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Saturday Funny: FoxNews terrorist analyst who claims to be ex-CIA was a nightclub doorman

This would be funny if the implications about the gullible media and government weren’t so troubling.

Wayne Simmons, 62, was a U.S. intelligence adviser in Afghanistan in 2010, and had appeared on Fox News as a “terrorism analyst”. To burnish his credentials, Simmons claimed to have been a CIA agent for decades. But neither the U.S. military nor Fox News ever bothered to conduct even a cursory background check or verify his resumé.

It turns out Simmons is neither a former CIA agent nor a terrorism expert. Instead, during the time he was supposed to be a CIA special operative, his jobs included being a nightclub doorman. He is also a convicted felon.

Wayne Simmons, fake terrorism expert

Reuters reports that on July 15, 2016, in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, Wayne Simmons was sentenced to 33 months in prison for fraudulently claiming to have been a CIA agent for decades. Dana Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, said, “Wayne Simmons is a fraud. Simmons has no military or intelligence background, or any skills relevant to the positions he attained through his fraud.”

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III also sentenced Simmons to serve three years of supervised release, to forfeit two firearms and $176,000 in criminal proceeds, and to pay restitution.

Simmons has appeared on Fox News, the top-ranked U.S. cable television news network, as an unpaid guest analyst on terrorism since 2002.

Last October, a grand jury indicted Simmons for portraying himself as an “Outside Paramilitary Special Operations Officer” for the CIA from 1973 to 2000. But instead of working for the CIA, Simmons’ jobs during that period included nightclub doorman, bookie, manager of a rent-by-the-hour hot tub business, mortgage broker and defensive back for the National Football League’s New Orleans Saints.

This April, Simmons pleaded guilty to charges of major fraud against the U.S. government, wire fraud and a firearms offense. He admitted that he had defrauded the government in 2008 when he got work as a team leader in an Army program, and again in 2010 when he was deployed to Afghanistan as an intelligence adviser. Simmons also admitted to defrauding an unidentified woman out of $125,000 in a bogus real estate investment.

When he was arrested, Simmons illegally possessed two firearms, which he was barred from having because of prior felonies, including a state conviction and two federal firearms violations.

~Eowyn

This CNN headline says it all: Obama’s warped reality

obamas warped reality

The headline under Obama reads, “Obama: Trump’s doom-and-gloom doesn’t match reality.”

Obama also said this yesterday, in response to Trump’s speech at the RNC convention:

President Barack Obama this afternoon dismissed Donald Trump’s doom and gloom speech Thursday night at the Republican convention as a distortion of what’s happening in America.

‘This idea that America is somehow on the verge of collapse, this vision of violence and chaos everywhere, doesn’t really jive with the experience of most people,’ Obama stated.

The exiting president says he didn’t watch Republicans’ convention. But he did see the news clips, he said today, and thinks Trump and the Republican Party have it wrong. ‘Some of the fears that were expressed throughout the week just don’t jive with the facts,’ Obama said.

The crime rate in America has went down since Republican hero Ronald Reagan was president, Obama said Friday afternoon.

So have the incidences of murder and violence and intentional killing of police officers, even though it may not seem that way based on the violence recently in American cities. Illegal immigration has also slowed, he protested.

‘We have put unprecedented resources at our border,’ Obama asserted.

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Read the whole story here.

h/t Twitchy

DCG

Millions of LinkedIn passwords hacked and sold on black market

I’m a paid member of LifeLock. This afternoon, I received an email alert from LifeLock that “LifeLock detected a piece of your personal information” — my email address — “being sold online.”

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The alert said my email address was found on “social media,” specifically the “potential impacted site” of http://www.linkedin.com — the website of LinkedIn, the social networking site for professionals and business people.

Fortunately, the personal data that was breached is one of my email addresses. LifeLock warns that “If your debit card, credit card, bank account numbers or PINs appear in this alert, change all accounts sharing the login name and password, and contact the corresponding financial institutions immediately. We recommend you use different logins and passwords for each account; this will minimize the scope of your potential risk.”

After freaking out for a few seconds, I got to work.

First, I went on the net to search for LinkedIn having been hacked. This is what I found.

Jose Pagliery reports for CNN Money that four years ago, in 2012, LinkedIn was hacked, resulting in, we were told, the theft of 6.5 million passwords.

Companies typically protect customer passwords by encrypting them. But LinkedIn was hacked because in 2012, the company had a rather lackadaisical security policy that eschewed adding a pivotal layer of security that would have made the encrypted jumbled text harder to decode.

The massive hack led computer security experts to wonder why it took so long for LinkedIn to figure out what happened to their own company computers, and to acknowledge it publicly. Brad Taylor, CEO of cybersecurity firm Proficio, asked: “If LinkedIn is only now discovering the scale of data that was exfiltrated from their systems, what went wrong with the forensic analysis that should have discovered this?”

It gets worse.

It turns out that the number of passwords stolen was way more than 6.5 million. In actuality, 117 million LinkedIn passwords were stolen by hackers.

Then it gets really really bad.

According to the tech news site Motherboard, on May 18, 2016, LinkedIn acknowledged that a massive batch of login credentials is being sold by hackers on an online black market called “The Real Deal”.

Worst still is this: Since we tend to reuse our passwords, the hackers who have the 117 million LinkedIn passwords are more likely to gain access to those 117 million people’s email and bank accounts as well.

Put on the defensive, LinkedIn’s chief information security officer Cory Scott said, “We take the safety and security of our members’ accounts seriously,” blah blah blah. The company is now scrambling to try to stop people from sharing the stolen goods online — often an impractical task — as well as invalidating all customer passwords that haven’t been updated since they were stolen 4 years ago.

LinkedIn also said it’s reaching out to individual members affected by the breach, but I’ve received no notification from LinkedIn. If it wasn’t for LifeLock, I would not know that my email address was hacked and is being sold on the black market.

If you are a member of LinkedIn, you should:

  1. Change your password.
  2. Add two-factor authentication, which requires a text message every time you sign in from a new computer.
  3. Here’s my advice: If you use your LinkedIn password on other accounts, change those passwords as well, especially for bank and other financial accounts, such as PayPal. I spent several hours this afternoon doing just that. I also closed my LinkedIn account.

~Eowyn

Trump’s acceptance speech pivots on America & Americans First

Did you watch Donald Trump’s speech as the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential nominee last night?

What do you think of it?

If you haven’t watched it, here it is:

It was long, because Trump did not rush his words, but clearly and emphatically articulated (and sometimes shouted) important points he wanted to impress on Americans, and because he paused often, to acknowledge the reaction from the Convention delegates. All of which was not the performance of someone just reading from a teleprompter. Instead, this was a speaker who wanted to convey and impress on his listeners the gravity of America’s problems and how he would deal with those problems.

The heart of Trump’s message is a simple one:

America and Americans First

That principle should be self-evident, requiring no defense or justification — for who else but Americans would and should put America and Americans first? Don’t you put your own and your family’s wellbeing first? How is America to help others if America falls apart? And yet, we haven’t heard this overriding principle from other politicians, not even from Trump’s GOP primary rivals. It is also a message that the Left and their MSM accomplices, as well as the GOP elites, distort and malign as something evil — that standing up for and putting America first is “nativist,” “jingoist,” “fascist”…, as if the obligation of America and Americans is to be a doormat for the rest of the world.

From his central principle of “America and Americans First” — of making America rich and strong again — flows these derivative values and principles:

  1. Law and Order: A country that is in chaos cannot thrive economically. A fundamental responsibility of government is to protect and ensure the safety of the governed against criminals, whether criminals here illegally or those gunning down police. To ensure Americans’ safety, Trump is committed to our right to arm ourselves which is guaranteed by the Second Amendment. It is also on the theme of Law and Order that Trump indicts Hillary Clinton for her lawlessness in having a private email-server while she was secretary of state, and for the Obama FBI’s refusal to indict her for violating U.S. laws and endangering national security with unsecured emails containing classified state secrets and names of CIA agents.
  2. Secure Our Borders, to protect Americans against the flood of illegals, many of whom are criminals, and of Muslim “refugees” who the FBI has admitted cannot be vetted to exclude terrorists. On this, Trump reminds blacks that they are the economic victims of Obama’s and Hillary’s open-border policy, and that LGBTs were the victims of a Muslim gunman in Orlando. In so doing, without explicitly saying it, Trump reminds whites and straights that blacks and LGBTs are Americans, and putting “America First” should also mean putting all “Americans First”.
  3. A strong military, and better treatment for our veterans.
  4. In foreign policy and affairs, the United States will jealously guard our interests, be they financial, trade, or security. Trade treaties and arrangements will be rexamined and renegotiated, in order to restore America’s manufacturing industries and jobs. Our allies will have to pay their “fair share” for military defense (Japan, South Korea, but no mention of Israel) and step up to the plate against terrorism (NATO).
  5. Revive U.S. economy: Via restoring manufacturing jobs, getting allies to pay their fair share of defense costs, and lowering taxes.
  6. Populism: Trump ended his speech by telling America that unlike Hillary, who asks if Democrats are “with her,” his message is that he is “with you, the American people”.

Trump also graciously thanked Christians and Evangelicals for their support, saying he’s not sure he deserves it, which is uncharacteristically humble for him.

So how was Trump’s speech received by GOP elites?

If the editor of a supposedly conservative publication is an indication, it’s bad news for anyone hoping for Republican party unity to defeat Hillary, who will complete the destruction of America. Below is the shockingly vicious “The Demagogue Rises,” by Matthew Continetti, editor-in-chief of The Washington Free Beacon:

Donald Trump delivered the longest, loudest convention speech in recent memory when he accepted the Republican nomination for president Thursday evening. He made no attempt to “pivot to the general election,” moderate his agenda, smooth over rough rhetoric. Gone was Mitt Romney’s Etch-a-Sketch, tossed into a dustbin with George W. Bush’s Freedom Agenda, George H.W. Bush’s Thousand Points of Light, Ronald Reagan’s Morning in America. Trump was his usual self: brash, boisterous, overbearing, defiant, inimitable, roiling with anger over the state of the country and the corruption, ineffectiveness, and arrogance of the nation’s elite. Trump won’t change, won’t learn, won’t listen, won’t apologize, won’t cavil, won’t conform to the traditions of presidential politics or adhere to the norms of political discourse. He doesn’t care about facts, he wants to overturn the postwar international order, he champions the will to power, he mercilessly attacks opponents. He’s a demagogue in dark suits, electric ties. I can only imagine what he’d be capable of if he were competent.

Because he’s not competent. He is actually truly, magnificently inept. The convention was a mess, haphazard, disorganized, weird. The botched roll call vote, Melania’s plagiarism, Ted Cruz’s hand grenade, the leaked speech draft—all of these gaffes and scandals occurred against the backdrop of dismal attendance, chants to put Hillary in prison, bizarre speakers, rambling addresses, early departures, and testimonies to Trump’s greatness. His campaign has practically no money, no advertising, no infrastructure, no grassroots operation. The other day, when he expressed uncertainty about whether the United States would lead NATO in defense of the Baltic States if they were attacked by Russia, Trump made history by provoking an international incident without even being president. Many GOP officials wouldn’t come near the convention, including Ohio’s popular governor. There are two Republican parties for the moment: the party led by Trump and the Republican Party in exile, the party of Kasich and Larry Hogan and Nikki Haley and Charlie Baker and Brian Sandoval and Mark Kirk and Ted Cruz. Election Day won’t just determine who will succeed President Obama. It will also determine the fate of Donald J. Trump’s hostile takeover of the GOP.

Continetti all but calls Trump a Hitler, and Americans who support Trump mindless Nazis.

Note that Continetti’s criticisms of Trump are all about style, not substantive issues — that Trump was “brash,” “boisterous,” and “mercilessly attacks opponents,” and that he did not pay obeisance to GOP old guard elites, who to the end strove to undermine Trump and boycotted the Republican National Convention. As for the “opponents” whom Trump “mercilessly attacked,” since the only “opponents” Trump attacked were Hillary Clinton and big business fat-cats (with apologies to cats) who hollowed out the U.S. economy with their outsourcing of jobs, that should tell us whose side Continetti is on.

If Hillary wins, it will be because of Republicans like Matthew Continetti who reserve their most vicious venom not for Democrats, but for a fellow Republican and patriot who simply wants to put America and Americans first. Should Hillary become president, the victory of Continetti, Bill Kristol, the Bushes, et al., against Trump will be pyrrhic because all that will be left of their Republican Party is an empty shell, devoid of rank-and-file members.

So what do you think of Trump’s speech? Take our simple short poll!

~Eowyn

 

Massachusetts AG going after “weapons of war”

Girlfriend obviously hasn’t read the Second Amendment. And I’ll bet money she’s never fired a civilian AR-15.

Article by Maura Healy (demorat), AG of Massachusetts since January 2015.

Gun grabber Maura Healey

Gun grabber Maura Healey

From the Boston Globe: Falcon Heights. Dallas. Baton Rouge again. Five horrific headlines in five weeks. Each story unique in its circumstances, but bound by a common thread: human lives taken by a gun.

There are myriad issues underlying each of these tragedies: fear, racism, mistrust, hate. These are critical issues that we, as a country, have an obligation to honestly and forthrightly address. And they’re issues my office is working hard to tackle alongside our partners in the community, in law enforcement, and in government.

But there’s one issue that can be addressed right now — the proliferation of guns, particularly assault weapons.

Here in Massachusetts, 10,000 assault weapons were sold just in the last year — each one nearly identical to the rifle used to gun down 49 innocent people in Orlando. In the week after the Pulse nightclub massacre, sales of weapons strikingly similar to the Sig Sauer MCX used at Pulse jumped as high as 450 percent over the previous week — just in Massachusetts.

It’s no surprise the Orlando killer chose an AR-15 style assault rifle. It’s a weapon of war, originally created for combat, and designed to kill many people in a short amount of time with incredible accuracy. It’s in the same category as weapons chosen by killers in Newtown, Aurora, and San Bernardino. These are not weapons of self-defense. They are weapons used to commit mass murder. And they have no business being in civilian hands.

Me with a weapon of war

Me shooting a “weapon of war”

How in Massachusetts, then, home to some of the strongest gun laws in the country, do we allow people to buy these guns? The gun industry has found a way to exploit our laws, a loophole of potentially horrific proportions. And it’s time we act.

The Massachusetts assault weapons ban mirrors the federal ban Congress allowed to expire in 2004. It prohibits the sale of specific weapons like the Colt AR-15 and AK-47 and explicitly bans “copies or duplicates” of those weapons. But gun manufacturers have taken it upon themselves to define what a “copy” or “duplicate” weapon is. They market “state compliant” copycat versions of their assault weapons to Massachusetts buyers. They sell guns without a flash suppressor or folding or telescoping stock, for example, small tweaks that do nothing to limit the lethalness of the weapon.

That will end now. On Wednesday, we are sending a directive to all gun manufacturers and dealers that makes clear that the sale of these copycat assault weapons is illegal in Massachusetts. With this directive, we will ensure we get the full protection intended when lawmakers enacted our assault weapons ban, not the watered-down version of those protections offered by gun manufacturers.

The directive specifically outlines two tests to determine what constitutes a “copy” or “duplicate” of a prohibited weapon. If a gun’s operating system is essentially the same as that of a banned weapon, or if the gun has components that are interchangeable with those of a banned weapon, it’s a “copy” or “duplicate,” and it is illegal. Assault weapons prohibited under our laws cannot be altered in any way to make their sale or possession legal in Massachusetts.

We recognize that most residents who purchased these guns in the past believed they were doing so legally, so this directive will not apply to possession of guns purchased before Wednesday. In the dozen years since the federal assault weapons ban lapsed, only seven states have instituted their own assault weapons ban. Many of those bans have been challenged (unsuccessfully) by the gun industry, and we anticipate our directive may be too. But our job is to enforce state laws and to keep people safe. This directive does both.

In the face of utter inaction by Congress, states have a duty to enact and enforce laws that protect people from gun violence. If Washington won’t use its power to get these guns off our streets, we will. Not only do we have the legal authority to do so, we have a moral obligation to do so.

molon labe

h/t Weasel Zippers

DCG

Liberal Hypocrisy: Terrorist Bill Ayers calls for gun control

If you need another reason to be skeptical about the Left’s and the Obama administration’s insistence on gun control, here it is:

Bill Ayers, 71, who ghostwrote Obama’s memoir and founded the domestic terrorist group, Weather Underground, advocates gun control.

Obama buddy Bill Ayers

Obama buddy Bill Ayers

In 1969, Ayers co-founded the Weather Underground, a self-described U.S. communist revolutionary group that conducted a campaign of bombing public buildings during the 1960s and 1970s, ostensibly to protest the Vietnam War. In 1970, two members of the Weather Underground (Ayers’ close friend Terry Robbins and Ayers’ girlfriend Diana Oughton) were killed when a nail bomb they were assembling in a Greenwich Village townhouse exploded.

Ayers participated in the bombings of New York City Police Department headquarters in 1970, the United States Capitol building in 1971, and the Pentagon in 1972.

Ayers has remained unrepentant. In a 2004 interview, Ayers was asked, “How do you feel about what you did? Would you do it again under similar circumstances?” He replied:

“I’ve thought about this a lot. Being almost 60, it’s impossible to not have lots and lots of regrets about lots and lots of things, but the question of did we do something that was horrendous, awful? … I don’t think so. I think what we did was to respond to a situation that was unconscionable.”

On June 14, 2016, Ayers sent out a tweet calling for a bill to ban AR-15 rifles:

Bill Ayers gun control tweet

The irony of an unrepentant terrorist calling for gun control was not lost on former Republican presidential aspirant Herman Cain:

Bill Ayers for gun controlIt’s also fitting that Ayers would propose naming the gun-control bill “The Orlando Sandy Hook Commemoration Act,” given that:

  1. Both the Sandy Hook and Orlando mass shooting massacres are false-flag fakes.
  2. No AR-15 rifle was used in either Sandy Hook or Orlando.

gun control false flagsH/t Barry Soetoro Esq. for the pic above.

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~Eowyn

Mother and her three daughters, aged between 8 and 14, are stabbed by ‘Muslim’ man in French holiday resort because they were ‘scantily dressed’

Religion of Pieces strikes again.

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From Daily Mail: A mother and her three daughters were reportedly stabbed while on holiday in France because they were ‘scantily dressed’. A knifeman attacked the woman and her three daughters, aged eight, 12, and 14, in the village of Garda-Colombe near Laragne-Monteglin, in south-east France, at around 10.30 yesterday morning.

The attacker, named locally as Moroccan-born Mohamed Boufarkouch, was later arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in police custody. 

Local reports suggest the Boufarkouch attacked the victims because they were ‘scantily dressed’. The victims are believed to have been wearing shorts and t-shirts at the time.   It is also understood that the victims were known to the attacker and his family as they were staying next door to each other in the holiday village.  The victims, who have not been named, were attacked while eating breakfast at the holiday village.

Local mayor Edmond Francou, told Le Parisien that the attacker was on holiday with his own family, including two children, from their home in Yvelines, near Paris.

At a press conference, the Prosecutor said so far there was no motive.

Judge Judy shakes head rolls eyes

However local reports suggest the attacker had made references about the woman and children being ‘too lightly dressed’. Jean-Marc Duprat, a deputy mayor for the nearby town, said the attacker was upset because the victims were wearing shorts and t-shirts. French TV channel TF1 said he ‘may have acted out of religious motives’.

A small folding knife with a blade measuring from 8 to 10 centimeters was found at the scene.  Boufarkouch, who is now in custody, has been known to police for at least 15 years. He reportedly fled after the attack, leaving behind his family and his wife ‘in tears’.  The mayor suggested Boufarkouch, who lives with his family in Yvelines, west Paris, could be ‘pyschologically sick’ and he is set to be seen by a psychiatrist today.

The eight-year-old victim was the most severely wounded in the attack and remains in a critical condition in hospital.  The mother reportedly suffered an injury to her sternum. French channel TF1 claimed the mother had helped the knifeman by bringing him medication when he fell ill on Monday.

Francois Hollande’s deputy chief of staff Christophe Pierrel said: ‘It is time to keep calm and let the investigators do their job.’

Karine Berger, member of the French National Assembly representing Hautes-Alpes, said she was shocked by the attack on a family holiday village. ‘This tragedy affects us all by the age of the victims and the circumstances,’ she said.

Laragne-Monteglin is 180 kilometers 110 miles northwest of Nice, where a Tunisian man killed 84 people last week by driving through a crowd on Bastille Day.

DCG