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Father of slain TV reporter Alison Parker is a former professional actor

Obama has a lot more he wants to accomplish

On August 26, 2015, two employees of CBS affiliate WDBJ of Roanoke, Virginia, were shot dead while conducting a live television interview near Smith Mountain Lake in Moneta.

They were 24-year-old news reporter Alison Parker and 27-year-old photojournalist Adam Ward.

The gunman was a former WDBJ reporter, 41-year-old Vester Lee Flanagan II, also known by the professional pseudonym of Bryce Williams, who was fired for disruptive conduct in 2013. After a 5-hour manhunt, Flanagan shot himself during a car chase with police officers and died later at a hospital.

Alison’s father, Andy Parker, interviewed by Megyn Kelly on Fox News, immediately called for gun control. He vowed:

“I’m not gonna let this issue [gun control] drop. You know, we’ve got to do something about crazy people getting guns. And I, you know, the problem that you guys have got ahead, I know it’s a news business and this is a big story, but next week it ain’t gonna be a story any more and everybody’s gonna forget it. But you mark my words: My mission in life, and I talked to the governor [Terry McAuliffe, a gun control advocate] and he called me and he said, and I told him I’m gonna do something, whatever it takes to get gun legislation to shame people, to shame legislators into doing something to close loopholes in background checks and making sure crazy people don’t get guns. And he said, ‘You go, I’m right there with you.’ So this is not the last you heard of me. This is something that’s Alison’s legacy that I wanna make happen.”

Note: Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe, an ardent advocate of gun control, was co-chairman of President Bill Clinton’s 1996 re-election campaign and chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign. He’s a cousin of Syracuse law professor Sharon McAuliffe, who some suspect is school teacher Sharon Christa McAuliffe who allegedly died in the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger explosion. (See “Are the crew members of 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger still alive?“) Coincidentally, Terry McAuliffe is also very much concerned about NASA funding issues. See here and here.

It turns out Andy Parker is a former actor.

On his LinkedIn page, Parker, who is now a “headhunter for the banking industry,” claims to have been a “professional actor” in his youth, for 6 years from 1979 to 1985, in the greater New York City area, and had “appeared on Broadway in “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”, and at the Kennedy Center in “Pump Boys & Dinettes,” as well as “numerous regional stage credits and regional and national TV commercials.”

Under the section “Volunteer Experience & Causes,” Parker says he’s the founder of a “community theatre organization” called TheatreWorks Community Players (TWCP), where he served as the board president for more than 6 years, from 2004 to 2010.  TWCP went from staging “one summer production a year, to full seasons in its own black box theatre.”

From his bio above, it is not unreasonable for us to gather that Andy Parker is a failed actor who never made it “big time,” but retained his interest in acting, as evidenced by his founding of the community theater.

Is Andy Parker another crisis actor?

Here are the screenshots I took of Andy Parker’s LinkedIn page, in case he scrubs it in the days to come. (Click images to enlarge)

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H/t Professor Doom 1

H/t Memory Hole reader Comrade Ogilvy

Update (Aug. 29, 2015):

Andy Parker says now that he is campaigning for gun control he will probably have to get a firearm to defend himself: “When you’re in the media, as you know, and when you are taking on an issue like this, there are a lot of people who take exception to what you are saying, so I will probably have to do that.” (Source: The Guardian)

HYPOCRITE!

Update (Aug. 31, 2015):

Here’s a sample of Andy Parker’s groan-inducing acting. No wonder he dropped out of professional acting after 6 years.

From his latest performance before TV news cameras, I say he’s still a lousy actor.

~Éowyn

Report: Solyndra misrepresented facts to get loan guarantee

And in typical government fashion, no one is held accountable. We spent $500 MILLION for a “cautionary tale”.

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AP: A four-year investigation has concluded that officials of the solar company Solyndra misrepresented facts and omitted key information in their efforts to get a $535 million loan guarantee from the federal government taxpayers.

Solyndra was the first company to get federal loan guarantees under a program that was created in 2005 and expanded by President Barack Obama’s 2009 economic stimulus package.

The company’s failure soon after receiving the loan guarantee likely will cost taxpayers more than $500 million. Republicans and other critics cite it as an example of wasteful spending under the stimulus program.

The report by the Energy Department’s inspector general was released Wednesday. It’s designed to provide federal officials with lessons learned as it proceeds to grant billions of dollars in additional loan guarantees. The inspector general found fault with the department, describing its due diligence work as “less than fully effective.” The report also said department employees felt tremendous pressure to process loan guarantee applications.

In the end, however, the inspector general said the actions of the Solyndra officials “were at the heart of this matter.”

“In our view, the investigative record suggests that the actions of certain Solyndra officials were, at best, reckless and irresponsible or, at worst, an orchestrated effort to knowingly and intentionally deceive and mislead the department,” the IG’s report said.

The federal loan guarantee program for energy projects was established under President George W. Bush’s administration. After it was expanded by the 2009 stimulus law, the department disbursed more than $500 million to Solyndra. Obama personally visited the plant in 2010 to cite it as an example of economic progress stemming from the Democratic-led stimulus bill.

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But in September 2011, the company laid off 1,100 employees, ceased operations and filed for bankruptcy protection.

The IG’s report did not identify by name any particular Solyndra leader who gave misleading information.

Miles Ehrlich, counsel for the company’s former CEO, Chris Gronet, disputed the findings. “Solyndra executives were completely truthful and accurate in their representations during this loan process, and the DOE was never misled about Solyndra’s business or prospects,” Ehrlich said in a statement provided by his law office.

Ehrlich said the real cause of Solyndra’s failure had nothing to do with fraud, but was caused by the unexpected dumping of solar panels subsidized by China’s government.

The report notes that federal prosecutors and the Federal Bureau of Investigation also participated in the interviewing of witnesses and the examination of hundreds of thousands of documents. In early 2015, the Justice Department informed the inspector general’s office that it would not pursue criminal prosecution of any Solyndra officials.

The inspector general’s report said the department relied on third-party evaluations for part of its analysis of Solyndra. In one case, an engineering firm, R.W. Beck Inc., issued a report on the solar panel market relying on company representations that it had $1.4 billion in revenue under contract through 2012. The report said Solyndra’s “firm” sales contracts supported its financial model. But by the time Beck issued its final report, all four of Solyndra’s customers had been offered price concessions.

“Solyndra’s failure to directly disclose these significant material changes in its contractual relationships distorted the view the department and its consultants had of the market for Solyndra’s products,” the inspector general said.

Solyndra was also required to hire an outside firm, Fitch Ratings Inc., to prepare a credit assessment of the project, located in Fremont, Calif. A Fitch official told investigators that he asked Solyndra if any contract customers had received price concessions and was told no. Additionally, the company’s largest customer had informed the company it would not buy more panels in 2009 because Solyndra’s price was too high. A Fitch official told investigators that if it had been aware of price concessions it would have assigned Solyndra a lower credit rating.

The report was less detailed about the Energy Department’s shortcomings in conducting due diligence. It said the department needed to consider using “new and more intrusive validation techniques.” It also said consultants the department hires must be held accountable for their work.

Solyndra’s failure was the subject of numerous congressional hearings and a report from Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The August 2012 report concluded that Solyndra was a cautionary tale on how political pressures and other factors can result in poor decision-making.

“The red flags about Solyndra’s financial condition and the turbulence in the solar market were there for DOE to see when it reviewed Solyndra’s application in 2009. DOE staff and (Office of Management and Budget) staff noted these concerns at the time the loan guarantee was under consideration,” the congressional report concluded.

DCG

You can still reblog WordPress posts

For those of us who have a WordPress-hosted blog, we used to be able to re-blog someone else’s post by clicking the reblog button in the top black bar above each post.

But sometime yesterday, that button disappeared.

So I asked a WordPress “happiness engineer” about that this morning.

The good news is we can still reblog, but the reblog button is now AT THE END of a post, in the “SHARE THIS” section, among Facebook and other sharing buttons.

Here’s the transcript of my chat with WordPress:

chat with WordPress

~Éowyn

Planned Parenthood horror: Baby’s heart beats during harvesting of his brain

Yesterday morning, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released the 7th video in their exposé of Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted baby parts.

In this new video, which is the most disturbing yet, former StemExpress procurement technician Holly O’Donnell describes the heart of a late-term or partial-birth aborted baby boy at Planned Parenthood’s mega-clinic in San Jose, CA. His little heart started beating again after O’Donnell’s supervisor tapped on it (4:25 mark). O’Donnell was then told to cut through the baby’s face to get, i.e., harvest, his brain.

Holly O'Donnell

Note: StemExpress is a thriving “biotechnology” company in northern California which is in the business of procuring and selling human tissue and body parts, including those of aborted babies. StemExpress tried, unsuccessfully, to have the courts block Center for Medical Progress videos that feature StemExpress. With the negative publicity generated by CMP’s exposé of Planned Parenthood, the company has now disassociated itself from PP.

CMP investigators learned during the 2½-year-long Human Capital undercover PP study that, shockingly, born-alive babies are a common phenomenon in the abortion industry. CMP project leader David Daleiden explains that when fetal organs are being harvested, the abortion doctor must not poison the baby because doing so would poison the organs and tissues, rendering them useless for sale to bio-research companies and organizations, like . The baby, therefore, must be extracted as intact as possible. A live delivery, therefore, is the “best case scenario” for organ harvesting, which is “prima facie evidence of born live infant cases.

In the video, Advanced BioScience Resources’ procurement manager Perrin Larton says “I literally had have women come in and go in the OR [operating room] and they’re back out in 3 minutes, and so I thought ‘what’s going on?’. Oh yeah, the fetus was already in the vaginal canal. When we put her in the stirrups, it just fell out.”

Perrin Larton

Note: Advanced BioScience Resources (ABR) is a privately-held company in Alameda, California — a “non-commercial biological research organization” that was established in 1989. It is owned by Linda Tracy, a registered nurse. The New York Times calls ABR a “non-profit procurement company” that’s “the other (in addition to StemExpress) major supplier of fetal tissue”. ABR has 12 employees and recent sales of about $1.4 million. NYT says “ABR documents say its products have been used in H.I.V. research by medical researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Southern California. Tissue from the company has also been used at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and has been involved elsewhere in research on transplants.”

Tracy told NYT that “we talk directly with the abortion providers,” which means her non-profit company procures fetal organs and tissue from Planned Parenthood. Aping PP’s CEO Cecile Richards’ claim that aborted organs and tissue are sold not for profit but only to “recoup costs,” Tracy insisted that PP does not profit from its sales. That’s a lie. In her Congressional testimony, Abby Johnson, a former clinic director of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, said that at the PP clinic she had worked in, one “fetal tissue specimen” sold for $100, and that the per day sales were as much as $5,000 or $120,000 per month, which is most “certainly not recouping costs.”

The Center for Medical Progress is a 501(c)3 non-profit and relies on our support to continue producing and releasing video and other evidence on Planned Parenthood’s sale of baby parts. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation, no matter how small the amount: http://www.centerformedicalprogress.org/donate/

I wouldn’t ask you to donate if I haven’t done so myself, twice.

Four states have revoked taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood’s abortion businessAlabama, Louisiana, New Hampshire, and Arkansas.

12 states have launched investigations into Planned Parenthood’s abortion and organ harvesting business: South Carolina,Florida, Tennessee, Massachusetts, KansasMissouri, Arizona, IndianaOhio,Georgia, Texas and Louisiana.

Both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are adamant on opposing any defunding of Planned Parenthood. Last year, taxpayers were forced, against our conscience, to pay some $500 million to “subsidize” the for-profit Planned Parenthood, 94% of its business is abortion.

Meanwhile, not a word from the pulpits denouncing this ongoing evil. Shame on you who call yourselves ministers, rabbis, imams, priests, bishops, archbishops, cardinals, and pope.

H/t FOTM’s MomOfIV, CSM, maziel and Anon.

See also:

~Éowyn

Moon-walker astronaut Edgar Mitchell says space aliens saved Earth from nuclear war

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Edgar Mitchell, who will be 85 years old in a month, is one of an élite group of astronauts.

A veteran of the Apollo 14 mission in 1971, Mitchell is the 6th man to have walked on the Moon.

Edgar Mitchell on moon walk in 1971

Jasper Hamill reports for the UK’s Mirror, Aug. 11, 2015, that Mitchell claims that aliens came to Earth to stop a nuclear war between America and Russia.

In an interview with Mirror Online, he said U.S. military had seen UFOs during weapons tests, and strange crafts flying over missile bases and the famous White Sands facility where the world’s first ever nuclear bomb was detonated in 1945.

Note: Mitchell isn’t making stuff up. See my posts “U.S. Military Officers Recount UFOs Over Nuclear Bases,” “Aliens Disabled US-UK Nuke Weapons Sites” and “Unidentified Aerial Objects Over US Nuke Weapons Sites“.

Mitchell grew up in New Mexico near White Sands and Roswell — the site of one of the world’s most famous purported UFO encounters.

He said, “You don’t know the area like I do. White Sands was a testing ground for atomic weapons – and that’s what the extraterrestrials were interested in. They wanted to know about our military capabilities. My own experience talking to people has made it clear the ETs had been attempting to keep us from going to war and help create peace on Earth.”

Mitchell said he had heard similar stories from people who manned missile bases during the Cold War with the Soviet Union: “I have spoken to many Air Force officers who worked at these silos during the Cold War. They told me UFOs were frequently seen overhead and often disabled their missiles. Other officers from bases on the Pacific coast told me their [test] missiles were frequently shot down by alien spacecraft. There was a lot of activity in those days.”

The astronaut has been outspoken about his belief in aliens ever since he landed on the surface of the moon, becoming one of the most prominent figures in the worldwide UFO community.

Mirror Online asked Nick Pope, a former UK Ministry of Defence UFO researcher, whether he believed Mitchell’s claims.

Pope said, “Edgar Mitchell is an honourable and truthful man, who I’ve had the privilege of meeting. But so far as I’m aware, most of his information on this issue comes not from things he’s experienced himself, but from things he’s been told by others. Clearly, because of who he is, he’s had access to government, military and intelligence community personnel at the highest level, but because – quite understandably – he won’t name his sources, we can’t be certain these people were being straight with him, or indeed that they were privy to any classified information about UFOs.”

Pope said the idea that peace-loving extraterrestrials are here to warn humanity about our destructive ways” is popular with those who take a New Age view of the UFO phenomenon. “It’s a nice thought, but if I’m being sceptical, I’d point out that it’s almost exactly the plot of the classic 1951 sci-fi movie The Day the Earth Stood Still. There have certainly been some intriguing UFO sightings around nuclear facilities, and around military bases more generally, but an alternative explanation is that some of these sightings are attributable to espionage activity involving secret spy planes or drones. Given that the Universe is around 14 billion years old, if we’re being visited, it’s unlikely we’re dealing with a civilisation just a few hundred years ahead of us, so stories of aliens managing to disrupt a few of our weapons tests are far-fetched. Chances are they’d be millions of years ahead of us and could do anything they wanted to.”

In 2010, retired U.S. Air Force officer Stanley A. Fulham predicted that on October 13, 2010, a fleet of extraterrestrial vehicles would hover for hours over major cities of Earth — the first in a series of visits intended to avert a planetary catastrophe from levels of carbon-dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere having reached critical mass. With the benefit of hind sight, we all know that the UFO visit never happened. (See “Fleet of UFOs Coming to Earth October 13“)

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~Éowyn

Face of blood-thirsty Hindu demon projected on Empire State Building

On the night of August 1, 2015, the Empire State Building in New York City was lit up with projections of gigantic images of endangered animals.

The event was to promote a new documentary, Racing Extinction. The filmmakers said on their website, “We lit up the Empire State Building with the world’s most beautiful — and threatened — species to show the world what’s at stake.”

Some 160 different endangered species were shown, including Cecil the lion (see below) who was shot dead last month in Zimbabwe by Walter Palmer, a dentist who thinks killing unarmed animals is fun.

Cecil the Lion on Empire State University

To see some of the other animals, go to Buzzfeed.

At the end of the light show, the faces of a humanoid female were shown, including one depicting her face as black with a third eye in her forehead and a red tongue sticking out Miley Cyrus-like.

Kali on Empire State Building

The faces are of the Hindu goddess Kali, as captured by artist Android Jones.

Buzzfeed reports that Jones said he used Kali’s image to provide a “fierce new avatar” in the fight against pollution, extinction, and the harm that Earth is enduring today.

That’s a curious goddess to invoke in the fight to protect Earth’s environment. According to Wikipedia, Kālī means “the black one” or “beyond time”:

[Although] recent devotional movements re-imagine Kāli as a benevolent mother goddess . . . The figure of Kāli conveys death, destruction, and the consuming aspects of reality. As such, she is also a “forbidden thing”, or even death itself.

That would explain why Kali is typically portrayed wearing a necklace of skulls and a belt-skirt of bloody severed arms and hands, holding a blood-stained sword in one hand and a severed head in another, while standing triumphant on the body of her husband, the Hindu god Shiva.

KaliKali by Raja Ravi Varma

“The figure of Kāli conveys death, destruction…. As such, she is…death itself.” But environmentalists, feminists and New Agers view Kali as their goddess?

Only if they regard human beings as a blight on Earth, as articulated by the android Agent Smith in the 1999 movie The Matrix:

In the following video, Infowars’ Paul Joseph Watson maintains that the face of the murderous Kali on the Empire State Building signifies radical environmentalists’ aim to depopulate the Earth.

Why is it that environmental nazis like Android Jones don’t off themselves in their quest to depopulate Earth of the human virus? Noooo, they want to off you instead.

H/t MomOfIV

See also “A day after Muslim killed 4 Marines in Chattanooga, Empire State Building lights up in green to honor end of Ramadan”.

~Éowyn

New research on human hand proves humans did not evolve from chimps

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Dr. Fazale Rana, a biochemist and Christian convert whose father was a Muslim, writes for Reasons to Believe, Aug. 13, 2015:

The human hand is remarkable. It permits humans to manufacture and use a wide range of tools, distinguishing us from animals and undoubtedly contributing to our success as a species.

One of the unique features of the human hand is our lengthy thumbs. In contrast, chimpanzees have much shorter thumbs, strikingly disproportionate to their long fingers.

In spite of the human hand’s elegant design, many evolutionary biologists believe that it was shaped by an evolutionary history. They believe a knuckle-walking ape-like creature evolved the capacity for bipedalism, freeing the hands, which in turn evolved to become more dexterous. While long fingers and a short thumb are ideal for knuckle walking, they have limited utility for tool making. Presumably, strong selective pressure influenced the thumb and finger proportions (along with it the dexterity of the hand) as hominids began to use tools.

New work, however, undermines this standard evolutionary story.1 Researchers from George Washington and Stony Brook universities recently presented data that suggests that the last common ancestor of humans and chimps possessed a human-like hand, not a chimp-like hand. In other words, the human hand is primitive and the chimpanzee hand represents an evolutionarily advanced state.

These researchers reached this conclusion after doing a careful comparison of human hand proportions with those of monkeys, apes, and the fossil remains of early hominid species and by using this hand data to build an evolutionary tree. They discovered that the hand proportions of monkeys and apes are quite diverse, and the human hand isn’t necessarily that unique. The evolutionary tree they built indicated that human and gorilla hands are very similar, suggesting an ancestral state. On the other hand (no pun intended), chimps and orangutans display similar hand proportions, reflecting convergent evolution.

This work has far-reaching implications when humanity’s origin is viewed from an evolutionary vantage point. Even though the standard evolutionary model regards the last common ancestor of humans and chimps as chimp-like, this latest study indicates that this view is incorrect. That is, the evolutionary ancestor of humans wasn’t a knuckle-walking ape-like creature at all. In fact, it’s not clear what this creature looked like.

Perhaps even more significant is the recognition that the human hand didn’t evolve over time to be better adapted for tool use. It seemingly was capable of doing so all along. With this latest insight, evolutionary biologists are left without an explanation for the origin of the remarkable manual dexterity of humans and the genesis of tool usage.

Time and time again the standard account of human evolution turns out to be incorrect. In this particular instance, the idea that the human hand evolved under selective pressure associated with development and use of increasingly sophisticated tools has been a mainstay of human evolution for nearly four decades. And yet, a single study overturns this idea. This latest work begs the question: How secure is any idea associated with human evolution?

If you want to read about another mainstay idea in human evolution that has been cast aside, check out this article: “The Leap to Two Feet: The Sudden Appearance of Bipedalism.”

Footnote:

1 Sergio Almécija, Jeroen B. Smaers, and William L. Jungers, “The Evolution of Human and Ape Hand Proportions,” Nature Communications 6 (July 2015): id. 7717, doi:10.1038/ncomms8717.

~Éowyn