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Reader Selected News For Week Jun 7 – Jun 13

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This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, June 6th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

14 Responses to “Reader Selected News For Week Jun 7 – Jun 13”

  1. captstubby

    US job market recovers losses yet appears weaker
    US job market appears weaker despite recovery of positions lost to the Great Recession
    Associated Press.
    By Josh Boak and Christopher s. Rugaber, AP Economics Writers June 8, 2014
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy has finally regained the jobs lost to the Great Recession.
    Friday’s report from the government revealed an economy healing yet marked by deep and lasting scars. The downturn that began 6½ years ago accelerated wrenching changes that have left many Americans feeling worse off than they did the last time the economy had roughly the same number of jobs it does now.

    ALL TOGETHER NOW;
    ” ITS BUSH”S FAULT’

    Employers added 217,000 workers in May, more than enough to surpass the 138.4 million jobs that existed when the recession began in December 2007. But even as the unemployment rate has slipped to 6.3 percent from 10 percent at the depth of the recession, the economy still lacks its former firepower.
    To many economists, the job figures are both proof of the sustained recovery and evidence of a painful transformation in how Americans earn a living.

    US employers add 217K jobs; rate stays at 6.3 pct
    US added 217K jobs in May, 4th straight month of solid gains; unemployment rate stays 6.3 pct
    Associated Press.
    By Christopher s. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer June 6, 2014 10:41 AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added 217,000 jobs in May, a substantial gain for a fourth straight month, fueling hopes that the economy will accelerate after a grim start to the year.
    Monthly job growth has now averaged 234,000 for the past three months, up sharply from 150,000 in the previous three. The unemployment rate, which is calculated from a separate survey, remained 6.3 percent in May. That is the lowest rate in more than five years.
    The report Friday from the Labor Department signaled that the U.S. economy is steadily strengthening and outpacing struggling countries in Europe and Asia. U.S. consumers are showing more confidence. Auto sales have surged. Manufacturers are expanding steadily. Service companies are growing more quickly.
    Most economists expect annualized growth to reach 3 percent to 3.5 percent in the current second quarter and to top 3 percent for the rest of the year.
    Recent economic figures suggest that growth is accelerating.

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AT 8:30 A.M. EDT, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4, 2014
    CB 14-99
    BEA 14-23
    FT-900 (14-04)

    U.S. Census Bureau
    U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
    NEWS
    U.S. Department of Commerce * Washington, DC 20230
    U.S. INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN GOODS AND SERVICES
    April 2014

    Goods and Services The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, through the Department of Commerce, announced today that total April exports of $193.3 billion and imports of $240.6 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $47.2 billion, up from $44.2 billion in March, revised. April exports were $0.3 billion less than March exports of $193.7 billion. April imports were $2.7 billion more than March imports of $237.8 billion. In April, the goods deficit increased $3.3 billion from March to $65.8 billion, and the services surplus increased $0.2 billion from March to $18.6 billion. Exports of goods decreased $0.6 billion to $135.1 billion, and imports of goods increased $2.7 billion to $200.9 billion. Exports of services increased $0.3 billion to $58.2 billion, and imports of services increased $0.1 billion to $39.7 billion.

    The March to April decrease in exports of goods reflected decreases in capital goods ($0.3 billion); foods, feeds, and beverages ($0.3 billion); automotive vehicles, parts, and engines ($0.2 billion); and consumer goods ($0.1 billion). Increases occurred in industrial supplies and materials ($0.2 billion) and other goods ($0.1 billion). The March to April increase in imports of goods reflected increases in consumer goods ($1.1 billion); automotive vehicles, parts, and engines ($0.9 billion); capital goods ($0.8 billion); other goods ($0.3 billion); and foods, feeds, and beverages ($0.2 billion). A decrease occurred in industrial supplies and materials ($0.3 billion).

    EMBARGOED UNTIL RELEASE AT 8:30 A.M. EDT, THURSDAY, MAY 29, 2014
    BEA 14-21

    National Income and Product Accounts
    Gross Domestic Product: First Quarter 2014 (Second Estimate)
    Corporate Profits: First Quarter 2014 (Preliminary Estimate)
    Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States — decreased at an annual rate of 1.0 percent in the first quarter according to the “second” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the fourth quarter, real GDP increased 2.6 percent.
    The GDP estimate released today is based on more complete source data than were available for the “advance” estimate issued last month. In the advance estimate, real GDP was estimated to have increased 0.1 percent. With this second estimate for the first quarter, the decline in private inventory investment was larger than previously estimated (see “Revisions” on page 3). The decrease in real GDP in the first quarter primarily reflected negative contributions from private inventory investment, exports, nonresidential fixed investment, state and local government spending, and residential fixed investment that were partly offset by a positive contribution from personal consumption expenditures. (FOOD!)
    Imports, which are a subtraction in the calculation of GDP, increased.

    Not in Labor Force
    2014-05: 92,009 Thousands of Persons

    Or the politially incorrect numatical expression;
    92,009,000 human beings.
    http://research.stlouisfed.org.....NS15000000

  2. canary

    American Troops Killed by Taliban in Afghanistan

    BBC: Five Nato Troops Die in Afghanistan

    June 10 2014

    Most troops stationed in the south are American, but Nato has not confirmed the nationality of these casualties

    Taliban militants have stepped up attacks ahead of the planned withdrawal of most foreign troops from the country at the end of 2014.

    Southern Afghanistan is the heartland of the Taliban movement and insurgents frequently attack security forces in the region.

    Insurgents – who vowed to disrupt campaigning and voting – attacked the campaign rally of one of the contenders last week.
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27775676

    NYT reports on Taliban’s Resilience

    The New York Times: Assault on Pakistan Airport Signals Taliban’s Reach and Resilience

    By Declan Walshjune – Jun 9 2014

    LONDON —

    A squad of militant commandos, disguised as government security forces, stormed Karachi’s international airport after dark. They carried food, water and ammunition, apparently in preparation for a long siege, and big ambitions: perhaps to hijack a commercial airliner, government officials said Monday, or to blow up an oil depot, or to destroy airplanes on the tarmac.

    The 10 attackers were dead five hours later, shot by soldiers or blown up by their own suicide vests. Yet the audacious nature of the assault shook Pakistan to its core, offering a violent reminder that for all its divisions,

    the Taliban remain an astonishingly resilient force.

    Key to the Taliban’s strength is the web of alliances it has cultivated with fellow militant groups in North Waziristan, the tribal district along the Afghan border that since 2001 has evolved into a vibrant global hub of jihadi money, ideology and fighters — Punjabis, Chechens, Arabs, Central Asians, Afghan Taliban and a smattering of Westerners.

    The Taliban’s major ally is the Haqqani network, a formidable force in the Afghan insurgency that held the American soldier Bowe Bergdahl hostage for five years until his release on May 31.

    Chief among them are the Uzbeks, hard-bitten fighters who followed Osama bin Laden into Pakistan after September 2001, and who have since become an important element of the Taliban insurgency, offering Pakistan fighters what experts call a deep bench of militant training and expertise.

    The militants fought through the night as terrified passengers sat in airplanes stranded on the tarmac.

    Although some wealthy businessmen from Karachi have been kidnapped by the Taliban, most of the rich have insulated themselves from Taliban violence, which has most often targeted military bases, the police or markets where poor Pakistanis gather.

    In recent weeks, tribal elders from North Waziristan have held meetings with senior government officials in Peshawar — an indication, some say, that they are girding for an impending army operation.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06.....liban.html

  3. canary

    Resilent Taliban Bergdahl Capturers Just Attacked Pakistan Airport AGAIN !

    Insurgents Attack Pakistani Airport Again Amid Military Raids

    By Salman Masoodjune June 10, 2014

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Insurgents attacked an airport training facility in Karachi Tuesday, two days after the Taliban carried out a daring raid on Karachi’s international airport.

    As the second attack was being carried out Tuesday in Karachi, Pakistani Rangers and airport security forces troops took up positions to protect the base, which houses a training academy and lodging for security officers, and Army troops were dispatched to help defend the site.

    Local media reported that a heavy gun battle was underway.

    Smoke rising on Monday from Jinnah International Airport, where security forces battled Taliban militants after an attack that began Sunday night.

    A security force vehicle was removed from the site of a suicide attack on Wednesday in Rawalpindi.

    Government officials said they may have been trying to hijack a commercial airliner, blow up an oil depot or destroy airplanes on the tarmac.

    Also on Tuesday, at least seven charred bodies were recovered from a cold storage area in the Karachi airport, leading to outrage and condemnation by distraught relatives, the local news media reported.

    On Monday, the government had declared that the airport had been cleared and was fit for resumption of flights.

    But the discovery of more bodies has raised questions about the extent of damage that has been reported by the authorities.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06......html?_r=0

    “In Sunday’s airport attack, a squad of militant commandos came equipped with food, water and ammunition, apparently in preparation for a long siege.”

    The NYT says the Taliban were equiped in “preparation for a ‘long siege'”.

    I’d call it a long hostage taking situation, and the food they were equiped with was probably 2 and half years stock
    pile of Kerry’s Kosher Baloney.

  4. canary

    Navy Seal 6 who shot Osama Bin Laden told of their prior “priority mission to rescue private Bergdahl. He wrote of the
    facts in his book “No Easy Day” in which if you recall he was threatened by the Obama administration that he would be prosecuted for writing the book.

    This youtube shows the statements of Navy Seal 6 on rescuing Bergdahl and how the Taliban who held him were expert fighters

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbJ0J4c30Ew

    I have the book copy righted 2012 and skimming through it interestingly first came to his Navy Seal team
    rescuing Captain Phillips who was kidnapped by the piriates after his ship was attacked. It starts on page 86.
    The Navy Seal says the rescue put them “on Washington’s radar for other high-profile missions.”

    He goes on to say page 107 he was on his eleventh consecutive combat deployment in 2009.

    “It was a summer deployment, which meant we were busy.
    The annual Taliban summer offensive was in full swing….

    When an American soldier went missing at the start of the summer, we dropped everything to find him.”

    (“…, we dropped everything to find him….) This matches what US soldiers in different units than Bergdahl said
    on news that their original missions were halted and their “priority” was to find Bergdahl in which they spent “months” searching him along with other units.

    pg. 109

    “Hey guys, we are getting our hands forced a little here.” the troop commander said. “We need to accept a little
    more risk because of who we’re going after.”

    On through the pages he describes the fire and danger from the Taliban on his Seal Team. The pages of danger
    come to page pg 114 when the Seal found out his fellow Navy Seal (who was instrumental in saving Capt Phillips mission was shot.

    “Hey, man, take care of the guys for me,” Phil said.
    The wounded eagle was Phil….I found out later…They sent the combat assault dog ahead. The fightes saw the dog and opened fire. Pill was hit and the dog was killed.

    The bullet tore open Phil’s lower leg. He almost bled out and died, but quick work by our two medics not only saved the leg but also his life.”

    There are more quotes from the “No Easy Day” The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden; The Autobiography of a Navy Seal in the video link I gave above.

    My point again, is that it was not just those that died trying to rescue Bergdahl, but soldiers got injured as well.
    And it’s clear before the resuce, as far back as 2012 that a Navy Seal who shot Osama Bin Laden reinforces
    that searching for Pvt Bergdhal was a huge priority as so many US Soldiers are telling accounts of, while being called terrible names by Washington officials. Just as this Navy Seal was threated to be prosecuted for telling less about Osama Bin Laden’s capture than Obama and Hillary leaked.

    I appreciate your patience with my over posting on the subject on the Bergdahl ordeal. And his father and mother
    hugged Obama in the Rose Garden, but never paid tribute to the soldiers who lost lives and were wounded risking their lives to save their son in spite of the insults they and parents of those that lost children are getting dished
    by the Ohbamyah henchmen and gestapo.

  5. Melly

    Andrea Mitchell exposes State Dept. lies. Of all people. Must see video.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWQ28sUBvwE

    • canary

      And she faced the queen of lying Kerry’s personal spokeswoman tweeter Maryaha Sahara Harf. She says “we” so much I’d hate to think this cheerleader is really privy to classified information. She does excel at sprucing up Kerry’s baloney.

  6. canary

    American Special Operations Forces troops killed in Afghanistan in possible friendly-fire incident

    June 10, 2014

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2.....an-attack/

    As custom no reports on how many were injured or lost body parts. And most apt no calls from the president of condolence.

  7. canary

    The Blaze: Planned Parenthood videod telling teen girls violent torture sex methods to try with boyfriends.

    Undercover Videos and more to come
    http://www.theblaze.com/storie.....to-minors/

    Fox also did a story and the Planned Parenthood worker knew she was fifteen, told about tying to bed, using handcuffs, paddles, whips, clamps. It’s just the tip of the ice-berg.

  8. canary

    Hillary says released 5 jihadists are not a threat to the US, but a threat to Afganistan and Pakistan and she repeats this.
    Is Hillary out of her mind forgetting we still have US Troops in Afganistan and Paksitan?

    video
    http://www.jihadwatch.org/2014.....ed-states#

    She’s nuts. And there go those hands waving around like when she said what difference it made we had 4 dead Americans. She is so brazen.

  9. canary

    Hagel says Obama made final decision on releasing the 5 Terrorists

    Jun 6 2014

    Associated Press Published: June 12, 2014 4:00AM

    McKeon, who has launched a committee investigation, said the deal could spark kidnappings of American personnel. And he described White House explanations thus far about the potential national security implications as “misleading and oftentimes blatantly false.”

    Hagel called the former Taliban government officials “enemy belligerents”
    but said they hadn’t been implicated in any attacks against the United States.

    “Congressman, I hope you’re not implying anything other than that,” Hagel snapped back, his voice rising as each tried to speak over the other.

    “He’s being held there because our medical professionals don’t believe he’s ready. … This isn’t just about a physical situation, congressman. This guy was held for almost five years in God knows what kind of conditions. … This is not just about can he get on his feet and walk and get to a plane.”

    Lawmakers also noted that the administration had told lawmakers about the secretive military operation to go after Osama bin Laden, and questioned why this was different.

    Hagel said Washington only engaged in “indirect negotiations.”

    He said a logistical agreement was released May 27, four days before the exchange,

    and only then did Obama make a final decision to move forward.

    http://www.times-gazette.com/l.....dahl-trade

    TheFreeBeacon:

    Hagel Admits Obama Ignored Law in Taliban Release

    By Adam Kredo – June 11 2014

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel admitted that “the trust has been broken” between the White House and Congress following the Obama administration’s decision to skirt U.S. law and release five top Taliban leaders without first consulting with lawmakers.

    When asked directly by Rep. Jeff Miller (R., Fla.) if the Obama administration had complied with the law as written, Hagel responded, “No.”

    “We believe … the president has the constitutional authority to do that,” Hagel said. “He had the authority to make the decision he did.”

    “I know the trust has been broken,” Hagel said.

    However, it was revealed in a classified briefing Tuesday detailed by the Washington Free Beacon that in several instances

    “Qatar has failed to follow through on their agreements with detainees,” according to a source familiar with the brief.

    (canary note. Part of the law is the past history of the government who takes the detainies, which is terrible history with Qatar plus they did not put the 5 at a government facility. 3 other released Gitmo prisoners joined Jihadists in Syria though 2 of them are dead)

    “The explanations we received from White House officials at a House-wide briefing earlier this week were misleading and often times blatantly false,” McKeon said.

    http://freebeacon.com/national.....n-release/

  10. canary

    FOXNews: US Spy Agencies Heard Benghazi Attackers Using State Dept. Cell Phones to Call Terrorist Leaders

    By Bret Baier, James Rosen – June 11, 2014

    The terrorists who attacked the U.S. consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 used cell phones, seized from State Department personnel during the attacks,

    and U.S. spy agencies overheard them contacting more senior terrorist leaders to report on the success of the operation, multiple sources confirmed to Fox News.

    The disclosure is important because it adds to the body of evidence establishing that senior U.S. officials in the Obama administration knew early on that Benghazi was a terrorist attack, and not a spontaneous protest over an anti-Islam video that had gone awry, as the administration claimed for several weeks after the attacks.

    Eric Stahl, who recently retired as a major in the U.S. Air Force, served as commander and pilot of the C-17 aircraft that was used to transport the corpses of the four casualties from the Benghazi attacks – then-U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, information officer Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods – as well as the assault’s survivors from Tripoli to the safety of an American military base in Ramstein, Germany.

    In an exclusive interview on Fox News’ “Special Report,” Stahl said members of a CIA-trained Global Response Staff who raced to the scene of the attacks were “confused”
    by the administration’s repeated implication of the video as a trigger for the attacks, because “they knew during the attack…who was doing the attacking.”

    Asked how, Stahl told anchor Bret Baier: “Right after they left the consulate in Benghazi and went to the [CIA] safehouse, they were getting reports that

    cell phones, consulate cell phones, were being used to make calls to the attackers’ higher ups.”

    A separate U.S. official, one with intimate details of the bloody events of that night, confirmed the major’s assertion. The second source, who requested anonymity to discuss classified data, told Fox News he had personally read the intelligence reports at the time that contained references to calls by terrorists – using State Department cell phones captured at the consulate during the battle – to their terrorist leaders. The second source also confirmed that the security teams on the ground received this intelligence in real time.

    Major Stahl was never interviewed by the Accountability Review Board, the investigative panel convened, pursuant to statute,

    by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as the official body reviewing all the circumstances surrounding the attacks and their aftermath.

    In his interview on “Special Report,” Stahl made still other disclosures that add to the vast body of literature on Benghazi – …

    the first individual to question the CIA security officers was not an FBI officer but the senior State Department diplomat on the ground.

    “They were taken away from the airplane,” Stahl said.
    “The U.S. ambassador to Germany [Philip D. Murphy] met us when we landed and
    he took them away because he wanted to debrief them that night.”

    Murphy stepped down as ambassador last year.

    A message left with Sky Blue FC, a private company in New Jersey with which Murphy is listed online as an executive officer, was not immediately returned.

    Stahl also contended that given his crew’s alert status and location, they could have reached Benghazi in time to have played a role in rescuing the victims of the assault, and ferrying them to safety in Germany,…”

    more and video
    http://www.foxnews.com/politic.....terrorist/

    And I’ll bet Bergdahl was allowed to call home while captive. It’s so common they try to get money.

  11. canary

    Obama secretly releases dozens detainees out of secret Afganistan prison

    Reuters: U.S. quietly moves detainees out of secretive Afghanistan prison

    By Missy Ryan – Jun 13, 2014

    (Reuters) – The Obama administration has quietly repatriated a dozen detainees from a small U.S. military prison in Afghanistan, moving a modest step closer toward winding down the United States’ controversial post-9/11 detainee system.

    A U.S. defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that a Frenchman, a Kuwaiti and 10 Pakistani prisoners were sent back to their respective home countries at the end of May.

    The remaining detainees include Yemeni, Tunisian and more Pakistani nationals,
    and a Russian who the United States is also considering trying in a military or civilian court.

    The non-Afghan prisoners at Parwan are the only detainees remaining in U.S. custody in Afghanistan after U.S. officials shifted hundreds of Afghan prisoners to Afghan government custody last year.

    In February, U.S. officials were outraged when the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai released 65 of those prisoners, who Washington insisted were dangerous militants requiring at least further investigation.

    The U.S. government considers some remaining non-Afghan prisoners at Parwan, like some at Guantanamo, too dangerous to be freed.

    The Parwan detainees’ identities, and the transfer of some of them to other countries in the past, have remained largely a mystery to the public in the United States and Afghanistan.

    Their fate takes on new importance as the end of the U.S. and NATO military mission in Afghanistan approaches

    Prisoner advocates say at least some returned detainees were held in secret prisons in Pakistan before being set free.

    http://in.reuters.com/article/.....HP20140613

    I think Obama wants our US troops killed so he doesn’t have to pay them or health benefits.
    He calls it downsizing and cutting the budget.

  12. canary

    Hillary, explains Lincoln was a Senator from Illinoise, as she explains her first chapter in the book.

    http://www.thewire.com/politic.....on/372608/

    I think all that recent botox has froze her brain. I think she got some nip and tucks too.


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