[CNSNEWS] Amid continuing fallout over allegations that senior State Department officials tried to stop investigations into personnel misconduct, Secretary of State John F. I was in Vietnam, you know Kerry Former Senator-for-Life from Massachussetts, self-defined war hero, speaker of French, owner of a lucky hat, conqueror of Cambodia, and current Secretary of State... kept a low profile Tuesday, making no public comment on the controversy.
Kerry abruptly postponed a visit to the Middle East this week to take part in White House talks on the Syria crisis, and on Wednesday he is due to meet with British Foreign Secretary William Hague, with Syria topping the agenda.
He had no public engagements on Tuesday although -- in an event closed to the press -- he did swear in the new ambassador to Libya, Deborah Jones.
...With the exception of the FBI, the US Marshals' Service, and the Secret Service, there NOT ONE GOVERNMENT AGENCY OUTSIDE THE MILITARY that requires handling automatic weapons. If the IRS or any other alphabet soup needs firepower THAT heavy, get a warrant and hie their fannies over to the FBI or USM.
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski ||
06/13/2013 20:42 Comments ||
Mike agreed, but AR15, semi auto. I know splitting hairs, Sorry, I'm on drugs today,
IRS has no need for any weapons training...
Posted by: 49 Pan ||
06/13/2013 22:51 Comments ||
Dozens of lawmakers and aides are so afraid that their health insurance premiums will skyrocket next year thanks to Obamacare that they are thinking about retiring early or just quitting.
The fear: Government-subsidized premiums will disappear at the end of the year under a provision in the health care law that nudges aides and lawmakers onto the government health care exchanges, which could make their benefits exorbitantly expensive.
Democratic and Republican leaders are taking the issue seriously, but first they need more specifics from the Office of Personnel Management on how the new rule should take effect a decision that Capitol Hill sources expect by fall, at the latest. The administration has clammed up in advance of a ruling, sources on both sides of the aisle said.
If the issue isnt resolved, and massive numbers of lawmakers and aides bolt, many on Capitol Hill fear it could lead to a brain drain just as Congress tackles a slew of weighty issues like fights over the Tax Code and immigration reform.
The problem is far more acute in the House, where lawmakers and aides are generally younger and less wealthy. Sources said several aides have already given lawmakers notice that theyll be leaving over concerns about Obamacare. Republican and Democratic lawmakers said the chatter about retiring now, to remain on the current health care plan, is constant.
Rep. John Larson, a Connecticut Democrat in leadership when the law passed, said he thinks the problem will be resolved.
If not, I think we should begin an immediate amicus brief to say, Listen this is simply not fair to these employees, Larson told POLITICO. They are federal employees.
Republicans, never a fan of Democratic health care reform, are more vocal about the potential adverse effects of the provision.
Its a reality, said Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas). This is the law. Its going to hinder our ability with retention of members, its going to hinder our ability for members to take care of their families. He said his fellow lawmakers are having quiet conversations about the threat
Listen this is simply not fair to these employees,'" Larson told POLITICO. "They are federal employees."
Too f@@king bad. It's even worse out here in the private sector, you federal ticks need to face the real world. Maybe you elitist a-holes should have read the bill and actually debated what was in it before you passed it. Time to eat the dogfood you are force feeding to the nation. Good riddance.
The deputy director of the CIA is leaving the agency and being replaced by a White House lawyer who has never worked at the agency. Klingon legal counsel not good enough. This place is a faeces sandwich. I was promised a Champ approved legal team.
As much as I would selfishly like to keep Michael right where he is for as long as possible, he has decided to retire to spend more time with his family and to pursue other professional opportunities, CIA Director John Brennan said in a statement announcing Michael Morells departure. In many respects, Michael has come to personify the strengths and qualities of this great organization, and it is difficult for me to imagine CIA without Michaels exceptionally sharp mind, tremendous energy, and absolute dedication to mission. But I am comforted by the fact that Michael will be able to spend more time with his wonderful family. Taking disingenuous blathering to new levels. A smallish send off in the Directors dining room please. Cake for no more than 8 to 12, and I'll have a double portion.
Morell has been at the CIA since 1980 and worked his way up the ranks. He was passed over twice by President Obama for the top job despite running the agency for two gap periods between Obamas three CIA directors. Here, be sure sign these non-disclosure statements before you leave. We'll be in touch regarding the former employee annuity and mentoring programs.
I've posted elsewhere that while the inexperienced woman replacing Morrell is of course very, very politically correct and appears to have excellent academic credentials, that it's a very safe bet that she will become just another Porter Goss. That is not a compliment.
Posted by: Redneck Jim ||
06/13/2013 1:29 Comments ||
he has decided to retire to spend more time with his family
A convenient lie.
Posted by: Redneck Jim ||
06/13/2013 15:52 Comments ||
If there is an overlap, and there is no compelling reason to believe otherwise at this time, that is totally inappropriate and most likely illegal.
I see the news media was shocked by the revelation that the IRS has semi-auto AR15s for enforcement. I wouldn't be surprised if they had fully automatic weapons. I know that mothballed M161As full-auto weapons are going to some of the state agencies linked to the Feds agencies.
The term interested parties should take a deeper look at is predictive analytics- I think the media narrative on the NSA implies to many non techies that someone is actually physically looking at data points and creating BOLO lists at the IRS, NSA or OFA... What they are really mastering is the management of vastly different data bases.
I have read in multiple articles that the OFA probably has a profile not just on low information voters or donors that support the progressive slide toward utopia or worse. They also may have a profile on each and every voter, soon to vote, illegal immigrant who may be swayed by their point of view.
All without any regulatory oversite that HIPPA or FISA would have regarding handling client privileged information.
My rights were breeched at the moment they profiled me.
[THEHILL] Sen. Patrick Leahy ...Democrat Senator-for-Life from Vermont, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, source of more leaks than a plumber could keep up with... (D-Vt.) introduced a same-sex marriage amendment to the immigration reform bill currently under consideration in the Senate.
The common thread is legalizing deviant behavior. Gays are already free to associate and Mexicans already have somewhere to live. Thus, the only purpose of eroding traditional morality and cultural standards is to replace them with rules imposed by the state.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.