Saturday, May 30, 2015

ISIS Fighter Trained by the State Dept on U.S. Soil

The Obama Administration's eagerness to overthrow Assad in Syria created ISIS.  The vetting and the arming of the 'moderate' rebels in Syria via Benghazi was a disaster. ISIS was direclty and indirectly armed and trained by this administration.   The cover-up and the lies are on full display, yet the very liberal media has shown little interest in connecting the dots. Everything will be done to avoid embarrassing the Barack Obama Administration and former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, who just so happens to be the next Democratic candidate for President of the United States.  

ISIS fighter was trained by State Department
Washington (CNN) An ISIS fighter who calls for jihad in a new online video was trained in counterterrorism tactics on American soil, in a program run by the United States, officials tell CNN. 
The video features a former police commander from Tajikistan named Col. Gulmurod Khalimov. He appears in black ISIS garb with a sniper rifle and a bandolier of ammunition. He says in the video that he participated in programs on U.S. soil three times, at least one of which was in Louisiana.
CNN Reports....
The State Department has confirmed this claim. 
"From 2003-2014 Colonel Khalimov participated in five counterterrorism training courses in the United States and in Tajikistan, through the Department of State's Diplomatic Security/Anti-Terrorism Assistance program," said spokeswoman Pooja Jhunjhunwala. 
The program is intended to train candidates from participating countries in the latest counterterrorism tactics, so they can fight the very kind of militants that Khalimov has now joined. 
A State Department official said Khalimov was trained in crisis response, tactical management of special events, tactical leadership training and related issues. 
In the video, Khalimov says that what he saw during his training sessions turned him against his sponsors. 
"Listen, you American pigs: I've been to America three times. I saw how you train soldiers to kill Muslims," he says in Russian. "You taught your soldiers how to surround and attack, in order to exterminate Islam and Muslims." 
Then, in the most chilling part of the 10-minute video, he looks directly into the camera and says, "God willing, we will find your towns, we will come to your homes, and we will kill you."

What did he learn from the State Department's subcontractor Blackwater?
The American program in which Khalimov participated is designed to teach tactics used by police and military units against terrorists by countries that cooperate with the United States on security matters. But now experts are concerned that this defector has brought ISIS not only a propaganda victory, but also an insider's knowledge of the playbook the United States is using in the fight against ISIS. 
"That is a dangerous capability," said former Army intelligence officer Michael Breen. "It's never a good thing to have senior counterterrorism people become terrorists."
The 'rat line'  from Benghazi to Syria is well documented:
The DOD documents also contain the first official documentation that the Obama administration knew that weapons were being shipped from the Port of Benghazi to rebel troops in Syria. An October 2012 report confirms:  
Weapons from the former Libya military stockpiles were shipped from the port of Benghazi, Libya to the Port of Banias and the Port of Borj Islam, Syria. The weapons shipped during late-August 2012 were Sniper rifles, RPG’s, and 125 mm and 155mm howitzers missiles. 
During the immediate aftermath of, and following the uncertainty caused by, the downfall of the ((Qaddafi)) regime in October 2011 and up until early September of 2012, weapons from the former Libya military stockpiles located in Benghazi, Libya were shipped from the port of Benghazi, Libya to the ports of Banias and the Port of Borj Islam, Syria. The Syrian ports were chosen due to the small amount of cargo traffic transiting these two ports. The ships used to transport the weapons were medium-sized and able to hold 10 or less shipping containers of cargo. 
The DIA document further details: 
The weapons shipped from Syria during late-August 2012 were Sniper rifles, RPG’s and 125mm and 155mm howitzers missiles. The numbers for each weapon were estimated to be: 500 Sniper rifles, 100 RPG launchers with 300 total rounds, and approximately 400 howitzers missiles [200 ea – 125mm and 200ea – 155 mm.]
More Information on the Obama Administration and the creation of ISIS
How the US Aided ISIS and the Fall of Mosul and Ramadi

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders - Useful Idiots, Unicorns & Utopia

The left wing in America is represented by a variety of populists that each hate America and the Republic for which it stands.  Bernie Sanders is an openly socialist 'Independent' Senator from Vermont.  Bernie caucuses with the Democrats and is pretending to run for President and to oppose  Hillary Clinton, the progressive disciple of Saul Alinsky., in the primaries.  What are some things we should know about Bernie Sanders ? Here is a list from the leftist outfit, MSNBC.

The 25 best things we learned from Bernie Sanders’ book
Sen. Bernie Sanders’ political memoir, published by the radical left-wing Verso Books in 1997, has been out of print for several years. It’s shot up in value on used book sites since Sanders announced his presidential campaign, with some sellers asking over$400 for an “extremely rare” paperback copy (it’s available for $65 on Amazon).
The 2 items from the list that should really stand out......

Bernie Sanders doesn't love America or the Constitution and actually detests the Republic.  In fact, he thinks we should be socialist and communist, like Europe. America is not a democracy. In fact, the word democracy doesn't appear in the Constitution.  But that doesn't stop this socialist democrat  from trying to destroy this country in the name of 'utopia' and pushing their populist, progressive pablum. Democrats are nothing more than useful idiots,

Travel Ban on 5 Taliban Freed for Bergdahl Will Soon End

Lawmakers warn travel ban on Taliban freed for Bergdahl will soon end
House Republicans are warning that five former Guantánamo Bay detainees exchanged a year ago for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will soon have their travel ban lifted and could return to the battlefield. 
Obama ILLEGALLY traded Bergdahl.......
"One year ago, President Obama transferred five senior Taliban terrorists from Guantanamo Bay (GTMO) to Qatar. Unless something changes, those terrorists will be free to return to the fight on Sunday," said Reps. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the Armed Services Committee, and Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), chairwoman of the panel's Oversight and Investigation subcommittee, in a statement.
The administration released the five senior Taliban commanders from Guantánamo almost one year ago in exchange for Bergdahl, who was being held captive.
The detainees were sent to Qatar, to be monitored by the government and banned from traveling for a year. The travel restrictions expire on Sunday, one year after the swap was conducted.

"On Sunday, the Administration's flimsy restrictions on these terrorists will expire. This will endanger our troops abroad and our families at home," Thornberry and Hartzler warned.
"Congress and the American people are right to be concerned about the increased risk to our Nation’s safety now that these five dangerous men are no longer securely held at GTMO."
Earlier this year, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said one or more of the detainees had met with members of the al Qaeda-affiliated Haqqani network while they were in Qatar, and that he expected them to return to the fight. 
Barack Obama traded 5 top Taliban  for an Army DESERTER...........
Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee earlier this month wrote a letter to President Obama urging him to work with the Qataris to maintain travel restrictions on the former detainees.

"If, as scheduled, Qatar permits these five former detainees to possess passports and travel to Afghanistan and Pakistan when the [memorandum of understanding] expires on June 1, they will be at liberty to play an even more direct role in attacks against the men and women of our military," the May 13 letter said.

The administration is reportedly negotiating with Qatar to extend the travel restrictions, but on Wednesday, the White House said it had no changes to announce.
The Obama administration defends Bergdahl, the DESERTER.....

The Obama administration has failed the country nearly at every turn.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Overhead costs exploding under ObamaCare

The Obamacare law was passed without transparency, was based on lies and relied on the stupidity of the Democrat voter. The failure of Obama's 'signature' legislation is evident reading many different news items. 

Five years after the passage of ObamaCare, there is one expense that’s still causing sticker shock across the healthcare industry: overhead costs. 
The administrative costs for healthcare plans are expected to explode by more than a quarter of a trillion dollars over the next decade, according to a new study published by the Health Affairs blog.   
The $270 billion in new costs, for both private insurance companies and government programs, will be “over and above what would have been expected had the law not been enacted,” one of the authors, David Himmelstein, wrote Wednesday. 
Those costs will be particularly high this year, when overhead is expected to make up 45 percent of all federal spending related to the Affordable Care Act. By 2022, that ratio will decrease to about 20 percent of federal spending related to the law. 
The study is based on data from both the government’s National Health Expenditure Projections and the Congressional Budget Office. Both authors are members of Physicians for a National Health Program, which advocates for a single-payer system. 
"This number – 22.5 percent of all new spending going into overheard – is shocking even to me, to be honest. It’s almost one out of every four dollars is just going to bureaucracy," the study's other author, Steffie Woolhandler, said Wednesday...
A breakdown of the costs...... 
The extra administrative costs amount to the equivalent of $1,375 per newly insured person per year, the authors write.
About two-thirds of the new overhead costs are the result of rising enrollment in private plans, which the authors say carries “high costs for administration and profits.” 
The rest is the result of expanded government programs, such as Medicaid. It also includes the cost of running ObamaCare exchanges at both the federal and state levels. 
The federal exchange, as well as the 13 state-run exchanges, have all been boosted by grant money, though those funds will run out by 2016. The exchange will then need to rely on fees to plan premiums.
Next from the Wall Street Journal: 

Health Insurers Seek Hefty Rate Boosts
Proposals set the stage for debate over federal health law’s impact
Major insurers in some states are proposing hefty rate boosts for plans sold under the federal health law, setting the stage for an intense debate this summer over the law’s impact. 
In New Mexico, market leader Health Care Service Corp. is asking for an average jump of 51.6% in premiums for 2016. The biggest insurer in Tennessee, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, has requested an average 36.3% increase. In Maryland, market leader CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield wants to raise rates 30.4% across its products. Moda Health, the largest insurer on the Oregon health exchange, seeks an average boost of around 25%. 
All of them cite high medical costs incurred by people newly enrolled under the Affordable Care Act.....
Next from CNBC

Obamacare's special enrollments draw little interest
Many were called. Few chose to respond.
The federal Obamacare insurance marketplace signed up 147,000 people in 36 states during a special tax season enrollment period, officials revealed Tuesday. That relatively light level of sign-ups was similar to what was seen in 11 other states and the District of Columbia during their own grace periods. issued the final tally via Twitter rather than a press release or news call that Obama administration officials have previously used to announce other numbers and results.
The federal exchange's special enrollment period was open to people who learned they were subject to a tax penalty for failing to have health insurance coverage last year when they were preparing their tax returns. 
In all, it appears fewer than 250,000 people signed up nationally. In Hawaii, no people—as in zero—signed up during the special tax season enrollment...
Lastly, from The LaTimes

Amid slower growth, California's Obamacare exchange cuts proposed spending

After using most of $1 billion in federal start-up money, California's Obamacare exchange is preparing to go on a diet.
That financial reality is reflected in Covered California's proposed budget, released Wednesday, as well as a reduced forecast calling for 2016 enrollment of fewer than 1.5 million people.
The recalibration comes after tepid enrollment growth for California during the second year of the Affordable Care Act. The state ended open enrollment in February with 1.4 million people signed up, far short of its goal of 1.7 million.
A number of factors contributed to the shortfall, but health policy experts said that some uninsured folks still find health insurance unaffordable despite the health law's premium subsidies....

Obamacare is not sustainable by any measure and has failed the American people, just like Barack Obama.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Stephanopoulos, ABC Have Not Fully Disclosed Clinton Ties

Peter Schweizer is the author of Clinton Cash and was a guest on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos. The grilling of the author by George Stephanopoulos was memorable and even motivated me to make the following video after Schweizer's appearance on that Sunday show.

* After The Washington Free Beacon investigated and broke the story of Stephanopoulis's donations and conflict of interest, ABC tried their best to downplay the events and sabotage the story.  After the information went public, the author Pete Schweizer points out some facts intentionally 'overlooked' by Stephanopoulos in his lame apologies.  An excerpt of the article that points out the extent of Stephanopoulos's involvement with the Clintons and their foundations.......

ABC's anchor much closer to Hillary's foundation than he told his viewers.

And even though he has apologized to his viewers for keeping this information from both his audience and his bosses, there is much that Stephanopoulos has yet to disclose to his viewers. Indeed, far from being a passive donor who strokes Clinton Foundation checks from afar, a closer look reveals that Stephanopoulos is an ardent and engaged Clinton Foundation advocate. 
For example, in his on air apology for this ethical mess, Stephanopoulos did not disclose that in 2006 he was a featured attendee and panel moderator at the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). 
He did not disclose that in 2007, he was a featured attendee at the CGI annual meeting, a gathering also attended by several individuals I report on in Clinton Cash, including mega Clinton Foundation donors Lucas Lundin, Frank Giustra, Frank Holmes, and Carlos Slim — individuals whose involvement with the Clintons I assumed he had invited me on his program to discuss. 
Stephanopoulos did not disclose that he was a 2008 panelist at the CGI annual meeting which, once again, featured individuals I report on in the book, such as billionaire Clinton Foundation foreign donor Denis O'Brien

Video: More background on the lack of ethics and bias at ABC News.  

ABC's most visible news employee did not disclose that in 2009, he served as a panel moderator at CGI's annual meeting, nor did he disclose that in 2010 and 2011, he was an official CGI member. 
Stephanopoulos did not disclose that in 2013 and 2014, he and Chelsea Clintonserved as CGI contest judges for awards, in part, underwritten by Laureate International Universities — a for-profit education company I report on in the book. Bill Clinton was on its payroll until his recent resignation. 
Obviously, Stephanopoulos has favorable feelings toward Hillary and Bill Clinton; he gives their foundation his money and his time. Big-time news media personalities have one thing in very short supply — time. Regular participation in Clinton Foundation events shows a deeper commitment to the Clintons than just the donations.

Barack Obama: Chlorine Gas Not 'Historically' a Chemical Weapon

Barack Obama was questioned about Syria and the use of chemical weapons in that conflict. Barack Obama played word games yet again as pointed out in the AmericanThinker 
Red line? What red line?
Syria has been using chlorine gas in their civil war for several years - despite the president's assurances that their chemical weapons stockpiles have been seized. When asked about it at a press conference at the Gulf Cooperation Council summit yesterday, the president made the astonishing claim that chlorin has not "historically" been considered a chemical weapon.
Let's examine that claim a bit further......

Barack Obama: Chlorine Gas Not 'Historically' a Chemical Weapon

Widespread reports of chlorine gas attacks in Syria have not been prevented - or acted upon - because chlorine is not "historically" considered a chemical weapon, US President Barack Obama stated Thursday. 
Obama was forced to answer the chlorine question during a press conference from a summit at Camp David with leaders of the Gulf states. Syria and Iran were key issues at the conference.

"Chlorine itself is not listed as a chemical weapon," he insisted, referring to the US's pledge against chemical weapons use in Syria.

In his response, Obama made reference to the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which indeed supervised the liquidation of Syria's sarin gas over a year-long process that ended in late 2014.

However, the chemical watchdog indeed concluded in January "with a high degree of confidence" that chlorine gas had been used in attacks on three villages in Syria last year.
Flashback 2014: Chlorine Gas Part of Syria's Agreement ....

Previous blogs on Syria, Chemicals Weapons and more:
Obama Arms the Syrian Rebels & 'Overlooks' Their Use of Chemical Weapons 
New Analysis of Rocket Used in Syria Chemical Attack Undercuts U.S. Claims

Saturday, May 16, 2015

California Democrat Senate Candidates on the War Path at State Convention

Democrats are the party of political correctness and hypocrisy. Identity politics is the mainstay of the modern Democrat party with hyphenated-Americans and women lamenting their victim-hood with exaggerated stories, fictional statistics,  if not out-right lies

As with any 'eyebrow' raising conduct by a Democrat, would the conduct be acceptable and barely mentioned in the news if it were a Republican?  The following article from the LaTimes reports on events at  the state Democratic Party convention in Anaheim on Saturday....

Kamala Harris calls Loretta Sanchez's Native American 'war cry' shocking

Some of the dynamics likely to animate the U.S. Senate campaign in the months ahead were evident at the state Democratic Party convention in Anaheim on Saturday. 
Immediately after state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris held an afternoon news conference, she was asked by reporters to respond to a joke that U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez had made about the difference between Indian Americans and Native Americans.

Sanchez had tapped her hand to her mouth in an imitation of a Native American "war cry," a reporter said, causing Harris' eyebrows to lift. 
"I don’t know what to say to that. That – that- that’s shocking," Harris said. "That’s shocking," she repeated. 
Outside, Sanchez's Mambos and Margaritas event was getting underway, but the festive mood was undercut somewhat when she was asked about the joke. 
"I got a call from somebody ..., and he said I want to talk to you about having help from the Indian community, and I thought he meant the American Indian community, in the sense of the Native American Indian community," Sanchez explained. 

Updated with  video  05/17/2015
One reporter asked her if the "war cry" gesture was appropriate. 
"Well, I think Native Americans have an incredibly great history, and a great presence in our country, and many of them are supporting our election," Sanchez said before turning her back on him. 
Meanwhile, Harris was on her way to her own evening event, a slightly more staid Cookies with Kamala session that lacked the rhythmic tunes to which Sanchez was explaining her Indian joke.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Postal Service's 'Conflict of Interest' is Democrat Cronyism & Corruption

An article at TheHIll on a possible 'conflict of interest' at the  United States Post Office fails to mention key facts. Omitting key details is another form of bias in the media and another way the media protects the Democrat party and its leadership.  What are the details that have been overlooked ?  What about cronyism and corruption ?  Take a look at the first half of the article excerpted below or follow the link to TheHIll for the complete article.

Postal Service urged to end deal with real estate broker

The Postal Service needs to end its relationship with a major commercial real estate broker, a federal watchdog said this week. 
USPS’s inspector general said the agency’s set-up with CBRE, in which the real estate broker sometimes represents both sides of a lease or sale, sparks “conflicts of interest.” 
Both the Postal Service and CBRE have defended their current arrangement. But the inspector general said it’s concerned that “CBRE may not negotiate property sales and lease transactions in the Postal Service’s best interest.” 
Before the Postal Service and CBRE teamed up, the inspector general said, potential landlords used to negotiate directly with the agency.

But now, the watchdog says it has heard complaints from building owners about CBRE demanding commission payments. In all, CBRE collected roughly $20.6 million in commissions on roughly 3,400 leases.

On top of that, the inspector general said that it believes the Postal Service – which lost some $5 billion in the most recent fiscal year – could be overpaying by about $9.5 million a year on rent due to leases negotiated by CBRE. Those overpayments, the inspector general said, went toward commissions for CBRE. 
For those reasons and more, the inspector general said the Postal Service should get rid of CBRE and allow other companies to bid to be the agency’s broker.
The article does state the case for a possible 'conflict of interest' at the USPS, but is looking for cronyism and  corruption a conspiracy theory?  Should the reader have been informed that CBRE is connected to Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein's husband Richard C. Blum.  Consider the following :
'The US Postal Service intends to sell 56 buildings, so it can lease space more expensively. The real estate company that has been charged to handle the sale should pocket approximately $1 billion in commissions. The company designated to handle the transactions is none other than that of the California senator’s husband, Richard Blum. '
'In March 2011, Blum’s company, CBRE, was selected as the sole real estate agent on sales expected to reach $19 billion. It went unnoticed by most voters that Blum is a member of CBRE’s board and served as chairman from 2001 to 2014. Already questions about appraisals and transaction prices, and whether or not the post office has received fair value for its properties or if CBRE select clients have received special deals on preferred properties.
The media ignored this not uncommon feat of federal spousal support after Feinstein’s office stated the senator had nothing to do with the USPS decisions to award the brokerage of the sales to CBRE '
Not only was Donald Blum chairman of the board at CBRE, he is still  listed as a director.

Another 'conflict of interest' is when the liberal media reports on anything connected to the Democrats. This isn't the first or last time the media will cover for the Democrat party, but Senator Dianne Feinstein seems to get very special treatment, even for a Democrat.   My previous blogs followed the money trail that started at death and destruction and lead right to the Senator and her husband's door.