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Against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures,
Shall Not Be Violated


Saturday, June 28, 2014

Clinton Advisor Says It's Time For Special Prosecutor In IRS Case

From the New York Post:
WASHINGTON — A close adviser to Hillary Clinton agrees with Republicans that it’s time for an independent prosecutor to investigate alleged IRS targeting of conservative groups and missing e-mails. 
Lanny Davis — who was a counselor to President Bill Clinton — said the IRS needs intense scrutiny from an outside investigator. 
“There’s no Democrat that I know of that wouldn’t be asking a Republican administration to conduct an independent investigation” if Republicans were in charge, Davis said Friday.   
Davis referenced the disclosure that IRS official Lois Lerner proposed investigating Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) after she received an invitation intended for him. The invite mentioned providing accommodations for Grassley’s wife. 
“Looked like they were inappropriately offering to pay for his wife. Perhaps we should refer to Exam?” Lerner wrote to a colleague in 2012. 
“It was completely almost yucky to read what she wrote,” Davis said. “If that were known by her superiors, she should have been fired.
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Louie Gohmert Introduces Bill Giving IRS Employees 20% Pay Cut UNTIL LERNER EMAILS ARE FOUND - Also Offers $1 Million Reward

From the Daily Caller:
Two Texas Congressmen introduced a bill, the Identify and Recover Lost Emails (IRS) Act (H.R. 4958), offering a $1 million reward for the recovery of former IRS director Lois Lerner’s missing emails, or a $500,000 reward for information concerning their whereabouts. 
The bill, introduced by Republican congressmen Louie Gohmert and Bill Flores, also proposes a 20 percent salary cut for IRS employees until the emails are found. 
“A Tea Party group in my district was one of the first conservative groups to be targeted,” Flores told Breitbart Texas. 
“Then one of my donors appeared to be targeted… They’re all frustrated with the IRS. Then when this news [about the lost emails] came out, they were all even more agitated.” 
The bill implies that Lerner’s emails were not completely or accidentally lost, and may be recovered. By using “negative reinforcement,” Flores and Gohmert hope the IRS will cave under pressure and end the drama. 
“It seems that each time the IRS has evidence that will either prove with certainty its guilt or innocence, the evidence disappears,” Gohmert told KETK NBC. 
“Both common sense and the law indicate, the evidence such as emails must have proved the IRS’s impropriety if not outright crimes. It is time the IRS either comes clean, or has a special prosecutor to clean it up. This bill should help in the interim.” 
Both Gohmert and Flores believe the bill will receive “considerable support,” and are convinced the IRS emails will eventually turn up. 
“I even think we’ll have some Democrats support it,” Flores said. “They’re scared of what the IRS has done to their reputation. We will not sit idly by as the IRS continues to work to cover up its blatant abuse of government power.”
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"Hijra" and the Hijab

From Vlad Tepes Blog:
According to Sam Solomon, author of The Mosque Exposed, and The Modern Day Trojan Horse, on Islamic immigration, the word ‘hijra’ has two meanings. One is for Muslims to move to non-muslim areas for the purpose of making them islamic and two, to increase the degree of islamic adherence in any one place. 
Both are a journey towards islam for an area. In the example below, a libertarian minded person might think that in a muslim school any sort of dress code they want should be what it is you do, if you want the job. 
The problem however is that somehow muslims have managed to get themselves exempted from dress codes that run contrary to islamic norms, meaning they can wear islamic clothes even if the job requires them not to in the name of religious freedom. This makes it easier to see this for what it is. 
The ‘hijra’. A deliberate degree-by-degree raising of the amount of islamic adherence and getting the general public used to being subservient to the demands of the islamic fraction of the population.
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Video - Canadian Liberal leader Justin Trudeau talks of tolerance right after Muslim speaker quoted Koran on punishment of 'unbelievers'

From Will at THE OTHER NEWS:

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Obama 'Admin' Seeks Extra $1.4 Billion to Deal with Flood of Illegal Unaccompanied Children

From Will at THE OTHER NEWS:

Obama 'Admin' Seeks Extra $1.4 Billion to Deal with Flood of Illegal Unaccompanied Children. HT:CNSNews.

Pres. Obama is seeking an additional $1.4 billion to deal with the flood of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) into the U.S., a Congressional Research Service report reveals. 

Obama's FY2015 budget did not originally seek an increase in UAC funding for government agencies - but, on May 30, the administration nearly tripled its UAC budget request for the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) by asking for an additional $1.4 billion: 

In the President's FY2015 budget for the various agencies responsible for the UAC population (i.e., specifically in HHS/ORR and DHS budgets), there wasn't a request for funding increases to help address what has been characterized as a strain on agency resources.

The FY2015 President's budget request for the HHS/ORR program was originally $868 million, which is the same amount that was appropriated in FY2014. However, on May 30, 2014, the Office of Management and Budget updated its cost projections related to the UAC crisis and requested a total of $2.28 billion for FY2015 for the UAC program in the Office of Refugee Resettlement. 

In response, the Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health, and Human Services, and Education and Related Agencies, recommended $1.94 billion, which is $34 million less than the Administration's amended request - but, still more than $1 billion increase over FY2014 levels - in its FY2015 draft appropriations bill on June 10, 2014.Read the full story here.
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The Real Thing

... to see the unseen glitter of life
and feel the dirt, grief, anger and strife,

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Judicial Watch Files Motion In Court Over “Lost” Lois Lerner/IRS Emails


Lois Lerner and her friends better start getting fitted for their Prison-order Chastity Belts.

From The Washington Times:
The government accountability group Judicial Watch filed a legal motion Friday that threatens to drag the Obama administration into federal court to answer questions about the lost emails of ex-IRS official Lois Learner and others implicated in the tea party targeting scandal. 
Judicial Watch, which was at the forefront of exposing the targeting scandal, had filed a Freedom of Information Act request in May 2013 for emails of Ms. Lerner and other officials. But the IRS did not inform the group of the lost emails, even as it told the court that it was cooperating with the FOIA request. 
“The IRS is clearly in full cover-up mode,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. 
“It is well past time for the Obama administration to answer to a federal court about its cover-up and destruction of records.” 
The new court action would require the IRS appear in court to explain its actions regarding the lost emails and answer questions about it. The IRS became aware of the lost emails in response to the Judicial Watch request but didn’t inform Congress until this month, according to Judicial Watch. 
The lost emails from Ms. Lerner, who is the central figure in the tea party targeting scandal, has spurred cover-up accusations and conspiracy theory among lawmakers. 
The IRS has insisted a hard-drive crash permanently erased two years of Ms. Lerner’s email, covering the time during the 2012 election cycle in which the tax agency targeted tea party and conservative groups for extra scrutiny for tax-exempt status.
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Friday, June 27, 2014


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Today's Comedy Break from the New Republic

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The new WH press secretary speaking on immigration.
Signing laws created in congress IS THE JOB, sluggo. You are commander in chief of the armed forces, NOT LAW WRITER IN DEFAULT OF CONGRESS FULFILLING YOUR WISHES
During an interview with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest explained that the Obama administration was getting impatient with Congress.
“[W]e’re not just going to sit around and wait interminably for Congress,” he explained. “We’ve been waiting a year already. The president has tasked his Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson with reviewing what options are available to the president, what is at his disposal using his executive authority to try to address some of the problems that have been created by our broken immigration system.”
Earnest added that, although Obama was exploring executive action, it was “not a substitute for robust Congressional action” on immigration reform.
“That’s why we’re trying to focus on getting that done,” he concluded.
Obama has been heavily criticized after his 2012 executive decision to defer the deportations of some young illegal immigrants, which critics argue was a key incentive for more children to cross the border illegally.
Where are we headed with these executive actions?
SCOTUS, you people listening in?
If the executive, in the only office we all vote for overreaches, every one of us should have standing
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Was the government planning for an influx of illegal immigrants on the border?

Sara Carter, senior Washington correspondent for TheBlaze, joined The Glenn Beck Program Monday night to talk to guest host Dana Loesch about the escalating crisis along the border. Recent reports have claimed that the Obama administration spent months preparing for a surge of illegals on the border. What did they know and how did they know it? Sara Carter went into detail on what her investigation has uncovered.

From The Blaze:

Dana: Last week, we learned that the federal government was looking for vendors to help escort illegal immigrant children this past January. Here is the exact text posted to fedbizops.gov. It says, “ICE is seeking the services of a responsible vendor that shares the philosophy of treating all UAC with dignity and respect, while adhering to standard operating procedures and policies that allow for an effective, efficient, and incident free transport.” 
It says also that “The Contractor shall provide unarmed escort staff, including management, supervision, manpower, training, certifications, licenses, drug testing, equipment, and supplies necessary to provide on-demand escort services for noncriminal/non-delinquent unaccompanied alien children ages infant to 17 years of age, seven (7) days a week, 365 days a year.” 
The ad goes on to say that “Transport will be required for either category of UAC or individual juveniles, to include both male and female juveniles. There will be approximately 65,000 UAC in total: 25% local ground transport, 25% via ICE charter and 50%t via commercial air.” 
So who is paying for this? Oh right, we are. We’re paying for escorts to ease the illegal immigrants’ illegal entry into our country while a Marine sergeant named Andrew Tahmooressi sits in the Tijuana prison. 
Now, how exactly did the U.S. government know that 65,000 illegal immigrant children would be arriving across our border? Now, Texas Governor Rick Perry, he couldn’t take Washington’s inaction and the seeming coordination of this border violating effort, so he ordered up a border surge, authorizing the Texas Department of Public Safety to commence surge operations along the border. 
It comes at a cost of $1.3 million per week, and it’s going to continue through the end of the year. Attorney General Greg Abbott has requested an additional $30 million in federal funding from the Department of Homeland Security’s Jeh Johnson because at the very least, the federal government could maybe kind of help pay to work a problem that they created, right? 
The number of illegal immigrants crossing the border is staggering. Get this, border patrol caught 160,000 illegal immigrants crossing the border in the Rio Grande Valley in the first eight months of the fiscal year alone, right? 
Health professionals have raised awareness and a lot of concerns asking a lot of questions about the transmission of disease because those crossing likely haven’t received the same immunizations that U.S. children have received. So why are these numbers increasing? 
One report is that it’s due to amnesty rumors. Maybe it’s due to our lax reaction to the crime of illegal crossing. I mean, we’re loading illegal immigrants onto planes and buses and shipping them to other parts of the Southwest to sort of kind of like spread the flood. 
There are stories of border patrol agents acting as surrogate parent instead of policing the border. Of everyone I spoke to who has been to the border who has worked with law enforcement in detaining immigrants as they illegally cross, there is one great absence. All of the people who claim that denying illegal entry into our country is a great evil, none of them are actually at the border helping with this humanitarian crisis. 
I know of stories of church pastors in border towns who are sheltering kids to protect them from drug cartels and the elements. I see those; I don’t see the advocates of open borders and amnesty though. 
I see them using the government to do their charity, and that’s pretty much the extent of it. I mean, does this look like charity to you? Does this look like charity? Are any of these people even down south to volunteer to process paperwork, care for the detained children? Are they there to help walk immigrants through the legal way to immigrate? No, instead they claim that a desire to observe law is cruel and unusual. 
We love immigration in America, and we have every right to be discriminatory that we want the best of the best, the best laborers, the best business owners, the brightest students, but we don’t even require that. We just say can you come here legally? We’re not Ireland with their beyond restrictive immigration policy. We’re not even close to Mexico, whose immigration laws are more draconian than our own. We simply ask that people respect our sovereignty, respect our citizens, and follow the legal path of immigration the same as every other immigrant. 
The open border policy and amnesty chaos, and make no mistake, that’s exactly what it is, it’s designed chaos to make policy happen fait accompli. Their anything-goes policy on immigration is actually hurting the people they claim to want to help, the immigrants crossing illegally. 
Now, Sara Carter from our D.C. bureau joins us to delve into this issue. So Sara, first off, thanks so much for joining me. 
Sara: Thanks Dana. 
Dana: I was reading, as you just heard, talking about the fedbizops or whatever .gov, where ICE actually put on, it’s like a Craigslist ad basically asking for escorts. This was back in January. How on earth did they have such keen insight into what our needs would be at the border now, Sara? 
Sara: Yeah, you know, Dana, I think a lot of people actually didn’t think this was true. I think they thought that when this showed up on Weasel Zippers, you know, on a website, that they thought this was a false ad. It was not. I contacted my sources at ICE official headquarters. Barbara Gonzalez confirmed that it was in fact an official RFI from ICE and that they were looking for these escorts. I dug a little deeper and found out that actually there were reports done as early as January 2013 predicting this surge. 
The administration was well aware of the fact that there was something coming across the border. When you look all the way back to 2010, unaccompanied minors was a little over 5,000. Then we see a big jump in 2011, and now we’re expecting 90,000 unaccompanied minors this year. 
I think what was surprising to a lot of people, now mind you, this is a DHS, these were DHS studies, U.S. intelligence studies last year that I was able to find out. They had conducted at least two in January and February, and then in October there was actually an official meeting with high-level DHS officials about this. And the only thing that they were really concerned about according to sources that I spoke with was bed space. They were not concerned at all with notifying the local communities about this increased surge that they were expecting. They were not concerned about notifying the appropriate authorities or putting any stopgap measures into stopping these folks from coming over. 
And you mentioned a lot of the reasons and a lot of the potential harm that comes from this large immigrant surge coming from Central America into the United States. 
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The Brand New Heavies

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Obama's Defeats At The SCOTUS Level

A glimmer of sense regarding the bounds of the Constitution?

From National Review Online:
Obama Suffers 12th Unanimous Defeat at Supreme Court

President Obama’s team suffered their twelfth unanimous defeat at the Supreme Court in the legal challenge to the so-called recess appointments made when Congress was not actually in recess, a string of defeats that only represents “the tip of the iceberg,” according to Senator Mike Lee (R., Utah)....
More at the above link.

Barack Hussein Obama is not cornered yet. Not by a long shot. He's bound to become more frustrated and overreach even more.

Stay tuned, America. We're in for a bumpy ride.

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From Breitbart:

If Attorney General Eric Holder refuses to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the IRS scandal, he should be impeached, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said for the first time today. 
“If this resolution is not passed and Democrats in the Senate choose not to put this necessary pressure on the Department of Justice, I have one very clear request,” Cruz said. “If Attorney General Eric Holder continues to refuse to appoint a special prosecutor, he should be impeached.” 
Cruz asked for unanimous consent to call up and adopt a resolution “expressing the opinion of the Senate that the Attorney General should appoint a special prosecutor to investigate, and prosecute,  if the facts support, the IRS targeting of Americans and its potential cover up of those actions.” 
The lower chamber passed a similar resolution, sponsored by Rep. Jim
Jordan (R-OH) in early May.  The resolution passed 250-168—with 26 Democrats in favor. 
The IRS is under fire for allegedly targeting conservative groups who have been seeking a non-profit status. IRS commissioner John Koskinen was grilled by Republican members of the House over the claim from the IRS that requested e-mails of IRS personnel like Lois Lerner were lost after their computers crashed. 
More recently, internal e-mails from 2012 surfaced showing Lerner discussing with a colleague whether the tax agency should investigate an issue regarding Sen. Charles Grassley (R-TX).
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This Week On The Gathering Storm

Listen to The Gathering Storm Radio Show, hosted by WC and Always On Watch.

The show broadcasts live for 30 minutes every Friday beginning at noon, Pacific Time.

The call-in number is 646-915-9870. Callers welcome!

Our scheduled guest this week is IQ al Rassooli.

Listen to the June 27, 2014 edition of The Gathering Storm Radio Show, live or later, by CLICKING HERE.

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Another Victory for Allah The Great and Powerful

This is what Muslims are good at.

From Pensacola Forum.

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Failure to afford the sharia mandated jizya

NO tax, no protection.

Wife, Daughter

Raped Before your


From AINA:
Dr. Sallama Al Khafaji, a member of the Iraq High Commission for Human Rights, told AINA that on Saturday, June 21 ISIS began demanding a poll tax (jizya) from Christians in Mosul (AINA 2014-06-21). In one instance, ISIS members entered the home of an Assyrian family in Mosul and demanded the poll tax (jizya). When the Assyrian family said they did not have the money, three ISIS members raped the mother and daughter in front of the husband and father. The husband and father was so traumatized that he committed suicide.
“The Christians have told me that they cannot pay this tax,” said Dr. Al-Khafaji, “and they say ‘what am I to do, shall I kill myself?’”
According to the Arabic language website Alghadeer, four Christian women were shot and killed by ISIS members because they were not wearing veils. AINA has not confirmed this and this website is known to be administered by Shiites.
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So the hospital called and asked why I ate shrimp and lobster sauce which had so much sodium …

After all, they said, their business process logic alarms had gone off since I had eaten at El Frijoles earlier in the week, which meant I had eaten high sodium re-fried beans on the side EVEN THOUGH it was good I had declined the fried chimichanga for a whole grain burrito instead, and had chicken instead of pork … and my last purchase at Hannaford Bros supermarkets included Jalapeno and Cheddar chips,  which are high sodium, but it was good that I bought baked instead of fried. It was just a friendly call, because after 2 heart attacks and a >50% mortality after 5 years from the first type of infarct I had, I need to help them keep their costs in line.
After all, they said, they are not there to make a profit on sick people.
You may soon get a call from your doctor if you’ve let your gym membership lapse, made a habit of picking up candy bars at the check-out counter or begin shopping at plus-sized stores.
That’s because some hospitals are starting to use detailed consumer data to create profiles on current and potential patients to identify those most likely to get sick, so the hospitals can intervene before they do.
Information compiled by data brokers from public records and credit card transactions can reveal where a person shops, the food they buy, and whether they smoke. The largest hospital chain in the Carolinas is plugging data for 2 million people into algorithms designed to identify high-risk patients, while Pennsylvania’s biggest system uses household and demographic data. Patients and their advocates, meanwhile, say they’re concerned that big data’s expansion into medical care will hurt the doctor-patient relationship and threaten privacy.
“It is one thing to have a number I can call if I have a problem or question, it is another thing to get unsolicited phone calls. I don’t like that,” said Jorjanne Murry, an accountant in Charlotte, North Carolina, who has Type 1 diabetes. “I think it is intrusive.”
Acxiom Corp. (ACXM) and LexisNexis are two of the largest data brokers who collect such information on individuals. They say their data are supposed to be used only for marketing, not for medical purposes or to be included in medical records.
While both sell to health insurers, they said it’s to help those companies offer better services to members.

Bigger Picture

Much of the information on consumer spending may seem irrelevant for a hospital or doctor, but it can provide a bigger picture beyond the brief glimpse that doctors get during an office visit or through lab results, said Michael Dulin, director of research and evidence-based medicine at Carolinas HealthCare System.
Carolinas HealthCare System operates the largest group of medical centers in North Carolina andSouth Carolina, with more than 900 care centers, including hospitals, nursing homes, doctors’ offices and surgical centers. The health system is placing its data, which include purchases a patient has made using a credit card or store loyalty card, into predictive models that give a risk score to patients.
Within the next two years, Dulin plans for that score to be regularly passed to doctors and nurses who can reach out to high-risk patients to suggest interventions before patients fall ill.

Buying Cigarettes

For a patient with asthma, the hospital would be able to score how likely they are to arrive at the emergency room by looking at whether they’ve refilled their asthma medication at the pharmacy, been buying cigarettes at the grocery store and live in an area with a high pollen count, Dulin said.
The system may also score the probability of someone having a heart attack by considering factors such as the type of foods they buy and if they have a gym membership, he said.
“What we are looking to find are people before they end up in trouble,” said Dulin, who is also a practicing physician. “The idea is to use big data and predictive models to think about population health and drill down to the individual levels to find someone running into trouble that we can reach out to and try to help out.”
While the hospital can share a patient’s risk assessment with their doctor, they aren’t allowed to disclose details of the data, such as specific transactions by an individual, under the hospital’s contract with its data provider. Dulin declined to name the data provider.

Greater Detail

If the early steps are successful, though, Dulin said he would like to renegotiate to get the data provider to share more specific details on patient spending with doctors.
“The data is already used to market to people to get them to do things that might not always be in the best interest of the consumer, we are looking to apply this for something good,” Dulin said.
While all information would be bound by doctor-patient confidentiality, he said he’s aware some people may be uncomfortable with data going to doctors and hospitals. For these people, the system is considering an opt-out mechanism that will keep their data private, Dulin said.

‘Feels Creepy’

“You have to have a relationship, it just can’t be a phone call from someone saying ‘do this’ or it just feels creepy,” he said. “The data itself doesn’t tell you the story of the person, you have to use it to find a way to connect with that person.”
Murry, the diabetes patient from Charlotte, said she already gets calls from her health insurer to try to discuss her daily habits. She usually ignores them, she said. She doesn’t see what her doctors can learn from her spending practices that they can’t find out from her quarterly visits.
“Most of these things you can find out just by looking at the patient and seeing if they are overweight or asking them if they exercise and discussing that with them,” Murry said. “I think it is a waste of time.”
While the patients may gain from the strategy, hospitals also have a growing financial stake in knowing more about the people they care for.
Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, hospital pay is becoming increasingly linked to quality metrics rather than the traditional fee-for-service model where hospitals were paid based on their numbers of tests or procedures.

Hospital Fines

As a result, the U.S. has begun levying fines against hospitals that have too many patients readmitted within a month, and rewarding hospitals that do well on a benchmark of clinical outcomes and patient surveys.
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, which operates more than 20 hospitals in Pennsylvania and a health insurance plan, is using demographic and household information to try to improve patients’ health. It says it doesn’t have spending details or information from credit card transactions on individuals.
The UPMC Insurance Services Division, the health system’s insurance provider, has acquired demographic and household data, such as whether someone owns a car and how many people live in their home, on more than 2 million of its members to make predictions about which individuals are most likely to use the emergency room or an urgent care center, said Pamela Peele, the system’s chief analytics officer.

Emergency Rooms

Studies show that people with no children in the home who make less than $50,000 a year are more likely to use the emergency room, rather than a private doctor, Peele said.
UPMC wants to make sure those patients have access to a primary care physician or nurse practitioner they can contact before heading to the ER, Peele said. UPMC may also be interested in patients who don’t own a car, which could indicate they’ll have trouble getting routine, preventable care, she said.
Being able to predict which patients are likely to get sick or end up at the emergency room has become particularly valuable for hospitals that also insure their patients, a new phenomenon that’s growing in popularity. UPMC, which offers this option, would be able to save money by keeping patients out of the emergency room.
Obamacare prevents insurers from denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions or charging patients more based on their health status, meaning the data can’t be used to raise rates or drop policies.

New Model

“The traditional rating and underwriting has gone away with health-care reform,” said Robert Booz, an analyst at the technology research and consulting firm Gartner Inc. (IT) “What they are trying to do is proactive care management where we know you are a patient at risk for diabetes so even before the symptoms show up we are going to try to intervene.”
Hospitals and insurers need to be mindful about crossing the “creepiness line” on how much to pry into their patients’ lives with big data, he said. It could also interfere with the doctor-patient relationship.
The strategy “is very paternalistic toward individuals, inclined to see human beings as simply the sum of data points about them,” Irina Raicu, director of the Internet ethics program at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, said in a telephone interview.
To contact the reporters on this story: Shannon Pettypiece in New York atspettypiece@bloomberg.net; Jordan Robertson in San Francisco atjrobertson40@bloomberg.net
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Housing UAC's

UAC's is the government term for Unaccommpanied Alien Children.

Where to house them?

From Fox News:
Feds to house, feed illegal aliens in Border Patrol Academy

The federal government has found a place in New Mexico to help house the tide of humanity pouring in from Mexico: The Border Patrol Academy, the very facility where agents are supposed to be trained to keep illegal immigrants out of the U.S.

The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, a sprawlinThe Obama administration has tasked Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson with finding temporary housing for illegal immigrants waiting to be processed for deportation in what is known as Expedited Removal proceedings.g campus in the arid dirt plains of western New Mexico known for oil and dairy farms, could soon house hundreds of children and families that have crossed the southwest border. Tens of thousands of immigrants have crossed in through Mexico primarily from Central America, where they appear to have been led to believe that once in the U.S., they will be allowed to stay. The government is scrambling to accommodate them, but some critics say putting them up in the academy turns government policy on its head.


The Obama administration has tasked Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson with finding temporary housing for illegal immigrants waiting to be processed for deportation in what is known as Expedited Removal proceedings....
Meanwhile in San Antonio: Swine Flu Confirmed at Shelter for Unaccompanied Minors.

School starts in about two months: [Boston area] Chelsea Schools Overwhelmed By Sudden Influx Of Immigrant Students. Go to the link to read the article and to watch the video.

Home owners, get ready for your real-estate taxes to soar. Those who lease residents will also see their monthly rent soar.

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Lois Lerner Sent Email To Her Blackberry

Weasel Zippers has the story.

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Humpday Blues

Roy Buchannon
Roy's Bluz

The Messiah Will Come Again

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Lois Lerner Mistakenly Received an Email to Senator Chuck Grassley Inviting Him to Speak at an Event. She Immediately Asked If She Should Refer Him For an Audit

Yes, you read it right.

Click on the title and read the whole thing.

BY THE WAY, at this point, isn't it incumbent upon me to ask,


UPDATE - On December 3, 2012 (the day before Lerner fired off that email), Grassley gave a speech attacking Obama's budget, which included these words:

Mr. President, this chart from the Congressional Budget Office details non-interest spending as a percentage of GDP. We already know the significant role health care spending plays in our budget. Over the next decade, the federal government will spend over $7 trillion on Medicare and $4.5 trillion on Medicaid. 
Together these two programs account for one quarter of the entire federal government’s spending throughout the next ten years. 
But look closely at the even longer term projections of our spending. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the middle graph--- Social Security, as a percentage of GDP, will remain relatively stable over the next 25 years. 
Non-interest spending, the bottom graph, as a percentage of GDP will also remain relatively stable over the same period. 
Now, look at the top graph. Over the next 25 years, spending on health care entitlements will basically double as a percentage of GDP. Mr. President, unless we take a serious look at health care spending, we aren’t genuinely acting to reduce our country’s debt. 
Twenty-five years is not a lot of time. We need to be talking about health care spending now. Not sometime next year. Not just once we’ve discussed taxes. Mr. President, to me, the terms are irrelevant and the conclusion is undeniable. We must gain control of health care spending. 
As we move forward in debt talks, I know a lot of attention will be devoted to taxes and revenue.
Those conversations are important and should conclude with tax policy that fosters economic growth. But conversations about the health care entitlements should not be postponed or relegated to second tier status. And they certainly should not be confined to cost-reduction exercises that ignore the fundamental cost drivers.

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UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES:The storing up of political vengeance

Now that the Lois Lerner email catastrophe has attained Rose Mary Woods status, and democrats AS AN INSTITUTION IN CONGRESS AND THE SENATE are uttering support for the admin line that there is STILL no there, there, and people like Chuck Todd wonder with drooling idiocy if there is any victim to this event, I have to wonder if  …
Since it appears that the admin has gotten away with Benghazi, the VA, IRS, bungling EVERY SINGLE foreign event of consequence down to the level of BLOWING THE OLYMPIC VENUE, yaada  yadda until we all empty our stomachs … if the republicans being hardly better, if at all, morally or ethically than the democrats, will conclude that if they do NOT execute political vengeance on the dems by using the out of control executive branch dept authorities as THEIR tool —- they are SCHMUCKS.
And that will be that sports fans,
Who will feel any loyalty to an america like that? 
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Cassandra moment at IBA - Christians now forced to pay Jizya in Iraq (no Jews left, I assume)

Christians in a northern Iraqi city are reportedly being ordered to pay a tax in return for protection by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
A Middle Eastern Christian website and a Lebanese daily reported that Christians have been required to pay $250 per individual who works and $500 per couple. If accurate, the tax would fall in line with past Islamist efforts to impose fines on Christians in the region, a Middle East expert told TheBlaze.
Can there EVER be?

Scorpion, frog, forever
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Another Amazing "Coincidence"

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ISIS Building Air Force, Moving Closer to Key Air Bases

After commandeering Humvees, munitions, tanks, trucks, and possibly Blackhawk helicopters, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is closing in on Iraq's Balad Air Base, the nation's largest airfield, The Daily Beast reports.

The airfield — a key American outpost when U.S. troops were in the country — still houses an abundance of aircraft, including, according to the Beast, "Russian-made transport helicopters, surveillance planes, and a fleet of pickup trucks fitted with heavy machine guns."

Russia began sending Mi-35 attack and transport helicopters in December, and the base was awaiting delivery of American F-16 fighter jets set for September.

Balad is under heavy mortar fire and surrounded on three sides by insurgents. On June 13, Iraqi forces rescued American contractors working at Balad, flying them to Baghdad, which is 50 south of Balad Air Base.

Should ISIS succeed in seizing the assets at Balad, "it would mean strategic defeat for the Iraqi army," according to Jessica Lewis, research director for the Institute for the Study of War and a former U.S. Army intelligence officer who served in Iraq.

Balad and neighboring Taji base are likely some of the next targets of the ISIS campaign.

The bases are critical military sites for the Iraqi army. Balad houses a significant arsenal of equipment, a former contractor told The Daily Beast, including "at least 1,000 trucks and vehicles, some of them armored, along with 500 to 600 portable power generators … Russian-made Mi-8 transport helicopters, small surveillance planes, military tactical vehicles, Humvees, and a fleet of pickup trucks with machine guns mounted in the truck beds."

Before it was handed over to the Iraqis in November 2011, the Balad Air Base was considered one of the busiest airports in the entire region, and housed roughly 36,000 American personnel, according to Business Insider.
A senior U.S. military intelligence official told reporters this week that ISIS military capabilities have "dramatically improved" as a result of everything it has stolen.

Fox News
reported last week that much of the equipment seized from Iraq is being shipped to al-Qaida rebels in Syria. ISIS posted its haul on social media.


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“The fact that technology now allows an individual to carry such information in his hand does not make the information any less worthy of the protection for which the Founders fought,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote for the unanimous court.

"Our answer to the question of what police must do before searching a cell phone seized incident to an arrest is accordingly simple— get a warrant.”



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Trailer: Aisha and Muhammad

Note the caveat, which reflects the power that Islamofascism has even in the West:
Viewers are requested to take note that Lars Hedegaard and Ingrid Carlqvist did not wish to be part of this movie at the last moment for safety reasons, but I could not remove their names and appearance from it because of time constraints. Therefore, they should not be held responsible for this movie in any way whatsoever.
The movie uses avatars and animation, and we do know why:

More information HERE at YouTube, including the following:
Trailer of the upcoming movie, 'Aisha and Muhammad', based on original Islamic sources. The movie will show Prophet Muhammad's treatment and sexual abuse of his child-wife Aisha, and his treatment of and attitude towards women in general.

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No Depression


Economy in freefall? 1Q revision shows shrinkage of 2.9%

America's economy shrank at a drastic 2.9 percent annual rate in the first quarter, a far more alarming picture than ones painted in two previous government estimates -- including one that actually claimed modest growth.
The new figure released Wednesday by the Commerce Department is nearly three times lower than last month's preliminary estimate of 1 percent shrinkage -- at the time the worst three-month performance since 2009 -- and far greater than the 0.1 percent growth estimate in April. The sluggish economy's woes have been widely attributed to an unusually cold winter, but the latest figure -- the biggest difference between second and third estimates since 1976 -- could indicate far greater problems.
While economists attributed those bad numbers to weather and other factors, the jarring final number is more difficult to dismiss.
Fox New contributor and economist Peter Morici said there were several factors that can help explain away the lousy performance. But he said there are reasons for concern.
"Businesses scaled back their investment, and that is a bit foreboding," said Morici. "They just don't believe the president's ballyhoo about this being a breakout year."
The negative 2.9 percent  figure is nearly three times lower than the  preliminary estimate of 1 percent released last month, and marks the worst performance for a three-month period since 2009. A still earlier initial estimate, in April, predicted growth of .1 percent for the quarter. The wide gap between estimates was problematic to many economists.
"That disparity really calls into question the accuracy of the measurement," noted Morici.
The White House sought to downplay the precipitous drop, by looking ahead toward what it believes will be solid growth in the current quarter.
"First-quarter GDP was revised down today, largely reflecting a re-estimation of consumer spending on health care, which was substantially lower than originally reported, as well as exports, which were below the initial estimates," said Jason Furman, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, which counsels President Obama on the economy. "The GDP data can be volatile from quarter to quarter; a range of other data show a more positive picture for the first quarter, and more up-to-date indicators from April and May suggest that the economy is on track for a rebound in the second quarter."
But Republicans blamed Obama policies for holding up the economy.
“It’s clear the White House doesn’t know which way is up, just two months ago bragging that ObamaCare was helping the economy and now we’re seeing the worst economic report since the low point of the recession in 2009," said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. "The Republican House has sent Harry Reid and Democrats in the Senate dozens of bills to help jump-start our economy and it’s time they stop standing in the way.”
The economy grew at a 2.6 percent pace in the final three months of 2013, and some economists are optimistic that the poor performance in January, February and March was a mere blip. Data such as employment, manufacturing and services sectors point to a sharp acceleration in growth early in the second quarter. Macroeconomic Advisers recently forecast the economy will grow at a 3.6 percent annual rate in the April to June period, according to The Wall Street Journal.
 However, the jarring final first quarter number could give many pause.
Economists have previously estimated severe weather slashed as much as 1.5 percentage points from GDP growth in the first quarter, but even taking that into account would still leave a precipitous drop in performance.
 Consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of U.S. economic activity, increased at a 1 percent rate. It was previously reported to have advanced at a 3.1 percent pace. Exports declined at a 8.9 percent rate, instead of 6 percent pace, resulting in a trade deficit that sliced off 1.53 percentage points from GDP growth. Weak export growth has been tied to frigid temperatures during the winter.
 Businesses accumulated $45.9 billion worth of inventories, a bit less than the $49 billion estimated last month. Inventories subtracted 1.70 percentage points from first-quarter growth, but should be a boost to second-quarter growth.
 A measure of domestic demand that strips out exports and inventories expanded at a 0.3 percent rate, rather than a 1.6 percent rate.


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The IRS - 6 Things We Know

Quote of the Day

we know six things, Chris. 

We know first the targeting occurred.

Therefore, second, we know that this is worse than article two of the Nixon impeachment count, which said Nixon endeavored to use the IRS. The IRS back then resisted.

Third, we know that this became public in an act of deceit when Lois Lerner planted a question with a friend in an audience to try and get this out on her own terms.

Fourth, we know that she has taken the Fifth Amendment because she has a right to do this when she has a reasonable suspicion that there might be criminal activity involved.

Fifth, we know that from the timeline you put up today, that there has been 13 months of stonewalling on this.

And sixth, now we know that not only her hard drive, but six other people intimately involved in this suddenly crashed in an amazing miraculous coincidence. Religions have been founded on less, ten days after the investigation started.

-- George Will on Fox News Sunday this weekend
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A Vote of No Confidence

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Pastorius & I talked about this article the other night:

It beats impeachment because, if successful, it would nullify Obama's illegal executive actions. Impeachment would not.

New York Post:

 What Congress can do about Obama’s rewriting of laws

By George F. Will

What philosopher Harvey Mansfield calls “taming the prince” — making executive power compatible with democracy’s abhorrence of arbitrary power — has been a perennial problem of modern politics.
It is now more urgent in America than at any time since the Founders, having rebelled against George III’s unfettered exercise of “royal prerogative,” stipulated that presidents “shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”
Serious as are the policy disagreements roiling Washington, none is as important as the structural distortion threatening constitutional equilibrium. Institutional derangement driven by unchecked presidential aggrandizement did not begin with Barack Obama, but his offenses against the separation of powers have been egregious in quantity, and qualitatively different.
Regarding immigration, health care, welfare, education, drug policy and more, Obama has suspended, waived and rewritten laws, including the Affordable Care Act.
That law required the employer mandate to begin this year. But Obama wrote a new law, giving to certain-sized companies a delay until 2016, and stipulating that other employers must certify they will not drop employees to avoid the mandate. Doing so would trigger criminal perjury charges; so, he created a new crime, that of adopting a business practice he opposes.
Presidents must exercise some discretion in interpreting laws, must have some latitude in allocating finite resources to the enforcement of laws and must have some freedom to act in the absence of law.
Obama, however, has perpetrated more than 40 suspensions of laws. Were presidents the sole judges of the limits of their latitude, they would effectively have plenary power to vitiate the separation of powers, the Founders’ bulwark against despotism.
Congress cannot reverse egregious executive aggressions such as Obama’s without robust judicial assistance. It is, however, difficult to satisfy the criteria that the Constitution and case law require for Congress to establish “standing” to seek judicial redress for executive usurpations injurious to the legislative institution.
Courts, understandably fearful of being inundated by lawsuits from small factions of disgruntled legislators, have been wary of granting legislative standing. However, David Rivkin, a Washington lawyer, and Elizabeth Price Foley of Florida International University have studied the case law and believe standing can be obtained conditional on four things:
That a majority of one congressional chamber explicitly authorize a lawsuit. That the lawsuit concern the president’s “benevolent” suspension of an unambiguous provision of law that, by pleasing a private faction, precludes the appearance of a private plaintiff. That Congress cannot administer political self-help by remedying the presidential action by simply repealing the law. And that the injury amounts to nullification of Congress’ power.
Hence the significance of a House lawsuit, advocated by Rivkin and Foley, that would unify fractious Republicans while dramatizing Obama’s lawlessness. The House would bring a civil suit seeking a judicial declaration that Obama has violated the separation of powers by effectively nullifying a specific provision of a law, thereby diminishing Congress’ power. Authorization of this lawsuit by the House would give Congress “standing” to sue.
Congress’ authorization, which would affirm an institutional injury rather than some legislators’ personal grievances, satisfies the first criterion. Obama’s actions have fulfilled the rest by nullifying laws and thereby rendering the Constitution’s enumeration of Congress’ power meaningless.
The House has passed Rep. Trey Gowdy’s (R-SC) bill that would guarantee expedited consideration by federal courts of House resolutions initiating lawsuits to enforce presidents to “faithfully execute” laws. But as a bill, it is impotent unless and until Republicans control the Senate and a Republican holds the president’s signing pen.
Some say the judicial branch should not intervene because if Americans are so supine that they tolerate representatives who tolerate such executive excesses, they deserve to forfeit constitutional government.
This abstract doctrine may appeal to moralists lacking responsibilities. For the judiciary, it would be dereliction of the duty to protect the government’s constitutional structure. It would be perverse for courts to adhere to a doctrine of congressional standing so strict that it precludes judicial defense of the separation of powers.
Advocates of extreme judicial quietism to punish the supine people leave the people’s representatives no recourse short of the extreme and disproportionate “self help” of impeachment.
Surely courts should not encourage this. The cumbersome and divisive blunderbuss process of impeachment should be a rare recourse. Furthermore, it would punish a president for anti-constitutional behavior, but would not correct the injury done to the rule of law.
Surely the Republican House majority would authorize a lawsuit. And doing so would establish Speaker John Boehner as the legislature’s vindicator.


Boehner must have been listening:

Roll Call:

Boehner Planning House Lawsuit Against Obama Executive Actions

Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, told Republicans Tuesday he could have an announcement within days on whether the House will file a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, challenging the executive actions that have become the keystone of the administration.
The lawsuit could set up a significant test of constitutional checks and balances, with the legislative branch suing the executive branch for ignoring its mandates, and the judiciary branch deciding the outcome.
Boehner told the House Republican Conference during a closed-door meeting Tuesday morning that he has been consulting with legal scholars and plans to unveil his next steps this week or next, according to sources in the room.
Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said further action is necessary because the Senate has not taken up bills passed by the House targeting executive actions. The House has passed a bill expediting court consideration of House resolutions starting lawsuits targeting executive overreach and another mandating that the attorney general notify Congress when the administration decides to take executive action outside of what has been authorized by Congress.
“The president has a clear record of ignoring the American people’s elected representatives and exceeding his constitutional authority, which has dangerous implications for both our system of government and our economy,” Steel said. “The House has passed legislation to address this, but it has gone nowhere in the Democratic-controlled Senate, so we are examining other options.”
It remains unclear which executive action or actions the House would challenge, but Obama has given Congress ample targets. In the last several years, he has issued executive actions halting deportations of hundreds of thousands of immigrants who came to the country as children, extending the family and medical leave benefits to gay couples and raising the minimum wage for federal contractors. He has also worked around legislative deadlines for enacting provisions of the Affordable Care Act and issued other executive actions relating to the environment and the gender and race pay gap.
Obama has said he takes executive action because of a divided Congress’ inability to pass laws targeting important issues of the day. Congressional Republicans contend such actions are unconstitutional and thwart Congress’ power.
But individual members of Congress do not have standing to sue because they are not legally recognized as injured parties. Congress as an institution, on the other hand, may sue on the grounds that there has been institutional injury done because their legislative powers have been nullified.
One path Boehner could take would be to convene the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group, a panel of leaders created in 1993 that votes on whether or not to sue on behalf of the House. The group consists of the speaker, the majority leader, the majority whip, the minority leader and the minority whip, and it would act on a majority vote.
Boehner last convened the group when the Obama administration dropped its defense of the Defense of Marriage Act in 2011. The House has since dropped its challenge of the law. At the time, however, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California objected to the challenge holding that it was an unwarranted way to spend taxpayer money. Her spokesman, Drew Hammill, said she will likely object similarly if Boehner moves forward with a lawsuit against the president.
“While the urgent needs of the American people are ignored by House Republicans, it is reprehensible that Speaker Boehner plans another doomed, legal boondoggle after he spent $2.3 million in taxpayer dollars unsuccessfully defending discrimination in federal courts,” Hammill said.
Boehner’s legal theory is based on work by Washington, D.C., attorney David Rivkin of Baker Hostetler LLP and Elizabeth Price Foley, a professor of law at Florida International University College of Law.
Rivkin said in an interview that in addition to proving institutional injury, the House would have to prove that as an institution, it has authorized the lawsuit. A vote by the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group would do so.
The suit would also have to prove that no other private plaintiff has standing to challenge the particular suspension of executive action and that there are no other opportunities for meaningful political remedies by Congress, for instance by repeal of the underlying law.
“Professor Foley and I feel that if those four conditions are met, the lawsuit would have an excellent chance to succeed. This is particularly the case because President Obama’s numerous suspensions of the law are inflicting damage on the horizontal separations of powers and undermine individual liberty,” Rivkin said.
Rivkin and Foley have argued in op-eds that most of Obama’s executive orders have been benevolent — that is, they have exempted classes of citizens from the law, for instance through deferred action for childhood arrivals. Therefore, no individual has standing to sue because the actions have helped people. Congress as an institution, however, can sue because the actions flout the laws they have passed.
They have argued that short of impeachment, there is no other check to the president’s issuance of executive actions.


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