The H is silent in Benghazi…

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Hillary Clinton is being billed as the “most experienced” candidate running for President. But most experienced in what? Lying? Check. Committing crimes? Check. Causing Americans to die overseas? Check again. Hillary Clinton is definitely very experienced, but in all the wrong things and all the wrong ways.

Hillary doesn’t seem to want to talk about the things she’s really experienced in. She tries to laugh off her email server scandal; she of course will never discuss the dozens of mysterious deaths of people associated with her and Bill; and when asked about the four Americans who were killed in Benghazi, Hillary asks “What difference does it make?”

For a woman who likes to talk so much, she has very little to say about one of the biggest issues voters are concerned about in regards to her “experience”.

 

WEAR THIS T-SHIRT AND DELIVER AN UNMISTAKABLE MESSAGE:  HILLARY DOESN’T CARE ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE U.S.A.  YOU DO.  THE H IS SILENT, AND THE C STANDS FOR CORRUPT.

 

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  The question to ask is, What kind of experience do we want in the White House? The kind of experience Hillary offers is always just like Obama’s experience: it’s ME FIRST experience.  At least Donald Trump can’t be bought, and he knows how business works. That could prove to be of critical importance when the US economy crashes. Again. 

 

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Obama encouraging Iran to take more hostages

Mr. Zerobama

What happens when you give stuff away? Logically you think demand for the item would rise. We’re not talking about giving away a free pencil eraser with every hundred dollar purchase. We’re talking about something of real value. (By the way – for those under the age of 25, a pencil eraser is an old-fashioned manual delete tool.)

We’re talking about giving away free televisions or smart phones, etc., with no strings attached. Do you think you might have a line encircling your store three or four times over? Of course you would.

Or what if you were a dog or cat owner and someone steals your animal – holding it for an exorbitant ransom – and you pay it. Just don’t harm the animal, you say. There will be no police involvement – no investigation of any kind. The animal is returned safely and all appears to be well – except that it isn’t. Because of this one incident, you have now become a citywide target for every criminal wishing to make a quick buck.

By simply giving in the first time, the criminal element now considers you a patsy and your animal the unwitting victim.

Well, the inept Obama and his administration — we use the term very loosely — is of course the pet owner and any American, military or civilian, who travels to or near Iran are the pets.

Anyone with a brain knows that the $400 million paid to Iran recently was ransom to get our people back. The administration has spun this sad incident as mere coincidence six ways to Sunday. We’re sure many ignorant Americans believe the line of crap that we had to eventually pay the debt we owe the Iranian government, from 37 years ago, and it just happened within hours of the American hostage release.

But many more don’t believe it. Among the many that don’t are the Iranians, who apparently intend to repeat the lucrative exchange. On Monday, “the State Department issued a warning, urging U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Iran, which has made the detention of Americans a priority.”

The Free Beacon reports it as a “growing scandal over the Obama administration’s decision to pay Iran $400 million in cash on the same day that it freed several U.S. hostages.” They may report it as such, but to most of us, it’s just another day at the office for the most corrupt and at the same time inept administration we’ve ever had – that is until Hillary is elected. Then it will be Katie bar the door.

The Kerry State Department continued the warning: “U.S. Citizens traveling to Iran should very carefully weigh the risks of travel and consider postponing their travel. U.S. Citizens residing in Iran should closely follow media reports, monitor local conditions, and evaluate the risks of remaining in the country.”

Why anyone would wish to travel to Iran is beyond us, but you have been warned, for whatever that’s worth – warned that due to the ineptitude of Obama, you may be captured and held for another planeload of palletized cash – or maybe this time it will be for missile technology. Who knows?

Although this particular warning is relatively recent, not a word throughout the entire State Department document even hints as to the real reason you may be captured. Instead they state reasons such as, “Former Muslims who have converted to other religions, religious activists, and persons who encourage Muslims to convert are subject to arrest and prosecution.”

Although these may be legitimate, they’ve also been standing warnings for years. They are not new. What is new is the $400 million non-ransom ransom payment. It is the only thing that has changed recently. And considering the influence Iran wields in the Middle East, don’t be surprised if Iranian terrorist surrogates start snatching up Americans.

The bottom line is that Iran does not fear or respect us any longer. Really, no one else does either. They believe, and rightly so, that they can get away with almost anything with Obama in the White House – and to date, they have not been wrong.

 

[From an article published by iPatriot.com]

 

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The critics of Obamacare have been proven right: Obama’s legacy health care plan is really killing the middle class

Big insurance companies leaving Obamacare left and right after losing hundreds of millions of dollars through their participation. Companies must leave the program or raise rates to cover their losses. Obamacare premiums to rise by 24% this year alone.

 

The critics of Obamacare have been proven right.  The Obama administration promised that health insurance premiums would go down.  Instead, they have absolutely skyrocketed.  The Obama administration promised that Obamacare would not kill jobs.  Instead, firms are hiring fewer workers because of suffocating health care costs.  As you will see below, even the Federal Reserve is admitting this.  The Obama administration also promised that the big health insurance companies would love the new Obamacare plans and would eagerly compete with one another to win customers in the new health insurance marketplaces.  Instead, many of the big health insurance companies are dropping Obamacare plans altogether.

We witnessed the latest stunning example of this phenomenon just a few days ago.  It turns out that Aetna has been losing hundreds of millions of dollars on plans sold through the health exchanges, and now they plan to pull out of the program almost entirely

Earlier this week, Aetna, which covers about 900,000 people through the health exchanges created under Obamacare, announced that it would dramatically reduce its presence on those exchanges. Instead of expanding into five new states this year, as the insurer had previously planned, the company said that it would drop out of 11 of the 15 states in which it currently sells under the law.

Aetna’s decision follows similar moves from other insurers: UnitedHealth announced in April that it would cease selling plans on most exchanges. Shortly after, Humana pulled out of two states, Virginia and Alabama. More than a dozen of the nonprofit health insurance cooperatives set up under the law—health insurance carriers created using government-backed loans in order to spur competition—have failed entirely. While some insurers are entering the exchanges, even more are leaving.

Another one of “the big five”, UnitedHealth, is going to lose more than half a billion dollars on Obamacare plans.  So just a few months ago they also announced that they would be dramatically scaling back their participation in the program.

Because of the ridiculous costs, health insurance companies are either going to have to abandon the exchanges completely or they will have to raise rates substantially.

Needless to say, the people that are going to ultimately feel the pain from all of this are consumers

Customers who are now forced to obtain insurance or pay a hefty fine that grows more costly over time are being left in a difficult position. Americans are essentially stuck between a rock and hard place, either losing coverage entirely, or having to cough up money for a plan they can’t afford.

Something has to give,” said Larry Levitt, a healthcare law expert at the Kaiser Family Foundation. “Either insurers will drop out or insurers will raise premiums.

On the low end of the spectrum, tens of millions of poor Americans benefit from government programs that provide health care at little or no cost.

On the other end of the spectrum, the very wealthy can afford to pay the ridiculously high health insurance premiums that we are seeing under Obamacare.

So what this means is that the people that are being hurt the most by Obamacare are those that belong to the middle class.

As mentioned above, employers are now hiring fewer workers because of Obamacare, and that is very bad news for the middle class.  One recent study conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York discovered that nearly one out of every five firms is “employing fewer workers” because of this insidious law

According to a new survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 20.9% of manufacturing firms in the state said they were employing fewer workers because of the Affordable Care Act, the healthcare law known as Obamacare, while 16.8% of respondents in the service sector said the same.

And middle class Americans that have to pay for their own health insurance are being hit with much higher bills these days.  According to one recent study, it is being projected that the average Obamacare premium will go up 24 percent in 2016…

Now, courtesy of a new study by independent analyst Charles Gaba – who has crunched the numbers for insurers participating in the ACA exchanges in all 50 states – we can also calculate what the average Obamacare premium increase across the entire US will be: using proposed and approved rate increase requests, the average Obamacare premium is expected to surge by a whopping 24% this year.

Even NBC News, which is about as pro-Obama as you can get, is reporting on the crippling premium increases that are devastating the middle class…

Millions of people who pay the full cost of their health insurance will face the sting of rising premiums next year, with no financial help from government subsidies.

Renewal notices bearing the bad news will go out this fall, just as the presidential election is in the home stretch.

“I don’t know if I could swallow another 30 or 40 percent without severely cutting into other things I’m trying to do, like retirement savings or reducing debt,” said Bob Byrnes, of Blaine, Minnesota, a Twin Cities suburb. His monthly premium of $524 is already about 50 percent more than he was paying in 2015, and he has a higher deductible.

All over the nation people are getting hit like this.

The middle class is being absolutely crushed by Obamacare.  We aren’t poor enough to qualify for government assistance, and we aren’t wealthy enough for these ridiculous health insurance premiums not to matter.

Just about everything that Barack Obama promised us about Obamacare has turned out to be a lie.

So where is the accountability?

This is one of the big reasons why nearly one out of every five U.S. adults lives with their parents or their grandparents these days.  Many young adults cannot afford the basics of life such as health insurance, so they have got to find a way to cut back expenses somewhere.  If that means moving back in with Mom and Dad, that is what many of them are deciding to do.

 

[from an article by Michael Snyder, written for The Economic Collapse Blog]

 

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White House and State Department now admit that $400 million in cash paid to Iran was to insure release of prisoners

The Obama administration has now admitted that a $400 million cash payment to Iran in January was contingent on the release of American prisoners being held in the country – while still denying that the payment was a ransom.

State Department spokesman John Kirby said that the negotiations to return the money – originally from a 1979 failed military equipment deal made between Iran and the U.S. – were conducted separately from negotiations to free the four prisoners.

The four detainees who were released on January 17 were Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian; former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati; Christian pastor Saeed Abedini and Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari, whose case had not been publicized before the release.

However, Kirby said that the U.S. withheld the cash delivery until Iran made good on its promise to release the prisoners.

“In basic English you are saying you wouldn’t give [Iran] the 400 million in cash until the prisoners were released, correct?” asked a reporter at Thursday’s State Department briefing.

“That’s correct,” Kirby responded.

The new details, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, added to criticisms from Republicans that it was a ransom paid by the Obama administration. Kirby’s admission only served to add fuel to the controversy.

“What the State Department admitted today was the dictionary definition of a ransom payment and a complete contradiction of what they were saying just two weeks ago,” RNC Spokesman Michael Short said in a statement. “It’s time for the Obama White House to drop the charade and admit it paid a ransom to the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.”

“If it quacks like a duck, it’s a duck. If a cash payment is contingent on a hostage release, it’s a ransom,” said Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb. “The truth matters and the President owes the American people an explanation.”

Earlier this month, after the revelation the U.S. delivered the money in pallets of cash, the administration flatly denied any connection between the payment and the prisoners.

“Reports of a link between prisoner release & payment to Iran are completely false,” Kirby tweeted at the time.

“This wasn’t some nefarious deal,” Obama said during an August 4 press conference. “We do not pay ransom for hostages.”

The agreement was the return of the $400 million, plus an additional $1.3 billion in interest, terms that Obama described as favorable compared to what might have been expected from a tribunal set up in The Hague to rule on pending deals between the two countries.

Abedini has claimed that he and the other hostages were kept waiting at an Iranian airport for more than 20 hours before their departure. Abedini said he was told by a senior Iranian intelligence official that their departure was contingent on the movement of a second plane.

State Department officials denied Abedini’s claims to the Journal, saying the delay was due to issues locating Rezaian’s wife and mother, who accompanied him on the flight.

According to the Journal, GOP leaders say they plan to hold hearings on the payment next month, when Congress returns from its summer recess. Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., chair of the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, last week sent letters to the Justice and Treasury Departments, as well as the Federal Reserve, requesting more information on the transaction.

 

[This article was published by FOX NEWS]

 

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  Just one more crystal clear example of why (a) everyone in America with an IQ above that of a mushroom knows Obama to be the most shameless liar ever to occupy the Oval Office; (b) Americans who will vote to put another shameless liar in the White House, someone who has had more years of practical lying experience than even Obama, will deserve the result they get should Hillary become elected; and (c) Democrats will more than likely forever live to regret what Obama has done to a country which was once the envy of the free world.

 

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Even Clinton’s supporters won’t call her “honest” or “trustworthy”

Telling it like it is...

If I could get my liberal Democrat friends to answer one question honestly, I think it would be this one:  “Do you really believe that Hillary Clinton is innocent of the crimes she’s been accused of and has been honest with the American people?”

If they were being honest, I don’t think any of them could reply affirmatively. I am almost certain that none of them would be willing to make themselves liars by calling the woman honest or innocent. I know this because even liberals who are a bit more craven, like New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and liberal journalist Bob Woodward (of Watergate fame), can’t bring themselves to do it.

Hassan is a devoted Clinton surrogate who has been making the rounds in the media trying to drum up support for her candidate. However, she got tripped up when she appeared on CNN Tuesday morning. During her conversation with CNN’s Manu Raju, she was asked a completely surprising question… well at least it was surprising to her.

“Do you think that she is honest and trustworthy?” Raju innocently asked the Governor. Did Hassan respond with an immediate and emphatic, “Yes, of course she is!”

NOPE.

Even a seasoned Clinton shill like Hassan could not bring herself to sink so low as to claim that Clinton was “honest”. Here’s how Hassan responded:

Maggie Hassan: “I support Hillary Clinton for the presidency because her experience and her record demonstrate that she is qualified to hold the job.”

So Manu Raju tried again, “Do you think she is honest?”

Maggie Hassan: “She has, um, a critical, critical plan among others for making college more affordable.”

 Finally, Raju pled with Governor Hassan to answer the question, “But do you think that she is trustworthy?”

To which Hassan replied: “I think she has demonstrated a commitment always to something beyond herself, bigger than herself.”

Maggie, don’t worry about it. I couldn’t have told a bald-faced lie like “Hillary is honest” on national TV either. That kind of insincerity could only come from someone as seasoned at lying as a Clinton.  

Don’t blame Hassan for being unable to even pretend that Hillary Clinton is honest. Even the most anti-conservative among us can see the dishonesty and the corruption oozing from Hillary’s pores. Just ask the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward.

Woodward was on CBS This Morning to discuss Donald Trump’s recent foreign policy speech and the state of the Hillary Clinton email scandal, but when asked to comment on what we should be watching for in the Congressional Clinton email investigation, Woodward described this as a “very serious issue.”

This is a “very serious issue. So many unanswered questions. Let’s face it, Hillary Clinton has not come totally clean on this…”

When answering why she hasn’t come clean on this, Woodward responded: Habit of secrecy. The whole idea of the private server was so no one would know. It’s a very bad habit. I think people say, ‘if she became president are we going to have some kind of transparency. Is there going to be a culture of straight talk, rather than a culture of concealment?’”

You know, Bob, when anyone else is called out for having a “habit of secrecy,” they’re usually just called LIARS. I know, that’s probably too straightforward for a liberal journalist who’s spent the last 50+ years living and working in Washington, D.C. but that’s exactly what you’re talking about here. It’s not a culture of secrecy or concealment. It’s a culture of lying to cover up the things that might derail her future.

Let’s stop parsing. Stop using weasel words. She is a liar and she hasn’t “come clean” because she knows that the things she is lying to cover up could destroy her career and her chances at becoming President. Hillary Clinton knows it, Maggie Hassan knows it, Bob Woodward knows it, and the American people know it.

 

[from an article by Onan Coca appearing on CONSTITUTION.COM]

 

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Does this look like an economic recovery to you? Who does Obama think he’s kidding?

Ruby Tuesday, one of the largest casual dining restaurant chains in the United States, was set to close 95 locations because of weak financial results, according to RNN.

A news release from the restaurant, which “announced plans to streamline the organization, improve financial profitability, and create long-term value for shareholders through its Fresh Start initiative,” said that the locations would be closing in September.

“Our fourth quarter was impacted by softness in the casual dining industry and increased promotional activity by our peers. Given that we expect the macro environment to remain challenging for some time, we are taking the necessary steps to change the trajectory of our business,” JJ Buettgen, Ruby Tuesday’s president, CEO and chairman of the board, said in the statement.

“The decision to close restaurants is a difficult but necessary step as we take aggressive actions to strengthen our organization. Performance at each of these locations, despite the loyalty of valued guests and the efforts of our dedicated employees, was not meeting expectations. Full-time and part-time employees impacted by closures will be offered positions in nearby restaurants where possible.”

The news release also said that “revenue declined 5.9 percent to $279.3 million … during Fiscal Year 2016” and that “(s)ame-restaurant sales declined 3.7 percent following a 1.7 percent decline in the fourth quarter of the prior fiscal year.”

It’s not like Ruby Tuesday is the only corporate entity announcing difficult times, either. Earlier this week, Macy’s announced it was closing 14 percent of its stores. And that’s just this week.

We’ve seen this happen to plenty of other entities. Sears. Sports Authority. Bob Evans. We see at least one of these announcements per week. And yet, Obama keeps trying to tell us that he’s saved our economy.

This isn’t just a matter of consumer tastes and the vicissitudes of capitalism. It’s too consistent to be explained that way.

What’s happening is that the so-called “jobless recovery” is anything but a recovery. Americans don’t have money to spend on eating at restaurants any more. They barely have money for the essentials.

 

[This article appeared in CONSERVATIVE TRIBUNE]

 

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When is a ransom payment not really ransom? When it’s inconvenient to call it that

A pay-off that does all the damage of a ransom payment isn’t any better, no matter what you call it.

Mr. ObummerOne of my all-time favorite lines is from Henry Thoreau: “Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk.” It came to mind this week when the White House and State Department insisted that the charge the U.S. paid a ransom to get back American hostages was purely circumstantial. Sometimes, a $400 million pay-off in laundered money, delivered in the dead of night in an unmarked cargo plane isn’t what it looks like.

January 16 was “Implementation Day” for the nuclear deal between the United States and Iran, in which the state sponsor of terror received sanctions relief possibly worth as much as $150 billion — which would be roughly equivalent to 40 percent of its GDP — in exchange for some guarantees against developing nuclear weapons . . . for a while. (The merits, and even the nature, of the Iran nuclear deal are hotly disputed, but that’s a topic for another time.)
That same day, the Obama administration announced a prisoner swap between the U.S. and Iran, in which we traded 7 Iranian criminals and removed another 14 from an Interpol “most wanted” list. In exchange, they returned four innocent Americans, illegally held by the Iranian regime. Back then, Secretary of State John Kerry boasted about what a masterful diplomatic breakthrough it was. Those Americans were freed thanks to “the relationships forged and the diplomatic channels unlocked over the course of the nuclear talks,” Kerry preened.
Well maybe. But few things really cement a solid working relationship like $400 million in cash. Kerry failed to mention that part in his press conferences or Congressional testimony. In fact, the Obama administration kept the whole thing a secret.

The White House concedes that it all looks very bad. But it insists this was in no way a ransom payment; the trout got in the milk for perfectly normal reasons. You see, the Iranians were suing for funds deposited with the Pentagon in 1979 for a weapons purchase that was later blocked when the ayatollahs deposed the Shah. The $400 million wasn’t a ransom; it was simply the first installment of a $1.7 billion dollar settlement of that dispute. “We would not, we have not, we will not pay ransom to secure the release of U.S. citizens,” top White House flack Josh Earnest insisted. That the money was delivered to coincide with the release of our hostages is little more than a funny coincidence.
And shame on you for thinking otherwise, Earnest seemed to be saying Wednesday. The $400 million drop-off was actually a great success for smart diplomacy, because it saved taxpayers “potentially billions” more if the arbitration over the matter hadn’t gone our way. Still, one wonders why, if it was such a laudable and innocent money-saving maneuver, they kept it all secret from the American people.

Here’s one possible reason from the Wall Street Journal exposé: “U.S. officials also acknowledge that Iranian negotiators on the prisoner exchange said they wanted the cash to show they had gained something tangible.” Catch that? The Obama administration did not think the huge pallet of Swiss francs, euros, and other currencies dropped off in the dead of night was a ransom payment — they just wanted the Iranians to think it was. And they bought it! “Taking this much money back was in return for the release of the American spies,” Gen. Mohammad Reza Naghdi, a Revolutionary Guard commander, boasted on Iranian state media.

Sometimes you just have to marvel at the way smart people can talk themselves into stupidity. The whole point of not paying ransoms to terrorists isn’t to save money. The reason we don’t pay kidnappers is that we understand that it will only encourage more kidnapping. So letting the Iranians think the $400 million was a ransom payment is doubly asinine, because it fooled exactly the wrong people, the wrong way. Who cares if the Obama administration “knew” it wasn’t a ransom? What mattered was to make it clear to the Iranians that it wasn’t a ransom, not give them every reason to believe it was.
Now, because of this pas-de-deux of asininity, not only have we given the Iranians untraceable walking-around money to give to its terrorist proxies, we’ve also given them every incentive to kidnap more Americans — which is exactly what they’ve been doing. But at least the folks at the State Department can sleep soundly knowing that they didn’t really pay a ransom — it just looks that way.

[by Jonah Goldberg, writing for NATIONAL REVIEW]
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