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Doug Ross @ Journal: PRELUDE TO CATASTROPHE: ISIS Openly Operating in Juarez, Mexico Just Yards Away From El Paso, Texas

Judicial Watch now occupies the role that regular investigative journalists in the mainstream media play when a Republican is President. Today they released another blockbuster report that deals with the repercussions of open borders and political correctness.

Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed to Judicial Watch that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border has been issued. Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies have all been placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning this imminent terrorist threat.

Specifically, Judicial Watch sources reveal that the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) is confirmed to now be operating in Juarez, a famously crime-infested narcotics hotbed situated across from El Paso, Texas. Violent crimes are so rampant in Juarez that the U.S. State Department has issued a number of travel warnings for anyone planning to go there. The last one was issued just a few days ago.

Intelligence officials have picked up radio talk and chatter indicating that the terrorist groups are going to “carry out an attack on the border,” according to one JW source. “It’s coming very soon,” according to this high-level source, who clearly identified the groups planning the plots as “ISIS and Al Qaeda.” An attack is so imminent that the commanding general at Ft. Bliss, the U.S. Army post in El Paso, is being briefed, another source confirms. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not respond to multiple inquiries from Judicial Watch, both telephonic and in writing, about this information.


I don’t see a problem.

After all, the White House announced today that we are “not at war with ISIS”, the President just admitted he has no strategy for dealing with the bloodthirsty gang of murderous Islamists, and instead of working on such a strategy he’s out of the office (…wait for it…) fundraising.

Oh. One more thing. An ISIS laptop was recovered in Syria that reveals the group is in the process of weaponizing Bubonic Plague.

http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2014/08/prelude-to-catastrophe-isis-openly.html

U.S. Hikes Fee To Renounce Citizenship By 422%

DOJ To Give Money From Bank Of America Settlement To Liberal Activist Groups | The Daily Caller

DOJ To Give Money From Bank Of America Settlement To Liberal Activist Groups

The Department of Justice is giving liberal activist groups money from a $16.6 billion settlement with Bank of America, Judicial Watch reports.

The groups benefiting from the lawsuit, according to Investor’s Business Daily, are the National Council of La Raza, Operation Hope, National Community Reinvestment Coalition and Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America. The money also went to “delinquent borrowers” in Chicago, Oakland, Detroit, Philadelphia and other major “Democrat strongholds.”

“This is a wealth redistribution scheme disguised as a lawsuit,” Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, told The Daily Caller. “And who benefits from the distribution? Interest groups the administration relies on, outside interest groups, allies and politicians in communities trying to benefit as well.”

Fitton noted that these liberal groups are basically what’s left of the Association of Community Organization for Reform Now (ACORN) network, and that President Barack Obama has ties to ACORN.

“You have La Raza that’s getting money, their former head is at the White House in a top position whose funding from the feds has gone up immensely under the Obama administration,” Fitton said.

La Raza, Operation Hope, National Community Reinvestment Coalition and Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America have all intimidated banks to give loans to minorities, even if they can’t afford to pay them back.

This is part of an ongoing scheme in which the DOJ puts the money it has received from bank settlements in a slush fund and then funnels the money to liberal groups. Judicial Watch points out that liberal groups — many of which are the same ones benefiting from this lawsuit — also received money from multi-billion dollar settlements from JP Morgan Chase and Citibank, as well as a $335 million settlement from Countrywide Financial Corporation.

“What we need is an honest Justice Department run by people who make a commitment to the rule of law rather using their power to extort and benefit more government and their political allies,” Fitton said. “This is no better than Tammany Hall.”

Border Patrol agent fires at armed militia member | The Associated Press

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — A Border Patrol agent pursuing a group of immigrants in a wooded area near the Texas-Mexico border on Friday fired several shots at an armed man who later identified himself as a militia member.

Border Patrol spokesman Omar Zamora said agents had been chasing a group of immigrants east of Brownsville Friday afternoon when an agent saw a man holding a gun near the Rio Grande. The agent fired four shots, but did not hit the man. The man then dropped his gun and identified himself as a member of a militia. Zamora said no other details were immediately available.

Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio, whose agency is involved in the investigation, said the incident occurred on private property and it appeared the man had permission to be there. He was not arrested, Lucio said.

The man, whose name has not been released, was wearing camouflage and carrying a long arm that was either a rifle or shotgun, Lucio said. The agent had lost the group of immigrants when he turned around and saw the man holding the weapon.

An unknown number of militia members have come to the Texas border following a surge in illegal immigration this summer.

But Lucio said, “We really don’t need the militia here.” He recognized they have the right to carry weapons, but noted that with the Border Patrol, Texas Department of Public Safety and local law enforcement, there are enough agencies working to secure the border. Gov. Rick Perry also called as many as 1,000 National Guard members to the border.

"It just creates a problem from my point of view, because we don’t know who they are," Lucio said.

This month, the Border Patrol warned its agents about militia members after seven of them dressed in camouflage and carrying rifles appeared out of the dark and began helping to apprehend immigrants around a canal near Mission. The agents initially mistook them for a Department of Public Safety tactical team.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_BORDER_SHOOTING_MILITIA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-08-29-20-19-35

Muslim Rape Gangs: the Disturbing Role of Britain’s Leading Child Welfare Charity

Among the more nauseating spectacles of the Rotherham child rape scandal has been the squirming evasion and shameless attempts at face-saving by the various authority figures whose job it supposedly was to prevent such horrors happening.

Muslim Rape Gangs: the Disturbing Role of Britain’s Leading Child Welfare Charity

15 Foods A Nutritionist Refuses To Eat

Church Work – Futility Closet

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By 1905 parts of Winchester Cathedral were in danger of collapse — the 13th-century builders had rested their structure on a bed of peat, which had been sinking under continuous pressure of 40 tons per square foot. In order to shore up the building, diver William Walker was enlisted to work in the church’s flooded foundations, replacing the peat with sacks and bricks of concrete.

Walker worked in total darkness for more than five years, from 1906 to 1911, handling an estimated 25,800 bags of concrete and 114,900 concrete blocks while wearing a suit that weighed nearly 200 pounds. “In addition,” notes the cathedral’s booklet, “as he was working in a graveyard, there was some risk of infection. However, Walker seems to have regarded his pipe as his sovereign remedy against all possible ills and immediately on his return to the surface, he always lit his pipe.”

As he worked, the business of the cathedral went on as usual. A journalist for the Standard described the scene in 1906: “The last Amen is sung, and the choir and clergy pass slowly and silently into the vestry. Outside the foreman blows his whistle. The great helmet of the diver with its staring goggle eyes, appears above the brink of the shaft, and the diver is helped out of his slimy, dripping shell. And soon choristers and workmen mingle beneath the shadow of the Cathedral.”

When the work was completed in 1912 Walker received the thanks of the king and was appointed a member of the Royal Victorian Order. During World War I a memorial tablet was laid in his honor on the cathedral’s west wall, and a statue of the diver was unveiled in 1964. On a BBC memorial program in 1956, Walker’s assistant William West was asked to remember him. “I think his habits was like mine,” he said. “He was fond of a smoke and when he come up, spell sometime, somebody told him about germs, which didn’t worry him. And he say: ‘Where’s my pipe? Don’t lay it down there.’”

http://www.futilitycloset.com/2014/08/26/church-work/

EXCLUSIVE: Breitbart Texas Verifies ISIS Border Threat With Leaked Doc

LUBBOCK, Texas — Breitbart Texas has exclusively obtained a leaked document warning federal agents about an ISIS-related terrorism threat across the entire US-Mexico border. Though the document focuses on the Texas-Mexico border, Breitbart Texas has confirmed that federal agents across the entire US-Mexico border have received the ISIS terror warning.

 

The document was released by the Texas Department of Public Safety and warned that ISIS was actively promoting and encouraging supporters to take advantage of the porous Texas-Mexico border to carry out terrorist attacks against US citizens.

The document attributed the increased interest by ISIS to a report done by journalist James O’Keefe. Though the report did not mention O’Keefe by name, it showed images of O’Keefe crossing the porous Texas-Mexico border while wearing an Osama bin Laden mask. 

In addition to the report, U.S. Border Patrol Agents confirmed that the U.S. Border Patrol agency was indeed taking the threat seriously. A Border Patrol agent in the Laredo Sector told Breitbart Texas that they had credible information that ISIS was attempting to find individuals and groups in Nuevo-Laredo Mexico to assist in gaining entry into the united states. 

A Border Patrol agent in the El Paso Sector would only tell Breitbart Texas that a warning was issued to agents pertaining to ISIS. 

The Border Patrol agent spoke to Breitbart Texas on the condition of anonymity.

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http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Texas/2014/08/29/Exclusive-Breitbart-Texas-Verifies-ISIS-Threat-With-Leaked-Doc

Mr. President, This One’s On You | The Blog on Obama: White House Dossier

“It’s on me.”

It’s one of President Obama’s pet phrases, the way he expresses contrition or takes responsibility on the rare occasions when he does that. He used the phrase with advisors after he screwed up the first debate with Mitt Romney and deployed it again, with the country, after he launched the pathetically broken Obamacare website.

So I’m wondering if we will hear this from him September 12, or the day after whatever day ISIS decides to strike the United States. Because given current U.S. strategy – and worse, the absence of one – an attack by ISIS is coming. And Mr. President, the blame is gonna be on you.

That Obama could stand before the nation and acknowledge, as he did Thursday, that he has no strategy for dealing with ISIS in Syria – and therefore, no strategy for dealing with ISIS itself, since Syria is half of the ISIS caliphate - is of course shocking, but unsurprising given this president’s approach to things.

Obama Biden

The administration has repeatedly insisted it’s been watching ISIS for months and months. SO WHY NO STRATEGY YET?

Couldn’t he have come up with something on the back of the scorecard between the fourth and fifth holes?

ISIS, which did not spend the month of August golfing, has a strategy. They’ve announced it. And as Obama’s own advisors have made clear, ISIS means business.

“Chatter” picked up from the bad guys is growing about a possible attack. Britain has raised it’s threat level. The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee says the “threat matrix” is as bad as he’s ever seen it.

This group is as pure a national security threat as we have faced in more than a decade, and maybe even before. They are snakes, devoted to a primeval logic that is beyond the comprehension of the Harvard-educated in the country: That is, if you don’t get us, we’re going to get you.

Obama speaks about trying to assure that if we help ISIS, Syrians have a moderate alternative to Bashar Assad. Really? We’ve been working on that one for three years. All this policy has done is get 200,000 Syrians killed.

It’s pretty clear at this point that there is no good solution for Syria. So it’s time to worry about children in U.S. shopping malls or their parents with offices in the Empire State Building. If we have to be Bashar Assad’s air force to accomplish the mission of destroying ISIS, so be it.

This is a gruesome, Darwinian game. Notions like moderate Syrians and inclusive Iraqi governments are niceties that can hopefully be arranged later, but maybe can’t. While Obama waits for the Iraqis to finish perusing the Federalist Papers, the United States needs to get busy with an uncompromising military operation that seeks nothing less than the destruction of ISIS.

As I’ve written, what’s needed is a massive, sustained air campaign guided by several thousand U.S. boots on the ground who can ID targets and call in strikes, assist Iraqi and Kurdish fighters, gather intelligence, and when necessary, participate in limited fighting themselves. This should work, but if it doesn’t, the United States needs to pour tens of thousands of troops into the theater to finish the job.

America’s leaders should have learned by now that halfway measures don’t work, and that when we fully commit our troops, we do in fact win. Unfortunately, the current administration is run by callow philosophizers who don’t even learn from experience.

Obama and staff

Obama better act, because he will have no one else to blame for the carnage that will be coming to our shores. After five and a half years in office, the usual effort to pin it on Bush will not hold up with anyone.

This crisis was spawned by the president’s decision - which I warned about, repeatedly - to rapidly and then fully remove any kind of serious U.S. military presence from Iraq. He thinks the Iraqi leadership screwed up after we withdrew. Of course they did. Because they are primitive. They’re not democrats. They need several thousand U.S. troops on hand to influence their behavior. Like the other nations we defeated and then rehabilitated.

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http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2014/08/29/president-2/

Harry Reid’s Alma Mater Dumps His Name From Building

Judicial Watch: Feds’ Bulletin Describes Threat of Imminent Terrorist Attack on Southern Border | National Review Online

For those of us who’ve been raising alarms about both the jihadist threat and the national-security vulnerability created by the Obama administration’s non-enforcement of the immigration laws, this is not a surprise — particularly less than two weeks before September 11. But it is nonetheless jarring to read. Judicial Watch has just put out this statement:

Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed to Judicial Watch that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border has been issued.  Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies have all been placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning this imminent terrorist threat.

Specifically, Judicial Watch sources reveal that the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) is confirmed to now be operating in Juarez, a famously crime-infested narcotics hotbed situated across from El Paso, Texas. Violent crimes are so rampant in Juarez that the U.S. State Department has issued a number of travel warnings for anyone planning to go there. The last one was issued just a few days ago.

Intelligence officials have picked up radio talk and chatter indicating that the terrorist groups are going to “carry out an attack on the border,” according to one JW source.  “It’s coming very soon,” according to this high-level source, who clearly identified the groups planning the plots as “ISIS and Al Qaeda.” An attack is so imminent that the commanding general at Ft. Bliss, the U.S. Army post in El Paso, is being briefed, another source confirms. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not respond to multiple inquiries from Judicial Watch, both telephonic and in writing, about this information.

The disturbing inside intelligence comes on the heels of news reports revealing that U.S. intelligence has picked up increased chatter among Islamist terror networks approaching the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. While these terrorists reportedly plan their attack just outside the U.S., President Obama admits that “we don’t have a strategy yet” to combat ISIS. “I don’t want to put the cart before the horse,” the commander-in-chief said this week during a White House press briefing. “I think what I’ve seen in some of the news reports suggest that folks are getting a little further ahead of what we’re at than what we currently are.”

The administration has also covered up, or at the very least downplayed, a serious epidemic of crime along the Mexican border even as heavily armed drug cartels have taken over portions of the region. Judicial Watch has reported that the U.S. Border Patrol actually ordered officers to avoid the most crime-infested stretches because they’re “too dangerous” and patrolling them could result in an “international incident” of cross border shooting. In the meantime, who could forget the famous words of Obama’s first Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano; the southern border is “as secure as it has ever been.”

These new revelations are bound to impact the current debate about the border crisis and immigration policy.

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/386694/judicial-watch-feds-bulletin-describes-threat-imminent-terrorist-attack-southern

Are Expired Medications OK to Take? - WSJ

One Expert Explains Why an Out-of-Date Aspirin Might Be Just Fine

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There is a lot of confusion surrounding expiration dates on over-the-counter and prescription drugs. Some people use the stamped date as a loose guideline, others adhere to it strictly, and a few keep their bathroom cabinets stocked with outdated pills indefinitely. One internist, Sharon Bergquist, assistant professor of medicine at Emory University in Atlanta, explains when to get rid of that eye ointment, and why an out-of-date aspirin might be just fine to take.

—Heidi Mitchell

It’s the Law

Since 1979, the Food and Drug Administration has required manufacturers to put expiration dates on prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Most patients don’t know what that date actually means. “It is the final date up to which the manufacturer will guarantee that medicine has full potency,” says Dr. Bergquist. “But that doesn’t mean that is the day that medication will become ineffective or unsafe.”

The expiration date is generally anywhere from 12 to 60 months from the time the product was manufactured, says Dr. Bergquist. She notes the date is conservative and in most cases, the drugs in question haven’t been tested for efficacy or toxicity past that date. Once a pharmacist dispenses a drug to a consumer, he will often put a “beyond use” or “discard after” label on the bottle, which is generally one year from the time he opened the original container. “This is required by 17 states,” says Dr. Bergquist. “But there is very little science behind it. It very well could be that a medication is good for 10 more years.”

A Military Study

At the request of the Department of Defense, the FDA conducted a major study of the shelf-life of common medications.

The study, published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences in July 2006, looked at the Defense Department’s large stockpile of drugs from 1986 to 2006 and tried to determine if all of the drugs needed to be replaced. The FDA analyzed 122 drugs in 3,005 lots, and studied their stability. “It turned out that 88% of the lots could be extended beyond their expiration date for an average of 66 months—or 5½ years,” says Dr. Bergquist.

Of course, she adds, the military stockpile is generally kept in a climate-controlled, regulated area, “not in a humid cabinet in a bathroom.”

Potency vs. Efficacy

Dr. Bergquist won’t tell her patients outright to use expired drugs. Instead, she breaks it down into two scenarios, she says. “If a person’s life is reliant upon nitroglycerin, an EpiPen or insulin, then he should keep turning over his medications and making sure they are complying with expiry dates.”

But if you have back pain, a cold or a headache, she adds, “and all you have is expired pills at home, in those cases, it’s probably okay if your medicine doesn’t have 100% efficacy.”

She also notes that there haven’t been reported cases of toxicity from expired medications.

Keeping Your Own Stockpile

Some forms of medication have longer shelf-lives than others, notes Dr. Bergquist. Tablets and capsules tend to be most stable, with tablets lasting the longest. Drugs that are kept in liquid suspensions or that need to be refrigerated, go bad relatively quickly and should always be kept up to date.

"Then there are obvious signs: If it has a strong smell; if it is an ointment coming out in crusts and cracks, or if it is crystallized, it should be discarded," she says. Generally discarding in the trash can is fine, though the FDA prefers controlled substances get flushed down the toilet, she says.

To keep meds lasting at least until their expiration date, store them properly, says Dr. Bergquist. “Don’t leave them in a hot car; keep bottle caps closed tightly, [and] look for places in your home that are dry, cool and away from direct sunlight.”

She recommends storing medicine in clothing drawers, kitchens (not above the stove) and always in their original container.

—Email questions to burning@wsj.com

Smith & Wesson Disappointing Quarterly Earnings, Outlook (NASDAQ: SWHC) - 24/7 

Something has gone wrong in gun land. The frenzy of pistol and rifle purchases has abated, without any easy answer for the trend. Large, publicly traded gun company Smith &Wesson Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: SWHC) announced earnings that were poor, and a forecast that was worse.

All Smith & Wesson CEO James Debney could do to explain the problem was say that inventories were high and that typical slow seasonality was to blame. It seems that seasonality was not part of last year’s results for the company’s first quarter, when revenue was higher by $40 million at $171 million. And improved seasonal sales won’t help as the year wears on:

The company expects net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 to be between $100.0 million and $110.0 million and GAAP earnings per diluted share from continuing operations of between $0.04 and $0.08.

Fiscal 2015 net sales are anticipated to be between $530.0 million and $540.0 million. The company anticipates GAAP earnings per diluted share from continuing operations of between $0.89 and $0.94 for fiscal 2015. The company believes that results within this range would generate a cash balance at the end of fiscal 2015 in excess of $125.0 million.

Those numbers were much, much less than Wall Street expected, and it punished Smith & Wesson by driving its share price down 17%. And the seasonality argument was undercut.

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The fact of the matter is that people are buying fewer guns. Maybe people are tired of target practice at local ranges. Maybe they feel safer in their homes. Maybe they are sick of hunting. Maybe the NRA has been less effective at making people feel they have the right to own and carry arms. Maybe Smith & Wesson’s product line has aged too much.

Whatever the cause, a $40 million drop in sales is so sharp that Smith & Wesson is no longer considered a good investment.

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