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Rock On Texas! State Senate Passes Anti “Sharia Law” Bill — Could It Be A Trend?

dMay 29, 2015

By Lorra B.

In Texas Sharia law is now being called an anti-Sharia law. Liberals and Muslims are ‘outraged’ by the Senate passed law.

According to Conservative Post, Senator Campbell said, “It’s just to provide some belt and suspenders to make sure that, with judicial discretion, we don’t trump Texas law, American law, with a foreign law regarding family law.”

Texas House Bill 562 is meant to keep foreign laws pertaining to things such as parental rights and marital rights out of the American court systems.

There are those who feel this is nothing but a guise to promote Islamophobia, but there has been no merit to this claim as of yet and the bill will now head over to the desk of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.

The fight will be on you can be assured as the Senate is not unanimously pleased with Campbell’s bill.

“What foreign law are you attempting to prevent being used, and can you give examples of where it has created a problem in the state?”

“No foreign law,” was Campbell’s response. “This just provides a contest for judicial discretion.”

Texas is not alone in their Sharian Law battle. If the bill is signed into law, it would make Texas the 10th state to enact similar laws. Florida, Alabama, Washington, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Kansan, Arizona, Louisiana, and Tennessee have similar statutes.

Arguing that it could create ‘legal uncertainty,’ the American Bar Association has rejected the ban. This will be interesting to see play out.

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U.S. Military Wants China To Know They Are Losing Patience

dMay 29, 2015

CNN: By Jim Sciutto

CNN’s Jim Sciutto recently got exclusive access to a U.S. Navy surveillance plane on a secret mission near China, where they flew over a string of man-made islands. China’s Navy issued eight warnings to the plane and told it to leave the area. On Tuesday, Jim answered questions from the Reddit community during anAsk me anythingsession. Below are highlights from the conversation.

1. If your flight was warned eight times, I guess the flight crew didn’t take it very seriously then?

The flight crew was prepared — and read a scripted response saying that the U.S. considers the airspace there international. Frankly, both sides were very professional and calm, although I did hear frustration in the voice of one of the Chinese Navy radio operators when he yelled, “You go now!”

This was not the first U.S. flight over the islands but it is the first one the U.S. advertised broadly by bringing a TV crew on board. That was intentional and, judging by the Chinese government reaction, seems to have accomplished its goal of sending a message.

2. Did the crew show any change in posture/emotion when the warnings were received?

Frankly, it did not. They have flown these flights before and been challenged by the Chinese Navy before. A few months ago, it was a different story when a Chinese fighter did a barrel roll in front of a U.S. surveillance flight much closer to the Chinese coast. The U.S. formally complained to China and — I’m told — China promised it wouldn’t happen again.

CNN exclusive: China warns U.S. surveillance plane

3. How capable is China of shooting down the aircraft, even if flying at around 15,000 feet? Do eight warnings seem a bit redundant in their case?

Good question: for now, the flights are too far from to Chinese coast to be in range of Chinese fighter aircraft. Chinese naval ships are nearby though — we saw them! — and could have the weapons on board to threaten a U.S. aircraft but at this point, firing at a U.S. plane would be a clear act of war and therefore extremely unlikely.

4. If you were on a spy plane … why announce it to the world?

Again, fair question: clearly, in this case, the U.S. military wanted the world to know. Fact is, by bringing a CNN crew on board, the military wanted not only to show the world the extent of China’s activity but also show China that the U.S. is watching and, frankly, losing patience. In terms of sending a message, that tactic seems to have worked.

5. How does this type of access affect your reporting? Is bias not a concern with the networks anymore?

This is a very fair question. It’s my personal view that embedding during the second Iraq war often served the military’s interests. When you’re with troops — and your life, frankly, depends on them — it takes a real effort to separate your own point of view from theirs. I faced that challenge myself and hope I found a way to do it. I had the same concern going up in the surveillance flight. All you can do is ask hard questions and attempt to tell both sides of the story as best you can. But we all have to be very vigilant.

6. Do you think that these actions could deteriorate to an armed conflict over these islands?

Though neither side wants it, it is possible. And it most likely wouldn’t happen by choice. Rather, the worry is that a Chinese plane comes too close to an American plane or a Chinese ship too close to a U.S. ship. Do they bump? Does one go down? Fact is, this has happened before. In 2001, a Chinese fighter bumped a U.S. EP-3 surveillance plane. The Chinese fighter went down, the EP-3 did an emergency and dangerous landing on a Chinese island and were held for several days. The same encounter today, with China’s military much stronger, would be extremely dangerous.

More at CNN

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Veterans Administration Manager Pushed Subordinates to Attend Psychic Readings

dMay 29, 2015

The Washington Free BeaconBY:

A senior Veterans Affairs official misused her position by encouraging subordinates to pay for psychic readings, federal watchdogs said on Thursday.

Lucy Filipov, the assistant director of the VA’s Philadelphia regional office, pressured employees to attend a private gathering, where a colleague’s wife charged them for the readings, the department’s inspector general said in a report.

Gary Hodge, the psychic’s husband and a pension manager in the regional office, failed to report income from his wife’s psychic business on financial disclosure forms, in apparent violation of ethics rules, the report found.

The report focused on a June 6 social gathering at Filipov’s home. She used her official VA email account to organize the event and recruit employees to attend and pay for Hodge’s wife’s services.

“The employees told us of their reticence [sic] with their paid psychic participation, and said that they generally wanted to participate, but exhibited some reservation,” the IG reported.

Despite their reluctance, employees who attended the event told the IG that they paid between $15 and $35 for Hodge’s wife’s services.

VA’s Philadelphia office, one of its largest regional centers, has been plagued by scandal over the last year in the wake of reports of rampant mismanagement and attempts to cover up abuses exposed by internal whistleblowers.

Thursday’s report suggests that Filipov’s inappropriate promotion of a colleague’s wife’s psychic business interests could exacerbate employee mistrust of VA management.

The IG expressed some confusion over whether she is a psychic or a medium.

“In general, a psychic is someone with the ability to see future events or discern someone’s fate, whereas a medium communicates with deceased spirits,” the report explains.

At varying times, Hodge’s wife described herself as a psychic and a medium. “Therefore, in the absence of a clear definition and based on records and testimony, we refer to Mr. Hodge’s spouse as both a psychic and a medium within this report.”

The IG concluded that Filipov violated federal ethics rules, which forbid employees from using their official positions to promote the financial interests of family, friends, or colleagues.

“When Ms. Filipov realized the spouse required a minimum of six attendees to pay for readings, she immediately began recruiting her subordinates and personal friends,” the IG found.

More at The Washington Free Beacon

Disclaimer: This article was not written by Lorra B.

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WHY WE CAN BELIEVE THE “CLINTON CASH” BOOK

dMay 29, 2015

Great points are made by Arlin Report and I happen to agree with him. (If you haven’t had a chance, go check Arlin Report out!) The Clinton’s don’t want at all to talk about this book or any other issue for that matter. They are waiting for it to ‘blow over’ like just about everything else seems to do when it involves them…American’s have a bad case of amnesia or, at best, short-term memory loss, and the Clinton’s have not as of yet had to really answer for much and when they did it was swept under the table. But, I could go on and on so let’s read what my friend over at Arlin Report has to say about the book Clinton Cash…

Peter Schweizer, the author of “Clinton Cash” has admitted to some errors in the book, about 20 of them. Given there are thousands of points made and facts, 20 errors “ain’t half bad”.   Twenty errors out of one thousand attempts in the major leagues gets you a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract and in the Hall of Fame.

The fact is, this book is more than likely spot on with truth about Clinton Cash (mostly from the Clinton Foundation) otherwise there would be a law suit against Schweizer and the publisher in this sue happy nation.   The Clinton’s don’t miss opportunities to make a buck.       But in this case they can’t, even if some of the facts prove to be false.   A law suit would draw more attention to the book, the facts, facts the Clinton’s want secret.   They would have to prove the facts to be untrue……..which obviously they couldn’t do either, they’re true.  A law suit could drag more irons out of the fire, more info on the Clinton Foundation and donors, with promises exposed.   With the Clinton’s all that is bad can and usually gets worse.

The Clinton’s just don’t want to talk about it.    When asked about their Foundation and the Donors during Hillary’s tenure as Secretary of State, her response is usually “I am very proud of what the Foundation has accomplished.”   Bill’s response pretty much the same.    Like everything else, the Clinton’s will wait for the issue to just fade away.

Check out Arlin Report

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Pentagon report reveals US “created” ISIS as a “tool” to overthrow Syria’s President Assad

dMay 29, 2015

Follow The Money:

From the first sudden, and quite dramatic, appearance of the fanatical Islamic group known as ISIS which was largely unheard of until a year ago, on the world’s stage and which promptly replaced the worn out and tired al Qaeda as the world’s terrorist bogeyman, we suggested that the “straight to beheading YouTube clip” purpose behind the Saudi Arabia-funded Islamic Statewas a simple one: use the Jihadists as the vehicle of choice to achieve a political goal: depose of Syria’s president Assad, who for years has stood in the way of a critical Qatari natural gas pipeline, one which could dethrone Russia as Europe’s dominant – and belligerent – source of energy, reaching an interim climax with the unsuccessful Mediterranean Sea military build up of 2013, which nearly resulted in quasi-world war.

The narrative and the plotline were so transparent, even Russia saw right through them.Recall from September of last year:

If the West bombs Islamic State militants in Syria without consulting Damascus,LiveLeak reports that the anti-ISIS alliance may use the occasion to launch airstrikes against President Bashar Assad’s forces, according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Clearly comprehending that Obama’s new strategy against ISIS in Syria is all about pushing the Qatar pipeline through (as was the impetus behind the 2013 intervention push), Russia is pushing back noting that the it is using ISIS as a pretext for bombing Syrian government forces and warning that “such a development would lead to a huge escalation of conflict in the Middle East and North Africa.”

But it’s one thing to speculate; it’s something entirely different to have hard proof.

And while speculation was rife that just like the CIA-funded al Qaeda had been used as a facade by the US to achieve its own geopolitical and national interests over the past two decades, so ISIS was nothing more than al Qaeda 2.0, there was no actual evidence of just this.

That may all have changed now when a declassified secret US government document obtained by the public interest law firm, Judicial Watch, shows that Western governments deliberately allied with al-Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups to topple Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad.

According to investigative reporter Nafeez Ahmed in Medium, the “leaked document reveals that in coordination with the Gulf states and Turkey, the West intentionally sponsored violent Islamist groups to destabilize Assad, despite anticipating that doing so could lead to the emergence of an ‘Islamic State’ in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

According to the newly declassified US document, the Pentagon foresaw the likely rise of the ‘Islamic State’ as a direct consequence of the strategy, but described this outcome as a strategic opportunity to “isolate the Syrian regime.” 

And not just that: as we reported last week, now that ISIS is running around the middle east, cutting people’s heads of in 1080p quality and Hollywood-quality (perhaps literally) video, the US has a credible justification to sell billions worth of modern, sophisticated weapons in the region in order to “modernize” and “replenish” the weapons of such US allies as Saudi Arabia, Israel and Iraq.

But that the US military-industrial complex is a winner every time war breaks out anywhere in the world (usually with the assistance of the CIA) is clear to everyone by now. What wasn’t clear is just how the US predetermined the current course of events in the middle east.

Now, thanks to the following declassified report, we have a far better understanding of not only how current events in the middle east came to be, but what America’s puppermaster role leading up to it all, was. 

Read it here: https://medium.com/insurge-intelligence/secret-pentagon-report-reveals-west-saw-isis-as-strategic-asset-b99ad7a29092

More at Follow The Money

Disclaimer: This article was not written by Lorra B.

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Activist Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby: “So We Will Pursue Justice, By Any and All Means Necessary”…

May 28, 2015

The Last Refugeby

On Tuesday April 28th, just two days prior to announcing charges against the Baltimore Six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, Marilyn Mosby gave a speech where she stated: “so we will pursue, justice by any and all means necessary” (video segment @1:40):

On Wednesday April 29th Baltimore Police Chief Batts was told by sources from the State Attorney office that Mosby was going to make an announcement by the end of the week. To the surprise of the investigative team Batts gave Mosby’s office the investigative report on Thursday April 30th, even before it was completed.

The same urgency message was relayed to the city Medical Examiner.

[…] homicide investigators who were briefed by the medical examiner’s office believed the examiner’s autopsy report would likely find the cause of death to fall short of homicide. (link)

However, on the morning of Friday May 1st, the Medical Examiner signed off on a copy of his report and included the cause of death as “homicide”.   Oddly, labeling the death as “homicide” while simultaneously stating the “fatal injury occurred inside the transport van“. 

It seemed the media did not want to ask how a medical examiner can claim the “fatal injury” occurred specifically inside the van? Nothing in the Mosby probable cause statement identifies how this “fatal injury” could have occurred in the van, let alone DIDoccur in the van.

Without further review of the investigative report, and without any review or questioning of the ME findings, within a few hours Marilyn Mosby was standing at a podium proudly announcing her direct action charges against the Baltimore Six officers…

A week later State Attorney and activist Marilyn Mosby stands on stage with the family of Freddie Gray as musician Prince delivers a “Justice for Freddie Gray” concert.

Today Mosby announces:

Snapshot

mosby event

(Event Link)

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“Have Democrats Caused Urban Poverty and Collapse?” | Trifecta

Gary (last name not given) is homeless and lives on the street in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco

Gary (last name not given) is homeless and lives on the street in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco

May 28, 2015

By Lorra B.

The question has been posed, “Have Democrats Caused Urban Poverty and Collapse?” While the Left would scream it is the fault of the Conservative Right, the right would point the finger at the left.

Both parties are guilty.  Democrats have passed most of the big bills leading to our current mess starting with the creation of the Federal Reserve but the Republicans have never seriously tried to stop or reverse them.
The obvious answer to the question in the tittle of this video is of course, yes. Take Baltimore as a shining example of what happens to a city run by democrats, oh and don’t forget Detroit. Need I go on? I think not. The answer is a painful yes, democrats destroy cities and in the case of CA can bankrupt an entire state.

YouTube and Twitter are full of example just like this. What do YOU think?

(Hat Tip The Last Refuge)
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IRAN RISING: TEHRAN USING HEZBOLLAH IN LATIN AMERICAN ‘CULTURAL CENTERS’ TO INFILTRATE WEST

(Screenshot Credit, Brietbart, AP Photo/Iranian Presidency Office, Mohammad Berno )

(Screenshot Credit, Brietbart, AP Photo/Iranian Presidency Office, Mohammad Berno )

May 28, 2015

Brietbart: by Jordan Schachtel and Edwin Mora

The rapidly growing number of Shiite cultural centers in Latin America have provided the Islamic Republic of Iran with a means to expand its covert recruitment operations throughout the western hemisphere, leading military officials and experts to provide Breitbart News with statements that directly contradict the Obama administration’s narrative that Iran’s influence in the region is “waning.”

Breitbart News interviewed military and intelligence officials, policy experts, members of Congress, and a former White House official for this report, all of whom warned about the threat posed by Iran’s continuing encroachment into Latin America.

Iran is infiltrating Latin America thanks largely to Hezbollah, a Shiite terrorist group that has sworn loyalty to Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, showing overt preference to the Tehran dictator over its host-state Lebanon. Hezbollah, along with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), have provided the on-the-ground support needed for the proliferation of Iran’s Khomeinist ideology.

Breitbart News’ sources have unanimously refuted the assessment of Obama’s State Department, which has claimed that “Iranian influence in Latin America and the Caribbean is waning.”

A U.S. military official told Breitbart News that the estimated 80-plus Shiite cultural centers backed by Iran are continuously multiplying, and are currently being operated by Hezbollah and Tehran’s Revolutionary Guards-Quds Force.

Hezbollah provides operational and logistical support “for Iran’s covert activities in the region to include coordination and collaboration with Lebanese [Hezbollah’s] external operations arm the Islamic Jihad Organization” through Shiite Islamic centers dubbed “cultural centers,” the official told Breitbart News, contradicting the narrative put forth by the State Department.

Such centers can be found throughout Latin America, according to the official.

“Iranian cultural centers open possibilities for Iran to introduce members of its Revolutionary Guard-Qods Forces (IRGC-QF) to a pool of potential recruits within the centers population of Lebanese Shi’a Muslims and local converts to Shia Islam,” added the defense official.

David Shedd, the former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), echoed the U.S. military officials comments, telling Breitbart News via email that “the cultural centers may be used as platforms for truly nefarious purposes by the Iranian regime.”

“Iran has expanded its ‘cultural centers’ presence in locations such as Quito [in Ecuador] and Caracas [in Venezuela] where there is a strong anti-US government sentiment,” Shedd, currently a visiting distinguished fellow at the Heritage Foundation, told Breitbart News.

“Iran’s overall expanded presence in the Western Hemisphere is troubling,” the former DIA director added. “The expanded presence in any capacity in the Latin American region should give the U.S. pause given the profound differences between U.S. values and those of a regime in Tehran that supports terrorism as an officially sanctioned tool of national power.”

Shedd warned that Hezbollah, which he described as the most prominent global terrorist group in Latin America, likely has “sleeper cells” in various countries in the Western Hemisphere.

“Hezbollah sympathizers also appear to have a presence in the tri-border area of Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil where they are involved in black market commercial activities,” he noted.

The Tri-Border region in South America includes Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil. According to the Treasury Department, the Galeria Page shopping mall in Paraguay– at the heart of the tri-border– serves as central headquarters and a fundraising source for Hezbollah members in the region.

Members of Congress have also sounded the alarm about Tehran’s growing influence in Latin America.

Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT) 40%, a member of the House Armed Services, said that Iran’s presence was evident when he visited Quito, Ecuador. The congressman described it as a place where anti-American sentiment is strong and jihadist figures appear next to Latin American heroes.
Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) 95% (R-S.C.), the chairman of the House Foreign Relations Subcommittee, has been warning against the presence and activity of Iran and its ally Hezbollah in Latin America, holding multiple congressional hearings on the issue, visiting the region, and sponsoring legislation — the Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act of 2012.

Chairman Duncan told Breitbart News that Iran and its proxy Hezbollah “use many tools to deepen their influence in the region, including diplomatic missions and cultural centers; ties with terrorist organizations and criminal groups; training Latin American youth in Tehran; and exploiting loose border security policies and free trade zones to smuggle contraband.”

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U.S. Military Inadvertently Ship Live Anthrax Across The Globe

Anthrax

Anthrax

May 28, 2015

By Lorra B. for Silent Soldier

In a potentially devastating blunder, Wednesday the Pentagon announced that ‘live Anthrax’ was shipped from a Utah lab to approximately nine different states over the last year.

It was a lab based in Maryland that sounded the alert that live samples had been received. The U.S. Military unintentionally FedExed the live Anthrax samples to four U.S. lab workers and as many as 22 overseas labs. All have been placed in post exposure treatment and been prescribed prophylaxis as a precaution.

A South Korean base was also indicated to have inadvertently received a live sample, one that was to have been used in an “Anthrax detection exercise,” according to Fox News.

Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesperson, was confident that “there is no known risk to the general public, and there are no suspected or confirmed cases of anthrax infection in potentially exposed lab workers.”

Because the Anthrax samples were thought to be dead they did not have to be shipped under tight protocols. A defense official stated, “These were supposed to be dead spores Anthrax, called AG-1.”

But there are conflicting stories as to when and where the samples where shipped though a FedEx spokesperson, Jim McCluskey, would not confirm the report saying “FedEx is committed to the safe transport of all customer shipments, and our priority is the safety of our employees. We will be working closely with the Department of Defense and the Centers for Disease Control to gather information about these shipments.”

When the defense official was asked how many of the states receiving the Anthrax actually received Live Anthrax, the official stated, “out of an abundance of caution, it is safe to assume it’s all live.”

“Five active duty Air Force members, 10 active duty Army members, three civilian officials and four contractors are now getting preventative treatment in South Korea,” according to CNN.

There is an ongoing investigation and all samples are being collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

By Lorra B. for Silent Soldier

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ALERT: Obama Hoped We Were Too Busy With Memorial Day to Notice the Orders He Just Issued

dMay 28, 2015

tomfernandez28’s Blog:

On the Friday before Memorial Day weekend, President Barack Obama’s administration tried to inconspicuously issue a regulatory agenda containing over 2,300 costly new regulations.

Unfortunately for the president, conservative media were paying attention. And we are disappointed to report that the agenda contained nothing but bad news for America.

For instance, the agenda included what could conceivably be the most expensive regulation ever issued in U.S. history. This regulation would reduce the national ambient ozone standard from 75 parts per billion to 65 to 70 parts per billion.

The Environmental Protection Agency desperately wants this regulation implemented because it believes it would reduce asthma attacks and asthma-related emergency room visits, premature deaths and missed workdays.

The implementation of this regulation is necessary, wrote EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy for CNN, “to clean up our air, improve access to crucial air quality information, and protect those most at-risk — our children, our elderly, and people already suffering from lung diseases like asthma.”

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The problem is that, according to the National Association of Manufacturers, the regulation would cost up to $140 billion per year. It would also “eliminate 1.4 million job equivalents per year.”

Furthermore, the American Action Forum issued a report arguing that the regulation would be so extreme that even our cherished national parks wouldn’t be able to abide by it.

“Hardly transportation corridors and centers of heavy pollution, many observers would be surprised to know that Death Valley National Park, Sequoia National Park, and Cape Cod National Seashore have ozone readings of 71 to 87 ppb,” the organization wrote.

Clearly, it would be best if the Obama administration were to simply leave the ozone standard at its current level, which has helped cut ozone-forming emissions in half since 1980 (H/T The Liberty Eagle).

But as usual, Obama prefers meddling in things that don’t need to be fixed. And also as usual, Obama is going to make things worse by hurting the economy and negatively affecting the life of nearly every American.

More at tomfernandez28’s Blog:

Disclaimer: This article was not written by Lorra B.