Monday, January 23, 2017

Obama quietly gave $221 million to Palestinians just hours before Trump’s inauguration. Got to pay the terrorist's salaries and death benefits!

Obama quietly gave $221 million to Palestinians just hours before Trump’s inauguration

Obama quietly gave $221 million to Palestinians just hours before Trump’s inauguration
US President Barack Obama smiles during the inaugural session of the COP 21 United Nations conference on climate change, on November 30, 2015 at Le Bourget, on the outskirts of the French capital Paris. More than 150 world leaders are meeting under heightened security, for the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11), also known as "Paris 2015" from November 30 to December 11. Photo credit: ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images) 

The Associated Press reported that the Obama administration passed out millions of taxpayer dollars to left-wing causes just hours before President Donald Trump was inaugurated. The larger portion of the money, $221 million worth, went to the Palestinian Authority despite being put on hold by members of Congress.
The AP said a State Department official and several congressional aides confirmed that Obama formally notified Congress of the payout on the Friday morning of the inauguration.
The official said former Secretary of State John Kerry had informed some lawmakers of the move shortly before he left the State Department for the last time Thursday. The aides said written notification dated Jan. 20 was sent to Congress just hours before Donald Trump took the oath of office.
Obama also released another $4 million for climate change programs and $1.25 million for U.N. organizations.
The funds released to the Palestinian Authority will likely be seen as a last stab at the state of Israel, especially after the United States abstained from vetoing United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 that condemned Israeli settlements. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu responded forcefully when Obama’s Secretary of State John Kerry gave a speech in support of the act many saw as a betrayal of one of our strongest Middle East allies.
Israel is set to have a much easier time with the incoming administration of Trump, who has supported moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, a controversial policy that would place pre-eminance on the Israeli claim to the holy city.

Governor Greg Abbott hammers a Texas sheriff after she refuses to comply with immigration laws. It's about time!

Governor Greg Abbott hammers a Texassheriff after she refuses to comply withimmigration laws

Brandon Morse ( 1 min

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks during the opening of the Texas Republican Convention Thursday, May 12, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has given no quarter in his war against sanctuary cities within his state. He has already made himself “abundantly clear” ( are-going-to-comply-with-the-law/) in making sure any towns within the state of Texas obey immigration laws, and that he doesn’t “care what jurisdiction you’re at in the state of Texas. You are going to comply with the law.”
It would appear that Abbott may have to back up his word against Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez, who has forbid anyone in her offices to work with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

In a letter sent to Hernandez ( office/TravisCountySheriffSanctuaryCity_01232017.pdf), Abbott called her directive “dangerous” and “shortsighted,” and proceeded to make the threat that if she does not reverse this policy by February 1st, the consequences would be incredibly expensive, in the form of millions of dollars being cut from the funding budget for the Travis County Sheriff’s Department.
Abbott sets up by telling Hernandez that she had betrayed her oath by adopting this policy.
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As Sheriff your primary duty is to ensure the safety of the residents of Travis County. However, your recent policy directive forbidding Travis County Sherriff’s Office (TCSO) employees from cooperating with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) (except in the most limited of circumstances) betrays your oath and the residents of Travis County. I strongly urge you to reverse that policy before its effective date of February 1, 2017.

Hernandez had at one point attempted to justify her directive, but Abbott, is having none of it, smashes her reasoning.
You offer two justifications for your actions, but both are frivolous. First, you claim you have no legal power to comply with ICE detainers. That proves too much, of course, because by your own admission, TCSO will honor some ICE detainers — for example, when the alien is charged with or convicted of capital murder. You have the exact same legal authority to honor ICE detainers for capital murder cases as you do for other crimes that you personally deem unworthy of enforcement. Second, you claim that TCSO should focus on “public safety,” while the federal government focuses on immigration enforcement. That ignores, of course, that the individuals subject to ICE detainers pose grave threats to public safety. The whole point of ICE’s detainer program is to ensure that the worst of the worst do not walk free and further jeopardize public safety.
An just to make it clear, he gives Hernandez some “staggering” numbers to bring home the reality of just how dangerous her policy is.

He holds little of his disapproval of this directive back.
Your shortsighted policy ignores those astounding figures and would permit TCSO employees to comply with an ICE detainer request in only the most limited of circumstances. Under your reckless policy, for example, dangerous criminal aliens convicted of felonies like murder; aggravated assault; human trafficking, including child sex trafficking; aggravated kidnapping; inducing sexual performance by a child or indecency with a child; dangerous gang activities; and the manufacture or delivery of deadly substances such as heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, GHB, PCP, and ketamine will be turned loose into Travis County without permitting ICE the opportunity to collect them.

Abbott then lets Hernandez know that if she doesn’t comply, then he will drop the hammer.
Since President Donald Trump has been on confirmed to take office, Abbott has been very proactive about immigration issues in the state of Texas. He has threatened before to cut funding ( sanctuary-college-campuses/) from any campus or city that labels itself a “sanctuary” for illegals. His threats against Sheriff Hernandez will very likely be followed up on.

In the coming days, my office will reach out to you. We will ask that you reverse your policy and recommit to enforce federal immigration laws. Failure to accomplish both of those tasks prior to February 1, 2017, will disqualify Travis County from receiving subsequent CJD grant money.
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Indeed, the potential impact of this public safety program is staggering. Since 2011, over 200,000 undocumented aliens have been booked into Texas jails. These undocumented aliens were charged with more than 559,000 criminal offenses. According to Texas Department Public Safety, those included 1,132 homicide charges; 66,687 assault charges; 16,304 burglary charges; 66,289 drug charges; 682 kidnapping charges; 39,689 theft charges; 43,723 obstructing police charges; 3,677 robbery charges; 5,903 sexual assault charges; and 8,375 weapons charges. Of the total undocumented aliens arrested in that time frame, over 139,000, or 66 percent, were identified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as being in the United States illegally at the time of a previous arrest

What police face...

‘Pacman’ Jones to cops: ‘Suck my d–k … I hope you die’

Video has emerged showing the aftermath of Adam “Pacman” Jones’ Jan. 3 arrest, displaying an irate and confused Jones in the backseat of a police car, cursing off cops and wishing death upon them.
Jones, a troubled cornerback for the Bengals, was arrested at a Cincinnati hotel for allegedly pushing a man and poking him in the eye as well as resisting arrest, which included head-butting a police officer.
Jones asked what charges the police had against him. When they answered two misdemeanors — he would be slapped with charges of assault, disorderly conduct and obstructing official business — he snapped.
“Suck my d–k, how about that,” Jones says in video obtained by TMZ and published Monday. “You a b—h, bro. b—h ass n—a, I hope you die tomorrow.”
Jones, a notorious figure in the NFL who was suspended the entirety of the 2007 season for a litany of infractions, culminating with a fight in a Las Vegas strip that left one man paralyzed, alleges he was not the only guilty party at the Millennium Hotel.
“… Did you ask me what happened? No, the f–k you didn’t, b—h,” Jones, 33, says. “… So what we do about him hitting me, what’d you say about that, buddy?”
An officer responded that he hadn’t heard that part of the story.
“B—h, that’s the first time you want to hear it,” Jones says.
Jones asked for the officers’ names, then threatened their job statuses.
“B—h you gonna be out of a job tomorrow,” Jones says. “… You dead ass wrong.”
Jones started all 16 games this season, his seventh with the Bengals. He is due a base salary of $6.3 million next season, money in greater jeopardy after the arrest and video.

Nigeria: Babies used in suicide bombings, officials warn

Nigeria: Babies used in suicide bombings, officials warn

  • 5 hours ago
  • From the section Africa
Map showing Madagali and its state of Adamawa within Nigeria.
Female suicide bombers in Nigeria are now carrying babies to avoid detection in their attacks, authorities warn.
An attack in the town of Madagali on 13 January saw two women detonate their devices, killing themselves, two babies, and four others.
They had passed a vigilante checkpoint, mistaken for civilians because they were carrying infants.
Female attackers have been seen before, but officials said the use of babies could signal a "dangerous" trend.
The insurgent group Boko Haram is widely suspected of having carried out the attack.
Four women attacked Madagali located in Adamawa State, which was recaptured from Boko Haram in 2015.
Two were stopped at a security checkpoint, and detonated their devices, officials said.
The two women carrying infants, however, were not stopped, and exploded their own devices past the security point.
Boko Haram is known for using women, including young girls, as suicide bombers.
The Nigerian government has been fighting the group in a major counter-offensive, recapturing much of their former territory. 
But the insurgents have ramped up their suicide bombings in response.
In early December, two female suicide attackers killed at least 45 people in the same town, after they detonated their devices in a busy market. 
A similar attack killed 25 people a year earlier. 

Where are Sierra Leone's missing Ebola millions? Making government bureaucrats wealthy!

Where are Sierra Leone's missing Ebola millions?

  • 23 January 2017
  • From the section Africa
Alhassan Kemokai
Image captionAlhassan Kemokai questions why essential supplies did not reach Kenema hospital
Nearly three years after Ebola hit Sierra Leone, millions of dollars in funds raised to fight the deadly virus have still not been accounted for.
Alhassan Kemokai was infected with Ebola in September 2014 by his mother, who later died of the virus. She had been working in the radiology department at Kenema Government Hospital, on the frontline in the fight against the outbreak which had hit Sierra Leone four months earlier.
"My mother's death is attributable to the fact that she lacked such basic things as gloves, which was how she got infected as she helped an unsuspecting Ebola patient," Mr Kemokai says. 
The outbreak, which started in Guinea in December 2013, engulfed Sierra Leone, killing nearly 4,000 people. The dead included more than 200 health workers, of whom more than 50 worked at the Kenema hospital.
In the sleepy suburb of Heigbema (whose name translates as "going elephant-watching"), Mr Kemokai struggles to look after his family. In the early evening, his two biological and four adopted children sit expectantly, waiting for the day's meal. 
As smoke billows from the kitchen behind him, Mr Kemokai rubs his eyes. He recalls his then 63-year-old mother, a clerk radiologist who he says was "the elephant in the family carrying all the load". He says all of that is now on his shoulders, with no sustainable income. 
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Mr Kemokai got infected at a time when huge funds had been released to fight the epidemic. The money came from the national coffers and private donations made to the state. However, supplies needed to respond to the outbreak were still in short supply. 
An internal audit of the first six months of the outbreak said at least $14m (£11m) had been misappropriated or was unaccounted for. 
The audit also said that no proof existed that payments of high-risk health workers' hazard allowances, amounting to more than $4m, had been paid. During the outbreak it was commonplace for payment of such allowances to be delayed. 
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Image captionGloves were not available for all Sierra Leonean health workers coming into contact with Ebola patients
This led to dramatic strike action in late 2014 at the Kenema hospital. Members of the specialist burial teams brought out corpses from the morgue and placed them at the hospital entry points, demanding unpaid allowances. 
Andrew Bockarie, a hygienist, joined the strike. But his action was over more than just a payment delay. 
"I was signing for 2 million leone [$360] a month" he said, "but I only received 1.5 million Leone." 
Mr Bockarie said this went on for eight months, meaning he was owed 4 million leone. He says this was "stolen" from him by those administering the Ebola funds. 
Auditor general Lara Taylor-Pearce
Image captionNothing was done about the misprocurement, says auditor general Lara Taylor-Pearce
Two years since a damning report on the handling of funds to fight the Ebola outbreak, Sierra Leone's auditor general, Lara Taylor-Pearce, says some of the missing money remains unaccounted for. 
And not much has been done to bring those responsible to book.
"We're expecting a situation where monies are to be refunded, withholding taxes are to be repaid. Ambulances that had to be supplied - we're not aware that they've been supplied," she says.
Ms Taylor-Pearce says there was no proper accounting for how the funds were spent, and procurement procedures for ambulances were not properly followed, with many of the vehicles not supplied.
She told the BBC that the extent of the misappropriation adversely affected the response to the disease and could have cost lives.
Following publication of her report, a dispute arose between parliament and the anti-corruption commission over which body should act on it. In the end, the parliament won, citing constitutional provisions. 
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Image captionThis new cemetery was established for Sierra Leone's nearly 4,000 Ebola victims
But many have criticised its handling of the matter. Only a handful of civil servants have been suspended as a result of the investigations. 
"There was a bit of a problem in the implementation of our recommendations," says Ms Taylor-Pearce. "We were looking for a situation wherein these monies [would be] refunded, for situations wherein items that were not delivered like ambulances… could have been delivered.
"I am not aware that anything was done about the misprocurement," she says. 
Presidential spokesman Abdulai Bayraytay says the revenue authority "has gone into some arrangements with some people [and] they started paying in piecemeal". 
He says that "when such monies are being paid, it shouldn't be done in secret. They should go public - that way the payment in itself, the naming and shaming, will even serve as a deterrent." 
Mr Bayraytay said the presidency was "alarmed" by the auditor's report and was confident that those named would eventually be held accountable. 
Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) medical workers disinfect the body bag of an Ebola victim at the Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) facility in Kailahun, on August 14, 2014Image copyrightAFP
Image captionHealth charity MSF was part of the international response to Ebola in Sierra Leone
A local campaign group, the Centre for Accountability and Rule of Law (CARL), says it remains dissatisfied. 
While lauding the efforts of the audit service, CARL's Joseph Lamin Kamara says: "Sadly the relevant state institutions have done little to ensure accountability for the missing funds." 
He says the report's allegations should be fully investigated and wrongdoers brought to justice. 
Three years on, there is still no confirmed total of the number who died from Ebola in Sierra Leone. But there is little doubt that lives could have been saved if millions of dollars hadn't been mismanaged or stolen. 
Nothing can soothe the grief of the bereaved. And it remains unclear if those responsible will ever be held to account. 
Mr Kemokai and his six dependants are just a few of those living with the consequences of Ebola and a mismanaged government response.

Philly teachers plan Black Lives Matter week — not all are happy

The Caucus of Working Educators held a happy hour at South Kitchen and Jazz Club Wednesday night, where interested teachers could pick up T-shirts, talk curriculum, plan events and mingle. Here, a Black Lives Matter banner is draped over a wall near the bar. 
A Philadelphia School District teachers' group has planned six days of action this week, encouraging educators to introduce optional curriculum and activities - from "The Revolution Is Always Now" coloring pages for very young students to a science lesson about the biology of skin color for older ones.
"This is a critical issue of our time - in our society, but also in our students' lives," said Charlie McGeehan, an English and history teacher and member of the Caucus of Working Educators, an activist group within the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. "It's important for us to dive in."
That's not a universal sentiment.
Christopher Paslay, an English teacher at Swenson Arts and Technology High School, said he's unequivocally for equal rights and justice for all of his students, regardless of race.
But he takes issue with the Black Lives Matter movement and thinks it has no place in Philadelphia classrooms.
"It challenges nuclear families, and our justice system," Paslay said. "I don't think kids should be taught that Western society is perpetrating a war on black people."
The lessons are not mandatory, and in fact not sponsored or sanctioned either by the school system or the PFT. It's up to individual teachers whether they participate and how, from wearing T-shirts to engaging students in lessons.
That the material may be controversial - even objectionable - to some is not lost on the group, which has encouraged participants to share plans with parents.
The movement has become a shorthand for antipolice sentiment, a notion McGeehan rejects.
"We all deserve fair but critical treatment," said McGeehan, who teaches at the U School, a high school in North Philadelphia. "I don't think that Black Lives Matter is antipolice."
John McNesby, president of FOP Lodge 5 in Philadelphia, said he wasn't a fan of the idea.
"We don't agree with it," he said. "We think there's a lot better subjects that could be taught."
But, McNesby said, he didn't want to make too much of it.
"I don't think many people pay attention to that group," he said of the caucus.
Paslay said he didn't know of any teachers planning Black Lives Matter lessons, and said he thought it was a "fringe thing, but attracting a lot of headlines."
The organizers want teachers to think about lessons based on the 13 tenets of the Black Lives Matter movement, from empathy and diversity to transgender affirming and unapologetically black.
They're all important themes in a district where the majority of students are black and brown, McGeehan said. (In Philadelphia, 51 percent of pupils in district schools are black and 21 percent are Latino, according to the district.)
"We have to validate our students' experiences," McGeehan said. "Many of my students have had negative experiences with police officers. To ignore that is to deny their reality in a way that doesn't make sense."
The caucus is stressing that lessons should be developmentally appropriate; it has offered curriculum resources for elementary and secondary students. Members say the themes can easily be incorporated into Common Core standards.
For teachers unsure how to handle the subject of race, the caucus notes that "issues of race are already present in your classroom," event organizers wrote.
"You can raise awareness about this omnipresent aspect of our society without triggering conflict or anxiety in your students," they wrote in organizing materials.
Tamara Anderson, a parent and associate member of the caucus, said Philadelphia's event was inspired by a recent action in Seattle, when thousands of teachers wore T-shirts and taught lessons as a way to promote racial equity in education.
In Philadelphia, the organizers used the Martin Luther King's Birthday holiday as a kickoff. They held a happy hour to bring participants together, and plan not just events during the school day but also extracurricular activities - a parent forum, a film screening.
"We need to have these difficult conversations around bias," said Anderson, whose child attends Hill-Freedman World Academy.
Anderson expects that some families, and some students, may not agree with the movement. It's OK that people are uncomfortable, she said.
"There's a lot of things I don't support for my own child," Anderson said. "But I know for a fact that my daughter is more of a well-rounded person because she is pushed to ask questions."
Organizers said they did not have an exact number of teachers who planned to participate.
H. Lee Whack Jr., a schools spokesman, said the caucus' work is not part of the district's curriculum.
"However, the district encourages teachers to responsibly engage students around pertinent issues to develop critical thinking skills and a respect for the exchange of ideas," Whack said in a statement. "The district regularly encourages schools to look to current-event topics for appropriate teaching content that is also aligned with grade-appropriate standards."
The PFT cannot promote any activity of any caucus within the union, spokesman George Jackson said.