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Archive for January, 2017

Jan 19, 2017

CNN fantasizing about Trump and Pence assassination

Just when I thought that CNN can’t go any lower than they have already been, somehow they managed to prove me wrong.
These guys are discussing, starting with their president Jeff Zucker who only a few days ago
defended the actions of his network to report on an unsubstantiated 35-page dossier that claimed the Russian government has comprising information about the president-elect.

“I actually think this was a pretty easy call in terms of its news value,” Zucker said. “The fact is, the top four intelligence chiefs of the United States decided to include in their briefing to the president and president-elect a two-page summary of allegations involving the president-elect. That is newsworthy by any definition.”
Source: Daily Caller

Now we have the fucking idiot Wolf Blitzer running his mouth about what would happen if both Trump and Pence would be assassinated at inauguration.

From Breitbart:

“On the Wednesday, January 18 broadcast of CNN’s The Situation Room, host Wolf Blitzer aired a segment with a chyron featuring the headline “Developing Now.” During that “developing” segment, Blitzer and correspondent Brian Todd discussed what would happen if the unthinkable occurred on January 20.
Blitzer introduced the segment, saying, “What if an incoming president and his immediate successors were wiped out on day one?” and from there, CNN contributor Brian Todd took over to outline the line of succession if an attack blew up the inaugural dais, killing both Trump and Pence.
The upshot was that in the case of both heads of state being killed, the Secretary of State would take over. Currently that man is Secretary of State John Kerry, But in case some objected because his office would also end as of noon on Inauguration Day, then it would be the Speaker of the House — Republican Paul Ryan — or even Obama’s Under Secretary for Political Affairs Tom Shannon.
The report also noted that the designated survivor appointed by the Obama administration could also become president in the case of a disaster. So, in CNN’s analysis, most of the people who would take over in the worst-case scenario would keep the Obama administration in power, at least indirectly.”

I would like to fantasize about a segment called ‘What if Blitzer were to report live from Syria?’
Or ‘What if Blitzer were to be interogated by Secret Service?’
In my opinion, CNN lost all of the measly remaining credibility they had. They proved indeed to be Clinton News Network.

Jan 12, 2017

Headlines January 12, 2017

Military airport near Damascus bombed by Israeli jets

Military airport near Damascus bombed. Suspected holding ammunition depots for Hezbollah. Syrian media attributing to Israel.

‘Syrian state news agency SANA says Israeli jets have bombed the Mezzeh military airport west of Damascus, accusing Tel Aviv of supporting terrorism. The airport was rocked by multiple explosions, with ambulances rushing to the scene.
The Syrian Arab Army has warned that there will be repercussions for Israel for the “flagrant attack” on the military base, state TV said, citing a Syrian army command spokesman. It also linked the alleged strike to Israel’s “support of terrorist groups.”
“This is the second time in two months the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) has being accused by the Syrian government of targeting Syrian positions from Israeli territory.

On December 7, SANA reported that “several surface-to-surface missiles” were launched by the IDF from the Golan Heights. At the time, the source in the Syrian armed forces slammed the attack as a “desperate attempt” by Israel to endorse terrorists.”

Source: https://www.rt.com/news/373522-syria-army-base-bombed-israel/

I am thinking along the line of ‘If the Russians didn’t fire on the planes it means the Israelis cleared the attack with them ahead of time as has happened a few times before.”
That would explain the report that the Russians started pulling out of Syria a few days ago.

U.S. troops moved to Poland

“The largest U.S.military reinforcement of Europe in decades of around 2,700 troops, out of 3,500 planned, arrived as part of operation Atlantic Resolve, aimed at showing Moscow Washington’s commitment to its allies.
“The main goal of our mission is deterrence and prevention of threats,” U.S. Army Colonel Christopher R. Norrie, commander of the 3rd Armoured Brigade Combat Team, said at a welcome ceremony in Poland’s western city of Zagan.
The U.S. deployment to NATO’s eastern flank includes more than 80 main battle tanks and hundreds of armored vehicles. The military unit will rotate through several countries, including Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania.
“Their arrival is just one small but meaningful example of how we are quickly building combat power here,” Norrie said.”
Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-russia-poland-idUSKBN14W1E4

Tensions between China and Taiwan increase

“TENSIONS between China and Taiwan are at boiling point after a fighter jet was scrambled in response to Beijing sending a warship into disputed waters.
he Communist country sent its only aircraft carrier through the Taiwan strait, considered part of Taiwan’s defence identification zone. 
After conducting training exercises in the dispute South China Sea the ship sailed through the contested waters, prompting Taiwan to scramble its own military forces to monitor the vessel.
The Taiwanese central news agency confirmed it sent fighter jets, an anti-submarine plane and a frigate to watch the ship. 
The carrier, called the Liaoning, was said to be returning to its base in northeast China through the strait, a trip which will take some 10 hours.”
Source: http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/753585/World-War-Three-Taiwan-China-Donald-Trump-US-fighter-ship-battle

Jan 6, 2017

Obama still delusional: race relations have gotten better

Thursday on Chicago’s ABC7 when asked by correspondent Judy Hsu if race relations have gotten better or worse during his tenure, President Barack Obama said “for the most part” they had gotten better.
Obama said “You know I think that in some ways, like everything else it’s gotten better and in some ways we have surfaced tensions that were already there but are getting more attention. Look, I came to Chicago in 1985, in the middle of Council Wars between Harold Washington and Eddie Vrdolyak. Some of your viewers are too young to remember this stuff. I promise you, for the most part, race relations have gotten better.”

Source: Breitbart.com

Well, according to New York Time, July 13, 2016:
“April 2009.. 65% whites and 59% Blacks thought race relations were generally Good
July 2016 ..28% Whites and 25% Blacks thought race relations were generally Good”

And from TMZ:
“According to spy photos from TMZ, workers are currently building a brick wall around the rental home where the Obamas plan to live after leaving the White House.
The home was sold in 2014 for $5,295,000 and has 9 beds and 8.5 bathrooms. It has 8,200 square feet and was built in 1928.
The Obama family is expected to live in Washington D.C. while youngest daughter Sasha finishes school.”

I guess Obama does not want to feel the love of the improved race relationships? I wonder who is going to pony up the $20,000 a month for the rent? Is it the shadow government?

From the comments section of Breitbart’s article:
“I am a 64 yr old Black woman grew up in the segregated south in the 50’s. I take issue with this fool’s statement he ran on skin color and tyrannized America because he was half black in the south back in the day he would be called a mulatto. He did nothing for Black people and maDe racism the issue of his tenure. How pathetic dude move on you flat out sucked as a leader and your childish exiting temper tantrums show your immaturity arrogance and self promoting style. You lived like a celebrity as president and have nothing to show for tenure you are only as good as your last movie or recording and you have neither. You can’t make up your legacy, the press can’t protect you now which IS why you are on the history channel, etc…the press is exposed nobody is listening to your rhetoric it’s been going on for 8 years. Two words for you Barry “IT’S OVER”!!!!”

“I was there in the middle of the Watts race riots in Los Angeles in 1965, and I was there for the race riots on the ships of the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean in 1970, and spent my civilian career pulling the sled of “affirmative action” (lack of skill compensated for by color). While things have gotten better because of white acceptance (or liberal white guilt), race relations have actually gotten worse under Barry. Destruction of the economy in favor of unfunded government handouts and deference in all things to the color of the skin, has fostered increased distrust and hostility among races, to a point that is worse than it was in 1965. Obama did a great job as a community organizer agitator (the destruction and disruption is everywhere); too bad it was a true executive and leader that we needed. Praise the Lord that by the end of the month we will have both for the first time in 10 years.”

“He must have just read the piece about the four negro thugs having a friendly sleep over with the handicapped Hated Whitey dude.”

Jan 6, 2017

Trump Fires All Obama Politically Appointed Ambassadors

Effective Inauguration Day, all politically appointed ambassadors are out of their jobs.
Don’t cry for the snowflakes, as all of them got their position as a ‘thank you’ for generous donations.

From New York Times:
“President-elect Donald J. Trump’s transition staff has issued a blanket edict requiring politically appointed ambassadors to leave their overseas posts by Inauguration Day, according to several American diplomats familiar with the plan, breaking with decades of precedent by declining to provide even the briefest of grace periods.
The mandate — issued “without exceptions,” according to a terse State Department cable sent on Dec. 23, diplomats who saw it said — threatens to leave the United States without Senate-confirmed envoys for months in critical nations like Germany, Canada and Britain. In the past, administrations of both parties have often granted extensions on a case-by-case basis to allow a handful of ambassadors, particularly those with school-age children, to remain in place for weeks or months.
Mr. Trump, by contrast, has taken a hard line against leaving any of President Obama’s political appointees in place as he prepares to take office on Jan. 20 with a mission of dismantling many of his predecessor’s signature foreign and domestic policy achievements. “Political” ambassadors, many of them major donors who are nominated by virtue of close ties with the president, almost always leave at the end of his term; ambassadors who are career diplomats often remain in their posts.”

Naturally, it is difficult to find accommodation if you are to pay out of your pocket and you don’t feel like doing it. However, the politically appointed diplomats should have known that their position will be terminated once Trump was elected president. Therefore they had a few months to prepare contingency plans regarding school and dwelling for their families.
Instead, they are whining and complaining:

“In Costa Rica, Ambassador Stafford Fitzgerald Haney is hunting for a house or an apartment as his family — which includes four school-age children and his wife, who has been battling breast cancer — struggles to figure out how to avoid a move back to the United States with five months left in the school year, according to the diplomats.
In the Czech Republic, they said, Ambassador Andrew H. Schapiro is seeking housing in Prague as well as lobbying his children’s Chicago-based school to break with policy and accept them back midyear. In Brussels and Geneva, Denise Bauer, the United States ambassador to Belgium, and Pamela Hamamoto, the permanent representative to the United Nations, are both trying to find a way to keep daughters from having to move just months before their high school graduation.”

In case you wanted to know how much does it cost to secure a position in diplomacy, below is a list depicting the contribution to DNC and the political reward. Some of the names have been replaced by others, but the end result is the same.

#1 Matthew Berzun … Ambassador to UK: he ‘raised’ over 3.5 millions for DNC
#2 Julius Genachowski … Former chairman to FCC: he raised over 3.4 millions for DNC
#3 Frank Sanchez…. Under secretary of commerce
#8 Kirk Wagner… Ambassador to Singapore: raised over 2.3 millions
#9 Alan Solomont … Ambassador to Spain
#11 John Roos… Ambassador to Japan
#12 Nicole Avant… Ambassador to Bahamas
#13 Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe … Ambassador to the UN
#16 Steve Westly – CFO of California
#17 Don Beyer – Ambassador to Switzerland
#21 Don Gips – Ambassador to South Africa
#22 Howard Gutman – Ambassador to Belgium
#24 Cynthia Stroum – Ambassador to Luxembourg
#27 Mark Gilbert – Ambassador to New Zealand
#31 Norm Eisen – Ambassador to Czech Republic
#37 Bruce Oreck – Ambassador to Finland- raised only a little bit over 1.3 millions
#43 Tony West – deputy Attorney General
#45 Bill Kennard – Ambassador to EU

The whole article and the list of donors to DNC can be found on ZeroHedge.com
From the article:
“It appears Richard M. Lobo’s wife, Caren Lobo, donated $716,000 to DNC. Obama then nominated Richard Lobo for Director of the International Broadcasting Bureau.
From BBG.gov:
Richard Lobo was nominated by President Obama to be Director of the International Broadcasting Bureau in February, 2010, and was confirmed to the post by the Senate in September of that year.

Pamela Hamamoto paid DNC $605,000 then became the Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva.

Jane Hartley paid DNC $605,000 and then was nominated by Obama to serve concurrently as the U.S. Ambassador to the French Republic and the Principality of Monaco.

Crystal Nix-Hines paid DNC $600,000 and then was nominated by President Obama to the position of United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization with the rank of Ambassador.”

Is it fair what Trump is doing? Maybe not if he is to follow a precedent. But he is a business man and in business you lose your job in a blink of an eye. Most of the time you are given five minutes to vacate your desk and are escorted by security or HR personnel out of the building.
Again, all these politically appointed guys knew well in advance what is to come and should have prepared their exit plan accordingly.
Bear in mind that career diplomats are still in their respective positions. At least for the time being.

Jan 5, 2017

Do you want to know what Obama legacy looks like?

Cutting through all the bullshit, this is Obama’s legacy:

* taken the US troops out of Iraq and created a power vacuum, which has resulted in the rise of ISIS
* drawn a red line for Assad to cross and use chemical weapons
* armed the terrorists in Syria and escalated the killing of Syrians and prolonged the civil war
* paved the way for Iran to advance their missile program and ultimately develop nukes and supply nuclear materials to terrorists
* caused a nuclear arms race in the Middle East
* Famously criticised Mitt Romney for considering Russia to be the most dangerous threat to the US
* emboldened Putin to take Crimea
* emboldened Putin to weaken the US-backed fighters battling Assad, and allowing Assad to remain in power
* emboldened Islamists to pursue a dirty bomb and increase terrorism
* emboldened Kim Jong-un and antagonize him to destabilize the region
* worsened relations with China, N. Korea and Russia
* Tried, and failed miserably, to prevent the Brexit. English voters have sent a message to the elitist liberal western leaders, and this will be just the beginning of the end of the EU.
* Obamacare will ultimately fail, with large insurers pulling out, with the top 20% of taxpayers shouldering the burden
* Divided the US population as much as it was just prior to the US Civil War
* Encouraged the murder of police by black thugs
* Spent more taxpayer money on travel and vacations than all prior presidents
* Created the biggest budget deficit in US history
* Presided over the slowest ever recovery in any US economic cycle in US history
* Presided over a 25% increase in the US poverty rate
* Presided over the decline of the labor force participation rate to the lowest level in US history when accounting for females in the US workforce. When you add up the number of people collecting unemployment benefits, people not working whose unemployment benefits have expired, part-time workers who can’t find full-time work, and people who are working at a job below their skill level, the rate is 50%.
* Deceptively resettled thousands of Syrian “refugees” throughout the US.
* Campaigned for a year for Hillary Clinton, and was face planted in the US presidential election.

94 million people out of the workforce (CNSNews.com – The Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics shows an improving/mixed employment situation in September, in the numbers released Friday.
94,184,000 Americans were not in the labor force in September, 207,000 fewer than in August, and the nation’s labor force participation rate, which began its steady downward trend in 2000, showed little change last month, rising a tenth of a point to 62.9 percent compared with August.Labor Force participation rate at 38 year low)
10 % unemployment if labor force participation was at normal level
41 million American on food stamps
43 million Americans living in poverty
Added $9 TRILLION in debt.
Family Income down 4%
2009 GDP: – 0.24%
2010 GDP: 2.73%
2011 GDP: 1.68%
2012 GDP: 1.28%
2013 GDP: 2.66%
2014 GDP: 2.49%
2015 GDP: 1.88%
2016 GDP: 1.28%

U.S. Homeownership Rate Hits 50-Year Low
Government Debt to GDP at 70 year high of 105%
The slowest U.S. recovery since WWII
Started wars in Libya, Syria and Yemen.
Restarted war in Iraq
Ushered in the expansion of ISIS
Reneged on Budapest Agreement emboldening Russia
Create the “Arab Spring” turning the ME into chaos
Assisting Iran in developing nuclear weapons
Gave Iran $400 million to support terrorism
If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.- Lie
If you like you doctor, you can keep you doctor.- Lie
Premiums will go down by $2500 a year.- Lie
“Many Say High Deductibles Make Their Health Law Insurance All but Useless”
“Doctors, Hospitals Say ‘No’ to Obamacare Plans
Patients continue to learn that coverage is different from access.”
“Contrary to goals, ER visits rise under Obamacare”
‘Insurance companies are starting to pull out. Premiums are rising. Is the ACA doomed?”
“Examining Plummeting Obamacare Enrollment Projections, Part II”
Source: forbes.com
“UnitedHealth Group, the nation’s largest health insurer, announced Tuesday that it will be pulling out of Obamacare’s insurance marketplaces”
Source: usnews.com
“About 12 million people will be covered through Obamacare’s insurance marketplaces this year, the Congressional Budget Office said Thursday in a new estimate, a sign of the government’s continuing difficulties in getting people signed up for insurance under the 2010 program.
The estimate, released as part of a wider report, is down from a previous budget office projection of 13 million made in January, and far below the 21 million people that the CBO predicted a year ago would have coverage under the Affordable Care Act in 2016.”
Source: insurancejournal.com
“Watchdog: ObamaCare program made illegal payments”
Source: thehill.com
“More Than 1 Million in Obamacare to Lose Plans as Insurers Quit”
Source: bloomberg.com
“The ACA’s risk corridor program was intended to transfer funds from profitable insurers to unprofitable ones for the first three years of the exchanges (2014 to 2016). The program ran a $2.5 billion deficit for the 2014 plan year as far more insurers incurred losses than made profits. In 2015, the deficit increased to more than $5.8 billion—a 132% increase.”
Source: forbes.com

Source: The Hill

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