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‘Degrade and ultimately destroy’ ISIS update: JV team ‘growing like crazy’

12 hours 37 min ago

**Written by Doug Powers

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Not even a year ago, President Obama pledged to bring down ISIS:

"Our objective is clear: We will degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL through a comprehensive & sustained counter-terrorism strategy." —Obama

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) September 11, 2014

Let’s check in and see how the “JV team” has been brought to its knees since then:

Despite recent developments with Turkey allowing the U.S. to conduct strikes from their bases, the radical Islamic caliphate is showing strong resistance, and their numbers continue to multiply.

“To quote one U.S. official, ISIS’s international branches are growing like crazy,” Engel said on Meet the Press. “ISIS has spread rapidly across north and west Africa, Arabia, Afghanistan, even into the far east. ISIS has expanded far more quickly and extensively than al Qaeda ever did.”

All while a Pentagon inspector general is investigating allegations that intelligence assessments have been skewed to back-burner reality and instead support White House claims that ISIS is losing.

But you know what all this means, right? Time to escalate the war against climate change!

**Written by Doug Powers

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With friends like these: Iran deputy foreign minister welcomes Harry Reid’s Senate filibuster intention

15 hours 8 min ago

**Written by Doug Powers

Harry Reid has accused Republicans who oppose the nuke deal of “empowering” Iran’s hardline ayatollahs. So, irony being what it is, an Iranian deputy foreign minister, who serves at the pleasure of an Ayatollah who waves pompoms while crowds chant “death to American and Israel,” has reportedly offered his full backing of Harry Reid. The Senate Minority Leader has vowed to filibuster attempts to reject Obama’s last hope to salvage a foreign policy legacy the nuclear agreement:

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Americans by a 2-to-1 margin don’t want Congress to put their stamp of approval on the Iran deal, but the Iranian negotiators are appreciative that they have someone in U.S. Congress like Harry Reid looking out for their interests:

Deputy Foreign Minister Hamid Baidi-nejad has welcomed a plan by U.S. Democratic congressmen to filibuster a likely rejection of the Iranian nuclear deal.

Writing on his Instagram page on Saturday, the diplomat said Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid’s recent remarks about the filibuster intentions give a bright perspective about the case, ISNA reported.

Now all Reid’s got to do is try to get Baidinejad elected to the U.S. Senate before the vote.

Remember when Reid was for the filibuster before he was against it before he was for it again?

(h/t @BillKristol)

**Written by Doug Powers

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Lincoln Chafee dooms candidacy after reminding DNC crowd he’s been scandal-free for 30 years

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 17:28

**Written by Doug Powers

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What’ll get a Democrat presidential candidate booed by a crowd full of DNC loyalists? Well, if Hillary’s also in the house and you drop even the smallest of hint that your political career has been on the up-and-up, you just drove the final nail in your campaign’s coffin:

Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee is using his address to the Democratic National Committee to introduce party leaders to his record in the Senate, the statehouse and local government.
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And in a pointed remark that seemed aimed at Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chafee told the DNC: “After 30 years in public service, I’ve had no scandals. That’s not easy in Rhode Island.”

Bragging about going 30 years with no scandal = automatic disqualification and raspberries from the pro-Hillary DNC crowd:

Lincoln Chafee: "After 30 years in public service, I have no scandals." (Some boos from audience)

— Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) August 28, 2015

Chafee claiming to not have any liberal badges of dishonor blew any chance he might have had to be President Hillary’s Metric System Conversion Czar.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Denver corruptocrats’ Chick-Fil-A smokescreen

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 09:58

Denver corruptocrats’ Chick-Fil-A smokescreen
by Michelle Malkin
Creators SyndicateCopyright 2015

Holier-than-thou liberals on the Denver city council are waging war on Chick-fil-A in the name of tolerance and diversity. Now, let me tell you what the squawking is really all about: It’s a distraction, a feint, a mile-high smokescreen.

Spiteful Democrats claim they are upholding progressive “Denver values” by delaying approval of an airport concession contract with the Christian-owned restaurant chain. But the politically correct storm over same-sex marriage (which Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy personally opposes) is convenient cover for the local government’s serial mismanagement, bloated spending and shady contracting practices.

Denver International Airport concessionaires raked in more than $322 million in gross revenue last year amid longstanding complaints of political favoritism and dirty dealing that date back to the facility’s construction in the mid-1990s.

You should know that while Denver’s city council leftists falsely accuse Chick-fil-A of discriminatory practices, they’ve been embroiled in litigation over bid-rigging allegations involving a separate $53 million airport concessions contract. Last fall, a retail group filed suit against the city council rubber-stampers and Denver International Airport officials for allegedly conspiring to help the winning bidder snag a seven-year deal to run the airport’s duty-free shops.

The plaintiffs in the case, DIA Retail, uncovered what they call “systemic” misconduct and manipulation of the award process, including multiple violations of rules prohibiting contact between the winning bidder, Hudson Group, and government officials after submitting their request for proposal.

Then there’s the city’s own audit of the airport’s “disadvantaged concessionaire program” released in May, which showed that Denver officials are much better at preaching to others about “diversity” than practicing it themselves. After finding that half of DIA’s food and beverage revenue was concentrated in the hands of three operators, the auditor exposed “questionable” financial wealth claims by some concession owners certified by the city as “economically disadvantaged.”

Gaming the airport contract system is as popular a Colorado pastime as skiing and rock-climbing.

In April, a jury indicted city employee Larry Lee Stevenson, a supervisor in Denver’s Excise and Licensing Department, for allegedly accepting a cash bribe to help a local business get a deal to run parking operations at the airport. DIA’s nearly $40 million “minority-owned” mechanical construction contract, which the city awarded to black female businesswoman Denise Burgess, is a massive front for non-minority subcontractors, according to a Denver Post investigation last year.

“Burgess Services is not equipped to carry out a mechanical project. It subcontracts the construction work to other companies,” the paper found. “Yet the entire contract value counts toward the airport project’s overall minority- and women-owned business-enterprise participation goal of 30 percent. In reality, minority- and women-owned businesses are doing only a fraction of the work on Burgess’ contract.”

And the cost of that work keeps soaring.

DIA overspending is epidemic. Another scathing audit identified skyrocketing cost overruns in the airport’s hotel and transit construction project — scheduled to soar from an initial estimate of $500 million to at least $730 million — thanks to shoddy recordkeeping and nonexistent oversight.

What kind of financial controllers are at the wheel? Fraudulent accountants like Laura Trujillo, who was fired earlier this summer after the Mountain States Employers Council concluded that “there was no record of Trujillo ever having a CPA license, no record of her ever having applied for such a license, and no record of her ever having applied to take the CPA exam in Colorado.”

Perhaps the sanctimonious Denver city council should spend less time finger-wagging at other businesses and more time minding its own sordid henhouse.

Is this really the best idea?

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 22:58

**Written by Doug Powers

If this doesn’t pump you full of confidence that federal and state governments are coordinating to reduce options for potential terrorists, nothing will:

A Minnesota man, who Homeland Security identifies as a terror suspect who is on the “No Fly” list, now has his Class A commercial license, which will allow him to drive semi-trucks.

The FOX 9 Investigators revealed last May that Amir Meshal was attempting to get his Class A license from a South St. Paul Truck Driving School. The $4,000 tuition was paid for through the state workforce program.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety confirms he was granted the license after passing a road test on August 8.

In May 2014, Meshal was removed and trespassed from a Bloomington, Minn. mosque, Al Farooq, after he was suspected of radicalizing young people who would later travel to Syria. According to the police report, religious leaders said, “We have concerns about Meshal interacting with our youth.” Meshal had previously been asked to leave an Eden Prairie, Minn. mosque for similar reasons.

Worry not though, because the man on the U.S. no-fly list might not be focused on driving big rigs all the time. That’s because he’s trying to be licensed to drive school buses:

A spokesperson said Meshal has also applied for a school bus endorsement, pending the outcome of a criminal background check.

How confidence-inspiring.

(h/t Twitchy)

**Written by Doug Powers

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Thursday open thread: Hillary talks gun control in wake of Va. shootings; Pentagon conforms ISIS threat to match WH narrative

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 09:37

**Written by Doug Powers

There’s a lot going on in the news that I won’t be able to get to individually this week, so here’s a weekday open thread for discussion about anything you like.

Here are a couple things to start it off:

As if the shooting in Virginia on live TV that left a reporter and a photographer dead wasn’t terrible enough, liberal politicians sensed an opportunity to push a political agenda. Among them, Hillary Clinton:

Heartbroken and angry. We must act to stop gun violence, and we cannot wait any longer. Praying for the victims' families in Virginia. -H

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 26, 2015

Just chillin’ in Opportunist-ville.

Hillary followed that up with a slew of specifics about what proposals would have prevented the crime. Wait, no, that didn’t happen.

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President Obama has downplayed ISIS as the “JV team” and touted “success stories” where his administration’s policies have eliminated or greatly reduced terror threats overseas. The Pentagon has been made fully aware that any attempt to insert reality into that narrative is not welcome at 1600 Penn:

Senior military and intelligence officials have inappropriately pressured U.S. terrorism analysts to alter their assessments about the strength of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, three sources familiar with the matter told The Daily Beast. Analysts have been pushed to portray the group as weaker than the analysts believe it actually is, according to these sources, and to paint an overly rosy picture about how well the U.S.-led effort to defeat the group is going.

Reports that have been deemed too pessimistic about the efficacy of the American-led campaign, or that have questioned whether a U.S.-trained Iraqi military can ultimately defeat ISIS, have been sent back down through the chain of command or haven’t been shared with senior policymakers, several analysts alleged.

In other instances, authors of such reports said they understood that their conclusions should fall within a certain spectrum. As a result, they self-censored their own views, they said, because they felt pressure to not reach conclusions far outside what those above them apparently believed.

By the way, these are the same conditions under which the government’s climate change “science” reports and Iran deal analyses are developed. Confident in their veracity?

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Bumped to Sundays we much.

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“Orwell, party of 320 million, your table is ready”:

Here’s a map of how the federal government is working with local communities to create change: http://t.co/ZiyIzAZfuT pic.twitter.com/BzIHWv7P2l

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 26, 2015

I think the green areas are everyplace the EPA has polluted beyond recognition.

Have a good Thursday all!

**Written by Doug Powers

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What is Obama’s top population control freak hiding?

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 09:59

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What is Obama’s top population control freak hiding?
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2015

The most transparent administration in American history is at it again — dodging sunlight and evading public disclosure.

Joining former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her secret servers, former IRS witch hunt queen Lois Lerner and her secret email accounts, former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and her Internet alter egos, and former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and his non-public email account is White House science czar John Holdren.

President Obama’s top climate change adviser is defending his hide-and-seek game in federal court. Earlier this month, the Washington, D.C.-based Competitive Enterprise Institute appealed a D.C. district court ruling protecting Holdren’s personal email communications from Freedom of Information Act requests.

CEI argues that federal transparency law “applies to the work-related records of agency employees regardless of where they are stored. Many agencies routinely instruct their staff to preserve any such documents that they might have on their personal email accounts.” Yet, as head of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Holdren has placed himself above the law and spirit of transparency that Obama fraudulently vowed to uphold.

“It makes little sense to claim that an agency is not ‘withholding’ documents when it refuses to produce documents held by its own chief executive that relate to ‘agency business,'” CEI’s legal brief rightly argues. “Even if OSTP had demonstrated that these emails were not within its actual control — which it did not — its failure to search its director’s personal account would still violate FOIA because any agency records in that account fall within the agency’s ‘constructive control.'”

The White House science czar’s private email account–which was uncovered when CEI unmasked former EPA head Lisa Jackson’s private email aliases, which were used to conduct government business–resides with his former employer, the Woods Hole Research Center. It’s a far-left eco-alarmist group that pushes radical anti-capitalist interventions (Remember “cap and trade”?) to eliminate the decades-long hyped “global climatic catastrophe.” Their ultimate goal? Establishing government rule by eco-technocrats who detest humanity.

To this day, Holdren has escaped questions about his freaky-deaky population-control agenda. Remember, this is the unrepentant sky-is-falling guru who joined fellow whack jobs Paul and Anne Ehrlich in co-authoring “Ecoscience,” a creepy tome that called for saving the planet by proposing that:

–Women could be forced to abort their pregnancies, whether they wanted to or not.

–The population at large could be sterilized by infertility drugs intentionally put into the nation’s drinking water or food.

–Single mothers and teen mothers should have their babies seized from them against their will and given away to other couples to raise.

–People who “contribute to social deterioration” (i.e. undesirables) “can be required by law to exercise reproductive responsibility” — in other words, be compelled to have abortions or be sterilized.

–A transnational “Planetary Regime” should assume control of the global economy and also dictate the most intimate details of Americans’ lives — using an armed international police force.

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy obstinately refused to answer my questions for Holdren on his views about forced abortions and mass sterilizations or on his continued embrace of forced-abortion advocate and eugenics guru Harrison Brown, whom he credits with inspiring him to become a scientist. Holdren’s mentor likened the global population to a “pulsating mass of maggots.”

These are not harmless dalliances of the past. Holdren’s insidious ideology — and his hidden policy communications — now have an untold impact on American taxpayers. He is the top strategist in Obama’s war on carbon, war on coal, war on the West and war on the economy. Holdren is the zealot “right at the heart” (as The New York Times put it) of devising White House climate change initiatives that reward environmental cronies, send electricity rates skyrocketing and kill jobs.

Who is Holdren conducting government business with, and what is he hiding from the public? What data is being doctored, what scientific evidence is being stonewalled in the name of rescuing the planet and consolidating power in the hands of the green elite? It’s time to turn up the heat.

EO signed by Obama in 2009 could doom Hillary’s ‘classified email’ excuses, but at least Biden is smiling

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 06:05

**Written by Doug Powers

Hillary Clinton has said that certain emails she received were marked “classified” by the intelligence community AFTER she received them.

That claim has been blown out of the water (again) for multiple reasons:

The DIA, the NSA, and the NGA, which oversees U.S. government spy satellites, confirmed to Herridge that the information was classified at the time and remains classified now.

The State Department, along with the Clinton team, have maintained that the information was not classified at the time, with Clinton characterizing the situation as a “disagreement” among agencies about what should be classified.

“That has nothing to do with me,” Clinton said last week in Las Vegas.

Herridge noted that under an Obama executive order from 2009, the State Department cannot decide whether information from other agencies should be classified.

She said only the agency that obtains the information can decide whether to mark it as classified.

Still a fan of those Obama EOs, Hillary?

On Tuesday, the Pentagon wouldn’t say if Hillary’s emails compromised classified info. We all know what that probably means, and so do certain others:

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The 2016 race in both parties could be surreal.

**Written by Doug Powers

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‘Not a smidgen of corruption’ moment of paws: Lois Lerner used email under dog’s name for IRS business

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 14:46

**Written by Doug Powers

It’s becoming a real pain keeping track of all the phony email names and self-wiping servers and devices used by this administration. Add Lois Lerner’s dog to the list of those using government email to conduct official business:

The IRS admitted to a federal court there was a second personal email account that Lois Lerner, the official at the heart of the Tea Party targeting scandal, used to conduct agency business.

The email account apparently was set up under the name, “Toby Miles,” which sources tell Fox News is the name of Lerner’s dog.

The admission, first reported by The Washington Times, was made Monday in an open-records lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, a conservative group suing to see Lerner’s emails sent during the targeting of conservative groups filing for tax-exempt status.

IRS lawyer Geoffrey Klimas told the court that as it was putting together a set of documents to hand over to Judicial Watch, attorneys discovered another email account, in addition to her official account and a separate personal email already known to the agency.

“Not a smidgen of corruption”! Contrary to what Obama wanted everybody to think, it looks like those accusing Lerner of hiding something weren’t barking up the wrong tree after all:

“Toby Miles,” according to a former Lerner colleague, is the name of Lerner’s dog: Toby is the dog’s name, and Miles is the surname of Lerner’s husband, Michael Miles.

Anybody else see a Berkowitz-style “my dog made me do it” defense developing for Lerner? It might come to be known as the “Daughter of Toby” trial, except that Lerner may never be held accountable for anything. In this administration, who is?

**Written by Doug Powers

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Latest CMP video: Stem Express CEO proves that baby organ trafficking can be a laughing matter

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 12:37

**Written by Doug Powers

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After going to court to attempt to block the Center for Medical Progress from releasing more videos that have been systematically poking holes in the hull of the SS Planned Parenthood, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled the videos are legal. And with that, the Center for Medical Progress released yet another damning video. One thing’s for sure: Those who actively support and profit from baby organ trafficking sure seem to enjoy good wine and good laughs:

StemExpress is a for-profit biotech supply company that has been partnered with Planned Parenthood clinics across the country to purchase human fetal parts since its founding in 2010. StemExpress’ Medical Director, Dr. Ronald Berman, is an abortion doctor for Planned Parenthood Mar Monte in California.

In the video, Cate Dyer, the CEO of StemExpress, is shown in a lunch meeting with undercover operatives posing as representatives of a biotech firm. Dyer is laughing about how StemExpress purchases fully intact aborted babies from Planned Parenthood. She laughs about how shippers of the aborted babies would give a warning to lab workers to expect such a baby.

“Oh yeah, if you have intact cases — which we’ve done a lot — we sometimes ship those back to our lab in its entirety,” she says.

“Tell the lab its coming,” she laughs about the intact unborn babies. “You know, open the box and go ‘Oh my God,’” Dyer adds.

Today, one day after Dyer attempted to rebut the videos by saying Planned Parenthood doesn’t sell fully intact aborted babies, CMP has released the full 8th video.

The eighth video in the ongoing controversy over Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted fetal body parts shows the CEO of StemExpress, a major buyer of fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood, admitting the company gets “a lot” of intact fetuses, suggesting “another 50 livers a week” would not be enough, and agreeing abortion clinics should profit from the sale.

The lighthearted tone these people maintain when discussing the most disturbing and sickening subject matter makes Hannibal Lecter look squeamish by comparison.

Update:

Some of the people involved in this kind of thing act as if opponents of it are oversensitive, but the fact is, many of its proponents can’t take the truth either:

Researchers ask StemExpress to cut off "hands and feet" so they don't have to think about what they're dealing with pic.twitter.com/ZjksPP8y6l

— John McCormack (@McCormackJohn) August 25, 2015

**Written by Doug Powers

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Obama torches 20,000 gallons of gas to warn that ‘fossil fuel interests’ are conspiring against ‘clean energy’

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 22:10

**Written by Doug Powers

President Obama went to the Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas on Monday, and he didn’t ride his bike:

Air Force One wheels up to Las Vegas. Will consume estimated 21,000 gals of jet fuel for trip to clean energy conf. pic.twitter.com/HocjlD13DW

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) August 24, 2015

After he got to Vegas, Obama alleged that there’s some sort of conspiracy to keep consumers from using that which simply does not exist on a broad scale:

President Barack Obama on Monday accused fossil fuel interests and other critics of his energy policies of trying to restrict consumers from accessing solar, wind and other renewable sources in order to protect the status quo.

“That’s not the American way,” Obama said in a speech at a green energy conference in Las Vegas. “This is about the past versus the future. America believes in the future.”

It was a retooled version of the speeches Obama gave when he was pitching Solyndra, but at least he was recycling. Entire cities aren’t powered by grids that operate on solar, wind or geothermal not because of “fossil fuel interest” conspiracies, but rather for the same reason Obama didn’t land at McCarran in a presidential jumbo jet that runs on kumquats: No such delivery system exists.

But it’s all the Koch brothers’ fault said Obama, as an excited Harry Reid’s sunglasses fogged up just offstage:

The president also questioned the ideological consistency of those who champion free-market solutions, except when the free market is pointing to the wisdom of renewable energy. He singled out billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, who are major donors to Republican political candidates.

Obama prefers the more workable “free market” clean energy solutions supported by progressive billionaires like Tom Steyer. How’s that worked out in California?

**Written by Doug Powers

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