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Reader Selected News For Week Jun 21 – Jun 27

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This article was posted by Steve on Friday, June 20th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Reader Selected News For Week Jun 21 – Jun 27”

  1. canary says:

    International Business Times: Fears Of Islamic Extremists Prompt Surprise Birmingham School Inspections

    Reuters: By Marcy Kreiter – June 08 2014

    The Daily Telegraph reported the 21 schools at the center of the controversy put on bogus “shows of cultural inclusivity” to convince inspectors they promoted religious harmony.

    “Protecting our children is one of the first duties of government and that is why the issue of alleged Islamist extremism in Birmingham schools demands a robust response,” Prime Minister David Cameron said.

    A leaked draft report from the Education Funding Agency indicates the Park View Educational Trust schools have “taken the Islamic focus too far,” the BBC reported.

    In some classes, the report noted, girls and boys were segregated.

    Education Secretary Michael Gove said it is clear “schools have used the (advance) notice they have been given of inspections to evade proper scrutiny.”


    This is been going on a long time, giving them warning was foolish.

    • canary says:

      More evidence the UK’s youth are joining ISIS and entering Iraq

      DailyMail: ‘Send your own Children First’: Message from distraught father of British-born ISIS fighters to the UK extremists who brainwashed his sons

      He went to same Cardiff sixth-form as fellow ISIS member Reyaad Khan

      By Sam Webb – June 22 2014

      Ahmed Muthana, 57, from Cardiff has begged his boys Nasser and Aseel to come home after Nasser, 20, appeared in a video urging other British-born Muslims to join ISIS’ campaign of terror and execution.

      Nasser has now been joined in the troubled region by his 17-year-old brother Aseel to fight alongside the Islamic extremists
      battling the Iraqi army and Kurdish militia.

      When asked where he believes his son became radicalised, he said: ‘In the mosque. We don’t know which one.’

      Four key Iraqi towns fall to ISIS militants backed by Sunni Muslim fighters as country teeters on brink of sectarian conflict

      The jihadist schoolboy dubbed ‘Osama Bin Bieber’: Teenager from Coventry ‘fighting alongside ISIS terrorists in Iraq and Syria’

      Nasser attended St David’s Catholic sixth-form college in Cardiff,

      the same place as Reyaad Khan, 20, who also appears in the professionally-edited video, boasting of his allegiance to the murderous terrorists of ISIS while holding an assault rifle.

      The three men have joined the estimated 500 Britons who have been radicalised and gone to fight in the Middle East.

      Nasser had taken £100 from his father to go on an Islamic seminar in Shrewsbury in November, but instead went to Syria.

      Three months later his brother Aseel, 17, left the house saying he was going to a friend’s for the night,

      but the following evening it transpired that

      Aseel had obtained a second passport by lying about his age and was in Cyprus, travelling to Syria.

      In the 13-minute recruitment film, taken as the men were about to cross from Syria into Iraq,

      Khan appears under the name ‘Brother Abu Dujana al Hindi – from Britain’, saying:…

      ‘He was a Muslim but nothing this extreme, although over the last couple of years you could see he was becoming more of a stronger Muslim through his Facebook posts.’

      Khan appears on a list of Britons accepted to study at Madinah University in Saudi Arabia in 2013/14 and his Facebook profile picture is now a jihadist symbol..

      On March 9 this year he posted a comment, writing: ‘This video is of ad-dawlatul Islamia fil Iraq wa ash-Sham (ISIS).

      By the permission of Allah we control all of Raqqa in Syria

      all the way to Fallujah in Iraq.


      I omitted the grief and sorrow of his parents who had their children in Catholic schools.
      The public schools are being ran by Islam and the mosques.

      Boko Haram aka Al-Qaeda, Kerry ilks bomb medical school.

      Explosion blamed on Islamic extremists rocks medical school in Kano city, kills 8, wounds 12

  2. canary says:

    Obama and Biden were dishonest about Iraq.

    Excerpts. Entire article at link below

    The Atlantic: Obama’s Disastrous Iraq Policy: An Autopsy

    The president ignored the country and its increasingly dictatorial prime minister for years.

    By Peter Beinart – June 23, 2014 –

    A few months before the 2010 elections, according to Dexter Filkins in The New Yorker,

    “American diplomats in Iraq sent a rare dissenting cable to Washington,
    complaining that the U.S., with its combination of support and indifference, was encouraging Maliki’s authoritarian tendencies.”

    According to Filkins, one American diplomat in Iraq resigned in disgust.

    Yet as Ned Parker, the Reuters bureau chief in Baghdad, later detailed, “Washington quickly disengaged from actually ensuring that the provisions of the deal were implemented.” In his book, The Dispensable Nation, Vali Nasr, who worked at the State Department at the time, notes that the “fragile power-sharing arrangement … required close American management. But the Obama administration had no time or energy for that

    On December 12, 2011, just days before the final U.S. troops departed Iraq, Maliki visited the White House.

    According to Nasr, he told Obama that Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi, an Iraqiya leader and the highest-ranking Sunni in his government, supported terrorism.

    Maliki, argues Nasr, was testing Obama, probing to see how the U.S. would react if he began cleansing his government of Sunnis.

    Obama replied that it was a domestic Iraqi affair.

    After the meeting, Nasr claims, Maliki told aides, “See! The Americans don’t care.”

    In public remarks after the meeting,

    Obama praised Maliki for leading “Iraq’s most inclusive government yet.”

    Iraq’s Deputy Prime Minister, Saleh al-Mutlaq, another Sunni, told CNN he was “shocked” by the president’s comments.

    “There will be a day,” he predicted, “whereby the Americans will realize that they were deceived by al-Maliki … and they will regret that.”

    Yet, in public at least, the Obama administration still acted as if all was well.

    …March 2013, …

    In a Los Angeles Times op-ed later that month, Iraq expert Henri Barkey called the move “another nail in the coffin for a unified Iraq.” Iraq, he warned, “is on its way to dissolution, and the United States is doing nothing to stop it” because “Washington seems petrified about crossing Maliki.”

    That fall, Maliki prepared to visit the White House again.

    Three days before he arrived, Emma Sky, the former adviser to General Odierno, co-authored a New York Times op-ed entitled “Maliki’s Democratic Farce,” in which she argued that,

    “Too often, Mr. Maliki has misinterpreted American backing for his government as a carte blanche for uncompromising behavior.”

    The day before Maliki arrived, six senators—including Democrats Carl Levin and Robert Menendez—sent the White House a letter warning…

    Still, in his public remarks, Obama didn’t even hint that Maliki was doing anything wrong.

    After meeting his Iraqi counterpart on November 1, Obama told the press that, “we appreciate Prime Minister Maliki’s commitment to … ensuring a strong, prosperous, inclusive, and democratic Iraq,”…”

    Vice President Biden—the administration’s point man on Iraq—was now talking to Maliki frequently.

    But according to White House summaries of Biden’s calls,

    he still spent more time praising the Iraqi leader than pressuring him.

    On January 8, the vice president “encouraged the Prime Minister to continue the Iraqi government’s outreach to local, tribal, and national leaders.”

    On January 26, “The Vice President commended the Government of Iraq’s commitment to integrate tribal forces fighting AQI/ISIL into Iraqi security forces.”


    The problem is that it took Obama five years to publicly say so—or do anything about it—despite pleas from numerous Iraq experts, some close to his own administration.

    Very long article: Read more

    • canary says:

      Notice the liberal media left out the failure of Hillary Clinton’s Disastrous Iraq Policy.

  3. canary says:

    Update: VA is Now Changing Dead Veterans List to Make them Alive and Still Living
    Whistle-Blower Sobs as She Tells CNN in Interview the Cover-up. Full article and shocking interview at link below.

    CNN: VA Deaths Covered Up to Make Statistics Look Better, Whistle-Blower Says

    By Scott Bronstein, Drew Griffin and Nelli Black, CNN Investigations – June 23, 2014

    CNN) — Records of dead veterans were changed or physically altered, some even in recent weeks, to hide how many people died while waiting for care at the Phoenix VA hospital,

    a whistle-blower told CNN in stunning revelations that point to a new coverup in the ongoing VA scandal.

    “Deceased” notes on files were removed to make statistics look better,

    so veterans would not be counted as having died while waiting for care, Pauline DeWenter said.

    DeWenter is the actual scheduling clerk at the Phoenix VA who said for the better part of a year she was ordered by supervisors to manage and handle the so-called “secret waiting list,” where veterans’ names of those seeking medical care were often placed, sometimes left for months with no care at all.
    VA whistleblower: They shut me up Rep. Miller on ‘unconscionable’ VA action Outrage: VA bill fattening, not fixing

    Veteran not evaluated for eight years

    For these reasons, DeWenter is among the most important and central people to the Phoenix VA scandal over a secret wait list, veterans’ wait times and deaths.

    Records changed

    It was one of DeWenter’s roles to call veterans when appointments became available to schedule them to get a consultation.

    Sometimes when she made those calls, she’d find that the veteran had died, so she would enter that on their records.

    But at least seven times since last October, records that showed that veterans died while waiting for care — records which DeWenter personally handled and had entered in details of veterans’ deaths — were physically altered, or written over, by someone else, DeWenter said in an exclusive interview with CNN.

    The changes, or re-writes, listed the veterans as living, not deceased, essentially hiding their deaths.

    The alterations had even occurred in recent weeks, she said, in a deliberate attempt to try to hide just how many veterans died while waiting for care, by trying to pretend dead veterans remain alive.

    “Because by doing that, that placed (the veterans) back on the wait list,” said DeWenter, explaining she believes that the purpose of “bringing them back to life” in the paperwork and putting the veterans back on the electronic waiting list was to hide the fact that veterans died waiting for care.

    This was at a time when the VA was paying bonuses to senior staff whose facilities met the goals of providing care in a timely manner for veterans, typically within 14 days.

    The teams include criminal investigators. The VA’s Office of Inspector General also has investigators in 69 other locations, looking into charges of other data manipulation, delays and deaths, and allegations of whistle-blower retaliation.

    Report: Veterans neglected for years in VA facility

    It has been an horrific year for DeWenter. In early 2013, the waiting list at the Phoenix VA was so long that 1,700 veterans were on it, and many vets could not get an appointment for as much as nine months, or longer, DeWenter said.

    Then came the call she had to make in early December. She finally had an appointment available for a Navy veteran who had come to the VA months earlier urinating blood.

    “I called the family. And that’s when I found out that he was dead,” she said.

    Barnes-Breen told CNN she was incensed, as Breen had just passed away. “I said, ‘Really, you’re a little too late, sweetheart,'” she told CNN previously.

    DeWenter believes her information on what she says is an ongoing coverup at the Phoenix VA is in the hands of the FBI.


  4. canary says:

    Obama Paying near Half a Billion dollars to Central America to Send More Immigrants. (150,000 more are expected to come)

    FreeRepublican: Obama to Give Central American Countries $250 Mil to Send More Illegals

    By Daniel Greenfield – 6/23/2014

    Officially this money is supposed to discourage illegal immigration, in reality it sends the message that if a lot of illegal aliens from your country come and create a crisis, the United States will send you huge piles of money.

    It encourages the very behavior that it claims to be discouraging.
    The White House announced $254.6 million in new aid for Central American countries today.

    The money will go toward returning unaccompanied minors who travel to the U.S. illegally to their families and fostering youth centered programs in their home countries, the White House said this afternoon.

    The assistance to the governments of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras announced today is

    in addition to the $130 million in aid the U.S. already provides those countries in economic assistance.

    And the governments are reacting entirely predictable… with more blackmail demands.

    “As long as (U.S.) immigration reform is not approved, the exodus of children to the United States will continue,” Jorge Ramon Hernandez, the senior representative of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, said at the talks.


  5. canary says:


    New Book Claims Hillary’s Health Problems Far More Serious than Reported

    By Thomas Lifson – Jun 23 2014

    The new book by Ed Klein on the Clintons versus the Obamas, Blood Feud, is being previewed in the media. And some of the information (largely based on anonymous sources) is explosive. Drudge has the latest:

    Page 193

    To begin with, Hillary fainted while she was working in her seventh-floor office at the State Department,

    not at home,

    as Reines told the media. She was treated at the State Department’s infirmary and then, at her own insistence, taken to Whitehaven to recover.

    However, as soon as Bill appeared on the scene and was able to assess Hillary’s condition for himself, he ordered that she be immediately flown to New York–Presbyterian Hospital in the Fort Washington section of Manhattan.

    While she was at the hospital, doctors diagnosed Hillary with several problems.

    She had a right transverse venous thrombosis, or a blood clot between her brain and skull.
    She had developed the clot in one of the veins that drains blood from the brain to the heart.
    The doctors explained that blood stagnates when you spend a lot of time on airplanes, and Hillary had clocked countless hours flying around the world.

    To make matters worse, it turned out that Hillary had an intrinsic tendency to form clots and faint.

    In addition to the fainting spell she suffered in Buffalo a few years before, she had fainted boarding her plane in Yemen, fallen and fractured her elbow in 2009, and suffered other unspecified fainting episodes.

    Several years earlier, she had developed a clot in her leg and was put on anticoagulant therapy by her doctor.

    However, she had foolishly stopped taking her anticoagulant medicine, which might have explained the most recent thrombotic event.

    “The unique thing about clotting in the brain is that it could have transformed into a stroke,” said a cardiac specialist with knowledge of Hillary’s condition.

    Page 195

    According to a source close to Hillary, a thorough medical examination revealed that Hillary’s tendency to form clots was the least of her problems.

    She also suffered from a thyroid condition, which was common among women of her age, and her fainting spells indicated there was
    an underlying heart problem as well.
    A cardiac stress test indicated that her heart rhythm and heart valves were not normal. Put into layman’s language, her heart valves were not pumping in a steady way.

    However, sources who dis- cussed Hillary’s medical condition with her were told that Hillary’s doctors considered performing valve-replacement surgery. They ultimately decided against it. Still, before they released Hillary from the hospital,

    they warned Bill Clinton: “She has to be carefully monitored for the rest of her life.”


  6. canary says:

    ​RT: ISIS in Iraq stinks of CIA/NATO ‘dirty war’ op

    June 24, 2014


    US passports?

    Key members of ISIS it now emerges were trained by US CIA and Special Forces command at a secret camp in Jordan in 2012, according to informed Jordanian officials.

    The US, Turkish and Jordanian intelligence were running a training base for the Syrian rebels in the Jordanian town of Safawi in the country’s northern desert region, conveniently near the borders to both Syria and Iraq.

    Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the two Gulf monarchies most involved in funding the war against Syria’s Assad, financed the Jordan ISIS training.”

    This is no secret, and Hillary mentioned several times the US and approx 300 troops training rebels to overthrow Assad.

    Hillary and her master: “Step down Assad”. “Assad must step down because the US and the Syrian people want him to.” “Assad, it’s Arab Spring time for you.”

  7. Melly says:

    How Obamacare will control our lives.

    You may soon get a call from your doctor if you’ve let your gym membership lapse, made a habit of picking up candy bars at the check-out counter or begin shopping at plus-sized stores.

    That’s because some hospitals are starting to use detailed consumer data to create profiles on current and potential patients to identify those most likely to get sick, so the hospitals can intervene before they do.

    Information compiled by data brokers from public records and credit card transactions can reveal where a person shops, the food they buy, and whether they smoke. The largest hospital chain in the Carolinas is plugging data for 2 million people into algorithms designed to identify high-risk patients, while Pennsylvania’s biggest system uses household and demographic data. Patients and their advocates, meanwhile, say they’re concerned that big data’s expansion into medical care will hurt the doctor-patient relationship and threaten privacy.


    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      If ever there was an argument to go cash-only, this would be it. But next up will be the socialists clamping down on that via regulation.

      But then, the argument about “the poor” would surface so they’d have to manipulate that so it could be transmogrified into a problem for the republicans.

      Etc., etc., etc.

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