FBI: ISIS is bent on killing more Western journalists

An FBI bulletin released late last week informs that the agency has recently received “credible information” indicating that Islamic State terrorists have been “tasked with kidnapping journalists.”

The ISIS terrorists, who recently executed two American journalists in the Middle East, have described Western reporters in the region as “desirable targets” for kidnapping and execution in response to U.S. airstrikes.

“The FBI assesses, based on open source statements and postings, that [ISIL] members and supporters view members of the US media establishment as legitimate targets for retribution attacks as the US-led air campaign against ISIL in Iraq and Syria continues,” the FBI bulletin states. “Online supporters of ISIL have called — via various social media sites — for retaliation against the United States and US interests abroad, especially since US-led air strikes in Iraq and Syria began.”

According to the FBI, members of an ISIS-affiliated group have been tasked with kidnapping journalists working in the Middle East and returning them to Syria.

The FBI bulletin also references an online post allegedly created by an ISIS sympathizer titled, “A Message to 2.6 Million Muslims in the United States: This Is How To Respond to Obama’s War on Islam,” which called on extremists to target American reporters, talk show hosts and anchors. The post deemed media personalities “proved to be biased” and prioritized targets for execution.

EPA official calls climate change a major concern for Americans as Weather Channel founder and 9,000 scientists insist it doesn’t exist

Speaking Friday at a Conference on Energy and the Environment at Georgetown University, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy insisted that climate change is an “overwhelmingly” major area of concern for Americans.

“From all the recent public opinion work out there on climate change, what stands out to me is this: First, people overwhelmingly consider climate change a problem, and they want action. And second, what’s even more impressive, is the overwhelming support specifically for EPA action to curb carbon pollution from power plants,” the official said.

Of course, recent polling data out from Gallup refutes the EPA official’s claim, as CNS News noted:

[O]nly 40 percent of respondents identified climate change as either a “very important” or and “extremely important” factor in their votes. That was well behind the second-lowest-ranking concern, which was abortion and access to contraception, which was considered an important factor by 50 percent of respondents.

Likewise, a Gallup poll in March 2014 found that only 24 percent of Americans worried a great deal about climate change. In that poll, both “climate change” and “quality of the environment” were near the bottom of a list of 15 issues Gallup asked Americans to rate.

Government’s path of least resistance for would-be homeowners

After a disastrous housing market crash exacerbated by artificially depressed pricing points for lower-income, first-time homeowners, you’d think the people in charge of crafting loan policy in the U.S. would have learned a thing or two about the realistic cost of entry into the housing market.

But this is the government. According to Bloomberg’s Megan McArdle, the lessons of the housing crisis of the early 2000s appear to be little more than a distant, fuzzy memory for regulators.

“We just spent six years learning, the very hard way, that you can’t borrow yourself rich,” she wrote last week. “That knowledge is too expensive to throw away so easily.”

At issue is the current push by progressive groups, lawmakers and some in the mortgage industry to lower down payments on homes for first-time buyers so that they can get in the door before having to worry about paying the lifetime cost of their loan.

“The government agencies that drive most of the housing market are pushing for lower down-payment standards on mortgages, easing the 20 percent requirement that has become standard for much of the market,” McArdle wrote. But, she warns, the large pool of buyers who take advantage of the low-threshold approach isn’t homogenously free of the risk of default. And they’re unlikely to see any growth in the value of their property unless the housing market swells throughout the life of their loan:

Judicial Watch: Valerie Jarrett recruited to spin Fast and Furious scandal for Eric Holder

We’ll probably be seeing more stories like these in coming days, as Judicial Watch pores over the 1,323 pages of document names the Department of Justice handed over to a federal court last week.

Judicial Watch, the nonprofit government watchdog suing the DOJ for the release of Fast and Furious information that President Obama has so far kept secret under an assertion of executive privilege, wrote Friday that Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett entered the picture just as the scandal was starting to hit the news.

It appears that Holder jumped on the scandal by seeking advice from Jarrett immediately after investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson released an October 2011 story showing that Holder was aware of the operation for far longer than he had previously admitted, under oath, to Congressional investigators.

From Judicial Watch:

Practically lost in the 1,000-plus pages of records is an index that shows Jarrett was brought in to manage the fact that Holder lied to Congress after the story about the disastrous gun-running operation broke in the media. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) ran the once-secret program that allowed guns from the U.S. to be smuggled into Mexico so they could eventually be traced to drug cartels. Instead, federal law enforcement officers lost track of hundreds of weapons which have been used in an unknown number of crimes, including the murder of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Arizona.

Ted Cruz welcomed by some Senate candidates, shunned by others

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Sen. Ted Cruz will spend Saturday in Georgia pitching voters on David Perdue. That will bring to three the number of Senate nominees the Texas Tea Partier has clasped hands with this fall.

Republican hopes to reclaim the Senate hinge on eight to 10 crucial races. Cruz, one of several senators eyeing the White House in 2016 and by far the most divisive in either party, has been doing his part. He’s sent checks to some candidates, raised money for others and donated generously to the party’s Senate campaign arm.

He’s also stumped where he’s been invited, which turns out to be a limited number of contested states: Iowa, Kansas and Georgia. He’ll be in Alaska the weekend before Election Day, an aide said Wednesday.

In other battlegrounds where moderate voters hold the key, such as Colorado and North Carolina, Cruz isn’t the go-to guy. The 16-day government shutdown he instigated a year ago remains unpopular — one of several reasons that for each candidate who welcomes Cruz, there are more for whom his embrace would be toxic.

Obama who?

It’s not as if President Barack Obama is the first chief executive to get the cold shoulder from his party subordinates during election season. President George W. Bush wasn’t swamped with invitations to come rally the troops during the 2006 midterms. And the Democrats treated President Bill Clinton like the proverbial creepy uncle in both 1994 and 1998 — although he was probably too busy during both occasions to care much. In 1994, he was chasing chubby interns around the Oval Office. In 1998, he was perjuring himself in front of a grand jury about chasing chubby interns around the Oval Office.

But I can’t recall a time like this. At the depths of Bush’s popularity in 2006, GOP senators and congressmen might not have been ringing the Oval Office phone off the hook; but they weren’t pretending they didn’t even know the number. And they certainly never tried to convince an already-skeptical electorate that they didn’t vote for him. Even as Clinton was facing impeachment — and later, disbarment — for his peccadillos, the Democrats might have forgotten to add him to the invitation list; but they never barred the door to the ballroom.

50 Percent Of American Workers Make Less Than 28,031 Dollars A Year

Real Median Household Income 2014The Social Security Administration has just released wage statistics for 2013, and the numbers are startling.  Last year, 50 percent of all American workers made less than $28,031, and 39 percent of all American workers made less than $20,000.  If you worked a full-time job at $10 an hour all year long with two weeks off, you would make $20,000.  So the fact that 39 percent of all workers made less than that amount is rather telling.  This is more evidence of the declining quality of the jobs in this country.  In many homes in America today, both parents are working multiple jobs in a desperate attempt to make ends meet. Our paychecks are stagnant while the cost of living just continues to soar.  And the jobs that are being added to the economy pay a lot less than the jobs lost in the last recession.  In fact, it has been estimated that the jobs that have been created since the last recession pay an average of 23 percent less than the jobs that were lost.  We are witnessing the slow-motion destruction of the middle class, and very few of our leaders seem to care.

Solar Storm 14 Times Larger Than Earth Could Unleash A Society-Crippling Electromagnetic Pulse

Solar Storm - Public DomainDid you know that a storm 14 times larger than the Earth is happening on the sun right now?  Earlier this week, it unleashed a flare which was a million times more powerful than all of the nuclear weapons in existence combined.  Fortunately, that flare was not directed at us.  But now the area of the sun where this solar storm is located is rotating toward Earth.  An eruption on the sun at just the right time and at just the right angle could result in a society-crippling electromagnetic pulse blasting this planet.  So if your computers, cell phones and electronic equipment get fried at some point over the next few weeks, you will know what is probably to blame.  Such an electromagnetic pulse has hit our planet before, and as you will read about below, some very prominent voices are warning that it will happen again.  It is just a matter of time.

Scientists tell us that the absolutely massive sunspot group that has recently formed on the sun is highly unusual.  NASA has described it as “crackling” with magnetic energy.  The mainstream media has not been paying too much attention to it, but this sunspot group is potentially extremely dangerous.

Survey: Voters with GOP on key issues, but hold favorable view of Democrats

Closing in on the 2014 midterm elections, a majority of likely American voters agree with Republicans on key issues. But Democrats continue to enjoy a more positive image than politicians on the right.

That’s according to the latest numbers out from the pollsters at Pew Research.

Republicans led Democrats by 17 points when voters were asked about the parties’ ability to handle terror threats, by 15 points on budgetary matters, by 6 points on the economy and by 5 points on immigration.

“However,” Pew points out, “the Democrats have advantages on a number of qualities and traits — from honesty to empathy and a willingness to compromise. And on some dimensions, the Republican Party is viewed less positively by voters than it was just prior to the 2010 election, when it captured the House.”

Democrats led by 22 points when voters were asked about each party’s commitment to bipartisanship, 21 points on being empathetic to the needs of people, and 8 points on honesty and ethics.

According to the poll, voters deem Democrats better able to handle the nation’s healthcare (by 6 points), they believe Republicans can better manage the federal government overall (by 3 points).

Behind the scenes, U.S. officials fret about ISIS attacks on homeland

Even after the deadly terror attacks in Canada this week, some Democrats continue to insist that the Islamic State poses no threat to the U.S. homeland. But the apologist rhetoric from the left aimed at easing worries over President Obama’s ISIS aloofness is upended by a recently released government bulletin warning of impending ISIS attacks on U.S. law enforcement.

The October 2014 intelligence bulletin revealed by Breitbart Texas comes from the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI and is titled “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and Its Supporters Encouraging Attacks Against Law Enforcement and Government Personnel.” It focuses largely on Internet chatter about possible ISIS threats to the U.S.

“While we have no information indicating any ongoing plotting within the Homeland, FBI and DHS would like to ensure law enforcement and government personnel are aware that ISIL and its supporters continue to issue threats online,” the bulletin states.

One online call to action discussed in the document is attributed to ISIS spokesperson Abu Muhammad al-Adnani. A translation of a recorded message delivered by the terror affiliate calls on ISIS sympathizers to conduct domestic “lone wolf” attacks on Western “soldiers, patrons, and troops… their police, security, and intelligence members.”

Obama claims executive privilege for Eric Holder’s wife, mother in Fast and Furious lawsuit

The Obama administration met its Oct. 22 deadline for submitting a listing of all the Fast and Furious papers for which it’s claiming executive privilege for the Department of Justice, giving Judicial Watch — the plaintiff in the lawsuit against the DOJ to share the actual documents — its first look at what kind of stuff the government is trying to hide.

Among the 15,662 documents listed in the “Vaughn Index” the DOJ submitted are some interesting things. The department is claiming that its assertion of executive privilege extends to the wife of Attorney General Eric Holder, as well as his mother.

From Judicial Watch:

The document details the Attorney General Holder’s personal involvement in managing the Justice Department’s strategy on media and Congressional investigations into the Fast and Furious scandal. Notably, the document discloses that emails between Attorney General Holder and his wife Sharon Malone — as well as his mother — are being withheld under an extraordinary claim of executive privilege as well as a dubious claim of deliberative process privilege under the Freedom of Information Act. The “First Lady of the Justice Department” is a physician and not a government employee.

D.C. making it ‘as difficult as possible’ to acquire handguns despite court order

Last month, the Washington, D.C., city council grudgingly agreed to revise a local ordinance to bring the city into compliance with a judge’s order mandating a path to concealed carry for residents.

Now, it appears that the city is doing all it can to make it prohibitively inconvenient and expensive for anyone thinking about actually taking advantage of the change.

The new ordinance isn’t exactly 2nd Amendment-friendly, requiring anyone who wants a permit to finish an 18-hour training course and ensuring that law enforcement has the final say in whether a person truly needs a concealed carry permit.

And city administration is dragging its feet to live up to its own end of fulfilling even those mandates, offering a passive resistance to the change that, according to the Washington Time, is “emblematic of the city’s reluctant scramble to comply with the July order that overturned the District’s ban on carrying handguns in public.” It’s charging $75 just to apply for a permit and requires firearms instructors who wish to provide the mandatory training to shell out a $435 fee.

From the Times:

The District’s newly minted concealed carry laws require gun owners seeking permits to complete 18 hours of firearms training.

Coburn releases his final government Wastebook

Outgoing Sen. Tom Coburn’s final rendition of his government Wastebook was released this week, chronicling $25 billion worth of wasteful spending on 100 “silly, unnecessary, and low priority projects.”

“Washington politicians are more focused on their own political futures than the future of our country,” Coburn declares in the introduction of the publication. “And with no one watching over the vast bureaucracy, the problem again isn’t just what Washington isn’t doing, but what it is doing.”

The lawmaker’s 182-page report provides example of government’s wasteful use of taxpayer dollars at all levels, pointing out examples everywhere from the Pentagon and Veterans Affairs Department to the National Science Foundation.

Here are just a few examples of the sort of waste Coburn highlights:

  • $4.6 million spent by Customs and Border Patrol for luxury homes for temporary agents.
  • $48.6 million spent by the Department of Homeland Security for vehicles which are not being used.
  • $331,000 spent by the National Science Foundation to examine how spouses interact with voodoo dolls when they are hungry and angry.
  • $16 billion for the Department of Defense to destroy ammunition.
  • $450,000 in Department of Homeland Security spending on gym memberships.

The USA PATRIOT Act is anything but patriotic

We are fast approaching an ignominious date in American history. Sunday, Oct. 26, will mark the 13th anniversary of the signing of the USA PATRIOT Act.

The clever wordsmiths in the halls of power gave the act a high-sounding name. But like most laws passed by the psychopaths in the Washington cesspool, the law is the opposite of its name.

Ostensibly designed to combat terrorism — the name is an acronym for “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism” — the act was passed quickly and immediately signed into law just over a month after 9/11 and in reality opened the door for a growing government surveillance state and the loss of basic American liberties.

“Patriotism” throughout history has covered a multitude of mischief. We are seeing it now.

It is frightening how simple the American people are and how easily they are manipulated simply because they are intellectually lazy.

The Obamacare news just keeps getting worse

Those 30,000 Wal-Mart employees who are losing their health insurance aren’t alone. There’s another huge wave of cancellations of health plans coming.

Fox News reported that 13 states and the District of Columbia are cancelling plans that are not in compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Virginia will be the hardest hit, with some 250,000 families losing their health insurance.

Of course, all of the plans being canceled now weren’t in compliance a year ago. But back then, President Obama asked that they be granted a reprieve from enforcement. That is now coming to an end. As a result, hundreds of thousands more people will lose their health insurance.

Remember President Obama’s often-repeated promise, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it?” PolitiFact labeled that one its “Lie of the Year” in 2013. More than 4 million people received notices last year that their healthcare plan was being canceled.

Now, more cancellations are inevitable. Plus, a ton of people who will retain their health insurance are seeing staggering increases in what they have to pay. The average increase is reported to be 8 percent, but some unlucky folks are getting hit with premium increases of 30 percent or more. Ouch!

Is Ebola or Obama more toxic to America?

Hi. I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. From my commentaries the past few weeks, you know I’m concerned about a potential Ebola pandemic inside America. Nonetheless, Ebola is a worry about a potential problem, a theoretical problem. No one knows yet how much damage Ebola can do to America.

On the other hand, we have already experienced the damage, destruction and pain of Obama. Let’s compare Ebola to Obama.

Ebola: So far, one dead and two nurses infected.

Obama: Almost 50 million Americans on food stamps, 108 million on welfare or other entitlement programs and an all-time record number on disability. More than $3.7 trillion has been spent on welfare over the past five years under Obama.

Ebola: The healthcare, decontamination and security costs for Ebola are frightening. Each patient could cost in excess of $1 million to treat. But so far, there are only a handful of patients. Ebola is with us for weeks or months. Then it’s gone.

Obama: The $7 trillion in debt added by Obama (so far) will cause decades of pain for American consumers and taxpayers, damage middle-class quality of life and reduce U.S. economic growth for many generations to come.

Low Inflation? The Price Of Ground Beef Has Risen 17 Percent Over The Past Year

Inflation Public DomainThanks to the Federal Reserve, the middle class is slowly being suffocated by rising food prices.  Every single dollar in your wallet is constantly becoming less valuable because of the inflation the Fed systematically creates.  And if you try to build wealth by saving money and earning interest on it, you still lose because thanks to the Federal Reserve’s near zero interest rate policies banks pay next to nothing on savings accounts.  The Federal Reserve wants you to either spend your money or to put it in the giant casino that we call the stock market.  But when Americans spend their paychecks they are finding that they don’t stretch as far as they once did.  The cost of living continues to rise at a much faster pace than wages are rising, and this is especially true when it comes to the price of food.

Someone that I know wrote to me today and let me know that she had to shut down the food pantry that she had been running for the poor for so many years.  It isn’t that she didn’t want to help the poor anymore.  It was that she just couldn’t deal with the rising food prices any longer.  Now she is just doing the best that she can to survive herself.