Monthly Archives: October 2014

Rees Lloyd: Send Vets to Congress–It Makes a Difference

The first of Rees Lloyd’s Caustic Commentaries

Wonder why America has been transformed from world leader to its present degraded state in the progressive liberal Era of Obama? Military. com reports: 

“Veterans In Congress Could Fall To The Lowest Level Since Word War II.” 

Photo: Aletia
Photo: Aletia

Veterans and other patriotic Americans are witnessing the devolutionary “transformation” of America sought by a progressive liberal President and Commander-in-Chief, Barack Hussein Obama, His Great Incompetence,  who never served a day in military service and who, confronted with war by Muslim terrorists and tyrants, has been “leading with his behind” from one feckless policy 

It is a “transformative” decline wrought by Obama in a period in which  patriotic veterans who were once numerous in House and Senate have been replaced by elitist non-veteram progressive liberals who consider themselves “citizens of the world,” as does Obama, himself. While paying rhetorical  “lip service” to “our veterans,” these elitist progressive liberals sneer privately and sometimes even publicly at  veterans and other American patriots — “clinging to their guns and religion,” as Obama infamously put it — and, indeed, smugly sneer at the very ideas of “patriotism” and of American exceptionalism in the 21st Century.

As the progressive liberal policies of Obama have been negatively transforming America, only 106 veterans are presently serving in the 535-member Congress. Now, Military. com points out that “[t]he number of veterans serving in Congress could fall to the lowest level since World War II depending on the results of [the Nov. 4] election.” 

The decrease in the number of veterans in Congress has been dramatic since the 1970’s. “During that time,” Military.com reports,”Congress was made up of many members who had served in any of three wars — World War II, Korea and Vietnam. There were 80 veterans in the [100-member] Senate from 1973 to 1975, and 347 in the [435-member] House from 1977 to 1978. The highest number of veterans recorded was during the 95th Congress in 1977-1978 during which 77 percent of the members had served in the military, according to the Pew Research Center.”

“Today, there are 18 veterans in the Senate and 88 veterans in the House of Representatives,” Military.com reports, “and there are fewer than 200 veteran candidates for Congress in the upcoming election.”

“What difference does it make,” if veterans and not progressive liberals are serving in Congress?” as might be asked by self-declared progressive liberal Hillary Clinton who seeks to follow Obama as President and Commander-in-Chief in 2016.

Military.com notes: “The declining number [of veterans in Congress] is significant as fierce debates in Congress continue over the size of the military, the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), mitigating sexual assault, and reducing military suicide rates.”

And what about the VA and its scandalous failure to properly provide to veterans the benefits veterans haveearned? Can any veteran, or any honest American, for that matter, doubt that it would have made a difference in acting swiftly and effectively to remedy  the appalling scandals of the Veterans Administration bureaucrats in the six years of the Obama regime if it had been veterans serving in House and Senate instead of progressive liberals sharing Obama’s progressive liberal agenda and priorities, which do not include veterans, as is proven by Obama’s deeds in office, not his occasional lip-service to veterans? 

It must be remembered that a central promise Obama made in campaigning for the Presidency in 2008 was that he would remedy the failures of the VA which he at that time acknowledged as scandalous.   Once elected, Obama not only did nothing to oversee the VA and remedy those bureaucratic wrongs, he pretended he didn’t even know about the VA’s failures until he read or heard about it from the news media in 2013, after his election to a second term in 2012.

The lip-service to “our veterans” of Obama, Harry Reid in the Senate and  Nancy Pelosi in the House, and the progressive liberals who elected them to leadership in Congress, are manifestly belied by their deeds, most inescapably in the VA scandals — which must be remedied as more and more veterans are coming home with the wounds of war. 

When they need veterans, they get veterans; when they don’t need veterans, they forget veterans,”   as has been sagely stated by former Vietnam  combat Marine Terry Tracy of Los Angeles, based on his almost twenty-years experience as former American Legion Department  of California Service Officer leading efforts to have America’s promises to its veterans for their military service actually performed and fulfilled, not rhetorically noted and forgotten.

More broadly, the difference it has made to have fewer veterans in House and Senate and more self-declared progressive liberals, is the difference between an America as the world’s leading and most powerful nation and an America in rapid decline. 

That difference is exemplified by the choice presented in the race in the 50th Congressional District in So. Cal (San Diego).  It is, ironically, a District which is heavily military, but, through apathy or otherwise,  has sent a progressive liberal to Congress for multiple terms. 

Thus, the 50th California Congressional District incumbent is a non-veteran,  certified progressive liberal who has lemming-like followed the failed polices of progressive liberal Barack Obama, and is guaranteed to continue to do so if re-elected. 

But she is  challenged this year not by another career politician making empty promises, but by a genuine combat veteran and proven patriot, Larry Wilske, a 30-year, now retired U.S. Navy SEAL.

Which one is likely to defend America and not aid-and-abet in America’s continuing decline and devolutionary “transformation” at home and internationally?  The certified  progressive-liberal politician, or the proven patriot protector of America, the veteran, the 30-year Navy SEAL, Larry Wilske?  

The same question is relevant in Congressional elections all across the country: Given the re

cord of devolutionary “transformation” of America sought and wrought by Obama in the White House and his fellow progressive liberals in Congress, which candidate in the 2014 Congressional elections is likely to defend veterans, the American nation, and freedom — progressive liberal politicians, or veterans whose willingness to sacrifice to defend veterans, America, and freedom,  has been proven not by mouthing liberal platitudes, but by their military service?

It is an important question; and the answer on November 4 will most definitely make a difference.

(For more information on SEAL Larry Wilske see www.WilskeForCongress.com, and other proven patriotic combat veterans  endorsed by the Combat Veterans For Congress, with commentary by CVFC founder Capt. Joseph R. John (USN, ret.), see www.combatveteransforcongress.org.)

(Rees Lloyd, a veteran and longtime California civil rights attorney, is a member of the Victoria Taft Blogforce.)

Report: No ID needed to vote in Oregon and other fraud perpetrated on voters

The Washington Post has issued a report that confirms what state elections officials have been denying for years: You don’t need ID to vote in the state of Oregon and many other states. But you should.

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Photo: Washington Post

H/T Andy from Beaverton

The study of the voter ID laws on the books show:

A recent report by the Government Accountability Office found mixed conclusions regarding the impact that voter I.D. has on turnout. It says that out of ten studies, five “found that I.D. requirements had no statistically significant effect on turnout; in contrast four studies found decreases in turnout and one found an increase in turnout.”
Of course, wingers on the left always say showing ID will stop people from voting (they’re the same ones who say stopping flights from Ebola land will make us more endangered in the US).

And why would it be prudent to check peoples’ ID? Let’s take a look at this story from Maryland:

An election integrity watchdog group is suing the state of Maryland, alleging that it has discovered massive and ongoing fraudulent voting by non-U.S. citizens in one county. But because of the way that the non-citizens are able to cast votes in elections, the fraud is likely happening in every single county and subdivision across the state. The group believes that the illegal voting has been happening for years.

The group, Virginia Voters Alliance, says that it compared how voters in Frederick County filled out jury duty statements compared with their voting records. The group’s investigation found that thousands of people in Frederick County who stated that they are not U.S. citizens on jury duty forms went on to cast votes in elections. Either they failed to tell the truth when they were summoned for jury duty, or they cast illegal votes. Both are crimes. The same grouppreviously found that about 40,000 people are registered to vote in both Virginia and Maryland.

But, of course, there’s never any voter fraud, right?

“We’ve heard from scores of citizens in our district and around the state who have had this problem where they hit one button to vote for one person, and when they go to the summary they see that the other person was checked,” said Del Nik Kipke, (R) Anne Arundel County.

Republicans say they’ve received several dozen reports of Republican votes being changed to Democrat.

Del. Kathy Szeliga says it happened to her.

“I kept pushing the Republican guy’s name and the machine kept going beep, beep, beep,” said Szeliga, (R) Baltimore & Harford Co.

But don’t worry. Even the President acknowledges things could be worse:

Well, he would know.

Conservative artist SABO shaken down by Obama’s Secret Service

And he had a message for them to take to the President.

Photo: SABO
Photo: SABO

Yesterday I got a call from SABO. He’s an artist whose work you may know:

SABO with his Hillary Flying Monkeys creation and Samuel L Jackson Drone piece.  Photo: Victoria Taft
SABO with his Hillary Flying Monkeys creation and Samuel L Jackson Drone piece.
Photo: Victoria Taft

 

He said while he was gone Tuesday, the Secret Service paid him a visit. Agents left their cards and claimed they wanted to discuss an issue of ‘identity theft’ with him. I asked him if he knew what they were referring to. SABO said no. I told him to not discuss one thing with the agents without an attorney and tried to see if fellow BlogForce Member Rees Lloyd was in Southern California and could maybe be there.

SABO Photo: Victoria Taft
SABO
Photo: Victoria Taft

 

It turns out maybe I needn’t have worried. SABO was more than ready for them. First, he didn’t let them into his house, but he deployed his Go Pro camera and had The Hollywood Reporter there which reported,

True to his provocative style, Sabo had prepared for the encounter by plastering his apartment walls with posters bearing the name Oswald. The agents, who conducted their interview through the apartment’s windows, snapped pictures of the interior including the rifle against the wall.

I would have advised him against doing that. And maybe this:

One of the agents told Sabo during the interview: “You really need to think about some of this stuff you’re tweeting. It really could be construed in many different ways.”

Sabo responded: “I realize we have a f—head in the White House. And the constitution no longer means sh–. As far as I’m conceded, this is a first amendment issue.”

 

Oregon Medical Association top doc at Gabby Gifford event says f**k gun rights laws

Claim: “When women die in Oregon, they die at the hands of guns.” Which means that we’ve beaten heart disease and cancer, ladies!

Photo: Dayight Disinfectant
Photo: Dayight Disinfectant

Daylight Disinfectant was given extraordinary access to a recent anti gun confab with shooting victim turned anti gun activist former Congresswoman Gabby Gifford recently in Portland, Oregon.
Between comments suggesting gun grabbing laws be cloaked under the guise of public health standards like seatbelt laws, there were self satisfied smiles, and much anthropomorphizing of guns (when guns are dangerous…), it was quite a smug fest.

They claim to love victims, but seeks to create more through their efforts to curb access. Watch the video.

 

KOGO, Victoria Taft, Cliff Albert, Mary Ayala, Bob Sullivan Win First Place in Breaking News at San Diego Press Club

I know, I can’t believe it, either. The last time I was this surprised was when Rick Belcher, one of the best of the ten or so bosses I had at KPAM, made sure one of my shows was entered into a contest and I won Oregon Broadcaster of the Year.

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This time around I was just filling in on KOGO’s midday talk show for LaDona Harvey–on the biggest story in San Diego in years. For more than a week. Thanks for the opportunity, KOGO!

PHOTO: CLIFF ALBERT
PHOTO: CLIFF ALBERT

The last time I won a news award was back in the 1990’s working with a lot of the same people. What a pleasure. What an honor.

The Oregon Myth the New York Times Won’t Report

Nike’s Phil Knight said in 2010, with its recent moves, Oregon could be in an economic death spiral, and, if voters approved two anti business measures on the ballot at the time, would be committing economic assisted suicide. Knight easily could have been talking about any of the multitude of moves made by Oregon leaders over the past 30 – 40 years which put a kibosh on economic growth. 

Beyond the Oregon Myth. Produced by Third Century Solutions.
Beyond the Oregon Myth. Produced by Third Century Solutions.

Now some smart people I know have put together an entertaining video showing how Oregon’s leaders have ‘sold out’ some of their most vulnerable citizens. Enjoy it. And tell the New York Times, won’t you? 

Hillary Clinton isn’t smelling what SABO is cooking!

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Hillary Clinton’s ‘welcome’ committee came a little early when street artist SABO plastered a Brentwood, California neighborhood with his iconic flying monkeys depiction of the former, and possibly future, presidential candidate in advance of her fundraiser here Monday.

Photo by Hollywood Reporter
Photo by Hollywood Reporter

The US Senate fundraiser is planned for Monday at the Tavern Restaurant by the biggest of the Hollywood A-Listers. Here’s who the Hollywood Reporter says will be in attendance:

The list of co-chairs for the Oct. 20 event, which will include a dinner and reception at Tavern restaurant, now includes Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg and wife Kate Capshaw, Alanand Cindy Horn, Casey Wasserman, Live Nation’s Michael Rapino, tech investor Shervin Pishevar and Andy Spahn,according to an invite circulating among top fundraisers in Hollywood.

In addition to Clinton, senators Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer and Michael Bennet are also attending the event, with tickets selling for $32,400 per person.

But the anti Hillary forces contrived a faux version of the restaurant’s website and changed a few things around–such as the menus:

Instead of delectable menu items, restaurant patrons were treated to photos of Hillary Clinton's failures.
Instead of delectable menu items, restaurant patrons were treated to photos of Hillary Clinton’s failures.

Breakfast:

chorizo and eggs for all the hungry undocumented voters  15

imam pancakes with vermont maple syrup  12

Lunch:

poverty due to this economy $2

broccoli, cheddar and egg whites (that’s racist!) on wheat  9

And general:

democrat women are pieces of meat

(subject to availability)

gays need jobs too  3.50

we hate only christian churches, muslims rock  4.25

muslims kill gays, we support them  4

get stoned at the beverly hilton  4.50

we hate gays, we love democrat gays 3.75

we hate women, we love democrat women  3.25

we hate mexicans, we love democrat mexicans  4.25

we failed with ebola  3

all cities run by democrats are broken  6.25

Reaction has been mixed:

 

And SABO has responded to critics:

Corruption in Oregon’s Governor John Kitzhaber’s Office? Let me count the ways. Cylvia Hayes is #1

John Kitzhaber’s disastrous leadership and his girlfriend need to go. Girlfriend Cylvia Hayes’s illegal pot farm, marriage for money scam, and reputed corruption, means her “boyfriend” has worn out his welcome at Mahonia Hall.

You'd cry too if you got caught and everybody saw you. Photo KOIN News
Sham.
Photo KOIN News

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ADF: Mayor subpoenas pastors’ sermons. The secular ‘inquisition’ has begun.

Houston Mayor, a lesbian, demands to see pastor’s notes regarding ordinance on transgender bathroom use.

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Tyranny, thy name is Annise Parker.

This is what tyranny looks like, folks.

From Alliance Defending Freedom:

HOUSTON – Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys have filed a motion in a Texas court to stop an attempt by the city of Houston to subpoena sermons and other communications belonging to several area pastors in a lawsuit in which the pastors are not even involved.

City officials are upset over a voter lawsuit filed after the city council rejected valid petitions to repeal a law that allows members of the opposite sex into each other’s restrooms. ADF attorneys say the city is illegitimately demanding that the pastors, who are not party to the lawsuit, turn over their constitutionally protected sermons and other communications simply so the city can see if the pastors have ever opposed or criticized the city.

“City council members are supposed to be public servants, not ‘Big Brother’ overlords who will tolerate no dissent or challenge,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Erik Stanley. “In this case, they have embarked upon a witch-hunt, and we are asking the court to put a stop to it.”

“The city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented,” said ADF Litigation Counsel Christiana Holcomb. “The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions. Political and social commentary is not a crime; it is protected by the First Amendment.”

In June, the Houston City Council passed its “bathroom bill,” which sparked a citizen initiative to have the council either repeal the bill or place it on the ballot for voters to decide. The public submitted more than three times the legally required number of valid signatures, which the city secretary, who is entrusted by law to examine and certify petitions, certified as sufficient. The mayor and city attorney defied the law and rejected the certification.

After the initiative supporters filed a lawsuit, Woodfill v. Parker, over the matter, the city’s attorneys subpoenaed a number of area pastors, demanding to see what they preach from the pulpit and to examine their communications with their church members and others concerning the city council’s actions.

The ADF brief accompanying the motion filed in the District Court of Harris County to quash the subpoena “discovery requests” explains that they are “overbroad, unduly burdensome, harassing, and vexatious,” irrelevant to the lawsuit, and will have a profoundly negative effect on free speech and the electoral process should they be allowed to move forward.

“The message is clear: oppose the decisions of city government, and drown in unwarranted, burdensome discovery requests,” the brief states. “These requests, if allowed, will have a chilling effect on future citizens who might consider circulating referendum petitions because they are dissatisfied with ordinances passed by the City Council. Not only will the Nonparty Pastors be harmed if these discovery requests are allowed, but the People will suffer as well. The referendum process will become toxic and the People will be deprived of an important check on city government provided them by the Charter.”

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.

Laughing at Liberals: Oregon’s illegal alien apologists attack protesters over driver cards

It happened at a Measure 88 meeting.

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Vignette: A woman smugly asserts “my only crime is loving my neighbor” (which apparently only extends to law breakers, not protesters whom she hopes to imply don’t love their neighbors), a man taking a selfie and a young woman who is a Bus Project and Causa apparatchik who believes her cell phone camera will intimidate protesters.

It was a clash between those attending a meeting about Measure 88, an Oregon ballot measure to give illegal aliens driver cards, and protesters yesterday in Portland. It didn’t need to be a clash. Opponents of giving illegal aliens driver cards–and legal imprimatur–quietly protested outside a Portland church. When the meeting broke up, protesters were harassed and their signs and presence blocked by people whose only crime, as the self satisfied woman above said, “is loving my neighbor.” I give Laughing at Liberals mad props for not laughing in her face.

Here’s how he describes the event:

A small band of protesters showed up and were immediately harassed, ridiculed, blocked, and interrupted when trying to do interviews with TV stations. On hand supporting the lawlessness were Governor John Kitzhaber, staterepresentative Lew Frederick, Pastor WJ Mark Knutson, Reverend Kate Lore, Tom Chamberlain (Oregon AFL-CIO), Reyna Lopez (currently with Causa, former Bus Project organizer), Graham Trainor (organizer with AFL-CIO), and a few local TV stations who completely botched trying to ask the governor the tough questions as he slithered out the back door.

Just because you believe in national security doesn’t make you a bigot. Just because you think it’s foolish to give legal imprimatur to people who broke the law doesn’t make you a bigot. Just because you take a stand against giving American ID to people who will parlay that into other ID’s and use it to do –what, exactly?– doesn’t make you a bigot.  Activists have to cloak themselves–literally–in the idea that giving a driver card to an illegal alien is somehow a moral imperative. 

A pastor dressed in robes lectured Laughing at Liberals on helping illegal aliens break the laws. She said she would help anyone break laws she considers immoral. Here’s how he described the scene:

Reverend Kate Lore, “social justice” minister for the First Unitarian Church, wants to help people break immoral laws, but then has a hard time explaining what exactly an “immoral law” is, and seems perplexed by realistic situations where immoral laws would be broken that are counter to what her church supposedly stands for. All the while, her church is supporting a political rally that welcomes illegal aliens.

 

Measure 88 supporters have lied about the proposal. They’re asserted the driver card could not possibly be used as an official ID card. That is not true. In fact, Lars Larson checked with TSA to find out if such cards to be used to get on planes. TSA said yes. 

Illegal aliens –visitors who overstayed their visas–who had multiple driver’s licenses between them, pulled off the 9/11 hijacking. It is for national security reasons Oregonians fought hard to stop giving out driver’s licenses to people who were illegally in the state. Now these same simpletons want to place national security on par with their good intentions. Do you trust these people to make the right decisions for the security of Oregonians? Me neither. 

Rees Lloyd: Indigenous Peoples Day? Happy Columbus Day.

Scrubbing our past just makes us collectively dumber.

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Once upon a time,  Americans celebrated “Columbus Day” to honor Christopher Columbus, and taught their children of the great courage, daring, and navigational skill of Columbus. Now, Columbus Day, Columbus himself, and Columbus’ achievement, are progressively denigrated rather than celebrated in a transformed America in the progressive liberal Age of Obama. 

The most recent example is the self-righteous, poke-America-in-the-eye act of the self-identified “progressive” City of Seattle to abolish Columbus Day and instead celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day.  That and related acts appear  to evidence that the only thing in which President Barack Hussein Obama is succeeding is in “transforming America” as he said he would do five days before his election in 2008.

A  comparison with the transformational acts of Columbus in 1492 with the transformational acts of Barack Hussein Obama is, therefore,  appropriate in 2014:

Columbus, the Great Helmsman,  dared to go in 1492 “where no (European) man had gone before,” and thereby transformed the world. He was the first human from  Western Civilization to discover America. Columbus’ discovery would ultimately lead, based on Western Civilizational values,  to the creation of  the greatest, most free nation in the history of the world,  the United States of America — ultimately benefitting all peoples living in its Constitutional Republic, including the descendants of the aboriginal people of America, who have the highest standard of living of any indigenous people in the world.

Saliently,  in 1942, Columbus expressly sought the guidance of God in making his transformational voyage. Based thereon, Columbus chose a route across the ocean to avoid and thereby negate the menace of the Muslim world,  as author William J. Federer has discussed in detail on his his AmericanMinute.com on Columbus.

Today, in 2014, Barack Hussain Obama, The Great Incompetent, at the helm of America, guided by the gods of  progressive liberal secular humanism, chooses thereon to  bow to Muslim potentates and cower  before murderous Islamist jihadists, fecklessly leading America with his behind  as  Muslim terrorists attempt to transform the world back into the dark night of the totalitarian tyranny of seventh century Islam — a Muslim political ideology as menacing to American and world freedom today as was the ideology of Hiter’s National Socialism (NAZIism) yesterday.

It they succeed, perhaps America will one day  be so “transformed” that progressive liberals — perhaps living under Muslim Sharia Law if not decapitated by conquering Islamic jihadists —  will self-righteously wipe Columbus entirely out of history as a politically incorrect infidel and proudly proclaim and impose on Americans annual  “Caliphate Day,” denouncing all patriots who disagree as racist “Islamaphobes.”

(Rees Lloyd is a longtime civil rights lawyer, veterans activist, and a member of the Victoria Taft Blogforce.)

Dennis Richardson would deal with same-sex marriage law more ethically & respectfully than John Kitzhaber ever has.

The Oregon Republican Governor candidate Richardson would honor the law Kitzhaber conspired to subvert.

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A whip smart, decent man who knows what it means to honor and uphold the law–something John Kitzhaber has refused to do.

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Why didn’t the FBI Director mention The Khorasan Group in his terror assessment?

The FBI Director takes swipe at Portland for its failure to fully embrace the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

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The head of the FBI Director James Comey says, as the top counterterrorism cop in America, two things concern him:

The first is the phenomenon of ‘the traveler’ from the United States and Western Europe especially to conflict zones where the progeny of Al Qaeda have flourished in lightly governe or ungoverned spaces in North Africa, throughout the Gulf, the Horn of Africa–especially today in Syria and Iraq. We’ve seen the blossoming of a couple of the Al Qaeda progeny, one you know well, ISIL, the other group called Al Nusra Front.

The other, he said, was home grown radicalization. An example of that kind of terrorist is the case of the Christmas Tree bomber, Mohamed Mohamud, who has just been sent to federal prison for 30 years for the plot that was, thank God, intercepted by the FBI.

There a couple of interesting things about Comey’s comments at a Portland news conference last Wednesday (HT The Zero for the video below). For one thing, he mentioned the need for local cops to participate in JTTFs because they’re likely the first to become aware of bad actors. This was either a swipe at or a plea to Portland’s leaders to fully embrace the JTTF, notwithstanding that yet ANOTHER Portland mayor, Charlie Hales, doesn’t qualify for a top secret clearance.

Portland’s on again, off again relationship with the JTTF is a running joke. The City Council is worried about civil rights violations, an understandable concern, but, in a town that has produced more home grown terrorists than any other so far (Can you think of another one? Minneapolis, maybe?)  you’d think they’d at least want to be a full partner on the task force to keep track of these bad guys so, oh, I don’t know, they’d STOP HIRING terrorists!  No wonder author John Trudel calls Portland a Soft Target in one of his recent spy thrillers.

In JTTF’s latest report, which the Council reluctantly received and then scrubbed from its website, Police Chief Mike Reese confirmed local cops did work with FBI officials,

On “at least one case of suspected domestic terrorism.”

Oh, is that all? Why is this not front page news? Oh, that’s right. It’s Portland. Just keeping it weird. 

Back to the FBI Chief. In his recitation of “Al Qaeda progeny”, Comey didn’t mention The Khorasan Group. This is quite interesting to me. The president made up the name so as not have to admit he hasn’t “decimated” “destroyed” “core” Al Qaeda. You read that right. That group? Made up. They’re all Zawahiri’s buddies who are there to help their friends in the Al Nusra Front. Remember Zawahiri? “Core” Al Qaeda.

As terrorist prosecutor and author Andy McCarthy writes in National Review,

The Obama administration portrayed the abruptly emergent “Khorasan Group” as if it were a standalone terrorist organization — a jihadist-combat entity targeting the United States. In reality, the threat the administration was talking about was from al-Qaeda. The administration does not like to admit that al-Qaeda is still a formidable enemy because President Obama has made a habit of falsely claiming to have defeated it. That is why we are hearing about the “Khorasan Group.”

Why did Comey not name them as an Al Qaeda group? Is he peddling the fiction this group isn’t Al Qaeda? We look to these people to keep us safe, not safe from the truth.

Perhaps the more important question is why Comey didn’t announce them as a threat. Remember, they were supposedly plotting an “imminent attack” against the west–us!–which was why we had to bomb them…or something. Comey mentioned two groups, ISIL and Al Nusra Front, but not The Khorasan Group. 

Andy McCarthy observes,

As Mr. [Eli] Lake points out, “U.S. officials have walked back claims in the last week that the strikes on the Khorasan Group were an attempt to disrupt an imminent threat.” Moreover, I have contended that the administration had a motive to exaggerate the threats as “imminent.” A president is not required to seek congressional authorization in order to respond militarily to threats of imminent attack. Obama did not want to ask Congress’s approval. Doing so would have launched a potentially embarrassing examination of (a) the president’s claims to have defeated al-Qaeda, and (b) the fact that the “moderate rebels” Obama proposes to aid in Syria work arm-in-arm with al-Qaeda.

So how did a group the Administration insisted over and over was an imminent threat not get mentioned by the FBI Chief? 

Politics–local and national–dictates how safe we are.  Here we go again. Gown up.