Surprise! U.S. Has Secret Military Presence In Somalia

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Via NY Post:

WASHINGTON — US military advisers have secretly operated in Somalia since around 2007 and Washington plans to deepen its security assistance to help the country fend off threats from the Islamist militant group al Shabaab, US officials said.

The comments are the first detailed public acknowledgment of a US military presence in Somalia dating back to the administration of President George W. Bush and add to other signs of a deepening US commitment to Somalia’s government, which the Obama administration recognized last year.

The deployments, consisting of up to 120 troops on the ground, go beyond the Pentagon’s January announcement that it had sent a handful of advisers in October. That was seen at the time as the first assignment of US troops to Somalia since 1993, when two US helicopters were shot down and 18 American troops killed in the “Black Hawk Down” disaster.

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Planned Parenthood Gives Out Merit Award for High Body Count

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Every society acknowledges merit, even societies twisted by disease. It’s just that sick societies have sick ideas of what merit is:

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains gave its Aurora abortion clinic an award certificate for “exceeding abortion visits [in the] first half of FY12 compared to the first half of FY13.”

This picture of the award was taken by a former worker who saw it on a bulletin board in Denver:

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So much for the bumper sticker slogan “Safe, legal, and rare.” Abortions are the farthest thing from safe for the babies who get torn apart as they scream, and Planned Parenthood certainly doesn’t want them to become rare. They are legal though.

The depravity of granting awards based on the number of innocents killed does not apply only to a sick cult of abortion fanatics. In our time, Planned Parenthood is the establishment. Despite raking in $1.21 billion last year, it was treated to $540,600,000 in government funding — not because it needs the money, obviously, but for ideological reasons.

America can still become healthy again. But it is going to take some work.

FBI “Has No Idea” How Many Warrantless Searches It’s Done

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Mint Press News

The FBI and the CIA conducted an untold amount of warrantless “backdoor searches” on thousands of private American citizens, according to an internal document (PDF) released Monday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

The document was released to leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee following a request by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) who expressed specific concern over the agency’s use of the government’s mass surveillance apparatus, which he has called unnecessary and overly intrusive.

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Dept. of Homeland Security: feel safer, sucker?

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The Daily Sheeple

Your big-government-at-work scores again.

In 2003, Congress began pouring money into a program of fusion centers. These 70 outposts, scattered across America, were supposed to coordinate federal, state, and local efforts to gather counter-terrorism intelligence.

You know, to protect America against al-Qaeda.

The lead agency in this program is the US Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS).

In 2012, the Senate Permanent Committee on Investigations issued a chilling report on how this has worked out.

First and foremost, the report indicates that DHS has claimed certain fusion centers exist that don’t exist at all. This should give you a clue about what we are dealing with.

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What the Hell Is the NRA Up To?

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Authoritarians don’t have the demographic leverage yet to repeal the Second Amendment outright, so for now they take a “death by a thousand cuts” approach to disarming us. One of many tactics is to deny the right to bear arms to anyone accused of domestic abuse, which requires no more than the word of an embittered spouse, and allows liberals to use their moronic but weirdly effective “War on Women” rhetoric against anyone who puts up resistance. Bluegrass Bruce reports:

Last week, the Governor of Vermont signed a law allowing police to confiscate guns from anyone under a judicial order for domestic abuse. This means that men and women accused of domestic crimes in Vermont could lose their Second Amendment rights before ever seeing a jury.

Similar laws have passed this year in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Louisiana. In each of these states, local gun groups protested the laws arguing that they not only violate the Second Amendment but also of contradict the basic concept of “innocent until proven guilty.”

Of course they protest. Firearms are rarely used in domestic violence situations. This about disarmament, not domestic violence.

But one gun group has taken the side of the statists: the NRA.

Over the past year, the NRA has been quietly helping legislators pass this kind of domestic violence legislation, either by promising not to oppose the bills or by actively working with the bills’ liberal sponsors. After the Minnesota bill passed, Minnesota Democratic State Rep. Dan Schoen said: “The NRA has been really good to work with on this particular issue. It pains me to say, but they have been.”

It is not entirely clear why the NRA is doing this. Until recently, it strongly opposed this kind of legislation and was successful in preventing the passage of these laws. Perhaps its change of heart has something to do with its recent outreach to women, or maybe it is another one of its lame efforts to appear “bipartisan”.

It could be that the defeatist RINOism that has left the Republican Party in ruins is an infectious disease. Fellow NRA members are advised to keep an eye on what our membership dues are financing.

Florida Taxpayer-Funded Job Facility Empty Since 2011 Continued To Get Money; Destroyed Records

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Another crashed hard drive.

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Via BPR

A taxpayer-funded educational facility in Miami-Dade County intended to teach at-risk teens job skills is sitting vacant and unused, which has been the case since 2011.

The building, in Cutler Bay, fails to benefit the public despite ample initial funding, according to a county inspector general’s audit. It’s also doubtful a single student has benefitted from the project as designed.

As part of a community grant agreement between the county and Bay Point Schools Inc, a nonprofit alternative school for minors with criminal pasts, $1 million in taxpayer money went toward the construction of a 13,400-square-foot building for the purpose of vocational training programs. The Lennar Foundation, a charitable arm of a nationwide housing corporation, pledged an additional $1 million.

Bay Point Schools is no longer a legal entity, and auditors have determined at least 80 percent of money was lost because of poor decisions.

If there’s a saving grace it’s the option for the local government and other stakeholders to find a tenant, but nothing has been secured.

Approved in May 2008, the building was meant to be part of the larger campus that sits on land owned by the Ethel and W. George Kennedy Family Foundation, a Miami-Dade charitable group focusing on children’s issues.