Last night SNL opened the show with a skit that was fantastically funny and pathetically sad all at the same time. For all those who are old enough to remember the School House Rocks, ‘I’m Just a Bill,’ completely understood the biting sarcasm and mockery of the political system. Instead of the way we learned it as kids and the way the US Constitution provides for … “I’m just a bill, yes I’m only a bill, and I’m sitting here on Capitol Hill,” Barack Obama decided to change law on his own. The result, SNL’s I’m an executive order.
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As the immigration bill sings to the young boy explaining how a law is made, Obama tosses the bill down the Capitol Hill steps in lieu of his executive order, “I’m an executive order and I pretty much just happen”.
Boy: [After Obama pushes the bill down the Capitol Hill steps] President Obama, what’s the big idea, that bill was just trying to become a law.
Obama: I realize that. But you know son there is an even easier way to get things done around here. It’s called an executive order.
Executive Order: “I’m an executive order and I pretty much just happen”. And that’s it.
Boy: Wait a second, don’t you have to go through Congress at some point?
Executive Order: Awe, that’s adorable. You still think that’s how government works. Ha, ha, ha.
Immigration Bill: [After climbing back up the steps] Don’t listen to them son. Look at the midterm elections, people clearly don’t want this, ahh [Obama pushes the bill down the steps again].
Boy: Mr President, is this Constitutional?
Obama: Of course, Presidents issue executive orders all the time.
Executive Order: That’s right. I could do lots of things. I’ll create national park or a new holiday.
Obama: Or grant legal status to 5 million undocumented immigrants.
Executive Order: Wait, what!!!
Obama: Yup, that’s what you are going to do.
Executive Order: Om my God, I didn’t have time to read myself. Whoa!!! OK, go big or go home, huh?
Finally, the first biting political spoof from Saturday Night Live in a while: the Bill from Schoolhouse Rock explains to a student how he becomes a law, only to be violently beat up by Barack Obama and his new best friend, “Executive Order.”
Even then, the poor Executive Order still thinks he’s used for simple things, like declaring holidays and creating national parks, until Obama informs him that he’s going to be used to grant amnesty to 5 million undocumented immigrants. His reaction: “Whoa.”
Over the weekend on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press,’ we were once again witness to what happens when a black activist with an agenda is presented with the facts that they don’t like to hear. The response is using the race card. In a heated discussion about race and crime with Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson during a discussion on Ferguson, Missouri, Rudy Giuliani pointed out the facts that what happened in there was the exception, not the norm. But, it was being treated by the MSM and activists like it happened all the time. Giuliani stated that 93% of blacks in America are being killed by blacks.
But the fact is, I find it very disappointing that you’re not discussing the fact that 93 percent of blacks in America are killed by other blacks. We’re talking about the exception here,” Giuliani said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” while discussing whether police forces reflect the demographics of the communities they serve.
Dyson called this a “false equivalency.”
Later in the heated debate, it got personal, very personal. When professor Dyson did not like what he heard, he said the following, “this is a defense mechanism of white supremacy at work in your mind.” REALLY? What a shock, when all else fails, play the race card. This is why blacks continue to kill blacks, their so-called leaders fail to truthfully deal with the real problem and focus on race-baiting. Rudy Giuliani said that black on black crime, “is the reason for the heavy police presence in the black community.” Dyson shot back and said, “not at all”. (2:10). Really sir, that is not what President Barack Obama says below … or is he a White Supremest also?
Later in the argument Giuliani argued that while police officers are only present in certain communities because black people are committing crimes.
“It is the reason for the heavy police presence in the black community,” he said. “White police officers won’t be there if you weren’t killing each other 70 percent of the time.”
Dyson shot back at Giuliani and said, “this is a defense mechanism of white supremacy at work in your mind.”
Check out the VIDEO below of Barack Obama discussing the situation in Ferguson, MO. At the 1:55 mark Obama says, “… because minority communities typically are subject to more crime. They need law enforcement for than anybody. There are a lot of communities, in my home town of Chicago for example, who actually want to see more police there.”
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Transcript of the heated debate from Real Clear Politics:
CHUCK TODD, MEET THE PRESS: Now let’s talk about the larger issue here that I think other communities may need to confront. Mayor Giuliani, I want to show you this graphic of the disproportionality of white police forces basically not looking like the communities that they serve. I highlighted six here of the most dramatic.
This was a Washington Post analysis of census data. Where basically the proportion of white police officers was much higher than the proportion of the white population. Miami Gardens, Florida, right outside the city of Miami, we see there El Paso, Texas, Compton, Gary, Indiana, Newark, Detroit. I mean, all of those place could become future Fergusons. How do you make a police force that looks like the community they serve?
RUDY GIULIANI: Well, I mean, starting with Mayor Koch, Mayor Dinkins, myself, Mayor Bloomberg, and now Mayor de Blasio, we’ve tried very hard to make the police force in New York City as proportionate as we possibly can. We go out of our way to do that. I think we do a pretty good job. Not a perfect job. But the reality is–
CHUCK TODD: You’re not on this list, so that’s a good thing.
RUDY GIULIANI: Right. I was glad to see that we weren’t, by the way. But the fact is, I find it very disappointing that you’re not discussing the fact that 93% of blacks in America are killed by other blacks. We’re talking about the exception here.
MICHAEL ERIC DYSON: Well, look. First of all–
MICHAEL ERIC DYSON: –it’s about a distrust issue.
RUDY GIULIANI: We are talking about the significant exception. 93% of blacks are killed by other blacks.
MICHAEL ERIC DYSON: Let me reply to that.
RUDY GIULIANI: I would like to see attention paid to that that you are paying to this and the solutions to that.
MICHAEL ERIC DYSON: He’s taking up in time. Can I say this, first of all, no black people who commit crimes against other black people go to jail [sic]. Number two, they are not sworn by the police department as a agent of the state to uphold the law. So in both cases, that’s a false equivalency that the mayor has drawn, which is exacerbated tensions that are deeply imbedded in American culture.
RUDY GIULIANI: It’s the reason that–
MICHAEL ERIC DYSON: Black people who kill black people go to jail. White people who are policemen who kill black people do not go to jail. If a jury can indict a ham sandwich, why is it taking so long?
RUDY GIULIANI: –it’s hardly insignificant.
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Malik is autistic, and was last seen in his bedroom around 5:45 p.m.
He’s described as 3 feet tall, 40 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue shirt and brown pants with stripes.
Anyone with information should call 911 or the Searcy Police Department at (501) 268-353.
Police, firefighters, neighbors, friends, and family members continue the search for missing 2-year-old Malik Drummond into the late night and early morning hours.
Police say the little boy walked away from his home on the 700 block of West Park Avenue around 6:30 Sunday night.
If you have any information on the missing child call Searcy Police at 501-268-3531.]]>
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“I think the American people, you know, they’re going to want that new car smell. You know, they want to drive something off the lot that — that doesn’t have as much mileage as me.”
I believe that Obama made a back-handed slap at Hillary Clinton referencing a “new car smell” and one with “not much mileage”. However, mainly I think he was referring to himself as being so unpopular by 2016 rolls around that no one will probably want him stumping for them, much like in 2014. If you think Obama was toxic in 2014, just wait until 2016. What was a direct slap to Hillary was when he was specifically asked about her, Obama said that a number of other possible Democrat candidates would be terrific presidents. Hardly a ringing endorsement.
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“I think the American people, you know, they’re going to want that new car smell,” Obama said in an interview that aired Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “You know, they want to drive something off the lot that — that doesn’t have as much mileage as me.”
“When you’ve been president for six years, you know, you’ve got some dings,” Obama said. “You know, they’re probably not going to be looking at me to campaign too much.”
“I think at the end of two years if — if they want me to do some selective things, I’ll be happy to do them, but I suspect that folks will be ready to see me go off to the next thing.”
“I am very interested in making sure that I’ve got a Democratic successor,” Obama said. “So I’m going to do everything I can, obviously, to make sure that whoever the nominee is, is successful.”
She hasn’t announced so I don’t want to jump the gun,” Obama said about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whom he said he speaks with regularly. “If she decides to run, I think she will be a formidable candidate and I think she’d be a great president.”
“She’s not going to agree with me on everything,” the President continued. “And, you know, one of the benefits of running for president is you can stake out your own positions — and have a clean slate, a fresh start.”
UPDATE I: Obama Is Damaging Hillary’s Chances.
Which leads perfectly into the WSJ article of how Barack Obama is damaging and will damage Hillary Clinton’s presidential nominee chances. Hillary Clinton is linked directly to the Obama presidency and is hardly considered one with a “new car smell”. Just like in 2014, Obama may not have been on the ballot, but his policies were. The same will hold true in 2016. Turnabout is fair play. Obama ran against GWB, Democrats are going to have to distance themselves from Obama.
President Obama ’s high-risk immigration gamble may have severe consequences for Washington, the country and the Democratic Party, most of all Hillary Clinton .
Mrs. Clinton’s putative bid for the Democratic presidential nomination is already running into trouble. The national exit poll from the recently completed midterm elections showed her with less than a majority of voters (43%) saying she would make a good president. When pitted against an unnamed Republican candidate, Mrs. Clinton lost 40% to 34%.
Those grim numbers followed on a September WSJ/NBC poll showing a plunge in Mrs. Clinton’s favorability rating, to 43%, from 59% in 2009.
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Missing: Jessica Padgett
Jessica Padgett, 34, of Whitehall Township was last seen Friday around noon leaving her job at the Duck Duck Goose Child Care center on Canal Street in Northampton.
Padgett’s husband also told police he last heard from her on the phone around 1 p.m. Friday.
Police found Padgett’s phone and her vehicle at the Dollar General parking lot on 2016 Main Street in Northampton. Padgett was nowhere to be found however.
Padgett is described as a white woman standing 5-foot-4 and weighing 130 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. She also has a tattoo of a footprint on her shoulder.
Northampton Fire Department Facebook:
We need some assistance from the public to help locate a missing person. Jessica Padgett went missing Friday, between 12:30-2PM from her place of employment. Authorities have located her vehicle at the Dollar General parking lot in town, but there is still no sign of Jessica. She is said to be approximately 5’4″, 130lbs, and has a tattoo of a footprint on her shoulder. Any information regarding the missing person, please call the Northampton Borough Police Department.
Duck Duck Goose Child Care – 1218 Canal St. Northampton, PA
Distinctive Fence Co. – 451 Covered Bridge Road Northampton, PA
Dollar General – 2016 Main Street in Northampton, PA
UPDATE I: “I want my big sister back,” says pregnant sister of missing Whitehall Township woman.
Kristi Davis of Maryland, says her sister was supposed to go to her stepfather’s house — just five miles from the childcare facility — to fax over some paperwork.
Padgett’s white Subaru Outback was found by police at the Dollar General parking lot in Northampton, but Padgett was gone.
At 1 p.m., Padgett had sent Davis, who is due next week with a daughter, a Facebook message telling her, “I want to see my niece being born.”
“She’s my only sister,” Davis said. “I want my big sister back.”
Padgett, a mother of two and stepmother of one, would never leave her children behind, Davis said. The family had just celebrated her wedding to husband, Mica Padgett, on Sept. 6 in Walnutport.
She also held a second job at Distinctive Fence Co. in Northampton, Davis said.
UPDATE II: The Search continues on Sunday for Whitehall mom, Jessica Padgett.
She was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with Duck Duck Goose Staff printed on it and gray sweatpants with a while stripe down the side, according to the flier. The group has organized search efforts in the area over the weekend.
Padgett also worked at Distinctive Fence Co. in Northampton, which is where she was headed to send a fax when she disappeared, said her sister, Kristi Davis. Police are looking for video surveillance camera footage that could shed light on her disappearance.
If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Jessica Padgett, please call the Northampton Borough Police Department at 610-261-0404.]]>
Marion Barry, the former mayor of Washington, DC has passed away at the age of 78. Hospital spokeswoman Natalie Williams said Barry arrived at the hospital around 12:30 a.m. and died at 1:46 a.m. He had been released from Howard University Hospital on Saturday following a brief stay. There was no cause was given, but he had suffered from many health problems over the years, including diabetes, prostate cancer and kidney ailments. Barry was married four times and is survived by one son, Marion Christopher Barry.
Barry was first elected mayor in 1978, then re-elected in 1982 and 1986. However, Barry was probably most famous when he gained international notoriety in 1990 when he was videotaped in an FBI sting smoking crack in a downtown Washington hotel room with a female friend. He was convicted on one count of drug possession and sentenced to six months in prison. Unbelievably, after getting out of prison, Barry was elected to a fourth, and final, term as mayor in 1994. It probably spoke more to the disarray of DC than anything else.
Former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry, whose four terms were overshadowed by his 1990 arrest after being caught on videotape smoking crack cocaine, died Sunday morning. He was 78.
Barry D.C. council spokeswoman LaToya Foster says he died shortly after midnight Sunday at a hospital in Washington. He had battled kidney problems stemming from diabetes and high blood pressure and underwent a kidney transplant in February 2009.
But he gained international notoriety in 1990 when he was videotaped in an FBI sting smoking crack in a downtown Washington hotel room with a female friend. He was convicted of a single count of drug possession — jurors had deadlocked on most counts — and sentenced to six months in prison.
Despite the embarrassment, Barry’s political career was far from over. In 1992, he made it back to city government, winning a council seat representing the poorest of the city’s eight wards. That victory helped propel him to a fourth, and final, term as mayor in 1994.
UPDATE I: Barack Obama paid tribute to the late mayor:
Dude, really? I guess if you overlook that little crack thing. (VIDEO)
President Obama on Sunday paid tribute to the late Marion Barry, saying the former Washington, D.C., mayor and councilman made a mark fighting against poverty and spearheading other initiatives that earned him the respect of his city.
10 year Nickolas Taylor was suspended from Milford’s Stacy Middle School for pointing his finger and using it as an imaginary ray gun in the school’s cafeteria. HUH? It gets even more ridiculous. According to school administrators, two students reported to the assistant principal that they believed the gesture Nickolas made was threatening. THREATENING? The fifth grader was written a conduct slip by Assistant Principal Noah Collins, who listed the offense as a threat. Thus, the brain surgeons at the school state that the discipline consistent with “other incidents of a threatening nature.”
If a school is going to punish every individual for what some child in this day makes them feel uncomfortable, there is going to be a very full detention class. Of course back in the day what Nickolas did would have been common place and no one would have thought anything of it. We’ve come a long way.
Yup, looks really threatening to me, sarcasm intended.
A child was suspended for two days after reportedly pointing an imaginary gun at school.
Nickolas Taylor, 10, was suspended last Friday from Milford’s Stacy Middle School after pointing his finger and using it as an imaginary ray gun in the school’s cafeteria.
“It’s totally ridiculous, it’s not right at all,” Rory O’Brien, Nickolas’ grandfather, told FOX 25 News.
According to school administrators, two students reported to the assistant principal that they believed the gesture Nickolas made was threatening. The fifth grader was reportedly written a conduct slip by Assistant Principal Noah Collins, who listed the offense as a threat.
Nickolas was suspended, discipline consistent with “other incidents of a threatening nature,” a statement from the school said on Wednesday.
Nickolas has no history of discipline outside detentions for incomplete school work, said Brian Taylor.
Nickolas has been diagnosed with ADHD and sometimes is disciplined because he is hyperactive and fails to focus, Brian Taylor said.
Just curious, has anyone in authority at this school ever heard of the word discretion? How about you explain to the child not to do this in the future and explain what was wrong. Not suspending him from school.]]>
Ahead of the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri in the shooting death of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson, local, state and federal authorities have beefed up their forces to prepare for the reaction. They have asked for calm. However, the protesters leading up to the eventual grand jury decision have been anything but. Friday night was no different as protesters responded to police by chanting ”F*ck the police” and shouting “We don’t give a f*ck about your laws like you don’t give a f*ck about our lives.”
This is going to get ugly, really ugly.
Warning: Adult language
The protests in Ferguson, Mo., on Friday night grew larger than previous days’ gatherings of protesters, despite the rain and cold weather. Police officers used a megaphone to ask protesters to leave the street outside the Ferguson Police Department or they would be arrested. In this video, protesters responded by chanting ”F— the police” and shouting “We don’t give a f— about your laws like you don’t give a f— about our lives.”
Meanwhile, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is still agitating until the very end. Holder urged police to show restraint in handling any protests that flare after the grand jury’s decision. REALLY? ARE YOU KIDDING? All hell is going to break loose in Ferguson if the grand jury does not come back with a murder indictment. Even with that, there will probably still be protests and riots. Just curious, how about telling the agitators to do the same?
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder urged police to show restraint in handling any protests that flare after the grand jury’s decision as tensions simmered in Ferguson, Missouri, over a case that has become a flashpoint for U.S. race relations.
Assistant Sheriff Scott Sebring said 17-year-old Lezly Meraz-Escareno has been missing since Monday. She was last seen at her rural Toronto home at about 10 p.m.
The report lists the young woman as a runaway.
According to Sebring, Meraz-Escareno was last known to be in the Watertown area, and she is believed to be with older friends who may be hiding her.
If anyone sees or knopws the whereabouts of Lezly Meraz-Escareno, please contact the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office at 605-696-8300.]]>
Jay Carney, Barack Obama’s former Press Secretary, when asked what had changed for President Obama on immigration, he said that Barack Obama is doing a 180 today on what he has said he could do in the past. While appearing on CNN’s 360 with Anderson Cooper after Obama’s immigration executive order speech, after being confronted with video of Obama’s past comments on immigration, Carney stated, “I think if he could have his words back, especially where he specifically talked about suspending deportation. That is literally what he is doing today.”
In other words, Obama for for the US Constitution, before he was against it. Or, does it all depend on what the meaning of “separation of powers” is?
CNN Host, Anderson Cooper:I just want to play again the presidents past comments on this because clearly there is a stark distinction on what he said tonight and what he said in the past. [VIDEO]
CNN Host, Anderson Cooper: Other than his frustration, what has changed. I mean he is a Constitutional scholar, what has changed that allows him to do this?
Jay Carney: Here is what I say, think if he could have his words back, especially the first clip, where he specifically talked about suspending deportation. That is literally what he is doing today.” In later instances, including when I was there, he would speak very carefully about what he could not do as president.” [editors note: Carney was Obama's Press Secretary from January 27, 2011 to June 20, 2014.Who the hell is he kidding about Obama was more careful as to what he could and could not do? Watch the video below and see the dates of Obama's remarks. They are March 2011, September 2011, September 2013 and February 2013. Every single one of the Barack Obama's comments was made when Carney was is press secretary. But this is what Obama and his minions do, lie, lie and when caught, lie some more.]
Other videos of Obama grubering on immigration.
The above video cuts off the last part of the discussion; however, this one (VIDEO) does not. Carney further goes on to say that, “He Obama] can’t change the law. He can’t provide a path to citizenship. He can’t do the things that only Congress can do.” Then Carney does what any uber-Lib does best … Carney defended Obama’s actions, even though he just said Obama couldn’t do them.
AMERICA … ONCE AGAIN OBAMA HAS “GRUBERED” YOU!]]>
IRS investigators have informed Congress that they have located as many as 30,000 of former IRS official Lois Lerner’s emails. The emails that were said have been permanently lost after a convenient hard drive crash of her computer. Remember when John Koskinen, the new IRS commissioner, testified under oath to Congress on June 20th the emails had been irretrievably lost. Hmm, I guess not so much, eh? Where were those found? The inspector general discovered the potential emails among 744 disaster recovery tapes that backup IRS systems. Just where everyone said they would be. However, why had the IRS not found her emails sooner? Judicial Watch announced earlier this month that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) admitted to the court that it failed to search any of the IRS standard computer systems for the “missing” emails of Lois Lerner and other IRS officials.
IT WOULD APPEAR THAT THIS SCANDAL IS NOT OVER, ESPECIALLY WITH THE GOP TAKING CONTROL OF THE SENATE NEXT YEAR.
The IRS’s inspector general has told Congress that it may have discovered as many as 30,000 of the lost Lois G. Lerner emails, despite the IRS’s repeated insistence both in testimony to both Capitol Hill and federal courts that they were beyond recovery, congressional committees said Friday.
Investigators are now trying to figure out if they can to the data in a readable format — a process that could take weeks, according to a congressional aide.
The inspector general discovered the potential emails among 744 disaster recovery tapes that backup IRS systems, and found up to 30,000 Lerner emails from 2009 to 2011, which covers the period of emails she reported lost in a computer hard drive crash.
The revelation raised a host of questions about the IRS’s claims that the emails had been irretrievably lost — assertions the agency and its new chief, John Koskinen, had made both while testifying under oath to Congress and in court papers defending against lawsuits from several of the conservative groups who had been denied approval for nonprofit status.
The missing emails extend from 2009 to 2011, a period when Lerner headed the IRS’s exempt-organizations division.
The emails were lost when Lerner’s computer crashed, IRS officials said earlier this year.
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Now what are the odds that there will be any incriminating emails delivered to Congress. Not only does the IRS need to produce Lerner’s emails, they also need to produce all of the emails of all the other individuals who Lois Lerner emailed. We all know you can delete the received and sent accounts of emails. It is the email chain that becomes the smoking gun of who the emails were sent to and forwarded to from third parties.]]>
Susan Sandusky Martin
Martin is described as a white female who is 6’ 0?, 230 lbs, with blue eyes and brown hair. She was last seen wearing black, capri-style exercise pants, purple tennis shoes, and light hooded purple pullover. She may be driving a red 1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo with the Tenn. license plate number A9448B with factory wheels and no tint on the windows.
The Sheriff’s Department said Martin left the Leoma, TN area with a possible destination of Wal-Mart in Lawrenceburg or Pulaski, Tenn.
If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Susan Sandusky Martin, please contact Investigator Blake Mays or Lt. Nathan Neese of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department at 931-762-3626 or Lawrence Central Dispatch at 931-762-0450.
UPDATE I: Missing Lawrence County, Tenn. woman found dead, no foul play suspected.
A woman reported missing Thursday after she failed to pick up her child from school was later found deceased inside her car. No foul play was immediately suspected.
Family members of Susan Sandusky Martin told NewsChannel 5 her body was discovered early Saturday morning inside her car in the Leoma community.
Her cause of death was not immediately known, but according to her family, Martin suffered an apparent medical incident while driving, and drove through a stop sign on Pattershack Road.
The car continued where it ultimately came to rest in a small, wooded area.
It turns out that the Obama administration did pay money to terrorists in an attempt to get the release of Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl. UNREAL. The Department of Defense did pay a ransom for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl but the transaction’s Afghan middle man ran off with the cash. This goes against previous Pentagon statements in 2009 where they denied doing any such thing. LIARS!!! The ransom payment also goes against President Obama’s strategy finical strategy in pressuring foreign governments, corporations and families of captives not to pay ransom. What are the odds we will hear Obama say, he just learned about this scandal too? But when that failed, Obama did the next worse thing … released 5 GITMO terrorists for a deserter.
The Department of Defense attempted to pay a ransom for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl but the transaction’s Afghan intermediary ran off with the cash, according to a member of the House Armed Services Committee.
The claims directly contradict statements from the Pentagon, which has vehemently denied that it paid cash to a Taliban splinter group that captured Bergdahl in 2009. The administration in May released five-value Guantanamo Bay detainees in exchange for Bergdahl’s release.
Remember following the release of Bowe Bergdahl, FOX News reported that the Obama administration may have given the Taliban and Haqqani terrorists money as well as the five top Taliban prisoners? Watch the VIDEO below of the Catherine Herridge interview with Greta Van Susteran and On the Record.
VIDEO Hat Tip – The Gateway Pundit
The Washington Times:
The Pentagon is under fire for making a ransom payment to an Afghan earlier this year as part of a failed bid to win the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, according to U.S. officials.
Sgt. Bergdahl was released in May after nearly five years in captivity as part of a controversial exchange for five terrorists held at the U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The ransom payment was first disclosed by Rep. Duncan Hunter in a Nov. 5 letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Mr. Hunter stated in the letter that Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) made the payment covertly as part of a release deal. But the money was stolen by the Afghan intermediary claiming to represent the Haqqani terrorist network.
“Given the significance of this matter, as well as the fact that Pentagon officials have denied that a payment was even considered — and you also said you were unaware of any such attempt — I ask you to immediately inquire with JSOC to determine the specific order of events,” said Mr. Hunter, California Republican and member of the House Armed Services Committee.
Mr. Hunter also asked Mr. Hagel whether ransom payments are being considered for other captives.
Disclosure of the ransom payment undermines a key financial element of President Obama’s strategy to counter the Islamic State — pressuring foreign governments, corporations and families of captives not to pay ransom. In a speech in September, David S. Cohen, Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said the Islamic State made $20 million this year in ransoming hostages.
As we all wait for the the grand jury decision in the shooting death of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson, CNN is reporting that Officer Wilson is in talks to resign. Wilson is supposedly in the final stages of talks to resign. Previously, Ferguson Chief of Police Tom Jackson said that Officer Wilson would be immediately returned back to active duty if he is not indicted. That seems not to be the case. Officer Wilson continues to maintains he has done nothing wrong, and the resignation talks have hinged on whether a grand jury returns an indictment against him in Brown’s death. His reason for leaving his job has more to do with easing pressure and protect his fellow officers. The sad reality is though, a police officer may not only be found not guilty of a crime, he may not even be indicted of one and still pretty much be forced to resign. That is what happens when community agitators come to town.
As a grand jury gets closer to announcing its decision, Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot Michael Brown, is in the final stages of negotiations with city officials to resign, sources close to the talks said.
The grand jury hearing evidence is preparing to meet Friday for what might be its final session. A decision on whether to charge Wilson in the death of the unarmed teen could come the same day, law enforcement officials have said.
Wilson maintains he has done nothing wrong, and the resignation talks have hinged on whether a grand jury returns an indictment against him in Brown’s death, the sources said.
While Wilson has told associates he would resign to help ease pressure and protect his fellow officers, he’s expressed concern about resigning while the grand jury was hearing evidence for fear it would appear he was admitting fault.
Wilson could announce as soon as Friday his plans to resign, the same day a St. Louis County grand jury meets to deliberate and possibly decide on an indictment.