 2016, it was reported that the State Department had edited a video of a press briefing to remove a question from Fox News correspondent James Rosen.

1,236) After the State Department edited a video of a press briefing to remove a question from Fox News correspondent James Rosen, the State Department falsely blamed in on a “glitch”

In June 2016, it was reported that after the State Department had edited a video of a press briefing to remove a question from Fox News correspondent James Rosen, the State Department falsely blamed in on a “glitch.”

1,237) The “most transparent administration in history” refused to answer questions about 86,000 illegal aliens that it had released, who had committed 231,000 crimes in two and a half years

In June 2016, it was reported that the Obama administration had refused to answer questions about 86,000 illegal aliens that it had released, who had committed 231,000 crimes in two and a half years.

1,238) Falsely said it would take “75 years” to release all of the emails from top aides to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

In June 2016, the State Department falsely said that it would take “75 years” to release all of the emails from top aides to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

1,239) Obama allowed a major donor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Foundation – who had no intelligence experience – to be on a sensitive government intelligence advisory board

In June 2016, it was reported that Obama had allowed a major donor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Foundation – who had no intelligence experience – to be on a sensitive government intelligence advisory board

1,240) While endorsing Hillary Clinton for President, Obama falsely said, “… there has never been any man or woman more qualified for this office than Hillary Clinton.”

In July 2016, while endorsing Hillary Clinton for President, Obama falsely said

“… there has never been any man or woman more qualified for this office than Hillary Clinton.”

1,241) Tried to illegally access the electronic medical records of law abiding patients without a warrant

In June 2016, it was reported that the Obama administration had tried to illegally access the electronic medical records of law abiding patients without a warrant.

1,242) The Obama administration knowingly allowed Omar Mateen to murder 49 people because it didn’t want to offend Muslims

In June 2016, an Islamic terrorist named Omar Mateen murdered 49 people in Orlando, Florida.

Multiple people had warned the federal government that they thought Omar Mateen was going to commit a terrorist attack, but the government dismissed these complaints because, in the hierarchy of political correctness, not wanting to offend Muslims takes precedence over saving the lives of innocent U.S. citizens.

In 2013, Mateen’s coworkers reported to the FBI that Mateen had made terroristic threats, had told them that he had family connections to Al Qaeda, had told them that he was a member of a Shi’a terrorism organization, and had told them that he hoped to be a martyr (which wikipedia defines as “a man or woman who dies while conducting jihad”).

In response to all of these things, the FBI conducted a 10 month investigation into Mateen.

The FBI closed this 10 month investigation by falsely concluding that Mateen’s coworkers were “racist.”

Also in 2013, St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara’s office reported to the FBI that Mateen had said that he could have al-Qaida kill one of Mascara’s employees and the employee’s family, and had also said that the Fort Hood shooter (an Islamic terrorist who murdered 13 people in Texas in 2009) was justified in what he had done.

The FBI investigated this, and falsely concluded that Mateen was “not a threat.”

1,243) Planned to removed references to Islamic terrorism from the transcripts of 911 calls made by Omar Mateen

In June 2016, an Islamic terrorist named Omar Mateen murdered 49 people in Orlando, Florida.

During his attack, Mateen called 911 three times, and made references to ISIS and al-Baghadadi.

Afterward, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said that the FBI would remove references to ISIS and al-Baghadadi from the transcripts of these 911 calls before releasing them to the public.

However, after people complained about this, the FBI changed its mind and released transcripts with those references included.

1,244) Told federal employees who were investigating Islamic terrorism not to use words such as “jihad,” “sharia,” and “takfir”

In June 2016, the Department of Homeland Security told its employees who were investigating Islamic terrorism not to use words such as “jihad,” “sharia,” and “takfir.”

1,245) The Obama administration lied to Congress about the number of crimes committed by criminal illegal aliens after they had been released by the Obama administration

In July 2015, Immigration and Customs Enforcement told Congress that in 2014, criminal illegal aliens who had been released by the Obama administration had committed 1,423 additional crimes after they had been released.

However, in June 2016, a Freedom of Information request showed that the actual number was 13,288.

1,246) A federal judge ruled that the Obama administration’s fracking rules were illegal

In June 2016, Judge Scott Skavdahl of the District Court of Wyoming ruled that the Obama administration’s fracking rules were illegal because they had not been approved by Congress.

1,247) The “most transparent administration in history” allowed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to omit meetings with political donors, foundation contributors, and corporate interests from her official calendar

In June 2016, Associated Press reported:

An Associated Press review of the official calendar Hillary Clinton kept as secretary of state identified at least 75 meetings with longtime political donors, Clinton Foundation contributors and corporate and other outside interests that were not recorded or omitted the names of those she met.

The fuller details of those meetings were included in files the State Department turned over to the AP after it sued the government in federal court.

1,248) A federal judge said the Obama administration had acted illegally when it used a “stingray” to find a suspect’s apartment without a warrant

According to the Huffington Post, a “stingray” is “a surveillance device that can trick suspects’ cell phones into revealing their locations.”

In July 2016, U.S. District Judge William Pauley in Manhattan said that the Obama administration had acted illegally when it used one of these devices to find a suspect’s apartment without a warrant.

1,249) The “most transparent administration in history” continued Bush’s policy of allowing Hillary Clinton to use third parties to hide the true identities of many of the parties who paid her husband to give speeches

Hillary Clinton was a U.S. Senator during the Bush administration, and Secretary of State during Obama’s administration. While holding both jobs, it was often the case that instead of naming the true source of funding for paid speeches that were given by her husband, Bill Clinton, she listed middleman companies, such as “World Management Limited.”

 

July 22, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. 2 comments.

Thehill.com: “Poll: Libertarian Johnson beating Trump, Clinton among active troops”

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/288546-poll-libertarian-johnson-beating-trump-clinton-among-active-duty-troops

Poll: Libertarian Johnson beating Trump, Clinton among active troops

July 20, 2016

Military troops favor Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson for president over Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, according to a new survey.

Johnson garnered 38.7 percent of the active duty vote, versus 30.9 for Trump, and 14.1 for Clinton, according to the survey, which was conducted via the popular military personality Doctrine Man.

Although the survey was not a scientific poll with a margin of error, it provides a snapshot of the preferences of about 3,500 active duty, reservists, retired and former members of the military and their family members, 95.7 percent of which were registered voters.

Among all services except for the Navy, Johnson performed better than Trump and Clinton.

Current, reserve and former members of the Army preferred Johnson at 35.4 percent. Trump, the Republican nominee, came in second at 31.4 percent, and Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee, at 15.3 percent.

Among the Marine community, an overwhelming 44.1 percent chose Johnson, while 27.1 percent chose Trump, and 12.7 percent chose Clinton.

The majority of the Air Force respondents chose Johnson at 39 percent, but Trump next at 29.9 percent and Clinton at 12.9 percent.

Trump ranked the top choice for the Navy community, at 32.4 percent, versus 31.7 percent for Johnson and 22.9 percent for Clinton.

Despite Clinton’s underwhelming performance among active duty troops in the poll, their family members preferred Clinton at 29.4 percent to 27.5 percent for Trump. Johnson came in third, at 24.5 percent.

Trump came out on top among members of the military who retired after serving at least 20 years.

Retirees preferred Trump at 37.4 percent, compared to 32.2 percent for Johnson and only 11 percent for Hillary Clinton.

However, when former members of the military who served fewer than 20 years were included, Johnson came in first, at 36.1 percent, while Hillary Clinton garnered 12.6 percent.

The new survey underscores the unpopularity of both Trump and Clinton, something that was also reflected in a recent Military Times survey.

Troops have found themselves at the center of several heated campaign debates, many of them sparked by Trump.

Trump has said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who was held captive during the Vietnam War, is “not a war hero” and has said that if he ordered troops to re-institute waterboarding, they would do it. Trump has also called for killing terrorists’ families.

Trump has also railed against the Department of Veteran Affairs and suggested Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl should be executed for leaving his post.

The attention to troops this campaign cycle has prompted the nation’s top military officer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, to remind troops not to politicize the military during the elections.

“What we must collectively guard against is allowing our institution to become politicized, or even perceived as being politicized, by how we conduct ourselves during engagements with the media, the public, or in open or social forums,” he wrote in the July issue of Joint Force Quarterly, a military academic journal.

July 21, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Military, Politics. 1 comment.

Police shoot Santa Claus

This has got to be one of the worst cases that I have ever heard of of police shooting an innocent person.

Even the police officer who shot this guy says he doesn’t know why he shot him:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAJRcRZPfwQ

July 21, 2016. Tags: , , , . Black lives matter, Police brutality, Racism. 2 comments.

Here are four examples of Black Lives Matter protestors blocking ambulances

1) In December 2014, in Berkeley, Missouri, Alvin Henry Jones Jr., 62, died two days after Black Lives Matter protestors blocked an ambulance that was carrying him.

2) In January 2015, in Milton, Massachusettes, Black Lives Matter protestors blocked an ambulance that was carrying Richard McGrath, 82. The protestors chained themselves to barrels full of concrete to make especially sure that no vehicles could get by. In February 2016, after 10 of the protestors pled guilty to “willfully impending an emergency vehicle,” and were sentenced to six months of probation and 60 hours of community service, their spokesperson said that they were not sorry for what they had done.

3) In July 2016, in Memphis, Tennessee, Black Lives Matter protestors blocked an ambulance that was trying to get to a child, after the same Black Lives Matter protestors had blocked the same child’s parents’ car from taking him to the hospital.

4) In March 2016, in Chicago, Illinois, Black Lives Matter protestors blocked an ambulance that had its emergency sirens blaring. In this video, you can see that many of the protestors deliberately repositioned themselves so they were standing specifically, directly in front of the ambulance, even though its emergency sirens had already been blaring for quite some time:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvCdAuBBh0U

 

 

July 19, 2016. Tags: , . Black lives matter, Racism. 1 comment.

Snopes falsely says it’s a “total falsehood” that Black Lives Matter protestors in Memphis, Tennessee, caused a child to delay getting emergency medical care

According to this report from WREG, this report from WMC,  this report from WIS, and this report from NBC, on July 11, 2016, in Memphis, Tennessee, Black Lives Matter protestors blocked an ambulance that was trying to get to a child, after the same Black Lives Matter protestors had blocked the same child’s parents’ car from taking him to the hospital.

However, despite all of this evidence from multiple reliable sources, snopes claims that the incident is a “total falsehood.”

How did snopes manage to do this? By adding on false information to the original story, such as the false claim that the child needed a “heart transplant,” as well as the false claim that the child had “expired.” Those claims were, indeed, false. But no reliable source ever made those claims in the first place.

For snopes to label the entire incident as a “total falsehood” is to say that the entire incident never happened. And that claim by snopes is the real falsehood.

July 19, 2016. Tags: , . Black lives matter, Media bias. 7 comments.

Video shows Black Lives Matter protestors deliberately blocking ambulance with emergency sirens blaring outside Trump rally in Chicago

Notice in the video how, even though the ambulance’s emergency sirens are blaring, the Black Lives Matter protestors deliberately move themselves so they can be directly in front of the ambulance to prevent it from taking a patient to the hospital.

It would be quite ironic if the patient turned out to be black, and he or she ended up dying as a result of these Black Lives Matter protestors.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvCdAuBBh0U

Here are previous blog entries that I have made about Black Lives Matter protestors blocking ambulances:

Berkeley man dies after pro-Michael Brown protesters delay paramedics

Despite having killed someone less than a month ago, “Black Lives Matter” protestors continue to block ambulances

Why does Black Lives Matter repeatedly prevent sick people from getting to the hospital?

 

July 19, 2016. Tags: , . Black lives matter, Racism. Leave a comment.

Why does Black Lives Matter repeatedly prevent sick people from getting to the hospital?

First, a patient died because Black Lives Matter prevented an ambulance from taking him to the hospital.

Afterward, Black Lives Matter continued blocking ambulances from taking sick people to the hospital.

And now we have this latest incident:

http://www.wistv.com/story/32421175/family-with-sick-child-was-stuck-on-bridge-during-rally?clienttype=generic&sf30802995=1

Family with sick child was stuck on bridge during rally

Jul 12, 2016

Memphis, TN (WMC) – The Memphis Black Lives Matter rally shut down the I-40 bridge Sunday night with hundreds of protesters refusing to leave. Traffic could not go across, but paramedic Bobby Harrell with Crittenden EMS was determined to get to a child who was stuck on the bridge with his family.

“We received a call there was a child needing medical attention stuck in traffic up on the bridge and due to the protest going on the bridge the family was not able to get through traffic to get him to Le Bonheur,” Harrell said.

A photo shows parents handing the child off to paramedics on the bridge.

“The sheriff’s department had to escort us up the wrong way of the interstate to the child,” he said.

Harrell said after he had the very sick child in the ambulance, the driver had to go 25 minutes out of the way.

“We had to turn around and come back to West Memphis and cross over at MLK to get over to 55.”

Then from I-55, they headed to Le Bonheur Children’s hospital. Harrell said he knew about the protest on the bridge, so he had a contingency plan to take patients to Arkansas hospitals and fly critical patients to Memphis. He didn’t plan to end up on the bridge.

“It was kind of tense. I really didn’t know what to expect going up there.”

Harrell said he got the child to Le Bonheur just in time. The child’s father stayed with the family’s car and was eventually able to get there.

Why does Black Lives Matter repeatedly prevent sick people from getting to the hospital?

July 13, 2016. Tags: , , , , . Black lives matter, Racism. 3 comments.

Obama admin. sent taxpayer money to campaign to oust Netanyahu

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jul/12/obama-admin-sent-taxpayer-money-oust-netanyahu/

Obama admin. sent taxpayer money to campaign to oust Netanyahu

July 12, 2016

The State Department paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayers grants to an Israeli group that used the money to build a campaign to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in last year’s Israeli parliamentary elections, a congressional investigation concluded Tuesday.

Some $350,000 was sent to OneVoice, ostensibly to support the group’s efforts to back Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement negotiations. But OneVoice used the money to build a voter database, train activists and hire a political consulting firm with ties to President Obama’s campaign — all of which set the stage for an anti-Netanyahu campaign, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations said in a bipartisan staff report.

In one stunning finding, the subcommittee said OneVoice even told the State Department’s top diplomat in Jerusalem of its plans in an email, but the official, Consul General Michael Ratney, claims never to have seen them.

He said he regularly deleted emails with large attachments — a striking violation of open-records laws for a department already reeling from former Secretary Hillary Clinton’s handling of official government records.

Mr. Netanyahu survived the election, and the U.S. spending was not deemed illegal because the State Department never put any conditions on the money. Investigators also said OneVoice didn’t turn explicitly political until days after the grant period ended.

“The State Department ignored warnings signs and funded a politically active group in a politically sensitive environment with inadequate safeguards,” said Sen. Rob Portman, chairman of the investigative subcommittee. “It is completely unacceptable that U.S. taxpayer dollars were used to build a political campaign infrastructure that was deployed — immediately after the grant ended — against the leader of our closest ally in the Middle East. American resources should be used to help our allies in the region, not undermine them.”

Sen. Claire McCaskill, the ranking Democrat on the subcommittee, said the Obama administration followed the law.

But she said their investigation exposed “deficiencies” in the State Department’s policies.

OneVoice had been politically active in Israel’s 2013 elections, which should have been a red flag to U.S. officials to put strict controls on how American taxpayers’ money was spent, the investigation said.

While it wouldn’t have necessarily disqualified the group, the State Department should have written a specific prohibition against using American money to influence a foreign election, the subcommittee said.

It’s part of a pattern of bad behavior at the State Department. The Government Accountability Office reviewed more than five dozen department grants and found officials cut corners and missed red flags in 80 percent of them.

The State Department didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

July 12, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Government waste. Leave a comment.

Swedish politician: Migrant rape isn’t as bad

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/214479#.V3rZCDXu9_k

Swedish politician: Migrant rape isn’t as bad

Feminist Left Party politician Barbro Sörman says it’s ‘worse’ when Swedish men rape women than when immigrants do it.

July 4, 2016

Swedish Left Party politician Barbro Sörman has suggested that it’s “worse” when Swedish men rape women, than when immigrants do so.

“The Swedish men who rape do it despite the growing gender equality. They make an active choice. It’s worse imo [in my opinion],” Sörman tweeted.

Sörman, a self-described socialist and a feminist, made the observation in response to what she claimed was excessive media focus on the fact that most of the rapes in Sweden are committed by immigrants.

She explained that Swedish men are brought up in a society that believes in gender equality and therefore should be held to higher standards than migrants, who come from cultures where women are treated as second-rate citizens.

When faced with a storm of indignation, she tried to walk back the comments and admitted that her sentiments had been “clumsily expressed”.

She later deleted her Twitter account altogether.

‘Rape capital’

Sweden is widely known as the rape capital of Europe. It has been noted that Muslim immigrants are massively over represented in the official rape statistics.

Sweden has the fastest growing population in Europe, due nearly totally to the influx of Arabs and Muslims from the Middle East.  At the same time, its crime rate has increased astronomically: In 1975, 421 rapes were reported to the police; in 2014, it was 6,620.

“77.6 percent of the country’s rapists are identified as “foreigners” (and that’s significant because in Sweden, ‘foreigner’ is generally synonymous with ‘immigrant from Muslim country’), wrote conservative columnist Selwyn Duke. ‘And even this likely understates the issue, since the Swedish government — in an effort to obscure the problem — records second-generation Muslim perpetrators simply as ‘Swedes.’”

Conservative politicians who try to draw attention to this problem have been charged with hate crimes, while some Swedish rape victims are said to be reluctant to report sexual assaults to police because they fear it may “offend” the perpetrators.

Ingrid Carlqvist – editor-in-chief of Dispatch International – has written that “Sweden is fast approaching a complete collapse. More and more municipalities are raising the alarm that if the migrants keep coming at this pace, the government can no longer guarantee normal service to its citizens… If the migrant wave keeps coming, in 10-15 years, Swedes will be a minority in their own country.”

July 4, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , . Religion, Violent crime. 4 comments.

Donald Trump Could Be the Military-Industrial Complex’s Worst Nightmare

https://www.thenation.com/article/donald-trump-could-be-the-military-industrial-complexs-worst-nightmare/

Donald Trump Could Be the Military-Industrial Complex’s Worst Nightmare

The Republican front-runner is against nation building. Imagine that.

By William Greider

March 23, 2016

Let’s admit it. As political provocateur, Donald Trump has a dizzy kind of genius. He feints to the right, then he spins to the left. Either way, the hot subject for political chatter becomes Donald Trump.

This week, while people everywhere were fretting over his violent talk, the candidate came to Washington and dropped a peace bomb on the neocon editorial writers at The Washington Post and the war lobby. Trump wants to get the United States out of fighting other people’s wars. He thinks maybe NATO has outlived its usefulness. He asks why Americans are still paying for South Korea’s national defense. Or Germany’s or Saudi Arabia’s.

“I do think it’s a different world today and I don’t think we should be nation-building anymore,” Trump said. “I think it’s proven not to work. And we have a different country than we did then. You know we have $19 trillion in debt. We’re sitting probably on a bubble, and, you know, it’s a bubble that if it breaks is going to be very nasty. And I just think we have to rebuild our country.”

Will anybody give him an amen? Yes, lots of folks. People who read The Nation (myself included) have been saying something similar for a long time. So have libertarian Republicans on the right. But this sort of thinking is mega-heresy among the political establishment of both parties. The foreign-policy operators consider themselves in charge of the “indispensable nation.”

This new Trump talk is definitely career-threatening for the military-industrial complex. It was particularly playful of Trump to choose The Washington Post as the place to drop his bomb; after all, it’s the Post that has made itself such a righteous preacher for endless war-making.

The Donald, usually bellicose in style and substance, is singing, “Give peace a chance.” What does his detour portend for national policy? We can’t know for sure, since Trump also has a tendency to casually contradict himself before different audiences. Later on the same day, he addressed AIPAC’s convention and sounded like a warrior for Zion. He got thunderous applause after making the ritual promises that candidates from both parties always make at AIPAC meetings.

But Trump has, in his usual unvarnished manner, kicked open the door to an important and fundamental foreign-policy debate. It is far more profound than the disputes we usually hear between hawks and doves. He’s proposing a radical standard for testing US policy abroad, both in war and peace: Is it actually in America’s interest? Or has US global strategy become a dangerous hangover from the glory years, when Washington armed and organized nations for the Cold War?

Whatever happened in past decades, Trump insists that this US ambition always to be in charge is now actively damaging our country, wasting scarce treasure and drawing us into other people’s conflicts. The Post opinionators must have choked on his words.

“I watched as we built schools in Iraq and they’d be blown up,” Trump told the editors. “And we’d build another one and it would get blown up. And we would rebuild it three times. And yet we can’t build a school in Brooklyn.… at what point do you say hey, we have to take care of ourselves. So, you know, I know the outer world exists and I’ll be very cognizant of that but at the same time, our country is disintegrating, large sections of it, especially in the inner cities.”

Trump has thus shrewdly articulated what ought to be a vital subject for debate in 2016. Instead, I suspect, he will be inundated with lordly rebukes by the policy elites. And the editorial writers will explain how half-baked and dangerous his ideas are to the future of mankind.

We can imagine the labels they’ll haul out from history: Protectionist. Nationalist. Isolationist. America Firster. His challenging proposition reminds me of my childhood, because I grew up in idyllic small-town Ohio, where those skeptical views of “foreign entanglements” defined the Republican Party (there weren’t many Democrats in my home town, and they mostly kept quiet).

As teenagers, we grew up as Robert A. Taft Republicans and deeply suspicious of the “Eastern Establishment,” who looked down on us as Midwestern bumpkins. The decisive election was 1952, when Taft lost the GOP nomination to a genuine national hero, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower. We were heartbroken. In the Midwest we lived in the middle of a great big country and could reasonably feel that we should stay out of other people’s troubles. The Cold War pretty much destroyed that common sense.

Ike’s victory ratified America’s commitment to developing a new world order of global alliances and foreign military deployments. That order seemed like the right thing to do 60 years ago, but now it falls to an outsider named Trump to demand fundamental reconsideration.

I suspect most Americans would agree with Trump’s tough questions, but are not sure of the answers (neither, perhaps, is he). Plus, in these insecure times, people do not wish to sound unpatriotic. In my hometown, we quickly fell in love with Eisenhower the moderate Republican, who resisted the party’s hard right (who thought Ike was a commie).

At the end of his second presidential term, Eisenhower, the general who won World War II in Europe, was warning us about the dangers of something he called the “military-industrial complex.” I wonder what he would tell us today.

June 23, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Military. 1 comment.

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