February 27, 2015
The Clinton Foundation accepted millions of dollars from seven foreign governments during Hillary Rodham Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, including one donation that violated its ethics agreement with the Obama administration, foundation officials disclosed Wednesday.
Most of the contributions were possible because of exceptions written into the foundation’s 2008 agreement, which included limits on foreign-government donations.
The agreement, reached before Clinton’s nomination amid concerns that countries could use foundation donations to gain favor with a Clinton-led State Department, allowed governments that had previously donated money to continue making contributions at similar levels.
Now I’m no political genius or legal expert but I sure remember some documents I had to agree to while working for the government with a security clearance that dealt with foreign interests. The part that amazes me is not that Hillary and Bill have had so much foreign ties, it’s that the American public for the most part see nothing wrong with it. Well that’s the few American that can even name their leadership.
Ethics and rule of law have been subverted overtly for many years now with no consequences to those in power.
We will find in a few years that the eight years of the Obama administration were very destructive to the United States and the concepts of government laid out by the founders.
The Republican? Don’t expect much from them. Hell they don’t have a clue what to do in either the senate or the house.
February 24, 2015
Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald has admitted that he lied about serving in the special operations forces in a conversation with a homeless veteran that was caught on camera earlier this year.
We keep picking only the best to represent us.
But then again, hell aren’t we all special? I mean the Army went to cool ass black berets because everyone should feel as special as Army Rangers.
Robert MacDonald was picked to clean up the VA not for his military service. Oh wait.. hum Well anyway truth really isn’t that important in the big picture. As long as he contributes to the correct narrative.
Look folks all kidding aside, you don’t misremember shit like that.
February 19, 2015
WASHINGTON – President Obama defended his administration’s approach to the terror threat at a White House summit Wednesday, standing by claims that groups like the Islamic State do not represent Islam — as well as assertions that job creation could help combat extremism.
How’s about the President focus on jobs here for citizens (not illegals) before we piss away more money overseas on jobs fraud.
This president is a lot like a doll that only has a couple of sentences when its string is pulled.
Or, maybe this President has a very good plan. It’s just one that most of us would find a detriment to the country.
February 19, 2015
Emails reveal sensitive info left exposed after US pullout from Yemen
Internal State Department emails reviewed by Fox News reveal that as security unraveled in Yemen, U.S. personnel were scrambling to finalize their exit plan and were so uncertain about what would happen that procedures for safeguarding sensitive information were bypassed — with permission from Washington.
The unclassified emails reveal staff on the ground in Yemen, as well as senior department executives in Washington, were concerned the evacuation might go bad and left a communication network running at the embassy in case staff had to return. The emails point to uncertainty on the ground amid fast-moving developments, even as the Obama administration downplayed any irregularities.
"It wasn’t hasty," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki insisted on Fox News’ "The Kelly File" on Feb. 12, a day after the evacuation.
Holy sh*t Batman have we forgotten all security procedures or do we just ignore them now. Are there any adults left in the government?
Asked about the emails on Wednesday, Psaki said: "We successfully moved our personnel out. And I think that’s what everybody should be focused on."
No lady it’s not. The fact that we can’t seem to protect our people, equipment or operational information these days seems to indicate a larger issue, like gross governmental incompetence.
February 18, 2015
(Reuters) – The Republican-led House Committee on Homeland Security is challenging an Obama administration plan to admit Syrian refugees to the United States, saying it could allow potential terrorists to sneak into the country.
In a letter sent to the White House, Michael McCaul, who chairs the Homeland Security Committee and Peter King and Candice Miller, who chair subcommittees, said the administration’s plan "raises serious national security concerns."
The letter, dated Wednesday, said the United States lacks the resources to fully investigate the backgrounds of refugees from Syria, a base for Islamic State militants, before they are admitted to the country.
Anne Richard, an Assistant Secretary of State, said on Dec. 9 that the United States resettled nearly 70,000 refugees from nearly 70 countries in 2013 and that the administration’s refugee plans would lead to "resettling Syrians as well."
It appears the best way to create a path for jihadist to the west, Europe and the US, is to create chaos in your home country. We have some sort of self destruct mode that feels the need to open the gates to people we have no way to screen and only adds to our ever growing welfare rolls while allowing potential terrorist in. Add to that list those that may not be terrorist but simply won’t integrate into our society and you have a mess.
February 18, 2015
"We’re killing a lot of them, and we’re going to keep killing more of them. … But we cannot win this war by killing them," department spokeswoman Marie Harf said on MSNBC’s "Hardball." "We need … to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups, whether it’s lack of opportunity for jobs, whether –"
…Harf continued to argue that the U.S. should work with other countries to "help improve their governance" and "help them build their economies so they can have job opportunities for these people."
She acknowledged there’s "no easy solution" and said the U.S. would still take out ISIS leaders. But Harf said: "If we can help countries work at the root causes of this — what makes these 17-year-old kids pick up an AK-47 instead of trying to start a business?" …
Is there really any hope left? This is another example of a corrupt administration that hires naive, at best storytellers.
“But we cannot win this war by killing them”. Umm.. seems to me we did just that with the NAZIs and the Japanese. It wasn’t a jobs program that stopped Hitler from taking Europe. But then again history is soooo old fashioned.
Islamic State militants have burned alive 45 people in the western Iraqi town of al-Baghdadi, its local police chief told the BBC Tuesday.
February 15, 2015
Obama’s November announcement paves the way for up to 4 million illegal immigrants to obtain Social Security numbers and work permits. After some initial confusion, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told Congress this week that this would make them eligible for what’s known as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) providing they’ve been working.
"If you get a Social Security number, you can then file for this year if you’re working, and if you earned income in the three years before that and filed, you’ll be eligible," Koskinen told a House oversight committee hearing.
Further, he said, they would likely be able to get that credit even if they hadn’t filed for three years. According to some estimates, the tax credit combined with others could add up to billions over the next decade.
No, this news isn’t a surprise. It goes right along with the issuing of drivers licenses and SSN Cards. By the time this President leaves office there really won’t be a need for the Customs and Border Protection Agency.
Soon citizenship will have no meaning.
February 14, 2015
WH counter terror official says that US intelligence was caught off guard.
Nobody saw the Yemen fiasco coming?
It’s seems we either have a very incompetent group of intelligence people working for us (not the case) or our intelligence leadership isn’t very good at listening (possible) or finally, our civilian leadership has their ears and eyes closed. They are probably too busy taking selfies, making videos and playing golf.
The White House’s top counterterrorism official admitted Thursday that the overthrow of Yemen’s government by Shiite rebels last month caught U.S. intelligence off guard.
Nick Rasmussen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, told the Senate Intelligence Committee that the Yemeni army’s response to the advancing Houthi rebels resembled the Iraqi military’s response to an onslaught by the Islamic State terror group (ISIS) that ended in the capture of Iraq’s second-largest city this past summer.
"As the Houthi advances toward Sanaa [Yemen’s capital] took place," Rasmussen said, "they weren’t opposed in many places. … The situation deteriorated far more rapidly than we expected."
February 13, 2015
It can be funny how a movie can get you thinking about simple items like lunch boxes. Recently I watched the Indian film the lunchbox. A story about an unhappy wife who tries to make a good lunch for her husband hoping he will appreciate the effort. The lunchbox gets mixed up and a lonely accountant gets the box instead. The rest of the movie involves notes to each other through the daily lunchbox meals. It’s a very good and movie. But the point is that the lunch box used in the movie may be strange to American audiences. It was for me anyway.
I grew up with the standard Stanley type lunch box. A rectangle filled with a thermos on top and room for a sandwich and snacks on the bottom.
But in the movie the lunchbox itself looks like a thermos with multiple layers of bowls sitting on top of each other.
[picture from movie]
In the past few years when I’ve taken my own lunch to work I’ve usually used multiple plastic containers inside of a cooler type box. It works but generally isn’t great for hot soups or having both hot and cold items in the same container.
So I started looking around and found the following types of lunchboxes. They seem much more practical. While they are a bit more expensive than the cooler/plastic container they just might be worth the money.
February 12, 2015
Brian Williams apparently fabricated a story about being shot at while flying in a helicopter in Iraq back in 2003, then told this fabrication numerous times. Should he be fired from NBC?
On the face of the reports it seems Williams lied on TV. If this was just in a barroom or some cocktail party it wouldn’t matter a wit. But for someone whose job it is to report the news it would seem accuracy and truthfulness would be kind of important.
Now as we look back at other reports they also appear a bit enhanced. It’s reported that he once said he saw a body or bodies floating by in New Orleans. The word is he was in the French Quarter where it did not really flood that much. I was in New Orleans not long after the Hurricane supporting the security efforts and the French Quarter didn’t look any different than it had a couple of years earlier when I had been there before the flood. But then in reality New Orleans didn’t look much different anywhere as far as I could tell.
But I don’t know what he actually said and frankly the news business is so bad now that I don’t know if it really matters one way or the other. I didn’t watch him anyway.
Update: check out the Diplomad’s take on this.
There is something in the progressive mind-set that promotes, nay, requires compulsive lying. We see it in John Kerry and his fake stories of secret missions in Cambodia and his flying dog; Hillary Clinton and her Bosnian snipers; Susan Rice and her video explanation for Benghazi; Eric Holder with Fast and Furious; and even FDR who famously said these words now engraved on his DC monument,
I have seen war. I have seen war on land and sea. I have seen blood running from the wounded. I have seen men coughing out their gassed lungs. I have seen the dead in the mud. I have seen cities destroyed. I have seen 200 limping, exhausted men come out of line—the survivors of a regiment of 1,000 that went forward 48 hours before. I have seen children starving. I have seen the agony of mothers and wives. I hate war.
In fact, of course, he saw none of these horrors. Those things tend not to happen in Hyde Park, New York.