Wonder who gave them this idea?
“Too Big To Fail” has never been applied to a besieged nation torn apart by sectarian factions, but let’s try it here: Afghanistan’s government recently asked the US for a $537 million bailout to pay its bills, and they’d like it within the next “five to six” days.
“We hope they will pay for us, and we are asking at once,” Alhaj M. Aqa, the director general of the treasury at the Ministry of Finance, told The Washington Post. “They are asking me when I need it, and I told them this week or we will have a problem.”
Thanks to a disputed presidential election back in April, which has deterred foreign investors and halted domestic spending (leading to a 25% fall in tax and tariff revenue), the Afghani government has burned through its reserve money and needs nearly a half billion immediately to keep up its infrastructure.
Brilliant idea, lets all go stick our heads in the sand and pretend ISIS isn’t a threat.
(NBC FW) - U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Dallas) argued the beheading of two American journalists by ISIS does not justify U.S. airstrikes into Syria Thursday.
During an interview on Capitol Hill, Johnson said the slayings of James Foley and Steven Sotloff should not lead to bombing ISIS forces in Syria.
“We were on their ground. It was not in the U.S. I do think we need to protect Americans wherever they are. But Americans also need to be careful where they are,” said Johnson.
The Dallas Democrat also said President Obama does not need Congressional authority to escalate the fight against ISIS. But she feels he would be wise to seek approval from the U.S. House and Senate.
HT: Conservative Byte
The floodgates are about to break even more open…
Via Washington Examiner:
The summer lull in illegal border crossings from Mexico is about to give way to a rush of even more immigrants in a frenzy of fear that Washington is about to shut the door, according to several Hispanic leaders.
In Honduras, for example, U.S. threats coupled with those from local leaders warning about the dangers of crossing the border have instead reenergized children and adults to run fast to America and pay inflated fees to “coyotes” to get them there.
“As I am speaking, hundreds of children are trying to leave Honduras,” said Jose Guadalupe Ruelas, a Honduran leader who advocates for children. “When people in Honduras hear that the U.S. is going to get stricter with immigration rules and laws then people think to themselves, ‘Now is the time for me to go,’” he said through an interpreter.
Ruelas and several other Hispanic leaders met in Washington Tuesday after spending a week in Latin nations responsible for sending over 50,000 children across the U.S. border this year. Officials expect another 145,000 next year.
Move along, nothing to see here…
Via Washington Free Beacon:
Michigan Democrat Gary Peters profited from a French oil company that admitted to bribing Iranian officials for access to their oil fields.
Total S.A., the fourth largest oil company in the world, paid $60 million to an influential Iranian administrator over a nine-year period to gain access to lucrative oil contracts, according to a joint investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice.
“During the course of its unlawful scheme, Total and others corruptly made certain payments and took certain acts for the purpose of inducing the Iranian Official to use his influence to assist Total,” the SEC said in allegations against the company.
The Iranian contracts netted Total $150 million in profits. The company admitted to using fake consulting contracts through a Bermuda-based subsidiary to bribe the official.
The company was charged with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which aims to curb international bribery, as well as numerous federal bookkeeping and securities laws. In 2013, Total agreed to pay nearly $400 million in fines—the largest FCPA fine of the year and the fourth largest in history.
The Peters campaign did not return requests for comment about whether he was aware of the bribery scandal.
In addition to being a Field Organizer for the West Virginia Democratic Party, Collin Peterson is also a staffer for Rep. Nick Rahall, D-West Virginia. No problem with him holding a rifle or what looks like an AK47 imitation airsoft gun. Lot of issue with him appearing to “play terrorist” and post other pro-terrorist imagery:
Perhaps Peterson’s opinion was in part formed by the Islam class he took at Randolph Macon College. Here’s Collin talking about how excited he was:
“And I’m really excited for Islam. I’ve wanted to study it and thought about just taking Western Religions but decided not to I am so burned out of learning about Judaism and Christianity. So i’m really excited they offered. Couldn’t fit Buddhism in which is disappointing but I studied it in Eastern religions so I got it covered!” He apparently was taking the course as part of a religious studies minor.
Representative Rahall looks like he might have no issue with a staffer holding such views, having himself attacked Israel.
Nick Rahall is the most senior Arab-American member in the House. He is of Lebanese descent. He has spoken out in the past in support of Palestine, “Israel can’t continue to occupy, humiliate and destroy the dreams and spirits of the Palestinian people and continue to call itself a democratic state.” Rahall was the only member of the House to oppose the 1993 resolution for an end to the Arab boycott of Israel. Rahall’s sister has been a lobbyist for Qatar.
Peterson pulls his Facebook account.
But the field organizer forgets, the Internet is forever…
Need me for what? To feed me to Mooch?
Why bother? She has a “D” next to her name so we all know liberals will give her a pass regardless.
Via Capitol City Project:
Hillary Clinton is actively seeking help on how to approach the ever-dividing talk of “income inequality” and asked one group of people in particular how to discuss the issue without alienating a major base with the means of providing massive funds: the 1 percent.
Hillary spent the month of August lavishly, as the New York Times reports, residing at the elite Hamptons and asking Wall Streeters and other extremely wealthy individuals how she could approach the subject without turning off those exact people with vast loads of money. During this month-long retreat, she mingled with rich liberal mega-donors, lobbyists, and businessmen.
“Among those who have held Hamptons events for Clinton is Susie Tompkins Buell, a long-time Clinton donor, who is a member of the secretive Democracy Alliance. Multiple members of the liberal donor club have already announced their support for Clinton,” the Washington Free Beacon reported.
If Palin said she wanted to punch Michelle Obama in the face The View hags would implode.
Business as usual for higher-ups at the VA.
Via Daily Caller:
A former Veterans Affairs supervisor has been sentenced for stealing up to $20,000 of government property, a recent Justice Department release announced.
From 2010 to 2013, 48-year-old Venita Godfrey-Scott directed her employees to use materials and supplies intended for VA medical center upkeep on her own house. These taxpayer-funded home improvement projects included “a deck in her backyard, carpet installation, and various kitchen, bathroom and basement improvements.” She also instructed employees to buy other necessary materials with her government-issued credit card, and had them work on these projects during normal work hours, when they were being paid by the VA.
Godfrey-Scott was a facilities supervisor, responsible for “carpentry, paint, locks, doors, and other minor construction projects,” for the VA Medical Center in West Haven, Conn.
Hmm, can you say “mission creep?”
Via The Hill:
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Tuesday wouldn’t rule out having American advisers accompany Iraqi troops into battle against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
President Obama has deployed 1,600 U.S. advisers to Iraq so far, but has stressed that there are no “boots on the ground” in a combat role.
But Gen. Martin Dempsey said it’s possible he could at some point recommend to Obama that the American advisers begin riding along with Iraqi forces as they take on ISIS, which would put them in harm’s way.
“To be clear, if we reach the point where I believe our advisors should accompany Iraqi troops on attacks against specific ISIL targets, I will recommend that to the president,” Dempsey said at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, using an alternate acronym for the group.
Then again, nobody believed Obama when he said Obamacare wouldn’t fund abortions.
Via CNS News:
President Obama promised that under his health care plan, “no federal dollars will be used to fund abortion,” but that’s just another broken promise, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office, which indicates that public funding of abortion is happening on a large scale.
“This confirms what we have long suspected,” Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Penn.) said in a conference call with reporters on Monday.
Pitts and other Republicans asked the GAO to find out which taxpayer-subsidized plans in the Obamacare exchanges fund abortion and if consumers know about that coverage.
The report concluded that in 2014, more than a thousand federally subsidized Obamacare policies paid for abortion on demand, sometimes unbeknownst to policyholders. And in five states, every plan offered on the exchanges included abortion on demand, giving consumers no alternative, as required by law.
Keep telling yourself that, Nancy.
Via Daily Caller:
Pelosi said Monday that Democrats are in no way responsible for gridlock in Congress.
The House minority leader made the comments to MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow Monday afternoon:
Farrow: “You yourself are an incredible, powerhouse fundraiser for Democratic candidates — is important because of the issues at stake. You’ve been fighting, banging your head against the wall, if you will, on immigration, not getting much traction. I know you think that we could have progress on some of those issues with different leadership. But, as a whole, this has been called again and again a do-nothing Congress. 142 bills passed into law by this Congress, down from 906 in 1948′s famously, also, do-nothing Congress.”
HT: Patriot Update
I’m pretty sure Netanyahu won’t be forced to do anything.
Via Truth Revolt:
Former President (and potential First Dude) Bill Clinton was caught on tape this Sunday in Iowa agreeing with disparaging comments about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. [...]
“If we don’t force him to have peace, we won’t have peace … Netanyahu is not the guy,” an unidentified voice is heard talking to the former President, according to the The New York Post.
“I agree with that,” Bill is heard saying in response.
“We must fight for change,” or something.
Via The Hill:
President Obama is featured in a new ad for the Democratic National Committee, the first in a $1 million campaign to turn out young, minority and female voters in the midterm elections.
The radio ad titled “Obstruction” released Monday laments the opposition Obama has faced from congressional Republicans. It is aimed at black voters, and will run on African-American radio stations nationwide.
“No Democratic President in U.S history has faced the level of obstruction from the Republicans that Barack Obama has. It’s critical that we continue to fight for change and vote on November 4,” the narrator says.
Obama then outlines his vision for an economy where “hard work pays off.” The radio spot features excerpts from a speech, where the president touts higher wages, affordable health insurance and decent health benefits.
It’s almost like the lib media had an agenda to push.
The vast majority of St. Louis County residents are giving the media low marks for their reporting on racial strife in Ferguson, Missouri.
Seventy-three percent of those surveyed say the press made things “worse” in the wake of the police shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown, according to a new poll by the Kansas City-based Remington Research Group. Eighteen percent said the media had made things better and the remainder had no opinion.
In terms of the racial breakdown, 81 percent of whites thought the press made the situation worse, while 50 percent of African-Americans agreed.
Filed under: Stories that make liberals feel warm and fuzzy on the inside.
Via Illinois Policy:
With extra credit courses such as, “the art of self-detonation.”
Islamic State (IS) militants have issued a new set of retrograde academic guidelines as schools reopened in cities controlled by the jihadist group in Syria and Iraq.
According to a new curriculum imposed in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, art and music are now banned subjects and all classes about history, literature and Christianity have been cancelled.
Teachers and pupils are ordered to avoid any reference to the republics of Iraq or Syria, as the region should be now called Islamic State.
Although not previously taught in Iraqi schools, Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution is also explicitly banned and so are patriotic songs and textbook photos deemed offensive to Islam.
The new rules have been laid out in a two-page bulletin that was nailed to the wall in public spaces across the city, which fell to the group previously known as Isis in June.
The document says that the school programme was drafted by IS’s leader, the self-styled caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, with the aim to “eliminate ignorance, to spread religious sciences and to fight the decayed curriculum.”