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Asylum for Terrorists? New U.S. Immigration Policy Welcomes Terrorists
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Jesse Jackson was on NBC News “Meet the Press” recently and made one of his trademark idiotic statements —“Apartheid remains” in America. Apartheid is a government policy or system of segregation or discrimination on grounds of race. But on closer examination — unbeknownst to Jackson, he got it about right.
Jackson went on to say “Apartheid gaps in poverty and healthcare and education. We’re in the middle of the end of the apartheid struggle even now —it’s just changing phases.” Indeed blacks are segregated and discriminated on in America —just not quite in the sense that the reverend contends.
The first thing one must understand before attempting to digest anything that Jackson, Sharpton, and the rest of the race pimps might say is that in their narrow world —everything centers around race. Without racism, or at least the perception of racism, those reverends who foment division along racial lines would merely be obscure preachers.
The point that Jackson has (even though it wasn’t his point) is that the American government has been, and continues to be responsible for much of the despair within the black community. Perhaps it would be beneficial to discuss the three areas that Jackson contends still is influenced by apartheid.
1. Poverty. Uneducated blacks do live in poverty. The reality is that without education or job skills, there is nothing that can lift one out of poverty. Another factor that exacerbates black poverty is the fact that blacks are loath to move out of their neighborhoods to secure employment. Logic dictates that one must go to where the jobs are – not stay in a location where the jobs aren’t. Also, many blacks have no interest in taking an entry level job in order to start gaining experience which would allow them to advance to a better job and a better income.
2. Healthcare. The level of healthcare ties in with poverty, in that the poor must depend on Medicaid to pay for their medical needs. Medicaid is not designed as a good diagnostic program — it is designed to provide payment for medical care for current illnesses. So we are back to the lack of education and job skills. If one can command a reasonably decent job, one can expect employer provided medical insurance which will offer disease prevention as well as ongoing medical care for acute medical problems.
3. Education. The federal government has pumped, and continues to pump billions of dollars into failing public schools. There is absolutely no correlation between federal dollars spent and the quality of education obtained. That fact has been validated over and over but still the liberal logic is “if we just spend more money.” No liberal can ever tell you exactly how much more money is needed —just spend more.
Now what Jackson didn’t and won’t ever tell anyone.
1. The federal government keeps blacks in poverty by encouraging a lifestyle of living off the public dole. There are no programs which provide any incentives to work, but one can lose a portion of their public assistance income if they do work. The nationwide average of welfare (as a broad term) income is around $30,000.00 a year. People who have little education and no technical skills cannot earn more than they will receive for doing absolutely nothing. So doing nothing becomes their vocation.
2. The federal government devised, implemented, and now under Obamacare, is expanding the Medicaid Program. Being poor isn’t race specific —a poor white person will receive the same government health program as a poor black person. No discrimination there —unfortunately it is just the penalty one pays for being poor.
3. In predominately black schools, the quality of education is typically poor at best. But Jackson and his ne’er-do-well cohorts scream like banshees when anyone suggests school vouchers. When one is in bed with the teacher’s unions, one is not going to let a lack of learning environment dictate decisions. And poor blacks must send their kids to educational cesspools designed for holding the throwaways of society. Federal dollars have to continue to flow to these drug filled schools and unfortunately, the parents will always vote for people who reject the idea of their kids going to a place where they might learn.
And the racism drumbeat goes on!
Have a good week. Bill Shuey is a freelance writer from North Carolina.
MY BROTHER’S KEEPER INITIATIVE
President Obama has launched a new initiative to bolster the lives of young people of color. Citing some of his own experiences as a young man, he wants to help these kids make better decisions, gain a better education and become better young adults. This is good. The project has an expenditure of $40 million per year, over a five year period. This is good. I would defend the amount of money being spent by likening this chunk of tax payer money as the equivalent of the change beneath the cushions of the U.S. government’s frat house couch. Not a lot in the grand scheme of things, but worth spending for just the right thing. The goal here appears to be one of creating a generation of people that can become equals with their counterparts in the less disadvantaged world. All of that is admirable, but it will only work if those targeted by the initiative want to change and grow.
I would like to submit a list of concepts that I, personally hope will be passed along to these young men of color (and any at risk colorless young men who need a guide). If the goal of this program is to give young people a “leg up”, so they can overcome the challenges they face just by being being a person of color (or an unfortunate colorless person) and be a contributing member of society, then certain principles should be in place.
In another spectacular lawsuit, a California man is suing a Las Vegas casino for his half a million dollar losses, stating that the casino kept giving him drinks, causing him to blackout and not be aware of his actions. In my world, as this case was filed in court, a large man would come out of an anterior room and strike both the man and his attorney with a shovel in the back of the head. Unfortunately, we don’t live in my shovel wielding world, and it will be up to a judge to take this case based on the evidence at hand.
Let’s try this case in my moral court and look at this objectively. The lawsuit hinges on the Nevada gaming law that prohibits allowing persons who are visibly intoxicated to participate in gaming activity. The plaintiff claims he had some ten drinks in the airport and on the plane prior to arriving at the casino. He was then given an additional plus or minus twenty drinks over a seventeen hour period. To make matters worse, he was given a $500,000 credit line, which he took in increments over a span of a few hours, which he proceeded to lose over said period of time. This man takes prescription medication, and such drugs accelerate one’s level of intoxication. In his mind, the casino took advantage of him, caused him to drink more than he should have, and allowed him to be a victim of poor judgement. These are the facts, and they are not in dispute. Now let’s see if this case holds any water.
It’s happened – China has suffered its first domestic corporate bond default as Chaori fails to meet interest payments on schedule and rather more surprisingly failed to receive a last-minute mysterious or otherwise bailout…
But hey don’t sweat it, Moody’s think it’s great news…
Maybe tell the issuers that couldn’t get their deals off today!!!
Of course what they mean is – maybe the market will finally start pricing in some real risk…
by Michael Snyder
The U.S. government and the Russian government have both been forced into positions where neither one of them can afford to back down. If Barack Obama backs down, he will be greatly criticized for being “weak” and for having been beaten by Vladimir Putin once again. If Putin backs down, he will be greatly criticized for being “weak” and for abandoning the Russians that live in Crimea. In essence, Obama and Putin find themselves trapped in a macho game of “chicken” and critics on both sides stand ready to pounce on the one who backs down. But this is not just an innocent game of “chicken” from a fifties movie. This is the real deal, and if nobody backs down the entire world will pay the price.
Leaving aside who is to blame for a moment, it is really frightening to think that we may be approaching the tensest moment in U.S.-Russian relations since the Cuban missile crisis.
There has been much talk about Obama’s “red lines”, but the truth is that Crimea (and in particular the naval base at Sevastopol) is a “red line” for Russia.
The Israeli naval commandos’ seizure of the Iranian missile ship KLOS C Wednesday, March 6, was the second time in ten days that the IDF had poked a finger in the eye of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, head of the al Qods Brigades, the intelligence-cum-terrorist arm of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). The first instance was the Israeli air strike on Feb. 24 against Hizballah’s arms convoys and missiles on the Lebanese-Syrian border.
In reference to the ship carrying dozens of Syrian-made 302mm rockets from Iran to the Gaza Strip, Israeli military intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi said Thursday, March 6, “We know who was behind this operation and who ran it from start to finish, the Revolutionary Guards and al Qods.”
Al Qods supreme commander is Gen. Soleimani. His agents and operatives are planted deeply across the Syrian war front and in Hizballah’s organization in Lebanon.
DEBKAfile reports: Israel does not buy the distinction drawn by Iran’s leader Ayatollah Ali Khameini for international consumption between the two arms of the Islamic regime: President Hassan Rouhani’s government for the respectable handling of diplomacy and foreign relations, and the IRGC, which is purportedly barred from nuclear negotiations and confined to running the regime’s military, subversive and terrorist operations in areas of conflict, such as Syria, Lebanon and Israel.
President Vladimir Putin rebuffed a warning from U.S. President Barack Obama over Moscow’s military intervention in Crimea, saying on Friday that Russia could not ignore calls for help from Russian speakers in Ukraine.
After an hour-long telephone call, Putin said in a statement that Moscow and Washington were still far apart on the situation in the former Soviet republic, where he said the new authorities had taken “absolutely illegitimate decisions on the eastern, southeastern and Crimea regions.
“Russia cannot ignore calls for help and it acts accordingly, in full compliance with international law,” Putin said.
The most serious east-west confrontation since the end of the Cold War escalated on Thursday when Crimea’s parliament, dominated by ethnic Russians, voted to join Russia. The region’s government set a referendum for March 16 – in just nine days’ time.
by T.L. Davis
This nation is at a balancing point where finally the actions of the government have become so egregious that the moral scale tips. It is a psychological point where a greater degree of Americans are predisposed to believe that the government of the United States is immoral and that opposition to it is moral.
This is a dangerous demarcation line that truly no government can afford to pass. When a government passes that line, bad things happen. Most of the way through the Soviet history the population clung to the myth that Stalin was the savior of the nation, so much so that there were those who lived through it that believed it was all done behind Stalin’s back.
In this country there is the myth that “our government wouldn’t really do that” but there is a point where even the staunchest believers have to give up that illusion. For many that point came as a result of 9-11, when the war on terror began. This is all a little bit simplistic, but for purposes of clarity it needs to be explained this way.
Crimea’s parliament voted on Thursday to join Russia, and its Moscow-backed government set a referendum in 10 days, in a dramatic escalation of the crisis over the Ukrainian region that drew a sharp riposte from U.S. President Barack Obama.
Obama ordered sanctions on those responsible for Moscow’s military intervention in Ukraine, including bans on travel to the United States and freezing of their U.S. assets.
Another attempt by Congress to appear like they will try to restore the Constitution under a tyrannical pResident? Darrell Issa cannot even get Lois Lerner to respect him. What makes him think that Obama will give him any respect. Someone needs to remind Issa that Eric Holder showed him the door during the Fast & Furious hearings. How is that contempt of Congress charge coming along? And once again Boehner is missing in action.
House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.) and Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) laid out their plans to counter President Barack Obama’s executive overreach, in a conference call Thursday.
The House will continue its efforts to push back against the “imperial presidency” next week, by voting on additional legislation that would allow Congress to challenge executive moves in federal court.
“Clearly President Obama has taken the über presidency to a whole new level,” McMorris Rodgers said. “While it’s not new for presidents to stretch their constitutional limits of power, executive overreach has accelerated at a faster pace under President Obama.”
“Throughout his tenure we have witnessed a pattern,” she said. “When the president disagrees with laws, he ignores them. And now that Obamacare isn’t working, President Obama is rewriting his own law on a whim.”
I regularly hear how important it is to hold silver and gold and how dangerous the central banks and their banksters (a combination of bankers and gangsters) really are. I’m sympathetic, of course, since I don’t like central banks and I do like silver and gold.
But these folks have a problem: Their plans never seem to bear any fruit. Mostly, they are waiting for the banksters to lose control, for the financial system to fall down, and for their silver and gold to save them from an apocalypse.
But it has been a lot of years now, and the banksters seem to have no concern about precious metals in the hands of average folks. In short, they don’t fear your silver and gold at all, and I think it’s important to examine why.
There are several obvious reasons why the banksters don’t fear metals in private hands, and then there’s a much bigger reason. Let’s start with the easy ones:
All the reasons above are significant, of course, but there remains a vast amount of gold and silver in private hands. And this could present a serious problem to the banking monopolies, except for one thing: Continue reading
Rep. Gowdy discusses what’s next in the IRS investigation after Lois Lerner pleads the Fifth again.
John Williams of Shadowstats.com says, “Don’t look for the U.S. dollar as the safe haven.” Williams contends, “Historically, the dollar has been the safe haven in a political or financial crisis, but that hasn’t been the case for four or five years now. Instead, what you have seen is a flight to other traditional safe havens such as gold and the Swiss Franc. The dollar has lost its magic. Nobody wants to hold it.” What about the Russians dumping the dollar in retaliation for U.S. sanctions because of the Ukraine invasion? Williams says, “So, if the Russians follow through and convince the rest of the world that they are going to do it and it looks like China may join them, a lot of countries will want to dump dollars and get out ahead of the crowd.”
On the overall economy, Williams says, “It is rolling over, and the numbers are starting to show we are starting into a new recession. Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with John Williams of Shadowstats.com.
Obamacare Architect Zeke Emanuel: You don’t need a doctor for every part of your health care.
Death panels: when a doctor just will not do.
President Obama has changed immigration rules, making it easier for so-called “minor” terrorists to gain asylum in the United States. Is this a good idea? Find out as Tammy Bruce, Scott Ott and Stephen Green discuss granting asylum to terrorists.
The White House on Wednesday announced a new ObamaCare delay that will allow some consumers to keep health plans that do not meet the law’s standards until past the end of the Obama presidency.
The unprecedented move, first reported by The Hill on Monday, will protect vulnerable Democrats in the midterm elections by staving off a wave of cancellation notices that would have hit patients in the final weeks of the campaign.
The policy also means that one of the key features of the Affordable Care Act — minimum healthcare benefit requirements — will not be in place for all Americans when President Obama leaves office.
Senior administration officials insisted that the change will not substantially alter the Affordable Care Act and emphasized that their focus was on flexibility for individuals.
“Given how complex the law is and how many different circumstances people face, we want to show that we don’t have a one-size-fits-all approach,” one official told reporters on a conference call.
by Bill Gertz
North Korea has deployed an indigenous unmanned aerial vehicle capable of attacking ground targets based on stolen U.S. target drones, the Pentagon revealed in a report to Congress.
Images of the North Korean drone in flight were shown as part of a March 2013 military drill, the Pentagon report said.
“The drone appeared to be a North Korean copy of a Raytheon MQM-107 Streaker target drone,” the report said. “North Korean press coverage of the event described the UAV as being capable of precision strikes by crashing into the target.”
The report, “Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea,” is required under 2012 legislation and was made public on Wednesday.
At a recent town hall of constituents in Rubicon, Wisconsin, Republican Rep. Sensenbrenner denied the fact that the voting rights legislation he is sponsoring is racist because it excludes white voters from the protection of the Voting Rights Act. When clearly asked if the Act excludes protections for white voters, Sensenbrenner responds, “It does not do that.”
Sensenbrenner also hired the ACLU to help write and lobby for this bill, so it shouldn’t surprise you that this bill would, according to a legal expert, “plainly give the DOJ renewed power to block any election integrity law in any covered jurisdiction, period. This includes voter ID and requirements registrants prove they are citizens.”
Liz Wahl, said she could no longer be “part of a network that whitewashes the actions of Putin.”
Alright, I have had some fun but this article is satire.
Connecticut has been making news due to their hastily passed gun registration laws. According to some sources as few as 15% of gun owners have actually registered their firearms. News Blogs have been warning state officials are talking about mass confiscations of the unregistered firearms.
Plans for these confiscations hit a snag when a legislative intern dared to ask a question. “Who will be going door to door to take all the guns away?” asked the 21-year-old college senior.
Reportedly multiple people in the room in the most sarcastic voices they could muster said “the police”.
The unnamed intern then pointed at the list and said, “my dad’s name is on the list, and he is the police chief. I see three other names on this list of family members, all cops.”
h/t Matt Bracken
by Michael Snyder
Is the U.S. economy steamrolling toward another recession? Will 2014 turn out to be a major “turning point” when we look back on it? Before we get to the evidence, it is important to note that there are many economists that believe that the United States never actually got out of the last recession. For example, data compiled by John Williams of shadowstats.comshow that the U.S. economy has continually been in recession since 2005. So if anyone out there would like to argue that America is experiencing a recession right now, I certainly would not have a problem with that. In fact, that would fit with the daily reality of tens of millions of Americans that are deeply suffering in this harsh economic environment. But no matter whether we are in a “recession” at the moment or not, there are an increasing number of indications that we are rapidly plunging into another major economic slowdown. The following are the top 12 signs that the U.S. economy is heading toward another recession…
#1 We recently learned that the number of new mortgage applications in the United States had fallen to the lowest level that we have seen in nearly 20 years.
#4 Obamacare is really starting to hammer the U.S. health care industry…
“The Affordable Care Act is creating significant financial uncertainty to health care organizations,” said a survey respondent from the health care and social assistance industry.
“With little warning, the negative impact on revenuehas been unprecedented.”
#5 Trading revenue at the “too big to fail” banks on Wall Street is way down…
Citigroup Inc. (C) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) are bracing investors for a fourth straight drop in first-quarter trading, a period of the year when the largest investment banks typically earn the most from that business.
Citigroup finance chief John Gerspach said yesterday his firm expects trading revenue to drop by a “high mid-teens” percentage, less than a week after JPMorgan Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon said revenue from equities and fixed income was down about 15 percent. If trading at the nine largest firms slumps that much, it would extend the slide from 2010’s first quarter to 36 percent.
Elijah Cummings moved up the list of domestic enemies after his “performance” today defending the pResident. Today’s hearings are a sad commentary on the state of our federal government. Let us hope that people will start to realize the danger our republic is facing from internal threats and tyrants.
Lois Lerner is the poster child for this administration’s policy of transparency.
by Bill Gertz
The risk of war in Asia will increase over the next 10 years as U.S. military forces struggle to maintain their edge amid declining budgets and increasing threats, according the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The dire assessment from Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman, is outlined in the Pentagon’s four-year strategy called the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) that was released Tuesday.
Dempsey stated in the review that he believes the U.S. military will continue to be the most advanced armed force in the world.
But he warns: “In the next 10 years, I expect the risk of interstate conflict in East Asia to rise, the vulnerability of our platforms and basing to increase, our technology edge to erode, instability to persist in the Middle East, and threats posed by violent extremist organizations to endure.”
by Brandon Smith
When one studies history, all events seem to revolve around the applications and degenerations of war. Great feats of human understanding, realization and enlightenment barely register in the mental footnotes of the average person. War is what we remember, idealize and aggrandize, which is why war is the tool most often exploited by oligarchy to distract the masses while it centralizes power.
With the exception of a few revolutions, most wars are instigated and controlled by financial elites, manipulating governments on both sides of the game to produce a preconceived result. The rise of National Socialism in Germany, for instance, was largely funded by corporate entities based in the U.S., including Rockefeller giant Standard Oil, JPMorgan and even IBM, which built the collating machines specifically used to organize Nazi extermination camps, the same machines IBM representatives serviced on site at places like Auschwitz. As a public figure, Adolf Hitler was considered a joke by most people in German society, until, of course, the Nazi Party received incredible levels of corporate investment. This aid was most evident in what came to be known as the Keppler Fund created through the Keppler Circle, a group of interests with contacts largely based in the U.S.
Sales rose 7% for gunmaker Smith & Wesson last quarter.
The growth was fueled by an increase in handgun sales, which surged 30% compared to the same quarter last year.
When will we stop participating in a system which is doomed to fail? A cycle where people who work are enslaved to support people who vote for entitlements for themselves is insanity. Keep voting for the lesser of two evils: until you collapse or join the entitlement class. I wonder how the entitlement class will fare once the system collapses?
President Obama on Tuesday released a $3.9 trillion election-year budget blueprint that would bust the bipartisan budget ceiling agreed to in December with $56 billion in new stimulus spending.
Obama’s 2015 budget includes $302 billion in infrastructure spending and a series of tax breaks for lower-income workers, as deficit reduction takes a back seat to jobs initiatives Democrats hope will be popular with voters.
The president would pay for the new spending by raising taxes on corporations and wealthy individuals.
The last few weeks have been dismally littered with two things. The virtual losses of virtual wealth from virtual currency speculation and the very real losses of very real humans with very real senior financial services positions. Sadly, as NewsWatch reports, tonight sees the two trends converge as the 28-year-old CEO of Singapore-based Bitcoin exchange First Meta has been found dead. The exact reason that may have led to the suicide is not known, and whether the Police have concluded that the cause of death is suicide is also unofficial.
Leaders of the state’s largest school system unanimously voted Tuesday evening on a three-page resolution asking North Carolina lawmakers to repeal legislation that eliminates tenure for public school teachers in return for offering a limited number of teacher pay raises.
The vote was met with a standing ovation from those who packed into the school board meeting room.
The pay provision, included in the state budget last July, is aimed at rewarding teachers based on their performance instead of having a tenure system that authors of the law say “fosters mediocrity and discourages excellence.”
Wake County Board of Education Chairwoman Christine Kushner told reporters Tuesday afternoon that the board has concerns that the law will drive away good educators, hurt recruitment in the state and discourage teachers from working together to share best practices – something the board believes increases teacher effectiveness and heightens student learning.
The pResident promised hope and change. Most sentient Americans knew this was just smoke and mirrors. But now reality has to be addressed by our elected officials.
Do you feel hopeful? Do you think that Russia thinks the United States is a superpower or a paper tiger?
An incredible situation developing in Ukraine as Russia has moved over 15,000 troops in the eastern areas. Russia’s parliament voted over the weekend to give president putin the authority to move Russian troops into Crimea and eastern cities.
So what has President Obama told President Putin and does it even matter? Does the U.S. demand that Russia back away ring of hypocrisy?
Only 24 hours after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a case involving a German homeschooling family, putting members on the path for potential deportation to the persecution they would face in their home country, the federal bureaucracy blinked.
And confirmed that the Romeikes will be allowed to remain in the United States indefinitely, unless, of course, they turn to crime for a livelihood or something like that.
It was on Monday that the Supreme Court released its decision to refuse to intervene in the family’s plight. Members had been granted asylum in the United States in 2010 when a federal judge ruled they would be subject to persecution for their beliefs if returned to Germany.
But the Obama administration refused to accept that, appealing to a higher court, where judges lined up against the family and said they should be sent back to Germany, and persecution. The high court’s refusal to intervene left that ruling standing.
Life is a lot more entertaining with cool friends.
In 1999, my friend Henry Lamb mentioned that he had been attending UN meetings. I thought it sounded intriguing and asked for details. After all, reading about an organization is one thing; actually attending its meetings is another. And because I was so enthused, Henry offered to get me in to the Kyoto accord meetings in Bonn, Germany.
I had preconceptions about the United Nations, of course, but I was looking forward to seeing the real thing in person; only then would I know if my guesses had been correct. So, I made my plans.
The meetings were held in a magnificent hotel, surrounded by hundreds of soldiers and policemen. Everything was absolutely first class. To this day I don’t think I’ve seen its equal in terms of high-end, well-run meetings. Everything was pristine; every need had been considered and addressed in advance.
There were several days of meetings scheduled, some in smaller meeting rooms and others in the big auditorium, complete with language-specific headphones and a bank of professional translators. Again, absolutely first class.
On the second floor of the facility was a huge computer room. There must have been fifty terminals available. The connections were excellent (especially for 1999), and there were always open machines. This was a courtesy, not only for the participants, but especially for the press.
The attendees, as you might suspect, were all well-dressed, and all appeared to be feeling special about attending such impressive, elite meetings. I, on the other hand, had a bit of a Groucho Marx moment: “I can’t believe they let me into this place.”
While the comments by Russian presidential advisor, Sergei Glazyev, came before Putin’s detente press conference early this morning, they did flash a red light of warning as to what Russian response may be should the west indeed proceed with “crippling” sanctions as Kerry is demanding. As RIA reports, his advice is that “authorities should dump US government bonds in the event of Russian companies and individuals being targeted by sanctions over events in Ukraine.” Glazyev said the United States would be the first to suffer in the event of any sanctions regime. “The Americans are threatening Russia with sanctions and pulling the EU into a trade and economic war with Russia,” Glazyev said. “Most of the sanctions against Russia will bring harm to the United States itself, because as far as trade relations with the United States go, we don’t depend on them in any way.”
If I was China or Japan, I would be watching this closely. If one of these three blink, it is game over for the US economy, your life’s savings and the FRN.