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Obama Makes Us Worse

That’s not your racist pal, BTL, talking.

That’s the Fund for Peace:

South Sudan tops the list of the world’s most fragile nations, while the United States is among the countries that have worsened the most over the past year, a new report says.

Fractious leadership, mass killings and ethnic violence contributed to South Sudan’s No. 1 position, said Fund For Peace, a Washington-based nonprofit that compiles the annual list.

Until this year, it referred to it as the list of failed states. Somalia had led the list for six years.

Iran led a pack of most-improved nations, with the report saying it had stabilized somewhat “after recent political and social turmoil.”

Some developed nations picked up dubious honors, too.

France was listed as the seventh-most-worsened country this year, “largely as a result of a political and economic malaise,” the group said.

It said the United States tied with Singapore and Thailand for eighth-most-worsened country. The top nation on that list was the Central African Republic, which is deep in a conflict involving widespread atrocities.

Eighth-most-worsened? Tied with Thailand? ObAmerica can’t even suck best!

So, what was our downfall? The wretched economy that deflated by 3% last quarter? The abuse of power evidenced by the IRS scandal, the Benghazi cover-up, and illegitimate recess appointments? The disgraceful treatment of our nation’s heros by the Veteran’s Administration? The reneging on our commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan? I could go on: we’re lucky there’s a South Sudan and a Somalia to keep us out of the cellar.

Oh no:

The U.S. made the list for various reasons, including the lack of bipartisanship in Congress and the partial government shutdown last year, the group said.

For which we thank the Almighty every day.

What do you expect from a group that praises Iran? I’d rather be the Central African Republic any day.

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2 New Mass Murders!

The first is an antisemitic attack (although the media isn’t ready to call it that yet) in Brussels at the Jewish Museum.

I gave you the link to the Israeli media, since the AP really isn’t sure that it had anything to do with antisemitism…

One person remained in critical condition as a result of the shooting. Twelve people were being treated for shock, according to local sources.

“Two women and one man are dead, a third person is in hospital,” Interior Minister Joelle Milquet said at the scene. “We don’t yet know if they were tourists or staff, they haven’t been identified.”

Asked whether she believed it was an anti-Semitic attack, she said it was too early to say as a police and judicial inquiry was under way but that given the target “there are strong grounds for presuming so”.

One man was reported in custody after the attack.

Milquet said the government had moved to increase protection at Jewish buildings as well as the Israeli embassy.

The country’s foreign minister, Didier Reynders, tweeted Saturday that he was “shocked by the murders committed at the Jewish museum.”

Shocked! Shocked I tell you. Because we’ve never seen this in Europe before. Or in the United States, for that matter… (I’m recalling that antisemitic terror attack on the Holocaust Museum in DC, the antisemitic terror attack on the Jewish Community Center in Kansas City, the antisemitic terror attack on the Jewish Community Center offices in Seattle, and the antisemitic terror attack on a Jewish day care facility in the LA area. Please write in if I’ve forgotten any.

And we also have a killing spree in Santa Barbara today, one that is unrelated to antisemitism, I think.

Six people are dead and seven injured after a swift and deadly “mass murder” rampage by a gunman who plowed through the streets in a black BMW, spraying bullets into Friday night crowds in the Southern California seaside town of Isla Vista near UC Santa Barbara.

The gunman — identified by an attorney for his father as Elliot Rodger — was later involved in at least one shootout with sheriff’s deputies and died of a gunshot wound to the head, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said at a Saturday morning news conference. He could not confirm whether the gunshot was self-inflicted and the department had not released the idetity of the gunman by Saturday afternoon.

Seven victims were hospitalized and at least one of them underwent surgery for life-threatening injuries, Brown said. Details regarding the other victims’ conditions were not immediately available.

Rampage witnesses who spoke with NBC4 identified the gunman as Elliot Rodger. An attorney for the man’s father — “Hunger Games” assistant director Peter Rodger — later confirmed to NBC News that Elliot Rodger, a Santa Barbara City College student, was the gunman.

The family has not visited Santa Barbara to identify the remains, the attorney said, adding that the family is cooperating with investigators.

Sheriff’s department personnel are investigating a video in which a man identified as Rodger sits in a car, detailing plans for “retribution” and “revenge against humanity” prior to the shooting.

There is a video made by the young man at the link. He was unhappy. I am not watching it or posting it.

- Aggie

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3 Dead In Attack On Jewish Community Center, Assisted Living Facility In Kansas City

A lot of children were there when it happened.

Three people were reported dead on Sunday in a possible anti-Semitic shooting attacks at two building serving the Jewish community in Kansas.

A gunman opened fired in the parking lot of the Overland Park Jewish Community Center and the nearby Village Shalom retirement home, both in the Kansas City suburb.

A spokeswoman for Overland Park Regional Medical Center said the hospital was treating a 14-year-old male who suffered a gunshot wound and who was in critical condition.

“At around 1 p.m. today, Overland Park police received multiple calls regarding a shooting on the campus of the Jewish Community Center, 5801 W. 115th Street. Additional calls were received by police of another shooting at the Village Shalom Retirement Community, 5500 W. 123rd,” according to the Overland Park Police Department.

“Three victims are confirmed deceased. A person of interest has been taken into custody at this time,” the police spokesman said.

Overland Park, the second biggest city in Kansas, is a short drive away from the state’s main Jewish concentration in Kansas City.

According to Kansas’s KSHB 41 Action News, police were holding one suspect in custody, who was reported as yelling “heil Hitler” as he was being detained.

The entire JCC campus was locked down.

The greater Kansas City Jewish community built a private day school (K-12) a JCC and a Senior Center in the same area so that the full range of Jewish life could be together. The elderly could read to little kids, after school people could go swimming, etc. So in this day and age, they are apparently sitting ducks for the various lunatics out there.

- Aggie

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This Isn’t Terrorism.

Putting a bomb on a drone and flying it into a school isn’t terrorism, but might be a immigration violation.

FBI officials say they’ve arrested a Moroccan national in Connecticut in an alleged plot to fly bombs on drone-like devices into a school and a federal building.

Authorities say they arrested 27-year-old El Mehdi Semlali Fahti on Monday and found wires and tools in his Bridgeport apartment. The Connecticut Post first reported the arrest.

Fahti hasn’t been charged with terrorism, but authorities say that could come later in the investigation. He’s charged with immigration-related crimes for allegedly staying in the U.S. for seven years after his student visa expired after flunking out of Virginia International University.

The FBI says Fahti targeted an out-of-state school and a federal building in Connecticut. The exact locations weren’t released.

Hmm. I wonder what school he wanted to bomb with a drone? Just curious. Not worried about terrorism or anything.

- Aggie

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Everything’s Up To Date In Kansas City

Terror plot unfolding

Of course, Ft. Hood was workplace violence, not terror…

The FBI is searching for a recent Army recruit believed to be planning a “Fort Hood-inspired jihad against U.S. soldiers,” FoxNews.com has learned.

The alert, whose legitimacy was confirmed by military and law enforcement officials, stated that a man identified as Booker had told friends of his “intention to commit jihad.” Booker, who is also known as Muhammad Abdullah Hassan, was recruited by the U.S. Army in Kansas City, Mo., in February 2014 and was scheduled to report for basic training on April 7. But he was discharged last week, apparently after law enforcement authorities learned of his alleged plan.

Both the FBI and the 902d Military Intelligence Group at Fort Leavenworth are involved in the hunt.

The alert, a copy of which was obtained by FoxNews.com, was sent out by the FBI’s Kansas City Division on Friday and distributed through the U.S. Marine Corps. The portion obtained by FoxNews.com did not include Hassan’s photo or age. It was also sent to the Kansas City Police Department, which could indicate authorities believe he may have remained in the area where he was recruited.

The alert is titled, “Planned Fort Hood-inspired Jihad against US Soldiers by Army Recruit” and was issued “to inform and protect officers who may encounter this individual or others exhibiting the same aspirations.” The source of the information contained in the alert was listed as “An FBI agent.”

More at the link.

- Aggie

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A Good Idea

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- Aggie

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President Obama Doesn’t Know the Half of It

Hardly breaking news, I know, but still—57 states?

Try 124!


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Secessionist movements are all the rage these days. A handful of counties in Colorado tried to secede from the rest of the state earlier this year. There’s an attempt to create the State of Jefferson (northern California/southern Oregon) via ballot initiative in 2014. And there’s plenty more.

What would the U.S. look like if all of the secession movements in U.S. history had succeeded? Well, Mansfield University geography professor Andrew Shears built a map to answer that question. (It covers secession movements through the end of 2011.)

Turns out, succession is as old as the Republic!

The State of Franklin (also the Free Republic of Franklin or the State of Frankland[1]) was an unrecognized, autonomous “territory” located in what is today eastern Tennessee. Franklin was created in 1784 from part of the territory west of the Appalachian Mountains that had been offered by North Carolina as a cession to Congress to help pay off debts related to the American War for Independence. It was founded with the intent of becoming the fourteenth state of the new United States.

The creation of Franklin is novel, in that it resulted from both a cession (an offering from North Carolina to Congress) and a secession (seceding from North Carolina, when its offer to Congress was not acted upon, and the original cession was rescinded).

Attempt at statehood

On May 16, 1785, a delegation submitted a petition for statehood to Congress. Seven states voted to admit what would have been the 14th federal state under the proposed name of “Frankland”. This was less than the two-thirds majority required under the Articles of Confederation. The following month, the Franklin government convened to address their options and to replace the vacancy at Speaker of the House, which had been held by William Cage. They elected Joseph Hardin to the position of Speaker of the House. In an attempt to curry favor for their cause, delegation leaders changed the “official” name of the area to “Franklin” (ostensibly after Benjamin Franklin). Sevier even tried to persuade Franklin to support their cause, but he declined, writing:

…I am sensible of the honor which your Excellency and your council thereby do me. But being in Europe when your State was formed, I am too little acquainted with the circumstances to be able to offer you anything just now that may be of importance, since everything material that regards your welfare will doubtless have occurred to yourselves. …I will endeavor to inform myself more perfectly of your affairs by inquiry and searching the records of Congress and if anything should occur to me that I think may be useful to you, you shall hear from me thereupon.
—Benjamin Franklin, Letter to Governor John Sevier, 1787[7]

Independent republic

After the failed statehood attempt (and still at odds with North Carolina over taxation, protection, and other issues), Franklin operated as a de facto independent republic.[4] Up to this point, the government had been assembling at Jonesborough, mere city-blocks from the rival, North Carolina-backed, seat of government. Because of this, Greeneville was declared the new capital. The first legislature met there in December 1785. At Greeneville, the delegates adopted a permanent constitution, known as the “Holston Constitution,”[6] (and heavily modeled on that of North Carolina). John Sevier also proposed to commission a Franklin state flag, but it was never designed.
The new legislature made peace treaties with the Indian tribes in the area (with few exceptions, the most notable being the Chickamauga Cherokee). It opened courts, incorporated and annexed five new counties (see map below), and fixed taxes and officers’ salaries.[6] Barter became the economic system de jure, with anything in common use among the people allowed in payment to settle debts, including corn, tobacco, apple brandy, and skins. (Sevier was often paid in deer hides). Federal or foreign money was accepted. All citizens were granted a two-year reprieve on paying taxes, but the lack of hard currency and economic infrastructure slowed development and often created confusion.

Franklin’s end

The year 1786 was the beginning of the end of the small state, with several key residents and supporters of the state withdrawing their support in favor of a newly interested North Carolina.[4] Until then, Franklin did not have the benefit of either the national army or the North Carolina militia. In late 1786, North Carolina offered to waive all back taxes if Franklin would reunite with its government. When this offer was popularly rejected, North Carolina moved in with troops, in 1787, under the leadership of Col. John Tipton (great-uncle of future Senator from Indiana John Tipton) and re-established its own courts, jails and government at Jonesborough. The two rival administrations competed side by side. The meeting of the Franklin legislature in September 1787, was its last.[4] At the end of 1787, loyalties remained divided among residents, and coming to a head on February 29, 1788, when Sevier and a group of his supporters attacked Tipton and his supporters at Tipton’s farm in the “Battle of Franklin”.[8] Sevier and his men were defeated.

Boy, if Forgottonia (see modern Illinois) isn’t a perfect alternate name to Bloodthirstan, I don’t know what is.

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White Islamist Attempts Suicide Bombing At Witchita Airport

Interesting that the media believes it is important that we know he is white. But he attempted this because he is a Muslim, not because he is white.

A 58-year-old airport worker was charged Friday with allegedly planning a suicide bombing at a passenger terminal at the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport in Kansas.

The suspect, Terry Lee Loewen, an avionics technician who lives in Wichita, was arrested earlier in the day as he attempted to use his security pass to drive a vehicle that he thought contained explosives onto the tarmac at the airport, law enforcement officials said at a news conference in Wichita. In fact, the car contained only dummy explosives.
U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Loewen spent months developing a plan to drive a carload of explosives to the airport terminal and that he was determined to trigger the bomb himself and die in the blast.

Loewen, who is white, became radicalized after reading extremist Islamic material on the Internet, Grissom said.
A criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Wichita charges Loewen with one count of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, one count of attempting to damage property by means of an explosive and one count of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. He was scheduled to be arraigned at 3 p.m. local time.
If convicted on all counts, he faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.
Investigators tell NBC News that Loewen has been under scrutiny since August, when he began having an online exchange with someone he thought was a like-minded individual but who turned out to be an FBI employee.
“Let me preface the bottom line by saying I have become ‘radicalized’ in the strongest sense of the word, and I don’t feel Allah wants me any other way,” he said in one message, according to the complaint.
At the news conference, Grissom and Michael Kaste, special agent in charge of the FBI office in Kansas City, stressed that the suspect was under constant surveillance and at no time was the public in danger.
Officials say no one else was involved in the plot.
Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, about 7 miles west of downtown Wichita, is the largest and busiest airport in Kansas.

In December of 2010, a young Muslim male attempted to detonate a van filled with “explosives” at the tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon. I mention this because some people believe that Islamic terrorism is limited to Boston, NY, and Washington, DC. The truth is that it can happen anywhere, but has successfully happened in Boston, NY, DC and Pennsylvania. If you live in other places, you really aren’t immune. There are plenty of nut jobs to go around.

- Aggie

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Can He Call It, Or What?

Not only about Israel, but especially about America. Especially about today’s America:


Don’t even look at me, Jew-boy.

“Israel, with her survival at stake, cannot afford to take chances…. The nature of the Israeli’s situation is bound to influence their interpretation of ambiguous events. We, on the other hand, have an incentive to minimize such evidence, since the consequences of finding violations are so unpleasant. Violations force us to choose between doing something about them and thus risk the blowup of our initiative; or doing nothing and thus renege on our promises to Israel, posing the threat of her taking military action. Accordingly, we tend to lean over backwards to avoid the conclusion that the Arabs are violating the cease-fire unless the evidence is unambiguous.” Henry Kissinger to President Richard Nixon, 1970
[Henry Kissinger “White House Years", page 587]

He could have been writing about Barack Obama 43 years later.

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Jewish Deliveryman Awarded $900,000 For Enduring 16 Years Of Antisemitic Harassment

In NYC

A restaurant to avoid:

A New York restaurant deliveryman was awarded a $900,000 jury verdict for enduring 16 years of anti-Semitic harassment by three supervisors.

The jury in Brooklyn federal court reached a verdict in favor of Adam Wiercinski on Oct. 24 in four hours, the New York Post reported Monday.

Much of Wiercinski’s father’s family died at the hands of the Nazis, he told the newspaper. He said he had to explain what Zyklon B was to the jury, because they were “very young.”

“When I explain how it was used in the gas chambers, they were very serious. Everybody [in the courtroom] was silent,” he told the Post.

Supervisors also called him a “dirty Jew” and threw pennies at him while making anti-Semitic comments; they also docked his tips.

Wiercinski did not quit because he felt he was too old to get a new job, his attorney, Matthew Blit, told the newspaper.

So I wonder where this restaurant is? Mangia 57. Let’s see if we can find it. Here. 50 W. 57th.

Here’s more about Mangia 57:

A delivery man for the midtown (Manhattan) restaurant Mangia 57 has won a $900,000 jury verdict, payback for the anti-Semitic harassment heaped upon him by three supervisors at the eatery.

“It’s a very happy ending — I’m in another world,” said an ecstatic Adam Wiercinski, of Washington Heights.

“They would call him a ‘dirty Jew,’ and when he would say, ‘But I took a bath,’ they would laugh and say, ‘No, you still smell like Jew,’” said his lawyer Matthew Blit.

Nightshift manager Artur Zbozien often “passed gas” in front of Wiercinski, and would then joke that the gas was Zyklon B, the poison used in Nazi gas chambers during the Holocaust, according to the Brooklyn federal court lawsuit.

“How can I explain to you — he passed wind, loudly,” Wiercinski told The Post of Zbozien. “Everybody laughed, and then he said, ‘See? this is your Zyklon B, you stupid Jew.’

“My father had six siblings — only two of them survived in what is now the Ukraine,” he said.

“I had to explain to the members of the jury, what is Zyklon B,” he added. “Because they were very young; they do not know. When I explain how it was used in the gas chambers, they were very serious. Everybody [in the courtroom] was silent.”

Other supervisors would dock Wiercinski’s tips, call him a “Jewish pederast,” and throw pennies at him, again making anti-Semitic jokes, the lawsuit said.

Wiercinski worked at the W. 57 St. restaurant from 1992 until 2008, staying despite the abuse because, “He was 50 years old,” explained Blit. “He said, ‘Who else is going to hire a 50-year-old delivery man.’ He was afraid.”

Jurors heard just three days of testimony last week, including supporting accounts from three of Wiercinski’s outraged co-workers. Much of the testimony was in Polish, the language used by many of the restaurant’s employees. The jury reached a verdict in just four hours, Blit said.

“He’s in shock,” the lawyer said of Wiercinski’s reaction to the hefty jury award.

“He was so happy. It’s a moral victory for him.”

Employees at the restaurant and caterer, which has three Manhattan locations, have denied the harassment took place. The restaurant is expected to seek that the verdict be tossed out or reduced; calls to their attorney were not immediately returned.

It is important that people know about this and avoid that restaurant.

- Aggie

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Surprise! NPR Spins The News

Obama approval down to 37%

It is well-known that most people read only the first couple of lines of a “news” story. What do the first few lines of this bedtime story say?

Americans are holding Republicans primarily responsible for the partial government shutdown as public esteem sinks for all players in the impasse, President Barack Obama among them, according to a new poll. It’s a struggle with no heroes.

The Associated Press-GfK survey, out Wednesday, affirms expectations by many in Washington — Republicans among them — that the GOP may end up taking the biggest hit in public opinion from the fiscal paralysis, just as that party did when much of the government closed 17 years ago. But the situation is fluid nine days into the shutdown and there’s plenty of disdain to go around.

Overall, 62 percent mainly blamed Republicans for the shutdown. About half said Obama or the Democrats in Congress bear much responsibility.

I happened to hear Obama bloviate for what seemed like an hour on NPR yesterday afternoon. Republicans, I’ve got news for you. He doesn’t like you. He really doesn’t like you. He thinks you are clinically insane – “out of touch with reality”, the definition of clinical insanity. He thinks you are mean and rotten to the core. And he’s not going to negotiate with you. He doesn’t like you at all. Not at all.

So, half of the United States, give or take, is not too popular with the most powerful man on the planet.

The poll found that the tea party is more than a gang of malcontents in the political landscape, as its supporters in Congress have been portrayed by Democrats. Rather, it’s a sizable — and divisive — force among Republicans. More than 4 in 10 Republicans identified with the tea party and were more apt than other Republicans to insist that their leaders hold firm in the standoff over reopening government and avoiding a default of the nation’s debt in coming weeks.

Most Americans disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, the poll suggests, with 53 percent unhappy with his performance and 37 percent approving of it. Congress is scraping rock bottom, with a ghastly approval rating of 5 percent.

It is a testimony to how out of touch Democrats are that they do not understand the depth of support for the Tea Party, and they don’t understand why Americans feel this way. It is a testimony to how nutty and poorly educated the nation at large is that 37% of the public still approves of the job Obama is doing. And some of those who disapprove wish that he were more authoritarian, not more of a small ‘d’ democratic.

Oh well. What do you think? Are you angry with any or all of them? Or not? I find that I just can’t work up the anger, but I suppose that is because I’m not trying to vacation in a National Park (or to photograph Mt. Rushmore), I’m not dying of cancer and I don’t need a clinical trial, I’m not furloughed, and I’m not a WWII vet trying to get to my monument in DC who was stopped by goons. On the other hand, I’m not an illegal alien who got to party on the National Mall yesterday with police support and the blessing of the Obama administration. I’m not Obama, who has his golf course open and ready. I’m just a cranky, jet-lagged, middle-aged, middle-class American who is so sad for the loss of cohesiveness in her country.

- Aggie

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Tired Of The Government? Why Not Rampage?

That’s the latest excuse for mass murder.

Aaron Alexis was so unhappy with his life in America — where he was beset by money woes and felt slighted as a veteran — that he was “ready to move out of the country” last year, a friend said Tuesday.

Aaron Alexis, the man police say shot and killed 12 people in a Washington Navy Yard, reportedly called police to complain about people following him and that he was hearing voices. He sought mental health treatment from a nearby VA hospital, officials said. NBC’s Pete Williams reports.
“He was tired of dealing with the government,” said Kristi Suthamtewkal, whose husband owns the Thai Bowl Restaurant in Fort Worth, where Alexis worked in exchange for room and board.
But instead of leaving the U.S., the former Navy reservist relocated from Texas to Virginia, where an IT company called The Experts put him on a government contract at the Washington Navy Yard.
A day after Alexis, 34, gunned down 12 people at the yard, new details emerged of his troubled past — from his preoccupation with 9/11 to recent mental problems that included hearing voices in his head.

Investigators said Tuesday that a preliminary probe has turned up no evidence that Alexis participated in rescue operations at Ground Zero, as his father once told police.
He was, however, employed as a clerical worker at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, in the shadow of the Twin Towers, when they were destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001.
“He talked about 9/11 and where he was and how the buildings had collapsed and he couldn’t believe that…and how he was upset with the terrorists for taking innocent lives,” Suthamtewkal said.

It seems pretty obvious that he had a psychotic break, but the economy doesn’t seem to have helped him much.

- Aggie

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