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Italian Police: Muslim Migrants Threw Christians Overboard in Crossing from Libya

A horrific story coming out of Sicily.

CNN reports:

Muslims who were among migrants trying to get from Libya to Italy in a boat this week threw 12 fellow passengers overboard — killing them — because the 12 were Christians, Italian police said Thursday.

Italian authorities have arrested 15 people on suspicion of murdering the Christians at sea, police in Palermo, Sicily, said.

The original group of 105 people left Libya on Tuesday in a rubber boat. Sometime during the trip north across the Mediterranean Sea, the alleged assailants — Muslims from the Ivory Coast, Mali and Senegal — threw the 12 overboard, police said.

The Associated Press adds:

During the crossing, the migrants from Nigeria and Ghana — believed to be Christians — were threatened with being abandoned at sea by some 15 other passengers from the Ivory Coast, Senegal, Mali and Guinea Bissau.

Eventually the threat was carried out and 12 were pushed overboard. The statement said the motive was that the victims “professed the Christian faith while the aggressors were Muslim.”

The surviving Christians, the statement said, only managed to stay on board by forming a “human chain” to resist the assault.

Interestingly, the CNN video appears to have been pulled from their website.

One of the top cheerleaders for the migrants crossing from Libya has been Pope Francis, who issued a communique back in September on the migration issue and has said that the EU needs to do more for the migrants, saying “we cannot allow the Mediterranean to become a vast graveyard.”

Posted at 1:26 pm on April 16th, 2015 by

Florida to Sue Feds Over Medicaid Expansion

Bravo.

Republican Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday that Florida will file a lawsuit against the Obama administration for its decision to link the continuation of billions of dollars for the state’s health care providers to Obamacare Medicaid expansion.

Scott’s announcement follows weeks of escalating tensions between state and administration officials over Florida’s opposition to Medicaid expansion. His decision, a surprise to fellow Republican state legislators, was supported by the leader of the conservative House but criticized by the leader of the more moderate Senate.

The federal strong-arm tactics have got to stop, and it is nice to see a Republican governor who agrees. Several have made typical bureaucratic hack excuses for the expansion. The federal behemoth loves financial trickery to get states to go along with its money-hungry growth schemes and the political landscape has fewer and fewer voices who will just say “No!” every once in a while.

The moderate Republicans will always opt for the expansion of the bureaucracy, which is why they shouldn’t ever be in charge. Of anything.

Posted at 1:12 pm on April 16th, 2015 by

Putin: Iran ‘Does Not Pose Any Threat to Israel Whatsoever,’ So Have Some Missiles

Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a live Q&A program that it was acceptable to lift the ban on selling the S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Iran because Tehran is “demonstrating a lot of flexibility and an obvious desire to reach a compromise on their nuclear program.”

“In effect, all participants in the process have announced that an agreement has been reached. Now they only have the technical details to deal with, and they will complete this before June. This is why we made this decision,” Putin said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said earlier this week there was “no more need” for the 2010 embargo, and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif lauded the move by “an important partner.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Putin on Tuesday to warn that the sale would only wreak more havoc in the Middle East.

“If someone fears that we have started cancelling the sanctions, apparently our colleagues do not know that the supply of these systems is not on the UN list of sanctions,” Putin continued in the Q&A, during which he answered 74 audience questions over nearly four hours. “We suspended this contract absolutely unilaterally. Now that there is obvious progress on the Iranian track, we do not see why we should continue imposing this ban unilaterally – I would like to emphasize this again.”

“As for the list of sanctions envisaged by the UN resolutions, we will of course act in unison with our partners. We have always cooperated with this, and I would like to stress that we have made a large contribution to the settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue.”

Putin stressed that since Russian companies made the $900 million equipment, “why should we take the loss?”

“As far as Iran is concerned, it is a completely different story that does not pose any threat to Israel whatsoever. It is a solely defensive weapon,” he added. “Moreover, we believe that under the current circumstances in the region, especially in view of the events in Yemen, supplies of this kind of weapon could be a restraining factor.”

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters today that they have “significant concerns” about the sale and “previously made our objections known.”

“We, look, aren’t going to speculate into Russia’s decision-making, I think. That was part of what he talked about today. Certainly the case that Russia’s economy has been under incredible strain, and that as some press reports have noted, it may be that Russia is doing this purely for the money involved, given they need an influx of finances, given the state of their economy,” Harf said. “We do not, and we agree with what President Putin did say, that we don’t expect this to impact the unity of the P5-plus-1 inside the negotiating room. He said that, and we certainly believe the same.”

“A possible reason may be for the money,” she said of the arms sale.

“The easiest way for the Russians to help fix their economy is to stop doing the things that required sanctions to be put on in the first place,” Harf said.

Posted at 12:24 pm on April 16th, 2015 by

Chaffetz Bill Would Reduce Expense Allowances for Former Presidents Earning Private Sector Money

An occasional good piece of legislation is proposed…

U.S taxpayers provide former presidents with a pension of $203,000 a year — plus annual expenses that can add up to more than $1 million.

But most of them don’t need the money, says Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah. He wants to reduce the pension to $200,000, and phase out expense allowances for former presidents who have outside income.

A bill he introduced this week would cap expenses at $200,000 a year. And once a former president makes more than $400,000 a year, that expense budget would be reduced dollar-for-dollar, eliminating it entirely for former presidents making more than $600,000.

Bubba has earned over $100 million since he last stole furniture from the White House and we’re subsidizing Jimmy Carter to run around and undermine national security. If ever a bill was a no-brainer, this one is it.

Which means it probably doesn’t stand a chance.

Posted at 12:20 pm on April 16th, 2015 by

U.S. Analyst Admits: ‘Moderate’ Syrian Rebels Have Been Working With Al-Qaeda All Along

One of the most closely guarded secrets in Washington, D.C. about U.S. involvement in the Syrian war is that the “moderate” rebels whom the Obama administration (and many Republicans) backed were closely aligned with al-Qaeda’s official affiliate in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra. They were also, at times, aligned with the Islamic State.

For regular PJ Media readers, this will come as no surprise. I’ve repeatedly documented the ties between the State Department’s “vetted moderate” rebel groups and designated terrorist groups based on snippets of reporting that challenged the administration’s official narrative.

But now the “moderate” rebels are on their heels and in retreat from internecine pressure from Jabhat al-Nusra. Brookings Institute-Doha Syria analyst Charles Lister — who has probably had as much direct contact with “rebel” leaders as any other U.S. analyst — has finally admitted to the long-time cooperation between “moderates” and “extremists.”

In an article published last month on the Brookings website, Lister states:

This latter alliance with Jabhat al-Nusra has been a consistent facet of insurgent dynamics in Syria, but not only in terms of conservative Salafist groups like Ahrar al-Sham. In fact, while rarely acknowledged explicitly in public, the vast majority of the Syrian insurgency has coordinated closely with Al-Qaeda since mid-2012 – and to great effect on the battlefield. But while this pragmatic management of relationships may have secured opposition military victories against the regime, it has also come at an extraordinary cost. The assimilation of Al-Qaeda into the broader insurgency has discouraged the U.S. and its European allies from more definitively backing the ‘moderate’ opposition. That, by extension, has encouraged the intractability of the conflict we see today and the rise of jihadist factions like Jabhat al-Nusra, IS, and many others.

A year-and-a-half ago, uttering this outside of the polite company of the D.C. foreign policy “smart set” would have gotten you branded a heretic.

The official narrative of the administration and the McCain/Graham “war at any cost” wing of the GOP was that the vast majority of rebels were moderate, as expressed in John Kerry’s testimony before McCain’s committee in September 2013. Such deep and complex truths were unworthy of the unwashed American masses at a time when many in D.C. were openly calling for more heavy weapons to be sent to the “vetted moderate” rebels.

But with the sudden surge of ISIS last June and the announcement of the re-establishment of the Islamic State, the narrative was getting harder to publicly maintain — even as the Obama administration did in fact begin sending heavy weaponry to the “vetted moderate” rebels.

The “smart set” then began to drop hints that the “vetted moderate” rebels were not so moderate after all, but certainly nothing so candid to give the whole game away. Lister notes that the rebel cooperation with Jabhat al-Nusra going back to mid-2012 (Nusra announced its formation in January 2012) was “rarely acknowledged explicitly in public.”

Now with things going very badly in Syria and Iraq, the “smart set” is divided between walking back their support for the rebels, or doubling-down on their support by saying the U.S. needs to begin backing “moderate al-Qaeda”.

The media has been more forthcoming about our “vetted moderate” allies since American reporters began losing their heads under Islamic State knives.

In late October, American journalist Theo Padnos — who was captured by the U.S.-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) and then given over to Jabhat al-Nusra — told the story of his two-year captivity in the New York Times Magazine. At one point, Padnos says he escaped from his Al-Qaeda captors and found himself back in the hands of the FSA, who then, again, promptly turned him back over to the terror group.

Padnos also relates this exchange with some U.S.-trained FSA fighters that exposes the glaring weaknesses of the CIA’s vetting system:

I returned to the FSA troops. One told me that his unit had recently traveled to Jordan to receive training from American forces in fighting groups like the Nusra Front.

“Really?” I said. “The Americans? I hope it was good training.”

“Certainly, very,” he replied.

The fighters stared at me. I stared at them.

After a few moments, I asked, “About this business of fighting Jebhat al Nusra?”

“Oh, that,” one said. “We lied to the Americans about that.”

The treatment of Padnos by the FSA is important to recall in light of the revelations yesterday and today that that an NBC News crew taken captive in Syria in December 2012, and who later repeatedly claimed they had been held by an Assad regime militia, now admit – following a New York Times investigation – that they were in fact held by an FSA criminal network.

Also, there is evidence that NBC News executives knew from the time of the crew’s capture that they were held by U.S. allies, but allowed the blame to fall on Assad since that didn’t conflict with the Obama administration’s position at the time.

An example of this newfound openness on the part of the establishment media was an Associated Press report in late November that noted the close cooperation of U.S.-backed rebels with al-Qaeda in southern Syria:

The gains are a contrast to northern Syria, where U.S.-backed rebels are collapsing in the face of an assault by Islamic militants. Notably, in the south, the rebels are working together with fighters from al-Qaeda’s Syria branch, whose battle-hardened militants have helped them gain the momentum against government forces. The cooperation points to the difficulty in American efforts to build up “moderate” factions while isolating extremists.

Over the past year I’ve reported at PJ Media on the slow cracks emerging in the official “vetted moderate rebel” narrative:

July 7: US ‘Vetted Moderate’ Free Syrian Army Brigades Surrender Weapons, Pledge Allegiance to Islamic State

Sept 3: U.S.-Backed Free Syrian Army Operating Openly with ISIS, Al-Qaeda’s Jabhat al-Nusra

Sept 9: Fighter With ‘Vetted Moderate’ Syrian Rebels Tells L.A. Times They Fight Alongside Al-Qaeda

Sept 10: ‘Vetted Moderate’ Free Syrian Army Commander Admits Alliance with ISIS, Confirms PJ Media Reporting

Sept 24: U.S.-Backed Syrian Group Harakat al-Hazm Condemns U.S. Strikes on ISIS as ‘Attack on the Revolution’

Nov 2: U.S.-Armed ‘Vetted Moderate’ Syrian Rebel Groups Surrender, Defect to Al-Qaeda

Nov 3:  How Obama Walked Boehner and GOP Leadership Off the Syrian Rebel Cliff

Nov 24: More Defections of ‘Vetted Moderate’ Free Syrian Army Rebels to ISIS

Dec 2: US-Backed Syrian Rebels Ally with Al-Qaeda in South, Surrender CIA-Supplied Weapons in the North

Dec 14: Report: Al-Qaeda Using CIA-Supplied TOW Anti-Tank Missiles in Northern Syria

Dec 28: NY Times Admits: U.S.-Backed Free Syrian Army Under Effective Al-Qaeda Control

March 3: U.S.-Backed Syrian Rebel Group Collapses, U.S.-Supplied Weapons End Up in Al-Qaeda Hands

March 24: Video Shows Al-Qaeda’s Jabhat al-Nusra Using U.S.-Provided TOW Anti-Tank Missiles in Syria

It’s refreshing to see the D.C. “smart set” and the establishment media finally ‘fessing up to what has been going on in Syria, “rarely acknowledged explicitly in public.” But the damage done by the Obama administration’s policy, (backed up by the McCain/Graham GOP chorus), such as the hundreds of thousands dead, is irreversible.

Who in D.C. or the media will be held to account for this failure?

Posted at 11:49 am on April 16th, 2015 by

Fort Hood Terrorist Attack Purple Heart Recipients to Get Benefits

Army Secretary John McHugh has directed that all of the Purple Heart recipients at Fort Hood be eligible for the full scope of benefits under the medal.

Thirty-six soldiers and surviving family members from the 2009 terrorist attack received Purple Hearts after Congress passed the defense bill with language directing the Pentagon to award the medals.

“In addition to the Purple Heart medal, there are certain other benefits for which Soldiers receiving the Purple Heart are traditionally eligible,” McHugh wrote in a memo. “I intend to ensure that the Soldiers receiving the Purple Heart under the expanded criteria also receive all other related benefits for which they are eligible.”

“After making the determination that the victims of the Fort Hood attack are now eligible for the Purple Heart, it seems only right and fair that these Soldiers also receive the benefits it traditionally entails. That’s why I directed an expedited process to make certain that happens.”

Those benefits include hostile fire pay and “combat-related special compensation for retired soldiers whose disability is attributable to an injury for which they were awarded the Purple Heart,” according to the Fort Hood press office.

Additional benefits may be forthcoming, according to McHugh, who ordered a review to be on his desk in 30 days.

“Last week’s ceremony was an important step toward honoring the heroes of that day, and I am pleased the Army has moved swiftly to ensure the Fort Hood Purple Heart recipients will receive all the benefits for which they are eligible,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), who introduced the Purple Heart legislation that was ultimately folded into the defense bill.

Posted at 11:28 am on April 16th, 2015 by

Report: FBI Holds Special Meeting in Juarez on Press Strategy to Deny Judicial Watch’s Reporting About ISIS on the Border

The government watchdog group Judicial Watch is not backing down from its report about ISIS training camps on the border amid Obama administration denials.

In a new report, up at its website today, Judicial Watch reports that a “high level intelligence source” has confirmed that FBI supervisors called a special meeting at the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juárez.

The source, who “must remain anonymous for safety reasons,” told Judicial Watch that the meeting was convened specifically to address a press strategy to deny their reports about terrorist activity on the border, and to figure out who is leaking the information to JW.

FBI supervisory personnel met with Mexican Army officers and Mexican Federal Police officials, according to JW’s intelligence source. The FBI liaison officers regularly assigned to Mexico were not present at the meeting and conspicuously absent were representatives from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It’s not clear why DHS did not participate.

Publicly, U.S. and Mexico have denied that Islamic terrorists are operating in the southern border region, but the rapid deployment of FBI brass in the aftermath of JW’s report seems to indicate otherwise. A Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector were among the sources that confirmed to JW that ISIS is operating a camp just a few miles from El Paso, Texas. The base is around eight miles from the U.S. border in an area known as “Anapra” situated just west of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua.

Another ISIS cell to the west of Ciudad Juárez, in Puerto Palomas, targets the New Mexico towns of Columbus and Deming for easy access to the United States, the same knowledgeable sources confirm. During the course of a joint operation last week, Mexican Army and federal law enforcement officials discovered documents in Arabic and Urdu, as well as “plans” of Fort Bliss – the sprawling military installation that houses the US Army’s 1st Armored Division. Muslim prayer rugs were recovered with the documents during the operation.

Newsmax TV’s J.D. Hayworth talked to Judicial Watch investigative reporter Irene Garcia about their bombshell report from earlier this week, which claimed that terrorists have set up a training camp on the southern border. Garcia, a former L.A. Times reporter, said authorities on both side of the border have confirmed that the activity is occurring, but the Obama administration continues to claim the reports are unfounded for a number of reasons.

Garcia said: “He wants better relations with Mexico, he’s allowing this influx of illegal immigrants coming in, he’s now facilitating with a program that Judicial Watch just broke, last week, where he’s flying the minors in, now because it’s too treacherous to cross the desert. If there’s terrorists right nearby – that would of course ruin that plan. A lot of it is denial – a lot of it is negligence – it’s downright insane and certainly deplorable that this is happening so close to our border, and yet the administration continues to officially say, that the border is secure – that this is unfounded.”

Garcia explained that ISIS is trying to enter the country through two ports of entry – El Paso and an area on the New Mexico border.

She referenced a Judicial Watch report from last August exposing a leaked DHS warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border that had been issued within the agency and was not meant to go public.

Garcia ended by noting that a U.S. government report a few years ago acknowledged that Middle Eastern Islamic terrorists have teamed up with drug cartels on the border.

As Judicial Watch reports, “coyotes, engaged in human smuggling – and working for the Juárez Cartel – help move ISIS terrorists through the desert and across the border between Santa Teresa and Sunland Park, New Mexico.”

“But these reports get very little media attention and most of the public never hears about it,” she said.

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Posted at 11:26 am on April 16th, 2015 by

Hillary’s Campaign Is Off to a Shaky Start

I hope Hillary Clinton’s been keeping her seat belt fastened in her Scooby-Doo van, because her campaign is off to a very shaky start.

Her highly anticipated announcement on social media, Sunday, was such a dud that some in the media are wondering if she’s going to attempt a redo.

Then came the heavily mocked cross country tour in her “Scooby van” which is schlepping her across the country so she can have “unscripted moments” with “everyday people.” Her stop at a Chipotle in Ohio was so “unscripted” that she and her top aide, Huma Abedin, (both sporting dark sunglasses) were in and out of there without talking to anyone but the cashier.  Her allegedly “unscripted” visit to a coffee shop in in Iowa Tuesday morning in LeClaire, Iowa, was brutally exposed by a Daily Mail reporter as “staged from beginning to end.” 

Business Insider piled on by reporting that in the four days since she began her campaign,  Hillary’s already flip-flopped on two major issues.

An online poll at Democrat-friendly MSNBC shows 87% out of 83k respondents do not plan to vote for Hillary in 2016.

To add insult to injury, some in the national media are actually asking Hillary challenging questions, when given the chance. Which, admittedly, isn’t often – but still.

Questions from journalists? Few and far between — and any that went off-script also went unanswered.

One reporter asked Clinton to reconcile her vow to purge “unaccountable money” from campaigns with the super PAC now raising hundreds of millions for her.

Great question! Because at one of her round tables with regular folks this week, she intoned, “We need to fix our dysfunctional political system and get unaccountable money out of it once and for all – even if that takes a constitutional amendment.”

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Columnist George Will, on Fox News’ Special Report Tuesday night, found that comment to be somewhat “awkward.”

“She has to say I will clean up the mess in Washington and I will make America more fair than its current inequitable position. I hope our listeners heard her that one of her four fundamental goals is to change the First Amendment to empower the political class to write legislation restricting the quantity, content and timing of political speech about the political class. I don’t think anyone has ever announced running for president that they wanted to change the Bill of Rights.”

So what did the queen say in answer to the reporter’s question about how she intends to reconcile her vow to purge “unaccountable money” from campaigns while super PACs are raising hundreds of millions for her?

She shrugged and said, “I don’t know.”

Posted at 11:18 am on April 16th, 2015 by

Will Loretta Lynch Investigate Hillary Clinton’s Emails?

Loretta Lynch still isn’t on the Senate calendar since her November nomination, and that’s given dubious senators more time to demand answers from President Obama’s pick to replace Attorney General Eric Holder.

In an April 2 letter, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) asked Lynch if she would investigate Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of private email — and deletion of many of those emails — during her time as secretary of State.

Vitter charged that Clinton “failed to meet her general duty under 44 U.S.C. §3101 to ‘preserve records containing adequate and proper documentation of the organization, functions, policies, decisions, procedures, and essential transactions of the agency and designed to furnish the information necessary to protect the legal and financial rights of the Government and of persons directly affected by the agency’s activities.’”

“As a federal attorney, it is your responsibility to uphold our laws. In fact, during your nomination hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, you presented yourself as a candidate committed to impartial enforcement of the law and pointed to your record of prosecuting public corruption on a fair and non-partisan basis,” the senator wrote.

“…Clinton’s actions certainly warrant such investigation.  If you are confirmed as Attorney General Eric Holder’s replacement, will you commit to a vigorous and transparent investigation of the allegations that Clinton used her personal email account and server to shield politically-sensitive material from FOIA requests?  If your investigation of these allegations demonstrate violations of federal record-keeping laws, I request that—in your capacity as top lawyer for the American public—you appoint a Special Counsel to prosecute these violations to the full extent of the law.”

Vitter asked for a reply by April 13, and Lynch responded on Wednesday.

“In my current role as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, my awareness of this issue has been limited to media reports and therefore, I do not have enough information at this time to determine whether action by the Department of Justice is warranted,” she wrote.

“You also requested that I appoint a Special Counsel in the event the Department investigates this matter and finds violations of federal record-keeping laws,” she continued. “I assure you that, if I am confirmed as Attorney General, I will exercise my discretion as Attorney General in an appropriate manner in all cases. As I testified at my confirmation hearing, if I am confirmed as Attorney General, the Constitution and the laws of the United States will be my guide in exercising the powers and responsibilities of that office, and I will fulfill those responsibilities with integrity and independence.”

Lynch’s nomination passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Feb. 26 with the backing of three Republicans: Sens. Orrin Hatch (Utah), Jeff Flake (Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.).

Posted at 9:57 am on April 16th, 2015 by

Jeb Bush’s Edge: Actually, Americans Love Dynasties

As Michael Walsh reported earlier today, former President George W. Bush recently singled out a supposed weakness of his little brother, Jeb, namely: George W. Bush. He said:

Jeb Bush’s candidacy has a problem, says brother George.
“Me.”

“It’s an easy line to say, ‘Haven’t we had enough Bushes?’ After all, even my mother said, ‘Yes,’” the former president told an audience of 7,000 health IT experts here on Wednesday.

I’ve heard many other people say similar things in recent weeks. Americans “don’t like” dynasties, so Jeb has an uphill battle to fight.

Baloney. Americans love dynasties.

If they didn’t, the Kennedys would have disappeared decades ago from the political scene, Hillary wouldn’t stand a chance of winning, and Jeb would’ve been too busy painting with big brother George to run for office. And let’s not even mention (OK, we will mention him) Rand Paul, who’s only supported by hipster libertarians because he’s Ron Paul’s son.

Dynasties sell, especially in America. And George W. knows it.

Posted at 9:17 am on April 16th, 2015 by

Dumb: KC IRS Employee Steals Co-Worker’s Credit Card, Goes on Shopping Spree While on the Clock

A crooked IRS employee who works in the Kansas City Internal Revenue Service campus could be a leading contender for the Darwin Award according to taxpayer Anjeanette Payne: ”Dumb, that is really dumb. She should be on world’s dumbest criminals.”

What did Weisha Jackson do that had Kansas Citians shaking their heads in disgust when the news of her nefarious exploits broke on Tax Day?

The victim, who didn’t want to be identified, said Jackson initially stole cash from his wallet while he was on break, but eventually she went for his credit card, and that’s when her crime spree hit a snag. She apparently booked a vacation and went on a shopping spree while on the clock at the IRS — with her fellow employee’s stolen credit card information.

Via KCTV 5:

According to court documents, Jackson used that stolen credit card using an IRS IP address to book more than $1,600 in Expedia flights in her name and pay her KCP&L and T-Mobile bills. That made it easy for investigators to track the theft.

Video surveillance shows Jackson used the stolen card to buy $299.75 from Foot Locker at Oak Park Mall.

Security cameras showed she also tried to use the card at Victoria’s Secret, but it was declined.

A spokesperson for the Kansas City IRS would not tell KCTV 5  whether or not  Jackson was still employed at their facility because there was still an ongoing investigation.

Posted at 8:48 am on April 16th, 2015 by

Hillary PAC Harasses Lone Activist for Campaign Parody

Lone Minnesota activist Dan McCall has taken to expressing his frustration with the political system by crafting parodies of government agencies and political candidates. Last year, he dodged attacks from the National Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security, each of which objected to his use of their agency logos in parody material.

Now McCall faces the wrath of those little-guy loving populists over at the Ready for Hillary PAC. Despite premising her campaign as an effort to empower the middle class, Hillary Clinton’s supporters have sicced their lawyers on McCall for expressing his First Amendment right.

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The law stands on McCall’s side, as demonstrated in the previous NSA/DHS settlement. In light of that, the actions from Ready for Hillary PAC demonstrate disingenuous contempt for a lone citizen’s lawful political expression.

Posted at 8:42 am on April 16th, 2015 by

BREAKING: Al-Qaeda Seizes Commercial Airport on Yemen Coast

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Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula just captured an airport for their own personal use, according to multiple reports coming out of Yemen.

The Riyan Airport on the Gulf of Aden coast near Al Mukalla is serviced by two Yemeni commercial carriers, Felix Airways and Yemenia.

AQAP seized Al Mukalla, a seaport city of about 300,000 people, at the beginning of this month. They freed terrorists being held in a prison there.

The seizure of the airport comes after a drone strike killed AQAP Ibrahim Suleiman al-Rubaish, a former Guantanamo detainee who became an AQAP spiritual leader after being released to Saudi Arabia in 2006. Al-Rubaish was placed in the Saudis’ terrorist rehab program but escaped to Yemen.

AQAP issued a eulogy for al-Rubaish on Tuesday, saying he “died as a result of a cowardly Crusader strike which killed him with a number of his brothers Monday night.”

“On his path, the people of knowledge walk on and follow on his footsteps, and others should follow in his footsteps. And this is his blood and his body parts today shout and scream for the people of knowledge and da’wah to come to the fields of sacrifice and jihad,” the statement from the terror group said. “Come to the fields of education and da’wah, come to where the plants grow and raises the foundation and raises the edifices of the high deen. Come to where knowledge is pure and models are made for your Ummah.”

AQAP’s leader, Nasir al-Wuhayshi, is also the general manager of “core” al-Qaeda and has the ability to call terror attacks around the world.

“We have said, when it comes to our counterterrorism strategy, we continue to actively monitor terrorist threats emanating from Yemen and we have capabilities postured in the area to address them,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday, not confirming the report of the AQAP mufti’s death. “As we’ve said, we will continue to take action to disrupt any imminent threat to the United States and our citizens.”

Posted at 8:20 am on April 16th, 2015 by

Lonely in the Golden State? Dial 1-800-HOOKERS

Not that you can’t right this minute, but if this lawsuit succeeds, it’ll have the added advantage of being legal:

Two lawyers have filed a high-profile case that seeks to legalize prostitution in California. Lou Sirkin and Brian O’Connor of Cincinnati-based Santen & Hughes, filed the case last month in U.S. District Court in San Francisco on behalf of an organization representing prostitutes known as the Erotic Service Provider Legal, Education & Research Project. It named three current or former prostitutes and a man with a disability who wants to be able to legally hire prostitutes as other plaintiffs in the case.

Their argument centers on people’s right to do what they want as long as it’s legal. “It’s legal to have sex, so why should it be illegal to pay for it?” the argument goes. O’Connor compared it to having the freedom of the press but making it illegal to sell newspapers.

“It’s really a constitutional issue, we think,” Sirkin said. “We’re talking only about consenting adults here. Our whole theory is that any law based on morality has no place in this country. Morals are different for different people. Legislation should not be determined by morality. Because you exchange a dollar rather than dinner, why should it be made illegal?”

You knew that “morality” argument was coming, right? But that seems to me the weakest argument; right now, it’s perfectly legal in California to hire a woman for sex as long as she is a performer in a porn film; you just can’t explicitly hire her to have sex with you. Long ago, when I lived in San Francisco, there was an organization of hookers known as COYOTE: Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics. Looks like they won.

Posted at 7:22 am on April 16th, 2015 by

Christie on GOP Nod: ‘The Game Hasn’t Even Come Close to Beginning’

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie kept quiet as his Bridgegate scandal died down, but with three senators in the 2016 presidential campaign he appears ready to vie for the GOP nomination.

Christie said he won’t decide on running for the Oval Office until after June 30, his state’s budget deadline. But he’s been working the ground in New Hampshire with town halls and hand-shaking in diners.

“If I run, I will beat her,” Christie declared on Hugh Hewitt’s show when asked about Hillary Clinton.

States he thinks he could win that Mitt Romney did not? “I think Pennsylvania’s a state that is very much in play. I think New Mexico is a state that’s very much in play. I think the state that I’m in today, New Hampshire, is a state that would be very much in play. And so you know, let’s start off with those three,” he said. “And Colorado, by the way, a fourth, Colorado, would be very much in play.”

Christie stressed that he was re-elected in his home state, which hasn’t elected a Republican to the Senate in 42 years, with 61 percent of the vote, 51 percent of the Hispanic vote, 22 percent of the African-American vote, and 56 percent of women voters.

“Those are the type of numbers we’re going to have to run up across the country to be able to have the type of sweeping victory you want to have to maintain a Republican House and Senate, and have a Republican president. You don’t have to theorize that with me. You’ve seen I’ve done it in what is one of the bluest states in America after governing as a conservative for four years,” he said.

“…We understand that the mainstream media in this country is liberal, and they put forward liberal causes, and they support liberal candidates. And in light of that kind of atmosphere, we’ve elected Ronald Reagan. We’ve elected George Bush 41. We’ve elected George Bush 43. There is no reason we can’t do that when we have the best candidate. We can overcome that. And I’m not going to be one of those people who is going to whine and moan and complain about the media.”

Entitlement reform is the linchpin of Christie’s early campaigning, as he proposes “a modest means test that only affects those with non-Social Security income of over $80,000 dollars a year, and phases out Social Security payments entirely for those that have $200,000 dollars a year in retirement income.”

“These programs were set up to try to prevent poverty. Someone making $200,000 dollars or more is not in danger of being in poverty,” he said.

The payroll tax would be eliminated for anyone who’s working after the age of 62 under Christie’s plan and the retirement age would be raised to 69. “We have to have a reasonable phase in period the same way we have to have a reasonable phase in period for the elevation of the retirement age,” he said.

“I’m going to come forward in the next two months with four major policy addresses like the one I gave today. Today was the first one. And as you saw, it was very direct, very specific, very substantive. The next three topics are going to be on national security and national defense, and taxes and economic policy, and on a national energy policy, because we need to have a national energy policy to confront the issue you discussed, and lots of other issues regarding energy policies going forward. So stay tuned, and we’ll talk about that when we talk about the national energy policy.”

Christie, who predicted that the eventual GOP nominee will be a governor, was asked on NBC this morning if his moment as a serious GOP presidential contender has passed.

“I don’t know and neither do you,” he said. “…I’ve been the frontrunner before. It’s a place where the bull’s-eye is on your back and everybody’s shooting at you. So that’s OK. I’m fine with exactly where I am right now, because I haven’t changed. Because all that other stuff’s artificial. And so the game really begins. And the game hasn’t even come close to beginning.”

Posted at 7:07 am on April 16th, 2015 by

Time to Disband the National Football League

First of all, it’s a complete waste of a grownup’s time and money. Second, it’s boring. Third, it’s dangerous. And fourth:

Former San Francisco 49ers running back Lawrence Phillips is suspected of killing his cellmate in a Central California prison. Prison officials said Monday that Phillips’ cellmate at Kern Valley State Prison was found lifeless over the weekend and later pronounced dead.

Phillips, 39, was once one of the nation’s top college football players at Nebraska. Aside from the 49ers, Phillips also played for the St. Louis Rams and the Miami Dolphins in the NFL. He also played in NFL Europe, the Arena Football League and the Canadian Football League.

Phillips was considered by many the best overall player heading into the NFL 1996 draft, but he fell to the Rams with the number six pick following his suspension for an alleged assault on his girlfriend. His career was marked by frequent run-ins with coaches and off-field problems, including accusations of assault and brief stays in jail.

And fifth:

Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez looked on impassively Wednesday as he was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, a new low for a young man who once enjoyed a $40 million pro-football contract and now stands convicted in the 2013 murder of onetime friend Odin Lloyd.

Hernandez, 25, appeared to shake his head “no” earlier as jurors in the Massachusetts trial found him guilty of first-degree murder. He was also found guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition.

“They got it wrong,” Hernandez said as he was being transported from the courthouse to a state prison, according to a law enforcement source close to the case. “I didn’t do it.”

Back in 1976, Chuck Noll, then the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, referred to a “criminal element” in the NFL. Two years later, this happened:

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It’s been all downhill since. As the old saying goes, is the game worth the candle?

Posted at 7:06 am on April 16th, 2015 by

Doomed Jeb Bush Candidacy Gets Kiss of Death from Older Bro

Please, Jeb, take the hint and go away:

Jeb Bush’s candidacy has a problem, says brother George. “Me.”

“It’s an easy line to say, ‘Haven’t we had enough Bushes?’ After all, even my mother said, ‘Yes,’” the former president told an audience of 7,000 health IT experts here on Wednesday. “That’s why you won’t see me out there, and he doesn’t need to defend me, and he’s totally different from me. The role of family is not to be a political adviser or a policy adviser — there are plenty of those around — the role is to say, ‘Hey man, I love you.’

I said to Jeb, ‘Hang in there; you can do the job. Will you win? I hope so but I don’t know. But if he does he’d be a damn good president I’ll tell you that.” The elder Bush said the campaign trail will be grueling — as it should be — but his brother has an edge.

“It’s going to be a hard test for everyone, but it should be. You want to see these candidates under pressure, see them fail and succeed so you have a better idea how they’ll handle the pressures of the job. Jeb has actually run something, called a state. That’s a skill that comes in handy where you’re in charge of a very complex multifaceted organization.”

Maybe, but… about that last name…

Posted at 6:38 am on April 16th, 2015 by

IRS Wants More Money to Correct Problems in Agency

After it was revealed to the public that the IRS was wasting money on Star Trek-themed training videos, pricey exercise equipment and targeting law-abiding Americans, the agency’s boss, John Koskinen, was on the Hill yesterday begging Congress for money to fix the agency

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Here’s your obligatory eye roll from Lucille Bluth:

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Writes Fox News, “Koskinen testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, that budget cuts have stripped the agency from being able to effectively help taxpayers. He said the lack of funding has led to longer waits for taxpayers turning to IRS help centers.”

“Customer service, both on the phone and in person, has been far worse than anyone would want,” he said. “It’s a simple matter of not having enough people to answer the phones and provide service at our walk in sites, as a result of the cuts to our budget.”

How much money was wasted in labor targeting the tea party?

Koskinen said the agency was “dismayed” by the lines forming outside the agency’s help centers and reports of wait times on the phone of 30 minutes +.

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) sent a letter on Tuesday asking for details on some of the agency’s more ridiculous spending.

$4.3 million on “market research,” $8,000 on a stair climber and $4 million on office furniture for managers.

Thousands of dollars were also spent on “decorative and give-away items” such as bathtub toy boats, Thomas the Tank Engine rubber wristbands and kazoos.

It seems obvious that the IRS isn’t capable of being responsible stewards of the taxpayers’ money … so they should get nothing more.

Posted at 5:22 am on April 16th, 2015 by

Think Promising to Cut Taxes Will Help Conservatives? Think Again

Because the dirty little secret is, most people don’t pay much of anything in federal taxes. Even worse, they look at their “refund” — which is actually an interest-free overpayment loan to the government — as found money; for them, April 15 is not Tax Day, it’s the second coming of Christmas:

“Get your billions back, America.”

That H&R Block admonition–a clever ad campaign–shows the inherent conflict with the Republican Party’s anti-tax philosophy. For most Americans, April 15 is not a day to pay taxes. It’s a time to get a refund. An industry has sprung up to help Americans spend their refunds even before they have arrived.

This dynamic makes it hard for Republicans to pass comprehensive changes to the tax code, especially for individuals. There’s simply not a great appetite among most voters to change a tax code that doesn’t require them to pay all that much. A Pew Research Center study found that 53% of Americans believe they pay the right amount in taxes. Only 40% believe they pay more than their fair share.

But there is also a widely held perception that at the federal level, the tax system is broken. Sixty-four percent of Americans believe that corporate America doesn’t pay enough in taxes, even though the U.S. has the world’s highest corporate tax rate.

That was one of the many flaws of the Willard Mitt Romney candidacy: nobody except the those who actually pay taxes cares. And by those who actually pay taxes I mean almost nobody:

The Top 50 Percent of All Taxpayers Paid 97 Percent of All Income Taxes; the Top 5 Percent Paid 57 Percent of All Income Taxes; and the Top 1 Percent Paid 35 Percent of All Income Taxes in 2011.

Also remember that the income tax (a “progressive-era” amendment) doesn’t tax wealth, it prevents the middle class from ever accumulating wealth. That’s why rich Democrats like John Kerry, who married his money, or the Kennedys, who inherited it, don’t give a fig about the income tax. And why you’re never likely to see meaningful tax reform.

 

Posted at 5:21 am on April 16th, 2015 by

Semi-Lifelike Robot, Running for ‘President,’ Invents Fake Family History

That would be Hillary!, of course — a woman so dishonest and phony that she’s cannot seem to the tell the truth about anything:

Speaking in Iowa Wednesday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that all her grandparents had immigrated to the United States, a story that conflicts with public census and other records related to her maternal and paternal grandparents. The story of her grandmother specifically immigrating is one Clinton has told before. Clinton’s sole foreign-born grandparent, Hugh Rodham Sr., immigrated as a child.

“Her grandparents always spoke about the immigrant experience and, as a result she has always thought of them as immigrants,” a Clinton spokesman told BuzzFeed News. “As has been correctly pointed out, while her grandfather was an immigrant, it appears that Hillary’s grandmother was born shortly after her parents and siblings arrived in the U.S. in the early 1880s.”

“She has always thought of them as immigrants” — summing up the Clintons and the rest of the Mendacious Left in a nutshell. They feel something is true (mostly because it’s politically useful to them), ergo, it is true. Good for Buzzfeed for blowing her latest whopper apart. Not that it will make the slightest bit of difference in the worshipful way the rest of the media is going to treat her pathetic, doomed “candidacy.”

 

Posted at 4:05 am on April 16th, 2015 by

Spring Break, Rape — and Why It Sucks Not Being a Liberal

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From TheRebel.media.

Gavin McInnes was laughed at when he said Spring Break wasn’t safe anymore.

Then a girl was gang raped.

On the beach.

On video.

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Posted at 3:59 am on April 16th, 2015 by

Welp…Now We Know How Hillary Feels About Common Core

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During a campaign event at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton was finally asked to say something about Common Core — which promises to be a prominent issue in the 2016 campaign. Of course, it wasn’t a reporter who asked Clinton about the wildly unpopular educational standards, it was a teacher and Common Core supporter who said it is “painful” for her to see the standards attacked.

Clinton agreed wholeheartedly. “You know when I think about the really unfortunate argument that’s been going on around Common Core, it’s very painful,” she said.

[Not to be confused with the Benghazi attack, which she said was "very, very painful."]

She defended the standards, saying they were the result of a “bipartisan effort … actually, nonpartisan project.”

“It wasn’t politicized. It was about coming up with a core of learning that we might expect students to achieve across our country, no matter what kind of school district they were in, no matter how poor their family was. That there wouldn’t be two tiers of education,” Clinton said.

She speculated that Iowans were more supportive of Common Core because “Iowa has had a testing system based on a core curriculum for a really long time. And you see the value of it. You understand why that helps you organize your whole education system. A lot of states, unfortunately, haven’t had that. So [they] don’t understand the value of a core, in this sense a common core.”

[Perhaps what they don't understand is why every state needs the same standards with the same tests and why the federal government needs to be involved.]

“I was a senator and voted for Leave No Child Behind (sic) because I thought every child should matter,” Clinton said. “And [it] shouldn’t be ‘you’re poor or you’ve got disabilities so we’re going to sweep you to the back, don’t show up on test day because we don’t want to mess up our scores.’” Instead, Clinton said every child should have the same opportunities.

[Has she not heard of the Atlanta testing scandal where teachers were sent to prison for leaving poor and disabled children behind by falsifying their test scores?]

So in summary, Clinton supports a federally mandated one-size-fits all set of standards for every school in the country. It’s good that we got this cleared up early on in the campaign. Common Core promises to be a tremendous populist and crossover issue for Republicans — as long as they don’t choose a pro-Common Core candidate like Jeb Bush or John Kasich.

Posted at 1:04 am on April 16th, 2015 by

Netanyahu: World ‘Lulled Into Slumber on Bed of Illusions’ Decades After Holocaust

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned at this evening’s Yad Vashem ceremony to mark Yom HaShoah that the civilized world has been “lulled into slumber on a bed of illusions” this many years after the Holocaust.

“In the years before World War II, the free world tried to appease the Nazi regime, to gain its trust, to curry its favor through gestures,” Netanyahu said at the Holocaust Memorial Day event. “There were those who warned that a compromising policy would only whet Hitler’s appetite, but these warnings were ignored due to the natural human desire for calm at all costs.”

The prime minister spokes of those who like to repeat the phrase “never again,” vowing that the Holocaust’s lessons have been learned.

“They declare: ‘We will not turn a blind eye to the expansion aspirations of a violent tyranny.’ They promise: ‘We will oppose evil things as soon as they begin.’ But as long as these announcements are not backed by practical actions – they are meaningless,” Netanyahu said.

“Did the world truly learn a lesson from the inconceivable universal and Jewish tragedy of last century? I wish I could tell you that the answer to this was positive.”

He warned that “just as the Nazis aspired to crush civilization and to establish a ‘master race’ as ruler of the world while annihilating the Jewish people, so too does Iran strive to gain control over the region and then spread further, with the explicit intent of obliterating the Jewish state.”

“Iran is advancing in two directions: The first is developing the ability to arm itself with nuclear weapons and accumulate a stockpile of ballistic missiles, and the second – exporting the Khomeinist revolution to many countries by heavily using terrorism and taking over large parts of the Middle East,” he continued. “Everything is out in the open – it is all taking place in broad daylight, in front of cameras. And yet, the blindness is immense. ”

Netanyahu solemnly noted the “determination and lessons that were acquired in blood seventy years ago are now dissipating, and the darkness and fog of denying reality are taking their place.”

“The bad deal that is being made with Iran demonstrates that the historic lesson has not been internalized,” he said. “Instead of demanding a significant dismantling of the Iranian nuclear program and conditioning the removal of the limitations imposed on it on the cessation of its aggression, the superpowers are leaving Iran with its nuclear capabilities, and even allowing it to expand them many times over regardless of its steps in the Middle East and around the world.”

Iran’s rulers “continue to encourage subversion and terrorism, and disseminate destruction and death” as the world sleeps.

“The powers turn a deaf ear to the crowds in Iran shouting: ‘Death to America; Death to Israel.’ They turn a blind eye to the scenes of execution of those who oppose the regime and members of minority populations. And they hold their peace in the face of the massive arming of terrorist organizations,” Netanyahu said. “At the most, they make a halfhearted statement for the record. ”

“We will not allow the State of Israel to be a passing episode in the history of our nation!”

The White House has not yet issued a statement on Yom HaShoah, which ends Thursday evening.

Earlier Wednesday, Netanyahu met with 85-year-old Holocaust survivor Avraham Niederhoper. He gave Niederhoper a copy of Rabbi Phil Chernofsky’s book And Every Single One Was Someone, which features one word — Jew, six million times.

“I keep it here to remember, not only to remember, but to prevent,” Netanyahu said. “What they did to you, they want to do to us. Today it is possible to fight; then it was not.”

(Photo: Israeli prime minister’s office)

Posted at 6:26 pm on April 15th, 2015 by

‘I’m Not Going to Hurt Them’: Rubio Would Attend a Gay Wedding

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said his personal opposition to same-sex marriage wouldn’t stop him from attending a gay wedding.

Rubio told Jorge Ramos, a host for Univision and Fusion, “if it’s somebody in my life that I care for” who was walking down the aisle, “of course I would” attend.

“I’m not going to hurt them simply because I disagree with a choice they’ve made or because I disagree with a decision they’ve made, or whatever it may be,” he added. “Ultimately, if someone that you care for and is part of your family has decided to move in one direction or another or feels that way because of who they love, you respect that because you love them.”

Rubio compared the dilemma to the Catholic Church’s prohibition on divorce and remarriage without an annulment.

“I’m a member of the Catholic faith that teaches, for example, that divorce is wrong,” Rubio said. “But if someone gets divorced, I’m not going to stop loving them or having them a part of our lives.”

On Tuesday, Rubio was asked on CNN about a Pew poll showing 61 percent of Republican voters under the age of 30 support same-sex marriage.

“That is an issue that will largely be determined at the state level, since marriage laws have always been defined by the states,” the senator said. “I’m — not, for example, ever supported a federal constitutional amendment to define marriage because I believe states define marriage in their laws. And if in fact people feel that way, as that poll says, then they can petition a state legislature to change the law.”

“But the second point I would make is, I don’t — I think there’s still a significant number of Americans that believe that the definition of marriage should be that of one man and one woman, as it has been for thousands of years… They’re a large minority. In essence, there are still parts of this country that believe that way,” Rubio continued.

“But irrespective of it, we’re in a republic. If you want to change the marriage laws of your state, go to your state legislature and get your legislators to change it. I don’t believe the court system is the appropriate way to do it. And I don’t believe Washington and the Supreme Court is the appropriate way to do that.”

Posted at 4:49 pm on April 15th, 2015 by

The Incredible, Disgusting TSA Groping Conspiracy

Two Denver TSA screeners have been fired for assisting another TSA employee in sexually assaulting male passengers.

CNN:

Here’s how police say the scheme worked: When the male TSA officer noticed a man he found attractive, he would alert a female TSA officer.

The female officer would then tell the screening machine that a female passenger — not a male — was walking through. And that information would trigger a machine to register an anomaly in the groin area, prompting the male TSA officer to pat down the passenger, police said, citing a TSA investigation.

But during the patdown, the male TSA officer used the palms of his hands to touch the passenger’s front groin area and buttocks, which violates TSA policy.

All this came to light after an anonymous tip from a TSA employee in November. The agency launched an investigation, and investigator Chris Higgins monitored the two TSA officers in question, Denver police said in a report.

Higgins watched the plan being carried out on February 9. He interviewed the female TSA officer, who said she had done this with her colleague at least 10 other times, police said.

Both of the TSA officers investigated have been fired, TSA special agent Charles Stone told police. Authorities did not release their names.

The TSA called the incident deplorable.

“These alleged acts are egregious and intolerable,” the agency said in a written statement to CNN.

“All allegations of misconduct are thoroughly investigated by the agency. And when substantiated, employees are held accountable.”

But it’s unlikely criminal charges will be filed because there is no identifiable victim. The TSA said it has been trying to identify the passenger in the February incident but to no avail.

The TSA said no passengers have come forward with similar cases so far at the Denver airport.

Now how do you suppose they came up with such a clever scheme? Do you think that perhaps they heard of similar methods to get their rocks off at other airports?

And what was the motivation of the two TSA screeners who facilitated these attacks? Did they think it was funny? Did they themselves get a sexual thrill out of their co-workers’ groping? It boggles the mind.

Almost all people would too embarrassed to report this kind of attack by TSA employees. And perhaps they’re not even sure it’s an attack. Most of us are very trusting of law enforcement and especially airline security employees. I think there’s a good chance this kind of attack — on both men and women — occurs far more often than we can imagine and the victims simply dismiss it as intrusive, but part of the price we pay to be safe in the air.

Sick. Sick. Sick.

Posted at 4:40 pm on April 15th, 2015 by