OPM Hack Should Make It Easy For China To ID US Spies

Thanks to the OPM hack, all the Chinese have to do is check the OPM’s records to see if someone claiming to be with the State Department or DEA actually works there. And if they don’t, the Chi-coms can safely assume the person is a spy using a cover.

From the New York Times, of all places:

U.S. Fears Data Stolen by Chinese Hacker Could Identify Spies

By MARK MAZZETTI and DAVID E. SANGER | July 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — American officials are concerned that the Chinese government could use the stolen records of millions of federal workers and contractors to piece together the identities of intelligence officers secretly posted in China over the years. The potential exposure of the intelligence officers could prevent a large cadre of American spies from ever being posted abroad again, current and former intelligence officials said…

Which means this is very big, very bad news.


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2 Ex-Gitmo Detainees Arrested For Recruiting Terrorists

Plus a British tabloid claims ‘Jihad John’ is on the run from ISIS. But we are skeptical.

But first, from CNN:

Official: Two former Guantanamo detainees arrested in Belgium

By Paul Cruickshank | July 24, 2015

(CNN) Two former detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba were arrested by Belgian police in a counterterrorism operation targeting a recruiting network for al Qaeda in Syria.

This is more great timing for Obama, who just last week announced he is planning to close down Gitmo completely.

In fact, this is almost as good timing as Obama’s push to let more drug dealers out of prison on the heels of the biggest drug dealer of the world ‘escaping’ from jail in Mexico. Except the news media will ignore this story.


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Obama To Release Israeli Spy Pollard — To Placate Israel

And just in case this cynical ploy isn’t obvious enough, Kerry is also claiming Israel will get the blame if Congress votes down his nuclear deal.

From the New York Post:

Kerry has ‘intense exchange’ with Jewish leaders over Iran deal

By Geoff Earle and Kevin Fasick | July 24, 2015

Secretary of State John Kerry had an “intense exchange” when he tried to sell the Iran nuclear deal to skeptical Jewish leaders in New York on Friday… Kerry faced [a] tough crowd in a closed-door meeting with about 120 Jewish leaders at the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

“It was very intense exchange, serious exchange,” the group’s vice chairman, Malcolm Hoenlein, told The Post… He said members asked Kerry about “snapback provisions” if Iran cheats, a 24-day waiting period for nuclear inspections, and the window of when Iran gets to re-start some nuclear R&D.


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Khamenei Tweets Image Of Obama With Gun To Head

Which once again shows that you don’t get the world’s respect by caving.

But first there is this via the Agence France Presse:

Iran hits out at Kerry’s ’empty threats’

July 24, 2015

Tehran (AFP) – Iran hit out Friday against US Secretary of State John Kerry, accusing him of threatening military action against Tehran if it fails to respect a historic nuclear deal sealed on July 14. "Unfortunately the US Secretary of State once again talked about the rotten rope of ‘the ability of the US for using military force’," said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a statement.

Well, our military under Obama probably could be described as a ‘rotten rope.’ Thanks to Obama having cut its budget to the bone. — Besides, who would believe any threats from John Kerry or Barak Obama?



Iran Vows To Bar IAEA Inspectors From Military Sites

This is beautiful. A top Khamenei advisor is telling their state-run media that Iran will never allow inspectors into their military bases, no matter what the P5+1 countries are claiming. On top of that the head of Iran’s atomic agency told another state-run media outlet that Iran has not signed any side deal with the IAEA over Parchin.

From the Times of Israel:

Iran vows to bar international inspectors from military sites

Adviser to Ayatollah Khamenei claims directive will be enforced regardless of world powers’ interpretations of nuke deal

July 25, 2015

A top adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed Saturday that the Islamic Republic would deny International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors any access to the country’s military sites, contradicting remarks by US officials following the signing of a nuclear agreement with Tehran last week.


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Reader Selected News For The Week Of Jul 25 To Jul 31

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Min Wage Workers Want Fewer Hours To Keep Welfare

FTA: "Evidence is surfacing that some workers are asking their bosses for fewer hours as their wages rise – in a bid to keep overall income down so they don’t lose public subsidies for things like food, child care and rent." — The hell you say!

From Fox News:

Seattle sees fallout from $15 minimum wage, as other cities follow suit

By Dan Springer | July 22, 2015

Seattle’s $15 minimum wage law is supposed to lift workers out of poverty and move them off public assistance. But there may be a hitch in the plan. Evidence is surfacing that some workers are asking their bosses for fewer hours as their wages rise – in a bid to keep overall income down so they don’t lose public subsidies for things like food, child care and rent.


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Hillary: Whites Get Nervous Around Blacks In Hoodies

But not her, of course. Maybe because she has armed guards around her at all times.

From the Daily Caller:

Hillary: Even Open-Minded Whites Get Nervous Around Blacks In Hoodies

By Patrick Howley | July 23, 2015 

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Thursday that even “open-minded” white people get nervous when they encounter a black male wearing a hoodie.

Clinton used almost the same verbal construction last month at a speech in San Francisco when she said, “For a lot of well-meaning, open-minded white people, the sight of a young black man in a hoodie still evokes a twinge of fear.”

And yet we are only hearing about it now, even though she has said this before? — You can bet your bottom dollar that if Hillary were a Republican the media would be trying to hound her from the race.



Planned Parenthood Paid Nucatola $203K – Plus Salary

Plus, it would seem that Planned Parenthood has been lying about getting donations from many of the corporations they list on their website.

But first, there’s this from the Daily Caller:

Planned Parenthood Paid Disgraced Official More Than $200,000 On The Side

By Patrick Howley | July 23, 2015 

Planned Parenthood not only pays its disgraced official Deborah Nucatola a salary. The abortion provider has also paid Nucatola a six-figure sum as an outside contractor… Nucatola… founded her own firm called Imagyn Inc. in Sherman Oaks, Calif… Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles paid Nucatola $203,180 as an independent contractor through Imagyn, according to its 2007 IRS 990 form. Nucatola’s LinkedIn profile indicates that she was medical director at Planned Parenthood of Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo at the time.



All 17 Rep Going With Obama To Africa Are In The CBC

So 17 out of the 20 lawmakers going to Africa are black and members of the Congressional Black Caucus? Isn’t that a little racist?

From The Hill:

20 lawmakers traveling with Obama to Africa

By Jordan Fabian | July 23, 2015

Twenty members of Congress will travel with President Obama on his trip to Kenya and Ethiopia, the White House announced Thursday. The presidential delegation includes just one Republican: Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on African affairs. 

Flake has been an ally of the Obama administration on restoring diplomatic ties with Cuba and is one of a handful of Republicans who are still on the fence about the nuclear deal with Iran.

Two Democratic senators are traveling with the president: Chris Coons (Del.) and Ed Markey (Mass.), the ranking member of the African Affairs subcommittee.


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NYT Altered Its Report On Investigation Of Hillary Emails

What a shock. The New York Times has been caught red-handed watering down their own scoop to try to protect Hillary.

First, here is the start of the original story as it appeared last night in the New York Times:

Criminal Inquiry Is Sought in Clinton Email Account


WASHINGTON — Two inspectors general have asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation into whether sensitive government information was mishandled in connection with the personal email account Hillary Rodham Clinton used as secretary of state, senior government officials said Thursday.

The request follows an assessment in a June 29 memo by the inspectors general for the State Department and the intelligence agencies that Mrs.


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Trump Tells Univision Reporter: ‘You Should Be Ashamed’

Plus, some anonymous Republican ‘insiders’ in Iowa and New Hampshire say Mr. Trump has peaked.

But first there’s this via Business Insider:

‘You’re finished': Watch Donald Trump tell a reporter he should be ashamed of his question

By Colin Campbell | July 23, 2015

Real-estate mogul Donald Trump blasted a reporter on Thursday who asked him about his controversial rhetoric against illegal immigration. The Republican presidential candidate… took questions from the media at multiple points during his trip [to the border city of Laredo, Texas].

At one spot, a reporter apparently from Telemundo started telling Trump about the country’s large Hispanic population but quoted the businessman in a way that he felt was inaccurate.

"Many feel that what you said, when you said that people that cross the border are rapists and murderers," the reporter began, unable to get his question out before Trump cut him off.  "No, no, we’re talking about illegal immigration and everybody understands it.


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Trump Says TX Border Is Dangerous; Data Supports Him

Obama is going on a vacation to Africa. Trump went to the border. Which one is out of touch?

From the Agence France Presse:

‘I love Latinos,’ says Trump at US-Mexico border

By Jennie Matthew | July 23, 2015

New York (AFP) – Donald Trump toured the Texas-Mexico border on Thursday to condemn illegal immigration, declare his love for Latinos and to belittle rival White House candidate Hillary Clinton… "There’s nothing more important than what I’m doing," the former reality TV star said on arrival, calling illegal immigration "a tremendous problem." …

Trump thinks illegal aliens are a bigger problem than man-made global warming? Stone him!

Thursday’s visit was "dangerous," he claimed repeatedly. "We have a tremendous danger on the border with the illegals coming in," he told a news conference, agreeing to a remark from the crowd that "killers come from all over the world." …

What a crazy claim.


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Bergdahl Nabbed In Pot Raid In CA, Released By Officials

Are there ‘sanctuary cities’ for draft dodging potheads now?

From Fox News:

Bowe Bergdahl found during California pot raid, released by officials

July 24, 2015

Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier who was released in a prisoner exchange in Afghanistan for five Taliban detainees, wound up in the middle of a pot raid earlier this week in northern California.

Captian [sic] Greg Van Patten with the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office told Fox News Thursday that the county’s marijuana eradication team encountered Bergdahl on Tuesday while serving a search warrant on a home in Redwood City, Calif. Van Patten said Bergdahl was detained, but ultimately was “determined not to be connected to the operation, at least there was no evidence to suggest he was involved.”

And naturally he wasn’t arrested for possession of a controlled substance.


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Obama Departs For Kenya (But Relatives Couldn’t Return)

What courage this shows. After all, lest we forget, we were told that neither his Aunt Zeituni nor his Uncle Omar could dare to return to Kenya without risking their lives.

From Reuters:

Obama departs for Kenya, returning to his father’s homeland

By Jeff Mason | July 23, 2015

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama departed for Kenya on Thursday, his first trip to his father’s homeland as U.S. president, kicking off a swing through Africa that will also include a stop in Ethiopia.

How is it possible for Obama to go to Kenya when both his illegal alien relatives, Aunt Zeituni and Uncle Omar, were granted refugee status in the US? Both had been ordered to be deported several times, but in separate hearings federal judges eventually granted each of them asylum in the US because they could not return to their homelands for fear of death.


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