Inspector General: Oh, Maybe VA Fraud In Phoenix Did Result In Deaths After All…

VA2_0

Ya think? Fresh on the heels of a VA whistleblower saying the IG “Softened” the report on Veteran deaths

Via Townhall:

Remember the VA scandal? You might be forgiven for letting it slip your mind, given that (a) its series of disgraceful revelations was several crises ago, and (b) that Congress has passed decent (but not permanent) legislation to “fix” the system. But there’s a reason why the CNN correspondent who’s covered this story most closely bluntly questioned the feasibility of righting the VA ship without “throwing out” vast numbers of its managers: An endemic culture of corruption and accountability-dodging. Drew Griffin’s skepticism was no doubt reinforced when the department’s Inspector General released its findings in late August, concluding that it could not definitively link the VA’s pervasive and deliberate manipulation of wait times and care lists to any deaths. Critics immediately questioned the methodology behind that verdict, complaining that the IG’s standards of proof made were “virtually impossible” to meet. Whistleblowers had previously alleged that VA corruption had resulted in at least 40 deaths in the Phoenix area alone. Sources told CBS News that agency officials successfully pressured the IG to “water down” its findings.

Keep Reading

Former ISIS Member Says Group Trains New Recruits On How To Behead People Using Animals To Practice On…

Beheaded Syrian Soldiers

Savages.

(YME) – Islamic State (IS) member “Sherko Omer” would now be a dead jihadist hadn’t he surrendered to the pro-Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northeast Syria earlier this year. Journalist Rozh Ahmad met him to learn more about the experience.

In this interview “Omer” explains how he left his hometown in Iraqi Kurdistan to join the Syrian opposition and eventually became an IS member, what he witnessed and the reasons for which he risked his life to exit the extremist Islamic organisation.

Why and how did you join the Islamic State (IS) in Syria?

Two friends and I decided to leave Iraqi Kurdistan to join the Syrian opposition and its fight against the regime. In October 2013 we got contacts from several people close to the Kurdistan Islamic Group (Komal) in my hometown, Halabja. We were told that the contacts were members of the Free Syria Army (FSA). We met the contacts in Turkey and they took us to a hotel for few days. Afterward, they took us to a training camp on the Turkey-Syria border and we found ourselves at an ISIS (or IS) camp instead of FSA.

Is it true that IS trains new recruits for beheadings on dead bodies at the camps?

Not true for the camp I was at, where beheading training was practiced with chickens and other animals. I did not do it because when we arrived they asked for my skills and qualifications and because I am a technical professional and I had qualifications, I was assigned to technical works and trained with pistols and lightweight weapons. This is because my main duty was to learn the communication equipment, interception of enemy phone and radio lines as well as rescuing digital gadgets and archives during attacks. I never engaged in a firefight and this was the precise reason why Kurdish YPG fighters agreed to hand me back to my family after months of investigations.

Keep reading…

Liberal Activists Blast Hillary In Secret Emails…

Hillary

Yet everything they despise about her will be forgiven later.

Via The Hill:

Emails sent by liberal activists and obtained by The Hill reveal significant dissatisfaction with Hillary Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.

The critical messages about the former first lady show that she has a long way to go to assuage skepticism from influential voices on the left.

The Hill reviewed hundreds of emails from a progressive members only Google group called the “Gamechanger Salon,” a forum where nearly 1,500 activists, strategists and journalists debate issues and craft messaging campaigns.

The group includes prominent Democrats, Sierra Club officials, journalists who work for The Huffington Post and The Nation magazine, senior union representatives, leaders at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and the president of NARAL.

In the emails spanning over a year — starting in June 2013 through July of this year — frustration with Clinton is evident.

Clinton’s too much of a hawk, too cozy with Wall Street, hasn’t spoken out enough on climate change, and will be subject to personal questions and criticisms, members of the group stated in the emails.

Keep Reading

Australian Terror Raids Called A “Plot Against Islam”…

Via Yahoo News:

Self-proclaimed sheikh Junaid Thorne has condemned the counter-terrorism raids in Sydney and Brisbane as an attack on Islam and Muslims.

The 25-year-old has attracted a following since he was deported from Saudi Arabia in July 2013 after protesting against his brother Shayden’s imprisonment for terrorism-related offences.

Junaid hit the headlines over social media posts in which he appeared in front of the flag of terrorist organisation Islamic State, and for lecturing in Brisbane under the banner of the Millatu Ibrahim group, which is banned in Germany.

In a Facebook post on Thursday, Junaid said the Australian government was practising institutional terrorism by arresting and abusing the rights of his “innocent Muslim brothers”.

“The Australian government along with its authorities are clearly attacking Islam and Muslims,” he wrote.

“They fool us with raising the terror alert to high only to justify their arrest and oppression of Muslims.

“They use the excuse of terrorism to launch a crazy, indiscriminating assault against harmless youth who have done nothing wrong.

Immigration Caseworkers Union: ISIS Will Exploit Our Loose Visa Policies To Gain Entry Into The US…

ISIS

Via CNS News:

The U.S. is letting terrorists in “right through our front door,” Kenneth Palinkas, president of the 12,000-member union of government immigration caseworkers and adjudicators warned today.

In a statement concerning the planned administrative amnesty, ISIS, and the threat of terrorism, National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council (NCISC) Pres. Palinkas warns also warns that “ISIS will exploit our loose and lax visa policies to gain entry into United States”:

“The National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council represents 12,000 dedicated immigration caseworkers and adjudicators who are on the front lines in the fight to keep terrorists out of the United States. In addition to the extremely real and serious threat that ISIS has already or will soon slip across our porous southern border, it is also essential to warn the public about the threat that ISIS will exploit our loose and lax visa policies to gain entry to the United States.

“Indeed, as we know from the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993, from the 9/11 terrorist attacks, from the Boston Bombing, from the recent plot to bomb a school and courthouse in Connecticut, and many other lesser-known terror incidents, we are letting terrorists into the United States right through our front door.”

Keep Reading

Holder Announces $4.75 Million Plan To Make Police Officers Less Racist In Response To Ferguson…

Here’s a better idea, use that money to try and stop the cycle of poverty and violence in the black community.

Via DOJ website:

Attorney General Eric Holder announced today the launch of the Justice Department’s National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice.  Funded through a $4.75 million grant, the initiative will create a  substantial investment in training, evidence-based strategies, policy development and research to combat distrust and hostility between law enforcement and the communities they serve.  Recent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, following an officer-involved shooting have brought national attention to the importance of strong police-community relationships, which has been a priority for the Justice Department under Attorney General Holder.

“The events in Ferguson reminded us that we cannot allow tensions, which are present in so many neighborhoods across America, to go unresolved,” said Attorney General Holder.  “As law enforcement leaders, each of us has an essential obligation – and a unique opportunity – to ensure fairness, eliminate bias, and build community engagement.  The National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice represents a major step forward in resolving long standing tensions in many of America’s communities and it will allow us to build on the pioneering work that the Justice Department and our law enforcement partners across the country are already doing to strengthen some of our nation’s most challenged areas.”

The initiative, which will be an ongoing partnership with the Justice Department, will provide training to law enforcement and communities on bias reduction and procedural fairness and will apply evidence-based strategies in five pilot sites around the country.  It will also establish a clearinghouse where information, research, and technical assistance are readily accessible for law enforcement, criminal justice practitioners and community leaders.

Dem. Senator Blocks Ted Cruz Bill To Seize Passports From ISIS Fighters Who Return To The US…

mazie

Ballsy move.

Via Daily Mail:

A showdown over the passports of so called ‘foreign fighters’ – Americans and other westerners who have joined the ISIS terror army in Iraq and Syria – came to a head on Thursday when a U.S. senator killed legislation aiming to strip them of their citizenship.

Democrat Mazie Hirono, a freshman senator from Hawaii, objected on the Senate floor when Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas tried to fast-track his ‘Expatriate Terrorists Act.’

Cruz bypassed the Senate’s committee process in order to rush the legislation to a vote, meaning that any single senator could block it.

Since the Senate is sprinting through its final days in session this year, he said, putting the bill through committee ‘would mean that it could not pass in time to prevent Americans fighting right now with ISIS from coming back and murdering other Americans.’

‘There is an urgency and an exigency to this situation,’ Cruz said on the Senate floor.
Hirono said she chose to throw up a road block because ‘legislation that grants the government the ability to strip citizenship from Americans is a serious matter raising significant constitutional issues.’

She also cited letters of objection from the Constitution Project and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Keep Reading

Top Australian Anglican Leader Blames Islam For Rise Of ISIS, Hits Obama For Claiming Islam Has Nothing To Fo

Via Sydney Morning Herald:

The Anglican Dean of Sydney, Phillip Jensen, has described Islam as “false” and attacked the religion for the rise of Islamic State.

“It’s time to face the truth that Islam itself is part to blame,” Dean Jensen wrote last week in his blog titled “From the Dean”.

“Islam is false.”

Despite the possibly inflammatory comments, the Sydney Anglican Church has stood behind the 70-year-old minister’s comments.

“The Dean was at pains to point out that Australia does not want the religious diversity of our own nation to be inflamed into conflict,” a spokesman said.

“There is nothing remarkable in stating the fact that the ISIS militants claim to be Islamic.”

The article in the blog, which is published as part of Dean Jensen’s role at St Andrews Cathedral, also criticised US President Barack Obama.

Dean Jensen’s criticism centred on Mr Obama’s decision to separate his criticism of the Islamic State from a critique of Islam.

“They are waging war in the name of Islam and in accordance with their Islamic beliefs,” Dean Jensen said.

“They wish to create the Caliphate. Their commitment is more than a power grab for land – it is a religious zeal and if we ignore it, we will seriously underestimate them.”

Dem. Senator Challenges NFL Nonprofit Status Over Domestic Abuse Scandal…

Cory Booker

This is the second time this week Democrats have threatened the NFL. This past Tuesday, Sen. Maria Cantwell announced she’ll be introducing a bill to end their tax-exempt status over the stupid Redskins name controversy

Via Washington Examiner:

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., wants to strip the National Football League of its nonprofit status because of the way the league has been handling domestic abuse cases involving its players.

Booker’s legislation would prevent the NFL from operating as it currently does, as a nonprofit trade group. The $100 million in extra tax collections over the next ten years would go toward domestic violence prevention programs.

Even devoted football fans might be surprised to learn the NFL is a tax-exempt organization. Each of the NFL’s clubs pay taxes, but the league office does not. The exemption for the league is granted under 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code and applies to “business leagues, chambers of commerce, real estate boards, boards of trade, and professional football leagues (whether or not administering a pension fund for football players).”

Keep Reading

Iranians Behind “Happy” Song Sentenced To 91 Lashes And Six Months In Prison…

Ironic, but in a morbid way.

Via Independent:

A group of seven Iranian men and women who created and starred in their own version of a video for Pharrell Williams’ song ‘Happy’ have each been given suspended sentences of prison time and 91 lashes.

The fun-loving friends were arrested in May after posting their homemade music video ‘Happy in Tehran’ to YouTube.

They were forced to publicly confess and apologise on national television before being released on bail, with police chief Hossein Sajedinia warning others that the video was “a vulgar clip” which “hurt public chastity”.

Their lawyer Farshid Rofugaran told English-language Iranian news outlet IranWire that six of the group were yesterday given six months in prison and 91 lashes, while a seventh – the Director of the video – was also given 91 lashes but one year in jail. The sentences are suspended for three years.

HT: ROP

Kay Hagan May Have Skipped Classified ISIL Hearing for NYC Fundraiser…

kay-hagan-push-ap

Seems fitting.

Via Washington Free Beacon:

Records indicate that Sen. Kay Hagan (D., N.C.) did not attend a classified hearing that focused on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) due to a fundraiser that was held for her in New York City.

The issue of ISIL has been thrust into the spotlight of the race between Hagan and her Republican opponent, Thom Tillis, who accused Hagan of not doing enough to stop the terrorist group during its rise.

Tillis also said that Hagan, who sits on the Armed Services Committee and chairs the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, had “not held a single meeting to discuss the threat of ISIS.”

Senate records show that there was one meeting held by the subcommittee, which exists to “counter emerging threats” such as “terrorism,” but it is unclear whether Hagan attended it.

Keep Reading

Kerry: ISIS Is “The Order Of Satan… They Do Not Represent Islam”…

What are the odds Kerry converts to Islam by the time this is over?

Via CNS News:

Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday defended President Barack Obama’s statement that the Islamic State is not Islamic, saying that they can call themselves whatever they want, but “they’re not a state, and they do not represent Islam.” “In fact,” he said, they are “the order of Satan.”

“The Islamic State, they can call themselves what they want to call themselves. We shouldn’t compound the sin by allowing them to get away with it and calling them what they’re not. They’re not a state, and they do not represent Islam,” said Kerry at the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s hearing on the U.S. strategy against ISIS.

NIH Spends $72K Studying Chlamydia In Guinea Pigs…

guinea-pig-tan

Remember when some liberals went through that weird phase where they’d eat guinea pigs to “fight global warming“? Now this? The War on Guinea Pigs is getting outta hand…

Via CNS News:

(CNSNews.com) – The National Institutes of Health through the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has given the University of Texas San Antonio $72,000 to develop a vaccine against chlamydia in guinea pigs.

The study cites chlamydia trachomatis as “the leading cause of bacterial sexually transmitted disease worldwide.”

“Untreated genital chlamydial infections cause serious sequelae such as pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, and infertility. A licensed vaccine, which is considered to be the ideal way to limit Chlamydia-induced morbidity, is currently not available,” the grant abstract said.

Researchers have found a vaccine against Chlamydia has shown promise in mice and theorize that it may work in guinea pigs, which have similar “pathogenesis and immunity to chlamydial infection” as humans.

Keep Reading

New York Democrat Praises Dictator Robert Mugabe For His Anti-White Racist Policies…

CharlesBarron-2

Back in July, Mugabe declared that white people could no longer own land in Zimbabwe.

Via New York Observer:

Charles Barron famously hosted Zimbabwe’s repressive President Robert Mugabe at City Hall as a freshman councilman in 2002–and said yesterday he would like to repeat the performance in his first term at the state capital.

In an exclusive interview with the Observer, Mr. Barron, who won a Democratic primary for an open Assembly seat last week and is very likely to crush his GOP rival, expressed hope that he could persuade the foreign official to visit Albany.

“I would love for him to come to Albany. I would love for him to come anywhere in the United States, really,” Mr. Barron said in an interview at his former campaign office in East New York, Brooklyn. “I think he’s a shining example of an African leader on the African continent.”New. Critics have argued that Mr. Mugabe uses this policy to reward his political allies.

“He was one of the few African leaders who had the courage to take the land back from the settlers,” said Mr. Barron, comparing him favorably to the late South African leader Nelson Mandela, who he argued allowed whites to retain too much property. [...]

Mr. Barron has long expressed admiration for other Third World military dictators, such as late Libyan leader Muammar el-Quaddafi and former Cuban President Fidel Castro, even as he condemned the United States for supporting the fallen regimes of the Duvalier family in Haiti and General Augusto Pinochet in Chile. All of those rulers drew international condemnation for using violence, intimidation, torture, imprisonment and extrajudicial executions to suppress political dissidence.

“All my heroes were America’s enemies,” Mr. Barron said.

Background on Mugabe sending his goons to forcefully seize white-owned farms:

…From 12 to 13 February 2000, a referendum on constitutional amendments was held. The proposed amendments would have limited future presidents to two terms, but as it was not retroactive, Mugabe could have stood for another two terms. It also would have made his government and military officials immune from prosecution for any illegal acts committed while in office. In addition, it allowed the government to confiscate white-owned land for redistribution to black farmers without compensation. The motion failed with 55% of participants against the referendum.

The referendum had a 20% turnout fuelled by an effective SMS campaign. Mugabe declared that he would “abide by the will of the people”. The vote was a surprise to ZANU-PF, and an embarrassment before parliamentary elections due in mid-April. Almost immediately, self-styled “war veterans”, led by Chenjerai ‘Hitler’ Hunzvi, began invading white-owned farms. Those who did not leave voluntarily were often tortured and sometimes killed. One was forced to drink diesel fuel as a form of torture. On 6 April 2000, Parliament pushed through an amendment, taken word for word from the draft constitution that was rejected by voters, allowing the seizure of white-owned farmlands without due reimbursement or payment.

Ninth Circuit Affirms That It’s Illegal To Wear American Flag Shirts On Cinco De Mayo…

American Flag

Wonderful…

Via Daily Caller:

It’s official: the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued an order declining a request for an en banc hearing in a case involving four students in at a California high school who were sent home for wearing American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo.

The full slate of Ninth Circuit judges has thus agreed with a lower district court and with a trio of appellate judges that officials at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Calif. could censor students who wanted to wear flag-emblazoned shirts.

The federal appeals court issued its denial of an en banc hearing on Sept. 17 — Constitution Day.

“[N]o further petitions shall be permitted,” the court ordered.

Keep Reading

US-Backed Palestinian TV: Jews Are “Barbaric Monkeys, Wretched Pigs”…

The hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars we’ve given to Abbas and the PA help pay for this.

Via PMW:

In the poetry segment of its Friday morning talk show, Abbas’ Palestinian Authority TV last week hosted a poet reciting a poem cursing the Jews – “the Sons of Zion” – as “the most evil among creations,” “barbaric monkeys” and “wretched pigs”:

“Jerusalem is my land, Gaza is my honor
Jerusalem is my days and my wildest dreams
O, you who were brought up on spilling blood
O, you who murdered Allah’s pious prophets (i.e., Jews in Islamic tradition)
You have been condemned to humiliation and hardship
O Sons of Zion, O most evil among creations
O barbaric monkeys, O wretched pigs
As long as my heart is my Quran and my city
As long as I have my arm and my stones
As long as I am free and do not barter my cause
I will not fear your throngs
My belt is around my waist, and my rifle is on my shoulder.”

Keep reading…

Kerry: We’re Not Asking Congress For More Authority To Go To War With ISIS, We Are Asking “Good Lawyers”…

Kerry finger snap

And by “good lawyers,” he means the ones who work for the Obama regime.

Via CNS News:

Instead of asking Congress for new authority to go after terrorists in Syria and Iraq, the Obama administration is turning to “good lawyers within the White House, within the State Department,” Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday.

How is it that the Obama administration thinks it can rely on a 2001 authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) to go into Syria and Iraq 13 years later, Sen. Robert Mendendez (D-N.J.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, asked Kerry at a hearing on Wednesday.

Kerry responded that “good lawyers” at the White House and State Department have concluded that the 2001 AUMF is sufficient because it “includes…al-Qaeda and associated forces.”

Obama To Micromanage War Against ISIS, Military Can’t Attack Until He Signs Off On Every Strike…

Because it worked so well in Vietnam?

Via WSJ:

The president hasn’t yet given the green light for an attack on Islamic State militants in Syria, but the U.S. military campaign against the group there is being designed to allow President Barack Obama to exert a high degree of personal control–going so far as to require that the military obtain presidential signoff for strikes. The requirements for the strikes will be far more stringent than those targeting Islamic State in Iraq, at least at first. U.S. officials say it is an attempt to limit the threat the U.S. could be dragged more deeply into the Syrian civil war. After meeting with his top military advisers in Tampa yesterday, Mr. Obama insisted anew that U.S. ground forces won’t engage in combat in Iraq or Syria, despite suggestions by top military commanders that conditions could one day require that U.S. advisers and other military units play a limited front-line role (Here’s a look at why troops in Iraq don’t count as boots on the ground). Julian E. Barnes and Carol E. Lee report.

Obama Is Attending 1 Fundraiser Every 5 Days This Year…

Barack Obama, New York

And the days in-between are spent golfing. Good thing there’s nothing important going on anywhere in the world right now…

Via Capitol City Project:

Despite many Democratic politicians distancing themselves from President Obama’s low approval ratings and declining his assistance– even in their own backyard– he’s still doing a good amount to help raise money for various groups. So far this year, on average, Obama is attending a fundraiser every 5 days.

According to a new report, Obama has appeared at 49 fundraisers this year through September 15 — even taking the time out of his beloved vacation at Martha’s Vineyard this past August.

“When we looked at Obama’s fundraising in May, we figured out that he was on pace to go to a fundraiser every six days or so. Now, he’s at five-and-a-quarter. That’s thanks to a particularly active summer; the president even attended a fundraiser during his putative vacation on Martha’s Vineyard in August.”

Keep Reading

Air Force Will No Longer Require Airmen Say “Under God” When Taking The Oath…

US Air Force Logo

No surprise, the Air Force Academy already dropped “under God” from the honor oath cadets take.

Via CBN News:

The U.S. Air Force will no longer require airmen to say the words “So help me God” when taking the enlistment oath.

Air Force officials say the change comes after an airman struck out the words on his re-enlistment paperwork, going against a policy that prohibits omissions.

The airman say he was told by his commanders that he must swear to God or leave the Air Force.

The Department of Defense General Counsel backed the airman’s actions, ruling “So help me God” can be left out if an airman prefers.

“We take any instance in which Airmen report concerns regarding religious freedom seriously,” Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James said in a statement. “We are making the appropriate adjustments to ensure our Airmen’s rights are protected.”