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Police State Update: Capital Controls In The Land Of The Free

The police state is tightening it’s grip. You thought your money belonged to you? That’s cute. Your bank already spies on you for the government. The feds are effectively lowering the threshold which triggers a report on your financial activity. It also has the appearance of a crude capital control, acting as an early warning system for possible runs on the bank, or more cynically, an attempt by the feds to intimidate people into not taking out their money.

Earlier this week, a senior official from the Justice Department spoke to a group of bankers about the need for them to rat out their customers to the police. What a lot of people don’t realize is that banks are already unpaid government spies. Federal regulations in the Land of the Free REQUIRE banks to file ‘suspicious activity reports’ or SARs on their customers. And it’s not optional.

Banks have minimum quotas of SARs they need to fill out and submit to the federal government.

If they don’t file enough SARs, they can be fined. They can lose their banking charter. And yes, bank executives and directors can even be imprisoned for noncompliance[…]

And chances are, your banker has filled one out on you—they submitted 1.6 MILLION SARs in 2013 alone. But now the Justice Department is saying that SARs aren’t enough. Now, whenever banks suspect something ‘suspicious’ is going on, they want them to pick up the phone and call the cops:

“[W]e encourage those institutions to consider whether to take more action: specifically, to alert law enforcement authorities about the problem, who may be able to seize the funds, initiate an investigation, or take other proactive steps.”

So what exactly constitutes ‘suspicious activity’? Basically anything.

According to the handbook for the Federal Financial Institution Examination Council, banks are required to file a SAR with respect to:

“Transactions conducted or attempted by, at, or through the bank (or an affiliate) and aggregating $5,000 or more…

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Next Credit Crunch To Make ’08 Look Like A Hiccup

A hiccup… and the person having the hiccup is the entire world, and they have uncontrollable, explosive diarrhea.

A solar eclipse, a super moon, the FTSE 100 breaching 7,000 and the US Federal Reserve speaking in tongues – truly some kind of financial apocalypse must be nigh. Well, maybe.

We are certainly living in strange times. An unprecedented monetary experiment is coming to a staggered end and no one knows the potential repercussions – a plague of frogs cannot be entirely ruled out.

For the time being, the markets remain sanguine, expecting, for example, a gentle increase in the Bank of England’s main interest rate to just 1.5pc by the end of the decade. And, who knows, maybe the markets are right.

But maybe it’s too quiet. Last week, Ray Dalio, the founder of the $165bn (£110bn) hedge fund Bridgewater Associates, wrote a widely-circulated note warning his clients that the US Federal Reserve risked setting off a 1937-style crash when it starts raising interest rates again[…]

In 1937 the US was, economically speaking, an island, entire of itself; today, thanks to globalisation, the power of the dollar and a long period of ultra-loose monetary policy, it is a part of the main.

Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund, recently raised concerns in India about the ripple effect of Fed tightening on countries that have borrowed heavily in dollars and whose still-recovering economies remain vulnerable to a rate rise.

And in 1937 the equity markets were the financial be-all and end-all; today they are dwarfed by the debt markets, which are, in turn, dwarfed by the derivatives markets.

The total value of all global equities was around $70 trillion in June last year, according to the World Federation of Exchanges; meanwhile, the notional value of all outstanding derivatives contracts was more than $690  trillion. It is worth noting that the vast majority (around four-fifths) of all existing derivatives contracts are based on interest rates.

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WH Is Cool With Khamenei’s “Death To America” Chant

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When asked to respond, WH Press Secretary Josh Earnest replied,“He totally didn’t mean that.”

CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta pressed White House press secretary Josh Earnest about why the Obama administration trusted an Iranian Ayatollah who only recently chanted “Death to America.”

“Over the weekend, Ayatollah Khomeini gave a speech,” Acosta said. ”And during that speech, there were people in the crowd chanting ‘Death to America’ and the Ayatollah responded back to them according to various translations, ‘Of course, Death to America.’ Do those comments give this White House any pause about moving forward with a nuclear deal with that country?”

“Those kinds of comments only underscore why it is so critically important that the United States and the international community succeed in preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” Earnest responded. “And the best way for us to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapons is sitting down at the negotiating table and getting Iran to make very specific commitments that would prevent them from obtaining nuclear weapons.”

In further defense of the “Smartest Diplomat Evah”, Josh Earnest explained His Majesty’s Foreign Policy thus:

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Conservative Republican Caucus Proposes Budget-Balancing $7.3T Cuts

Snowball’s chance in hell…

Conservative members of the House Republican caucus outbid their party’s official budget Monday, offering a plan to cut planned government spending by more than $7.1 trillion and balance the budget in just six years.

The aggressive plan to cut spending from all areas of government and erase deficits was introduced by the Republican Study Committee, a group of congressmen organized to push policy to the right.

The House this week will consider the budget authored by Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price of Georgia. The Republican Study Committee budget outline will not supplant that plan, but it does outline where some conservatives would like to steer the government.

The conservative budget “is a bold, conservative plan that will balance the budget, rein in rampant overspending and restore solvency to America’s safety-net programs,” said Bill Flores of Texas, the head of the Republican Study Committee.

I love to see it, but thre is no way this gains any traction. Trying to fix the engine, when the wheels are falling off – and no one cares – is the definition of ‘day late/dollar short’.

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Shrillary’s Aids Used Private Email To Discuss Benghazi

What difference, at this point, does it make?

Hillary Clinton’s top aides used their personal email accounts to correspond with her about the attack in Benghazi while she was Secretary of State, the New York Times reported Monday.

That detail comes after Clinton, earlier this month, held a news conference to address questions about her use of her personal email account to conduct official business while she was in office. During that event, she said “vast majority of my work emails went to government employees at their government addresses, which meant they were captured and preserved immediately on the system at the State Department.”

Critics said the likely presidential contender’s use of her personal email account may prevent official records from becoming public. Clinton’s email was run from its own server out of her New York state home, and she has said that she deleted thousands of emails she deemed personal.

About 300 emails have been turned over to the Congressional committee investigating the Benghazi attack, the New York Times reported. Some of those emails, according to people who saw them and described them to the Times, showed Clinton and her staff reacting as the Obama administration’s explanation of what happened in Benghazi changed from a “spontaneous” attack – as then-United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice called it – to a planned act of terrorism.

Jake Sullivan, Clinton’s foreign policy adviser, kept her updated on the developments, the Times reported:
Two weeks after that first email assessing Ms. Rice’s appearance, Mr. Sullivan sent Mrs. Clinton a very different email. This time, he appeared to reassure the secretary of state that she had avoided the problems Ms. Rice was confronting. He told Mrs. Clinton that he had reviewed her public remarks since the attack and that she had avoided the language that had landed Ms. Rice in trouble.

“You never said ‘spontaneous’ or characterized their motivations,” Mr. Sullivan wrote.

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Berkeley Black Students Demand Dumb Sh*t

The Black Student Union at Berkeley has made a list of 10 demands and presented them to diversity & inclusion leadership at the school. Among the demands, is a change to the name of their diversity & inclusion hall. It is currently named after some guy who sought inclusiveness and they want to change it to their role model, the cop-murdering piece of human excrement, Joanne Chesimard, aka, Assata Shakur.

Black Student Union’s 10 demands

Open an African American Student Development Resource Center with event space to help improve black students’ relatively low graduation rate of 77 percent.

Allocate $300,371 to hire two black admissions staff members who specialize in recruiting black students.

Allocate $113,932 for a program director to help with outreach and retention efforts done by student volunteers who say they are overburdened by the work.

Hire two black psychologists who understand “the racially hostile campus climate at this university.”

Hire two black development advisers to mentor and provide academic guidance for black athletes.

Double the budget for the “Getting into Graduate School” mentorship program.

Immediately create a committee to recommend, by April 8, ways to aggressively recruit and retain black staff and faculty.

Rename Barrows Hall “Assata Shakur Hall.”

Fully fund the American Cultures and Engaged Scholarship program, and hire two staff members for it.

Top administrators and black student groups will meet together at least once a semester.

As an interesting aside, Assata Shakur is the Aunt of long-dead rapper, Tupac Shakur. Her brother Mutulu Shakur (Tupac’s father) is also a cop-killer (2 cops, one security guard while robbing an armored truck). What a family.

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I’m Afraid And Need To Discuss It

There is a great unwinding currently under way, in these United States. When I say that I’m afraid, I am not referring to a crippling, visceral fear but rather a sense of foreboding. What follows is not a call to arms, but rather, my attempt to take this mental dog for a walk.

Throughout human history, people have sought the protection provided by numbers and directly-or-otherwise, instituted governments to achieve these ends. They have been content to submit to abuses and intolerable cruelty, in exchange for relative safety and a guarantee of food, housing, and some form of at least semi-gainful employment or, to use the word properly, occupation.

Essentially, so long as the people are fat & occupied, they will remain peaceful.

It was not until a minor percentage of the colonists in pre-revolutionary America decided that they would no longer bend their knee to a disinterested and abusive monarch, that the world was introduced to the radical idea that man was sovereign and of right, had the same authority over his person and property as any monarch, emperor, or ruler.

From the seeds of abuse – nourished in the blood of patriots and tyrants, and born of the inexorable resilience of those who took up arms – grew the tree of liberty.

For decades, the colonists had petitioned His Majesty to reason. They prostrated themselves before the throne in the hopes that common sense and decency would win the day. Their prostrations and efforts at reason were ultimately for naught.

These men chose instead to declare the sovereignty of the individual, the liberty afforded as birthright from their Creator, and the independence and unity of the several states of America.

When their petitions ceased to influence those in power, they took up arms. Ballots it seems, led to bullets.

Now, a mere 238 years later, we find ourselves at a very similar crossroads. We find ourselves, prostrating before those who govern us, imploring them to reason. We find our pleas falling in futility upon the same deaf ears.

Our government cares not-a-wit what you or I think. It works not in our benefit, but ever seeks greater intrusion, broader authority, and ultimately unfettered control in our daily lives.

Many of us – I’d guess about 15% – understand human nature. We understand that people are self-interested and most of these will only fight when they must; when there remains no other viable alternative. About half of us, have no clue. These find humans to be a malleable lump of clay, waiting for some external influence to shape them.

The remainder find themselves, as deer, caught in life’s headlights. Totally unaware and completely disinterested in anything of permanent import. The non-ephemeral scarcely attracting their attention, they plod through life, seeking nothing more than to satiate their base instincts to eat, procreate, and be entertained.

We’ll ignore those, for the time being.

The two groups I am interested in are those who want to be left alone to live their lives unfettered by the control of any other – and those who seek to impose their version of control onto every aspect of every life, save the most libertine of issues.

To the mind of those who seek individual responsibility and liberty, government is at best a necessary evil and at worst, the enemy and destroyer of people. To those who seek control, government is at best the answer to social problems and at worst, the misguided protector of the innocent corrupted by the influence of corporations and individuals who openly admit their self-interest.

The strange confluence of these two thought streams has me concerned for our future. The juxtaposition of the progressive Occupy movement (and an innumerable plethora of similar groups – e.g. Black Nationalist, etc) against the peaceful* TEA party types is very quickly accelerating into a winner-take-all, line-in-the-sand sort of 80’s movie gang-fight where we all stand back with our switchblades waiting for the word to fight.

This situation is ripe for the manipulations of interested parties, to their own ends. The race war rhetoric is reaching a fever pitch unlike any I have even read about. Talk of revolution and open violent conflict is everywhere in our society, from all corners of the political spectrum. To be clear, not everyone is supporting the idea, but they are certainly thinking and talking about it.

The progressives want a violent revolution so they can do away with people like me… like us. People on our side talk about revolution – I think – mostly to vent their frustration at the thought of losing what we are/were in a long, tedious death march toward the dustbin of history.

Our political landscape is dominated by the two factions of one group of criminal overlords. When the leader of one side rallies the troops to defend the leader of the other, any hope of changing the beast, is lost. It will continue to grind the bones of those who seek to alter it.
The number of scary-looking semi-automatic rifles sold over the past 6 years lends at least the appearance of credibility to my claims.

The endless reports of violence against whites, by blacks, which are completely ignored in the national media, while forcing an unworkable meme of white-on-black oppression and ubiquitous, systemic racism down our throats on a daily basis serves only to further compress and enervate an already overwound populace.

Add to this pressure, the blatantly-false, overtly-manipulated claims of man made global warming and the ratcheted-up rhetoric of those who seek to impose their will upon us, the shaming and shouting down of any who would dare to disagree with popularly dictated opinion, the all-pervasive surveillance state, a rapidly growing cradle-to-grave nanny state, the rapid expansion of multi-generational welfare slavery, a rigged economy with a giant sucking chest wound of easy credit, wholly unsustainable monetary policy, exponentially exploding debt, astronomically high unemployment, global civil unrest, and generational theory as applied to human behavior. The picture which begins to appear… looks quite unseemly, to put it mildly.

Now, factor into the equation, the gross incompetence of our current leadership, the disinterest, sense of entitlement, and abject lack of ambition by our youth, the ambitiousness of those who seek to dominate the world and the ever-present threat of Islam toward others.

The left and the right have many common desires, but very divergent means of achieving those desires. I see the narrative for violent conflict being drawn more clearly by the day.

The fervent attempts by both sides to bring meaningful change to the utterly-corrupt and ultimately destructive system we are forced to live under bring the same end result, everywhere it occurs. Eventually, the people lose it and someone with a plan of their own steps in, co-opts the frustration and uses it to their own end.

I fear that the lack of change, aided by the external pressure being applied, in confluence with all of the exacerbating factors listed above, has us positioned for conflict. The ballot is no longer useful to so many of the people. Unfortunately, the next option is often the bullet. It is my firm belief that we are standing on the edge of life as we know it, looking at a sea of gasoline, and any of 100 different ignition sources.

I’m frustrated and tired of the bullshit. I’m sick of people. I’m sick of feeling helpless to do anything about it. I am able to evaluate my feelings with detached isolation, and I’m willing to bet that I am far-from-alone in my frustration. How many less reasonable people will act out based on fear, greed, self-interest, or just sheer stupidity at the slightest of provocations?

That, wanton human ignorance, is the source of my great fear.

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“Burning The Constitution Should Not Become Part Of Our National Energy Policy”

Ouch. Obama’s law professor and mentor:

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President Obama has found himself at odds with his old law school mentor over the Environmental Protection Agency.

Laurence Tribe, a liberal constitutional scholar at Harvard University, told House lawmakers that EPA carbon dioxide regulations are tearing the Constitution apart.

“EPA possesses only the authority granted to it by Congress,” Tribe told lawmakers in a hearing Tuesday. “Its gambit here raises serious questions under the separation of powers… because EPA is attempting to exercise lawmaking power that belongs to Congress and judicial power that belongs to the federal courts.”

“Burning the Constitution should not become part of our national energy policy,” Tribe added.

Tribe, along with other legal and energy experts, appeared before Congress Tuesday to give testimony on the EPA’s “Clean Power Plan” — the agency’s plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from new and existing power plants. Tribe told lawmakers the CPP is unconstitutional and outside the agency’s authority.

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MSNBC Accuses Man Of Acting Black

Turns out he actually IS black. These people are so freaking stupid, it makes my head hurt.

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Check Your Privilege At The Door

When everyone is privileged, no one is…

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Sadly, I can’t make this up.

A bulletin board hung by a resident assistant in a primarily freshmen and sophomore dorm shames those who are have white, male, Christian, able-bodied, heterosexual, or cisgendered “privilege.”

“Why can’t I hold all this male privilege,” reads one meme on the bulletin board hanging at Appalachian State University.

“‘I don’t see color’ which also means I deny having white privilege,” reads another flier on the red board adorned with colorful puzzle pieces.

The fliers are products of the “Check Your Privilege” campaign started by three University of San Francisco professors, as previously reported by Campus Reform.

“If you can expect time off from work to celebrate your religious holidays, you have Christian privilege,” one flier reads.

According to Laurel Littler, a junior commercial photography major at Appalachian State, the bulletin board was approved and put up by the hall’s RA.

“A residential hall is the last place to push an agenda,” Littler told Campus Reform. “When I come home, I want to feel accepted, not outcasted for something I can’t help. I can’t help that I’m Caucasian. Will they be happy if I change the color of my skin so I don’t have my ‘white privilege’ anymore? I want to be comfortable in my own skin. You can’t preach equality if you aren’t willing to let a people group feel accepted as they are.”

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His Majesty Engaged In “Classified” Trade Negotiations

There ain’t but one reason a President would classify a trade deal. He’s working against the interest of the American people. Any whore who votes for a redacted treaty or agreement, should be tried for treason, and hanged.

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House Democrats are criticizing President Obama’s administration for holding a classified briefing on trade with top administration officials, saying it’s an attempt to push a trade program in secret.

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman will meet with House Democrats on Wednesday in a classified briefing to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Members will be allowed to attend the briefing on the proposed trade pact with 12 Latin American and Asian countries with one staff member who possesses an “active Secret-level or high clearance” compliant with House security rules. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) told The Hill that the administration is being “needlessly secretive.”

“Even now, when they are finally beginning to share details of the proposed deal with members of Congress, they are denying us the ability to consult with our staff or discuss details of the agreement with experts,” DeLauro told The Hill.

Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) condemned the classified briefing.

“Making it classified further ensures that, even if we accidentally learn something, we cannot share it. What is USTR working so hard to hide? What is the specific legal basis for all this senseless secrecy?” Doggett said to The Hill.

“Open trade should begin with open access,” Doggett said. “Members expected to vote on trade deals should be able to read the unredacted”

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ISIS Celebrates Diversity: Dressing In Drag To Run Away

When US Marine Corps Major Lloyd Williams was ordered to retreat, after arriving at Lucy-le-Bocage during WWI, he uttered a phrase that is now the motto of the 2d Battalion, 5th Marines:

“Retreat? Hell, we just got here.”

For the hardened warriors of the Islamic State I guess bravery is the penultimate sign of manliness. Yeah, not so much.

Underneath the robes and veils, the men put on makeup, wore dresses and some even wore women’s bras. Others chose not to shave their facial hair, though still applied eyeliner, eyeshadow and blush.

The men were desperately attempting to flee the fighting in Tikrit, which Iraq’s military only managed to take back from Islamic State six days ago.

Fabulous!

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16th March In US Military History

March 16, 1802 – The United States Military Academy at West Point, NY was established.

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The United States Military Academy–the first military school in the United States–is founded by Congress for the purpose of educating and training young men in the theory and practice of military science. Located at West Point, New York, the U.S. Military Academy is often simply known as West Point. Located on the high west bank of New York’s Hudson River, West Point was the site of a Revolutionary-era fort built to protect the Hudson River Valley from British attack.

In 1780, Patriot General Benedict Arnold, the commander of the fort, agreed to surrender West Point to the British in exchange for 6,000 pounds. However, the plot was uncovered before it fell into British hands, and Arnold fled to the British for protection. Ten years after the establishment of the U.S. Military Academy in 1802, the growing threat of another war with Great Britain resulted in congressional action to expand the academy’s facilities and increase the West Point corps.

Beginning in 1817, the U.S. Military Academy was reorganized by superintendent Sylvanus Thayer–later known as the “father of West Point”–and the school became one of the nation’s finest sources of civil engineers. During the Mexican-American War, West Point graduates filled the leading ranks of the victorious U.S. forces, and with the outbreak of the Civil War former West Point classmates regretfully lined up against one another in the defense of their native states.

In 1870, the first African-American cadet was admitted into the U.S. Military Academy, and in 1976, the first female cadets. The academy is now under the general direction and supervision of the department of the U.S. Army and has an enrollment of more than 4,000 students.

Called Hudson High by those who attend, the USMA at West Point, NY has a log and storied history. Producing some of the most brilliant military minds in the U.S. military, the requirements for admission are extremely high. A few of our own are distinguished graduates of West Point.

Some obvious facts about the institution:

• West Point is also the oldest military academy in the U.S., established 1802.
• West Point is possibly the oldest true university in the U.S., with education in math and the sciences. Harvard (and Yale) claim this honor, but they were established as divinity schools. Math and science didn’t become a major part of their cirriculum until the 1850’s.
• Of West Point’s first two graduates, one was a Christian, and the other a Jew.
• Of 60 battles fought in the Civil War, 55 saw West Point graduates commanding on BOTH sides of the conflict. In the remaining battles, a West Point graduate commanded on one of the two sides.
• West Point has only 4000 cadets (total) because that’s the number the Congress of the United States has mandated for the institution. Prior to 1964, the number was 2,529.
• Even though cadets can major in such subjects as diverse as English, History, or Political Science, every graduating cadet receives a Bachelor of Science degree.
• Many people assume West Point teaches the ‘art of war’. It does not. It’s main cirriculum is in the sciences and humanities. If you want to become a general, leading thousands of troops in battle, you first have to go to command school, and then the U.S. Army War College.
• West Point is not just a campus, or a military post – it’s actually a military reservation.
• The Corp of Cadets has representatives from every state in the union, most U.S. possessions, and several foreign countries.
• Females were first admitted to West Point in 1976. Currently they represent 17% of all cadets – the same percentage as in the U.S. Army.

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His Majesty Issues Stern Letter To Senate!

Oooh, look! He’s really mad, now. The U.S, Senate has as much right to act in the interest of the United States as the Executive does. This is more posturing and public relations preening than anything of substance. Though, it must be noted that when taken in context with the action of His Majesty’s Regime over the past 6 years, and especially with developments of late, this is disconcerting.

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In an effort to reassert control over the domestic political debate surrounding sensitive negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program, the White House penned a letter Saturday night warning senators to hold back on legislation that would detract from the president’s ability to affect and approve a final agreement with Iran.

The letter, written by White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), reiterates a veto threat of the bill, while insisting that Congress will have a say in reviewing and affecting the ultimate outcome. But in far more detailed and foreboding terms than normal, McDonough lays out the administration’s concerns should Corker’s Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 end up becoming law.

The bill, he writes, would “likely have a profoundly negative impact on the ongoing negotiations — emboldening Iranian hard-liners, inviting a counter-productive response from the Iranian majiles; differentiating the U.S. position from our allies in negotiations; and once again calling into question our ability to negotiate this deal.”

“Put simply,” adds McDonough, “it would potentially make it impossible to secure international cooperation for additional sanctions, while putting at risk the existing multilateral sanctions regime.”

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U.S. Removes Iran & Hezbollah From Terror Threat List

Times of Israel has a story which paints a nasty picture of His Majesty’s regime and their adolescent view of international diplomacy. They are emboldening the enemies of free people everywhere.

An annual report delivered recently to the US Senate by James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, removed Iran and Hezbollah from its list of terrorism threats, after years in which they featured in similar reports.

The unclassified version of the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Communities, dated February 26, 2015 (PDF), noted Iran’s efforts to combat Sunni extremists, including those of the ultra-radical Islamic State group, who were perceived to constitute the preeminent terrorist threat to American interests worldwide.

In describing Iran’s regional role, the report noted the Islamic Republic’s “intentions to dampen sectarianism, build responsive partners, and deescalate tensions with Saudi Arabia,” but cautioned that “Iranian leaders—particularly within the security services—are pursuing policies with negative secondary consequences for regional stability and potentially for Iran.

This will not end well.

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Once A Marine…

Maxwell-550x367Patrick Maxwell (right) is the second American I’m aware of who has returned to the fight. This behavior intrigues me. Does anyone know of any non-western nations who produce the kind of warriors who return to the fight, because it’s the right thing to do?

Last fall, Patrick Maxwell, a 29-year-old Iraq war veteran now selling real estate in this bustling city, saw something in news footage of Islamic fighters in Iraq that he never saw as an infantry Marine there: the enemy.

“We patrolled every day, got shot at, mortared, hit by I.E.D.s, one of my friends was killed,” said Mr. Maxwell, a former sergeant who deployed in 2006 to Anbar Province. “But I never saw the enemy, never fired a shot.”

With the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, hoisting its black flag above many Iraqi cities that United States troops spent years working to secure, he saw a second chance. He connected with a Kurdish military officer online, packed his body armor, some old uniforms and a faded green ball cap with a Texas flag patch on the front, and flew to Iraq.

Within days, he was on the front lines as a volunteer fighter with Kurdish security forces, known as the pesh merga, in northern Iraq, peering through a rifle scope at ISIS fighters as bullets whizzed past.

I may not be enlisted anymore, but I’m still a warrior,” said Mr. Maxwell, who left the Marines with an honorable discharge in 2011. “I figured if I could walk away from here and kill as many of the bad guys as I could, that would be a good thing.”

A Danish warrior returned to the fight, as well. He gave up his wife, family, and cushy job to return to help defeat these bastards:

Danish Jørgen Nicolai has left a comfortable life in Denmark and joined the Kurdish forces in the war against Islamic State. It is no fairy tale, it is a personal encounter, he says.

Until recently lived Jørgen Nicolai a normal life in a city in Denmark. He had a wife, child, Audi, a good job as an engineer and went skiing every year. Today – six months later – is the safe environment replaced with a cold, buried in trenches in northern Syria. 500 meters away is the enemy: Islamic State. “We are shooting at each other all the time. It takes a few hours, which is quiet, but then there will be shot again. We can hear the bullets whistle past us several times a day, “says Jørgen Nicolai via a telephone connection. I just wanted to help civilians Syrians

The warriors on the opposite side of the front can in theory be Jorgen Nicolai’s country men. Security Intelligence Service (PET) estimates that more than 100 people traveled from Denmark to Syria to fight in the civil war out of which some have joined the IS.

But it is not only Islamists who have traveled to the war-torn region.

PMC’s and mercenaries have always existed. That’s not what we have here. These men aren’t being paid obscene salaries to fight, they are doing so of their own accord. There are some men who were just born to fight.

We were fighting hajjis from all over the globe who traveled to fight the ‘infidels’, now good guys are doing the same thing and while it’s not for me, I have the utmost respect for these men. They are offering their lives, for an honorable cause. They may just be addicted to the adrenal response of combat, or exorcizing their demons, but the end result is just. Godspeed, my brothers.

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His Majesty’s Ambassador: Childish?

Childish and unmannered? In the Obama Regime? Why, I don’t believe it.

Venezuela’s top diplomat called a senior U.S. official “petulant” and ill-mannered on Wednesday in response to her contention that sanctions were intended to change the government, not topple it.

Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez was responding to State Department Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson’s comments explaining a U.S. declaration that Venezuela is a security threat and its sanctioning of seven officials earlier this week.

“In a rude and petulant manner, Mrs. Jacobson tells us what to do,” Rodriguez told local TV. “I know her very well because I have seen her personally, her way of walking, chewing. You need manners to deal with people and with countries.”

The moves by President Barack Obama’s administration have infuriated President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government, which has accused Washington of planning military attacks and wider Cuba-style trade sanctions. State TV has been playing old footage of the U.S. invasions of Grenada and Panama.

Maduro has also asked parliament to grant him six-month special decree powers, given the “imperialist” threat, a move foes have condemned as a power-grab and attempt to distract Venezuelans from shortages and recession.[…]

But political analysts believe the U.S. spat may give Maduro a bounce, albeit a temporary one.

Venezuela’s allies are supportive, with Cuba mocking the U.S. moves despite its own recent rapprochement with Washington.

“We will respond to this grotesque, illegal, shameless, unheard of and unjustified meddling by the United States,” added Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa, announcing a meeting on the issue next week of foreign ministers of regional bloc UNASUR, which has generally backed Venezuela’s stance.

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Is “Bitter At How My Life Turned Out” An Option?

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First. World. Problems. Unbelievable. They won’t be happy until we’re all hippy, tree-loving, kumbayah-singing, drum circle sitting, retards who celebrate diversity by never pointing the differences between people.

Following activists’ complaints and numerous Change.org petitions, Facebook has removed the ‘feeling fat’ option for users in status updates, reports The Washington Post.

A Facebook spokeswoman said, “We’ve heard from our community that listing ‘feeling fat’ as an option for status updates could reinforce negative body image, particularly for people struggling with eating disorders.

“So we’re going to remove ‘feeling fat’ from the list of options. We’ll continue to listen to feedback as we think about ways to help people express themselves on Facebook.”

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State Dept Celebrates The Freedom Of Sharia Law

War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Oppression is liberty. I don’t know how these people manage to tie their shoes without hurting themselves.

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Virginia Court Refuses To Display Flag “Tribute To Public Safety”

Daily Caller has this story about a VA court panel who ruled against displaying an artistic rendering of the American flag, made from worn fire hose, in the courthouse. Sad.

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A sheriff in Virginia is calling a decision by a group of Portsmouth County judges not to allow an American flag memorial to be displayed in the county courthouse a “slap in the face.”

“I just can’t believe that they don’t want to display the American flag in a courthouse, I mean that’s the most asinine thing I’ve ever heard in my life,” Portsmouth County Sheriff Bill Watson told WTKR.

The Portsmouth fire department gave Watson the framed flag a few weeks ago. Watson hoped to hang the display, which is made up of fire hoses and titled “A Tribute to Public Safety,” in the courthouse lobby.

But county judges vetoed the idea saying that they do not want to set a bad precedent.

“Not only do we not want it on the wall, we don’t want it in the courthouse,” Watson said he was told.

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All This Talk Of Liberty Makes Me Thirsty

“The returning good sense of our country threatens abortion to their hopes, & they believe that any portion of power confided to me, will be exerted in opposition to their schemes. And they believe rightly; for I have sworn upon the altar of god, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”

-Thomas Jefferson to Dr. Benjamin Rush, 1800

“If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”

― Samuel Adams

Virginia Delegate Patrick Henry, at the House of Burgesses (meeting in a church to hide from the Brits):

Yep. That quenches the thirst.

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Boehner – Pelosi: Secret Meeting On Amnesty

This is for my friends who support electing RINO’s because it is somehow more pragmatic or morally superior to simply refusing to play the one party game any longer. How’s that “Republican by necessity” plan been working out?

I have the highest regard for all of the time, dedication, and effort put in by our own venerable “Cold Warrior”. The man has literally spent his life defending our country, our Constitution, and our way of life. It pains me to say, but I just don’t think it’s going to work. Getting people to care enough to actually get involved is a losing battle. History is littered with the remains of the well-intentioned. I’m just tired of playing the game.

I have always chosen to do things my way. I haven’t always been right, but I sleep just fine. Are we the first generation to come to the realization that the dominant party is no longer representing our interests? Perish the thought.

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Prior to the House voting on March 3 to fund the Department of Homeland Security through September 30 — with no restrictions on executive amnesty attached — House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) reportedly had a series of private discussions to arrange a vote on a “clean” DHS funding bill.

In a report on March 5, Politico’s Lauren French wrote that starting on February 27 (the day the House approved a measure to fund DHS for one week), Pelosi and Boehner had several days of secret negotiations and maneuvering “to push the measure through the House over the objections of a cadre of conservatives in Boehner’s conference who scuttled a three-week funding bill in a dramatic showdown last week.”

A CQ Roll Call report on March 3, based on conversations that Roll Call had with “staffers working both sides of the talks,” described Boehner’s and Pelosi’s clever use of a little-known procedure called Rule XXII to allow a House vote on a long-term funding bill for DHS that was “clean” of any restrictions on executive amnesty.

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RINO Hunting: Faking Right; Funding Left

The text below was jacked (in it’s entirety) from The New American. Please click < — the highlighted link and show some love. I add no comment save this:

I will never again vote for a RINO.

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) has a long record as a Big Government, “progressive” Republican, but in Tennessee it still pays for campaigning politicians to pretend to be politically conservative. On The New American’s rating of congressional votes, The Freedom Index, Sen. Alexander has compiled an anemic cumulative score of 53 percent. Political commentator/author Michelle Malkin has dubbed Alexander a “double-talking weasel,” especially for his deceptive flimflamming on immigration amnesty and Common Core education standards.

Paul Blumenthal at the liberal-left Huffington Post reported in a piece on January 29 (Groups With Liberal Ties Tapped To Re-Elect The GOP Establishment) on the successful efforts of the phony conservative organization Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) and its allied groups, to support liberal Republican candidates and incumbents — such as Alexander, Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Sen. Susan Collins (Maine), and Reps. Mike Simpson (Idaho) and Joe Heck (Nevada) — against conservative challengers.

“Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) got a boost in the last election from a little-known nonprofit called Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions,” Blumentahl wrote. “The group calls itself conservative, but its support for greater federal funding of alternative energy drew the attention of Tennessee tea party groups, who decried what they saw as its liberal agenda.”

“Tea party activists were further agitated by the scant information available about Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions,” the HuffPo writer noted. “It pushed for increased public and private investment in alternative energy. It ran an issue ad praising Alexander’s ‘bold’ energy plan in 2013. But whose money was funding that message? If the tea party groups had known the full story, they might have gone ballistic.”

According to Blumenthal, a HuffPo examination of CRES financials revealed the organization “was funded with $1 million in seed money from two nonprofits often linked to liberal causes. From June 2012 through June 2013, the group received $500,000 each from the Advocacy Fund and the Trust for Energy Innovation.”

The Advocacy Fund, formerly the Tides Advocacy Fund (a creature of the notorious Soros-backed Tides Foundation), Blumenthal noted, “is a key backer of liberal nonprofits across the country, distributing $11.8 million in grants in 2013. It currently funds groups engaged in promoting immigration reform, increasing worker protections, reforming chemical safety laws and increasing investment in the solar energy industry.”

Unfortunately, it’s worse than that, as the Huffington Post must certainly be aware. As The New American’s Joe Wolverton reported in 2013, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions is also closely tied to the militant pro-abortion and radical homosexual lobbies, particularly through the Victory Fund and the Log Cabin Republicans. Regarding James Dozier, the executive director of CRES, the Jackson Press of Tennessee reported: “Mr. Dozier is a veteran of liberal causes, including the Victory Fund, Gill Action Fund and work for pro-abortion Congresswoman Connie Morella.”

Joe Wolverton asks: “What is Victory Fund? Their mission, according to their website, is ‘to change the face and voice of America’s politics and achieve equality for LGBT [lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender] Americans by increasing the number of openly LGBT officials at all levels of government.’”

Of course, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions is only one of many political action groups flying false flags to fool conservative voters. Karl Rove’s Conservative Victory Project, Crossroads Super PAC, and Crossroads GPS have misspent hundreds of millions of dollars to support liberal Republican candidates masquerading as conservatives, and to defeat genuine conservatives who would challenge the globalist elites that have captured the GOP top leadership ranks.

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His Majesty’s Regime Ordered Back Into Court Over Lies

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His Majesty? A liar? I find the claim dubious.
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The judge who blocked President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration has ordered the Justice Department to answer allegations the government misled him about part of the plan.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen has ordered federal government lawyers to appear in his court March 19 in Brownsville. The hearing is in response to a filing last week in which the government acknowledged some deportation reprieves were granted before Hanen’s Feb. 16 injunction.

Government attorneys had previously said officials wouldn’t accept such requests under Obama’s action until Feb. 18.

The government said in its filing that the 100,000 immigrants who were granted three-year reprieves and work permits were already eligible under a previous immigration plan from 2012.

The 26 states suing over Obama’s plan requested more information

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Dude Kind Of Has A Point

Iran Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

… Zarif expressed astonishment that some members of US Congress find it appropriate to write to leaders of another country against their own President and administration. He pointed out that from reading the open letter, it seems that the authors not only do not understand international law, but are not fully cognizant of the nuances of their own Constitution when it comes to presidential powers in the conduct of foreign policy.

Foreign Minister Zarif added that “I should bring one important point to the attention of the authors and that is, the world is not the United States, and the conduct of inter-state relations is governed by international law, and not by US domestic law. The authors may not fully understand that in international law, governments represent the entirety of their respective states, are responsible for the conduct of foreign affairs, are required to fulfil the obligations they undertake with other states and may not invoke their internal law as justification for failure to perform their international obligations.

We’re so bass-ackwards as a country that our enemies are now citing the Constitution our own betters don’t know and the leftists are eating it up. While I certainly think it funny that these asshats (Republicans) keep thumbing their nose at His Majesty, it’s also funny when they get checked by foreigners who were undoubtedly educated here, but don’t have a clue how our system is designed to work. Our world is so screwed up.

 

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