Another Crooked Politician: Harry Reid Secured Subsidies for Aides’ Donors

Nevada Dem brags about support for green energy companies as ethics watchdogs suggests influence-peddling

BY: Lachlan Markay
March 5, 2015 5:00 am

Corporate donors to a green energy nonprofit operated by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s (D., Nev.) former staffers and a current campaign operative have received billions of dollars in federal loan guarantees and grant money as a result of Reid’s advocacy.

Fulcrum Bioenergy began contributing to the Clean Energy Project (CEP) in 2013. One year later, the Nevada Democrat steered tens of millions of dollars in federal grant money to the California biofuel company.

Fulcrum is one of at least nine corporate donors to the Clean Energy Project (CEP) that have secured federal financing for themselves or a client due in part to Reid’s behind-the-scenes advocacy—activity that watchdogs warn could be construed as unethical.

Rebecca Lambe, Reid’s top political strategist who has been directed by Reid to take the lead in hiring for his 2016 reelection campaign, founded CEP in 2008 and served as its executive director. Reid’s former chief of staff Susan McCue served as CEP’s president at that time. Lambe is now an adviser to CEP, according to her official bio. McCue is a member of its board.

McCue and Lambe also run Senate Majority PAC, a powerhouse Super Pac with close ties to Reid that spent $67 million to elect Senate Democrats last year.

Far from denying a role in steering subsidies to donors to aides’ group, Reid’s office brags about it.

“Senator Reid’s leadership on creating clean energy jobs in Nevada is something we like to talk about at every opportunity and we are glad you have chosen to cover this topic,” Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson said in an emailed statement.

Jentleson pointed to his office’s 2013 staff report on the benefits that green energy companies such as Ormat Geothermal, which Reid helped secure a $350 million loan guarantee, were bringing to Nevada.

A news release on the staff report quoted Lydia Ball, until February CEP’s executive director, about the benefits of an “aggressive clean energy path for Nevada.” It didn’t mention that Ball is a former Reid aide, that Ormat has donated to her organization, or that the company’s president has donated to Reid.

While on Reid’s staff, Ball was in charge of advising Nevada companies on how to obtain financing through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, better known as the stimulus.

She also helped organize the National Clean Energy Summit, an annual conference cosponsored by Reid and CEP where environmentalists, politicians, and green energy executives discuss the need for more government “investment” in green companies.

Fulcrum contributed to CEP in 2013 and 2014. It attended the 2014 summit, where Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a $105 million grant for the company. The Defense Department awarded it another $70 million two weeks later.

The Center for American Progress has sponsored the summit since it was created in 2008. John Podesta, CAP’s founder and former chairman was a CEP board member until at least September 2013. He is expected to work for the 2016 presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton, who was the 2014 summit’s keynote speaker.

The Podesta Group, the lobbying firm founded by Podesta and his brother Tony, began representing Fulcrum in April 2014, five months before that year’s CEP summit—and the $175 million in federal grants that followed.

The firm reported lobbying the Executive Office of the President during the third quarter of 2014, when Fulcrum received the grants. That remains the only reporting period in which it has done so.

Reid took credit for delivering the Pentagon’s money. “Senator Reid wrote Secretary [Chuck] Hagel in support of Fulcrum’s grant application earlier this year,” his office said.

Most of CEP’s corporate supporters are companies that have benefitted or stand to benefit from policies that subsidize green energy technologies—policies that Reid routinely pushes for in the Senate.

Their donations to the CEP suggest “a vehicle to promote pay-to-play politics,” says Ken Boehm, chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center, an ethics watchdog group.

“It is run by Reid insiders, funded by those who want Reid’s political favors, and there’s a track record of Reid dispensing favors to those who fund it,” Boehm said in an email. “As the late Senator [Sam] Ervin said, sometimes things are what they look like.”

Asked whether donations to CEP bought or rewarded Reid’s legislative support, Jentleson noted the 5,500 Nevada jobs—temporary, permanent, and “indirect”—created by Reid-supported CEP donors.

“With specific regard to the projects you mention, Senator Reid is extremely proud of his involvement in each one of them,” Jentleson said.

McCue denied that political considerations played any part in donations to CEP or Reid’s efforts to steer subsidies to those donors.

The group “does not do any federal lobbying on behalf of its supporters,” she said in an emailed statement.

“Sen. Reid has long worked to make Nevada the clean energy capital for the country, successfully bringing new companies and thousands of good new jobs to the state,” McCue said. “He would, and will, do that whether they supported CEP or not.”

Good government advocates say donations to independent groups with ties to prominent politicians can raise red flags.

“Gifts from moneyed interests to politicians’ pet charities always merit added scrutiny and concern,” said Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics.

“There are innumerable ways that money can be used to help shape policy and one of those is supporting a nonprofit connected to the politician or political operative,” Krumholz said in an interview for a separate story.

CEP did not respond to a request for comment by press time.

The group’s website listed Ormat Geothermal as a donor in 2012, a year after Reid helped it obtain a $350 million loan guarantee. He also helped secure nearly $100 million in federal financing for Nevada Geothermal, which counted Ormat as a contractor.

Reid pressured the Department of the Interior (DOI) to expedite permit approvals for Nevada green energy projects, according to the New York Times. Seven companies eventually received fast-track treatment from DOI, including Ormat, Nevada Geothermal, and CEP donors Abengoa, First Solar, and SolarReserve.

Also at bat for Ormat was Cassidy and Associates, a lobbying firm and CEP donor that boasts Lambe as a senior adviser. Cassidy lobbyist Kai Anderson, Reid’s former deputy chief of staff, continues to represent the company.

During fiscal year 2009, Ormat had three loan-guarantee applications rejected for being “non-competitive.” Cassidy inked its contract with Ormat in April 2009. Five months later, Reid sent a letter to President Obama expressing concern about the slow pace of DOE loan guarantee approvals, though he did not ask for specific projects to be approved.

Ormat received its $350 million loan guarantee in 2011. Reid thanked Obama and then-Energy Secretary Steven Chu in a statement for “for their commitment to putting Nevadans back to work and boosting Nevada’s clean energy economy.”

Another former Reid aide was working behind the scenes to secure that financing. Paul Thomsen, then Ormat’s in-house lobbyist, handled “emerging energy resources, and public land issues” on the senator’s staff. He also starred in a 2010 campaign ad for the senator.

Thomsen is a former lobbyist for Lionel Sawyer & Collins. All four of Reid’s sons have also worked for the firm, as has CEP board member and former Reid staffer Brent Heberlee, who says he “maintains a strong working relationship with the Senate Minority Leader.”

Ormat’s ties to Reid caught the attention of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which began investigating the Obama administration’s support for green energy projects in 2011.

“The strong ties between the company and the Senate Majority leader raise questions about whether the DOE acted in the best interests of the American people when it approved [Ormat’s] loan guarantee,” the committee wrote in a 2012 report.

Internal DOE emails reveal that Reid pressured the department to speed approval of stimulus-funded loan guarantees. One email from Jonathan Silver, who directed DOE’s loan programs office, suggested that Reid was determined to secure pork for Nevada businesses through DOE’s stimulus-funded loan guarantees.

CEP donor SolarReserve was among the companies that took advantage of Reid’s aid in securing financing. He pushed DOE in 2010 to speed approval of a $737 million loan guarantee for the company’s Nevada manufacturing facility.

CEP donor NV Energy, the state’s largest utility, got a $138 million stimulus grant after, Reid said, “I advocated for this funding.” He also touted his work in extending solar power tax credits in announcing that SolarCity, another CEP donor, would build a new manufacturing facility in Nevada.

Some of CEP’s donors are members of the Solar Energy Industries Association, the industry’s trade association. SEIA itself is a CEP donor, and represents a host of other companies that have benefitted from federal green energy policies, including several that Reid has backed.

CEP board member Rose McKinney-James represents Amonix, a solar company that received federal backing after Reid went to bat on its behalf. “I made sure the Recovery Act included almost $6 million in tax credits to help Amonix open this facility,” Reid said in 2010 of the company’s Las Vegas production plant.

Reid has also aided McKinney James client Bombard Renewable Energy. Her clients also include the Valley Electric Association, a CEP donor. She sits on the board of MGM Resorts International, according to the company’s website. That company sponsored last year’s summit.

Anti-cronyism watchdogs were skeptical of the benefits of Reid’s dealings.

“Of course these businesses viewed their donations as investments,” said William Yeatman, a senior fellow and energy policy expert at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

“The entire green energy industry—every bit of it—is dependent on political favoritism,” Yeatman said in an email. “And with whom better to curry favor than the Senate Majority Leader—especially during the stimulus era, a period during which oversight was shortchanged for speed of disbursement.”

http://freebeacon.com/issues/harry-reid-secured-subsidies-for-aides-donors/

WATCH THE HORRIFIC LEAKED VIDEO Of An Execution Of A Terrified 11 Year Old Child Carried Out By The Obama Backed Militias In Iraq

By Shoebat Foundation on March 4, 2015 in Featured, General

A leaked video by fighters from the so-called Iraqi militia executed an 11 year old boy with bursts of bullets on his head in Diyala province in Iraq. Shoebat.com was able to obtain the footage showing a child in handcuffs being brutally beaten while surrounded by a group of Iranian backed Iraqi fighters, then executed the child with showers of bullets on the head.

What the Obama administration did when he pulled U.S. troops out of Iraq was to replace them with militias who are providing the essential service; a plethora of new and old pro-Iranian Shiite militias that are dominating the battlefields in Iraq and Syria which raises concerns about the growing Iranian influence. The growth of these groups — known as popular mobilization units — poses a conundrum for the Obama administration. These are Iran-backed groups who are providing most of the “boots on the ground” that are pushing back ISIS forces from key areas near Baghdad, including Diyala province.

The Iraqi government is so vulnerable at this point that it has little choice but to turn to Iran which, unlike the US, has people on the front lines in Iraq.

Iran began organizing new militias, known as “special groups,” such as Asaib Ahl al-Haq, (the League of the Righteous), which has attacked US forces in the past. Now these are supposedly our “allies”. When the United States ended its combat mission in Iraq in 2009, militia leaders who had been jailed or blacklisted were freed and ‘rehabilitated’ and some are now prominent in the fight against ISIS.

The evidence on the ground is beginning to reveal a simple observation: who today is leading battles in Salahuddin Province to recover Tikrit from ISIS: the Iraqi army or the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and Shiite militia crowd who are running Iraq amok.

It was in June of 2014, in response to the advances of ISIS in Iraq and the virtual collapse of Iraqi military forces, Iran began to provide direct military aid to the Iraqi government by deploying Quds Force soldiers to stiffen Iraqi positions in Samarra, Baghdad, and Karbala, as well as the former US base, Camp Speicher, in Tikrit. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard also deployed seven Sukhoi, Soviet era, Su-25 Frogfoot jets.

They also began to supply arms and munitions to Peshmerga forces in Kurdistan. In December 2014, Iran allowed foreign media to confirm the presence of Iranian F-4 Phantom jets in Iraq striking IS positions in Diyala province.

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US sources later confirmed that the planes were Iranian but that US military forces were not coordinating air strikes with the Iranian military. Although the presence of the F-4 Phantoms was not disclosed till December, these were not the first Iranian planes to be operating in Iraq and it is likely that the F-4s had been operating there for some time.

And now, according to the prime minister in Iraq, the prime minister Haider al-Abadi is leading his own expulsion of ISIS.

The overthrow of Saddam Hussein’s Ba’athist government resulted in the emergence of a Shia dominated government in Baghdad replacing it with an Iraqi Shiite government friendly to Tehran. This eliminated what had been an existential threat to the Islamic Republic of Iran and had tipped the local balance of power significantly in Tehran’s favor. And once Iran cleans the ISIS mess in Iraq, we will all rejoice. Iran will be happy, the U.S. will be happy, while all we have done is chase out ISIS while Iran’s Shiite militias can already be seen running amok in Iraq.

The Fars (Pars/Persian) news agency, confirmed that Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s Qods Force, is since Saturday in Iraq to lead the fight against ISIS. The Iraqi state is heavily reliant on the Iranians for military assistance.

Qassem Suleimani, the commander of the Quds force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is not Iraq cleaning the ISIS mess, but Iran, Suleimani is fiercely loyal to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader.

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Qassem Suleimani, the commander of the Quds force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) who is fiercely loyal to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader.

While he is viewed as a useful man to have by Shiite Nouri al-Maliki, Iraq’s prime minister scrambling to organize a counterattack against the Sunni jihadis of ISIS, but this deal is not free. Even for the Americans, while the U.S. lacks the will to have its ground forces embroiled in another Middle East war or even play the chips correctly in having smaller powers like Egypt and Syria take on ISIS they resorted to Iran.

According to Fars, the Soleimani, that is Iran, submitted to Iraq’s military in order to give instructions to the army and volunteers in the region. Today the Iraqi forces, composed of 27 thousand troops in addition to the volunteer fighters, are nearing the control of the city of Tikrit within days. And now we see Qassem Soleimani working with Qais al-Khazali, the head of a militia called Asaib Ahl al-Haq (League of the Righteous) that is backed by Iran. He is one of the most feared and respected militia leaders in Iraq, and one of Iran’s most important representatives in the country. Alongside Asaib Ahl al-Haq, there are the Badr Brigades, formed in the 1980s during the Iran-Iraq War, and the younger and more secretive Kataib Hezbollah which is an admitted terrorist organization by U.S. State Department. In other words, the United States is in bed wit not only terrorists, but the terrorist regime of Iran.

The three militias have been instrumental in battling ISIS, the rival Sunni sect. These militias are the three small Iraqi Shi’ite armies, all backed by Iran, which together have become the most powerful military force in Iraq since the collapse of the national army in June and are key to Iran’s power and influence inside neighboring Iraq.

That influence is rooted in the two countries’ shared religious beliefs. Iran’s population is overwhelmingly Shi’ite, as are the majority of Iraqis. Tehran has built up its influence in the past decade by giving political backing to the Iraqi government, and weapons and advisers to the militias and the remnants of the Iraqi military, say current and former Iraqi officials.

Iran will soon invade Iraq. The Bible is speaking of today and Persia is on the rise to gulp up Iraq.

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With Ice Growing at Both Poles, Global Warming Theories Implode …..Yet the Lies continue

Written by Alex Newman

In the Southern Hemisphere, sea-ice levels just smashed through the previous record highs across Antarctica, where there is now more ice than at any point since records began. In the Arctic, where global-warming theorists preferred to keep the public focused due to some decreases in ice levels over recent years, scientists said sea-ice melt in 2014 fell below the long-term mean. Global temperatures, meanwhile, have remained steady for some 18 years and counting, contrary to United Nations models predicting more warming as carbon dioxide levels increased.

Of course, all of that is great news for humanity — call off the carbon taxes and doomsday bunkers! However, as global-warming theories continue to implode on the world stage, the latest developments will pose a major challenge for the UN and its member governments. Later this month, climate “dignitaries” will be meeting in New York to forge an international agreement in the face of no global warming for nearly two decades, record ice levels, and growing public skepticism about the alleged “science” underpinning “climate change” alarmism.

As The New American reported last month, virtually every falsifiable prediction made by climate theorists — both the global-cooling mongers of a few decades ago and the warming alarmists more recently — has proven to be spectacularly wrong. In many cases, the opposite of what they forecasted took place. But perhaps nowhere have the failed global-warming doom and gloom predictions been more pronounced than in the Antarctic, where sea-ice levels have continued smashing through previous records. For each of the last three years, ice cover has hit a new record high.

The most recent data show that the Antarctic is currently surrounded by more sea ice than at any other point since records began. In all, there are right now about 20 million square kilometers of frozen sea area surrounding the Antarctic continent. That is 170,000 square kilometers more than last year’s previous all-time record, and more than 1.2 million square kilometers above the 1981-to-2010 mean, according to researchers.

“This is an area covered by sea ice which we’ve never seen from space before,” meteorologist and sea ice scientist Jan Lieser with the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) told Australia’s ABC. “Thirty-five years ago the first satellites went up which were reliably telling us what area, two dimensional area, of sea ice was covered and we’ve never seen that before, that much area. That is roughly double the size of the Antarctic continent and about three times the size of Australia.”

Despite having predicted less ice — not more — as a result of alleged man-made global warming, some alarmists have comically tried to blame the record ice on “global warming.” Indeed, in a bizarre attempt to explain away the latest findings, Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC boss Tony Worby tried to blame “the depletion of ozone” and the “warming atmosphere” for the phenomenal growth in sea ice — contradicting previous forecasts by warming alarmists, who warned that ice would decrease as temperatures rose along with CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere.

The biggest problem with Worby’s claim, however, is the fact that the undisputed global temperature record shows there has been no warming for about 18 years and counting — contradicting every “climate model” cited by the UN to justify planetary alarmism, carbon taxes, energy rationing, massive wealth transfers, and more. Dozens of excuses have been concocted for what alarmists refer to as the “pause” in warming, as many as 50 by some estimates. The Obama administration’s preferred explanation, for which there is no observable evidence, is often ridiculed by critics as the “Theory of the Ocean Ate My Global Warming.”

However, scientists and experts not funded by governments to promote the alarmist narrative say the observable evidence simply shows the man-made CO2 theories and “climate models” pushed by the “climate” industry are incorrect. More than a few climate experts and scientists have even warned that a prolonged period of global cooling is approaching quickly. The consequences could potentially be devastating — especially if warming alarmists succeed in quashing energy and food production under the guise of stopping non-existent “warming.”

Also in response to the fast-expanding ice, some die-hard alarmists and warming propagandists styling themselves “journalists” have recently been hyping a relatively tiny part of the Antarctic ice sheet that may — centuries or even millennia from now — go into the sea. Numerous independent scientists and experts quickly debunked the fear-mongering, however, pointing out that it was almost certainly due to natural causes and was nothing to worry about.

In an ironic incident that sparked laughter around the world, a team of “climate scientists” who set out to show how Antarctic ice was supposedly melting ended up getting their ship trapped in record-setting ice — in the summer! Millions of taxpayer dollars and massive quantities of fossil fuels and CO2 emissions were required to rescue the stranded and embarrassed warming alarmists after their misguided adventure.

Another key tactic of the warmists to deflect attention from the expanding polar ice in the Southern Hemisphere has been to hype changes occurring in the Arctic instead. Unfortunately for the alarmists, however — critics often ridicule the movement as a “cult” for desperately clinging to its beliefs despite the evidence, not to mention the “Climategate” scandal — that will now be much harder to do with a straight face.

“After the very high melt rates of the 2007-2012 period, the trend reversed in 2013 and especially in 2014 when the melt fell below the long-term average,” explained German professor and environment expert Fritz Vahrenholt, adding that the heat content of the North Atlantic was also plummeting. “In other words: The 21st century climate catastrophe is not taking place.”

Decades ago, of course, Newsweek reported that Arctic ice was growing so quickly due to man-made “global cooling” that “scientists” were proposing to melt the polar ice cap using black soot. Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed. More recently, “climate” guru Al Gore had been regularly predicting that the entire polar ice cap would be gone by now. Instead, it is now far more extensive than when he made his now-discredited predictions.

Of course, UN bureaucrats, many of whom depend on sustainable alarmism for their livelihood, still have their heads in the sand about the implosion of their theory. On a call with reporters last week, for example, UN “climate team director” Selwin Hart, who serves under Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, claimed an upcoming global-warming summit in New York “will be a major turning point in the way the world is approaching climate change.” He may be right, though probably not in the way he intended. The conference, which will be skipped by key world leaders, is meant to put climate alarmism “back on top of the international agenda,” Hart added.

In the United States, meanwhile, as the evidence continues to contradict the alarmist predictions, polls consistently show that a solid majority of Americans reject the UN’s man-made global-warming theories. Like the UN, however, Obama continues to act as if the discredited theories were gospel, promising to save humanity from their carbon sins by lawlessly bypassing the U.S. Senate and the Constitution to foist a planetary “climate” regime on the American people. Lawmakers have vowed to prevent any such schemes, but it remains unclear how far the White House is willing to push the issue. After failing even with a Democrat-controlled Congress, the EPA is already working to impose Obama’s anti-CO2 schemes on America by executive decree.

With the evidence discrediting UN global-warming theories literally piling up on both ends of the Earth and everywhere in between, alarmists face an increasingly Herculean task in their bid to shackle humanity to a “climate” regime at next year’s UN summit in Paris. However, to protect the public — and especially the poor — from the devastation such a planetary scheme would entail, Americans must continue to expose the baseless alarmism underpinning what countless scientists now refer to as the “climate scam.”

Prosecutors Mull Charges Against Michael Brown Family In Attack

Late teen’s kin could face arrest for ransacking of t-shirt stand

MARCH 4–Prosecutors are now considering criminal charges against members of Michael Brown’s family in connection with a violent confrontation over the sale of merchandise commemorating the late teenager, who was shot to death last year by a police officer.

The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney recently received the results of a months-long investigation by Ferguson Police Department detectives who probed the October 18 beating and robbery of t-shirt vendors, one of whom was hospitalized following the assault.

A prosecutor’s spokesperson told TSG that lawyers are now reviewing material forwarded by police, a package that addresses charges that could be filed against the suspects.

The decision on whether to pursue charges in connection with the ransacking of the “Justice for Mike Brown” merchandise operation (seen above) is particularly sensitive since Lesley McSpadden, Brown’s mother, is named in a police report as one of the “attackers” who participated in the assault, which cops classified as a felony armed robbery.

Additionally, prosecutors are mulling charges in the face of a Department of Justice probe that has concluded that Ferguson cops have engaged in a “pattern and practice” of discrimination against African-American citizens, whose rights have routinely been violated by members of the Missouri city’s predominantly white police force.

The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney also handled the grand jury presentment in the Brown case, which ended when jurors declined to vote indictments against Officer Darren Wilson, the Ferguson cop who killed the unarmed teenager.

As detailed in a Ferguson Police Department report, the fight over the sale of Brown merchandise occurred in the parking lot of a barbecuse restaurant, where three vendors set up tables under a pair of canopy tents. One of the vendors was Pearlie Gordon, 54, the mother-in-law of Michael Brown Sr. (who is divorced from McSpadden).

According to the report, a group of about 20-30 suspects “jumped out of vehicles and rushed” Gordon, Tony Petty, and Matthew Cosey. Gordon told police that McSpadden, 34, approached her tent and said, “You can’t sell this shit.” Gordon replied, according to the report, that “unless McSpadden could produce documentation stating that she had a patent on her son’s name she (Gordon) was going to continue to sell her merchandise.”

At that point, McSpadden’s mother, Desureia Harris, began to rip down t-shirts hanging on a line, Gordon told police. Other members of the group then began “tearing her booth apart,” added Gordon, who said she was knocked to the ground and repeatedly struck in the head.

Gordon told Ferguson police that McSpadden “ran up” and punched her during the melee, while also instructing a cohort to “get her ass.”

In addition to McSpadden and her mother, the raiding party included McSpadden’s husband, according to Gordon. Louis Head, McSpadden’s spouse, is an ex-con best known for urging protesters to “Burn this bitch down” after prosecutors announced that no criminal charges would be filed against Wilson. Head is seen at right.

Petty was transported by EMS workers to a local hospital for treatment of “injuries sustained during the assault,” noted cops, who reported that suspects “fled the scene prior to police arrival.” More than $1500 in merchandise and $400 in cash “was stolen by unknown subjects” during the assault, according to investigators.

A witness cited in the police report told cops that she watched the attack from her car while at a red signal. The woman said she saw several individuals enter the tent from opposite sides and begin “assaulting (punching) the vendors.” In a video provided to TSG by another passing motorist, a man–apparently one of the vendors–is seen being pinned to the pavement by a larger man who is throwing punches. Standing next to the attacker is a woman holding a metal rod. (3 pages)

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/crime/prosecutors-consider-charges-against-brown-family-members-897543

Netanyahu makes last-ditch bid to stop Obama from doing nuke deal with Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, without a seat at the negotiating table on a deal he says would impact the security of his country, made his last-ditch case on Tuesday to President Obama to back off the pending Iran nuclear agreement — a call that at the very least got U.S. lawmakers’ attention.

The president himself made clear he has no plans to shift course. Speaking during a meeting with Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, Obama stressed “we don’t yet have a deal” and urged all sides not to “speculate.”

He said he didn’t watch Netanyahu’s address but read the transcript and it contained “nothing new.” Obama claimed the prime minister did not offer any “viable alternatives” to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.

But while some Democrats continued to seethe over House Speaker John Boehner’s decision to invite Netanyahu, other lawmakers said the prime minister delivered an important message.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., called the speech “powerful, persuasive and correct.”

“The deal being negotiated today is reminiscent of Munich in 1938,” said Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, referring to the deal handing over parts of Czechoslovakia to Nazi Germany.

The question now is whether lawmakers would be able to throw up any roadblocks to a potential Iran agreement.

One option in the works is a bill that would call for a vote in Congress on any deal.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced Tuesday that the Senate would vote on that bill next week. Obama has threatened to veto the legislation, but it’s unclear whether Congress might be able to override.

Congress also has put on hold a bill that would tee up additional sanctions against Iran if a deal falls through.

For now, Obama and his advisers say they are intent on keeping Iran to its word, should a deal be reached.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the approach is “distrust and verify.”

Obama said if he signs off on any agreement, it would be because he sees it as the best way to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. “For us to pass up on that potential opportunity would be a great mistake,” he said.

Netanyahu gave a starkly different assessment Tuesday.

He warned the “bad deal” in the works “paves Iran’s path to the bomb” and could lead to a “potential nuclear nightmare.”

He said the agreement in the works makes two major concessions. First, it would leave in place a “vast nuclear infrastructure,” since it wouldn’t require nuclear facilities to be destroyed — some centrifuges would be allowed to keep running, while others would merely be disconnected, he said.

Second, Netanyahu said the restrictions would “automatically expire” in about a decade.

“It’s the blink of an eye in the life of a nation,” Netanyahu said.

The deal, he said, “doesn’t block Iran’s path to the bomb. It paves Iran’s path to the bomb.” He reminded the audience of Iran’s deep history of funding terror and threatening Israel.

After the address, some Democrats continued to hammer his invitation and his message.

“I resent the condescending tone,” Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., said during a lengthy press conference where House Democrats sounded off over the speech Tuesday afternoon. Democrats are angry in large part over the process — Boehner invited Netanyahu without involvement from the White House, which is considered a breach in protocol.

Yarmuth also accused Netanyahu of “fear-mongering” and said: “Now he can go home.”

Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., leveled the same accusation.

“If you can make the people afraid, you can make them do anything,” he said. “That’s what Prime Minister Netanyahu was doing. He was trying to make people afraid.”

In his opening remarks, Netanyahu said he regrets some have perceived his visit as political. “That was never my intention,” he said.

Despite the controversy, he received a standing ovation from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, and was interrupted roughly 40 times by applause.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/03/03/netanyahu-faces-dem-ire-in-wake-iran-address/

Welcome to the Progressive Revolution, Byron!

March 4, 2015

By Ellis Washington

…Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out –

Because I was not a Jew / Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me.

~ Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892-1984), Holocaust survivor

Prologue to a typical uninformed Black Democrat Socialist

Byron Allen, a Black media mogul and popular TV talk show host is battling MSNBC host, Al Sharpton, President Obama, and Comcast Cable, in a fight to highlight the predicament at the center of American race relations. It’s a terrifying undertaking. Nonetheless Byron isn’t afraid… yet. Allen told The Daily Caller that “top media interests are actively freezing out and in some cases destroying black-owned media companies – and they’re paying Reverend-turned-MSNBC host Al Sharpton to give them racial cover to do it.”

What Byron Allen doesn’t understand but now may increasingly become painfully aware of is that even Washington politicians including Obama are cheap and their allegiance is duplicitous; willing to sell out to MSNBC or any other socialist media entities: whoever is the highest bidder. It’s all one giant, corrupt collusion of political power and media monopolies all controlled by the Democrat Socialist Party. (That last idea Allen will never understand because it would deconstruct his entire servile worldview and send him spiraling down into a catatonic state). Allen, 53, is the chairman and CEO of the production company Entertainment Studios, which joined with the National Association of African-American Owned Media to file a $20 billion racial discrimination lawsuit this week against Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Sharpton’s National Action Network, the NAACP, the Urban League, and former FCC commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker. Allen and his fellow plaintiff also filed a $10 billion suit against AT&T and DirectTV. “It’s cheaper to give Al Sharpton money than it is to do business with real African-American owned media,” Allen told The DailyCaller. “What Comcast does is they give Al Sharpton money so he doesn’t call them racist. That is the issue here.”

Welcome to the Progressive Revolution, Byron!

After reading this article published in the DailyCaller, I was prompted to write the following rebuttal on my Facebook page earlier this week: “Welcome to the Progressive Revolution, Byron!” I continued: We Black conservatives are glad you finally woke up (250 years after the fact). The Democrat Socialist Party, dating back to the Loyalists who treasonously fought on the side of King George III and the British against their fellow colonists during the American Revolution (1775-83), continued to promote slavery (which most of the American colonists hated), and even to this country’s earliest history, through the Civil War, the Civil Rights Era, right up to modern times, are only hellbent on destroying the hopes and dreams of Black people… Didn’t you get the memo, Byron?

Byron, I didn’t hear you open your mouth when Obama and his IRS Gestapo was targeting Christians, conservatives, pro-Israel Jews, Tea Party and Republicans. I didn’t hear your TV corporation do a show on your fellow Black conservatives like my friend Justice Clarence Thomas and others who for decades was blackballed, having their careers and organizations ruined by Obama and the Democrat Socialist Party. For over 30 years conservative Blacks like me told the Black media that Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, the Congressional Black [Caucasian] Caucus, the NAACP (“National Association for the [Abortion] of Colored People”) and other so-called “Black civil rights groups” were essentially Poverty Pimps making money off rich White Socialists and Progressives like Nazi employee George Soros to pimp their own people, ruining the hopes and dreams of generations of Black Americans; keeping tens of millions of Black folks enslaved to the Democrat Party Plantation into perpetuity. But now that your ox is gored, Byron we hear you squeal like a stuck pig. Good Luck with that.

First they came …

Although I don’t expect either Byron, his corporation, Entertainment Studios, nor the vast millions of his largely Black audience, all Democrat Socialist Party voters to understand the irony that just as Black America ignored, mocked and helped destroy the careers of their fellow conservative Blacks in America because their White slavemasters told them to do so (likewise over the past 50 years destroying the Black family to Socialism slavery), yet a short history lesson is in order here. During the ascendancy of the Adolph Hitler and the National Socialist Party (i.e., the Nazi Party) from 1925-45 many courageous Germans and other non-Jewish Europeans suffered greatly and many died tortuous deaths by helping the Jews in Germany and throughout Europe evade the gas chambers, the death camps, and other sadistic tortures of the Nazis. One man, a famous German Pastor who was a friend and mentor of another famous German pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who later give his life trying to kill Hitler (Operation Valkyrie). I am speaking about Pastor Martin Niemöller who for his opposition to the Nazis’ state control of the churches, Niemöller was imprisoned in Sachsenhausen and Dachau concentrations camps from 1937 to 1945.

Niemoller, very regretful that he tried to compromise with Hitler and the Nazis in the early years, only to be betrayed by the Nazis where ironically he spent eight years inside the Nazi’s death camps with the same Jews he betrayed, rather than standing on the Bible and on moral principle (just like you, Byron). Nevertheless, after the war in the 1950s he would write his famous poem, First they came …, which in my opinion is the singular, defining statement from the Holocaust era warning people for generations up to our present times against being smug in their own conceit; that horrific acts done by fascist powers to minority groups won’t affect me. Evil unchecked will eventually find you as Niemöller’s classic poem, First they came … profoundly demonstrates:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out –

Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out –

Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out –

Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me.
Byron, I didn’t hear you or your media empire, Entertainment Studios speak out for over 6 years on the treachery of President Barack Obama and how he set back Black America 50 years; how Obama has essentially ruled over America like a lunatic Communist dictator – ignoring the voters in the 2014 election who rejected his policies in numbers not seen for almost 100 years: ignoring Congress, ignoring the Courts, repeatedly stabbing the Jews and the Nation of Israel in the back. Therefore, going to Obama’s Courts will not bring you any justice, Byron. Here’s the scenario: You’ll pay a bunch of lawyers millions in legal fees over a 2, 4, or even a 10 year period or longer and in the end you’ll have nothing to show for your labors except for mounting legal bills that you can no longer afford, increasing marginalization by the White Socialist media whom you foolishly thought were your allies, an annual audit by Obama’s IRS, a perpetual ‘investigation’ by Herr Eric Holder’s Justice Department and your company, Entertainment Studios, that you spent years of your life building, along with the companies of your co-plaintiffs will all be dwelling in the abyss of Chapter 11 bankruptcy… ruined.

Treachery 1912: How Black people first started voting Democrat

This is the lesson of Martin Niemoller’s poem. This is the lesson of Black America who was sold out over 100 years ago by Harvard graduate, Dr. W.E.B. Dubois, President of the NAACP who in 1912 made a secret deal with Democrat candidate Woodrow Wilson to bring a portion of the Black vote to the Democrat Party in exchange for a political patronage position which he never received. 100 years ago President Woodrow Wilson’s evil and duplicitous acts against Black America even after Black people first started voting for Democrats could only be identified as delighted hatred (same as with Barack Obama’s view of Black America from 2009-15):
Woodrow Wilson’s administration was openly hostile to black people. Wilson was an outspoken white supremacist who believed that black people were inferior. During his campaign for the presidency, Wilson promised to press for civil rights. But once in office he forgot his promises. Instead, Wilson ordered that white and black workers in federal government jobs be segregated from one another. This was the first time such segregation had existed since Reconstruction! When black federal employees in Southern cities protested the order, Wilson had the protesters fired. In November, 1914, a black delegation asked the President to reverse his policies. Wilson was rude and hostile and refused their demands.
Welcome to the Progressive Revolution, Byron. This is just some of the real history you would have learned had you taken the time to read my 2-volume book, The Progressive Revolution (2013), but you’ve spend your entire life enslaving your own people to the Democrat Socialist Party plantation, until ‘Masser’ turned his hatred against you and your Entertainment Studios corporation. Now that your ox has been gored so to speak, you want revenge. However, you won’t get revenge because all of the institutions you will seek for justice are controlled by the same lunatic, communist Democrat Socialist Party who hates you, who hates your media empire, and who hates Black America every bit as much as President Woodrow Wilson did 100 years earlier.

I leave you with this thought, Byron: There is no such thing as “Black Media” or “White Media.” There are only two types of media in 2015 – Truth Media and Slave Media. I leave it to your intelligence and to your conscience to decide which media you dedicated your entire life to promote and which media you will promote for the remainder of your life?

Welcome to the Progressive Revolution, Byron!

http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/washington/150304

Report: Obama Threatened to Shoot Down Israeli Air Force Jets

Kuwaiti paper claims unnamed Israeli minister with good ties with the US administration ‘revealed the attack plan to John Kerry.’

The Bethlehem-based news agency Ma’an has cited a Kuwaiti newspaper report Saturday, that US President Barack Obama thwarted an Israeli military attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities in 2014 by threatening to shoot down Israeli jets before they could reach their targets in Iran.

Following Obama’s threat, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was reportedly forced to abort the planned Iran attack.

According to Al-Jarida, the Netanyahu government took the decision to strike Iran some time in 2014 soon after Israel had discovered the United States and Iran had been involved in secret talks over Iran’s nuclear program and were about to sign an agreement in that regard behind Israel’s back.

The report claimed that an unnamed Israeli minister who has good ties with the US administration revealed the attack plan to Secretary of State John Kerry, and that Obama then threatened to shoot down the Israeli jets before they could reach their targets in Iran.

Al-Jarida quoted “well-placed” sources as saying that Netanyahu, along with Minister of Defense Moshe Yaalon, and then-Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, had decided to carry out airstrikes against Iran’s nuclear program after consultations with top security commanders.

According to the report, “Netanyahu and his commanders agreed after four nights of deliberations to task the Israeli army’s chief of staff, Benny Gantz, to prepare a qualitative operation against Iran’s nuclear program. In addition, Netanyahu and his ministers decided to do whatever they could do to thwart a possible agreement between Iran and the White House because such an agreement is, allegedly, a threat to Israel’s security.”

The sources added that Gantz and his commanders prepared the requested plan and that Israeli fighter jets trained for several weeks in order to make sure the plans would work successfully. Israeli fighter jets reportedly even carried out experimental flights in Iran’s airspace after they managed to break through radars.

Brzezinski’s idea

Former US diplomat Zbigniew Brzezinski, who enthusiastically campaigned for Obama in 2008, called on him to shoot down Israeli planes if they attack Iran. “They have to fly over our airspace in Iraq. Are we just going to sit there and watch?” said the former national security advisor to former President Jimmy Carter in an interview with the Daily Beast.

“We have to be serious about denying them that right,” he said. “If they fly over, you go up and confront them. They have the choice of turning back or not. No one wishes for this but it could be a ‘Liberty’ in reverse.’”

Israel mistakenly attacked the American Liberty ship during the Six-Day War in 1967.

Brzezinski was a top candidate to become an official advisor to President Obama, but he was downgraded after Republican and pro-Israel Democratic charges during the campaign that Brzezinski’s anti-Israel attitude would damage Obama at the polls.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/191966#.VPPMK0101NA