Ferguson Market owner has fears about safety as Twitter updates continue

Gov. Jay Nixon
Gov. Jay Nixon (Missouri) has called in the National Guard to deal with violence in Ferguson. Contrary to a number of claims on social media, Nixon is a Democrat, not a Republican. (Twitter feed/Missouri governor)

An attorney for Ferguson Market has gone public over the business owners’ fears about safety after a video of the deceased teen Mike Brown surfaced.

The video shows a clerk in the store being intimidated and pushed by a person who looks like Brown. The suspect in the video took cigars without paying, after he shoved and appeared to threaten a clerk. Continue reading

Little populist fanfare for officer killed in Afghanistan insider betrayal

Memorial for Maj. Gen. Greene
Soldiers attended a memorial for Maj. Gen. Harold Greene in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Photo: ISAF; By Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Cragg)

When celebrities die, news networks often feature round the clock memorials, and social media abound with heartfelt messages from fans the celeb didn’t know personally. How often have you seen a photo of a teary-eyed fan placing flowers at a makeshift memorial in a spot related to the celeb? Such is the nature of pop culture.

Yet when a soldier is killed there’s little populist fanfare. As news cycles focused on the deaths of two entertainment artists this week, little populist fanfare surrounded the death of Maj. Gen. Harold Greene, 55, who had deployed to Afghanistan in January.

There were numerous write-ups in print and on the Web, and networks did announce Greene’s death. He had served in the U.S. Army for more than 3 decades. The U.S. military has given scant details on his death, but an account published in The Afghanistan Sun is more specific:

“In a major military setback to the United States in Afghanistan, an American major general was killed Tuesday in an attack by an alleged Afghan soldier at an army training academy on the outskirts of Kabul, a coalition force official said.

The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media, said a man dressed in an Afghan army uniform opened fire on foreign troops at Marshal Fahim National Defense University, a training academy near Camp Qargha, a base west of Kabul.

The official said that about 15 people, including a German brigadier general and ‘a dozen’ Americans, were injured in the insider attack.”

The International Security Assistance Force, a coalition of member states, featured a tribute to Greene, absent details on his death. ISAF ordinarily doesn’t immediately specify home countries when soldiers are wounded or killed.

Insider deaths are believed to have declined, but as correspondents at the Long War Journal noted, ISAF considers those statistics “classified.”

In 2012 the Taliban encouraged recruits to infiltrate “the ranks of the enemy.” As of October, 2013, Long War Journal tallied known insider attacks:

“Since Jan. 1, 2008, there have been a total of 84 attacks, resulting in the deaths of 140 Coalition personnel and the wounding of 157 more. Deaths from insider attacks so far this year amount to nearly 10% of total Coalition casualties, down from a high of 15% last year, but significantly higher than the 6% in 2011. For more information, see LWJ special report, Green-on-blue attacks in Afghanistan: the data.”

Dignitaries based in Afghanistan, from both the United States government and their counterparts in Afghanistan’s government, attended a memorial for Greene in Kabul on Aug. 13.

A service for Greene was also held stateside, with burial at Arlington Cemetery. No high-ranking civilian officials were noted in attendance in various media accounts.

At the Kabul ceremony, Greene was described as “a national treasure.” The ISAF article about Greene said:

“The general would ask his personnel, ‘What have you done for your country today?’ When that question was asked, said Burkes, ‘no matter what you had done, it made you want to do more. His love for this mission and fellow soldiers was only surpassed by his love for family.’

Greene, who held one bachelor’s degree, four master’s degrees and one Ph.D., left a legacy in all the lives he touched and will always be treasured by his family who served as his anchor. He is survived by his wife, Susan Myers and their two children, U.S. Army 1LT Matthew Myers Greene, and Amelia Myers Greene.”

Susan Myers retired from the U.S. Army as a colonel.

Few of us would have the stamina as families to serve our country as the Greene family has. But it says a great deal about the influence of pop culture when a military officer of his stature is killed in cold blood, in a betrayal of the trust both Afghanistan and the U.S. have attempted to build, and populist response is tepid at best.

The assassin, allegedly a young man in his early 20s “dressed in an Afghan army uniform”, was shot dead at the training academy.

Featured Photo: Soldiers attended a memorial for Maj. Gen. Harold Greene in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Photo: ISAF; By Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Cragg)

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Aug. 15, 2014)

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After teen’s shooting, Ferguson rocked by protests, opportunists

Ferguson map
Ferguson, Missouri (mapquest)

The small community of Ferguson, Missouri has been hit by protests and some opportunists in the wake of the killing of a young man, Michael Brown, by a city police officer. Reportage on the shooting blankets the U.S. at present.

We might not know about Brown’s death if he wasn’t black and the officer who shot him wasn’t allegedly white. The case is another above-the-fold story purely because of skin color. Continue reading

Study says Main St. lacks political power—2012 suggests same

German-Russian farmers, voting day 1940
German-Russian farmers turned out to vote in 1940 in McIntosh County, North Dakota.(Photo from U.S. Library of Congress, by John Vachon)

“’Tis substantially true that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government…Who that is a sincere friend to it, can look with indifference upon attempts to shake the foundation of the fabric?”
─Farewell Address, George Washington, 1796

Another political science study is being released, and this one, like many others before it, tells you what you probably already know. A brief look at campaign data from 2012 pretty much suggests the same conclusion. Continue reading

Unethical political targeting continues at Holder’s Dept. of Justice

Schott's Market/Facebook
After the federal government seized his bank account, the owner of Schott’s market placed a notice on his business’ Facebook page to announce his money had been returned. The federal government kept Schott’s money for a year. (Snip: Facebook page/Schott’s market)

The U.S. Dept. of Justice under the control of Attorney General Eric Holder continues political targeting, with an emphasis on businesses like those involved in firearms sales. Continue reading

Costumed as OBL, O’Keefe crosses border: ‘Do you feel safe?’

O'Keefe as OBL in disguise
James O’Keefe, with Project Veritas, dressed as a terrorist and slipped into the U.S. from Mexico. (Snip: ProjectVeritas.com)

James O’Keefe, investigative reporter who founded Project Veritas, came up with a doozy for his latest exposé. O’Keefe costumed himself as Osama bin Laden. And then from Mexico, he slipped across the porous U.S. border in West Texas. Continue reading

Phares pegged Obama policy on Iraq: U.S. re-engages with air strikes

Erbil northern city ramparts
Northern city ramparts, Erbil, 1932. (U.S. Library of Congress digital files)

As conditions in Iraq continue to deteriorate, an assessment made by Dr. Walid Phares in his book The Lost Spring comes to mind.

Phares pegged President Barack Obama’s foreign policy so precisely, the current ascendancy of a terror group was perfectly predictable. Continue reading

Media ignore $56 million tax dollars to labor group tied to global hotspots

Solidarity Center annual report
The most recent Solidarity Center annual report showed the federal awards made up most of the organization’s funding. (Snip: 2012 annual report)

Many of us were recently surprised to find the Associated Press covered a controversial program that USAID funded in Cuba.

Allegations about young Latin Americans recruited for the program included the possibility of fostering dissent in that communist country. Some of the youth were paid less than $6 an hour for a project that carried the potential for serious danger.

USAID has long been viewed as a humanitarian organization rather than a political arm for national security, although that apparently changed when Hillary Clinton became Secretary of State.

USAID wasn’t the only cover used by the Obama administration, though. The fake CIA vaccination program drew a good deal of media coverage, at least for the political class. Whether any of this trickles down to voters is anyone’s guess, considering the quality of most major media these days. The current standard rests on transmitting government officials’ talking points.

As I read the account on USAID, I was reminded that a story I began to follow more than three years ago has received virtually no attention from any media of any kind. Yet the story involves at least $56 million tax dollars. And it’s more than likely a sizable portion of those taxpayer dollars were spent in global hotspots.

The Solidarity Center chaired by AFL-CIO chief Richard Trumka makes no secret of being awarded that $56 million, or of their goals to organize labor globally. The group defines its mission as seeking “to help build a global labor movement by strengthening the economic and political power of workers around the world through effective, independent and democratic unions.”

Areas where the Center is active include the Americas, the Mideast, Africa, and Europe. Global hotspots exist in countries in each of those regions.

While most Americans agree workers deserve fair wages and safe conditions, we should also question the use of our tax dollars at a time when our debt is at historic levels despite the sunny glow media adopt when talking about reductions in our deficit. It’s the debt that can take a country down.

Labor groups actually claimed credit for assisting with the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ in 2011, in that year’s March-April edition of the print journal Solidarity.

Where did the $56 million tax dollars go? Who benefited? How was the money used?

Media have never asked.

After all, more than 42,000 media workers, including those who call themselves “journalists,” belong to labor unions.

It certainly looks like all those visits Trumka made to the White House paid off.

[Featured Graphic from Solidarity Center annual report]

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(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Aug. 7, 2014)

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One member of Civil Rights Commission questions amnesty impact

Peter Kirsanow US Civil Rights Commission
Kirsanow, a member of the US Civil Rights Commission, wrote a letter to President Barack Obama about amnesty. (Photo: USCRC)

Americans who remember former amnesty legislation know there are positive and negative consequences. While low wage labor benefits some sectors, it disadvantages others. Scholars from both sides of the aisle agree on this.

Only one member of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission has responded to reports that President Barack Obama may confer executive office amnesty on millions of foreign nationals in the country illegally.

As a result of rumors stemming from statements Obama has made, commission member Peter N. Kirsanow sent a letter to the president. Continue reading

GAO paints bleak picture on audit of more than $1 trillion spent annually

Board leaders Millennium Challenge Corp.
Top tier leadership for the Millennium Challenge Corp. includes Sec. of State John Kerry. (Snip: MCC)

You can imagine the difficulty in accounting for every dollar if you spend $1 trillion annually, so lapses are to be expected. That’s the bureaucratic view, although it would never be accepted in the private sector or on Main Street. Most of us keep up with our money and we know where it goes.

The Government Accountability Office audited the Federal Awards website, USASpending.gov. The GAO report found:

“[T]hey [agencies] did not properly report information on assistance awards (e.g., grants or loans), totaling approximately $619 billion in fiscal year 2012. Specifically, 33 of 37 agencies with a budget authority of at least $400 million reported at least one contract. The other four claimed exemptions from reporting, such as the use of non-appropriated funds…”

One agency that spends billions, the Millennium Challenge Corporation formed during the administration of President George W. Bush, “said they could not report because its recipients are foreign.”

All the more reason for concern, don’t you think?

If you take a look at the Millennium Challenge website, you’ll see many countries receive U.S. dollars redistributed from you, the taxpayer.

Among awardees pocketing hundreds of millions were the countries of Honduras and El Salavador, starting point for foreign nationals who have breached the U.S. southern border in droves lately. Both Congress and the president are seeking more dollars to send to these countries in an effort to stem the inflow.

During the Bush 43 era, The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act was signed. The object was “to increase the transparency over the more than $1 trillion spent by the federal government on awards annually.”

Heading up the board for the Millennium Challenge Corp. is Sec. of State John Kerry.

The whole report reflects a gigantic bureaucracy including not only the MCC but agencies like Health and Human Services so utterly inept that, regardless of your political beliefs, leads you to conclude the only solution is a complete overhaul. No one can even say the level of looting that occurs and you know it must because when no one watches the henhouse, the fox takes advantage.

Adding irony to irony is this statement:

“GAO also recommends that the Chief Executive Officer of the Millennium Challenge Corporation report its award information, as required. OMB generally agreed with GAO’s recommendations. While the Millennium Challenge Corporation neither agreed nor disagreed with the recommendation, GAO believes it is needed, as discussed in this report.”

Considering pending cuts to domestic programs like Medicare and lack of relief for millions of young people who owe student loans and compete for jobs in a glutted labor market, the arrogance of a federal agency refusing to be held accountable is breathtaking.

Who else sits on the board of the MCC? The administrator for USAID, the agency that sent young people from Latin America to Cuba as de facto spies if the Associated Press reports are correct.

Federal revenue is at an all-time high, and high profile collectivists still want more taxes despite the fact the bureaucracy apparently can’t keep up with the money they take in and hand out. Two words come to mind: government reform.

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/August 6, 2014)

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