Category Archives: Congress

Welfare parasites can buy marijuana with food stamps

Obama smoking pot

Add marijuana to the long and growing list of abuses of welfare, specifically food stamps or EBT cards. (For other abuses, go to the “see also” links at the end of this post.)

S. A. Miller reports for The Washington Times, Sept. 9, 2014, that welfare recipients can use their EBT cards at marijuana “dispensaries” in states such as Colorado that have legalized pot. EBT cards are what used to be called food stamps

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) announced he’s drafting legislation to close the welfare-for-weed loophole after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) confirmed to him that marijuana shops were not off limits to EBT cards or other federal benefits.

Sen. Sessions, a ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, said, “The federal government current spends roughly $750 billion each year on means-tested welfare programs across 80 different accounts. This money is administered by a vast, sprawling bureaucracy with little oversight and no moral vision. Surely we can all agree that the guiding principle ought to be that benefits are reserved for those in real need.”

Sessions pointed out that Congress in 2011 had passed laws that allowed HHS to prohibit Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash benefits from being spent at vice institutions, such as liquor stores, strip clubs and casinos. But the department did not interpret that authority to include marijuana shops. Sessions was surprised to learn that HHS says it “has no authority to prescribe policies and practices … to prohibit the use of TANF benefit cards at marijuana stores.”

The People’s Republic of Berkeley in the San Francisco Bay Area does DHS one better.

In Berkeley, “poor people” don’t even have to use their EBT cards for marijuana — they get it free! Wee!

In July of this year, Berkeley’s City Council unanimously passed a new law whereby the city’s medical marijuana dispensaries must provide 2% of their cannabis free of charge to very low-income residents. The latter are defined as individuals who make under $32,000 or families that earn less than $46,000.

America: What a great country!

Liberty in tears

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~Eowyn

CommieBlaster calls it quits, after 5 years of faithful reporting

Thank you, CommieBlaster, for your 5 years of tireless unpaid work.

Thank you, CommieBlaster, for your patriot’s heart.

We salute you and hope we’ll meet again when our beloved country and the world are new again.

~Dr. Eowyn and the (unpaid) writers of Fellowship of the Minds

Statue of Liberty in tears

From “Who Is John Galt,” CommieBlaster, Sept. 8, 2014:

(Note: John Galt is a character in Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged (1957), a philosopher and inventor who believes in the power and glory of the human mind, and the right of the individual to use his/her mind solely for him/herself. He serves as a highly individualist counterpoint to the collectivist social and economic structure depicted in the novel, in which society is based on oppressive bureaucratic functionaries and a culture that embraces mediocrity in the name of egalitarianism, which the novel interprets as the end result of socialistic idealism.)

Dear Readers,

5 years ago we launched a simple project. We collected internet links to selected news articles, sorted them into categories and made them available to the public on our website. We had no idea where this project would take us. Our journey was shocking, unimaginable, a nightmare.

Via our research, we learned:

We initially supposed that shining a light on this situation would solve it, but no more. We have learned, by studying history, the only way to stop this fascist insanity is to stage a multi-million-person, peaceful, sustained siege on Washington D.C., like the one-day protest we attended below. There are more of us than them, and they will back down if enough people organize and peacefully, legally resist. They know this and so they fear us.

However, with one party control of government and media, we no longer see this option happening in the near term unless a unifying event occurs or uncorrupted leaders emerge with the ability to reach and organize masses. As evidence of this assumption, even the most flagrant, obvious lies and crimes, such as the IRS scandals and Benghazi are effectively ignored by both parties, law enforcement, courts and media, and left unpunished.

There is enough evidence already captured on our website site to cause any reasonable person to see a sustained, deliberate pattern of organized crime on a massive scale and to demand an unbiased, independent investigation, trial and conviction of every treasonous member of Congress and Government involved. Therefore, we are ceasing in our daily reporting and placing our energies on new initiatives. Commercial-free, adware-free, money-influence-free, and political-correctness-free daily news reporting comes to an end, but our website remains to inform our fellow citizens of the Government’s lawless tyranny that occurred from September 2009 to September 2014.

Now it’s time for us to take a new path. We faithfully served our 5-year tour of duty as a reporter in America’s 100-year-old war against Communism without any form of compensation or personal recognition.

Who of you will pick up the flag next? Who will document and help stop our Government’s treason and crimes so we can prosecute the traitors? Who will show us how to restore what they have destroyed when this illegal form of Government is ultimately overthrown in the 2nd American Revolution?

WHO IS JOHN GALT?

I am. You are.

Let’s roll.

– C.B.

You Know Who Created And Sewed Our First Flag Right?

Every school kid in America knows this one. Was it…..

 

 

 

 

 

1. Betsy Ross is widely credited with designing the first American flag, but there is almost no evidence to support that claim. The only records of Ross’ involvement came from her own grandson in 1870, when he presented the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia with affidavits from his own family members as evidence. Instead, many historians believe that Francis Hopkinson deserves the credit, because early journals from the Continental Congress are said to explicitly name him as the flag’s designer.

( OK folks don’t shoot the messenger. I have no idea how and why we all believe it was Betsy Ross all these years. I just bring you new info to make you go ) 

Things that make you go Hmmm

Hmmm

The Flag Resolution of 1777[edit]
On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress passed the Flag Resolution which stated: “Resolved, That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”[9] Flag Day is now observed on June 14 of each year. While scholars still argue about this, tradition holds that the new flag was first hoisted in June 1777 by the Continental Army at the Middlebrook encampment.[10]

Francis Hopkinson's design for a U.S. flag, featuring six-pointed stars arranged in rows.

Francis Hopkinson’s design for a U.S. flag, featuring six-pointed stars arranged in rows.

13-star "Betsy Ross" variant

13-star “Betsy Ross” variant

The first official U.S. flag flown during battle was on August 3, 1777 at Fort Schuyler (Fort Stanwix) during the Siege of Fort Stanwix.

Massachusetts reinforcements brought news of the adoption by Congress of the official flag to Fort Schuyler. Soldiers cut up their shirts to make the white stripes; scarlet material to form the red was secured from red flannel petticoats of officers’ wives, while material for the blue union was secured from Capt. Abraham Swartwout’s blue cloth coat.

A voucher is extant that Capt. Swartwout of Dutchess County was paid by Congress for his coat for the flag.[11]
The 1777 resolution was most probably meant to define a naval ensign. In the late 18th century, the notion of national flag did not yet exist, or was only nascent. The flag resolution appears between other resolutions from the Marine Committee. On May 10, 1779, Secretary of the Board of War Richard Peters expressed concern “it is not yet settled what is the Standard of the United States.”[12]
The Flag Resolution did not specify any particular arrangement, number of points, nor orientation for the stars and the arrangement and appearance was up to the maker of the flag. Some flag makers arranged the stars into one big star, in a circle or in rows and some replaced a state’s star with its initial.[13] One famous arrangement features 13 outwardly-oriented five-pointed stars arranged in a circle, the so-called Betsy Ross flag.

Although the Betsy Ross legend is controversial, the design is among the earliest 13-star flags. Popular designs at the time were varied and most were individually crafted rather than mass-produced. Examples of 13-star arrangements can be found on other flags attributed to Francis Hopkinson, the Cowpens flag, and the Brandywine flag.
Despite the 1777 resolution, a number of flags only loosely based on the prescribed design were used in the early years of American independence. One example may have been the Guilford Court House Flag, traditionally believed to have been carried by the American troops at the Battle of Guilford Court House in 1781. Other evidence suggests it dates only to the nineteenth century.[14] The original flag is at the North Carolina Historical Museum.
The origin of the stars and stripes design is inadequately documented. The apocryphal story credits Betsy Ross for sewing the first flag from a pencil sketch handed to her by George Washington. No evidence for this exists; indeed, nearly a century had passed before Ross’ grandson, William Canby, first publicly suggested it.[15]

Another woman, Rebecca Young, has also been credited as having made the first flag by later generations of her family. Young’s daughter was Mary Pickersgill, who made the Star Spangled Banner Flag.[16][17] According to rumor, the Washington family coat of arms, shown in a 15th-century window of Selby Abbey, was the origin of the stars and stripes.[18]
Francis Hopkinson of New Jersey, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, designed the 1777 flag[19] while he was the Chairman of the Continental Navy Board’s Middle Department, sometime between his appointment to that position in November 1776 and the time that the flag resolution was adopted in June 1777. Hopkinson was the only person to have made such a claim during his own lifetime, when he sent a bill to Congress for his work. He asked for a “Quarter Cask of the Public Wine” as payment initially.

( The poor guy asks for a jug of wine, Cheap public wine at that, and is refused. sheesh what a bunch of cheapskate’s. )

The payment was not made, however, because it was determined he had already received a salary as a member of Congress.[20] This contradicts the legend of the Betsy Ross flag, which suggests that she sewed the first Stars and Stripes flag by request of the government in the Spring of 1776.[21][22]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_the_United_States

~Steve~      I’m out of here.     

Bye-Bye

Bye-Bye

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_the_United_States

The Jeffersonian Exception

COEXIST_02

I’m proposing an amendment to the Constitution

America and the Barbary Pirates: An International Battle Against an Unconventional Foe by Gerard W. Gawalt – Library of Congress

Thomas Jefferson sent the first American expeditionary force to war to fight jihadists in North Africa. The man most famous for freedom of religious expression is also the man who fought and defeated muslims who were practicing their religion. He stopped muslims from the free practice of their religion.

The First Amendment to the Constitution states:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

We in America have tolerated all manner of vile communication, for the sake of protecting our constitutional freedoms. In fact, we can tolerate plenty of silly ideation, as the price of preventing the stifling of legitimate ideas.

We have no trouble living and working alongside all kinds of people. The Hindus, Buddhists, Wiccans, Star Trek fans, Christians of all flavors, Jews, Atheists and hedonists have usually been able to disagree agreeably, making the idea of “COEXIST” an understandable mantra for peace.

BUT…

There’s one child in the playground who is not like the others. That child believes that the “free practice” of his religion is the subjugation and murder of the any other children who don’t hold his religious beliefs. It’s in his holy book, his book of instructions! This child believes his god is pleased when the child beheads one of the other kids.

We need an amendment to the First Amendment. I would call it “The Jeffersonian Exception.”

It would liberate Congress to “prohibit the free exercise” of islam whenever its clerics begin to preach and promote jihad. It would enable congress to legally shut down the mosque and imprison the clerics of any muslim group in America that has been found supporting or promoting murder, jihad or any of its other abuses.

This would also enable peaceful muslims to practice their religion peacefully, by being able to rely on the law to protect them from death threats from fellow muslims.

So where would this be enforced? It would make sense to enforce the law any time the religion of islam strays over the line and into already existing violent crimes. When a school is teaching its children to kill other children, that school must be shut down.

There should also be retroactive consequences that would be enacted to set things right as an triage, a way to pull us back from the brink. For instance, the Pentagon and all other branches of government, elected offices, including public school teachers or police, should be off limits to any muslim with connections to jihad.

How the details should be worked out is impossible to anticipate, but we must realize from the actions of Thomas Jefferson that the Constitution and its amendments were never intended to act as a naive suicide pact.

Ebola out of control: dogs eating Ebola corpses in Liberia

Ebola virus

Months ago in April 2014, when Ebola made the jump from the jungles of West Africa to its urban centers, the charity medical group Doctors Without Borders already declared the epidemic to be out of control. That declaration was later repeated by the UN’s World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

By now, after taking the lives of 1,552 people, this horrific epidemic that has no cure has gotten even worse. The latest report is that dogs in one community in Liberia are eating the corpses of Ebola victims buried in shallow graves. Being asymptomatic carriers of the virus, this means the dogs can further spread Ebola to humans via bites and scratches.

Note: Liberia was colonized and founded by U.S. freed slaves in 1847.

LIBERIA-HEALTH-EBOLA-WAFRICANurses wearing a protective suit escort a man infected with the Ebola virus to a hospital in Monrovia, Liberia.

E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor reports for Monrovia’s The New Dawn, Aug. 26, 2014, that residents of the Johnsonville Township outside Monrovia saw dogs eating the remains of dead Ebola victims who had been buried by the Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare some weeks ago.

The burial was done in a hurry at night following a standoff in the day between residents and the Ministry of Health burial team. The former had refused to grant the authority a piece of land to carry out the burial. The dogs were seen pulling the bodies out of their shallow graves and hastily eating them.

A resident named Alfred Wiah told the NewDawn that upon discovery of the dogs’ behavior, residents immediately contacted the Health Ministry, but to no avail. The residents also attempted to kill all of the dogs, but some escaped.

According to CBS Atlanta/AP, Dr. Stephen Korsman of the University of Cape Town’s medical virology division tells News 24 that dogs can be infected with the Ebola virus but that “infections appear to be asymptomatic. This means that dogs won’t get sick, but they still could carry a potential risk [to humans] through licking or biting.”

The Atlanta-based CDC has sent nearly 70 scientists and staff to help in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Nigeria.

Ebola in West Africa

The Ebola epidemic is not just reeking havoc on the populations of West Africa but also on front line health workers and doctors fighting the disease. To date, more than 240 health care workers have developed the disease in West Africa, more than 120 of whom have died.

The CDC continues to insist the Ebola virus is transmitted only by close contact with bodily fluids such as blood, saliva and sweat — even something as innocent as a tainted tear. But that is exactly why the high incidence of health care workers stricken with Ebola is worrisome because, being knowledgeable about the virus, they would be extra careful by donning full-body protective suits like the ones in the pic above. The problem is the virus’s early symptoms of headache, fever, nausea and vomiting are hard to distinguish from those of malaria or typhoid, common ailments during West Africa’s rainy season.

Even more worrisome is a Canadian research in 2012 which strongly suggests Ebola may spread between animal species, through the air.

The Canadian researchers (from the National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease, the University of Manitoba, and the Public Health Agency of Canada) first inoculated a number of piglets with the Zaire strain of the Ebola virus, which is the deadliest strain with mortality rates up to 90%. The piglets were then placed in a room with four cynomolgus macaques, a species of monkey commonly used in laboratories. The piglets and monkeys were separated by wire cages to prevent direct contact between the species.

Within a few days, the inoculated piglets showed clinical signs of infection indicative of Ebola infection. (Happily, 9 days after infection, all piglets appeared to have recovered from the disease.) Within eight days of exposure, two of the four monkeys showed signs of Ebola infection although they had had no bodily contact with the piglets. Four days later, the remaining two monkeys were sick too.

While the study provided evidence that transmission of Ebola between species is possible, researchers still cannot say for certain how that transmission actually occurred. There are three likely candidates for the route of transmission:

  1. Airborne
  2. Droplet
  3. Fomites: Inanimate objects that can transmit disease if they are contaminated with infectious agents. In this study, a monkey’s cage could have been contaminated when workers were cleaning a nearby pig cage. If the monkey touched the contaminated cage surface and then its mouth or eyes, it could have been infected.

Meanwhile, writing in Foreign Policy, Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer Laurie Garrett warns Americans and the world that “you are not nearly scared enough about Ebola.” Garrett writes that “experimental drugs and airport screenings will do nothing to stop this plague” and that if Ebola hits Lagos, the capital of Nigeria — Africa’s most populous country — with a population of 22 million, “we’re in real trouble.”

In a Council on Foreign Relations conference call, Garrett said “We’re now in a perfect storm” and that the World Health Organization is “bankrupt” and drowning in debt. “There is no strategic plan for how this epidemic will be brought under control.”

WND reports that the same term, “perfect storm,” was also used to describe the Ebola outbreak by CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden in testimony before Congress on August 7, 2014.

Frieden testified that the CDC raised its emergency operations center to Level 1, the highest possible alert in an effort to better coordinate a CDC-organized surge of health professionals and equipment being rushed to West Africa in an effort to contain the Ebola outbreak.

Frieden also told Congress that it’s “inevitable” that someone with Ebola will get on a plane and fly to the United States, risking an outbreak here.

An outbreak on U.S. soil would require sweeping measures, including total quarantine of cities or sections of infected cities, as well as restrictions on air travel. On the official CDC website are “Specific Laws and Regulations Governing the Control of Communicable Diseases” specifying that, due to Ebola’s incubation period of as long as 21 days, seemingly healthy citizens who show no symptoms of Ebola can be forcibly quarantined at the behest of medical authorities. (See also “Obama signs Executive Order for detention of Americans showing signs of ‘respiratory illness’“)

Adding to our unease is the fact that U.S. researchers and the military have been studying the use of Ebola as a bio-weapon. Michael Snyder reports that:

  1. Researchers from Tulane University have been active for several years in the very same areas where this Ebola outbreak began. One of the stated purposes of their research was to study “the future use of fever-viruses as bioweapons”. According to Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Tulane University researchers have been asked “to stop Ebola testing during the current Ebola outbreak,” whatever that means.
  2. The Navy Times says that the U.S. military has been interested in studying Ebola “as a potential biological weapon” since the 1970s, mainly because Ebola has high mortality rates of 60-90%, and its stable nature in aerosol makes it attractive as a potential biological weapon.

Meanwhile, two dozen suspected Ebola cases have emerged hundreds of miles from West Africa in what health officials are calling a second “unrelated” outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Update (Aug. 29, 2014):

1. Yesterday, health authorities in Nigeria reported that Ebola had spread beyond Lagos to claim another death.

2. Yesterday, WHO said the Ebola epidemic was still accelerating and could afflict more than 20,000 people — almost seven times the current number of reported cases — before it could be brought under control. The latest figures are that the total cases had risen to 3,069, with 1,552 deaths, in four West African countries: Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Indicative of the epidemic getting worse, more than 40% of the total number of cases have occurred within the past 21 days. WHO presented a plan to stop the transmission of Ebola within 9 months, which is estimated to cost nearly half a billion dollars over the next 6 months. Doctors Without Borders, however, cautions against taking a “false sense of hope” from WHO’s plan.

3. Also yesterday, an article published in the journal Science, says the Ebola virus has mutated repeatedly during the current outbreak, which could hinder diagnosis and treatment of the devastating hemorrhagic disease (in its end stage, those afflicted with Ebola bleed from every orifice of the body). Sadly, 5 of the paper’s more than 50 co-authors had died from Ebola before publication — yet more testimony to the terrible toll Ebola has wrought on the very health workers combating the epidemic. (H/t FOTM’s josephbc69)

Many years ago, when AIDS first broke out, I read a sobering account about how difficult it would be for medical science to come up with a cure or a vaccine for AIDS because it’s a virus and viruses CONSTANTLY mutate.  Just look at how successful we’ve been at developing a cure or vaccine for the common cold, which is also viral. The same applies to Ebola, which is also a virus.

UPDATE (Aug. 30):

As news comes that the Ebola epidemic has spread to a 5th African country, Senegal, it’s only getting worse in Liberia. Now Bloomberg reports that corpses of Ebola victims are just left on streets, unburied, for as long as 5 days because of “shortage of ambulances and fuel.”

I say “bull” to that. You don’t need ambulances or fuel to bury the dead. All it takes are hands and shovels. Nor is shortage of fuel an excuse not to cremate the dead. They do have cars and gasoline in Liberia, don’t they?

Bloomberg reader Dan Sanders wrote: “Leaving bodies lie has long been a Liberian tradition. During the 80’s when I lived in Monrovia bodies that had been hit by cars would lie where they were stricken for many days. The graft that goes on in the sub sahara along with the mentality of the natives makes for great chaos drama.”

~Eowyn

How Christians can opt out of Obamacare

The short answer is:

Join a Healthcare Sharing Ministry!

Who's exempt

Philip Wegmann writes for The Daily Signal, Aug. 7, 2014, there’s a small-but-growing group of Americans who have chosen to opt out of the Affordable Care Act, better and more aptly called Obamacare. Not only do these organizations ignore the contraception mandate, they also bypass nearly all the hallmark provisions of Obamacare.

Dr. Andrea Miller, medical director and vice president of Christian Care Ministries, said “the biggest thing to understand” is these groups do not provide insurance. Instead, they “facilitate the direct sharing of medical cost between people of like beliefs.”

Because of this distinction, the Alliance for Health Care Sharing Ministries successfully lobbied Congress for a religious exemption in 2009, which allows medical sharing groups to provide a form of coverage but dodge the deluge of Obamacare regulations governing the insurance industry.

James Lansberry, the vice president of Samaritan Ministries that provides health coverage for more than 37,000 families nationwide, calls this exemption the last “isle of freedom” in health care and a “miracle straight from God’s own hand.”

Some 300,000 Americans now find coverage under this umbrella. But first they must promise to walk the straight and narrow, and sign a strict statement of conduct. These honor codes vary among ministries, but they generally echo a similar standard of Christian living: no drugs, no smokes, booze in moderation, and church on Sunday. Members then make monthly contributions that pay the group’s medical bills.

Three reasons motivate Christians to join these healthcare sharing ministries:

  1. Moral: to avoid funding controversial procedures and products such as abortion and emergency contraception.
  2. Charitable: to help a fellow believer.
  3. Fiscal: Joining makes sense financially.

By paying health care providers directly, members say they often can negotiate lower prices. Without co-pays or deductibles, some members save up to $1,000 dollars a month, according to Lansberry.

Joe Guarino of the Alliance of Health Sharing Ministries says health sharing ministries have helped reintroduce market forces to the industry. “We are a free-enterprise alternative, a consumer-driven alternative, and it works.”

Health sharing ministries aren’t without their drawbacks, however. The drawbacks include:

  • Members are legally responsible for their own medical bills, and there is no guarantee anyone will “receive a check from anyone else in the ministry.”
  • Health sharing ministries regularly exclude a host of pre-existing conditions as ministries work to meet needs and limit costs. Pre-existing conditions present “the most difficult challenge,” according to Lansberry, because his ministry seeks to provide the greatest amount of care but to “do so responsibly without putting the needs of members we already have at risk.”

But ministry leaders say they meet most member’s needs.

Eric Quiram, a self-employed Tennessee father of two, said his healthcare sharing ministry paid the entire cost—about $26,000—for his wife’s recent operation. Quiram didn’t pay a dime more than his monthly contribution to the ministry. He said, “This is where Medi-Share was amazing. It was all shareable, the whole amount.”

Quiram isn’t alone. Ministry leaders say enrollment is growing. Lansberry said his group experienced “dramatic growth” during its open-enrollment period earlier this year and is now preparing for the next round of cancellations under Obamacare.

Robert Moffit, senior fellow at The Heritage Foundation and one of the country’s foremost experts on health care policy, says these programs represent a positive reaction but not a final solution to the troubles that plague Obamacare. He applauds “any expansion of personal freedom in health care,” but says full repeal of the “unjust and unpopular health care law” must remain the goal because “The common good demands an expansion of personal freedom, not an accommodation with its suffocating restrictions.”

H/t California Political Review

~Eowyn

Terrorism waiting to happen: Obama admin ignores Congress in lifting 30-yr. ban on Libyans training in U.S. flight schools

Dr. Eowyn:

Despite the jihadist attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya two years ago, and despite the terrorist threats in Libya today which led to the recent evacuation of the U.S. embassy in Tripoli, the POS is reversing a 30-year ban on Libyans getting flight and nuclear science training in America.

Worse still, the Dept of Homeland (In)Security stonewalled the House Judiciary Committee’s repeated requests for justification of the policy reversal. With Democrats in control of the Senate, there is little that the House can do about the self-styled Fuhrer in the White House.

Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

kingReportedly, Obama ignored the advice of senior military and intelligence officials in releasing 5 high-level Taliban terrorists from Gitmo in exchange for U.S. Army deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Now, he’s doing it again.

From the non-partisan citizens’ watchdog group Judicial Watch, Aug. 13, 2014:

Less than two years after four Americans got massacred in a terrorist attack on the U.S. Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya the Obama administration is disregarding congressional opposition to lift a decades-old ban on Libyans attending flight schools and training as nuclear scientists in the United States.

The ban was implemented in 1983 after a wave of terrorist incidents involving Libyans. The African nation continues to be a hotbed of terrorism and in fact, the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli was recently evacuated because violence between rival militias has created a deadly environment. Many other foreign governments have also shut down their embassies in Libya because…

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