Miranda Barbour, who along with her husband is facing the death penalty for killing a 42-year-old man she met on Craigslist, claimed in a jailhouse interview that she has killed at least 22 other people as a part of her involvement with a satanic cult.
A Pennsylvania newlywed accused of meeting a man on Craigslist and then stabbing him to death with her husband’s help said she killed more than 20 more people as part of her involvement in a bloodthirsty satanic cult.
“When I hit 22, I stopped counting,” 19-year-old Miranda Barbour told the Sunbury, Pa., Daily Item newspaper in a chilling jailhouse interview Friday.
“I can pinpoint on a map where you can find them,” she boasted. “I remember everything. It is like watching a movie.”
Barbour’s claims of serial killer infamy came as she and her husband, Elytte, 22, are facing the death penalty for stabbing Troy LaFerrara to death on Nov. 11 in what investigators called a “thrill kill” to mark the couple’s three-week wedding anniversary.
Miranda lured the lonely 42-year-old with a Craigslist ad offering “companionship,” and the two met in the parking lot of a shopping mall before driving to a spot in Sunbury, authorities said.
Elytte Barbour hid beneath a blanket in the Honda CRV’s backseat and, after receiving a signal from his wife, jumped up and wrapped a cord around the LaFerrara’s neck, prosecutors said.
Miranda then stabbed him 20 times. LeFerrara’s body was found in an alley the next day.
Initially, Barbour told police she stabbed the passenger because he groped her and tried to choke her.
But on Friday, she admitted to the killing, claiming that LaFerrara “said the wrong things and then things got out of control.”
“I can tell you he was not supposed to be stabbed,” Barbour told the Daily Item. “My husband was just supposed to strangle him.”
Speaking through a jailhouse phone, Barbour told the newspaper LaFerrara was just the latest victim in a multistate killing spree that began at 13 when she joined a satanic cult in Alaska.
The cult’s leader let her tag along on a hit on someone who owed him money, she said.
The unnamed leader shot the man and then handed her the gun to finish him off, she claimed.
“I couldn’t do it, so he came behind me and he took his hands and put them on top of mine and we pulled the trigger,” Barbour said.
“And then from there I just continued to kill.”
The deranged young mom, who has a daughter from a past lover, claimed to have bodies stashed in California, North Carolina and Texas, as well as Alaska, where most of the murders took place.
Her victims, she told the Daily Item, “did bad things and didn’t deserve to be here anymore.”
“I would lure these people in. I studied them. I learned them and even became their friend,” she said.
On Saturday, Sunbury police said they were aware of Barbour’s claims and were looking into them with help from investigators in other states and the FBI.
So far, there were no reports of any evidence linking Barbour or her husband to any other killings.
Barbour said she had no regrets about killing LaFerrara – or any of the other alleged victims.
“If I were to be released, I would do this again,” she told the newspaper.
Garrett Hurlbut, a 23-year-old Minnesota man, has been charged after he allegedly stole a newspaper delivery truck while attempting to flee from zombies.
According to police, officers were instructed to be on the lookout for a Star Tribune newspaper truck after receiving a report that a man had stolen the vehicle while the driver was attempting to stock newspapers at a local gas station.
Investigators say the truck was located several blocks away from the gas station a short time later. An injured man, later identified as Hurlbut, was also found laying near the truck.
During a police interview, Hurlbut claimed that he fled in the truck because he was “running from zombies” and eventually “fell or jumped” from the truck during his alleged escape. Officers noted Hurlbut’s bloodshot eyes and strong odor of alcohol during the interview.
Hurlbut was then taken to a local hospital where he was treated for the injuries he received while fleeing the truck. A blood test later revealed his blood alcohol level to be more than twice the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle.
At the hospital, Hurlbut reportedly continued to talk about the zombies who chased him and his fear of being caught by them.
He was later charged by summons with stealing a motor vehicle.
The Obama administration is going to close the US Embassy at The Holy See and move the offices over to the US Italian Embassy.
The administration says the Vatican office is unsafe.
Of course, this hasn’t stopped them before. The administration received several warnings that the Benghazi consulate was unsafe.
But they kept that consulate open – until it was destroyed by Al-Qaeda-linked terrorists.
But for some reason, the Obama administration wants to close the embassy doors at The Vatican.
Catholic Vote reported:
The Obama administration has decided that the free-standing American embassy to the Holy See will soon be closed, and the offices for the Ambassador to the Vatican will be moved inside of our Italian Embassy.
As a part of the security reviews that followed the attacks on our embassy in Benghazi last year, State Department officials are now claiming that the current U.S. Embassy to the Holy See is no longer safe.
If their assessement is correct, then why not bolster security or simply move the Embassy to a new location instead of shutting it down? Are all ‘unsafe’ embassies being shut down too?
Moving our Ambassador to the Vatican inside of our Italian Embassy sends a clear message: the diplomatic post doesn’t matter much to the United States.
This afternoon I spoke with former Vatican Ambassador James Nicholson. He wanted me to tell CV readers:
“It’s another manifestation of the antipathy of this administration both to Catholics and to the Vatican – and to Christians in the Middle East. This is a key post for intermediation in so many sovereignties but particularly in the Middle East. This is anything but a good time to diminish the stature of this post. To diminish the stature of this post is to diminish its influence.
“The State Department has for a long time wanted to do this. It came up when I was an ambassador. I explained the folly of this and it went away. But now they seem determined to do this. The perception is [with this action] that the United States is showing a lack of appreciation for the relevance of its diplomatic partner in the Vatican.”
Diplomatic relations between the United States and the Holy See suffered for generations because of rampant anti-Catholicism in our country. It took until 1984, twenty-four years after the election of a Catholic president, for President Ronald Reagan to officially create the first United States Ambassador to the Holy See.
President Reagan would quickly see the importance of the Holy See in international affairs. Reagan and Blessed Pope John Paul II formed a partnership that would lead to the downfall of Communism in Eastern Europe.
It is not immediately clear how many other embassies will close their doors due to safety concerns.
The NC Online has more.
Total deportations of illegal aliens are at their lowest level since 1973, according to a new report released by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), debunking a claim by the Obama administration that deportations have hit an all-time high.
Jessica Vaughn, director of policy studies at CIS, obtained internal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) data, for her report, “Deportation Numbers Unwrapped,” which was unveiled at the National Press Club on Wednesday.
“In 2011, the most recent year for which all ICE and CBP totals have been reported, deportations numbered 715,495,” the report states. “This was the lowest year since 1973, when 585,351 deportations were effected.”
Furthermore, total removals, a category of deportation that bars an illegal alien from returning to the United States, will reach 364,700 in 2013, the lowest level since at least 2008.
“This decline has to be of great concern to policymakers, and especially to the public,” Vaughn said. “It’s not as if there is a shortage of illegal aliens living in our country.”
“[The decline] is occurring at a time when ICE has better tools and more resources and more personnel than ever before,” she said. “So the number of removals really should be rising, but instead it’s falling.”
Enforcement activity has also declined in every ICE field office over the last year, with the largest drops occurring in Atlanta (62 percent), Salt Lake City (49 percent), Washington, D.C. (46 percent), and Houston (43 percent).
Interior enforcement is also down by nearly 40 percent since 2010.
The two agencies within ICE primarily responsible for deporting illegal aliens within the country are Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
ERO is responsible for screening aliens who are incarcerated, arrested for local offenses such as drunk driving, or have fled immigration proceedings. HSI accounts for work site enforcement, overstays, and transnational gangs.
Vaughn says HSI now “contributes very little to immigration enforcement.” For example, HSI is projected to only deport 5,441 illegal immigrants in 2013.
As a whole, both divisions accounted for 224,097 removals in 2010. In 2013, that number will decline to 137,987, a 38.4 percent drop.
Vaughn’s report contradicts the White House’s claim that “border security is stronger than it has ever been,” and reports that deportations have hit a “record high.” She said the administration is using stops of illegal immigrants on the border to boost its numbers.
“To support the claim of ‘record’ deportations in 2012, the Obama administration and its supporters cite the 409,000 removals attributed to ICE that year,” the report said. “This is the highest number of removals credited to ICE in a single year; however, the number is higher because it includes the largest number of Border Patrol cases that ever have been transferred to ICE for processing in a single year.”
“It does not reflect an increase in enforcement activity,” the report continues. “In past years, these cases would have been handled by the Border Patrol, and counted in total deportations, but not as removals.”
“Removals are at best half the number of total deportations, and do not represent the entire scope of enforcement actions taken by DHS enforcement agencies,” it said.
The report also found that 872,149 illegal aliens who have received deportation orders are still living in the country.
“If there is one single statistic that illustrates the utter dysfunction of our immigration system, it’s that number,” Vaughn said.
Dan Cadman, a former official for ICE and Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS), called the immigration court a “theater of the absurd.”
“There are now substantially more than 800,000 alien fugitives in this country who have fled from their proceedings rather than face deportation,” he said. “Such a huge number staggers the mind, close to a million aliens who have made a mockery of our system because they were not detained, and obviously had no significant restraints upon them to mitigate the chance that they would flee.”
If immigration enforcement is at such a decline, Mark Krikorian, executive director for CIS, asked, “What is ICE doing?”
“ICE has all these extra resources, they’re deporting radically fewer people,” he said. “So, what are they doing? What is ICE doing? I mean you see press releases sometimes on counterfeit contact lens dealers.”
“Returning stolen antiquities, tracking down child porn purveyors, enforcing the LACY Act, which prevents the importation of plants and other things that have been illegally obtained,” Vaughn said.
“They put out their top 10 list last week of laws you didn’t know ICE enforced,” she said. “I expected to see the Immigration and Nationality Act as number one.”
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) filed suit against the federal government and the Internal Revenue Service Thursday, claiming it had “irrefutable proof” someone within the agency illegally leaked the conservative organization’s confidential tax returns to its ideological opponents last year.
NOM is seeking damages from the disclosure, as well as to overturn a statute shielding the IRS from disclosing any information about the incident, according to a complaint filed by the Act Right Legal Foundation on behalf of NOM in the Eastern District of Virginia Thursday.
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) obtained the NOM’s 2008 tax returns in February 2012, which contained an unredacted list of donors, including presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
The president of the HRC became a national co-chair for the Obama reelection campaign in 2012 a day later.
NOM Chairman John Eastman said the group was able to remove redaction layers from the PDF documents that were leaked, showing that they came from within the IRS. The unauthorized disclosure of tax information is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
No criminal charges have been filed after 18 months. An internal investigation by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) was conducted, but the results were never released.
“So far the IRS and Obama Administration officials have stonewalled our every attempt to get information or answer basic questions about who knew what inside the IRS and who in the Obama administration had any information or involvement in this crime,” NOM chairman John Eastman said in a statement. “Our lawsuit will be a powerful tool in ending the stonewalling and getting the truth to the American people.”
Testifying before a congressional committee in May, acting IRS Commissioner Miller testified that he believed that TIGTA “found that those disclosures were inadvertent and there’s been discipline in one of those cases for somebody not following procedures.”
NOM’s donor list, including home addresses and phone numbers, were also posted on The Huffington Post, which has refused to take them down. NOM claims in court filings that it lost contributions in excess of $50,000 as a result of the leak.
NOM said it filed several Freedom of Information requests to determine if someone within the organization sought the documents. The results came back negative.
The IRS came under fire this year for singling out conservative and tea party organizations for additional scrutiny, such as audits and long waits for tax-exempt status.
Several other conservative organizations have had confidential tax documents leaked over the past year, including donor lists being posted without redactions on GuideStar.
American For Prosperity, a conservative group tied to the billionaire philanthropist Koch Brothers, had its donor lists from 2003 leaked to GuideStar, where it was picked up by National Journal.
In another instance, investigative news outlet ProPublica received applications from 31 nonprofits from the IRS in November 2012, including nine that had not yet been approved and thus were not supposed to be made public.
All of the confidential applications belonged to conservative groups. One application leaked by the IRS was that of Crossroads GPS, the biggest spender among 501(c)(4) groups in the 2012 election cycle.
As reported by the Washington Free Beacon, ProPublica extensively covered so-called “dark money” conservative groups and donors during the 2012 election cycle, such as casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, while similar spending on the left.
Although the Cincinnati IRS office – the same office at the heart of the IRS “targeting” scandal – leaked the applications to ProPublica, an official IRS spokeswoman told the news outlet it would be a felony to publish them.
“As far as we know, the Crossroads application is still pending, in which case it seems that either you obtained whatever document you have illegally, or that it has been approved,” Jonathan Collegio, the group’s spokesman, wrote to ProPublica in December.
Other groups had documents leaked in the midst of a bitter election year as well.
The IRS “inadvertently” published the donor list of the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) – a conservative think tank – on GuideStar in 2012.
The list quickly became fodder for left-wing opponents of the think-tank.
Senior Obama administration official Austan Goolsbee singled out Koch Industries, run by the Koch brothers, during a 2012 press conference and said it paid no income taxes.
Such tax information is supposed to be private, leading to accusations from Republicans and Koch Industries that the Obama administration illicitly looked at its tax filings.
Although TIGTA reportedly closed an investigation into Goolsbee’s comments, it refused to confirm or deny its existence in response to a FOIA request filed by the Free Beacon, citing a privacy exemption.
TIGTA and the IRS gave the same response to NOM after it filed FOIA requests seeking information on the illegal disclosure of its tax records.
According to TIGTA, a Watergate-era statute prohibits it from disclosing any taxpayer information, even to the target of unauthorized disclosures.
“The IRS is involved in a massive cover-up, and it’s time to say, ‘no, this statute protects the taxpayers, not the IRS,’” Eastman said.
The Human Rights Campaign and the IRS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Not surprisingly, Wall Street looks a little wobbly at the opening bell this morning. This follows a previous negative session buoyed only partially by the Federal Reserve’s latest helicopter drop of printing press cash. The reason for the continued negativity should be fairly obvious by now. Stock futures are falling as the partial shutdown of the U.S. government drags on for a third day.
The government shutdown, originally estimated to last a day or two by most analysts and pundits, looks to be more lengthy now, perhaps considerably so, as the main aim of President Obama and the Senate Democrats seems to be the destruction of the Republican party, regardless of the economic and social consequences. While the shutdown itself is estimated to trim only about 0.2 percent from the gross domestic product each week, that could grow worse if the impasse begins to erode consumer and business confidence.
That was essentially the message from the National Retail Federation, which releases its sales forecast for the next two months on Thursday. Matthew Shay, the group’s president and CEO, said the calculations were made before the shutdown.
The President himself, as has been his custom over the past five years, won’t condescend to dirty his political hands over the budget mess that both he and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have kept at a boil by refusing to pass a real budget as Congress is required to. Budgets – and of course, budget ceilings – exist for them only as theoretical limits on the U.S. Treasury’s printing presses as well as convenient opportunities to unite with the lapdog media in attacking Republicans for the problems the Democrats themselves have caused and refuse to remedy.
Obama kept the pot at a boil yesterday, making deliberately provocative comments to the press based on lies, evasions, and half-truths, as is his custom.
In a CNBC interview, Obama said, “When you have a situation in which a faction is willing to default on U.S. obligations, then we are in trouble.” That “faction,” of course, is the Tea Party whose position has never included a “willingness” to default. They simply want to slow the increase in the debt ceiling by trading current increases for further tax cuts.
“I am exasperated with the idea that unless I say that 20 million people, ‘you can’t have health insurance, they will not reopen the government,’” Obama continued. “That is irresponsible.” This, of course, is another astonishingly transparent lie. No one on Capitol Hill in either party as ever said that Americans “can’t have health insurance.” The Republican opposition is simply stating the obvious, namely that the reckless, out-of-control Affordable Care Act, more un-popularly known as Obamacare, is not the way to go about it.
No matter. Obama continued to bore in on this phony scenario on CNBC and elsewhere Wednesday. “If we get into the habit where one party is allowed to extort, …then any president who comes after me we be unable to govern effectively,” Obama said. Seriously?
Commenting on the entire current impasse, he recklessly observed, “this time I think Wall Street should be concerned.” Surely even this president must be aware that responsible high government officials must never shout “Fire!” in a crowded theater. Or in a life-and-death market of stocks and bonds on Wall Street which, while wobbling lately, is still the financial capital of the world.
But none of this matters to the first American president who longs for the dictatorial powers possessed by his counterpart in the once and future Soviet Union. The prime obstacle to the happiness of this obstinate, childish president is the existence of an opposition party in this country. All other hopes and goals are in the end irrelevant.
The complete and utter destruction of the Republican Party is the only game in town as it has been for nearly five years, despite this president’s constant claim “I have tried to work with the Republicans.” That, in fact, is the biggest lie of all.
All of which leaves the stock market trading on political rumors and news, not on facts, figures, and values. Aside from nimble trading here and there, investing in the old-fashioned sense is just too dangerous right now.
Compounding the problem is the fact that even that old standby, that old “store of value” known as gold has been trading strangely for well over a year now, clearly the subject of some kind of massive, coordinated, and likely illegal maneuvering that regulatory institutions seem uninterested in resolving.
This leaves almost nowhere for concerned investors to go, save for the generous 0.01 percent interest they’re earning on their money market accounts, even as regulators quietly plan to destroy this hiding place as well by forcing the traditional $1 peg to float, thus terminating the usefulness of this vehicle as a holding mechanism.
No trading hints or recommendations this morning. It’s just too iffy, and it’s likely to remain that way as the Democrats and their President refuse to negotiate with the Republicans while blaming the Republicans for refusing to negotiate.
Politics hasn’t been this disgusting in Washington since the waning days of the Buchanan Administration. As the President dithered and failed to lead, Congress disintegrated, and half its members trotted off to found another country. Times are different now, but perhaps we’re watching a very different kind of instant replay.
Russia says it has compiled a 100-page report detailing what it says is evidence that Syrian rebels, not forces loyal to President Bashar Assad, were behind a deadly sarin gas attack in an Aleppo suburb earlier this year.
In a statement posted on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website late Wednesday. Russia said the report had been delivered to the United Nations in July and includes detailed scientific analysis of samples that Russian technicians collected at the site of the alleged attack, Khan al Asal.
Russia said its investigation of the March 19 incident was conducted under strict protocols established by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the international agency that governs adherence to treaties prohibiting the use of chemical weapons. It said samples that Russian technicians had collected had been sent to OPCW-certified laboratories in Russia.
The report itself was not released. But the statement drew a pointed comparison between what it said was the scientific detail of the report and the far shorter intelligence summaries that the United States, Britain and France have released to justify their assertion that the Syrian government launched chemical weapons against Damascus suburbs on Aug. 21. The longest of those summaries, by the French, ran nine pages. Each relies primarily on circumstantial evidence to make its case, and they disagree with one another on some details, including the number of people who died in the attack.
The Russian statement warned the United States and its allies not to conduct a military strike against Syria until the United Nations had completed a similarly detailed scientific study into the Aug. 21 attack. It warned that what it called the current “hysteria” about a possible military strike in the West was similar to the false claims and poor intelligence that preceded the United States invasion of Iraq.
“The Russian report is specific,” the ministry statement said. “It is a scientific and technical document.”
The statement also noted that the attention paid to the Aug. 21 attack had diverted attention from the investigation into the March 19 incident, which was the reason U.N. investigators were in Syria when the more recent attack took place.
“Unfortunately, that investigation still essentially has not begun,” the statement said.
There was no immediate comment from the United States. Independent chemical weapons experts contacted by McClatchy said they had not had time to read the Russian document, which was released as Secretary of State John Kerry was appearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee to make the Obama administration’s case for a retaliatory strike on Syria as punishment for the attack.
A U.N. team spent four days late last month investigating the Aug. 21 incident. The samples it collected from the site and alleged victims of the attack are currently being examined at OPCW labs in Europe. U.N. Secretary General Ban ki-Moon has urged the United States to delay any strike until after the results of that investigation are known.
Richard Guthrie, formerly project leader of the Chemical and Biological Warfare Project of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, who said he had not seen the original report, said the Russian statement on the makeup of the sarin found outside Aleppo, which the Russians said indicated it was not military grade, might reflect only that “there are a lot of different ways to make sarin.”
He added: “The messy mix described by the Russians might also be the result of an old sarin stock being used. Sarin degrades (the molecules break up) over time and this would explain a dirty mix.”
But he also said that there could be doubts about the Russian conclusion that the rockets that delivered the sarin in the March 19 incident were not likely to have come from Syrian military stocks because of the use of RDX, an explosive that is also known as hexogen and T4.
“Militaries don’t tend to use it because it’s too expensive,” Guthrie said. He added in a later email, however, that it’s not inconceivable that the Syrian military would use RDX “iff the government side was developing a semi-improvised short-range rocket” and “if there happened to be a stock available.”
“While I would agree that it would be unlikely for a traditional, well-planned short-range rocket development programme to use RDX in that role, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that, as the Syrian government did not seem to have an earlier short-range rocket programme, it may have been developing rockets with some haste and so using materials that are at hand,” he said.
Another expert, Jean Pascal Zanders, raised a note of caution, questioning a Russian assertion that the sarin mix appeared to be a western World War II vintage.
“The Western Allies were not aware of the nerve agents until after the occupation of Germany,” he wrote in an email. “The USA, for example, struggled with the sarin (despite having some of the German scientists) until the 1950s, when the CW program expanded considerably.”
The Russian Foreign Ministry posted the statement shortly after Russian President Vladimir Putin had asked a Russian interviewer what the American reaction would be if evidence showed that Syrian rebels, not the Assad regime, had been behind a chemical weapons attack.
The report dealt with an incident that occurred March 19 in Khan al Asal, a town outside the city of Aleppo, in which 26 people died and 86 were injured. It was that incident that the U.N. team was originally in Syria to investigate when the Aug. 21 attack took place.
The statement’s summary of the report said that neither the munitions nor the poison gas in the Khan al Asal attack appeared to fit what is possessed by the Syrian government. The statement said Russian investigators studied the site, sent the materials they found to study to OPCW sanctioned laboratories in Europe, and followed agreed upon United Nations investigation standards.
According to the statement, the report said the shell “was not regular Syrian army ammunition but was an artisan-type similar to unguided rocket projectiles produced in the north of Syria by the so-called gang ‘Bashair An-Nasr.’ ”
In addition, Russian investigators determined that the burst charge was RDX, which is “not used in military chemical munitions.”
The Russian analysis found soil and shell samples contained a sarin gas “not synthesized in an industrial environment,” the statement said. The report said the chemical mix did not appear to be a modern version of the deadly agent but was closer to those “used by Western states for producing chemical weapons during World War II.”
Representative Louie Gohmert substituted for Hannity on last Friday’s radio show (Aug. 30, 2013). In the second hour, there was a discussion with ICE Council President Chris Crane on Obama’s inability to do the job that is constitutionally authorized to the Executive branch – securing the sovereignty of this nation by securing U.S. borders.
Chris Crane has been troubled by Obama’s actions that resemble a dictator – ignoring constitutional law while making his own laws through policy. Chris Crane is not alone – many Americans share the same concerns and wonder what it will take for Congress to act.
DailyCaller reports the following:
In an appearance on Sean Hannity’s radio show Friday, hosted by fill-in host Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert, the head of the union representing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents called on Congress to investigate the administration’s immigration policies.
“With regard to our government in general, I mean right now, that’s our problem with our immigration system,” National ICE Council President Chris Crane said. “[The problem] is not our immigration system, it’s our government, and it’s the ability of a president of the United States to ignore the laws enacted by Congress.”
“And it doesn’t matter what type of legislation we pass, until we address that problem, we will never have an immigration system that works,” he added. “As long as one person can act like a dictator and ignore the law and make his own laws through policy, we will never have a system that works.”
Crane and his union have been vocal opponents of the Obama administration’s immigration policies – notably its Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program – and the Senate-passed immigration bill.
“There is no more of a clear cut case in our country of the president overstepping his authority, ignoring the law, ignoring the Constitution, than the president’s ordering of ICE agents not to enforce U.S. immigration law,” he said. “Yet we have no investigations from Congress into this whatsoever.” [...]
Read more here.
So does the Obama administration not do background checks anymore? Or is this the kind of person they hire? Either way, the answer is bad for America:
BREITBART NEWS – Ayo Kimathi, a Department of Homeland Security employee tasked with buying guns and ammo for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, runs a racist, homophobic website called “War is on the Horizon.” He calls himself the “Irritated Genie.” The site required approval from DHS, but Kimathi did not. His former supervisor told the Southern Poverty Law Center that she was “stunned” by the site. “To see the hate, to know that he is a federal employee, it bothered me,” she said. DHS signed off on the site based on Kimathi’s description, but apparently did not bother to check the site.
Kimathi’s site calls President Obama a “treasonous mulatto scum dweller,” and an enemy of the black supremacist movement, along with Oprah, Whoopi Goldberg, and Condoleezza Rice. The site says, “warfare is eminent, and in order for Black people to survive the 21st century, we are going to have to kill a lot of whites – more than our christian hearts can possibly count.” Kimathi also says that whites are attempting to “homosexualize” black men to somehow make them weaker, and therefore easier pickings for racism. He also offers helpful hints on how “Black women in the world [can] understand what she needs to do to keep a strong Black man happy.”
President Obama made waves this week as he defied his own State Department by claiming the Keystone Pipeline would only create 2,000 jobs, while chuckling at the thought of such a low number.
Manufacturers and millions of unemployed Americans aren’t amused by his dismissal of the jobs-creating potential of this project. In addition to the 20,000 construction jobs that the pipeline would create, tens of thousands of jobs would be created in the supply chain.
These are the manufacturers that make the steel, valves, compressor stations and heavy equipment necessary to make the pipeline become a reality. Numerous economic opportunities associated with the pipeline would benefit other manufacturers, laborers, small businesses and communities throughout and around Keystone’s supply chain. The President’s comments conveniently ignore these facts.
Now, two national fact-checking organizations have rated the President’s claims as false.
According to the Washington Post Fact-Checker, by ignoring State Department Estimates that the Keystone Pipeline could support over 42,000 jobs a year the President “seems to be signaling that even his own government does not produce the most realistic estimate that should be used by reporters.”
The Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-check site PolitiFact notes that the President “went out of his way to downplay” the jobs impact of this project, and when asked provided “no supporting evidence.” PolitiFact also points out that the “the construction process itself would create nearly twice as many jobs as the President said.”
Americans are frustrated with Washington’s inaction, and the debate surrounding the Keystone XL is a prime example of inexcusable bureaucracy and Washington misdirection. It’s time for the Administration to complete its review and approve the pipeline to put Americans back to work.
As schools continue to grapple with the school lunch menu overhaul pushed by First Lady Michelle Obama, some are realizing their headache isn’t just from a lack of food.
The program involves way too much green – and we’re not talking lettuce and brussel sprouts.
We mean the estimated $3.2 billion schools will have to find to implement the new federal regulations. Many schools are also losing money due the unpopular Obama menu.
“New school lunch regulations mean financial losses for Pittsfield Public Schools,” reported The Berkshire Eagle in Massachusetts.
The school district expects a program operating loss of more than $100,000 due to a required equipment upgrade, as well as fewer lunches and snacks being sold.
Congressman Todd Rokita, a member of the House Education and Workforce Committee, noted at a recent hearing, “Because the law requires students to take fruits and vegetables for lunch, even if they have no intention of eating them, schools are struggling with increased waste. After implementing the new standards a year early, one Florida school district estimated students threw out $75,000 worth of food.”
“At Dedham High School in Massachusetts, providing the required vegetables in 1500 meals each week costs the district about $111 a day – but administrators report many students just throw the fresh vegetables right into the trash,” his statement read.
A New York district experienced a 50 percent decline in the number of student purchasing hot lunch.
“This decline in participation made it more difficult for the school to afford to serve lunches and breakfasts that met the federal meal requirements. As a result, the district’s food operation went $59,000 in the red and local leaders ultimately decided to opt-out of the National School Lunch Program,” Rokita said.
The USDA estimates implementation of the new guidelines will cost $3.2 billion over five years. Given that it’s a government estimate – and if Obamacare is any guide – the cost for schools will likely be much higher.
But it makes Mooch feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
INDIANAPOLIS – The carnage shifted from the students’ lunch plates to school budgets after Michelle Obama’s lunch regulations were voluntarily implemented last year.
Officials in the Carmel Clay, Indiana school district told JConline.com they lost $300,000 last school year when many students rejected the menu changes and stopped purchasing school meals.
Amy Anderson, the food service director for the school district, told the newspaper, “I’m a registered dietitian. I used to feel that I was an educator and part of the education system. I currently feel like I’m a food cop.
“I don’t get credit for the 98 percent of our kids who are within normal weight range. I only get slammed for the 2 to 3 percent who aren’t.”
She said the changes may “drive her into retirement,” according to the paper.
Students in another central Indiana district were equally displeased.
“Kids eat with their eyes. When they saw that smaller portion, that freaked them out,” said Jennifer Rice, food service director of Lebanon Community School Corp., where the popular Salisbury steak shrunk, the paper reported.
On Wednesday June 26, 2013 reports began to pop up across the Arabic world citing an internal Libyan government memo that has not yet been acknowledged in the American press.
The memo is pictured here:
Multiple sources have confirmed this document details several confessions of the six Egyptians in Libyan custody for the 9.11.12 bombing of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.
The document details the involvement of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi as being involved with and in the funding, support, planning, and execution of the attack.
What is unique about this document is that its content wasn’t leaked to the press in some sort of salacious move. This is simply an interdepartmental memo from the Libyan National Security offices in Tripoli to the Ministry of the Interior. Written solely as a perfunctory after-action report as the results of the Libyan investigation in the events of that night.
It was prepared by Mahmoud Ibrahim Sharif, the Director of National Security of Libya.
In his report Sharif conveys that the Libyan investigation unearthed an Egyptian (terror) cell that had been involved in the planning and execution of the attack. Six confessions from those arrested at the scene – all of them Egyptian – and all connected to the U.S. terror watch listed group Ansar al-Sharia.
Concerning the most important claim of the Libyan memo, Raymond Ibrahim, (an American research librarian, translator, and author, whose focus is Arabic history, language, and current events) indicates that “during interrogations, these Egyptian jihadi cell members ‘confessed to very serious and important information concerning the financial sources of the group and the planners of the event and the storming and burning of the U.S. consulate in Benghazi…. And among the more prominent figures whose names were mentioned by cell members during confessions: Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi…’”
The investigation also seems to have unearthed a video taken the night of the attack in which members of the jihadists identify themselves as being sent personally by “Dr. Morsi.”
If in fact Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was even remotely involved, tacitly aware, or even seen giving nodding approval, why on earth did President Obama turn around and deliver 16 fighter jets and 200 tanks to the Egyptian regime roughly three months later?
Why was Morsi invited to the White House in September 2012? Then invited for December 5, 2012? Then February 2013, then March? Why does his visit get continually postponed as though the White House seems to know something about him and his visit that they are not comfortable with?
Why was the President so thoroughly unreachable when the attack took place, and for a period of six to eight hours, incapable of accounting for where he was as the worst of it played out?
Why did Hillary Clinton give her support to the Brotherhood’s pet project at the United Nations–to declare blasphemy of Islam a global crime?
Why did the Obama White House and the National Security Council meet with and host a Muslim Brotherhood radical on June 13, 2013? (Who is the personal assistant to a terrorist so extreme his presence is not even allowed in the U.S.?) And only confess to it when it finally is reported by the press?
And why does the current administration have as many as a half dozen mid to upper level appointees that have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood–either directly or through Brotherhood member organizations?
If you thought the answer the White House gave us on the IRS targeting of conservative groups was lame, wait till we get answers to these questions!
This document was merely a finding of the internal investigation of the Libyan investigators the Libyan internal authorities, but its findings should be printed on the front page of the New York Times.
The very sad reality of this Libyan memo, may be something too harsh for the average American to grasp.
Is it possible that something even more sinister was playing out on the night of 9.11.12, and the rationale for all the lies about the incendiary video, and Dr. Susan Rice, and the changing of the story during a Presidential debate, was in fact to keep us from having the bigger story told?
Was Egypt part of the intentional set-up with the out-of-the-blue protest at the American embassy initiated by the Morsi government to help give the Obama administration the cover for the narrative about “the video?”
There is no doubt that when Obama had the choice to assist Hosni Mubarak–who while far from perfect–kept a tight leash on the extremist elements under his rule, chose instead to push Mubarak aside in favor of the Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi.
And the questions persist… “why?”
Another question that also now rises: “Will the White House press corps do its job and press for answers on Egyptian involvement in 09.11.12?”
Will Congressional committees re-evaluate aid to Egypt in light of this finding? Will ANYONE in Washington take a step to do what is right, to make amends to a slain ambassador’s family, the families of two Navy Seals, and a retired Airman who all lost their lives trying to serve the country they believed in?
There are a lot of questions to be answered just from the revelation of this report.
Does anyone care to do what is necessary for justice in light of it?
Curiously, a massive wave of anti-Obama sentiment in Egypt has been utterly ignored by vintage media, even though the protests may be the largest in all of human history.
Consider the dichotomy: Obama 2011: Mubarak Must Go; Obama Today: ‘It’s not our job to choose who Egypt’s leaders are’.
A muslim who raped a 13-year-old girl he groomed on Facebook has been spared a prison sentence after a judge heard he went to an Islamic faith school where he was taught that women are worthless.
Adil Rashid, 18, claimed he was not aware that it was illegal for him to have sex with the girl because his education left him ignorant of British law.
Yesterday Judge Michael Stokes handed Rashid a suspended sentence, saying: ‘Although chronologically 18, it is quite clear from the reports that you are very naive and immature when it comes to sexual matters.’
Earlier Nottingham Crown Court heard that such crimes usually result in a four to seven-year prison sentence.
But the judge said that because Rashid was ‘passive’ and ‘lacking assertiveness’, sending him to jail might cause him ‘more damage than good’.
Rashid, from Birmingham, admitted he had sex with the girl, saying he had been ‘tempted by her’ after they met online.
They initially exchanged messages on Facebook before sending texts and chatting on the phone over a two-month period.
They then met up in Nottingham, where Rashid had booked a room at a Premier Inn.
The girl told police they stayed at the hotel for two hours and had sex after Rashid went to the bathroom and emerged wearing a condom.
Rashid then returned home and went straight to a mosque to pray. He was arrested the following week after the girl confessed what had happened to a school friend, who informed one of her teachers.
He told police he knew the girl was 13 but said he was initially reluctant to have sex before relenting after being seduced.
Earlier the court heard how Rashid had ‘little experience of women’ due to his education at an Islamic school in the UK, which cannot be named for legal reasons.
After his arrest, he told a psychologist that he did not know having sex with a 13-year-old was against the law. The court heard he found it was illegal only when he was informed by a family member.
In other interviews with psychologists, Rashid claimed he had been taught in his school that ‘women are no more worthy than a lollipop that has been dropped on the ground’.
When Judge Stokes said Rashid ‘must have known it was illegal, unless he was going round with his eyes shut’, defence lawyer Laban Leake said reports suggested Rashid had a ‘degree of sexual naivety’.
‘The school he attended, it is not going too far to say, can be described as a closed community and on this occasion this was perpetuated by his home life.
‘It is not too far to say that he may not have known that having sex with a 13-year-old girl was illegal.’ Judge Stokes sentenced Rashid to nine months youth custody, suspended for two years, along with a two-year probation supervision order.
Describing Rashid, the judge said: ‘He’s had an unusual education, certainly in terms of the sexual education provided. Comparing women to lollipops is a very curious way of teaching young men about sex.’
But he said that Rashid knew what he was doing was wrong.
‘It was made clear to you at the school you attended that having sexual relations with a woman before marriage was contrary to the precepts of Islam,’ he said.
Addressing Rashid, the judge said: ‘I accept this was a case where the girl was quite willing to have sexual activity with you. But the law is there to protect young girls, even though they are perfectly happy to engage in sexual activity.’
Loren G. “Sam” Lickteig, an Air Force vet and longtime football fan, passed away on Wednesday after suffering complications from both multiple sclorosis and his ”heartbreaking disappointment caused by the Kansas City Chiefs,” according to his obituary in The Kansas City Star.
Lickteig’s daughters said that, although their father didn’t write his obit, he had a great sense of humor and would have loved it. He would even change his shirt from red to black if the Chiefs were losing during a game, they said.
The Chiefs are currently 1-9 for the season, and the obituary went to press on the day the Chiefs lost by a 6-28 point margin to the Cincinatti Bengals.
An activist with Occupy Easton was arrested this morning and charged with felony attempted bank robbery for what he claims was a misunderstood protest statement against bank fees, according to a report from The Express-Times.
David “Nature Dave” Gorczynski, 22, of the 100 block of Northampton Street, allegedly held up two cardboard signs at a Wells Fargo bank branch shortly before 10:30 a.m. One read, “You’re being robbed,” while the other said, “Give a man a gun, he can rob a bank. Give a man a bank, and he can rob a country.”
A panicked teller called police and told them a man was holding a sign mentioning “a gun, bank and robbery.”
A short time later, Gorczynski allegedly did the same inside a Bank of America, prompting an employee to activate the panic alarm.
Police found a man who fit the tellers’ descriptions, identified as Gorczynski, in the parking lot of the Bank of America with the offending signs in tow.
He is charged with two felony counts each of attempted robbery and making terroristic threats, as well as summary disorderly conduct, and was sent to Northampton County Prison in lieu of 10 percent $10,000 bail. According to Occupy Easton’s Facebook page, members of the movement have since posted bail.
Gorczynski’s mother told The Express-Times that she thought the arrest was “unfair for him” because “he was known for protesting in the area.”
The same sentiment seemed to prevail among Occupy Easton protesters, who held a rally and march to city police headquarters this evening to raise legal funds for Gorczynski’s defense.
“Our comrade was at the bank protesting the theft of our tax dollars, our homes, and our economy by the criminal banksters,” the Facebook event page reads. “He is not the criminal. If the police were truly there to protect and serve the taxpayers, the banksters would be arrested and this man would be called a hero.”
According to blog Neighbors of Easton, the “You are being robbed,” sign was meant to address bank customers subject to the financial institution’s policies, not the tellers. One of the activists at the rally told The Express-Times, “This thing is a big misunderstanding.”
Gorcynski, in a comment on his defense fundraising page, wrote, “hello I would just like to clarify something… i would never try and rob a bank… obviously.”