VIDEO REMEMBER Sen MB Obama ripped ‘unprepared’ Bush flu epidemic? – Bioweapons – Ebola crisis enters Phase II

-10 Facts About Ron Klain, Lawyer-Turned-‘Ebola Czar’
-NIH Official: Democrats Wrong to Blame Budget Cuts for Lack of Ebola Vaccine
-Bobby Jindal: Ebola crisis enters Phase II of Obama plan
-VIDEO WEAPONIZED: The Case For Ebola Coming From a Bioweapons Lab
-Secret Project Created Weaponized Ebola in South Africa in the 1980s
-Ted Cruz: Suspend Travel Visas From Ebola-Stricken Nations
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October 2, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

A nice catch from our friends at Grabien, who got it from Ace [update] and who had to go all the way back to 2005 to find this nugget and the contemporaneous coverage at the NYT. At the time, the US prepared for a predicted epidemic of the avian flu, also known as H5N1, of global proportions. The virus had been identified for 18 years by that time, but by the end of 2004 had only resulted in 36 deaths and 50 known cases over the prior two years, according to WHO data. In 2005, the number of cases would jump to 98 and deaths to 43, and the prevention of a pandemic became a high priority. At that time, then-Senator Barack Obama scolded the Bush administration on the Senate floor, and quarterbacked a protest letter from his fellow Democrats over the slow response and lack of preparedness by the White House:

This lack of planning is compounded by the fact that we still don’t have a FDA approved vaccine against avian flu, and the one drug that many countries are relying on—Tamiflu—may be less effective than experts had thought. The manufacturer is also struggling to meet the demand, and it could take up to 2 years for it to make enough for the U.S. stockpile, presuming this Administration finally puts in an order for the drug. …

The failure to prepare for emergencies can have devastating consequences. We learned that lesson the hard way after Hurricane Katrina. This nation must not be caught off-guard when faced with the prospect of an avian flu pandemic. The consequences are too high.

The flyways for migratory birds are well-established. We know that avian flu will likely hit the United States in a matter of time. With the regular flu season coming up shortly, conditions will be favorable for reassortment of the avian flu virus with the annual flu virus. Such reassortment could lead to a mutated virus that could be transmitted efficiently between humans, which is the last condition needed for pandemic flu.

The question is will we be ready when that happens? Let’s make sure that answer is yes. I urge my colleagues in the Senate and the House to push this Administration to take the action needed to prevent a catastrophe that we have not seen during our lifetimes.”

The New York Times reported on the scolding almost exactly nine years ago:

Robert Gibbs, a spokesman for Senator Barack Obama, Democrat of Illinois, said the vote and President Bush’s comment reflected “some agreement that the United States is behind in getting prepared for avian flu and that the time to try to make that gap up is now.”

More than 30 Democratic senators, including Mr. Obama, sent Mr. Bush a letter today asking him to release the administration’s final plan for dealing with a pandemic influenza. The group expressed its “grave concern that the nation is dangerously unprepared.”

While in New York last month to address the United Nations General Assembly, President Bush proposed an “international partnership” to combat the disease.

He said today that he had spoken “privately to as many leaders as I could find” at the United Nations about raising public awareness and ensuring maximum efforts to quickly report any instances of the disease to the World Health Organization.

The W.H.O. and the European Union have been urging countries for months to prepare for a possible pandemic.

Something right must have been done, however. According to the WHO data, there have been no confirmed cases of H5N1 in the US. After peaking in 2006 at 79 deaths, both infections and fatalities have declined ever since; in the 10-year period between 2003-12, 359 total deaths and 608 cases have been confirmed by WHO worldwide.

In the same period of time for Ebola, WHO tallied 463 confirmed deaths and 741 cases. By July, the outbreaks of 2014 had already surpassed the numbers for that decade:

As of July 12, the cumulative number of Ebola virus cases in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone was at 964, including 603 deaths. The death toll has almost doubled in a month’s time; reported deaths in the three countries in mid-June was 350.

“There’s been too much talk,” then-Senator Obama intoned, “and not enough action.” If that’s the standard Obama demanded of the White House in 2005, then now-President Obama has failed much more substantially in addressing the developing Ebola epidemic that has — unlike the avian flu — reached our shores.

Update: Added link to and mention of our good friend Ace [], from whom Grabien got the data to pull the clip. Ace also reminds us when Obama eliminated tougher quarantine rules created by the Bush administration that might, y’know, come in handy now.

10 Facts About Ron Klain, Lawyer-Turned-‘Ebola Czar’
October 20, 2014 By William Peacock, Esq.

Ron Klain has served as Chief of Staff to two Vice Presidents: Al Gore and Joseph Biden. He’s a Democratic Party bigwig. Heck, he was even a Supreme Court clerk once upon a time.

Now? Klain just been appointed to the position of Ebola “czar” (formally known as the one-man “response coordinator”). He’s set to begin his new duties Wednesday, CNN reports.

Here are a few fun facts about the guy with the worst title in the entire Obama administration, courtesy of the questionable source that is Wikipedia:

– Kevin Spacey played the part of Ron Klain in the HBO film “Recount”, a dramatic retelling of the 2000 presidential election.
– Klain graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law, where he tied for highest GPA and was editor of the Harvard Law Review.
– Klain clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron “Whizzer” White for both the 1987 and 1988 terms.
– Klain was Chief Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee during Justice Clarence Thomas’ controversial nomination hearings.
– Klain oversaw President Bill Clinton’s judicial nominations, including the “let’s pretend we care about women and minorities, oh wait, Cuomo’s not available” nomination of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
– Klain was kicked out of the Gore administration during a staff civil war (Clinton loyalists v. Gore loyalists), left for O’Melveny & Myers, then returned to the Gore campaign.
– Klain was General Counsel for Gore’s Recount Committee.
– Klain helped lobby Congress on behalf of Fannie May, allegedly helping to convince Congress that the agency was not engaging in risky business. (Whoops.)
– Klain was a key advisor for John Kerry’s presidential bid, helping to prep him for his debate against President George W. Bush.
– Klain is now the “Ebola response coordinator,” also known as the “Ebola czar,” reports Reuters.

Why the new job title? The move comes after a few diagnosed cases of Ebola in Dallas. One of the patients, a healthcare worker who treated the first known case, flew to Cleveland last weekend. Government officials have tracked down and are monitoring anyone she came into contact with.

Many lawmakers, however, are criticizing Klain’s appointment, in part because he has no medical background. Like it or not, Klain is now face of the response team, replacing Centers for Disease Control director Thomas Frieden, who himself has been criticized for the CDC’s response to the initial Dallas Ebola patient.

NIH Official: Democrats Wrong to Blame Budget Cuts for Lack of Ebola Vaccine
October 19, 2014

NIH immunologist Anthony Fauci said that one “cannot say” that the lack of an Ebola vaccine is due to budget cuts.

A campaign ad released Monday blamed the GOP for recent Ebola deaths, saying that “Republican cuts kill.”

Fauci told Meet the Press host Chuck Todd that the left-wing narrative is simply incorrect.

“I don’t agree with that, I have to tell you quite honestly,” Fauci said. “I think that the NIH has had constraints in resources for 10 years, and all of biomedical research has been less than its robust activity.”

Todd pointed out that one of Fauci’s NIH colleagues had “hinted” that, had the NIH received more funding, an Ebola vaccine would have existed today. Fauci quickly dismissed the notion.

“You can’t say that. You can’t say we would or would not have this or that,” Fauci said. “Everything has slowed down, but I would not make that statement.”

Bobby Jindal: Ebola crisis enters Phase II of Obama plan
October 19th, 2014 By: streiff (Diary)

Great insight from Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal:

BATON ROUGE – Following a story in the New York Times today reporting that President Barack Obama is said to be showing “deepening frustration” and “anger” behind closed doors because of his administration’s lackluster response to the Ebola crisis, Governor Bobby Jindal declared that “we’ve reached the ‘I’m so mad’ stage of the President’s crisis management plan.”

Governor Jindal said, “We have reached the ‘I’m so mad’ stage of the President’s crisis management plan. There are four stages of the President’s crisis management plan. Stage one: I got this. Stage two: I’m so mad. Stage three: More money will fix the problem. Finally, stage four: Republicans are obstructing.

“We’ve seen this process play out time and time again. The opposite approach is to start leading from the beginning of a crisis and not pass the buck. Now, we have an Ebola czar after the President’s own staff recognized the leadership void. The reality is that when there’s a crisis, you don’t need a czar, you need a President who will take charge.”

He is exactly right. The Wall Street Journal has documented how Obama routinely gets mad when his administration screws the pooch (a near daily occurrence) but only after the news of the screw up makes it into the media.

On Nov. 14, 2012, Mr. Obama didn’t have to declare his anger when defending Susan Rice, then the United Nations ambassador and now the national security adviser, from attacks against her by Sens. John McCain (R., Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) over her statements about the Benghazi attack.

“If Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)51% and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)49%, and others want to go after somebody? They should go after me,” Mr. Obama said during a White House press conference. “And I’m happy to have that discussion with them. But for them to go after the U.N. ambassador who had nothing to do with Benghazi? And was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had received? And to besmirch her reputation is outrageous.”

And after his gun-control efforts died in the Senate in April 2013, Mr. Obama lashed out at the nation’s gun lobby and called the vote “a pretty shameful day” for Washington.

A few other instances of Mr. Obama publicly expressing his anger:

Feb. 27, 2014: During remarks for his My Brothers Keeper initiative, Mr. Obama spoke of being angry growing up because he didn’t have his father around.

“I didn’t have a dad in the house,” he said. “And I was angry about it, even though I didn’t necessarily realize it at the time. I made bad choices.”

April 15, 2012: After the Secret Service prostitution scandal in Colombia, Mr. Obama offered conditional anger.

“If it turns out that some of the allegations that have been made in the press are confirmed, then of course I’ll be angry,” he said at a press conference.

May 27, 2010: Mr. Obama said he was upset about watching the BP BP.LN +2.02% oil spill.

“And I know that doesn’t lessen the enormous sense of anger and frustration felt by people on the Gulf and so many Americans. Every day I see this leak continue I am angry and frustrated as well.”

March 18, 2009: When executives at AIG, which was in the process of being bailed out by the federal government, were to be awarded million-dollar bonuses, Mr. Obama said there was no need to tamp down public outrage.

“I don’t want to quell anger,” he said. “I think people are right to be angry. I’m angry.”

Update: In an interview that aired Sunday, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said Mr. Obama is “madder than hell” about the problems facing the Department of Veterans Affairs. “Nobody is more outraged about this problem right now” than the president, he said.

If Obama has accomplished a single thing in his presidency (other than trashing out economy and foreign policy) he has raised the bar of presidential incompetence to the point that Jimmy Carter looks like George Washington by comparison.

VIDEO WEAPONIZED: The Case For Ebola Coming From a Bioweapons Lab
October 18, 2014 By Patrick Henningsen
21st Century Wire

Did Ebola really jump from African Fruit Bats to humans in 1976, or has this deadly pathogen emerged from a high-level bioweapons lab?

The Ebola Airline Frenzy hit fever pitch this week in the US. A select few lunatics in the corporate media government are saying some crazy things, too. For the first time ever, establishment conspiracy theorists are out-doing the blogasphere…

Leading the charge is Capt. Al Shimkus, a retired Professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College, who believes ISIS terrorists will use “human carriers” by intentionally infecting themselves in West Africa, before transporting the deadly virus via passenger airliner. That’s a lot of air miles for ISIS. Other wild wayward politicians, like former US Senator Scott Brown, are saying it too. Just imagine, a plot so outlandish that even Hollywood would have to politely pass on it.

But while highly-paid official media and military conspiracy theorists try to capitalize on the Ebola panic, the real truth is being obscured by their highly ornate, fear-driven PR smokescreen.

Before we make up our mind on the question of a genetically weaponized Ebola, let’s look at some facts, some cover-ups, as well as better understand historically how governments have always had a fatal attraction to a variety of deadly bioweapons…

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In addition to a number international theories and analysis pointing to Ebola as a bioweapon, most Americans are completely unaware that the US is set to open one of the world’s largest bioweapons labs in 2015 – not in the US, but in the former Soviet satellite state of Kazakhstan. To top it all off, it’s built on an active seismic zone.

The new off-shore clandestine facility appears to fall under the Pentagon’s previously low-profiled, Orwellian titled, ‘US Defense Threat Reduction Agency’. A colorful former Soviet bioweaons scientist who is now affiliated with CIA, Dr Ken Alibek, also seems to be somehow involved with the the new US lab.

In their article, “Why The U.S. Is Building A High-Tech Bubonic Plague Lab In Kazakhstan?”, Vice Magazine’s Alex Pasternack seems to think other forces are at play:

“Today, biologists who worked in the former Soviet Union—like those who responded to a case of the plague across the border in Kyrgyzstan this week—are likely to brush Alibek’s fears aside. But they’ll also tell you that the fall of the Soviet Union devastated their profession, leaving some once prominent scientists in places like Almaty scrambling for new work.”

“That sense of desperation, underlined by Alibek’s defection to the US, has helped pump hundreds of millions of dollars into a Pentagon program to secure not just nuclear materials but chemical and biological ones, in a process by which Washington became, in essence, their highest bidder.”

“When it opens in September 2015, the $102-million project laboratory is meant to serve as a Central Asian way station for a global war on dangerous disease. And as a project under that Pentagon program, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the lab will be built, and some of its early operation funded, by American taxpayers.”

Despite the serious lack of any hard evidence that bioweapons were stolen and then sold on the international terrorist black market during the early 1990s, it hasn’t stopped US Pentagon officials from insisting that rogue scientists and rogue terrorists have them and are preparing to use them:

“You cannot erase this knowledge from someone’s mind,” said Lt. Col. Charles Carlton, director of the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency office in Kazakhstan. The threat of scientists going rogue, he said, is “a serious concern.” “We’re doing our best to employ these people. Our hope is that through gainful employment they won’t be drawn down other avenues.”

Governments Love Bioweapons

Is Ebola a US-developed bioweapon – as many have speculated already? US patent records show that an Ebola virus strain is held with the CDC. Check it out here.

Government and military fascination (and machinations) with biological weapons, or “bioweapons”, dates back to as early as 1,50­0 B.C. when the Hittites of Asia Minor sent plague victims into their adversaries’ lands. Later, the Romans used biological warfare on many occasions, including putting dead horses into an enemy’s water supply, and poisoning their enemy’s water supply with an intestinal typhoid bacteria.


Fast forward to the 20th century and we can see industrial development and military deployment of chemical and biological weapons like Anthrax – used by the Japanese against the Chinese, but also ready to be used by the British – against Germany. As it turns out, it is the British who really pioneered the use of live virus bioweapons, with many war historians believing they used Smallpox as a biological warfare agent in the French and Indian Wars (1754-1763), and the American Revolutionary War (1775-1778).

Aside from classified US bioweapons facilities at Fort Detrick, Maryland and Plum Island in New York, other top bioweapons labs include Porton Down in England, Great Britian, and in South Africa at Roodeplaat Research Laboratories, home of the notorious and deadly Project Coast.

Edward Jay Epstein
Evidence suggests that the infamous US Anthrax Attacks of 2001 were the result of an engineered bioweapon being taken out of the lab and used against the public. Journalists like Wall Street Journal’s Edward Jay Epstein reported how the FBI ‘disproved its main theory’ – about how the spores were weaponized (obscuring the fact that they were weaponized in a US military lab), but none of the mainstream pundits dare dig-up the story of award-winning Army biologist Bruce Ivins, who appeared to be conveniently suicided in 2008 before being charged with the alleged anthrax mailings. His death seemed to mirror another high profile scientist, Dr. David Kelly (photo, left), who was also ‘suicided’ before being able to testify in front of a public hearing on, among other things, the missing Iraqi WMD’s.

Other popular bioweapons throughout history include Dead bodies, Tuberculosis, Bubonic Plague, Cholera, Tularemia (rabbit fever) and Botulinum Toxins, along with bioweapons still being researched – like Chimera Viruses. Ebola could easily be added to that list, if hasn’t been already.

Watch this video of the Top 10 Deadliest Bioweapons:

If you’ve been following this subject of vaccines, then you will know that the truly mad visions and projects are those of the elite and the think tank-funded ‘futurists’. Melissa Melton from Truthstream Media explains:

“Questions like what happens if a mosquito bites an infected person, then flies off and bites someone else. Can Ebola spread then? Bill Gates certainly seemed to think so when he was funding research into mosquitoes as vaccine deployment systems.”

Conversely, concerns that the virus could be used by as biologica weaponl, are warranted, considering the depth and pedigree of bioweapons programs, particularly those ‘top secret’ military lab facilities in, or run by the US, which the US is still very reluctant to disclose.

Is the African Ebola the spill-over, either accidentally or intentionally, into Europe and the US – from a bioweapons lab?
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US Links to Bio-Warfare Labs in Ebola Zone: Scholar

RIA Novosti

NEW YORK – The United States may be behind the deadly Ebola outbreak in Liberia and Sierra Leone, two West African countries known to host American biological warfare laboratories, a University of Illinois College of Law scholar told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

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“US government agencies have a long history of carrying out allegedly defensive biological warfare research at labs in Liberia and Sierra Leone. This includes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is now the point agency for managing the Ebola spill-over into the US,” Prof. Francis Boyle said.

“Why has the Obama administration dispatched troops to Liberia when they have no training to provide medical treatment to dying Africans?

How did Zaire/Ebola get to West Africa from about 3,500km away from where it was first identified in 1976?”

The US has pledged as many as 4,000 troops to the region. Thomas Duncan, 42, the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the US, died on Wednesday. He caught the virus in his native Liberia and traveled to see relatives in the US.

“Why is the CDC not better-prepared for this emergency after the US government spent about $70 billion since the anthrax attacks of October 2001 to prepare for this exact contingency?” Boyle said…

Secret Project Created Weaponized Ebola in South Africa in the 1980s
Was this strain of Ebola deliberately released?
October 20, 2014 by Dan Taylor

Operating out of South Africa during the Apartheid era in the early 1980’s, Dr. Wouter Basson launched a secret bioweapons project called Project Coast.

The goal of the project was to develop biological and chemical agents that would either kill or sterilize the black population and assassinate political enemies. Among the agents developed were Marburg and Ebola viruses.

Basson is surrounded by cloak and dagger intrigue, as he told Pretoria High court in South Africa that “The local CIA agent in Pretoria threatened me with death on the sidewalk of the American Embassy in Schoeman Street.” According to a 2001 article in The New Yorker magazine, the American Embassy in Pretoria was “terribly concerned” that Basson would reveal deep connections between Project Coast and the United States.

In 2013, Basson was found guilty of “unprofessional conduct” by the South African health council.

Bioweapons expert Jeanne Guillemin writes in her book Biological Weapons: From the Invention of State-Sponsored Programs to Contemporary Bioterrorism, “The project‘s growth years were from 1982 to 1987, when it developed a range of biological agents (such as those for anthrax, cholera, and the Marburg and Ebola viruses and for botulinum toxin)…“

Basson’s bioweapons program officially ended in 1994, but there has been no independent verification that the pathogens created were ever destroyed. The order to destroy them went directly to Dr. Basson. According to the Wall Street Journal, “The integrity of the process rested solely on Dr. Basson’s honesty.”

Basson claims to have had contact with western agencies that provided “ideological assistance” to Project Coast. Basson stated in an interview shot for the documentary Anthrax War that he met several times with Dr. David Kelly, the infamous UN weapons inspector in Iraq. Kelly was a top bioweapons expert in the United Kingdom. He was found dead near his home in Oxfordshire in 2003. While the official story claims he committed suicide, medical experts highly doubt this story.

In a 2007 article from the Mail Online, it was reported that a week prior to his death, Dr. Kelly was to be interviewed by MI5 about his ties to Dr. Basson.

Dr. Timothy Stamps, Minister of Health of Zimbabwe, suspected that his country was under biological attack during the time that Basson was operating. Stamps told PBS Frontline in 1998 that “The evidence is very clear that these were not natural events. Whether they were caused by some direct or deliberate inoculation or not, is the question we have to answer.”

Stamps specifically named the Ebola and Marburg viruses as suspect. Stamps thinks that his country was being used as a testing ground for weaponized Ebola.

“I’m talking about anthrax and cholera in particular, but also a couple of viruses that are not endemic to Zimbabwe [such as] the Ebola type virus and, we think also, the Marburg virus. We wonder whether in fact these are not associated with biological warfare against this country during the hostilities… Ebola was along the line of the Zambezi [River], and I suspect that this may have been an experiment to see if a new virus could be used to directly infect people.”

The Ghanaian Times reported in early September on the recent Ebola outbreak, noting connections between Basson and bioweapons research. The article points out that, “…there are two types of scientists in the world: those who are so concerned about the pain and death caused to humans by illness that they will even sacrifice their own lives to try and cure deadly diseases, and those who will use their scientific skill to kill humans on the orders of… government…”

Indeed, these ideas are not new. Plato wrote over 2,000 years ago in his workThe Republic that a ruling elite should guide society, “…whose aim will be to preserve the average of population.” He further stated, “There are many other things which they will have to consider, such as the effects of wars and diseases and any similar agencies, in order as far as this is possible to prevent the State from becoming either too large or too small.”

As revealed by The Age, Nobel prize winning Australian microbiologist Sir Macfarlane Burnet secretly urged the Australian government in 1947 to develop bio weapons for use against the “overpopulated countries of South-East Asia.” In a 1947 meeting with the New Weapons and Equipment Development Committee, the group recommended that “the possibilities of an attack on the food supplies of S-E Asia and Indonesia using B.W. agents should be considered by a small study group.”

This information gives us an interesting perspective on the recent unprecedented Ebola outbreak. Is it an organic natural phenomenon? Did this strain of Ebola accidentally escape from a bioweapons lab? Or, was it deliberately released?

Ted Cruz: Suspend Travel Visas From Ebola-Stricken Nations

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14 California communities now on verge of waterless-ness; mass migration out of California – crop harvests plummet

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October 20, 2014 by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer

(NaturalNews) Unless California gets some heavy rain, and soon, the state’s roughly 38 million residents will eventually be up a creek without a paddle — or without a creek, for that matter. The latest media reports indicate that some 14 communities throughout the state are now on the verge of running completely dry, and many more could join them in the coming year if conditions remain as they are.

A few months ago, the official count was 28 communities bordering on complete waterless-ness, according to the Water Resources Control Board. Those that have since dropped off the list were able to come up with a fix, at least for now. The other 14, though, face an unprecedented resource collapse that could leave thousands of Californians with no other choice but to pack their bags and head to greener pastures.

“It’s a sign of how severe this drought is,” verbalized Bruce Burton, an assistant deputy director for the board, to the Los Angeles Times about some of the drastic measures being taken. For the first time ever, the water board has begun tracking communities throughout the state that are bordering on complete water loss, a situation that has never before occurred.

Most of the communities on the brink are located in California’s Central Valley, the “food basket” of America that The New York Times (NYT) once declared to be the nation’s greatest food resource. Most of America’s carrots are grown there, as are the bulk of salad greens, almonds and citrus fruits that we all take for granted — but that could soon disappear due to the continued drought.

‘Larger, more sophisticated communities’ face total water depletion

In some stricken areas, water facilities have been able to secure temporary supplies from neighboring communities as they figure out longer-term solutions. In Siskiyou County near the Oregon border, the city of Montague was actually able to construct a brand-new irrigation ditch to transport water from a lake 25 miles away, replacing an old ditch that had run dry back in April.

While most of the communities facing total water depletion are relatively small in size, with only a few thousand residents each, the prospect of larger communities also becoming affected is increasingly likely. Tom Quinn, the executive director of the Association of California Water Agencies, says that, if the drought continues, many of the more iconic regions of California will suffer.

“If this drought keeps on going, some larger, more sophisticated communities are going to be in trouble next year,” he told the LA Times.

Mountains shifting due to water losses

It isn’t just that no new water is coming into California — underground aquifers and other former backup sources are also running dry. According to research published in the journal Science, the entire Western United states has lost an astounding 240 gigatons of water since 2013, an amount equivalent to 1 billion tons.

In spatial terms, this amount of water could be spread out across the entire Western U.S. in a solid 10-centimeter sheet, constituting about 63 trillion gallons, or enough to fill 75,000 football stadiums. This loss has not only altered the gravitational field of California, according to the study, but also caused mountains throughout the state to rise up out of the ground in some areas.

“100 percent of the state is in drought, with 82 percent of the land designated as in ‘extreme’ or ‘exceptional’ drought, the highest levels on the U.S. Drought Monitor scale,” explains the National Journal. “Thirty-seven million people are affected by the drought.”


California crop harvests plummet as drought takes toll on national food supply
October 20, 2014 by: Julie Wilson staff writer

(NaturalNews) The end of September marked three straight years of severe drought for California, with the state receiving less than 60 percent of its average precipitation.

The lack of rainfall has resulted in immense suffering throughout the state, leaving low reservoirs, fallowed farmland, rising unemployment and complete drying up of some people’s wells.

It’s true that water is the essence of life. All things living depend on it, and without it the world around us would be nonexistent, however, what many of us don’t realize is that California’s drought could soon be hitting your pantry and if not this year, next year for sure.

With the arrival of the 2014 harvest season, not only the United States, but also the world, could soon feel the aftermath of the state’s continued drought.

California is considered our nation’s agricultural powerhouse, yielding a third of all produce grown in the U.S.

Central Valley, which consists of two valleys: the San Joaquin to the south and Sacramento to the north, spans 450 miles, a region that is home to the world’s largest patch of Class 1 soil, the best soil there is, according to The New York Times.

With nearly 300 days of sunshine, the perfect variance in temperature, cool coastal fog and an extended growing season, allows the state to produce a vast range of fruits, vegetables and nuts.

California is responsible for producing 99 percent of the country’s walnuts, 97 percent of kiwis, 97 percent of plums, 95 percent of celery, 95 percent of garlic, 89 percent of cauliflower, 71 percent of spinach, 69 percent of carrots and many other foods Americans store in their kitchens.

Unlike the Midwest, which mainly produces corn and soybeans, the Golden State yields around 400 different types of food, generating 73 percent of the state’s agricultural revenues from crops, with the remaining 27 percent made by livestock commodities, according to Western Farm Press.

Due to lack of rainfall, an estimated 42,000 acres of farmland, or about 5 percent, went unplanted this year, causing the state’s agri revenue to take a $2.2 billion dollar hit.

5 percent of Californian’s farmland went unplanted this year

Fortunately for farmers, increased food prices offered a little cushion to help make up for crops that couldn’t be watered due to this year’s restrictions. If the winter fails to bring adequate rainfall to help replenish low rivers and streams, and “overtaxed groundwater,” the situation could get much worse, farmers say.

“Nobody has any idea how disastrous it’s going to be,” said Mike Wade of Modesto, with the California Farm Water Coalition. “Is it going to create more fallowed land? Absolutely,” he added.

“Is it going to create more groundwater problems? Absolutely. Another dry year, we don’t know what the result is going to be, but it’s not going to be good.”

The drought’s affect on the 2014 harvest is pronounced, with 140,000 acres of rice fields left unplanted, reported the Sacramento Bee. The Sacramento Valley rice crop, an export that serves sushi joints worldwide, has already dropped by 25 percent this year.

Corn production in the state is down an estimated 45 percent, along with cotton declining 23 percent, and oranges 4 percent. Also wine, a California staple, could see price increases due to a 9 percent decrease in grape production, a number farmers say could be much higher in 2015 if rain doesn’t come.

Farmers forced to neglect other crops in order to water the most demanding crops, still doesn’t always end happily. Despite many growers only focusing on almonds, yield still declined, falling to 1.9 billion pounds down from 2.1 billion pounds.

“I’m very nervous about water,” said Ledbetter, a wine grower in Sonoma County. “If we don’t have a rainy winter, I can pretty much guarantee we’re all going to be receiving curtailment notices. If that happens, we’re going to be concerned about keeping the vine alive rather than harvesting it.”


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Al-Qaeda Urges Attacks on ‘Achilles Heel of Western Economies’ – ISIS attack Kurds – U.S. Aiding ISIS, Rove legacy

-U.S. Aiding ISIS, Rove legacy
-ISIS forces launch multiple attacks on Kurdish territory in Iraq, officials say
The Malacca Strait between Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia is one of the world’s busiest sea lanes, carrying one-third of the world’s ship borne trade, including the bulk of oil shipments to Asia. Al-Qaeda is calling for terrorist attacks against such chokepoints. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
October 20, 2014 By Patrick Goodenough

( – A new al-Qaeda propaganda publication urges Muslims everywhere to “target” the United States, and it includes an article highlighting the vulnerability of maritime chokepoints through which the bulk of world energy supplies are shipped.

“Even if a single supertanker (or even an ordinary westbound cargo-vessel) were to be attacked in one of the chokepoints or hijacked and scuttled in one of these narrow sea lanes, the consequences would be phenomenal: a spike in oil prices, an increase in shipping rates, more expensive maritime insurance, and increased military spending to ensure the safety of these sea passages,” it says.

“Simultaneous attacks on western shipping or western oil tankers (a sea-based version of the cargo plane bomb plot) in more than one chokepoint would bring international shipping to a halt and create a crisis in the energy market.”

The article, entitled “On Targeting the Achilles Heel of Western Economies,” appears in the first edition of Resurgence, a glossy English-language online magazine purportedly produced by a new South Asia branch of al Qaeda’s propaganda arm, As-Sahab.

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri last month announced the launch of a new affiliate in South Asia called al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), a move widely seen as a response to attempts by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) to expand its influence in the region.

The first edition of a new al-Qaeda propaganda publication entitled “Resurgence.”

Much of the 117-page inaugural edition focuses on the Indian sub-continent, but it includes articles on subjects like the impending American “defeat” in Afghanistan, and reports on the jihad in Syria and elsewhere.

An editorial introducing the magazine says its mission is to support the revival of jihad on the subcontinent and to encourage “Muslims in every corner of the globe to target the arch enemy of Islam and Muslims, the United States.”

The article on chokepoints notes that mujahideen (Islamic fighters) – “by the grace of Allah” – are located favorably to carry out attacks against the strategic waterways. The most important ones include the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf; the Malacca Strait between Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia; Gibraltar in the western Mediterranean; the Bosporus in Turkey; the Suez Canal; and the Gulf of Aden at the southern end of the Red Sea.

“One cannot fail to appreciate the strategic opportunity that geography presents for the mujahideen,” says the article, which includes maps, charts, footnotes and Qur’anic references.

“A coordinated effort to disrupt enemy shipping in the future in all of these regions would not only hurt the enemy economically, but also stretch their resources further in this global war.”

Target the U.S. Navy too

The article also calls for attacks against U.S. Navy facilities. It describes Dubai’s Jebel Ali port – frequently visited by U.S. Navy vessels – as “too obvious to escape notice,” but says others like bases in Bahrain, Diego Garcia and Djibouti “may require a more complex effort to target.”

“However, such targets are no longer beyond the reach and capability of the mujahideen,” it adds, pointing to what al-Qaeda says was an attempt last month to take over a Pakistan Navy warship and turn its weapons on a U.S. vessel in the Arabian Sea – the first operation claimed by AQIS. (Reports at the time said the attackers had in fact botched their mission by mistaking a Pakistani vessel for an American one.)

The world’s most crucial chokepoint is the Strait of Hormuz, located between Iran, Oman and the United Arab Emirates and less than 30 miles across at its narrowest point. Up to 40 percent of the world’s daily oil supply traverses the channel en route to markets in the West and Asia.

Maritime security experts have long warned of the danger of a terrorist or pirate attack on a supertanker in a chokepoint. The economic cost and disruption of an incident blocking the waterway for a period of time would be enormous.

Al-Qaeda terrorists have targeted ships before. The destroyer USS Cole was bombed in Yemen’s Aden port in 2000, an attack that killed 17 sailors, and boat-borne suicide bombers attacked the French oil tanker Limburg off the coast of Yemen in 2002 (an attack recalled in the Resurgence article.)

In 2004 two sailors died when a U.S. Navy patrol vessel intercepted a dhow heading for an oil terminal in Iraq and the dhow exploded in an apparent suicide bombing. In 2005, two U.S. Navy ships docked in Jordan’s Aqaba port were targeted by Katyusha rockets. Al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists claimed responsibility.

Bin Laden’s ‘graceful demeanor and high character’

Other articles in the new al-Qaeda publication include:

–Several on the importance of spreading the jihad through the subcontinent: “It is our hope that the blood of our martyrs in Afghanistan and Pakistan will pave the way for the liberation of Muslims from Kashmir to Arakan [Burma] and the establishment of the shari’a as the supreme authority throughout the Indian subcontinent.”

–A hagiological portrayal of Osama bin Laden by Zawahiri, who describes the slain al-Qaeda founder as “extremely soft-hearted, forbearing, and sensitive” and says “anyone who had the chance to sit with him could not fail to appreciate his noble manners, graceful demeanor and high character.”

–A report arguing that capitalism has “reached its terminal stage” but also stressing the need to “defeat the capitalist system militarily in different parts of the world and dislodge this system from the Muslim world by way of territorial conquests.”

–An article highlighting the Palestinian issue and calling for Israel to be “erased from the map.”

Resurgence is the latest of several full-color publications produced by terrorist groups aimed at spreading their message to English-speaking Internet users.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has published a dozen editions of Inspire since 2010, many of them encouraging terrorist attacks in the West.

ISIS has produced four editions of its magazine, Dabiq, since July, focusing largely on its violent campaign in Iraq and Syria, the development of its “caliphate,” and attempts to justify atrocities like the beheading of American journalists and the enslavement of Yazidi women and girls.

ISIS forces launch multiple attacks on Kurdish territory in Iraq, officials say
October 20, 2014 By Brian Walker, CNN

(CNN) – ISIS militants launched about 15 near-simultaneous attacks on Kurdish forces in northern Iraq on Monday in what Kurdish government officials and the Kurdish news agency Rudaw said was a fierce and renewed push for Kurdish-held territory.

The deadliest of the attacks targeted Mosul Dam, a hugely important location.

First, an ISIS-commandeered military truck loaded with explosives targeted a Peshmerga checkpoint along the security belt circling the dam, killing six Peshmerga security forces and injuring seven others critically, according to Peshmerga forces spokesman Said Mamazeen.

At almost the same time, ISIS militants launched an attack on the Nineveh Valley near the dam, which was repelled by Peshmerga forces using European and American weapons, the spokesman said.

Another Kurdish military official, who asked not to be named for protocol and security reasons, said that despite the attacks, it would be difficult for ISIS to gain control of the dam because of the large numbers of Peshmerga forces in the area.

A senior official at the Ministry of Peshmerga, who similarly asked not to be identified as a matter of government protocol, reported that ISIS fighters were also killed in the attacks, and that the Peshmerga successfully repelled most of the more than dozen incidents Monday.

U.S. and allied airstrikes

Still under siege despite gains against ISIS, fighters defending the Syrian city of Kobani are getting more help, in addition to U.S. airstrikes.

U.S. military cargo planes dropped in much-needed weapons, ammunition and medical gear in the dead of night Sunday.

And on Monday, Turkey’s foreign minister announced his country would let Kurdish Peshmerga from Iraq use Turkish territory to enter Syria and reinforce fighters in Kobani.

The help is desperately needed, Kobani officials say. Even though defenders control some 70% of the city, Kobani is cut off and ISIS forces continue to shell it with mortars from the east and south, said Anwar Muslim, a local government official in Kobani.

“We always need more water and food, we are essentially under siege,” he said.

Tens of thousands of civilians have fled to Turkey as a result of weeks of intense fighting between Syrian Kurdish forces and the Free Syrian Army for control of Kobani, a border town that’s one of the last in the region to resist falling to ISIS.

The city appeared to be close to falling before U.S. and allied airstrikes helped drive back ISIS forces.

Still, the city remains cut off from the ground. The Turkish decision to allow Iraqi Peshmerga to enter Syria through its territory could provide an influx of much-needed ground forces to help.

But no Peshmerga have yet arrived in Kobani to aid in the city’s defense, Muslim said Monday.

“There has not been any communication with (the Iraqi Kurds) on this, with us inside,” Muslim said. “We will announce it when and if they come.”

On Monday, a fighter inside Kobani said two car bombers detonated their explosives in the city’s eastern industrial area. One killed two Syrian Kurdish fighters, and the other was shot at by Kurdish forces and detonated explosives before reaching intended targets, said the fighter, who can’t be named for security reasons.

ISIS also launched a new attack from the east at the Mursitpinar border crossing with Turkey on Monday night, hitting it with at least a dozen mortar shells in an hour, the fighter said.

The fighter also reported three daytime airstrikes Monday in the city’s industrial section.

At least 21 killed in Baghdad suicide bombing

Consultation with Turkey

Sunday’s airdrop in Kobani was delivered by three C-130 cargo planes and appeared to have been received on the ground by Kurdish fighters, senior Obama administration officials said.

A fighter on the ground in Kobani who cannot be identified for security reasons saw more than 100 large crates, including a crate with M-16 guns. A doctor in Kobani said he had received a ton of crucial medical supplies, including antibiotics and other materials.

President Barack Obama notified Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of the drop in a phone conversation Saturday night, administration officials said.

“We have made clear to the Turkish government for some days now the urgency of facilitating resupply to those forces,” one official said.

Erdogan was quoted in the Turkish media as saying it would be inappropriate for the United States to arm Kurdish militants in Kobani whom he considers terrorists.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, however, said that Turkish officials had evaluated “the United States’ airdrop of military and medical aid that was provided by our Iraqi Kurdish brothers to Kobani and all the forces that are defending Kobani within this framework. And we are helping Peshmerga forces to cross into Kobani for support. Talks on this are continuing.”

But he said Turkey is not ready to back fully the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, known by its Kurdish acronym PYD.

Cavusoglu equated the PYD with ISIS, saying both aim to control Syrian territory, which Turkey and the Free Syrian Army both oppose.

“We think it (the PYD) is a threat to Syria’s future, territorial integrity and democratic structure, and as long as the PYD continues with these goals, it cannot get the support of the Free Syrian Army or Turkey,” Cavusoglu said.

The airdrop was partly humanitarian but also aimed at shoring up the Kurdish defenders of Kobani, senior Obama administration officials said, acknowledging it was a shift in the administration’s tactics.

“This is a part of the President’s larger strategy to degrade and destroy ISIL wherever they are,” one official said, using the term favored by the administration and some other nations in referring to ISIS, which also calls itself the “Islamic State.”

Strategic battle

The United States has generally downplayed the importance of Kobani as a key city in the battle against the militants.

U.S. military: Airstrikes alone won’t save Kobani

However, if ISIS takes Kobani, it would mean the group would control land between the northern Syrian city of Raqqa and Turkey — about 100 kilometers (60 miles) apart.

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria took control of Raqqa last year. ISIS uses the once liberal city as a kind of headquarters where it applies its hard-line interpretation of Islamic law, terrorizing the population.

With the help of airstrikes from an international coalition led by the United States, Kurdish and Iraqi forces are now focused on pushing ISIS back from its relentless attempt to take Kobani.

At least 70 ISIS bodies dropped off at Syrian hospital

Official: Strategy working

The strategy against ISIS is working, Gen. Lloyd Austin, head of U.S. Central Command, said last week.

U.S. warplanes struck only twice Friday and Saturday in Kobani, Central Command said, both times targeting ISIS fighting positions. That’s far fewer strikes than days before. U.S. jets flew at least 14 missions near the city Thursday and Friday, the military reported.

It will take “strategic patience” to beat ISIS, Austin said.

A heavy hit?

ISIS has apparently taken a heavy hit over the past several days. The bodies of at least 70 fighters for the terror group have been dropped off over four days at a hospital in the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, a Syrian opposition group told CNN. Tal Abyad is on the Turkish border and about 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Raqqa.

It’s unclear who dropped the bodies of the ISIS fighters off at the hospital, but it was probably other fighters from the militant group, because they control Tal Abyad.

U.S. Aiding ISIS, Rove legacy
October 20, 2014 By Ben Barrack

If you need evidence that simply throwing money at a problem is not only unproductive but counter-productive, just take a look at Syria. Humanitarian aid designated for ISIS victims is actually going to… ISIS instead. While the report from the Daily Beast’s Jamie Dettmer focuses exclusively on ISIS confiscation of non-lethal aid, is it really a leap to see armaments approved by both Houses of the U.S. Congress going the same route?

While U.S. warplanes strike at the militants of the so-called Islamic State in both Syria and Iraq, truckloads of U.S. and Western aid has been flowing into territory controlled by the jihadists, assisting them to build their terror-inspiring “Caliphate.”

The aid—mainly food and medical equipment—is meant for Syrians displaced from their hometowns, and for hungry civilians. It is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, European donors, and the United Nations. Whether it continues is now the subject of anguished debate among officials in Washington and European. The fear is that stopping aid would hurt innocent civilians and would be used for propaganda purposes by the militants, who would likely blame the West for added hardship.

The Bible says if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him something to drink—doing so will “heap burning coals” of shame on his head. But there is no evidence that the militants of the Islamic State, widely known as ISIS or ISIL, feel any sense of disgrace or indignity (and certainly not gratitude) receiving charity from their foes.

Quite the reverse, the aid convoys have to pay off ISIS emirs (leaders) for the convoys to enter the eastern Syrian extremist strongholds of Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor, providing yet another income stream for ISIS militants, who are funding themselves from oil smuggling, extortion and the sale of whatever they can loot, including rare antiquities from museums and archaeological sites.

“The convoys have to be approved by ISIS and you have to pay them: the bribes are disguised and itemized as transportation costs,” says an aid coordinator who spoke to The Daily Beast on the condition he not be identified in this article. The kickbacks are either paid by foreign or local non-governmental organizations tasked with distributing the aid, or by the Turkish or Syrian transportation companies contracted to deliver it.

Dettmer includes a quote from an interesting figure from a prominent think tank:

“I am alarmed that we are providing support for ISIS governance,” says Jonathan Schanzer, a Mideast expert with the Washington D.C.-based think tank Foundation for Defense of Democracies. “By doing so we are indemnifying the militants by satisfying the core demands of local people, who could turn on ISIS if they got frustrated.”

This is a rather interesting choice for a source on the topic. Schanzer’s alarm is as equally interesting. In 2012, he was a signatory to a letter addressed to Barack Obama that called for U.S. aid to go to “the Syrian opposition” and to “hasten the end of the Assad regime.”

That same year, published several articles arguing against Assad’s removal. One such article started thusly:

Those who think that the U.S should help the rebels in Syria oust out Bashar al-Assad, do not know anything about the Middle East. Within this region of the earth, people have been living under dictators for thousands of years. In a nation like Syria, as is most of the Near East, they are only two forms of dictatorship which can be implemented: first, Arab nationalism; second, Islamic fundamentalism.

Both are brutal, but the former is so because it wants to remain in power, prevent coups, and keep Islamism from taking over. The latter is also brutal, but for a different reason: Islamic fundamentalism wishes to implement massacres for the sake of a collectivist ideology, which calls to unite the world under one creed, Islam; one language, Arabic; and, in the future, one leader, the Mahdi or the Islamic messiah. This is a simple explanation as to why the West needs to not intervene in Arab nationalist governments.

Of course, to save face, experts that called for the removal of Assad will argue that had he been removed, Syria wouldn’t be in the state it is today. It’s a typical political tactic of pointing to a reality no one can prove would exist. It’s a weak defense when looking through the prism of reality.

Really? How’s that working out in Libya? After Gadhafi was removed from power, four Americans ended up dead in Benghazi and the U.S. embassy in Tripoli has been abandoned.

Schanzer’s superiors at FDD, to include former CIA Director James Woolsey and Clifford D. May, both signed the letter as well, as did Karl Rove, Elizabeth Cheney, Robert ‘Bud’ McFarlane and other prominent political figures.

A year later, after the Chemical attack in Syria that is increasingly being shown as having been an operation sponsored by Turkey in an attempt to generate the political will to declare that Assad had crossed Obama’s “Red Line”, a similar letter was sent to Obama, signed by many of the same people. Rove and May signed it; Woolsey, McFarlane and Schanzer did not.

Nonetheless, when May puts his signature on a letter like that, it’s about as close to speaking for FDD as you can get, right behind Woolsey.

The political will sought was not obtained; no strike on Assad came.

Ironically, according to Seymour Hersh’s sources, the 2012 attacks in Benghazi dried up a “rat line” of weapons trafficking and raised the level of urgency to remove Assad.

What seems so inexplicable to conservatives is why such people would call for Assad’s removal considering what would fill the power vacuum. There is evidence to suggest that all of this originated from a long-term strategy after 9/11/01 to isolate Saudi Arabia, and surround it with jihadists who would ultimately take down the House of Saud. Much of that thinking was actually laid out by Woolsey himself in 2006.

Of course, the group that has benefited most from the dysfunctional foreign policies of the U.S. since 9/11 has been the Muslim Brotherhood. Rove’s signature on the letters is further evidence that he’s been a disaster that just keeps on giving.

Rove: Just won’t go away.

It was recently reported by the same Daily Beast that Rove covered up the fact that U.S. troops found WMD’s in Iraq. It’s also known that Rove was a key figure in Bush’s inner circle who thought embracing leaders of groups with Muslim Brotherhood connections was a good idea.

With the gift of hindsight, a short term strategy of dealing with Saudi Arabia after 9/11/01 would have been the better course. After the attacks, Bush had a 90% approval rating and could have done whatever needed to be done, to include identifying all Muslim Brotherhood front groups as terror front organizations; inform the American people which ones are funded by Saudi Arabia; put the gears in motion for U.S. energy independence (loosen regulations for Big Oil); and put Saudi Arabia on notice.

Instead, the administration played Rove-style political games and was clearly too cute by half.

Bush left office with a 34% approval rating.

13 years later after 9/11, the U.S. is not just aiding ISIS; it is helping the Muslim Brotherhood and Turkey usher in a return of the Caliphate in the process.

The worst part is that none of these people will come clean about their role in facilitating policies that gave the world Barack Obama.


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MB Obama’s Immigration Policies Hammer Black Workers – Quietly Prepares ‘Surge’ Of Millions Of New Immigrant IDs

US Ordering 34 Million Green Cards for Illegal Plan
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20 Oct 2014 by Matthew Boyle

Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) told Breitbart News that black workers across America should be wary of supporting Democrats because of President Obama and other Democrats’ support for immigration policies that displace them economically.

“A nation owes its first obligation to its own citizens,” Sessions said in an emailed statement. “But our current immigration policy advantages the citizens of other countries over our own. Undeniably, one of the groups most hurt economically by unjust immigration policies are African-American citizens.”

Sessions points to a study that Harvard economist Dr. George Borjas published with the National Bureau of Economic Research in September 2006 that found that the employment rate of black men fell from 1960 to 2000—a timeframe during which immigration sharply increased, making it much more difficult for Americans, especially blacks, to find jobs.

Said Sessions:

Research by Dr. George Borjas shows that the long-term large-scale importation of foreign labor has substantially eroded wages in the black community—and yet Senate Democrats voted unanimously for legislation to double the arrival of new workers and deepen this unacceptable wage decline. These new workers would fill jobs in every sector of the economy, denying many low-income Americans a shot at middle class job security.

According to an abstract of the paper, Borjas and two other scholars found that “[a]s immigrants disproportionately increased the supply of workers in a particular skill group, the wage of black workers in that group fell, the employment rate declined, and the incarceration rate rose.” It went on to say that the “analysis suggests that a 10-percent immigrant-induced increase in the supply of a particular skill group reduced the black wage by 4.0 percent, lowered the employment rate of black men by 3.5 percentage points, and increased the incarceration rate of blacks by almost a full percentage point.”

“If you take a look at the basis of the civil rights movement, it was to have blacks treated in all respects the same as whites or everybody else,” U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner Peter Kirsanow added in an interview in 2013. He continued:

What amnesty is doing is setting aside a special class of individuals who are … treated more favorably than others. In other words, they’ve already broken the law and are being given amnesty. In terms of immigration policy, it would severely affect the rights of blacks generally and all low-income Americans. What it is going to do is displace those individuals from the labor market.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s wife, Coretta Scott King, who took over his advocacy after he was assassinated, wrote to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) in the early 1990s asking him to enforce America’s immigration laws so illegal aliens could not steal jobs from blacks. In an interview this weekend, Dr. Alveda King—MLK’s niece—said she agrees with her aunt on the issue.

“I do not agree with open borders and you’ve got people who take these little children, cut them up and fill them with drugs then sew them back up and send them over here,” King said. “I did want the children to be fed, I wanted them to have a warm meal and try to get them back home. I do not support open borders and I certainly agree with my aunt on that.”

Sessions’ comments come as President Obama’s pollster, Cornell Belcher, wrote in a confidential memo, leaked to The New York Times this weekend, that there could be “crushing Democratic losses across the country” in the looming 2014 midterm elections.

“African-American surge voters came out in force in 2008 and 2012, but they are not well positioned to do so again in 2014,” Belcher wrote in the polling memo that spelled out a bleak picture for Democrats in two weeks should they fail to do the same this year.

“Anybody who looks at the data realizes that if the black vote, and the brown vote, doesn’t [sic] turn out, we can’t win. It’s just that simple,” Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) added in an interview with the Times.

Obama’s not on the ballot personally this year, something that is likely to have an adverse effect on Democrats hoping for surging black turnout. Obama’s recent comments that his policies are, nonetheless, on the ballot may, many Democrats both privately and publicly fear, have a negative effect on swing voters and undecideds who disagree with the direction the President is taking America, as shown by his lagging popularity numbers and the fact that hardly any candidates want to be seen on the campaign trail with him.

To make matters worse for Obama’s Democrats, blacks have fared horrendously, economically and otherwise, since he took office, leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s niece, Dr. Alveda King, say. In an interview this weekend where she said Obama’s presidency is a “moral bankruptcy,” King ripped into the President and the political class in general for ignoring big government’s effects on blacks.

“The data is going to indicate black people lost out in every single leading economic category during the Obama years,” King told Breitbart News. Elaborating, she asserted:

That’s terrible. There’s nothing that’s been done to enhance our lives but there’s all sorts of things that were done to [give us stuff] like free access to abortion, free birth control in a healthcare clinic. But that’s nothing that’s going to help us economically, intellectually, physically health-wise and otherwise—there’s nothing being done for us. Black home ownership is 31 percent less than the rest of the country. Poverty rates have increased from 12 percent to 16.1 percent. Income for blacks is $20,000 less than the national average. Thirty-five percent of young blacks are out of work.

The horrendous conditions seem to be why black Democratic leaders are turning to issues like the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, to try to energize black voters for them nationwide in November.

“They embrace the health care law — ‘I will never run away from the Affordable Care Act,’ [Rep. Elijah] Cummings said — and often invoke voting rights and the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed black man shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., as a way to mobilize black voters. And they defend the president,” The New York Times’ Sheryl Gay Stolberg wrote in her piece on Belcher’s polling.

Dr. King is leading a new effort among black conservatives in which they’ll appear at her uncle’s memorial in Washington on Monday, then follow that with stops in North Carolina and then Ferguson in the coming days, aimed at exposing the left’s big government effects on blacks.

Sessions says that the Senate Democrats need to explain how their immigration policies, and those of President Obama, would economically destroy the black community—and hurt many other struggling Americans.

“What do Senate Democrats say to the millions of young Americans living in poverty, hoping for that first job, only to to lose out to lower-paid labor brought in from overseas?” Sessions asked. “This nation has a deep responsibility to its own citizens, who are barely scraping by in this stagnant economy.” He added, “We need to help our own jobseekers, our own communities, our own schools and neighborhoods. Yet the immigration bill endorsed by Senate and House Democrats would deliver a hammer blow to our struggling cities and workers.”

Sessions added that Americans are “entitled to” the “protections of our borders,” but that Democrats in Washington, D.C., “remain determined to strip those protections away.”

“In fact, President Obama has pledged to issue an executive amnesty after the election to give work permits to 5-6 million illegal immigrants—taking jobs directly from struggling American citizens,” Sessions said. “Senate Democrats not only refused to block this executive amnesty, but are doing everything they can to ensure it happens.” Continuing, he asserted, “But the American people still hold the power is this country. They have the power to stop this executive amnesty and demand representation that puts their interests first. Every citizen must know where their lawmakers stand and hold them accountable.”

Obama Administration Quietly Prepares ‘Surge’ Of Millions Of New Immigrant IDs
19 Oct 2014 by Jonathan Strong

Despite no official action from the president ahead of the election, the Obama administration has quietly begun preparing to issue millions of work authorization permits, suggesting the implementation of a large-scale executive amnesty may have already begun.

Unnoticed until now, a draft solicitation for bids issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Oct. 6 says potential vendors must be capable of handling a “surge” scenario of 9 million id cards in one year “to support possible future immigration reform initiative requirements.”

The request for proposals says the agency will need a minimum of four million cards per year. In the “surge,” scenario in 2016, the agency would need an additional five million cards – more than double the baseline annual amount for a total of 9 million.

“The guaranteed minimum for each ordering period is 4,000,000 cards. The estimated maximum for the entire contract is 34,000,000 cards,” the document says.

The agency is buying the materials need to construct both Permanent Residency Cards (PRC), commonly known as green cards, as well as Employment Authorization Documentation (EAD) cards which have been used to implement President Obama’s “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA) program. The RFP does not specify how many of each type of card would be issued.

Jessica Vaughan, an immigration expert at the Center for Immigration Studies and former State Department official, said the document suggests a new program of remarkable breadth.

The RFP “seems to indicate that the president is contemplating an enormous executive action that is even more expansive than the plan that Congress rejected in the ‘Gang of Eight’ bill,” Vaughan said.

Last year, Vaughan reviewed the Gang of Eight’s provisions to estimate that it would have roughly doubled legal immigration. In the “surge” scenario of this RFP, even the relatively high four million cards per year would be more than doubled, meaning that even on its own terms, the agency is preparing for a huge uptick of 125 percent its normal annual output.

It’s not unheard of for federal agencies to plan for contingencies, but the request specifically explains that the surge is related to potential changes in immigration policy.

“The Contractor shall demonstrate the capability to support potential ‘surge’ in PRC and EAD card demand for up to 9M cards during the initial period of performance to support possible future immigration reform initiative requirements,” the document says.

A year ago, such a plan might have been attributed to a forthcoming immigration bill. Now, following the summer’s border crisis, the chances of such a new law are extremely low, giving additional credence to the possibility the move is in preparation for an executive amnesty by Obama.

Even four million combined green cards and EADs is a significant number, let alone the “surge” contemplated by USCIS. For instance, in the first two years after Obama unilaterally enacted DACA, about 600,000 people were approved by USCIS under the program. Statistics provided by USCIS on its website show that the entire agency had processed 862,000 total EADs in 2014 as of June.

Vaughan said EADs are increasingly coming under scrutiny as a tool used by the Obama administration to provide legalization for groups of illegal aliens short of full green card status.

In addition to providing government approval to work for illegal aliens, EADs also cost significantly less in fees to acquire, about $450 compared to more than $1000. In many states, EADs give aliens rights to social services and the ability to obtain drivers’ licenses.

Vaughan noted there are currently about 4.5 million individuals waiting for approval for the green cards having followed immigration law and obtained sponsorships from relatives in the U.S. or otherwise, less than the number of id cards contemplated by the USCIS “surge.”

USCIS officials did not provide additional information about the RFP by press time.

US Ordering 34 Million Green Cards for Illegal Plan
20 Oct 2014 By Greg Richter

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a draft solicitation for immigrant ID cards that anticipates a “surge” in immigrants in 2016, Breitbart reports.

The proposal request says a minimum of 4 million cards would need to be produced per year, with the ability to produce 9 million cards “to support possible future immigration reform initiative requirements.” One estimate suggests that 34 million cards will be printed in total.

A USCIS official told the U.K.’s MailOnline on Monday that a plan was developed “in case the president makes the move we think he will.” He added, though, that the agency’s Document Management Division (DMD) is not making it official yet by committing to buying the materials.

Another official said the plan was just a “contingency” in case immigration reform legislation passes in Congress. This official stressed to the MailOnline that it was not in anticipation of an executive order from Obama.

The agency needs a contractor to print Permanent Residency Cards (green cards) and Employment Authorization Documentation (EAD) cards, which notes are used for President Barack Obama’s controversial Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Participants, who came to the United States illegally as children, are also known as “DREAMers.”

The order “seems to indicate that the president is contemplating an enormous executive action that is even more expansive than the plan that Congress rejected in the ‘Gang of Eight’ bill,” Jessica Vaughn, an immigration expert at the Center for Immigration Studies, told Breitbart.

Even without a “surge,” the 4 million minimum cards is a large increase, Breitbart reported. Only 600,000 people were approved under the DACA program in its first two years, with a total of 862,000 people approved by USCIS through June.

On CNN’s “Inside Politics” Monday, moderator John King said that the unilateral executive action promised by Obama for after the midterm elections will kick off confrontation, not compromise, from Republicans driven by anger and frustration in their conservative grass-roots voter base.

“Well, if you believed perhaps there would be room and motivation for a deal after the 2014 midterms — think again,” King said.

“I was so struck by conversations in Colorado, in Kansas and Iowa — just pure frustration; a belief among conservative Republicans that this problem is getting worse.

“What does that tell you? It tells you there is no prospect for any compromise legislation during the final two years of the Obama presidency,” King said.

“If the president uses his executive power as promised, Republicans will be pushing the grass-roots for confrontation, not compromise. An issue we thought after 2014 Republicans would try to deal with, will be with us until 2016 and beyond.”

There is little doubt that Obama is determined to take action.

“There appears to be little political space for House Speaker John Boehner and Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell, who could well be majority leader in January, to negotiate any deal that would be acceptable to Obama,” CNN reports.

“When the president takes executive actions, as he promises to do after the election unless there is some legislative breakthrough, it is clear the conservative grass-roots will demand confrontation, leaving the issue front and center as we head into the 2016 presidential cycle.”



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VIDEO R Vote REPLACES Reid – GOP within reach of 55 seat senate maj – 64% USA ‘Out of Control’ – MB Obama Makes Women Feel ‘Unsafe’

Tina Brown: Obama Makes Women Feel ‘Unsafe’
Mitch McConnell press
October 19, 2014 by Dean Chambers

Today’s polling averages reported by Real Clear Politics show Republicans likely to win at least 53 senate seats and with in reach of possibly winning the New Hampshire and North Carolina seats, which would build a 55 seat majority in the U.S. Senate. Several other incumbent Democrat senators are also polling below 50 percent despite having double digit leads over their Republican challengers. The latest UnSkewed Polls projection of the Senate races shows Republicans gaining eight seats to win a 53 seat U.S. Senate majority.

In the Kentucky Senate race where Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has been facing a tough challenge from Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, the race now seems to be breaking in favor of the incumbent. With the recent release of a video of campaign backers of Grimes assuring that, after the election, she intends to “f-bomb the coal industry” after claiming to support it during the campaign, Grimes is now falling in the polls. While the RCP average for this race is at 4.0 points, the most recent survey, from the left-leaning Rasmussen Reports poll, shows McConnell leading 52 percent to 44 percent for Grimes. Democrats are highly unlikely to retain the senate majority without winning this seat.

In Kansas, the buzz about Independent candidate Greg Orman, who is the only challenger to incumbent Senator Pat Roberts since the Democrat nominee dropped out, has cooled off and Roberts seems to be on track to win. Orman, who once challenged Roberts unsuccessfully as a Democrat, is being branded a Democrats by the Roberts campaign. Orman himself has given life to that charge by refusing to say he would vote to repeal Obamacare. The RCP average shows the race tied with most of the recent polls favoring Roberts.

The Ron Johnson award this year, for the unlikely Republican nominee to defeat a strong Democrat incumbent, as Johnson did when he defeated Russ Feingold in Wisconsin, seems likely to go to Cory Gardner in Colorado. Gardner has been gradually building up a steady but small lead over incumbent Senator Mark Udall in Colorado. The RCP average shows Gardner now leading 3.0 percent and the most recent polls give him a 4-6 percent lead. This race is mostly like to go to Republican Gardner.

In total, there are 36 seats up for election in 2014. Among the other 64 seats not up for election in 2014, Democrats hold 34 of them while Republicans hold 30. 24 of the seats up for election are considered likely or safe for either party, which includes 14 seats currently held by Republicans and 10 seats currently held by Democrats. With those seats added, Democrats will have 44 seats (including the two independents that caucus with the Democrats) and Republicans will have 44 seats. The remaining 12 seats will decide which party controls the senate after the 2014 elections.

The safe or likely seats are as follows:

Republicans: Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Maine, Nebraska, both Oklahoma seats, both South Carolina seats, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, and Wyoming. In South Dakota, the retirement of Tim Johnson makes that seat a likely Republican gain.

Democrats: Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Virginia.

These are the remaining 12 seats that will determine the Senate majority:

Alaska: Incumbent Senator Mark Begich continues to lose ground to Republican Dan Sullivan, who is gradually growing his lead and currently enjoy a margin of 4.4 percent in the RCP average of polls. This race leans Republican.

Arkansas: While this state has turned heavily Republican in the last decade, incumbent Senator Mark Pryor still has a shot at reelection. The GOP nominee, Rep. Tom Cotton, is also running a strong campaign and has attracted strong support in the state and from conservative activists around the country. The RCP average of polls shows Cotton leading 3.6 percent, which makes this race likely Republican.

Colorado: Incumbent Senator Mark Udall was favored for reelection but he is facing a strong challenge from Republican Cory Gardner. Gardner has slowly built up a 3.0 percent lead in the RCP average of polls. As of now this race leans Republican.

Iowa: Senator Tom Harkin is retiring, leaving an open race for this seat. Democrats are likely to nominate Rep. Bruce Braley while Republicans nominated Joni Ernst. Ernst is maintaining a 2.0 percent lead in the RCP average. This seat leans Republican.

Kansas: Incumbent Republican Senator Pat Roberts finds himself running close with Independent candidate Greg Orman, who seems to be getting most of the Democrat support, after Democrat Chad Taylor dropped out of the race. Kansas is a Republican state and the Roberts is successfully branding Orman as a Democrat. This seat leans Republican.

Kentucky: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has continued to maintain and build this lead in this race. McConnell has maintained a persistent but slim lead, but has now built that lead to 4.0 percent in the RCP average and that lead will likely grow as a result of the recent gaffes and scandals involving Grimes. This race remains leaning Republican and may soon be moved to Likely Republican.

Louisiana: Senator Mary Landrieu faces a very challenging reelection effort in a state that has turned heavily Republican. Polls show Republican Bill Cassidy more likely to make the runoff and defeat Landrieu in a close race in the runoff. An alleged residency scandal regarding Landrieu might only increase the odds of Cassidy winning this seat. This race leans Republican.

Michigan: Incumbent Senator Carl Levin is retiring, leaving Rep. Gary Peters as the Democratic nominee to run against Republican Terri Lynn Land. Republicans would love to see this seat come into play, but right now Peters leads by 9.0 percent in the RCP average of polls. This race has moved into likely Democrat status.

Mississippi: As the dust has settled after the bitterly contested primary, and as more time goes by it seems less likely Chris McDaniel will be successful in his challenge of the primary runoff won by incumbent Republican Senate Thad Cochran. Latest polls have Cochran leading by double digits over Democrat nominee Travis Childers. This is seat is likely Republican.

Montana: Senator Max Baucus is retiring. Ex-Governor Brian Schweitzer will not be running for the seat, he has chosen to stay in Montana rather than go to Washington D.C. Democrat John Walsh dropped out due to plagiarism allegations and was replaced by little known, far left leaning, State Rep. Amanda Curtis. Curtis has already become the subject of ridicule nationally by conservatives. Republican Steve Daines has little to worry about. This seat is likely and almost safe Republican.

North Carolina: Senator Kay Hagan is one of the most vulnerable incumbents for 2014, but the Republicans have a long list of potential candidates at this point. Thom Tillis won the GOP primary earlier this year, and will face off against Kay Hagan in November. Polling shows Hagan with a narrow lead over Tillis. This seat leans Democrat.

New Hampshire: The voters in this state had elected Democratic majorities in both house of the state legislature in 2008 and turned both over to the Republicans in 2010. Democrats made substantial gains in 2012 while President Obama carried the state. While Republicans could make a come-back in 2014 much like they did in 2010, Senator Jeanne Shaheen seems to have sufficient popularity to win reelection. Scott Brown is narrowing the margin in the RCP average of polls but still need to make it closer in order to have a chance of winning. As of now, this one leans Democrat.

The Projection:

Among those 12 seats, as projected above, Democrats would win three of them while Republicans would win nine. In total, this would leave the senate projected with 47 Democrats (including the two Independents that caucus with them), 53 Republicans.

Republicans could also put North Carolina and Iowa into their column between now and November, as both those races remain close in the polls but are leaning Democrat. If states like New Hampshire and North Carolina go Republican, it could signal a “wave” election for Republican Senate candidates in November and a majority potentially as large as 55 seats. Rumors of Maine Independent Senator Angus King, who caucuses with the Democrats as of now, but has endorsed Maine’s other Senator, Republican Susan Collins, caucusing with the Republicans in the next session of the Senate could expand that majority. Additionally, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, who sees his state rapidly becoming more Republican in its voting patters, is rumored to be seriously considering becoming a Republican if the Senate majority is won by the GOP. That could grow the majority to as many as 57 Republican members of the 100 member U.S. Senate.

64% Believe America Is ‘Out of Control’
20 Oct 2014 by Wynton Hall

A devastating new Politico poll reveals voters believe America has spun off its axis and is “out of control.”

“An overwhelming majority of voters in the most competitive 2014 elections say it feels as if events in the United States are ‘out of control’ and expressed mounting alarm about terrorism, anxiety about Ebola and harsh skepticism of both political parties only three weeks before the Nov. 4 midterms,” reports Politico.

The poll, which surveyed states and districts in the most competitive congressional races, found that 64% of Americans believe “things in the U.S. feel like they are out of control right now.”

Specifically, the poll found that 84% of voters believe the Islamic State (ISIS) represents a “serious” threat to America. Just 12% said ISIS terrorists do not pose a serious threat.

On the issue of Obamacare, the poll found that 57% of Americans believe their health care costs will increase, and just 7% believe that Obamacare will do as President Barack Obama claimed and reduce personal costs.

Politico’s poll also found Obama slightly trailing former President George W. Bush on managerial effectiveness. When asked “Which President do you believe was more effective at managing the basic functions of the federal government?” 38% said George W. Bush, 35% said Obama, and 26% answered “both about the same.”

The Politico poll sample contained 36% Democrats, 36% Republicans, and 28% Independents.

Voters head to the polls in 15 days.

Poll: 64% Say Things In America Are Completely ‘Out of Control’
October 20, 2014

A new poll shows a staggering 64 percent of voters in the most competitive 2014 elections believe America is “out of control” and are concerned mostly about terrorism, Ebola, and partisanship in Congress.

The Politico poll published Monday questioned voters in the most contentious districts of the midterm elections. 50 percent said the nation is “off on the wrong track,” while only 20 percent said the country is headed in the right direction.

On Monday’s Morning Joe, co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski elaborated on Americans’ negative sentiment.

“Look at that!” Scarborough said of the poll, “America–a runaway beer truck.”

Those polled named a range of political grievances including, terrorism, health care, presidential management, and the Ebola crisis, as cause for the country’s instability.

“The atmosphere of fear and anxiety has not produced a decisive advantage for either party on the congressional ballot,” POLITICO reported Monday.

The poll also showed continued negative views of Obamacare. 57 percent of voters said they believed their personal costs would be rising due to Obamacare while only 7 percent said they would decrease.

Poll: 64% of Americans Say Things Are Completely out of Control

Tina Brown: Obama Makes Women Feel ‘Unsafe’
October 20, 2014

President Obama’s polling numbers are down across all demographics, but especially among American women. Journalist Tina Brown said Obama’s declining numbers are due to his ego and making female voters feel “unsafe.”

“I think [women are] feeling unsafe,” Brown said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Monday. “They feel unsafe economically. They’re feeling unsafe with regard to ISIS. What they feel unsafe about is the government response to different crises.”

Brown said Obama’s smugness and willingness to place blame has also contributed to his declining support.

“I think they’re beginning to feel a bit that Obama’s like that guy in the corner office, you know, who’s too cool for school, calls a meeting, says this has to change, doesn’t put anything in place to make sure it does change, then it goes wrong and he’s blaming everybody,” she said.

Co-hosts said that many Democratic Senate candidates, including Kentucky candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, will not even admit they voted for Obama.


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VIDEO AZ Dem Gov Candidate Fred DuVal 14-Year-Olds Shouldn’t Need Parental Consent for Abortions

October 18, 2014 by Philip Hodges

A Democratic candidate for governor in Arizona said that he believes girls even as young as 14 shouldn’t need parental consent in order to get an abortion.

Of course, I think this is a moot point. This is akin to being fine with any other kind of murder as long as your mom or dad says it’s okay. Abortion is murder, plain and simple. Parental consent doesn’t automatically make something that’s morally wrong into something that’s right.

Arizona gubernatorial candidate Fred DuVal disagrees. He was at a public forum at Redemption Church in Gilbert, Arizona when he made his comments.

Regardless of whether parental consent laws are moot with regards to abortion, we’ve reported on cases where such laws would have helped nab pedophile rapists.

In one case, a 31-year-old Washington man who had raped his 12-year-old “girlfriend” took her to a Planned Parenthood clinic in Washington state and told her to get an abortion and to lie to the doctors by telling them that it was her 14-year-old boyfriend who impregnated her.

Washington doesn’t require parental consent for abortions, and perhaps that’s why the rapist chose to rape a child. He knew that there wouldn’t really be any consequences as long as his victim never told anyone the truth.

But unfortunately for him, the girl told authorities 6 weeks after the abortion. Now, the rapist Luis Gonzalez-Jose is serving a 6-year, 8-month sentence, after which he will be deported to his home country and never allowed back in the U.S. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement said they would ensure he would never return.

It seems a little inconsistent to be all in favor of assisted and anonymous infanticide for young, pregnant teens, something that liberals call a “medical procedure” and “reproductive freedom,” while pretending to be outraged over a convicted murder’s lethal injection being too “barbaric.”

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VIDEO ‘I Will Not be Silent’ Israeli Minister Bennett Doubles Down on Criticism of Kerry

October 19, 2014 by Dave Bender

Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, on Sunday, reiterated and expanded criticism of remarks by American Secretary of State, John Kerry, last week, which implied the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was responsible for the Islamic State terror group’s recruiting successes.

Asserting, “I will not be silent,” Bennett said in a Facebook post, that, “The notion regarding the centrality of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not true and puts Israel at risk,” and called to “immediately and forcefully dismiss this dangerous theory.”

Kerry speaking at a State Department reception on Thursday for the Muslim Eid al-Adha festival, said that, “the truth is we – there wasn’t a leader I met with in the region who didn’t raise with me spontaneously the need to try to get peace between Israel and the Palestinians, because it was a cause of recruitment and of street anger and agitation that they felt – and I see a lot of heads nodding – they had to respond to.”

Kerry was referring to meetings he held at an international fund-raising conference held in Cairo last week at which $5.4 billion was pledged for reconstruction in Gaza, after this summer’s Operation Protective Edge, mean to to halt incessant rocket fire into Israel.

Bennett, however, in a broadside in his post, replied in part, that, “The creation of ISIS had nothing to do with Israel. ISIS’s military gains in Iraq and Syria have nothing to do with Israel. The intense hatred between Sunni & Shiite Muslims has nothing to do with Israel.”

Listing global Islamic terror attacks and upheaval throughout the Arab world, Bennett said, “The 9/11 attacks had nothing to do with Israel. Global Jihad has nothing to do with Israel. Al-Sisi’s revolution in Egypt had nothing to do with Israel. The disintegration of Iraq has nothing to do with Israel. The massacre of at least 150,000 people, including women and children, by Assad in Syria has nothing to do with Israel.”

Bennett called the concept “not just wrong,” but “dangerous for the State of Israel. If Israel is the source of the region’s troubles, then we might as well get rid of Israel. Who needs the headache?”

Bennett charged that “Radical Islam is trying to create Caliphates – an Islamic Kingdom – throughout the entire Middle East. That is their goal. They have been declaring this for years. Hamas says the same. So does Hezbollah in Lebanon. Al-Qaida as well.

“Now ISIS, the new Sunni group in the neighborhood, has joined the club.

“This is the true story,” he wrote. “Even when we are speaking to the United States – our best friend and strongest ally – we need to tell the truth. This is why I will not be silent,” Bennett concluded.

Meanwhile, however, Israeli Defense Minister, Moshe Ya’alon on Sunday tried to play up Israeli – American military collaboration, as he and an entourage made their way to Washington and meetings this week with Pentagon counterparts.

“The United States assists Israel on a variety of issues and on security matters, of course,” Ya’alon said in a statement.

“We should remember this fact and appreciate the US and the American leadership for this unwavering support. Our security systems share an unprecedented intimacy to a great extent which are supremely important for the state of Israel. The relations are based on common interests and shared values and those should not be overshadowed by any disagreement of any sort. I personally work very closely with defense secretary [Chuck] Hagel.”

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who heads the Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel Our Home) party, on Saturday, also praised bilateral relations with the US, possibly in a swipe at Bennett, who heads the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party.

“When our ammunition supplies ran out during Operation Protective Edge, it was the US who sent us more,” he said. “It was the Americans who gave us money that enabled us to develop Iron Dome. It was the US who voted along with us in the UN Human Rights Council. And the one who prevents many problems for Israel in the UN Security Council is the US with its veto power.”

In response to initial criticism of Kerry by Bennett, State Department deputy spokesperson, Marie Harf, on Friday said that Bennett pulled Kerry’s remarks out of context “for political reasons.”

“[Kerry] did not make a link between the growth of ISIL and Israel, period,” Harf said, calling Bennet’s take “…a wrong reading of [Kerry's] comments.”

“Asserting that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict reinforces ISIS, gives a boost to global terrorism,” Bennett had slammed Kerry on Friday.

“It turns out that even when a British Muslim beheads a British Christian, there will always be those who blame the Jews,” Bennett said, referring to the recent murders of British citizens by ISIS terrorists.

Watch a videoclip of Kerry’s remarks. His comments on the Israeli – Palestinian conflict begin at the 11:30 mark:

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