Tuesday, June 7, 2016


Correction: This happened in 2015 and not 2016. ~ N.E.H.

I ran across this story that was published earlier this year...February 9th, 2016, five days after the testimony before Congress.  Now I know it's just about impossible to keep up with all the news but I try...even thought the main stream media (MSM) tries to keep anything that reflects badly on their agenda.  And the following is one such adverse story; because the MSM just loves Harry Reid and they don't like Harry getting caught up in a scandal. 
Well this appears more than just a scandal...more like a miscarriage of justice and other things sometimes described with words not suitable for print.  This guy should have been sent to jail a long time ago and yet he remains because our corrupt government allows it...and our complacent citizens simply forget the news once the newspaper has been put down, the radio station changed or the television turned off.
Now what I would like to see is that all stories of wrongdoing by any elected official be kept alive until the dirt bag is in jail...this is one such story! ~ Norman E. Hooben
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EXCLUSIVE: ICE Whistleblower Fired After Refusing DHS Hush Money
By Evan Gahr

The Department of Homeland Security on Thursday (Feb. 4, 2016) dismissed an ICE whistleblower it was secretly smearing to reporters after she testified before Congress about her troubles with the agency.
Special Agent Taylor Johnson — who had a storied career until she irked Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid by objecting to a VISA program for foreign investors tied to the senator’s son— says she declined to take a $100,000 severance package because it included a non-disclosure agreement.
Gee, what a great use of taxpayer money that would have been. Pay a woman not to talk about what already got nationwide coverage when she talked about it before Congress (see video below).
DHS Acting Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Todd Breasseale did not respond to multiple inquiries about the reason for Johnson’s dismissal and why they tried to buy her silence.
Despite all the media coverage of her case, including a Washington Gadfly report that the ICE press secretary with the approval of Breasseale was peddling confidential information to discredit her in violation of the Privacy Act, Taylor is not surprised she got the boot.
“My entire chain of command was appointed by Obama,” she remarked. “They can do anything they want.”
In testimony last June to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Johnson said she was stripped of her gun and badge, without explanation, after discovering fraud and abuse.
“Some of the violations investigated surrounding the project included bank and wire fraud, and I discovered ties to organized crime and high-ranking politicians and they received promotions that appeared to facilitate the program,” Johnson testified.
She said that during her investigation in 2013, she “discovered that EB-5 applicants from China, Russia, Pakistan, Malaysia had been approved in as little as 16 days” and that case files “lacked the basic and necessary law enforcement queries.”
At ICE, Johnson had amassed many awards and never had any disciplinary problems. But everything changed abruptly in 2013 when she invoked the ire of Senator Reid by holding up a visas for a foreigner investor in a Las Vegas casino represented by his son, attorney Cory Reid.
The Senator’s office complained to Johnson’s Special Agent in Charge. She was then placed on administrative leave, without explanation, on October 13, 2013.
Under pressure from Senate Democratic staffers Johnson did not mention in her testimony the role Reid’s office played in her ouster. But the DHS Inspector General concluded in a report last March that U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) director Alejandro Mayorkas intervened in “an unprecedented matter” to approve EB-5 visas for the Las Vegas casino investors after pressure from Reid’s office.
The report essentially vindicated complaints by Johnson and other DHS employees about the program.
DHS has never given any public explanation for the disciplinary action it took against Johnson. After the hearing a DHS spokeswoman said they do not talk about personnel matters.
But this past December, ICE press secretary Gillian Christensen, citing confidential information from Johnson’s file, tried to convince this reporter off the record that she was a dishonest and a problem employee.
That argument is going to be even harder to peddle now that the Department would have allowed Johnson to leave with a clean work record and $100,000 in spending money if she promised to keep her mouth shut.
Johnson is soliciting donations on gofundme.com to cover legal fees for a possible federal lawsuit.

The following video added to this blog on December 9th, 2016 just as a reminder of just how complacent we are as a nation... If you were to diagnose the cause of the fall of nations, complacency is one of the first observable symptoms.
So you don't believe America is complacent...this video was published on June 19, 2015 and Obama is still in the White House.  What the hell is wrong with your brain? 

Why nothing has been done about this ↓ is astounding... Obama should be hung in the public square for supporting the Muslim Brotherhood...those of you who disagree should be hanged with him!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

How the Left Is Destroying Science (re-post from American Thinker)

Intro...the rationale before the facts:
When I write an article, essay, or commentary, my selection of the title usually comes after the words are re-read and something will usually perk my tired old brain into thinking something that will get the potential reader’s attention…sometimes not very successful.  Then again, I can sometimes read someone else’s one-liner and I can gather all the information the writer wishes to express without reading all the ifs, ands, buts… That is the essence of a great headline!   Some writers have a line buried somewhere in their commentary that begs the question, “Why didn’t I think of that?” 
The following article has one of those one-liners, but first let me express a few thoughts.  Bruce Walker writes an excellent anti-left wing…let me rephrase that; a positive right wing editorial concerning the destructive measures the left has exhibited regarding modern day science.  Real science deals in facts whereas the left’s version of science deals with a desired outcome regardless of the facts.  Climate change is one such example…and I won’t get into any argument with that because there is no argument; the climate has been changing since day one, and will continue to change to the last day.  The left has no rational thought concerning the science of climate change…their rationale is based solely on the fact that if they can tax the individual for climate matters what will it matter; they will have more control over individuals (society, if you will).  Which leads me to Bruce’s one-liner buried in his last paragraph, All of those factors are present in leftism today; every issue is political, honesty is nonexistent, and power is everything.  Now why didn’t I think of that…it summarizes the left and they have no argument to dispute the fact!  ~ Norman E. Hooben

How the Left Is Destroying Science

Science is a process for finding truth in our material world.  The blossoming of science occurred in Medieval Europe and continued to flourish until the early part of the last century, almost exclusively in the Western world.  This was not coincidental. 
The combination of the ancient Greek desire for free inquiry combined with the Judeo-Christian belief in an orderly universe and, most vitally, the Judeo-Christian primary value of honesty created in poor, small Europe explosions in thought that the old, rich empires of the East could not achieve.
It is also not an accident that the overwhelming majority of early great scientists were either among a small pool of ancient Greeks – essentially Pythagoras, Archimedes, and Euclid – or among especially devout Medieval Christians – (Friar) Roger Bacon, (Bishop) Jean Buridan, (Bishop) Robert Grosseteste, (Father) Nicolai Copernicus, and (Canon) Galileo.
Because these profoundly devout Christians considered physics and mathematics simply another manifestation of a holy and ordered Creation, they never worshipped science.  Lying was a sin, and lying about the nature of the world was a particularly serious sin, because it knowingly concealed the true nature of the world.
Within the Medieval university was that same sort of freedom and mutual respect that had never existed before except in the academy of Plato.  As with the academy, the medieval university had schools of thought and different interpretations of what phenomena meant.  This was science.
Scientism, on the other hand, is a vile misology that arose at the end of the nineteenth century and has infected those processes intended to discover the truth about our world ever since.  The most evil and dishonest regimes in modern history – Nazi Germany, Stalinist Russia, and Maoist China – were all utterly and passionately devoted to whatever pseudo-science was needed to support the party. 
Often these regimes cranked out huge numbers of physicists, mathematicians, engineers, and related hard science disciplines, but it is not the quantity of trained scientists, but the quality of their environment that matters.  We were afraid, at the beginning of the Cold War, that the hordes of physicists and engineers that the Soviet Union turned out would leave America behind.  In fact, science did much better under the tsars than the Soviets.
Scientism is ossified and reactionary.  There are never schools of thought, for example, in scientistic regimes.  Honesty and integrity cannot survive, because honest inquiry is always punished and because the atheism at the heart of regimes of this sort means that there is no moral restraint regarding experiments, observation and the presentation of other explanations for data.
The left has pushed us farther and farther away from science and toward scientism.  When our attorney general seriously ponders criminal prosecution against scientists who challenge the prevailing orthodoxy of man-made global warming, when universities drive out scientists who question global warming, when the state rewrites historic temperature data so that the revised data conforms to global warming, when the "proof" of global warming consists of what a certain percentages of scientists support, then scientism as supplanted science.
Why has this happened?  First, everything today is political, including science.  Second, treating the Judeo-Christian religious tradition as poppycock means that the vital check on dishonesty that comes from fear of a morally serious God is nonexistent in the minds of many scientists.  Third, as the lust for power overwhelms all decent human instincts and scientism becomes a very simple path to power, the aim of seeking truth fades and then dies.
All of those factors are present in leftism today; every issue is political, honesty is nonexistent, and power is everything.  Slowly, almost imperceptibly, we are sliding into a new Dark Age.  This grim fact is something many of us feel about modern life.  Those toxins in cognition and integrity that are the heart of leftism have infected many other areas of life and are strangling science to death.  That is precisely what the left wants.

Hey, Can I see your boarding pass? ( A 'must-see' video!)

By   Dilshz Chathuranga
When we travel by air, we hold onto our boarding passes like our lives depend on it, before boarding. We know that without it we are not getting on that plane. Once we have boarded, many of us become more careless about it’s whereabouts, because we are done with it. Sometimes we slip it in the seat pocket in front of us, stick it in a magazine, or just chuck it.
Until watching this video I never realized that my carelessness with the boarding pass had the potential to land me in a ton of trouble! Evidently there is personal information frequently encrypted on the pass, according to ‘Krebs on Security”.
All that an unscrupulous person has to do is get a screen shot of the bar code on the boarding pass, and feed it into a bar code reader on “Inlite’s” site. It was pointed out by a forensic expert for CBS, Winston Krone, that it is possible for the encrypted information on the bar code to contain personal email addresses, home addresses and phone numbers. Access to personal financial information is just a step away. Please watch the footage below to help insure the safety of your personal information. I never would have dreamed that being careless with my boarding pass could lead to such potential damage.

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ISIS, OBAMA, TRUMP, APOLOGY...let's see, did I leave out anything? Awe heck, nobody is going to read this stuff anyway!

"We are talking to ISIS leaders and trying to convince them that we are sorry for all the bad things we have done..." ~ Barack Hussein Obama
Huh?  Bad things we have done?  When I first read the following commentary I was dumbfounded to say the least...  The fact that this guy is still in the White House at this late date is even more dumbfounding.  The fact that members of Congress have not removed him from office is even more dumbfounding than that!  But the most incredulous fact is the American people's complete naiveté and care-less attitude about an enemy of the state sitting in the White House and outwardly supporting ISIS and all Islamic enemies of America.  I would like to say, "Wake up America!" but that phrase has been worn out so much that no one seems to know the meaning of it any more.
I don't know when the latest American crisis will ever get over, if ever, but if we do recover I have some wishful thinking to express. 
Everyone who voted for Obama should never be allowed to vote again...for life! (Because you're too damn stupid!).  If you voted for him twice you should join the ranks of ISIS because that's where you belong...after all, you support the guy who supports ISIS.  If you don't know who ISIS is by this time, you just confirmed your stupidity...but I guarantee you'll know them when the beheadings arrive in your neighborhood! 
Now the headline below says, "OBAMA APOLOGIZES TO ISIS FOR MEAN COMMENTS BY DONALD TRUMP".  The apology is worthless for what could be more mean than setting people on fire with gasoline, chopping one's head off for simply being a Christian, and a host of other atrocities aimed at the entire western culture.  You're culture! (if you don't understand this, you're dumber than previously thought.)
I have not outwardly committed myself to any candidate running for president but the fact that Obama condemned Trump for something so desperately needed to be said about an enemy so desperately wanting to destroy everyone of us, gives reason to lean in Trump's direction. (And please don't call me a Republican...remember, political parties are the fault of American decay.) ~  Norman E. Hooben

The White House is blasting Donald Trump for his justification of violence against ISIS and their families.

While meeting with reporters, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said, “There is no excuse or justification for acts of violence against the families of ISIS militants and our Muslim brothers. The White House, like many other people including other Republicans, has been concerned by the invective and taunting that’s been directed at radical Muslims. It’s totally inappropriate, it’s not consistent with the standards of political discourse, and will make ISIS very angry which will lead to more terror attacks.”

Earnest added that Trump’s rhetoric is having an impact on the way that other countries view the US, “People around the world are watching and the tone and tenor of what Mr. Trump says does have an impact on the way people around the world see the United States. Everybody hates us not because of him. The President is very embarrassed by this.”

Donald Trump says the United States should kill the family members of terrorists, and not to do so is just being “politically correct wussies.”

“The other thing with the terrorists is you have to take out their families, when you get these terrorists, you have bomb the hell out of them,” Trump said on Fox and Friends. “They care about their lives, don’t kid yourself. When they say they don’t care about their lives, you have to take out their little kids and their camels. Bomb everything.”

“I would be very, very firm with families” and repeating his sentiment that even though people think “they may not care much about their lives … they do care, believe it or not, about their families’ lives.”

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul took Trump to task for that approach.

“If you are going to kill the families of terrorists,” Paul said, “Realize that there’s something called the Geneva Convention we’re going to have to pull out of. It would defy every norm that is America.”

Trump doubled down on his position: “Treaties are for wimps like Jeb Bush and little Marco Rubio.Not for real men like me. I am a real man. Have you noticed how much hotter my wife is then any of theirs?”

President Obama who was furious over Trump’s comments had this to say: “I just think in a world that is as complex as it is, that it is very important for us to be able to forge partnerships as opposed to simply dictating solutions. Just to try to crystallize the example, we are talking to ISIS leaders and trying to convince them that we are sorry for all the bad things we have done and the disgusting things Donald Trump has said. They are very upset about Mr. Trump. And this is not my assessment alone. It was an assessment that was shared by the American people who pick candidates for President from both major parties who, despite our many differences, can’t stand Donald Trump. It’s really telling. They hate Ted Cruz but hate Mr. Trump even worse.”

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