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Michelle Obama: Americans ‘Take for Granted’ How Much Barack Has Improved US

First Lady Michelle Obama proudly defended her husband’s record at a Washington, D.C. fundraiser, reminding the attendants how far the country had come since the Obamas entered the White House.

“Just think about how different our country looks to children growing up today,” she said. “Think about how our kids take for granted that a black person or a woman can be President of the United States.”

She also praised President Obama for changing history on gay marriage and the Supreme Court.

“They take it for granted that for the first time in history, there are three brilliant women serving on our Supreme Court,” she said. “They take for granted that their president will end hurtful policies like ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ they’ll speak out for gay marriage.

The First Lady emphasized her continued belief in the hope and change that they promised in 2008.

“Today, when folks ask me whether I still believe everything we said about change and hope back in 2008, I tell them that I believe it more strongly now than ever before, because, look, I’ve seen it with my own eyes,” she said, citing Obamacare, the stimulus, and the auto bailout.

The First Lady told donors that it was Congress that was stalling and blocking their agenda, reminding them of the importance of the midterm elections.

“If we lose these midterm elections, it’s going to be a whole lot harder to finish what we’ve started,” she warned. “Because things will be even worse here in Washington.”

She also skewered members of Congress for blocking her anti-obesity agenda in public schools

“In fact, it’s gotten so bad, they’ve even tried to block the work I do on child obesity — and that’s really saying something,” she said. “I mean, for most folks in this country, making sure our kids get decent nutrition isn’t all that controversial — it shouldn’t be.”

***Seems like someone is self projecting here… Maybe she takes for granted $7 million dollar vacations, but the public sure doesn’t..

Senate Democrats Block Ted Cruz Bill Revoking U.S. Citizenship of Terrorists

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday ripped U.S. Senate Democrats for blocking his bill that would revoke the U.S. citizenship of those who join the ISIS terrorist organization, noting that they are abandoning something Hillary Clinton supported when she was Secretary of State.

The Democrats blocked Cruz’s bill on Thursday, a bill that would revoke citizenship from Americans who join ISIS. Cruz’s bill is very similar to one that then Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA)—who is now running in New Hampshire against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)—and then Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) offered a couple of years ago.

“As then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said concerning the Brown-Lieberman legislation — quote — ‘United States citizenship is a privilege, it is not a right. People who are serving foreign powers or in this case foreign terrorists are clearly in violation of that oath which they swore when they became citizens.’ The Expatriate Terrorist Act of 2014 is only a very modest change to current law. It’s one small step in a larger and necessary effort to refocus our ISIS strategy that I urge President Obama to consider immediately.”

On the campaign trail last week in New Hampshire, Brown endorsed Cruz’s bill.

“When people are in ISIS and they’ve left their citizenship at the door, they made it crystal clear when they went there planning on fighting—they’re not coming back for a house with a picket fence, they’re coming back potentially using and hiding behind that citizenship,” Brown said in a press scrum at an event where Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) endorsed him. 

“I agree with Sen. Cruz. I’m glad he filed [that bill] and I filed twice already because they should not be able to hide behind the rights and privileges guaranteed by the Constitution, especially when they’re looking to hurt and kill our citizens,” Brown added.

Cruz had made an effort to seek unanimous consent to have his bill considered, and Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii objected on behalf of the Senate Democrats on the Senate floor. Cruz said then:

It seems only prudent to address this threat, and I am therefore going to be asking for unanimous consent for the Expatriate Terrorist Act or ETA of 2014, which will make fighting for ISIS, taking up arms against the United States, an affirmative renunciation of American citizenship—and I should note here that the ETA is very similar to the bipartisan legislation proposed by Senators Joe Lieberman and Scott Brown in 2010 to address Americans who were joining al Qaida overseas, notably the radical cleric Anwar al Awlaki, or here at home, like Faisal Shahzad, who attempted to blow up a car bomb in Times Square.

'Interceptor’ cellphone towers found near White House, Senate - Washington Times

Vice President Joseph R. Biden speaks in Las Vegas on Saturday on an audience member’s cellphone at the national convention of the Disabled American Veterans, which he addressed on behalf of the campaign. (Associated Press)

Mysterious “interceptor” cellphone towers that can listen in someone’s phone call despite not being part of any phone networks have turned up near the White House and Senate.

A company that specializes in selling secure mobile phones discovered the existence of several of the towers in and around the nation’s capitol.


SEE ALSO: Chinese hackers successfully attacked military contractors for 12 months: Senate probe


“It’s highly unlikely that federal law enforcement would be using mobile interceptors near the Senate,” ESD America CEO Les Goldsmith told the technology website Venture Beat on Thursday.

The towers are also capable of loading spyware onto a mobile device before passing off a victim’s call to a legitimate network.

“My suspicion is that it is a foreign entity,” he told Venture Beat.

The reason Mr. Goldsmith doesn’t suspect U.S. agencies of placing the interceptors is that the federal government already has the capability of tapping directly into the carriers.

The devices, although often called a tower, can actually be as small as a suitcase, the website reported.

Goldsmith told the site he passed along the information he’d uncovered to the Federal Communications Commission.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/sep/18/several-interceptor-cell-towers-found-near-white-h/

Louisiana Radio Network - CPSO arrests mailman for allegedly stealing marijuana from packages

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The Caddo Parish Sheriff’s office says a United States Postal worker is under arrest for allegedly stealing marijuana from packages he was supposed to be delivering. CPSO spokesman Bobby Herring says they got an anonymous tip that 31-year-old Russell Leon Ellis of Shreveport was stealing the mail he thought contained pot.
"He would poke holes in the packages and smell them," said Herring.
Herring says initially Ellis was charged with possession of schedule I marijuana.
He says narcotics agents moved in on the mailman as he was removing the drugs from the postal packages.
"And when they caught him in the act he had about 476 grams of marijuana on him with a street value of just under $5000," said Herring.
They were able to obtain a search warrant for the suspect’s home and there they found an additional 618 grams of suspected marijuana with a street value of $6100, 25 weapons and $15,000 in cash.
Herring says the suspect was targeting packages being sent from states that have legalized marijuana.
"And that was kinda his tip off and that’s why he would punch the holes and smell it," Herring said.
The United States Postal Service Office of the Inspector General also investigated this case and Ellis could face federal charges.
http://www.louisianaradionetwork.com/blogs/cpso-catches-mailman-stealing-pot-from-packages#.VBsQVy5dWmA

Doctors: ‘Irresponsible’ to send troops to ‘combat’ Ebola

Call for quarantine, banning flights to U.S. from nations with virus outbreaks

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A real-life horror story is playing out in Africa as Ebola spreads, and President Obama’s decision to send 3,000 troops to Liberia to combat the virus could very well put Americans at risk of contracting the deadly illness at home, some health experts say.

According to the World Health Organization, at least 4,985 people have contracted Ebola and at least 2,461 have died. Several doctors have fallen ill with Ebola, and two of them have died. New reports indicate a Doctors Without Borders staff member has contracted the virus in Liberia and will be evacuated to France for treatment.

“You can see that these doctors, who are highly trained people, got themselves infected,” said Dr. Lee Hieb, former president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. “So sending troops into an area, if they’re dealing one-on-one with a patient, they’re not going to be able to protect themselves very well. It’s not easy to [prevent transmission], because you get tired and you get careless and you make some simple mistakes. All it takes is one virus particle.”

Dr. Hieb said quarantine measures should be taken to control the outbreak and prevent Ebola from coming to America.

“You don’t get Ebola from Europe,” she told WND. “You get Ebola from Africa. And it’s a really simple formula: Don’t let people fly to America if they’ve been to areas where there’s an outbreak. When there’s an outbreak, stop air [traffic] flow.”

Hieb added, “If they’re going to use the troops to do population control, which is one of the ways you contain it, basically you just don’t let anybody out. You’d make a ring around where it is, and you’d quarantine the area.”

With quarantines in places where the outbreaks are occurring, even if a person infected with Ebola were to try to board a plane to the U.S., it would be far more difficult for them to make the journey, she explained.

“Could somebody sneak through by going to Pakistan or some place?” she asked. “Yes, potentially. Ebola comes on so rapidly, you would know it. They wouldn’t make it. We should not allow flights from nations that are having Ebola outbreaks.”

Dr. Jane Orient, executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, has warned that the U.S. must “treat Ebola as a wake-up call.”


Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/09/doctors-irresponsible-to-send-troops-to-combat-ebola/#BfdSdIg8kZMtgVqY.99

Exclusive: Angry with Washington, 1 in 4 Americans open to secession | Reuters

A girl holds a U.S. flag next to a sculpture after a naturalization ceremony in New York July 22, 2014. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

(Reuters) - The failed Scottish vote to pull out from the United Kingdom stirred secessionist hopes for some in the United States, where almost a quarter of people are open to their states leaving the union, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found.

Some 23.9 percent of Americans polled from Aug. 23 through Sept. 16 said they strongly supported or tended to support the idea of their state breaking away, while 53.3 percent of the 8,952 respondents strongly opposed or tended to oppose the notion.

The urge to sever ties with Washington cuts across party lines and regions, though Republicans and residents of rural Western states are generally warmer to the idea than Democrats and Northeasterners, according to the poll.

Anger with President Barack Obama’s handling of issues ranging from healthcare reform to the rise of Islamic State militants drives some of the feeling, with Republican respondents citing dissatisfaction with his administration as coloring their thinking.

But others said long-running Washington gridlock had prompted them to wonder if their states would be better off striking out on their own, a move no U.S. state has tried in the 150 years since the bloody Civil War that led to the end of slavery in the South.

"I don’t think it makes a whole lot of difference anymore which political party is running things. Nothing gets done," said Roy Gustafson, 61, of Camden, South Carolina, who lives on disability payments. "The state would be better off handling things on its own."

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http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/19/us-usa-secession-exclusive-idUSKBN0HE19U20140919

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Report: Malaysian women join ISIS to comfort militants - Al Arabiya News

Three Malaysian women, apparently sympathetic to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), have reportedly travelled to the Middle East to offer themselves sexually to militants, an Malaysian intelligence official said in an interview published Wednesday.

“These women are believed to have offered themselves in sexual comfort roles to ISIS fighters,” the intelligence officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Malaysian Insider.

He added: “This concept may seem controversial but it has arisen as certain Muslim women here are showing sympathy for the ISIS.”

So-called Jihad al-nikah, permitting extramarital sexual relations with multiple partners, is considered by fringe hardline Sunni Muslim Salafists as a legitimate form of holy war.

“Intelligence exchanged with other countries revealed that Sunni Muslim women from Australia and the United Kingdom had also joined up with ISIS,” said the intelligence official.

“Australian intelligence officials have revealed that more than 100 Australian Muslims are in Syria fighting alongside ISIS.”

While reports of Muslim women, including Tunisian females, heading to Syria for Jihad al-nikah circulated in late 2013, this is the latest reported case.

The official stated that one of the women was in her 30s, and another in her 40s.

Malaysia initially revealed that about 30 Malaysians might have travelled to the Middle East to join ISIS.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/asia/2014/08/28/Report-Malaysian-women-join-ISIS-to-comfort-militants-.html

When War Erupts Patriots Will Be Accused Of Aiding “The Enemy” | Zero Hedge

Submitted by Brandon Smith via Alt-Market blog,

In modern times, war is never what it seems. Mainstream historians preach endlessly about grand conflicts over territory, resources, political impasse, and revenge, but the cold hard reality is that all of these “motivations” are actually secondary, if they are relevant at all. As I and many analysts have covered in great detail in the past, most wars are engineered wars. International elites have long seen advantages in pitting two seemingly opposed societies or ideologies against each other while playing both sides of the chessboard to direct events towards a predetermined and desired outcome. This is undeniable historical fact. If you really want to understand the past, or the intricacies of war, you will be lost unless you accept that most conflicts are designed; they are not random or natural.

They are not extensions of man’s mere greed or ignorance. They are not products of resource scarcity (a common and overly simplistic misconception used to mislead activists). They are not inevitable developments of “overcomplexity” according to the Rand Corporation’s “linchpin theory” propaganda. They are not the product of too much national sovereignty or individual liberty. No; traditional war is a tool for the organized ruling class. It always has been and always will be. This tool is used to turn the world into a vast petri dish, a bubbling beaker in a laboratory where social engineers hope to destroy the “old” to create something “new”.

At its most paramount of purposes, the despair and terror of war is intended to change the fundamental collective unconscious of nations and populations. It is meant to change our beliefs, our morals, our principles. It is meant to mutate us into something else, something malleable and terrible, something we would not normally recognize.

As we continue into the latter quarter of 2014, exactly 100 years after the first world war, I see much evidence to suggest we are headed for yet another engineered conflagration. It may be a war of terrorism and attrition between the U.S. and ISIS (an insurgency funded and trained by Western covert agencies). It may be a war of economic escalation between the West and the East (even though Russia is just as much a pawn of international banks like Goldman Sachs as any country in the West). Or, we may see all out global holocaust depending on the level of desperation and insecurity amongst the elites. What each liberty movement proponent, constitutionalist, and freedom fighter around the world needs to understand is that while we will be told that the enemy is Muslim extremism, or Russian aggression, or eastern economic subversion, the real target will be YOU.

The advantages of war at this time would be immense to the globalist establishment, but the primary function will be the ability to co-opt, demonize, and/or wipe out legitimate opposition during the fog and confusion. If you have ever noticed that each consecutive presidential administration seems progressively more hell-bent than the last to sabotage our infrastructure and push us towards endless confrontation, you might want to ponder the possibility that the New World Order does not end with the fall of the American empire - it BEGINS with the fall of the American empire.

Imagine a war in which a tangible and immediate threat is presented against the U.S. Not a CNN covered carpet bombing campaign in some poverty stricken hole on the other side of the world, but a real war right on our very own doorstep. Now, consider how this would psychologically affect the general public, and twist the principles of the average person. Imagine the kinds of morally relative impasses people would be willing to accept when they are truly afraid. Imagine what they would sacrifice to quell that fear. Imagine who they would sacrifice.

In such an environment, the concepts of free speech and personal dissent are rarely respected.

In war, dissent is often labeled treason, and free speech is labeled a peacetime privilege. The truth becomes a nuisance, or even a threat to the endurance of the state and by extension the collective. The same argument always arises – the argument that the survival of the group outweighs any disagreement the individual may have with the objectives of the group’s leadership. In turn, calls for “unification” reach a religious fervor, regardless of whose benefit this unification ultimately serves.

In the meantime, those who were tolerated as activists now become enemies of the state simply for doing what they have always done. The propaganda is already being put in place to assure the liberty movement is caught in the crossfire between the East and West.

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http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-09-18/when-war-erupts-patriots-will-be-accused-aiding-enemy

OH PLEASE: Michelle Obama Tells Sick Kids In Hospital, ‘Living In The White House Is Hard’ - Clash Daily

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The First Lady told sick children at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital that being married to Obama and living in the White House can be hard. Maybe she needs a lesson from these kids about what it means to have a hard life. Check it out…

First Lady Michelle Obama visited sick children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, where she complained about living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and being married to the president of the United States. She made the comments in response to being asked about her “favorite part about being in the White House.”

“About being in the — about being First Lady is being able to do stuff like this, really.  And it is so special for me to get to meet kids like you guys,” Michelle Obama started.

Because sometimes living in the White House and being married to the President and trying to live a life like that, it can be hard.  But when I meet you guys, I am so inspired, which is one of the reasons why I like to come and spend time with you guys.  You all are smart, and you’re focused, and you’re just so courageous.  And it’s just fun to be able — I could be here all day with you, if you haven’t noticed.”

Read more: The Weekly Standard

http://clashdaily.com/2014/09/oh-please-michelle-obama-tells-sick-kids-hospital-living-white-house-hard/

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Patient, 60, Says Nurse, 33, Forced Sex On Him | The Smoking Gun

SEPTEMBER 17—-A female nurse “initiated unsolicited sexual relations, including intercourse” with a hospitalized Illinois man who was awaiting

a heart transplant, according to a lawsuit filed Monday against the woman and the hospital where her employment was later terminated.

In a Cook County Circuit Court complaint, retiree John Cantone, 60, accused Rachel Shaper of battery and alleged that the Advocate Christ Medical Center in suburban Chicago was negligent in supervising the 33-year-old registered nurse.

Cantone, whose wife Laura is co-plaintiff in the lawsuit, charges that Shaper, seen at right, “had a propensity to initiate unauthorized physical contact with patients.” The nurse, he added, “had attempted and/or succeeded” in initiating similar contact with other patients in her care.

According to the complaint, Cantone was in his hospital bed at 9 PM when Shaper entered Room 916 East and “initiated unsolicited sexual relations, including intercourse.” The October 12, 2012 encounter, Cantone claimed, occurred in the hospital’s cardiac intensive care unit, where he was awaiting a new heart.

At the time of the alleged sexual acts, Cantone (pictured below) was “medicated with various drugs and was under electronic monitoring,” according to the complaint.

Cantone’s lawsuit seeks in excess of $200,000 in damages. The complaint was filed about a month before the two-year statue of limitations on battery and negligence claims would have expired. 

Illinois state records reveal that Shaper was fired from the Oak Lawn 

hospital for “crossing professional boundaries with a patient.” Those Department of Professional and Financial Regulation documents do not further describe the nature of Shaper’s boundary crossing (or whether Cantone was the patient in question).

In January, Shaper was formally reprimanded by state officials for failing to report that she had been terminated by Advocate Christ Medical Center. At a disciplinary conference last year, Shaper admitted failing to disclose details of her termination.

In mitigation, Shaper’s lawyer argued that the nurse had cooperated with state officials and had “voluntarily completed a boundary course.” A state consent order includes the contention by Shaper that “no patient harm” resulted from her actions, and that she “has been licensed since 2009 without prior discipline.”

While the state reprimand goes on Shaper’s record, her license remains active, and is valid until May 2016. (8 pages)

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/nurse-patient-sex-lawsuit-785643

Pocket-Sized Surveillance Drone Can Fly Through Windows

UAV could end up in the hands of law enforcement

A new pocket-sized surveillance drone endorsed by the US Air Force which could ultimately end up in the hands of law enforcement can fly through open windows and reach other confined spaces.

The Extreme Access Pocket Flyer, developed by Massachusetts-based startup CyPhy Works, features a 360 degree high-resolution panoramic camera and is just 7 inches long when fully configured. The drone also features wireless communications relay technology and enjoys “virtually unlimited flight time” as a result of being tethered to a microfilament battery that provides power.

The company was recently awarded a contract by the US Air Force to develop a version of the drone to be used in search and rescue missions such as in collapsed buildings.

However, CyPhy Works CEO Helen Greiner envisages the project being expanded so that the drone will eventually be available to law enforcement authorities.

“The initial targeted users of the Pocket Flyer are Air Force Pararescuemen, Special Forces units, and Federal Emergency Management Agency teams,” reports Ars Technica. “But the company sees a much larger market long-term. “Just like a camera, the best drone is the one you have with you,” Greiner said in a prepared statement on the contract. “The market potential is one for every soldier, marine, police officer, SWAT team member, and many other jobs that expose people to danger.”

Although the Pocket Flyer is small enough to fly through open windows, it is by no means the smallest surveillance UAV currently in the works.

A number of drones modeled after insects, birds and other small mammals are already being readied for use by the military and law enforcement bodies.

As far back as the 1970s, the CIA attempted to develop a petrol powered “insectothopter” drone, while anti-war protesters in Washington DC complained that they were under surveillance by a fleet of dragonfly drones at an event in 2007.

http://www.infowars.com/pocket-sized-surveillance-drone-can-fly-through-windows/