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Netanyahu urges EU to join President Trump in recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

The Blaze - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 08:26

During a visit to Brussels on Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu implored the European Union to follow President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“For 3,000 years, Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish people [and for 70 years] it has the capital of Israel,” Netanyahu said. “I think what President Trump has down is put facts squarely on the table.”

The statements come amid widespread tensions that have escalated throughout much of the already unstable region.

He continued: “No one can deny it. It doesn’t obviate peace, it makes peace possible, because recognizing reality if the substance of peace, the foundation of peace … I think we should give peace a chance: Recognize the Jewish state.”

Netanyahu predicted that in the future, European countries will acknowledge the Jewish state and move their embassies to Jerusalem.

Regarding hostility from Palestine, Netanyahu said that “Israel has extended its hand to peace to our Palestinian neighbors for 100 years. We were being attacked constantly . . . You see that in the continuous denial by the Palestinians of Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state and the denial of our history.”

Netanyahu added that Israeli intelligence has “prevented dozens of terrorist attacks, many of them on European soil, and countless lives have been saved as a result of this cooperation.”

The occasion marked Netanyahu’s first visit to EU headquarters in the Belgian capital. At a news conference, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini described the situation as historic, adding that “we visit often as friends and partners.”

She clarified the EU’s stance: “The only realistic solution to the conflicts between Israel and Palestine is based on two states, with Jerusalem as the capital of both . . . this is our conciliated position and we will continue to respect the international consensus on Jerusalem.”

The Independent reported that, during a meeting in Paris on Sunday, Netanyahu told French President Emmanuel Macron, “Paris is the capital of France, Jerusalem is the capital of Israel  – it has been the capital of Israel for 3,000 years and the capital of the Jewish state for 70 years.”

Netanyahu added: “We respect your history and choices and we know that France will respect ours. I think this is essential for peace, what peace requires is to be built on a foundation of truth, on the facts of the past and the present. This is the only way you can be realistic and build a successful future.”

Netanyahu also responded to remarks that Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan made Sunday, calling Israel and “invader state” and a “terror state.”

“I‘m not used to receiving lectures about morality from a leader who bombs Kurdish villages in his native Turkey, who jails journalists, helps Iran go around international sanctions and who helps terrorists, including in Gaza, kill innocent people,” Netanyahu said.

Following a meeting between Netanyahu and EU foreign ministers, Deputy Prime Minister Margot Wallstrom said she doubted Netanyahu’s claim that European nations would follow U.S. in relocating embassies.

“I have a hard time seeing that any other country would do that and I don’t think any other EU country will do it,” Wallstrom said.

Gun Review: Stoeger M3500 Semi-Auto Shotgun

The Truth About Guns - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 08:00

I’m a Benelli owner and a bird hunter. So when the Stoeger M3500 hit my doorstep, I was curious to see what Benelli’s modestly priced Stoeger cousins bring to the table. Or rather the field . . . The Stoeger M3500 is a 7.8-pound inertia-driven semi-automatic shotgun capable of cycling everything from light 2 3/4-inch to heavy […]

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NFL player tries climbing into stands when fans throw drinks at him — and ESPN pundit backs him up

The Blaze - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 07:51

Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson tried climbing into the stands Sunday in Jacksonville after fans threw drinks at him following his ejection at the end of the game, which the Seahawks lost to the Jaguars 30-24.

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As Jefferson jogged toward the visiting locker room, an object was thrown at him. Then Jefferson stopped, took off his helmet, approached the stands and began arguing with fans. Soon two drinks were thrown at Jefferson, along with what appeared to be filled plastic bag that almost hit him in the head.

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He then ran toward the stands and got his hands on the railing, but ESPN said a Seahawks equipment staff member pulled him down before other team employees escorted him into the tunnel.

As Jefferson sat in front of his locker, a reporter asked him if it was the right call to go after the fans — and he replied, “I’m just wondering if it was the right call for him to throw a beer on me … I’m not talking to nobody. I’m walking out. Somebody throws a beer, and somebody throws another drink. What would you do?”

Seahawks defensive lineman Jarran Reed noted on Twitter that Jefferson was called the N-word during the melee, ESPN reported.

“I’m not going to let somebody disrespect me, throw a beer on me,” Jefferson added, ESPN said. “Just because I’m playing football, I’m still a human being. I’m still a man. I’m out there playing a game, and at the end of the day, it’s a game, and I’m a man. I’m not going to let somebody disrespect me like that.”

ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith posted a YouTube video after the incident, telling viewers “I’m gonna come to this brother’s defense.”

“Most of us can’t say we wouldn’t have done the same thing,” an angry Smith continued. “It’s very rare that we come to the defense of the athlete in situations like that. Well, damn it, I’m gonna do it tomorrow.”

Of Jefferson’s actions, Smith added that “we can’t look at the big, bad black athlete” and believe they’re “villains all the time.”

“Because he’s not. Not in this case,” Smith continued. “He did absolutely, positively nothing to warrant the reaction that those fans gave him. He was headed into the tunnel with his helmet on going to the locker room when stuff was thrown at him. It is inexcusable. And y’all gotta be willing to step up as fans, as people, as human beings, and call it for what it is.”

Smith then slammed the “punks in the stands” for their “bulls**t.”

Here’s the clip. (Content warning: Strong language):

This writer’s perspective

Obviously professional athletes can’t go after fans and fight them. But the other side of it, in this case the fans started it and carried out behavior that ought to result in permanent bans from every NFL stadium forever, as well as their arrests and fullest prosecution the law allows. Heck, Jefferson should sue them, too — if they can be found, that is.

And that’s the thing that’s on many minds. The fans who threw drinks and other objects at Jefferson did so from the relative safety — and anonymity — of the stands. TV cameras caught the incident, but it’s hard to tell who threw what — so they may get away with their behavior. But here’s a question for those fans: How many of you would agree to meet the massive defensive lineman in a locked room and pull that same nonsense?

Thing is, every time fans toss objects at players and get away with it, future misbehavior is emboldened. So maybe it was a sobering sight for the next idiot who might want to toss a cup of beer at an athlete to see the clip of Jefferson start climbing the railing.

To Prove Trump Colluded, You Have to Prove the Crime Happened

FixThisNation - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 07:51

There is a single, undisputed fact at the center of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation: That the Democratic National Committee was hacked in some way in 2016, exposing emails that were subsequently sent to WikiLeaks for publication.

That’s…that’s about all there is.

Despite what you will hear from the mainstream media, it is NOT undisputed that Russia was involved in these hacks. Russia denies it, but that’s to be expected. More troublingly, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has denied that Russia was the source for the emails from Day One. Of course, that simply led Democrats and NeverTrump Republicans to accuse WikiLeaks of being a bought-and-paid-for Russian outlet, another accusation for which there is no evidence. The president himself has had access to the highest levels of top-secret documents on the “meddling,” and he, too, has cast doubts on Russia’s involvement.

Put simply, not everyone is convinced. The media has done their best to ignore the counter-theories, because they don’t fit into the “Hillary Clinton was robbed by Russia” narrative that Clinton herself has worked overtime to build. They ignore the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, a group of former NSA officials – not kooks, but actual former analysts in the nation’s top security agency – who say there’s simply no way the DNC servers were hacked from an outside entity. Drawing on their knowledge of how quickly the downloads occurred, they insist that the emails could have only been smuggled out on a thumb drive by an in-person saboteur. And unless said saboteur was working for the Kremlin, that alone blows the Russia conspiracy theory out of the water.

All of this isn’t to necessarily say that Russia wasn’t responsible for the hack. Maybe they were. It’s tough to dispute the conclusions of the U.S. intelligence community, all of which are in harmony about their conclusions. They may be right. But there’s a difference between being right on the facts and being able to PROVE those facts in a court of law. And if Robert Mueller isn’t able to prove that Russia was responsible for the crime, then how in the hell can he prove that Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia on that crime?

The fact that this entire investigation was triggered by a piece of opposition research from the Clinton campaign still stuns us to this day. The fact that we’re more than a year into this investigation and Mueller has yet to find a single shred of evidence proving “collusion” is just as astounding. Either Trump is some kind of SuperCriminal, the likes of which the world has never seen, able to collude with a foreign government right under the watchful eyes of the most penetrating intelligence agencies in the history of the world…or there is no THERE there. It’s all smoke and mirrors and political gamesmanship.

The longer this goes on, the more we suspect that’s the case.

Watch: Teenager Attempts Brazen Booze Heist as Everyone in the Store Watches Him

The Daily Sheeple - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 07:49

Was this a dare? Was this kid already intoxicated? Was this an initiation of some kind?

One can’t help but wonder what led this teenager to make such a bold attempt. Watch him try to walk out of a grocery store with baskets of booze while onlookers mock his efforts.

Warning: Lots of profanity…and stupidity

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[VIDEO] ISIS Attempts Manhattan Bombing!

SHTFplan.com - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 07:40

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New York City Police confirmed one male suspect was in custody following Monday’s explosion near the Port Authority Bus Station. The suspect, who has ties to ISIS was the only one with injuries, officials said.

Commuters were urged to avoid the area as authorities continue to investigate the bombing which luckily, wasn’t as horrific as it could have been. New reports said the suspect in Monday’s explosion in New York City was wearing the explosive device when it was detonated. It remained unclear whether it was a backpack or explosive vest of some sort, though it appeared it was not a pipe bomb as previously reported.

Eyewitness Francisco Ramirez told CNN that he heard two explosions as he was exiting a bus about 7:45 a.m. EST.
“From what I saw it sounded like it came from the subway, but I’m just guessing,” he said. “It was two distinct explosions seconds from each other. As I was making my way toward the outside, I kept getting shoved by cops and there were cops at every entrance blocking and there was police and SWAT everywhere.”

“It was scary. It was just a lot of chaos but I didn’t see any injuries,” he added.

At least four people have also suffered non-life threatening and minor injuries such as ringing in ears, headaches, and scrapes according to police officials.

President Donald Trump has been briefed on the situation, according to Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.  Reports said that New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has also been briefed on the incident.

Some reports are conflicting as this story continues to develop.

TTAG Morning Digest: ChiCom Small Arms, Social Network Sales and The Punisher’s Stance

The Truth About Guns - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 07:30

The ChiComs are building their small arms around four different 5.8mm rounds . . . China Is Now Making Some of the Most Powerful Guns on the Planet China’s People’s Liberation Army has traditionally relied on foreign and Communist bloc weapons manufactured in China under license—or not. Now, however, as the PLA undergoes an unprecedented […]

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NYPD Responding To Explosion In Manhattan, 4 Injured

The Daily Sheeple - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 07:26

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The New York City Police Department is responding to reports of an explosion in downtown Manhattan Monday, according to the department’s official Twitter account.

Former New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton stated on MSNBC Monday that the explosion was a terror attack committed in the name of ISIS, although the explosion was not the intended target. Bratton added that the suspect is reportedly Bangladeshi and has been in the country seven years. He is currently in custody.

At least four people were injured in the blast.

Here is an alleged video of the attack, as well as a picture of the attacker.

The explosion reportedly occurred below the Port Authority bus terminal in Manhattan, a major thoroughfare for the city during rush hour.

Police and the fire department are responding to the situation, and ABC 7 reported that the explosion may have been a pipe bomb. Police have also taken at least one person into custody, and at least one person was injured, according to CBS.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders also announced that President Donald Trump has been briefed about the explosion.

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BREAKING: Attempted Suicide Bombing Near Times Square, NYC

The Truth About Guns - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 06:56

At roughly 7:20 AM local time, an explosion rocked the subway tunnel passage underneath 42nd Street and 8th Ave. According to police, a 27-year-old male named Akayed Ullah exploded an improvised device attached to his chest which injured himself and three others but did not cause any deaths. The incident has been declared an attempted terrorist […]

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Chief Pathologist Resigns to Expose Sheriff for Falsifying Autopsy Reports to Protect Killer Cops

The Daily Sheeple - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 06:53

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San Joaquin, California – The resignation of a chief autopsy doctor has raised questions as he is now claiming that he chose to resign because he no longer wanted to stand by and watch the sheriff override his findings from death investigations, in order to protect law enforcement.

Former Chief Forensic Pathologist, Dr. Bennet Omalu, claimed that when he was conducting autopsies on individuals who were killed by police officers, Sheriff-Coroner Steve Moore attempted to influence his medical findings, according to a report from KQED News.

Based on a series of documents that include memos from Omalu, the report claims the doctor said some of the most alarming death investigations Moore tried to override were those of people who “died in the custody of law enforcement officers who used Tasers or other types of force.”

“The sheriff was using his political office as the coroner to protect police officers whenever someone died while in custody or during arrest. I had thought that this was initially an anomaly, but now, especially beginning in 2016, it has become routine practice.”

The resignations of both Dr. Omalu and his colleague, Dr. Susan Parson, come months after they began documenting Moore’s behavior in March. Their complaints against the sheriff include accusations that he routinely changed the labels on “homicides” to “accidents,” and he would delay the written reports pathologists needed from sheriff’s investigators in order to complete their cases for months.

The doctors also claim that on several occasions, when overseeing coroner operations, Moore would order technicians to cut the hands off bodies, without the knowledge, consent or supervision of the physicians.”

report from the Sacramento Bee noted that according to the doctors, Moore’s staff “ordered the hands be cut off of at least five corpses this year to be sent to a forensics lab to identify the deceased.”  While the sheriff claimed that the purpose was for identification, the doctors allege that “in some instances, the victims’ identity was already known and in others, police failed to attempt to identify the dead by investigative means.”

Sheriff Steve Moore has always made calculated attempts to control me as a physician and influence my professional judgement,” Omalu wrote, noting that while he became the county’s chief forensic pathologist in 2007, the treatment has gotten worse over the last two years.

As the report from KQED noted, there were a number of deaths documents by Dr. Omalu that called Moore’s conduct into question. One of the cases occurred when Daniel Humphreys died in 2008. Initial reports claimed that the father of two young children was fleeing from police on his motorcycle when he hit a median in the freeway and died. Officers admitted that they shocked Humphreys with a Taser once or twice.

However, Omalu noted that when he went to check the automatic computer records of how many times the Taser was fired, he was told the record did not exist. It wasn’t until two years later that a deputy district attorney let him see the Taser report, which revealed that police shocked Humphreys with a Taser 31 times.

After viewing the Taser report, Omalu changed the cause of Humphreys’ death from “accident” from a head injury, to “homicide by electrocution.

Moore released a statement on the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, denying the allegations that he interfered with the results of the death investigations conducted by Dr. Omalu and Dr. Susan Parson.

“There have been questions recently about whether I have interfered with forensic investigations. That has never happened. I would never try to control, influence, or change the opinions of Dr. Omalu or any pathologist working on a case, but I still have the responsibility of making the final determination.”

However, Omalu is not backing down. In addition to resigning from his position, he is attempting to shed light on the ongoing problems within the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department, which has found a way to ensure that officers who murder innocent citizens will not face consequences.

“The Sheriff does whatever he feels like doing as the coroner, in total disregard of bioethics, standards of practice of medicine and the generally accepted principles of medicine,” Dr. Omalu wrote.

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ISIS Supports National Reciprocity!: Quote of the Day

The Truth About Guns - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 06:00

“This is not just me saying it. These are the words in ISIS’ magazine. ISIS has specifically noted you can easily access weapons at 500-plus gun shows. And reciprocity is only going to make it easier.” – Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. in Pols, activists blast interstate concealed-carry bill at City Hall rally [via dailynews.com]

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Bitcoin Futures Begin Trading – Let The Madness Commence!

The Daily Sheeple - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 05:57

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One of the things that I love about Bitcoin is that the fun never seems to end. On Sunday, Bitcoin futures began trading on the Chicago Board Options Exchange for the first time ever, and within minutes the CBOE’s website crashed. What a perfect metaphor. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are completely and utterly disrupting the global financial system, and the financial establishment is still groping for a cohesive response to this growing phenomenon.

For a long time the financial establishment seemed to think that if they just kept publicly trashing Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies that they would eventually just go away. In fact, earlier today I came across a story that talked about how Deutsche Bank is warning of a “Bitcoin crash” in 2018. But what they don’t realize is that we have reached a tipping point, and the world will never go back to the way it was before.

And even though other global financial institutions are dragging their feet, an enormous threshold was crossed when Bitcoin futures were launched on the Chicago Board Options Exchange just a few hours ago

On Sunday, the Cboe will finally launch its long-awaited bitcoin futures contract; the CME Group will launch its futures contract later this month.

This will surely add a new element to bitcoin, shifting it from a buy-side-only trade to introducing the ability to go long — or short. This should bring new, larger and institutional participants into the market.

This move will also make it more tempting for large institutions to try to manipulate the price of Bitcoin, and that is always a dangerous thing.

But overall this is being hailed as a great thing for Bitcoin, and many believe that the wild ride that Bitcoin has been on in recent weeks has been because of this upcoming futures launch. The following comes from CNBC

The futures are cash-settled contracts based on the auction price of bitcoin in U.S. dollars on the Gemini Exchange, owned and operated by virtual currency entrepreneurs Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss.

“The pretty sharp rise we have seen in bitcoin in just the last couple of weeks has probably been driven by optimism ahead of the futures launch,” said Randy Frederick, vice president of trading and derivatives for Charles Schwab in Austin.

As I write this, the price of Bitcoin is sitting at $16,487.99, which is much higher than it was just a couple days ago.  At one point it had dipped below $14,000, but it has bounced back nicely.

And this could be just the beginning for Bitcoin futures. According to CNN, Bitcoin futures will soon begin trading on a couple of additional exchanges as well…

There’s more to come. Bitcoin futures will also begin trading on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on December 17-18, while the Nasdaq will debut the options sometime next year.

Many of us that didn’t get into Bitcoin when it was first emerging are still kicking ourselves. But one individual who did, but later abandoned his efforts, has more than 80 million dollars sitting in a landfill somewhere. The story of a British man named James Howells was recently featured by Gizmodo

Through his computational labors, he amassed around 7,500 bitcoin before his girlfriend, fed up with the noise of block-mining hardware, made him stop. No great loss—the Silk Road was two years away and bitcoin was worth next to nothing.

Most of the equipment he was using was sold for scrap after he spilled lemonade on it, and the hard drive containing the key to his digital wallet sat in a drawer for three years before passing into its final resting place: the trash.

Near the tail end of 2013, Howells took stock of the crypto markets and began to regret his hasty cleaning decisions. At that time bitcoin’s market cap was beginning to climb, and his 7,500 lost coins were worth a few million. Four years later and he still—understandably—hasn’t let it go. One bitcoin is currently valued at $11,500, making the small fortune Howells sent to a landfill a considerably larger fortune of over $80 million.

Could you imagine being in his shoes?

That hard drive would almost certainly be virtually impossible to find at this point, but I am sure that he thinks about his lost fortune all the time.

But this is the great thing about Bitcoin.  Fortunes are being won and lost outside of the control of the global central banking system, and this has got to be driving the central bankers absolutely bonkers.  I have always believed that there would be a massive crackdown on cryptocurrencies someday, and this is something that Adam Taggart recently discussed with a digital currency expert

We talked about the central banking cartel’s longstanding monopoly of the money supply and its historic ruthlessness for squashing all competition. He agreed that the central banks would like nothing more than to replace the current cryptos as well as all paper fiat currencies with digital sovereign versions. And he predicts they will likely try to do exactly this. How successful will they be? Uncertain. He can certainly foresee a time when they ban ownership of Bitcoin and its brethren, criminalize transacting with them, and shut down the exchanges. Though while the cartel may be able to seriously curtail Bitcoin et al, he doesn’t see it succeeding in driving them to extinction for several reasons. One he offered that I hadn’t heard before (but have since verified) is that private investors have put a network of satellites up in space dedicated to making it possible to transact in Bitcoin anywhere on Earth even if the terrestrial networks are taken down by the authorities or natural disaster.

I agree that it is quite likely that global central banks will eventually come out with their own digital currencies using blockchain technology. At that point it is entirely possible that they could try to ban the use of Bitcoin and other independent cryptocurrencies, and we must not allow them to do this.

The use of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is one way that humanity can express independence from the global debt-based system that is systematically enslaving all of us, and so I greatly applaud the entrepreneurs that are working so hard to make these new digital currencies viable.

But the battle over currencies is just in the early chapters, and some huge twists and turns are ahead. We don’t know exactly how everything is going to play out, but it is definitely going to be a wild ride.

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The U.S. Media Suffered Its Most Humiliating Debacle in Ages: Now Refuses All Transparency Over What Happened

The Daily Sheeple - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 05:24

FRIDAY WAS ONE of the most embarrassing days for the U.S. media in quite a long time. The humiliation orgy was kicked off by CNN, with MSNBC and CBS close behind, with countless pundits, commentators and operatives joining the party throughout the day. By the end of the day, it was clear that several of the nation’s largest and most influential news outlets had spread an explosive but completely false news story to millions of people, while refusing to provide any explanation of how it happened.

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Pentagon To Undergo First Ever Audit After Decades Of Sloppy Accounting And Missing Trillions

The Daily Sheeple - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 04:55

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After decades of waste, overpayments, trillions of missing or improperly accounted for dollars, and most recently losing track of 44,000 US soldiersthe Pentagon is about to undergo its first audit in history conducted by 2,400 auditors from independent public accounting firms to conduct reviews across the Army, Navy, Air Force and more – followed by annual audits going forward. 

The announcement follows a May commitment by Pentagon comptroller David Norquist, who previously served as the CFO at the Department of Homeland Security when the agency performed its audit. “Starting an audit is a matter of driving change inside a bureaucracy that may resist it,” Norquist told members of the Armed Services Committee at the time when pressed over whether or not he could get the job done at the DHS.

According to the DoD release:

The audit is massive. It will examine every aspect of the department from personnel to real property to weapons to supplies to bases. Some 2,400 auditors will fan out across the department to conduct it, Pentagon officials said.

It is important that the Congress and the American people have confidence in DoD’s management of every taxpayer dollar,” Norquist said. -defense.gov

The Pentagon is no stranger to criticism over serious waste and purposefully sloppy accounting.  A DoD Inspector General’s report from 2016 – which appears to be unavailable on the DoD website (but fortunately WAS archived)- found that in 2015 alone a staggering $6.5 trillion in funds was unaccounted for out of the Army’s budget, with $2.8 trillion in “wrongful adjustments” occurring in just one quarter.

In 2015, the Pentagon denied trying to shelve a study detailing $125 billion in waste created by a bloated employee counts for noncombat related work such as human resources, finance, health care management and property management. The report concluded that $125 billion could be saved by making those operations more efficient.

On September 10th, 2001, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld announced that “According to some estimates we cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions,” after a Pentagon whistleblower set off a probe. A day later, the September 11th attacks happened and the accounting scandal was quickly forgotten.

And twenty years before that, DoD analyst Franklin C. Spinney exposed what he called “accounting games,” saying “Those numbers are pie in the sky. The books are cooked routinely year after year.” In a 2002 testimony before the House Committee on Government Reform, Spinney laid out the DoD’s accounting quagmire of un-auditable books and budget projections which don’t match reality.


Franklin Spinney, 2002

Finally, those of us old enough to remember the 80’s, let’s not forget the bombshell report on overpayments the Pentagon made for simple items, such as $37 screws, $7,622 coffee makers, and $640 toilet seats which Sen. William Roth Jr (R-DE) was able to whittle down to $200.

The announcement of the audit comes amid a looming government shutdown battle which was given a two-week extension last week until December 22. If this occurs, military personnel would report to work as usual, but the DoD would not pay them until the shutdown ends.

I cannot emphasize too much how destructive a shutdown is,” Norquist said. “We’ve talked before about the importance of maintenance on weapons systems and others, but if it’s not an excepted activity, there’ll be work stoppage on many of those maintenance functions.”

With both parties standing to lose more than gain from a shutdown, that is unlikely to happen. Meanwhile, with decades of lost confidence in the Pentagon’s accounting practices, we eagerly await the results of this “massive” audit to see exactly how much dirt – and where – previous administrations have swept under the rug.

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On the Justice & Drew radio show to discuss Congress passing concealed handgun reciprocity

John Lott - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 04:00
Dr. John Lott talked to Justice & Drew on Minnesota's giant 50,000-watt KTLK about Congress' debate over concealed handgun reciprocity.  Audio available here.

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Preparedness Notes for Monday – December 11, 2017

SurvivalBlog.com - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 23:20

Happy birthday to actress Teri Garr (born 1944.) She was unforgettable in Young Frankenstein.

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Kershaw Knives, Fraxion, by Pat Cascio

SurvivalBlog.com - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 23:19

Today’s knife under review is called the “Fraxion” and is from Kershaw Knives in my home state of Oregon. Kershaw Knives has come a long, long way in a very short period of time, and is a leader in the cutlery field.

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It was just back in 1974 when Pete Kershaw left another major knife company in Oregon that he started Kershaw Knives. His products were, and still are, a big hit with the knife-loving public. Just a few short years after starting Kershaw Knives, Pete Kershaw sold out to the KAI Corporation from Japan, and they continue to carry on his name and legacy in the cutlery field.

I have toured the Kershaw factory here in Oregon several times, from their humble beginnings when they only had a dozen or so people actually working on the floor manufacturing knives until their move to … Continue reading

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Recipe of the Week: Chicken Olé, by G.T.

SurvivalBlog.com - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 23:16
Ingredients:
  • 12 tortillas, cut into 6 or 8 pieces each
  • 4 cups of coarsely chopped cooked chicken or turkey
  • 1 (10 3/4 oz) can of condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1 (10 3/4 oz) can of condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 (7 oz) can of green chili salsa
  • 1 cup dairy sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp grated onion
  • 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
Directions:
  • Lightly grease the sides and bottom of a Crockpot.
  • In separate bowl, mix together undiluted soups, salsa, sour cream, and onion.
  • Inside Crockpot, arrange alternating layers of tortillas, chicken, and soup mixture.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours.
  • Sprinkle with cheese and cook on low another 15 or 20 minutes.
  • Serve with orange and avocado salad, plus additional warm tortillas.

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    Economics & Investing For Preppers

    SurvivalBlog.com - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 23:14

    Here are the latest items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. And it bears mention that most of these items are from the “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective of JWR. (SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor.) Today’s focus is on economist–and dedicated survivalist–Brandon Smith.

    Precious Metals:

    Dollar rise pushes gold toward biggest weekly fall since May

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    James Howard Kunstler: BTC is Gold’s Proxy in Sounding Fiat Alarm

    Stock Markets:

    Dow posts first 8-quarter win streak in 20 years. (Has auto-start video.)

     

    Commodities:

    Commodities Recap Of The Week For December 8, 2017

    Economy and Finance (Brandon Smith):

    Brandon Smith of Alt-Market can always be expected to deliver some cogent commentary. Here is … Continue reading

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    The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

    SurvivalBlog.com - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 23:14

    “But let it not be said that we did nothing. Let not those who love the power of the welfare/warfare state label the dissenters of authoritarianism as unpatriotic or uncaring. Patriotism is more closely linked to dissent than it is to conformity and a blind desire for safety and security. Understanding the magnificent rewards of a free society makes us unbashful in its promotion, fully realizing that maximum wealth is created and the greatest chance for peace comes from a society respectful of individual liberty.’ Former Congressman Dr. Ron Paul

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