Wednesday, February 5, 2014

MSM Collapsing: NY Times Now “Irrelevant,” According to its Own Writers

MSM Collapsing: NY Times Now “Irrelevant,” According to its Own Writers

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Opinion pieces have no impact on public discourse as statist media sinks
Paul Joseph Watson
February 5, 2014
Image: New York Times Building (Wikimedia Commons).
In another example of how the mainstream media is in a state of collapse, the New York Times’s own writers told a newspaper that NY Times opinion pieces are now seen as “irrelevant” and have no impact on public discourse whatsoever.
This is a stunning turnaround from as little as five years ago, when a New York Times opinion piece was viewed with respect and held a certain level of gravitas.
The New York Observer interviewed more than two dozen current and former NY Times writers, virtually all of whom were unanimous in acknowledging that the Old Gray Lady is becoming increasingly insignificant.
“I think the editorials are viewed by most reporters as largely irrelevant, and there’s not a lot of respect for the editorial page,” one source told the newspaper. “The editorials are dull, and that’s a cardinal sin.”
“They’re completely reflexively liberal, utterly predictable, usually poorly written and totally ineffectual,” said another. “I mean, just try and remember the last time that anybody was talking about one of those editorials. You know, I can think of one time recently, which is with the [Edward] Snowden stuff, but mostly nobody pays attention, and millions of dollars is being spent on that stuff.”
This is yet another consequence of the fact that more and more people are turning away from mainstream media as a result of its habitual efforts to twist the truth and deceive the public in order to serve the interests of the state.
The corporate press is in a blind panic because it is quickly losing its ability to dictate reality and shape narratives, which is why people like Hillary Clinton have bemoaned the fact that the establishment is “losing the Infowar” to newly emerging media sources.
In 2012, the New York Times reported a net loss of 85% on earnings as a result of lost advertising revenue due to dwindling readership figures, but they are actually not doing too badly in comparison to other mainstream news outlets.
From November 2012 to November 2013, MSNBC lost almost half its viewers over the course of just 12 months, shedding 45 per cent of its audience. CNN also lost 48 per cent of its viewers over the same time period.
The corporate press’ refusal to challenge authority and cover real issues has also led to record high levels of distrust in media. Last year, a Gallup poll found that just 23 per cent of Americans trust the institution of television news.
Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for and Prison He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a host for Infowars Nightly News.
This article was posted: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 10:38 am

Speaker Boehner, find the courage to establish a Benghazi select committee

Speaker Boehner, find the courage to establish a Benghazi select committee
Written by Allen West on February 5, 2014
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This morning I had a chance to visit with a former colleague, someone for whom I have the utmost respect, Virginia Representative Frank Wolf. Rep. Wolf is the author of House Resolution 36, which calls for a Benghazi select committee with subpoena powers to formally and singularly focus on the incidents surrounding the US Consulate attack in Benghazi Libya.

Rep. Wolf shared with me today that he now has 182 cosponsors, all from the House GOP. One has to ask if the Democrats are more aligned with their political party or truth? The 182 cosponsors represent approximately 80 percent of the House Republican conference, and according to former Speaker Dennis Hastert, meet the standard of the “Hastert Rule,” a majority of the majority. Yet this piece of legislation is blocked from being brought to the House floor for a vote.

Rep. Wolf and I mused — actually we both became infuriated — considering how in the State of New Jersey Democrats have established a select committee and are pursuing subpoenas against Governor Chris Christie over traffic lanes being closed. Is it possible that traffic lane closures are more important than the abandonment, murder, and lying that hangs like a dark cloud over the events of September 11, 2012? Have we become so degraded that we do not see the utterly despicable hypocrisy of the Democrats in New Jersey and the liberal progressive media?

Over the weekend, we witnessed the arrogant dismissal of President Obama, who has already referred to Benghazi as a “phony scandal,” as he chided Bill O’Reilly, stating that Benghazi, among other nefarious actions, are just talking points driven by Fox News. The belligerence of President Obama has been enabled by a House GOP leadership reluctant to stop the diluted process of five different committees who must ask for information by way of FOIA requests. Just yesterday before a House Intelligence Committee hearing, Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, and others were asked when will someone be held responsible for the incidents surrounding Benghazi? The question was met with nearly 10 seconds of silence.

Losing an American Ambassador is not the new normal. Abandoning brave Americans to die is not the new normal. Supplying arms to Islamic terrorist and jihadists and running a covert weapons program is treasonous and represents high crimes and misdemeanors.

And liberals, just stop it. Stop telling America there is nothing there. You all know that if it were Speaker Pelosi and a Republican president, there would have been a select committee, an incessant screech calling for impeachment, and calls for imprisonment. If Democrats can become frenzied over the closing of traffic lanes and create a select committee to investigate a Republican governor, we all know what you would do in this case to a Republican President — lying hypocrites that you all are.

However, I am beginning to develop an even stronger concern about House GOP leadership, primarily Speaker John Boehner. Speaker Boehner, you know very well, your approach on this has not been effective. President Obama and Hillary Clinton, as well as the entire Democrat party are laughing at you. You have a majority of your conference supporting this select committee — explain why you do not? It can’t be that resources do not exist and there’s not enough time.

Here is my recommendation. Select five individuals to make up this committee, three Republican and two Democrat. We don’t need a committee of pontificators who will not get to the bottom of this. I recommend you select from House GOP Representatives Jim Jordan, Jason Chaffetz, and Trey Gowdy as head of the Select Committee. I really don’t care who the House Democrats are since they lack any integrity and concern on the matter. They’d all be the same. If you do not want a select committee, then appoint a special investigator with subpoena powers. I would be happy to volunteer. All I ask for is a staff of five and cranberry juice.

Whether you pursue a select committee or special investigator with subpoena powers here is the initial list to be called: President Obama, Valerie Jarrett, Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, Leon Panetta, General David Petraeus, John Brennan, Victoria Nuland, Michael Morell, General Carter Ham, General Martin Dempsey. As well, they would need to have their Chiefs of Staff prepared for subpoena and testimony. This would be a public hearing and all subpoenaed would present themselves in person before the committee.

Speaker Boehner, this should make you angry — angry at what happened in Benghazi, which cannot be the new normal. I implore you to find the courage to make the right decision and establish the select committee with subpoena powers on Benghazi, and operations in Libya. If you cannot find the courage to do so, Americans will see it as one of two things: cowardice or complicit. Neither are good, combined they are disheartening.

Speaker Boehner, Thomas Paine once stated, “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in the crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it NOW, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”

The choice is yours, summer soldier and sunshine patriot, or will you win the love and thanks of all Americans? One thing I know, in keeping with the finest traditions of our Founding Fathers from Virginia, Representative Frank Wolf has earned the love and thanks of man and woman, especially those who lost their loved ones at Benghazi.

Your inaction is one of two things: cowardice or complicit. Neither are good, combined they are disheartening.

Cats In A Sandbox: John McCain Throws A Syria Fit; Lindsey Graham Apologizes To Syrian Christians For His Behavior

Cats In A Sandbox: John McCain Throws A Syria Fit; Lindsey Graham Apologizes To Syrian Christians For His Behavior

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Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), so devoted to supporting “our” moderate “friends” (a.k.a. Islamist terrorists with al-Qaida ties) in the Free Syrian Army, became incensed during a meeting with Syrian Christian leaders visiting the Capitol recently, allegedly yelling angrily after the clergymen voiced their concern that Western leaders have turned a blind eye to Christian persecution at the hands of Syrian rebel groups.
According to a Judicial Watch report today, an unnamed, high-level source present at the meeting said McCain stalked into the Senate Arms Services Committee meeting room, where three Democratic Senators and South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham, along with the Syrians, were waiting for him to join them.
But McCain was already agitated from having to listen to the Syrians’ concerns about how American policies aren’t helping Christians caught in the middle of Syria’s civil conflict. Evidently, he raised such a stink that Senator Graham found himself in the unique position of having to apologize for his fellow neocon’s temper tantrum.
From Judicial Watch:
…Senator McCain, an Arizona Republican, evidently doesn’t want to hear negative stories about the rebels he’s working to arm. So he stormed out of a closed-door meeting with the Syrian clergy officials last week.
… McCain marched into the committee room yelling, according to a high-level source that attended the meeting, and quickly stormed out. “He was incredibly rude,” the source told Judicial Watch “because he didn’t think the Syrian church leaders should even be allowed in the room.” Following the shameful tantrum McCain reentered the room and sat briefly but refused to make eye contact with the participants, instead ignoring them by looking down at what appeared to be random papers.
The outburst was so embarrassing that Senator Graham, also an advocate of U.S. military intervention in Syria, apologized for McCain’s disturbing outburst. “Graham actually apologized to the group for McCain’s behavior,” according to the source, who sat through the entire meeting. “It was truly unbelievable.”

GOP Senator Apologizes for McCain Tantrum at Syrian Christian Leader Meeting

GOP Senator Apologizes for McCain Tantrum at Syrian Christian Leader Meeting

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Hell-bent on arming opposition forces in Syria—despite strong evidence that they’re run by Islamic terrorists—John McCain displayed behavior unbecoming of a United States Senator during a recent meeting with Syrian Christian leaders touring Capitol Hill.
The delegation of Syrian clergy came to Washington to raise awareness among lawmakers of the growing crisis among the region’s minority Christian community. Christians make up about 10% of the Syrian population and they are being targeted and ruthlessly murdered by radical elements of the rebel forces, according to the visiting church officials. They say the media and human rights groups in the west have been largely silent on the ordeal of the Christians in Syria.
A number of churches have been destroyed or burned, children were killed when rebels fired mortar rockets at an Armenian Christian school in Damascus and countless others have been abducted by Islamic fighters, the Syrian delegation reveals in a statement published by the research group, Westminster Institute, that brought them to Washington. Eleven nuns have also been abducted and are still in captivity and two bishops are still missing after getting kidnapped during a humanitarian mission.
But Senator McCain, an Arizona Republican, evidently doesn’t want to hear negative stories about the rebels he’s working to arm. So he stormed out of a closed-door meeting with the Syrian clergy officials last week. Held in the Senate Arms Services Committee meeting room, the reunion also included senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Graham is a Republican and the rest are Democrats.
McCain marched into the committee room yelling, according to a high-level source that attended the meeting, and quickly stormed out. “He was incredibly rude,” the source told Judicial Watch “because he didn’t think the Syrian church leaders should even be allowed in the room.” Following the shameful tantrum McCain reentered the room and sat briefly but refused to make eye contact with the participants, instead ignoring them by looking down at what appeared to be random papers.
The outburst was so embarrassing that Senator Graham, also an advocate of U.S. military intervention in Syria, apologized for McCain’s disturbing outburst. “Graham actually apologized to the group for McCain’s behavior,” according to the source, who sat through the entire meeting. “It was truly unbelievable.”
Not really, for those familiar with McCain’s history on this matter. The veteran lawmaker is enamored with a controversial young “Syria expert,” Elizabeth O’Bagy, who has managed to convince him as well as the president and secretary of state that Syrian rebels are mostly moderate and not terrorists. While persuading the U.S. of this, O’Bagy concealed that she was a political director for the Syrian Emergency Task Force (SETF), a group that advocates for Syria’s rebels from Washington D.C.
Before getting exposed by conservative media outlets, O’Bagy claimed to be an objective analyst at a Washington D.C. think-tank that studies military affairs when in fact she had a “reputation as the leading expert on the armed opposition in the Syrian revolution,” according to SETF. In September O’Bagy was abruptly fired from the think-tank for padding her resume and McCain graciously hired her. “Elizabeth is a talented researcher, and I have been very impressed by her knowledge and analysis in multiple briefings over the last year,” McCain said in a statement to the political news publication that broke the story in late September.
Besides the fact that a Syrian Islamist group is essentially steering U.S. policy, a number of domestic and international media outlets have confirmed that terrorists—mainly Al Qaeda—are running opposition forces in Syria. For instance the New York Times published a piece that reveals Islamist rebels—including the most extreme groups in the notorious Al Nusra Front, an Al Qaeda-aligned force—are running the show in Syria. “The Islamist character of the opposition reflects the main constituency of the rebellion,” the story says. “Nowhere in rebel-controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force to speak of.”
Incredibly, last month an international news agency reported that Congress secretly approved U.S. weapons flow to what officials describe as “moderate” Syrian rebel factions. The White House refused to comment on the back-door operation, but the story cites U.S. and European officials who say the weapons deliveries have been funded by the U.S. Congress, in votes behind closed doors, through the end of government fiscal year 2014.

U.S. Intelligence: At Least 50 Americans Fighting Alongside Al-Qaeda In Syria…

U.S. Intelligence: At Least 50 Americans Fighting Alongside Al-Qaeda In Syria…

I’m sure they will return and lead peaceful lives.
WASHINGTON — At least 50 Americans have joined the mix of extremist groups that are fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad, and some could try to mount terrorist attacks at home, U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday.
Intelligence officials say the Syrian civil war has become one of the biggest magnets for Islamic extremists around the globe since CIA-backed militants fought to oust Soviet troops from Afghanistan in the 1980s, a war that ultimately gave rise to Al Qaeda.
James Clapper, the U.S. director of national intelligence, told the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday that “7,500 or so” foreign fighters are in Syria from 50 countries. Clapper had cited an estimate of 7,000 at a Senate hearing last week.
A U.S. intelligence official told The Times that the total includes at least 50 Americans, a more concrete estimate than authorities have given previously. He declined to be identified because he was not authorized to discuss the figure publicly.
A report in January by the Israel-based Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center estimated that as many as 1,800 people from European countries have also fought in Syria.
CIA Director John Brennan said Tuesday that Al Qaeda is training foreign fighters at camps in Syria and neighboring Iraq

Bullied 11-year-old ‘brony’ clings to life following suicide attempt

Bullied 11-year-old ‘brony’ clings to life following suicide attempt

to the mom of this child i will pray for him god will heal him 

Boy "teased mercilessly," called gay over his love of "My Little Pony"
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. — An 11-year-old boy clings to life and may have suffered brain damage following a suicide attempt last month.
Family members say Michael Morones was repeatedly bullied at school and called gay because he was a fan of the children’s television cartoon “My Little Pony.”
Michael Morones
Michael Morones
Michael’s mother, Tiffany Morones-Suttle, told WTVD-TV in Raleigh that her son was teased mercilessly over his love for the show, that although it has a predominantly female audience, also draws male enthusiasts of all ages who are referred to as “bronies.”
His stepfather, Shannon Suttle, said, “Michael was upset because the kids were calling him gay for liking a girls’ TV show. His mom and I, well, we told him that it didn’t matter what other people think. It only matters what he thinks.”
Michael’s favorite “My Little Pony” character is Pinkie Pie, a hyper excitable pony.
His parent say that Michael, who has ADHD and rarely sits still for a minute, feels a connection to bouncy Pinkie Pie.
“He’s the kid that never walks. He dances everywhere,” his mother says. “He’s so full of energy. He’s always on the move.”
“A few weeks ago, Michael told us he wanted to take the bus straight home after school, instead of going to the boys and girls club with the other kids,” Suttle told Carrie Goldman, a Chicago-based freelance writer and author. “And at the time, we thought it was because he wanted a chance to have the TV to himself for a couple hours before his brothers came home.“
Michael has a 13-year-old brother and a 5-year-old brother, and since the family has only one television, the boys often to argue over what they watch.
“But now,” Suttle said quietly, “I wonder about why he wanted to come home instead of being with the other kids. He said to us that the other kids were telling him he was gay for loving Pinkie Pie and they were trying to make him feel ashamed for being gay. We said that we didn’t care if he was gay or straight; he was our son and we would love him.”
On Jan. 23, Michael had another rough day at school. That night, his parents found him hanging from the top rail of his bunk bed. Now, Michael continues to cling to life and his parents say his prognosis is uncertain.
“We won’t know for months how much is going to heal,” his mother said. “It could even be years before we find out what potential for healing he has.”
Fans of the show have donated money to help pay his medical bills, and there is a “Michael Morones Recovery Fund” on, which has raised over $50,000 as of Wednesday evening.
Members of the show’s cast have also recorded personal messages for Michael’s parents to play for him.
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Harry Reid Celebrates CBO Report of Job Loss Caused by Obamacare as ‘Free Agency’

Harry Reid Celebrates
Harry Reid praised the CBO’s findings that Obamacare will cause over 2.3 million people to lose their jobs by 2021. Speaking with reporters outside of a luncheon, Reid shared his ridiculous and convoluted attempt at a football analogy to celebrate the rise of unemployment in America.

“We have the CBO report, which rightfully says, that people shouldn’t have job lock. If they — we live in a country where there should be free agency. People can do what they want.  And what they’re saying here is — and the fact checkers have already done this — the Republicans talk about losing millions of jobs simply isn’t true. It allows people to get out of a job they’re locked into, because of — they have healthcare in their job.”
“So my caucus is right on track to understand this. The CBO report is far better for us than it’s not. Republicans should get away from repeal and start talking about some constructive ways to handle the issues that they’re concerned about.”
Reid undoubtedly attempted that analogy because this report was released just a few days after the completion of the Super Bowl. However, in the world of sports, the definition of free agency is a person who is able to act freely without being controlled by someone else.
However, people have always been able to do what they want. Sure, at times, some professions, such as the financial services industry or lawyers, sign contracts with their firms. But, even then, there is a way out of the contract should you choose an early exit.
But, this distorted narrative pushed by Reid to lead people to believe that everyone is ‘locked into jobs due to healthcare’ is simply a continuation of the twisted spin by the progressive Democrats to demonize the health insurance industry and corporations. It also continues their tendency to focus on ‘choice’ when it is convenient for them. But, what about the choice of those who don’t want to lose their jobs or don’t want to see their hours cut. Are they to see this negative impact on their lives due to an over-controlling government as a good thing simply because Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and Barack Obama say so?
In his statement to reporters, Reid says that people losing millions of jobs isn’t true. He attempts to lessen the severity of the CBO statement by saying that people won’t be ‘locked into their job’.
The exact CBO statement is as follows. (emphasis mine)
“CBO estimates that the ACA will reduce the total number of hours worked, on net, by about 1.5 to 2 percent during the period from 2017 to 2024, almost entirely because workers will choose to supply less labor—given the new taxes and other incentives they will face and the financial benefits some will receive,” said the report. 
“The reduction in CBO’s projections of hours worked represents a decline in the number of full-time-equivalent workers of about 2.0 million in 2017, rising to about 2.5 million in 2024.”
Reid would like Americans to believe that those workers who choose to supply less labor are doing so happily and simply because they are relieved to no longer have ‘job lock’.
However, there are key words in this report that Reid conveniently, and not surprisingly, chooses to ignore. Those words are ‘given the new taxes’.
Harry Reid and his fellow Democrats, in continuing to spin the negative effects on the livelihood of Americans due to Obamacare are clearly demonstrating the ultimate in big government, elitist attitude – ‘Damn the facts. Ignore the reality. We know what is best for you.’
So desperate is the left to salvage and prop up Barack Obama’s signature legislation that millions of Americans losing their jobs, seeing hours cut, and pay reduced is spun as a good thing. But, this should come as no surprise. After all, the left spent months diminishing the negative impact of ObamaCare on those who were losing the policies that Barack Obama guaranteed they could keep by stating that it ‘only impacted 5% of Americans’. It’s bad enough that the experience of those losing their insurance, not by choice, was flippantly disregarded. It turns out, this number repeated ad nauseum was a lie.
Those millions of Americans who want to work, but are seeing their work hours cut or eliminated, will likely not be joining in the celebration of their loss with Harry Reid. Who would have thought we would see a day in America when the American dream was sold to the people by the government as working less and living more off the government dole. But, with a president hell-bent on fundamentally transforming America and a yes-man Congress readily allowing him to do so, even if his actions are unconstitutional, Americans shouldn’t be surprised that the Democrat Majority Leader in the Senate is reveling in their job loss. At this rate, America is headed further down the road of emulating the economic hardship and high unemployment of Greece. Is that the change that Americans were supposed to believe in?

Obama admin unilaterally changes law to allow immigrants with ‘limited’ terror contact into US

The Obama administration has issued new exemptions to a law that bars certain asylum-seekers and refugees who provided “limited material support” to terrorists who are believed to pose no threat from the U.S.
The Department of Homeland Security and the State Department published the new exemptions Wednesday in the Federal Register to narrow a ban in the Immigration and Nationality Act excluding refugees and asylum seekers who had provided limited material support, no matter how minor, to terrorists.
“These exemptions cover five kinds of limited material support that have adversely and unfairly affected refugees and asylum seekers with no tangible connection to terrorism: material support that was insignificant in amount or provided incidentally in the course of everyday social, commercial, family or humanitarian interactions, or under significant pressure,” a DHS official explained to The Daily Caller.
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and Secretary of State John Kerry signed the exemptions.
DHS contends that the law change is “commonsense” and that immigration procedures will remain the same in other respects.
“In addition to rigorous background vetting, including checks coordinated across several government agencies, these exemptions will only be applied on a case-by-case basis after careful review and all security checks have cleared,” the official added. “This exemption process is vital to advancing the U.S. government’s twin goal of protecting the world’s most vulnerable persons while ensuring U.S. national security and public safety.”
While the administration says the rule change is reasonable, former State Department official and current director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration StudiesJessica Vaughan questioned the administration’s right to unilaterally change the law.
“[T]here is a very legitimate question as to whether the administration actually has the authority to change the law in this way,” Vaughan wrote in an email to TheDC. “It seems to me that they are announcing that they will be disregarding yet another law written by Congress that they don’t like and are replacing it with their own guidelines, which in this case appear to be extremely broad and vague, and which are sure to be exploited by those seeking to game our generous refugee admissions program.”
According to DHS, Section 212(d)(3)(B) of the INA allows either the secretary of state or DHS secretary in consultation with each other and with the U.S. Attorney General “to determine that certain terrorism bars of the INA do not apply.”*
While Vaughan conceded that there are a number of immigrants seeking protection who have been denied due to unintentional contact with terrorists, she sees the exemptions as likely another opportunity for people to get around the system. (RELATED: Is spotty immigration enforcement to blame for MS-13 gang havoc?)
“If the recent past is any guide, those evaluating these cases will be ordered to ignore red flags in the applications, especially if the applicant is supported by one of the many advocacy groups that have the ear of senior DHS staff,” she explained. “The administration already approves of the admission of gang members as asylees and criminals in the DACA program and grants of prosecutorial discretion, so I don’t expect them to be troubled by the admission of terrorists and garden variety fraudsters in our refugee program.  This is how we end up with families like the Tsarnaev brothers [the Boston marathon bombers], who were originally admitted for political asylum.”
On the other side of the spectrum, Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy cheered the changes to that law passed by Congress following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
According to Leahy’s office, the senator has been pushing for such exemptions for years.
“The existing interpretation was so broad as to be unworkable. It resulted in deserving refugees and asylees being barred from the United States for actions so tangential and minimal that no rational person would consider them supporters of terrorist activities,” the Vermont Democrat said in a statement. “These changes help return our nation to its historic role as a welcoming sanctuary to the world’s most vulnerable populations. It is long past time to return common-sense to our refugee and asylum laws and these new exemptions are an important step in that process.”
There are the types of asylum or refugee status seekers who would have been previously barred from entering the U.S., according to DHS include:
1) Individuals who provided small or inconsequential amounts of support without an intent to further any terrorist or violent activities, such as a refugee who gave a bowl of rice to a member of an opposition group.
2) Individuals who, in the ordinary course of business transactions or social or family interactions, have incidentally provided support with no intent of abetting violent or terrorist activity.  For instance, an owner of a restaurant who serves food to any paying customer, even though he knows some of them are members of an opposition group; or a mother or father who-as any parent would-fed and clothed their young adult child, even when they knew their child is part of a resistance movement.
3) Individuals who have provided certain humanitarian assistance – for example, an aid worker who handed out bottled water and blankets to victims of a natural disaster or those displaced by civil conflict, some of whom happen to be members of an opposition group.
4) Individuals who have provided support under significant pressure that does not quite rise to the level of duress (for which there are already exemptions in place), but that is significant enough that anyone in the same situation would see no reasonable alternative and would do the same.  We have seen, for example, a farmer who regularly pays a toll to a resistance group in order to cross a bridge to take his food to market, or a Syrian refugee who pays an opposition group to gain safe passage out of Syria.
Vaughan pointed out that in some cases, only the word of the individual would be used to make a determination.
“In my experience as a former State Dept. consular official, I know that there are some qualified applicants that get excluded because we cannot be sure if they are truly associated with terrorist or criminal groups, but it is better to err on the side of caution when it comes to national security and public safety,” she explained. “After all, there are usually other resettlement options for these people – they don’t have to come to the U.S., even if that’s what they want.”
And while the changes will affect those seeking protection in the short term, the manner in which the Obama administration changed the law will not be lost on Republican skeptics of immigration reform in the long term.
“This glaring end-run around Congress underscores that immigration reform is doomed to failure,” a Senate GOP aide told TheDC.
* This article has been updated with additional information about the secretaries’ authority to change the law. 
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Administration Did Not Adequately Review Health Law Before Expanding ObamaCare Subsidies, Report Finds

Administration Did Not Adequately Review Health Law Before Expanding ObamaCare Subsidies, Report Finds

February 5, 2014
WASHINGTON – Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and the House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., released a joint report that finds the Obama Administration did not conduct an adequate review of key issues prior to expanding health insurance subsidies created by the Affordable Care Act.
In May 2012, IRS and Treasury issued a final rule, which according to many legal experts has added hundreds of billions of dollars in new, unauthorized spending. The rule made premium subsidies available for individuals purchasing insurance on federal exchanges, despite clear language in the Affordable Care Act that explicitly limits these subsidies to individuals in an “Exchange established by a State.”  It also expands the employer mandate tax to states with a federal exchange.
“The evidence gathered by the Committees indicates that neither IRS nor the Treasury Department conducted a serious or thorough analysis of the PPACA statute or the law’s legislative history with respect to the government’s authority to provide premium subsidies in exchanges established by the federal government,” the report states. “IRS and Treasury merely asserted that they possessed such authority without providing the Committees with evidence to indicate that they came to their conclusion through reasoned decision-making.”
Key Findings:
-          IRS and Treasury officials expressed concern that there was no authority to interpret federal exchanges as an “Exchange established by the State,” as was necessary to expand the subsidies.
-          The only written explanation by the IRS and Treasury before publishing the rule was a single paragraph with a single reason. The single reason was the entire basis for the IRS’ decision to expand subsides prior to the proposed rule.
-          IRS and Treasury have not provided evidence that they seriously considered the letters and comments made by at least 35 members of Congress who commented on the rule. Officials also did not consider the possibility that the tax credits were intentionally targeted to encourage states to establish their own exchanges.
You can read the full report here.

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Goal: 68 Million New Voters, Healthcare be Damned

Goal: 68 Million New Voters, Healthcare be Damned

Please review Mathew Boyle’s explosive article published at on Oct. 30, 2013: “Election Integrity Activists: ObamaCare is “Biggest Voter Registration Fraud Scheme in History.” In brief, ObamaCare has absolutely nothing to do with healthcare for all.
Matthew clearly documents 6 facts that allows any objective reader to accept his very reasonable conclusion.
1: Beginning in 2010, the Obama administration began savagely attacking Houston resident Catherine Engelbrecht, President of “True the Vote”, with personal and business IRS audits, DHS threats, FBI visits, Secret Service investigations, harassing OSHA and BATF investigations. Watch a brief overview of the government attacks she and her family endured. Ask yourself, why so much massive fury directed at a single citizen unless she posed a dire threat to exposing the truth?
2: 100% of ObamaCare exchange applicants will automatically receive a voter registration card in the mail, in a manner more egregious than Bill Clinton’s 1993 “Motor-Voter” law, without one single government official actually laying eyes on another human being. The ObamaCare exchange system is programmed to blindly accept all user input data at face value. Period.
3: Left wing political activists are proudly gloating over their aggressive plans to mine the ObamaCare exchange databases and leverage “Navigators” (hired from the ranks of ACORN, Labor Unions and activist community organizations) to go door-to-door, registering the poor, elderly and illegals to vote. 68 Million NEW Democrat voters is their stated mission.
4: Why should Barack Obama actually care about the website costs, end-to-end customer data security, destruction of the individual healthcare markets, exploding healthcare premiums, etc., if his TRUE goal is 68 million new voters and NOT a better healthcare system for all?
5: By merely accepting this premise: Obama is hell-bent on the fundamental transformation he promised in 2008, and knowing he is a lifelong advocate of Saul Alynski (author of Rules for Radical, a book dedicated to Lucifer), then the engineered ObamaCare chaos via an “ends justify the means” ideology is easily understood. Acceptance of Obama’s deep hatred of America is the hardest part of this equation.
6: Who has publicly and consistently demonstrated higher character, honesty, decency and personal credibility: Citizen Catherine Englebrect or President Barack Obama?
imageBarack ObamaIf the basic essence of this blockbuster expose is correct, Obama, the Democrat Party, failed GOP “leaders” and the left-wing, ideological cheerleaders in the mainstream media will have accomplished what the Soviet Union could not: the total destruction of America via economic ruin. If the so-called conservative Republican Party can’t accept the harsh reality of Barack Obama’s deep hatred of capitalism and his constant war against the very ideal of American Exceptionalism, we can not possibly expect to survive as a nation.
I pray so-called conservative sages like Dr. Charles Krauthammer, George Will, Bill O’Reilly, Fred Barnes, Jeb Bush, John Boehner and Mitch McConnell will accept the unlimited depths to which radical progressives like Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid will go to destroy the very fabric of free market capitalism.
May we continue to accept God’s blessings on our great nation.

Email: IRS’s Lerner, Treasury Department secretly drafted new rules to restrict nonprofits

Email: IRS’s Lerner, Treasury Department secretly drafted new rules to restrict nonprofits

The Obama administration’s Treasury Department and former IRS official Lois Lerner conspired to draft new 501(c)(4) regulations to restrict the activity of conservative groups in a way that would not be disclosed publicly, according to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
The Treasury Department and Lerner started devising the new rules “off-plan,” meaning that their plans would not be published on the public schedule. They planned the new rules in 2012, while the IRS targeting of conservative groups was in full swing, and not after the scandal broke in order to clarify regulations as the administration has suggested.
The rules place would place much more stringent controls on what would be considered political activity by the IRS, effectively limiting the standard practices of a wide array of non-profit groups.
“Don’t know who in your organizations is keeping tabs on c4s, but since we mentioned potentially addressing them (off -plan) in 2013, I’ve got my radar up and this seemed interesting…,” Treasury official Ruth Madrigal wrote in a June 14, 2012 email to Lerner and others obtained by Ways and Means and provided to The Daily Caller.
Ways and Means chairman Rep. Dave Camp blasted the off-the-record plan during a hearing Wednesday with IRS commissioner John Koskinen, and called for the administration’s newly proposed 501(c)(4) rules to be halted until criminal investigations into the IRS targeting scandal are complete.
“If Treasury and the IRS fabricated the rationale for a rule change it would tend to raise questions about the integrity of the rule-making process,” Camp said.
“I want to be perfectly clear – this committee will fight any and all efforts to restrict the rights of groups to organize, speak out and educate the public, just as unions are allowed to do so.  We will get to the bottom of this, and I expect the IRS to produce – quickly – the outstanding documents the committee has requested,” Camp said.
“I believe the IRS has a long way to go in restoring its credibility.  But, you can take a first step by complying with this committee’s request and stopping all action against 501(c)(4) groups until the appropriate investigations are completed.”
The new rules define more previously acceptable activities by nonprofit groups as prohibited “candidate-related political activity.” Communications and activities including voter registration drives and publishing voter guides, among others, are now classified as political activity. Grants and donations that 501(c)(4)’s give to other nonprofits are now subject to new record-keeping and increased scrutiny to prevent the money’s use for broadly-defined political activity.
The rules were “drafted in a manner, in my view, to shut down tea party groups” Rep. Camp said earlier this week.
New IRS commissioner Koskinen said that the rules should “put to rest all of the issues surrounding applications for tax-exempt status.”
But Madrigal’s email to Lerner proves that the regulations were being developed long before the IRS needed to publicly put anything “to rest.”
At least 292 conservative groups were subjected to unfair targeting between 2010 and 2012, against six liberal groups that were allegedly given similar treatment.
“They are both over-broad and under-inclusive,” said Foley & Lardner LLP partner Cleta Mitchell on the new rules.
“They’ve taken everything that 501(c)(4) organizations do in the normal course of business and proposed to convert that all to candidate-related activity, even if a candidate is never mentioned.”
Mitchell said that the rules are being “rushed through” for political purposes.
“The objective is to get the rules in place before the 2014 election,” Mitchell said.
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911 Whistleblower Richard Andrew Grove - May28-06


Subject: The Meria Heller Show Newsletter Message
Date: Sun, 28 May 2006 22:25:56 -0500

Okay. It's Memorial Day and I've been working all day. I want you to go
to the free show link (eventually it will be in the archives, and in
about an hour at the Ipod download). I have a two hour show that will
blow your mind on 9/11. This man Richard Andrew Grove, a whistleblower who worked for the big boys and money people behind 9/11 has come out with information to set the 9/11 movement on fire.

Although many have rejected his work (too busy, big egos, whatever)
including the IRS, Treasury Dept and SEC, what he exposes on Marsh &
McLellan, AIG, Dyncorp, Spitzer, Stewart Air Force Base, Fitzgerald, Bremer, missing gold and bucks of 9/11, software that predicts the future and more will ASTOUND YOU as it did me. I will be having him live on the
show in June, but wanted you to hear this urgent information immediately.
That is why I worked on it all day.

If you are a journalist, blogger, etc., DO NOT think this is a ruse. I expect you to LISTEN intently to what this man is presenting and act on it.

If you are a friend, subscriber, past guest, listen and then relisten.
Pass it on to every outlet and every email list, group you have. This
information is EXPLOSIVE. The more of us that know this information, the
greater the chances I won't be killed for presenting it, and the greater the chances for a real revolution in America's thinking processes. Go beyond the explosions, destruction of evidence, etc., and learn who BENEFITTED and HOW on 9/11 to find out who the Corporate Fundamentalists are that were behind it all.

Thank you for trusting me with this one, it's well worth it.

"We're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore".


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Elizabeth Hurley had 'year long affair with President Clinton - flying to White House for secret sex'

Elizabeth Hurley had 'year long affair with President Clinton - flying to White House for secret sex'

Feb 05, 2014 13:13
By Lucy Buckland, Christopher Bucktin


Hurley and Clinton had sex while his wife Hillary was in the next room
Close: Bill Clinton and Liz Hurley at a Russian charity ball in November 2005

Extraordinary claims Elizabeth Hurley had a year long affair with President Bill Clinton after he flew her to Washington for sex, have surfaced in the U.S.

During their first secret tryst his wife Hillary was asleep in the next room.

The astonishing claim comes after a tape of the actress's former boyfriend Tom Sizemore was found describing how he set Hurley, 48, up with the Clinton following a private screening of Saving Private Ryan at the White House in 1998 - scroll down for the audio.

Although the actress took to Twitter to furiously deny the rumours, telling her 450,000 followers: "Ludicrously silly stories about me & Bill Clinton. Totally untrue. In the hands of my lawyers. Yawn."

The then President called the actress saying "Elizabeth, this is your Commander-in-Chief. I'm sending a plane to pick you up in three hours. Is that enough time?"

Hours later she is said to have arrived at the White House where charismatic Clinton gave her a personal tour before showing her Lincoln's bedroom.

According to Radar Online the meeting was arranged after Clinton asked Sizemore, 52, if he was still in touch with his former girlfriend.

When the actor said he was, Clinton said: "You got her number don't you?”

VantageNews Elizabeth Hurley is seen out in London
Liz Hurley in London earlier today

Actor Sizemore, who appeared in the Steven Spielberg film, said yes. "He then takes his phone out and goes 'Give it to me?'" explained Sizemore.

In audio recording obtained by the US website, the actor said he perhaps should ask Hurley first if he can give out her number to which Clinton replies "You dumb mother******. I'm the Commander-in-Chief of the United States of America. The buck stops here. Give me the damn number."

When he called her, she at first appeared coy but Clinton charmed her saying: "Listen Elizabeth, this is the President. I don't have any time for the ****. I'm keeping the world from nuclear war all the time. I'm sending a plane to pick you up”.

Sizemore claimed it was the first night they politician and actress slept together.

The actor described Clinton as "6ft 4with more charisma than 1,000 Brad Pitts".

Getty Images Bill Clinton wipes his eyes as his wife Hillary looks on
Bill Clinton and wife Hillary were apparently in separate bedrooms at the time

It was the start of a year long affair only called off by the President after he said he was falling in love with her. Clinton, 67, and Hilary, 66, had separate bedrooms in the White House. Hurley has made no secret of her attraction to Clinton.

She once admitted that she has a secret fetish for powerful politicians. However this afternoon Liz branded the claims "ludicrous". She tweeted: "Silly stories about me and Bill Clinton. Totally untrue."

The 'Austin Powers' star has confessed that she lusts after world leaders including former U.S. President Bill Clinton and ex-Prime Minister John.

"Powerful folk can be sexy. I adore Clinton; you know, naughty but nice with a very sexy voice,” Hurley once said.

In 2001 the pair reportedly spent an evening at a luxurious beach house in Santa Monica, where they reportedly wiled away a few pleasant hours shooting pool and playing cards. Clinton's aides are quick to point out that there were other famous guests at the house, including singer Sheryl Crow.

However, Clinton's spokesperson Julia Payne confirmed Clinton and Liz have met before and said that everybody had a 'good time' at the gathering.
Elizabeth Hurley         @ElizabethHurley
Ludicrously silly stories about me & Bill Clinton. Totally untrue. In the hands of my lawyers. Yawn.

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Israelis in secret trip to Saudi bases

Israelis in secret trip to Saudi bases
Could be used as staging ground for attacks against Iran
Published: 11/24/2013 at 1:05 PM
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TEL AVIV – Israeli personnel in recent days were in Saudi Arabia to inspect bases that could be used as a staging ground to launch attacks against Iran, according to informed Egyptian intelligence officials.
The officials said Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan and other Arab and Persian Gulf countries have been discussing the next steps toward possible strikes on Iran’s nuclear sites.
The officials said the U.S. passed strong messages to Israel and the Saudis that the Americans maintain and control radar capabilities around the skies of Iran and that no strike should be launched without the permission of the Obama administration.
It was unclear whether the visit to Saudi Arabia by Israeli military and intelligence officials signals any real preparation for a strike or if the trip was meant to signal to the West that Israel retains the right to defend itself.
The trip came prior to the announcement of a deal Sunday that purports to halt key parts of Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.
At a cabinet meeting in Jerusalem Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed what he called a “bad” and “dangerous” deal, while affirming that Israel will not allow Iran to go nuclear.
“Israel is not obligated by this agreement,” Netanyahu said. “I want to make clear we will not allow Iran to obtain military nuclear capability.”
“Today the world became a much more dangerous place because the most dangerous regime in the world made a significant step in obtaining the most dangerous weapons in the world,” he said.
The deal reportedly halts the installation of new centrifuges, but allows Iran to keep current centrifuges used to enrich uranium.
The agreement caps the amount and type of enriched uranium Iran can produce and opens many nuclear sites up to daily inspections. However, Israel is warning that even the low-grade uranium permitted in the agreement can be used to eventually assemble a nuclear weapons capability.
As part of the deal, Iran agreed to halt work on key components of its Arak heavy-water reactor that could be used to produce plutonium, but the country doesn’t have to dismantle the reactor.
In response, Iran gets sanctions relief, including the freeing of $7 billion or more in frozen assets.
Hours after deal was signed, President Hassan Rouhani said the agreement recognizes Tehran’s “rights” to maintain an atomic program.
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the real reason obama is going to saudi

Obama is is going there to stop saudi from standing with israel
over the iran issus
obama is going to tell the saudis he is conning iran over the nuke deal and he dont want him helping israel
he will conn saudi into believeing that obama is still helping saudi

See This Hidden Trap Door In The Ground? Just Wait Til You See What’s Down There… WHOA.

See This Hidden Trap Door In The Ground? Just Wait Til You See What’s Down There… WHOA.

February 5, 2014 Other Stuff
If you fear a nuclear war (or even just the future), then you probably think of a few backup plans for emergencies to protect yourself and your loved ones. You may not have the money to build an all-out zombie fortress, but if you have less than $40k on hand, you’re in luck.
The bunkers from Atlas Survival Shelters aren’t exactly cheap, but if you’re worried about the human race imploding, they will put your mind at ease. A little.
If you care about your loved ones, share these fallout shelters with them. You’ll never know when they can come in handy.