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As a retired therapist, with years of post graduate work in the subject of Child Psychology, as well as almost two decades in the field, I bluster at this entire scenario, meaning that the school principal and school board officials, who support this kind of exercise, are wading in a most perverse and dangerous area of the psyches of children.  Just what do these people, hope to accomplish?  The teacher is the last line of defense for the children in her/his care.  What was that teacher thinking?  What was the thinking of all involved in this fiasco?  None of the exercise lends support for an anti-bullying campaign.  In fact, it does just the opposite.  Students, required to participate, especially the girls “performing,” were bullied into acting out the drama in front of others, and they feared, rightly so, that others will react in negative and hurtful ways.  Authorities “bullied” the children, all students, as well as the parents, from beginning to end by supporting and implementing the subject matter without parental oversight.  Those school authorities, including the teacher, should be discharged without recommendations and/or a chance to resign.  To give these perpetrators any recommendations, or allowing any to resign, is repeating the behavior of the Catholic church when pedophile priests are simply moved into a new area with fresh “meat,” i.e., kids.


Girls Told to Ask for Lesbian Kiss at School

Monday, April 29, 2013

Parents of children attending a Red Hook, New York, middle school are outraged after a recent anti-bullying presentation at Linden Avenue Middle School.


The workshop for 13 and 14-year-old girls focused on homosexuality and gender identity. They were also taught words such as “pansexual” and “genderqueer.”


Parents say their daughters were told to ask one another for a kiss and they say two girls were told to stand in front of the class and pretend they were lesbians on a date.


“She told me, ‘Mom we all get teased and picked on enough. Now I’m going to be called a lesbian because I had to ask another girl if I could kiss her,'” parent, Mandy Coon, told reporters.


Coon says parents were given no warning about the presentation and there was no opportunity to opt-out. Both the school principal and the district superintendent are defending the workshops and advising they will schedule more.


“The school is overstepping its bounds in not notifying parents first and giving us the choice,” another parent said. “I thought it was very inappropriate. That kind of instruction is best left up to the parents.”


“I was absolutely furious — really furious,” a parent who asked to remain anonymous told reporter Todd Starnes, “These are just kids. I’m dumbfounded that they found this class was appropriate.”


Superintendent Paul Finch told The Poughkeepsie Journal the presentation was “focused on improving culture, relationships, communication and self-perceptions.”


“We may require more notification to parents in the future,” Finch said.


He claimed the sessions are required under the state Dignity for All Students Act, which prohibits harassment and bullying in the classroom.


Principal Katie Zahedi and guidance counselors at the middle school worked with Bard students to organize the workshops.



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Control: Exposing the Truth about Guns

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Glenn Beck is the CEO & Founder of Mercury Radio Arts. Beck is one of America‘s leading radio and television personalities, and author of #1 New York Times bestsellers in both fiction and non-fiction. The Glenn Beck Program is syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks and is the third highest-rated national radio talk show among adults ages 25 to 54. Glenn is married with four kids.

Control: Exposing the Truth about GunsWhen our founding fathers secured the Constitutional “right of the people to keep and bear arms,” they also added the admonition that this right SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.

It’s the only time this phrase appears in the Bill of Rights.

So…why aren’t more people listening?

History has proven that guns are essential to self-defense and liberty—but tragedy is a powerful force and has led many to believe that guns are the enemy, that the Second Amendment is outdated, and that more restrictions or outright bans on firearms will somehow solve everything.

They are wrong.

In Control: Exposing the Truth about Guns (the brand-new Book of the Week at TheBlaze Books), Glenn Beck presents a passionate, fact-based defense of Americans’ right to bear arms…and in so doing also reveals why the gun control agenda isn’t really about controlling guns at all—in the end, at its core, it’s about controlling us.

In addition, this compact handbook also takes on and debunks common myths and outright lies that are often used to vilify guns and demean their owners:

  • The Second Amendment is ABOUT MUSKETS…

  • GUN CONTROL WORKS in other countries…

  • 40 percent of all guns are sold without BACKGROUND CHECKS…

  • More GUNS MEAN more MURDER…

  • MASS SHOOTINGS are becoming more common…


  • No CIVILIAN needs a “weapon of war” like the AR-15 . . .

  • ARMED GUARDS in schools do nothing; just look at Columbine . . .

  • Stop FEARMONGERING; no one is talking about TAKING YOUR GUNS AWAY.

Backed by hundreds of sources, Control gives everyone who cares about the Second Amendment the indisputable facts they need to reclaim the debate, defeat the fear, and take back their natural rights.

Check out Glenn revealing the story behind the creation of Control:

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(Related: After you’ve read Control, be sure to check out TheBlaze’s comprehensive series of articles on “Guns in America.”)

Here’s Glenn breaking down the progressive agenda to flip the Constitution by going after guns and trying to ram gun control down the throats of the American people:

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In the following excerpt, Beck parries back the arguments against “assault weapons” with facts that the media consistently ignores:

The killer in Newtown used a .223-caliber Bushmaster rifle. This weapon bears a physical resemblance to the M-16, a machine gun that has been used by the U.S. military since the Vietnam War. It’s frequently said that there is “no reason” for such “military-style weapons” as the Bushmaster to be available to civilians. But isn’t that a lot like saying there is no reason why any civilian should drive a military-style car like the Hummer?

The key word, of course, is style. The Hummer may be military in style, but not in substance. Likewise, “assault weapons” like the Bushmaster may be similar to military guns in their cosmetics, but not in their operation. One pull of the trigger; one bullet.

In truth, an “assault weapon” is whatever the Dianne Feinsteins of the world say it is. They attempt to create federal bans that identify these weapons based on their cosmetic features, like barrel shrouds, folding stocks, pistol grips, etc., but none of these things have anything to do with the lethality of the weapon. It’s almost like gun-discrimination: we treat weapons differently based solely on their outward appearance.

Fully automatic weapons (i.e., “machine guns” ) are, on the other hand, not military-”style” weapons; they are actual weapons—and they’ve generally been outlawed for civilian use since 1986. While the media and controllists don’t like the make that distinction clear, this debate has nothing to do with those weapons.

Turning the tables on the age-old canard that “the weapon itself is to blame,” Beck talks a bit about “knife control” in the wake of a Texas campus stabbing:

(Related: After you’ve read Control, be sure to check out TheBlaze’s comprehensive series of articles on “Guns in America.”)

Here’s Glenn breaking down the progressive agenda to flip the Constitution by going after guns and trying to ram gun control down the throats of the American people:

Turning the tables on the age-old canard that “the weapon itself is to blame,” Beck talks a bit about “knife control” in the wake of a Texas campus stabbing:

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Obama on Allegations Benghazi Whistleblowers Have Been Blocked From Testifying: ‘I’m Not Familiar With it’

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President Obama on Tuesday said he is unaware that anyone has been blocked from testifying on the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

“There are people in your own State Department saying they have been blocked from coming forward,” said Fox News’ Ed Henry, “that they survived the terror attack and they want to tell their story.”

He is referring to recent reports that at least four officials at the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency have been warned by unnamed Obama administration officials about testifying on the Benghazi terror attacks.

“Will you help them come forward and say it once and for all?” Henry asked.

“Ed,” the president responded. “I’m not familiar with this notion that anybody has been blocked from testifying. What I’ll do is I’ll find out what, exactly, you’re referring to.”

“Our job, with respect to Benghazi, has been to find out exactly what happened, to make sure that U.S. embassies – not just in the Middle East but around the world – are safe and secure, and to bring those who carried it out to justice. But I’ll find out, exactly, what you’re referring to.”

“[T]hey’ve hired an attorney because they say they’ve been blocked from coming forward,” Henry persisted.

“I’m not familiar with it,” the president responded:

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Explosive Report Contradicts the Obama Administration’s Benghazi Story in a Big Way

Explosive Report: Forces Were Available to Help Americans Under Attack in Benghazi

A man walks near a charred vehicle at the entrance of the U.S. Conulate, in Benghazi, Libya, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. The deadly Sept. 11 attack on the consulate killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Credit: AP

The U.S. government had the ability to “react and respond” to the Benghazi terrorist attack and could have had forces on the ground before the second wave of the assault began, a special operator with knowledge of the response told Fox News in an exclusive interview. Due to the explosive nature of his allegations, the special ops member asked to remain anonymous.

“I know for a fact that C 110, the EUCOM CIF, was doing a training exercise, not in the region of northern Africa, but in Europe. And they had the ability to react and respond,” he told Fox News.

The C 110 is a 40-man Special Ops force capable of rapid response and deployment, a group trained specifically for an event like the Benghazi attack, Fox News reports. The unit was training in Croatia on Sept. 11, 2012, just 3.5 hours away from Benghazi.

“They would have been there before the second attack,” the anonymous special operator said. “They would have been there at a minimum to provide a quick reaction force that could facilitate their exfil out of the problem situation.”

He continued: “Nobody knew how it was going to develop, and you hear a whole bunch of people and a whole bunch of advisors say, ‘Hey, we wouldn’t have sent them there because the security was unknown situation.’ If it’s an unknown situation, at a minimum you send forces there to facilitate the exfil or medical injuries. We could have sent a C 130 to Benghazi to provide medical evacuation for the injured.”

The special operator said there are members of special ops and other officials who are still active and involved in the situation. “They would be decapitated if they came forward with information that could affect high-level commanders,” he added.

While he says he doesn’t “blame them for not coming forward,” the special operator said members of the community feel betrayed and believe the betrayal goes all the way to the top. Further, the Special Ops community feels like the Americans in Benghazi were left to fend for themselves.

The White House has said from the beginning that there were no forces available to assist Americans in Benghazi on Sept. 11. Four Americans were killed in the attack on the U.S. compound, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, State Department worker Sean Smith and former U.S. Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.

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THE BLAZE by JASON HOWERTON (MY TWO SENSE: Sawed-off shotguns to be banned along with pressure cookers, nails, beebees, and of course, gun power. Just kidding–so far. JM)


Store Owner With Shotgun to His Head Thinks of His Kids During Robbery and Gets ‘Really Angry’ — Here’s What He Did Next

A robber armed with a shotgun entered a package store in Irvington, Ala. on Monday and demanded all the cash from the register. The criminal later discovered that he threatened the wrong guy — a father whose kids meant so much to him that he displayed unthinkable bravery when his life was in immediate danger.

The owner of the store, who asked to remain anonymous, said the robbery occurred five minutes before closing time on Monday. He was restocking beer when investigators say 34-year-old Charles Steele entered Sandie’s Beer Wine and Spirits in Irvington, Ala., with a sawed-off shotgun and ordered the owner to give him all the cash from the register.

“He had a shotgun and held it to my head. I saw my life passing by and I thought I wasn’t going to see my kids anymore. That’s why I got really angry. That’s why I went after him,” the store owner told WPMI-TV.

And when he says he “went after him,” he means it. The store owner pulled out his own gun and fired at the robber. He then followed the suspect out of the store and continued to fire at him as he tried to escape in a white Dodge Charger, according to Mobile County Sheriff Sam Cochran.

“That’s the second time I’ve shot a gun ever in my life and I couldn’t believe that I hit him,” the owner recalled.

The man said he still gets “jittery” every time the door rings at his store. He is apparently considering closing the store over the traumatic incident.

“About 25 minutes later we received a call of one shot down on Two Mile Road. Deputies responded and found the suspect shot once in the torso. He was transported to the hospital. A search of the residence recovered the weapon used and the money seized,” Cochran said.

Police say Steele, the robbery suspect, admitted to robbing the store out of sheer desperation because he lost his job recently.

The store owner, though, rejects that excuse. He told WPMI-TV that he also lost his job a few years ago, but instead of stealing, he got back on his feet the honest way.

“I put all my life savings into this store. I borrowed money from the bank and my parents,” the owner explained. “It’s just been a bit over two years. That’s why we don’t have any employees. I work seven days a week and have two little girls I have to take care of.”

Police found the gun used in the robbery and the money stolen when they searched Steele’s home on Monday. He will be arrested and charged with first degree robbery when he is released from USA Medical Center.

Cochran said charges are unlikely against the store owner because he was defending his life and property, which he has a right to do under the law.

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Fox News’ Ed Henry Challenges Obama on Syria’s Chemical Weapons — and Obama Redefines His ‘Red Line’

With evidence that Syria has purportedly used chemical weapons
against its own people, President Barack Obama spoke out today
against Bashar al-Assad and his regime. That said, he was somewhat more
measured and cautious when describing about how the United States plans
to handle the contentious scenario.

Fox News Ed Henry Challenges Obama on Syrias Chemical Weapons

President Barack Obama holds a press conference in the Brady Press
Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on April 30, 2013.
The President on Tuesday answered questions from the press on a variety
of topics. Credit: AFP/Getty Images 

Last year, Obama said that the use of
chemical weapons would be a “red line” — one that would determine
whether more drastic steps would be needed to prevent additional
abuses. But, as National Review explains, the president was more tempered when discussing the issue today:

Despite evidence that the
Assad regime has used chemical weapons against its people, President
Obama today said that the United States will not intervene in the
conflict until both the administration and the international community
can establish that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons. “We don’t
know how they were used, when they were used, who used them, we don’t
have a chain of custody that establishes what exactly happened,” he told

Even if those facts were established,
the president — who previously said the use of chemical weapons would
constitute a “red line” — was more cautious today about whether even
definitive proof of their use would be sufficient to change his
administration’s calculus in the region. “It would cause us to rethink
the range of options that are available to us,” he said.

Watch Obama describe some of these elements, below:

Fox News White House Correspondent Ed
Henry started his questioning by asking the president, “Do you risk U.S.
credibility if you don’t take military action?” During an explanation
of the Syrian conflict as it currently stands, the president used the
words “game changer.”

As Mediaite notes, Henry then questioned whether a “game changer” would mean that the U.S. military would intervene. Obama then delivered the aforementioned response
about the necessity to “rethink the range of options” the U.S. — and
international community — has to rectifying the situation.

Here’s a more robust clip that shows Henry’s question and Obama’s complete answer:

(H/T: National Review)

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VINE OF LIFE by LYN LEAHZ (MY TWO SENSE: Better take notice and carry a big stick! Power mongers are crawling out of the woodwork swinging. No one is safe, and the US is devolving into a Communist oppression state. JM)

Child Abducted by CPS after Parents Seek a Second Medical Opinion

Child Abducted by CPS after Parents Seek a Second Medical Opinion

By Lyn Leahz on April 29, 2013

• Commentary By Gordon King

MUST SEE VIDEO BELOW!!! The government is quickly taking more and more control over our lives. This article is just one incident where the government is overstepping their bounds. How many other people are suffering persecution from their government here in America? Just how far is the government willing to go before the people say enough is enough? Will we wait until it is too late? Until the government has so much power and control over us that we are merely cattle being led to their feeding trough? Where is the justice? Where are the morals and values of a government that supersedes the authority and rights of a parent? When will the government be satisfied with their authority and laws over the people they serve? Please watch the video below. It is a must see!Adan SalazarInfowars.comApril 29, 2013A mother and father are incredibly grief-stricken following the abduction of their five-month-old son by police officers after merely requesting the child receive a second medical opinion.

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60 Minutes STOCK Act Followup Sends Warning Signal to Congress

After being featured Tuesday on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Breitbart News contributor and Government Accountability Institute President Peter Schweizer once again found himself the focus of national media in a 60 Minutes Sunday report highlighting his work uncovering congressional insider trading and championing the Stop Trading On Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act to ban it.

In 2011, 60 Minutes’ veteran reporter Steve Kroft ran an investigative report based on Schweizer’s New York Times bestselling book, Throw Them All Out.

“A year ago he began working on a book about soft corruption in Washington with a team of eight student researchers who reviewed financial disclosure records,” said Kroft in the original 2011 CBS 60 Minutes report. “The results became a jumping off point for our own story, and we have independently verified the material we used.”

Kroft won the Joan Shorenstein Barone Award for excellence in Washington-based journalism for the report. Kroft thanked Schweizer at the awards ceremony and made a rare joint interview appearance with Schweizer on MSNBC.

After the release of Schweizer’s book and the award-winning 60 Minutes segment it sparked—as well as at least 26 articles by Breitbart News published on the subject—President Obama included the issue in his 2012 States of the Union Address. Eventually, Congress passed the bill in an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 417-2 in the House and 96-3 in the Senate.

Two weeks ago, however, Congress gutted the bill by killing a key provision that would have put already publicly available financial disclosure records of federal officials in an online format to increase transparency.

Sunday night, Steve Kroft took to the airwaves to hit back.

“Our 2011 report shamed Congress into passing the STOCK Act,” said Kroft. “But earlier this month, Congress quietly repealed parts of the law.”

Kroft’s 60 Minutes Sunday update featuring Peter Schweizer may have telegraphed to members of Congress a warning of sorts: neither he nor Schweizer are finished reporting on or exposing instances of insider trading and self-enrichment by members of Congress or their staffs.


60 Minutes Follows Up On STOCK Act

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WND by JOHN BENNETT (MY TWO SENSE: Mr Holder decides what civil rights are for all; Founding Fathers and Civil Liberties organizations move over, Eric is at the helm! The Attorney General’s job is, or it used to be, to uphold existing laws. It is the job of Congress to create or amend laws. It is the right, as well as the privelage and responsibility to amend our Constitution, when and if it becomes necessary. During this Administration the law of the land of this Constitutional Republic is being flooded with new interpretaions, twisted into something unfamaliar, and hung out to dry in the Progressive hot air. Political Correctness, among other madeup rules of etiquette, are fast shutting down good people who attempt to speak out for the sake of self and others. Our First Amendment, under attack since its creation, has significantly worn away by the continuous pounding by Progressives. Not always known as Progressives, these people have called themselves many different things, according to what society will accept at the time. Before they were Progressives, they were Liberals until that term became overshadowed with a negative inference. Regardless, their agenda never changes and continues to be a fundemental transformation of America into a state of tyranny and oppression. One example [ ] JM)


Holder: Amnesty is a ‘civil right’

Attorney general promises government working to protect illegal aliens

Published: 4 days ago

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, in remarks that largely have escaped notice, has claimed that “creating a mechanism for [illegal aliens] to earn citizenship and move out of the shadows… is a matter of civil and human rights.”

Holder also said that the federal government will work hard “to safeguard the rights of language minorities.”

These claims are likely to add fuel to the growing controversy over the Senate amnesty proposal developed by the so-called “Gang of Eight.”

Holder made these remarks in an April 24 speech to the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund Awards Gala. MALDEF’s notable activity includes suing Sheriff Joe Arpaio and opposing Arizona’s immigration law.

Holder said, “[I]t is long past time to reform our immigration system in a way that is fair; that guarantees that all are playing by the same rules…”

However, one of the primary criticisms of amnesty is that it does not treat all immigrants according to the same rules. Instead, according to critics, amnesty would reward illegal aliens by allowing them to bypass established procedures required for legal entry.

Holder framed the amnesty proposal in grand terms:

“The way we treat our friends and neighbors who are undocumented – by creating a mechanism for them to earn citizenship and move out of the shadows – transcends the issue of immigration status. This is a matter of civil and human rights.”

Steven Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies tells WND, “[T]he idea that people have a right to come and live in the United States is very problematic.”

He points out that, for centuries, sovereign nations have regulated “who may enter their territory.”

Camarota also rejects the “rights” language because amnesty favors non-citizens at the expense of citizens, particularly those who are less affluent.

For instance, three members of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights recently wrote to the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, warning her of the harmful impact amnesty would have on the black community.

Amnesty “will likely disproportionately harm lower-skilled African-Americans by making it more difficult for them to obtain employment and depressing their wages when they do obtain employment,” the letter cautioned.

See Holder’s comments:

Peter Kirsanow, an attorney and member of the commission, tells WND that Holder’s remarks represent “a bizarre understanding of – if not an insult to – the history of the civil rights movement in this country.”

Nonetheless, Holder’s speech emphasized his desire to legalize illegal aliens.

Holder complained, “Far too many people are relegated to living in the shadows – without the rights, dignity, and legal protections they deserve.”

Political scientist Peter Skerry writes that given their access to health care, home ownership, and jobs, “the undocumented have not exactly been cowering in the shadows,” and that illegals should “step forward and assume responsibility for their decisions.”

In his speech, the attorney general stated that the federal government will work hard “to safeguard the rights of language minorities.”

“Language minority” is the term used in the Voting Rights Act to officially define “people who are of American Indian, Asian American, Alaskan Native or Spanish heritage.”

The Voting Rights Act “requires jurisdictions with significant language minority populations to provide non-English ballots and oral voting instructions.”

The groups listed were specifically selected for favoritism by the federal government because, in part, “[t]here wasn’t evidence of other groups having difficulty voting.”

Holder advocated for the current amnesty proposal, and appealed to what he described as the immigrant “dream.”

Immigrants are driven by a “hope for a better life and their dream for a brighter future for their children,” he said.

Holder mentioned his own cultural tradition as well, noting, “I’m proud to say I was raised in a home infused with traditions and values that my father and all my grandparents brought with them from the great island of Barbados.”

The attorney general’s comments come at a time of increasing skepticism towards the Senate  amnesty proposal, which is under renewed doubt given the immigration system’s treatment of the Boston terrorists.

Judicial Watch recently reported that older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev could have been deported, given his arrest in 2009 for domestic violence.

Those honored at MALDEF’s award ceremony were Girl Scouts CEO Anna Maria Chavez, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas, and former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.

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WND by TED NUGENT (MY TWO SENSE: Ted Nugent speaks for me and a host of others–millions, in fact. Now, to get him, and others like him, into Congress would be a coup of sorts. The only thing I worry about is the past of all apparently honorable men/women, and that is, ‘Does that individual have a price? And if so, what is it?’ The truth of politics is that it’s almost impossible to remain true to a moral and ethical code when one is human. The powers behind this administration have abysmal buckets of money, power, and influence which is invariably used quite successfully on opponents. Also, living and socializing in political city, Washington DC, creates fertile ground for corruption simply because of the “everyone does it” rational. Appalling behavior loses significance when the test for what is right or wrong is scewed by a majority of moral degenerates.

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How to battle the Fedzillacrats

Exclusive: Ted Nugent’s not willing to accept turning U.S. into ‘a turd world country’

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So goes the old adage that if you place a frog in a pot of cold
water and slowly turn up the heat, the frog, too stupid to feel the
increasing danger, will sit in the pot and be boiled to death without
jumping out to save itself.

Sadly, the same holds true for America. Too many Americans are
ignorant frogs, and Uncle Sham and his band of Fedzillacrats are slowly
turning up the heat to a boiling point.

Our list of failures is long and ugly, but we have arrived at the
boiling point, and here we are – borrowing and spending trillions of
dollars we don’t have, graduating kids who can’t read, scrambling to
restrict the rights of law-abiding citizens because of what some
bug-eyed lunatic did and punishing the producers while rewarding
society’s slugs.

Everywhere I go, I’m stopped every single day by concerned Americans
who want to express their dismay, shock, heartbreak and disappointment
at the condition of America. While I lend a damaged rock ‘n’ roll ear to
them, I remind them that unless they are working double overtime to
reverse the kamikaze course we are on, they are part of the problem, not
the solution.

Enslaving America to a life of addiction to government cheese and
generational poverty while stripping them of their work ethic and pride
is largely a Democratic ploy, but the Republican Party has also been
guilty of turning up the heat, bringing the water to a boil.

Tough times call for tough people willing to make even tougher decisions.

America cannot sustain paying out $300,000 dollars in Medicare to
recipients who, on average, have paid in only $100,000, if that. That is
a roadmap for bankruptcy. Things must change.

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The Social Security Trust Fund has been raped and pillaged by greedy
Fedzillacrats from both political parties, who, if there was true
justice, would be tarred and feathered and run out of the District of
Clowns (D.C.).

Because the fund has been robbed for decades, Social Security is now
on the path to financial insolvency. It, too, must change, or it will
roll over like a bloated beached whale and further stink up the place.

The GOP must fight harder and smarter to defund Obamacare. Like every
other government program, it will cost much more than what we were
told. The result of Obamacare will be fewer doctors and health-care
providers, and the best health-care system in the world will be

The GOP must also push like mad to once again make America the
shining city on the hill for business, entrepreneurs and free
enterprise. I recommend reducing the business tax rate down to 10
percent for the next 10 years. Doing this will be like pouring gas on
the economic hot coals ready to burst into a roaring fire of job growth
and prosperity.

Ninety-nine weeks of unemployment is social and economic suicide. I
say you get nine weeks of unemployment. If you need assistance after
that, contact a church. Hunger is a great motivator.

There are roughly 4,500 words in the original U.S. Constitution. I’m
still waiting for a strong-minded, independent congressman to propose
legislation that any new bill cannot be longer than 4,500 words. The
first guy or lady to propose this will be a national hero.

I say we burn the existing U.S. tax code, which is the single
biggest, most bombastic and ambiguous document in the history of the
world, and replace it with a flat tax.

These are just a few common-sense ideas that require immediate
attention and action if we are to get out of the dangerous pot of
increased boiling water. Going broke and turning America into a turd
world country is not an option I’m willing to accept.

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WND by GARTH KANT {MY TWO SENSE: The following is a copy of the fax I’m sending to Judge Reed O’Connor, which lets him know we support him. “April 25, 2013 District Judge Reed O’Connor; Your Honor, it has been a long time coming that a person of authority, who sees the actual state of our nation, stands up for the side of right. I do not know the rule of ethics pertaining to contacting a District Judge, and I have no wish to even attempt to influence any decision on any case before you. The point of this communiqué is to tell you that American citizen-patriots are proud of you. Your apparent sense of fairness and of the laws of our land is uncommon today in our judicial system with respect to the agenda of government, backed by so much power. We, the People, want you to know that we support you. Truly, Missouri, American Citizen ” (Contact information is: District Judge Reed O’Connor, 1100 Commerce Street, Room 1520, Dallas, Texas 75242-1003, Courtroom: 15th Floor, Chambers: 214-753-2650 / Fax: 214-753-2657, Courtroom Deputy: Tyler Crowley- 214-753-2650, Court Reporter: Denver Roden – 214-753-2298) JM}

Official photographic portrait of US President...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia) Obama and his Madonna smirk, a slight smile that my mother used to call “a sh* t-eating grin. That’s more appropo.


Gutsy federal judge whacks Obama

Threatens to overturn ‘amnesty’ policy for young illegal aliens

Published: 12 hours ago

Garth Kant is a WND staff writer. Previously, he spent five years
writing, copy-editing and producing at “CNN Headline News,” three years
writing, copy-editing and training writers at MSNBC, and also served
several local TV newsrooms as producer, executive producer and assistant
news director. He is the author of the McGraw-Hill textbook, “How to
Write Television News.”

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A federal judge has a message for President Obama: Stop bypassing Congress on immigration.

Obama issued a directive in June 2012 halting the deportation of many
young illegal aliens after Congress refused to pass the DREAM Act,
which would have provided conditional permanent residency to young

A federal judge in Dallas is now threatening to reverse that directive.

U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor said Tuesday that he will likely
rule in favor of a lawsuit seeking to overturn the new policy. He has
asked both sides to file additional arguments by May 6.

The administration’s policy directs U.S. Immigration and Customs, or
ICE, agents to defer deportation for illegal aliens under 30 who entered
the country before the age of 16, are in school or have a high school
diploma, haven’t been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor or
multiple misdemeanors and are not a threat to public safety or national

The ICE agent union challenged the policy, arguing that the Obama
administration is disciplining agents who enforce federal immigration

The president of that union, the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council, also said the policy is being abused.

In his April 8 testimony, Christopher L. Crane said, “Officers are
applying the directive to people detained in jails, not kids in school.”

He told the court, “It is now the story in the jails for aliens to use to avoid arrest and deportation.”

Those aliens appear to be taking advantage of the policy with great success. National Review
found, “Since the policy took effect in August 2012, the Obama
administration has approved 268,361 applications for ‘deferred action’
status, and denied just 1,377 – an approval rate of 99.5 percent.”

While critics argue the policy is ineffective in securing the border,
Judge O’Connor indicated it’s also illegal for the Obama administration
to tell immigration agents not to arrest an illegal alien who is a low

“The court finds that DHS (Department of Homeland Security) does not
have discretion to refuse to initiate removal proceedings,” Judge O’Connor wrote.

O’Connor issued a court order stating that Congress, not the
president, sets priorities for arresting illegal aliens and that the law
requires them to face deportation.

A recent analysis by Politico based on U.S. Census and Pew Research
Center estimates of illegal alien populations by state brings into
question the Democrats’ motivation for what they call comprehensive
immigration reform – also dubbed “amnesty” by critics.

After crunching the numbers, Politico said the immigration proposal
now in Congress would give Democrats a decisive advantage at the polls
for a generation or more.

It would happen by “pumping as many as 11 million new Hispanic voters
into the electorate a decade from now in ways that, if current trends
hold, would produce an electoral bonanza for Democrats and cripple
Republican prospects in many states they now win easily.”

William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, or
ALIPAC, told WND the legislation would “completely wipe out the
center-right group of people that have governed America for over 200
years. And it would replace true conservatives with illegal immigrants
willing to vote for anyone willing to give them more power and control.”

Gheen believes the DHS policy is in response to a drop in illegal
immigration after the economy began plummeting into recession in 2008
and states began cracking down on illegal immigration.

“If the ICE agents can win their case and we can stop amnesty, the
American public may get one more shot at this in the 2014 election, in
which case we could restore the reversal of illegal immigration,” he

Gheen said ALIPAC may file a friend-of-the-court brief to help the ICE agents’ union.

“To us its very clear that the U.S. Constitution says immigration is
the purview of the U.S. Congress. And the fact that Obama’s memo, or
decree, so perfectly emulates failed legislation reinforces our belief
this should have been done legislatively, it if were done at all.”

Gheen added, “[W]e have contended for years, and accurately so, that
those very powerful groups behind the deadly and costly illegal
immigrant invasion of the United States are not concerned about
democracy; they’re all about authoritarian governance. It’s just part of
what it’s going to be like if they ever get their group of 20 million
illegal immigrants on board as a new voting bloc.”

He said those “powerful groups” include Fox News.

“I know that Fox News is pushing amnesty. They’ve had very few
anti-amnesty people on at all, except for Ann Coulter and Michelle
Malkin. All of their main hosts, Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity, have
come out in support of amnesty,” he added.

Gheen also cited what he called bogus immigration polls by Fox News.

“This time, the amnesty battle is different because two high-profile
groups have run designer polls and paid for the results, with Fox News
and the Associated Press trying to convince Americans that if they’re
against amnesty they are in the minority. It is a very powerful and
Orwellian thing that we have to deal with,” Gheen contended.

He added, “We have a whole list of polls showing our position of
enforcement rather than amnesty are supported by a supermajority of
Americans, and we’ve been collecting those polls for eight years at”

website currently features a Reuters poll released Tuesday showing
“more than half of U.S. citizens believe that most or all of the
country’s 11 million illegal immigrants should be deported.”

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Details Emerge on Religious Motives of Boston Bomb Suspects and Recent Interest in Chechnya – A ‘Hub’ of Extremist Saudi Wahhabism

New details are emerging about the religious motivations of Boston bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and their recent interest in Chechnya, which experts say has become a hub for the extremist Saudi sect of Islam known as Wahhabism.

The brothers are ethnically Chechen, though Dzhokhar was born in the Russian republic of Dagestan while his deceased older brother Tamerlan was born in the neighboring Russian republic of Kalmykia. Their parents confirmed that Tamerlan visited Dagestan and Chechnya last year, but denied reports that he did so to engage in militant Islamist training.

University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth Professor Brian Glyn Williams, who mentored the younger Tsarnaev brother via email for his class on the War on Terror, noted the brothers’ growing sense of Chechen identity.

Williams also posited that Tamerlan Tsarnaev became radicalized during his trip to Russia and also helped influence his younger brother.

Details on Tsarnaev brothers and their religious motivations

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, left, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19.Credit: AP

“That kid [Dzhokhar] and his brother identified with the Chechen struggle,” he said in an email to Steve Urbon of South Coast recently.

“He was learning his Chechen identity, identifying with the diaspora and identifying with his homeland,” Williams said of Dzhokhar.

“He wanted to learn more about Chechnya, who the fighters were, who the commanders were. I sort of gave him background.”

Chechnya and Dagestan, separate Russian republics nestled in the North Caucasus, have majority Muslim populations that have long been influenced by Wahhabism, described by the U.S. Congressional Research Service as a “puritanical” form of Sunni Islam whose practice is centered in Saudi Arabia.

U.S. officials maintain that the Tsarnaevs acted on their own and were not connected with any other groups — taking pains to affirm the innocence of two Saudi students questioned in Boston on the day of the bombings. One of those Saudi students, Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, was initially a person of interest in the bombings and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano confirmed Tuesday that he was placed on a terror watch list after the attack. An event file created by federal law enforcement agents on April 16 called for his visa to be revoked, citing a terrorism threat, and indicated he was not properly vetted before being admitted to the U.S.

While no current evidence links Alharbi to the Tsarnaev brothers, preliminary statements from the interrogation of Dzhokhar suggests the brothers were motivated by Islam. Additionally, the brothers appear to have been driven by a radical brand of Islam — although U.S. officials claimed they do not seem connected to any Muslim terrorist groups.

That raises this question: Just how influential is Islam, and Saudi-Wahhabism in particular, in Chechnya and Dagestan?

Background on the region 

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Chechnya and Dagestan lost their independence to Russia some 200 years ago at the hands of Tsar Nicholas I and have been, in some way shape or form, fighting ever since.

In fact, Dr. Andrew Bostom, author of the scholarly volume, “The Legacy of Islamic Jihad,” told TheBlaze that Chechnya, which first adopted Islam in the 7th Century, is indeed “the hub” for all jihadist activity in the entire Caucasus region. What’s more, he also said it has also become a hub for the extremist sect of Sunni Islam known as Wahhabism.

According to Ksenia Svetlova, an analyst for Israel’s Channel 9 who holds a doctorate in Middle Eastern Studies from the Hebrew University, Chechnya and Dagestan became a hotbed of Wahhabism from the early 1990s.

“Mosques and madrasas were opened; training camps for young combatants were established to prepare them for the ‘jihad against the infidels,’” Svetlova wrote in an article explaining the region’s bent towards radical Islam. According to the scholar, the teachings of Wahhabist jihadi Said Buryatsky “are among the most downloaded files in Chechnya.”

Svetlova also notes that Wahhabists “send money to religious institutions around the world, including in Chechnya and Dagestan.” By the late 1980s, Saudi Arabia also began sending clerics, scholars and “jihadist combatants” to the Caucasus, according to Svetlova.

Also worth noting is that Saudi Arabia has, according to Bostom, long been known to fund projects as simple as providing language-translations of the Koran and Hadiths, ensuring that people of all walks can digest Islamic sacred texts regardless of their mother tongue.

“That is often one of their most simple and legal forms of propaganda,” Bostom told TheBlaze. ”To get Koran and Hadith into every population and I am sure they did this in Caucasus, just as I’m sure they funded the jihadists against the Soviets just as they did in Afghanistan.”

Wahhabism in the North Caucasus

Wahhabism, which originated in the Arabian peninsula during the 18th century, was meant as a return to a purer form of Islam by adopting a literal interpretation of the Koran and Hadiths. It is the predominant sect of Sunni Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia.

“Wahhabism became an attractive alternative to the complicated mystic ideology of ‘normative’ Sufi Islam for a certain segment of Chechen believers,” noted Emil Souleimanov, author of “An Endless War: The Russian-Chechen Conflict In Perspective.”

“It [Wahhabism] especially appealed to the militarized and–owing to the war–radicalized youth.”

Souleimanov notes the irony in Chechen youths’ adoption of Wahhabism as a form of personal freedom, given the sects ultra-conservative restraints.

“Yet in post-war Chechnya the egalitarian and militant spirit of Wahhabism seemed to be a desirable alternative to the rigid social structure.” The author goes on to note that despite the Wahhabists strict, extremist bent, Chechens by and large will not renounce the sect nor even openly criticize it. Rather, Chechens applaud young ideologues for being honorable enough to refrain from drugs, alcohol and for allowing themselves to be martyred for their cause.

This, coupled with the fact that Wahhabi emissaries, according to the author, have often provided Chechens with charity, has gone a long way in creating a society that will likely refrain from acting out against the Wahhabi influence.

Details on Tsarnaev brothers and their religious motivations

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov (C) wearing the national dress walks to take part in the Chechen language Day holiday in Chechnya’s capital Grozny, on April 28, 2012.Credit: AFP/Getty Images

What is perhaps most interesting about Chechnya, is that one would expect the republic’s current pro-Putin government, led by Sufi president Ramzan Kadyrov, to soften the Islamic influence in the North Caucasus. Rather, Kadyrov, while an opponent of Wahhabism, is no moderate and has been outspoken in his desire to implement Sharia law in Chechnya.

This perhaps underscores the radical elements present even within the “moderate” sects of the North Caucasus.

Wartime  and Wahhabism 

While the first and second Chechnya Wars of the 1990s were characterized by many as simply “nationalistic” struggles for independence against the Russian Federation, experts note it was more about the establishment of an Islamic caliphate some Chechens have been after.

The first Chechnya War began before the collapse of the Soviet Union and lasted nearly two years, during which time thousands of civilians on both sides perished. The Soviets inevitably prevailed, but it was not before long an even more radicalized Chechen populace, under the banner of the Islamic International Brigade, challenged Moscow again, this time by invading Dagestan.

The pretext for Islamists was that Chechnya would overtake Dagestan and declare the two republics as a single, unified, independent Islamic state.

In 1997, ethnic Avar (the predominant tribe in Dagestan) and Wahhabist Bagauddin Magomedov, who served as ”Emir of the Islamic Jamaat of Dagestan,” fled to Chechnya to woo neighboring Wahhabi-leaders. Soon, an “Islamic Legion” was formed and by the Spring of 1999, Magomedov, according to Souleimanov, made an appeal to the “Islamic patriots of the Caucasus” to “take part in the jihad” and help in “liberating Dagestan and the Caucasus from the Russian colonial yoke.”

Needless to say, the Russians weren’t having any of it and, like the last time, they reigned victorious. What resulted was the installment of a pro-Moscow government in Chechnya (now led by President Ramzan Kadyrov) and a steady stream of low-level internal insurgencies coupled with more serious terror cell activity conducted by international jihadists who have used Chechnya as a base of operations.

Jihadi links with Chechnya and Dagestan

Chechnya has long been an outpost from which jihadists have operated.

Details on Tsarnaev brothers and their religious motivations

Zacarias Moussaoui’s booking photo. Source: U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia

Consider the fact that 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden openly backed the Chechens in the 1990s during their wartime struggles against Russia, and 9/11 hijacker Zacarias Moussaoui was, according to the Wall Street Journal, “a recruiter for al-Qaeda-backed rebels in Chechnya.”

Chechen militants fought with al-Qaeda and Taliban forces against the U.S.-backed Northern Alliance in late 2001.

Even German al Qaeda operative Christian Ganczarski went on to Chechnya after becoming radicalized in Saudi Arabia, which has reportedly furnished thousands of international scholarships to young men in an effort to provide al Qaeda with a steady stream of new recruits. 

Other Chechen-related jihadist attacks include the 2002 incident in which 40 terrorists — mostly women in hijabs dubbed the “Black Widows” — took more than 700 hostages at a Moscow theater demanding Chechen independence. In the end they blew themselves up in a suicide mission, claiming 100 other movie-goers.

Then, in 2004, jihadists demanding Chechen independence infamously set siege to a school in Beslan,

North Ossetia, taking 1200 hostage. While they were defeated in the end, the Islamists killed 334 hostages, including 186 children.

Details on Tsarnaev brothers and their religious motivations

This image taken from video and released Monday, Feb. 7, 2011 by The Kavkaz Center, a website affiliated with Chechen rebels, shows insurgent leader Doku Umarov speaking in a video in which he claims responsibility for deadly suicide bombing at Russia’s largest airport.Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS

What’s more, Chechen jihadist Doku (Dokka) Umarov leads the Caucasus Emirate, a group designated by both the Russian Federation and the United States as a terrorist organization.

Umarov, who fought in both Chechnyan wars against Russia, is known as the Chechen Osama bin Laden.

He has claimed credit for ordering the Moscow airport bombing in January 2011 that killed 36 people and injured 180 others, and the March 2010 suicide bombings that targeted the Moscow subway system and killed 39 people. He also reportedly ordered the November 2009 bombing of a train to St. Petersburg from Moscow that killed 26 people, according to the BBC.

The Caucasus Emirate, which was linked to on Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s reported YouTube page, is aligned ideologically and through its members, with al Qaeda and seeks the establishment of an Islamic State in the Caucasus.

Former CIA operative and senior fellow with the Center for Security Policy, Clare Lopez, told TheBlaze that there are many al Qaeda-Chechen ties.

“It’s not all about Russia,” Lopez said in an email. “It’s about international jihad where Chechens can be found on every jihad battlefield…and now here in the U.S. too.”

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THE BLAZE by EDDIE SCARRY (MY TWO SENSE: FOR CHRIST’S SAKE–STOP IT-STOP IT-STOP IT–THAT lilly-livered, cowardly language change that turns every face into a sucking moosh mouth for the sake of popularity or not offending another. Those who take offense at legitimate language should be re-educated in the area of offensiveness 101. Political correctness has turned this nation upside down and installed a new language that never, ever represents what it is actually relaying. I, a most tolerant individual in the past, have morphed into a raging bull fighting almost everything having to do with this administration and the ruling elite. It’s no longer possible for me to suck it up. JM)


‘Illegal immigrant’ decision from LA Times? ‘Not yet’

As posted earlier, the New York Times is now advising its editorial staff to  “consider alternatives” when describing “illegal immigrants” in its stories. The Los Angeles Times, which has said it is also reconsidering the term, is still in the process of deciding what to do.

“The Los Angeles Times’ Standards and Practices Committee has been studying this issue for several months and has not yet reached a decision on whether to recommend a style along the lines of what AP has announced,” Vice President of Communications Nancy Sullivan told TheBlaze.

She also forwarded along the current policy at the Los Angeles Times in using “illegal immigrant.”

Use this term in referring to citizens of foreign countries who have come to the country with no passport, visa or other document to show that they are entitled to visit, work or live in the United States.

Do not use illegal aliens or illegals except in direct quotes.

The nouns alien and illegal should not appear in headlines.

The term undocumented immigrant is acceptable as a synonym for illegal immigrant under certain conditions, such as when a form of the word illegal already appears in a sentence. Example: Although their parents are not legally eligible for welfare, the children of undocumented immigrants qualify for benefits. Take care in assigning people the status of illegal immigrants. Those arrested by border police are held or deported by the INS if they are suspected of being illegal immigrants. It is wrong to accuse someone of illegal activity if it is untrue. We cannot know without asking, for example, whether particular dayworkers are illegal immigrants or immigrants at all.

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THE BLAZE by MYTHEOS HOLT (MY TWO SENSE: I cannot bring myself to call MO the “first lady.” Lady, she ain’t, and first . . . at what? To actively work at bringing us down? JM)


Are These Pictures of Michelle Obama Visiting the Saudi Student Put on a Watchlist Last Week?

Photos of a visit Michelle Obama is alleged to have had with Abdul Rahman Alharbi — the Saudi national previously considered to be “person of interest,” “armed and dangerous,” and worthy of inclusion on a watch list — may have appeared on a Facebook page associated with an English language school in Boston or students who share a common bond of going to English schools in the area.

First Alleged Photo of Michelle Obama Visiting Saudio Abdul Rahman Al Harbi Surfaces on Facebook

Photo Credit: Facebook

First Alleged Photo of Michelle Obama Visiting Saudio Abdul Rahman Al Harbi Surfaces on Facebook

A close-up of the alleged photo.

The above photo montage, which was posted at FreeRepublic today, originally appears on the Facebook page for “EC Boston Saudi’s.” EC Boston most likely refers to the EC Boston English Language School. The Arabic caption on the photo reads: “اخونا عبدالرحمن الحربي مع ميشيل أُباما واصاحبة”

Filtered through Google Translate, this comes out to: “Brother Abdul Rahman Alharbi with Michelle [untranslatable] and Asahabh.” The photos were originally posted by Facebook user Yazeed Salem, who appears to be pictured with Alharbi in the top-left photo.

First Alleged Photo of Michelle Obama Visiting Saudio Abdul Rahman Al Harbi Surfaces on Facebook

Salem (left) and Al-Harbi (right) (Photo Credit: Facebook)

The individual photographs give every appearance of being genuine. There is no obvious sign of Photoshopping (although it’s possible they have been). Moreover, the business card in the photos belongs to an actual White House Staffer — namely, Robert Schmuck, Special Assistant to the President and Traveling Aide (although his title appears to have changed in the last year). The First Lady is also pictured in the outfit she wore to visit Boston area hospitals last week.

First Alleged Photo of Michelle Obama Visiting Saudio Abdul Rahman Al Harbi Surfaces on Facebook

Michelle Obama visiting Boston-area hospitals (Photo Credit: CBS Boston)

First Lady Michelle Obama was laso reported to have visited with Alharbi on Thursday, after arriving in Boston with President Obama to visit victims of the bombings being treated in three separate hospitals, according to the well known Saudi Arabian news site

When TheBlaze contacted the White House last week to comment on the First Lady’s alleged meeting with Alharbi after the first reports surfaced, they declined to comment, sending only the original press report issued on Thursday. The visits to the hospitals were closed to reporters.

“The First Lady visited with patients, their families and hospital staff at Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital,” the White House spokesperson emailed. When we asked about the visit again now that alleged photos have surfaced, we were again pointed to the general pool report noting Obama’s visit to the hospitals.

It should be noted that because the photos have only been discovered in montage form thus far, it is difficult to tell whether they all come from the First Lady’s alleged visit to Alharbi. The business card photo gives no indication of who it is being handed to, and the photo of the First Lady leaving a hospital room (bottom right) does not show any sign of who is in that hospital room.

And even if the pictures turn out to be genuine, it should be noted that it is unlikely that the First Lady was specifically visiting Alharbi. Rather, this visit almost certainly took place during the course of her and the president’s visits to victims of the bombing last Thursday that were well documented by the press, even though reporters were not allowed to tag along. On the surface, it would not be odd that Alharbi would have been one of many victims to receive a visit. Moreover, the visit appears to have taken place after Alharbi was already cleared as a suspect (Blaze sources indicate Alharbi was cleared on Wednesday).

Nevertheless, given that the visit took place before the apprehension of the Tsarnaev brothers, one might wonder about the First Lady’s willingness to be in the same room as a recently acquitted “person of interest,” especially one about whom her husband’s administration had been so concerned about to have put him on a watchlist.

Editor’s note — We’ll be discussing this story and all the day’s news during our live BlazeCast at 1pm

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THE BLAZE by JASON HOWERTON (MY TWO SENSE: CALL FOR BOYCOTT OF GE PRODUCTS. Just how much pressure does this administration wield? And why, oh WHY, is the term, “Obama campaign” connected to immigration bill? And isn’t all of his campaigning over? Is he planning an outright coup?! Let’s find out! JM)


Financial Gun Control? GE Capital Quietly Cuts Off Lending to Gun Shops

TheBlaze’s Becket Adams contributed to this report.

General Electric, Co. has been quietly informing gun shop owners that the company will no longer be providing lending services to them, the Wall Street Journal reports. GE Capital is apparently reconsidering its relationship to firearms companies following the Sandy Hook shooting.

Earlier this month, Glenn Duncan, owner of Duncan’s Outdoor Store in Bay City, Mich., claims he received a letter from GE Capital Retail Bank announcing its “difficult decision” to stop providing financial services to his business. Other gun shops have received similar notices, the Journal notes.

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GE is at least the second big financial firm to retreat from the gun business following the school shootings, which claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and six adults in December.

Days after the killings, private-equity firm Cerberus Capital Management LP said it would try to sell the gun company it owns—Freedom Group Inc.— which makes brands including Remington, Bushmaster, Marlin and H&R.


GE is based in Fairfield, Conn., and many of the GE’s employees live around Newtown, and several have children in the Sandy Hook elementary school, where the shootings took place. Peter Lanza, the father of Sandy Hook gunman Adam Lanza, is an executive at GE Capital. GE Chief Executive Jeff Immelt held a town hall meeting with affected employees after the shooting, and the board has been updated on efforts to help staff, a person familiar with the matter said.


A spokeswoman for Wells Fargo & Co. said bank officials decided to exit gun financing nearly a decade ago. Bank of America Corp., which got out of the business in 2008, didn’t respond to requests for comment. A spokeswoman for Citigroup Inc. said the bank doesn’t finance loans for firearms.

GE Capital spokesman Russell Wilkerson said the company’s policy changes are the result of “industry changes, new legislation and tragical events.”

GE Capital Quietly Cuts Off Lending to Gun Shops

Credit: AFP/Getty Images

The U.S. gun market brought in about $11.7 billion in sales last year, according to IBIS World. Additionally, financing is merely a “marginal activity” in the industry so GE’s actions shouldn’t have a huge impact on the gun market, reports.

But that’s not to say gun shops won’t feel it as more large banks refuse to provide lending services.

“Your options are very limited by being in our business,” said Rex McClanahan, co-owner of Buds Gun Shop in Lexington, Ky.

“Smaller lenders have helped fill the gap. Last July, Randy Frazier opened a new division of his direct-marketing business called Gun Financing, promising on its website to arrange loans for ‘hottest firearms.’ Mr. Frazier said his audience is young men with spotty credit seeking high-end rifles and equipment for sport shooting,” the Wall Street Journal report adds.

Still, GE’s decision carries symbolic weight (which gun control advocates will latch on to) and will no doubt be felt by companies that have come to rely on customers buying more products because of financing.

And although there are a number of things (mostly negative) that can be said about GE’s anti-gun decision, let’s let Zero Hedge have the last word:

GE Capital cuts off lending to gun shops. In a world in which Rwanda couldn’t borrow at 7% this might be a problem.

GE Capital Quietly Cuts Off Lending to Gun Shops


Click here to read the full WSJ report.

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Not Backing Down: 8th Grader Suspended, Arrested Over His NRA T-Shirt Returns to School…Wearing the Exact Same Shirt

8th Grader Suspended, Arrested Over His NRA T Shirt Returns to School Wearing the Exact Same Shirt


Disciplined 8th-grader Jared Marcum returned to class on Monday after being suspended from school and arrested for refusing to change his NRA t-shirt at the request of one of his teachers. The shirt apparently pictured a firearm and the words “protect your rights.”

However, he apparently hasn’t learned his lesson — assuming that there was even any lesson to be learned. Fresh off his suspension, Marcum showed up to school on Monday wearing the exact same NRA shirt that sparked what many have labeled “t-shirt control.”

There were also other people wearing matching shirts in support of Marcum, WOWK-TV reports.

“There’s a lot of people wearing this same exact shirt, showing great, great support and I really appreciate it,” the student said Monday before going to school.

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Jared’s father, Allen Lardieri, says getting Jared back into school was his first priority.

We’ve completed the first leg of what we wanted to accomplish here,” Lardieri said.  ”Now, we’re working on the next step, which is trying to clear his name.”

Lardieri says that he was informed by Logan City Police on Thursday that his son was facing two charges, obstructing an officer and disrupting the education process. However, Jared’s attorney Ben White says that wasn’t the police department’s call to make.

“He was arrested, he was put into handcuffs, he was removed from the school and brought to the Logan City Police Department,” White said. “Charges aren’t officially filed or brought until the prosecuting attorney’s signs off on them and they don’t do that willy nilly.  They do that after a thorough investigation.”

That investigation is currently underway, according to authorities. Leading the investigation is juvenile prosecuting attorney Sabrina Deskins.

TheBlaze will monitor updates to this story.

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THE BLAZE by ERICA RITZ (MY TWO SENSE: When you have to get your anger out because somebody in a position of power betrays you and your fellow countrymen, you look for words, any words, to describe your target, the betrayer. In the case of Nixon, it was, “Richard I-am-not-a-crook Nixon.” And Jimmy Carter was, “Jimmy I-lusted-in-my-heart Carter. Janet Napolitano has become, “Janet lying-fatass-dyke Napolitano,” and she betrays this nation everytime she opens her mouth. Call for a Congressional hearing is past due. JM) 4-24-13




Janet Napolitano’s Major Admission: Saudi Student Was Put on Watchlist



Napolitano Responds to Grassley Questions About Saudi National Questioned in Boston Bombings

(Photo: C-SPAN)


Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano admitted Tuesday that a Saudi national once identified as a “person of interest” in the Boston Marathon bombings was put on a terror watchlist after the attack.


Last week, she refused to answer any questions about the Saudi, calling South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan’s inquiry “so full of misstatements and misapprehension that it’s just not worthy of an answer.”


But today, speaking at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration reform, Napolitano responded to a question posed by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).


“Before the [Tsarnaev] brothers became the focus of the investigation, authorities questioned a Saudi student who reportedly was on a terror watchlist,” Grassley said.  “I sent a letter to you this morning asking for answers to questions about the bombers and how they interacted with your agency, I trust you will promptly respond…”


“With regard to the Saudi student, was he on a watchlist, and if so, how did he obtain a student visa?” Grassley asked.


Napolitano firmly responded: “He was not on a watchlist.  What happened is — this student was, really when you back it out, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.  He was never a subject.  He was never even really a person of interest.  Because he was being interviewed, he was at that point put on a watchlist, and then when it was quickly determined he had nothing to do with the bombing, the watch listing status was removed.” [Emphasis added]


Watch the entire interaction via C-SPAN below (if the video doesn’t load right away, hit refresh):


The Saudi national, identified as Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, was set to be deported for terrorist activity under section 212, 3B after the Boston Marathon bombings, according to TheBlaze’s sources. His status was abruptly changed last week, but government officials have thus far rarely spoken in public about the subject, let alone provided any additional information.  But Napolitano’s account today confirms a report by TheBlaze on Monday. It details how a Department of Homeland Security official told us that Alharbi was placed on a terror watchlist after being detained.

However, Napolitano has thus far refused to comment on why Alharbi was given the Section 212, 3B terrorist designation despite inquiries from Sen. Grassley and members of the House Homeland Security Committee.


Alharbi is currently considered innocent and in no way connected to the Boston bombings, or the two brothers identified as suspects by the FBI.


It was a rough day on the hill for Napolitano as she was also grilled by lawmakers regarding the conflicting accounts of whether the FBI knew the older Boston bombing suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, had made a trip to Russia.


Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) was particularly concerned about the conflicting reports coming from the FBI and DHS about the older suspect’s Russia trip. He told Napolitano “They told me that they had no knowledge of him leaving or coming back so I would like to talk to you more about this case.”


This is a breaking news story. Updates may be added.







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‘Armed and Dangerous’: Beck’s Latest Revelations on Saudi National Once a ‘Person of Interest’ in Boston Bombings

For the past week, Glenn Beck has been investigating a Saudi national once identified as a “person of interest” in the Boston Marathon bombing.  The story has taken a number of alarming twists and turns, but on his radio program Wednesday, Beck released some of the most interesting information yet.

But first, here are a few background points on how the case developed:

  • A Saudi national originally identified as a “person of interest” in the Boston Marathon bombing was set to be deported under section 212, 3B — “Security and related grounds” — “Terrorist activities” after the bombing on April 15

  • TheBlaze received word that the government may not deport the Saudi national — identified as Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi — as the story gained traction on April 18.

  • Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano refused to answer questions on the subject by Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) on Capitol Hill on April 18, saying the inquiry was “so full of misstatements and misapprehension that it’s just not worthy of an answer.”

  • An ICE official said April 18 that a different Saudi national is in custody, but that he is “in no way” connected to the bombings.

  • Key congressmen of the Committee on Homeland Security request a classified briefing with Napolitano on April 22

  • New info provided to TheBlaze reveals Alharbi’s file was altered on the evening of April 17 to disassociate him from the initial charges

  • Sources say April 22 that the Saudi’s student visa specifically allows him to go to school in Findlay, Ohio, though he appears to have an apartment in Boston, Massachusetts.  A DHS official told TheBlaze Alharbi properly transferred his student visa to a school in Massachusetts

  • TheBlaze sources reveal April 22 that Alharbi was put on a terror watchlist after the bombing, and Napolitano confirms he was on a “watchlist” April 23.

Glenn Beck Releases New Info on Saudi National Once Considered Person of Interest in Boston Bombings

A photo allegedly of Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi in the hospital.

On his radio program, Beck began with an overview of how the case unfolded, noting that Alharbi has rapidly gone from “person of interest, to witness, to victim, to nobody.”

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano even said yesterday that Alharbi was just “in the wrong place at the wrong time” and was “never a subject,” after ridiculing inquiries into the matter last week.

But Wednesday, Beck presented new information after a Blaze source directly read the original event file, and multiple government sources with knowledge of the case and files contributed their knowledge.

Napolitano could serve “jail time for perjury,” Beck declared, and she will be “the first to fall.”

Here are a couple of new points, as Beck related them:

  • At the time the event file was created for Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, it indicated he was “armed and dangerous”

  • Alharbi was admitted into the country under a “special advisory option,” which is usually reserved for visiting politicians, VIPs, or journalists.  The event file cover page indicates he was granted his status without full vetting.

  • One of the first excuses given by law enforcement when confronted about Alharbi’s pending deportation was an expired visa.  But according to the event file, his visa is good until 11-NOV-2016.

  • The event file indicates he entered the U.S. on 08/28/12 in Boston, MA but says he is a student at the University of Findlay, in Findlay, Ohio.  He has an apartment in Boston, and doesn’t seem to have been a full-time student in Ohio.

  • When a file is created in the system the author(s) are notified via email when it is accessed, and given the email address of the person accessing, so there is a record within the government data system of who deleted them.  It was amended to remove the deportation reference, then someone later went in and tried to destroy both the original event file and an amended versions.  Copies had already been made.

  •  The original event file was reviewed and approved by two high level agents – Chief Watch Commander Maimbourg and Watch Commander Mayfield.

Here is the text of the cover of the event file, which reveals still more:



DOB 03/12/1993


Subject is an exact match to NO FLY TPN# 1037506192. Derogatory information reviewed by W/C Mayfield and CW/C Maimbourg was found to be sufficient to request Visa revocation. NTC-P is requesting revocation of Foil# e3139541. Subject is inadmissible to the U.S. under INA 212(a)(3)(B)(i)(II). SAO was not completed prior to Visa issuance. Subject is currently in the United States, admitted F1 student, at Boston POE on 08/28/2012. Subject is a student at THE UNIVERSITY OF FINDLAY, 1000 NORTH MAIN STREET FINDLAY, OHIO 45840-3695. Subject has One (1) prior event #1648067, Fins promoted, NT record in place, No scheduled found at this time.  [Emphasis added]

And here is a photo of the page:

Glenn Beck Releases New Info on Saudi National Once Considered Person of Interest in Boston Bombings

(Photo: TheBlaze)

Beck explained: “Subject is an exact match to that no fly order.  That means, we have been presented bad information…and it was reviewed, and found to be sufficient.  Subject has One (1) prior event...When they opened this when he was at the hospital, they found he’s already in the system!”

“A 212, 3B is from the Patriot Act…It is the biggest warning we can put on anybody,” he explained for those unfamiliar with the term.  “You do not put people’s name on there easily…this is a terrorist designation, and there is a panel of agencies that you have to go and make your case to.  It’s not like you’re standing in the hospital room and they say: ‘Make him a 212,3B.’   And if they ​are, they’re abusing their power….It is so rare that somebody’s name is taken off outside of death, that none of ours sources can tell us that it’s ever happened.  It is laughable what Janet Napolitano said yesterday.”

Certainly, a litany of questions remain.

Was Alharbi considered “armed and dangerous” before the Boston bombing, or at it?  Was it related to something they found at his apartment?  Was his prior “event” from the days prior, at the bombing, or was it from an earlier period in his life?

Moreover, how was he admitted into the country under a “special advisory option?”  How many students receive that privilege, particularly without property security clearance?

In Beck’s estimation, the entire situation at the least amounts to an alarming lack of transparency, and at the worst, an abuse of power and cover-up.

“This is not about this one guy,” Beck noted, “but by the way — where is this extraordinarily dangerous man?  Ask that question, you’re not going to like the answer.”

“That’s what TheBlaze is releasing today,” he continued.  “Once they explain away all of this, if you want to continue to discredit me, you will discredit yourself but more importantly, you will put the citizens of this country at stake.”


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THE BLAZE by JASON HOWERTON (MY TWO THENTH: MALITHA HARRITH-SPEECH-IMPEDIMENT-PERRY, MOUTHPIECE FOR MSNBC & COMMUNITARIAN GOVERNMENT, tells us everything we need to know concerning the agenda of this government. Regardless of how much like Sylvester, the cartoon cat, she speaks, we cannot dismiss her as a cartoon character. She, as well as all Progressives, is dangerous and means every word that falls from her lips. If you are interested in going back to look at Obama’s campaign speeches prior to his first election, you will verify that he, too, said exactly what he meant. It was the voters who inferred what they wanted to, and that “We are only five days away from fundementally transforming America,” did NOT mean transparency in Washington, solid unity of all American citizens, regardless of color, and judicial fairness for all. What he actually meant was that he would transform the US into a shattered, devisive, and completely controlled population. He meant to use every tactic set down by his teachers and mentors, such as Saul Alinsky, Professors Cloward and Piven, and the infamous Communist Frank Marshall Davis, who some believe is Obama’s biological father. We are in big trouble here, friends, and we are beyond our time to do anything about it. This administration has set up roadblocks to liberty so quickly that the individual citizen cannot keep up, let alone fight the atrocities. We are under Communist rule, and that, above all else, must be understood before we can fight the continuing agenda. There are many true American organizations fighting the good fight, and we all must join one or more of the causes that enrage you the most. If we are to have any hope of retrieving what’s been stolen from us, we have to act now! And for God’s sake, do not be lulled into a false sense of security when the Progressive tells you that his/her words are merely for the common good and that you have misunderstood those words, know two things. “For the common good,” equals Communism and you have NOT misunderstood the words. The reason they speak in vague verbiage is so that when confronted, he/she can “explain” it away with denials. That is a battle tactic that has worked for so many years, but no more! If Progressive lips are moving, a lie is coming out. 4-24-13JM)


Melissa Harris-Perry: Boston Bombing Suspects’ Islamic Faith Is as Irrelevant as Ben Affleck Movies in Investigation

Melissa Harris Perry: Boston Bombing Suspects Islamic Faith Is Irrelevant to Investigation

(Photo: MSNBC)

Seemingly ignoring FBI-confirmed evidence that at least one of the suspected Boston bombers was a likely follower of radical Islam, MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry this weekend argued that the alleged terrorists’ Muslim faith is currently irrelevant in the investigation into the attack.

In fact, according to Harris-Perry, the Tsarnaev brothers’ faith right now is about as relevant to the investigation as Ben Affleck movies that depict violence in Boston. The host and her panel agreed that any attempts to draw a connection between the Boston terror attack and the alleged bombers’ Muslim faith at this point is the result of wanting to “otherize” the bombers in order to understand the violence.

“We don’t really know,” Harris-Perry said, throwing her hands up as if there is no evidence suggesting the suspected attackers may have embraced a radicalized version of Islam. “The younger brother, he’s getting all kinds of tweets from his friends.”

The host did leave a small window open that perhaps it could be later discovered the alleged bombers could have been motivated by a radical ideology by saying: “I think part of the answer is that it’s still an open question.”

Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson said “[Americans] fill in the blanks with the stereotypes… we fill in the blanks with what makes us feel most comfortable that this was an exceptional, extraordinary case that happened because they are this.”

Harris-Perry then made her Affleck reference. “I keep wondering: is it possible that there would ever be a discussion like, ‘oh, this is because of Ben Affleck and the connection between Boston and movies about violence? And, of course, the answer is no,” she said.

Obviously, not all Muslims subscribe to radical Islam. Additionally, it has not been proven that radical Islam definitely played a role in the Boston bombings. However, if people who watched Ben Affleck movies routinely murdered innocent people in violent attacks — as radical Islamists do — America at large would probably take a closer look at the actor’s films. Further, law enforcement would be ill-advised to ignore the connection if they were investigating someone for murder who happened to own 100 Ben Affleck DVDs and such a correlation existed. Clearly, Harris-Perry’s comparison is dubious at best.

“Given that they’re Chechen, given that they are literally Caucasian, our very sense of connection to them is this framed up notion of, like, Islam making them into something that is non-white,” Harris-Perry added.

“The point is that it’s important to say, ‘that’s not us.’ This is not American, this is not who we are,” Dyson theorized. “We want to demonize the other. We have to distance it from the dominant culture.”

Watch the segment via MSNBC below:

Featured image via Getty

(H/T: Noah Rothman, Mediaite)

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THE BLAZE by EDDIE SCARRT (MY TWO SENSE: GREG BALL is my hero! Piers Morgan is a coward. JM)


You Get ‘Paid’ for Being a Jerk: NY State Senator Goes After Piers Morgan in Tense Exchange Over Torture of Boston Bombing Suspect

New York State Sen. Greg Ball (R) appeared on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live” Monday night to defend a message he recently tweeted in which he called for the torture of one of the Boston bombing suspects “to save more lives.” As often happens on Morgan’s show, the conversation was a tense one.

“I think that I share the feelings of a lot of red-blooded Americans who believe if we can save even one American life… that they would use every tool at their disposal to do so,” Ball said.

Morgan’s counterargument was to say that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the suspects, is an American citizen, thus making it illegal to physically coerce information from him. “How are you going to torture him?” Morgan asked.

“Dude, you’re talking to a guy who supports death penalty for cop killers, terrorists… I’m talking about me,” Ball replied. “If you want to talk to the president about his policies, the next time you golf or go play basketball with him, you can ask him.””

It was all downhill from there.

“What would you do, play cards?” Ball said. “Maybe I should have said it in a British accent. These men killed innocent men, women and children.”

“Can you stop being a jerk?” Morgan shot back.

“You get paid for it,” Ball said.

Ball then reaffirmed that he would torture a suspected terrorist, regardless of citizenship. “That’s very macho,” Morgan said sarcastically. “It’s not about being macho,” Ball replied. “If I wanted to be macho I’d challenge you to an arm wrestling contest.”

TheBlaze Blog has more info on what happened between Morgan and Ball after the segment ended.

Quite extraordinary interview with @ – called me ‘dude’, mocked my accent, and challenged me to an arm wrestle. Weird man. #CNN

Piers Morgan Has Shootout With Greg Ball Who Said He Would Torture Boston Bombing Suspect To Save Lives

Piers Morgan
@ it was fun! Lets do it again soon! Smile.

Piers Morgan Has Shootout With Greg Ball Who Said He Would Torture Boston Bombing Suspect To Save Lives

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