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Against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures,
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Saturday, September 10, 2016

For No Particular Reason, See-Through Edition

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Trouble! Our Courts System

I read THIS from the Daily Signal, and my heart sank (emphases mine):
How Liberal Judges Took Control of 70% of US Appeals Courts

On the campaign trail in 2008, Barack Obama promised to fundamentally transform the United States of America. After nearly eight years as president, he has delivered on one front by reshaping the federal judiciary.

That revolution has been comprehensive, dramatic, and under the radar.

When Obama entered the Oval Office, liberal judges controlled just one of the 13 circuits of the U.S. Court of Appeals. Fifty-five successful presidential nominations later, liberal majorities now control nine of those appeals benches, or 70 percent.

Outside of legal circles the transformation of the influential federal appeals courts has gone largely unnoticed, though.

“The Supreme Court grabs the spotlight, but it hears fewer than 100 cases a year,” Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett said, “while the 13 federal courts of appeals handle about 35,000.”

More than one-third of the 179 judges on federal appeals courts owe their seat to Obama, Willett told The Daily Signal. “That’s a legacy with a capital L.”

Obama also has left his mark on the U.S. District Courts, which are the lower federal courts, successfully appointing 268 judges—seven more than President George W. Bush.

Obama didn’t push federal courts to the left by himself, though, since the Senate must confirm a president’s judicial appointments. And some conservatives complain that Senate Republicans handed over the keys to the judiciary without a fight.

“These nominees can’t be characterized as anything but radical liberals, and the senators knew that when they were voting,” said Ken Cuccinelli, a former attorney general of Virginia who is now president of the Senate Conservatives Fund, a political action committee.


“When Americans vote in November, they’re choosing not just a president but thousands of presidential appointees, including hundreds of life-tenured judges.”
Read the whole thing HERE.

Article III judges are appointed for life. Article III judges include nine on the Supreme Court, 179 on the courts of appeals, nine on the Court of International Trade and 677 for the district courts.

Non-Article III judges include United States magistrate judges and judges of the United States bankruptcy courts, United States Tax Court, United States Court of Federal Claims, and United States territorial courts.

Damn to hell those who twice voted for Obama. His legacy is entrenched in ways we can only begin to imagine!

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First They Came For The Deplorables, and The NeverTrumpers Said, "I Am Not Irredeemable," So They Did Nothing ...

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Won't you feel sorry for the poor Muslims?

Muslim Girl on 9/11:
For many Muslim Americans, its memory is forever etched in our minds, because every day afterwards was a struggle to simultaneously and harmoniously be a practicing Muslim and an American citizen. In the minds of many, it seemed such an identity didn’t exist.
Yup. The real, perpetual, victims of 9/11: American Muslims.
The collection of memories and experiences shared here demonstrate the nuances and challenges of Muslim American women in a post-9/11 America from all over the United States. Every story is uniquely powerful. They will shock you, inspire you, and compel you to reflect on the social and political trajectory of our country.
I was expecting beatings, lynchings, shootings, beheadings, necklacings ... at least a few shivs! But, nothing.

Racisssss and Islamophobes of America: you weak.

All these people whose experiences are provided have left, or have never lived in, Islamic hells. They live in a Western society. They don't mention a single word of negativity to describe the evil responsible for 9/11. They do, however, mock America. They glorify Islam. They blather about intolerance but don't have the sense to realize that they are completely free to do so. According to them, they have been "oppressed" for 15 years.

Oddly enough, they still live here.

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Trump: He Will Rock You - Trump Friend and Fellow Billionaire, Dan Pena, Goes OFF!!!

“He will rock, not only the United States of America, he will rock the world… Respect gets respect. Instead of all this political horsesh*t. If Donald Trump becomes president he is going to rock the planet… If you’re in a foxhole, who do you want in a foxhole with you, Brian? You want some mealy-mouth c*nt, politically correct assh*le? Or you want someone who is going to rip their head off and sh*t down their neck?“
I'm sure it will surprise no one that I say: I LIKE THIS GUY!!!
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Anti-Semitic Incidents at CUNY Are "Protected Speech"

From the New York Post:
Jewish students have been harassed and threatened for their pro-Israel views at CUNY campuses, but the university isn’t a hotbed of anti-Semitism and can do little about “protected” free speech, a report found Friday. 
Two lawyers hired by CUNY in March to investigate several disturbing incidents confirmed that Jewish students had good reason to be fearful at a November 2015 Hunter College rally where people shouted, “Death to Jews.” 
“Some actions, such as pulling a sign from a student’s hands, went beyond offensive speech and were tantamount to assaults,” the lawyers, Barbara Jones and Paul Shechtman of Bracewell LLP, concluded. 
Jewish students have been harassed and threatened for their pro-Israel views at CUNY campuses, but the university isn’t a hotbed of anti-Semitism and can do little about “protected” free speech, a report found Friday. 

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Hollande Calls for France to 'Embrace' Islam

Fuck Islam, and fuck Hollande, and fuck Merkel. They can all go to hell.

Mayors in around 30 towns across France banned burkinis this summer 
Amid much fanfare several of the towns later revoked the ban shortly after President Hollande said Islam can co-exist with Christianity and Judaism 
His popularity is waning but could still run in next year's general election
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"Basket of Deplorables" Plus "Irredeemable" Equals USELESS EATERS

From CNN:
"To just be grossly generalistic, you can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables," Clinton said. 
Clinton then said some of these people were "irredeemable" and "not America."
The Nazis used to call people he did not like "Useless Eaters". Homosexuals were Useless Eaters. Disabled people were Useless Eaters. And ultimately Jews became Useless Eaters.

Hillary has now made it obvious that to her way of thinking Trump supporters are Useless Eaters.
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Keith Jarrett, The Tokyo Encore, from The Sun Bear Concerts

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Basin Street Blues

nothing to see here folks just testing our time stamp

but you can listen to this good stuff

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Tony Williams Quintet, Live in New York, 1989

Wallace Roney on trumpet, Bill Pierce on soprano/tenor sax, Ira Coleman on acoustic double bass, Tony Williams on drums, Mulgrew Miller on acoustic piano.

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Friday, September 09, 2016

Robin Trower
Bridge of Sighs

Day Of The Eagle

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Glenn Reynolds: If You Like the Idea of Checks and Balances and Rule of Law, You Must Vote Trump

From USA Today:
Forget the new dump of Hillary Clinton emails. Forget the phony claims that the missing communications were all about wedding plans and yoga routines. Forget, too, the many requests from Doug Band in which the Clinton Foundation honcho hoped his quos (hefty donations to the Clinton Foundation) would translate into quids (e.g., special access to the secretary). 
Forget them all. The most disturbing aspect about the FBI dump may not be fresh evidence of another Clinton lie. The most disturbing thing about Mrs. Clinton’s continuing email drama may be where she’s telling the truth. Or at least a half-truth. Mrs. Clinton told the FBI it was “common knowledge” at State that she used private email. 
Agents further quote her as saying she “could not recall anyone raising concerns with her regarding the sensitivity of the information she received at her email address.” However unseemly the cashing in of the Clinton family, whatever the trampling of the ethics accord the Clinton Foundation had signed with the White House, even apart from the walking conflicts-of-interests that were Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills, the much larger stink here is this: Mrs. Clinton was allowed to spend her four years as secretary of state off the grid. 
It isn’t so much that Mrs. Clinton set up a personal server so she would not be accountable the way normal political appointees are held accountable. It’s that no one in government stopped her. 
The inspector general’s report notes that when two IT officers expressed their concern in 2010 that her private email system meant federal records were not being preserved, they were told “never to speak of the Secretary’s personal email system again.” 
She has now corrupted the FBI into becoming her own personal Law Enforcement Division. 
She did that as a candidate, not as an actual president. 
What can this crime boss do when she has real power, not just the Foundation's billion dollar slush fund? 
And the FBI and Department of Justice have seemed curiously uninterested in going after people for behavior that, in other circumstances, would be a surefire ticket to federal prison. 
The reason, of course, is that the civil service, though supposedly professional and nonpartisan, has become a Democratic Party monoculture. Federal employees overwhelmingly vote for Democrats, donate to Democrats, and, by all appearances, cover for Democrats as a routine part of doing their job. 
When Richard Nixon tried to weaponize the IRS, top officials at the Service made a stink. Under Obama, the IRS weaponized itself. And, of course, the press is in the tank for the Democrats as usual. Bad news about Obama and Clinton has been soft-pedaled, with reporters sometimes admitting that they don’t want to help Trump. 
So if the choice in 2016 is between one bad candidate and another (and it is) the question is, which one will do the least harm. And, judging by the civil service’s behavior, that’s got to be Trump. 
If Trump tries to target his enemies with the IRS, you can bet that he’ll get a lot of pushback — and the press, instead of explaining it away, will make a huge stink. 
If Trump engages in influence-peddling, or abuses secrecy laws, you can bet that, even if Trump’s appointees sit atop the DOJ or FBI, the civil service will ensure that things don’t get swept under the rug. 
And if Trump wants to go to war, he’ll get far more scrutiny than Hillary will get — or, in cases like her disastrous Libya invasion, has gotten.
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IT Tech Who Wiped Hillary's Emails After Hearing From Her Lawyer David Kendall First Claimed He Couldn't Remember Doing So, Then, When Given Immunity, Admitted He Had Done It Knowing It Was Illegal

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FBI managers instructed to exonerate Hillary Clinton

FBI managers instructed to exonerate Hillary Clinton

The records released last week also reveal that the FBI must have been restrained from the outset from conducting an aggressive investigation. It did not present any evidence to a grand jury. It did not ask a grand jury for any subpoenas, and hence it didn’t serve any. It did not ask a judge for any search warrants, and hence it didn’t serve any. The data and hardware it gathered in the case were given to it in response to simple requests it made.

I counted five times in the report where the FBI lamented that it did not have what it needed. This is the FBI’s own fault. This tepid FBI behavior is novel in modern federal law enforcement. It is inimical to public safety and the rule of law. It is close to misconduct in office by high-ranking FBI officials.

Someone restrained the FBI.

The FBI did not ask Mrs. Clinton aggressive follow-up questions. Her interrogators just blithely accepted her answers. They failed to present her with documents she had signed that would have contradicted what she was telling them — particularly, an oath she signed on her first day in office promising to recognize state secrets when she came upon them and to keep them in secure venues. And agents violated Department of Justice policy by not recording her interrogation when her lawyers told them she would not answer questions if her answers were recorded.
What happened here? The FBI seriously dropped the ball, and Mrs. Clinton was more concerned about being indicted than she was about losing the race for the presidency.

It is apparent that some in FBI management blindly followed what they were told to do — exonerate Hillary Clinton. There is no other explanation for the FBI’s failure from the outset to use ordinary law enforcement tools available to it. Yet some in the FBI are not professionally satisfied by this outcome. They know that a strong case for prosecution and for guilt is being ignored for political reasons.

What else do they know?

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Iran May Have Received as Much as $33.6 Billion in Cash, Gold Payments From U.S.

From the Free Beacon:
In total, “Iran may have received as much as $33.6 billion in cash or in gold and other precious metals,” Dubowitz disclosed. 
New questions about these payments are emerging following confirmation from top Obama administration officials on Thursday that it was forced to pay Iran $1.7 billion in cash prior to the release of several U.S. hostages earlier this year. 
The administration insisted that cash had to be used for this payment. 
Top administration officials were adamant that the cash payments were the best way to ensure that Iran got immediate access to this money due to its ongoing difficulty accessing international funds still sanctioned by the West. 
Lawmakers and others are now pressing the administration to disclose how a slew of other payments to Iran were made in the years leading up to the final nuclear accord. “In July, the Associated Press cited U.S. officials who estimated that Iran ‘brought home less than $20 billion.’ 
Were these funds repatriated to Tehran in cash or in gold and precious metals? Through the formal financial system? Or through some combination?” Dubowitz asked in his testimony before the House Financial Services Committee. 
“The administration should also clarify if the $20 billion dollars is inclusive of the $11.9 billion in [Joint Plan of Action] funds, or if the $20 billion was in addition to the $11.9 billion,” he said. 
“Either way, it is important to understand how funds were sent. The worst-case scenario here is that Iran may have received as much as $33.6 billion in cash or in gold and other precious metals.” 
At least some of this money was likely sent in cash and other assets, according to Dubowitz. The Obama administration was forced to disclose on Thursday that current sanctions and banking restrictions prohibited it from transferring funds to Iran via electronic methods. 
The cash payment of $1.7 billion earlier this year was the easiest way to ensure Iran got immediate access to the money, according to these officials. 
“Iran had to have it in cash,” Paul Ahern, assistant general counsel for enforcement and intelligence at the Treasury Department, told lawmakers. “Iran was very aware of the difficulties it would face in accessing and using the funds if they were in any other form than cash, even after the lifting of sanctions.” 
A cash delivery “was the most reliable way that they received the funds in a timely manner and it was the manner preferred by the relative foreign banks,” Ahren said. Given the situation, it is likely that the multiple past payments to Iran were conducted in a similar fashion, according to Dubowitz. 
“If the White House could only send cash to Iran from the start of the JPOA period through the Tribunal payment that could amount to a grant total of 33.6 billion,” he said. 
“Did any of this money go through the formal financial system? If so, the administration is not being truthful about the 1.7 billion. If many billions arrived in Iran on pallets [of cash] this would be a pretty astounding revelation.” Michael Rubin, a former Pentagon official and expert on rogue regimes, said that cash payments of this nature are “highly irregular.” 
“There’s no reason it needed to be paid now. After all, successive administrations, both Democratic and Republican, have delayed payments so as to avoid funding Iranian terrorism,” Rubin said. 
“Likewise, if the United States freezes accounts linked to al Qaeda or Hamas, releasing it and saying, ‘It’s their money anyway,’ would not be a tenable explanation. Cash payments are highly irregular.”
The article does not make it clear, but I believe this $33.6 billion dollars are the notorious Iranian Frozen Assets:
Iranian frozen assets in international accounts are calculated to be worth between $100 billion[1][2] and $120 billion.[3][4] Almost $1.973 billion of Iran's assets are frozen in the United States.[5] According to the Congressional Research Service, in addition to the money locked up in foreign bank accounts, Iran's frozen assets include real estate and other property. The estimated value of Iran's real estate in the U.S. and their accumulated rent is $50 million.[1] Besides the assets frozen in the U.S., some parts of Iran's assets are frozen around the world by the United Nations.[1]
But if the part of Iran's Frozen Assets which is in the United States was believed to be just under $2 billion, then how and why was Obama able to free up $33.6 billion for Iran?

Was this money released by an International Coalition of nations in response to the Iranian Nuclear Treaty Obama "negotiated"?

What is going on?

Why is the Free Beacon so lacking in any context?

Anyone have any ideas?
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Did Hillary Clinton ‘Dog Whistle’ Call for Assassinating Trump at Press Conference?

From Kristinn Taylor at The Gateway Pundit:
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton held a press conference Thursday morning at the Westchester, New York airport in which she called on ‘every American’ to think of a way to keep her rival Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump from becoming president. 
Clinton’s language went beyond the usual boilerplate ‘I’m doing everything I can to win the election and I need your help’ and veered into dog whistle territory hinting at a call for an assassin to keep Trump from the presidency. 
Clinton said several times that citizens should do ‘everything’ to prevent Trump from being in the White House.
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Sense and Stupidity

The Italians have some sense:
A Moroccan man who served as a "stand-in imam" in a mosque in northern Italy was forcibly repatriated home because he refused to accept Italian constitutional rights such as gender parity, Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said Thursday.
The decision was taken because the man refused to swear on the constitution before taking up Italian citizenship, arguing that his ultra-conservative Salafist Islam beliefs were "fully incompatible" with Italy's fundamental laws.
Man-made Western laws are incompatible with sharia. Period.

Logical conclusion: Italy will have to deport all Muslims.

Of course, the story wouldn't be over without some Western grade-A ignorance and stupidity:
"We are working to create a new model of imam, which we could call 'Italian imam,'" Alfano told the Libero newspaper in July, expressing concern that current Muslim clerics in Italy are all foreign-trained "and therefore have different values from us and sometimes radical inclinations."
WTF? I've been reading this nonsense from France as well. We will have a French Islam. Now, we'll have an Italian Islam or Imam.

Do you have French Christianity or Italian Christianity which is distinct from Egyptian Christianity or Lebanese Christianity?

The borders and the geography don't make a difference. Islam is evil. You can't tweak it by taking out all the demonic stuff and expect Muslims to still follow it. What will the Italians do, anyway? Come up with a New Quran that deletes 90% of the original? Ignore the Islamic canon that states the Procunt Muhammad married a six-years-old girl and then raped her three years later?

Memo to Europeans: Stop treating Islam like a buffet. Muslims won't buy it.

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Police thwart suspected ISIS terror plot in London

From the New York Post:
British authorities broke up a plot by ISIS to unleash a terror strike in London when they nabbed two men — and cops searched several other addresses as part of the probe, officials said. 
The two London residents — 19 and 20 years old — were held by Scotland Yard after the early-morning raid, the Evening Standard of the UK reported. The men were held on suspicion of being involved in the “preparation of terrorist acts.” 
Police declined to release details about the plot or any intended targets. 
The 20-year-old allegedly funded terrorism and failed to disclose information about a terrorist act. The younger suspect allegedly planned terrorist acts. 
Authorities believe the plot was not a random “lone wolf” attack, but something more serious and widespread, Sky News reported. 
The terrorist threat level in the country is considered severe, meaning an attack is highly likely, officials said. 
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe recently said it was a matter of “when, not if” an ISIS attack is carried out in Britain. 
Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, who heads the UK’s counter-terror operations, said his officers were carrying out “hundreds of investigations” into terror suspects and dealing with a “steady flow” of plots by home-brewed jihadists. 
The latest arrests came just days after hate preacher Anjem Choudary, 49, one of Britain’s most notorious Islamic activists, was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison after being convicted of encouraging support for ISIS.
Choudary faced ten years, but the sentence he received was structured such that he will actually be out in 2 1/2 years, not the five he was sentenced to.

Two Muslims arrested as UK police smash “significant” Islamic State jihad massacre plot, search London homes


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Trump Destroys Anti-Science Feminists!

There was a small moment, that few noticed, in the Trump / Clinton town hall, wherein he potentially destroyed the anti-science Left.  Watch my reading of it here:


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Fair and Balanced

A screenshot of MSN's 3 big headlines tonight

GOP pushes back against Trump's Embrace of Clinton

Gary Johnson's Gaffe: What Is Aleppo

Clinton Explains Why She May Appear Aloof

Explains why she may appear?
What about how the email mess may appear?
The Benghazi Mess?
The Clinton Foundation Pay for Play mess?
Just why she's aloof
Trump has home team pushback
Johnson's an incompetent
Clinton's aloof.
Honestly they don't even try to hide it anymore


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FBI Director Comey Should Resign NOW For The Good of the Country

From Roger Simon:
When FBI Director James Comey first let Hilary Clinton off the legal hook, I gave him a reluctant pass. I thought his dressing down of Clinton for being extremely negligent in the handling of national security material, while not indicting her, was vaguely Solomonic, even if I wished it weren't. 
Boy, was I wrong! I am frankly embarrassed. 
The revelations from the FBI interview with Clinton that were shamelessly slipped under the door like a throwaway paper in a cheap motel over Labor Day weekend made me think this: 
If were I an FBI agent, I would despise James Comey. He has humiliated the FBI and all its employees. The institution will never be the same, at least not for decades to come. 
The FBI is no longer an instrument of justice. It is the reverse. It is an obfuscater of justice and an enabler of the rich and powerful. How depressing and disgusting. 
God help our republic. 
Exaggerated? Not in the slightest. 
Consider this: 
Hillary Clinton, who had told us she had one cellphone, turned out to have had thirteen such phones and five iPads, all of which have mysteriously disappeared, two having been smashed by hammers -- this, although the information on all of them was legally government property. Was she arrested for this or even cited? Did the FBI even ask why she did this or why she had so many phones? Some wag on television said she must have been a crack dealer. 
FBI Director Comey's Remarks Were Devastating to Hillary More importantly, did the FBI even ask her the most obvious of questions: why in the world did she put ALL her government emails on a private home-brew server (and then have them deleted with the most advanced data eradication software available -- five stars on CNET -- two days after these emails came under subpoena)? Was that because the equally obvious answer -- to avoid any possible public scrutiny of her actions (for a variety of suspicious reasons) -- is itself felonious?
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Owner Of A Lonely Heart


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Thursday, September 08, 2016

FEC commissioner warns Dems are gunning for conservative media

Add this MR's post yesterday. If Hillary wins, her administration will be a threat not only to our opinions - but our lives.


A key Federal Election Commission Republican warned Wednesday that liberals are moving aggressively to "amend the First Amendment" so that conservatives are silenced and businesses are chased "out of the democracy."
In some the toughest criticism leveled at Democrats, Commissioner Lee E. Goodman said that the attack started once the Tea Party changed American politics in the 2010 election and now dominates the politics of the Left.
"It has triggered a very aggressive movement by people to amend the First Amendment, left intellectuals have placed it on the table," Goodman said on Boston's Howie Carr show."The general tenor of the Left in American politics today has certainly spoken out against First Amendment rights. It has been a reversal over the last 50 years," he added, citing FDR Democrats who defended socialists and communists.
From trying to reverse the Citizens United decision to using the IRS to kill Tea Party groups, Goodman said that the Democrats have moved to change free speech in the country."I have been concerned about bias both in how complaints are brought to the commission just like in the way, the lobbying campaign for Lois Lerner. It was all one sided. But generally I try to make my First Amendment case by pointing out that we have to impact liberal and conservative speech in the same way. But I have been concerned from time to time about every time a conservative group comes up, somehow, some way, exceptions and distinctions are made and this is the problem giving government the power to regulate speech in the first instance because ultimately human beings have to make that decision," he told Carr.
"It's now the left attacking conservative speakers, like free market speech because they are concerned that the big corporations might convince somebody, they might speak about free market economics," he said, adding that liberals want to "chase them out of the democracy."
Democrats on the FEC have led the attacks, publicly calling for reversal of Citizens United and even for regulating conservative news sites like the Drudge Report.

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Germany descending into martial law over fear of Islamic State attack

From Jihad Watch:
MAINZ, Germany — Germany is preparing to train troops to be deployed within its borders for the first time since World War II amid fears of terrorist attacks. The country’s armed forces will hold joint drills with police early next year, officials confirmed. 
Authorities stress that counterterrorism measures will primarily remain the responsibility of police. However, the potential for large-scale attacks have made the use of German military assets “conceivable, even probable,” according to Lt. Gen. Martin Schelleis, the Bundeswehr’s chief of joint support services. 
Plans to involve soldiers in counterterrorism operations — and the suggestion troops could also be used to beef up security in public places — have proved controversial in a country only seven decades removed from totalitarian rule that’s still grappling with guilt from the Nazi era. 
A 2012 constitutional court ruling paved the way for the deployment of the Bundeswehr on German streets in the aftermath of an attack. 
Until then, Germany’s constitution had allowed for domestic military missions only under special circumstances — such as natural disaster relief. 
The restrictive legal framework was instituted as a result of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler’s abuse of state powers. Schelleis suggested that a terrorist attack could qualify as “such a grave disaster” to allow the armed forces to support the police…
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Don't travel to Britain

Sky News:
The advice in Air China's inflight magazine came to light after Beijing-based journalist Haze Fan posted a picture of the article on Twitter.
Social media users were quick to pick up on the article, which has been described as "ignorant" and "blatantly racist".
What was this horrible advice?
"London is generally a safe place to travel, however precautions are needed when entering areas mainly populated by Indians, Pakistanis and black people. We advise tourists not to go out alone at night, and females always to be accompanied by another person when travelling."
Where did the Chinese get these weird ideas?
Ahmed Mohammed Ibrahim, 17, was repeatedly hit across the head with a samurai sword, baseball bat, machete and metal pole after being chased in Sefton Park, Liverpool, in March this year [2008].
Totally racist.
Likely Islamophobic.
The advice is quite sensible. Most tourists in the world aren't rushing to Pakistan and Africa every year. Soon, they'll simply refuse to visit Londonistan as well.

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This Week On The Gathering Storm

Listen to The Gathering Storm Radio Show, hosted by WC and Always On Watch.

The show broadcasts live for 30 minutes every Friday beginning at noon, Pacific Time.

The call-in number is 646-915-9870. Callers welcome!

Our scheduled guest is IQ al-Rassoli.

Listen to the September 9, 2016 edition of The Gathering Storm Radio Show, live or later, by CLICKING HERE.

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On Israeli TV, Hillary Clinton Says Terrorists Are Praying for a Trump Victory, Says Trump is Committing Treason by Running for President

From the New York Times:
JERUSALEM — Hillary Clinton suggested in a television interview in Israel, broadcast on Thursday, that the Islamic State is “rooting for Donald Trump’s victory” and that terrorists are praying, “Please, Allah, make Trump president of America.” 
Speaking with Israel’s Channel 2, Mrs. Clinton said that by singling out Muslims during his campaign, Mr. Trump had played into the hands of extremists and helped their recruitment efforts, in effect “giving aid and comfort to their evil ambitions.”
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Liberal Sweden turns on migrants amid unprecedented rise in violence and sex attacks

From The Express:
The study claimed the previously welcoming country has now reached its tolerance limit following months of migrant violence, sexual assaults and the death of asylum worker Alexandra Mezher in January this year. 
In 2015 alone Sweden, with a population of 9.5million, received over 160,000 asylum applications and the country is expected to take as many as 190,000 refugees, or two per cent of the population, before the end of 2016. 
As the crisis reached a peak last summer with millions migrants opting to take the deadly trip over the Mediterranean to reach the continent, Swedes initially welcomed the asylum-seekers on humanitarian grounds. 
However as Swedish police warn they do not have the resources to tackle the increasing violence with more than 50 areas with a high proportion of migrants being listed as “no-go zones”, the people’s patience with the visitors is wearing thin. 
The new poll revealed that fewer Swedes are now willing to donate clothes and money to asylum-seekers, despite the people donating almost 19.4 billion (£17bn) in 2015. 
Inizio pollster Karin Nelsson told Aftonbladet: “We have taken in many refugees who have not yet been integrated, and the debate is ongoing. 
“Many people in the survey wondered how taking even more in would work. Some also think that other countries should take more responsibility.” 
The study found that the population had grown increasingly sceptical of the migrant crisis with 60 per cent, compared to 34 per cent last year, of the surveyed saying Sweden should take fewer asylum-seekers. 
It also found almost three quarters (65 per cent) of the people have lost faith in the government’s ability to handle the situation.
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Colon Powell Said He Didn't Advise Hillary On How To Use Personal Email, BUT HE DID

Diseased Colin

From MSN:
Former secretary of State Colin Powell advised his successor, Hillary Clinton, on how to circumvent federal records requirements in a newly released email exchange about how best to handle communications over digital devices. 
The email, dated two days after Clinton was sworn into office in 2009, was released by Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee. 
Cummings also included documentation showing that, during his tenure, Powell had sent classified emails over his private AOL account - but as of July, had still not responded to a request to contact his service provider to retrieve them. 
"I had an ancient version of a PDA and used it," Powell said in the exchange with Clinton. "If it is public that you have a Blackberry," he said, "it may become an official record and subject to the law." 
"Be very careful," warned Powell. "I got around it all by not saying much and not using systems that captured the data," he said. 
The exchange shows that Powell gave Clinton “a detailed blueprint on how to skirt security rules and bypass requirements to preserve federal records, although Secretary Clinton has made clear that she did not rely on this advice," said Cummings. 
It "also illustrates the longstanding problem that no secretary of State ever used an official unclassified email account until the current secretary of State," said Cummings.
No wonder Trump says he will enforce rules on security clearances and the exchange of information. Of course what Mr. Powell did is not on scale, nor for the same reasons, as Mrs. Clinton. He probably did it for convenience whilst she did it to hide things and use the Department of State as personal real estate. But it begs the question. How "Fast and Furious" are people with clearances dealing from the deck on these things? Do we need to worry about hackers when things are so slipshod at this level? Hmmm
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Humpday Blues

Mississippi John Hurt
My Creole Belle

Richland Woman Blues



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Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Seven Spanish Angels

Jamey Johnson & Alison Krauss

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Seems I'm not the only paranoid blogger out there. Just a few days ahead of the curve.

Zero Hedge:

If Donald Trump Wins US Election, Will Hillary Clinton Nullify Results Because Of Vladimir Putin?

Submitted by Alex Christoforou via TheDuran.com,
Call it “Plan B”…It’s all being laid out, right at our feet . On Google and Facebook, during US late night shows, through CNN, MSNBC, the Washington Post and New York Times.
It will be the final death of whatever was left of American democracy.
The test run was accomplished with few casualties during the Democratic primaries, where Hillary Clinton and the DNC assured victory by rigging the entire voting process.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz lost her job as DNC Chair, but found a better job with the Clinton Campaign, and then won her Democratic primary Congressional District in Florida with little difficulty.
Bernie Sanders, who had the election stolen right from under his feet, fell quickly in line with his masters, and pathetically kissed Hillary’s ring in an embarrassing display of beta manhood.
Now we are all being prepared for the ultimate con. The Ocean’s Eleven of heists. The Presidency of the United States of America. The preparation is well underway.
The entire Democratic party is in on it. No one in the party speaks poorly of Clinton, no one questions her “careless” behavior, if not completely illegal and treasonous crimes.
The main stream media is all in on it. They censor Hillary fuck ups daily. The hide her obvious health issues. They ask her softball questions like “how was your labor day weekend?”…that is when they can actually get an audience in front of the recluse candidate.
Hollywood is all in on it. Late night TV stars bash Donald Tump relentlessly, and leave Hillary untouched. George Clooney, Will Smith, Leonardo DiCaprio, Justin Timberlake…all the big name A list stars are #WithHer.
Alternative news media sites are also in on the it. The Young Turks was a heavy Sanders supporter, now they gush at Hillary and have mounted a massive Youtube campaign against Trump.
Even the FBI is in on it. What was a slam dunk indictment turned into a total farce. New email releases show just how complacent the FBI was during its Hillary questioning. They let her walk. Any other American who had committed half of what Hillary had done would be locked up for life.
And Barack Obama is in on it. Last week we were all teased with the news that the Obama administration and the Department of Homeland Security were considering a seizure of state election infrastructure before the ballots open in November.
Plan B is in full effect. The polls are tightening…and tightening fast.
Hillary’s August cushion has completely evaporated. Hillary spent August in hiding. People asked questions. “Where is Hillary?”  When she did appear it was a disaster.
She coughs without end. When she does manage to string two sentences together all she can do is toss around blame for her utter incompetence, on other people and shadowy entities (“Alt-Right?”).
The “things” that Clinton talks about, that derail her holy liberal ascendance to the thrown, is Plan B in full effect…and everyone is in on it.
Russia. Vladimir Putin. Manchurian candidate Donald Trump. Breitbart. Election hacking.
Plan B was unnecessary in August, but now the numbers coming in have unnerved the establishment. It is time to make Hillary’s presidency a 100% guarantee.
Zerohedge points out that…
Just a few short weeks after Hillary Clinton’s convention propelled her to an 8-point lead among registered voters in an early-August CNN/ORC Poll, Clinton’s lead has largely evaporated despite a challenging month for Trump, which saw an overhaul of his campaign staff, announcements of support for Clinton from several high-profile Republicans and criticism of his campaign strategy. Hillary on the other hand, has suffered from the latest FBI document release Snafu, which has further dented her credibility, while concerns about her health continue to spread among the general public.

Just days after the latest Reuters/IPSOS poll showed Trump jump to a surprising lead, and wiping away what some had said was an “insurmountable” Hillary lead, moments ago the first post-labor day poll by CNN/ORCshowed that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton start the race to November 8 on essentially even ground, with Trump edging Clinton by two points among likely voters, and the contest sparking sharp divisions along demographic lines in a new CNN/ORC Poll.

Trump tops Clinton 45% to 43% in the new survey, with Libertarian Gary Johnson standing at 7% among likely voters in this poll and the Green Party’s Jill Stein at just 2%.
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Even more alarming for Hillary Clinton…the difference in independent support.
Among those likely to turn out in the fall, both candidates have secured about the same share of their own partisans (92% of Democrats back Clinton, 90% of Republicans are behind Trump) but independents give Trump an edge, 49% say they’d vote for him while just 29% of independent voters back Clinton. 
Numbers never lie, and the recent polling numbers (tweak them as much as you want), show Trump surging, and Hillary imploding. Plan B time.
When Donald Trump wins the US Election, the Russian hacker narrative will be disseminated on to the dumbed down, conditioned public. Media, internet, social…full on distribution. The title is already in place…
“Russian hackers, under the control of the evil Vladimir Putin, have the capability to hijack US election systems, in order to secure a victory for Russian controlled candidate Donald Trump,” unnamed NSA officials said to CNN.
Barack Obama will spring into action and declare the entire US election process “may have been” hacked.
Evidence is not needed, and can always be given in the form of tweets and FB posts, without having to actually disclose hard facts (those will be marked “C” for classified).
Obama then suspends the election results.
The NSA, FBI, CIA begin investigations into the possible hack as disclosed by unnamed sources. The Justice Department, under the always reliable Loretta Elizabeth Lynch, certifies all findings from the investigation.
Hillary Clinton is declared the winner.
Priority number one, Russian aggression. Syria no-fly zones are imposed to challenge Russia’s strength in the Middle East. US Secretary of State Victoria Nuland activates neo-nazi terrorists cells to stir up false flag in Ukraine. Sanctions are ramped up. The bankrupt and corrupt European Union leaders do as President Hillary commands.
America’s cancerous internal problems are washed away under an all out economic, military, and cyber attack against Russia. China, is next.
Don’t think for even one minute that the plan to steal the US election, when Donald Trump wins, has not already begun.
Russia is being positioned to kill two birds with one stone. Hand Hillary the election victory, and then give the new President the casus belli to confront Vladimir Putin. A final Hollywood showdown between good and evil…distracting the American public from the mounting problems at home.
Zerohedge lays out how Plan B is quickly unfolding…
Hillary is now joining in on the “fear mongering tour” telling a rally in Illinois that there is “credible evidence” for U.S. intelligence officials “to pursue an investigation into Russia’s efforts to interfere with our election.” Per NBC News, when asked recently whether she thought Putin was interfering with U.S. elections in an effort to help Trump, Hillary responded with her favorite, folksy, Arkansas saying:

“If you find a turtle on a fence post, it didn’t get there by accident.  I think it’s quite intriguing that this activity has happened around the time Trump became the nominee.”

Isn’t she just so down to earth and relatable?  For some reason we’re suddenly reminded of another saying that involves glass houses and stones.

Hillary continued with the usual rhetoric painting Trump as just another of Putin’s “useful idiots.

The Democratic nominee told reporters on her plane that Trump has “urged the Russians to hack more, and, in particular, hack me, and he has generally parroted what is a Putin-Kremlin line.”

The allegation against Russia by U.S. intelligence officials “raises further questions about Trump,” Clinton added, “and I think those are questions the American people should be asking and answering.”

The Republican nominee, she said, has “very early on allied himself with Putin’s policies … And he furthermore has praised Putin, he seems to have this bizarre attraction to dictators, including Putin.”

Ironically, Hillary’s comments came just hours after the Washington Post joined in on the accusations on “Russian plan[s] to disrupt November elections.”  The report came despite a U.S. intelligence official cautioning the Post that there is no “definitive proof of such tampering, or any Russian plans to do so.”

U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies are investigating what they see as a broad covert Russian operation in the United States to sow public distrust in the upcoming presidential election and in U.S. political institutions, intelligence and congressional officials said.

The aim is to understand the scope and intent of the Russian campaign, which incorporates ­cyber-tools to hack systems used in the political process, enhancing Russia’s ability to spread disinformation.

A Russian influence operation in the United States “is something we’re looking very closely at,” said one senior intelligence official who, like others interviewed, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive matter. Officials also are examining potential disruptions to the election process, and the FBI has alerted state and local officials to potential cyberthreats.

The official cautioned that the intelligence community is not saying it has “definitive proof” of such tampering, or any Russian plans to do so. “But even the hint of something impacting the security of our election system would be of significant concern,” the official said. “It’s the key to our democracy, that people have confidence in the election system.”

Seems that Hillary is more than willing to allege fire when it is politically expedient and despite no “definitive proof” while dismissing the many plumes of smoke surrounding her various personal scandals as mere “conspiracy theories” conjured up by “alt-right” nut jobs.

Certainly, any credible threat aimed at undermining the confidence of the American electorate in the election process is something that should be taken very seriously.  However, propagating rumors and speculation of such a serious threat against our democracy without any “definitive proof” is wildly irresponsible.


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Millions of men in their prime working years have dropped out of the workforce.
In 1940, near the end of The Great Depression when conservative efforts to stop most of The New Deal that had stalled recover began to take hold, the U.S. Labor force was 56,180,000, largely working age males age 25-54. Those unemployed numbered 8,120,000.

Doing your basic remedial arithmetic that's 14.5 % unemployment.

Applying the same basic remedial arithmetic to the 1 in 6 stat above gives us an unemployment rate of 16.7%.

Still believe there is no depression?

In August the labor force participation rate was 62.9%.

In May it had hit a record 62.6%, 94,708,000 not In the labor force.

Record 94,708,000 Americans Not in Labor Force; Participation Rate Drops in May

(CNSNews.com) - A record 94,708,000 Americans were not in the labor force in May -- 664,000 more than in April -- and the labor force participation rate dropped two-tenths of a point to 62.6 percent, near its 38-year low, the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday .
When President Obama took office in January 2009, 80,529,000 Americans were not participating in the labor force; since then, 14,179,000 Americans have left the workforce -- some of them retiring and some just quitting because they can't find work...
...The unemployment rate in May dropped to 4.7 percent, BLS reported, less than half of its Obama-era high of 10 percent in October 2009.
But the labor force participation rate has deteriorated over Obama's two terms.
When Obama took office in January 2009, shortly before the recession ended, the labor force participation rate was 65.7 percent. The following month, it reached an Obama-era high of 65.8 percent, and then it began its seven-year downward spiral, hitting 62.4 percent in September 2015, its lowest point since 1977. 
As for me I'm still at The Big Box Retailer but even with that, hours are being cut and it is etting harder to pay the bills.

Taking all of the above and what has happened these last 8 years, you tell me who you would rather roll the dice on in November.

Oh yeah, read this crap if you want, but to me it sounds like NPR is insinuating this problem is largely self inflicted by the unemployed themselves.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.


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Electronic Soup Cards

clearly sundance has been to The Church

I've been preaching the same thing for years.

The Last Refuge:

Right Now We Have Longest Soup Lines In History of America, You Just Can’t See Them…

“Electronic Soup Cards”

That term, “electronic soup cards“, is simply brilliant.  It is powerfully brilliant because it is entirely correct.
As a person who searches for simple word assemblies to covey significant issues, I must admit that concise terminology is the best turn of words I’ve heard in years.
Factually, if the number of American people on EBT or SNAP welfare benefits had to line up for soup and meals (instead of just get money on an electronic card for use anywhere), there would be massive lines, miles-long lines, all day and all night in hundreds of thousands of soup kitchens nation-wide.   Such visibility would make the soup lines of the great depression seem insignificant by comparison.
The EBT and SNAP cards are exactly that, “Electronic Soup Cards”.

The term comes from a comment by JRD which leads to a written article by The Burning Platform.  Which includes the following paragraphs:
[…]  Apologists for the status quo contend the last eight years couldn’t possibly be classified as a depression. The narrative of economic recovery has been peddled by corporate media mouthpieces, feckless politicians, Too Big To Trust Wall Street bankers, Federal Reserve puppets, and government apparatchiks flogging manipulated data as proof of economic advancement. They point to the lack of soup lines as proof we couldn’t be experiencing a depression.
First of all, if there were soup lines, the corporate media would just ignore them. If they don’t report it, then it isn’t happening. Secondly, the soup lines are electronic, as the government downloads the “soup” onto EBT cards so JP Morgan can reap billions in fees to run the SNAP program. Just because there are no pictures of starving downtrodden Americans in shabby clothes waiting in soup lines, doesn’t mean the majority of Americans aren’t experiencing a depression.  (read more)
This.  Exactly this.
“Electronic Soup Cards” perfectly encapsulates the systemic lie behind the economic conditions sold to the American electorate.
“Electronic Soup Cards” hide a reality, that if truly visible -if people actually had to line up for meals created as a result of that governmental expenditure- would crush the professional political apparatchik within hours.
Not within months, weeks or days…. within HOURS.
The only difference between the historical soup lines (featured in imagery above) and today, is a reality that today’s soup lines are invisible.
That, my friends, is a cognitive paradigm shift.
“Electronic Soup Cards” is the perfect term to instantaneously deconstruct the Liberal/Fabian ideologues.   That is a powerful term, and so easy to clarify to the disconnected political observer.
A term we should all begin using immediately.

“Will Vote For Soup”

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Fuck Mark Levin


Too fucking little, too fucking late.

Go fuck yourself, Mark Levin. Fuck you, you fuckin' MAVERICK FAGGOT.
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BREAKING NEWS: Car packed with explosive gas cylinders is found outside Paris's Notre Dame cathedral as police arrest 'radicalised' vehicle owner

From The Daily Mail:
Seven gas cylinders found in car close to Notre Dame cathedral in Paris 
The vehicle was found with its hazard lights on last Saturday night 
Car's owner, now in custody, is on watchlist of suspected religious radicals
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The Flight 93 Election: Charge the Cockpit or You Die

From Claremont:
2016 is the Flight 93 election: charge the cockpit or you die. You may die anyway. You—or the leader of your party—may make it into the cockpit and not know how to fly or land the plane. 
There are no guarantees. Except one: if you don’t try, death is certain. 
To compound the metaphor: a Hillary Clinton presidency is Russian Roulette with a semi-auto. With Trump, at least you can spin the cylinder and take your chances. To ordinary conservative ears, this sounds histrionic. The stakes can’t be that high because they are never that high—except perhaps in the pages of Gibbon. 
Conservative intellectuals will insist that there has been no “end of history” and that all human outcomes are still possible. They will even—as Charles Kesler does—admit that America is in “crisis.” 
But how great is the crisis? Can things really be so bad if eight years of Obama can be followed by eight more of Hillary, and yet Constitutionalist conservatives can still reasonably hope for a restoration of our cherished ideals? Cruz in 2024! 
Not to pick (too much) on Kesler, who is less unwarrantedly optimistic than most conservatives. And who, at least, poses the right question: Trump or Hillary? Though his answer—“even if [Trump] had chosen his policies at random, they would be sounder than Hillary’s”—is unwarrantedly ungenerous. 
The truth is that Trump articulated, if incompletely and inconsistently, the right stances on the right issues—immigration, trade, and war—right from the beginning. 
But let us back up. One of the paradoxes—there are so many—of conservative thought over the last decade at least is the unwillingness even to entertain the possibility that America and the West are on a trajectory toward something very bad...
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Does Ted Cruz' CRAZY Wife Still Work for Goldman-Sachs?

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